04/18 AAA TV Results from Leon

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AAA TV (MON) 04/18/2016 Domo de la Feria, León, Guanajuato [AAA]
1) Dinastía, Lanzeloth, Ludxor, Venum DQ Mamba, Mini Abismo Negro, Soul Rocker, Súper Fly
Apache kept up his random harassment of Venum – a chair shot and a mask removal – leading to a DQ.
2) Faby Apache & Mary Apache b La Hiedra & Lady Shani
Mary beat Hiedra.
3) Argenis & Australian Suicide b Angélico & Jack Evans and Daga & Joe Lider and Hijo de Pirata Morgan & Taurus [AAA TAG, #1 Contenders]
Suicide beat Daga to get the title shot in on 04/29 in Leon; they still have issues. Los Fronterizos attacked after the match, tying Lider to the ropes, destroying Daga and saying they were not Perros but really French Poodles.
4) Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Zorro b Aerostar, Drago, Octagón Jr.
Drago was taken out almost immediately via Xinetez inflicted hand injury, which left the match 3 on 2. Zorro beat Aerostar with a package piledriver.
5) Damián 666, Nicho el Millionario, Pagano b Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown
6) El Mesías & Brian Cage b Dr. Wagner Jr. & La Parka
Mesias & Cage are Team Trump and talked at the start of the show. Texano interrupted their Trump video to say he’d defend Mexicans. Dr. Wagner & Parka shook hands on a momentary alliance before the match. Mesias replaced in the match Texano and Cage & Mesias used fouls to win. They destroyed Wagner & Parka after the match until Texano (in a neck brace) made the save. Cage & Mesias ended up beating up Texano again.

Air Date: 04/30 & 05/07

If Mesias & Cage are Team Trump, they might also be Team USA for the Lucha World Cup. Texano already seems like he’s going to be on the Mexico side, so that’d play into it as well. I have the mindset that Verano de Escandalo is the next show, but probably should switch to thinking about everything building to the Lucha World Cup right now.

Maybe that’s the reasoning behind Suicide and Argenis getting the win? Suicide being drafted onto another Team Rest of the World seems plausible, but this still feels random. Could they just be saving Jack & Angelico’s challenge for a later show? (Can AAA even change these titles without being worried about Averno & Chessman’s status? Is that even a factor?)

The new Los Fronterizos is being booked very strong to start, which makes a lot of sense. I’m still not convinced it’s a faction I want to see. It still bugs me a bit that Pagano and Aereo were on the Juarez show in a TV match, Aereo looked great, Pagano struggled, Pagano got signed and Aereo is still off in the frontier. This seems like a big lesson to offer something no one else is offering – there’s a lot more fewer people like Pagano than there is like Aereo – but it’s a bit of a depressing lesson. It’s been explained in the past that the reason AAA has extreme luchadors and extreme matches is a way to separate themselves from WWE & CMLL, but it’s not cleat that difference means much outside of a small but passionate and loyal group of fans. The underlining idea of the Pentagon Perros proving themselves as rightful holders of that name makes for a decent story, but recent events haven’t made me convinced they’ll be telling that story either.

I hope we get an Apache interview on an upcoming Noti AAA, because I have no idea why he’s stuck on Venum. He does seem to pick random opening match luchadors to annoy every few years.

Pentagon Jr. wasn’t on this show – he’s in Japan now for the Akebono debut show. Their website says he went from Chile to the US to Japan, which sounds like a heck of a day of sitting on planes. Fenix made it earlier.

Next taping is 04/29. That holds the first two Lucha World Cup Qualifiers; it’d make sense if we heard a lot more about the Cup before those took place.

Rush/Guerrero in Puebla, Dragon Lee back tonight

match peaked with enterances
match peaked with entrances

CMLL (SUN) 04/17/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Avispón Negro & Micro b Diplomático & Guerrero de la Muerte
Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Destello & Mr. Apolo b Fugaz & Javier Cruz Jr.
Rudos took 1/3. debut of Destello.
3) Cosmos, El Alteño, El Yaqui b Carlo Roggi, Relámpago, Thunder Boy
Tecnicos took 1/3.
4) Sádico © b Mágico [OCCIDENTE WELTER]
second defense. Sadico took 1/3.
5) Joker, Maléfico, Ráfaga b El Divino, Nautilius, Omar Brunetti
Rudos took 1/3, Joker sneaking in a foul on Omar.

Joker rematches with Omar next week.

CMLL (MON) 04/18/2016 Arena Puebla [thecubsfan]
1) El Malayo, Fuerza Chicana, King Jaguar b Astro, Centella Roja, París LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 18 DE ABRIL DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
13:20. Rudos took 1/3.
2) Arkalis, Star Jr., Starman b Policeman, Rey Apocalipsis, Toro Bill Jr. LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 18 DE ABRIL DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
12:07. Tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Sagrado, Skándalo, Virus b Fuego, Stigma, Tritón LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 18 DE ABRIL DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
15:42. Rudos took 2/3.
4) Atlantis, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero b La Máscara, Rush, Terrible [Relevos Increíbles] LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 18 DE ABRIL DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
10:41. Team Guerreros took 2/3, the last when Ultimo Guerrero used the ropes to beat Rush. Rush demanded a singles match on UG, UG agreed.
5) Cibernético, Mr. Niebla, Rey Escorpión b Ángel de Oro, Máscara Dorada, Volador Jr. LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 18 DE ABRIL DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
11:49. Rudos took 2/3.

