Mocho Cota, CMLL Friday preview

Mocho Cota

Mocho Cota, Manuel Cota Soto, passed away yesterday afternoon. He was 62. He’s said said to have died after a fall caused multiple skull fractures (though a brain aneurysm was also mentioned.) Cota’s organs are being donated, as he requested in his will. He’s the second luchador in his family to pass away in 2016, after his son Zayco died in June. Another son, now wrestling as Mocho Cota Jr., has appeared infrequently in AAA this year.

Cota was rudo for EMLL in the 80s and 90s, with short stints in AAA in the 90s. Cota had big hair and only three fingers on his right hand, losing the middle and ring finger in a work accident. The “Mocho” nickname (“cripple”) comes from that injury, but he never came off as a handicapped or limited. He came off as a tough nosed luchador who was out to hurt people as much as win. Cota was NWA and Mexican welterweight champion but, as SuperLuchas notes in their obit, Cota seemed a guy more about crushing his opponents than winning titles. Cota’s major league career ended around 1999, though he would still work northern shows and pop up from time to time. He would occasionally promote shows in his home state of Sonora in recent years, and the SuperLuchas articles mentions Cota was working in AAA’s programming department at some point in the past.

Alfredo has the best obit of Mocho CotaCMLL and AAA noted his passing. CMLL says they’ll have a tribute to him tonight.  There’s a playlist of some of his matches here. DJ Spectro writes about Cota’s introduction to EMLL.

Tonight’s CMLL show has Ultimo Guerrero versus Caristico. There’s nothing on the line, outside of a non-binding resolution to have an apuesta match between the two of them should Ultimo Guerrero Caristico win. It’s not their first singles match since Caristico’s return – that was in Puebla – and it’s not even the first singles match in Arena Mexico – that was on Liga Elite – but it still feels like a better deal than the Sunday apuesta matches to come just because of the names involved. Mistico won this match all the time on his way up, and the quality of these matches contributed to his rise. Since his return, each man has pinned each other once and the Liga Elite match ended in DQ. The mask/hair match seems unlikely to happen any time soon, and feels like many teases of possible Anniversario matches normal to this time of year which don’t end up going anywhere, but the crowd should be into it. Ultimo and Caristico still have great crowd support and there should be a good atmosphere for the main event.

I have a video preview of the main event:

 

This is a one match show, same as CMLL’s other big shows the next couple of weeks. The semimain is a teaser for the hair match nine days from now, with Maximo & Mascara 2000 on opposite sides of a trios. Marco, Volado, Euforia and Hechicero will try to have a good match outside the obvious issue. The semimain is Atlantis, Stuka and Valiente versus Kraneo, Mephisto and Ripper. Guerrero Maya, Soberano and Titan take on Dragon Rojo Jr., Luciferno and Polvora in the tercera, replacing the women’s trios that’s been in that spot late. The Panther brothers team with Triton, making his Arena Mexico return, against the random combination of Forastero, Okumura and Sagrado.  Yet another show opens with a minis match, this time Demus & Mercurio versus Fantasy & Dragoncito.

Dragon Lee will return to Ring of Honor in New York on March 4th. He’ll face Will Ospreay in a first time ever singles match, assuming it doesn’t happen elsewhere first. This is not a TV taping or a PPV, but a VOD exclusive show.

CultIcon previews this sow. It will air as normal on ClaroSports at 8:30pm.

AAA luchadors will be on UnivisionTDN’s Zona Ruda on Christmas Eve. Psycho and Wagner will build up their mask match, while Pentagon, Fantasma and Tirantes will be on another panel.

AAA luchadors worked a private show in Riviera Maya for a group of German travel agents, to promote international tourism to the area.

Rey Lobo Jr. surprised Star Fire with a marriage proposal on TV yesterday. She said yes.

Mr. Niebla says he’s the most criticized luchador.

LuchaWorld has the Lucha Report.

Voices of Wrestling reviews yesterday’s CMLL show.

lucha TV preview for weekend of December 23rd

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AAA is probably best of material, though we’re not sure yet. It’s also going to run a strange time. Televisa airs the NFL, the NFL games are largely moved to Saturdays this week, and AAA won’t come on until whatever random time the late NFL games end.

CMLL’s Sunday show should air on YouTube, though they seem to be not advertising it to prevent it from hurting ticket sales.

