lucha TV preview for weekend of April 9th

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That looked really tiny, but then I realized I had this thing zoomed far out. You can see it in full at this link always.

Lucha Azteca 7 Elite is worth watching for Carisitco/Volador alone. It’s actually listed as going 15 minutes past the hour again, so that may be the regular thing.

The second part of Rey de Reyes will air. Psycho/Wagner will have a match live on Friday, and a different match of theirs will air Saturday.

The TV version of Dorada/Cavernario from Puebla will air on 52MX.

The preview of Lucha Underground mentions Puma, Rey and Dragon in action, the Medallions back in play, and a new name debuting.

Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-04-01

Brillo Dorada
Brillo Dorada

Recapped: 04/02/2016

What happened: Bobby Lashely & Mascara Dorada got the first two wins in the Liga Elite tournament. Caristico & Atlantis lost to Volador & Mascara via cheating, setting up singles matches next week.

What was good: Dorada/Tiger was the match of the night, and the others are worth checking out.

Where can I watch it: They’ll be in my playlist on Tuesday.

A very long red carpet sequence of random people – some people in the tournament, some very random folks – kills off six minutes of the show.

Everyone in Liga Elite has new Elite specific entrance videos. The arena is more lit than usual, showing the ringside fans. There’s a floor camera person who’s either just on the other side of the barrier or hanging close to it – you can‘t see him in most of the shots, and no photographers are allowed close to the ring. Match seem to be edited slightly. They’re at least cutting form the end of the entrances to the some seconds into the match, and there seems to be slight editing in the match.

Match 1: Lashley vs Rush [Liga Elite]
Arena México, 03/30/2016

Winner: Lashley (spear)
Match Time: 7:08
Notes: Lashley’s name is spelled “Boby”. Edgar is referee. Rush is the rudo in the match.

Review: [good] entertaining enough when they were throwing each other around, and Rush was a good first opponent for Lashley to have that kind of match. (Lashley against some of these other guys might not go so well.) Lashley didn’t look super, but looked different enough and the point of an outsider is to be different. Rush getting the visual pinfall, giving it up to walk into the finish is not a great sign, and then walking around to show he was really ok after the match is not a good sign for the compromises they’ll have to make, but at least it was clear they were setting that spot up during the match on the rewatch. Rush made sure to argue Edgar before hand. Can’t as easily explain why Lashlely hurried to the back instead of celebrating.

german suplex war
german suplex war
spear for the win
spear for the win

Match 2: Extreme Tiger vs Máscara Dorada [Liga Elite]
Arena México, 03/30/2016

Winner: Mascara Dorada (Dorada Driver)
Match Time: 9:36

Review: [great] a nothing but high spots match, but they had a lot of high spots and they all came off really well. Dorada utterly squashed Tiger with the Brillo Dorado, Tiger landed his legdrop perfectly, Dorada’s pulling off the apron headscissors surprised the camera people, and on and on. Dorada’s had some matches like this before, but not usually with someone who can does their own big spots, and they both were in the right spot for each other. This was much more spectacular than previous match, and also the right kind of match to have on the first week of this show. I’m watching this before watching their LuchaMemes match, and I suspect that one got much more time to develop, but this was really good for a lightning match (and I suspect that’s what most of these will be.)

gold rush headscissors
gold rush headscissors
he nailed the legdrop!
he nailed the legdrop!

Senorita Cometa, a Japanese woman, tried to interview people in Japanese before and during the next match. This was not good.

Match 3: Atlantis, Carístico, Mistico vs La Máscara, Último Guerrero, Volador Jr.
Arena México, 03/30/2016

  1. técnicos
    • Pulpo Guerrero on Mistico (2:52)
    • La Mascara double knee smash Atlantis (3:12)
  2. técnicos
    • Atlantida on Ultimo Guerrero (1:04)
  3. rudos
    • La Mascara foul Atlantis (7:42)
    • Volador backcracker Caristico (7:45)

Winner: rudos (2-1)
Match Time: 12:01
Notes: Volador, acting like a rudo, unmasked Caristico after the match and challenged him to a mask versus hair match. La Mascara challenged Atlantis. Caristico challenged Volador right back. The announcers revealed those two singles matches, as part of Liga Elite and not with the stipulations, would take place next week.

Review: [good] the short format of the matches on the show hurt this one the most, as the first two falls were reduced to almost nothing. If they’re going to keep the TV format the same as it, they need to make all the TV matches one fall. The rhythm of the match picked up in the third fall and these guys continued the pattern of working very hard at a fast pace. La Mascara being unable to follow Atlantis because he’s facing the wrong way was good unintentional funny.

double dive
double dive
Mistico diving headscissors
Mistico diving headscissors

LA Park returns to Elite, Caristico defeats Volador, Blue Demon TV show update

LA Park/photo via Lucha Libre Elite
LA Park/photo via Lucha Libre Elite

CMLL (TUE) 04/05/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Fuego en el Ring]
Homenaje a Dos Leyendas 2016 (Lutteroth & Asesino Negro)
1) Gallo, Magnum, Príncipe Daniel b Artillero, Maléfico, Ráfaga
Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Fuego, Stigma, Tritón b Sangre Azteca, Skándalo, Virus
Sangre Azteca left the match with a leg ankle injury.
3) Vaquero Jr. b Espectrúm [hair]
Vaquero took 2/3 to win Espectrum’s hair.
4) Atlantis, Titán, Valiente b Kráneo, Olímpico, Ripper
Tecnicos took 1/3.
5) Carístico & Mistico b Cibernético & Último Guerrero
Tecnicos took 2/3, the last when Cibernetico and UG had issues. That sets up a singles match next week.

