Rey Escorpion knocks out Ultimo Guerrero, ChilangaMask, Leyendas Inmortal

Guerrero ended up on the mat with his head still in the frame/photo by Alexis Salazar-CMLL

CMLL (FRI) 06/19/2015 Arena México [CMLL, Terra]
1) Hombre Bala Jr. & Súper Halcón Jr. b Akuma & Arkángel de la Muerte Hombre Bala Jr. & Súper Halcón Jr. vs Akuma & Arkángel de la Muerte (posted by luchablogdos)
2) Dark Angel, La Vaquerita, Marcela b Dalys, La Seductora, Tiffany Dark Angel, La Vaquerita, Marcela vs Dalys, La Seductora, Tiffany (posted by luchablogdos) VIERNES 19 DE JUNIO SEGUNDA LUCHA CMLL (4) (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Marcela beat Dalys clean leading into their title match.
3) Ángel de Oro, Stuka Jr., Super Porky b Bárbaro Cavernario, Felino, Okumura Ángel de Oro, Stuka Jr., Super Porky vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Felino, Okumura (posted by luchablogdos) VIERNES 19 DE JUNIO TERCERA LUCHA CMLL (3) (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Okumura replaced Kamaitachi on Monday. Cavernario’s return to Arena Mexico after his Japan tour. Porky beat Felino when a Felino bodyslam failed.
4) Delta b Esfinge [En Busca de un Idolo] Cuarto Torneo (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Formacion Delta got the win in an OK match. Valiente was the guest judge. Delta scored a 5 (Valiente), 6 (Gladiador), 6 (Shocker) and 5 (Tirantes) for a 22. Esfinge scored a 4, 6, 6, 7 for a 23.
5) Guerrero Maya Jr. b Disturbio [En Busca de un Idolo] Cuarto Torneo (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) Disturbio Cmll A. Mèxico 19.06.2015 (posted by Princesa Dorada)
Sacrifico Maya on Disturbio, in a match better than the average but not a standout. Maya scored a 8, 7, 7, 6 for a 28. Disturbio scored a 9, 8, 5, 5 for a 27.
6) Marco Corleone, Naito, Rush b Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible VIERNES 19 DE JUNIO LUCHA SEMIFINAL  CMLL  (2) (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
7) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero DQ Dragón Rojo Jr., Rey Escorpión, Thunder VIERNES 19 DE JUNIO LUCHA ESTELAR  CMLL  (1) (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Straight falls, Revolucionarios DQed in both. Rey Escorpion was DQed in the second for breaking glass over Ultimo Guerrero’s head. Revolucionarios walked off with Gran and Euforia’s masks.

Glass spots are always prelude to hair matches. It’s just matter of when and how. Something like a cage match in July and Rey Escorpion/Ultimo Guerrero for the Anniversary seems plausible.

LI (FRI) 06/19/2015 Arena Neza [Estrellas del Ring, Kronosport]
1) Anticristo & Picudo b Aguila Del America & Alas De Oro
Aguila del America replaced Pantera, Anticristo replaced Picudo.
2) Muneca Sarcasmo & Yuca La Potranquita b Felina Metalica & Miss Janeth and Sexy Angelica & Tania La Guerrillera and Casandra & Dama Divina [Copa Leyendas,semifinal]
Felina Metalica & Miss Janeth were the last team last, but got themselves DQed. 

3) Yuca La Potranquita b Muñeca Sarcasmo [Copa Leyendas, final]
Tag team parnters faced off, with Yuca winning.
4) Dos Caras Sr., El Fantasma, Solar I DQ Fuerza Guerrera, Máscara Año 2000, Tyson La Bestia
Fuerza pulled Solar’s mask, setting up a singles match between them.
5) Canek b Mr. Jack
Canek took 2/3 even despite Mr. Jack Jr. interfering.

Attendance appeared to be minimal. There was a Clown Corp trios match advertised but not listed in either results; thinking it still might have happened because it was against the local guys who are on every Neza show (possibly by rule.) I’m sure the main event was five stars, revolutionizing lucha libre. The women’s division is hilarious: whoever is in charge wants Yuca to be the star, but the 80s/90s luchadoras she’s working with appear to not at all interested in actually losing to her.

