new lucha videos for the weekend of September 1st, 2017

CMLL Guadalajara: 2017-09-02
taped 2017-08-29 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara – YouTube/Mega
1) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther vs Disturbio, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado
2) Johnny Idol, Marco Corleone, Sam Adonis vs Shocker, Terrible, Vangellys
3) Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas vs Juice Robinson, Matt Taven, Michael Elgin

CMLL Lucha Azteca: 2017-09-02
taped 2017-08-25 @ Arena México – Mega
1) Soberano Jr. vs Cavernario in a lightning match
2) La Vaquerita, Princesa Sugehit, Sanely vs Amapola, La Comandante, Zeuxis
3) Diamante Azul, Último Guerrero, Volador Jr. vs Juice Robinson, Matt Taven, Michael Elgin in a relevos increíbles match

IWRG Zona XXI: 2017-09-02
taped 2017-08-30 @ Arena Naucalpan – YouTube/Mega
1) Celestial Boy & Vórtize vs Demonio Infernal & Toxin
2) Alas de Acero & Aramis vs Glenn Calavera & Jerry Calavera
3) Diablo Jr., Freelance, Golden Magic vs Fulgor I, Fulgor II, Mr. Leo
4) Dragón Fly, Emperador Azteca, Imposible vs Arez, Fly Warrior, Séptimo Rayo

IWRG Zona XXI: 2017-09-04
taped 2017-09-03 @ Arena Naucalpan – YouTube/Mega
1) Demonio Infernal vs Lunatic Xtreme in a super libre match
2) Villano III Jr. vs Imposible
3) Black Terry & Diablo Jr. vs Black Warrior & Warrior Jr. for the IWRG Intercontinental Tag Team Championship
4) Bombero Infernal vs Eterno for the hair

Octagon returns to CMLL, Sexy Star issues long non-apology, Eterno shaves Bombero

photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (SUN) 09/03/2017 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr)Estrellas del RingThe Gladiatores]
1) Fly Tiger b Guerrero 2000
2) Power Bull & Skanda b Ángel Oriental & Celestial Boy
3) Lunatic Xtreme DQ Demonio Infernal [super libre]
Demonio was DQed in what was advertised as a super libre match. They set up another one.
4) Gallo Frances, Hijo del Pantera, Internacional Pantera b Aramis, Dragón Fly, Freelance
Dragon Fly replaced Hijo del Alebrije.
5) Imposible b Villano III Jr.
Villano III asked for a title shot despite losing.
6) Black Warrior & Warrior Jr. b Black Terry & Diablo Jr. [IWRG IC TAG]
Terry & Diablo fall on their 3rd defense. Warriors are new champs.
7) Eterno b Bombero Infernal [hair]

Eterno & Bombero seems as bloody as you’d expected.

Octagon returns to CMLL tonight in Arena Puebla. CMLL’s finally acknowledged it with an update; they note people didn’t believe this was true. That’s caused a little bit by CMLL not really talking about Octagon until now; he wasn’t mentioned on Informa, he wasn’t sent out for interviews, he hasn’t on any other shows. By the standards of a star returning to the company for the first time in 25 years, this has been handled strangely – it makes me wonder if there’s a chance this is just some sort of trial run before CMLL goes all in on Octagon. I dunno.

Octagon teams with Mistico & Volador to face Ultimo Guerrero, Gran Guerrero and Kojima. It’s the only notable thing on a pretty blah card. Sam Adonis & Blue Panther revisit their rivalry with Johnny Idol, Valiente, Cavenario and Mr. Niebla. Angel de Oro, Drone, and Soberano Jr. face Dragon Rojo Jr., Polvora, and Vangellys. Astro, Asturiano and Ultimo Dragoncito take on Joker, Pequeno NItro and Pequeno Olimpico in what looks like it might be the best match of the night. The all local opener includes Black Tiger, Lestat, Tigre Rojo, Malayo, Fuerza Chicano and Guerrero Espacial.

Sexy Star posted a statement on her Twitter, arguing that Rosemary never had paramedics attending to her or medical work done on her, so she could not have been actually injured, so everyone’s just bullying Sexy Star but she’s brave and she’ll stand up to everyone. I talked to people who were backstage at TripleMania, and that was a real injury. That statement GFW put out about how Sexy Star and AAA had apologized is funnier by the day, because Sexy Star is the farthest thing from apologetic and, if AAA has actually punished her at all, it doesn’t seem to have any affect on her.

LA Park accused Dr. Wagner of losing his credibility by losing his mask to Psycho Clown.

The Crash says their 11/03 Guadalajara show will be at Plaza de Toros Nuevo Progreso.

AAA returning to US TV, The Crash mask match, Hechicero beats Kojima

CMLL (SAT) 09/02/2017 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Demasiado b Kairos
Debuts for both, who are said to be training in CMLL’s school.
2) Warrior Steel & Yago b Príncipe Diamante & Sensei
rudos took 1/3
3) La Vaquerita, Lady Maravilla, Skadi b La Comandante, La Seductora, Tiffany
Tenicas took 1/3. Skadi replacing Sanely.
4) Blue Panther b Vangellys [lightning]
5) Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr., Titán b Dragón Rojo Jr., Hechicero, Pólvora
tecnicos took 1/3
6) Carístico, Kenny King, Valiente DQ Kojima, Shocker, Terrible
tecnicos took 1/3. Terrible fouled Caristico.

I guess we know if Demsiado & Kairos (Jr.?) passed their test if they get used again.

The Crash (SAT) 09/02/2017 Auditorio de Tijuana, Tijuana, Baja California [@jorgeGCRR, 126f, The Crash]
1) Jonathan, Kamik-C, Sombra De Plata b Mirage, Skalibur, Viento
2) Desi Derata & Dezmond Xavier b Keyra & Laredo Kid
3) Homicide b Último NinjaEli Everfly
Homicide replaced Low Ki (quit GFW.)
4) Jack Evans b Bestia 666 [super libre]
Garza seconded Bestia. Jack brought Damian to counter. Pierroth tried to help Bestia win but failed. Pierroth and Damian had words post match. Konnan made Jack & Bestia sign their hair match contract for 11/04, and then tell Pierroth to get in a match and not just interfere.
5) Ortiz & Santana b Dave Crist & Jake Crist and Arkángel Divino & Black Boy and Hijo de Pirata Morgan & Último Maldito [GFW TAG]
LAX beat Black Boy
6) Carlito & Daga b La Máscara & Pierroth and Garza Jr. & M-ximo
Pierroth replaced La Mascara. Worked as 4 vs Carlito & Daga, then Mascara & Maximo attacked Garza. Daga pinned Pierroth after Maximo kissed him by mistake. Damian attacked Pierroth after the match, then Mascara & Pierroth attacked M-ximo (kicking him out of the group to get back to a trio.) Daga and Garza exchanged challenges, with Garza calling Daga “steriod body” and Daga wanting a singles match next week.
7) Black Danger b Oráculo [mask]
Black Danger won with a piledriver, and joined Garza’s group. Oraculo was unmasked as Jose Rios, from Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico, 10 years a wrestler.

