lucha video releases, week of August 22nd

YouTube Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYyNnOBGWP7SJfUAaR7NcbQqRQYs7ls_e

C3’s usual stream didn’t work. I got the backup stream working during the second match. I should have a full version of that, and the HD version of Azteca, later on Tuesday. Watch this space.

Edit: I’ve added HD versions of the Azteca matches.

Edit 2: I’ve added TV versions of the C3 matches, including a complete version of the segunda.

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Atlantis new Mexican Light Heavyweight Champion, Freezer unmasks Yaqui

El Yaqui unmasked, photo by CMLL

CMLL (SUN) 08/23/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Fuego en el Ring]
1) Quca & Relampago b El Tapatío & Johnny Dinamo
2) El Alteño, León Blanco, Metatrón b El Gitano, Gran Kenut, Tigre Blanco
Tigre Blanco (from Mazatlan, not the CMLL wrestler) replaced Furia Roja. Metatron beat Gitano.
3) Exterminador & Furia Roja DQ Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno
Furia Roja replaced Malefico (too hurt to wrestle), which was a problem since Furia Roja is trios champion with the Truenos. Furia betrayed Exterminador, but the Truenos got DQed for excessive violence. Thunder Boy & Malefico made the save, setting up a trios title match.
4) Antrax Infernal, Príncipe Kisho, Terremoto King Jr. b Esfinge, Gallo, Magnum
Terremoto King Jr. replaced Kempo Dragon on Friday and Antrax Infernal replaced Relampago on the day of the show. The Mazatlan rudos got the win when Kisho stripped pulled Esfinge’s mask and pinned him.
5) Frezzer b El Yaqui [mask]
Yaqui took the first, was DQed in the second for excessive violence, and he got cradled when trying a leglock in the third fall. This is Freezer’s first mask win. Yaqui is Juan José Ramos, 28 years old, 6 a luchador, from Guadalajara.

#TeamFrezzer

There’s a lot more storylines going on these shows than in recent past (or a week of CMLL DF shows, which is another indication CMLL’s letting the local people do whatever they’d like with this weekly show.) Everything seems to make sense, so you only hope it’s working.

new champion/CMLL on YouTube

CMLL (MON) 08/24/2015 Arena Puebla [CMLL]
1) Astro, Asturiano, Stukita b Ares, Espíritu Maligno, Saurón LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE DEL MUNDO EN VIVO 24 DE AGOSTO DE 2015 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Stukita replaced Angelito on Monday. Tecnicos took 2/3 in the best match of the night.
2) La Comandante, Tiffany, Zeuxis b Estrellita, Lluvia, Marcela LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE DEL MUNDO EN VIVO 24 DE AGOSTO DE 2015 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudas took 2/3.
3) La Máscara, Máximo, Super Porky DQ Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE DEL MUNDO EN VIVO 24 DE AGOSTO DE 2015 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Volador moved up to replace Mascara (and Mascara replaced Mistico). Usual Alvarado special, with them taking 2/3 and Niebla unmasking Mascara for the DQ.
4) Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero b La Sombra, Valiente, Volador Jr. LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE DEL MUNDO EN VIVO 24 DE AGOSTO DE 2015 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Sombra and Volador had minor skirmishes, but didn’t completely fall apart. Sombra was busier fighting with UG, who beat him in the third (Guerreros took 1/3) with a Pulpo Guerrero. UG challenged Sombra to a title match next week, and Sombra accepted.
5) Atlantis b Mephisto © [MEX LH] LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE DEL MUNDO EN VIVO 24 DE AGOSTO DE 2015 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Atlantis took falls 2/3, the last with the Atlantida, to win the title. Mephisto falls in his 14th defense after a two year reign.

A skippable show. Opener was the best match and even then they were stuck with the usual opener restrictions. Super Porky, Maximo and La Mascara matches are over with the crowd and I totally understand why they keep doing them but, as a person watching matches to find something interesting, I never really need to watch another one of them again. Atlantis has a limited amount of stuff he can do at this point and needs a dynamic performer to go against him. Mephsito kinda of needs the same thing.

