This week was not much better than the last one. No wonder I’m behind. I think the Monterrey trios match that I haven’t reviewed yet is probably the best of the weekend, though the AAA’s women tag was really not bad (and the Faby/Mary stuff is the best stuff AAA is doing – they’re very fired up and it’s not great news for the rudas.)
ELITE (THU) 06/09/2016Arena México [+LuchaTV, CMLL, Estrellas del Ring, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Estrellita & Marcela b Keira & Lady Maravilla Keira & Maravilla’s debut. CMLL duo took falls 2/3, fall 2 by DQ.
2) Dinamic Black, El Bandido, Fuego (CMLL) b Fresero Jr., Niebla Roja, Okumura Niebla Roja & Okumura replaced Eterno & Luzbel
3) Flamita, Rocky Lobo, Titán b Argos, Puma, Tiger Tecnicos took 2/3. Flamita’s Arena Mexico debut.
4) Cibernético b Negro Casas [Liga Elite] Cibernetico now has 1 win and 1 draw. Negro Casas has 2 losses.
5) Ángel de Oro, Carístico, Golden Magic DQ Diamante Azul, Mr. Niebla, Rey Escorpión Tecnicos took 2/3, the last when Escorpion unmasked Caristico. Niebla appeared, despite not showing up on Informa the night before and Mephisto being listed in his place on the preview.
6) Atlantis b Último Guerrero [Liga Elite] Atlantida for the win. Atlantis now 3-1. Ultimo Guerrero is 1-3.
Liga Elite standings!
6 Volador Jr. (1 match behind)
6 Bobby Lashley (1 match behind)
6 Mascara Dorada
4 LA Park (2 matches behind)
4 Cibernetico (2 matches behind)
3 Rush (2 matches behind)
3 Ultimo Guerrero
3 Xtreme Tiger
0 La Mascara (2 matches behind)
0 Negro Casas (2 matches behind)
Reviews for Flamita’s debut varied. The Yahoo Deportes & Estrellas del Ring recaps were positive. Alexis said Flamita looked nervous and he’s seen Starman matches better than that – and, if nothing else, that’s going to be my new go to takedown line.
The biggest match on tonight’s CMLL show is Barbaro Cavernario defending the Mexican Welterweight Championship against Rey Cometa in the semifinal. The two had a great feud in 2014, leading to Cavernario winning a hair match on the Anniversario show that year. They rematched in Japan as part of the 2015 FantasticaMania, where Cometa came in with a significantly injured knee and didn’t return to the ring for half a year. Cometa & Cavernario have restarted their feud over the last few months. The trios matches have been good, most everything has been good outside their last Tuesday night lightning. Last week’s match was really good, and there’s high expectations for tonight’s match. The finish isn’t certain: Cometa keeps suggesting having a hair/hair rematch, and he’d need to pick up a meaningful win tonight to make that possible.
The actual main event is the Sky Team versus the Guerreros, with the previews pushing the Guerreros getting back together on a team after being split up for a while. It’s always possible this could be the set up to a trios match, but it couldn’t be on the Gran Prix show since people on both sides are already committed to that match. The fourth match continues the La Mascara/Pierroth issue. With Rush out of action, Pierroth teams with Rey Escorpion & Kraneo to take on La Mascara, Shocker and Terrible. The first half of the card isn’t promising, with a few good wrestlers mixed in with some boring ones. Zeuxis is part of a women’s trios match in the third spot, Virus is part of the segunda, and Star Jr. opens the card teaming with Robin and Akuma & Metalico.
Fuego en el Ring has an interview with Magia Blanca, who’s barely wrestled on CMLL cards since debuting last November. There’s no answer about that but, it seems like the worst situation for him: he had to switch names, but he’s not got a chance to get the new name over.
What happened: Carístico won his new title in a cibernetico. Cibernético won his new title by getting dropped on his head. Neither title match came off strong.
