There’s little change this is going to turn up, but the main event has a) the people who were last tag team champions defending the belt without some sort of phantom change and b) Flamita versus his best indie rival, Sadico.
The WWS Women’s championship is the most logically built up title in Mexico.
Sexy Star defeat Mariposa (top rope double stomp, 6:52, ok)
Drago [O], Vibora, Pindar defeat Mala Suerte, Saltador, Paul London [X] (6:55, running blockbuster DDT, ok)
Johnny Mundo beat the Mack (low blow, 9:40, good)
Johnny Mundo beat the Mack and Johnny Mundo is still the Lucha Underground champion, but Johnny Mundo and the Mack still are yet to have a Lucha Underground championship match. Dario Cueto, in his most bait-and-switch move in a while, changed tonight’s match between the two from a title match to one where the winner would choose the stipulation. As easily foreseen when the Mack told Sexy Star to stay out of it, Worldwide Underground interfered to give Johnny the win. Mundo insulted the Mack post match, then declared their match would be an All Night Long iron man match.
Sexy’s own night went better: she defeated Mariposa again. Mariposa showed a bit of the spark from her Battle of the Bulls fight, but was defeated cleanly at the end. There was still no indication or admission she had been behind the spider taunting, which predictably means it was someone else. Marty the Moth came to the ring after Sexy had left, helping Mariposa up to predictably attack his sister.
The middle trios match was less predictable. For one, both the Rabbit Tribe (who erroneously believe Máscarita Sagrada is their white rabbit leader) and the Reptile Tribe are both too new to be predictable. We saw some of the same hi-jinks from the Rabbits as last time, but the Reptiles are pretty much new. Kobra Moon ordered a previously chained Drago to take her place in the match, and he had no problems working with his captors. The announcers speculated Drago had been brainwashed or drugged in some way. Fenix and Aerostar saved him post match. The surprise here was Drago didn’t immediately turn on them, but he still seemed to be pretty confused.
The only other outside of the ring story started and closed the show. Mil Muertes was understandably upset about Prince Puma violating the rules of a Grave Consequences match by showing up alive – only he’s allowed to do that! Catrina correctly blamed Vampiro, and Mil Muertes thrashed Vampiro to end the show. (In a very A New Hope touch, Prince Puma made it as far as the apron but couldn’t/didn’t stop his mentor from getting a flatliner to death.)
One other thing: Jeremiah Crane tried to brag to Catrina about defeating the person she loves, only to be crushed when Catrina revealed she loved someone else. That’s what happens when you miss season 1, Crane!
There was one single commercial and one station bug adjacent message noting next week’s show as the midseason finale. It’s subtle enough that people might have missed it, and I’m guessing most people who don’t closely follow the show won’t realize it until it shows up on c&p sites tomorrow; it’s the danger of breaking news late on a Wednesday! It appeared that audio references to the Mundo/Mack title match happening in two weeks were muted. That makes sense, though not having Striker or Melissa in front of a microphone to replace their audio suggests a) they had to get it done quick/cheaply and b) they might not have known exactly when it was coming back when they made the changes.
Nothing was announced for next week, for the first time in a while. It’d be fair to expect the title match is happening next week given the way the show ended, but they never explicitly said it and it seems intended to air on episode 20, the first episode of the second season. (There’s could always switch up the order, but the preview for the next normally scheduled episode has a non-wrestling segment with Mack and Mundo that would have to be replaced if they did.)
Whenever season 3 is done and we’re (maybe) ranking episodes again, this will be an easy one to file in the skipable range. The matches weren’t great and the storylines didn’t really move a whole lot, or at least didn’t need the full episode to move as much as we did. It feels like the Sexy Star/spider story didn’t move at all. I guess we’re supposed to think Sexy is so perfect that she couldn’t be picking on the wrong person, because at no point in the storyline did they even work in a red herring to make one believe Mariposa was actually behind things. If there’s no progression, then it’s just another Sexy Star singles match in a season with a lot of them, and a Sexy Star/Mariposa rematch that’s not near as good as the last one you had. There’s not going to leave all that much useful out when they cut it down to 10 seconds in the next previously opening montage.
