CMLL Puebla: 2019-06-03

Volcano best used as a tall object to stand on

Recapped: 06/08/2019

Matches:

Espíritu Maligno, Joker, Mercurio beat Astro, Asturiano, Último Dragóncito
(11:00 [5:44, 2:58, 2:18], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

El Perverso, Hijo del Signo, Toro Bill Jr. beat Arkalis, Halcón Suriano Jr., King Jaguar
(13:37 [7:26, 2:39, 3:32], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Kráneo, Stigma, Volcano beat Hechicero, Misterioso Jr., Templario
(15:38 [5:18, 3:14, 7:06], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero beat Máscara Año 2000, Rey Bucanero, Terrible in a relevos increíbles match
(8:39 [2:33, 2:48, 3:18], 2/3 DQ, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Carístico beat Mr. Niebla
(7:19, 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Mr. Niebla middle rope senton (1:37)
  2. Caristico inside cradle (1:34)
  3. Caristico Mistica (4:08)

What happened:

Terrible fouled UG and UG asked for a rematch next week.

The top two matches both had the rudos attacking the tecnicos before they got the ring. The show was also done earlier than usual.

Thoughts:

nope

I felt pretty sure I wasn’t going to have anything to write about the main event and it proved correct. They didn’t go long, they did simple stuff, and they go out of there without messing anything up. It wasn’t much of a surprise, the match started with less than 12 minutes left in the file, one of the dangers of watching this taped. It also wasn’t a surprise given these two guys, who aren’t going to kill themselves on a random Monday show at this point. Mr. Niebla was my bet to mail it more, so I started counting his strikes to see how many head slaps he’d reach to kill time and move Caristico out . Niebla totaled 9 head slaps, along with two shots with his cowbell, two kicks, two punches, one chop to the chest, one back elbow, one elbow to the knee, and one clothesline. Sprinkled in were six things I’d call “wrestling moves”, but that actually seemed to be more than the Caristico did. One fancy armdrag, a huracanrana, a couple of headscissors to set up dives, those dives, and a La Mistica to get out of there. Wrestling should be more than the moves, but this match seemed even less than the moves.

Angel de Oro & Niebla Roja tried to do some of their usual teamwork stuff around average brawling. Ultimo Guerrero and Mascara 2000 spent the match feuding, which the crowd was actually excited for, and it was weird when the finish was Terrible/UG instead. Then again, I don’t want to see Mascara/UG again. Mascara trying to catch an Angel de Oro dive was a bad idea.

The first fall of the opener showed off how well Astro and the other tecnicos could move. It never really developed much from there. Don’t do a double stomp if you fall down doing it.

Lucha Brothers win the tag titles back at Verano de Escandalo, Aerostar, CMLL weekend results, PALL, Crash

Vikingo

AAA TV (SAT) 06/15/2019 Plaza de Toros, Cancún, Quintana Roo [AAA, La Verdad NoticiasLucha Central]
1) Invencible Jr. & Tiger Fly b Corsario Jr. & Guerrero Galáctico  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
7:26. Invencible beat Corsario Jr..
2) Mamba & Máximo b Hijo del Tirantes & Keyra  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
14:00. Maximo beat Tirantes after a kiss.
3) Chik Tormenta, La Hiedra, Tessa Blanchard b Lady Shani, Scarlett Bordeaux, Taya  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
11:05. Tessa won via Buzzsaw DDT.
4) Sammy Guevara b Puma KingMyzteziz Jr.  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
8:12. Sammy Guevara beat Myzteziz via shooting star press. Kross attacked Puma and Myzteziz after.
5) Daga b Laredo Kid  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
16:28. Daga won via double stomp to the head after Tessa cost Laredo the win. Taya made the save after.
6) Aerostar, Hijo Del Vikingo, La Parka b Australian Suicide, Chessman, Monsther Clown  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
15:47. Vikingo defeated Australian Suicide via reverse 450 splash but was hurt after the match. Aerostar did a dive off a light tower.
7) Dr. Wagner Jr., Pagano, Psycho Clown DQ Killer Kross, Rey Escorpión, Taurus  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
19:17. Escorpion fouled and unmasked Psycho Clown.

This was a little bit better than expected for the off night before the big show, though nothing really must see if you missed it. Cancun seems like it is always a rougher town to draw in and the bullring looked half full at best.

This show is probably going to be most remembered for the show where a fan grabbed Scarlett Bordeaux late in the match. It was brief enough that Bordeaux didn’t realize it happened until she saw the footage (or probably the GIF) later on. It was an especially out of control crowd, with one female fan slapping Daga as he went over the barricade, groping Laredo Kid, and getting involved at other points. There was also a moment where it appeared a fan took a swing at Rey Escorpion, something AAA cut away from quickly. The fan who grabbed Bordeaux was visible before the main event in the same place, now holding his daughter up to see Psycho Clown, so I suspect nothing came of it. It would be positive if AAA used this as a moment to get more active in making the ringside area safe for their wrestlers. There were none of these incidents on Sunday in Merida.

Vikingo seems to be dealing with a rib muscle injury. He was hurting in post-match interviews in Monterrey and on this show. He probably needs rest but he’s continuing to wrestle.

AAA TV (SUN) 06/16/2019 Poliforuma Zamna, Mérida, Yucatan [AAA, Lucha Central (Spanish)SuperLuchasthecubsfanVoices of WrestlingYucatan]
Verano de Escandalo, 2019
1) Halcón Rojo Jr. & Panther Boy Jr. b Danger Boy & Jaguar Sagrado
dark match, not shown on stream
2) Keyra b Lady Shani ©Chik Tormenta [Reina De Reinas (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
8:30. Not as much “made a title match” as suddenly referred to starting the night prior. Keyra pinned Shani to win the title. Keyra is the 26th champion (1st reign) and Shani falls on her fourth defense.
3) Faby Apache b Hijo del Tirantes  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
9:07. Chik Tormenta helped Tirantes but it didn’t much help.
4) Mamba & Máximo b Australian Suicide & Sammy Guevara  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
12:46. Sammy Guevera shooting star press on Mamba to win.
5) Laredo Kid & Taya b Daga & Tessa Blanchard  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
14:34. Laredo Fly on Daga after a brass knucks spot took out Tessa.
6) Aerostar, Pagano, Puma King b Chessman, Killer Kross, Monsther Clown  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
10:33. Puma powerbombed Chessman thru a ladder. Aerostar did a fall from high up on the light tower and appeared injured.
7) Hijo Del Vikingo, La Parka, Myzteziz Jr. b La Hiedra, Rey Escorpión, Texano Jr.  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
13:23. Vikingo beat Hiedra via reverse 450 splash. Los Mercenarios had new black leather outfits.
8) Fénix & Pentagón Jr. b Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson © [AAA TAG (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
11:54. Package piledriver/double stomp on Nick to become 26th champions. Young Bucks fall on their second defense. Fenix & Pentagon regained the tag team titles for the 2nd time, Pentagon’s 3rd reign overall.
9) Dr. Wagner Jr. & Psycho Clown b Blue Demon Jr. & Taurus  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
17:23. Wagner beat Demon via Wagner Driver.

The only card that didn’t change this year was the one people wanted to change. This was a show more than an exhibition of great wrestling matches that some of the TV tapings have provided. The fans in the building seemed to enjoy the show and I think it was an overall positive enough experience that those show sampled for this show will come back for TripleMania if the right talent is involved. I’m not sure it was something that moved many tickets for MSG or TripleMania. This seemed like the moment to do something big for those shows – it was the largest streaming audience they’ve had in English and the largest Spanish one since last year’s TripleMania – but nothing was really built towards outside of the Demon/Wagner match. MSG & TripleMania got light mentions if that much.

The tag title match was the match to watch form the show, with everything else depending on your preference for the people involved and nothing else really being must see. It’ll be on AAA’s YouTube sometime next month, though I imagine the tag title match will be bootlegged much sooner than that.

The Young Bucks teased a return on Twitter. I’d imagine they’ll be back for TripleMania. They’d figured to be on US TV by the time Heroes Inmortales takes place.

Aerostar’s landing looked bad, like a possible serious injury. I didn’t even want to RT the GIF until there was some clear sign he was OK. AAA in Twitch said he was ok but I had trouble believing it. An Aerostar fan support Twitter account wrote last night that Aerostar was in the hospital and getting a CT scan. AAA’s update this morning says Aerostar was under medical observation but in good condition. He’s feeling good enough to start replying to people on Twitter.

This show ended exactly at 9. Wagner wanted to cut a promo at the end of the show, could not, and I was left wondering if it was because they were out of time. The show starting a half hour late didn’t help; it seems like AAA should know what time their shows start in advance, but this is the second straight weekend of a show being pushed back.

