WMC, Cara Lucha, Elite results, Caristico to Michinoku Pro

photo by Black Terry Jr.
photo by Black Terry Jr.

CMLL (SAT) 08/20/2016 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Shockercito & Stukita b Mercurio & Pequeño Olímpico
2) Akuma, Arkángel de la Muerte, Metálico b Magnus, Robin, Templario
Rudos took 1/3.
3) Amapola, La Comandante, Tiffany b Lluvia, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit
Rudas took 1/3.
4) Guerrero Maya Jr., Johnny Idol, Rey Cometa b Felino, Morphosis, Pólvora
Johnny Idol’s first match in the building. Tecnicos took 1/3.
5) Blue Panther, Mistico, Stuka Jr. b Mephisto, Mr. Niebla, Rey Bucanero
Mistica on Mephisto for the win. Mistico challenged for a title shot.

A show. Attendance remains slightly better than they were doing with the old format. Looks like there’s boxing next weekend, so CMLL isn’t really running any show in Mexico City themselves past Friday and Mistico is going to have to wait for that title shot.

Cara Lucha (SAT) 08/20/2016 Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México [+LuchaTV, Carxyus, Kronosport]
1) Centella Atómica & Tromba b Ángel Jr. & Príncipe Aéreo
2) Kilvan, Shadow, Yoruba b Alas de Acero, Alas de Oro, Alas De Plata
money thrown in
3) Sky Man b Rayo Star © [Mucha Luchas SUPREMO]
Sky Man and Rayo Star appear to have broke up as a team; they fought after the title change and challenged to a mask match.
4) Corsario Negro Jr., Drako, Toro Negro b Andy Boy, Danger King, Látigo
Foul snuck in on Latigo for the win. Toro Negro wants a singles match with Danger.
5) Dragón Lee & El Bandido b Centvrión & Fly Warrior
Dragon Lee beat Fly Warrior, and gave credit to the indie guys for being tough but said they’ve got to get better to beat them.
6) Flamita b Xtreme Tiger Facebook video (posted by )
Mutual respect after the match.

That main event is already up on Facebook (I haven’t had a chance to see it, but it sounds like it was good if not great.) I missed whenever Sky Man & Rayo Star split up, I guess.

WMC (SAT) 08/20/2016 Gimansio Hercules, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), Kronosport]
1) Ancla Jr., Star Warrior, Tezca b Camuflaje, Destructor De Galaxias, Sique [Copa WMC, semifinal]
2) Hércules, Oscar El Hermoso, Rey Abadón b Astaroth, Destructo De 6, Vampiro (Local) [Copa WMC, semifinal]
3) Ancla Jr., Star Warrior, Tezca b Hércules, Oscar El Hermoso, Rey Abadón [Copa WMC, final]
4) Demus 3:16 b Black Terry Demus vs Black Terry | WMC | 20-08-16 (posted by TVLuchaMundial)
Terry wanted a super libre rematch
5) Arceus, Impulso, Metaleón, Reina Dorada b Arez, Diva Salvaje, Felina Metálica, Terremoto Negro
Impulso & Arceus replaced Obscura & Zoy Raymunda
6) La Jarochita, Marcela, Zafiro (Chihuahua) b Diosa Quetzal, Keira, Paloma Rouse
Zafiro & Diosa Quetzal were added to the match.
7) Sagrado b Freelance [super libre]
8) Ancla, Corsario Negro, Drako b Alan Extreme & Yoruba [captain hair, hair]
Billed as 3v4 with Drako & Wasson’s hair on the line. No Wasson or Guerrero Mixtico (so 3v2), and Alan lost his hair instead. Yoruba wanted revenge.
9) Fly Metalik L Fly Warrior, Fly Star, Mr. Leo, Centurion, Látigo [mask] Fly Metalik/Fly Warrior vs Latigo/Centurión vs Mr. Leo/Fly Star | WMC | 20-08-16 (posted by TVLuchaMundial)
Mr. Leo replaced Toxin. Fly Warrior took Fly Metalik’s mask. Fly Metalik is Carlos Olvera, 21, 6 years a luchador.

I’m not 100% sure who was in the semimain still, just that Alan loses his hair a lot. Metalik was the expected loser in the main event, as he’s wrestling less of late.

Elite (SUN) 08/21/2016 Arena México [+LuchaTV, Plantilla Deportiva]
1) Estrellita & Lluvia b Keira & Muñeca De Plata
2) Decnnis, Fresero Jr., Zumbido b El Bandido, Emperador Azteca, Metaleón
Zumbido’s return to Arena Mexico and Decnnis’ debut. Match had errors, and Emperador Azteca was hurt after a first fall move by Fresero Jr.
3) Blue Panther b Argos
Argos replaced Black Terry.
4) Rey Escorpión & Sharlie Rockstar b Golden Magic & Valiente
5) Dragón Lee b Flamita
short good match, truncated when Flamita suffered an arm injury. Flamita was stretchered out after the Dragon Driver.
6) Bárbaro Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla b Máximo, Súper Crazy, Xtreme Tiger
Mr. Niebla snuck in a foul on Maximo.

Neither singles match seems to have gone exactly as planned. Black Terry indicated that he was planning on working all three shows (Chilanga, Elite, IWRG), so something must’ve happened. He made two, got the IWRG, and it may just not been possible to do three. All the indie shows seemed decently attended, but I’m not sure this over-saturation of a weekend was a great idea for everyone. The attendance looks OK in the photos, but they’re not of the full arena.

