What happened: The last three matches all ended in some sort of issue. Ultimo Guerrero used a ref bump to beat Rush, and La Mascara used a ref bump to beat Carístico (then unmasked him a second time after the match.). The tercera ended with no finish, with Rey Bucanero & Felino coming back in after being eliminated for no real reason. It appeared we’re getting a rematch of the rudos versus rudos match and maybe a Carístico/Mascara singles match next week.
What was good: The Rush/Ultimo Guerrero was exactly what a lot of fun and should be watched.
There were some good matches this week. And also the Bad level getting a workout.
As usual, I put in as much effort thinking of ratings for the tournaments as the people in them.
- 04/09 AAA
- 04/11 Arena Puebla
- 04/12 Arena Mexico
- 04/13 Lucha Underground
- 04/15 Arena Mexico
- 04/15 Elite
indy (SUN) 04/24/2016 Arena Coliseo Monterrey [Lo Mejor de Lucha Libre]
1) Minion I & Minion II b Flecha & Muerte Guerrera
2) Ángel Justiciero & Pedro Navajas b Mini Bengalí & Rey Demonio Jr.
3) Súper Jack & Súper Ratón b Demonio del Caribe & Kalaka (Tijuana)
Jack was in his Capitan America gear.
4) Dulce Kanela b Máximo, Golden Boy, Último Ninja
5) Caifan b Pagano
6) Rey Hechicero b Negro Casas
Said to be outstanding, the best match in Monterrey in a while.
Everyone’s raving about the main event. It may air next week on Noches de Coliseo; you never know with that show. (They were actually advertising this show on Saturday’s airing, which I can’t recall them doing prior.) This was Negro Casas’ first match in the building in three years, attendance looked strong, and he was still signing autographs many minutes after the match.
Lucha Memes (SUN) 04/24/2016 Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), R de Rudo]
1) Jinzo b Obscuro
2) Súper Mega b Demasiado
3) Fly Star & Toxin b Ciber Punk & Garrobo Punk
good match, money thrown in, win via Canadian Destroyers.
4) Freelance b Sádico [falls count anywhere]
very good match
5) Negro Navarro, Trauma I, Trauma II b Arez, Belial, Impulso
said to be outstanding. Trauma I left the match due to injury after a dive onto Impulso.
6) Pantera b Jeque [lightning]
7) Fujin, Okumura, Raijin b Alas de Acero, Aramis, Iron Kid
8) Princesa Sugehit b Keira
Black Terry has highlights from this show, which look nuts. The fifth match is said to be among the best Mexico City matches of the year.
IWRG (SUN) 04/24/2016 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, IWRG]
1) Kanon b Keshin Black
Kanon replaced Black Dragon, won in straight falls
2) Galaxy & Hip Hop Man b Dragón Fly & Shadow Boy
3) Dinamic Black, Emperador Azteca, Freelance DQ Cerebro Negro, Golden Magic, Killer Jr.
DQ not specified. Debut for Killer Jr.
4) Leo, Mike, Rafy b Diablo Jr., El Hijo del Diablo, Imposible
Tortugas want a title shot, which the Maraichis accepted
5) Herodes Jr., Negro Navarro, Trauma II b Danny Casas, Hijo del Alebrije, Veneno
good mat match
6) Máscara Año 2000 Jr. b Trauma I © [IWRG IC HEAVY]
Trauma I falls on his first defense when he suffered a rib injury in the middle fall (and may have came into the match hurt.) Canis Lupus hit the ring to bemoan Trauma I losing the title before he could win it, but still challenged him to a mask match and Mascara to a title match on Wednesday.
Matches 3/4/5 all got money thrown in (which may mean the few IWRG fans just really like IWRG.) Main event sounds like it didn’t go far, but it’s tough to tell.
Cara Lucha linked to the complete Satanico versus Ultimo Guerrero match from Saturday night. Ultimo says he’d like to face Satanico again in Arena Mexico.
Tonight’s Puebla show has Rush taking on Ultimo Guerrero, after they’ve feuded the last couple weeks in Arena Mexico. Ultimo Guerrero leads their all time (non-tournament) series at 3-2, but both Rush’s wins have come in this building. They’ve split the lead up trios, and the outcome could go either way. Rush might be the type of guy to break Ultimo Guerrero out of his usual routine (which might also be tough for him to do with Lashley on Wednesday. It’s a busy week for UG.)
