Ingobernables live up to their name and won’t be back to Guadalajara soon; Metalico/Leono off

CMLL (TUE) 07/21/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) El Chakal & Sádico b Frezzer & Virgo
2) Gallo, Hombre Bala Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. b Cancerbero, Ráfaga, Raziel
Tecnicos took 2/3
3) Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sangre Azteca DQ Blue Panther Jr., Esfinge, The Panther
Blue Panther Jr. back (so if he was hurt on Friday, he was fine enough to go here.) Rudos took 1/3, the last when Esfinge unintentionally unmasked Sangre Azteca on a monkey flip.
4) Diamante Azul, Super Porky, Titán b Kráneo, Ripper, Vangellys
Tecnicos took 2/3.
5) Mephisto, Mr. Niebla, Último Guerrero b La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush
Rudos took 2/3. CMLL describes the third fall as the fans cheering for the rudos and distracting the Ingobernables into a loss. In reality, there was an incident between the Ingobernables and the fans. Security tried to pull all the luchadors away after the match and got them halfway up the ramp before Sombra broke free and went after the fans, kicking at some who had approached the ring. Rush followed, throwing back an umbrella. Police eventually got involved.

Cancha has a story and cell phone video on the incident between Sombra, Rush & the fans. The video starts after the initial incident, but before Sombra & Rush go back towards the fans again.

In the first fall, Mr. Niebla took a glass of beer from the fans and threw in the face of Rush. In the third fall, Rush got beer himself, tried to throw it at Niebla, and instead soaked the front row. (The article is unclear if this was Rush’s actual intention.) Those same fans, believed to be drunk, started throwing beer at the luchadors. The article says the luchadors attacked the fans after that. Ultimo Guerrero beat Mascara to end the match and security tried to pull Sombra, Rush, and Niebla away. That’s where the video picks up. Those same fans said or did something that enraged Sombra. He broke free, and Sombra kicked at them from the ring while they were standing next to the apron. Rush came in as support and threw theumbrella back at the fans. Niebla also came back in the ring and police had to get involved to break it up.

The president of the local box y lucha commission, Guillermo Sandoval, was at the Tuesday show. He told Cancha on Wednesday that Rush & Sombra are suspended from wrestling in Jalisco for three months. That’d last thru October 22nd. Since CMLL DF talent are only working Tuesdays, their first show back would be October 27th. Arena Coliseo and it’s management will also be punished in an unspecified way.

There probably should be something done about the security, which appeared to be insufficient for the incident, and should’ve been throwing people out as soon as they started thrown drinks at the luchadors. Maybe the outcome will be barrier are put up between the fans and the ring, like in Arena Mexico. That change seemed to occur in response to an incident between drunk fans and wrestlers too. It would require re-configuring seats to free up enough room, which would come at some cost. The easiest fix is Arena Coliseo Guadalajara being a lot more picker about who they allow to set in that front row on the opposite side of the entrances; there’s a group of about 10 seats which the luchadors end up diving in to or brawling near, and it frequently seems like the fans in those seats are drunk or otherwise unaware of what is going on. It occasionally makes for funny visuals but it’s not the safest situation.

The Metalico/Leono hair match for next Tuesday has vanished. This seems to be a late decision; they were advertised as going on CMLL Informa to promote the match just minutes before the match, but their match was pulled from the CMLL website a few hours prior. I’m not sure why it was there, I’m not sure why it’s gone, I’m not sure if it’ll just turn back up.

This week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter added a few details about TripleMania and it’s PPV. The important news was on the follow up podcast: Meltzer thinks the lineup probably will be announced in full on Friday (though notes elsewhere that the announcement of the PPV was actually delayed a week.) The WON also notes AAA had previously turned down offers to do the show as a PPV in the US as to not conflict with Lucha Underground. They’re apparently not concerned about that now, and you can read in to that what you want. Hugo Savinovich will be one of the English language announcers, with the other TBD.

AAA typically does Hall of Fame inductions on TripleMania. Perro Aguayo Jr. is certain to be inducted. Villano III may be honored as well. The show is scheduled to run three hours, which is shorter than most AAA shows. That probably means the event will only have six matches. We already know three (Myzteziz/Rey, Alberto/Cage, Villanos/Circus), there’s usually a Relevos AAA to get the minis/women/Mamba/Pimpi on, so that only leaves a couple matches to get a lot of people on the card. The La Parka/Cibernetico crew have to be worked in, and the guys who are seen on Lucha Underground have to be worked in. It’s going to be a challenge.

The Villanos/Psycho Circus really should be kept short. There’s an autograph signing for Villano III the weekend after TripleMania, and the people promoting have implied Villano III is signing because he can’t wrestle but could really use the income. That trios match has a chance of being the least well regarded match on a major PPV, but they’re doing the Villanos a favor by giving them a good payday in a big spotlight.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update and this past Friday’s En Busca de Un Idolo.

