hair & title matches in Arena Puebla, MexaWrestling

Mexa Wrestling (SUN) 07/14/2019 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV]
1) Bombero Infernal b Toro Negro
2) Damián 666 & Oficial AK47 vs Mega & Ultra Mega and Comando Alfa & Comando Gama
Damian 666 replaced Oficial 911.
3) Apolo Estrada, Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo b Jessy Ventura, Zorayita, Zoy Raymunda [lumberjack]
4) Freelance, Mike Segura, Pantera I b Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro
5) Arkángel Divino & Dragón Bane b Hijo de Canis Lupus & Último Maldito [Relevos Increíbles]
great match
6) Toxin b The TigerAramisRey HorusPuma de Oro
Toxin return from being out six months due to injury with a win.
7) El Diablo & Lady Flammer b Demonio Infernal & Lunatik Extreme [table, chair]
8) Hausser L ImposibleFresero Jr.Dinamic BlackBlack DragónAtomic StarEternoBlack Danger (Baja California)Aero BoyCenturionBaby StarFly Warrior [cage, mask, hair]
Eterno took Hausser’s hair.

The cage match teased Centvrion versus Dinamic Black as the finish before things changed. The fifth match was said to be the best match on the show. They also had a strong turnout, which would make this the best attended solo Mexa Wrestling show yet. An irony of the PALL alliance Lucha Memes helped construct is Arena Naucalpan has been easily able to replace the Memes shows with other partners now that Memes isn’t involved.

Tonight’s Arena Puebla is a loaded show. It’s probably meant to be the 66th Anniversary celebration of the building opening, though they’ve not quite mentioned it. There’s both a title match and an apuesta match, which counts as a major show when it happens in Arena Puebla.

The matches themselves aren’t super promising. It’s the title match that’s more of a problem. King Jaguar versus Perverso is not a particularly interesting match to me, but Jaguar has his fans. The local vs local apuesta matches usually end up overdelivering, with the crowd helping them along. It’s probably not going to be one of the greatest matches over but it should still be enjoyable. Nueva Generacion Dinamita and Los Ingobernables met last week to set up their title match. It was not enjoyable. NGD have been reliably good in big matches, but Rush and friends haven’t seemed like a good fit for what they do and vice versa.

The semi-main has Ultimo & Gran Guerrero teaming with Negro Casas against Angel de Oro, Soberano Jr., and Volador. Hijos del Infierno team up against Kraneo, Stigma, and Titan. Marcela & Skadi, mother and daughter, are a two-person team for only the second time in CMLL against Amapola & Dalys. (CMLL just doesn’t book 2v2 women’s matches; this seems to be only happening as a result of other people being booked.) Rey Samuray & Tigre Rojo start the show off against Fuerza Chicana & Toro Bill Jr. The show airs at 9 pm.

Not much news otherwise. Today marks two months away from AAA’s show in Madison Square Garden. There’s been no local promotion I’ve seen, really nothing at all except occasional mentions on commentary since the show was announced in April. I don’t expect there to be much of anything until after TripleMania. You can still purchase first row tickets, though at a very marked up price with other amenities involved. The ticket map itself has been turned off, presumably to hide how the show is doing. (The LA show map has not been turned off.) I’m sure the AEW folks will get a hard sell in person about working that show when they come to the AAA taping on Thursday and again at TripleMania.

This week’s Box Y Lucha #3993 is dedicated to Paco Alonso.

Lineups

CMLL (SUN) 07/21/2019 Arena México
1) Bengala & Sonic vs Cholo & Yago
2) Halcón Suriano Jr., Leono, Sangre Imperial vs Apocalipsis, Hijo del Signo, Príncipe Odín Jr.
3) Súper Astro Jr. vs Oro Jr. [lightning]
4) Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Rey Cometa vs Kawato San, Misterioso Jr., Olímpico
5) Atlantis Jr., El Audaz, Titán vs Hijo del Villano III, Máscara Año 2000, Villano IV
6) Místico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Mr. Niebla, Último Guerrero

A show. Seems weird Kawato beat Audaz and Audaz is higher up than him. Villano IV is back for the first time since May.

Note the Saturday Arena Coliseo show is the Lucha Libre Real Liger farewell one. CMLL’s not put up that lineup on their website. Dr. Wagner Jr. is teasing doing something with old rival Liger while he’s in Mexico. A match w be politically difficult at the moment.

IWRG (SUN) 07/21/2019 Arena Naucalpan
1) Brazo De Oro Jr. & Manchas vs Death Metal & Neza Kid
2) Iraki & Lilith Dark vs Ludark Shaitan & Zuzuki
3) Atomic Star, Black Dragón, Príncipe Aéreo vs Dragón Fly, La Mosca, Marado
4) Aeroboy, Aramis, Imposible vs Demonio Infernal, Eterno, Lunatik Extreme
5) Hijo De Dos Caras, Hijo del Alebrije, Máscara Sagrada Jr. vs El Hijo del Medico Asesino, Galeno Del Mal, Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr.
6) Dr. Wagner Jr., Trauma I, Trauma II vs El Mesías, Hijo de Canis Lupus, Máscara Año 2000 Jr.

Wagner & Mesias are into headline next week, with a former TripleMania victim involved. The fourth match looks good.

Tr3S Caidas (SAT) 07/27/2019 Auditorio de Tijuana, Tijuana, Baja California
1) Galáctico & Galaxy vs Centurión & Príncipe
2) Terror Azteca vs Torito NegroXperiaUnicorno [Tr3s Caidas CRUISER]
3) Black Spider, Rubi Gardenia, Ryan Kidd vs Ciclope, Cinico, Scream
4) Puma King vs Black Destiny
5) Bestia 666 & Rey Horus vs Flamita & Flip Gordon and Jonathan & Tony Casanova
6) Dragón Lee (CMLL) vs Bandido (Indie)

Tr3s Caidas has run the much smaller Arena Big Punch until this show. The top matches should be good but this seems like a big step up in building size.

CMLL weekend results, other notes

CMLL (SAT) 07/13/2019 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Angelito & Kaligua b Pequeño Universo 2000 & Pequeño Violencia
tecnicos took 2/3
2) Inquisidor, Príncipe Odín Jr., Sangre Azteca b Eléctrico, Magia Blanca, Oro Jr.
rudos took 2/3.
3) Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Tritón b Dark Magic, Disturbio, Okumura
Dark Magic replaced Universo 2000 Junior. Tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Tiger b Star Jr. [lightning]
5) Blue Panther, Stuka Jr., Volcano DQ Hechicero, Rey Bucanero, Vangellys
tecnicos took 1/3, the last when Hechicero unmasked Stuka
6) Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero b Titán, Valiente, Volador Jr.
rudos took 1/3.

Tiger credited his physical condition for helping him win.

CMLL (SUN) 07/14/2019 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Violencia b Acero & Aéreo
rudos took 1/3.
2) Amapola, La Seductora, Metálica b Avispa Dorada, La Guerrera, Lluvia
rudos took 2/3.
3) Audaz, Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr. b Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Vangellys
tecnicos took 1/3. Tiger replaced MIsterioso?
4) Rey Cometa b Flyer [lightning]
5) Atlantis, Místico, Soberano Jr. b Felino, Mephisto, Rey Bucanero
tecnicos took 2 (excessive violence DQ)/3
6) La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible b Ángel de Oro, Carístico, Niebla Roja
Ingobernables took 1/3. Rush attacked Angel de Oro with the backboard as medical personal tried to stretcher him out.

