Penta debuts in Arena Mexico tonight, LL Expo, Mysterio

poster by CMLL

After two weeks of big singles matches, tonight’s a bit more of a traditional CMLL card. Except for the skeleton ninja in the main event.

Penta el Zero M makes his Arena Mexico on this show, teaming with Los Ingobernables Rush & Terrible to take on Caristico, Valiente, and Volador. Penta versus Caristico is the rivalry, though the story seems as much about everyone versus Caristico. He can’t really trust his partners since Volador attacked him for pretty much no reason last week. It should make for a good atmosphere for the main event, though maybe not the of matches.

Also maybe not the best of matches is the semimain, where Guerreros Laguneros takes on Ciber the Main Man, Scharly Rock Star, and The Chris. The Klan Kaos members had terrible names and worse wrestling performances last week. They were largely saved from a negative spotlight by Penta showing up and their match being forgotten in the aftermath. It would seem like they’d need to be much better against the Guerreros, as the ex-AAA luchadors are more capable of brawling than basing at this point in their careers, but they’d have to be a lot better just to be good. It’s not clear it matters – next week’s Atlantis tribute show is likely to also be a poor match and that’s not stopping CMLL from running it. It probably matters more if CMLL believes fans will turn out for these guys or care about their matches, and that’s harder to determine.

Flyer, Soberano, and Atlantis face NGD in the fourth match. The third match has Puma, Tiger and Virus taking on Triton, Esfinge and Guerrero Maya (since Titan is busy elsewhere.) The opening two matches are for completists only – an average women’s match and the unwelcome surprise of Apocalispis & Inquisidor making it into a Friday night opener. The middle matches may be good but this doesn’t look to have the peaks of the last few shows.

Lucha Central has a preview.

The show will air on Marca and Facebook at 8:30pm. Neither feed is geoblocked today.

Titan & Dragon Lee will be wrestling on the King of Indies show. You can buy it on FITE.TV for $10, and it starts around 10pm. I suspect Titan is going out in the first round against Flip Gordon, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Dragon Lee wrestled 2-3 matches tonight before a match versus Takahashi tomorrow.

Vice has an interview with Microman, Angelito, Microangel and Chamuel about wrestling and politics.

Yesterday, Wrestling Standard reported Rey Mysterio had signed a two-year deal with WWE, and would start “As early as” the Tuesday after SummerSlam (August 1st.) Wrestling Standard is not known as a big source of information. This story was unexpectedly led credence by All In announcing Kazuchika Okada versus Marty Scurll for their show. Judging from Twitter reaction, plenty of Twitter wrestling people had been under the belief Okada/Mysterio was happening on that show, and saw Scurll in the match as a sign Rey really had signed. Later in the night, Dave Meltzer said the Wrestling Standard story was not true at this moment, but may eventually be true.

Here’s what we can be sure of with Rey Mysterio

  • Mysterio is eventually going to sign a deal to return to WWE.
  • WWE is reluctant to offer exactly what Mysterio wants, or this deal would be done already.
  • Mysterio’s greatest leverage is the All In show, which WWE doesn’t want him to be on.

Wrestling Standard probably is going to be right eventually, if they’re not right now – if WWE wants Rey in to not work All In, they’d need him in by August. Rey’s not on the upcoming The Crash July show, and he might not be around by the August one. He’s probably not going to be available for TripleMania, where he might have been Alberto’s opponent.

Lucha Libre Expo (Las Vegas) made a couple of announcements. They had previously said their 08/31 show will be headlined by Rey Mysterio, Penta el Zero M, and Rey Mysterio against Juventud Guerrera, Nicho el Millionario and Super Crazy. They announced their 09/01 show as being LA Park & Psycho Clown vs Hijo del Fantasma & Texano Jr., with the idea that – over the two shows – you’ll see the person who lost their mask at TripleMania wrestle unmasked in the US for the first time. They’re also announcing Drago, Aerostar, Maximo, La Mascara, Pagano, Lady Maravilla, Keira, Chik Tormenta, Aeroboy, Hijo de LA Park, Demus, Black Danger and Destino Negro (Black Boy) for the show.

However, they’ve also announced that the CMLL wrestlers – Rush, Negro Casas, Polvora, Felino, Puma, and Tiger – are now off the show. They would’ve worked the Saturday show, but CMLL said they couldn’t work the entire expo because of other people who were booked, even before the AAA show was set. This is disappointing for the Expo and also a reminder of what is and is not actually going on in lucha libre. CMLL is open to using some indie wrestlers, as long as they’re not wrestling in AAA at the time. AAA is open to using indie wrestlers, and don’t seem to care all that much where else they’re working. CMLL still is not working with AAA, is not working with people who are wrestling on AAA, and is not working with other people they’re angry for a variety of random reasons.

FWIW, my hunch is WWE might still let Rey appear/wrestle at Lucha Libre Expo if they did sign him. All In is just another animal.

Kylie Rae has been added to the DTU August tour. DTU’s also listing about five different surprise dates.

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report.

A Bolivia Cholitas story.

