Dragon Rojo/Niebla Roja, Cuerno/Drago and more Lucha Underground

CMLL (TUE) 01/20/2015 Arena México [CMLL, Notimex]
1) Metatrón & Robin b Akuma & Camorra
2) Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito b Shockercito, Stukita, Último Dragoncito
3) Misterioso Jr., Raziel, Sagrado b Blue Panther Jr., Starman, The Panther
Starman replaced Dragon Lee on Monday.
4) Zeuxis b Estrellita [lightning]  (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Zeuxis submitted Estrellita to the caballette
5) Ephesto, Felino, Hombre sin Nombre b Delta, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr.
Rudos took 1/3.
6) Euforia, Hechicero, Niebla Roja b Blue Panther, Dragón Rojo Jr., Titán
Rudos took 2/3. Niebla Roja beat Dragon Rojo and demanded a title shot.

Inevitable Roja/Rojo feud starting up.

CMLL.com’s recap is listed as written by Bibiana Barradas. That’s Estrellita’s real name and this is probably part of her responsibilities as part of the press department. Still amusing to see her write about her own match, declaring something along the lines of “Zeuxis has definitely won the feud – or maybe it’s just beginning.”

CMLL (TUE) 01/20/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@conjuarez]
2) Flyer, Magnus, Star Jr. b Demonio Maya, Évola, Ráfaga
3) Virus b Magnum, Arkángel de la Muerte, Cancerbero, Puma, Tiger, Esfinge, Gallo, Leo, Omar Brunetti [cibernetico]
DF vs GDL. Virus defeated Magnum to win.
4) La Máscara, Super Porky, Valiente b Kráneo, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
5) Marco Corleone b Shocker

Everyone from Guadalajara loses their singles matches in Guadalajara of late.

Tonight’s Lucha Underground has a King Cuerno vs Drago last man standing match. It’s the finale for their feud, at least for now, and said to be one of the best matches during the first set of the tapings. They’ve also officially announced Super Fly vs Pentagon Jr. and Sexy Star vs Mariachi Loco, and there was one more matches taped for this show.

Lucha Underground has posted clips from Sexy Star vs Mariachi Loco, a Cage sit down interview with Vamprio, and a Cuerno/Drago feud recap. There’s also another Cage introduction interview that didn’t make TV last week.

Chris DeJoseph was interviewed on the Last Real Heels podcast. The hosts asked if there were any new people coming into Lucha Underground, and DeJoseph mentions Jeff Cobb, Shane Strickland and Willie Mack. Cobb’s been working dark matches and everyone assumed Willie Mack was going to end up here as soon as he parted ways with WWE, but the one-time DTU guest Strickland is a new name. DeJoseph was also asked about other championships, and he said confirmed there would be new ones, but it’d be different than other championships out there – “we’re going to try some things.” Trying some things seems to be working. He also noted they’re selling merchandise at the Temple now, but was unsure when they’d be available elsewhere or when international fans would get to (legally) see the show – that stuff didn’t seem his department but he mentioned he knew it was being worked on. The podcast is about 40 minutes, and you can listen to DeJoseph picking his favorite Lucha Underground match so far.

Sports Pro Media has a long interview with Dorian Roldan talking about the business of AAA. It’s worth reading if you’re even the slightest bit interested in that aspect. The main interview is from October but the information is still current. Cherry picking a few notes:

  • Dorian: “It’s not so easy to always find the talent that can fit in the company. Right now we have 90 wrestlers. We’re trying to reduce that to 80. We think that 90 is too much for us in this moment”. Dorian, when talking about including international wrestlers, says they have 1 South African, 3 Americans, 2 Canadians and 2 Japanese guys. I can’t think of who the Japanese people would be, but he also mentions Japanese people working in Lucha Underground. Am I just blanking on something here? (Alfredo suggests Bengala and Pentagon Jr.)
  • AAA says it’s target market is 55% men/45% women. That’s surprising to me – whenever I look at those stats for my YouTube videos, it’s close to 90/10.
  • and then this series of paragraphs, which may inform the strange TV stories of the last few weeks

A film may also follow but as it sets about expanding its universe, AAA is anticipating changes on home soil as well. Legislation liberalising the Mexican television industry will soon take effect, which should cause a significant expansion of the market.