+LuchaTV has a lot of new clips, including Rich Swann vs Septimo Dragon for the FIP title, Violento Jack & Aeroboy vs Ciclope & Miedo Extreo for the X-LAW Tag championship and Blue Panther building up his match with Satanico this weekend.

King Jaguar is willing to bet his hair to get another shot at Lestat.

A boxing and lucha libre exhibit was opened at the PRI political party headquarters.

SuperLuchas looks back at shows from July 22nd, 1984

Apolo Valdes writes about Ultimo Guerrero and indy lucha libre from last weekend.

Lineups

IWRG (SUN) 07/26/2015 Arena Naucalpan
1) Aeroman & Alas de Acero vs Araña de Plata & Hip Hop Man
2) Dragón Celestial & Metaleón vs Enigma & Imposible
3) Emperador Azteca, Golden Magic, Súper Nova vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo
4) Hijo del Solar, Máscara Sagrada, Solar I vs Halloween Jr., Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Universo 2000 Jr.
5) Negro Navarro, Trauma I, Trauma II vs Canis Lupus, Coloso Chris, Príncipe Orión

Panteras win the tag titles and aren’t back for the next show. Crazy Americans face off against the Navarros for whatever reason. An IWRG show.

ELL (SAT) 08/08/2015 Auditorio de Tijuana, Tijuana, Baja California
1) Black Danger & Mirage vs Black Phantom & Xperia
2) Eternus & Lady Lee vs Destroyer & Ryan Kidd
3) Fantastik, Mr. Maldito, Platino vs Ángel Metálico, Jonathan, Star Dragón
4) Histeria & Psicosis II vs Tony Casanova & X-Torm
5) Hijo de LA Park & LA Park vs La Sombra & Rush

Evolution has mostly been running smaller buildings in Tijuana; this might be the first show at the big building and they’ve brought in Sombra, Rush and LA Park for it.

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Lucha Underground 1×37: PenUltimaLucha

Prince Puma

matches

Texano Jr. defeated Johnny Mundo (5:50, DQ when the Crew ran in, GOOD)
The Mack defeated Cage (0:42, corner sunset flip, OK)
Fenix regained his Aztec Medallion (OK)

  • Ricky Mandell eliminated (0:42, thrown by Famous B)
  • Argenis eliminated (0:53, thrown by Famous B)
  • Killshot eliminated (1:50, shoved off the top by DelAvar Daivari)
  • Vincenzo Massaro eliminated (2:34, stunner by DelAvar Daivari)
  • Super Fly eliminated (2:47, monkey flip by Mascarita Sagrada)
  • Mascarita Sagrada eliminated (2:47, self elimination)
  • Famous B eliminated (3:30, slid out by DelAvar Daivari & Marty Martinez)
  • DelAvar Daivari eliminated (4:01, by Fenix)
  • Fenix pinned Marty Martinez (“huracanrana” 7:09)

17 gifs from the show

developments

Famous B wrecking people

The mystery of the medallions was finally explained on this show. Dario Cueto explained the seven medallion holders would fight at Ultima Lucha for a new belt, the Gift of the Gods. The holder of the belt can challenge for the Lucha Underground championship at any time, though they must inform Dario to give him at least a week to promote it. (“No cash-ins.”) The belt can be defended and the title shot can change hands. The medallions come back off the belt once it’s used, and begin being handed out again to repeat the process.

Six luchadors stepped in to attach their medallions to the belt. (Magnets!) Jack Evans, Aerostar, King Cuerno, Sexy Star, Bengala and Big Ryck all placed their medallions on the belt. Ryck was given his Medallion earlier in the show, as part of Dario trying to patch up their relationship. (Big Ryck also took some money.) Fenix was not there, with Dario happily noting Fenix had been destroyed by Mil Muertes.

Dario announced a battle royal (with the final two going to pinfall/submission) to determine the new holder of the Medallion. Fenix came out before Dario went any farther. He did not get the Medallion back, but did get placed in the battle royal – which he won, against some of the lower ranked LU competitors. No one quite explained why Fenix was late.

Dario had a busy night. He explained Ultima Lucha would in fact begin next week. (The August 5th show remains two hours; they’re expanding it.) Cage versus the Mack will be added to that show in falls count anywhere match, after Mack’s flash pin over Cage led to them brawling around the arena and laying out security. Dario promised to put any stray item he had laying around at ringside so they could use it too.

the CGI on this show is so life like

That wasn’t all for Dario: he informed Hernandez that the Lucha Underground fans on Twitter hated him. Hernandez wasn’t concerned until Dario decided to let those fans participate. Next week’s match will be a lumberjack strap match with the fans as lumberjacks (“Believer’s Backlash”.) Hernandez main concern was Dario having good insurance, suggested he wouldn’t be afraid to fight back.

