The big changes are in the middle of the card. Aerostar & Drago are pulled out of the title #1 contenders match, with Murder Clown & Monster Clown taking their place. Aerostar gets paired with Garza Jr. against Daga & Super Fly, with the last three all being added to the card to replace Fenix vs Pentagon.
I had been alerted a little while back not to get too excited for the Fenix/Pentagon match, so I assume now they were pulled off the card for a while and it was just announced now. (Remember, the original card was something shared early and not official.) I guess I can go back to annoying people to do that match again. I would assume Pentagon, Fenix and Drago are all booked somewhere else, maybe a US indie show I don’t have in the database.
That tag match might be the best chance for Garza Jr. to have a great match in AAA so far. It’s not going to be Fenix/Pentagon, but I hope they get to go for it.
She’s still listed as a mystery person on the poster, but the mystery luchadora is probably Big Mami.
The big news for people who read this site in the tercera: Fenix versus Pentagon Jr. happened in Los Angeles, happened in London, happened in Tokyo, happened in Chicago, happened in Texas, was about to happen in New York City, probably happened in Arena Victoria or Arena Aficion some day long ago, and now it’s finally going to happen on an AAA TV show. This lack of this match was symbolic of AAA’s lack of creativity and unwilling to focus on any of it’s youngsters – they had plenty of chances to do that match over the last five years, and everyone else was/(is?) getting more out of AAA’s own wrestlers than AAA.
Alone, it’s cool that match finally gets to be shown to Mexican fans. The context is more interesting
Ecatepec: Pentagon Jr. vs Psycho Clown for the Latin American Championship, Fenix vs Daga vs Aerostar for a Cruiserweight Title shot
CDMX: Fenix vs Daga
Oaxaca: Fenix vs Pentagon Jr.
AAA carving out a spot for their young wrestlers to have spotlight singles matches is something people have asking for forever. It seems to be happening, at least for the moment. It’s not something that’s going to pay dividends right away, but it’s something that needs to help these guys in the long term, and it should provide a lot better TV show. Fenix is likely going to be the #1 contenders to the Cruiserweight title if Aerostar & Drago are challenging for the tag titles and Pentagon Jr. could be Latin American champion (though I’m skeptical that’ll happen.)
The other story on this show is Angelico & Jack returning. Aerostar & Drago should earn a titles shot in DF, but this is also the former tag team champions getting back together for the first time this year due to various injuries. It’s going to be great to have them back.
Main event is about what was expected for the Verano de Escandalo show, only with Psycho Clown in Texano’s spot. Second match could be good and suggests Herodes & Cota are in full time and not just for an odd one shot. The mystery woman in the opener is likely the same as in Mexico City. That opener probably isn’t airing – maybe a YouTube exclusive.
Next taping is 07/29 in Toluca, which will probably be the last TV taping before TripleMania. Based on the matches not being scheduled yet, it seems likely Texano/Wagner and Fantasma’s defense are currently scheduled for that show. I don’t know if it’ll draw, but that alone sounds like a better card than last year.
IWRG (SUN) 07/10/2016Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, The Gladiatores]
1) Atomic Star & Demonio Infernal b Black Dragón & Dragón Fly straight falls
2) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo b Killer Jr., Skanda, Spartan, Violencia Jr. Spartan replaced Hip Hop man
3) Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro, Dr. Karonte Jr. b Diablo Jr., El Hijo del Diablo, Imposible Cerbero Negro was eliminated, but still helped Dr. Cerebro beat Hijo de Cerebro. Challenges followed. Karonte Jr.’s first match here since December 2015.
4) Herodes Jr., Negro Navarro, Toscano b Danny Casas, Hijo De Dos Caras, Súper Nova Rudos won in straight falls. Hijo de Dos & Danny Casas broke down into a fight, setting up a title match. It appears Hijo de Dos Caras is the one turning rudo.
5) Mr. Electro b Máscara Año 2000 Jr. Bloody crowd brawl. Mr. Electro put Mascara thru a table with light tubes. Hair match was set for next week.
Dos turning rudo is a surprise; they’ve pushed him so strong over the last year that turning him rudo seems likes an admittance of failure (and his father never wrestled much as a rudo.) Maybe Mr. Electro took his spot, though I’m not sure Electro is winning next week.
Tonight’s Arena Puebla is a busy show. Mistico challenges Mephisto for the CMLL Welterweight Championship in the main event, where a title change is a good possibility. This is the title Mistico never lost, but had to forfeit after his 2014 motorcycle accident, and it’s his first attempt at regaining it. Mistico’s been in his best form not just since that accident, but at any point during his career. It’s probably the right time for him to become singles champion again, but Mephisto’s had a lot of big wins this year already. Mephisto’s big matches tend to be big spot showcases and Mistico’s made for that style, so this should be some sort of fireworks show.
