La Secta won the tag team titles. They aren’t afforded a moment to celebrate, as the Clowns destroy the new champions. They also take out the referee when he tries to take the belts away from the Clowns.
Histeria wrestles the mask masked, which is really not a surprise at this point. The surprise turned out to be Histeria partially unmasking at some point, off screen after the match concludes while the Clowns are beating everyone up. You can see it’s off and even the front of his face if you look for him on the outside. He puts it back on before he leaves.
Dave kicks out of a Noa Noa Driver thru a chair, to Pagano’s surprise. Dave gives Pagano a horrendously poor piledriver and a top rope splash for the unlikely win.
Faby & Shani had the makings of a pretty good match with an inconclusive finish. I wouldn’t say it even necessarily ended early. They just kind of sped thru to get to the end match sort of offense before spilling outside for the countout. The hard back and forth right before that portion was pretty good, and they definitely did enough to think the rematch could be pretty good. Shani had one of the better outings, even if Faby was obviously leading/pulling Shani thru spots at time. Faby was subtly working ruda at time, though it didn’t like she could totally commit to it, and she sold the result like she was a wronged face by Tirantes bad decision, ignoring Shani at all. This was interesting if incomplete.
Pagano was awarded a sports award in Ciudad Juarez, possibly given to him before they realized he lost to Dave the Clown. Six different titles are mentioned to be on the line at Guerra de Titanes.
The main event trios is an all action match for due to the people included. It keeps the pace going better than the normal tag match last week and covered up their weaknesses better by not giving much time to linger on them. The downside is didn’t feel like it was building anywhere – the finish sequence itself seemed to come as a surprise to the crowd – even though they kept the general idea of everyone being desperate to finish someone off.
I don’t know about the post match. That kind of felt like the Clowns were not thrilled about losing and decided on their own to beat up anyone. It would explain Histeria’s strange reaction and the referee not seeming like he was planning to be taking bumps. Even if it was planned, it really took the spotlight and the meaning out of Cuervo & Scoria winning if they were simply destroyed after the fact. They’ve got to give the fans a moment to care about those guys winning if they’re going to gain some support.
It’s really quite a battle to see who is the worst wrestler between La Parka & Dave The Clown. Parka is bad for long periods of time, Dave his singular moments of terribleness. That piledriver in this match was a thing of wonder. Dave’s also horrible at selling, either completely dead or not bothering to register an impact at all while moving to his next position. Pagano was easily the second best guy in the tag match, maybe the best because Mr. Aguila was checked out on this mess. Maybe Pagano was lucky to get hurt if AAA was going to have him taking losses to Dave the Clown. I was waiting for a post match angle where he would snap or something. He just lost.
Tirantes doesn’t immediately break Faby’s armbar when Shani is on the ropes. After the fact, it’s clear that help from Tirantes is supposed to be an indication Faby is now a ruda. Both women are counted out while they’re fighting outside. Well, maybe it’s more like Shani is balled up on the ground and Faby’s too busy hitting her with a chair to think about coming back in until it’s too late. This was one of those countouts telegraphed because the referee and the announcers were making a big deal out of the count they usually ignore.
RevoLucha (SUN) 02/11/2018 Gimnasio Nuevo León Unido, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon [Estrellas del Ring, Lo Mejor de Lucha Libre, LuchaMania Monterrey]
1) Mini Hator b Mini Difunto crowd reacted well to this match.
2) Lord Byron & Psicótico b Muerte Extrema & Sick Boy Muerte Extrema replaced Skam 13. Bestia 666 helped Bryon & Psicotico to win, setting up a match with hima nd Sick Boy.
3) Kalibus & Mantra b Erika Sotelo & Última Sombra good match
4) Lady Flammer b Succi Love billed as a four way with exoticos Erika Sotelo & Larry Miranda as part of a tournament to determine a women’s champion, ended up just as a singles match.
5) Daga b Bestia 666, Epydemius, Zumbi [Revolucha CRUISER, tournament] Daga will face another winner at some point
6) Penta 0M & The King b Garza Jr. & Último Ninja Garza Jr. & Ninja had problems, blamed each other for the loss, and Garza kicked him out of the Rebellion Amarilla. Penta & Fenix made the save, so Ultimo Ninja may be in the red version now.
