Cavernario & Volador have not much of a match, Drone returns tonight

CMLL (MON) 03/05/2018 Arena Puebla [CMLL, CultIcon]
1) Black Tiger & Meyer b Fuerza Chicana & King Jaguar LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 5  DE MARZO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Rey Samuray & Tigre Rojo Jr. b Akuma & Espanto Jr. LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 5  DE MARZO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Audaz, Stigma, Tritón b El Malayo, Puma, Tiger LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 5  DE MARZO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 1/3.
4) Hechicero, Kráneo, Stuka Jr. DQ Johnny Idol, Sam Adonis, Titán[Relevos IncreíblesLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 5  DE MARZO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 1/3, Adonis fouling Kraneo.
5) La Bestia Del Ring, Mistico, Rush DQ Diamante Azul, Euforia, Mr. Niebla[Relevos IncreíblesLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 5  DE MARZO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Munoz took 2/3, the last by DQ when Niebla fouled Pierroth.
6) Cavernario DQ Volador Jr. LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 5  DE MARZO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
straight falls. Cavernario won the first fall clean, then the second by hitting Tirantes in the back and convincing Tirantes that Volador had did it. Very quick match. Title matches coming.

The third match was the best match on the show. Three straight DQs to end the show is never good. I haven’t timed it yet, but the main event match seemed around five minutes and never got far along. It was Volador being in his sixth match of the long weekend and Cavernario’s second singles match of three, so they might have decided just to take it as easy possible to get thru. It also might have been Volador’s nose injury flaring up. It still was disappointing, and the problem here is the programming department – that match shouldn’t haven’t been booked this week with all they had going on, and definitely should’ve be scrubbed after Volador got hurt. Doing three straight DQs prior to it isn’t much good either.

Drone is scheduled to return tonight to Arena Mexico. He’s in the fourth match, teaming with Fuego & Guerrero Maya Jr. against Disturbio, Misterioso and Sagrado. It should be a safe place to have a good match, but I have no idea what we’ll see out of Drone after being quietly suspended for a month and a half. Drone has not wrestled since the end of the FantasticaMania tour, and after a video of his poor performance and strange post match interview went viral. CMLL’s been doing more of their own post match interviews of late, and it’ll be interesting if they let Drone talk.

Gran Guerrero, Marco Corleone and Mascara 2000 faced Kraneo, Rush and La Bestia del Ring (Pierroth) face off in the main event. Last week’s show seemed to point towards a Mascara/Bestia feud, which would be terrible. It is also a hilarious main event for something CMLL insists on calling “Martes de Nuevo Valores.” It looks a lot more promising in the semimain, with Audaz moving up to team with Dragon Lee and Soberano against the Hijos del Infienro.

The lightning match is Arkangel de la Muerte versus Hijo del Signo. That’s a bad combination. Aspiring trios partners Flyer & Magnus team with Principe Diamante against Metalico, Principe Odin Jr. (Artillero) and Sangre Azteca. The opener is another opening minis match, with Stukita & Ultimo Dragoncito against Mercurio & Peqeuno Nitro in a near rematch of Friday.

Meanwhile in Guadalajara, Cavernario faces Atlantis in his third singles match in three days. The silly match in Puebla at least ensured Cavernario won’t lose all three matches, but he’s unlikely to wrest the Mexican Light Heavyweight Championship from Atlantis in their first ever singles match.

CMLL detail work at work: they posted recaps of the 2000 Homenaje a Dos Leyendas (Atlantis vs Villano III) and 2002 (Veneno vs Gran Markus), but not the 2001. The 2001 was Universo 2000 taking Perro Aguayo Jr.’s hair, which seems relevant to the Dinamita main event coming up.

Caristico says he wrestled in Cuatutla despite being injured. There’s still no mention of what this injury is.

Next Sunday’s lineup:

CMLL (SUN) 03/11/2018 Arena México
1) Magnus & Robin vs El Coyote & Yago
2) Fuego, Pegasso, Star Jr. vs Hijo del Signo, Inquisidor, Nitro
3) Blue Panther, Drone, Stuka Jr. vs Johnny Idol, Okumura, Sam Adonis
4) Sansón vs Hechicero [lightning]
5) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Valiente vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Shocker
6) Diamante Azul, Último Guerrero, Volador Jr. vs La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible [Relevos Increíbles]

Main event is a rematch from this past week. Sanson/Hechicero seems fun. Not much else does. Maybe the opener. Drone is booked again.

Other Notes

The Crash continues to advertise Rey Mysterio as appearing on their show next Saturday. Depending on the severity of the injury, it’s possible Rey may actually be able to wrestle in that match. It may not be the smartest health decision but it’s obviously not the first time Rey’s wrestled thru injuries. At this point, though, I don’t think The Crash is any more sure about it than everyone else. They’re handling it exactly like the Matt Riddle situation, where plenty of people are asking about Rey and Crash is saying nothing.

Hijo de Octagon finished five on Azteca’s Extalon reality show and is holding a press conference today to talk about his future plans. (Extalon, like the AAA one mentioned, is in the Survivor genre of reality shows with a greater focus on athletic challenges.) Azteca would probably want him to be a big part of the Arena Azteca show, only no one’s sure if that show still exists.

A theme park review site has some notes on the AAA Arena in Guadalajara. It’ll seat 500 people, and they have a store similar to Arena Mexico to sell some merchandise.

Indie lineups

03/24 MexaWrestling (MexaWar) at Arena San Juan has

Penta & Rey Fenix will face Jack Evans & Teddy Hart on the 04/07 Pancakes & Piledrivers show in New Orleans. This is a Saturday morning show with pancakes. I’m going to lose track of the WreslteMania weekend shows soon.

Pura Raza says their next show will be in April.

Chilanga Mask returns on 05/20 in Coliseo Coacalco

More Links

Dr. Landru of the Gladiatores is doing a month of Perros del Mal photos on instagram. Landru worked in press for the Perros del Mal promotion and was close with the group when they joined AAA. His most recent photo is of the Rey de Reyes sword Perro Jr. won in 2012. The description mentions Perro only had the sword for a short time; he left it in his vehicle before a show in Toluca, and returned to find someone had bashed the window in and taken the sword and some t-shirts. It hasn’t been seen since.

Lucha Sorpresa has some match recommendations from the last month.

LuchaWorld has this week’s Poster-Mania and the latest Lucha Report.

AAA’s 2018 TripleMania set for August 25, Alberto el Patron to appear, record ticket prices


AAA announced this year’s TripleMania will be held on August 25th in Arena Ciudad de Mexico as part of a press conference today.

The big news from that press conference was the announcement of Alberto el Patron’s return to the promotion. He’ll wrestle at least at TripleMania, in a singles match against “an international wrestler” to be named later. Patron, who’s now also going with “El Presidente” as a nickname, will make media appearances on March 15th and 16th to talk more about his plans.

Alberto el Patron was close to appearing on last year’s TripleMania show. AAA and Patron could not reach an agreement over money for that show. Negotiations seemed to continue off and on past that show. Dorian Roldan hinted about an Alberto return earlier this year. Record/AAA’s Leo Riano talked about happening Record. Roldan and Alberto have had talks at recent Impact tapings, which led to Hijo del Fantasma working Patron’s charity show in February and to this announcement.

Alberto’s biggest public complaint about AAA after this 2014-15 run was the disorganized way the promotion was run. Sunday’s Rey de Reyes suggests that hasn’t really be fixed. Alberto will be facing a yet to be named non-AAA wrestler on TripleMania. I assume Alberto’s picking is actually going to be picking his opponent. We’ll find out more on those media appearances, but this sets up to all Alberto to be self contained from the rest of AAA (except for how much time they give him for his match.)

It’s a busy day for Alberto news. PW Insider says Alberto recently visited WWE about a return. Alberto’s deal with Impact is said to be close to expiring, and he’s also talking about staying with them. Alberto remains in demand because of the lack of latino draws in the US. It’s debatable if Alberto has actually drawn in a meaningful fashion, but he’s a former WWE world champion and that’s close enough for WWE.

(In related news, today’s Record has an interview with WWE’s Sin Cara. He wishes Mexican and Latin wrestlers more  had more chances to be in main events. He’d like it for himself, or to do it as a team with Kalisto or Gran Metalik.)

The TripleMania XXVI card now stands at

  • Hijo del Fantasma vs Psycho Clown vs TBA vs TBA in a four way mask match
  • Lady Shani vs Faby Apache, mask vs hair
  • Copa TripleMania XXVI
  • Alberto el Patron vs an international wrestler

Arena Ciudad de Mexico had some shaky internet today, and it seemed to cause the press conference feed to be cut off early. The bulk of what we saw was focusing on Psycho Clown and Hijo del Fantasma building up their for way match. It may no longer be a cage match; Fantasma was petitioning for the bit to be dropped “so the fans could see the action better” (or so the guy with the cool dive could actually do the cool dive.)