“One of the biggest problems we have in the Mexican market is that we don’t have so many TV channels,” explains Roldán. “But with all the things that are happening right now, with the new laws that this new government has imposed in Mexico, there will be new players in the next couple of years.”

AAA will seek to capitalise on this by showing the same level of attention to its domestic TV product as it has to Lucha Underground. The expectation is that it will soon be able to command a worthwhile broadcast rights fee in Mexico for the first time. Up to this point, high-profile distribution has been prioritised to drive up sponsorship earnings.

CMLL Informa is on today. No guest list as of yet, but probably people back from FantasticaMania. CMLL still hasn’t acknowledged Mascara Dorada’s new status or Mr. Niebla’s disappearing act, so maybe at least one of those will get talked about. (CMLL just yesterday sent a recap of the tag tournament from Saturday, so maybe neither thing has happened yet in their world.) NJPW mentioned Dorada’s contract officially goes from February 1 to January 31 and FantasticaMania is on for 2016. They usually announce that at the end of the show each year, but maybe the Dorada announcement just trumped it.

CMLL does have the extremely wacky story of KeMonito meeting his father.

Texano Jr. says 2014 wasn’t bad for him, some other people just got lucky.

DTU announced Jonathan Gresham is coming in and facing Drastick Boy. Gresham is said to be a very good technical wrestler, so DTU isn’t the first promotion I’d think of to bring him in, but he should still be good.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Segunda Caida recaps the debut of the CMLL Invasors.

A recap of the Silver King/Hijo del Ninja saga.

Lineups

IWRG (SUN) 01/25/2015 Arena Naucalpan
1) Alfa & Dragón Celestial vs Dowki & Hip Hop Man
2) Emperador Azteca, Golden Magic, Metaleón vs Ciclon Black, Roller Boy, Tony Rivera
3) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo vs Liderk, Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Rayan
4) Hijo De Dos Caras, Súper Nova, Veneno vs Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Universo 2000 Jr., X-Fly
5) Canis Lupus & Eterno © vs Chicano & Danny Casas [IWRG IC TAG]
first defense for Lupus & Eterno

There will be blood. Also ninja turtles.

CMLL (TUE) 01/27/2015 Arena México
1) Acero & Aéreo vs Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Universo 2000
2) Flyer, Magnus, Sensei vs Akuma, Disturbio, Espiritu Negro
3) Dark Angel, Estrellita, Princesa Sugehit vs La Seductora, Tiffany, Zeuxis
4) Hombre Bala Jr. vs Raziel [lightning]
5) Fuego, Stuka Jr., Tritón vs Hechicero, Hombre sin Nombre, Pólvora
6) Ángel de Oro, Dragón Rojo Jr., Super Porky vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Niebla Roja

Niebla Roja/Dragon Rojo feud continues.

No Cavernario anywhere this week. Maybe Polvora gave up dragging Cavernario away and he’s still hanging onto a guardrail near the Tokyo Dome.

CMLL (TUE) 01/27/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Tapatío & Índigo vs Demonio Rojo & Jocker
2) Leono & Oro Jr. vs Artillero & Súper Comando
3) Esfinge, Starman, Stigma vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Cancerbero, Metálico
4) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Felino, Mr. Águila, Terrible
5) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero

The return of Mistico means the return of trademark symbols that I have to edit out.

Oro Jr. is now lower than Metalico, so that feud went great.

CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-11-29

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CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-11-29

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Zeuxis new champion, Blue Panther defeats Sagrado in Guadalajara

CMLL (FRI) 01/16/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Fuego en el Ring]
1) El Tapatío & Frezzer b Furia Roja & Thunder Boy
Frezzer seems to have lost his doctorate.
2) Évola, Infierno, Ráfaga b El Divino, Javier Cruz Jr., Virgo
Rafaga powerbombed Virgo, who was stretchered out.
3) Great Eku, Pitbull I, Pitbull II b Flash I, Flash II, Gallo
Great Eku, declaring he actually started in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, replaced Pierroth. Eku planched Gallo for the win.
4) Blue Panther b Satánico
Blue Panther submitted Satnaico in a maestros match. Mutual respect after the match.
5) Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado b Delta, Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr.
Pierroth replaced Niebla Roja. Rudos took 1/3.

