Kushida & Marco win tag tournament, Ultima Lucha 2 part 2, CWC

Stukita moonsaults into the wrong part of town
Stukita moonsaults into the wrong part of town

CMLL (TUE) 07/12/2016 Arena México [CMLL, thecubsfan, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Astral, Fantasy, Stukita b Mercurio, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 12 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
15:38. Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Estrellita, Lluvia, Princesa Sugehit b Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 12 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
14:35. Tecnicas took 1/3.
3) Blue Panther Jr. b Sagrado [lightning] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 12 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
6:23. Blue Panther Jr. won via nudo lagunero.
4) Kráneo, Okumura, Ripper b Blue Panther, Stuka Jr., Valiente LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 12 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
13:22. Rudos took 1/3.
5) Rey Escorpión & Tama Tonga b Kushida & Niebla Roja [seeding battle royal] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 12 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
6) Kushida & Marco Corleone b Felino & Niebla Roja [semifinal] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 12 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
7) Rey Escorpión & Shocker b Tama Tonga & Tangaroa [semifinal] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 12 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
8) Kushida & Marco Corleone DQ Rey Escorpión & Shocker [final] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 12 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
5:25. Escorpion fouled Kushida & Marco for the DQ, then fouled Shocker after the decision

Show was generally better than Monday’s show, though the best matches from Puebla were better than the best here and it was another tournament that ended with someone decided they’d rather just get DQed.

Lucha Underground has episode #25 of the season, Ultima Lucha Dos – Part 2, the final 1 hour show of the year. Next week is 2 hours. Matches announced:

  • Mil Muertes vs King Cuerno in a death match
  • Mariposa vs Sexy Star vs Killshot vs Marty the Moth vs Daga vs Siniestro de la Muerte vs Night Claw for the Gift of the Gods championship – opening clip here

There’s usually a third match, but it hasn’t been announced. Those were the first two TV matches taped on that day, and the third was the trios title match. I’ve also seen mention that they may air Taya/Ivelisse. They’ve tended to announce the last match Wednesday afternoon, so you’ll know soon.

WWE’s Cruiserweight Classic also kicks off tonight, at 8pm CT. (That’s directly after Lucha Underground airs.) If they follow the same order as the matches were taped, Gran Metalik/Mascara Dorada versus Alejandro Saez is the first match tonight. Raul Mendoza’s first round match would air two weeks from today. All three were interviewed on WWE’s Espanol site. Mendoza says he couldn’t use Jinzo due to a trademark issue and that an agent contacted after seeing him in his work in Japan. That’s a few years ago now. Over on +Lucha, Mendoza gives a WWE Network plugUPDATE: WWE’s saying Ibushi/Maluta airs tonight; that was the third episode live, so they have changed around the other of matches. Mendoza’s match aired on that episode, but they have made more changes in order; your guess is as good as mine.

La Mascara is threatening to send Rush to WWE bald if he’s going. They did used to really not like long hair, so maybe Mascara is just doing a favor for his old friend. Volador again says he’s not talked with anyone in WWE. Dragon Rojo says Bobby Z is in the Revolucionarios; now if he can only convince the programming committee of this. Titan wants to win the Super J and take Cavernario’s hair.

TripleMania tickets suddenly went on sale today. Tickets run from 240MXP ($13USD) for obstructed view up to 2160MXP ($117.58USD) for ringside. Ringside is more the 2X than the next section. Of note, the description mentions three wrestlers: Psycho Clown, Pagano, and Dr. Wagner. Leo Riano’s column today says Pagano/Psycho and Mundo/Pentagon are set for the show.

Box Y Lucha 3241 has TripleMania, Pentagon Jr. and the CWC on the cover.

DTU/Lucha Libre Boom on 08/13 in Arena Lopez Matoes
1: El Gio, El Junio vs Yoruba, Shadow vs Vengador, Kastigador vs Flystar, Toxin Boy
2: Ovett & Angel o Demonio vs Misterioso & Pierroth vs Carta Brava & Fantasma de la Opera

Lucha Memes has a new show on 08/21 in Club Atlantico in Mexico City.
1: Virus vs Alberto Dos Rios

Los Xinetez defend the trios titles against Psycho Circus Monday in Nuevo Laredo.

Triton will be on AIW’s 08/26 show in Cleveland. That’s two weeks after he’s in GALLI, so he’ll be around the US for a while.