Attendance here looked the biggest in years. It’s hard to see Vaquero/Espectrum being a big deal, so it seems like the combination of billing the show as Homenaje a Dos Leyendas and the names in the main event make a difference.

CMLL ELITE (WED) 04/06/2016 Arena México [+LuchaTV, CMLL, Kronosport, SuperLuchas, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) El Cuatrero & Sansón b Delta & Pegasso
2) Fuego, Tritón, Zumbi b Imposible, Karonte Jr., Magnus
Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Argos & Magno (Chihuahua) DQ Dragón Lee & Valiente
Magno’s debut; he was stretchered after taking Dragon Lee’s headscissors off the apron. Argos fouled and unmasked Dragon Lee for the DQ.
4) Atlantis b La Máscara [Liga Elite]
Atlantis is 1-0 (3), La Mascara is 0-1 (0)
5) Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Toscano b Cibernético, Mephisto, Sharlie Rockstar
Toscano’s return. Rockster replaced Casas. Tecnicos took 1/3. Mystery people watched the show from the first row, which turned out to be LA Park & his son. They got into argument, then a fight with Cibernetico, causing the Hell Brothers to lose. LA Park came in the ring and cut a promo on Cibernetico after the match. Later, he insisted he wasn’t signed to Elite and had just bought a ticket.
6) Carístico b Volador Jr. [Liga Elite]
Caristico won with La Mistica in a high spot match. Caristico is 1-0 (3), Volador is 0-1 (0). Money thrown in.

It’s amazing that Caristico & Volador Jr. had their first singles match since Caristico returned to Mexico and that’s not the big story. LA Park made a move again, and had a fun fight with Cibernetico. They even gave Park a live mic in the ring again. Park also said a lot of things in a post show interview, claiming he and his son were bored and decided to fly to Mexico City to watch some lucha libre, had not signed with Elite and was still able to work anywhere. It appears he does have some agreement with Elite, will be the mystery 12th man in the Liga Elite tournament, and will face Cibernetico next week in his first match (and their first singles match ever.)

LA Park was expected to return to AAA tomorrow night. I’m not sure what his role would’ve been (he could’ve gotten involved with Wagner/Psycho, or with the Perros feud) but he would’ve served the same purpose as Wagner and Cage, adding more ‘stars’ to fill the void after the departures. This move is Elite getting the another ex-AAA star, which they’ve wanted for this tournament, and Elite firing back at AAA after AAA stopped Cage from appearing on their shows. The deal to bring back LA Park – who had bad breakups with both CMLL and Elite individually last year – seems to have gotten done last last week. Juventued Guerrera was announced as the 12 man in the tournament last Wednesday, and was out of the tournament by the time the TV show aired on Friday. (It’s also possible Guerrera was also a place filler until/unless they got someone else.)

This war may just be starting between Elite & AAA. LA Park and Dr. Wagner are forever connected, and LA Park repeatedly mentioned Dr. Wagner in his post match promo. Park said his last two goals in lucha libre are to unmask Wagner and shave Rush. Wagner is currently scheduled to challenge for Psycho Clown’s Latin American championship on Friday night. It’d be very difficult to trust Wagner with an AAA title given he’s got a clear path to jump to Elite, but he’s also a hard guy to beat.

It’s also hard to figure out how LA Park manages to stay in Elite for the length of tournament. He got kicked out of CMLL in three weeks. He’s show a willingness to walk out promotions when he doesn’t like how he’s being used, and he seems to be in a tournament where he’d be asked to lose a few times. The Rush/Lashley finish showed Elite’s willingness to have some silly endings to protect people, but I’m not sure if that’s enough. Park repeatedly said he didn’t sign a contract, and – the way things are going – that’s believable.

Attendance or the big matches didn’t seem to be helped at all by the first week of TV. It was more or less the same it has been. It’d be hard for Elite to move back to Sundays, since that would cost them the away from Mexico City shows they’ve been working, but I suspect the Wednesday day is going to be first thing blamed.

Magno seemed to be relatively OK after the show. Earlier, Magno said he learned from his WWE experience, but agreed with the decision to cut him and was happy to go back to Juarez. He only wrestled six matches in eleven months there.

Filming has started on the Blue Demon TV series. Tenoch Huerta is playing Blue Demon (Sr.), and the article head says he’s training with Canek. That doesn’t seem like the best pick. Notable, Huerta says he and the director hasn’t talked to Blue Demon Jr. – Demon was teasing he was going to file a lawsuit over this show (which will be a fictional take on Blue Demon) but hasn’t said much about it lately. They’ve casted Demon’s wife, Demon’s teacher, as well as Black Shadow & his wife. No mention of Santo, who kind of needs to be in a Demon story but would also prevent legal issues. No mention of when this will start airing, but they do say it’ll air on Sony’s Blim platform.

