CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-06-01

Park (who grabs his thigh on both dives)

Recapped: 06/01/2018

Matches:

Disturbio, Metálico, Sangre Azteca beat Astral, Eléctrico, Príncipe Diamante 
(17:42 [9:24, 3:18, 5:00], 1/3, below average, 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Okumura, Puma, Tiger beat Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa  
(14:15 [3:34, 2:20, 8:21], 1/3, good, 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Hechicero, Rey Bucanero, Shocker beat  Blue Panther Jr., Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. 
(13:23 [3:57, 4:55, 4:31], 2/3, ok, 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cuatrero beat Ángel de Oro to keep the CMLL World Middleweight Championship
(16:41, 2/3, great, 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Angel de Oro reverse figure four with armbar (3:55)
  2. Cuatrero inverted bear hug (1:43)
  3. Cuatrero campana (11:03)

Carístico, Flyer, Mistico beat Forastero, Sansón, Último Guerrero
(10:14 [3:33, 2:07, 4:34], 2/3, good, via 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Hijo de LA Park, LA Park, Volador Jr. beat La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible
(16:27 [2:12, 5:29, 8:46], 2/3 DQ, good, via 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Puma saw this one coming

The second fall of the main event was full of unseen fouls both ways, with the técnicos coming up on top. LA Park teased giving a martinete to Bestia at the end of the third fall (for an extended period of time waiting for the next spot), and Rush threw a backboard at him to cause the DQ. Rush threw the board at Edgar for the DQ too. LA Park asked Rush for a super libre match, with Rush blowing it off.

Thoughts:

This week wasn’t last week. The main event was still good, but not on the same epic level. The chaos was traded in for more fouls and some mic time. Hijo de LA Park wasn’t as good as Flyer (that double corner plancha spot took excruciating long to set up) and there wasn’t the same energy. It was still fun to see LA Park all over the place and Rush being loathsome, but it did came off as if it might not be a great idea to do these matches every week for the next 14 Fridays.

Angel de Oro

Semimain was the expected técnico showcase. There was enough there to make it worth checking out in an all star match kind of way, though it never came off all that big. I thought it was fun enough to be good, just nothing extraordinary. Flyer didn’t seem out of place, but also didn’t do enough stuff to separate himself from the other two guys. They gave him the last slot in the showcase and it still felt like he was either doing Volador spots or just in and out quick. It’s going to be hard for him to stick at the top level without adding more.

Angel de Oro & Cuatrero had a strong title match. This is the only feud that will have a bear hug reversal spot be a hot spot in 2018, and that wasn’t even the biggest reversal spot of the match. Poor Angel de Oro needs a new finisher after getting so defeated by his own one tonight. The match had solid action leading, the usual smoothness from Oro in his actions. Cuatrero still seems a better trios guy than a singles guy, but he did enough here to keep it interesting. The drama of the finish brought this up, though the Dos Leyendas match is obviously better.

Forastero dropkick

The tercera had no life outside of the Soberano/Hechicero exchanges. They’re pretty good together. Rey Bucanero and Shocker were their usual selves, and Panther Jr. & Roja aren’t nearly good enough to make them worthwhile. The crowd made little noise during this match, and the participants didn’t seem to mind.

Rey Cometa & Puma had some really great exchanges in the segunda. They managed to be a little bit inventive and surprising despite having fought so many times. Everyone else was a notch or so behind, and this didn’t have the speed or excitement of past weeks. It wasn’t bad, but it was a more normal Friday segunda than one where they were allowed to go all out.

I spent the first half of the opener trying to get the YouTube stream to work right. That was more intense than this match, controlled with boring mat wrestling and uninteresting rudo domination. When they finally got around to doing things, it looked sloppy. Skip.

