lucha TV preview for weekend of April 6th

 

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I’ve taken Elite off the schedule since it’s just repeats of repeats. This feels like the fewest number of shows in some time, and the IWRG stuff is mostly hopeful than solid. AYM’s been flakey about actually airing the promotion of late.

CMLL has Reyes del Aire. And hopefully no blocks.

AAA starts the Neza taping, which looked completely weird reading the results and probably the same when we see it. Maybe we’ll get Parka Negra/Elegido or maybe the debut of Dalton Bragg. Or maybe a good match.

Lucha Underground’s dropped back down to airing only two episodes a week, which puts them right on schedule to run thru Season 3, with the last repeat episode airing before the first new episode. Not sure running episodes at times that weren’t advertised at all really served a purpose but you’ll have caught them all if you DVR a season pass.

Pantera keeps IWRG title, Piratas back in Naucalpan

IWRG (WED) 04/05/2017 Arena Naucalpan [The Gladiatores]
1) Power Bull b Puma King (Iwrg)
2) Keiser Drago & Lunatic Extreme b Atomic Star & Shadow Boy
Atomic Star replaced Fireman.
3) Kanon b Skanda
4) Aramis, Black Dragón, Golden Magic b Apolo Estrada Jr., Eterno, Hip Hop Man
money thrown in
5) Trauma I & Trauma II b Black Terry & Diablo Jr.
good match
6) Pantera I © b Demonio Infernal [IWRG IC Light]
first defense. good match.

People actually attended this show! Not a lot, but I’ve seen worse for IWRG.

CanuckPro in British Colombia says they’re bringing in Puma & Tiger on December 8th and 9th.  Hope it goes well, but promotions promising to flying in people in 8 months from now is unusual.

DJZ’s surgery went well; he’ll be in the hospital for 3-5 more days.

LuchaWorld has an interview with Mano Negra.

Wrestling With Words reviews both parts of Rey de Reyes.

RobViper has a music video of 07/28/16 Elite.

Lineup

IWRG (SUN) 04/09/2017 Arena Naucalpan
1) Shadow Boy vs Keiser Drago
2) Aramis & Black Dragón vs Lunatik Xtreme & Skanda
3) Demasiado, Diva Salvaje, Nigma vs Diablo Jr. I, El Hijo del Diablo, Imposible [EdM Trios]
first defense
4) Relámpago vs Cerebro Negro
5) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo vs Black Terry, Demonio Infernal, Hip Hop Man, Ovett
6) Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan Jr. vs Dr. Cerebro, Heddi Karaoui, Herodes Jr.

All the Pirata waste no time into returning to IWRG (which suggest the departure was agreed on for a while.) Pirata Morgan Jr. is the real winner of his brother leaving AAA. Marichi Locos winning the trios titles owul dbe fun but unlikely to happen in the first match.

04/05 The Crash results (Mexico City debut)

Astrolux/Zumbi – imagine if they actually pulled this off (GIF from a Twitter video)

The Crash (WED) 04/05/2017 Gimnasio Olímpico Juan de la Barrera, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal [Estrellas del Ring, La Aficion, MedioTiempo, Por el Titulo Mex, Record]
1) Arkángel Divino, Black Boy (Baja California), Zumbi b Astrolux, Black Danger (Baja California), Último Maldito
Octagon opened the show, announcing an alliance with his Legado Dragon promotion. Alberto also appeared, saying he’d for sure be on the next show. Carlito confronted him to tease a match. After this match, the main event heels beat up the tecnicos.
2) Keira b Sexy Dulce ©, Santana Garrett, Lady Maravilla, Candy White, Laurel Van Ness [The Crash WOMEN]
Sexy Dulce injured her ankle on a plancha and left the match. Keira beat Lady Maravilla.
3) Rey Horuz b Laredo Kid, Mr. 450, Séptimo Dragón, Último Ninja, DJZ [#1 Contenders, The Crash CRUISER]
Rey Horuz gets a title shot against Flamita. DJZ was hurt taking a 450 splash and taken to the hospital with an undetermined injury. The main event rudos attacked again, but this time Rey & the Lucha Brothers made the save. Said to be a great match.
4) Jack Evans, Máscarita Dorada, Willie Mack b ACH, Bestia 666, Black Tauro (Elite)
Demus 3:16 debuted after the match, attacking old rival Mascarita Dorada and promising to chase him anywhere in the world and challenged him to a mask vs hair match. After this, The Crash (Konnnan), NOAH and Impact formerly announced an alliance.
5) Daga b Extreme Tiger
Scheduled as a four way, but Sami was moved up and AR Fox missed the show (flight?). Said to be a disappointing match. Hijo del Pirata Morgan debuted post match, attacking Daga and saying he was against La Rebelion.
6) Bobby Lashley, Carlito, Jeff Cobb b Blue Demon, Brian Cage, Garza Jr.
Lashley snuck in a foul on Garza. Everyone challenged for every match.
7) Penta Zero M, Rey Fénix, Rey Mysterio 619 b Cody Rhodes, Katsuhiko Nakajima, Sami Callihan
Sami Callihan replaced Matt Sydal (flight issues)

The matches sound good. Good good – the cruiserweight match might the one to see if/when it turns up elsewhere, but I didn’t see anything complete beyond the main event. The people who wrote about the show on social media seemed to have a very good time, and the Rey Mysterio entrance was crazy. The main event was about a ***1/2 exhibition-y all star trios match that was done well and got very good in the last third, with Nakajima feeling much more out of place than Rhodes. It was worked more US style, they all got in big spots at the end, the crowd went nuts for the 619 spot on everyone and Rey picked up the win. If you’re interested in just the quality of matches, they sound like they were all pretty good, and you can skip the next 2000 or so words.

Apolo Valdes guessed attendance at 60%, maybe a bit more. Estrellas del Ring says 70%. It looked a lot more empty that in the photos, with sections of empty seats and the wide ranges of the upper level completely empty. It looked like Arena Mexico on a Tuesday or a Sunday. It was tough to imagine how The Crash was going to make money running this show even if they drew a great gate, and this sort of turnout surely hurts.

The Crash picked a tough day to run. People have also brought up the high ticket prices and the fans being burned by other people who didn’t bring in scheduled names. These are legitimate issues, but the biggest reason is still the old obvious one: The Crash didn’t convince enough people to spend money on the matches they were offering. This was not a show that more than a few thousand people wanted to see, because that’s all who showed up.

The “all-star card” of meaningless matches has to go. I like seeing lot of luchadors getting work, but most of their efforts were wasted and most of the names didn’t mean much. This style of show has been proven not to be effective, especially in Mexico City, many times. Not enough has been learned from the failure of Elite. Elite brought in any big name they could, brought even more foreign stars for it’s international tournament , and drew horribly for a major league promotion. They drew great for a minor league promotion aimed at fervent wrestling fans, and so did The Crash did tonight, because all the Mexico City people who follow non-WWE international wrestling came to those shows. There’s just not enough of those people to fill Arena Mexico or fill Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera, not even close.

Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera is the home of AAA because that’s how AAA hypes it. They’re not the only promotion who’s run there. FULL wanted to two shows there run there last year, got Mexico City mainstream attention doing an angle with Pirata Morgan and a clown, and sold so few tickets that one show was canceled and the other was pretty vacant. (They’re going to try again with Alberto & Distromania, and it’s likely going to end the same way.) Baracal, who has experience promoting concerts around Mexico, had the hardcore pick for feud of the year, LA Park versus Rush, and drew no better than The Crash did in this same arena a month ago. Maybe a bit worse. The Crash can take pride in outdrawing Baracal, but probably at twice the price.

And AAA, who everyone diehard fan hates, who does have that history of not delivering what they’ve promised, who were putting out really bland cards at the time, filled this same Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera. And they filled much larger arenas with the same sort of cavalcade of foreign stars for the Lucha World Cup. AAA convinced people the (completely new and invented) Lucha World Cup because they got advertisers and media to treat like the competition was an important deal, because AAA had existed in the market for 20 years, and because they convinced people that winning the last match meant a lot. The same thing happened in January: AAA convinced people Johnny Mundo versus Pentagon Jr. was a match they had to see, at prices that weren’t much cheaper than these. The Crash told people they were the new alternative company, and did a great job in convince people they would have really good matches, and drew all the people who would come to a Wednesday night show to see really good matches. There’s not enough of those people to fill the building.

(aside 1: Lucha Memes should’ve also been a warning sign. Lucha Memes does great crowd, much better than the many other Mexico City area promotions who are trying to the same concept. They just had a really good card last month, have a track record of delivering on their shows, and still drew less last time. The quality of matches alone only appears to a relatively low amount of the people, important matches draw more people.)

(aside 2: PWG seems to be the cited example for The Crash, I bring it up too, but the goal should be NXT. PWG isn’t running 5000 seat buildings, and is getting friendly wrestler discounts because being there is so important. NXT is getting discounts in their own way, but their big show started in the sizeof buildings The Crash tries. NXT also made their shows easy to see for people who were not in the arena, which substantially helped spread the word about the brand. This is a horse I’ve beaten long past the point of death, but The Crash and other promotions inability to broadcast their shows isn’t just costing them the money they make from people buying iPPVs, but greatly diminishing the benefits they’d get for running good shows. In 2017, if people can’t see a professional looking version of your event, no one but the most diehard fans are going to care. Distributing their should not be something The Crash “should be trying to get to” or “aiming for”, this is something they should’ve been doing for months and everyone involved with the company should be freaking out that this hasn’t happened yet.The Crash is trying to start a fire with two rocks when there’s a convince store with matches around the corner, and it’s craziness. It’s nice of the Crash to take a cell phone into the crowd and shoot video from the 20th row, but that means nothing.)

This is not bleak. Any buzz for a good show helps. The Crash didn’t drew well in Tijuana when it started out, and worked it’s way there by being the Tijuana show people had to go to see. They started off with a Mexico City with a good show, and should draw better if they keep delivering good shows. This is not hopeless, this show is just a stark reminder of the job ahead of them. I suspect the spin is going to be that The Crash knew they weren’t going to draw well in the first try and it would always be this hard, but then it would’ve made sense to built to a show this jammed with stars instead of trying to take over night one. The Crash can still get where they want to be, but it’s going to cost them a lot of money in the short term to build their name in Mexico City. They’re going to figure out if it’s worth it.

The decision to run Wednesdays seemed to be because it was the only day they could get a lot of these wrestlers, especially Fenix & Penta. The Lucha Brothers schedule shows no sign of slowing down, and I wonder if The Crash is ultimately going to have to choose between centering around those guys or choosing more friendly days to run. The show ended live around midnight, which is a rough end time on a Wednesday. The fans were into the main event, but there were people visibly walking out before the show ended.

Hijo del Pirata Morgan actually announced he was leaving AAA earlier in the day, but word generally hadn’t gotten out before he debuted. Pirata quit AAA in the fall, but came back at Heroes Inmortales as a surprise entrant in Copa Antonio Pena. He left AAA for such a short time that most people who follow AAA probably just thought he wasn’t used on a few TV tapings. AAA didn’t have any more interesting plans for Hijo del Pirata of late, occasionally teasing a breakup and feud with Pirata Sr. (who might also be gone.) Pirata was talked up by Konnan when he was still with AAA and fits in better with the Crash. Pirata is listed on both the San Luis Potosi and Tlaxcala tapings, but AAA taping cards are expected to change anyway.

Demus 3:16 is a logical jump along the same lines. He’s already working a lot of indies, and he’s got no hope of doing anything in CMLL. CMLL’s decided most of the minis matches are going to be the first or second card, once in a great while they’ll have a title match or an apuesta match in the fourth card, but no more, and not many of those chances. Those matches pay about nothing, while Demus can make some good money by being Mascarita Dorada’s opponent in Mexico, in the US, and beyond. He wasn’t as definite about leaving CMLL, but the gig he’s taking is much better than one he has. Demus bringing up the idea of merging the minis with the regular division was reflective of this reality: the minis have no chance of earning bigger opportunities in CMLL as it’s currently run, are just dependent on the rest of the promotion getting hot and everyone being paid well. (Of course, the minis who did move up aren’t doing much better.) Both Demus & his brother Akuma were listed as working at least one US lucha indie, and in upcoming months, and I’d assume there will be a lot more.

Sexy Dulce’s suffering an ankle injury, which conveniently took her out of a title match she repeatedly implied she wasn’t doing, is suspicious. I know there’s a report saying it’s serious, but it’s the third straight Mexican title she’s lost without actually losing. It doesn’t really mean anything. Everyone Mexican promoter should’ve already been aware that Sexy is essentially the new female Mil Mascaras, someone who’s going to be forever popular but isn’t going to be putting anyone over. She has value and could be useful, but probably shouldn’t be around anything important. (The Crash’ Women’s title is not important and probably will never be, so whatever happened is pretty much irrelevant.)  I’d say we’d know this is a legit injury if she misses the boxing match, but she still doesn’t have an opponent for it right now and reports about her career have mentioned plans for her debut being pushed back previously. This could be a convenient way to push it back again.

The latest update on DJ Z is he’s going to have surgery on his colon, which they believe he fractured in the match. That sounds awful and they’re not even sure if that’s it. DJ Z was scheduled to be in Mexico for a while, but I’m sure he wasn’t hoping to be in a hospital bed.

Matt Sydal posted on Twitter that weather issues caused his flights to be delayed for eight hours and he apologized for missing the show. Sydal was flying out of Atlanta and I believe man of no social media AR Fox is based out of Atlanta, so I would guess he had the same issue. It didn’t appear either absence was mentioned to the crowd. It didn’t seem to matter except for people looking for autographs before the show. Most of the roster was in the day before for the press conference.

Fenix’s name was listed as both Rey Fenix (US) and The King on the video screen. I could not tell you what that man’s name is right now.

