Guadalajara feed is geoblocked. I should be able to get around it if I’m around and thinking about it, but I wasn’t around this week and I may need a reminder to get around it next week. Only one IWRG episode aired.
IWRG Zona XXI: 2018-04-09
taped 2018-04-08 @ Arena Naucalpan – YouTube/Mega
1) Black Dragón & Dragón Fly vs Gallo Frances & Soma
2) Leo, Mike, Rafy vs Demon Rocker, Devil Rocker, Machine Rocker
3) Spector vs Teelo, Capo del Norte
4) Emperador Azteca, Imposible, Internacional Pantera vs Dr. Cerebro, El Hijo del Medico Asesino, Máscara Año 2000 Jr.
5) Hijo de Canis Lupus, Mr. Electro, Veneno vs Ovett, Trauma I, Trauma IIin a super libre match
IWRG (SUN) 04/08/2018Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, The Gladiatores]
1) Mexica & Shadow Boy b Celestial Boy & Dragón Bane
2) Gallo Frances & Soma b Black Dragón & Dragón Fly
3) Demon Rocker, Devil Rocker, Machine Rocker b Leo, Mike, Rafy win via foul
4) Teelo b Spector, Capo del Norte mask match challenges followed
5) Dr. Cerebro, El Hijo del Medico Asesino, Máscara Año 2000 Jr. b Emperador Azteca, Imposible, Internacional Pantera Medico Asesino beat Imposible to head towards a title match.
6) Ovett, Trauma I, Trauma II DQ Hijo de Canis Lupus, Mr. Electro, Veneno [super libre] Trauma I came out with a pipe to attack Lupus, in revenge for Lupus injuring him last week. Traumas/Ovett took falls 1/3, the last by DQ (in a super libre match) when Mr. Electro hit Baby Richard with a chair.
You are doing bad things to lucha libre if your “super libre” matches end in disqualifications. I wish the old men who complain about not enough mat work and not enough training would complain about terrible match finishes and other ways promotions defraud their fans. As good as Imposible is, his title match with Medico Asesino/Imposible is probably not going to be worth watching but you know that if you’re going to see the match. I guess you also know that if IWRG advertises a super libre match, you may be getting a DQ finish to get out of anyone taking a pinfall, and that’s maybe why not a lot of people are showing up to see IWRG matches.
I broke down and added Capo del Norte to the database. He’ll definitely get unmasked in the next couple weeks now.
Caristico, the original CMLL Mistico, will face the man who took over the name when he left the promotion for the first time ever in a singles match tonight in Arena Puebla. There’s not too many precedent for something like this happening in CMLL. They’ve reused names over the years – there’s a bunch of La Sombras and there’s another Mascara Dorada if look far enough back to pick two – but usually the previous person under the name is gone and mostly forgotten by the time the name is reycled. Caristico was gone but most definitely not forgotten, and now he’s back. This is more reminiscent of AAA, who had a similar interest in keeping their gimmick in circulation quickly after splitting up with with the people under the masks and then welcoming back the original person later on. AAA’s had two Mosco de la Merced feuding and two (or maybe two and half) Psicosis battling over the names. The most similar match to tonight’s Mistico/Caristico match is AAA’s La Parka (LA Park) vs La Parka Jr., which headlined Palacio de los Deportes in 2010 after months of build as the biggest match of the year. Tonight’s match is happening on about seven days of notice in CMLL’s third or fourth most important building. CMLL’s given this match little extra hype compared to a usual Friday main event, treating this no different than any other Arena Puebla main event, and less important than the Homenaje a Dos Leyendas show two weeks ago.
CMLL may not be treating this match like a big deal. The reactions from the Puebla fans, and from the Arena Mexico fans when they were teasing this match, suggests this is still a big deal to them. I suspect it’ll be the same for tonight’s match. The biggest concern is how well they’ll end up working together: Caristico’s most high profile tecnico/tecnico match in Mexico was the TripleMania match versus Rey Mysterio Jr., which didn’t work at all in the building. One of the problems there was the lack of a coherent tecnico/rudo divide for the match. It should not be as much of a problem tonight if the luchadors go with the fan reactions. The crowd has fiercely chosen Caristico over his replacement, so the template of how to work the match is right there. Mistico seems to enjoy working being a rudo and would likely be a Los Ingobernable like his older brother Rush if CMLL allowed it. They should allow it tonight.
