CMLL (TUE) 05/08/2018Arena México [CMLL, Lost in Lucha, Lucha Central]
1) Bengala & Leono b Apocalipsis & Cholo Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Dalys, La Metálica, La Seductora b La Guerrera, Lady Maravilla, Mistik Debut of Mistik (indie luchadora Mystique) and Arena Mexico debut of La Guerrera. Rudas took 2/3.
3) El Audaz, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa b Puma, Sagrado, Virus Tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Tiger b Kawato San [lightning] Tiger won with powerbomb in about 7 minutes.
5) Blue Panther, Kráneo, Soberano Jr. b Okumura, Rey Bucanero, Terrible Tecnicos took 1/3.
6) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Stuka Jr. DQ Gran Guerrero, Mr. Niebla, Último Guerrero Tecnicos took 2/3. Ultimo Guerrero pulled Stuka’s mask for the DQ.
Looks like one NWA title will be defended here soon…
CMLL (TUE) 05/08/2018Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Mr. Apolo, Ráfaga, Rey Trueno b El Divino, Mágico, Magnum
2) Amapola, Tiffany, Zeuxis b La Maligna, La Vaquerita, Marcela Rudas took 2/3.
3) Blue Panther Jr., Drone, The Panther b Misterioso Jr., Templario, Universo 2000 Jr.
4) Esfinge, Titán, Tritón b Dragón Rojo Jr., Hechicero, Pólvora Tecnicos took 2/3, Esfinge beating Hechicero and asking for a title match.
5) Mistico, Rush, Valiente b Cavernario, Euforia, Negro Casas Valiente replaced Volador.
…and one here next week. Esfinge/Hechicero for the Light Heavyweight title seems set up for 05/15. Stuka/Ultimo Guerrero for the Middleweight one seems more like 05/22. No sign of Taven defending his Welterweight one.
Puebla luchador Tarahumara passed away. He was a regular in Arena Puebla in the 90s and 00s, and made a few Mexico City appearances. He’d been wrestling on the indies and training wrestlers at least as of a few months ago.
I’m saving the Lucha Underground news for a separate post.
Magia Blanca beat Flyer to win Torneo Nuevo Valores (12:58, 1/3, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
Magia Blanca tornillo (1:34)
Flyer code red (1:33)
Magia Blanca super Michinoku Driver (9:51)
Carístico, Dragón Lee, Rush beat Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Rey Bucanero
(9:16 [3:44, 2:25, 3:07], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)
Virus pulled off Audaz’s mask for the DQ in the tercera.
The main event was the usual técnico favoring happy match to end the show. Dragon Lee & Rush lost a fall while playing invisible soccer, that’s about how serious they were taking this one. Crowd got into the finish so it was fine enough.
Magia Blanca & Flyer was good enough to be a young stars tournament final. It just wasn’t the high level of match break either guy out. They had a solid match outside of two springboards, they looked good in their offense, but it wasn’t a special match. They had two falls of establishing finishes and a final fall that would’ve been a pretty good lightning match. The finish is what stuck out to me Magia Blanca is an Último Guerrero trainee, you just wouldn’t have known it by the way the ending came together: no back and forth, just Magia Blanca hitting two straight topes and then Flyer walking up into his finish. It probably would’ve worked better if Flyer sold the topes more he did the silliness of his decision to do the one that would definitely cause him to lose, but it definitely was different.
Triton’s new outfit should just be his normal outfit and the técnicos generally did well in the fourth match. It just was lacking much from the rudos. Kawato wasn’t adding up, and then end part of the match had to be redone on the fly because he completely missed catching Esfinge on the dive. That’s two in a row for him. It took a while for Kamaitachi to really become Kamaitaichi but he was a lot father along by now, and he’s trending more towards the Yoshihashi spectrum of things. He’s going to keep chances – he seems to be picking up matches that would’ve gone to suddenly disappeared Idol & Adonis – but there needs to be some improvement.
The two fall set up the tercera didn’t allow it to develop totally, but they had action while it lasted. It was fast pace without anyone getting lost, and the Audaz/Virus sections were pretty solid. I wasn’t impressed by Super Astro in person in November, but he seems to fit in find in CMLL.