Over at SuperLuchas, they ask a good question: what exactly is CMLL going to allow in a Rush versus LA Park super libre match on an Elite show? (And will either of them care?)

SuperLuchas also has a piece writing about the rise and recent fall off of women’s wrestling since the Mexico City ban was lifted. I like a lot of it, but the author asks “when’s the last time Mary Apache has wrestled on AAA TV?” and it feels like she’s done it pretty often. (They did skip make the last women’s match YouTube only.)

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report

Estrella Universal is teaching lucha libre to the kids in Laredo, Texas

Azteca Deportes has a video interview with CMLL ring announcer Omar Garcia

Cross Armbreaker reviews Lizmark vs El Satanico

A Spanish language interview about the Lucha Mexico premiering in the United States on Friday; they hope to air in Mexico, but don’t have a date

Lucha Libre in Japan

Violento Jack beat Jun Kasai to win the King of FREEDOM World Championship earlier today. “#pw_freedoms” is a good Twitter hash tag to look for pictures of the show; looked like Miedo Extremo might have wrestled masked.


IWRG (SUN) 07/17/2016 Arena Naucalpan
1) Dragón Fly & The Tiger vs Demonio Infernal & Skanda
2) Leo, Mike, Rafy © vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Eterno, Relámpago [EdM Trios]
second defense.
3) Chicano, Pantera, Veneno vs Herodes Jr., Toscano, Trauma I
4) Canis Lupus vs Trauma I
one fall, winner gets 50K persos
5) Máscara Año 2000 Jr. vs Mr. Electro [hair]

Box Y Lucha’s magazine published this lineup. Mr. Electro’s the favorite but it’s not a certainty. I wonder if Pagano will be the ex-AAA TripleMania apuesta loser here in a few years. Trauma I is listed in two matches, oops.

CMLL (TUE) 07/19/2016 Arena México
1) Bengala & Flyer vs Apocalipsis & Camorra
2) Metatrón, Oro Jr., Soberano Jr. vs Cancerbero, Metálico, Raziel
3) Hombre Bala Jr., Pegasso, Star Jr. vs Fujin, Okumura, Raijin
4) Fuego vs Virus [lightning]
5) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Súper Porky vs Kráneo, Olímpico, Ripper
6) Johnny Idol, Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy vs Pierroth, Rey Escorpión, Sam Adonis

I guess Johnny & Sam are the Nuevo Valores. Idol as a trios partner with Marco & Maximo might work.

Fuego and Virus had this same lightning match three week sago. Fuego won that time.

Third match is first streaming appearance for Fujin & Raijin in a month (or just about as long as the NJPW guys were around.) Could be best match of the night.

CMLL (TUE) 07/19/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Magnum & Vaquero Jr. vs Diplomático & Mr. Apolo
2) Magnus, Starman, Tritón vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Canelo Casas, Sangre Azteca
3) Marcela, Princesa Sugehit, Skadi vs Amapola, La Comandante, La Seductora
4) Atlantis, Máscara Dorada, Valiente vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
5) Carístico, Dragón Lee, Mistico vs Euforia, Mephisto, Último Guerrero

That’d be Dragon Lee’s first CMLL match back since his injury; he confirmed on Twitter that he’s working the MDA Monterrey show on Sunday, so he should make it to this match. Less sure about Caristico (the Guadalajara Twitter believes so), but that’s going to be quite a trio if they’re in there. Semimain would be Mr. Niebla’s return, after a three week break.

The Crash (SAT) 08/13/2016 Auditorio de Tijuana, Tijuana, Baja California
1) Arkángel Divino, Jonathan, Mirage vs Black Danger, Sargón, Último Maldito
2) Danny Lime Light vs Douglas James
3) Keira vs La Jarochita, Lady Maravilla, Candy White
4) Tony Casanova & Zarco © vs Humberto Garza & Último Ninja [The Crash]
5) Flamita vs Séptimo Dragón, Willie Mack, Lince Dorado, Torito, Laredo Kid [The Crash CRUISER]
title is vacant
6) El Hijo Del Santo & Rayman vs Ángel Blanco & Dr. Wagner Jr.

Santo’s the draw, but that semimain is loco. Torito is probably Mascairta Dorada.

Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-07-01 

one too many dives

Recapped: 07/04-10/2016

What happened: Michael Elgin won the tournament, and they’re changing TV air times again.