The result of this match technically means nothing. Neither man has a singles title, and winning a singles match in CMLL does not get you anywhere. (The only way to be a title contender is to beat the champion two weeks in a row on the same day of the week.) The outcome of this match also emotionally feels like it means everything, It’s a very fake decision to decide a very real question about which guy is better. CMLL has been very clear to this point that the new Mistico is even better than the old Mistico. The fans of the old Mistico (and the old Mistico himself) have been pretty passionate that their guys is better than this new guy. It’s tough to imagine CMLL creating an outcome where they’re proven wrong, where Caristico beats Mistico. It’s also tough to imagine Caristico being ok with losing to Mistico two straight weeks in a row. There’s definitely going to be an odd sequence resulting in the finish, it’s just how odd. Last week, I thought Caristico had to get his win back. I’m having a tougher time believing CMLL would OK that, and maybe some sort of draw is the only way out.
There are other matches on this show! It’s hard to believe that to be the case, but it’s the truth. Los Ingobernables make their first appearance in their new configuration, facing Mr. Niebla, Negro Casa and Shocker. It’s a semimain heavy on rudos to balance out the all tecnico main event. Angel de Oro, Dragon Lee and Niebla Roja take on NGD in a rematch. Sanson unmasked Dragon Lee for a DQ last week. It’s possible they’re heading to a singles match. It could also be a trios title match, though challenges for that title would give away the result of NGD’s defense tomorrow night in Guadalajara.
Kaho Kobayashi & Princesa Sugehit face Dalys & Zeuxis. Puebla seems to get more 2v2 women’s matches than anywhere else. Kobayashi’s stint in Mexico seems like it should be up at the end of the month, so it’s about time to start moving towards a singles (title?) match if she’s going to have one. Guadalarsja’s Fugaz, Principe Daniel, and Reyko make their CMLL YouTube debut in the second match, taking on Malayo, Templario and Grako. I keep forgetting this: Principe Daniel is one of Barbaro Cavernario’s brothers. Arkalis, Millenium, Rey Samuray take on Perverso, Fuerza Chicano and Rey Apocalipsis in the opener.
AAA is back to uploading episodes to YouTube, with content that’s not exactly in the Twitch broadcasts. That includes the upcoming schedule, which says the next two tapings are 04/20 in Tijuana and 05/21 in Tehuacan, Puebla. AAA’s got plenty of TV taped from that crazy stretch of shows, but that’s because this scheduling has been equally as crazy: three tapings in eight days, then one taping in about a 70 day stretch.
CMLL (SAT) 04/14/2018Arena Coliseo
1) Acero & Aéreo vs Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Violencia
2) Estrellita, La Guerrera, La Maligna vs La Comandante, Metálica, Tiffany
3) Astral, El Audaz, Stigma vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Cancerbero, Raziel
4) Drone vs Misterioso Jr. [lightning]
5) Blue Panther, Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Hechicero, Luciferno, Okumura
6) Ángel de Oro, Dragón Lee, Niebla Roja vs Kráneo, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero
Kraneo is a rudo on Friday and a tecnico on Saturday. It’s almost like CMLL doesn’t care about any of this.
There’s a La Guerrera in Ciudad Juarez but I have no idea if this is her. We’ve barely seen La Maligna so it may be a while before we see Guerrera in matches, though she’ll surely be on Informa soon.
MDA (SUN) 04/29/2018Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) Babe Fox vs Demencia
2) Baby Xtreme vs Apóstol Jr.
3) Azteca Warrior vs Gato Fantasma
4) El Divo & Fuerza Guerrera vs Demus & Panthro
5) LA Park vs El Mesías vs Rush
Mesias debuting with MDA on a less tacked the usual card for them. That main event still seems like worth seeing, with LA Park facing his two best opponents of the last decade.
I’m very tired and this isn’t much good. More tomorrow, though probably later than usual.
CMLL (FRI) 04/06/2018Arena México [+LuchaTV, CMLL]
1) Cancerbero & Raziel b Astral & Eléctrico rudos took 1/3.
2) Drone, Fuego, Tritón b Disturbio, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas DQ Kawato San, Okumura, Sam Adonis Peste Negra took 2/3, the last when Adonis fouled Casas. This set up a singles match next week, with Adonis threatening to end Casas’ career.
4) Valiente b Stuka Jr. [lightning] Valiente submitted Stuka Jr.
5) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero b Dragón Lee, Mistico, Titán rudos took 1/3. Money thrown in.
6) Atlantis, Carístico, Volador Jr. b Kráneo, La Bestia Del Ring, Rush [Relevos Increíbles] straight falls, with Kraneo betraying his team and joining the tecnicos.
At least it only took one more extra week for Kraneo to turn tecnico.
CMLL (SAT) 04/07/2018Arena Coliseo [CMLL, Excelsior] Arena Coliseo 75th Anniversary
1) Magnus & Robin b Akuma & Príncipe Odín Jr. tecnicos took 2/3
2) Amapola, La Seductora, Zeuxis b Dalys, Estrellita, Marcela Dalys subbed for La Vaquerita. Rudas took 1/3, the last when Dalys betrayed her team for the night. Estrellita’s first match in eight months.