Two title changes in August switch hands, but Atlantis & Mephisto both remain champions and CMLL gets to it’s magic 16 champions number. The trade off is Ephesto & Luciferno are champions instead of Guerrero Maya & Delta, which is not an upgrade.

CMLL’s main event today has La Mascara, Maximo, and Titan versus Gran Guerrero, Kamaitachi and Ultimo Guerrero. The preview wonders if Mascara and Maximo will get along; in reality, they have few problems with each other as long as Sombra & Rush aren’t around. The lightning match is Dark Angel versus Zeuxis, a first time ever singles match which sounds fun.

An IWRG news update announces a few upcoming shows: the Gran Cruzado (second Rey del Ring match) on 09/06, the all championships match show on 10/04 and “Guerra de Empressa” on 10/18.

Angelico & Psycho Clown defeated Texano Jr. & Hijo del Fantasma in Guadalajara. Arena Jalisco looks full or close to it.

Alberto el Patron will defend the WWL Heavyweight Championship against Mesias in Puerto Rico on September 19.

DTU is teasing a one time only thing involving Los Nerds for their September 17th show. My guess is they’re not going to do their homework.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update and this week’s Poster-Mania, as well as a new edition of the podcast.

Konnan made a gossip column for putting a hand on a female TV presenter as a joke, and she screamed at him. Konnan is reported as saying something like “you’re not that good”, which caused her to explode on him. The story is more about how often this sort of thing happens to female TV presenters than Konnan.

I can’t recall if I’ve noted this before, but there’s a luchador bodybuilding contest this weekend in Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera. It’s the CMLL bodybuilding contest, but open to everyone (so AAA and indy people), where the prizes are money instead of a vague idea of a better spot on the card. Also, Gronda XXX.

Chessman says Psycho Clown doesn’t deserve to be champion.

Carta Brava promo for the upcoming CaraLucha show.

Zuzu Divine talks about challenging for the WWS championship soon.

Lineups

CMLL (SUN) 08/30/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Linterna & Mr. Apolo vs Black Sugar & Mercenario
2) Capitan Cobra, El Alteño, Reycko vs Demonio Rojo, Mr. Brisa, Relampago
Demonio Rojo replaced Gitano on Tuesday.
3) León Blanco, Nube Roja, Toro Negro vs El Chakal, El Gitano, Évola
Gitano replaced Thunder Boy on Tuesday.
4) Darkfire, Frezzer, Omar Brunetti vs El Yaqui, Joker, Payaso Infernal
Darkfire replaced Nautilius, Payaso Infenral replaced Sadico on Tuesday.
5) Furia Roja, Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno vs Exterminador, Maléfico, Thunder Boy [OCCIDENTE TRIOS]
Furia Roja & Thunder Boy added to the match when it was changed from Super Libre to a Trios Title match on Tuesday. First defense

I posted this previously, but it’s changed around a fair bit after Sunday’s show to accommodate the trios title match.

Darkfire (usually Dark Fire) and Payaso Infernal are more guys in from Sinaloa.

CMLL (MON) 08/31/2015 Arena Puebla
1) La Vaquerita, Marcela, Skadi vs La Seductora, Tiffany, Zeuxis
2) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stigma vs Kamaitachi, Morphosis, Okumura
3) Blue Panther, Stuka Jr., Super Porky vs Kráneo, Olímpico, Ripper
4) La Máscara, Marco Corleone, Máximo vs Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Shocker
5) La Sombra © vs Último Guerrero [NWA MIDDLE]
Sombra’s seventh defense

No locals on the show, which is a very rare event. They really should add one, since five matches turns out to be a short show and there’s a lot of matches which don’t need the time or shouldn’t get the time.

ChilangaMask (SUN) 09/06/2015 Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México
1) Astro Rey Jr. & Psycho Kid vs Dragón Fly & Hijo Del Angel
2) Fulgor I, Fulgor II, Inmortal vs Alas de Acero, Aramis, Iron Kid and Arez, Belial, Impulso
3) Karma vs Black Drago
4) Black Terry & Jeque vs Caifan & Tigre Universitario
5) Aero Boy & Masada (CZW) vs Cíclope & Pagano and Ray Rowe & Violento Jack
6) Silueta vs India Sioux

Full card for the next ChilangaMask show. I’d assume the hardcore match goes last. Less CMLL people (only really Silueta) but a lot of indy people who should have good matches.

