CMLL Guadalajara: 2018-01-06
taped 2018-01-02 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara – YouTube/Mega
1) Fugaz, Príncipe Diamante, Reyko vs Frezzer, Metálico, Sangre Azteca
2) Marco Corleone, Titán, Valiente vs Mephisto, Shocker, Terrible
3) Volador Jr. vs Sam Adonis
CMLL Lucha Azteca: 2018-01-07
taped 2017-12-29 @ Arena México – Mega
1) Blue Panther Jr., Star Jr., The Panther vs Puma, Sagrado, Tiger
2) Marco Corleone, Niebla Roja, Valiente vs Gran Guerrero, Shocker, Último Guerrero
3) Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas vs Johnny Idol, Okumura, Sam Adonis
IWRG Zona XXI: 2018-01-08
taped 2018-01-07 @ Arena Naucalpan – YouTube/Mega
1) Dragón Orus & Súper Brazo Jr. vs Leroy & Lunatic Extreme
2) Shadow Boy vs Odín
3) Chico Che, Danny Casas, Veneno vs Capo Del Norte, Capo Del Sur, Ovett
4) Hijo del Pantera & Internacional Pantera vs Trauma I & Trauma II
5) Imposible vs Karaoui, Eterno, Diablo Jr., Hijo del Alebrije, Alas de Acero, Freelance, Aramis, Rafy, Leo, Teelo, Mike, Dinamic Black, Dragón Fly, Black Dragón, Pantera I [Zona de Ejecucion]
Lucha Memes (SUN) 01/07/2018Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), MedioTiempo]
1) Danny Barrio b Pumita De Oro
2) Arez b Diabolus
3) Corsario Negro Jr. b Psique good match
4) Aramis b Sky Man good match
5) Romano García b Príncipe Otomí mostly a mat based match
6) Ricky Marvin b Keyra very good match
This was a themed show featuring new wrestlers getting a shot. None of them won, though it sounds like some of them did well. Attendance was down, as you’d expect compared to the other Memes show, but does not look terrible.
IWRG (SUN) 01/07/2018Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, The Gladiatores]
1) Dranzer, Exotic Drago, Puma de Oro b Biosfera, Dinámico, Kraken
2) Dragón Orus & Súper Brazo Jr. b Leroy & Lunatic Extreme
3) Odín b Shadow Boy
4) Capo Del Norte, Capo Del Sur, Ovett b Chico Che, Danny Casas, Veneno
5) Trauma I & Trauma II b Hijo del Pantera & Internacional Pantera El Grillo was remembered before the match.
6) Aramis b Imposible, Karaoui, Eterno, Diablo Jr., Hijo del Alebrije, Alas de Acero, Freelance, Rafy, Leo, Teelo, Mike, Dinamic Black, Dragón Fly, Black Dragón, Pantera I [Zona de Ejecucion] Hijo del Alebrije replaced Hijo del Diablo. Aramis beat Pantera I to win, then challenged for another title match.
Aramis challenged Pantera I for the lightweight title match back in September, which was good but felt like they had a better match in them. Hope it’s coming soon.
Puebla is back on CMLL’s stream tonight. They’ve been off the last two weeks due to the Arena Mexico holidays, but will return airing on it’s usual 9pm start on CMLL’s YouTube channel.
The show itself looks usual with no obvious standout matches. The main event is Marco, Bucanero and Terrible vs Diamante Azul, Gran Guerrero and Pierroth, in a rematch from last week. There weren’t any results the last couple weeks, so we don’t quite know where this is going, but a Marco/Azul title match next week seems possible.
The semimain is listed as Peste Negro (Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas) versus the returning Dragon Lee, Soberano and Valiente, but we know Negro Casas won’t be participating. Guerrero Maya, Rey Cometa and Stuka take on Hechicero, Polvora & Universo 2000 Jr. in the semimain. The opening matches include Flyer, Vega and, yes, Policeman.
There are still no FantasticaMania lineups. It has to be the Negro Casas replacement situation, but the shows are about 3 days away now and it’s very strange.
The New Zealand Herald has an article on Johnny Idol. He didn’t know anyone when he came to Japan, but had a goal of making it to a big company within six months, and start with CMLL in month five. He says he was first earning around 300 pesos ($15.50USD) per match when he started out and now gets paid up to 5000 pesos ($260USD.)