CMLL (TUE) 02/13/2018Arena México [CMLL, CultIcon]
1) Acero & Aéreo b Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Olímpico
2) Akuma, Hijo del Signo, Templario b Astral, Flyer, Sangre Imperial Sangre Imperial replaced Electrico on Tuesday. Rudos took 2/3.
3) Audaz, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther b Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Virus Tencicos took 2/3. Virus & Audaz didn’t figure into the finish.
4) Princesa Sugehit b Kaho Kobayashi [lightning] Kaho Kobayashi replaced Marcela on Monday
5) Hechicero, Johnny Idol, Okumura b Blue Panther, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr. Rudos took 2/3.
6) Marco Corleone, Titán, Valiente b Cavernario, Euforia, Mephisto Euforia replaced Mr. Niebla on Monday. Rudos took 1/3.
I kept getting pulled away from watching this. Sounded like a regular show.
CMLL (TUE) 02/13/2018Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Black Sugar & Star Black b Maléfico & Relámpago Azul
2) Explosivo, Magia Blanca, Robin b El Coyote, Grako, Guerrero de la Muerte
3) Esfinge, Pegasso, Rey Cometa b Cancerbero, Disturbio, Raziel tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. b Ephesto, Luciferno, Pierroth tecnicos took 2/3.
5) Diamante Azul, Mistico, Rush b Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible Tecnicos took 2/3.
Alonso Chapa, promoter of the Team 1927 indie promotion in Tijuana, passed away yesterday. It’s The Crash who announced it; 1927 would run shows a day after The Crash with a couple of the people flown in staying over along with the locals. They had that same setup this weekend with Penta & Fenix, but I have no idea if the show is still happening. Their own Facebook is quiet.
El Universal has an interview with lucha libre belt maker Santos Rodriguez Perez. He says he was a luchador who won a championship and wanted to get a copy of the belt for himself. It took a lot of work to track down the belt maker and, when he finally found him, he fell in love with the process of making belts and decided to get into himself. He avoids mentioning his luchador name.
The Chihuahua lucha libre commission has opened a dining room in Gimnasio Josue Neri Santos, where retired luchadors can get a free meal between noon and five pm each day. It’s supposed to serve about 70 people, with the commission paying for the food (with help from local restaurants.) I hope this works out well; all I can think is of how it certainly would be abused and shut down in the US.
DTU (SAT) 02/17/2018Arena Neza
1) Devitt Rodríguez, Hard Boy, Irving Travieso Montiel vs Baby Star Jr., Fly Danger, Mini Flash
2) Drolux vs Toxin, Sky Man, Anarquía
3) Billy Gamer & Toto Gamer vs Camuflaje & Junior
4) Vengador vs Adrenalina, Kastigador, Kevin, Sadiko, Lokillo, Jitsu, Rey Volador
5) Halloween & X-Fly vs Paranoiko & Tiburón
6) CIMA, Cobre, Moria vs Draztick Boy, Jimmy, Negro Casas
CIMA is in Tijuana on Friday, here on Saturday, and I have no idea where on Sunday. Cobre, Moria and Jimmy being in the main event might be a hint about how that DTU contest is going to turn out.
IWRG (SUN) 02/18/2018Arena Naucalpan
1) Celestial Boy vs Guerrero 2000
2) Dragón Orus & Príncipe Omi vs Dragón Bane & Fandango
3) Alas de Acero vs Ram El Carnero
4) Diablo Jr. & Súper Brazo Jr. vs Dragón Yuki & Gallo Frances
5) Black Dragón, Dinamic Black, Dragón Fly vs Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro, X-Fly
6) Capo Del Norte, Capo Del Sur, Máscara Año 2000 Jr. vs Liderk, Spartan, Spector
7) Aramis, Hijo del Pantera, Internacional Pantera vs Ovett, Trauma I, Trauma II
Main event will have ref bits. I need the Comando Elite and the Capos to eliminate each other.
