I don’t know what’s going on here, but I know I’ve never seen a CMLL card order changed like that. Maybe the recap was posted wrong. (Maybe I really just need to stop thinking of them as CMLL cards, even though they’re still posted on CMLL’s site.) The order they ended up with is a strict order by experience outside of the title match.
The Lucha Libre Boom/DTU combo show here on Saturday looked close to a full house. This looked close to an empty house. (See: titles don’t mean much digression from last night.) They were taping this, so it might be the first show to air on Efekto TV next weekend.
+LuchaTV has highlights of the CaraLucha second round tryouts in it’s Bestiario I contest. They did matches in an empty in San Juan Pantitlan. That seemed odd to me, but then that’s also what US indy Beyond Wrestling started out doing and I’d bet that inspired this idea. (Beyond had a plan to do something with those matches, though.)
Hijo del Santo continues to do interviews about lucha libre regulations. His end goal is a bit clearer in this one: the World Boxing Council already regulates combat sports beyond boxing (Muay Thai), so Santo would like to see the senate appoint the WBC in charge of regulating lucha libre. Which, of course, would mean WBC’s favorite wrestler Hijo del Santo would essentially become king of wrestling in Mexico. I thought Hijo del Santo wanted to influence the law, but WBC in charge would make him the law. There’s something admirable about this grasp for power. This would be so bad if it happened but it’d be a great movie plot.
DTU BOOM (SAT) 04/18/2015Arena Lopez Mateos [Estrellas del Ring, Tercera Caida]
1) Halcón 2000 b Gato Negro, Kronico
2) Chica Ye-Ye, Jimmy, Kevin, Tony b Fantasma De La Opera II, Kid Jaguar, Ojo De Halcón, Shadow Fantasma de la Opera suffered a triple fracture of his femur during this match. At the end of the match, Shadow’s La Resitancia partners Kilvan, Rey Lobo Jr. and Yoruba (wearing CaraLucha shirts) helped him out but not enough to win. They appeared ot be anti-DTU/Boom.
3) Pesadilla b Golden Magic and Belial and Drastik Boy and Dinamic Black and Arez Pesadilla beat Dinamic Black. Money thrown in.
4) Freleance & Suicida b Cíclope & Miedo Extremo [tlc] Los Masizos wanted a rematch under extreme rules
5) Black Terry b Onita Santana, Paranoiko, X-Fly, Makabre, Tony Rivera Terry beat X-Fly to win in an extreme match
6) Crazy Boy, Pantera I, Super Mega b Carta Brava Jr. I, Cerebro Negro, Fantasma de la Ópera Crazy Boy was supposed to team with Psicosis & a mystery wrestler, ended up with Pantera I and Super Mega.
7) Damián 666 & Halloween b Ángel o Demonio & Ovett and Aero Boy & Violento Jack Crowd was happy to see Familia de Tijuana and threw money in.
8) Pagano b Nicho el Millionario [bull terrier] Pagano beat Nicho again, again demanded a hair match.
CMLL (SAT) 04/18/2015Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Mercurio b Fantasy package piledriver for the win.
2) El Rebelde b Sensei Rebelde won via armbar
3) Silueta b Narumiya Silueta won via moonsault
4) Virus b Hombre Bala Jr. double armbar, money thrown in
5) Boby Zavala b Starman Zavala won via powerbomb
6) Kamaitachi, Rey Bucanero, Terrible b Blue Panther, Dragon Lee, Valiente Blue Panther Jr. replaced Titan. Rudos took 2/3, the last by using the ropes.
7) Shocker & Último Guerrero DQ Máximo & Volador Jr. Shocker faked a foul from Maximo.
A show! Silueta beating Narumiya again suggest they’re heading to the match. Pretty weird when the programs booked in service of the tiny Japanese promotion are more coherent than their own.
