CMLL is back on Fridays, just on YouTube instead of Claro. (I guess they just didn’t think of it last week.) Crazy/Bucanero in the lightning match and Lee/Mascara in the trios are expected, but it’s the stuff that doesn’t seem to build to 09/02 that might be interesting. Let’s talk about that in the morning.
Elite is airing two shows, as promised to make up for last week’s show being missed due to rain. It may not be the full shows. Last week’s show airs Friday night at 11pm, around the old time slot and heads up against the end of the CMLL stream. It’s only listed as an hour – Elite usually goes 75 or 90 minutes, and maybe they’ll just end up going that long anyway. The Saturday show is at the normal time, and should be the matches from this Thursday night. (It’s Mexico, so that’s all to change.)
AAA starts on the Toluca taping, some of which has turned up on YouTube handled already. As usual, we’ll have a better idea of what actually airs when AAA puts up it’s preview Friday night, but they’re in full TripleMania promo.
CMLL Azteca (US) airs the Leyenda de Plata this weekend, which turns out to be the Anniversary build.
IWRG (WED) 08/10/2016Arena Naucalpan [The Gladiatores]
1) Keiser Drago & Shadow Boy b Adrenalina & Fly Tiger
2) Dowki, Hanaoka, Yakuza b Black Dragón, Fireman, Omega
3) Alas de Acero, Aramis, Araña de Plata, Galaxy, Guerrero 2000 b Eddy Santos, Rosario Negro, Vengador, Viajero Extremo, Viajero Jr.
4) Bombero Infernal, Demonio Infernal, Hip Hop Man b Dragón Fly, Emperador Azteca, Hijo del Alebrije Infernales & Hip Hop Man didn’t get along – the Infernales wanted to beat Dragon Fly themselves to avenge Demonio’s mask loss, but it was Hip Hop Man who stole the pine by unmasking Dragon Fly.
5) Black Terry DRAW Judas el Traidor [super libre] bloody match, ending in a double pin draw. Hair match challenges were made, but no date was set.
Today’s Elite show has Ultimo Guerrero vs Rush and Atlantis vs Volador Jr., both which should be strong matches. The rest of the show is not bad. This show will air, but the Elite schedule is weird. They are airing both last week and next week’s episode, but it appears the last week’s episode is airing at the old 11pm Friday slot, and the new episode is at the new Saturday slot.
That also means we’ll be back to Elite and CMLL airing at the same time, since CMLL will be back on YouTube this Friday.
TripleMania tickets are on sale at Superboletos. The prices this year down run from 2160 to 240 Mexican pesos (118 to 13 USD). The high end seems lower than last year, but I can’t find that number to confirm. They also drop off quickly: the second most expensive section is 960 MXP. That makes some sense; the people who want are going to pay ringside are probably going to pay the same, and the bigger struggle is going to get the casual fans this year. AAA still hasn’t mentioned any iPPV/PPV plans
Tickets for the CMLL Anniversary show do not appear to be up yet.
Gran Metalik won his match last night on WWE’s Cruiserweight Classic. He will face the winner of Akira Tozawa and Jack Gallagher in the quarterfinals. (The match airs next week, and you can find out the result in usual places.) That quarterfinal match will be taped on August 26 and will air August 31 or September 7th.
IWRG (SUN) 08/14/2016Arena Naucalpan
1) Fireman vs Adrenalina
2) Astro & Black Dragón vs Picudo Jr. & Skanda
3) Dragón Fly, Emperador Azteca, Freelance vs Dowki, Hanaoka, Yakuza
4) Diablo Jr., El Hijo del Diablo, Imposible vs Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro [super libre]
5) Chicano, Pantera I, Súper Nova vs Killer Jr., Negro Navarro, Relámpago
6) Canis Lupus & Hijo De Dos Caras vs Máscara Año 2000 Jr. & X-Fly
X-Fly is back in Mexico, which is trouble for Mexico. Fourth match seems like they’re setting up a title match. Team Japan continues in the tercera.
Freelance is double booked; he’s supposed to face Arez in Xalapa on the same day. (Black Dragon & Killer Jr. are also double booked, but in the same state.)
What happened: Angelico & Jack Evans are once again the tag team champions, with a little help from Mary Apache. That was enough to make the Averno/Chessman vs Las Apaches match official. Cage beat Wagner again.
Also, this show went 61m04s and had 20m50s of bell to bell action.
This was a one episode taping. The first two matches were instead posted exclusively on AAA’s YouTube channel.