What was good: The cibernetico was technically good but not nearly as much as it felt like it could’ve been with the people involved, and the fans reject the end. I totally rejected the main event. You’d be all right skipping this week.
Where can I watch it: It’s on my channel and AztecaDeportes in better quality.
This will be the third consecutive taping with Psycho Clown and Pagano in the main event in a extreme match. (The middle one also included Pentagon, who’s demoted to the 3rd match on this night.) It might only be the main event because Mesias & Wagner would prefer not to wrestle in the wreckage of a Pagano/Psycho fight, but it’s combination they’ve decided to book once again instead of anything else. Especially instead of Pentagon/Pagano, which they seem to be saving – for Verano de Escandalo? I dunno. Hope it means something when they get there.
Wagner & Mesias continue the Texano/Trump feud, just with a little less Trump. This looks like a walk and brawl match, especially in Naucalpan.
The trios title match might have been held off for Verano de Escandalo, but with Verano postponed and no Fenix, it makes sense to do it right away. It’ll be the biggest match of Bengala’s career.
Undercard is not too interesting. They’ve split up the exoticos, which gives Mamba a better chance of having a good match than usual. That opener might be good, and the trios might be good, and I’m not too interested in watching much of the rest.
IWRG (WED) 06/08/2016Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, The Gladiatores]
1) Fireman & Omega ?? Demonio Infernal & Guerrero 2000
2) Aramis & Dragón Fly b Avisman & Hip Hop Man Avisman replaced Adrenalina
3) Emperador Azteca b Imposible Good match. Emperador Azteca wants another shot at Imposible’s title.
4) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo DQ Factor, Rayan, Spartan, Spector Tortugas took 1/3, the last when Spartan got caught unmasking Leo (after he got away with it in the second fall.)
5) Apolo Estrada Jr., Canis Lupus, Eterno, Relámpago b Freelance, Hijo del Alebrije, Rafy, Zatura Apolo, Canis and Eterno said they’d have a new partner, but came out without a fourth match. Freelance, subbing for Ultraman Jr., pointed that out. Eterno said they always have a surprise, and Relampago took off his jacket to reveal a Insoportable shirt. Rafy ran out to even the sides. Apolo beat Rafy after Rafy’s mask was ripped up in the match. The rudos kept attacking after the match and the rest of the Tortugas made the save, challenging the Insoportables.
Relampago was a rudo and actually Apolo & Eterno’s partners back in September when those two announced they were forming this group, but he hasn’t been around in six months so no one remembers that. Emperador previously got a title shot against Imposible in August of 2014, nine defenses ago.
Elite has it’s second Thursday show tonight. The two Liga Elite matches are Atlantis vs Ultimo Guerrero, a famous matchup happening one more time, and Negro Casas vs Cibernetico, a first time singles meeting of luchadors who started in the UWA promotion. Casas, Guerrero and Cibernetico are currently in the bottom four of the overall standings; they should probably win, just in case that means anything.
The semimain has Angel de Oro & Golden Magic getting a chance to team with Caristico against Diamante Azul, Rey Escorpion and – well, that last one isn’t clear. The poster lists Mr. Niebla, who appeared to no-show CMLL Informa last night. The preview sent to ESTO has Mephisto in that spot, which is a surprise given how he looked on Monday. Maybe it’ll change again before it takes place tonight. Mephisto’s injury, and the title match not happening, was not mentioned on last night’s Informa show.
Flamita makes his debut, teaming with Titan & Rocky Lobo against Argos, Tiger & Puma in what should be an excellent match, but in a spot that’s not normally aired. New luchador Bandido, who’s almost certainly a current indie luchador under a new name, teams with Fuego & Dinamic Black to take on Fresero, Eterno and Luzbel. (These shows moving to Thursday means Eterno can now work both the Wednesday IWRG show and the Elite shows, so he may show up more often.) The opener is a women’s tag, Marcela & Estrellita vs Keria & Lady Maravilla. Marcela seem to like working with Keira on indie shows and this might be the first of many appearances for her.
