great match roundup, week of 2016-07-16

Misterio & Puma

This week’s recaps

Sure will be a long time before I have to do six recaps for a week. (Wait, what?) I can’t imagine anyone still needs me to tell them to watch Park/Rush at this point but I’m going to do it again anyway. I probably should be pushing people to do the same with Rey & Puma, because I’d bet less people have actually seen that match once you figure in Azteca in Mexico versus El Rey in the US. (And I really can’t believe they gave that away for free on YouTube; it says something about LU that they’d give away the two biggest matches from Ultima Lucha 2 for free on YouTube.)

Recommended matches

rating matches TV Show taped
excellent Rush vs LA Park in a Liga Elite match and in a super libre match Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-07-16 2016-07-14
excellent Rey Mysterio vs Prince Puma Lucha Underground: 2016-07-20 2016-01-31
great Jack Evans, Johnny Mundo, PJ Black © vs Aerostar, Drago, Fénix [LU TRIOS] Lucha Underground: 2016-07-20 2016-01-31
great Matanza © vs Pentagón Dark [LU CHAMP] Lucha Underground: 2016-07-20 2016-01-31
great Astral, Eléctrico, Último Dragóncito vs Demus 3:16, Mercurio, Pierrothito CMLL on 2016-07-22 2016-07-22
great Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero CMLL on 2016-07-22 2016-07-22

Everything else

Dalys keeps her title, Maximo/Escorpion tonight, LA Park vs Rush


CMLL (SUN) 07/31/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Arena Coliseo Guadalajara, Domingos Familiares]
1) Avispón Negro Jr. & Fugaz b Destructor & Guerrero de la Muerte
Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Sky Kid & Smaker b Linterna & Mr. Brisa
Tecnicos took 2/3.
3) El Yaqui, Javier Cruz Jr., Johnny Dinamo, Randy DCOR Carlo Roggi, Évola, Exterminador, Mr. Apolo
Randy & Exterminador are the ones feuding. Rudos had a straight fall win, but lost the second fall due to excessive violence. Dives led to everyone brawling on the outside for the countout. All eight challenged for a hair match next week after the indecisive result.
4) Sádico © b Reycko [OCCIDENTE WELTER]
Sadico took 1/3 to retain, the last with a package piledriver. Third known defense, announced as sixth.
5) El Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón b Flash II, Star Black, Vaquero Jr.
Rudos took 1/3, Sansnon pulled Star Black’s mask to win.

The eightman apuesta match is taking place here later. Sadico having three unknown defenses suggests these guys are wrestling local shows more than being reported; the ACG facebook posted photos of a show from Friday which included Satanico in the semimain, but no results. There’salso a video of Satanico promoting the Guadalajara school on a new YouTube channel, so he must be back on good terms with them (or always was just with the GDL branch.)

CMLL (MON) 08/01/2016 Arena Puebla [CMLL, Culticon, Efekto10, thecubsfan]
1) Espíritu Maligno & Saurón b Arkalis & Millenium LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 1º DE AGOSTO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
14:01. Rudos took 1/3.
2) Ares, El Cuatrero, Sansón b Black Tiger, Rey Samuray, Starman LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 1º DE AGOSTO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
10:29. Straight falls. Ares and Black Tiger may be feuding, but no cheating to win.
3) Felino, Puma, Tiger b Blue Panther Jr., Stigma, The Panther LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 1º DE AGOSTO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
15:11. Felinos took 1/3.
11:36. Dalys took 1/3 for her fifth defense.
5) Atlantis, Blue Panther, Stuka Jr. DQ Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 1º DE AGOSTO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
15:02. Tecnicos took 2/3, the last when Pompin failed to count three on a rudo triple pinfall, and the rudos attacked him for the DQ.
6) Mistico, Shocker, Volador Jr. DQ La Máscara, Marco Corleone, Último Guerrero [Relevos Increíbles] LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 1º DE AGOSTO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
9:16. Team Shocker took 2/3, the last when UG fouled Shocker. UG and Shocker are feuding.

Usual kind of blah show. Ares & Tiger didn’t come across as an issue, but they’re matched up again next week.

That ref spot was so bad, but the tecnicos didn’t react and the rudos were overdramatic, so now I’m scared they’re doing bad ref spots on purpose, thinking it’s some great thing.