Kinda put myself thru the opener just for the novelty of Angelito being a fill-in rudo. He was fine. He wasn’t exactly Rey Escorpión, but he could take the técnico offense and he showed some aggressiveness when it came to it. I still think of Angelito as a tiny guy, but he’s gown over the last couple years and is about the same size as Acero & Aereo. They could easily use him as a replacement for the some of the older rudos who’ve been in the same place forever. Or they could try turning the other técnicos here. Or they could do anything at all with the minis.
CMLL Guadalajara: 2018-05-05
taped 2018-03-27 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara – YouTube/Mega
1) Audaz, Blue Panther Jr., Star Black vs Difunto, Puma, Tiger
2) Esfinge, Titán, Tritón vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
3) Carístico, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
CMLL Lucha Azteca: 2018-05-06
taped 2018-04-27 @ Arena México – Mega
1) Atlantis, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero
2) Rush vs Kráneo
3) Princesa Sugehit vs La Seductorafor the hair
CMLL (MON) 05/07/2018Arena Puebla [CMLL, Depor Puebla, Lucha Central]
1) Policeman & Saurón b Centella Roja & Hijo de Centella Roja Rudos took 1/3.
2) Espanto Jr., Guerrero Espacial, King Jaguar b Arkalis, Lestat, Rey Samuray Rudos took 1/3.
3) Pegasso b El Malayo [lightning]
4) Felino, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado b Audaz, Drone, Stigma Esfinge replaced Stigma on Friday’s lineup, but then Stigma appeared anyway. Rudos took 1/3.
5) Kráneo, Rey Bucanero, Terrible DQ Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Rush [Relevos Increíbles] Universo 2000 was honored before the match. Team Kraneo took 2/3, the last via Rush foul to Kraneo. Rush took both Kraneo and Mije’s masks after the match.
6) Valiente & Volador Jr. b Carístico & Último Guerrero [CMLL TAG] Champions took falls 2/3 in their third defense.
I saw about five minutes of this show. Main event seemed good. They’re still doing a lot of Kraneo/Rush feuding.
CMLL pushes tonight’s show as a possible new Ola Azul, a reference to a trio of blue wrestlers that’s had many combinations. Atlantis, Lizmark and Mr. Niebla are the ones I think off for that group. Tonight, it’s Atlantis, Diamante Azul and Stuka against Ultimo Guerrero, Gran Guerrero and Niebla. Kraneo teams with Blue Panther and Soberano Jr. against Terrible, Rey Bucanero and Okumura in the semifinal.
Kawato San gets his first his singles match in CMLL tonight, taking on Tiger in a rudo/rudo battle. Audaz and Virus are on opposite sides of the tercera, with Guerrero Maya, Rey Cometa, Puma and Sagrado in what looks like the best match of the night.
The woen’s match is listed as Dalys, Seductora and Metlaica versus Lady Maravilla, La Guerrera, and Mistik. This is the first time Lady Maravilla’s been the tecnica with the most CMLL tenure on a team: La Guerrera has only appeared once before in Arena Coliseo, and “Mistik” appears to be debuting indie luchadora Mystique. Leono & Bengala take on Cholo & Apocalipsis.
Guadalajara has Mistico, Rush & Volador versus Cavernario, Euforia, and Negro Casas. The one to watch is the semimain, where the Esfinge, Titan and Triton trio reunite to face Dragon Rojo, Polvora and Hechicero. They did an Esfinge/Hechicero finish last week.
CMLL’s updated the lineups for the weekend. Dragon Lee is no longer teaming with Audaz. Kraneo will replace him. Dragon Lee transparently couldn’t win the block because he’s in Japan the following week, but this is probably him taking the night off rather than risk injury before his trip to Japan. He was also scheduled on the preliminary lineup for Sunday’s show, where Angel de Oro is now. The semifinal trios match is now the main event trios match, which seems to guarantee it won’t be much of a match.
Also, Valiente is off Saturday’s card. Stuka moves up to the main event to replace him, and Guerrero Maya takes the empty space in the semimain.