The bulk of the show is an eight team tag tournament with some strange teams: Michael Elgin teams with Ripper in Elgin’s last CMLL appearance, and Kushida forms a strange team with Kraneo (and Mije) in what’s somewhat a relevos increibles tournament. The other six teams are Caristico & Ultimo Guerrero, Rush & Volador Jr., Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa, La Mascara & Sharlie Rockstar, Diamante Azul & Rey Escorpion and Shocker & Negro Casas (if Casas is back wrestling, which is not a certainty.) The second match is a trios match with Ares and King Jaguar, who are believed to be having a mask versus hair match next week. The opener is a minis showcase, including an increasingly rare appearance by local Asturiano. It’s rare for a Puebla show to have something interesting in every match; I’m less than convinced the tag team tournament will be any good, but it as least different.
The Puebla show will air on CMLL.com & YouTube at 9pm.
CMLL has a note on their show streaming on NJPW World. NJPW’s said they’re doing a test run, CMLL is more like it’s a deal forever. The CMLL article mentions it’s only for fans in Japan. It’s possible to get to the video from elsewhere if you work at it and have the right tools. I’ve been thinking it’s region blocked because Clarosports has the existing deal (and is paying CMLL for it), but I did notice NJPW is not muting out the entrance music on that feed, as they do when the CMLL guys are on their normal shows.
CMLL (SUN) 07/17/2016Arena México
1) Bengala & Sensei vs Apocalipsis & Cholo
2) Flyer, Metatrón, Star Jr. vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Sangre Azteca
3) Blue Panther Jr., Fuego, Pegasso vs Disturbio, Puma, Tiger
4) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Johnny Idol vs Bobby Z, Sam Adonis, Vangellys
5) Diamante Azul, Mistico, Valiente vs Euforia, Negro Casas, Terrible
Negro Casas is booked in this main event too, and eventually he’ll be read to make one of these shows. Idol & Adonis do stick around after the NJPW guys have left and seem to be at a good position.
CMLL (SUN) 07/17/2016Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Tapatío vs Quca
2) Sky Kid & Smaker vs Diplomático & Relámpago
3) Johnny Dinamo, León Blanco, Randy vs Carlo Roggi, Exterminador, Gran Kenut
4) Frezzer, Neutrón, Reyko vs El Chakal, Mr. Apolo, Sádico
5) Flash II, Magnum, Nautilius vs Maléfico, Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno
Flash II is suddenly main eventing a lot of Sunday shows for a guy who hadn’t been booked much here lately.
Sky Kid & Smaker are back in the second. They were strongly pushed locals for a couple years (when Guadalajara was airing on 52MX), and seemed unready for the spot. They’ve been wrestling in indie arenas after leaving this arena in early 2015 after one of the management changes, but hadn’t been seen anywhere since February.
First XMW show in Mexico City since last October. XL hasn’t been in Mexico for a few years, but is returning against a surprise TNA wrestler (Extreme Tiger? DJZ? someone else?) Fourth match should be superb. Cancerbero & Sangre Azteca are weird inclusions. 2nd match is another Mexico vs the World match – Orion’s listed from US, Albuquerque and Taylor Wolf (who’s been around the last few weeks) are also from Chile.
What happened: Zeuxis kept her title. The foreigners won the main event.
What was good: The women’s title match was good from what we could watch, and the main event was good too.
Where can I watch it: It’s on a couple YouTube channels linked before. I think the main event is still on Clarosports.com too. The feed did not work well for the first half of the show. The second match is joined in progress on the brutalrabit recording, and the video speeds up at random points during the title match. You’re better off with the hablemos de lucha libre version for that one. The fourth match live is also skipped entirely on that recording. (more…)
CMLL (SAT) 07/09/2016Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Shockercito & Stukita b Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro
2) Estrellita, Lluvia, Marcela b Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis
3) Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Virus b Blue Panther Jr., Guerrero Maya Jr., The Panther Rudos took 1/3,
4) Ángel de Oro, Stuka Jr., Valiente b Fujin, Okumura, Raijin
5) Diamante Azul, Titán, Volador Jr. b Sam Adonis, Tama Tonga, Tangaroa Titan replaced Mascara Dorada. Tecnicos took 2/3.
It’s tough to tell in the pictures, but attendance might have been slightly up for the ‘normal’ Coliseo card. Next week is the Arkangel anniversary show. After that, who knows.
Titan ended up working 4 of the last 5 CMLL DF shows, only missing the Tuesday show (because he was wrestling in Guadalajara.)
CMLL (SUN) 07/10/2016Arena México [CMLL, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Acero & Fantasy b Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Violencia
2) Forastero, Maquiavelo, Skándalo b Flyer, Pegasso, Templario Debut for “Maquiavelo” (and rare appearances for Templario and Forastero)
3) Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys b Ángel de Oro, Stuka Jr., Titán Stuka replaced Super Porky. Rudos took 1/3.
