CMLL tonight, The Crash in SLP, La Llave a La Gloria wraps tomorrow

tonight (and that Cavernario photo is always welcome)

The Crash (THU) 08/10/2017 Domo de San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí [El Sabor del Ring]
1) Aero Kid, Androide, Belcebu b Cancerbero, Gran Amenaza, Súper Kiss
locals match
2) Látigo, Pegasuz, Tiago b Astrolux, Rayo Star, Rey Celestial (Puebla)
money thrown in
3) Keira © b La MagnificaChik TormentaDiosa Quetzal [The Crash WOMEN]
Both Magnifica & Quetzal replaced Lady Maravilla. Keria beat Quetzal to retain the title.
4) Drastik Boy, Flamita, Jack Evans b Bestia 666, Demus 3:16, Hijo de Pirata Morgan
Draztick Boy replaced Rey Horuz. Bestia & Jack fueded.
5) Daga & Zorro DQ Garza Jr. & Último Ninja
everyone (referee included) fouled everyone before the DQ was called.
6) Blue Demon Jr., Rey Mysterio 619, The King (Rey Fenix) b La Máscara, M-ximo, Rey Escorpión (Indie)

This was a big building (11K) and they filled a lot of it. Like every other promotion, the photos they sent out were carefully chosen and it wasn’t quite as packed on other sides of the arena, but I’m thinking this might be the biggest attendance they’ve had for a show so far. Tickets were reasonable prices, 100 to 350 pesos.

MicromanFever has a recap of Garza Jr.’s interview Fuego en el RIng. Garza says some interesting stuff, and makes the case that The Crash having a TV show or even full matches on YouTube is not that important in 2017, highlights are enough. This is a worthy debate, except the most recent highlights The Crash have posted are from March. The Crash is farther behind on The Crash shows than I am.

Garza Jr. said he and Fenix are headed to NOAH for a week at the end of September, and then they’ll stay for two months if they get over. That doesn’t quite make sense, especially with both of them booked in Torreon in October, but it’ll come out in the wash.

Today’s CMLL show is one of those times where I’m more preoccupied by what we can learn about CMLL going forward than any of the matches actually happening today. I’m wondering about one of the feuds. It’s not the Niebla Roja/Gran Guerrero one, though that’s the main event. It’s not really the Diamante Azul/Rush one, though it plays into it. It’s the Princesa Sugehit versus Zeuxis mask match rivalry, the longest running of all of the and the one where both people have been pointing towards the Anniversary show first. We might find out if they’re actually getting to it tonight.

Last year’s Gran Prix featured both the 8v8 main event, but also an excellent Cavernario versus Rey Cometa hair versus hair match underneath. There probably will be a space for an apuesta match underneath again this year. Only we know it can’t be Diamante Azul vs Rush since they’re in the Gran Prix itself, and it’s not likely to be Gran Guerrero versus Niebla Roja since they’re already getting to talk about the Anniversary show in-ring. (CMLL rule of thumb is none of the backstage promos really matter, but in-ring mentions of a date means it’s actually happening on that date.) That just leaves the women’s match, probably the match of the three most people would like to see on the Anniversary show, maybe happening two weeks early. There’s also really no room on the Anniversary show if both Guerrero/Roja and Azul/Rush are happening. CMLL could (correctly) see Rush putting up his hair as the biggest possible draw on a show that’s otherwise featuring a feud between the formerly third and fourth members of a group and maybe their best shot at drawing a good house this year.

I didn’t think Azul/Rush was happening before last week, and I’m still not sure it is – they could easily just be screwing around for the sake of something to fill out August, or to build tension on the Mexico team before the foreigners start to arrive (and they may start to arrive next Friday, that’s probably why the King Haku news came out this week.) And the women have been pretty consistent at saying they want their match at the Anniversary show for months; you’d think someone would’ve given them the heads up by now if that’s not happening. We’ll have more information by the end of the night. If Zeuxis & Sugehit make in-ring mask challenges but don’t mention a date, and if Rush & Diamante Azul looks like it could keep going, then you can start to put next month’s show.

The card itself is a lot of matches that could be good but nothing that really jumps out as speical. Dragon Lee & Mistico are Niebla Roja’s partners of the night against the Guerreros (with Mephisto in for Euforia.) Diamante Azul and Rush will have a singles match, which has been no good every time they’ve had it. Caristico is in a fourth match, rare for him, teaming with Soberano and Valiente against Sam Adonis, Negro Casas and Cavernario. It’s a weird fit unless Caristico is the next Adonis rival. Zeuxis teams with Amapola & Dalys against Sugehit, Silueta and Maravilla in what should be one of the better CMLL women’s trios matches. The Panther brothers & Esfinge face Puma, Tiger and Disturbio, and Shockercito & Stukita versus Mercurio & Pierrothito open the show at 8:30pm.

Besides the foreigners possibly coming in, Mistico, Titan, Ultimo Guerrero and Rey Bucanero will be going out, off next weekend for those ROH UK shows.

Tickets for the CMLL 09/01 Gran Prix are on sale, will run from 185 to 830 pesos including service charges. That’s the scale CMLL seems to for it’s lesser big shows; it’s the same range they ran back in December 2014 for a cage match with a bunch off upper level guys and Felino losing his hair.

Televisa announced TripleMania will air on Canal 5 (an over the air station available nationwide) on August 26th. The announcement was a single tweet, and there’s no info about when it’ll air (which is expected to be late in the night after the McGregror/Mayweather show) or how much will air.

AAA’s La Llave de la Gloria tryout will finish up Saturday. (I’d suspect the next news update won’t come until after it concludes.) AAA will select winners, who will get to work the opener of TripleMania in a couple weeks. We’re not sure how they’ll choose, how many they’ll choose, or even really who exactly they’ll choose from, but parts of the event will likely be streamed on AAA’s Facebook.

Part of me hasn’t liked this contest, because I liked logic and consistency in things and the logic of this tournament has been kept well hidden if it exists. On the other hand, you can’t turn over a rock in Mexico without finding a guy who can do a cool headscissors you’ve never heard of in your life, and it’s interesting to see people out of nowhere who are really great at what they’re doing. AAA’s track record of utilizing talent contest winners is sketchy, but a lot of the people who want far in the Quien Pinta Por La Corona contest years ago ended up getting noticed and used by indie promotions too. It’s worth watching to see who uses this to break out everywhere, and who’s worth scouring random YouTube channels to find a little bit more.

