These go before and after the ones taped on Saturday. There’s no obvious reason they did it in that order.
CHILANGA MASK (SUN) 04/12/2015 Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México [Black Terry Jr. (flickr), Estrellas del Ring, TerceraCaida]
1) Arez & Belial b Aramis & Iron Kid
Iron Kid & Aramis looked good in defeat.
2) Keira b Impulso
3) Justiciero & Magnifico b Tigre Rojo & Tigre Rojo Jr.
Hometown team beat the Puebla team in a good match. Tigres beat Justiciero but Magnifico rallied to defeat them both.
4) Jeque b Herodes Jr.
crowd liked the match, wanted a rematch
5) Black Terry b Psico Kid
6) Virus b Avisman
money thrown in
7) Negro Navarro b Dragon Lee (CMLL)
Dragon Lee could not compete with Navarro’s mat skills.
8) Aero Boy b Soberano Jr., Alas de Acero
Alas de Acero looked nervous and struggled in his first main event. He missed on a shooting star press and Aeroboy submitted him for the win.
Sounds like the main event may have had some problems but good stuff underneath. SuperLuchas has a long interview with Aeroboy on his career.
CMLL (SUN) 04/12/2015 Arena México [CMLL, Terra]
1) Bengala & Molotov b Apocalipsis & Cholo
2) Demus 3:16, Mercurio, Pierrothito b Acero, Aéreo, Shockercito
Mercurio replaced Pequeno Nitro. Rudos took 1/3. Shockercito took the usual stretcher ride after Demus’ finish.
3) Okumura, Pierroth, Sagrado b Blue Panther Jr., Starman, The Panther
moved down a spot. Said to be a rare clean straight fall win for a rudo team.
4) Delta b Pólvora [lightning]
moved up a spot. Delta won a superplex in 7:43. CMLL gave up on reporting on their own show at this point.
5) Euforia, Niebla Roja, Vangellys b Fuego, La Máscara, Super Porky
6) Bárbaro Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas b Atlantis, Mistico, Titán
Peste Negra took 2/3.
a show of no news. I don’t think I’ll be getting requests for ClaroSports next week.
IWRG (SUN) 04/12/2015 Arena Naucalpan [The Gladiatores]
1) Aeroman & Astro Rey Jr. b Araña de Plata & Atomic Star
2) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo b Electro Boy, Hip Hop Man, Imposible, Picudo Jr.
straight falls, first by excessive violence DQ
3) Canis Lupus, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Oficial 911 b Hijo de Mascara Sagrada, Relámpago, Yakuza
3) Chicano, Ricky Cruz, Veneno b Eterno, Pirata Morgan, X-Fly
Pirata submitted Cruz to a kneebar in the first, Cruz did the same to Pirata in the second and Pirata was so hurt that he was unable to continue. Eterno & X-Fly resorted to extreme tactics to fight the numerical disadvantage, eliminating Chicano after a chair shot, but Veneno & Cruz rallied to win.
5) Hijo De Dos Caras © b Negro Navarro [IWRG IC HEAVY]
Technical title match. Dos took 1/3 to keep the title. Fifth defense. They hugged after the match (so maybe Navarro’s back to being a tecnico now.)
Cruz kind of taunted Pirata about putting him out of action. It reads like a storyline.
WWE announced a new batch of trainees at NXT, which includes a masked man named Oscar Vasquez. That’s Ciudad Juarez/El Paso’s Magno, who’s been in TNA and was a featured luchador on Lucha Libre USA. He was the current Sin Cara’s tag team partner back before Incognito joined WWE. Magno was still working indy shows as recently as two weeks ago. He’s the current NWA Welterweight Champion, so I guess that title is going away. (Hooray.)
Segunda Caida Matt D reviews Charles Lucero vs Hechicero.
Quick interview with indy luchador Chavo Banda.
CMLL (SUN) 04/19/2015 Arena México
1) Bengala & Leono vs Artillero & Súper Comando
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Súper Halcón Jr., Tritón vs Nitro, Sangre Azteca, Virus
3) Fuego, Super Porky, Valiente vs Kráneo, Pólvora, Vangellys
4) Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto and Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther and Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja [MEX TRIOS, #1 Contenders]
5) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Volador Jr. vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible
Really looking forward to CMLL getting bored with the TGR trio and forgetting to book them together. (It only took about a couple months for them to get bored with Comando Boricua.)
Semimain sets up the 04/26 main event against Peste Negra. The Panthers and Reyes del Atlantida seem like 50/50 bets, and favorites to win the titles next week. It’s way too soon to do that with Blue Panther Jr., but that hasn’t stopped CMLL yet.
