Bobby Zavala talks, Cueto Cup starts tonight, new LU booking site

Cavernario wins again

CMLL (TUE) 06/13/2017 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Violencia b Acero & Aéreo LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 13 DE JUNIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
2) Arkángel de la Muerte, Metálico, Sangre Azteca b Oro Jr., Príncipe Diamante, Star Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 13 DE JUNIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
rudos 2/3.
3) Estrellita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit b Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 13 DE JUNIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 2/3, with Sugehit pulling off Zeuxis’ mask and cradling her in the third.
4) Misterioso Jr. b Fuego [lightning] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 13 DE JUNIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
less than five minutes. Misterioso unmasked Fuego after the match.
5) Hechicero, Morphosis, Rey Bucanero b Blue Panther, Rey Cometa, Titán LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 13 DE JUNIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 2/3
6) Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla b Stuka Jr., Valiente, Volador Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 13 DE JUNIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Straight falls. Cavernario submitted Volador to set up a title match next week.

Bobby Zavala spoke publicly for the first time about his firing on +Lucha’s podcast. They had talked to him off the podcast right after the firing, but this was the first time he went on anywhere. (LuchaWorld has a recap in their news update.) Zavala says he never got a reason from CMLL why he was fired and they just refused to talk to him after he was announced as firing. His version of events is starts a luchador attended dinner on Thursday, where Ultimo Guerrero said whatever it was that infuriated the Alvarados. Zavala claims they were very upset even after Ultimo Guerrero left the gathering. Zavala admits to be on Arena Mexico security footage of the day of the car destruction with the Alvarados, but explains it as only being there to try and calm down the Alvarados and maintains that he didn’t participate in the destruction. He got a text from Edgar Noriega around 1pm that he was suspended from the show that night, then heard nothing more until he was fired. It sounds like the only person who’s talked to him since was Jose Luis Feliciano (also part of the programming committee) who said it was Paco Alonso’s decision. Dragon Rojo tried to get Bobby his job back, but Bobby says he told him to stop. Bobby says he’s been back in Torreon the last few weeks taking care of family business but will begin working indies and praised AAA.

CMLL is a strange duck of a wrestling promotion, but they tend to go thru great pains to not fire anyone. They may give a luchador few bookings and so little money to cause them to quit, but they’re not known for firing people unless the issue is forced. There’s almost certainly more to the story than the version Bobby is telling. Either way, Bobby’s moving on, and he’ll probably be teaming with Maximo and Mascara soon enough.

Lucha Underground tonight is episode 3×22, “The Cup Begins” This is the first show as part of the Cueto Cup; Lucha Underground unveiled the bracket yesterday. It appears the next four shows are going to be the first round matches in each group, going alphabetically. The A group is tonight:

  • Aerostar vs Drago
  • Pentagon Dark vs Argenis – video clip
  • The Mack vs Mala Suerte
  • Famous B vs Texano

The first match follows up on Drago betraying his team last week. Pentagon Dark’s match is his first since episode 13.  Argenis hasn’t been in since episode 10! (I think he was not around the weekend they did Aztec Warfare.) It’s been a while since we’ve seen the Rabbit Tribe: Mala Suerte is the black rabbit of the trio. Famous B was unsuccessfully recruiting Texano last we saw both of them.

On Facebook, Vampiro had been talking for a few months about a new website that was going to launch in time for the Season 3 return. Season 3 returned, it wasn’t mentioned, I just chalked it up as a Vampiro thing and moved on. It’s now up at VampiroTV.com – the domain is because there was a Vamprio TV show scheduled to launch too (and may still.) Among the services Vampiro is offering is the ability to book Lucha Underground talent thru him; he’s the director of talent after all.

The talent list is strange: it includes people like the Black Lotus Triad, two of which are believed to be under WWE contract and the third is probably not being flown in from Japan to work a US indie. It includes Prince Puma, who does not appear to be working with Lucha Underground at this point. It could be someone just gathered all the LU profile photos and put them up without being too concerned about who was available, but Killshot and the Mack seem to be missing. I dunno. It’ll possibly be easier for promoters to figure out how to get LU wrestlers (especially the AAA crew, since it’s intimidating to contact someone speaking another language), but I’d guess the more popular people were already being contacted on directly and don’t need an intermediately. Still, I hope it gets people booked places.

Eric Van Wagenen was interviewed on the Indy Mayhem Show a little while back; it was posted this week but taped two weeks ago. There’s a couple interesting tidbits: Netflix doesn’t tell them viewership numbers, but they’ve noticed their website traffic and merchandise sales are up since being on the service. Way back on the first Lucha Underground taping, they had 300 people RSVP but only 100 people show up. They’ve had no problem filling the place since they got on TV – they were turning away 100s right away.

EVW’s asked about his highlight of season 3, and says it’s still to come. “There’s a match at Ultima Lucha 3, which is one of those ones where it has only happened to me like twice before, where I watched it, and I was so, um, disturbed be it, I didn’t know if was great-I didn’t know if was the greatest thing I’d ever seen or the worst thing I’d ever seen it.” The other two matches were Grave Consequences and Cero Miedo. “It felt evil, it felt like ‘oh my gosh, what did I just see?'” Van Wagnen explains he had a friend in crowd who was sure fake blood was involved “because there’s no way human beings could bleed that much and still be walking around”, so he took the friend to the back to show the wounds on the luchador to prove it was real blood.

I think that’s episode 37 or 38.

AAA debuts tonight on Front Runner TV in the UK at 9 pm.

DTU’s Alto Impacto championship changed hands on Monday. La Hormiga is the champion, defeating Black Fire in Cuautepec on a fair show. Black Fire hasn’t been working DTU shows since December.

Taya & Johnny Mundo got engaged.

AAA is participating in a Mexico City campaign against prostate cancer.

Lucha Va Voom will celebrate it’s 15th Anniversary in August, so they’re having a Quinceanera themed show on August 3rd in Los Angeles. I can’t believe they’ve been around 15 years. Time flies.

