IWRG, blurred referees, borrowed logos, occasional things about lucha libre

IWRG (WED) 02/15/2017 Arena Naucalpan [Estrellas del Ring, The Gladiatores]
1) Araña de Plata b Shadow Boy
2) Avisman b Odín
Odin was not listed on the poster
3) Diablo Jr., Douki, Hip Hop Man b Alfa, Black Dragón, Omega
4) Demasiado, Diva Salvaje, Nigma b Leo, Mike, Rafy
Moved down a spot. Exoticos want a trios title shot.
5) Diablo Jr. b Emperador Azteca
Moved up a spot. Diablo Jr. replaced Ak47. Money thrown in.
6) Cerebro Negro, Demonio Infernal, Relámpago b Apolo Estrada Jr., Eterno, Heddi Karaoui
Eterno faked a pin, but Demonio Infernal simply pinned him and got the win. Eterno did seem to have his shoulder up at two.

The Psicosis/Super Crazy vs the Hardys match will air tonight Impact Wrestling, but with an alteration. Marty Elias was referee for the match, Marty Elias is under contract to Lucha Underground, so Lucha Underground sent TNA a legal notice saying they couldn’t use Marty Elias on their TV. This is a repeat of what happened with Hernandez in 2015. This time, TNA decided to air the footage, but blur Marty out. On his podcast, Konnan says Jeremy Borash asked him about which guys were LU guys to not shoot them, but he just blanked about the referee. He says LU sent cease and desists to himself and his partner in the Crash, to TNA and to Anthem.

I watched that match – recap is below – noticed it was Marty and it didn’t even occur to me that LU would have a problem, but of course they did. On that recent MMM show appearance, EVW talked about not being concerned about guys leaving AAA, only being concerned on them being ready for his show and not appearing on another US TV show. Given the timing, he probably had this specific situation in the back of his mind in hindsight. The Crash had a second referee on hand, but seemed to be using Marty for the segments where a bilingual referee would be help – he was there for AR Fox/Flamita, the big angle with the debuts, and the main event. The match airing tonight was four minutes long, probably the second referee could’ve handled it, but I’d bet The Crash was so focused on making sure Fenix, Pentagon, etc. weren’t on TV that they didn’t even think about the referee.

Anyway, maybe someone on AAA or LU’s legal team can also work public relations, since they seem to have an unending supply of money for one and none for the other. They may have more legal work now anyway: the logo for the La Llave de Gloria talent search contest appears to be a color switched version of the logo for Arizona’s Lucha Libre Pro promotion. That logo’s turned up elsewhere – Arena Vidal uses it too – but there’s actually an article by the original artist saying specifically he created the logo for Lucha Libre Pro.

Lucha Libre Pro on the left, AAA’s logo on the right

This may not be something AAA did themselves – Roshfrans or Record could’ve had someone search “lucha libre logo” and done the work – but they’re aware of it now. It’s be bad in normal sequences, but  it’s incredibe for a company also being aggressive protecting it’s copyright. AAA’s argument about the Penta & Fenix names (as best we can surmise, since they’re not talking about it) is the new names/looks Penta & Fenix have come up with are not sufficiently different from the IP AAA created and owned. I don’t know if that’s correct, but I do know they’re on the exact other side of the argument by using this logo. Can’t have it both ways.

A bunch of Lucha Underground people, including Rey Mysterio, Johnny Mundo and Taya, will be at Chicago’s C2E2 expo on April 23rd for a Lucha Underground panel. I believe they announced one of these last years and then canceled it. Both Dorian & EVW will be on the panel, maybe they can discuss Netflix. Maybe it’ll be on Netflix by then. (Not a guarantee. It’ll still be more than a month before they’re on TV.) Maybe I’ll go. I’m not in a LU mood right now, have to think about it later.

