great match roundup, week of 2018-01-13

somehow, the small steps make it better

this group of recaps

This is so long, with the first two of the Japan shows. I probably shoud’ve rated Hechicero/Kraneo higher or given it a plus or something.

Recommended matches

rating matches TV Show taped
excellent Niebla Roja © vs Gran Guerrero for the CMLL World Light Heavyweight Championship NJPW World: 2018-01-19 2018-01-19
great Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Hechicero in a lightning matchLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 15 DE ENERO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-01-15 2018-01-15
great Soberano Jr. © vs Sansón for the Mexican National Welterweight Championship NJPW World: 2018-01-19 2018-01-19
good Carístico vs Euforia LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 16 DE ENERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-01-16 2018-01-16
good Fuego & Star Jr. vs Okumura & Puma CMLL on SamuraiTV: 2018-01-18 2018-01-12
good Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr., Volador Jr. vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Gran Guerrero, Sansón CMLL on SamuraiTV: 2018-01-18 2018-01-12
good Dragón Lee, Hirai Kawato, Kushida, Satoshi Kojima vs Bushi, Hiromu Takahashi, Rush, Tetsuya Naito CMLL on SamuraiTV: 2018-01-18 2018-01-12
good Atlantis, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Mistico vs Gedo, Kazuchika Okada, Último Guerrero CMLL on SamuraiTV: 2018-01-18 2018-01-12
good Esfinge, Rey Cometa, Tritón vs Raziel, Sagrado, TigerLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 19 DE ENERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-01-19 2018-01-19
good Kráneo vs Hechicero in a lightning match LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 19 DE ENERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-01-19 2018-01-19
good Fuego vs Okumura NJPW World: 2018-01-19 2018-01-19
good Dragón Lee, Hirai Kawato, Satoshi Kojima, Star Jr. vs Bushi, Hiromu Takahashi, Rush, Tetsuya Naito NJPW World: 2018-01-19 2018-01-19
good Atlantis, Drone, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Disturbio, Puma, Último Guerrero NJPW World: 2018-01-19 2018-01-19
good Ángel de Oro © vs Cuatrero for the CMLL World Middleweight Championship NJPW World: 2018-01-19 2018-01-19

Other matches noted

rating matches TV Show taped
ok Dark Cuervo & Dark Scoria vs Monsther Clown & Murder Clown © for the AAA World Tag Team ChampionshipLucha Libre AAA Worldwide en Xalapa Parte 2 (posted by Lucha Libre AAA) AAA on Televisa: 2018-01-13 2017-12-02
ok Dr. Wagner Jr., Hijo del Fantasma, Psycho Clown vs Hernandez, Rey Escorpión, Texano Jr. Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide en Xalapa Parte 2 (posted by Lucha Libre AAA) AAA on Televisa: 2018-01-13 2017-12-02
ok Marco Corleone © vs Diamante Azul for the CMLL World Heavyweight Championship LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 15 DE ENERO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-01-15 2018-01-15
ok Magia Blanca, Pegasso, Starman vs Nitro, Templario, Virus LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 16 DE ENERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-01-16 2018-01-16
ok Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther vs Johnny Idol, Sam Adonis, Vangellys LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 16 DE ENERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-01-16 2018-01-16
ok Stuka Jr., Titán, Valiente vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 16 DE ENERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-01-16 2018-01-16
ok Drone vs Disturbio CMLL on SamuraiTV: 2018-01-18 2018-01-12
ok Ángel de Oro, Jushin Liger, Ryusuke Taguchi, Tiger Maskvs Cuatrero, Rocky Romero, SHO, YOH CMLL on SamuraiTV: 2018-01-18 2018-01-12
ok Fantasy & Último Dragóncito vs Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 19 DE ENERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-01-19 2018-01-19
ok Lady Maravilla, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Tiffany, Zeuxis LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 19 DE ENERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-01-19 2018-01-19
ok Stuka Jr., Titán, Valiente vs Euforia, Felino, Mr. NieblaLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 19 DE ENERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-01-19 2018-01-19
ok Carístico, Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 19 DE ENERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-01-19 2018-01-19
bad Dave The Clown & La Parka vs Histeria & Psicosis Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide en Xalapa Parte 2 (posted by Lucha Libre AAA) AAA on Televisa: 2018-01-13 2017-12-02
not rated Meyer & París vs Guerrero Espacial & Sombra DiabólikaLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 15 DE ENERO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-01-15 2018-01-15
not rated Flyer, Príncipe Diamante, Rey Samuray vs Hijo del Signo, King Jaguar, Perverso LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 15 DE ENERO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-01-15 2018-01-15
not rated Audaz, Lestat, Stigma vs El Malayo, Raziel, Universo 2000 Jr. LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 15 DE ENERO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-01-15 2018-01-15
not rated Carístico, Kráneo, Valiente vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 15 DE ENERO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-01-15 2018-01-15
not rated Acero & Aéreo vs Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño ViolenciaLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 16 DE ENERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-01-16 2018-01-16
not rated La Jarochita, La Vaquerita, Sanely vs Dalys, Metálica, Reyna Isis LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 16 DE ENERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-01-16 2018-01-16
watch later Pantera I © vs Aramis for the IWRG Intercontinental Lightweight Championship Arena Naucalpan IWRG en VIVO (posted by TVLuchaMundial) Pantera I © vs Aramis for the IWRG Intercontinental Lightweight Championship (posted by thecubsfan) Pantera I vs Aramis, Campeonato Intercontinental Ligero IWRG *Lucha Completa* (posted by +LuchaTV) Pantera Primero vs Aramis por el Campeonato Ligero de la IWRG (posted by Estrellas del Ring) IWRG Zona XXI: 2018-01-15 2018-01-14

2017 watch later catch up, part 12 of ∞

Tigre Rojo senton

El Bandido vs Astrolux
(WMC @ Salón Balumcanan on 08/20, 11:21, great, Estrellas del Ring)

The first few moments of this match feel strange. It took my mind a little time to adjust to little Bandido embracing his inner Último Guerrero and wrestling as the strong rudo in this match. It totally work. He came off as Astrolux’s best opponent, throwing him around incredibly (especially on the finish) while also basing in a way to make Astrolux’s offense look great. This might be the best Astrolux ever just for Bandido’s effort. There’s not many people Bandido can really work like a rudo like this for, but he can absolutely do it if needed. Astrolux and Bandido seem to get lost a bit for a minute before the finish, and the match would’ve been better just cutting it out, but this whole thing is worth seeing.

