quick Friday preview

CMLL
CMLL

(This was scheduled to post Friday afternoon and never did. That’s very annoying! It’s almost totally useless. Travel is fun. Slow internet is great.)

Today’s CMLL show starts at 5pm CT. 5pm! Three and half hours early. Today is Independence Day in Mexico, and all the normal evening shows have 4pm or 5pm starts. You’d have to be a dummy not to realize this for a while and wait until 2pm to get into Mexico. (Errrr.)

The main event of the CMLL show is Rayo de Jalisco, Dos Caras and Canek versus Universo 2000, Mascara 2000 and Cien Caras. It’s not really a good look for the current CMLL stars to be playing second fiddle to guys who were past their prime a decade ago, but it is the whole concept of the show. This same match took place last November in Monterrey.

The semimain has CMLL’s usual top guys in a rudo versus rudo feud. Rush, Pierroth and Rey Escorpion take on Matt Taven, Ultimo Guerrero and Euforia. There’s been hints of a Taven/Volador match and also a Taven/Rush one. CMLL could set up that one out of this match, and it would fit as singles main event on top of the Reyes del Air next week. Taven is finishing up on the 24th, so his big match has to be next Friday if he’s getting one.

The fourth match is a Barbaro Cavernario versus Mascara Dorada lightning match. Those two have been good against each before, and should be again. CMLL’s preview refers to Mascara Dorada as El Internacional Mascara Dorada, the closest they’ve come to acknowledging his second place finish in the CWC. We don’t know exactly when Dorada is wrapping up in CMLL, but this seems like an opportunity to start giving guys big wins over him on the way out.

The second and third matches include legends and current CMLL wrestlers who are about as old as legends. Atlantis teams with Mascara Sagrada & El Fantasma against Negro Casas, Satanico and Fuerza Guerrera. Blue Panther is back on the rudo side with Kahoz & Negro Navarro against Solar, Super Astro and Mano Negra.

The opener is a women’s match, Esterllita, Marcela and Sanely versus Amapola, Jarochita and Metalica. This is Sanely’s Friday show debut (timed to be on the same show as her father), and the official CMLL debuts of Jarochita and Metalica. Jarochita’s in the rare position of having had a CMLL title match before joining the roster. Of the three woman who’ve recently left AAA (Keira, Lady Maravilla), Jarochita is probably the third most impressive one. She’s OK, but it’s also surprising how relatively fast she made the roster. Metalica, the current Felina Metalica, had been training with CMLL for years.

Fantasma’s said he might never get a chance to wrestle in Arena Mexico again, and the same issue in theory for a lot of people on the show. CMLL (and others) brings back legends much more often than any other promotion in the world. Some of these guys appeared on Elite shows in Arena Mexico this year too, but Fantasma has a point – there’s a decent chance it’s the last ever Arena Mexico match for someone on the card.

The show airs at 5pm CT on ClaroSports. CultIcon also previews this show.

There are plenty of other shows today; I’ve got 47 posters in the database, and this is a day with a lot of other small shows. Of note,

  • AAA tapes today at the Hard Rock Hotel, it’s only TV taping between TripleMania and Heroes Inmortales. It’s got less drama to it now that we know the Heroes Inmortales lineup, but maybe they’ll surprise.
  • the rest of AAA is working a triple header of shows in Mexico State, which will probably be more interesting to find out who’s being used as replacements than for the matches themselves.
  • CaraLucha is running with Trauma I vs Rush vs Hijo del Pirata Morgan vs Black Toro/Taurus – this is the show I’d like to go to, but they’re running early and it’s going to be very tough to make.
  • AULL has a cage match, WMC has Arez/Freelance, Ultimo Guerrero is working the MDS show as well, there’s a show I’d like to go to in CDMX if it wasn’t two hours away from my hotel and I’m still confused how anything can be two hours away and still be in Mexico City.

Mesias is working the GALLI show on 09/25.

Segunda Caida reviews Ultima Lucha 2 part 2

CMLL Martes: 2016-09-06 

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Sagrado finishes Panther

Recapped: 09/10/2016

What happened: Titan pinned Mephisto, aiming for a title match.

What was good: The semimain was good and the lightning match entertained me, though it’s possible I’ve gone mad.

I didn’t watch the third match, off a plan to only watch the second half and avoid Skandalo matches, but it looked like it was good.

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

lucha TV preview for weekend of September 17th

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EDIT: Friday’s ClaroSports show starts at 5pm, not the normal time.

