- LATV lasted one week. Alas.
- AAA starts Verano de Escandalo. No preview yet (and last week’s show hasn’t been put up), so there’s no telling what’ll air.
- Lucha Underground is skipping around a little bit again; they’ve aired the second taping on Saturday and now the first taping on a Sunday. Not an exciting show on paper.
- Blue Panther versus Canelo Casas could be the worst match of the tournament. Tuesday’s matches look much stronger.
- Casas & Shocker versus Sombra & Naito could be very good.
- AULL should start to air their anniversary show
IWRG (WED) 06/24/2015 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), Mano a Mano, The Gladiatores]
1) Pequeño Puma & Sexy Angel b El Teniente & Sardito
Sardito & Teniente are a military themed couple. One fall opener.
2) Adrenalina, Centinela Oriental, Hijo del Alebrije b Blue Monsther, Guerrero 2000, Super Jack
3) Aeroman, Dragon Fly, Power Bull b Aztlán, Enigma, Vortize
Power Bull replaced Dragon Celestial. Aeroman beat Aztlan with a Canadian Destroyer.
4) Maquiavelico, Sonic, Voraz b Espada de Plata, Keiser Dragon, Toxin Boy
Gym Hip Hop (Sonic) beat Gym Zeuz (Toxin Boy) after Espada de Plata’s mask was pulled without the ref noticing.
5) Eterno DQ Black Terry
Bloody match. Atomic Star & Electro Boy ran out to help Eterno, with Aeroman & Power Bull making the save. Terry tried to use that distraction to foul Eterno, but the referee caught him and called for the DQ.
is the DHC 342 a music thing or a lucha thing? The t-shirt style is modeled after the RUN DMC ones, but Eterno’s guys all appeared to be wearing those shirts.
CMLL (SUN) 06/21/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) El Tapatío & Star Black b El Gitano & Relampago
2) Explosivo & Frezzer b Gran Kenut & Thunder Boy
Gran Kenut replaced Infierno
3) Joker, Pitbull I, Pitbull II b Espectrum, Exterminador, Maléfico
Pitbull I snuck in a foul on Malefico to give Pitbull II the win. Malefico & Exterminador are feuding with the Pitbull in a Guadalajara versus Tala feud.
4) Esfinge & Magnum DQ El Yaqui & Nube Roja and Linterna Verde Jr. & Toro Negro and Furia Roja & Furia Roja Jr. and Centella & Évola and Ráfaga & Ráfaga Jr.
father and son tags. Debut of Rafaga Jr. here – he’d been in a 2013 indy version of this match (with the Javier Cruzs, Centellas, and Esfinge/Magnum) Furia Roja Jr. and Centella are also making first appearances (or first appearances in a long time.) Match came down to Rafagas vs Esfinge/Mangum, only Centella attacked Malefico when it appeared as though he was about to win for the DQ.
Centella is on the card next week, so it looks like they’re running a feud with him and Magnum.
CMLL (TUE) 06/23/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL, R de Rudo]
1) Espectrum & Sádico b El Divino & Frezzer
2) Cancerbero, Hijo del Signo, Sangre Azteca b Esfinge, Oro Jr., Stigma
3) Puma b Maléfico © [OCCIDENTE LH]
Exterminador was listed as champion, but Malefico was the actual champion and the guy who defended the title. Puma took 1/3 to win the title. Malefico fell on his third defense.
4) Blue Panther, Diamante Azul, Stuka Jr. b Kráneo, Olímpico, Ripper
Tecnicos took 2/3.
5) La Sombra, Máximo, Rush b Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión
Revolucionarios took 2/3, the last when Rey Escorpion snuck in a foul on Maximo
to recap: CMLL didn’tk now who was held a belt, and would like us to care about someone else winning. Exciting times.
CMLL had a press conference yesterday, then sent out press releases on it. Of course, since the Rey Escorpion/Ultimo Guerrero hair vs hair match wasn’t set up on that show, the press release teases the team versus team match that didn’t happen. (It doesn’t come across like the person writing the press release was sure about what match was going to be signed.)