Leo Riano’s column claims Vampiro was officially introduced to the AAA wrestlers as a part of the staff on Saturday. Vampiro’s been said to be around AAA for months, and I thought the story was he had recently quit. Maybe they convinced him to come back? Riano’s column is as carrying water for AAA as ever: when he mentions the LU/Netflix story, he’s careful to only name people on the show who are on good terms with AAA. He also says Villano III said, on Riano’s radio show, that he hopes his sons can debut in Arena Mexico at Homenaje a Dos Leyendas.

DTU says they running Arena Aficion on Friday 03/24. There’s a few usual people announced. The poster is Japanese themed and hints at international involvement. The poster also has a +Lucha logo on it, and this would fit as the promotion’s next iPPV.

La Aficion has an interview with Dragon Dorado, the winner of the Octagon talent search contest in Veracruz who wrestled on the Octagon/FULL show a few weeks. He is the luchador who you may remember as Vengador Radioactivo, when he won a similar NOAH talent search (but never made it to NOAH), then returned back to Veracruz. He explains here that he wanted to stay in Mexico City, but the promotion he was working with only offering him 500 pesos a week ($25 USD) and that wasn’t enough for him to stay. His dream was to somehow get back to Mexico City and winning the Octagon reality show did that. Now his goal is to defend the honor of the Octagon name by winning Penta el 0M’s mask. Dream big, I guess. He’d also like to go to WWE.

RobViper has a music video of the 04/27/16 ELITE show.

Diamante Azul wants an apuesta match with Rush, probably is not getting it.

Lineup

CMLL (TUE) 02/21/2017 Arena México
1) Bengala & Metatrón vs Apocalipsis & Inquisidor
2) Oro Jr., Príncipe Diamante, Starman vs Canelo Casas, Espanto Jr., Hijo del Signo
3) Princesa Sugehit, Sanely, Skadi vs Reyna Isis, Tiffany, Zeuxis
4) Fuego, Rey Cometa, Stigma vs Puma, Sansón, Tiger
5) Máximo Sexy, Mistico, Titán vs Cavernario, Mephisto, Negro Casas
6) Volador Jr. © vs Ephesto [NWA WELTER]
14th defense

Main event is really happening. Volador’s going to win that main event and it’s just another opponent for him to beat, but they could’ve easily done better. Any one of the rudos in the fifth match would be a bigger match and probably better match. Even if CMLL’s felt they’ve over done Volador/Mephisto and Volador/Casas and is saving the next Volador/Cavernario match for another day, they could just go down another match and use any one of the rudos in the fourth match too and have a better match. Tiger would get more out of being in a main event with Volador and losing than Ephesto. If you’re not going to give those guys a shot on a Tuesday show that’s not going to draw big anyway, when are you going to give them a shot?

Fourth match looks a lot of fun anyway.

If Espanto Jr. wrestles, it’d be first match since suffering an injury on a baseball slide in November. He stands a good chance of getting a win with Diamante on the other side.

CMLL (TUE) 02/21/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Divino & Gallo vs Évola & Exterminador
2) Eléctrico, Fugaz, Shockercito vs Mercurio, Pequeño Nitro, Relámpago
3) La Vaquerita, Marcela, Silueta vs Amapola, Dalys, Metálica
4) Dragón Lee, Esfinge, Stuka Jr. vs Bobby Villa, Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora
5) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Valiente vs Pierroth, Rush, Yoshi Tatsu

Yoshi Tatsu arrived last night. They’re not exactly putting Tatsu in a lot of helpful situations. Bobby Villa officially listed under his new name.

Fugaz teams with the minis after getting in the minis title match. In theory, that could be a preview to the eventually title match (and Electrico/Pierrothito would make the most sense.)

BARACAL (SAT) 03/11/2017 Gimnasio Olímpico Juan de la Barrera, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal
1) Ángel Del Amor & Mr. Leo vs Centvrión & Violencia Jr.
2) ? & Trauma I vs Herodes Jr. & Máscara Año 2000 Jr.
3) Hijo de LA Park & Hijo De Octagon vs Hijo del Fishman & Silver King Jr.
4) Mr. Electro & Silver King vs Dragón Lee & Pierroth
5) Rush vs LA Park

Rush vs LA Park, at the site where Park had some of his crazy brawls with Dr. Wagner. Semimain seems like a waste of Dragon Lee.