Estrellas del Ring matches are still joined in progress for whatever reason, but it’s unedited from there and they’re more complete than in past years. Got to be happy with incremental improvements in Mexico. (Still, Astrolux does a flip rana that’s just out of frame, making me wish for professional cameras.)

slowed this down so you could appreciate Astrolux landing perfectly in the chair
why pick between doing a tope con giro or a tornilllo, just do both
this seemed way too easy for Bandido

Iron Kid vs Demus 3:16
(LuchaMemes @ Coliseo Coacalco on 06/18, 7:25, great, via +LuchaTV)
Demus freed from the shackles of CMLL minis division is a fantastic thing. He was always capable of great matches there, but clearly was bored out of his mind for most of the last few years. This year’s indie run has really got his juices flowing again – or, with a fork from a helpful fan, has allowed him to get others juices running. This was a CMLL lightning match taken to the dirt of Coacal
co, with Demus allowing Iron Kid a few moments of glory before knocking the life out of him with the scariest version of his piledriver yet. Iron Kid’s dives looked spectacular, as did his fling in to the pole to start the match. A match this short needs to go full ace the entire way and it seemed to slow down a bit to me, but it’s still worth your time. It won’t take long.

you’ve seen this many times by now but really need to put it in my GIF library
Iron Kid going for the roof
max Demus Driver

Black Taurus & Hijo de LA Park vs Daga & Rey Fénix
(WWCI/ANCLA @ Arena Lopez Mateos on 09/30, 24:40, good, via hector godfrey)

Note: There’s no opening whistle here. They finally get down to two people in the ring at about 2:15, but there’s more stalling from there. You can jump it at 5:00 if you just want the action.

Review:  A good match to half pay attention too. There’s no great flow here, the match actively drags at points, and they’re making it up as they go so stuff like the row of seats being thrown in goes nowhere when the referee ushers them back out. There’s plenty of cool spots to make a highlight video of this match, but it takes a long time to settle into something more than spots. d I’m not sure it ever really did. I know this is good action but I also know I didn’t find it altogether interesting as a package.

Fenix dumped
Fenix double stomp
Fenix Brillo Cometa
Park deep into the crowd

Flyer, Magnus, Oro Jr., Príncipe Diamante, Robin, Star Jr. vs Esfinge, Explosivo, Mágico, Omar Brunetti, Star Black, Vaquero Jr. in a cibernetico match
(CMLL @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara on 10/03, 27:37, good, via thecubsfan)

Notes:

for the Guadalajara side

  • Magico is in blue and black.

  • Explosivo is in white with red/orange flames, and a black/white mask.

  • Star Black is black and white, with a big star on the back of his gear.

  • Omar Brunetti is unmasked in Superman gear.

  • Vaquero Jr. is unmasked in black and silver.

I always like the concept of locals versus Mexico City guys, and it’s always helpful to have an idea of the local guys to see if anyone stands out. The action was alright, but no one really had that kind of stand out performance. Star Black is the one being pushed the most, though not in this match. They have him doing some Rayo spots to get him over with this crowd. It feels forced, and he doens’t connect much with the crowd otherwise. Omar Brunetti feels like the most complete of the Guadalajara crew and could be placed in the DF midcard without being a problem, but doesn’t feel like he has much more upside ethan that. (He also has the Dragon Rojo thigh band going on, which make me wonder if him disappearing at times from Guadalajara is actually injury related.) Vaquero seemed to get the best reaction, and was OK. Magico is a veteran feeling guy, Explosivo is a skinny rookie. The Ciudad de Mexico guys were just fine too, with Star Jr. having the best night. People cheered Esfinge winning, so that was nice for him.

Explosivo fireman’s carry powerbomb
bad times for Omar

Tigre Rojo vs Bárbaro I, mask vs hair
(Arena Coliseo San Ramón on 10/15, 23:14, good, via Diiva Moxha)

Barbaro got very heavy, or this is a different one than I saw long ago in Arena Puebla and Monterrey. I couldn’t figure out where he was bleeding from in the second fall, then I realized Tigre Rojo was bleeding so heavily that his opponent was getting soaked in his blood. That’s a lot blood. Barbaro caught up with Tigre Rojo in the third, and is completely red by the end of the match. This was the massive bleeding apuesta match that you’re unlikely to see outside of indie shows now, which makes it a feel very different. This is a simple match in what they do with it – the risky dives are the biggest things attempted – but the mask match stipulation and the blood produce a lot of drama. It’s slow paced, either due to both men losing so much blood or at least selling that destruction. The speed makes some of the later reversal spots hard to believe. The other Babraros interfere in the match to distraction, which doesn’t add much but gets the crowd more annoyed. This might be one where I’d be more into it if I had see them outside of this one isolated match. The home building fans seem very into it.

a lot of Barbaro coming down
senton to the floor

Kalibus vs Cobre vs Centvrión vs Rafy vs Low Rider
(Mexa Wrestling @ Arena San Juan Pantitlan on 10/21, 14:07, great, via Adrian Martinez)

I’m not sure if it was translation issues or silliness to call this match Five Star Match, but it comes crazily close to living up to the name with the outstanding insanity all the way thru. All the more impressive for the weirdo crew from different parts of the indie scene. Cobre’s a DTU guy, Low Rider is a northern Mexico/Texas guy now who rarely makes it to Mexico City, Centvrion & Rafy both dip into IWRG but rarely are against each other nowadays and Kalibus is a Neza local. They make it work, great chemistry for a match which often featured three or more people fighting at the same time. Cobre is murdered by Centvrion before the finish, which is too bad because he’s a guy want to see more of. You can see why DTU is high on him with some of his flying here. Rafy is the best wrestler in the world at points. Low Rider is an immense character who can also wrestle. Everyone contributes to the madness well.

stuck turtle
mexican indie wrestling in a GIF – crazy spot that’s half seen
Low Rider is maybe the craziest of the crazy people
Cobre with a tight headscissors

 

Ultimo Guerrero cheats Atlantis, Kobyashi/Sugehit tonight, LU new home

a finish

IWRG (WED) 02/07/2018 Arena Naucalpan [Estrellas del Ring]
1) Full Contact & Guerrero 2000 b Fly Star & Fly Tiger
2) Dragón Bane & Lunatic Xtreme b Atomik Star & Haziel
Atomick Star replaced Angel Oriental, feuded with Lunatik.
3) Shadow Boy & Súper Brazo Jr. b Leroy & Odín
straight falls
4) Demonio Infernal, Imposible, Ram El Carnero b Aramis, Black Dragón, Dinamic Black
5) Capo Del Norte, Capo Del Sur, Eterno b Dragón Fly, Hijo del Alebrije, Rafy

I’m not paying enough attention to IWRG, because I only noticed there were no results for last Wednesday’s show when Estrellas del Ring posted a recap. And I’m still not sure they’re right because Demonio Infernal is listed twice in the semifinal. Didn’t air.

CMLL (MON) 02/12/2018 Arena Puebla [CMLL, CultIconMT]
1) Astro, Asturiano, Black Tiger b Joker, King Jaguar, Saurón LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 12  DE FEBRERO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Cancerbero, El Malayo, Raziel b Ares, Arkalis, Millenium LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 12  DE FEBRERO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Ares replaced Starman (missed a couple of days). Rudos took 1/3.
3) Stuka Jr., Titán, Tritón b Kawato San, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 12  DE FEBRERO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Mistico, Rush, Soberano Jr. DQ Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 12  DE FEBRERO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rush replaced Volador on Wednesday. Tencicos took 1/3. Mephisto fouled Soberano Jr., setting up a singles match.
5) Último Guerrero b Atlantis LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 12  DE FEBRERO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
UG took 1/3, the last with an arm and a leg on the ropes.

 

I was really worried the main event was going to be very not good when they spent the first three minutes just playing to the crowd in about the same fashion as La Parka & Dr. Wagner did on Friday night. It turned out better than that match. Also, we learned that Tirantes will take a bump in your match if you promise he gets to shine in the finish. Everyone’s got to their comeback.