On the Bauer & Pollock podcast, Court Bauer says the AAA in English in Canada show is currently a ‘soft launch’ and they’re hoping to be closer to real time in May. That’s the explanation of why it hasn’t been promoted at all, although the underlining problems (announcers have no idea what’s going on, actual AAA shows haven’t been so hot) aren’t going to be helped by it being more current. Real time probably doesn’t matter for AAA unless they’re going to start doing iPPVs again.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Felina Metalica & Reina Dorada talk up their match in Gimnasio Hercules on Saturday. Metalica is unconcerned, saying she always beats Dorada.

Demus looks back at his feud with Yoruba, notes that he actually was Yoruba’s trainer, and hypes their tag match on the same 04/09 Gimnasio Hercules show.

Joe Lider talks about his match on Friday.

Eric Mutter writes about Dr. Wagner Jr. and previews tomorrow’s CMLL show.

Lineups

IWRG (SUN) 04/10/2016 Arena Naucalpan
1) Kanon & Zatura vs Picudo Jr. & Violencia Jr.
2) Aramis & Fireman vs Fly Star & Toxin Boy
3) Leo, Mike, Rafy vs Bombero Infernal, Demonio Infernal, Muerte Infernal
4) Diva Salvaje, Miss Gaviota, Pasion Kristal vs Factor, Rayan, Spector
5) Danny Casas, Súper Nova, Veneno vs Golden Magic, Mr. Águila, Negro Navarro
6) Diablo Jr., El Hijo del Diablo, Imposible © vs Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro [EdM Trios]
First defense, rematch against ex-champions.

Golden Magic appears to be a rudo in IWRG now for whatever reason. I’m sure Demonio & Muerte have had other identities in IWRG but haven’t figured out which one yet. Second match is billed as school vs school, but the rudos the Kriminal Boys so you kind of wish they got Alas de Acero or Iron Boy to team with Aramis.

AAA on Televisa: 2016-03-26

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triple dive

Recapped: 03/27/2016

What happened: Dr. Wagner got the better of Psycho Clown again and wants a title match. Mesias and Texano argued a bit. Villano, Parka and Pentagon didn’t get along going into Rey de Reyes. Ricky Marvin returned (?) as a rudo, lost, and was no help when Chessman & Averno got beat up by the Perros del Mal post match.

What was good: I liked the second match. Skip the rest.

Where can I watch it: It’s on AAA’s channel.

Previously: Octagon Jr. debuted, lost to Pentagon. Xinetez beat Psycho Circus. Mesias won the bull terrier match.

Match 1: Dinastía, Faby Apache, Niño Hamburguesa vs El Apache, Mini Psycho Clown, Taya
Arena Naucalpan, 03/11/2016
 
Video:
 Lucha Libre AAA

Winner: técnicos (Hamburgues splash on Mini Psycho & El Apache)
Match Time: 6:56
Notes: This match did not air on the national broadcast. Faby challenges Taya to a title match right there. Taya just insults Faby and runs.

Review: [ok] Even shorter than last week’s match – shorter than the time listed, because the first minutes was the rudos annoying the técnicos by not fighting – but less comedy and more action. It’s still nothing you need to see and it totally took me off guard how short. (It’s so much shorter than usual that it’s clearly edited a bunch, and there’s other hints of that as well.) I’m not sure I would’ve gotten more out of it with more time, so I’m not even sure what I’m talking about.

Faby dive
Faby dive

Match 2: Drago, Fénix, Octagón Jr. vs Averno, Chessman, Ricky Marvin
Arena Naucalpan, 03/11/2016
 
Video:
 thecubsfan, Lucha Libre AAA, +LuchaTV

Winner: técnicos (Fenix bodyscissors cradle Averno)
Match Time: 11:08
Notes: Marvin, “returning”, is wearing the same D’LE TAT shirt Averno’s been working since the Hell Brothers no longer existed in AAA. Averno has that shirt and his belt. Chessman does not have the shirt. Los Perros del Mal (no Lider, but Kahn getting physically involved) attack Avenro & Chessman after the match, with Ricky Marvin and the técnicos just vanishing thru the power of editing. Daga declares the Rey de Reyes is the Perros del Mal, and they’ll be taking the tag team titles

Review: [good] so sad for Averno – he finally connects on the swandive headbutt, naturally he thinks he’s going to win, and then Ricky blows it for them. I hope he made Marvin give back the shirt. This felt like a match which could’ve been a lot more with more time. The opening and the rudo sections felt rushed to get to the late part of the match, but I liked enough of the late part to give in a strong grade. Marvin wasn’t here to do much beside take the técnicos best shots, but he was up for a reverse huracanrana among other things, and looked better as Marvin than he had of late as Bengala. Crowd had much less problem with Octagon Jr. away from Pentagon JR.