That seems more like Rush being Rush rather than anything for sure setting up a match. Not a lot else going on here.

Flyer seemed more likely to get the lightning match win due to his family connection, something Rey Cometa played off of in his victorious promo.

Televisa aired a piece on Paco Alonso as part of their CMLL show this Saturday, including scenes from the mass.

GH (SAT) 07/13/2019 Gimnasio Hercules, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal [+LuchaTV]
1) Shere Kan b AuzterPríncipe AéreoKunai
Kunai added to the match.
2) Hércules Jr. & Kill Korton b Fulgor I & Fulgor II
Hercules Jr. added to the match.
3) Atomic, Baronessa, La Heroína DQ Hija De Gatubela, Lilith Dark, Lunatik Fly
Demonio Infernal attacked Heronia with a chair for a DQ.
4) Demasiado & Diva Salvaje b Demonio Infernal & Impulso and Hellspawn & Tromba [BMLL TAG]
5) Mr. Iguana b Fresero Jr.
6) Arez & Látigo b Puma King & Ricky Marvin
great match

The main event sounds like something worth tracking down, but mostly there wasn’t much to talk about this night so I’m including more results.

The two New York City lucha libre shows drew well for the area. The show headlined by Sam Adonis/LA Park (with Laredo Kid/Extreme Tiger vs Gringo Loco/Brandon Kirk) sounds like it had slightly more people, maybe around 400, then the El Hijo del Santo show. No Alberto at that Santo show. It is probably not a great sign that the NYC casual fan audience that will go out and see lucha libre just to see some lucha libre tops out at maybe 800 and AAA is running MSG there. Double it for the holiday or  triple it for promotion, and it’s still not going to a promising number. AAA has so much work to do.

Nacion Lucha Libre says their next show is 07/27 in Fresnillo, Zacetecas. No building or card. It doesn’t appear they’ve advertised it locally, judging from Facebook posts from the area being surprised about this announcement.

The AAA TV show with Laredo Kid vs Hijo del Vikingo finally made it’s way to YouTube today. It probably isn’t effective to have matches turn up on YouTube over a month after they air but YouTube isn’t pulling the cart right now.

Hijo de Dr. Wagner Jr. announced he’s going to NOAH soon. NOAH’s in the middle of one tour right now and the next is a 08/18 to 09/16 N1 heavyweight singles league. I’d guess he’ll be part of that. I’m not sure he’s ready to impress in something like that, but it’ll be good for his own personal experience.

I can’t really explain this RIOT parody bit easily but it is weird enough to link to anyway.

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report.

Avispon Verde was honored in Ciudad Juarez.

Zocalo writes about the Misterioso/Volador mask match.

An interview with DTU’s Madala, who gets his name from Hinduism.

Ultimo Guerrero slightly defeats Ciber, AAA/EMW in Tijuana, Liger CMLL farewell show

all the finishes

CMLL (FRI) 07/12/2019 Arena México [CMLL, ESTOLucha CentralMarcaOvacionesthecubsfan]
1) El Coyote & Grako b Halcón Suriano Jr. & Príncipe Diamante LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 12 DE JULIO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
14:28. Rudos took 1/3.
2) Átomo, Gallito Tapatío, Microman b Chamuel, Guapito, Zacarias el Perico LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 12 DE JULIO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
11:45. Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Atlantis, Atlantis Jr., Stuka Jr. DQ Ephesto, Hechicero, Hijo del Villano III LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 12 DE JULIO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
9:42. Tecnicos won in straight falls when Villano unmasked Atlantis Jr.
4) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón b Titán, Valiente, Volador Jr. LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 12 DE JULIO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
NGD took 2/3. Paco Alonso was honored before the match.
5) Dragón Lee, Místico, Rush b Gilbert el Boricua, Mr. Niebla, The Chris LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 12 DE JULIO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
13:02. Tecnicos took 2/3.
6) Último Guerrero b Ciber the Main Man LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 12 DE JULIO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
8:22. UG took 2/3, the last by DQ. Ciber took out the referee by accident, fouled UG, put him in a crab and was DQed for hitting the referee. Ciber made sure to hit the referee on purpose in response.

CMLL promos: Ciber, Los Munoz, Hijo del Villano III, Atlantis Jr.,  and the micro tecnicos.

Press room interviews:

Not much of a show. CMLL keeps going back to teasing Ciber in a hair match and Ciber is less over every time they try it. They did a face-saving finish to avoid ending this, but the lack of post-match promos suggest they have no strong plans for it in the immediate future. Ciber needs to actually win a feud to get people to see him as a real threat, but his matches aren’t at the level of CMLL main events and it’s hard to put him in a situation where he might win. Then again, in a year of major feuds for La Bestia del Ring and Mascara 2000, Ciber isn’t taking the average down all that much. The rest of the show was not much better.

Francisco “Paco” Alonso was honored with a mass earlier in the afternoon. The Gladiatores has video of the function. Fray Tormenta presiding over it, with Atlantis Jr., Negro Casas, and Amapola participating in parts of the ceremony. Staff and current CMLL luchadors were in attendance, as were wrestlers coming back just for this. I’d expect to see the Octagons and Fantasmas. It stuck out to see people like Rayo de Jalisco, who probably had to get on a flight to be part of this, or Ripper (Psicosis II), who left CMLL two years ago and still wanted to be here for Paco Alonso.

NJPW also honored Paco Alonso before today’s show.

AAA , EMW (FRI) 07/12/2019 Auditorio de Tijuana, Tijuana, Baja California
1) Adrian Quest, Drake, Fantastik b Griff, Kamikaze, Xcalibur
Fantastik beats Xcalibur.
2) Big Mami, Rayo Star, Tony Casanova b Genio del Aire, Keyra, Lady Maravilla
Keyra suffered a knee injury. Big Mami beat Lady Maravilla. Promotion paid tribute to Perro Aguayo after the match.
3) Hijo Del Vikingo & Laredo Kid b Arkángel Divino & Black Boy and Douglas James & Jake Atlas
Vikingo beat Black Boy in a very good match.
4) Mamba, Máximo, Niño Hamburguesa, Willie Mack b Eddie Edwards, El Hijo del Medico Asesino, Gringo Loco (Illinois), Jonathan
Hamburguesa splash on Gringo Loco & Jonathan.
5) La Hiedra, Rey Escorpión, Texano Jr. b Drago, Lady Shani, Puma King
Rey Escorpion beat Puma King. A fight broke in the crowd after the match.
6) Psycho ClownMichael ElginMurder ClownTaurus [EMW HEAVY]
Earlier, Psycho Clown got beat up by Elgin, Taurus and Rey Escorpion, with Escorpion demanding to be included in this match. He was not included. Psycho beat Taurus to win the vacant title (last held by Mil Muertes in 2017.)
7) PaganoJoe LiderPsicosis INick Gage
bumped up to the main event due to being an extreme match. Pagano beat Joe Lider in a violent match.

Turnout was strong and this was said to be a good show over all. So Cal Uncensored streamed the three-way tag match on Periscope, which is definitely worth checking out. I think Periscope videos disappear after 24 hours, so make it a priority.