The previously mentioned Lucha Libre Retro show debuts on Fox Sports Deportes in the US this Monday. This would be Saturday Coliseo shows, which are not currently airing anywhere, Only CMLL is old school enough to have a show named “retro” that’s just the same lucha libre they always run. The first show said to be taped was the 09/03 show – Euforia/GG/Kraneo vs Maya/Titan/Idolo is the best looking match – but they might skip around. The show has a Facebook page, and it appears to be produced by someone new, not the in-house CMLL crew.

Lucha Underground‘s preview mentions two title matches (one via Dial of Doom) and an Ultimate Opportunity. I think I’ve figured out two of the matches and feel pretty OK about a third; there’s some people who haven’t been seen yet who will some time this week.

AAA has part two of TripleMania, and we won’t know which matches until tomorrow. My guess is they’re saving Pagano/Psycho for week three, and it makes sense to get the other two bloody matches out of the way now.

IWRG on AYM could be anything. I’ve got the Sunday show, but there’s always the chance they tape the Friday AAA show and put it on there too.

I happened to catch the internet feed of Titanes en el Ring, and they apparently have jumped again so they’re airing the Friday show on Sunday. Maybe Azteca US will make that leap someday.

 

Rey Escorpion vs Cibernetico in Elite, Senate passes Dia de Luchador

all people captured in nets have higher chances of being GIFed
Marty could’ve gotten lost in there four hours

CMLL (TUE) 09/13/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Martes de Glamour]
1) Diplomático & Linterna b Capitán Cobra & Johnny Dinamo
Rudos took 1/3.
2) Cancerbero, Raziel, Signo Jr. b Bengala, Magnus, Robin
Bengala replaced Starman (MIA), Espanto replaced Arkangel (already heading to Puerto Rico.) Rudos took 1/3.
3) Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany b Estrellita, Marcela, Silueta
Rudas took 1/3.
4) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Stuka Jr. b Kráneo, Olímpico, Ripper
Tecnicos took 1/3.
5) Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible DQ Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Volador Jr.
Rudos took 1/3, the last when Terrible faked a foul from Marco.

ELITE (WED) 09/14/2016 Arena Naucalpan [@PlantillaDepor1, +LuchaTV]
1) Keira & Princesa Blanca b La Pantera (Jalisco) & Lady Maravilla
Princesa Blanca’s return match. La Pantera (from Guadalajara) replaced Chik Tormenta.
2) Diamante (CMLL) & Imposible b Ciclón Ramírez Jr. & Jinzo
good match
3) El Bandido & Zumbi b Heddi Karaoui & Herodes Jr.
Herodes Sr. was at the show. Bandido dived into the front row.
4) Karonte Jr., Toscano, Zumbido b Emperador Azteca, Metaleón, Último Ninja
Zumbido & Karonte Jr. replaced Magno & Hijo de Dos Caras.
5) Fuerza Guerrera & Solar I DQ Pirata Morgan & Satánico
6) Blue Demon, Golden Magic, Xtreme Tiger b Cibernético, Rey Escorpión, Sharlie Rockstar
Cibernetico’s first match since surgery (injury not disclosed.) Blue Demon & Sharlie Rockstar were added to this match during week. Rey Escorpion betrayed Cibernetico, giving the tecnicos a win and setting up a singles match next week.

Escorpion clarified that he wants a heavyweight title match against Cibernetico (so that wouldn’t be a Liga Elite match.) He appears to no longer be wearing Ingobernable gear in that photo. Rey Escorpion is being pushed much stronger here than in CMLL and it’s not hard to figure out which way he’s going, if he has to pick one.

Demon’s heel turn last week seems forgot (and seems likely just to have been something to stall the show long enough for Caristico arrived.) Demon being pushed as a top guy didn’t seem to work out for AAA or Lucha Underground, but I don’t know that Elite (or Azteca) would notice that.

They cut prices in half and the building eventually filled up, though it didn’t look good early. Maybe this is a big scientific experience to see if the problem was Arena Mexico or Wednesdays (and it looks it may be Wednesdays.)  Herodes working in the third match suggest he’s done in AAA (and he didn’t do too well in there.)

Yesterday, Mexico’s senate declared September 21st the day of lucha libre and luchadors. This had been in the works for a while, with Brazo de Oro pushing the idea with help from CMLL. The bill still has to be passed by Mexico’s house of deputies (the equivalent of representatives in the US.) It’s not official yet, which will not stop anyone from pretending otherwise. It was passed unanimously in the senate, so something where they rush it thru to get it all done by the 21st seems possible.