AAA announcers were hyping Cody as appearing on this show the night before. Only the English teased it on Sunday, which means someone must’ve let JMG and Hugo what was going on but didn’t pass the message onto the other guys. Cody & AEW never suggested he would be at Verano de Escandalo and it made AAA (& AEW) look bad to be advertising a guy who wouldn’t be there. For what it’s worth, the 07/18 Aguascalientes show is now teasing Cody appearing. Aguascalientes seems to get big names despite the fans not really turning out or reacting much to them.

AEW announced Laredo Kid will team with Pentagon & Fenix to face the Young Bucks & Kenny Omega at the 06/29 show (Fyter Fest). This show will air free on Bleacher Report Live, though you’ll have sign-up for an account. (If you have a Google account, you can just use that.) Laredo Kid takes Pac’s spot. He’s also probably taking the pin, but it is a great chance to get himself over to a crowd that probably won’t know him well.

The Laredo Kid announcement was made on this week’s Being The Elite. Laredo Kid is also on Impact this weekend, teaming with LAX versus the Rascalz. Most of Being the Elite was taped in Mexico. I watched the show not really expecting to find news on Laredo Kid, but to see if there was any Hijo del Vikingo bit. Vikingo appears certain to work AEW shows (and many other places) when/if he’s able to work in the US, but he does not have that ability at the moment and no one has publically given an answer of when that will happen. This is all a Groundhog’s Day bit: If the Young Bucks included Vikingo, that would suggest his visa is close to being resolved. Instead, Vikingo wasn’t mentioned at all, which says to me no one is confident about it. AAA’s show in MSG is less than three months away.

AAA’s always strange schedule means they’re off for 17 days before coming back on July 3rd in San Luis Potosi. They’ll also be taping in Guadalajara (Zapopan) that weekend. There are no announced returned dates for Penta & Fenix.

CMLL

CMLL (SAT) 06/15/2019 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Acero & Aéreo b Mercurio & Pierrothito
Mercurio replaced Pequeno Universo. Tecnico stook 2/3.
2) Halcón Suriano Jr., Príncipe Diamante, Súper Astro Jr. b Grako, Hijo del Signo, Sangre Azteca
Super Astro replaced Magnus. Rudos took 1/3.
3) Drone, Dulce Gardenia, Fuego vs Misterioso Jr., Pólvora, Virus
Dulce Gardenia debut. Rudos took 1/3.
4) Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. DQ Dark Magic, Hechicero, Vangellys
Tecnicos took 2/3, Dark Magic unmasked Maya for the DQ.
5) Titán b Templario
Titan took 2/3.
6) Atlantis, Místico, Volador Jr. b Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
tecnicos took 1/3

Dulce Gardenia’s debut was said to go well. He talked about his debut. We’ll see if what CMLL thought if he’s back on lineups in the next week. Titan celebrated his win.

CMLL (SUN) 06/16/2019 Arena México [CMLl]
1) El Coyote & Inquisidor b Leono & Sonic
2) Disturbio, Nitro, Príncipe Odín Jr. b Eléctrico, Sangre Imperial, Stigma
rudos took 1/3
3) Sangre Azteca b Halcón Suriano Jr. [lightning]
4) Amapola, Dalys, La Comandante b Avispa Dorada, La Maligna, Sanely
Rudas took 2/3
5) Luciferno, Mephisto, Terrible b Flyer, Titán, Volcano
Rudos took 1/3
6) Carístico, Soberano Jr., Volador Jr. DQ Bárbaro Cavernario, Euforia, Gran Guerrero
Euforia was pinned but came back in to attack Voaldor Jr. the DQ.

Promos from Sangre Azteca, Euforia & Soberano, and CaristicoCaristico met with a young fan battling cancer before the show.

Maybe they’re setting up Volador/Euforia, maybe they’ll forget it next week.

CMLL (SUN) 06/16/2019 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Chakal, Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno b Fugaz, Mr. Samurai, Reycko
rudos took 1/3
2) El Alteño, Mágico, Neutrón DQ Gran Kenut, León Blanco, Mr. Apolo
straight falls. Gran Kenut took Neutron’s mask
3) Difunto, Ráfaga, Sádico DQ Explosivo, Joker, Star Black
rudos took 2/3, Rafag faking a foul from Star Black
4) Furia Roja, Guerrero de la Muerte, Maléfico b Esfinge, Tritón, Vaquero Jr.
rudos took 1/3, the last by pulls Esfinge & Triton’s masks. Challenges for an Arena Coliseo Tag Title match followed.
5) Paymon L Tigre BlancoCapitán CobraFantástico [mask]
Order of escape: Tigre Blanco (beat Fantastico), Capitan Cobra (Payman), Fantastico leaving Paymon as the loser. Paymon is Daniel Vera Clemente, 21 years old, 6 years a wrestler

I don’t post Sunday Guadalajara results on the main page unless something important happening. The mask match qualifies the challenge for the Arena Coliseo Tag Team championship is more questionable.

Tonight’s Arena Puebla show has Ultimo Guerrero versus Terrible in a singles match. NGD versus Caristico, Volador and Titan could be good if they’re interested in making it good. Tiger fights Esfinge, Stigma and Triton for what seems like the millionth time. (Meanwhile, Puma King is headed to Ireland this weekend.) This will stream on YouTube at 9 pm.

Heraldo de Mexico has an interview with Atlantis. He mentions that only one of his two sons wanted to go into lucha libre. Then, after Atlantis Jr. debuted, the other son said he wanted to start training again. If/when he debuts, he’ll be Hijo del Atlantis. Atlantis Jr. is training in the morning, going to university, and studying all night. It’s demanding but Atlantis wants his son to be worthy and responsible off the name. The older Atlantis says he’s thought about retirement but doesn’t have a date in mind; he feels wrestling is his life, and he’s not sure how much more his life will last if he doesn’t have wrestling.

The Soberano Jr. vs Templario match from Pittsburgh is up on Facebook here. It starts around 53:30.

Misterioso Jr. met with the IMSS officials this past Wednesday about the death of his daughter Zulema. The hospital staff took responsibility for negligence and agreed to compensate the family. In the process of investigating this, PubliMetro found 22 different claims from luchadors of problems with the hospital system over the last 18 years.

Other Places

IWRG (SUN) 06/16/2019 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr)The Gladiatores]
IWRG Festival de Mascaras, 2019
1) Fulgor I & Fulgor II b Iron Kid & Príncipe Aéreo Lucha Libre Arena Naucalpan (posted by Internetv Deportes)
2) Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro b Jessy Ventura, Óscar El Hermoso, Soy Raymunda Lucha Libre Arena Naucalpan (posted by Internetv Deportes)
3) Black Terry, Bombero Infernal, Sangre Azteca b Coco Rojo, Coco Verde, Cocolores Lucha Libre Arena Naucalpan (posted by Internetv Deportes)
Sangre Azteca replaced Nitro. Terry said the Temerarios would be returning.
4) Aramis b Demonio Infernal Lucha Libre Arena Naucalpan (posted by Internetv Deportes)
sets up a Rey del Ring title match for next week
5) Aramis, Atomic Star, Internacional Pantera b Cerebro Negro, El Hijo del Medico Asesino, Fly Warrior Lucha Libre Arena Naucalpan (posted by Internetv Deportes)
Aramis & Atomic Star replaced Huracan Ramirez & Mascara Sagrada Jr. Vampiro was honored before the match.
6) Cuatrero, Forastero (NGD), Sansón DQ Capo del Norte, Capo del Sur, Máscara Año 2000 Jr. Cuatrero, Sansón y Forastero vs Máscara Año 2000 Jr, Capo del Norte y Capo del Sur (posted by Estrellas del Ring) Lucha Libre Arena Naucalpan (posted by Internetv Deportes)
fouls and mask pulls. Cuatrero and Mascara 2000 Jr. (remasked for just this show) ended up without masks, and the referee ruled the CMLL team was in the right. Los Capos said they’d take the fight to Arena Mexico (they will not)
7) Dragón Bane, Hijo de Canis Lupus, Negro Casas b Hechicero, Trauma I, Trauma II Lucha Libre Arena Naucalpan (posted by Internetv Deportes) Negro Casas, Dragón Bane e Hijo de Canis Lupus vs Hechicero y los Traumas I y II (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
challenges between Casas & the Traumas followed

The turnout looked pretty good though short of a sellout. Matches 1 and 4 were said to be pretty good. I saw part of the opener and it seemed fun.

