CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-12-01

Zacarias

Recapped: 12/01/2017

Matches: 

Shockercito & Stukita beat Mercurio & Pequeño Olímpico
(13:45 [4:21, 3:41, 5:43], 2/3 DQ, below average)

Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus beat Astral, Pegasso, Stigma  
(12:28 [8:14, 4:14], 1/2 DQ, ok)

Lady Maravilla, Marcela, Silueta beat Dalys, La Seductora, Tiffany
(13:44 [5:49, 3:55, 4:00], 2/3, below average)

Hechicero, Sam Adonis, Vangellys beat Blue Panther, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa
(17:06 [5:19, 4:33, 7:14], 1/3, ok)

Mr. Niebla, Rey Bucanero, Terrible beat Marco Corleone, Titán, Valiente  
(11:09 [4:38, 0:35, 5:56], 1/3, ok)

Niebla Roja beat Carístico, Negro CasasVolador Jr.MephistoMisticoShockerDragón LeeEuforiaSansónStuka Jr.Felino for the Copa Jr. VIP
Arena México, 12/01/2017

  1. 07:39 Euforia armtrap armscissors Stuka
  2. 09:35 Dragon Lee hanging double stomp Felino
  3. 14:18 Sansón powerbomb backbraker Dragon Lee
  4. 15:00 Caristica on Euforia
  5. 16:54 DQ Shocker
  6. 16:54 DQ Volador
  7. 18:00 Carístico casita Negro Casas
  8. 19:00 Sansón torture rack Mistico
  9. 23:22 Carsitico pin Sanson
  10. 23:56 Mephisto Devil’s Wings Caristico
  11. 27:45 Niebla Roja inverted campana Mephisto

What Happened:

Mistico had one big spot in the match

Niebla Roja has two bad falls near the end of the main event. There was no Casas/Adonis interaction.

Again, no Kraneo, but Mije comes out anyway in the match Kraneo was booked for (and mostly stood there without doing anything.)

The rudos went after Pegasso’s mask often during the segunda match. Pegasso unmasked Raziel for the DQ. No one else seemed to be added to the match.

Stukita eliminated Pequeño Olímpico, then Mercurio tossed Shockercito over the top onto his partner for the DQ. It appeared this was meant to be the start of a feud.

Review:

this was good

This show needed a strong main event to save it. It got anything but that. The Copa Jr. VIP was good in segments – Dragon Lee and Euforia had a great exchange, Volador had some good moments while he was on – but was already tending to disappointing territory before the last few minutes. Niebla Roja took a bad accidental fall on his head to the floor, then an even worse one on his neck in the middle of the ring. I’m not sure if he thought (like everyone else) Mephisto was going for a Devil’s Wings and got a powerbomb, or if he was just completely out of it after the first move. I do know this is the second time this has happened this year, after Matt Taven had near about the same thing happen with him and Mephisto. The goal of this match was to give Niebla Roja a big win, and there’s definitely a story you could tell with him surviving near death to win the match, but they moves were so obviously screwed up (and they’re so bad at improving) that they had to pretend everything was fine and to go the normal finish right away. It clearly was not fine.

It wasn’t fine before that moment. Carístico wrestled as if he was spooked by the WWE being back in town, making more errors than he had since leaving that ring. He still got most of the eliminations, oddly being pushed far ahead of CMLL’s own Mistico now. An awful double elimination spot saw Volador get disqualified for superkicking Tirantes after Shocker slightly pulled him in the way. Tirantes didn’t bother selling the kick, instead ceasing on his spotlight to gesture wildly and make himself the center of attention as always. He later accidentally counted down Niebla Roja for three, which caused the crowd to be a little stronger against the técnico as he was trying to win the match. Sansón got some big wins but also seemed not completely sharp. And CMLL’s transparent ambition to turn Niebla Roja into a Garza – he debuted the stripping spot in this match – is a bit out of a turn off. I guess a borrowed personality is better than none, but Roja’s added nothing new to the concept, and came off as an uninspiring cover band in a wrestling world where two other people (Garza Jr., La Mascara) are already playing those same songs.

The semimain was the match that got shorted on time because the the rest of the matches were much longer than they needed to be. This was the run of match, made worse because the rudos aren’t good with the most athletic stuff the técnicos can do. Niebla’s backwards fall to the floor is going to hurt him a bunch one day and isn’t getting a reaction now. Monito & Zacarias were the highlight of this match, even while doing their same stuff as usual.

a few seconds of Euforia & Dragon Lee

The fourth match was a fine enough match, but my interest in the show had been pretty well killed by the undercard. It wasn’t helped by Tirantes having one of his more involved performances, but this is one which felt like the peak was everyone attacking Adonis and then it just kept going longer. Some of the better spots were after that moment, but a show that was dragging could’ve used a fast paced match at this point. This would’ve been better on a different show.

The show really dragged for the first three matches. The women’s match wasn’t any good and the crowd let them know. Tiffany is painfully slow. Maravilla did 90% of the work for a headscissors she was in. There were few good moments, and the only positive is they weren’t actually blowing moves.

The second was clearly going two falls, if only because they were going way too long to go to a third one. It was strong build to a Raziel/Pegasso feud, which probably ever lead to a singles match and may not even exist a month from now. Los Cancerberos looked like a well oiled team at parts, which is odd only in that they barely ever get to team as a trio. I was bored during this match.

The minis opener felt like they were trying, but working at a slow pace. Stukita can take over a match at times, but he didn’t have that level of performance here. Mercurio didn’t bite anyone, so that was a plus, but he’s not as quick at the multiple headscissors as Demus. This didn’t separate itself from the average minis match and it wasn’t really clear why they bothered with that DQ finish. It didn’t accomplish much, except start out the show with two in a row.

if you made it this far, here’s Monito

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-11-10 

Templario’s move needs a name

Recapped: 11/22/2017

Matches: 

Akuma & Templario beat Magia Blanca & Robin  
(11:02 [4:43, 2:56, 3:23], 1/3, good, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Esfinge, Oro Jr., Pegasso beat Hijo del Signo, Nitro, Raziel
(18:30 [7:23, 5:18, 5:49], 1/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

La Jarochita, Lady Maravilla, Marcela beat Amapola, La Metálica, Reyna Isis
(12:19 [5:38, 2:27, 4:14], 1/3, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Niebla Roja beat Stuka Jr. in a lightning match
(8:03, rolled thru plancha, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas beat Puma, Sam Adonis, Terrible
(12:09 [5:07, 7:02], 1/2 DQ, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Marco Corleone, Mistico, Valiente beat Cuatrero, Sansón, Último Guerrero
(9:40 [4:20, 2:03, 3:17], 2/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

Metalica Stampede

Puma is a late replacement for Shocker, and not really happy about his partners beating up on Negro Casas, but it doesn’t really affect the match. Sam hits Casas with the flag pole for the second fall DQ, then uses the flag itself to choke Casas over the ropes. Niebla breaks the flagpole over Adonis’ back to break it up.