Lineups

IWRG (WED) 06/14/2017 Arena Naucalpan
1) Vardeus vs Power Bull
2) Ángel Oriental & Keiser Drago vs Fly Tiger & Skanda
3) Kanon, Saruman, Shaolin vs Dowki, Picudo Jr., Vórtize
4) Black Dragón & Shadow Boy vs Atomic Star & Lunatik Xtreme
5) Látigo, Metaleón, Mr. Leo vs Aramis, Dinamic Black, Emperador Azteca
6) Centvrión, Eterno, Ovett vs Cerebro Negro, Demonio Infernal, Súper Mega

The IWRG card for today didn’t turn up online until Yesterday, which is late minute. That semimain should be very good.

CMLL (TUE) 06/20/2017 Arena México
1) Fantasy & Último Dragóncito vs Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Universo 2000
2) Magnus, Metatrón, Oro Jr. vs Akuma, Canelo Casas, Sangre Azteca
3) Blue Panther Jr., Pegasso, The Panther vs Puma, Tiger, Virus
4) Blue Panther, Drone, Fuego vs Cuatrero, Sam Adonis, Sansón
5) Carístico, Mistico, Valiente vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
6) Volador Jr. © vs Cavernario [NWA WELTER]
15th defense

An oddly loaded Tuesday card, with a main event that headlined Friday night shows in the past and some really solid looking matches from 3-5. Metatron makes his first appearance in about three months; he’s worked a handful of times in Guadalajara.

CMLL (TUE) 06/20/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Fantástico & Tigre Blanco vs Guerrero de la Muerte & Linterna
2) Astral, Omar Brunetti, Sensei vs Espíritu Negro, Frezzer, Hijo del Signo
3) Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr., Soberano Jr. vs Forastero, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado
4) Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas vs Johnny Idol, Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr.
5) Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Niebla Roja vs Pierroth, Rush, Shocker

Doesn’t look like there’s any follow up from last night, so there must not have been an angle. Soberano and Misterioso finally meeting again in the tercera. Espiritu Negro works Guadalajara exactly once a year every year.

DTU (SAT) 07/01/2017 Arena Roberto Paz, Guadalajara, Jalisco
1) Erwing, Irwing, Luigi vs Billy, Hard Boy, Macizito
2) Hijo Del Mosco vs Drolux, Toto, Espíritu Divino
3) Kid Cometa vs Moria, Cobre, Kingston
4) D-Polux Jr. & Voldemort vs Gio & Junior
5) Kastigador & Vengador vs Black Golden & Seiya and Mike Segura & Pesadilla
6) Jimmy Lloyd & Marcus Crane vs Índio Cherokee & Shiryu Dragón and Ovett & Paranoiko and X-Law 1 & X-Law 2
7) Matt Tremont vs Crazy King [GCW EXTREMO]

Another show on the DTU show in a few weeks, this time with GCW having a title defense against the Guadalajara member of Los Macizos.

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2017-06-06 

don’t give Panther your arm

Recapped: 06/10/2017

Matches: 

Artillero & Espanto Jr. beat Bengala & Sangre Imperial (11:56 [4:46, 2:50, 4:20], 2/3, via VideosOficialesCMLL, below average)

Acero, Aéreo, Eléctrico beat Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Violencia (14:28 [7:16, 2:29, 4:43], 1/3, via VideosOficialesCMLL, ok)

Fuego, Johnny Idol, Stigma beat Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Virus (17:07 [8:13, 3:37, 5:17], 2/3, via VideosOficialesCMLL, ok)

Titán beat Ephesto in a lightning match (6:52, via VideosOficialesCMLL, ok)

Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther beat Cuatrero, Máscara Año 2000, Sansón (15:38 [5:04, 2:18, 8:16], 2/3, via VideosOficialesCMLL, good)

Cavernario, Negro Casas, Shocker beat Stuka Jr., Valiente, Volador Jr. (9:03 [3:50, 1:51, 3:22], 1/3, via VideosOficialesCMLL, ok)

What happened: 

Electrico & Pequeno Nitro

Barbaro Cavernario decided he must destroy Volador for reasons which were only obvious to the caveman. He attacked Volador from the moment he got the win and defeated him cleanly for the win.

Thoughts: 

Slightly interesting show.

Cavernario angry!

Cavernario & Volador have really good chemistry, and Cavernario was moving around super fast in the ending sequence. That match is going to be great. Not sure I’ve seen Stuka do the headscissors escape to his feet before. Shocker doesn’t look good, it’s going to be a long time until he’s there if he’s going to ever be there, and it’s going to be tough to have a good match with him involved. He’d be better off being the commentator instead of Hechicero.

The Dinamitas/Panthers match wasn’t quite as good as some of the other matches, with the NGD holding back a bit, but The Panther made up for it by looking super the whole way. He came off as one of the best dozen guys in CMLL, with the first fall finish specifically needing to be brought back in a bigger spot. Blue Panther Sr. also did a lot of his crazy old man stuff (attacking the cameraman!) which really worked for the crowd.

Sangre Imperial

The Titan/Ephesto lightning match wasn’t much. A lot of Titan throwing himself around to create action when Ephesto wasn’t doing much. The tercera was entertaining for Stigma trying to do mat wrestling with Virus to start and getting nothing. Fuego woke the crowd up, who hadn’t been into it much before.

The minis match had the rare bit of a team losing one person via elimination and coming back to win. It was used in the first fall where it didn’t really make an impact, but you could they were trying to do something there. It didn’t quite work, but it did give us better pace and some dives.

And Sangre Imperial looked terrible on a missed springboard in the first match and not much better rest of the way. It’s hard to understand why he’s there except being Sangre Chicana’s son, because he hasn’t impressed at all.

Hechicero/Atlantis set for next week, Arena Mexico preview

Negro Casas versus Dragon Lee

CMLL (MON) 06/12/2017 Arena Puebla [CMLL, Efekto10, El Popular]
1) Flyer, Meyer, París b Joker, King Jaguar, Policeman LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 12  DE JUNIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
2) Ares, Disturbio, Hijo del Signo b Arkalis, Espíritu Maligno, Rey Samuray LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 12  DE JUNIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
3) Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Sagrado b Drone, Esfinge, Tigre Rojo Jr. LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 12  DE JUNIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
4) Atlantis, Johnny Idol, Marco Corleone b Hechicero, Máscara Año 2000, Ripper LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 12  DE JUNIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Atlantis submitted Hechicero, challenged him to a match next week
5) Carístico, Dragón Lee, Mistico DQ Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 12  DE JUNIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 2/3, the last when Negro Casas fouled Dragon Lee

Atlantis & Hechicero worked a lot against each last week but I didn’t get the idea they were feuding. They were definitely feuding this week and will have a match next week.

