Heroes Inmortales set for MTY, CMLL Anniversary card tomorrow, mask match next week

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CMLL (SUN) 08/07/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Doimgos Familiares]
1) Destructor b Micro
Destructor took 2/3.
2) Capitán Cobra & El Alteño b Diplomático & Mr. Brisa
Diplomatico replaced Linterna. Tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Cosmos, Mágico, Metatrón b Demonio Rojo, El Gitano, Gran Kenut
Tecnicos took 1/3.
4) Flash II, Star Black, Vaquero Jr. b El Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
Rematch from last week. Tecnicos took 2/3, the last when Star Black unmasked Sanson. Star Black asked for a trios title match and the rudos accepted – but said they’d decided when it would happen.
5) Carlo Roggi L Johnny Dinamo, Randy, Mr. Apolo, Évola, El Yaqui, Javier Cruz Jr., Exterminador [cibernetico, hair]
Johnny Dinamo took Carlo Roggi’s hair, winning with a casita.

Star Black seems to put his big matches on his YouTube channel, so that trios title match may turn up even if it takes place on an upcoming Sunday.

CMLL (MON) 08/08/2016 Arena Puebla [Culticon, luchablog]
1) Akuma, Espíritu Maligno, Inquisidor b Centella Roja, Millenium, París LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 8 DE AGOSTO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3. 14:38.
2) Arkángel de la Muerte, Espanto Jr., Policeman b Arkalis, Pegasso, Tigre Rojo Jr. LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 8 DE AGOSTO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
18:41. Rudos took 2/3.
3) Ares, Bobby Z, Virus b Black Tiger, Stigma, Titán LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 8 DE AGOSTO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
15:11. Ares pinned Black Tiger clean. Black Tiger requested a mask match. Triton replaced Stigma.
4) Atlantis, Máscara Dorada, Mistico DQ Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 8 DE AGOSTO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
11:54. Tecnicos took 2/3. The last when Cavernario fouled Mistico. Dorada challenged for a rematch on behalf of his team. Cavernario insulted the people and Niebla was doing the same when they cut his mic. Mr. Niebla replaced Negor Casas.
5) Sharlie Rockstar & Shocker b Marco Corleone & Último Guerrero [Relevos Increíbles] LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 8 DE AGOSTO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
9:32. Team Shocker took falls 2/3, beating both men in the final fall to win. Shocker demanded a shot at UG’s middleweight title (though he accidentally called it Light Heavyweight) and UG agreed.

Another big turnout, and the matches they set up for next week (Tigre/Ares, UG/Shocker, semimain) should continue that. Fourth match was the best on the show. Arkangel matches are not the worst matches, but they’re the most painful use of time.

Negro Casas missed this show. He missed Sunday too; he was listed on the Twitter recap but the website corrected it to Ephesto in his place. Casas has been in and out since Homenaje a Dos Leyendas. He’s not badly injured – he seems like a normal grandfather on Dalys’ social media accounts – but it’s enough to keep him out of action a lot. No idea if it was the taxing hair match with Volador that Casas is still recovering from, or if he’d been working thru injuries up to that point.

On Facebook, Triton mentioned he had an injury that kept him from last night’s show. Hopefully it’s not serious enough to mess with his US bookings.

They set up quite a few matches on the Puebla show, but the biggest news of the night was at the start. CMLL confirmed they’d hold a press conference at Wednesday at noon to announce the 83rd Anniversary (09/02) lineup. They’re saying it’ll be the entire card, not just the main event. Given how close the show is already, that seems about right. (It also means that, since we still haven’t seen a poster, CMLL might actually have their show all announced before AAA does the same.) Dragon Lee versus La Mascara and Rey Bucanero versus Super Crazy are the two expected matches, and it’s a matter of seeing how everyone else fits in, and seeing who’s left out.

Tonight’s Arena Mexico show is a reset week. While Puebla can manage to run three storylines one show, Tuesday Mexico shows are often limited to one (if not zero), and so last week’s Maximo/Escorpion show means there’s no story CMLL is trying to tell this week. Luckily, there are a few stories they’re not trying to tell but are still sort of interesting. The main event is Rush’s first appearance in Arena Mexico in 25 days; he wrestled in the main event of the Leyenda de Plata show, the night after the brawl with LA Park which appears to have gotten both suspended. (LA Park is still not back.) Any Rush post match interview is potentially more interesting than the match, where he teams with his father Pierroth and Mascara Dorada against Shocker, Terrible and Vangellys. Pierroth and Mascara Dorada bring remarkable different styles. Pierroth himself has been way scaled down of late, and is making his first streaming appearance since July 19th. It might not be a coincidence.