The date is based on EMLL’s first show; this is one of those things that solidify that promotion as “authentic lucha libre”. (AAA seems to have ignored this for obvious reasons.) This would largely a ceremonial gesture, but it’s one that doesn’t happen in most countries.

Gran Metalik finished as the runner up in WWE’s CWC, losing to TJP Habana Brother II in a great finale. Mascara Dorada is not booked in Mexico on Monday (or Sunday), so it’s possible he’ll appear on RAW. He’s still wrestling in Mexico as if nothing is going on, and CMLL has never acknowledged his participation.

Lucha Underground starts on Samurai TV on October 14th. It’ll be preceded on October 7th with an introduction to the series, and they’ll be starting with episode 1. LU is now airing in the US, Canada, France, and Malaysia (Star 2). Mexico and the UK are the two obvious missing ones; fans in the UK should also expect it to start with episode one whenever it does air.

Lucha Underground will have a panel on New York Comic Con on October 09. The panel will be Rey Mysterio, Catrina, Ivelisse, Taya, Marty Elias, Eric Van Wagenen, Skip Chaison and Dorian Roldan.

Rey Mysterio did an interview to hype tomorrow’s AAA taping.

Culticon, TKD and Voices of Wrestling reviewed last night’s Lucha Underground.

LuchaWorld has their latest news update.

Violento Jack retained the King of Freedoms championship over Takashi Sasaki earlier today. Miedo Extremo took the loss in his tag match, and will defend the DTU title against Masashi Takeda on 09/22.

A free show with Octagon, Tinieblas, LA Park and Silver King in the main event drew 10,000 in Torreon.

Hijo de Octagon and Juventud Guerrera were feuding on Twitter, maybe to build up matches. Hijo de Octagon doesn’t come off well.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 09/20/2016 Arena México
1) Eléctrico & Shockercito vs Pequeño Olímpico & Pierrothito
2) Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., Hombre Bala Jr. vs Disturbio, Sangre Azteca, Skándalo
3) Máximo Sexy, Rey Cometa, Valiente vs Luciferno, Mr. Niebla, Vangellys
4) Estrellita, Princesa Sugehit, Sanely vs Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis
5) Mephisto © vs Titán [CMLL WELTER]
3rd defense
6) Diamante Azul, Dragón Lee, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero

Titan is a decided underdog, but he’ll get the opening to have a good match with Titan.

Women’s match being fourth is very strange, especially given some of the people in the third (and CMLL usually doesn’t put rookies like Sanely that late in the show regardless of gender.) Something’s up.

CMLL (TUE) 09/20/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Leono, Mágico, Magnum vs Metálico, Ráfaga, Rey Trueno
2) Blue Panther Jr., Esfinge, The Panther vs Misterioso Jr., Okumura, Sagrado
3) Blue Panther, Johnny Idol, Stuka Jr. vs Felino, Kráneo, Ripper
4) Marco Corleone vs Terrible
5) Atlantis, Máscara Dorada, Mistico vs Gran Guerrero, Rey Bucanero, Shocker

Marco & Terrible face off after feuding for two weeks. Mascara Dorada still is on the CMLL lineups as if nothing is going on, will wrestle Rey Bucanero. Everyone should try to put him in kneebars.

10/02 AAA TV Lineup (Monterrey) – Heroes Inmortales X

AAA
AAA

AAA TV (SUN) 10/02/2016 Arena Monterrey, Monterrey, Nuevo León
1) Aerostar & Drago © vs Laredo Kid & Súper Fly and Damián 666 & Nicho el Millionario and Monsther Clown & Murder Clown [AAA TAG]
first defense
2) Zorro vs El Elegido, Pimpinela Escarlata, Niño Hamburguesa, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 [Copa Antonio Pena]
3) El Apache, Faby Apache, Mary Apache vs Averno, Chessman, Ricky Marvin
4) Hijo del Fantasma, La Parka, Texano Jr. vs ??, ???, El Mesías
5) Garza Jr. vs Johnny Mundo © [AAA LA]
Taya will second Johnny Mundo
6) Australian Suicide vs Daga [mask, hair]
Argenis & Joe Lider will be seconds
7) El Patrón Alberto & Psycho Clown vs Dr. Wagner Jr. & Pagano

Air Date: maybe 10/08 & 10/15, maybe pushed back a week from that.  AAA doesn’t mention this show being an iPPV (and I wouldn’t assume it to be one.)