They made a point of challenging people not in AAA right now for that extra spot. Psycho brought up Atlantis, Mr. Niebla and LA Park. Fantasma brought up Rush, though Dorian Roldan had earlier stated it would only be masked people in the match. Atlantis will never be in AAA. Mr. Niebla probably should leap at taking this payoff is really being offered. CMLL has been so loyal to Niebla that it’s unlikely he’ll go. LA Park remains a real option, as does Blue Demon. Those two spots will almost have to come from outside of the current AAA if they’re to be big names. Only La Parka of their current roster comes close to fitting as a big enough star to be in that match.

Tickets will go one sale tonight. The prices have gone up this year, 305 pesos for the cheapest ticket and 5124 ($274 USD) for the closest. CMLL’s gone higher on the low end (363 for last year’s Anniversario), but not anywhere close on the high end. The 5124 ringside ticket appears to be the most expensive ticket for lucha libre in Mexico, surpassing the 4680 cost for last year’s TripleMania ringside ticket.

Last year’s high price was attributed after the fact to Dr. Wagner Jr. getting the biggest payoff for a mask loss ever. It’s even higher even this year. AAA has added expenses of Alberto, his chosen opponent, and the loser of the Shani/Faby match. It still suggests they’re planning for a big payoff for someone, which means it also probably won’t just be the cheapest guy in the mask. AAA doesn’t need high ticket prices to pay for Dave the Clown’s mask. Or even Fantasma’s. Or maybe even Psycho’s. This is an inversion of our usual beliefs about cage matches: it’ll be the biggest star who’s most likely to lose their mask, not the smallest one. AAA’s going to take a big profit off those ticket prices, but they could’ve taken the same big profit by just lowering the amount they were going to pay to a regular AAA wrestler. It’s not going to be a regular AAA wrestler. If LA Park or Blue Demon really do end up in this match, then they become the favorites to be unmasked.

(“Blue Demon” is one of the most merchandised characters in lucha libre. It helps to have a real Blue Demon masked out there. If he shows up in AAA, LA Park would become the most likely suspect.)

Lady Shani did not appear at the press conference. Australian Suicide, Lady Shani, Bengala and Hades (the former Hahastary) are headed out in the wilderness today to film the Reto 4 Elementos reality show judging from social media. The show is scheduled to start airing on March 19th on Canal 5 in Mexico. The show will air on Unimas in the US at some point. I’m not sure exactly how they’ll be gone filming the show. There are some indications it they’re not expected back until April. Shani & Suicide are next scheduled on a 04/02 show in Leon and none of the four are on TV tapings for this month.

AAA also announced their Cuernavaca taping lineup, which will be the next show to air on Twitch.

AAA TV (SAT) 03/17/2018 Unidad Deportiva Miraval, Cuernavaca, Morelos
1) Dinastía, Dragón Solar, Pardux vs Bronco González Jr., Fetiche, Mini Histeria
2) Mamba & Pimpinela Escarlata vs Ashley & Estrella Divina
3) Histeria & Psicosis vs Monsther Clown & Murder Clown
4) Dark Cuervo & Dark Scoria © vs Joe Lider & Mr. Águila [AAA TAG]
3rd defense (2nd on TV)
5) La Máscara & Máximo vs Averno & Chessman and Carta Brava Jr. & Mocho Cota Jr.
6) La Parka & Pagano vs Dave The Clown & Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr.

That’s not good. Opener should be fun. Semimain are OGT and Poder del Norte having a match right after their Last Match Ever. Usually that takes a couple matches. That main event is going to be terrible.

That’s the Saturday night show, one of three tapings in eight days.  They’re in San Luis Potosi three days later.

AAA TV (WED) 03/21/2018 Domo de San Luis, San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí
1) Mamba & Pimpinela Escarlata vs Ashley & Estrella Divina
2) Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, La Parka vs Joe Lider, Mr. Águila, Parka Negra
3) Aerostar, Drago, Hijo del Fantasma vs El Mesías, Rey Escorpión, Texano Jr.
4) La Máscara, Máximo, Psycho Clown vs Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly
5) Dr. Wagner Jr., Pagano, Vampiro vs Blue Demon Jr., Dave The Clown, Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr.
6) 1 vs 2345678 [Copa Perros del Mal]

This is a much more loaded card, as Lucha Underground tapings end on the 18th and San Luis Potosi usually gets big shows. It’s the same mixed opener. And Cuervo/Scoria vs Perros del Mal, with whoever Parka Negra turns out to be. The fifth match looks unpleasant. The Copa Perro del Mal is probably Twitch/live only. A lot of these matches are going to be Twitch/live only unless AAA suddenly gets a lot more TV time or is OK with their TV being so backloaded that matches are airing three months after they’re taped.

AAA TV (SUN) 03/25/2018 Arena Jose Sulaiman, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon
1) Mamba & Pimpinela Escarlata vs Ashley & Estrella Divina
2) Dark Cuervo & Dark Scoria vs Monsther Clown & Murder Clown and Joe Lider & Mr. Águila
3) Hijo del Fantasma vs La Parka Negra [AAA CRUISER, #1 Contenders, bull terrier]
4) Aerostar & Drago vs Rey Escorpión & Texano Jr.
5) Máximo, Pagano, Psycho Clown vs Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly
6) Dr. Wagner Jr. & La Parka vs Blue Demon Jr. & Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr. and Hernandez & Vampiro [Copa Leyendas]

It’s the same opener again! They’ll really going to get it worked out well. Some of the other stuff is similar too, and the main is a dire.

Fantasma’s match seems beneath him at the moment. That match, and Fantasma/Suicide, are potentially good, but AAA’s treating the Cruiserweight championship like a 1st/2nd/3rd match title right now. I’m all for rebuilding it. Making it third on the card where a guy who never wins a match is in line for a shot doesn’t rebuild it. The bigger priority is treating Fantasma as a big star and being in that spot does not help with that.

Bigger picture: that’s three tapings, all on Twitch, within eight days. I’m going to watch everything, because I’m a person who thinks deeply on Parka Negra win statistics. You are a dedicated follow of lucha libre to be reading this website and making it this far on this post and still you should not even attempt to watch all of it. Twitch isn’t as easy to pick and choose as YouTube because everything goes behind a pay wall pretty quick, but pace yourself and don’t feel any need to watch all of this. Check out that Cuervanaca opener on Saturday if you’re around and then get away from it until those good matches on Wednesday, or you’ll be sick of this promotion on Sunday.

AAA really doesn’t need this much television taped in such a short term. I don’t think Twitch cares how many live events they’re showing either. This seems as a way to keep the local promoters happy – the San Luis Potosi & Monterrey appear to be among the strongest – and so AAA’s helping out the gate by bringing the TV cameras there. If this is the one time they do it, it’s going to be fine. If three tapings in a short time become a regular thing, people will start to learn the same lessons as they have with CMLL, where watching all repetitive streams feels unnecessary.

new lucha videos for the weekend of March 2, 2018

Guadalajara aired but my recording messed up.

IWRG Zona XXI: 2018-03-04
taped 2018-02-28 @ Arena Naucalpan – Mega/YouTube
1) Dinámico, Dranzer, Puma de Oro vs Bisofera, Carnicero, Chef Benito
2) Fireman, Full Contact, Hijo Del Bombero vs Black Puma, Guerrero 2000, Power Bull
3) Ángel Oriental, Haziel, Toto vs Atomic Star, Hijo del Alebrije, Skanda
4) Kanon, Mike, Teelo vs Dragón Yuki, Leroy, Liderk
5) Aramis, Diablo Jr., Eterno, Lunatic Xtreme, Shadow Boy vs Dragón Bane, El Divino, Pachucho, Ram El Carnero, Shado and La Mosca, Máscara Magica Jr., Motocross, Orión, Príncipe Negro and Ángel Estrella Jr., Death Metal, Guero Palma, Marduk, Taurino in a cage match

CMLL Lucha Azteca: 2018-03-04
taped 2018-02-23 @ Arena México – Mega
1) Niebla Roja vs Soberano Jr. in a lightning match
2) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Dragón Lee vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
3) Último Guerrero & Volador Jr. vs Rush & Terrible in a National Parejas Increible final 

IWRG Zona XXI: 2018-03-05
taped 2018-03-04 @ Arena Naucalpan – Mega/YouTube
1) Lilith Dark & Luna Mágica vs Cristal & Dulce Luna
2) Rokambole Jr. & Villano V Jr. vs Black Warrior & Warrior Jr.
3) Ricky Marvin vs Dr. Cerebro
4) Ovett, Trauma I, Trauma II vs Aramis, Hijo del Pantera, Internacional Pantera for the seconds hair

Rey Mysterio arm injury, Pura Raza debut show, IWRG

photo by Black Terry Jr.

Rey Mysterio

Rey Mysterio suffered an arm injury Saturday night on a show in Connecticut. No one seem sure when it happens, only that Mysterio felt it happen during the match and still was able to finish it.

