CMLL Martes de Glamour: 2017-01-03 

rope skills

Recapped: 01/03-04/2017

What happened: Máximo lost to Negro Casas in much the same way Carístico lost to Carístico the same night before.

What was good: There wasn’t a title match, but the undercard was generally less life destroying.

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

Lucha Underground 3×18: Evil Rising

Drago breaks Saltador

Matches

Sexy Star defeat Mariposa (top rope double stomp, 6:52, ok)

Drago [O], Vibora, Pindar defeat Mala Suerte, Saltador, Paul London [X] (6:55, running blockbuster DDT, ok)

Johnny Mundo beat the Mack (low blow, 9:40, good)

Developments

that poor desk

Johnny Mundo beat the Mack and Johnny Mundo is still the Lucha Underground champion, but Johnny Mundo and the Mack still are yet to have a Lucha Underground championship match. Dario Cueto, in his most bait-and-switch move in a while, changed tonight’s match between the two from a title match to one where the winner would choose the stipulation. As easily foreseen when the Mack told Sexy Star to stay out of it, Worldwide Underground interfered to give Johnny the win. Mundo insulted the Mack post match, then declared their match would be an All Night Long iron man match.

Sexy’s own night went better: she defeated Mariposa again. Mariposa showed a bit of the spark from her Battle of the Bulls fight, but was defeated cleanly at the end. There was still no indication or admission she had been behind the spider taunting, which predictably means it was someone else. Marty the Moth came to the ring after Sexy had left, helping Mariposa up to predictably attack his sister.

The middle trios match was less predictable. For one, both the Rabbit Tribe (who erroneously believe Máscarita Sagrada is their white rabbit leader) and the Reptile Tribe are both too new to be predictable. We saw some of the same hi-jinks from the Rabbits as last time, but the Reptiles are pretty much new. Kobra Moon ordered a previously chained Drago to take her place in the match, and he had no problems working with his captors. The announcers speculated Drago had been brainwashed or drugged in some way. Fenix and Aerostar saved him post match. The surprise here was Drago didn’t immediately turn on them, but he still seemed to be pretty confused.

The only other outside of the ring story started and closed the show. Mil Muertes was understandably upset about Prince Puma violating the rules of a Grave Consequences match by showing up alive – only he’s allowed to do that! Catrina correctly blamed Vampiro, and Mil Muertes thrashed Vampiro to end the show. (In a very A New Hope touch, Prince Puma made it as far as the apron but couldn’t/didn’t stop his mentor from getting a flatliner to death.)

Reptile double team

One other thing: Jeremiah Crane tried to brag to Catrina about defeating the person she loves, only to be crushed when Catrina revealed she loved someone else. That’s what happens when you miss season 1, Crane!

There was one single commercial and one station bug adjacent message noting next week’s show as the midseason finale. It’s subtle enough that people might have missed it, and I’m guessing most people who don’t closely follow the show won’t realize it until it shows up on c&p sites tomorrow; it’s the danger of breaking news late on a Wednesday! It appeared that audio references to the Mundo/Mack title match happening in two weeks were muted. That makes sense, though not having Striker or Melissa in front of a microphone to replace their audio suggests a) they had to get it done quick/cheaply and b) they might not have known exactly when it was coming back when they made the changes.

Nothing was announced for next week, for the first time in a while. It’d be fair to expect the title match is happening next week given the way the show ended, but they never explicitly said it and it seems intended to air on episode 20, the first episode of the second season. (There’s could always switch up the order, but the preview for the next normally scheduled episode has a non-wrestling segment with Mack and Mundo that would have to be replaced if they did.)

Thoughts

seems familiar

Whenever season 3 is done and we’re (maybe) ranking episodes again, this will be an easy one to file in the skipable range. The matches weren’t great and the storylines didn’t really move a whole lot, or at least didn’t need the full episode to move as much as we did. It feels like the Sexy Star/spider story didn’t move at all. I guess we’re supposed to think Sexy is so perfect that she couldn’t be picking on the wrong person, because at no point in the storyline did they even work in a red herring to make one believe Mariposa was actually behind things. If there’s no progression, then it’s just another Sexy Star singles match in a season with a lot of them, and a Sexy Star/Mariposa rematch that’s not near as good as the last one you had. There’s not going to leave all that much useful out when they cut it down to 10 seconds in the next previously opening montage.

