Better to break out of the format for this show. The only match I spent time closely watching was the main event, a Volador exhibition disguised as a title match over Mephisto. It was a totally generic Volador match, with nothing novel or creative. It’s still athletic enough that I can’t help but give it something, but it’s more grudging acknowledgment of the effort to do a match that seems so effortless. It’s not any fondness for the match, and definitely not any particular interest in the match itself. There was no particular thought put in the match, it was literally the same match as ever except slightly slower. The crowd did seem up, but weren’t so interested enough to cover up the participants disinterest. There were easily more technical errors in Dragon Lee/Polvora, but the match from Puebla was easily more enjoyable. Mephsito is no Polvora and will just take whatever the match the tecnico gives him, and Volador gave him the checklist of big spots. This surely worked for the tourist and casual heavy crowd and isn’t worth watching if you’ve seen any other Volador singles match.
In a slight defense, this is Volador’s 18th ‘big’ singles TV match of the year; they’re doing him no favors by putting him out there this much.
The rest of the show was in the same mold; very little creativity, everything just going thru the motions and aimed at a fanbase that goes to the luchas once a year. The fourth match was the closest thing to a good match, but it’s just as similarly the same match you see those guys doing twice a week. The first few matches were ramped down, with Soberano the only one doing anything close to high spots.
The worst match was the semimain, where they’re doing an honest to god Mascara Ano 2000/Maximo feud. It’s not clear if it’ll end with a title match or a hair match, but it’s mostly unclear why they’re bothering.
This show is on CMLL’s channel, but go spend your time elsewhere. There’s just a few GIFs and times past this point.(more…)
What happened:The OGT continue to dominate the show: they cost the Apaches another match again, they cheated to beat the Xinetez again (with some help from Tirantes.) Psycho Clown and Dr. Wagner had a match, but didn’t have a finish.
What was good:Nothing. The matches are clearly building up the big feuds, but the matches themselves aren’t any good.
Where can I watch it:It’s on AAA’s channel, even if I haven’t gotten around to linking to it yet.(more…)
RIOT (SAT) 11/19/2016Arena Femenil, Monterrey, Nuevo León [LuchaMania Monterrey]
1) Kamikaze b Erick Ortiz
2) Hooligan Byron & Kaientai b Dulce Kanela & Larry Miranda Jr.
3) Tony Rodríguez b Alberto Rios Byron & Kaientai attacked Tony Rodriguez post match, setting up a tag team match with a partner of Tony’s choosing.
4) Kratoz b Impulso
5) Séptimo Dragón b Último Ninja
6) Arez & Belial b Drastik Boy & Ronnie Mendoza
Ronnie beat Arez on a previous show, but Arez got the win back here. Main event sounds good, the rest looks promising but don’t really know. Maybe eventually on Powerbomb.tv?
IWRG (SUN) 11/20/2016Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, The Gladiatores]
1) Demonio Infernal & Skanda b Black Dragón & Fire Man Demonio Infernal replaced Vampiro Metalico, Fire Man replaced Cadillac
2) Leo & Mike b Acero & Demonio Infernal
3) Danny Casas, Emperador Azteca, Freelance DQ Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Picudo Jr. Ofificals made their return, replacing Vortize and Violencia. AK47 announced he was retiring back in June but had been working occasionally around Mexico State the last couple months. Danny Casas faked a foul.
4) Diablo Jr., El Hijo del Diablo, Relámpago b Chicano, Imposible, Súper Nova Relampago fouled Impossible. Diablos attacked Relampago for attacking their normal partner and said they’d take his mask soon.
5) Axel, Golden Magic, Pantera I b Canis Lupus, Killer Jr., Máscara Año 2000 Jr. challenges followed
Main event sounds like it was violent. I have video up and everything to actually see that, but haven’t checked; in my defense, AYM did find an even less appealing way to shoot the show.
CMLL (SUN) 11/20/2016Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Diplomático b Micro Diplomatico took 2/3.
2) Cosmos & Javier Cruz Jr. b Gitano & Relámpago Tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Gran Kenut & Thunder Boy b El Alteño & Explosivo Rudos took 2/3
4) El Divino, Mágico, Sky Kid b Exterminador, Maléfico, Rey Trueno Tecnicos took 1/3, Magico beating Malefico in fall 3.