CMLL (MON) 02/19/2018Arena Puebla
1) Astro & Centella Roja vs Ares & Fuerza Chicana
2) Flyer & Príncipe Diamante vs El Perverso & Rey Apocalipsis
3) Lestat, Pegasso, Stigma vs El Malayo, Kawato San, Universo 2000 Jr.
4) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón vs Johnny Idol, Kráneo, Okumura
5) Soberano Jr. vs Mephisto [lightning]
6) Cavernario & Volador Jr. vs Último Guerrero & Valiente
That’s a rematch of last year’s incredible pairs final for no obvious reason, like how there’s no obvious reason for the fourth match to be rudo/rudo either. Soberano/Mephsito is probably setting up a title match next week, but which one? A world champ challenging for a national title would be dumb but not unprecedented.
El Bandido vs Astrolux (WMC @ Salón Balumcanan on 08/20, 11:21, great, Estrellas del Ring)
The first few moments of this match feel strange. It took my mind a little time to adjust to little Bandido embracing his inner Último Guerrero and wrestling as the strong rudo in this match. It totally work. He came off as Astrolux’s best opponent, throwing him around incredibly (especially on the finish) while also basing in a way to make Astrolux’s offense look great. This might be the best Astrolux ever just for Bandido’s effort. There’s not many people Bandido can really work like a rudo like this for, but he can absolutely do it if needed. Astrolux and Bandido seem to get lost a bit for a minute before the finish, and the matchwould’ve been better just cutting it out, but this whole thing is worth seeing.
Estrellas del Ring matches are still joined in progress for whatever reason, but it’s unedited from there and they’re more complete than in past years. Got to be happy with incremental improvements in Mexico. (Still, Astrolux does a flip rana that’s just out of frame, making me wish for professional cameras.)
Iron Kid vs Demus 3:16 (LuchaMemes @ Coliseo Coacalco on 06/18, 7:25, great, via +LuchaTV)
Demus freed from the shackles of CMLL minis division is a fantastic thing. He was always capable of great matches there, but clearly was bored out of his mind for most of the last few years. This year’s indie run has really got his juices flowing again – or, with a fork from a helpful fan, has allowed him to get others juices running. This was a CMLL lightning match taken to the dirt of Coacalco, with Demus allowing Iron Kid a few moments of glory before knocking the life out of him with the scariest version of his piledriver yet. Iron Kid’s dives looked spectacular, as did his fling in to the pole to start the match. A match this short needs to go full ace the entire way and it seemed to slow down a bit to me, but it’s still worth your time. It won’t take long.
Black Taurus & Hijo de LA Park vs Daga & Rey Fénix (WWCI/ANCLA @ Arena Lopez Mateos on 09/30, 24:40, good, via hector godfrey)
Note: There’s no opening whistle here. They finally get down to two people in the ring at about 2:15, but there’s more stalling from there. You can jump it at 5:00 if you just want the action.
Review: A good match to half pay attention too. There’s no great flow here, the match actively drags at points, and they’re making it up as they go so stuff like the row of seats being thrown in goes nowhere when the referee ushers them back out. There’s plenty of cool spots to make a highlight video of this match, but it takes a long time to settle into something more than spots. d I’m not sure it ever really did. I know this is good action but I also know I didn’t find it altogether interesting as a package.
Flyer, Magnus, Oro Jr., Príncipe Diamante, Robin, Star Jr. vs Esfinge, Explosivo, Mágico, Omar Brunetti, Star Black, Vaquero Jr.in a cibernetico match (CMLL @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara on 10/03, 27:37, good, via thecubsfan)
for the Guadalajara side
Magico is in blue and black.
Explosivo is in white with red/orange flames, and a black/white mask.
Star Black is black and white, with a big star on the back of his gear.
Omar Brunetti is unmasked in Superman gear.
Vaquero Jr. is unmasked in black and silver.