They also brought out the En Busca de un Idolo participants, apparently to make it clear to everyone that isn’t going well. That may be a little bit of my cynicism, but it reads like those in the tournament feel the same way or even stronger. Tony Salazar started off the segment by criticizing all the luchadors performance so far. That apparently angered Disturbio (though another report says Salazar actually praised Boby and Disturbio.) Disturbio ripped Tirantes for complaining about the physical fitness of luchadors when he hasn’t wrestled in years (and is in worse condition) and mocked Shocker for doing the same Shocrates quote bit before each segment. (Hijo del Gladiator was not mentioned by name in the CMLL recap, but it was said he was against all the judges.) Disturbio complained that the judging comments didn’t make any sense. Disturbio ridiculed the judges for pushing the competitors towards mat wrestling, saying the fans are used to a more exciting style and boo when they keep it on the mat because the expectations have been raised so much. And Disturbio accused the voting form of not registering votes correctly, with votes sometimes not counted at all. (Imagine if someone told him how easy it was to vote a 100 times for someone.) Disturbio said he was tired of being in the openers, tired of being told ‘a luchador should be content with any position on the card’, and he’s going to just smash anything that’s in front of him. Very few other luchador comments were recorded, outside of Delta blaming his knee injury on his performance and Zavala & Maya being happy with their position.
Pretty much everything Disturbio said has been said by people watching the tournament, almost point by point. In almost any other promotion, this would likely be part of a reality based angle. In CMLL, Disturbio probably was actually really angry, picked an interesting time to air his grievances, but it may not publicly go anywhere (outside of maybe now getting trashed by the judges.) Intentionally or not, angle or not, Disturbio positioned himself as an anti-establishment choice, and 2015 is a pretty good year to be anti-CMLL establishment.
The same press conference announced a 07/10 luchadora cibernetico, in honor of ten years of the the current incarnation of the women’s division. The lineup was said to be a twelve person match with Amapola, Zeuxis, Seductora, Tiffany, Dalys, Estrellita, Vaquerita, Princesa Sugehit, Marcela, Silueta, Dark Angel and Goya Kong. The last three weren’t at the press conference. It does mean Dark Angel is expected back next month.
We know a little bit more about the All Elite mystery person situation. Shelton Benjamin (or Benjamin Shelton as listed on the poster) has officially been added to the card, though All Elite hasn’t said which match he’ll be in. Likewise, they held a press conference today and announced Juventud Guerrera would be on the show.
It also appears Davey Richards & Bobby Lashley were actually booked for the show at some point; the Wrestling Observer confirms Davey got himself double booked but will be working the TNA show. Lashley is also on the TNA PPV so he won’t be in All Elite. All Elite not announcing the mystery men might just be because they haven’t figured them out quite yet. Hernandez will be working the show: the same newsletter says AAA/LU wrestlers are (now?) prohibited for working for Liga Elite because AAA sees that as competition and so Hernandez must’ve no longer be working with LU.
Tigre Uno won TNA’s X Title last night. That’d indicate he’s also working the TNA PPV this Sunday (and not All Elite) and probably also that they’re not hoping to get Rey Mysterio Jr. and are going with someone else as their latest big Latino star.
I don’t know if this is a YouTube error or something weirdly related to the TNA/GFW thing, but the Jeff Jarrett/Johnny Mundo/Cage/Averno attack on the tecnicos from the Lucha World Cup TV show is now marked private on YouTube. You can still see it on my channel.
NJPW World has video of the 06/19 Marco Corleone, Naito, Rush vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible. That’ll air on Azteca next weekend. Maybe they haven’t gotten to Sunday yet? I guess I have to hold on for a couple more days.
The All Elite Guadalajara show airs again tonight. If you’re Guadalajara, I’d love to get a copy.
Mini Psycho Clown is excited for his big title match this weekend. Dinastia says the AAA mini title is the most important mini title in Mexico, and he wants to leave Orizaba with it.
The lucha libre commission and the Mexico City education department announced a program to help luchadors finish their primary and secondary education.
Kcidis draws Rey Escorpion vs Ultimo Guerrero.