What was good: The three way tag title match was the best match on the taping, and I liked the Aerostar/Suicide vs Daga/Fly match, despite it’s flaws. The rest, including the dark matches, are skippable.
Where can I watch it: It’s all on AAA’s channel and will be on mine later.
Previously: Johnny Mundo beat Pentagon Jr. – without help from Chavo this time. Pagano beat Psycho Clown, and then they threw some not great punches at a ptres conference. Chessman and Averno mocked the Apches, then lost because of them. (more…)
CMLL (FRI) 09/02/2016Arena México
1) Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis vs Lluvia, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit
2) Ephesto, Mephisto, Shocker vs Marco Corleone, Máximo, Stuka Jr.
3) Súper Crazy vs Rey Bucanero [hair]
4) Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas vs Atlantis, Carístico, Máscara Dorada
5) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero [CMLL TRIOS] 7th defense
6) Dragón Lee vs La Máscara [mask]
Tickets go on sale tomorrow. As of now, there’s no price listing on Ticketmaster.
At the press conference, they noted La Mascara would be the first Alvardo to headline an Anniversary show and Dragon Lee would become the youngest ever to be in any apuesta match on these shows (younger than Puma in 2012, which was only an undercard match.)
The trios match is the only big addition we did not previous, and should be a stellar match. The overall card is not at the star power of recent years. It was going to be impossible without another Atlantis mask match, but this is much close to the level of the Terrible/Rush main event prior to it, and arguably less than that.
Rush is very noticeably not included on the card. He could’ve fit into the segunda, but it’d been hard for CMLL to explain him on the tecnicos side after he turned on Maximo & Marco earlier in the year. (Rush would’ve been better than Ephesto as a rudo though.)
The Anniversary show will NOT be transmitted live via PPV, but instead be put up on demand the next day on YouTube. The plan is for it to be up Saturday at 8AM. No price was announced. That’s not nearly as fun and ruins the community aspect of watching a show, but at least it should go up complete. It does indicate CMLL considers the Sunday VOD show successful if they’re trying it again. This show not being as big a deal as years past takes away the sting – the results are obvious or unimportant, I’m more interested in how they get there – but it does stink not having an official live option. People are just going to end up watching iffy Periscope streams instead.
It does appear this will not be the only major show in September. JCR ended the press conference by mentioning other surprises and festivities planned for the month, and announced a September 7th press conference to discuss those. That happens to be the same day as the Lucha Underground Season 3 debut; their trailer also dropped today.
A few other items were mentioned
Matt Taven will come to CMLL as a ROH representative on 09/09. It wasn’t if it was meant to be the start of a few week run like the NJPW guys, or a one night thing. JCR hyped CMLL, and speculated about someday having a NJPW/CMLL/ROH super show, but that seemed to be just his speculation. JCR hyped Taven’s title wins in ROH, but it’s worth noting he’s suffered a knee injury in December, has not returned to wrestling, and has no real specific role since his tag partner and manager left the promotion right after the injury. (It’s a odd first person to send – it feels like AAA sending Argos to TNA because they didn’t have any plans for him, only Taven should bebetter than Argos.)
Fantasy vs Electrico in Guadalajara next Tuesday is the Minis Anniversary celebration
Coliseo shows were officially said to no longer be “Sabado Retros”. They haven’t been for over a month. Caristico was interviewed to talk about wrestling there this Saturday for the first time in years. (He was there earlier this year, but for Elite.)
CMLL announced a photo exhibit at Liverpool stores from 08/25 to 09/23.
CMLL (TUE) 08/09/2016Arena México [CMLL, Culticon, thecubsfan]
1) Acero & Astral b Pequeño Universo 2000 & Pierrothito 13:44. Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Amapola, Tiffany, Zeuxis b Estrellita, La Vaquerita, Sanely 11:44. Rudas took 2/3. Esterllita replaced Marcela on Tuesday.
3) Blue Panther Jr., Stigma, The Panther b Fujin, Okumura, Raijin 14:14. Tecnicos took 1/3.
4) Fuego b Puma [lightning] 7:50. Fuego wrapped up Puma in La Guelauetza.
5) Kráneo, Niebla Roja, Ripper b Johnny Idol, Rey Cometa, Star Jr. 16:10. Rudos took 1/3. Star Jr. replaced Super Porky.
6) Máscara Dorada, Pierroth, Rush b Shocker, Terrible, Vangellys 9:47. Tecnicos (?) took 2/3.
Nothing much happened, but there matches were generally OK. Super Porky missed the show again; I wonder if CMLL doesn’t bother to get a bigger name replacement around in case, or if they somehow don’t know he’s not wrestling until the last moment and grab whoever they can get. (Star Jr. was fine in that match though.)