I always like the concept of locals versus Mexico City guys, and it’s always helpful to have an idea of the local guys to see if anyone stands out. The action was alright, but no one really had that kind of stand out performance. Star Black is the one being pushed the most, though not in this match. They have him doing some Rayo spots to get him over with this crowd. It feels forced, and he doens’t connect much with the crowd otherwise. Omar Brunetti feels like the most complete of the Guadalajara crew and could be placed in the DF midcard without being a problem, but doesn’t feel like he has much more upside ethan that. (He also has the Dragon Rojo thigh band going on, which make me wonder if him disappearing at times from Guadalajara is actually injury related.) Vaquero seemed to get the best reaction, and was OK. Magico is a veteran feeling guy, Explosivo is a skinny rookie. The Ciudad de Mexico guys were just fine too, with Star Jr. having the best night. People cheered Esfinge winning, so that was nice for him.
Tigre Rojo vs Bárbaro I, mask vs hair (Arena Coliseo San Ramón on 10/15, 23:14, good, via Diiva Moxha)
Barbaro got very heavy, or this is a different one than I saw long ago in Arena Puebla and Monterrey. I couldn’t figure out where he was bleeding from in the second fall, then I realized Tigre Rojo was bleeding so heavily that his opponent was getting soaked in his blood. That’s a lot blood. Barbaro caught up with Tigre Rojo in the third, and is completely red by the end of the match. This was the massive bleeding apuesta match that you’re unlikely to see outside of indie shows now, which makes it a feel very different. This is a simple match in what they do with it – the risky dives are the biggest things attempted – but the mask match stipulation and the blood produce a lot of drama. It’s slow paced, either due to both men losing so much blood or at least selling that destruction. The speed makes some of the later reversal spots hard to believe. The other Babraros interfere in the match to distraction, which doesn’t add much but gets the crowd more annoyed. This might be one where I’d be more into it if I had see them outside of this one isolated match. The home building fans seem very into it.
Kalibus vs Cobre vs Centvriónvs Rafyvs Low Rider (Mexa Wrestling @ Arena San Juan Pantitlan on 10/21, 14:07, great, via Adrian Martinez)
I’m not sure if it was translation issues or silliness to call this match Five Star Match, but it comes crazily close to living up to the name with the outstanding insanity all the way thru. All the more impressive for the weirdo crew from different parts of the indie scene. Cobre’s a DTU guy, Low Rider is a northern Mexico/Texas guy now who rarely makes it to Mexico City, Centvrion & Rafy both dip into IWRG but rarely are against each other nowadays and Kalibus is a Neza local. They make it work, great chemistry for a match which often featured three or more people fighting at the same time. Cobre is murdered by Centvrion before the finish, which is too bad because he’s a guy want to see more of. You can see why DTU is high on him with some of his flying here. Rafy is the best wrestler in the world at points. Low Rider is an immense character who can also wrestle. Everyone contributes to the madness well.
IWRG (WED) 02/07/2018Arena Naucalpan [Estrellas del Ring]
1) Full Contact & Guerrero 2000 b Fly Star & Fly Tiger
2) Dragón Bane & Lunatic Xtreme b Atomik Star & Haziel Atomick Star replaced Angel Oriental, feuded with Lunatik.
3) Shadow Boy & Súper Brazo Jr. b Leroy & Odín straight falls
4) Demonio Infernal, Imposible, Ram El Carnero b Aramis, Black Dragón, Dinamic Black
5) Capo Del Norte, Capo Del Sur, Eterno b Dragón Fly, Hijo del Alebrije, Rafy
I’m not paying enough attention to IWRG, because I only noticed there were no results for last Wednesday’s show when Estrellas del Ring posted a recap. And I’m still not sure they’re right because Demonio Infernal is listed twice in the semifinal. Didn’t air.
CMLL (MON) 02/12/2018Arena Puebla [CMLL, CultIcon, MT]
1) Astro, Asturiano, Black Tiger b Joker, King Jaguar, Saurón Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Cancerbero, El Malayo, Raziel b Ares, Arkalis, Millenium Ares replaced Starman (missed a couple of days). Rudos took 1/3.
3) Stuka Jr., Titán, Tritón b Kawato San, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Mistico, Rush, Soberano Jr. DQ Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto Rush replaced Volador on Wednesday. Tencicos took 1/3. Mephisto fouled Soberano Jr., setting up a singles match.
