Magia Blanca advances in Torneo Nuevo Valores, NGD keep trios titles, Angelico & Jack out of LU

Dragon Lee

CMLL (TUE) 04/10/2018 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Magnus & Robin b Akuma & Metálico LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 10 DE ABRIL DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 1/3. Metalico replaced Cholo.
2) Eléctrico, Fuego, Pegasso vs Disturbio, Hijo del Signo, Nitro LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 10 DE ABRIL DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Principe Daniel & Príncipe Odín Jr. b El CoyoteFugazPríncipe DiamanteMaquiaveloReykoMagia Blanca [Torneo Nuevos Valores, battle royalLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 10 DE ABRIL DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
4) Magia Blanca b Reyko [Torneo Nuevos Valores, 8f] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 10 DE ABRIL DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
5) El Coyote b Fugaz [Torneo Nuevos Valores, 8f] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 10 DE ABRIL DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
6) Príncipe Diamante b Maquiavelo [Torneo Nuevos Valores, 8f] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 10 DE ABRIL DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
7) Principe Daniel b Príncipe Odín Jr. [Torneo Nuevos Valores, 8f] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 10 DE ABRIL DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
8) Magia Blanca b El Coyote [Torneo Nuevos Valores, quarterfinalLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 10 DE ABRIL DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
9) Príncipe Diamante b Principe Daniel [Torneo Nuevos Valores, quarterfinalLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 10 DE ABRIL DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
10) Magia Blanca b Príncipe Diamante [Torneo Nuevos Valores, semifinalLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 10 DE ABRIL DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Magia Blanca will face Flyer next week in the final.
11) Diamante Azul, Mistico, Niebla Roja b Felino, Mr. Niebla, Rey Bucanero LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 10 DE ABRIL DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Diamante Azul replaced Angel de Oro. tecnicos took 2/3.
12) Dragón Lee b Mephisto LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 10 DE ABRIL DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Dragon Lee took 2/3.

Haven’t seen this, but I heard the tournament was fun and Lee/Mephisto was good. Magia Blanca/Flyer is quite the match of guys who came be sometime good but sometimes go off the rails. I think people would be more excited about Magia Blanca being in the final if this was coming after that great January match and not when the last time most people saw him was blowing moves on a Friady show.

Universal final was Volador versus Ultimo Guerrero and this is Volador’s nephew versus a UG trainee.

CMLL (TUE) 04/10/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@Arena_GDL]
1) Gran Kenut & León Blanco b El Divino & Neutrón
2) Micro, Shockercito, Stukita DQ Mercurio, Pierrothito, Relámpago Azul
Mercurio fouled Shockercito.
3) Drone, El Audaz, Guerrero Maya Jr. b Kawato San, Puma, Tiger
tecnicos took 2/3
4) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón © b Esfinge, Titán, Tritón [MEX TRIOS]
NGD took falls 2/3 in their third defense
5) Cavernario, Gran Guerrero, Negro Casas b Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr.
Cavernario & Negro Casas challenged Volador & Valiente to a tag title match next week.

They’re actually remembering the tag team titles, that’s nice.

Angelico announced he’d parted ways with Lucha Underground. The WON had reported previously that he’d been turned down asking for a release. Angelico had definite WWE interest in the past and would figure to be one of a few now ex-LU people looking for a deal there. I would expect other promotions might come calling, but a deal for NXT seems most likely.

Jack Evans also announced he’s done with Lucha Underground. In the replies, Jack mentions he actually finished up before the final tapings of Season 4, and said the reason he quit was mainly because of the LU contract but an argument with Ivelisse got him to take the final jump. Jack seems to like living in Mexico and having his freedom. WWE and 2018 Jack Evans would be a bad match. But quitting both The Crash & LU in short order does seem to open the possibility of him doing something else. Jack Evans was actually the first person I saw when I got to my hotel in New Orleans. I did not ask him about any of this. I just nodded and kept going so he could continue smoking in peace.

Vampiro retirement progression (March 2018 edition)

  • 03/22: Vampiro announces he’ll have a big announcement tomorrow about his career in the ring
  • 03/23: Vampiro posts a meme instead.
  • 03/24: Vampiro says “no more TV” after his match with Xalapa
  • 03/25: Vampiro has a “strong feeling” the match in Monterrey will be his last match on TV, but may keep wrestling house shows and hopes to retire at TripleMania
  • 03/26: Vampiro wrestles in Monterrey, says his plan is to retire at Verano de Escandalo in Monterrey next time if AAA lets him.
  • 03/31: Vampiro says he’ll talk to people before deciding when he’ll have last matches
  • 04/09: Vampiro announces he’s had his last match, post medical records of injuries from a couple years ago
  • 04/11: Vampiro says he’s wrestling on Puebla on 04/14, but not on 05/16 in San Luis Potosi because he’ll be retired by then for sure.

I know that, by being laser focused on what a crazy person Vampiro is, I am actually the one who is now coming off as the crazy person. Like Vampiro with the many tragic accidents he seems to see on the road, I just can’t look away.

NPWL will have Vinnie Masaro vs Tiger Casas on 05/19 in Petaluma, California.

The Crash announced an 05/20 Tlaxcala show. Rey Mysterio and Caristico are advertised for the show.

Lineups

CMLL (SUN) 04/15/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Amperaje vs Paymon
2) Avispón Negro Jr. & Johnny Dinamo vs Demonio Rojo & Destructor
3) Black Sugar & El Divino vs Gran Kenut & León Blanco
4) Explosivo & Star Black vs Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno
5) El Alteño, Luminoso, Mágico, Rielero vs Bobby Black, Carlo Roggi, El Chakal, Mr. Apolo

Bobby Black is the former masked Espectrum, who resurfaced here to form Los Chakales del Ring with the rest of the rudos. It looks like Bobby Black was the name he was using before the masked stint too. Not sure who Luminoso is.

The Truenos and Star Black/Explosivo are feuding.

CMLL (MON) 04/16/2018 Arena Puebla
1) Astro, Asturiano, Shockercito vs Espíritu Maligno, Joker, Mercurio
2) Kaho Kobayashi & Sanely vs Dalys & La Comandante
3) Pantera Blanca, Stigma, Stuka Jr. vs Gemelo Pantera I, Gemelo Pantera II, Tiger
4) Ángel de Oro, Dragón Lee, Niebla Roja vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
5) Atlantis, Carístico, Negro Casas vs Terrible, Valiente, Volador Jr. [Relevos Increíbles]

Volador gets to be mean to Caristico, a dream. Semimain is the rematch and may set up a title match on 04/23.

The Panteras last passed thru in December. It’s still weird they get spots from regular CMLL wrestlers. They were fine, but there are much more interesting people to have in for guesta ppearances.