+LuchaTV has a new edition of Aqui esta la Lucha.

great match roundup, week of 2018-06-23

a caveman can spin

shows

These are late because I’m in no hurry to post bland recaps of bland shows. Soberano/Titan was good at least. Phoenix/Cavernario was bigger.

I need to try to get in at least one more catchup post before AAA kicks in and everything goes off the rails again.

rating matches TV Show taped
excellent King Phoenix vs Cavernario LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 29 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-06-29 2018-06-29
great Soberano Jr. © vs Titán for the Mexican National Welterweight Championship LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 25 DE JUNIO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-06-25 2018-06-25
great Mil Muertes vs Jeremiah CraneFénix [grave consequences] Lucha Underground: 2018-06-27 2018-02-23
good Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Esfinge vs Felino, Puma, Tiger LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 25 DE JUNIO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-06-25 2018-06-25
good Hechicero vs Felino in a lightning match LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 26 DE JUNIO DE  2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-06-26 2018-06-26
good XO Lishus vs Jack Evans Lucha Underground: 2018-06-27 2018-02-23
good Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Templario LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 29 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-06-29 2018-06-29
good Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Niebla Roja vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 29 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-06-29 2018-06-29
ok Astro, Asturiano, Stukita vs Joker, Mercurio, Saurón LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 25 DE JUNIO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-06-25 2018-06-25
ok Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola in a lightning match LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 25 DE JUNIO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-06-25 2018-06-25
ok Flyer & Volador Jr. vs Templario & Último GuerreroLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 25 DE JUNIO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-06-25 2018-06-25
ok Astral, Eléctrico, Oro Jr. vs Cancerbero, Nitro, YagoLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 26 DE JUNIO DE  2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-06-26 2018-06-26
ok Esfinge, Titán, Tritón vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Luciferno, Pólvora LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 26 DE JUNIO DE  2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-06-26 2018-06-26
ok Dragón Lee, Flyer, Mistico vs Euforia, Forastero, Negro Casas LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 26 DE JUNIO DE  2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-06-26 2018-06-26
ok Pegasso, Star Jr., Stigma vs Disturbio, Kawato San, Okumura LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 29 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-06-29 2018-06-29
below average Magnus & Príncipe Diamante vs Espanto Jr. & Hijo del Signo LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 29 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-06-29 2018-06-29
below average Ciber the Main Man, Sharly Rock Star, The Chrizhvs Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 29 DE JUNIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-06-29 2018-06-29
not rated Meyer, Millenium, Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Espíritu Maligno, King Jaguar, King Rocker LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 25 DE JUNIO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-06-25 2018-06-25
not rated Bengala & Leono vs Apocalipsis & Cholo LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 26 DE JUNIO DE  2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-06-26 2018-06-26
not rated Estrellita, La Jarochita, Marcela vs Dalys, La Metálica, Reyna Isis LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 26 DE JUNIO DE  2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-06-26 2018-06-26

lucha TV preview for weekend of July 6th, 2018

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AAA had so over taped that Verano de Escandalo, an event which took place more than a month ago, will just start airing on Space this week. That promotion would be rough to follow this year if they weren’t offering live shows streaming and even then it’s an awful lot of work. This might be the last week without an AAA taping for two months.

Lucha Undergroudn’s preview mentions three Aztec Medallion matches in total; I may be making a mistake by assuming just three Medallions are on the line. We’ve seen tag matches with them in the past. The preview mentions they’ll follow up on Mascarita Sagrada leading the Rabbit Tribe to the White Rabbit from the ending of last season. The Antonio/Cuerno/Cage bit this week checked off one scene from the trailer, and I’d guess we’ll get a couple more to come.

Still including IWRG on this seems wildly optimistic.

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2018-06-26 

Dragon Lee raise the roof!

Recapped: 06/30/2018

Matches: 

Apocalipsis & Cholo beat Bengala & Leono  
(12:18 [5:45, 3:05, 3:28], 1/3, n/r, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Astral, Eléctrico, Oro Jr. beat Cancerbero, Nitro, Yago
(9:47 [3:32, 2:26, 3:49], ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Estrellita, La Jarochita, Marcela beat Dalys, La Metálica, Reyna Isis
(10:04 [5:02, 1:43, 3:19], 2/3, n/r, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Hechicero  beat Felino in a lightning match
(9:17, Magia Negra, good, via 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Dragón Rojo Jr., Luciferno, Pólvora beat Esfinge, Titán, Tritón
(15:16 [5:15, 4:09, 5:52], 2/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Dragón Lee, Flyer, Mistico beat Euforia, Forastero, Negro Casas
(13:10 [5:32, 3:15, 4:23], 2/3 DQ, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

It turns out nothing happened. It looked for a half a second like they were going somewhere with Forastero & Flyer, but nope.

Thoughts:

Zacarias needed some wings

The main event, and this whole card, were tough to watch. Everything was the ok/good technically range, and nothing moved me emotionally. It may be too much CMLL or these show feeling so meaningless – the one angle here in the main event appears to have been dropped after it happened – but this was kind of like a chore I had to get thru to do more interesting lucha things. The crowd liked the action better, with Negro Casas & Dragon Lee having the usual strong interactions and Euforia setting up Mistico greatly. Forastero & Flyer really should feud, but it seemed odd that CMLL would do a midcard feud with no title involved, and so it makes more sense they’re not.