PW Insider says Rey will undergo surgery to see extent of the injury today. If he needs surgery to repair a bicep, normal recovery is 4-6 months. If it can heal on it’s own, it’s more like 4-6 weeks and it’s possible he’ll wrestle thru it. The Crash and other promotions are probably waiting to find out how bad it is before they announce a replacement. They’re going to be in a tough spot, as Rey defending their heavyweight championship versus Bestia 666 was intended to be the main event of the 03/17 show. There’s no simple way to replace him.

Pura Raza

Pura Raza (SAT) 03/03/2018 Arena Lopez Mateos [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr)MedioTiempoR de Rudo]
1) Cometa & Súper Terry b Ángel De La Tormenta & Chico del Barrio
AULL trainees
2) Hijo del Villano III & Onix b Fireman & Troyano
CMLL trainees
3) Jean Montañez & Pierre Montañez b Hijo del Solar & Trauma I
Solar Jr. replaced Trauma II, who could not participate for medical reasons. Montanez brothers are said to be MMA practitioners.
4) Princesa Sugehit b Zeuxis
Sugehit pulled Zeuxis’ mask and cradled her for the win.
5) Audaz & Titán b Sádico & Yoruba
money thrown in.
6) Blue Panther b Hechicero
Panther & Hechicero went to a double pin draw, but the commission said they could have another fall. Panther beat Hechicero in that extra fall.
7) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón DQ Dragón Lee, Mistico, Rush HD: RUSH MÍSTICO DRAGÓN LEE CONTRA SANSÓN CUATRERO Y FORASTERO (posted by hector godfrey) Rush, Dragon Lee y Místico vs Sansón, Cuatrero y Forastero. (posted by Lucha Libre Para Todos)
DQ for a Rush foul on Forastero.

Pura Raza posted results live and asked for feedback on their show, so they’re already in my good graces. Attendance seemed ok – not a sell out, not a bad turnout. Matches sound like they generally went well. The show was being taped with the idea of releasing it later – Miguel Reducino was there and might have been announcing it – but there’s no guarantee of any lucha footage being released. There are handhelds of matches already up on YouTube.

There was a fight between some fans before the MMA vs Trauma/Solar match.

2018 is lucha libre reviews the Audaz & Titan vs Yoruba & Sadico.

IWRG (SUN) 03/04/2018 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr)The Gladaitores]
1) Celestial Boy & Seiya b Full Contact & Power Bull
straight falls
2) Lilith Dark & Luna Mágica b Cristal & Dulce Luna
straight falls
3) Demonio Infernal & Eterno b Relámpago & Súper Brazo Jr.
4) Rokambole Jr. & Villano V Jr. b Black Warrior & Warrior Jr.
non-title preview of next week’s title match.
5) Ricky Marvin b Dr. Cerebro
Dr. Cerbero had his hand on the ropes on the pinfall but the referee missed it. Very good match.
6) Capo Del Norte, Capo Del Sur, Máscara Año 2000 Jr. b Liderk, Spartan, Spector [super libre]
Mascara 2000 gave Spartan a Martinete.
7) Aramis, Hijo del Pantera, Internacional Pantera b Ovett, Trauma I, Trauma II [seconds hair]
Hair bet was referees Baby Richard (Panteras) and Capu (Traumas), who were both referees in this match and ended up fouling each other. Trauma I went to get a new referee and found Chabelo. Trauma II had Pantera pinned in the mean time, but Pantera reversed the pin when Chabelo arrived and Trauma II was pinned. Capu lost his hair.

And now the referees will just revert back to normal, I guess.

03/18 in Arena Azteca Budokan has Dr. Wagner Jr. vs Hijo del Wagner vs Rey Escorpion. The Wagners using AAA TV to get their own feud over for indie shows (where AAA is likely not getting a cut) is pretty strong work on their end.


LuchaWorld has the latest news update.


IWRG (SUN) 03/11/2018 Arena Naucalpan
1) Haziel vs Soma
2) Dragón Yuki vs Súper Brazo Jr.
3) Hijo del Pantera & Internacional Pantera vs Eterno & Gallo Frances and Aramis & Máscara Magica Jr.
4) Ricky Marvin vs Dr. Cerebro [super libre]
5) Hijo De Dos Caras, Hijo del Alebrije, Veneno vs El Hijo del Medico Asesino, Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Ovett
6) Black Warrior & Black Warrior Jr. © vs Rokambole Jr. & Villano V Jr. [IWRG IC TAG]
3rd defense

Neither team is here much beyond this title program so it doesn’t seem to matter who is champion. I guess it matter to them some.

CMLL weekend resuts: Disturbio & Virus advance to final, Dragon Lee defeats Cavernario, Pierroth no more

via Princesa Dorada

CMLL (SAT) 03/03/2018 Arena Coliseo
1) Angelito & Fantasy b Pequeño Universo 2000 & Pequeño Violencia
tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany b Kaho Kobayashi, La Vaquerita, Marcela
Rudos took 2/3.
3) Hijo del Signo & Sagrado b FlyerMagnusDisturbioAstralEspanto Jr.Príncipe Diamante [Arena Coliseo TAG, battle royalDisturbio Cmll campal de eliminación para sacar Campeones de parejas de la Arena Coliseo CDMX (posted by Princesa Dorada)
4) Magnus & Sensei b Príncipe Diamante & Robin [Arena Coliseo TAG, 8f] Sensei y Magnus vs Príncipe Diamante y Robin 03.03.2018 (posted by Princesa Dorada)
5) Disturbio & Virus b Arkángel de la Muerte & Espanto Jr. [Arena Coliseo TAG, 8f] Disturbio Cmll y Virus vs Arkangel y Espanto Jr. 1a lucha granada pasan a la 2a de eliminación (posted by Princesa Dorada)
6) Astral & Stigma b Flyer & The Panther [Arena Coliseo TAG, 8f] The Panther y Flayer vs Stigma y Astral Eliminatoria para Campeones de parejas de la Arena Coliseo (posted by Princesa Dorada)
7) Misterioso Jr. & Sagrado b Arkángel de la Muerte & Hijo del Signo [Arena Coliseo TAG, 8f] Misterioso Jr y Sagrado vs Metálico e Hijo del Signo. Eliminatoria para sacar campeones de parejas (posted by Princesa Dorada)
8) Disturbio & Virus b Magnus & Sensei [Arena Coliseo TAG, quarterfinalDisturbio Cmll y Virus vs Sensei y Magnus. Segunda lucha granada (posted by Princesa Dorada)
9) Flyer & The Panther b Misterioso Jr. & Sagrado [Arena Coliseo TAG, quarterfinalMisterioso y Sagrado vs The Panther y Flayer. Eliminatoria para sacar campeones de parejas Arena Col (posted by Princesa Dorada)
10) Disturbio & Virus b Flyer & The Panther [Arena Coliseo TAG, semifinalDisturbio Cmll y Virus vs The Panther y Flayer. 3er lucha granada y pase a la final (posted by Princesa Dorada)
Disturbio & Virus face Triton & Esfinge next week for the vacant championship
11) Rush b Euforia
Rush used the ropes.

Disturbio & Virus are a bit of a surprise. Maybe this is a reward for Disturbio doing well in Japan, maybe this leads to Virus winning the tag titles to set up matches with Audaz, maybe it’s just them being good opponents for Esfinge & Triton.

CMLL (SUN) 03/04/2018 Arena México [CMLL, Ovaciones]
1) Magia Blanca & Robin b Grako & Inquisidor
Tecnicos took 2/3
2) Cancerbero, Raziel, Sangre Azteca b Astral, Oro Jr., Star Jr.
Rudos took 2/3.
3) Audaz, Guerrero Maya Jr., Titán b Kawato San, Okumura, Universo 2000 Jr.
tecnicos took 1/3.
4) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón DQ Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Stuka Jr.
Rudos took 1/3. Cuatrero destroyed Angel de Oro’s mask, causing him to leave the match in the second fall. Angel de Oro returned with a new mask, but Cuatrero tossed his own mask to Angel de Oro to draw the DQ.
5) Dragón Lee b Cavernario
Dragon Lee toko 2/3. Said to be a great match.
6) La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible DQ Diamante Azul, Último Guerrero, Volador Jr. [Relevos Increíbles]
straight falls DQ; Los Ingobernables DQed in the first for excessive violence, and the second for a Rush foul on Volador. UG asked for a rematch next week. CMLL results list Pierroth as La Bestia del Ring (so he finally got his name change.)

It took Pierroth one full year to get his name change to La Bestia del Ring. Even the Munoz can’t get things done quick in CMLL.

CMLL briefly listed a live stream for this show. My guess is this show was being recorded and someone thought CMLL would stream it. They did not, because reasons. Meanwhile, Lucha Azteca returned to showing Friday matches in the US.

CMLL’s post show interviews includes words from NGD, Dragon Lee and Los Ingobernables.