The main event was not a lot better as far as moving things along. Dario could’ve announced the All Night Long match in his interaction with the Mack backstage and it would’ve meant as much. The idea that they were facing each other to determine a stipulation really wasn’t given time to have any weight, and we barely had time to think about what stipulation either guy would want before the match was happening. (What would’ve Mack picked? I guess Falls Count Anywhere worked out ok for him.) I liked the match, with Mack’s size forcing Mundo into more of a pounding brawl than usual. The idea of Mundo as a long term champion with lots of title matches, like Puma and Matanza, but being forced to adapt to his challengers styles instead of his own has some promise. This didn’t totally get to that potential but it was enough to for me to like it fine. The finish came off super flat, with Mundo down for a long time as Mack and the referee kept going back and forth between PJ Black and Jack Evans on the apron. It felt like Mundo missed his cue about when to get back up, and it was strange they couldn’t save it in editing.
They really need Sexy Star and the Mack to start realizing they can’t just go alone when Mundo’s interfering, or at least give better reasons to do it than pride. By now, the frustration isn’t on Worldwide Underground for interfering, it’s on the técnicos for not at least attempting to stop them.
The Russo swerve of Marty attacking his sister is the worst of predictable booking. It’s always done where there’s no reason for the two friendly characters to be having this interaction without the turn, and without really any good explanation for the turn. They really needed some follow up on this show, right after Marty attacked Mariposa, to make it mean something. It felt cheap and pointless as it was presented, but maybe one of them might now win a feud. There’s nothing there that you’ll wouldn’t get the same amount out of when it airs to start a show.
The trios match seemed to not work as intended. I think the idea was to get over the Reptile Tribe, but the Rabbit Tribe is so colorful and wacky that the slightly newer guys got overshadowed. Pindar seemed like he got nearly as much in on Aerostar after the match as he did during the match. Maybe Vibora too; Fenix and Aerostar were better at being gnats for them to swat away, and maybe some Argenis-level team would’ve helped give a stronger first impression. The mystery over Drago’s actions at least came thru well. Drago came back to técnicos awfully quickly , which probably means this story isn’t over, but it’s interesting enough that I want to see that more.
That’s the deal. Predictable stuff is good if you’re interested in the destination. This one just had a batch of storylines where I’m not that interested in them right now and the matches didn’t really make up for it. The good thing about LU is there’s so much stuff – maybe too much stuff! – so we’ll likely get a whole different batch of stories moving forward next week and I’ll probably like those more. And I’m intrigued to find out how Mundo & Mack can go 40 minutes, but I may have to wait a while for that.
CMLL (TUE) 01/03/2017Arena México [CMLL, CultIcon]
1) Demus 3:16 & Pequeño Universo 2000 b Acero & Aéreo 12:46. Rudos took 2/3.
2) Estrellita, Sanely, Skadi b La Seductora, Metálica, Reyna Isis 13:07. Tecnicas took 1/3.
3) Okumura, Skándalo, Virus b Oro Jr., Pegasso, Star Jr. 15:26. Rudos took 1/3.
4) Sagrado b Tritón [lightning]
5) Ephesto, Hechicero, Ripper b Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr., Johnny Idol
6) Euforia, Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero b Máximo Sexy, Stuka Jr., Volador Jr. Rudos took 1/3, Casas sneaking in a foul on Maximo.
Second straight day where Casas snuck in a foul on someone to win in the last trios match of the night. I guess there’s worst people you could do it with. I’ve seen the first half of this show so far, and was half paying attention to the main event. You don’t really need to see the first half of this card (though the women’s match was not the disaster it could’ve been.) Sagrado/Triton sounds like it was the best match.
A CMLL article talks about, after defeating La Mascara in Puebla, Volador will be going into FantasticaMania as champion. The article then ends saying they have no idea if Volador will actually defend the title on the tour. That’s about as helpful as I am. The lineups are expected to be out in the next two days.
Lucha Underground tonight is episode 18 of the season, “Evil Rising”. Matches scheduled:
Paul London, Mala Suerte, Saltador vs Vibora, Pindar, Kobra Moon
Johnny Mundo (c) vs the Mack for the Lucha Underground Championship.
This is the second to last episode of the newly invented half season. Someone who asked LU writer Chris DeJoseph got a “go ask El Rey” answer about when LU would return for Season 3 Part 2, but later said he was told but couldn’t remember. That does give us that there’s an actual plan here, just one El Rey hasn’t been much interested in communicating; there’s been no mention of the midseason finale outside of the commercial.