There’s about one match I’d like to see on this show, the Daga & Suicide match. There’s nothing outrageously terrible, but a lot of stuff which doesn’t look interesting. I think they’re making a good attempt at trying to draw given the pieces they have, but the end result isn’t something impressive.

Alberto is back, as we all figured he would be. AAA officially announced his return last night. Leo Riano says Alberto was asking for $10,000 per match. I take all the money numbers with a grain of salt, but that means he’s going to get paid twice as much for the main event 12 minute tag match as Pagano got paid for losing his hair at TripleMania. Great work if you can get it. (The WON today reports it’s more like $4,000.) This seems like a one off, because there’s no obvious follow up out of this for him; I can’t imagine he’s feuding with Pagano.

No sign of Pentagon Jr. on this show. I think he’s working in the US that weekend. Maybe this is when Jack & Angelico are in Europe? And of course Fenix is not going to be on this show. No LU crew either; there’s an obvious talent depth drop off from August.

Suicide putting up his mask has been the plan for at least two years and they’re finally getting there. Daga & Suicide are getting a good spot out of it. I’m a little surprised they’re ahead of Garza & Mundo. That title match is a good test for Garza Jr., since Mundo’s going to want to have a great match and Garza has not been all that memorable in AAA. AAA could really use some new rising stars, and Garza and Daga having big star making nights would be a big help right now. Literally almost nothing else matters, but AAA needs those two matches to go well.

Back at ColiseoMania, Dorian Roldan specifically mentioned Mesias, Hernandez and Cage as a team for this show. Hernandez and Cage are absent; I guess they could be added in, but I’m not sure why you’d take them out in the first place unless AAA’s not sure they’ll be there. Maybe they’ll bring in a foreign tag team. Texano and Mesias is pushed off for the end of the year, and Fantasma still has nothing particular to do.

Apaches vs OGT follows up from TripleMania, and will likely go about the same way. The TripleMania match killed my enthusiasm for that feud. The Copa Antonio Pena is the Copa TripleMania repeated (which is maybe why you don’t want to do those on the same shows.) There’s lots of mystery people on that lineup, some of which will possibly be Monterrey people. They probably should announce some now, because that lineup looks very weak for a match. Cuervo & Scoria probably should be in that match, but they’ve vanished after being pushed very hard early on this year. Tag title defense opens the show; Laredo was definitely a tecnico last time we saw him and so doesn’t make sense with Super Fly, but there’s also some good stories you could tell about the ex-Air Force guys teaming up to challenge Aerostar. (It’s an opener, so I’m not sure those stories will be told.)

There’s room for about four more AAA tapings this year. The next taping after this one is probably somewhere around the 10/15 weekend. The 11/20 show in Juarez leaked out long ago, and the Guerra de Titanes show probably follows that.

Lucha Underground 3×2: The Amulet

this is crazy
this is crazy

matches

Dr. Wagner defeated Mascarita Sagrada (0:59, Dr. Wagner Jr., not rated)

Mil Muertes defeated Argenis (1:34, Flatliner, not rated)

Killshot defeated Marty Martinez in a Weapons of Mass Destruction (22:26, double stomp thru a table, great)

developments

this always a cool angle
this is always a cool angle

If you had been waiting for months about updates on the police plot, then this was your episode. A lot of knowledge was dropped. Captain Vazquez was heard the tape of Mr. Cisco being murdered (though not until the part 2 of Ultimo Lucha Dos), but refused to bring in Dario Cueto. Joey Ryan/Officer Meehan and Cortez Castro/Officer Reyes got into a scuffle over this, since Cortez still saw Mr. Cisco as a friend and didn’t want his murder to be just overlooked. It’s implied Castro slipped the audio tape of the murder to higher ups, who arrested Dario Cueto on their own at the end of Ultima Lucha 2. Vazquez figured it what he did, and suspended Castro for not going along with her plan. To her, Dario Cueto is just as much an unimportant piece as Mr. Cisco, but taking Dario off the playing field makes it impossible to find Dario’s boss (Dr. Claw) and that’s the person she really wants. Some months later (at the season of Season 3), Castro apologized, Vazquez reinstated him and sent him back to the Temple.

That’s not really a good turn of events for Castro. Last week, after Dario returned to ‘work’, he was surprised by Joey Ryan. Ryan sold out the investigation and his partner, revealing that both and Castro were police. Dario appeared not to have known. Ryan wants in on Dario’s plans, and Dario seemed to agree. (Given these two, it’s possible Joey is working as a double agent or his own angle, and it’s likely Dario will sell him out either way.)