AAA now says tickets for the La Llave de la Gloria semifinal will be free for anyone who shows up at 10AM tomorrow. They’ve got the star of the deal twice as big as anyone else on that poster.

Dr. Wagner Jr. was doing a press tour yesterday to promote the TripleMania mask match. Here’s a clip from ESPN. There doesn’t seem to have been any news, but they’re pushing the show hard locally and I’d suspect Psycho Clown will make the same sort of rounds next week.

Nicho’s operation went well. It sounds like he got both knees done at the same time.

SuperLuchas has a Q&A with GCW referee Kris Levin, who will be back with those wrestlers when they work the September DTU shows.

German filmmaker Doris Dörrie says her next film will be made about a family of Mexico luchadoras. There’s no estimation of when the movie will be made.

The Gladiatores has a recap of a local Tijuana show. Hope everyone had a good time but the finishes sound awful: no finish because a faction ran in, no finish because both teams broke up, a clean finish!, that same faction wins via cheating but then kicks one person out and adds another, and a main event where a team lost because they broke up by the end. Indie lucha libre trying to be creative makes for some dreadful sounding shows; they’re twenty years behind the times on these finishes.

Lucha Memes started announcing matches for 09/03 in Coliseo Coacalo
1) Keira vs Makabre

Lucha Libre Mexicana-Los Reyes del Ring says 80s micro luchador Nicoali is in poor health.

Hijo del Santo writes about Dory Dixon.

Segunda Caida reviews Black Terry, Diablo Jr. & Demonio Infernals vs the Villanos.

Kcidis draws Sam Adonis.

A story on policeman/luchador Guerrera Rock.

There’s an exhibition of Mexican masks in Lisbon, Portugal.

AAA on Televisa: 2017-08-05 

Mundo moonsault

Recapped: 08/08/2017

Matches: 

Dr. Wagner Jr. beat El Mesías
(7:25, Wagner Driver, ok, via 
luchalibreaaatv )

Psycho Clown versus Pagano had no finish
(9:25, Mesias & Wagner run in, ok, via
luchalibreaaatv)

Johnny Mundo © beat Texano Jr. for the AAA World Heavyweight Championship
(8:48, foul, ok, via
luchalibreaaatv)

What happened: 

I needed an extra GIF and this seemed OK

Earlier, Fantasma tried to talk Vampiro into doing the three way title match. Vampiro explains he already made Texano & Mundo for the title tonight and he can’t change it, but he can make Fantasma referee. Later, Mundo berates Vampiro only to find out Vampiro stripped Taya of the Reina de Reinas title belt. Vampiro threatens to do the same to Mundo, and Mundo threatens lawyers. Vampiro says it won’t matter because “next week”, Texano will beat him for the titles anyway. Mundo isn’t concerned because he has Kevin Kross on his side. Vampiro points out Kross is fighting #1 briefcase now and might be coming for Mundo at any time. (Hilariously, we can see the #1 briefcase sitting on a table nearby.) In the graphics, AAA’s stopped referring to the individual titles and are simply calling Mundo the “Tri Champion”. Vampiro shows up before the match to announce Hijo del Fantasma as special referee.

Texano is more técnico in this match, though he and Fantasma have problems with Fantasma accidentally gets in his way on a dive. Mundo kicks out of both of Texano’s finishing moves on fair counts. Mundo crawls out and brings in a chair, Texano kicks him and grabs it, Fantasma stops Texano from using that chair and pulls it away, and Mundo fouls and cradles Texano while Fantasma is throwing out the chair. Fantasma counts the pin, also missing a tights pull. Mundo makes Fantasma raise his arm after the fact. Texano attacks Fantasma for costing him the match, but Fantasma takes him out. Kevin Kross urns in for no obvious reason, and that’s enough to get Fantasma and Texano stop fighting. Kross still gets with a double clothesline. Mundo comes in to congratulate Kross on a job well done, but Kross gets in his face. (No one has a briefcase here.) Hernandez walks out to argue with Kross, and Mascara de Bronce follows behind to springboard into a dropkick on both Hernandez and Kross. Mundo gets his turn to slam Bronce, then Texano and Fantasma attack Mundo. Neither Kross nor Hernandez make the save, watching from the outside. Mundo’s held in the middle for a lasso shot. Hernandez, Mundo and Kross all leave together even though they were about to fight. Texano and Fantasma argue in the ring and Bronce mostly disappears.

Psycho tope

Announcers discuss the Alvarado’s terrible history in apuesta matches. This time, Mesias’ played nine minutes in, but Mesias actually came out – he came thru the crowd and attacked Pagano. From behind. Psycho just watched as Mesias hit Pagano with the barbed wire bat, then decided to make the save. Wagner runs out, and Psycho Clown stands around doing nothing until Wagner gets there and hits him with a chair. It’s dumb. Both Psycho and Pagano end up bleeding, Pagano bleeding a lot. Pagano should win by DQ for Mesias’ attack, but no decision is ever called. Medics come into take the técnicos away without doing anything to stop the rudos, and get attacked. The técnicos are repeatedly pulled off the backboards and attacked viscously for a while; this is the same bit as in Juarez, but goes on for longer and feels heavier.

Jesus Zuniga announced this match as the semifinal. Even live, it’s not the semifinal – but it was on the poster so I guess he was looking at that. Dr. Wagner is totally a técnico thru the match. Pagano’s music starts to play seven minute in. Pagano is never seen, but Mesias stops fighting to look for him, waits about twenty seconds, and then is easily beat because of the distraction.

La Llave de la Gloria and the annual AAA pilgrimage are talked about in the Noti AAA. They also talk about the Mesias/Pagano rivalry.

Thoughts: 

excessive dive GIFs are the refuge of someone with no good ideas

This wasn’t the greatest advertisement for TripleMania. None of the three singles matches came across as a big deal as expected, and all the matches had underwhelming endings if they even had endings. These matches were supposed to be TripleMania level, but they weren’t as good as Suicide/Bengala last week and it didn’t feel like a big show was coming. The post match attack after the second match was at least a little bit effective, but the title match picture has so many different agendas and none of them are really clicking.

The main event was fine, I guess, and maybe I’m underrating it, but it felt underwhelming considering the guys involved. They working slow wand less impressively than you’d expect with the similar match on Lucha Underground. This was the one of these matches where someone actually trying the moves that actually win matches, only the crowd didn’t seem to care all that much and it never felt the intensity of a big title match. All the different subplots and extraneous aren’t helping the match they’re building at Triplemania; the three way doesn’t feel like the big title match, but the minor one that’s killing time for a PPV cycle before they get to the really important matches (Kross/Mundo? Fantasma/Texano?)