The opener of the show was a competitive match between Texano & Johnny Mundo. Texano looks to have a chance to win until Mr. Cisco and Cortez Castro ran into attack him. Alberto made a surprising save, wanting to get after Alberto himself. Alberto and Texano were left alone in the wrong and had a testy staring contest before Alberto left.

The show was to end with a Prince Puma promo. Of course, that didn’t happen – Catrina and Mil Muertes interrupted before Puma said one word. They were the distraction to a Disciples of Death attack, but Puma fought them out and challenged Muertes to take him on right now. Muertes did, but Puma also took him out and landed the 630 senton to end the show. Striker pushed the idea of Konnan not being around; it’s unclear if he’ll be back for the title match.

Ultima Lucha Card (07/29 & 08/05)

Fenix launches himself into a tope con giro
  1. Prince Puma (c) versus Mil Muertes for the Lucha Underground championship
  2. Aerostar vs Jack Evans vs Bengala vs Big Ryck vs Sexy Star vs Fenix vs King Cuerno for the Gift of the Gods championship
  3. Johnny Mundo versus Alberto el Patron
  4. Angelico, Son of Havoc and Ivelisse (c) versus the Disciples of Death for the Lucha Underground Trios championship
  5. Vampiro versus Pentagon Jr. in a Cero Miedo match
  6. Hernandez versus Drago in a Believer’s Backlash match
  7. Blue Demon Jr. versus Texano
  8. the Mack versus Cage in a falls count anywhere match

The Mack/Cage was explicitly said to be taking place next week. They were less clear on the other ones, but they’re listed in the preview for next week. It probably will not be announced, but there will also be a ‘everyone who doesn’t have a match’ battle royal along the way.

thoughts

springboard kick on target

If the last one was kind of simple, this one was extremely busy. New belt, new match, new stipulation, new extra hour to the finale. There were matches too. Texano/Mundo was really fun while it lasted and something I’d enjoy seeing again down the road. They mixed well together, with Texano looking the best he’s been as a face and Mundo’s rudo antics working. They gave the Alberto/Texano staredown a moment to make sure everyone saw, and understood they weren’t still friends, which was nice. It’s like them going over the UltimaLucha card one more time, just giving time to make sure everyone knew what’s going and what’s coming up.

The battle royal had some good moments and some not as good. We got to see the alternate universe where Famous B was one of the top guys in the promotion, and it was not bad. It’s surprising to see Marty get the spotlight at the end instead Killshot or Daivari. It didn’t quite work out with the finish at the end (which looked like it was originally something much more complex, and even the cover up cradle they did should’ve been retried.)

Big Ryck getting a medallion like he did felt like they just ran out of time. Fenix got a big win after his long absence seemingly just to re-establish him as an important figure after his long absence. Big Ryck hasn’t been gone, but – as Dario noted – he hasn’t been a big figure since those early episodes. Ryck’s just been winning a lot of matches for Dario’s opponents.

I didn’t like doing the Prince Puma promo fakeout. It acknowledges how weird it is that he never talks, which doesn’t seem like something they’re going to ever address. They needed an excuse to do the fight and didn’t want to do the faceoff, but it’s a bait and switch. (And since the Mack/Cage match was a bit of a nonmatch, it was the second one on the show where they also had a DQ.)

Vinny made the GIFs!

It’s probably not as much an issue for most people, but I hope there’s an explanation of why Fenix was late and had to be in the battle royal (besides “they wanted to do a battle royal”.) That seems like too inexplicable to be ignored, and they usually go somewhere with those sorts of things.

The Mack/Cage post match brawl was good, but probably suffers a little bit by having the bad timing to come a couple days after Undertaker & Brock did a similar deal. (I think there’s a good chance Cage & Mack have a better match.)

The whole idea of the Aztec Medallions/Gift of the Gods title is interesting and opens up possibilities for the future. There are very clearly defined ways to get a title shot in Lucha Underground, and this opens up a new one without needing Puma to get beat or laid out to do so.

The fight at the end was fun. Mil Muertes is the killer, but the one big change they’ve made with Mil v2.0 is Catrina’s more obviously the one running the show. She’s not his valet, he’s her weapon.

