The Crash in Tijuana, Jack Evans, Cometa/Soberano next week

booooooo Niebla Roja

CMLL (FRI) 05/05/2017 Arena México [CMLL, Culticon, luchablog]
1) Oro Jr. & Starman b Arkángel de la Muerte & Espíritu Negro 2017-05-05 CMLL on ClaroSports (posted by thecubsfan)
15:09. Tecnicos took 1/3
2) Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis b Estrellita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit 2017-05-05 CMLL on ClaroSports (posted by thecubsfan)
14:38. Rudas took 2/3.
3) Ángel de Oro b Ripper [lightning] 2017-05-05 CMLL on ClaroSports (posted by thecubsfan)
9:19. Angel de Oro submitted Ripper with a mecedora
4) Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr., Soberano Jr. b Bobby Villa, Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora 2017-05-05 CMLL on ClaroSports (posted by thecubsfan)
15:51. Tecnicos took 1/3 in the best match of the night.
5) Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero b Dragón Lee, Stuka Jr., Titán 2017-05-05 CMLL on ClaroSports (posted by thecubsfan)
11;%2. Guerreros took 1/3 despite Niebla Roja refusing to join in on any rudo tactics.
6) Carístico, Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone DQ La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush 2017-05-05 CMLL on ClaroSports (posted by thecubsfan)
10:42. Straight falls, the last by DQ when Pierroth kicked Tirantes when he was about to take the German suplex. (The kick visibly didn’t come close.) Pierroth fouled and unmasked Azul for the DQ. Los Ingobernables came out in Brazo tribute outfits.

This was not the most vital CMLL show and bad at points (Estrellita) but there were some decent moments.

The Crash (FRI) 05/05/2017 Auditorio de Tijuana, Tijuana, Baja California [@JorgeGCRR, @lucha_lipe, The Crash]
1) Douglas James, Oraculo, Serpentico b Black Danger, Jonathan, Último Maldito
Oraculo and Black Danger agreed to a mask match.
2) Arkángel Divino, Astrolux, Black Boy b Diamante (Elite), Famous B, Látigo
great match. Arkangel pinned Latigo.
3) Garza Jr., Jack Evans, Último Ninja b Bestia 666, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Jeff Cobb
Jack snuck a cradle on Bestia 666. Jeff Cobb gave Jack his finish after the match. Jack appeared to experience a seizure and was taken to back via stretcher. Jack was said to be taken to a hospital and appeared to be back at the arena by the end of the show.
4) Flip Gordon & Ricochet b Mr. 450 & Sammy Guevara Ricochet y Flip Gordon vs Mr. 450 y Sammy Guevara (posted by Lucha Libre De Tijuana)
money thrown in. Ricochet pinned Guevera (who seemed to be filmed by Jeremy Borasch.) Brazo de Oro was honored after the match.
5) Daga b Zack Sabre Jr. Zack Sabre Jr vs Daga (posted by Lucha Libre De Tijuana)
money thrown in. Daga submitted Sabre, who suggested a rematch with no rope breaks.
6) Penta Zero M & The King b Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson Lucha Brothers vs Matt and Nick Jackson (Young Bucks) parte 2 (posted by Lucha Libre De Tijuana) Penta Zero M y Rey Fenix (us) vs Young Bucks parte 1 (posted by Lucha Libre De Tijuana)
very good match

I initially assumed Jack was just doing some selling after the match, because it fit with him being laid out. Then, there was a video of Garza & Ninja reacting to Jack being put on the stretcher and it came of as much more serious. Jack was back outside the arena taking photos just after the show ended, so he couldn’t have been at the hospital long. Hope he’s ok.

The next The Crash in Tijuana show was announced as June 2nd. They announced in the building they were streaming this show, but no stream ever turned up.

The EMW (AAA) show in Tijuana on 05/19 has a Dr. Wagner Jr. & Ayako Hamada vs Kevin Kross & Kobra Moon main event. It’d be Kobra Moon’s debut in the group and a sign Hamada is sticking around even though she’s not currently on the TV lineups.

AAA TV today, in minutes from now, will have the Traidor Clowns vs Pagano/Mesias, Ricky Marvin vs Chessman and Kevin Kross vs Hijo del Fantasma.

Arena Coliseo tonight has Caristico, Mistico & Stuka against Kraneo, Ripper and Ultimo Guerrero. CMLL also had an afternoon free sponsored show in Arena Mexico tonight.