3) Audaz, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa b Puma, Tiger, Virus Tecnicos took 2/3. money thrown in.
4) Ángel de Oro, Diamante Azul, Niebla Roja DQ Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible straight falls, Bucanero fouling Angel de Oro in the second.
5) Máscara Año 2000 & Negro Casas b Solar I & Súper Astro Super Astro & Mascara 2000 used their mask with permission. Rudos took 1/3.
6) Atlantis & Blue Panther b Fuerza Guerrera & Satánico Tecnicos took 2/3. Blue Panther used his mask. Guerrera challenged Atlantis to a mask match.
Sounds like the third match is the only good match here if you’re going back to watch.
CMLL (SUN) 04/08/2018Arena México [CMLL]
1) Acero & Aéreo b Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro tencicos take 1/3.
2) Metálico, Sangre Azteca, Templario b Fugaz, Principe Daniel, Reyko Rudos took 1/3 over the group of GDL tecnicos.
3) Estrellita, Maligna, Princesa Sugehit DQ Dalys, La Seductora, Metálica tecnicas took 2/3, the last when Seductora was DQed for excessive violence on Sugehit.
4) Hechicero b Puma [lightning] Hechicero declared himself the king of lightning matches after this latest win.
5) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón b Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. NGD took 1/3, cheating to beat Angel de Oro.
6) Mr. Niebla, Rey Bucanero, Terrible b Diamante Azul, Mistico, Volador Jr. Rudos took 1/3
A show. They at least remembered the Sugehit/Seductora feud.
Lucha Underground Season 4 will debut on Wednesday June 13. The announcement was made during the Impact versus Lucha Underground show on Saturday night, and includes a short video teaser. The plan was for 26 episodes, which would mean the final episode of the season would air on December 5th.
Alberto el Patron was fired from Impact Wrestling on Sunday after missing the main event of that Saturday show. Earlier in that same show, Impact had announced Fenix & Pentagon Jr. would appear on Impact’s 04/22 show. That was originally supposed to be a singles match between those two. They’ll instead both replace Alberto, facing Austin Aries for the Impact championship. Alberto has issued no statement since being fired. Alberto is scheduled to be part of a sponsored Revolucha show next Sunday, and may appear at a Combates America press conference next Friday.
Pentagon & Fenix are using their AAA names and being listed as AAA participants. There’s special circumstances with the Impact/AAA relationship, the same as MLW having a relationship with AAA which might have given them special permission to sue Penta & Rey Fenix’s originally names. Everyone’s either publicly denying that anything’s changed or just not talking anything at all. Still, something’s had to change in the AAA/Lucha Brothers dynamic. Impact’s been wanting to use Penta & Fenix since they became available and what seemed not possible now is possible.
CMLL (FRI) 04/13/2018Arena México
1) Flyer & Oro Jr. vs Espanto Jr. & Templario
2) Lady Maravilla, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Dalys, La Seductora
3) Esfinge, Titán, Tritón vs Johnny Idol, Kawato San, Okumura
4) Negro Casas vs Sam Adonis
5) Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Mephisto, Último Guerrero
6) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Kráneo vs La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible [Relevos Increíbles]
Kraneo back on the tecnico side for the first time in eight years. Caristico & Volador are teaming up a lot lately. Casas/Adonis should be interesting. Sugehit/Seductora is back on.
IWRG (WED) 04/04/2018Arena Naucalpan [Estrellas del Ring]
1) Voltar b Black Puma
2) Dulce Luna & Reina del Sur b Galaxia & Lili Dark
3) Atomic Star, Guerrero 2000, Keiser Dragón vs Ángel Estrella, Death Metal, Taurino Eterno (FILL/Atomic Star) and Oficial 911 (Zeus/Angel Estrella) helped their teams, which set up a school match to come.
4) Demon Rocker, Devil Rocker, Machine Rocker b Black Dragón, Dinamic Black, Dragón Fly
Teelo replaced Dinamic Black after he took a martinete. Rockers still won in straight falls.
5) Emperador Azteca & Hijo del Alebrije b Capo Del Norte & Máscara Año 2000 Jr.
Mascara & Emperador went to a double pin, which somehow sets up an Alebrije/Mascara mask vs hair match.
I did not know Eterno was back teaching the IWRG school. I got something out of this IWRG show.
CMLL’s Friday night show is a bit of a place holder. The big show of the month is the 04/26, and they’re not in a hurry to get to wherever they’re going. The Seductora/Sugehit feud started last week isn’t even on the card this week.