Today’s CMLL show is a setup for next week. Barbaro Cavernario & Volador meet in the main event, and appear to be setting up a singles match next week. This week, they’ll be joined by Felino, Mr. Niebla, Stuka and Valiente. Cavernario beat Volador cleanly last week

The semimain has Blue Panther, Rey Cometa, Titan versus Hechicero, Morphosis and Rey Bucanero, with CMLL presented the idea that Hechicero & Bucanero may still have issues following Hechicero beating Bucanero for his title. Fuego faces Misterioso in the lightning match. Zeuxis & Princesa Sugehit meet once again in a women’s match, wtih Estrellita, Marcela, Amapola and Dalys. The skippable opening matches are Sangre Azteca, Arkangel and Metalico against Principe Diamante, Oro Jr. and Star Jr., and Aereo & Acero versus Pequeno Nitro & Pequeno Violencia. The show will air on CMLL’s YouTube at 7:30pm.

Guadalajara has Caristico, Marco Corleone, Mistico versus Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Ultimo Guerrero. The Hijos del Infernales take on Angel de Oro, Guerrero Maya Jr. & Niebla Roja, which might set up a quick trios title match.

Arena Coliseo Guadalajara mentions referee Mario el Rudo passed away. He appears to be father of current referee Audaz.

Ocio magazine has a story on Arena Coliseo Guadalajara’s anniversary. Satanico’s interviewed and says he’s currently training 30 students there.

Slam Wrestling has an (English) interview with Pentagon where he praises Vampiro and Lucha Underground.

The Crash says they’re returning to Mexicali (Arena Nacionalista) soon. Mexicali is relatively close to Tijuana, so it’ll probably be the day before or after a Tijuana show.

El Sol de Tampico has a bio/interview with Hahastary, one of the women who advanced in the AAA La Llave de la Gloria competition. She says she was training for wrestling since 11.

Powerbomb TV’s tournament will have eight people, including one Jonathan Gresham and begins in August. They talked about running in four promotions, so maybe first round match ups scattered around the world and the final four come together for a tournament somewhere?

+LuchaTV posted the complete Lucha Memes/MDA show from Arena Puebla.

LuchaWorld has this week’s Poster-Mania.

Segunda Caida reviewed Black Terry & Diablo Jr. vs Chicano & Veneno.

The new Odessa Steps magazine is out with a lot of lucha content.

Lineups

CMLL (MON) 06/19/2017 Arena Puebla
1) Centella Roja & Hijo de Centella Roja vs Fuerza Chicana & Policeman
2) Estrellita & Sanely vs Amapola & Dalys
3) Black Tiger, Espíritu Maligno, Lestat vs Ares, Arkángel de la Muerte, Rey Apocalipsis
4) Ángel de Oro, Stigma, Titán vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Vangellys
5) Carístico, Dragón Lee, Mistico vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
6) Hechicero © vs Atlantis [NWA LH]
3rd defense

Puebla not only holding the blowoff match to one feud, but also apparently setting up a second feud at the same time in the semimain. This is almost like someone is working on these things. Must be an accident.

Fourth match could be good too. Week five in a row for Ares & Espiritu Maligno, who are still not feuding.

Muchas Luchas (SUN) 07/02/2017 Arena Jalisco, Guadalajara, Jalisco
1) Black Golden, El Enviado, La Trakalosa vs Dengue Asesino, Implacable, Nexus
2) Estrella Explosiva vs Chik Tormenta
3) Estrella Oriental Jr. vs Sky Man [MUCHAS LUCHAS CHAMP]
4) Corsario Negro & Drako vs Caim & Crazy King and Brian Villa & Willy Banderas
5) Gallo & Makabre vs Dr. Cerebro & Hijo de LA Park
6) Ramsés vs LA Park vs Rayman

Guadalajara’s super indie returns next month for the first time since February. Silver King has been back to wrestling as his Nacho Libre Ramses persona a lot lately and I don’t know why – maybe the movie was on TV recently?

new lucha videos for the weekend of June 10th, 2017

Long story short: I’m not sure I’m going to be able to keep doing download links every Tuesday for these videos. YouTube uploads aren’t changing – at least not because of this – but I’m going to be moving off Amazon to Something Else soon and I don’t know that Something Else is going to let me share files as easily. I’ll let you know when I know, just know these links in this post are all going to become invalid in a few weeks and there may not be new links.

YouTube Playlist

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-06-09
taped 2017-06-09 @ Arena México
Cloud Drive
1) Príncipe Diamante & Robin vs Arkángel de la Muerte & Metálico
2) Estrellita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis
3) Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Misterioso Jr. in a lightning match
4) Atlantis, Dragón Lee, Mistico vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
Gran Alternativa Block B

CMLL Guadalajara: 2017-06-10
taped 2017-06-06 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Cloud Drive
1) Cosmos, Shockercito, Stukita vs Mercurio, Micro, Relámpago Azul

CMLL Lucha Azteca: 2017-06-10
taped 2017-06-02 @ Arena México
Cloud Drive
Gran Alternativa Block A

IWRG Zona XXI: 2017-06-12
Cloud Drive
taped 2017-06-11 @ Arena Naucalpan
1) Black Dragón, Dinamic Black, Dragón Fly vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Eterno, Villano III Jr.
2) Gallo Frances, Internacional Pantera, Pantera I vs Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro, Máscara Año 2000 Jr.
3) Heddi Karaoui vs Negro Navarro
4) Imposible, Trauma I, Trauma II vs Black Warrior, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro

CMLL Puebla: 2017-06-05 

this show

Recapped: 06/08/2017

Matches:

Astro, Meyer, París beat El Perverso, Guerrero Espacial, Sombra Diabólika (10:30 [5:29, 2:49, 2:12], 2/3, via VideosOficialesCMLL, ok)

Astral, Espíritu Maligno, Magnus beat Ares, El Malayo, Joker (12:38 [5:29, 4:24, 2:45], 1/3, via VideosOficialesCMLL, ok)

King Jaguar, Olímpico, Virus beat Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., Tigre Rojo Jr.  (17:14 [7:20, 4:52, 5:02], 2/3, via VideosOficialesCMLL, ok)

Atlantis, Titán, Valiente beat Hechicero, Máscara Año 2000, Vangellys (14:27 [7:25, 2:08, 4:54], 2/3, via VideosOficialesCMLL, ok)

Ángel de Oro, Mistico, Niebla Roja beat Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero (10:00 [2:55, 2:05, 5:00], 2/3 DQ, via VideosOficialesCMLL, ok)

What happened: 

Gran Guerrero got 125% of this

Not much. Ultimo Guerrero fouled Niebla Roja but this show wasn’t even worth bothering to do the “change your mask or else!” challenge. There was nothing to talk about from the other matches.