Pagano & Psycho Clown tried to have a straight technical match and it was OK at best. It’s not what either man does well, and looked slow and clunky at times. The crowd wasn’t all that into it, not reacting much to the near falls they were doing. They seemed to like the characters but weren’t much interested in the outcome, or they knew there was not going to be an ending until a finisher or a foul. That turned out right, since this was just a set up to have the TripleMania rudos destroy the TripleMania técnicos, and they cared much more about. The angle was effective but the match itself wasn’t worth seeing.

The opener was a casual singles match that was just doing the safe but not so interesting stuff, and then had the always terrible music finish. Pagano never even actually appearing made Mesias look even dumber, but it’s still a dumb finish. Given that ending, they wisely didn’t seem like it was that important to do all that much in the match. Wagner showed more than Mesias, but this wasn’t a shadow of the TripleMania fight they were redoing here.

lucha TV preview for weekend of August 10th

full size

Lucha Underground also mentions Catrina making a move on Cage’s gauntlet, and Rey Mysterio & Johnny Mundo meeting before their title match the following week.

AAA will have the first taping from Monterrey, if I’m right this time.  I’m just too excited to see Sexy Star back.

IWRG on Sunday has a quicky mask match.

1988 Coahuila/Durango lineups added to the luchadb

latest in a long series

I added 1987 lucha libre lineups, mostly from the cities Torreon and Gomez Palacio, to the luchadb database over the last week. They’re integrated the different pages of this site, and they’re also just available here. I think this is the first one of these which isn’t bigger than the last one. The link actually works this time, but no one asked me about the link not working last time so this is probably is totally unnecessary. Some day, some Google robot will come by and be lost forever.

This is a slow continuing project to mine the El Siglo de Torreon archive for lucha lineups and results. This year, the paper not only covered lucha for the entire year, but would regularly post results of Sundays hows on Tuesdays or Wednesdays. Not all undercard matches were covered, but this is about as thorough information as we get today, with more hints about how well the show drew than now. Lucha libre is often portrayed as another Mexican sport, but this is a rare time it was being treated like one.

The schedule is Arena Olimpico Laguna on Thursdays, and the Auditorio most Tuesdays, and either the Plaza de Toros or Palacio de Los Deportes on Sundays. The Auditorio disappears for much of the summer, so they may have been holding bull fights there too. Or other events – there’s no usual New Year’s Day shows because boxing is running in all the arenas instead. Still, 175 events total, more than 3 a week. Again, the shows feature UWA and EMLL talent coming in, though there’s some attempt to push local talent.

This “year”, I started remembering to link to articles which seemed a little interesting.

 

Lucha World Cup, Revolucha, Indy Nation wins (but also loses), The Crash in SLP

Indy Nation (photo by Black Terry Jr.)

RevoLucha The Crash (SUN) 08/06/2017 Arena Coliseo Monterrey [Lo Mejor de Lucha Libre, LuchaMania Monterrey]
1) Black Impuls b Thunder
2) Bestia II & Guerrero Vida b La Chocolata & Larry Miranda Jr.
3) Damián 666 & Hijo Del Espectro b Genocida & Psicótico
Damian fouled Psicotico
4) Bestia 666 & Black Taurus (Indie) b Delta & Jack Evans
Black Taurus is officially part of Rebelion Yellow. Bestia beat Jack.
5) The King (Rey Fenix) b Rey Horus ©Sammy GuevaraÚltimo Ninja[The Crash CRUISER] Campeonato Crucero The Crash: Rey Horus vs. Fenix vs. Sammy Guevara vs. Ultimo Ninja (posted by Luchamania Monterrey)
Fenix won the title. Money thrown in.
6) Daga b Garza Jr.
Yellow Rebelion distracted Daga, but he came back and surprised and overconfident Garza with a cradle. Bestia, Garza, Ultimo Ninja and Taurus beat up Daga and Fenix when he tried to make the save.

Attendance looks weaker than you’d expect for this show. The Crash already teased a heavyweight title tournament but they really should just stick with the cruiserweight title as their only main title; most of their guys are that size, they already have the title on a top guy, and they’ve got enough personal issues that they don’t need a third different singles title right now. They’re going to add a heavyweight title and bring back the tag titles because having titles to keep luchadors happy is what Mexican promotions do, but it’s a waste of time.

No one’s quite sure when Black Taurus joined Yellow Rebelion – if only it was a possible for a promotion to explain their own storylines to people who don’t go to shows – but he already had a yellow mask made so it must’ve been planned before this run of shows.

This is what I think the factions are, but I’m not 100%
Rebelion Red: Fenix, Penta, Rey Mysterio, Daga, Zorro…and maybe Damian, he might have joined in Mexicali
Rebelion Yellow: Garza, Ultimo Ninja, Bestia 666, Black Taurus
La Mascara, M-ximo and Rey Escorpion are their own Ingobernable thing, but allied with the Yellow group at the moment.

The Crash debuts in San Luis Potosi tonight. Main event is Blue Demon, Rey Mysterio and Fenix against La Mascara, M-ximo and Rey Escorpion. Daga & Zorro team are scheduled to face Garza & Ultimo Ninja. Zorro posted his plane ticket to the show, so he’ll be there. Keyra is supposed to face Chik Tormenta & Lady Maravilla, but I’d assume Maravilla is off the show. Rey Celestial, who won the minis division of the last AAA talent search, debuts in the segunda of this card.

Nicho is having the first of two knee operations today.

IWRG (WED) 08/09/2017 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr)The Gladiatores]
1) Skanda b Ángel Oriental
2) Celestial Boy & Voltar b Guerrero 2000 & Power Bull
3) Kempo Jr. & Monaguillo b Lunatic Xtreme & Warrior Jr.
4) Ovett b Chico Che
Chico Che was hurt in the match.
5) Fly Star, Fly Warrior, Fulgor I, Fulgor II, Glenn Calavera, Jerry Calavera, Mr. Leo, Séptimo Rayo b Alas de Acero, Aramis, Black Dragón, Demonio Infernal, Diablo Jr., Dinamic Black, Eterno, Golden Magic [Copa Higher Power]
IWRG (Black Terry) vs Indy Nation (Centrvion). Gallo Frances interfered to cost IWRG (and probably Black Dragon) the match. Back to back wins for Indy Nation.
6) Emperador Azteca © b Arez [IWRG IC WELTER]
first defense. Glenn Calavera interfered frequently. Dinamic Black tried to count, but he was caught by the referee and ejected. Azteca still retained. Arez threatened to come after Arez’s mask.