CMLL (SUN) 03/04/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Amperaje b Paymon
2) Capitán Cobra & Principe Daniel b El Gitano & Mr. Apolo
tecnicos took 1/3. Gitano’s first match here in 9 months (which was also a one match stint.)
3) Johnny Dinamo & Tigre Blanco b Linterna & Mr. Brisa
tencicos took 2/3
4) El Alteño, Explosivo, Neutrón b Exterminador, Joker, Mr. Trueno
tecnicos took 2/2, setting up an Explosivo/Mr. Trueno mask match next week.
5) Frezzer, Furia Roja, Guerrero de la Muerte b Mágico, Magnum, Rielero
Rudos took 1/3. Rielero replaced Metatron. Maya got in a foul on Rielero to win.

notable because the results are very clear on the mask match happening next Sunday.

CMLL on ROH’s Manhattan Mayhem:

  • Punishment Martinez beat Soberano Jr.
  • Volador Jr. & Dalton Castle beat Ultimo Guerrero & Jay Lethal

The tag match was slow at first, but got pretty good by the end and turned out to be one of the better matches on the show.

Martinez/Soberano was a borderline disaster. Both guys seemed at fault and the circumstances were bad. It was scheduled to be the opener, and turned out to be later in the show because the CMLL guys didn’t arrive until late due to travel issues. (The Friday Arena Mexico, Saturday New York, Sunday back to Mexico schedule did no one any favors.) The concept seemed to be Punishment Martinez impressively shrugging off some of Soberano’s big shots, but some of those big shots just totally missed. It was unclear if Soberano was just missing or if Punishment Martinez wasn’t in the right place. Soberano did get to do impressive dives late but the crowd had already turned on the match.

Caristico must’ve healed quick, because he was back wrestling Sunday night after being too hurt to wrestle Friday. It seems like there’s another story here. The timing of the ELITE deal falling apart may be a connection. Caristico is currently not listed on an upcoming CMLL show, but we only have lineups for a few days.

On a show in Chetumal, Mephisto & Okumura lost to local wrestlers Hades & Guerrero Galactico. Hades pinned Mephisto, and Mephisto agreed to come back in April (sometime around Kid’s Day) and put up his title in a title match for a rare indie title defense.

Running 03/16 Homenaje a Dos Leyendas lineup

That last four were added today. I’d figure Audaz & Templario in the opener, the women in the second, and Matt Taven in the top trios match.

Spots are filling up quick. WWE has a ludicrous storyline about John Cena being in danger of not having a spot on WrestleMania. WWE will always add a match to find a spot for John Cena. AAA seemed like they added a match to find a spot for Faby & Shani last night. CMLL does not add matches; the people who lose in the tag team block on Friday might find themselves on the outside on of CMLL’s second biggest show of the year.

Tonight’s CMLL in Puebla show has the second in three days of Cavernario. He took the loss to Dragon Lee on Sunday, and now has to find a way to upset Volador. These two had an excellent match last year. I’m reluctant to expect too much from them tonight; this will be Volador’s sixth match in four days with a long trip back and forth from New York in between, and Cavernario knows he’s got a tough task with Atlantis tomorrow. Half effort might still be pretty good, but it might be all we get.

The rest of top half of the Puebla card has some releovos incredibles matches. Mistico, Pierroth (at least on the poster) and Rush of the Munoz family take on Diamante Azul, Euforia, and Mr. Niebla in one. Hechicero, Kraneo, and Stuka face Johnny Idol, Sam Adonis and Titan in another, following up the Kraneo versus Johnny Idol feud. Idol & Adonis should accuse Kraneo being an illegal alien. Audaz is back in action, teaming with Stigma and Triton against Puma, Tiger and Malayo. The second match is Rey Samuray & Tgire Rojo Jr. vs Akuma & Espanto Jr., which is one Espanto Jr. from being interesting. The opener 2v2 match is about four people from being interesting.

The show will air at 9pm. This is the last Puebla show to start at 9pm CT in the US for a month. Daylight Savings Time arrives this weekend and everyone is going to be confused.


CMLL (SAT) 03/10/2018 Arena Coliseo
1) Bengala & Sensei vs Cholo & Grako
2) Acero, Fantasy, Shockercito vs Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Universo 2000, Pequeño Violencia
3) Flyer, Pegasso, Star Jr. vs Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Universo 2000 Jr.
4) Blue Panther Jr., Rey Cometa, The Panther vs Okumura, Olímpico, Pólvora
5) Esfinge & Tritón vs Disturbio & Virus [Arena Coliseo TAG, final]
6) Atlantis, Dragón Lee, Niebla Roja vs Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas

I think Esfinge & Triton are slight favorites because they have matching outfits. This is what matters.

Useless facts: when CMLL brought these titles back in 2000, the Stone Brothers (Alan & Chris) won them in a tournament final. The team they defeated was Fugaz & Virus. Virus has since challenged with Polvora, Arkangel, and Hechicero and has never won.

03/04/2018 AAA TV Results (Rey de Reyes – Puebla)


AAA TV (SUN) 03/04/2018 Acropolis Puebla, Puebla, Puebla [2018 is lucha libreAAAMedioTiempo (main)MedioTiempo (TLC)MedioTiempo (tournament)Record (main)Record (rest)Record (tournament)SuperLuchasthecubsfan] ament)SuperLuchasthecubsfan]
Rey de Reyes, 2018
1) Faby Apache b Lady Shani  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
5:44. Faby Apache German suplex.
2) Rey Escorpión b AngelikalDave The ClownPimpinela Escarlata [Rey de Reyes, semifinal (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
7:12. Rey Escorpion package piledriver Angelikal.
3) Bengala b Dark ScoriaMáscara de BronceArgenis [Rey de Reyes, semifinal (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
6:50. Bengala Fire Driver on Mascara de Bronce.
4) Hijo Del Vikingo b Ángel Mortal Jr.Dark CuervoPagano [Rey de Reyes, semifinal (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
8:42. Vikingo reverse 450 splash Angel Mortal Jr.
5) La Parka b DinastíaVenumEl Mesías [Rey de Reyes, semifinal (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
7:24. La Parka fouled Mesias and armbared Mesias, who didn’t sell it. Parka and Mesias “brawled” after the match.
6) Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana b Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly [TLC]  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
13:53. Mocho Cota beat Spanish Fly on Averno.
7) Rey Escorpión b La ParkaHijo Del VikingoBengala [Rey de Reyes, final (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
7:38. Escorpion beat Parka with a backcracker after Dave tripped him up.
8) Hernandez, Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr., Monsther Clown, Murder Clown b Dr. Wagner Jr., La Máscara, Máximo, Psycho Clown  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
10:12. Hijo del Wagner beat Dr. Wagner Jr. with a german suplex.
9) Hijo del Fantasma b Texano Jr. [mask, hair (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
12:57. Hijo del Fantasma beat Texano with the Thrill of the Hunt after Tirantes was taken away due to blood loss.

This won’t start to air until March 31 on Space and April 7 on Televisa. It’s going to be an increasingly long time for these shows to turn up on YouTube. The good news is you really don’t have to see anything on here right away. I went back and forth on OK/GOOD grades for the Fantasma/Texano match. Either way, it’s nothing along the lines of what you would hope to see out of those two and strangely didn’t end up the longest match of the night.

It appeared the show had to end at 9:30 by the way they rushed off the air quickly after the hair match, to the point where we barely saw Texano get any hair cut before they went off the air. I’m told he did get the hair all the way cut. (And here’s the video.) That wouldn’t seem to be a Twitch issue since they don’t have those time restrictions. Perhaps it was some window with the (satellite?) company they were using to stream the show, or some additional support they were getting. They had that time limit going in, whatever the reason. AAA added a 9th match, the first match didn’t hit the ring until 22 minutes in, and they spent a fair amount of time between the match so Vampiro could appear on Twitch many times. Time management was pretty poor, and it probably contributed to Fantasma & Texano disappointing again.

Vampiro wrote a Facebook post about talent being very upset about “some production issues”. It’s tough to narrow down which one he’s talking about. There are too many options. It could be the time issue. It could be whatever happened with Mesias, where he was clearly very unhappy about the result of his match and did his best to shrug it off. (It’s hard to understand why AAA would have him lose in his return match, especially when Venom and Dinastia were already being buried in the match.) It could be whatever happened with La Parka, who looked completely unhappy to be out there for the main event. The Alvarados didn’t seem too pleased with how their match went. It could be something completely different. It does not seem like the show was all that smooth. I poked fun at Vampiro’s list of jobs, because it’s hard to believe he’s doing most of the stuff he says he’s doing, but even the stuff he’s really doing is enough for one person and adding weird stuff like showing up in a box during the show is taking away from whatever stuff he’s supposed to be doing a show. If AAA wants Vampiro to be the star of the show, and it certainly seems that way when he gets time to talk after every match, maybe he shouldn’t be in charge of running the show too.

Angelikal, Mascara de Bronce, Hijo del Vikingo, Fantasma Sr. and probably a couple more all got stretchered out. My belief is all were planned spots. (Vikingo too.) It was absurd to do it that many time when they’re all going to be never mentioned again. People, Vampiro included, have talked about wrestlers not selling impacts enough during matches, but the selling of these impacts after the match is far worse.