Eku is an Jalisco indy luchador, so he was probably just a replacement – though he may also really be from Puerto Rico for all I know.

New champ. (via Zeuxis’ Facebook)

CMLL (MON) 01/19/2015 Arena Puebla [Fuego en el Ring, Peridoico Enfoque, Peridoico Enfoque (photos)]
1) Black Tiger & Lestat b Fuerza Chicana & King Jaguar
2) Demus 3:16, Pequeño Nitro, Saurón b Astral, Asturiano, Eléctrico
Demus defeated Astral to set up a title match next week.
3) Hombre sin Nombre, Morphosis, Olímpico b Delta, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr.
4) Zeuxis b Estrellita © [MEX WOMEN]
Zeuxis submitted Estrellita in the third fall to win the title. She’s the Estrellita’s falls on her 6th defense (this match had been canceled twice before.) Zeuxis is the 18th modern champion.
5) Blue Panther, La Máscara, Super Porky DQ Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Thunder
Thunder unmasked Mascara.
6) Euforia, Niebla Roja, Shocker DQ Marco Corleone, Máximo, Valiente
Shocker faked a foul, as Maximo did the week before.

Princesa Sugehit changed sides and Princesa Blanca retired, so the people in charge of the women in CMLL felt they needed to elevate another ruda. (Same deal as the Anniversary cibernetico win.) Considering the other charges, Zeuxis is a pretty good pick.

Zeuxis and Estrellita meet again today in CMLL’s lightning match. Estrellita mentioned she was still have neck problems on Twitter. Maybe that’s a tecnico covering for a loss, or maybe Zeuxis is going to get two wins and Estrellita is going to take some more time off.

Mr. Niebla’s off Friday’s Guadalajara card (Gran Guerrero in) and Saturday Coliseo (Mephisto). No one else from FantasticaMania appears to be off the lineups; judging from updates, they’re getting back in Mexico later today. A CMLL story on Mistico’s return got picked up in a ton of papers and Mistico was hyping his return today, so they’re not rethinking that at all. He can hide more in a trios match.

Arena Mexico tonight has a Blue Panther, Dragon Rojo Jr., Titan vs Euforia, Hechicero, Niebla Roja as the main event. Marco Corleone vs Shocker headline in Guadaljaara.

The preview CMLL sent to Terra of Tuesday’s card has Starman in for Dragon Lee. CMLL updated their own website after and Dragon Lee’s still in there. Both have Stuka replacing Dragon Lee on Sunday. I’m concerned Dragon Lee’s mystery rival from Japan has caught up to him.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update and this week’s PosterMania.

RobViper has a music video of 09/26/14 AAA.

BxB Fly has music videos of 10/21 Guadalajara and 10/26 Mexico.

Super Libre talked about the Rayman/Makabre (possible) mask match and FantasticaMania.

Segunda Caida reviews Lucha Underground episode 10.

SuperLuchas looks back to Emilio Charles Jr. joining the Guapos.

Cronicas y Leyendas looks at Solitario vs Villano III, Solitario taking Ray Morgan’s hair, and the debut of Perro Aguayo Jr.

Enrique and Oscar preview AAA’s card in Toluca.

Psycho Circus got their hand prints preserved in cement as part of the Plaza de las Estrellas.

CMLL Stellar Moments of the week. Comando Caribeno are #1 on the top 10 list. Cancerbero is #10. Reading that list, it’s really clear how absolutely nothing happened this week in CMLL.

Polvora had the toughest time getting Cavernario out of Japan.