Caristico defeats Mistico, Friday card changes, IWRG Guerra de Golfo

Caristico wins

CMLL (MON) 04/09/2018 Arena Puebla [CMLL, Lucha Central]
1) Arkalis, Millenium, Rey Samuray b El Perverso, Fuerza Chicana, Rey Apocalipsis LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 9 DE ABRIL DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 1/3.
2) El Malayo, Grako, Templario b Fugaz, Principe Daniel, Reyko LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 9 DE ABRIL DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos take 1/3 over the debuting Guadalajara crew.
3) Kaho Kobayashi & Princesa Sugehit b Dalys & Zeuxis LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 9 DE ABRIL DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tecnicas took 1/3 in a bit of a surprise.
4) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón b Ángel de Oro, Dragón Lee, Niebla Roja LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 9 DE ABRIL DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
NGD took 1/3. Cuatrero pulled Dragon Lee’s mask off again, and Dragon Lee wants another match next week.
5) El Malayo, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas DQ La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 9 DE ABRIL DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Peste Negra took 2/3, the last when the Terrible blatantly fouled Negro Casas. Malayo replaced Shocker.
6) Carístico b Mistico LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 9 DE ABRIL DE 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Mistico won the first with La Mistica, Mistica was DQ in the second for ripping off Caristico’s mask by mistake, and Caristico won the third clean with La Caristica (La Mistica.)

Main event was good. I was sure the second fall was a mistake DQ live, but it felt more like it was part of the storyline later: both guys got a fall win and Mistico can call the middle fall loss a fluke. 2/4 matches seem like worth watching.

Earlier, Caristico made the case that Mistico hasn’t really done anything in his career.

Today’s CMLL Arena Mexico show has eight singles matches, a rarity in trios focused CMLL. The main event is a Dragon Lee vs Mephisto non-title singles match. This should be a good exhibition for Dragon Lee, who doesn’t seem to take it easy in any singles match. They’ve met once before, three years ago. Dragon Lee is better now, Mephisto not so much, but it should still be worth watching.

The card also includes the second block of the Torneo Nuevo Valores, winner to face Flyer next week. The luchadors involved in this one are Magia Blanca, Coyote, Fugaz, Principe Diamante, Maquiavelo, Reyko, Principe Daniel, and Principe Odin Junior. There’s no clear favorite or underdog, it’s eight guys at about the same level. I think people would be disappointed if the former Artillero and the long time veteran advanced under his new character. Otherwise, anyone could win and it’s just about the same going in. Hopefully, this tournament makes us to want see the winner more.

Three usual matches round out the card. Felino, Niebla and Rey Bucanero take on Angel de Oro, Niebla Roja and Mistico in the semimian buffer match. Disturbio, Hijo del Signo and Nitro take on Electrico, Fuego and Pegasso. Magnus & Robin face Akuma & Cholo in the opener, which might be a good match if not for the usual restrictions.

CultIcon previews the show. It’ll start at 7:30pm on CMLL’s YouTube page. The Nuevo Valores tournament will begin around 8:15pm.

Guadalajara has NGD (Sanson, Cuatrero and Forastero) defending the Mexican Trios Championship against Esfinge, Titan and Triton. A title change would be a big surprise. The main event has Caristico teaming with Valiente & Volador against Cavernario, Negro Casas, and Gran Guerrero.

There’s some significant changes on Friday’s card. The Sam Adonis/Negro Casas lightning match is now a Soberano Jr./Negro Casas match. Johnny Idol is also off the show, with Dragon Rojo taking his place. No reason given for these changes.

CMLL says they’ll have a press conference next Wednesday. They’ll talk about the Arena Mexico Anniversary show, the Kid’s Day shows and special shows they have planned for May.

Barbaro Cavernario announced he finished his degree in public accounting.

AAA, in reminding folks about the 04/20 TV taping in Tijuana, mentioned it’ll be start at 11pm CT. It’s a 9pm local start and they’re on Pacific Time. That also means it’ll be possible to watch the CMLL & AAA shows back to back next Friday if you’re a crazy person very dedicated to the lucha libre. AAA has an interview with Hijo del VIkingo to build up the four way match.

Mexa Wrestling returns on 04/28 for Blood Party

CHIKARA announced the team of Rey Bucanero, PCO and Winter for their 08/31-09/02 King of Trios. PCO and Winter had pirate characters in WWE, so that’s the bit of the team.

Puma King & Barby have a new video up. Someone stole a car mirror!

LuchaWorld had the latest Lucha Report and this week’s Poster-Mania.

+LuchaTV has a new episode of the podcast up.

Lineup

IWRG (WED) 04/11/2018 Arena Naucalpan
1) Celestial Boy vs Black Puma
2) Dranzer & Toto vs Power Bull & Voltar
3) Mexica & Shadow Boy vs Leroy & Lunatic Xtreme
4) Atomic Star, Eterno, Guerrero 2000, Keiser Drago vs Ángel Estrella Jr., Death Metal, Oficail 911, Taurino
FILL (Eterno) vs Oficial 911 (Gym Zeuz)
5) Factor & Spector vs Capo del Norte & Máscara Año 2000 Jr.

Semimain follows a challenge from last week.

CMLL (SUN) 04/15/2018 Arena México
1) Magnus & Retro vs Apocalipsis & El Coyote
2) Magia Blanca, Pegasso, Star Jr. vs Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Virus
3) Blue Panther Jr., Drone, The Panther vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Hechicero, Pólvora
4) Blue Panther vs Rey Cometa [lightning]
5) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
6) Atlantis, Dragón Lee, Volador Jr. vs Ephesto, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero

Blue Panther versus Rey Cometa sounds like a really good match we’re not going to get to see.

IWRG (SUN) 04/15/2018 Arena Naucalpan
Guerra del Golfo, 2018
1) Toto vs Power Bull
2) Black Dragón, Chico Che, Mexica vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Dragón Bane, Gallo Frances
3) Leo, Rafy, Veneno vs Demon Rocker, Devil Rocker, Eterno
4) Trauma I vs Hijo del PanteraTortuga TeeloImposibleHijo de Canis LupusAramisSúper Brazo Jr.El Hijo del Medico Asesino [cage, loser advance]
5) Trauma II vs SpectorTortuga MikeEmperador AztecaDinamic BlackCapo del NorteDiablo Jr.Machine Rocker [cage, loser advance]
6) ? vs ?? [cage, mask]

This is the annual three cage match show, where the losers of the two cage matches meet in a third with a mask on the line. The tease here is one of the feuding teams (Tortugas, Comando Elite, Capos, Rockers) will lose their mask in this match. There’s also a guy like Super Brazo Jr. lingering around there.

LLB NOBA (WED) 05/02/2018 Arena Naucalpan
1) Baxter vs OptimusAtomic StarHijo De Brazo De PlatinoFandangoKid SilverSauromDragón BaneToto
2) Asparantito, El Divino, Pinochito vs Demonio Chino, Ninja de Fuego, Pentagoncito
3) Ángel o Demonio & Ovett vs Dr. Karonte Jr. & Súper Comando and Halloween & X-Fly
4) Emperador Azteca, Eterno, Golden Magic vs Arez, Belial, Impulso
5) Pantera vs Último VampiroMegaSúper MegaFantasma de la ÓperaMike SeguraCarta Brava Jr. (IWL)PanteritaStar BoyAvismanBombero Infernal? [Copa Retro Naucalpan]
6) Carístico vs Penta 0M vs Fuerza Guerrera vs Octagón

Lucha Libre Boom returns to Naucalpan for the first time in 10 months with an odd first of a main event. Some of the other stuff looks more likely to work out, especially the fourth match.

new lucha videos for the weekend of April 6, 2018

Guadalajara feed is geoblocked. I should be able to get around it if I’m around and thinking about it, but I wasn’t around this week and I may need a reminder to get around it next week. Only one IWRG episode aired.