Kind of wonder if the Carlito/Alberto thing was actually setting up the new DistrioMania main event, since that’s probably the next show Alberto is working in this building and he needs a someone to replace Drew Galloway.

La Aficion reported there were problems with the meet & greet (Rey showed up late and fans only got about 15 minutes with him) and online ticketing. There was also a paragraph about being unhappy about the media area being overcrowded which seems to have been removed during the night. They took advantage of their media access to write a story that still included Matt Sydal in the main event. (Again, Sydal can’t be that well known if people didn’t even notice he was not there.)

No next date in Mexico City was announced. Actually, the Crash hasn’t announced any next dates yet, likely because they’re were so focused on this show. They’re expected to run in Tijuana on May 5th with the Young Bucks.

 

AAA on Televisa: 2017-04-01 

Aerostar being Aerostar

Recapped: 04/05/2017

All matches were taped at Arena Jose Sulaiman, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon on March 19, and aired on their TV show.

Matches: 

Ayako Hamada defeated Taya to win the AAA Reina de Reinas championship (12:55, Michinoku Driver, ok)

Johnny Mundo defeated Hijo del Fantasma and Texano Jr. to retain the AAA Latin American Championship and win the AAA Cruiserweight & Heavyweight Championship (16:27, Fin de Mundo, good)

Aerostar beat Súper Fly to keep Aerostar’s mask & win SuperFly’s hair (8:28 + 0:03 on the restart, rana, good)

What happened: 

flecha negra

Aerostar took Super Fly’s hair, though Vampiro appeared to be 99% responsible for the win. Super Fly used concealed knuckles to knock out Aerostar. A light show and music heralded Vampiro to the ring, where he dramatically kicked out the referee responsible (Copetes) and ordered the match restarted. Before Super Fly even realized the match was happening, Aerostar cradled him for three. Super Fly tried to leave, but Vampiro brought him back to the ring to get his head shaved. The match had been no DQ and falls count anywhere up to that point.

Johnny Mundo won all three men’s singles titles, in a three way that was turned into a title match by an off camera Vampiro. (They saved his reveal until the main event.) Fantasma and Texano had differing views on how handle this match: Texano wanted to straight team up to take out Mundo, while Fantamsa wanted it to be every man for themselves. This eventually cost Texano, who relented on hitting his friend with a chair. Fantasma repaid the kidness by giving Texano a Thrill of the Hunt on that same chair. Texano was put in a neck brace and on a stretcher and that’s the end of him for now. (This came off like an angle, though perhaps one to explain an already existing Texano injury. He didn’t seem quite himself.) Mundo only won after the second ref bump, instigated by the debuting Kevin Kross. Kross wasn’t named, and the editing made it tough to tell where he came from, but he laid out Fantasma to set up the win for Mundo and presented him with the belts after the match.

This DDT didn’t look good

Ayako Hamada cleanly defeated Taya to win the Reina de Reinas championship.

Noti AAA focuses on a childen who tried out for La Llave de la Gloria. AAA is for the kids. There does seem to be more than 30 people here but it’s hard to get idea from what they show.

AAA was part of filming for a Ni Tu Ni Yo movie. People are drinking wine at a lucha show in Arena San Juan, which is the most unlikely thing I’ve seen.

Enterances are back this week, and the new idea is to mix shots of a video of the wrestler as they walk out.

Where can I watch it: 

This one did look like it hurt a bit

This was the better show of the two Rey de Reyes and one where it felt like things were happen. The matches just didn’t totally live up to the occasion; two finishes were totally in service of new angles and the third match just never clicked.

Aerostar/Super Fly was great for the first eight minutes. I’m not sure how badly Super Fly was hurt – his elbow and arm had pads he usually doesn’t have and seemed to be protecting it at times – but it didn’t stop him from giving a full effort. Starting a match by diving to the floor to hit no one is the message, and he made the brawling really work well. AAA was better prepared to cover a crowd brawl than usual, and while they missed some points (like whatever wound caused Aerostar to lose 10% of his blood), it was easier to watch than usual. Notably, and very happily, this wasn’t the old AAA singles match where the rudo second took half the match and the tecnicos second stood around dumbly until getting in one dive. There were no seconds, and all the attention was on the guys actually in the match. Super Fly & Aerostar were on a great pace, they just lacked a few (maybe five?) minutes to do near falls to play off the drama of the moment. Instead, they got about one minute, a silly ref bump and Vampiro becoming the true winner of the match.

There was no confusion about who was the man of the moment. Aerostar was dead from the moment he got hit until four minutes later when Vampiro restarted the match, then dead again after the pin. Vampiro literally had the bright lights shined on him and played to the crowd, and it’s he who has the feud with Super Fly going forward. Aerostar was incidental to the while thing, and Super Fly was only involved to give Vampiro someone to foil. It’s hard to appreciate a match when it’s so obviously been repurposed to be someone else’s moment in the end.

back suplex!

The intention might have been to do something along the lines of Dario Cueto restarting the Chavo Guerrero versus Rey Mysterio Jr. loser leaves town match, with the match being restarted because the stakes were so high, but that Lucha Underground match continued for three more minutes. It gave time for the focus to shift back to the people in the match, and the statement there was they’d have a decisive winner in a big match. AAA already had a decisive winner in this match – there’s no explanation why chairs were legal but knucks were not – and ending it immediately after the restart kept the focus on Vampiro’s decision to restart it. Even if they absolutely had to do a spot where Vampiro does something positive to re-enforce it being a “new era”, it shouldn’t have been a weapon spot. Those are going to keep on happening anyway. It should’ve been Hijo del Tirantes running in, fast counting for Super Fly, and Vampiro declaring Tirantes’ antics were over to blow off that storyline instead of ignoring it. They had part of that idea by kicking out Copetes (who also has been a rudo at times), but they either didn’t execute it well. Or they executed it perfectly to make Vampiro the focus, because they feel like they need new top stars and decided to go with Vampiro. The original idea seemed to elevate Aerostar, but it did the least for him out of everywhere involved.

Texano versus Fantasma versus Mundo didn’t live up to it’s potential early, but got there at the end. They just seemed out of sorts at first, with Mundo blowing a springboard that couldn’t be hidden, then later doing a neat escape dive onto his feet on the floor but everyone being totally confused as to what they were supposed to do next. Even when the moves were going right, they didn’t seem to be landing well. The one part I did like early on was everyone pulling each out and into another cradle, something I’ve not see quite that way before. Still, I could’ve happily skipped most everything that happened before the first ref bump. (Lot of ref bumps on this show.)

the start

Texano appeared heavier than usual and, while he didn’t take it totally easy, he seemed to do less than usual to the point where I was watching it trying to figure out if he had just come into the match with a neck strain and this was their way of writing him out. It flowed a lot better with Fantasma and Mundo, and Fantamsa’ tope on this show was his best in AAA in a long time. Mundo trying a half dozen times to cheat was a good character bit, and he seemed to be the most over rudo of the night. Kross looked impressive in his moves, especially the back suplex, and the extra-bit of Mundo still hitting his finish made a difference. This was a setup for a new direction but at least the direction looked promising.

