Lucha Underground 3×39: Ultima Lucha Tres – Part III

Drago didn’t get a lot in this match, but looked cool when he did

Matches

Sexy Star beat Taya in a last luchadora standing match (9:15, good)

The Mack, Killshot and Dante Fox beat Drago, Vibora and Pindar for the Lucha Underground Trios Championship (7:59, good, Killstomp on Pindar)

Pentagon Dark beat Son of Havoc in a ladder match for the Gift of the Gods (13:58, good)

Developments

Killshot and Dante

Última Lucha is overstuffed with matches, leaving almost no time for vignettes. That was the case again this week, with the only out of the ring bit being a short but important tease at the end of the night.

The show opened with the conclusion of the Sexy Star and Taya last luchadora standing match. It was a brawl, mostly outside of the ring. Taya bled, but still seemed in control most of the match. Sexy Star eventually threw herself and Taya thru two tables, and only Sexy Star was able to get up at the count of nine to win.

The unlikely trio of Mack, Killshot and Dante Fox are the new Lucha Underground Trios champions. Dante didn’t get along with either of his partners early on, but both he and Killshot put aside their differences as they got closer to a win. The opposite happened to the Reptile Tribe, with Pindar not following Kobra Moon’s orders. Pindar was the one swarmed and beaten to cause the title change.

Pentagon defeated Son of Havoc in their ladder match to win the Gift of the Gods title. It appeared as though Pentagon was passing up his best chances at winning by setting up more ways to harm Son of Havoc. Pentagon still managed to knock Havoc to his doom and grab his belt. Striker went out of his way to note early on that the Gift of the Gods winner has to give proper notice to Dario so he can promote the title match. That seemed directed at those who expected Havoc or (now just) Pentagon to get involved in the Puma/Mundo match.

That match was the subject of that match. Prince Puma sat in Vampiro’s dojo as Vampiro urged him to defeat Mundo next week, saving Puma’s career and winning the championship. Puma agreed and left. A mystery voice congratulated Vampiro on a job well done, confirming Vampiro had been manipulating Puma all along to some end. It’s not clear why, but Vampiro refereed to the voice as his “master”.

Thoughts

this is fun, and the only GIF I didn’t make giant by accident

Editing is a big part of Lucha Underground’s story, and a big pat of this episode. All the matches on this episode felt different live then on TV.

The main event sticks out the most. It was not a good match live. It was OK, but it was a lot of ladder construction spots that slowed the action, and no less than three different times where they redid a spot because they knew it could fixed later. They did fix that part (though even here, there’s still a lot of time spent setting up the props.) The big bumps cover up the lack of any real close calls to getting the belt; I wanted more of a competitive match and this turned into a stunt show. They salvaged it well.

They might have hurt the other two, though. Or maybe it’s the clock that hurt the Taya/Sexy Star match. In June 2016, I was not at all interested in this match. When they came out, I saw this a wonderful break, my chance to take a break from standing and craning my head around to see the action. It was around the time where they went flying into chairs where I finally gave up and realized I had to watch these two women killing each other. It felt like the did for a lot longer live than made TV, probably because there are only about 44 minutes in the day, but the episode did capture the intensity which made it memorable. Sexy Star winning was a notable source of controversy on that day, but it came across here as another match where Taya got over with a strong performance in a loss.

fun time with tables

The amped up sound effects is one of the trademarks of this show, but the one match where it felt like maybe the audio wasn’t cranked up enough was the trios title match. The people in that Temple wanted Dante and Killshot to win so bad after the Hell of War, and reacted huge when they did. Maybe it just felt louder in the building, but it came off as a big genuine moment when they won. They at least left them enough time to hold their belts together, and the match itself was better then I recalled. Vibora (the tall one) seemed to get improve just went it was a little too late too matter.

Striker going out of his way to blame Pindar for losing the match seems random, but it matches up with the equally random bit of Matt Riddle saying Steve Pain had been fired from Lucha Underground way back last December. I guess we see if Pindar makes it thru next week intact, or if there’s a guy with a sword coming for him.

The opener was politically interesting too. At that point it happened, AAA was angry with Sexy Star, loved Taya, and would’ve switched that finish if they had control of those things in Lucha Underground. Lucha Underground did what they did either to show AAA doesn’t have that control or as a way to resolve Sexy Star’s feud with Worldwide Underground or maybe both, you decide. Almost exactly a year later, AAA decided they really loved Sexy Star and not so much Taya. Sexy Star is not with AAA now, but no one’s better at convincing promotions she’s worth their time and energy; no one’s better at selling the people in charge that she’s a Star. All logic says this is the last we see of Sexy Star, but all the history says it’s not.

lucha Dante Fox

Next Week

  • Cage vs Jeremiah Crane vs Mil Muertes for the gauntlet

  • El Dragon Azteca Jr. vs Matanza Cueto in a cage match

  • Johnny Mundo (c) vs Prince Puma, title versus career for the Lucha Underground championship

CMLL Puebla: 2017-10-09 

Rush, 2017

Recapped: 10/10/2017

All matches aired live from Arena Mexico

Matches: 

Joker & Sombra Diabólika beat Astro & Meyer
(13:39 [6:26, 3:23, 3:50], 2/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Inquisidor & Rey Apocalipsis beat Centella Roja & Tigre Rojo Jr.
(14:13 [5:51, 3:20, 5:02], 1/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Dalys © beat Princesa Sugehit for the CMLL World Women’s Championship
(14:23, 2/3, good, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Princesa Sugehit satellite armbar (3:29)
  2. Dalys double wristlock cradle (2:04)
  3. Dalys casita (8:50)

Esfinge, Pegasso, Stigma beat Cuatrero, Sansón, Virus
(13:44 [7:05, 6:39], 1 DQ/2, good, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. beat Hechicero, Luciferno, Mephisto
(9:34 [5:40, 2:03, 1:51], 2/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Rush, Sam Adonis, Terrible beat Euforia, Marco Corleone, Último Guerrero in a relevos increíbles match
(8:47 [2:07, 2:33, 4:07], 1/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

Terrible big slaps are great

Rush challenged Marco to at title match next week after his win, and Marco accepted with a punch.

The first fall ends with the rarely seen over the top rope toss DQ. A Coliseo tag title challenge follows.

Thoughts:

this was smooth

The main event was another generic match. Marco brought good intensity to his feud with Rush. Rush brought Rush. Terrible walloped Sam hard by mistake. I don’t know why we get so much of the Guerreros as técnicos but they were fine. This was better than having Pierroth involved.