4) Euforia, Tama Tonga, Tangaroa b Diamante Azul, Kushida, Mistico Rudos took 2/3. Kushida replaced Johnny Idol
5) Último Guerrero b Michael Elgin Originally announced as UG/Kushida, quickly changed to UG/Elgin. Elgin’s been wearing both his IWGP and Elite titles, so UG decided to wear his NWA title, one of his Universal titles and another belt (maybe a FMLL one?) UG took 1/3, winning with a Pulpo Guerrero. Both men praised each other after the match.
Everyone’s raving about the main event, which we probably won’t see unless we were successful in talking CMLL into putting it up.
Yesterday’s AAA TV announced an 08/19 taping in Veracruz. It’ll be the final taping before TripleMania, with the first part of the taping airing the afternoon prior to AAA’s biggest show of the year. They’ve got Oaxaca (next Sunday) and Toluca (July 29th) prior to Veracryz, and will have a 20 day break between tapings.
Monterrey lucha libre fixture David Valdez passed away. He wrestled as Rosa Salvaje and started Arena el Jaguar. His sons Golden Boy, Simbolo, Rey Demon and Silencio are local stars.
DTU’s schedule for the next few months:
07/15 Arena Neza
07/24 Meztitlan, Hidalgo
08/02 Arena Aficion
08/13 Arena Lopez Mateos (combo show with Lucha Libre Boom, four way tag match announced)
10/01 San Miguel Cerezo
Fenix was emotional after his win over Daga, insisting the new blood of lucha libre only needs support and opportunities like that match to succeed.
Hijo del Fantasma pushed the idea of himself, Texano and Pentagon as a regular trio in his post show interview from Mexico CIty.
Lucha Memes (SUN) 07/17/2016Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México
1) Belial & Black Metal vs Astrolux & Baby Star
2) Aramis vs Sádico
3) Demasiado vs Soberano Jr.
4) Drastik Boy vs Freelance
5) Alas de Acero & Iron Kid vs Dowki & Hanaoka
6) Corsario Negro Jr. & Drako vs Trauma I & Trauma II
7) Rush vs Caifan
Full card for the 300 Chairos show, which looks pretty good. Rush/Caifan sells the card on it’s own, but I’d like to see matches 2/4/5 at least.
Oddity: Black Metal & Astrolux are also the opener on the CaraLucha show on the following Saturday. (Also, there’s way too many Black Metals and he should get a more distinctive name.)
AAA TV (FRI) 07/08/2016Gimnasio Olímpico Juan de la Barrera, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal [+LuchaTV, AAA, Kronosport]
1) Big Mami, Faby Apache, Mary Apache b La Hiedra, Lady Shani, Taya Big Mami (indie Big Mama) debuted as the surprise luchador. She got the win.
2) Dave The Clown, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Súper Fly b Garza Jr., Niño Hamburguesa, Venum Dave the Clown debuted as the surprise luchador. Apache distracted Venum.
3) Fénix b Daga Very good match
4) Aerostar, Bengala, Drago b Averno, Chessman, Ricky Marvin Earlier, Averno & Chessman appeared as India Maria to mock the Apaches and insist they’re never getting a title shot. Sure enough, the Apaches music distracted Ricky Marvin into a loss.
5) Damián 666, Nicho el Millionario, Pagano COR Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown Bestia 666 to help to interfere. Pagano beat Psycho Clown again, Pagano putting Psycho Clown thru a table on fire on the outside, and Psycho was unable to return. Pagano said this was the 5th time in a row he had beat Psycho Clown. He demanded a hair vs mask match at TripleMania. Psycho Clown didn’t respond.
6) El Mesías, Hernandez, Johnny Mundo b Hijo del Fantasma, Pentagón Jr., Texano Hijo del Fantasma made his return as the surprise luchador. Mundo beat Pentagon and demanded a title match
Air Date: 07/23 & 07/30
AAA’s recap headlines this as a night of challenges. It was not a night of responses. It’s obvious Pagano/Psycho, Pentagon/Mundo and Averno/Chessman vs the Apaches are planned to occur at TripleMania, but none of those matches were agreed up on this show. We kind of figured most of those were happening already, so it was just a matter of the characters voicing the matches the announcers had already given away. It’s possible there’s more to come in some of those stories – Angelico/Jack or other teams being added to the tag match are a possibility. Still, in their last appearance in Mexico City and on a show that’ll air about a month before TripleMania, they could’ve started selling tickets to that show based on matches and opted to wait (probably for the less dramatic choice of announcing the sames matches via press release or NotiAAA segment.)
The surprise luchadors were definitely surprising. Everyone guess Fantasma, but no one guessed Big Mama, who does something not far off from Goya Kong’s character. She’ll get over, even in a secondary role like Shani & Hiedra. Dave the Clown is a more random choice. We’ve seen a lot of people jump to Elite from AAA, and he’s technically a rare jump the other way. Of course, Dave’s Elite match was a disaster, a match so horrendous that the normally mild mannered Guerrero Maya & Rey Cometa appeared to shoot unmask Dave at the end of the match. Dave was not used again. Dave’s appeared on AAA TV before, once as part of circus performers at ringside for a Psycho Circus TripleMania entrance, and once when he went into business for himself, jumping out of the crowd (in full gear) to hug Psycho Clown to try make his own storyline. There are literally 100 other luchadors who would be better pick for this spot than Dave – and maybe Dave wasn’t the pick. I don’t know him, but his history marks him as a guy who’s hanging around, hoping for an extra spot a lot, and maybe was a last second fill in for someone else (or maybe Bestia 666 balked at being in a match with opening card guys, since that was definitely an issue in his last AAA stint.) We’ll see if Dave’s used again going forward or if this was just a one off thing.