Taya/Ayako didn’t work at all; it’s generous to call it even OK. They did a match heavily built around strikes while seemingly being cautious about actually touching each other. Every slap of the mat was super loud, and even the side kicks to chest were making no sound. I don’t know if they were both just concerned about being too hard with a person they didn’t know, but it just didn’t look good for most of the way, slightly picked up in the last few minutes and then still had those same problems. Crowd didn’t care about this at all, which isn’t too surprising: it’s a ruda versus someone they haven’t seen in years (and was a ruda then), and Ayako’s doesn’t play up being a tecnica strong enough to make it work. Taya’s work is not great but it’s more Ayako not being even as into the match as she was the goofy elimination match either and sleep walking in what should be a big match. It never feels that way, and Taya’s long title reign ends just quietly.

the end

The Crash debuts in CDMX tonight, Navarro/Terry vs Panthers, Mamba/Pimpi hair match?

tonight

CMLL (SUN) 04/02/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Domingos Familiares]
1) Micro ?? Destructor
match skipped in results
2) El Yaqui & Javier Cruz Jr. b Demonio Rojo & Thunder Boy
3) Linterna & Mr. Brisa b Fantástico & Tigre Blanco
Lintera beat Tigre Blanco to set up a title match next week
4) Flash II, Mágico, Neutrón b Évola, León Blanco, Pitbull I
5) Metatrón, Smaker, Vaquero Jr. b Joker, Ráfaga, Sádico
Gallito was with the tecnicos. Straight falls, first by excessive violence DQ and second fall by Smaker beating Sadico.

Gallito is just random tecnicos and Gallo is working the Jalisco indie shows, so there must’ve been another fall out. Gallo hasn’t been around since the end of February.

CMLL (TUE) 04/04/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Arena Coliseo Guadalajara]
1) Exterminador & Maléfico b El Divino & Explosivo
2) Robin, Star Black, Star Jr. b Arkángel de la Muerte, Canelo Casas, Furia Roja
3) Soberano Jr., Tritón, Vaquero b Disturbio, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado
Vaquero replaced Esfinge.
4) Ángel de Oro, Esfinge, Titán b Bobby Villa, Luciferno, Pólvora
Esfinge replaced Johnny Idol.
5) Atlantis, Dragón Lee, Volador Jr. DQ Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
Negro Casas unmasked Dragon Lee for the DQ. Challenges followed for next week.

No idea why the feud changed from Dragon Lee to Volador; maybe Volador had to be in Mexico City instead for some reason.

Arena Coliseo Guadalajara posted one of the finishes from the tercera. It appears to be Triton’s last match in Mexico until December, as he’s heading to Chicago for the next few months. Also, this is a thing I didn’t know: the cost to take lucha libre classes in Guadalajara is 300 pesos. That’s only $16 USD, so a full year costs less than a Vampiro tryout. I have no interest in being a luchador and I’d still want to take classes at that price.

CMLL (TUE) 04/04/2017 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Flyer & Sensei b Camorra & Espanto Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 4 DE ABRIL DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
2) Eléctrico, Fantasy, Shockercito b Demus 3:16, Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 4 DE ABRIL DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 2/3
3) Virus b Astral [lightning] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 4 DE ABRIL DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Virus submitted Astral in 6:50
4) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther b Black Terry, Negro Navarro, Sangre Azteca LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 4 DE ABRIL DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Panthers took 2/3, and asked for a titles shot. Navarro & Terry accepted.
5) Guerrero Maya Jr., Máximo Sexy, Rey Cometa b Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 4 DE ABRIL DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
6) Carístico, Marco Corleone, Valiente DQ La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 4 DE ABRIL DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Pierroth fouled Valiente, unmasked him, and the Ingobernables stomped Tirantes for the DQ.

Main event appears to set up Pierroth/Valiente, which is a terrible idea for a feud on it’s own, a depressing waste of time when there’s better matches being made on every other show, and a bizarre choice 40s vs 40s? singles match as the main event for a show named Nuevo Valores. It’s one of the most idiotic things I can imagine. Hopefully they’ll just as randomly change it next week.

Panthers/Maestros seemed good from what I saw, with more care put into the match than usual Tuesday matches, and the crowd got into it. They should do well next week. Los Ingobernables crashed Terry & Navarro’s post match interview, which seems like the kind of match which might take place on a Lucha Memes show and not a CMLL one, and Rush did mention he’s coming to Arena Naucalpan later this month.

CMLL says the Reyes del Aire will return to a normal cibernetico format (with a seeding battle royal) and go to there’s only one winner. That’s a change from last year’s one year experiment with holding off the final two until the following week.

Super Porky, who had some shows honoring him last week, says he’s gone from 151 kg (33lb) to 111 kg (244 lb) and plans to return to the ring. It sounds like he still needs work on his leg, but thinks he’ll check in with CMLL in three months to see how close he is to getting back to Arena Mexico. Porky says he expects to be 100% to return the ring.

Porky ends the interview by saying Psycho Clown & Goya Kong resolved their issues and aren’t against each other yet. That storyline was quietly dropped after it happened (but then, it might have been dropped like everything else by now anyway.)

The Nib has a cartoon strip on Sam Adonis. All we need now is a song and I think he’ll have crossed all media types.  Adonis is on Informa today.

The Crash makes it’s Mexico City debut tonight in Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera. It’s easier just to post the card again instead of running the matches.

The Crash (WED) 04/05/2017 Gimnasio Olímpico Juan de la Barrera, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal
1) Arkángel Divino, Black Boy (Baja California), Zumbi vs Astrolux, Black Danger (Baja California), Último Maldito
2) Sexy Dulce © vs Keira, Santana Garrett, Lady Maravilla, Candy White, Laurel Van Ness [The Crash WOMEN]
3) Rey Horuz vs Laredo Kid, Mr. 450, Séptimo Dragón, Último Ninja, DJZ [#1 Contenders, The Crash CRUISER]
4) Jack Evans, Máscarita Dorada, Willie Mack vs ACH, Bestia 666, Black Tauro (Elite)
5) Daga vs Sami Callihan vs AR Fox vs Extreme Tiger
6) Blue Demon, Brian Cage, Garza Jr. vs Bobby Lashley, Carlito, Jeff Cobb
7) Penta Zero M, Rey Fénix, Rey Mysterio 619 vs Cody Rhodes, Katsuhiko Nakajima, Matt Sydal

So many names – Alberto el Patron and Octagon will also be appearing beside the matches. So few storylines. I think the semimain focuses on the Garza Jr./Lashely thing, and maybe the title matches are going somewhere (but I’m not sure the titles mean all that much here.)  There’s no ticket update; the website says they’re only sold at the venue this close. They wanted to sell out, not just to reduce their losses on running this show, but outdo AAA in their home building, and I’m not sure they’re going to do that.