My only note is “JCR compared Tigre Rojo Jr. to Satoru Sayama”, which I suppose is very accurate in that they both have done Tiger characters and not really actually in any other way (though Tigre Rojo Jr. is fine.)

Thoughts: 

Astral

The matches weren’t much either, though they weren’t bad. I didn’t really pick up on the shorter match times while watching the show, but it felt like it helped a little bet. I’ve been mentioning short matches should mean better paces and it definitely felt that way in the opener, one of the better ones they had in some time. (Astro helps. Astro is very fast.)

On the other hand, the 17 minute match wasn’t far off good either, with Olimpico (seems like a Zavala replacement) adding more than usual and some fun from Virus being really aggressive. The semimain match was disappointing, because Hechicero working a lot with Atlantis seemed fun for him but didn’t leave great matchups for the rest of the match. The main event was fine, but not at the level of their better matches, not close to the Friday match with the same submission.

Warrior versus Traumas, Puebla preview

photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (SUN) 06/11/2017 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr)]
1) Kanon b Vórtize
2) Aramis & Climax b Demonio Infernal & Lunatic Extreme
3) Freelance b Látigo
both men were injured on a spot
4) Apolo Estrada Jr., Eterno, Villano III Jr. b Black Dragón, Dinamic Black, Dragón Fly
Black Dragon needed the stretcher. Dinamick challenged Eterno to an apuesta match.
5) Gallo Frances, Internacional Pantera, Pantera I DQ Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro, Máscara Año 2000 Jr.
Mascara foul led to the DQ.
6) Negro Navarro b Heddi Karaoui
all mat wrestling match
7) Black Warrior, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro b Imposible, Trauma I, Trauma II
Warrior unmasked Trauma II

Dinamic Black was wearing his IWL belt. IWL hasn’t promoted a show in 2013.This Climax looks like a different guy than the Climax Jr. who was more visible a few years ago (and it looks like they teamed together on an indie show, so there you go..)

Today’s Arena Puebla is just five trios matches with no storylines. They could come up with something and create a program quick, since it looks like next week is the week with all the singles matches elsewhere. Last week’s angle was UG fouling Niebla Roja, and neither are around this week. Instead, the main event is Caristico, Dragon Lee & Mistico against the Peste Negra trio of Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas and Cavernario. That has a good a chance of being good as anything; there’s nothing sure fire strong on the show and show without a strong looking matches are easy to skip with the amount of wrestling out there.

Atlantis, Johnny Idol and Marco Corleone take on Hechicero, Ripper and Mascara 2000 in the semifinal. Sagrado continues as the fill in Revolucionario teaming with Dragon Rojo & Polvora against Drone, Esfinge and Tigre Rojo Jr. The opening two matches are mostly locals. Arkalis, Espiritu Maligno and Rey Samuray versus Ares, Disturbio, Hijo del Signo is the segunda. Ares and Espiritu keep being put in the same match week after week, where it looks Ares might have returned just to lose his hair, but they’re not actually interacting in any special way during the matches. Flyer returns to the openers, teaming with Meyer & Paris against Joker, King Jaguar and Policeman. The show will air on CMLL’s YouTube at 9pm.

Titan, Dragon Lee and Volador will team with Jushin Liger against Hiromu Takahashi, Bushi, Evil and Sanada on the first of the two NJPW US shows on 07/01. Their match for day 2 hasn’t been announced as of yet.

CMLL has a note up about the Gran Prix. It’s nothing more than was mentioned on Informa: 09/01 date, NJPW & ROH involved.

Astral and a fan had an incident on the Saturday Coliseo show, though people got in between before anything more than a beer was thrown. You can see it develop at 8:50 in this video. It looked like the fans said something to Astral, Astral walked over to say something else and flipped the drink or food container they were holding, and the fan went after him a moment later. The fans got tossed, but Astral probably also needs a timeout.

AAA will air on FrontRunnerTV (UK) at 9pm on Wednesday. They moved it up a half hour.

IWRG has Festival de las Mascaras, on 07/02 Arena Naucalpan
1: Dragon Fly, Dinamick Black, Black Dragon vs Hip Hop Man, Pibe Alfajor, Mosca
2: Panterita & Orito vs Eterno & Demonio Infernal
3: Mr. Electro, Internacional Pantera, Trauma I vs Grond XXX, Guerrero Maya, Mascara Ano 2000 Jr.

what a rare treat it will be to see Pantera masked

Lineups

CMLL (SAT) 06/17/2017 Arena Coliseo
1) Shockercito & Último Dragóncito vs Mercurio & Pequeño Olímpico
2) Bengala, Magnus, Robin vs Canelo Casas, Nitro, Templario
3) Blue Panther Jr., Stigma, The Panther vs Cancerbero, Puma, Tiger
4) Blue Panther, Johnny Idol, Rey Cometa vs Hechicero, Terrible, Vangellys
5) Marco Corleone, Niebla Roja, Valiente vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto

The new champs teaming up with Valiente against the Hijos del Infierno. (So much for Volador’s challenge.) Some odd pairings on the rudo side in the undercard, with Cancerbero getting on out his usual pool of guys and the odd ball trio of Canelo, Nitro and Templario.

CMLL (SUN) 06/18/2017 Arena México
1) Astral & Sensei vs Akuma & Espanto Jr.
2) La Jarochita, La Vaquerita, Princesa Sugehit vs Dalys, Metálica, Zeuxis
3) El Gallito & Microman vs Mije & Perico Zakarías
4) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. vs Felino, Hechicero, Pierroth
5) Marco Corleone © vs Terrible [CMLL HEAVY]
first defense
6) Diamante Azul Stuka, Dragón Lee, Volador Jr. vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Shocker

The first 300 men will get to take a photo with the edecanes. The mascots are also back for father’s day. Pierroth does not fit in his match at all.