CMLL (SUN) 04/19/2015Arena México [CMLL]
1) Bengala & Leono b Artillero & Súper Comando
2) Nitro, Sangre Azteca, Virus b Hombre Bala Jr., Súper Halcón Jr., Tritón
3) Fuego, Super Porky, Valiente b Kráneo, Pólvora, Vangellys
4) Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto b Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther [MEX TRIOS, #1 Contenders, semifinal] There may have been a battle royal to determine seeding.
6) Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. b Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja [MEX TRIOS, #1 Contenders, semifinal]
7) Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. b Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto [MEX TRIOS, #1 Contenders, final] Reyes del Atlantida earn a shot at Peste Negra for the belts next week.
8) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Volador Jr. b Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible
Reyes del Atlantida were the favorites to win the title shot, and are even bigger favorites next week. No one knows what the future holds for Mr. Niebla, but you probably don’t want him to be champion just in case. There’d have to be a specific bigger plan in mind for Peste Negra to keep the titles; there’s a story that needs to be told either way. Guerrero Maya Jr. falling into another title reign is not a bad outcome.
Volador being here meant he couldn’t be in Guadalajara for the All Elite show. Zumbi took his place. So bizarre CMLL would’ve booked him in two places (and that no one noticed all week.)
Joe Lider said on a radio interview (via SuperLuchas) no one from AAA’s office has yet told them what will happen to the Perros del Mal group. Lider notes the name is not owned by AAA; the trademark was specifically signed to Perro Aguayo Jr. Right now, he would prefer himself, Pentagon, Daga and Taya keep using the name to keep it alive.
Monterey’s Epydemius has a video promo hyping his Chilanga Mask match with Super Mega. I know Epydemius won the white belt on a real show that lots of people actually attended, and is making the point that he’s a legitimately successful guy his home area, but showing off multiple title belts feel actually feels like a bad move in 2015 for an indy guy. There’s too many goodfballs who have three titles from small promotions that don’t mean anything that it feels like a warning sign of a guy with misplaced priorities in wrestling. It should feel like a guy that a lot of promoters think is great (and a lot of people think Epydemius is great), it just doesn’t seem like it’s done that way.
On this digression: it’s probably very much worth nothing that neither Chilanga Mask or Cara Lucha has created their own titles or really focused on title matches at all. They might someday and I’m sure they’ll make creative use of them, but their artistic success without championship belts is proof you don’t really need them to produce interesting shows. You just produce interesting shows and include a title if it makes sense.
Tercera Caida mentions LuchaRama is coming back in September 2015. When our group went to Mexico last year, at least one promoter we talked to discussed the idea of running shows around the CMLL Anniversary show to appeal to draw fans who are already in town for the bigger show, in the same style as done with WrestleMania. (TripleMania would probably work for this too, but it’s tough to plan shows around TripleMania when even AAA doesn’t seem to know what date it is. CMLL’s predictability can be immensely frustrating, but at least we know their big show is either 09/18 or 09/25.) Anyway, I’m thinking that might be what’s going on with the LuchaRama show, timed to be around the Anniversary show. It was a marathon 20 match show last year.
Celestial, Cosmico, and Talisman Jr. did an interview promoting a show they’re on in May. Those are the minis who left CMLL to join the Perros del Mal promotion. (Talisman Jr. didn’t appear in CMLL, but says he was training in Arena Mexico.) They are on Perro del Mal TV all the time until there was no Perros del Mal TV, and then they disappeared off the face of the earth. They’re hoping to get brought back to Arena Mexico.
No Sabado Retros show next week. Boxrec says Televisa has a card there. Weird that they’re booking it out as boxing venue, and weirder still that they’ve had more boxing events there since Sabado Retros started (3) then in the prior three years (0). I can see a Televisa broadcast boxing event doing better at the box office than a Sabado Retros, but someone has to be going on and getting those boxing events to use their venue and it didn’t seem like they were doing that before.
Soberano Jr. replaces Star Jr. on Tuesday in Guadalajara. Star Jr. missed his match last Tuesday in CMLL (which I missed too), so maybe it’s an injury issue. He’s only been working about a match a week of late.
