lucha iPPVs, Dragon Lee/Cavernario, Octagon on Octagon Jr., LU

you fool around with death, you die
wish I understood why I’m now getting this blurring

CMLL (TUE) 03/08/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) León Blanco & Neutrón b Demonio Rojo & Mr. Trueno
2) Mágico, Soberano Jr., Starman b Arkángel de la Muerte, Furia Roja, Metálico
Tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Fuego, Pegasso, Rey Cometa b Puma, Skándalo, Tiger
Tecnicos took 1/3.
4) Ángel de Oro, Máximo Sexy, Valiente b Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
Tecnicos took 1/3, Maximo beating Mephisto with a kiss.
5) Atlantis, Dragón Lee, Mistico DQ Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla
Tecnicos took 2/3, Cavernario pulling off Dragon Lee’s mask for the DQ.

That sure sounds like they’re doing Cavernario/Dragon Lee some point soon, though it’s a straight trios rematch main event next week. Hope it turns up if it happens.

CMLL’s 03/18 Homenaje a Dos Leyendas will be a $10USD iPPV on Cleeng. CMLL hasn’t announced it (why would they promote something like that on Informa?) but it’s up on the cleeng site today. The last show worked out well. The show before it did not, but they ended up posting the show for free. The shows have been live only viewing in the past and I’d assume the same until they say anything else.

AAA also hinted they’d have information about Rey de Reyes being on iPPV soon. I was doubtful it’d be available at all, so this is a nice surprise. Again, that’s the same night as Lucha Underground Azteca Warfare, so it’s going to be a busy night.

This week’s WON says Lucha Underground is close to a deal with Netflix, where season 1 would go up on the service. (Netflix posts complete seasons, so season 2 wouldn’t be up until sometime after it finishes on El Rey.)

It also notes a WWE is looking for another round of international signings, including a AAA/LU top star “who hasn’t been in a major US promotion” who’s also unhappy with LU creative. Meltzer does not give any more details, but the top people in LU who are also in AAA are Mil Muertes (who has been in TNA so he’s DQed), Fenix, Pentagon, and King Cuerno/Hijo del Fantasma. You can throw in Texano Jr. if they mean top in AAA (and you can increase the group even larger depending on how elastic your definition of ‘top’ is.) It may be a complete coincidence, but Hijo del Fantasma posted a dramatic statement on Twitter yesterday. He’s made sense as a WWE pickup for a long time, only missing the WWE’s own initiative to bring in more Mexicans. Not sure if there’s anything to this though: everyone in Lucha Underground is believed to be under contract and couldn’t leave unless they were out of their contract – being unhappy and wanting out and being able to get out are two different things.

Octagon held a press conference to announce his own clothing line. That’s a real sentence. It’s mostly shirts and caps with the Octagon image, which is an interesting thing given the ongoing battle over the rights to that character. Octagon said you could buy the shirts at RemediosMagicos.com; in usual Mexican wrestling merchandise fashion, there’s not yet any Octagon merchandise there yet. Former AAA luchadors (Cibernetico, Estrellita, the other Octagoncito among them) and celebrities were in attendance.

Of course, what people really wanted Octagon to talk about was Octagon Junior. Octagon believes he owns the right to his name – his claim is he came up with it and give to Antonio Pena, not the other way around – and now even AAA believes it, so they’ve created an Octagon Jr. to be able to keep using the character when they lose the lawsuit. (Octagon’s theory is AAA would’ve just called him “Octagon” if they felt they owned the name.)  Octagon doesn’t feel this is legal either and will file a lawsuit about it. Octagon also claimed he had been planning on revealing his own Octagon Jr. previously, and there will be news to come out about it in a few weeks.

It’s hard to believe any of this will go anywhere; outside of the Axel/Hijo del Santo suit, it doesn’t seem like any lucha libre cases has come to a legal resolution in a long time.

Sexy Star threw her support towards Octagon.