The indie wrestling promotion alliance PALL held a press conference before the Arena Naucalpan show

  • There will be a benefit show for Metaleon on Wednesday. He suffered a wrist injury in Arena Naucalpan last week.
  • PALL announced a “Guerreros Azteca Wrestling” from the US joining their group.
    • Guerreros Azteca Wrestling is a new group in Illinois.
    • I thought they meant Guerreros Azteca Lucha Libre International, the GALLI promotion I attend from time to time. GALLI, did acknowledge the PALL press conference and had earlier said they would be joining the alliance Apparently GAW is different than GALLI.
  • PALL also announced Marco Moreno would be headed to Japan soon in hopes of securing a deal with NOAH and will also go to China.
  • Lucha Memes departure from the group is explained as only wanting groups who follow the rules of PALL, and everyone is free to leave when they want.
  • The current PALL promotion list is IWRG, NOBA (Acapulco), Lucha Boom, MDA, Mexa Wrestling, TWE (Tijuana) and GALLI.
    • Generacion XXI appears to have left the group with Memes.
    • The GCC/Barakal Merida based promotion, Pleu Sports and Torta Super Astro were all mentioned 10 months ago at the initial PALL promotion. We haven’t heard much from any of them so I assume they’re inactive or permanently closed.

Vampiro also appeared at the press conference. The PALL connection was some mild talk about talent exchanges with Vampiro’s soon to debut school. Vampiro again said he has the first stages of Alzheimer & Parkinson’s. He is now saying he risks injury or death if he returns to the ring and will not, which was different than he was saying a couple of weeks ago. Vampiro also says he’s still a part of AAA and supports them, but his focus is on his health – the idea here is he can’t travel to Mexico City to work for AAA because the treatments he’s getting are all in Las Vegas. He could travel for this ceremony though.

The Crash (SAT) 06/15/2019 Auditorio de Tijuana, Tijuana, Baja California [@JorgeGCRR, The Crash]
1) Austin Theory b El Mesías
2) Mecha Wolf 450 & The King b Bestia 666 & Penta 0M [Relevos Increíbles]
Mecha Wolf & Bestia asked for more competition for the tag titles.
3) Deluxe, Dinámico, Lady Flammer b Black Danger, Miranda Alize, Tiago
Deluxe replaced Gringo Loco. Flammer pinned Miranda.
4) Hijo del Fantasma & Niebla Roja b Ángel de Oro & Rey Horus [Relevos Increíbles]
Fantasma beat Rey Angel de Oro after Los Traumas distracted the Chavez Brothers and both Rebelion members turned on them.
5) Sansón & Trauma I b Cuatrero & Trauma II [Relevos Increíbles]
Trauma were willing to fight each other, NGD was not. It came down to Cuatrero vs Sanson and Cuatrero laid down to give Sanson the win.
6) El Bandido b Adam BrooksDragón Lee (CMLL)Matt Taven The Crash 06/15/19 Adam Brooks vs. Matt Taven vs. Bandido vs. Dragon Lee (posted by liolio liopaque)
Bandido beat Brooks.

Very strange card order, feels like some people who normally go later had earlier flights. Main event was not must see but it was fun. The crowd seemed OK but not particularly strong; I want to blame all the relevos increibles matches but I always hate the relevos increible matches.

There was the usual a lot of announced for the July 5th show during the show. The Crash is really the best at letting their fans know why they should come back for the next show.

  • the CMLL Micros (Gallito & Microman vs Chamuel & Guapito)
  • Xtreme Tiger, Bandido, Rey Fenix, Extreme Tiger, Hijo de LA Park, LA Park will appear
  • Rey Mysterio will be the guest host and “an Angel” will rise. (They hinted Angel Garza (Jr.) without saying his name.)
    • It is definitely odd that WWE people are allowed to appear here, but this is where not streaming helps

This show was originally announced for July 6th. Moving it one day means this no longer goes heads up with the NJPW show in Dallas. Not that they’re competing against each other, but I’m sure The Crash would love to bring in a person/people from NJPW if they’re willing to come. Moving it to the day before NJPW in Dallas means those wrestlers will be in North America and may be available. The interesting thing is July 5th is a Friday and CMLL would probably equally like to have a guest wrestler or two from NJPW if they’re available. And I’m not sure if anyone who has a G1 match on that Dallas show is going to want to spend all day traveling before it; maybe this is more other people who may be working tag matches.

07/16 Lucha Memes in Arena Queretaro

In El Planchitas column, the claim is the AAA affiliated wrestlers scheduled for Nacion Lucha Libre were never told the promotion would be on TV, and they wouldn’t have taken the booking if they knew. TV Azteca & Televisa will not allow wrestlers on those channels to appear on any other channel. This would seem to mean Mesias is blocked from appearing as well. However, Mesias did an interview with ESPN Mexico promoting Nacion Lucha Libre.

El Sol de Tampico interviews local wrestler Sadico about balancing lucha liber and being a father.

Tuxtla Gutierrez’s Arena Metropolitana Jorge Cuesy boxing/lucha building is being converted into a migrant shelter due to overcrowding at other locations. The building has been used for a variety of bigger local indie shows over the years.

Lineup

PALL (WED) 06/19/2019 Arena Naucalpan
1) Sherekan vs Torito NegroTotoMikePríncipe Aéreo
2) Demasiado & Diva Salvaje vs Lady Cat & Lilith Dark and Atomic Star & Black Danger (Baja California)
3) Avisman vs Fulgor
4) Black Terry, Centvrión, El Diablo Fly Star vs Cerebro Negro, Demus, Fantasma de la Ópera
5) Dinamic Black, Eterno, Fresero Jr., Imposible, Mr. Leo vs Black Dragón, Dragón Bane, Fly Warrior, Lunatik Xtreme, Puma de Oro
Generacion Dorada (2010) vs Generacion Milenials (2019)
6) Aramis vs Demonio Infernal © [IWRG Rey del Ring]
7) Trauma I & Trauma II vs Emperador Azteca & Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr.

A Metaleon benefit show. That Aramis/Demonio match is happening earlier than I thought.

AAA on Twitch: 2019-06-16 (Verano de Escandalo)

Fenix dive

Recapped: 06/16/2019

Matches:

Keyra beat Lady Shani and Chik Tormenta
(8:30 seen, Keyra cradle + double stomp Shani, ok?)

Faby Apache beat Hijo del Tirantes
(9:07, Faby dropkick Hijo del Tirantes, ok)

Mamba & Máximo beat Australian Suicide & Sammy Guevara
(12:46, Sammy Guevera SSP Mamba, ok)

Laredo Kid & Taya beat Daga & Tessa Blanchard
(14:34, Laredo Fly on Daga, good)

Aerostar, Pagano, Puma King beat Chessman, Killer Kross, Monsther Clown
(10:33, Puma powerbomb thru a ladder Chessman, below average)

Hijo Del Vikingo, La Parka, Myzteziz Jr. beat La Hiedra, Rey Escorpión, Texano Jr.
(13:23, Vikingo reverse 450 splash La Hiedra, ok)

Fénix & Pentagón Jr. beat Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson © for the AAA World Tag Team Championship
(11:54, package piledriver/double stomp on Nick, great)

Dr. Wagner Jr. & Psycho Clown beat Blue Demon Jr. & Taurus
(17:23, Wagner Wagner Driver Demon, ok)

What happened:

everyone lived

Dr. Wagner defeated Blue Demon cleanly with a Wagner Driver in the main event (following a slow-motion table break.) This is not the last time these two will face before TripleMania, but it was a rare clean pin on the last major show prior.

The Lucha Brothers defeated the Young Bucks to win back the AAA Tag Team championship. A second referee was involved to count the pin, which normally doesn’t mean anything in AAA but the Jacksons did point it out in the post-match. No one came out to challenge the new champs.

Vikingo beat La Hiedra to win the sixth match, then was immediately attacked by the rudos. Myzteziz, who had second earlier been powerbombed thru a table, ran off the rudos with a chair. Vikingo being attacked was part of a run of three of five matches having post-match attacks with the rudos laying out the victorious tecnicos.

Aerostar attempted the same dive (or fall) from high up on a light tower. The landing did not go as well, with Aerostar bouncing off of Monster Clown and landing badly on the ground. He was checked out on the floor and then rushed on a backboard to the back. AAA’s Twitch moderator said Aerostar was ok but there’s been no other public statement about his status. (I’m skeptical of the story that Aerostar is ok but have nothing to report.) Kross attacked Puma after the match.

Pagano

Daga attempted to use brass knucks to knockout Laredo Kid, but missed and got Tessa instead. The concept was that left Tessa unable to stop the count after Laredo got the Laredo Fly this time as she had done in Cancun, though the execution wasn’t perfect. (The knucks played off the finish in Cancun, where Daga actually did use knucks to the midsection to knock Laredo out, though AAA didn’t do the best job of showing it.)  