I’m going hold off on the Lucha Memes and ChilangaMask results in hopes more details will turn up. It looks like Jason Kincaid came to Mexico and was at the show, but he’s not mentioned in the results (injury? illness?) and the Terrible/Juvy match is missing from the results (but there were so many +LuchaTV posts that I could’ve just missed it somehow.)

Volador, Caristico and Titan defeated Ultimo Guerrero, Euforia, Gran Guerrero on the Super J show early Sunday morning my time. The match was good and they got plenty of time; NJPW’s site erroneously lists it as a 5 minute match, but it appeared to be 15. Volador got a special solo entrance, beat Gran Guerrero for the win and, after winning the tournament, Kushida himself seemed to offer Volador a title match whenever he wanted it. Volador beat Kushida in the Elite tournament a couple months ago and the title match is probably happening at some point.

Soon after the show ended, Michinoku Pro announced Caristico was the mystery Mexican star for the upcoming masked man tournament. It’ll run from September 16th to September 18th, he’ll face Samba (a masked man billed as from Rio in the first round), and this was the same tournament Argos was previously announced in. Argos faces Revolucion (a masked Cuban), and was probably a package deal to get Caristico. Caristico didn’t have a big role on the NJPW show and was definitely meant to be second fiddle to Volador, where they could’ve stuck in any other CMLL tecnico and gotten the same effect (though maybe not the long playing to the crowd after the match.) I wonder it was simply NJPW wanting to get Carisitco’s first match back in Japan on their show before Michinoku Pro brought him in. The CMLL guys were pretty over and there was value in having him there.

Pentagon Jr. won the PCW Heavyweight Championship this weekend, addind it to the AAA Latin Americas championship, Mucha Luchas Atlanta Championship, AAW Heavyweight Championship, Perros del Mal Light Heavyweight Championship – so he’s a five  (Penta-) champion.

The main event of ColiseoMania will be Moose, Willie Mack, Teddy Hart vs Blue Demon Jr., Dr. Wagner Jr., and Garza Jr., according to Garza. The Rest of the World/Mexico bit will get over, but it seems like a waste to bring in those guys to work against Blue Demon Jr. (and Wagner, to a lesser extent.)

This week’s AAA TV show is up.

An Ivelisse promo for Lucha Underground Season 3

Super Libre had taped interviews with Dragon Lee, Tiger and Rey Escorpion.

Cult Icon writes about Paco Alonso.

Lineups

CMLL (SUN) 08/28/2016 Arena México
1) Bengala & Robin vs Canelo Casas & Espanto Jr.
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Oro Jr., Star Jr. vs El Cuatrero, Sansón, Skándalo
3) Blue Panther, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Puma, Tiger, Virus
4) Dragón Lee, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero
5) Máximo Sexy vs Mr. Niebla
6) Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto © vs Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Stuka Jr. [MEX TRIOS]
6th defense

Elite said they were back for all the Sundays, and it turned out to be one Sunday. I’m a little concerned. This leaves them with no TV for 09/03. At the same time, Niebla/Maximo was clearly set up on today’s Elite show, so they knew this handoff was happening. The aprons still said “Todos Los Domingos” tonight, for what it’s worth.

In their place, CMLL’s thrown together a loaded card that just happens to be going on at the same time as TripleMania. Those names working fourth from the top suggest they’re trying to run against AAA, but I’m not sure what affect it’ll have if they don’t promote beyond their website (and past history suggests both shows will do fine in this situation.)

Mr. Niebla versus Maximo is a first time in Arena Mexico match – they did it a couple times in Guadalajara in 2012, and they’ve been opponents (and partners) roughly a million times. The trios challengers have only teamed together once in Arena Mexico, so it makes a lot of sense they’re getting a shot.

CMLL (SUN) 08/28/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Micro vs Destello
2) El Alteño & Javier Cruz Jr. vs Destructor & Gitano
3) Sky Kid & Smaker vs Relámpago & Thunder Boy
4) El Divino, León Blanco, Randy vs Furia Roja, Maléfico, Ráfaga
5) Frezzer, Mágico, Nautilius vs Joker, Mosco X Fly, Sádico

X-Fly is making an occasional appearance. Joker & Sadico are champions.

08/19 AAA TV Results (Veracruz)

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AAA TV (FRI) 08/19/2016 Auditorio Benito Juárez, Veracruz, Veracruz [AAA]
1) Anarquía & Tiburón b Hijo del Buitre & Squato
Dark match.
2) Gotita de Plata, Lanzeloth, Venum b Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Soul Rocker
Carta Brava Jr. returned after leaving in April.
3) El Apache, Lady Shani, Taya b Big Mami, Mary Apache, Niño Hamburguesa
Apache beat Mary
4) Argenis, Australian Suicide, Bengala DQ Dave The Clown, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Súper Fly
Daga unmasked Suicide for the DQ.
5) Aerostar & Drago b Garza Jr. & Hijo del Fantasma and Daga & Joe Lider
Garza Jr. replaced Fantasma. Drago beat Lider.
6) Pentagón Jr. & Texano Jr. DQ El Mesías & Hernandez
Team Trump fouled and unmasked the tecnicos.
7) Damián 666, Nicho el Millionario, Pagano b Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown [cage]
Psycho Clown was bloodied and handcuffed to the cage as Pagano escaped. Pagano earned the chance to choose the referee for their match at Triplemania, and of course picked Tirantes.

Air Date: 08/27 & 09/03. Of note, this show was in the 6 sided ring, which hasn’t been seen a lot this year.

