Carístico & Euforia beat Dragón Lee & Sansónin a Parejas Increible eighthfinal (5:55, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)
Marco Corleone & Shocker beatBlue Panther Jr. & Máscara Año 2000in a Parejas Increible eighthfinal (3:34, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rush & Terrible beat Atlantis & Mr. Nieblain a Parejas Increible quarterfinal (7:41, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)
Carístico & Euforia beat Marco Corleone & Shocker in a Parejas Increible quarterfinal (2:45, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rush & Terrible beat Carístico & Euforia in a Parejas Increible semifinal (2:00, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)
Diamante Azul, Mistico, Volador Jr.beat Cavernario, Kráneo, Último Guerrero (6:48 [2:01, 1:02, 3:45], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rush offered Terrible an Ingobernable salute after they won the block. Unlike Volador & Dragon Lee, Terrible accepted it. It’s unclear if meant anything. They face Volador & Último Guerrero next week.
Mr. Niebla looked out of it in his first round match. That match went off the rails for a couple minutes before getting to the planned spot of Angel de Oro & Sansón fighting and being rolled up by Atlantis & Niebla. Niebla looked in better condition for his second match.
Zeuxis had her Generacion 21 belt.
The main event was a sloppy rushed mess. Something fell apart in the second fall, where it was completely obvious someone wasn’t in the right spot when they went for the big comeback sequence. Kraneo’s top rope splash got a big reaction and itw as an obvious disaster. It still wasn’t even up to the usual low standard for these post tournament main event trios.
The tournament had it’s ups and downs. The first match was awful, with three guys having a definite plan of what the match was supposed to be and Mr. Niebla being in his own world. They couldn’t reel him back in and they couldn’t find a way to adjust to his madness, and the crowd turned on the match loudly. The two matches which followed it were the best, with the Rush/Terrible & Forastero/Stuka feeling like a real one fall match between people who don’t often wrestle or team with each other. The final two matches were quite hurried, feeling cut down for time reasons. Rush & Terrible were the best team and make for the most interesting final, the process to get there just wasn’t great.
The production people thought the women’s match was a showcase for the debuting Kobayashi, replaying her big moves while action was going on. The people in the match made it feel more like an initiation, with Kaho taking the worst of everything the rudas had to offer. The rest of the match was just about ordinary, with Sugehit trying to start up things with Zeuxis again but it not going anywhere. Average effort.
The show started of well, on the opening sliding scale. Magnus looked good. His double chickenwing slam was a nice way to set up a flying move, and he’s going plenty of possible partners with them. Magnus seems like he’s got enough ideas to just run thru guys for a couple minutes, but doesn’t really get the chance. Yago’s powerbomb on the stage was cool and he’s mostly a good base, though the toss catch needs work. The new spot with Magia Blanca look a little bit too much what I could be watching in the Winter Olympics but the thought is good. Signo is as useful as a sack of potatoes.
Dr. Wagner Jr., Hijo del Fantasma, Psycho Clown vs Hernandez, Rey Escorpión, Texano Jr.
(10:36, DQ for every rule, ok, via Lucha Libre AAA)
The show starts with Marisela Pena giving a sort of mission statement for the year. 2018 is the year of conquest for AAA, which will apparently including traveling to other countries and making TripleMania 26 the best one ever.
Fantamsa comes out first, poses in the center of the ring, and gets bat up by all three rudos. Psycho and Wagner actually hurry to the ring to help. The técnicos eventually make a comeback, but it doesn’t last long before the rudos to ever DQ offense they can think of, and eventually actually get that DQ. Escorpión hits security with a chair too. Vampiro shows up without music to stand and stare from the stage looking concerned. Wagner grabs the microphone to talk about how great Vampiro is, and then talks about the match between Hernandez versus Hijo de Wagner where the winning side gets to pick a stipulation. Vampiro finally comes to the ring, taunts the rudos and gets them to back off from beating up Psycho Clown. Vampiro gets bleeped a fair bit.
Cuervo & Scoria have new music. We get to hear only a little bit of it before they’re attacked on the way in by the clowns. This match was falls count anywhere, which took me by surprise. It also took Tirantes by surprise, since he had to rapidly scramble over the guardrail to count when they started trying for pins. It wasn’t mentioned in the graphic, and the announcers treat as information Vampiro has just passed on to them right as the pinfall is happening.