Diamante Azul was listed on these shows, and then removed this afternoon. Guess he’s not back.

MDA (SUN) 06/25/2017 Arena Jose Sulaiman, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon
1) Hija de Karonte & Mini Difunto vs Mini Divo & Tsunami
2) Dulce Kanela & Larry Miranda vs Chica de Arabia & La Gviota
3) Faceman & Quinto Elemento vs Pee Wee & Vazco Jr.
4) Difunto I & Galactar vs Demenzía & Titanik
5) Hijo de LA Park & LA Park vs Máscara & Mxmo Sxy

This is not an interesting lineup but Maximo quickly losing all his vowels is entertaining. Mascara’s name may be meant to be “Mascara El Dios Ingobernable”, it’s unclear.

AAA on Televisa: 2017-06-03 

Hijo del Vikingo

Recapped: 06/08/2017

Matches: 

Concord & Hijo Del Vikingo beat Bronco González Jr. & Guerrero de Plata
(9:11, Hijo del Vikingo 450 splash Guerrero de Plata, good)

Lanzeloth & Máscara de Bronce beat Dalton Bragg & Joe Lider (5:44, double standing moonsault on Bragg, ok)

Aerostar, Australian Suicide, Bengala, Drago defeat Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, El Mesías, Pagano (9:52, Drago’s Tail on Cuervo, ok)

What Happened:

Aerostar

The big event didn’t happen in a match, but in an in-ring interview with Leo Riano and Fantasma. It was preceded by a flashback of Texano bringing Fantasma into AAA, and then the more recent bit of Fantasma giving Texano that piledriver. Fantasma insisted to Riano that he and Texano were brothers who’d team up to go after Kross & Mundo. Texano came to the ring, and Fantasma apologized to him and offered a handshake. Texano turned his back on Fantasma. Fantasma pulled Texano back and wanted Texano to accept his apology. Texano took the microphone, both to say he won’t accept it and to hit Fantasma. Security had already gotten in the ring with Texano so that was the end of it, but Fantasma flipped out when he got back stage.

Suicide continued his tantrum from Tijuana, acting rudely towards Drago & Aerostar before the match, then attacking both enemies and teammates after the match, which turned into a brawl between all four teams. The bit ended with Pagano & Mesias having their usual staredown.

Concord

Joe Lider & Dalton Bragg were apparently forced to team by Vampiro, but Vampiro didn’t force them to get along. Bragg refused to work with Lider, and Lider ended up walking out on him in a non-competitive match.

There was no mention of the Verano de Escandalo lineup outside of the commercial promising one person would lose their mask on the show (the next day.) None of the matches specifically built to that show.

Thoughts:

Mascara de Bronce & Lanzeloth

I could not imagine a less useful show to build up a major show. AAA must’ve had complete confidence in the Ciudad Juarez promoters to be able to sell their show completely on local promotion and goodwill from previous shows, because they gave them no help. They went out of their way to give them no help; AAA could’ve switched the episode order around and aired the match with the Verano match this week, but decided to save it until after the show it was meant to build up. It doesn’t make much sense to me.

The Llaves de la Gloria matches are a bright spot on a not exactly sparking promotion at the moment. They’ve been kept out of the massive storylines and they’re featuring Hijo del Vikingo, who looks great. He actually looks like a guy who’s been doing his incredible agile style for years, with supreme balance and no sign of stage fright. Concord did some cool things, his tornillo was nice, but he’s not as much in control as Vikingo. The rudos aren’t near as spectacular but they’re doing better going with the showcased guys than others might be in their spot, and they’re willing to take big bumps.

The Bragg/Lider vs Lanzeloth/Bronce tag match looked bad on paper and was worse in reality. The Bragg/Lider aren’t good opponents for flyers and had to spend most of their not working together to get over the 9th most important storyline in AAA. Even if either guy was good, I’ve got a hard time believing that it’s going anywhere, and Bragg again didn’t look any good. Mascara de Bronce got to do an awesome tornillo in his hometown but the rest of the match was a drag.

The work in the atomicos match was better than usual, but the rudos really slowed down with the rudos in charge. This also had another classic moment of Pagano trying to prove he’s a flyer by doing flying moves badly. Doing another match where the partners can’t get along and ending it with more partners who can’t get along is just overkill.

Niebla Roja new CMLL LH champ, Marco/Terrible, Powerbomb.TV, Garza/Santo

new champ/photo by CMLL/Alexis Salazar

CMLL (SAT) 06/10/2017 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Fantasy & Último Dragóncito b Mercurio & Pequeño Universo 2000
2) Disturbio, Nitro, Virus b Astral, Magnus, Pegasso
Rudos took 2/3. Magnus replaced Starman.
3) Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto b Ángel de Oro, Valiente, Volador Jr.
Rudos took 2/3, but Volador wanted a trios title match anyway because the match was really good.
4) Niebla Roja b Carístico, Johnny Idol, Stuka Jr., Misterioso Jr., Cavernario, Ripper, Drone, Blue Panther, Pólvora [CMLL LH]
Drone (Misterioso), Johnny Idol (Ripper), Polvora (Stuka), Misterioso (Stuka), Ripper (Blue Panther), Blue Panther (Niebla Roja), Caristico (Cavernario), Stuka Jr. (Niebla Roja), Barbaro Cavernario (Niebla Roja), leaving Niebla Roja as the winner.

It’s all coming up Niebla Roja, getting the big feud with Ultimo Guerrero while picking up his first ever singles championship. You might as well go strong with him if they’re going with him at all. Both he and his brother Angel de Oro (CMLL Middleweight) are champions.

LyP (SAT) 06/10/2017 Arena Lopez Mateos [+LuchaTV, R de Rudo]
1) Toxin & Tromba b Astrolux & Black Metal
Bonus match. Toxin & Tromba are Los Vendetta (wearing baseball uniforms)
2) Emperador Azteca b Imposible, Ciclón Black, Dragosth
Imposible was bleeding after a strong move from Azteca, who won th ematch.
3) Flamita b Sádico
Flamita actually beat Sadico (first time in a singles match after three previous losses), due to a Demus distraction. That’s a new feud.
4) Aero Boy b Low Rider
Low Rider replaced AR Fox (passport issue)
5) Rey Horuz b Jack Evans
Flamita asked for a rematch for the The Crash title.
6) Jeff Cobb, Rocky Lobo, The King b Demus 3:16, Juventud Guerrera, Súper Crazy
Rocky Lobo & Demus added to the match.