Zeuxis posted photos of getting ready for her trip to the US, , which means I’m probably going to debate buying a #PuertoRicianPower shirt in the next couple weeks. I can do that, because I know the Chicago area show is in Berwyn, but it may be tricker for other people – the rest of the tour has dates,  but the venues/time are still a mystery to me. Jocay has been trying to find out the details of the New York/Connecticut and been told nothing is set. There has been similar tours in the recent past, and there’s usually posters on the internet for all the shows. Maybe they’re just advertising shows hyper-locally, though you’d think they’d get the word out as loudly as possible when you’re bringing in people from Mexico.

Box y Lucha mentions Monterrey luchador Pedro Navajas was unconscious for 45 minutes after a dive gone wrong in Arena el Jaguar over the weekend. It sounds like he recovered, but a scary situation.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

There’s a (free) Hijo del Perro Aguayo photo exhibit tonight in Mexico City.

The Lucha Underground show at SXSW has an poster.

Volador talks about hair match with Negro Casas.

Lucha Underground 2×7: Death Comes In Threes

why do a plancha when you can SSP?
why do a plancha when you can SSP?

The Matches

  • The Moth defeats Willie Mack (3:24, middle rope curbstomp, good)
  • Cage defeats Taya (6:58, weapon X, good)
  • Mil Muertes defeats Prince Puma and Pentagon Jr. (11:58, double flatliner, excellent)

The developments

The Lucha Underground championship picture has been pretty crowded, but it seems to be thinning out going into Aztec Warfare. King Cuerno seems to have exited the scene after his ladder match last week. Prince Puma and Mil Muertes’s title hopes flatlined after an incredible main event, with Mil Muertes finishing them both off with the same move at the same time. The finish was dominant, though the rest of the match seemed to go equally between all three luchadors. Of note, Pentagon Jr. once again seemed to have Prince Puma beat with the package piledriver and instead went for the armbreaker. This time, he got speared out of his shoes by Mil. Mil has one more obstacle in his way: Fenix, who declared he was cashing in his Gift of the Gods championship for a title match next week. Fenix had a nice profile video earlier in the show.

Moth has unexpected flying power
Moth has unexpected flying power

That’s one of two title matches announced for next week’s show: a vignette revealed Ivelisse got Catrina to agree to give the ex-champs a rematch for the belts. There’s one slight catch: should Ivelisse, Angelico and Son of Havoc lose, they’re done in Lucha Underground. Angelico & Havoc weren’t really thrilled with the bargain, but have no choice but to win.

This week’s episode resolved a dangling plot point from last year’s Ultima Lucha. We finally met Marty Martinez’s sister: Mariposa, a masked winged creature. (Mariposa means butterfly, but Mariposa looked more of a scary threatening creature than Princesa Sugehit’s outfits.) Mariposa debuted during the Mack versus Marty match, which give Marty a distraction win. Mariposa also seemed to give Sexy Star a panic attack, and the Martinez’s had no problem attacking Sexy after the match as well.

There was one more plot brought back from that season finale montage, in a less expected fashion. Drago confronted (in the bathroom, of course) Jack Evans about his Dragon Slayer comments and challenged him to prove it. To Drago’s surprise – and maybe to Jack’s surprise too – PJ Black jumped into help Jack. A nunchucks fight broke out, with Drago first knocking down both opponents at once before the numbers caught up to him. Aerostar, time traveling with glowing nunchucks, made the surprise save for his old friends. Seems like a tag feud is coming up.

I didn't think they were doing this, as they were doing this
I didn’t think they were doing this, as they were doing this

The middle match on the show was announced as being Cage versus Johnny Mundo in a no-DQ match. Instead, it was Taya’s debut, replacing Mundo. Taya explained Johnny didn’t see the point of this match after already beating Cage in their last match, so she was taking it intsead. Taya was far from helpless, but she was far from actually winning this match too. Even Mundo’s expected inteference wasn’t enough, though it probably really didn’t help when Mundo shoved Taya to Cage to safe himself.

The only other plot line of note was another Famous B vignette. In this one, Famous B used a wand (and his powers to make someone Famous) to turn around the life of Brenda. We’ll be seeing her again.

Aztec Warfare is two weeks away.