CMLL (SAT) 01/06/2018Arena México [CMLl, thecubsfan]
1) Fiero, Flyer, Magia Blanca b El Coyote, Templario, Yago 9:44. Straight falls. Fiero wrestled under the name, and was officially given the Audaz character after getting the win.
2) Pegasso & Titán b Raziel & Virus 24:13. Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Soberano Jr. b Rey Cometa Rematch of Soberano’s title win. 6:20. Soberano took 2/3. Cometa seemed to be counted down earlier than expected.
4) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón b Drone, Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr. 16:06. Tecnicos took 2/3.
5) Niebla Roja b Gran Guerrero 18:45. Rematch of 2017 Anniversario mask match. Niebla Roja got the win this time, take falls 2/3. Three count seemed to be a mistake in this one as well.
6) Último Guerrero & Valiente b Cavernario & Volador Jr. [Relevos Increíbles] 15:26. Rematch of tournament final. UG & Valiente took falls 1/3, avenging their lost in that tournament.
Show had good matches. I liked the opener the best, but others might prefer Roja/Guerrero or the main. It’s so weird referee Edgar here was doing real three counts regardless of it was the finish or not, when the referee on Tuesday very obviously held up from doing a three count when Triton was hurt. There’s not a lot of consistency.
CMLL’s Facebook will have an interview with Fiero on Monday at noon. CMLL trademarked “El Audaz” on December 15. Fiero was using Fiero (Jr.) before he came to CMLL, so they might not have been able to trademark that one. I don’t know if that’s the specific reason for the name change – they probably wouldn’t bother unless he’s going somewhere – but probably a factor.
CMLL (SUN) 01/07/2018Arena México [CMLL]
1) Artillero & Grako b Bengala & Sangre Imperial rudos took 1/3.
2) Pegasso, Stigma, Tritón b Akuma, Arkángel de la Muerte, Disturbio tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Johnny Idol, Okumura, Sam Adonis b Esfinge, Soberano Jr., Valiente
4) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Stuka Jr. DQ Cuatrero, Máscara Año 2000, Universo 2000 Jr. straight falls, Cuatrero fouled Angel de Oro
5) Carístico, Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone b Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero Confirmed Diamante Azul appearance! Tecnicos took 2/3.
I know you’re thrilled Diamante Azul is actually back. Not sure why they’re starting a Cuatrero/Angel de Oro feud when they’ll be gone for a while, but maybe it just works out because they’ll face at FantasticaMania. Assuming that ever gets announced.
You can see one of those Tweets here if it disappears overnight; there’s a couple other ones tagging different AAA people, none of whom would be really that happy about airing this stuff in public. If that situation is true, I could totally understand being very upset about it, but this would be the polar opposite of the way to handle it.
We don’t know if this is a reason person, or if those are the real bookings sheets, or if those are all the real bookings sheets. I can say, at least on posters that we get to see, those guys did disappear for a couple weeks during the busy holiday period. Angelikal only has one match between 12/09 and 01/15. Vikingo has only one match between 12/17 and 01/13. Villano III Jr. has two matches in that stretch. Solaris hasn’t shown up anywhere since 11/25 except for a New Year’s Day booking. It fits the story, though it doesn’t prove it.
Hijo del Santo says he’s not close to retiring. His focus is going to be on getting Santo Jr. more experience. Hijo del Santo’s not going to retire until he and his son team in Mexico City, Santo Jr.’s hasn’t been ready for that, so they’re not that close. (The news here is Hijo del Santo realizes Santo Jr. is not ready and isn’t trying to force it to happen like some fathers have.) Hijo del Santo says that match in Mexico City could happen this year, suggesting July 26 (Santo’s debut) and July 2nd (Hijo del Santo’s debut.)
Jeff Cobb was on PWTorch’s Wrestling Night in America. It’s mostly talk about his indie work, but Lucha Underground does come up. He mentions he’s under a 7 year contract, likes how LU is giving guys more freedom to work elsewhere, and wishes they’d run more frequently since that’s what the fans want. In the past, there’s been hints Cobb wanted to be free of LU. He didn’t seem particularly excited to be doing LU, but seemed like he was figuring on still being there.
CMLL (FRI) 01/12/2018Arena México
1) Eléctrico & Stukita vs Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro
2) Flyer, Pegasso, Stigma vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Universo 2000 Jr.