Rey Escorpion challenges Maximo for the CMLL heavyweight championship tonight in Arena Mexico. The two are back together after feuding in past years, though they’ve never gotten to the big hair match they were teasing after Escorpion defeated Maximo’s father Brazo de Plata. Maximo’s been heavyweight champion since last January, and all his title matches have been very enjoyable. It should be no different with Escorpion as challenger. The previous time Escorpion challenged for a title was in Guadalajara and never turned up on video. These guys have met a lot in trios, but we haven’t seen a three fall singles match between them since April 2014. I’m always a little cautious about my hopes for a match on a Tuesday night show, but this one seem like a solid bet.

Culticon also previews this show; he’s thinking title change.

For what it’s worth, because it’s now that time of the year, CMLL is currently at 16 champions, the ‘magic’ number they need for a Universal tournament (and no one gets hurt.) Escorpion beating Maximo wouldn’t change that.

The rest of the show has the usual Tuesday mix of random trios matches. The foreigners appear in the semimain, with Johnny Idolo, Dragon Lee & Valiente versus Sam Adonis, Negro Casas and Barbaro Cavernario. Angel de Oro, Titan and Guerrero Maya Jr. team up against Dragon Rojo Jr., Polvora, and Luciferno; perhaps we’ll see Maya & Dragon react to being brought up as a possible Anniversario match. Triton, Soberano Jr. & Hombre Bala Jr. will face Virus, Skandalo and Disturbio in the third. Magnus, Leono and Oro Jr. take on the unappealing trio of Nitro, Canelo Casas and Metalico; that’s 20 minutes you may want to skip. The opener sounds slightly better, with Electrico & Acero taking on Pequeno Nitro & Pequeno Universo.

The show will air at 7:30pm on & YouTube as usual.

Caristico is expected back in action tonight in Guadalajara, teaming with Mistico and Volador against Ephesto, Euforia and Mephisto in a great sounding main event. It’s enough for me to try tracking down a feed again when it airs. They were definitely setting up a Mephisto/Caristico match here prior to Caristico’s injury and will likely go right back to it. Of note elsewhere on the card, Super Porky is against listed as wrestling – he hasn’t made a CMLL since July 5th, though he’s been advertised often.

Elite sent out a press release hyping Thursday’s card and confirming Caristico would be there.

AAA’s posted this week’s show on their channel, but I’ve been told the this version of the show is no longer available for Canadian viewers. I’m not sure if this has to to do with the the Fight Network deal (which hasn’t been airing new episodes for months), but that’s the only reason I can come up with. You’ll have to find a way around the block if you’re in Canada.

AAA ranks the Top 5 times Pagano beat Psycho Clown.

+Lucha put up their version of Rush vs LA Park from Monterrey.

El Rey has been picked up by Verizon Fios as part of their Preferred HD & Mundo packages, which means those customers will be able to watch Lucha Underground season 3.

Culticon starts a countdown of the top 20 matches of Season 2 of Lucha Underground: 20-10 and 10-1

Segunda Caida watches back Dragon Rojo Jr. vs La Sombra from 2012.

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

On a Mexico City indy show on 08/01, Super Pinocho and Super Muneco did a breakup angle, which may lead to a singles match between the long time partners on 09/10.

Toryumon Mexico is running on 08/14.

Lucha Libre in Japan

Miedo Extremo will defend the DTU title on 08/11 in Freedoms against Jun Kasai. Violento Jack faces Minoru Fujita in a barbed wire death match.


CMLL (MON) 08/08/2016 Arena Puebla
1) Centella Roja, Millenium, París vs Akuma, Espíritu Maligno, Inquisidor
2) Arkalis, Pegasso, Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Espanto Jr., Policeman
3) Black Tiger, Titán, Tritón vs Ares, Bobby Z, Virus
4) Atlantis, Máscara Dorada, Mistico vs Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas
5) Marco Corleone & Último Guerrero vs Sharlie Rockstar & Shocker [Relevos Increíbles]

Only five matches this week after a while with longer shows. UG & Shocker matched up again, as are Ares & Tiger. Third & fourth match have some hope. Triton (& Dorada) are still around.

