What happened: Monster & Murder betrayed Dr. Wagner. It wasn’t built to in the match or explained after, and Wagner won anyway thanks to them attacking Psycho Clown too. Perhaps if AAA keeps trying mystery angles, one will pay off.
A new look Cuervo & Scoria won a tag match. (The words Xinetez and Zorro are now on the forbidden list.) Soul Rocker cheated to beat Bengala. AAA announced some of the Rey de Reyes matches.
Tirantes was the referee in all three matches and played a neutral referee this week.
There were 26:01 of match time on this show, up about a minute from last week. There were 16:57 of entrance time on this show.
What was good: I liked the three way tag match with no reservations. The opener wasn’t as good as those have been and the main event was a typical AAA main event.
Where can I watch it: It’s on my channel, but looks much better on AAA’s channel.(more…)
CMLL (SUN) 03/05/2017Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Arena Coliseo Guadalajara]
1) Guerrero de la Muerte b Micro
2) Carlo Roggi & Destructor b Avispón Negro Jr. & El Yaqui
3) El Divino & Javier Cruz Jr. b Demonio Rojo & Gran Kenut referee was helping the rudos
4) Kempo Dragón, Sky Kid, Smaker b Mr. Trueno, Príncipe Kisho, Rey Trueno First match for both Sinaloa guys since October.
5) Explosivo, Omar Brunetti, Star Black b El Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón Explosivo snuck in a foul on Sanson. Tecnicos will get a title shot next week.
The Dinamitas appear to be Mexico City full time now, so a trios title change seems likely.
I held off doing this post to get that Kanon & Picudo Jr. result but that’ll have to wait until later. Veneno beating Danny Casas is a bit of an upset. Hip Hop Man posted a photo of the cut on his head from Mr. Electro’s bottle. Apolo Estrada teased a ex-WWE joining his Insoportables group – Medico Asesino, I’m guessing. This all should air tonight on AYM.
Today’s Arena Puebla show has a Rush versus Ultimo Guerrero match. They had this same match in this same building four months. They’ve had this match in Arena Mexico since, and one in Arena Coliseo that hasn’t aired. Ultimo Guerrero always wins these, and these are just sort of OK of late. It’ll probably be OK again. There are other matches on the card that look better: Atlantis, Carisitco and Dragon Lee take on the Hijos del Inferno. (On Twitter, Caristico says his finish is now known as La Caristica.) The Revolucionarios take on Angel de Oro, Stuka and Titan in another match that’ll be good with some time and effort.
The rest of the card is not as promising. Soberano, Star and Stigma team up to take on Virus, Sangre Azteca and Canelo Casas, where some of the rudos are a challenge. Last week’s issues between Policeman & Espiritu Maligno leads to a tag match with the usually boring Black Tiger and Hijo del Signo. The show opens with Malayo & Guerrero Espacial facing Hijo de Centella Roja and Vega, in Vega’s first match here since November. He hasn’t been working much elsewhere, so he may be coming back from injury.
Next week it’ll be different. This will come up constantly for the next month, but this is your first notice that Daylight Savings Time starts this weekend in the US. It does not start in Mexico until April 2nd, so all shows airing from Mexico (except border towns like Tijuana) will be airing one hour later for four weeks starting on Sunday.
AIW had Gringo Loco on their podcast, talking about being dead for seven minutes after his heart attack, and lighter stories about wrestling in Mexico. He mentions DJZ is responsible for getting him back into wrestling after Mexico and getting him into AIW.
At Segunda Caida, Matt D defends Volador versus Yoshitatsu. I think he’s right that it would’ve been better if they just did a straight comedy match that he might do with Maximo instead of Volador trying to do the Volador match, but I also think the fans where whistling pretty strongly at the match in the second fall and is giving Tatsu credit for story telling he wasn’t trying to do.
Here’s the thing: CMLL is not going to a book a rudo vs rudo title match unless forced, because they are so far in the box that they don’t know there is a box. However, if the Panthers get the title win here, we might actually get the the Puma, Tiger, Negro Casas title match because then tecnicos will have the belts. And I think that’s a decent possibility.
CMLL (SUN) 03/12/2017Arena México
1) Sangre Imperial & Starman vs Apocalipsis & Artillero
2) Eléctrico, Fantasy, Último Dragóncito vs Demus 3:16, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico
3) Estrellita, La Jarochita, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Metálica, Zeuxis
4) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Johnny Idol vs Mr. Niebla, Terrible, Vangellys
5) Carístico, Dragón Lee, Marco Corleone vs Kráneo, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero
Yea, they’re doing Dragon Lee vs Niebla Roja on the non-televisa show again. Oh well.
Triton & Esfinge are surprise inclusions for the local show. And I guess Metatron too, but I forget Metatron exists.
MDA (SUN) 04/02/2017Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) Extreme Boy & La Gaviota vs Chica de Arabia & Mini Bengalí
2) Babe Fox & Faceman vs Gallardo & Jesse
3) Hijo de LA Park & Saru vs Karateka Jr. & The Tiger
4) Douki vs Sam Adonis
5) Último Dragón & Xtreme Tiger vs Laredo Kid & Rey Horus
6) LA Park vs Rush vsLashley vsDiamante Azul (CMLL)
what has Lashley got himself into? Why does Diamante Azul exist? Not sure how much to expect from Ultimo Dragon but that’s an creative semimain. Sam Adonis gets a Monterrey match, though they still haven’t figured out to book him against Mexicans.