Disappointingly short. Sky Team looked great when they were in control of the match; they were in control of the match for something less than 3 minutes. The rudos were good, but this was one of those CMLL matches where it felt like the some of the participants would rather be doing something else. No need to go out of your way to see this.

The fourth match was more exciting the undercard matches, and the two teams are getting better at working at each other. The same headscissors blocked into a powerbomb spot worked a lot better this week. The crowd was also shockingly into this match, and not just about Stigma. The técnicos still are far from my favorites and I wasn’t into to this as much as those fans, but I can’t complain too much about getting an actual big 2v2 match.

Cuatrero powerbomb

The women’s match qualified as good, but I didn’t really get into it all that much. It’s the usual problems with Dalys; she’s ambitious in trying stuff in the ring, but it looks forced. The Gory Stretch spot came together awkwardly, where it wasn’t clear who was doing what until they finally got the move together. She’s done the double wristlock cradle then she did to win the first fall here. Both women pulled off a lot but it never came off like a big match.

The first two matches were ordinary. Joker & Diabolika were tougher to tell apart with matching outfits, which doesn’t say much for Joker. Rey Apocalipsis had some energy and neat submissions.

Ultima Lucha part 3 tonight and in 4DK next week, CMLL Tuesday

not sure what Tirantes is doing ever

CMLL (TUE) 10/10/2017 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Apocalipsis & Artillero b Bengala & Flyer LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 10 DE OCTUBRE DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
2) La Vaquerita, Lady Maravilla, Marcela b La Comandante, Metálica, Tiffany LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 10 DE OCTUBRE DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Disturbio, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado b Esfinge, Fuego, Pegasso LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 10 DE OCTUBRE DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Esfinge replaced Oro Jr. (injury?) Rudos took 1/3, Misterioso snatching Esfinge’s mask.
4) Pólvora b Rey Cometa [lightningLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 10 DE OCTUBRE DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Super Polvora Driver for the win.
5) Máscara Año 2000, Rey Bucanero, Vangellys b Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr., Titán LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 10 DE OCTUBRE DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Mascara 2000 replaced Dragon Rojo. Rudos took 1/3.
6) Cavernario, Felino, Terrible b Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Valiente LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 10 DE OCTUBRE DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3, with Cavernario sneaking a foul on Niebla Roja.

The show sounds like it was better than Tuesday. They’re still doing the Cavernario/Roja feud, which heavily suggests Bucanero isn’t winning. (Which makes sense, since that wasn’t the title hew as supposed to be challenging for in the first place.)

Dragon Rojo is doing a TV bit this week, which is an odd reason to miss matches but probably the case.

CMLL is giving everyone who donated to their food drive for earthquake victims free tickets to Sunday’s show. You have to message them on Facebook with your info so they can match it to a list.

Okumura is back in Japan, getting his neck checked. I have no idea where Super Halcon is.

Today is Lucha Underground 3×39, the third part of Ultima Lucha 3. It’s the last one hour show of the season, as next week’s final will be two hours. Matches on the show

  • Drago, Pindar, Vibora (c) vs the Mack, Killshot and Dante Fox in a Lucha Underground Trios Championship match
  • Taya vs Sexy Star in a last luchadora standing match
  • Pentagon Dark vs Son of Havoc in a ladder match for the Gift of the Gods (preview clip)

That Taya/Sexy Star match is going to be weird in the context of what happened at TripleMania. It was also weird when it happened. Sexy Star had quit AAA, over not wanting to lose the mixed tag titles to Taya. This was their first match since that happened. They haven’t been in the same match again.

Lucha Underground’s series 3 finale will air a day early in a movie theater. The two hour finale will air in Los Angeles at the 4DX auditorium at LA Live. This press release explains this is much more about getting publicity for the 4DX concept – “adds moving seats, effects like winds, water and lightning”. LU is the first TV show to be shown this way. I’m not sure how that will adapt to wrestling matches, but I’d watch the show hanging upside down if it meant I could see the finale a day early. Tickets are going to media and fans, though the process of getting them isn’t mentioned – the network president says to contact info@elreynetwork.com.

If you’re looking for signs about a season 4, doing something like this suggests El Rey hasn’t given up on the idea. On the other hand, El Rey ran season long marathons to close out season 1 and season 2 of Lucha Underground but will not be doing that this time around.

Sexy Star will be on the 10/22 MDA card in Monterrey as Dulce Sexy.  She was Sexy Dulce before. It doesn’t matter. She was booed last time she appeared in Monterrey, which seems like it should matter.

AAA’s had a run on UK’s Front Runner TV, which ended quickly and without much explanation. There was a story that the announcing was so bad that the network dumped it, but it appears the actual reason was the show got the network in trouble over broadcast standards. There was a complaint filed following the Pagano/Psycho Clown match from last year’s TripleMania match. AAA’s TV show aired at 7pm, UK laws don’t allow airing shows with lots of violence until 9, and that Pagano & Psycho match broke the rules a million times over.

That is more of a problem with the TV network not realizing what that they had than anything AAA did. It does show the difficulty in exporting AAA (and Lucha Underground) to other countries, as the times of the day a network may be allowed to actually air the shows could be limited.

Mini Difunto unmasked Devil Boy in Arena Pavillon del Norte. Devil Boy was unmasked as Enrique Arturo Lomelí Sánchez, 19 years old, 5 years a wrestler.

WMC was supposed to have Dr. Killer putting his hair up against Toxico’s mask. Toxico was said to be hurt, and Fly Katana came out to put up his mask instead. Dr. Killer won, and Fly Katana was unmasked as José Francisco Briones Cruz, from Mexico City, 36 years, and 13 years. This is the one and only match I have for Fly Katana in 2017. However, back in 2014, Fly Katana had a match also with a mask match Dr. Killer. That didn’t come up in the recap. WMC says they’ll do the actual match on 10/29. The semimain on this show ended with a double countout draw.

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report, and their Patreon has a recap of Lucha Libre 1160.