Oraculo is also known as Jay Rios. If you’re following the Mae Young Classic, you’ve probably seen Mia Yim, and Yim talking about surviving domestic abuse. She never mentions the boyfriend’s name, but it’s widely understood to be Jay Rios. He’s confirmed he’s the person be mentioned, while denying the actual charges. I can’t claim to know exactly what happened, but I’m aware what tends to be the truth in these situations. It’s normally frustrating to follow The Crash, mostly about watching handhelds with people’s heads floating into frame. Oraculo being used here is frustrating in a entirely different way, and I’m happy that, should I ever get to it, I won’t be paying him or The Crash a single dollar for his mask loss.

The factions in the Crash appear to be

Rebellion RED: Pentagon, Fenix, Daga, Rey Mysterio, maybe Damian
Rebellion YELLOW: Garza, Bestia 666, Ultimo Ninja, Black Taurus, Black Boy
Ingobernables: Rush, La Mascara, Pierroth
tecnicos: Jack Evans, Mximo, other people

Matches 3&4 may turn up (as highlight packages) on Impact.

The Crash announced Rush vs Brian Cage for 09/07.

CMLL (SUN) 09/03/2017 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Bengala & Flyer b Artillero & Espanto Jr.
2) Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito b Acero, Fantasy, Último Dragóncito
Fantasy replaced Stukita
3) Ángel de Oro, Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. b Felino, Luciferno, Puma
Puma replaced Ephesto. Tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Marco Corleone, Mistico, Valiente b Gran Guerrero, Kráneo, Mr. Niebla
Tecnicos took 2/3. Valiente replaced the still missing Niebla Roja.
5) Diamante Azul, Kenny King, Volador Jr. DQ Kojima, Pierroth, Rush
tecnicos took 2/3. Kojima fouled Volador.

What do you think CMLL acknowledges first: Niebla Roja not wrestling on their shows or Octagon wrestling on their shows?

(In “this probably doesn’t meant anything BUT” news, Lucha Azteca has skipped airing the Niebla Roja/Gran Guerrero match the last two weeks.)

Lucha Memes (SUN) 09/03/2017 Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México [+LuchaTV]
1) Judas el Traidor b Avisman
2) Silueta b Quetzal
3) Corsario Negro Jr. & Drako b Alas de Acero, Aramis, Iron Kid
2 v 3. Great match.
4) Hechicero b Kojima
Mima Shimoda seconded Kojima.
5) Makabre b Keyra
hard hitting match. Keyra was injured before the finish.
6) Virus b Aeroboy
good match

There’s no mention of how Hechicero/Kojima went, but at least Hechicero can say he got that win. The 2v3 match seems to have gotten the most praise.

AAA returns to US TV for the first time since June 4, 2011 on Monday. They’ll be airing on Univision Deportes every weeknight this week at 8pm CT with one hour introduction to AAA shows. TripleMania will air on the network at 10pm CT on Sunday. All shows are one hour. The weekday episodes are listed as “Lucha Libre AAA”, the Sunday show is just “TripleMania.” AAA had mentioned TripleMania would air on a Univison network back during the TripleMania press conference, but never had announced a date. There’s no mention on what exactly will air, except the broad idea that the weekday episodes are introduction shows. A one hour TripleMania broadcast probably means it’s just the Psycho Clown/Dr. Wagner match, and the weekday stuff will probably build towards that.

AAA repeats on Univison Deportes in Mexico. It must be doing well given how often they show it and how they added the Zona Ruda companion show. That probably opened up a chance here: AAA’s US TV rights are still believed to be owned by Univision, and they’ve bee stuck without a home since Galavision got rid of them and all lucha libre programming. Probably doing well in the Mexico equivalent of this network got AAA this chance, and they’d be hoping this trial run is received well enough to get their TV show(s) a regular spot.

This move, like AAA-friendly Lucha Underground wrestlers working in GFW, is a sign that AAA is ready to move on from LU. The original idea was LU was going to be the only AAA in the US, and that’s obviously changed. AAA does not control the fate of Lucha Underground That appears to be in other people’s hands, and all AAA really can do is prepare for the possibility of LU not being around. It’d be nice if the same freedom to prepare for an uncertain future was extended to the wrestlers.

Hijo del Fantasma says he wants an apuesta match with Texano. Guess he saw that Wagner payoff. Hijo del Fatnasma says he has a bull terrier match with Texano on Monday. AAA is currently advertising a singles match with them, but not a bull terrier match. AAA & Vampiro have said a lot about how they have to put out those lineups in advance, and they’re changing them to make them better for the fans. I find it kind of garbage, but whatever, I’ll accept that garbage. Maybe AAA can’t put on accurate lineup six weeks in advance and the local promoters won’t just let them list talent appearing on the show. But, it’s not six weeks in advance now, it’s about 24 hours before the show. AAA by now has a lineup of matches that’ll actually take place – they’ve clearly told Fantasma his match. It exists: it’s probably printed out in someone’s office, it’s likely sitting in a folder on a bus going to Irapuato, it’s surely shared in a Whatsapp group chat. If it’s truly a better lineup for the fans, why is the correct lineup not being advertised? Why continue to sell tickets to fans tomorrow based on matches you know which may not be correct? This strategy hasn’t helped AAA at all, people not trusting AAA is probably a contributing reason to TripleMania didn’t draw as well as hoped, but there’s an unwillingness to learn from mistakes. If all it takes is one post on Facebook to help the trust you have with your fans, that doesn’t seem like a high price.

EC3, Eli Drake and James Storm are in AAA for the show. The idea of outside guys is to sell tickets and make your group feel like a bigger deal for having them.

AAA posted this week’s TV show. Angelico actually made TV!

Sensacional de Luchadores interviews Aero Boy about the start of DTU.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update.

Lineups

CMLL (SAT) 09/09/2017 Arena Coliseo
1) Acero & Aéreo vs Pequeño Universo 2000 & Pequeño Violencia
2) Pegasso, Robin, Sensei vs Disturbio, George Kebrada, Sangre Azteca
3) Zeuxis vs Skadi [lightning]
4) Blue Panther Jr., Stigma, The Panther vs Misterioso Jr., Nitro, Sagrado
5) Dragón Lee, Soberano Jr., Titán vs Felino, Forastero, Sansón
6) Ángel de Oro, Carístico, Diamante Azul vs Kojima, Mephisto, Mr. Niebla

George Kebrada is probably Jorge Quebrada, who seemed originally based in Arena Aficion before wrestling a little bit in Puebla this year. He’s only really wrestled a little bit in total this year, maybe spending his time in the CMLL gym instead. He’s shown up in FILL’s ciberneticos a couple times: he’s the unmasked guy here. My recollection is he does either an amateur or MMA style gimmick.