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TripleMania on US PPV, Flyer misses show (and 2nd round), Lucha Underground preview

photo by Alexis Salazar/CMLL

CMLL (TUE) 07/21/2015 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Angelito & Fantasy b Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Universo 2000
2) Canelo Casas, Metálico, Okumura DQ Leono, Pegasso, Delta Starman
Delta replaced Starman. Canelo Casas replaced Puma on Tuesday. Metalico fouled Leono
3) Disturbio b Boby Zavala [En Busca de un Idolo] Cuarta temporada del torneo (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Disturbio got the big win over Zavala. Atlantis was guest judge, and gave 10s to everyone (like Brazo de Plata, though it wasn’t intentional comedy.) Both Disturbio & Zavala scored a 10 (Atlantis), 8 (Gladiador), 8 (Shocker), 7 (Tirantes) for 33.
4) Guerrero Maya Jr. b Tritón [En Busca de un Idolo] Cuarta temporada del torneo (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Triton replaced Flyer, who said he had a foot injury. Guerrero Maya won with a double underhook piledriver, and scored a 10, 8, 8, 8 for a 34.
5) Marco Corleone, Stuka Jr., Valiente b Kamaitachi, Puma, Tiger
Tiger, Puma and Kamaitachi replaced Euforia, Gran Guerrero & Niebla Roja.
6) Ángel de Oro, Mistico, Volador Jr. b Ephesto, Pólvora, Terrible
straight falls. Polvora demanded a title shot against Angel de Oro.

All Flyer really need to do last night is show up. 10 total judging points, lower than anyone else has cored, would have been enough for him to advance. All the focus on the Disturbio versus Esfinge assumed Flyer would get those easy points. Since he didn’t, both Esfinge & Disturbio going to advance. Flyer hasn’t wrestled since last Monday in Puebla – the show that didn’t air live. He did have some problems in that match, but did not appear to suffer a foot injury. Flyer was pulled from last Tuesday’s show, and that change was made some days in advance. Star Jr. suffered his injury in training, it’s possible Flyer may have done the same, if he’s actually hurt.

Flyer posted on Facebook about his injury during the show last night. CMLL (as usual) just gave the usual fuerza majore non-explanation.

If Flyer’s really hurt, then any concern about him advancing may be moot – maybe he’s not able to wrestle next round anyway. The timing is suspicious at the very least: Esfinge was thought to be the in-house favorite by people who know things, and Flyer missing the show seems ensure Esfinge advancing. Of course, they could’ve also just as easily had Disturbio lose, but Flyer’s the guy who the judges and the guy who decides the finishes have thought was the worst. Worth noting that it would’ve been Disturbio, not Esfinge, who would’ve been out had Flyer shown up.

Lucha Underground

Tonight’s Lucha Underground is episode 37, PenUltimaLucha. It’s the final episode before Ultima Lucha. (There is an episode next week. They’ll explain the deal during tonight’s show.) Matches announced on the show

  • Johnny Mundo versus Texano
  • the Mack versus Cage
  • a match for the final Aztec Medallion

There’s also a vignette from the show out which shows the last Medallion being handed out. It’s a pretty big spoiler, you may want to wait. It’s also a totally different medallion than the match. That again will make much more sense on the show.

Again, this is the last build to UltimaLucha. Pentagon/Vampiro is pretty much set in place from last week, but all the major matches get touched on one last time. Mundo/Texano addresses both of their matches. Prince Puma will make an appearance. The Aztec Medallions will be further explained. There are still other matches and a stipulation to be announced for UltimaLucha, and they may even move forward on the Black Lotus storyline. It’s looks to be a pretty busy show, and all reports said this was a start of a great set of episodes to close out the season.

TripleMania on US PPV

Conventional PPV! A new English language AAA site has the list of providers –  it seems like they got cleared by all the major ones. Prices

  • $30 in HD
  • $20 in SD
  • $19 if you choose the iPPV instead (which has HD/SD/3D)

The FAQ mentions there will be English language commentary.

(Price is still undetermined if you can’t find anyone who will actually sell you floor seats to the show.)

If I was home, I’d probably still just choose the iPPV. I think I’m in the minority; a lot of people would prefer paying the extra $1 or $10 to just get in straight on their current TV setup even at this point of streaming devices. This is going to open the show up to a much bigger US/Canada audience.

That’s part of a new English language AAA site and Twitter account, and all of that’s probably related to Court Bauer saying on this week’s MLW Radio that he was working with AAA to expand their English presence. There’s a roster page; I’d guess they would include people who figure to be on the show (so Dinastia has a chance, but the Mini Psycho Clown photo is wrong.)

Other News

Sin Salida will air on SamuraiTV on 08/16. That’s probably the best bet for the main event to air complete anywhere.

LuchaWorld recaps Friday’s En Busca de un Idolo.

+LuchaTV has Crazy Boy & Pesadilla looking for a tag team title shot  and a top 10 from the 07/11 CaraLucha show.

Black Terry Jr. has highlights of Ray Rowe vs Cavernario and the first part of the tag team tournament.

Segunda Caida reviews random worth watching CMLL form a couple months ago, a review of Lucha Underground episode 33 and Maximo, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Ultimo Guerrero. It seems strange to me to see Fox 2 sports logo on a video now.

SuperLuchas looks back at a Canek versus Dos Caras title match, and a Villanos/Brazos title change (one were we didn’t previously know the date.)