Thoughts: 

The main event was the usual B-show main event on a Friday. Really quick with each guy going thru their highlights but not ever getting into too deep. Cuatrero and Sansón fit in fine and gave Marco two new tall guys to deal with. Mistico’s reaction came thru positive on TV, a little kinder than in person. The finishing sequence was a nice visual.

Raziel finishes Esfinge

The Casas/Adonis stuff acme thru stronger in this match than the recent ones. I think they’re just getting better at figuring out how to play off each other. Adonis is selling a bit bigger and doing more comedy, Casas seems more engaged. The match itself wasn’t much, there wasn’t a lot here beyond the feud, but it felt more successful. Referee Edgar didn’t seem at all clued into the post match stuff; Adonis has to shove him a couple times to get him to take a bump, Edgar gets back up right after anyway, and tries to break up the choke bit before it gets going. Puma was a definite upgrade to this match: I can’t see Cavernario trying to do the thru the post tope on Shocker.

The lightning match was just a Niebla Roja showcase, coming off as if Stuka Jr. had been a last minute substitute for a rudo than the planned opponent all along. CMLL is weirdly pushing Niebla Roja better after he lost his mask than before it with these sorts of wins, but the match itself, also showed how few things he still does on offense. Stuka didn’t do much himself, but that was the idea.

operacion dragon

The women’s match had more action than usual, especially when the production could keep up with it. The double finish in the first fall looked better in the building, while the cameras missed Maravilla’s suplex. Likewise, Marcela’s double knee drop on Reina Isis looked brutal in person and goes without much notice here. There’s probably a really good match where Maravilla and Metálica forearm each other hard and supelxes each other all over the place that we’re never going to see in CMLL. The dive train seemed screwed up – how did they have three rudas dive before the second tecnica?

The second match was the first one I saw full live, and it seemed like a funnier than expected match. It’s the best difference from seeing a show live and seeing it on tape about two week later. This felt like guys having an ordinary match on the second viewing. Oro’s moonsault looks good, Raziel almost kills Esfinge on his finish, and the match moves faster than usual, but it doesn’t come off near as noteworthy.

Maravilla wipes out the field

I missed most of the opener live, but it came off a lot more fun than the usual opener on video. This was young guys trying stuff, and that’s kind of what I want out of openers. Templario has a lot of offense he hasn’t had a chance to get in other shows, from the looks of it. This was a Fiero-level “next hyped star” performance out of him. Using the ramp for cartwheels is an interesting idea. Magia Blanca continues to slightly improve, and I’m not just talking about ditching the bad looking top. Robin’s probably never getting a push because he’s been an opening match guy for so long but things like his bottom rope springboard con giro are starting to convince me he might have be able to do something. Akuma’s leaping into the ring Destroyer really needs the right opponent to look good.

a long leap on this dropkick

CMLL, Elite and WWE all in Mexico City tonight, Young Bucks/Fenix/Flamita in Crash

indy (THU) 11/30/2017 Arena Coliseo [@OficialRDR]
1) Chapulín Negro, Magnífico, Pilatos b ?, Barrio Latino, Zoom Driver
losing side not confirmed.
2) Alas de Oro & Súper Bólido b Águila Del America & Fuerza Negra
3) Gallero, Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Universo 2000 Jr. b Hijo del Pantera, Hijo del Solar, Súper Astro Jr.
4) Cuatrero, Forastero (CMLL), Sansón b Ojo De Tigre, Pantera II, Súper Astro Sanson, Cuatrero y Forastero vencen a Super Astro, Pantera y Ojo de Tigre (posted by R de Rudo)
5) Blue Panther, Canek, Rayo de Jalisco Jr. b Cien Caras, Máscara Año 2000, Satánico

Couldn’t tell how well this was attended, but it sounded loud when they brought out everyone to honor Ubrought out everyone to honor Universo 2000. Edit: I thought he was there, but I have may assumed wrong.

The Crash (WED) 11/29/2017 Auditorio Miguel Barragan, San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí [El Sabor del Ring]
1) Keyra & Tiago vs Lacey Lane & Pegazus and Christi Jaynes & Zumbi
Lacey Lane replaced Vanilla Vargas.
2) Hijo de LA Park, Jack Evans, Máscarita Dorada vs Black Taurus, Demus, Luke Hawx
Hijo de LA Park replaced Willie Mack, Luke Hawx & Demus replaced Angel Fashion & Mike Mendoza.
3) Bestia 666, Garza Jr., Mr. 450 b Bandido (Indie), Damián 666, M-ximo
Bandido & Damian replaced Hijo de LA Park & Laredo Kid, Mr. 450 replaced Black Taurus.
4) Flamita b Rey Fénix (US) REY FENIX VS FLAMITA (posted by Juan Zárate)
lots of money thrown in.
5) La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush b Daga, LA Park, Penta Zero M LA PARK, PENTA ZERO M Y DAGA VS RUSH, PIERROTH Y LA MASCARA (posted by Juan Zárate)
usual challenges followed.

I haven’t tracked down complete results from Arena Aficion. Turnout didn’t look great; they were co-promoting with DTU and seemed to draw just about the same as DTU does.