CMLL (SAT) 04/18/2015 Arena Coliseo
1) Fantasy vs Mercurio
2) Sensei vs El Rebelde
3) Silueta vs Narumiya
4) Hombre Bala Jr. vs Virus
5) Starman vs Boby Zavala
6) Dragon Lee, Titán, Valiente vs Kamaitachi, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
7) Máximo & Volador Jr. vs Shocker & Último Guerrero
Look, they forgot to team up TGR here. It appears Silueta is Narumiya’s title challenger.
ChilangaMask (SUN) 04/26/2015 Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México
1) Chacal & Príncipe Azteca vs King Star & Nahual
2) Demasiado & Teelo vs Chica Ye-Ye & Leo
3) Astro Rey Jr., Benji Maverick, Psico Kid vs Fly Star, Fly Warrior, Toxin Boy
4) Epydemius vs Super Mega
5) Belial vs Arez vs Impulso
6) Black Terry vs Juana La Loca
7) Solar I vs Aero Boy
Aero Boy keeps getting tested by different opponents. Black Terry continues make his way thru Who’s Who In Lucha Libre* by facing the exotico member Demencia Dorada. Fifth match is an Indystongitbles battle against themselves. Monterrey’s Epydemius visits to face the current DTU Consgarado champion.
- I really need to do that book someday.
CMLL (FRI) 04/10/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) El Alteño & Meteoro b El Piraña & Relampago
Relampago replaced Satara, Meteoro replaced Alteno. Chakal, Furia Roja and Gran Kenut attacked the tecnicos after the match.
2) El Divino, Frezzer, Meteoro b El Chakal, Furia Roja, Gran Kenut
Furia Roja replaced Evola, and Meteoro hung around to replace Indigo. Divino beat Chacal to get the win.
3) Virgo b Demonio Maya [lightning]
Vigro won to set up a title match.
4) Flash I & Flash II DCOR Exterminador & Maléfico
neither team could return after dives
5) Jocker, Ráfaga, Sádico b Esfinge, Magnum, Omar Brunetti
Jocker & Sadico had problems, Sadico still angry about Jocker taking his hair in the cage match. Tecnicos won with Magnum beating Jocker.
Guys running in the opener to lead into the segunda is very unusual in CMLL, but maybe they just wanted to cover a guy working twice.
CMLL (SAT) 04/11/2015 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Pequeño Olímpico b Angelito
2) La Vaquerita b La Seductora
dropped to the second match
3) Nitro b Sensei
moved up to the third.
4) Stigma b Arkángel de la Muerte
Stigma with a huracanrana
5) Tritón b Sangre Azteca
Triton surprised Sangre with a small package
6) Blue Panther Jr. & Dragon Lee b Kamaitachi & Okumura
Okumura replaced Virus. Kamaitachi snuck in a foul on Dragon Lee.
7) Guerrero Maya Jr., Máximo, Rush b Ephesto, Rey Bucanero, Shocker
Shocker cheated to beat Rush.
CMLL’s Twitter wrote about the first four matches from tonight’s Arena Mexico show, then just stopped, then still hasn’t posted a report five hours later. I sometimes feel the same level of boredom with CMLL shows, I can empathize.
CMLL, in CMLL fashion, announced the Arena Mexico Anniversary show would take place on 04/26 show and pushed it as a big show. It’s positioned as a Kid’s Day show (though it’d make sense if that Friday’s 05/01 show is also a Kid’s Day one.) They’ve got a tie in with a university and should fill the place. This means CMLL may actually book storylines at some point to build to that show.
indy (SAT) 04/11/2015 Ex Balneario Olímpico, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal [Black Terry Jr. (flickr), Estrellas del Ring]
1) Ángel Jr. & Lokillo b Ave Negra & Ironía
2) Extremo & Payaso De Plata b Power Bull & Psyque
3) Fly Star, Metaleón, Mr. Leo, Toxin Boy b Águila Misteriosa, Centvrión, Fulgor I, Fulgor II
Mr. Leo & Metaleon are #HIGHLION. Metaleon overshot everyone on a springboard tornillo, and landed head first on cement. It looked brutal, but he apparently is OK. Medical assistance was there quick and he was put in a neck brace. Match was stopped while he was treated, then resumed with out Aguila Misteriosa to keep the sides even. Winners dedicated their win to Metaleon.
4) Fly Metalik, Terremoto, Wotam b Demasiado, Diva Salvaje, Estrella Divina
Wotan hurt his knee on a plancha to the outside
5) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo b Kilvan, Rey Lobo Jr., Shadow, Yoruba
Turtles took 2/3, despite Rafy being thrown into the pool
An AAA audio preview of the 05/02 lineup. They still don’t know who this Kronuz is!