There’s no sign of this show being made officially available – FiteTV teased the idea of future The Crash shows maybe airing on their service, but nothing tonight. (There’s be plenty of services willing to stream the show, it’s the cost, logistics and legality of doing it which are the issues.) It’s Mexico City, so every website and Facebook account that follows wrestling will be streaming someone’s cell phone video and uploading things to YouTube the next few days, but it’s not quite as good as getting an actual steady camera. This is a big show for the business of lucha libre in Mexico, but not really as big a deal for people who like to watch big names in big matches, since that’s going to be some level of a nuisance unless you’re there. You should go if you can, but I suspect most people reading this can’t.

+LuchaTV has video of The Crash press conference, the Gladiatores has photos and SuperLuchas has a transcript of the wrestler’s quotes. Nothing big was said, just usual stuff to fire people up. Misterio said 80% of the wrestlers on today’s show were already there yesterday, and that sure seemed to be the case. There were a lot of press there, and hopefully it gets them attention for the show. The only references to AAA were implied mentions of other places. I still suspect they’ll do something to get at AAA tonight, but it may just be a minor deal.

Sexy Dulce did not appear to be at the press conference. I assume she’s not wrestling. I don’t know if that makes a difference either way.

Local Ciudad Juarez advertisements are mentioning a Mamba/Pimpinela Escarlata hair match for Verano de Escandalo. It makes sense locally, the two had a bull terrier match on TV last time they taped in Juarez, and a cage match back in March in the same building. It doesn’t really fit much with any TV build, except for Mamba attacking Pimpinela at Rey de Reyes, and AAA’s not very consistent about things right now.

AAA has an interview with Lady Shani which explains away her being a tecnica in Neza: it was another one of Vampiro’s decisions, Shani is OK with it because she wants to prove she’s the best, but she’s prefers to be a ruda. It still comes off as a very tecnica interview.

AAA’s posted week 2 of Zona Ruda, which includes an interview with Ayako Hamada.

Wrestling With Words reviews this past Friday’s CMLL show.

Hetzza debuts in Stardom on April 9th. People who watch Stardom are going to have seen a lot more of her than we are; I don’t have a single video of a match with her in the database. I’m sure they’re on there somewhere, but this is obscure.

Generacion 21 & IAP have a show in Irapuato on 05/08. Zorro, Daga, Garza Jr. versus Cibernetico, Sharlie Rockstar, Black Taurus in the main event, and the Traumas vs Lucha Brothers vs Cosrario Negro/Drako vs X-Dance & Crazy Latino from Queretaro.

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report.

Lineups

LuchaRama (SAT) 04/08/2017 Faro de Oriente, Iztapalapa, Distrito Federal
1) Baby Camaleón & Shadow Magic vs Raptor X & Yako Jr.
Magics lucha match
2) Exotico & Niño De Cobre vs Dr. Pólux & Moria and Camuflaje & Toto
DTU match
3) Yoruba vs Mr. Leo, Terremoto
GH match
4) Lunatik Fly vs Súper Comando, Solaris, Oro Jr., Templario
Colectivo lucha match?
5) Arceus & Tromba vs Flyer & Robin and Demasiado & Diva Salvaje
Kamikazes del Ring match
6) Glenn Calavera & Jerry Calavera vs Corsario Negro Jr. & Drako and Rayo Star & Toxin Boy
CaraLucha match
7) Sagrado vs Golden Magic
Lucha Mutante match
8) Centvrión, Fly Warrior, Látigo vs Baku, DJZ, Metaleón
XMW match

Final lineup for LuchaRama show this weekend, which looks more like a conventional show than past year’s 20+ matches. In a dream world, this show would air live on Powerbomb.TV, it’s the most Powerbomb.TV show there is.

CMLL (TUE) 04/11/2017 Arena México
1) Bengala & Flyer vs Akuma & Metálico
2) Astral, Príncipe Diamante, Stigma vs Disturbio, Raziel, Sangre Azteca
3) Princesa Sugehit vs Zeuxis [lightning]
4) Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., Titán vs Bobby Villa, Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora
5) Black Terry & Negro Navarro © vs Blue Panther Jr. & The Panther [Arena Coliseo TAG]
3rd defense
6) Máximo Sexy, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Terrible

There’s a really good middle here. The fourth match should be good, the fifth match is part of the secret plan to the The Panther into a backup Blue Panther Sr. should the original not be available when Daniel Bryan is free (shh, don’t tell anyone the secret), and Sugehit/Zeuxis has been reliably good. Still no idea if that’s going to the mask match.

CMLL (TUE) 04/11/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Fantástico & Magnum vs Linterna & Mr. Apolo
2) Esfinge, Pegasso, Starman vs Puma, Tiger, Virus
3) Johnny Idol, Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
4) Dragón Lee vs Negro Casas
5) Atlantis, Carístico, Diamante Azul vs La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush

They’re doing Dragon Lee versus Negro Casas, they’re going to have it on tape, it’s never going to put online, and it’s not even the Dragon Lee singles match I’m angry about right now, what a world.

Not sure if Ephesto will be back then. Not sure if Idol will be either after missing this show.

KDR (SAT) 04/29/2017 Gimnasio Hercules, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal
1) Dr. Siniestro & Tauro vs Genex & Príncipe Aéreo
2) Tromba vs Coco Dark
3) Rayo Star & Toxin vs Ciclón Black & Solaris and Lunatik Extreme & Lunatik Fly
4) Corsario Negro & Drako vs Dr. Cerebro & Heddi Karaoui
5) Mr. Leo vs ?, Centurion, Freelance [Kamicaze Universal, torneo]

Kamicazes del Ring next show appears to be starting a title tournament.

04/29/2017 AAA TV Lineup (Tlaxcala)

AAA

AAA TV (SAT) 04/29/2017 Paleqnue del Centro Expositor, Tlaxcala, Tlaxcala
1) Niño Hamburguesa vs Bengala, Australian Suicide, Joe Lider, Hijo de Pirata Morgan
2) Faby Apache vs Big Mami, La Hiedra, Goya Kong, Lady Shani
3) Máscara de Bronce & Venum vs Dark Cuervo & Dark Scoria
4) Pimpinela Escarlata vs Mamba
5) Carta Brava & Soul Rocker vs Monsther Clown & Murder Clown
6) ?, ??, La Parka vs Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly
7) Psycho Clown vs Hijo del Fantasma, Kevin Kross

Air Date: 05/20 and 05/27

I’m willing to give out advice and not as good at taking it, but I’m going at taking it. I’m going to try to be a bit better here: until AAA starts actually running shows that resemble the cards they announce, there’s no point in writing previews. It’s just a list of people announced, and those matches probably won’t happen as listed. I’d like to be interested in La Secta versus Bronce & Venum but there’s no telling if it’ll happen.