The Crash heads to their home base in Tijuana tonight. The announced main event is Daga & LA Park vs La Mascara & Rush vs Bestia & Garza, but the big draw might be the Young Bucks returning to the promotion to take on Flamita & Rey Fenix in the semimain. That’s probably the best match happening anywhere tonight. The Crash runs their angles for their Tijuana audience. The last show had Volador appearing, which we know won’t happen tonight because he’s in Arena Mexico (and that bit hasn’t been followed up anywhere in the last month.) The show will probably be up as handhelds on YouTube over the weekend and on Konnan’s Patreon in the next week or so.

Meanwhile, in Mexico City, there’s three shows of note on the same night. WWE comes to town, Elite resurfaces, and CMLL decides to run another tournament (in response to any of this) tonight.

It’s been 378 days between Elite TV tapings. Elite’s last notable show was November 18, 2016 in Arena Naucalpan; there were some shows branded as Elite shows in the months after, but they’ve mostly ceased to exist then. Luchadors with the promotions would insist Elite was coming back soon for months, and ELITE even announced a undated Night of Champions show at one point, but it appeared the promotion had closed up shop. Word started to go around about their resurrection early November, and they make their return tonight in Mexico City’s Deportivo Pavon.

The new run of ELITE shows are billed as “Street Lucha Libre”, leaning into running smaller arenas by going with a more underground field. They’re also billing these as still being in on TV Azteca. The TV network has said nothing about the promotion coming back to their channel, and the promotion has said nothing about when these shows would air. The old Lucha Azteca page is still there, without hype for a return. I’m skeptical they’re actually going to be on TV, but we’ll have a better idea after this show. This group doesn’t seem to have much of a chance without a TV deal, but that TV deal wasn’t enough to keep them afloat last year either.

The card itself is nothing special, disappointingly normal and looking like many of the indies who focus on ex-AAA/CMLL names. The main event is Cibernetico vs Mr. Electro vs Blue Demon. Cibernetico is the ELITE Heavyweight champion, but he’s never defended it. The semimain is Sharlie Rockstar & Ultimo Ninja vs Zorro and a partner to be named; it’s a little notable Ninja is here and not the Crash, but they don’t seem to be using him in Tijuana. Bandido defends the Elite Welterweight Championship against Extreme Tiger in the best looking match on the show. There are some interesting wrestlers in the undercard, but nothing that jumps out as a match.

If this airs on TV, we’ll obviously see it then. Even if it doesn’t, there’s a good chance someone will be recording it from the seats or ringside. Elite’s already pushing next week’s show in Cuautitlan, though they’re not announcing matches.

WWE also makes it’s annual return to Arena Ciudad de Mexico tonight. AJ Styles defends his world title against Jinder Mahal in the main event. Tye Dillinger, Shinsuke Nakamura and Sin Cara challenge Baron Corbin for the WWE US Championship, which is being billed as Sin Cara trying to win the title in his home town. I think they’re doing the bit where he’s supposed to be the original Sin Cara, who is really from Mexico City. This Sin Cara freely talks about being from Ciudad Juarez and honors Juarez legend’s Cinta de Oro’s with an allusion to his mask, so it’s weird. He also never much wrestled in Mexico City: I can find four matches for him in the city itself before he went to WWE, and tonight will be his fifth match for WWE in Ciudad Mexico. Nakamura’s actually wrestled in Mexico City a lot more than this Sin Cara.

Tickets from this show is 320 to all the way up to 12,780 MXP for the closest seats. (That’s 17 to 686 USD!) The ticket website doesn’t show any full sections, but they look pretty full.  The WWE tour goes to Merida on Saturday, and Monterrey on Sunday.

CMLL has it’s traditional Friday show. CMLL might be running a tournament to get a lot of big names on the card against the WWE. Or they might be running a tournament because that’s just what they’ve done. This is the eighth Friday night show since the earthquake, and five of those have had at least part of a tournament.

Tonight’s contribution is the Copa Junior VIP, a 12 man match with top second generation wrestlers. (At least in theory; Stuka Jr. is Stuka’s brother.) There’s a lot of fun wrestlers involved, and also Shocker is there. There’s no real favorite, because it’s hard to figure this meaning anything, but the match itself could be any good. The one bit everyone’s waiting for is Sam Adonis to somehow get involved in a match he’s not part of, to get Negro Casas eliminated and continue the build to their spot.

Marco, Titan and Valiente take on Mr. Niebla, Rey Bucanero and Terrible in the semimain. Adonis’ match on the card teams him with Vangellys & Hechicero against two of his rivals (Blue Panther & Rey Cometa) along with Guerrero Maya Jr. Tonight’s women’s match is Dalys, Tiffany and Seductora against, Marcela, Sileuta and Lady Maravilla. The tecnica side looks solid there, but not so much the rudas.

The other news on the show might come from the segunda. Cancerbero & Raziel went after Pegasso’s mask in previous matches, and they’re match up again. We’re still waiting to find out who else will be pulled into the 12/25 Infierno en el Ring cage match, and either Astral & Stigma could be added from the tecnico side. Virus will team with his allies on the rudo side. The opener is a minis match, Stukita & Shockercito facing Mercurio & Pequeno Olimpico. The show starts at 8:30 on ClaroSports and Facebook, and it will pop up at some point on CMLL’s YouTube channel.

CMLL’s Soberano Jr., Angel de Oro & Akuma join a bunch of indie names on shows in New York and New Jersey this weekend. These shows were thought off at one time, but appear to still be on.

Lucha Memes 12/25 in Coliseo Coacalco

LuchaWorld has the latest news update.

Segunda Caida reviews some midcard CMLL.

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2017-11-07 

the soliders from hell seem biased

Recapped: 11/21/2017

Matches: 

Artillero & Grako beat Bengala & Sonic 
(12:31 [5:31, 2:50, 4:10], 1/3, below average, 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Eléctrico, Stukita, Último Dragóncito beat Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito
(12:11 [5:26, 2:57, 3:48], 2/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Esfinge beat Disturbio in a lightning match
(6:41, Nudo Egipico, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Dalys, La Metálica, Tiffany beat Marcela, Princesa Sugehit, Silueta
(14:40 [6:49, 3:02, 4:49], 1/3, ok, via 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ángel de Oro, Diamante Azul, Niebla Roja vbeat Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas
(11:15 [5:18, 1:11, 4:46], 2/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Último Guerrero beat Dragón Lee, Mistico, Valiente 
(8:21 [2:06, 1:49, 4:26], 1/3, ok, via 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What Happened:

Monito splash

Everything after match two was in the Dia de los Muertos setup, with losers being dragged away.