I have an unconfirmed idea of when the show will be back; my impression is it’ll be along the same lines as the break between season 2 and season 3. That was 6 weeks. It’s probably a little longer this time, but not much.
You’ll know what the big deal is for episode #20, which would be second half premiere, by the end of this episode.
AAA is doing a media day for Guerra de Titanes. There probably will be stories from that tomorrow, but nothing much interesting has been said the last few; it’s purpose is to remind people they exist and they’re running a show. Doesn’t look like there was a fight to set up a match this time.
Lucha Memes announced they’re running Chairo 8 on 01/29 in Arena Naucalpan. It’ll be the third straight week for them to run the building, so it must be working for them. First match announced
1: Hechicero vs Dr. Cerbero
Post match interviews from the Arena Neza cage match show Joe Lider with just the sides of his head cut like a normal hair cut. It’s enough hair so Pagano can triumphantly post about the hair he won, but it’s the definition of a fraud. (Really, even if he got his head shaved five minutes after that video ends, not doing the hair cut stipulation in front of the fans is not giving them what they paid for.) As Rob pointed out on Twitter, he’s probably planning to lose the rest of it in Arena Aficion in a couple weeks.
CMLL (TUE) 01/10/2017Arena México
1) Fantasy & Stukita vs Mercurio & Pequeño Olímpico
2) Oro Jr., Príncipe Diamante, Robin vs Cancerbero, Disturbio, Grako
3) Blue Panther Jr., Pegasso, Stigma vs Forastero, Okumura, Virus
4) Dragón Lee, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Ephesto, Hechicero, Niebla Roja
5) Máximo Sexy vs Negro Casas
6) Atlantis, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
They did do a feud! Just a quick one, since Maximo is off to Japan sometime after this show. This is nearly FantasticaMania Day 0 given all the people scheduled for this show who are on the tour. Five in the main event, Maximo, everyone but Niebla Roja in the tercera, Blue Panther and Okumura in the segunda. They’re saving a lot of people who will still be around for Friday bookings.
CMLL (TUE) 01/10/2017Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Sky Kid & Smaker vs Frezzer & Furia Roja
2) Leono, Magnum, Sensei vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Inquisidor, Rey Trueno
3) Esfinge, Fuego, Tritón vs Puma, Sagrado, Tiger
4) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Valiente vs Bobby Z, Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora
5) Carístico, Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone vs Cavernario, Felino, Mephisto
Speaking of people who will be around: Diamante Azul is back. Not so excited for that. Tercera seems really fun for the people who get to see it.
An unmasked guy losing a hair versus mask match is nothing new, but Javier Cruz Jr. losing is a bit of a surprise. His father was famous for winning hair matches, but this is the third one his son has lost since 2012.
Main event was said to be good; it seemed fine from what I paid attention to, but I’ll watch it later. Attendance seemed strong if maybe not as much as last week.
One feature to like about Puebla feuds is they’re often starting one while another finishes, so there’s not a complete dead show. Tonight’s CMLL show is a complete dead show. CMLL hasn’t had a rivalry since the end of the Ephesto/Maya issue on the 13th. It’s just been (even more) random matches. It doesn’t seem like it’ll change tonight.
Tonight’s main event random match is Volador, Stuka Jr., and Maximo versus Euforia, Rey Bucanero and Negro Casas. All the tecnicos are heading out of town soon, so there probably won’t be a feud there. Johnny Idol, Guerrero Maya Jr. and Drone face Ephesto, Ripper and Hechicero in the semimain; only Ripper isn’t going to Japan, and he seems occupied with Blue Panther Jr. at the moment. The lightning match is Triton versus Sagrado, which could be pretty good. It’s Triton’s first singles match since returning to Mexico, which should be interesting, but now they’re past the point on the card where there’s ever an issue on Tuesdays. Pegasso, Star Jr., Oro Jr. take on Skandalo, Okumura and Virus in the tercera. Reina Isis returns to Arena Mexico in the segunda, teaming with La Seductora, La Metalica versus Estrellita, Sanely and Skadi. That match could be trouble. The opener is Aereo & Acero versus Demus 3:16 & Pequeno Universo. Someone’s getting dropped on their head.