Lineup

CMLL (MON) 01/26/2015 Arena Puebla
1) Lestat, Milenium, Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Canelo Casas, Espanto Jr., Hijo del Signo
2) Astral © vs Demus 3:16 [CMLL MINI]
Second defense for Astral. Demus’ first shot at the title in 6 years.
3) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stigma vs Hechicero, Hombre sin Nombre, Okumura
4) Atlantis, Dragón Rojo Jr., Volador Jr. vs Kráneo, Morphosis, Olímpico
5) Máximo vs Shocker
6) La Máscara & La Sombra vs Gran Guerrero & Último Guerrero

A surprisingly busy card, with a title match, a special singles match, and a tag main event between normal teams. Opener is even a Puebla vs DF match.

Chilanga Mask (SUN) 02/15/2015 Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México
1) Herodes Jr. vs Fly Warrior
2) Keira vs La Vaquerita
3) Arez & Impulso vs Pagano
2 v 1

Matches announced so far for the next ChilangaMask show.

indy (SUN) 02/22/2015 Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) Erika Sotelo, La Enmascarada, Mini Hator vs Alicia, Larry Miranda, Tequilia
2) Galactar vs Demenzía, Gato Fantasma
3) Kaientai, Rico Rodriguez, Silver King Jr. vs Epydemius, Ninja Jr., Silencio
4) Diluvio Negro I & Diluvio Negro II vs Caifan & Nuevo Caifan
listed as Diluvios vs Caifans
5) Hijo del Ninja, Humberto Garza, Ultimo Ninja vs Dr. Wagner Jr., Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr., Silver King

The Ninjas vs Wagner card that’s been hyped a lot locally and on social media. Silver King Jr. in the third match may be a new one, since Silver King Jr. revealed the previous one was in fact a fraud who was just using the name. I’m sure everything is on the up and up here.

Chilanga Mask (SUN) 03/22/2015 Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México
1) Trauma I & Trauma II vs Mr. Maldito & The Platino
2) Astro Rey Jr. vs Draego, Dragón Celestial, Electro Boy, Emperador Azteca, Freelance, Mike Segura
3) Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Black Terry vs Rey Hechicero vs Aero Boy
4) Negro Navarro vs Fulgor I
5) Impulso vs Jason Gory
6) Arez, Belial, Keira vs David Starr, JT Dunn, Kimber Lee

This is the second Anniversary show, with people coming in from a bit farther, which probably explains why it’s a little bit farther along.

I’d lost track of how many matches had been announced for this show, so it’s good thing this promotion has a website. Kimber Lee is a women wh’s graduated to the CHIKARA tier of US indy promotions in the last year. I’m totally unfamiliar with Dunn & Star but they appear to be a US easy coast indy tag team.

01/17-18 lucha videos

Sunday’s IWRG show hasn’t aired anywhere I currently have access to.

Terra was an immense pain to record and I still only ended up only having the show in lower quality video. I’ve got fragments of the HD that I’m posting as well, but they’re useless to 99% of you.

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01/18 Lucha Underground Results (02/18 & 02/25 episodes)

Non-spoiler listing of all unaired matches is here. These are the shows for 02/18 and 02/25.

No significant roster notes. Pretty much everyone who wasn’t on the last taping made it on here.

Results are below. This has been a long day, and I’m crossing my fingers on coherency.

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CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-11-29

Mascara Dorada wipes out Gran Guerrero & almost the 1st row

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Chicano/Casas vs Eterno/Canis, AULL retirement, Dorada, All Elite

AULL (SUN) 01/18/2015 Arena Lopez Mateos [Estrellas del Ring]
1) Almagor & Rey Profeta b Palacio Maya & Prehispniac
2) Sky Fly & Vuelo Espacial b Oberón & Pakal
3) Dante, Euro, Filder b Pegazuz, Shibata, Spider Boy
Shibata was hurt in the first fall and left the match. Rudos won straight falls.
4) Chucho el Roto b Iron Love ©, Trauma II, Herejía [AULL HEAVY]
Eliminations went Herejia, Trauma II and Iron Love, with Chucho el Roto winning the title from his friend. Chucho el Roto’s Central American Heavyweight championship might have also been on the line (and the recap phrases this like it was a three way #1 contenders match and then a separate singles match.) Iron Love announced prior to the match that he was going to retire at the end, and later said he was content with losing to his friend in his last match.
5) Hijo de Pirata Morgan & Pirata Morgan vs Negro Navarro & Trauma I
Navarros took 2/3, the last when Trauma II snuck in and fouled Hijo del Pirata. Piratas want a rematch.

