The chart is getting smaller. Elite is gone, at least in Mexico. (Azteca Siete is airing a LigaMX semifinal instead, so it’s possible Elite didn’t know for sure last week was their final week until some teams advanced; the TV rights for Mexican soccer teams are different based on the TV.) The USA Elite show has a Carisitco/Mascara Dorada match which was good.
Lucha Underground Pentagon versus the Black Lotus Triad; having seen a gauntlet match in wrestling before, I think he’ll face all three of Kairi Hojo, Mayu Iwatani and Io Shirai. The preview doesn’t give any more matches away. We’re over due for match four in Cage/Texano.
Fenix, Drago, Aerostar b The Rabbit Tribe (Paul London, Salatador, Mala Suerte) for the Lucha Underground Trios championship (5:42, Fenix bridging cradle Saltador, good)
Killshot defeated Dante Fox (8:10, Foxcatcher capture brainbuster, great)
Johnny Mundo defeated Sexy Star (11:06, Fin de Mundo, OK)
Johnny Mundo is the new and 6th Lucha Underground champion, defeating Sexy Star in the main event. Earlier, Mundo revealed he’d gotten a restraining order against Angelico, and Dario confirmed Angelico would not be in the Temple tonight. Independently, Sexy Star asked the Mack to stay out of the match, wanting to prove her win last week was not a fluke and not luck. The match itself was contested one on one, without the numerous interference spots of the Gift of the Gods match, but still a match Mundo dominated early until Sexy Star seized on a mistake and could forced it to at least an even battle. The fight spilled outside, where Mundo grabbed a crutch from a masked Sexy Star fan and hit Sexy. Sexy tried to bring the crutch in the ring moments later, but the referee stopped that. Sexy decided to instead return the crutch to her fan, only for her fan to knock Sexy Star out with brass knuckles. Mundo pulled Sexy back in the ring, landed (or “landed”) the Fin de Mundo, and won the championship. The fan revealed herself to be Taya, of course, and Jack and PJ joined the post match celebration.
Drago, Fenix and Aerostar didn’t lose their titles. They defended them over the debuting Rabbit Tribe : a mad hatter like Paul London, the checked Saltador and the mohawked? Mala Suerte with a general Alice in Wonderland theme. The idea is the Rabbit Tribe are on some or all of the drugs, making them unpredictable opponents. (Striker seemed to back away from this idea near the end after both announcers spent the whole match talking about it.) The new trio was definitely unpredictable, but the champs were able to outsmart them in the end. Kobra Moon watched this match from the top of Dario’s office, and promised Drago that he would bow before his queen – which I assume is her, but I guess we’ll see.
The middle match allowed Killshot and Dante Fox to have it out. Killshot seemed to want to talk some sense into his friend, but Dante Fox wanted to fight and fight they did. In an extended and exciting match, Fox survived Killshot’s top rope double knee smash and used his capture brainbuster (Foxcatcher) to get his first win in the Temple. The announcers were certain this would not be the end of this.
The only other piece of business was picking up on Black Lotus’ return last week. Lotus explained she and the Black Lotus Triad wanted revenge on Pentagon for breaking her arm at Ultima Lucha 2. Dario, as a welcoming back gift to his former (current?) bodyguard, gave her a gauntlet match next week as a present. Pentagon Dark will have to face each member of the Triad, one one one.
(No sign of the Catrina/Crane bit mentioned in the preview.)
My general thought is I don’t want to make this 2000 words this week.
When the words put in Sexy Star’s mouth are her reign will be looked at as a fluke or just luck if she loses after one week, and she loses after one week, then what do I got to say? The championship was stolen away from Sexy Star because of Taya’s interference, but Sexy Star lost her last title to the same exact foreign object – she’s culpable for not preparing for the same thing to happen again. I didn’t like the idea of Sexy Star being the first women to be Lucha Underground champion but, if they were going to do, they should’ve gone all the way with it. This was doing the first women’s champion primarily as stunt, and a stunt that doesn’t seem to have particularly paid off. I’m sure I’ll like the matches better with Johnny Mundo as champion, but this two week stretch seems like a wasted chance.
At least the match itself came off noticeably better than the previous try. I have it as OK, but wouldn’t argue with anyone who rated it slightly higher. It was weird to see Sexy Star and Johnny Mundo wrestling as equals during the second half of the match, and I’m not sure it really got to a moment where Sexy seemed like she was going to retain, but the execution of the match was a lot smoother. The presentation is still just weird. This is a total nitpick, but Striker calling Sexy Star one of the most athletic people on the roster after the athleticism of the last two matches was one of the craziest things he’s said.