5) Último Guerrero b Atlantis UG took 1/3, the last with an arm and a leg on the ropes.
I was really worried the main event was going to be very not good when they spent the first three minutes just playing to the crowd in about the same fashion as La Parka & Dr. Wagner did on Friday night. It turned out better than that match. Also, we learned that Tirantes will take a bump in your match if you promise he gets to shine in the finish. Everyone’s got to their comeback.
Soberano & Mephisto are both welterweight champions so one or both title should be on the line if they actually wrestle.
Tonight’s CMLL Arena Mexico show has under at least three different revisions. I think I have the right lineup now. It’ll probably change again.
The main event is now Marco Corleone, Titan and Valiente against Cavernario, Euforia and Mephisto. Euforia is a replacement for Mr. Niebla, who has possibly been benched once again following his strange performance on Friday night. One of the things many people were asking about in light of Drone’s incident is how CMLL would handle the next time a someone like Niebla did something similar on their own show. Guess we’re finding out.
(Speaking of Drone: a normal CMLL suspension is about 3 weeks, which means he should be back in circulation following Friday’s show. He’s not on the Sunday cards, but that’s just one show. If he doesn’t turn up at all next week, then it confirms they’re going to hold him out longer than normal as rumored.)
The lightning match is now Kaho Kobayashi versus Princesa Sugehit, in Kobayashi’s first singles match and easily the most interesting thing on the show. The semimain is Blue Panther, Guerrero Maya and Stuka against Hechicero, Johnny Idol and Okumura. Audaz & Virus meet again in the tercera, with the frequent foursome of the Panthers, Misterioso & Sagrado filling out the match.
The second match also had a change, with Electrico still not cleared to wrestle. Sangre Imperial will be back on a stream for the first time this year, teaming with Astral & Flyer versus Akuma, Hijo del Signo and Templario. Acero & Aereo face Pequeno NItro & Pequeno Olimpico in the opener.
The timing is terrible, even as an attempt to get a second ‘big’ match on the Homenaje a Dos Leyendas card. CMLL will have three Friday nights of the incredible pairs tournament, a normal show, and then right back into three more Friday nights of another tag tournament. (And the Gran Alternativa is probably not far away.) At least the second tournament should have less teams breaking up, though the scheduling means the logical Cuatrero & Sanson and Angel de Oro & Niebla Roja teams aren’t going to the finals. (Diamante Azul & Stuka, who were set up to win the tag team titles from Shocker & Casas at one point, are the favorites if they’re in this tournament.) It’ll be good to have the tag titles back in circulation, though the method of doing it is not pleasant.
This does make me wonder where Audaz/Virus is going, so they wouldn’t be having Virus cheat to win so much if there wasn’t a planned destination and it’s unlikely they’ll have a third notable match on H2L.
It is also weird Negro Casas & Shocker should both be healthy and around before this tournament starts, so they could have just defended (and lost) the title. Something always happens when they try, so maybe this is still for the best. Or maybe they have some big names on both sides planned for that match.
In an exclusive piece with Uproxx, Lucha Underground officially announced they’d have a new location for Season 4. That, the upcoming dates, and the idea they’re taping on Fridays in addition to Saturday & Sundays, had been out for a while and are confirmed here. That link has a few images of the new setup, which includes a catwalk which Aerostar will definitely be asking to dive the moment he sees it. On the flipside, at least Angelico will no longer feel compelled to jump off an office again, if Angelico is even around. That’s a question – who’s still around? – that goes with “when is Season 3 going to be on Netflix?” that isn’t answered in that article and everyone really wants to know.
Tickets are probably going out any moment. I think I’m not going this year – I’m not sure wanting to talk about a match for eighteen months and being legally unable that entire time to was really good for me, among other reasons – but I hope the energy in putting together a new set is also used in putting together other new things.
My real concern about LU waiting so long to announce their tapings is that maybe the people involved in putting together LU Season 4 are just doing because someone’s paying for it and they’re legally required to do it. If LU is going to make the effort and expense to do run this race one more time, they need to do it in a way that’s bigger or better than they’ve done before – just doing 21 episodes to air on a small network and the rest of the promotion to disappear into the void doesn’t seem worth the trouble. LU’s been really quiet up to now, though some of that can be explained by wanting to get media attention by giving it an exclusive. I hope they’re louder going forward.