Flyer

Taurus returns in AAA, ELITE/AAA?, more LA Park/Rush tonight

Freelance

AAA TV (THU) 05/31/2018 Arena Aficion [AAA, Lucha Centralthecubsfan]
1) Dragón Bane, Freelance, Iron Kid (Estado de México) b Draztick Boy, Impulso, Low Rider
7:54. Dragon Bane beat Draztick Boy with a 630 splash.
2) Big Mami & Niño Hamburguesa © b La Hiedra & Villano III Jr. [AAA MIXED TAG]
8:20. Hamburguer splash Villano III Jr. Originally listed as Hiedra/Hamburgeusa vs Mami/V3. Second defense, first on TV (other was in same building against same opponents)
3) Faby Apache © b Ashley [Reina De Reinas]
6:35. 1st defense. Faby won via German suplex. Lady Shani ran in to attack Faby post match. Taurus made his return to AAA to attack Shani, seemingly allied with Faby in this moment.
4) Australian Suicide b Lanzelot [AAA CRUISER]
5:57. 2nd defense. Suicide won with a twisting shooting sta press.
5) Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, La Parka b Dave The Clown, Joe Lider, Parka Negra
6:27. Parka submitted Dave with an armscissors.
6) La Máscara & Máximo b Histeria & Psicosis
9:29. Maximo beat Psicosis.
7) Murder Clown b Pagano
17:33. Murder pinned Pagano after Taurus attacked Pagano.
8) Rey Escorpión & Texano Jr. © NF Hijo del Fantasma & Pagano [AAA TAG]
9:54. 3rd defense, 2nd on TV. Samoano was with the rudos and interfered freely. Earlier, Psycho Clown & a doctor announced Psycho couldn’t wrestle due to knee injury. Fantamsa revealed he’d gotten this changed to a title match and would have a surprise partner. Taurus appeared and attacked Psycho for a second time. Pagano, wrestling two matches in a row, was Fantamsa’s pick as partner – but Fantasma walked out on Pagano at the end of the match. (Fantasma teased a rudo turn all night.) Referee Piero stopped the match after Fantasma left with no clear ending. The camera cut backstage, where OGT & Poder del Norte got in a fight (PdN had beaten up OGT earlier), Fantasma & Psycho brawled, Pagano came back to fight Murder Clown, and the rest of the AAA roster tried to break up the fights. A masked MAD person (possibly Konnan) stood unnoticed backstage with a guitar.

The opener is worth tracking down. The rest of the show was either not good, stuff being set up for Verano de Escandalo, or stuff that’ll be repeated on Verano de Escandalo when more people are paying attention. If you have time for only one AAA show this weekend, it’s definitely they Sunday one.

The building didn’t appear completely full for an AAA taping in small-ish Arena Aficion. It wasn’t far off from being full, but this seemed like it should be an easy sell out as it has been in the past.

It’s tough to get a read on the Psycho Clown injury bit. He didn’t seem all that hurt (and it wasn’t helped by Super Fly selling a knee injury much bigger a couple segments before.) Still, the angle they ran in the main event would’ve made a lot more sense with Psycho instead of Pagano, and Pagano wrestling twice felt like something they were stuck doing (though they still made a poor choice there.) I’d assume he’ll be fine on Sunday. He’s also doesn’t seem to be in a key position yet, so he probably should sit out if it’s actually serious.

Taurus wearing an ELITE shirt for all his run-ins is probably going somewhere. Teddy Hart wore one in Tijuana, which came off like it was a fake out to hide him joining MAD later on in the night. Taurus too may end up in MAD, but it can’t be a coincidence he’s also reminding us of ELITE. Zona Ruda passes along a fun rumor: AAA may have bought the name right to ELITE and will be producing a show under that name for Azteca. There’s definite red flags with that rumor (is Televisa going to be happy with AAA producing a show for their rival network?) On the flip side, AAA’s roster has suddenly gotten a lot larger – all the kids working openers, all the people debuting at Verano de Escandalo, some more names that are said to be debuting soon but haven’t even been hinted at ye. Maybe they have more people to fill out two different promotions, setting up a WWE-like brand split. (AAA tried this idea once before, and it was quickly dropped.) It’s not the easiest logistical deal with a company who has very obvious problems with logistics, but it’s also a promotion who aspires for big plans without being all that concerned about how they might work.

This is all based on a flimsy rumor that I wouldn’t put a lot of weight in normally and am still a little skeptical about now. This is suddenly a very weird time in lucha libre and It’s increasingly hard to rule out crazy theories. I do recall Konnan on Twitter pushing back hard on the idea that LA Park showing up in CMLL would outdo anything AAA could do. It seemed like hype, but something like this would be a LA Park level move for AAA too.