What was good: The main event is the only match you really need to see. Everything else felt way too short.

Where can I watch it: It’s on AztecaDeportes.com and my YouTube channel. Juventud Guerrera posted handheld video of it on his YouTube channel (more…)

CMLL Mexico: 2016-07-12

Zacarias helps Marco with his workout
Zacarias helps Marco with his workout

Recapped: 07/12/2016

What happened: Kushida & Marco won the tag team tournament when Escorpión gave up and fouled them both for the DQ. Marco & Kushida seemed like they were going to win anyway, and Escorpión fouled his partner Shocker for good measure. No other feud were set up.

What was good: I liked the tercera and the opener wasn’t bad. The Kushida/Marco vs Felino/Niebla Roja tag match was the best match of either tag team tournament on both days, though nothing you must see.

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

great match roundup, week of 2016-06-18

Getting back on track. The best match this week was savaged pretty hard by the feed dying. I very much wish CMLL would put it up in full, mostly so I could get people who don’t watch CMLL to check it out.

rating matches TV Show taped
great Zeuxis © vs Princesa Sugehit for the Mexican National Women’s Championship CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-06-24 2016-06-24
good Atomic Boy, Dinastía, Pimpinela Escarlata, Venum vsApache, Mamba, Mini Psycho Clown, Soul Rocker AAA on Televisa: 2016-06-18 2016-05-31
good Hombre Bala Jr., Soberano Jr., Star Jr. vs Cancerbero, Disturbio, Raziel CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-06-21 2016-06-21
good Stuka Jr., Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-06-21 2016-06-21
good Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Volador Jr. vs Sam Adonis, Tama Tonga, Tangaroa CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-06-24 2016-06-24
good DJZ vs Hip Hop Man [Elite Internacional] and [8f] Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-06-24 2016-06-23
good Volador Jr. vs PJ Black [Elite Internacional] and [8f] Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-06-24 2016-06-23
ok Argenis, Australian Suicide, Niño Hamburguesa vsDamián 666, Halloween, Nicho el Millionario AAA on Televisa: 2016-06-18 2016-05-31
ok Psycho Clown vs Pentagón Jr., Pagano AAA on Televisa: 2016-06-18 2016-05-31
ok Fantasy & Último Dragóncito vs Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Violencia CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-06-21 2016-06-21
ok Estrellita, Lluvia, Marcela vs Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-06-21 2016-06-21
ok Blue Panther Jr. vs Misterioso Jr. in a lightning match CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-06-21 2016-06-21
ok Blue Panther, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-06-21 2016-06-21
ok Daga vs Máscarita Sagrada [Aztec Medallion] Lucha Underground: 2016-06-22 2016-01-17
ok El Siniestro De La Muerte, Killshot, Marty Martinez vsCortez Castro, Joey Ryan, Mr. Cisco [Aztec Medallion] Lucha Underground: 2016-06-22 2016-01-17
ok Mariposa & Sexy Star vs Ivelisse & Taya [Aztec Medallion] Lucha Underground: 2016-06-22 2016-01-17
ok Kushida, Marco Corleone, Mistico vs La Máscara, Shocker, Terrible CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-06-24 2016-06-24
ok Lio Rush vs David Tita [Elite Internacional] and [8f] Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-06-24 2016-06-23
ok Heddi Karaoui vs Kushida [Elite Internacional] and [8f] Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-06-24 2016-06-23
below average Veneno vs Sabú [Elite Internacional] and [8f] Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-06-24 2016-06-23
not rated Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., Titán vs Bobby Z, Puma, Tiger CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-06-24 2016-06-24
not rated Bram vs Zumbi [Elite Internacional] and [8f] Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-06-24 2016-06-23
not rated Chicano vs Tama Tonga [Elite Internacional] and [8f] Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-06-24 2016-06-23
not rated Jinder Mahal vs Michael Elgin [Elite Internacional] and [8f] Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-06-24 2016-06-23

Mephisto keeps title over Mistico, bad tag team tournament, Pentagon Jr.