Ancla is running Arena San Juan with himself versus Latigo vs Drako in the main event. Diosa Quetzal & Keira are tag partners on that show, which is interesting because they’ve been announced as facing off in a mask match on the 19th. That seems like the end of Diosa Quetzal’s mask if it happens. (That show is billed as airing on TV Azteca, which seems highly unlikely; maybe they’re getting a clip on a highlight show or something.)

Sunday has Caristico, Marco and Mistico against Euforia, Gran Guerrero and La Mascara in Arnea Mexcio. IWRG has Dragon Fly versus Argentina’s La Mosca. MDA & Lucha Memes are running in Arena Coliseo Monterrey with a lot of highlights matches; I’d keep an eye on MDA’s Facebook in case they live stream again. I’m going to try to be at the ChilangaMask show in Berwyn to see those matches.

LuchaWorld posted their interview with Negro Casas

Segunda Caida reviews Negro Navarro versus ZSJ

Teddy Centeilla notes the 57th anniversary of Medico Asesino’s passing.

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 05/12/2017 Arena México
1) Leono & Sensei vs Artillero & Hijo del Signo
2) Astral, Príncipe Diamante, Robin vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus
3) Drone, Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
4) Rey Cometa © vs Soberano Jr. [MEX WELTER]
2nd defense
5) Ángel de Oro, Dragón Lee, Valiente vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
6) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Stuka Jr. vs La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush

CMLL announcers had said the winner of the Copa Junior would get a title shot, but I didn’t actually believe them until it was announced. CMLL’s done little with Cometa as champ and a title change is definitely possible.

Semimain is Dragon Lee’s last appearance until he heads to Japan (unless they squeeze a Saturday booking in somehow.) Volador has apparently already made his last appearance; he missed Monday’s scheduled match and hasn’t been booked anywhere else. He is scheduled to be in Los Angeles’ UIPW tomorrow, maybe he and the family decided to take a vacation together before he headed out.

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-05-05 

Soberano tornillo

Recapped: 05/05/2017

Matches: 

  1. Oro Jr. & Starman beat Arkángel de la Muerte & Espíritu Negro (15:09 [5:31, 4:40, 4:58], 1/3, ok)
  2. Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis beat Estrellita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit (14:38 [8:28, 2:32, 3:38], 2/3, below average)
  3. Ángel de Oro beat Ripper in a lightning match (9:19, mecedora, ok)
  4. Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr., Soberano Jr. beat Bobby Villa, Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora (15:51 [5:49, 6:04, 3:58], 1/3, good)
  5. Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero beat Dragón Lee, Stuka Jr., Titán  (11:52 [4:35, 2:41, 4:36], 1/3, ok)
  6. Carístico, Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone beat La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush (10:42 [4:52, 5:50], 1/2 DQ, ok)

What happened: 

Los Ingobernabrazos

Los Ingobernables wore Mosquetero del Diablo tribute outfits. Pierroth fouled and unmasked Azul to end the main event La Mascara and Rush had slight issues during the match, which might have been the sign of something bigger or might have just been part of the homage to the Brazos.

Rey Cometa versus Soberano for Cometa’s title was set for next week. But nothing else on this show, which turns out to be one of the useless Friday nights of the year.

Thoughts:

phantom kick

The main event was better than usual for this rivalary, with Los Ingobernables more into the match and the Azul/Pierroth issue not being as dominant this time. The Brazo outfits were really great too. The finish was terrible but that’s about to be expected.

I’m done with the Niebla Roja betraying his partners bit and can’t get into any of these matches until they get on with it. It’s not just me on this one, the crowd is loudly turning against Niebla Roja for not fighting, which sure seems to be the opposite effect of what CMLL is trying to get out of this. Speaking of opposite effects, a team breaking up usually loses pretty much all their falls, but an Último Guerrero team is winning their matches 2 on 3 – I’m not even sure what he has to be angry about, but he spent most of this match mad at Niebla Roja. Titan and Dragon Rojo looked good in some of their usual stuff but this was not at all for me.

this was a big bump for a sort of comedy

The fourth match looked like the best chance for a good match on the show and lived up to that early, less so latrer on. Soberano got the focus and looked good on his big spots. The tornillo off the stage was a winner, and double dives got over big. The Revolucionarios didn’t click together as much as they have in other matches, but Dragon Rojo and Soberano worked well to the finish.