The semimain is also more interesting as a status check on another CMLL luchador missing in action, Brazo de Plata. Super Porky hasn’t appeared on a CMLL card in a month, though he’s been repeatedly advertised for them. CMLL’s preview finally acknowledged the situation enough to give a reason, saying Porky  has a hip injury. Maybe that means he’ll be better tonight. Maybe it won’t mean anything. On this past week’s CMLL Informa Vuelta, Ultimo Guerrero mentioned Niebla Roja is out with an injury, but he’s still listed as wrestling tonight. Should they both make the match, Porky will team with Rey Cometa and Johnny Idol, while Roja teams with Kraneo & Ripper.

The rest of the card is more ordinary stuff. Pequeno Universo will struggle his way thru the opener, teaming with Pierroth against Astral & Acero. Sanely (spelled “Shanely” in the preview) continues her regular appearances by teaming with Vaquerita  & Esterllita against Zeuxis, Amapola and Tiffany; the tecnicas seem outmatched in that one. Blue Panther Jr. & the Panther continue their never ending series against Fujin & Raijin with Okumura and Stigma rounding out the trios. The lightning match had Fuego against Puma; Puma seems to struggle to beat the guys at the level of Fuego, and they usually are entertaining together.

Culticon also previews this show.

AAA announced Heroes Inmortales will take place 10/02 (Sunday) in Monterey. This has been the plan for months, since Verano de Escandalo was “postponed” (and then never made up) from running in the same location. Verano seemed to be pulled because AAA didn’t have a card big enough to run Arena Monterrey. They’re running Arena Monterrey again, and I’m not any more sure about them having a card big enough to run that big building. There will be five weeks of TV in between TripleMania and Heroes Inmortales. One of them will be the second half of the Veracruz taping, building up TripleMania. Two more will be TripleMania, if they don’t skip it (and there’s no sign of an additional taping that would allow them to skip it.) That leaves just two weeks of new TV to set up big matches for Heroes Inmortales. That’s a super challenging task for a wrestling promotion running well, and AAA is currently a promotion who’s postponed two of their last three shows. Maybe 10/02 was the only date they could get, but this doesn’t seem like any better situation than the last one. Cross your fingers.

AAA has a preview of their next taping in Veracruz (still 10 days away). They do confirm Fenix & Fantasma are the mystery team on the show, facing Drago & Aerostar and Joe Lider & Daga. There is no mention of the “winner picks the ref” stip in the main event. There’s also no mention of the segunda, so it could just be an omission and not a change. I figure Tirantes is going to get involved anyway, because AAA, but doing two ‘special’ referees on the same show seems overkill and maybe they backed off doing the one in the main event after adding it to Apaches/Chessman/Averno.

It looks like AAA & Panini are soon releasing an album of stickers. There’s no details yet, just a tease, but this fits as a TripleMania announcement.

Some AAA scenes from the Anonimo web series; Taya’s in a few of them.

The main event of a free show in Morelos had Octagoncito & Mini Drago against Dowky & Mini Kenzo Suzuki, for deep AAA cuts. Mini Drago seems to be keep that name on the indies, which probably won’t go for him in the long term. Mary Apache also worked the show, a rare non-AAA appearance for her.

Flamita, Juventued Guerrera and Sammy Guevara have been added to the ColiseoMania show according to the first edition of Lucha Time.

Cross Arm Breaker reviews Trauma II vs Zatura.

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report and this week’s Poster-Mania.

The Crash has a website now! They’ve got a card this weekend, and it’s still impossible to quickly find out what the lineup is on their site. (You can find it here.)

El Indio toko Sombra Blanca’s hair in Pachuca.

Lineup

IWRG (WED) 08/10/2016 Arena Naucalpan
1) Keiser Drago & Shadow Boy vs Adrenalina & Fly Tiger
2) Black Dragón, Fireman, Omega vs Dowki, Hanaoka, Yakuza
3) Alas de Acero, Aramis, Araña de Plata, Galaxy, Guerrero 2000 vs Eddy Santos, Rosario Negro, Vengador, Viajero Extremo, Viajero Jr.
4) Dragón Fly, Emperador Azteca, Hijo del Alebrije vs Bombero Infernal, Demonio Infernal, Hip Hop Man
5) Black Terry vs Judas el Traidor [super libre]

Might this super libre match not end in DQ? Semifinal follows up on the mask match, with the tercera continuing the FILL vs Gym Infierno feud. Dowki & Hanaoka stick around by teaming with fellow Japanese man (??) Yakuza, which is just perfect.

CMLL (MON) 08/15/2016 Arena Puebla
1) King Jaguar, Meyer, Star Jr. vs Artillero, Fuerza Chicana, Hijo del Signo
2) Astral, Asturiano, Eléctrico vs Demus 3:16, Espíritu Maligno, Pierrothito
3) Fuego, Stigma, Stuka Jr. vs Fujin, Okumura, Raijin
4) Black Tiger vs Ares [mask]
5) Atlantis, Máscara Dorada, Mistico vs Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas
6) Último Guerrero © vs Shocker [NWA MIDDLE]
7th defense.