Terrible fouling Caristico goes nowhere. Niebla Roja is MIA and CMLL is sending Zeuxis into a match with The Crippler Skadi, that’s really brave or maybe a little foolish.

CMLL (SUN) 09/10/2017 Arena México
1) Bengala & Sangre Imperial vs El Coyote & Templario
2) Eléctrico, Fantasy, Stukita vs Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito
3) Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Hechicero, Pólvora, Sagrado
4) Diamante Azul, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Kráneo, Pierroth, Rush
5) Carístico, Marco Corleone, Volador Jr. vs Felino, Kojima, Negro Casas

they’re setting up Kojima/Volador for 09/17 on the show that doesn’t air any where.

CMLL (SUN) 09/10/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Amperaje & Micro vs Destello & Destructor
2) Cosmos, El Alteño, Tigre Blanco vs Carlo Roggi, Linterna, Relámpago Azul
3) Explosivo, Metatrón, Neutrón vs Difunto, Espectrúm, Joker
4) Omar Brunetti, Rielero, Vaquero Jr. vs Frezzer, Furia Roja, Maléfico
5) Star Black vs Exterminador [mask, hair]

well, Exterminador isn’t winning that

indy (SUN) 10/15/2017 Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México
1) Forastero vs Demonio BaltazarKaitoKarazuHazielGenio RojoRotterdamWallrusDinamic KingPoder GuerreroChicago RushArkonte
2) Adriano & Siniestro vs León Tatuado & The King Fire
3) Blue Panther Jr. & Virus vs Nitro & Sangre Azteca and Iron Love & Judas el Traidor and Jeque & Tony Rivera
4) Aramis vs ImpulsoWotanArezBelialJuana La LocaGoldenAeronixKalibusBlack Out [hair, mask]
5) Marcela, Princesa Sugehit, Sanely vs Amapola, La Seductora, Reina Isis
6) Dragón Rojo Jr., Euforia, Último Guerrero vs El Golpeador, Negro Navarro, Súper Crazy
7) Daga vs Magnífico vs Eterno

The 20th anniversary show for the promotion sees former students Daga & Eterno return back for the main event. Reina Isis is also back by this point.

Diamante Azul wins Gran Prix, mask match in The Crash tonight

Elgin

CMLL (FRI) 09/01/2017 Arena México [CMLL, CulticonPublimetroSuperLuchasthecubsfan]
1) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther b Cuatrero, Máscara Año 2000, Sansón
20:02. Rudos took 1/3.
2) Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis b Marcela, Princesa Sugehit, Silueta
9:33. Rudas took 1/3. Zeuxis ripped up Sugehit’s mask after the first fall, Sugehit ripped up Zeuxis’ mask at the second fall. Neither waas involved in the finish.
3) Carístico, Mistico, Soberano Jr. b Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas
10:37. Great.
4) Diamante Azul, Dragón Lee, Euforia, Mephisto, Rush, Último Guerrero, Valiente, Volador Jr. b Johnny Idol, Juice Robinson, Kenny King, Kojima, Marco Corleone, Matt Taven, Michael Elgin, Sam Adonis [Gran Prix]
54:17. Eliminations: Johnny Idol (via Dragon Lee), Sam Adonis (Volador), Euforia (Kenny King), Mephisto (Matt Taven), Marco Corleone (Rush), Dragon Lee (Juice Robinson), Kenny King (Valiente), Rush (DQ for attacking the ref), Matt Taven (Ultimo Guerrero), Valiente (Kojima), Juice Robinson (Volador), Volador (Elgin), Kojima (Ultimo Guerrero), Ultimo Guerrero (Elgin), Elign (Diamante Azul) leaving Diamante Azul as the winner.

Michael Elgin talked post match, and said that Diamante Azul was the rightful winner. Elgin looked like the best guy in the match, but the finish was done well enough that it was still OK.

It sounds like Matt Taven is OK. I have no idea how Matt Taven is OK after the middle rope Devil’s Wings went very wrong. It looked like he got driven right on his neck, and you could see everyone freak out when it happened – Tirantes looks like he was going to rush the ring to stop the match. Taven could see him talking to the doctors in the front row briefly after he got out.

Taven, Robinson and Elgin are headed home (though not for long before they’re back in their home promotions.) Kenny King appears to be around for just the weekend, and Kojima looks like he’s around until 09/16.

CMLL’s promo for the 09/16 show featured the two mask matches on equal footing. Meanwhile, Niebla Roja is mentioned in the video promo for next week, but is not on the actual card. Those promos are done about 9 days in advance, this one would’ve been done on the Wednesday prior to Niebla Roja starting to miss shows. There’s not much of a hint of what’s going on, and I don’t think most of the fanbase has even picked up that Niebla Roja is MIA yet, so it’s not like this is in danger of hurting ticket sales any more than the lineup is. +LuchaTV having an interview with Gran Guerrero, but not one with Niebla Roja, makes me think it’s not an injury, but that Niebla Roja is just out of town unexpectedly for whatever reason and will be back by 09/16. I’d still be amazed if the match didn’t happen, but it at least makes Friday interesting to see if they pull something else.

Shows this weekend

Saturday

  • The Crash is in Tijuana, with the Oraculo vs Black Danger in a mask match. Local Black Danger is the favorite. The actual main event is Carlito & Daga vs Mascara & Escorpion (maybe) & Garza Jr. & Maximo. There’s a GFW tag team title match, with LAX (Ortiz & Santana), OVE (Dave & Jake Crist), Arkangel Divino & Black Boy, and Hijo del Pirata Morgan & Ultimo Maldito. Arkangel and Ultimo doing their spot should turn up on Impact. Bestia and Jack Evans have a super libre match to set up their hair match two months from now. There’s a bunch of people advertised who don’t have a match, and Homicide is apparently coming instead of Low Ki.
  • Coliseo has Caristico, Kenny King, and Valiente vs Kojima, Shocker and Terrible. They had Valiente & Kojima work a bit in the Gran Prix. This show also has the odd Kairos vs Demasiado opener.
  • Arena Lopez Mateos has a one night reunion of the Psycho Circus versus Dr. Wagner, Joe Lider & Patano.
  • Arena Neza has Hijo de LA Park & LA Park vs Dragon Lee & Rush.

Sunday

On his Facebook, Vampiro mentions his return to the ring on Thursday. That’s a show in Aguascalientes, where he’s listed in a trios match. Vampiro mentions AAA does not want him to wrestle, but he feels he needs to as an executive he feels he has to, because that’s an usual belief. Vampiro guesses it’s been 7 years since he’s wrestled in Mexico; it’s more like 3.

Lucha Underground has an interview with Cortez Castro.