Angel de Oro & Ripper was a a totally professional lighting match which was much better than what had preceded but didn’t do a whole lot for me. They had a solid match, Angel de Oro doing all of his Angel de Oro spots, maybe going a bit long, and winning when Ripper missed his senton on the end. It’s the same as every other Angel de Oro match, offered no surprises, but they didn’t cheat on effort.

terrible

The women’s match was obnoxiously bad for a few minutes in the fall and had shaky moments after it. There were a couple spots that saved it from being a total disaster, but Esterllita was horrible and Marcela was messing up things too. They kinda sorted hinted at the possible tag feud, but mostly this came off as some you’d prefer not to watch.

The opener was the usual long, mostly boring Arkangel match. Oro Jr. looked good and was obviously the best guy here, so they showcased Arkangel by letting him do the big plancha to the floor. Starman either has new tattoos that didn’t show up well or body paint that didn’t seem like a good idea. It sure seems like someone’s offering the CMLL crew free or cheap tattoos based on how many are suddenly popping up, but you get what you pay for. This was free, and we got what we paid for here too.

we’re both done

05/26/2017 AAA TV Lineup (CDMX) – last Mexico City stop before TripleMania

AAA

AAA TV (FRI) 05/26/2017 Gimnasio Olímpico Juan de la Barrera, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal
1) Charly Madrid & Tigger vs Dalton & Joe Lider
2) Pimpinela Escarlata vs Mamba
3) Drago vs Aerostar, Bengala, Australian Suicide, Lanzeloth, Máscara de Bronce, Raptor, Venum
4) El Mesías & Pagano vs Monsther Clown & Murder Clown
5) La Parka & Ricky Marvin vs Chessman & Súper Fly
Argenis and Averno will be seconds
6) Dr. Wagner Jr., Hijo del Fantasma, Psycho Clown vs Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Soul Rocker

Air Date: this is after 3 tapings which have yet to air (Tijuana, Tlaxcala, and the yet to be taped Pachuca), so I’m going to write June 17th and June 24th here but who knows what will happen between now and seven weeks.

We know that things have changes. The original schedule form back in January had AAA in Queretaro on this day, and in Contla on 05/20.  They’re now going to Pachuca on the 16th, and presumably promoting this show themselves on the 26th. The Contla show was still listed as recently as this week’s TV, but hadn’t been promoted online much and may have been off for a while. We’ve never gotten a look at the full schedule at the start of the year before (and AAA might have had anything close to one before this year), so it’s hard to tell if this is a lot of change or the usual amount.

We also know the lineup may change, because it’s changed every show. Though, to my eye, this looks like the sort of lineup AAA might end up with after the usual changes, because it does follow the issues they’re actually building. I wouldn’t rule out the card actually being close to being correct, though I suspect no one knows if it’ll be this show for sure three weeks out.

Even if it does change, it’s AAA advertising a show in Mexico City with Poder del Norte as the main event rudos. I have no idea how that’s going to at the ticket window. Half of the Tlaxcala TV will have aired by then; perhaps AAA will air the trios title change the first week to help build interest in the match, but they’re unproven as draws so far and it didn’t seem like their opponents took them all that seriously this past week on TV either.

It’s AAA’s first show here since Guerra de Titanes, first time back without Pentagon, first time back since The Crash didn’t meet expectations (on a harder day of the work) – there’s going to be all sorts of comparisons and judgments to make whatever way this turns out.

Raptor is a new name – there’s a Mexico City luchador using the name Raptor, but I’d guess it’ll be someone new. If the all tecnico match stays as it is, they should just call Alas de Oro and give someone wings. Tigger (probably The Tiger), Charly Madrid & Dalton are all from the most recent round of La Llave de la Gloria; no one outside of AAA understands how that’s supposed to work but being in a match with Joe Lider seems like a true challenge.

AAA has literally nothing left to announce until the June 19th lineup, and no show to run until May 16th. It should be a quite week or so, so I’m excited to find out what else will accidentally be announced.

ordinary CMLL show tonight, Young Bucks/Lucha Brothers in The Crash (but no known video outlet)

The Crash, tonight

CMLL (TUE) 05/02/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Martes de Glamour]
1) Cancerbero, Difunto, Raziel b Leono, Magnum, Sensei
rudos took 1/3
2) Disturbio, Puma, Tiger b Flyer, Magnus, Pegasso
Rudos took 1/3.
3) El Gallito & Microman b El Perico Zakarias & Mije Facebook video (posted by )
One fall. Money thrown in.
4) Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto b Ángel de Oro, Johnny Idol, Titán
Rudos took 1/3.
5) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero b Carístico, Máximo Sexy, Mistico
Rudos took 1/3. Euforia snuck in a foul on Maximo.

Main event sets up Euforia/Maximo next week.