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09/20 AAA TV Lineup (Monterrey)

source: https://scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xft1/v/t1.0-9/11949323_842360292521831_6925823804779231935_n.jpg?oh=68a5ba8e413976ff6e58b3b104f2a9f5&oe=567476AF
AAA TV (SUN) 09/20/2015 Arena Jose Sulaiman, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon
1) Dinastía, Goya Kong, Pimpinela Escarlata vs ?, Mamba, Mini Charly Manson
2) Aerostar, Argenis, Drago vs Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Machine Rocker
3) Angélico & Jack Evans vs Joe Lider & Pentagón Jr. and Daga & Steve Pain
4) Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Cibernético, Hijo del Fantasma, Texano Jr.
5) La Parka & Rey Mysterio Jr. vs Brian Cage & Myzteziz

Air Date: 09/26. Surprising this is a one week taping. If the Hard Rock show is as well (it should be, it might not be), that means they’ve got to squeeze in one more taping to cover the week before Heroes Inmortales and probably the weekend after as well.

KDNA did say they were posting this lineup on Monday; KrisZ remembered.

At any rate, this is pretty close to the go home show for Heroes Inmortales – we should know the card by the time this airs, if not soon after – and it doesn’t seem like the set up to any big matches. Myzteziz/Myzterio are in a tag match here, figure to be in a main event team match on that show as well keep them against each other without doing the rematch. Brian Cage or Myzteziz working comedy spots with La Parka seems like a hilarious waste of paying them for the night. Not to mention your killer anti-Mexican rudo and your edgy new rudo standing around while Parka merrily skips back and forth on the ropes doesn’t seem to help them too much. (I guess it works if they straight up destroy Parka, but I don’t know that’s the idea.)

Semimain might be setting up a Hell Brothers/Psycho Circus trios title match – they haven’t had one yet without a third team being involved or a case of missing Cibernetico – but it also just might be getting people on the card. Tercera is a replay from Puebla (a week from tonight), with the maybe Anarkia team replacing La Secta. Joe Lider & Pentagon and Angelico & Jack are constants and would make sense for an AAA tag title match at Heroes Inmortales, with other teams thrown in as well.

Second match has no storyline but could steal the show, which is saying something given how good the tercera could be. It’s a really good tecnico team, a motivated Cuervo & Scoria, and the resurgent Machine Rocker. Aerostar is going to do something crazy and Machine Rocker is going to save him from dying, probably. Opener may or may not make TV – the opener on a five match show usually doesn’t – and there’s no telling if they’ll be back to putting matches on the internet a month from now. Best not to think about it too much, though it’s notable for being a mystery ruda luchadora spot instead of just Taya or even La Hiedra. I guess it could’ve been Sexy and they removed her after he injury, but that would be much faster work than usual.

We’re still missing the Hard Rock lineup in between Puebla and this show, but it’s notable Alberto el Patron isn’t on either show. He’s surely on Heroes Inmortales since it’s in San Luis Potosi. This cycle of shows are all Rey Mysterio & [X] against Myzteziz & [Y], and maybe Alberto just fits in as X on that show (and gets the pin on Cage or whomever to finally get the SLP win while leaving Rey & Myzteziz untouched.)

I don’t suspect we’ll be getting that Hard Rock lineup until AAA releases it – the hotel doesn’t need to advertise matches to get people to stay – but at least next Monday’s show will get some AAA news going again.

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Golden Magic versus Super Nova, LA Park/Pagano, Toryumon Mexico, Sexy Star, Puebla

photo by Black Terry Jr.