Lestat says Monday night was the first step to something big for him after 14 years of disappointment and work. That’s a lot of disappointment.

13 people (looks to be all men) were approved for lucha libre licenses in Puebla. Asturiano, Toro Bill, Policeman and Yoyo Garduno were the judges.

Rey Escorpion and Solar were filming a commercial for Domino’s Pizza.

Monsther Clown talks about his Villanos match.

Homero Simpson betrayed Minion Morado in Arena Popo.

Voices of Wrestling and Last Real Heels have audio reviews of last week’s Lucha Underground.

There’s Destructor Negro versus Gotico feud in Xalapa.

Lucha Libre in Japan

07/22 NOAH:
Bengala b Hajima Ohara [GJHL]
Super Crazy b Atsushi Kotoge [GJHL]
Both are 2-0! They’re going all the way! I apparently can’t read the tournament matches!

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 07/28/2015 Arena México
1) Stukita & Último Dragoncito vs Mercurio & Pequeño Olímpico
2) La Vaquerita, Marcela, Skadi vs Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis
3) Delta, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Hechicero, Rey Escorpión
4) Leono vs Metálico [hair]
5) Bárbaro Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas vs Atlantis, La Máscara, La Sombra
6) Ángel de Oro © vs Pólvora [MEX LH]
Angel de Oro’s 4th defense

  • 07/07 Leono, Star Jr., Stigma b Cancerbero, Metálico, Raziel – tecnicos win in straight falls, Leono & Metalico botch finish
  • 07/14 Akuma, Metálico, Sangre Azteca b Leono, Molotov, Oro Jr. – rudos took 1/3, Metalico & Leono not involved in any finish
  • 07/21 Canelo Casas, Metálico, Okumura DQ Leono, Pegasso, Starman – Metalico fouled Leono

So. We’ve been watching CMLL Tuesday undercard matches for seven weeks now, and I don’t think a single person said “looks like they’re doing a Metalico/Leono match.” They’re doing a Leono/Metalico match! I have no idea why! Metalico did foul Leono last night, but there’s no indication they were building towards this match at all prior to that. It’s an all time poor build for a poor sounding match. I have no idea why you would put together a Leono/Metalico hair match and expect that to be something people would be interested in seeing. CMLL has 100+ luchadors and they’re going with Leono/Metalico as a match.

If Leono is Hulk Hogan, is Metalico Honky Tonk Man? (I don’t think Leono is Hogan because I’d bet Metalico wins.)

Angel de Oro is the greatest test of Polvora’s singles match super powers yet.

Way to bring back Stukita when there’s no internet stream any more. Given the six match lineup, that match may not air.

CMLL (TUE) 07/28/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Explosivo & Nautilius vs Joker & Relampago
2) Flyer, Magnum, Oro Jr. vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Disturbio, Maléfico
3) Esfinge, Magnus, Tritón vs Hijo del Signo, Nitro, Okumura
4) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Super Porky vs Morphosis, Olímpico, Pierroth
5) Diamante Azul, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Shocker, Terrible, Vangellys

Flyer back in action, or at least listed back on action. The 3/4/5 finishers are all on this show, and the 8th finisher is booked ahead of them.

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King Jaguar unmasked, En Busca de un Idolo first round ends, Euforia/Maximo

King Jaguar unmasked

CMLL (MON) 07/20/2015 Arena Puebla
62nd Anniversary Show
1) Camorra, Cholo, Inquisidor b Arkalis, Asturiano, Black Tiger
Rudos took 2/3.
2) Metatrón, Pegasso, Rey Samuray b Policeman, Rey Apocalipsis, Toro Bill Jr.
Pegasso replaced Starman. Rey Apocalispis & Toro Bill bring roosters to the ring and have them fight. They also have fake mustaches on their masks, and tried putting Rey Samurai in a bag. Tecnicos took 1/3 of a fun match.
3) Boby Zavala, Hechicero, Okumura b Fuego, Stigma, Tritón
Rudos took 1/3 in a good match.
4) Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto b Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Valiente
Hijos del Infienro took 2/3
5) Lestat b King Jaguar [mask]
Seconds were Asturiano & Policemean. Lestat beat King Jaguar with a code red to take the masks (falls 2/3). King Jaguar is Gustavo Lopez, 40, 25 years a luchador, from Puebla. He promised revenge and attacked Lestat in the post match.
6) Euforia, Rey Bucanero, Terrible b Marco Corleone, Máximo, Rush
Rudos took 2/3, Euforia beating Maximo in each fall to set up a title match next week.

40 GIFs from the show.

Stream worked great last night. It started on time and never had any problems. YouTube has a lot of benefits over Terra on our side of things (it’s a lot easier to watch without a computer for one), and this was a better experience. It’s only one show but hopefully it keeps up this way.