Iron Love had been around Arena Lopez Mateos for the better part of a decade. Retirements, especially sudden ones, are rarely forever.

IWRG (SUN) 01/18/2015 Arena Naucalpan[Estrellas del Ring, The Gladiatores]
1) Anubis Black & Atomic Star b Galaxy & Vampiro Metálico
2) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo b Araña de Plata, Dowki, Hip Hop Man, Imposible
Leo beat Impossible and asked for a title shot.
3) Emperador Azteca, Metaleón, Relámpago bApolo Estrada Jr., Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo
Tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Golden Magic, Pantera I, Veneno b Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Rayan
Rayan and the Oficials had problems leading to their loss. Rayan declared the truce been the Oficials and Comando Elite over and demanded a trios match.
5) Chicano, Danny Casas, Hijo De Dos Caras, Súper Nova b Canis Lupus, Eterno, Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Universo 2000 Jr.
Appeared to be a four way tag on the poster, but it also said it was an atomicos. Turned into a bloody street fight by the second fall. Straight falls, with Chicano & Danny besting Canis & Eterno and demanding a tag title match. This turned into them having a mask/hair vs hair/hair if Chicano & Casas lost the title match.

Does Leo have to weigh in with his turtle shell? Because clearly there’s going to be weigh-ins for this title match. I had no idea about the Oficials/Comando Elite true and these are all skits I’d like to see.

In a post match interview from the FantasticaMania show, Mascara Dorada said he’d want to challenge Sombra (for the mask) again in a year “when I return.” That sounds like a guy who may not be working much in CMLL even between tours. KUSHIDA mentions that when everyone was leaving the show, the CMLL guys got on the bus to go back to their hotel and Mascara Dorada got on the NJPW bus to go to the dojo. That makes me sad, sending a kid off to college sad.

Working backwards, it looks like this agreement must’ve been made at the mid October NJPW visit to the CMLL office.  Both CMLL and NJPW teased there was more to talked about than FantasticaMania and this had to be the more. The Welterweight championship was vacated a few weeks later and appears to be part of the package. Dorada had the CMLL Welterweight Championship with him in the main event and is taking it with him to NJPW. (He’ll be back in CMLL at least for the Universal tournament if he holds on to it until then.)

 

It’s strange they had Mistico say he wanted a shot at the winner when they knew that wouldn’t be happening, but that’s just a thing you say when you give up a title. The Mascara Dorada loss to Mephisto in Guadalajara which made no sense at the time makes at least a little sense now.

Dorada winning the welterweight title had to be part of whatever agreement has been made here.

(The strange Mephisto beating Dorada result in Guadalajara from a few weeks ago now at least has an explanation if not a great justification.)

Voices of Wrestling has their recap of today’s show.

RobViper uploaded an official AAA 1992 music video of their wrestlers.

CMLL posted highlights from Friday’s show. Top 3 are shown, which seems to have less and less to do with what airs.

Segunda Caida reviews Maximo vs Negro Casas.

A lucha libre political ad for a race in Nuevo Leon.

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 01/23/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Frezzer vs Furia Roja
2) Javier Cruz Jr. & Metatrón vs Jocker & Sádico
3) Sky Kid & Smaker vs Exterminador & Maléfico
4) Esfinge & Gallo vs Pitbull I & Pitbull II [#1 Contenders, tournament, OCCIDENTE TAG]
5) Estrellita, Goya Kong, Silueta vs La Comandante, La Seductora, Zeuxis
6) Atlantis, Blue Panther Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. vs Mephisto, Mr. Niebla, Niebla Roja

Women’s match being fifth is higher than usual. That would be Silueta’s first match since September; it appears she’s been out with an unspecified injury.