Just as it appears Cuervo is about to win, Psicosis & Histeria rush out to attack them. It is no DQ, so this time it’s at least legal. La Parka runs out of the save. The idea seemed to be he would break up the pin after Murder splashed both guys. Parka was slow, and so they kicked out instead. Parka hits all the rudos and Tirantes with a chair (Dave’s chair) and leaves the ring. The tecnicos try to finish off Murder off a second time, but Dave runs in and attacks. Parka beat him up too, before finally being dropkicked out by Parka. Parka lands on his feet fine.) Cuervo and Scoria clear out the Vipers and are immediately beat by the Clowns.
Los Vipers attack and unmask the Clowns after the match. Dave and Parka are too busy having a stare down to care.
Dave the Clown has taken a page from LA Park’s book carrying a personalized folding chair to the ring. There’s no explanation why Dave and Parka are partners and Dave doesn’t seem much bothered with helping Parka, though he does jump in to try to get a pin when he could get an easy win. Histeria’s allowed to use his bat without no problem. The Vipers eventually screw up, Parka does some horrendous offense. Dave tries to steal the pin, and Parka trips while trying to break it off. He gets back up and hits Dave with the chair, then walks out. Psicosis lands the senton right after.
The main event was the usual AAA main even brawl, ending super flat with the DQ finish. The DQ happened so suddenly that I assumed Vampiro was going to restart the match to let the técnicos do something. Instead, giving the fans something turned into just talking a lot. The brawl wasn’t so bad, for a promotion which does a lot of them, it just didn’t add up to much.
Skip the one. None of the matches are close to good. The only really notable thing is the Vipers making it a three way tag title feud, and that’s barely notable.
Someone laid out the tag team match with occasional exciting spots, but they match wasn’t smooth. Cuervo doing a leaping over the railing headscissors on Murder looked cool. The way they did it, with Murder going over the railing for no reason, clearing people out of the way, and standing still until Cuervo was ready to do the spot, was not cool. The latter tope spot at least has the plausibility of wrestling sequence. I’m not big fans of Cuervo or Scoria, though this was more the other guys fault. Murder & Monster are slow moving, slow on the uptake, and just kind of stiff – the sequence with Murder Clown getting pulled into an armbar was hard to watch. A good match would’ve been wasted by the overstuff ending, where they made it clear the Dave/Parka stuff is a much bigger deal.
The opener was always intended to be an angle and not a match. It was still a horrendous match! La Parka looked terrible the entire time in. That faceslam or whatever he lazily attempted looked horrendous. La Parka tripping seemingly over his own feet and Dave just staying on the pin to wait for him to come around again was absurd. Really, Dave getting pinned after getting no offense in on the Vipers (who were more than willing to sell 1 on 2 for Parka) make him look like even more of a nonentity than usual. No one cares more about their feud after that mess of a match. They should’ve just repeated something instead of showing this.
Tonight is the third straight Friday with dual CMLL and AAA shows. It’ll be the last one of these nights for a while: AAA’s next shows are on Sunday, Sunday, Saturday and Wednesday, all days where CMLL doesn’t stream. Both shows tonight are listed as starting at 8:30, though AAA first match is always as little bit later.
CMLL has the second block of the Torneo Increible de Parejas. The teams in this group:
Caristico & Euforia
Atlantis & Mr. Niebla
Rush & Terrible
Marco Corleone & Shocker
Angel de Oro & Cuatrero
Dragon Lee & Sanson
Stuka Jr. & Forastero
Mascara 2000 & Blue Panther Jr.
That’s the order the teams are listed on the poster. Last week, the bottom four on the poster went out first, and the final was the top two on the poster. CMLL lists teams on their poster by rank, and there were no upsets at all. That’s the most likely outcome this week too, which leaves for some not exactly promising matches late in this tournament. Caristico & Euforia are the heavy favorites to face Ultimo Guerrero & Volador next week.
The listed main event, which will be quick and fun, has Mistico, Volador & Diamante Azul versus Ultimo Guerrero, Kraneo & Cavernario. Kaho Kobayashi makes her Arena Mexcio debut teaming with Marcela & Princesa Sugehit against Zeuxis, Dalys and Amapola, which might be the best match on the show. Magnus & Magia Blanca take on Yago & Hijo del Signo, which would be a good match with anyone beside Signo.