3) Blue Panther Jr., The Panther, Tritón vs Sagrado, Tiger, Virus
4) Titán vs Rey Cometa [lightning]
5) Blue Panther, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Sam Adonis
6) Carístico, Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone vs Kráneo, Shocker, Terrible
Titan vs Rey Cometa should be good, if it’s not stopped early. Third match too, but this is a pretty evident star power drop off for FantasticaMania.
CMLL (SAT) 01/13/2018Arena Coliseo
1) Bengala & Sensei vs Camorra & El Coyote
2) Magnus, Oro Jr., Starman vs Espanto Jr., Grako, Inquisidor
3) Shockercito vs Último Dragóncito [lightning]
4) La Jarochita, La Vaquerita, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, La Metálica, Tiffany
5) Blue Panther Jr., Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Forastero, Hechicero, Pólvora
6) Carístico, Marco Corleone, Stuka Jr. vs Máscara Año 2000, Mr. Niebla, Pierroth
Friday’s the one they’re trying. The other ones feel trying. That’s a hard main event rudo side.
CMLL (SUN) 01/14/2018Arena México
1) Acero & Aéreo vs Pequeño Olímpico & Pierrothito
2) Retro, Robin, Sensei vs Apocalipsis, Hijo del Signo, Templario
3) La Comandante, La Seductora, Zeuxis vs La Jarochita, La Vaquerita, Lady Maravilla
4) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Titán vs Felino, Luciferno, Vangellys
5) Euforia, Mephisto, Sam Adonis vs Carístico, Diamante Azul, Valiente
I really can’t think of anything to say about these shows.
RevoLucha (SUN) 02/11/2018 Gimnasio Nuevo León Unido, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon
1) Mini Hator vs Mini Difunto [street]
2) Lord Byron & Psicótico vs Sick Boy & Skam 13
3) Erika Sotelo & Larry Miranda vs ? & ?? [Revolucha WOMEN, tournament]
4) Daga vs Bestia 666, Epydemius, Zumbi [Revolucha CRUISER]
5) Penta 0M & The King vs Garza Jr. & Último Ninja
Revolucha is running more than most indies – maybe one a month – but even then titles seem pointless. It’s hard to imagine these being worth the effort, and it they just exist to dress up otherwise ordinary match.
Último Guerrero & Valiente vs Cavernario & Volador Jr. in a relevos increíbles match (15:26 [4:11, 1:44, 9:31], 1/3, good, VideosOficialesCMLL)
Though Audaz was announced for the match, Fiero wrestled under his previous name. After he won the match, Panico and JCR came to the ring to talk him up, and announce he’d be now known as Audaz. Fiero switched masks and celebrated. Panico spoke about this being the first of a lot of opportunities for young talent this year.
The main event had the elements of a good match, but it was missing a little heart for me. The issue with this format of rematches of big matches is the rematches are not as big. The rematches lack the same stakes that drove the wrestlers and the fans in the first match, and it feels a little flat in comparison. This one felt more like an all star tag exhibition match of showcasing moves rather than one where people were desperate to win. Último Guerrero, the worst offender, is better in theory in tag matches because there are people who can come in and out and he can’t just do the checklist match. In this one, he crossed a while bunch of the checklist with Volador before finally letting the other people play. They didn’t just do UG’s stuff, they repeated what seemed to be a lot of the final, but no one quite got into it as much the final, and it was one of those matches where no one was really close to winning until it was time to finish. There’s far worse and it entertained the fans, it just wasn’t all that interesting.
The Gran Guerrero/Niebla Roja match went very long. Maybe the plan, maybe because they were making up for other things going short. It led to it having a slow pace all the way thru, not even the rush at the end that happens frequently. Maybe they would’ve gotten to that moment; the finish seemed like it was a three count that shouldn’t have been one. The big moves were impressive, the crowd hating Niebla Roja was also impressive. I think I would’ve better enjoyed a much shorter version of this.
The fourth match was about normal for the NGD of late. They’ve plateaued on offense, rolling out almost the same spots every match and could use some freshening up there. Their selling is still good, actively making the técnicos look better in a way uncommon for a lot of rudos. Esfinge looked really good in this match, and I can’t credit him for all of that. They got a lot of time and tried to make use of it all the way thru better than the second match.