IWRG‘s anniversary should air, because the Sunday show is a Chairo show which won’t be taped. They didn’t air both IWRG’s tapings last week, so at least only one show improves the odds.

Killer Jr. unmasked, Mascara 2000 Jr. loses his hair in IWRG, CMLL cage match to be streamed, LU S4

Pantera I won, Killer Jr. lost; photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (WED) 12/21/2016 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), Estrellas del Ring]
39th Arena Naucalpan
1) Aramis, Black Dragón, Dragón Fly b Araña de Plata, Demonio Infernal, Skanda
2) Leo, Mike, Rafy © b Cerebro Negro, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro [EdM Trios]
Cerebro Negro, who was in a title match on this show at one point, replaced Oficial 911. Fourth defense. Oficial Fierro’s first match here since June.
4) Danny Casas, Mr. Electro, Veneno b Eterno, Heddi Karaoui, Trauma I
Before the match, Trauma I received an award for being IWRG luchador of the year as voted on Facebook. Mr. Electro, who beat Trauma I on Sunday, was upset. He said, back in his day, you won prizes in the ring and not on Facebook. Trauma I and Electro feuded during the match, with Electro challenging for an Electro/Sharlie vs Traumas apuesta match.
5) Pirata Morgan b Máscara Año 2000 Jr. [hair]
Pirata won with help from Pirata Morgan Junior. Pirata snuck in a foul to win the second and used the ropes in the third.
6) Killer Jr. & Pantera I L Golden Magic & Pirata Morgan Jr. and Imposible & Relámpago [relevos suicidas]
Started out as Magic/Pirata vs Killer/Pantera. Killer no-showed on Sunday, so they changed it to Magic/Pirata vs Imposible/Relampago (who were scheduled for a singles match which would now be Pantera I vs Dr. Cerebro.) Killer resurfaced before Wednesday, so the match was changed back to the original with Imposible & Relampago having their singles match. However, Imposible insisted on staying in the mask match, so they main event was changed yet again to a three way tag match. Killer & Pantera lost, and immediately had their mask match.
7) Pantera I b Killer Jr. [mask]
A one fall bloody match. Pantera I won, and Killer Jr. was announced as Julian Hernandez Quiroz, 25 years a wrestler, originally from Calexico, California and living for the last 20 years in Jalisco.

Neither Pirata losing is a big upset, but mostly driven by Killer Jr. coming back after all. IWRG building a big show to Killer Jr. losing his mask is very IWRG. Killer Jr.’s first matches seem to be in 2008, so he was wrestling under some other name before picking up the Junior name (and wasn’t actually Killer’s son.) “The Killer” evil foreigner, so it probably was important for him to mention he was originally from California. His full name is probably Ricardo Julian Hernandez Quiroz, judging from this Facebook and this one.

If Mascara 2000 Jr. was willing to lose his hair, I would’ve rather see him than his father (or “father”) in CMLL. The last singles hair match win for Pirata Morgan appears to be 2007, though there’s some ones in between on small shows with no finishes.  Mascara beat Pirata for his hair three years ago. I don’t quite understand why this match was a thing, but it is a very IWRG thing.

There’s a false story going around that Mocho Cota has passed away. He is still alive at last word. He has been in the hospital the last few days after suffering what’s been described as either head injury or an aneurysm and the situation is serious enough to make the rumors plausible, but not true. Edit: Mocho Cota has passed away this afternoon.

The very end of Informa confirmed Sunday’s CMLL show will be streamed. They’re possibly not making a big deal of because tickets are pretty expensive: 672 MX ($32 USD) highest ticket compared to 470 MX ($23 USD) for Friday’s show. Most Sunday shows are much cheaper than Friday shows, and CMLL is pricing this like it’s a special event. I guess that’s the idea, but they haven’t made it feel like one. It’ll will be a hard sell against LigaMX. (I’m not sure what the thinking is here.) Metalica, Jarochita and Sanely talk about being in the CMLL cage for the first time.

This week’s WON says Lucha Underground wrestlers were told the plan was to start filming Season 4 in October. This is a change from even a few weeks ago, when people in charge were saying they were filming in the spring. The new episodes wouldn’t start airing until 2018, which means this would be about the same break as between season 1 and season 2 if it happens.