Casas back and doing spinning DDTs
Casas back and doing spinning DDTs

CMLL (SUN) 07/10/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Domingos Familiares]
1) Destello & Quca b Avispón Negro Jr. & Micro
Rudos took 2/3.
2) Destructor & Diplomático b El Alteño & Javier Cruz Jr.
Rudos took 1/3.
3) León Blanco, Randy, Star Black b Demonio Rojo, Exterminador, Gitano
Tecnicos took 1/3.
4) Mágico TLDRAW Maléfico [lightning]
10 minute draw, with Malefico seemingly closer to winning at the end. They both asked for a no time limit match to settle it.
5) Esfinge, Flash II, Metatrón b El Chakal, Espectrúm, Furia Roja
Tecnicos took 1/3

Flash II got the winning pinfall in the main event. It feels like something is up with him but they haven’t hinted at a particular feud.

This week’s Box Y Lucha includes an interview with Magnum, openly discussing he’s in charge of programming (booking) for this building. That was known and had been discussed here, but it’s still unusual to see an active luchador talk about it.

CMLL (MON) 07/11/2016 Arena Puebla [CMLL, SuperLuchas, thecubsfan]
1) Astro, Asturiano, Último Dragóncito b Espíritu Maligno, Mini Joker, Pierrothito LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 11 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
17:38. Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Black Tiger, King Jaguar, Oro Jr. b Ares, Disturbio, Fuerza Chicana LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 11 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
21:55. Jaguar & Ares continued to feud, but were not directly involved in the finish.
3) La Máscara & Shocker b Ripper, Atlantis, Volador Jr., Tama Tonga, Diamante Azul, Kráneo [seeding battle royal] LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 11 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
4) Diamante Azul & Rey Escorpión b Kráneo & Kushida [quarterfinal] LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 11 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
5) Rush & Volador Jr. b Tama Tonga & Tangaroa [quarterfinal] LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 11 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
6) Atlantis & Último Guerrero b Michael Elgin & Ripper [quarterfinal] LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 11 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
7) La Máscara & Sharlie Rockstar b Negro Casas & Shocker [quarterfinal] LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 11 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
4:37. Mascara & Sharlie demanded a tag title shot after their win.
8) Rush & Volador Jr. b Diamante Azul & Rey Escorpión [semifinal] LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 11 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
2:35. Rey Escorpion betrayed Diamanate Azul.
9) Atlantis & Último Guerrero b La Máscara & Sharlie Rockstar [semifinal] LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 11 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
10) Atlantis & Último Guerrero DQ Rush & Volador Jr. [final] LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 11 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
2:31. Atlantis & UG won in straight falls, the last by DQ (Rush unmasking Atlantis to save Volador). Challenges set up a rematch next week.
11) Mephisto © b Mistico [CMLL WELTER] LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 11 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
12:45. Mephisto took falls 1/3 (Rosa Driver) to keep his title. 2nd defense.

Those first two matches going 40 minutes might have messed up the rest of the show. These tournaments always have silly short matches, but it got crazy by the end. Someone must’ve thought the final was going to get some time to make it a three fall match – the finals of these often get a few more minutes, but are never three falls. This time, it got less time than every other match in the card despite going two falls. It was such a ludicrous bit, a designed mockery, that I should’ve laughed. The problem was the last 90 minutes of the show were not much better – that second match was really boring, and the tournament was a lot of nothing. The opener and the title match were fun, but the show was more to be endured than enjoyed. It’s too bad they didn’t deliver more given the big crowd they had; they focused on making matches for next week, but did them in such a way that no one could care all that much about seeing them.

Mascara is friends with Shocker on Fridays and his enemy on Monday. It makes no sense.

CMLL has another random tag team tournament tonight, though luckily a shorter one with only four teams this time. Teams are Kushida & Marco, Tama Tonga & Tangaroa, Rey Escorpion & Shocker and Felino & Niebla Roja. The brothers are the only regular team and the favorites to get the win in their last CMLL appearance for the time being. There’s no obvious strong matches on the entire card; the preview list the Panther instead of his brother Blue Panther Jr. versus Sagrado in a lightning match. Either way, that might be the best match of the night. The show leads off with minis and women’s trios, and the semimain has Blue Panther, Stuka Jr., Valiente versus Kraneo, Okumura, Ripper.

The show airs at 7:30pm CT, on CMLL and YouTube. This strongly seems like a show you may want to skip watching, at least live.

