That next show is on 03/29, with the cage match (field TBD) and Fire/Pack vs Gemelos tag title match. Fourth match was said to be very good. Attendance was nothing special, along the lines of the Fusion shows here a couple years ago.
No IWRG results yet. I don’t know if general attendance was down, but the reporter types who might normally go to that show seem to have either headed to Guadalajara for Rey de Reyes (and probably had an unpleasant day of rescheduling hotels and transportation) or went to that DTU show. IWRG will post their own results tomorrow.
Today’s show in Puebla has Sky Team versus the Guerreros, which seems to be setting up a title match next week. Dragon Lee and Kamaitachi face off in a trios match, the last time before their mask match this Friday.
No lineups for CMLL next weekend on their site; the Friday one was already done, and only results have been posted yet. (Paris looks cool tho’.)
Usual deal for Rey de Reyes tonight: show starts at 6pm local (8pm Eastern time), the iPPV is still on, I’ll be doing live coverage on Twitter, and results will turn up on this site. The Tuesday video post may be a little delayed as a result.
Tickets are on sale for the Cinepolis showing of Homenaje a Dos Leyendas. It’s 60 pesos a ticket, about $4 US. At that price, it’s hard to see how CMLL is making any money from this. I’m wonder if this maybe wasn’t CMLL’s inspiration – these theaters used to carry WWE shows, there’s less value in doing that now with the WWE Network available, and this is another wrestling thing they could try. This being a Cinepolis idea would explain why there’s no other (internet) option.
CMLL (FRI) 03/13/2015Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Tapatío & Meteoro DQ Demonio Rojo & Relampago Meteoro replaced El Brillante. DQ for Relampago reentering after being eliminated.
2) El Alteño & Frezzer b El Piraña & Gran Kenut Pirana replaced Satara.
3) El Divino, Javier Cruz Jr., Reycko b El Chakal, Furia Roja, Thunder Boy
4) Évola, Exterminador, Sádico b Hijo del Calavera, Leo, Metatrón Debut for Hijo del Calavera, who took the loss to Exterminador.
5) Omar Brunetti, Pepe Aguayo, Virgo DQ Demonio Maya, Jocker, Maléfico Tecnicos took 2/3, the last when Great Eku, Sadico, Evola and Exterminador attacked the tecnicos. Leo and Xavier Cruz made the save.
Main event seems to be setting up a multiman cage match, the last refuge of lucha programmers out of ideas.
CMLL (SAT) 03/14/2015Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Último Dragoncito b Pequeño Nitro Ultimo Dragoncito replaced Angelito, did not get knocked out this time.
2) Akuma b Robin
3) Disturbio b Hombre Bala Jr.
4) Sangre Azteca b Esfinge
5) Tiger b Tritón
6) Dark Angel & Estrellita b Amapola & La Seductora
7) Dragón Rojo Jr., Mistico, Stuka Jr. b Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero
CMLL (SUN) 03/15/2015Arena México
1) Magnus & Molotov b Akuma & Espiritu Negro
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Shockercito b Demus 3:16, Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Universo 2000 Pequeno Violencia was originally announced, but subbed for Pequeno Universo.
3) Dragon Lee, Pegasso, Tritón b Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus
4) Ángel de Oro b Hechicero [lightning] Angel de Oro won in 9:29.
5) Marco Corleone, Super Porky, Titán b Kráneo, Pierroth, Rey Escorpión
6) La Máscara, Mistico, Volador Jr. DQ Bárbaro Cavernario, Negro Casas, Shocker Negro Casas fouled Mistico. Mascara did not get along with his partners.
Also a show! They haven’t posted a recap – Alexis Salazar is on vacation and I’m surprised CMLL hasn’t completely fallen apart without him – so maybe there’s some angle that wasn’t reflected on Twitter.
other Rey de Reyes notes
Nothing new about the delay.
The Rey de Reyes poster mentions “2 luchas mas”, but AAA’s never said what those mas matches would be. I had assume they were local dark matches, but there definitely were enough AAA luchadors there and without a match to fill out two matches:
Ludxor & Venum vs Carta Brava & Apache
Pimpinela, Mascarita Sagrada, Faby Apache vs Mamba, Mini Abismo Negro, and Taya
Joe Lider was also present. He could fit in with one of those other matches or get involved some other way. 6pm (8pm US Eastern) is still the scheduled start time but, if you’re interested but not going to be around until a little bit later, there’s still a good chance you’ll see the entire announced card.