The show is supposed to be posted on YouTube for on demand viewing eventually, but it may be a few days. The middle four matches are worth watching when it does turn up. Money was thrown in after the fourth match, but the second and third were more entertaining to me. Rey Apocalispis & Toro Bill are a thoroughly entertaining local tag team act. The mask match lost steam as it went along, but it was suitably epic for the moment. The third match was a better than usual version of those six guy’s usual match. The opener was better than a DF opener but nothing special, and the main event was mostly just about setting up the title match (and finishing up quick; the show had gone long by that point.)

Tonight’s the last En Busca de un Idolo matches. It may already be over. Disturbio currently trails Esfinge by 47 points. He can pick up a maximum of 60 points tonight. No one’s gotten a perfect 40 from the judges so far, but it’s happened in past years. That most optimistic outcome would give Disturbio a 13 point lead. Disturbio’s been ahead of Esfinge in the fan poll the last five weeks, so that would clinch him the win.  It’s much different this week: Esfinge has nearly 5000 more votes than Disturbio. It looks like that’d give Esfinge 15 more points than Disturbio, which means Disturbio could pick up the maximum amount of points tonight and still come up a couple short.

The poll will be open until probably noon tomorrow, so there’s still time for something to change. It’ll have to change a little bit if Disturbio wins and scores well with the judges and it’ll have to change a lot of Disturbio gets 6s and 7s tonight. The scoring system for the fan poll is never consistent, so it’s unlikely we’ll be absolutely sure if Esfinge or Disturbio advanced – unless Disturbio simply loses to Boby Zavala tonight to end it.

Guerrero Maya versus Flyer is also happening! It’s really just a dry run for a rematch on a Friday sometime soon. Maya and Zavala has first place in round one on the line, which doesn’t seem to mean much. Titan is the only person to win the first round and the overall competition. (Vangelis & Cavernario were second in the first round.)

The actual main event tonight is Volador Jr., Mistico, Angel de Oro vs Terrible, Ephesto and Polvora. Tonight ends the En Busca de un Idolo matches on Tuesday nights – and the Tuesday Terra broadcasts which go with it – but Angel de Oro & Polvora are likely to continue the singles matches with a Light Heavyweight title match next week. The undercard has been changed around a bit; the Guerreros are off, and Puma, Tiger & Kamaitachi take over in the semifinal, and Canelo Casas is added to the second match. That makes the Terra broadcast less interesting, though internet favorite Angelito is wrestling in the opener.

Guadalajara has Ingobernables versus Mephisto, Mr. Niebla and Ultimo GUerrero.

CMLL removed the minis match from Friday’s show (Acero, Shockercito, Último Dragoncito vs Demus 3:16, Mercurio, Pequeño Nitro), instead inserting a women’s match (Estrellita, La Vaquerita, Lluvia vs Dalys, La Seductora, Tiffany). Dalys has had a rivalry with Dark Angel the last two weeks; maybe she isn’t around this week?

Leyendas Inmortales in Arena Queretaro tonight; they’ll be honoring Carlos Maynez on the show. This is one time where their roster works out, since many of the headliners worked for the UWA.

Guadalajara’s Toxico, who wrestled in CMLL in the past, lost his mask in Arena Jalisco to Aguila Guerrera. He was revealed to be Luis Demetrio Enríquez, 35 a professional. years old. That’s the same name gave at a previous mask loss. There’s some wrong with his age (or just our luchawiki data), since we’ve had him as 49.

+LuchaTV has final words from Nicho and Pagano before their hair match. Nicho’s hair is very long, but Pagano was bald before all of this so who knows. There’s also a promo for Leo vs Hombre Bala Jr.

RobViper has a music video of March 17 CMLL

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update, this week’s Poster-Mania and En Busca de un Idolo from Friday.

Black Terry Jr. has highlights of the Traumas vs Dr. Cerebro & Caifan and Barbaro Cavernario versus Ray Rowe.

Caifan won the Perros del Mal Light Heavyweight championship from Arez in Monterrey. The advertised main event was Ultimo Ninja versus a mystery silhouette which looked a lot like Fenix. There was no Fenix – and no Ultimo Ninja either.

Tigre Colosal took Baby Rock’s hair in Puebla.

Puma & Tiger asked Epydemius & Ultimo Ninja for a tag title shot in Monterrey.

There’s video of the AAA in Culican house show on Facebook.

SuperLuchas looks back to LA Park versus Pierroth, mask vs mask.

Lineups

CMLL (SAT) 07/25/2015 Arena Coliseo
1) Bengala vs Apocalipsis
2) Acero vs Mercurio
3) Magnus vs Espanto Jr.
4) Molotov vs Súper Comando
5) Star Jr. vs Sangre Azteca
6) Marcela & Skadi vs La Comandante & Tiffany
7) Atlantis, Stuka Jr., Volador Jr. vs Gran Guerrero, Rey Bucanero, Shocker

Comandante is back. No particular program going on in the main event.

