great match roundup, week of 2015-02-07

Good/Great/Excellent matches
Lucha Underground: 2015-02-11
taped 2015-01-17 @ Lucha Underground Temple, Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, California
Johnny Mundo vs Son of Havoc: good

CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2015-02-07
taped 2015-01-30 @ Arena México
Terrible © vs Máximo for the CMLL World Heavyweight Championship: great

CMLL on CadenaTres: 2015-02-07
taped 2015-02-03 @ Arena México
Dragón Rojo Jr. © vs Niebla Roja for the CMLL World Middleweight Championship: good

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2015-02-07
Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Mr. Águila, Terrible: good

AAA on Televisa: 2015-02-07
taped 2015-01-30 @ Gimnasio Agustín Millán, Toluca, Estado de México
Gotita de Plata, Niño Hamburguesa, Súper Nova vs Apache, Belial, Mamba: [good]
Angélico & Jack Evans vs Averno & Chessman: [good]

Shows Watched But Nothing Worthwhile

Leyendas Inmortales: 2015-02-08

Matches To Watch Later

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IWRG vs AAA, Rey Misterio on his AAA & LU status

Ninja Turtles/photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (WED) 03/11/2015 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (flickr), Estrellas del Ring]
1) Araña de Plata & Guerrero 2000 b Adrenalina & Omega
2) Alas de Acero b Atomik Star, Aramis, Voltar, Alfa
Alas de Acero beat Aramis.
3) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo b Apolo Estrada Jr., Dowki, Electro Boy, Hip Hop Man [lumberjack strap]
4) Cerebro Negro, Golden Magic, Relámpago b Argenis, Machine Rocker, Súper Fly
Cerebro Negro used the ropes to beat Super Fly.
5) Emperador Azteca, Eterno, Súper Nova b Ludxor, Niño Hamburguesa, Venum
Emperador Azteca replaced X-Fly. Team IWRG took 1/3, the match turning when Nino accidentally splashed Ludxor & Venum.

IWRG win two back after losing the cage match. Black Terry Jr. has highlights of the show.

IWRG also announced the 03/18 show will be another FILL show, including a 24 person cage match with wrestlers from the local school, from Gym Metropolitano and Gym Zeus. Those are Super Pinocho and Oficial 911’s schools.

Rey Misterio Jr. appeared on Wrestling Observer Live yesterday. When asked about his AAA status, he said he agreed for a few dates and hasn’t signed on for that. He’s said the same in other interviews. The newsletter itself reported Mysterio debuting in Lucha Underground next weekend as a certainty. The AAA press conference implied he was back for a lot more than that and it may end up that way. Alberto said the same sort of things when he first returned to AAA and may have not signed a contract until just before he started on Lucha Underground. I still assume the same thing is going to happen here, with Rey Mysterio Jr. officially signing sometime in the next 10 days and starting on Lucha Underground next weekend. It’s also possible he’s signed, but they’re just trying to keep it quiet so Lucha Underground gets to make that big announcement. We’ll probably know for sure around 9pm CT next Saturday.

Vamper Revolucion held another press conference for their show this Saturday at Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera. Tercera Caida, R de Rudo, and Estrellas del Ring covered it. There doesn’t appear to be much news. Dalys will replace Zeuxis in the women’s match. Super Nova and Fuerza Guerrera were both in attendance and teased a singles match for the next show. Fuerza says he doesn’t expect his super libre match against Negro Casas on this show to be a street fight, but they may push the normal rules a bit. +LuchaTV has an interview with the Brazos saying they don’t need to be booked thru CMLL; I haven’t had a chance to listen to this, but I’d assume the Brazos are like the Invasors, technically indy guys who are booked thru CMLL. (That distinction is lost on normal fans.)

Kamaitachi told MedioTempo he wants to be the best Japanese ever in CMLL. He’s 100% sure he’s winning (and breaking the run of non-success by Japanese, he notes.) Kamaitachi said he didn’t understand the Mexican style at first and it took a while for him to get a hold of it. Kamaitachi learned Dragon Lee could fly and hit very hard, which pleased Kamiatachi and they became rivals after that.