This show may turn up Saturday on AYM and there’s a good chance +LuchaTV will post it. I don’t know what Indy Nation’s goals are, but it helps to be successful if you want people to get interested in you, and winning the two Higher Powers are a start. Stealing a title would be better.

AAA’s Japan office announced the return of the Lucha World Cup in Tokyo. They’ll have a Lucha Underground focused show on 10/09, then this year’s edition of the LWC on 10/10. There had been reports of the LWC happening in Japan this year going back to before last year’s edition, but not much talk this year – the last it came up in the spring, the locations were either the US or Mexico. This seems like it’ll be a scaled down competition, but we’ll know when AAA in Mexico announces it. Lucha Underground has been airing on SamuraiTV the last year, with Season 2 beginning this past Friday.

This week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter mentions Fenix & Garza are going to NOAH in October. I don’t think dates have been announced for that tour yet. NOAH usually participates in the Lucha World Cup, and would be expected to be here, even while working with other guys normally. I’m sure they’d like to have all the people who are in The Crash, but they’re all announced for a show in Torreon the day before so they’re not planning on coming.

CMLL announced King Haku is off the 09/01 Gran Prix. It reads like it’s visa problems. ROH’s Kenny King will replace him, which means ROH will now have more than 1 person on the team. Kenny King has been appearing on this season’s The Bachelorette, though it hasn’t seemed to build a bigger reaction for him in ROH.

Dhani of Lucha Memes says tickets for the Anniversary will be 100 pesos ($5.58 USD) on the low end. If right, that’s going to open the show up to people who’ve been priced out the last few years. The low end of the tickets was 300 pesos for the three big years, and down to 189 last year (including service fees, which might not be in that 100 peso price.) The other way of looking at this is CMLL is acknowledging they don’t have the kind of the card for this show they’ve had in past years and have to make it easier to get in. The high end price for Pierroth/Azul in match show was 1849 pesos, and I’d guess it’ll be the same here.

Lucha Memes also officially announced they’re running the Sunday after the Gran Prix, 09/03, in Coacalco. They hinted at a show the Sunday after the Anniversary show as well, but haven’t officially announced it or the location yet.

ROH announced Titan & Mistico will team KUSHIDA to face Naito, SANADA and BUSHI on 08/20 as part of their UK tour. That should be a fun match. ROH’s description of Titan & Mistico’s history is completely wrong, but no one’s going to correct it unless I tweet directly at ROH and I’d rather them be wrong rather than playing their copy editor every single time.

El Siglo de Torreon talks to Mano Negra about his life. Mano Negra’s story about his name is he wanted to be a masked wrestler when he was training, so he would always cover his face with his hand in photos. Lucha Libre magazine editor Valente Perez saw one of the photos, where not-yet-Mano’s hand appeared black because of the flash, remembered John Carlos & Tommy Smith’s protest from the Mexico City Olympics three years ago, and came up with the name Mano Negra. The glove, which Sanely’s since adopted as an opera glove, is a direct reference to that moment. The mask design was one sent in by fans in Mil Mascaras mask design contest. Laguna luchador New Warrior is mentioned to be Mano Negra’s grandson (and so, a fourth generation luchador.)

Taya says she’s got new gear she’s saving for something secret in a few weeks. TripleMania is in a few weeks, guess it could be that. For what it’s worth, Taya & Johnny Mundo are mentioned as denying their issues with AAA are a work from the beginning in the WON.

Zeuxis told ClaroSports that her dream growing up was never to be a luchadora, but she saw the Marcela/Dark Angel title match and she was into it from there.

Impact Wrestling tonight has Hijo del Fantasma & Marufuji vs Laredo Kid & Garza Jr..

TKD and CultIcon recap last night’s Lucha Underground.

AAA posted Zona Ruda, who had Dark Cuervo & Psycho Clown as guests.

Fuego en el Ring has the latest edition of their podcast.

LuchaWorld has their latest news update with podcast and Informa recaps.

Lineups

The Crash (SUN) 10/08/2017 Auditorio Municipal, Torreón, Coahuila
1) Keyra, Máscarita Dorada, Máximo vs Black Taurus (Indie), Demus, Lady Maravilla 
2) Flamita vs Sammy GuevaraSéptimo DragónÚltimo Ninja 
3) Daga, Jack Evans, Zorro vs Bestia 666, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Rey Escorpión (Indie) 
4) Jeff Cobb & Keith Lee vs Brian Cage & Willie Mack 
5) Penta 0M, Rey Fénix (Indie), Rey Misterio 619 vs ?, Garza Jr., La Máscara

Hey, it’s a mystery person in the main event, Mascara can start the Rush rumors and Garza can start the Pagano rumors and it’ll be like Silver King or something.

(Or the lineup doesn’t really matter since Maravilla probably isn’t working this show.)

great match roundup, week of 2017-07-29

yep

I really liked Puma/Fox. Too bad it was a year ago. I don’t know if I’m going to cut down on CMLL as a regular thing but also I haven’t watched any of it when I was written this because I wasn’t looking forward to it, so maybe there’s a reason right there.

Recommended stuff

rating matches TV Show taped
excellent Prince Puma vs Dante Fox [Cueto Cup] and in a tournament quarterfinal match Lucha Underground: 2017-08-02 2016-05-15
great Johnny Mundo vs Dragón Azteca Jr. Lucha Underground: 2017-08-02 2016-05-15
great Rey Cometa, Soberano Jr., The Panther vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 4 DE AGOSTO DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-08-04 2017-08-04
great Blue Panther vs Sam Adonis for the hair LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 4 DE AGOSTO DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-08-04 2017-08-04
good Shockercito © vs Pierrothito for the CMLL World Pequeño Estrellas Championship LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 31 DE JULIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-07-31 2017-07-31
good Ángel de Oro © vs Rey Bucanero for the CMLL World Middleweight Championship LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 1º DE AGOSTO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-08-01 2017-08-01
good Pindar vs Fénix [Cueto Cup] and in a tournament quarterfinal match Lucha Underground: 2017-08-02 2016-05-15
good El Gallito & Microman vs Mije & Perico Zakarías LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 4 DE AGOSTO DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-08-04 2017-08-04
good Carístico, Niebla Roja, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 4 DE AGOSTO DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-08-04 2017-08-04