The main event does at least repeat what we saw last week. Kraneo teams with La Bestia del Ring & Rush against Atlantis, Caristico and Volador in the main event. Kraneo had problems with Bestia & Rush last week, and probably will again. Volador’s had problems with Carisitco elsewhere, and may again. The big matches are coming elsewhere.
The other match of note has Peste Negra versus a slightly adjusted Axis of Evil trio. Okumura & Sam Adonis team up with Kawato instead of Johnny Idol in what’s otherwise a rematch from last week. Felino, still teaming with the Peste Negra despite definitely saying he’s leaving the group, replaces Mr. Niebla. It’s probably not a coincidence they’re doing this same match two weeks in a row, but it’s not clear exactly where they’re going with it.
Just because nothing is happening does not mean the matches will be bad. Los Guerreros versus Dragon Lee, Mistico and Titan looks really great as a semimain. Drone, Fuego & Triton against Disturbio, Misterio & Sagrado could be fun as a second match. Valiente & Stuka Jr. is an odd match but they’ve got enough spot that will get a good reaction. And CMLL must think Astral & Electrico versus Cancerbero & Raziel is a smart idea, because they keep on booking it. This is the fourth time they’re meeting in Arena Mexico in under a month.
This show will air on MarcaClaro’s site & Facebook. It’ll goes up on YouTube later on. You’re own your own if it’s region blocked.
Meanwhile, the shows around WrestleMania will continue this weekend. There are Mexico based wrestlers working a variety of promotions. Mostly it’s Fenix & Penta, but there’s more lucha libre involvement on the ‘main’ indie shows this weekend than before. There are a couple show today which that are more directly lucha libre related.
The Crash, noon CT:
Aeroboy, Draztick Boy, J. Spade, Amarok, Matthew Palmer, Jason Cade, Ángel Fashion, Curt Stallion
Black Danger & Lacey Lane vs Christi Jaynes & Oráculo vs Barbie Hayden & Joey Ryan vs Diamante & Douglas James
Rey Horuz vs Flip Gordon, Laredo Kid
Bandido & Black Boy vs Dezmond Xavier & Zachary Wentz and Dave Crist & Jake Crist
Daga vs Brian Cage vs Willie Mack vs Sami Callihan
Rey Fénix vs Flamita vs Rich Swann
Damián 666, LA Park, Nicho el Millionario vs Bestia 666, Garza Jr., Mr. 450
Penta Zero M vs Austin Aries
This The Crash show is being taped, which is a story you may have heard before. The big difference is there is an actual plan to air it: a raw version of the show will be up on Highspots (maybe as quick as Sunday), and a post-produced later. I’m not sure of the cost, but I’ll pass it along when it turns out.
I think this is going to be a good show! I think past shows that I thought were going to be a good show for a new audience failing has make me a little bit cautious to get good excited, and a little bit more focused on wondering what will go wrong. (That’s a lot of matches for 3 hours.) It should be an Experience either way.
much, much later: Impact (versus Lucha Underground), 9pm CT
Austin Aries & Fenix vs. Alberto El Patron & Pentagon Jr.
Eddie Edwards vs. Jeremiah Crane [I Quit]
Allie vs. Taya Valkyrie [IMPACT KNOCKOUT]
LAX vs. Killshot & The Mack [IMPACT TAG]
Dezmond Xavier, Andrew Everett & DJZ vs Drago, King Cuerno & Aerostar
Teddy Hart, Scott Steiner vs Dave Crist, Jack Crist
Famous B vs Trevor Lee
Matt Sydal vs Caleb Konley vs Moose vs Chavo Guerrero Jr. vs Jack Evans vs Matanza
Eli Drake vs Brian Cage
You can watch this show for free on their Twitch channel. It’s a good looking show, the trios match was one of the ones I’m most looking forward to in New Orleans. Impact is also sort of good now. Like my concerns with hyped lucha shows, this probably means an iceberg is coming to kill us all, but we should still take advantage of this moment while it lasts.
For the purposes of an insanely specific lucha libre database, I consider really more of a Impact show with a few LU guests working in their LU characters. But, the next episode of Lucha Underground is likely months away from getting and this is freely available show. (At least live. I don’t know what they’re doing VOD.)
There may be one more option to stream Saturday night. CMLL has it’s 75th Anniversary Arena Coliseo show. Much of the stuff CMLL records for TV also ends up being streamed live on their YouTube channel. This show will be recorded to air on 52MX next week, taking the place of the usual Puebla show that airs. That also may mean it’s streaming live on YouTube at 7:30pm CT – but as of so far, CMLL hasn’t said anything about it. Maybe give it a peak if you’re around, just don’t make plans for it. It’ll still be up later.
(Random thought: what if they didn’t bother streaming Puebla this week because they aren’t going to air it? on the Caristico & Mistico week? That would be a thing. It’ll probably be fine.)