Chik Tormenta seconded Hijo del Tirantes and inteferred frequently. Faby Apache eventually took her out and defeated Tirantes. Tirantes & Tormenta beat up Faby after, suggesting the feud will continue.

Keyra cleanly beat Lady Shani to win the Reina de Reinas championship.

While promoted last night, and even early on the show by the English announcers, Cody never appeared on the show nor did anyone else with AEW.

Thoughts:

die die die

Verano de Escandalo lived up and down to expectations. The first card this year not to undergo changes from what was advertised seemed to have few surprises in match quality. The matches that looked weak on paper happened as scheduled and were weak. The matches that look good on the card were good. Keyra winning the Reina de Reinas championship was the only surprising outcome on the night, and even there it’s arguable that Shani’s title reign had been important enough for a change to mean something. I guess Cody not being there was a surprise, but no one seemed to think Cody was meant to be at Verano de Escandalo except the AAA announcers.

Frustratingly, AAA’s technical problems on big shows appeared once again. There were no huge issues during Rey de Reyes or Guerra de Titanes or any normal AAA TV Instead, those show up with the most people they’ve had watching since last year’s TripleMania. The show was shifted to a half hour later start during the day, the transmission died during the opening match for about five minutes, the video packages either had no sound or the same audio playing twice. It wasn’t a disaster as others shows, but causal people tuning in probably were left with the impression of AAA being messy as always.

(There also seemed to be some general Twitch issues which didn’t relate to anything AAA but still cause people to have problems watching. The Spanish stream played smoother than in the past for me and reports were the English stream was better than last night. The crowd didn’t seem miced well early on but was better later in the show.)

I think casual fans were also left with the same sort of wild variety they might get out of TripleMania every year. This show lacked the match to match greatness found on TV shows earlier this year and substituted with a lot of freak show elements. There are some heel flyers versus exoticos, there’s lots of blood in the main event, there’s a guy falling from 30 feet and there are so many cookie pan shots. It was a more a spectacle than a showcase of wrestling matches, a choice AAA seems to make every time they have a very large crowd.

make room for Psycho Clown

 

The Young Bucks versus the Lucha Brothers was the great wrestling match that needed to balance this show out. I feel like I’m the only person in the world who’d care to see their Double or Nothing match who has not seen it yet, so I understand that’s probably the right comparison to make and I’m not equipped to make it. This was a much hotter and longer version of the Rey de Reyes match, but that felt likely just barely a real match. They made a good choice here to start fast and go quick, a slow building twenty-minute match would’ve have worked as well on a show destined to get three and a half hours. It didn’t feel like the two teams brought a lot they didn’t do before, but they did what they normally do well and very much worked for a crowd that isn’t as numb to this style as American fans might be. It also helped that the Bucks played more overtly heel during the match, with the fans finally catching on why they should be invested in the outcome during the match. (All the video packages and the attack earlier in the show didn’t mean as much as the first few minutes of the match, it seemed.) Tirantes being involved seemed like a very bad idea. He was slow to get in position on some pins but otherwise did everything they needed him to and didn’t stray into getting himself over. There probably should’ve been something at the end to attach this very AEW feud to the rest of the AAA. There was no particular sense of even when we’ll see the Lucha Brothers again or if it’ll happen before TripleMania. The Lucha Brothers won and didn’t get stuck into something that might not be good, so it’s fine with me.

I don’t have a strong take on what was the second best match on the show. There was a whole bunch of matches that were close enough to throw a sheet on, which could all be rated ok or good but I’d have a hard time calling them better than that. The main event was the same AAA main event you know and either love or are exhausted by, just with a couple less people than usual. Psycho got to do his thing in front of a big crowd that loved him. Wagner made the critical mistake of winning cleanly in the last big match before TripleMania.

sucide murdered

The La Parka trios was similar to last night, with two matches going on alternatively. Parka & Texano had some very weird interactions, while Vikingo & Myzteziz flipped around a lot when they got a chance. Be it injury or luck, Vikingo was more off tonight than he’s been for a while. People who’ve heard the name but not seen him might have gone away thinking Myzteziz was just as good if only Myzteziz didn’t nearly end himself on a springboard shooting star press.

Laredo Kid & Taya versus Daga & Tessa hit a slow stretch during the rudo control period. Daga & Tessa seemed eager to try out some teamwork spots together, but the pace wasn’t there. It could’ve still worked if it picked up a lot on the comeback, it just never really got to the top level of Laredo Kid matches. The brass knucks stuff felt out of place in this match (though it made a lot more sense when I got the explanation of how it happened last night) and didn’t seem like it went totally as intended. I liked the Laredo Kid matches better without the screwy finishes; maybe this dynamic will work better with Drago & Daga.

I want to give the women’s match the benefit of the doubt because a chunk of it was missing. It was fine while it lasted. Tormenta breaking out the knee drop to the floor was different. Lady Shani’s reign suffered from being an afterthought in so much. Stuff like her double submission spot here suggests she’ll still be useful in the future even if she’s just back in miscellaneous tag matches. Keyra got in some of her signature stuff, but her finish – a roll thru a cradle and a double stomp – really isn’t anything associated with her (more Taya) and didn’t come off as impactful. If AAA was going to do a clean finish where the champ loses, there were more impressive ways for Keyra to get her first championship.

I guess it worked.

You sort of have to hope something was wrong with Pagano. If Pagano was that bad healthy and clean, there’s really no hope. I’m not sure those other problems could necessarily be fixed either, but at least there’s a chance. He was quite bad, Aerostar’s light tower dive would’ve been unnecessarily even if it worked right (it definitely did not) and this feels like the millionth time we’ve seen someone win and get beat up by Kross. This match could only be considered a success in that I have no new GIFs of Scarlett that will get people angrily quote tweeting me for the next three days. I’m good there.

That match could’ve gone missing without being missed. Same thing to Guevara & Suicide versus the Exoticos. Maximo & Mamba didn’t get to do much of their gimmick last night, so you could charitable watch this as Sammy & Australian helping their opponents get over. You could also watch this as the foreign rudos goofing around for large portions of an overly long match. (Not everything needs 10 minutes. This did not need 10 minutes.) No one in this match seemed particularly motivated to be part of it, everyone seemed aware that they could do whatever and it didn’t really matter. This is not a good formula for a suitable big show match.

Faby Apache & Hijo del Tirantes was not as bad as feared. It was helped by Chik Tormenta wrestling roughly 40% of the match for Tirantes. (In a better world, this would set up Tormenta as Tirantes surrogate going better. In reality, Tormenta was just the person who couldn’t do much.) This was another match that felt like it went well too long. Hijo del Tirantes going 50/50 with Faby Apache might keep him strong for his indie work but I don’t know that it actually helps this feud or these matches. Tirantes being able to take some headscissors did help, though not as much as if Faby Apache had a real opponent to work with.

AAA on Twitch: 2019-06-15 (Cancun)

Vikingo

Recapped: 06/16/2019

Matches:

Invencible Jr. & Tiger Fly beat Corsario Jr. & Guerrero Galactico
(7:26, Invencible top rope huracanrana Corsario jr., good, 00:22:01)

Maximo & Mamba beat Hijo del Tirantes & Keyra
(14:00, Maximo kiss Tirantes, below average, 00:37:20)

Chik Tormenta, La Hiedra, Tessa Blanchard beat Lady Shani, Scarlett Bordeaux, Taya
(11:05, Tessa Buzzsaw DDT Taya, ok, 01:11:32)

Sammy Guevara beat Myzteziz Jr. and Puma King
(8:12, Sammy Guevara shooting star press Myzteziz, ok, 01:31:04)

Daga beat Laredo Kid
(16:28, Daga double stomp to the head, good, 01:48:12)

Hijo del Vikingo, La Parka, Aerostar beat Monster Clown, Chessman, Australian Suicide
(15:47, Vikingo reverse 450 splash, good, 02:13:21)

Dr. Wagner Jr., Pagano, Psycho Clown beat Killer Kross, Rey Escorpión, Texano Jr.
(19:17, DQ Rey Escorpion for fouling Psycho Clown, ok, 02:42:10)

What happened: 

after all this time, Daga’s last name turned out to be Omega

Puma King attacked Killer Kross in the main event, payback for an earlier attack. Rey Escorpion used one of the few ways you can get disqualified in AAA these days, a foul, to end the main event. Escorpion unmasked Psycho Clown as well and the collective rudo force left the tecnicos laying to end the show.

Hijo del Vikingo won the semi-main but suffered a chest or rib injury in the process. He was eventually able to refuse a backboard and walk off with help from his partners but he was clearly in pain.