Lineups

The Crash (MON) 11/06/2017 Poliforum La Fe, Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas
1) Arkángel Divino, Astrolux, Black Boy vs Black Danger, Sombra De Plata, Último Maldito
2) Keyra & Máscarita Dorada vs Demus 3:16 & Diosa Quetzal and Christi Jaynes & Tiago
3) Carlito, Jack Evans, M-ximo vs Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Keith Lee, Laredo Kid
4) Willie Mack vs Mr. 450
5) Flamita & Flip Gordon vs Sammy Guevara & Último Ninja
6) Penta Zero M & Rey Fénix (LU) vs Hanson & Ray Rowe and Bestia 666 & Black Taurus
7) Brian Cage, Daga, Rey Mysterio 619 vs La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush

Crash seemed to draw well last night in Nuveo Laredo and will be coming back soon with Rey Mysterio.

The Crash (TUE) 11/07/2017 Arena Querétaro
1) Astrolux, Pegazus, Torito Negro (Estado de México) vs Black Danger (Baja California), Látigo, Tiago
2) Arkángel Divino, Black Boy, Máscarita Dorada vs Demus 3:16, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Último Maldito
3) Jack Evans, Laredo Kid, Sammy Guevara vs Bestia 666, Black Taurus, Mr. 450
4) Christi Jaynes, Daga, The King vs Brian Cage, Keyra, Willie Mack
5) Hanson, Keith Lee, Raymond Rowe vs Flamita, Flip Gordon, Último Ninja
6) Carlito, M-ximo, Penta Zero M vs La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush

That’s an interesting semimain. Fourth match is going to be sad when Keyra ends Daga & Fenix, see them while you still can. Might just be missing the Mexico City lineup at this point.

CMLL (TUE) 10/17/2017 Arena México
1) Angelito & Fantasy vs Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Violencia
2) Astral, Magnus, Metatrón vs Canelo Casas, Espanto Jr., Nitro
3) Lady Maravilla, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Reyna Isis, Tiffany
4) Drone vs Raziel [lightning]
5) Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Hechicero, Puma, Tiger
6) Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Niebla Roja vs Cavernario, Euforia, Felino

Cavernario and Niebla Roja matched up once more, which should mean singles (title?) match on 10/24.

CMLL (TUE) 10/17/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Javier Cruz Jr. & Tigre Blanco vs Linterna & Thunder Boy
2) Flyer, Magnum, Sensei vs Apocalipsis, Artillero, Difunto
3) La Jarochita, Sanely, Silueta vs La Comandante, La Seductora, Metálica
4) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón © vs Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther [MEX TRIOS]
first defense
5) Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Gran Guerrero, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero

It took an extra week, but they’re up to the title match here as well.

 

great match roundup, week of 2017-09-30

one more time

I posted this at a reasonable rate of speed. Can’t imagine that’ll last. Soberano/Cavernario and Fenix/Marty were both really watchable in doing very different matches (though ones that exactly fitted the current style of their promotion.)

MOTYC is updated.

Recommended matches

rating matches TV Show taped
great Soberano Jr. © vs Cavernario for the Mexican National Welterweight Championship LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 2 DE OCTUBRE DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-10-02 2017-10-02
great Fénix vs Marty The Moth for the hair and for the mask Lucha Underground: 2017-10-04 2016-06-25
good Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Tiger in a lightning match MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 3 DE OCTUBRE DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-10-03 2017-10-03
good Valiente vs Hechicero in a lightning match LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 6 DE OCTUBRE DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-10-06 2017-10-06
good Dragón Lee, Mistico, Soberano Jr. vs Luciferno, Mephisto, Rey Bucanero LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 6 DE OCTUBRE DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-10-06 2017-10-06

Other matches watched

rating matches TV Show taped
ok Hijo del Fantasma & Texano Jr. vs EC3 & James StormAAA Worldwide en Irapuato Parte 2 - Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide - Septiembre 2017 (posted by luchalibreaaatv) Hijo del Fantasma & Texano Jr. vs EC3 & James Storm (posted by thecubsfan) AAA on Televisa: 2017-09-30 2017-09-04
ok Psycho Clown vs Dr. Wagner Jr.Rey Escorpión AAA Worldwide en Irapuato Parte 2 - Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide - Septiembre 2017 (posted by luchalibreaaatv) AAA on Televisa: 2017-09-30 2017-09-04
ok Princesa Sugehit & Sanely vs Dalys & Zeuxis LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 2 DE OCTUBRE DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-10-02 2017-10-02
ok Ángel de Oro, Esfinge, Stigma vs Cuatrero, Sansón, VirusLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 2 DE OCTUBRE DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-10-02 2017-10-02
ok Euforia, Marco Corleone, Último Guerrero vs Flip Gordon, Pierroth, Rush in a relevos increíbles match LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 2 DE OCTUBRE DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-10-02 2017-10-02
ok Eléctrico & Último Dragóncito vs Fantasy & Pequeño Olímpico MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 3 DE OCTUBRE DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-10-03 2017-10-03
ok La Vaquerita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs La Seductora, Tiffany, Zeuxis MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 3 DE OCTUBRE DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-10-03 2017-10-03
ok Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Felino, Pólvora MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 3 DE OCTUBRE DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-10-03 2017-10-03
ok Marco Corleone, Niebla Roja, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Euforia, Gran Guerrero MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 3 DE OCTUBRE DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-10-03 2017-10-03
ok Paul London vs SaltadorMala SuerteArgenisCortez CastroSon Of MadnessVinnie Massarothe MackJoey RyanRicky MundoPJ BlackMáscarita SagradaPimpinela Escarlata in a battle royal match Lucha Underground: 2017-10-04 2016-06-25
ok Ivelisse vs Catrina Lucha Underground: 2017-10-04 2016-06-25
ok Blue Panther Jr., Fuego, The Panther vs Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Vangellys LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 6 DE OCTUBRE DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-10-06 2017-10-06
ok Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas vs Pierroth, Rush, Sam Adonis in a relevos increíbles match LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 6 DE OCTUBRE DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-10-06 2017-10-06
ok Carístico, Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone vs Gran Guerrero, Shocker, Último Guerrero LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 6 DE OCTUBRE DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-10-06 2017-10-06
below average Mini Psycho Clown © vs Dinastía for the AAA World Minis Championship AAA Worldwide en Irapuato Parte 2 - Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide - Septiembre 2017 (posted by luchalibreaaatv) Mini Psycho Clown © vs Dinastía for the AAA World Minis Championship (posted by thecubsfan) Por el campeonato mini triple AAA irapuato (posted by Fernando Morales Aranda) AAA on Televisa: 2017-09-30 2017-09-04
below average Astral, Pegasso, Starman vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Metálico, Templario MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 3 DE OCTUBRE DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-10-03 2017-10-03
below average Shockercito & Stukita vs Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 6 DE OCTUBRE DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-10-06 2017-10-06
not rated Arkalis, Black Tiger, Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Fuerza Chicana, Guerrero Espacial, Policeman LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 2 DE OCTUBRE DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-10-02 2017-10-02
not rated Lestat, Príncipe Diamante, Star Jr. vs El Malayo, Hijo del Signo, King Jaguar LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 2 DE OCTUBRE DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-10-02 2017-10-02

