Rey Mysterio signed for LU S3 (& beyond?), Felino vs Super Crazy set, Liga Elite returns

This week’s Wrestling Observer mentions all financial issues between Rey Mysterio and AAA and Mysterio and Lucha Underground have been resolved. They also say their information has Rey Mysterio signed for season 3, with options for two more season after that (unless the deal has been breached in some way – catching up on money takes care of the most obvious breach.) They also say LU would like to produce a movie in 2018. That would both be amazing, perplexing, and something consistent with looking at this show as a scifi/fantasy genre show even more than a wrestling show.

There’s also the usual back and forth about LU finances that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere: Meltzer says Lucha Underground is losing all the money possible, Eric Van Wagenen says no we’re not, we’re in our budget, we don’t learn much. It’s impossible to figure out how LU, on it’s own, is making any money. (Not even turning a profit, just revenue at all.) It also seems to be unaffected by not making money. Both things are weird, but as long as the show goes on, it’s hard to care a lot about it.

Actually, the only thing I got out of this is figuring out how much Dave believes TNA lost in his first ten years.

According to one company source, the amount of money lost thus far is, after two seasons, slightly less than half of what TNA had lost after ten years in business

Dave’s said many, many times that he believes LU S1 lost $20 mil. (Again, LU publically heavily disputes this number every time it comes up.) S2 was less episodes, less tapings, no start up costs. Let’s say $12.5 mil to pick a number. So we can guess TNA lost more than $65 mil in 10 years, and decided to go for year 11! That’s a lot of money. $32 mil is a lot of money! Please, someone feel free to give me some of this money.

Moving on. Even though the money situation has been fixed with AAA and Rey, it’s said he has no return to date to AAA. He might be used on a show on the level of TripleMania, but otherwise the devaluation in the peso makes him too costly to use beyond that. It’s not said but I’d guess this might have been the same situation for Alberto had he not gone back to WWE; he had great foresight to take the WWE deal when he did.

The WON also has news on the AAA US TV show – mostly that it’ll be tough to have a AAA US TV show. Lucha Underground holds the exclusive rights to AAA wrestlers in the US, so AAA TV is a no go unless something changes. The new plan is to be selling the TV to other English speaking countries. The idea is Hugo Savinovich and Chris Cruise doing commentary in AAA’s studios in Mexico, but Konnan can’t because he’s signed to Lucha Underground even though he’s not on the show any more, which makes it hard to figure out how anyone else on LU can be on the AAA show. This doesn’t completely make sense to me how it works.

Elite held a press conference yesterday, though it doesn’t sound like they gave out all their news. The big item was Super Crazy and Felino signing to do a hair match on February 28th, so one of the many feuds they’ve built up since starting these shows in November will have a payoff. Felino, because he’s the regular here, is the favorite to win but he has a weak track record in apuesta matches and isn’t a sure bet by any means.

It sounds like that also may be the last Sunday Elite show for the time being. The Wednesday Elite shows would start that following week and will be a change of days, not a expansion show. Sunday Arena Mexico show would revert back to normal CMLL shows. The Wrestling Observer reports all of this, and says those Sunday shows would air on ClaroSports TV/Titanes en el Ring. That’d probably mean they’ll also be the LATV shows.

Sunday’s a much easier day to draw than Wednesday, a day CMLL hasn’t run in Mexico City for a long time if earlier. (In the old weekly loop of generations past, Wednesday was the show in Arena Coliseo Acapulco, which is why there are Wednesday shows in Acapulco to this day.) However, Sunday’s a much easier day to draw everywhere. Elite seems to be doing well on shows away from Mexico City at least at this moment, and it’d be easier to do more of those if they had Sunday free. Adding another day to the Arena Mexico schedule is over exposes CMLL’s wrestlers more – this would make more sense as replacing the Tuesday shows – but this otherwise makes sense.

Those Wednesday shows will be home to relaunched of the Liga Elite, the confusing league format Elite tried in it’s original incarnation. I’m fairly certain that I was the last person who cared about the standings for that thing, probably also including the people who were participating in the tournament. It seemed entirely unsuccessful, but they’re trying it again. 12 people will be involved, but the names and any format changes haven’t been announced.

The press conference also introduced the Moreno sisters, making challenges. Cinthia mentioned she’s no longer with AAA; her last match there appears to be March 2015. Rossy Moreno is they’re targeting Estrellita.  Jinzo & Rocky Lobo also talked about their match against Okumura and Fujin this weekend.