Chilanga Mask (SUN) 08/21/2016 Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México
1) Psycho Kid vs Novasonic, Hijo Del Ángel, Hijo del Alebrije, Kronoz, Terremoto Negro, Dragón Fly, Aramis
2) Dorado Jr. & Mr. Leo vs Chicano & Fulgor I and Fulgor II & Sangre Dorada JR.
3) Solar I vs Caifan Rockero III
4) Bobby Z & Sagrado vs Mr. Maldito & The Platino
5) Xtreme Tiger vs Jacon Kincaid vs Laredo Kid
6) Terrible vs Juventud Guerrera
7) Dave Crist & Jason Gory vs Aken & Impulso
8) Black Terry vs Wotan
9) Jeque vs Roberto Paz Jr.

Full lineup for ChilangaMask, which is running about every three months now (and will be running against Lucha Memes on this show.) Card order is not correct, but I don’t know what it is. Terrible vs Juvi was the last match added, with Guerrera talking about the match on YouTube.

MDA (SUN) 08/21/2016 Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) Erika Sotelo & Larry Miranda vs Dulce Kanela & La Chocolata
2) Chamaco Gurrola, Quinto Elemento, Última Sombra vs Extreme Boy, Gemelo Muerte, Tekilita
3) Ángel de Oro, Mr. Elektro, Sharly Rockstar vs Bestia 666, Hijo de LA Park, X-Fly
4) Ninja Jr. vs Epydemius, Obsesión, Galactar, Mini Hator, Delta, Lince, Tormento, Mini Difunto [cage, mask, hair]
5) Mistico II & Pierroth vs La Máscara & Silver King
6) Atlantis, Dos Caras Sr., LA Park vs Caifan, Canek, Rush

Second anniversary show for MDA. I kind of want to see Rush and Canek on opposite sides.

Fourth match is combining the minis feud and the Monterrey vs outsiders midcard feud, though all the DF guys who were part of it at the start are all not around.

X-Fly sighting in Mexico! And that’s also Elite/CMLL vs AAA, if Bestia counts as AAA.

Como Estaz 3×13: summer previews

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Rob and I discuss the TripleMania lineup, the possibilities for the Anniversary show, and some thoughts on the end of Lucha Underground 2. I try to determine if there’s anyone Rob would less like to see main event TripleMania than Pagano. We both try to come up with something, anything for the Anniversary show that’s not La Mascara and I speculate in circles for a while. It’s about 90 minutes.

CMLL Puebla: 2016-08-01 

backbreakers for everyone
backbreakers for everyone

Recapped: 2016-08-01

What happened: Dalys defeated Lluvia to keep her title again. Shocker & Ultimo Guerrero are feuding again. A referee blew a finish again.

What was good: I liked the match I thought I was going to like (Panthers/Felinos), though it barely rose to expected level. Sansón & Cuatrero looked great, but there match was non-competitive.

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

Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-07-16 

the dreaded object
the dreaded object

Recapped: 07/23/2016

What happened:  LA Park and Rush had a super libre match for the ages, an old school brawl too old school for Arena Mexico and the referee (who called it a DQ 7 minutes in.) They both just kept on going for several minutes more, making it one of the more remarkable moments in the short history of the Elite promotion.

Also, Rush picked up 3 points. Diamante Azul may or may not have won 3 – Elite’s changed their mind on his match (replacing Cibernetico) against the debuting Teddy Hart (replacing Caristico) counting in the standings.

What was good: If you’re on this site and you haven’t watched LA Park & Rush, you need to go and watch it for yourself. I liked the other matches, but they’re not near the same level.

Where can I watch it: It’s on my channel and half the lucha channels on YouTube. (more…)

XMW anniversary show, title challenges in IWRG, Puebla tonight

IWRG (SUN) 07/31/2016 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, The Gladiatores]
1) Fireman b Guerrero 2000
2) Araña de Plata & Picudo Jr. b Aramis & Keiser Drago
3) Demonio Infernal, Skanda, Violencia Jr. b Astro, Black Dragón, Zatura
Good match. Skanda was hurt after a Black Dragon dive.
4) Black Terry, Freelance, Pantera I b Cerebro Negro, Hip Hop Man, Relámpago
Pantera I survived the Cerebro Driver and challenged him to the match. Black Terry replaced Emperador Azteca.
5) Negro Navarro, Toscano, Trauma II DQ Chicano, Hijo del Pantera, Pantera
Pantera unmasked Trauma II after Trauma II had done the same to Hijo del Pantera. Panteras want a trios title champion.
6) Mr. Electro & Trauma I b Canis Lupus & Máscara Año 2000 Jr.
bloody match. Trauma I beat Canis Lupus after Mascara accidentally hit him with a chair. Everyone challenged everyone else. Seems like it’ll be a Trauma & Canis putting up their masks, Mascara putting up his hair, and Electro the IWRG Heavyweight title.