LA Park himself main events Arena Mexico tonight once again. He teams tonight with his son, Hijo de LA Park, and Volador Jr. against Los Ingobernables. LA Park & Rush have teased having their mask versus hair match but have not yet formerly agreed to it. They may get that closer to it tonight; a press conference to announce it would make sense for next Wednesday, but CMLL hasn’t said they’d have one yet.

Flyer appears to a better chance to show what he can do tonight the last week, teaming with Mistico & Caristico against Forastero, Sanson and Ultimo Guerrero. The rudos and the structure of the match fit more for a flying exhibition – unless Caristico & Mistico’s issues in Guadalajara carry over here.

Cuatrero and Angel de Oro have their first singles match since their Homenaje a Dos Leyendas main event. Cuatrero has won the three singles matches they’ve had so far and would seem to be the favorite to stay the CMLL Middleweight champion. Angel de Oro told Reporte Indingo that, since Cuatrero seems to be breaking La Campana, he’s worked on a new strategy for tonight’s match. The singles matches between these two have beat expectations in the past, so this should be pretty good.

The tercera has Hechicero, Rey Bucanero and Shocker against Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. and maybe Diamante Azul. More on that in a few paragraphs. Puma & Tiger’s weekly segunda fiesta includes Okumura, Drone, Guerrero Maya and Rey Cometa this time. Astral, Electrico and Principe Diamante, a trio of ex-minis looking for a team name, face Disturbio, Metalico and Sangre Azteca in the opener.

Lucha Central has a preview of the show. The show should air at 8:30pm on Facebook and Marca. It’s possible Marca may geoblock their show again. I’m probably skipping most of this show live, but I’m working on having a YouTube feed ready to go if needed.

CMLL posted lineup updates this morning which remove Diamante Azul from all cards beyond today. He already missed Tuesday’s show in Guadalajara, so I’m skeptical he’ll even work this show. Soberano is now in the Saturday main event. Niebla Roja is on Tuesday in Guadalajara (so the feud with Furia Roja continues.) Atlantis replaces Diamante Azul on Father’s Day. This usually happens without explanation when Azul returns to France.

CMLL announced Puebla’s Arkalis will get an Arena Mexico appearance on June 10th. That’s a Sunday show, so almost all of the people reading this will not be able to see it, but it’s a rare opportunity for a Puebla local. Arkalis fits in the “promising but rarely gets to show it” category.

CMLL/ROH says the Atlantis/Maya/Delta trio will face So Cal Uncensored on 06/15 in San Antonio, and the Kingdom for the ROH Trios titles on 06/16 in Dallas. That means they couldn’t do a one day title switch.

Flamita & Bandido were announced as heading to Dragon Gate this month. No date is mentioned. Flamita & Bandido are working in Mexico thru the 06/16 The Crash show, and disappear from lineups after them. (They were listed on a 06/30 show, but an updated card no longer includes them.) There was some question if Flamita & Bandido would be sticking with Dragon Gate itself or go to China’s OWE with CIMA, and this clears it up.

El Hijo del Santo writes about “cuaz” matches; Arena Mexico used to have post main event singles matches with preliminary wrestlers, to get some people to stick around and make sure everyone didn’t flood out of the building at once.

Lost in Lucha watches LA Park vs Fenix.

+LuchaTV has the latest edition of Aqui esta la Lucha.

Lineups

DTU (WED) 06/13/2018 Tropidisco la Revuleta, Cuernavaca, Morelos
1) Hermes vs Jitsu
2) Corsel Del Diablo & Fuego Dorado vs Falkho & Perseo
3) Elektro, Fénix, Fusion vs Drako, Eufóriko, Nahual
4) Draztick Boy vs JimmyTiburón
5) Brilly Gamer & G-Raver vs Aero Boy & Pesadilla
6) Crazy King vs Cuervo vs Miedo Extremo vs Shlak
7) Joey Janela vs Cíclope

DTU’s stop in ANLL’s home building – those are their luchadors in the 2nd and 3rd matches. No idea what will and won’t be taped for Powerbomb.