CMLL recap points out how it doesn’t quite make sense that Azul & Rush are teaming tonight. In another place, this might be a signal they’re breaking up and building to a singles match. This is not quite that place. Dalys challenges Marcela for the women’s title. I really don’t want Dalys to win the title, because she’s not that good, but the weird finish last night suggests she might. Marcela seems to only lose the title to foreigners and Dalys is Panamanian! (Marcela also wins it back relatively quick.)

CMLL was also testing a live YouTube stream Friday, airing portions of the Sky Team vs Revolucionarios title match from Puebla. They explained their plan yet, so it may not be official, but there are plans for more live broadcasts to come.

ChilangaMask runs Sunday afternoon in Coliseo Coacalco.  There’s a couple good techinical matches, with Caifan vs Virus and Black Terry, Negro Navarro, Solar vs Avisman, Jeque and Judas el Traidor. There’s also the Pagano versus Hechicero battle of guys with very different styles, though Hechicero will be continuing his 2015 mission to prove he shouldn’t be labeled as a one dimensional guy.

The Toluca trio who attacked the Indystrongibles are going with the name Los Kamikazes, and they have a promo for their ChilangaMask trios match on +LuchaTV’s channel. This is a big show for them. ChilangaMask has seemed to make names for guys on the indy scene, doing well there matters.

La Secta say their loss to Jack & Angelico was just a battle but not the war.

RobViper has highlights of 03/03/15 CMLL.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Did you know: 6 years ago yesterday, Ultimo Guerrero beat and humiliated Texano Jr. in the first Universal tournament. (That’s CMLL’s story, anyway.)

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 06/26/2015 Arena México
1) Eléctrico & Último Dragoncito vs Demus 3:16 & Mercurio
2) Pegasso, Starman, Tritón vs Okumura, Sangre Azteca, Virus
3) Blue Panther, Super Porky, Titán vs Kráneo, Olímpico, Ripper
4) Blue Panther Jr. vs Canelo Casas [En Busca de un Idolo]
5) Flyer vs Boby Zavala [En Busca de un Idolo]
6) La Sombra, Rey Bucanero, Rush vs Diamante Azul, Negro Casas, Volador Jr. [Relevos Increíbles]
7) Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero vs Pólvora, Rey Escorpión, Thunder

Guerreros go for revenge. Bucanero back across from Diamante Azul in the semifinal, so his title may not be so safe. Panther/Canelo might be the worst match in this tournament.

Cadetes del Espacio are back together! By random draw, sure. The team CMLL put together, sent out to do media, and stopped booking together after two weeks (both losses), are 2-8 lifetime as a trio.

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Bucanero keeps his title, FULL taping, Friday preview

CMLL (TUE) 06/16/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Magnum & Virgo b Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno
Tecnicos took 1/3
2) Estrellita, Goya Kong, Princesa Sugehit b Amapola, Chik Tormenta Dalys, Zeuxis
Dalys replaced Chik Tormenta (who was there but not allowed to wrestle on the show.)
3) Puma b Hombre Bala Jr., Stigma, Súper Halcón Jr., Tiger, Exterminador, Gallo, Joker, Omar Brunetti, Ráfaga [cibernetico]
Listed on the poster as random sides, listed in the recap as DF vs GDL. Puma beat Gallo for the win with a casita. Puma wins a title shot next weight for his weight division (which is apparently Light Heavyweight.)
4) Rey Bucanero © b Diamante Azul [NWA LH]
Seconds were Exterminador and Brazo de Plata (otherwise not on the card?) Diamante Azul is previous champion, having left (walked out?) of the promotion last fall and CMLL stripping him of the title before his return a week ago. Bucanero took falls 2/3 to keep the title, using a mask pull to win. Bucanero’s first defense.
5) La Máscara, La Sombra, Naito b Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero
Ingobernables took falls 1/3, Mascara submitting Ultimo Guerrero.

I’m not sure what purpose there is in “Rey Bucanero, singles champion in 2015″, but it’s a pleasant surprise to not see Diamante Azul get the rocket push after coming back (and not being very good to begin with, and still getting protected, and I need to end this before I make this worse.)

If Exterminador is light heavyweight champion, why was he in a match to get a title shot in his division? Why did Brazo de Plata take an eight hour bus trip to Guadalajara without a match???