The rest of the show includes both Mistico & Caristico and Cibernetico & Mephisto teaming up in the main event, days before they face they have different partners in the Arena Mexico main event anniversary show. Atlantis & La Mascara round out the trios. The tercera is an unusual Peste Negra/TRV rudo versus rudos match. Asturiano, Meyer, Fuerza Chicana, King Jaguar and Policeman are the locals on the card.
The show starts at the usual 9pm and will air on YouTube.
Fight Network has a story up about carrying CMLL – the Thursday night slot is the usual slot. There’s really no other info, including no mention of announcers, which makes think they may just be running the same tapes as in Mexico with no English announcers.
Dragon Lee says he has a strained knee ligament. As of this point, he hasn’t been taken out of any matches.
Wendy, a former CMLL and AAA luchadora in the early 90s, will have a retirement show in Mission, Texas on Thursday. She’s been wrestling in the area the last year at least.
Super Libre has Neutron as a guest.
Super Astro talks about how he got into lucha libre.
Dr. Karonte Jr. wants to go after Rey Cometa
What happened: Mistico & Mephisto made the final of the Incredible Pairs tournament. Marco Corleone & Rush and Super Crazy & Felino turned on each other. Cavernario fouled Rey Cometa in the second.
What was good: The minis match and the tercera were the two most watchable matches on this show.
CMLL (SAT) 04/23/2016 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Apocalipsis b Bengala
2) Sensei b Camorra
3) Magnus b Artillero
4) Stigma b Espanto Jr.
5) Fuego b Disturbio
6) Blue Panther & Titán b Misterioso Jr. & Pierroth
Tecnicos took 1/3, got money from the fans
7) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, La Máscara b Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Vangellys
La Mascara was no help, but the tecnicos won anyway.
Titan & Panther must’ve been awesome for the fans to throw in money for that match (and the recaps makes it sound as if it was just for the tecnicos.)
CaraLucha (SAT) 04/23/2016 Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), Carxyus, Estrellas del Ring]
1) Fiero b Leonidas, Coyote
winner joins the promotion?
2) Centella Atómico & Wasson b Alas de Oro & Príncipe Aéreo
3) Black Terry & Trauma I b Magnífico II & Templario
Black Terry replaced Trauma II, Magnifico II replaced Guerrero Mixtico
4) Centvrión, Dragón Celta, Látigo b Arez, Belial, Impulso
Indystrongtibles want a rematch.
5) Último Guerrero DDQ Satánico
double foul finish
Matches 3 & 4 sound like they were pretty good, and the main event was the moment they wanted it to be. Attendance looks weak, unfortunately.
WMC (SAT) 04/23/2016 Gimansio Hercules, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal [+LuchaTV, Estrellas del Ring, KronoSport]
1) Felina Metálica b La Heroína, Zuka, Lilith Dark, Star Pink [WMC COPA]
Felina defeated Heronia to win.
2) Pegasuz & Sky Man b Rayo Star & Yoruba
Rayo Star had a bad fall in the second fall and left the match.
3) La Jarochita b Zuzu Divine, Kiera, Ashley
Jarochita beat Keira in the final.
4) Centvrión & Látigo b Drastik Boy & Rocky Lobo
The DTU team were upset by their loss and would not accept a handshake after the match, promising to end the Mala Hiebra team.
5) Demasiado b Wotan, Cíclope, Miedo Extremo [WMC HEAVY, #1 Contenders]
Maximo is the WMC champion, so Demasiado will challenge at some point. This indie promotion seems to do more show to show storylines.
CMLL (SUN) 04/24/2016 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Demus 3:16 & Pequeño Violencia b Fantasy & Último Dragóncito
Dragoncito was stretchered out after the Demus Driver, as normal
2) Cancerbero, Canelo Casas, Raziel b Oro Jr., Soberano Jr., Starman
Rudos took 2/3.
3) Estrellita, La Vaquerita, Marcela b Amapola, Tiffany, Zeuxis
Vaquerita replaced Sugehit on Wednesday.
4) Dragón Lee, Rey Cometa, Titán b Cavernario, Ephesto, Felino
5) Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Mistico DQ Rey Bucanero, Rey Escorpión, Terrible
Terrible fouled Atlantis, who wanted a rematch.