Star Jr.’s not the MIA guy people are wondering about. Rush did work the main event of the All Elite show, but isn’t booked for this CMLL show. It’d be make sense for him to be teamed up with the rest of the Ingobernables, especially for a big show. He’ll be off shows for fifteen days by this point. Maybe he’s on vacation and that photo Sombra posted with him was just an old one.
Anyway, there’s three different champions in the main and some obvious challengers, so perhaps an insta-title match is coming. I keep thinking those are going to happen and they’re really not this year, but maybe this’ll be the time.
CMLL (SUN) 04/26/2015Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Meteoro & Star Black vs El Piraña & Guerrero De La Muerte
2) Capitan Cobra & Mr. Apolo vs Mercenario & Mr. Brisa
3) El Alteño, El Divino, Linterna Verde Jr. vs Évola, Gitano, Thunder Boy
4) Forastero, Hijo del Calavera, Magnum vs El Cuatrero, Joker, Sansón [OCCIDENTE TRIOS, tournament]
5) Flash I, Flash II, Frezzer vs Furia Roja, Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno [OCCIDENTE TRIOS, tournament]
Sunday it is – that’s the end of Friday shows for now. Those matches 2/3 in this trios tournament, which is spanning both shows. At least five new names on this show, including a whole outside segunda with four guys from Club Olimpio Arena in Tonala. (Conversely, former featured regulars Smaker & Sky Kid are now working Arena Jalisco & Arena Roberto Paz shows.) Not sure if the Guerrero de la Muerte is the local Toxico under his previous name or a new guy. There’s a Star Black in Yucatan, but this figures to be a new guy.
Cara Lucha (SAT) 05/02/2015Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal
1) Magnifico II vs Tribal, Templario, Arceus
2) Bárbaro Cavernario vs Toscano vs Herodes Jr.
3) Teelo vs Leo vs Rafy vs Mike
4) La Resistencia vs Kriminal Boys, Neza Kings, Sky Star faction match
5) Atlantis & Último Guerrero vs Fuerza Guerrera & Rey Hechicero
Everything but the opener had been mentioned earlier. Ninja Turtle match is going to be a thing.
CMLL (FRI) 04/17/2015Arena México [CMLL, MT]
1) Flyer & Molotov b Akuma & Espiritu Negro
2) Oro Jr., Pegasso, Tritón b Canelo Casas, Disturbio, Okumura Tecnicos took 2/3
3) Amapola, Dalys, Narumiya b Marcela, Princesa Sugehit, Silueta Rudas took 2/3. Narumiya beat Marcela by using the ropes.
4) Titán b Pólvora [lightning] Titan won with a moonsault.
5) La Sombra, Marco Corleone, Máximo b Rey Escorpión, Thunder, Último Guerrero straight falls. Escorpion and UG had problems.
6) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. b Bárbaro Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas Sky Team took 2/3. Mistico had a couple of small problems.
So much for Sky Team title match. I’d really expected more of those by now.
Escorpion’s teamed up with Ultimo Guerrero a couple times with no obvious problems since his return, including last week. Feels like some plans are changing and they needed an insta-feud.
Silueta was wearing her REINA International Junior championship, which hasn’t been seen here in a while. Narumiya has the other REINA title. Maybe they’ll be just one title soon.
There’s a game of indy lucha libre TV musical chairs going on
AULL announced last night that their Zona de Combate show would return, starting next Sunday on Efekto TV, also at noon on Sundays.
That time slot used to be the Leyendas Inmortales spot, which may explain why they were suddenly back on Teleformula, and why +LuchaTV was suddenly not anywhere.
SuperLuchas notes a recent radio appearance with Faby Apache, who says she founded a group to get better pay for luchadoras, and feels she’s been punished with a lesser role in AAA as a result. AAA’s definitely downplayed the role of women in their promotion this year, though that’s something there had always been rumors of them wanting to do.
SuperLuchas also mentions the Wrestling Observer Newsletter story about AAA contacting TNA and GFW about sending teams for their international trios tournament. AAA appears to be contacting everyone at this point. And since there are a lot of unofficial stories about AAA contacting groups and no official word from AAA about anyone who’s actually participating outside of their own guys, it appears like AAA (& Victoria, and maybe mostly Victoria) announced an international tournament before they had actually gotten international people onboard. Way to go for high level of difficulty.
