CMLL Puebla: 2017-01-02 

Rey Cometa is the most Mexican man alive

Recapped: 01/03/2017

What happened: Volador kept his title over La Mascara, and Negro Casas and Carístico have issues.

What was good: The last two matches, though the last one is more of a grudging acknowledgment than a strong recommendation. I liked parts of the tercera.

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

2016 watch later catch up, part 9 of ∞

quien es proximo

Matches reviewed in this post

  • Guerrero Maya Jr. & The Panther vs Puma & Tiger for the Arena Coliseo (DF) Tag Team Championship, Arena Coliseo, 02/27/2016
  • Laredo Kid vs FlamitaAerostarSéptimo Dragón, 8105 Campo Bowie West Blvd, Benbrook, Texas, 06/03/2016 
  • Hechicero & Máscara Dorada vs Ángel Blanco Jr. & Flamita, Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México, 09/03/2016 
  • Arez vs Sammy Guevara, Arena Coliseo Monterrey, 09/04/2016 
  • Heddi Karaoui © vs Imposible for the IWRG Intercontinental Middleweight Championship, Arena Naucalpan, 09/04/2016 
  • Drastik Boy & Jinzo vs Genio del Aire & Próximo and Aero Boy & Black Boy, Arena Nacionalista, Mexicali, Baja California, 11/27/2016 

I’m trying to mix up who I watch, and that’s leading to some weird combination of matches. I’m actually done with February! It’s only 11 months later, doing pretty good.


Volador keeps his title, Casas/Caristico, Tuesday preview

Casas wins

CMLL (SUN) 01/01/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Domingos Familiares]
1) Guerrero de la Muerte & Quca b Avispón Negro Jr. & Micro
Rudos took 2/3.
2) Cosmos, El Alteño, Explosivo b Diplomático, Relámpago, Thunder Boy
Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Mágico, Magnum, Metatrón, Vaquero Jr. b Frezzer, Furia Roja, Mosco X Fly, Sádico
Frezzer is a rudo following his cage match mask loss. Tecnicos took 2/3, the last with Vaquero Jr. beating Frezzer.
4) Gran Kenut b Javier Cruz Jr. [hair]
Kenut took 2/3 to save his mask and take Cruz’s hair. Kenut snuck in a foul to win. Javier was angry about the way he lost, but did get his hair cut.
5) Esfinge & Gallo © b Exterminador & Maléfico [OCCIDENTE TAG]
Tecnicos took 1/3 to defend. Money thrown in. Fourth defense.

An unmasked guy losing a hair versus mask match is nothing new, but Javier Cruz Jr. losing is a bit of a surprise. His father was famous for winning hair matches, but this is the third one his son has lost since 2012.

CMLL (MON) 01/02/2017 Arena Puebla [Culticon, Plantilla Deportiva, Tape Machines Are Rolling (6)]
1) Rey Apocalipsis & Toro Bill Jr. b Asturiano & Zaeta Roja LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 2 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
2) Arkalis, Millenium, Tigre Rojo Jr. b Arkángel de la Muerte, Metálico, Policeman LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 2 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
3) Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa, Stigma b Disturbio, Sam Adonis, Skándalo LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 2 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
4) Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys b Ángel de Oro, Titán, Valiente LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 2 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
5) Cavernario, Gran Guerrero, Negro Casas b Atlantis, Carístico, Máximo Sexy LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 2 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Negro snuck in a foul on Caristico for the win. Caristico wanted a rematch.
6) Volador Jr. © b La Máscara [NWA WELTER] LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 2 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Volador took 2/3. 13th defense

Main event was said to be good; it seemed fine from what I paid attention to, but I’ll watch it later. Attendance seemed strong if maybe not as much as last week.

One feature to like about Puebla feuds is they’re often starting one while another finishes, so there’s not a complete dead show. Tonight’s CMLL show is a complete dead show. CMLL hasn’t had a rivalry since the end of the Ephesto/Maya issue on the 13th. It’s just been (even more) random matches. It doesn’t seem like it’ll change tonight.

