An unmasked guy losing a hair versus mask match is nothing new, but Javier Cruz Jr. losing is a bit of a surprise. His father was famous for winning hair matches, but this is the third one his son has lost since 2012.
Main event was said to be good; it seemed fine from what I paid attention to, but I’ll watch it later. Attendance seemed strong if maybe not as much as last week.
One feature to like about Puebla feuds is they’re often starting one while another finishes, so there’s not a complete dead show. Tonight’s CMLL show is a complete dead show. CMLL hasn’t had a rivalry since the end of the Ephesto/Maya issue on the 13th. It’s just been (even more) random matches. It doesn’t seem like it’ll change tonight.
Tonight’s main event random match is Volador, Stuka Jr., and Maximo versus Euforia, Rey Bucanero and Negro Casas. All the tecnicos are heading out of town soon, so there probably won’t be a feud there. Johnny Idol, Guerrero Maya Jr. and Drone face Ephesto, Ripper and Hechicero in the semimain; only Ripper isn’t going to Japan, and he seems occupied with Blue Panther Jr. at the moment. The lightning match is Triton versus Sagrado, which could be pretty good. It’s Triton’s first singles match since returning to Mexico, which should be interesting, but now they’re past the point on the card where there’s ever an issue on Tuesdays. Pegasso, Star Jr., Oro Jr. take on Skandalo, Okumura and Virus in the tercera. Reina Isis returns to Arena Mexico in the segunda, teaming with La Seductora, La Metalica versus Estrellita, Sanely and Skadi. That match could be trouble. The opener is Aereo & Acero versus Demus 3:16 & Pequeno Universo. Someone’s getting dropped on their head.
The show will air on 7:30 pm on CMLL’s YouTube channel. I’ve have a recap later this week.
AAA’s tweaked their announced schedule:
Guerra de Titanes is still the same (01/20, in DF)
Toluca (01/27) has moved from the Gimnasio Agustin Millan, where they’ve run for decades, to Salon Rojo Club Toluca. This appears to be a concert venue, and a smaller building (though I can’t find a capacity.)
The Cuautitlan taping is pushed back one day, from Friday to Saturday 02/11.
CMLL talks about Maximo’s title win, slightly hints Maximo might defend his heavyweight title on FantasticaMania. I had not even considered the heavyweight champion might defend the title in Japan, mostly because it’s the heavyweight title. I have no idea who they’d put him with, maybe an exciting battle with Yujiro.
Lucha Underground & Johnny Mundo appear in a new Slim Jim commercial. This is a nice deal for the promotion, especially if it shows up more than just on Twitter. On another Lucha Underground note, no one with the show or with El Rey has said anything more about the 01/11 show being the mid-season finale. That seems like an announcement which should be followed by a press release. They don’t send those things to me, but I haven’t seen them show up elsewhere.
The big news is X-Fly’s back the title match that was held off for a while. Main event is either a build to a title match, or Pirata Morgan won a hair match because they’re building up a hair match with Mr. Electro. Perhaps both.
No Wednesday show this week.
CMLL (MON) 01/09/2017Arena Puebla
1) Centella Roja, Meyer, Millenium vs Fuerza Chicana, Guerrero Espacial, King Jaguar
2) Astro, Shockercito, Último Dragóncito vs Espíritu Maligno, Mini Joker, Pequeño Violencia
3) Blue Panther Jr., The Panther, Titán vs Kráneo, Olímpico, Ripper
4) Johnny Idol, Marco Corleone, Valiente vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
5) Atlantis, Carístico, Máximo Sexy vs Cavernario, Gran Guerrero, Negro Casas
Main event continues the Caristico/Casas feud. I wonder if Gran Guerrero is filling in for Niebla.
PROESA is a repeat. They keep promoting the show on Twitter, so I don’t think it’s meant to be dead, but I haven’t seen them advertise tapings in a great while. AAA remains in repeat material until 01/14.