Octagon told +LuchaTV that the worst mistake he ever made was leaving CMLL to go to AAA. Octagon would be foolish if he actually believed this – he would’ve been kicked out CMLL (and ended up in AAA and then in the indies) far earlier if he had stayed – but he’s trying to find a way into CMLL and so that’s his line. Octagon claimed that CMLL is concerned about trademark problems if they used Octagon, but he’s got paperwork that’ll show he owns the name and it’ll all be fine once he shows it to Paco Alonso.
An article on the cultural trip to Arena Mexico being promoted for next Sunday. This was announced months ago, but totally slipped my mind until it was brought up by Cadena3 this past week. People on the tour will get to go behind the scenes before the show, and then they’ll be giving headsets during the show to hear the call of the action live.
CMLL (FRI) 04/24/2015Arena México
1) Bengala & Robin vs Artillero & Súper Comando
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Stukita vs Demus 3:16, Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito
3) La Vaquerita, Marcela, Silueta vs Dalys, Narumiya, Tiffany
4) Stuka Jr. vs Felino [lightning]
5) La Sombra, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Rey Escorpión, Thunder [Relevos Increíbles]
6) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
I guess you don’t need Sky Team title matches to just put them on top every week.
Dragon Rojo returns – maybe. Will they remember Dragon Rojo doesn’t like any of these people? I dunno.
CMLL (TUE) 04/14/2015Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Fuego en el Ring]
1) Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno b El Divino & Virgo Rudos took 1/3.
2) Inquisidor, Metálico, Ráfaga b Pepe Aguayo, Starman, Stigma Pepe Aguayo replaced Leo, Rafaga replaced Malefico. Rudos took 2/3.
3) Goya Kong, Marcela, Silueta b La Comandante, La Seductora, Tiffany Tecnicas took 2/3
4) Ángel de Oro, Stuka Jr., Super Porky b Hechicero, Shocker, Vangellys Tecnicos took 1/3.
5) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero b Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. Guerreros took 1/3. Third fall finish saw the rudos pull some tricks involving Ultimo and Gran Guerrero swapping masks and sneaking in a foul on Mistico.
Mistico is in the center of every finish, so it’s hard to figure if they plan on doing a singles match or a trios title match.
Electroshock versus Hijo de Dos is not a match that thrills me. There are not a lot of promising heavyweight matches. Lady Maravilla, a Monterrey regular, is probably not in the Mexico City metro area just to work indy shows.
Today’s CMLL show also has a Sky Team main event, this time against the Peste Negra trio of Niebla, Casas and Cavernario. This is Niebla’s first Friday appearance since his latest return. It appears CMLL is planning a bigger week of shows starting with the Sunday April 26th shows, taking advantage of the Kid’s Day boost and the Arena Mexico anniversary show. A Sky Team trios defense on one of the shows that week would make sense, and this is the only show they’re being set up with one.
Semimain has Sombra, Marco, Maximo vs Rey Escorpion, Thunder and Ultimo Guerrero, where we find out if Thunder still has a feud. Titan and Polvora match once again in a singles match. Narumiya (who visited from REINA back in October) returns for a couple weeks of shows. Narumiya did interviews yesterday reintroducing herself. She’s now the CMLL-REINA International champion, having beat Amapola in Japan. Narumiya says she’ll have no problem teaming with her tonight.
SuperLuchas has nine reasons why the proposed lucha libre commission would be a poor idea. There’s a lot here, but one of the important points is the whoever is regulating things needs to regulate lucha libre like a business (not an art) and the promotions need to be as well regulated or better than the wrestlers. None of the stated goals address the promotions, and it was the promotion’s readiness which looked to be the initial problem with Perro Aguayo Jr.’s death.
