CMLL Puebla: 2016-07-18

Volador gets a seat
Volador gets a seat

Recapped: 07/18/2016

What happened: Negro Casas & Shocker kept the tag titles. Rush no-showed his match, but it set up a Volador/Ultimo Guerrero singles match anyway. King Jaguar & Black Tiger versus Disturbio & Arez with the losing team losing a hair and a mask seemed to be set up for next week (though it was hard to hear exactly what was the stipulation.

What was good: Nothing, this was a disappointing show with no redeemable matches. Skip.

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

Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-07-08 

20160709elite_match6-1
Marcela actually scarier than Bane

Recapped: 07/14/2016

What happened: Extreme Tiger (over Rey Escorpion) and La Mascara (over Xtreme Tiger) won 3 points. Women had matches.

What was good: I liked Tiger/Escorpion and the CMLL vs Elite women’s match.

Where can I watch it: It’s on my channel and Azteca’s channel (more…)

Mr. Electro loses his hair, Lucha Memes, Puebla preview

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

KDR (SAT) 07/16/2016 Gimnasio Hercules, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr)]
1) Kilvan, Shadow, Yoruba b Cosario Negro, Drako, Zafiro
2) Centvrión, Heddi Karaoui, Látigo b Freelance, Mr. Leo, Taylor Wolf Latigo, Centurion y Karaoui vs Mr. Leo, Freelance y Taylor W. | Kamicazes del Ring | 16/07/16 (posted by TVLuchaMundial)
Centvrion and Freelance fought after the match and want a singles match.
3) Arceus & Chris Boy b ?? [Torneo Sangre Nueva Kamicaze] Torneo la Sangre Nueva Kamicaze | Kamicazes del Ring | 16/07/16 (posted by TVLuchaMundial)
4) Herodes Jr. DQ Fly Warrior Latigo, Centurion y Karaoui vs Mr. Leo, Freelance y Taylor W. | Kamicazes del Ring | 16/07/16 (posted by TVLuchaMundial)
Wotan ran in for the DQ

A busy weekend of shows; Black Terry already has photos/video from the Saturday Kamicazes del Ring show. Centvrion versus Freelance sounds fun.

Lucha Memes (SUN) 07/17/2016 Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), R de Rudo]
1) Belial & Black Metal b Astrolux & Baby Star
good match
2) Soberano Jr. b Demasiado
3) Rush b Caifan
Hard hitting match. The bottom rope broke, which happened twice on this show. Rush attacked the referee with a chair after the match
4) Freelance b Drastik Boy
5) Corsario Negro Jr. & Drako b Trauma I & Trauma II
draw, crowd wanted one more fall
6) Alas de Acero & Iron Kid b Dowki & Hanaoka
7) Aramis b Sádico
good match

Rush & Caifan sounds like a very strong fight. Rush came in from Saltillo on Saturday, took off from here to head to Monterrey.

LLDLJ (SUN) 07/17/2016 Arena Victoria, Ecatepec, Estado de México [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr)]
1) ? ?? ??
2) Fulgor I & Fulgor II b Fly Danger & Moria
3) Sádico b Fandango, Rey Celestial
4) Kilvan, Shadow, Yoruba b Andy Boy, Fulgor I, Fulgor II
The Fulgors replaced Danger King & Guerrero Mixtico.
5) Brole, Mini Multifacético, Prayer b Arez, Belial, Impulso and Centvrión, Fly Warrior, Látigo
Los Heavy Style, after their win, proposed a rematch with one hair or mask on the line with each team.
6) Wotan b Terremoto Negro [super libre]
mask challenges followed
7) Fly Warrior b Ludark Shaitan [bull terrier]
Fly Warrior replaced La Magnifica (double booked in Arena Azteca?) and won.

Magnifica worked a midcard match Arena Azteca Budokan; no idea if she just couldn’t make it to Ecatepec in time or decided not to make both, but never good idea to miss an advertised main event.

IWRG (SUN) 07/17/2016 Arena Naucalpan[+LuchaTV, The Gladiatores]
1) Dragón Fly & The Tiger b Demonio Infernal & Skanda
Demonio Infernal seemed to be pinned for only two but counted for three.
2) Leo, Mike, Rafy © b Apolo Estrada Jr., Eterno, Relámpago [EdM Trios]
second defense
3) Chicano, Pantera, Veneno b Herodes Jr., Toscano, Trauma I
Veneno and Trauma II are feuding.
4) Hijo De Dos Caras b Danny Casas © [IWRG JUNIORS]
Dos won the title for the first time, cheating to win (and apparently cementing himself as a rudo.) Danny falls on his first defense.
5) Canis Lupus DQ Trauma I
one fall, winner gets 50K persos. Trauma I fouled Canis Lupus.
6) Máscara Año 2000 Jr. b Mr. Electro [hair]
Bleeding and weapons from the start. Mr. Electro took the first, Mascara the second. Both men used beer bottle shots in the third, with the ref getting taken out by an errant one. Mascara used one more, and a second ref came in for the finish. Electro last lost his hair in 2014 and has now lost his last six apuesta decisions.