Sam Adonis says he’s on great terms with CMLL, he’s just really busy selling out arenas and representing the promotion elsewhere right now. Later on, he says he doesn’t have any dates scheduled with CMLL right now. This reminds me a lot of when Rey Escorpion jumped to ELITE, did interviews saying he was still really with CMLL, and then never worked for CMLL again. Adonis and Johnny Idol haven’t appeared on a CMLL show in a month. Adonis says he’s going to Japan in November.
CMLL (SUN) 05/13/2018Arena México
1) Retro & Robin vs Camorra & Hijo del Signo
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Oro Jr. vs Metálico, Nitro, Sangre Azteca
3) Audaz, Drone, Pegasso vs Misterioso Jr., Okumura, Sagrado
4) Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa, Soberano Jr. vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
5) Ángel de Oro, Diamante Azul, Kráneo vs Cavernario, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
KDR (SUN) 05/13/2018Salón Citlalli, Ecatepec, Estado de México
1) Genex vs Príncipe Aéreo
2) Ciclón Blanco, Kilvan, Struendo vs Auster, Climax Jr., Príncipe Tiegus
3) Látigo vs Freelance vs Iron Kid
4) Torito vs Aerodinamic [Torneo LSNK 2018, final]
5) Imposible & La Heroína vs Princesa Azul & Toxin and Emperador Azteca & Hija De Gatubela and Arceus & Melissa [Copa el Retorno del Rey]
6) Alas De Plata, El Bandido, Flyer vs Centvrión, Eterno, Metaleón
A more interesting show. This is another building where they just need to install a couple cameras and save everyone the trouble of posting five differently edited versions of a match. Maine vent, third match jump out to me.
IWRG (SUN) 05/06/2018Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr., The Gladiatores]
1) Shadow Boy b Atomic Star
2) Gallo Frances b Black Dragón Dragon wants a hair match with Gallo Frances.
3) Dinamic Black, Lady Pink, Medieval b Chica Pantera, Dragón Bane, Dulce Luna Medieval replaced Miss Gaviota. Dulce Luna replaced Star Fire. Dinamic Black and Dragone Bane still want a singles match.
4) Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro b Freelance, Ricky Marvin, Súper Mega win via unseen foul
5) Demon Rocker, Devil Rocker, Machine Rocker, Uro Rocker b Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo straight falls.
6) Capo del Norte, Capo del Sur, El Hijo del Medico Asesino b Hijo de Canis Lupus, Hijo del Alebrije, Imposible Medico Asesino challenged Imposible to a mask/mask match.
7) Dark Magic, Hijo De Dos Caras, Mr. Electro DQ Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Trauma I, Trauma II Mascara 2000 Jr. used a Universo 2000 martillo negro on Dark Magic for the DQ. He was suspended for 7 days as a result.
Tonight’s Arena Puebla show has a title match with seemingly no chance of a title changing hands but a good chance of a good match. Valiente & Volador defend the CMLL tag team titles against the odd pair of Caristico & Ultimo Guerrero. This is sort of a follow up to last month’s Sky Team vs UG/GG/Caristico trios title match, which turned out to be a set up for Caristico/Mistico. Just like then, it’s hard to believe CMLL would make a mismatched team of a rudo and a tecnico champion, but the two sides should match up well.
The semimain is another mixed up match, with Euforia & Gran Guerrero teaming with Rush against Kraneo, Rey Bucanero and Rush’s friend Terrible. That doesn’t look like a good fit. Audaz, Drone and Esfinge take on Felino, Misterioso and Sagrado in the tercera. The Bullying Club duo hasn’t been on streams much lately.
Mayalo gets a chance in a lightning match with Pegasso. Araklis, Lestat and Rey Samuray, three of the better local flyers, taking on Espanto Jr., Guerrero Espacial and King Jaguar. It’s good day for Puebla cult favorites, as Policeman also is on the show, teaming with Sauron against the Centella Rojas.
CultIcon previews the show. It’ll air at 9pm on CMLL’s YouTube channel.
05/19 (SAT): versus Sho
05/22 (TUE): versus Ryusuke Taguchi
05/25 (FRI): versus Hiromu Takahashi (main event)
05/27 (SUN): versus Chris Sabin
05/30 (WED): versus Marty Scurll
06/02 (SAT): versus Kushida (main event)
06/03 (SUN): versus Desperado
AAA announcer Arturo Rivera is involved in a Twitter controversy, accused about advocating violence towards a political candidate. This is a rabbit hole I do not want to go down, but it’s turned into enough of a thing to get news articles. I do not think this affects his AAA status at all, though it does make me wonder about those things which might affect his AAA status. The Arturo Rivera/Jesus Zuniga/Andres Maronas group of announcers have been around forever and that usually means they stay with AAA forever, but it feels like they’ve been de-emphaized this year with the Space show being treated as the main AAA one.