FULL (THU) 06/18/2015 Carpa Astros, Tlalpan, Distrito Federal [Estrellas del Ring]
1) Saru & Shadow Boy b Fulgor & Pequeño Black Warrior
2) Marabunta Jr. b Charly Madrid, Ángel Del Amor [Copa Novato, final]
Said to be a bad match with blown spots.
3) El Hijo del Medico Asesino & Relámpago b Yuriko & Zumbido [Relevos Increíbles, FULL CHAMP, tournament]
Asesino & Relampago will face off for the title on the 07/02 show.
4) Solar I © b Negro Navarro [FLLM MASTER]
Usual good match.
5) Groon XXX & Pirata Morgan b Silver King & Tinieblas Jr. and Anibal & Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr. [Relevos Increíbles]
Anibal & Wagner were counted out, then the other two teams fell apart. Tinieblas caused Silver King to be eliminated, and Silver King cost Tinieblas the match.

FULL is booking a Tinieblas/Silver King program, has Medico Aseisno & Relampago deciding it’s heavyweight title and Marabunta Jr. is the best youngster they can find. OK.

CMLL’s preview of tonight’s Arena Mexico show hypes the Revolucionarios versus Guerreros and Ingobernables versus TGR. We’re getting to the point where someone has to start teasing a cage match for June or July, or it begins to look like the Anniversary main event. If you figure CMLL will not run a major show after late July to space it out from the Anniversary show. It usually takes 3-4 weeks from challenges to the match happening, which means those challenges need to start happening soon. They have thrown out singles challenges, but not group versus group.

The En Busca de un Idolo has Guerrero Maya & Disturbio and Delta & Esfinge. Disturbio needs to a get judging night tonight, because he’s unlikely to do a better number than against Maya.

CMLL also posted the preview for Saturady as part of an interview with Marcela with her title match. She’d like to face Dark Angel! but she’s not going to face Dark Angel.

AAA posted the Mascara 2000 Jr. mystery admirer vignettes. That link is to where it was posted on Facebook, and you’ll notice most the commentators also think it’s Pimpi or Mamba because it’s an exotico every time this happens. This whole thing remains bizarre. They’ve spent more time on Mascara 2000 Jr.’s mystery admirer than Mesias’ rudo turn or the Alas de Oro tournament. Mascara is back on a TV taping for the first time in exactly a year on July 3rd, so maybe that’s when the mystery will be resolved. Maybe sooner – maybe this whole mystery is tied to the mystery luchadora who’s debut on the next TV show in Orizaba? (It’s more likely just a story line simply to amuse the participants, but I like to hope for a reason.)

Mr. Jack says aerial lucha libre and extreme lucha libre are bad and Leyendas Inmortales is going to bring back traditional lucha libre. I can not think of a less likely promotion to change anything in lucha libre than Leyendas Inmortales. This is a promo so you say what you want people to believe and not what you actually believe, but you have to be grounded in at least a little reality to make a promo work. Mr. Jack is totally delusional. I would enjoy the character the 40+ luchador who just went “yea, I’m not much good any more, but I really like people cheering for me and the little bit of extra money I make, so I’m going to keep on wrestling until they stop booking me.” It would be a interesting different character than the dozens of “cranky old guy who believes everything now sucks” luchador characters running around.

Not that lucha extreme is necessarily good. Apolo Valdes has a column saying it’s not really lucha libre, even though it can be very entertaining.  MedioTiempo also has an article on a lucha libre themed promotion in Australia.

Bengala was announced for NOAH’s GHC Junior Heavywight league tournament. It’s listed as Bengala’s debut in the tournament. Fellow Mexican Ricky Marvin was in the tournament for many years. I’m surprised the Lucha World Cup didn’t lead to more AAA guys going over. The tournament runs from 07/18 to 08/05, and Bengala is currently announced for any show that far in the future. Super Crazy is in the tournament as well.

Black Terry Jr. has highlights of the high flyers match from Wednesday’s Lucha Libre Boom show.

LuchaWorld has a recap of Tuesday’s CMLL En Busca de un Idolo match.

Voices of Wrestling reviews this week’s Lucha Underground episode.

Segunda Caida starts a run of Virus/Dragon Lee reviews.

DJ Spectro looks back to Mil Mascaras versus Perro Aguayo.