Mesias says he’s not allied with anyone, but was angry about being lost in the shuffle in AAA and not being programmed in big matches, ones he feel he earned. Mesias explains he did not trust Konnan & Cibernetico’s offer to join them, figuring it was just another one of their tricks. Mesias’ feelings changed when Demon & Parka didn’t trust him in their trios match, which Mesias felt was disrespectful and proved the rudos were right all along.

Myzteziz says he’s a luchador who’s always helped other luchadors, and now he’s like to help his brothers join him in a main even trio. Myzteziz says the Roldan’s did not totally reject this idea. That was kind of them. Argos doesn’t seem to be getting many bookings with AAA, working only in some shows Myzteziz main events. Dropping Consejo as an ongoing group has turned the non-Texano/Fantasma members into very part timers.

CMLL Informa aired last night. The Daylight Savings Time delay makes it harder for me to work in, the feed not working when I tried to check it made it kind of impossible. It definitely was working later, but I had moved on. Scanning thru the news sections, there’s not much news: they did mention Mascara Dorada (and his feud with Kenny Omega) and they are still taping Puebla in HD despite not apparently airing it anywhere. Someone’s got to ask them where we can watch Puebla one of these weeks. The start of the show called the Panthers vs Virus/Tiger/Puma as match of the week.

CMLL now lists Hombre Bala Jr. & Super Halcon Jr. in place of Fuego & Pegasso on Tuesday’s show.

CMLL’s story on Amapola & Silueta to Japan mentions they’ll be working a second show on April 5th and then returning on April 6th. There’s also a look back at past Homenaje a Dos Leyendas; this year is the 20th, if you use some retroactive inclusion.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s Wednesday news update.

DoradaFan has a music video of 12/23/2014 CMLL, a terrible show.

Video interview with Terrible on Dos Leyendas.

Hijo de Fishman says his focus in Sunday’s cage match is to protect his mask.

Quick bio of Coahuila’s Metal Flash.

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Lucha Underground 1×18: No Escape

landing is the worst part

the matches

Pentagon Jr. b Argenis (5:03, standing surfboard armbar)
Angelico b Ivelisse (6:12, spinning kick to the head)
Johnny Mundo b King Cuerno in a cage match (13:40, top of the cage tornillo moonsault)

the developments

Dr. Striker updated us on the injury status of Pentagon Jr.’s past victims
Famous B – UCL reconstruction
Ricky Mandell – humerus, clavicle, scapula reconstructed
Vinny Massaro – no info known yet

Argenis controlled the early portion of the match, but Pentagon came back to destroy him and broke his arm.

Ivelisse makes head spin

Announcers were unaware Son of Havoc would be referee until he appeared for the match. Ivelisse got in some nice offense, but was helped by Angelico not wanting to hurt her adn Son of Havoc blatantly helping her. In the end, Iveisse got annoyed by the help, and an Angelico kick meant for Havoc got her instead. The story seemed more about Angelico foiling Havoc & Ivelisse’s plans than any breakup between them.

Mundo and Cuerno destroyed each other in the cage. Cuerno had a chance to escape, but it would’ve taken falling out of his mask to the floor and he did not do it. Mundo had a chance to escape, but instead pulled off the moonsault to win.

Catrina warned Fenix that the only way to get rid of Mil Muertes would be to bury him. In a separate segment, Catrina reminded Mil Muertes that they first met on the day of the earthquake, the day Mil embraced the persona of Mil Muertes, but told him all must come to an end. Catrina told Mil Muertes she would have Fenix put him in a coffin in a Grave Consequences match next week, trapping him again like he was in the earthquake. Catrina seemed to appear and disappear like a phantom in these segments

Another Konnan Vengeance promo aired.


just craziness

Argenis actually looked better with Fenix than Pentagon, which is not something I would’ve ever bet on. He was still fine and they got the purpose of the match over.

Angelico/Ivelisse was not near as bad as suggested in the reports. It was also definitely edited; they left a little bit of Angelico flirting in there, but played down or edited out other elements. (His suggestive cover on Ivelisse was about partly got the far away video camera treatment.)

Main event was Great, easily among the best matches they’ve had on this show. Putting them in a cage would seem to take away some of their usual offense, but they did a lot of fun side of the cage spots that made it worked. They took advantage of the environment and the tight spaces to pull off moves that wouldn’t normally work. It was worked as a completely even match where either man could’ve won. Mundo is clearly on a higher tier than Cuerno and did decisively won in the end, but not before both men looked great.

that needs to be on the King Cuerno all time highlight reel

The Grave Consequences match was played up in a special commercial for the episode. All the reports from the show suggested this was a big deal match and we got to see a little tease of it.