Of note, Arturo Beristain (Hijo del Gladiador) was billed as the Elite Chief of Programming. That’s the public face of match making, and usually the behind the scenes one too. Beristain is a CMLL employee at last check, so the difference between these two groups is minor.

+LuchaTV has a new edition of Esto es Lucha, with Shocker as guest.

In response to an article claiming a show in Ensenada got out of control, the local commission says the show was a “98 or 99% success.” The 1-2% failure had to with the luchadors in the main event (Psycho Clown versus a trio of Rey Misterios) breaking the rules in some unspecified way which seems like crowd brawling. The commission insists they’ll be more careful on the next show in March and the promotion says they’ll hire more security.

DTU announced a return to Arena Aficion on 03/01. Guest luchadors include Shalie Rockstar, Titan, Triton, Fujin and Raijin. The idea of the NJPW kids showing up in DTU brings joy to my dark heart.

Caristico says he has no plans to go back to WWE. That he’d even need to say that makes him sound dumb, but it may be more on whoever asked the question. He says nice things about Rey and Alberto but also says WWE didn’t really want a Mexican to get over. To be fair, it’s sometimes unclear if WWE wants to get anyone over.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Electroshock wants to win the Rey de Reyes again.

Daga says 2016 will be his year, and he hopes to win a mask (Suicide’s.)

Danger hypes the DTU vs CaraLucha show.

Furia de Titanes has a video with Lady Sensacion.

Tigre Asiatico talks about running the CILL promotion in Chicago for three years.

You can have breakfast with Mil Mascaras on March 19th.

Zao got to the bottom of the Mephsito Pants Mystery. Literally, the bottom.

great match roundup, week of 2016-02-06

I’m all caught up! Except for everything that’s aired since I’ve typed this days ago.

I’m sure I’m high score on the Guerra de Titanes trios.

rating matches TV Show taped
great Australian Suicide, Fireball, Jack Evans vs Daga, Parka Negra, Súper Fly AAA on Televisa: 2016-02-06 2016-01-22
great Fénix vs King Cuerno [last man standing] Lucha Underground: 2016-02-10 2015-11-15
good Ángel de Oro, Titán, Tritón vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-02-08 2016-02-08
good Volador Jr. vs Negro Casas in a lightning match CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-02-08 2016-02-08
good Jack Evans vs Drago Lucha Underground: 2016-02-10 2015-11-15
good Bengala & Robin vs Espíritu Negro & Inquisidor CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-02-12 2016-02-12
good Fuego, The Panther, Tritón vs Puma, Tiger, Virus CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-02-12 2016-02-12
good Dragón Lee, Guerrero Maya Jr., La Máscara vs Boby Z, Hechicero, Kamaitachi CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-02-12 2016-02-12
good Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Mephisto, Negro Casas CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-02-12 2016-02-12
ok Dinastía, Niño Hamburguesa, Pimpinela Escarlata vs El Apache, Mamba, Mini Charly Manson AAA on Televisa: 2016-02-06 2016-01-22
ok Electroshock, Garza Jr., La Parka vs Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Zorro and Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Hijo del Fantasma, Taurus for the AAA World Trios Championship AAA on Televisa: 2016-02-06 2016-01-22
ok París & Zaeta Roja vs Guerrero Espacial & Saurón CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-02-08 2016-02-08
ok Black Tiger, Pegasso, Starman vs Fuerza Chicana, Metálico, Policeman CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-02-08 2016-02-08
ok Atlantis, Máscara Dorada, Mistico vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Último Guerrero CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-02-08 2016-02-08
ok Flyer & Leono vs Apocalipsis & Artillero CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-02-09 2016-02-09
ok Súper Halcón Jr. vs Disturbio in a lightning match CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-02-09 2016-02-09
ok Blue Panther Jr., Soberano Jr., Stigma vs El Cuatrero, Sansón, Skándalo CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-02-09 2016-02-09
ok Blue Panther, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-02-09 2016-02-09
ok Valiente vs Euforia in a lightning match CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-02-12 2016-02-12
ok Marco Corleone, Máximo, Rush vs Cibernético, Mr. Niebla, Último Guerrero in a relevos increíbles match CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-02-12 2016-02-12
below average Arkalis & Meyer vs Akuma & Espanto Jr. CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-02-08 2016-02-08
below average La Vaquerita, Lluvia, Skadi vs La Comandante, Marcela,Reyna Isis CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-02-09 2016-02-09
below average Delta, Esfinge, Rey Cometa vs Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-02-09 2016-02-09
below average Kobra Moon vs Bengala Lucha Underground: 2016-02-10 2015-11-15