Not sure what happened to Fenix. AAA’s recap avoids mentioning anything.  Fenix did a Facebook Live while promoting a show in Dallas today and, after about 15:39 of Fenix promoting upcoming shows and kindly saying hi to various people, he acknowledges he missed both Veracruz and a previous show in Aguascalientes due to for majerue, apologizes, and moves right onto saying hi to Brian (Cage?). AAA knew enough in advance to have Garza Jr. in Veracruz. I presume Fenix is still working TripleMania, because it’s TripleMania, but I’d also assume we’d never be told about a change until someone else walks out in Fenix’s place. That was the case last night.

Carta Brava Jr. is one of the names who left earlier in the year and appears to be back. About a month after Carta Brava Jr. left, Goya Kong did an interview insisting she and her partner had actually not left AAA. Carta Brava Jr. didn’t get booked a lot on the indies and hasn’t been seen since June, so it’s possible they could’ve both made a quick u-turn and Carta’s been back training with AAA in hopes of getting another chance. He’s been very good in the openers in the past (and that match is much better for him being involved), but has been stuck in that position for years.

The main event will obviously air next week; I’d guess matches 3/5/7 air on that episode, and the others on the following show. They could used them as the start of Heroes Inmortales build, if they know the direction. Card could

  • Daga vs Australian Suicide, hair vs mask
  • Team Trump vs Mexico
  • Psycho Circus vs Los Fronterizos
  • Fantasma actually defends his title?
  • a Copa Antonio Pena?

This gets AAA around the short time to build, since it’s a lot of matches they’ve already teased (and matches I thought might be on TripleMania.) I mostly want Daga/Suicide to happen already.

Tirantes was the expected outcome of the main event. It’ll just be a question of AAA doing the spot where he reluctantly counts a Psycho Clown pin or where he gets knocked down and Piero runs into count, but it’s always going to be one of those two finishes

Next taping is TripleMania next Sunday.

La Mascara cheats Dragon Lee, busy lucha weekend

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CMLL (FRI) 08/19/2016 Arena México [CMLL, CultIcon, thecubsfan]
1) Flyer & Star Jr. b Canelo Casas & Espíritu Negro LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 19 DE AGOSTO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
15:40: Tecnicos took 2/3
2) Esfinge, Hombre Bala Jr., Pegasso b Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 19 DE AGOSTO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
14:38. Tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Zeuxis b Estrellita [lightning] LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 19 DE AGOSTO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
6:43. Zeuxis submitted Estrellita to a caballete
4) Bobby Z, Rey Bucanero, Vangellys b Kráneo, Ripper, Súper Crazy LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 19 DE AGOSTO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
12:41. Bucanero’s team took 1/3, reversing a cradle on Super Crazy. They both said they’d win their hair match afterwards.
5) Pierroth, Rey Escorpión, Rush b Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy [Relevos Increíbles] LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 19 DE AGOSTO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
10:04. Ingobernables took 1/3.
6) Ephesto, La Máscara, Mephisto b Dragón Lee, Mistico, Valiente LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 19 DE AGOSTO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
8:51. Rudos took 1/2, the last when La Mascara pulled Dragon Lee’s mask and rolled him up.

CMLL’s on cruise control to the 09/02 show, doing the start of build up finishes you’d expect. It’s more notable what they didn’t try to do; there’s no sign of a significant 09/16 match on the horizon. They might not want to distract from the first show, but it’s looking more like the second show will have a tournament or other trophy competition than a second apuesta match of note.

The rest of this weekend is full of shows of note. I feel like I may have written too much about shows of which we may never see, but I might as well do it one more time.

  • CaraLucha returns tonight to Arena San Juan, with a main event of Flamita vs Xtreme Tiger. Centvrion & Fly Warrior face Dragon Lee & el Bandido in the semimain, and usual partners Rayo Star & Sky Man have a match for the Mucha Luchas Suprem championship.
  • CMLL’s weekly Saturday show has Mistico, Blue Panther and Stuka Jr. against Mr. Niebla, Ephesto and Rey Bucanero in the main event.
  • NJPW’s Super J show takes place late tonight/early tomorrow morning Central Time, with a Caristico, Volador and Titan versus Gran Guerrero, Euforia and Ultimo Guerrero main event.
  • Lucha Memes debuts in Mexico City on Sunday, with Dragon Lee versus Freelance, Rey Cometa versus Suicida and Virus vs Alberto Rios
  • ChilangaMask has an odd collection of matches, including Terrible versus Juventud Guerrera, Xtreme Tiger vs Laredo Kid vs Jason Kincaid, and Ares (Aken) & Impulso vs Dave Crist & Jason Gory.
  • MDA in Monterrey holds their second of two anniversary shows with oddly designed main events: Atlantis, Dos Caras and LA Park take on Ciafan, Canek & Rush, as well as father son team Mistico & Pierroth versus La Mascara & Silver King.

Argos, Dr. Karonte Jr. and Caristico beat Euforia, Gran Guerrero and Ultimo Guerrero in Cuernavaca by DQ. Looks like a full house. The DQ set up Euforia/Gran Guerrero vs Argos/Karonte on the next show.

RIOT announced a 09/10 show, Riotmon, in the usual location of Arena LLF in Monterrey.
1: Mascara Dorada vs Ultimo Ninja
2: Los Delicuentes (Galactor & Furor) vs Larry Miranda & Dulce Kanela

DTU has a 09/11 show in Poza Rica, Veracruz.

Celebrity Apprentice premiers on NBC in January. That’s the other show Lucha Underground executive producer Eric Van Wagenen appears on, and Melissa Santos was said to have a role on the show. All the episodes  (except the finale) were said to have been taped in between Lucha Underground seasons 2 and 3, so it wouldn’t seem to affect any Season 4 schedule.