Rey Mysterio Jr. says he’s considering opening a wrestling school. Rey would like to train his son for wrestling, he’s thought about a school before, and maybe will open a school if that’s just the easier way to train his son.

TKD and CultIcon reviews this week’s Lucha Underground.

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report.

Martinez Promociones in Texas has Ronnie Mendoza vs Zack Sabre Jr. and Taya vs Chik Tormenta on 0/14

The Crash announced Cage and AR Fox for their 01/21 show.

Pentagon and Fenix are headed to Peru sometime in March.

There’s a children’s toy drive in Matamoros, which is great. The luchador leading it (Guerrero Celestial) is either passing himself off as Mistico or the newspaper person is very confused, which is not great.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 12/27/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Mágico & Vaquero Jr. vs Carlo Roggi & Linterna
2) Magnum, Marvel, Star Jr. vs Cancerbero, Joker, Raziel
3) Blue Panther Jr., Esfinge, Pegasso vs El Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
4) Drone, Stuka Jr., Tritón vs Kráneo, Pólvora, Ripper
5) Carístico, Marco Corleone, Volador Jr. vs La Máscara, Shocker, Terrible

Nothing special for the Holiday show here either.

CMLL ACG (WED) 01/04/2017 Expoferia Arandas, Arandas, Jalisco
1) Sky Kid & Smaker vs Joker & Sádico
2) Mágico, Magnum, Vaquero Jr. vs Évola, Exterminador, Ráfaga
3) Estrellita, Sanely, Silueta vs Chik Tormenta, La Pantera, Zeuxis
4) Esfinge, Gallo, Star Black vs El Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón © [OCCIDENTE TRIOS]
5) Atlantis & Último Guerrero vs Blue Panther & Satánico
6) Carístico & Máximo vs Mr. Niebla & X-Fly

A special Jalisco show show at a winter fair. Wikiepdia tells me Arandas is about two hours east of Guadalajara. I think they might have the wrong match in the main event. There’s a press conference today which might be related to this show.

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2016-12-20 

Cholo strut

Recapped: 12/21/2016

What happened: Nothing! This was a no angle show.

What was good: I didn’t think I was going to like anything, but the main event turned out pretty fun and it’s the most watchable match on the show.

Where can I watch it: It’s on CMLL’s channel. (more…)

Lucha Underground 3×16: The Battle of the Bulls

Cage is impressive

Matches

The Mack won The battle of the Bulls final over Jeremiah Crane, PJ Black and Cage (good)

  • PJ Black beat Cage with a 450 splash (6:01)

  • Mack beat Crane with a middle rope stunner (10:29)

  • Mack beat Black with a stunner (11:31)

Johnny Mundo beat Sexy Star to keep the Lucha Underground championship (escape after mask pull, 12:07, ok) – first defense

Developments

good thing Mack has a thick neck

Johnny Mundo is your Lucha Underground champion, and he won it all by himself this time. He didn’t do it cleanly, because he is Johnny Mundo, but he’s still champion and I doubt much else matters to him. Mundo escaped the cage to win, in a match where Sexy Star had most of the chances to escape. She also had the clearest close call, getting free at the top of the cage, but opting for a top rope plancha on Mundo instead of escaping. Vampiro loudly insisted Sexy wanted to make a statement about never running away. Sexy didn’t run, but, like in telling Mack not to help out a few weeks ago, it wasn’t the right decision as far as winning the match. Mundo and Sexy battled next to the cage soon after, with Mundo pulling off Sexy’s mask and escaping as she scrambled it to the back. (Striker sold this as Sexy choosing the mask over her title; he probably would’ve aged better if he had explained more as a distraction technique.)

Mundo’s next opponent will be the Mack. Mack won the four way Battle of the Bulls match, which was elimination rules for the final. Cage was dominant early, but a Texano lasso punch followed by big moves from the three legal participants set up his elimination. Crane was caught via middle rope stunner from the Mack. PJ tried to beat Mack at his own stunner game, only for Mack to no sell Black’s stunner and pull of one of his own for the win. The Mack and Sexy Star hoped to have a title match, but the show instead ended with Mack dishing out one more stunner to his future opponent Mundo.

again, Cage is strong

Crane’s loss might have been because he had other things on his mind. After his match, he went to Dario to request a match for next week, and to reach into Dario’s ceiling to pull out a stone table object Crane claimed he’d left there when he was a child. Dario was a befuddled by that sequence as the home viewer (and it seems pretty miraculous it wasn’t damaged in last season’s Matanza/Muertes roof collapse.) Crane immediately confronted Catrina, revealed the match he asked for was against Mil next week, revealed he knew Mil’s real Mendoza identity, promised to have Catrina all to himself, and passed thru her like a ghost. We’re still over due an explanation of what’s going on here, but at least we’ve got a match out of what we’ve heard so far.