Toryumon Mexico (SUN) 08/23/2015 Domo del Deportivo Plan Sexenal, Distrito Federal [Estrellas del Ring, Kronosport]
1) ChapulinSonic
2) Fiero & Principe Azgard b Douki &Hanaoka
3) India Sioux & Lluvia b Tiffany & Xena
4) Hombre Bala Jr., Pantera I, Super Ciudadano bArkángel de la Muerte, Patán, Piel Roja
5) Rey Bucanero & Último Guerrero b Máximo & Último Dragón
match come down to the Ultimos, with Guerrero fouling Dragon, Maximo fouling Dragon, and Arkangel running into to unmask Dragon to give UG the win.

The usual Ultimo Dragon show, though they were using sponsor (?) NSK as the promotion name for whatever reason. (It’s under Toryumon Mexico so I can find it again.) Attendance looked OK.

IWRG (SUN) 08/23/2015 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), Estrellas del Ring, Mano a Mano]
1) Aramis & Voltar b Magnum 44 & Vardeus
Vardeus’ main show debut; he’s been on the trainee shows for a year.
2) Avisman & Imposible b Kaving & Ultraman
Looks like it could be a new Ultraman, but nothing’s mentioned about a change in the recaps. First appearance by an Ultraman or Kaving since 2012.
3) Diablo Jr. 1 & El Hijo del Diablo b Hijo del Pantera & Pantera [super libre]
straight falls, setting up a title match
4) Negro Navarro, Oficial 911, Oficial AK47 b Danny Casas, Eterno, Veneno
Bloody match, with the Oficials attacking Eterno.
5) Golden Magic b Súper Nova © [IWRG JUNIORS]
Golden Magic wins the title by taking falls 2/3. Super Nova falls in his second defense. Golden Magic challenged Nova for a title match next week.
6) Canis Lupus, Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr., Pagano DQ LA Park, Trauma I, Trauma II
First Park match in IWRG in a year. Pagano’s debut on an IWRG show, though he’s wrestled here for other promotions. Traumas side is mentioned as being tecnico side, but it might have been rudo vs rudo. LA Park & Pagano feuded, with LA Park disassembling a turnbuckle and hitting Pagano with it repeatedly until the referees gave up and DQed him. All sorts of challenges followed, including a cage match.

LA Park, showing the skills he’ll undoubtedly bring to CMLL, started taking apart the ring during the match to set up the finish. This is great, if random, build to the LA Park vs Pagano vs Rush match in Cara Lucha next month.

I really have trouble figuring out who’s a tecnico or rudo in IWRG. I feel skeptical Golden Magic/Super Nova for the masks is actually happening until the card is announced: Super Nova would seem to be the favorite (just because it’d also seem like he could get a bigger match out of a mask loss if he wanted to lose it), but it doesn’t make any sense for Golden Magic to be an unmasked character. I dunno.

Tonight’s Arena Puebla show will have Mephisto defending the Mexican national light heavyweight championship against Atlantis. Atlantis really should win: he should be winning any singles match from now to the Anniversary show, Mephisto just won the trios titles and isn’t a guy who needs two titles, and Atlantis winning give CMLL 16 champions (and one Mascara Dorada) to run it’s Universal tournament. It makes sense for him to not win if he’s losing his mask at the anniversary show and really retiring immediately (as he’s suggested he would in years past), so no title change would feel like a hint. Atlantis could also just lose because Sombra costs him the match, and Sombra is in the semimain tonight.

It’s only a five match Puebla show, so it should be a quick one. Negro Casas is listed as wrestling in the tercera but probably won’t be. There’s no really great match listed; the opener, the semimain and the main event all have promise, but nothing must see.

UPDATE: CMLL just posted adjusted lineups for the week. Mistico is out of action (likely due to the shoulder injury he appeared to suffer on Sunday). La Mascara will take his place in Puebla and Tuesday in Arena Mexico, Marco fills in on Friday and Blue Panther will work Arena Coliseo. Tonight’s Arena Puebla show also now has Volador in the tercera instead of Rush and Stukita working the opener in place of Angelito.

Sexy Star says she fractured her clavicle. She’s was wrestling in Reynosa on Sunday. That’s an injury that’d take someone out of the ring for months.