5) Joker, León Blanco, Mr. Trueno b Frezzer, Nautilius, Neutrón Rudos took 1/3. Leon Blanco pulled Neutron’s mask to win.
Blanco & Neutron get the week off for the Leyendas Inmortales show, but will be having a big match soon enough.
You should go out of your way to see Dragon Lee & Polvora (and nothing else.) The notimex story on the match says Dragon Lee came in with a left knee injury; it was taped and he tried protecting it on the Super Polvora Driver in the first fall and probably just made it worse. He finished the match and looked relatively fine.
Sombra Dibaolika looked better than Hijo de Centella Roja, but then Diabolika has been around for 16 years and Hijo de Centella has been around for about two (and CMLL openers are death) so it’d be a surprise if it was the other way. Debuting guys who are in their mid to late 30s suggests whoever’s choosing which locals work on these shows sees those spots not as ways to create new stars but as filler for whoever passes whatever tests or criteria.
Today’s CMLL show has Volador Jr. versus Mephisto for the NWA Welterweight Championship. They’re usually pretty good, they’re usually about twelve minutes of near falls, and they’re usually the Volador show with Mephisto getting in a powerbomb or a valagueza from time to time to break up the spots. Mephisto beat Volador when Volador was on his way up, Volador’s beaten Mephisto pretty much every time since 2014, including three times already in this reign. This is the first time the match will air on a CMLL outlet in a year: the Puebla one did, but their match on FantasticaMania only aired on NJPW World and their most recent match was on an April non-televised Sunday show. CMLL has been heavily pushing a 2/1 deal on tickets tonight; attendance should be up over usual even if it didn’t have the title match, but hopefully it’ll provide a good atmosphere for the match.
The rest of the show is hit and miss. Yet another minis match opens the show. Yet another women’s match follows; there’s no feud in either division and the matches have rarely been worth watching. Esfinge, Fuego & Soberano face Morphosis, Okumura and Virus in the tercera could be OK, as could Angel de Oro, Rey Cometa, Stuka versus Ephesto, Gran Guerrero and Luciferno. The semimain of Marco, Maximo and Titan versus Rey Bucanero, Terrible and Mascara 2000 will get over will live but probably not as well on YouTube.
Not sure if I’ll have the next update on time tomorrow, so this is a good time to note the CMLL bodybuilding contest at noon tomorrow. The contest is usually preceded by a tumbling exhibition by some of CMLL’s students; it’s always interesting to see which indie guys are training with CMLL at the moment, even if few of them ever debut.
Plantilla Deportiva has interviews with Baronessa and Rey Escorpion, but the most fascinating thing to me is these interviews appear to be taking place in Elite office. Elite having an office with computers and phones and everything is more than I expect. (Also, Rey Escorpion appears to be part of the office.)
Dragon Lee’s match at ROH’s final battle on 12/02 is now Marty Scurll (c) vs Will Ospreay vs Bobby Fish vs Dragon Lee for the ROH TV Title. That’s next Friday, which means CMLL can’t quite run an angle with him this Friday to set up a match next week. (They could still have Pierroth & Mistico have some issues leading to a match the next week, but there’s more of a chance for a big upset than normal.) Dragon Lee’s also still on the 12/04 TV taping in Philadelphia.
CMLL (MON) 11/28/2016Arena Puebla
1) Black Tiger, Meyer, Vega vs Ares, Guerrero Espacial, Sombra Diabólika
2) Estrellita, Princesa Sugehit, Sanely vs Amapola, La Seductora, Tiffany
3) Esfinge, Fuego, Stigma vs Puma, Skándalo, Tiger
4) Diamante Azul, Johnny Idol, Máximo Sexy vs Kráneo, Ripper, Shocker
5) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Gran Guerrero, La Máscara, Último Guerrero
Sky Team against Guerreros and La Mascara. Third match is one Skandalo from being good. Sombra Diabolika gets a second appearance (and probably was getting it regardless of how last night went.)