The show will air on Facebook & Claro as usual at 8:30, and will be up on YouTube later.
Tonight’s AAA main event is “who even knows.” AAA is stubbornly advertising their original lineup with a Hernandez & Johnny Mundo versus Dr. Wagner Jr. & Psycho Clown, even though it appears highly unlikely Johnny Mundo is going to be in Aguascalientes. He was in the UK at least notice, and there’s not many direct flights there to Mexico. Plus, there’s the thing where Taya said Mundo was done with AAA. AAA pulled off getting Mundo to the show last time, this time just seems a bit unlikely.
AAA might just be sticking someone else (Hijo de Wagner in the match. They might be doing the La Parka versus Dr. Wagner Jr. championship match instead, which would be a terrible match but actually might draw some extra people to the show if they advertised it. Or, they might be be bringing back in LA Park and feel everyone will be happy enough about that to forgive the Mundo thing. Again, AAA’s definitely talking to Park about coming in, and so the mystery person Arturo Rivera hinted at could be him. Or Arturo Rivera could just be making the whole thing up and LA Park will be lounging by his pool.
The rest of the card might change too depending on who needs to be pulled into bigger matches. As it is, the most interesting match is Australian Suicide defending the AAA Cruiserweight Championship against Hijo del Vikingo. Vikingo was the big discovery from the La Llave a la Gloria competition. This is his first singles match, and first change to really be in the spotlight since that tournament instead of just being grouped in with a bunch of runner ups. Vikingo having a good match is more important than winning the title, and it feels well too soon for Suicide to lose it anyway.
The current semimain is Angelikal, Bengala & Hijo del Fantasma against Texano, Dave the Clown and Angel Mortal. That match looked bizarre when they announced it, and now makes a little more sense with AAA doing the Bengala/Fantasma vs Texano/Tirantes program. On the other hand, it means that even if Dave wasn’t involved, the match probably is going to be disappointed for whatever dumb Tirantes finish they’re doing.
OGT (Averno, Chessman Super Fly) take Poder del Norte (Mocha Cota Jr., Tito Santana and Carta Brava Jr.) wrestle in an ongoing feud of rudo teams. In an interview, Poder del Norte threatened to retire the OGT team and turn them into taco sellers. Cuervo & Scoria face Perros del Mal members Joe Lider & Mr. Aguila. Shani & Faby Apache continue to wrestle, albeit in the opener, with Estrella Divina and Ashley as the partners.
Lucha Underground isn’t opening for tickets today, and definitely not this weekend. I’m fairly certain they’ve been quietly doing some outside the ring taping – Pentagon Dark wasn’t in Los Angeles just to do that autograph signing – so there’s no concern of something being canceled. They’re just taking their time with this.
AAA on Twitch is listed as an 8:30 start time. Let’s be real, nothing is happening before 9. I don’t know even if the card is right. Should be a good time.
CMLL on Claro has Kobayashi’s streaming debut, and also a competition to see who gets to lose to Volador & Ultimo Guerrero. It’s weird CMLL is having a competition to determine the best 2 man team in CMLL and also needs to fill it’s two man team titles and these are unrelated facts.
I guess CMLLAzteca is interesting to see how things get split? Maybe AAA Televisa is interesting to see if they just go one week behind Space or do something completely different? Maybe it’s not that interesting of a week.
Arkángel Divino & Black Boy vs Aramis (Estado de México) & Toxin (Estado de México)
(10:59, excellent, via MegaKakashi619)
An outstanding match, one of the best The Crash matches of the year. These are two up and down teams, prone to spectacular moments and the occasional youthful mistake, only they didn’t really make the mistakes here. It was just a lot of big offense for ten minutes. The pace slowed down slightly during the second half, but then they did the doomsday device tope into the crowd and everything was awesome again. Team CDMX got ripped off after their superb combo – hometown ref should’ve given them a three count. In more serious matters, Toxin & Aramis felt like they had been training together, and had totally come to this match prepared. This is ever so slightly docked cause I have no idea what happened on the finish from this video, but it really fits along Sky Man/Saturno as the kind of all action style indie match I really enjoy. This would be one of the first matches I’d show people if they wanted to know what The Crash was about.