Thoughts

The main event was superb, and done at a crazy pace. They had a twenty-minute match in a twelve minute segment. There were huge dives, big moves, use of the scenery, and ever other trait of big Lucha Underground matches. There was even some subtle storytelling: Pentagon & Puma worked -ogether when they could (including four straight dives on Muertes), seemingly knowing they couldn’t beat him on their own. They were correct! It was a pretty daring result – maybe the most daring thing on this episode, which is saying something – by pinning the lead face and the hottest star in the company completely clean at the same time. I think it worked, it certainly makes Mil look like a killer. The rest of the match did that too, with him just destroying Puma and Pentagon when they weren’t destroying each other. It seemed like a slightly different take on Muertes before, with the Power of the Stone being played down compared to where it was last season. Catrina was definitely at ringside, but seemed like she had one of her smaller parts of the season.

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tope DDT!

Next week’s title match with Fenix is huge.

The episode needed that caliber of main event, just to save this episode to be another referendum on intergender wrestling. I thought maybe everyone would be exhausted on this argument, but then I saw the match and – yea, if you dislike the concept, you’re really going to hate that match and maybe this entire show. I didn’t need the match, but it seems unfair not to give them credit for the match they did have – Taya took an incredible beating, still got in just enough offense to look like a credible performer, and Cage came off as strong as he has since his feud with Puma. Taya getting put thru two tables and being up a minute later to do interference spots fine was the biggest problem for me, really – I though the work was OK (if sometimes too obviously edited) and didn’t have a strong emotion any other way.

Other people can provide hotter takes. I can provide some facts. This is the second to last 1v1 man versus woman match of the season, provided I didn’t miss a match, and that last one isn’t for a long way away and under very special circumstances. It’s definitely not the last time men and women fight each other on this show – there’s the trios title match next week, there are going to be multiperson matches with women, they are not siphoning off the women into their own division by any means – but the 1v1 seem to draw the biggest reaction and those pretty much go away.

all four dives
all four dives

And – I wonder about that. I don’t know. Could just be circumstance in feuds or types of matches. (This first part of the season has been very heavy on singles matches and that’s going to be balanced out later on.) It also might be the people behind the scenes listening to the criticism and backing off on this point to a small degree. If you’re against intergender wrestling, you’re probably believing LU is going hard against you based on this show. For me, looking ahead, it actually seems like maybe they were listening and maybe this was a breaking point. I also could be totally offbase on that. Those first Season 3 tapings should be interesting to see if they provide any clues.

I got nothing for the people upset about everyone losing in the first match. Sorry!

I liked the opener, probably more than most. Big guys throwing each other around was fun. I could’ve gone for a lot longer time, but it was fine for a TV match. The advantage of Marty being out of the ring for so long is that his period as a complete jobber is a distant memory, and he was good enough to take seriously on this show. Mariposa’s outfit seems totally impractical and over the top, but I bet people thought that about Drago’s gear too and it worked out fine.

The Fenix video was really well done. We got a lot of those type of videos early on last season introducing people, and it’s nice to see them still being used in season 2 – this one and the Cuerno one last week – to spotlight guys. The Famous B commercial was really well done too, although three is about the limit of how many you can do of them before bringing him back into Temple without tiring people of them. (That’s probably why we didn’t see Rey or Dario this week.) The Sexy Star/Mack opening vignette felt not so good – they didn’t even seem to trust Sexy to talk! Maybe her voice retired.

you fool around with death, you die
you fool around with death, you die

 

AAA coins, Kraneo/Marco, LU tonight, Trauma II accusations

Flyer gets in Disturbio's face
Flyer gets in Disturbio’s face

CMLL (TUE) 03/08/2016 Arena México [thecubsfan, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) El Rebelde & Inquisidor b Flyer & Leono LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 8 DE MARZO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
15:34. Rudos took 1/3.
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Star Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. b El Cuatrero, Sangre Azteca, Sansón LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 8 DE MARZO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
16:57. Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Zeuxis b Estrellita [lightning] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 8 DE MARZO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
6:36. Zeuxis won with La Roca.
4) Fujin, Okumura, Raijin b Esfinge, Stigma, Tritón LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 8 DE MARZO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
14:49. Rudos took 2/3.
5) Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado b Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., La Máscara LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 8 DE MARZO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
12:51. Rudos took 1/3.
6) Marco Corleone, Titán, Volador Jr. DQ Kráneo, Niebla Roja, Ripper LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 8 DE MARZO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
10:14. Mr. Niebla was double listed here and Guadalajara, and Niebla Roja worked here instead. Straight falls, the last when Kraneo fouled Marco. Marco wanted a mask vs hair match but Kraneo said no.