Perro Aguayo Jr. and Rey Mysterio Jr. showed up late to the in-ring announcement for dramatics and Brian Cage lingered near the back, but they were all there by the end. Everyone on the card appeared in the ring except for Alberto El Patron. If he was healthy, it would’ve made sense for him to walk out and look healthy. If he’s got a leg injury that’s going to be hard to hide while walking, that may be why he didn’t do much walking. It’s a little bit shady.
Stream looked great. It’s going to be in a different building tomorrow, so who knows, but they had it going thru a bad rainstorm so it seems like a good sign. 3D even worked when I tried it briefly (though it didn’t add much to the crowd shots.)
Tonight’s Rey de Reyes was washed out. Guadalajara got hit with a rain storm this afternoon, one which was to pick up in intensity right around the start of the show and go into the night. The iPPV stream came on the air about a half hour before the show, and showed pools of water on the tarp covering the ring. It was a thin, late arriving crowd as the show approached bell time.
At 6pm local, the announced start time, AAA luchadors and Joaquin Roldan came to the ring together. Most everyone was in street clothes, which tipped off the show not starting as scheduled. Joaquin officially announced the show would not be run that night – citing safety issues with the rain and the electrical equipment – and instead would take place tomorrow in Auditorio Benito Juarez in nearby Zapopan. All tickets for this show will be honored tomorrow, and all people who bought the iPPV will also be able to see it tomorrow.
Rey Misterio Jr. spoke to the crowd, thanking them for coming out and encouraging them to come to the show on Monday. The show will start at the same time on Monday, 6pm local, 8 pm US ET.
EDIT: The show will be at Auditorio Benito Juarez, an indoor arena. Forget the rain.
CMLL (FRI) 03/13/2015Arena México [CMLL, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Canelo Casas & Metálico b Esfinge & Starman
2) Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany b Goya Kong, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit
3) Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto b Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr., Valiente Hijos del Infierno win their debut match as a new trio (a rarity in CMLL)
4) Dragon Lee DQ Kamaitachi [lightning] Kamaitachi DQed for excessive violence.
5) La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush DQ Euforia, Thunder, Último Guerrero Rush fouled Thunder when he had a hold of La Mascara
6) Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible b Atlantis, Máximo, Volador Jr. Shocker snuck in a foul on Atlantis.
Shocker & Atlantis determining the main event finish is odd.
Rush sort of feuding with Thunder is interesting. Rush does keep talking about how he wants to win a mask. Those matches probably wouldn’t be any good at all but could still be entertaining.
AAA has Rey de Reyes on Sunday. I have a preview going up on Voices of Wrestling later today. I’ll be doing live coverage on Twitter and a write up here later Sunday night. I’m actually working on watching the show in 3D, just to see what it looks like. The short version of the preview is it’s a really strong looking show. If Alberto was/(is?) healthy, every match would have a reasonable chance to be at least Good. The only real problem is AAA’s less than stellar iPPV track record, but hopefully all goes well here and then it’s not as much an issue when they try it again for TripleMania.
DTU has a show tomorrow in Arena Neza. Main event is Histeria/Psicosis (Invasors) vs Aero Boy & Violento Jack vs Crazy Boy & Pesadilla in a TLC match. The normal DTU wrestlers are the favorites here, but future DTU shows seem to be setting up the Invasors challenging for the DTU NEXO tag team titles; perhaps they’ll win here to start that movement. +LuchaTV has a promo from Jonathan Gresham for his title shot against Drastick Boy for the Alto Impacto championship. The show also has a Nerds vs Indistrongibles trios match.
IWRG’s Sunday show is their annual Guerra de Golfo show, where the losers of two cage matches have a third cage match where the losers face off in a third cage match. There’s a whole host of IWRG regulars who are capable of losing such things (and IWRG makes it easier to figure out the losers than the winners.)
Monterrey has another Wagners/Ninjas tag match, this time for new tag team titles. The last match between the two sides did surprisingly well and they’ll try to do it again on Sunday.
CMLL’s Sabado Retros show has Mistico, Dragon Rojo Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja and Ultimo Guerrero in the main event, as Mistico faces the Guerreros in every CMLL building. Sunday’s main event is Mascara, Mistico and Volador Jr. vs Barbaro Cavernario, Negro Casas, and Shocker, which probably means Mascara and Volador betray each other again.
IWRG (WED) 03/18/2015Arena Naucalpan Torneo FILL XL
1) Adrenalina, Chicanito, Vardeus vs Guerrero 2000, Soldado De La Muerte, Último Caballero
2) Aramis, Shado Boy, Zumba vs Anubis Black, Magnum 44, Vampiro Metálico
3) Alas de Acero vs Black Angel, Black Drago, Voltar, Muerte Infernal
4) Blue Monsther, Galaxy, Marduk vs Freyser, Payaso Extremo, Picudo Jr.