CMLL’s show today is low on excitement compared to recent weeks. The main event reverts to the unappealing spring feud between Diamante Azul & Pierroth, with Los Ingobernables facing Caristico & Marco Corleone. The semimain is stuck in Niebla Roja’s slow split from Guerreros Laguneros, with him teaming once again with Euforia & Niebla Roja to face Dragon Lee, Stuka and Titan.  The lightning match is a OK Ripper versus Angel de Oro match. Arkangel de la Muerte will be there to bring down the not great to begin with opener (with Oro & Starman & Espiritu Negro.)

The fourth match, Los Revolucionarios versus Esfinge, Soberano Jr., and Guerrero Maya, is the best chance for a good match. The women’s match, with Marcela on the opposite sides of Zeuxis & Dalys after their failed team last week and with Princes Sugehit back involved. Estrellita and Amapola round out the trios.

The show starts at 8:30pm on ClaroSports. For what it’s worth, the feed is currently not geo blocked this week.

The much more exciting show tonight is happening in Tijuana, as the Crash returns to their homebase. The Young Bucks take on Penta 0M & Rey Fenix (maybe as The King), a match that’s gone well when they’ve had it before in PWG. Daga versus Zack Sabre Jr. is the semimain, part of the unofficial Daga versus the English speaking stars tour. Tijuana is not a usual strong place for maestro style matches; the Hechicero/Caifan match from earlier this year was good but didn’t seem like it got over great. The Crash audience seems to have a lot of people who are just into seeming the indie names and may give them some leeway on this. The semimain is a tag match of high flyers, Mr. 450 & Sammy Guevera against Ricochet & Flip Gordon (who probably is finishing up here after signing with ROH.) The third match is Garza, Jack Evans and Ultimo Ninja against Bestia, Hijo del Pirata Morgan  and Jeff Cobb. The opening matches include outside wrestlers like Diamante & Famous B and a lot of locals. There’s no Blue Demon or Rey Mysterio or Alberto on this show that would appeal to a more casual group of fans; this is as indie focused as any show they’ve run since the new direction and an interesting test of how well it’s working.

The Crash is listed at 8:30pm local time, which is 10:30 CT, but it’ll probably start even later than that. There’s nothing been said about the show being streamed or put VOD anywhere. There might be stuff on Twitter or Facebook, because those things seem easy to for fans to do, but probably nothing official. This week’s WON has the usual “The Crash is working to get streaming done real soon!” but they’ve been saying that all year and it’s May and there’s no sign of progress from the outside; The Crash isn’t even talking about it as a plan or a roadmap publicly, which makes it seem like they’re not actually trying even as people behind the scenes insist they are. An indie show with the Young Bucks and Pentagon and Fenix in 2017 is the easiest show to sell in on the internet in 2017 and this show can sort of be chalked up as a failure even before it happens if it’s not being recorded.

Today’s also Cinco de Mayo, an essentially US holiday of Mexican culture (and a battle in Puebla). There are many outdoor festival which include lucha libre shows in places like San Diego and St. Louis and Chicago and across the US. There’s also a few Lucha Va Voom style shows running tonight that tend to appeal to Americans, from the original group running this weekend in Los Angeles to others inspired by them like the group running in Detroit (where the Traumas are scheduled to make a US appearance.) There’s nothing much going on in Mexico; usually there’s at least a few shows in Puebla, the location of the famous battle this day is remembered for, but no one seems to be running anything special. Last weekend swallowed up all the shows, I guess – CMLL’s lineup is regular, AAA is not running a TV taping. The Crash is running, but that seems more like it’s just the day where all their guys are free than anything else. The Chavez/Canelo boxing match does seem to be getting a lot of attention (it’s even kcidis cartoon of the week), but that wouldn’t stop people from running lucha libre shows if it was worth their time.

CMLL has no hopes or aspirations (me too), but if AAA still believes they’re going to make a incursion into the US with a live show someday, this is obviously the day the should aim for – a AAA or Lucha Underground or some cross promoted show with Impact would get some added attention and some casual fans checking out if they could get into the US on these days.

Today does start Lucha Underground’s third season airing on Canada’s TLN. They’re airing two episodes every Friday, which would catch them up by August (or something will happen, as something usually does.)

Watch Psycho Clown work out.

Fuego en el Ring’s podcast has Chik Tormenta & Silueta talking about their match in Illinois this weekend for ChilangaMask.

Dragon Gate Jae says today was Flamtia & Drastizk Boy’s last match in Japan for now. I’m surprised it was this soon, neither of them are booked anywhere for a week.