This is a big Puebla show, a title match and a mask match. Ares & Black Tiger haven’t clicked at all and UG/Shocker doesn’t seem promising, but the crowd will be into both. (I’d pick Black Tiger, but this is hard to call.) The other matches look promising too, with Fujin & Raijin facing (relatively) new people, a good minis match, and a decent opener. King Jaguar does return after all.

Lucha Memes (SUN) 08/21/2016 Atlantico Club, Cuauhtémoc, Distrito Federal
1) Kaligua Jr., Lunatic Fly, Lunatic Xtreme vs Alas de Acero, Aramis, Iron Kid
2) Lady Maravilla vs Keira vs La Magnifica
3) Mike Segura vs Rey Cometa
4) Zafiro vs Arez
5) Dragón Lee vs Freelance
6) Alberto Dos Rios vs Virus

Same day as the Chairo show. Freelance/Lee and Cometa/Segura should be great, the women’s match should be as well, and that’s a big match for Alberto dos Rios.

UWE (SAT) 08/27/2016 Arena Lopez Mateos
1) Felina Metálica & Keira vs Diosa Atenea & Lady Maravilla
2) Sensei, Shibata, Yakuza vs Kilvan, Shadow, Yoruba and Dante, Euro, Filder
3) Sádico vs Flamita, Toxin, Mike Segura, Impulso
4) Caifan, Dr. Cerebro, Virus vs Negro Navarro, Trauma I, Trauma II
5) LA Park & Rey Hechicero vs Pierroth & Rush

Rush & LA Park brawl the night before TripleMania. Tercera is going to have people flying all over the place. Second match is a trio of martial arists.

IAP (SUN) 09/04/2016 Salón Citlalli, Ecatepec, Estado de México
1) Yoruba vs Tromba
2) Lokillus vs Danger, Johnny Madrid
3) Wasson vs Centella
4) Huracán Ramírez Jr. vs Ciclón Ramírez Jr.
5) Teelo vs Rafy vs Leo vs Mike
6) As Charro & Wotan vs Canek Jr. & Hijo del Fishman

Main event follows up on the non-finish of the first show. It’s another tribute to UWA, and I suspect there are people on this show and attending the show who were born after the promotion stopped existing. (Definitely those born after it stopped mattering.) Ninja Turtle fights are always fun.

new video releases for weekend of August 6-7th

YouTube Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYyNnOBGWP7RHD7ypfby-xwOI3YPs2hGQ

This is a smaller number of matches than usual. No Claro. No Elite. Azteca moved around so I missed a big chunk (but it’s a show I put up already.) Sunday’s IWRG was pre-empted by baseball. Saturday’s IWRG was pre-empted by my internet going out in the middle of the show; I’m getting help with the missing matches from the Wednesday taping, and I will add them later on.

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CMLL Puebla: 2016-08-08

Atlantis gets landed on, Dorada flies
Atlantis gets landed on, Dorada flies

Recapped: 08/08/2016

What happened: Shocker beat UG, and challenged him to a title match next week. Black Tiger wants a mask match with Ares. The semimain set up a rematch as well.

What was good: The semimain was the best match on the show. I didn’t mind the main event as much as I’d thought and the opener was actually good.

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

Canis Lupus wins a match hair and faces Trauma I on 09/04 in a mask match, Puebla preview

photo by Black Terry Jr. (Flickr)
photo by Black Terry Jr. (Flickr)

IAP (SUN) 08/07/2016 Gimansio Hercules, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), Kronosport]
1) Moto Cross b Rocker Boy, Alfa
Andy Boy was moved up, andthis became a three way.
2) Fuerza Negra & Zoom Driver b Andy Boy & Danger King
Andy Boy replaced Corsario
3) Tromba & Yoruba b Centella & Wasson Yoruba y Tromba vs Centella y Wasson | Innova Aztec Power | 07-08-16 (posted by TVLuchaMundial)
Latigo & Centviron were moved up, so this became a normal 2v2 tag (and moved down a spot.) Wasson and Centella fought after their loss.
4) Centvrión b Fly Warrior, Látigo Latigo vs Fly Warrior vs Centurion | Innova Aztec Power | 07-08-16 (posted by TVLuchaMundial)
No Fly Star, so the Mala Hiebra three way match scheduled for a couple weeks ago took place here. Good match.
5) Imperio Negro b Terremoto, Drako, Abortex, Chuey Martinez
other participants not confirmed
6) Wotan NC As Charro
Canek Jr. & Hijo del Fishman ran in to attack both men.

This was the debut show for the promotion. Ending the show with no finish to the main event is a risky way to start, though the hope is the angle was crazy enough to get people to do the rematch. (Though, this being Mexico, it’s not certain they’ll ever book the rematch.)  Fishman and Canek ended up getting dragged away by security, which makes me wonder why they didn’t just finish that match that point. As Charro was somehow triple booked on Sunday, so perhaps he was just done with wrestling at that point. They had a good turnout by Gimnasio Hercules standards, and the Mala Hiebra three way looks good.