Daga helped Tessa to win with a superkick to Taya. Tessa repaid the favor, first stopping a Laredo Kid pinfall count and then distracting from a foul to set up Daga’s win in the singles match. Taya ran out after, setting up the sides for tomorrow’s tag match.

a Corsario Jr. highlight

Sammy shot footage for his vlog during this match and beat Myzteziz with a shooting star press. Kross attacked Puma and Myzteziz after, with Sammy electing not to get involved this time.

Tirantes wrestled in the second match (the first was all locals) but did not referee on this show.

Cody Rhodes and other AEW surprises were announced for Verano de Escandalo.

Thoughts:

I watched this on the English feed and was left so frustrated by the experience that I’m probably shelling out $5 to switch back to a commercial-free version of the Spanish feed for Verano de Escandalo. I discovered I really need crowd noise to enjoy wrestling matches and the sound underneath the announcers was completely muted this time. The Cancun crowd was loud and rowdy (perhaps too rowdy) but you couldn’t get a sense of it watching on the English feed. I just could not get in most of this show and you may have a different experience watching it later on YouTube. The AAA English feed is a noble experiment to broaden AAA’s reach and I suspect it’ll keep going to MSG, but it remains a disappointing experience. Right now, it just checks off a box to sponsors and investors – “yes, we’re also in English now too” – but does no more than that.

Laredo Kid

Daga versus Laredo Kid was the best match on the night. It started a bit slow and got into some high action as it went along. Laredo Kid has been the best wrestler in AAA since the end of the Lucha Capital tournament and continued showing his consistent ability to have exciting matches. Daga again had his best performance so far, though this didn’t reach the levels of the Vikingo match (and the Daga/Drago match is going to be more of a challenge.) The problem with doing Daga versus Laredo Kid right now is neither guy really should be taking a pinfall at this moment. AAA felt the need to do something screwy with the finish to leave some doubt, but it also takes away from the match when people are running into the ring to get the referee to stop the count (and that’s not even the finish.) I wonder if a draw would’ve worked better, though I’m unsure if AAA crowd would’ve accepted that sort of finish. What they really could’ve used is two replacements for the people who were missing, so they could’ve changed a few matches around and made this a tag.

The rest of the show was alternating fine and forgettable. The locals opener probably was the second best match on the show, with the Quintana Roo luchadors trying to steal the show via every hot move they knew. Tiger Fly stood out for his movement most on the tecnico side. Corsario Jr. was the most enthusiastic of the two rudos, though also hilarious in having to attack the tecnicos afterward to protect his heat on whatever indie shows he works in this town.

this was creative

Puma/Sammy/Myzteziz was a lot of moves that flowed well at times and did not at others. Puma’s outfit looked great. I’m not sure if Sammy vlog-ing works as a rudo bit for the Mexico crowd as much as it does for indie ones. The women’s trios match didn’t work as well as the previous one. Scarlett was not in that and got a lot of focus in this one, though she didn’t seem to be particularly the problem. It just felt like more of an off-night match outside of Lady Shani’s cool sequence of cradles. Parka/Vikingo/Aerostar vs Chessman/Suicide/Monster was two very different matches that happened to be occurring at the same time. It seemed like a complete waste of Vikingo & Aerostar for about half the match, then Aerostar was falling from 20 feet and Vikingo was doing quick back and forths with Suicide and crazy spots onto Chessman. There’s a story to be told about how Vikingo couldn’t beat Suicide last year and has easily surpassed him this year but I don’t think early 2018 AAA still counts at this point.

The main event was the usual AAA formula main event, with maybe a little bit longer match and a little bit more brawling. You have seen it on literally every AAA TV taping. I’m not sure how anyone would handle it if AAA put a singles match on last for a non-TripleMania card, it would be too weird. The exoticos vs Tirantes/Keyra match was not good at all, with the exoticos not looking good and not exactly set up to win by facing a woman and a referee. The more Tirantes is in these, the more exposed he gets; the only hope here is he’s been so exposed that AAA will decide they need Tirantes to put his hair up as a second versus Faby Apache instead of wrestling the match himself. There was no reason for him to wrestle here once Faby Apache wasn’t on the card except they needed someone to make up the numbers, but AAA should’ve known Faby (and Texano) weren’t going to be here long enough to find Villano III Jr. or Parka Negra and send them instead.

Aerostar

Austin Theory wins in CMLL debut, Chavez to Copa Dinastia final, AAA two shows (including Verano de Escandalo) part of a busy weekend

the Austin Theory/Cavernario fight you never thought you’d see (unless you live in Tijuana)

CMLL (FRI) 06/14/2019 Arena México [ESTOLucha CentralMarcaPubliMetraoRecordThe Gladiatoresthecubsfan]
1) Magia Blanca & Star Jr. b Akuma & Espanto Jr. LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 14 DE JUNIO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
10:25. Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Esfinge, Rey Cometa, Tritón DQ Kawato San, Pólvora, Tiger LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 14 DE JUNIO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
10:52. Straight falls. Tiger unmasked Triton for the DQ, then did it a second time.
3) Atlantis Jr., Soberano Jr., Valiente b Cuatrero, Forastero, Hijo del Villano III LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 14 DE JUNIO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
14:09. Tecnicos took 1/3.
4) Euforia b Rey Bucanero [lightningLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 14 DE JUNIO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
8:47. Euforia won with a vradle.
5) Dragón Lee & Sansón b Ángel de Oro & Gran Guerrero [Copa Dinastia, seeding battle royalLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 14 DE JUNIO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
1:24.
6) Ángel de Oro & Niebla Roja b Gran Guerrero & Último Guerrero [Copa Dinastia, quarterfinalLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 14 DE JUNIO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
5:51.
7) Dragón Lee & Místico b Máscara Año 2000 & Sansón [Copa Dinastia, quarterfinalLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 14 DE JUNIO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
4:40
8) Dragón Lee & Místico b Ángel de Oro & Niebla Roja [Copa Dinastia, semifinalLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 14 DE JUNIO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
12:35. Angel de Oro & Niebla Roja advance to face La Bestia del Ring and Rush next week.
9) Austin Theory, Carístico, Volador Jr. b Cavernario, Negro Casas, Rush LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 14 DE JUNIO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
9:32. Tecnicos took 2/3. Austin Theory wins in his CMLL debut.

Good show, with matches 2, 3, and 8 being the standout ones. I didn’t think anything was must see though the crowd was very into the show.

In a post-match interview, Dragon Lee relinquished the CMLL Lightweight Championship. This was inevitable as soon as he won the CMLL Welterweight Championship and only delayed so they could do the bit where Dragon Lee had a lot of the belts. CMLL ran into the same problem with Dragon Lee as they did with Mascara Dorada years ago: the Lightweight Championship is meant to be a midcard belt, but Dragon Lee got so good that they couldn’t imagine having a midcarder beat him. There’s not yet an announcement of when or how they’ll fill the title. I hope they put it on a Tuesday.

Tiger wants a shot at the Arena Coliseo Tag Team Titles but appears short a tag partner. Euforia says he liked facing Rey Bucanero. Niebla Roja & Angel de Oro feel they’re ready for Los Ingobernables. Austin Theory was proud to be in CMLL.

CMLL could make a lot of money with Austin Theory in the Marco Corleone role. Austin Theory could make much more money elsewhere and will be doing so.

AAA has back to back nights of streams, starting in a few hours in Cancun. Saturday’s show is scheduled to start at 8 pm and air on Twitch, and those are the only two things we can be absolutely sure of. The card has Texano Jr. in the main event, Texano Jr. says he’ll be in Texas instead. The card has Faby Apache in the opener, and she’s also in Texas on a different show. Killer Kross, Sammy Guevara, and Scarlett Bordeaux all are coming in. AAA got some buzz from the Laredo Kid/Hijo del Vikingo match and I suspect they’ll be trying to go for a similar match something this weekend to get more.

Sunday’s show is Verano de Escandalo at 5pm to watch. I wrote a long preview over on Voices of Wrestling but, with AAA’s fluid lineups, I’ve been trying to make them more catching up on what has happened in AAA the last few months than focusing on the matches. Not sure how effective that is, not sure what other options I have.

I feel relatively sure AAA’s promoted Fenix & Pentagon vs the Young Bucks too much not do it, but just as sure neither team is ultimately going to end up with the tag team belts. Fenix and Penta have singles stuff to focus on. The Jacksons may be back for TripleMania but the interesting thing going forward is if Fenix & Penta are specifically committed to appearing on any upcoming shows themselves. Konnan keeps talking about those two working a lot more in AAA soon and they’re not as of yet on any future lineups. The tag title match is going to be good whatever is going on with it, and we’ll see how many AEW fans seek it out. I assume it’s going to be a significant number but that’s just an assumption.