Why are we doing this, anyway? Well, it turns out that back a 1000 years ago, a special amulet was passed on from a father to his daughter. The father was dying, and needed his daughter to continue his war. The amulet wouldn’t do anything for him, but would allow her to live forever. She relevancy accepted it and he passed away. In present time (or close to it), we see that Captain Vazquez has half of the amulet. In the show closing moment, we see that Catrina has the other half.

and he's done
and he’s done

(The girl/father appear to be the same people Aerostar visited in episode 2 of last season, and her passed on mission is to reunite the tribes. It’s definitely implied that the girl is Vazquez, though it could just as easily be Catrina – or someone else who passed it on to them, I suppose. The amulet, even broke in half, is an obvious explanation for Catrina’s immortality, though not her ghost powers.)

There were matches too! Two of them were rather tossed off. Dr. Wagner squashed Mascarita Sagrada, in a sgment just to remind us of the Season 2 ending status quo for Famous B – Wagner’s his guy, and Mascarita got kicked to curbed. The money won was alluded to but not seen. Argenis barely got any more offense in on Mil, who completely overmatched his opponent. Puma attacked him for no obvious reason after the match, except he must’ve taken Vampiro’s advice to heart.

The main event, which took most of the second half of the show, was the Weapons of Mass Destruction match. The Temple had weapon crates, camouflage netting, guns, and rocket shells laying around, though Killshot also got into the usual tables and chairs by the end. It was a match more known for it’s brutality than any particular story. Killshot did attack Marty as he was making his way to the ring. Marty used Melissa as a human shield, and taunted her during the match. Mariposa appeared only late, and only lasted about 15 seconds before she took a brutal bump off a ladder thru a table (nearly hitting her head on the bottom rope.) Killshot ripped the dogtags off of Marty as they fought on top of the ladder, then drove him off it with a double stomp thru the table to win.

thoughts

a little excited
a little excited

This was an overall weird experience. The first half of the show was loaded with brief matches and short vignettes. The idea was to clear out as many commercial breaks as possible so they could show the main event without a break. They’ve done it before, and it’s always a little weird until you grasp they’re just giving the main event time (and it’s a bit that won’t be as much an issue when watched on iTunes), but it didn’t flow as well this time. It’s seemed like those other similar shows have had more a variety of vignettes. This was was all about the police plot, which hasn’t been one of their stronger plots. This used what they had set up before to move a lot of pieces around – Ryan’s sold out, Cortez is in deep trouble, we now have a reason to care about Vazquez – but it was so much of it at once that it felt overwhelming and the dramatic impact was disrupted by the pacing. A skit where Cortez is kicked off the investigation and a skit where Cortez is welcomed back onto the investigation really can’t either in the same episode, much less the same 10 minute stretch. They really wanted to get to both halves of the amulet by the end of the episode (which I’m not sure they needed to do), but we were spending a lot of time in one big chunk on characters who haven’t been that compelling up to now, and the whole thing felt rushed.

Two episodes makes a pattern, adn so there’s now a pattern of lots of flashbacks this year on the show that also does no replays during matches. Those last couple of episodes might have been better off if the bits we’re only seeing now were shown in ‘real time’ – if Cortez being benched happened to close out Ultima Lucha 2, than maybe it would mean something for him to be back. (On the other hand, that’d be another big change that was immediately undone to start the season. An upisde of these vignettes is we can see more of the ripples of Dario’s arrest, even for as short it lasted.)

I had problems with the presentation of the show. And I had lots of problems with the presentation of the main event. I’ve generally given up on making announcing complaints at this point. Striker and Vampiro are as associated with the product as Dario is at this point, and they can rise to being weirdly endearing at times. They’re much more reigned and under control in LU than their AAA appearances, and I’m generally numb to their quirks after 60 some episodes. LU has had two “off seasons” to make changes and they’ve elected to roll with the same crew. I fully grasp that there’s probably nothing that’s going to change that.