There’s another CMLL show you can watch for a small price. CMLL is offering Sunday’s show, complete and with announcing, for $0.99. It’s a rental, not a purchase – you have 30 days to start watching it, and 72 hours to finish once you’ve started. CMLL did this with the Gran Prix (though never put up Cavernario/Cometa), but I believe this is the first time a lucha libre show that wouldn’t have otherwise been aired on TV or PPV was sold in this fashion. The closest to this is what Black Terry Jr. has been doing on his own, selling individual matches on his own, but not by an official promotion.

Elgin/UG is absolutely worth the $1; I’ll have a review of that and maybe another match later on. The big hope here this is the beginning of a trend. I’m not sure if this works for all of CMLL’s shows – if tonight’s show was $1, I’d skip it – but if it’s cheap enough to do, it seems absolutely worth doing for any big matches like that. And it makes sense for indie groups; I’d happily give money to see a professional version of the latest Chairo show (and haven’t gotten around to watch the few camera phone videos because those aren’t usually worth the effort.) Piracy is an issue, dealing with getting the money actually from YouTube is an issue, but this has always seems like an easy source of money that lucha libre hasn’t used. I haven’t really been able to convince people of this, but maybe CMLL will have enough success that other people borrow the idea.


LigerFever translated a Pentagon Jr. podcast interview from March, and it’s so great. I’ve grouped the 7 posts into this storify to bundle, and it’s worth reading if you’re interested enough in lucha libre to find your way to this site. The stories are good, and you get a great insight into his personality and his drive. Pentagon is a very driven guy with a strong idea of what a rudo should be. The stories are worthwhile too: Pentagon believes he was Lucha Underground’s final pick of the AAA guys who started with the promotion (Blue Demon, Sexy Star, Fenix, Drago, Cuerno, Muertes) because they wanted flyers, and he and Fenix and Drago just blew everyone away with their three way match. Pentagon Jr. explaining he spent two years as a handball player in the park, making money off people gambling on his game, is my new favorite story. You should read the entire thing.

The reason the Fenix/Pentagon match got scuttled from Oaxaca is because they (and Drago) are booked in Atlanta that day. The good news is AAA may have gotten a calendar and fixed the error before the date officially got out, and they’ll probably have a good match in Atlanta. Hopefully Fenix/Pentagon happens another day.

A new lucha libre exhibit opened in Tijuana, which included a rare public appearance by Lutteroth family as part of the opening ceremony.

Zeuxis retained the national middleweight championship over Princesa Sugehit in Monterrey, though Sugehit had her foot on the ropes on the finish. This was said to be the best match of the night.

AAA posted the mixed match from Naucalpan, the last missing match from that taping.

LuchaWorld has the latest Poster-Mania.

Cross Arm Breaker has reviews of Mogur vs As Charro, Mascara 2000 vs Mogur, Kushida vs Volador and Mascara Dorada, Titan & Rey Cometa vs Cavernario, Rey Escorpion, Dragon Rojo Jr.

Konnan Big has signed with the FILL promotion. I have no idea what this really means, though it’s reported as he’s no longer with Llaves y Canados. It may just be a way of saying Konnan Big won’t be on ColiseoMania 4, which was announced for September 4.

Tirantes was honored in Arena Xalapa.

Atlantis reached 33 years of wrestling yesterday.

Canek is listed as working in Arena Olimpico Laguna this Thursday, which is quite a trip for a one off in a small-ish arena. Maybe he’s hanging around Torreon for the weekend.

Video of the Dos Caras/Elite press conference and of Mil Mascaras being awarded by the Mexico Olympic Medalists group.

The 07/23 ILLM show has Sharlie Rockstar and Mr. Electro on opposite sides.

Carlitos is advertised in both WWC and in CMLL this Saturday.


IWRG (WED) 07/13/2016 Arena Naucalpan
1) Kamilión & Lady Dark vs Kamilión & Lady Monster
2) Aramis, Black Dragón, Omega vs Adrenalina, Atomic Star, Skanda
3) Dragón Fly, Hijo de Máscara Sagrada, Hijo del Alebrije vs Demonio Infernal, Rayan, Spartan
4) Freelance, Pantera, Zatura vs Diablo Jr., El Hijo del Diablo, Violencia Jr.
5) Imposible © vs Emperador Azteca [IWRG IC Light]
14th defense. Second shot for Azteca during this reign.

Impossible title matches are the only thing that pop out to me to watch in IWRG, even though he has a little bit too sameish stuff in his matches. (Everyone should be countering the silla off the stairs at this point.) Semimain might be good as well.