Here’s some solid things we can work with

  • AAA’s overloaded on TV content by this point. I had this penciled down as one show taping, but that looks like two weeks of TV. Every taping before looks like two shows too. I think the 05/26 Queretaro taping has been quietly canceled/rescheduled, which gives them a second week for this taping. They’d only have one week for Pachuca (05/16), but they’re also short a week before TripleMania so maybe it’ll work out.
  • Mamba attacked Pimpinela Escarlata at Rey de Reyes and I totally forgot because there was 500 things going on and it’s not like they haven’t been feuding for five years anyway, but this was a really convenient point to bring it up.
  • AAA needs to get some Kevin Kross photos to use for their posters
  • The mystery team must not be the Traidor Clowns and seem unlikely to be the Apaches working the semimain, even with the OGT on the other side. Maybe Ricky Marvin has a new partner? Maybe they’re trying to get people to come in as a team?

Or maybe they’ll just quietly disappear when the card changes. I should stop here.

Next taping is 05/16 in Pachuca. Dr. Wagner versus Psycho Clown has been announced locally as the main event.

Puebla results, The Crash press conference tonight, Espiritu/Policeman next week, AAA/WWC tryout

a CMLL finish

CMLL (MON) 04/03/2017 Arena Puebla [CMLL, Culticon]
1) El Malayo & Joker b Arkalis & París LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 3 DE ABRIL DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
2) Cancerbero & Raziel b Asturiano & Rey Samuray LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 3 DE ABRIL DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
3) Espíritu Maligno, Fuego, Pegasso b Disturbio, Policeman, Sagrado LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 3 DE ABRIL DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Sagrado replaced Skandalo. Espiritu finally beat Policeman – in straight falls (first by DQ), second by roll up. Maligno decided to press his luck and ask for a hair match next week, and Poiceman accepted.
4) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther b Bobby Villa, Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 3 DE ABRIL DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
good match
5) Diamante Azul DQ Pierroth LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 3 DE ABRIL DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
in the third fall, Diamante Azul had Pierroth in a waistlock for his German suplex, spun him around to knock down the referee, sat Pierroth down to foul him, and tossed his mask to Pierroth. Ref gave match to Azul.
6) Atlantis, La Máscara, Rush b Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Volador Jr. [Relevos Increíbles] LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 3 DE ABRIL DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Atlantis and his partners didn’t get along. Atlantis had Volador up in the Atlantida, Tirantes knocked Atlantis over (Tirantes was shoved by La Mascara?), Rush and La Mascara fouled Maximo & Marco, Ingobernables got the pins.

You can kind of see La Mascara shove Tirantes if you look for it, but CMLL shot in a way that made it look like Tirantes turned heel. Well, more heel than usual.

Important Note: if you go back to watch the show from the beginning, turn down or mute the sound. There’s loud sound feedback for the first few minutes and it’ll surprise you with how loud it is.

Arena Mexico tonight has more Los Ingobernables. They team as a trio against Caristico, Marco Corleone and Valiente. The semimain had Guerrero Maya Jr., Maximo and Rey Cometa versus Rey Bucanero, Terrible and Vangellys.

The middle matches are more interesting. Negro Navarro & Black Terry make their first CMLL appearance since winning the Arena Coliseo Tag Team championship on Christmas Day. They team with Sangre Azteca to take on the Panther family. Some combination there could produce a title match. The lightning match has Astral getting his first singles match as part of the main division, facing fellow ex-mini Virus. Astral’s probably going to continue to not win but it’ll be interesting to see what he can do with the opportunity.

The guys who are still minis are in the segunda: Electrico, Fantasy and Shockercito versus Demus, Pequeno Olimpico, and Pierrothito. Flyer & Sensei face Camorra & Espanto Jr. in an unappealing opener.

The show is at 7:30pm, returning to it’s normal time in the US. It’ll air on CMLL’s YouTube.

Guadalajara has Atlantis, Dragon Lee, and Volador Jr. versus Cavernario, Mr. Niebla and Negro Casas. Last week saw Casas foul Volador, so that’s probably a singles match as soon as next week. That show also has Triton’s last match in Mexico until December; he teams with Soberano and Esfinge against Disturbio, Misterioso and Sagrado. He’s wrestling in GALLI outside of Chicago this Sunday. It looks like Mr. Brisa, who’s been wrestling as part of the Arena Coliseo Guadalajara locals for the last couple years, is coming with him for at least this week.

CMLL made a couple card changes. Ephesto was listed on shows but isn’t ready to come back. Lucifierno replaces him in the Reyes del Aire and Hechicero is now in the main event on Saturday. They also added a Sam Adonis/Rey Cometa lightning match to Friday’s show.

CMLL mentioned their participation on ROH’s show last weekend, and use the photo of Marcela & Amapola I couldn’t find Sunday morning. There’s vague talk about more exchanges coming soon.

The lucha libre event which probably will get the most attention tonight won’t be a show, but the The Crash’s press conference tonight at 7pm at Plaza de Estrellas. They haven’t said exactly who will be there, but some people on tomorrow’s show are already in town and they’ll be looking to get attention for their Mexico City debut. They need some; the expensive floor seats look like are moving very slowly.

LigerFever has a translation of this week’s Lucha Libre Boom with Konnan. They say the tickets for the shows are selling well, but also say that it wouldn’t be a big deal if they didn’t sell out. That’s some frame of expectations. Konnan believes there are more hardcore fans now and those are the ones to market to, and the casual fans will come in if they hear it’s a good show. I think he’s might be right, but it does take a few shows for that to build up that buzz. (On the other hand, it’s still hard to figure how they’re going to make money off this show in itself even if they did sell it out, so maybe it’s immaterial.)

Konnan does mention the idea of running a PPV with Impact in Tijuana is off; it cost too much money for Impact to transport and insure their equipment to Tijuana. They thought about just moving it to Mexico City, but it was too late to happen. That’s another reason why tomorrow’s show is big: Tijuana is going to stay The Crash’s home, but establishing Mexico City is a big deal for TV reasons. The podcast mentions plans for The Crash to get their own TV show and put their content on the internet, but they’re as vague and slow as ever.

Toro Road Entertainment announced they’d be holding a tryout on August 20th, hosted by Vampiro, where one winner will get a guaranteed tryout with AAA and Puerto Rico’s WWC. Two runner ups will get a tryout match with Lucha Underground. You can sign up here for $200.

The tryouts are listed as “Guaranteed” is in caps and bold, but it’s still just a tryout match for either promotion. I wonder what story’s being told to whom that the chance to wrestle for AAA or WWC is a bigger prize than a chance to wrestle for LU. Mr. 450 is a great example: he was a top guy in WWC and on TV in a better spot than a guy who wins a tryout, and the thing that might have actually really helped him was being a job guy on NXT. There’s probably a reason this contest is done it like this (maybe you’ve got a better shot of actually getting past the tryout if you get the WWC or AAA one, maybe they’re not as sure the LU is going to go anywhere)

The tryout costs $200. I don’t pay close attention to those things to know for sure, but my impression is that’s way more expensive than usual for this sort of things, a price that seems less about weeding about the dreamers and more about making sure everyone involved makes some money on this thing. It also may take you some time to make that 200 back for a person who wins a tryout and wins the lowest spot on the totem poll for either WWC or AAA. Still, it’s not like you can shop around for better prices on major promotions tryouts. If I was a wrestler, I’d be kind of sure most of these are fishy – the people in charge always might have decided who’s winning before the tryout started for all you know – but maybe it’s wroth it for the possible competition and the chance to open someone’s eyes

It is notable that all the new Lucha Underground event stuff have included Vampiro in a prominent role, when Vampiro really wasn’t doing anything before he could put in that position.