As Roberto Figueroa first reported, AAA announced Verano de Escandalo is postponed. No makeup date or location was announced. AAA never put tickets on sale, never advertised a single match for the show, and probably had a good idea they were postponing the show for quite a while but didn’t want take away from the Lucha World Cup.
In it’s place, AAA announced three tapings new around Mexico City:
06/16 Naucalpan (Arena Naucalpan)
07/03 Ecatepec (Centro Civico)
07/08 Mexico City (Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera)
AAA ran the make up Guerra de Titanes show in Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera, so that makes sense as the makeup Verano de Escandalo as well. It’d also mean AAA will run three ‘major’ shows in Mexico City in three months (LWC, Verano, TripleMania), though I’m not sure how major Verano is going to be.
And I still really don’t know what’s going to fill up Arena Ciudad de Mexico what what AAA has built up right now. Maybe thinking about a build up is the wrong idea: there was no build up to Rey Mysterio and Myzteziz until they announced it last year, and maybe some other match will similarly be pulled from nowhere. That strategy did seem to hurt the quality of the match a lot (and there’s definitely a case that Cage/Alberto was the bigger deal), but AAA drew well and that may be enough for them.
At any rate, running three shows in the general area just a couple months before TripleMania for them is way out character for them. Those are the safe venues: Naucalpan and Ecatepec are smaller venues easy to fill and Mexico City is their ‘home’ building, but it means they either needed buildings on short notice or are having problems selling tapings to other promoters.
The Naucalpan lineup should be out at any moment. It’s happening next week, there’s no reason they shouldn’t be promoting this show. You probably shouldn’t even be reading this sentence, I should’ve edited this whole section out and put it in the Naucalpan lineup post because the lineup is out. (I didn’t edit it out, uh oh.)
CMLL is now listing the 07/01 Gran Prix iPPV as $15 USD. That’s pricey for the Grand Prix, which hasn’t come off as important as they’ve tried to sell it. It is a fine price if they add Cavernario/Cometa, but not so much if they add Pierroth/La Mascara.
WWC announced Demus 3:16 will be working on their June 25th show. His opponent isn’t named, but I’d bet it’s the return of Mascarita Dorada (though it’s possible he’ll have a new name again.) Demus & Pierrothito worked as Dorada’s touring opponents before he went to WWE and would figure to resume that role.
The Lucha Underground ratings are not usually very interesting to me, but it’ll be mildly interesting to see if there’s an obvious effect from an NXT Takeover event running against it. It’s the first time this season that’s happened – the previous Takeover was on a Friday – and there seems to be less discussion of LU than usual as a result. (It was a good episode if you missed it!)
Dragon Rojo very quietly broke the record for longest CMLL Middleweight title reign in February. I guess it could come to an end here – the length has been more about CMLL ignoring the title than Dragon Rojo getting a lot of big wins – but Maya having his own belt makes a change unlikely. Maybe this will get Dragon Rojo some momentum again.
Matches 3 & 4 could be good, making for a better Tuesday card than usual.
CMLL (TUE) 06/14/2016Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Magnum & Neutrón vs Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno
2) La Vaquerita, Marcela, Skadi vs Amapola, La Comandante, Tiffany
3) Ángel de Oro, Esfinge, Tritón vs Furia Roja, Hechicero, Sagrado
4) Marco Corleone, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Pólvora
5) Atlantis, Máximo Sexy, Mistico vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Terrible
Full card for this show. With AAA taping on Thursday, that means a) IWRG probably isn’t running any shows next week and b) Arena Naucalpan will probably sell out two straight shows.
This sounds like a really good card, but you may not be able to see it unless you go to the building. Video recording, outside of +LuchaTV highlights, will not be permitted. It was inevitable someone would try to do that, but it’s disappointing for us who either would have to spend hundred of dollars (and a couple travel days) to see it, or not see it at all. (Though, it’s not really for us, it’s for the people who are a metro ride and bus ride away. Still, it’s too bad a middle ground can’t easily be found.)