Soberano/Cometa was going along well enough, then Edgar counted three when Rey Cometa kicked out, or Cometa waited until too late to kick out. It seemed more on Cometa, and it seemed a disappointment compared to what was expected: this was effectively a lightning match with fall breaks. The highlights looked good but the match didn’t come the way it could’ve been. It’s alright if you’re not expecting a lot.
The segunda was going to have trouble following what happened to open the show by any means, but this match would’ve been a downer on a dead Tuesday show. Raziel & Virus killed the pace, with only sporadic moments of interest and no real direction. Pegasso & Titan would’ve had to go all out to make it work, and they could just make it sort of passable. The crowd wasn’t reacting to anything they were doing, which just make it stick out worse. They did end up unloading everything they could do b the end, and the crowd did react to Titan eliminating Raziel, but it sure took a long time to get to that point, and it was odd this came down to Pegasso.
I’m probably overrating the match because I was so excited to see an all out match in an CMLL opener, and these guys haven’t been as overexposed as others. Fiero’s superb, and they not so subtly made all the biggest moments of the match about him to build him up for his name change. This still wasn’t a one many show, with everyone else getting their own moments. Templario might one day surpass his técnico rival, and that they had him work every big spot with the guy they’re trying to get over speaks very well of him. Magia Blanca looked completely lost when he started in CMLL and has come so long way. Everyone looked like a strong prospect for the future, a hopeful way to start off this show.
CMLL has it’s special Three Kings Day show this evening in Arena Mexico, with some rematches of the biggest matches of 2017. Kids tickets are marked down to 10 pesos ($0.50 USD) on a children’s holiday, and this figures to be one of the larger crowd of the year.
The main event is Cavernario & Volador vs Ultimo Guerrero & Valiente, considered one of the best match of last year. The semimain has Niebla Roja versus Gran Guerrero, last year’s anniversario main event. The third match is Soberano against Rey Cometa, a rematch of Soberano’s first title win.
The other matches aren’t rematches, but could be good matches. The NGD, the most successful trio of 2017, face Drone, Esfinge and Guerrero Maya. Pegasso & Titan face Raziel & Virus in the second match. The opener has six promising young luchadors: El Coyote, Templario and Yago on the rudo side, and Flyer, Magic Blanca and Audaz (ex-Fiero) on the tecnico side.
CMLL ran this same format last year, and everything was pretty good, but time limited them from being as great as the original run. The show will air on Claro, starting at 5pm. It will also be on CMLL’s YouTube channel later tonight.
No FantasticaMania lineups – or any new NJPW lineups – were released yesterday. The first show is less than a week away, so this is now a bit strange. My guess is they’re still working on what to do without Negro Casas.
They’ve got three big apeusta feuds planned for 2018.
Rey de Reyes is in Puebla in March
TripleMania is in August (and probably in Mexico City)
AAA is planning trips to Columbia & Panama in April, Japan in October (probably Lucha World Cup) and England in November.
AAA would do a show with CMLL in an instant if CMLL agreed to it.
They’re working on getting a big name for Guerra de Titanes.
Dorian thinks both Sexy Star and Taya will end up working with AAA again, and they’re just waiting for them to be ready to come back.
Texano & Fantasma are obviously one of the three apuesta matches. Rey Escorpion’s probably in AAA specifically to have an apuesta match with someone the level of Psycho Clown. Both feel like strong main events for a Rey de Reyes type show but it’s going to be tough the match the interest in Wagner/Psycho unless the third idea is a biggie.
I would take the foreign trips with a grain of salt; AAA quietly scrubbed a trip to Columbia last November, so these aren’t on until they announce dates.
There is nothing Sexy Star can do that will get AAA to stop booking her. And CMLL has shown now interest in working with AAA; that would probably take a change in leadership to open the door even a little bit.
My hunch is the mystery big name is Alberto. They were trying to get him for TripleMania, and the obstacle is just how much money he wants to come in.
The Mundo/AAA/Vampiro stuff has been weaved into storyline at times, and it’s always possible they could be doing it again here. It doesn’t come off like a storyline here. If Mundo doesn’t show up at Guerra de Titanes, I’d assume he and AAA won’t be working together again for a very long time and everyone will just move on. It would be the second heavyweight champion of the last three to walk out of the promotion without losing the title. The previous one to do so was Alberto, which they could use to explain why he’d come back and go for the title. They could go otherways; they’ve still got three weeks to figure this out.