CMLL (TUE) 08/09/2016Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Metatrón & Vaquero Jr. b Carlo Roggi & Joker
2) Disturbio, Metálico, Sangre Azteca b Flyer, Oro Jr., Robin
3) Fantasy DQ Último Dragóncito, Cosmos, Shockercito, Stukita, Pequeño Olímpico, Mercurio, Relámpago, Pequeño Violencia, Pequeño Nitro [MEX LIGHT, #1 Contenders] Fantasy upset Mercurio to get the title shot.
4) Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Valiente b Cavernario, Hechicero, Rey Bucanero
5) Dragón Lee, Mistico, Volador Jr. DQ Ephesto, La Máscara, Luciferno La Mascara unmasked Dragon Lee for the DQ.
6) Carístico b Mephisto
I usually wait for the full results to be posted from Guadalajara, but worth noting the two finishes in the main event. No sign of an angle for Caristico/Mephisto, and Dragon Lee and La Mascara continue to feud. This is also another good turnout for Guadalajara, thanks to some combination of Caristico and summer holidays.
Santo Jr. will debut in Tijuana on Saturday. Dr. Wagner Jr. is off the show, so it’s now the Santos against Angel Blanco Jr. & Rayman. Santo Jr.’s match in Torreon on the 18th – originally planned to be his Mexico debut – has him teaming with Magnifico II against Silver King & Hijo de Dr. Wagner. Magnifico II is Elite/CMLL’s Bandido, and CMLL luchadors have been blocked from appearing on shows with Hijo del Santo in the past. I assume that block extends to his son, but it did seem like Magnifico II
LLC 08/29 in Nuevo Laredo has Rey Horus vs Extreme Tiger on top, plus Valiente & Flamita vs Ozz & Espiritu. Ozz had quit AAA and stopped wrestling outside of his hometown back around 2014, but has turned up a couple times in the last couple months, including last weekend in Texas for Martinez promotion.
CMLL (TUE) 08/16/2016Arena México
1) Leono & Sensei vs Espanto Jr. & Inquisidor
2) Oro Jr., Soberano Jr., Starman vs El Cuatrero, Sansón, Skándalo
3) Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Hechicero, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado
4) Stuka Jr. vs Luciferno [lightning]
5) Mr. Niebla, Shocker, Terrible vs Ángel de Oro, Johnny Idol, Titán
6) Máscara Dorada, Rush, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero
Rush being on Tuesdays suggests he won’t be on Fridays and such won’t be added to the Anniversary main event, but we should know all we need to know on that. It does leave for a pretty good main event for a Tuesday.
Niebla, Shocker & Terrible against Angel de Oro, Johnny Idol and Titan to CMLL really needing another group of semimain rudos who are good against high flyers.
This might be the last show for the guys going to the Super J final; they could pop up on the Elite show on Thursday but likely would be have to leave before Friday’s show.
CMLL (SUN) 08/07/2016Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Doimgos Familiares]
1) Destructor b Micro Destructor took 2/3.
2) Capitán Cobra & El Alteño b Diplomático & Mr. Brisa Diplomatico replaced Linterna. Tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Cosmos, Mágico, Metatrón b Demonio Rojo, El Gitano, Gran Kenut Tecnicos took 1/3.
4) Flash II, Star Black, Vaquero Jr. b El Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón Rematch from last week. Tecnicos took 2/3, the last when Star Black unmasked Sanson. Star Black asked for a trios title match and the rudos accepted – but said they’d decided when it would happen.
5) Carlo Roggi L Johnny Dinamo, Randy, Mr. Apolo, Évola, El Yaqui, Javier Cruz Jr., Exterminador [cibernetico, hair] Johnny Dinamo took Carlo Roggi’s hair, winning with a casita.
Star Black seems to put his big matches on his YouTube channel, so that trios title match may turn up even if it takes place on an upcoming Sunday.
CMLL (MON) 08/08/2016Arena Puebla [Culticon, luchablog]
1) Akuma, Espíritu Maligno, Inquisidor b Centella Roja, Millenium, París Rudos took 1/3. 14:38.
2) Arkángel de la Muerte, Espanto Jr., Policeman b Arkalis, Pegasso, Tigre Rojo Jr. 18:41. Rudos took 2/3.
3) Ares, Bobby Z, Virus b Black Tiger, Stigma, Titán 15:11. Ares pinned Black Tiger clean. Black Tiger requested a mask match. Triton replaced Stigma.