2017 watch later catch up, part 7 of ∞

 

he did land flat

Laredo Kid vs Daga
(Martinez @ Turf Zone Arena, Kennedale, Texas on 02/18, 10:07, good, via Martinez Entertaiment)

A fun novelty to see these two, who strangely haven’t crossed paths before and aren’t really running into each other even on the indies this year, have their first ever singles match. Daga’s just out of AAA and still seems not up to be at indie speed – he and Laredo are fast against each other, but it slows down as Daga takes control later – and wrestling as the rudo while playing up to the crowd. The action is pretty good, it doesn’t build like you’d hope, but is perfectly enjoyable in a lightning match sort of context. The other novelty is this is a professional produced lucha libre (well, Texas) video, with a hard camera and one announcer. The announcer tries, but seems young and unfamiliar with these guys.

Daga was happy with that dropkick
Laredo reverse ‘rana

Prayer vs Virus
(Lucha Memes @ Arena Coliseo San Ramón on 03/25, 20:51, good, via +LuchaTV)

This match gave the fans what they wanted to see of Virus, though it wasn’t totally enjoyable to me. Virus wasn’t playing Prayer, but it feels at times look a long one side matches match. Prayer was matching holds with Virus if you counted the number of holds, but it was more like Prayer would get a reversal, and then Virus would quickly reverse it back to his hold for a much longer period of time. The exasperation on Prayer’s face as Virus traps him in a kneebar was amusing, he had enough of this and was just trying to survive, and he still had ten more minutes to go. I liked the stretch muffler/double armbar fight, and I would’ve liked this more if it felt like they were more in danger in this hold than just trading them.

even when Prayer thinks he’s got the advantage, Virus barely moves and he’s able to reverse it.

Toxin Boy vs Arkalis
(Lucha Memes @ Arena Coliseo San Ramón on 03/25, 20:19, good, via +LuchaTV)

A cool move exhibition lacking some substance. Toxin Boy is not the most polished luchador and Arkalis too, so sometimes looked shaky. Arkalis did get to look much more exciting than in his usual Puebla appearances, and he and Toxin were willing to do crazy things. Toxin’ diving senton to the floor turned out to be safer then it looked at first, but it still wasn’t that safe. The bigger problem with the match was the match never really developed beyond turn taking, which kind of limits the excitement. It was also slower than you’re expected, with both guys pausing to play to the crowd that stalls out of the match. The start of the match was an unexpectedly really good exchange of holds, and it still was overall good, but it had potential to be more.

Toxin looked wild

Glenn Calavera & Jerry Calavera vs Corsario Negro Jr. & Drako and Rayo Star & Toxin Boy
(LuchaRama @ Faro de Oriente on 04/08, 11:56, good, via RUDO VISION)

This is clipped, but what we get to see is pretty fun. I came close to recommending it. Corsario & Drako are good as big guys who can throw around their usual smaller opposition, Rayo & Toxin have one of their more solid days in what we saw (though a Toxin corner dropkick does miss by a mile), but the Calaveras stuck out as a great team. They’ve got fun offense that they’re willing to throw themselves around for, but they’re also just as entertaining selling for the opponents. Their dizzy, drunken stumbles stick out in a positive fashion, and it makes them worth watching the entire match long. They have different strengthens – Jerry’s the flyer of the two – and they’ve gotten really good working together in what seems like a short time. This is just a fun big spot match under a tent where everyone gets their moments, but I think the Calaveras probably could put together something on a MOTYC level given the right setting and opponents. I’m ok with these until they get there. The Spanish Fly spot to the floor was crazy, and the finish belongs in the phantom of copout lucha libre finishes.

Corsario Negro Jr. as bulldozer
double team crush
Spanish Fly onto everyone

Hijo de LA Park vs Galactar [US JUNIOR]
(MDA @ Arena Coliseo Monterrey on 05/07, 18:50, ok, via +LuchaTV)

At about 9 minutes in, I’m wondering why this match was on my list. Did I make a typo? Did someone else make a typo? Hijo de LA Park wakes up things with a tope, but it never really gets going for me. Galactar has a couple of nice moments and picks up late as he settles into the rudo role, but the takeaway from this match is how far Park has come as a wrestler. He was a non-entity starting out, but has improved to the point where he can be part of a good match. He can move around the ring better and shows a little bit of personality. The touring schedule he’s had didn’t seem like it would make it easy for him to develop, but Park’s figured some thing out. He came off here as a guy who belonged on shows even without his father, which you can say about a lot of juniors.

skeleton tope
Galactar runs into a superkick

Séptimo Dragón vs EternoSuicidaBelialFreelanceMiedo ExtremoArezEmperador AztecaAtomic StarNinja de FuegoDrastik Boy
(LLB @ Arena Naucalpan on 05/19, 17:34, good, via TKD117)

A fast paced multiman match, only slowing down for usual partners facing off. The action is generally really good, with even the usual cliches (everyone gets in a big move! Time for everyone to dive!) being executed pretty well. Freelance and Suicide steal the match when they’re in. This seems like a match that’d be even better live with the chaos going around Naucalpan. Winner comes out of nowhere; didn’t seem like he was a big part of the match until the end. That may the problem with this match: there’s so many people involved that they can’t do anything justice.