CMLL (SAT) 05/12/2018Arena Coliseo
1) Magnus & Sangre Imperial vs Grako & Yago
2) Fantasy, Shockercito, Stukita vs Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito
3) La Vaquerita, Lady Maravilla, Marcela vs Dalys, La Comandante, Zeuxis
4) Blue Panther Jr., Stuka Jr., The Panther vs Felino, Olímpico, Rey Bucanero
5) La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible vs Diamante Azul, Kráneo, Valiente
CMLL (SAT) 05/05/2018Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Olímpico b Aéreo & Fantasy Rudos too 1k /13.
2) Retro, Robin, Sangre Imperial b Apocalipsis, Cholo, Metálico Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) El Audaz, Magnus, Oro Jr. b Disturbio, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado Tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Luciferno, Máscara Año 2000, Rey Bucanero b Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr., Titán Rudos took 2/3, an ultra rudo win via the star. Mascara 2000’s first match since the death of his brother.
5) Kráneo, Valiente, Volador Jr. b Euforia, Mephisto, Último Guerrero tecnicos took 1/3.
CMLL (SUN) 05/06/2018Arena México [CMLL]
1) Grako & Inquisidor b Bengala & Sangre Imperial rudos took 1/3.
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Leono DQ Cancerbero, Raziel, Sangre Azteca Rudos took 2/3, the last by DQ when Astral ended up with Sangre Azteca’s mask.
3) El Audaz, Guerrero Maya Jr., Star Jr. b Nitro, Universo 2000 Jr., Virus tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Cavernario, Hechicero, Máscara Año 2000 b Ángel de Oro, Diamante Azul, Niebla Roja tecnicos took 2/3
5) Carístico, Kráneo, Volador Jr. b Euforia, Rey Bucanero, Terrible tecnicos took 2/3.
Nothing special on either of these shows. CMLL’s Sunday points out Kraneo’s won awful lot since becoming tecnico.
A week ago, I’d be sure Universo 2000 Jr. would be out in the first round of Friday’s Gran Alternativa tournament. Not so sure now.
At this time last year, CMLL was still playing out both of the options – Niebla Roja had just picked up a surprising singles win over Dragon Lee while also not getting along with the Guerreros. CMLL had not picked which path they were going down, but it’s pretty clear they had the paths in mind in retrospect. Maybe the path they have this year will be clear later, maybe Kraneo’s being fed a lot of wins for a big loss to come. It’s not very clear to me right now; it could be Kraneo, but Kraneo’s about the fourth or fifth different direction they’ve headed in for a few weeks and most of those haven’t been mentioned again. Still waiting for Matt Taven’s name to be brought up again.
Deep in the middle of the AAA San Luis Potosi taping, posted today and having taken place six weeks ago, there’s a vignette where Blue Demon Jr. talks about Hijo del Dr. Wagner about his turn to the dark side. Feels like it’s overdue past the point of mattering – is this all going to be pushed to the side by the MAD invasion? – but the TV is so behind that’s it’s probably right on time if that’s all you are watching.
On Facebook, Vampiro put out an open request for women’s wrestlers from Mexico. It seems weird that one of the big companies of the year, one who’s ran and is running a talent search and has it’s own training classes and a network of local promoters, is reduced to calling out to the world for recommendations for quality Mexican luchadoras like one would ask for a restaurant recommendation. But I suppose it also says Mexico is not exactly overrun with quality Mexican luchadoras, or ones who want to work for AAA.
La Parka’s column hypes Sammy Guevera’s debut by saying he combines wrestling moves with skateboard movements.