CMLL Lucha Libre Retro: 2016-12-30
taped 2016-10-08 @ Arena Coliseo Cloud Drive
1) La Jarochita, Princesa Sugehit, Skadi vs Dalys, La Seductora, Metálica
2) Atlantis, Máximo Sexy, Mistico vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Shocker
CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-12-30
taped 2016-12-30 @ Arena México Cloud Drive
1) Flyer & Robin vs Hijo del Signo & Metálico
2) Pegasso, Star Jr., Tritón vs Nitro, Sangre Azteca, Virus
3) Rey Cometa vs Sagradoin a lightning match
4) Blue Panther Jr., Drone, The Panther vs Kráneo, Olímpico, Ripper
5) Ángel de Oro, Marco Corleone, Stuka Jr. vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible
6) Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas vs Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr.
AAA on Televisa: 2016-12-31 (Best of Part 2) Cloud Drive
CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2016-12-31
taped 2016-12-19 @ Arena Puebla Cloud Drive
1) Blue Panther Jr., Stigma, The Panther vs Hechicero, Puma, Tiger
2) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Johnny Idol vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Sam Adonis
3) La Máscara, Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Volador Jr.in a relevos increíbles match
IWRG Zona XXI: 2017-01-02
taped 2017-01-01 @ Arena Naucalpan Cloud Drive
1) Alfa & Omega vs Araña de Plata & Demonio Infernal
2) Danny Casas, Dragón Fly, Veneno vs Dr. Cerebro, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro
3) Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Mr. Electro, Tinieblas Jr. vs Killer Jr., Negro Navarro, Pirata Morgan
4) Imposible vs Relámpago, Golden Magic, Pirata Morgan Jr.in a cage match and for the mask and [prison fatal]
That’s about it for 2016 TV. Maybe I’ll throw in the AAA in Chilpancingo TV. Lucha Underground will keep going by air date. I may sneak in some Retro as part of the catchup, and there’s plenty left with that. I’ve got some of those catch ups waiting to go up and will update the MOTYC stuff after.
Texano versus Cage was fun. It was a slow week to close it.
AAA (SUN) 01/01/2017Arena Neza [+LuchaTV, Kronosport]
1) Príncipe Negro & Taquero Maldito b Admantium & Balak money thrown in
2) Motocross, Royer Boy, Sky Man b Brayan, Chico Che, Rayo Star money thrown in
3) Pandemónium, Pandemónium Jr., Xibalba b Bengala, Dave The Clown, Súper Fly Local rudos cheated to win.
4) La Parka & Psycho Clown b Monsther Clown & Murder Clown
5) Joe Lider L Texano Jr., Pagano, Averno, Chessman, Hijo de Pirata Morgan [cage, mask] Monster & Murder interfered to keep Lider in, while Psycho Clown helped Texano to escape. Pagano & Lider were the last two in, and they did the one fall bit at the end like a CMLL match – only those two did an extreme style match. Pagano beat Lider, who lost his hair.
The building was full for this show. Weird to see the local rudos beat the AAA trio, but those guys are on pretty much every Neza show.
Tonight’s another busy day for Volador. He had both the CMLL semimain and the Cara Lucha main event yesterday, and he’ll have a main event NWA Weltweright Championship title defense against la Mascara in Puebla today. He’s just passed Mano Negra as the longest title reign since the mid 70s, and will reach 900 days of champion during the FantasticaMania tour. Mascara has his own title, two weight divisions up. A title change is unlikely, and it’ll be more about what kind of show they want to put on.
It’s a six match card, so it’s either going to run later than usual or some of the undercard matches will run short. The semimain, which seems to be thes pot usually cut short, otherwise looks like the second best match on the card: Atlantis, Caristico and Maximo against Cavernario, Gran Guerrero and Negro Casas. Angel de Oro, Titan and Valiente face Rey Bucanero, Terrible and Vangellys in the fourth match. The never ending Stigma/Skandalo feud is in the tercera, with Guerrero Maya, Rey Cometa, Disturbio and Sam Adonis. Arkalis, Millenium and Tiger Rojo face Arkangel, Metalico and Policeman. The show opens with Asturiano & Zaeta Roja against Rey Apocalipsis & Toro Bill, which would be good if the Batilion worked as hard on their matches as their enterances.