That main event doesn’t seem like a big deal for a rematch, but maybe they’re just not doing a big match.
I’ll save IWRG & Lucha Memes for tomorrow, but the Navarros/Indystongitibles match got really strong reviews from that show.
The Fight Network in Canada says they’ll start airing CMLL on 05/05 (Thursdays) at 9pm. They’ve aired it previously, with English voices overs done in England. I assumes there’s English voiceovers for this show as well, though I haven’t listened to the LAW to know – I literally know no details. It’s nice more CMLL is airing and more people are getting a chance to see it but, since almost everything they’re taping is being broadcast on the internet, it’s unlikely to be new material.
LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.
Bio of luchador/graffiti artist Struendo, who’s come up before.
Box Y Lucha 3230 has the 60th Anniversary of Arena Mexico on the cover.
CMLL (SAT) 04/30/2016 Arena México
1) Acero & Fantasy vs Pequeño Universo 2000 & Pequeño Violencia
2) Oro Jr., Robin, Star Jr. vs El Cuatrero, Nitro, Sansón
3) Stigma, The Panther, Tritón vs Bobby Z, Ephesto, Luciferno
4) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Rey Cometa vs Pólvora, Rey Escorpión, Vangellys
5) Dragón Lee, Máscara Dorada, Máximo Sexy vs Euforia, Terrible, Último Guerrero
Sabado Retros is a normal Arena Mexico show, and a very normal one at that. Just five random matches.
CMLL (SUN) 05/01/2016 Arena México
1) Bengala & Sensei vs Artillero & Cholo
2) Magnus, Soberano Jr., Stigma vs El Cuatrero, Espanto Jr., Sansón
3) Guerrero Maya Jr., Pegasso, Tritón vs Disturbio, Sangre Azteca, Skándalo
4) Ángel de Oro, Rey Cometa, Titán vs Cavernario, Euforia, Negro Casas
5) Dragón Lee, Máscara Dorada, Súper Porky vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
This Sunday show is just a normal card too; so much for my idea they were going to load up the cards.
No Cometa/Cavernario singles match sticks out. Maybe they’re just thinking they’ll build it in front of a bigger card to get people to come back the following week – but there’s at least a chance it’s been moved to Friday with the lightning match now on that day. (Or maybe I’m just hoping it’ll be taped.)
CMLL (SUN) 05/01/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Black Sugar & Micro vs Destructor & Quca
2) Capitán Cobra & Linterna vs Carlo Roggi & Mr. Brisa
3) El Alteño, Explosivo, Star Black vs Demonio Rojo, Gran Kenut, Mr. Apolo
4) Cosmos & Metatrón vs Relámpago & Thunder Boy
5) Esfinge, León Blanco, Magnum vs Furia Roja, Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno
Also nothing too interesting.
DTU (SUN) 05/01/2016 Palenque de la Feria, Tulancingo, Hidalgo
1) Atila, Jimmy, Johnny Idolo, Kevin, Tiburón vs Ángel o Demonio, Chato, Nene, Ovett, Paranoiko
2) Erwin, Irving, Qué Monito vs Masizito, Porrito, Zacarias
3) Lanzeloth & Rocky Lobo vs Titán (CMLL) & Tritón (CMLL) and Drastik Boy & Jinzo
4) Lluvia & Zeuxis vs Princesa Sugehit & Reina Isis
5) ?, Crazy Boy, Shocker, Stuka Jr. vs Cíclope, Miedo Extremo, Mr. Águila, Negro Casas
Free sponsored show around noon (so the people on this show will be able to get back to Mexico City in time for that card, and maybe have enough time to work another show in between.) This show will also include a lucha libre photograph expo and an autograph signing.
What happened: LA Park and Cibernetico went to a draw in the first match in the tournament. Xtreme Tiger picked up a win in his second tournament match over Ultimo Guerrero. Rush cheated to defeat Argos & Caristico, though Dragon Lee suffering a knee injury during the match seemed a bigger deal.
What was good: The main event is the one match worth watching.
Where can I watch it: It’s on YouTube and on Azteca’s website, if you’re not in the US.
The show begins with a recap of the LA Park angle from last week. The open is now focused on the 12 people in Liga Elite, instead of just everyone who was mentioned.