Seems like maybe a big show coming up, with three different title matches teased.

XMW (SUN) 07/31/2016 Salón Citlalli, Ecatepec, Estado de México [+LuchaTV, Kronosport]
1) Dollar & Obscuro b Ancla & Ricky Santana
Ricky Santana (not the well known one) was the mystery luchador
2) Albuquerque, Douki, Orión, Taylor Wolf b Fly Metalik, Fly Star, Fly Warrior, Wasson Flystar/FlyMewtalik/Wasson/Toxin vs Douki/Taylor/Orion/Albuquerque | XMW | 31-07-16 (posted by TVLuchaMundial)
Douki got the win for team Rest of the World.
3) Centvrión & Látigo DQ Cancerbero & Sangre Azteca Sangre Azteca y Cancerbero vs Latigo y Centurion | XMW | 31-07-16 (posted by TVLuchaMundial)
Sangre pulled Latigo’s mask for the DQ in a good match.
4) Puma King & Tiger b Metaleón & Mr. Leo Tiger y Puma vs Mr. Leo y Metaleon | XMW | 31-07-16 (posted by TVLuchaMundial)
Great match, money thrown in.
5) Arez b XL, Fly Warrior [XNL CHAMP] XL vs Arez vs Fly Warrior | XMW | 31-07-16 (posted by TVLuchaMundial)
Surprise, advertised as a TNA person, ended up being Fly Warrior. Arez won the title from XL, but XL explained the airport lost his bag with the title in it. XL said Arez would come to Chile to defend the title.
6) Wotan b Demoledor © [XMW EXTREMO]
Chuey Martinez did not appear. Wotan beat Demoledor.

Show got strong reviews, with 3/4/5 said to be pretty good.

Today’s Puebla show is a relevos increibles trios match, following up on last week’s singles match. Ultimo Guerrero cheated to defeat Volador Jr. this past Monday, and they’re on opposite sides of the match again. Volador teams with Shocker and Mistico, while Ultimo Guerrero teams with La Mascara, and Marco Corleone. CMLL suggested Volador/UG might soon meet again but everything seems to be revolving around La Mascara. This one might not be any different.

Dalys defends her women’s championship against Lluvia in the fourth match. A title change is unlikely and the match quality is hard to figure; both women try hard, but their results are inconsistent. The semimain is Atlantis, Blue Panther and Stuka versus Rey Bucanero, Terrible, and Vangellys. The tercera has the Panther brothers & Stigma versus the Felino trio (Felino, Puma, Tiger), and might be the best match of the night. The Dinamita brothers team with local Ares against Black Tiger, Rey Samuray and Starman in the second match, though Starman missed his last match. Arkalis & Millenium versus Espiritu Maligno & Sauron open the show.

CultIcon also previews this show. The show takes place at 9pm CT, and will be on & YouTube.

La Hiedra replaces Taya this Friday in Tijuana.

There’s advertisements in Ciudad Juarez for an AAA TV taping on 11/20. AAA taped there the same week last year. There’s plenty of people on the poster, including a big mystery person in the middle, but it’s unlikely they’ve got a card worked out three months in advance.

Morelos luchadors Drako, Electro and Fonseca III say they’re going to France to wrestle at a festival in October.

Cross Arm Breaker reviews Gran Apache vs Oscar Sevilla in the rain and the hair match that followed it.

Luchas 2000 #834 has TripleMania and CMLL’s Anniversary show on the cover. Someday, they’ll figure out to stop replying to people so everyone can see their posts.


indy (FRI) 08/12/2016 Unidad Deportiva Rosarito, Rosarito, Baja California
1) Flamita & Torito vs ? & Tiago
2) Keira & Lady Maravilla vs Candy White & Jarocha
3) Hector Garza Jr. & Romero vs Tony Casanova & Último Ninja
4) El Hijo Del Santo & Rayman vs Ángel Blanco & El Hijo del Medico Asesino

Flamita & Mascarita Dorada is some kind of team. I have no idea what they’re not the semimain.