Air Date: 03/11 & 03/18 – this starts airing this upcoming. weekend
AAA is a promotion that seems to pride itself on taking things slowly, and saving’s it peak moments for a few shows a year. Until this show, where the seven months build to Faby & Mary finally getting the best of OGT happens in a spur of the moment match. I guess it possible that AAA was changing so many matches that they felt they had to do something big to make up for it, but some of those changes (like Psycho not being in the main event) seem to be AAA choices. It’ This is just random, and make all the slow story telling frustrating when the payoff is something given a segment of set up.
Speaking of long storytelling going no where, The photo of Hijo del Tirantes raising Faby Apache’s arm to signify victory is amazing. Though not for the “women wins men’s title!” bit AAA is going with. Hijo del Tirantes has been making Faby Apache’s life for years, and has been directly been heavily feuding with her for the last few months, as one of the focal points of the TV show. Suddenly, in Cuautitlan, on the TV airing this week, Hijo del Tirantes is a neutral referee with no explanation. Faby’s greatest enemy could’ve cost her career (and maybe her families careers too), but we’re supposed to not think about that because – uh, AAA’s decided to go in a direction? AAA just couldn’t be bothered to have another referee to do the match? I dunno.
Look, I don’t want to see Hijo del Tirantes as a heel referee. The end result here is good. Just, don’t expect people to take your storylines seriously when you can’t be bothered to tell endings to them. To be fair, it’s probably not an ending, and Hijo del Tirantes will be back being a heel referee sooner or later, and none of this will ever make sense. It is so dumb that I’m spending so many words on something not making sense in AAA because that’s the default position and expecting things to change is not smart. I can’t help myself.
(Theory: Did Vampiro come in with a booking change? Because this seems like a booking change. There’s noticeably nothing on this show that built up Rey de Reyes in anyway; the only thing they accomplished was to make you think Super Fly vs Aerostar wouldn’t be happening. Vampiro’s noticeably all over this show, when authority figures haven’t been a big presence on AAA TV of late. AAA switching from going out of their way to remove Pentagon, Daga and Garza off their lineups to changing half their TV lineup and not telling anyone is also suspicious.)
AAA’s sparse on Mary & Gran Apache’s status. Presumably they’re coming back soon if they’re being included in the trios title team, but this was so spur of the moment that I wouldn’t be sure they’ll ever defend the belts until they actually do. Again, Gran Apache hasn’t been seen in a match on December 3, is a guy in his 50s who’s spent his life doing professional wrestling, and I hope he’s OK.
Angelico seems like he’s out of country starting in April, so I suspect he and Suicide’s title shot will be the new long running plot line that AAA’s forgotten. Maybe they can actually just add them to the tag title match in Neza.
Joe Lider is 2 for 2 on taking the pins since the Rebelion left, and they didn’t even need to have him in the match this time. Texano/Wagner sounds interesting until the finish. Let’s all assume Wagner beat up Psycho and never think about it again.
CMLL (SAT) 03/04/2017Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Bengala, Leono, Sensei b Apocalipsis, Cholo, Grako tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Akuma, Artillero, Inquisidor b Astral, Príncipe Diamante, Sangre Imperial Rudos took 1/3. Money thrown in.
3) Puma, Tiger, Virus b Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr., Soberano Jr.
4) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther b Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto Panthers took falls 2/3 and asked for a title shot. Rudos said OK
5) Ángel de Oro, Carístico, Marco Corleone DQ La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush Angel de Oro replaced Valiente. Tecnicos took 2/3, the last when Rush fouled Marco.
The Casas family is owed a title shot and has repeatedly beaten the Panthers, I don’t think there’s a been a miscarriage of justice which was so obviously going to happen. Tiger, Puma and Negro Casas are never getting that title match.
CMLL (SUN) 03/05/2017Arena México [CMLL]
1) Grako, Hijo del Signo, Metálico b Flyer, Magia Blanca, Starman
2) Estrellita, Princesa Sugehit, Sanely b Reyna Isis, Tiffany, Zeuxis
3) Shockercito b Pierrothito [CMLL MINI] Shockercito took falls 1/3 to win the vacant title (Astral moving up divisions.) Shockercito becomes 14th champion, wins the belt for the first time.
4) Ángel de Oro, Marco Corleone, Volador Jr. b Rey Bucanero, Sam Adonis, Terrible Adonis choked out Marco with his flag after the match.
5) Atlantis, Dragón Lee, Mistico DQ Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero Tecnicos took 2/3. Niebla Roja unmasked Dragon Lee for the DQ.
Niebla Roja/Dragon Lee is a match they’ve already done on Coliseo where we didn’t see it (may have been taped for Retro but never aired), so I’ll be actually disappointed if they’re doing it again on another non-TV taping. The media attention on Sam Adonis does not look to be dying down, maybe CMLL will actually do something with him.
I tried to figure out what I should write about, and then I remembered I had a list of things that were going to happen this week. Let’s just use that!
Dragon Lee defeated Will Ospreay in Ring of Honor in what was said to be an excellent match, though a little overshadowed by other news on the show. The show will be a $15 VOD available on ROH’s site at some point, and they’re obviously setting up something to give Dragon Lee a win. Long term, this year’s NJPW BOSJ is going to be the best junior tournament NJPW’s ever run.
The Brazo de Plata tribute/benefit show was well attended, though I think every single match on the card was changed (to the point where I’m not entirely sure I have the correct results); even the autograph signing was changed, with Texano replacing Goya Kong. Porky was seen walking around with a cane, which means he probably hasn’t yet got the leg operations he needs, but maybe this’ll help.
HUMO’s women show saw Lola Gonzalez, Marcela and Diabolica (Monterrey/Tiffany’s mom version) honored. The one notable result saw Vaquerita defeat Keira, which may set up a REINA title match between the two.