IWRG (SUN) 08/07/2016 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, The Gladiatores]
1) Skanda b Omega
Skanda switched placed with Demonio Infernal
2) Demonio Infernal & Violencia Jr. b Black Dragón & Dragón Fly
Demonio Infernal switched spots with Skanda and got revenge on the man who unmasked him Wednesday.
3) Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro b Diablo Jr., El Hijo del Diablo, Imposible
good match, won via foul on Diablo Jr.
4) Hijo De Dos Caras, Negro Navarro, Trauma II b Herodes Jr., Relámpago, Silver King
Dos beat Silver, who argued it wasn’t three and demanded a rematch.
5) Trauma I b Mr. Electro © [IWRG IC HEAVY]
Trauma I won the title when Canis fouled Electro. Electro had zero defenses.
6) Canis Lupus b Máscara Año 2000 Jr. [hair, mask]
Weapons brawl. Hijo de Dos, Mascara’s second, accidentally hit him with a chair. Trauma added his own chair shot and got the win and Mascara’s hair. Lupus and Trauma I agreed to a hair match on 09/04.

The third biggest promotion in the DF area is running their own big show within days of the other two ones. Look at this stretch:

08/28 AAA TripleMania
09/02 CMLL Anniversaro
09/04 IWRG Lupus/Trauma I
09/08 Lucha Underground Season 3 debut

Oddly enough, IWRG’s match is the most uncertain of the three apuesta matches. There’s no way Psycho Clown is losing (nor would it make any sense.) There’s an extremely small chance Dragon Lee is losing, only because CMLL’s always so much higher on La Mascara than anyone else (but really, if they wanted a match to be a setup to La Mascara/Rush, they would’ve just done Pierroth/Mascara.) I don’t ever see Trauma I losing his mask in Arena Naucalpan, at least not in this decade, but Canis Lupus is an IWRG created/owned character and one of the few regular IWRG core guys you could justify getting that sort of win. (Still, it’s 80/20 Trauma.)

Today’s the first CMLL stream in 6 whole days. How did we manage in the before time? The usual Monday Puebla show is a middle chapter in a couple of new feuds. The main event is a strange relevos increible match, with (tecnico) Marco teaming with (rudo) Ultimo Guerrero against (rudo) Shocker and (I don’t even know) Sharlie Rockstar. The weird match is for the weird feud; they’re heading to another Ultimo Guerrero/Shocker match in the near future and this gets them on the opposite sides.

The other ongoing issue, maybe, is in the tercera where Black Tiger and Ares are on opposite sides of a conventional feud. The two Puebla locals only slightly feuded last week, but they’re unusually high in the card and are matched up again, so it must be going somewhere. Tecnico Black Tiger team with Titan & Triton while Ares has Bobby Z & Virus, and it might be the best match on the card.

The semimain also looks promising, with Mascara Dorada, Atlantis and Mistico taking on Cavernario, Felino and Negro Casas. The opening matches look the opposite of promising, with DF rudos who don’t usually produce entertaining matches. The second match has Arkalis & Tigre Rojo Jr. teaming with Pegasso against Espanto Jr., Arkangel de la Muerte, Policeman, while the opener is Centella Roja, Millenium, and Paris against Akuma, Inquisidor and Espiritu Maligno. There are some positive names sprinkled in those matches (Tigre Rojo Jr. is suddenly a regular again) but you might want to start watching about 40 minutes late.

Culticon also previews the show.

 

As normal, the Puebla show will air on CMLL.com & YouTube, starting at 9pm CT.

In other upcoming TV news, Mascara Dorada’s second round Cruiserweight Classic match with Taijri will air this Wednesday. It’s been a week or so since the last “Mascara Dorada says he hasn’t signed with WWE, but would if offered” article, so here’s one though it does spoil the outcome of his next CWC match.

Carlo Roggi lost his hair in Guadalajara.

Lineups

CMLL (SAT) 08/13/2016 Arena Coliseo
1) Bengala & Leono vs Camorra & Cholo
2) Magnus, Oro Jr., Star Jr. vs Canelo Casas, Hijo del Signo, Nitro
3) Marcela, Princesa Sugehit, Skadi vs La Comandante, La Seductora, Reyna Isis
4) Fuego, Rey Cometa, Valiente vs Bobby Z, Hechicero, Olímpico
5) Carístico, Dragón Lee, Mistico vs Euforia, Mephisto, Último Guerrero

That’s a pretty loaded show for a Saturday. Caristico made a couple appearances in this building for Elite when Arena Mexico was closed down before Dos Leyendas. His last CMLL appearance in Arena Coliseo would’ve been in January 2011, when he faced the same Ultimo Guerrero in a singles match.

CMLL (SUN) 08/14/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Avispón Negro Jr. vs Guerrero de la Muerte
2) Fugaz & Micro vs Destructor & Diplomático
3) Cosmos, Explosivo, Frezzer vs Gran Kenut, Relámpago, Thunder Boy
4) León Blanco, Magnum, Neutrón vs Furia Roja, Maléfico, Ráfaga
5) Forastero, Kempo Dragón, Príncipe Kisho vs Flash II, Star Black, Vaquero Jr.