A lot names, but turnout wasn’t that great for this show – maybe 40% full? Matches are on YouTube with nothing look quite like a standout.

CMLL (SUN) 06/11/2017 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Leono & Sensei b Apocalipsis & Cholo
2) La Jarochita, La Vaquerita, Skadi b La Comandante, Metálica, Tiffany
tecnicas took 1/3
3) Cuatrero, Sansón, Universo 2000 Jr. b Blue Panther Jr., Rey Cometa, The Panther
Rey Cometa replaced Drone
4) Blue Panther, Dragón Lee, Titán b Dragón Rojo Jr., Ephesto, Luciferno
tencicos took 2/3
5) Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible b Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Mistico
Rudos took 1/3. Terrible beat Marco clean and asked for a title shot. Marco said OK.

Next week’s the Father’s Day show, so a special main event fits even though it’ll be the second time CMLL’s Terrible/Marco in a few weeks. They probably should’ve just saved the heavyweight title decider match for this show but a) the Guadalajara crowd did get way into it and b) they might not be able to get everyone they needed on a Sunday

CMLL (SUN) 06/11/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [+LuchaTV, Arena Coliseo Guadalajara]
1) El Patriarca & Mr. Ángel b Destello & Destructor
2) Furia Roja, Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno b El Alteño, Explosivo, Johnny Dinamo
3) El Rielero, Magnum, Vaquero Jr. b Difunto, Joker, Sádico
Vaquero submitted Joker, wants a title shot on the 06/25 show.
4) Black Sugar, El Divino, Fantástico, Tigre Blanco DQ Gran Kenut, Guerrero de la Muerte, Linterna, Thunder Boy
Relampago & Cosmos ran in as Divino was about to submit Thunder Boy. The ensuing scrum set up a 10 man cage match for 06/25.
5) Star Black b Nautilius [mask] Facebook video (posted by )
Star Black survived a foul to cradle Nautilius for the win. Star Black is Cesar Ángel Montes Ramirez, con 10 years a wrestler.

I watched the mask match because I probably should watch a Star Black match if I’m thinking he’s going to be an important guy. He was alright, the match was good for a young guys mask match, and the crowd rushing around the ring after the finish was a sight. Nothing you need to see but enjoyable for the moment.

Powerbomb.TV held their Breaking the Barrier show today. It’s not yet up on their site for VOD yet, but the Periscope stream should still be alive for a while. The first wrestling match is 37 minutes in, the lucha tag is about 3:33:00 in, and the main event is about 4:18:00. It was a long show, as you can tell by those time stamps, but a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon. The Skyade/Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Puma/Felino match was really strong, with Felino looking like the Felino if the 90s and Skayde doing well too. The younger guys did well, but you expected that out of them, this was the best Felino performance in I don’t know how long. It was my favorite match of the night, though I could see people picking the main event or the Pratt/Ophidian match or others on the show as theirs. Fly Warrior did win the main event, but was attacked by Jonathan Gresham and Gresham walked off with the new Powerbomb.TV championship belt. The belt was announced as going to the winner of a tournament that’ll stretch over four promotions (2 in the US, 1 in Canada, 1 in Mexico, all unnamed), but they’ll have to get it back first.

Hijo del Santo opened a new store this week. (It’s a change of locations; he was originally located at the airport.) Santo Jr. did interviews, talking about how he could make his Mexico City debut in the Zocalo in September. (They want to do it, but the government has to say OK so who knows.) Earlier in the week, Leo Riano wrote the Santo Jr./Garza Jr. match was off because Santo Jr.’s people raised his price after agreeing to the match. Santo Jr. said it was just an issue between his manager and the promoter and he still wants to do the match.

On a Facebook live with Solar, Mascara 2000 said Universo 2000 is out of danger.

Astral says that, when he was promoted to the main division, he found some of his opponents did not trust his skills and made negative comments. Astral does not say who he’s referring to, maybe because it’d be tough to name all the old cranky guys in the second matches he’s been working against.

Lucha Memes/MDA show from Arena Puebla will be up complete Monday at 8pm via +LuchaTV.

AAA’s show is up. And so, weirdly enough, is Friday night’s CMLL show. Not sure if it’s a one time thing related to the stream quality or what. If IWRG/+LuchaTV can just put up the IWRG undercard matches, I’m totally obsolete.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update.

Lineups

Super Astro (FRI) 06/16/2017 Arena Azteca Budokan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México
1) Astrolux, Centvrión, Pegazus vs Alas de Acero, Diva Salvaje, Juana La Loca
2) Keira vs Rossy Moreno, Lady Apache
3) Fresero Jr. vs Boby Zavala
4) El Bandido, Emperador Azteca, Mr. Leo vs Imposible, Látigo, Metaleón
5) Máximo, Mr. Águila, Silver King vs Black Taurus (Elite), Oriental, Septiembre Negro Jr.
6) Hijo De Dos Caras, Hijo de LA Park, Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr. vs Daga, Garza Jr., Golden Magic
7) Flamita, Laredo Kid, Rey Fénix vs Jack Evans, Penta 0M, Rey Horus
8) LA Park & Rey Escorpión vs La Máscara & Zorro

This is another Super Astro show in a different small venue this time, probably the most loaded Arena Azteca Budokan show in a decade. Bobby Zavala finally makes his first post-CMLL appearance (so he must’ve given up on going back to CMLL.)

Invasion Indy (SAT) 07/01/2017 Arena Neza
1) Keira vs Lady Maravilla
2) Dinamic Black, Mike Segura, Neza Kid vs Fly Star, Toxin Boy, Tromba
3) Dark Ozz & Dark Spíritu vs Hijo de LA Park & Hijo de Pirata Morgan
4) M-ximo & Rey Escorpión vs Sharly Rockstar & Zorro
5) Daga, Garza Jr., Rey Fénix vs Bestia 666, Damián 666, Nicho el Millionario
6) LA Park vs Penta 0M vs La Máscara

Another show more loaded than usual, this time in Neza. Mascara consistently being booked in a higher spot than Maximo (who’s teaming with his old rival here.)