Psycho Clown has no problem taking HIjo de Dr. Wagner’s mask too.

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 09/08/2017 Arena México
1) Astral & Oro Jr. vs Akuma & Canelo Casas
2) Drone, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Puma, Tiger, Virus
3) Rey Cometa, Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Cavernario, Negro Casas, Sam Adonis
4) Titán vs Rey Bucanero [lightning]
5) Diamante Azul, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Kojima, Pierroth, Rush
6) Dragón Lee, Marco Corleone, Mistico vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero

Cavernario & Negro Casas teaming with Adonis is odd seeing how that ended last time. Lots of matches could be good here, maybe just not the opener.

DTU (SUN) 09/24/2017 Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México
1) Billy & Irving vs Erwing & The Black
2) Toto vs DroluxHard Boy
3) El Gio & El Junior vs D-Polux Jr. & Kingston
4) Ktb vs Crazy BoyHormigaCorsario Negro Jr.Príncipe CometaCobreBlack FireMoiraMr. InvisibleÁngel o Demonio
5) Camufljae, Lokillo, Mr. Águila vs Kastigador, Neza Kid, Vengador
6) Flamita vs Trey MiguelDrastik BoyPardux
7) Halloween & Sharlie Rockstar vs Ovett & Shlak and Crazy King & Demus 3:16

This is in Arena San Juan, so it’ll surely turn up on handhelds if not any way, and I really want to see that semimain.

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-09-01 

 

Dragon Lee and Michael Elgin

Recapped: 09/01/2017

Matches:

Cuatrero, Máscara Año 2000, Sansón beat Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther
(20:02 [7:50, 2:27, 9:45], 1/3, ok)

Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis beat Marcela, Princesa Sugehit, Silueta
(9:33 [2:05, 2:14, 5:14], 1/3, ok)

Carístico, Mistico, Soberano Jr. beat Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas
(10:37 [1:33, 2:57, 6:07], 2/3, great)

Diamante Azul, Dragón Lee, Euforia, Mephisto, Rush, Último Guerrero, Valiente, Volador Jr. beat Johnny Idol, Juice Robinson, Kenny King, Kojima, Marco Corleone, Matt Taven, Michael Elgin, Sam Adonis in a CMLL Gran Prix Tournament match
Arena México, 09/01/2017

  1. Dragon Lee Spanish Fly Johnny Idol (12:03)
  2. Volador top rope frankensteiner Sam Adonis (15:58)
  3. Kenny King springboard blockbuster Euforia (21:17)
  4. Matt Taven frog splash Mephisto (25:28)
  5. Rush corner dropkick Marco (28:27)
  6. Juice Robinson Pulp Friction Dragon Lee (31:08)
  7. Valiente Indian Deathlock Kenny King (32:17)
  8. DQ Rush (33:49)
  9. Ulitmo Guerrero Guerrero Special Matt Taven (36:04)
  10. Kojima lariat Valiente (36:49)
  11. Volador backcacker Juice Robinson (40:14)
  12. Michael Elgin bottom rope Falcon arrow Volador (41:52)
  13. Pulpo Guerrero on Kojima (44:12)
  14. Michael Elgin crucifix powerbomb Último Guerrero (46:53)
  15. Diamante Azul German suplex Michael Elgin (54:17)

What Happened:

Sanson gives The Panther a wild ride

The Gran Prix aired on internet.tv iPPV. This was a little more buffering compared to the normal CMLL shows and the feed briefly went out at the start of the Gran Prix, but it was generally a satisfactory streaming experience.

he lived???

Matt Taven landed horrifically on a middle rope move with Mephisto. Mephisto seemed to think it was a Devil’s Wings and Taven turned over as if for a powerbomb, but mostly landed neck first. Everyone was obviously concerned and Taven seemed dazed at the moment, but rolled out, talked to the doctors, and continued on to take (designed) big painful moves later on. Volador seemed to kick out before the three count from Elgin. Edgar was very definite that he was eliminated. Rush got himself eliminated, like usual.

Zeuxis ripped up Sugehit’s mask in the first fall. Sugehit unmasked and ripped up Zeuxis’ mask. Neither were involved in the third fall finish. A promo for the 09/16 presents the Niebla Roja & Gran Guerrero and Zeuxis & Princesa Sugehit match as two matches on the same level, and CMLL’s account retweeted a message saying the women should be in the main event. (I still don’t think it’s happening, but the people marketing the shows at least are aware of the conversation.)

Review

I couldn’t figure out what grade to put this match, so I looked back at what I gave last year and decided this was close enough. I thought the Mexico vs the World bit actually came thru stronger last year, but there were more impressive individual performances. Michael Elgin completely stole the match, from his opening cartwheel out of a Volador headscissors to making Diamante Azul look impressive at the finish. His sequence with Dragon Lee was outstanding and I really want to see that match. Elgin has delivered in both tours he’s been in Mexico and is going to be a big star for CMLL every time he comes in. Taven should get a lot of credit for surviving and continuing to take even more crazy stuff. I’m reluctant to give Diamante Azul too much credit, but they did set up a lot moments for him to look like a powerhouse and he delivered on them. The German suplex came off big. Kenny King looked very good in his opening run with Dragon Lee, and less good with Euforia later. Kojima didn’t have a big influence on the match but what he did generally looked good and it was surprising to see him take the powerbomb. Idol out first was no surprise, but Adonis going out quick without being much part of this was a definite bit. This remains a fun concept which should continue as long as CMLL’s alliances are strong.

live how did he clear the ropes

The semimain was really short by these standards – they were clearly worried about time by this point – but they squeezed in a lot of impressive técnico stuff for the expected showcase. Anything that cut must’ve been for the rudos, but they still contributing to a clean feeling match. Each of the técnicos got a short fun exchange with Negro Casas, who made it feel like a big deal each time. Soberano’s tornillo was out of this world, not sure I’ve seen anyone do it just like he did it. The Cavernario spear into the spot is not new, but Mistico doing a flip to set it felt innovative and set up his offense well. There’s a better match here, which maybe we’ll see at some point, but there was enough interesting stuff to make it worthwhile.

The women had another solid match, with Sugehit & Zeuxis both ripping up mask and also doing a fair bit more in the ring. The crowd wasn’t into this a great amount (just Negro Casas showing up got a noticeably large attention), but they were respectful for sure. Dalys didn’t look good, feeling someone more performing as a wrestler than someone fighting. She also got the top rope snap back at her, which can’t be fun. Silueta’s double jump headscissors was nice.

double dives for all brothers

Disappointingly slow speed match, with the older men getting much of the spotlight and the early potions of the match seemingly worked around what they could do instead of the younger guys. They weren’t shut out, but it wasn’t the blowout match for a big show most of the way. The last few minutes did pick up the action a bit, but it felt like a lot of stuff around Blue Sr. & Mascara 2000. That’s a not great matchup and they weren’t as over as usual until Panther did his dive. The Panther standing in the path of his father’s tope didn’t really make any sense, but I guess it’s how they wanted to set up eliminations. Those eliminations were good and the last few minutes of the match were the best, just needed more before it.