The main event was not a lot better as far as moving things along. Dario could’ve announced the All Night Long match in his interaction with the Mack backstage and it would’ve meant as much. The idea that they were facing each other to determine a stipulation really wasn’t given time to have any weight, and we barely had time to think about what stipulation either guy would want before the match was happening. (What would’ve Mack picked? I guess Falls Count Anywhere worked out ok for him.) I liked the match, with Mack’s size forcing Mundo into more of a pounding brawl than usual. The idea of Mundo as a long term champion with lots of title matches, like Puma and Matanza, but being forced to adapt to his challengers styles instead of his own has some promise. This didn’t totally get to that potential but it was enough to for me to like it fine. The finish came off super flat, with Mundo down for a long time as Mack and the referee kept going back and forth between PJ Black and Jack Evans on the apron. It felt like Mundo missed his cue about when to get back up, and it was strange they couldn’t save it in editing.

They really need Sexy Star and the Mack to start realizing they can’t just go alone when Mundo’s interfering, or at least give better reasons to do it than pride. By now, the frustration isn’t on Worldwide Underground for interfering, it’s on the técnicos for not at least attempting to stop them.

Mundo was in danger whenever Mack could grab him

The Russo swerve of Marty attacking his sister is the worst of predictable booking. It’s always done where there’s no reason for the two friendly characters to be having this interaction without the turn, and without really any good explanation for the turn. They really needed some follow up on this show, right after Marty attacked Mariposa, to make it mean something. It felt cheap and pointless as it was presented, but maybe one of them might now win a feud. There’s nothing there that you’ll wouldn’t get the same amount out of when it airs to start a show.

The trios match seemed to not work as intended. I think the idea was to get over the Reptile Tribe, but the Rabbit Tribe is so colorful and wacky that the slightly newer guys got overshadowed. Pindar seemed like he got nearly as much in on Aerostar after the match as he did during the match. Maybe Vibora too; Fenix and Aerostar were better at being gnats for them to swat away, and maybe some Argenis-level team would’ve helped give a stronger first impression. The mystery over Drago’s actions at least came thru well. Drago came back to técnicos awfully quickly , which probably means this story isn’t over, but it’s interesting enough that I want to see that more.

That’s the deal. Predictable stuff is good if you’re interested in the destination. This one just had a batch of storylines where I’m not that interested in them right now and the matches didn’t really make up for it. The good thing about LU is there’s so much stuff – maybe too much stuff! – so we’ll likely get a whole different batch of stories moving forward next week and I’ll probably like those more. And I’m intrigued to find out how Mundo & Mack can go 40 minutes, but I may have to wait a while for that.

This did look cool.

Tuesday results, LU preview, Lider keeps his hair in a hair loss

Skadi & Metalica

CMLL (TUE) 01/03/2017 Arena México [CMLL, CultIcon]
1) Demus 3:16 & Pequeño Universo 2000 b Acero & Aéreo LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 3 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
12:46. Rudos took 2/3.
2) Estrellita, Sanely, Skadi b La Seductora, Metálica, Reyna Isis LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 3 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
13:07. Tecnicas took 1/3.
3) Okumura, Skándalo, Virus b Oro Jr., Pegasso, Star Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 3 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
15:26. Rudos took 1/3.
4) Sagrado b Tritón [lightning] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 3 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
5) Ephesto, Hechicero, Ripper b Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr., Johnny Idol LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 3 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
6) Euforia, Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero b Máximo Sexy, Stuka Jr., Volador Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 3 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3, Casas sneaking in a foul on Maximo.

Second straight day where Casas snuck in a foul on someone to win in the last trios match of the night. I guess there’s worst people you could do it with. I’ve seen the first half of this show so far, and was half paying attention to the main event. You don’t really need to see the first half of this card (though the women’s match was not the disaster it could’ve been.) Sagrado/Triton sounds like it was the best match.

A CMLL article talks about, after defeating La Mascara in Puebla, Volador will be going into FantasticaMania as champion. The article then ends saying they have no idea if Volador will actually defend the title on the tour. That’s about as helpful as I am. The lineups are expected to be out in the next two days.