Soberano & Mephisto are both welterweight champions so one or both title should be on the line if they actually wrestle.

Tonight’s CMLL Arena Mexico show has under at least three different revisions. I think I have the right lineup now. It’ll probably change again.

The main event is now Marco Corleone, Titan and Valiente against Cavernario, Euforia and Mephisto. Euforia is a replacement for Mr. Niebla, who has possibly been benched once again following his strange performance on Friday night. One of the things many people were asking about in light of Drone’s incident is how CMLL would handle the next time a someone like Niebla did something similar on their own show. Guess we’re finding out.

(Speaking of Drone: a normal CMLL suspension is about 3 weeks, which means he should be back in circulation following Friday’s show. He’s not on the Sunday cards, but that’s just one show. If he doesn’t turn up at all next week, then it confirms they’re going to hold him out longer than normal as rumored.)

The lightning match is now Kaho Kobayashi versus Princesa Sugehit, in Kobayashi’s first singles match and easily the most interesting thing on the show. The semimain is Blue Panther, Guerrero Maya and Stuka against Hechicero, Johnny Idol and Okumura. Audaz & Virus meet again in the tercera, with the frequent foursome of the Panthers, Misterioso & Sagrado filling out the match.

The second match also had a change, with Electrico still not cleared to wrestle. Sangre Imperial will be back on a stream for the first time this year, teaming with Astral & Flyer versus Akuma, Hijo del Signo and Templario. Acero & Aereo face Pequeno NItro & Pequeno Olimpico in the opener.

Guadalajara tonight is Mistico, Rush, and Diamante Azul vs Shocker, Terrible, and Rey Bucanero. There doesn’t seem to be anything carrying over from last week.

CMLL announced the tournament to fill the vacant CMLL tag team championship will have eight team blocks on March 2nd & 9th, and the final will take place on March 16th. No teams were announced yet.

The timing is terrible, even as an attempt to get a second ‘big’ match on the Homenaje a Dos Leyendas card. CMLL will have three Friday nights of the incredible pairs tournament, a normal show, and then right back into three more Friday nights of another tag tournament. (And the Gran Alternativa is probably not far away.) At least the second tournament should have less teams breaking up, though the scheduling means the logical Cuatrero & Sanson and Angel de Oro & Niebla Roja teams aren’t going to the finals. (Diamante Azul & Stuka, who were set up to win the tag team titles from Shocker & Casas at one point, are the favorites if they’re in this tournament.) It’ll be good to have the tag titles back in circulation, though the method of doing it is not pleasant.

This does make me wonder where Audaz/Virus is going, so they wouldn’t be having Virus cheat to win so much if there wasn’t a planned destination and it’s unlikely they’ll have a third notable match on H2L.

It is also weird Negro Casas & Shocker should both be healthy and around before this tournament starts, so they could have just defended (and lost) the title. Something always happens when they try, so maybe this is still for the best. Or maybe they have some big names on both sides planned for that match.

Reyna Isis & La Jarochita are headed out to REINA again. They’ll be going to Japan on 02/23, have their first match on 02/27, and will be staying for three months.

In an exclusive piece with Uproxx, Lucha Underground officially announced they’d have a new location for Season 4. That, the upcoming dates, and the idea they’re taping on Fridays in addition to Saturday & Sundays, had been out for a while and are confirmed here. That link has a few images of the new setup, which includes a catwalk which Aerostar will definitely be asking to dive the moment he sees it. On the flipside, at least Angelico will no longer feel compelled to jump off an office again, if Angelico is even around. That’s a question – who’s still around? – that goes with “when is Season 3 going to be on Netflix?” that isn’t answered in that article and everyone really wants to know.

Tickets are probably going out any moment. I think I’m not going this year – I’m not sure wanting to talk about a match for eighteen months and being legally unable that entire time to was really good for me, among other reasons – but I hope the energy in putting together a new set is also used in putting together other new things.

My real concern about LU waiting so long to announce their tapings is that maybe the people involved in putting together LU Season 4 are just doing because someone’s paying for it and they’re legally required to do it. If LU is going to make the effort and expense to do run this race one more time, they need to do it in a way that’s bigger or better than they’ve done before – just doing 21 episodes to air on a small network and the rest of the promotion to disappear into the void doesn’t seem worth the trouble. LU’s been really quiet up to now, though some of that can be explained by wanting to get media attention by giving it an exclusive. I hope they’re louder going forward.

LuchaMania Monterrey recap of Sunday’s AAA/KDNA show noted Hijo del Vikingo wrestled with a neck brace. There was a moment early in his title match on Friday where Vikingo landed badly on his head and I couldn’t figure out how he didn’t get hurt. I guess he did.

AAA’s Twitch channel has now switched from airing episodes from 2003. 2003 was not a super great time period for AAA, which also means there’s not a lot of video that was saved and later put up on YouTube – most of it hasn’t been seen since it aired, and some didn’t air out of Mexico at all. I need to go thru it and figure out what might be there that we don’t even know about.

AAA’s still posting the Televisa episodes on YouTube, if you miss that set of AAA announcers. There doesn’t seem to be anything added from Guerra de Titanes, with Noti AAA focusing on the press conference for Rey de Reyes and TripleMania. The only thing that really stuck out for me is they’re still using the “25th Anniversary” tour logos while they’re on the tour of the conquest, which is a very CMLL thing.

CIMA & Negro Casas will be on a DTU show this Saturday. CIMA is already in the country to work for The Crash on Friday. I’d assume a lineup is coming soon. I wonder where he’s going Sunday – IWRG?

Lucha Memes 03/11 in Coacalco

Veracruz Cien Mascaras says he came up with the name because he had like 100 masks. And then he just decided to wear a blue mask.

The Crash announced Austin Aries for their WrestleCon show.

+LuchaTV is spending Valentine’s Day with Cibernetico.

LuchaWorld has the latest Poster-Mania.

Lineups

CMLL (SUN) 02/18/2018 Arena México
1) Bengala & Retro vs Apocalipsis & Cholo
2) Magnus, Sensei, Star Jr. vs Espanto Jr., Metálico, Príncipe Odín Jr.
3) La Jarochita, La Vaquerita, Sanely vs Reyna Isis, Tiffany, Zeuxis
4) Marco Corleone, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Felino, Hechicero, Pólvora
5) Carístico, Dragón Lee, Mistico vs Ephesto, Rey Bucanero, Shocker

As announced about 2 seconds after I posted yesterday, Domingos Elite are on indefinite hiatus due to unclear TV situation and these are back to being CMLL only shows. Azteca promoted the announcement of the show, so I think Elite actually had a TV deal and something changed on the Azteca side. It still feels like a think that only happens with ELITE. With Elite, they could be back next week or six months from now. In it’s place, is a normal boring CMLL card.

CMLL (SUN) 02/18/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Avispón Negro Jr. vs Frentico
2) Cosmos & Micro vs Quka & Relámpago Azul
3) Javier Cruz Jr. & Yaqui vs Carlo Roggi & El Chakal
4) El Alteño, El Divino, Omar Brunetti vs Guerrero de la Muerte, Nautilius, Thunder Boy
5) Explosivo, Star Black, Vaquero Jr. vs Joker, Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno

I can’t think of anything to put here. Nothing follows from last week.

new lucha videos for the weekend of February 9, 2018

Azteca seems like it’s getting the same matches Teleformula is getting, which seems to defeat the purpose of having two shows. I dunno.