Christi Jaynes, Keyra, Lacey Lane vs Black Danger, Jonathan, Último Maldito
(12:41, good, MegaKakashi619)
The viewing of the women’s match is though, because the person in front is wearing a Black danger mask, and the big white afro is blocking the center of the ring. The action is pretty good when you can see, you just have to accept you can’t for large portions of this. The misogynistic spots are still there, but it doesn’t feel like the story of the match like it has in other mixed matches. The women base really well for the women’s offense and the match has a lot of showy spots.
Hijo de LA Park vs Jack Evans, Joey Ryan, Luke Hawx, Viento
(11:38, good, MegaKakashi619)
This is about as random as group of people as there could be, with everyone but Jack not really regulars here and not regular opponents. It’s a bit directionless and strange, but it goes as well as it could given that setup. Viento & Park seem to have the best exchanges. Joey Ryan does his Joey Ryan stuff.
Damián 666 & M-ximo vs Black Taurus & Pierroth
(8:37, ok, MegaKakashi619)
This was a bit of a waste of Black Taurus, who’s great in working with Máximo but feels qualified for something better. It’s a match with no real finish – a one armed Garza comes out and helps martiente Damian for the DQ, then gets run of by the Rojo Rebellion. That’s at least a substitute for the Daga/Garza stuff that was probably supposed to happen here, but the match itself wasn’t all that interesting. Damian’s back on the next show, six weeks later, and isn’t involved with any of these guys, so it seems kind of pointless.
Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson vs Daga & The King
(17:01, good, via MegaKakashi619)
This comes across as big match for Daga & Rey Fenix, and another indie appearance for the Bucks. It’s a bit more comedy and bits, and not always so serious – doing a long staggering around spot about 14 minutes in is about the level. They’re not blowing off the match, and they get over with it, but it’s also not the dream match. Daga has a bad moment early, flipping on to his head and onto Matt Jackson, does better the rest of the match, but is missing that little bit extra where he takes over the match. This is fun enough if you go in to it with reduced expectations.
LA Park & Nicho el Millionario vs La Máscara & Rush and Bestia 666 & Garza Jr.
(13:17, good, MegaKakashi619)
Better than I thought it would be. It didn’t come together in a big way, and the finish was strange (since when do Los Ingobernables have a referee?), but there were interesting enough parts. Rush & Park had their usual good chemistry. I wonder how many times I’ve seen LA Park push a referee into a sunset flip and count pin. It’s a good sized numbers. The usual finisher sequence turning into everyone clotheslining and dropkicking each other hard was unique. Garza and Bestia getting into an unending war of superkicks because they’re essentially the same guy was amusing. Nicho seemed to have more energy but was moving gingerly.
RIOT (SAT) 02/03/2018Arena Femenil, Monterrey, Nuevo León[LuchaMania Monterrey]
1) Byron & Kaientai b Azrael & Muerte Extrema
2) Caifan II b Furor money thrown in
3) Erick Ortiz b Dralion
4) Kratoz b Kamikaze, Mr. Iguana, Arez, Jack Evans Please Don’t Dive Invitational #2. Sammy Guevera, who was scheduled for the show but injured, worked as special ring announcer for this show (and referee & beer seller for this show.) Sammy bragged he’d beaten everyone in the match (except Iguana, who he didn’t even know what was) and wanted a dance challenge instead. Sammy’s dance was interrupted by the surprise appearance of Jack Evans. Evans outdanced Sammy and then superkicked him. Everyone dove. Jack looked like he was going to win until Sammy pulled him out and superkicked him. Kratos beat Kamikaze.
5) Último Ninja b Low Rider, Laredo Kid Laredo Kid got the win on Low Rider after he leaped into a double RKO.
This was the show where nothing was announced besides Guevera. It looked like it drew about normal and those who came were happy with the show. At some point, this show may be on Powerbomb.TV.
JVDA Photography has onetwo photo montages of this show.
CMLL put a full press release about yesterday’s media event. One item that jumped out me as how Domingos Elite is being positioned as run by a combination of Elite, CMLL and Azteca. Elite appeared to be simply tenants last time around, and business partners this time. Maybe that’ll keep them sustainable for a longer period of time.
A quite busy show for a Sunday Guadlajara show. Frentico is a new name here; there’s one in Xalapa. Jabali is a new name and an old one; there was a Jabali here in late 50s and early 60s.