Lucha Underground tonight is episode 18 of the season, “Evil Rising”. Matches scheduled:

  • Mariposa vs Sexy Star (open)
  • Paul London, Mala Suerte, Saltador vs Vibora, Pindar, Kobra Moon
  • Johnny Mundo (c) vs the Mack for the Lucha Underground Championship.

This is the second to last episode of the newly invented half season. Someone who asked LU writer Chris DeJoseph got a “go ask El Rey” answer about when LU would return for Season 3 Part 2, but later said he was told but couldn’t remember. That does give us that there’s an actual plan here, just one El Rey hasn’t been much interested in communicating; there’s been no mention of the midseason finale outside of the commercial.

I have an unconfirmed idea of when the show will be back; my impression is it’ll be along the same lines as the break between season 2 and season 3. That was 6 weeks. It’s probably a little longer this time, but not much.

You’ll know what the big deal is for episode #20, which would be second half premiere, by the end of this episode.

AAA is doing a media day for Guerra de Titanes. There probably will be stories from that tomorrow, but nothing much interesting has been said the last few; it’s purpose is to remind people they exist and they’re running a show. Doesn’t look like there was a fight to set up a match this time.

Lucha Memes announced they’re running Chairo 8 on 01/29 in Arena Naucalpan. It’ll be the third straight week for them to run the building, so it must be working for them. First match announced
1: Hechicero vs Dr. Cerbero

Post match interviews from the Arena Neza cage match show Joe Lider with just the sides of his head cut like a normal hair cut. It’s enough hair so Pagano can triumphantly post about the hair he won, but it’s the definition of a fraud. (Really, even if he got his head shaved five minutes after that video ends, not doing the hair cut stipulation in front of the fans is not giving them what they paid for.) As Rob pointed out on Twitter, he’s probably planning to lose the rest of it in Arena Aficion in a couple weeks.

Cross Arm Breaker reviews Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Canis Lupus.

Ultimo Dragon announced DragonMania will take place May 27th. It’ll be his 30th anniversary as a wrestler and he’s invited Jun Akiyama to return.

The president of the Tepic Box Y Lucha commission says there’s not any lucha libre fans in Tepic, and the luchadors aren’t much good either. I’m not the most negative person today! Super Calo is opening a school there soon, which seems like it’d help.

Mr. Coyote unmasked Rey Tornado in Xalapa.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 01/10/2017 Arena México
1) Fantasy & Stukita vs Mercurio & Pequeño Olímpico
2) Oro Jr., Príncipe Diamante, Robin vs Cancerbero, Disturbio, Grako
3) Blue Panther Jr., Pegasso, Stigma vs Forastero, Okumura, Virus
4) Dragón Lee, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Ephesto, Hechicero, Niebla Roja
5) Máximo Sexy vs Negro Casas
6) Atlantis, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero

They did do a feud! Just a quick one, since Maximo is off to Japan sometime after this show. This is nearly FantasticaMania Day 0 given all the people scheduled for this show who are on the tour.  Five in the main event, Maximo, everyone but Niebla Roja in the tercera, Blue Panther and Okumura in the segunda. They’re saving a lot of people who will still be around for Friday bookings.

CMLL (TUE) 01/10/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Sky Kid & Smaker vs Frezzer & Furia Roja
2) Leono, Magnum, Sensei vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Inquisidor, Rey Trueno
3) Esfinge, Fuego, Tritón vs Puma, Sagrado, Tiger
4) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Valiente vs Bobby Z, Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora
5) Carístico, Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone vs Cavernario, Felino, Mephisto

Speaking of people who will be around: Diamante Azul is back. Not so excited for that. Tercera seems really fun for the people who get to see it.

CMLL Puebla: 2017-01-02 

Rey Cometa is the most Mexican man alive

Recapped: 01/03/2017

What happened: Volador kept his title over La Mascara, and Negro Casas and Carístico have issues.

What was good: The last two matches, though the last one is more of a grudging acknowledgment than a strong recommendation. I liked parts of the tercera.