Cult Icon compares LA Park and La Parka.

Lineup

CMLL (FRI) 08/26/2016 Arena México
1) Sensei & Starman vs Disturbio & Sangre Azteca
2) Blue Panther Jr., Fuego, The Panther vs Fujin, Okumura, Raijin
3) Soberano Jr. vs Hechicero [lightning]
4) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Rey Bucanero vs Golden Magic, Sharlie Rockstar, Súper Crazy
5) Pierroth, Rey Escorpión, Rush vs Máximo Sexy, Shocker, Terrible [Relevos Increíbles]
6) Carístico, Dragón Lee, Mistico vs La Máscara, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero

A dream team of tecnicos against strong rudos (should Casas be there) and La Mascara in the main event. Los Ingobernables team up for the second straight week in the fifth match. Maybe they can do a battle to decide who owns the name on 09/16. The Elite guys make a return in the third match, and Soberano versus Hechicero is a good lightning match for both guys. Second match is the 10th Panthers/NJPW match already.

Mucha Lucha Toluca (SUN) 08/28/2016 Arena Naucalpan
1) Príncipe Pantera Jr. vs Duck Black Jr.
2) Diva Virtual & Sexy Violeta vs Ice Ángel & Pink
3) Alas de Acero & Iron Kid vs Boomerang & Fuego Jr.
4) Astro, Rey Piscis, Súper Caló Jr. vs Resplandor, Resplandor Jr., Scorpió 2.0
5) Hijo De Octagon, Hurcan Ramírez Jr., Máscara Sagrada Jr. vs Histeria, Monsther, Scorpió Jr.

Not on IWRG’s site, but is on the promotion’s website and makes a little sense – IWRG’s probably thrilled to rent out the arena rather than put on a show against TripleMania. This is a Toluca promotion and a government sponsored free show.

CMLL Viernes Mexico: 2016-08-19

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Recapped: 08/19/2016

What happened: Rey Bucanero outsmarted Super Crazy, and La Mascara did the same to Dragon Lee (though he cheated.)

What was good: The first three matches were good. I think the opener might have been the best match on the show, a rarity in CMLL.

The two matches building up the Anniversary matches were the weakest on the show, but they were also clearly intended more to position people for that match than to be good matches tonight.

Where can I watch it:  It should be on CMLL’s YouTube channel, though they were having some technical issues.

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CMLL & AAA taping tonight, Love Machine to AAA HOF, TripleMania iPPV

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Tonight kicks off a busy weekend in lucha libre, and a stretch of big shows over the next fifteen days. Tonight, AAA tapes tehri final TV show prior to TripleMania, and CMLL has it’s second to last Friday night show before it’s Anniversary show. The three most well known super-indie promotions, Cara Lucha, ChilangaMask and Lucha Memes, are all running shows this weekend. Elite returns to running this Sunday, though many people who might work that show are instead working the previous scheduled MDA anniversary show in Monterrey. IWRG also has a show.

It starts tonight in Arena Mexico, where CMLL is two shows away from their Anniversary show. La Mascara and Dragon Lee continue to face off in trios matches leading to their mask versus mask matches. Dragon Lee teams with his brother Mistico and Valiente, while La Mascara partners with Mephisto and Ephesto. Dragon Lee won the last one, and has been on the winning side the last couple weeks.

The other 09/02 feud continues in the fourth match, where Rey Bucanero teams with Bobby Z & Vangellys against Super Crazy and Invasors Kraneo & Ripper in a rudos versus rudos match. Crazy was portrayed as a tecnico up until last week. Maybe we’re heading to a Dragon Lee & Rey Bucanero versus Super Crazy & La Mascara match next week.

CMLL also has another major show in four weeks, and we have no idea what’s happening there. Perhaps something will come out of the semimain, where the dormant Rush versus Maximo & Marco Corleone feud is revived. Rush teams with his fellow Ingobernables (?) Pierroth & Rey escorpion, while Atlantis is the third tecnico. Rush previously took Maximo’s hair in March and it’d be way too soon to go back for that again, but I guess Rush versus Marco or Marco versus Pierroth are possibilities. I don’t really know.

Three other matches round out the card. Estrellita and Zeuxis meet in a lightning match; they’ll be on opposite sides of the women’s opener on 09/02. Los Canceberos take on Pegasso, Hombre Bala Jr. and Esfinge, who’s been absent from Arena Mexico for the last month but wrestling often around Jalisco. Flyer & Star Jr. take on Canelo Casas & Espiritu Negro in the opener.

Cult Icon also previews the show. It’ll air at 8:30pm on CMLL’s YouTube channel. It’ll also air live on NJPW World, but will only be available if your IP address registers you as living in Japan. (There’s no reason to get around it this week, but it becomes slightly useful next week – Claro doesn’t keep the show for VOD – and very useful the week after that if they do it.)

AAA tapes tonight to Auditorio Benito Juarez in Veracruz. That’s the location of their first show, 24 years ago. Tonight, it’s the site of their last show before TripleMania. The main event sets up the last angle for the show, where the winner of a Psycho Circus/Los Fronterizos cage match will get to decide the referee for the Psycho Clown versus Pagano mask versus hair match. Psycho Clown has lost literally every single match in this feud and tonight does not figure to by any different. Hijo del Tirantes is the likely referee pick.

There are two other matches with light implications on TripleMania. Texano Jr. and Pentagon Jr., who were opponents on this week’s AAA TV show, will team this week against Team Trump members Mesias & Hernandez. Texano faces another Trump supporter, Cage, as part of his title match next Sunday. Fenix & Fantasma and Aerostar & Drago are both in the four way tag title match on the big show, and face off in a three way with Daga & Joe Lider. (Jack Evans, who will also be in that TripleMania match, is tonight in Chicago for AAW.)