G21 (WED) 03/29/2017 Arena Querétaro
1) Adroide & Galáctico Dragón vs Bacter & Hades
2) Ángelus, Destello, Low Rider vs Gremlin, Maremoto Jr., Speed Demon
3) Atómico, Dragón De Oriente I, Dragón De Oriente II vs Juventud Rebelde, Lince, Maremoto
4) Negro Navarro, Trauma I, Trauma II © vs Kastigador, Mr. Electro, Vengador [IWRG IC TRIOS]
fourth defense at time announced
5) LA Park, Rey Fénix (LU), Sharly Rockstar vs Daga, Garza Jr., Penta Zero M

The Rebelion leaving AAA have given LA Park all sorts of new indie opponents.

Negro and Trauma I are feuding in Naucalpan right now, but still trios champs. Trauma II is advertised on this show, and on for the ChilangaMask anniversary show that month. (He might be the mystery guy on the BARACAL show too.) He hasn’t been listed in a match since October.

The Crash: 2017-01-21 

Daga breaks thru

Recapped: 02/21-2/2017

What happened:  Daga, Pentagon Jr., and Garza Jr. all left AAA and to join this promotion and the greater indie landscape. Garza and Fenix were added to the Perros del Mal. All mutually decided to relinquish the Perros del Mal name sometime after the show. The “La Rebelion” name came a week later officially, but this is the beginning of that story.

According to the people involved, those three people didn’t tell anyone (including Pentagon telling the other two) that they were going to jump. That’s hard to believe and certainly people in charge knew some point on this day before the big angle, since that big angle only makes sense if they knew they were changing the main event that Fenix was about to get a tag team partner. Still, it’s also clear many people out there for the big angle were not clued in on what was happening, even while it was happening.

The adjusted main event saw the Lucha Brothers (Penta/Fenix) win a five way match which was announced as for the The Crash’s vacant tag team championship. Super Crazy & Juventud Guerrera protested, and the reward was changed to a title shot at a future show. The tag titles instead were determined in a tag match between Super Crazy & Nicho el Millionario (not Guerrera, for unclear reasons) and the Hardy Boys. The Hardys won the titles. If you are reading this on Thursday February 16th, that final match is airing today on Impact Wrestling in some form.

In other action, Flamita kept The Crash Cruiserweight championship over AR Fox and Arkangel Divino defeated Black Danger to win the The Crash Junior Championship.

(Also, I decided I needed to try to do proper reviews on these. I’m not sure how I’ll manage if it’s an ongoing concern and both Elite and LU are back, but that’s a problem for down the road.)

What was good: Everything on this show was watchable. The bonus Hardys match was just OK as a stand alone match, but it was about giving the fans who came to see them all the Hardy Boys spots in a low impact match, and they delivered. Despite being in Tijuana, this was a crowd very familiar with the Hardys and often reacted more like a US indie show than a Mexican one – most of the reactions were ooh”-ing at big spots, and there were few chants beyond “DELETE!”.

I had stylistic issues with the trios match, but otherwise this had good matches. They could’ve cut down the time a little bit, it did feel a little long, but that shouldn’t be a problem if you’re picking and choosing. AR Fox vs Flamita was the best match on the show and the one you should go out of your way to watch.

My GIFs aren’t much good – I didn’t zoom in enough.