Keyra’s knee injury does not look good. She posted an Instagram story this morning with her in a wheelchair at the airport. Keyra being out for a while would have a minimal effect on TripleMania – it’s already a multi-women match with ladders, an easy way to determine a new champ if need be. It would be crushing for Keyra to be out just after she won her first AAA championship.

Speaking of AAA injury news: Brian Cage was removed from the 07/26 DEFY wrestling show due to the leg injury that’s hampered him for the last few months. That’s more than a week later than Cage’s match against Killer Kross for AAA in Aguascalientes. AAA tends not to announce when people are off shows ahead of time, but we can assume he won’t be making that show. I think one of the reasons Cage was booked for this Aguascalientes show is because he missed a previous one due to injury as well; they’re just not having much luck with that. I’m not sure who would replace Cage. AAA’s teased Kross versus Murder Clown in the past and that would be the easiest solution.

Muneca de Plata, one of Brazo de Plata’s daughters, has opened a YouTube channel as Zara Alvarado. She still was wrestling in a mask in the most recent match I’ve seen of her, but I totally forget she actually lost her mask last year.

Shows this weekend:

Saturday

Sunday

I didn’t notice this until it was pointed out yesterday, but the changed date for the Lyger Arena Lopez Mateos show (Thursday to Sunday) meant a fair amount of people got changed from the card. Bandido is off due to Ring of Honor TV, so the main event is now Lyger & Mistico versus Caristico & Ultimo Guerrero. Ricky Marvin is among the guys underneath who are now no longer there, probably because they also had conflicting bookings.

RIOT on 08/23 (“Rina en El Cerro de la Silla”) at Arena Femenil Monterrey

The 08/24 show will have the semifinals (two three-way matches) and the finals (1v1), as well as matches with the eliminated people and perhaps other people as well. There won’t be an announcement of who faces who in the tournament until they come out on Sunday, I believe.

Germany’s WXW announced MexaBlood (Flamita & Bandido) for their 10/04-10/06 World Tag League. The format of that has changed from a round-robin to a straight elimination tag team tournament this year, which means there’s a shot both could end up in singles matches by the end of the weekend.

NJPW announced their 10/16 to 11/03 tour will include the Super Junior Tag League. CMLL teams have been included before and likely will again.

Indio Kikappoo – the one of Saltillo and not Monclova – passed away Wednesday. He was a luchador in the area for about 20 years and then worked as a referee and behind the scenes.

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 07/19/2019 Arena México
1) Sonic & Súper Astro Jr. vs Cancerbero & Raziel
2) Ángel de Oro, Esfinge, Niebla Roja vs Ephesto, Hechicero, Luciferno
3) Marcela © vs Amapola [CMLL WOMEN]
3rd defense
4) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Soberano Jr., Templario [Relevos Increíbles]
5) Hijo de LA Park, LA Park, LA Park Jr. vs La Bestia Del Ring, Místico, Rush
6) Jushin Liger vs CarísticoNegro CasasÚltimo Guerrero [Relevo CMLL]

Liger’s farewell show is a loaded card. The main event is a four-way match with a funny name. LA Park is back to take on the Munoz. It’s supposedly for a while, but every LA Park run is a week by week situation. I guess I’ll finally have to add LA Park Jr. to the database.

The fourth match is a unique match, a little twist on the national champs versus world trios champs match they’ve run in the past. Soberano fit in well with the Guerreros last time out.

Marcela versus Amapola has no build, but it’s there because CMLL is trying to make this a super card and believes that’s still a super match. Same thing with the second match; it’s there because CMLL thinks it’ll be good.

CMLL on Marca: 2019-07-12

that kind of night

Recapped: 07/12/2019

Matches:

El Coyote & Grako beat Halcón Suriano Jr. & Príncipe Diamante
(14:28 [5:26, 4:14, 4:48], 1/3, ok, 00:00:00)

Átomo, Gallito Tapatío, Microman beat Chamuel, Guapito, Zacarias el Perico
(11:45 [4:34, 1:19, 5:52], 2/3, ok, 00:22:00)

Atlantis, Atlantis Jr., Stuka Jr. beat Ephesto, Hijo del Villano III, Hechicero
(9:42 [5:02, 4:40], 1/2 DQ, ok, 00:44:13)

Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón beat Titán, Valiente, Volador Jr.
(13:47 [3:32, 4:29, 5:46], 2/3, ok, 01:04:40)

Dragón Lee, Místico, Rush beat Gilbert el Boricua, Mr. Niebla, The Chris
(13:02 [2:13, 2:41, 8:08], 2/3, ok, 01:25:23)

Último Guerrero beat Ciber the Main Man
(8:22, 2/3 DQ, below average, 01:50:59)

  1. Ciber spear (1:56)
  2. UG pulpo guerrero (2:39)
  3. DQ Ciber for ref attack (3:47)

What happened:

so many moonsaults

Ciber took out referee Edgar with an accidental charge in the third fall of the main event, then fouled Ultimo Guerrero and put him in a crab submission. Edgar recovered and tapped Ciber on the shoulder. Ciber was sure it was to indicate a win. It, of course, was instead a DQ. Ciber harshly shoved Edgar down and out of the ring.

Paco Alonso was remembered prior to the fourth match.

Villano III Jr. unmasked Atlantis Jr. for the DQ in their match.

Thoughts:

This card didn’t look highly promising on paper and didn’t surprise in reality. I kind of just want to write the whole thing off as a group of wrestlers still dealing with the shock and depression of their well-liked boss suddenly passing away. The hardest working people on the show were the Munoz, who was specifically doing it as a tribute. Most everyone else seemed to just be muddling their way thru their state of mind. The Monday and Tuesdays show wasn’t great but they rarely are, it might have had a more noticeable effect here. Next week, with Liger and LA Park around, should be a lot better.

I want to write this show off for me too after spending the first hour of this show trying to figure out why my computer won’t play the audio and sound in sync from YouTube anymore, but I don’t think I get that.

Stuka smooth into the ‘rana

Ciber and Ultimo Guerrero was a boring match devoid of many highlights or entertainment. It was a slog. The very square peg of Ciber didn’t really fit into Ultimo Guerrero’s round hole of a match formula, even the cut down simplified version they did here. UG wasn’t at his best either, slipping on his big leap over the barricade. Ciber was game to take the superbomb, but it wasn’t his night and it’s hard to believe this is going to ever work. The crowd was into this feud only as much as they always like cheering Ultimo Guerrero; there’s no steam in Ciber and the weak finish didn’t help him either. This didn’t work, but it hasn’t worked any time in the last three years. CMLL just can’t let it go for unclear reasons.

The semimain was probably the most fun match of the show, with Mistico, Dragon Lee and Rush enjoying getting to be a team. Their opponents didn’t really add much. Niebla seemed to spend most of the match on the apron while Gilbert and Sharly wrestled as less mobile Hijos del Infierno. This was very much matching making based on trying to get people their promised amount of bookings rather than trying to put together something good and it showed. The one silver lining is Gilbert looked better knocking around Mistico than he has in most of his time in CMLL. He may be still successful as a heavyweight bullying small guys – you know, exactly what he did with Fenix – but that’s not a dynamic CMLL pursues often. The heavyweight battles they want for him aren’t working.