Lucha Underground 2×4: Cero Miedo

Puma's as impressive as a strong guy as is a high flyer
Puma’s as impressive as a strong guy as he is as a high flyer

the matches

Angelico [O], Ivelisse & Son of Havoc b Chavo Guerrero, Mr. Cisco & Cortez Castro [X] (5:55, top rope double stomp, OK)
Cage b Joey Ryan (4:07, screwdriver ok)
Prince Puma b Pentagon Jr. (7:53, bridging escape of a tapatia, great)

the developments

The main event was the big thing. In a back and forth match, Puma survived the package piledirver and was able to bridge out of a double pin on tapatia to get the win. Pentagon had his shoulders down and did not realize it; announcers noted during the match that Pentagon was being too confident and not trying as hard to win as he should. Pentagon attacked the referee because of the decision, but Puma knocked down Pentagon and teased breaking his arm. Puma did not, but made it clear he was coming for Mil Muertes. Of note, Vampiro stood up from the announce desk when Puma was trying to break the arm, but did not get involved.

Cortez having no luck finding Dario or Angelico on this dive
Cortez having no luck finding Dario or Angelico on this dive

Everything else seemed to kind of place setting for things happening later on in this season.

Cage defeated the debuting Joey Ryan (who joined PJ Black with a loss in his first match.) Ryan had bragged to his reluctant ally Cortez/Reyes that he’d win in his debut. Ryan did better than you’d figure against The Machine before taking a screwdriver for the loss. Johnny Mundo, who earlier had some awfully familiar words about being disrespected by being put in the opener of Ultima Lucha, tried attacking Cage after the match. Just like last time, it failed and Cage got the better of it. Cage versus Mundo will happen next week.

Angelico, Ivelisse and Son of Havoc earlier won a trios match over the Crew. Ivelisse had demanded an an immediate trios title rematch against the Disciples, only for Catrina to tell her she wasn’t doing automatic title rematches for former champions. However, after winning, it seems like the ex-champs are the most (and only) logical contenders. Chavo blamed his partners for the loss, yelling at them and not realizing Texano Jr. was running into attack all of them until almost too late. Chavo got away with being hit, as he usually does.

In solely out of the ring action, a Rey Mysterio Jr./Dragon Azteca Jr. training session provided the cover for some back story explanation. Mysterio explained Azteca and Dario’s father had met in Mexico long ago, researching the prophecy of the seven tribes. Dario’s father got into the evil side of the prophecy, whatever that is, and using it for sacrificing people. That includes handing over the body of one of his son’s (Matanza) to an evil god. Dragon Azteca and Dario’s father split, but made an agreement that neither man may step on the other’s domain, or they’d die. Dragon Azteca did so last season and did die, so Mysterio understandable is not in a hurry to running back after Dario. However, Rey thinks they get around all of this by reuniting the Seven Tribes. (That was the same thing Aerostar set off to do last episode.)

Screwdriver
Screwdriver

The show closed with a disoriented and frightened Sexy Star escaping from something in the hallways of the Temple. Willie Mack stopped her, confused at what was going on and who was chasing her. Sexy told Willie “Moth”, but clarified that it was a her and not a him. Sexy pointed in the direction of her chaser, and the last shot of the show was Mack also being scared of whatever they saw.

thoughts

The first part of the episode kind of dragged. They’re pacing out their stories to pay off later, which left of this episode as moving pieces around the board to set up the big plays later. That’s not always a problem, there’s been inconsequential matches on this show which have been really good. (The Crew had the best one of these last year, when they faced Argenis, Super Fly and Aerostar.) Those first two matches just weren’t that good. They weren’t bad, they just served their purpose and that was all.

Angelico came off the best in the trios match, both by his moves and by layout – he’s the only one on his team who didn’t need to make tags. Chavo’s one of the least interesting characters on this show – the announcers spending a few moments in every match saying “you know the Guerreros? He’s a Guerrero!” is an active determent and this point – and he’s also one of the least interesting in-ring guys. RIP Bael.

Maybe the key to winning in your debut is wearing a mask? Joey lost, PJ lost, Jack Evans lost but Kobra Moon won. Considering it was Cage, Ryan did much better than I’d think. I was prepped for a one minute squash. Four minutes isn’t that long, but the expectations made it feel much longer. This feels hypocritical based on what I thought of PJ Black’s debut, but Ryan’s vignettes made him seem much more like a fool, and Cage was laying waste to people a season ago. He did again here, though it was much more trouble than it had been before.

flipping off a backcracker is the move of 2016
flipping off a backcracker is the move of 2016

The concept of Joey Ryan is more interesting than the wrestling of Joey Ryan. It’s also the weird storyline issue of Joey Ryan can’t be acknowledged as Joey Ryan, because this character is supposed to be an undercover cop who wasn’t a wrestler before this case, not a well traveled indie wrestler. (Unless the LA Police have a full time undercover indie wrestler.) It’d make more sense from a creative standpoint if he was named other than Joey Ryan, but you don’t get the attention you do when you have the actual Joey Ryan.