CMLL Lucha Azteca: 2018-04-08
taped 2018-03-30 @ Arena México – Mega
1) Kaho Kobayashi, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Dalys, La Seductora, Zeuxis
2) Atlantis, Carístico, Valiente vs Kráneo, La Bestia Del Ring, Rush
3) Volador Jr. © vs Matt Taven for the NWA World Welterweight Championship

IWRG Zona XXI: 2018-04-09
taped 2018-04-08 @ Arena Naucalpan – YouTube/Mega
1) Black Dragón & Dragón Fly vs Gallo Frances & Soma
2) Leo, Mike, Rafy vs Demon Rocker, Devil Rocker, Machine Rocker
3) Spector vs TeeloCapo del Norte
4) Emperador Azteca, Imposible, Internacional Pantera vs Dr. Cerebro, El Hijo del Medico Asesino, Máscara Año 2000 Jr.
5) Hijo de Canis Lupus, Mr. Electro, Veneno vs Ovett, Trauma I, Trauma II in a super libre match

Mistico takes on Mistico tonight in Arena Puebla, other much less interesting stuff

 

IWRG (SUN) 04/08/2018 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, The Gladiatores]
1) Mexica & Shadow Boy b Celestial Boy & Dragón Bane
2) Gallo Frances & Soma b Black Dragón & Dragón Fly
3) Demon Rocker, Devil Rocker, Machine Rocker b Leo, Mike, Rafy
win via foul
4) Teelo b SpectorCapo del Norte
mask match challenges followed
5) Dr. Cerebro, El Hijo del Medico Asesino, Máscara Año 2000 Jr. b Emperador Azteca, Imposible, Internacional Pantera
Medico Asesino beat Imposible to head towards a title match.
6) Ovett, Trauma I, Trauma II DQ Hijo de Canis Lupus, Mr. Electro, Veneno [super libre]
Trauma I came out with a pipe to attack Lupus, in revenge for Lupus injuring him last week. Traumas/Ovett took falls 1/3, the last by DQ (in a super libre match) when Mr. Electro hit Baby Richard with a chair.

You are doing bad things to lucha libre if your “super libre” matches end in disqualifications. I wish the old men who complain about not enough mat work and not enough training would complain about terrible match finishes and other ways promotions defraud their fans. As good as Imposible is, his title match with Medico Asesino/Imposible is probably not going to be worth watching but you know that if you’re going to see the match. I guess you also know that if IWRG advertises a super libre match, you may be getting a DQ finish to get out of anyone taking a pinfall, and that’s maybe why not a lot of people are showing up to see IWRG matches.

I broke down and added Capo del Norte to the database. He’ll definitely get unmasked in the next couple weeks now.

Caristico, the original CMLL Mistico, will face the man who took over the name when he left the promotion for the first time ever in a singles match tonight in Arena Puebla. There’s not too many precedent for something like this happening in CMLL. They’ve reused names over the years – there’s a bunch of La Sombras and there’s another Mascara Dorada if look far enough back to pick two – but usually the previous person under the name is gone and mostly forgotten by the time the name is reycled. Caristico was gone but most definitely not forgotten, and now he’s back. This is more reminiscent of AAA, who had a similar interest in keeping their gimmick in circulation quickly after splitting up with with the people under the masks and then welcoming back the original person later on. AAA’s had two Mosco de la Merced feuding and two (or maybe two and half) Psicosis battling over the names. The most similar match to tonight’s Mistico/Caristico match is AAA’s La Parka (LA Park) vs La Parka Jr., which headlined Palacio de los Deportes in 2010 after months of build as the biggest match of the year. Tonight’s match is happening on about seven days of notice in CMLL’s third or fourth most important building. CMLL’s given this match little extra hype compared to a usual Friday main event, treating this no different than any other Arena Puebla main event, and less important than the Homenaje a Dos Leyendas show two weeks ago.

CMLL may not be treating this match like a big deal. The reactions from the Puebla fans, and from the Arena Mexico fans when they were teasing this match, suggests this is still a big deal to them. I suspect it’ll be the same for tonight’s match. The biggest concern is how well they’ll end up working together: Caristico’s most high profile tecnico/tecnico match in Mexico was the TripleMania match versus Rey Mysterio Jr., which didn’t work at all in the building. One of the problems there was the lack of a coherent tecnico/rudo divide for the match. It should not be as much of a problem tonight if the luchadors go with the fan reactions. The crowd has fiercely chosen Caristico over his replacement, so the template of how to work the match is right there. Mistico seems to enjoy working being a rudo and would likely be a Los Ingobernable like his older brother Rush if CMLL allowed it. They should allow it tonight.

The result of this match technically means nothing. Neither man has a singles title, and winning a singles match in CMLL does not get you anywhere. (The only way to be a title contender is to beat the champion two weeks in a row on the same day of the week.) The outcome of this match also emotionally feels like it means everything, It’s a very fake decision to decide a very real question about which guy is better. CMLL has been very clear to this point that the new Mistico is even better than the old Mistico. The fans of the old Mistico (and the old Mistico himself) have been pretty passionate that their guys is better than this new guy. It’s tough to imagine CMLL creating an outcome where they’re proven wrong, where Caristico beats Mistico. It’s also tough to imagine Caristico being ok with losing to Mistico two straight weeks in a row. There’s definitely going to be an odd sequence resulting in the finish, it’s just how odd. Last week, I thought Caristico had to get his win back. I’m having a tougher time believing CMLL would OK that, and maybe some sort of draw is the only way out.

There are other matches on this show! It’s hard to believe that to be the case, but it’s the truth. Los Ingobernables make their first appearance in their new configuration, facing Mr. Niebla, Negro Casa and Shocker. It’s a semimain heavy on rudos to balance out the all tecnico main event. Angel de Oro, Dragon Lee and Niebla Roja take on NGD in a rematch. Sanson unmasked Dragon Lee for a DQ last week. It’s possible they’re heading to a singles match. It could also be a trios title match, though challenges for that title would give away the result of NGD’s defense tomorrow night in Guadalajara.

Kaho Kobayashi & Princesa Sugehit face Dalys & Zeuxis. Puebla seems to get more 2v2 women’s matches than anywhere else. Kobayashi’s stint in Mexico seems like it should be up at the end of the month, so it’s about time to start moving towards a singles (title?) match if she’s going to have one. Guadalarsja’s Fugaz, Principe Daniel, and Reyko make their CMLL YouTube debut in the second match, taking on Malayo, Templario and Grako. I keep forgetting this: Principe Daniel is one of Barbaro Cavernario’s brothers. Arkalis, Millenium, Rey Samuray take on Perverso, Fuerza Chicano and Rey Apocalipsis in the opener.

CultIcon also has a preview of the main event. The show will air at 9pm on CMLL’s YouTube channel. The main event should start around 10:35pm (so well after WWE’s show ends, if you’d like to watch that.)

The trailer for The Crash show has popped up on Vimeo after showing up on Facebook earlier. The production company put it up as part of their portfolio.

AAA is back to uploading episodes to YouTube, with content that’s not exactly in the Twitch broadcasts. That includes the upcoming schedule, which says the next two tapings are 04/20 in Tijuana and 05/21 in Tehuacan, Puebla. AAA’s got plenty of TV taped from that crazy stretch of shows, but that’s because this scheduling has been equally as crazy: three tapings in eight days, then one taping in about a 70 day stretch.