The semifinal had things that normally are interesting but it didn’t really come together in a great way. There was enough noise and excitement that I’d understand why people liked it but it just was missing something. It was a little too nondescript, nothing memorable about it that doesn’t happen a lot. Triton & Titan work like a team and Triton & Esfinge work like a team but I’m not sure Titan & Esfinge know each other. Luciferno catching Triton’s first dive with his back and then running away as to make sure Triton didn’t try a second dive was very odd.

another moment in Euforia being the best

The lightning told a match about Felino being outmatched. The normally fast and flying rudo was hit by an airborne Hechicero far more often than he could do for the same, and Hechicero was faster than him when it came to rolling out of the way of the elbow drop. Hechicero put in a lot of effort for an otherwise meaningless Tuesday match and Felino’s streak of better than usual matches continued.

I wouldn’t go as far as saying I liked the segunda, but it was noticeably better than usual. They allowed the tecnicos to do more than usual, and the crowd reacted well enough to their dives and such that it’s confusing why they can’t just keep it this way. Yago needs to be bumped up to (at least) this level on the regular. He’s good enough that he can keep the sometimes shaky spots of the ex-minis on target, without getting fiercely annoyed with them like the veterans in this pool of guys. He’d fine counterbalance to Raizel & Cancerbero, should Raziel ever turn up again.

Cholo driver

Pura Raza/ROH, other random notes

Pura Raza teased CMLL & ROH wrestlers appearing on their next 08/04 show. No names or locations announced. I think this is probably someone (Taven?) coming to Mexico to work for CMLL and Pura Raza getting to use them for the Saturday date, similar to how Lucha Memes has done in the past. CMLL hasn’t even announced anyone from ROH coming in yet. Maybe we’ll start getting more CMLL announcements with the Mexico team out of the World Cup.

Looks like no Arena Coliseo show next Saturday; a Televisa boxing broadcast is scheduled for the venue instead. A ROH would normally be working the Arena Coliseo show on Saturday and not an outside date, so I wonder if there’s a boxing show scheduled for 08/04 too.

Impact Wrestling officially announced their deal with 52MX in Mexico. They’ll air Saturday nights at 9:30pm. The Wrestling Observer hypes this as a lead-in for more Impact wrestlers working in Mexico because the fans will know them. I’m skeptical of that working to any great degree. 52MX doesn’t have much viewership in Mexico (or the US), and the people who are going to see it are the wrestling fans who are seeking out everything and probably know who these people are already. CMLL has had a show on 52MX for over a decade and I can’t point to any sign of it helping the promotion create stars. Impact itself used to be on 52MX and it didn’t seem to help Impact people get over in Mexico previously.  It’s much better than nothing, and it would seem to create the situation where Impact is available in another language while AAA still is still Spanish only.

In the weekly Marca interview, La Jarochita said she was a soccer player growing up, but her father thought it wasn’t a tough enough sport and put her in wrestling instead. She’s picking Uruguay to win the World Cup.

A show in Tecate next weekend has a four-way scheduled with Negro Casas, Mistico, Arkangel Divino and Black Destiny. That would be the first time the ex-Crash (and seemingly current AAA) and CMLL guys have mixed. I think there’s a good chance it’d end up on 126F’s channel.

RIOT Inedito on 7/28

Caristico will be on a The Crash show in Tlaxcala on 07/29. This is not Tlaxcala the city itself, but it feels strange the Crash running Tijuana and Tlaxcala as it’s two regular places. Those places are very far from each other. I guess it’s all about where you can find a reliable local promoter.

DTU announced Shotzi Blackheart and Jimmy Lloyd ill appear with the promotion on their upcoming shows (08/11 Arena Lopez Mateos, 08/12 Tulancingo, 08/14 Arena Aficion.)

Vancouver’s Calamity Cate is working in LLF next weekend according to this surprisingly detailed article from the Vancouver Courier.

Segunda Caida reviews the 07/15 CMLL LA Park/Rush trios.

Lucha Libre in Japan

In Freedoms, Miedo Extremo challenged for the King of Freedoms title but lost to champion Masashi Takeda. Violento Jack & Daisuke Masaoka kept the tag team titles over Jun Kasai & Kenji Fukimoto. MicroMan Fever has a recent translation of a Miedo Extremo & Ciclope interview with +LuchaTV, talking about their trips to Japan and the US.

Real Japan Pro Wrestling, a promotion led by original Tiger Mask Sayama, ran a show on 07/03 with a lot of Mexican names. The bit here is Tiger Mask is resurrecting UWA/LLI, even showing a letter from original promoter Francisco Flores’ daughter endorsing the idea. He brought in a bunch of sons of UWA/LLI wrestlers to this show to get over the concept. (RJPW is supposed to be 80s NJPW, when UWA was a partner promotion.) That included Brazo de Oro Jr., who seems to rarely work in Mexico, flown over to work a midcard trios match. They’re also running a masked man tournament, with Toscano (wearing a mask but still called Toscano) and Dos Caras Jr. participating. Dos Caras Jr. won the main event match. I’m not sure how the tournament works or when it’ll be continuing; RJPW doesn’t run often and doesn’t get a lot of attention.