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all people captured in nets have higher chances of being GIFed

There’s also nothing that’s going to be change that their performance in this match, especially by Matt Striker, was the dirt worst. Killshot & Marty are killing themselves and each other, and Striker is forcing in every single artificial preplanned reference like Joey Chesnut at a hot dog eating contest. It was just about as appetizing. The point of announcing is to add to enhance to the match, but the point of Striker’s commentary – often, but never more than here – was to make his references the star of the show and just use guys driving each other head first into ladders as a set up to his next hacky punch line. It wouldn’t even have mattered if the lines were clever or funny, the experience should never be about how many one-liners any announcer can get off, but about the one guy clobbering the other guy. (It also wasn’t even a political thing – Striker was equally as annoying when he made less charged but still equally irrelevant look at me comments.) I don’t even want to put it all on Striker. When he’s done this in the past, it’s come out that writers were feeding him lines to keep him going, and I’d guess they were doing it again. They were at least fine with it, since it made it on to the show. Meanwhile, Vampiro was going the extreme opposite direction, trying to sell the idea that guns were loaded and the grenades were armed. It would’ve seem ludicrous on it’s own, but it was out of this world with the other voice busy prepping his routine for the Chuckle Hut.

Striker’s commentary might have be perfect for a “$5 wrestling” audio track, mocking the bad wrestling being shown. This wasn’t a bad match, this was the end of a long and personal rivalary in an attempt to help both men break out. Instead, I wanted to break my TV. In their defense, the match did go so long that Striker ran out of references to make, and was actually forced to start calling the match like a sane human being might. Maybe other people got back into it at that point – I hope they did. For me, I was just beyond caring about something the people involved didn’t seem emotionally involved in all that much, and generally aggravated about how it felt like they disrespected both of the wrestlers. The match seemed fine, good, but it was one I was never going to revisit or would ever tell people to check out.

Now. I try not to read any reviews before I post my own, because I think it helps me form my own opinions without being too influenced by other takes. I am on Twitter during the show, which may hurt that idea. (I won’t be next week.) I did see a lot of strongly positive comments for this match, largely from people who I believe were in the building that day, but mostly that’s just because those were the people I happened to be checking in on. So, after I finished watching the CWC, those comments caused me to give the match another shot. And I did, with the volume on mute.

The Weapons of Mass Destruction was close to, if not quite at, the level of the No Mas match. It was an Ultima Lucha level match, something that would’ve fit better on the show than the Gift of the Gods, and an eyegrabbing performance for both men. It was lacking a level of internal story to really take it all the way up, as it felt like control just floated back and forth frequently with no real flow. The volume and impact of the big spots made it up for it. The suplex onto the ladder, Killshot getting run face first into the ladder, Killshot taking the suplex to the outside thru the table, the suplex onto the weapon crates, Mariposa’s tumble thru a table and the finish were all just insane moments. The weapons motif added a little, was a little goofy, and didn’t factor into the results much. Killshot got the feud ending win, as he absolutely had to, and probably took more of the physical punishment. Yet, this was really Marty’s break out performance. He’s far away from the goofball who got beat by Alberto in a minute. Marty’s probably never going to be athlete the level of many other in LU, but he carried his personality thru this match better than most. Marty came off as crazed, demented and dangerous, and a real significant threat for Killshot to overcome. His reactions helped elevate this from just being a stunt show to something more serious. The finish came off contrived – why did Killshot climb the ladder like it there was a reward at the top instead of just shoving the ladder over? – but the double stomp was a great visual (and that’s what LU is.) I’d recommend watching the match, though I’d suggest waiting until it gets dubbed into Japanese, or at least watching on mute.

here's that finish, posted down here not to spoil it for Twitter people
here’s that finish, posted down here not to spoil it for Twitter people

Mephisto/Titan, Metalik CWC finals tonight, LU WMD

Rush welcomes Matt Taven
Rush welcomes Matt Taven

CMLL (TUE) 09/13/2016 Arena México [CMLL, Culticon, thecubsfan, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Camorra & Cholo b Leono & Sensei LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 13 DE SEPTIEMBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
16:26. Rudos took 2/3.
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Stukita b Demus 3:16, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Violencia LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 13 DE SEPTIEMBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
13:58. Tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Blue Panther Jr., Fuego, Pegasso b Misterioso Jr., Okumura, Sagrado LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 13 DE SEPTIEMBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
14:37. Tecnicos took 2/3. Blue Panther Jr. replaced Blue Panther on Friday.
4) Pólvora b Esfinge [lightning] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 13 DE SEPTIEMBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Polvora won via Super Polvora Drivers in 7:31.
5) Guerrero Maya Jr., Johnny Idol, Rey Cometa b Bobby Z, Sam Adonis, Vangellys LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 13 DE SEPTIEMBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
15:08. Tecnicos took 2/3.
6) Dragón Lee, Rush, Titán b Luciferno, Matt Taven, Mephisto LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 13 DE SEPTIEMBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
13:22. Matt Taven replaced Dragon Rojo on Friday. Tecnicos took 2/3, Titan pinning Mephisto to set up a title match next week.