CMLL (MON) 07/18/2016 Arena Puebla
Arena Puebla 63rd Anniversary
1) Arkalis, Meyer, Rey Samuray vs El Heredero, El Malayo, Hijo del Signo
2) Black Tiger & King Jaguar vs Ares & Disturbio
3) Estrellita, La Vaquerita, Lluvia vs Dalys, Reyna Isis, Zeuxis
4) Máximo Sexy, Stigma, Valiente vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Rey Escorpión, Skándalo
5) Atlantis & Último Guerrero vs Rush & Volador Jr. [Relevos Increíbles]
6) Negro Casas & Shocker © vs La Máscara & Sharlie Rockstar [CMLL TAG]
10th defense

Mascara & Sharlie winning would be weird, but too weird for CMLL? Fifth match can only be better than last week. Disturbio & Black Tiger were involved in the finish last night, enough so that a mask/hair vs mask/hair match seems possible (and maybe they planned to do the apuesta match the week after to see if they can draw a second big turnout.)

El Heredero is another Puebla indy guy, showing up since at least 2015.

CMLL Puebla: 2016-07-11

the winner
the winner


What happened:  Mephisto defeated Mistico to retain the CMLL Welterweight Championship. Dragon Lee & La Mascara were at ringside, but didn’t get involved in the match and Mistico was defeated cleanly.

Atlantis (as a sub for Caristico) and Ultimo Guerrero won an eight team tournament. They defeated Rush & Volador in what was unusually a three fall final to the tournament. It was also pointlessly a three fall final: the young men lost the first fall in just over a minute, then lost the second fall in just over a minute. It was a lackluster end to a largely useless tournament, the shortest match of the entire series. (It’s possible the final was hurried because the show was running very long – the show reached 11:30pm local, the latest they’ve gone in memory – but it didn’t explain why they needed to do two crap finishes in a row.)

The tag tournament did set up two matches for next week. The terrible Volador/Rush vs Ultimo Guerrero/Atlantis match will be rematched in seven days. At least more time might improve that match. An uninspiring Rockstar/Mascara vs Casas/Shocker tournament match will now become a tag title match next week, which promises to be a struggle.

Rockstar & Mascara promptly lost their next match quickly. All three NJPW teams were eliminated in the first round.

Surprisingly, there was no Ares/King Jaguar match set up. The two did feud in their (bad and lengthy) match, but were not directly involved with each other on the finish.

What was good: a The opener was a lot of fun. The main event didn’t reach the heights it could’ve – there was one singular believable near fall before the finish – but might be more enjoyable without having to deal with the tournament. Under no circumstances should you watch the second match or the tournament.

Where can I watch it: It’s on CMLL’s YouTube channel, and it’ll be aired in some form on 52MX in a couple weekends (though who knows what matches they’ll pick.) (more…)

Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-06-24

all the dives

Recapped: 07/04/2016

What happened: There were eight first round tournament matches, won by Lio Rush, Bram, Tama Tonga, DJZ, Michael Elgin, Sabu, Kushida and Volador.

What was good: DJ Z vs Hip Hop Man and Volador vs PJ Black are worth checking out.

Where can I watch it: It’s on my YouTube channel and still on AztecaDeportes.com if you’re not in the US. (more…)

07/17 AAA TV Lineup (Oaxaca)

07/11 card
AAA TV (SUN) 07/17/2016 Pista Los Laureles, Oaxaca, Oaxaca
1) ?, Dinastía, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Lady Shani, Mamba, Mini Psycho Clown
2) Argenis, Australian Suicide, Bengala vs Herodes Jr., Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Mocho Cota Jr.
3) Pentagón Jr. vs Fénix
3) Daga & Súper Fly vs Aerostar & Garza Jr.
4) Averno & Chessman © vs Aerostar & Drago and Angélico & Jack Evans [AAA TAG]
4th defense
4) Averno & Chessman © vs Monsther Clown & Murder Clown and Angélico & Jack Evans [AAA TAG]
4th defense
5) Dr. Wagner Jr., La Parka, Psycho Clown vs Brian Cage, El Mesías, Hernandez

Air Date: 08/06

07/11 update:

The big changes are in the middle of the card. Aerostar & Drago are pulled out of the title #1 contenders match, with Murder Clown & Monster Clown taking their place. Aerostar gets paired with Garza Jr. against Daga & Super Fly, with the last three all being added to the card to replace Fenix vs Pentagon.