Hidalgo luchador Gasparin Jr. had a seizure during a match this weekend. He took a fall from the top rope to the floor, came back in the match, and then suddenly convulsed. They stopped the match to take care of him and he recovered backstage, but still was taken to a hospital.

Tiger is wrestling on the NPWL show in Petaluma, California on 05/19.

The New York Times has a story on lucha libre photographs.

Lineups

CMLL (SAT) 04/14/2018 Arena Coliseo
1) Acero & Aéreo vs Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Violencia
2) Estrellita, La Guerrera, La Maligna vs La Comandante, Metálica, Tiffany
3) Astral, El Audaz, Stigma vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Cancerbero, Raziel
4) Drone vs Misterioso Jr. [lightning]
5) Blue Panther, Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Hechicero, Luciferno, Okumura
6) Ángel de Oro, Dragón Lee, Niebla Roja vs Kráneo, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero

Kraneo is a rudo on Friday and a tecnico on Saturday. It’s almost like CMLL doesn’t care about any of this.

There’s a La Guerrera in Ciudad Juarez but I have no idea if this is her. We’ve barely seen La Maligna so it may be a while before we see Guerrera in matches, though she’ll surely be on Informa soon.

MDA (SUN) 04/29/2018 Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) Babe Fox vs Demencia
2) Baby Xtreme vs Apóstol Jr.
3) Azteca Warrior vs Gato Fantasma
4) El Divo & Fuerza Guerrera vs Demus & Panthro
5) LA Park vs El Mesías vs Rush

Mesias debuting with MDA on a less tacked the usual card for them. That main event still seems like worth seeing, with LA Park facing his two best opponents of the last decade.

Kraneo tecnico, CMLL 75th anniversary, Penta & Fenix to Impact, ZSJ/Mexico

I’m very tired and this isn’t much good. More tomorrow, though probably later than usual.

CMLL (FRI) 04/06/2018 Arena México [+LuchaTV, CMLL]
1) Cancerbero & Raziel b Astral & Eléctrico LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 6 DE ABRIL  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
rudos took 1/3.
2) Drone, Fuego, Tritón b Disturbio, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 6 DE ABRIL  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas DQ Kawato San, Okumura, Sam Adonis LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 6 DE ABRIL  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Peste Negra took 2/3, the last when Adonis fouled Casas. This set up a singles match next week, with Adonis threatening to end Casas’ career.
4) Valiente b Stuka Jr. [lightningLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 6 DE ABRIL  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Valiente submitted Stuka Jr.
5) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero b Dragón Lee, Mistico, Titán LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 6 DE ABRIL  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
rudos took 1/3. Money thrown in.
6) Atlantis, Carístico, Volador Jr. b Kráneo, La Bestia Del Ring, Rush [Relevos IncreíblesLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 6 DE ABRIL  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
straight falls, with Kraneo betraying his team and joining the tecnicos.

At least it only took one more extra week for Kraneo to turn tecnico.

CMLL (SAT) 04/07/2018 Arena Coliseo [CMLL, Excelsior]
Arena Coliseo 75th Anniversary
1) Magnus & Robin b Akuma & Príncipe Odín Jr. LUCHA LIBRE 75 ANIVERSARIO ARENA COLISEO FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 2/3
2) Amapola, La Seductora, Zeuxis b Dalys, Estrellita, Marcela LUCHA LIBRE 75 ANIVERSARIO ARENA COLISEO FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Dalys subbed for La Vaquerita. Rudas took 1/3, the last when Dalys betrayed her team for the night. Estrellita’s first match in eight months.
3) Audaz, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa b Puma, Tiger, Virus LUCHA LIBRE 75 ANIVERSARIO ARENA COLISEO FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tecnicos took 2/3. money thrown in.
4) Ángel de Oro, Diamante Azul, Niebla Roja DQ Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible LUCHA LIBRE 75 ANIVERSARIO ARENA COLISEO FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
straight falls, Bucanero fouling Angel de Oro in the second.
5) Máscara Año 2000 & Negro Casas b Solar I & Súper Astro LUCHA LIBRE 75 ANIVERSARIO ARENA COLISEO FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Super Astro & Mascara 2000 used their mask with permission. Rudos took 1/3.
6) Atlantis & Blue Panther b Fuerza Guerrera & Satánico LUCHA LIBRE 75 ANIVERSARIO ARENA COLISEO FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tecnicos took 2/3. Blue Panther used his mask. Guerrera challenged Atlantis to a mask match.

Sounds like the third match is the only good match here if you’re going back to watch.

CMLL (SUN) 04/08/2018 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Acero & Aéreo b Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro
tencicos take 1/3.
2) Metálico, Sangre Azteca, Templario b Fugaz, Principe Daniel, Reyko
Rudos took 1/3 over the group of GDL tecnicos.
3) Estrellita, Maligna, Princesa Sugehit DQ Dalys, La Seductora, Metálica
tecnicas took 2/3, the last when Seductora was DQed for excessive violence on Sugehit.
4) Hechicero b Puma [lightning]
Hechicero declared himself the king of lightning matches after this latest win.
5) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón b Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr.
NGD took 1/3, cheating to beat Angel de Oro.
6) Mr. Niebla, Rey Bucanero, Terrible b Diamante Azul, Mistico, Volador Jr.
Rudos took 1/3

A show. They at least remembered the Sugehit/Seductora feud.

Lucha Underground Season 4 will debut on Wednesday June 13. The announcement was made during the Impact versus Lucha Underground show on Saturday night, and includes a short video teaser. The plan was for 26 episodes, which would mean the final episode of the season would air on December 5th.

Alberto el Patron was fired from Impact Wrestling on Sunday after missing the main event of that Saturday show. Earlier in that same show, Impact had announced Fenix & Pentagon Jr. would appear on Impact’s 04/22 show. That was originally supposed to be a singles match between those two. They’ll instead both replace Alberto, facing Austin Aries for the Impact championship. Alberto has issued no statement since being fired. Alberto is scheduled to be part of a sponsored Revolucha show next Sunday, and may appear at a Combates America press conference next Friday.

Pentagon & Fenix are using their AAA names and being listed as AAA participants. There’s special circumstances with the Impact/AAA relationship, the same as MLW having a relationship with AAA which might have given them special permission to sue Penta & Rey Fenix’s originally names. Everyone’s either publicly denying that anything’s changed or just not talking anything at all. Still, something’s had to change in the AAA/Lucha Brothers dynamic. Impact’s been wanting to use Penta & Fenix since they became available and what seemed not possible now is possible.

Also at WrestleCon, Zack Sabre Jr. clarified has anti-Mexico remarks as actually anti-Mexican Wrestlers remarks, since they keep beating him and he’s angry about it. He challenged Negro Casas, Ultimo Guerrero and Hechicero to matches.

(At some point, I’ll write about the actual shows.)

Critero Hidalgo interviews El Matematico.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update.

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 04/13/2018 Arena México
1) Flyer & Oro Jr. vs Espanto Jr. & Templario
2) Lady Maravilla, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Dalys, La Seductora
3) Esfinge, Titán, Tritón vs Johnny Idol, Kawato San, Okumura
4) Negro Casas vs Sam Adonis
5) Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Mephisto, Último Guerrero
6) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Kráneo vs La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible [Relevos Increíbles]

Kraneo back on the tecnico side for the first time in eight years. Caristico & Volador are teaming up a lot lately. Casas/Adonis should be interesting. Sugehit/Seductora is back on.