MDA (SUN) 06/19/2016Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) Extreme Boy & Última Sombra vs Gato Fantasma & Gemelo Muerte
2) Galactar & Quinto Elemento vs Gallardo & Tekilita
3) Epydemius, Ninja Jr., Obsesión, Último Ninja vs Golden Magic, Lince, Metaleón, Tormento
4) Dragón Lee (CMLL) & Laredo Kid vs Flamita & Mr. Elektro
5) Hijo De Octagon & Octagón vs Fuerza Guerrera & Juventud Guerrera
6) Dos Caras Sr. & Mil Máscaras vs Canek & Sangre Chicana Jr.
Main event ages are 65, 73, 64, and 64. Canek actually turns 64 on the day of the show, so he’s the youngest guy on the card. He also looked terrible at the Lucha World Cup.
Hijo de Octagon is working semimains, and there’s no chance he would’ve been brought to Monterrey for this card before, which is why you take that gimmick. This turn of events is great news for Octagon himself, since now he’s got a tag partner who can do most of the work who won’t over shadow him (and Octagon probably gets most of the pay.)
Dragon Lee’s obviously not working the semimain. Mr. Elektro is a weird fit there, but he seems to be booked in workrate indie matches. Facebook commenters seem to think he’s a great wrestler, and I’ve seen that sentiment elsewhere too. I don’t get it – at least it’s never come across on TV like Electroshock was having great matches – but there seems to be that belief out there.
The third match looks really good and is a continuation of the story they’re telling on these shows, but is unlikely to air unless they skip over one of the top matches.
Killshot DCOR Marty The Moth (1:20, OK)
Drago & Aerostar defeated Jack Evans & PJ Black in a nunchuck match (7:53, Dragon’s Lair, great)
Rey Mysterio Jr., Prince Puma, Son of Havoc, The Mack, Texano, Sexy Star defeated Fenix, Pentagon Jr., Ivelisse, Johnny Mundo, Taya, King Cuerno (12:21, Mundo Spanish Fly on Puma, good)
Ultima Lucha 2 is four weeks away, and everything on this show was directed at that. Black Lotus will finally make her in-ring debut as part of that show, with Dario giving her a match against Dragon Azteca Jr. to avenge her parents. Dario’s not without his reasons: Lotus’ confrontation with Azteca has given her some doubts about who’s telling the truth about her parent’s death, but Dario managed to keep her from believing it was Matanza from the moment. (We actually don’t really know.)
Matanza himself will be busy on the show. There’s no #1 contender and no Gift of the Gods champion, so Dario’s cooked up a new plan to determine who gets a title shot: a 6v6 match one fall this week, with the winning team facing off against each other in an elimination match next week, and the winner of that getting the shot. This meant people who wouldn’t ordinarly get along had to for the sake of the title shot. Taya & Ivelisse had the most issues among teammates, but no one outright backstabbed each other. Rey & Puma did cost each other match in a fashion – Mundo throw Rey into Puma as he was going up for the 619, then Mundo pulled Puma off the top with a Spanish Fly for the surprising clean win. Puma & Rey aren’t having much luck as a team.
Chavo Guerrero was meant to be among the 12, and would’ve advanced to the final if the original lineup stayed. Instead, before he could get to the ring, he was met by a wheelchair riding Pentagon. Pentagon thanked Chavo for being the only one who supported him. (Unclear what this meant, unless we’re going all the way back to the early episodes of season 1 – and I seem to recall Chavo hitting Pentagon with a chair by the end of that.) Pentagon paid Chavo back for the assistance by rising out of the wheelchair, hitting Chavo, and breaking his arm. Pentagon demanded Chavo’s spot in the match. Dario wasn’t sure if Pentagon was ready, but agreed to let it happen when Pentagon insisted. Vampiro had no idea what to make of it, and us of him.