Hijo del Dr. Wagner wants says he wants to face his father in a title or retirement match at TripleMania. That title match is happening, and AAA might wait five months.

AAA also had post match press conference interviews with Fantasma, Poder del Norte, and Rey Escorpion.

The next show is scheduled on 03/17 in Cuernavaca, which would be a 8pm start locally and a 9pm CT start if you’re in the US. (Daylight Savings Time gap month is coming.) There’s still no lineup for that show, one should be out in the next couple days.

AAA on Twitch: 2018-03-04 

Brillo Bronce

Recapped: 03/04/17

All matches are Acropolis Puebla, Puebla, Puebla, 03/04/2018

The entire show aired aired on Twitch


Faby Apache beat Lady Shani
(5:44, Faby Apache German Suplex, good)

Rey Escorpión beat Angelikal , Dave The Clown, Pimpinela Escarlata in an AAA’s Rey de Reyes semifinal
(7:12, Rey Escorpión package piledriver Angelikal, ok)

Bengala beat Dark Scoria, Máscara de Bronce, Argenis in an AAA’s Rey de Reyes semifinal
(6:50, Bengala Fire Driver on Mascara de Bronce, good)

Hijo Del Vikingo beat Ángel Mortal Jr.Dark Cuervo, Pagano in a AAA’s Rey de Reyes semifinal
(8:42, Vikingo reverse 450 splash Angel Mortal Jr., ok)

La Parka beat Dinastía, Venum, Mesias in an AAA’s Rey de Reyes semifinal
(7:24, La Parka foul and armbar Mesias, below average

Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana beat Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly in a TLC match which probably was for the AAA Trios Championship but I’m not 100% sure
(13:53, Mocho Cota Spanish Fly thru a table Averno, good)

Rey Escorpión beat La ParkaHijo Del VikingoBengala in an AAA’s Rey de Reyes final
(7:38, Rey Escorpión backcracker Parka, ok)

Hernandez, Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr., Monsther Clown, Murder Clown beat Dr. Wagner Jr., La Máscara, Máximo, Psycho Clown
(10:12, Hijo del Wagner German suplex Dr Wagner Jr., below average)

Hijo del Fantasma beat Texano Jr. taking Texano’s hair and saving Fantasma’s mask
(12:57, Fantasma Thrill of the Hunt, ok)

What happened:

no idea what they thought was going to happen here but it looked cool

Hijo del Fantasma defeated Texano in their mask versus hair match. Hijo del Tirantes, who had earlier been barred from refereeing on this show, was instead Texano’s second. Vampiro made the match no disqualification to counter that (some how.) Fantasma Sr. was there to be his son’s second, but quickly taken out accidentally by tope from his son. That seemed to be a planned bit to take Fantamsa Sr. out of the match, but he really struck the back of his head on the Twitch announce table taking the move. Tirantes helped Texano by hanging him a fork, only to end up bleeding himself. Medics took Tirantes to the back, and he didn’t return to the ring in time to save Texano at the finish. Texano began to get his hair shaved in the ring, but the show quickly and strangely ended while the head shaving was still going on.

Hijo del Fantasma now joins Psycho Clown in the four way apuesta match at TripleMania.

Rey Escorpión won this year’s Rey de Reyes tournament. He was one of four surprise entrants, which were all people already on the roster who just had not participated in a qualifying match. All block matches were one pin to a finish. Escorpión won the first block. Argenis was a surprise, but Bengala won the second block. Pagano returned, but Hijo del Vikingo won the third fall when Pagano was still outside following a crowd dive. Mesias, looking in better shape than we had last seen him, returned in the last block but surprisingly took the loss to La Parka. Mesias looked unhappy about that match, and La Parka looked equally unhappy about the finish, where he lost to Escorpión after Dave the Clown interference. Escorpión and Dave had previously formed an alliance following the opener.

Hijo del Wagner pinned his father in the atomicos, when most of the rest of the match had decided to brawl down the aisle. The announcers were quick to note this would probably mean Hijo del Wagner will be getting a title shot soon.

Pagano goes a long way, camera probably should’ve stuck with the initial angle

Mocho Cota defeated Averno with a Spanish Fly thru a table to end the OGT/Poder del Norte feud and keep the trios titles.

In a bonus match, Faby Apache once again beat Lady Shani thanks to help from Estrella Divina.

Vampiro’s plan of appearing in a box between matches and talking back to the fans and the announcers finally happened on this show. It had some issues. Early on, they twice put the Vampiro bit on the air but the announcers were unable to hear him, and they left a visibly frustrated Vampiro on screen instead of figuring it out. Vampiro didn’t really add anything of importance to the broadcast, but it did lead to moments where everyone talked in English to address the English speaking portion of the Twitch audience and to explain the storylines leading into the matches. At one point, Vampiro was asked about Dinastia being the first mini in a Rey de Reyes match, and Vampiro explained he didn’t really see those differences or the need for those divisions, that everyone should just fight each other. Which means Dinastia is now a small fish in a big pound instead of a big fish in a forgotten pond.


Carta Brava spear

Rey de Reyes was an overall OK show. Nothing lasted too long, and it didn’t have the disasters of Guerra de Titanes or TripleMania, but it also didn’t have anything of great peak value. There were a few good matches, some clunkers, and a lot of forgettable stuff in between. I think I liked this show more than most people who I was watching it with on Twitter, but even then I wouldn’t come away strongly recommending anything on this show.

AAA seemed to have a change of thought about Tirantes & Bengala’s involvement in the main event, removing Bengala entirely and making sure Tirantes wasn’t around for the finish. It wasn’t enough. Just the specter of Tirantes inevitably getting involved hurt the enthusiasm for the match, and the match itself wasn’t that great or memorable. There wasn’t a moment in the match where Fantasma seemed in any danger of losing; even the table powerbomb spot was bizarrely followed up by a figure four reversed into a small package. Fantasma recovered from what should’ve been a debilitating landing on an unbroken table to win seconds later. It felt like they were hoping the blood alone would make the match dramatic, but we’d already seen plenty of blood in the TLC match. I thought there was some value in the match, with Fantasma obviously motivated by the win to do a lot of stuff. Still, when they ditched the Bengala/Tirantes based ending, it felt like they had no ending to replace it with. Ending the show abruptly during the hair cut hurt the moment.

Vikingo SSP to the floor

The semifinal atomicos seemed to exist simply to get to the Hijo del Wagner pinfall over Dr. Wagner with not a lot more effort to it. It seemed liked the Alvarados might have had something big plan for that brawl to the stage, but nothing much came of it. This seemed like a very slight use of Psycho Clown for a big show. It feels as if AAA signed La Mascara & Máximo with the idea that they’d come up with a plan to use them later, and have not with that idea yet.

The best match on this show might have been the Bengala, Argenis, Mascara de Bronce and Scoria tournament match. There were some sloppy moments balanced by a lot of action. Mascara de Bronce came off as an upcoming star for the first time in months and Argenis & Bengala did a good job working with him when they were doing their own spectacular moves. The rest of the tournament was just ok to not very good. Pagano is back but does not seem healthy, needing multiple tries to lift guys from moves early on. Pagano threw himself into spectacular dives but dragged his match down. Pimpinela & Dave limited that match, but Rey Escorpión was as good at working Angelikal as he is with all flyers. The last semifinal was a mess. Venom and Dinastia were thrown around like garbage, because Parka can’t do much and Mesias wasn’t happy. Mesias has a right to be unhappy – if the match was going to treat Venom & Dinastia as jobbers, they probably should’ve been doing the job instead of a guy making his surprise return. Mesias & Parka punching each other and not selling it each other, and then just not selling the whole thing while they stood on the stage and shoved each other, was total low ending indie stuff. Parka was disinterested and an anchor to the final match, where Hijo del Vikingo was again trying to make a name for himself and might have ended up hurt. (Shooting Star Press splashes to the floor are bad ideas that maybe should be stopped.) The final of Rey de Reyes being more build to a Dave/Parka feud is not a good use of resources. They did allow Escorpión to soak in his win more than they allowed Fantamsa.

Shani says hola

The TLC match was the usual plunder match which didn’t seem to go exactly like they had originally planned. No belts were hung, and the ladders were barely used. It wasn’t clear if it was meant to be a title match. They had made a point to hype light tubes being involved. They weren’t. The match did have the usual weapons and the last few big spots looked spectacular. The stuff in the middle was the usual numbing violence where people take big moves but don’t disappear long enough for them to mean anything. Carta Brava stood out as having a big match and for bleeding a lot into his light colored hair.

Faby Apache versus Lady Shani felt tacked on and not as tight at their Guerra de Titanes match. Estrella Divina running in to hit Shani with a weak kick to set up the finish of a match with a lot of hard ones didn’t help. They still hit each other very hard, harder than anything else on this show. If the run-ins don’t hurt that match like they did with Fantasma/Texano, Faby/Shani should be pretty good. I’m just sure only the hardcore people who watch every AAA show will care, since this feud is treated as only something to warm the canvas.