The semimain was fun, but the show was something you could easily miss.

Dragon Lee, Stuka and Mascara Dorada are scheduled to face the Hijos del Infierno in tonight’s CMLL Arena Mexico show. CMLL’s not provided an update on Dragon Lee’s status – and never explained why he was missing shows in the first place, that was Dragon Lee himself who mentioned his injury – but it seems a good sign for his health they haven’t pulled yet. Esfinge and Sagrado meet in a lightning match following a DQ from last week. Like last night, it’s a mostly missable card, though the main event tecnicos were fun last week. It’ll start at 7:30pm.

For people outside the US, ClaroSports.com will air Titanes en el Ring at 4pm. This should be the 03/25 show, matches which would’ve aired live on Friday previously. That show had Ultimo Guerrero/Cibernetico.

CMLL hypes the possibility of Mephisto & Mistico facing Cibernetico & Caristico in the incredible pairs final.

Hijo de Mascara 2000 posted on Facebook that the only true Dinamita children are himself, Sanson, Cuartero, Forastero, Cien Caras Jr., Universo 2000 Jr. and specifically not Mascara 2000 Jr. and Yuca. Yuca seemed to be billed as a trainee of Mascara 2000, but people are more confused by Mascara 2000 Jr. since Mascara 2000 Sr. did interviews claiming they were father and son around the time of his TripleMania mask match. It’s almost as if some luchadors have a habit of lying about their sons. (Hijo himself teamed with Mascara 2000 Jr. when they were both billing themselves as real sons, and Sanson & Cuartero have said Cien Caras Jr. isn’t really Cien’s son, so this is all confusing.)

Jose Contreras of Contereras Promociones is retiring as a promoter on a 05/27 show in Arena San Juan. His son Luis is taking over the company. The card is mostly an AAA show, but the opener is a seventy man tag team tournament. Yes, 70.

The Rey Mysterio Chile show (billed as promoted by Hugo Savinovich) announced they’d return (without Rey) on August 7th. Jeff Hardy, Drago & Cage were billed. Hardy is the news, since his criminal history has made traveling to other countries impossible. Maybe Chile has different rules.

LuchaWorld has this week’s Poster-Mania and KrisZ’s news update.

04/30 RIOT show
1: Caifan vs Dralion
2: Ultimo Ninja vs Jinzo
3: Kaientai & Hooligan Byron vs Rico Rodriguez & Galactar
4: Kratoz vs Dragon Celta vs Kamikaze

Catrina, Mil Muertes and Sexy Star are advertised for Houston’s Space City Comic Con at the end of May.

Lineups

IWRG (WED) 04/20/2016 Arena Naucalpan
1) Black Dragón vs Guerrero 2000
2) Dragón Fly, Kanon, Salchichita vs Freyser, Galaxy, Matrix Jr.
3) Freelance vs Imposible
4) Cerebro Negro vs Hijo del Pantera, Hijo del Alebrije, Suicida, Zatura, El Hijo del Diablo, Emperador Azteca, Leo [IWRG IC WELTER, torneo]
vacant championship?
5) Canis Lupus vs Trauma I

The tournament is weird. It’s listed as for the title, not for #1 contender. The IWRG column in Box Y Lucha says the same. The current champion is Canis Lupus. He’s right there in the main event. Maybe the idea is he’s no longer a welterweight, but no one mentions why the title is vacant. There’s at least a chance they’ve gotten their welterweight and middleweight (held by Heddi Karoui, who’s rarely here) championships confused.

Freelance & Suicida are back for this first time this year. Freelance/Impossible seems like the prelude to a title match. Salchichita is making his regular debut after appearing on the opposition team in some recent Higher Power ciberneticos.

CMLL (MON) 04/25/2016 Arena Puebla
1) Asturiano & Meyer vs Apocalipsis & Inquisidor
2) Flyer, Oro Jr., Pegasso vs Fuerza Chicana, King Jaguar, Policeman
3) Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
4) Rush vs Último Guerrero
5) Atlantis, Carístico, Mistico vs Cibernético, La Máscara, Mephisto

Rush versus Ultimo Guerrero might be pretty fun. It’s two rudo/rudo matches on the show with the tercera, slightly odd. There’s a chance they might come back with a big match on 05/02, and there’s plenty of possibilities in the main event (or even a Bucanero title defense out of the tercera.) I like Asturiano, but Apocalipsis & Inquisidor is a team to turn in 25 minutes in late to miss.

new video releases for weekend of April 16-17th

YouTube Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYyNnOBGWP7SB8mCFVhCYRMlpD3uPW4nN

I put up the CMLL iPPV because it’s aired on TV. I’ve also put up how it aired on TV. I have no idea why you’d download the Azteca version.

I didn’t get all of Claro – just the first two matches, and I grabbed the main event from their website.

IWRG’s Wednesday show (airing Saturday) ended early without showing the main event. The Sunday show (airing Monday night) died twice – the internet feed went out during the second cage match, and the actual TV feed of the network went out during the show. I’ll add any missing matches next week if they turn up.