Lucha Memes (SAT) 03/25/2017Arena Coliseo San Ramón, Puebla, Puebla
1) Astrolux vs Black Metal (Estado de México)
2) Toxin Boy vs Arkalis
3) Prayer vs Virus
4) Sammy Guevara vs Impulso
5) Centella de Oro vs Hechicero (CMLL)
There’s little chance we’ll see this, but Centella de Oro was always interesting when he was still wrestling in Arena Puebla so that main event sounds good.
CMLL (FRI) 03/03/2017Arena México [CMLL, ESTO, R de Rudo, thecubsfan]
1) Demus 3:16 & Pequeño Nitro b Fantasy & Último Dragóncito 11:53. Rudos took 1/3.
2) Fuego, Pegasso, Soberano Jr. b Disturbio, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado 12:15. Tecnicos took 1/2.
3) Bobby Villa, Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora b Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther 15:03. Revolucionarios took 1/3.
4) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Titán b Forastero, Máscara Año 2000, Sansón 18:49. Tecnicos took 2/3.
5) Diamante Azul, Máximo Sexy, Valiente b La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush 8:45. Tecnicos took 2/3, the last when Azul blocked a Pierroth foul and fouled Pierroth himself. Los Ingobernables destroyed and unmasked him after the match just the same.
6) Volador Jr. b Yoshitatsu 12:05. Volador took 2/3 in a match where Yoshitatsu spent much of the match goofing around and trying to play an over the top heel character.
Tirantes story is he got a cramp. I think Tirantes thought Tatsu wasn’t going to bother to kick out, or La Mascara was on the very wrong side of the ring.
Cara Lucha (FRI) 03/03/2017Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), Kronosport]
1) Astrolux & Torito Negro b Black Metal & Moria
2) Keira b Lady Maravilla, Chik Tormenta Match was billed with a mystery person teaming with Tormenta. They weren’t there, so it became a three way instead.
3) Sky Man b Saturno [MUCHAS LUCHAS CHAMP] said to be a great match
4) Glen Calavera & Jerry Calavera b Brian Villa & Willy Banderas and Corsario Negro & Drako and Crazy King & Makabre [super libre] The Calavera brothers beat Crazy King & Makabre to win after the other teams were eliminated. The Neza Kings attacked the Calaveras after the match.
5) Black Terry & Toxin b Demus 3:16 & Yoruba [Juventud y Gloria, semifinal] Terry & Toxin face Ultimo Guerrero & Templario in the final.
6) Hijo de LA Park & LA Park b Black Tauro (Elite) & Daga Park beat Daga after an exchange of low blows.
The reviews are really strong on Sky Man & Saturno (the former Quien Pinta por la Corona winner). Black Terry & Toxin vs Ultimo Guerrero & Templario sounds like a good tournament final.
The big shows are later this month, but there are many lucha shows of note this weekend:
Dragon Lee is in New York for ROH
Coliseo has Caristico, Marco & Valiente against La Mascara, Pierroth and Rush
The same rudos are scheduled to main event a show starting the same time. It’s the Brazo de Plata 40th anniversary tribute, where they face Atlantis, Diamante Azul & Maximo. It’s s an all CMLL card, with Psycho Clown & Goya Kong around officially only to sign autograph.
HUMO is running a women’s show in Gimnasio Hercules.
CMLL (FRI) 03/10/2017Arena México
1) Fuego & Soberano Jr. vs Misterioso Jr. & Sagrado
2) Drone, Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs El Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
3) Stuka Jr. vs Bobby Villa [lightning]
4) Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Volador Jr. vs Felino, Negro Casas, Sam Adonis
5) Dragón Lee, Mistico, Valiente vs Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero
6) Carístico, Diamante Azul, Máximo Sexy vs La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush
This is a better all around card than last week – Fuego & Soberano are luxuries for an opening match, Volador in a 4th match is odd – though they’re not doing much to build up anything for H2L outside the mask match. Matt Taven isn’t booked yet after all, and the Sky Team are facing the Guerreros. Main event is a rematch of this week’s semimain.
What happened: Volador defeated Yoshitatsu in a trash main event. Azul beat Pierroth but was left humiliated by the Ingobernables again.
What was good: The Panther/Revolucionarios match is worth seeking out, ant the fourth match was good.
The main event was not just bad, but amazing in it’s awfulness. I sincerely believe the Pierroth/Diamante Azul match will be better than Volador/Yoshitatsu. Pierroth & Diamante Azul are not skilled, but they show effort and are under the (misguided belief) they’re doing good. Yoshitatsu only tried in ways to submarine the match.
Hello! You are one of the many people who’ve asked me “How do I go to a lucha libre show while I’m in Mexico?” Instead of repeatedly writing whatever I can remember off the top of my head, I’ve finally put everything I suggest in one spot.
This is as much detail as I can think to include, based on my own experience going to shows and other people have suggested to me. I’ll try to update this from time to time. (This is the first draft, posted March 2017.)
I don’t have the patience to read all of this, give it to me quick
CMLL runs shows every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday night in Arena Mexico. CMLL always runs shows on those days, but they don’t announce who will be wrestling on those shows more than a week in advance. The shows are inexpensive, fun, and about 150 minutes long. CMLL’s website has the times and lineups. You can buy tickets thru Ticketmaster or at the building. There are always tickets available on the day of the show. Any cab driver will be able to get you to Arena Mexico if you tell them “Arena Mexico Lucha Libre”, or you can use the address here. There will be plenty of places to buy masks outside the building. Bring small bills and change. You don’t need to know Spanish to enjoy the show.