CMLL (SUN) 01/01/2017Arena México [CMLL, Pro Wrestling Super Blog, thecubsfan]
1) Demus 3:16, Mercurio, Pierrothito b Acero, Astral, Último Dragóncito 14:22. Rudos took 1/3. Acero replaced Stukita (probably back in Laguna)
2) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther Jr., Guerrero Maya Jr. b Bobby Z, Pólvora, Ripper 15:52. Tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Stuka Jr. b Felino, Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero 7:38. Tecnicos took 2/3. Rey Bucanero replaced Mr. Niebla on Tuesday.
4) Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. b Ephesto, Hechicero, Mephisto 10:42. Tecnicos took 2/3.
5) Máximo b Máscara Año 2000 [hair] 11:04. Maximo took 2/3.
This show was a bit like Friday’s show, with a lot of playing to the crowd and positive finishes, but not the same level of quality. There’s nothing you need to go see from this match, especially including the main event. The turnout seemed better than last Sunday, maybe approaching a usual Friday, but not so much that they ever dared give us long shots of the seats. New Year’s Day seems like it was a good drawing day all around: AAA shows in Arena Neza and Arena Lopez Mateos sold out and CaraLucha looks it did well.
Mascara 2000’s return ends up a lot like Super Parka’s return a year ago: a veteran name from multiple generations in the past back around to lose an apuesta match to a regular CMLL luchador. Super Parka lost to Negro Casas to set up him up for the Volador match at H2L. I can’t imagine CMLL will do a Maximo hair match loss at H2L two straight years (or twice in a year’s time, which they almost did here), but Maximo defending his title against various Sanson & Cuatrero would be entertaining uses of time. Seems unlikely.
Mascara kicking out the finish seems totally unprofessional to me, but it’s consistent with how he’s acted thru the whole way of this feud and it’ll likely be unremarked on beyond the English language lucha fans. That sort of thing just doesn’t seem to get traction elsewhere. There’s no indication Mascara is actually done now, just I have no idea what else you’d do with him. Not sure what you could do with him anyway.
Cara Lucha (SUN) 01/01/2017Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México [+LuchaTV]
1) Samael, Torito Negro, Yin Sang b Arceus, Atomic Fly, Príncipe Aéreo Torito Negro’s debut. Samael replaced Imperio Negro
2) Flama Roja, Toro Negro III, Toro Negro Jr. b Alas de Acero, Alas De Plata, Pegazus
3) Látigo & Trauma I b Corsario Negro & Gallego [Juventud y Gloria, quarterfinal] Latigo & Trauma moved onto the final.
4) Demus 3:16 & Yoruba b Sky Man & Solar I [Juventud y Gloria, quarterfinal] former rivals Demus & Yoruba won, but still aren’t friends. Skyman replaced Bandido (in Torreon instead).
5) Templario & Último Guerrero b Látigo & Trauma I [Juventud y Gloria, semifinal] Guerrero & Templario advance to the final. Templario was eliminated, but of course UG beat both Latigo and Trauma I by himself.
6) Fénix El Rey b Volador Jr., Flamita money thrown in.
Templario & Ultimo Guerrero advance to the final, where for sure Demus & Yoruba aren’t beating them. We don’t know the last quarter final, which is probably going to need an Atlantis or a Caristico to pull that off.
IWRG (SUN) 01/01/2017Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV]
1) Black Dragón & Cadillac b Adrenalina & Keshin Black Cadillac replaced Fireman. Keshin Black replaced Skanda.
2) Araña de Plata & Demonio Infernal b Alfa & Omega Alfa’s first match in IWRG since 2015 (though his sometimes alternate personality Barba Roja Jr. showed up on a recent FILL show.)
3) Dr. Cerebro, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro b Danny Casas, Dragón Fly, Veneno Rudos took 2/3. Dr. Cerbero replaced Killer Jr. (moved up.) Danny Casas & Veneno had problems leading them fighting each other after the match.
4) Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Mr. Electro, Tinieblas Jr. b Killer Jr., Negro Navarro, Pirata Morgan No Hijo de Dos Caras again, with Killer Jr. replacing him. Despite being on the losing side, Pirata challenged Electroshock to a title match, which was accepted. First Tinieblas match in IWRG since 2013.
5) Pirata Morgan Jr. L Imposible, Relámpago, Golden Magic [cage, mask, prison fatal] Imposible beats Pirata Morgan Jr., who was unmasked. Pirata Morgan Jr. was announced as Pedro Ortiz Soto, 35 years old, 15 years f a wrestler, from Mexico City.
Pirata losing was obvious as soon as they announced the match – he probably only got a few extra days with it because Killer Jr. showed back up to lose his mask first – but Imposible getting the win was a bit of a surprise. Pirata was feuding with Golden Magic, so they did a cross feud win. IWRG fans probably would’ve still booed Golden Magic.
Joe Lider lost his hair to Pagano in Neza. It was either going to be Lider or Hijo del Pirata, so the Morgans barely escaped losing two apuesta matches in a matter of hours. Joe Lider is in an apuesta match on the 17th, so I’m not sure how that’s going to work.
CMLL (SAT) 01/07/2017Arena Coliseo
1) Bengala & Leono vs Akuma & Artillero
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Stukita vs Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito
3) Estrellita, Princesa Sugehit, Sanely vs Amapola, La Comandante, Zeuxis
4) Drone, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Bobby Z, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja
5) Carístico, Dragón Lee, Mistico vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
They’re back running these shows. Everyone but Caristico & Luciferno is headed to Japan next week and I don’t think we’re lucky enough to get that match. Black Terry & Negro Navarro being on Sabado Retro shows when they restarted was not meant to be taken literally – though maybe they’ll be around the following week when all those people are gone.
CMLL (SUN) 01/08/2017Arena México
1) Acero & Aéreo vs Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Violencia
2) Blue Panther Jr., Pegasso, The Panther vs Nitro, Okumura, Virus
3) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Stuka Jr. vs Felino, Pólvora, Rey Bucanero
4) Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Titán vs La Máscara, Pierroth, Shocker
5) Atlantis, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
Same deal with this main event, though they might do Valiente/Gran Guerrero. CMLL is crazy like that. Not crazy enough to do any more cards like the Friday show. I’m fine with this not being on YouTube this week.
CMLL (SUN) 01/08/2017Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Micro vs Destructor
2) Black Sugar & Fugaz vs Gitano & Relámpago
3) El Yaqui & Reycko vs Évola & Thunder Boy
4) El Divino, Explosivo, Javier Cruz Jr. vs Espectrúm, Infierno, Rey Trueno
5) Frezzer, Furia Roja, Omar Brunetti vs Joker, Sádico, Vaquero Jr. [Relevos Increíbles]
Main event doesn’t seem to be set up by anything in particular.
CMLL (FRI) 12/30/2016Arena México [CMLL, CultIcon, thecubsfan]
1) Hijo del Signo & Metálico b Flyer & Robin 17:24. Rudos took 1/3.
2) Pegasso, Star Jr., Tritón b Nitro, Sangre Azteca, Virus 13:52. Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Rey Cometa b Sagrado [lightning] 7:36, Cometa winning with a standing Spanish Fly
4) Blue Panther Jr., Drone, The Panther b Kráneo, Olímpico, Ripper 14:42. Tecnicos took 2/3.
5) Ángel de Oro, Marco Corleone, Stuka Jr. b Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible 12:55. Tecnicos took 1/3.
6) Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. b Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas 10:58. Tecnicos took 2/3. Cavernario replaced Mr. Niebla on Tuesday.
Big looking crowd from what we could see on Claro, but they never did the big sweeping pan camera shots normal for a 10,000+ show. It didn’t look that occupied in the upper levels when we could see them, which – along with some social media searching and rash judgments based on crowd shots – suggests this was a heavy tourist crowd in for the weekend to have fun. They got a fun show: tecnicos won just about everything, and the last couple matches were especially crowd pleasing. CMLL’s ability to draw tourists is an advantage over every other promotion in the world and it helped them last night. Not much happened, but not a lot needed to happen.