The Seven Tribes stuff sometimes comes off as a bit of mystical nonsense. It’s tough to slow down and explain what the deal is (and it’s unclear if they want to do a big explanation at this point), but it also feels like it’s a big pivotal point to this season. Rey laid it as if we have to see the Seven Tribes united before we see Dragon Azteca Jr. (and probably Rey) at the Temple and in the ring, and we don’t even quite know who’s they’re looking for, or that even if it’s a mystery to be solved or just a sort of McGuffin. I feel like I could spend the next paragraph speculating on the 7 Tribes (and may have before I deleted it), but I also feel like maybe me a 2% of the audience care at this point. Which seems like a problem for a central idea on the show.

The main event made the show worth watching. Those two have a longer, better match in them, but this was a fine sub ten minute match as a warmup encounter. I’m not sure if an unfocused Pentagon Jr. was supposed to be part of the story, but the announcers helped the match by bringing it in. (This was a good performance by Vampiro, who seemed not as into the rest of the show.) The match was impressive and the finish was close enough that Pentagon didn’t feel hurt by losing, it was just another amazing athletic display by Puma.

There were small touches that were nice. The Mundo vignette was great and fit with his character, even if you didn’t realize he was reciting Alberto el Patron real life complaints. The Mysterio/Azteca fight was a good way of getting thru the backstory without boring people. Sexy Star & the Mack felt like a scene out of a horror movie, appropriately so for their title match. And, this one really means nothing, but when Catrina was licking the dagger in the opening vignette, it finally occurred to me that she was channeling Angelina Jolie and that idea amused me.

cero miedo, but two shoulders down
cero miedo, but two shoulders down

AAA on Televisa: 2016-02-06 

Suicide wins via near Suicide
Suicide wins via near Suicide

Recapped: 02/06/2016
This is Guerra de Titanes part 2, taped 2016-01-22 in Mexico City.

What happened: Cuervo, Scoria and Zorro are the new AAA trios champions. Suicide got another win over Daga. Rey de Reyes was announced for March 11th in Tampico.

What was good: I really liked the Jack/Fenix/Suicide vs Daga/Fly/Parka trios. I could take or leave the rest.

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

Zeuxis & Silueta title match, Panther/Infiernos, Lucha Underground

Caristico tope
Caristico tope

CMLL (TUE) 02/16/2016 Arena México [CMLL, thecubsfan, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Bengala & Leono b Akuma & Espanto Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 16 DE FEBRERO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
12:45. Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Demus 3:16, Mercurio, Pierrothito b Astral, Stukita, Último Dragóncito LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 16 DE FEBRERO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
17:57. Rudos took 1/3.
3) Nitro, Okumura, Raijin b Delta, Fuego, Pegasso LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 16 DE FEBRERO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
11:39. Rudos took 2/3. Sangre Azteca was listed as replacing Fujin, but it ended up being Nitro.
4) Silueta b Zeuxis [lightning] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 16 DE FEBRERO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
6:49. Silueta won with a missile dropkick, but the match seemed to end early. Zeuxis suffered a foot injury when she was armdragged on the ramp, made worse when a Silueta plancha to the floor landed short on Zeuxis’ feet. Silueta challenged Zeuxis to a title match next week and Zeuxis stopped the medics long enough to accept.
5) Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto b Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 16 DE FEBRERO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
10:45. Hijos del Infierno took 1/3, the last when an eliminated Luciferno snuck back in to foul Blue Panther Sr., giving Mephisto the win.
6) Carístico, Rey Cometa, Súper Porky b Boby Z, Felino, Mr. Niebla LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 16 DE FEBRERO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
11:01. Tecnicos took 2/3. Caristico replaced Titan on Friday, making his first appearance on a Tuesday show since leaving the promotion.

Nothing on the show stood out positively to me, but the main event felt like the best of the show. A lot of stuff almost worked, but only almost worked.