PROESA was a repeat. Llaves/Monterrey didn’t air at all. I figured out I’ve just been off a week on the 52MX stuff, so this week doubles it up. Elite didn’t put up their full episode: just go to the Liga Elite channel to watch it.
CMLL Lucha Libre Retro: 2016-11-18
taped 2016-09-17 @ Arena Coliseo Cloud Drive
1) Ángel de Oro, The Panther, Titán vs Hechicero, Puma, Tiger
2) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Luciferno, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero
CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-11-18
taped 2016-11-18 @ Arena México Cloud Drive
1) Fuego & Pegasso vs Tiger & Virus
2) Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Bobby Z, Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora
3) The Panther vs Okumurain a lightning match
4) Ángel de Oro, Dragón Lee, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas
5) Atlantis vs Stuka Jr., Marco Corleone, La Máscara, Máximo Sexy, Diamante Azul, Valiente, Blue Panther, Último Guerrero, Terrible, Máscara Año 2000, Rey Bucanero, Gran Guerrero, Euforia, Hechicero, Kráneoin a CMLL Leyenda de Azul Tournament match
AAA on Televisa: 2016-11-19
taped 2016-11-04 @ Gimnasio Hermanos Carreon, Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes Cloud Drive
1) Dinastía, Octagoncito, Venum vs Mini Histeria, Mini Psycho Clown, Mocho Cota Jr.
2) Argenis, Niño Hamburguesa, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Parka Negra, Pirata Morgan
3) Pentagón Jr. vs Johnny Mundo
CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2016-11-19
taped 2016-11-07 @ Arena Puebla Cloud Drive
1) Guerrero Maya Jr., Stigma, Stuka Jr. vs Felino, Puma, Tiger
2) Dragón Lee, Máscara Dorada, Máximo Sexy vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Pólvora
3) Atlantis, Rush, Último Guerrero vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Negro Casas, Volador Jr.in a relevos increíbles match
IWRG Zona XXI: 2016-11-21
taped 2016-11-20 @ Arena Naucalpan Cloud Drive
1) Black Dragón & Fire Man vs Demonio Infernal & Skanda
2) Danny Casas, Emperador Azteca, Freelance vs Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Picudo Jr.
3) Chicano, Imposible, Súper Nova vs Diablo Jr., El Hijo del Diablo, Relámpago
4) Axel, Golden Magic, Pantera I vs Canis Lupus, Killer Jr., Máscara Año 2000 Jr.
No Elite this week. Hooray for Lucha Underground (though there’s a decent amount of good stuff after the cut.) We’re done with October, so I’ve updated the MOTYC list. I’m surprised how much stuff I’ve liked considering how dry the last month was: no Excellent in October, about 5 Greats.
Tonight’s Puebla show has Dragon Lee versus Polvora. That should be pretty good! Polvora is no one’s most favorite wrestler, but Polvora usually has great title matches against guys like Dragon Lee and Dragon Lee just has really great title matches. This seems like a match to go out of your way to see.
The actual main event is Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Johnny Idol versus Hechicero, Shocker, and Vangellys, which seems destined to be a quick match to get out of there (but perhaps Hechicero in the main event means they’re already setting up a title match for him.) The fourth match is Angel de Oro, Rey Cometa, Titan versus Bobby Z, Kraneo and Okumura. The Batallon del Muerte team with Arkangel face Rey Samuray, Soberano & Pegasso in a match I’d be more excited for a year or so ago. There’s two locals debuting. Sombra Diabolika teams with King Jaguar & Fuerza Chicana against Paris, Araklis and Asturiano in the second match. The show opens with father and son, Centella Roja and debuting Hijo del Centella Roja, facing Arez & Malayo.
NJPW announced Rush has been added to the FantasticaMania tour. That’ll be good times. It also means he and Natio have a real chance of winning the World Tag League, since they could conceivable challenge for the IWGP tag titles on those shows.
CMLL (SAT) 11/26/2016Arena Coliseo
1) Bengala & Leono vs Apocalipsis & Inquisidor
2) La Jarochita, Princesa Sugehit, Skadi vs La Comandante, La Seductora, Metálica
3) Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., The Panther vs Bobby Z, Forastero, Sansón
4) Blue Panther, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Hechicero, Pólvora
5) Diamante Azul, Máximo Sexy, Volador Jr. vs Gran Guerrero, Shocker, Terrible
Third and fourth matches look pretty good.