On the WWE Network, El Santo will also be in the WWE Hall of Fame’s Legacy Wing tonight. That win is for historical important non-WWE (and so far non-living) people to be added by group to make the WWE Hall of Fame appear more legitimate. There is no induction speech, they’re simply mentioned in a video package. Each year’s group appears to be at least one unofficial “international” spot. It went to Rikidozan last year, and it was just Santo’s turn this year. There’s no particular criteria, the WWE Hall of Fame is simply about who the WWE feels good about putting in a Hall of Fame that year. Still, El Santo (or any Mexican) getting international recognition is always an important deal and I suspect this is going to be a notable sports story in Mexico once they pick up on it.
The Wrestling Observer Newsletter mentions both Jack Evans and Angelico asked for their releases from Lucha Underground after Season 4. Angelico was said to be turned down, while Evans believes he’ll be getting released (but had not as of yet.) Evans is also no longer working for The Crash.
Way back after Season 1, the WON implied Jack & Angelico had an option to leave after that season and WWE interest but had decided they wanted to stick out together in LU to see where it went. Things change. The story today says they were under the impression that LU was going to become something taped twice a season, and so the “seven season” contract was only going to be a 3.5 year deal. It’s obviously not gone that way, even though there are people with the promotion who still are holding out hopes it might happen (as talked about and mentioned as being very unlikely on the last MMM show.)
The WON also mentions Mesias was initially told he was winning his first round Rey de Reyes match and then losing in the final. That changed during the day, and included an AAA front office person being what Mesias felt was disrespectful, which convinced Mesias to leave once Lucha Underground Season 4 was over.
Since there’s space to fill, this is a decent enough place to note I’m going to New Orleans the next couple of days for WrestleMania weekend shows. I’ll probably write a “Friday” update tonight, and I should be back in time to write something on Sunday. Maybe nothing on Saturday. I hope MarcaClaro has their feed working right this week, but you should just go watch the LU/Impact show or find something else to do instead of relying on me to stream if it’s geoblocked.
I’ll be around The Sugar Mill for the three shows (including The Crash & LU/Impact) on Friday. My plans for Saturday are to find out what a “beignet” is, maybe eat a beignet, try to walk in a park to inhale fresh air, and go to NXT. I may end up at CZW too. I dunno. I’m leaving midday Sunday, so I may just be bumming around a hotel for a couple hours that morning. (I dunno if there will be a podcast.)
04/22 Lucha Memes vs CaraLucha in Coliseo Coacalco
IWRG (SUN) 04/08/2018Arena Naucalpan
1) Mexica & Shadow Boy vs Celestial Boy & Dragón Bane
2) Black Dragón & Dragón Fly vs Gallo Frances & Soma
3) Leo, Mike, Rafy vs Demon Rocker, Devil Rocker, Machine Rocker
4) Spector vs Teelo, Capo Del Norte
5) Emperador Azteca, Imposible, Internacional Pantera vs Dr. Cerebro, El Hijo del Medico Asesino, Máscara Año 2000 Jr.
6) Hijo De Canis Lupus, Mr. Electro, Veneno vs Ovett, Trauma I, Trauma II[super libre]
There’s a lot of people here who I haven’t bothered to set up much for. The Fake indie Soul Rockers were Devil/Machine/Soul, so Demon being in the group means either Ultimo Gladiador has joined up or maybe there’s a lot more fakes?
That AAA has gone after Penta & Fenix and others for using names that they feel are two similar to the ones they own and have seemingly never gone after these Rockers – never even trademarked the names as far as I can tell – is quite a thing. I’m not looking for AAA to go after these guys either, but if they can let them go them use these characters, it’s hard to see how the characters are an issue. It’s been hinted to me that there’s some deal to allow these non-AAA guys use AAA’s characters, but it feels like that should be offered to everyone or it comes off as vindictive.
CMLL (TUE) 04/10/2018Arena México
1) Magnus & Robin vs Akuma & Cholo
2) Eléctrico, Fuego, Pegasso vs Disturbio, Hijo del Signo, Nitro
3) Magia Blanca vs El Coyote, Fugaz, Príncipe Diamante, Maquiavelo, Reyko, Principe Daniel, Príncipe Odín Jr. [Torneo Nuevos Valores, battle royal]
4) ? vs ?? [Torneo Nuevos Valores, 8f]
5) ? vs ?? [Torneo Nuevos Valores, 8f]
6) ? vs ?? [Torneo Nuevos Valores, 8f]
7) ? vs ?? [Torneo Nuevos Valores, 8f]
8) ? vs ?? [Torneo Nuevos Valores, quarterfinal]
9) ? vs ?? [Torneo Nuevos Valores, quarterfinal]
10) ? vs ?? [Torneo Nuevos Valores, semifinal]
11) Ángel de Oro, Mistico, Niebla Roja vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Rey Bucanero
12) Dragón Lee vs Mephisto
CMLL almost always avoids doing a singles match on a show with a lot other singles matches. It makes for a really long card. This is an exception, but it also might be a reason to keep your expectations in check for a Dragon Lee match. Still nice we’re getting one.