Zeuxis tope

CMLL Gran Prix tonight, Sexy Star dropped from another show

tonight

CMLL (TUE) 08/29/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Martes de Glamour]
1) Mágico & Neutrón b Relámpago Azul & Thunder Boy
tecnicos took 1/3
2) Difunto, Metálico, Raziel b Oro Jr., Robin, Star Jr.
Difunto replaced Cancerbero. Rudos took 1/3.
3) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther b Disturbio, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado
tecnicos took 2/3
4) Shocker, Terrible, Vangellys b Johnny Idol, Marco Corleone, Sam Adonis
Mexicans won (!?!?), taking 1/3.
5) Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas b Juice Robinson, Matt Taven, Michael Elgin
Peste Negro took 2/3.

Those main events are a switch: the foreigners won every match until Sunday, and then have lost every match since Monday.

Which leads to today’s Gran Prix. The full eight members of team international are in town (Kenny King arrived last night.) The main event has that group (King, Kojima, Michael Elgin, Matt Taven, Juice Robinson, Marco Corleone, Sam Adonis, Johnny Idol) face Team Mexico (Ultimo Guerrero, Volador, Rush, Diamante Azul, Mephisto, Euforia, Dragon Lee and Valiente.) Team Mexico won last year, with Volador beating Tama Tonga for the win. The two preview ciberneticos have been had Volador & Elgin split wins. Team Mexico still seem the solid favorite, but Volador winning two straight years in a row seems unlikely – Ultimo Guerrero getting the win would seems most likely for his team. The match will be long, and probably pretty good if it’s anything like last year’s match.

This show will be an iPPV, the first ever CMLL’s down with internet.tv. You can buy just this show for $10 USD or get both it and the Anniversary show for $20 USD. I wrote about this show in depth over on Voices of Wrestling,  but the shorter version is this whole show probably will have good matches but doesn’t have any special matches outside of the main event. There’s no reason to buy the $10 show unless you’re going to attend the Anniversario show and won’t need an iPPV for that – if you’re excited enough for tonight’s CMLL matches, just buy the $20 package and save yourself $5.

Again, this is the first time CMLL’s worked with internet.tv. It should work, CMLL streams four times a week and all they have to do is handoff the video. But it’s always it should work, and I can’t even tell you exactly how to get to the video at this point. They’ve been good at giving refunds in the past at least.

Astral won a (non-CMLL) bodybuilding contest to be Mr. Mexico in his division. They’re kind of sparse on details.

Impact/GFW has a video recap of their wrestlers on TripleMania that’s going up later today. It has the best shot of the Aerostar dive, and there’s footage of the Moose/Lashley turn that didn’t much make the broadcast. They’re going to be doing these sort of videos for the The Crash show on Saturday in Tijuana and then Monday for AAA’s show in Irapuato. The Crash has has the four way GFW Tag Title match (GFW teams LAX & OVA, plus Hijo del Pirata Morgan & Ultimo Maldito vs Arkangel Divino & Black Boy). AAA hasn’t announced any one from GFW in Irapuato, but EC3 & James Storm – feuding with Fantasma, Texano and Pagano on GFW TV – are supposed to be there. Also supposed to be there is Eli Drake, with the idea he’ll defend his title against someone in AAA.

Sexy Star is not working the 09/09 WUW show in New York, which is no surprise at this point – the surprise will be if someone outside of Mexico before she serves a time out. It didn’t really sense for Sexy to be there even before Saturday, since they also had Taya & Mundo booked and that’s a no go. The surprise is Sexy Star’s replacement is Keyra, which appears to be her US debut. The WUW shows are in that “draw good, get no attention” quadrant of wrestling fandom, but I hope it helps Keyra escape from being Mexico’s best kept secret.

+LuchaTV has a video interview with Dr. Wagner from last night’s Arena Aficion.

Hijo del Santo’s column today is a letter to Dr. Wagner about his mask loss. Santo somehow spends the first part of this complaining about people selling unmasked photos (of him.) Santo is sad Wagner lost to Psycho Clown and not someone better, he thinks the beard is weird, he thinks Wagner should be a tecnico now, and he thinks Wagner shouldn’t remask.

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report.

This week’s Zona Ruda discusses TripleMania. They seem to very briefly mention the Reina de Reinas fiish, but keep on going.

AAA apologizes (and says Sexy did), Sexy Star appears on TV to not apologize, Wagner payoff

IWRG (WED) 08/30/2017 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, The Gladiatores]
1) Power Bull b Ángel Oriental
2) Demonio Infernal & Toxin b Celestial Boy & Vórtize
3) Alas de Acero & Aramis b Glenn Calavera & Jerry Calavera
4) Diablo Jr., Freelance, Golden Magic b Fulgor I, Fulgor II, Mr. Leo
5) Arez, Fly Warrior, Séptimo Rayo b Dragón Fly, Emperador Azteca, Imposible
Indy Nation took 1/3 to win their only match of the night. Septimo pulled off Emperador’s mask and Arez pinned him for the win. Arez challenged Azteca to another title match.

Indy Nation went 1-2, but I guess they can say they won the match that mattered.

GFW quietly posted a statement about TripleMania on their Impact website. They write that both AAA & Sexy Star have apologized, and “appropriate measures are being taken in respect of this incident.” AAA has said nothing publicly and probably shouldn’t be expected to say anything now; if GFW has given them the opening, AAA will be happy to let this story fade away.

Sexy Star appeared on Multimedios’ Bailadmios. This is the the dance competition show she had been on but elimination from, but she appeared to talk about what happened at TripleMania in the most friendly situation possible. R de Rudo has a transcript, (Edit: SuperLuchas has a more complete one) and Sexy does not at all come off as apologetic – she instead describes herself as the victim, someone people are threatening to retire or finish, but she won’t let them stop her from fighting. She feels like she did what she had to do, and she says she doesn’t know if Rosemary is really injured. In no way does this fit with the above paragraph. If Sexy had be willing to admit the slightest bit of fault while shifting the blame, this crowd was willing to get fully behind her. There’s a bit in the end that doesn’t appear in the transcript where Sexy says she has the support of her daughter and her husband and the parents and that’s all that matters, and that was her play to get the crowd on the side. It did get applause, but it didn’t change anyone’s minds. It probably not a good idea to go on TV if this is what she had to say – it wasn’t good for her and it wasn’t good for AAA – but I guess we can fairly say it was not the worst decision she’s made this week.