AAA on Twitch: 2018-05-31

Taurus returns violently

Recapped: 05/31/2018

Matches: 

Dragón Bane, Freelance, Iron Kid (Estado de México) beat Draztick Boy, Impulso, Low Rider
(7:54, Dragon Bane 630 splash on Draztick Boy, good)

Big Mami & Niño Hamburguesa © beat La Hiedra & Villano III Jr. to keep the AAA World Mixed Tag Team Championship
(8:20, Hamburger splash Villano III, good)

Faby Apache © beat Ashley to keep the AAA’s Reina de Reinas championship
(6:35, Faby Apache German suplex, ok )

Australian Suicide beat Lanzelot to keep the AAA World Cruiserweight Championship
(5:57, Suicide tornillo SSP, ok)

Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, La Parka beat Dave The Clown, Joe Lider, Parka Negra
(6:27, Parka arm scissors Dave, ok)

La Máscara & Máximo beat Histeria & Psicosis
(9:29, Máximo kiss + elbow driver Psicosis, ok)

Murder Clown beat Pagano
(17:33, Taurus interference→ Murder Clown pin, below average, )

Hijo del Fantasma & Pagano went to a no contest with  Rey Escorpión & Texano Jr. © for the AAA World Tag Team Championship
(9:54, ref stop after Fatnasma walked out, ok, )

What happened: 

Pagano misses badly

(Black) Taurus returned to AAA, making multiple unexplained run-ins on the night. He attacked Lady Shani following the Faby Apache/Ashley match, attacked Psycho Clown in a segment explaining Psycho wasn’t cleared to wrestle tonight, and attacked Pagano at the close of his match with Murder Clown. Taurus wore an ELITE shirt during his appearances.

Psycho Clown & doctor appeared in the ring during the show to explain Psycho Clown wanted to wrestle but was not being allowed due to a knee injury. Psycho was not heavily showing sign of a knee injury and it appears as if he’ll still be wrestling on Sunday.

The rest of the show as building up Verano de Escandalo and TripleMania matches. The OGT did an in-ring promo solely to destroyed by Poder del Norte again. Shani attacked Faby Apache after her title match to continue the build towards TripleMania. Fantamsa argued with Psycho Clown and walked out on replacement partner Pagano in the main event (which ended with no finish.) The broadcast ended with Hugo as interviewer backstage, watching these people restart fighting backstage with the rest of the AAA roster trying to separate them. A masked MAD wrestler stood off to the side watching, very visible on screen but ignored by the other wrestlers.

That was the old MAD live appearance. A vignette, implied to be from this show but clearly taped at another building, had Kross & Guerrera & masked accomplices harrassing workers at a show. A hype video for Kross aired, as well as the videos for Sammy Guevara and Darbin Allin shown recently. There was also a profile video of Drago.

Thoughts:

Iron Kid dive

This lineup looked like a flashback to the AAA shows early this year and played out the same way: there was some really good stuff early, and the last few matches were not any good. The overall show seemed good for a while when watching it, though it doesn’t really hold up when I look back at everything.

The main event was an ill considered way to end the night. Even if Psycho Clown was legitamately unable to wrestle, the fans had seen Pagano just wrestle for 15 minutes in an unimpressive fashion and weren’t eager to see him come right back out again. Pagano himself couldn’t seem to decide if he should be selling the previous match, and understanable didn’t have much to do in this match. I’m unsure why they made it a title match, since Fantasma walking out on just made those titles seem not that important. A non-finish is a really hard way to end a show too.

Pagano/Murder Clown was a sloppy mess, with embarrassingly bad moments. Pagano is over with enough of the crowd and seems to be a made man in AAA, and no amount of bad matches are going to change how he’s being used. If this happened in a match where Pagano didn’t have that equitiy, he’d be mocked forever for the moonsault that missed terribly. Pagano’s not lazy when it comes to wrestling, but he just seems techinically poor at it. They gave these guys all the props they wanted to make the match workable, and they instead tended to just to find ways to make it less safe for them. This was exactly what it looked like it was going to be. The good part was it meant they wouldn’t be working with anyone else, but then the main event came.

careful with your arm

Vipers/Alvarados was the same match as the last taping, only with more chair spots. Máximo might have cared less too. I cared less. The crowd didn’t care at all. The Vipers are clearly trying to make a good impression on new management but suffer from not being all that good at this point in their career. It was obvious time filler match and it filled about 10 minutes.