MDA Lucha Memes (FRI) 05/18/2018Gimnasio Factores Mutuos, Monterrey, Nuevo León
1) Pedro Navajas vs Príncipe Legendario
2) Komander vs Ronaldinho [falls count anywhere]
3) Keyra vs Panthro
4) Cavernario (CMLL) vs Difunto I
5) Makabre vs Golden Boy
6) Virus vs Charles Lucero
MDA & Memes are back working together in Monterrey, after a show with bigger names this time last year in Arena Coliseo Monterrey. It’s a lot of Memes regulars versus locals. Virus & Lucero sounds interesting depending how much they’re into it, but I don’t know how Lucero is looking nowdays. He’s wrestling a lot less often than a few years ago.
This happens to be two days before the KAOZ debut show.
CMLL (FRI) 05/04/2018Arena México [CMLL, ESTO, Lost in Lucha, Lucha Central, Ovaciones, thecubsfan]
1) Mercurio, Pequeño Violencia, Pierrothito b Fantasy, Shockercito, Último Dragóncito 14:27. Rudos took 1/3.
2) Lluvia, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit b Amapola, La Seductora, Tiffany 14:29. Tecnicas took 1/3, the last by DQ when Seductora shoved the referee. Lluvia replaced Lady Maravilla. It was Lluvia’s first CMLL match since 2016.
3) Blue Panther, Kráneo, Valiente b Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón 12:15. Tecnicos took 2/3. The Nueva Generacion Dinamitas all wore half Universo 2000 masks.
4) Rush b Último Guerrero [lightning] 8:39. Rush used the ropes rather obviously to get the pin. UG clotheslined Edgar for the bad call.
5) Flyer & Hijo del Signo b Eléctrico, Espanto Jr., Magia Blanca, Maquiavelo, Robin, Yago [Gran Alternativa, battle royal] 2:37.
6) Eléctrico & Mistico DQ Espanto Jr. & Hechicero [Gran Alternativa, 8f] 9:06.
7) Mephisto & Yago b Ángel de Oro & Robin [Gran Alternativa, 8f] 4:21.
8) Atlantis & Magia Blanca b Ephesto & Maquiavelo [Gran Alternativa, 8f] 6:16.
9) Flyer & Volador Jr. b Hijo del Signo & Terrible [Gran Alternativa, 8f] 5:20.
10) Mephisto & Yago b Eléctrico & Mistico [Gran Alternativa, quarterfinal] 6:52.
11) Flyer & Volador Jr. b Atlantis & Magia Blanca [Gran Alternativa, quarterfinal] 2:51.
12) Flyer & Volador Jr. b Mephisto & Yago [Gran Alternativa, semifinal] 7:49. Flyer & Volador advance to the final on 05/18.
Ultimo Guerrero & Rush and the first tournament match are worth watching. The crowd seemed to get into Flyer & Volador.
CMLL (TUE) 05/08/2018Arena México
1) Bengala & Leono vs Apocalipsis & Cholo
2) Dalys, La Metálica, La Seductora vs La Guerrera, Lady Maravilla, Mistik
3) El Audaz, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Puma, Sagrado, Virus
4) Kawato San vs Tiger [lightning]
5) Blue Panther, Kráneo, Soberano Jr. vs Okumura, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
6) Gran Guerrero, Mr. Niebla, Último Guerrero vs Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Stuka Jr.
Kawato/Tiger will get some attention. Tercera should be good. Second match is the debut of Mistik, a women who’s appeared a few things on indie shows (and probably more by a different spelling I haven’t figured out.) I think Lady Maravilla had a scheduling conflict but should be back here.
CMLL (FRI) 05/11/2018Arena México
1) Acero & Aéreo vs Mercurio & Pequeño Violencia
2) Fuego, Pegasso, Stigma vs Cancerbero, Disturbio, Raziel
3) Esfinge, Titán, Tritón vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Hechicero, Pólvora
4) Soberano Jr. vs Negro Casas [lightning]
5) Ángel de Oro, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
6) Carístico & Star Jr. vs Templario & Último Guerrero and Dragón Lee & El Audaz and Cavernario & El Coyote and Astral & Niebla Roja and Akuma & Euforia and Príncipe Diamante & Valiente and Máscara Año 2000 & Universo 2000 Jr. [Gran Alternativa, battle royal]
7) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [Gran Alternativa, 8f]
8) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [Gran Alternativa, 8f]
9) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [Gran Alternativa, 8f]
10) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [Gran Alternativa, 8f]
11) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [Gran Alternativa, quarterfinal]
12) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [Gran Alternativa, quarterfinal]
13) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [Gran Alternativa, semifinal]
Dragon Lee & Audaz is an incredible team, but Dragon Lee’s due to be in Japan for the first day of BOSJ on 05/18. That means Templario & Ultimo Guerrero are the overwhelming favorite. Should still fun getting there. (More fun than the opener.)