Lineups

Colosos del Ring (SAT) 07/04/2015 Arena Neza
1) Goya Kong & Lluvia vs Big Mama & Zeuxis
2) Magnetico & Seiya vs Luis Cirio & Tony Cirio
3) Disturbio, Metálico, Soberano Jr. vs Ángel de la Noche, Jhon Crazy, Motocross
4) Negro Casas, Puma, Tiger vs Hijo Del Villano III, Villano III Jr., Villano V Jr.
5) Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Rayo de Jalisco Jr. vs Canek, Máscara Año 2000, Thunder (CMLL)
6) Gallo Tapado Jr. vs Rey Guerrero, Inquisidor, Lince Dorado, Fugaz, Flyer, Bengala, Sensei, Artillero, Principe Odin Jr. [cage, hair]

Lots of prelim guys and random people in this cage match. Lince Dorado is not the ex-CHIKARA wrestler, but a Mexican luchador who took the name soon after the US guy started. The most famous Fugaz is now Nitro, but there’s been guys in Mexico State and Xalapa using the name for the last few years. Principe Odin Jr. is the lesser known brother of Bengala, Artillero and Super Comando. There’s a Rey Guerrero in Chihuahua, but I bet this is a random guy from DF and he’s the most likely loser.

This appears to be a new Villano V Jr. (not Kortiz or Kaving) on the poster.

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Lucha TV preview for weekend of June 20th

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  • I’ve added the LATV show back to the listing. They’ve run four new straight shows in a row, without skipping around, so let’s see if they can make it five.
  • One of those AAA TV matches will only be on the UTDN/YouTube version, probably the opener.
  • FULL is getting pretty random.
  • That 52MX match is the only match Cavernario’s worked since returning, in his hometown. He’s working again Friday in Arena Mexico

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AAA on Televisa: 2015-05-23

this kind of falls apart when you stop think about it

where a dull period between big shows continues and AAA manages to give Demon his title match but not his title.

Recapped: 05/28/2015

Previously: Fantasma and Texano won their selection matches. La Secta got the better of Jack & Angelico. Chessman and Demon had an unresolved title match issue.

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Lucha Boom fills Naucalpan, TNA/Mysterio, Atlantis/Octagon

photo by Black Terry Jr.

AAA BOOM (WED) 06/17/2015 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (flickr), Estrellas del Ring, Mano a Mano]
1) Chica Ye-Ye, Jimmy, Kevin, Tony b Halcón 2000, King Jaguar, Shadow, Shadow
Shadow & Ojo de Halcon Jr. replaced Chico Che & Kid Jaguar.
2) Flamita b Dinamic Black, Arez, Suicida, Drastik Boy, Golden Magic, Freelance, Jinzo, Impulso, Carta Brava Jr. (IWRG), Tony Rivera
Flamita beat Dinamic Black. Tony Rivera & Jinzo were both surprise luchadors.
3) Aero Boy & Violento Jack b Eterno & Fresero Jr. and Ángel o Demonio & Ovett and Oficial 911 & Oficial AK47
Aero Boy & Violento Jack beat the Oficials for the win. Eterno walked on Fresero Jr. after a friendly fire incident.
4) Black Terry, Crazy Boy, Pesadilla DQ Carta Brava Jr. I, Cerebro Negro, Fantasma de la Ópera
Fantasma & Carta wanted to humiliate Terry, as Eterno promised. Fantasma de la Opera gave Terry a martinete. Joe Lider confronted Crazy Boy & Pesadilla in the post match and challenged for an extreme match on the next Lucha Boom show in Naucalpan.
5) Canek, Myzteziz, Pantera I b Averno, Dr. Wagner Jr., Fuerza Guerrera
Mistica on Averno.

It looked like a sell out or close to it for a much bigger name show than the usual IWRG show (much less than usual IWRG Wednesday show.) They set up things for a return date but didn’t announce one.

CMLL hasn’t published results from Guadalajara on Tuesday, but has mentioned Rey Bucanero kept the NWA Light Heavyweight Championship over Diamante Azul. The story told here and in on Informa is Azul has been wrestling regularly while in Europe. It’s possible, but there’s not a single report of him doing os.

This week’s WON mentions TNA made a big pitch to Rey Mysterio Jr. about joining them, telling Rey they’d build the company around him, open doors from him to do other media projects and let him do whatever he wants on the days they don’t use him (so he wouldn’t necessarily be exclusive.) The note mentions it’s still more likely he goes to Lucha Underground, but that remains unsigned. I wonder what they told Rey about their TV situation

NJPW put up Friday’s main event, Ingobernables (Rush, Sombra, Naito) vs Volador, Valiente and Diamante Azul.