None of it matters. It appears everyone’s going to go back to pretending everything fine, except Sexy won’t be working many US shows. That seems like something that’ll be a big problem later  – I don’t know how AAA uses Sexy Star with anyone at this point, because she and the other AAA women can’t be trusted to work with each other, and it’s going to be hard to get an outsider in, but AAA seems like they’ve been willing to ignore any issues here so far. We might just get more excitement later on. We’re going to get nothing that’ll lead to good wrestling matches or entertaining wrestling stuff that isn’t everything breaking down.

(One more thing: if we take Sexy Star’s side for a second, why is she still in AAA? If she really believes everyone was out to get her, shouldn’t she be angry with AAA for putting her in that match?)

The Wrestling Observer, citing “a source with knowledge of all the numbers of the show”, says Dr. Wagner was paid 4.5 million pesos ($255K USD) for losing his mask. Psycho had agreed to lose his mask for 500K pesos ($28K USD) but they decided it was worth keeping him mask over the savings. Psycho instead earned $4.5K USD for the match. The show itself drew 17,000 fans, 14,000 paid with a gate of $625K, which is much less than had been expected.

The WON says Wagner & Atlantis were each offered $37K USD to lose their mask in 2007, but both declined. Park & Wagner were looking for $77K USD to lose their mask in 2012 but couldn’t get it. Wagner ended up making 3x as much in AAA.

AAA’s put the complete TripleMania up on YouTube. There didn’t appear to be any editing in the woman’s match, it’s the same video that is on Twitch.

Keeping it 100 with Konnan has a discussion of TripleMania about 50 minutes in. Kevin Gill, one of the regulars on the show, was one of the English language announcers. Kevin Gill thought he did a great job, although he gets very angry when Konnan calls him on not knowing people’s names. Kevin did mention he never watched any AAA, but felt most of the blame should be on AAA for not giving them a format sheet with the participants and run-ins or putting up an onscreen graphic so they could be identified. Kevin doesn’t get a chance to say it, but he seems to believe he should be judged by his presentation and any lack of product knowledge is not his fault. That seem to echo AAA’s belief given how they run it.

Gill says they were only told they were doing the show 3 days in advance so they didn’t have enough time to prepare. 3 days advance warning is odd because it was out 10 days ahead of time that they were probably doing the show on Twitch.  It’s strange but not surprising that AAA would’ve only informed people at the last minute. This seems consistent with the work AAA didn’t do for Matt Striker in past years. The reality is, should you find yourself on an AAA show (or really any other event at all), you should be prepared to do the work as if you’re going to get no help – because you’re probably going to get no help, and because a professional should be able to get by without it. In the end, TripleMania was a small event and it didn’t matter to the announcers if they knew anything because they can still say they did it, and it didn’t matter to AAA because they probably only had English announcers to appease Twitch, so life goes on.

PW Insider (via WrestleZone) says Alberto and GFW were going to run an angle at TripleMania to build to his return to GFW, but it didn’t happen because Alberto was angry about AAA trademarked Alberto’s name. (That makes it sound like AAA just did that, but they trademarked it back in 2014 and Alberto’s been angry about it for years -it could be that Alberto wasn’t going to working the show until they transferred the name to him.) PW Insider says Alberto will work a different show to shoot the angle, which may be the 09/10 Championship Wrestling from Hollywood show he was just announced for.

CMLL’s put up it’s tutorial on how to buy the Gran Prix.

Kojima’s arrived in Mexico. I think they’re only missing Kenny King.

A video of the foreigners trip to the park.

+Lucha has an interview with Ultimo Guerrero, Euforia and Diamante Azul, and another with Juice Robinson and Matt Taven about the Gran Prix.

The Crash announced a bunch of November dates – 9 shows, including 7 straight days of them.

  • 11/03 Guadalajara
  • 11/04 Tijuana (Bestia/Jack)
  • 11/05 Monterrey
  • 11/06 Nuevo Laredo
  • 11/07 San Luis Potosi
  • 11/08 Aguascalientes
  • 11/09 Toluca
  • 11/11 Mexico City
  • 11/14 Leon

This is their most ambitious schedule yet; they’d be in a great position if they do well on all these shows. The Mexico City one probably won’t be Mexico City proper.

Aeroboy promo for his match with Virus, which is already coming up this weekend.

Revolucha announced Chavo Guerrero & Matt Taven would be replacing MVP & Jeff Jarrett in their main event. I think they’re likely to work with Sam Adonis against xRayo de Jalisco, Huracan Ramirez Jr. and Mistico better.

A story on Torreon mask collector Oscar Galindo’s giant mask collection, which gets written about occasionally.

I’m on the LuchaWorld podcast talking about TripleMania.

CultIcon and TKD review last night’s Lucha Underground. CultIcon also writes about Psycho Clown vs Dr. Wagner and one previewing the Gran Prix.

MedioTiempo looks back at the history of Gran Prix.

Kcidis draws the Wagners and an unhappy third party.

Lucha Underground 3×33: Havoc Running Wild

same

Matches

Son of Madness beat Máscarita Sagrada (2:10, brainbuster, OK)

Marty beat Argenis (5:04, double underhook facecrusher, good)

Joey Ryan beat Sexy Star (5:29, kick, ok)

Son of Havoc beat Son of Madness (13:09, shooting star press, good)

Developments

Haveoc nearly wont he match a minute in

It’s the home stretch to Ultima Lucha and it’s easy to imagine a checklist of tasks to accomplish before those shows start this week. Announce matches for the year end run of shows? Check. Make some progress towards a Gift of the Gods match? Check. Brew up an insta-feud for any of your top people who don’t have an opponent yet? Check there too. Wrap up the feuds which haven’t really connected? Check and check.

This week’s show focused on two of those less spectacular feuds. The Son of Havoc/Son of Madness bit got wrapped up with out any more info on any invisible cults for the being. Madness faced and defeated Máscarita Sagrada to get back the jacket Havoc gave him after they beat Famous B & Dr. Wagner, then Havoc and Madness brawled to set up a Biker’s Brawl main event for an Aztec Medallion. (Paul London rescued/kidnapped Máscarita during this.) That was easily Madness’ best showing on the show, highlighted by his willingness to take some really painful looking falls. Havoc put him down with a bottle shot to the head and finished with a SSP. Havoc got his jacket back, picked up the Medaillion, and Striker was very definite that this feud was over.

The other issue fitting into this category, Son of Havoc and Cortez Castro, moved along at a rapid pace. Cortez attacked Joey Ryan after their match, then stormed into Dario’s office to take care of him next. Dario managed to sucker Cortez into a police themed brawl next week for another Medallion.

I”m going to miss this camera shot

Earlier, Striker (in something dubbed in) pushed the idea that Dario is now purposefully stirring things up between Sagrada/Madness/Havoc. Dario setting up Cortez/Ryan seemed more about Cueto escaping a confrontation. Striker still might be onto something, Dario is acting different and even acknowledged it: he told Matanza he was wrong to dissuade him from getting revenge on Rey Mysterio, because Rey had given him a 619 last week. (Dario costing Rey the match first was omitted.) Dario gave Matanza a match versus Rey in two weeks, as the main event of the 100th episode of this show.