I didn’t strongly like any of the matches, but the matches were more interesting than on Monday. I didn’t catch a mention of the show being moved to Arena Coliseo next week. There must’ve been one that I missed, but it was not something hammered home by any means.

AAA (TUE) 03/08/2016 Museo Numismático Nacional, Apartado, Distrito Federal
1) Faby Apache, Máscarita Sagrada, Octagoncito b Mini Charly Manson, Mini Psycho Clown, Taya
2) Drago & Fénix b Pentagón Jr. & Taurus
3) Blue Demon Jr., La Parka, Psycho Clown b Averno, Chessman, El Mesías

This was a special show to announce a new project: AAA coins. It’s a partnership with Casa de Moneda de México (the National Mint of Mexico) to make Rey Misterio, La Parka and Psycho Clown coins. They’re oversized coins – they call them medals interchangeably, and that’s probably an easier way to describe the size. The coins will cost Psycho Clown and Parka were there as part of the presentation last night, and part of showing off the coins this morning. They’ll cost 560 Mexican pesos, about $35 US dollars (although other places say it’s cheaper.) Casa de Moneda seems to make many commemorative coins – their website is currently advertising a special coin for the Pope’s visit.

AAA confirmed Octagon Jr. is the mystery luchador teaming with Fenix & Drago against Averno, Chessman & Ricky Marvin on Friday in Naucalpan. He’s likely also the guy for Rey de Reyes, but they haven’t said so yet.

Today’s Lucha Underground episode is the 7th of the season, “Death Comes In Threes”. Matches announced

  • The Mack versus Marty the Moth Martinez.
  • something with Cage and Johnny Mundo
  • Mil Muertes (c) vs Prince Puma vs Pentagon Jr. for the Lucha Underground Championship

There will be a definite winner in the title match this week. A new character will debut on the show.  Eric Mutter previews today’s episode. Aztec Warfare is two episodes away.

Ticket reservations for the March tapings – the start of Season 3 – went out last night. If you’re just finding out about them now, it’s too late. The next set of tapings to go out will be April 9, 10, 16, and 17th. Tickets for those should go out around March 28.

The Mexico City Metro’s cover today says an ex-girlfriend has filed a criminal complaint against Trauma II for “violacion & plagio” – holding her against her will and harming her. Metro doesn’t post it’s articles on a website, but you can see the cover on their Facebook siteFuria de Titanes has a grainy photo of the articles, which includes Trauma II responding to and denying the charges. SuperLuchas repeats the details: they broke up in December, and the woman says Trauma II kidnapped her on Sunday, stole her cell phone, tried to get back together with her, got angry when she refused, and beat and raped her before letting her go on Monday. Trauma II strongly denied the story and says he was surprised by the charges.

Trauma II is currently listed as wrestling this Sunday in IWRG.

WildKat Sports posted a note saying Rey Horuz was still hospitalized after taking the Dragon Driver from Dragon Lee on Sunday. Lucha Memes had previously said Horuz has been checked and release from the hospital on Sunday. Either way, I hope he’s got some time off after the scare – the WildKat Sports report says Horuz lost feeling for some time. There’s a full handheld of the match here.

LuchaWorld has the first ever Top 10 Of The Week.

Segunda Caida reviews the most random possible Fenix & Pentagon match.

Arena Coliseo Monterrey says they’ll have Volador I, Octagon, vs Hijo de Pierroth and Hijo de Espectro on 03/20. That match will be so bad and the people who go will be okay with it.

The Japanese team talks about their Dos Leyendas match. Kamaitachi is still sure he’s #1. There’s also a look back at previous Homenaje a Dos Leyendas.