Naito is on NJPW’s next tour, so the stories of him coming to CMLL in September repeated here do not appear to be correct. (Naito starting a feud with Shibata should’ve been a clue.) This is a minor issue lost in the Anniversary news, but Sombra ought to be very busy in Mexico for the next few months regardless of what happens in the mask match and it wouldn’t make sense for CMLL to let him go away for a month. The Naito & Sombra teamup might have to wait to December if Naito doesn’t make it back to Mexico.

Ultimo Guerrero says he prefers the Anniversary main event remain a one versus one match (and that he and Thunder are not added to it.) He doesn’t think it’s changing, but says it’s up to CMLL.

Box Y Lucha 3201 has Dr. Wagner Jr. & LA Park to CMLL as bigger news than the Anniversary show. There an argument there. There’s also note to the reader, acknowledge how infrequently they’ve been printing the last six months (or more) and explaining they’re raising the price 20 pesos to survive. They’ve been back to regular publishing the last few weeks.

Segunda Caida reviews Dr. Cerbero vs Virus.

AAA luchadors appeared at a air show. They didn’t have Fuerza Aerea meet Fuerza Aerea; maybe next year.

Lineups

CMLL (SAT) 08/29/2015 Arena Coliseo
1) Aéreo vs Pequeño Nitro
2) Magnus vs Akuma
3) Soberano Jr. vs Súper Comando
4) Star Jr. vs Metálico
5) Pegasso vs Sangre Azteca
6) Blue Panther Jr. & Esfinge vs Hechicero & Luciferno
7) La Máscara, Mistico, Titán vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión

Not sure what Hechicero did to get stuck in that match.

CMLL (SUN) 08/30/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Linterna & Mr. Apolo vs Black Sugar & Mercenario
2) Capitan Cobra, El Alteño, Reycko vs Gitano, Mr. Brisa, Relampago
3) León Blanco, Nube Roja, Toro Negro vs El Chakal, Évola, Thunder Boy
4) Frezzer, Nautilius, Omar Brunetti vs El Yaqui, Joker, Sádico
5) Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno vs Exterminador & Maléfico [super libre]

Teams in the main event made in the tercera last night, so it probably didn’t end well.

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Sky Team keep their trios titles, ChilangaMask full show online for free

photo by CMLL/Alexis Salazar

CMLL (SAT) 08/22/2015 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Pierrothito b Fantasy
2) Magnus DQ Súper Comando
Comando fouled Mangus
3) Soberano Jr. b Arkángel de la Muerte
4) Hechicero b Tritón
5) Pólvora & Rey Escorpión b Delta & Guerrero Maya Jr.
6) Mephisto b Rey Cometa
Mephisto took 1/3
7) Ángel de Oro, Rush, Stuka Jr. b Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja

Los Ingobernables defeated the odd team of Shocker, Brazo de Plata and Volador in the main event of the Tragedias show in Deportivo Pavon on Saturday night, with Mr. Niebla making a surprise appearance to attack Rush, Mascara & Sombra post match.  Semimain was supposed to be a trios, ended up a weird ten man with Mistico, Valiente, Draogn Lee, Soberano Jr., Principe Diamante defeating Terrible, Mephisto, Rey Escorpion, Vangellys and rudo for a night Magnus. Might have been to stretch out the show to allow Rush to make both; Angel de Oro & Stuka got replaced in the undercard because they were in the main event here.

CMLL (SUN) 08/23/2015 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Astral & Eléctrico b Pequeño Olímpico & Pierrothito
2) Oro Jr., Soberano Jr., Starman b Akuma, Hijo del Signo, Nitro
Tecnicos took 2/3.
3) The Panther DQ Sangre Azteca [lightning]
Sangre fouled Panther for the DQ.
4) Lluvia, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit b La Comandante, La Seductora, Zeuxis
5) Kamaitachi, Rey Bucanero, Ripper b Blue Panther, Dragon Lee, Stuka Jr.
Kamaitachi beat Dragon Lee and asked for another shot at the ligthweight title. Dragon Lee said OK.
6) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. © b Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja [CMLL TRIOS]
Sky Team took 1/3 to retain, despite Mistico apparently hurting his shoulder again while applying la Mistica in the first fall. Sky Team 3rd defense.