AAA on Televisa: 2016-07-16 

Fenix's head remained attached
Fenix’s head remained attached

Recapped: 07/28/2016

What happened: Brian Cage defeated Texano & Wagner, then took the heavyweight belt for himself. Fenix won a title shot at Hijo del Fantasma. Zorro attacked Fenix for unclear reasons. Los Fronterizos attacked Los Perros del Mal. (Those last three plots all appear to be dropped by the time I’ve posted this.)

What was good:  The Fenix/Drago/Aerostar three way match falls apart with Aerostar’s quick injury. They make something out of it, though it’s not what you (or they) would’ve hoped for. Main event was good and actually told a story with the results.

Where can I watch it: It’s on my channel and AAA’s channel, and there’s handhelds of the last two matches.

Previously: Pentagon Jr. won the Latin American championship. The match is shown simply as Pentagon winning clean with the double stomp…

…but the show starts off with airing that same match, edited down to about 6 minutes. Pagano’s interference is shown this time. (more…)

Sugehit wins Copa, Dorada/Mephisto, WMC, Liga Elite

photo by Black Terry Jr.
photo by Black Terry Jr.

CMLL (SAT) 07/30/2016 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Akuma & Artillero b Leono & Sensei
2) Arkángel de la Muerte, Metálico, Nitro b Magnus, Star Jr., Starman
rudos took 2/3.
3) Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa b Okumura, Olímpico, Virus
Okumura replaced Skandalo.
4) Ángel de Oro, Stuka Jr., Volador Jr. b Ephesto, Luciferno, Rey Escorpión
5) Mephisto b Máscara Dorada
Mephisto took 1/3.

Mascara Dorada has lost his last 8 singles matches in Mexico, which means he’s in prime position to headline TripleMania. At least the guy is doing better elsewhere.

The Saturday shows now appear to be called “Sabado Clasicos”, which could mean rivalries renewed, but probably mean as much as “Martes Nuevo Valores”. No show next week; it’s the usual first Saturday of the month boxing card instead.

UWE (SAT) 07/30/2016 Arena Lopez Mateos [+LuchaTV, R de Rudo]
1) Holkan, Ironía, Rey Inmortal b Cometa, Spider Boy, Súper Terry
2) Esther Moreno, Reina del Sur, Rossy Moreno b Diosa Atenea, Lady Apache, Stephanie Vaquer
Lady Apache was the surprise luchadora
3) Dr. Cerebro & Flamita b Mike Segura & Sádico
Flamtia beat Sadico (an reoccurring feud with Flamita is this building.)
4) Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Hijo del Fishman, Universo 2000 Jr. b Heddi Karaoui, Spartaco, Zumbi
5) Fuerza Guerrera, Juventud Guerrera, Último Guerrero b Atlantis, Hijo De Octagon, Octagón
UG beat Atlantis. Rudos treated Hijo de Octagon roughly.

Sadico/Flamita is a secret great Flamita feud (because Sadico doesn’t wrestle much elsewhere), and that match is probably worth checking out should it turn up.

WMC (SAT) 07/30/2016 Gimansio Hercules, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), Kronosport]
1) Fly Metalik & Shadow b Rey Abadón & Rey Lobo
Kilvan was replaced by Fly Metalik or Animal.
2) Paloma Rouse b Reina Dorada, Felina Metálica, Reina Obscura, Lady Pink [HERCULES WOMEN]
3) Centvrión b Látigo, Arez Latigo vs Centurion vs Arez | WMC | 30-07-16 (posted by TVLuchaMundial)
Arez was added to this match. Fly Warrior was supposed to be in this match, then got moved to another, and Centvrion was upset Fly Warrior didn’t show at all.
4) Alan Extreme, Guerrero Mixtico, Yoruba b Corsario Negro, Drako, Wasson Latigo vs Centurion vs Arez | WMC | 30-07-16 (posted by TVLuchaMundial)
Wasson betrayed his trio. Wasson and Negro teased a hair match.
5) Sagrado & Stuka Jr. b Ancla & Terremoto Negro Sagrado y Stuka Jr. vs Ancla y Terremoto Negro | WMC | 30-07-16 (posted by TVLuchaMundial)
Both Sagrado & Fly Warrior pulled out of triangle matches (Warrior against Latigo & Centvrion, Sagrado against Stuka & Terremoto). Sagrado was later added to this match with Ancla. Sagrado snuck in a foul on Terremoto.