Caifan repeats his challenge to Atlantis. That sounds like a Plaza de Toros Monumental main event.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 03/15/2016 Arena Coliseo
1) Flyer & Metatrón vs Artillero & Camorra
2) Magnus, Robin, Star Jr. vs Canelo Casas, Hijo del Signo, Metálico
3) Fuego, Pegasso, Tritón vs Disturbio, Skándalo, Virus
4) Ángel de Oro, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado
5) Marco Corleone vs Kráneo
6) Súper Porky, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja

I’ve written about this show being moved to Arena Mexico for this date at least three times, and I still wrote it up as being in Arena Mexico this morning. Good luck CMLL!

They got to Marco/Kraneo quick, which is good because they might forget about it otherwise. A bit of a surprise Volador is working a Tuesday show prior to H2L; he’s the only one of the big four who has a match. Not as good as previous weeks.

CMLL (TUE) 03/15/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Reycko & Vaquero Jr. vs Espectrúm & Rey Trueno
2) Cosmos, Shockercito, Stukita vs Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito, Relámpago
3) Estrellita, La Vaquerita, Skadi vs La Seductora, Princesa Sugehit, Tiffany
4) Blue Panther, La Máscara, Titán vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Ripper
5) Atlantis, Dragón Lee, Mistico vs Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla

Main event is a straight rematch from last week. Imagine if they’re doing Cavernario/Dragon Lee in Guadalajara. Probably a Felino feud instead.

Sugehit is a ruda? Zeuxis is in the US by this time, not sure where Comandante and Amapola and Isis are all at.

MDA ELITE (SUN) 03/20/2016 Arena Naucalpan
1) Chamuel & El Guapito vs Chico Temido & Pequeño Magnífico
2) La Jarochita & Lluvia vs Muñeca De Plata & Rossy Moreno
3) Golden Magic, Metaleón, Último Ninja vs Bestia 666, Halloween, Ninja Jr.
4) Herodes Jr., Mr. Niebla, Sharlie Rockstar vs Damián 666, Mr. Águila, Nicho el Millionario
5) Carístico, Máscara Dorada, Mil Máscaras vs Canek, La Máscara, Negro Casas

Elite probably won’t be running Sunday in Arena Mexico this week, because they’re just out of town. (Again, another arena where they should look better.) Mascara Dorada is too humble of a guy to be in that tecnico trio. Canek is 8 years old than Negro Casas. Mil is 18 years old than Negro Casas.

great match roundup, week of 2016-02-20

This post is out of order, but it keeps not getting pushed out by WordPress. So I’ll just do it now.

Zeuxis versus Silueta was the match of the week. Who would’ve guessed?