Edgar continues to be the sole referee for Liga Elite matches. He wore a CMLL logo shirt the first two weeks, but is wearing an Elite shirt now. The CMLL logo on the stage is covered up. The CMLL logo is still visible on the sign boards on the upper deck on the announce desk, but you’d have to be looking for them to see them. After the second match, when Rush goes over by the announce desk, the CMLL logo is bizarrely blurred out. (more…)
Caristico and Volador are on top of a list with Joe Lider! What is going on. Checking my head to see if I’m running a fever.
- 04/02 AAA
- 04/04 Arena Puebla
- 04/05 Arena Mexico
- 04/06 Lucha Underground
- 04/08 Elite
- 04/08 Arena Mexico
Inconsistency: I hate the amount of titles in Mexico, but I’ve also included a Monterrey match to watch just because the titles made it stick out (and some of those guys are good.)
CMLL (FRI) 04/22/2016 Arena México [SuperLuchas, thecubsfan]
1) Shockercito & Stukita b Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro
16:09. Tecnicos took 1/3. Mercurio replaced Pequeno Olimpico, Shockercito replaced Angelito on Wednesday
2) Esfinge, Pegasso, Tritón DQ El Cuatrero, Skándalo, Virus
11:08. Straight falls for the tecnicos, Esfinge pinning Virus in the second and Virus fouling Esfinge in the second.
3) Ángel de Oro, Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. b Euforia, Olímpico, Ripper
14:36. Tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Atlantis & Súper Porky b Dragón Lee, Máximo Sexy, Rey Escorpión, Titán, Carístico, The Panther [natl pi, seeding battle royal]
5) Carístico & Cibernético b The Panther & Tiger [natl pi, 8f]
6) Rey Escorpión & Último Guerrero b Titán & Vangellys [natl pi, 8f]
7) Dragón Lee & La Máscara b Máximo Sexy & Terrible [natl pi, 8f]
8) Atlantis & Gran Guerrero b Kráneo & Súper Porky [natl pi, 8f]
9) Carístico & Cibernético b Rey Escorpión & Último Guerrero [natl pi, quarterfinal]
10) Atlantis & Gran Guerrero b Dragón Lee & La Máscara [natl pi, quarterfinal]
11) Carístico & Cibernético b Atlantis & Gran Guerrero [natl pi, semifinal]
12) Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Volador Jr. b Cavernario, Felino, Mephisto
8:22. Mephisto replaced Mr. Niebla. Tecnicos took 2/3.
Mistico says next week’s match will be the time to show who’s the best Mistico. Next week’s outcome is going to be very interesting – and how the crowd reacts to each guy will be as well.
I missed writing about it on Monday, but Mephisto replaced Mr. Niebla on that show too. Niebla’s back to being MIA.
And, as mentioned on Twitter, Kamaitachi is done here (and has been for a while.) He’s based in US now, with the word going around that he won’t be going back to Japan soon, even for the Best of Super Juniors. That lineup should be announced on May 3rd at NJPW’s PPV.
Dragon Lee was obviously hobbled and probably shouldn’t have been wrestling last night. It seemed like the idea was to build up his feud with La Mascara, but whatever was done with that didn’t require two matches or really any matches since it was lost in a bunch of other matches. It was also followed by a completely pointless turn: they’re probably not doing Atlantis and Gran Guerrero in a major way, but that was treated with the same significance.
Maybe they’ll follow up on today’s Arena Coliseo show, since Atlantis and Gran Guerrero on opposite sides of the main event. (Probably not, if they didn’t think to follow thru on last night’s main event.) Angel de Oro & La Mascara on the tecnico side, which should also cause some drama. Euforia & Vangelis make up the rest of the rudo side. Best undercard match looks like Fuego versus Disturbio. Next Saturday’s CMLL show moves to Arena Mexico for Kid’s Day.
CaraLucha is back tonight (probably by the time you read this) with Ultimo Guerrero versus Satanico in the main event. Templario, who just showed up on CMLL cards, teams with Guerrero Mixitco against the Traumas. Cenvrion & Latigo team up with Dragon Celta to face the Indystrongibles.