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

2016 watch later catch up, part 9 of ∞

quien es proximo

Matches reviewed in this post

  • Guerrero Maya Jr. & The Panther vs Puma & Tiger for the Arena Coliseo (DF) Tag Team Championship, Arena Coliseo, 02/27/2016
  • Laredo Kid vs FlamitaAerostarSéptimo Dragón, 8105 Campo Bowie West Blvd, Benbrook, Texas, 06/03/2016 
  • Hechicero & Máscara Dorada vs Ángel Blanco Jr. & Flamita, Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México, 09/03/2016 
  • Arez vs Sammy Guevara, Arena Coliseo Monterrey, 09/04/2016 
  • Heddi Karaoui © vs Imposible for the IWRG Intercontinental Middleweight Championship, Arena Naucalpan, 09/04/2016 
  • Drastik Boy & Jinzo vs Genio del Aire & Próximo and Aero Boy & Black Boy, Arena Nacionalista, Mexicali, Baja California, 11/27/2016 

I’m trying to mix up who I watch, and that’s leading to some weird combination of matches. I’m actually done with February! It’s only 11 months later, doing pretty good.

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Volador keeps his title, Casas/Caristico, Tuesday preview

Casas wins

CMLL (SUN) 01/01/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Domingos Familiares]
1) Guerrero de la Muerte & Quca b Avispón Negro Jr. & Micro
Rudos took 2/3.
2) Cosmos, El Alteño, Explosivo b Diplomático, Relámpago, Thunder Boy
Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Mágico, Magnum, Metatrón, Vaquero Jr. b Frezzer, Furia Roja, Mosco X Fly, Sádico
Frezzer is a rudo following his cage match mask loss. Tecnicos took 2/3, the last with Vaquero Jr. beating Frezzer.
4) Gran Kenut b Javier Cruz Jr. [hair]
Kenut took 2/3 to save his mask and take Cruz’s hair. Kenut snuck in a foul to win. Javier was angry about the way he lost, but did get his hair cut.
5) Esfinge & Gallo © b Exterminador & Maléfico [OCCIDENTE TAG]
Tecnicos took 1/3 to defend. Money thrown in. Fourth defense.

An unmasked guy losing a hair versus mask match is nothing new, but Javier Cruz Jr. losing is a bit of a surprise. His father was famous for winning hair matches, but this is the third one his son has lost since 2012.

CMLL (MON) 01/02/2017 Arena Puebla [Culticon, Plantilla Deportiva, Tape Machines Are Rolling (6)]
1) Rey Apocalipsis & Toro Bill Jr. b Asturiano & Zaeta Roja LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 2 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
2) Arkalis, Millenium, Tigre Rojo Jr. b Arkángel de la Muerte, Metálico, Policeman LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 2 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
3) Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa, Stigma b Disturbio, Sam Adonis, Skándalo LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 2 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
4) Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys b Ángel de Oro, Titán, Valiente LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 2 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
5) Cavernario, Gran Guerrero, Negro Casas b Atlantis, Carístico, Máximo Sexy LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 2 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Negro snuck in a foul on Caristico for the win. Caristico wanted a rematch.
6) Volador Jr. © b La Máscara [NWA WELTER] LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 2 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Volador took 2/3. 13th defense

Main event was said to be good; it seemed fine from what I paid attention to, but I’ll watch it later. Attendance seemed strong if maybe not as much as last week.

One feature to like about Puebla feuds is they’re often starting one while another finishes, so there’s not a complete dead show. Tonight’s CMLL show is a complete dead show. CMLL hasn’t had a rivalry since the end of the Ephesto/Maya issue on the 13th. It’s just been (even more) random matches. It doesn’t seem like it’ll change tonight.

Tonight’s main event random match is Volador, Stuka Jr., and Maximo versus Euforia, Rey Bucanero and Negro Casas. All the tecnicos are heading out of town soon, so there probably won’t be a feud there. Johnny Idol, Guerrero Maya Jr. and Drone face Ephesto, Ripper and Hechicero in the semimain; only Ripper isn’t going to Japan, and he seems occupied with Blue Panther Jr. at the moment. The lightning match is Triton versus Sagrado, which could be pretty good. It’s Triton’s first singles match since returning to Mexico, which should be interesting, but now they’re past the point on the card where there’s ever an issue on Tuesdays. Pegasso, Star Jr., Oro Jr. take on Skandalo, Okumura and Virus in the tercera. Reina Isis returns to Arena Mexico in the segunda, teaming with La Seductora, La Metalica versus Estrellita, Sanely and Skadi. That match could be trouble. The opener is Aereo & Acero versus Demus 3:16 & Pequeno Universo. Someone’s getting dropped on their head.