In business for last week, Fenix and Drago searched the bathroom for any sign of Drago. They didn’t find him, but they did find Kobra Moon. Kobra insisted Drago had rejoined her tribe, but the trios champions didn’t believe it. Kobra, Pindar and Vibora beat up Fenix & Aerostar and told them to leave Drago to them. Later, we saw Drago was chained in Kobra’s throne room, not having rejoined the tribe and not happy with his current situation.

Is that it? There was a spider in the Sexy Star/the Mack vignette, though they didn’t see it. That seems like it.

Thoughts

you can tell this isn’t WWE,; the numbers advantage actually won the handicap match

This is not one of my favorite episodes of Lucha Underground, by any means. The bathroom fight had the most satisfying action on the show, even if it was heavily edited and stylized making it a bit hard to follow.

The cage match is getting a Gentleman’s OK. It didn’t really work for me at all, it had just about all the same problems as other singles matches during this run, and the announcer’s lines trying to hype Sexy Star were the hardest thing to believe on a show that had reptiles fighting a spaceman. Striker talking about the strength and athleticism between Sexy Star and Johnny Mundo was among the craziest things he’s ever said. He did slightly back away from it late in the match, but it took me out of the match to a degree that surprised me. They fell into a trap of insisting Sexy was the equal of every man she was facing, when her most competent offense in this match was running in place on Johnny’s back. Sexy as an underdog who was showing heart to sneak out victories might have been plausible, but they insisted on trying to sell a dynamic that anyone possessing two – or maybe even one! – good eye could tell was not plausible. There’s more to criticize here beyond the presentation, and it’d be easy to argue for a lower grade, but I’m mostly happy it’s over. Sexy Star will be around, but she thankfully won’t be in A stories, won’t be having a singles match every other week, and we’ll get to see what Mundo can do as a champion with someone who might be able to do a little bit more.

LU has the best handshakes

I trot out the point about some matches likely being better received when they’re watched without commercials on demand. Maybe that’ll be the case for the fourway, but I’m not even sure this time. Cage was always going to be the most over guy and likely the most impressive guy, but by having him do his run of super offense (and it was absolutely a super run of offense) before he was eliminated first, everything else felt a lot less impressive. It followed the normal pattern of these matches, where the guy who’s going on next takes over the match so the guys who are left at the end can save their spots until then, only Cage as so good, no one was really going to be able to follow him. It didn’t help that three guys left haven’t been on Cage’s level until now. Plus, the Texano/Cage thing is so not over, Cage being pulled back into that felt like a downgrade. The last segment going under a minute, just moments after an ad break, made the finish flatter than it should’ve been. They needed more time to build some momentum, and just felt like it got cut off suddenly. Maybe it was planned that way, maybe they had to edit a longer section into a small time because they needed the minutes elsewhere, but it didn’t come off like the big deal end of a tournament.

The bathroom fight was good, and someone worked hard to make Drago’s flame look much better here than it did in the season preview trailer. I’m not in love with the Crane back story – even if it was clear to me, they’re bordering on too many people with secretly intertwined histories – but Crane/Muertes sounds like a really fun match and I’m all right with that.

(Maybe the biggest deal on the show was a commercial advertising the Blue Demon show as airing on Unimas, with English captions even. Unimas seems like a fine place for a lucha libre show.)

falling star

LU preview, CMLL Tuesday results

Drone

CMLL (TUE) 12/20/2016 Arena México [CMLL, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Bengala & Leono b Camorra & Cholo LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 20 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
2) Cancerbero, Nitro, Raziel b Príncipe Diamante, Sensei, Star Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 20 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3.
3) El Cuatrero, Sansón, Skándalo b Drone, Fuego, Pegasso LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 20 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 2/3.
4) Bobby Z b Blue Panther Jr. [lightning] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 20 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Blue Panther replaced Bobby Z
5) Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible b Guerrero Maya Jr., Johnny Idol, Titán LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 20 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 2/3.
6) Ángel de Oro, Marco Corleone, Volador Jr. b Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 20 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)

One good match and no sign of any angle at all. These just feel like shows to fill out a work schedule, which isn’t enticing when you’re not the one to get paid.