On her Facebook, Zeuxis said it was just an injury scare and she’ll be fine for next week. Live, it came off like she rebroke her foot and would be gone for a long time, and Silueta’s challenge for a title match seemed out of place. There was a reason for the urgency in the title match: Silueta is heading back to REINA on 02/25 for three months and Zeuxis will also go 03/22 for two weeks. I was unsure that REINA was still a thing, but they have shows on 02/28, 03/20, 03/25 (Korakuen Hall) and 04/01; Zeuxis is probably working the last too.

Not sure if this means Silueta is intended to win this title before going to Japan, since this title program follows the usual pattern of hurrying a title switch before a trip. Silueta is the current REINA International Junior Champion, a title I also forgot existed, so she may not need a title to have title matches.

Today’s Lucha Underground is the fourth episode of the season, entitled Cero Miedo. Matches advertised for this show so far

  • Chavo Guerrero, Mr. Cisco and Cortez Castro in a trios mach
  • Joey Ryan debuts
  • Prince Puma versus Pentagon Jr.

Puma/Pentagon should be very good. El Rey’s posted the first moments of the match as their teaser.

Segunda Caida reviews Black Terry vs Rey Hechicero.

Black Fire made it to Germany. He’s getting in to an important match quick, challenging Kim Ray for the DTU Alto Impacto championship on Saturday in Bielefeld, Germany.

Laredo Kid talks about the kids he’s training in the US.

Baby Killer took Metal Drago’s mask in Tlaquepaque, Jalisco. No name mentioned in the report. Yes, someone’s really named Baby Killer.

Lineups

IWRG (SUN) 02/21/2016 Arena Naucalpan
1) Alas de Acero & Aramis vs Adrenalina & Power Bull
2) Astro & Súper Astro vs Hip Hop Man & Matrix Jr.
3) Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro vs Diablo Jr. I, El Hijo del Diablo, El Imposible [super libre]
4) Diva Salvaje, Pasion Kristal, Súper Nova vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Canis Lupus, Eterno
5) Hijo De Dos Caras, Solar I, Veneno vs Heddi Karaoui, Herodes Jr., Mr. Águila

Looks like no show Wednesday. Mr. Aguila hasn’t been here in a long time: his last match was September 20th, 2007. The main event is Dos/Herodes focused, though Dos may be off next week’s card for WWC.

CMLL (TUE) 02/23/2016 Arena México
1) Bengala & Metatrón vs Camorra & Espíritu Negro
2) Aéreo, Angelito, Fantasy vs Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Violencia
3) Hombre Bala Jr., Stigma, Súper Halcón Jr. vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Cancerbero, Raziel
4) Zeuxis © vs Silueta [MEX WOMEN]
Zeuxis fourth defense
5) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
6) Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero vs Ángel de Oro, Súper Porky, Valiente

Ultimo Guerrero on this card means he’s probably not wrestling Friday, which means they’re probably not doing Thunder/UG next week (though I guess they could do Thunder/Euforia.) Thunder’s going at least 19 days between matches again. The clock is ticking down on that being the Dos Leyendas main event, though there’s still time.

Semifinal follows up last week’s issue and may lead to a title match on 03/01.

CMLL (TUE) 02/23/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Omar Brunetti & Vaquero Jr. vs Furia Roja & Joker
2) Gallo, Robin, Star Jr. vs Espanto Jr., Metálico, Ráfaga
3) Esfinge, Fuego, Pegasso vs Disturbio, Puma, Tiger
4) Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Boby Z, Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora
5) Marco Corleone, Máscara Dorada, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas

Volador and Casas matched up last night and match up here again, so they may just be taking that singles match around the horn.

CMLL ELITE (SAT) 03/12/2016 Expalenque de la Feria, Chilpancingo, Guerrero
1) Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro vs Golden Magic, Relámpago (IWRG), Skayde
2) Fresero Jr., Halloween, X-Fly vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Canis Lupus, Eterno (EDM)
3) Carístico, Máscara Dorada, Mistico vs Black Warrior, La Máscara, Mephisto

CMLL ELITE (THU) 03/17/2016 Gimnasio Miguel Hidalgo, Puebla, Puebla
1) Mini Rey Cometa & Rey Infierno vs Amnesia & Súper Bick
2) Mini Multifacético, Rey Celestial, Tony vs Corsario De Fuego, Poseidón (Veracruz), Triple X (Veracruz)
3) Blue Panther & Virus vs Black Terry & Solar I
4) Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas vs Black Warrior, Sharly Rockstar, Súper Crazy
5) Ángel de Oro, Carístico, Mistico vs Cibernético, La Máscara, Mephisto

Elite continues to take steps into running touring shows, good news for everyone if it works. The Black Terry matches on both these shows seem fun.