All Elite held a press conference for next Sunday, mostly focusing on Atlantis & Octagon teaming in Arena Mexico for the first time in 23 years. The promoter, Erensto Santillan, said this show would be considered a ‘friendly’ and no points would accumulate in it’s Liga Elite standings. They’re going to make changes to the format since some people (Super Nova mentioned) are no longer available. LA Park & Dr. Wagner are also mentioned as unsure for going forward, which may be why All Elite has a lot of mystery people. Santillan said they’d have an update in a few days, and the CMLL recap of the press conference says the mystery people will be announced on Saturday. It’s very strange to see CMLL previewing an event with Fuerza Guerrera and Octagon.

The commercial for Arena Coliseo Guadalajara airing locally this Saturday shows highlights of the All Elite show there from April. I don’t think that video’s turned up prior.

An article on the 07/10 All Elite show in Queretaro mentions Mistico will be one of Volador’s partners. Both of his partners (and both of his opponent Silver King’s partners) were previously listed as surprises. Tickets went on sale yesterday.

Ring of Honor’s Ray Rowe will be part of the 07/19 ChilangaMask Coliseo Coacalco.

SuperLuchas talked to Amenaza Elegante, who revealed Octagon actually gave him the OK to use the name a long time ago (and apparently forgot about it). He’s just not allowed to use it on AAA shows.

Accion MX has a bio of Chihuahua’s Wild Cat, who talks about his career, saying he wrestled in AAA as As de Chihuahua.

Lineups

BSW (FRI) 07/24/2015 Auditorio de Tijuana, Tijuana, Baja California
1) Mazambula & Pancho Cachondo vs Shamu & Spark
2) Black Spider, Búfalo Ayala, Mosco Negro vs Black Boy, Rey Diamante, Star Dragon
3) Damián 666 & Halloween vs Arandú & TJ Boy and Aero Boy & X-Fly
4) Extreme Tiger, Hijo De Rey Misterio III, Mistico II vs Mortiz, Mr. Niebla, Rey Misterio II
5) Nicho el Millionario vs Pagano [hair]

The end (?) of a long Nicho/Pagano feud and a random Mistico appearance.

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great match round up, week of 2015-05-23

rating matches TV Show taped
great Volador Jr. vs Mephisto CMLL Lucha Azteca: 2015-05-23 2015-05-08
great Alberto el Patrón, Myzteziz, Rey Mysterio Jr. vs Johnny Mundo, Ken Anderson, Matt Hardy in a tournament final match AAA PPV: 2015-05-24 2015-05-24
great Mil Muertes vs Fénix Lucha Underground: 2015-05-27 2015-03-21
good Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Virus in a lightning match CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2015-05-23 2015-05-19
good Hombre Bala Jr., Soberano Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. vs Puma, Raziel, Sangre Azteca CMLL on CadenaTres: 2015-05-23 2015-05-19
good Alberto el Patrón, Myzteziz, Rey Mysterio Jr. vs Atsushi Kotoge, Taiji Ishimori, Takayama in a tournament quarterfinal match AAA PPV: 2015-05-24 2015-05-24
good ACH, Brian Cage, Moose vs Hijo del Fantasma, Psycho Clown, Texano Jr. in a tournament quarterfinal match AAA PPV: 2015-05-24 2015-05-24
good Johnny Mundo, Ken Anderson, Matt Hardy vs Angélico, Drew Galloway, El Mesías in a tournament quarterfinal match AAA PPV: 2015-05-24 2015-05-24
good Alberto el Patrón, Myzteziz, Rey Mysterio Jr. vs ACH, Brian Cage, Moose in a tournament semifinal match AAA PPV: 2015-05-24 2015-05-24
good Blue Panther Jr., Boby Zavala, Canelo Casas, Delta, Disturbio, Esfinge, Flyer, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Akuma, Cancerbero, Gallo, Joker, Pegasso, Raziel, Sagrado,Stigma in a En Busca de un Idolo match and in a cibernetico match CMLL on Terra: 2015-05-26 2015-05-26
good Johnny Mundo vs Aerostar Lucha Underground: 2015-05-27 2015-03-21
good Prince Puma © vs Hernandez [LU CHAMP] Lucha Underground: 2015-05-27 2015-03-21
ok Angélico & Jack Evans vs Dark Cuervo & Dark Scoria AAA on Televisa: 2015-05-23 2015-05-02
ok Psycho Clown vs Zorro, Averno [Copa Victoria Mexico Team 2 Selection] AAA on Televisa: 2015-05-23 2015-05-02
ok Blue Demon Jr. vs Chessman © for the AAA Latin American Championship AAA on Televisa: 2015-05-23 2015-05-02
ok Esfinge & Gallo © vs Misterioso Jr. & Sagrado for the Occidente Tag Team Championship CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2015-05-23 2015-05-12
ok Atlantis, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Gran Guerrero, Mephisto, Último Guerrero CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2015-05-23 2015-05-12
ok Atlantis, Mistico, Rush vs Kamaitachi, Negro Casas, Thunder CMLL Lucha Azteca: 2015-05-23 2015-05-08
ok Bengala & Molotov vs Espanto Jr. & Inquisidor CMLL on CadenaTres: 2015-05-23 2015-05-19
ok Ángel de Oro, Fuego, Stuka Jr. vs Boby Zavala, Hechicero, Luciferno CMLL on CadenaTres: 2015-05-23 2015-05-19
ok Blue Demon Jr., Dr. Wagner Jr., Solar I vs Kenzo Suzuki, Masamune, Tiger Mask III in a tournament quarterfinal match AAA PPV: 2015-05-24 2015-05-24
ok Johnny Mundo, Ken Anderson, Matt Hardy vs Blue Demon Jr., Dr. Wagner Jr., Solar I AAA PPV: 2015-05-24 2015-05-24
ok ACH, Brian Cage, Moose vs Blue Demon Jr., Dr. Wagner Jr., Solar I [third place] AAA PPV: 2015-05-24 2015-05-24
below average La Máscara, La Sombra, Super Porky vs Euforia, Kráneo, Thunder CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2015-05-23 2015-05-12
below average La Vaquerita & Marcela vs Reyna Isis & Tiffany CMLL on CadenaTres: 2015-05-23 2015-05-19
below average La Sombra, Máximo, Mistico vs Felino, Terrible, Vangellys CMLL on CadenaTres: 2015-05-23 2015-05-19
watch later Alfa, Omega, Saru vs Fulgor I, Fulgor II, Sucesor FULL TV: 2015-05-24 2015-05-14