KAOZ (SUN) 05/20/2018Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) Mini Hator vs Mini Gato Volador
2) Hija de Karonte vs Succi Love
3) Fresero Jr. & Mr. Iguana vs El Divo & Silver Tiger
4) Epydemius vs Black Taurus (Indie), Hijo de Pirata Morgan
5) Rey Bucanero & Sharlie Rockstar vs Jack Evans & Laredo Kid
6) Cibernético & Pierroth vs El Mesías & Rush
Debut show for the Zorro lead program includes a lot of ex-AAA wrestlers and not Zorro wrestling, actually.
Rushbeat Último Guerreroin a lightning (8:39, inside cradle with feet on the ropes, good, VideosOficialesCMLL)
The dumb battle royale went 2:37.
Eléctrico & Mistico beat Espanto Jr. & Hechiceroin a CMLL Gran Alternativa eighthfinal (9:06, DQ, good, VideosOficialesCMLL)
Mephisto & Yagobeat Ángel de Oro & Robinin a CMLL Gran Alternativa eighthfinal (4:21, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)
Atlantis & Magia Blanca beat Ephesto & Maquiaveloin a CMLL Gran Alternativa eighthfinal (6:16, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)
Flyer & Volador Jr. beat Hijo del Signo & Terriblein a CMLL Gran Alternativa eighthfinal (5:20, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)
Mephisto & Yago beat Eléctrico & Misticoin a CMLL Gran Alternativa Tournament quarterfinal (6:52, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)
Flyer & Volador Jr. beat Atlantis & Magia Blanca in a CMLL Gran Alternativa Tournament quarterfinal (2:51, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)
Flyer & Volador Jr. beat Mephisto & Yagoin a CMLL Gran Alternativa Tournament semifinal (7:49, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)
Flyer & Volador Jr. advanced to the final of the Gran Alternativa on May 18th.
With Hechicero already beat, Espanto decided he’d rather foul and unmask Mistico than get beat himself.
Rush blatantly used the ropes (and was almost out of the ring) when he pinned Último Guerrero. Edgar missed it. UG clotheslined Edgar in retribution.
NGD all wore half Universo 2000 in tribute to their mentor.
Lluvia replaced Lady Maravilla in her first CMLL match since December 18, 2016. Seductora lightly shoved the referee and got shoved back harder, then disqualified.
This block of the Gran Alternativa started off strong before going into a lot of middling matches, not too different from other tournaments his year. They did make the block final victory feel like an accomplishment, though there’s not a lot more you can take out of it. Hechicero provided the best match of the bit with his extra effort in the lead off match w/Espanto Jr., Eléctrico and Mistico. Both técnicos looked great, thanks to one rudo. Espanto Jr. did contribute a hilarious exit from what should be his last ever “rising stars” tournament. It’s not happening for him or his partner in medicore matches Hijo del Signo. Signo whiffed on a trip spot in the opening minute, setting a tone. Maquiavelo has more time, but didn’t feel like he was ready for this competition, nervous and off during his match. Angel de Oro & Robin were the best pairing of the one and done teams, and Robin eliminating himself from the seeding battle royal with a dive was actually a sensible decision. (He didn’t seem to know he was eliminated until the referees told him.)
Magia Blanca didn’t get nearly as much out of this tournament as the last one. He did get in most of the offense in his second round match, with Atlantis not contributing a lot, but it was a match that felt cut short. This was another block final for Yago, but sort of a mixed bag. He looked good his opening round mach, and he took the big moves in the final. different pages in the one in the middle and it felt like he was running out of gas quick. Flyer got kicked in the head by uncle Volador many times, but they survived it well enough to win the whole thing. He was steadier in his flying this time than Torneo Nuevo Valores. This didn’t really set Flyer apart from the others like him, but the Gran Alternativa final is obviously going to be a strong match for him.