AAA put up this week’s TV show. I’ve heard it’s both good and crazy, the best kind of TV.

AAA also has an interview with Cuervo & Scoria. The follow up to the Neza taping makes it clearer the idea is Cuervo/Scoria vs Pagano/Mesias next for the tag titles. Maybe in Juarez.

Payaso Retro unmasked Fantasmin in Arena Coliseo San Ramon on Saturday in a cage match.

Dr. Wagner faces Zorro and Mr. Electro on 04/15 in Arena Neza. Wagner is doing a fair bit of outside AAA dates against people who are not on great terms with AAA.

Lucha Memes announced they’ll be back in Arena Naucalpan on 04/28 for Chairo 10, with MDA promotions also part of the show.

Alberto el Patron is off the 05/05 Pro Wrestling Revolver show due to MMA duties.

The Lucha Underground panel this month at Chicago’s C2e2 will have a lottery for autographs.

+LuchaTV’s podcast has Mini Rey Misterio, Demonio Infernal, Black Tauro and Hijo de Dr. Wagner as guests.

LuchaWorld has their latest podcast and this week’s Poster-Mania.

Segunda Caida watches some Elite & Dinamitas.

Lineup

CMLL (MON) 04/10/2017 Arena Puebla
1) Asturiano & Zaeta Roja vs El Joker & Rey Apocalipsis
2) Black Tiger & Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Fuerza Chicana & King Jaguar
3) Drone, Fuego, Stigma vs Disturbio, Puma, Tiger
4) Espíritu Maligno vs Policeman [hair]
5) Mistico, Titán, Valiente vs Cavernario, Negro Casas, Niebla Roja
6) Atlantis, La Máscara, Rush vs Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Volador Jr. [Relevos Increíbles]
rematch

Espiritu is a slight favorite. It’s Espiritu & Policeman, neither man can be much of a certainty. Niebla Roja isn’t with the Guerreros, and the match could be good if he gets along with these rudos. Main event isn’t as clear about it’s direction – it might end up Atlantis versus one of the Los Ingobernables

new lucha videos for the weekend of March 31st, 2017

Matt Taven

This is tiny. No new IWRG aired, both my AAA recordings failed and ELITE is definitely into repeats. And I really should cancel the package that gets WWC already.

YouTube playlist:

04/01 & 04/02 WWC:  Cloud Drive

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-03-31
Cloud Drive
taped 2017-03-31 @ Arena México
1) Stukita & Último Dragóncito vs Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro
2) La Jarochita, Princesa Sugehit, Skadi vs Amapola, Tiffany, Zeuxis
3) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther vs El Cuatrero, Máscara Año 2000, Sansón
4) Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Volador Jr. vs Kráneo, Mephisto, Pierroth
5) Diamante Azul, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero
6) Matt Taven vs Rush

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2017-04-01
Cloud Drive
taped 2017-03-20 @ Arena Puebla
1) Lestat, Rey Cometa, Stigma vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Kráneo, Luciferno
2) Diamante Azul, Mr. Niebla, Terrible vs La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush in a relevos increíbles match
3) Mephisto © vs Carístico for the CMLL World Welterweight Championship

Puebla preview, LU Season 4

Puebla

IWRG (SUN) 04/02/2017 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, The Gladiatores]
1) Atomic Star b Skanda
Combined two scheduled matches (Fireman/Atomic & Cadilac/Skanda) into one.
2) Alas de Acero, Aramis, Shadow Boy DQ Avisman, Demonio Infernal, Hip Hop Man
Hip Hop Man fouled a tecnico
3) Emperador Azteca b Eterno
money thrown in
4) Diablo Jr., El Hijo del Diablo, Imposible b Demasiado, Diva Salvaje, Nigma
Mariachi Locos want a trios title shot. Exoticos said OK.
5) Herodes Jr. © b Danny Casas [IWRG JUNIORS]
first defense. Straight falls, first by DQ when Danny Casas accidentally hit the referee, second when Casas got his shoulder up befoer three. Danny blamed the referee for the decision and wanted a rematch. Herodes will only accept if it’s super libre.
6) Súper Mega, Trauma I, Trauma II b Freelance, Heddi Karaoui, Veneno
MegaTrauma took 2/3.

Tonight, CMLL will give Puebla a Diamante Azul versus Pierroth match. It’s unclear what Puebla has done to deserve this. They went all out in their H2L match to make it tolerable. This is an Monday show, which probably won’t have the same effort to hide the weaknesses. La Mascara and Rush will be there – they’re in the main event, teaming with Atlantis against Marco, Maximo and Volador – so they’ll get involved in the match somehow.

The best match of the show will be the fourth match, with the Panthers facing Los Revolucionarios. CMLL could use another set midcard tecnico trio, so the Panthers didn’t have to be the best opponents for Dragon Rojo’s group, the Dinamtias and the Casas. The Policeman/Espiritu Maligno feud moves up to the third match, and hopefully will move forward in someway. Fuego, Pegasso, Disturbio and Skandalo will also be in the match. There’s two tag matches to open the show. Asturiano & Rey Samuray versus Cancerbero & Raziel and Arkalis & Paris against El Malayo & Joker, both which could be good.

The show starts at 9pm local. Mexico is now completely on daylight savings time, so all CMLL streams will go back to airing at the normal times in the US. (I tried to figure out how the time change worked for Japan other places that don’t change time, then gave up.)

The Last Reel Heels, who’s podcast has moved to being a YouTube video cast, had Eric Van Wagnen on as guest this weekend to talk about Lucha Underground. Everything was positive: EVW expects a press release officially announcing Season 4 coming pretty soon, and figures they’ll be taping in Fall. That’s earlier than the last bit of rumors, but matches what Paul London was saying last month. They expect to start doing prelim work this summer, and are only not taping that early because it’s too hot in the Temple. I can confirm it is very hot in that building in the summer. LU timelines have a way of shifting and getting pushed back, but the optimism is nice to hear.

On the talent front, EVW mentioned he had lunch with Pentagon the previous week and they talked about how things are going. Pentagon said he wants to be on Season 4, and Eric wants him on Season 4, and they’re always going to do what’s best for Lucha Underground (and not worry as much what this means for AAA.) Eric feels this is going to work out that same way for everyone else in the same situation – Jack, Fenix, Sexy – and notes there’s usually some sort of conflicts like this the longer you get into a show. EVW also addressed the UK TV situation: MGM wants to find a network home but hasn’t had any takers, and it sounds like they’re only going to look at Netfilx as a failback when they’ve given up. EVW noted everything takes three times as long when you have as many partners as they do, but it opens the door for things which would not have happened otherwiese.