Terrible and Último Guerrero wrestle the main event in their evil gold outfits, as they’d been working as a solider and the king all night prior. The other guardians had been helping the rudos all night, and come into the Guerrero huddle dance between the second and third fall.

Review:

The main event felt like a minimal performance given who was involved, with everyone doing a fraction of what they normally do. The crowd was enough into this show to still be into this match and the rest. Still, there was no urgency to have a great match on today’s show even in those that a halfway decent lineup. This finish was dive run right into the submission. The only point to this match was to get the rudo win so all the guardian could come in and pose with Último Guerrero, and they did that.

Stukita with a slightly bigger splash

Seeing Angel de Oro & Niebla Roja three straight shows is not particularly interesting. It was alright, the crowd was very into Diamante Azul. Shooting Barbaro Cavernario’s fall ending dropkick thru a cloud of smoke is probably the worst Dia de la Muertos related camera choice they’ve made on these three shows. At least they got a replay.

What I learned from the women’s match is Dalys wins a lot. Tiffany looked terrible. Metálico is still working out how to give people the Air Raid Crash or Marcela has no idea how to take it. (She did have an idea to get the win one move later.)

The lightning match was a standard two dive, a bunch of pinfall attempts outing. Disturbio is being booked higher of late, but gets less chance to do the personality stuff that made him stick out earlier. He still reacts to the match, which is more than you can say for Esfinge.

Sonic mortal

The mini rudos realized you can trip Stukita after the second moonsault. This is a great leap in knowledge. The rest of the match didn’t feature any other great leaps of knowledge, was about normal for the minis in this spot, but lacked any excitement. Stukita shows dedication thru a wide variety of masks.

Artillero & Bengala literally walking thru the opener was embarrassing. Grako did nothing worth remembering. I didn’t have trouble identifying Sonic on indie shows but, in this match, his mask looks like Flyer is doing some fusion with Avern. I won’t be checking him out much if he gets stuck in more matches like this, but he seemed fine here.

lucha TV preview for weekend of November 30th, 2017

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You have two chances to see Rush/UG this week, but you probably already know that.

AAA starts with the Juarez taping. They split the taping directly in half with the last taping, which would make Dave/Parka the main event this week.

I still have IWRG on there despite having no idea how if I’ll get it. Eh.

CMLL Puebla: 2017-11-06 

an early match highlight!

Recapped: 11/20/17

Matches: 

Lestat, Rey Samuray, Tigre Rojo Jr. beat Fuerza Chicana, Perverso, Policeman
(16:06 [7:08, 5:14, 3:44], 1/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

La Comandante, Reyna Isis, Tiffany beat La Vaquerita, Lady Maravilla, Sanely 
(13:39 [5:59, 4:08, 3:32], 2/3, n/r, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

El Malayo, Olímpico, Virus beat Drone, Johnny Idol, Stigma 
(14:56 [7:12, 2:44, 5:00], 1/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Negro Casas beat Volador Jr. in a lightning match
(6:19, casita, good, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Kráneo, Rey Bucanero, Terrible beat Mistico, Niebla Roja, Valiente 
(10:34 [2:10, 2:38, 5:46], 1/3, ok, via 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

Negro Casas beating Volador set up a title match the following week.

Thoughts: 

never go casita for casita with Negro Casas

The main was nothing much. A highlight of the first fall was Kraneo covering Valiente for about 10 seconds before Tirantes could be bothered to count. Kraneo inviting himself to Niebla Roja’s pose off at least made Niebla Roja interesting. Roja did more in the Sunday match and that wasn’t a lot. Mistico and Valiente weren’t much in, the rudos bumbled a bit, but this really wasn’t much by main event standards.

In CMLL, you really only can get your finisher once. Negro Casas plays by slightly different rules: you can really only escape the casita once, but he’s going to beat you with it gets another chance. The lightning match was not very long and didn’t have a lot big moves, but it was well worked while it lasted. It’s fun to see Negro Casas in this way, but it’s nothing huge.

Not much to stay about the tercera. The finish of the first fall was built around Drone’s finishing move taking way too long and Johnny Idol not being good, so points for accuracy. Drone using the over the top ramp splash was good. Malayo didn’t stick out in his big opportunity.

The opener went very long, enough for the técnicos to try to have big moments but not enough for them to actually pull them off. Perverso is now looking the best of this rudo batch. Samuray’s springboard fail was sad. The triple finish was a neat idea.

Bucanero summarizes what it feels like to watch this show

IWRG, The Crash, Universo benefit show, Dragon Lee & Titan to ROH

today

IWRG FILL (WED) 11/29/2017 Arena Naucalpan [The Gladiatores]
1) Dinámico, Dranzer, Pumita b Craken, Dragón, Sumed
Craken replaced (?) Crimen.
2) Celestial Boy, Fly Tiger, Voltar b Black Puma, Chicanito, Guerrero 2000
3) Adrenalina, Keshin Black, Power Bull b Dragón Orus, Haziel, Orión
4) Hijo Del Bombero, Kanon, Súper Brazo Jr. b Atomic Star, Dragón Infernal, Leroy
Dragon Infernal replaced Toxin. Atomic Star was hurt.
5) Mike, Rafy, Teelo, Toto b Eterno, Fireman, Ovett, Skanda
Toto replaced Teelo. Fireman replaced Lunatik Extreme.
6) Ángel Drago, Atomic Fly, Cadilac, Cremosito, Death Metal, Marduk, Mr. Snake, Taurino b Alas de Acero, Ángel Oriental, Aramis, Avisman, Black Dragón, Diablo Jr., Lunatik Extreme, Shadow Boy [Copa High Power]
FILL (Black Terry) vs Gym Zeus (Oficial 911). Lunatik Extreme replaced Demonio Infernal. Gym Zeus won via foul but the referee might have seen it and ignored it.

The video feed I was using for IWRG seems to be dead for good. I can pay for something that’ll allow me to at least watch AYM, but I’m not sure if it’ll let me to record or if I want to be paying for IWRG. I might get bored and try to figure it out.

