What happened: Nothing that you couldn’t have missed. Rey Mysterio was unable to wrestle in the main event, still got in a 619 before being helped to the back. That might be his last appearance in AAA; it definitely is for the time being. Blue Demon replaced Misterio and the tecnicos won a quick main event. The other two matches were unnoteworthy.
What was good: I liked the opener, but there’s nothing special on this show.
Where can I watch it: It’s on my channel and AAA’s channel.
CMLL Elite (SUN) 02/14/2016Arena México
1) Pequeño Olímpico & Príncipe Diamante b Astral & Eléctrico Diamante & Olimpico took 2/3, with Electrico suffering an arm injury.
2) Lluvia & Marcela b La Comandante & Muñeca De Plata Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Argos & Karonte Jr. b Rocky Lobo & Zumbi Karontes took 2/3.
4) Felino, Puma, Tiger b Ángel de Oro, Golden Magic, Súper Crazy Rudos took 1/3. Felino beat Super Crazy, then accepted Crazy’s hair match challenge (which seemed to be for Negro Casas previously.)
5) Black Warrior, Marco Corleone, Rush DQ Cibernético, Hijo de Lizmark, Mephisto Tecnicos took 2/3. Excessive violence DQ ion the third for an attack on Rush. Team Cibernetico beat up the ref (Edgar) too.
6) Carístico b La Máscara Carisitico was given a giant heart for Valentine’s Day, and Mascara grabbed it and hit Caristico to be DQed in the first. Mascara won the second, and both were DQed in the third when their masks flew off on a top rope Spanish fly. Carisitco asked for and was given a fourth fall. They wrestled the fall where each other’s mask. Rush tried to interfere, but it backfired and Caristico beat Mascara with a La Mistica. Caristico challenged Mascara to a mask match. Mascara accepted the challenge backstage.
It’s interesting people are accepting these challenges. They’re easier to be brushed away when it’s just one side saying it, but it makes the promotion look silly if they’re not putting the matches on. I still don’t think they’re happening.
CMLL also announced Elite would start running Wednesday night shows in Arena Mexico. That’s all we know. It seemed presented as if the Wednesday show would be an additional show, though there’s some speculation it could replace the Tuesday show or the Sunday show would resume being a ‘normal’ CMLL show. (Not to mention what this would do to Informa!) CMLL and Elite didn’t elaborate on the situation.
If it’s an addition Elite show, it seems crazy. The show today looked like it drew horribly (though later photos revealed some more people in the cheap seats.) This might have been a lower turnout than usual because of the Pope, but the Elite shows generally haven’t done well late in Arena Mexico and expanding to a second show seems to make no sense from a business perspective. Nothing with Elite makes sense from a business perspective, so I guess it doesn’t matter.
A second show would be good news for the handful of luchadors who’ve signed with Elite and will presumably be getting some more work. Even it’s just a move, it frees up the more valuable Sundays for outside work while giving them a show on a day of the week where no one (outside of Acapulco and Naucalpan) are running.
Strangely, there was a Televisa production van spotted at Arena Naucalpan. AYM did not record the IWRG show last Sunday, though it appears they did record Wednesday’s show. IWRG on Televisa’s main networks makes no sense, and even them getting on one of their sports channels seems a stretch. However, it is interesting timing with CMLL’s TDN show apparently not materializing so far – maybe something fell thru and TDN decided IWRG was close enough? Or someone else could’ve just borrowed a van for the night, that seems possible in Mexico. Edit: I’m told it was just a borrowed van signifying nothing.
A MasLuchaTV video labeled “Ultimo Guerrero & Cibernetico talk about Papa Francisco and Thunder” is correctly titled. UG says he doesn’t know why Thunder wasn’t there, but planned on challenging him for the Dos Leyendas main event next week. (Guess he didn’t know he had next Friday off.) Cibernetico says he is actually Christ. Mr. Niebla is the normal guy in that trio.