LuchaMania Monterrey recap of Sunday’s AAA/KDNA show noted Hijo del Vikingo wrestled with a neck brace. There was a moment early in his title match on Friday where Vikingo landed badly on his head and I couldn’t figure out how he didn’t get hurt. I guess he did.
AAA’s Twitch channel has now switched from airing episodes from 2003. 2003 was not a super great time period for AAA, which also means there’s not a lot of video that was saved and later put up on YouTube – most of it hasn’t been seen since it aired, and some didn’t air out of Mexico at all. I need to go thru it and figure out what might be there that we don’t even know about.
AAA’s still posting the Televisa episodes on YouTube, if you miss that set of AAA announcers. There doesn’t seem to be anything added from Guerra de Titanes, with Noti AAA focusing on the press conference for Rey de Reyes and TripleMania. The only thing that really stuck out for me is they’re still using the “25th Anniversary” tour logos while they’re on the tour of the conquest, which is a very CMLL thing.
CMLL (SUN) 02/18/2018Arena México
1) Bengala & Retro vs Apocalipsis & Cholo
2) Magnus, Sensei, Star Jr. vs Espanto Jr., Metálico, Príncipe Odín Jr.
3) La Jarochita, La Vaquerita, Sanely vs Reyna Isis, Tiffany, Zeuxis
4) Marco Corleone, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Felino, Hechicero, Pólvora
5) Carístico, Dragón Lee, Mistico vs Ephesto, Rey Bucanero, Shocker
CMLL (SUN) 02/18/2018Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Avispón Negro Jr. vs Frentico
2) Cosmos & Micro vs Quka & Relámpago Azul
3) Javier Cruz Jr. & Yaqui vs Carlo Roggi & El Chakal
4) El Alteño, El Divino, Omar Brunetti vs Guerrero de la Muerte, Nautilius, Thunder Boy
5) Explosivo, Star Black, Vaquero Jr. vs Joker, Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno
I can’t think of anything to put here. Nothing follows from last week.
Azteca seems like it’s getting the same matches Teleformula is getting, which seems to defeat the purpose of having two shows. I dunno.
CMLL Guadalajara: 2018-02-10
taped 2018-02-06 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara – Mega/YouTube
1) Kaho Kobayashi, Lady Maravilla, Sanely vs La Seductora, Reyna Isis, Tiffany
2) Blue Panther Jr., The Panther, Tritón vs Disturbio, Puma, Tiger
3) Dragón Lee, Marco Corleone, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
CMLL Lucha Azteca: 2018-02-12
taped 2018-02-02 @ Arena México – Mega
incredible pairs tournament block A
Titan pinned Mephisto twice, setting up a title match challenge.
Adonis & Idol are beat in the first fall within seconds, cradles from behind while they’re waving their flags.
The main event turned into a lengthy Carístico exhibition. Euforia works better in these spots in some ways because he hasn’t had a chance to do them with smaller guys and feels fresher. He also hasn’t won any of these, which meant they did a lot of nice near falls and the only people buying Euforia having a chance of winning on any of them were the announcers. Carístico getting increasingly frustrated with Tirantes being Tirantes is a nice hidden subplot. It doesn’t feel he’s as much selling the physical punishment of each near fall as he is selling the emotional toll of a referee who just won’t count like normal people. He pulled off the moves too, but that was a more storytelling than the rest of the match had.
The semimain was not super interesting out of Titan getting the surprise pins to set up his title match, and even then the surprise was a bit too much for CMLL’s cameras. They missed his second fall win except for the count, then nearly missed him diving off the stage while showing a relay of that. Stuka & Valiente were taking it easy and the other rudos didn’t stand out.
Typically, a quick first fall will led to the time redistributed elsewhere. This time, it just led to a quick overall match that never really developed. The Panthers ripping the wig off Sam Adonis and then immediately getting dropped for the loss was a bit deflating. It was fine while it lasted, it just didn’t really last long.