The easiest lucha libre shows to check out in all of Mexico are the CMLL shows at Arena Mexico (map), in the Colonia Doctores neighborhood of Mexico City. The promotion runs three shows a week at their home building. The biggest show is the Friday night show, taking place at 8:30 pm local. There are also shows on Tuesday nights at 7:30 pm and Sunday night at 5:00 pm. CMLL runs 52 weeks a year, running those same three shows. If you’re looking for one lucha libre show to go to while you’re in Mexico, plan to go to the Friday night show.
(They may move the shows around if it’s Christmas week or Mexican Independence week in September, but those are rare occasions. They’ll always run the day of the holiday, not the night before. This affects about 1% of the shows, you’ll probably never need to worry about this.)
You don’t need to follow CMLL or speak Spanish to enjoy a lucha libre show. Most of the matches will have no great history and are simple battles between good and evil sides, who will make themselves very clear. CMLL matches are mostly under idiosyncratic lucha libre rules with three falls and captains, but the matches are more about the performance than the outcome. It’s not hard to figure out who’s winning or losing, but you don’t even really need to know that to get a lot of out of the matches. There may minimal talking moments after the matches, but those are always to set up matches for some future show and you don’t really have to understand them to enjoy the show.
There’s a few different ways to attend a lucha libre show:
I want the easiest possible experience and I don’t really care how much it costs
Mexico City & CMLL have partnered on a special tour bus program “Turiluchas”. You can read more about here. The bus takes passengers from the Reforma 222 Mall to Arena Mexico on Tuesdays & Fridays. (It also goes to secondary CMLL venue Arena Coliseo on Saturdays, but more on that much later.) You can buy a ticket at the mall before getting on the bus, and some hotels will also help you purchase in advance. If you buy a ticket, you get a seat at the arena from the 11th row and back, a ride back and forth from the arena, a Turiluchas mask, and a (Spanish language) Q&A with whichever CMLL luchador is onboard that night. The bus leaves about an hour and half before the show, and you’ll get to the arena in plenty of time. The bus starts it’s return trip soon after the show ends.
Turiluchas bus tickets cost 500 pesos. You can assemble a cheaper package of tickets, masks, and transportation on your own, especially if you’re going as a group that can squeeze into one taxi. Still, you are a tourist, you are on vacation, and the Turiluchas bus is a convenient way to go to lucha libre, drink, and not have to worry about how you’re getting home. It’s your best bet at getting a photo with a luchador too, though you’ll have no idea which one until you get on the bus. I do not have first hand experience with the Turiluchas bus, but I’ve only heard good things about the trip. (I’ve been on the equally pricey daytime sightseeing tourist buses run by the city, and they’ve seemed well run.)
I want to do it all myself, or I want to save a little money
It’s pretty inexpensive to go to a lucha libre. Tickets are always available, even at the biggest shows, and cost less than ‘major league’ wrestling elsewhere. There’s a couple of recommended ways to get tickets
CMLL tickets can be bought via Ticketmaster Mexico. CMLL usually lists shows on Ticketmaster ahead of time, with a month a shows going up at the same time. You can order tickets online, or thru one of the many Tickmaster box offices around Mexico City. (Check with your hotel, who will be able to point you in the right direction.)
You can also buy the tickets from the Arena Mexico ticket windows. The tickets can be bought earlier in the day, or just before show time when you arrive. Look for the word “Taquilla” (Ticket Office) posted near the entrances on each side of the building. The prices for the tickets will be posted next to the window, and they’ll have a map to point out where the seats are located if you don’t understand.
Make sure you’re going to a window, not a guy standing around offering tickets (“boletos!!!”) Those guys are scalping tickets. Scalping seems legal, or at least the police officers standing two feet away don’t seem to have a problem with it, but the scalpers are usually marking up the tickets they’re selling.
CMLL ticket prices change from show to show, depending on the day of the week and the importance of matches. The Tuesday & Sunday shows are usually no more than $15 USD for the best possible seats, and much cheaper the farther you go back. Normal Friday shows can be closer to $20 USD max, but there are again plenty of inexpensive ticket if you don’t mind sitting a little ways back. There appears to be a markup on the tickets if you buy them prior to day of the show. You can find good seats at showtime most days, and you shouldn’t ever need to buy tickets in advance.
CMLL does run a few major shows a year, almost always on Friday nights. If you happen to show up on those days, tickets can be much more expensive. Even then, though, CMLL will open up much more the arena and you’ll still be able to find an affordable price to get in (and probably will get a much bigger presentation as a tradeoff.)
Taxi service to Arena Mexico is usually safe and affordable. It’s not a long ride – a half hour from the airport on a good day (or an hour on a long day), and shorter if you’re staying in the tourist areas of Zona Rosa or on Paseo de la Reforma. You may want to make it clear that you want to go to “Arena Mexico lucha libre” or “Arena Mexico Colonia Doctores”. There is another newer venue in Mexico City casually refereed to as “arena mexico” (Arena Ciudad de Mexico) which also holds big events, but is a different area of the city.
Uber, Lyft and other ride sharing apps work in Mexico City. Those rides are often cheaper than official taxis and locals believe the rating systems effectively makes them safer than the regulated taxis. Getting taxis and other rides home can be more difficult after the show. CMLL does have designed ride sharing meeting areas around Arena Mexico, but I’ve had occasionally issues with Uber drivers being able to find me near Arena Mexico. It’s also the classic issue of many people leaving at the same time after shows, so simply flagging down a taxi might take some time. It may best to walk a few blocks away first to help people find you or to wave down a taxi.