Dr. Wagner Jr. & Hijo del Dr. Wagner make their seemingly annual trip to Japan in a couple weeks, appearing on the 07/16 Stardom show.

Hijo del Pantera challenges Yusuke Kodama for the Wrestle-1 Cruiserweight championship on 07/18.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 07/10/2018 Arena México
1) Acero & Aéreo vs Mercurio & Pequeño Violencia
2) Magnus, Retro, Sangre Imperial vs Akuma, Inquisidor, Yago
3) Pegasso vs Virus [lightning]
4) Black Panther, Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr. vs Misterioso Jr., Puma, Tiger
5) Flyer, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Felino, Rey Bucanero, Shocker
6) Ángel de Oro, Kráneo, Niebla Roja vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón

A show. Main event is a rematch, which wasn’t really set up at all in the matches (but JCR seemed tipped off.) That could mean Sanson/Niebla Roja on 07/17 or they’ll just forget about the whole thing.

Akuma’s not going to be any happier with that match.

CMLL (TUE) 07/10/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Black Sugar, El Rielero, Luminoso vs Mr. Apolo, Puma Negro, Tyson La Bestia
2) Estrellita, La Guerrera, Marcela vs Amapola, La Metálica, Tiffany
3) Esfinge, Titán, Tritón vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
4) Soberano Jr. © vs Cavernario [MEX WELTER]
5) Carístico, Dragón Lee, Mistico vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero

Soberano and Cavernario had a great title match last year. Matches on the GDL tend to be edited down to shorter time (assuming the internet feed even works.)

Tyson La Bestia, who’s wrestled on plenty of indie shows with CMLL wrestlers and appeared on the one-off ELITE 2018 return to Arena Mexico, makes his way onto a normal CMLL show in the opener here.

CMLL Puebla: 2018-06-25

Soberano & Titan

Recapped: 06/28/2018

Matches:

Espíritu Maligno, King Jaguar, King Rocker beat Meyer, Millenium, Tigre Rojo Jr.
(16:09 [6:37, 4:25, 5:07], 2/3, n/r, via 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Astro, Asturiano, Stukita beat Joker, Mercurio, Saurón
(13:37 [5:18, 2:03, 6:16], 2/3, ok, via 
VideosOficialesCMLL

Amapola beat Princesa Sugehit in a lightning match
(6:36, Amapola Devil’s Wings, ok, via 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Felino, Puma, Tiger beat Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Esfinge  
(12:12 [4:42, 1:49, 5:41], 1/3, good, via 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Soberano Jr. © beat Titán for the Mexican National Welterweight Championship
(22:44, 2/3, great, via 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Flyer & Volador Jr. beat Templario & Último Guerrero
(14:18 [2:44, 3:02, 8:32], 2/3 DQ, ok, via 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

real topes con giro

Soberano kept his title over Titan.

Último Guerrero fouled Volador, setting up a singles match next week.

Amapola asked for a title match after he won, and Sugehit granted it.

Thoughts:

Puma, unimpressed

The main event was a regular match with the same people as the Gran Alternativa, not something trying to build on that or even approach it. The crowd got into the match, but the pace and intensity was much lower. The wrestling was smooth but they didn’t as much to showcase the younger wrestlers until Flyer’s run in the third fall. It kind of makes sense, because Volador/UG is the match coming out of it, but I’m not really excited to see that one more time.

Titan had his right hamstring taped up, Dragon Rojo style, and he slid out of the ring early on when it was bugging him. It’s hard to tell how serious the injury really was, but it perfectly explained Titan’s reasons for attacking Soberano with a different strategy. He did it well, going for his leglock submission instead, and it turned into a dramatic match. Titan never really got a close near fall in the third fall, but they’d done so much to establish the figure four a deadly that it was better than any cradle would’ve been. They made smart use of the three falls structure to get that over as possible finish in the first fall, and they built it up a lot until Titan got in that moment. There were fun twists along the way – Joker got obliterated by a tope just for being a second – and these two got as about as a good reaction as they would’ve with something that would’ve required a lot more leaping. This was well done.

Jokerplex

The Panther/Felinos match was the expected mirror of their successful matches in Arena Mexico with a little less time. It was a little slow to start, but probably intended that way to build to a faster moving finish. If you’re going to watch one, you should watch the Friday ones, but this was worthwhile on this show. Felino has been looking better teaming with his sons of late and has a lot better timing as a third wheel than Esfinge.

When I wrote that there were only a few possible women’s matches left that would be potentially good, I think I was thinking of this match being on that list. This match was alright, but it wasn’t good. Part of it is the ghosts of the past: they’re both slow and less impactful than the same match would’ve been five or ten years ago. They haven’t pushed themselves to adjust what they do, and so this came off as a slimmed down version of an actual good match. I’m sure they’ll try a bit more in the title match but they’d have a ways to go before it’d be recommendable.

The athletic ability of the mini técnicos can sometimes overpower the boring structure of their overall matches. This wasn’t one of those times. Asturiano and Astro didn’t do a lot while that match itself followed the usual pattern. Asturiano wrestles in Puebla locals fairly often. Astro doesn’t seem to be wrestling anywhere unless it’s in some small Tlaxcala indie we’re not hearing about. I hope he’s getting more out of wrestling than these matches.