The Volador/NGD trios followed right out of the Paco Alonso tribute. I’m probably projecting things that aren’t really there, but it came off like a purposefully easy match to get the crowd back in. NGD did a new bit of chaining some of their solo finishing moves in series to close out a fall, but most of this was a house main event stuff. They did a “star with a tapatia” fall ending to start and another one that ended directly after the dives, this wasn’t particularly deep. It was fine for what it was.

Atlantis Jr.’s team got beat up and came back to win the first fall of the tercera, which is always a sign the match is probably going two falls. There’s no point in going in so heavy with Hijo del Villano III and Atlantis Jr. at this point, they’re both not completely ready for it and it’d be a tragedy to have them do an actual 1v1 mask match any time soon. CMLL just can’t resist nostalgia in general, and second general rivalries are irresistible nostalgia stuff. Hechicero & Stuka had some good moments. Atlantis continues to struggle to move around.

down he goes

Microman & Chamuel were really good in the micros match, even with Chamuel not doing a lot to hide how much he was helping at the times. The other four didn’t add a whole lot and occasionally took some away. The match was fine, there are just bigger problems here. The first micro matches showed some progression and growth from the wrestlers. That’s not there anymore, and this match felt like some of them were getting worse. It’s one match but the micros could use a positive sign in general.

Halcon Suriano Jr. seems like a guy who would keep doing moonsaults forever if the situation allowed it, and the situation here just about did. I was most distracted during this match, which seemed like a not great night out of the rudos and about a usual one for the tecnicos. Miguel Linares was very excited to refer to Suriano’s submission as La Lanza de Halcon so I’ll note it as well.

Ciber vs UG tonight, Nacion debuts with strong turnout, CMLL trios in ROH

they did it

NLL (THU) 07/11/2019 Sala de Armas Magdalena Mixhuca, Ciudad México, Distrito Federal [+LuchaTV, Notimex, The Gladiatores]
1) Hija De Gatubela, Stephanie Vaquer, Thunder Rosa b Lady Flammer, Reina Oscura, Sexy Dulce Dulce Sexy, Reina Oscura y Lady Flamer vs Thunder Rosa, Stephanie Vaquer e Hija de Gatubela (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
Hija de Gatubela replaced Christi Jaynes. Kamille distracted Dulce Garcia for the loss.
2) Brazo De Oro Jr., Dual, Hijo De Dos Caras b Batab El Guerrero, Bram, La Máscara Hijo de Dos Caras, Brazo de Oro Jr y Dual vs la Máscara, Bram y Batab el Guerrero (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
Brazo de Oro Jr. replaced Dr. Wagner (moved up)
3) Galeno Del Mal & Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr. b Hijo de LA Park & LA Park L.A Park Jr e Hijo de L.A Park vs Hijo del Dr. Wagner y Galeno del Mal en Nación Lucha Libre (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
Replaces a Daga/Flamtia vs Puma/Horus match. Wagners ended to Silver King’s theme.
4) Bestia 666 & Damián 666 b Fresero Jr. & Mr. Iguana and Relámpago & the Tiger (Tamaulipas) Damián 666 y Bestia 666 vs Fresero Jr y Mr. Iguana vs The Tiger y Relámpago en Nación Lucha Libre (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
Damian 666 & Relampago replaced Taurus & Laredo Kid on 06/16.
5) Rey Horus b El Bandido Bandido vs Rey Horus mano a mano en Nación Lucha Libre (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
replaced Relampago vs Heddi Karaoui (moved up). Crowd liked the match.
6) Chavo Guerrero Jr. & Mecha Wolf 450 b Matt Sydal & Súper Nova Chavo Guerrero Jr y Mecha Wolf vs Matt Sydal y Super Nova en Nación Lucha Libre (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
Lucha Brothers replaced by Sydal & ? on June 21st. Super Nova turned out to be the surprise luchador.
7) Canek & Solar I b Heddi Karaoui & Negro Navarro Canek y Solar vs Negro Navarro y Heddi Karoui en Nación Lucha Libre (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
Heddi Karaoui replaced Damian (moved to another match) on June 21st.
8) Alberto el Patrón, Hijo del Fantasma, LA Park b Apolo (Puerto Rico), El Mesías, MVP L.A Park, el Patrón, Hijo del Fantasma vs El Mesías, Apolo y MVP con Nación Lucha Libre (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
LA Park replaced Dr. Wagner (AAA) on June 21st. The Puerto Ricans used a foul causing Ricardo Rodriguez to interfere to help Alberto win.

A strong turnout for the promotion’s first show. The building didn’t seem full but it looked good enough. This should start airing July 20th and will likely be broken up over a couple of episodes, but it’s also already up on YouTube. Bandido & Horus and Wagners/Parks sound like the best-received match.

They did well despite the weird day, the card changes and apparently starting an hour late for no obvious reason. It is also a weird situation when the only ongoing feud appears to be Sexy Dulce versus Kamille. Promotions elsewhere have leaned heavily into being episodic, setting up big storyline hooks to keep you paying attention to the next show. Promotions in Mexico – this one and what I suspect we’ll see with Pro Wrestling Mexico this weekend – go with the idea that if they just put enough stars on the show and the people have a good time, that’ll be enough to keep them coming back next time.

A fight broke out in the crowd during the main event, with LA Park and MVP helping break it up. It’s a rare case of LA Park stopping a crowd brawl instead of inciting it.

They did a sort of red carpet deal before the show to do a lot of interviews with the bigger names, which did allow media to write about the show being a success without waiting for it to actually happen.  Alberto said things about how people wanted to stop them but they’d cut their own head off to use to have the same level of talent as Nacion Lucha Libre. Alberto plans on being president of the promotion but not wrestling on every show. He said Wagner, Fenix, and Penta couldn’t participate due to contractual issues. Alberto frames it as generously agreeing to allow Fenix & Penta out of their deals to let them grow as wrestlers and says someone else (Wagner?) couldn’t read his contract. Alberto was not bothered by any of this, boasting that the new card was even better than the old one. Alberto is a charming storyteller, which has helped a great deal the last decade. He also did a big rah rah speech hyping up the promotion before the matches started.

Alberto and the promotion mentioned there’s a show in Zacatecas “next week.” No date or location or card has been announced.

CMLL today has Ciber the Main Main versus Ultimo Guerrero as the main event. They met three years ago on a CMLL show. It wasn’t good. It probably won’t be better three years later. They rematched a few weeks later in Guadalajara but watching another Ciber/UG match seemed like a poor use of time. Guess it’s the poor use of time I’m making tonight. The fear is this is the Aniversario main event – either in singles or with more people being drawn in for a cage match – and they’ll signal it tonight. The saving grace is CMLL’s done a lot of starts of things which looked like big main events this year and few of them have actually happened. It’s at the point where if they end the show making hair match challenges it may mean nothing. If they end the show making hair match challenges and specifically call out the Aniversario show, we may be in trouble.

This is not an overall strong show. Dragon Lee, Mistico and Rush get to team up as a family, but opposition of Gilbert, The Chris, and Mr. Niebla does not suggest a strong match. NGD versus Volador, Valiente and Titan has a chance to be decent. Atlantis Jr gets to continue his feud with Hijo del Villano III, with his father, Stuka Jr., Ephesto and Mephisto along. Villano IV is MIA, not having been seen in CMLL in a couple of months. The micros might get the best reaction of the night, as Microman & Gallito Tapario team with Atomo against Chamuel, Zacarias and Guapito. As always, the third men on these teams are the biggest issues. Halcon Suriano Jr. & Principe Diamante open against Coyote & Grako, which has a chance to be better than a usual opener.