Where can I watch it: All the links are below videosluchas3000 has the show complete from a hard camera. Unfortunately, they’ve put up giant translucent watermarks all over the video. It’s not covering ring as long as the entrance screen is lit up bright, but you can tell it’s there and it’s a little distracting. +LuchaTV has commentary and multiple camera versions of Fox/Flamita, the big angle, and the five way tag match. TKD has handhelds of some of the matches. (more…)

great match roundup, week of 2017-02-04

triple tope

There was a lot of below average this week and not much good. Maybe a little bit better next week.

rating matches TV Show taped
good Drone, Esfinge, Soberano Jr. vs Okumura, Puma, Tiger LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 6 DE FEBRERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-02-06 2017-02-06
good Blue Panther Jr., Stigma, The Panther vs Cancerbero, Sagrado, Virus LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 7 DE FEBRERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-02-07 2017-02-07
good Stuka Jr. vs Rey Bucanero LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 7 DE FEBRERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-02-07 2017-02-07
good Puma & Rey Cometa vs Cavernario & Volador Jr. in a National Parejas Increible Tournament match and [8f] CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-02-10 2017-02-10
good Cavernario & Volador Jr. vs Carístico & Mephisto in a National Parejas Increible Tournament match and in a tournament semifinal match CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-02-10 2017-02-10

Everything else (more…)

CMLL running Volador/Ephesto because I dunno, “02/15”, other aggravating things

photo by Alexis Salazar/CMLL

CMLL (TUE) 02/14/2017 Arena México [CMLL, CultIcon]
1) Shockercito & Último Dragóncito b Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Olímpico LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 14 DE FEBRERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 1/3
2) Grako, Raziel, Sangre Azteca b Magia Blanca, Marvel, Sangre Imperial LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 14 DE FEBRERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3.
3) Soberano Jr., Star Jr., Stigma b Okumura, Skándalo, Virus LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 14 DE FEBRERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 2/3
4) Pegasso b Disturbio [lightning] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 14 DE FEBRERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Pegasso caught Disturbio with a cradle
5) Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys b Ángel de Oro, Johnny Idol, Rey Cometa LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 14 DE FEBRERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3
6) Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto b Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Volador Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 14 DE FEBRERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Ephesto beat Volador in straight falls and asked for a title shot!

CMLL has a 150 people on the roster, they’re doing an Ephesto title match, and they’re not even doing the Ephesto title match they promised to do. Also, as much as I might think there were way too many Volador title matches for his own good, CMLL obviously isn’t thinking the same. The recap makes it sound as if the title match is happening next week (very good one week build) but there’s no lineup yet. CultIcon says the third match was good, and you should probably read his whole recap instead of my one sentence about the show.

CMLL (TUE) 02/14/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Arena Coliseo Guadalajara]
1) Linterna & Relámpago b Capitán Cobra & Mágico
Capitan Cobra replaced Nautilus, but suffered a head injury and did not finish. Linterna replaced Leon Blanco.
2) Cancerbero, Canelo Casas, Difunto b Magnum, Príncipe Diamante, Starman
Principe Diamante continues his perfect record.
3) Cavernario, Puma, Tiger b Blue Panther Jr., Drone, The Panther
4) Pierroth b Diamante Azul
Pierroth fouled and unmasked Azul
5) Dragón Lee, Mistico, Rush b Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero
Rush replaced Caristico (injury?).

This arena announced Caristico missing the match ahead of time and did live results, both things which haven’t been done in a while.

Fuego en el Ring says Sanson, Cuatrero, Forastero, Terrible, Pierroth, Dragon Lee, and Diamante Azul will be on the 02/26 Coliseo Guadalajara show. CMLL DF guys being on a Sunday show is unusual.

CMLL tries to find interesting things to say about Yoshi Tatsu, does not posses a picture of Yoshi Tatsu.

Lucha Underground isn’t on Netflix today. You knew that if you read this site or listen to the MMM show or a few other places. You do not know that if you simply follow Lucha Underground or most news sites, but I can only do so much unpaid work for Lucha Underground which they can’t be bothered to do themselves. LU will be on Netflix eventually – I’m sure we’ll have another flurry about it the first time the real date pops up there, and then the day it actually goes live. What a day that’ll be.