Tonight’s main event random match is Volador, Stuka Jr., and Maximo versus Euforia, Rey Bucanero and Negro Casas. All the tecnicos are heading out of town soon, so there probably won’t be a feud there. Johnny Idol, Guerrero Maya Jr. and Drone face Ephesto, Ripper and Hechicero in the semimain; only Ripper isn’t going to Japan, and he seems occupied with Blue Panther Jr. at the moment. The lightning match is Triton versus Sagrado, which could be pretty good. It’s Triton’s first singles match since returning to Mexico, which should be interesting, but now they’re past the point on the card where there’s ever an issue on Tuesdays. Pegasso, Star Jr., Oro Jr. take on Skandalo, Okumura and Virus in the tercera. Reina Isis returns to Arena Mexico in the segunda, teaming with La Seductora, La Metalica versus Estrellita, Sanely and Skadi. That match could be trouble. The opener is Aereo & Acero versus Demus 3:16 & Pequeno Universo. Someone’s getting dropped on their head.

The show will air on 7:30 pm on CMLL’s YouTube channel. I’ve have a recap later this week.

AAA’s tweaked their announced schedule:

  • Guerra de Titanes is still the same (01/20, in DF)
  • Toluca (01/27) has moved from the Gimnasio Agustin Millan, where they’ve run for decades, to Salon Rojo Club Toluca. This appears to be a concert venue, and a smaller building (though I can’t find a capacity.)
  • The Cuautitlan taping is pushed back one day, from Friday to Saturday 02/11.

CMLL talks about Maximo’s title win, slightly hints Maximo might defend his heavyweight title on FantasticaMania. I had not even considered the heavyweight champion might defend the title in Japan, mostly because it’s the heavyweight title. I have no idea who they’d put him with, maybe an exciting battle with Yujiro.

Lucha Underground & Johnny Mundo appear in a new Slim Jim commercial. This is a nice deal for the promotion, especially if it shows up more than just on Twitter. On another Lucha Underground note, no one with the show or with El Rey has said anything more about the 01/11 show being the mid-season finale. That seems like an announcement which should be followed by a press release. They don’t send those things to me, but I haven’t seen them show up elsewhere.

Guerrero Negro Jr., the former CMLL luchador, lost his hair to Chavo Lomeli.

The Gladiatores has interviews with Danny Casas & Veneno talking about their feud and Pirata Morgan Jr. following his mask loss.

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report and this week’s Poster-Mania.

Cross Arm Breaker returns to write about El Dandy vs La Fiera and Mr. Niebla & Dr. Wagner Jr.

Ohtani’s Jacket reviews Trauma I vs Canis Lupus.

Winter Palace reviews Hechicero & Barbaro Cavernario vs Black Terry & Bestia 666.

An article on the Cuernavaca year end local lucha commission party. They feel good about their 2016.

There’s new rules governing lucha libre and boxing in Escobedo, Nuevo Leon.

A wrestler playing with fire got burned. (This is not a metaphor, burn photos inside.)

A video story on Mexican luchadors helping the Cuban revolution.


IWRG (SUN) 01/08/2017 Arena Naucalpan
1) Black Dragón vs Araña de Plata
2) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo vs Demonio Infernal, Diablo Jr., Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro
3) Emperador Azteca, Freelance, Hijo del Alebrije vs Hip Hop Man, Pirata Morgan Jr., X-Fly
4) Dragón Fly, Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Pantera vs Herodes Jr., Negro Navarro, Trauma I
5) Imposible © vs Relámpago [IWRG IC MIDDLE]
mistakenly listed as Welterweight on poster. Third defense
6) Mr. Electro vs Pirata Morgan

The big news is X-Fly’s back the title match that was held off for a while. Main event is either a build to a title match, or Pirata Morgan won a hair match because they’re building up a hair match with Mr. Electro. Perhaps both.

No Wednesday show this week.

