Zumbi out of CWC?, Black in Elite international tournament tonight, Mascarita Dorada

Mr. Cisco does some lucha
Mr. Cisco does some lucha

CMLL (TUE) 06/21/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Martes de Glamour]
1) Linterna & Mr. Apolo b Capitán Cobra & Johnny Dinamo
Rudos took 2/3.
2) Oro Jr., Pegasso, Stigma b Metálico, Sangre Azteca, Skándalo
Tecnicos took 1/3. Oro beat Metalico, who seemed to have the match won.
3) Furia Roja, Hechicero, Sagrado b Ángel de Oro, Esfinge, Tritón
Rudos took 2/3, Furia Roja unmasking Esfinge and pinning him for the win. This sets up a mask match next week.
4) Diamante Azul, Rush, Titán DQ La Máscara, Rey Bucanero, Vangellys
Tecnicos took 2/3. Rush fouled Mascara, Mascara fouled Rush, ref caught only the second.
5) Atlantis, Máximo Sexy, Mistico b Ephesto, Luciferno, Mr. Niebla
Scheduled to a Mexican Trios title defense, but Mephisto (injury) was replaced by Mr. Niebla and no title match was held. Tecnicos took 1/3.

This means Mephisto didn’t get on the bus to Guadalajara, so they likely knew he wasn’t going to be on the Gran Prix show when they were doing Informa talking about the Gran Prix. It just didn’t come up. (They also could’ve just announced the title match being off on Informa to let people in Guadalajara know. But nah.)

The official CMLL story is Mephisto strained his groin worked on Sunday in Naucalpan. I’d believe he made it worse there, but Mephisto was obviously hurting before that point. Mephisto will be out 2-3 weeks, with La Mascara taking his place on the Mexico Gran Prix team. That confirms Pierroth/La Mascara won’t be happening on 07/01, which seemed to be the case as soon as the announced Cavernario/Cometa.

I still don’t believe they’re saving Mascara/Pierroth for the Anniversary show.

IWRG FILL (WED) 06/22/2016 Arena Naucalpan [The Gladiatores]
1) Araña de Plata, Lilith Dark, Skanda b Chica Pantera, Magic Dragón, Voltar
2) Discordia, Enigma, Guerrero 2000 b Pequeño Dragón, Pumita, Rey Destello
3) Águila Oriental, Keiser Dragón, Omega b Adrenalina, Keshin Black, Osiris
4) Blue Monsther, Geo, Mike b Acero, Hip Hop Man, Picudo Jr.
Acero and Hip Hop Man argued over who in charge, which spelled their defeat.
5) Aramis, Dragón Fly, Fireman, Galaxy, Hijo del Alebrije, Kanon, Shadow Boy, Zatura b Ángel Guerrero, Ares I, Ares II, Camaleón I, Camaleón II, Fight Panther, Guerrero Azteca, the Tiger (Tamaulipas) [Copa Higher Power]
Gym FILL (Black Terry) vs Gym Promciones del Norte (Apolo Estrada Jr.) Camaleon II, Guerrero Azteca, The Tiger replaced Angel Dorado I, Pirata Negra, Rey Nocturno. Match came down to Shadow Boy and Tiger, with Apolo helping his guy to win.

Hip Hop Man is working as an extra coordinator (and occasional luchador) on the upcoming Blue Demon series and very much enjoyed the most recent Mexico soccer game, according to his Twitter.

Zumbi appears to no longer be in the Cruiserweight Classic. His profile is no longer on the website, replaced by Chicago area wrestler (and occasional GALLI luchador) Mustafa Ali. There’s been no other acknowledgement or explanation of what’s going on. The rumor, and I’m emphasizing rumor because a) I haven’t heard it first hand and b) I suspect we’ll be able to confirm the story or get the right one sooner rather than later, is WWE saw that Zumbi was also booked in Elite and wouldn’t let him no-show that date to work for them. The thing is, Zumbi was taken off the Elite poster – he’s not on it now – so there’s reason to be skeptical of that as the reason.

PJ Black is on the poster and is indeed in Mexico as Elite advertised and working the Elite show tonight. This does not appear to have affected his Lucha Underground status, except that he’s almost surely losing tonight, since he’s probably needed back in LA on Saturday. (They could always just scheduled matches to give him Friday off.) When PJ was listed on the poster, the expectation is AAA would force him off the show as they did with Cage. That hasn’t happened, so there must be some different circumstances – it’s can’t be that all LU guys are prohibited from working Elite, but maybe just those who had worked in AAA? Or were offered more work in AAA? It definitely suggests AAA has less control of LU than previously believed.

Just about everyone for the tournament seems to be in Mexico. Michael Elgin, DJ Z and David Tita were in yesterday and did some press. FWIW, the WON says Elgin is expected to defend his title against Ultimo Guerrero sometime during his trip to Mexico. Tama Tonga and “Tanga Roa” (closer!) arrived today.

The full filed for the Elite tournament is as Tama Tonga (listed as from Tonga), Lio Rush (USA), Kushida (Japan), Bram (England), PJ Black (South Africa), Camacho (Puerto Rico), David Tita (Cameron), Jinder Mahal (India), Volador Jr. (Mexico), Veneno (Panama), Heddi Karoui (France), Sabu (Saudi Arabia), Michael Elgin (Canada), and DJZ (Philippines). It’s 14 names for what originally listed as a 16 man tournament. The format of the tournament is assumed to be single elimination, but Elite doesn’t generally explain those sorts of details ahead of time. The show starts at 8pm tonight and should air Friday on Azteca. The finals are on Saturday.