The undercard is three filler matches trios matches, with a lot of people who didn’t make the TripleMania card. I’d think they were set to be cut out of TV and be put on the internet only, except they’d run out of TV later on. Argenis, Suicide & Bengala taking on the utility rudo crew of Pirata, Super Fly and Dave the Clown. Taya, Lady Shani and El Apache versus Big Mami, Mary Apache and Nino Hamburguesa, which might play on Apache being a referee for Mary’s match. The opener is listed as Gotita de Plata, Lanzeloth, and Venum versus Soul Rocker, Mocho Cota Jr. and a mystery person. That mystery person seems like it should be Herodes Jr. based on recent usage, but Herodes has been so poor again flyers that I’m hoping it’s anyone else.

The show has a listed start time as 8:45pm, which means probably more like 9:30pm after the usual late start and locals dark match. It will air on TV on 08/27 and 09/03. It won’t air live, but there’s usual a few people doing Periscopes during the show if internet quality is good.

AAA is done taping until next Sunday’s TripleMania, and will spend the next week doing publicity for the big show. They do have the annual pilgrimage next Thursday.

AAA said TripleMania would be on iPPV back at their press conference for the event, but have not revealed any more details. It’d might be best to wait until Monday to make any formal announcements, as it’d get lost in the upcoming tsunami of wrestling over the weekend, but it does look like it’s happening. AAA’s iPPV site now lists TripleMania as airing, at 230MXN or $23USD. Note that this same site listed Rey de Reyes, AAA never officially acknowledged it, and then the iPPV was listed as canceled. They got back together for the Lucha World Cup, but the price changed a few times. I would not buy the show until AAA sends out a press release saying it’s on.

1 USD is about 18.5 pesos at the moment, so foreign fans are getting charged nearly twice as much for the same show. Even if it was even, going over $20 USD is a tough sale for a promotion without a lot of buzz and coming of a legendary poor show a year ago. TripleMania is a good lineup, but it’s hard to believe many people are going to buy it, and it’s unlikely AAA believes otherwise based on how little they’ve promoted it. It’ll pick up next week, but it seems completely focused on filling up Arena Ciudadde Mexico and any iPPVs they get are bonus.

The plan was for their to be English announcers, and the flags up top indicate both English and Japanese feeds along with the Spanish ones. There’s no word who that would be, though I suspect Hugo Savonivich will be back based on him doing the promos on TV.

Leo Riano’s column mentions AAA will induct Love Machine Art Barr into their Hall of Fame this year TripleMania. Barr would be the third member of famous Gringos Loco versus Hijo del Santo & Octagon hair vs mask to be inducted, following Eddie Guerrero and Octagon. (Hijo del Santo may be in some day, but probably not soon.) Riano says a second person will also be inducted. You can see the list of those in here. Konnan is a notable omission, but obviously isn’t going in this year. Cien Caras, who headlined the first TripleMania, would also fit.

The same column mentions Sexy Star is planning on boxing professionally before the end of the year, and has an amateur record of 6 wins and 1 loss (so she’s been boxing under the radar for at least a while.)

ROH’s preview for their WrestleMania weekend show says CMLL will be included on their show. It’s so far away that they might not even know exactly who’s going to appear, and more a sign that CMLL wrestlers will regularly or semi regularly appear on ROH’s bigger shows if all stays well.

The Santo Jr. match in Torreon seems to have drawn pretty well, filling the Gimnasio. (That’s probably smaller than the bullring they were originally going to run before reports of rain.) Magnifico II did wrestle in the match judging by that video of the entrance.  There was apparently a rumor that there would be no beer at the show, which the promotion were denying on their Facebook. The Arena Olimpico Laguna show across the border in Gomez Palacio with Atlantis is said to have done as well.

Pentagon, Fenix, Drago, Aerostar, Fantasma, Taya, La Parka and La Hiedra are advertised for an 09/18 show in Cicero (outside Chicago.)  This is the group

Matt Farmer posted a 1974 letter from the NWA giving EMLL permission to run title tournaments.

Xtreme Tiger talks about his match against Flamita.

Jack Evans talks about his TripleMania match.

Zumbido & Decnnis talk about their appearance in Elite. I’m running low on verbs.

Cross Arm Breaker endures Sangre Chicana versus Cibernetico.

lucha TV preview for weekend of August 19th

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It’s not listed up there, but the Caristico, Volador, Titan versus Gran Guerrero, Ultimo Guerrero and Euforia match takes place on NJPW World on late Saturday/early Sunday morning. It’s 1AM Central Time. Also, the Stuka/Kamaitachi match in ROH airs this weekend. You can see their TV on the Fite.TV App on Monday nights at 6pm CT, and it goes up on ROH’s website during the week.

CMLL’s Friday show remains free on YouTube for one more week; it’s supposed to switch back to ClaroSports next week (and off the week after that.) Dragon Lee and La Mascara meet in trios.

Elite should air the week they skipped – so Rey Escorpion & Ultimo Guerrero and Volador & La Mascara – but you can’t really tell with this show.

AAA finishes up Toluca with a minis match, the debut of Fenix and Fantasma as a team and another Pagano versus Psycho Clown match.