This was the first wrestling show in this new Puebla building. It looked like a big deal visually, but they’re going to want to work on fixing the crowd micing in the future. It was tough to tell if the crowd wasn’t into the show, or if we just couldn’t hear any of the crowd beyond the first few rows. That quiet environment hurt the matches.

Angelikal tornillo

Volador & Valiente advance to CMLL Tag Team final, CMLL/Azteca/ELITE? done, Rey de Reyes Sunday

Valiente & Volador

CMLL (FRI) 03/02/2018 Arena México [2018 is lucha libreClaroSports, CMLL, luchablogNotimexOvaciones]
1) Shockercito & Último Dragóncito b Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 2 DE MARZO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
9:21. Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Blue Panther Jr., Fuego, The Panther b Puma, Tiger, Virus LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 2 DE MARZO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
12:50. Tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Felino, Negro Casas, Shocker b Esfinge, Titán, Tritón LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 2 DE MARZO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
10:44. Tecnicos took 1/3. Felino has dropped the Peste Negra act and is now serious.
4) Gran Guerrero & Soberano Jr. b Dragón LeeValienteForasteroEuforiaPierrothHechicero [CMLL TAG, battle royalLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 2 DE MARZO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
5) Dragón Lee & Mistico b Forastero & Sansón [CMLL TAG, 8f] LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 2 DE MARZO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
8:50 and best match of the night
6) Valiente & Volador Jr. b Euforia & Kráneo [CMLL TAG, 8f] LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 2 DE MARZO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
3:34. Valiente replaced Caristico on Thursday
7) Pierroth & Rush b Hechicero & Máscara Año 2000 [CMLL TAG, 8f] LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 2 DE MARZO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
8) Gran Guerrero & Último Guerrero b Atlantis & Soberano Jr. [CMLL TAG, 8f] LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 2 DE MARZO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
9) Valiente & Volador Jr. b Dragón Lee & Mistico [CMLL TAG, quarterfinalLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 2 DE MARZO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
10) Gran Guerrero & Último Guerrero DQ Pierroth & Rush [CMLL TAG, quarterfinalLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 2 DE MARZO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
3:00. Terrible ran in to help his teammates for teh DQ>
11) Valiente & Volador Jr. b Gran Guerrero & Último Guerrero [CMLL TAG, semifinalLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 2 DE MARZO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
4:48. Valiente & Volador advance to the final on 03/16 (H2L), will face the winner of next week’s block.
12) Ángel de Oro, Marco Corleone, Niebla Roja b Cuatrero, Ephesto, Mephisto LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 2 DE MARZO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
11:42. Straight falls, Angel de Oro getting a clean win on Cuatrero before their mask match.

The tournament started off really well with the Munoz/NGD match, and then it was just a CMLL tournament show. I can not wait for these to be fore, but there’s another one next week.

CMLL has post match promos from Angel de Oro, Cuatrero, Volador & Valiente, Los Ingobernables, Felino (who took a bath), Negro Casas.

Prior to last night’s show, the Munoz family got to make cement handprints as part of Plaza de la Estrellas walk of fame, as many luchadors have. Mistico told the press that this was the last time his father will appear as Pierroth, and he’d be switching to Bestia del Ring. This is not the first time this has said to be happening, and the switch never happens. Pierroth did wear “Bestia” on his shirt on the CMLL show.

A female member of the Munoz family is said to be wrestling on 04/07 show in Colima as La Tapatia. Mistico, Dragon Lee and Rush’s sister has been training to be a luchadora, so this is probably her.

Hugo Monroy, one of the authors of the 85 Years of Lucha Libre book, talked about how the book was put together with Regeneracion. Sports writer/baseball commissioner Alejandro Aguilar Reyes (Fray Nano) is said to have kept detailed and precise records that were useful in putting together the history parts of the book. I’d love to see those.

Andrade “Cien” Almas will be appearing at the La Mole ComiConi in Mexico City on March 17th, which probably means he’ll be hanging out at the Homenaje a Dos Leyendas show the night before.

CMLL has a brief bio of Salvador Lutteroth and a look back at the 2000 Homenaje a Dos Leyendas.

Tonight’s Arena Coliseo show has the second half of the Arena Coliseo Tag Team tournament (Sagrado & Misterioso the favorites) and Rush vs Euforia. The more intriguing CMLL show is the debut of Pura Raza in Arena Lopez Mateos, which includes the Munoz brothers vs NGD and Blue Panther vs Hechicero. Cavernario’s run of singles matches starts on Sunday in Arena Mexico against Dragon Lee.

Next week’s lineup:

CMLL (FRI) 03/09/2018 Arena México
1) Astral & Eléctrico vs Cancerbero & Raziel
2) Lady Maravilla, Princesa Sugehit, Sanely vs Dalys, La Seductora, Tiffany
3) Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa, The Panther vs Johnny Idol, Kawato San, Puma
4) Marco Corleone & Niebla Roja vs Cavernario & Mr. Niebla and Diamante Azul & Stuka Jr.and Okumura & Sam Adonis and Titán & Tritón and Rey Bucanero & Terrible and Blue Panther & Blue Panther Jr. and Ephesto & Mephisto [CMLL TAG, battle royal]
5) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [CMLL TAG, 8F]
6) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [CMLL TAG, 8F]
7) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [CMLL TAG, 8F]
8) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [CMLL TAG, 8F]
9) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [CMLL TAG, quarterfinal]
10) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [CMLL TAG, quarterfinal]
11) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [CMLL TAG, semifinal]
12) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Volador Jr. vs El Cuatrero, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero

A rudo team would normally be assumed to be going thru to face Volador & Valente, but theese aren’t the strongest teams. Cavernario & Niebla are the biggest stars, but this would be Niebla’s first Arena Mexico match after looking in out of it a month ago. It’s tough to trust him. Okumura & Sam Adonis would get a reaction but aren’t the best fit for a Volador style big move match. Ephesto & Mephisto are, but they seem like they’ve been dropped in the pecking order. Rey Bucanero & Terrible shouldn’t be teaming at all after Terrible ditched Bucanero to join Los Ingobernables.

Diamante Azul & Stuka were clearly supposed to win the tag team titles last year, and it’s still possible CMLL ends up in that direction. Though, if they’re going tecnico vs tecnico, I’d much rather see Titan & Triton in that spot.

Whoever does come out of this block would be the favorites to win the tournament, since Valiente & Volador already have a team title which they haven’t got much use from of late. I may shut down the website if that trios title gets vacated for another tournament after this one concludes.


CMLL & Elite are done one again. CMLL posted a statement declaring they have no be participating in the ELITE Arena Azteca show and have no relationship with that network. They also said none of their wrestlers or buildings will be part of the show. This announcement was made just a few minutes before Friday night’s show. It follows a couple days of Azteca’s A+ network beginning to promote the new Arena Azteca show.

ELITE has not responded to this news. Neither has Azteca. ELITE hasn’t said anything since their 02/11 show was canceled – they haven’t talked about “Arena Azteca” or the lineup that had Cage on it or when they might be back. CMLL never mentions ELITE by name in this most recent press release. It’s possible the breakup here is only between CMLL & Azteca and not ELITE & CMLL. It’s not clear if there is even an ELITE without Azteca, though.

It doesn’t really matter who’s fault it was, because everyone looks silly. ELITE is the promotion who keeps falling apart. Azteca is promoting a TV show which may not exist. CMLL gave this partnership a big rollout about this three way alliance at the press conference, and either fell apart after one show or was never really done to begin with. CMLL’s now back to presenting shows on Sunday which they declared weren’t as interesting a concept as the ELITE shows, and burned a relationship with a TV network when they could really use the TV It’s embarrassing.


Rey de Reyes is this Sunday. Full card is here. The show is listed as 5:30 pm start time locally and a 6:00pm CT on Twitch. Hugo Savinovich will be back as play by play announcer for this show.

I may have a preview on Voices of Wrestling. (I got it done last minute, but it may turn out to be after the last minute.) The shorter version:

  • Fantasma’s probably taking Texano’s hair, and they really need a good match. Fantasma for credibility going into the TripleMania cage match, Texano so people are left with a thought beyond “he’s the guy who loses the big apuesta matches.” The Bengala/Tirantes stuff makes it unlikely they’re going to get there. This is also the logical Vampiro spot for the night.
  • the atomicos is to get over the Wagner/Wagner feud and to get people on this show and not a lot more
  • It’s tough to care about the Rey de Reyes when the last two winners are Pentagon (who lost every big match after and left the promotion) and Argenis (who didn’t really do anything), and when 1/4 of the field is unknown. Pagano wrestled in Guadalajara and Mesias was back in action recently, so they could both fill some of those surprise spots if AAA wants bigger names. Right now, it’s really lacking in any names besides Parka.
  • the TLC match might steal the show with the people they’ve got involved (and the stuff they’re willing to do.) They just need ladders that are durable and tables that are not.

AAA put up a Texano interview talking about the main event, with a Fantasma one to be posted later tonight.

+LuchaTV has a new edition of Aqui esta la Lucha. and a sit down interview with Poder del Norte.