The announcers confirmed Prince Puma versus Johnny Mundo as the main event Ultima Lucha 3 to start the show. One more match was added along the way: after Marty savagely beat and unmasked Argenis, he challenged Fenix to put up his own mask on the line at Ultima Lucha. Melissa didn’t seem to think this was a great idea, but Fenix attacked Marty and agreed to a mask vs hair match.

The other match on the show happened to be a Joey Ryan versus Sexy Star match. This is where Cortez attacked Joey, but Sexy also had a guest: Taya, sarcastically rooting for Sexy Star. Sexy took out Taya, but was distracted into the very rare Joey Ryan win. The commentary, taped over a year ago, of course did not reference any of the events this week. Neither did the social media – I mean, they went out of their way not to reference Sexy Star at all, never promoting her as appearing on the show and avoiding mentioning her in this match. It’ll be worth watching to see if it’s just something until the heat dies down or a permanent change; she’s still got a few more appearances left season.

Rest of The Season announced matches

episode 99: Joey Ryan vs Cortez Castro for an Aztec Medallion
episode 100: Rey Mysterio vs Matanza
episode 101: nothing yet
Ultima Lucha 3 (102-105): Johnny Mundo (c) vs Prince Puma for the Lucha Underground championship, Fenix vs Marty the Moth, mask vs hair, Ivelisse vs Catrina?

Stuff teased to the point where it’s clearly happening but hasn’t been announced yet: Gift of the Gods match (Paul London, Mala Suerte, Saltador, Son of Havoc, either Joey Ryan or Cortez Castro, two more spots), Mil Muertes vs Cage, Taya vs Sexy Star, Killshot vs Dante Fox

Thoughts

this looked like it sucked

Not my favorite show but I didn’t hate it as much as last week.

Joey Ryan seemed to work as well with Sexy Star as anyone on this show; maybe it was editing, maybe I’m just talking myself into it because he’s wrestled women so much, but it seemed to be a better showcase of what Sexy Star can do in a match. Unfortuantely, this was a week where we already saw what Sexy Star could do in one match and I’m not really interested in seeing any more of her. I’m putting an OK here, and could argue for higher, but evaluations of the quality of a match are completely useless at time: either you’re a Sexy Star True Believer who will want to watch this match whatever I saw about it, or you’re in the group of people who aren’t going to want to spend a moment’s time on Sexy Star no matter the quality. People’ve decided as soon as they saw her.

Argenis was in his usual set up role, being the mask técnico who gets bet to set up a match with a much bigger técnico. He got much more offense in this time, which probably is directly related to him being willing to bleed a whole lot to get over this angle. Marty’s opponents are doing a lot of bleeding to set up this feud, and it’s a good stab (sorry) at making him look like more of a threat to Fenix in a feud where no one would expect him to actually win. Blood made an Argenis match more dramatic, so it’d probably do a lot for the apuesta one.

a rare LU Argenis highlight

This show was the first one where Son of Madness seemed to be defined as a wrestler at all, and it also appeared to be the last episode for him. They got the most out of the one night deal: he got a finisher over in the opener, and he got back to in the main event to give Havoc some to kick out off. Madness doesn’t have the athletic ability of Havoc (few do) but he was willing to battle and willing to take punishment. They did a good job of making it feel like a brawl, feel different than a normal match, and the camera work was added to that feeling.

It still was missing something and I’m not sure I’d recommend it strongly if it turned up on YouTube. I still didn’t like two clones wrestling. They don’t look the same, but they look close enough to being the same in a frantic fight where it was a little difficult to follow the action some of the time. (Maybe they should’ve made Madness a color swapped version of Havoc? Maybe it wasn’t as much a headache on the HD version?) The announcers also put a lampshade on an problem here: this bikers match is no different than the police match, no different than many matches, expect they happened to park a couple bikes around the end. This was a feud which didn’t connect being put to bed in a generic fashion.

 

CMLL & insurance, Taya talks about AAA, The Crash introduces Pierroth & Rush

CMLL (TUE) 08/29/2017 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Fiero & Sangre Imperial b Grako & Templario LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 29 DE AGOSTO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Fiero fell hard out of the ring on an attempted super headscissors reveal on Templario. He was strechered away but did not appear seriously injured. Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Arkángel de la Muerte, Nitro, Sangre Azteca b Astral, Pegasso, Stigma LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 29 DE AGOSTO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
3) Drone, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr. b Puma, Tiger, Virus LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 29 DE AGOSTO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 2/3
4) Pólvora b Titán [lightning]
Polvora Driver for the win
5) Ephesto, Luciferno, Rey Bucanero b Dragón Lee, Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr.
Rudos took 1/3
6) Ángel de Oro, Carístico, Diamante Azul DQ Gran Guerrero, Pierroth, Rush
Diamante Azul replaced Niebla Roja. Rush fouled Diamante Azul.

Matches 1, 3 and 4 are said to be the best.

No Niebla Roja there, and Niebla Roja isn’t on the lineups for next week. Something’s up.

CMLL’s press conference yesterday was to announce the Segura Popular insurance plan will now include CMLL luchadors, referees, vendors, and all other staff working at the building. This is the same insurance that’s been announced with AAA and others in the past. Atlantis, who hasn’t been seen in a while, noted CMLL already covered in-ring injuries but this would extend coverage to any illness outside the ring.

Atlantis was also asked about Dr. Wagner Jr. losing his mask. Atlantis was surprised Wagner lost it, and guessed Wagner though he’d win and then come challenge Atlantis – because Atlantis has the most valuable mask in lucha libre. (They asked him if he was including Hijo dle Santo & Blue Demon Jr., and he said yes.) Atlantis is still recovering from leg surgery and will only begin rehab on 09/07. He’s still hoping to be back in the ring by the end of the year but it doesn’t sound like a definite thing.

Taya’s interviewed on today’s Talk in Jericho. The interview is recent but not from this week; the only mention of TripleMania during the interview is Taya jokingly wishing her friend Lady Shani would beat up Sexy Star in their title match. (Everyone knew there was a good chance something was going to happen and it’s incredible AAA put Shani & Sexy in that match together.) Jericho does briefly mention the situation after the interview and rips Sexy Star.

In the interview, Taya says she’s still under contract to AAA but “I don’t know where I stand right now with Mexico. I’m taking some time off.” Taya’s explains the sequence of events as Johnny bringing the belt, Johnny telling Taya they were keeping the belt, Taya messaging Dorian to find out what was going on, Dorian saying not to worry about it, and Taya finding out she was no longer champion the next day via social media. Taya didn’t like losing the belt and seems to have really not liked Sexy Star getting it, but says she would’ve filmed a promo for whatever AAA wanted to give it up if they had just asked her ahead of time. Taya’s bigger issues were Vampiro ripping her on social media and Vampiro saying Taya wouldn’t show up to defend the title – attacking her professionalism after she had professional loyalty to stick with AAA while her friends had left really hurt. Vampiro apologized to Taya at Comic Con, and it sounds like she’s at the point where should could tolerate working with him if she had too but still doesn’t like him all that much.