Lucha Underground tonight has episode 3×16, “The Battle of the Bulls”. That’s not to be confused with “The Bulls of Boyle Heights”, the name from two episodes ago. The matches

  • The Battle of the Bulls Final: Cage vs PJ Black vs the Mack vs Jeremiah Crane (video of the first minute of the match)
  • Johnny Mundo (c) vs Sexy Star in cage match, for the Lucha Underground Championship
  • “Drago’s fate is revealed”

It appears to be a two match show. The cage match appears to be a culmination of the feud they’ve been running since the start of the episode. Mundo has been in every cage match they’ve had on the show (King Cuerno, Cage). The winner of the tournament is owed a title shot against the winner at the cage match at some point. (Given the current status of the Best of Five, it could be some point down the road.) CultIcon has a preview of the show. Also, go watch Johnny Mundo’s music video.

AAA’s holding it’s poll for rudo of the year, and it’s a close battle between Pagano and Pentagon.

Matt & Jeff Hardy are announced for the 01/21 The Crash show in Tijuana.

Rey Neron was unmasked in Guadalajara.

A lucha libre themed restaurant/food truck in Chicago.

LuchaTalk has a special history of AAA podcast with RobViper.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 12/27/2016 Arena México
1) Acero & Fantasy vs Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Violencia
2) Magia Blanca, Oro Jr., Stigma vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Canelo Casas, Inquisidor
3) Estrellita, La Vaquerita, Marcela vs Amapola, La Comandante, Zeuxis
4) The Panther vs Puma [lightning]
5) Guerrero Maya Jr., Johnny Idol, Rey Cometa vs Bobby Z, Sam Adonis, Vangellys
6) Atlantis, Máximo Sexy, Valiente vs Ephesto, Gran Guerrero, Mephisto

Another show. The good tercera is maybe a good fifth match. Lightning match should be good. Whatever you think is happening with Zeuxis, Sunday does not appear to be her last match.

CMLL put out a holiday video with the Casas family yesterday, which didn’t include Canelo. I thought that meant he was gone; he hasn’t had a match in CMLL since October (as a fill in), and none in Mexico City since September. Of course, he’s instead back a day later.

In other related news, a hair vs mask match ended in Morelos ended with Destroyer being unmasked. Destroyer announced himself as Orlando Diaz Casas, 30 years old, from Mexico City, and part of the Casas family dynasty. This is the area where Canelo wrestles when he’s not in CMLL, so perhaps they’re brothers.

CMLL Puebla: 2016-12-19

no one was using it

Recapped: 12/20/2016

What happened: Everyone hates La Mascara, but he still got a DQ win over Volador. Mr. Niebla fouled Atlantis and unmasked him. Marcela wants a title match, Dalys agreed, but it’s CMLL so it’s not actually happening until they face one to three more times.

What was good: The tercera and nothing else. This is a broken record. The main event was rather annoying.

Where can I watch it: It’s on CMLL’s channel if you dare. (more…)

Puebla, Guadalajara results, CMLL preview

CMLL (SUN) 12/18/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Domingos Familiares]
1) Black Sugar & Micro b Guerrero de la Muerte & Quca
Tecnicos took 1/3
2) Javier Cruz Jr. & Reycko DQ Gran Kenut & Relámpago
Tecnicos took 1/3, the last when Kenut fouled Cruz.
3) Diplomático & Pitbull I b Nautilius & Neutrón
Diplomatico replaced Leon Blanco (ankle injury). Rudos took falls 1/3, Leon Blanco throwing a drink in Neutron’s face to set up Pitbull.
4) Frezzer, Magnum, Star Black DQ Infierno, Mr. Trueno, Ráfaga
Tecnicos took 2/3, with Leon Blanco and Pitbull running into attack Magnum. Nautlius & Neutron made the save to set up the cage match next week.
5) Espectrúm, Exterminador, Maléfico b Esfinge, Gallo, Tritón
Rudos took 1/3, Malefico pulling Gallo’s mask in the third.

There were more events on this show than a month’s worth of Tuesday Arena Mexico shows.