IWRG is being built on blood and heavyweights right now and this had both. It should air tonight on AYM. Photos show Mr. Electro still has quite a bit of hair backstage, but perhaps they shaved it off later.

CMLL’s back on streaming tonight in Puebla, with a strange show as the Arena Puebla 63rd Anniversary show. The main event is Negro Casas & Shocker defending the tag titles against La Mascara & Sharlie Rockstar. Negro Casas is one of the great wrestlers of all time but I’m not sure he can pull of that match. The better tag match will probably be Atlantis & Ultimo Guerrero versus Volador & Rush, another rematch from last week. There’s three 2v2 matches on the show, including a Black Tiger & King Jaguar versus Ares & Disturbio to continue that feud.

The rest of the show is random trios. Maximo teams with Stigma and Valiente against Dragon Rojo, Rey Escorpion and a much higher than usual Skandalo. There’s a women’s trios with Estrellita, La Vaquerita, Lluvia versus Dalys, Reyna Isis, and Zeuxis. The opener includes the debut of Heredero, Malayo, Hijo del Signo versus Arkalis, Meyer and Rey Samuray.

The show airs on CMLL.com & YouTube at 9pm CT.

Box Y Lucha 3242 has Rush & Mascara Dorada on the cover. Rush might have saved his career, or at least helped it a lot, by continuing that fight against LA Park. If he stops fighting after Edgar calls the DQ, it “proves” every fan complaint about inflated CMLL favorites being gifted victories. Disregarding the win put Rush above it.

While visiting Atlanta, Pentagon Jr. added another title. His current championships include but are not limited to the AAA Latin American championship, the Atlanta Mucha Lucha championship, and the Perros del Mal Light Heavyweight championship.

Cross Arm Breaker reviews LA Park vs Rush in Tijuana and in Elite. Elite seriously needs to rent Palacio de los Deportes, book that match, book whatever else, charge high prices, and then count all the money.

07/17 AAA TV Results (Oaxaca) – Angelico & Jack win tag titles back

Noche-ruda-en-Oaxaca-rumbo-a-Triplemanía-XXIV-13[1]
photo by AAA
AAA TV (SUN) 07/17/2016 Pista Los Laureles, Oaxaca, Oaxaca [AAA]
1) Big Mami, Dinastía, Pimpinela Escarlata b Lady Shani, Mamba, Mini Psycho Clown
Mami got the win. Likely a dark/YouTube match.
2) Herodes Jr., Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Mocho Cota Jr. b Argenis, Atomic Boy, Bengala
Atomic Boy replaced Suicide.
3) Daga & Súper Fly b Aerostar & Australian Suicide
Australian Suicide replaced Garza Jr. (double booked in Reynosa), which allowed Daga to walk off with his mask again.
4) Angélico & Jack Evans b Averno & Chessman © and Monsther Clown & Murder Clown [AAA TAG]
Averno & Chessman fall on their 4th defense, as Jack & Angelico win the titles back in their first challenge after vacating them due to Angelico’s injury. Mary Apache distracted Averno, setting up the Angelico crucifix powerbomb/630 splash
5) Brian Cage, El Mesías, Hernandez b Dr. Wagner Jr., La Parka, Psycho Clown
Wagner, Parka and Clown earlier agreed to work together to face the threat of Team Trump. Team Trump threatened them. The Mexico alliance wasn’t enough, Team Trump took the main event.

Air Date: 08/06.

Psycho Clown’s recent AAA TV record

LOSS 04/18 Leon
WIN! 04/29 Xalapa (but by countout due to Perros interference)
LOSS 05/14 Orizaba
LOSS 05/31 Pachuca
LOSS 06/16 Naucalpan
LOSS 07/03 Ecatepec
LOSS 07/08 Mexico City
LOSS 07/17 Oaxaca

This is a cheat; the Lucha World Cup stuff is removed, and Psycho Clown picked up a few wins on there. And I’m not sure this is a terrible thing; AAA viewers are trained to only pay attention to the main shows as meaningful outcomes and only the most obsessive people will remember that match in Arena Aficion, for instance. Pagano will probably beat Psycho Clown one more time in Toluca, and that’s probably the right call. It’s just definitely a predictable thing, AAA’s become very routine about the lead tecnicos losing all their matches to their big show rival before getting that win on the big show (or not.)