Not sure what the deal is with the Veracruz (Xalapa) luchadors being in Puebla, but it doesn’t seem to be a one off random appearance.

great match roundup, week of 2016-01-30

I didn’t really like anything this week! That’s no good.

rating matches TV Show taped
good Aerostar & Fénix vs Máscara Año 2000 Jr. & Villano IV andAverno & Chessman for the AAA World Tag Team Championship AAA on Televisa: 2016-01-30 2016-01-22
good Asturiano & Black Tiger vs Ares & Espíritu Maligno CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-02-01 2016-02-01
good Dragón Lee, Máscara Dorada, Volador Jr. vs Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-02-01 2016-02-01
good Delta vs Hechicero in a lightning match CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-02-02 2016-02-02
good Pentagón Jr. & Prince Puma vs Barrio Negro, El Siniestro De La Muerte, Trece Lucha Underground: 2016-02-03 2015-11-14
good Stuka Jr. vs Boby Z in a lightning match CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-02-05 2016-02-05
good Blue Panther, La Máscara, Titán vs Luciferno, Rey Bucanero, Vangellys CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-02-05 2016-02-05
good Dragón Lee, Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy vs Kamaitachi, Terrible, Último Guerrero CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-02-05 2016-02-05
good Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Mephisto, Negro Casas CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-02-05 2016-02-05
ok Magnus & Metatrón vs Rey Apocalipsis & Toro Bill Jr. CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-02-01 2016-02-01
ok Blue Panther Jr., Delta, Stigma vs Boby Z, Pierroth, Sagrado CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-02-01 2016-02-01
ok Ángel de Oro, Titán, Tritón vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-02-01 2016-02-01
ok Metatrón & Sensei vs Cholo & Espanto Jr. CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-02-02 2016-02-02
ok Hombre Bala Jr., Starman, Súper Halcón Jr. vs El Cuatrero, Sansón, Skándalo CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-02-02 2016-02-02
ok Oro Jr., Pegasso, Tritón vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-02-02 2016-02-02
ok Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., Super Porky vs Felino, Ripper, Tiger CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-02-02 2016-02-02
ok Johnny Mundo vs Killshot Lucha Underground: 2016-02-03 2015-11-14
ok PJ Black vs the Mack Lucha Underground: 2016-02-03 2015-11-14
ok Astral & Eléctrico vs Demus 3:16 & Pequeño Olímpico CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-02-05 2016-02-05
ok Estrellita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-02-05 2016-02-05
below average Faby Apache, Goya Kong, Maravilla vs Keira, Lady Shani, Taya [lumberjack strap] AAA on Televisa: 2016-01-30 2016-01-22
below average Dr. Wagner Jr. & Psycho Clown vs El Mesías & Texano Jr.for the AAA World Heavyweight Championship and in a tournament semifinal match AAA on Televisa: 2016-01-30 2016-01-22
below average Rush vs Thunder CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-02-01 2016-02-01
below average Gran Guerrero, Mr. Niebla, Niebla Roja vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Thunder CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-02-02 2016-02-02
watch later Alas de Acero, Aramis, Dragón Fly vs Adrenalina, Atomic Star, Vórtize IWRG Zona XXI: 2016-02-01 2016-01-27
watch later Centvrión, Diablo Jr. I, Dragón Fly, Freyser, Hijo de Mascara Sagrada, Hijo del Alebrije, Imposible, Power Bull vs Balak, Danger King, Energia, Imposter, Motocross, Novasonic,Orión, Royer Boy [Copa Higher Power] IWRG Zona XXI: 2016-02-01 2016-01-27

CMLL Arena Mexico: 2016-02-16 

good part of a match I didn't like
good part of a match I didn’t like

Recapped: 02/16/16

What happened: Zeuxis suffered a foot injury in the lightning match. It looked serious, though Silueta went on with a planned title challenge for next week. Hijos del Infierno cheated to beat the Divinos Laguneros, which may set up a rematch next week.

Caristico made his return to Tuesday shows. Raijin made his streaming debut. Both looked fine.

What was good: Nothing really. I liked the main event the best but even that was a not worth going out of your of watching. There were parts of matches that were good but nothing came together and some stuff fell apart.

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

AAA on Televisa: 2016-01-30 

all the splashes
all the splashes

Recapped: 02/04/16
Part one of Guerra de Titanes (01/22/2016, in Mexico City)

What happened: Dr. Wagner had a choice between getting a Mega Championship match and kicking Psycho Clown in the head. He decided to kick Psycho Clown in the head.