The show will air on 7:30 pm on CMLL’s YouTube channel. I’ve have a recap later this week.

AAA’s tweaked their announced schedule:

  • Guerra de Titanes is still the same (01/20, in DF)
  • Toluca (01/27) has moved from the Gimnasio Agustin Millan, where they’ve run for decades, to Salon Rojo Club Toluca. This appears to be a concert venue, and a smaller building (though I can’t find a capacity.)
  • The Cuautitlan taping is pushed back one day, from Friday to Saturday 02/11.

CMLL talks about Maximo’s title win, slightly hints Maximo might defend his heavyweight title on FantasticaMania. I had not even considered the heavyweight champion might defend the title in Japan, mostly because it’s the heavyweight title. I have no idea who they’d put him with, maybe an exciting battle with Yujiro.

Lucha Underground & Johnny Mundo appear in a new Slim Jim commercial. This is a nice deal for the promotion, especially if it shows up more than just on Twitter. On another Lucha Underground note, no one with the show or with El Rey has said anything more about the 01/11 show being the mid-season finale. That seems like an announcement which should be followed by a press release. They don’t send those things to me, but I haven’t seen them show up elsewhere.

Guerrero Negro Jr., the former CMLL luchador, lost his hair to Chavo Lomeli.

The Gladiatores has interviews with Danny Casas & Veneno talking about their feud and Pirata Morgan Jr. following his mask loss.

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report and this week’s Poster-Mania.

Cross Arm Breaker returns to write about El Dandy vs La Fiera and Mr. Niebla & Dr. Wagner Jr.

Ohtani’s Jacket reviews Trauma I vs Canis Lupus.

Winter Palace reviews Hechicero & Barbaro Cavernario vs Black Terry & Bestia 666.

An article on the Cuernavaca year end local lucha commission party. They feel good about their 2016.

There’s new rules governing lucha libre and boxing in Escobedo, Nuevo Leon.

A wrestler playing with fire got burned. (This is not a metaphor, burn photos inside.)

A video story on Mexican luchadors helping the Cuban revolution.

Lineup

IWRG (SUN) 01/08/2017 Arena Naucalpan
1) Black Dragón vs Araña de Plata
2) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo vs Demonio Infernal, Diablo Jr., Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro
3) Emperador Azteca, Freelance, Hijo del Alebrije vs Hip Hop Man, Pirata Morgan Jr., X-Fly
4) Dragón Fly, Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Pantera vs Herodes Jr., Negro Navarro, Trauma I
5) Imposible © vs Relámpago [IWRG IC MIDDLE]
mistakenly listed as Welterweight on poster. Third defense
6) Mr. Electro vs Pirata Morgan

The big news is X-Fly’s back the title match that was held off for a while. Main event is either a build to a title match, or Pirata Morgan won a hair match because they’re building up a hair match with Mr. Electro. Perhaps both.

No Wednesday show this week.

CMLL (MON) 01/09/2017 Arena Puebla
1) Centella Roja, Meyer, Millenium vs Fuerza Chicana, Guerrero Espacial, King Jaguar
2) Astro, Shockercito, Último Dragóncito vs Espíritu Maligno, Mini Joker, Pequeño Violencia
3) Blue Panther Jr., The Panther, Titán vs Kráneo, Olímpico, Ripper
4) Johnny Idol, Marco Corleone, Valiente vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
5) Atlantis, Carístico, Máximo Sexy vs Cavernario, Gran Guerrero, Negro Casas

Main event continues the Caristico/Casas feud. I wonder if Gran Guerrero is filling in for Niebla.

new lucha videos for the weekend of December 30th

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYyNnOBGWP7TBAeut65VYZPJsQQy0mF5O

PROESA is a repeat. They keep promoting the show on Twitter, so I don’t think it’s meant to be dead, but I haven’t seen them advertise tapings in a great while. AAA remains in repeat material until 01/14.