No details on this tag team tournament, other than the Pitbulls appear to be Friday regulars at this point. Sky Kid and Smaker, the champions, are not as important as this tournament and probably should not be expecting to hold the belts long term. I forgot: Olimpico and Boby Zavala are the champions! They’re having a tournament to see who gets a match with Olimpico. I like the tournament winner’s odds.

CMLL (SAT) 01/24/2015 Arena Coliseo
1) Bengala vs Cholo
2) Angelito vs Mercurio
3) Star Jr. vs Disturbio
4) Starman vs Canelo Casas
5) Estrellita vs Amapola
6) Delta & Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Pierroth & Sagrado
7) Atlantis, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas

The Arena Coliseo tag feud we thought was happening still does kind of continue in the 6th match. Peste Negra teams up in the main event. I’d expect it to take a few days for any changes based on FantasticaMania injuries or disappearing acts to show up (if they’re announced at all.)

CMLL (SUN) 01/25/2015 Arena México
1) Leono & Robin vs Apocalipsis & Inquisidor
2) Goya Kong, La Vaquerita, Lluvia vs La Comandante, La Seductora, Zeuxis
3) Dragon Lee, Hombre Bala Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. vs Cancerbero, Puma, Raziel
4) Rey Cometa vs Tiger [lightning]
5) Ángel de Oro, Dragón Rojo Jr., Super Porky vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja
6) Atlantis, Titán, Volador Jr. vs Ephesto, Kráneo, Mephisto

A better card than the last few weeks. Puma seems wasted being in the tercera but that match could be lots of fun (and the semimain does not need him) so that’ll work out fine. Cometa seems questionable for the lightning match.

ALL ELITE (SUN) 02/08/2015 Arena México
1) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Valiente vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Shocker, Terrible
2) Atlantis & Extreme Tiger vs Super Crazy & Último Guerrero
Super Crazy is replacing Chavo Guerrero in the tournament.
3) Fuerza Guerrera vs Negro Casas
4) Dr. Wagner Jr. & La Sombra vs LA Park & Volador Jr.

More matches to be announced, but there’s four of them so I’ll at least keep track of them. Matches 2/4 are part of the tournament they were doing last time around. Tickets go on sale tomorrow via Ticketmaster; they haven’t announced the price range, but it’s 50pesos on the cheap side.

AAA on Televisa: 2014-11-29

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CMLL NJPW FantasticaMania 2015 Day 6 Results

CMLL (MON) 01/19/2015 Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
1) Jushin Liger, Kushida, Stuka Jr., Tiger Mask b Gedo, Okumura, Tomohiro Ishii, YOSHI-HASHI
9:28. Stuka Jr. hit Okumura (and Mima seperately) with a torpedo splash. OK.
2) Ryusuke Taguchi & Tetsuya Naito b Captain New Japan & Tritón
6:51. Naito submitted CNJ to the Puma Blanca. Comedy match with a lot of time spent on Taguchi’s masked act. Syuri appeared before the match to hand Taguchi & Naito flowers. OK.
3) Mephisto & Yujiro b Ángel de Oro & Stigma
Yujiro replaced Gran Guerrero on Sunday. 10:22. Super Devil’s Wings on Stigma. OK>
4) Bárbaro Cavernario b Rey Cometa
11:28. Fantastic (Excellent) rematch, with a lot of their huge spots back from the Anniversary and a few new ones thrown in. Cometa obviously still had a knee injury but battled well, including (barely) pulling of Brillo Cometa. Cavernario also did the top rope splash to the floor among plenty of other moves. They were going hard from the whistle. Barbaro ultimately survived the 450 splash to put Cometa in a cavernaria for a win.
5) Mistico b Pólvora
11:28. Mistico was clearly limited, but they worked around it. La Mistico for the win. OK match smartly worked.
6) Atlantis, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kota Ibushi, Volador Jr. b Gran Guerrero, Kazuchika Okada, Shinsuke Nakamura, Último Guerrero
11:47. Gran Guerrero replaced Mr. Niebla on Sunday. Atlantis submitted Gran Guerrero to an Atlantida.
7) La Sombra b Máscara Dorada
Mascara Dorada was announced as joining NJPW on a one year contract prior to the match. Not the crazy spot exhibition of last year’s match, but one of of big spots building towards a finish. Sombra seemed off and hampered by leg issues, but it was still a great match. Dorada pulled off the over the top rope apron headscissors (the successor to the over the top dropkick Dragon Lee has been doing.) Sombra had mild interaction with guest announcer Yuji Nagata and a match between the two was teased. Sombra was able to sidestep a springboard flip tornillo attempt and beat Dorada with a Shadow Driver. Sombra thanked the fans and left, while Dorada stuck around to take part in the usual tour ending celebration. (Mr. Niebla was not seen.)