Mary Apache came all the way to Oaxaca (5-6 hour bus trip each way) just to walk to the ring for a minute or so. It worked, so I guess it wasn’t a completely wasted trip. Averno & Chessman as tag team champions is definitely arguable as a wasted trip, since we’re back to the people who could’ve just stayed champion (just as Fantasma did thru injury) and all we got out of it was Argenis & Australian Suicide not winning the title repeatedly in matches with awful finishes. I’d think AAA would argue they couldn’t have gotten to Chessman/Avenro vs Faby/Mary without the tag titles, and that still seems like it has a good chance of happening at TripleMania. (The original reason the Apaches wanted to face Chessman & Averno was to get the tag titles, and the Apaches should be bugging Jack & Angelico now, but I’m guessing that’s not the way it’s going.)

Would the Mexico City commission have allowed AAA to do a men versus women tag title match? I guess it doesn’t matter now, but it may be a factor in why they made the change before TripleMania rather after. Jack & Angelico are facing a mystery team in Toluca, which may indicate their TripleMania program. Otherwise, we know just about as much about that card as we did before this taping. All the announcements are going to come on Twitter or mentioned on TV, it seems.

AAA “show opening segment where the people in the main event talk” to the list of WWE tropes AAA’s borrowing lately. There’s new patterns, but they’re definitely patterns.

Garza Jr. probably main evented small Arena Coliseo Reynosa instead. That’s probably the better choice for him (and “choice” may be overstating it, he may have taken that one first), but it’s weird working a small arena in Reynosa is the better choice than appearing on AAA TV – though he really doesn’t have much of a role here.

Next taping is that 07/29 Toluca show, a week from this Friday, the last to air on TV prior to TripleMania.

Arkangel anniversary show, Stuka in ROH, Dragon Lee on CWC, Argos to Japan

2a15[1]
photo by Alexis Salazar/CMLL
CMLL (SAT) 07/16/2016 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
Arkangel 30th Anniversary show
1) Black Silver I & Black Silver II b Tigre Rojo & Tigre Rojo Jr.
Acapulco beat Puebla
2) Skándalo b Fiero, Bobby Z, Canelo Casas, Magnus, Muerte Azteca, Oro Jr., Fireman, Asgard, Darker, Sonic, Stigma, K-Fu, Súper X, Makiavelico, Thonder Strong, Único,Asgard [Torneo Dr. X]
All Arkangel trainees. Royal rumble rules, with 3 people ending after two minutes. All are Arkangel students. Latin Star, Darker, Unico replaced Hanakoa. Skandalo beat Magnus to win.
3) Dallys la Caribeña, La Comandante, Reina Isis b Lady Boricua, Mima Shimoda, Princesa Sugehit
4) JC Navarro, OT Fernandez, Sensacional Carlitos DQ Fujin, Okumura, Raijin
Fujin fouled Carlitos, giving Puerto Rico the win over Japan
5) Arkángel de la Muerte, Ephesto, Luciferno b Gallo, Pegasso, Starman
6) Diamante Azul, Máximo, The Panther b Bárbaro Cavernario, Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero
The Panther replaced Brazo de Plata

Good crowd for the special show. Porky hasn’t wrestled in Mexico City in three weeks, but he is advertised on Tuesday. “Darker” is not a good name.

CMLL (SUN) 07/17/2016 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Apocalipsis & Cholo b Bengala & Sensei
2) Cancerbero, Raziel, Sangre Azteca b Flyer, Metatrón, Star Jr.
Rudos took 1/3.
3) Disturbio, Puma, Tiger b Blue Panther Jr., Fuego, Pegasso
Rudos took 1/3.
4) Bobby Z, Sam Adonis, Vangellys b Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Johnny Idol
Rudos took 1/3.
5) Diamante Azul, Mistico, Valiente b Euforia, Negro Casas, Terrible

This is back to just being a random show.

Stuka Jr. lost to Kamaitachi in his ROH debut on Saturday after interference from Christopher Daniels (who’s allied with Kamaitachi.) Though much of the crowd didn’t seem to know Stuka, the match got good reviews and he thanked the fans after it was over. It was the third week of TV, but I’m not sure of when these would start airing.

Dragon Lee says he was offered a spot in the Cruiserweight Classic that he had to turn down due to injury, in addition to wrestling in ROH. Given Mascara Dorada got signed, that knee injury might have been the difference between Dragon Lee being in CMLL at least another year or being elsewhere. Dragon Lee is still expected to be in ROH at some point, even possibly as soon as their August PPV. (Stuka might have earned a return visit with his performance.) Dragon Lee also says he’s accomplished more in two years than La Mascara has in his entire career.

Hijo del Santo was announced for 08/12 in Rosarito. That’s part of the weekend of shows in Tijuana and Mexicali. Nieto del Santo isn’t listed as wrestling on any of them.

Silueta says she’s out with a knee injury.

Oficial AK47 says he’s retiring.

I’m on the Winter Palace podcast talking about recent lucha news.

RobViper has highlights of 07/17/04 CMLL in Monterrey.

AAA posted this week’s TV episode.

Mala Hiebra teach promo skills.

Teddy Hart says things. It sounds like he believes he’s on the Elite show next week, though it still hasn’t come out.

Photos from the CMLL vs Elite soccer game.