Dante Fox & Killshot killed it. They could go do anything with Dante Fox after that match and people would buy it; he fits to Lucha Underground’s style like a fish to water. There was this (accidentally?) hilarious shot before the match of a single man standing up and clapping for Fox as he came out for the match, with the people around him looking apathetic. About four minutes later, the crowd was loudly chanting Dante Fox’s name, so into him that they might have felt a little bad about abandoning Killshot and they gave him a pity chant after. Killshot kept up and these two have definite chemistry; the bit about this not being over was the best news on the show.
The Rabbit Tribe also fit in, as distinctively weird characters. It was tough to take them seriously because they were so heavily comedy, but LU has a way of making guys low on the totem pole interesting. They were definitely interesting.
This was a generally good show; the Fox/Killshot is a match to go out of your way to see, and I hope that’s the match that goes up on YouTube instead of the default pick of the title match. The title situation ended up in a way where it feels like a waste to have cared about it in the first place, and that’s not a great place for the title to be, but it didn’t hurt the rest of the show.
What happened: Pólvora beat Dragon Lee to set up a title shot next week. Pequeño Joker beat Astral to win a cibernetico, which may yet set up a title shot. Rush had his last match before heading to Japan for a while, though that wasn’t acknowledged.
What was good: The cibernetico’s totally watchable. Nothing else you need to see.
Skip this show. I was able to watch just the main event live and then speed thru the rest, and it was the smartest decision I’ve made all month.
Today’s CMLL bodybuilding competition. It is definitely a thing that is happening. Yep. It’ll be streamed on YouTube like everything else, but the link isn’t up yet.
Lucha Underground 3×12 is “Every Woman is Sexy, Every Woman is a Star”, new champion Sexy Star’s catch phrase. Items announced
Sexy Star (c) vs Johnny Mundo for the Lucha Underground Championship
Dante Fox vs Killshot
the Rabbit Tribe debuts
sometimes with the Black Lotus Tribe
something with Jeremiah Crane & Catrina
The Rabbit Tribe took a while to get to the Temple, but I believe they’ll go right into action tonight. You may have to way a little bit longer for the Black Lotus Tribe to get in the ring again, but they could use a longer introduction.
I’ve been kinda wondering if Crane showing up soon after Ivelisse challenged Catrina for Ultima Lucha was coincidental, or if maybe Catrina had some plan in motion. Maybe that’s not right, and Catrina will just work on Crane now that he’s there.
The Sexy Star title reaction/attention seems to have come and gone within 48 hours. Sexy Star posted a couple statements in English and Spanish on social media, but doesn’t appear to have been put out there to do any interviews to promote this, and it doesn’t seem to have gotten any ‘mainstream’ coverage in the places which cover wrestling. Maybe some stuff will roll out as I write this to be timed with the episode, but it seems more likely to have just been ignored or swallowed up by WWE coverage. The best followup to the win was the online exclusive clip of Sexy Star reacting to the win, which was well done that it’s a shame that it was something just posted online (and just mentioned once or twice on social media.) That clip has about 13K views, about a 1/3rd of the Rey Mysterio match posted and half as much Sexy’s match with Mundo. The writers have been very clear that they did this title change because they thought it made sense in the stories they’re telling, but if there was any aspect to this to try to get a light shined on their program, it doesn’t seem to have worked.
The rating for tonight’s show would be a good way to see the reaction to the title change, but they’ve ended up with a poor week for a big show. The Wednesday before US Thanksgiving is not a great day for TV viewership. The number could be down, and it could be just as much about people being otherwise busy as the title change. (The number also probably be delayed due to the holiday.)
La Capital MX interviews lucha libre fanatic Chabelo and Euforia about their relationship in wrestling. Euforia’s well known to be one of the mask makers/costumers around CMLL, and he’s specifically mentioned as coming up with the first Sin Cara mask. (Does that means he knew Caristico was going to WWE before CMLL did? They could mean something else, it’s easy to get confused.) There were only two mask makers when Euforia was coming up, they were expensive, and Euforia’s mom created wedding dresses so all sorts of sowing equipment was around, but he was afraid his father would concerned it unmanly. So, Euforia worked late at night, and didn’t tell his father until he completed his first mask.
CMLL (TUE) 11/29/2016Arena México
1) Bengala & Leono vs Apocalipsis & Grako
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Último Dragóncito vs Mercurio, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico
3) Fuego vs Arkángel de la Muerte [lightning]
4) Oro Jr., Pegasso, Star Jr. vs Misterioso Jr., Olímpico, Sagrado
5) Blue Panther, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Ripper
6) Ángel de Oro, Dragón Lee, Mistico vs Mephisto, Shocker, Vangellys
A show. The Mascara 2000 stuff doesn’t get followed up at all, so they probably just did a DQ to do a DQ. Maybe the fourth match is the best match?