I had been alerted a little while back not to get too excited for the Fenix/Pentagon match, so I assume now they were pulled off the card for a while and it was just announced now. (Remember, the original card was something shared early and not official.) I guess I can go back to annoying people to do that match again. I would assume Pentagon, Fenix and Drago are all booked somewhere else, maybe a US indie show I don’t have in the database.

That tag match might be the best chance for Garza Jr. to have a great match in AAA so far. It’s not going to be Fenix/Pentagon, but I hope they get to go for it.

She’s still listed as a mystery person on the poster, but the mystery luchadora is probably Big Mami.

Original Post (June 23)

KrisZ found this lineup earlier, and it fits the expectation of Oaxaca being a one week taping. It’s a pretty interesting week.

The big news for people who read this site in the tercera: Fenix versus Pentagon Jr. happened in Los Angeles, happened in London, happened in Tokyo, happened in Chicago, happened in Texas, was about to happen in New York City, probably happened in Arena Victoria or Arena Aficion some day long ago, and now it’s finally going to happen on an AAA TV show. This lack of this match was symbolic of AAA’s lack of creativity and unwilling to focus on any of it’s youngsters – they had plenty of chances to do that match over the last five years, and everyone else was/(is?) getting more out of AAA’s own wrestlers than AAA.

Alone, it’s cool that match finally gets to be shown to Mexican fans. The context is more interesting

Ecatepec: Pentagon Jr. vs Psycho Clown for the Latin American Championship, Fenix vs Daga vs Aerostar for a Cruiserweight Title shot
CDMX: Fenix vs Daga
Oaxaca: Fenix vs Pentagon Jr.

AAA carving out a spot for their young wrestlers to have spotlight singles matches is something people have asking for forever. It seems to be happening, at least for the moment. It’s not something  that’s going to pay dividends right away, but it’s something that needs to help these guys in the long term, and it should provide a lot better TV show.  Fenix is likely going to be the #1 contenders to the Cruiserweight title if Aerostar & Drago are challenging for the tag titles and Pentagon Jr. could be Latin American champion (though I’m skeptical that’ll happen.)

The other story on this show is Angelico & Jack returning. Aerostar & Drago should earn a titles shot in DF, but this is also the former tag team champions getting back together for the first time this year due to various injuries. It’s going to be great to have them back.

Main event is about what was expected for the Verano de Escandalo show, only with Psycho Clown in Texano’s spot. Second match could be good and suggests Herodes & Cota are in full time and not just for an odd one shot. The mystery woman in the opener is likely the same as in Mexico City. That opener probably isn’t airing – maybe a YouTube exclusive.

Next taping is 07/29 in Toluca, which will probably be the last TV taping before TripleMania. Based on the matches not being scheduled yet, it seems likely Texano/Wagner and Fantasma’s defense are currently scheduled for that show.  I don’t know if it’ll draw, but that alone sounds like a better card than last year.


Electro/Mascara2K, Mistico vs Mephisto tonight in Puebla

IWRG (SUN) 07/10/2016 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, The Gladiatores]
1) Atomic Star & Demonio Infernal b Black Dragón & Dragón Fly
straight falls
2) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo b Killer Jr., Skanda, Spartan, Violencia Jr.
Spartan replaced Hip Hop man
3) Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro, Dr. Karonte Jr. b Diablo Jr., El Hijo del Diablo, Imposible
Cerbero Negro was eliminated, but still helped Dr. Cerebro beat Hijo de Cerebro. Challenges followed. Karonte Jr.’s first match here since December 2015.
4) Herodes Jr., Negro Navarro, Toscano b Danny Casas, Hijo De Dos Caras, Súper Nova
Rudos won in straight falls. Hijo de Dos & Danny Casas broke down into a fight, setting up a title match. It appears Hijo de Dos Caras is the one turning rudo.
5) Mr. Electro b Máscara Año 2000 Jr.
Bloody crowd brawl. Mr. Electro put Mascara thru a table with light tubes. Hair match was set for next week.

Dos turning rudo is a surprise; they’ve pushed him so strong over the last year that turning him rudo seems likes an admittance of failure (and his father never wrestled much as a rudo.) Maybe Mr. Electro took his spot, though I’m not sure Electro is winning next week.