The show will stream on Marca (though the player is missing from that page) and their YouTube channel (no link there either!) I’ll stream it as well as long as those links turn up.

Lucha Central has a preview of the show.

The Arena Mexico mass for Paco Alonso is going on now. Lots of luchadors are in attendance.

Ciber told Marca that Ultimo Guerrero may run the CMLL school and teach people how to wrestle, but he knows how to wrestle too. That’s a bold claim. Ciber wants the hair match but also wants to win the heavyweight title first. Ultimo Guerrero also wants a hair match, though he’s willing to do a cage match.

NJPW will honor Paco Alonso with a ceremony before their show tomorrow morning.

El Grafico talks to Metalico about his switch to being a referee. It’s said here to involve some quick paperwork and passing a knowledge test. Metalico mentions he was a policeman at one point in his life and this is sort of along the same lines to him.

La Maligna mentioned many dreams of hers have come true when talking to her hometown paper about appearing on lottery tickets. She’s more talking about getting to travel to Japan.

Ring of Honor announced Caristico, Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr. against Barbaro Cavernario, Hechicero, and Templario for their 08/09. That’s the CMLL trios match they were teasing and it is a great match. It is Barbaro Cavernario and Templario’s debut in Ring of Honor and both are going to do great.

Torreon area luchadora Piel Canela Jr. is returning to the ring this week after being out a year and a half with a serious knee injury that left her in the hospital for two months. A lot happened in that time. She came to Mexico City looking for help, Misterioso Jr. recommended a doctor who could operate quickly and reduced cost to almost 30% of the original price. Her luchador husband Drako worked three jobs to support them while she was out hurt. Shocker gave them a job at his restaurant despite not having the experience, got them a meal, drove them home that first day, and advanced them a week of salary. Canela started training at Arena Mexico as she was recovering, suffered some stomach pains, and thought the training was just really hard. It turned out her appendix had burst. Neighbors helped her find a social program to pay for the surgery. Later, Drako and Canela (and their small child) got held up at gunpoint at a market, policemen happened to come by, and an actual firefight took place. The family was all ok and several of the robbers were put in jail. After all that, she’s back wrestling Sunday in Plaza de Toros Torreon.

I haven’t watched the ChilangaMask show that went up on +Lucha yesterday and the reports at the time were not strong. It still is worth checking out the last six or so minutes, where Coliseo Coacalco owner (and usual weekly promoter) Justiciero furiously ends the main event because he hates the extreme stuff they’re doing so much (specifically teases of bottles to the head), and so they try to fight into the parking lot instead for a minute or two. Chilanga Mask has amusingly run nothing but an Anniversary show the last few years in Coliseo Coacalco, but I don’t think they’re going to be back next year. No indie promotion has been in Coacalco since this May show; the Memes show that’s coming up in Gimnasio Hercules is usually there and other indies have run it as well. I don’t know that venue is actually closed off from them at the moment but Justiciero was for sure angry.

Puma King celebrates his birthday in his newest video.

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 07/16/2019 Arena México
1) Magnus & Retro vs Akuma & Espanto Jr.
2) Drone, Fuego, Magia Blanca vs Disturbio, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado
3) Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., El Audaz vs Dark Magic, Okumura, Virus
4) Blue Panther vs Felino [lightning]
5) Kráneo, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Hechicero, Rey Bucanero, Vangellys
6) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Valiente vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Mr. Niebla

Very much just a show. Panther and Felino could get up something in the lightning match, maybe. No follow up to Polvora and Blue Panther Jr. seems to confirm they were just screwing around for reasons.

CMLL (TUE) 07/16/2019 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Alteño, Luminoso, Star Black vs Furia Roja, Gemelo Pantera I, Gemelo Pantera II
2) Avispa Dorada, La Guerrera, Mystique vs La Comandante, La Seductora, Tiffany
3) Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa, Star Jr. vs Kawato San, Tiger, Universo 2000 Jr.
4) Esfinge, Soberano Jr., Tritón vs Cavernario, Negro Casas, Pólvora
5) Atlantis, Atlantis Jr., Volador Jr. vs La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible

Rush & Terrible beat Kraneo & Volcano via cheating last week, which was apparently just to do it since it isn’t followed up on this week.

CMLL Mexico: 2019-07-09

“they put another caveman in BOLA?!??”

Recapped: 07/10/2019

Matches:

Cholo & Yago beat Robin & Sonic
(9:59 [3:52, 2:30, 3:37], 2/3,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Akuma, Espanto Jr., Espíritu Negro beat Pegasso, Stigma, Súper Astro Jr.
(13:00 [6:25, 2:12, 4:23], 1/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Rey Cometa beat Dark Magic, Kawato San, Pólvora
(20:06 [8:19, 5:40, 6:07],
1/3 DQ, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. beat Felino, Negro Casas, Tiger
(17:51 [8:22, 3:34, 6:05],
2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Templario beat Carístico, Flyer, Volador Jr.
(17:22 [4:25, 4:52, 8:05],
1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Dragón Lee beat Cavernario
(13:48 [2:56, 2:37, 8:15],
good, 2/3, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

nothing about this is good for Mije

This show will be remembered as the strangely long Tuesday show but we’re still not sure why. Dragon Lee beat Cavernario in their match but there’s nothing there more than the result. Polvora and Blue Panther Jr. exchanged mask match challenges but it didn’t seem entirely serious.

Thoughts:

Cavernario going to the top rope against Dragon Lee in the third fall of the main event seemed like a very bad sign, because it was only going to end with Cavernario getting double stomped and that often ends CMLL matches. I breathed a sigh of relief when Cavernario kicked out of that double stomp. Dragon Lee immediately gave him the desnucadora for the win. I shouldn’t have breathed. This is a good match where both men worked hard for the time that it feels mean to degenerate as not their best, but also it was very clearly not their best. They did better than most people would do in a thrown off singles match on an off night but Cavernario & Dragon Lee have raised the bar higher than that. I assume the show length caused them to go shorter than they would’ve, but I’m not sure of that. It would probably be good for us if they had the sense to not go all out on a Tuesday but it’s not quite as good for us.

Often the triple dive spot leads to the tecnicos winning a fall. In this semi-final, it led the tecnicos coming back in the ring, falling down, and immediately getting submitted. That doesn’t seem great. Seemed weird that Gran Guerrero was getting a pin on Caristico to win a match. In between was well-worked match that didn’t really peak but used the time the best of three long trios matches.

Espanto Jr. will get over if he keeps doing this

The fourth match went long, but it felt like a normal match worked at a slightly more leisurely pace. Angel de Oro, Niebla Roja, and Soberano still make a good trio and the Casas family worked well as opponents. Angel de Oro is getting a lot of screams. Tiger seemed to like working with new people and I appreciate the effort to start something with Soberano even after the match.

The Polvora trios match didn’t feel totally weird until the second fall. The first fall was long but in the way that some midcard matches just can randomly have long falls. By the second fall, there was brawling out to the crowd for a while for no perceptible reason. The reason so had to be stalling. After the match, they let Polvora talk, brawl, and talk more when they’re usually very quick to shut the mics off when things are going too long. Edgar didn’t try to cut it off either, which meant it the weird meandering promos were part of some of plan. The match itself didn’t seem like a plan, something that meandered with comebacks and endings coming with little setup. The whole match didn’t help anyone, but Dark Magic popping up on a stream for the first time in months to lay in some chokes was very much not great. He’s got the most robotic stomps I’ve ever seen and it has to be some kind of messed up stomp for me to notice how bad they are.