CMLL Friday, The Crash, Impact/LU today, Santo in WWE HOF

today

IWRG (WED) 04/04/2018 Arena Naucalpan [Estrellas del Ring]
1) Voltar b Black Puma
2) Dulce Luna & Reina del Sur b Galaxia & Lili Dark
3) Atomic Star, Guerrero 2000, Keiser Dragón vs Ángel Estrella, Death Metal, Taurino
Eterno (FILL/Atomic Star) and Oficial 911 (Zeus/Angel Estrella) helped their teams, which set up a school match to come.
4) Demon Rocker, Devil Rocker, Machine Rocker b Black Dragón, Dinamic Black, Dragón Fly

Los Infierno Rockers vs Dinamicks Dragón´s en la Arena Naucalpan. (posted by Estrellas del Ring)

Teelo replaced Dinamic Black after he took a martinete. Rockers still won in straight falls.
5) Emperador Azteca & Hijo del Alebrije b Capo Del Norte & Máscara Año 2000 Jr.

Máscara Año 2000 Jr y Capo del Norte vs Hijo del Alebrije y Emperador Azteca en la IWRG (posted by Estrellas del Ring)

Mascara & Emperador went to a double pin, which somehow sets up an Alebrije/Mascara mask vs hair match.

I did not know Eterno was back teaching the IWRG school. I got something out of this IWRG show.

CMLL’s Friday night show is a bit of a place holder. The big show of the month is the 04/26, and they’re not in a hurry to get to wherever they’re going. The Seductora/Sugehit feud started last week isn’t even on the card this week.

The main event does at least repeat what we saw last week. Kraneo teams with La Bestia del Ring & Rush against Atlantis, Caristico and Volador in the main event. Kraneo had problems with Bestia & Rush last week, and probably will again. Volador’s had problems with Carisitco elsewhere, and may again. The big matches are coming elsewhere.

The other match of note has Peste Negra versus a slightly adjusted Axis of Evil trio. Okumura & Sam Adonis team up with Kawato instead of Johnny Idol in what’s otherwise a rematch from last week. Felino, still teaming with the Peste Negra despite definitely saying he’s leaving the group, replaces Mr. Niebla. It’s probably not a coincidence they’re doing this same match two weeks in a row, but it’s not clear exactly where they’re going with it.

Just because nothing is happening does not mean the matches will be bad. Los Guerreros versus Dragon Lee, Mistico and Titan looks really great as a semimain. Drone, Fuego & Triton against Disturbio, Misterio & Sagrado could be fun as a second match. Valiente & Stuka Jr. is an odd match but they’ve got enough spot that will get a good reaction. And CMLL must think Astral & Electrico versus Cancerbero & Raziel is a smart idea, because they keep on booking it. This is the fourth time they’re meeting in Arena Mexico in under a month.

This show will air on MarcaClaro’s site & Facebook. It’ll goes up on YouTube later on. You’re own your own if it’s region blocked.

Meanwhile, the shows around WrestleMania will continue this weekend. There are Mexico based wrestlers working a variety of promotions. Mostly it’s Fenix & Penta, but there’s more lucha libre involvement on the ‘main’ indie shows this weekend than before. There are a couple show today which that are more directly lucha libre related.

The Crash, noon CT:

  1. Aeroboy, Draztick Boy, J. Spade, Amarok, Matthew Palmer, Jason Cade, Ángel Fashion, Curt Stallion
  2. Black Danger & Lacey Lane vs Christi Jaynes & Oráculo vs Barbie Hayden & Joey Ryan vs Diamante & Douglas James
  3. Rey Horuz vs Flip Gordon, Laredo Kid
  4. Bandido & Black Boy vs Dezmond Xavier & Zachary Wentz and Dave Crist & Jake Crist
  5. Daga vs Brian Cage vs Willie Mack vs Sami Callihan
  6. Rey Fénix vs Flamita vs Rich Swann
  7. Damián 666, LA Park, Nicho el Millionario vs Bestia 666, Garza Jr., Mr. 450
  8. Penta Zero M vs Austin Aries

This The Crash show is being taped, which is a story you may have heard before. The big difference is there is an actual plan to air it: a raw version of the show will be up on Highspots (maybe as quick as Sunday), and a post-produced later. I’m not sure of the cost, but I’ll pass it along when it turns out.

I think this is going to be a good show! I think past shows that I thought were going to be a good show for a new audience failing has make me a little bit cautious to get good excited, and a little bit more focused on wondering what will go wrong. (That’s a lot of matches for 3 hours.) It should be an Experience either way.

much, much later: Impact (versus Lucha Underground), 9pm CT

  • Austin Aries & Fenix vs. Alberto El Patron & Pentagon Jr.
  • Eddie Edwards vs. Jeremiah Crane [I Quit]
  • Allie vs. Taya Valkyrie [IMPACT KNOCKOUT]
  • LAX vs. Killshot & The Mack [IMPACT TAG]
  • Dezmond Xavier, Andrew Everett & DJZ vs Drago, King Cuerno & Aerostar
  • Teddy Hart, Scott Steiner vs Dave Crist, Jack Crist
  • Famous B vs Trevor Lee
  • Matt Sydal vs Caleb Konley vs Moose vs Chavo Guerrero Jr. vs Jack Evans vs Matanza
  • Eli Drake vs Brian Cage

You can watch this show for free on their Twitch channel. It’s a good looking show, the trios match was one of the ones I’m most looking forward to in New Orleans. Impact is also sort of good now. Like my concerns with hyped lucha shows, this probably means an iceberg is coming to kill us all, but we should still take advantage of this moment while it lasts.

For the purposes of an insanely specific lucha libre database, I consider really more of a Impact show with a few LU guests working in their LU characters. But, the next episode of Lucha Underground is likely months away from getting and this is freely available show. (At least live. I don’t know what they’re doing VOD.)

There may be one more option to stream Saturday night. CMLL has it’s 75th Anniversary Arena Coliseo show. Much of the stuff CMLL records for TV also ends up being streamed live on their YouTube channel. This show will be recorded to air on 52MX next week, taking the place of the usual Puebla show that airs. That also may mean it’s streaming live on YouTube at 7:30pm CT – but as of so far, CMLL hasn’t said anything about it. Maybe give it a peak if you’re around, just don’t make plans for it. It’ll still be up later.

(Random thought: what if they didn’t bother streaming Puebla this week because they aren’t going to air it? on the Caristico & Mistico week? That would be a thing. It’ll probably be fine.)

CMLL hypes Saturday’s Arena Coliseo show with Fuerza Guerrera and Super Astro. Reporte Indigo has a piece on the history of the building and more interviews.

On the WWE Network, El Santo will also be in the WWE Hall of Fame’s Legacy Wing tonight. That win is for historical important non-WWE (and so far non-living) people to be added by group to make the WWE Hall of Fame appear more legitimate. There is no induction speech, they’re simply mentioned in a video package. Each year’s group appears to be at least one unofficial “international” spot. It went to Rikidozan last year, and it was just Santo’s turn this year. There’s no particular criteria, the WWE Hall of Fame is simply about who the WWE feels good about putting in a Hall of Fame that year. Still, El Santo (or any Mexican) getting international recognition is always an important deal and I suspect this is going to be a notable sports story in Mexico once they pick up on it.