I can’t find a confirmed list of women in the second match, so that might be the one match which matched which was advertised in a lineup for this show. And they had two different lineups! Black Terry Jr. has highlights of the top 3 matches, in addition to the photos.

CMLL (SUN) 07/31/2016 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Espanto Jr. & Espíritu Negro b Bengala & Leono
2) Astral, Fantasy, Shockercito DQ Demus 3:16, Pequeño Universo 2000, Pequeño Violencia
Demus fouled Astral.
3) Dragón Rojo Jr., Kráneo, Rey Escorpión b Ephesto, Mephisto, Vangellys
Escorpion & Vangellys continue to bizarrly feud, Escorpion winning with a legdrop.
4) Princesa Sugehit b Marcela, Amapola, Zeuxis, Sanely, Dalys, Lluvia, Tiffany, Reyna Isis, La Comandante, La Seductora, Skadi [Copa Femenil]
battle royal set sides as Isis, Amapola, Dalys, Comandante, Tiffany, and Sugehit versus Seductora, Lluvia, Skadi, Marcela, Zeuxis and Sanely (Arena Mexico debut.) Order of elimination: Sanely (Amapola), Isis (Lluvia), Seductora (Comandante), Skadi (Tiffany), Comandante (Marcela), Tiffany (Zeuxis), Lluvia (Dalys), Amapola (Marcela), Marcela (Dalys), Dalys (Zeuxis, surprising her usual partner), Zeuxis (Sugehit) leaving Sugehit as the winner. She asked for another shot at Zeuxis and her title, and Zeuxis agreed.
5) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero b Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Volador Jr.
Volador replaced Diamante Azul (MIA). Mistico is apparently fine after being hurt on Friday.

Mistico appears to had a normal match, so Friday was more a scare than a real issue.

I’d be more excited to see Zeuxis/Sugehit in an apuesta match than Bucanero/Crazy. Probably more than a La Mascara match too. Hope they at least put the match up on YouTube, but no idea if they will.

A Chilpancingo promotion brought in CMLL, DTU and Independent luchadors for it’s 1 year Anniversary show on Saturday, leading to the once in a lifetime main event of Crazy Boy (replacing Ripper), Dos Caras Jr. and Terrible defeating Canek, Pesadilla and Rocky Lobo according to +LuchaTV. Local Black Condor lost his mask on the show.

The Televisa produced Blue Demon drama will debut on August 30, according to the star. This the period piece (40s/50s) with a fictionalized version of the original Blue Demon’s history, and is being done without the involvement of the current Blue Demon. (He’s made it clear he’s not happy with it’s existence, but hasn’t come out strongly against it – other family members also have rights to the Demon name and might have given approval.) There’s no word on the show being distributed elsewhere, but it’s likely.

Caristico, who previously said he’d be out a month, said he was back wrestling this weekend. I don’t think we had a lineup for him.

An AAA spot show in Morelia, said to be their first visit there in 3 years, drew 6,100 fans. Parka beat Pentagon in the trios main event.

Triton and someone named Dan el Intenseo from CMLL are on the 08/14 GALLI show. I dunno. I may go to this one.

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report.

On Wrestling With Words, TKD pleads for Lucha Memes to make their shows available (for a price) for fans who aren’t able to make it to Naucalpan or Coacalco.

Super Luchas looks back at Sandokan vs Anibal.

Lucha Libre in Japan

NJPW (& NOAH) announced the matches for the second half of the 2016 Super J Cup. The big news, from a lucha standpoint, is Caristico will make his first appearance in Japan since the first FantasticaMania show. He teams with Volador & Titan against Ultimo Guerrero, Gran Guerrero and Euforia in a CMLL showcase match. Caristico’s listed as an Elite representative, not a CMLL one.