Good video of Flamita/Rey Fenix match from last night’s The Crash show in San Luis Potosi is up on YouTube. La Park/Daga/Penta beat Los Ingobernables in the main event. Please thank the guy who uploaded if you watch it.  I think The Crash has a more entertaining product than AAA and AAA’s TV hasn’t been good, but any TV on Televisa is better than no TV at all. Weak AAA turnouts are still out performing more loaded Crash shows.

The Crash is in Arena Aficion tonight, a DTU co-promoted show. The main event is a four way with Penta, Rush, Garza and La Mascara, with Daga & Fenix vs Black Terry & Solar.

There’s also a show in Arena Coliseo, a benefit show for Universo 2000. He suffered heart problems a few months ago, is doing better, but still needs expensive surgery and this show is to help pay for that. The main event will be his brothers Mascara 2000 & Cien Caras teaming with Satanico against Rayo de Jalisco, Canek and Blue Panther.

CMLL made another couple changes today. Johnny Idol is back on Tuesday after all to follow up on his rudo turn, replacing Negro Casas in the semimain. That puts Idol across from Valiente, who was somehow booked in Mexico and Guadalajara at the same time. Caristico’s heading to Guadalajara now and Mr. Niebla joins him, replacing Rush.

ROH announced Dragon Lee & Titan will team with Flip Gordon to challenge the Young Bucks & Adam Page for ROH six man titles on their 12/15 (Friday) PPV. That match should be pretty good. CMLL’s confirmed Dragon Lee & Titan will be on the TV taping the next day as well, which is being held on the former ECW Arena.

Lucha Memes year end show is 12/25 in Coliseo Coacalco. First match announced

They also posted a video of Gato de Ecatepec Jr., which would lead you to believe he’s coming soon.

Torreon’s Arena La Rosita is closed until March. The promoter says they don’t draw well because it’s too cold (and it’s an outdoor arena.)

CultIcon has a running diary of the CMLL bodybuilding contest. Astral won 10,000 pesos (over $500 USD) for winning Mr. CMLL.

DJ Spectro says Tijuana luchador Indio Toro has passed away.

Guatemalan luchador La Arana passed away a few days ago.

Hijo del Vikingo was the guest on Zona Ruda.

UNAM will have a Santo film festival 12/06 to 12/10.

Maxilar in Tijuana has Alberto el Patron (& Dos Caras & Hijo del Do Caras) vs Dr. Wagner Jr. (& Hijo del Dr. Wagner & Tinieblas) on 12/15.

Segunda Caida reviews Lucha Underground 3×22.

The new episode of Lucha Talk is up.

Lucha de Barrio sent out an interview with Pakal, building up his match with Black Taurus on this most recent episode.

The people behind 126F are doing their own podcast now too. It seems only available on YouTube and isn’t on it’s own playlist, which I do not like, but it seems only 30 minutes long, which I very much like.

Black Terry talks about a dangerous time in lucha in Laredo.

CMLL Domingo Familiares: 2017-11-05 

Soberano

Recapped: 11/20/2017

The CMLL Sunday Arena Mexico is usually not aired, but they make an annual exception for the Dia de los Muertos show.

Matches: 

Oro Jr. & Príncipe Diamante beat Akuma & Espíritu Negro
(10:06 [4:35, 2:07, 3:24], 1/2, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

La Jarochita, Princesa Sugehit, Sanely beat Amapola, Reyna Isis, Tiffany
(12:09 [5:14, 3:40, 3:15], 1/3, ok, via 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Blue Panther Jr., Johnny Idol, The Panther vs Misterioso Jr., Pólvora, Sagrado
(10:55 [4:38, 1:58, 4:19], 1/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ángel de Oro, Diamante Azul, Niebla Roja beat Dragón Rojo Jr., Hechicero, Luciferno
(8:39 [2:39, 1:56, 4:04], 2/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Carístico, Marco Corleone, Soberano Jr. beat Ephesto, Kráneo, Mephisto
(13:42 [4:22, 5:19, 4:01], 1/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What Happened: Matches 3 on are played with Dia de Los Muertos rules.

Espíritu and Oro went to a double pin (so a double pin on back to back shows after none for months.)

Thoughts:

this didn’t seem fun for Jarochita

How many different ways can I say “an average match”?

The main event was rote – if you’ve seen Mephisto & Marco do the height gags, you’ve seen a lot of this – but the only match to really feel like it got a decent amount of time. Soberano & Carístico used it to showoff a bit, and it kind of turned into the best match of the night. Not that means much, this was a match of short fights taking a big backseat to the pageantry, and absolutely none of this is worthwhile seeing after the fact. This main event at least did get the crowd going better than the rest of the card.

The semimain looked like the most promising match on paper but never really got to an interesting level. The Chavez brothers didn’t do much special, the rudos control didn’t last long, and it ended quick. Short matches were the order of the day, and this one didn’t crack 10 minutes.

this did look like fun for Jarochita

Panther matches have a way of just continuing to keep going and eventually getting good for it. This match was a whole bag of nothing for 2.5 falls, and then it got a little bit better for the last few minutes. In no way should this encourage you to watch this show, and it’s just about what you’re going to get with these guys all the time and is pretty much a waste of time, but it didn’t annoy me.

The women’s match fits in the category of matches with few errors but also few moments of actual excitement. They ran thru the usual offense for the usual amount of time and it was alright, I guess. There’s no evolution to these matches, just varying level of performances. It’s a small pool of women, and it sometimes sticks out that they’ve never try any team work spots except for two people doing the same move at the same time. Jarochita and Isis are bad together, though it did lead to Jarochita hitting Isis really hard by accident twice in the last ten seconds. She’s got to get a lot better at the moonsault or has to get rid of the moonsault; no one’s impressed by a crummy looking moonsault in 2017.

The opener was short, but better for it. They had to keep moving. The técnicos got in a few high spots, the rudos didn’t waste too much time, and it didn’t overstay it’s time while still not offering a whole. Oro is usually a level ahead of these guys and didn’t really show much more than the other three, which is not exactly a great thing.

action

AAA on Televisa: 2017-11-04 

 

Rudo double team.