The second match was fine for who was involved. CMLL cameras are really good at shooting Super Astro Jr.’s reverse tope. This match also featured the worse version of the front cracker/wheelbarrow suplex spot I’ve seen. The rudos did seem to have teamwork spots, so I believe their desire to be a permeant trio is not just some random thought. It just doesn’t seem likely to happen.

i like this bump when it’s not from a destroyer

lucha TV preview for weekend of July 12th, 2019

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Hijo del Vikingo vs Laredo Kid will go up on AAA YouTube this week. (Assuming it makes the YouTube cut!) If that match wasn’t recorded from Twitch and put onto YouTube a month ago, does Laredo Kid work that AEW show? Does TripleMania have a semi-main event? The answer is that bootlegging is clearly bad and we should all patiently wait for these matches to be uploaded over a month later.

I’m not excited for Terrible vs Valiente on CMLL Domingo but that still sounds better than Ultimo Guerrero vs Ciber on CMLL Marca.

Will I remember to add Nacion Lucha Libre next week? Probably not.

CMLL Puebla: 2019-07-08

nah

Recapped: 07/09/2019

Matches:

Black Tiger & Sombra Diabólika beat Astro & Meyer
(16:35 [8:02, 3:22, 5:11], 2/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Halcón Suriano Jr. & Sonic beat Espíritu Maligno & Rey Apocalipsis
(14:22 [6:43, 3:48, 3:51], 2/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cancerbero, Policeman, Raziel beat Eléctrico, Millenium, Pegasso
(14:20 [5:28, 4:07, 4:45], 1/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

El Perverso beat King Jaguar in a lightning match
(6:44, reversed roll up with ropes, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Dragón Lee, Místico, Soberano Jr. beat Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Negro Casas
(8:43 [2:25, 1:38, 4:40], 2/3 DQ, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible beat Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón in a relevos increíbles match
(9:00 [1:05, 4:48, 3:07], 1/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

butt bump is new

Paco Alonso was honored before the semi-main.

Los Ingobernabales and NGD agreed to a trios title match next week.

Negro Casas fouled Soberano Jr. to conclude the semi-main.

Perverso tried using the ropes for leverage twice and got away with it the second time to beat King Jaguar. He and Jaguar agreed to a hair match.

Everyone in the opening match was wearing black as the main color. I would’ve fined everyone involved heavily. Astro at least had a green mask.

Thoughts:

The main event was the weakest of all the matches rated OK here. The two teams didn’t work well together and neither could figure out who was supposed to be the tecnicos in this rudo/rudo match up. (They both tried it.) Some of the problems seemed to be the usual Bestia related ones though not all of them. Perhaps they’ll do better next week but I don’t have strong hopes for this. Anyway, it’s Bestia del Ring from Puerto Rico why is he challenging for a Mexican title.

Halcon Suriano submission

The semi-main was quick. Mistico pulling out his diving headscissors on Euforia on this show was surprising, but he and Dragon Lee didn’t seem otherwise in it. Casas & Soberano continue to have some chemistry. I’m not sure I need to see the singles match again after it just happened in Arena Mexico, but I’m sure most people are digging into Sunday extra matches.

Perverso & King Jaguar worked hard for about seven minutes and the hair match next week should be as fine as this one. I’m so focused on people doing cool offense and these guys are not. This was a lot of simple stuff done well enough and without any great reason to care. I understand why the fans care – King Jaguar’s there forever – but I wish I found a reason to care myself.

The second match had some random big spots near the finish and a very sudden end. Halcon Suriano and Rey Apocalipsis competed for longest set up to a finishing move. Halcon Suriano has added a wheel kick to his repertoire. It needs work, but what else are you going to do in these matches. I think I’ve talked myself into these matches needing to be worse for people trying things that might not work in case they do, just leaning into the training aspect as long as no one’s taking them seriously.

Sofia Alonso new president of CMLL, Nacion Lucha Libre debuts tonight

tonight. may just repost this tomorrow with X’s over anyone’s face who didn’t make the show

Sofia Alonso announced she had been appointed the new president of CMLL yesterday on CMLL Informa in an interview about Paco Alonso’s death and the future of CMLL.  Sofia will now be in charge of the promotion. Sofia noted this was the worst possible way to get this job. Sofia said they all must do their best to hold up what Paco built.

Paco Alonso fainted on Friday and suffered cardiac respiratory arrest in an ambulance on the way to the hospital. He passed away early Saturday. (All three of the recent big lucha libre deaths – Aguayo & Silver King as well – were due to heart issues.) Sofia and her mother decided Paco would’ve wanted to have a small private service and did that, only letting the wider world know a day later. If I understood what Sofia said correctly, Paco was cremated even before they announced his death. The CMLL luchadors were told there would be a moment of applause during the show. They did find out who it would be just before they got to the ring, and that was the first they knew of it.

Sofia Alonso said she has no plans for a new era and wants to keep with the good things CMLL and Paco Alonso have already done. She would like to see the different departments working closer together while continuing the traditions of lucha libre. Sofia expects there will be differences because she comes from a different generation than her father, but doesn’t expect them to be big changes. Sofia acknowledged she’s in this position because she’s part of the Lutteroth family, but also had the choice not to be involved. She’s doing this job because she feels strongly about itShe loves lucha libre, loves going to them when she doesn’t have to because she loves lucha. Sofia wants everyone in CMLL to feel that same love of lucha libre. She promised to have an open door to the luchadors and that CMLL going down is not an option. Sofia already lost her father and she’s not going to lose her father’s work.

Sofia Alonso’s interview was exactly what CMLL needed at this moment. CMLL calls itself the serious and stable promotion and everyone around it needed a sign of stability following Paco Alonso’s death. Sofia assured everything that nothing major is changing with the change in leadership. All the people who count on CMLL as a business relationship or their household income need not worry.

I’m always of the opinion that we should always pay attention to what a wrestling promotion (or really any business) says but we should also be careful to watch they actually do to see if they actually are following those words. Sofia Alonso said the right things, but we’ll have to be patient enough to see if small modernizations are the only changes that happen. And we’ll have to wait to see if Sofia is truly in charge. Sofia was the face of CMLL prior to Paco Alonso’s death, so it would’ve only been news if anyone besides Sofia did yesterday’s interview or were announced as president. I’ve been led to believe other people would likely be involved in running CMLL alongside Sofia back as far as when she was first introduced. (Having help wouldn’t be an indictment of Sofia either; she’s stepping into a situation with both AAA & WWE aiming for CMLL’s talent and market, and were continuing an alliance with NJPW is pretty important. Take all the help you can get.) Perhaps she’ll truly end up being the sole person in charge but this is a wait and see a moment in a lot of ways.