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CMLL Puebla: 2016-04-18

Mascara Dorada flies up the aisle
Mascara Dorada flies up the aisle

Recapped: 04/18/16

What happened: Ultimo Guerrero defeated Rush, setting up a singles match next week. And that’s it.

What was good: I didn’t mind the main event, but only the Rush/Ultimo match is worth seeking out.

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

Astro unmasked in IWRG, AAA in León, CMLL in Puebla

photo by Black Terry Jr.
photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (SUN) 04/17/2016 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, Estrellas del Ring]
Guerra del Golfo, 2016
1) Galaxy & Picudo Jr. b Black Dragón & Dragón Fly
2) El Divo & Freyser b the Tiger (Tamaulipas) & Violencia Jr.
Straight falls. Debut for Tiger.
3) Diva Salvaje, Miss Gaviota, Pasion Kristal b Factor, Rayan, Spector [super libre]
Straight falls. Rematch challenge follows.
4) Astro L Halloween, Mr. Águila, Veneno, Golden Magic, Bestia 666, El Hijo del Diablo, Oficial AK47, Rafy, Apolo Estrada [cage, losers advance]
Halloween replaced Super Nova. Astro lost to Rafy.
5) Dr. Cerebro L Oficial Fierro, Máscara Sagrada, Danny Casas, Hijo De Dos Caras, Canis Lupus, Mike, Leo, Damián 666, Eterno [cage, losers advance]
Black Terry replaced Canis Lupus (injury). Bestia helped Damian escape.
6) Dr. Cerebro b Astro [mask, hair, cage]
Astro is Emanuel Marin Jacome, 27 years old, 6 years a luchador, from Toluca.

Astro losing is a significant surprise; he’s been around enough where he’s established himself as an indie guy, but perhaps he decided he needed a new identity after giving up Astro Rey Jr. (which Mephisto claimed he owned.) Someone truly surprising losing these is a nice change of pace; I’d bet most people thought Dr. Cerebro was once again losing his hair when the main started.

AAA visits León, Guanajuato tonight for a TV taping, one which will start airing on April 30th. The main event has Dr. Wagner & La Parka versus Brian Cage & Texano Jr. It’s weird to see Texano Jr. on a lineup after he was destroyed on TV two days ago (and won’t be missing any shows.) Cage did a lot of the destroying, and is somehow supposed to be Texano’s partner. Dr. Wagner  & La Parka are mismatched pairs on the other side. AAA seems high on La Parka of late; he really should be in a title mix if he’s getting pins on the champion and the Rey de Reyes final is booked around keeping him strong. The result match would be worse but it doesn’t seem like a concern.

The second biggest match on the show is a four way tag title match with the winning team getting the title shot on the next taping. This past week’s TV had Averno talking about this match, except he pretty much only talked about Angelico & Jack winning the match. It’d be a surprise for a surprise’s sake if any other team won.

The other matches on the show are a Psycho Circus vs La Familia semifinal, the Xinetez facing Aerostar, Drago and Octagon, the Apache sisters against the rudas who never win, and a fun looking atomicos opener. It’s possible AAA might make some future matches out of those – and the semimain is already set to be a rematch on the next taping – but the most useful information would be the dates/locations for the Lucha World Cup and Verano de Escandalo. Show will start sometime after 9pm (a few minutes after Puebla.) There’s no official live stream.

CMLL has it’s usual Puebla show tonight. Cibernetico makes his return to Arena Puebla, teaming with Mr. Niebla and Rey Escorpion against Angel de Oro, Mascara Dorada and Volador in the last match. The real main event is a rematch from last week, a Relevos Increibles with Rush, Mascara & Terrible against Atlantis, Ultimo Guerrero and Gran Guerrero, which seems to be setting up a Ultimo Guerrero/Rush main event. 05/01 (the end of the Kid’s Day weekend) is the logical date for the next big show here, but that match doesn’t sound suitable for children. The full card is here; the show starts at 9pm.

The 04/22 LLF show is a benefit show for luchadora Flor de Loto, who’s battling stomach cancer.

Rey Mysterio & Bobby Lashley defeated MVP & Mesias in the main event of the MysterioMania show in Santiago, Chile. The show was said to draw about 5,000 fans.

Lucha Libre World – the Hijo del Santo one of the two lucha libre shows last year – says they’re returning on July 1st and July 2nd this year.

Segunda Caida reviews La Sombra versus Negro Casas

Euforia defeats Maximo (but not for the title), Cometa/Cavernario

photo by Black Terry
Super Astro Jr., Hijo del Solar and (a) Vagabundo/photo by Black Terry

CMLL (SAT) 04/16/2016 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Apocalipsis b Leono
2) Magnus b Artillero
3) Sangre Azteca b Starman
4) Pegasso b Disturbio
5) Okumura & Olímpico b Fuego & Stigma
6) Atlantis, Máscara Dorada, Titán b Raziel, Terrible, Virus
Tecnicos took 1/3. Raziel replaced Misterioso. Money thrown in.
7) Euforia b Máximo Sexy
Maximo took 1/3. Maximo kissed Euforia and Euforia fouled him and got away with it.