CMLL (MON) 07/27/2015 Arena Puebla
1) Asturiano, Paris, Zaeta Roja vs Canelo Casas, Fuerza Chicana, Policeman
2) Estrellita, Lluvia, Marcela vs Amapola, La Comandante, La Seductora
3) Lestat, Stigma, Stuka Jr. vs Hechicero, King Jaguar, Sangre Azteca
4) Ángel de Oro, Titán, Valiente vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Negro Casas, Pólvora
5) La Máscara, La Sombra, Último Guerrero vs Mr. Niebla, Rey Escorpión, Volador Jr. [Relevos Increíbles]
6) Máximo © vs Euforia [CMLL HEAVY]
Maximo’s 3rd defense.

This show doesn’t look quite as good as last night’s show.

The Euforia/Maximo title switch wouldn’t have any effect on the Universal tournament numbers (which still needs someone to pick up a second title.) Maximo’s probably winning. Ultimo Guerrero and Rey Escorpion are on the wrong sides in the semifinal.

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great match round up, week of 2015-07-4

rating matches TV Show taped
excellent Drago vs Fénix, Laredo Kid, Daga, Steve Pain, Aerostar, Bengala,Súper Nova, Súper Fly, Hijo del Fantasma [Alas de Oro] AAA on Televisa: 2015-07-04 2015-06-14
great Hernandez, Jack Evans, Johnny Mundo, Súper Fly vs Aerostar, Alberto el Patrón, Drago, Sexy Star Lucha Underground: 2015-07-08 2015-04-12
good the Mack vs Cage Lucha Underground: 2015-07-08 2015-04-12
good Mil Muertes vs Son of Havoc Lucha Underground: 2015-07-08 2015-04-12
ok Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown © vs Averno, Chessman, Cibernético and Electroshock, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Parka Negra for the AAA World Trios Championship AAA on Televisa: 2015-07-04 2015-06-14
ok La Parka, Myzteziz, Rey Mysterio Jr. vs El Mesías, Johnny Mundo, Pentagón Jr. AAA on Televisa: 2015-07-04 2015-06-14
ok Fuego, Stigma, Tritón vs Okumura, Tiger, Virus CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2015-07-04 2015-06-22
ok Atlantis, Delta, Naito vs Kráneo, Olímpico, Ripper CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2015-07-04 2015-06-22
ok La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2015-07-04 2015-06-22
ok Marco Corleone, Naito, Rush vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible CMLL Lucha Azteca: 2015-07-04 2015-06-19
ok Ángel de Oro, Stuka Jr., Super Porky vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Felino, Okumura CMLL Lucha Azteca: 2015-07-04 2015-06-19
ok Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Rey Escorpión, Thunder CMLL Lucha Azteca: 2015-07-04 2015-06-19
ok Metatrón, Soberano Jr., Starman vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Metálico, Nitro CMLL on CadenaTres: 2015-07-04 2015-06-30
ok Fuego, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Kráneo, Olímpico, Ripper CMLL on CadenaTres: 2015-07-04 2015-06-30
ok Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, La Máscara vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Hechicero, Pólvora CMLL on CadenaTres: 2015-07-04 2015-06-30
ok Eléctrico & Último Dragoncito vs Demus 3:16 & Mercurio CMLL Titanes del Ring: 2015-07-04 2015-06-26
ok Pegasso, Starman, Tritón vs Okumura, Sangre Azteca, Virus CMLL Titanes del Ring: 2015-07-04 2015-06-26
ok Magnus & Sensei vs Akuma & Espiritu Negro CMLL on Terra: 2015-07-10 2015-07-10
below average Acero & Aéreo vs Pequeño Universo 2000 & Pequeño Violencia CMLL on CadenaTres: 2015-07-04 2015-06-3

Important Notes

  • The Alas de Oro is a repeat from the PPV airing, which is going to keep happening unless I just remove the TV shows which are TripleMania repeats. FWIW, the rating was based on the PPV match, which was a few minutes longer than the TV version. (I didn’t compare, but it was more than just the pause for Fenix’s injury.) You may find it hard to believe that match could’ve possibly kept going even longer if you saw that on TV, but it did.
  • There’s also no AAA TV recap for the same repeat reason.
  • Not a single CMLL match I watched from this week scored a rating over “OK”. I never was able to watch the Women’s cibernetico; my impression is that might have been rated ‘good’. Careful readers may note I’m not bothering to catch most any En Busca de un Idolo match I haven’t seen live.
  • These lists are going to be depressing once En Busca de un Idolo disappears.