Templario bomb

Lucha Underground 4×4: Pain, Love and Sacrifice to the Gods

this always looks great, even with a weird yellow light treatment

Matches

Jake Savage beat Big Bad Strong Steve (2:07, anklelock, ok)

Taya & Johnny Mundo beat Daga & Kobra Moon (6:22, Taya curbstomp Kobra Moon, good)

Matanza defeated Mr. Pec-tacular (0:47, Wrath of the Gods, ok )

King Cuerno beat Chavo Guerrero for an Aztec Medallion (9:52, Thrill of the Kill, ok)

Status Check

Champion: Pentagon Dark

Gift of the Gods: vacant

Aztec Medallions: Dragon Azteca, King Cuerno, the winner of Mil Muertes/Cage + 4 TBD

Trios Champions: Killshot, the Mack, Son of Havoc

Died This Season: Jeremiah Crane (casket), Fenix (casket/lifeforce absorbed), Mr. Pec-tacular (sacrificed)

Happenings

flecha negra

After three episodes of big events, the fourth episode of the season was smaller in scale, mostly setting up things for later. As usual for these sort of Lucha Underground episodes, the Aztec Medallions were back in play.

King Cuerno won a Medallion over Chavo Guerrero, in a match which seemed to exist for the announcers to tell us Chavo was one of the best of all time, but also evil and that meant Cuerno was now a good guy. It was more notable for the office vignette which set it up. Antonio Cueto would like the Gauntlet back for the Order. Cuerno’s story is it was stolen from him. Antonio in no way believes this story but can’t do anything about it for this moment. Instead, he tries bribery. Cuerno’s offered not just a medallion match against the man who beat him in Aztec Warfare, but the specific medallion which represents his tribe. Cage interrupts the meeting to ask for a title shot of his own. Antonio’s not big on getting a title match just by attacking the champion and tells Cage he’ll have to earn it, starting with a Medallion match with Mil Muertes next week. Antonio says Muerte’s tribe’s medallion will be on the line, which is also shown to the camera.

Both the Cuerno (Deer?) and Muertes (Death?) tribes & medallions had been guessed at by people watching the show. This appears to be the first time the show has outright stated those last two ones. That means off referenced about seven tribes are:

  • Deer (or something like that): King Cuerno
  • Rabbit: Paul London, Mala Suerte, Saltador
  • Moth: Mariposa & Marty
  • Reptile: Kobra Moon, Daga, Drago, Vibora
  • Eagle: Dragon Azteca Jr.
  • Jaguar: no known active currently members in LU
  • Death (or something like that): Mil Muertes, Catrina
shibata style

In other show mythology, a vignette with Catrina served as a coda to the three-way Grave Consequences match from last week. Catrina sucked the lifeforce out of Fenix with a kiss, then dropped off her half of the immortality amulet with Melissa as a reminder. Melissa has no idea what it is, but the show did a good job reminding us of the amulet’s meaning in the previously vignettes. They also showed a brief clip from a season 1 (!) episode where Catrina outright said stealing Fenix’s lifeforce was her goal – this plan seemed to come suddenly the last few weeks, but they’d laid a seed for it years ago. Catrina’s lifeforce absorption came with an outfit change into a red dress. I think it’s the outfit she was wearing in the western poster that hinted at her old age in an episode long ago, but I can’t remember which one to check.

On top of all that, Matanza is now sacrificing people to the gods by having the lights go off, a special effect noise play, and the person being disappeared when the lights came back up. Mr. Pectacular was the first victim, getting in no effective offense against the newly charged up monster.

Big Bad Steve didn’t fare any better against Jake Strong, losing an uncompetitive match and getting his ankle broken. Strong stole part of Steve’s gear too. Brenda was with Steve but Famous B was not – Matt Striker said B was in danger of getting his leg amputated because of the damage from Strong’s anklelock. They asked that people send well wishes to 1-423-Get-Fame

Maybe the most normal thing on the show was the feud between the Hollywood types and the snake people. Kobra Moon’s first in-ring action since season 2 ended in a loss, though it wasn’t without interference. PJ Black cracked her with a kick to the head to set up Taya’s curbstomp. The victory was short-lived, as Vibora was able to take out three present members of Worldwide Underground in revenge. Kobra Moon vowed Johnny Mundo would bow before her.

Thoughts

a new take on the headscissors escape into something idea

This episode had some things for people who are into the Lucha Underground lore, but it didn’t really have much in memorable matches.

Both the Matanza and Strong matches were not much. Matanza is much better at doing an impressive squash at this point. The sacrifice bit was unimpressive; I was preparing myself for something gory, something in the more over the top LU fashion that would get everyone’s who already given up on the show mad at it. It was just the lights out trick instead. Strong needs a direction and a better connection with the LU storylines then beating up people vaguely allied with Famous B. He also needs a better camera angle on his gutwrench suplex, since that was his one impressive spot.