It’s strange how much AAA’s present booking mimics WWE rather than LU (more successful in creating stars) or even Pena era AAA (which always seems to bet the goal here.) People dressing up in silly outfits to mock their rivals and people losing simply because their rivals music is playing are very much WWE tropes, and not particularly beloved ones.
At least on this night, they did take the idea of “putting two good wrestlers in a match and letting them have a good match” from Lucha Underground. Fenix/Daga sounds like what we’d hope it would be. Konnan’s podcast (a couple paragraphs down) seemed to be trying to stir up trouble between Fenix and AAA, saying the Roldans don’t like Fenix and want to keep him down. He’s got two big wins in two shows for a guy they don’t like. We didn’t get many quality reports on the other matches, but at least that one seems worth checking out when it turns up. Not a lot about the attendance either; Marislea posted a photo talking about good attendance, but it was shot of all the lights being out while people held up cell phones, and that’s not the easiest way to judge a crowd.
Johnny Mundo may be playing a Trump supporter on screen, but confirms he’s very much not one in reality in an interview with Record. Johnny Mundo seems like a good guy.
Related: The latest Podcast Boom includes Konnan talking about Sexy Star, Ludxor and Psycho Clown. LigerFever has the translation in onetwo parts. The Pagano feud is sort of explained as AAA being stuck on finding heavyweight opponents for Psycho Clown. Uro Rocker was intended for that spot, but wasn’t good and hurt people. Konnan mentions AAA looking at a Brazilian wrestler for that feud but he didn’t do well. That would’ve been Xandao, who wrestled a dark match in Naucalpan right before Rey de Reyes. That may also explain why Pagano started feuding with Pentagon Jr. and was shifted over to Psycho Clown with no resolution – even AAA might have not been sold on Pagano being in that spot until he was around for a month. I’m still something less than sold about a guy who normally walks around bald putting up his hair as the main event of your biggest show of the year.
But, that appears to be the cards that we’ve been dealt. And so, this is what it looks like is happening for TripleMania right now
Psycho Clown putting up his mask against Pagano’s hair.
Texano Jr. defending the Heavyweight championship against either Dr. Wagner Jr. or Cage or both
Pentagon Jr. defending the Latin American championship against Johnny Mundo
Averno & Chessman defending the tag team championship against Faby Apache & Mary Apache
some match to get a whole lot more people on the card
maybe Hijo del Fantasma versus Fenix for the Cruiserweight championship
maybe some relevos AAA atomicos along the lines of Taya/Mini Abismo/Mamba/Apache vs Big Mami/Dinastia/Pimpi/Venom
Main event and fist two matches are worth tracking down. Kushida looked very good in his title match in Volador while playing a role opposite of what he normally does.
The show did air on NJPWWorld as billed, and there seemed to be a good amount of people talking about the show in Japanese on Twitter. NJPW uses IP fencing to prevent people from outside of Japan to even get to the page where the CMLL feed is on, but it’s possible to get around if you’re patient.
CMLL is back to running on Saturday at Arena Coliseo, with another Mexico vs Foreigners show. The main event is Volador Jr., Diamante Azul, and Mascara Dorada vs Sam Adonis, Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa. Semimain is Angel de Oro, Valiente and Stuka versus Okumura, Fujin and Raijin.
Elite aired 7 matches last night – they ended up with an essentially an 1h45m slot with limited commercials. 1 of those matches was where Caristico got hurt on Thursday. There’s no obvious disastrous impact on the spot. Caristico looked like he wanted to continue at first, and then was in increasing amount of pain the longer it lasted. He was quiet yesterday, and this afternoon reported he’s got a tear on his pelvis. That sounds (and looked) like a sports hernia, which normally would put someone out for 4 to 6 weeks. He’s probably going to miss his scheduled matches for a while.
For what it’s worth, the Liga Elite standings now list Rey Escorpion, not Negro Casas, as in the tournament.
Hijo del Santo is appearing on the August 13 The Crash show. This is part of the tour he and Santo Jr. are doing, and it’s listed as being taped for TV (though your guess is as good as theirs as where.) Santo’s most recent match was November in Puebla, and he’s only had 2 since 2014.
Pentagon Jr. was announced for PWG’s Battle of Los Angeles, joining Fenix as AAA luchadors. It’s going to be politically interesting, since there are NJPW wrestlers also in the tournament and those two groups don’t work together normally.