Hijo del Santo & Santo Jr. will be back in Albert Hall in Manchester in June 22. Silver King, Casandro, Laredo Kid, Mascarita Dorada, Octagoncito, Bandido, and Hijo de Fishman announced. Tickets are 22 to 38.50 UKP ($27 to $48 USD), which seems a little cheaper than usual. Hijo del Santo’s Grafico column this week, which I can’t seem to find on their website, has him talking about plans to built a El Santo musuem. The Grafico piece that is posted has the Santos watching the newspapers being printed and Santo Jr. mentioning Rush and Sin Cara as two of his favorite current wrestlers.

This week’s AAA TV show is now up.

Lineups

IWRG (WED) 04/05/2017 Arena Naucalpan
1) Power Bull vs Puma King (Iwrg)
2) Fireman & Shadow Boy vs Keiser Drago & Lunatic Extreme
3) Kanon vs Skanda
4) Aramis, Black Dragón, Golden Magic vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Eterno, Hip Hop Man
5) Black Terry & Diablo Jr. vs Trauma I & Trauma II
6) Pantera I © vs Demonio Infernal [IWRG IC Light]
first defense

Top few matches could be very good. +LuchaTV posted the complete non-title win leading up to it.

great match roundup, week of 2017-03-25

rolling inside cradle?

running best match list

Probably overrated the Sugehit/Zeuxis match, luchadors tend to credit for finding ways to keep repeated matches fresh.

recommended matches

rating matches TV Show taped
great Princesa Sugehit © vs Zeuxis for the Mexican National Women’s Championship LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 27 DE MARZO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-03-27 2017-03-27
good Titán vs Bobby Villa in a lightning match LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 28 DE MARZO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-03-28 2017-03-28
good Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr., Máximo Sexy vs Puma, Terrible, Tiger LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 28 DE MARZO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-03-28 2017-03-28
good Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther vs El Cuatrero, Máscara Año 2000, Sansón Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther vs El Cuatrero, Máscara Año 2000, Sansón (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-03-31 2017-03-31
good Matt Taven vs Rush Matt Taven vs Rush (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-03-31 2017-03-31

Other matches watched

rating matches TV Show taped
ok Dark Cuervo & Dark Scoria vs El Mesías & Pagano in a Number One Contenders Match match and for the AAA World Tag Team Championship and in a cage match AAA-Rey de Reyes 2017: Pagano y Mesias vs Cuervo y Scoria - 19 Marzo 2017 (posted by Luchamania Monterrey) Dark Cuervo & Dark Scoria vs El Mesías & Pagano in a cage match (posted by thecubsfan) Lucha en JAULA - Rey de Reyes 2017 - Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide - Marzo 2017 (posted by luchalibreaaatv) AAA on Televisa: 2017-03-25 2017-03-19
ok Faby Apache vs La Hiedra, Lady Shani, Ayako Hamada, Goya Kong, Big Mami in a AAA’s Reina de Reinas Tournament match and in a Number One Contenders Match match Hexagonal : Goya vs Ayako vs Hiedra vs Big Mami vs Lady Shani vs Faby Apache. 19 Marzo 2017 (posted by Luchamania Monterrey) Six luchadora #1 contenders match from AAA on Televisa: 2017-03-25 (posted by thecubsfan) Torneo REINA DE REINAS en Rey de Reyes - Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide - Marzo 2017 (posted by luchalibreaaatv) AAA on Televisa: 2017-03-25 2017-03-19
ok Dr. Wagner Jr. & Psycho Clown vs Monsther Clown & Murder Clown Dr. Wagner Jr. & Psycho Clown vs Monsther Clown & Murder Clown (posted by thecubsfan) Dr. Wagner Jr. y Psycho Clown vs Murder Clown y Monsther Clown. 19 Marzo 2017 (posted by Luchamania Monterrey) Lucha de ODIO en Rey de Reyes 2017 - Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide - Marzo 2017 (posted by luchalibreaaatv) AAA on Televisa: 2017-03-25 2017-03-19
ok Argenis vs Averno, Chessman, Bengala, El Elegido, Pimpinela Escarlata, Niño Hamburguesa, Joe Lider, La Parka in a AAA’s Rey de Reyes Tournament match 2017 Rey de Reyes match (posted by thecubsfan)Torneo AAA Rey de Reyes - Arena Jose Sulaiman, Monterrey NL - 19 Marzo 2017 (posted by Luchamania Monterrey) TORNEO Rey de Reyes 2017 - Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide - Marzo 2017 (posted by luchalibreaaatv) AAA on Televisa: 2017-03-25 2017-03-19
ok Centella Roja & Hijo de Centella Roja vs El Perverso & Sombra Diabólika LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 27 DE MARZO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-03-27 2017-03-27
ok Black Tiger, Espíritu Maligno, Millenium vs Apocalipsis, Inquisidor, Policeman LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 27 DE MARZO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-03-27 2017-03-27
ok Fuego, Pegasso, Soberano Jr. vs Misterioso Jr., Skándalo, Toro Bill Jr. LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 27 DE MARZO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-03-27 2017-03-27
ok Marco Corleone, Matt Taven, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 27 DE MARZO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-03-27 2017-03-27
ok Diamante Azul, Mr. Niebla, Terrible vs La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 27 DE MARZO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-03-27 2017-03-27
ok Magia Blanca & Sangre Imperial vs El Coyote & Grako LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 28 DE MARZO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-03-28 2017-03-28
ok La Vaquerita, Sanely, Silueta vs Dalys, Metálica, Reyna IsisLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 28 DE MARZO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-03-28 2017-03-28
ok Esfinge, Soberano Jr., Tritón vs Sagrado, Skándalo, VirusLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 28 DE MARZO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-03-28 2017-03-28
ok Atlantis, Matt Taven, Valiente vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 28 DE MARZO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-03-28 2017-03-28
ok Stukita & Último Dragóncito vs Mercurio & Pequeño NitroStukita & Último Dragóncito vs Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-03-31 2017-03-31
ok Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Volador Jr. vs Kráneo, Mephisto, Pierroth Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Volador Jr. vs Kráneo, Mephisto, Pierroth (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-03-31 2017-03-31
ok Diamante Azul, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero Diamante Azul, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-03-31 2017-03-31
below average La Jarochita, Princesa Sugehit, Skadi vs Amapola, Tiffany, Zeuxis La Jarochita, Princesa Sugehit, Skadi vs Amapola, Tiffany, Zeuxis (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-03-31 2017-03-31
watch later Pantera vs Demonio Infernal Pantera Primero vs Demonio Infernal mano a mano en la Arena Naucalpan (posted by Estrellas del Ring) Pantera vs Demonio Infernal (posted by thecubsfan) IWRG Zona XXI: 2017-03-26 2017-03-22