Soberano & Caristico advance to Gran Alternativa final, CMLL LH title decider tonight

Oro & Soberano

CMLL (FRI) 06/09/2017 Arena México [CMLL, CultIcon, Marca, Ovaciones, thecubsfan]
1) Arkángel de la Muerte & Metálico b Príncipe Diamante & Robin Príncipe Diamante & Robin vs Arkángel de la Muerte & Metálico (posted by thecubsfan)
16:07. Rudos took 1/3. Tiger replaced Arkangel
2) Estrellita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit DQ Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis Estrellita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis (posted by thecubsfan)
15:12. Straight falls. Zeuxis was pinned but came back in to attack and unmask Princesa Sugehit.
3) Guerrero Maya Jr. b Misterioso Jr. [lightning] Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Misterioso Jr. in a lightning match (posted by thecubsfan)
5:40.
4) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero b Atlantis, Dragón Lee, Mistico Atlantis, Dragón Lee, Mistico vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero (posted by thecubsfan)
Rudos took 1/3.
5) Oro Jr. & Soberano Jr. b Raziel, Flyer, Canelo Casas, Drone, Astral, Akuma [Gran Alternativa, battle royal] 2017 Gran Alternativa Block B (posted by thecubsfan)
5:16.
6) Canelo Casas & Negro Casas b Astral & Valiente [Gran Alternativa, 8f] 2017 Gran Alternativa Block B (posted by thecubsfan)
4:45.
7) Akuma & Pierroth b Drone & Niebla Roja [Gran Alternativa, 8f] 2017 Gran Alternativa Block B (posted by thecubsfan)
8:07. Pierroth gave Drone a modified piledriver and fouled & unmasked Niebla Roja. Vangellys came out of the crowd and attacked Pierroth with a bat after the match, then smashed the safety barrier door on Pierroth’s shoulder many times.
8) Flyer & Volador Jr. b Mephisto & Raziel [Gran Alternativa, 8f] 2017 Gran Alternativa Block B (posted by thecubsfan)
6:53.
9) Carístico & Soberano Jr. b Ángel de Oro & Oro Jr. [Gran Alternativa, 8f] 2017 Gran Alternativa Block B (posted by thecubsfan)
7:58.
10) Canelo Casas & Negro Casas b Akuma & Pierroth [Gran Alternativa, quarterfinal] 2017 Gran Alternativa Block B (posted by thecubsfan)
Forfeit win; doctors & commission would not let Pierroth wrestle due to his shoulder injury
11) Carístico & Soberano Jr. b Flyer & Volador Jr. [Gran Alternativa, quarterfinal] 2017 Gran Alternativa Block B (posted by thecubsfan)
8:28
12) Carístico & Soberano Jr. b Canelo Casas & Negro Casas [Gran Alternativa, semifinal] 2017 Gran Alternativa Block B (posted by thecubsfan)
6:37. Caristico & Soberano face Ultimo Guerrero & Sanson next week.

This seemed like a good show, but Claro picked the week to change how it streams the show and it worked poorly for the whole show. Hopefully they’ll have it right next week, but there were some good matches that were hurt by the bad experience on video. It seemed like the people live were having a good time.

Akuma wants revenge on Vangellys for costing him his Gran Alternativa chance. He’s got at least as good a chance of besting Vangellys as Vangellys has at besting Pierroth. Akuma is only the second person to be eliminated from the Gran Alternativa without losing a match. Semental was the first, when Yujiro refused to team with a Mexican and beat him up with the help of Okumura in 2009.

AAA’s preview of today’s TV episode notable does not include the Faby Apache/Ayako Hamada match. That happened with a match on the Tlaxcala taping and it ended up airing anyway, but it’d be notable since it was meant to be a #1 contenders match.

SoloWrestling has an interview with Black Taurus, who says he left AAA for reasons like being told he’d be one of the first AAA guys on Lucha Underground and not getting the spot, and being relegated to working the relevos AAA matches with women and minis after being promised a big push. He feels he was a Konnan project and they weren’t going to do much with him after Konnan left. Taurus says Konnan’s talking to him about going to Impact; I’d suspect he was one of the potential options for the spots that went to Garza & Laredo, and might be an option for future an LAX opponent.

Seattle’s Defy Wrestling announced a partnership with The Crash. Maybe The Crash can send Defy their wrestlers and Defy can send The Crash their ability to record their shows for a streaming platform.

Pesadilla talks about X-Law.

Saturday shows

  • Arena Coliseo has a match for the CMLL Light Heavyweight championship. I now think it’s actually for the title and not stage 1 of something bigger, and I’m afraid to make a guess after how unusual CMLL booking has been this week. I would go with Cavernario because Cavernario is great even if there’s no way he’s a light heavyweight.
  • Lucha Libre y Pasion, a Facebook group that mostly pirates PPVs, is bringing in big names for their own show. Main event is scheduled to be Jeff Cobb & Fenix vs Juvy & Super Crazy, with Horuz/Evans, AR Fox/Aeroboy, Flamita/Sadico and Imposible/Ciclon Ramirez/Emperador Azteca

Sunday shows

NJPW is also expected to announce their G1 field on their show Sunday (early Sunday Mexico time.) It’d be a surprise if any CMLL luchadors were included. They may also announce the lineup for the Los Angeles shows in the next couple of days, where Volador, Titan & Dragon Lee have been announced.

Lucha Underground posted an Aerostar promo about Drago’s betrayal. Given LU’s usual booking, they seem a good bet to meet somewhere in the Cueto Cup, maybe even next week.

Former Mexico State Lightweight champion Castorcito passed away on the 7th.

A priest/luchador who’s not Fray Tormenta.

Segunda Caida reviews LU episode 3×13 (the one with the Black Lotus Triad)

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 06/16/2017 Arena México
1) Magia Blanca & Sangre Imperial vs Raziel & Virus
2) Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Misterioso Jr., Pólvora
3) Kráneo, Pierroth, Rush vs Shocker, Terrible, Vangellys [Relevos Increíbles]
4) Dragón Lee vs Cavernario [lightning]
5) Ángel de Oro, Diamante Azul, Niebla Roja vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Negro Casas
6) Carístico & Soberano Jr. vs Sansón & Último Guerrero [Gran Alternativa, final]

This show looks pretty good. Main event could be great, Dragon Lee/Cavernario is always really good and other matches have chances. The poster is interesting too, done close to the style of the Elite Arena Mexico shows rather than the traditional ones.