The Sinaloa guys are back.

CMLL (SUN) 08/14/2016 Arena México
1) Metatrón & Sensei vs Apocalipsis & Artillero
2) Ciclón Ramírez, El Bandido, Flyer vs Cancerbero, El Coyote, Raziel
3) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Felino, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado
4) Atlantis, Stuka Jr., Súper Porky vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
5) Marco Corleone, Valiente, Vangellys vs Pierroth, Rey Escorpión, Volador Jr. [Relevos Increíbles]

Bandido showed up on a CMLL show in June, so getting a second appearance puts him ahead of most of the guys who’ve debuted this year. I don’t know this Coyote (though there’s a Facebook profile here); there’s ones in Nuevo Leon and Chihuahua, though this is probably the guy working low level Mexico City area shows since 2013, and worked WMC and Cara Lucha shows more recently. The rookie situation is still very weird.

Arena Mexico/Coliseo appearance count

A lot: El Cuatrero, Fujin, Johnny Idol, Raijin, Sam Adonis, Sanson

3: Forastero (and a lot in Guadalajara), Golden Magic

2: Ciclón Ramírez Jr., Magia Blanca, Rocky Casas, Templario, Warrior Steel, Yago

1: Black Scorpio, Bugambilia, Dinamic Black, Bandido, Fiero*, Grako, Maquiavelo*, Mr. México Jr., Retro, Sanely

    • also turned up on the Arkangel show

Sanely’s obviously going to be in the “A lot” category soon and Ciclon and Bandido are slowly moving up. That still leaves 14 people who’ve appeared just once or twice; they appeared as many times on Informa as they have on CMLL shows.

great match roundup, week of 2016-07-30

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Mascara Dorada

This was a shorter week than expected. Next week will be even shorter. I thought about catching up on the watch later pile, then spent a lot of time away from this project. That was probably a good idea.

rating matches TV Show taped
excellent Fénix vs Daga AAA on Televisa: 2016-07-30 2016-07-08
excellent Rey Escorpión vs Máscara Dorada in a Liga Elite match Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-07-30 2016-07-28

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Zeuxis remains champion, Atlantis vs Volador & UG vs Rush in Elite

CMLL (SUN) 08/07/2016 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Flyer & Sensei DQ Artillero & Inquisidor
Artillero unmasked Sensei.
2) Astral, Fantasy, Último Dragóncito b Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Violencia
3) Zeuxis © b Princesa Sugehit [MEX WOMEN]
Zeuxis took 2/3 to keep the title. 7th defense, 3rd straight vs Sugehit (and 4th overall) Sugehit challenged Zeuxis to a mask match.
4) Euforia, Último Guerrero, Vangellys b Dragón Rojo Jr., Pierroth, Rey Escorpión
Vangellys beat Rey Escorpion
5) Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Volador Jr. b Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
Marco Corleone replaced Valiente on Friday. Negro Casas was back after missing the last two matches via injury.

There’s no mention of a Vangellys/Rey Escorpion singles match, but one is surely coming. I don’t take Sugehit’s challenge too seriously, but there’s a lot of possible midcard apuesta matches if CMLL wants to do them (and most are more interesting than Rey Bucanero/Super Crazy.)

It didn’t occur to me until seeing this video with La Mascara talking about it, but Alvardo cousins are going to main event the major CMLL and AAA events within days of each other, both putting their masks on the line. Psycho Clown and La Mascara are cousins, and teamed with other a lot (with Maximo as the third) from 2001 to 2004 when they all were still wrestling as “Brazo de” Juniors. CMLL got behind of Maximo and La Mascara right away, while Kronos was left behind and never really went anywhere until he became Psycho Clown.

Teddy Hart’s story is no one told him the match with Xtreme Tiger was escape only and that he was told about the match on one day’s notice. Teddy hints at it being sabotage to make him look bad and, even though it’s Teddy, I kind of believe that’s possible.

RudoVision interviewed Rush, which LigerFever translated. Rush wants his match with LA Park to be the Anniversary main event, which good luck on that. It is worth wondering if the Dragon Lee/La Mascara match was always supposed to be the Anniversary main event or if Rush/LA Park led to Rush being removed from the match.

La Parka is happy to be on TripleMania. I’d wonder how many more he has left in the ring, but it’s Mexico so he probably will be around for another 20.

This week’s AAA TV show is up.

RobViper has a music video of 12/05/15 AAA, his final AAA video.