Facebook rumors were correct about Templario & Audaz being out. Hopefully that means they’re doing something more, but it’s hard to figure why they picked the people they did for this tournament without hem. Flyer seems like a heavy favorite now, since anyone coming out of this block isn’t likely to get seriously pushed any time soon with a win (and even Flyer’s probably looking at maybe getting in the Drone/Rey Cometa/Pegasso midcard pool.)
Principe Odin Jr. has a new character, but they’re still acknowledging he used to be Artillero and has been around since 2005 under his previous name. He is not a new star in any manner of speaking. He’ll still probably lose in the first round, and it’s more a problem to likes of Thunder Storm and Ikaro who work the trainee shows but can’t break the actual roster.
That block is about as wide open as it can be. Magia Blanca appears on shows a bit more often than the rest of the actual rookies and has been around a little bit longer, but he’s not really pushed. The Guadalajara crew (Fugaz, Principe Daniel, and Reyko) have one YouTube match between them, so no idea what to expect from them. A rudo would normally make sense as a base for Flyer, but Coyote & Maquiavelvo haven’t been that much better than anyone else on this list.
Neither Cavernario/Soberano or Taven/Volador had the same sequences as a normal big CMLL match. Both were really good. Perhaps more variety is a good thing. Same thing applies for Fantasma/Parka Negra, which was definitely not like most anything AAA does in the upper half of their shows. I still think I might have underrated that one.
I’m all caught up on TV, or at least was when I wrote this. Maybe I’ll squeeze in some indie matches again.
MDA (SUN) 04/01/2018Arena Coliseo Monterrey [Estrellas del Ring]
1) Babe Fox b Mini Hator
2) Memo Valles b Gato Fantasma
3) The Tiger b Príncipe Legendario Príncipe Legendario (Alberto Dos Rios) replaced Epydemius
4) Laredo Kid b Emperador Azteca (IWRG) money thrown in
5) El Divo & Juventud Guerrera b Hijo de LA Park & Jack Evans Divo has joined MAD, and Hijo de LA Park challenged him to a mask vs hair match.
6) Cibernético & LA Park b Blue Demon Jr. & Zorro LA Park won via foul on Blue Demon
CMLL (TUE) 04/03/2018Arena México
1) Bengala & Oro Jr. b Apocalipsis & Inquisidor Oro Jr. replaced Sensei
2) Angelito, Stukita, Último Dragóncito b Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Violencia, Pierrothito Ultimo Dragoncito replaced Shockercito. Tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany b Kaho Kobayashi, La Vaquerita, Marcela Vaquerita replaced Maravilla
4) George Kebrada & Sangre Imperial b Flyer, Grako, Retro, Yago, Astral, Súper Astro Jr. [Copa Nuevos Valores, seeding battle royal]
5) Súper Astro Jr. b Astral [Copa Nueva Valores, 8f]
6) Yago b Retro [Copa Nueva Valores, 8f]
7) Flyer b Grako [Copa Nueva Valores, 8f]
8) Sangre Imperial b George Kebrada [Copa Nueva Valores, 8f]
9) Yago b Súper Astro Jr. [Copa Nueva Valores, quarterfinal]
10) Flyer b Sangre Imperial [Copa Nueva Valores, quarterfinal]
11) Flyer b Yago [Copa Nueva Valores, semifinal]
12) Ephesto, Mephisto, Mr. Niebla b Diamante Azul, Dragón Lee, Soberano Jr. straight falls, Mephisto pulling Dragon Lee’s mask and cradled him.
CMLL didn’t make it clear they were running singles matches instead of a cibernetico. A cibernetico would’ve produced a better overall match. Singles match gave some people more chance to stand out individual (and gave them the only singles wins they’re likely to get this year.) Retro was beat quickly and some of the other matches didn’t go long, but it was an overall interesting field. Super Astro Jr. show off a few of his father’s old moves. George Kebrada looked useful in streaming debut. Flyer & Yago went for difficult spots in the block final and did not get them all but were able to recover when well.
Flyer’s seems to face Akuma a lot, seven times since last October, and his chances of going to the final is up. Flyer winning suggests Audaz has been removed from the tournament, since there’s no point in the new star losing in this competition. Last night’s run down of Informa guests suggests Principe Odin Jr., who’s has a new name but has been around since 2005 as Artillero, might have been added to this tournament. I don’t think we’re going to know for sure who’s in the second block unless they announce it on Informa or release the card on Thursday.