Último Guerrero versus Rush was a surprisingly strong match. Maybe the lightning match caused them to pick up the pace – they were hurrying to finish up before the time limit came into play still – or maybe he just woke up on the right side of bed. Rush was locked in from the start, fighting in an even more serious mode than his Kraneo match. Neither man got a lot past the greatest hits, but they pulled it together well.
The tercera was an acceptable midcard match, as they continue a heavy focus on Kraneo. Forastero actually stood out more with the distance he got on his flying spots, but the NGD were more playing to Kraneo’s strengths. Sansón & Forastero seem like they’ve eliminated the cool springboards that made them stand out at first. It didn’t quite fit their rudo characters, but it was wroth it not fitting to see them.
Seductora came out more aggressive in the women’s than Friday, trying to take on a tougher persona. It wasn’t enough to make this work, but it was an effort. Seductora still struggled with simple things, like her own signature side slam. Lluvia’s surprise return didn’t led to much – she didn’t get in a lot of offense, and she was there mostly to be the one to be eliminated by Seductora in the third fall. Lluvia’s corner dropkick looked nice, but she was taking the same weird looking hunched over backwards bumps that Tiffany does.
I didn’t hate the minis opener but it didn’t feel like anything worth going out of your way to watch. The usual key spots were there, but the speed and sharpness were not particularly part of it. There was less clowning by the rudos than usual, but it was mostly going thru the motions of a Friday night trios.
Short version: I’m thinking of taking the luchadb – the sprawling database of lucha libre events, results, and video links – and moving off to it’s own separate domain. It would be the same site, more or less, but in a new place. I haven’t committed to doing this yet. It’s close enough that I’m mentioning it here just in case any one had any comments
Longer version: I’ve had problems with this website overrunning it’s memory limit and crashing for years. I assumed it was just because I have a lot of stuff hosted on the same account. Both this entire thecubsfan.com domain and the entire luchawiki.org domain are on the same hosting server, and were under one user account. That’s definitely part of the problem, and will be an issue if/until I decide to throw more money at the memory issues.
In early March, I discovered another big part of the problem is there was malware hidden in my site. As best I can tell, it never affected anyone’s password by my own servers ones, using the hosting computer to do things. I’m not even totally clear what things: the code was intentionally scrambled and mostly loaded other websites. Maybe spam, maybe DNS attacks, I’m not sure. I’m thinking I must’ve just been too slow on a WordPress or wiki software update and that’s all that it took.
What I am sure of is that is that it was a pain to get the malware out. That too is partly because I had so much stuff under one account. It was about 65 GB of files. Some of those are large MP3 files, some of them are tiny thumbnail images or pages, and it added up to a lot of places to hide malicious code. I tried looking for the malware myself, I had my hosting try, and I paid a third party company to look at the files and do the same, and we’d keep running into the same problem. There was so much to scan thru that we couldn’t keep it all clean at once, with the malware sneaking back in to clean areas before we get it out of the unscanned sections. The outside company convinced me it was just way too much to have all the sites on the same account, and they were right. Once I moved the luchawiki over to it’s own walled off section, it didn’t take long to finally get both sites clean. Everything’s been working fine for about a week now.
I wouldn’t have spent a month plus on this problem if I just had split the websites up under separate accounts to begin with which makes me think I ought to do more of it. If I moved the “luchadb” – the comprehensive results/wrestlers/videos database – onto it’s own domain, then those large amount of files won’t be subject to any problem caused by missing WordPress patch. It’d also have the side effect of making it appear the slightest bit professional if the links were all “luchadb.com/” rather than “thecubsfan.com/cmll/events/whatever”. My problem is it’s entirely not professional as it is. It it’s 100% code I wrote myself, cobbled together with whatever idea I had at that moment and no great overarching plans. It’s going to take a fair bit of work to just move it elsewhere, because it was never written with the forethought it might need to be moved. Moving it also might might cause old links to stop working, though I can set up some general redirects. I’m not sure if the difference really matters to anyone beyond myself, and I’ve long put off this idea thinking the time wasn’t worth the effort it would take. The malware bit has me thinking maybe it’s worth the effort not.