I wasn’t really feeling long Chavo Guerrero matches in 2015. Three more years haven’t improved the situation. The match had a purpose of reminding people who hadn’t seen Cuerno wrestling a real match since season 2 of what he can do and that it’s ok to cheer for him. It still felt more long than good. Lucha Underground Twitter teased this might be it for Chavo for now, which didn’t seem connected to anything mentioned on the show. I hope they know what they’re talking about.

timber

The mixed tag was the best match on the show. Daga got a lot of time for once and made a good impact with it. It didn’t make him by any means, but he’s another guy no one’s seen on this show for nearly two seasons and it at least reminded those people he might be part of good matches. (He also told Mundo “Welcome to Snake Town!”) We’re kind of owed a Mundo/Daga match from AAA and they did enough to make me want to hear it here. Kobra Moon seemed protected early – tagging in, doing the Lita headscissors on Mundo and tagging right back didn’t give me great hope – but she did more later and ended up looking better than she had in the past. (There were some edits though, even I could pick it up for once.) The big surprise was they did a mixed tag match without making a big deal about it for once. Vibora was put over super strong in this match. I still have no idea who I’m supposed to be rooting for in this feud. At least the action’s good.

CMLL Tuesday results, LU preview, Titan versus Fenix on 08/04

maybe one bit too many by Audaz

CMLL (TUE) 07/03/2018 Arena México [CMLL, Lucha CentralThe Gladiatores]
1) Stukita & Último Dragóncito b Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Olímpico LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 3 DE JULIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tencicos took 2/3.
2) Akuma, Hijo del Signo, Metálico b Astral, Eléctrico, Príncipe Diamante LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 3 DE JULIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3.
3) Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Sangre Azteca b Drone, Fuego, Pegasso LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 3 DE JULIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3.
4) Audaz b Universo 2000 Jr. [lightningLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 3 DE JULIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
5) Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Stuka Jr. b Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 3 DE JULIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Stuka replaced Kraneo (moved up). Tecnicos took 1/3.
6) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón b Ángel de Oro, Kráneo, Niebla Roja LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 3 DE JULIO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Kraneo replaced Diamante Azul (France). Rudos took 1/3.

Promos: Audaz, Hermanos Chavez (Angel de Oro & Niebla Roja), and NGD. The main event kind of set up Sanson/Niebla Roja, but didn’t commit to it.

I have not made the necessary time in my life to watch the segunda. I do know it was bad enough that Akuma went on Facebook to apologize about it and ask for chances elsewhere to prove what he’s capable of doing. He doesn’t want to blame anyone else in the match (but Astral had a bad night.) Akuma is a guy I’ve wanted to see get out of CMLL elsewhere to get better because there seems potential there, but he has no star value and no easy opponent like his brother Demus so no indie promoter is going to be going out of his way to use him. I think he’d end up lost in the mix too – he’s still a project and needs someone investing in developing him. CMLL doesn’t seem to be doing that.

CMLL (TUE) 07/03/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Magnum, Star Black, Vaquero Jr. b Carlo Roggi, Difunto, Guerrero de la Muerte
tecnicos took 2/3.
2) La Comandante, La Seductora, Reyna Isis b Maligna, Mystique, Princesa Sugehit
rudas took 2/3.
3) Esfinge, Titán, Tritón b Dragón Rojo Jr., Okumura, Pólvora
Okumura replaced Kawato. Tecnicos took 1/3.
4) Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas b Flyer, Soberano Jr., Valiente
Cavernario submitted Soberano to set up a title match.
5) Carístico, Dragón Lee, Mistico DQ Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
Dragon Lee & Mistico didn’t want to help Caristico. Tecnicos took 2/3, the last by DQ when UG fouled Mistico.

Soberano/Cavernario maybe next week. The longer term problem is how to handle Caristico when most of the top tecnicos are also feuding with him. Maybe they’ll just forget about it like the last few times.

Lucha Underground has episode 4×4, “Pain, Love and Sacrifice to the Gods”. Announced matches:

  • Daga & Kobra Moon vs Taya & Johnny Mundo (video clip)
  • King Cuerno vs ? for an Azteca Medallion
  • Matanza offers a Sacrifice to the Gods (which I assume involved a match in some way.)

The photos released for this show indicate Mr. Pectacular is Matanza’s opponent/victim, and Chavo Guerrero Jr. faces King Cuerno. The preview mentions a Catrina/Melissa segment following up last week.

It wasn’t until seeing that video that I realized how awkward it’s going to be to listen to Vampiro call Taya matches now. The clip is less than a minute and he still managed to scoff at her. Probably in character.

If you miss this show, it’ll be repeated next week before the new airing. If you can’t get the show now because of the Sling/Univision dispute, you can buy it tomorrow on Amazon or iTunes.

LA Park (& son) are being advertised for the 08/10 AAA TV taping in Veracruz.

Pagano did an interview with his hometown paper, happy about being on TripleMania for the third year in a row. He has no idea who he’s facing, so falls back to the generic “I’d like to win a title, mask or hair” luchador promo. Pagano talks about his title match with Dr. Wagner proving that he was more than an extreme fighter. That was the not good match where a chair figured prominently.

MexaWrestling in Arena San Juan Pantitlan (Mextasis) on 08/04

This is going to be a good show. Going out on a limb.