Freelance springboard headscissors into an armdrag
Miedo Extremo and Ciclope do bad things to each other

Pagano & Psycho win the 2017 LWC, Dragon Lee & Titan to NJPW, Dalys still champ

AAA TV (TUE) 10/10/2017 Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan [AAA, MedioTiempoSPE]
Attendance: 873
1) Pagano & Psycho Clown b Cody Hall & Quiet Storm [Lucha World Cup, quarterfinal]
9:08. Psycho Clown beat Cody Hall via diving heabdutt.
2) Mil Muertes & Vampiro DQ Kendo Kashin & Nosawa [Lucha World Cup, quarterfinal]
6:09. Nosawa framed Vampiro for hitting Piero with a chair. Vampiro attacked the referee and chokeslammed a (AJPW???) trainee.
3) Marty Martinez & Son of Havoc b Hi69 & Taiji Ishimori [Lucha World Cup, quarterfinal]
8:11. Ishimori blocked a SSP to set up the win. Son of Havoc won best dive in this match.
4) Andrew Everett & DJZ b Aerostar & Drago [Lucha World Cup, quarterfinal]
7:51. Everett beat Drago with a 630 splash. This match was awarded best match.
5) Heidi Katrina, Recca, Taylor Adams b Danny Jones, Diego, Sumire Natasu
13:42. Katrina beat Natasu.
6) Pagano & Psycho Clown b Kendo Kashin & Nosawa [Lucha World Cup, semifinal]
5:14. Referee was taken out and Nosawa fouled Psycho. Vampiro inteferred to hit Nosawa with a chair to set up Psycho’s win.
7) Hi69 & Taiji Ishimori b Andrew Everett & DJZ [Lucha World Cup, semifinal]
Went to a time limit (10 minute.) Ishmori defeated DJZ in 2:11 of the overtime period.
8) King Cuerno b Angélico
11:08 via Thrill of the Hunt.
9) Pagano & Psycho Clown b Hi69 & Taiji Ishimori [Lucha World Cup, final]
6:38. Psycho beat Hi69 with a Canadian Destroyer. Taiji Ishimori, who has been in the tournament every year, won the best wrestler award.

This will air on SamuraiTV next Tuesday and should turn up on AAA TV sometime in the next month.

It appeared AAA used the same belt as last year, since the logos on it were for that year’s teams (TNA, the women’s groups.) Mexican boxing champion Tomoki Kameda presented it to Pagano & Psycho. AAA posted a video of them celebrating their win.

Taiji Ishimori said he was surprised to win the best wrestler award, though disappointed to again get so close to winning the competition and coming up short. Ishimori went out in round 1 in 2015, the semifinals last year, and the finals this year. Maybe next year is his year. DJZ/Everrett vs Aerostar/Drago was the best match, and Son of Havoc won an award that’s usually best dive but appears to be Best High Flyer this time around.

That reported attendance is about half what AAA did last year for their Star Battle show. The photos make it look worse; the bleachers are not even one-third full. Maybe the other side was more full. Last year’s show had Rey Mysterio and Pentagon Jr., this year’s did not because of the choices AAA made. If you want a much more harsh way of looking at it, it’s minuscule to what AAA’s been able to draw with this event in Mexico. This is a sponsor (Victoria) funded event and it seems like they ran in Japan because that’s what the sponsor wanted. If they’re happy wiht the turnout, then there’s no problem with it.

Vampiro did not take a pinfall loss on yesterday’s show. Vampiro did not take a pinfall loss on today’s show. Vampiro chokeslammed a trainee. Vampiro got his revenge. None of this matters. It is leading by example.

I won the prediction contest. That feels wrong.

AAA’s next taping is a week from Friday in Metepec.

CMLL (MON) 10/09/2017 Arena Puebla [CMLL]
1) Joker & Sombra Diabólika b Astro & Meyer LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 9  DE OCTUBRE DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Diabolico and Joker had matching outfits. Rudos took 2/3.
2) Inquisidor & Rey Apocalipsis b Centella Roja & Tigre Rojo Jr. LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 9  DE OCTUBRE DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Centella Roja Jr. replaced Oro Jr. Rudos took 1/3
3) Dalys © b Princesa Sugehit [CMLL WOMENLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 9  DE OCTUBRE DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Dalys took falls 2/3 to retain. 12th defense
4) Esfinge, Pegasso, Stigma b Cuatrero, Sansón, Virus LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 9  DE OCTUBRE DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tecnicos took 1/3, the first when the NGD were DQed for throwing tecnicos over the top rope. Esfinge & Stigma challenged to an Arena Coliseo Tag title defense next week.
5) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. b Hechicero, Luciferno, Mephisto LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 9  DE OCTUBRE DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Hechicero replaced Ephesto. Tecnicos took 2/3.
6) Rush, Sam Adonis, Terrible b Euforia, Marco Corleone, Último Guerrero [Relevos IncreíblesLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 9  DE OCTUBRE DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Team Rush took falls 1/3, Rush beating Marco and challenging him to a title match next week. Marco accepted and punched him.

The two title programs they seemed to set up are actually happening, so that’s good. Sky Team match was alright but nothing must see with them getting back together.

Ephesto was also announced as missing today’s show in Guadalajara. Gran Guerrero will take his place. There’s no reason given.

Princesa Sugehit will get another shot at Dalys on the 10/25 REINA show.

Today’s CMLL Arena Mexico show is muy regular. Main event is Cavernario, Felino and Terrible against Angel de Oro, Niebla Roja and Valiente. CMLL seemed to be setting up a Cavernario/Niebla Roja match, and we’ll see if it got dropped when they decided to have Roja defend his title against Bucanero on Saturday. Drone, Guerrero Maya, and Titan take on Dragon Rojo, Rey Bucanero and Vangellys. Rey Cometa and Polvora in a lightning match should be pretty good. Misterioso, teaming with Sagrado & Distubrio, will steal the mask of Oro Jr., Pegasso or Fuego. There’s a women’s trios, and possibly the first streaming appearance of Flyer in months (but he missed the last match where that was set up.) The show airs at 7:30pm.

Rush won Mucha Lucha Atlanta’s title on Sunday.

Titan & Dragon Lee are the CMLL team in NJPW’s Super Junior Tag Team Tournament. They’ll be taking on Hiromu Takahashi & Bushi in the first round on October 23, which will air on NJPW World and be the main event of that show. The two teams split matches on the FantasticaMania tour back in January. The CMLL team never wins this tournament and it doesn’t seem like it’ll be different this time.

Dragon Lee & Titan will be wrestling in Japan at least from 10/18 to 11/05. The tour includes the two teaming with Kota Ibushi for the first time on a 10/29 show (which will also air on NJPW World.) They team with Lyger and Tiger Mask most of the tour.

DTU says wrestlers from Chicago’s Freelance will be part of a November tour. They announced dates on 11/03 from Tampico, 11/04 Panuco and 11/05 Poza Rica.

LuchaWorld has this week’s Poster-Mania.

This week’s +Lucha podcast has Justiciero as a guest talking about this weekend’s Coliseo Coacalco anniversary show and Rey Bucanero talking his wrestling school.