CMLL (TUE) 02/13/2018Arena México
1) Acero & Aéreo vs Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Olímpico
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Flyer vs Akuma, Hijo del Signo, Templario
3) Audaz, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther vs Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Virus
4) Marcela vs Princesa Sugehit [lightning]
5) Blue Panther, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Hechicero, Johnny Idol, Okumura
6) Marco Corleone, Titán, Valiente vs Cavernario, Mephisto, Mr. Niebla
Marcela & Princesa Sugehit is an interesting match. They’ve had four singles matches, all were title matches, and Marcela won every single time. It should set up another title match if she wins.
More Audaz/Virus. Could that be a secondary Homenaje a Dos Leyendas match? It’s happening at some point.
CMLL (TUE) 02/13/2018Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Black Sugar & Star Black vs Maléfico & Relámpago Azul
2) Explosivo, Magia Blanca, Robin vs El Coyote, Grako, Guerrero de la Muerte
3) Esfinge, Pegasso, Rey Cometa vs Cancerbero, Disturbio, Raziel
4) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Pierroth
5) Diamante Azul, Mistico, Rush vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible
They seemed to be setting up Ultimo Guerrero & Volador here. Neither are back this week.
Johnny Idol, Okumura, Sam Adonis beat Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Rey Cometa (11:46 [5:13, 1:55, 4:38], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
Dragón Lee, Rush, Soberano Jr. beat Cuatrero, Máscara Año 2000, Sansón (9:35 [1:45, 3:23, 4:27], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
Atlantis, Carístico, Volador Jr.beat Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero (6:27 [3:15, 3:12], 1/2 DQ, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
This is the final show before FantasticaMania for many of the people on this show, with them heading to the airport after this show. The average match quality is down from usual as a result, with luchadors trying to primarily stay in one piece before getting on a plane a few hours later. Euforia and Carístico aren’t going anywhere, so they feud in the main event to set up a singles match next week.
Drone’s match turns out to be his last Arena Mexico match for time being. He’s currently suspended for an indefinite amount of time following wrestling in no condition to perform in Japan.
Assuming everything progress on like we’d expect, there’s going to be a lot of NGD vs Dragon Lee/Soberano matches in the future, and this was a little preview of that. Little because it didn’t even crack ten minutes, yet the young guys showed promising chemistry. Rush seemed to even be into the match at times. It makes me think Rush’s ideal promotion might have been Leyendas Inmortales, where he could’ve just brawled with old men in main events constantly. The Mr. Jack match would’ve been something.
The Axis of Evil have some rougher moments with some of the tecnico spots, but get enough of that matches like the fourth match can hold together. Johnny Idol has found his calling as guy who losses in poses to Niebla Roja. He’s an easily dislikable dork on many occasions in that match. The técnicos are smooth like always, but there’s not a lot going on.
The opener very much felt like a rookie match, though in a way that’s or interesting than most of the openers. Retro is awkward as ever, but at least seems to have a decent amount of offense now. Yago is hero or a fool for taking Retro’s cutter. Akuma and Magia Blanca seem to have some chemistry, showing some emotion against each other. Both of Magia Blanca’s finishes looked poor though.
Flyer, Millenium, Pegassobeat Fuerza Chicana, Hijo del Signo, Policeman (14:50 [6:17, 4:20, 4:13], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)
Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr.beat Hechicero, Pólvora, Universo 2000 Jr. (11:19 [5:02, 2:50, 3:27], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
Euforia, Felino, Mr. Niebla beat Dragón Lee, Soberano Jr., Valiente (10:29 [4:07, 1:18, 5:04], 2/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
Diamante Azul, Gran Guerrero, Pierroth beat Marco Corleone, Rey Bucanero, Terriblein a relevos increíbles match (6:12 [2:44, 3:28], 1/2, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
The main event sets up a Diamante Azul/Marco Corleone title match by Azul beating him in straight falls.
The semifinal did feature a great moment in a referee refusing to allow a double submission to count, with Mr. Niebla having no idea what wa going on.