Euforia won it! because no title was on the line. Still, he’s good for a singles win every 18 months.

CMLL (SUN) 04/17/2016 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Akuma & Espíritu Negro b Metatrón & Templario
Templario’s debut in a loss.
2) Cancerbero, Nitro, Okumura b Hombre Bala Jr., Magia Blanca, Súper Halcón Jr.
Cancerbero and Nitro replaced Fujin & Raijin on Saturday.
3) Blue Panther Jr., The Panther, Tritón b Luciferno, Tiger, Virus
Virus replaced Felino (moved up) on Saturday
4) Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr., Titán DQ Cavernario, Felino, Pierroth
Felino replaced Niebla Roja on Saturday. Cavernario fouled Cometa again.
5) Atlantis, Máscara Dorada, Volador Jr. b Ephesto, Mephisto, Mr. Niebla
Atlantis replaced Dragon Lee on Saturday

Cometa is doing promos saying he wants a hair rematch. I guess that’s not impossible with Kid’s Day coming up, but a title match is always more likely.

Black Terry Jr. posted photos of Arena Lopez Mateos. Octagon Jr. wrestled in the main event without issue. Ludxor says he got hurt earlier, and posted video of it.

CMLL Informa’s 100 episode is this week, judging from the ticket giveaway.

+LuchaTV has video of Canis Lupus’ injury on Wednesday. He loses his balance on the top rope and doesn’t get any distance on a plancha to the floor.

I was interviews on the Winter Palace podcast talking about recent lucha libre news.

Super Libre had Magico on as guest. He probably ends sentences better.

Lineups

CMLL (SAT) 04/23/2016 Arena Coliseo
1) Bengala vs Apocalipsis
2) Sensei vs Camorra
3) Magnus vs Artillero
4) Stigma vs Espanto Jr.
5) Fuego vs Disturbio
6) Blue Panther & Titán vs Misterioso Jr. & Pierroth
7) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, La Máscara vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Vangellys

Maximo/Euforia over, but Euforia still on Saturday shows.

CMLL (SUN) 04/24/2016 Arena México
1) Fantasy & Último Dragóncito vs Demus 3:16 & Pequeño Violencia
2) Oro Jr., Soberano Jr., Starman vs Cancerbero, Canelo Casas, Raziel
3) Estrellita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Tiffany, Zeuxis
4) Dragón Lee, Rey Cometa, Titán vs Cavernario, Ephesto, Felino
5) Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Mistico vs Rey Bucanero, Rey Escorpión, Terrible

No new names this week. Dragon Lee is listed, though that’s probably subject to change on Monday. Cavernario/Cometa continues, with the singles match probably happening the following week.

CMLL (SUN) 04/24/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Tapatío vs Quca
2) Fugaz & Linterna vs Destello & Mr. Apolo
3) Cosmos & Metatrón vs Relámpago & Thunder Boy
4) Frezzer, Nautilius, Reyko vs El Chakal, Gran Kenut, Mr. Trueno
5) León Blanco, Neutrón, Omar Brunetti vs Furia Roja, Joker, Sádico

Joker and Omar may be feuding in the main event, since they’re the repeat from tonight’s show.

Mistico & Mephisto advance in the incredible partner’s tournament, CMLL cards changes

photo by CMLL
photo by CMLL

CMLL (FRI) 04/15/2016 Arena México [@black_bile, @DrLuchaJr, +LuchaTV, CMLL, ESTO, KronosSport, R de Rudo, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Cholo & Espanto Jr. b Bengala & Sensei
2) Demus 3:16, Pequeño Nitro, Pierrothito b Astral, Eléctrico, Stukita
3) Fuego, Rey Cometa, Tritón DQ Cavernario, Hechicero, Vangellys
Stright falls. Cavernario fouled Rey Cometa Good match.
4) Dragón Rojo Jr., Euforia, Marco Corleone, Rush b Mephisto & Mistico and Ángel de Oro & Pólvora and Mr. Niebla & Volador Jr. and Blue Panther & Ephesto and Bobby Z & Máscara Dorada and Felino & Súper Crazy [natl pi, seeding battle royal]
5) Bobby Z & Máscara Dorada b Felino & Súper Crazy [natl pi, 8f]
4:55. Felino & Crazy couldn’t get along
6) Mr. Niebla & Volador Jr. b Blue Panther & Ephesto [natl pi, 8f]
8:17.
7) Mephisto & Mistico b Ángel de Oro & Pólvora [natl pi, 8f]
8) Marco Corleone & Rush b Dragón Rojo Jr. & Euforia [natl pi, 8f]
4:11. Marco & Rush did not work together, but still won.
9) Mr. Niebla & Volador Jr. b Bobby Z & Máscara Dorada [natl pi, quarterfinal]
3:43/.
10) Mephisto & Mistico b Marco Corleone & Rush [natl pi, quarterfinal]
4:19. Marco & Rush fought, leading to their loss.
11) Mephisto & Mistico b Mr. Niebla & Volador Jr. [natl pi, semifinal]
6:14. Niebla and Mistico were screwing up at the end, leading to boos. Mephisto & Mistico advance to the 04/29 final.
12) Atlantis, Carístico, Máximo Sexy b Rey Bucanero, Rey Escorpión, Terrible
12:33. Tecnicos took 2/3. Caristico & Atlantis will face on Wednesday in Liga Elite, had no problems here.