12/31 & 01/01 WWC: Cloud Drive

12/31 Elite USA: Cloud Drive

CMLL Lucha Libre Retro: 2016-12-30
taped 2016-10-08 @ Arena Coliseo
Cloud Drive
1) La Jarochita, Princesa Sugehit, Skadi vs Dalys, La Seductora, Metálica
2) Atlantis, Máximo Sexy, Mistico vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Shocker

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-12-30
taped 2016-12-30 @ Arena México
Cloud Drive
1) Flyer & Robin vs Hijo del Signo & Metálico
2) Pegasso, Star Jr., Tritón vs Nitro, Sangre Azteca, Virus
3) Rey Cometa vs Sagrado in a lightning match
4) Blue Panther Jr., Drone, The Panther vs Kráneo, Olímpico, Ripper
5) Ángel de Oro, Marco Corleone, Stuka Jr. vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible
6) Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas vs Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr.

AAA on Televisa: 2016-12-31 (Best of Part 2)
Cloud Drive

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2016-12-31
taped 2016-12-19 @ Arena Puebla
Cloud Drive
1) Blue Panther Jr., Stigma, The Panther vs Hechicero, Puma, Tiger
2) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Johnny Idol vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Sam Adonis
3) La Máscara, Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Volador Jr. in a relevos increíbles match

IWRG Zona XXI: 2017-01-02
taped 2017-01-01 @ Arena Naucalpan
Cloud Drive
1) Alfa & Omega vs Araña de Plata & Demonio Infernal
2) Danny Casas, Dragón Fly, Veneno vs Dr. Cerebro, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro
3) Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Mr. Electro, Tinieblas Jr. vs Killer Jr., Negro Navarro, Pirata Morgan
4) Imposible vs Relámpago, Golden Magic, Pirata Morgan Jr. in a cage match and for the mask and [prison fatal]

great match roundup, week of 2016-12-24

Texano and Cage

That’s about it for 2016 TV. Maybe I’ll throw in the AAA in Chilpancingo TV. Lucha Underground will keep going by air date. I may sneak in some Retro as part of the catchup, and there’s plenty left with that. I’ve got some of those catch ups waiting to go up and will update the MOTYC stuff after.

Texano versus Cage was fun. It was a slow week to close it.

rating matches TV Show taped
great Cage vs Texano Lucha Underground: 2016-12-28 2016-04-24
good Dalys © vs Marcela for the CMLL World Women’s Championship LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 26 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2016-12-26 2016-12-26
good Estrellita, La Vaquerita, Marcela vs Amapola, La Comandante, Zeuxis LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 27 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2016-12-27 2016-12-27
good Guerrero Maya Jr., Johnny Idol, Rey Cometa vs Bobby Z, Sam Adonis, Vangellys LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 27 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2016-12-27 2016-12-27
good Rey Cometa vs Sagrado in a lightning match CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-12-30 2016-12-30
good Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas vs Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-12-30 2016-12-30
ok Astral & Shockercito vs Pequeño Olímpico & PierrothitoLUCHA LIBRE INFIERNO EN EL RING FUNCION DE NAVIDAD (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2016-12-25 2016-12-25

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Pagano shaves Joe Lider in Neza, La Mascara/Volador tonight

photo by Black Terry Jr.

AAA (SUN) 01/01/2017 Arena Neza [+LuchaTV, Kronosport]
1) Príncipe Negro & Taquero Maldito b Admantium & Balak
money thrown in
2) Motocross, Royer Boy, Sky Man b Brayan, Chico Che, Rayo Star
money thrown in
3) Pandemónium, Pandemónium Jr., Xibalba b Bengala, Dave The Clown, Súper Fly
Local rudos cheated to win.
4) La Parka & Psycho Clown b Monsther Clown & Murder Clown
5) Joe Lider L Texano Jr., Pagano, Averno, Chessman, Hijo de Pirata Morgan [cage, mask]
Monster & Murder interfered to keep Lider in, while Psycho Clown helped Texano to escape. Pagano & Lider were the last two in, and they did the one fall bit at the end like a CMLL match – only those two did an extreme style match. Pagano beat Lider, who lost his hair.

The building was full for this show. Weird to see the local rudos beat the AAA trio, but those guys are on pretty much every Neza show.