CMLL Guadalajara: 2018-02-10
taped 2018-02-06 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara – Mega/YouTube
1) Kaho Kobayashi, Lady Maravilla, Sanely vs La Seductora, Reyna Isis, Tiffany
2) Blue Panther Jr., The Panther, Tritón vs Disturbio, Puma, Tiger
3) Dragón Lee, Marco Corleone, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero

CMLL Lucha Azteca: 2018-02-12
taped 2018-02-02 @ Arena México – Mega
incredible pairs tournament block A

IWRG Zona XXI: 2018-02-12
taped 2018-02-11 @ Arena Naucalpan – Mega/YouTube
1) Alas de Acero & Haziel vs Fandango & Odín
2) Demonio Infernal & Hijo del Alebrije vs Eterno & Lunatic Xtreme
3) Emperador Azteca © vs Cerebro Negro for the IWRG Intercontinental Welterweight Championship
4) Ovett, Trauma I, Trauma II vs Aramis, Hijo del Pantera, Internacional Pantera
5) Danny Casas, Hijo De Dos Caras, Imposible vs Dr. Cerebro, El Hijo del Medico Asesino, Máscara Año 2000 Jr.
6) Black Dragón vs Spartan for the hair

CMLL Mexico de Nuevo Valores: 2018-01-16 

this one moves in all three dimensions

Recapped: 02/06/2018

Matches:

Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Violencia beat Acero & Aéreo
(14:56 [6:19, 4:43, 3:54], 1/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

La Jarochita, La Vaquerita, Sanely beat Dalys, Metálica, Reyna Isis
(13:53 [6:37, 3:11, 4:05], 1/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Magia Blanca, Pegasso, Starman beat Nitro, Templario, Virus
(14:49 [7:34, 3:10, 4:05], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Johnny Idol, Sam Adonis, Vangellys beat Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther  
(9:35 [0:20, 4:30, 4:45], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Stuka Jr., Titán, Valiente beat Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
(12:26 [5:41, 2:01, 4:44], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Carístico beat Euforia
(14:44, 2/3, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Euforica Special (1:58)

  2. Carístico springboard huracanrana (1:10)

  3. La Carística (11:36)

What happened:

Templario tossing Magia Blanca around

Titan pinned Mephisto twice, setting up a title match challenge.

Adonis & Idol are beat in the first fall within seconds, cradles from behind while they’re waving their flags.

Thoughts:

Titan off the stage

The main event turned into a lengthy Carístico exhibition. Euforia works better in these spots in some ways because he hasn’t had a chance to do them with smaller guys and feels fresher. He also hasn’t won any of these, which meant they did a lot of nice near falls and the only people buying Euforia having a chance of winning on any of them were the announcers. Carístico getting increasingly frustrated with Tirantes being Tirantes is a nice hidden subplot. It doesn’t feel he’s as much selling the physical punishment of each near fall as he is selling the emotional toll of a referee who just won’t count like normal people. He pulled off the moves too, but that was a more storytelling than the rest of the match had.

The semimain was not super interesting out of Titan getting the surprise pins to set up his title match, and even then the surprise was a bit too much for CMLL’s cameras. They missed his second fall win except for the count, then nearly missed him diving off the stage while showing a relay of that. Stuka & Valiente were taking it easy and the other rudos didn’t stand out.

Typically, a quick first fall will led to the time redistributed elsewhere. This time, it just led to a quick overall match that never really developed. The Panthers ripping the wig off Sam Adonis and then immediately getting dropped for the loss was a bit deflating. It was fine while it lasted, it just didn’t really last long.

Templario matches feel like must watch ones at the moment. One spot with him and Magia Blanca goes badly near the end, though the slightly save that one, and Templario makes an even bigger save for the finish. Templario’s doing springboard dropkicks and then taking headscissors from behind, he is up for doing anything at this point. Pegasso and Nitro both wrestling Superman logos was not great, but Pegasso trying to do a casadora armdrag to send Nitro thru the ropes was worse, Nitro stood no chance of making it thru the ropes.

Euforia makes it look easy

referee drama in IWRG, Atlantis/Ultimo Guerrero tonight in Puebla, Elite postponed

IWRG (SUN) 02/11/2018 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, The Gladiatores]
1) Skanda b Full Contact
2) Alas de Acero & Haziel b Fandango & Odín
straight falls
3) Demonio Infernal & Hijo del Alebrije b Eterno & Lunatic Xtreme
Demonio Infenral replaced Aramis (moved up), which meant he and Lunatik feuded again.
4) Emperador Azteca © b Cerebro Negro [IWRG IC WELTER]
5th defense (last two were scheduled in small Oaxaca shows which may or may not have happened.)
5) Ovett, Trauma I, Trauma II DQ Aramis, Hijo del Pantera, Internacional Pantera
Aramis replaced Pantera I. Straight falls. There’s referee drama going on: the commission added Babe Richard to the pool of IWRG refs, feeling they were not following the rules. Normal referee Capu & Richard officiated this match, and DQed the Traumas in the first fall when they wouldn’t stop beating up the opposition after the won the first fall. In the second fall, Richard went to check on Aramis after a dive, and Capu counted a pin after Trauma II fouled one of the Panteras. Babe Richard, from outside the ring, overruled the call and called it a second DQ. The Traumas & Ovett argued with Babe Richard & the commission after the match. Trauma fouls appeared to be seen by referee Babe Richard but not called.
6) Dr. Cerebro, El Hijo del Medico Asesino, Máscara Año 2000 Jr. b Danny Casas, Hijo De Dos Caras, Imposible
Dr. Cerbero beat Imposible, which is probably setting up a title match.
7) Black Dragón DQ Spartan [hair]
Mascara 2000 Jr., seconding Spartan, interfered frequently. Babe Richard was the ref and called a third fall DQ, giving Dragon the win. This set off a Capos vs Comando elite feud.

I think a referee is losing their hair soon.

Today’s Arena Puebla show has an Atlantis versus Ultimo Guerrero. You may know this is not a first time match! This is their 38th singles match, if you throw in matches that happened in Memphis, Tennessee and Thorton, Colorado. It is their first match since last April, though that’s probably because Atlantis was out for six months and still doesn’t look 100%. The drama here isn’t in the outcome – there’s nothing on the line, UG is going to ask for the mask versus hair match either way, Atlantis will say no – but if Atlantis can at least get a Good level in this singles match. This seems too soon and unnecessary. Maybe it’ll draw.

The rest of the card seems somewhat more promising than usual. Mistico, Rush (in for Volador) and Soberano face the Hijos del Infierno. Stuka, Triton & Titan team up against Misterioso, Sagrado and Kawato in what should be a pretty good match if they go for it. Locals include Astro, Asturiano, Joker, and Arkalis, though the two opening matches each have people I assume will make the match worse. The show will air on YouTube at 9pm.

There’s one significant change for tomorrow’s card. Marcela was scheduled for the lightning match, but she’s now off the lineup. Princesa Sugehit will now take on Kaho Kobayashi in her first CMLL singles match.