It’s also possible to take the Metro to Arena Mexico or even drive and try to park in their parking garage. However, if you are reliant on a guide to figure out how to get to a lucha libre show in Mexico City, you are strongly advised to not actually try either of those things. Mexico City car traffic is chaotic and unpredictable, even by big cities standards, and there’s not that much room to park a car most places. (I strongly recommend against renting a car, whatever your plans are in Mexico City.) Mexico City’s Metro is also usually jam packed on the way to lucha libre shows, and shuts down shortly after the Arena Mexico show ends. It’s possible to make it on Metro, but your best bet is to let someone else drive you.
On the outside, Arena Mexico looks like a normal city block away from the entrances. It doesn’t stick out from far away if you don’t see the Arena Mexico signs and posters, so keep an eye out for those. The Televisa building across the street, with satellite dishes and a giant glass window, has more distinctive look.
I want to go one of those big CMLL shows, in the best seat possible
This is tough! CMLL doesn’t announce it’s big show calendar far in advance, and the best tickets are usually snatched up by people who are there all the time or held back by the promotion themselves. The most expensive tickets could be a few hundred dollars on those biggest shows, many times more the normal shows. Here’s what we know:
CMLL’s biggest show of the year is always in September, usually around the September 16th Mexican Independence holiday but not always. CMLL’s second biggest show of the year is always in March, most often the third Friday of the month. CMLL has begun to special shows around Dia de Los Muertes (November 1st), and the winter holidays (December 25th, January 1st, January 6th.) , though they’re more often themed events and not the big matches of other shows. There’s also a few other big shows in between March and September, but they’re rarely announced more than a few weeks in advance and sometimes only a week ahead of time
The pattern for those big shows is a press conference to announce the main event and maybe full card on a Wednesday, then the tickets go on sale on Ticketmaster the next couple of days. If CMLL does a contract signing, then the ticket release date/time is probably already on the Ticketmaster site. If you try right away, you’ll have the best shot at getting a good ticket – but your shot at the first few rows is still pretty minimal.
Those first few rows, on big shows and for most Fridays, are usually held back from public sale. Some go to regulars who have the equivalent of a season tickets. Some are kept by CMLL to give out as comps to friends. Some end in up the hands of those scalpers around Arena Mexico. The scalper tickets are usually legit, but expect to pay more, sometimes significantly more, than the listed price. (It is possible to haggle over prices, but having a knowledge of Spanish helps for this.)
What To Do When Going To A Show
Bring small bills and coins. Arena Mexico and the vendors do not take cards and getting change is rough. Do not bring outside food or drink, it’ll be confiscated before you get in the building anyway. It’s best to leave any cameras at the hotel. CMLL’s seemed to relax it’s no cameras policy in recent years, but it’s a safer bet to photos with your phone. You may want to bring a small bag if you know you’re going to buy merchandise, but be aware CMLL inspects all bags and purses before letting you in the building.
Come to the building show around 30-45 minutes before show time. You don’t need to go in the building until just before the show, but you’ll want to wander around outside Arena Mexico for a while. Two sides of the building have sidewalks full of vendors with masks, shirts and other lucha libre merchandise. It’s busiest on Fridays, and there’s a greater variety outside the building than at CMLL’s offical stand inside. The outside vendors will also include items with non-CMLL stars (including WWE stars.) The stands usually are open a couple hours before the show starts and start to pack up within a half hour of the show ending.
“Cuánto cuesta?” is Spanish for “How Much?”; prices will vary by stand and quality. They’re prices are usually not posted, and are worth negotiating if you’re getting more than one thing. A lot of the same shirts and masks will be seen in many booths, while some vendors will specialize in a few unique things like stickers or plush dolls.
Most masks are cheap fan masks, but higher quality masks can be found if you look around. If you can’t tell the difference, stick with the inexpensive ones. Specific merchandise for luchadors in the midcard on down will be hard to find – you will be able to find plenty of Mistico masks, and even for famous luchadors who are not in CMLL, but you may need to ask around and hope if it’s a newer or less important luchador. The DVDs sold around the building appear to be region unlocked, and should work in any player.
This booths only pop up a few hours before the shows. There are also two permanent lucha libre stores which are open even with their aren’t shows. On the backside of Arena Mexico, the opposite side of the main entrance, there is a small Blue Demon shop. Most of the merchandise is Blue Demon related. (He, or others, are very occasionally there to sign autographs on Fridays.) On the other side of the street from the Blue Demon shop, across a multilane road, is the Deportes Martinez shop. This business is credited with making the first lucha libre masks and makes many semi-professional and professional quality masks today, but are often pretty pricey.
Arena Mexico Etiquette
Before you can go in, you have to be checked by security. Go to the entrance, find a security guard the same sex as you, and they’ll pat you down and check your bag. Someone will scan your ticket, and someone else will take part of your ticket as you go thru the turnstile.
You’re in Arena Mexico! Congrats! The very first thing that will happen is a person in a blue bib will come up to you and ask to check your ticket. These are the ushers, and they’ll help you find your seat. This is great, but they’ll also be expecting a tip afterwards. (5 pesos per person works; this is why you needed change.) You can also wait until later for them to help you, and instead check out CMLL’s merchandise stand on the right. It will have some of the items outside, strange items that you might not able to have elsewhere, but also slightly higher prices than outside. The stand is open from the time the doors open until about 10 minutes after the show ends. You can also get food while you’re there, and there may be a luchador standing up front to take pictures with fans. Once your inside the seating bowl, there will be vendors walking around offering food and masks during the show as well.
CMLL shows start on time. (They may be the only punctual events in all of Mexico.) There’s no intermission and the breaks between matches aren’t long, but the entrances can eat up some time and the early portions of matches are usually the sanest. If you need to get up, get up between matches to visit a restroom (bring your own toilet paper) or the concessions, you’ll be back without missing much.