Last week’s +LuchaTV never aired on TV, but was placed on their YouTube channel on Saturday. Today, instead of a new episode, there was a repeat episode of Leyendas Inmortales from the previous production crew, with updated upcoming event info – so something’s been changed here. I hope we still get more +LuchaTV but that doesn’t seem good.
RobViper has a music video of 12/07/14 AAA.
SuperLibre had Super Estrella and Salvador Flores in studio.
Segunda Caida watches the Grave Consequences Lucah Underground episode.
IWRG (THU) 04/16/2015 Arena Naucalpan
1) Araña de Plata vs Atomic Star, Hip Hop Man, Alas de Acero, Aeroman
2) Dragón Celestial, Metaleón, Yakuza vs Dowki, Electro Boy, Imposible
3) Apolo Estrada, Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo © vs Canis Lupus, Eterno, X-Fly [EdM Trios]
Gringos’ seventh defense
4) Faby Apache, Lady Maravilla, Veneno vs Oficial AK47, Sexy Lady, Taya Valkyrie
5) Hijo De Dos Caras, Myzteziz, Ricky Cruz vs Cibernético, Electroshock, Hijo de Máscara Año 2000
The Myzteziz/AAA appearance. They set up a Cruz/Caras match with the Rey del Ring, and this seems like the crowd to turn one of them.
CMLL (FRI) 04/17/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Linterna Verde Jr., Nube Roja, Toro Negro vs Mr. Trueno, Ráfaga, Rey Trueno
2) Flash I, Flash II, Pepe Aguayo vs Gran Eku, Pitbull I, Pitbull II
3) Forastero, Hijo del Calavera, Magnum vs Évola, Exterminador, Furia Roja
4) Frezzer, Metatrón, Reycko vs El Cuatrero, Jocker, Sansón [OCCIDENTE TRIOS, tournament]
5) Demonio Maya © vs Virgo [OCCIDENTE MIDDLE]
Maya’s first defense. The last four occidente middleweight title matches here have ended in title matches.
This is the last Friday show; both radio shows mentioned they’re moving back to Sundays after the All Elite show.
There was an Occidente Trios Championship at some point, but it’s before any history I have. It’s been a while.
Chilanga Mask (SAT) 05/16/2015 Arena Roberto Paz, Guadalajara, Jalisco
1) Aero Xtreme vs Rey Celestial, Reggae Boy, Mercurio
2) Dralion vs Belial
3) Fly Star, Fly Warrior, Toxin Boy vs Astro Rey Jr., Draego, Psico Kid
4) Fulgor I & Fulgor II vs Dorado Jr. & Sangre Fría Jr.
5) Aéreo (Ciudad Juarez), Latín Dragon, Rey Horus vs Aero Boy, Arez, Kaientai
6) Impulso vs Saturno
7) Black Terry vs Caifan vs Satánico
Good card: interesting veteran main event, semimain with a talented local guy getting a big chance, a trios match with six very different guys brought together in one match. All the matches have a chance to be good here.
Taping order is a unusual: this night has the first and last episode of this block, with the middle two being taped Sunday. Increasingly vague match lineups are posted in the usual spot.
They’re so far ahead that you’re likely going to forget what happened by the time these matches air.
CMLL (FRI) 04/10/2015 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Astral, Eléctrico, Fantasy b Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito
Pierrothito replaced Pequeno Universo 2000 on Monday.
2) Fuego, Pegasso, Tritón b Boby Zavala, Puma, Tiger
Tecnicos took 1/3. Puma dislocated a shoulder during the match but still finished.
3) Marcela b Syuri © [CMLL WOMEN]
Seconds were Skadi & Kamaitachi. Marcela won with a super Michinoku Driver, taking the title for the fourth time. Syuri falls on her third defense.
4) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Super Porky DQ Gran Guerrero, Rey Escorpión, Último Guerrero
Dragon Rojo Jr. was listed as replacing Super Porky on Monday, then Super Porky ended up back in the match anyway. Rudos took Atlantis’ mask for the DQ.
5) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Rush DQ Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible
TGR was DQed for excessive violence.
6) La Sombra b Volador Jr.
Sombra took falls 1/3, the last with help from the rest of the Ingobernables.
6) Volador Jr. b La Sombra
Volador took the win, taking 2/3. Volador had the last fall won, Ingobernables intefered, Sombra went for a cocky pin and got rolled up for the loss.
Update: had the main event result wrong.
Main event looks good. Would expect the title match to air instead of the fourth match.