I’m trying (once again!) to cut back on my CMLL b-show reviews in order to redirect that time into more useful areas. I still think I need to watch at least one match a show to make this recaps worth the time it takes to post them. The tercera was no extraordinary match, but it was the best looking match on the card and a good enough match for a TV watch. Stigma & Universo 2000 surprisingly work well together in the first fall, the rudos come across strong taking the match over, and Guerrero Maya & Hechicero match up well together. They’d match up even better the next week, that’s where you need to use your time. Hechicero’s avoidance of Stuka’s splash into a submission is a tricky thing to pull off – if you don’t make it a big move, it feels like it should register as an impact, but Hechicero needs to shrug it off to immediately lock in his impact. It’s a good idea to do something different with Stuka’s splash, it just didn’t come across as smoothly as it needed to here. against each other.
CMLL (TUE) 02/06/2018Arena México
1) Fantasy & Último Dragóncito b Pequeño Violencia & Pierrothito
2) Astral, Oro Jr., Star Jr. b Espanto Jr., Nitro, Sangre Azteca tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Kawato San, Misterioso Jr., Virus b Audaz, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr. Rudos took 1/3. Kawato’s first win in CMLL.
4) Rey Cometa, Soberano Jr., Titán b Felino, Hechicero, Rey Bucanero
5) Cuatrero DQ Ángel de Oro Cuatrero took 1/3, the last when Angel de Oro fouled and unmasked him. Mask match challenges followed.
6) Carístico, Niebla Roja, Valiente b Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto Tecnicos took 1/3.
Cuatrero/Angel de Oro was more set up than match.
Kawato keeps looking at Misterioso when he’s doing something – or not supposed to be doing something. He did it while applying a wristlock to beat Fuego in the first fall and then I couldn’t stop noticing it. They’ve been on the same team in every match so far. It is nice they’ve assigned someone to make sure Kawato knows what he’s doing in these matches, since they usually have Okumura in that role.
CMLL held it’s Dos Leyendas press conference today. Some of the stuff was already announced, some new, just like last week’s AAA show.
CMLL (TUE) 02/06/2018Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@Arena_GDL]
1) Omar Brunetti & Tigre Blanco ?? Joker & Thunder Boy tecnicos took 1, rudos took fall 2, no third fall reported
2) La Seductora, Reyna Isis, Tiffany b Kaho Kobayashi, Lady Maravilla, Sanely rudas took 1/3
3) Blue Panther Jr., The Panther, Tritón b Disturbio, Puma, Tiger Puma’s return from Japan. Tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Blue Panther b Okumura Okumura wore a Blue Panther mask to taunt him. Panther took falls 2/3 to win. Money thrown in.
5) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero b Dragón Lee, Marco Corleone, Volador Jr. Rudos took 1/3, UG sneaking in a foul on his current partner Volador.
Hooray, UG wrestling Atlantis & Volador, how novel.
Homenaje a Dos Leyendas
The show will take place on March 16th, with Angel de Oro versus Cuatrero in a mask versus mask match. This has seemed like the direction the last few weeks. It still mirror the past year’s Anniversary show, two guys who have never been used as singles main eventers on big shows being asked to carry a big show. The rest of the card is TBA.
Mil Mascaras will be the legend honored. He appeared in a video tape bit.
This version of Elite is presented as more of an overt CMLL/ELITE co-promotional situation than in times past. Ernesto Santillán was there as Elite general manager, and Gerardo Melin & Rafaél Ayala will be announcers. Hechicero & Tirantes will also work as guest announcers, the role Shocker filled last time.
Elite will be airing on A+, an subchannel offshoot of the main Azteca channel in Mexico that was launched just last year. Most of the country can get the channel over the air, though it’s figures to have much less awareness than the channel they were on previously. (In the US, these digital subchannels have not caught on at all, not sure how it’s gone in Mexico.) Shows will air on Sundays at 2pm, the week after they take place.
It is possible the US Azteca eventually picks up this show, though that wasn’t announced as a plan here.
Ultimo Guerrero made it clear he wants the Elite heavyweight championship currently held by Cibernetico, in the process of burying him for not showing up for the press conference. Golden Magic was the sole ELITE luchador present.
Other CMLL announcements
The CMLL tag team titles were declared vacant, for not having been defended in 16 months. (The last defense was in October 2016.) CMLL had been trying to get the titles off of Shocker & Casas for a while, only one or the other would get hurt or be otherwise busy or an earthquake would cancel shows for two weeks. It seemed like they should just vacate them for a while and had held off doing them. I’d think this means they had new champs and a plan to get there ready to go and just needed to get the titles freed, except CMLL said they didn’t have any specific plan to fill the tournament to announce.