Arez, of the Indystrongibles, has decided no longer to be “Arez”. He’s leaving up to the fans to pick between his two choices for new names: Aken orSaharawi. Saharawi is his real name. Aken is the Egyptian ferryman of the underworld, though I’m not sure if that’s where he got the name. Either way, there so many people using Ares/Arez in Mexico that there’s some real benefit to changing his name once he gets it established. If we can only get the Relampagos to do this next…

Mascarita Dorada told Apolo Valdes that he enjoying working in WWE for the last three years, even if couldn’t fully show his talent. He knew going in that Americans would see minis as clowns and not real wrestlers, but feels he some new chances, including being in the Royal Rumble and being on PPV (the WeeLC match.) Dorada says he’s thankful for WWE supporting him when it came to medical issues, including surgery on his knee, and singles out Alberto Del Rio as someone who spoke up for him. Dorada says he’s got a lot of work in the US, but would be open to returning to Mexico in August if the deal is right now. He doesn’t see retirement coming soon.

Ricochet doesn’t seem to believe he was offered the money MLW Radio reported he was offered.

TKD and Eric have reviews of last night’s Lucha Underground.

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report and the latest LuchaWorld Podcast.

So Cal Uncensored has a good interview with Jeff Cobb, who may or may not be Dario Cueto’s brother in his free time.

Konnan Big vs Rush is official for Sunday. They should have the stretcher and neckbrace outside the ring to load Konnan Big after he gets dropped on his head.

Fly Warrior hypes up the CaraLucha main event on Friday. We need to get DJZ to CaraLucha, he’d be so good on that show.

Villano III will be honored at AAA Cantu Nuevo Laredo show on Monday. He’s not wrestling.

Leo Riano says CMLL is high on Johnny Idol & Sam Adonis.

Hijo del Santo is interviewed about his one man play. That is not a joke sentence.

Lucha Underground 2×22: Fame and Fortune

Cortez as post
Cortez as post

Matches

Daga defeated Máscarita Sagrada (2:12, russian legsweep into a crossface, OK)

Killshot [O], Siniestro de la Muerte, Marty the Moth defeated Cortez Castro, Mr. Cisco [X], Joey Ryan versus (8:04, Killshot double stomp move, OK)

Sexy Star & Mariposa [O] defeated Ivelisse [X] & Taya (9:58, Mariposa running Schwein -> Sexy Star pin, OK) for two Aztec Medallions

Developments

superkick to a mini is a perennial gif
superkick to a mini is a perennial gif

The main title match for Lucha Underground is already set, and this episode was focused on working out the undercard. Two matches were definitely set, and more seem strongly suggested.

The biggest match isn’t for anything but pride. Prince Puma, in his first in-ring interview, explained that Konnan (mentioned by name) would motivate him by telling him he could be the next Rey Mysterio. Puma has even more respect for Rey after being champion with him, but wants to know if he actually be the next Rey Mysterio, or if Prince Puma is even better. Puma wants a match at Ultima Lucha. Rey Mysterio appeared to give credit to Prince Puma for being good, but noted “you are a prince, and I am El Rey.” Mysterio also wants to know if he’s still the best, and accepted the match for Ultima Lucha 2.

Ultima Lucha 2 will also have a seven way Gift of the Gods match. There were three qualifying matches on thie show, seemingly was as many consequences for the losers as the winners.

Daga defeated Máscarita Sagrada for one Medallion. Kobra Moon watched on, but didn’t get involved this time. Famous B didn’t get involved, but seemed to wish he did. Instead, he attacked Sagrada, blaming the mini for all the losses he’d taken since coming under Famous B’s management, and vowed to get a new/better client. (Brenda didn’t seem happy about all of this.)

Mr. Cisco does some lucha
Mr. Cisco does some lucha

Killshot, Siniestro de la Muerte and Marty the Moth picked up Medallions by surprsingly being a more cohesive team the than Castro, Mr. Cisco, and Joey Ryan trio. Yet another argument between the police directly led to the loss. Peace was kept on the winning team by Marty giving Killshot back his dogtags, but Marty stole them right back at the end of the match. (Not sure if it’s important, but Catrina was not with Siniestro this time either.)

Neither team in the women’s tag match really got along, but it was a misamed Taya spear on Ivelisse which essentially ended the match. Sexy Star dodged out of the way, and later was thrown on the pin by Mariposa.

The seven medallion went to the debuting Night Claw, who simply was handed it by Dario in a office segment (similar to how Big Ryck got his in Season 1.) Night Claw is a man in a black cat mask, described as a descedent of the Jaguar tribe, and hyped as the next great upcoming luchador – the next Prince Puma. (This started the show, nicely dovetailing with Puma’s own “the Next” to end the show.) We won’t see him in action until Ultima Lucha 2, but Dario warned him that overconfidence called the Jaguar tribe to be the first to be destroyed by the Aztec Gods, and told him not to make the same mistake. Announcers were aware a new wrestler had been given a Medallion, but did not know his name or identity.

The was one more midshow office vignette, with Dario finally meeting with Dragon Azteca. Dario revealed to Azteca that he would fight Black Lotus, and revealed to the audience that he’s manipulating these two. Cueto didn’t outright admit it, but he strong hinted to Azteca that it was Black Lotus who killed the previous Dragon Azteca. That doesn’t seem like something you’d do if you saw Black Lotus as an ally, but instead something that’d happen if you wanted them to destroy each other.

Thoughts

Killshot
Killshot

I find myself comparing episodes to ones from last season a lot in this final third. This reminds me of the “Aztec Medallion” show late last year, where the hour was also spent on handing out Medallions to round out the Gift of the Gods match. It seems likely to be a Lucha Underground staple; they’re always going to want to do a 7 way match at Ultima Lucha, and it’s usually going to require getting a lot of Medallion matches done quickly.