rating matches TV Show taped
great Zeuxis © vs Silueta for the Mexican National Women’s Championship CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-02-23 2016-02-23
good Dinastía, Máscarita Sagrada, Octagoncito vsLanzeloth, Mini Charly Manson, Mini Psycho Clown AAA on Televisa: 2016-02-20 2016-02-06
good Aerostar, Drago, Fénix vs Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Zorro AAA on Televisa: 2016-02-20 2016-02-06
good Ángel de Oro, Titán, Tritón vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2016-02-20 2016-02-08
good Volador Jr. vs Negro Casas in a lightning match CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2016-02-20 2016-02-08
good La Máscara, Marco Corleone, Rush vs Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero, Terrible CMLL Lucha Azteca: 2016-02-20 2016-01-22
good Asturiano & Millenium vs Espíritu Maligno & Fuerza Chicana CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-02-22 2016-02-22
good Johnny Mundo vs Cage Lucha Underground: 2016-02-24 2015-11-21
good Ángel de Oro, Dragón Lee, Stuka Jr. vs Boby Z, Kamaitachi, Okumura CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-02-26 2016-02-26
ok Averno & Chessman vs Joe Lider & Pentagón Jr. AAA on Televisa: 2016-02-20 2016-02-06
ok Black Tiger, Pegasso, Starman vs Fuerza Chicana, Metálico, Policeman CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2016-02-20 2016-02-08
ok Blue Panther vs Ripper in a lightning match CMLL Lucha Azteca: 2016-02-20 2016-01-22
ok Hombre Bala Jr., Starman, Súper Halcón Jr. vs El Cuatrero, Sansón, Skándalo CMLL on LATV (new): 2016-02-21 2016-02-02
ok Oro Jr., Pegasso, Tritón vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus CMLL on LATV (new): 2016-02-21 2016-02-02
ok Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., Valiente vs Felino, Ripper, Tiger CMLL on LATV (new): 2016-02-21 2016-02-02
ok Delta, Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Ares, Okumura, Virus CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-02-22 2016-02-22
ok Dragón Lee, Titán, Valiente vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-02-22 2016-02-22
ok Atlantis, La Máscara, Rush vs Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero, Vangellys CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-02-22 2016-02-22
ok Aéreo, Angelito, Fantasy vs Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Violencia CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-02-23 2016-02-23
ok Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther vsEphesto, Luciferno, Mephisto CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-02-23 2016-02-23
ok Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Terrible vs Ángel de Oro, Súper Porky, Valiente CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-02-23 2016-02-23
ok Jack Evans vs PJ Black Lucha Underground: 2016-02-24 2015-11-21
ok King Cuerno vs Killshot Lucha Underground: 2016-02-24 2015-11-21
ok Texano vs Mr. Cisco Lucha Underground: 2016-02-24 2015-11-21
ok Texano vs Cortez Castro Lucha Underground: 2016-02-24 2015-11-21
ok Chavo Guerrero vs Texano Lucha Underground: 2016-02-24 2015-11-21
ok Astral & Stukita vs Demus 3:16 & Pierrothito CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-02-26 2016-02-26
ok Blue Panther Jr., The Panther, Tritón vs Fujin, Raijin, Skándalo CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-02-26 2016-02-26
ok Marcela vs Dalys in a lightning match CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-02-26 2016-02-26
ok La Máscara, Rush, Vangellys vs Marco Corleone, Máscara Dorada, Máximo Sexy CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-02-26 2016-02-26
below average Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Thunder vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja CMLL Lucha Azteca: 2016-02-20 2016-01-22
below average Estrellita, Princesa Sugehit, Silueta vs La Comandante, Reyna Isis, Zeuxis CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-02-22 2016-02-22
below average Bengala & Metatrón vs Camorra & Espíritu Negro CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-02-23 2016-02-23
below average Hombre Bala Jr., Stigma, Súper Halcón Jr. vsArkángel de la Muerte, Cancerbero, Raziel CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-02-23 2016-02-23
below average Mistico, Súper Parka, Volador Jr. vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-02-26 2016-02-26

CMLL Arena Mexico: 2016-03-08

Triton well timed legdrop
Triton well timed legdrop

Recapped: 2016-03-08

What happened: Kraneo fouled Marco in the main event. And that’s about it.

What was good: I liked the main event. Parts of other matches were good and made this non-dreadful to watch, but nothing came together for a complete match.

Where can I watch it: It’s on CMLL’s YouTube. Matches will air on MegaSports next Monday.

(more…)

AAA on Televisa: 2016-03-05 

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a really good camera angle choice on a lucha libre show!

Recapped: 03/05/2016
taped Auditorio General José María Arteaga, Querétaro, Querétaro, 02/19/2016 – part 2 of 2

What happened: La Parka advanced to the Rey de Reyes final. Apache cheated to beat Venom and hit him with a chair. That’s about it.

What was good: Opener was fun. You can skip the rest.

Where can I watch it: It’s on AAA’s YouTube channel. (more…)

AAA 4 way, Chairo 2, Puebla, Arena Mexico tonight

this match
Super Porky

CMLL (MON) 03/07/2016 Arena Puebla [thecubsfan]
1) Rey Apocalipsis & Toro Bill Jr. b Rey Samuray & Zaeta Roja LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 7 DE MARZO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
11:54. Rudos took 2/3
2) Black Tiger, Robin, Stigma b Artillero, Camorra, King Jaguar LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 7 DE MARZO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
17:03. Tecnicos took 1/3. Stigma replaced Sensei.
3) Amapola, La Comandante, Tiffany b La Vaquerita, Lluvia, Princesa Sugehit LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 7 DE MARZO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
12:35. Rudas took 2/3.
4) Máximo Sexy, Súper Porky, Titán b Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 7 DE MARZO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
10:03. Tecnicos took 2/3
5) Carístico, Máscara Dorada, Mistico b Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Último Guerrero LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 7 DE MARZO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
9:10. Rudos took 1/3, Ultimo pulling Caristico’s mask off and pinning him. Caristico wants a singles match.