There wasn’t much story advancement in the nunchuck match. The nunchucks were harder to get than you’d think, stashed away from the ring and sometimes requiring a boost to get. Aerostar did a dive off the office after Jack carefully fell from a hanging position. It didn’t get much better for Jack: Drago knocked him around with the nunchucks, misted him, and then rolled him up for the win.
The opener really never took place. Killshot snuck up behind Marty, tackled him out of the ring, and they never made it back. Marty still has the dog tags and they’re probably not done with each other.
Also not done: Mr. Cisco. The officers convinced him it was better idea to go talk to Dario wearing a wire than spend the next long stretch in jail. The weird bit is the cops feel they already have Dario for a lot of serious crimes, but they’re still investing him because Dario Cueto is “the linchpin to the end of days.” That doesn’t sound good.
Also also not done: Mil Muertes. With Cuerno back in the ring, Catrina was able to ghost into his trophy room and use her rock to wake Mil back up again. Who knows how many times she’s done this so far, but I’d bet many of them don’t involve Mil waking up and headbutting a glass case to get free. Bad things are coming for King Cuerno.
(In an error that definitely wasn’t supposed to be part of the developments, the preview image for the 12 man tag showed Fireball instead of Fenix.)
This is another week with really good matches. The opener really was an angle disguised as a match, but the main event and the nunchuck match were fun chaos.
I wish the main event got more time, which is weird to say about a 12 minute match. There was a ton of action, a lot of matchups we haven’t seen before, and a fast pace to it all. It was just missing a few moments to breathe and get over the importance of the match; it was more an all-star match than one everyone was desperately trying to win (and getting along with people.) Outside Taya/Ivelisse (and the nice Ivelisse/Son of Havoc bit), there didn’t seem to be enough time to examime the idea that these were unusual alliances for the night – it should’ve been a bigger deal to see Cuerno & Fenix on the same side, but we just got brief pushing and shoving before the match. Pentagon forcing his way into the match was a bit of a tell about who was going to win, but the match was enjoyable even without total drama. (Pentagon didn’t seem to have the massive back injury being played up in this storyline, which was more of an issue.) The dive train at the end was cool, as well as Mundo putting a premature end to it and leading into the finish. Mundo winning clean was a big surprise after last week; if this show was happening in real time, the Prince Puma rumors would be exploding after the last couple of weeks.
Striker selling the a six way elimination match as some cruel twist by Dario was a bit too much, but the match should be good anyway. The only time we’ve seen Fenix, Pentagon and King Cuerno (or a guy who looks a lot like him) in the ring together this year, it was pretty good so I’ve got high hopes for this one. Taya, Ivelisse and Mundo can take turns playing Octagon Jr.
The nunchucks match felt like a month or so late. It was good they reminded us of the previous bathroom run-in between the two teams because of how long it’s taken to get back to it. The match was a total big spot showcase. Everyone got moments, but Jack’s rubber man antics really stole the show. He’s so good at being a jerk on this show, and then taking amazing looking beatings. I don’t even have room to GIF have the stuff he did in this one (or even Aerostar’s dive, or the mist, or the wacky double teams early.) The gimmick match is usually the end of a Lucha Underground feud, but PJ & Jack bringing the trios title out for this suggested there’s more to it.
Killshot and Marty came across stronger in their brawl than I think they did in their match a few weeks ago. This really wasn’t much (I was surprised to check and see it went even a minute), but it bodes well for whenever they have the real match.
The rudos air guitars/drums now making audible music is going to be another won of those things everyone has strong feelings about. I amused by that, but I’m leery about wherever mythology plot they’re going with Dario and the man in the limo – but as long as they’re giving me good matches, I don’t really mind much.
Ultima Lucha 2 Card So Far – starts on July 6th, 3 weeks of shows
Matanza (c) vs one of Johnny Mundo/Taya/Ivelisse/King Cuerno/Fenix/Pentagon Jr.