CMLL (SAT) 02/20/2016Arena Coliseo
1) Acero vs Pequeño Universo 2000
2) Leono vs Apocalipsis
3) Flyer vs Inquisidor
4) Hombre Bala Jr. vs Disturbio
5) Esfinge vs Canelo Casas
6) Puma & Tiger vs Guerrero Maya Jr. & The Panther
7) Súper Porky, Titán, Valiente vs Rey Bucanero, Ripper, Terrible
Puma & Tiger vs Maya & Panther is the only repeated match from the canceled show, which seems to confirm it’s happening for a reason.
CMLL (SUN) 02/21/2016Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Avispón Negro Jr. & Micro vs Black Sugar & Quca
2) El Tapatío & Javier Cruz Jr. vs Gitano & Mr. Brisa
3) Explosivo & Star Black vs Gran Kenut & Thunder Boy
4) El Divino, León Blanco, Vaquero Jr. vs Espectrúm, Mosco X Fly, Ráfaga
5) La Vaquerita & Silueta vs Dalys & La Comandante
Last week, we couldn’t think of the last non-cage minis match to main event a show. This week, it’s a women’s match. It’s not a particularly built up match (though it does team up the two Guadalajara tecnicas), it’s just the DF stars getting the main event spot.
CMLL (FRI) 02/12/2016Arena México [CMLL, thecubsfan, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Bengala & Robin b Espiritu Negro & Inquisidor 13:01. Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Puma, Tiger, Virus b Fuego, The Panther, Tritón 16:40. Rudos took 2/3 in a good match.
3) Dragón Lee, Guerrero Maya Jr., La Máscara b Boby Z, Hechicero, Kamaitachi 15:33. Tecnicos took 2/3, with Dragon Lee defeating Kamaitachi in another new match.
4) Euforia b Valiente [lightning] 5:31. Euforia defeated Valiente by grabbing the ropes on a reversed huracanrana pin.
5) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Rush b Cibernético, Mr. Niebla, Último Guerrero [Relevos Increíbles] 10:46. Maximo replaced Thunder (no explanation offered.) Team Guerrero took 1/3, the last when Maximo attempted to kiss Niebla but got Rush instead.
6) Cavernario, Mephisto, Negro Casas b Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Volador Jr. 8:05. Rudos took 2/3. Negro Casas & Volador exchanged fouls, but it was Mephisto who won it for his team: first a Devil’s Wings on Volador, and a Super Devil’s Wings on Dorada. Mephisto issued a title challenge to Dorada, and Dorada accepted next week.
Matches 2, 3, and 6 were worth watching. Dos Leyendas was hyped during the show, including a Lizmark vignette package, but they noticeably didn’t make any challenges for that show yet. They’ve got four more Fridays.
CMLL changed it’s Tuesday’s lineup, with Cairstico replacing Titan in the main event. It’s his first Tuesday show since January 18, 2011. Super Porky is still listed; it seems like CMLL evaluates injury status on Monday, so maybe no change until then. Sangre Azteca also replaces Fujin in the tercera.
The Crash (FRI) 02/12/2016Auditorio de Tijuana, Tijuana, Baja California [126f]
1) Black Boy b Mirage, Septimo Dragon, Jinzo, Próximo [The Crash Junior] Eliminations went Proximo, Mirage, Septimo Dragon, Jinzo, leading Black Boy as the winner. (Enigma was scheduled, didn’t appear.)
2) Hijo de Pirata Morgan b Ángel Metálico referee sided with Pirata during the match.
3) Arez, Genio del Aire, Súper Nova b Star Boy, Tony Casanova, Zarco Arez replaced Golden magic, but ended up on a stretcher with a minor injury. Nova beat Casanova, mask vs hair challenge followed.
4) Mr. Maldito, Taurus (AAA), Texano Jr. b Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown Maldito snuck in a foul on Psycho Clown, and unmasked it either.
5) Blue Demon Jr., Fenix (AAA), Rey Horuz b John Morrison, Pentagón Jr., Teddy Hart Fenix & Pentagon Jr. made mask match challenges. Teddy Hart left on a stretcher, was said not to be hurt bad.