ELITE (THU) 08/04/2016 Arena México
1) Lluvia & Marcela vs Keira & Lady Maravilla
2) Ciclón Ramírez Jr., Dinamic Black, Hijo del Pantera vs El Cuatrero, Forastero (CMLL), Sansón
3) El Bandido, Jinzo, Rocky Lobo vs El Hijo del Medico Asesino, Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr., Karonte Jr.
4) Último Guerrero vs Rey Escorpión [Liga Elite]
5) Carístico, Súper Crazy, Valiente vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
6) Volador Jr. vs La Máscara [Liga Elite]

Liga Elite picked two matches they had not yet done in the tournament! Good for them. There is the oddness of Rey Escorpion as an injury replacement for Negro Casas when Negro Casas is wrestling on the same card. Last three matches all have a chance to be good. Still no Rush or LA Park.

CMLL (SUN) 08/07/2016 Arena México
1) Flyer & Sensei vs Artillero & Inquisidor
2) Astral, Fantasy, Último Dragóncito vs Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Violencia
3) Zeuxis © vs Princesa Sugehit [MEX WOMEN]
7th defense, 3rd straight vs Sugehit (and 4th overall)
4) Euforia, Último Guerrero, Vangellys vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pierroth, Rey Escorpión
5) Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas vs Atlantis, Valiente, Volador Jr.

Vangellys & Rey Escorpion’s random fury takes them all the way to the second match next week. I’d guess Zeuxis is retaining since Sugehit won the Cup, but it’s not a safe bet. I’d like to be able to see that match.

CMLL (SUN) 08/07/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Micro vs Destructor
2) Capitán Cobra & El Alteño vs Linterna & Mr. Brisa
3) Cosmos, Mágico, Metatrón vs Demonio Rojo, El Gitano, Gran Kenut
4) El Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón vs Flash II, Star Black, Vaquero Jr.
5) Johnny Dinamo vs Randy, Mr. Apolo, Évola, El Yaqui, Javier Cruz Jr., Carlo Roggi, Exterminador [cibernetico, hair]

Main event is a reverse cibernetico, set up tonight with an atomicos between all eight guys. Randy (a rookie) & Exterminador (an old vet) have been at the center of it.

07/29 AAA TV Results (Toluca)


AAA TV (FRI) 07/29/2016 Gimnasio Agustín Millán, Toluca, Estado de México [AAA]
1) Dinastía, Lanzeloth, Octagoncito b Mini Abismo Negro, Mini Histeria, Mini Psycho Clown
Lanzeloth moved to the tecnico side, replacing Mini Drago. Mini Psycho Clown replaced him as a rudo. Laneloth picked up his first direct win by beating Histeria.
2) El Elegido, Faby Apache, Mary Apache DQ Hijo de Pirata Morgan, La Hiedra, Súper Fly
Averno, Chessman and Ricky Marvin attacked the Apaches. El Apache ran out, but only to criticize Faby for her behavior and side with the men. He’ll be special referee for their tag match at TripleMania.
3) Fénix & Hijo del Fantasma b Angélico & Jack Evans
Fantasma & Fenix debuted as a team (Los Fantasmas de Fuego) and got their first win. Fantasma insisted he and Fenix are a permanent team of a tecnico & a rudo.
4) Averno, Chessman, Ricky Marvin DQ Argenis, Bengala, La Parka
Faby hit Avenro with a bottle for the DQ. Averno bled.
5) Aerostar, Drago, Texano Jr. b Daga, Joe Lider, Pentagón Jr.
Texano beat Lider via sit down powerbomb
6) Pagano b Psycho Clown [bull terrier]
Psycho Clown lost again. Bloody match.

Air Date: 08/13 & 08/20

Let’s update the non-LWC matches for Psycho Clown
04/18: L
04/29: W (by countout)
05/14: L
05/31: L
06/16: L
07/03: L (by countout)
07/08: L
07/17: L
07/29: L

Included in that run is three different singles losses to Pagano. Part of the issue is it’s so long between major shows, and everything stays the same between those shows.

I know El Apache is a rudo who’s gone against Faby in the past, but Chessman & Averno have to be fools to trust him to not side with his daughters. I think it’s probably a way to give either side an out for losing that match (but they could’ve done the same with Tirantes either.) It comes across so randomly, with no reason Apache got to make himself referee.

It’s hard to believe Fenix & Fantasma are going to remain a team when Fenix is still due a shot at Fantasma’s title, but perhaps they’ve forgotten. It seems like they forgot.

They’re off for 3 weeks, not taping again until 08/19 in Veracruz.