Otherwise: Yell, scream, and have a good time. Cheer for the tecnicos, or the rudos, or whatever mask you bought on the way in. You can sit quietly and just enjoy the show, but lucha libre’s meant to be catharsis, a place where you can just let your emotions out. You won’t be out of place if you’re hollering at the tecnicos or heckling the rudos. Just make sure to keep an eye on the show, especially if you’re in the first few rows – it’s not uncommon for the action to spill (or dive) over the barrier.
There’s only a few rules. Do not go across the barriers to get to luchadors. They may be willing to take photos if they walk your way during the show, but don’t go over to grab them. The security will get antsy if you spend too much time standing and blocking someone’s view. Don’t forget to tip the vendors. And you’re not allowed to throw things at the ring – mostly.
There’s a lucha libre tradition of rewarding a great match by throwing money (usually coins, bills don’t fly throw well) to the ring. The luchadors love this, it’s a free payoff, and will sometimes try to encourage fans to throw when the match may not actually be all that great. The Arena Mexico security hates this, they understandably don’t want people to throw anything. As a first time Arena Mexico visitor, definitely do not throw money until the match is over, and probably don’t do it unless you see plenty of people around you doing it. If you do throw coins, aim for the ring – you don’t want to hit the people in front of you (or the people at ringside), and you don’t want to actually hit the wrestlers, you want the coin to land on the mat so the wrestlers can safely pick it up.
After the show ends, there’s a little time to come to the ringside barrier for a picture. Security is usually pretty tough about letting you move away from your section, but you may be able to get to the front row for photo with the ring in the background for a few moments. Security tries to get everyone out of the building within fifteen minutes of it closing, so you have time to visit the merchandise stand one last time, but not a lot of time. The stands outside usually stay open for about a half hour after the show before they pack up and go home for the night.
What if my only free day in Mexico City is Saturday? What about Arena Coliseo?
Arena Coliseo is an 80 year old lucha libre venue in Mexico City also run by CMLL. It’s a much smaller building and often a stripped down presentation (not even entrance music!) that creates an intimate and classic environment. Everyone uses the same entrance/exit, so it’s easier to get a photo with your favorite luchadors before or after the show. (Some luchadors purposely wait until the show starts for that reason.) I like the building better than Arena Mexico in many ways.
Going to Arena Coliseo is just a little tougher, and not as easy to recommend. The neighborhood is presently considered less safe than Arena Mexico. CMLL now only runs the building on Saturdays, and those shows are more likely to be pre-empted by other events. (Boxing events are held there from time to time, and they sometimes shut the building down during the holidays.) There’s fewer merchandise stands outside, and no vendors inside. The location is away from Arena Mexico and father from the main portion of the city. You pretty much need a cab ride there, and finding a ride back out may take more itme.
I always point people with a casual lucha libre interest towards Arena Mexico instead, it’s just better set up for tourists. If you do go the Arena Coliseo, the set up is pretty much the same – there’s Turiluchas bus service (best bet) and you can buy tickets thru Ticketmaster or at the building’s box office. The shows are starting at 7:30 local right now, but that may change – you’ll definitely want to check CMLL’s site a few days before the show just to confirm they’re running.
What if I want to specifically see AAA while in Mexico City?
There’s presently no great answer for seeing AAA, in Mexico City or elsewhere, if you’re just in Mexico City for a vacation. They do not own buildings like CMLL and do not run weekly scheduled events in Mexico City like CMLL. AAA does come to the city from time to time for smaller shows and TV tapings, but it’s tough to know in advance and they’re usually not in as venue as well recognized as Arena Mexico. You can keep an eye on AAA’s upcoming schedule on their website and hope the dates line up when you’re in town.
Really, if you want to go see AAA in Mexico City, you should plan to come to town for TripleMania. It’s always in Arena Ciudad de Mexico and AAA usually announces the (summer) date months in advance. Not ever TripleMania has been a successful in-ring endeavor, but it’s still one of the biggest shows of the year. It means you’ll have to go on a specific weekend, but it makes the most sense if you specifically want to see AAA.
What if I want to go to [insert indie promotion] around Mexico City?
Covering indie promotions is kind of outside the scope of this post, you know a bit of what’s going on if you’re asking about them, but there’s some general ideas:
Contact the promotion in advance (best bet is Facebook) if you want to reserve a ticket for a show, and for a specific location at the show. They may be willing to put them aside for you and allow you pay when you arrive. Otherwise, you should be able to buy tickets if you get to the venue by show time.
Map out where you’re going, and talk the drivers at your hotel. They’ll know the part of town where these places are located, but may not be familiar with the exact address. Having your own map or GPS fed directions is a good backup in case they get lost.
Figure out some way back before you go – you’ll probably need a uber/lyft for that, don’t assume there will be taxi service. Even if there is a taxi, many indie shows take place just outside the borders of Mexico City, and there are confusing laws about taxis not being able to cross back into to those borders which don’t seem to apply to uber/lift people currently. Ride sharing app is the best.
Indie shows are safe places, but still be careful. We’ve gone to a lot of indies shows, including places listed on US lists of towns to avoid, and have had many good experiences with no real bad ones. Still, as an outsider, you are best going as a group and not wandering around strange neighborhoods.
What about lucha libre in other big cities around Mexico?
It really depends on what city you go to, and I don’t have much first person experience with other locations. I know a bit about some places.
Guadalajara: CMLL owns a building here (map) and runs twice a week. The Arena Coliseo Guadalajara Tuesday night show is the big show featuring stars from Mexico City, with a young rowdy & loud audience. The Sunday show has local wrestlers only and is billed as more of a family atmosphere.