Main event follows up on the Rush/Maximo kiss of all things. No Ultimo Guerrero (or Thunder), but the Volador/Casas and Kamaitachi/Lee feuds continue in the fourth match. Olimpico has his first match in Arena Mexico since October 2nd.
What happened: Mephisto beat Mascara Dorada to set up a title match next week. Volador and Negro Casas kept feuding, but no challenge was made. Same with Dragon Lee and Kamaitachi. Thunder didn’t make the show, Máximo replaced him, and he had issues with Rush. Euforia cheated to beat Valiente in a lightning match.
It’s enough feuds to make you think CMLL running the incredible pairs tournament soon: seven tag matches and Dorada/Mephsito main event works for their format. I hope that’s not what’s happening.
What was good: I liked the second and third match the best. The main event had it’s moments.
Where can I watch it:The main event is on Claro’s site, and I’ll have the rest on my channel on Tuesday. Parts of this show will air on Azteca, but it’s unclear when.
Vigenttes in between matches included Los Ingobernables arriving in a cool car, Peste Negra hanging out in a dumpy area in Arena Mexico and a Cibernetico promo. A fan said her favorite wrestler was Mistico and was introduced to him before the main event. La Dama – Zanelly – introduced the show and wrapped it up. (more…)
I’ve added links to RealHero’s videos of the first three days (except I’ve lost track of the day 3 opener.) NJPWWorld didn’t split up those shows into individual videos and I’m not a subscriber at the moment so you’re on your own.
You need to do what you need to do to see Dragon Lee/Kamaitachi. There were a lot of Good matches that weren’t far off Great. I’m low score on Volador/Mephisto; those less fatigued with those matches rate it higher. There wasn’t a bad match on the tour.
Dragón Lee vs Kamaitachifor the CMLL World Super Lightweight Championship
IWRG (WED) 02/10/2016Arena Naucalpan [The Gladiatores]
1) Aramis b Osiris Osiris debut on a main show.
2) Fireman & Galaxy b Acero & Troll straight falls. Troll (and Trolli)’s debut on a main show.
3) Dragón Fly, Freyzer, Kanon b Adrenalina, Atomic Star, Picudo Jr. Freyzer and Atomic Star are feuding.
4) Emperador Azteca, Pantera I, Veneno b Oficial AK47, Violencia Jr., X-Fly AK47’s first match here since November 1st.
5) Diablo Jr. I, El Hijo del Diablo, Imposible DQ Apolo Estrada Jr., Canis Lupus, Eterno Mariachis took 2/3. Apolo fouled Diablo.
Today’s CMLL show features the two major feuds CMLL’s been teasing towards Homenaje a Dos Leyendas. Volador Jr. and Negro Casas meet in the main event, in a rematch from last week. Volador teams with Mascara Dorada & Mistico again while Casas teams with Barbaro Cavernario & Mephisto. The Thunder/Ultimo Guerrero emerges again in the semifinal, with Rush, Marco, Cibernetico and Mr. Niebla drafted in as as partners. CMLL’s next major show is about a month away and it’s possible one of those feuds might be more clearly set for that show.
Kamaitachi and Dragon Lee meet again in the tercera, teaming with Guerrero Maya, La Mascara, Hechicero and Bobby Z. Those two could also meet in Dos Leyendas, though it’s probably more dependent on what room is left on the card. (Dragon Lee’s been in Los Angeles this week, diving off balconies, as part of the well attended Lucha Va Voom shows.) The second match looks pretty good – Triton, Fuego, the Panther versus Puma, Tiger, and Virus – and means Negro’s sobrinos will definitely be around to help out their tio in the main event. CMLL’s preview plays up the idea Volador may have a surprise of his own.
Saturday’s Arena Coliseo show is canceled. Mexico City is closing some roads due to the Pope coming to town, and those closures make getting to the building too hard to run the show. CMLL says this will not affect the Friday or Sunday shows at Arena Mexico.