The missing piece is where did “February 15” come from, anyway? Well, it’s pretty clear it came from Lucha Underground General Manager Dorian Roldan.  On this week’s MLW Radio, Court Bauer defends his original report about LU being on Netflix – which has proven correct – while also backpeddaling away from the date he reported. The whole argument is about that date, and I’m not sure if Court is unaware of that or just focusing on the accurate reports of his story. Whatever, people are wrong sometimes, you get fed bad info from people you can trust, you try your best to make sure it doesn’t happen, but it happens. The interesting thing is Court defends his story by talking about who he got it from. He never says Dorian Roldan, but it’s obviously Dorian Roldan from a chat they had at the Combates Americas show in Mexico City.

The same Dorian Roldan who was the only person credited with bringing LU to Netflix is the reason a lot of people are going to be disappointed not to find LU on Neflix today. The reason they’re going to be frustrated with Lucha Underground is a false story planted by Lucha Underground. Not me, anonymous basement blogger of limited credibility. Not you, random internet person. Not chaos bringer Konnan, who will likely be amused when someone tells him this story of AAA/LU dysfunction to him. Not even really Court Bauer, who was simply told a date by a person who he was sure knew what was going on and will find out later that wasn’t correct. (The best case scenario here is there was a honest miscommunication about what “02/15” meant, but that’s something Dorian could’ve fixed with a single DM and Court could’ve put out there with a single tweet, and it doesn’t appear to have been done.) This all on Dorian, and all they’ve done to do it put a press release on a Spanish language site where most of the Lucha Undergrounds fans won’t see it. It’s hard to have much confidence on Dorian being the one to fix Lucha Underground’s problems when he caused more of them on Day 1 and didn’t do near enough to clean them up.

Everyone who’s upset today will get over and it just move on to something else – just like they’re moving onto other things during this stupidly long stretch LU is not airing new episodes on TV – but it says a lot about the level of communication where one part of LU is putting out a date, another part of LU is shooting down the same date, and neither person knows they’re working against each other. Good luck, everyone.

In response to Sangre Chicana Jr. being burned in Satillo, Coahuila, Ciudad Juarez’s lucha libre commission has banned fire from being lucha libre. Those two cities are far away from each other, this is the Juarez commission seeing the reports and having their own experiences to decide to ban it. Pagano, a native of Ciudad Juarez, is against a blanket ban for everyone, saying that people who know what they’re doing should be allowed to use it. There’s some thing to this point; the Sangre Chicana Jr. burns were made worse because they apparently actually used gasoline, which is sometimes pretended to be used but should never actually be used. Still, Pagano’s putting him out there as a trained professional, and Psycho Clown still ended up with burns that took him out of wrestling for a while when the fire spot at Heroes Inmortales was done carelessly. (And it may be for nothing, since the Traidor Clowns & Pagano may no longer be feuding with Psycho Clown.) Fire spots would largely not be missed by fans, but would be missed by luchadors who need those spots to get over.

The Crash will go to Aguascalientes on 03/09. That’s one of the cities they wanted to expand to. The teaser images teases Rey Mysterio Jr., Penta and Rey Fenix.

DistroMania/FULL announced announced Alberto vs Drew McIntyre on 05/21 at Circo Astros. That’s where FULL ran a few weeks of TV in 2015 and drew horribly. Hopefully it’ll go better with Alberto.

Kcids draws some incredible pairs. Cavernario looks very frightened.

The latest +Lucha podcast has La Hiedra, Wotan, and Belial as guests. Wotan talks about a fight he got in with fan; he says the fan has been harassing him online and is actually a luchador, but he also says he probably shouldn’t get into fights with fans.

Aerostar & Argenis made a weird cameo on Conan.

Segunda Caida watches Hijo del Pantera, Ciclon Ramirez Jr., Dinamick Black vs el Cuatrero, Forastero and Sanson from last year’s Elite.

Sorpresa es Lucha has a themed episode on El Dandy.

Plantilla Deportiva interviews Mr. Leo & Metaleon.

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2017-02-07 

this gets better when Blue Jr. stays out of it

Recapped: 02/08/2017

What happened: Rey Bucanero cheated to beat Stuka. That’s it

What was good: I liked the Panther trios and the Stuka/Bucanero match, but nothing that strongly.