CMLL (MON) 01/09/2017 Arena Puebla
1) Centella Roja, Meyer, Millenium vs Fuerza Chicana, Guerrero Espacial, King Jaguar
2) Astro, Shockercito, Último Dragóncito vs Espíritu Maligno, Mini Joker, Pequeño Violencia
3) Blue Panther Jr., The Panther, Titán vs Kráneo, Olímpico, Ripper
4) Johnny Idol, Marco Corleone, Valiente vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
5) Atlantis, Carístico, Máximo Sexy vs Cavernario, Gran Guerrero, Negro Casas

Main event continues the Caristico/Casas feud. I wonder if Gran Guerrero is filling in for Niebla.

new lucha videos for the weekend of December 30th


PROESA is a repeat. They keep promoting the show on Twitter, so I don’t think it’s meant to be dead, but I haven’t seen them advertise tapings in a great while. AAA remains in repeat material until 01/14.

12/31 & 01/01 WWC: Cloud Drive

12/31 Elite USA: Cloud Drive

CMLL Lucha Libre Retro: 2016-12-30
taped 2016-10-08 @ Arena Coliseo
Cloud Drive
1) La Jarochita, Princesa Sugehit, Skadi vs Dalys, La Seductora, Metálica
2) Atlantis, Máximo Sexy, Mistico vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Shocker

CMLL on 2016-12-30
taped 2016-12-30 @ Arena México
Cloud Drive
1) Flyer & Robin vs Hijo del Signo & Metálico
2) Pegasso, Star Jr., Tritón vs Nitro, Sangre Azteca, Virus
3) Rey Cometa vs Sagrado in a lightning match
4) Blue Panther Jr., Drone, The Panther vs Kráneo, Olímpico, Ripper
5) Ángel de Oro, Marco Corleone, Stuka Jr. vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible
6) Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas vs Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr.

AAA on Televisa: 2016-12-31 (Best of Part 2)
Cloud Drive

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2016-12-31
taped 2016-12-19 @ Arena Puebla
Cloud Drive
1) Blue Panther Jr., Stigma, The Panther vs Hechicero, Puma, Tiger
2) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Johnny Idol vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Sam Adonis
3) La Máscara, Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Volador Jr. in a relevos increíbles match

IWRG Zona XXI: 2017-01-02
taped 2017-01-01 @ Arena Naucalpan
Cloud Drive
1) Alfa & Omega vs Araña de Plata & Demonio Infernal
2) Danny Casas, Dragón Fly, Veneno vs Dr. Cerebro, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro
3) Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Mr. Electro, Tinieblas Jr. vs Killer Jr., Negro Navarro, Pirata Morgan
4) Imposible vs Relámpago, Golden Magic, Pirata Morgan Jr. in a cage match and for the mask and [prison fatal]

great match roundup, week of 2016-12-24

Texano and Cage

That’s about it for 2016 TV. Maybe I’ll throw in the AAA in Chilpancingo TV. Lucha Underground will keep going by air date. I may sneak in some Retro as part of the catchup, and there’s plenty left with that. I’ve got some of those catch ups waiting to go up and will update the MOTYC stuff after.

Texano versus Cage was fun. It was a slow week to close it.

rating matches TV Show taped
great Cage vs Texano Lucha Underground: 2016-12-28 2016-04-24
good Dalys © vs Marcela for the CMLL World Women’s Championship LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 26 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2016-12-26 2016-12-26
good Estrellita, La Vaquerita, Marcela vs Amapola, La Comandante, Zeuxis LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 27 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2016-12-27 2016-12-27
good Guerrero Maya Jr., Johnny Idol, Rey Cometa vs Bobby Z, Sam Adonis, Vangellys LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 27 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2016-12-27 2016-12-27
good Rey Cometa vs Sagrado in a lightning match CMLL on 2016-12-30 2016-12-30
good Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas vs Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. CMLL on 2016-12-30 2016-12-30
ok Astral & Shockercito vs Pequeño Olímpico & PierrothitoLUCHA LIBRE INFIERNO EN EL RING FUNCION DE NAVIDAD (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2016-12-25 2016-12-25

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Pagano shaves Joe Lider in Neza, La Mascara/Volador tonight

photo by Black Terry Jr.