Mephisto & Mistico winning this block makes them the favorite to win the whole thing over whoever comes out of the other block. Mistico’s probably not going to a final to lose; they’d take him out earlier, like they did with Gran Alternativa.

Here’s my sad recording story: my recording captured the first two matches before calling it a night. The main event is on Claro’s site and not hard to get. That tournament matches will air on Azteca – maybe a little edited, but it doesn’t sound like they’d be wrecking a Picasso. The only match which it doesn’t seem like I’ll be able to get is the tercera, the only match I wanted to see from the show. Oh well. The DQ seems to be a rare case of playing up a feud on a different day of the week show: Cometa & Cavernario will be having a title match soon, maybe during Kid’s Day weekend.

Super Crazy and Tiger definitely appear to believe someone’s holding an apuesta match between them sometime soon. They might be right, but I’m not sure if that’d be Elite or CMLL.

There’s a bunch of substitutions on the lineups today – everyone CMLL DF card got changed.  It looks like Dragon Lee is being pulled from the weekend lineups. The poster for Coliseo has him off the show (though the text and preview does not.) Everything agrees he’s off Sunday’s card, also for Atlantis. Dragon Lee is still listed on Tuesday’s main event.

Sunday’s card also has Felino moving up a match for Niebla Roja, Virus taking Felino’s spot in the tercera, and Cancerbero & Nitro in for Fujin and Raijin. Niebla Roja hasn’t been in CMLL in a month.

Tuesday’s card has Gran Guerrero in for Terrible in the semimain, and Metatron replacing Sensei in the opener.

CMLL also posted a statement saying the shooting near Arena Mexico didn’t happen on Arena Mexico’s property and that everyone coming into their building is checked closely for weapons. (That is true.) CMLL’s greatly relying on tourists and casual fans attending shows, and the idea that the Arena Mexico area might be dangerous is potentially very harmful to their business.

AAA’s TV is already up. It’s the first half of the recent taping from Mexico City, with the odd numbered matches – the atomicos opener, the trios with Marvin versus Bengala, and the Mesias/Texano/Cage trio (with Octagon Jr. on the other side.)

Goya Kong says she’s staying in AAA, but she’s not wrestling due to her pregnancy. She claims all the talk about her leaving AAA were social media rumors; those rumors seemed to come from her and Carta Brava’s social media.

Black Fire won the DTU Alto Impacto championship for DTU tonight in WXW.

04/30 RIOT show
1: Caifan vs Dralion
2: Ultimo Ninja vs Jinzo
3: Kaientai & Hooligan Byron vs Rico Rodriguez & Galactar

Heavy Metal is starting new lucha libre classes, says Sharlie Rockstar is a fake rockstar luchador.

Ivelisse was announced for Stardom in June, which sounds like she got good news for her injury recovery.

Plantilla Deportiva interviews Stigma.

Lineups

ELITE (WED) 04/20/2016 Arena México
1) Pegasso & Rey Cometa vs Imposible & Karonte Jr.
2) Dinamic Black, Emperador Azteca, Hijo de LA Park vs El Cuatrero, Eterno, Fresero Jr.
3) Jinzo, Rocky Lobo, Súper Crazy vs Felino, Puma, Tiger
4) Máscara Dorada vs Negro Casas [Liga Elite]
5) La Máscara, Rush, Toscano vs Cibernético, Mephisto, Sharlie Rockstar
6) Atlantis vs Carístico [Liga Elite]

Atlantis versus Caristico is the first match of previous winners. That match winner will be leading the tournament so far.

Rush is a constant on these cards. Cibernetico’s likely facing him or Mascara next week.

Negro Casas makes his debut in the tournament against Mascara Dorada, which has been pretty good in the past.

Tercera is Hidalgo versus Felinos. Hijo de LA Park makes his expected debut in the segunda.

CMLL (FRI) 04/22/2016 Arena México
1) Angelito & Stukita vs Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Olímpico
2) Esfinge, Pegasso, Tritón vs El Cuatrero, Skándalo, Virus
3) Ángel de Oro, Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. vs Euforia, Olímpico, Ripper
4) Carístico & Cibernético vs Atlantis & Gran Guerrero and Máximo Sexy & Terrible and Rey Escorpión & Último Guerrero and Kráneo & Súper Porky and Dragón Lee & La Máscara and Titán & Vangellys and The Panther & Tiger [natl pi, seeding battle royal]
5) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [natl pi, 8f]
6) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [natl pi, 8f]
7) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [natl pi, 8f]
8) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [natl pi, 8f]
9) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [natl pi, quarterfinal]
10) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [natl pi, quarterfinal]
11) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [natl pi, semifinal]
12) Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla

CMLL’s avoided Caristico/Mistico on opposite sides, which seems to leave Atlantis & Gran Guerrero as the most likely team to advance. Rey Escorpion & Ultimo Guerrero, a team of two rudos who shouldn’t be teaming in this touranment, might have a chance too.

Angelito & Stukita on a Friday night should be fun.