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report.

Microman Fever has a recap of Rush’s interview with Box Y Lucha.

A story on the Dversus Mask mask making group

An interview with Siniestro de Durango.

Concept art from a Hijo del Santo anime project that ended up abandoned.

Lineups

CMLL (MON) 07/09/2018 Arena Puebla
1) Asturiano & Meyer vs King Rocker & Sombra Diabólika
2) Arkalis & Black Tiger vs Espanto Jr. & King Jaguar
3) Astral, Lestat, Star Jr. vs Fuerza Chicana, Hijo del Signo, Policeman
4) Rey Cometa, Rey Samuray, Stuka Jr. vs Hechicero, Máscara Año 2000, Templario
5) Ángel de Oro, Mistico, Niebla Roja vs Cuatrero, Mr. Niebla, Sansón
6) La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible vs Atlantis, Carístico, Euforia [Relevos Increíbles]

That main event looks like it should be Ingobernables/tecnico match, but Diamante Azul isn’t actually back so Euforia gets the call. Semimain is the rematch. The fourth match is about one person from being really promising. Opener could be good too.

Volador & Sugehit win Puebla, NGD in Arena Mexico, ELITE

Volador & Ultimo Guerrero

CMLL (MON) 07/02/2018 Arena Puebla [CMLL, Lucha Central]
1) Black Tiger, Hijo de Centella Roja, Meyer b Ares, Guerrero Espacial, King Rocker LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 2 DE JULIO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos take 1/3.
2) Espíritu Maligno, Príncipe Odín Jr., Rey Apocalipsis b Oro Jr., Rey Samuray, Tigre Rojo Jr. LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 2 DE JULIO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 2/3.
3) Princesa Sugehit b Amapola [MEX WOMENLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 2 DE JULIO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Sugehit took falls 2/3 for her fifth defense.
4) El Malayo, Okumura, Olímpico b Drone, Lestat, Stigma LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 2 DE JULIO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3
5) Ángel de Oro, Mistico, Niebla Roja DQ Cuatrero, Mr. Niebla, Sansón LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 2 DE JULIO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 2/3, the last by DQ (which set up a rematch for next week)
6) Volador Jr. b Último Guerrero LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 2 DE JULIO DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Volador took 1/3.

Princesa Sugehit thanked the fans for their support. Show was said to be just OK, with Tirantes imposing himself in the main event like usual.

Today’s Arena Mexico match is listed as a NGD vs Angel de Oro, Niebla Roja and Diamante Azul main event. The preview CMLL sent to media outlets lists Kraneo in Diamante Azul‘s spot. CMLL seems to have no idea when exactly Azul is coming or going, consistenly listing him as being on shows he will not be on. I guess there’s also the possibility that he’s going to ELITE instead but CMLL would likely stop mentioning him instead of continuing to promote him on Twitter.

There’s no story to the matches today, just matches for the sake of matches. Hijos del Infierno face the Panther kids & Stuka, who assumes Kraneo’s spot. Audaz and Universo 2000 Jr. will attempt to have a lightning match with each other; I think Universo has gotten better this year, but this figures to be a challenge. Drone, Fuego and Pegasso will get at least one surprise pin over Misterioso, Sagrado and Sangre Azteca. There are two more matches with the ex-minis and the actual mini.

Lucha Central previews this show. It’ll air at 7:30pm on CMLL’s YouTube channel.

Puerto Rico’s CWA posted a video from Negro Casas, explaining the situation that led to him being stopped when entering the US and missing their show. (SuperLuchas picked up on this first.) Casas says his work visa had expired a few days before he came to US. Immigration officials held him from 4:30pm that Friday until sending him back home on a plane 6AM that Saturday. He’s been back in Mexico since that time.

When AAA announced an increased amount of TV tapings for July and August on their Televisa show a few weeks back, it seemed to indicate the promotion running both AAA & ELITE shows, and getting a second TV outlet for ELITE. AAA & ELITE notable did not announce a TV partner for their combined show on July 21st at their press conference and have not said anything since. The poster has a generic “taped for TV” logo, and not the Televisa logo usually on AAA’s poster. Maybe an announcement is still coming, or maybe plans have changed again. The next AAA taping that appeared to be actually an ELITE show would’ve been the 08/04 taping in Morelos. However, a lot of people who would be expected to work on an ELITE taping – LA Park & Golden Magic among them – are instead listed as working on a 08/04 Arena Lopez Mateos show. There’s still might be enough ELITE people to run another AAA vs ELITE show, only today AAA listed Psycho Clown, Rey Escorpion, Maximo and others as working in Sinaloa on that day instead. I think the 08/04 taping may have been canceled, and that’d make the 08/18 Mexico State taping a question mark too.

A TV deal and events being canceled is pretty business as usual for ELITE. The bigger issue is AAA’s expanded its roster seemingly with the idea that they’d need to fill out two different promotions. If ELITE is only going to exist for the July 21st show, then it’s going to be a tricky situation to manage all of those people.

Other stuff from the recently updated list of spots shows: Hijo del Dr. Wagner is still listed as working these shows, the AAA Alebrije is back on lineups and the people of are Huajupaan de Leon getting the most C-level AAA show possible.