Other stuff maybe watched

rating matches TV Show taped
ok Bengala vs Australian Suicide AAA Worldwide en Puebla Parte 1 - Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide - Julio 2017 (posted by Lucha Libre AAA) Bengala vs Australian Suicide (posted by thecubsfan) AAA on Televisa: 2017-07-29 2017-06-30
ok Aerostar, Drago, Raptor vs Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Soul Rocker AAA Worldwide en Puebla Parte 1 - Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide - Julio 2017 (posted by Lucha Libre AAA) Aerostar, Drago, Raptor vs Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Soul Rocker (posted by thecubsfan) AAA on Televisa: 2017-07-29 2017-06-30
ok Argenis, La Parka, Lanzeloth vs Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly AAA Worldwide en Puebla Parte 1 - Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide - Julio 2017 (posted by Lucha Libre AAA) Argenis, La Parka, Lanzeloth vs Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly (posted by thecubsfan) AAA on Televisa: 2017-07-29 2017-06-30
ok Máscara de Bronce vs HernandezKevin Kross[briefcase] AAA Worldwide en Puebla Parte 1 - Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide - Julio 2017 (posted by Lucha Libre AAA) Máscara de Bronce vs Hernandez vs Kevin Kross for title shot briefcase (posted by thecubsfan) AAA on Televisa: 2017-07-29 2017-06-30
ok Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto © vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón for the Mexican National Trios Championship Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto © vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón [MEX TRIOS] (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL Guadalajara: 2017-07-29 2017-07-25
ok Arkalis, Espíritu Maligno, Rey Samuray vs Ares, Guerrero Espacial, Rey Apocalipsis LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 31 DE JULIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-07-31 2017-07-31
ok La Vaquerita, Princesa Sugehit, Sanely vs Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 31 DE JULIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-07-31 2017-07-31
ok Rey Cometa, Soberano Jr., Stigma vs El Malayo, Puma, Tiger  (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-07-31 2017-07-31
ok Dragón Lee, Mistico, Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Negro Casas LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 31 DE JULIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-07-31 2017-07-31
ok Carístico vs Rush LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 31 DE JULIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-07-31 2017-07-31
ok Drone, Fuego, Pegasso vs Disturbio, Sagrado, VirusLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 4 DE AGOSTO DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-08-04 2017-08-04
ok Ángel de Oro, Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone vs Hechicero, Pierroth, Rush LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 4 DE AGOSTO DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-08-04 2017-08-04
not rated Bengala & Magia Blanca vs Apocalipsis & InquisidorLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 1º DE AGOSTO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-08-01 2017-08-01
not rated Fantasy, Stukita, Último Dragóncito vs Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Violencia LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 1º DE AGOSTO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-08-01 2017-08-01
not rated El Consejo, Oro Jr., Star Jr. vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Luciferno, Metálico LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 1º DE AGOSTO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-08-01 2017-08-01
not rated Drone, Fuego, Stigma vs Misterioso Jr., Raziel, Sangre Azteca LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 1º DE AGOSTO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-08-01 2017-08-01
not rated Mistico, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 1º DE AGOSTO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-08-01 2017-08-01

Lucha Underground 3×30: Bloodlines

one man thought he bought tickets for Disney on Ice

Matches

Paul London [O], Saltador, Mala Suerte beat Ricky Mandel [X], Taya, PJ Black to win three Aztec Medallions (4:27, Paul London Shooting Star Press on Mandel, ok)

Mil Muertes beat Jeremiah Crane (7:05 from the time they got to the ring, 13:25 if you count the main segment, 14:04 if you go back to first contact, flatliner, great)

Pentagon Dark beat Texano Jr. (6:09, Golden Horsehoe to the face, ok)

Developments

this was not Jeremiah Crane’s day

If last week was heavy on matches, light on mythology, this was nearly the reverse. There was one big match, but there was a lot of heavy mythology.

It’s a coin toss where to start, but the end is as good place as any. The episode closed with Captian Vazquez following up on the tease from last week: no man alive could take the gauntlet from Cage, but noted dead person Mil Muertes might have a shot. She summed Catrina to her (more spookily lit than normal) office for a test confrontation. It was clear from the start that they had some strained relationship, but they were both powerless compared to the Gods they know are coming. Catrina was angry enough at Vazquez to refuse to help, and Vazquez mentioning she “gave [Catrina] life twice” seemed to just tough a nerve. Vazquez apparently gave half of the amulet to Catrina, but Catrina’s not happy about it, feeling she’s stuck between life and death. Vazquez offered the other half of the amulet, trading away her own immortality, if Mil can get the gauntlet away from Cage. Catrina testily accepted the deal, and revealed the first time Vazquez gave her life – Vazquez is Catrina’s mother.

The other mythological moment happened in Dario’s office, where a lot of these moments seem to happen. Dario was visited by FBI agent Winter, who claimed to be representing The Order and is replacing Councilman Delgado. (He’s introduced as a new character, but I believe he’s the same guy we saw in a limo scene much earlier this season.)

Dario knew about The Order, the group that’s behind all this gods descending semi-nonsense, but Dario didn’t know they had people in the FBI and he definitely didn’t know Councilman Delgado had been killed by Cage. Winter wasn’t really concerned with that, chalking it up to just one of those things that happen when a vessel is being prepared for a God. (That answers the question of why there was no quick follow up – the people who knew Delgado was dead didn’t care, and the people who did care didn’t know.) Winter seemed to be just there to establish his role, update Dario on the plot, speak threateningly about a war, and mark out for Pentagon Dark. On the other hand, Dario seemed quite concerned about how disposable his boss turned out to be and what that means for his own lifespan. His grabbing the red bull seemed symbolic; maybe he’s going to make sure to care of his family first.

all I wanted was the hat to fly off and it did

In a third, lesser obvious plot line note, Worldwide Underground’s agent Benjamin Cooke threatened to fire all the underlings after they lost a winnable match against the Rabbit Tribe. (It was Ricky’s fault, of course.) He credited Johnny for being the only reason they were still allowed to be around, but seemed to be separating Mundo from the rest of the group. There’s something up. In an episode with immortal police detectives and FBI agents who are part of a secret cult, it’s unlikely Benjamin Cooke is just an agent. A reveal is coming, probably in the next ten episodes (maybe that last one), but right now we’re just looking for signs of which way it’s going to go.