La Aficion has an interview with Dr. Wagner Jr., who says he wants to be called Rey Wagner. The idea, as explained by Hijo de Dr. Wagner Jr., is the younger Wagner will be the only Doctor now. I’m not sure that’s going to stick.

Angelico didn’t wrestle in Nuevo Laredo, with the promotion saying he had a shoulder injury. Maybe that’s why we didn’t see him on TripleMania at all?

The Crash’s press conference officially introduced Rush (& Pierroth) to the promotion. Both Rush and the promotion emphasized Rush was still in CMLL, was only working in The Crash via permission from CMLL and would not be working in any other additional promotions. The tease was for a Penta/Rush match. The match actually announced on the show was Jack Evans versus Bestia 666 in a hair match, to take place on 11/04 in Tijuana. They also announced a return to Mexico City on 11/11, and a Guadalajara date on 11/03. No venues were announced.

Today’s Lucha Underground episode is episode 3×33, 98 overall, “Havoc Running Wild”. Matches on the show

There’s also something with Matanza and Dario.

I’m pretty sure Joey Ryan faces Sexy Star on the show. It hasn’t been announced but, based on stuff coming up, this is the only episode that match can air. Get your jokes ready?

This episode looks a lot more like moving pieces around for Ultima Lucha. The next few episodes seem to follow that way: it’s about half setting things up and half big matches for feuds not considered important enough for the last few episodes (or that just have to be resolved to get to things they really want to get to.)

The annual CMLL minis party happened.

Rey Escorpion has been added to the AAA/EMW show in Tijuana on 09/08.

Aeroboy talks about where his name and mask came from.

Los Guerreros were filming something.

Guerrera Isis & Estrella Negra published an article about lucha libre in the magazine of the Instituto Mexicano de Cultura. There’s a lot of anthropology students who seem to write about wrestling but Guerrera Isis is actually a luchadora so I’d be interesting in reading this one.

LuchaTalk talks about TripleMania.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 09/05/2017 Arena México
1) Fiero & Magia Blanca vs Espíritu Negro & Grako
2) Pegasso, Star Jr., Starman vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Cancerbero, Nitro
3) Lady Maravilla, Princesa Sugehit, Sanely vs Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany
4) The Panther vs Misterioso Jr. [lightning]
5) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Johnny Idol vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Hechicero, Pólvora
6) Carístico, Diamante Azul, Stuka Jr. vs Negro Casas, Shocker, Terrible

Negro Casas & Shocker teaming up should lead to a tag team title match but usually leads to one of them getting hurt. I think Caristico & Stuka is the best possible team of challengers and won’t actually challenge.

CMLL (TUE) 09/05/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Divino & Explosivo vs Guerrero de la Muerte & Ráfaga
2) Flyer, Magnum, Príncipe Diamante vs Artillero, Difunto, Metálico
3) La Vaquerita, Marcela, Silueta vs La Seductora, Metálica, Zeuxis
4) Kráneo, Pierroth, Rush vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
5) Marco Corleone, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Kojima, Último Guerrero

Kojima getting the usual bit of working every possible show for a while. Weird CMLL has two women’s matches on Tuesday but split up Zeuxis & Sugehit.

The Crash (WED) 09/13/2017 Auditorio Miguel Barragan, San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí
1) Látigo, Pegazus, Tiago vs Arkángel Divino, Astrolux, Rey Celestial (Puebla)
2) Keyra © vs Chik TormentaDiosa QuetzalChristi Jaynes [The Crash WOMEN]
3) Drastik Boy vs Sami CallihanMr. 450Sammy Guevara
4) Jack Evans & Willie Mack vs Black Taurus (Indie) & Último Ninja
5) The King © vs Flamita [The Crash CRUISER]
first defense
6) Daga & Penta Zero M vs Pierroth & Rush and Máscara & Máximo and Bestia 666 & Garza Jr.

Rush & Pierroth start. I think you’re going to see them as a tag team a lot, just so they don’t have to stick in Pierroth on his own. Fenix/Flamita has some history and should be great.

new lucha videos for the weekend of August 25th, 2017

The Televisa feed I was using blacked out AAA this week.

IWRG Zona XXI: 2017-08-22
taped 2017-08-20 @ Arena Naucalpan  – YouTube/Mega
1) Climax vs Lunatic Xtreme
2) Látigo & Shaolin vs Harry The Sick & Taylor Wolf
3) Hijo del Alebrije vs Villano III Jr.ImposibleDanny CasasVillano V Jr.Diablo Jr.Hijo del PanteraHijo De Dos CarasEternoRelámpagoDinamic BlackDragón FlyCerebro NegroAramisTrauma IGolden MagicPantera IAceroTrauma IIInternacional PanteraGallo FrancesAlas de AceroWarrior Jr.Bombero InfernalEmperador AztecaVenenoMáscara Año 2000 Jr.FreelanceEl Hijo del DiabloHerodes Jr. [Gran Cruzada]

CMLL Lucha Azteca: 2017-08-26
taped 2017-08-18 @ Arena México – Mega
1) Esfinge, Fuego, Stigma vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Universo 2000 Jr.
2) Stuka Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr. in a lightning match
3) Diamante Azul, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Juice Robinson, Marco Corleone, Matt Taven

CMLL Guadalajara: 2017-08-26
taped 2017-08-22 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara – YouTube/Mega
1) Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Vangellys
2) Blue Panther, Dragón Lee, Niebla Roja vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
3) Diamante Azul, Euforia, Pierroth, Rush, Volador Jr. vs Johnny Idol, Juice Robinson, Marco Corleone, Matt Taven, Michael Elgin in a cibernetico match

IWRG Zona XXI: 2017-08-26
taped 2017-08-23 @ Arena Naucalpan – YouTube/Mega
1) Fly Star, Voltar, Vórtize vs Adrenalina, Araña de Plata, Keshin Black
2) Celestial Boy, Chicanito, Odín, Shadow Boy vs Black Puma, Lunatik Xtreme, Orión I, Orión II
3) Alas de Acero, Hijo Del Bombero Infernal, Kanon vs Acero, Súper Brazo Jr., Warrior Jr.
4) Ángel Oriental, Aramis, Atomic Star, Black Dragón, Demonio Infernal, Dinamic Black, Power Bull, Skanda vs Aero Boy (Arena 23 De Junio), Centella Salazar, Danny Barrio, Homerito, Payachucho, Richy Beda, Último Conde, Xcorpio [Torneo FILL]