Mistico’s injury doesn’t come across as severe in the pictures, but he’s had this one so many times that he might have gotten used to working with it. It’s hard to believe it’ll get better without surgery, but I’m not a doctor. Sky Team keeping their titles means Atlantis has to beat Mephisto to get to the 16 champion number needed for the Universal tournament.  (Or they can just change the rules, as they’ve done before.)

CuadrilateroTV mentions Mistico walked to the back during the match and looked less than interested when he was there on Thursday’s Arena Aficion show. That could just be the same shoulder injury, but the Facebook post is implying something else.

Full IWRG results tomorrow, but it sounds like they set up a Golden Magic versus Super Nova mask match for next week, which would be a pretty big deal in the world of IWRG if it actually happens.

As promised, +LuchaTV put the ChilangaMask show from last week complete up on YouTube with commentary. You should probably check out the entire show, but since I was getting timestamps for the db anyway (including the prematch videos)
0:00:12 Psycko Kid, Astro Rey Jr., Fulgor I y Fulgor II vs Rey Apocalipsis, Tony Cisneros, Extreme Fly y Luz Clarita
0:24:52 Dr. Cerebro vs Virus
0:44:20 Keira vs Zeuxis
1:01:08 Aero Boy, Súper Mega y Magnífico vs Iron Kid, Alas de Acero y Aramis vs Impulso, Belial y Arez vs Disturbio, Garrobo Punk y Ciber Punk
1:26:17 Trauma II vs Blue Panther
1:46:08 Guerrero Maya vs Guerrero Maya Jr.
2:13:13 Caifán y Avisman vs Último Guerrero y Hechicero
2:45:16 Pagano vs Trauma I

They also put this week’s Leyendas Inmortales show, which looks a lot better on their channel than mine.

AAA announced they’ll have a new website and new people on social media sometime soon. I’d guess that means they’ve signed a deal with a new internet company, which is at least two weeks overdue. That they didn’t have some ready to take over when the previous person left and that it’s taken two weeks to find someone new suggests a significant level of disorganization. Even now, you’ll find nothing about AAA’s taping this upcoming week in Tehuacan on AAA’s website or social media account.

ChilangaMask announced Arez, Belial, Impulso vs Aramis, Alas de Acero and Iron Kid vs the Fulgors & Inmortal for their 09/06 show.

RobViper has a music video of 04/07/15 CMLL.

I’m on the latest Winter Palace podcast. Marco Corleone is the first, and probably much better, part of the show.

Skandalo, who’s been out with injury issues for large portions of the last two years, is listed on a show on October 3. It’d be about a year since his last match.

Douki & Low Rider are headed to Japan on 10/10 to work for the Tokyo Gurentai promotion

Nino Hamburguesa promotes the AAA Cara Lucha show.

Lineups

CMLL (SUN) 08/30/2015 Arena México
1) Leono & Sensei vs Camorra & Cholo
2) La Vaquerita, Lluvia, Skadi vs Amapola, Dalys, La Seductora
3) Fuego, The Panther, Tritón vs Puma, Sangre Azteca, Tiger
4) Ángel de Oro, Rey Cometa, Titán vs Morphosis, Olímpico, Ripper
5) Dragon Lee © vs Kamaitachi [CMLL SL]
Dragon Lee’s third defense, all against Kamaitachi.
6) Mr. Niebla, Shocker, Vangellys vs La Sombra, Super Porky, Valiente

Mr. Niebla’s first Arena Mexico booking in a month, though he’s booked every place else this week leading up to this match.

I’m generally okay with losing live Sundays for live Mondays – and we get the same Dragon Lee/Kamaitachi match either way! Kamaitachi is 2-6 in singles matches against his rival, 0-4 in three fall matches.