There were also matches! As mentioned, the Rabbit Tribe picked up three Aztec Medallions, leaving four more to be decided before they hold a match. Pentagon Dark beat Texano when Famous B’s unwanted help finally backfired: the golden horseshoe ended up in Pentagon’s hands and then Texano’s jaw. Pentagon is locked in, but mostly locked in breaking arms. Famous B saved Texano at the cost of getting his own arm broken again, and Brenda got her arm broken just for checking on B (and maybe to remind us that Pentagon’s actually not a good guy no matter how many people chant Cero Miedo, because this was some straight up not good guy stuff.)

Jeremiah Crane versus Mil Muertes was the match of the night. This felt the most like end of Season 1, early Season 2 ultimate destroyer Mil Muertes. He destroyed Jeremiah before the match started, he destroyed Jeremiah for the length of the match, and he destroyed Jeremiah after the match for good measure. Crane looked competitive at times, but he was man who’s best pitches were getting knocked out of the park – he showed the most by just staying alive as long as he did. It was crazy brawl, complete with the usual moment where someone fed Striker a line about Dario having told everyone it was no DQ to explain how there hadn’t been 50 of those already. Catrina gave Crane a Kiss of Death after the match, to set up a Mil Head Kick of Death and a DDT of Death.

That leaves next week’s Cueto Cup semifinals as

Fenix vs Prince Puma (a rematch from episode 1×10, where Puma won)

Mil Muertes vs Pentagon Dark (never a 1v1 match on this show, though they have met in multimans)

Thoughts

don’t remember Kramer doing this one

There’s a sense of momentum with the season at this point. The tournament is moving to the close – with the four favorites all advancing – and the plot lines seem to be moving on. That amulet was introduced 28 episodes ago and someone finally did more with it than stare. The Agent Winter stuff is a lot of the same end of times war that’s been mentioned for three seasons without anything anchoring it to a wrestling match, but at least we found out Councilman Delgado’s death was mostly about the shocking visual of exploding Lorenzo Llamas’ head and not a lot more. The Aztec Medallions give me a sense of impeding conclusion in the conventional wrestling plots, and it’s nice to see some of that urgency mirrored a bit in the mythological too – maybe some of it actually gets concluded in season 3 too.

Mil Muertes/Jeremiah Crane was fun. It’s mostly a style preference to pick this or Fox/Puma as the best match in this round, and they’re both pretty great. I enjoyed how Crane’s tricks just wouldn’t work – the cannonball got cut off, the table backfired, even repeating the chair but wasn’t enough to beat killing machine Mil Muertes. Mil Muertes is back to being way too much for anyone and Crane’s over-eagerness cost him in the end, jumping right into the flatliner. It was almost so definite that it felt like the end of the issue, only it’s a feud in Lucha Underground so there’s got to be a stipulation match coming for that.

this seems fun

I didn’t think much of Pentagon/Texano. It was alright but it never found the extra levels the Pentagon/Drago match did. Both here and in his much more recent matches in AAA, Texano really hasn’t found that extra gear to make matches feel important. Famous B costing Texano the match concluded his tournament story well but made for the least exciting of the four quarterfinals. Pentagon snapping Brenda’s arm just for being there felt a bit uncomfortable, but maybe was supposed to feel a little bit uncomfortable.

You probably don’t watch much El Rey outside the show. Some weeks, they air an episode specific commercial for next week, which is helpful if you’re a dork on the internet who’s trying to be the first to figure out what matches are airing in that episode. They haven’t been doing one of those recent weeks. They’ve instead aired one of two episode unspecific Strong Female Characters commercials. It’s never outright said to be that, but it’s just highlights of the LU women doing and saying impressive things. (There’s even a highlight of a spot that I’m pretty sure hasn’t aired yet, and won’t for some time.) I was thinking about that Strong Female Character commercial when this week’s opener had the Rabbit Tribe seeing Taya less as an opponent and more as a pretty girl they hope would touch them. They’re wacky crazy guys as an excuse, except I think the announcers are not supposed to be wacky and crazy and they were going with it too. I so hoped Taya would just blast them with a running dropkick like the person the commercials portrayed, but she carried out with a running double knee smash anyway because that was the show it actually is. It didn’t look all that good, and neither was the match outside of Jack’s whiteboard. Can’t win them all.

The Crash: 2017-05-05 

Daga & ZSJ counters

Recapped: 08/07/05

All matches took place in Auditorio de Tijuana on May 5th. I switched between MAC Vazquez & MegaKakashi619’s videos depending on the match. Kakashi has better sound and picture, but also the head of the person in front of them blocking the action sometimes.

Matches: 

Douglas James, Oráculo, Serpentico beat Black Danger, Jonathan, Último Maldito
(10:17, Oraculo reverse rana Black Danger, good, via
MegaKakashi619)

A more coherent version of a The Crash opener, where they were clearly doing the normal A-B-A structure – but then just kept on going to do more stuff. (You need really need to do the tower of doom superplex, trust me.) Douglas James is not a name that seems to be on these shows a lot but looked impressive here, and this was generally better held together action than usual. Oraculo’s finish looked messed up and he had a headscissors before it that didn’t go well, but they’ve got many months more to get better chemistry.

James dropkick

Arkángel Divino, Astrolux, Black Boy beat Diamante (Elite), Famous B, Látigo
(7:00, Arkangel Divino C4 Diamante, good, via
MegaKakashi619)

Anoher good action match, thought his one suffered from feeling too sameish, as if I was seeing the same moves everyone does, but it happened to be with these guys instead. This is one that actually came thru a lot better on the 126f hard came than the ringside, because the moves just look more impression from a typical camera angle. (And because no one’s head was in the way).)

Astrolux headscissors
Latigo gets some revenge

Garza Jr., Jack Evans, Último Ninja beat Bestia 666, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Jeff Cobb
(12:55, Jack Evans bridging backslide Bestia 666, good, via 
MAC Vazquez)

Review: [good] another solid enjoyable match, though it suffers a bit from being the same style of match three in a row (and more coming) and being a little bit slower match. Cobb throwing people around is definitely different, but the match feel is the same and they didn’t go as crazy as the other matches. A fair bit of the Tijuana crowd is very eager to boo Garza, the show after they used him as the big hero and months before they actually turned him.