The show will air on 7:30 pm on CMLL’s YouTube channel. I’ve have a recap later this week.
AAA’s tweaked their announced schedule:
Guerra de Titanes is still the same (01/20, in DF)
Toluca (01/27) has moved from the Gimnasio Agustin Millan, where they’ve run for decades, to Salon Rojo Club Toluca. This appears to be a concert venue, and a smaller building (though I can’t find a capacity.)
The Cuautitlan taping is pushed back one day, from Friday to Saturday 02/11.
CMLL talks about Maximo’s title win, slightly hints Maximo might defend his heavyweight title on FantasticaMania. I had not even considered the heavyweight champion might defend the title in Japan, mostly because it’s the heavyweight title. I have no idea who they’d put him with, maybe an exciting battle with Yujiro.
Lucha Underground & Johnny Mundo appear in a new Slim Jim commercial. This is a nice deal for the promotion, especially if it shows up more than just on Twitter. On another Lucha Underground note, no one with the show or with El Rey has said anything more about the 01/11 show being the mid-season finale. That seems like an announcement which should be followed by a press release. They don’t send those things to me, but I haven’t seen them show up elsewhere.
The big news is X-Fly’s back the title match that was held off for a while. Main event is either a build to a title match, or Pirata Morgan won a hair match because they’re building up a hair match with Mr. Electro. Perhaps both.
No Wednesday show this week.
CMLL (MON) 01/09/2017Arena Puebla
1) Centella Roja, Meyer, Millenium vs Fuerza Chicana, Guerrero Espacial, King Jaguar
2) Astro, Shockercito, Último Dragóncito vs Espíritu Maligno, Mini Joker, Pequeño Violencia
3) Blue Panther Jr., The Panther, Titán vs Kráneo, Olímpico, Ripper
4) Johnny Idol, Marco Corleone, Valiente vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
5) Atlantis, Carístico, Máximo Sexy vs Cavernario, Gran Guerrero, Negro Casas
Main event continues the Caristico/Casas feud. I wonder if Gran Guerrero is filling in for Niebla.
PROESA is a repeat. They keep promoting the show on Twitter, so I don’t think it’s meant to be dead, but I haven’t seen them advertise tapings in a great while. AAA remains in repeat material until 01/14.
CMLL Lucha Libre Retro: 2016-12-30
taped 2016-10-08 @ Arena Coliseo Cloud Drive
1) La Jarochita, Princesa Sugehit, Skadi vs Dalys, La Seductora, Metálica
2) Atlantis, Máximo Sexy, Mistico vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Shocker
CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-12-30
taped 2016-12-30 @ Arena México Cloud Drive
1) Flyer & Robin vs Hijo del Signo & Metálico
2) Pegasso, Star Jr., Tritón vs Nitro, Sangre Azteca, Virus
3) Rey Cometa vs Sagradoin a lightning match
4) Blue Panther Jr., Drone, The Panther vs Kráneo, Olímpico, Ripper
5) Ángel de Oro, Marco Corleone, Stuka Jr. vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible
6) Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas vs Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr.
AAA on Televisa: 2016-12-31 (Best of Part 2) Cloud Drive
CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2016-12-31
taped 2016-12-19 @ Arena Puebla Cloud Drive
1) Blue Panther Jr., Stigma, The Panther vs Hechicero, Puma, Tiger
2) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Johnny Idol vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Sam Adonis
3) La Máscara, Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Volador Jr.in a relevos increíbles match
IWRG Zona XXI: 2017-01-02
taped 2017-01-01 @ Arena Naucalpan Cloud Drive
1) Alfa & Omega vs Araña de Plata & Demonio Infernal
2) Danny Casas, Dragón Fly, Veneno vs Dr. Cerebro, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro
3) Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Mr. Electro, Tinieblas Jr. vs Killer Jr., Negro Navarro, Pirata Morgan
4) Imposible vs Relámpago, Golden Magic, Pirata Morgan Jr.in a cage match and for the mask and [prison fatal]
That’s about it for 2016 TV. Maybe I’ll throw in the AAA in Chilpancingo TV. Lucha Underground will keep going by air date. I may sneak in some Retro as part of the catchup, and there’s plenty left with that. I’ve got some of those catch ups waiting to go up and will update the MOTYC stuff after.
Texano versus Cage was fun. It was a slow week to close it.