ELITE (THU) 07/14/2016Arena México
1) Ciclón Ramírez Jr. & Príncipe Diamante vs Cancerbero & Raziel
2) Jinzo & Súper Crazy vs Felino & Tiger
3) Hijo De Dos Caras, Hijo de LA Park, Rayman vs El Hijo del Medico Asesino, Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr., Karonte Jr.
4) Carístico vs Diamante Azul [Liga Elite]
5) Máscara Año 2000 & Universo 2000 vs Atlantis & Dos Caras Sr.
6) Rush vs LA Park [Liga Elite, super libre]
The top matches were announced on last night’s show the moment the main event ended, which was weird but makes some sense. Diamante Azul is listed in Liga Elite, which makes no sense but probably doesn’t matter since Caristico is likely not wrestling. Whoever’s booking Carisitco’s programs (Caristico?) is really set on a Caristico/Diamante Azul feud.
Tercera is Mexico’s obesseion with juniors, utterly regardless of quality, all in one trio. (Medico & Karonte looked awful in last week’s match.) Jinzo makes his first appearance here since appearing on the Cruiserweight Classic, though his match does not air until next week (and the following tapings are the day before this.)
CMLL (FRI) 07/15/2016Arena México
1) La Vaquerita & Skadi vs La Seductora & Tiffany
2) Ángel de Oro, Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto, Hechicero, Luciferno
3) Máximo Sexy, Súper Crazy, Valiente vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
4) Mistico vs Negro Casas, Volador Jr., La Máscara, Titán, Mephisto, Tritón, Cavernario, Guerrero Maya Jr., Ripper, The Panther, Virus [Leyenda de Plata]
5) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Rush vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
Foreigners are all gone, but Rush is back. The only CMLL show he’s worked in the last six weeks was the Gran Prix.
On last night’s broadcast, and on the video promo, CMLL announced this as the first part of the Leyenda de Plata. It’s listed more like it’s one night and done tournament on the poster, but maybe they’re back to doing it where the final two come back for a match the following week. Negro Casas is the former champion and the former champion is supposed to face the winner, but CMLL can’t remember the rules to their own tournaments. (And maybe he won’t be able to return by then and it’ll work out!)
My complaining aside, that’s an incredibly stacked match and should be great. Second match has a chance to be good. First match is troubling.
CaraLucha’s next show is the other half of the home and home series with Guadalajara’s Mucha Luchas promotion – the names you’re less familiar with are from there. I’m not sure which are the Casanova Tag Titles. The poster doesn’t make it clear, but my best guess is these are actually the Jalisco state titles Rayman & Makabre hold. Main event is an all heavyweight match, which is actually a CMLL/AAA battle.
ELITE (THU) 07/07/2016Arena México [@3erayDefinitiva, +LuchaTV, SuperLuchas]
1) Keira & Muñeca De Plata b La Jarochita & Lluvia
2) Heddi Karaoui & Okumura b El Bandido & Último Ninja
3) Ángel de Oro, Golden Magic, Máscara Dorada b El Hijo del Medico Asesino, Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr., Karonte Jr. Good match. Hijo de Dr. Wagner challenged Mascara Dorada to a singles match next week.
4) Xtreme Tiger b Rey Escorpión [Liga Elite] Negro Casas was scheduled, but is not ready to return from injury. Rey Escorpion was his surrogate in this match, still a Lige Elite match with points on the line. Tiger picked up 3 points (6 total: 2W-3L), Casas has 0 points (0W-3L)
5) Carístico & Michael Elgin DQ Kushida & Tama Tonga [Relevos Increíbles] Diamante Azul was originally listed, but replaced on the lineup on Tama Tonga. Caristico was hurt in the second fall on a senton con giro and taken to the hospital. Tama fouled Elgin in the third, then attacked Kushida when he argued about.
6) La Máscara DQ Cibernético [Liga Elite] Cibernetico fouled and unmasked Mascara, declaring himself the real Ingobernable. Cibernetico has 4 points (1W-1D-1L) and La Mascara 3 (1W-2L)
Liga Elite standings
9 Caristico (4 matches)
9 Atlantis (4)
6 Volador Jr. (3)
6 Bobby Lashley (3)
6 Mascara Dorada (4)
6 Xtreme Tiger (5)
4 LA Park (2)
4 Cibernetico (3)
3 Rush (2)
3 La Mascara (3)
3 Ultimo Guerrero (4)
0 Negro Casas (3)
20 matches done/46 matches left/finals on Dec 15 if they don't skip around
Alexis Salazar mentioned Caristico was taken to the hospital. There’s no update on his status, or even exactly what he hurt. People get stretchered away from CMLL matches with disturbing frequency, but ending up in the emergency room is a rarer occurrence. Match finish sounds like usual deal when a CMLL match falls apart; it’s a match I really wanted to see originally, but now I’d hope they air the tercera instead.
This morning (not at the show they had last night) Elite announced next week’s main event is LA Park versus Rush in a super libre match. I’d assume that’s their Liga Elite match. They’ll also have Dos Caras (Sr.) & Atlantis versus Universo 2000 & Mascara 2000. As best I can tell, this would be Dos’ first match in Arena Mexico since 1997 and his first TV match since 2007.