Tonight’s another busy day for Volador. He had both the CMLL semimain and the Cara Lucha main event yesterday, and he’ll have a main event NWA Weltweright Championship title defense against la Mascara in Puebla today. He’s just passed Mano Negra as the longest title reign since the mid 70s, and will reach 900 days of champion during the FantasticaMania tour. Mascara has his own title, two weight divisions up. A title change is unlikely, and it’ll be more about what kind of show they want to put on.

It’s a six match card, so it’s either going to run later than usual or some of the undercard matches will run short. The semimain, which seems to be thes pot usually cut short, otherwise looks like the second best match on the card: Atlantis, Caristico and Maximo against Cavernario, Gran Guerrero and Negro Casas. Angel de Oro, Titan and Valiente face Rey Bucanero, Terrible and Vangellys in the fourth match. The never ending Stigma/Skandalo feud is in the tercera, with Guerrero Maya, Rey Cometa, Disturbio and Sam Adonis. Arkalis, Millenium and Tiger Rojo face Arkangel, Metalico and Policeman. The show opens with Asturiano & Zaeta Roja against Rey Apocalipsis & Toro Bill, which would be good if the Batilion worked as hard on their matches as their enterances.

The show will air on CMLL’s YouTube at 9pm

Black Terry Jr. has photos from the CaraLucha show and highlights of Volador vs Fenix vs Flamita

Máximo takes Máscara Año 2000’s hair, Pirata Morgan Jr. unmasked, Fenix bests Volador & Flamita

a gif of a man getting a hair cut

CMLL (SUN) 01/01/2017 Arena México [CMLL, Pro Wrestling Super Blog, thecubsfan]
1) Demus 3:16, Mercurio, Pierrothito b Acero, Astral, Último Dragóncito
14:22. Rudos took 1/3. Acero replaced Stukita (probably back in Laguna)
2) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther Jr., Guerrero Maya Jr. b Bobby Z, Pólvora, Ripper
15:52. Tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Stuka Jr. b Felino, Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero
7:38. Tecnicos took 2/3. Rey Bucanero replaced Mr. Niebla on Tuesday.
4) Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. b Ephesto, Hechicero, Mephisto
10:42. Tecnicos took 2/3.
5) Máximo b Máscara Año 2000 [hair]
11:04. Maximo took 2/3.

This show was a bit like Friday’s show, with a lot of playing to the crowd and positive finishes, but not the same level of quality. There’s nothing you need to go see from this match, especially including the main event. The turnout seemed better than last Sunday, maybe approaching a usual Friday, but not so much that they ever dared give us long shots of the seats. New Year’s Day seems like it was a good drawing day all around: AAA shows in Arena Neza and Arena Lopez Mateos sold out and CaraLucha looks it did well.

Mascara 2000’s return ends up a lot like Super Parka’s return a year ago: a veteran name from multiple generations in the past back around to lose an apuesta match to a regular CMLL luchador. Super Parka lost to Negro Casas to set up him up for the Volador match at H2L. I can’t imagine CMLL will do a Maximo hair match loss at H2L two straight years (or twice in a year’s time, which they almost did here), but Maximo defending his title against various Sanson & Cuatrero would be entertaining uses of time. Seems unlikely.

Mascara kicking out the finish seems totally unprofessional to me, but it’s consistent with how he’s acted thru the whole way of this feud and it’ll likely be unremarked on beyond the English language lucha fans. That sort of thing just doesn’t seem to get traction elsewhere. There’s no indication Mascara is actually done now, just I have no idea what else you’d do with him. Not sure what you could do with him anyway.

Cara Lucha (SUN) 01/01/2017 Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México [+LuchaTV]
1) Samael, Torito Negro, Yin Sang b Arceus, Atomic Fly, Príncipe Aéreo
Torito Negro’s debut. Samael replaced Imperio Negro
2) Flama Roja, Toro Negro III, Toro Negro Jr. b Alas de Acero, Alas De Plata, Pegazus
3) Látigo & Trauma I b Corsario Negro & Gallego [Juventud y Gloria, quarterfinal]
Latigo & Trauma moved onto the final.
4) Demus 3:16 & Yoruba b Sky Man & Solar I [Juventud y Gloria, quarterfinal]
former rivals Demus & Yoruba won, but still aren’t friends. Skyman replaced Bandido (in Torreon instead).
5) Templario & Último Guerrero b Látigo & Trauma I [Juventud y Gloria, semifinal]
Guerrero & Templario advance to the final. Templario was eliminated, but of course UG beat both Latigo and Trauma I by himself.
6) Fénix El Rey b Volador Jr., Flamita
money thrown in.