I was too busy trying to record the Terra feed to actually watch the first two matches, but I rated them when they air on Cadena3. Matches are going to show up twice when they air twice like that.

I think I’m going to probably skip doing recaps of the AAA TV shows when they already air on PPV, figuring I’ve already wrote enough about the show when it aired live and there’s no a lot more add 2-3 weeks later (and posted 4-6 weeks later.) There’s usually only a minute or two of new material. Hopefully no one desperately needs me to write down match times.

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06/27 AAA TV Lineup (Orizaba) – Rey Mysterio added to changed card

AAA TV (SAT) 06/27/2015 Plaza de Toros La Concordia, Orizaba, Veracruz
1) ? & Australian Suicide vs Machine Rocker & Taya Valkyrie
2) Aerostar & Niño Hamburguesa vs Carta Brava Jr. & Súper Fly
Aerostar replaced Argenis on 06/17
3) Dinastía © vs Mini Psycho Clown [AAA MINI]
4) Angélico, Drago, Jack Evans vs Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Joe Lider
Drago & Joe Lider replaced Fenix & Pentagon Jr. on 06/17.
5) Monsther Clown & Murder Clown vs Electroshock & Hijo de Pirata Morgan and Averno & Chessman
Originally a Holocausto vs Psycho Circus trios match, Chessman added to the show and Averno moved down a match on 06/17.
6) Psycho Clown & Rey Mysterio Jr. vs El Mesías & Texano Jr.
Rey Mysterio took the place of a surprise wrestler. Psycho Clown was moved up from the semifinal to replace Myzteziz and Texano Jr. replaced Averno.

Air Date: 07/11 & 07/18

AAA posted a new lineup for this show today, which probably means they’ll be hyping Mysterio’s appearance on this week’s TV. AAA usually doesn’t announce card changes – with Verano de Escandalo, they surely knew Kronos was out in advance but didn’t update – but adding Rey Mysterio is a supposed to sell some tickets and all the other changes just showed up with him.

Mysterio becoming the mystery guy in the main event is the biggest news, but lots of other shuffling going on. Fenix and Myzteziz ended Verano de Escandalo hurt and are both off the show now. Not sure if that’s the same issue with Pentagon and Argenis. The latter could just be adding Aerostar to face Super Fly again.

Chessman essentially gets added to the card to replace Kronos, with the semifinal trios match turned into a trios tag match. Electro & Pirata were already booked as only a tag team on the next two shows (which also have multiteam tag matches.)