This matches on this show got more time and were better than those; I didn’t give a high grade to anything, but the trios match wasn’t far off and the women’s match had some moments. Both were essentially doing relevos increibles matches, and I’ve kind of become just dismissive of that concept in general from having seen it so many times both in Mexico and here. It wasn’t as a negative as other times, the stakes of the matches forced them to do amost normal matches, but it’s nothing that interests me.

It doesn’t help that most of the feuds involved don’t feel that important right now. Marty/Killshot is the best one of the group. The Police stuff is interesting more for the outside the ring mythology than to see then squabble yet again. Taya/Ivelisse doesn’t feel like it has any stakes, almost like it was randomlly generated. And I was disappointed they didn’t play out the feelings from the end of No Mas more; a Mariposa who was tough but as scared of Sexy Star as Sexy had been scared of her earlier in the season would’ve been a progession, instead of defaulting back to the tecnico/rudo defaults.

this was enjoyable wacky
this was enjoyable wacky

Night Claw comes off as Lucha Underground’s attempt to create another Drago like character (though one where they’d definitely own the image rights.) It’s a grand introduction to give the guy we know as (spoiler) Flamita, and I’m interested in watching how they handle him. LU obviously had no idea his tenure in AAA is about to come to an end and they seemed to have big plans for him here by pinning him to one of the tribes. Backing away from him might be a challenge, though we may have to wait to Season 3 to see Night Claw’s mug on a wall.

There is a bit of a problem with the Gift of the Gods match. Just like the recent match, it’s a lot of people on the fringes of the roster. Sexy Star’s the only person on the list who’s won a feud. Otherwise, it’s a lot of people who may secretly be good – Daga, Mariposa, Siniestro to pick three – but haven’t been successful. They are building it up with a feud, Killshot & Sexy each have issues with the Moths, but maybe not with credibility. I think it probably means good things for Ultima Lucha 2 itself – they grabbed the big guys into matches and this is obviously leftovers – but it’s going to be hard to believe the winner has a shot at Matanza. There doesn’t appear to be a Cage coming this time.

The Famous B storyline feels like it went too long, and didn’t do much for Máscarita at all. The too long thing might not be helped – this feels like another thing they’ve paced out for Ultima Lucha – but I hope there’s some better day for Sagrada to come.

Ultima Lucha 2 lineup

eyes up, Taya
eyes up, Taya
  • Pentagon Jr. vs Matanza (c) for the Lucha Underground Championship
  • Night Claw, Daga, Marty the Moth, Killshot, Siniestro de la Muerte, Mariposa, Sexy Star in a Gift of the Gods championship match
  • Prince Puma vs Rey Mysterio Jr.
  • Dragon Azteca Jr. vs Black Lotus
  • (probably something with Taya & Ivelisse)
  • (probably something with Cuerno & Mesias)
  • (maybe something with Cisco, Cortez, Joey Ryan)
  • (maybe Famous B’s new protege vs Máscarita?)

Lucha Underground preview, Estrellita/Dalys, Elite/PJ, Santo Metro ticket

dives everywhere
dives everywhere

CMLL (SUN) 06/19/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Domingos Familiares CMLL]
1) Capitán Cobra & Cosmos DCOR Gitano & Relámpago
Rudos took first, tecnicos the second, and somehow everyone got counted out after tecnico dives.
2) Linterna, Mr. Brisa, Thunder Boy b Explosivo, Reycko, Star Black
straight fall for the rudos. Gitano & Relampago came in to help unmask the tecnicos post match, with Cosmos & Capitan Cobra making the save. Cage match is next week.
3) Nautilius b Joker
Nautilus took 2/3, setting up a title match next week.
4) Esfinge & Tritón b Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno
Tecnicos took 2/3.
5) Furia Roja & Furia Roja Jr. DQ Halcón Furia & Magnum and El Yaqui & Nube Roja and El Lider & Ráfaga and El Brujo & Fugaz and Centella & Évola
father (Brujo, Lider, Nube Roja, Centella, Furia Roja, Magnum)/son (Fugaz, Rafaga, Yaqui, Evola, Furia Roja Jr., Halcon Furia) tag tournament, though the rules where the entire team would be eliminated when anyone on the team was pinned. Match came down to the Furia Rojas vs Lider/Rafaga, with Rafaga fouling Furia Roja for the DQ. The fathers were honored post match.

The “win” keeps a win streak for Furia Roja leading into next Tuesday.

CMLL (TUE) 06/21/2016 Arena México [CMLL, thecubsfan]
1) Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Violencia b Fantasy & Último Dragóncito LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 21 DE JUNIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
12:53. Rudos took 2/3.
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Soberano Jr., Star Jr. b Cancerbero, Disturbio, Raziel LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 21 DE JUNIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
18:43. Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Estrellita, Lluvia, Marcela DQ Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 21 DE JUNIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
10:47. Tecnicos took 1/2, the last by ref shove DQ. Estrellita and Dalys fought after the match
4) Misterioso Jr. b Blue Panther Jr. [lightning] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 21 DE JUNIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
6:33. Misterioso won with Gori Special.
5) Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión b Blue Panther, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 21 DE JUNIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
12:36. Rudos took 1/3.
6) Stuka Jr., Valiente, Volador Jr. b Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 21 DE JUNIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
11:08. Guerreros took 1/3 clean.

I liked the second match and the main event, but there weren’t much storyline advancements. A couple weeks ago, Estrellita talked in Box Y Lucha about the one thing she still wanted to accomplish was to win the world title. I thought that was generic interview filler, but perhaps she knew this feud was coming.