The set up is similar to Mexico City – you can buy tickets via Ticketmaster or at the building. They’ve experimented with Turiluchas bus service, though I’m not sure if it’s still running. At least one bar around the area has also run a bar->lucha->bar bus service as well. Check with your hotel for more information.
Puebla: CMLL’s also owns a building here (map). They run every Monday night at the very late starting time of 9pm, with locals and Mexico City stars. CMLL won’t advertise who’s working these shows more than a week in advance, but they’ll run every Monday unless there’s a holiday. There’s some lucha libre vendors set up outside the venue. Same deal with tickets: Tickmaster, in person, or with the Turiluchas service.
Tijuana: there are small indie venues which host lucha libre, but the building you want is the Auditorio (map). There are shows many weekends, either on Friday or Saturday. The problem is the exact promotion and day of the week changes. Promotions are starting to get better at announcing their cards about in advance, so you may able to figure it out as much as a month ahead of time. The building lacks a central location where you can find upcoming events; this local ticket site will list some of them and I’ll post them in my own events database once a full card is announced.
Tijuana has a dangerous reputation, but the venue itself feels safe nowadays, and looks like any middle-sized sports venue that just happens to be in Mexico. You can get tickets at the door – occasionally online, but that’s not as smooth as CMLL. There’s no parking at the venue, but there is paid street parking around if you search for it. One important tip: the bathrooms here (and many other places in Mexico) are pay per visit, so have some change handy.
If you’re in other locations, follow the same advice as for Mexico City indie shows.
What if I’m going on a resort vacation in Mexico? What if it’s like three months from now?
You’re mostly on your own. There’s no big promotion currently running regularly in places like Acapulco, Cancun or Cabo San Lucas. Of those three, Acapulco has the most active and known indie scene for historical reasons, but I don’t know much about the venues except they look small and change locations over time.
You’re going to need to question the locals to have a better idea, they’ll have much better information than I can provide. There do appear to be shows, but they’re much smaller and unconcerned with advertising on the internet. “Where can I see lucha libre” is not an uncommon question and it’s likely the people at the hotel will have an answer. (I’ve even heard of rare situations where hotels themselves will host lucha libre shows, because they know it’s a thing tourists like.)
I get asked a lot about these places from people planning their vacations, and there’s really not much I can tell you in advance, especially far in advance. There’s lucha libre throughout Mexico, but the shows closest to Mexico City get the most attention and the most information about how to attend.
IWRG (WED) 03/01/2017 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, The Gladiatores]
1) Bambino, Lady Dragón, Zatan X b Black Niko, Pequeño Orquidea, Puma King (Iwrg)
2) Celestial Boy, Dinamik Kray, Haziel b Águila Enmascarada, Black Puma, Keshin Black straight falls
3) Atomic Star, Odín, Power Bull b Águila Oriental, Fireman, Omega Odin replaced Keiser Drago. Money thrown in.
4) Kanon, Leo, Mike, The Tiger b Blue Monsther, Eterno, Picudo Jr., Vórtize The Tiger and Eterno were added to the match. Eterno threatened Kanon (and others) who used to be Eterno trainees but went elsewhere, and said a star would be coming to IWRG soon. After, The Tiger revealed he came to Naucalpan to gain some revenge on Eterno.
5) Adrenalina, Alas de Acero, Alfa, Aramis, Araña de Plata, Black Dragón, Shadow Boy, Skanda b Black Warrior Jr., Fandango, Lunatik Boy, Lunatik Extreme, Lunatik Fly, Neza Kid, Quetzal, Tromba [Torneo FILL] Torneo FILL 57, Gym FILL (Black Terry) vs Gym Deportivo Miguel Hidalgo (Freelance). Black Dragon beat Tromba to win.
Sounds like the the third match was the best match on the show. Can’t believe someone else is using the Puma King name.
Today’s CMLL show how a first time and maybe only time match. Yoshitatsu, in his final night in CMLL for at least the time being, faces Volador Jr. in the main event. This is the traditional last night singles match for a visiting foreigner, which usually sends him out with a loss. Yoshitatsu hasn’t particularly impressed so far. The most notable thing he’s done is wear Joker-style face makeup, which may be a prelude to a heel character he’ll be playing upon his return to Japan. Still, a good night against Volador is enough to change perceptions of his whole stint, and it’s tough to have a bad night with Volador. We just saw Ephesto have a ***-ish match with Volador, Yoshitatsu should be able to do at least that, and surely better. For CMLL, this is simply Volador getting a match against a guy who was in WWE (even more so than being in NJPW being now), another notch on the belt for their lead tecnico.
The mask match duo meets in yet again in a semimian trios match, with Diamante Azul, Maximo and Valiente taking on Pierroth, Rush and La Mascara in a match which doesn’t seem too promising. CMLL sometimes gives the main eventers a Friday off before the big show to focus on a lesser feud, so this could be the last pre-mask match Azul/Pierroth match, but I don’t figure we’re that lucky.
The rest of the show is just filler; they’re not even trying to build up the other matches on H2L this week. The Dinamitas get to be in the fourth spot, where Sanson & Foratero (but not Cuatrero) team with uncle Mascara 2000 against Titan, Angel de Oro and Atlantis. The Panther family teams up against Los Revolucionarios, which might be the best match on the show. Fuego, Soberano and Pegasso face Misterioso, Sagrado Disturbio in the second match, and the show opens with a decent looking minis match of Ultimo Dragoncito & Fantasy against Demus 3:16 & Pequeno Nitro.