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inverted huracanrana
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they actually landed the headbutts! and still lost

Match 3: Garza Jr., Jack Evans, La Parka vs Pentagón Jr., Taurus, Villano IV
Arena Naucalpan, 03/11/2016
 
Video:
 +LuchaTV, thecubsfan, Lucha Libre AAA

Winner: técnicos (Garza springboard moonsault Taurus)
Match Time: 14:31
Notes: Villano and Pentagon jumped Taurus, but started to have problems with each other after the técnicos made their comeback. Pentagon attacked Parka after the finish, and told both Parka and Villano he was winning at Rey de Reyes, and randomly said he was taking Jack Evans hair next. The Jack challenge just seemed thrown out there with not much to it.

Review: [ok] This was the opposite of the last match, really slowing down after the first half and dragging a bit thru the one on ones. Garza and Parka were really over with this crowd, before even doing anything. (This is a good thing, they weren’t doing much which would’ve impressed.) Garza pinning Taurus and it being immediately ignored to do Rey de Reyes promos makes one wonder why the finish didn’t set up Rey de Reyes, or how much AAA is even thinking about any of this stuff.

not sure about these
not sure about these
Don't fool around with Pentagon
Don’t fool around with Pentagon

Noti AAA

  • AAA medals
  • weird Xinetez vignettes with marching military men – are they supposed to be fascists?
  • Pentagon Jr. says he’s not concerned about his Rey de Reyes opponents, because he’s going to be winner
  • Texano Jr. says he was the best heavyweight champion in the history of AAA and he’ll be champ again

Match 4: Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Dr. Wagner Jr., El Mesías, Texano Jr.
Arena Naucalpan, 03/11/2016
 
Video:
 thecubsfan, Lucha Libre AAA, +LuchaTV

Winner: rudos (Dr. Wagner Wagner Driver Psycho Clown)
Match Time: 14:19
Notes: Rudos jump técnicos again. They forget to blow the opening whistle. Psycho rips up Wanger’s mask, Wagner wears a black mask under it for a while, then later has a third new mask. It’s kind of amazing. Texano hits Mesias with the lasso once about 12 minutes in, and Mesias repays it with a not so accidental slap. They start fighting, which kills the crowd, and the Clowns take them out. Wagner tells Psycho he wants a title match. (Mesias and Texano argue in the background and then disappear.) Psycho tries to responds, Wagner attacks him and gets Psycho’s mask. The rest of the Psycho Circus are too slow.

Review: [ok] Technically OK match Felt like a house show Psycho Circus match, with a little extra emphasis on Wagner/Psycho, but a lot of things we’ve seen two hundred times. The last minute or so of Psycho/Wagner was good, but it took a lot of time to get there. Wagner winning completely clean is amazing given the hype for the match should be about Psycho Clown having a chance to win, and this is very clear that he does not. Mesias and Texano continued their role as secondary figures in all of this; there’s surely going to be a great story that’ll come out about this one day. Murder Clown’s decisions to sell and not sell seem to be completely random.

Psycho Dive
Psycho Dive

Lucha Underground 2×11: Bird of War

The Mack's dive is slightly outshined by this dancing fool
The Mack’s dive is outshined by this dancing fool

Matches

Ivelisse beat Kobra Moon (6:29, Code Red, OK)

Cortez Castro, Mr. Cisco, Joey Ryan [O] defeated the Mack, Marty Martinez [X], Mariposa (8:30, Psycho Realm → Ryan steals pin, OK) in the trios tournament

Matanza destroys Fenix (4:47, Wrath of the Gods, good)

Developments

capture Ivie-plex
capture Ivie-plex

Matanza is the center of things. The announcers revealed early on Fenix would be getting his title match in the main event (and that’s all that was said about the match on a show busy with vignettes.) Fenix fared better than in Aztec Warfare in that he lasted more than 20 seconds, but didn’t really accomplish any more than Pentagon Jr. did last week. He kind of lost more impressive, but that’s more Matanza impressing by throwing the former champion around. Matanza attemped to rip Fenix’s mask and/or face off after the match, with Catrina and Mil Muertes surprisingly making the save. It appeared to be about Muertes wanting to be next in line for a shot, but the scene of Mil making the save for Fenix was surprising.

Vampiro notable did not make the save. Dario ran into him in the bathroom at the start of the show, noting that Pentagon Jr. was still alive after fightning Matanza but Vampiro might not be so lucky if he tries the same. Vampiro very much wanted revenge, but didn’t go for it and seems to be on his medicine. Later, Striker said he heard Pentagon had a fractured vertabreea nd Vampiro refused to confirm.

The trios tournament is underway, with all new combinations. The announcers were unsure what the winner got, which seems like a little issue, but we got a sense of who’s in the tournament. The first tournament had two oddball teams: the Crew teaming with Joey Ryan and the Moths (Marty & Mariposa) with the Mack. The Crew are apparently faces now – hanging around Joey Ryan makes everyone likable by comparison. Neither team totally got along, but the issues were bigger on the second team’s side. Mack and Marty fought, Mack dropped Marty with a stunner, the Crew added their finish, and Ryan stole the pin. Mariposa attacked Mack after the match with Sexy Star – who had early been too scared to get involved – fighting thru her fears to attack her tormentor.

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The Treatment (Crew has weird names for moves)

Earlier, Ryan & Cortez met with their commanding officer. We learned Ryan had met with Dario to set up the Cortez/Ryan team, their boss wanted them to win the trios titles to get event closer, and Joey Ryan’s real name is “Officer Meehan.”