Last night on Informa, Barbaro Cavernario and Rey Cometa signed for a hair match on 07/01, as part of the Gran Prix iPPV. There were good promos and emotion to the Informa segment, but not really any suspense or build up to doing it – it was announced in the show preview on Facebook. Barbaro Cavernario had face scars from taking Cometa’s title belt in his face on Friday, and I suspect the original plan was to sign the contract on Friday before he got hurt. (Of course, I thought that to start, so maybe I’m just clinging to a wrong belief.) That match makes the iPPV much more interesting, since it’s sure to be a great match.

Today might be an Elite press conference. I never know with them. We do know they’re occasionally posting videos from the people in their field on Facebook, and they posted a PJ Black video yesterday, so he must really be coming to the tournament on Thursday. I don’t know that he has a great chance of making it to the Saturday final, but I’m still stunned AAA didn’t put a stop to it. Dorian Roldan scoffed at the idea of this happening on Twitter earlier (and I guess it still hasn’t actually happened.)

The Saturday Elite show is probably why they’re not running Sabado Retros this week. CMLL hasn’t said anything. They’re off the following week for boxing. The last time they were off two weeks in a row, they said Coliseo would be “indefinitely” closed and people were worried they weren’t running in the building at all any more, so maybe they’re just trying not saying anything this time.

Today’s Lucha Underground is episode 22 of 26 in this second season, titled “Fame & Fortune”.

  • Mr. Cisco, Cortez Castro and Joey Ryan versus Killshot, Siniestro de la Muerte, Marty the Moth for 3 Aztec Medallions
  • Daga versus Mascarita Sagrada for 1 Aztec Medallion (clip)
  • Sexy Star & ? vs Taya & ?? (Ivelisse is pictured) – stipulation not announced, but I bet you can put it together.

The preview also mentions the arrival of a new luchador, which is going to be a thing we’re going to be talking about after.

FWIW #1: I have other commitments tonight (unless they get washed out), and the Lucha Underground recap will be a fewer hours later.

FWIW #2: I am heading to Los Angeles for Lucha Underground this weekend. I was lucky enough to send in an email for tickets quick enough, and have spent the last few days overthinking how I’m going to do this. I’m leaving Friday night and getting back Monday afternoon. I don’t think I’ll be getting Claro this week – my flight takes off a couple minutes before it goes live – and the update schedule will be strange. Also, if you have ideas on what I should do with myself between the time they hand out the line number and the time they actually let people in, let me know.

On MLW Radio, MSL said he heard Prince Puma has been offered a new contract around $300K a year. The deal is said to be paid for by El Rey itself and not Lucha Underground. Length is unknown. The deal would allow him to continue to work with NJPW as well. His current deal ends after this weekend. It’s a given he’ll be offered a deal by WWE, but it’s unlikely it’ll be the same take home pay.

The deal sounds like it can be compared to WCW’s deal with Hulk Hogan, which was paid by Turner itself and not WCW, or Sting being paid by Spike TV instead of TNA, and the contract would still be good if Lucha Underground is not picked up after season 3. The difference is those channels were much higher revenue business than El Rey, which only seems to be producing two series (Lucha Underground and From Dusk Till Dawn.) El Rey seems to be going as far as Lucha Underground goes and isn’t inherently more stable like Turner or Viacom. (You can ignore this whole paragraph if the deal is being paid by Univison.)

On the other hand, that’s really good money! And Lucha Underground isn’t going to make Prince Puma do public workouts on Facebook live any time soon; there’s a lot of freedom in Lucha Underground and NJPW that just isn’t available in WWE. WWE would also make him prove himself from scratch, which he obviously wouldn’t have to do if he stayed.

This weekend seems like a time for LU announcements. The Season 3 deal was officially announced at the end of the last Season 2 tapings (though it had been rumored for a while.) Season 4 hasn’t been officially announced yet.

Johnny Mundo’s also come up in rumors of WWE returns; he himself has previously mentioned WWE’s contacted him about his status. This podcast said he’s still under contract to Lucha Underground.

On the same podcast, Konnan says the Tampico Guerra de Titanes show was canceled due to “not getting permission from the right people.” This is just a guess, but I’m assuming “the right people” in this case were not governmental officials. Definitely people in power, but not elected power, if you’re following. Remind me never to run a business in Mexico, it’s crazy.

AAA put up a teaser for the Lucha World Cup, which I presume means some (edited?) version of it will air as part of their regular TV show. The logical place is just after TripleMania, so the PPV doesn’t air right away, but that’s a ways off. They’ve got so much TV scheduled in July that it seems unlikely to air soon, or everything will be on a bigger delay.

AAA posted a ugly photo of Pagano’s head being split open after a match with Joe Lider Monday in Puebla. Every night is not this bad, but I am continually amazed at how the hardcore guys can do so much damage to their bodies and keep on going.

The Mexico City Metro announced a special commemorative ticket in honor of el Santo at a press conference yesterday. Santo would’ve turned 100 next September, and Hijo del Santo billed this as the start of celebrations honoring him. There was also the announcement of a new pension plan for luchadors over the age of 68, which will certainly be a help if true. (Apolo Valdes points out it’s true – but only because the government already supports everyone over 68 with a pension.) As part of the ceremony, As Charro was given a new wheelchair. In post press conference interviews, Santo complained promotions don’t do enough to take care of retired luchadors.

Hijo del Santo told the press he’s not retired, but only going to fight when he feels like it. He feels good and still likes wrestling, but also doesn’t want to end up in a wheelchair. He might next feel like it in July, where he says there are plans for him to wrestle a tour in Tijuana, Ensenada, and Mexicali. Santo will not be on the London tour, but says he’s given his son permission to use the Santo name.