A largely boring show.

Ultimo Guerrero fouled Atlantis and faked a foul in Morelos, which somehow led to both UG winning and UG having to put up his title on March 17th. That’s the same title that’s on the line Saturday between the same two luchadors.

Tonight, CMLL is back in Arena Mexcio for a regular Tuesday show. It’s the last non-Friday show in Arena Mexico for a couple weeks; they’ll be in Arena Coliseo next Tuesday. Today’s main event is Marco, Titan, Volador versus Niebla Roja, Kraneo and Ripper, which might be a good match. There’s no ongoing issues, but there are interesting people scattered thru the card. The four new rudos (Fujin, Raijin, Cuatrero, Sanson) are all in matches, with El Rebelde also making his first streaming appearance since August. On other hand, Los Boricuas are back. Lightning match is Estrellita versus Zeuxis. This seems like a skippable show, but they should start a new feud somewhere.

Guadalajara also had it’s title match last week and so has nothing going on. Main event there Atlantis, Dragon Lee and Mistico taking on Cavernario, Felino and Mr. Niebla.

AAA posted Friday night’s Hijo del Fantasma vs Octagon Jr. vs Pentagon Jr. vs Fenix Rey de Reyes match from Friday night. It’s a very unusual move for them – TV matches don’t aren’t uploaded outside of TV – but I believe AAA was very high on the match and wanted to show what Octagon Jr. would be like. I’m not going to be able to watch this until tonight. This has meant avoiding so many GIFs. In an AAA interview, Octagon Jr. considers the match a victory: the crowd was heavily behind Pentagon Jr., but he won them over by the end of fight.

The 12/25 Chairo show also went up last night. I’ve got timestamps for all the matches over on the results entry (click the+LuchaTV icons), but I also haven’t seen this one yet. Rey Horus was on Instagram talking about a rematch with Dragon Lee and posting a photo of the finish, so hopeful he’s feeling OK. Their next show is 04/10 in Arena Jardines in Ecatepec, with Ultimo Guerrero versus Hechicero. That’s the place Go! Mask runs, a smaller building.

RobViper has highlights of 08/25/15 CMLL and posts an old Sombra de Plata vs Super Comando match.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update and this week’s Poster-Mania.

R de Rudo has an interview with Puebla luchador Eolo.

Ciudad Juarez luchador Guerrero Escarlata passed away. He was 45 and suffering from complications from diabetes. He was listed on a card as recently as February 14th.

AAW (Chicago) has Jack Evans vs Tomnaso Ciampa (and Ricochet vs Sami Callihan) on 03/18. That’s an awful inconvenient day for me.

AIW announced Laredo Kid will be in for their 04/08 show. I can’t think of Laredo being on a big DVD indie promotion prior, but he should do well.

Lineups

CMLL (MON) 03/14/2016 Arena Puebla
1) Arkalis & París vs El Malayo & Guerrero Espacial
2) Astral, Fantasy, Último Dragóncito vs Mercurio, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Violencia
3) Blue Panther Jr., Stigma, The Panther vs Fujin, Okumura, Raijin
4) Ángel de Oro, Stuka Jr., Súper Porky vs Hechicero, Kráneo, Ripper
5) Carístico, Máscara Dorada, Máximo Sexy vs Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero

No Caristico/UG yet. Maybe not Caristico/UG at all? Caristico is also main eventing a Gimnasio Miguel Hidalgo show the following Thursday, with Angel de Oro, Caristico, Mistico against Cibernetico, La Mascara and Mephisto.

CMLL Puebla: 2016-03-07 

around the corner headscissors
around the corner headscissors

Recapped: 03/07/2016

What happened: Ultimo Guerrero cheated Caristico to win the main event. That’s it.

What was good: Opener was the best match to me but ended poorly. Maybe I would’ve liked the main event better if not for the boredom prior, but it wasn’t anything you need to watch. This looked like a weak show on paper and was weaker in the ring.