Next week’s match is half revealed. Dragon Azteca re-painted the question mark back on the roof (or some old footage was used?) to call Rey Mysterio. Mysterio reminded Azteca how easily he got beat by Matanza – Dragon needs to get better before he seeks revenge. Mysterio had an alternate plan for the moment, to take part in the trios tournament. Mysterio revealed the team would be Rey, Dragon Azteca and Prince Puma (who said his first word on the show: “me”.) They wrestle next week.

I’m not sure if Famous B is putting together his own trio, but he did appear to pitch Máscarita Sagrada on his fame making service. Famous B seemed to have his eye on Sagrada during the Aztec Warfare match too. Famous B didn’t seem to extend his pitch to the Mack or Sexy Star despite going past them.

Killshot got a profile video. He enlisted in (unspecifed military service) the day he turned 18 and became an expert sniper, which is where he got his name. He had 37 confirmed kills, but he and the fellow members of his off the books elite strike force were captured. Killshot was prisoner for 13 months before he shot his way out, and doesn’t know what happened to the rest of his group or if they’re still alive.

Ivelisse and Kobra Moon had a match. Ivelisse won. The Kobra Moon win streak is over. There’s nothing much that connected that too anything else, except to maybe to remind you that Ivelisse is a trios champion and that might matter for the trios tournament.

Thoughts

Fenix takes flight, sort of
Fenix takes flight, sort of

I can not come up with a lot of stuff to write about this show, which doesn’t seem great. I did like the show overall more than last week, more because they were more clearly moving things along in different stories.

The Ivelisse/Kobra Moon match got strongly negative reviews live. They managed to make it OK on video, though the submission focus was a lot different than a normal Lucha Underground match and they had more problems as they sped up. With Moon not in Aztec Warfare, still with no storyline, and now losing a match, it feels like they’re pulled back a bit on her.

The trios tournament match was fine; I could go OK or good on it. It’s really strange that the Crew are suddenly técnicos – Striker tried to sell it as people getting behind on them for ditchign Chavo, but it feels like there needs to be something stronger. Match was alright, with Mack being the highlight. Or the crazy dancing guy being the highlight.

this forearm would've beat me
this forearm would’ve beat me

I liked this main event better than last week. Fenix is better at dying impressively, and his dive being caught into a powerslam is about as impressive as it comes. Mil rocked Matanza enough to give the impression someone might be able to evetnaully harm him.

The “I don’t what happened to my fellow soldiers” is a story that has never ever ended well for the guy who got out. Killshot should keep an eye out for any laser pointers in his direction. It was a good profile vignette and it did give us more reason to care about Killshot besides being a random guy in a mask.

Puma, Rey and Dragon should be an awesome trio. Looking forward to next week. It’s amusing that Prince Puma just started talking like a normal person after 49 episodes of not talking, but that’s OK.

Vampiro name dropped Bas Rutten, Dan Gable and Andy Hug in the first half hour alone. That must be some medicine!

Fenix snuffed out
Fenix snuffed out

 

Esfinge & Volador Jr. win Gran Alternativa, Volador vs Caristico tonight, LU

 

winners
winners

CMLL (TUE) 04/05/2016 Arena México [thecubsfan]
1) Astral & Eléctrico b Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Olímpico LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 5 DE ABRIL DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
12:44. Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Amapola, La Comandante, Tiffany b Estrellita, La Vaquerita, Princesa Sugehit LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 5 DE ABRIL DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
15:44. Rudas took 2/3.
3) Súper Halcón Jr. b Nitro [lightning] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 5 DE ABRIL DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
8:01. Nitro won via submission.
4) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther b Disturbio, Puma, Tiger LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 5 DE ABRIL DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
17:16. Panthers took 1/3. In the last, Panther Jr. defeated Disturbio then Puma and the Panther went to a double pin. Referee was completely confused on the finish and it took a while to sort it.
5) Guerrero Maya Jr., Máscara Dorada, Máximo Sexy b Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 5 DE ABRIL DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
12:35. Tecnicos took 1/3.
6) Esfinge & Volador Jr. b Fujin & Rey Escorpión [Gran Alternativa, final] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 5 DE ABRIL DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
19:36. Tecnicos took 2/3. Esfinge beat Rey Escorpion to win the Gran Alternativa.

The tournament shows, especially last week’s, were better than the final. Esfinge and Volador talked about the win and Volador talked up tonight’s match with Caristico.

At Mexico City’s Homenaje a Dos Leyendas, Cibernetico and Ultimo Guerrero were on the same team, ended up fighting, then set up a singles match for the following week. At Guadalajara’s Homenaje a Dos Leyendas last night, Cibernetico and Ultimo Guerrero were on the same team, ended up fighting, then set up a singles match for the following week.

As expected, Vaquero Jr. took Espectrum’s hair. Attendance looked super for this show, the biggest crowd in Arena Coliseo Guadalajara in a while.