DTU (SUN) 05/15/2016 San Agustin Mimbres, Otzolotepec, Estado de México
1) Licántropo & Niño De Cobre vs Chalapa & Fandango
2) Jimmy & Kevin vs Lokillo & Tony Iron
3) Erwin & Irwin vs Masizito & Porrito
4) Black Fire vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Johnny Idol
5) Pesadilla & Rocky Lobo vs Drastik Boy & Jinzo
6) El Chato & El Nene vs Ángel o Demonio & Drako
7) Crazy Boy & Sharlie Rockstar vs Ovett & Psicosis II and Cíclope & Miedo Extremo

Billed as Black Fire’s first match back in Mexico, facing Dragon Rojo and Johnny Idol (who’s been in from New Zealand for a while now.)

CMLL Torneo Increible de Parejas begins tonight

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Tonight’s the first block of the annual Torneo Increible de Parejas. Past winners

2010: Atlantis & Mascara Dorada
2011: Atlantis & Mascara Dorada
2012: Atlantis & Mr. Niebla
2013: La Sombra & Volador Jr.
2014: Atlantis & Euforia
2015: Maximo & El Terrible

So, either Atlantis wins, or they’re specifically setting up a match. Sombra & Volador at the Anniversary show, Maximo & Terrible at Dos Leyendas. Atlantis is not in this week’s blocks, but here are the 8 teams who are:

  • Mephisto & Mistico – maybe
  • Marco Corleone & Rush – maybe
  • Mr. Niebla & Volador Jr. – maybe? (Niebla is a replacement for Negro Casas)
  • Felino & Súper Crazy – nope
  • Ángel de Oro & Pólvora – nope
  • Dragón Rojo Jr. & Euforia – nope
  • Bobby Z & Máscara Dorada – nope
  • Blue Panther & Ephesto – nope

Marco & Rush are either going to win, or they’re going to destroy each other. Destroying each other seems much more likely. Mephisto & Mistico are the favorites by default, but Niebla & Volador would be reasonable as well.

Including the seeding battle royal, it’s a 12 match show, one more than the Gran Alternativa shows. No idea why they needed to add so many trios matches to the show – it’s going to cause the matches to be even shorter. The actual main event, Caristico, Atlantis and Maximo against Rey Bucanero, Rey Escorpion and Terrible, will likely be a quick build to block for next week. There’s a Rey Cometa, Fuego, Triton vs Vangellys (with a new spelling in the preview), Cavernario, Hechicero trios match which looks good, but not sure how much time they’re going to have to do anything. Show also includes a minis match and a Cholo match.

The show airs on ClaroSports at the usual 8:30pm. I am not sure if I’m going to be around to record it this time. I swear I didn’t design to miss a tournament show, but I’d be definitely OK if that happened.

Lucha Azteca 7 moves to it’s new time slot at 11:30pm tonight. Cibernetico versus LA Park and Xtreme Tiger versus Ultimo Guerrero will air. It appears like they’ve already changed around the replay time: it’s now being listed as 9:45 AM on Sundays.

CMLL’s website mentions Rush & La Mascara in New York, finds yet a new way to spell “Xtream” Tiger.

Hijo del Octagon is not the son of Octagon, as Octagon claimed at the press conference he held on Wednesday. He’s a Mexico City indie luchador. I do know the name, but I don’t see the point in announcing it. He’s not a big name, but some people might recognize him – and a lot of people seemed to, since the name started to come out yesterday and is around social media today. This is not a big surprise to anyone. It will be a big surprise if it’s mentioned outside of lucha circles.

A show with AAA luchadors in Coacalco last night seems like it drew pretty well. I couldn’t think of any other time that building has been run on a weekday night, but it looks like a success.

LuchaWorld has an interview with Mascara Dorada, talking a little bit about his time in Japan and his return to CMLL.

Segunda Caida reviews Blue Panther, La Sombra, Shocker vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas

Black Fire gets his shot at the DTU Alto Impacto championship tomorrow.

AyTV interviews Amapola.

Lineups

Lucha Memes (SUN) 04/24/2016 Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México
1) Jinzo vs Obscuro
2) Ciber Punk & Garrobo Punk vs Fly Star & Toxin
3) Demasiado vs Súper Mega
4) Pantera vs Jeque [lightning]
5) Alas de Acero, Aramis, Iron Kid vs Fujin, Okumura, Raijin
6) Arez, Belial, Impulso vs Negro Navarro, Trauma I, Trauma II
7) Freelance vs Sádico [falls count anywhere]
8) Keira vs Princesa Sugehit

Full card for this show: Pantera vs Jeque & Jinzo and Obscuro vs Jinzo are the two last additions. This is a pretty good card.

lucha TV preview for weekend of April 16th

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As mentioned earlier, the big news is Lucha Azteca moves to 11:30pm CT on Friday night. That should be about 15-25 minutes after the Friday night ClaroSport show ends. They’ve confirmed the Sunday show is a repeat (officially starting at 7:45 AM, though still listed as 8 on their guide last time I checked.)  It’s been pointed out to me that the new time slot could be good for them because they could follow a soccer game, and that looks to be the case next week. This week, they’re following a movie. This move is so last minute that any guide besides Azteca’s own still lists them at 6pm. (Azteca’s own guide show them back at 6pm two weeks from now, but guides that far out are rarely accurate.) Ultimo Guerrero vs Extreme Tiger should still be fun.