This was another quality show.

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Astral vs Mercurio for the minis title, Lucha Underground

photo by Alexis Salazar

CMLL (TUE) 03/10/2015 Arena México [CMLL, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Leono & Sensei b Camorra & Inquisidor
2) Demus 3:16, Mercurio, Pierrothito b Astral, Eléctrico, Último Dragoncito
Mercurio challenged Astral for a title match, and Astral challenged for a title shot.
3) Arkángel de la Muerte, Hijo del Signo, Nitro b Oro Jr., Soberano Jr., Star Jr.
Rudos took 1/3.
4) Delta b Sagrado [lightning]  (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Delta with with his Delta Formation submission in 6:59
5) Ángel de Oro, Dragón Rojo Jr., Fuego b Bárbaro Cavernario, Felino, Gran Guerrero
6) Kráneo, Pólvora, Rey Escorpión b Mistico, Titán, ValienteExcited for the title match. Mercurio has been really good of late.

Lucha Underground today has

There’s also a Fenix/Catrina interaction, judging from this teaser video.

Tonight’s show starts a run of three straight episodes with big stipulation main events. The Fenix/Muertes, Alberto/Texano, Cage/Puma matches all take place the next two weeks, all in big stipulations matches which end their feuds. The Crew/Big Ryck/Sexy Star feud also resolves. It’s kind of a pseudo-PPV, it’s kind of a deck clearing bit with most of April being taken up with other feuds. This should be a fun run of shows.

Pentagon Jr. says he’ll make Myzteziz and Rey Misterio suffer at Rey de Reyes.

Hijo del Fantasma is sure he’s keeping the cruiserweight championship, and wants to win all the AAA titles.

AAA has an audio preview of the 04/01 card in San Luis Potosi.

AYM has an interviews Faby Apache.

Black Terry Jr. has highlights of Alas de Acero & Adrenalina vs Power Bull & Magnum from Sunday’s IWRG show.
Segunda Caida starts a look at Sin Salida 2010.

Flamita’s March 6th match from Dragon Gate is up on DailyMotion

SuperLuchas looks back at Ray Mendoza winning the NWA Middleweight Championship for the first time on a past March 10th.

CMLL has highlights of the 03/06 show.

An headline saying Terrible & Rey Bucanero are the favorite at Dos Leyendas, but the article does not really make the case at all. To be fair, that’s a hard case to make.

Perro Mocho took Gitano’s hair in Xalapa’s Club Apolo.

Draego won the Arena Jalisco Light Heavyweight championship over Rayman and Makabre.

A new restaurant inside of the Minnesota Twins stadium has a wall of luchador masks.


IWRG (SUN) 03/15/2015 Arena Naucalpan
Guerra del Golfo, 2015
1) Omega vs Atomic Star
2) Emperador Azteca & Metaleón vs Hip Hop Man & Imposible
3) Black Terry, Chicano, Hijo De Dos Caras vs Negro Navarro, Rayan, Spector
4) Cien Caras Jr. vs Eterno, Danny Casas, El Hijo del Diablo, Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Hijo del Fishman, Veneno, Oficial 911 [cage, loser advances]
5) Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr. vs X-Fly, Relámpago, Universo 2000 Jr., Hijo de LA Park, Apolo Estrada, Oficial AK47, Máscara Sagrada [cage, loser advances]
6) ? vs ?? [cage, mask, hair]

Annual weird IWRG cage match (not to be confused with the two other annual IWRG weird cage matches.) The great thing about IWRG is there are so many guys who lose these matches all the time that it’s really hard to figure out which one exactly is going to lose. X-Fly’s there, for sure, but so are the Oficials and Apolo, and Eterno and Diablo are definitely capable of losing this. So many options.

CMLL (TUE) 03/17/2015 Arena México
1) Angelito & Fantasy vs Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Universo 2000
2) Flyer, Magnus, Robin vs Disturbio, Espiritu Negro, Metálico
3) Fuego, Pegasso, Tritón vs Puma, Sangre Azteca, Tiger
4) Astral © vs Mercurio [CMLL MINI]
Astral’s 3rd defense.
5) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Dragón Rojo Jr. vs Euforia, Pólvora, Rey Escorpión
6) Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto

so the new Hijos del Infierno are teaming up on the Friday and Tuesday prior to H2L, just not on the show itself. Polvora & Rey Escorpion continue to run into Angel de Oro & Dragon Rojo in the semimain.