Lineups

IWRG (SUN) 10/15/2017 Arena Naucalpan
1) ? vs ??
2) Súper Brazo Jr. vs Tackle
3) Violencia Jr. vs Taylor Wolf
4) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo vs Liderk, Rayan, Spartan, Spector
5) Aramis, Black Terry, Hijo del Alebrije vs Eterno, Ovett, Toxin
6) Black Dragón, Dinamic Black, Dragón Fly vs Diablo Jr., El Hijo del Diablo, Imposible
7) Bombero Infernal, Hijo De Dos Caras, Veneno vs Capo Del Norte, Capo Del Sur, Máscara Año 2000 Jr.

This is the Box Y Lucha version; IWRG hasn’t posted the card yet, but it’s likely to change since some of the Ninja Turtles missed this week’s show. Mascara’s two friends actually get in match. So does Liderk, the long forgotten fourth member of Comando Elite who hasn’t been in IWRG in two years (and only popped up in the indies when they needed a fourth man; he’s obviously someone pulling double duty.)

CMLL (MON) 10/16/2017 Arena Puebla
1) Centella Roja & Hijo de Centella Roja vs Ares & El Perverso
2) Lestat & Millenium vs El Malayo & Fuerza Chicana
3) Asturiano, Eléctrico, Stukita vs Guerrero Espacial, Joker, Mercurio
4) Cuatrero & Sansón © vs Esfinge & Stigma [Arena Coliseo TAG]
first defense
5) Carístico, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Mephisto, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
6) Marco Corleone © vs Rush [CMLL HEAVY]
fifth defense

Rush is going to win this title someday, but I’d be surprised if it happens in Puebla. Marco’s been champion since June, and five title defenses is more than you’d expect in a normal group. It’s much more than you’d expect in CMLL. CMLL gets really into defenses from a specific title for a while and then forgets about it (see Dragon Lee).

Team Legacy Kids winning the tag titles only makes sense if they’ve decided Cuatrero & Sanson already have better things to do than hold the ugly red belts.

AAA (FRI) 10/13/2017 Gimnasio de la Unidad Lopez Mateos, Guadalajara, Jalisco
1) Roberto Paz, Shyru Dragón, Tony Rodríguez vs Caim, Mr. Power, Rudy Santana
2) Angelikal & Hijo Del Vikingo vs Draego & Estrella Oriental Jr.
3) Lanzelot, Rayman, Ricky Marvin vs Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Makabre
4) Averno & Chessman vs Argenis & Gronda

Full card for the charity show taking place this week in Guadalajara.

new lucha videos for the weekend of October 6th, 2017

IWRG started working again Sunday. They aired what must be a repeat, but it’s new to us. Azteca was the Tuesday taping (because there was no last Friday one.) AAA was the 1/2 show that aired on Twitch.

CMLL Guadalajara: 2017-10-07
taped 2017-10-03 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara – YouTube/Mega
1) Flyer, Magnus, Oro Jr., Príncipe Diamante, Robin, Star Jr. vs Esfinge, Explosivo, Mágico, Omar Brunetti, Star Black, Vaquero Jr. in a cibernetico match
2) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón

IWRG Zona XXI: 2017-10-09
taped 2017-10-01 @ Arena Naucalpan – YouTube/Mega
1) Black Dragón, Dinamic Black, Dragón Fly vs Rayan, Spartan, Spector
2) Black Warrior & Warrior Jr. vs Trauma I & Trauma II
3) Eterno © vs Bombero Infernal for the IWRG Intercontinental Middleweight Championship
taped 2017-09-27 @ Arena Naucalpan – YouTube/Mega
4) Black Puma, Fly Tiger, Príncipe Omi vs Chicanito, Guerrero 2000, Voltan
5) Ángel Oriental, Aramis, Black Dragón, Demonio Infernal, Dinamic Black, Lunatik Xtreme, Power Bull, Warrior Jr. vs Centvrión, Fly Star, Fulgor I, Fulgor II, Glen Calavera, Látigo, Mr. Leo, Séptimo Rayo and Ángel Drago, Cadillac, Gargoli, Keiser Drago, Kilvan, Marduk Jr., Mr. Snake, Taurino in a cage match and for the hair and for the mask

AAA Star Battle 2017, LWC, IWRG, Puebla preview

AAA TV (MON) 10/09/2017 Shinkiba 1st Ring, Tokyo, Japan [AAA]
Attendance: 290
1) Aerostar b Marty The Moth
2) Angélico & Son of Havoc b Masamune & Taiji Ishimori
Son of Havoc pinned Masamune
3) Pagano & Psycho Clown b Minoru Fujita & Nosawa
4) King Cuerno b Drago
5) Vampiro NC Mil Muertes
Nosawa ran in and attacked both men, leading to no finish.

290 is a guess; it looked like a full house. They hung the same sort of Lucha Underground posters as the Temple to give it a similar feel. It was a nice touch.

There’s no real read on how the matches went, outside of the main event ending in an angle to build up tomorrow’s Lucha World Cup. That reads as silly and counter productive; if you’re going to this show, you’re probably already hyped enough to want to go to the Lucha World Cup anyway. Ending the show without a finish is only going to make fans less interested; it’s not like fans are going to read about this and have to go see Nosawa and Vampiro square off tomorrow. (A real LU show would have someone lose by distraction after Nosawa ran in.) No card order seemed to be advertised; they probably could’ve moved the non-finish to earlier in the card to make sure people left a little happier. The finish, like a lot of things AAA does, is probably going to make no difference either way but it’d help if following the AAA product was a little bit more enjoyable.

This show is expected to air as highlights on SamuraiTV. It’s unclear if it’ll turn up on any of AAA’s outlets – it may, it may not, AAA hasn’t said and anything is possible. AAA did post a promo from Psycho Clown from the event.

Tomorrow (4AM central time) is the Lucha World Cup. It is also not streaming live anywhere; there definitely was a plan to air on Twitch after the success of TripleMania, but it quietly went away. It should air on TV at some point.

For what it’s worth, Vampiro wrote on Facebook a few day sago he wasn’t expecting to be in the Lucha World Cup, but is “wrestling three or four matches.” He’s only wrestling four matches if he and Mil Muertes are making it to the final. Maybe he is (that would be terrible), but the bigger question is: if Vampiro really isn’t booking himself on the shows, who is and why? Let that mess with your Lucha World Cup predictions.