AAA (SUN) 01/01/2017 Arena Neza [+LuchaTV, Kronosport]
1) Príncipe Negro & Taquero Maldito b Admantium & Balak
money thrown in
2) Motocross, Royer Boy, Sky Man b Brayan, Chico Che, Rayo Star
money thrown in
3) Pandemónium, Pandemónium Jr., Xibalba b Bengala, Dave The Clown, Súper Fly
Local rudos cheated to win.
4) La Parka & Psycho Clown b Monsther Clown & Murder Clown
5) Joe Lider L Texano Jr., Pagano, Averno, Chessman, Hijo de Pirata Morgan [cage, mask]
Monster & Murder interfered to keep Lider in, while Psycho Clown helped Texano to escape. Pagano & Lider were the last two in, and they did the one fall bit at the end like a CMLL match – only those two did an extreme style match. Pagano beat Lider, who lost his hair.

The building was full for this show. Weird to see the local rudos beat the AAA trio, but those guys are on pretty much every Neza show.

Tonight’s another busy day for Volador. He had both the CMLL semimain and the Cara Lucha main event yesterday, and he’ll have a main event NWA Weltweright Championship title defense against la Mascara in Puebla today. He’s just passed Mano Negra as the longest title reign since the mid 70s, and will reach 900 days of champion during the FantasticaMania tour. Mascara has his own title, two weight divisions up. A title change is unlikely, and it’ll be more about what kind of show they want to put on.

It’s a six match card, so it’s either going to run later than usual or some of the undercard matches will run short. The semimain, which seems to be thes pot usually cut short, otherwise looks like the second best match on the card: Atlantis, Caristico and Maximo against Cavernario, Gran Guerrero and Negro Casas. Angel de Oro, Titan and Valiente face Rey Bucanero, Terrible and Vangellys in the fourth match. The never ending Stigma/Skandalo feud is in the tercera, with Guerrero Maya, Rey Cometa, Disturbio and Sam Adonis. Arkalis, Millenium and Tiger Rojo face Arkangel, Metalico and Policeman. The show opens with Asturiano & Zaeta Roja against Rey Apocalipsis & Toro Bill, which would be good if the Batilion worked as hard on their matches as their enterances.

The show will air on CMLL’s YouTube at 9pm

Black Terry Jr. has photos from the CaraLucha show and highlights of Volador vs Fenix vs Flamita

Máximo takes Máscara Año 2000’s hair, Pirata Morgan Jr. unmasked, Fenix bests Volador & Flamita

a gif of a man getting a hair cut

CMLL (SUN) 01/01/2017 Arena México [CMLL, Pro Wrestling Super Blog, thecubsfan]
1) Demus 3:16, Mercurio, Pierrothito b Acero, Astral, Último Dragóncito
14:22. Rudos took 1/3. Acero replaced Stukita (probably back in Laguna)
2) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther Jr., Guerrero Maya Jr. b Bobby Z, Pólvora, Ripper
15:52. Tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Stuka Jr. b Felino, Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero
7:38. Tecnicos took 2/3. Rey Bucanero replaced Mr. Niebla on Tuesday.
4) Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. b Ephesto, Hechicero, Mephisto
10:42. Tecnicos took 2/3.
5) Máximo b Máscara Año 2000 [hair]
11:04. Maximo took 2/3.

This show was a bit like Friday’s show, with a lot of playing to the crowd and positive finishes, but not the same level of quality. There’s nothing you need to go see from this match, especially including the main event. The turnout seemed better than last Sunday, maybe approaching a usual Friday, but not so much that they ever dared give us long shots of the seats. New Year’s Day seems like it was a good drawing day all around: AAA shows in Arena Neza and Arena Lopez Mateos sold out and CaraLucha looks it did well.