Dorian Roldan is the face of AAA ownership and does a tremendous amount for that promotion. My understanding is that his mother, Marisela Pena, is still the actual head of the company, the person who signs the checks. It’s been a family group effort and had been when Joaquin Roldan was alive, but Marisela is the actual big boss. Which means the two most powerful people in Mexican wrestling right now are women. Wrestling universally has and does have problems with sexism. I’m not sure how much I can fairly speak about Mexican culture without living it, but my sense is there’s a lot of sexism issues there as well. The intersection of wrestling and Mexico seems to make this even worse, something that was hard not to reflect on even as CMLL and the Mexican lottery were promoting luchadora contribution to Mexican culture last night. It is an industry where seemingly a quarter of the women end up being named some variation of “sexy” with male trainers coming up with the names. There are few female trainers; it was news to me when Pro Wrestling Revolution announced Lady Apache was training there this summer because she seems like she’d be great at it but it doesn’t seem like an opportunity she’d get with a notable group in Mexico. Faby Apache may be training for AAA, I’m not really sure, and it’s possible Rossy Moreno is training people at Arena Azteca Budokan but there’s no really been a high profile female trainer so far. The few female referees there’s been all seem to be there for their outfits, and it’s even rare at that level. There’s a women ring announcer or two and some of the CMLL luchadoras announce a few times a year, but there’s no full-time female announcer calling shows now and hasn’t been one for a while. Even in the media side, there are not many women involved: Monica Ochoa does interviews for Lucha Central, Angelica Diaz does show results for R de Rudo, various women have covered shows for Estrellas del Ring, but I’m struggling to think of more. +LuchaTV have had women work on-screen for short stints and I think MedioTiempo has as well, but there’s no one else who’s carved out a consistent presence at those outlets as far as I can think. I don’t know everyone – maybe there’s a YouTube vlogger I should know? (edit: I forgot Ana Guiterrez, who has worked on her own site and with CMLL in Guadalajara) – but the flipside to Sofia & Marisela being the two most powerful women in lucha libre is it is hard to figure out who would be the third. The gulf is massive. Mexican wrestling has been that treehouse for ten-year-old boys with a “No Girls Allowed” sign on the front. The girls now own the treehouses. Maybe they can take down the sign, but they’ve got to deal with a lot of people comfortable with having that sign and what it means.

MedioTiempo writes about the history of female promoters. The most well known is Lila Cavazos, who promoted in Monterrey in the 80s and 90s (and was the mother of Antifaz del Norte.) When I was first starting the luchadb and Box Y Lucha’s page of lineups were kindly sent to me, I’d always see a lot of Martha Villalobos promoted small AAA affiliated shows around Mexico City. They usually were using mostly unknown people, though a few of the minis made it to CMLL. The article mentions Lola Gonzalez as a promoter of the past too. Arena Azteca Budokan is owned by the Moreno family and sisters Rossy & Esther are the ones running the Dinastia Moreno shows. Roxana Cantu promoters mostly at Arena Cuatro Caminos in Nuevo Laredo, where she’s taken over for her father who promoted the area for a long time. Alma Zuniga of Chilpancingo is also a promoter in Chilpanginco. I’ve been told one of the Negro Casas daughters is involved with running Mexico City indie RO Wrestling; I think it’s Omii and that’s why it’s RO but now I’m worried I’m remembering this wrong.

Gala Lutteroth Kochen, as the CMLL Director of Cultural, was part of the group representing the promotion at the lottery drawing last night.

Two promotions which aspire to be regular fixtures kick off this week. The first is tonight when Nacion Lucha Libre runs their first show in Sala de Armas in Mexico City at 8 pm. This is the Alberto el Patron fronted group, though it is someone else who is footing the bills. They do have a TV deal and will air on ImagenTV starting on July 20th. ImagenTV didn’t seem a big part of the promotion at the introduction press conference but has promoted the event with luchador guests on their talk shows. The only real news about the promotion since that press conference was the lineup getting torn up and reassembled into this when all AAA-affiliated luchadors pulled off the show. The AAA wrestlers said they were not allowed to work on an Azteca-competing TV network in Mexico, while Nacion Lucha Libre is pushing the idea that their wrestlers are free to work anywhere they want because they’re all about freedom for their luchadors and criticized this as AAA trying to stop them. AAA surely actually does want to stop them – Nacion Lucha Libre is a threat to cut into their market – but that’s also something any wrestling promotion in Mexico should’ve been aware of from day one. AAA respectfully sent condolences out about Paco Alonso death (a courtesy CMLL hasn’t extended to them), but if there’s a chance for AAA to better themselves by taking away talent or resourced from CMLL today, they will do it.

The lineup, even more so it the initial form, is leaning heavily on a Mexico versus the World theme. The main event has Alberto teaming with Fantasma and LA Park against MVP, Apolo, and Mesias. Bandido versus Rey Horus seems like the most promising match on the show. Kamilla, the tall blond woman from the US who appeared at the first press conference, will be at the show to continue whatever they were setting up with Dulce Sexy. Tinieblas and Dos Caras (not to be confused with Cedric Alexander) will be honored on the show. This is the first show for a promotion that looked a little bit shaky, both at the press conference and having to redo their lineup. It is a safe bet they’ll have some changes tonight again. Hopefully, it’s not too serious.

Nacion Lucha Libre’s plan is to run shows every 2-3 weeks, touring around Mexico in a similar fashion to AAA. They have not publicly announced those future shows and that’s my biggest red flag about this promotion. No matter how good the show is or how many tickets are bought, that’s something they need to do immediately. If there’s no next show date for me to write about tomorrow, this is trouble. A lot of stuff Alberto has been involved with over the last few years have ended up being trouble, so it’s easy to be skeptical of this one.

Ticket seems to be selling decently well; the first two sections were sold out as of late night. They’re also expecting a big turnout by how they’re handling logistics. The Diablo Rojo baseball team usually plays their weekday home games at 7 pm. They’re playing at 4 pm today by request of the building management because the Nacion Lucha Libre show is starting in the same sports zone at 7. They’re not thrilled. It does suggest the building expects a lot of people to be in the area.

Pro Wrestling Mexico, the other new promotion debuting this week, streamed a press conference to hype Sunday’s show.

The Jushin Thunder Lyger Thursday Arena Lopez Mateos show is now a Sunday Arena Lopez Mateos show. It seems like more people would come on Sunday all along, so I’m suspicious that whomever originally had Liger booked on Sunday changed their mind about running.

Ultimo Guerrero says he wants a 1v1 hair match against Ciber. So that’s one.

Angel Garza (Jr.) had an interview with AS Mexico. He revealed he was invited to try out for WWE and asked to suggest someone to come with him. He picked Humbert Carrillo (Ultimo Ninja). They didn’t get picked after the tryout. They didn’t get picked again a year later after going to NXT for it. It was the third tryout – after WWE had noticed Garza appearing on Impact’s TV show and asked him about his status – that WWE wanted to bring him in it. Carrillo passed the medical tests but Garza did not due to his shoulder. He was signed after that shoulder healed. Garza credits his uncles (Humberto Garza Jr., Mario Segura, and Hector Garza) for teaching them about how to present themselves as a luchador to stand out. Garza says WWE suggested he use his name “Humberto Garza”, but he didn’t want to wrestler under the same first name as his cousin. He did want to keep the Garza name and eventually arrived at Angel Garza. He’s training with Black Magic (Norman Smiley) at NXT.

Blue Demon and Dr. Wagner will have a match on August 6th in Arena Aficion. Both of these men vowed they will stop wrestling if they lose at TripleMania with the later exception of the US shows. One of these men – let’s call him Dr. Wagner – got goaded into making that vow by LA Park and now the extensions are not the real thing which will make him look like a fool. It makes me wonder if perhaps they’ll do some finish at TripleMania to give him an out to go on, or if he’ll just be “fulfilling already agreed upon dates” for the next five years or so.