Wagner & Demon wrestling on the last big show before TripleMania seems like a lock. A bad finish in a Faby Apache versus Hijo del Tirantes also seems like a lock. Maybe the other thing to watch is how many (or if any) feuds along the lines of Faby/Tirantes get challenges for TripleMania. AAA’s turned down the hype on their biggest show of the year the last couple months, but it goes back up loud starting with this show. The TripleMania card, Demon/Wagner and Cain Velazquez (remember him?) are going to sell most of the tickets, but they need a card. They start putting it together here.

Hijo del Vikingo and Myzteziz Jr. were in Cancun early to promote the show.

The local Merida promoter is thrilled to have a show as big as Verano de Escandalo and has a special recycling campaign planned.

Blue Demon now says he’d wrestle one more time – the MSG show – if he lost his mask at TripleMania.

There are other shows this weekend, some of which are already ongoing because this is so late.

Saturday

Sunday

  • IWRG will be honoring Vampiro with a rare Negro Casas appearance and a Dinamitas vs Dinamitas trios.
  • KAOZ in Monterrey has Cibernetico & LA Park vs El Mesias & Rush. LA Park did a promo saying he’ll be Rush’s servant for two months if he loses, so he’s not losing.
  • CMLL Arena Mexico has an ordinary show.

A new Box Y Lucha commission has been installed in Oaxaca.

There are free lucha libre classes in Miguel Aleman, Tamaulipas.

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 06/21/2019 Arena México
1) Robin & Súper Astro Jr. vs Espíritu Negro & Hijo del Signo
2) Drone, Fuego, Tritón vs Disturbio, Tiger, Virus
3) Audaz, Flyer, Soberano Jr. vs Hechicero, Kawato San, Templario
4) Titán vs Negro Casas [lightning]
5) Ciber the Main Man, Gilbert el Boricua, The Chris vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
6) La Bestia Del Ring & Rush vs Ángel de Oro & Niebla Roja [Copa Dinastia]

I think it would be better for CMLL for Angel de Oro & Niebla Roja to win the tournament and I do not expect them to do so.

First CMLL matches for Ciber and The Chris in CMLL since the first day of March. I wasn’t sure they’d be back. I’m unsure why they’re back. Maybe they’re setting up another trios match, maybe Gilbert finally gets his singles match with Ultimo Guerrero again.

Titan versus Negro Casas has been great in the distant past. 2nd and 3rd matches area really good. Kawato continues to show up a lot on Fridays despite the feud with Black Panther being dropped quick.

CMLL on Marca: 2019-06-14

everyone lived

Recapped: 06/14/2019

Matches:

Magia Blanca & Star Jr. beat Akuma & Espanto Jr.
(10:25 [3:50, 2:25, 4:10], 2/3, ok, 00:01:35)

Esfinge, Rey Cometa, Tritón beat Kawato San, Pólvora, Tiger
(10:52 [3:46, 7:06], 1/2 DQ, good, 00:19:02)

Atlantis Jr., Soberano Jr., Valiente beat Cuatrero, Forastero, Hijo del Villano III
(14:09 [3:58, 4:10, 6:01], 1/3, good, 00:39:45)

Euforia beat Rey Bucanero in a lightning match
(8:47, inside cradle, below average, 01:04:02)

The dumb battle royal lasted 1:24

Ángel de Oro & Niebla Roja beat Gran Guerrero & Último Guerrero in a Copa Dinastia quarterfinal
(5:51, ok, 01:24:02)

Dragón Lee & Místico beat Máscara Año 2000 & Sansón in a Copa Dinastia quarterfinal
(4:40, ok, 01:32:55)

Ángel de Oro & Niebla Roja beat Dragón Lee & Místico in a Copa Dinastia semifinal
(12:35, good, 01:40:15)

Austin Theory, Carístico, Volador Jr beat Cavernario, Negro Casas, Rush
(9:32 [2:06, 3:29, 3:57], 2/3, ok, 01:57:25)

What happened:

Sanson welcomes Dragon Lee back

Austin Theory won in his CMLL debut.

Angel de Oro & Niebla Roja advanced to the finals of Copa Dinastia. They will face Rush & La Bestia del Ring next week.

Tiger pulled Triton’s mask for a DQ in the second match. He then took Triton’s replacement mask too.

In post-match promos, Dragon Lee announced he was vacating the CMLL Lightweight Championship.

Thoughts:

Rocket Soberano

This was a better show than the lineup suggested. Copa Dinastia was much better and the midcard matches delivered more than expected.

Austin Theory’s debut went well. He got in a few impressive moves, he got some air on his dropkicks and he stood out. This would’ve been the nice start to a month or two run, though I’m still skeptical we’ll even see him in CMLL again. Maybe it’ll encourage CMLL to continue to bring people in from The Crash. The match itself was definitely on the short side. It was for the best, a long match wouldn’t have worked as well after a length show and a heated match prior.

The Copa Dinastia seems to have been ill constructed. The Dragon Lee/Mistico vs Angel de Oro/Niebla Roja match came off as a worthy final, only instead the Chavez brothers are moving onto face the lesser Munoz team next week. Much like Soberano/Euforia last week, the Guerreros were ushered out in shockingly quick fashion. At least they lost to a better team. Mascara 2000 did not fit in at all in his match, making it a 2 on 1 often even before he was eliminated. Perhaps CMLL didn’t want to beat the Sanson/Cuatrero team (though the teams they did pin are just as protected), but sticking in Forastero or even Universo 2000 Jr. would’ve been an improvement.

The Chavez vs Munoz block final stood out enough that it’s worth a watch even outside of the context of the tournament. They attempted to wrestle tecnico/tecnico style, though the crowd surprisingly turned again the Chavez brothers a bit. Mistico & Dragon Lee again appeared to be a promising team when given a chance to wrestle as a pair. Both teams kept up the action thru a long match by tournament standards. Even if this couldn’t be the final for whatever they’re setting up next week, this would’ve been better as the first week of the tournament. Knowing Dragon Lee & Mistico couldn’t advance (because CMLL’s not going to book them against their father) hurt the drama tremendously for me. It didn’t seem to bug the crowd as much. They were into the show all night long, strongest during this match.

double team magic

Euforia/Bucanero was a mistake on paper that proved to be a bad idea in the ring. Rey Bucanero heroically did his semi-annual crazy dive early on to make this work. It was crazy and it also seemed to exhaust him for the rest of the match. Nothing went seriously wrong, this just moved at a snail’s pace compared to the rest of the show and felt like it lasted forever. I suspect this match was done to get both closer to their promised amount of bookings for a month, not because anyone thought it would be good. It just shows the problems of CMLL’s setup.

The reaction I saw on Twitter was a lot more enthusiastic about the tercera than I came away with it, so maybe I’m just off. I’m still not particularly impressed by the rookies and Valiente didn’t have an especially good night. Still, Soberano was great and this match came together as more of a group effort than anything else. This trios got significantly more time than the matches underneath it (and the ones after it) and squeezed in a lot more highspots for that time.

Tiger & Triton gave the segunda much more of a direction, unexpected as it was. (It was also a relief, given Kawato & Esfinge interacting a lot earlier in the match. I don’t rule that out totally.) Tiger continues to be in great form in this matches when give a chance to do something, though maybe he should be aiming higher than his post-show challenge for the Arena Coliseo Tag Team Championship. CMLL seemed to take the restrictions off the second match guys on this show. Cometa’s running Spanish Fly to the was nutty, even more so since Kawato was the guy taking it. Kawato’s kicks are looking good. Hope his knee is as well after that landing.

Espanto Jr. crotched himself on the finish of the opener, so business as usual there. The rest of the match had some good spots and slow speed into and out of them. The other three wrestlers all still show promise but don’t seem like they have any chance of developing here. Magia Blanca could really use a good indie booking for us to find out if he can do more than he’s shown in CMLL since returning from injury.

Austin Theory & Copa Dinasta Block B in CMLL tonight

Tonight’s CMLL show features the unexpected debut of Austin Theory. Theory is a 21-year-old wrestler from Georgia who has mostly known for working in EVOLVE and related promotions. He’s in CMLL thru their connection with The Crash. Theory’s look and presence had made him an obvious WWE pick up for quite some time. He’s a guy who gets favorably reviewed to John Cena and has a good a chance as any indie wrestler or NXT trainee of being the center of WWE’s universe five years from now. Theory is currently Evolve’s champion and WWE will probably let him finish that out. Theory probably won’t be an indie wrestler much longer than that. Being a CMLL wrestler for long is unlikely. I guess I can’t rule CMLL setting something up here for next week, but he’s not long for here. This is going to be a weird curiosity on his match listing.