The AAA show in Monterrey on Sunday had a scheduled with a main event of Pagano, Psycho Clown, and a mystery shadow. The picture on the poster was a shadow of Pentagon Jr. doing the 0M sign. Fans showed up to see Pentagon. The main event was Pagano, Psycho Clown and…Joe Lider. (Enough fans still liked the match to throw in money.)

Meanwhile, Mil Mascaras & Dos Caras vs Canek & Sangre Chicana match didn’t sound good to us (and is said not to have been any good), but apparently drew nearly a full house to Arena Coliseo Monterrey.

Lucha Memes said they’ll debut in Mexico City on 08/14.

Averno says the Apaches can’t get a title shot without beating them, which will never happen, so we need to stop worrying about this.

RobViper has highlights of AAA 11/06/15.

Flamita talks up Friday’s match in CaraLucha, saying he’s going after Volador.

Lucha Libre In Japan

Violento Jack versus Jun Kasai has been announced 07/13 at Korakuen Hall. That’s going to be very violent. Miedo Extremo will also debut in Japan on the same show.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 06/28/2016 Arena México
1) Bengala & Leono vs Apocalipsis & Artillero
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Stukita vs Mercurio, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico
3) Estrellita, La Vaquerita, Lluvia vs Dalys, La Seductora, Reyna Isis
4) Fuego vs Virus [lightning]
5) Ángel de Oro, Guerrero Maya Jr., Súper Porky vs Bobby Z, Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora
6) Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Titán vs Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero

Esterllita/Dalys continue. Dragon Rojo & Polvora team with another possible Revolucionario. Main event could be good, with Dorada right back in the mix.

CMLL (TUE) 06/28/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Magnum & Vaquero Jr. vs Carlo Roggi & Diplomático
2) Pegasso, Starman, Tritón vs Fujin, Raijin, Skándalo
3) Esfinge vs Furia Roja [mask]
4) Diamante Azul, Máximo Sexy, Michael Elgin vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
5) Atlantis, Kushida, Volador Jr. vs Negro Casas, Tama Tonga, Tangaroa

Two week build on a mask match! Guessing Elgin is working opposite of Rey Bucanero. This still seem like the not-optimum use of Kushida, unless he and Volador are going to have a match.

CMLL Mexico: 2016-06-21

young tecnicos win a fall
young tecnicos win a fall

Recapped: 06/21/2016

What happened: Dalys & Estrellita are now feuding. That’s it.

What was good: The second match went well and the main event was good by the usual Tuesday standard.

Where can I watch it: It’s on CMLL’s channel. (more…)

Maximo remains champ, CMLL preview for tonight, IWRG lineups

Fujin rope walk plancha
Fujin rope walk plancha

CMLL (MON) 06/20/2016 Arena Puebla [CMLL, thecubsfan]
1) Guerrero Espacial & Inquisidor b Milenium & Vega
14:56. Rudos took 2/3.
2) Robin, Starman, Zaeta Roja b Fuerza Chicana, King Jaguar, Policeman
16:15. Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Blue Panther Jr., Rey Cometa, The Panther b Fujin, Okumura, Raijin
13:39. Tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Máximo Sexy © b Shocker [CMLL HEAVY]
17:54. Maximo powered thru a knee injury to win again, taking falls 2/3. 7th defense
5) Cibernético, Sam Adonis, Último Guerrero b Diamante Azul, Johnny Idol, Rush
12:05. Debuts of Idol and Adonis. Rudos took 2/3. Cibernetico and Rush feuded, with Cibernetico sneaking in a foul. Rush and Cibernetico went back and forth after the match, eventually settling for a singles match next week.

I liked third match the best. The new foreigners were fine. Idol being a CMLL foreigner with blond hair who does a springboard moonsault as his big move seems vaguely familiar.

CMLL has an ordinary show tonight in Arena Mexico. Last week was the Guerrero Maya/Dragon Rojo title match, and nothing else was generally built up. There’s six matches on the card, but no ongoing stories. The main event is volador, Stuka, and Valiente vs Ultimo Guerrero, Euforia and Niebla Roja. The semimain is Blue Panther, Rey Cometa, and Guerrero Maya versus the reunited (for at least a night) Revolucionarios: Dragon Rojo, Polvora and Rey Escorpion. Those two matches have the best chance to be good.

The first four are a more of a mixed bag. Ultimo Dragoncito & Fantasy face Pequeno Olimpico & Pequeno Violencia in an probably low action opener. Hombre Bala, Star Jr. & Soberano are in action, though against Raziel & Cancerbero once again. Disturbio will be their third wheel tonight. The women’s match is Marcela, Estrellita, Lluvia vs Dalys, Amapola and Tiffany, and the lightning match is Blue Panther Jr. versus Misterioso.

The show will air as at 7:30pm CT on CMLL.com & YouTube.

CMLL Informa will also air in those same places at 4pm today. (This actually means there’s competing CMLL webstreams; Claro’s Mexico-only broadcast of Titanes del Ring is the at same time.) Informa is said to be moved to Tuesday because of something else going on Wednesday. It’s presumably a press conference with Elite and the international wrestlers, but no one’s said so publicly in usual Elite fashion.

LuchaWorld has this week’s Poster-Mania and the latest Lucha Report.

Mr. Niebla wants a mask match with Atlantis. Never hurts to ask.

Volador says he’s going after Flamita on Friday in their Caralucha tag match.

AAA posted Pentagon vs Xochitl Hamada from TripleMania 7, pointing out the Apaches vs Chessman & Averno wouldn’t be the first man vs woman match at that show.