Cobb is strong
Jack Evans dive

Flip Gordon & Ricochet beat Mr. 450 & Sammy Guevara
(20:25, Ricochet shooting star press Sammy Guevera, good, via
MAC Vazquez)

The best version of this year, helped by having less people (so less turns needed to be taken) and Ricochet coming off as a cut above everyone else on the show. The other guys were not far behind him but he radiated as the big star here. There was a bit of the sameish feeling here again but they did a lot more flying in this one to stick out. This one felt like it connected a lot stronger live than it did for me, but it was still good.

Guevera SSP
Sammy swung at the king, missed.

Daga beat Zack Sabre Jr.
(20:46, anklelock + cruz nipona, good, via
MAC Vazquez)

Review: [good] this is the match you want it to be, Daga trying to figure out a way to fight ZSJ’s match and beating him. They didn’t stay just on that mat but it looked good when they did and the finish was a nice big of entanglement, and it felt like a lot of people had to work very hard for the win. I think the people for videotaping this show but I couldn’t take the fans commentary during the match. This is one where I’m sure I would’ve liked it more pro shot because it was just too distracting this way.

Daga forearm

Penta Zero M & The King vs Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson
(19:25, spike package piledriver on Nick, via
MAC Vazquez)

Review: [great] Just like the other matches, it’s a lot of action for quite a while. The two teams match up pretty well, and I think the Bucks ended up doing a couple lucha spots they probably don’t do normally (unless they’re always doing the headscissors/ardmrag combo and I’m mistaken.) This was a generally smooth match up and one of that gave the fans what they wanted to see. It did feel a little all star exhibition and not as if it was big match at times, but they weren’t taking it easier.

lots of moves and the only GIF I took was the mid match dancing

 

Mistico/UG, Lucha Underground, TripleMania on Televisa (but only one match?)

Rush is no help

CMLL (TUE) 08/08/2017 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Acero & Aéreo b Pequeño Universo 2000 & Pequeño Violencia LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 8 DE AGOSTO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 1/3
2) La Vaquerita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit b La Seductora, Metálica, Tiffany LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 8 DE AGOSTO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Sugehit replaced Sanely. Tecnicas took 1/3
3) Rey Cometa b Forastero [lightningLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 8 DE AGOSTO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Cometa won in 7 minutes.
4) Ephesto, Felino, Luciferno b Drone, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 8 DE AGOSTO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
5) Mr. Niebla, Rey Bucanero, Terrible b Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Titán LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 8 DE AGOSTO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3
6) Cavernario, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero b Mistico, Rush, Valiente LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 8 DE AGOSTO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3. Rush pulled out Tirantes when UG had Mistico pinned, so UG just unmasked Mistico and pinned him immediately after anyway.

I haven’t seen this one yet. The main event ended with Ultimo Guerrero and Mistico agreeing to a singles match next week. They won’t be having a singles match next week, but maybe the one after that. The only things I heard about this one was Cometa/Forastero was good and not to watch the show entirely. I probably will watch the show.

Today’s Lucha Underground episode is 3×30, “Bloodlines”. Matches announced for the show

No one has any Medalions; Mundo cashed in the Gift of the Gods belts to beat Sexy Star and then there were tournaments and they’re just getting back to it now. I wrote Jack Evans was on the team, but they did say it was Ricky. It means either Ricky finally wins or the Rabbit Tribe finally wins.

The two quarterfinal winners meet in their semifinal next week, as do Fenix & Prince Puma. Roku is offering a free month of Lucha Underground via DirectTVNow.

Leo Riano says the current plan is to air Psycho Clown vs Dr. Wagner Jr. on Televisa’s channel 5 after Mayweather/McGregor. Riano goes on to talk about how great this is while ignoring that he’s been hyping up the entire TripleMania show airing on Televisa; it sounds like only the one match is going to air as a plan to keep people tuned in a while longer.

Airing that match on TV would give great attention for AAA, but would also make those PPVs a tougher sell. The show has been built on one match, and if that match is going to air on TV (likely on a few hour delay), people will be persuaded just to watch that one match. AAA probably should be making announcement sometime in the next week or so, and we’ll actually know what’s going on then.

The really important news is Riano’s calling the boxing match so we won’t have to hear him on TripleMania. Hooray.

Konnan put up a new edition of Podcast Boom. He says Rey Horus no-showed The Crash over being booked in a second match, which was the rumor going around about Horus splitting up with the promotion. Horus is a Tijuana based guy and was being booked in main events before being in The Crash, and I’d guess some other promoter convinced him he’d get to be in main events again if he left. Konnan announced LAX will be facing OVE (the GFW/Impact gimmicks for the Crist Brothers) and a local team for GFW Tag Titles on the 09/02 show. Low Ki & Shane Strickland will also be on those shows, so they are able to find outsiders even with BOLA on. He also says Zorro is still with them, but out injured, and NOAH’s contacted Rey Fenix & Garza Jr.

Cholo de Tijuana’s shows on 08/17 in Ensenanda and 08/18 in Tijuana have been canceled.

EN+CARADOS #35 has Hip Hop Man & Emperador Azteca on, plus MDA & The Crash reports.

The latest episode of Lucha Talk is up.

Lineup

CMLL (MON) 08/14/2017 Arena Puebla
1) Millenium & París vs Centella Roja & Hijo de Centella Roja
2) Espíritu Maligno & Lestat vs Disturbio & Metálico
3) Princesa Sugehit © vs Zeuxis [MEX WOMEN]
3rd defense
4) Blue Panther Jr., Soberano Jr., The Panther vs Kráneo, Morphosis, Olímpico
5) Ángel de Oro, Johnny Idol, Niebla Roja vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Sam Adonis
6) Carístico, Marco Corleone, Mistico vs Diamante Azul, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero

Main event is a rematch.

Sugehit/Zeuxis will be good. It’s the third straight defense for Sugehit against Zeuxis (including the last defense, in this same arena), and the four title matches before that were Zeuxis defending against Sugehit, so they’re really running the same matches seven straight times. It’ll also be Zeuxis’ second title match in two days because coordination is over rated.

CMLL (TUE) 08/15/2017 Arena México
1) Fiero & Retro vs Apocalipsis & Inquisidor
2) Metatrón, Oro Jr., Star Jr. vs Canelo Casas, Nitro, Sangre Azteca
3) Guerrero Maya Jr., Johnny Idol, Rey Cometa vs Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Virus
4) Drone vs Puma [lightning]
5) Blue Panther, Carístico, Titán vs Luciferno, Mr. Niebla, Pierroth
6) Mistico, Rush, Valiente vs Cavernario, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero

Main event is a rematch. Drone/Puma should be fun, because it was fun when they did the same match just a few weeks ago.