CMLL (MON) 12/19/2016 Arena Puebla [Culticon, Efekto10]
1) Black Tiger, Lestat, Millenium b Ares, Fuerza Chicana, Policeman LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 19 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tecnicos took 1/3
2) La Vaquerita, Marcela, Sanely b Amapola, Dalys, Metálica LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 19 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
straight falls. Marcela challenged Dalys to a title match.
3) Hechicero, Puma, Tiger b Blue Panther Jr., Stigma, The Panther LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 19 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 2/3.
4) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Johnny Idol DQ Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Sam Adonis LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 19 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tecnicos took 2/3, Niebla fouling Atlantis.
5) La Máscara, Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy b Ephesto, Mephisto, Volador Jr. [Relevos Increíbles] LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 19 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Team Mascara took 2/3, Mascara sneaking in a foul on Volador.

Third match sounds like it was the best match of a show that fits right in with the recent early week CMLL offerings.

Arena Mexico tonight has Angel de Oro, Marco Corleone and Volador versus Cavernario, Felino and Negro Casas. There were no angles starting on last week’s show, so perhaps they’ll start something on this show, and at least it’s a good rudo crew to do that. The semimain has Guerrero Maya, Johnny Idol and Titan against Rey Bucanero, Shocker and Terrible. The lightning match returns, with Rey Cometa and Bobby Z. That could be good. The usual tercera match might be, but we’re stuck with Skandalo. He’s teaming with Cuatrero & Sanson against Drone, Fuego and Pegasso. Principe Diamante is on his third straight Tuesday show, teaming with Sensei & Star Jr. against Cancerbero, Nitro and Raziel in a challenging match. Bengala & Leono face Camorra & Cholo in the opener.

CMLL previews this show. The show starts at 7:30pm and will air on CMLL.com & YouTube.

Guadalajara has Valiente versus Ultimo Guerrero, again.

LuchaWorld has the latest Poster-Mania and the latest edition of the LuchaWorld podcast. Kurt really sounds different this time.

Johnny Mundo is doing a live Q&A tonight at 7pm, as part of a the tie in with Cricket Wireless sponsorship. There’s also a Johnny Mundo music video, which is pretty much exactly what you’d want it to be. Rey Mysterio is on a press tour for the show as well: he was on Afterbuzz TV yesterday.

Someone is pretending to be Atlantis again.

MedioTiempo and +LuchaTV recap the week in lucah libre.

Rey Fenix is debuting in LaSalle for AAW on 01/07  and debuting in GALLI on 01/22.

Delirio unmasked Rey Pirata in Arena Aficion.

Lineups

CMLL (MON) 12/26/2016 Arena Puebla
1) Asturiano & París vs El Malayo & Espíritu Maligno
2) Lestat, Rey Samuray, Robin vs Disturbio, Espanto Jr., Policeman
3) Drone, Fuego, Stigma vs Okumura, Sagrado, Skándalo
4) Atlantis, Johnny Idol, Stuka Jr. vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
5) La Máscara, Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Volador Jr. [Relevos Increíbles]

They’re just running in place. Doesn’t make sense to me why they’re stretching out the Volador/Mascara feud but not a lot does.

new lucha videos for the weekend of December 16th

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYyNnOBGWP7RmZ9AWWWnLIJvSsW6olCXf

12/17 WWC: Cloud Drive
(I didn’t get 12/18 recorded)

12/17 Sobre el Ring: Cloud Drive

CMLL Lucha Libre Retro: 2016-12-16
taped 2016-10-01 @ Arena Coliseo
Cloud Drive
1) Bengala, Metálico, Star Jr. vs Cancerbero, Inquisidor, Raziel
2) Último Guerrero © vs Valiente for the NWA World Middleweight Championship

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-12-16
taped 2016-12-16 @ Arena México
Cloud Drive
1) Shockercito & Stukita vs Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro
2) Flyer, Soberano Jr., Star Jr. vs Misterioso Jr., Okumura, Sagrado
3) Estrellita, La Jarochita, La Vaquerita vs Amapola, La Metálica, Zeuxis
4) Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Stuka Jr. vs La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush
5) Máximo Sexy vs Máscara Año 2000
6) Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero

AAA on Televisa: 2016-12-17
taped 2016-10-26 @ Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Cloud Drive
1) Angélico & Hijo del Fantasma vs Ikuto Hidaka & Masato Tanaka
2) Drago vs Aerostar, Taiji Ishimori
3) Daga & Taya vs Aja Kong & Australian Suicide
4) Psycho Clown vs Pagano