Pagano was honored as a sports star in Ciudad Juarez as part of campaign to keep children from addictions and promote sports as an alternative. Because there’s definitely not addictions in sports.

Men’s Journal has an article about how to go to lucha libre in Mexico. It’s mostly good, though you probably don’t need to stay at a five-star hotel. They mention CMLL’s training as if you might want to take a class while in Mexico City, nothing you have to pay for a month at a time but they do offer private classes for groups of people. I’ve never heard that before.

RIOT’s next show is July 28th, called “Inedito.” That’s a reference MDA calling all their matches as “Inedito”, rendering it a nonsense word.

Puma & Barby spend a day at Arena Puebla.

Princesa Azul won LLF’s annual Copa Juvenil.

The Crash posted a highlight video to hype Daga vs Matt Riddle.

+LuchaTV has an interview with Ciclope & Miedo Extremo and the new episode fo their podcast.

Segunda Caida reviews LA Park, Hijo de LA Park and Volador Jr. vs Rush, Terrible and Bestia del Ring.

LuchaWorld has the latest Poster-Mania.

Lineups

CMLL (SUN) 07/08/2018 Arena México
1) Leono & Sangre Imperial vs Camorra & Grako
2) Magnus, Oro Jr., Star Jr. vs Cancerbero, Espanto Jr., Yago
3) Audaz, Blue Panther, Rey Cometa vs Hechicero, Okumura, Templario
4) Pólvora vs Sagrado [lightning]
5) Dragón Lee, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Felino, Rey Bucanero, Shocker
6) Atlantis, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible [Relevos Increíbles]

Match 3 could be good but otherwise this is probably not a show anyone will be sad about missing. When I say every CMLL title match should be made accessible to people who aren’t in the building, that’s really just an increase of 1-3 matches per month. It shouldn’t be hard. It apparently is very difficult.

Raziel still appears to be in CMLL jail.

IWRG (SUN) 07/08/2018 Arena Naucalpan
1) Chicanito vs Shadow Boy
2) Arquero & Mexica vs Atomic Star & Death Metal
3) Aramis, Freelance, Relámpago vs Hijo Del Mosco X-Fly, Lunatic Xtreme, Psycho Kid
4) Leo, Mike, Rafy vs Demonio Infernal, Diablo Jr., Tortuga Teelo
5) Danny Casas, Hijo del Alebrije, Toscano vs Eterno, Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Pitbull
6) Emperador Azteca, Imposible, Ovett vs Cerebro Negro, El Hijo del Medico Asesino, X-Fly

IWRG built up a lot of matches this past Sunday and will be following up on only the Ovett/X-Fly one.

CMLL (SAT) 07/14/2018 Arena Lopez Mateos
1) ? vs ??
2) Alas de Acero, Príncipe Diamante, Star Jr. vs Aramis, Audaz, Eléctrico
3) Ángel de Oro, Drone, Niebla Roja vs Esfinge, Stuka Jr., Vangellys
4) Dragón Lee, Flyer, Soberano Jr. vs Rey Cometa, Titán, Tritón
5) La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón

This seems to be a Munoz focused show, and probably a bigger deal than the Coliseo show running the same day. Vangellys continues to work spot shows while presumably trying to get approved to return to CMLL.

Revolucha (SUN) 07/22/2018 Gimnasio Nuevo León
1) Azarel & Muerte Extrema vs Dranzer & Scravos
2) Lady Flammer vs Star FirePrincesa Azul
3) Hijo De Dos Caras & Hijo De Octagon vs Epydemius & Hijo del Volador
4) Dos Caras Sr. & Octagón vs Damián 666 & La Bestia Del Ring
5) Dragón Lee vs Último Ninja
6) Carístico, El Patrón Alberto, Rush vs Bestia 666, Garza Jr., Mr. 450

Sort of make-up show for the canceled baseball stadium (in that they probably had to still use most of these people somehow.) Garza Jr. & Ultimo Ninja still booked into July, so I think Meltzer was mistaken about Garza being in NXT already. I still think they’re going, and this might be one of the last chances to see them in Monterrey.

MDA (SUN) 07/29/2018 Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) Karateka Jr. vs Azteca Warrior
2) Babe Fox vs Komander
3) Demus vs Príncipe Legendario
4) The King vs Laredo Kid
5) Daga vs El Divo
6) Hijo de LA Park & The Tiger vs Emperador Azteca (IWRG) & Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr.
7) Rey Wagner vs Penta Zero M
8) LA Park vs Blue Demon Jr.

MDA’s 3rd-anniversary show with a lot of singles matches. Odds of clean finishes in the top two matches are low.

new lucha video for the weekend of June 22nd, 2018

GDL stream is barely working; I could see enough to figure out it was the top 3 that aired, but the pictures were barely moving. IWRG AYM feed remains down. I signed up for a free trial for a site saying they were streaming AYM, and their stream was down as well.

CMLL Lucha Azteca: 2018-07-01
taped 2018-06-22 @ Arena México – Mega
1) Atlantis, Carístico, Stuka Jr. vs Euforia, La Bestia Del Ring, Último Guerrero
2) L.A. Park vs Rush