Templario matches feel like must watch ones at the moment. One spot with him and Magia Blanca goes badly near the end, though the slightly save that one, and Templario makes an even bigger save for the finish. Templario’s doing springboard dropkicks and then taking headscissors from behind, he is up for doing anything at this point. Pegasso and Nitro both wrestling Superman logos was not great, but Pegasso trying to do a casadora armdrag to send Nitro thru the ropes was worse, Nitro stood no chance of making it thru the ropes.
Today’s Arena Puebla show has an Atlantis versus Ultimo Guerrero. You may know this is not a first time match! This is their 38th singles match, if you throw in matches that happened in Memphis, Tennessee and Thorton, Colorado. It is their first match since last April, though that’s probably because Atlantis was out for six months and still doesn’t look 100%. The drama here isn’t in the outcome – there’s nothing on the line, UG is going to ask for the mask versus hair match either way, Atlantis will say no – but if Atlantis can at least get a Good level in this singles match. This seems too soon and unnecessary. Maybe it’ll draw.
The rest of the card seems somewhat more promising than usual. Mistico, Rush (in for Volador) and Soberano face the Hijos del Infierno. Stuka, Triton & Titan team up against Misterioso, Sagrado and Kawato in what should be a pretty good match if they go for it. Locals include Astro, Asturiano, Joker, and Arkalis, though the two opening matches each have people I assume will make the match worse. The show will air on YouTube at 9pm.
There’s one significant change for tomorrow’s card. Marcela was scheduled for the lightning match, but she’s now off the lineup. Princesa Sugehit will now take on Kaho Kobayashi in her first CMLL singles match.
EDIT: Are you looking forward to watching ELITE? TOO BAD. In authentic Elite fashion, CMLL announced the TV show – and the Sunday Elite shows – are on pause for now. The story is the TV launch date is being pushed back and so they’re going to run regular CMLL shows on Sunday until it’s ready to go. There’s no indication if this is a short term thing or a going to take a while.
Uno TV has a feature on Micro Man, including him training. He’s the oldest of three brothers (imagine a Micro Trio.) It sounds like they had him training with a normal class just as a trial before starting the micro group.
SoloWrestling points out a Johnny Mundo video interview w/ Chris Van Vliet of note. Johnny Mundo says Vampiro is an idiot. I’m not sure alone Johnny Mundo calling Vampiro an idiot is even news at this point. Mundo saying Kevin Kross, Fantasma, Texano, and Wagner among other have issues with Vampiro too is sort of news, though it comes off at least half in character. Mundo does say Vampiro will be back on Lucha Underground Season 4 and he seems to be as interested in finding out how they work together as everyone else.
Speaking of Lucha Underground, Johnny Mundo outright says they’re taping next weekend. Everyone is willing to say this except for Lucha Underground, though even Mundo isn’t even sure of the schedule. He thinks they’re doing 2 episodes a week, 3 days a week, for about 5 weeks – but that would be 30 episodes and they’ve announced 21. Maybe there are weeks without three days a week, maybe no one knows and that’s why this is taking forever.
There’s no reason for Kraneo to be a técnico, except they were probably short a técnico for a couple Mondays. Terrible fouled Carístico for no real reason beyond them building to that match next.
The title match felt more entertaining the first time I saw it than the rewatching it much later. The five ramp spots are all look good and are used well, there’s just not a lot of meat to this match otherwise. Diamante Azul is a strong guy who doesn’t do many strong in this match, and the rest of what they do just is OK. This match felt like they made the most of what they had to work with, they just didn’t have a whole to work with.
The highlight of Hechicero & Guerrero Maya is Hechicero taking a short pause in the ring on his own, as if he’s considering if it’s really worth it launch himself dangerously out of the ring onto Guerrero Maya. Hechicero decides it’s absolutelynecessaries, and flies thru the air with the gracefulness of a mattress being thrown out of a second floor window. CMLL will run about 120 of these lightning matches on streaming shows this year and it’s hard to imagine much of them beating the enjoyment of this one. It wasn’t the technical battle you’d expect from two of the best in CMLL at that. They’re also two of the best at connecting spots in interesting fashions, and they made their usual offense more interesting when they weren’t wildly diving out of the ring or taking huge bumps off the top. They fought as fast as the fast guys while keeping it clean. Definite recommendation.