Tonight is the eleventh episode of the second season of Lucha Underground (taped December 13rd.) The episode is called “Bird of War”, and the show description reveals the main event. I’ll assume you don’t want to see that and list the matches announced so far:

  • Kobra Moon vs Ivelisse
  • the start of the trios titles tournament

There’s one more match – that’s the one in the episode description. There’s also a preview Vampiro/Cueto meeting which probably kicks off tonight’s show. Dario Cueto ran a trios tournament last year. I was laying in bed last night trying to remember all the teams, which says some discouraging things about myself personally but makes it easy to listen them here

Aerostar, Fenix, Drago (Aerostar & Drago were in the midst of their Best of 5)
Ivelisse, Angelico, Son of Havoc (peak disfunction)
Big Ryck, Killshot, The Mack (debut for Killshot and Mack)
Pentagon Jr., Sexy Star, Super Fly (start of their feud)
Johnny Mundo, Prince Puma, Hernandez (building to the Puma/Hernandez feud, also epic handshake)
Cage, Texano, King Cuerno (put together after all 6 had gotten involved in a Cuerno/Puma title match)
Bael, Cortez Castro, Mr. Cisco (last second additions, RIP Bael)

The Crew already existed. Big Ryck’s team was put in so Big Ryck’s team wouldn’t murder Dario. Puma got to assemble own team, and it appeared the rudos who faced them got to put themselves together too. The other four teams Dario put together always had people who weren’t keen on working together and either had to make it work to win the titles or fell apart into violence. This is another Cueto trios tournament, and I’d kind of expect the same. Lucha Underground’s preview says we’re going to see some new teams, and they’re surely right.

Also, that Aerostar, Fenix, Drago trio keeps coming up!

Today is Week 2 of 33 of the Liga Elite tournament. Tonight’s singles matches are Atlantis versus La Mascara and Caristico vs Volador, a highly anticipated match. Last week was the first week on TV, and it’s worth watching to see if being on Azteca 7 and promoting those two matches increases the crowd size. The semimain is Cibernetico, Mephisto, and Negro Casas versus the returning Toscano, Marco Corleone and Maximo. Last week’s semimain trios set up the following week’s singles match. That would mean Maximo versus either Negro Casas or Cibernetico, with the other facing the mystery 12th man. (Might they announce a 12th man tonight? Is it just still Juvy?) Show starts at 8pm, around when Lucha Underground ends.

IWRG has a Gym FILL vs Gym Zeuz trainees apuesta match tonight, plus Eterno & Canis Lupus versus the Traumas.

The annual Puebla Fair will have a month worth’s of lucha libre shows, with CMLL and indie luchadors. There’s been title matches on these in past years, but none announced this year. They do have a main event trio of Super Porky, Mascara Sagrada and Gronda one day.

Despite showing up in AAA, Damian and Halloween are still listed as working at least some Elite shows. Maybe that’ll change.

Delta may be missing from CMLL, but he says he’s working in Reynosa this weekend.

LuchaWorld has this week’s top 10 rankings.

Segunda Caida reviews Héctor Garza, La Sombra, Shocker vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Texano

San Luis Potosi luchador/trainer Furia Azul, Mariano Ortiz, passed away due to a heart attack. He was 64.

Vice writes about Lucha Libre Volcanica’s efforts to change wrestling regulation in Washingston.

SoCal Uncensored has a good guide on how to get to lucha libre shows in Tijuana.

La Piedad luchadors are looking to restore funding for their school/building.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 04/12/2016 Arena México
1) Flyer & Robin vs Artillero & Inquisidor
2) Soberano Jr., Star Jr., Starman vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Canelo Casas, Metálico
3) Stigma vs Disturbio [lightning]
4) Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr., Pegasso vs Luciferno, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado
5) La Máscara, Súper Porky, Titán vs Gran Guerrero, Kráneo, Mr. Niebla
6) Dragón Lee, Máscara Dorada, Stuka Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión

Esfinge is basically in the same place as ever. Maybe he’s getting his main events on another show. Maybe he’s getting them on the same show Bobby Z is getting his title match.

CMLL (TUE) 04/12/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Neutrón & Star Black vs Gitano & Thunder Boy
2) Magnus, Marvel, Vaquero Jr. vs Espectrúm, Raziel, Skándalo
3) Estrellita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Tiffany, Zeuxis
4) Ángel de Oro, Máximo Sexy, Tritón vs Bobby Z, Pierroth, Rey Bucanero
5) Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Volador Jr. vs Shocker, Terrible, Vangellys
6) Cibernético vs Último Guerrero

That would be Shocker’s first match back since January. CMLL said he’d be out four months at the time, so this seems to be a month early.

CMLL Arena México: 2016-04-05 

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Recapped: 04/05/2016

What happened: Esfinge & Volador Jr. won the Gran Alternativa. And that was it.

What was good: The matches on the second half were generally good, but nothing exceptional. (The tournament block shows were better.)