EDIT: Are you looking forward to watching ELITE? TOO BAD. In authentic Elite fashion, CMLL announced the TV show – and the Sunday Elite shows – are on pause for now. The story is the TV launch date is being pushed back and so they’re going to run regular CMLL shows on Sunday until it’s ready to go. There’s no indication if this is a short term thing or a going to take a while.

Uno TV has a feature on Micro Man, including him training. He’s the oldest of three brothers (imagine a Micro Trio.) It sounds like they had him training with a normal class just as a trial before starting the micro group.

A Japanese news site posted an interview with Ultimo & Gran Guerrero from the FantasticaMania trip. Google Translate of Japanese interviews is shaky. What I did get out of it Ultimo Guerrero likes the movement of lucha libre to a more aerial style, though it also makes him feel like a soccer goalie trying to fend off flying objects at him all the time.  UG’s also got a real estate business to prepare him for a post-lucha life. Gran Guerrero wants a match with Tanahashi.

SoloWrestling points out a Johnny Mundo video interview w/ Chris Van Vliet of note. Johnny Mundo says Vampiro is an idiot. I’m not sure alone Johnny Mundo calling Vampiro an idiot is even news at this point. Mundo saying Kevin Kross, Fantasma, Texano, and Wagner among other have issues with Vampiro too is sort of news, though it comes off at least half in character. Mundo does say Vampiro will be back on Lucha Underground Season 4 and he seems to be as interested in finding out how they work together as everyone else.

Speaking of Lucha Underground, Johnny Mundo outright says they’re taping next weekend. Everyone is willing to say this except for Lucha Underground, though even Mundo isn’t even sure of the schedule. He thinks they’re doing 2 episodes a week, 3 days a week, for about 5 weeks – but that would be 30 episodes and they’ve announced 21. Maybe there are weeks without three days a week, maybe no one knows and that’s why this is taking forever.

Black Terry Jr. has photos of the latest Zona Ruda 23 show.

Aeroboy & Violento Jack are wrestling in Chicago’s GALLI next week.

Luchador Tacubo talks about his anti-bullying work.

CMLL Puebla: 2018-01-15 

they weren’t expecting luchadors to be in their lap

Recapped: 02/05/2018

Matches: 

Meyer & París beat Guerrero Espacial & Sombra Diabólika
(13:44 [6:22, 1:57, 5:25], 1/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Flyer, Príncipe Diamante, Rey Samuray beat Hijo del Signo, King Jaguar, Perverso
(14:08 [5:30, 3:48, 4:50], 2/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Audaz, Lestat, Stigma beat El Malayo, Raziel, Universo 2000 Jr.
(19:20 [9:15, 4:15, 5:50], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Hechicero beat Guerrero Maya Jr. in a lightning match
(8:25, magia negra, great, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Carístico, Kráneo, Valiente vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible
(10:52 [3:57, 2:18, 4:37], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Marco Corleone © beat Diamante Azul for the CMLL World Heavyweight Championship
(11:20, 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Marco Corleone Aero Italiano (2:29)

  2. Diamante Azul flying clothesline (2:40)

  3. Marco Corleone Reflection of Perfection (6:11)

What happened: 

Hechicero in flight

There’s no reason for Kraneo to be a técnico, except they were probably short a técnico for a couple Mondays. Terrible fouled Carístico for no real reason beyond them building to that match next.

Thoughts:

The title match felt more entertaining the first time I saw it than the rewatching it much later. The five ramp spots are all look good and are used well, there’s just not a lot of meat to this match otherwise. Diamante Azul is a strong guy who doesn’t do many strong in this match, and the rest of what they do just is OK. This match felt like they made the most of what they had to work with, they just didn’t have a whole to work with.

great moments in lucha libre

The highlight of Hechicero & Guerrero Maya is Hechicero taking a short pause in the ring on his own, as if he’s considering if it’s really worth it launch himself dangerously out of the ring onto Guerrero Maya. Hechicero decides it’s absolutely necessaries, and flies thru the air with the gracefulness of a mattress being thrown out of a second floor window. CMLL will run about 120 of these lightning matches on streaming shows this year and it’s hard to imagine much of them beating the enjoyment of this one. It wasn’t the technical battle you’d expect from two of the best in CMLL at that. They’re also two of the best at connecting spots in interesting fashions, and they made their usual offense more interesting when they weren’t wildly diving out of the ring or taking huge bumps off the top. They fought as fast as the fast guys while keeping it clean. Definite recommendation.

Audaz is good, though even he couldn’t make a long mat section with Malayo something the fans were interested in seeing. They went nearly five minutes by themselves to in the first fall, which is a bit much. That match closed with a third fall that seemed to have no particular direction too. Universo 2000 Jr. seemed to be in the middle of everything for most of the match, never looking spectacular but improving his competency. Raziel caching dives by shoving away the person taking them is strange looking, and he generally didn’t look sharp in this one.

Audaz is sort of caught

CMLL weekend roundup, Ciber & Sharly win in ELITE return

CMLL (SAT) 02/10/2018 Arena Coliseo [+LuchaTV]
1) Cholo & Inquisidor b Bengala & Sensei
rudos took 1/3.
2) El Coyote, Grako, Príncipe Odín Jr. b Flyer, Príncipe Diamante, Sangre Imperial
rudos took 1/3
3) Oro Jr. b Magnus [lightning]
Magnus replaced Electrico.
4) Astral, Fuego, Pegasso b Nitro, Raziel, Universo 2000 Jr.
Astral replaced Starman. Tecnicos took 2/3.
5) Guerrero Maya Jr., Titán, Valiente DQ Kawato San, Pólvora, Rey Bucanero
Tecnicos took 1/3. Bucanero fouled Valiente for the DQ.
6) Atlantis, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. b Ephesto, Kráneo, Máscara Año 2000
tecnicos took 2/3.

The recap mentions Kraneo and the rudos had problems in the main event, which I assume is the usual rudo bumbling but I guess might be more.

No show here next week, as there’s a boxing event instead.

CMLL ELITE (SUN) 02/11/2018 Arena México [+LuchaTV, CMLL]
1) Pequeño Nitro & Pierrothito b Shaolin & Stukita
2) Dalys & Zeuxis b Diosa Quetzal & Marcela
Quetzal’s Arena Mexico debut.
3) Audaz & Magia Blanca b Ciclón Ramírez & Relámpago and Cancerbero & Raziel and Metaleón & Mr. Leo
3) Emperador Azteca, Fly Warrior, Guerrero Maya Jr. b Heddi Karaoui, Imposible, Tyson La Bestia
5) Diamante Azul & Hijo De Dos Caras b Blue Panther Jr. & The Panther
first three falls match of the night. Azul & Caras took 2/3.
6) Ángel de Oro, Golden Magic, Mistico b Euforia, Hechicero, Mephisto
tecnicos took 2/3.
7) Cibernético & Sharly Rockstar b Gran Guerrero & Último Guerrero
Ciber & Sharly took 1/3, the last when Charly was eliminated and snuck back in to foul UG.

Ciber & Sharly need to win on the first show, but there was no guarantee of that. I’m not sure if I’m still supposed to be calling them the Radicalz.

I can’t find any great bit picture of the arena to judge attendance. It does look to be bigger in the small pictures I can find. This show, in some form, will air on TV next Sunday.