Recapped: 11/19/2017

The first match is from Domo San Luis, San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí, taped 10/01/2017. It only aired on stations which get a longer version of the AAA show (and likely aired as part of one of the previous weeks of TV on those channels, only I can’t consistently track down that show.) It has not aired on any regular AAA show and there’s no public explanation or reason why it hasn’t, which is very unusual for a main event of any TV taping. 

The last four matches aired from Palenque de la Feria, Metepec, Estado de México, taped 10/20/2017.

Matches:

Pagano beat El Mesías and Joe Lider in a death match
(10:06, Pagano Air Raid Crash thru a table on fire Joe Lider, below average, via thecubsfan)

Bronco González Jr. & Chicano beat Rugido & Solaris
(6:40, Chicano top rope senton con giro Rugido, good, via Lucha Libre AAA)

Big Mami & Niño Hamburguesa beat La Hiedra & Villano III Jr.
(8:54, Niño Hamburguesa frog splash Villano III, ok, via Lucha Libre AAA)

Angelikal, Hijo Del Vikingo, Lanzeloth beat Ángel Mortal Jr., Australian Suicide, Tiger Boy
(7:52, Lanzeloth spinning fireman’s slam Australian Suicide, ok, via Lucha Libre AAA)

Dave The Clown, Monsther Clown, Murder Clown beat Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, La Parka  
(11:05, Dave frontcracker La Parka, ok, via Lucha Libre AAA)

What happened: 

can you play dead for about 10 seconds for a video package shot, Pagano? Thanks

Earlier in the night, Cuervo & Scoria wanted to talk strategy with La Parka about the main event match, but Parka didn’t want anything with them. Like everyone else who follows this promotion, he never saw these two dudes turn técnico and doesn’t really trust them. He wants them to earn his trust. In one of those remarkable coincidences, they get that chance two seconds later: Psicosis & Histeria attack Parka for no reason and Cuervo & Scoria make the save. That wins Parka over. In the match itself, Los Vipers return to attack the Secta when they have the match won. (Tirantes distracted himself poorly to miss the interference.) Parka stares at the rudos, and gets caught by a frontcracker by Dave the Clown.

Australian Suicide is looking like the lead singer of Green Day now. Tiger Boy is now The Tiger Boy.

The técnicos are mixed tag champs. They pose before the match like the titles are not on the line, but it’s apparently not a title match. La Hiedra is wearing a Sangre Chicana inspired outfit. Hiedra walks out on Villano III for losing the match.

Rugido is another new name for Dizzy, presented as AAA’s new find.

Noti AAA has Dia de los Muertos celebrations and Dr. Wagner Jr. talking about his evolution. They’ve cut back on listing him as “Rey Wagner”, but he still pushes the idea of it here.

a bad idea

I grabbed the Heroes Inmortales off one of the TV internet feeds (and so the video quality is terrible.) It’s also very obviously clipped. The really obvious edit comes about 5:30 into the video, where suddenly a wood board with light tubes and a ladder materialize in the ring. On fan video of the full match (which has since been removed from YouTube but appeared to be close to 30 minutes total), you can see Mesias have trouble folding the ladder, the ladder tipping in the crowd, the fans yelling at Mesias about it and him yelling back. Mesias and Pagano crowd brawl a while later, and it doesn’t seem like the floor camera tries to follow them. The TV version resumes a minute or so after they come back, and Mesias is noticeably limping by that point. There’s more edits after that – a moment where Mesias leaves the ring to yell at fans, fans throw drinks at him, and Mesias goes harder after the fans is also not shown on TV. Same thing with Lider choking Pagano with the barbed wire and a powerbomb on the announce time, Pagano doing a splash to the floor that misses to set up Lider cutting him again, Joe Lider doing an Asia Moosnault, and Mesias taking a splash.

Everyone bleeds. Joe Lider, who seems to have gained a lot of weight lately, takes the Air Raid Crash onto a flaming table. Somehow that’s not the finish – Pagano has to DDT Mesias too, and then covers Joe Lider, who’s grabbing his head and doesn’t actually have his shoulders down. (This is Mesias’ last match for now. In the bigger picture, it comes off like Mesias was probably supposed to be get surgery after TripleMania, was convinced to stick around because they had a shortage of actual Lucha Underground people for the Japan LU shows, and they made this match the main event as a reward while adding Joe Lider just to take the load off. It’s one of many AAA storylines which don’t make sense on screen and only make sense when you guess at what must’ve been going on behind the scenes.)

Thoughts: 

Hijo del Vikingo is still on this show

The main event combined a lot of wrestlers who aren’t all that interesting into one familiar feeling matches. The Traidor Clowns are one of the least capable groups to stooge Parka’s comedy, but they’re doing it all the same anyway. Cuervo & Scoria were occasionally in the match, but this was much more abut the Vipers and Dave/Parka than anything they had to offer.

The third match and the regular tag match shared some energy and the young guys trying to big things. They both had issues with smoothiness – a little bit of people hesitating on moves, or going at the speed they must’ve practiced the spots rather than naturally reacting to what was happening behind them. Hijo del Vikingo still can do some amazing things but didn’t get focused as much as the star in this one as he did in past match. There really wasn’t any particular direction to the match, and there sort of needs to be one in every match when you’ve got so few of them as week. The finish itself didn’t look as strong as a lot of things that came before it, and this came down to a borderline match on my part. The ending looked like it was a screw up – Angel Mortal broke it up just at 3 – and the result didn’t make any sense if Suicide was going to get the title shot on the very next taping. Maybe AAA didn’t know for sure Suicide was challenging next, but they probably still could’ve safer pinned Tiger Boy or Angel Mortal since there’s very obviously no plans for them. The week to week storytelling is abysmal.

The mixed tag is what you’d expect, a lot of Big spots around Mami & Hamburguesa. They did what they do about as well as they ever do. La Hiedra’s offense didn’t look good at all, but it’s not so much of a surprise given who they were working with here. Villano III trying to do tricky armdrags with Big Mami was pushing it. Really, the rudos couldn’t do the comedy stuff well, and they’re not great enough wrestlers themselves to make this work themselves. Villano III was the better of the two at it, but not so much that you need to see it.