The Crash/CMLL alliance is just a weird curiosity as this point. CMLL has brought in three people from The Crash. Two (Theory & Adam Brooks) were foreigners who are semi-regulars at best with the promotion. They’re not particularly promoting The Crash with this one, though I would guess the Tijuana promotion is happy keeping CMLL happy and keeping the doors open to send more talent their way. It does come off like CMLL is using The Crash as a foreign wrestler talent scout, despite in theory CMLL having people employed to find foreign people and also having access to a couple of different promotions of foreigners.

Theory teams with Caristico and Volador in the main event to face Rush, Cavernario and Negro Casas in what should be a good main event. Cavernario and Theory have wrestled a twice in Tijuana, Theory and Caristico teamed on the last The Crash show, he should be able to fit in fine.

Tonight also includes the second Copa Dinastia block. Angel de Oro & Niebla Roja fit the final thematically, having feuded with Los Ingobernables earlier this year. Ultimo Guerrero & Gran Guerrero are treated as the strongest pair. Mascara 2000 & Sanson would be the most disappointing finalists. Dragon Lee & Mistico would be the most exciting finalists normally but are unlikely to advance given their father & brother already have. I do wonder how the fans would react if they CMLL did have an All-Munoz final. There’s a pretty good tecnico/rudo dynamic and there’s also the change the diehards would be very upset about the Munoz push and loudly reject the whole thing.

The Chavez Brothers feel like they’re considered the weakest team in this block and want to prove they belong in the main events.

The rest of the card is just OK. Rey Bucanero versus Euforia is not a great mix for a lightning match. Atlantis Jr., Soberano Jr. and Valiente versus Cuatrero, Forastero, and Hijo del Villano III should be fine, but the younger wrestlers are still doing a lot of learning as they go. CMLL’s got to hope it turns it as well as it did for Gran Guerrero. Esfinge and Triton team with Rey Cometa against Polvora, Tiger, and Kawato. The NJPW wrestler is being booked every Friday, even if it seems his feud got dropped. Magia Blanca & Star Jr. open it up on against Akuma & Espanto Jr.

This show airs at 8:30 pm on Marca and their regionblocked YouTube channel, and I will also stream it on my YouTube.

Lucha Central has a preview of the show.

This is the start of three nights of streamed shows from major promotions. AAA runs both Saturday and Sunday this weekend. Those might be a bit more interesting.

Leonardo Riano’s column is on the Nacion Lucha Libre column. Riano says this had been a plan of Daniel Leal’s for about 10 years that came together in the last two. There’s not a lot new here, though Riano notes they’re not worried about the ticket sales thanks to their sponsors and patrons. I hope they really are prepared to lose a lot of money.

Daga is done from MLW. Their story is he pulled off the 06/01 show in Milwaukee at the last minute citing a vacation, and they later found out he was actually wrestling in Mexico. I don’t have a show for Daga on 06/01. He did wrestle the night before in Tijuana and the night after in Guadalajara. He and Tessa may have legitimately planned to take a vacation day in between instead of some long trips back and forth. There is a reoccurring MLW history with Daga, Sammy Guevara and Puma King where MLW brings them in with a big fanfare, just uses them to put over people, decides to stop using them, takes the additional step of telling media outlets that it is entirely the wrestler’s fault with a story, and then those stories haven’t rung true. I hope it works out better for Flamita & Rey Horus but everyone should know what they’re getting into going forward.

Rob’s interview with Konnan from Double or Nothing weekend is on the Highspots Wrestling Network. I haven’t seen it yet but they bury Sammy Guevera so it seems like quality content.

It is a good time to sign up for Highspots Wrestling Network or just RIOT’s channel because they’ve uploaded two shows: the July 2018 show with the surprise Jack Evans vs Sammy Guevera match and the all surprise show from February.

Hijo del Canis Lupus kept the IWRG IC Heavyweight Championship in Tijuana over Jonathan last weekend. Money was thrown in.

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Update.

Lineup

CMLL (TUE) 06/18/2019 Arena México
1) Arkalis & Bengala vs Cholo & Yago
2) Magia Blanca, Oro Jr., Retro vs Akuma, Espanto Jr., Nitro
3) Avispa Dorada, Lluvia, Maligna vs Amapola, La Comandante, Metálica
4) Esfinge vs Vangellys [lightning]
5) Black Panther, Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr. vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
6) Místico, Titán, Volador Jr. vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Rey Bucanero

Esfinge and Vangellys seems like CMLL is running of out of people. I don’t think the semi-main will be great but I have a feeling it’ll be the best possible version of that match. Can the tecnicas get a win when Dalys isn’t involved?

lucha TV preview for weekend of June 14th, 2019

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There are sure a lot of shows. I’ve decided the more accurate/laziest way to tackle the two Sunday shows is just to list them together. Maybe I’ll get some sense of which matches got where over time but I don’t have one right now.

AAA on Twitch has Verano de Escandalo on Sunday and an entirely different show on Saturday. It’s a lot of wrestling. Hopefully some good wrestling, but a lot of wrestling.

CMLL Claro has the appearance of Austin Theory and the appearance of Dragon Lee, both very rare appearances in CMLL in this moment.

Soberano/Templario streaming tonight, Metalico to be a referee, AAA close to selling out Verano

WrestleRex has a show in Pittsburgh tonight with Bestia 666 & Sam Adonis vs Facade & Super Crazy and Templario vs Soberano. Lucha Central will be streaming the show for free on their site.

AAA says tickets are almost gone for Sunday’s Merida show. Ticket website seems to confirm this isn’t just hype. AAA rarely sells out in advance. This is a near 9,000 seat venue. It is actually smaller than the building they ran last time in Merida. I suspect the building they’re using for Sunday, Poliforum Zamna, is cheaper because it is older but they might have sold a few more tickets.

On his weekly YouTube video, Sammy Guevara explained he missed Monterrey because the company AAA works with for flights didn’t get him or the other foreigners their flights in time. This would explain Kross’ absence as well. Guevara has his flight info for this weekend’s show so he will be coming. On +LuchaTV’s podcast, Jose Manuel Guillen said Guevara actually missed the show due to losing his passport, and Guevara has responded with a photo of his passport and a one finger salute.

Pro Wrestling Mexico has advertised Star Fire, Teddy Hart, Baby Xtreme, Johnny Mundo, Arez, Dragon Bane, Taya, Puma King, and Pagano for their debut show. It now has a date, July 21st, so there’s probably not an AAA taping on that day. No Monterrey venue announced yet.

Add 08/10 in Saltillo to the list of AAA TV tapings. It’s the first AAA TV taping known post-TripleMania (besides MSG.) I still don’t know if I’ve got everything before TripleMania.

Metalico appeared on CMLL Informa to make a surprise announcement: he was becoming a referee. I’ve had a hunch that some active early match luchador was going to retire and become a referee since Tirantes left. Metalico will have to go thru some training and be approved by the Mexico City Lucha Libre commission. He’ll also continue to work as a trainer at Rey Bucanero’s school.

(If I was CMLL, I’d record and put the best parts of the referee training online. Particularly if things like CPR and first aid are involved.)

I can think of two wrestlers who’ve made the transition to referee in recent memory. Angel Azteca did so a little bit after losing his mask at the end of 2003. It didn’t last long, he wrestled on the indies, and he actually passed away due to a heart attack after a tag match with Atlantis in 2007. Adonis Salazar, an indie luchador turned referee in Naucalpan among other places, refereed for CMLL around 2006. It didn’t last long and was only memorable for a segment revealing one of his gimmicks was Super Archie (as in the comic book character.) Once you get tenure with CMLL, you are there for life, but Metalico does have to re-earn that as a referee.

Dulce Gardenia was also on CMLL Informa and talked to YoDeportivo about his debut this Saturday. Gardenia has been training in CMLL since February on the recommendation of Ultimo Guerrero, who thought Gardenia was wasting his talents in Torreon. He’s training with UG in Mexico and has trained with Kain, Aguila Roja, Condor de Oro, Gran Markus, and Halcon Suriano. Dulce Gardenia hands out a flower to a fan before each match.

A question someone could’ve asked as at the AAA press conference was “are you sure the guys working AAA TV can also work for your TV show?” If it was asked, I didn’t see it reported anywhere. The answer, based on an Alberto comment on Instagram, is a hard no. There’s no word on if this affects everyone or just some people. Wagner, Penta, and Fenix all might have more freedom than the rest but is hard to tell. None of the AAA wrestlers were at the press conference and Puma was the only one I saw who mentioned it. I argued that Nacion Lucha Libre should’ve used those guys in higher positions, but maybe they should’ve been so sure before using them at all. It would be nice if Nacion Lucha Libre issued an updated lineup if they’re admitting people have been pulled from the card, but promotions like this usually don’t do that.