AAA’s taping in Mexico City, which means another head to head Friday night between the two major promotions. CMLL has a little more international attention due to it’s main event, but both shows should have good matches and ought to be moving towards their big summer shows.
CMLL’s main event tonight is an NWA Welterweight championship match, Volador defending against NJPW’s Kushida. Kushida’s tour in CMLL has been a bit disappointing, not because of anything he’s done, but because CMLL really hasn’t put him spots against great rudos to excel, or given enough time to show what he can do. Volador will be a tecnico in this match, but he’s also a great opponent for a fantastic match. They did well against each other in their short Elite tournament match, and should have all the time they need tonight. Volador’s the strong favorite, but NJPW wrestlers have come to Mexico and taken home belts before. The result is not totally certain, though it wouldn’t be a great idea for Volador to lose.
The other big match on the show is down in the third spot, with Mistico taking on La Mascara in a singles match. La Mascara versus the Munoz family is the ongoing story given the most attention by CMLL, though the ultimate destination is still unclear: he started against Dragon Lee, he broke up with Rush (but they seem to be avoiding doing the singles match), he had the singles match with Pierroth, now he’s with Mistico. One of those matches should be a big match; depending on which one, it might be the Anniversario main event. They do need to pick one of those family members, and maybe tonight will offer some more clarity on which one.
The rest of the upper half of the card is the foreigners from the Gran Prix. Marco gets the night off (might use it to work on his ping pong strategy, need to see more power from the big man), but the other six are drawn into the trios. The NJPW trio of Michael Elgin, Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa face off Atlantis, Diamante Azul and Maximo, which will probably feature power stuff from Elgin & Azul and Tama trying to get his hands on Atlantis, who he wanted to face in the Gran Prix. The other three foreigners, Okumura, Johnny Idol & Sam Adonis, take on Mephisto, Shocker and Ultimo Guerrero in the fourth match. This is the last Friday night with the NJPW crew, and we don’t quite know how Adonis & Idol will be used going forward. Shocker and Adonis have built up a feud on Twitter though.
Cavernario and Cometa are back as well, teaming with Dragon Rojo, Rey Escorpion, Mascara Dorada and Titan in what could be an incredible segunda. The opener is pretty good too, Esfinge, Fuego and Triton versus Bobby Z, Hechicero and Virus – that might be a tercera most weeks.
CMLL’s show starts at 8:30pm, as usual This show will air on Clarosports, live video will debut on NJPWWorld for Japanese fans only. It’s probably not a coincidence the NJPW World broadcast begins with Kushida in a main event.
Meanwhile, with a listed start time of a half hour later, AAA tapes TV in Gimnasio de la Barrera. The shows are believed to be airing the final weekends of July (23/30), as they start to head into the home stretch for TripleMania. The difference between the two promotions, at least going into these shows, is CMLL has teased a lot of matches that could headline an Anniversary but hasn’t specifically gotten behind one, while AAA really hasn’t teased any headlining matches. AAA’s certainly set up matches which could be part of TripleMania – the Apaches tag title match, Wagner/Texano/Cage? – but nothing that’s feels like a headliner. Maybe I’m overthinking the need for one, because the TripleMania name itself will bring a lot of people to the building, but nothing they have right now compares to what they’ve had in recent years. If AAA was going to set up something big – even if they were simply going to announce they got Misterio or someone to come back in for a match – revealing that tonight in Mexico City would make a lot of sense. And if there isn’t big news tonight, maybe we should adjust our expectations accordingly. It’s cards on the table time either way.
There is likely to be news in the main event. It’s currently listed as the Team Trump trio of Hernandez, Mesias and Johnny Mundo against Texano, Pentagon Jr. and a mystery party. My feeling is this is the return of Hijo del Fantasma since it was announced. There’s been no hints about the identity, and Fantasma hasn’t given it away (which he couldn’t resist on another occasion), but the logic is Texano & Fantasma are friends so would return to be his partner, and AAA’s already built up a title match for him by having Fenix win the contenders match. Fantasma was interviewed in this week’s Lucha 2000 about his time away from AAA, but I haven’t seen that interview.
The best match on the show probably will be the Fenix versus Daga singles match. They’ve got a chance of besting Kushida/Volador for best match of the night. At worst, they should to be a very good runner up. There’s no particular reason for this to exist, but it’s about time that it did: despite both being top cruiserweights in AAA for five years, they’ve never had a singles match before. The closest they’ve come is being in a four way match for the old AAA Fusion championship. Fenix is hyped for his match but that interview gives me caution since Zorro keeps getting brought up. Between Zorro & the Fronterizos, the biggest obstacle for this match might be interference on the finish.