Joe Lider helped Averno & Chessman win the vacant tag titles, then immediately explained he didn’t want them to have the tag team titles. He declared his team with Pentagon was the best. Averno Chessman attacked him, but were attacked by La Sociedad.

Mesias, Averno and Chessman are out of La Sociedad. (It would make some sense if they were now all allied, but that didn’t appear to be going on.)

What was good: I liked parts of the tag title match, but it’s a reach.

Where can I watch it: It’s on plenty of places, including on AAA’s channel.

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Volador keeps title over Casas, Trauma I becomes IWRG champ, Tuesday preview

tecnicos make it work
tecnico magic

IWRG (SUN) 02/14/2016 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), The Gladiatores]
1) Adrenalina & Matrix Jr. b Alas de Acero & Shadow Boy
straight falls.
2) Astro, Dragón Fly, Súper Astro Jr. b Atomic Star, Hip Hop Man, Power Bull
3) Diablo Jr. I, El Hijo del Diablo, El Imposible DQ Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro
DQ not specified.
4) Heddi Karaoui, Negro Navarro, Trauma II b Emperador Azteca, Eterno, Veneno
Straight falls, as the losing team couldn’t get along. Eterno replaced Argos – which seems like a late replacement because Argos couldn’t get here from Elite quick enough, but Eterno also challenged Heddi for his long middleweight championship.
5) Herodes Jr. b Trauma I
They went with old school three way rules, where the first person to two pinfalls winned and the loser of a coin toss had to wait outside to start. Herodes beat Trauma I clean.
6) Herodes Jr. b Hijo De Dos Caras
Herodes won again, this time via foul, which meant he was out of the match and the others advanced to the apuesta stage.
7) Trauma I b Hijo De Dos Caras © [IWRG IC HEAVY]
Trauma I attached Dos with a chair, but Dos would get it back and beat him. Mask ripping. Trauma I got Dos in Lo Negro de Negro twice, but Dos escaped. Trauma kicked out of a spear and a backcracker. Trauma got his submission for a third time and Dos could not escape. Trauma I becomes the 23rd Champion, and is the first of Dinastia Navarro to win a heavyweight championship. Dos falls in his second defense.

Those pinfalls did set up a lot of rematches, if they desire to go with those. Trauma I talked about his big win to The Gladiatores.

CMLL (SUN) 02/14/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara[Fuego en el Ring]
1) Ángel Aéreo & Rey Halcón b Diplomático & Guerrero de la Muerte
Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Carlos Rogi & Demonio Rojo b El Alteño & El Yaqui
Rudos took 1/3.
3) El Divino b Vaquero Jr., Mágico, Nautilius,Reycko, Sádico, El Chakal, Furia Roja, Espectrum,Relámpago [cibernetico, Copa Guadalajara]
A cibernetico in celebration of 474 years of Guadalajara. Divino submitted Furia Roja to win.
4) Shockercito & Último Dragóncito b Demus 3:16 & Pierrothito
Tecnicos took 2/3.

That kind of cibernetico would be the setup to some bigger match elsewhere, but seemed to be a match to have a match here.

CMLL (MON) 02/15/2016 Arena Puebla [thecubsfan]
1) El Malayo & King Jaguar b Arkalis & París LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 15 DE FEBRERO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
13:03. Rudos took 2/3.
2) Asturiano, Robin, Soberano Jr. b Artillero, Rey Apocalipsis, Toro Bill Jr. LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 15 DE FEBRERO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
9:53. Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Amapola, Tiffany, Zeuxis b Estrellita, La Vaquerita, Silueta LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 15 DE FEBRERO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
13:22. Rudos took 2/3.
4) Esfinge, Stigma, Stuka Jr. b El Cuatrero, Okumura, Sansón LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 15 DE FEBRERO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
14:35. Tecnicos took 2/3.
5) La Máscara, Marco Corleone, Rush DQ Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 15 DE FEBRERO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
14:07. Ingobernables took 1/3, the last when Rush pulled out Pompin to save Mascara from being beat by Rey Bucanero, then Bucnaero fouled Ruh.
6) Volador Jr. © b Negro Casas [NWA WELTER] LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 15 DE FEBRERO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
15:12. Negro Casas submitted Volador to a scorpion in the first. Volador won the second with a back cracker. Volador blocked a casita took take the third and keep the title, after Negro had attempted one foul and faked another. Eighth defense. Casas accepted Volador’s hair match for Arena Mexico, and refused Volador’s idea to do it right there in Arena Puebla.

Volador and Negro Casas was great and much more of a match than I thought I would be; maybe I would’ve liked the rest of the show better if I didn’t worry about that. The second match was good too.