CMLL now lists Puma replacing Okumura (neck injury) on Tuesday’s Arena Mexico show. CMLL’s also put up a page just for the Homenaje a Dos Leyendas iPPV, saying the plan is to have it up right after the show ends. We’ll see if they can do it, may be a late night. I do recall the last VOD worked right when they put it up and the YouTube music issues didn’t come in until a few hours later, so getting the show early might be a good idea.
CMLL has an interview with Pierrothito, building up his title match with Shockercito on Sunday. I didn’t remember it, but it was actually Pierrothito who unmasked Shockercito way back when. Pierrothito wants the rudo fans to come to see him win the title on Sunday, then he’ll take Shockercito’s hair next.
AAA announced the winners of the first La Llave de la Gloria tryout: Ancla Jr., Astrolux, Solaris, Aeron Kid, Brole Xtream, Kronoz, Jessy, Papillon, Canibal Jr., Hijo del Angel, Tronic, Villano III Jr., Hanaoka, and Douki. Aeron Kid is probably actually Iron Kid. Him, Astrolux, Kronoz, Douki and Hanaoka are guys you’ve probably seen if you’re watch some higher end Mexico City indies, and Hijo del Angel, Villano III Jr., and Ancla Jr. are visible if you dig deeper. (AAA could’ve found these guys by going to indie shows, but they’re getting publicity and maybe making money off this this event, which is why they’re doing it this way.) There’s really no word what the winners advance to at this point. AAA does say that the winners are allowed to try out again. They’ve said in the past that there will be a tryout in March, but no date was announced.
Laredo Kid, Garza Jr. and Alberto el Patron all appeared on last night’s Impact tapings. They all wrestled on the show which will air next Thursday. I don’t know if people are concerned about Impact spoilers, but they’re probably not expecting to see them here so I can skip them. Suffice to say, they all got off to good starts. It looks like they’ll be there all weekend (on shows that’ll air over the next six weeks); Garza was announced as being off a show in Torreon on Saturday due to working these shows.
FloSlam announced they’re airing Tier 1 Wrestling’s show on 04/23, with Penta El Zero M vs Matt Riddle, a first time ever match. That’ll be part of their usual $20/month a plan.
Angelico is headed to Barcelona’s RIOT promotion, said to be teaching classes in April, May and June. Angelico’s listed on Sunday’s TV taping, but that looks like it could be it in AAA for quite a while. He’s not on Rey de Reyes and Neza, and he’ll be in Spain for the spring.
It’s official that Lucha Underground will be airing on Tele 5 in Germany, an over the air station. (Wikipedia says they also rebroadcast into Austria.) They’ve been on the local version of TNT in that market, and it’s said it will continue to air there too. Tele5’s deal with WWE Raw is ending at the end of March and they ran a tease for LU as a replacement during this week’s show. It’s a deal LU is probably only getting because they needed something to replace Raw, but it a deal LU’s getting that isn’t going to Impact or ROH or a non-wrestling show entirely. You’re probably not reading this from Germany so this doesn’t matter much to you, much less than the Netflix deal to most of you, but these sort of deals help pay to keep the company going.
AAA posted a short video introduction to Lady Shani, which either got left off this past week’s TV or is airing on this one. It seems part of their run of features on lesser known AAA luchadors, may not necessarily mean anything as far as who’s winning at Rey de Reyes.
Sexy Dulce (Sexy Star) had been teasing a big announcement on Twitter for the last few days, and it turns out to be she’ll have her first boxing match on 04/22 (Saturday). It’ll be in Metepec, Mexico State, for the same Promociones del Pueblo her husband works with, and the group that runs Arena Coliseo from time to time. Dulce does not yet know the opponent, but revealed previous bouts fell thru and she’s finally happy to get in the ring. The show is listed as airing on Televisa, and I’d guess her fight will air, but I have no idea about boxing.
Martinez (SAT) 03/18/2017 Turf Zone Arena, Kennedale, Texas
1) Leva Bates vs Kylie Rae
2) Príncipe Arión vs Taylor Jet, Brindis Del Aire, Kapoeria Kid, Mini Laredo Kid
3) Garza Jr. vs Aaron Solow
4) DJZ vs Último Ninja
5) ACH vs Daga
Konnan is front and center in the poster, so he’ll be on this card in some form. Top two matches should be great, but handheld video didn’t turn up of the last show so who knows if we’ll get more than highlights.
ANCLA (FRI) 03/24/2017Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México
1) Coral & Metálica vs Luna Mágica & Skadi
2) Ancla Jr., Lunatik Fly, Lunatik Xtreme vs Flama Roja, Torito, Toro Negro Jr.
3) Danger & Guerrero Mixtico vs Diva Salvaje & Óscar El Hermoso
4) Arez, Centvrión, Hijo del Fishman vs Gran Guerrero, Impulso, Látigo [Relevos Increíbles]
5) Último Guerrero vs Wotan
“Is Wotan actually good?” seems to be a indie lucha libre topic among people not living in Mexico. I think that main event will help sorting that out. I’m pretty sure Centvrion and Latigo spend more time facing each other than actually teaming up because lucha libre programmers are way too in love with relevos increibles matches.
AAA is part two of their Cuautitlan taping, with the (spoiler) Murder & Monster betrayal of Dr. Wagner. I do not expect we’ll get any more explanations about why that happened on this show, but maybe later.
CMLL Claro has Volador vs Yoshitatsu! and other things.
Puebla has a 11 minute Rush vs Ultimo Guerrero match.
The late night Lucha Retro airing is repeats, for what it’s worth. I suspect they may have more episodes taped that won’t air, but I don’t know that for a fact.