Box Y Lucha 3238  has Volador and Mascara Dorada in international competitions, and Diamante Azul insisting he’s a tecnico (and the Elite rudo stuff was just for those shows.)

An interviewer with a mask maker in Nextlalpan.

Lineups

IWRG FILL (WED) 06/22/2016 Arena Naucalpan
1) Chica Pantera, Magic Dragón, Voltar vs Araña de Plata, Lilith Dark, Skanda
2) Pequeño Dragón, Pumita, Rey Destello vs Discordia, Enigma, Guerrero 2000
3) Águila Oriental, Keiser Drago, Omega vs Adrenalina, Keshin Black, Osiris
4) Acero, Hip Hop Man, Picudo Jr. vs Blue Monsther, Geo, Mike
5) Aramis, Dragón Fly, Fireman, Galaxy, Hijo del Alebrije, Kanon, Shadow Boy, Zatura vs Ángel Dorado I, Ángel Guerrero, Ares I, Ares II, Camaleón II, Fight Panter Jr., Pirana Negra, Rey Nocturno [Copa Higher Power]
Gym FILL (Black Terry) vs Gym Promciones del Norte (Apolo Estrada Jr.)

Back to normal for Naucalpan after IWRG was replaced by other show last week.  Promociones del Norte are  Guerrero based, though some in Chilpancingo and some in Acapulco.

IWRG (SUN) 06/26/2016 Arena Naucalpan
1) Fireman vs Atomic Star
2) Alas de Acero & Aramis vs Adrenalina & Hip Hop Man
3) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo vs Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro, Violencia Jr.
4) Danny Casas, Hijo De Dos Caras, Zatura vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Relámpago, Toscano
5) Canis Lupus, Eterno, Máscara Año 2000 Jr. vs Mr. Electro, Trauma I, Trauma II

Only in Box Y Lucha (which means it’s subject to change.) Electro/Mascara continues in the main event, though the preview pushes the issues with other four more.

CMLL (MON) 06/27/2016 Arena Puebla
1) Centella Roja & Rey Samuray vs El Malayo & Saurón
2) Black Tiger, Hombre Bala Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. vs Ares, King Jaguar, Policeman
3) Estrellita, Marcela, Skadi vs Amapola, La Comandante, Zeuxis
4) Fuego, Stigma, Stuka Jr. vs Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado
5) Johnny Idol, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Rey Escorpión, Tama Tonga, Tangaroa
6) Rush vs Cibernético

Rush/Cibernetico happening for the first time ever in Puebla is odd. The semimain may be interesting. The fourth match has Pierroth back with the Boricuas because reasons.

CMLL Puebla: 2016-06-20 

bicycle kick!
bicycle kick!

Recapped: 06/20/16

What happened: Maximo retained his title over Shocker. Cibernetico and Rush set up a singles match next week. Sam Adonis and Johnny Idol debuted.

What was good: I liked the third match the best. The title match didn’t work for me but it was better than I would’ve guessed.

Where can I watch it: It’s on CMLL’s channel. (more…)

Chairo 4 results, Puebla preview, AAA/Colombia

photo by Black Terry Jr.
photo by Black Terry Jr.

Lucha Memes (SUN) 06/19/2016 Arena Naucalpan [@OficialRDR, +LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr)]
1) Demasiado, Keira, Sádico b Brole, Mini Multifacético, Prayer
Sadico replaced Aeroboy (injury)
2) Black Terry & Dr. Cerebro b Guerrero Maya Jr. & Virus
Maya got pinned and freaked out, arguing he was up before three. Virus shook the IWRG team’s hands, but Maya refused.
3) Alas de Acero, Aramis, Iron Kid b Hombre Bala Jr., Soberano Jr., Star Jr.
very good match. CMLL team wants revenge.
4) Hechicero & Último Guerrero b Trauma I & Trauma II
money thrown in
5) Arez, Belial, Rey Cometa b Alberto Dos Rios, Corsario Negro Jr., Drako and Fly Star, Titán (CMLL), Toxin
Rey Cometa beat Titan for the win.
6) Mephisto © b Caifan [CMLL WELTER]
first defense
7) Impulso b Freelance [hair]

No detailed results; usually there’s some that turn up by now and I have less a feel about the matches than usual. Attendance looks very good in the photos.

CMLL tonight has the debuts of Johnny Idol and Sam Adonis, who will be participating in next week’s Gran Prix. Idol is starting as a tecnico, teaming with Diamante Azul & Rush versus Adonis, Cibernetico and Ultimo Guerrero. Last week’s main event focused on a Cibernetico/Rush feud, and it might continue here. (Rush might as well stay busy here, because he’s not being used in Arena Mexico outside of the Elite shows for a while now.)

Maximo makes his seventh defense of the heavyweight title against Shocker. It’d a bad decision for Shocker to win and it’s a questionable for him to be in singles matches at all; all of the knee injuries have slowed and limited the challenger and this doesn’t seem like the best use of him. Maximo’s had some surprisingly strong title defenses this year, but this would be the biggest surprise.

It’s a five match show. The tercera looks good, with the Japanese trios taking on the Panthers & Cometa. Robin, Starman and Zaeta Roja take on Fuerza Chicana, King Jaguar and Policeman in the segunda, and Vega returns to team with Milenium against Guerrero Espacial & Inquisidor.

The show will air as normal at 9pm CT on CMLL.com & YouTube.

NJPW officially announced Kushida & Michael Elgin coming to Mexico (and missing NJPW shows, which is their big concern.) Elgin will be in from 06/22 to 07/12 and Kushida 06/23 to 07/16. That means they’re both going to be still around after the Gran Prix, with Kushida sticking around a couple Fridays after. Both are champions and possibly could defend their titles in CMLL while here. There’s no mention of Tama Tonga & Tanga Roa.