5) Metaleón vs Atomic Star, Avisman, Electro Boy, Alfa, Omega, Sky, Power Bull, Toxin Boy, Komachi, Atomic Fly, Fly Warrior, Kasier Drago, Skiller, Mini Zumbido, Demoler Xtreme, Super Pinocho 3000, Mara Salvatrucha, Mr. Zebra, Centinela Azul, Tigre Nahual, Gato Aladana, Vengador Galactico, Manchas [cage, mask, hair]
That’s 3 way trainee main event, with the FILL luchadors vs the Gym Metropolitano vs the Gym Zeus (Oficial 911) ones. Back to back shows with cage matches for IWRG.
CMLL (FRI) 03/20/2015Arena México Homenaje a Dos Leyendas, 2015 (El Faraon)
1) Dark Angel, Estrellita, Marcela vs Amapola, Dallys la Caribeña, Tiffany
2) Blue Panther Jr., Stuka Jr., The Panther vs Hechicero, Vangellys, Virus
3) Mistico, Titán, Valiente vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas
4) Dragon Lee vs Kamaitachi [mask]
5) La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush vs Euforia, Thunder, Último Guerrero
6) Máximo & Volador Jr. vs Rey Bucanero & Terrible [hair]
Really. Why not? Dark Angel’s comments planted the seed of this idea in my head. It’s not exactly what she seemed to be looking for, but it’s a step in the direction of getting more attention for that division.
Good wrestling programming, whatever language you do it in, is a lot of making the best hand out of the card you’ve been dealt. CMLL’s big picture landscape is without a lot of excitement, and of a fanbase disinterested in the status quo. The smaller picture is they have a national women’s championship, but not a healthy champion to defend it. They’re going to run a tournament to decide it eventually. Why not make it an interesting one?
To cut off the first complaint, CMLL can still run a men’s En Busca de un Idolo too. There’s plenty of CMLL shows which don’t currently have any reason to exist that can be pushed out for something with more effort. It wouldn’t make sense to run them both at the same time, but there’s no urgency to run the men’s one right now. (I’m concerned that any next edition of that tournament will have trouble following the last one; inserting a women’s version and pushing back a men’s one will only help fix that.)
The best En Busca de Un Idolo competitions have focused on breaking out newer wrestlers. That wouldn’t change with a women’s one and shouldn’t change. CMLL’s women roster is old by any comparison. It feels rude to post go luchadora by luchadora to post ages, but most everyone who’s an important regular is over 35, and many are closer to 45. Some can still go and hopefully will keep on going, but it seems like a safe assumption that of the women who are around today won’t be around five years from now, or won’t have the same prominence. CMLL’s got to decide now if they want to introduce a new wave of women to carry on the division, or if they rather wind it down. CMLL’s gotten benefit out of their luchadora’s being in secondary apuesta matches on big shows. I tend to believe there’s more value in women’s wrestling than CMLL’s gotten out of it, but there’s unquestionably value in keeping it at least viable, and they need young people to keep it viable.
There’s not nearly as many women to choose for such a project as men, but they can be found. There appears multiple troupes of luchadoras who work on indy shows but never together, for whatever reason. The WWS women don’t work with the Leyendas Inmortales women who don’t work with the women on IWRG and the Moreno sisters seem to have their own opponents and so on. They’d likely get past those differences if it meant a chance to tryout for CMLL. There’s probably a few hanging out in training classes waiting for a chance to debut, and there’s plenty of capable women away from Mexico City who’d be qualified. And throwing in women already in CMLL but not used much as ringers is totally acceptable: Vaquerita and Isis and whoever else are ready made for this. CMLL can find eight women for this tournament if they put the effort in. (Trying to figure out would be best fit is probably the biggest reason not to do it next – casting is vital, you want time to figure out the best possible lineup.)
The biggest risk is the matches may not be any good. It’s definite possibility when using people who don’t have as much experience, are on a much bigger stage than usual, and may be wrestling unfamiliar opponents. The great news is CMLL does not seem very concerned about people having bad matches. I watch their TV every week, I’m pretty sure match quality is not the management’s biggest concern. Even if some of these matches will be worse than usual, they also won’t be the usual matches. CMLL luchadors suffer from over exposure and an over-reliance on the same routines in every appearance. Just replacing them routine matches for a few weeks with anything else, even a disaster, will help everyone seem fresher.