Same Dave/Parka trios match as always. There was some half decent stuff for the others, Dave not being much good, and Parka getting the win. This is a garbage feud that only exists to keep Parka happy. The OGTs put Poder del Norte at every occasion and it’ll look like a bigger win for Averno’s trio for it. Parka beats Dave the Clown pretty much all of the time, so he’s really just locked himself into a feud with a loser. At least it was short.

Australian Suicide & Lanzelot’s rematch wasn’t near as good as their first match. They seemed sloppy at times – the moonsault that was blocked but not sold as blocked was no good – and the level of the action wasn’t as good as previous matches. There were a few ok spots but it was overall a disappointment. There were far worse matches on this show, but these guys have had better matches at pretty much every taping.

Dragon Bane 630

Ashley’s weak dropkicks were a rough way to start of her title match with Faby Apache. It got better, and Faby gave Ashley a lot more than she had to. The crowd just didn’t buy into Ashley at all, and weren’t much into this match. Faby’s one of the best of the world and looked in this match, so there was no way it was going to be bad. It still didn’t work as well as it given the long lead up.

The mixed tag match was probably the best these two teams have had, a borderline good match that made the most of what they could do, and unexpectedly was the second best match on the show. It’s not an exceptional lucha libre match but it was perfectly fun one with more wrestling than they’ve done in the past. It had the comedy of the previous matches, but the rudos also got to show more of what they can do beyond stooge around for the champs. V3’s probably can do more than he’s showing in these but these also wouldn’t be close to good without him.

The special opener on this show was not quite at the level as the last two, but still would’ve been a standout match in the first quarter of the year. They may a lot of the lesser amount of time they had, and it was generally another match built around a lot of spots where the spots all looked really good. Freelance looked as great as usual in his once every few years cameo in this promotion. His dives and his partners were the highlights of this match despite not much room to do them.

lucha TV preview for weekend of June 1st, 2018

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AAA has another taping Sunday night, which should start about 6:30pm and last way too long. It should be better than the one I just watched. The first half of the Tijuana show also airs on Televisa, which means that opener will be up on YouTube Saturday night.

CMLL has title matches Friday (Cuatrero/Angel de Oro) and Monday (Infernals/NGD).

IWRG has a bloody title match.

AAA live tonight from Arena Aficion, VdE mystery spot, HOLL lineup

AAA has a strange TV taping tonight in Pachuca’s Arena Aficion. There’s been a lot of new people and different storylines added over the last couple tapings, linked to Konnan coming aboard. Most of those are not present on this show, and it looks like something fitting a lot closer to the shows earlier this year.

The main event is the notable exception. Hijo del Fantasma and Psycho Clown had issues on the previous taping, leading into both being part of the four way mask match at TripleMania. Fantasma’s since been teasing a return to the rudo side, and even appeared as a surprise at an AAA house show last weekend to cost Psycho Clown a match. They team again tonight against current AAA tag team champions Rey Escorpion & Texano, who should get a simple win.

The semimain is Pagano vs Murder Clown. There’s a story here – Pagano blamed Murder Clown for his injury at the end of 2017 which put him out for months, Murder Clown has attacked Pagano in Monterrey & Tehuacan – but this also looks like a match that’ll be a challenge to be any good. Same goes for the fifth match, Histeria & Psicosis versus La Mascara & Maximo, which wasn’t very interesting when it took place on the last taping. This is a good moment to note AAA may just change all of these matches again, and not do the pointless rematch.

The fourth match brings back the LA Park & Dave the Clown feud, with Cuervo, Scoria, Joe Lider and Parka Negra rounding out the match. Most of these wrestlers haven’t been featured the last couple of tapings and aren’t on Verano de Escandalo either. The La Parka/Dave feud hasn’t been any good, but AAA’s always focused on giving Parka something to do.

The first three matches are all titles match (which shows what AAA thinks of these titles.) Australian Suicide defends the Cruiserweight championship against Lanzeloth, in a rematch of a really good match from January. This will be Suicide’s first TV appearance in a couple months because of the reality show. Faby Apache defends the Reina de Reinas championship against Ashley. It should be good, but it also doesn’t make much sense for Ashley to be getting a title shot after Faby pinned her on the last show. Big Mami & Nino Hamrbuguesa probably defend the Mixed Tag Team championship against La Hiedra & Villano III Junior. The tecnico team were the champions at least check, but AAA first mixed up these teams, then listed the rudos as champions, so I don’t know what’s going on here. This was a feud that was getting steady TV time late last year, and disappeared the last few months.