Tyson la Bestia’s gear has “STFAM” on it. I have no idea what that means, except Marcela’s gear has also recently had that abbreviation on it and maybe that’s a clue about the identity of the big bodybuilder guy who’s always sitting next to Marcela at CMLL shows.

CMLL (SUN) 02/11/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) El Jabali b Amperaje
2) Frentico & Paymon b Mr. Ángel & Último Ángel
3) Thunder Boy b Tigre Blanco © [SINALOA WELTER]
Thunder Boy took 1/3. Tigre Blanco falls on his second defense.
4) Gran Kenut & León Blanco © b Black Sugar & Neutrón [SINALOA TAG]
This appears to be the old Pacific Coast (PC) tag titles being given a state name. Kenut & Blanco retained by taking falls 1/3.
5) Explosivo b Vaquero Jr.MetatrónMagnumMágicoJokerRáfagaFuria RojaDifuntoFrezzer [Copa Guadalajara]
The 476th Anniversary of the founding of the city is on the 14th. Freezer (Metatron), Vaquero (Rafaga), Metatron (Furia Roja), Magico (Joker), Vaquero & Joker out at the same time when they fouled each other and Difunto & Magnum pinned them, Magum (Furia Roja), Furia Roja (Explosivo), Difunto (Explosivo) leaving Expolisvo the winner.

Good for Arena Coliseo Guadajara not to just to have their own random title belts, but also another state’s title belts to be defended once every six months.

 

Atlantis says Ultimo Guerrero’s hair is not equal to his mask. He won’t be doing the match. He still wants masks, and said the six months out felt like 80 years.

Facebook page (not AAA) Zona Ruda passed along a rumor that the Parka Negra we saw added to Perros del Mal on Friday was not Ultmo Gladiador, as has been for the last few years, but instead Angel Mortal Jr. I haven’t gone back to watch the match yet, but people who have said it looked like Parka Negra was not Gladiador. Angel Mortal Jr. was scheduled for the show and bumped off when the last two matches were changed, so it’s possible he would’ve still been at the arena.

I’m not sure why AAA would go thru such effort to keep a dead character like Parka Negra going. My only theory is they thought “Parka Negra” would be a bigger fill in name for Mr. Aguila than a rookie. If this is a permanent change, it would’ve been recently – it was still Gladiador in the gimmick last December. It also seems like a poor idea to make a permanent change, since the Parka Negra character has been cast as a loser and a non-factor for years. On the other hand, AAA still has a Gronda and had an Alerbije to protect their rights to those characters.

“Grand Lucha”, a new promotion in Tijuana, is advertising LA Park vs Dr. Wagner Jr. vs ? as the main event in the Auditorio on 03/02. Am I losing my mind or does that look like the same font as the AAA posters? I’m sure it means nothing.

Another new group called Pura Raza Producciones is running Arena Lopez Mateos on 03/03 with NGD vs  Mistico, Rush and Dragon Lee.

Sam Adonis’ upcoming dates including April 7th & 8th in Los Angeles. Those are the dates Tinieblas gave as the next Heroes of Lucha Libre, so I think they’re running a live wrestling event against WrestleMania on the 8th as the second night of back to back tapings. Vaya con dios.

EMW says AAA will be taping in Tijuana on 04/20. That’s a Friday night.

LuchaWorld has their latest Lucha Update.

Segunda Caida reviews Lucha Underground 3×30, with Mil Muertes vs Mesias.

News San Miguel talks about luchadora Vicky Carranza’s career.

Villano III & IV were honored in Cuernavaca.

Blue Demon returns to AAA, Terrible Ingobernable?, Rey Misterio to NJPW (US)

maybe

AAA TV (FRI) 02/09/2018 Palenque de la Feria Nacional De San Marcos, Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes [2018 is LuchaAAA]
1) Ashley & Faby Apache b Estrella Divina & Lady Shani
Faby picked up the win when Estrella Divina betrayed Shani. Faby is still being mean to Ashley.
2) Australian Suicide b Hijo Del Vikingo [AAA CRUISER]
first defense. Suicide won with his fireman’s carry gutbuster. Suicide attacked Vikingo with the belt after the match, Angelikal made the save.
3) Dark Cuervo & Dark Scoria © b Joe Lider & Parka Negra [AAA TAG]
made a title match, and Parka Negra was a Perros del Mal member in Mr. Aguila’s absence. First defense.
4) La Máscara & Máximo b Aguascalientes Local 1, Aguascalientes Local 2, Corazón Forajido, Discovery, Príncipe Seir, Xtrem X
Maximo sent an open challenge to anyone to face them, which led to a half dozen unidentified local wrestlers coming to the ring. Maximo said he was joking, but they attacked and beat up his and his cousin for minutes before they made the comeback. Appeared to be an official match with a referee and all, though strange.
5) Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly DRAW Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana
Crowd brawl, ending with one member of each team being pinned at the same time after being fouled. Piero ruled it was a draw. Vampiro forced both teams to accept a TLC (and lamps) match for Rey de Reyes with the trios titles on the line, and it will be the last match between tehse two teams. Money thrown in.
6) Angelikal & Hijo del Fantasma DQ Dave The Clown & Texano Jr.
switched to a tag match (Angel Mortal & Bengala dropped). Vampiro tried to eject Tirantes as referee but the commission overruled Vampiro and let him stay. Tirantes attacked a security official and took handcuffs to tie Fantamsa to the bottom rope while they destroyed Angelikal. Angelikal bled heavily and was strechered away. Bengala made the save (which was apparently a DQ), though he was also put thru a table before Fantasma made his comeback.
7) Dr. Wagner Jr. © DQ La Parka [AAA HEAVY]
Switched from a Wagner/Psycho vs Hernandez/Mundo tag match. Mundo did not appear, and was only mentions as the person Wagner beat to win the title. Parka was DQed when Blue Demon, Hernandez and Hijo del Wagner attacked him (you read that right), AAA recap says Parka was about get the win. Wagner thought the Demon group was on his side, only for them to attack him too. Scoria, Cuervo, Shani, Vikingo, Maximo, Mascara, and Psycho Clown all tried to make the save and were beat up (Psycho unmasked.) Demon was revealed to be the reason/person who convinced Hijo del Wagner to go against his father.

You can watch the entire show here. It’s a slow weekend, so maybe I’ll get to adding Twitch link support to the database soon. I ended up paying more attention to the CMLL show, but the second and fifth matches sound like they were worth going out of your way to watch.

Blue Demon is more or less the Johnny Mundo replacement. It probably doesn’t change star power. It does change match quality, since Demon hasn’t been good in a long while and was never that good in the first place. Still, if this means the TripleMania four way cage match is Psycho Clown, Hijo del Fantasma, Blue Demon and LA Park in a mask match, AAA should be able to sell out Arena Ciudad de Mexico easily at good prices. It might even be the reason why AAA didn’t commit to a building. Arena Ciudad de Mexico is about 20K max, and that match has a potential to draw to a giant bullring or soccer stadium if the prices are affordable. (The potential drops off a lot of Texano’s putting up his hair instead of Fantasma’s mask, or if there’s a lesser name replacing LA Park.)