RIOT on 08/23 (“Rina en El Cerro de la Silla”) at Arena Femenil Monterrey

+LuchaTV has an interview with Xtreme Tiger.

An interview with DTU’s Samuray Jr. mentioned he’s following on from his uncle, a luchador in the 60s.

Lineups

CMLL (MON) 07/15/2019 Arena Puebla
1) Rey Samuray & Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Fuerza Chicana & Toro Bill Jr.
2) Marcela & Skadi vs Amapola & Dalys
3) Kráneo, Stigma, Titán vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
4) King Jaguar vs Perverso [hair]
5) Ángel de Oro, Soberano Jr., Volador Jr. vs Gran Guerrero, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero
6) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón © vs La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible [MEX TRIOS]
12th defense

This appears to be the Arena Puebla Anniversary show, though the poster doesn’t mention it as much. The semi-main posts to a Soberano/Casas singles match next week, so that could officially be it. A title change in the main event is unlikely but definitely not impossible. Normal patterns would have the young Perverso beating the older King Jaguar in the hair match, but Perverso won the lead-up match.

great match roundup, week of 2019-06-29

a double wristlock slam

recaps

All 2019 round-up posts2019 MOTYC list

That’s a lot of lucha, even with the other AAA show bumping into the next week. It also might be me catching up on the catch-up. I’ve only got a couple of matches left on my watch list, maybe not enough for another post, maybe I’ll figure out something so I get Audaz/Kawato done. I’m also almost entirely caught up.

This was a strong AAA TV show that’ll be fun when it turns up sometime in August. The Friday night show was good as well. The ciberentico was good as long as you have reasonable expectations for what those guys are going to be.

recommended matches

rating matches TV Show taped
great Dinastía & Iron Kid vs Arez & Látigo  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2019-07-03 2019-07-03
good Flyer vs Audaz & Kawato SanSúper Astro Jr.Hijo del Villano IIIStar Jr.EléctricoPríncipe DiamanteHalcón Suriano Jr.Sonic for the CMLL World Super Lightweight Championship and in a tournament semifinal match CMLL World Super Lightweight contenders match (2019-06-23 ) (posted by thecubsfan) ELIMINATORIA CAMPEONATO LIGERO CMLL (06-23-2019) (posted by HVSLuchaLibre) CMLL on TV Mexiquense: 2019-06-30 2019-06-23
good Dave The Clown vs EternoVillano III Jr.  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2019-07-03 2019-07-03
good Drago © vs Golden MagicChik Tormenta for the AAA Latin American Championship  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2019-07-03 2019-07-03
good Aerostar, Lady Shani, Niño Hamburguesa vs La Hiedra, Monsther Clown, Taurus  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2019-07-03 2019-07-03
good Hijo Del Vikingo, Laredo Kid, Myzteziz Jr. vs Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2019-07-03 2019-07-03
good Atlantis Jr. vs Hijo del Villano III in a lightning match HIJO DEL VILLANO III vs ATLANTIS JR (Match Relámpago 07-05-2019) (posted by HVSLuchaLibre) LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 5 DE JULIO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-07-05 2019-07-05
good Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón © vs Esfinge, Titán, Tritón for the Mexican National Trios Championship LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 5 DE JULIO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) SANSÓN, CUATRERO Y FORASTERO vs TITÁN, TRITÓN Y ESFINGE (Campeonato Nacional de Trios 07-05-2019) (posted by HVSLuchaLibre) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-07-05 2019-07-05

other matches

rating matches TV Show taped
ok Valiente vs Templario in a lightning match EL VALIENTE vs TEMPLARIO (06-23-2019) (posted by HVSLuchaLibre) Valiente vs Templario in a lightning match (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on TV Mexiquense: 2019-06-30 2019-06-23
ok Drone, Dulce Gardenia, Stigma vs Tyson La Bestia, Universo 2000 Jr., Virus LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 1 DE JULIO DE 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-07-01 2019-07-01
ok Místico, Soberano Jr., Titán vs Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 1 DE JULIO DE 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-07-01 2019-07-01
ok La Bestia Del Ring, Mr. Niebla, Terrible vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 1 DE JULIO DE 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-07-01 2019-07-01
ok Retro & Sangre Imperial vs Akuma & Rider LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 2 DE JULIO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-07-02 2019-07-02
ok Misterioso Jr. vs Universo 2000 Jr. in a lightning match LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 2 DE JULIO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-07-02 2019-07-02
ok Blue Panther, Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Hechicero, Kawato San, Vangellys LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 2 DE JULIO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-07-02 2019-07-02
ok Atlantis, Flyer, Stuka Jr. vs Felino, Mephisto, Templario LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 2 DE JULIO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-07-02 2019-07-02
ok Ángel de Oro, Carístico, Dragón Lee vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 2 DE JULIO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-07-02 2019-07-02
ok Dr. Wagner Jr., Pagano, Psycho Clown vs Blue Demon Jr., Rey Escorpión, Texano Jr.  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2019-07-03 2019-07-03
ok Pegasso, Rey Cometa, Star Jr. vs Okumura, Pólvora, Virus LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 5 DE JULIO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) OKUMURA, POLVORA Y VIRUS vs REY COMETA, PEGASSO Y STAR JR (07-05-2019) (posted by HVSLuchaLibre) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-07-05 2019-07-05
ok Ciber the Main Man, Místico, Rey Bucanero vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Soberano Jr. in a relevos increíbles match LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 5 DE JULIO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) REY BUCANERO, CIBER Y MÍSTICO vs EUFORIA, SOBERANO JR Y GRAN GUERRERO (07-05-2019) (posted by HVSLuchaLibre) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-07-05 2019-07-05
below average La Guerrera, Marcela, Skadi vs Dalys, La Seductora, TiffanyDALLYS, SEDUCTORA Y TIFFANY vs MARCELA, SKADY Y LA GUERRERA (06-23-2019) (posted by HVSLuchaLibre) La Guerrera, Marcela, Skadi vs Dalys, La Seductora, Tiffany (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on TV Mexiquense: 2019-06-30 2019-06-23
below average Puma King & Star Fire vs Daga & Keyra  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2019-07-03 2019-07-03
below average Robin & Súper Astro Jr. vs Espanto Jr. & Hijo del Signo ESPANTO JR Y EL HIJO DEL SIGNO vs SÚPER ASTRO JR Y ROBIN (07-05-2019) (posted by HVSLuchaLibre) LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 5 DE JULIO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-07-05 2019-07-05
below average Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Gilbert el Boricua, La Bestia Del Ring, Terrible LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 5 DE JULIO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-07-05 2019-07-05
not rated Rey Samuray, Robin, Sonic vs Espíritu Maligno, Joker, Rey Apocalipsis LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 1 DE JULIO DE 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-07-01 2019-07-01
not rated Arkalis, King Jaguar, Tigre Rojo Jr. vs El Malayo, El Perverso, Toro Bill Jr. LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 1 DE JULIO DE 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-07-01 2019-07-01
not rated La Jarochita, Marcela, Sanely vs Dalys, Metálica, Reyna IsisLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 2 DE JULIO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-07-02 2019-07-02