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2016-12-17
taped 2016-12-05 @ Arena Puebla
Cloud Drive
1) Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa, Stigma vs Disturbio, Hechicero, Virus
2) Ángel de Oro, Marco Corleone, Stuka Jr. vs Euforia, Sam Adonis, Shocker
3) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Gran Guerrero, La Máscara, Último Guerrero

IWRG Zona XXI: 2016-12-19
taped 2016-12-18 @ Arena Naucalpan
Cloud Drive
1) Danny Casas, Emperador Azteca, Freelance vs Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro
2) Imposible & Pantera I vs Cerebro Negro & Relámpago
3) Máscara Año 2000 Jr. © vs Pirata Morgan for the IWRG Rey del Ring
4) Golden Magic, Mike Segura, Veneno vs Mr. Águila, Oficial 911, Pirata Morgan Jr.
5) Trauma I © vs Mr. Electro for the IWRG Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship

01/20 AAA TV Lineup (Guerra de Titanes)

AAA

AAA TV (FRI) 01/20/2017 Gimnasio Olímpico Juan de la Barrera, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal
Guerra de Titanes, 2017
1) Bengala, Big Mami, Dinastía, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Dave The Clown, Lady Shani, Mamba, Mini Psycho Clown
2) Faby Apache & Mary Apache vs Averno & Chessman
3) Hijo del Fantasma vs Garza Jr. [AAA CRUISER]
5th defense (4th on TV)
4) Aerostar vs Súper Fly, Argenis, Australian Suicide, Angélico, Carta Brava Jr. [cage]
final two will have a hair/mask match at Rey de Reyes
5) Pentagón Jr. vs Johnny Mundo [AAA LA]
2nd defense
6) La Parka, Psycho Clown, Texano Jr. vs Dr. Wagner Jr., El Mesías, Pagano

Air Date: 01/28 and 02/04.

This card did come out right away! It’s…ok? It’s OK.

The idea is it’s a major card by including two title matches and a cage match, but the main event being the usual TV trios match doesn’t feel like a major card. Maybe, if they were going to do two title matches, a Texano/Mesias or Texano/Pagano title match would’ve made more sense. I’m not eager to see those matches, but Texano hasn’t defended the heavyweight title since TripleMania. They’ll probably set something up here to get around it at Rey de Reyes, but there’s no reason anyone should take a title seriously if it’s defended once every half year.

I have no idea how Pentagon versus Mundo is going to end up. I know how it’s going to go, probably close to how it went in Aguascalientes (or how it goes in every AAA singles match), but I’m not sure of the results. Pentagon losing a title chance again hurts his momentum, and sends a very specific message about where AAA has him slotted (and how unlikely they are to change it.) But, Mundo’s their top rudo who’s not in a mask match at TripleMania, and AAA’s been very behind him in 2016. Maybe that just makes this very likely to have an unclean ending to stretch this out seven months or so. Mundo doesn’t have an obvious next opponent as it is.

The cage and the stipulation in the fourth match feel tacked on to dress up a midcard random trios match into a bigger deal. As always, it’ll probably make the match worse, but they’re hoping just the novelty of a cage still draws people. (We’ll find out Sunday?) The stipulation though: the only feud they’ve built up is Super Fly versus Aerostar, so either the outcome is really obvious, or they end up with a match no one wants to see as a surprise. Look, I’d like to see Angelico versus Carta Brava at Rey de Reyes, but I may be alone on that one and I’m not holding my breath. Worth remembering there was a hope Jack might be unfired by this show, but he’ll be off working indie bookings instead. AAA fans will be treated to La Parka in the main event instead.

I can’t think of why Garza Jr. is getting a title shot – I’d rather put him in the cage match and take anyone else out – but it appears they’re raking up Fantasma wins to get to a big number and Garza is just a next number.

An Averno & Chessman versus Mary Apache & Faby Apache rematch is not for me. I guess they’re saving Faby versus Hijo del Tirantes until Rey de Reyes. (AAA’s rigid structure is a problem here.) The opener is also a match.

2017 will be AAA’s 25th anniversary as a promotion, something they’ll be pushing all year. Next taping is probably around 02/04 somewhere in the Mexico State