There’s no lineup for Arena Coliseo this upcoming Saturday. I think they’re running. They’re definitely not running next Saturday; there’s already a boxing event on July 2nd.

The web series Anonimo will have a 12 episode season starting June 28 where the lead character wakes up in Mexico City as a luchador, and no one remembers his previous life. The show worked with AAA for the series, the lead actor is Colombian Rafael Novoa, and Novoa mentions wanting to bring in an AAA show to Colombia. That sounds part of the plan for AAA to return to Colombia, hinted in the lead up to the Lucha World Cup. There’s a trailer for the season with some familiar faces.

AAA has photos of Angelico rehabbing.

Lineups

CMLL (SUN) 06/26/2016 Arena México
1) Bengala & Leono vs Artillero & Camorra
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Magnus, Mr. México Jr. vs Black Scorpió, Canelo Casas, Hijo del Signo
3) Fuego, Pegasso, Tritón vs Misterioso Jr., Okumura, Virus
4) Máximo Sexy, Stuka Jr., Volador Jr. vs Pierroth, Tama Tonga, Tangaroa
5) Kushida, Marco Corleone, Michael Elgin vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero

Elgin and Kushida start on Thursday with Elite, but this is their first regular CMLL card (and they both appear to be tecnicos.) Pierroth, Tama Tonga and Tangaroa is quite the team.

Mr. Mexico Jr. & Black Scorpio are added to the list of random new people showing up this year. Mr. Mexico debuted last August in Arena Lopez Mateos, teaming with former CMLL wrestler Mr. Mexico and billed as his son. I believe he showed up at the last bodybuilding contest (and “Mr. Mexico” is a bodybuiliding gimmick.) Black Scorpio is Rey Escorpion’s brother and has been training with CMLL for a couple years, wrestling rarely around Mexico City.

CMLL (SUN) 06/26/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Avispón Negro Jr. vs Guerrero de la Muerte
2) El Alteño & El Yaqui vs Destructor & Diplomático
3) El Divino, Neutrón, Vaquero Jr. vs Carlo Roggi, Gran Kenut, Mr. Apolo
4) Joker © vs Nautilius [OCCIDENTE MIDDLE]
first defense
5) Star Black vs Thunder Boy, Mr. Brisa, Capitán Cobra, Reycko, El Gitano, Linterna, Cosmos, Explosivo, Relámpago [mask, cage]

The 10 luchadors in the cage match haven’t even been pushed strongly in Mexico City, so literally everyone is in danger of losing their mask. (That’s not the ex-AAA Relampago.) Joker seems a safe bet to keep his title but Occidente championship can be random.

CMLL weekend results, Elite tournament lineup

photo by Alexis Salazar/CMLL
photo by Alexis Salazar/CMLL

CMLL (SAT) 06/18/2016 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Cholo b Bengala
2) Flyer b Apocalipsis
3) Star Jr. b Artillero
Artillero complained of a fast count.
4) Oro Jr. b Hijo del Signo
Oro wanted a post match handshake but Signo blew him off.
5) Fuego & Hombre Bala Jr. b Disturbio & Sangre Azteca
Tecnicos took 2/3
6) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Máximo Sexy b Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
tecnicos took 1/3.
7) La Máscara b Atlantis
Mascara took 1/3, the last by sneaking a foul.

Usual Saturday show. Don’t think Maximo is getting a trios title shot like in Guadalajara

SANCHEZ (SAT) 06/18/2016 Arena Neza [Estrellas del Ring, KronoSport, The Gladiatores]
1) Adamantium & Balak b Príncipe Negro & Royer Boy
2) Brazo Cibernetico, Maquiavelico, Shaolin b Astro Boy, Luzbel, Solaris
3) Centvrión, Fiero, Motocross b Fresero Jr., Leónidas, Vampiro Metálico
4) Carta Brava Jr. & Dr. Cerebro b Argos & Dr. Karonte Jr. and Flamita & Rayo Star and Flyer & Robin [Copa Caristico]
Rayo Star replaced Skayde. Carta Bravao & Dr. Cerbero beat Argos & Karonte as a surprise at the end.
5) Carístico & Cibernético b Mephisto & Mistico II
Cibernetico was pinned first, but Caristico beat Mistico and Mephisto in order to win.

Main event was a rematch from the incredible pairs tournament, and this was billed as a Caristico 16th Anniversary show. Attendance was 30-40% range. In post show interviews, Caristico declared he was the one and only true Mistico, and hoped CMLL would let him return to his original gear for a special occasion. That seems unlikely.

CMLL (SUN) 06/19/2016 Arena México
1) Demus 3:16 & Mercurio b Stukita & Último Dragóncito
2) El Cuatrero, Sansón, Skándalo b El Bandido, Pegasso, Stigma
Bandido’s debut. Rudos took 1/3.
3) Estrellita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit b Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany
Tecnicas took 1/3.
4) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther b Felino, Puma, Tiger
Panthers took 1/3.
5) Diamante Azul DQ Shocker
Azul took fall 1, Shocker took fall 2, Shocker pulled the mask for the DQ in the third fall.
6) Marco Corleone, Súper Porky, Volador Jr. b Euforia, Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero

The show was more notable live for the extra edecanes and dance numbers for Father’s Day.

AAA posted this week’s TV show. An AAA interview with Pagano points out he’s won every match with Psycho Clown so far, but says the issue isn’t over. Halloween is mentioned, so he still exists.