The Mascara Dorada signing is the big news. NJPW full time contracts are (usually) one year deals that quietly get renewed every year about this time. BUSHI came to NJPW from AJPW on a similar one year loan, and just never went back. That has to be considered a possibility for Dorada as well. At the same time, Mascara Dorada was also a guy rushing out of Arena Mexico on Friday nights to get on the last bus to Guadalajara so he could make it home to his family, which doesn’t sound like the sort of guy who’s going to want to be full time in Japan. It’s an great opportunity but one that requires quite a bit of personal sacrifice, and it’s possible no firm decision will be made until this time next year.

I’m going to have to rewatch the main event at some later point. I really was thrown off by the news. I think Sombra was hurt early, because he had a handful of spots where he couldn’t finish and didn’t look like himself. There was a super inverted huracanrana where it seemed like both men were actually going to land on their head which might have been than way because of the injury too.

There’s an obvious story here is Dorada spends a year in New Japan, defends his CMLL Welterweight title once or twice, challenges for IWGP titles once or twice, learns things, and comes back next year to be Sombra to show his growth. The obvious story doesn’t always happen, but that fits. NJPW also kept cutting back between Nagata & Sombra post match; I don’t think we’ve seen the last of Sombra in NJPW for this year.

We’ll probably find more about the Dorada situation today. If this goes well, I wouldn’t be surprised if something similar happens with Sombra down the road. To be honest, Sombra’s the guy I always thought this would happen with, but he’s also the guy CMLL would have a harder time letting go.

Mistico and Mephisto had a brief skirmish after Mistico’s match, so that’s supposed to still be a thing. Only, Mistico’s really not 100%. It’s too soon to know what percent he’ll actually be getting to, but he looked like a guy who needed more time off before returning. There probably won’t be any changes to CMLL’s cards based on injuries from this tour until they all get back home, but I’d expect to see a few.  Polvora’s surprisingly good sense at making singles matches work comes up again.

Like UG & Atlantis yesterday, Cometa & Cavernario had a match worthy of following the Anniversary one.  They stole the show and made names for both of themselves. Cavernario got over huge and will obviously be back in NJPW. Between Dorada and the other guest appearances, maybe you’ll want to hold onto your NJPW World subscription a while longer.

Cavernario/Cometa, the main event, and the fun atomicos prior to it are worth going out of your way to see. This card is by far the best of the tour (including the ones we haven’t seen) and is worth getting a subscription alone. The rest of the matches were alright, but you can pick and choose here.

Besides Cavernario & Cometa, Angel de Oro impressed NJPW fans. Gran Guerrero got put in tough spots and did fine for his experience level, though I still wish they’d back off him a bit. Stigma struggled in his big mach but was OK in the others. Triton had a good showing and Polvora and Stuka got over as characters.

No sign of Mr. Niebla. Nakamura did a little bit of the Niebla dance while wearing his Niebla hood, but that’s the only sign of him on this show. Niebla did not appear in the annual post show celebration. He would’ve been there if it was just an injury. Niebla really screwed up this time. I hope he’s OK, but CMLL was teasing Niebla vs Atlantis as a genuine possible mask match this year and he’s proven they can possibly do that. It’s possible we might not see him around at all for a while.

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