CMLL (TUE) 11/29/2016Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Capitán Cobra & Fugaz vs Linterna & Mr. Apolo
2) Robin, Soberano Jr., Stigma vs Nitro, Okumura, Sangre Azteca
3) Esfinge, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Bobby Z, Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora
4) Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy vs Kráneo, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
5) Carístico vs Negro Casas
They did this main event match in Arena Mexico earlier this year on an untelevised Sunday show.
What happened: The two Liga Elite match ended in nonsense. Ozz & Espíritu debuted to help Cibernético attack Carisitco. LA Park & Rey Escorpión fouled each other for a draw (though the idea was also that the referee didn’t see Escorpion’s foul.) Bobby Lashley returned to stand on the apron while Blue Demon wrestled. I reached the point where I’m actively rooting for the show to end so I can stop watching it, and it turns out this is the second to last episode of the season.
What was good: Some good editing would’ve made the LA Park/Rey Escorpión match pretty good and there are points where it is good, but it’s a long way to go for that result.
Where can I watch it: It’s on my channel and the Liga Elite channel(more…)
Better to break out of the format for this show. The only match I spent time closely watching was the main event, a Volador exhibition disguised as a title match over Mephisto. It was a totally generic Volador match, with nothing novel or creative. It’s still athletic enough that I can’t help but give it something, but it’s more grudging acknowledgment of the effort to do a match that seems so effortless. It’s not any fondness for the match, and definitely not any particular interest in the match itself. There was no particular thought put in the match, it was literally the same match as ever except slightly slower. The crowd did seem up, but weren’t so interested enough to cover up the participants disinterest. There were easily more technical errors in Dragon Lee/Polvora, but the match from Puebla was easily more enjoyable. Mephsito is no Polvora and will just take whatever the match the tecnico gives him, and Volador gave him the checklist of big spots. This surely worked for the tourist and casual heavy crowd and isn’t worth watching if you’ve seen any other Volador singles match.
In a slight defense, this is Volador’s 18th ‘big’ singles TV match of the year; they’re doing him no favors by putting him out there this much.
The rest of the show was in the same mold; very little creativity, everything just going thru the motions and aimed at a fanbase that goes to the luchas once a year. The fourth match was the closest thing to a good match, but it’s just as similarly the same match you see those guys doing twice a week. The first few matches were ramped down, with Soberano the only one doing anything close to high spots.
The worst match was the semimain, where they’re doing an honest to god Mascara Ano 2000/Maximo feud. It’s not clear if it’ll end with a title match or a hair match, but it’s mostly unclear why they’re bothering.
This show is on CMLL’s channel, but go spend your time elsewhere. There’s just a few GIFs and times past this point.(more…)
What happened:The OGT continue to dominate the show: they cost the Apaches another match again, they cheated to beat the Xinetez again (with some help from Tirantes.) Psycho Clown and Dr. Wagner had a match, but didn’t have a finish.
What was good:Nothing. The matches are clearly building up the big feuds, but the matches themselves aren’t any good.
Where can I watch it:It’s on AAA’s channel, even if I haven’t gotten around to linking to it yet.(more…)
RIOT (SAT) 11/19/2016Arena Femenil, Monterrey, Nuevo León [LuchaMania Monterrey]
1) Kamikaze b Erick Ortiz
2) Hooligan Byron & Kaientai b Dulce Kanela & Larry Miranda Jr.
3) Tony Rodríguez b Alberto Rios Byron & Kaientai attacked Tony Rodriguez post match, setting up a tag team match with a partner of Tony’s choosing.
4) Kratoz b Impulso
5) Séptimo Dragón b Último Ninja
6) Arez & Belial b Drastik Boy & Ronnie Mendoza
Ronnie beat Arez on a previous show, but Arez got the win back here. Main event sounds good, the rest looks promising but don’t really know. Maybe eventually on Powerbomb.tv?
IWRG (SUN) 11/20/2016Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, The Gladiatores]
1) Demonio Infernal & Skanda b Black Dragón & Fire Man Demonio Infernal replaced Vampiro Metalico, Fire Man replaced Cadillac
2) Leo & Mike b Acero & Demonio Infernal
3) Danny Casas, Emperador Azteca, Freelance DQ Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Picudo Jr. Ofificals made their return, replacing Vortize and Violencia. AK47 announced he was retiring back in June but had been working occasionally around Mexico State the last couple months. Danny Casas faked a foul.
4) Diablo Jr., El Hijo del Diablo, Relámpago b Chicano, Imposible, Súper Nova Relampago fouled Impossible. Diablos attacked Relampago for attacking their normal partner and said they’d take his mask soon.