CMLL’s Saturday Coliseo show has Guerrero Maya Jr., Maximo, Rush vs Ephesto, Rey Bucanero, Shocker as the main event. Sunday will have Atlantis, Mistico, Titan vs Casas, Mr. Niebla and Cavernario.
Copetes Salazar posted on Facebook that Verano Escandalo will be June 14th in Arena Monterrey, with Rey Misterio Jr. appearing. That comment can’t be found now and is probably deleted. AAA probably wasn’t planning to announce that date for a few weeks more. I’d assume that if Rey Misterio is appearing, it’ll probably end up on iPPV again.
Lucha Underground resumes taping today and tomorrow in Los Angeles. This weekend’s shows will cover June 25th to July 15th, episodes 33 to 36. No word of anyone new showing up, but it’s about the last weekend to add on; the next set of shows will close out the season. If you’re going to the shows, I’d love to get results or any notes from the tapings.
AAA TV moves onto San Luis Potosi today, so you’re not going to see the rest of Rey de Reyes unless you ordered the iPPV. Today’s matches include Brian Cage vs Alberto el Patron and the show is actually already up on the YouTube channel. The show begins with the Perro Aguayo Jr. tribute from the show.
LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s Thursday update.
Segunda Caida reviews Lucha Underground episode 18.
CaraLucha has added Cavernario vs Toscano vs Herodes Jr. to it’s 05/02 show.
ClaroLuchas has a video interview with Okumura about his career.
Estado de Mexico’s lucha libre commission will be renewing licenses and handing out new ones on Wednesday. That they’ve only allowed for two hours to do this suggests these are not going to be time consuming processes.
Lady Apache claims she’s banned from both CMLL & AAA for trying to improve conditions for fellow luchadors.
Konnan Big: “I did not kill lucha libre.”
CMLL (FRI) 04/17/2015 Arena México
1) Flyer & Molotov vs Akuma & Espiritu Negro
2) Oro Jr., Pegasso, Tritón vs Canelo Casas, Disturbio, Okumura
3) Marcela, Princesa Sugehit, Silueta vs Amapola, Dalys, Narumiya
4) Titán vs Pólvora [lightning]
5) La Sombra, Marco Corleone, Máximo vs Rey Escorpión, Thunder, Último Guerrero
6) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
Mr. Niebla handles the video preview and the main event. That’s almost champion trio versus champion trio, only Cavernario in for Felino.
Thunder returns from whatever he disappeared to, but is not facing Rush now.
Naumiya won Amapola’s CMLL-REINA championship in Japan, probably will be losing it to someone soon enough.
Tonight’s CMLL show is quietly a big one (though it can’t be that big if it’s this quiet.) La Sombra and Volador Jr. resume the feud of their generation with another singles main event. The biggest problem with the Ingobernables has been them constantly facing rudos while wrestling like rudos themselves. That’s not a problem with tonight’s match, and perhaps it’ll led in to the natural feud between the Ingobernables and the Sky Team.
The undercard includes Syuri’s title defense against Marcela. It’s Syuri’s last match in Mexico. CMLL’s usual patterns suggest Marcela is a heavy favorite, but there’s still a chance Syuri goes back to Japan with the CMLL women’s title. The show also has the TGR trio teaming again in the semifinal, and Rey Escorpion teaming with the Guerreros again because old feuds just fade away.
Mistico says it was a month after he returned to the ring when he finally felt 100%. He has looked improved compared to FantasticaMania.
Mr. Niebla says he wants to train like he’s going to the Olympics, and be healthy enough to be in the Mr. CMLL bodybuilding contest – he’s joking, but he wants to prove he can still go with the youngsters. This week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter expands on the story about why Mr. Niebla missed the last half of FantasticaMania: he didn’t show up for the bus, they found him passed out on the floor, NJPW took him to the hospital and angrily made CMLL pay the bill. It’s not mentioned there, but I was told CMLL wants Niebla to repay them. I wonder if the reason he’s back is to work off that debt.
CaraLucha announced they’re holding a new talent tournament (Bestiario), resembling CMLL’s En Busca de un Idolo. Luchadors are invited to send in their info, they’ll choose 16 to have a session with a trainer, and 8 of those will advance to a single elimination tournament. Luchadors will not advance by winning, but by getting a higher score from a panel of five judges (a referee, a luchador, a media member, a CaraLucha staff member and a fan.) The final will be on 05/30, with the winner also getting to face Flamita on the same show. The loser will get a special singles match on another show, and those final two will become be booked by CaraLucha going forward.