Mascara 2000’s return ends up a lot like Super Parka’s return a year ago: a veteran name from multiple generations in the past back around to lose an apuesta match to a regular CMLL luchador. Super Parka lost to Negro Casas to set up him up for the Volador match at H2L. I can’t imagine CMLL will do a Maximo hair match loss at H2L two straight years (or twice in a year’s time, which they almost did here), but Maximo defending his title against various Sanson & Cuatrero would be entertaining uses of time. Seems unlikely.

Mascara kicking out the finish seems totally unprofessional to me, but it’s consistent with how he’s acted thru the whole way of this feud and it’ll likely be unremarked on beyond the English language lucha fans. That sort of thing just doesn’t seem to get traction elsewhere. There’s no indication Mascara is actually done now, just I have no idea what else you’d do with him. Not sure what you could do with him anyway.

Cara Lucha (SUN) 01/01/2017 Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México [+LuchaTV]
1) Samael, Torito Negro, Yin Sang b Arceus, Atomic Fly, Príncipe Aéreo
Torito Negro’s debut. Samael replaced Imperio Negro
2) Flama Roja, Toro Negro III, Toro Negro Jr. b Alas de Acero, Alas De Plata, Pegazus
3) Látigo & Trauma I b Corsario Negro & Gallego [Juventud y Gloria, quarterfinal]
Latigo & Trauma moved onto the final.
4) Demus 3:16 & Yoruba b Sky Man & Solar I [Juventud y Gloria, quarterfinal]
former rivals Demus & Yoruba won, but still aren’t friends. Skyman replaced Bandido (in Torreon instead).
5) Templario & Último Guerrero b Látigo & Trauma I [Juventud y Gloria, semifinal]
Guerrero & Templario advance to the final. Templario was eliminated, but of course UG beat both Latigo and Trauma I by himself.
6) Fénix El Rey b Volador Jr., Flamita
money thrown in.

There’s already some (low quality) fan cams of the main event, though that one is missing the fininsh. I’m sure more are coming.

Templario & Ultimo Guerrero advance to the final, where for sure Demus & Yoruba aren’t beating them. We don’t know the last quarter final, which is probably going to need an Atlantis or a Caristico to pull that off.

IWRG (SUN) 01/01/2017 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV]
1) Black Dragón & Cadillac b Adrenalina & Keshin Black
Cadillac replaced Fireman. Keshin Black replaced Skanda.
2) Araña de Plata & Demonio Infernal b Alfa & Omega
Alfa’s first match in IWRG since 2015 (though his sometimes alternate personality Barba Roja Jr. showed up on a recent FILL show.)
3) Dr. Cerebro, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro b Danny Casas, Dragón Fly, Veneno
Rudos took 2/3. Dr. Cerbero replaced Killer Jr. (moved up.) Danny Casas & Veneno had problems leading them fighting each other after the match.
4) Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Mr. Electro, Tinieblas Jr. b Killer Jr., Negro Navarro, Pirata Morgan
No Hijo de Dos Caras again, with Killer Jr. replacing him. Despite being on the losing side, Pirata challenged Electroshock to a title match, which was accepted. First Tinieblas match in IWRG since 2013.
5) Pirata Morgan Jr. L Imposible, Relámpago, Golden Magic [cage, mask, prison fatal]
Imposible beats Pirata Morgan Jr., who was unmasked. Pirata Morgan Jr. was announced as Pedro Ortiz Soto, 35 years old, 15 years f a wrestler, from Mexico City.

Pirata losing was obvious as soon as they announced the match – he probably only got a few extra days with it because Killer Jr. showed back up to lose his mask first – but Imposible getting the win was a bit of a surprise. Pirata was feuding with Golden Magic, so they did a cross feud win. IWRG fans probably would’ve still booed Golden Magic.

Joe Lider lost his hair to Pagano in Neza. It was either going to be Lider or Hijo del Pirata, so the Morgans barely escaped losing two apuesta matches in a matter of hours. Joe Lider is in an apuesta match on the 17th, so I’m not sure how that’s going to work.

AAA posted the second of the holiday special today. That one has Lucha World Cup and TripleMania, so they’re on track to finish up next week.

Ohtani’s Jacket returns to write about Black Terry vs Aeroboy.