Where can I watch it: It’s on CMLL’s YouTube

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CMLL Puebla: 2017-02-06 

Zacarias gets the best of TItan

Recapped: 02/07/2017

What happened: Rush foul Diamante Azul to set up a singles match next week.

What was good: The tercera was the only watchable thing on the show.

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

Rush outsmarts Diamante Azul, CMLL Tuesday results

CMLL (SUN) 02/12/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [+LuchaTV, Domingos Familiares]
1) Destructor & Guerrero de la Muerte b Avispón Negro Jr. & Micro
Rudos took 1/3.
2) Carlo Roggi, Linterna, Mr. Brisa b Capitán Cobra, El Alteño, Fugaz
Rudos took 1/3.
3) Star Black b Flash II, Maléfico, Vaquero Jr., Ráfaga, Smaker, Difunto, Explosivo, Relámpago, Rey Trueno [Copa Guadalajara, cibernetico]
match in honor of Guadalajara reaching 475 years. Star Black defeated (the still very new) Difunto to win.
4) Joker & Sádico b Frezzer & Furia Roja [hair]
2 hairs vs 2 hairs. Joker & Sadico rallied to take 2/3, the last when Joker beat Frezzer to win. Frezzer has lost his mask and his hair in about six week’s time.

Frezzer & Furia Roja are booked next week, so this wasn’t the end for them, even with the bad losses. Today is actually the 475th anniversary of Guadalajara’s founding and there may be more special matches in celebration during the year.

CMLL (MON) 02/13/2017 Arena Puebla [Culticon, Plantilla Deportiva]
1) Centella Roja & Flyer b Ares & Guerrero Espacial LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 13 DE FEBRERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
2) Asturiano & Black Tiger b Rey Apocalipsis & Toro Bill Jr. LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 13 DE FEBRERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
3) Disturbio & Policeman b Lestat & Rey Samuray LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 13 DE FEBRERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
4) Virus b Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., Soberano Jr., Star Jr., Stigma, Okumura, Pólvora, Sagrado, Skándalo [cibernetico] LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 13 DE FEBRERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Order of elimination: Okumura (Fuego), Maya (Polvora), Fuego (Sagrado), Skandalo (by DQ for unmasking Stigma), Star Jr. & Sagrado got DQed at the same time, Stigma (Polvora), Polvora (Soberano), Virus (Soberano) leaving Virus as the winner
5) Rush DQ Diamante Azul LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 13 DE FEBRERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rush took 1/3. In the last fall, Azul was on his way to winning when La Mascara walked out with a chair. Mascara sat on the chair on the ramp, but Azul was distracted and Rush faked a foul before Mascara really even had a chance to sit down.
6) Dragón Lee, Mistico, Volador Jr. b Euforia, La Máscara, Negro Casas LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 13 DE FEBRERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)

This show was said to be better than usual, with the cibernetico said worth watching. I wasn’t paying total attention but Rush/Azul seemed significantly better than last time.

Today’s Tuesday Arena Mexico is a CMLL Hat Special – just lots of random assembled trios matches for no particular reason. CMLL’s preview pitches a Valentine’s Day theme, though it’s not apparent in the lineup. The main is the Hijos del Infernal versus Marco, Maximo and Volador. Remember when Marco & Maximo were going to find a new partner? These things take time. Bucanero, Terrible and Vangellys face Angel de Oro, Johnny Idol and Rey Cometa. Pegasso takes on Disturbio in the lightning match, which will be fine but not as exciting as recent ones. Soberano, Star and Stigma fight Okumura, Skandalo, and Virus in the tercera, which might be the best match on the show. Magia Blanca, Marvel and Sangre Imperial face Grako, Raziel and Sangre Azteca, which might produce some GIFs. Shockercito & Ultimo Dragoncito open against Pequeno Nitro & Pequeno Olimpico. Those four guys might not be in the mini title tournament simply because they were booked on this show.