CMLL on 2018-03-02 

Dragon Lee lived (also I accidentally made my GIFs big tonight)

Recapped: 03/02/2018


Shockercito & Último Dragóncito beat Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro
(9:21 [3:39, 1:56, 3:46], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL )

Blue Panther Jr., Fuego, The Panther beat Puma, Tiger, Virus
(12:50 [5:57, 4:16, 2:37], 2/3, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL )

Felino, Negro Casas, Shocker beat Esfinge, Titán, Tritón
(10:44 [2:07, 3:45, 4:52], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL )

Dragón Lee & Mistico  beat  Forastero & Sansón in a CMLL World Tag Team eighthfinal
(8:50, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL )

Valiente & Volador Jr. beat Euforia & Kráneo in a CMLL World Tag Team eighthfinal
(3:34, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL )

Pierroth & Rush beat Hechicero & Máscara Año 2000 in a CMLL World Tag Team eighthfinal
(5:57, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL )

Gran Guerrero & Último Guerrero beat Atlantis & Soberano Jr. in a CMLL World Tag Team eighthfinal
(4:18, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL )

Valiente & Volador Jr. beat Dragón Lee & Mistico in a CMLL World Tag Team quarterfinal
(2:58, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL )

Gran Guerrero & Último Guerrero beat Pierroth & Rush  in a CMLL World Tag Team quarterfinal
(3:00, DQ, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL )

Valiente & Volador Jr. beat Gran Guerrero & Último Guerrero in a CMLL World Tag Team semifinal
(4:48, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL )

Ángel de Oro, Marco Corleone, Niebla Roja beat Cuatrero, Ephesto, Mephisto
(11:42 [5:24, 6:18], 1/2, ok VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Triton at work

Volador & Valiente won the first block of the tag team tournament. They will face next week’s winner on Homenaje a Dos Leyendas.

Terrible purposefully cost his team their quarterfinal match. Los Ingobernables were happy with it in the name of embarrassing their opponents and posing together.

Angel de Oro beat Cuatrero cleanly as they continue to build to their mask match.

Marco Corleone seemed to jam his right shoulder on the Aero Italiano in the first fall. He finished the match but was in obvious pain.


Dragon Lee & Mistico launch themselves

The main event was the usual post tournament quick match, with a lot of emphasis on the big upcoming feud. Marco & Niebla, unexpected partners in next week’s match, looked good in this match. The Cuatrero fake out before the match was nice, and they got over the emotion of the feud.

The tag team tournament peaked in the first (real) match. Dragon Lee & Mistico against Sansón & Forastero felt better than the similar one back on FantasticaMania, with this NGD duo working smoother as a team and as opponents to the Munoz brothers. Both teams threw everything out there, and wrestled as if it was their only match of the night. They kicked out of a surprising amount of big moves. Sansón & Forastero felt dominant, and made the técnicos comeback even more meaningful. There were some timing issues (Mistico seemed to wait for a long time on the ramp to start his dive) and I’m not sure what was supposed to happen on Dragon Lee’s finish, but that was easily the most enjoyable match of the show.

The rest was the usual too short stuff. Dragon Lee/Mistico vs Valiente/Volador started off like a good nine minute match, only someone hit the STOP button at the three minute mark and that was that. Euforia/Kraneo vs Valiente/Volador similarly showed promise but didn’t last long. Pierroth/Rush vs Mascara/Hechicero went too long, and kept showing Pierroth and Mascara lamely brawling while the other two were being interesting. Los Guerreros attacking Atlantis from behind to take him out early was another indicator that people in the matches have figured out Atlantis isn’t good right now, even if the people in charge might have not caught on. Pierroth/Rush versus Los Guerreros was just a setup for the Los Ingobernables pose, and a beatdown the Guerreros didn’t bother to sell once the main event started. That main event started off well. It just didn’t have enough time to build anywhere.

Dragon Lee & Mistico

The old guys getting the tercera win wasn’t a big surprise, even as it probably didn’t need to happen. Their match felt like it had less to it than the segunda. Felino was more serious as promises, even beyond wearing a shirt instead of facepaint. His comedy act had gotten played out. It’s at least a short term improvement. Casas looked a little slow in Arena Mexico return. He was mostly facing Titan, and Titan was flying around, so it might have been just a perspective issue. The técnicos were alright; the rudos didn’t have much problem working them, but they also kept it relatively simple.

The segunda match is the same consistently good match as ever with that group fo guys. It suffers a bit from from being the same match as usual, where I enjoyed it wile it was going on and can’t pick up many things different about it. At least in a positive fashion, it’s the negative things like the failed bridge spot and the referee being weird which stick out more the well timed double kick to the face to set up Virus submission or the crowd’s reaction to Blue Jr.’s quebradora run. Fuego’s barricade spot worked out well, and Virus’s Gori bomb on the panther looked like it was going to end him.

Gotta to give it up the minis: if they’re not going to do much, at least they’ve decided not to do much over a short period of time. This opener was one of the briefer matches in some time, and a good pace because they knew they were getting out quick. Dragoncito did a little bit this week, which is better than his last appearance.

(another) CMLL tag team tournament gets underway, Vampiro, The Crash WrestleCon


CMLL continues it’s unending streak of tag team tournaments with the beginning of one for the vacant CMLL World Tag Team championships. The champions were Shocker & Negro Casas, who were stripped of the titles for not defending them recently enough. They are on the card tonight and could’ve just defended them, but the point is to have a big match for Homenaje a Dos Leyendas and Shocker’s probably not goign ot be in too many big matches.

Tonight’s block of teams

  • Valiente & Volador Jr.
  • Mistico & Dragon Lee
  • Sanson & Forastero
  • Ultimo Guerrero & Gran Guerrero
  • Atlantis & Soberano
  • Euforia & Kraneo
  • Rush & Pierroth
  • Mascara Ano 2000 & Herchicero

The Guerrero team is strong favorite. Misitco & Dragon Lee, Volador & Valiente and Atlantis & Soberano have shots to advance as well. This is a good group of teams, though tournaments are more dependent on how much they have and how much they care about making the matches interesting (as opposed to just making sure the losing team gets in all their spots.)

Valiente is a late sub for Caristico, announced out due to injury. The nature of the injury is not mentioned. Caristico hasn’t been seen in a match for about two weeks, having also missed a big show in Xalapa this past weekend. Caristico hasn’t said anything about his injury on Twitter, though he did RT a Michinoku Pro post about a Jinsei Shinzaki show on June 24.

The actual main event is Marco, Angel de Oro and Niebla Roja versus Cuatrero, Mephisto & Ephesto in build up to Oro & Cuatrero on 03/16. A Guadalajara trio of Titan, Triton and Esfinge take on Shocker, Negro Casas and Felino. Triton & Esfinge have talked about wanting to form a trio with Titan, Felino has talked about wanting to more serious, and I guess we’ll see which sticks. Tiger, Puma & Virus face the Panthers & Fuego, and the show opens with minis match Shockercito & Ultimo Dragoncito versus Mercurio & Pequeno Nitro.

The show will air at 8:30pm on Claro and Facebook. Their website is no longer region blocked, so there should be no problems this week.

CMLL announced Matt Taven will return to the promotion for the 03/16 Homenaje a Dos Leyenda show. No match has been announced. Taven challenged Ultimo Guerrero for the middleweight championship on last year’s show. CMLL already has an apuesta match and a tag title match scheduled, so Taven’s probably in a trios match.

CMLL is starting a look back at past Homenaje a Dos Leyendas with the 1999 show, where Hijo del Santo & Negro Casas defeated Scorpio Jr. & Bestia Salvaje in a mask/hair vs mask/hair match.

Rush was on Deportes en Claro talking about how strives to be the best every day.

Canek is main eventing a show a show with many CMLL wrestlers in Arena Aficion on 03/15. You’re appealing to fans who generally gave up watching wrestling 25 years ago if you’re main eventing with Canek in 2018. Estrellita is on the undercard and was guest commentary last week on Claro, so she’ll be back wrestling in Arena Mexico at some point soon.

NJPW announced their Best of Super Junior tournament this year runs from May 18 to June 4. Two of Dragon Lee, Volador Jr., Soberano Jr., Titan and Barbaro Cavernario will probably represent CMLL on that show.

Puma King explains his new YouTube channel as a way for fans to see life thru the eyes of a wrestler.