Heroes of Lucha Libre’s June 2nd event will be at the Galen Center, the basketball arena for the University of Southern California. Heroes of Lucha Libre is pushing the idea of 10,000 people coming to their show, though they’ve drawn closer to 4,000 in the past. No wrestlers have been announced.

Mexa Wrestling returns on 04/28 for Blood Party

Mary Apache’s daughter Natsumi said she hopes to be a great luchador like her mother. She was training under Mary and Averno while in Mexico, and Fuka now in Japan. It sounds like she plans on staying in Japan for the time being.

Puma King’s CHIKARA Pro match on 04/28 will be against snake man Ophidian.

Borderzine writes about Sin Cara, inplies he was the famous Mistico in Mexico.

lucha TV preview for weekend of April 5, 2018

full size. This is the very last thing I have to do before going to bed and getting on the plane and I realized I could’ve put the Impact show on their and didn’t but I’m not going back now.

AAA on Televisa is just seeing the first part of Rey de Reyes this week. The episodes have started to go back up on YouTube, so eventually you’ll be able to see them too.

CMLL Puebla on Monday has Caristico versus Mistico.

Guadalajara’s feed is up, which is good. It’s blocked in the US, which is very much not good. I’d get around it if I was home and paying attention, maybe they’ll fix it themselves.

Copa Nuevo Valores, Jack/Angelico & LU

There was an IWRG show last night. None of the usual places have results for it. It’s not a big surprise, it didn’t look all that interesting. It doesn’t leave me much to talk about.

New lucha libre site Lucha Central is live with a quiet launch before WrestleMania. I’m sure there will be more promotion down the line. They’ve put up a hard camera version of Fenix vs Flamita from October, the best quality version of that match to turn up.

CMLL has bios of Mascara Ano 2000 & Satanico to hype the Arena Coliseo Anniversary show. They’ll be selling the CMLL 85 years book there at this show only. (There’s no permanent merchandise stand inside of Arena Coliseo, which seems like something that could be fixed.)

The Wrestling Observer Newsletter mentions both Jack Evans and Angelico asked for their releases from Lucha Underground after Season 4. Angelico was said to be turned down, while Evans believes he’ll be getting released (but had not as of yet.) Evans is also no longer working for The Crash.

Way back after Season 1, the WON implied Jack & Angelico had an option to leave after that season and WWE interest but had decided they wanted to stick out together in LU to see where it went. Things change. The story today says they were under the impression that LU was going to become something taped twice a season, and so the “seven season” contract was only going to be a 3.5 year deal. It’s obviously not gone that way, even though there are people with the promotion who still are holding out hopes it might happen (as talked about and mentioned as being very unlikely on the last MMM show.)

The WON also mentions Mesias was initially told he was winning his first round Rey de Reyes match and then losing in the final. That changed during the day, and included an AAA front office person being what Mesias felt was disrespectful, which convinced Mesias to leave once Lucha Underground Season 4 was over.

Since there’s space to fill, this is a decent enough place to note I’m going to New Orleans the next couple of days for WrestleMania weekend shows. I’ll probably write a “Friday” update tonight, and I should be back in time to write something on Sunday. Maybe nothing on Saturday. I hope MarcaClaro has their feed working right this week, but you should just go watch the LU/Impact show or find something else to do instead of relying on me to stream if it’s geoblocked.

I’ll be around The Sugar Mill for the three shows (including The Crash & LU/Impact) on Friday. My plans for Saturday are to find out what a “beignet” is, maybe eat a beignet, try to walk in a park to inhale fresh air, and go to NXT. I may end up at CZW too. I dunno. I’m leaving midday Sunday, so I may just be bumming around a hotel for a couple hours that morning. (I dunno if there will be a podcast.)

04/22 Lucha Memes vs CaraLucha in Coliseo Coacalco

MDA announced LA Park vs Mesias vs Rush on 04/29 in Arena Coliseo Monterrey.

Also, MDA, Lucha Libre Boom and Lucha Memes announced they’ll be working together on a show soon.

Lineup

IWRG (SUN) 04/08/2018 Arena Naucalpan
1) Mexica & Shadow Boy vs Celestial Boy & Dragón Bane
2) Black Dragón & Dragón Fly vs Gallo Frances & Soma
3) Leo, Mike, Rafy vs Demon Rocker, Devil Rocker, Machine Rocker
4) Spector vs TeeloCapo Del Norte
5) Emperador Azteca, Imposible, Internacional Pantera vs Dr. Cerebro, El Hijo del Medico Asesino, Máscara Año 2000 Jr.
6) Hijo De Canis Lupus, Mr. Electro, Veneno vs Ovett, Trauma I, Trauma II[super libre]

There’s a lot of people here who I haven’t bothered to set up much for. The Fake indie Soul Rockers were Devil/Machine/Soul, so Demon being in the group means either Ultimo Gladiador has joined up or maybe there’s a lot more fakes?

That AAA has gone after Penta & Fenix and others for using names that they feel are two similar to the ones they own and have seemingly never gone after these Rockers – never even trademarked the names as far as I can tell – is quite a thing. I’m not looking for AAA to go after these guys either, but if they can let them go them use these characters, it’s hard to see how the characters are an issue. It’s been hinted to me that there’s some deal to allow these non-AAA guys use AAA’s characters, but it feels like that should be offered to everyone or it comes off as vindictive.

CMLL (TUE) 04/10/2018 Arena México
1) Magnus & Robin vs Akuma & Cholo
2) Eléctrico, Fuego, Pegasso vs Disturbio, Hijo del Signo, Nitro
3) Magia Blanca vs El CoyoteFugazPríncipe DiamanteMaquiaveloReykoPrincipe DanielPríncipe Odín Jr. [Torneo Nuevos Valores, battle royal]
4) ? vs ?? [Torneo Nuevos Valores, 8f]
5) ? vs ?? [Torneo Nuevos Valores, 8f]
6) ? vs ?? [Torneo Nuevos Valores, 8f]
7) ? vs ?? [Torneo Nuevos Valores, 8f]
8) ? vs ?? [Torneo Nuevos Valores, quarterfinal]
9) ? vs ?? [Torneo Nuevos Valores, quarterfinal]
10) ? vs ?? [Torneo Nuevos Valores, semifinal]
11) Ángel de Oro, Mistico, Niebla Roja vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Rey Bucanero
12) Dragón Lee vs Mephisto

CMLL almost always avoids doing a singles match on a show with a lot other singles matches. It makes for a really long card. This is an exception, but it also might be a reason to keep your expectations in check for a Dragon Lee match. Still nice we’re getting one.

Facebook rumors were correct about Templario & Audaz being out. Hopefully that means they’re doing something more, but it’s hard to figure why they picked the people they did for this tournament without hem. Flyer seems like a heavy favorite now, since anyone coming out of this block isn’t likely to get seriously pushed any time soon with a win (and even Flyer’s probably looking at maybe getting in the Drone/Rey Cometa/Pegasso midcard pool.)

Principe Odin Jr. has a new character, but they’re still acknowledging he used to be Artillero and has been around since 2005 under his previous name. He is not a new star in any manner of speaking. He’ll still probably lose in the first round, and it’s more a problem to likes of Thunder Storm and Ikaro who work the trainee shows but can’t break the actual roster.