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Panteras become tag team champions, weekend results, CMLL minis feud

a monkey, an ant and a ninja turtle/photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (SUN) 07/19/2015 Arena Naucalpan [The Gladiatores]
1) Dragón Celestial & Mr. Leo b Araña de Plata & Imposible
2) Apolo Estrada Jr., Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo b Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro, Emperador Azteca
Apolo got away with a foul a Hijo del Diablo.
3) Canis Lupus, Danny Casas, Negro Navarro, Veneno b Coloso Chris, Eterno, Golden Magic, Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Hijo del Pantera, Hip Hop Man, Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Pantera,Príncipe Orión, Súper Nova, Universo 2000 Jr. [IWRG IC TAG, seeding battle royal]
4) Coloso Chris & Príncipe Orión b Oficial 911 & Oficial AK47 [IWRG IC TAG, quarterfinal]
5) Hijo de Máscara Año 2000 & Universo 2000 Jr. b Eterno & Hip Hop Man [IWRG IC TAG, quarterfinal]
6) Hijo del Pantera & Pantera II b Golden Magic & Súper Nova [IWRG IC TAG, quarterfinal]
7) Danny Casas & Veneno b Canis Lupus & Negro Navarro [IWRG IC TAG, quarterfinal]
8) Hijo de Máscara Año 2000 & Universo 2000 Jr. b Coloso Chris & Príncipe Orión [IWRG IC TAG, semifinal]
The Crazy Americans win streak comes to a truly random end.
9) Hijo del Pantera & Pantera II b Danny Casas & Veneno [IWRG IC TAG, semifinal]
10) Hijo del Pantera & Pantera II b Hijo de Máscara Año 2000 & Universo 2000 Jr. [IWRG IC TAG, final]
The Panteras become 27th champions. Pantera II is a two time champion, having won previously with Felino in 2007.

Really don’t understand why the Crazy Americans just didn’t lose in the final, or at least lose to the people who were winning the tournament. I wish I could understand IWRG.

Hijo del Pantera may be in Mexico going forward; he wasn’t listed on Wrestle-1’s most recent roster, and his last match was losing to former partner/current rival Andy Wu in what could’ve been a blow off to his character. Wrestle-1 isn’t much watched – in Japan or by American fans of Japanese wrestling – but Hijo del Pantera got positive reviews while he was there.

Sexy Star appeared in nude photos fir ESPN’s Body issue. Photo may not be safe for your work. She is not listed in the contents of the US magazine, so I’m not sure if she appears in a Latin American version of the magazine or if she was cut out.

A Familia de Tijuana/Vipers (Psicosis vs Psicosis) match in Tijuana went to a no contest when the commission stopped the match.

Gran Guerrero beat Espanto Jr. by DQ on WMC’s show. A women’s match on the show saw Skadi hurt her arm and Lady Maravilla fracture a knee (while working with Skadi, though it’s unclear if she had anything to do with it.)

Black Terry Jr. has photos of Sunday’s ChilangaMask show.

There’s video of the Ultimo Guerrero vs Black Terry match (but I haven’t watched it yet so I don’t know if it’s edited.)

Matt D @ Segunda Caida starts a review of Volador Jr.’s 2015.

Ciclope’s trio beat Violento Jack’s trio in Tlaxcala.

Crazy Frank beat Mortiz in a fourway with Halloween and Nicho in Tijuana.

Lady Apache beat Rossy Moreno in Xalapa, as they continue to tease a hair match.

Astral & Relampago took a loss in Chicago, teaming with local Eros against Skayde Jr., Guerrerito del Futuro and Super Dragon (not that Super Dragon.)

Profile of Pachuca luchadors Ray Castillo Jr. and son Kulikitaka.

Lineups

CMLL (SUN) 07/26/2015 Arena México
1) Bengala & Robin vs Camorra & Cholo
2) Esfinge, Star Jr., Tritón vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Hijo del Signo, Nitro
3) Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola [lightning]
4) Aéreo, Astral, Eléctrico vs Demus 3:16, Pequeño Violencia, Pierrothito
5) Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
6) La Sombra, Marco Corleone, Rush vs Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero

I was wrong yesterday: it was Aereo in the lightning match, not Acero. Aereo’s the unmasked mini, so is Pequeno Violencia, minis never get to be in the fourth match unless there’s an apuesta match coming. The question is if they’ll do it next week, or if Aereo versus Pequeno Violencia is actually going up against TripleMania.

It probably won’t be alone. They seem to be setting up something with the Guerreros versus Ingobernables. Given recent patterns, it’ll most likely Ultimo Guerrero versus Rush or Sombra.

CMLL (SUN) 07/26/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Rey Halcón vs Micro
2) Javier Cruz Jr. & Star Black vs Black Sugar & Demonio Rojo
3) Metatrón & Neutrón vs Gran Kenut & Relampago
4) Frezzer, Magnum, Virgo vs El Yaqui, Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno
5) Esfinge, Gallo, Omar Brunetti vs Joker, Ráfaga, Sádico

The main event is listed as having the biggest stars in Guadalajara, which – yep.

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