It does leave CMLL in a weird situation where the worst two attendance numbers in this couple weeks stretch appear to be last Sunday’s big show and possibly this upcoming Sunday’s show. Like last week, tickets prices are more expensive for the Sunday show than usual. Tickets are 180 to 680 for Maximo/Mascara (which aren’t moving much), compared to 50 to 250 for the following Sunday. They’re also more expensive than next Friday’s CMLL card, which is a bonkers lineup. I usually save the lineups for later, but this is the biggest thing going on today.
CMLL (FRI) 01/06/2017Arena México
1) Estrellita, La Vaquerita, Marcela vs Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis
2) Rey Cometa vs Cavernario
3) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther vs Negro Casas, Puma, Tiger
4) Volador Jr. vs Mephisto
5) La Máscara & Rush vs Marco Corleone & Máximo Sexy
6) Valiente vs Último Guerrero
7) Atlantis, Carístico, Mistico vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja
Informa said this show, on Three King’s Day, would have rematches from the best of 2016. I didn’t believe them. They aired the promo last night hyping those matches. Still didn’t believe them. I am looking at the actual lineup right now. Still a little unsure! No, really, this is a card unlike any thing CMLL has done. Three singles match on a non-tournament show, seven matches entirely, just a show where they did all star matches instead of just trying to fill dates for undercard wrestlers, this is unlike anything I’ve seen out of CMLL ever. It’s going to be one of the best Friday night shows CMLL runs all in 2017; only Anniversario and Dos Leyendas have a sure bet to beat it. I have no idea if this is a one off holiday idea, or if it’s the annual attempt to experiential in the first quarter of the year before giving up the rest of the time, or if it’s something more. I just really hope next Sunday does well because I want more like this.
(To beat up the poor dead horse a little more, this is a much better card than either of the two Sunday holiday shows at a cheaper price.)
I’d suspect those singles matches will be one fall matches just to fit them all in. Or they’ll be effectively one fall matches. Not going to be too bothered by Casas, Puma & Tiger not getting their tag title shot because I’d rather see the Panther rematch again. I’d rather see Cometa/Cavevernario again too and I’d hope they’d set up a title match. They probably won’t: this’ll be the last Friday show before the FantasticaMania crew head to Japan. Those FantasticaMania lineups will come out early this same morning, so Friday’s going to be a busy day.
Maybe connected to all of this, maybe not: Leo Riano’s column talks about hopes for 2017, and mentions Sofia Alonso is now in charge of CMLL marketing. I’m guessing Paco Alonso’s daughter, but it’s not said.) He hopes she’ll be part of “modernizing” the company. (This is not the same Alonso/Lutteroth family member who’s been part of their cultural projects.) I’m not sure how much to make of this, because titles for children of business owners sometimes can be pretty important sounding and not amount to all that much, but Paco Alonso passing administration of his lucha libre company down to his children sounds like a logical end game. We just don’t know when it would happen. Maybe just one more thing to keep an eye on in 2017.
Maximo says he’s nervous going into Sunday’s match with Mascara 2000. He notes the Dinamitas wrestled a very different style than he did today, and hopes his cardio will give him an edge. CMLL has not said if Sunday’s show will be streaming. NJPW says they’ll have it streaming, and CMLL’s streamed every time NJPW has so far. I suspect CMLL is concerned that the stream will hurt attendance and isn’t going to advertise it, but it’ll still be broadcast tomorrow.
What happened: Nothing really. There were a lot of tourists in attendance and they worked a very tourist friendly show with no angles. Maybe the only thing that happened was the CMLL promo announcing Cavernario/Cometa, Último Guerrero/Valiente, Mephisto/Volador and Casas/Tiger/Puma vs the Panthers for next week. That’s way too good to be true.
What was good: I liked the main event and the lightning match was good too. This was a generally easy to watch show.
Where can I watch it: I’ve likely put up the links to the matches on Twitter by the time you see this, though the second match was messed up by some stream issues.(more…)