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Boby Zavala wins En Busca de un Idolo 4, Sombra/Atlantis, Ultimo Guerrero/Thunder

photo by Alexis Salazar/CMLL

CMLL (FRI) 08/21/2015 Arena México [CMLL]
1) El Rebelde & Metálico b Robin & Sensei
Rudos took 1/3, Metalico sneaking in a foul on Rebelde.
2) Shockercito, Stukita, Último Dragoncito b Demus 3:16, Mercurio, Pequeño Violencia PRIMERA LUCHA CMLL 21 DE AGOSTO 2015 (1) (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tecnicos took 1/3, Shockercito defeating Demus.
3) Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado b Fuego, Rey Cometa, Titán SEGUNDA LUCHA CMLL 21 DE AGOSTO 2015 (2) (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took falls 1/3
4) Boby Zavala b Guerrero Maya Jr. [En Busca de un Idolo] Final del Torneo
Zavala won with his Indian Deathlock bridging cradle in a disappointing match. Zavala hurt his shoulder on a tope about midway thru the match and was not himself the rest of the way. Zavala was pinned for the finish, and Maya vehemently argued the result. Zavala had a good promo celebrating his win. LA Park appeared after they had left, challenging Rush to a mask versus hair match, and challenging Dr. Wagner, Ultimo Guerrero, La Sombra and Atlantis in general.
5) Dragon Lee, Mistico, Volador Jr. b Cavernario, Felino, Último Guerrero TERCERA LUCHA CMLL 21 DE AGOSTO 2015 (3) (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Ultimo Guerrero replaced Negro Casas (injury). Volador & Mistico won, tecnicos taking falls 2/3. Ultimo Guerrero sent Dragon Lee over the railing and followed with his leaping hipcheck attack, but got jumped by Thunder. Thunder destroyed UG, asked the crowd if they wanted Thunder/UG for the Anniversary show, and then declared he did not want it.
6) La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush b Atlantis, Máximo, Valiente CUARTA LUCHA CMLL 21 DE AGOSTO 2015 (4) (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Ingobernables won in straight falls. Atlantis pulled of Sombra’s mask for the DQ in the first fall, Sombra snuck in a foul on Atlantis in the second fall. They feuded heavily, and Sombra took Atlantis’ mask after the match while promising to do the same at the Anniversary show.

The main was a pretty good angle to ramp up the intensity going into the match.

The show started with a vignette of Ultimo Guerrero preparing for last year’s Anniversary match. Thunder may have a definite opinion, but CMLL running angles building up his match with Ultimo Guerrero means it’s a good chance that’ll be the second apuesta match on the Anniversary show.

The En Busca de un Idolo had some promise but was ultimately disappointing. Zavala didn’t hit Maya flush with the tope; I really wasn’t sure if it was an intended miss that didn’t quite miss or Zavala trying to do a different style tope (maybe Maximo style?) and not pulling it off. Zavala did not do much after the dive, and had one really bad moment where he was supposed to flip to the apron, could not do it, and just stopped and walked thru the ropes. Zavala usually bridges keep his shoulders off the mat on that cradle, and maybe he couldn’t pull it off because of the injury. Maya flipped out after the finish and the crowd was behind him thinking he’d gotten screwed either by the finish or by looking like the better guy in the match. (Maya hasn’t reappeared on Twitter since the loss, which suggests at least some of that anger wasn’t staged.) Zavala always seemed like a guy who would eventually make it to the top, but this tournament helps him that way. CMLL and/or NJPW’s desire to always change up the undercard talent on the FantasticaMania shows means Maya may still make it to Japan someday, but it’s less certain when.

Shockercito beating Demus clean felt like it was the end of that issue for the time being.

Fuego en el Ring writes about the three luchadors from Mazatlan wrestling on Sunday’s Arena Coliseo Guadalajara show, and mentions Terremoto King Jr. replaces Kempo Dragon.

Fuego en el Ring writes about the reaction to Villano III’s retirement match and luchadors wrestling at an old age.

Fenix is thrilled to be teaming with Rey Mysterio, would not follow Myzteziz to the rudo side.