A surprise Perros del Mal member is listed as teaming with Joe Lider & Kahn del Mal on Arena Aficion’s 01/30 anniversary show. A few AAA spot shows have listed a surprise Perros del Mal member, but I’m not sure if there will actually be one. The one place I’ve seen results from with this bit was Arena Xalapa, where they moved up a local from one of the early matches, and then the local wrestler ended up turning on the Perros. The last new TV seemed to set up a bunch of Llave a la Gloria rudos as possible Perros del Mal members, and that may be the intention for the matches, but it hasn’t happened quite yet.
That’s it. AAA is still in repeat mode. There’s no Friday show in this arbitrarily defined week; that’s a Saturday show. That doesn’t leave much to recommend, but at least I’m timely for once and I got to take a few days off to refresh.
That’s also means I don’t really have any backlog to post and the streak of recap posts on work days might end soon. The 01/28 Tapatia deadline is to force me to stick to one, so I’ll get the rest done soon enough.
Negro Casas vs Sam Adonisfor the hair
CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-01-01
Tritón vs The Pantherin a lightning match
CMLL YouTube: 2018-01-02
Eléctrico & Último Dragóncito vs Mercurio & Pequeño Olímpico
CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-01-01
Oro Jr., Star Jr., Starman vs Cancerbero, Hijo del Signo, Raziel
CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-01-01
Blue Panther Jr., Pegasso, The Panther vs Nitro, Sagrado, Virus
CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-01-01
Drone, Esfinge, Titán vs Mr. Niebla, Shocker, Vangellys
CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-01-01
Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Valiente vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-01-01
La Jarochita, Maligna, Princesa Sugehit vs Dalys, La Metálica, Tiffany
CMLL YouTube: 2018-01-02
Guerrero Maya Jr., Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Sagrado
CMLL YouTube: 2018-01-02
Ángel de Oro, Carístico, Niebla Roja vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
CMLL YouTube: 2018-01-02
Fantasy & Shockercito vs Pequeño Nitro & Pierrothito
CMLL YouTube: 2018-01-02
Astral, Robin, Starman vs Cancerbero, Hijo del Signo, Nitro
There is no CMLL show today. The usual CMLL Friday show is on Saturday for Three King’s Day. It’ll take place at 5pm, and will air on Claro as normal. This is a one week deal; the entire CMLL schedule goes back to normal after this.
CMLL posted an update on Negro Casas’ update. It reads as though they’ve got a substitute in mind for the tour, but is unclear if they’ll have all their paperwork to travel to Japan in time for the tour and it may be a Japanese substitute instead. NJPW has it’s post-WrestleKingdom press conference tonight at might, and they & CMLL usually announce the lineups just about the same time. That gives them the rest of the day to figure things out (or they could just leave it as a mystery person.)
CMLL also noted the debut of Audaz in Guadalajara on Tuesday, billing him as a new wrestler from Oaxaca who will be having his first match ever this Friday. In a remarkable coincidence, Oaxaca’s Fiero posted a Facebook update that he was in Guadalajara. The last person I can think of who got a new character so early into their CMLL run was Brillante becoming Sombra. Maybe Metalik became Mascara Dorada this quick too. I’m sure there’s others I’m blanking on, and it’s likely not just for creative reasons. There’s another Mexico City based Fiero, with his own Fiero Jr., who used to be part of CMLL and even part of their programming committee long ago. Usually CMLL doesn’t seem to care if someone else is using a name they want to use, but this might be a special case. Still, the pattern is CMLL’s not messing around with changing names early on unless they think they have something.
CMLL (TUE) 01/09/2018Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Explosivo & Principe Daniel vs Demonio Maya & Exterminador
2) Astral, Sangre Imperial, Star Black vs Artillero, Furia Roja, Metálico
3) Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr., Tritón vs Sagrado, Tiger, Virus
4) Blue Panther, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Forastero, Hechicero, Vangellys
5) Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Valiente vs Mr. Niebla, Shocker, Terrible
I believe Esfinge is the only guy on the FantasticaMania trip who is in Guadalajara the night before, but that may just be getting him one last night at home. Correction: I keep thinking Esfinge is going to Japan, but Esfinge is not going to Japan. They might be doing a Marco/Terrible feud.