Mistico vs Cavernario in Puebla should be worth checking out.

great match roundup, week of 2016-08-07

second dive goes much better
bye Aerostar

No Elite this week. Not much that was really noteworthy.

rating matches TV Show taped
good Daga & Súper Fly vs Aerostar & Australian Suicide AAA on Televisa: 2016-08-06 2016-07-17
good Averno & Chessman © vs Monsther Clown & Murder Clownand Angélico & Jack Evans for the AAA World Tag Team Championship AAA on Televisa: 2016-08-06 2016-07-17
good Centella Roja, Millenium, París vs Akuma, Espíritu Maligno, Inquisidor CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-08-08 2016-08-08
good Atlantis, Máscara Dorada, Mistico vs Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-08-08 2016-08-08
good Blue Panther Jr., Stigma, The Panther vs Fujin, Okumura, Raijin CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-08-09 2016-08-09
good Fuego vs Puma in a lightning match CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-08-09 2016-08-09
good Johnny Idol, Rey Cometa, Star Jr. vs Kráneo, Niebla Roja, Ripper CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-08-09 2016-08-09
good Shockercito & Stukita vs Demus 3:16 & Mercurio CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-08-12 2016-08-12
good Hombre Bala Jr., Pegasso, Soberano Jr. vs Disturbio, Skándalo, Virus CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-08-12 2016-08-12
good Ángel de Oro, Guerrero Maya Jr., Titán vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-08-12 2016-08-12
good Súper Crazy vs Rey Bucanero in a lightning match CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-08-12 2016-08-12
good Dragón Lee, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, La Máscara, Último Guerrero CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-08-12 2016-08-12
ok Dr. Wagner Jr., La Parka, Psycho Clown vs Brian Cage, El Mesías, Hernandez AAA on Televisa: 2016-08-06 2016-07-17
ok Black Tiger, Stigma, Titán vs Ares, Bobby Z, Virus CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-08-08 2016-08-08
ok Marco Corleone & Último Guerrero vs Sharlie Rockstar & Shocker in a relevos increíbles match CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-08-08 2016-08-08
ok Acero & Astral vs Pequeño Universo 2000 & Pierrothito CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-08-09 2016-08-09
ok Estrellita, La Vaquerita, Sanely vs Amapola, Tiffany, Zeuxis CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-08-09 2016-08-09
ok Máscara Dorada, Pierroth, Rush vs Shocker, Terrible, Vangellys CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-08-09 2016-08-09
ok Atlantis, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Cavernario, Gran Guerrero, Mr. Niebla CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-08-12 2016-08-12
below average Arkalis, Pegasso, Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Espanto Jr., Policeman CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-08-08 2016-08-08
watch later Dragón Fly vs Demonio Infernal for the mask IWRG Zona XXI: 2016-08-06 2016-08-03

Rush says bloody brawl with LA Park cost him Anniversary match, Black Terry takes Judas’ hair

photo by Black Terry Jr.
photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (WED) 08/17/2016 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), The Gladiatores]
1) Brazo De Oro Jr. & Fly Tiger b Shadow Boy & Último Caballero
2) Dowki, Hanaoka, Yakuza b Adrenalina, Alas de Acero, Aramis
3) Bombero Infernal, Demonio Infernal, Violencia Jr. b Black Dragón, Emperador Azteca, Hijo del Alebrije
4) Dragón Fly b Hip Hop Man
Dragon Fly took 2/3, wants a shot at Hip Hop Man’s Argentina championship.
5) Black Terry b Judas el Traidor [hair]
Judas used the ropes to pin Terry in the first, Terry did the same in the second. Terry submitted Judas in the third. Judas gave Terry credit for being a legend of lucha libre.

Hair match will air this weekend on AYM. If I’m understanding correctly, the fans seem to have realized Dragon Fly is sort of the heroic replacement for Golden Magic and have somewhat rejected him like they did Golden Magic.

Rush definitely seems to believe he was pulled off the anniversary show as part of his suspension for the brawl with LA Park (specifically the bleeding part.) That sort of explains why the build to the Anniversary show was not clear until after Rush finally disappeared. Rush’s bigger point is it proves CMLL doesn’t give him beneficial treatment, since they wouldn’t pull him if they were helping him out like that.

Mr. Niebla won’t be a part of whatever’s going on the 09/16 CMLL show, because he’s booked in Queretaro. So is DJ Z, which makes me hope he might get to other places that weekend. I really liked the idea of Atlantis/Mr. Niebla mask match at the 09/16 show, figuring just because you could draw still pretty well with two week notice on an Atlantis mask match, and maybe you could trust Niebla if you cut the build down to two weeks. It’s not really something CMLL does though.

Diamante Azul hasn’t been around since the end of August, which seemed liked he might have returned to France already. Maybe not (or maybe he’s coming back), since he’s announced for a 10/02 show in Mexico City.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update, including a recap of this week’s Informa. The minis mentioned Angelito is gone. He hasn’t been around since February but was booked so infrequently that I didn’t notice. They said there are 15 minis.

Segunda Caida reviews Villano IV vs Blue Demon Jr. from last year’s Rey de Reyes show.

SuperLuchas notes Axel publically posted a note of support to Santo Jr.

Sexy Star is interviewed in a video. She says her character is still alive in the US, which is accurate.

Lineups

IWRG (SUN) 08/21/2016 Arena Naucalpan
1) Alas de Acero & Black Dragón vs Araña de Plata & Guerrero 2000
2) Diosa Atenea, Miss Gaviota, Relámpago vs Diva Salvaje, Judas el Traidor, Lilith Dark
3) Diablo Jr. & El Hijo del Diablo vs Black Terry & Cerebro Negro
4) Chicano, Pantera I, Veneno vs Herodes Jr., Imposible, Toscano
5) Hijo De Dos Caras © vs Máscara Año 2000 Jr. [IWRG JUNIORS]
first defense

Of all the things that are happening this weekend, it makes me sad this is one I know I’ll be able to see. (I won’t, but still.)