Lineups

DTU G21 (SUN) 06/04/2017 Gym Municipal, Irapuato, Guanajuato
1) Billy, Hardy Boy, Masizito vs Erwing, Irving, Luigi
2) Sirius & Toto vs Astro Latino & Drolux
3) Camuflaje vs Flayer Boy, Pardux, Destello
4) Jimmy & Kevin vs Kastigador & Vengador and Chica Ye-Ye & Lokillo
5) Cíclope & Miedo Extremo vs D. Pólux Jr. & Ovett
6) Jason Cade & Trey Miguel vs Drastik Boy & Moria and Cobre & Crazy Boy

DTU’s starting to announce it’s late May/June shows, with this one in Guanajuato. Cobre seems to be a prospect of the moment based on where he’s been slotted of late.

CMLL Martes de Glamour: 2017-05-02 

javelin tope

Recapped: 05/04/2017

Matches: 

All matches aired live from Arena Mexico. The first match and part of the second match did not air due to technical issues.

Eléctrico, Shockercito, Stukita beat Mercurio, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Violencia (16:43 [4:37, 5:17, 6:49], 1/3, ok)

Canelo Casas, Forastero, Virus beat Drone, Fuego, Star Jr. (14:38 [7:01, 3:26, 4:11], 2/3, ok)

Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther beat Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys (14:24 [6:56, 3:02, 4:26], 2/3, ok)
Video: 
VideosOficialesCMLL

Dragón Lee vs Niebla Roja (14:12 [2:40, 2:26, 9:06], great)
Video: 
VideosOficialesCMLL

  1. Dragon Lee Spanish Fly (2:40)

  2. Niebla Roja Furia Roja (2:26)

  3. Niebla Roja inverted huracanrana (9:05)

Atlantis, Rey Cometa, Valiente beat Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla (7:46 [0:52, 1:57, 4:57], 2/3, ok)

What Happened:

Niebla Roja defeated Dragon Lee cleanly in something close to a tecnico versus tecnico match. And that’s all.

Review:

Dragon Lee takes a lot on this

I liked the Dragon Lee/Niebla Roja more on the rewatch. The first time thru, the reverse huracanrana doesn’t feel like the right finish, not being a move that’s usually a finish for Niebla Roja (or anyone here despite being a Big Move) and being the rudo winning cleanly. It kind of works better when you factor in what each man had already done to each other, and Niebla Roja just escaping Dragon Lee’s emergency finish. Dragon Lee did get spiked pretty well, part of his pledge to land on his head in every match. The speed here was a little slower than Dragon Lee’s bigger matches and risk tasking was more one sided, but they did play off each other well and pulled out a few things playing off their previous spots. Niebla Roja came off as a guy very good in CMLL singles match style, but my expectations were for him to show more things I wasn’t expecting and he didn’t quite do that. Still worth watching.

The main event was the usual easy match following a big singles match that makes you wish they had just done the singles match last. Peste Negra got over as easy as usual but the effort wasn’t quite there; this is a Valiente match without a dive, amazingly enough.

Dragon Lee is underrated strong

The usual bit of unexpected finishes in a Panther match, though it doesn’t seem to ever amount to as much it could be, and the surprise of the roll ups at the end mitigates the big Terrible/Panther ending they seemed like they were head towards. It’s kind of a teaching match, don’t expect everything to be wrapped up nicely, but it doesn’t make for this to be much of a match. The Panther stands out much more than his brother, who had little presence in this match.

Drone looked great, so then Canelo Casas beat him to win the tercera and everyone was sad. I’m not sure how I feel yet about Drone’s new shoulder tattoo. This match really was one more positive wrestler away from being good match but what can you do. Forastero is a useful luchador even outside of his trio, which is nice to see.

bad times for Star Jr.

We saw most of the opener, which appeared to be the usual minis match and maybe unnecessary to see. Stukita was super charismatic as always, Eléctrico had good moves with odd hesitations as always. Pequeño Violencia wouldn’t be wearing the Ingobernables logo if La Sombra was still alive.

lucha TV preview for weekend of May 5th

full size

Claro is actually showing CMLL Claro as NOT geo blocked at the moment. Too bad it doesn’t look like an interesting show.

AAA will start the Tijuana taping this weekend, though we don’t know which matches will air until later.

Puebla has what will be the fourth micro match by the time it airs.