IWRG (SUN) 10/08/2017 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, The Gladiatores]
1) Power Bull b Fly Tiger
2) Demonio Infernal b Vórtize
Vortize replaced Hijo del Bombero, and was checked on by the dotor after the match
3) Aramis, Climax Jr., Shaolin DQ Harry The Sick, Taylor Wolf, Violencia Jr.
Psycho Kid replaced Climax Jr.. Taylor Wolf used a foul.
4) Rayan, Spartan, Spector b Black Terry, Bombero Infernal, Súper Brazo Jr.
5) Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Rafy, Teelo vs Black Dragón, Diablo Jr., Dinamic Black, Dragón Fly
911 & Ak47 replaced Leo & Mike, and (with Fierro) attacked the turtles blaming them loss.
6) Hijo De Dos Caras, Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Veneno DQ Black Warrior, Pirata Morgan, Warrior Jr.
everyone attacked Mascara 2000 Jr. His two mystery men made the save, and are billed as the new Capos.

There’s still no identities to Mascara 2000 friends, but that seems like it’s coming next week. Comando Elite keep winning, which again seems like a Castillo del Terror thing but there’s no sure bet any IWRG angle is going to get to a conclusion.

Today’s CMLL Puebla show has Dalys defending her CMLL Women’s championship for the 12th time, the first time against Princesa Sugehit. Dalys title matches feel very planned out. They can be good but artificial, or derail. A title change is not impossible,  there’s no real challengers for Dalys at this point, but there’s no sense it’s coming.

The main event is the odd ball times of Euforia, Marco and Ultimo vs Rush, Sam Adonis and Terrible. Rush fouled Marco last week, so that’s the focus here and probably a heavyweight match in the next couple weeks. The semimain has the Sky Team versus the Hijos del Infernal, which probably will end up the best match of the night. Esfinge, Stigma, Cuatrero and Sanson continue to face off on these shows, with Pegasso and Virus filling out the trios. The openers are 2v2 matches: Oro Jr. & Tiger Rojo Jr. against Inquisidor & Rey Apocalipsis and good Tlaxcala luchador Astro & Meyer taking on Joker & Sombra Diabolica. The show will air at 9pm as usual.

There’s a AAA/The Crash battle of a sort in Nuevo Laredo tonight. Promotions Cantu has AAA’s Rey Wagner & Rey Escorpion against indie LA Park and Laredo Kid. The Crash has Daga & Penta vs La Mascara and a sub for Garza JR. This show also has a Keith Lee vs Brian Cage in a singles match.

Herodes Jr. suffered serious leg and spine issues in a car accident this weekend. He was on the way to Monterrey. He’s in the hospital in stable condition.

Riot’s 11/04 show in Arena LLF has five matches

Alberto el Patron’s previously mentioned Championship Wrestling From Hollywood appearance turned out to be first episode of a version of the show in Spanish. His match is about 30 minutes into this video.

Lineups

IWRG (WED) 10/11/2017 Arena Naucalpan
1) Dranzer & Fly Tiger vs Craken & Satán X
2) Alas de Acero, Aramis, Shadow Boy vs Fly Star, Lunatic Xtreme, Toxin
3) Lady Cat & Princesa Shira vs Dulce Luna & Lili Dark
4) Chico Che, Dinamic Black, Súper Brazo Jr. vs Máquina Infernal, Oficial 911, Ovett
5) Eterno, Trauma I, Trauma II vs Arez, Centvrión, Séptimo Rayo

This is an IWRG show not yet posted on IWRG’s site or even Indy Nation’s facebook. Main event seems fun. The AYM feed, low video quality and all, sprung back to life on Sunday.

CMLL (SUN) 10/15/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Mr. Ángel & Último Ángel vs Owen & Paymon
2) Cosmos & Mr. Iguana vs Destructor & Quka
3) Esfinge, Magnum, Rielero Jr. vs El Chakal, Guerrero de la Muerte, Vangellys
4) Black Sugar vs Carlo RoggiJavier Cruz Jr.Demonio RojoEl AlteñoMr. ApoloEl YaquiThunder BoyJohnny DinamoRelámpago Azul [Copa Tequila Tapatio]

Back to normal on Sundays here – kinda. Vangellys and Esfinge are working a rare Sunday, Mr. Iguana is back in from Sinaloa, and a lot of Sunday midcarders are getting a main event.

Leyenda de Plata field, CMLL sets up one title match then announces another

XXX (FRI) 10/06/2017 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV]
2) Golden & Súper Brazo Jr. b Broken Clown & Terremoto Negro
3) Mini Rey Misterio DQ PentagoncitoBlack Shadito
foul led to DQ
4) Dollar L OrientalVillano III Jr.TiagoGrond XXXBlack TaurusSharly RockstarHijo del Lizmark [mask, hair]
Arez distracted Dollar (who wasn’t scheduled in the match) into losing to Black Taurus.

Show drew almost no one with little promotion. It also didn’t reward the people who did show up, with every match changed from what was advertised and the loser of the main event being someone who had was not announced and was the least important person in the main event.

CMLL (SAT) 10/07/2017 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Camorra & Espíritu Negro b Bengala & Sensei
2) Artillero, Espanto Jr., Inquisidor b Fiero, Magia Blanca, Retro
rudos took 1/3.
3) El Gallito, El Guapito, Microman b Chamuel, Mije, Perico Zakarías
Chico Temido debuted as a referee. Guapito’s match debut with a win.
4) Amapola, Dalys, Reyna Isis b Lady Maravilla, Marcela, Sanely
Rudas took 2/3
5) Rey Bucanero, Sam Adonis, Shocker b Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr.
straight fall win, setting up a Rey Bucanero/Angel de Oro title match
6) Dragón Lee, Valiente, Volador Jr. b Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
tecnicos took 2/3

The micros got over well. The semimain makes no sense.

Fresero Jr. took (promoter) Fantasma de la Opera’s hair at the Lucha Libre Boom show on Saturday. Negro Casas faked a foul from Volador Volador fouled Negro Casas, giving Mistico, Casas and Octagon the win over Caristico, Fuerza Guerrera and Volador. Carsitico actually got to do his one fall more with Msitico, which shows how much more freedom he’s got on these shows. Mistico and Caristico did promos building up a match, which is possible for Lucha Libre Boom but unlikely in cCMLL.