The rest of the announced matches generally follow the current TV storylines. The Psycho Circus face Damian, Nicho and Pagano, which should continue the Psycho/Pagano rivalry. Chessman, Averno and Ricky Marvin don’t really have much of an issue with Aerostar, Bengala and Drago after defending their trios titles against them, but it’s likely just an excuse to get the rudos on the card to finally agree to a match with the Apaches. (Judging from the media reaction they got from their scuffle at the AAA media event, that might end up being a big deal.) The second match looks like a way just to get some people on the card, and the mystery rudo teaming with Hijo del Pirata & Super Fly is likely Bestia 666 after he debuted in Ecatepec. Venum, Hamburguesa and Garza don’t have much of a chance.
The opener is scheduled to be La Hiedra, Lady Shani & Taya versus Mary Apache, Faby Apache and a mystery women. This was a great mystery, because AAA appears to employ only those five women. Everyone else has ended up quitting (and going to Elite.) I had assumed it would be no one of great importance – someone like Lady Apache coming back for some TV, or a new young female luchadora graduating from a training class. Letra Roja’s lucha libre column thinks much differently, saying they know who it is and believes this person will be a big deal in AAA going forward. They don’t say who it is, but the silhouette image sure looks a lot like Ivelisse to me. Ivelisse hasn’t even hinted at working this show on Twitter, so it’s still just a guessing game.
Ivelisse was last in AAA in late 2014, shortly after Lucha Underground started taped, and that time also seemed like she was coming in as a big star. Her first big show as a tag match with Faby against Sexy Star & Taya, a match that seemed to go badly for everyone involved. Maybe poorly enough to scuttle the deal for the time being, or maybe she had been meant to return but Ivelisse’s rotten luck with injuries kept her from return. If she is coming in, it’d make sense for her to be Taya’s next title challenger (so she actually has a title challenger), which would happen to be the same feud that’s taking place on Lucha Underground Season 2.
Of course, it’s just a silhouette, and not even necessarily an accurate one.
AAA’s put up the Apaches versus Taya & Mamba from Naucalpan. The only match left from that taping which hasn’t turned up is the opener, which may be up by the time you read this.
CMLL officially announced Turiluchas bus service in Puebla, expanding from their Tuesday/Thursday/Friday service. It’s not a trip from Mexico City TO Puebla (which would be a long ride), it’s based in Puebla and will leave from their Zocalo at 7:30pm. Tickets are 350 pesos ($19 USD), same as in the US, coming with a Turiluchas mask and a CMLL program magazine. Mistico and La Mascara will be the hosts on Monday. Guadalajara is now the only CMLL venue without a Turiluchas bus, though I believe there’s a local bar who had been sponsoring a similar bus trip even before the Turiluchas idea.
The Arena Coliseo Monterrey show a few weeks ago was a disaster because Rush didn’t make his flight to the building. He made it this past Sunday, though it doesn’t sound like it went a whole lot better. LuchaMania Monterrey‘s report says the main event didn’t end start until around 11:30pm (and started around 7.) Volador was also booked in Coacalco, Rush in Reynosa, so the promoters tried to make the show run as long as possible to wait for them to get there. A couple matches were added and they had long breaks between matches. Crowd got restless, turning on the Ultimo Ninja & Metaleon versus Ninja Jr. & Golden Magic semimain match for not being the main event. After all of that, Rush/Caifan/LA Park/Volador four way ended with LA Park & Volador getting visual pins off fouls but were still DQed, cut promos for a couple minutes, then Rush beat Caifan with the Rush driver in about 15 seconds. It’s not as bad as Rush missing the show, but it feels like the fans who stuck it out (not all of them did) should’ve got a better ending than that.
Mascara Dorada says WWE hasn’t offered him a deal, he’d be delighted if offered a deal and he’d definitely let CMLL know if he was leaving. (Link includes the result of his first round match.)
Titan said he’s going to Japan for both days of the Super J tournament; I assume that means everyone eliminated in July is working tag matches in August, which makes it all the stranger that these are a month apart. It’s so weird: Titan is going to fly to Japan, wrestle one match, come back to Mexico, wait a month, fly to Japan, wrestle on just one show, and then fly back to Mexico. Mexican luchadors keep track of the number of trips they’ve made to Japan regardless of length, so is that one or two?
Miedo Extremo is leaving tomorrow for his six month tour of Japan. Crazy to think he’s probably had his last Mexico match of the year.
CMLL’s Friday night show is back on ClaroSports with Volador/Kushida. (That main event is likely to be posted on their website, if you can’t be around for it.) The show will air on NJPWorld.com, but I probably won’t be mentioning that most weeks going forward because either you already know that or I need to learn Japanese for you to be able to understand what I’m saying.
Lucha Azteca 7 Elite is still on Friday night one more week, but it’s also listed as airing a half hour earlier than usual. It starts at 11pm local, which means it’ll probably overlap with ClaroSports for about 10 minutes.
Lucha Azteca US, on the other hand, has the Rey Cometa vs Cavernario title match, something definitely worth checking out if you haven’t seen it yet.
AAA moves onto the Ecatpec taping, and there probably will be a better preview Friday night.