Aeroboy debuts in AAW on Saturday, so here are some Aeroboy matches to watch

AeroboW

Aeroboy’s hanging around the US this weekend. He’s working a Lucha Va Voom style show in Detriot on Friday and is part of the ChilangaMask show Sunday outside of Chicago in Berywn. In between, he’ll be debuting in Chicago’s AAW in front of a new audience.

Aeroboy is a young luchador who has been wrestling seemingly forever. He started as a backyarder in his early teens, got trained, and was one of the original members of the DTU promotion, known for it’s hardcore matches. Aeroboy still does extreme wrestling, but has broadened himself into a more all around wrestler. He’s also been one one half of tag team Los Compadres Extremos with friend Violento Jack since 2010. Jack’s spending a lot of time in Japan the last couple years and Aeroboy’s been trying to establish himself more as a singles wrestler.

Aeroboy’s AAW debut match is a six way, likely to be a fast paced fight. You can see what he might be capable in that sort of match in these highlights of a 2015 match with Eterno

That top rope swanton might be his best chance at pulling out a win. There’s other moves he’ll use (watch for the rolling casita), but a sudden top rope move might help him sneak a victory.

These highlights of a match laster year with Extreme Tiger also show you what he could do:

I recorded a long version of that match.

My favorite Aeroboy match is the mask versus hair one he had with Black Terry last year, though i’s quite a bit more violent and hate filled than the one he’ll be in on Saturday

And Aeroboy and Violento Jack recently faced a couple of people familiar to AAW, Penta 0M & Daga. (This one’s a full match.)

Aeroboy’s in AAW because he’s good, but also because he happens to be around the midwest with a day off on a day where AAW had an extra spot. A strong performance might open more people’s eyes for to him, but this is a little bit of the planets aligned just correct for him and it might not be way for him to return, but maybe he’ll get more people talking about him.

CMLL Puebla: 2017-05-01 

Zacarias out runs Niebla

Recapped: 05/03/2017

Matches:

All matches aired live from Arena Puebla.

Centella Roja & El Hijo De Centella Roja beat Fuerza Chicana & Guerrero Espacial (15:46 [5:29, 4:48, 5:29], 1/3, ok)

Arkángel de la Muerte, Nitro, Toro Bill Jr. beat Arkalis, Black Tiger, Príncipe Diamante (18:31 [6:32, 4:59, 7:00], 2/3, below average)

Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa, Rey Samuray beat Misterioso Jr., Policeman, Sangre Azteca (16:44 [10:05, 1:53, 4:46], 2/3, ok)

Atlantis, Stuka Jr., Valiente beat La Máscara, Mr. Niebla, Pierroth
(8:16 [1:08, 2:05, 5:03], 2/3, ok)

Máximo Sexy, Mistico, Negro Casas beat Diamante Azul, Ephesto, Mephisto in a relevos increíbles match (11:27 [7:50, 1:29, 2:08], 2 DQ/3, ok)

Último Guerrero © beat Carístico for the NWA World Middleweight Championship (13:00, 2/3 good)
Video: 
VideosOficialesCMLL

  1. Carístico torito 3:43

  2. Pulpo Guerrero 1:20

  3. Guerrero Special 7:57

What happened: 

rudos bumble into giving Hijo de Centella Roja into a pin

Ultimo Guerrero kept his middleweight championship over Caristico.

Mephisto and Negro Casas feuded in the semimain. Mephisto’s team lost the second fall by a very weak shove to Pompin, who probably can’t get shoved any more than that. The outcome set up a rematch next week, for some reason. Diamante Azul replaced Volador.

Brazo de Oro was honored before the fourth match.

Thoughts: 

Toro Bill big bump

The main event was sufficient for a title match, just about good enough, but it was not as good as their previous singles match. The Arena Mexico match felt like more a big deal and this felt like a perfunctory title defense. They didn’t go as far as usual, and they seemed to be on different pages more than usual. It still was the best thing on the show.

Negro Casas wrestling as a fired up técnico is good and Diamante Azul remains better as a rudo than a técnico, but there was not much to this. Mistico had his shoulder taped up and seemed to be taking the night off, which makes it less certain if Casas/Mephisto was the feud or if they were just covering for other things going on.

The rest of the show was just ordinary and forgettable matches. La Mascara wrestling his normal match is odd but whatever works for him is fine. There was decent effort in the tercera and Rey Samurai fit in fine, but it was nothing special. The first two matches felt like a lot of guys with no path to improve and hard to care about, or find the purpose in evaluating. I’m certain Arkangel believed his match was pretty good, but it was the most generic uninspired lucha to me. We’re really past the point where I should be skipping a few weeks of these shows to get caught up on all the other stuff.