CMLL (SUN) 10/08/2017 Arena México
1) Apocalipsis & Cholo b Bengala & Magnus
Rudos took 1/3.
2) Pegasso, Robin, Stigma b Cancerbero, Raziel, Sangre Azteca
tecnicos took 2/3
3) Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa b Disturbio, Puma, Tiger
tecnicos took 2/3
4) Marco Corleone, Stuka Jr., Valiente b Kráneo, Olímpico, Pólvora
tecnicos took 2/3
5) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero b Ángel de Oro, Mistico, Niebla Roja

like all the CMLL shows this week, just a normal show.

AAA put up this week’s TV show, the first of the two Hard Rock Hotel shows. Their first show in Tokyo is finishing up as I write this, and the World Cup takes place early Tuesday morning.

NJPW’s King of Pro Wrestling show happens early this morning. Either at it, or in the next few days, they will be announcing their annual single elimination junior tag team tournament. CMLL talent is expected to be involved in that, as happens most times.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update.

Lucha Underground posted a Taya promo for this week’s last luchadora standing match with Sexy Star. There’d normally be a Sexy Star promo too and there probably was one done, but LU’s cut down the Sexy Star content after TripleMania.

FStoppers talks to lucha libre photographer Jerry Villagrana.

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 10/13/2017 Arena México
1) Drone & Esfinge vs Cancerbero & Raziel
2) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Stuka Jr. vs Gran Guerrero, Luciferno, Rey Bucanero
3) Valiente vs Pierroth [lightning]
4) Diamante Azul, Kráneo, Marco Corleone vs Euforia, Rush, Último Guerrero
5) Carístico vs MephistoMisticoCavernarioVolador Jr.Negro CasasDragón LeeSansónSoberano Jr.ForasteroGuerrero Maya Jr.VirusTitánPumaThe PantherTiger [Leyenda de Plata]

That Leyenda de Plata match has a great group of people and could be one of CMLL’s best matches of the year. Worth noting that The Panther’s promo for this said this was the start of the Leyenda de Plata, which possibly means this is a ciberentico where the final two advance to a singles match next week. CMLL may explain the rules later.

CMLL (SAT) 10/14/2017 Arena México
1) Angelito & Fantasy vs Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Violencia
2) Magia Blanca, Príncipe Diamante, Starman vs Camorra, Hijo del Signo, Metálico
3) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Drone vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Misterioso Jr., Pólvora
4) Ángel de Oro, Soberano Jr., Valiente vs Hechicero, Negro Casas, Shocker
5) Niebla Roja © vs Rey Bucanero [CMLL LH]

That’s the wrong brother, CMLL. This would suggest the Cavernario/Niebla Roja match might be changing (or it might be one of those weeks where the same guy wrestles multiple singles matches.) Niebla Roja is a vulnerable champion and Bucanero winning the title once again is not out of the question, as crazy as that would be.

The last thee times tag champs Casas & Shocker have teamed up, one of their opponents got pulled from the card, one of them missed the show, and an earthquake canceled the show.

CMLL (SUN) 10/15/2017 Arena México
1) Príncipe Diamante & Sensei vs Cholo & Espanto Jr.
2) Flyer, Magnus, Robin vs Akuma, Canelo Casas, Warrior Steel
3) Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., The Panther vs Disturbio, Universo 2000 Jr., Virus
4) Niebla Roja, Rey Cometa, Soberano Jr. vs Hechicero, Shocker, Vangellys
5) Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Mephisto, Último Guerrero

A Sunday show. Warrior Steel is back again – but then, Canelo Casas is listed, and he hasn’t succesfully shown up on a CMLL show since August.

DTU (SUN) 10/15/2017 Centro Cívico de Tulpetlac, Ecatepec, Estado de México
1) Maldad vs Gran TitánFuerza MarinaEstigma
2) Drolux, Irving, Kingston, The Black Jr. vs Billy, Erwing, Hard Boy, Toto
3) Sombra Azteca & Tormenta De Fuego vs Cobra Imperial & Infierno Negro
4) Drastik Boy vs CobreLokilloJimmy
5) Camuflaje & Junior © vs Corsario Negro Jr. & Drako [DTU NEXO]
6) Hormiga © vs Moria [DTU AI]
7) Halloween © vs Ovett [DTU CONSAGRADO]
8) Cíclope vs Crazy KingDr. Pólux Jr.Súper Mega [DTU CHAMP, #1 Contenders]

DTU’s all championship matches show doesn’t have the main title defended, as that’s in GCW now. Ciclope has also been in GCW, and figures to be the contender.

They’ll have also a tryout at the show, for their talent search contest where someone gets a trip to Dragon Gate.

Leyenda de Plata soon, CMLL Friday results

Soberano & Dragon Rojo

CMLL (FRI) 10/06/2017 Arena México [CMLL, thecubsfan]
1) Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro b Shockercito & Stukita LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 6 DE OCTUBRE DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
13:54. Rudos took 1/3 .
2) Blue Panther Jr., Fuego, The Panther b Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Vangellys LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 6 DE OCTUBRE DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
15:46. Tecnicos took 1/3. Misterioso tried taking The Panther’s mask anyway, but Panther took his too.
3) Hechicero b Valiente [lightningLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 6 DE OCTUBRE DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Hechicero submitted Valiente in 9:03.
4) Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas DQ Pierroth, Rush, Sam Adonis[Relevos IncreíblesLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 6 DE OCTUBRE DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
7:57. straight falls. Sam Adonis fouled Negro Casas and mimed cutting his hair.
5) Dragón Lee, Mistico, Soberano Jr. b Luciferno, Mephisto, Rey Bucanero LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 6 DE OCTUBRE DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
13:47. Tecnicos took 2/3.
6) Carístico, Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone b Gran Guerrero, Shocker, Último Guerrero LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 6 DE OCTUBRE DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
10:26. Tecnicos took 2/3.

The bigger news from the show was what was announced for next week: the return of the Leyenda de Plata tournament. A bunch of tecnicos were announced for the match, which was said to be a start of the tournament. I think that means CMLL’s doing two weeks of ciberneticos and having the winners face off, but we’ll know more when the lineup turns up. La Mascara won last year’s tournament, but he won’t be coming back to defend this year.

The Dia Los Muertos shows were advertised as well. No dates were mentioned. It sure seems like Adonis/Casas is happening on one of those shows. CMLL’s due for a press conference on a coming Wednesday.

LA Park posted an article where MDA said they would no longer be running in Monterrey’s Arena Jose Suliaman for lack of security – people got robbed leaving their July show. They’re running Arena Coliseo Monterrey, which previously appeared to be another place people were trying to get away from running.

Riot’s 11/04 show in Arena LLF has five matches