Ángel Oriental, Aramis, Atomic Star, Black Dragón, Demonio Infernal, Dinamic Black, Power Bull, Skanda vs Aero Boy (Arena 23 De Junio), Centella Salazar, Danny Barrio, Homerito, Payachucho, Richy Beda, Último Conde, Xcorpio [Torneo FILL] (IWRG FILL @ Arena Naucalpan on 08/23, 29:47, good, iwrgtv)
This was another fun cibernetico, though just short of great for me. It plays out differently than the previous version, with Aramis being a bit player instead of the big winner. (The crowd explodes when Black Dragon comes thru at the end, and I’m still confused by him losing the mask match.) Danny Barrio & Payachucho feel like they get bigger runs in this match, a lot against Dinamic Black. Dinamic is not a big deal but he absolutely towers over those dudes. They’re still very entertaining and a fun team I’d like to see more of. There’s no one feeling like a weaklink this time – even Fake Aeroboy is better this time – but maybe not the intensity of last matches’ brawl and not a strong feeling finish. You do get something different out of watching them both, and I wish they could combine the best parts into one best match.
Bombero Infernal vs Eterno, hair vs hair (IWRG @ Arena Naucalpan on 09/03, 27:52, great, +LuchaTV)
Review: This was a wild feeling brawl. The brawl itself was crazy at times – the weird faceoff between Eterno and a fan was strange – but it also felt like the técnico/rudo sides switched multiple times during the match. Or that it wasn’t even that structure. It was a bit like the teacher giving his student one final test. It was also a lot like the crime boss’ underling trying to make a play to knock off his leader, getting caught and beaten unmercifully, gutting thru the pain and getting in the lucky/smart shot at the end. Eterno got stretched apart for an unusually long time for a third fall of a big match – maybe too long without getting comebacks, but the crowd still wanted to see him fight his way back to win. The veteran Bombero naturally should come off as the hero of this story, but it was Eterno who just kept surviving hold after hold to keep going. IWRG does blood better than AAA and is at it’s best when it can get emotion out of long term regulars in big matches, and this was both of those things. This feels like the best IWRG match of the year and could see people enjoying it even more than I did.
Villano III Jr. vs Imposible (IWRG @ Arena Naucalpan on 09/03, 10:02, good, via +LuchaTV)
Review: Villano III Jr. has been more fun than expected in AAA, and Impossible is always good, so this made the list to see what a competitive match between the two would look like. This is not really that; this is barely a competitive match. Imposible squashes V3 for the first two thirds of the match. I was surprised when the crowd was still into it when V3 finally got in something (even then, they were mostly behind Impossible.) There’s enough going on here that this is watchable, but they probably have a much more complete match in them if they ever got a chance.
Review: Aramis continues to look pretty good, if he still has a rough moment here or there. The first fall is a really good exhibition for what he can do. It slows down a bit from there until Aramis kills himself with a dive, and feels like it ends a bit too easily for a Pantera win, but he pulls off a lot of sharp looking spots here. Pantera works with him well, and the stuff that gets messy in the first fall never completely derails. Aramis comes off as a guy who’s close but not quite there, and might get there in 2018.
Review: This match picked up in the last few minutes, but felt like it was missing something in the middle. They were selling exhaustion and desperation big moves sooner than I was expecting, and it hurt the pace of the match. Not having lights was a distraction, just for me, but they also didn’t seem completely sharp. I’m still searching for that match where it comes together totally for either of these guys in a big match. This was good, but if that match.
Eterno, Trauma I, Trauma II vs Arez, Centvrión, Séptimo Rayo (IWRG @ Arena Naucalpan on 10/11, 25:01, great, IWRG tv)
Review: This match wasn’t at all what I was expecting. The young-ish guys spent two falls working like old lucha libre maestros, for a match built around exchange holds instead of big high spots and dives. The latter ones do come in to the third fall, but the exchanges before it are really interesting. Both the Centvrion/Trauma II and Arez/Eterno long back and forth include creative submissions; this didn’t feel like the rote usual holds, but some unique stuff done to impress. It did impress. Trauma I/Septimo Rayo wasn’t the same level, which made it more interesting that it led to a pinfall. The third fall got wrapped up a little easy compared to what happened before, and I felt like they could’ve gone even father if they wanted, but this is still a match worth going out of your way to watch.