There’s already some (low quality) fan cams of the main event, though that one is missing the fininsh. I’m sure more are coming.

Templario & Ultimo Guerrero advance to the final, where for sure Demus & Yoruba aren’t beating them. We don’t know the last quarter final, which is probably going to need an Atlantis or a Caristico to pull that off.

IWRG (SUN) 01/01/2017 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV]
1) Black Dragón & Cadillac b Adrenalina & Keshin Black
Cadillac replaced Fireman. Keshin Black replaced Skanda.
2) Araña de Plata & Demonio Infernal b Alfa & Omega
Alfa’s first match in IWRG since 2015 (though his sometimes alternate personality Barba Roja Jr. showed up on a recent FILL show.)
3) Dr. Cerebro, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro b Danny Casas, Dragón Fly, Veneno
Rudos took 2/3. Dr. Cerbero replaced Killer Jr. (moved up.) Danny Casas & Veneno had problems leading them fighting each other after the match.
4) Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Mr. Electro, Tinieblas Jr. b Killer Jr., Negro Navarro, Pirata Morgan
No Hijo de Dos Caras again, with Killer Jr. replacing him. Despite being on the losing side, Pirata challenged Electroshock to a title match, which was accepted. First Tinieblas match in IWRG since 2013.
5) Pirata Morgan Jr. L Imposible, Relámpago, Golden Magic [cage, mask, prison fatal]
Imposible beats Pirata Morgan Jr., who was unmasked. Pirata Morgan Jr. was announced as Pedro Ortiz Soto, 35 years old, 15 years f a wrestler, from Mexico City.

Pirata losing was obvious as soon as they announced the match – he probably only got a few extra days with it because Killer Jr. showed back up to lose his mask first – but Imposible getting the win was a bit of a surprise. Pirata was feuding with Golden Magic, so they did a cross feud win. IWRG fans probably would’ve still booed Golden Magic.

Joe Lider lost his hair to Pagano in Neza. It was either going to be Lider or Hijo del Pirata, so the Morgans barely escaped losing two apuesta matches in a matter of hours. Joe Lider is in an apuesta match on the 17th, so I’m not sure how that’s going to work.

AAA posted the second of the holiday special today. That one has Lucha World Cup and TripleMania, so they’re on track to finish up next week.

Ohtani’s Jacket returns to write about Black Terry vs Aeroboy.

Lineup

CMLL (SAT) 01/07/2017 Arena Coliseo
1) Bengala & Leono vs Akuma & Artillero
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Stukita vs Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito
3) Estrellita, Princesa Sugehit, Sanely vs Amapola, La Comandante, Zeuxis
4) Drone, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Bobby Z, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja
5) Carístico, Dragón Lee, Mistico vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto

They’re back running these shows. Everyone but Caristico & Luciferno is headed to Japan next week and I don’t think we’re lucky enough to get that match. Black Terry & Negro Navarro being on Sabado Retro shows when they restarted was not meant to be taken literally – though maybe they’ll be around the following week when all those people are gone.

CMLL (SUN) 01/08/2017 Arena México
1) Acero & Aéreo vs Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Violencia
2) Blue Panther Jr., Pegasso, The Panther vs Nitro, Okumura, Virus
3) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Stuka Jr. vs Felino, Pólvora, Rey Bucanero
4) Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Titán vs La Máscara, Pierroth, Shocker
5) Atlantis, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero

Same deal with this main event, though they might do Valiente/Gran Guerrero. CMLL is crazy like that. Not crazy enough to do any more cards like the Friday show. I’m fine with this not being on YouTube this week.

CMLL (SUN) 01/08/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Micro vs Destructor
2) Black Sugar & Fugaz vs Gitano & Relámpago
3) El Yaqui & Reycko vs Évola & Thunder Boy
4) El Divino, Explosivo, Javier Cruz Jr. vs Espectrúm, Infierno, Rey Trueno
5) Frezzer, Furia Roja, Omar Brunetti vs Joker, Sádico, Vaquero Jr. [Relevos Increíbles]

Main event doesn’t seem to be set up by anything in particular.