4) Atlantis, Máscara Dorada, Mistico DQ Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla 11:54. Tecnicos took 2/3. The last when Cavernario fouled Mistico. Dorada challenged for a rematch on behalf of his team. Cavernario insulted the people and Niebla was doing the same when they cut his mic. Mr. Niebla replaced Negor Casas.
5) Sharlie Rockstar & Shocker b Marco Corleone & Último Guerrero [Relevos Increíbles] 9:32. Team Shocker took falls 2/3, beating both men in the final fall to win. Shocker demanded a shot at UG’s middleweight title (though he accidentally called it Light Heavyweight) and UG agreed.
Another big turnout, and the matches they set up for next week (Tigre/Ares, UG/Shocker, semimain) should continue that. Fourth match was the best on the show. Arkangel matches are not the worst matches, but they’re the most painful use of time.
Negro Casas missed this show. He missed Sunday too; he was listed on the Twitter recap but the website corrected it to Ephesto in his place. Casas has been in and out since Homenaje a Dos Leyendas. He’s not badly injured – he seems like a normal grandfather on Dalys’ social media accounts – but it’s enough to keep him out of action a lot. No idea if it was the taxing hair match with Volador that Casas is still recovering from, or if he’d been working thru injuries up to that point.
They set up quite a few matches on the Puebla show, but the biggest news of the night was at the start. CMLL confirmed they’d hold a press conference at Wednesday at noon to announce the 83rd Anniversary (09/02) lineup. They’re saying it’ll be the entire card, not just the main event. Given how close the show is already, that seems about right. (It also means that, since we still haven’t seen a poster, CMLL might actually have their show all announced before AAA does the same.) Dragon Lee versus La Mascara and Rey Bucanero versus Super Crazy are the two expected matches, and it’s a matter of seeing how everyone else fits in, and seeing who’s left out.
Tonight’s Arena Mexico show is a reset week. While Puebla can manage to run three storylines one show, Tuesday Mexico shows are often limited to one (if not zero), and so last week’s Maximo/Escorpion show means there’s no story CMLL is trying to tell this week. Luckily, there are a few stories they’re not trying to tell but are still sort of interesting. The main event is Rush’s first appearance in Arena Mexico in 25 days; he wrestled in the main event of the Leyenda de Plata show, the night after the brawl with LA Park which appears to have gotten both suspended. (LA Park is still not back.) Any Rush post match interview is potentially more interesting than the match, where he teams with his father Pierroth and Mascara Dorada against Shocker, Terrible and Vangellys. Pierroth and Mascara Dorada bring remarkable different styles. Pierroth himself has been way scaled down of late, and is making his first streaming appearance since July 19th. It might not be a coincidence.
The semimain is also more interesting as a status check on another CMLL luchador missing in action, Brazo de Plata. Super Porky hasn’t appeared on a CMLL card in a month, though he’s been repeatedly advertised for them. CMLL’s preview finally acknowledged the situation enough to give a reason, saying Porky has a hip injury. Maybe that means he’ll be better tonight. Maybe it won’t mean anything. On this past week’s CMLL Informa Vuelta, Ultimo Guerrero mentioned Niebla Roja is out with an injury, but he’s still listed as wrestling tonight. Should they both make the match, Porky will team with Rey Cometa and Johnny Idol, while Roja teams with Kraneo & Ripper.
The rest of the card is more ordinary stuff. Pequeno Universo will struggle his way thru the opener, teaming with Pierroth against Astral & Acero. Sanely (spelled “Shanely” in the preview) continues her regular appearances by teaming with Vaquerita & Esterllita against Zeuxis, Amapola and Tiffany; the tecnicas seem outmatched in that one. Blue Panther Jr. & the Panther continue their never ending series against Fujin & Raijin with Okumura and Stigma rounding out the trios. The lightning match had Fuego against Puma; Puma seems to struggle to beat the guys at the level of Fuego, and they usually are entertaining together.
AAA announced Heroes Inmortales will take place 10/02 (Sunday) in Monterey. This has been the plan for months, since Verano de Escandalo was “postponed” (and then never made up) from running in the same location. Verano seemed to be pulled because AAA didn’t have a card big enough to run Arena Monterrey. They’re running Arena Monterrey again, and I’m not any more sure about them having a card big enough to run that big building. There will be five weeks of TV in between TripleMania and Heroes Inmortales. One of them will be the second half of the Veracruz taping, building up TripleMania. Two more will be TripleMania, if they don’t skip it (and there’s no sign of an additional taping that would allow them to skip it.) That leaves just two weeks of new TV to set up big matches for Heroes Inmortales. That’s a super challenging task for a wrestling promotion running well, and AAA is currently a promotion who’s postponed two of their last three shows. Maybe 10/02 was the only date they could get, but this doesn’t seem like any better situation than the last one. Cross your fingers.