No Tuesday lightning match means Angel de Oro vs Hechicero from Sunday will probably be uploaded by CMLL itself.

CMLL (TUE) 03/17/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Divino & Reycko vs Demonio Maya & Relampago
2) Leo, Soberano Jr., Star Jr. vs Artillero, Ráfaga, Súper Comando
3) Goya Kong, Princesa Sugehit, Silueta vs Dalys, Reyna Isis, Tiffany
4) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero
5) Negro Casas & Shocker © vs Marco Corleone & Rush [CMLL TAG]
Shocker & Casas’ fifth defense, all versus Ingobernable teams

Canny move by the Ingobernables to add Marco – three new combinations to get title matches!

Guerreros vs Sky Team comes to Guadalajara (probably six days before a title match in Puebla.)

Reyna Isis gets a match! Zeuxis being injured opened up a spot. This would be Isis’ first match on a main CMLL show.

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Guerreros versus Sky Team in Puebla, free admission to CMLL shows, new AAA sponsor

CMLL (MON) 03/09/2015 Arena Puebla [Periodico Enfoque, Periodico Enfoque (fotos)]
1) King Jaguar & Toro Bill Jr. b Arkalis & Paris
2) Asturiano, Shockercito, Último Dragoncito b Espíritu Maligno, Pierrothito, Saurón
3) Blue Panther Jr., Fuego, The Panther b Cancerbero, Okumura, Raziel
Okumura replaced Virus (personal issue?)
4) Kráneo, Morphosis, Terrible b Blue Panther, Máximo, Super Porky
Dos Leyendas talk followed.
5) Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero b Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr.
Guerrero pulled his Mistico’s mask to beat him. Clearly headed to a trio title match.

CMLL announced the Okumura for Virus sub ahead of time (!) and wrote this:

Y nuestro apoyo para el pequeño maestro en el difícil momento por el que está pasando.

That sounds serious. Hope all turns out fine.

The only other CMLL match change so far is Pequeno Violencia being pulled from Sunday’s show. He must not have been as close to return as was hoped. Pequeno Universo replaces him.

Today’s CMLL Arena Mexico show has Mistico, Titan and Valiente versus Kraneo, Polvora and Rey Escorpion, which has some promite. CMLL has an interview with Rey Escorpion which affirms he and Polvora are still grand amigos. Best news possible. Maybe they can recruit Mije to be the new third member of the Revolucionarios. Escorpion says some people suggested he didn’t belong in CMLL and those people are idiots. He is correct. Delta versus Sagrado is the lightning match, good odds on the rolling suplex making an appearance.

Guadalajara has all four Ingobernables, but split among two matches. Mascara is in a semimain with little hope, while the other three face Casas, Shocker and Terrible in the main event. The tercera is another Panthers/Cats battle, with Esfinge & Okumura as the third wheels.

CMLL’s website has announced a deal for fans who purchase tickets to watch Dos Leyendas in Puebla and Guadalajara. Those fans can use those tickets as free admission to a shows in Arena Puebla and Arena Coliseo Guadalajara for the rest of March and April. (It’s unclear if you get in free just for one show during those months or for all shows in those months. It’s got to be one show but it’s not translating well for me.)

Essentially, they’re not making anything on those showings, but hoping to get people going to the arena. Except, if you’re so into CMLL to go to a movie theater to watch Dos Leyendas, you’re probably either already going to the arenas or have chosen not to go. Maybe this is a much a gesture to the people who run those arenas – if they’re scared of TV driving people away from arenas, maybe they’re scared movie theaters will as well and are trying to do something to help them out.

AAA referees will be wearing new shirts courtesy of new sponsor Cementos Moctezuma. The sponsorship was announced before Friday’s TV taping. I don’t know how effective this is, given I can’t remember who was the last referee shirt sponsor – Comex? – but they’re also getting ad banners and such. Pepe Casas was included as a referee; he hasn’t been on TV since about TripleMania, but he is still around.