5) Axel, Golden Magic, Pantera I b Canis Lupus, Killer Jr., Máscara Año 2000 Jr. challenges followed
Main event sounds like it was violent. I have video up and everything to actually see that, but haven’t checked; in my defense, AYM did find an even less appealing way to shoot the show.
CMLL (SUN) 11/20/2016Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Diplomático b Micro Diplomatico took 2/3.
2) Cosmos & Javier Cruz Jr. b Gitano & Relámpago Tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Gran Kenut & Thunder Boy b El Alteño & Explosivo Rudos took 2/3
4) El Divino, Mágico, Sky Kid b Exterminador, Maléfico, Rey Trueno Tecnicos took 1/3, Magico beating Malefico in fall 3.
5) Joker, León Blanco, Mr. Trueno b Frezzer, Nautilius, Neutrón Rudos took 1/3. Leon Blanco pulled Neutron’s mask to win.
Blanco & Neutron get the week off for the Leyendas Inmortales show, but will be having a big match soon enough.
You should go out of your way to see Dragon Lee & Polvora (and nothing else.) The notimex story on the match says Dragon Lee came in with a left knee injury; it was taped and he tried protecting it on the Super Polvora Driver in the first fall and probably just made it worse. He finished the match and looked relatively fine.
Sombra Dibaolika looked better than Hijo de Centella Roja, but then Diabolika has been around for 16 years and Hijo de Centella has been around for about two (and CMLL openers are death) so it’d be a surprise if it was the other way. Debuting guys who are in their mid to late 30s suggests whoever’s choosing which locals work on these shows sees those spots not as ways to create new stars but as filler for whoever passes whatever tests or criteria.
Today’s CMLL show has Volador Jr. versus Mephisto for the NWA Welterweight Championship. They’re usually pretty good, they’re usually about twelve minutes of near falls, and they’re usually the Volador show with Mephisto getting in a powerbomb or a valagueza from time to time to break up the spots. Mephisto beat Volador when Volador was on his way up, Volador’s beaten Mephisto pretty much every time since 2014, including three times already in this reign. This is the first time the match will air on a CMLL outlet in a year: the Puebla one did, but their match on FantasticaMania only aired on NJPW World and their most recent match was on an April non-televised Sunday show. CMLL has been heavily pushing a 2/1 deal on tickets tonight; attendance should be up over usual even if it didn’t have the title match, but hopefully it’ll provide a good atmosphere for the match.
The rest of the show is hit and miss. Yet another minis match opens the show. Yet another women’s match follows; there’s no feud in either division and the matches have rarely been worth watching. Esfinge, Fuego & Soberano face Morphosis, Okumura and Virus in the tercera could be OK, as could Angel de Oro, Rey Cometa, Stuka versus Ephesto, Gran Guerrero and Luciferno. The semimain of Marco, Maximo and Titan versus Rey Bucanero, Terrible and Mascara 2000 will get over will live but probably not as well on YouTube.
Not sure if I’ll have the next update on time tomorrow, so this is a good time to note the CMLL bodybuilding contest at noon tomorrow. The contest is usually preceded by a tumbling exhibition by some of CMLL’s students; it’s always interesting to see which indie guys are training with CMLL at the moment, even if few of them ever debut.
Plantilla Deportiva has interviews with Baronessa and Rey Escorpion, but the most fascinating thing to me is these interviews appear to be taking place in Elite office. Elite having an office with computers and phones and everything is more than I expect. (Also, Rey Escorpion appears to be part of the office.)
Dragon Lee’s match at ROH’s final battle on 12/02 is now Marty Scurll (c) vs Will Ospreay vs Bobby Fish vs Dragon Lee for the ROH TV Title. That’s next Friday, which means CMLL can’t quite run an angle with him this Friday to set up a match next week. (They could still have Pierroth & Mistico have some issues leading to a match the next week, but there’s more of a chance for a big upset than normal.) Dragon Lee’s also still on the 12/04 TV taping in Philadelphia.
CMLL (MON) 11/28/2016Arena Puebla
1) Black Tiger, Meyer, Vega vs Ares, Guerrero Espacial, Sombra Diabólika
2) Estrellita, Princesa Sugehit, Sanely vs Amapola, La Seductora, Tiffany
3) Esfinge, Fuego, Stigma vs Puma, Skándalo, Tiger
4) Diamante Azul, Johnny Idol, Máximo Sexy vs Kráneo, Ripper, Shocker
5) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Gran Guerrero, La Máscara, Último Guerrero
Sky Team against Guerreros and La Mascara. Third match is one Skandalo from being good. Sombra Diabolika gets a second appearance (and probably was getting it regardless of how last night went.)