CultIcon previews this show. It’ll air at 7:30 on CMLL’s YouTube.

Diamante Azul has another singles match, this time with Pierroth, in Guadalajara tonight. Principe Diamante wrestles on that show, so there’s a chance he might actually get a win away from Arena Mexico.

There’s a Sam Adonis story in GQ. There’s a Sam Adonis article in the AP. There’s articles on Sam Adonis everywhere at once; one person did the story and everyone else decided to do the same story, and that AP story has been translated in Spanish.

The other story going viral this week is Hijo de Sangre Chicana getting burned in the fire spot gone bad. He’s still in the hospital but looking better. There’s a benefit show for him this Friday in Arena Nueva Brasil. AAA’s La Hiedra, Sangre’s brother, is auctioning off the mask he used in that match to help pay for his expenses.

Llaves y Candados has resurfaced as a YouTube show. It didn’t air on TV. There’s a lot more talking and interview segments (and Garza Jr. pizza commercials) than the old version, with highlights from old matches. Most of it is from last year, but there’s an older one with Mistico shown too.

Segunda Caida reviews Fuerza Guerrera vs Octagon and Wotan vs As Charro.

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

RobViper has highlights of 04/20/16 Elite

SuperLuchas has a recap of Juventued Guerrera’s latest La Arena webshow.

A story of two luchadors in love for Valentine’s Day.

Lineups

CMLL (MON) 02/20/2017 Arena Puebla
1) Flyer, Millenium, Zaeta Roja vs Guerrero Espacial, King Jaguar, Perverso
2) Lestat, Pegasso, Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Disturbio, Espíritu Maligno, Policeman
3) Blue Panther Jr., The Panther, Tritón vs Kráneo, Olímpico, Ripper
4) Ángel de Oro, Máximo Sexy, Valiente vs Hechicero, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
5) Dragón Lee, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Niebla Roja, Yoshi Tatsu

Yoshi Tatsu versus the Sky Team. He’s matched up across from Volador on Friday too, though Volador is busy on the Friday after. Maybe a trios title challenge here? Ripper/Panther feud is back after I called it dead, good call by me.

WMC (SUN) 02/26/2017 Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México
1) Flama Roja, Torito, Toro Negro Jr. vs Fandango, Leo, Mike
2) Alan Extreme, Guerrero Mixtico, Yoruba vs Black Terry, Demus 3:16, Súper Colt
3) Centvrión & Mr. Leo (c) vs Látigo & Metaleón [NPAR TAG]
first defense
4) Ancla, Andy Boy, Danger vs Lunatik Fly, Lunatik Xtreme, Ovett
5) Miedo Extremo vs Drako
6) Arez vs Belial vs Impulso [mask, hair]

Hope they have a better ring this time. WMC seems big on partners fighting each other, with it happening both in the main event and the tag title match. At least that one sort of makes sense; Centvrion & Mr. Leo are the tag team champions at Nuevo Arena Pista Revolucion.

IAP (SUN) 03/12/2017 Gimnasio Hercules, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal
1) Atomik & Jhonny M. vs Deirus & Jako Jr.
2) Mike Segura vs Freelance
3) Reasy vs Thunder Stoorm
4) Danger vs Lokillo
5) Corsario & Drako vs Gato Montes & Rey Infierno
6) Osiris vs Camaleón
7) Wotan vs Trauma I

I probably should do a better job of highlighted lineups with matches that might pop up on Powerbomb.TV or +LuchaTV, but I usually don’t have much to add about them. Wotan & Trauma I is a Toreo tribute match (which usually means lots of brawling.) Freelance and Mike Segura is usually good.

new lucha videos for the weekend of February 10th, 2017

YouTube playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYyNnOBGWP7S0l1pwNMo-lnrAlHhAVaSd