Audaz is good, though even he couldn’t make a long mat section with Malayo something the fans were interested in seeing. They went nearly five minutes by themselves to in the first fall, which is a bit much. That match closed with a third fall that seemed to have no particular direction too. Universo 2000 Jr. seemed to be in the middle of everything for most of the match, never looking spectacular but improving his competency. Raziel caching dives by shoving away the person taking them is strange looking, and he generally didn’t look sharp in this one.
CMLL (SAT) 02/10/2018Arena Coliseo [+LuchaTV]
1) Cholo & Inquisidor b Bengala & Sensei rudos took 1/3.
2) El Coyote, Grako, Príncipe Odín Jr. b Flyer, Príncipe Diamante, Sangre Imperial rudos took 1/3
3) Oro Jr. b Magnus [lightning] Magnus replaced Electrico.
4) Astral, Fuego, Pegasso b Nitro, Raziel, Universo 2000 Jr. Astral replaced Starman. Tecnicos took 2/3.
5) Guerrero Maya Jr., Titán, Valiente DQ Kawato San, Pólvora, Rey Bucanero Tecnicos took 1/3. Bucanero fouled Valiente for the DQ.
6) Atlantis, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. b Ephesto, Kráneo, Máscara Año 2000 tecnicos took 2/3.
The recap mentions Kraneo and the rudos had problems in the main event, which I assume is the usual rudo bumbling but I guess might be more.
No show here next week, as there’s a boxing event instead.
CMLL ELITE (SUN) 02/11/2018Arena México [+LuchaTV, CMLL]
1) Pequeño Nitro & Pierrothito b Shaolin & Stukita
2) Dalys & Zeuxis b Diosa Quetzal & Marcela Quetzal’s Arena Mexico debut.
3) Audaz & Magia Blanca b Ciclón Ramírez & Relámpago and Cancerbero & Raziel and Metaleón & Mr. Leo
3) Emperador Azteca, Fly Warrior, Guerrero Maya Jr. b Heddi Karaoui, Imposible, Tyson La Bestia
5) Diamante Azul & Hijo De Dos Caras b Blue Panther Jr. & The Panther first three falls match of the night. Azul & Caras took 2/3.
6) Ángel de Oro, Golden Magic, Mistico b Euforia, Hechicero, Mephisto tecnicos took 2/3.
7) Cibernético & Sharly Rockstar b Gran Guerrero & Último Guerrero Ciber & Sharly took 1/3, the last when Charly was eliminated and snuck back in to foul UG.
Ciber & Sharly need to win on the first show, but there was no guarantee of that. I’m not sure if I’m still supposed to be calling them the Radicalz.
I can’t find any great bit picture of the arena to judge attendance. It does look to be bigger in the small pictures I can find. This show, in some form, will air on TV next Sunday.
Tyson la Bestia’s gear has “STFAM” on it. I have no idea what that means, except Marcela’s gear has also recently had that abbreviation on it and maybe that’s a clue about the identity of the big bodybuilder guy who’s always sitting next to Marcela at CMLL shows.
Facebook page (not AAA) Zona Ruda passed along a rumor that the Parka Negra we saw added to Perros del Mal on Friday was not Ultmo Gladiador, as has been for the last few years, but instead Angel Mortal Jr. I haven’t gone back to watch the match yet, but people who have said it looked like Parka Negra was not Gladiador. Angel Mortal Jr. was scheduled for the show and bumped off when the last two matches were changed, so it’s possible he would’ve still been at the arena.
I’m not sure why AAA would go thru such effort to keep a dead character like Parka Negra going. My only theory is they thought “Parka Negra” would be a bigger fill in name for Mr. Aguila than a rookie. If this is a permanent change, it would’ve been recently – it was still Gladiador in the gimmick last December. It also seems like a poor idea to make a permanent change, since the Parka Negra character has been cast as a loser and a non-factor for years. On the other hand, AAA still has a Gronda and had an Alerbije to protect their rights to those characters.