Black Terry is now triple booked on Sunday: Chilanga Mask, Elite and IWRG. Alas de Acero is also triple booked: Toluca, Lucha Memes, and IWRG. Aramis has the Toluca, Chilanga Mask, Lucha Memes trifecta.

Volador vs UG once more, TripleMania card order, Fenix, ADR, Demon

Hechicero hold of the day
Hechicero hold of the day

CMLL (SUN) 08/14/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Arena Coliseo Guadalajara]
1) Avispón Negro Jr. b Guerrero de la Muerte
Guerrero de la Muerte complained the count
2) Fugaz & Micro b Destructor & Diplomático
Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Cosmos, Explosivo, Frezzer b Gran Kenut, Relámpago, Thunder Boy
Tecnicos took 1/3.
4) Furia Roja, Maléfico, Ráfaga b León Blanco, Magnum, Neutrón
Rudos took 1/3.
5) Flash II, Star Black, Vaquero Jr. b Forastero, Kempo Dragón, Príncipe Kisho
GDL tecnicos took 1/3. Kempo Dragon blamed Principe Kisho for the loss and said he’d be a tecnico going forward. Tecnicos said they’d beat Forastero and his cousins next week for the titles.

The recap mentions Gallito is with Vaquero Junior. Magnum’s interviewed in this week Box Y Lucha, talking about his 18 months of being in charge here, and explained the situation with Gallo. Magnum says Gallo suffered a knee injury which needed rest. The rules there are luchadors must be 100% to be on the card. Gallo decided to keep working instead of resting, and instead wrestled on indie shows, which has hurt his recovery. Magnum was also unhappy Gallo wrestled on a show with Joe Lider, breaking the rules about working on shows with AAA guys. He hasn’t talked to Gallo, but wants to soon since Gallo’s a double champion at the moment.

Gallo says Sadico, Joker, Reycko, Linterna Verde and Mr. Briosa are mentioned as promising youngsters, and Magico, Nautilus and Cosmos are mentioned as small highflyers (when asked about minis, though he’s careful not to neccesarily put them in that category himself.) The interview asks why there’s no new luchadoras since Silueta; Magnum says there are some who are training but are far from debuting. The most recent women to come close were Gitana (Mascara Dorada’s sister) switching to the circus, and Kendra, who said to have asked to take the exam to be licensed but never returned. Magnum’s hope is to make the Guadalajara Homenaje a Dos Leyendas an annual event, as there’s lots of local legends he’d like to honor.

CMLL (TUE) 08/16/2016 Arena México [Box Y Lucha, CMLL, CultIcon,thecubsfan]
1) Leono & Sensei b Espanto Jr. & Inquisidor LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 16 DE AGOSTO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
13:48. Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Oro Jr., Soberano Jr., Starman b El Cuatrero, Sansón, Skándalo LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 16 DE AGOSTO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
15:14. Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Hechicero, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado b Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 16 DE AGOSTO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
17:04. Rudos took 1/3.
4) Stuka Jr. b Luciferno [lightning] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 16 DE AGOSTO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
6:33. Stuka won with a torpedo splash.
5) Mr. Niebla, Shocker, Terrible b Ángel de Oro, Johnny Idol, Titán LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 16 DE AGOSTO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
15:15. Rudos took 1/3.
6) Máscara Dorada, Rush, Volador Jr. b Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 16 DE AGOSTO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
9:13. Guerreros took 1/3, UG sneaking in a foul on Volador.

 

Nothing extraordinary – the time in the main event tells you the deal there – but better than some of the recent boring Tuesday shows. Volador/UG is continuing on to next week and maybe even thru their trip to Japan this weekend. Volador & Titan appear to be done until they go the Super J Cup finals. Caristico and the Guerreros are working a show in Morelos tomorrow.

Today’s IWRG show has Black Terry vs Judas el Traidor in a hair/hair match, with Terry trying to keep his hair before returning to Arena Mexico this weekend.

AAA released the official card for TripleMania, 11 days out. There’s no surprises in the matches, with the new info being the card order. AAA cards have almost always followed the order listed on the poster, so this will be the order the matches take place. The Apaches/Chessman/Averno match leads off, followed by Copa TripleMania, the four way tag match, Pentagon/Mundo, the LU trios, the heavyweight title match and the mask/hair match goes last. It has to go last given what they’re going to do to the ring, but the three matches  before it could’ve gone in any order and it’s notable to see the heavyweight title get the semimain spot over Mysterio.

Also, for whatever reason, Dragon Azteca is again Aztec Dragon. There’s probably a reason for this, and it might even be good, but they should also explain the reason (or make up one!) because it makes the poster look barato without one. And, if someone’s really announcing this in English, they should use the Lucha Underground name, since 99% of the people who would buy the show to listen in English know him by that name.

The Casa de Moneda will be selling those AAA medals (Psycho Clown, Rey Mysterio and La Parka) at TripleMania, and promise surprises.

SuperLuchas has quotes from TripleMania media day, and the Gladiatores has video interviews. Dr. Wagner was pushing the idea that he and Texano should team up to take out Cage in their title match, but Texano (wisely) said he shouldn’t trust Wagner. Fantasma proposed a group of himself, Fenix, Texano and Pentagon.

Liger Fever has a translation of a really good Los Reyes del Biutiful interview with Fenix from this past February. The translations are in six parts: one two three four five and six. Fenix raps, though you probably want to hear the podcast for that. Fenix also doesn’t understand why he’s never had a singles match with Pentagon in AAA.