This was definitely a Tuesday show. Rush started off the main event not wanting to do with anything to with his partners, then joined in later. I guess we’re back to normal Ingobernable stuff, but it should probably have been better thought out when he’s teaming with the guy he shoved away at the end of a major mask match two weeks ago.

I keep thinking Titan is still national welterweight champion, but that’s Barbaro Cavernario. Mephisto is CMLL Welterweight Championship and National Trios Champion, so Titan beating him for the single title would increase the number of champions to 17. They could still get around having an extra for the Universal Tournament or fix it some other way since that tournament doesn’t seem to be happening soon. Mephisto has largely been defending the title against Mascara Dorada, and now would be facing another Guadalajara flyer who may be moving up into Dorada’s spot.

Lucha Underground has episode 3×02 tonight, “The Amulet”. It’s about an amulet. Matches announced and/or teased in preview images

  • Dr. Wagner Jr. vs TBA
  • Mil Muertes vs Argenis
  • Killshot vs Marty the Moth Martinez in a Weapons of Mass Destruction match (Marty promo, entrances)

The WMD match is said to be one of the crazier matches of the season. CultIcon previews that match. This very much may be a thing only I’m thinking about, but it’s probably a good thing this match is happening after the 09/11 anniversary and not in the days leading up to it.

As far as I can tell, the Lucha Underground rating for last week next came out; it wasn’t in the top 150 shows of the night, which doesn’t seem like a great sign.

On the WWE Network, the Cruiserweight Classic wraps up with a two hour final. Gran Metalik/Mascara Dorada is set to face Zack Sabre Jr. in one semifinal. Sabre was a favorite to win the competition coming in, but has said to pass on signing with WWE and that’ll probably affect the outcome. The other semifinal is Kota Ibushi versus TJ Perkins (aka Havana Brother Dos.) Ibushi is also telling the press he doesn’t plan on signing with WWE. Anyone could not be telling the truth, but that would point to Perkins vs Metalik as the most likely final. Mascara Dorada is still being advertised in Mexico for at least four weeks and probably won’t be full time in WWE until after, so TJP is the most likely winner, but it’s no certainty either way.

Alberto el Patron replaced Rey Mysterio on the Crash show next Saturday because CMLL threatened to pull their guys, according to Konnan on his podcast. Konnan says Paco Alonso believed Mysterio is still working for AAA. Konnan insists Rey is actually independent (and he probably is, though you can see where that’d be hard to see from the outside with Rey working TripleMania and the next TV taping), but CMLL said they’d pull all their guys if Rey was kept on the show.

That news story is the only trace of Podcast Boom #20 at the moment; It went up yesterday and it was later deleted from YouTube and isn’t on the RSS streams. Not sure why. I didn’t hear it. It’s a podcast with Konnan, and a podcast where they’re pushing the envelope on what’s revealed about lucha libre, so the obvious guess is someone said something they didn’t want out (like maybe the above.) They’ve also had techinical issues in the past, so it could’ve been something less exciting.

Matt Taven, Mascara 2000, La Jarochita, Tiger, Puma and probably other people I missed were announced for CMLL Informa today. Tiger mentioned he got his US work visa recently, so maybe Tiger & Puma are announcing plans to go some place where they can wrestle higher than the second match. Matt Taven is trying to create a new Kingdom, Puma is literally a King, let’s make this happen.

SuperLuchas successfully trolled Fantasma into responding to them, the sign of a very good troll. Fantasma says he required TripleMania to have two ambulances and sets of medical equipment on hand since they were doing extreme wrestling, and required the wrestlers to sign a waiver before doing the match. The interesting part is Fantasma sees giving retired luchadors (unpaid) roles as part of the commission (and, to an extent, Leyendas Inmortales) as about as brightening those guys lives by putting them back in a wrestling environment again.