Here’s a free idea I haven’t been able to shake for months. I’m never going to promote a lucha libre show but if I did, my idea right now would be to steal the concept of CHIKARA’s Johnny Kidd Invitational, a techinically tournament, just with Mexican luchadors. Every (old) media person says that’s the style of wrestling they would like to see and, while I’m not convinced fans would feel the same, it would make really easy to get attention for your show if you can sell it right. Anything that makes your show different and special compared to the million other indie shows is a big help. I’d lean heavily towards guys like in this match rather than loading it up all with Solar/Navarro types, because you can more easily make a memorable performance with someone surprising with their technically ability than the guys who always do that style. (You probably need one ‘Solar’, but you also need to have seven clean finishes, no draws, and that’s tough to do with a Solar.) They showed they could do it if they’re put in a position to do it here, they just need the right context.
THERE IS NO CMLL STREAM ON FRIDAY. IT IS ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON. It’s also a loaded show, with every match having a chance of being really good.
It’s not the only CMLL show moving dates. CMLL Lucha Azteca is now listed at Sunday at 3pm locally. I’m not sure if that’s the case everywhere; Azteca’s website still lists it as on Saturdays and you may want to check if you’re still watching the Friday repeat show. A new bunch of crime shows are running on Saturday afternoons instead, and it now has a sports recap show lead in on Sundays.
AAA definitely will have new material next week, and might sneak some in this week.
Tuesday Arena Mexico is the final show prior to people checking out for FantasticaMania.
Fantasy & Shockercitobeat Pequeño Nitro & Pierrothito (13:13 [5:39, 2:58, 4:36], 1/3, m/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
Cancerbero, Hijo del Signo, Nitro beat Astral, Robin, Starman (8:12 [5:53, 2:19], 1/2, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
Dalys, La Metálica, Tiffany beat La Jarochita, Maligna, Princesa Sugehit (14:13 [7:38, 2:22, 4:13], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
The Panther beat Tritón in a lightning match (5:09, pinfall after missed top rope move, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
Guerrero Maya Jr., Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr.beat Felino, Mr. Niebla, Sagrado (9:14 [2:28, 2:44, 4:02], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
Ángel de Oro, Carístico, Niebla Rojabeat Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón (13:25 [4:49, 2:37, 5:59], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
Triton suffered a rib injury on a missed twisting senton from the top rope. It was clearly not the planned finish to the match: the ref held up at 2, then counted three again.
Mije was with the rudos (Cancerbero in particular), and attacked Starman as he had Signo up for his finish. That allowed Signo to get free and foul Starman for the DQ.
Niebla Roja & Angel de Oro seem to like working with the NGD a bit, and hopefully that means they go somewhere with this at some point. Maybe it’ll just be this year’s never ending match up that doesn’t have a title match. The Roja/Oro flip spot still has to go, but this generally should be a tag team program. Carístico was also present and the match was fine in the usual Tuesday way.
The semimain was an energetic match, especially down in the closing stretch. They didn’t break any new group but worked well together. Sagrado looks so skinny next to Felino & Niebla, but not as skinny as Soberano. Guerrero Maya’s new mask is strange.
The Panther nailing Triton with a tope before the match was pretty shocking. Triton ending the match on a missed move was pretty shocking too. They were trying pretty hard in between, really their own attempt at doing what Titan & Dragon Lee did a few weeks ago in their lightning match. It was a fast paced with tons of spots. There was so much action early on that I was honestly confused when the clock showed only two and half minutes had elapsed after a dive. I don’t think they were going the full ten even if Triton had not been injured, they would’ve burned out too soon, but they were going for as great a match as possible. It’s CMLL, so there’s no telling if they’ll never do a rematch or if they’ll come back in three weeks, but at least the técnico/técnico match ups of the new format have been occasionally interesting.
I watched the women’s match just to get a sense of Maligna. She seemed alright at standing on the apron watching Sugehit & Dalys wrestle most of the match. The new girl only got time in the first fall, and it’ll take some more matches to see if they’re hiding her or if there’s more there. She didn’t stick out positively but it was an absurd amount of time. You would’ve thought they were setting up a champion vs champion singles match with the way the match went, but it’s mostly just going nowhere.