UG wins

Villanos defeat IWRG rudos, betrayal in Guadalajara

CMLL (SUN) 04/30/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Domingos Familiares]
1) Destello & Guerrero de la Muerte b Capitán Cobra & Micro
rudos took 2/3
2) Fantástico, Johnny Dinamo, Tigre Blanco b Carlo Roggi, Linterna, Mr. Apolo
tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Black Sugar, El Divino, Nautilius b Gran Kenut, Mr. Trueno, Thunder Boy
tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Rey Trueno b Star Black
Mr. Trueno and Nautilius were seconds. Rey Trueno took falls 1/3. Nautilius betrayed Star Black and turned rudo, giving Rey Trueno the win.
5) Flash II, Metatrón, Vaquero Jr. b Joker, Pitbull I, Pitbull II
Tecnicos took 2/3.

betraying new Guadalajara idol Star Black is probably not good for your long term prospects

IWRG (WED) 05/03/2017 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), The Gladiatores]
1) Keiser Drago b Fly Tiger
2) Atomic Star & Lunatic Xtreme b Vardeus & Voltar
3) Shadow Boy b Shaolin
4) Máquina Infernal & Tackle b Acero & Kanon
5) Aramis b Climax Jr.
very good match
6) Heddi Karaoui, Trauma I, Trauma II b Dragón Fly, Freelance, Veneno
Trauma I & Veneno had a hard chop fight
7) Kortiz, Villano III Jr., Villano IV b Black Terry, Demonio Infernal, Diablo Jr.
Villanos took 1/3, though Terry believed he kicked out before three on Villano IV’s pin. They talked about having a direct 1v1 match at some time.

On Informa, Dragon Lee said he leaves for Japan on May 14th. I’d assume Volador too, which means next Friday would be the last time we see them for a while.

+LuchaTV posted the complete ruleta de la muerte from the last ChilangaMask show.

RIOT on 05/20 in Arena Femenil Monterrey

This week’s Zona Ruda includes a sit down interview with Pimpinela Escarlata. They had Mamba on before (and brought up some clips on this interview), so it’s possible they’re just building that feud on their new show and not so much on the main show. Decent experiment anyway.

Daga posted a video of him running to get ready for his match with ZSJ on Friday, mentions his knee isn’t in the best moment (which fits with getting hurt this weekend.)

Vampiro says he’ll be revealing the biggest project of his life on May 31st.

A report on yesterday’s AAA press conference to promote the 05/17 Arena Aficion show.

Lineup

IWRG (SUN) 05/07/2017 Arena Naucalpan
1) ? vs Adrenalina
2) Aramis & Shaolin vs Lunatic Extreme & Vórtize
3) Shadow Boy vs Atomic Star
4) Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Pantera I vs Hip Hop Man, Pibe Alfajor, Teylor
5) Freelance vs Eterno
6) Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan Jr. vs Heddi Karaoui, Veneno, Villano IV
7) La Mosca © vs Dragón Fly [IWRG IC WELTER]
first defense

Dragon Fly holds the Argentina championship, challenges the Argentina who holds the IWRG title.

I’m guessing “Teylor” is actually Chilean Taylor Wolf.

ANCLA (SAT) 06/24/2017 Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México
1) ? & Ancla Jr. vs ?? & Tezca
2) Basted & Hahastary vs Black Fury & Heronia
3) Danger vs Lokillus, Yoruba, Toxin, Belial, Drako
4) Centurion & Látigo vs Astrolux & Metal
5) Demus 3:16 vs Black Terry
6) Hijo de LA Park, LA Park, Rey Escorpión vs Ancla, Arez, Terremoto

More dangerous: promoting a show or booking yourself in a match with LA Park?

2017 watch later catch up, part 2 of ∞

ZSJ runs over Ronnie

Hey, I’m doing this again.

Rayo Star & Titán (CMLL) vs Black Terry & Toxin in a Juventud y Gloria quarterfinal (CaraLucha in Arena San Juan Pantitlan, 02/04/2017, via TVLuchaMundial, 25:30, good): a satisfying unique partners match, where the veterans felt more like the stars of the show but the youngsters were never out classed. Toxin & Terry took control of the match by turning it into a brawl and away from Titan’s usual style. Titan kept up and rallied back, but it was not his usual showcase. The chops sounded very strong and the headbutts looked good. Titan and Terry went a lot longer than we usually get after a couple eliminations, and Titan’s big sell off the moonsault counter made a spot that’s never a finish come off as a convincing one. I could see going higher and there’s no strong reason against it, it was just missing that next gear or someone really standing out.