This does mean AAA probably knew Mundo wasn’t going to be at this show since at least two weeks ago at Guerra de Titanes, and possible even longer than that. The local promoter’s Facebook had Blue Demon, Mascara and Maximo as coming on Thursday, and yet they all kept out on putting the old poster out. This is a dishonest practice, and also one that seems like it hurts AAA in the short term. AAA had never put La Parka in a title match because they knew it would be bad, and they knew he wouldn’t want to take a loss. Both things were accurate. Still, the crowd was as into La Parka as any one on this show, to the point of being a rare crowd that was against Dr. Wagner. No offense to Johnny Mundo, but there were probably more people who’ve come to this show if AAA had simply announced La Parka going for the title than they tricked into coming by promising Mundo when he wasn’t going to be there. I don’t know why AAA shoots themselves in the foot like this.

(Don’t get me wrong, that match was terrible. And the eventual Demon/Wagner match probably won’t be a lot better.)

There is no chance Hijo del Fantasma versus Texano at Rey de Reyes will be any good. AAA’s made it very clear that they love this story how it’s going and so the match in Puebla will be pointless outside of whatever Tirantes is doing. This is the last we’ll see of Fantasma & Texano until that show. They’re not on the 02/25 taping, which takes place in the middle of what I believe to be the Lucha Underground tapings. (Which also implies that everyone on that taping will not be on Lucha Underground – or at least won’t be on that weekend of shows. Wagner’s not booked on 02/25. Neither is Suicide, Poder del Norte, or any of the women.) Anyway, I feel like it’s a lock that Fantamsa/Texano will randomly have a match in season four of Lucha Underground that’ll go about seven minutes and will be better than whatever they do at Rey de Reyes.

Three straight inconclusive finishes to end the show, with a bizarre segment prior to it. I think the idea was the locals who would normally work the dark match still go to work the show, just in an non-traditional way. I wonder if the era of Twitch means the dark matches all have gone away.

A jobber tag team with random members who have no connection to the original group does not honoring Perro Aguayo Junior. Let’s not even pretend. It’s about wringing every last dollar out of people willing to spend on that merchandise. With Elite starting up tomorrow, Mr. Aguila might have decided to head there.

The lower bowl looked mostly vacant when this show started it. It filled in a bit, either with people coming late or people moving down from the upper level. (That sounded pretty full, but I never saw a good shot of it.) It still seemed about half full by the end.

The next AAA TV taping is that 02/25 show, from Apizaco, Tlaxcala. It’s a Sunday 5pm start.

At his charity press conference, Alberto el Patron said he was close to returning to AAA. Alberto says he and Dorian talked over coffee about dates and events he might work, but wants AAA to put it on paper. It seems like a deal for TripleMania – said here to be in August – though Alberto’s been talking about returning to AAA since last year’s TripleMania. They probably don’t even need him if they have Demon & Park, though that doesn’t mean they won’t stop trying to get him.

Mamba got a new tattoo in honor of El Apache.

CMLL (FRI) 02/09/2018 Arena México [CMLL, CultIconthecubsfan]
1) Hijo del Signo & Yago b Magia Blanca & Magnus LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 9 DE FEBRERO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
12:14. Rudos took 2/3.
2) Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis b Kaho Kobayashi, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 9 DE FEBRERO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
13:22. Rudas took 2/3. Kobayashi Arena Mexico debut.
3) Máscara Año 2000 & Shocker b Mr. NieblaTerribleEuforiaCuatreroSansónForastero [natl pi, battle royalLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 9 DE FEBRERO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
4:26
4) Atlantis & Mr. Niebla b Ángel de Oro & Cuatrero [natl pi, eightfinalLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 9 DE FEBRERO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
7:03
5) Rush & Terrible b Forastero & Stuka Jr. [natl pi, eightfinalLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 9 DE FEBRERO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
7:50
6) Carístico & Euforia b Dragón Lee & Sansón [natl pi, eightfinalLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 9 DE FEBRERO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
5:55
7) Marco Corleone & Shocker b Blue Panther Jr. & Máscara Año 2000 [natl pi, eightfinalLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 9 DE FEBRERO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
3:34
8) Rush & Terrible b Atlantis & Mr. Niebla [natl pi, quarterfinalLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 9 DE FEBRERO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
7:41
9) Carístico & Euforia b Marco Corleone & Shocker [natl pi, quarterfinalLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 9 DE FEBRERO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
2:45
10) Rush & Terrible b Carístico & Euforia [natl pi, quarterfinalLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 9 DE FEBRERO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
2:00
11) Diamante Azul, Mistico, Volador Jr. b Cavernario, Kráneo, Último Guerrero LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 9 DE FEBRERO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
6:48. Tecnicos took 2/3.

This was streamed on Facebook like normal, but region blocked on the Claro website. The Claro website is also streaming the Winter Olympics for the next two weeks, so I suspect this might be a problem again next Friday. It’s really not that hard to watch things on Facebook, but I’ll run a YouTube stream if it’s blocked and I’m around.

First two matches, Rush/Terrible vs Forastero/Stuka and Caristico/Euforia vs Dragon Lee/Sanson were the matches to watch from this one. Dragon Lee versus Caristico felt like they both thought they’re never going to have an actual singles match so they might as well do the spots they would’ve done in one of those in this tag match. Mr. Niebla looked bad in this first match, fine in his second one. Kaho, like Kawato, was kept out of the action a lot and was just in to hit big moves or take big moves.

Rush was pitching Terrible on joining Los Ingobernables in the post match interview. Terrible seems to be focused on this tournament for the moment. If the plan is for Terrible to join the group, they should absolutely win the tournament next week. If this is just a two week thing that’ll never be spoken about again like the Volador stuff, then obviously they should be losing this final. That puts some real stakes to next week’s match: will Los Ingobernables no longer be bad all the time? will Terrible get something to do? or will Ultimo Guerrero & Volador reign supreme?

(If you want to overthink things, you can now look back at CMLL bringing back the national heavyweight title, having Terrible win it, and having him defend it a few times was a way to build to this moment. Or, it could be just CMLL randomness.)

CMLL writes about the history of the Homenaje a Dos Leyenda shows.

On his Facebook, Miguel Reducino posted a group photo with Atlantis Jr., Black Warrior Jr., Hijo del Villano III, Super Astro Jr. and Brazo de Oro Jr. as possible future CMLL wrestlers. It’s hard to tell how close they are to that future, but I guess all are training with CMLL now.

Miguel also mentions the CMLL 85 years of lucha libre book is for sale on Gandhi.com.mx. Unfortunately, it is not available to buy online at this point (and I’m not sure if they do international shipping.) It does list a whole bunch of bookstores in Mexico which have the book.

Electrico must not have been cleared to return yet from the injuries he suffered last week. He was removed from today’s Arena Coliseo lineup. Magnus will now take on Oro Jr. in the tecnico/tecnico lightning match.

Rey Misterio Jr. made a surprise appearance (on video) on today’s NJPW show. He challenged Jushin Liger to a match on their upcoming 03/25 LA show. I’d assume that was a match made a while back (before they sold tickets out on day 1), though it still being on suggests Misterio isn’t headed back to WWE in the short term.

Octagon was inducted in the Toluca international sports Hall of Fame. Octagon is not from Toluca, though he probably wrestled there hundreds of times when it was the regular Thursday show for AAA. Octagon was honored for being an example of “fighting spirit, dedication, and professionalism.” Ok.