Caristico works his first Tuesday show since returning to Arena Mexico tonight. It’s his only show of the week, as he’s wrestling in Monterrey instead of his usual Sunday show. Caristico teams with Super Porky & Rey Cometa versus Bobby Z, Mr. Niebla and Felino. It’ll be notable if Super Porky actually wrestles; he’s last done so in mid January, and has been listed and replaced on lineups repeatedly since that time.

The other notable match is the streaming debut of NJPW exchange student Raijin. (His partner Fujin was pulled off the show on Friday, apparently due to a minor injury. Sangre Azteca replaces him.) Raijin teams with Okumura and Azteca to face Delta, Fuego and Pegasso as part of a ~100 so random trios matches he’ll hae in his stint, but this is the first one we get to see and will be interested for that. If you’re just tuning in for that match, it should start around 8:15 CT (11:15 AM Tokyo/JST) and will be able to be rewatched on CMLL’s YouTube channel after it airs.

There’s no ongoing feuds on Tuesday (which has been an issue with Tuesdays), though the semimain does have the current national trios champions Hijos del Iniferno versus the Panther family trio. Maybe something will start there.

Today’s the first taping for Megacable. It’s not expected to impact the YouTube streaming at this point.

Guadalajara has Maximo defending his heavyweight championship against Euforia. Maximo’s already beat Euforia to keep this title once in Puebla and it’d be a shock if he lost. The main event is Mascara Dorada, Mistico, and Volador Jr. versus Negro Casas, Niebla Roja and Ultimo Guerrero.

La Parka, Psycho Clown, Electro Shock, Pentagon and Daga will be signing autographs today in Queretaro to promote this Saturday’s TV taping.

Zorro says his team has taken over the trios division and the Reyes de Reyes is his next prize.

There’s a preliminary poster for the 03/23 AAA TV taping in San Luis Potosi, which will have a Perro Aguayo Jr. tribute. We don’t usually see the posters without a lineups, so I’m not sure how much those pictured relate to who will actually be on the card. It does strike me as odd that they’re teasing a Perros del Mal breakup going into this show, but perhaps that’s part of the story.

El Principe defeated Omega to retain the Jalisco Welterweight Championship in Arena Jalisco on Sunday. Principe is no longer the champion, though – he explained to Fuego en el Ring that he was going to start with Arena Coliseo Guadalajara, so he was vacating the rival building’s title. (I can’t explain why they didn’t just have Omega win.)

Mazambula lost his hair in a cage match in Nueva Arena Tijuana. Mazambula wasn’t announced for that match, had lost his hair just five months ago, and had lost it to Classico who beat him again here. That seems like bad lucha libre.

The Saturday show in nearby Gimnasio Oscar Tigre Garcia of Ensenada got a write up in the paper, though not a good one. The article says there were fights between luchadors which ‘were not part of the show’ (with allegation of one person carrying a fireman), beer was being sold at an event children were attending, and they might have not had any permits for any of this. Beer being sold and no permits sounds normal for Mexico, though also against the rules. The police department says no reports were filed to them and the promoter and Box Y Lucha commission didn’t respond to comment. The show looks packed on the promotion’s Facebook page and I don’t see any complaining about issues on the show there. People are usually quick to complain about those things on Facebook, so it’s possible there’s nothing to this story.

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

Black Fire talks about his trip to WXW.

Rey Escorpion says he’s coming back to CMLL before long, would really like to be matched up against Rush because he thinks they’d make interesting matches.

CMLL mentions Gori Guerrero defeated Tarzan Lopez for the NWA Middleweight Championship 70 years ago yesterday, which is a slightly different date than we had before.

The debut of the PILLA promotion in Cuernavaca drews 700 for Utlimo Guerrero, Gran Guerrero and Okumura losing to Maximo, Magia Blanca and local Edson Michel. The area hasn’t found a replacement building/local promotion since Arena Isabel was torn down a number of years ago; the place they’re running now is two blocks away. Weekly shows at local restaurant by another promotion have been more in the range of 100. They announced a return date on 03/03.

Lineups

CMLL (MON) 02/22/2016 Arena Puebla
1) Asturiano & Millenium vs Espíritu Maligno & Fuerza Chicana
2) Estrellita, Princesa Sugehit, Silueta vs La Comandante, Reyna Isis, Zeuxis
3) Delta, Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Okumura, Sangre Azteca, Virus
4) Dragón Lee, Máximo Sexy, Titán vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
5) Atlantis, La Máscara, Rush vs Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero, Vangellys

A show. No ongoing feuds. Fourth match probably the best?