SuperLibre interviewed Ringo Mendoza & Satanico.

Lucha Libre in Japan

Argos will participate in Michinoku Pro’s Fukumen World League, a masked man tournament. (Mistico-Tiger noticed this first.) He’s going in as recommended from Ultimo Dragon. They’re also advertising a mystery super heavyweight from Mexico as the last participant, to be announced on August 22nd. This is the sixth time for this tournament. Dos Caras won the first, Atlantis won the third.

Lineups

CMLL (SAT) 07/23/2016 Arena Coliseo
1) Acero & Aéreo vs Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Universo 2000
2) Oro Jr., Soberano Jr., Starman vs Espanto Jr., Espíritu Negro, Hijo del Signo
3) Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Tiger
4) Blue Panther, Diamante Azul, Súper Porky vs Felino, Pierroth, Rey Escorpión
5) Máscara Dorada, Máximo Sexy, Volador Jr. vs Mephisto, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero

QPED Sabados Retros. Back to five random trios matches, and Mascara Dorada hanging around. Maybe enjoy it while it lasts.

Second match is Espiritu’s first match since April, Espanto Jr.’s first match since May, and Hijo del Signo back tomorrow for the first time in June (where he didn’t wrestle a whole lot either.) Those are the guys disappearing with the newbies coming in (and these Saturday shows being off.)

CMLL (SUN) 07/24/2016 Arena México
1) Flyer & Leono vs Akuma & Inquisidor
2) Blue Panther Jr., The Panther, Tritón vs El Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
3) Estrellita, La Vaquerita, Marcela vs Amapola, Reyna Isis, Zeuxis
4) Bobby Z, Sam Adonis, Vangellys vs Hechicero, Pólvora, Rey Escorpión
5) Johnny Idol, Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy vs Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas

Peste Negra back together in the main event. I think Idol makes sense with Marco & Maximo but I guess I need to see it in action.

Semimain is a rudos/rudos semimain which makes no sense at all, as Bobby is supposed now to be a trio with Polvora. The usual care going into these things.

The Junior Dinamitas are reunited; they’ve also been limited the last couple of months.

CMLL (SUN) 07/24/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Black Sugar & Capitán Cobra vs Diplomático & Guerrero de la Muerte
2) El Yaqui & Javier Cruz Jr. vs Évola & Mr. Apolo
3) Johnny Dinamo & Randy vs Carlo Roggi & Exterminador
4) Metatrón, Nautilius, Reyko vs El Chakal, Sádico, Thunder Boy
5) Joker, Ráfaga, Ripper vs El Divino, Magnum, Vaquero Jr.

Ripper working a Sunday Guadalajara show as the only CMLL DF guy is a bit odd.

La Mascara advances in Leyenda de Plata, Pagano vs Psycho Clown set for TripleMania, Dorada signs with WWE

20160715cmllclaro_match2-3
Hechicero

CMLL (TUE) 07/12/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Arena Coliseo Guadalajara]
1) Maléfico & Thunder Boy b Explosivo & Star Black
2) Fuego, Hombre Bala Jr., Soberano Jr. b El Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
3) Hechicero, Pierroth, Vangellys b Ángel de Oro, Esfinge, Tritón
4) Diamante Azul, Rush, Vaquero Jr. DQ Dragón Rojo Jr., Terrible, Último Guerrero
Vaquero Jr. replaced Super Porky. UG fouled Rush.
5) Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto © b Atlantis, Máximo Sexy, Mistico [MEX TRIOS]
Rudos took 2/3 to keep the titles. 5th defense.

This hasn’t made it to CMLL’s site, but worth nothing for the title defense.

CMLL (FRI) 07/15/2016 Arena México [CMLL, thecubsfan]
1) Reina Isis & Tiffany b La Vaquerita & Skadi
16:37. Rudas took 2/3. Isis replaced Sedcutora in the preview.
2) Ángel de Oro, Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. b Ephesto, Hechicero, Luciferno
17:21. Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Máximo Sexy, Súper Crazy, Valiente b Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
11:35. Tecnicos took 1/3. Crazy & Bucanero feuded. 
4) La Máscara b Mistico, Dragón Lee, Volador Jr., Titán, Mephisto, Tritón, Cavernario, Guerrero Maya Jr., Ripper, The Panther, Virus [Leyenda de Plata]
35:09. Negro Casas was originally announced, but replaced by the returning Dragon Lee. Battle royal set teams. Team A: Volador Jr., La Máscara, Titán, Guerrero Maya Jr., Cavernario, The Panther. Team B: Mistico, Dragón Lee, Mephisto, Tritón, Virus, Ripper. Order of elimination Triton (Cavernario), Virus (Titan), Panther (Ripper), Ripper (Maya), Titan (Mephisto), Maya (Mistico), Mephisto (Mascara), Cavernario (Dragon Lee), Volador & Mistico (Mascara getting both at the same time), Dragon Lee (DQ when Rush ran in to attack Mascara, though Lee was about to be beat anyway.) La Mascara faces Negro Casas next week. Lee said he didn’t want the help and challenged Mascara to a mask match. Mascara said no and unmasked Lee.
5) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero b Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Rush
6:59. Guerreros took 1/3. UG fouled Rush.