Where can I watch it: It’s on CMLL’s YouTube channel.
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Lucha Memes (Chairo 2): 2015-12-25 

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Recapped: 03/10/2016

This was Lucha Memes second Chairo show, held last Christmas. There’s not many stories you need to know to watch these shows, they’re all intended to be indie dream matches. The main event lived up that ideal the most. The opener didn’t seem like as big names on paper but delivered big. There was some good stuff on the rest of the show, and some matches that – often thru outside circumstances – were a lot like you might see on an ordinary show. This card didn’t work out like it could’ve, but there were still worthwhile matches. (more…)

Gran Alternativa final tonight, Sky Team versus Revolucionarios next week, Park/AAA

tonight

CMLL (SUN) 04/03/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Fuego en el Ring]
1) Black Sugar & Johnny Dinamo b Guerrero de la Muerte & Mr. Brisa
Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) El Alteño & Star Black b Carlo Roggi & Thunder Boy
Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Sádico b Mágico [lightning]
Sadico removed Magico’s mask and cradled him for the win.
4) Frezzer, Nautilius, Reyko b Demonio Rojo, El Chakal, Gran Kenut
tecnicos took 1/3
5) Furia Roja, Maléfico, Vaquero Jr. DQ Espectrúm, Gallo, Magnum [Relevos Increíbles]
Vaquero’s team took 2/3, the last when he partners attacked him for the DQ. Espectrum said he’d win on Tuesday.

That hair match is finally tonight. Espectrum has a head full of orange looking hair right now, Vaquero might be doing him a favor.

CMLL (MON) 04/04/2016 Arena Puebla [CMLL]
1) Ares & Guerrero Espacial b Meyer & Zaeta Roja LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 4 DE ABRIL DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
2) Espíritu Maligno, Metálico, Policeman b Asturiano, Pegasso, Starman LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 4 DE ABRIL DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
3) Fuego, Stuka Jr., The Panther b Bobby Z, Okumura, Skándalo LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 4 DE ABRIL DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
The Panther replaced Delta (MIA)
4) La Máscara, Máscara Dorada, Valiente b Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 4 DE ABRIL DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
5) Dragón Lee, Mistico, Rush DQ Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 4 DE ABRIL DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rey Escorpion fouled Mistico again, and the rudos took Mistico & Dragon Lee’s masks.

I have not watched this show, but it sounded liked the main event was fun.

Tonight is the final of CMLL’s Gran Alternativa tournament. Fujin & Rey Escorpion take on Esfinge & Volador Junior after each team won a block in previous weeks. The winner gets the honor of winning the tournament, and is usually given a main event spot the next couple of weeks (and the runner up is usually elevated a bit as well.) Esfinge, as the home promotion guy who CMLL is clearly high on, is the slight favorite. Esfinge already won one of these tournaments, CMLL likes to balance out the wins, and CMLL seems to have a lot of faith in Fujin and Raijin already, so the NJPW exchange student definitely has a chance of winning. Volador and Rey Escorpion have had great matches before, will be having another big match in six days, and should help make this a memorable match.

The full preview is here. That tournament final is actually the main event of the show, something they haven’t often done for the Gran Alternativa. (It’s also on a Tuesday, which doesn’t usually happen and one may be related to the other.) Maximo, Mascara Dorada, and Guerrero Maya take on the Hijos del Infierno in the final trios match of the night. The Panther Family take on Tiger, Puma and Disturbio in the fourth match. You may be OK skipping the first half of this card.

The show is back at the normal 7:30pm CDT, no matter if you’re in Mexico or in the US. It’ll be up on YouTube as usual.

+LuchaTV visited the opening of the new CMLL photo exhibit, and actually got an interview with the rarely seen owner of CMLL, Francisco (Paco) Alonso Lutteroth. He clearly knows what’s going on with his company – he pushes the idea that all the DF shows are different (which is the concept if not the execution) – he’s just got better things to do than to talk about it. He’s happy with all the different places CMLL is on – Azteca, YouTube, iPPV, five different channels. He says there are “66” different groups of luchadors training. That seems high, so maybe I’m misunderstanding but it’s CMLL so I don’t doubt it. He says there are 6 trainers (5 in Mexico City, 1 in Guadalajara) training luchadors right now. Paco ends by saying we have a better chance of hitting the lottery than guessing the Anniversary main event, which suggests they actually have one right now.

Time Warner Cable is giving away a trip to the Lucha Underground Season 3 tapings; the rules state they’re May 14th and May 15th. You must be a Time Warner Cable subscriber to win.

Toro Bill Jr. beat Arkalis in a bloody chain match in Arena La Loma, at all unlike what they’ve done in Arena Puebla

CHIKARA shared the Team AAA (Fenix, Aerostar and Drago) versus Gentleman’s Club (Chuck Taylor, Drew Gulak, Swamp Monster) match from last year’s King of Trios.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update, this week’s Poster-Mania and a recap of CMLL Informa. Rocky Casas is much older than you’d think. Golden Magic was referred to as being in CMLL, so I guess he is. Yago being named after Iago is deep.

Box Y Lucha 3227 is up for subscribers. The IWRG column mentions Guerra del Golfo – the show where the losers of two cage matches face off in an apuesta match – will either be this Sunday or next Sunday. IWRG seems to be setting up feuds to tease for that show.

Recently deceased Bestia Magnifica I was honored on the Toryumon show on Sunday. El Patan, who only seems to wrestle on these shows, was mentioned to be his brother (so he’s probably either Johnny or Bobby Villalobos.)