El Sol de Mexico caught up with Raijin, Fujin and Okumura, who explained their goal is to dominate as a trio and win the championship. Okumura asked Raijin and Fujin about Mexican women. Fujin said he needs to learn Spanish to get closer to them, while Raijin said he already had his eye on a couple of women and is going to get his Mexican friends to help him learn enough Spanish to talk to them.
Many AAA wrestlers are in Tijuana tonight for The Crash. Main event is Blue Demon, Fenix, Rey Horuz vs John Morrison, Pentagon Jr. and Teddy Hart, which is a match where Blue Demon sticks out like a sore thumb.
In an AAA interview, Joe Lider actually says it was his mistake Pentagon & he lost the tag title match, but hopes they can work things out.
Black Fire gets a shot at the DTU Alto Impacto championship on 02/20 in Bielfield, Germany. The Black Fire in WXW matches are going to be interesting because he hasn’t really found a way to stand out in a big way in DTU, but has a chance to do that on another continent.
The big takeaway is there are a lot of people posting lineups for Veracruz on Facebook (and seemingly room for 6-7 groups to run almost weekly around the state.) CDMX and Estadio de México info is easier to find – if I don’t see some of them once, I’ll see it a couple other times – but it feels like there’s as many or more indie promotions running weekly in a much smaller state.
Once you get past Arizona (a lot of POR promociones shows), those are entire states where there’s less than one known show a week. At least some of that is just those places not posting their lineups anywhere where we’ve found them, but they’re also harder places for luchadors.
Volador versus Negro Casas on Monday night Puebla might be match of the week if they get/take time. Pentagon and Puma on Lucha Underground should be pretty good too, and there’s matches on AAA‘s show which could be good (though no clear idea which one will air. Azteca is in the worst of the counter FantasticaMania boredom.
There’s a question what happens to the Tuesday internet stream, the ClaroSportsTV/Titanes el Ring and the LATV shows now that CMLL says Megasports will air Tuesday shows on Monday nights.. I’m thinking nothing changes though. It shouldn’t – Megasports is an obscure channel, one which may be only available to those who are on the Megacable cable system. (That cable company is not available in Mexico City.) This is a channel so small it has a Twitter account for it’s baseball coverage, but no Facebook page and no website. Megacable, who again owns this stationm doesn’t even list it in on it’s own programming grid.. If you try searching for info about the station, most of the results are people reporting this CMLL story today – the station might as well not exist before today. CMLL could’ve had TV on this station for months and no one would notice. No one will notice going forward either.
Speaking of things that don’t seem to exist: CMLL on TDN. Not on the listing for Sunday, which CMLL announced as the start date, but haven’t said much more about it and there’s nothing that looks like a lucha show outside of “Hazaña el deporte vive” airing a (probably repeat) lucha libre special at 11pm. Your guess is as good as mine.
CMLL has some idiosyncratic system for deciding who gets how many matches and which day of the week they work. We don’t know how it works, but we can at least look to see who gets booked where and figure out who’s benefiting from one of the strange ways CMLL does things.
Friday Mexico (% of all CMLL main buildings) 61% Thunder
43% Espiritu Negro
42% Demus 3:16
39% La Sombra
39% Diamante Azul
38% Rey Escorpión
Yea, most of Thunder’s matches, far more than anyone else, are on the best paying night of the week. It’s part because his never ending relationship with Ultimo Guerrero, but also because they just don’t use him on the other shows. Thunder’s never worked a Sabado Retro show, he worked only 5 Tuesday Guadalajara shows and 3 Tuesday Mexico. There’s plenty of people who’ve worked more Friday night shows, he (and Stukita and Syuri) just didn’t work many other ones.
What happened: Nothing. Skandalo unmasked Blue Panther Jr. to end their match in two falls, but that felt like a random DQ rather than a happening. (They’re not matched up the following week, so it was random.) Marcela worked as a ruda because CMLL was literally out of rudas.
What was good: Nothing. This was a boring Tuesday show.