Where can I watch it: It’s on CMLL’s YouTube channel. (more…)

great match roundup, week of 2016-02-27

double impact
double impact

recaps

I need to change the way I do those. Maybe later. Once change I did make: It occurred me that these posts might be moderately useful if I included the best matches of the month in the last roundup post of the month.

February endorsed matches – by air date, which means stuff like LU won’t show up unless I rethink it, and I stuff I watch later also won’t show up. I’ll put together a more complete MOTYC list later on.

excellent

nada

great

02-15 Volador Jr. © vs Negro Casas for the NWA World Welterweight Championship
02-19 Máscara Dorada © vs Mephisto for the CMLL World Welterweight Championship
02-19 Dragón Lee, Stuka Jr., Volador Jr. vs Gran Guerrero, Kamaitachi, Negro Casas
02-23 Zeuxis © vs Silueta for the Mexican National Women’s Championship


This week’s matches

rating matches TV Show taped
excellent Kamaitachi © vs Dragón Lee for the CMLL World Super Lightweight Championship CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-03-04 2016-03-04
great Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto © vs Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther for the Mexican National Trios Championship CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-03-01 2016-03-01
great King Cuerno © vs Fénix [GIFT OF THE GODS] and in a ladder match Lucha Underground: 2016-03-02 2015-11-21
good Pentagón Jr. vs Prince Puma Lucha Underground: 2016-03-02 2015-11-21
good Hombre Bala Jr. & Súper Halcón Jr. vs El Cuatrero & Sansón CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-03-04 2016-03-04
good Esfinge, Titán, Tritón vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Virus CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-03-04 2016-03-04
ok Argenis, Australian Suicide, Súper Nova vs Joe Lider, Parka Negra, Súper Fly AAA on Televisa: 2016-02-27 2016-02-19
ok Villano IV vs Electroshock, Chessman, Jack Evans [AAA Rey de Reyes] and in a tournament semifinal match AAA on Televisa: 2016-02-27 2016-02-19
ok Astro, Centella Roja, Millenium vs Ares, Mini Joker, Saurón CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-02-29 2016-02-29
ok Princesa Sugehit vs Zeuxis in a lightning match CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-02-29 2016-02-29
ok Dragón Lee, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-02-29 2016-02-29
ok Atlantis, Carístico, Mistico vs Euforia, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-02-29 2016-02-29
ok Magnus, Robin, Star Jr. vs Canelo Casas, Hijo del Signo, Metálico CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-03-01 2016-03-01
ok Oro Jr., Pegasso, Stigma vs Disturbio, Puma, Tiger CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-03-01 2016-03-01
ok Delta vs Sagrado in a lightning match CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-03-01 2016-03-01
ok Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Boby Z, Rey Bucanero, Vangellys CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-03-01 2016-03-01
ok La Vaquerita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-03-04 2016-03-04
ok Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Último Guerrero vs La Máscara, Rey Escorpión, Rush in a relevos increíbles match CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-03-04 2016-03-04
ok Atlantis, Máscara Dorada, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-03-04 2016-03-04
below average Pentagón Jr. © vs Daga & Taya for the AAA World Mixed Tag Team Championship AAA on Televisa: 2016-02-27 2016-02-19
below average Black Tiger, Rey Samuray, Starman vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Espíritu Maligno, Fuerza Chicana CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-02-29 2016-02-29
below average Acero & Fantasy vs Mercurio & Pequeño Universo 2000 CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-03-01 2016-03-01
below average Kobra Moon vs Sexy Star Lucha Underground: 2016-03-02 2015-11-21
watch later Leo, Mike, Rafy vs Factor, Matrix Jr., Rayan IWRG Zona XXI: 2016-02-28 2016-02-24
watch later Alas de Acero, Aramis, Atomic Star, Dragón Fly, Freyser, Kanon, Power Bull, Violencia Jr. vs Black Mercury, El Resplandor, Gemelo Fantástico I, Gemelo Fantástico II,Iron Kid, Príncipe Pantera I, Príncipe Pantera Jr., Psycko Kid [Copa Higher Power] IWRG Zona XXI: 2016-02-28 2016-02-24
watch later Epydemius, Galactar, Último Ninja vs Ninja Jr., Obsesión,Quinto Elemento Noches de Coliseo: 2016-02-28 2016-02-21