That block is about as wide open as it can be. Magia Blanca appears on shows a bit more often than the rest of the actual rookies and has been around a little bit longer, but he’s not really pushed. The Guadalajara crew (Fugaz, Principe Daniel, and Reyko) have one YouTube match between them, so no idea what to expect from them. A rudo would normally make sense as a base for Flyer, but Coyote & Maquiavelvo haven’t been that much better than anyone else on this list.

Diario Basta interviews Principe Diamante, Magia Blanca, and Maquiavelo about the tournament. Maquiavelo talks about Audaz as a guy he has to beat, so he didn’t know about the changed field when that was done. Principe Diamante says he started training with CMLL in 2010, which means it took six years for him to crack the roster.

great match roundup, week of 2018-03-24

Soberano wins

recaps for this week

Neither Cavernario/Soberano or Taven/Volador had the same sequences as a normal big CMLL match. Both were really good. Perhaps more variety is a good thing. Same thing applies for Fantasma/Parka Negra, which was definitely not like most anything AAA does in the upper half of their shows. I still think I might have underrated that one.

I’m all caught up on TV, or at least was when I wrote this. Maybe I’ll squeeze in some indie matches again.

recommended matches

rating matches TV Show taped
excellent Soberano Jr. vs Cavernario LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 27 DE MARZO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-03-27 2018-03-27
great Volador Jr. © vs Matt Taven for the NWA World Welterweight Championship LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 30 DE MARZO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-03-30 2018-03-30
good Hijo del Fantasma © vs La Parka Negra for the AAA Latin American Championship  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-03-25 2018-03-25
good Dark Cuervo & Dark Scoria © vs Rey Escorpión & Texano Jr. for the AAA World Tag Team Championship  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-03-25 2018-03-25
good Carístico, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero vs Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. in a relevos increíbles matchLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 26 DE MARZO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-03-26 2018-03-26
good Astral, Eléctrico, Pegasso vs Cancerbero, Espanto Jr., Raziel LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 27 DE MARZO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-03-27 2018-03-27
good Diamante Azul, Dragón Lee, Matt Taven vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Terrible LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 27 DE MARZO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-03-27 2018-03-27
good Flyer & Robin vs Akuma & Templario LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 30 DE MARZO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-03-30 2018-03-30

Other matches watched

rating matches TV Show taped
ok Mamba & Pimpinela Escarlata vs Ashley & Estrella Divina  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-03-25 2018-03-25
ok Aerostar & Drago vs Monsther Clown & Murder Clownand Joe Lider & Mr. Águila  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-03-25 2018-03-25
ok Máximo, Pagano, Psycho Clown vs Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-03-25 2018-03-25
ok Eléctrico, Millenium, Rey Samuray vs Hijo del Signo, Metálico, Policeman LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 26 DE MARZO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-03-26 2018-03-26
ok Ángel de Oro, Esfinge, Stigma vs Máscara Año 2000, Pólvora, Universo 2000 Jr. LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 26 DE MARZO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-03-26 2018-03-26
ok Dragón Lee, Matt Taven, Niebla Roja vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 26 DE MARZO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-03-26 2018-03-26
ok Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. vs Disturbio, Misterioso Jr., Universo 2000 Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 27 DE MARZO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-03-27 2018-03-27
ok Kaho Kobayashi, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Dalys, La Seductora, Zeuxis LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 30 DE MARZO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-03-30 2018-03-30
ok Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Felino, Kawato San LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 30 DE MARZO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-03-30 2018-03-30
ok Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas vs Johnny Idol, Okumura, Sam Adonis LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 30 DE MARZO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-03-30 2018-03-30
below average Dr. Wagner Jr., La Parka, Vampiro vs Blue Demon Jr., Hernandez, Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr.  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-03-25 2018-03-25
below average Black Tiger, Centella Roja, Meyer vs Espíritu Maligno, Fuerza Chicana, Sombra Diabólika LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 26 DE MARZO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-03-26 2018-03-26
below average Atlantis, Carístico, Valiente vs Kráneo, La Bestia Del Ring, Rush LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 30 DE MARZO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-03-30 2018-03-30
not rated Bengala & Retro vs Apocalipsis & Inquisidor LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 27 DE MARZO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-03-27 2018-03-27
not rated Acero, Aéreo, Fantasy vs Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Universo 2000, Pequeño Violencia LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 27 DE MARZO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-03-27 2018-03-27
watch later Dr. Cerebro vs Ricky Marvin for the hair Dr. Cerebro vs Ricky Marvin, hair vs hair (posted by thecubsfan) Ricky Marvin vs Dr. Cerebro ¡¡¡ CABELLERA vs CABELLERA !!! en la Arena Naucalpan (posted by Estrellas del Ring) Ricky Marvin vs Dr. Cerebro, cabellera contra cabellera en IWRG *Lucha Completa* (posted by +LuchaTV) IWRG Zona XXI: 2018-03-26 2018-03-25

 

Caristico/Mistico next Monday, Flyer advances in Copa Nuevo Valores, LU vs Impact

 

Flyer & Yago

MDA (SUN) 04/01/2018 Arena Coliseo Monterrey [Estrellas del Ring]
1) Babe Fox b Mini Hator Baby Fox vs Mini Hator ¡Mano a mano en la Arena Coliseo de Mty con MDA! (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
2) Memo Valles b Gato Fantasma Memo Valle vs Gato Fantasma en la Arena Coliseo de Monterrey con MDA (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
3) The Tiger b Príncipe Legendario The Tiger vs Príncipe Legendario con MDA en Arena Coliseo de Monterrey (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
Príncipe Legendario (Alberto Dos Rios) replaced Epydemius
4) Laredo Kid b Emperador Azteca (IWRG) Laredo Kid vs Emperador Azteca ¡Lucha inédita! con MDA en Arena Coliseo Monterrey (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
money thrown in
5) El Divo & Juventud Guerrera b Hijo de LA Park & Jack Evans Hijo de L.A. Park y Jack Evans vs Juventud Guerrera y El Divo En Arena Coliseo Mty con MDA (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
Divo has joined MAD, and Hijo de LA Park challenged him to a mask vs hair match.
6) Cibernético & LA Park b Blue Demon Jr. & Zorro L.A. Park y Cibernético vs Blue Demon Jr y El Zorro en Arena Coliseo Mty con MDA (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
LA Park won via foul on Blue Demon

MDA continues to do well, even if we only see them on YouTube highlights. The one YouTube highlight getting attention is La Parka not doing much to protect Blue Demon on a piledriver off the apron and onto one the plastic carts.