CMLL (SUN) 11/27/2016Arena México
1) Robin & Sensei vs Camorra & Cholo
2) Magia Blanca, Oro Jr., Stigma vs Hijo del Signo, Metálico, Nitro
3) Ángel de Oro, Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Sangre Azteca, Skándalo, Virus
4) Carístico, Diamante Azul, Stuka Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Kráneo, Pólvora
5) Marco Corleone, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Ephesto, La Máscara, Mephisto
Valiente is in a higher position than Caristico.
CMLL LI (SUN) 11/27/2016Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Chik Tormenta & La Pantera vs La Magnifica & Súper Estrella
2) Flash (Jalisco), Flash I, Flash II vs Gallo, Ráfaga, Ráfaga Jr. and Freezer, Furia Nazi, Furia Roja and Antrax, Centinela, Évola [Copa Dinastia Tapatia 2016] first part
3) Hijo del Solar, Huracán Ramírez Jr., Pantera vs Canek Jr., Hijo del Fishman, Septiembre Negro Jr.
4) Huracán Ramírez, Rayman, Solar I vs Fuerza Guerrera, Satánico, Universo 2000 Jr.
5) El Fantasma, Máscara Sagrada, Rayo de Jalisco Jr. vs Canek, Cien Caras Jr., Máscara Año 2000
Next Sunday in Guadalajara is the previous announced Legends show.
AAA TV (SUN) 11/20/2016 Gimnasio Municipal Jose Neri Santos, Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua [AAA]
1) El Apache, Lady Shani, Mini Psycho Clown b Big Mami, Niño Hamburguesa, Octagoncito
2) Pimpinela Escarlata b Mamba [bull terrier]
3) Averno & Chessman COR Faby Apache & Mary Apache Tirantes helped the OGTs like usual, this time dragging Averno back in the ring after he’d been knocked out on the floor and counting out Mary. Faby challenged Tirantes to a match, and Tirantes accepted.
4) Daga, Joe Lider, Pentagón Jr. b Dave The Clown, Monsther Clown, Murder Clown The Traidor Clowns attacked the Perros after the loss, and fought security as well.
5) Pagano b Dr. Wagner Jr., Psycho Clown Unsurprisingly, the rudos teamed up to beat Psycho, with the hometown luchador winning. Wagner took Psycho’s mask afterwards.
6) Garza Jr., La Parka, Texano Jr. b Brian Cage, Johnny Mundo, Marty Casaus La Parka was honored for reaching 20 years of wrestling at the start of the show. The tecnicos gave him a cake, and he smashed his own face into it. Marty was the surprise luchador. Mundo beat Garza after Taya got involved. The Clowns helped attacked the tecnicos post match. Los Perros ran the rudos off post match, with Pentagon again challenging Mundo.
Air Date: It would normally 12/03 & 12/10 – except they’re not taping again until 12/17. So something else is probably airing 12/03 and this is more 12/10 & 12/17.
Felt like just a filler show going in and it looks that way; two more weeks of TV to stretch out to whenever Guerra de Titanes is happening. The one real development is the Hijo del Tirantes/Faby Apache match. It’s not at where they thought they were going, but it makes sense – Faby and Tirantes have been feuding for six months or the entire time Faby has been a tecnica, whatever way you want to think about it. Hijo del Tirantes was a wrestler when he was starting out and still wrestles from time to time in Xalapa: he’s wrestling for a title in a couple weeks. He also wrestled way back on the 2011 Rey de Reyes. It’s another match I’m not all that interested in but makes some sense to do given how much time they’ve spent on him.
Nothing else seems to have happens on this show. Dave the Clown was group in the with the rudo allies, but it might not mean anything – if you could look back at group photos of the (many many) past rudo factions, there’d extra guys in the photos one taping just because they were booked for that taping who wouldn’t be around in the next. Dave might stick around if they ever go with the idea of adding him to Monster & Murder full time, but it’s tough tell.
Not sure how it happened, but Marty bleed a decent about after getting cut in the face in the main event.