Lucha Libre In Japan
06/23 REINA: Makoto, Rina Yamashita b Silueta & Reina Isis [X] [REINA TAG]
CMLL (TUE) 06/30/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Flash II & Magnum vs Furia Roja & Joker
2) Meteoro, Stukita, Último Dragoncito vsMercurio, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico
3) Gallo, Hombre Bala Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. vsCancerbero, Okumura, Raziel
4) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Super Porky vs Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado
5) Máximo, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Ephesto, Rey Bucanero, Rey Escorpión
DTU LLC (SUN) 07/05/2015 Cancha de Futbol Rap, Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas
1) El Porrito & Masizito vs Chiqui Nerd I & Chiqui Nerd II
2) Galactico Dragon & Negra Luz vs Perro Negro & Speed Demon
3) Ángel Azul & Kronos vs Galaxy & Vengador (Querétaro)
4) El Chato & El Nene vs ? & Black Fire
5) Chica Ye-Ye, Jimmy, Kevin vs Destello, Joven Maravilla, Maremoto Jr.
6) The Rotation vs Drastik Boy, Rocky Lobo, Lanzeloth, Lokillo, Jinzo
7) Ángel o Demonio & Ovett vs Demente Extreme & El Recio
8) Aero Boy & Violento Jack vs Crazy Boy & Pesadilla and Cíclope & Miedo Extremo
This is the last show on the three day DTU swing, though the first to turn up. The Rotation arrives from Germany’s WXW.
Super Fly defeated Sexy Star (6:34, double powerbomb) [ok]
Aerostar [O] defeated Cage, Marty Martinez [X], the Mack (9:04, springboard splash) [good]
Mil Muertes defeated Drago (8:51, flatliner), will get the title shot at Ultima Lucha
Many more GIF with bad aspect ratios are available here.
Alberto el Patron versus Johnny Mundo was announced for Ultima Lucha. Neither man (nor Dario) appeared on the show, though they did show clips to explain why they were doing this match.
Super Fly had a sit down interview with Vampiro, which turned out to be most testy one of those yet. Super Fly was unapologetic about costing Sexy Star the match with Pentagon Jr., feeling he took much more from him by taking his mask. Super Fly specifically called out Vampiro for getting involved and saving Sexy from Pentagon’s attack. Super Fly was wearing a pad on his injured arm, but Sexy Star didn’t (or couldn’t) take advantage. Super Fly survived Sexy Star’s casita – the move which had caused him his mask – and beat her cleanly with the double powerbomb in an event match. Super Fly continued to attack Sexy after the match.
Pentagon too was angry about Vampiro interfering in his attack on Sexy Star. Pentagon was supposed to be in a five way for an Aztec Medallion, but instead ripped the microphone away from a scared Melissa Santos, declared his mentor wouldn’t be impressed by a medallion, and demanded retribution from the man who cost him his greatest sacrifice. Pentagon challenged Vampiro and got in his face. Vampiro again did the slow tease towards fighting, with a referee getting in the way this time. Pentagon Jr. was sent to the back.
The match continued on as a four way. Mack and Cage fought early and often,. Marty surprisingly held his own, but lost to Aerostar. Aerostar joins Jack Evans and Fenix as medallion holders.
Angelico, Son of Havoc and Ivelisse were training and arguing when Catrina confronted them. She teased licking Ivelisse, and made it clear the trios champions were in her sights. The Disciples of Death materialized behind the champs, knocking them out and disappearing again.
Prior to the main event, Hernandez rushed the ring and beat up Drago with a belt. It seemed a bit random, but Striker instantly knew Hernandez was angry about Drago winning the title shot match last week instead of him. Of course, Hernandez had caught Drago his last title match.
Drago was hurt at the start of the match, but didn’t seem a bit bothered by that attack as the match went on. It might have been because Mil was hurting him in other ways. Drago was competitive, though this tended towards Mil’s destruction of Fenix in their last match. Not on as big a scale, but still something like 75/25 for Mil. Mil escaped the Dragon’s Lair cradle, and beat Drago with the Flatliner for the clean win. Prince Puma walked out as if to face off with Mil much the same way he had with Drago, but Konnan stopped his protege from actually getting close to the ring.