RIOT’s La Riña En El Cerro de La Silla (08/23 & 08/24) participants:

  1. Douki
  2. Latigo
  3. Erik Ortiz
  4. Aramis
  5. Belial
  6. Madness
  7. Iron Kid
  8. Arez
  9. Tony Rodriguez – new
  10. TBA
  11. TBA
  12. TBA

Dulce Garcia is listed on a boxing show on June 28th in Monterrey. I think she’s boxing, she seemed to suggest she’s boxing, it just doesn’t have an opponent listed and is a charity show so she could just be supporting it.

Segunda Caida watches Metalico vs Disturbio and the Los Haragans match from the May 4th The Crash show.

The full LA Park & Voltron vs Rush & La Bestia del Ring match is now up on YouTube.

Lineups

CMLL (MON) 06/17/2019 Arena Puebla
1) Millenium, Rey Samuray, Sonic vs Black Tiger, Guerrero Espacial, Policeman
2) King Jaguar, Star Jr., Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Corsario De Fuego, El Perverso, Tyson La Bestia
3) Esfinge, Stigma, Tritón vs Felino, Kawato San, Tiger
4) Carístico, Titán, Volador Jr. vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
5) Último Guerrero vs Terrible

Terrible/UG was very not good last time. Semi-main is one of those matches that looks promising and then you remember it is Puebla.

CMLL (TUE) 06/18/2019 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Amperaje, Cosmos, Micro vs Fantástico, Fúnebre, Jabalí
2) Magnus, Sangre Imperial, Star Black vs Cancerbero, Paymon, Raziel
3) Guerrero Maya Jr., Pegasso, Rey Cometa vs Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Virus
4) Ángel de Oro, Kráneo, Niebla Roja vs La Bestia Del Ring, Negro Casas, Terrible
5) Rush vs Cavernario

Guadalajara spent two weeks building up Rush/Caristico, had them exchange challenges, and then are running Rush/Cavernario. Not sure why they have trouble drawing some guy. If Cavernario gets a great match out of Rush on an off night in Guadalajara, he really is luchador of the year.

bland CMLL Tuesday shows, Nacion Lucha Libre, Diamante Azul

at least she had a good time

CMLL (TUE) 06/11/2019 Arena México [CMLL, Lucha Central, The Gladiatores]
1) Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Violencia b Angelito & Kaligua LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 11 DE JUNIO DE  2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
rudos took 1/3.
2) Cancerbero, Espíritu Negro, Raziel b Oro Jr., Robin, Súper Astro Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 11 DE JUNIO DE  2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
rudos took 2/3.
3) Virus b Drone [lightningLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 11 DE JUNIO DE  2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
7:51.
4) Dalys, Reyna Isis, Tiffany b La Jarochita, Marcela, Sanely LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 11 DE JUNIO DE  2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudas took 2/3.
5) Ephesto, Hechicero, Mephisto b Atlantis, El Audaz, Kráneo LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 11 DE JUNIO DE  2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3.
6) Forastero, La Bestia Del Ring, Terrible b Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr., Titán LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 11 DE JUNIO DE  2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Soberano replaced Diamante Azul on Saturday.

An all rudo show with weak reviews. CMLL also made no attempt to do a replacement feud for Diamante Azul/Forastero.

Diamante Azul posted a video on Instagram of himself in a hospital to undergo surgery. I still don’t know what the injury is, but he’s clearly going to be out for a while. Maybe there will be an update on Informa.

CMLL promos from the show are from Virus, Titan, and Audaz, who notes one year anniversary of Arkangel de la Muerte’s passing tomorrow. Sanely promotes the Father’s Day show.

CMLL (TUE) 06/11/2019 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Black Sugar, Principe Daniel, Tigre Blanco b Capitán Cobra, El Chakal, León Blanco
tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Amapola, La Seductora, Metálica b Avispa Dorada, La Guerrera, Lluvia
Rudas took 2/3.
3) Pólvora, Universo 2000 Jr., Vangellys b Flyer, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa
rudos took 2/3
4) Ángel de Oro, Místico, Niebla Roja b Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
tecnicos too 2/3.
5) Gran Guerrero, Rush, Último Guerrero DQ Carístico, Cavernario, Volador Jr. [Relevos Increíbles]
Team Rush took 1/3, the last when he faked a foul from Caristico. That set up a singles match for next week.

So that feud continues on like planned, even while Arena Mexico does not.

There was a press conference before the Arena Coliseo Guadalajara show to set up some local matches that had been built up over the last couple of months, as part of the 60th Anniversary of Arena Coliseo Guadalajara.

  • June 16 will have a four-way mask match including Capitan Cobra, Paymon, Fantastico, and Tigre Blanco
  • June 23 will have Vaquero Jr. vs Malefico in a hair vs hair match
  • The building will also hold a film festival on June 22nd
  • The building will also feature a lucha libre art exhibition this month

There’s a lot of follow up articles on Nacion Lucha Libre, including quotes from interviews post press conference. Daniel Leal was presented as director of the promotion, so he’s probably the guy paying the bills. Tickets for the first show are said to be 200 to 900 at eticket.mx; they’re not up there right now. They have a website nacionluchalibre.com, which is nothing but a setup for emails. The email sends you a generic image of the poster for the show, with no information about when the first show is happening (much less other shows.)

Alberto hyped Nacion Lucha Libre as having a bigger star power card than any other promotion. The promotion will treat wrestlers better than any other promotion, promising to cover the medical expenses of any injured wrestler and retirement funds. Alberto said Nacion Lucha Libre was two years in the works and everything was carefully planned out. Fantasma will be honored on an August show as a plan of honoring a different legend on every show.

A wire story posted everywhere has Alberto saying Rey Mysterio will come to the roster. (Other sources clarify Alberto said it would be his dream for Rey Mysterio to join, not that he actually will. Excelsior quotes Alberto as saying they’d run MGM Arena in Las Vegas, a 17,000 seat building, as a season-ending show. Record quotes Alberto as saying they’ll be running 35 dates, including shows in San Antonio and Austin. He also is quoted here as saying he’ll have an alliance with NJPW by the end of the year; MedioTiempo says Alberto instead said they many tour Japan but it was yet to be confirmed.

Blue Demon Jr. says he’ll retire if he loses his mask. Dr. Wagner Jr. has said the same about the TripleMania match. I believe Demon.

LA Park (and son) is showing up on AAA spot shows. He’s listed on a Juarez show and this one outside of Toluca. AAA local promoters are free to bring in LA Park on their own, and it often happens in Nuevo Laredo with no extra meaning attached. Still, when it happens a lot, it points to a return to AAA and it officially becomes TripleMania season on Sunday night. Just something to watch out for right now.

This is a few days old, but Fenix & Pentagon have been moved to Impact’s Alumni page. They weren’t on the last tapings or the set before that and were essentially done after the last PPV. They haven’t appeared on recent MLW shows either. I believe they’re still working non-AEW shows in the US for a while (and technically still might not be under AEW contract) but this is TV companies moving on from them before they’re pulled away.

Earlier this year, Misterioso Jr.’s daughter passed away during childbirth at an IMSS hospital. Misterioso Jr. doubts the doctors did their jobs properly and asked for an investigation into her death. He was told the investigation would take 40 days. After 50 days of nothing, he took to social media to demand something be done. It got some attention, enough for IMSS to respond saying they’ve completed the investigation and are they’re just finishing the report.

A mass was held for Silver King in Torreon. El Hijo del Santo appeared to do interviews with Silver King’s son, so they seem OK. Santo noted a lot of people had questions and comments about what happened but the only people he felt he needed to answer to were Silver King’s family.

Octagon, promoting his union in El Grafico, says only 70 people who have joined so far. That’s actually more than I would’ve guessed.

Chulo Vista officially proclaimed next Wednesday, June 19th, as Rey Mysterio Jr. Day.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update.

Lineups

Lucha Memes, TWE, Mexa Wr (SAT) 06/29/2019 Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México
1) Rayo Star & Sky Man vs King Rocker (Puebla) & Rey Samuray (Puebla)
2) Prayer vs Multy
3) Lunatik Extreme & Lunatik Fly vs Alas de Acero & Iron Kid
4) Jonathan vs Templario
5) Hija De Gatubela, Príncipe Aéreo, Torito Negro vs Lady Lee, Pegazus, Skalibur (Baja California)
6) Aramis vs Rey Cometa
7) Caifan & Caifan II vs Canis Lupus & Virus

My database isn’t built to have all these long promotion names. It’s a problem, though not a big one. Aramis/Cometa sounds great, some of the other matches look good. The challenge will be getting the indie fans to come back to this venue a few weeks after the last MexaWrestling one (but it is a few weeks later.)