Lucha Memes has a 10/23 show in Coaclaco (Chairo Bill Vol 2)
1: Titan vs Sammy Guevara

Lineups

ELITE (THU) 08/11/2016 Arena México
1) Astral & Eléctrico vs Pequeño Olímpico & Pierrothito
2) El Bandido, Emperador Azteca, Último Ninja vs El Cuatrero, Fresero Jr., Sansón
3) Flamita & Golden Magic vs Argos & Rey Cometa
4) Atlantis vs Volador Jr. [Liga Elite]
5) Carístico, Máscara Dorada, Máximo vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Sharlie Rockstar
6) Último Guerrero vs Rush [Liga Elite]

Elite’s back to doing a lot of intra-CMLL matchups, and Rush should be on this shows near regularly to make up all the match he’s missed in the tournament so far. Both matches should be good, this is the first real singles match between Atlantis & Volador in 3 years, and Ultimo Guerrero’s starting to get to the point where he needs to win some of these.

Flamita was pulled from his last Elite appearance, not by choice of Flamita or Elite, so it’s worth watching to see if he’ll be on this show.

Dragon Lee and La Mascara agree to a mask match, Bucanero defeats Crazy

Dragon Lee & La Mascara/photo by Alexis Salazar
Dragon Lee & La Mascara/photo by Alexis Salazar

CMLL (FRI) 08/05/2016 Arena México [+LuchaTV, CMLL, Kronosport]
1) Robin & Star Jr. b Akuma & Hijo del Signo
2) Fuego, Pegasso, Stigma b Arkángel de la Muerte, Okumura, Sangre Azteca
good match
3) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther b Bobby Z, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado
money thrown in
4) Stuka Jr. DCOR Gran Guerrero [lightning]
both fought outside and ended up pulling each other’s masks.
5) Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible b Kráneo, Ripper, Súper Crazy
Bucanero told Super Crazy to leave CMLL or face him in a hair match.
6) Dragón Lee, Mistico, Volador Jr. b Ephesto, La Máscara, Mephisto
Dragon Lee finally won, in straight falls. Dragon Lee again challenged to a mask match, and La Mascara accepted this time.

CMLL’s still missing the contract signing and has taught us in the past that the match isn’t official until someone signs a contract, but La Mascara versus Dragon Lee seems about as certain as it could be otherwise. They both were certain about doing the match, and no one – outside the obvious midcard match of Crazy/Bucanero – has been saying the same. It looks like Mascara was DQed for pulling Dragon Lee’s mask in the first, then got away with it on Mistico in the second, only Dragon Lee surprised hi with a German suplex for the win. Mascara had his midsection taped.

This sounds like a good show with those 2/3rd matches and the set up angle for their biggest show of the year. CMLL probably could’ve put it up on YouTube. They did not.

There is less lucha TV this week. Last night’s Veracruz vs America soccer game was washed out and rescheduled for today, bumping Lucha Azteca off the air. They’ve announced they’ll have two episodes next week to make up for it. It’s unclear what will happen with the Sunday replay; it’s still listed on the schedule, though a half hour shorter than the main show normally is (so not everything would air anyway.)

AAA’s helping out by releasing more TV. The taping in Oaxaca will just take up one week of TV, with the three last matches (including the tag title match) airing this evening. The first two matches will not air, but AAA’s already posted the minis match and the mixed trios match.

Fenix is booked in Arena Neza today. Fenix is also booked in Fort Worth today. Fenix is probably wrestling in Fort Worth.

Fantasma says combining the tecnico & rudo styles is the future of wrestling, so his team with Fenix will definitely be successful. The cruiserweight title shot does not come up. This would be an interesting follow up to their feud if it happened at last year’s TripleMania; they’ve been on pause for about 12 months.

Santo Jr. is listed as debuting in Mexico on 08/18 in Plaza de Toros Torreon. It’s odd place for him to debut, but the Santo family has connections to that area going back to the Espanto Jr. feud, and Santo Jr. surely needs some ring time in low pressure places before coming to Mexico City.

Sunday’s CMLL show has Mr. Niebla, Barbaro Cavernario, Negro Casas (or a replacement) versus Atlantis, Marco Corleone, and Valiente. Zeuxis defends her title against Princesa Sugehit as well. No Saturday show due to boxing.

Electrico says Pequeno Olimpico and Ultimo Dragoncito are the favorites to win the cibernetico on Tuesday, but Mercurio has also improved.

Funcion Estelar mentions Drastick Boy missed Thursday DTU show with medical issues.

El Talisman & Sharlie Rockstar got their handprints in a walk off fame.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Cross Arm Breaker reviews Winners vs Marabunta.

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CMLL (FRI) 08/12/2016 Arena México
1) Shockercito & Stukita vs Demus 3:16 & Mercurio
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Pegasso, Soberano Jr. vs Disturbio, Skándalo, Virus
3) Ángel de Oro, Guerrero Maya Jr., Titán vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión
4) Súper Crazy vs Rey Bucanero [lightning]
5) Atlantis, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Cavernario, Gran Guerrero, Mr. Niebla
6) Dragón Lee, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, La Máscara, Último Guerrero

Dragon Lee & La Mascara in the main event again, and probably for the rest of August. At this point, I wonder if Rush is on Tuesday (and not Friday) to avoid confusing the issue.