Tonight’s Arena Puebla is a busy show. Mistico challenges Mephisto for the CMLL Welterweight Championship in the main event, where a title change is a good possibility. This is the title Mistico never lost, but had to forfeit after his 2014 motorcycle accident, and it’s his first attempt at regaining it. Mistico’s been in his best form not just since that accident, but at any point during his career. It’s probably the right time for him to become singles champion again, but Mephisto’s had a lot of big wins this year already. Mephisto’s big matches tend to be big spot showcases and Mistico’s made for that style, so this should be some sort of fireworks show.

The bulk of the show is an eight team tag tournament with some strange teams: Michael Elgin teams with Ripper in Elgin’s last CMLL appearance, and Kushida forms a strange team with Kraneo (and Mije) in what’s somewhat a relevos increibles tournament. The other six teams are Caristico & Ultimo Guerrero, Rush & Volador Jr., Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa, La Mascara & Sharlie Rockstar, Diamante Azul & Rey Escorpion and Shocker & Negro Casas (if Casas is back wrestling, which is not a certainty.) The second match is a trios match with Ares and King Jaguar, who are believed to be having a mask versus hair match next week. The opener is a minis showcase, including an increasingly rare appearance by local Asturiano. It’s rare for a Puebla show to have something interesting in every match; I’m less than convinced the tag team tournament will be any good, but it as least different.

The Puebla show will air on CMLL.com & YouTube at 9pm.

CMLL has a note on their show streaming on NJPW World. NJPW’s said they’re doing a test run, CMLL is more like it’s a deal forever. The CMLL article mentions it’s only for fans in Japan. It’s possible to get to the video from elsewhere if you work at it and have the right tools. I’ve been thinking it’s region blocked because Clarosports has the existing deal (and is paying CMLL for it), but I did notice NJPW is not muting out the entrance music on that feed, as they do when the CMLL guys are on their normal shows.

TKD reviews the CaraLucha 1st anniversary show.


CMLL (SUN) 07/17/2016 Arena México
1) Bengala & Sensei vs Apocalipsis & Cholo
2) Flyer, Metatrón, Star Jr. vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Sangre Azteca
3) Blue Panther Jr., Fuego, Pegasso vs Disturbio, Puma, Tiger
4) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Johnny Idol vs Bobby Z, Sam Adonis, Vangellys
5) Diamante Azul, Mistico, Valiente vs Euforia, Negro Casas, Terrible

Negro Casas is booked in this main event too, and eventually he’ll be read to make one of these shows. Idol & Adonis do stick around after the NJPW guys have left and seem to be at a good position.

CMLL (SUN) 07/17/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Tapatío vs Quca
2) Sky Kid & Smaker vs Diplomático & Relámpago
3) Johnny Dinamo, León Blanco, Randy vs Carlo Roggi, Exterminador, Gran Kenut
4) Frezzer, Neutrón, Reyko vs El Chakal, Mr. Apolo, Sádico
5) Flash II, Magnum, Nautilius vs Maléfico, Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno

Flash II is suddenly main eventing a lot of Sunday shows for a guy who hadn’t been booked much here lately.

Sky Kid & Smaker are back in the second. They were strongly pushed locals for a couple years (when Guadalajara was airing on 52MX), and seemed unready for the spot. They’ve been wrestling in indie arenas after leaving this arena in early 2015 after one of the management changes, but hadn’t been seen anywhere since February.

XMW (SUN) 07/31/2016 Salón Citlalli, Ecatepec, Estado de México
1) Dollar & Obscuro vs ? & Ancla
2) Fly Metalik, Fly Star, Fly Warrior, Wasson vs Albuquerque, Douki, Orión, Taylor Wolf
3) Centvrión & Látigo vs Cancerbero & Sangre Azteca
4) Metaleón & Mr. Leo vs Puma King & Tiger
5) Arez vs XL vs ? [XNL CHAMP]
surprise is from TNA
6) Chuey Martinez vs Wotan vs Demoledor © [XMW EXTREMO]

First XMW show in Mexico City since last October. XL hasn’t been in Mexico for a few years, but is returning against a surprise TNA wrestler (Extreme Tiger? DJZ? someone else?) Fourth match should be superb. Cancerbero & Sangre Azteca are weird inclusions. 2nd match is another Mexico vs the World match – Orion’s listed from US, Albuquerque and Taylor Wolf (who’s been around the last few weeks) are also from Chile.