Box Y Lucha published an interview with El Consejo, with the pretense of explaining why he changed names but never really doing and it doesn’t really matter, because he’s back being Nitro until the next time a trademark needs to be serviced.

CMLL (TUE) 08/15/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Magnum & Micro vs Difunto & Furia Roja
2) Lady Maravilla, Silueta, Skadi vs Dalys, La Comandante, La Seductora
3) Blue Panther Jr., Esfinge, Fuego vs Hechicero, Tiger, Universo 2000 Jr.
4) Dragón Lee, Niebla Roja, Volador Jr. vs Felino, Shocker, Terrible
5) Diamante Azul vs Euforia

CMLL can’t remember to have Diamante Azul defend his title, even though he’s surely going to win anyway. Universo 2000 Jr. is back after about 6 weeks out with a shoulder injury. Maravilla is getting steady bookings for a new comer (though maybe Jarochita not being around is part of it.)

Super Astro (FRI) 08/18/2017 Arena Naucalpan
1) Astrolux, Hijo del Alebrije, Pegazus vs Demonio Infernal, Kamikaze, Kratoz
2) Cinthia Moreno, Diva Salvaje, Lady Apache, Taylor Wolf vs Cerebro Negro, Demasiado, Muñeca De Plata, Rossy Moreno
3) Boby Zavala, Epydemius, Eterno vs Demus 3:16, Dr. Karonte Jr., Fishman Jr.
4) Aeroboy, Extreme Tiger, Golden Magic vs Jack Evans, Séptimo Dragón, Último Ninja
5) Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Oriental, X-Fly vs Antifaz del Norte, Fresero Jr., Mr. Águila
6) Ciclón Ramírez, El Bandido, Emperador Azteca vs Imposible, Metaleón, Templario
7) Dark Ozz, Dark Spíritu, Hijo De Dos Caras vs Silver King, Trauma I, Trauma II
8) Rey Escorpión & Sharly Rockstar vs Cibernético & Hijo de LA Park and Máximo & Mr. Electro
9) La Máscara & Rey Fénix (US) vs Daga & LA Park and Hernandez & Zorro

56 luchadors on the show, plus Mr. Niebla signing autographs before the show. Hernandez & Zorro used to be friends in AAA, I don’t know why I remember that.

DTU XLAW (SAT) 08/26/2017 Autolavado VM, Tulancingo, Hidalgo
1) Erwing & Irving vs Masizito & The Black
2) Drolux, Hard Boy, Paranoiko vs Crazy Boy, Devitt Rodrigeuz, Toto
3) Kevin vs MoriaLokill
4) Cobre vs Drastik Boy
5) Hormiga © vs Camuflaje
6) Exotico, Jimmy, Ovett vs Gio, Halloween, Junior

DTU & X-LAW at the carwash (so there’s a chance we’ll see it.) Cobre gets a big match with Drastick Boy.

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2017-08-01 

Rey Bucanero just trying to stroll around the ring with his friend and keeps getting toped

Recapped: 08/01/2017

All matches aired live from Arena México

Matches: 

Apocalipsis & Inquisidor vs Bengala & Magia Blanca 
(11:54 [5:48, 2:33, 3:33], 1/3, n/r, via 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Violencia beat Fantasy, Stukita, Último Dragóncito  
(15:26 [6:06, 4:28, 4:52], 2/3, n/r, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

El Consejo, Oro Jr., Star Jr. beat Arkángel de la Muerte, Luciferno, Metálico
(13:15 [5:34, 3:41, 4:00], 1/3, n/r, via 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Drone, Fuego, Stigma beat Misterioso Jr., Raziel, Sangre Azteca
(14:14 [3:49, 4:43, 5:42], 1/3, n/r, via 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas beat Mistico, Stuka Jr., Valiente
(11:13 [3:07, 2:37, 5:29], 1/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ángel de Oro © vs Rey Bucanero for the CMLL World Middleweight Championship
(18:19 [3:16, 1:52, 13:11], 1/3, good, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Angel de Oro Skayde Special (3:16)
  2. Rey Bucanero sit down powerbomb (1:52)
  3. Angel de Oro mecedora (13:11)

What Happened in the main event:

this seemed like a better idea in Bucanero’s head

Tirantes refused to count the first fall pin because Bucanero didn’t have his shoulders down enough. Angel de Oro adjusted it slightly, and yelled at Tirantes after the fall, which is played as Tirantes being a rudo. Tirantes is spectacularly late starting a count later for no obvious reason, which causes a similar reaction. For the second straight day, Tirantes screws up a “rudo grabs hand to stop the count” spot. Angel de Oro spends most of the match limping after Bucanero drives one of his knees into the match, but Bucanero himself seems to be having a left shoulder issue after doing a dive off the ramp. He tries to catch Angel de Oro’s moonsault one armed as a results and it doesn’t go too great. They do a few more stops in the ring before finishing up, so it doesn’t seem to have derailed things.

Review:

moonsault to a one armed man

I took my own advice and skipped everything but the main event. The fourth match looked god, fun in the usual crowd pleasing way of an active Tuesday match, but nothing to separate from the ones that are done weekly.

The bit that actually stood out the most in the title match was Angel de Oro selling a body part, an exotic event in CMLL. He kept at it for a long portion of the match and even sort of tampered down selling it, adjusting the knee pad a bit, as if to note it was feeling a little better to start running again. That was something interesting we got of Angle de Oro and it didn’t seem like there’d be anything interesting out of him; he was still doing largely the same moves, some looking better (moonsault) than others (embarrassing kick to set up the stunner, which I’m convinced Angel de Oro has never watched on video because it always looks bad), but at least it gave a different feel. Bucanero is willing to throw himself around, to his own detriment in the end here, but can’t move at a great pace. Slowing down Angel de Oro helped compensate for that, but this was just a good match and not the crazy miracle of the match with Hechicero.

Tirantes was terrible in this match, the second straight day of him being terrible. CMLL knows he’s bad, they know enough about all their referees to make sure Edgar is the one in charge of the truly important matches, but they don’t care enough to get some better people in here or get people to pay attention. Tirantes was messing up counts in this match, and wasn’t paying attention in others, and it happens regularly.