Parka as Mistico, the clowns as Avenro & Mephisto, just slower

The actual opener was borderline match. Nothing much stuck out to me but it kept moving for the time they had. Match was pleasantly fine for a novato match except for the spot about four and half in where Chicano and Solaris were hopelessly lost for about 10 seconds. These aren’t really novatos though; Rugido’s been around forever and Chicano’s not a spring chicken, but they’re being given novato amount of things to do. Bronco is one of their better bases of this group, and so it wasn’t probably an accident he was around to make Rugido’s iffy spots look good. Not sure why you’d make that effort and also have him lose in his debut but so it goes.

The three way match combined the mindless violence of a poor hardcore match with the directionless violence of a bad three way match. We saw an XMW three way hardcore match live, everyone but me seemed to hate it (I just didn’t care enough to hate it, a personal flaw) and I’m not sure it was any worse than this. This was Mesias’ last match before going in for double knee surgery, and he’s moving erratically and painfully for most of the match. The editing definitely hurts the match – it seemed as much for time as content. I’d be livid if I was one of these guys who took all this abuse, very few people got to see it on TV, and more than half the crazy stuff I did wasn’t shown at all. That just shouldn’t be happening in 2017. (A lot of this shouldn’t be happening in 2017.) Even the stuff we did get on TV was made worse by how it was presented; the crowd was much more into Pagano in the match live than it came thru.

This match brings back the old DTU tradition of putting barbed wire on one side of the ring, and everyone (mostly Lider) stopping short of hitting the ropes for no logical reason. That draws snickers from the fan cam I watched, for this super serious death match they’re trying to do. This match is not something I want to see at all, but they also managed to make the least of it.

CMLL Bodybuilding contest, Rush vs UG (and also UG vs Rush), Shocker, Crash in SLP

CMLL (TUE) 11/28/2017 Arena México [CMLL, Wrestling With GIFS]
1) Artillero & Espanto Jr. b Bengala & Sonic LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 28 DE NOVIEMBRE DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
2) Magia Blanca, Star Jr., Starman DQ Disturbio, Sangre Azteca, Templario LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 28 DE NOVIEMBRE DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
3) Blue Panther Jr., Drone, The Panther b Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Tiger LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 28 DE NOVIEMBRE DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tecnicos took 1/3.
4) Vangellys b Pólvora [lightningLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 28 DE NOVIEMBRE DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
5) Ephesto, Luciferno, Okumura b Johnny Idol, Stuka Jr., Valiente LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 28 DE NOVIEMBRE DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Johnny Idol and Valiente had problems, and Idol helped the rudos by the end of the match.
6) Gran Guerrero, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero DQ Mistico, Rush, Volador Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 28 DE NOVIEMBRE DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rush fouled UG and challenged him to a match (for the second show in a row!)

If you’re keeping up, that means UG and Rush challenged for a match on Monday and for Tuesday. Both will occur: Guerrero defends the NWA Middleweight Championship on Monday, then they meet again on Tuesday.

This fits along CMLL’s new Twitter accounts, in a fashion. There’s new ones split by arena: @Arena_MX, @Arena_Coliseo, @Arena_GDL, and @Arena_Puebla. All the information you’re using to seeing on the @CMLL_Oficial account will still be there, with the idea that a fan living in Puebla could more simply just follow only that specific account if they just wanted to see those lineups. They’ve also been doing the Arena Mexico/Arena Coliseo results on the arena specific twitter accounts and just RT-ing those on the main one. If you’re already following the main twitter account and you like what you’ve been getting, you don’t really need to change anything. If you want less but more specific, you can follow one of the other accounts instead.

CMLL is doing this, like they’re doing Rush/UG back to back nights, because they believe the vast majority of the audience are people who follow CMLL by attending their local buildings and might not be interested in anything else that happens at any other building or even any other day of the week. Rush and Ultimo Guerrero can – and probably will, given those two – work largely the same match on Tuesday as they will on Monday because they’ll feel most of the people one day won’t have seen it the next. There have been stories over the years that generally back up that idea – there was one after CMLL cut back on running Arena Coliseo where fans were disappointed, because  they were going to Coliseo because it was right in the neighborhood and weren’t interested in making a trip elsewhere.

What’s changed is CMLL has a pretty active YouTube account. I don’t know how much they actually make from it, and I suspect it’s not all that much if it’s a positive cash flow at all. It’s existence means there’s more people watching pretty much every Arena Puebla show live online than there are in the building Monday nights, and there’s probably more people watching every Tuesday Arena Mexico live show online than who will have an actual ticket stub. (And it’s likely not even close.) Lucha libre is better live, so people who are spending their time watching on the internet must like it more than most, yet CMLL (and all lucha libre promotions) don’t do all that much to take advantage of it. and usually just hand waves at their existence by doing stuff like booking the same matches on back to back shows, or by hyping a book release that will be unavailable over the internet. It’s great that we get to watch a lot of free CMLL on a weekly basis (or have the option to pick which things we actually want to watch), but it feels like something CMLL puts a lot of effort into something for an audience they’re not all that concerned about cultivating. I want to say “if you’re going to bother streaming, then maybe make it worthwhile” but maybe the other fair response is “maybe it’s not good for you to be streaming all this much if you’re going to repeat so many matches.” I struggle at understanding the long term end goals for a lot in lucha libre, and CMLL’s digital strategy is just one other thing on the list.

 

Johnny Idol definitely turned rudo last night. He’s on the tecnico side on Saturday and not booked in Arena Mexico next week, and I’m not sure why you’d do this without having him booked to follow up. I’m not sure Idol is any good as a rudo but it wasn’t working out as a tecnico.

I missed it with the Dragon Rojo changes, but Zeuxis is also off Friday’s CMLL show. La Seductora takes her spot. Zeuxis was already booked for Monterrey’s LLF, where she’ll face Diosa Quetzal.

I didn’t have much time to watch the Bodybuilding Contest today. They did have Virus out showing off his trainees (they’ve been Arkangel or Tony Salazar ones in previous years.) The top three in each division

Micros: Angel (debuting), Chico Temido, Microman
Students: Angel del Amor, Mosca, Kroc
Principiante: Soberano Jr., Sangre Imperial, Coyote
Intermediate: Niebla Roja, Titan, Cuatrero
Women: Dalys, Sanely, Princesa Sugehit
Advanced: Astral, Electrico, Principe Diamante

Astral was once again the overall winner after not placing last year. Dalys won for the third year straight, fourth overall. Principe Diamante had won in the beginners or intermediate division for the last three years.