There’s an added benefit outside of possibly creating a new star: giving more attention to the existing ones by making them judges. CMLL doesn’t give any time to traditional promo time, but these sort of judging appearances have been a useful replacement. Dragon Rojo Jr. turned tecnico mostly because the reaction to his super polite judging style, and Tirantes is second only to Rush in the negative reactions he can get from the crowd thru his comments. CMLL’s current women are usually only heard at shows when it’s time to urgently create a title or apuesta match, but they’ve shown more ability when allowed to be guest commentaries on the TV shows. Putting Tiffany or Amapola or Dark Angel on the panel would help them and the competition. (Thinking back on, it’s very strange that a woman hasn’t appeared on the judging panels for the men’s competition so far.)
The best possible scenario? CMLL (and the commission) would frown on a unknown or a barely known woman walking off with a title in a reality show competition, so fall back to the status quo and simply give the winner a shot at the vacant title. The winner of this En Busca de Un Idolo would earn a place in the decision match against the former champion – Estrellita, who would then also be a permanent member of the judging panel. Esterllita’s capable of that role, and you’ve got the added drama and intrigue of her having a role in selecting her opponent. CMLL creates a new star in the winner of the competition, they’ve got a built up title match to follow up on it, a logical next title match with Zeuxis returning to face the winner, and possibly some other new stars based off the competition.
That’s the point. Make people interested in new stars. Simply seeding them into matches once every six weeks isn’t going to do it for anyone. This would be a big gesture, and big gestures are needed to accomplish big things.
CMLL (TUE) 03/10/2015Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Domingos Familiares]
1) Évola & Exterminador b Índigo & Virgo Indigo replaced El Brillante. Exterminador replaced Infierno
2) Canelo Casas, Disturbio, Jocker b Flyer, Omar Brunetti, Pegasso
3) Blue Panther Jr., Esfinge, The Panther b Okumura, Puma, Tiger Tecnicos toko 1/3. Esfinge surprised Okumura for the win.
4) La Máscara, Máximo, Super Porky b Mr. Águila, Ripper, Vangellys Tecnicos took 2/3.
5) La Sombra, Marco Corleone, Rush b Negro Casas, Shocker, Terrible Ingobernables took 1/3. Marco beat Shocker & Rush beat Casas to set up a title match next week.
This’ll air next weekend on 52MX. It occurs to me that there’s almost never any two fall matches on that show. No reason why.
Today’s CMLL Arena Mexico show appears to be a dry run for next week’s Homenaje a Dos Leyendas. Tonight’s main event has the same four in next week’s double hair match (Maximo, Volador, Rey Bucanero and Terrible), plus Atlantis and Terrible to make it a trios match. Next week’s semimain is this week’s semimain – La Sombra, La Mascara, Rush versus Ultimo Guerrero, Euforia, Thunder. Next week’s fourth match is this week’s fourth match, only this time Kamaitachi and Dragon Lee will have a lightning match instead of a three fall mask match. The tercera has the first official trios match for the new Los Hijos del Infierno; Luciferno is so lowly ranked that he can’t team with Ephesto & Mephsito on a big show, but this week is not a big show so they’re all together. Cheap finishes to build up next week’s show (for the live audience only) are probably the rule of the day.
Variety has an article on El Rey after one year. The channel is 40 million homes and earns $0.08/month per subscriber. The big idea for year two is more original material, including viewer submitted material. The channel is skewing older than they’d like, but Lucha Underground is specifically cited as a show attempting to balance that out with a younger fanbase. That’s about as positive sign as anything so far that the show is getting picked up for another season.
CadenaTres and Grupo Radio Centro were awarded new licenses to broadcast television nationwide over the air in Mexico. CadenaTres, which currently airs the CMLL Tuesday show, is currently available in 3 million homes. They’d be free to reach over 100 million after this deal. I’m unsure when the roll out will actually start – this license came with the promise of a lot of investment which has to be done first – but this would greatly increase CMLL’s visibility when it takes place. They won’t be quite as seen as they were on Televisa, because Televisa will still be better known, but it’s a improvement. In the big picture, this means there’s more channels that’ll be available without a cable/satellite subscription, channels looking for programming, and lucha libe can be programming. Lucha libre can end up on new channels, or have more leverage to use against their existing homes.
Mr. Niebla says he’ll definitely be back in CMLL the first week of April. That date continues to change, though he’s more sure of it this time.
Fenix believes he has what it takes to beat Hijo del Fantasma, would like to team with Rey Mysterio and has enjoyed wrestling in Lucha Underground.
SuperLuchas look back on a past March 12th includes a NWA title change and a double mask/hair match, but my favorite part is the announcement of the 1981 Mexico City lucha commission awards. The best match of 1981 was Negro Casas versus Fuerza Guerrera. They fight again Saturday.