Goya Kong is listed as working a show next weekend in Tlaxcala, which is odd because it’s a CMLL heavy show (she had said she hadn’t left AAA) and she had been out due pregnancy.  Hope all is good, kinda afraid to look more into it.

TKD reviews XMW Primavera Explosiva show.

The latest Sopresa Es Lucha podcast has a feature on Rey Mysterio Jr.

Super Libre had many guests, including Diamante talking about trying to get backinto CMLL.

Lineups

ELITE (THU) 06/23/2016 Arena México
1) Tama Tonga vs Lio Rush, Kushida, Bram, PJ Black, Camacho, David Tita, Jinder Mahal, Volador Jr., Veneno, Heddi Karaoui, Sabú, Michael Elgin, DJZ [Campeonato Elite Mundial 2016]

14 people for what was billed as a 16 man tournament, which is about right for Elite. It should mean someone gets a second round bye on Saturday (and 7 matches on this show and 6 matches on the next.)  “Camacho” is the name listed for Chicano, which might not be right. PJ Black’s not actually allowed to work these shows and couldn’t even if AAA didn’t exist – he’s taping Lucha Underground on Saturday. Like every other lucha libre tournament, no one’s going to announce brackets until much later and it’s dumb/annoying.

It appears the winner of this gets a world title belt, because there’s just not enough belts to go around. Kushida is going to be in Mexico and has good a chance of wrestling Bram or Jinder Mahal in a singles match as Volador.

Mascara humiliates Mistico, UG retains title again, Cavernario hurt

Cometa stage dive
Cometa stage dive

CMLL (FRI) 06/17/2016 Arena México [@drluchajr, +LuchaTV, CMLL, SuperLuchas, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Cancerbero & Raziel b Oro Jr. & Soberano Jr.
12:25. Rudos took 1/3.
2) Estrellita, Princesa Sugehit, Silueta b La Seductora, Reyna Isis, Zeuxis
17:32. Tecnicas took 1/3. Sugehit demanded a title match next week after beating Zeuxis.
3) Misterioso Jr., Rey Bucanero, Shocker b Ángel de Oro, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr.
13:11. Rudos took 2/3.
4) Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Rey Cometa b Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
8:46. Tecnicos took 1/3. Cavernario suffered a facial injury was hurt in the first fall and taken to the hospital (which derailed the match)
5) Último Guerrero © b Valiente [NWA MIDDLE]
17:00. UG took 2/3 to retain the title. Good match. Sixth defense.
6) Diamante Azul, Mistico, Volador Jr. DQ Ephesto, La Máscara, Mephisto
8:53. Straight falls. Mascara fouled and unmasked Mistico.

I have this show recorded but haven’t seen it yet. It sounds like the title match was worth seeing and the rest is safe the skip. No update on Cavernario. He’s not booked on a CMLL card again until next Friday. He might have gotten cut on the stage dive, since Cometa was wearing his belt for it – the only other thing he took was a tope, and seemed like he was off by that point. His injury might have put whatever was happening with him and Cometa on hiatus. No sign of another big match for the Gran Prix show.

Mistico says he wants a mask match with La Mascara too.

CMLL now is putting up clips in 4K/Ultra HD on their YouTube channel. They’ve also got an interview up with Sam Adonis about his debut on Monday and being in the Gran Prix.

Sunday is the big Chairo 4 show, with Freelance vs Impulso and Caifan vs Mephisto.

Superluchas looks back at El Reo, who’s being honored on Sunday in Arena Lopez Mateos.

Ludark talks about her opponents in a five way women’s hardcore match next weekend at Salon Citall.

Bandido video promo for the next Cara Lucha show.

Wrestling with Words has a review of Rush & Silver King vs LA Park & Fuerza Guerrera.

SuperLuchas has an interview with award winning lucha libre photographer Annick Donkers.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 06/21/2016 Arena México
1) Fantasy & Último Dragóncito vs Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Violencia
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Soberano Jr., Star Jr. vs Cancerbero, Disturbio, Raziel
3) Estrellita, Lluvia, Marcela vs Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany
4) Blue Panther Jr. vs Misterioso Jr. [lightning]
5) Blue Panther, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión
6) Stuka Jr., Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero

A normal card. Revolucionarios are back teaming up after talk about them splitting up.

CMLL (TUE) 06/21/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Capitán Cobra & Johnny Dinamo vs Linterna & Mr. Apolo
2) Oro Jr., Pegasso, Stigma vs Metálico, Sangre Azteca, Skándalo
3) Ángel de Oro, Esfinge, Tritón vs Furia Roja, Hechicero, Sagrado
4) Diamante Azul, Rush, Titán vs La Máscara, Rey Bucanero, Vangellys
5) Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto © vs Atlantis, Máximo Sexy, Mistico [MEX TRIOS]
5th defense

Title change seems unlikely: tecnico side is random, and Mistico already has a different trios title. Furia Roja/Esfinge continues in the tercera.

CMLL (FRI) 06/24/2016 Arena México
1) Shockercito & Stukita vs Mercurio & Pierrothito
2) Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., Titán vs Bobby Z, Puma, Tiger
3) Zeuxis © vs Princesa Sugehit [MEX WOMEN]
Zeuxis 5th defense.
4) Rey Cometa, Súper Porky, Valiente vs Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla
5) Kushida, Marco Corleone, Mistico vs La Máscara, Shocker, Terrible
6) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Volador Jr. vs Sam Adonis, Tama Tonga, Tangaroa

“Tangaroa” is “Tanga Roa” elsewhere, so maybe they’ll fix the spelling next week. Semimain seems like a waste of a Kushida match. Cometa/Cavernario carries on in the fourth match. Sugehit seems like she has a chance of winning. Second match could be pretty good and the opener has a Stukita appearance.