Cara Lucha (SAT) 11/19/2016Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México [The Gladiatores]
1) Astral & Demus 3:16 b Mini Drago Toxin & Tiago [Relevos Increíbles]
2) Estrella De Oro & Limbo b Rey Carnero Jr. & Rocker Boy
3) Alas de Acero, Alas de Oro, Alas De Plata DQ Imperio Negro, Toro Negro Jr., Ying Yang Toro Negro DQed for unmasking Alas de Oro.
4) Fly Warrior & Rayo Star b Freelance & Pantera I No Segura, Bandido was moved up
5) Látigo b Templario [CaraLucha The Best]
5) Templario b Látigo [Cara Lucha The Best] Templario won to become the first champion
6) Volador Jr. b Flamita andEl Bandido Bandido replaced Rey Fenix. Volador beat Flamita after pulling his mask and cradling him.
Top matches sound like they went well.
CMLL (SAT) 11/19/2016Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Bengala & Leono b Camorra & Cholo
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Fantasy b Demus 3:16, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Violencia tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Okumura, Sangre Azteca, Tiger b Blue Panther Jr., Johnny Idol, The Panther
4) Diamante Azul, Mistico, Titán b Euforia, Sam Adonis, Vangellys tecnicos took 1/3.
5) Dragón Lee b Niebla Roja Dragon Lee took 1/3.
The weekend shows drew extra foreign fans with American football fans in town for the game on Monday night. There were a lot here, maybe there was a travel package with this show included or something like that.
CMLL (SUN) 11/20/2016Arena México [CMLL]
1) Flyer & Sensei b Akuma & Artillero Artillero replaced Espanto Jr. (injury) on Monday. Rudos took 1/3.
2) Dalys, La Seductora, Zeuxis b Lluvia, Princesa Sugehit, Skadi Rudas took 2/3.
3) Drone, Fuego, Robin DQ El Cuatrero, Sansón, Skándalo Robin replaced Oro Jr. Straight falls. Drone got unmasked for the DQ by Skandalo, but still hasn’t lost a fall.
4) Misterioso Jr., Morphosis, Pierroth b Ángel de Oro, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr. Pierroth replaced Ephesto on Friday. Rudos took 1/3.
5) Máximo, Mistico, Volador Jr. b Ephesto, Kráneo, La Máscara Ephesto replaced Pierroth on Friday, Marco replaced Maximo at some point.
A show. No angle except maybe the Skandalo thing, but Skandalo things go nowhere.
Elite aired it’s last TV show of the season (or maybe ever) Saturday night. It was the taping from 11/18; the 11/11 taping was skipped and apparently will never air. It’s not clear what happened for them suddenly end. If Elite had stuck to the original format, then this past Saturday probably would’ve been the final. (33 episodes of Liga Elite format and just one week for both the winners and losers to have their tournament?) I guess it’s possible Elite had agreed to this week being season final, forgot about, and then threw something together this week. It doesn’t quite make sense, since they missed a week recently and wouldn’t have been able to fit it all in. The easier answer is Elite simply gave them one week notice they were done (for the year or entirely) and the promotion decided to run a match to set up the Escorpion/Caristico match they want to do.
Nothing about Elite entirely makes sense, but normal lucha behavior is we won’t hear anything from the promotion itself again until/unless they’re coming back, and the titles will be defended at random shows until the people who have them get bored.
LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s final news update. Kris had been doing these regularly for about 15 years on a variety of sites; he’s easily been the most well read person writing about lucha libre on the internet over that time. I know he’ll still be around and be creating other great internet content, but the Lucha Report will be missed.
I’m not sure if people realized it, but Kris was also responsible for a high percentage of the lucha posters that I’ve been adding to the database. He’d spend hours on Facebook looking for them, and then I’d type them up for the database. I’m still going to be adding plenty of posters to the database, but I’m sure I won’t find as many on my own as he was able to find. If there’s a show you think I should include, feel free to tag me on Twitter and I’ll try to remember to include it. (Don’t tag the @lucharobot, he doesn’t read his replies.)
AAA put up this week’s TV show. Still no sign of a Guerra de Titanes date but, if it is in January like I assume, we might not hear about it for a month.