Tomorrow’s the last normal day for this site for about a couple weeks. I’m headed back to Mexico on Friday morning and will be there until the 26th. I’m always concerned ‘ll disappear from the site for a while, and then end up doing more than usual, so this time I’m just saying stuff will probably happen but not in the normal ways. I’m going to try to do the Lucha Underground recap next Wednesday (though it’ll almost definitely be later than usual) and I’ll try to have a video post on Tuesday. There will probably be less TV recaps and more podcasts and a varying amount of news. I won’t be able to record the ClaroSports show on Friday, but there’s other people doing that and better (and with Monterrey posting their own matches this week, almost every show is getting up some other way – I’m not sure if there’s much a need for me to do it at this point.)

We’re also going without the two people who speak by far the best Spanish, so the chance of me dying (and, more importantly, not being able to update the site) is slightly increased. I haven’t even packed anything yet, I’m not even entirely sure how I’m getting to the airport, the only things I’ve done is reactivate my MiFi data and download things to watch on my tablet, this should go great.

There’s a new edition of the ¡Sorpresa! ¡Es Lucha! podcast talking about PWG, Trauma/Canis, TripleMania, and the Anniversary show. Voices of Wrestling’s Lucha of the Hidden Temple podcast is also back.

Segunda Caida reviews Lucha Underground Season 2, Ultima Lucha Part 1.

Reina Isis & Arkangel are going to Puerto Rico from today until September 19th, including Arkangel wrestling in WWC. This is the a visit to the Puerto Ricans who’ve been training under Arkangel.

Miedo Extremo and Violento Jack‘s 09/04 matches in Freedom are on RuTube.

Lineups

IWRG (SUN) 09/18/2016 Arena Naucalpan
1) Astro & Black Dragón vs Demonio Infernal & Skanda
2) Óscar El Hermoso & Tesorito vs Diva Salvaje & Juana La Loca
3) Black Terry vs El Hijo del Diablo
4) Dragón Fly, Pantera I, Veneno vs Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Killer Jr., Toscano
5) Canis Lupus, Hijo De Dos Caras, Máscara Año 2000 Jr. vs Demon Clown, Negro Navarro, Trauma I
6) Imposible © vs Rey Misterio Heredero [IWRG IC MIDDLE]
first defense

No hair match for Terry & Diablo yet (and maybe not for a couple weeks given the other shows running this building.) They’re getting to the title match much quicker – maybe Misterio isn’t hanging around long – and Demon Clown is back again.

Lucha Memes (SUN) 09/25/2016 Arena Naucalpan
1) Araña de Plata, Atomic Star, Black Dragón, Demonio Infernal, Dragón Fly, Fireman, Kanon, Lilith Dark vs Astrolux, Baby Star Jr., Black Metal, Ciber Punk, Garrobo Punk, Tekilita, Tonak,Zafiro (Chihuahua) [Torneo FILL]
2) Keira, La Magnifica, Lady Maravilla vs Arez, Belial, Impulso
3) Ángel de Oro, Drastik Boy, Ronnie Mendoza vs Alas de Acero, Aramis, Iron Kid
4) Sharlie Rockstar vs Trauma I
must win via el Pozo
5) Dragón Lee, Rey Cometa, Titán (CMLL) vs Freelance, Mike Segura, Sádico
6) Último Guerrero vs Dr. Cerebro
7) Black Terry, Solar I, Virus vs Alberto Dos Rios, Caifan, Hechicero
8) Volador Jr. vs Rey Horus

This show is crazy. This is a show I will be going to.

LLB DTU (SUN) 10/16/2016 Arena Naucalpan
1) Dragóncito De Oro, Mini Fantasma De La Opera, Panterita, Súper Pinochito vs Bracito De Plata, Felinito, Mini Dr. Xtreme, Pachuco
2) Chica Ye-Ye, Fuerza Negra, Loco Max vs Atomic Star, Freelance, Ojo De Halcón
3) Eterno, Fly Star, Séptimo Dragón, Toxin vs Atm, Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro
4) Bárbaro Cavernario & Misterioso Jr. (CMLL) vs Carta Brava Jr. (IWL) & Fantasma de la Ópera and Cíclope & Paranoiko and Ángel o Demonio & Ovett
5) Drastik Boy & Ronnie Mendoza vs Mike Segura & Sádico and Arez & Belial
6) Carístico vs Titán (CMLL), Volador Jr., Máscara Dorada [Copa Boom Internacional]

When they announced those four guys for the main event, I didn’t realize they’d be the only four in the main event. That match is going to be something. As of this moment, I don’t have any matches past this point for Dorada (but it’s too soon to know for sure if this is it, and there’s always the chance he gets pulled before this point.)

Lucha Libre Boom shows might turn up on AYM, and might now. No way of knowing.