Also: The FULL/Tineiblas show starts this weekend. It’s even on TV Mexiquense’s schedule for Sunday at noon, like a proper show, and they have a webfeed. It’s only a half hour and I have no idea what’s going to actually air or if you’d like to watch it.
Noches de Coliseo appears to be airing on the Multimedios US on Monday morning sometime after 3AM. Convenient for everyone.
The women’s title match airing on Fox seems like the lock of locks.
The four matches listed for AAA are the ones left over from SLP; it’s possible the minis opener doesn’t air.
Lucha Underground has only two matches listed. There’s reasons. That tag tournament goes for a while.
Escorpion & Valiente didn’t air in Mexico, may get pulled for the women’s match again.
The rest of last week’s IWRG did turn up and will go up next week.
Not going to go match by match, but this was a much less infuriating tournament than last week’s show. They wrestled normal matches with tension between the partners and no one was trying to throw their matches this week. Even Máximo & Terrible kept it together until they wont he block, and then immediately fought after that. The first two matches were long enough to resemble actual wrestling matches, though they appeared to use up all the time for the rest of the show. Still wouldn’t waste an hour on this but it didn’t make me want to give up watching the promotion.
Thunder says he got into Mexican wrestling by watching videos on the internet. Judging from his style, he was definitely not watching RobViper’s music videos. I’d like to apologize to the world. (This is not the story he’s told previous times.) Thunder, who was most definitely feuding with Rush last time and suddenly disappeared the week they seemed to be setting up the singles match, totally downplays his feud with Rush, says his goal is to end Atlantis’ career and praises Ultimo Guerrero for changing his career.
Keira says her AAA appearance on 05/02 is a one-off for the moment – she hasn’t signed anything, so this is a tryout like the other new names appearing in opening matches this year. She does say this means she won’t be able to feud with Vaquerita after this AAA appearance, so their last battle for now will be at an Ichiban show on 04/25.
SuperLuchas has pictures of the lucha libre themed cans and caps for Victoria beer this summer. That’s the mat sponsor for both shows, and the sponsor of the international trios tournament next month. The art is mostly AAA, but do include Mr. Niebla, Ultimo Guerrero and Hijo del Santo, which may point towards who Victoria (and AAA) wanted to be on the non-AAA Mexican team. On the other hand, there are women and AAA wrestlers who weren’t ever going to be in this tournament.
Shaman Jr.: Estado de Mexico wrestler, has wrestled the Sky Stars a few times
Wasson: long time Arena el Angel (Reynosa) luchador who popped up on the March XMW hsow
Centella Atomica: only a handful of Estado de Mexico appearances, show up on last August’s XMW show in a random title match.
Goskart: Arena Neza regular last year, probably shows up more places where they can’t spell his name.
Pegasus: same AULL guy who made an appearance in an AAA opener (and didn’t really impress.)
Trasher: maybe from the WFS promotion? There’s people (or random appearances) in Oaxaca & Baja California but it’s mostly a EdM name. Actually wrestled on the 10/18/2014 CaraLucha show.
Heredero Maya: only three known appearanes in openers or early matches; possibly a recent name switch?
Rey Fenix: name showing up in Jalisco, Puebla, Estado de Mexico, Nuevo Leon, and Veracruz. Most likely the Puebla(/EdM) one, who worked the ChilangaMask show in Arena Coliseo San Ramon. That Rey Fenix is strongly belived to DTU Nerd Tony in his original identity – he was still doing both gimmicks last I heard.
Power Bull: IWRT trainee who’s mostly been on FILL shows but has popped up on openers.
Venganza Inmortal: that name only shows up once, a June Gimnasio Gloria show last June.
Principe Aereo: probably a Mexico City tecnico from the last year (and not a Acapulco guy who goes back longer.)
Infinity: Neza luchador from the last few years.
Hellboy: a name with so many different people using it’s tough to figure, but probably the guy who’s been working semimains on indy shows in Puebla.
Genex: I have no info on this one!
Aramis: long time Coacalco luchador – they’ve got a banner of him hanging in the building – who had a strong match on the last ChilangaMask show.