Mi Pasion x Lucha visits the Santo art exhibit in Puebla on the day Hijo del Santo visited it.

LuchaWorld has the latest edition of the podcast.

Lineups

Revolucha (SUN) 02/11/2018 Gimnasio Nuevo León Unido, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon
1) ? & ?? vs ??? & ????
2) ? & ?? vs ??? & ????
3) ? & ?? vs ??? & ????
4) Keyra vs Lady Flammer vs Sucii Love vs Hija de Karonte [REVOLUCHA WOMEN, tournament]
5) Daga vs Bestia 666 vs Epydemius vs  Zumbi [REVOLUCHA CRUISER, tournament]
6) Penta 0M & The King vs Garza Jr. & Último Ninja

I feel like I posted this lineup because I’m sure I mocked a promotion that may run six times a year creating titles. Just make these tournaments, don’t be the silly promotion who has belts which don’t mean a thing because they’re defended once every six months in third from the bottom matches.

That silliness aside, the matches they’ve announced sound pretty good. Main event looks great, and also might follow up on the hint of a split between Garza & Ninja in Tijuana.

These matches will eventually get posted on Revo Lucha’s Facebook page in TV quality, but I don’t check Facebook as much as I check YouTube and never think of looking for them.

CMLL (FRI) 02/16/2018 Arena México
1) Stukita & Último Dragóncito vs Mercurio & Pierrothito
2) Fuego, Stigma, Tritón vs Kawato San, Puma, Tiger
3) Niebla Roja vs Soberano Jr. [lightning]
4) Atlantis, Carístico, Diamante Azul vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Kráneo
5) Ángel de Oro, Dragón Lee, Mistico vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
6) Último Guerrero & Volador Jr. vs Rush & Terrible [natl pi, final]

This is a good card? That tournament final was great last year, NGD versus the tecnicos should be fun (and maybe something they can run back as a title match.) Niebla Roja versus Soberano is a unique match up, second match should be pretty good and opener is one of the better possible minis matches.

MDA (SUN) 02/18/2018 Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) Greco Baez & Quinto Elemento vs Ninja Jr. & Vazco Jr.
2) The Tiger & Toscano vs Furor & Galactar
3) Dulce Sexy vs Ludark Shaitan
4) Rey Horus vs Laredo Kid
5) Xtreme Tiger vs Juventud Guerrera
6) Cibernético & Rush vs Kevin Kross & Zorro

Stepping up to the place to defend MDA against the MAD invaders are…two people who are barely in MDA. Some of those matches look good, anyway, though it’s unlikely we’ll see them.

DTU (THU) 02/22/2018 Arena Aficion
1) Baby Star Jr., Fly Danger, Mini Flash vs Devitt Rodríguez, Hard Boy, Irving El Travieso
2) Drolux & Junior vs Billy Gamer & Toto Gamer
3) Paranoiko vs Mr. Cóndor
4) El Exótico & Pesadilla vs Adrenalina & Kevin
5) Negro Casas vs Draztick BoyCobreJimmy
6) Dalys vs Marcela vs La Magnifica
7) Aero Boy & Violento Jack vs Cíclope & Miedo Extremo and Halloween & Ovett

DTU’s big base show is probably more notable for the possible return of Negro Casas, who hasn’t been in the ring since breaking his rib on New Year’s Day. If he’s good to go, his match should be pretty good.

With Aeroboy, Violento Jack, Ciclope and Miedo Extremo making names for themselves in the US, I wonder if a DTU iPPV would do better now than it did back in 2016. It also may be wrestling has moved on from the single iPPV model and it would have to be on a streaming service. This is a show I’d make time for if it was live and may not get to otherwise.

CMLL on ClaroSports: 2018-02-09 

bienvenido a cmll

Recapped: 02/09/2018

Matches:

Hijo del Signo & Yago beat Magia Blanca & Magnus
(12:14 [4:09, 3:10, 4:55], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis beat Kaho Kobayashi, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit 
(13:22 [6:39, 2:34, 4:09], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

The dumb battle royal went 4:26.

Atlantis & Mr. Niebla beat Ángel de Oro & Cuatrero in a Parejas Increible eighthfinal
(7:03, bad, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Rush & Terrible beat Forastero & Stuka Jr. in a Parejas Increible eighthfinal
(7:50, good, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Carístico & Euforia beat Dragón Lee & Sansón in a Parejas Increible eighthfinal
(5:55, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Marco Corleone & Shocker beat Blue Panther Jr. & Máscara Año 2000 in a Parejas Increible eighthfinal
(3:34, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Rush & Terrible beat Atlantis & Mr. Niebla in a Parejas Increible quarterfinal
(7:41, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Carístico & Euforia beat Marco Corleone & Shocker in a Parejas Increible quarterfinal
(2:45, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Rush & Terrible beat Carístico & Euforia in a Parejas Increible semifinal
(2:00, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Diamante Azul, Mistico, Volador Jr. beat Cavernario, Kráneo, Último Guerrero
(6:48 [2:01, 1:02, 3:45], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Rush trying hard to get over

Rush offered Terrible an Ingobernable salute after they won the block. Unlike Volador & Dragon Lee, Terrible accepted it. It’s unclear if meant anything. They face Volador & Último Guerrero next week.

Mr. Niebla looked out of it in his first round match. That match went off the rails for a couple minutes before getting to the planned spot of Angel de Oro & Sansón fighting and being rolled up by Atlantis & Niebla. Niebla looked in better condition for his second match.

Zeuxis had her Generacion 21 belt.

Thoughts:

this was an adventure

The main event was a sloppy rushed mess. Something fell apart in the second fall, where it was completely obvious someone wasn’t in the right spot when they went for the big comeback sequence. Kraneo’s top rope splash got a big reaction and itw as an obvious disaster. It still wasn’t even up to the usual low standard for these post tournament main event trios.

The tournament had it’s ups and downs. The first match was awful, with three guys having a definite plan of what the match was supposed to be and Mr. Niebla being in his own world. They couldn’t reel him back in and they couldn’t find a way to adjust to his madness, and the crowd turned on the match loudly. The two matches which followed it were the best, with the Rush/Terrible & Forastero/Stuka feeling like a real one fall match between people who don’t often wrestle or team with each other. The final two matches were quite hurried, feeling cut down for time reasons. Rush & Terrible were the best team and make for the most interesting final, the process to get there just wasn’t great.

Magnus slam & Magia Blanca llegdrop

The production people thought the women’s match was a showcase for the debuting Kobayashi, replaying her big moves while action was going on. The people in the match made it feel more like an initiation, with Kaho taking the worst of everything the rudas had to offer. The rest of the match was just about ordinary, with Sugehit trying to start up things with Zeuxis again but it not going anywhere. Average effort.

The show started of well, on the opening sliding scale. Magnus looked good. His double chickenwing slam was a nice way to set up a flying move, and he’s going plenty of possible partners with them. Magnus seems like he’s got enough ideas to just run thru guys for a couple minutes, but doesn’t really get the chance. Yago’s powerbomb on the stage was cool and he’s mostly a good base, though the toss catch needs work. The new spot with Magia Blanca look a little bit too much what I could be watching in the Winter Olympics but the thought is good. Signo is as useful as a sack of potatoes.

get in on the Yago bandwagon while there’s still room