CMLL (TUE) 04/03/2018 Arena México
1) Bengala & Oro Jr. b Apocalipsis & Inquisidor LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 3 DE ABRIL DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Oro Jr. replaced Sensei
2) Angelito, Stukita, Último Dragóncito b Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Violencia, Pierrothito LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 3 DE ABRIL DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Ultimo Dragoncito replaced Shockercito. Tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany b Kaho Kobayashi, La Vaquerita, Marcela LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 3 DE ABRIL DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Vaquerita replaced Maravilla
4) George Kebrada & Sangre Imperial b FlyerGrakoRetroYagoAstralSúper Astro Jr. [Copa Nuevos Valores, seeding battle royalLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 3 DE ABRIL DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
5) Súper Astro Jr. b Astral [Copa Nueva Valores, 8f] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 3 DE ABRIL DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
6) Yago b Retro [Copa Nueva Valores, 8f] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 3 DE ABRIL DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
7) Flyer b Grako [Copa Nueva Valores, 8f] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 3 DE ABRIL DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
8) Sangre Imperial b George Kebrada [Copa Nueva Valores, 8f] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 3 DE ABRIL DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
9) Yago b Súper Astro Jr. [Copa Nueva Valores, quarterfinalLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 3 DE ABRIL DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
10) Flyer b Sangre Imperial [Copa Nueva Valores, quarterfinalLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 3 DE ABRIL DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
11) Flyer b Yago [Copa Nueva Valores, semifinalLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 3 DE ABRIL DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
12) Ephesto, Mephisto, Mr. Niebla b Diamante Azul, Dragón Lee, Soberano Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 3 DE ABRIL DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
straight falls, Mephisto pulling Dragon Lee’s mask and cradled him.

CMLL didn’t make it clear they were running singles matches instead of a cibernetico. A cibernetico would’ve produced a better overall match. Singles match gave some people more chance to stand out individual (and gave them the only singles wins they’re likely to get this year.) Retro was beat quickly and some of the other matches didn’t go long, but it was an overall interesting field. Super Astro Jr. show off a few of his father’s old moves. George Kebrada looked useful in streaming debut. Flyer & Yago went for difficult spots in the block final and did not get them all but were able to recover when well.

Flyer’s seems to face Akuma a lot, seven times since last October, and his chances of going to the final is up. Flyer winning suggests Audaz has been removed from the tournament, since there’s no point in the new star losing in this competition. Last night’s run down of Informa guests suggests Principe Odin Jr., who’s has a new name but has been around since 2005 as Artillero, might have been added to this tournament. I don’t think we’re going to know for sure who’s in the second block unless they announce it on Informa or release the card on Thursday.

On CMLL’s Facebook, Flyer thanks everyone for supporting him, including uncle Volador. Dragon Lee also said he’d want to face Mephisto in a singles match, but that’s probably a ways off if it’ll happen at all. Next week will be full of Copa Nueva Valores singles matches as well, and that final is on 04/17.

CMLL (TUE) 04/03/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@Arena_GDL]
1) Ráfaga & Sádico b El Yaqui & Mágico
Rudos took 2/3.
2) Cancerbero, Frezzer, Raziel b Magnum, Príncipe Diamante, Star Jr.
Rudos took 1/3.
3) Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Virus b Blue Panther Jr., Pegasso, The Panther
Rudos took 1/3.
4) Esfinge, Titán, Tritón b Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
Tecnicos took 2/3, and challenged for the national trios championship. NGD accepted.
5) Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas b Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr.
Rudos took 1/3, the last by sneaking in a foul on Volador.

Trios title match next week. The GDL feed is working at this moment, but will it last?

ROH World has an interview with Matt Taven. If he knows when he’s going back to CMLL, he’s keeping it quiet, though he does suggest he might defend the NWA Welterweight Championship elsewhere.

CMLL luchadora Skadi was doing an autograph signing this past weekend. She has been seen in the ring since injuring an ankle on a move off the apron last September. Skade mentions here that she actually broke her ankle in four places.

Bobby Lee is in the hospital after suffering a heart attack. It sounds like his condition is improving.

CMLL has bios of Blue Panther and Negro Casas before they appear on the Arena Coliseo anniversary show. ESTO has an interview with Felino & Atlantis about the building. Tickets for the show were supposed to on sale Thursday, but it sounds like they may have moved it up a day.

complete Impact Wrestling versus Lucha Underground, airing on Twitch for free Friday night.

  • Austin Aries & Fenix vs. Alberto El Patron & Pentagon Jr.
  • Eddie Edwards vs. Jeremiah Crane [I Quit]
  • Allie vs. Taya Valkyrie [IMPACT KNOCKOUT]
  • LAX vs. Killshot & The Mack [IMPACT TAG]
  • Dezmond Xavier, Andrew Everett & DJZ vs. Drago, King Cuerno & Aerostar
  • Teddy Hart, Scott Steiner vs Dave Crist, Jack Crist
  • Famous B vs Trevor Lee
  • Matt Sydal, Caleb Konley, Moose vs Chavo Guerrero Jr., Jack Evans, Matanza
  • Eli Drake vs Brian Cage

Despite Lucha Underground doing zero to promote this show, Impact has sold out the reserved seating.

I’ve enjoyed Famous B’s work on Lucha Underground and it will be neat to see him on WrestleCon. I do not intend disrespect for Famous B. I would have liked to see more AAA luchadors in his spot, or other people’s spots, on this card. However, it seems a safe bet issues like that are more AAA issues than Impact (or LU’s), since that seems to be a consistent issue no matter who’s using them. It does make it strange that Lucha Libre FMV’s Lucha Underground has more people on this show who’ve left AAA than who are still working for AAA.

Mexa Wrestling returns on 04/28 for Blood Party

+LuchaTV has interviews with Microman and Caristico,

Drago talks about the four way tag team match in Tijuana two weeks from Friday. It sounds like it’s a title match now.

Lineups

CMLL (MON) 04/09/2018 Arena Puebla
1) Arkalis, Millenium, Rey Samuray vs El Perverso, Fuerza Chicana, Rey Apocalipsis
2) Fugaz, Principe Daniel, Reyko vs El Malayo, Grako, Templario
3) Kaho Kobayashi & Princesa Sugehit vs Dalys & Zeuxis
4) Ángel de Oro, Dragón Lee, Niebla Roja vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
5) La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible vs Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Shocker
6) Carístico vs Mistico

The big news: CMLL actually teamed up Los Ingobernables. Congrats to Kraneo for being free of these fools for a day.

And also Caristico & Mistico. I don’t know. When they’ve gone in this direction in the past, like last December, I always figured they held back because they were going to save Caristico vs Mistico for a big day in Arena Mexico. A Arena Puebla show the week after spring vacations end is not exactly a big day. If this draws just as well as the last two weeks, that’s a big feather in their cap, because those shows have a scheduling advantage these ones have not.

I suspect this match is happening to balance things out. Mistico got the win last week, perhaps with the idea that Caristico was going to get his win back here. I can’t imagine Caristico agreeing to lose twice in a row to his replacement. And maybe that’s the reason it’s happening a relatively small show in Arena Puebla instead of a big Arena Mexico show, because CMLL can’t imagine having Mistico lose on a big show either.

It still seems like, if not a waste, but a missed opportunity to hype this match for weeks and put in a bigger building when it’s first time dream match. It’ll still do well in Arena Mexico if/when they do it. Maybe they need to run it thru in Arena Puebla successfully to feel confident about running it thru Arena Mexico and this will ease that process. Maybe the reason CMLL doesn’t do the big matches is because they actually don’t know what their big matches are, and see this one as no more important than the Gran Guerrero versus Mistico they originally were going to run. (I’m skeptical of that reason; indie promoters were asked to not book this match or tease it on their shows. But some of those indies run the same size buildings as Arena Puebla.) Whatever the reason, there’s not many bigger singles non-stip matches CMLL could be running, and it seems to be behind at least the Arena Coliseo Anniversary show and the Copa Nueva Valores tournament in importance for some reason.

At least it’s not on the Sunday show like all the Dragon Lee/Cavernario matches.