CMLL (TUE) 04/03/2018Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@Arena_GDL]
1) Ráfaga & Sádico b El Yaqui & Mágico Rudos took 2/3.
2) Cancerbero, Frezzer, Raziel b Magnum, Príncipe Diamante, Star Jr. Rudos took 1/3.
3) Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Virus b Blue Panther Jr., Pegasso, The Panther Rudos took 1/3.
4) Esfinge, Titán, Tritón b Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón Tecnicos took 2/3, and challenged for the national trios championship. NGD accepted.
5) Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas b Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. Rudos took 1/3, the last by sneaking in a foul on Volador.
Trios title match next week. The GDL feed is working at this moment, but will it last?
CMLL luchadora Skadi was doing an autograph signing this past weekend. She has been seen in the ring since injuring an ankle on a move off the apron last September. Skade mentions here that she actually broke her ankle in four places.
complete Impact Wrestling versus Lucha Underground, airing on Twitch for free Friday night.
Austin Aries & Fenix vs. Alberto El Patron & Pentagon Jr.
Eddie Edwards vs. Jeremiah Crane [I Quit]
Allie vs. Taya Valkyrie [IMPACT KNOCKOUT]
LAX vs. Killshot & The Mack [IMPACT TAG]
Dezmond Xavier, Andrew Everett & DJZ vs. Drago, King Cuerno & Aerostar
Teddy Hart, Scott Steiner vs Dave Crist, Jack Crist
Famous B vs Trevor Lee
Matt Sydal, Caleb Konley, Moose vs Chavo Guerrero Jr., Jack Evans, Matanza
Eli Drake vs Brian Cage
Despite Lucha Underground doing zero to promote this show, Impact has sold out the reserved seating.
I’ve enjoyed Famous B’s work on Lucha Underground and it will be neat to see him on WrestleCon. I do not intend disrespect for Famous B. I would have liked to see more AAA luchadors in his spot, or other people’s spots, on this card. However, it seems a safe bet issues like that are more AAA issues than Impact (or LU’s), since that seems to be a consistent issue no matter who’s using them. It does make it strange that Lucha Libre FMV’s Lucha Underground has more people on this show who’ve left AAA than who are still working for AAA.
CMLL (MON) 04/09/2018Arena Puebla
1) Arkalis, Millenium, Rey Samuray vs El Perverso, Fuerza Chicana, Rey Apocalipsis
2) Fugaz, Principe Daniel, Reyko vs El Malayo, Grako, Templario
3) Kaho Kobayashi & Princesa Sugehit vs Dalys & Zeuxis
4) Ángel de Oro, Dragón Lee, Niebla Roja vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
5) La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible vs Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Shocker
6) Carístico vs Mistico
The big news: CMLL actually teamed up Los Ingobernables. Congrats to Kraneo for being free of these fools for a day.
And also Caristico & Mistico. I don’t know. When they’ve gone in this direction in the past, like last December, I always figured they held back because they were going to save Caristico vs Mistico for a big day in Arena Mexico. A Arena Puebla show the week after spring vacations end is not exactly a big day. If this draws just as well as the last two weeks, that’s a big feather in their cap, because those shows have a scheduling advantage these ones have not.
I suspect this match is happening to balance things out. Mistico got the win last week, perhaps with the idea that Caristico was going to get his win back here. I can’t imagine Caristico agreeing to lose twice in a row to his replacement. And maybe that’s the reason it’s happening a relatively small show in Arena Puebla instead of a big Arena Mexico show, because CMLL can’t imagine having Mistico lose on a big show either.
It still seems like, if not a waste, but a missed opportunity to hype this match for weeks and put in a bigger building when it’s first time dream match. It’ll still do well in Arena Mexico if/when they do it. Maybe they need to run it thru in Arena Puebla successfully to feel confident about running it thru Arena Mexico and this will ease that process. Maybe the reason CMLL doesn’t do the big matches is because they actually don’t know what their big matches are, and see this one as no more important than the Gran Guerrero versus Mistico they originally were going to run. (I’m skeptical of that reason; indie promoters were asked to not book this match or tease it on their shows. But some of those indies run the same size buildings as Arena Puebla.) Whatever the reason, there’s not many bigger singles non-stip matches CMLL could be running, and it seems to be behind at least the Arena Coliseo Anniversary show and the Copa Nueva Valores tournament in importance for some reason.
At least it’s not on the Sunday show like all the Dragon Lee/Cavernario matches.
Diamante Azul, Dragón Lee, Matt Tavenbeat Ephesto, Mephisto, Terrible (16:40 [5:50, 2:41, 8:09], 2/3, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
The opener was joined in progress, the stream started late. Opening mat work was still going on, so probably a minute or so was missed.