The Leyenda de Plata is worth seeking out and the second match is pretty good too. Last night, I felt pretty sure they were going with Dragon Lee/La Mascara. After a night of sleeping on it and reading this morning, I’m back to not being sure. La Mascara could end up fighting anyone at this point. They seemed to be setting up something with Super Crazy and Rey Bucanero as well.

La Mascara told the press he wants Rush or Pierroth, and doesn’t have time for the little kids Mistico & Dragon Lee. Imagine a man who would rather fight Pierroth over Dragon Lee.

DTU (FRI) 07/15/2016 Arena Neza [+LuchaTV, DTU, KronoSport]
1) Erwin & Irving b Masizito & Porrito
2) Zafiro b Moria, Niño De Cobra, Fly Danger, Gio
Gio was added to the match.
3) Flyer (CMLL) & Robin (CMLL) b Jimmy & Kevin
4) Felina Metálica © b Zeuxis, La Magnifica, Zuzu Divine, Lady Maravilla [SANCHEZ WOMEN]
Felino beat Maravilla to keep the local title
5) Dragón Rojo Jr. & Pólvora b Drastik Boy & Ronnie Mendoza
good match
6) Black Fire © b Tony Iron, Lokillo [DTU AI]
Second defense since winning the title back in Germany.
7) Pesadilla & Rocky Lobo b Stuka Jr. & Tritón (CMLL) © and Dr. Cerebro & Motocross [DTU NEXO]
Titles were declared vacant because Titan was not there to defend. Stuka replaced him. The DTU team won the titles. The Neza team of Cerebro/Motocross were the first out.
8) Aeroboy b Cíclope [Copa Ultraviolentia Promocciones Sanchez, TLC]
good match
9) Sharlie Rockstar © b Ovett, Psicosis II, Crazy Boy, Paranoiko, Ángel o Demonio [cage, DTU Consgrado]
Sharlie Rockstar retained the title

So, Titan really didn’t work the show – but Stuka, hours from making his debut in ROH, worked twice instead. Attendance looks OK for this sort of show.

Mascara Dorada has signed with WWE, according a report by the PWTorch. It’s part of a larger report stating Ibushi has also signed, and others are being considered. There’s no indication of a start date. Dorada has announced bookings thru the 28th in Mexico; it’s rare to get lineups announced much farther than that, so he might be actually be booked out longer than that, and WWE has recently preferred incoming wrestlers finish out their agreed upon matches elsewhere before coming in.  Currently, Dorada’s only known main CMLL date is this Tuesday in Guadalajara, but it’s possible he might have a few more.

Dorada has consistently said he’d inform CMLL (and then the press) should he be offered a deal. Since the most recent CWC tapings happened on Thursday, he probably indicated he’d sign with WWE at that point. It’s not a big surprise; in retrospect, Dorada losing the welterweight championship in March was probably because they saw this as a strong possibility even back then. Dorada only returned to CMLL in February, which means there were only a few weeks where he was back in CMLL full time before he got the intital WWE offer. It’s hard to fairly blame CMLL for not using him strongly in this stint, though

It was obvious Dorada was going to stand out on WWE programming, it was always only going to be a matter of WWE deciding he would fit their style. They’re much more open to things than they’ve been in the past, and Dorada may not have to change a lot right away. Like Sombra, one of Dorada’s biggest adjustments will be needing to learn English.  They’re letting him do promos in Spanish on the CWC, but that’ll eventually change.

Tonight’s CMLL show is the Arena Coliseo Arkangel 30th Anniversary show. Because it’s CMLL, Arkangel will be in the semimain on the show. The actual main event is a random match between Super Porky, Diamante Azul, Maximo agsint Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero and Barbaro Cavernario. Arkangel himself teams with Ephesto & Luciferno against Gallo, Starman and Pegasso, with the dormant Arkangel/Gallo rivarly being emphasized in the preview. The undercard is full of former and current Arkangel students, including a battle royal honoring deceased luchador Dr. X.

Arkangel talked to Fuego en el Ring about his career. There’s nothing must see on this show, but it feels like a show that might do decently on the #1 rental side for the novelty.

Sunday has the Mascara 2000/Mr. Electro hair match in IWRG and the Lucha Memes show in Coacalco.  Rush versus Caifan is the main event of that nice looking show, and then he’s flying to Monterrey to headline there as well later the same night.

AAA officially announced Pagano vs Psycho Clown in a hair/mask match at the first match for TripleMania. This match was known for a couple weeks, since Leo Riano revealed it in his column, and AAA’s been building to it since the taping in Pachuca. They fight one more time at the Toluca card in a bull terrier match (which just got announced, or I completely blanked on it.)