AAA has a preview of their next taping in Veracruz (still 10 days away). They do confirm Fenix & Fantasma are the mystery team on the show, facing Drago & Aerostar and Joe Lider & Daga. There is no mention of the “winner picks the ref” stip in the main event. There’s also no mention of the segunda, so it could just be an omission and not a change. I figure Tirantes is going to get involved anyway, because AAA, but doing two ‘special’ referees on the same show seems overkill and maybe they backed off doing the one in the main event after adding it to Apaches/Chessman/Averno.
The main event of a free show in Morelos had Octagoncito & Mini Drago against Dowky & Mini Kenzo Suzuki, for deep AAA cuts. Mini Drago seems to be keep that name on the indies, which probably won’t go for him in the long term. Mary Apache also worked the show, a rare non-AAA appearance for her.
IWRG (WED) 08/10/2016Arena Naucalpan
1) Keiser Drago & Shadow Boy vs Adrenalina & Fly Tiger
2) Black Dragón, Fireman, Omega vs Dowki, Hanaoka, Yakuza
3) Alas de Acero, Aramis, Araña de Plata, Galaxy, Guerrero 2000 vs Eddy Santos, Rosario Negro, Vengador, Viajero Extremo, Viajero Jr.
4) Dragón Fly, Emperador Azteca, Hijo del Alebrije vs Bombero Infernal, Demonio Infernal, Hip Hop Man
5) Black Terry vs Judas el Traidor [super libre]
Might this super libre match not end in DQ? Semifinal follows up on the mask match, with the tercera continuing the FILL vs Gym Infierno feud. Dowki & Hanaoka stick around by teaming with fellow Japanese man (??) Yakuza, which is just perfect.
This is a big Puebla show, a title match and a mask match. Ares & Black Tiger haven’t clicked at all and UG/Shocker doesn’t seem promising, but the crowd will be into both. (I’d pick Black Tiger, but this is hard to call.) The other matches look promising too, with Fujin & Raijin facing (relatively) new people, a good minis match, and a decent opener. King Jaguar does return after all.
Lucha Memes (SUN) 08/21/2016 Atlantico Club, Cuauhtémoc, Distrito Federal
1) Kaligua Jr., Lunatic Fly, Lunatic Xtreme vs Alas de Acero, Aramis, Iron Kid
2) Lady Maravilla vs Keira vs La Magnifica
3) Mike Segura vs Rey Cometa
4) Zafiro vs Arez
5) Dragón Lee vs Freelance
6) Alberto Dos Rios vs Virus
Same day as the Chairo show. Freelance/Lee and Cometa/Segura should be great, the women’s match should be as well, and that’s a big match for Alberto dos Rios.
UWE (SAT) 08/27/2016Arena Lopez Mateos
1) Felina Metálica & Keira vs Diosa Atenea & Lady Maravilla
2) Sensei, Shibata, Yakuza vs Kilvan, Shadow, Yoruba and Dante, Euro, Filder
3) Sádico vs Flamita, Toxin, Mike Segura, Impulso
4) Caifan, Dr. Cerebro, Virus vs Negro Navarro, Trauma I, Trauma II
5) LA Park & Rey Hechicero vs Pierroth & Rush
Rush & LA Park brawl the night before TripleMania. Tercera is going to have people flying all over the place. Second match is a trio of martial arists.
IAP (SUN) 09/04/2016 Salón Citlalli, Ecatepec, Estado de México 1) Yoruba vs Tromba 2) Lokillus vs Danger, Johnny Madrid 3) Wasson vs Centella 4) Huracán Ramírez Jr. vs Ciclón Ramírez Jr. 5) Teelo vs Rafy vsLeo vsMike 6) As Charro & Wotan vs Canek Jr. & Hijo del Fishman
Main event follows up on the non-finish of the first show. It’s another tribute to UWA, and I suspect there are people on this show and attending the show who were born after the promotion stopped existing. (Definitely those born after it stopped mattering.) Ninja Turtle fights are always fun.
This is a smaller number of matches than usual. No Claro. No Elite. Azteca moved around so I missed a big chunk (but it’s a show I put up already.) Sunday’s IWRG was pre-empted by baseball. Saturday’s IWRG was pre-empted by my internet going out in the middle of the show; I’m getting help with the missing matches from the Wednesday taping, and I will add them later on.