Vampiro was on the Stone Cold Steve Austin podcast. It was a trip to land much like our own, but with some key facts along. Vampiro came off as if exaggerating to impress how great he and AAA were doing Austin, and Austin came off as occasionally skeptical but not really informed on anything on lucha libre beyond watching a few highlight clips of Lucha Underground. He was fine with Vampiro being Vampiro and seemed to genuinely like him. I noted a thousand words of strange things said during this interview. Here are some of them:

  • Vampiro says Lucha Underground is doing 26 episodes this year. He describes his role on the show as “the go to guy for everything, I fill the holes, producing, editing – helping edit, excuse me, writing and agenting, that’s my thing, and then commentating and the Vampiro character, he’ll be back, I’m told.” Austin asks about the editing, and Vampiro reveals he means he sits in the editing booth while the editors work and points out things. (This is the tenor of the conversation.) Vampiro says he’s 100% responsible for those things in Mexico and is picking up a lot from watching people do it in Lucha Underground.
  • Vampiro said the season 3 round of Lucha Underground tapings were too intense, with different cliques not getting along. They weeded out some of the troublemaking people and things are better now. Vamprio says LU won’t have a developmental system, but did run tryouts before this season started, and are looking for people with desire and who understand this won’t be a full time thing.
  • They’ve only had two retape things twice in Lucha Underground, and they leave all the other mistakes in.
  • Vampiro says he’s been with AAA for three years, and was promoted executive producer last March.
    • Three years means Vampiro working there when Konnan was still there, so that’s maybe not correct? Perhaps he got confused with Lucha Underground on the timeline, or considers that his AAA start.
  • Vampiro: “In the last eight months, AAA has quadrupled in size. If we were doing 200 shows a year, now we’re closer to 800.” Pushes the move to live on Twitch, but seems to think the Space show is also airing live. Vampiro claims the TV tapings are doing 9 to 14,000 people per show.
    • Last Sunday’s AAA taping was at a half full 6,000 seat building. The Aguascalientes was half full as well. Toluca and Mexico City looked better but neither building was close to 9,000. Sunday’s Rey de Reyes is their first 10K building of the year.
  • Vampiro talks about running the TV tapings from backstage like a mad man. Vampiro notes they have viewers live from around the world so, during the taping, he’ll pop up in a box on a screen and start explaining everything what’s going on English, including burying things that aren’t going right.
    • This has never happened. This is at least the second time Vampirio has said this is happening. Is this something he’s been pitching and it hasn’t gotten done? Is he under the impression it’s actually happening? Is this happening on Space and we’re not seeing it? Can it please start happening?
  • AAA is just as crazy as Lucha Underground according to Vampiro, who estimates 80% of the wrestlers on Lucha Underground are from AAA. Vamp says people are moonsaulting off the light scaffolds every night. Austin does not quite believe this.
  • Vampiro explains AAA has coaches that work with luchadors on how to deal with stress and your family when you’re off the road, and how to save money, and the wrestlers all go thru those classes before they even get in the ring. They’ve got a gym with professional trainers, and Vampiro comes by once a week to teach them what they need for TV
  • Austin asks about Pentagon. Vampiro: “Pentagon’s getting a little pudgy [] but he’s in shape.” Vampiro says Penta is working too many indie dates and isn’t able to eat right. Later, Vampiro characterizes Pentagon and the others who’ve left as sort of “rebellious teenagers” who’ve grown up a bit, seen that their parents were right, and may be welcomed back to AAA.
  • Vampiro would like to do more with the women in AAA, but feels the fans and the promoters don’t want it. He blames social media for getting the wrestlers to do crazy things. Austin incredibly brings up LA Park, and it does not sound like Vampiro is expecting to see him in AAA soon. Vampiro think Marco’s leaving Mexico soon. Vampiro defends Sexy Star. Vampiro says guys who never were top stars shouldn’t be agents or have a say in wrestler’s characters. Vampiro thinks Matt Striker should get a baseball announcing job because he’d be great at it. Vampiro told Marty the Moth to watch The Cable Guy. There’s more, but this is too much already.

So. A while back, Vampiro was mad at me for something or other – who even knows, the list is long – and I offered to interview him should we run into each other in Mexico. I’m not sure that was a great idea then, but it would’ve been great for the #content. I’m pretty sure it’s not even that useful now. Vampiro clearly had a lot of respect for Steve Austin as a fellow top wrestling guy, and they had shared interests in music and food that I skipped over there. And still Vampiro just was inventing things out of whole cloth to Steve Austin. I’m pretty sure Vampiro would have less than 1% of that respect level for me. We would get thru one question, I would hopefully push back, and we would never make it to a second question either because we’d be lost forever in that one question or one of us would throw our hands up and leave. (It would still be good #content, don’t get me wrong.)

I refuse to believe Vampiro is like this all the time. I don’t know how people would deal with be able to deal with him if he was 100% like this 100% of the time. It would be thoroughly maddening. People in AAA & Lucha Underground seem totally content to deal with Vampiro, so there must be another sane side to this individual we never see. I don’t think anyone out here is ever going to see it, because I think he transitions into this person once he’s out in public, but I can not believe he’s for real.

Marisela Pena posted photos of the AAA Arena in Guadalajara, saying the official opening is March 10th. They had a show there yesterday as part of a 13th anniversary celebration for the theme park it’s located in. Pagano is back in action and Mesias was wrestling this past weekend, which means both are possibilities for Rey de Reyes.

La Parka & Dave the Clown were interviewed in Puebla to build up Rey de Reyes.

AAA has this week’s TV listing up. I pay less attention to this now that it’s streaming, but it seems like they’re skipping the Faby/Ashley vs Divina/Shani match from Aguascalientes.

AAA posted Zona Ruda with Poder del Norte.


WWE’s Sin Cara talked with MedioTiempo. I think he does more interviews with Mexican press than he has matches on SmackDown. He praised the possibility of Rey Mysterio returning to WWE and said he’d like to see Dragon Lee there. He’s also interviewed in La Aficion, where either he or the writer bizarrely says AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura began their careers in Mexico.

03/21 Queretaro has LA Park & Caristico vs Penta & Fenix in a first time ever match.

A+ posted a commercial for ELITE now – except, they’ve taken the date down and just say the show is starting soon. Maybe don’t hold out for 03/11.

Segunda Caida reviews Lucha Underground 3×33, with the Son of Havoc vs Son of Madness match. I don’t want to spoil it for them, but I laughed reading Eric write “We don’t actually get a lot of blood in this fed”.

CultIcon & Caleb put together their dream LU vs Impact show.

El Paso Herald-Post has an article on Hijo del Impostor & El Dragon, who were part of a fundraiser for a local school.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update.


The Crash (FRI) 04/06/2018 The Sugar Mill, New Orleans, Louisiana
1) Aeroboy vs Draztick BoyJ. SpadeAmarokMatthew PalmerJason CadeÁngel FashionCurt Stallion
2) Black Danger & Lacey Lane vs Christi Jaynes & Oráculo and Barbie Hayden & Joey Ryan and Diamante (Impact) & Douglas James
3) Rey Horuz vs Flip Gordon vs Laredo Kid
4) Bandido (Indie) & Black Boy vs Dezmond Xavier & Zachary Wentz and Dave Crist & Jake Crist
5) Daga vs Brian Cage vs Willie Mack vs Sami Callihan
6) Rey Fénix (US) vs Flamita vs Rich Swann
7) Damián 666, LA Park, Nicho el Millionario vs Bestia 666, Garza Jr., Mr. 450
8) Penta Zero M vs Austin Aries

Full card for the noon WrestleMania show.

I’m still disappointed Fenix/Flamita will not be happening. (At least not on this show.) Rich Swann was good last time he was wrestling, even under WWE restrictions. Swann versus Flamita versus Fenix should still be great. WrestleMania weekend already has a lot of great matches, and Fenix/Flamita could’ve been a special match. It’s a missed chance.

The opening match is a grab bag. I think you know Aeroboy & Draztick Boy if you’re reading this website. Angel Fashion is a Puerto Rico based guy, only there still isn’t much wrestling in Puerto Rico following last year’s hurricane so he’s been working in the mainland. Curt Stallion is a midwest cowboy who I’ve seen a few times in AAW. Jason Cade is from Sami Callihan’s Ohio factory and will be popping up elsewhere soon; he seems excited for the Impact/LU show for some reason. Matthew Palmer is a Texas guy who shows up in Inspire Pro Wrestling. I still have no idea who Amarok is. I thought maybe he was the local WildKat representative, but that appears to be J. (Jaden) Spade. In the mixed tag, Barbie Hayden is a Texas woman who’s wrestled in LLF and was an alternate for WWE’s Mae Young Classic last year.

Rey Mysterio and Rush were both advertised for this show at one point. Mysterio is working Five Star wrestling in the UK the night before, which makes it impossible to make it here.  Rush appears to be done in The Crash after La Mascara moved on to AAA. Demus, Mascarita Dorada and Black Taurus appeared to be on these shows at one point and those are tougher to figure. Arkangel Divino, Ultimo Maldito, Keyra and Taurus are the bigger regular Crash names who didn’t make it. It’s not a one for one swap with anyone; the people in the early matches are probably making their own way to New Orleans, the people in the top matches are probably having their costs split between multiple promotions, neither of which might apply to the rest of The Crash crew. I’m not sure if Divino & Maldito even can work in the US at this point, so maybe it’s all a pipe dream. Still, to me, there’s nothing more “The Crash” than the flashy crazy guys in the opening matches, and those guys would’ve been able to make a name for themselves in this match. This show should still be pretty good, but I wish it felt more like a The Crash show instead of a WrestleMania weekend indie showcase show.