Psycho Clown says he’s dreamed of making the Rey de Reyes finals and is visually holding the sword. I’m visually that too and it doesn’t end well. The man goes off on mad stomping rampages, I don’t trust him with sharp objects.

AYM Sports caught up with Taya, Psycho Clown and La Parka at the Rey Misterio Jr. press conference. Ads for the Rey de Reyes iPPV have been airing pretty regularly on the TV channel.

+LuchaTV has the after the show video from their return show, highlights of Arez, Belial & Impluso vs the Neza Kings, La Resistenca vs Tortugas Ninja and Kriminal Boys vs Sky Stars and talks to the newly expanded Kriminal Boys after the match.

Mr. Niebla lost the main event trios match to Big Neurosis and the Ninja in Arena Coliseo Monterrey.  The last paragraph of that recap mentions a marriage proposal was accepted at the show.

San Luis Potosi luchador and trainer Rudy Valentino passed on Monday. He was 73. SuperLuchas has an obit. El Sabor del Ring has a video interview with him from last year.

RobViper has highlights of 11/14/14 CMLL.

Damian, Halloween and Nicho reunited for a win in Tijuana.

This weekend’s Coliseo Coacalco show has Gronda XXX and Guerrero Maya Jr. teaming up.

Update: Hijo del Santo has downgraded lucha from “in agony” to “dead“. Guess he’s not promoting a show this year since lucha libre is dead and all.

The usual periodic story about lucha libre in Laguna not doing well. This article is accompanied by a picture of Pierroth, which is just way too easy. They focus on Arena Olimpico Laguna’s shows, which are drawing very few people on Thursdays. There’s at least 9 different arenas in the area – including Arena Coliseo Corona, which Ultimo Guerrero either runs or has some involvement with – which may also be an issue. The show not being good may also be an issue.

Sagrado talks about his personal struggle of only being able to see his kids once a month. They and his (ex?)-wife are living in Acapulco now. He claims his left the priesthood (which is part of his gimmick) and instead majored in graphic design when he decided to become a luchador, and his partners thought he was crazy until he actually made his debut. The article mentions Sagrado as being from Monterrey; he’s been listed as from Guadalajara prior but that appeared to be a worked hometown.

Chilango has info and addresses for three luchador run restaurants: Scorpio Jr. (& wife), Babe Face’s right outside of Arena Mexico, and Shocker’s Che Guapo. The last one might have changed location. Every year we go, we mean to have rice from Babe Face but it hasn’t worked out yet.

Tickets for the UFC 188, on 06/13 in Arena Ciudad de Mexico (and hopefully with Cian Velasquez not getting hurt before the show this time) will run from 7000 to 350 Mexican Pesos. That’s $448 to $22.42, very pricey for Mexico but in line with usual UFC tickets (even cheaper than usual on the low end.)

Fuerza Guerrera‘s still sure the referee for his match with Negro Casas was crooked.

DJ Spectro looks back at a 1980 Ruleta de la Muerte.

Lucha Libre in Japan

This sub head has returned! It’s REINA news, you probably don’t care.

The 03/25 REINA show will have two title matches

  • Syuri defends the CMLL Women’s Championship against Silueta
  • Amapola defends the CMLL-REINA International Championship against Maki Narumiya

Narumiya is one of the pair of Japanese luchadora who came to Arena Mexico late last year – she’s the one who did not have a title match.

Silueta going from not being in Arena Mexico to being sent to Japan is odd, but no odder than usual for REINA/CMLL news. I’m struggling to come up with a scenario where Silueta could get a world title shot in CMLL against a Mexican challenger right now. She probably won’t be winning in either scenario, but she’d be better for the shot. REINA does better booking CMLL women than CMLL, generally. (They also still seem to be building to Kana vs Syuri, which makes one believe Syuri is going to have that belt until they get around to doing it.)


CMLL (MON) 03/16/2015 Arena Puebla
1) Black Tiger & Robin vs Guerrero Espacial & King Jaguar
2) Lestat, Soberano Jr., Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Nitro, Toro Bill Jr.
3) Dragon Lee, Stuka Jr., Tritón vs Kamaitachi, Okumura, Sangre Azteca
4) Atlantis, Máximo, Super Porky vs Ephesto, Kráneo, Mephisto
5) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero

Trios title match on 03/23 unless something odd happens.

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