Also, in another universe elsewhere on the dial, Hernandez returned to TNA.
Ultima Lucha lineup so far
in an effort to avoid unconscious spoilers, I’m only listing official matches
- Prince Puma (c) vs Mil Muertes for the Lucha Underground championship
- Johnny Mundo versus Alberto el Patron
A solid show overall. There was some good matches and some guys who are lesser played getting some focus.
Sexy Star/Super Fly was better than Sexy Star/Pentagon Jr., maybe because they were asking less out of it. Sexy’s dive to the floor looked really shake and might have shook up Super Fly. Super Fly was solid in the match and in the prematch interview, though he still comes off a supporting character in other people’s storylines and not one with a specific personality of his own. It’s strange to see Sexy Star beat Pentagon Jr. once and pretty much a second time and then have her lose to Super Fly. Maybe it points to a rethinking of the character between tapings, though the post match attack made it clear this wasn’t supposed to be it for them.
Vampiro may not be a personal favorite, but it’s impossible to miss deny how the place goes bonkers every time he teases fighting Pentagon Jr. It really comes thru on the show. The fans still love Pentagon Jr., they just really want to see Vampiro and they’re doing a great job of teasing it happening.
Four way was exciting fun. Cage & Mack were great throwing around and destroying each other. Marty worked surprisingly well with Aerostar (or they edited it surprisingly well) and Aerostar’s win was done in a way where it made sense. It was strange to see Marty, previously treated like a goofball fan, battling even with a guy who was destroying everyone when he debuted in the promotion. There really needs to be a “Marty’s kind of an idiot, but he’s also has a background of a [whatever]” explainer to give him some credibility, because it just feels like a big character leap otherwise.
As alluded to prior, they switched around the episode order this month. (Not the last time it’s happening, either.) Originally, Drago lost his title shot one week after getting it. Moving All Night Long to the week in makes it less a sudden change from Drago’s big moment to Drago being eaten up by Mil Muertes. Drago wasn’t squashed, but he was sacrificed a bit to continue Mil’s monster build for the finale. They did such a great job of building Drago up as a star two weeks ago that it felt too soon for him not to be one again. Match was good, but I just never really believed Drago was going to win, even when he used his trademark cradle. Mil kind of let him get pulled in by the crowd chants a bit here – there was a table spot for no reason but people chanting for a table for no reason – and it could’ve used Drago putting up more of a fight. In some ways, the four way was better because it didn’t feel like an inevitable (and a little sad) conclusion. Nice change of pace by having the run-in happen prior to the match for once.
thing that’s not about this episode, but about the show
Hernandez showing up in TNA is not itself a hugely meaningful event. The WON mentions Hernandez would’ve had to be let go from Lucha Underground to be working the All Elite shows, and figures it must be the same for the TNA ones. (The WON says LU/AAA guys can’t work All Elite, which would have to be a new rule since Hernandez and Chavo Guerrero have been on All Elite shows for months.) I’ll avoid spoilers and just say his character can leave without disrupting anything after the finale. But Hernandez getting out of his deal is another data point, just like Ricochet returning to Dragon Gate (being positioned as a short term deal) is another data point.
The real hugely meaningful deal is it’s June 24, there are only six more episodes of this TV show left, and still no one’s come and said the show is not officially renewed. It’s been two months since the last taping, two months of people saying the news of renewal was really close, and two months of nothing publicly happening. (This seems like a particular problem for AAA, who’s equally overdue on announcing anything about TripleMania and have said nothing about that as well.) I can wait for news about the renewal to happen, but people who are relying on wrestling (or TV) to get paid can’t. A big decision’s got to be made soon, or other people will continue making their own little decisions.
Not a team match, not a cage match, just a one on one singles match: Rey Escorpion will face his former mentor Ultimo Guerrero in about a month in a hair versus hair match. The two signed the contracts on CMLL Informa after teasing it at a press conference earlier today. The press conference and the previous matches had heavily suggested a multiman match, but the singles match is the best chance at drawing a big audience and delivering a good match. Some of Ultimo Guerrero’s best work in recent years has been as a pseudo-tecnico against Rey Escorpion and this should be no different.