exploding dropkick
Terry headbutt

Rey Hechicero & Solar I vs Caifan & Negro Navarro (Arena Lopez Mateos, 02/04/2017, 22:52, via +LuchaTV): [good] generally the expected exchange of holds that gets easy reaction from the fans who did show up to this one (which doesn’t appear to be many.) A Negro Navarro/Hechicero issue comes up naturally, with the vet easily getting under the skin of the CMLL luchador. Both men play off it for the rest of the match, though it never really gets paid off in the one. Hechicero kind of works backwards, getting in a lot of his usual spots in early and leaving of the match in a position where there’s no real build to a finish, just a steady back and forth move change until suddenly it’s time to end. Pleasant a lot but only really needed for completists of this style.

a tumble onto cement
old man suplex

Emperador Azteca vs Diablo Jr. (Arena Naucalpan, 02/15/2017, via thecubsfan, 6:04) [good]: IWRG seems like they’ve cut down their match times this year, with most singles matches only one fall. That leads to crazy sprints like this, where Emperador Azteca loses his mind on his first dive and adds two more later on. Azteca takes most of the match, with Diablo just getting in enough shots to survive and catching the técnico at the end. The finish looks cool, but it is a bit too easy. Still, we’d be raving about this for weeks if showed up as a CMLL lightning match.

Azteca starts the match into the crowd
Diablo climb up corner dropkick
one more dive into the crowd

Golden Magic vs Pirata Morgan Jr., mask contra hair (IWRG/Arena Naucalpan, 02/12/2017 ,via iwrgtv, 22:46, good)

  1. Pirata Morgan Jr. guillotine legdrop 4:45

  2. Golden Magic top rope splash 7:45

  3. Golden Magic 450 splash 10:16

Pirata Morgan Jr. looked awesome early on, throttling Golden Magic around ringside for four minutes, with the super slam into the chairs and the unexpected flying legdrop; this looked like it was something that was going to be amazing. It turned out to be something that was just good, because Pirata Jr. is gassed after those few minutes and really can’t add much more. The second fall drags until Golden Magic takes over, and the third fall is all Golden Magic moving Pirata around to get in spots. It works, because Golden Magic can do a lot of things and the blood adds some drama, but it’s a one man match for a long way and that’s a little disappointing from where it started. Still a nice Golden Magic outing.

all the chairs
Magic moonsault
cannonball

Zack Sabre Jr. vs Jinzo (Martinez Promotions/Turf Zone Arena, Kennedale, Texas, taped 01/14/2017, via victor Martinez, 24:21, great): I’m a sucker for long Mendoza matches, but this doesn’t feel like it’s even going to be a good one for a long while. The submission wrestling is met with quiet for about the first ten minutes of the match – respectful quiet, but it’s doesn’t seem to be clicking with this audience (and not the easiest match to watch when there’s a cameraman blocking the mat work.) And then, Sabre starts cinching and smashing bodyparts, Ronnie screams in pain a lot, and the fans seem to buy into it. It works as Ronnie trying and not really able to match ZSJ when he’s fighting his kind of match, but being able to fight out of it at times and put Sabre in to some danger. The last half of this match is generally strong and dramatic, though it comes off a match that might have been better received in front of an super indie crowd than a lucha crowd (which reacts stronger to the chop battle than the kick in the chest one.) Finish doesn’t look perfect and is kind of unexpected as a finish, but it’s nice upset win.

ZSJ is hard to GIF on a cell phone

Eterno vs Demonio Infernal (Arena Naucalpan, 02/05/2017, via IWRG tv, 13:30, good): this is a heated and bloody brawl where Eterno brings Demonio Infernal up to his level. Unfortunately, the finish takes it down a level or two. Demonio Infernal small packages Eterno, both roll so neither men are down, referee looks at the possible pin from all angles and then waves off the match – because it’s a double submission, apparently. Neither man was acting like they were putting each other in a hold or hurt from a hold, it’s nonsense. A draw may have made sense in this part of the feud but one that looks like this makes it hard to drop in and watch. Still, this fits with the overall improved nature of these IWRG young guy singles match; this was shorter and improved for being one fall, with the guys keeping a good pace all around. Eterno & Atomic Star specifically parodying the Daga & Eterno run-in on the Crash (just a few days before this) was amusing, and fit with Eterno not totally taking the novato totally seriously and being annoyed with how tough it turned out to be. This was really good showing for Infernal.

Demonio Infernal tope
Eterno moonsault
rolling cradle