They’re actually doing Guerrero Maya versus Dragon Rojo on a Friday show, wow. My dream scenario is that’s an apuesta on a second September show, and I have dumb luck to be in Mexico for it. My dreams generally do not come thru. With Stuka & Gran Guerrero also randomly feuding, perhaps we shouldn’t yet rule out cage match for sometime in September.

The video promo mentions Astral, Electrico, Pierroth and Demus; only one is on the show. They’ll air this two times a show on Monday and Tuesday anyway.

This schedule confirms there’s no Universal tournament taking place in August. Starting on 08/19 would mean the final would have to be on 09/02, and they’ve already got two singles matches for that day. If they started the week after the Anniversary show, the final would be on the 23rd. They could also forget to do it at all.

AAA on Televisa: 2016-07-30 

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Daga cuts off Fenix

Recapped: 08/10/2016

What happened:  Johnny Mundo beat Pentagon Jr. and said he’d be taking his title. Hijo del Fatnasma returned. Fenix and Daga had a really good match. Gran Apache attacked Venom for the 500th time.

What was good: Fenix versus Daga! There were parts of the other matches which were good but neither totally came together for me.

Where can I watch it: It’s on AAA’s channel.

Previously: Pagano defeated Psycho Clown again. Chessman & Averno did not win, thanks to Faby Apache. Chessman & Averno made fun of the Apaches. (more…)

Caristico back in Elite, DTU results, Dragon Lee vs La Mascara trios tonight (but not on Claro)

DTU (THU) 08/04/2016 Arena Aficion [+LuchaTV, DTU]
1) Erwin & Irving ?? El Porrito & Masizito
2) El Gio & Jr. b Charly Madrid & Moria
Moria replaced Oscar Sevilla.
3) Gallego & Mr. Cóndor b Jimmy & Kevin
Diabolicos debut in DTU. Both sides talked about a rematch.
4) Diva Salvaje, El Exótico, Yuriko b Ángel o Demonio, Corsario Negro Jr., Taylor Wolf
Taylor Wolf replaced Black Fire (moved up)
5) Dragón Rojo Jr., Fujin, Raijin b Aero Boy, Black Fire, Pesadilla
Black Fire replaced Rocky Lobo (Elite). Fujin & Raijin want a tag title shot and CMLL rudo walked off with the DTU mask matches.
6) Lokillo & Zeuxis b Daniel Alburquerque & Lady Maravilla
Teams changed around, match moved late (so Maravilla could make it here from CMLL) and Daniel Alburquerque replaced Tony Iron.
7) Flamita b XL
Originally a tag match with Flamita & XL against Drastick Boy & Ronnie Mendoza. Mendoza worked Elite, Drastick Boy MIA, so Flamita and XL had an excellent singles match instead. Money thrown in.
8) Cíclope b Sharlie Rockstar, Ovett
Ciclope wants a shot at Sharlie’s DTU Consgrado championship (the top title in the promotion that’s not in Mexico.) Sharlie accepted.

Looked like a really good turn out for this show. Flamita/XL sounds like it was great.  +LuchaTV should have highlights of the match, but not sure if that one will turn up complete.

ELITE (THU) 08/04/2016 Arena México [+LuchaTV, Medio Tiempo, SuperLuchas]
1) Lluvia & Marcela b Keira & Lady Maravilla
2) El Cuatrero, Forastero (CMLL), Sansón b Ciclón Ramírez Jr., Dinamic Black, Hijo del Pantera
3) El Hijo del Medico Asesino, Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr., Karonte Jr. b El Bandido, Jinzo, Rocky Lobo
4) Rey Escorpión b Último Guerrero [Liga Elite]
Escorpion picked up 3 points.
5) Carístico, Súper Crazy, Valiente b Cavernario, Euforia, Mr. Niebla
Euforia replaced Negro Casas. Caristico was noticeably not 100%.
6) Volador Jr. DCOR La Máscara [Liga Elite]
Neither man made it back in before 20. Fans were not happy and pelted the ring with garbage. Edgar was ref again. Mascara & Volador continue to fight for a few moments. Mascara hit Edgar, who ‘recovered’ and eventually dragged Mascara to the back.

Attendee looks better than usual, which might be due to Caristico’s return after four weeks or a Volador main event. The main event results sounds a lot like LA Park/Rush, and it’s unclear if this was some attempt at turning that match into their own storyline or another main event falling apart.

Caristico, after his match, said he’s not completely recovered from his injury and that’s why he’s wearing the belt. He’d like to be 100% by the time he gets to Japan. He kind of went back on his specificity of retiring in 2-3 years, saying more unspecifically he’s not retiring soon but it won’t be a long time away either.