The new Teleformula show starts this Sunday, at 1pm. They’ll air Friday matches, starting with the current tournament.
None of this will affect the internet/YouTube content. It’ll go on as it has.
No one appeared to ask about Drone, at least during the live press conference.
There were rumors of LA Park making a surprise appearance as part of the Guerra de Titanes main event. It may have been a reason that whole cage match came off so badly; the theory goes LA Park just didn’t show and they threw something together – but the only people who know for sure are LA Park & AAA and they’re not saying. What we do know is Park would obviously like to have a payoff the level of what Wagner got last year, and AAA would like the attention bringing that would come with bringing back Park once again. This fits Dorian talking about trying to sign a national star and later talking about how stars want to work in AAA.
This doesn’t mean LA Park is necessarily going back to AAA – it’s LA Park, he does whatever he wants, he could show up in Elite on Sunday and no one would be shocked. But there’s smoke to this Twitter bit.
The California based Heroes of Lucha Libre hasn’t been seen since running it’s second show in December. Tinieblas says they’ll be back April 6, 7th and 8th. That’s WrestleMania weekend. There’s no location announced so I guess they could even be in New Orleans. The building they have been using, Citizen Bank Arena, is booked for a hockey game on April 6.
MDA posted a Rush promo (against the MAD group.) MDA sending out promos to build to matches is interesting, but the thing that struck me was this might mean about Rush’s status. This could mean he’s done with The Crash for the time being, since CMLL seems to let their top guys only pick one of these indie groups to work with. A big attraction of The Crash for Rush was to work with La Mascara and that’s not an option now. He’s not on The Crash’s next card and hasn’t been announced as coming with them to WrestleMania.
Lucha Memes says their next show will be on 03/11 back in Coacalco, with Keyra vs Kaho Kobayashi. This is not a title match, though the title is an interesting part of this. Keyra was CMLL REINA International Junior champion, REINA took the belt away (likely because a deal couldn’t be worked out with Keyra), and Kobayashi won the vacant title.
The art for this Memes show is Japanese themed. They’ve hinted about booking Kawato while he’s in Mexico, so I think there’s a chance he works this show
CMLL (MON) 02/12/2018Arena Puebla
1) Astro, Asturiano, Black Tiger vs Joker, King Jaguar, Saurón
2) Arkalis, Millenium, Starman vs Cancerbero, El Malayo, Raziel
3) Stuka Jr., Titán, Tritón vs Kawato San, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado
4) Mistico, Soberano Jr., Volador Jr. vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
5) Atlantis vs Último Guerrero
This is the 7th time Atlantis & Ultimo Guerrero have wrestled a singles in this building alone in the last 7 years. Matches 3/4 could be good.
AAA TV (SUN) 02/25/2018 Plaza de Toros Rodolfo Rodriguez el Pana, Apizaco, Tlaxcala
1) Dinastía, Pimpinela Escarlata, Venum vs Chicano, Mamba, Villano III Jr. [Rey de Reyes, qualifying]
2) Raptor & Tiger Boy vs Ángel Mortal Jr. & Máscara de Bronce [Rey de Reyes, qualifying]
3) Dave The Clown & La Parka vs Monsther Clown & Murder Clown [Rey de Reyes, qualifying]
4) Angelikal & Bengala vs Histeria & Psicosis [Rey de Reyes, qualifying]
5) Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Hijo Del Vikingo vs Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly [Rey de Reyes, qualifying]
6) La Máscara, Máximo, Psycho Clown vs Hernandez, Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr., Rey Escorpión
AAA suddenly realized both they have a Rey de Reyes tournament coming up and also that they employ Dinasita. Great news for everyone. The main event might be a Rey de Reyes match too, who’s to say. Last year’s Rey de Reyes was an unannounced Royal Rumble, so no idea what these matches are leading into this time.
(What’s great here is it’s going to be pretty tough for AAA to announce a Rey de Reyes card without giving these matches all away.)
For what it’s worth, CMLL doesn’t own Maximo – another non-wrestling company had the rights to name for merchandise, which is why he ended up as Maximo Sexy. CMLL did file a trademark for La Mascara in 2010, listing this guy’s first usage of it in 2004 as the start. Plenty of people have used La Mascara even before then, which might be why that trademark has been stuck in “under review” status for the last 7 years.