CMLL has an article hyping the Anniversary on Video On Demand as a innovation in lucha libre. AAA has done VOD for years. IWL did VOD years ago. Still don’t know how much it costs. More helpfully, they also note Dragon Lee is NOT the youngest person ever to put their mask at an Anniversary show. Mr. Aguila was six months younger when he wagered his mask against Ultimo Guerrero in 1998, and lost it to Ultimo Guerrero. Mr. Aguila lost it mostly because he was headed to the WWE. (Wait, what, uh oh!)

CMLL is playing around with video formats: a 4K clip of Hooligan vs Stuka and 360 clip of Super Crazy and Rey Bucanero.

The News has an English interview with Johnny Idol and Sam Adonis. This is one definite advantage to having a few foreigners employed, it gets CMLL press from outlets which might not normally pay attention.

Alberto del Rio is suspended from WWE for violating their wellness policy. (WWE cleverly waited until the moment they ended a press conference to announce this.) It’s unknown what he exactly did, but he’s out for 30 days. Alberto came back to WWE by beating John Cena, and he lost to John Cena last night. WWE usually knows the suspensions before time, so that might have been purposely timed as his farewell. Alberto’s believed to have an opt out of his WWE deal sometime in the next couple months. It’s been unclear if he’d take it – yes, his WWE stint has gone poorly, but his reason to go to WWE was for the money and he’d have reason to stay if he was still getting the money he wanted – but this sequence of events points more towards him leaving.

There were rumors last week about Alberto showing up in Elite by the end of the year, which fit with the idea of an opt out. It certainly seems like an Elite move. The big issue is his relationship with Caristico, which was as bad as possible last time they were both in AAA, and Caristico’s influence over the Elite promotion. It’s always possible Caristico & Alberto worked their issues out once they weren’t competing for spots in the same promotion, or that Caristico isn’t that powerful in Elite with the promotion struggling for success even with Caristico around – I wouldn’t rule out Alberto ending up in Elite, but it’s not a certain thing. AAA seems like they would like to have Alberto back, though the money may be an issue. Lucha Underground seems unlikely, as they and Alberto parted in bad fashion, but you never know in wrestling. Alberto’s also still kept an association with MMA.

4 Element Stunts, a TV/stunt company, mentions their work on the upcoming Televisa Blue Demon TV show on their Facebook. There’s even a picture of the Demon. Hip Hop Man’s posted on Twitter about working on the show, and the Facebook hypes Mr. Leo and Golden Magic & El Bandido as among those as part of the crew (so they’ll be in the wrestling scenes.) Imposible’s also mentioned.

RIOT announced a 09/10 show, Riotmon, in the usual location of Arena LLF in Monterrey.
1: Mascara Dorada vs Ultimo Ninja

Dorada will at least be around until then. I believe the latest news/speculation are the cruiserweights starting in WWE in October. Mascara Dorada still says he hasn’t signed, but WWE’s already trademarked the “Gran Metalik” name in the US.

Promociones Sanchez, the Arena Neza promoters recently, say they have a big AAA show in September. Maybe another taping?

Elite has banner art saying they’re on Sundays from now on. They had banner art and aprons saying they were on Thursdays. They must’ve spent a lot on those. Very curious what card they have next weekend against TripleMania.

Satanico says he’s returning to Arena Mexico soon. He says it’s a Friday night show, so it’s not simply an Elite booking.

RobViper has highlights of 12/14/15 CMLL

Flamita promo for his match this Saturday against Extreme Tiger. He’s got a busy weekend.

The Viva La Lucha blog looks back at Caristico’s past visits to Japan.

Lucha Underground has a Pentagon poster for Season 3. There is text and logos hidden all around the poster.

A profile of the Lucha Libre Taco Shop in San Diego.

Cross Armbreaker watches Shocker vs Sangre Chicana, from Shocker’s forgettable AAA run.

CultIcon has a list of the top 10 matches he’d like to see but we probably won’t. I hadn’t really thought off the top 1, and you could fill a giant stadium with it.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 08/23/2016 Arena México
1) Bengala & Leono vs Akuma & Artillero
2) Fantasy, Shockercito, Stukita vs Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Violencia
3) Lluvia, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Dalys, Tiffany, Zeuxis
4) Blue Panther vs Ripper [lightning]
5) Rey Cometa, Súper Porky, Titán vs Bobby Z, Morphosis, Olímpico
6) Máximo Sexy, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero

More Volador/Ultimo Guerrero. Listing Super Porky is straight up trolling at this point. Blue Panther has singles matches with Black Terry and Ripper within three days.

CMLL (TUE) 08/23/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Divino & Neutrón vs Furia Roja & Ráfaga
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Pegasso, Soberano Jr. vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Hijo del Signo, Skándalo
3) Ángel de Oro, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado
4) Johnny Idol, Marco Corleone, Máscara Dorada vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Vangellys
5) Atlantis, Dragón Lee, Mistico vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas

Negro Casas doesn’t seem any more sure bet to be here. I think Cavernario & Hijo del Signo are the only DF rudos on that card under 30 years old. Rafaga’s been around a long while too, so maybe only Furia Roja too.

CMLL Martes Mexico: 2016-08-16 

tecnicos clean house
tecnicos clean house

Recapped: 08/16/2016

What happened: Not much. Ultimo Guerrero got away with a foul on Volador in the main event.

What was good: That same main event, and the third trios match. The second match and the lightning match had some moments.

Where can I watch it: It’s on CMLL’s channel. (more…)