@jay_del_aire has a solid theory about Liga Elite’s weird standings from last week: maybe the Negro Casas matches don’t count anymore, for whatever reason. It fits with some of the missing matches from last week’s scoreboard. It would seem to be something you need to explain, but nothing gets explaining. Going with that idea, the standings would be:

9 Carisitco (3W-1L)
9 Atlantis (3W-1L)
9 Teddy Hart (3W-1L)
7 Volador (2W-1D-1L)
6 Rey Escorpion (2W-2L)
6 Mascara Dorada (2W-3L)
6 Xtreme Tiger (2W-4L)
4 LA Park (1W-1L-1D)
4 Diamante Azul (1W-1L-1D)
4 La Mascara (1W-1D-2L)
3 Rush (1W-1L)
3 Ultimo Guerrero (1W-4L)

This would also mean Rey Escorpion (Negro Casas’ replacement) has to face Rush & Diamante Azul (or maybe Cibernetico), even though he already ‘lost’ those matches. It’s probably more likely that people in charge aren’t really taking this seriously and neither should anyone else. The only thing I’ve gotten from this is Ultimo Guerrero sure has lost a lot, a lot more than he seems to in CMLL.

There are four Friday shows left before CMLL’s Anniversary show, and zero announced matches. Perhaps that’ll change tonight. CMLL’s main event has brothers Mistico & Dragon Lee teaming with Volador Jr. against La Mascara, Ephesto, and Mephisto. Dragon Lee versus La Mascara seems the slight favorite to main event on 09/02, but Dragon Lee has so far failed to beat La Mascara even in a single fall. He’ll need to do so to actually get the match.

(It would be sort of incredible for Dragon Lee to main event the CMLL biggest show of the year, and then be introduced as a new young undercard guy four weeks later in ROH. For his part, La Mascara continues to say he’s only interested in an apuesta match with Rush.)

Rey Bucanero has been nearly as unsuccessful against Super Crazy; they’ll meet again in the semifinal. Crazy teams with the Invasors (not the Elite team; there may be a rule about how weeks in a row ‘outsiders’ can be booked) Kraneo & Ripper against Bucanero’s usual partners Shocker & Terrible. The Bucanero/Crazy match is the match most certain to happen in September, though no one’s said that outloud during a wrestling show so far.

And, of course, if they did, we wouldn’t hear it. Today’s show will not be show on the ClaroSports.com website, as it’s pre-empted for the Olympics the next three weeks. It’s possible CMLL could stick it on their own YouTube channel, but they’ve given no indication they plan on doing so (and you should plan on it not being shown.) Matches from this show will eventually air on TV: 08/27 on Claro Sports TV in Mexico (the last TV show before the Anniversary show), 09/03 on Azteca in the US, and 09/08 on TFN in Canada.

The rest of the show is the usual assortment of random matches. Star Jr. & Robin take on Hijo del Signo & Akuma in the opener. Pegasso, Stigma and Fuego face Okumura, Sangre Azteca and Arkangel. The best of the first half of the card is Blue Panther, the Panther, Blue Panther Jr. versus Misterioso, Sagrado and Bobby in the tercera. Stuka and Gran Guerrero meet in the lightning match.

Marco Corleone replaces Valiente on Sunday’s show. Estrellita replaces Marcela on Tuesday in Arena Mexico.

The Chad Dukes show interviewed Killshot recently. Killshot mentions he came up with ideas for his own character’s backstory between seasons, pitched them to the writers, and much of it got adapted into reworked season 2 character. Killshot is a big part of season 3.

The top 3 from Oaxaca will air on TV this week. The first two matches – the minis trios and the mixed tag – will go up on AAA’s website today.

Lucha Memes 08/21 in Club Atlantico, Mexico City
1: Virus vs Alberto Dos Rios
2: Zafiro vs Arez
3: Lady Maravilla vs Keira vs Magnifica
4: Mike Segura vs Rey Cometa
5: Freelance vs Dragon Lee
6: Aramis, Iron Kid, Alas de Acero vs Kaligula, Lunatic Boy, Lunatic Fly

The second team is listed as part of Zona 23. There’s so many people in Zona 23 and I don’t know half of them.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

RobViper has a music video of 11/27/15 CMLL.

Segunda Caida reviews Siglo XX vs Cien Caras.

Cross Arm Breaker wants Super Calo vs Angel Mortal and Winners vs Super Calo

Local promoters, luchadors and Rey Misterio Sr. held a press conference to complain about the local Box Y Lucha commission not acting properly.

Mazatlan’s Eclipse hopes to be the first person from his town to debut in AAA (and do it this year.) He says he was training in Mexico for a month and a half with Apache.

Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-07-30 

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insane

Recapped: 07/30/2016

What happened: a Rey Escorpión (over Mascsara Dorada) & Teddy Hart (over Extreme Tiger in a cage) won Liga Elite matches, though “Teddy Hart” (in the form of Bobby Lashley) had already beaten Extreme Tiger.

The Liga Elite standings table at the end of the show either has a lots of errors, or they canceled out many matches.

What was good: Dorada/Escorpion is the match to watch.

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