Calibus: There’s a Coacalco luchador, and there’s a Veracruz one who seems to have joined up with DTU (or maybe that’s actually the guy from Veracruz)
Puma Galactico: wrestled as part of the Radical promotion in 2013-2014, hasn’t shown up much in the last year.
Jimmy Madrid: another one who’s based in Neza (which means a lot of Arena 2 de Junio appearances and occasional Arena Neza matches.)
A story about lucha libre training and shows in Leon. It includes Bobby Lee complaining that the commission gets bought off and doesn’t license people correctly. Wasn’t Bobby Lee commissioner in Leon? (I probably should be able to look this up, and I don’t mean on the wiki.)
Cage, King Cuerno [O], Texano Jr. beat Johnny Mundo, Hernandez, Prince Puma [X] (10:57, thrill of the hunt after a Texano rope punch)
Cage [O] beat Son of Havoc [X] & the Mack (5:56, Weapon X)
Drago beat Aerostar, winning the best of five series 3-2 (10:16, Dragon’s Tail cradle)
A man who looked a lot like Davari was watching the show from the front row. The announcers pointed him out and he was shown reacting to the show, but he was not given a name.
Texano used a rope punch to set up the win, but that’s pretty much clean for Lucha Underground. There was no internal problems on either team (despite some accidental shots.) Dario set up a three way match with one person from each winning team immediately following.
Son of Havoc nearly had the win on the Mack, but Cage pulled the Mack out of the ring to avoid the shooting star press, then beat Havoc himself.
Pentagon Jr. came to the ring despite not having a match, and demanded Melissa announce he was (again) dedicating his next victim to his master. Melissa did so uncomfortable, went to leave, and was attacked from behind by Pentagon. Pentagon attempted to break Melissa’s arm, but Sexy Star (again!) made the save. Sexy screamed at Pentagon, saying he’d gone too far that time. (Vampiro too moved to make the save, but Sexy got there first.)
Dario checked up on both Aerostar (hanging out on the roof) and Drago (in the same bathroom they first talked) and pressed them to give it all tonight. Melissa was hurt from the attack, so Dario took over ring announcing and watched the main event from ringside. Aerostar nearly won on several occasions in a no-DQ, no-countout final, but Drago planted Aerostar on his head with a DDT and cradled him for the win. The two men embraced after the match, giving either credit for their fights. Aerostar left as Dario came to the ring to announce the Unique Opportunity: Drago will get a shot against Prince Puma for the Lucha Underground Championship but is banished from Lucha Underground if he loses.
One where there weren’t many developments outside the ring, but plenty thru the matches. Opener set the final of the trios tournament and made it feel like a big deal with everyone who was involved, and Aerostar/Drago going on last and getting the big stipulation at the end caused the entire series to feel like big deals. The opener came off even stronger on TV than it did live, with so much incredible action in the latter half of the match. It turned into non-stop moves for quite a while, everyone getting in a big spot or three. Striker made sure to note it was Puma who took the loss, and it seems to balance the scales with last week.
Triangle match had a tough task following the trios, but the crowd got into a lot by the end. It was the most important match for the Mack, who’s still a new figure here and pulled off some stuff that might not have been expected from his side. Son of Havoc works better as a tecnico, and he and Cage were great in the dive catch brainbuster spot.
Aerostar and Drago delivered in their main event. We know this isn’t Aerostar’s biggest match ever, but it’s way up there and way up there for Drago too, and they were on point. The plancha thru the table was so incredible live and looked impressive on TV, but there was a lot of great stuff here and some more storytelling from usual – Aerostar trying for cradle after cradle after the bigm ove to try and put Drago away but just not having enough, some of the finishes from the previous matches not winning, that sort of thing. The DDT near the end looked brutal. The no-DQ thing felt like something Striker made up on the spot because he figured out what was going to happen, but it also makes sense with Dario being Dario. (They got a lot of great reaction shots from him.) This felt like something where Aerostar ended up a much bigger deal even by losing the series, and Drago winning with that stipulation makes him a key character to come.