Fenix and Pentagon are now not booked on any AAA TV announced taping, and that covers the next six weeks of shows. That might not all be injury, they may be missing the 07/10 show because they’re going on the trip to London, but it suggets there won’t be big plans for them going into TripleMania. (Whenever that is.)

AAA also reposted the 07/10 lineup, but there’s no changes to that lineup. The mystery person on 07/10 show is still listed as a mystery person, but likely is Laredo Kid.

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Lucha Underground 1×32: All Night Long

matches

Prince Puma (c) beat Johnny Mundo [5-4] in an “All Night Long” Iron Man match (38:33)
– Puma casadora cradle (5:19)

Puma 1, Mundo 0
  • Mundo back bridge cradle w/ropes (9:20)
Puma 1, Mundo 1
  • Mundo pinfall after crowbar to the head (13:58)
Puma 1, Mundo 2
  • Mundo Moonlight Drive (14:31)
Puma 1, Mundo 3
  • Mundo Fin de Mundo (15:28)
Puma 1, Mundo 4
  • Prince Puma pinfall after spearing Mundo off the stage thru four tables (28:23)
Puma 2, Mundo 4
  • Prince Puma spinning Michinoku Driver (30:06)
Puma 3, Mundo 4
  • Prince Puma springboard 450 splash (34:07)
Puma 4, Mundo 4
  • Prince Puma 630 senton (38:26)
Puma 5, Mundo 4

other gifs can be found here

developments

Not much! They were completely sincere about it being a one match show. There were no other matches, there were no vignettes, there were no trips to Dario. Dario wasn’t seen, but it was suggested he would get involved should this end in a tie.

It did not, though it might have if a certain San Luis Potosi native kept talking. Johnny Mundo attempted to run out the clock by running away from Puma. Alberto el Patron returned to cut off Mundo and beat him from one side of the building to the other (literally) and threw him back in to set up Puma’s tying pinfall. Alberto declared he was not done with Mundo and coming after Puma next. Alberto left the two with four minutes left. Mundo had a couple close near falls, but Puma landed his 630 senton for a pin with about 7 seconds left, and neither guy was able to move as time ran out.

Puma got the first pinfall, but Mundo built a big early lead after smacking Puma with a crowbar (pulled from under the win) and hitting big moves on Puma as Puma was unable to recover. The long gap between pinfalls was spent in the aisle, in the bleachers, and even up on the band’s stand – with Puma spearing Mundo off onto four tables which had been set up earlier. Puma fared slightly better on the fall, and was eventually able to drag Mundo back to the ring, where he got the second and third pinfall. Mundo ran, Alberto came in, and you’ve already read the rest.

Puma defends the title next at Ultima Lucha against the winner of next week’s Drago versus Mil Muertes match.

thoughts

This was a really good match, among the best in the history of the show. I didn’t find it one of the best – Aztec Warfare had more story, Grave Consequences felt more epic – but this was pretty enjoyable. The difficulty was needing to stretch it for 42 minutes mean they had a slower first ~18 minutes than you’d expect out of them (when most of the matches are 17 minutes themselves.) An Iron Man match is more often seen on PPV, and it’s tougher to stay with when there are commercials breaking up the action every few minutes. These commercials seemed weighed more heavily towards the first half of the show, which allowed the big unbroken stretch at the end but further exacerbated the slower than normal start. I think this match is going to feel stronger when seen unbroken (by which I mean DVR or uVideos and definitely not some other source.)

The big spots were really good. The crowbar spot looked brutal. The crowd fighting was as chaotic as usual. The fall thru four tables should be part of every Season 1 recap package. Alberto brought the rage (and it was interesting that even though Mundo turned, Puma and Mundo still had a level of respect – at least to start.) The high points of the match itself were laid out nicely, there was just a lot of match to lay them out over.

One positive that didn’t pop up to me until writing the recap: plenty of matches on Lucha Underground have ended by pinfall without someone hitting their finish. There are a lot of moves that can ‘work’ for 3. A WWE Iron Man feels weird when ‘other’ moves can are suddenly collecting pinfalls, but it felt completely normal for both guys to be using other spots to win.

Matt Striker has gotten criticism for his lack of intensity in critical situations. That was not a problem here, as he did well getting over the urgency of the last few minutes of the match. Even his compulsion to drop references worked out well here, putting over the near falls as past championship winners.

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