Funcion Estelar explains the situation about lucha libre in Pachuca: the guy who programs the Arena 11 de Julio building (Jose Hernandez Carrilo) also is president of the local lucha libre commission and also is the secretary general of the local referee’s union and a lot of luchadors (70) are not happy with him, so they’re not working his shows and running free shows right outside the building as a protest. Jose Marquez Valle, who also happens to run an arena in town, says he’s forming a new union with everyone as part of way of pushing Jose Hernandez Carrilo out.

Drago hypes his match for Friday.

Adictos al Deportes says Caifan vs LA Park is scheduled of 05/01 in Arena Coliseo Monterrey.

X-Fly’s mom/Arana Atomica’s wife passed away.

Lineup

CMLL (MON) 04/11/2016 Arena Puebla
1) Black Tiger & Zaeta Roja vs El Malayo & Policeman
2) Asturiano, Shockercito, Stukita vs Demus 3:16, Espíritu Maligno, Mini Joker
3) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Súper Porky vs Kráneo, Olímpico, Ripper
4) La Máscara, Rush, Terrible vs Atlantis, Máximo Sexy, Último Guerrero [Relevos Increíbles]
5) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. © vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión [CMLL TRIOS]

This would be the seventh defense, fourth in this building. The Sky Team beat these same rudos last May and probably will win again. Eight defenses, as best as anyone can figure out, is the record.

Not sure who’s going to actually have a match first, Super Porky or Delta.

AAA (MON) 04/11/2016 Estadio de Fut Rap, Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas
1) ? vs ??
2) Faby Apache & Mary Apache vs La Hiedra & Lady Shani
3) Aerostar, Estrella Divina, The Tiger vs Mamba, Rió Bravo, Snipper
4) Drago, Hijo de LA Park, Laredo Kid vs Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Mocho Cota Jr., Taurus
5) LA Park vs Pentagón Jr., El Mesías, Texano Jr.

LA Park on an AAA show alert. Pagano & Dr. Wagner showed up working the AAA shows in this building before they were announced for the AAA TV roster, and it could very well be the same thing here – especially since Friday’s main event is Psycho Clown vs Wagner.

04/18 AAA TV Lineup (Leon)

04/18 AAA

AAA TV (SAT) 04/16/2016 Domo de la Feria, León, Guanajuato
1) Dinastía, Lanzeloth, Ludxor, Venum vs Mamba, Mini Abismo Negro, Soul Rocker, Súper Fly
2) Faby Apache & Mary Apache vs La Hiedra & Lady Shani
3) Angélico & Jack Evans vs Daga & Joe Lider and Argenis & Australian Suicide and Hijo de Pirata Morgan & Taurus [AAA TAG, #1 Contenders]
4) Aerostar, Drago, Octagón Jr. vs Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Zorro
5) Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Damián 666, Nicho el Millionario, Pagano
6) Dr. Wagner Jr. & La Parka vs Brian Cage & Texano Jr.

Air Date: 04/30 & 05/07 – they’re building up a bit of some space between taping and airing for the first time in quite a while.

The big news is in that main event: Brian Cage is back. AAA announced he’ll return on the 04/08 card. They didn’t say what he’d be doing, but there’s a mystery spot in the semimain he’d fit in. Cage had been announced as part of the Liga Elite tournament, then was pulled for the show for unclear reasons (but appeared to be LU/AAA pressure.) It’s great to see he’s still getting work in Mexico. Cage spent his last run feuding with Alberto and wrestling a lot with other people who aren’t here now. He didn’t come out of that feud well but maybe being on that level will keep perception of him high now that Alberto isn’t around.

Cage also could be the next Mega challenger. Texano was a patriotic slight tecnico in the main event of Rey de Reyes, and Cage is pretty foreign on the evil foreigner scale. AAA seems to be starting towards Verano de Escandalo on this card, La Parka doesn’t make sense as a title match challenger, and Wagner would possibly still be busy with Psycho Clown. I’m generally confused about Wagner on the tecnico side; he’s been booked as a rudo, but he does act tecnico during his matches. No idea.

I’m all for seeing new names in the semimain. Not quite as thrilled when it’s Pagano and Familia de Tijuana taking on the Psycho Circus. The Psycho Circus and the then Perros del Mal feuded back in 2011, with Halloween, Damian and Nicho losing their hair. I’d guess this might be a win back in the other direction, since the new group is just getting started here. They’re likely to show up in Mexico City on Friday first.

No Pentagon or Fenix on this card, with Octagon Jr. stepping in the latter’s place to team with Aerostar & Drago against the Xinetez. Octagon should be challenging for the Cruiserweight championship, but with Hijo del Fantasma currently MIA (four tapings in a row missed), maybe he gets into the trios title picture.

Four way tag team match means a) Jack doesn’t have to be in a three way tag match! b) I can keep beating that joke into the ground c) Angelico & Jack should probably win anyway. Lider & Daga are going to be busy with the old hardcore guys, and the other teams aren’t likely to be winning a shot on their own. This suggests the Chessman & Averno vs Angelico & Jack match will actually be a one team versus one team match.

First two matches don’t seem to have much significance but could both be pretty good.

Next taping is 04/29 in Xalapa.