CMLL (SAT) 01/07/2017 Arena Coliseo
1) Bengala & Leono vs Akuma & Artillero
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Stukita vs Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito
3) Estrellita, Princesa Sugehit, Sanely vs Amapola, La Comandante, Zeuxis
4) Drone, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Bobby Z, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja
5) Carístico, Dragón Lee, Mistico vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto

They’re back running these shows. Everyone but Caristico & Luciferno is headed to Japan next week and I don’t think we’re lucky enough to get that match. Black Terry & Negro Navarro being on Sabado Retro shows when they restarted was not meant to be taken literally – though maybe they’ll be around the following week when all those people are gone.

CMLL (SUN) 01/08/2017 Arena México
1) Acero & Aéreo vs Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Violencia
2) Blue Panther Jr., Pegasso, The Panther vs Nitro, Okumura, Virus
3) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Stuka Jr. vs Felino, Pólvora, Rey Bucanero
4) Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Titán vs La Máscara, Pierroth, Shocker
5) Atlantis, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero

Same deal with this main event, though they might do Valiente/Gran Guerrero. CMLL is crazy like that. Not crazy enough to do any more cards like the Friday show. I’m fine with this not being on YouTube this week.

CMLL (SUN) 01/08/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Micro vs Destructor
2) Black Sugar & Fugaz vs Gitano & Relámpago
3) El Yaqui & Reycko vs Évola & Thunder Boy
4) El Divino, Explosivo, Javier Cruz Jr. vs Espectrúm, Infierno, Rey Trueno
5) Frezzer, Furia Roja, Omar Brunetti vs Joker, Sádico, Vaquero Jr. [Relevos Increíbles]

Main event doesn’t seem to be set up by anything in particular.

CMLL Sin Piedad: 2017-01-01

Mascara is shoving Maximo off him while being pinned

Recapped: 1/1/2017

What happened: Máximo beat Mascara Año 2000 in their hair match. Blue Panther Jr. and Ripper continued to have issues following Friday’s show.

What was good: Nothing. The undercard matches were people who not enthusiastic about being in the show, and their was no miracle in the main event.

Where can I watch it: It aired on CMLL’s YouTube channel. But probably don’t waste your time. (more…)

Friday night results, loaded Three King’s Day CMLL card

Volador meets the fans

CMLL (FRI) 12/30/2016 Arena México [CMLL, CultIcon, thecubsfan]
1) Hijo del Signo & Metálico b Flyer & Robin
17:24. Rudos took 1/3.
2) Pegasso, Star Jr., Tritón b Nitro, Sangre Azteca, Virus
13:52. Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Rey Cometa b Sagrado [lightning]
7:36, Cometa winning with a standing Spanish Fly
4) Blue Panther Jr., Drone, The Panther b Kráneo, Olímpico, Ripper
14:42. Tecnicos took 2/3.
5) Ángel de Oro, Marco Corleone, Stuka Jr. b Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible
12:55. Tecnicos took 1/3.
6) Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. b Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas
10:58. Tecnicos took 2/3. Cavernario replaced Mr. Niebla on Tuesday.

Big looking crowd from what we could see on Claro, but they never did the big sweeping pan camera shots normal for a 10,000+ show. It didn’t look that occupied in the upper levels when we could see them, which – along with some social media searching and rash judgments based on crowd shots – suggests this was a heavy tourist crowd in for the weekend to have fun. They got a fun show: tecnicos won just about everything, and the last couple matches were especially crowd pleasing. CMLL’s ability to draw tourists is an advantage over every other promotion in the world and it helped them last night. Not much happened, but not a lot needed to happen.

It does leave CMLL in a weird situation where the worst two attendance numbers in this couple weeks stretch appear to be last Sunday’s big show and possibly this upcoming Sunday’s show. Like last week, tickets prices are more expensive for the Sunday show than usual. Tickets are 180 to 680 for Maximo/Mascara (which aren’t moving much), compared to 50 to 250 for the following Sunday. They’re also more expensive than next Friday’s CMLL card, which is a bonkers lineup. I usually save the lineups for later, but this is the biggest thing going on today.