AAA’s posted the open for today’s TV show. Matches airing today:

  • Argenis & Australian Suicide vs Daga & Joe Lider
  • Fénix vs Drago vs Aerostar [#1, AAA CRUISER]
  • Brian Cage vs Texano Jr. vs Dr. Wagner Jr.

Stuka debuts tonight in ROH against Kamaitachi. It’s a TV taping, so it’ll turn up eventually.

Lucha Underground has posted their Season 2 recap video. True fact: At Ultima Lucha 3, I leaned how to tell time by figuring out how far they were in the Season 2 recap review. Dario also has a State of the Union address leading into Ultima Lucha.

Sexy Star has posted a farewell to the Sexy Star character message on her Facebook. Slightly interesting is the opening paragraph being about how people paid her to cover her face with a mask, while she’s always talked about how she wanted to wear a mask in prior interviews.

Teddy Hart said things.

DTU/Lucha Libre Boom on 08/13 in Arena Lopez Matoes
1: El Gio, El Junio vs Yoruba, Shadow vs Vengador, Kastigador vs Flystar, Toxin Boy
2: Ovett & Angel o Demonio vs Misterioso & Pierroth vs Carta Brava & Fantasma de la Opera
3: Sadico & Mike Suicida vs Ronnie Mendoza & Draztick Boy vs Arez & Belial

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report

Wresting With Words reviews last week’s Elite show.

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 07/22/2016 Arena México
1) Robin & Sensei vs Artillero & Cholo
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Último Dragóncito vs Demus 3:16, Mercurio, Pierrothito
3) Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible vs Golden Magic, Sharlie Rockstar, Súper Crazy
4) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
5) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
6) Negro Casas vs La Máscara [Leyenda de Plata]

La Mascara is Negro Casas’ biggest test yet. None of the Munoz are booked, though they may check out the match anyway.

Both trios champions are together on the show: Sky Team in the semimain, Hijos del Infierno in fourth.

Third match is billed as CMLL versus the Elite, and is Golden Magic’s Friday night debut. TGR’s role appears to be “rudos who feud with other rudos.” Bucanero is still NWA Light Heavyweight champion, so it’s possible he and Crazy could be setting up a match for that.

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-07-15 

Los Hermanos Lee
Los Hermanos Lee

Recapped: 07/15/2016

What happened: La Mascara won the first stage of the Leyenda de Plata when Rush ran into attack him (to prevent him from beating Dragon Lee, who was about to be beat.) Dragon Lee challenged Mascara to a mask match. UG snuck in a foul on Rush in the main event.

What was good: I really liked the Leyenda de Plata and the second match was good too. The opener was awful.

Where can I watch it:  The main event is on Claro’s site. (more…)

AAA on Televisa: 2016-07-02

still not sure how Psycho took the worst of this
still not sure how Psycho took the worst of this

Recapped: 07/10/2016

What happened: Pagano beat Psycho Clown again. Pentagon Jr. (winning a three way tag match) and Dr. Wagner (beating Mesias) won title shots in underwhelming fashion.

What was good: I liked the trios title match and didn’t have a lot of time for the rest.

Where can I watch it: It’s all on AAA’s channel, including exclusive matches.

Mesias starts the show of the ring for general Trump praising and crowd criticizing. It turns out that Dr. Wagner is just like all these ugly people. They prompt the crowd to cheer for Wagner, and they do! And then Wagner comes out a beat late. Wagner playing to the crowd goes longer than Mesias’ promo, of course. Wagner’s wearing an open chin mask, exposing a gray beard which makes him seem much older than usual. Wagner’s microphone has some annoying feedback, but the point he gets around to is he’s going to reclaim the heavyweight belt at TripleMania. Mesias explains all the ways he’s better than Wagner and challenges Wagner to fight now. Wagner is OK with that idea, but the security (who’ve been hovering around Wagner since he came out) stop him. One edit later, Wagner is gone and Mesias finishes his promo. (more…)

Rush & Park battle in Arena Mexico, Teddy Hart in Elite, Leyenda de Plata, Mini Drago

@JonatHan on Periscope
@JonatHan on Periscope

ELITE (THU) 07/14/2016 Arena México [+LuchaTV, MedioTiempo, Plantilla Deportiva, R de Rudo]
1) Cancerbero & Raziel b Ciclón Ramírez Jr. & Príncipe Diamante
2) Jinzo & Súper Crazy b Felino & Tiger
Crazy mocked Tiger after the win.
3) El Hijo del Medico Asesino, Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr., Karonte Jr. b Hijo De Dos Caras, Hijo de LA Park, Rayman
4) Diamante Azul b Teddy Hart [Liga Elite]
Teddy Hart replaced Caristico. This was listed on the poster as a Liga Elite match but not announced as one after the change. Azul won a German suplex.
5) Atlantis & Dos Caras Sr. b Máscara Año 2000 & Universo 2000
Dos’ first match in Arena Mexico since 1997
6) Rush DQ LA Park [Liga Elite, super libre]
turned in a brawl with weapons being pulled out of the crowd (when they weren’t going into the crowd.) Both men bled. Rush threw a wooden cooler at Park a few times, Park later did the same, and was DQed for doing the same. (Referee Edgar fled after calling the DQ and it did not appear to be the planned finish to the match.) The two ignored the result and continued fighting for a couple minutes, finally being broken up by security. Park & Rush got back in the ring and cut promos until their mics were cut, then fought again for another couple minutes before breaking apart.