The Tuesday main event was much more than usually happens in that spot, with a lot more time put in. It wasn’t a deeper match than they usually go but it did have more moments where it felt like they cared. Terrible doing the stare down with everyone is fun, and he worked well with Dragon Lee. Matt Taven threw everything into his last tope. Diamante Azul threw Ephesto far on his monkey flip.
The singles match was a treat. Cavernario aggressiveness early caused the match to play a lot different than usual. It never felt like an exhibition, but a war Soberano had to overcome a big early blow, more apuesta grudge than title match. The Mephisto/Soberano match showed off all Soberano could do, this match made you care more about him actually being able to do it. Soberano still got in some of his fancier spots for the sake of doing them, they just made stuff like the stage dive feel more a part of the match than usual. Cavernario’s one of the best at selling or doing anything and not just standing blankly waiting to be hit, which helps a bunch. Neither guy really had to kill themselves for a strong reaction, which was a nice change of pace. I liked this more than Angel de Oro/Cuatrero early. It’s a borderline match for me, and I ended up putting in excellent because it felt like something that didn’t deserve to be lumped in with all the Great matches.
We’ve progressed to the point where Misterioso is getting pins when other people are being dumb. It’s contagious, and the rudos caught it in the second fall of the fourth match. Universo 2000 didn’t feel out of place in the match, though it was heavier on comedy than usual for this crew. I didn’t like it quite as much as the others.
The tercera was the best of this psuedo-series between the Cancerberos & the ex-Minis. Outside of one slip, the rudos held better during this match. The técnicos have tried for more in other matches, but what they did her worked and peaked well for the finish. This match, like all the others on this show, was helped by having a crowd that was far more into this action than usual for a Tuesday.
Hijo del Signo, Metálico, Policeman beat Eléctrico, Millenium, Rey Samuray
(16:59 [9:44, 4:09, 3:06], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)
Ángel de Oro, Esfinge, Stigmabeat Máscara Año 2000, Pólvora, Universo 2000 Jr.
(17:36 [8:05, 3:48, 5:43], 2/3 DQ, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)
Dragón Lee, Matt Taven, Niebla Roja beat Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible
(15:51 [7:06, 2:28, 6:17], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
Carístico, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrerobeat Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr.in a relevos increíbles match (10:47, 1/2, good, via VideosOficialesCMLLs)
The main event set up a trios title match for next week
Mascara 2000 fouled Angel de Oro after the two had feuded all match.
The main event is the Sky Team again playing against type, because the crowd will not cheer for Mistico in most circumstances and absolutely will not cheer for him in a match also including Caristico. Sometimes, it seems like CMLL just expects to wake up one day and that situation to have ‘fixed’ itself. Ultimo Guerrero and Mistico’s opening exchange is definitely worked like they expect a sympathetic reaction for Mistico is trapped in tough holds, and that never comes. Everyone adjusts, as they’ve done many times already, and it becomes a fun match that’s sidetracked a few times because of Mistico (storyline pouting.) There’s enough here to make next week’s title match appetizing, though the appeal here is the flipped sides from normal.
The semimain had a strong first fall and then slowed way down with these rudos in charge. That’s not new for these rudos. It did turn much more entertaining in the third fall with everyone going for random epic battles. Dragon Lee usually looks great himself. He also made Terrible and Shocker look impressive for knocking him silly. Not sure why Rey Bucanero is pinning Matt Taven before Matt Taven challenges for a title but CMLL doesn’t have to make sense.
If you ever wanted to see Angel de Oro and Mascara 2000 feud for a match, CMLL had you covered tonight. Mascara usually doesn’t hang around this far down the midcard, so this match was unique if not very useful. Finish seemed they’re continuing this issue, which is so strange. Universo 2000 Jr. seems to be gaining confidence, and probably will end up being a positive before long.
When Rey Samuray didn’t try the Brillo 450 to end the second fall, I was sure that meant the técnicos were winning the match and he was doing it to end it. Nah. Eléctrico took a dropkick to the backside, Samuray took a Canadian Destroyer and Metálico sort of backdrops Millenium. Electrico’s laying on the apron roll into a headscissors was a better as an idea than it came across, Metálico had to do 90% of the work and isn’t good enough to hide that he was mostly carrying him. Hijo del Signo looked the best of the rudos once the bell ring, which is saying something.
The opener had moments where it appeared it could become interesting, but quickly corrected course and was it’s usual forgettable match. Black Tiger sure stands blankly and calls spots obviously for a maestro. Some went wrong with him in the third fall, which required them to stall out the match until he was ready. Meyer was the best guy in the match.