The match should air on Azteca on August 1st. Unless there’s a change, it will not air in Mexico. Ultimo Guerrero is the favorite to win, both given how the feud has played out so far and Rey Escorpion’s record in apuesta matches, but it’s not a certainty.
The July 17 live event also should include the final first round matches of the En Busca de un Idolo tournament. The partner versus partner matchups of Delta versus Guerrero Maya Jr. and Disturbio versus Boby Zavala haven’t been scheduled yet, and would make sense for a big show. CMLL might add another bigger match, but there’s no telling for sure until it gets closer.
It’s really strange that CMLL waited until after the press left to make this announcement. Just another weird CMLL thing.
CMLL (TUE) 06/23/2015 Arena México [CMLL, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Acero & Aéreo DQ Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Violencia
rudos fouled Acero for the DQ in straight falls.
2) Arkángel de la Muerte, Metálico, Nitro b Hombre Bala Jr., Magnus, Súper Halcón Jr.
3) Flyer TLDRAW Canelo Casas [En Busca de un Idolo]
Neither man was capable of beating the other in the time limit. Super Porky was the guest referee, and made a joke of giving everyone 10. Flyer scored a 10 (Porky), 8 (Gladiador), 6 (Shocker), 5 (Tirantes). Canelo, who failed at an inverted suplex during the match, scored a 10, 8, 7, 5 for an inexplicable 30.
4) Boby Zavala b Blue Panther Jr. [En Busca de un Idolo]
Zavala won with a top rope splash. Bobby scored a 10 (Porky), 7 (Gladiador), 9 (Shocker), 6 (Tirantes) for 32. Blue Panther Jr., who also failed on a suplex, scored a 10, 8, 6, 5 for a 29.
5) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Valiente DQ Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado
Another straight falls match ending in DQ, with Sagrado unmasking Valiente.
6) Atlantis, Dragon Lee, La Máscara b Felino, Terrible, Vangellys
7) Ángel de Oro, Mistico, Volador Jr. b Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
Misitca on Mephisto.
I missed this show. I’m told that was possibly a good thing.
Puma won the Occidente Light Heavyweight Championship from Exterminador. I’m still not sure Exterminador was champion, I’m pretty sure this is something I should be able to look up officially instead of doing my own research, I’m definitely sure it doesn’t matter.
Today’s Lucha Underground episode is #33, Death vs the Dragon. Matches on the schedule
- Sexy Star vs Super Fly
- Aerostar vs The Mack vs Marty Martinez vs Cage
- Mil Muertes vs Drago, winner gets the Ultma Lucha title match against Prince Puma
Also, there’s a vignette with Cartina and the current trios champions on YouTube already. Pentagon Jr. will also make an appearance. I’m going to guess he’ll be there to
make balloon animals for all the children break someone’s arm.
Matt D at Segunda Caida watches Dragon Lee, Fuego, Oro Jr. versus Metalico, Skandalo and Virus, tragically decides he’s going to watch Oro versus Metalico.
Terra is having a poll for best luchador ever. El Santo is leading in very light voting.
Zexuis says she’s feeling 80-90%, returned about a month early by her choice, and wants to defend her title against Vaquerita.
Apolo Valdez writes about the current state of lucha libre media.
Voices of Wrestling has the latest Lucha of the Hidden Temple reviewing the last two Lucha Underground episodes.
CMLL (TUE) 06/30/2015 Arena México
1) Acero & Aéreo vs Pequeño Universo 2000 & Pequeño Violencia
2) Metatrón, Soberano Jr., Starman vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Metálico, Nitro
3) Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Esfinge [En Busca de un Idolo]
4) Delta vs Disturbio [En Busca de un Idolo]
5) Fuego, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Kráneo, Olímpico, Ripper
6) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, La Máscara vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Hechicero, Pólvora
Guerrero Maya Jr. should work rudo in his match, because that’s the best chance of that match working. They’ve done no storyline sequences on this show since Dragon Lee/Kamaitachi got pulled. There’s been some good matches some weeks, but I’m not sure if this will be one of those.