02/11 & 02/12 WWC: Cloud Drive

02/11 Elite USA: Cloud Drive

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-02-10
Cloud Drive
taped 2017-02-10 @ Arena México
1) Astral & Príncipe Diamante vs Cancerbero & Raziel
2) Princesa Sugehit, Sanely, Silueta vs Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis
3) Atlantis, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs La Máscara, Ripper, Rush
4) Ángel de Oro & Carístico vs Marco Corleone, Diamante Azul, Volador Jr., Rey Cometa, Máximo Sexy, Blue Panther in a seeding battle royal match
5) Blue Panther & Tiger vs Máscara Año 2000 & Máximo in a National Parejas Increible eighthfinal
6) Puma & Rey Cometa vs Cavernario & Volador Jr. in a National Parejas Increible eighthfinal
7) Kráneo & Marco Corleone vs Diamante Azul & Pierroth in a National Parejas Increible eighthfinal
8) Ángel de Oro & Rey Bucanero vs Carístico & Mephisto in a National Parejas Increible eighthfinal
9) Máscara Año 2000 & Máximo vs Cavernario & Volador Jr. in a National Parejas Increible quarterfinal
10) Diamante Azul & Pierroth vs Carístico & Mephisto in a National Parejas Increible quarterfinal
11) Cavernario & Volador Jr. vs Carístico & Mephisto in a National Parejas Increible semifinal

AAA on Televisa: 2017-02-11
Cloud Drive
taped 2017-01-27 @ Salón Rojo del Club Toluca, Toluca, Estado de México
1) Dinastía, Lanzeloth, Máscara de Bronce vs Mini Psycho Clown, Parka Negra, Soul Rocker
2) Averno, Chessman, Joe Lider vs Dave The Clown, Monsther Clown, Murder Clown
3) Angélico, Australian Suicide, La Parka vs Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Zorro

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2017-02-11
Cloud Drive
taped 2017-01-30 @ Arena Puebla
1) Drone, Rey Cometa, Tritón vs Bobby Z, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado
2) Atlantis, Dragón Lee, Titán vs Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero
3) La Máscara, Máscara Año 2000, Rush vs Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy in a relevos increíbles match

IWRG Zona XXI: 2017-02-11
Cloud Drive
taped 2017-02-08 @ Arena Naucalpan
1) Diablo Jr. vs Aramis, Araña de Plata, Alfa, Shadow Boy
2) Black Dragón, Chicano, Pantera I vs Hip Hop Man, Violencia Jr., Vortice
3) Dragón Fly vs Demonio Infernal
4) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo vs Demasiado, Diva Salvaje, Miss Gaviota, Nigma

IWRG Zona XXI: 2017-02-13
Cloud Drive
taped 2017-02-12 @ Arena Naucalpan
1) Eterno vs Súper Mega
2) Imposible, Odin, Pantera I vs Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro, Relámpago
3) Veneno vs Danny Casas
4) Negro Navarro, Pirata Morgan, Villano IV vs Herodes Jr., Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Mr. Electro
5) Golden Magic vs Pirata Morgan Jr. for the mask and for the hair

AAA on Televisa: 2017-02-04 

Mini Psycho and Bengala off the upper level

Recapped: 02/07/2017

What happened: Dr. Wagner beat Psycho Clown again. Pagano & Mesias had problems, at least according to the AAA recap. It didn’t come across during the match, though the announcers brought it up.

Lady Shani won again and asked for a title shot against Taya. She got speared by Mesias instead. That segment seemed to end up being more about putting Mesias in Brian Cage’s spot as Mundo’s friend than Taya/Shani by the end.

What was good: None of the matches. Bengala & Mini Psycho fell off high places, but that was done more impressively last week. Even fans of AAA main event style can find a better week of TV than the one they had here.

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

Lucha Underground finally officially announces the Netflix deal

It’s finally official! I guess the downside to actually announcing things is it only leads to more questions – when? where? are two good ones to start with – but I’m so tired of writing about Netflix that the rest of the post is just some randomly chosen Lucha Underground gifs that I had already uploaded.

Thank you and good day.

Edit: Son of Havoc says US, Canada and LATAM, but half of LU’s roster thought the show was going on at 02/15 before, so who knows.