There’s a periscope video of the match from the second row, which gives you a good sense of how crazy the brawl got and how rabid the fans were for it. I was not surprised the super libre match ended in a DQ – it seems like all CMLL super libre no DQ matches actually end in DQ – but this wasn’t a foul or mask pull DQ. This was the referee seemingly legitimately losing control of the match and deciding it must be stopped. (Since Edgar has that earpiece, he probably wasn’t the only person involved in making that decision. There’s always the chance this could’ve been an angle, but it didn’t come off like any angle CMLL’s ever run.) Anyway, it didn’t stop the match and it’s probably for Elite’s benefit it didn’t stop, the fans would’ve been livid. There were plenty of people angry about the DQ, but the Rush & LA Park continuing to fight made it feel like some crazy event. I don’t think there would’ve been a riot, but there would’ve been a lot of unhappy people who wouldn’t be coming back again.

This looked like the biggest Elite crowd in the Azteca era. There seemed to be a bit of manipulation – it looked like the upper bowl was closed off to make sure the lower bowl filled up – but this match (and probably the legends in the semimain) drew in a way nothing has drawn for them before. They could easily do 10K+ for a rematch – but maybe it’d have to be at the Palacio de los Deportes or Plaz de la Monumental in Monterrey, because I’m not sure CMLL’s going to allow them to do this match again in Arena Mexico given how they reacted last night. If this was CMLL pulling the plug on the match, then it’s definitely never going to be as good as it could be under those conditions and would need to be done elsewhere to reach it’s full potential.

(I am even a little concerned CMLL might even ask Elite/Azteca not to air the match, as they’ve done in the past with the Wagner/Park brawl and Volador/Niebla bloody match in Puebla – it was definitely being filmed the whole way thru the post match brawl and CMLL may not be able to stop Azteca, but there’s a good chance CMLL would omit if it was a show they were airing themselves.)

Of note, a bloody crazed Rush did a post match interview, but LA Park did not.

Teddy Hart told the press that this would not be the last time we see him in Arena Mexico. This is Teddy’s first appearance in a major promotion since he left 2012. It’s hard to believe Elite would fly Teddy in to work one unadvertised match, so maybe he’s showing up tonight – only, Elite flew in David Tita to work just one match only a couple weeks ago, so they’re fully capable of such strangeness.

Teddy’s been most recently working in California, including teaming with Rush last weekend, so that’s probably the way he got back to Mexico. Teddy’s antics got him fired multiple times for AAA, a thousand times looser company than CMLL, so it seems unlikely he’d stick around in Arena Mexico for long even with Elite calling the shots.

It must be noted Elite surely knew Caristico wasn’t going to appear on this show as soon as he got out of the hospital and made no attempt to let anyone know. That’s bad business. For what it’s worth, Arena Coliseo Guadalajara continues to promote Caristico as appearing there on Tuesday.

Elite does not air tonight. It moves to Saturdays starting week, in between a soccer game and boxing.

CMLL’s show tonight looks to have a great match, though it a very different style. The Leyenda de Plata tournament restarts tonight. This tournament honors el Santo, and historically has featured CMLL’s most exciting luchadors. 2016’s field has Mistico, Volador Jr., La Máscara, Titán, Mephisto, Tritón, Cavernario, Guerrero Maya Jr., Ripper, The Panther, Virus and the returning Dragón Lee in a cibernetico match. The winning luchador will face Negro Casas next Friday.

Titan’s going to be busy next week, so he’s likely not advancing. Mistico, Volador, Mascara, Mephisto, Cavernario and Dragon Lee (last year’s runner up) seem to have the best chance, but this was a tournament Virus almost won last time; a surprise is not totally out of the question.

The actual main event is Atlantis, Diamante Azul and Rush versus Euforia, Gran Guerrero and Ultimo Guerrero. A few days ago on Facebook, Rush said he’d have surprises and new Ingobernable soon. There’s no one less governable in the world of wrestling than Teddy Hart, so it’s really interesting he’s hanging around Mexico right now. I’m not sure that’s the direction, but it’s a strange possibility which has to be considered now.