I’m mentioning this now just in case the couple dozen of you who actually use it on a regular basis have some thoughts about why I should or shouldn’t do it. I’ve done some testing around with the idea on luchadb.com account now, and I think I’ll be able to do make the move, at the price of a couple weeks of working on that instead of the other things I might be doing (so maybe less weird posters for that whlie.) I’m not going to start thinking hard about until I finish up with the 1998 laguna data mining, which may be a week or so still off.
And if I can get get luchadb.com to work, and I don’t hate moving things around and setting up redirects by then, the next thing on the roadmap would be to finally move this blog to be really located under luchablog.com. But that’s a ways down the road.
Today is the start of CMLL’s Gran Alternativa, their longest running and currently most important rookies tournament. CMLL’s heavily promoted the tournament – or, more accurately, they’ve heavily promoted this block of the tournament and not said a word about the other half. It’s strange planning; Templario & Audaz are the two obvious stars of the current group, but we don’t know if they’re actually in this after they were skipped in the Torneo Nuevo Valores. If they weren’t in this tournament, for whatever reason, tonight’s bracket would seem more meaningful. Since they might, it feels like it’s a tournament just to figure out who loses to one of them in the final.
With that in mind, it opens up more possibilities to win this blocked. It’s a lot lower bar to be in the final than to win the thing. Hijo del Signo (w/Terrible), Espanto Jr. (w/Hechicero), and Robin (w/Angel de Oro) still seem like long shots, since people who’ve been around forever don’t usually do well in this. Maquialvelo (w/Ephesto) has the opposite problem, too new to really get this chance. Yago (w/Mephisto) really isn’t much different, but some rudo has to go far.
Magia Blanca (w/Atlantis), Flyer (w/Volador) and Mistico (w/Electrico) are the most lilkely block winners tonight. Blanca & Flyer just were in the finals of a tournament. Electrico is a national champion, though CMLL may have forgotten it. All three veterans would fit as opponents against a theoretical Templario/Ultimo Guerrero opposition team. Magia Blanca winning this block to follow up the last week’s tournament fits recent patterns.
Rush has a chance to finally pick up a singles win in Arena Mexico tonight against Ultimo Guerrero in a lightning match. It’ll definitely end with a foul, one way or another. NGD will appear in Arena Mexico for the first time after the death of mentor Universo 2000, taking on Valiente, Kraneo and Blue Panther. Amapola, La Seductora and Tiffany face Lady Maravilla, Marcela and Princesa Sugehit in the obligatory apuesta match. The show starts with a trios minis match: Fantasy, Shockercito, Ultimo Dragoncito vs Mercurio, Pequeno Violencia, and Pierroth. This only the second time Fantasy has appeared on a Friday show this year, and the last was during FantasticaMania.
CMLL writes about Chicago Express winning the 1996 Gran Alternativa and Rey Bucanero winning the 1996 Gran Alternativa. That’s not a typo, that was CMLL running the same tournament twice in the same year.
In an interview with +LuchaTV, La Llave the la Gloria winner the Tiger said is he no longer with AAA. He says it just wasn’t his time. I think AAA probably wanted all the winners to move to Mexico City and it never seems like he did, so that might have something to do with it. He is based in Mexico City for the moment, so it’s not impossible he could end up back with AAA, but there’s a lot of finalists from that contest who don’t seem to be working much.
IWRG (WED) 05/09/2018Arena Naucalpan
1) Canival vs Puma de Oro
2) Dulce Luna, Lady Cat, Lady Pink vs Chica Pantera, Lili Dark, Star Fire
3) Arquero, Fly Tiger, Mexica vs Carnicero, Chicanito, Dinámico
4) Ángel Oriental, Dranzer, Toto vs Guerrero 2000, Leroy, Picudo Jr.
5) Atomic Star, Lunatic Xtreme, Shadow Boy vs Dragón Bane, El Divino, Hausser and Ángel Estrella Jr., Cremosito, Death Metal FILL (Eterno/Atomic Star) vs Lucha Libre Boom (Fantasma de la Opera/Dragon bane) vs Gym Zeuz (Oficial 911/Death Metal)
The main event is listed as three way hair match, but it’s unclear if it’s the maestros or someone in the match putting up their hair.