Vangellys told the press he was going solo, against Los Ingonbernables and TGR. So, he’s teaming with TGR anyway.

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-06-09 

Soberano & Caristico

Recapped: 06/09/2017

Matches:

Metálico & Tiger beat Príncipe Diamante & Robin (16:07 [7:50, 3:19, 4:58], 1/3, ok)

Estrellita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit beat  Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis (15:12 [7:54, 7:18], 1/2 DQ, ok)

Guerrero Maya Jr. went to a double countout with Misterioso Jr. in a lightning match (5:40, no rating due to stream issues)

Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero beat Atlantis, Dragón Lee, Mistico (5:21+, 5:21 [?:??, 1:45, 3:36], good from what we saw)

Soberano Jr. & Oro Jr. won the dumb battle royal (5:16)

Canelo Casas & Negro Casas beat Astral & Valiente in a CMLL Gran Alternativa eighthfinal (4:45, below average)

Akuma & Pierroth beat Drone & Niebla Roja in a CMLL Gran Alternativa eighthfinal (8:07, ok)

Flyer & Volador Jr. beat Mephisto & Raziel in a CMLL Gran Alternativa eighthfinal (6:53, good)

Carístico & Soberano Jr. beat Ángel de Oro & Oro Jr. in a CMLL Gran Alternativa eighthfinal (7:58, good)

Canelo Casas & Negro Casas advanced over Akuma & Pierroth in a CMLL Gran Alternativa quarterfinal (forfeit due to injury)

Carístico & Soberano Jr. beat Flyer & Volador Jr. in a CMLL Gran Alternativa quarterfinal (8:28)

Carístico & Soberano Jr. beat Canelo Casas & Negro Casas in a CMLL Gran Alternativa semifinal (6:37, ok)

What happened:

Los Guerreros dancing triple Gori Stretch

Soberano & Carístico advanced to the final of the Gran Alternativa next week, to face Último Guerrero & Sansón. It was a strange tournament with unusual matches and outcomes.

Pierroth & Akuma surprisingly beat Nieba Roja & Drone, with Pierroth getting the win mostly by himself: a modified piledriver on Drone, and a mask pull and a foul on Niebla Roja. However, Pierroth & Akuma did not wrestle any more in the tournament, because Vangellys came out of the crowd and beat Pierroth with a bat. Vangellys also slammed the barricade gate into Pierroth’s shoulder many times. Pierroth & Akuma came out for their next match against Canelo Casas & Negro Casas, but the comission refused to let Pierroth wrestle with his injury and gave the Casas team the win by forfeit. Vangellys declared he was going after the Ingobernables for humilating him last week and done with TGR too.

The bottom half of the bracket saw Carístico & Soberano defeat Angel de Oro & Oro Jr., then Volador & Flyer in matches which were longer than usual for a CMLL tournament. They defeated the Casas family to advance to the final, which will repeat the Sansón/Soberano Jr. final from the Copa Junior.

Volador & Flyer

Vangellys/Pierroth wasn’t the only feud on this show. Zeuxis’ team lost in straight falls when she was eliminated from the match but returned to attack Sugehit (who was about to win anyway.) Zeuxis left Sugehit unmasked as their issue continues. The lightning match ended in a rare draw, when Misterioso & Guerrero Maya were counted out while brawling outside. Referee Edgar tried to stop them, only for Misterioso to chop him and throw the referee into the barricade.

Tiger made an unusual opening match appearance, replacing Arkangel. Tiger noted it was an emergency situation, and CMLL was caught off guard enough to play Arkangel’s music.

Marca/Claro changed the video player, and maybe the underlining streaming technology. It was a failure: the feed died early and often in the first half of the show, and streamed in poor quality when it was working. I have video of the matches, but it doesn’t look good. Hopefully it’ll be better next week.

Thoughts: 

Edgar goes into the barricade

It was just too bad the stream wasn’t good this week, because people were clealry giving up on this after an hour of problems (and it never got any better.) I hope CMLL’s getting good money not to just put these up on YouTube.

This was one of the better tournament block shows CMLL’s done in recent memory. It was about half giving these matches a reasonable about of time, and half grouping the best teams all in the same half of the bracket. Flyer/Volador vs Mephisto/Raziel was good in the usual Flyer fashion, Angel de Oro/Oro Jr. vs Carístico/Soberano had unexpected chemistry and Flyer/Volador vs Carístico/Soberano was everyone just unloading what they had in the case. Soberano is great and, while it would be strange for him to win two straight of these, I don’t think anyone would object to the super push at this point. The night really belonged to Flyer, who was pulling of the Mistico end of the Mistico/Volador spots as a team and looked just as good as the winner. It’s probably back to the early matches for Flyer after this, but he showed he could do a lot more if he ever gets a chance again.

The tournament was far from all good. Canelo Casas was the worst luchador on this show. He looked bad in both his matches, and somehow managed to look bad even in the stupid battle royal. Falling was a problem for him. I don’t know if it was nerves, because he’s always having problems, but it was noticeable how much they were avoiding doing anything with him in the main event, a cold ending to a run off good matches. Canelo had the same shot as Flyer to prove CMLL’s been missing something with him, and he went the exact other way with it.

Oro pulls out a cool headscissors

The Guerreros/tecnicos match was the usual good match from them, though that was the one most hampered for me by stream issues. Maya/Misterioso was fun too, and the crowd was loudly into most everything all night.

The Vangellys/Pierroth bit is an actual feud now, one that’s probably going to occupy space on a regular basis and end in a hair match. That’s not good for any CMLL card coming up soon. Pierroth has his obvious problems but Vangellys is also a weird guy to invest this much time in – unless he was the guy who agreed to lose his hair and that got him the spot.

The Maya/Misterioso thing felt like a random finish which won’t mean anything. Zeuxis/Sugehit felt like slightly moving on that angle, but it was time for a post match challenge and there wasn’t any. That match might be better than I’m giving credit for, but it’s tough to enjoy people looking like blurry blocks. Tiger looked worlds better than the técnicos in the opener.