Ray Rowe & Violento Jack vs Mascada & Aero Boy vs Ciclope & Pagano has been added to the September 6 ChilangaMask in Coliseo Coacalco.  Rowe challenged Masada and/or Rush when he appeared here in July, so he got one of those. I don’t quite understand why normal tag team parnters Violento Jack & Aeroboy are not on the same time, but I’m guessing they wanted Rowe/Masada/Pagano to all fight each other.

Alberto el Patron is headed to Switzerland on October 16.

A Luordes Grobet lucha libre photography exhibit opened in El Salvador.

Gran Cuchillo talks about his double life as luchador and police officer.

Lineup

CMLL (FRI) 08/28/2015 Arena México
1) Pegasso & Stigma vs Arkángel de la Muerte & Hijo del Signo
2) Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr., The Panther vs Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado
3) Blue Panther Jr., Canelo Casas, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Negro Casas vs Boby Zavala, Disturbio, Esfinge, Flyer, Virus [En Busca de un Idolo]
Negro Casas and his students versus Virus & his students
4) Dragon Lee, Mistico, Valiente vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Rey Escorpión
5) Dr. Wagner Jr., La Sombra, Rush vs Atlantis, LA Park, Volador Jr.

Wagner with the Ingobernables doesn’t seem like it’ll work out well.

Tercera is the usual post En Busca de un Idolo cibernetico, with the mentors teaming with their team.

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Sombra/Atlantis, En Busca de un Idolo final, Anniversary tickets

CMLL’s show tonight has Sombra and Atlantis on top, which they’ll be doing a lot for the next month. It’s a straight rematch of last week’s main event, with Atlantis, Valiente and Maximo versus los Ingobernables. This’ll be the first match since the Anniversary show was announced and it’ll be worth watching to see

The biggest match tonight is the Guerrero Maya Jr. versus Boby Zavala En Busca de un Idolo final. Zavala has won the two previous meetings between them during the tournament. A sweep has been done before: Vangellys won all three matches over Valiente in winning this tournament two years ago. This one is a total coin toss.

The winner of this tournament gets a higher position on the card, gets a title shot, probably gets on the Anniversary show, and gets onto the FantasticaMania tour next year. (The loser might go as well – for the first two years, the final four in En Busca de un Idolo all were used on the tour the following year.)

The entire show will air on clarosports.com. Last week, they were restricting the video to only Mexico at the start of the show. HolaVPN worked well to get around that restriction. I’m not sure if I’m recording the show; I had other plans and I’m not sure I want to change them to watch another Robin match.

If you do watch the show, the other thing to look for is any sign of another apuesta match for the Anniversary show. There’s been ones on previous years: Cavernario/Cometa last year, Averno/Panther in 2013, and Puma/Cometa in 2012. There was a tease of a Shockercito/Demus feud last week, though that’s not as big names as those other promotions.

CMLL Anniversary tickets went on sale yesterday. The prices are the same as last year (3274 Mexican Pesos with Ticketmaster fees), though a lot cheaper in US dollars ($195). Even Atlantis didn’t think he was going to be in another Anniversary main event. Sombra was also surprised it happened so fast.

CaraLucha added Fly Star, Magnifico II and Rayo Star versus Wasson, Magnifico I, and Sky Man to it’s 08/30 show. That’s partners against partners (and it appears Toxin Boy and Fly Star may no longer be partners.)

Boyle Heights Beat visits lucha libre in the East Los Angeles Community Center, where lucha libre shows have been going on for decades.

SegundaCaida reviews La Fiera & Emilio Charles Jr. and Ultima Lucha part 1

SuperLuchas looks back at Espectro II’s passing in 1982 and an all title match show on August 20th, 1968. I started looking thru the Informador archives to find/confirm when Ray Mendoza beat Alfonso Dantes for the national middleweight title in Guadalajara as we had listed in the wiki. I went thru 1968 and others years for a couple weeks and could not find it – because it was actually in Mexico City on that day, as this recap notes.

Kcidis draws fan reactions to the Sombra/Atlantis mask.

Random Match Generator reviews La Fiera vs Emilio Charles Jr.

If you’re in Reyna Isis withdraw, there’s footage of her wrestling in Japan from last month.

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