Lucha Underground‘s preview lists the Gift of the Gods and Death Match. If they’re following in order of how they were taped, the trios title match will air this week as well.
CMLL (TUE) 07/05/2016Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Martes de Glamour]
1) Magnum & Vaquero Jr. b Furia Roja & Linterna Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Fujin, Raijin, Sagrado b Hombre Bala Jr., Sensei, Star Jr. Sagrado replaced Okumura. Rudos took 1/3.
3) Blue Panther Jr., Starman, The Panther b Disturbio, Puma, Tiger Tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Máscara Dorada, Súper Porky, Titán b Dragón Rojo Jr., Mephisto, Pólvora Tecnicos took 1/3.
5) Euforia, Tangaroa, Último Guerrero b Atlantis, Johnny Idol, Kushida Rudos took 1/3.
6) Volador Jr. b Tama Tonga Tanga Loa attacked Volador before the match. He was kicked out, but Tama still took fall 1. Volador rallied back to take falls 2/3 for the win.
Main event might turn up; I know there was a YouTube-er saying he was going to try for it.
I’m really curious how/if CMLL is going to use Idol and Adonis after the NJPW guys leave. We’ll find out soon.
IWRG (WED) 07/06/2016Arena Naucalpan [The Gladiatores]
1) Guerrero 2000 & Osiris b Magic Dragón & Salchichita
2) Keiser Drago & Omega b Enigma & Keshin Black
3) Alas de Acero, Aramis, Fireman b Atomic Star, Demonio Infernal, Skanda
4) Dragón Fly, Emperador Azteca, Zatura b Diablo Jr., Imposible, Violencia Jr. Tecnicos took 2/3. Emperador submitted Impossible, is possibly still looking for a title match.
5) Apolo Estrada Jr., Canis Lupus, Eterno, Relámpago b Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo straight falls, though the Insoportables may have done some mask pulling. They’d like a trios title shot.
Leo, Mike and Rafy are the Mexico State trios champs.
Elite resumes the Liga Elite tournament tonight, kinda. The main event is Cibernetico versus La Mascara as a tournament match, though the last time we were supposed to see Cibernetico, we didn’t see Cibernetico. (There’s still no explanation of what happened.) The other tournament match was advertised as Extreme Tiger versus Negro Casas, only Negro Casas is surely not wrestling – Dalys says he’ll be back next week – so who knows what they do. Tiger still appears to be working the show judging from his Twitter messages promoting it. He still also needs to face Atlantis, Caristico, Cibernetico, LA Park, La Mascara, and Rush in the tournament. LA Park’s in without notice seems unlikely, so either Atlantis or Rush is added to the show or Caristico is pulled out of his match.
Caristico’s current match it teaming with Michael Elgin against Kushida & Tama Tonga. CMLL’s not used Caristico on their own shows in a few weeks, and Caristico failed to qualify for the Elite International tournament, so this will be one and likely only interaction with NJPW luchadors on their trip. (Which makes it unlikely’ll he be pulled.) The undercard, which will likely only air in highlights, includes the golden trio of Mascara Dorada, Angel de Oro and Golden Magic taking on the medical team of Hijo de Dr. Wagner Jr., Karonte Jr., and Hijo del Medico Asesino. Bandido returns to team with Ultimo Ninja against Heddi Karaoui & Okumura, and the show opens with a women tag of Jarochita & Lluvia versus Muneca de Plata & Keira. Jarochita & Keira have had tense matches on indie shows in the recent past.
Dragon Rojo’s new story is he was actually invited to the Cruiserweight Classic by Dark Angel, had to turn it down due for personal reasons, but hopes to be in future years. This is hard to square with him campaigning to be in the tournament after it was announced.
Hijo del Santo, Santo Jr., Flamita and Garza Jr. are among those advertised for a 08/14 show in Mexicali. Santo had said last month a tour of that area of Mexico was possible for this summer, and it’s be Santo Jr.’s first matches in Mexico. It also suggests Flamita doesn’t have a long stay in Dragon Gate this time, maybe wrapping up after the July 24th show.
Segunda Caida reviews Lucha Underground, about two months behind. This is helpful, because it reminds me it’s been two months since we last saw Lorenzo Llamas. The police skits are the only thing going on in that storyline for quite a while. LU’s said we’ll see more of it during Ultima Lucha, but it’s a long layoff.
IWRG (SUN) 07/10/2016Arena Naucalpan
1) Black Dragón & Dragón Fly vs Atomic Star & Demonio Infernal
2) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo vs Hip Hop Man, Killer Jr., Skanda, Violencia Jr.
3) Diablo Jr., El Hijo del Diablo, Imposible vs Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro, Dr. Karonte Jr.
4) Danny Casas, Hijo De Dos Caras, Súper Nova vs Herodes Jr., Negro Navarro, Toscano
5) Máscara Año 2000 Jr. vs Mr. Electro
IWRG’s transformation into a Mr. Electro based promotion is a bit sad.