AAA is the first part of the most recent DF show. I guessed Evens this time.

Lucha Azteca US is airing Homenaje a Dos Leyendas this week, which is definitely worth watching if you haven’t yet seen it.

ELITE moved to late nights, LA Park/Cibernetico draw, Octagon introduces Hijo del Octagon

 

CMLL ELITE (WED) 04/13/2016 Arena México [CMLL, Kronosport, SuperLuchas]
1) Estrellita & La Jarochita b Dallys la Caribeña & Zeuxis
2) Dinamic Black, Jinzo, Metaleón b Heddi Karaoui, Okumura, Raijin
Bit of an upset win for team indie. Raijin appears to have new gear.
3) Cavernario, Felino, Tiger b Ángel de Oro, Golden Magic, Súper Crazy
Tiger pinned Crazy, after Crazy had ripped his mask earlier.
4) Xtreme Tiger b Último Guerrero [Liga Elite]
Tiger gets the upset win with a double stomp while UG was hanging in the ropes. Tiger is 1-1 (3), while UG is 0-1 (0). Very good match, money thrown in.
5) Dragón Lee & Rush b Argos & Carístico
Team Munoz took 1/3, losing the second on a Rush DQ for a mask pull. Rush snuck in a foul on Caristico.
6) LA Park DRAW Cibernético [Liga Elite]
finish saw ref go down, Cibernetico unmask LA Park, LA Park foul Cibernetico, and both men falling into a double pin for the first draw of the tournament. The finish sounds confusing and unclear. Both men are 0-0-1, with 1 point. Mask/hair challenges followed.

Attendance was up and the main event had a really screwy finish, which are both things you get when LA Park comes to town. I’m looking forward to seeing that figure it out, and looking forward to Tiger & UG because it just sounds very good. Note that Elite has 3 points for wins and 1 point for a draw – following soccer instead of the usual 2/1 for these things in Japan – and that means a draw hurts your chances a lot more in this tournament. I’d bet Juvy wasn’t supposed to go to a draw with Cibernetico and bringing Park in means all the finishes and long term planning would’ve had to change – but I think it’s unlikely they have a long term plan. It’d be a first.

The finish in Rush & Caristico means they’ll have a singles match next week. Card will be announced Friday.

The open to the Elite TV show keeps mentions the idea of multiple Ligas, and I keep thinking about when I see the lighter weight guys on this show. A Liga Elite 2 or Cruiserweight Liga Elite with the likes of Dragon Lee, Golden Magic, Jinzo, Tiger, Cavernario, and others would be as interesting as the main tournament, and I’d totally put up with 11 Argos matches in exchange for it. It seems unlikely they’ll get that far given the next paragraph.

The big news from the show was announced on Periscope by one of the announcers: Lucha Azteca 7 is moving from 6pm to 11:30pm on Friday nights. This appears to be a permanent move; Azteca’s TV guide has them there next week as well. They are also adding a show on Sundays at 10AM (a one hour show, so it’s unclear if it’s edited down or matches from the undercard.)

This is a killer move for Elite. They do have TV, and it’s on a big station, and maybe that added slot will help, but getting pushed out of prime time significantly kills the visibility of the show. This time slot specifically means pretty much anyone who goes to the Friday night show live will not be watching the Azteca TV show (it’ll start 10-20 minutes later.) I had been unable to find ratings information on Lucha Azteca 7, but this move suggests the numbers were disappointing for that time slot. Elite seems unaffected by business realities, so it’s hard to believe they’ll be going away, but they won’t be growing as much. If Azteca is already moving Elite around after two weeks, there’s no guarantee they’ll be there long term.

There was a shooting across the street from last night’s Arena Mexico show. Arena Mexico is part of a city block, and there’s a few restaurants and bars across the way on some of the sides.  One of those bars is El Buho Tropical, where a (drunken) fight broke out, and one of the participants pulled out a gun and started shooting. Two men and one woman were injured. There’s no word about their condition or what happened to the shooter. This happened after the show ended, which meant there were a lot of fans and vendors out along the street in between Arena Mexico and the bar, but it doesn’t sound like anyone at the show as involved.

CMLL (TUE) 04/12/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Neutrón & Star Black b Gitano & Thunder Boy
2) Espectrúm, Raziel, Skándalo b Magnus, Marvel, Vaquero Jr.
Marvel’s first match here since 2014.
3) Amapola, Tiffany, Zeuxis b Estrellita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit
4) Bobby Z, Euforia, Pierroth b Ángel de Oro, Máximo Sexy, Tritón
Rudos took 2/3. Euforia replaced Rey Bucanero. Bobby beat Angel de Oro, and Oro demanded a rematch.
5) Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Volador Jr. DQ Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
Rey Bucanero replaced Shocker. Tecnicos took 1/3, the last when Rey fouled Marco. Marco wanted a rematch.
6) Último Guerrero b Cibernético
UG took 2/3, using the ropes to pin Cibernetico in the third.