On the surface, I have the same problem with this as the En Busca de Un Idolo tournament: lucha libre is interesting as a fake sport, but not as fake performance art that’s graded within the context of the show. We can do here because we’re not part of the show, but doing it on the show breaks it’s own reality. Instead of having a judging panel declare who’s better after the match, it seems easier and less fake to have the person in charge actually decide who’s better before the match and then just do a match where the better person wins. That seems like a crazy old school thought but I’m sticking with it.
This particular format seems to cause bigger problems than the CMLL one: En Busca de un Idolo has a luchador face a variety of luchadors so any one specific opponent doesn’t have a big influence. In Bestiario, a luchador’s chance of advancing is entirely depending on looking better than the person they’re working with. If your Caralucha, you’re trusting that everyone will be super professional and not try to sabotage others to help themselves advance. (CMLL hasn’t seemed to have that issue because everyone in En Busca de un Idolo is still in CMLL the next day and has to go back to that locker room. If a luchador knows they won’t be brought back to CaraLucha if they lose, there’s a lot less peer pressure to do the right thing.) Of course I’m thinking cynically when there are just as many possible problems on the other extreme – this could be seven matches of diving off the balcony if they think it’ll get over with the judges.
This week’s WON mentioned a dark match on the SmackDown with the Matadors against two unknowns that went well, with one of the local competitors mentioned as flying around a lot. This turns out to be Sammy Guervara & “Tony Guevara”, where Tony was actually an unmasked Laredo Kid. (It doesn’t appear that’s not his real name or that he’s related to other guy, just the name he was using on the name.) I’d assumed Laredo was the one flying around, but it’s Sammy who has a picture on Facebook of him doing a 450 splash so perhaps that’s a bad assumption. Laredo’s unmasked pictures are there as well, but I’m not going to link to them.
Black Terry responds to Psico Kid’s challenge to a match on a ChilangaMask show. All the wrestlers on the internet should find the +LuchaTV cameras and cut promos on Black Terry just to see if they can pull it off.
Recall when Jim Ross was saying he hadn’t talked to Lucha Underground (but it was mostly clear his representatives had)? Now he’s said he talked to Lucha Underground, but they couldn’t make the schedules work. Ross says he was going to be involved in the finale taped next week. I was skeptical of Ross as a full time announcer for that sort of product, but bringing him in for a season finale would’ve definitely worked.
Hours after All Elite announced their final card for 04/19 show, they announced Satanico will replace Blue Panther.
Segunda Caida’s Matt D reviews Bucanero & Guerrero vs Mr. Niebla & Villano IV.
Psicosis II’s in the Chicago area for a match he’s having with Discovery on Sunday and is demanding an ambulance to the show, because he’s going to put Discovery in it. That show has Valiente & Solar and other people I’m not that interested in.
Carolina de la Torre, who was the IWRG ringside interviewer for a period in 2013 and 2014, posed for photos in Playboy Mexico. (That link does not take you to the pictures.)
AULL (SUN) 04/19/2015 Arena Lopez Mateos
1) Sky Fly & Super Terry vs Kain & Rey Inmortal
2) Holkan © vs Ironía [AULL Light]
Holkan’s first defense. He won the title back in 2013.
3) Ángel Del Amor © vs Yakuza [AULL WELTER]
Angel del Amor’s first defense.
4) Leviatham © vs Terry 2000 [AULL LH]
Leviatham’s first defense.
5) Herejía © vs Judas el Traidor [AULL HEAVY]
Herejia’s first defense.
6) Samael & Tormento © vs Decadente & Psicópata [AULL TAG]
Second defense (though Epitafio filled in for Samael on the first one)
7) Gallego, Rocky Santana, Romano Garcia © vs Dante, Euro, Filder [AULL TRIOS]
Diabolicos 3rd defense.
All championship show. In an upset, there appears to be no phantom title changes.
AAA on Televisa: 2015-02-28
taped 2015-02-08 @ Centro Civico Nueva Aragon, Ecatepec, Estado de México
Myzteziz vs el Hijo del Perro Aguayo: [excellent]
CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2015-02-28
taped 2015-02-17 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Ángel de Oro, Dragon Lee, Titán vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas: [good]
CMLL on CadenaTres: 2015-02-28
taped 2015-02-24 @ Arena México
Flyer, Oro Jr., Star Jr. vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Artillero, Súper Comando: [good]
Volador Jr. vs Último Guerrero: [good]
Shows Watched But Nothing Worthwhile
Lucha Underground: 2015-03-04
I abadoned the idea of doing a post for CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2015-02-28 about 3 matches in, because it was a dumb tournament show and I had nothing really to say. Enjoy a token gif.
This was also the week where I kept putting off watching Leyendas Inmortales until I decided it I just could not justify spending the time on it.
Matches To Watch Later
don’t have anything from TV