There’s really no angles on the rest of the card. The opener is listed as Vaquerita & Skadi vs Tiffany & Seductora, but the preview today has Isis in place of Seductora. It’s not a big difference. Angel de Oro, Rey Cometa, and Stuka Jr. take on the Hijos del Infierno, who defended their trios titles last Tuesday in Guadalajara. Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys take face Valiente, Maximo and Super Crazy, who’s making a rare non-Elite appearance on CMLL shows. Those recent appearances were part of his feud with the Casas family, who are not involved in this match, so it’s strange to see him tonight. Might not be an angle, might just be everyone else being used in the Leyenda de Plata.

CMLL will air on Clarosports as normal. The show is not on NJPWWorld. It looks like it might have been a one time event for Volador vs Kushida, because it’s not on the schedule going at the moment. Japan is getting the Gran Prix tomorrow night, airing on SamuraiTV at 10pm local.

MugsNoticas has an article on the history of the Leyenda de Plata tournament, noting Negro Casas would be the first four time winner if he held onto it this year.

DTU is also running tonight in Arena Neza, with a six way extreme cage match as the main event. There’s a three way tag match on the card between Titan & Triton, Motorcross & Dr. Cerebro, and Pesadilla & Rocky Lobo, which would require the CMLL guys to bolt from Arena Mexico as soon as the semimain is done and make it over to Arena Neza. That’s a 45 minute drive, so they probably wouldn’t get there until 11:30, which seems way too late (and that cage match would still have to go on after.) Maybe they’d move to the start of the show to get them out of there quick? This all comes up because, earlier in the week, Titan posted on Facebook that he hadn’t been contacted to work the DTU show and wouldn’t be on it, but then later deleted that post. I dunno; Titan was doing Facebook live videos last night, so he might have explained it. The rest of the card looks interesting, but I’m not so sure about that match happening as scheduled.

Mini Drago has quit AAA, according to a post on his Facebook. His note is along the lines of Ludxor’s complaint, though with less details: poor working conditions and favoritism. His brother, Mini Charly Manson/Tiago quit back in March, and posted a note of support on his Facebook.

Mini Drago started in AAA exactly 10 years ago tomorrow, as Mascarita Divina. He’d been a second tier tecnico mini for the last decade, with maybe his most notable moment a bad leg injury on a diving headscissors that kept him out for a long time. He got the Mini Drago character in February 2014, which helped at first but not of late: he’s only appeared on TV about five times in the last two years. (This is where we’re seeing the departures from AAA of late, the guys at the end of the roster who aren’t content working the B towns.) His most recent TV appearance was last August, AAA’s just not booking a lot of mini trios for TV any more, but he was listed as returning to TV on the upcoming 07/29 Toluca card. That was a card released early and has not been officially confirmed by AAA. Perhaps he got bumped from the card and that was the breaking point, or maybe he just realized the upcoming anniversary and decided to move on.

Tiago’s only appeared a couple times since leaving AAA, but I’d guess he and his brother are going to be either teaming or facing each other an indie show soon.

Adictos del Deportes had a report saying AAA was creating a new Sexy Star, based on an instagram photo by AAA’s main Japanese contact and designer showing a new outfit. The Adictos del Deportes had said they heard a woman who tried out for WWE might be brought in to AAA for the role, but they didn’t know much. I freaked out at first but, after talking to more people about this, that outfit turns out to be one Sexy wore back in 2012 and it was more a “good luck for whatever’s next” message that didn’t get translated to English well.

Adictos del Deportes, which is run by the same people who handle Llaves y Canados and lucha libre for Multimedios, is kind of being used a news site to build angles for their promotions. (It’s successful gambit if you can get people to buy into the articles.) This is the third Sexy Star article they’ve run in a shot time – there was a fairly unbelivable story about Sexy going into MMA even before boxing a couple days ago that seem worth link. It suggests Sexy’s on the September ColiseoMania show and they’re just trying to keep her name up as a big star.

Stuka says he hopes Saturday’s appearance in ROH opens up more CMLL participation, and a longer run there for him so he can go after a title or have a rivalry.

Demus & Electrico have been wrestling in Canada for Midget Wrestling Warrior since July 7th. They finish up in Brandon tomorrow.

Lucha Underground’s Chris DeJospeh was on Wrestling Mayhem Show’s Mid Week War podcasts this week. On the Lucha Underground one, he noted last week’s Son of Havoc/the Mack match was originally a two out of three falls match, but the entire show went long (25 minutes over) and they had to edit it down and change the stipulation later. That’s why there were no falls outside on a falls count anywhere match.

RobViper has a music video of 06/18/2004 CMLL, the debut of Mistico.

Cross Arm Breaker has reviews of Herodes vs Tony Salazar and La Fiera vs Jerry Estrada

Templario & Wasson and Willy Banderas & Bryan Villa talk up their match at CaraLucha next weekend.

SuperLuchas talks to Mr. Potro, Sepulturero and Terry 2000 about their three way cage match in Tultitlan this week.