IWRG (WED) 04/13/2016 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, Estrellas del Ring, The Gladiatores]
1) Black Dragón & Guerrero 2000 b Galaxy & Matrix Jr.
straight falls
2) Adrenalina & Freyser b Picudo Jr. & Violencia Jr.
Adrenalina kept screwing up, and Freyser turned on him. Straight falls.
3) Factor, Rayan, Spector b Emperador Azteca, Hijo del Alebrije, Zatura
Emperador Azteca replaced Dinamic Black
4) Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro b Hijo del Pantera, Pantera I, Pantera II
Good match. Terrible Cerebros want a tag title match and the Panteras accepted.
5) Negro Navarro, Trauma I, Trauma II © b Apolo Estrada, Canis Lupus, Eterno [IWRG IC TRIOS]
Turned into a bloody mask ripping match. Traumas took 2/3. Canis Lupus landed badly trying a plancha on Trauma I and appeared to be hurt. Match ended soon after, and Canis Lupus was said to be doing OK. Third defense.

The Octagon press conference was going on while the post went up yesterday. +Lucha has the whole thing, plus an interview with the Octagons after. Most of the details were the expected stuff Octagon’s said in interviews prior: he claims he owns the name and is fighting to get it in court, he claims he did not have armed guards with him to unmasked Octagon Jr., he’s planning on wrestling for years to come. Octagon put the blame on Flamita for the situation, saying Flamita had been in wrestling for 10 years and should know AAA will kick him to the curb when they’re done with him, so he should’ve stood with Octagon and unmasked. Octagon, who wrestled,

Most of the discussion from the press conference surrounds Hijo del Octagon and Octagon’s other sons. Octagon explained he had three sons, with the oldest (24) taking over the Hijo del Octagon. He also has two teenage twins who are said to also going into lucha. People with AAA noted they’d never heard Octagon mention his sons when he was with AAA. This had been brought up back when Kalisto was given the Octagon Jr. name, that Octagon only had daughters and so would have to pass it on to someone outside his family.

SuperLuchas provided an explanation, by revealing the twins are from a relationship Octagon had with a lucahdora outside his marriage, and Octagon had previously not acknowledged them as his sons. The history of the actual Hijo del Octagon is less clear. At the press conference, he was explained to have had a career in criminology in the United States, but had retired from it to become a luchador. Hijo del Octagon was said to have trained to be a luchador for 19 years, and had trained under Rey Mysterio Sr., Abismo Negro and Octagon himself. Abismo Negro hasn’t been alive in 2009 and Rey Mysterio has been in a wheelchair for many years, so any training with them is in the distant past – plus, if he was in the US for the last few years, he was training with other people or not training at all. (The story they’re going with is Octagon wanted his son to have a career before allowing him to wrestle.)

Octagon and Hijo del Octagon gave the impression Hijo del Octagon has never had an official match, but hopes/expected he would debut on an Elite card in the next few weeks. I find myself hoping he’s an indie luchador who’s being used for this spot, because the whole setup sounds impossible for a new luchador to do well in. Compare it to Nieto del Santo, who’s been training off and on for years, and he and his father are being super careful about when he’s going to have a match. It’s going to be bad for everyone if Hijo del Octagon is just thrown out there to prove a point.

There didn’t seem to be much push back on Octagon had to say at the press conference; most of the criticism can from Twitter. This seems to be thing with luchadors, and older luchadors in particular – most seem hypersensitive to criticism and the only way you’re going to get anything out of them is going along with the story they’re telling that day, but it was depressing to see Octagon’s side of the story presented without commentary. In a way, the video bits are better, because I can hear them ask the questions, but it comes thru in the text stories as if Octagon is just right about everything.

Octagon has a breakfast/autograph signing on April 17.

04/30 RIOT show
1: Caifan vs Dralion
2: Ultimo Ninja vs Jinzo

RobViper has highlights of 09/13/15 CMLL.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Los Xinetez talk about their match in Leon, are heavily into death.

Diosa Atenea is off to Japan. She’ll head to the UK in May.

Guerrero de los Dioses took Laberinto’s mask in Cuernavaca.

Lineups

CaraLucha (SAT) 04/23/2016 Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México
1) Fiero vs Leonidas, Coyote
winner joins the promotion?
2) Centella Atómico & Wasson vs Alas de Oro & Príncipe Aéreo
3) Centvrión, Dragón Celta, Látigo vs Arez, Belial, Impulso
4) Guerrero Mixtico & Templario vs Trauma I & Trauma II
5) Último Guerrero vs Satánico

The last show was a hardcore show, this is more of a throw back show. Dragon Celta is a Mala Hierba members for the night. The opener is billed as winner joins the Cara Lucha family, but I’m unsure who’s meant to be in the Cara Lucha family.

ELITE (SAT) 06/25/2016 Auditorio Americo Villarreal Guerra, Ciudad Madero, Tamaulipas
1) Histeria & Psicosis II vs Dark Ozz & Dark Spíritu
2) Cibernético & Sharly Rockstar vs Emperador Azteca (IWRG) & LA Park

This is a long way away, not a complete card, and little change of turning up, but it does include an appearance by Ozz, who gets asked about from time to time. This might be a show Ciberentico himself is helping to put together, which would explain Ozz coming back from retirement to help an old friend.