CMLL (FRI) 01/06/2017 Arena México
1) Estrellita, La Vaquerita, Marcela vs Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis
2) Rey Cometa vs Cavernario
3) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther vs Negro Casas, Puma, Tiger
4) Volador Jr. vs Mephisto
5) La Máscara & Rush vs Marco Corleone & Máximo Sexy
6) Valiente vs Último Guerrero
7) Atlantis, Carístico, Mistico vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja

Informa said this show, on Three King’s Day, would have rematches from the best of 2016. I didn’t believe them. They aired the promo last night hyping those matches. Still didn’t believe them. I am looking at the actual lineup right now. Still a little unsure! No, really, this is a card unlike any thing CMLL has done. Three singles match on a non-tournament show, seven matches entirely, just a show where they did all star matches instead of just trying to fill dates for undercard wrestlers, this is unlike anything I’ve seen out of CMLL ever. It’s going to be one of the best Friday night shows CMLL runs all in 2017; only Anniversario and Dos Leyendas have a sure bet to beat it. I have no idea if this is a one off holiday idea, or if it’s the annual attempt to experiential in the first quarter of the year before giving up the rest of the time, or if it’s something more. I just really hope next Sunday does well because I want more like this.

(To beat up the poor dead horse a little more, this is a much better card than either of the two Sunday holiday shows at a cheaper price.)

I’d suspect those singles matches will be one fall matches just to fit them all in. Or they’ll be effectively one fall matches. Not going to be too bothered by Casas, Puma & Tiger not getting their tag title shot because I’d rather see the Panther rematch again. I’d rather see Cometa/Cavevernario again too and I’d hope they’d set up a title match. They probably won’t: this’ll be the last Friday show before the FantasticaMania crew head to Japan. Those FantasticaMania lineups will come out early this same morning, so Friday’s going to be a busy day.

Maybe connected to all of this, maybe not: Leo Riano’s column talks about hopes for 2017, and mentions Sofia Alonso is now in charge of CMLL marketing. I’m guessing Paco Alonso’s daughter, but it’s not said.) He hopes she’ll be part of “modernizing” the company. (This is not the same Alonso/Lutteroth family member who’s been part of their cultural projects.) I’m not sure how much to make of this, because titles for children of business owners sometimes can be pretty important sounding and not amount to all that much, but Paco Alonso passing administration of his lucha libre company down to his children sounds like a logical end game. We just don’t know when it would happen. Maybe just one more thing to keep an eye on in 2017.

Maximo says he’s nervous going into Sunday’s match with Mascara 2000. He notes the Dinamitas wrestled a very different style than he did today, and hopes his cardio will give him an edge. CMLL has not said if Sunday’s show will be streaming. NJPW says they’ll have it streaming, and CMLL’s streamed every time NJPW has so far. I suspect CMLL is concerned that the stream will hurt attendance and isn’t going to advertise it, but it’ll still be broadcast tomorrow.

DTU talks about their 2016, says they plan on doing more iPPVs in 2017.

CultIcon finishes up his top 50 luchadors of the year list.

In Reynosa, Perfil was declared the best luchador of the year by Panther Promociones. The mask match between Imagen II and Magnifico was the best match of the year.

A new arena is opening in San Luis Potosi on Sunday with X-Fly in the main event.

CMLL on 2016-12-30 

Friday night fights

Recapped: 12/30/2016

What happened: Nothing really. There were a lot of tourists in attendance and they worked a very tourist friendly show with no angles. Maybe the only thing that happened was the CMLL promo announcing Cavernario/Cometa, Último Guerrero/Valiente, Mephisto/Volador and Casas/Tiger/Puma vs the Panthers for next week. That’s way too good to be true.

What was good: I liked the main event and the lightning match was good too. This was a generally easy to watch show.

Where can I watch it: I’ve likely put up the links to the matches on Twitter by the time you see this, though the second match was messed up by some stream issues. (more…)