Sunday includes the Lucha Memes show in Coacalo. The Indystrongibbles are on that one taking on the Traumas. The Kamikazes del Aire (Alas de Acero, Aramis and Iron Kid) take on Fujin, Raijin and Okumura. Keira versus Princesa Sugehit is the spotlighted match on the poster; with Keira on upcoming AAA’s posters, this might be the last we see of her against a CMLL name for a while.
This week’s AAA show is already up (and airing as I write this.) This week’s matches are the women’s trios, the Perros vs Jack/Suicide/Argenis and Dr. Wagner Jr. versus Psycho Clown.
AAA sent out a press release about the Lucha World Cup qualifiers in Xalapa without revealing anything more about the Lucha World Cup. There’s no details about it on TV either.
Pentagon Jr. is advertised for 07/30 in South Bend, Indiana.
R de Rudo has details on DF indie luchador Alastor, who passed away earlier this week. There was some unclear incident between two different groups of people, Alastor stood in front of one car to stop the other group of people from leaving, and the driver decided to go anyway, hitting Alastor with his car. The driver was arrested and may be charged with murder.
LuchaWorld has the latest news update.
Artes de Mexico has a lucha libre theme this issue.
Tuesday’s lineup has a poster and a slightly different lineup. They’ve added a six match (Sensei & Leono vs Akuma & Espiritu Negro), and changed the now tercera tecnico side to Magnus, Stigma and Oro (versus Arkangel, Nitro, and Sangre Azteca, so it’s another match where the tecnicos won’t do much.)
ELITE (WED) 04/27/2016 Arena México
1) Astral & Último Dragóncito vs Pequeño Olímpico & Pierrothito
2) Hijo De Dos Caras, Hombre Bala Jr., Tritón vs Eterno, Fresero Jr., Imposible
3) Black Warrior & Blue Panther vs Hechicero & Solar I
4) Volador Jr. vs Máscara Dorada [Liga Elite]
5) El Hijo De La Park, LA Park, Súper Parka vs La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush
6) Bobby Lashley vs Último Guerrero [Liga Elite]
Lashley going for a moonsault to set up the Guerrero Special is going to be odd. Dorada is on match 3, may be done with this tournament by June. (Let’s pretend there’s a long term plan here and they’re packing in his matches now because he’s going to be back in NJPW this summer.)
Elsewhere, it helps to be part of a lucha family. Super Parka & Hijo de LA Park & Pierroth do not belong in any reasonable semimain, but are there because of their family. Black Warrior is peciular fit in the third match, but he’s Blue Panther’s nephew. Hijo de Dos Caras has been heavily pushed as an indy guy for years without having a good match, but he’s a Dos Caras so he makes his debut in the segunda.
CMLL (FRI) 04/29/2016 Arena México
Arena Mexico 60th Anniversary
1) Flyer & Star Jr. vs Cancerbero & Raziel
2) Marcela, Princesa Sugehit, Skadi vs Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis
3) Blue Panther, Stuka Jr., Súper Porky vs Bobby Z, Hechicero, Kráneo
4) Rey Cometa vs Cavernario [lightning]
5) Ángel de Oro, Dragón Lee, Máscara Dorada vs Ephesto, Felino, Rey Escorpión
6) Mephisto & Mistico vs Carístico & Cibernético [natl pi, final]
This tournament either has an Atlantis win or a main event for the real Anniversary show. Atlantis isn’t in the final.
The rest of the card isn’t much support. No sign of Marco & Rush. Hope they let the opening guys do dives. Cometa & Cavernario are probably having their title match one or two days later, which won’t be tape, so at least we’ll get a lightning match.
What happened: Cibernetico & Caristico won the second block of the incredible pairs tournament, and will face Mephisto and Mephisto in the final. It will be the first match between the two different Misticos. (Also, the two Hell Brothers.) Dragon Lee & La Mascara and Gran Guerrero & Atlantis turned on each other during the match.
Dragon Lee showed he still has a significant right leg injury, and was limping around in his appearances. The rudos eventually caught on and started attacking the leg to cover it up.
The first tournament match, Carístico & Cibernético versus Tiger and The Panther, was the best of the block.
What was good: The first few matches were good, and the main event may be more enjoyable if not coming after a long pointless tournament.
Where can I watch it: The main event is on Claro’s site, the matches will be on my channel Tuesday, and the show itself will air on Azteca (US) in mid May