The Crash returns to San Luis Potosi tonight. They’ve drawn one really big crowd and one really not big crowd. They’re running in the normal lucha arena of Auditorio Miguel Barrgan with LA Park debuting for the group, teaming with Daga & Penta vs La Mascara, Pierroth and Rush. Fenix & Flamita will have another rematch as the semimain. Video turned up of the last couple shows in San Luis Potosi so there’s a chance we could see this.

Shocker went on Mexican TV show Ventaneando to explain his version of his recent arrest. Shocker says he went out drinking with other wrestlers after a show. His wife has told him not to come home when he’s been drinking, so he got a hotel room. (Shocker here admits he’s had a problem with drinking.) Shocker fell asleep, work up, and figured he had time for more drinking. As he was going back to his room again afterwards, he felt someone following into his room, so he “defended” himself, including using a fire extinguisher. He says there was no sex worker involved. The one point of agreement with the original story was he ended up paying around 20,000 pesos for damages, down from the 30,000 they originally wanted. I’m not sure if I believe Shocker’s story, but even his own story is a sad tale of a guy who can’t stop himself from picking drinking over his family.

Elite announced their second show will be 12/08 in Cuauitlan. Tickets for their first show are running 120 to 380 pesos, or about $20USD for the high end.

Deadspin has an interview with Cody (Rhodes) about his and the Young Bucks plan to run an indie show that will break the 10,000 mark. Cody mentions there’s a plan to include lucha libre on the show but didn’t mention any specifics. Cody was evasive earlier when answering if it’ll be a ROH show, where they’re all currently employed. It might be better for them it not to be a ROH affiliation would prevent them them from using guys like Fenix and Penta (or even more out of the box guys like Santo & LA Park.) It’s unclear what ROH can and can not actually do as far as other using lucha libre talent when it comes to their alliances with NJPW & CMLL, but it’s not an obstacle at all if they run it without a ROH affiliation. That’s a small factor in a bigger deal (and if the only way they can get key NJPW people is by labeling it as ROH, then that’s the deal to make) and this show still seems a long way away from happening.

(I think Lucha Azteca is possibly seen weekly by more people than Lucha Underground, but it definitely hasn’t had the same success at making big US names for either the Mexican or US audiences, and ROH itself hasn’t made any great strides in getting anyone but slightly Dragon Lee and Ultimo Guerrero over with their audience. Cycling around with different CMLL names is giving more guys a cool weekend here or there but not helping in getting anyone or the concept over. Building those CMLL guys into bigger names could be done, and they’re probably attracting an even more different audience than the LU guys because of the lack of cross over, but it’s not like the CMLL guys are filling up rooms when they’re working locally promoted lucha indies right now. The real solution is for CMLL & Crash to actually make a deal to let CMLL guys work on shows with The Crash guys – CMLL has specifically told them they can’t in the past – because that would open a lot doors and improve situations more than in just a one off novelty show.)

Rush and HIjo del Fantasma said things to each other on Twitter. This is being used to sell the idea of a CMLL/AAA show, which still isn’t happening.

DTU has a promo from Billy Gamer. He & Toto Gamer are debuting tag team Game Over on their next set of shows.

Periodco La Voz has interviews with Estrellato & Rey Astral.

A story about a lucha libre (and music and art) show in Tepito as diversion from crime is getting picked up in a lot of places.

Lineups

CMLL (MON) 12/04/2017 Arena Puebla
1) Centella Roja & Hijo de Centella Roja vs Fuerza Chicana & Guerrero Espacial
2) Espíritu Maligno, Millenium, Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Cancerbero, El Perverso, Raziel
3) Esfinge, Fuego, Stigma vs Cuatrero, Hechicero, Sansón
4) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Titán vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
5) Carístico, Marco Corleone, Valiente vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Sam Adonis
6) Último Guerrero © vs Rush [NWA MIDDLE]
14th defense.

Beyond the title match, the tercera could be pretty good.

CMLL (TUE) 12/05/2017 Arena México
1) Sangre Imperial & Sensei vs El Coyote & Espanto Jr.
2) Fiero, Oro Jr., Starman vs Hijo del Signo, Nitro, Raziel
3) Fuego, Pegasso, Stigma vs Disturbio, Tiger, Universo 2000 Jr.
4) Niebla Roja, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
5) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Negro Casas, Okumura, Sam Adonis
6) Rush vs Último Guerrero

Okumura seems like he’s in a higher position than he used to be, but it might just be about keeping the NGD together. Their match looks the bet on the show. Second match has at least four feuding people (Starman, Fiero, Signo, Raziel) in the lead up to the cage match.

CMLL (TUE) 12/05/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Magnum & Tigre Blanco vs Frezzer & Furia Roja
2) Lady Maravilla, Princesa Sugehit, Silueta vs Dalys, Reyna Isis, Zeuxis
3) Puma © vs Esfinge [OCCIDENTE LH]
2nd defense
4) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
5) Marco Corleone, Soberano Jr., Valiente vs Kráneo, Pierroth, Rush

I’m about as big a supporter of Puma as you’ll find, but I’d be very surprised if he kept the title over Esfinge. The Guadalajara native more or less has replaced Gallo as the strongest push local and might as well have a title belt if that’s how they’re going to be it. In reality, it matters not at all if it’s Felino’s son or Magnum’s son who has this title, because CMLL’s been pretty clear none of the Occidente Championships are all that important

Occidente last CMLL defense:
Heavyweight (Diamante Azul): May 6, 2014
Light Heavyweight (Puma King): March 13, 2016
Middleweight (Joker): June 25, 2017
Welterweight (Star Black): September 25, 2016
Tag Team (Esfinge & Rielero): July 16, 2017*
Trios (NGD): March 12, 2017*
* – also had a later indy defense

I’d like to be upset about Efinge being gifted a title thru nepotism, but it’s so pointless when half the titles haven’t even been defended this year. The upside is there’s a decent chance we get a Puma three falls singles match on TV.