Lucha Central previews this show. AAA’s Twitch broadcast begins at 9pm CT, with the first match a few minutes later. VOD will be available for subscribers to the channel. It should go up on AAA’s YouTube starting June 30th.

There’s still one mystery spot left on Verano de Escandalo’s current lineup. Zona Ruda, citing rumors and some common sense, points out that match includes Mamba and Mamba & Keyra keep building up a match without explaining where it’s going to happen. Keyra would fit in with the other people coming in, it’s a solid theory. Keyra is listed as working in Neza on Saturday but nothing right now for Sunday.

The Gladiatores posted an interview with Black Danger, who’s excited for his AAA move.

There’s not a lot new on Rey Fenix. The WON had a lot of the same stuff as yesterday. +LuchaTV has a brief interview with Rey Fenix (not clear from when) where he talked about every luchador wanting a chance to wrestle in Arena Mexico. The Crash posted a note saying Rey Fenix will still be appearing on their June 16th show. Everyone assumes Penta is coming as well. Penta hasn’t confirmed it, but has hinted about news soon.

My guess is CMLL has a press conference next Wednesday to talk about this situation and other news. It’d be a good idea to make any big announcements before the World Cup swallows up Mexico’s attention for a couple months.

Lucha Libre KDNA, the Monterrey promoter for this Sunday’s Verano de Escandalo, wrote on Facebook that Konnan was definitely going to be on the show Sunday, and that Fenix, Penta and Daga would be coming with him either on that show or later on at TripleMania. Penta will be in the Toronto area all weekend for Impact TV tapings, including an indie show on Sunday. Fenix is not on that show but I think he’s got a booking elsewhere. Not sure about Daga, but I wouldn’t tune on Sunday expecting to see any of them.

In an interview with Marca, Mistico says the fans were not behind him at first, but his work won them over. I’m not sure that second part has exactly happened but it’s a good story.

DTU’s 05/17 show is now up on Powerbomb.TV.

WWE programming will be back on over the air TV. Imagen Television, the replacement for Cadena3, will air one hour version of RAW & SmackDown on Saturday. It’d wrap right before AAA usually starts. FOX otherwise has the WWE TV deal and everything currently airs on that channel.

WWE also announced they’ll be back in Arena Ciudad de Mexico on 12/01 (Saturday). As that article notes, there’s usually multiple Mexico cities announced at once, but only this date has been announced so far. WWE’s US schedule does not have any shows listed for that weekend, so it’s likely WWE’s got more to announce.

Dulce Garcia (Sexy Star)’s next boxing match is on 06/09.

El Sol de Leon has a bio of Black Shadow.

Lineups

HOLL (SAT) 06/02/2018 USC Galen Center, Los Angeles, California
1) Pierrothito vs Mini Rey Mysterio
2) Canek Jr. vs Fishman Jr.
3) Bestia 666 & Sam Adonis vs Ocelot & Tinieblas Jr.
4) Hijo De Wagner & Rey Wagner vs Hijo de LA Park & LA Park
5) Trumposo vs Rey Mysterio

They’ve announced this show match by match only on Facebook. They may be more matches: Zumbi, Chik Tormenta, Huracan Ramirez Jr., and Rayo de Jalisco Jr. are shown on the poster too. On the other hand, Sam Adonis wasn’t on the poster and he’s still on the show.

Trumposo was Aaron Aguilar on previous tapings. The match should be fine but feels like a waste of bringing in Mysterio. It’ll absolutely get a reaction, but a lot of people will get that reaction against someone doing a Trump gimmick and you could’ve done something more with Rey. Also a little interesting they’re doing the main event with “Trumposo” instead of just using Adonis in that spot. Minis match looks pretty promising.

Tickets for this show are discounted on Goldstar. They’re doing a free meet and greet before the show as well.

CMLL PURA RAZA (SAT) 06/02/2018 Gran Recinto, Tlalneplantla, Estado de México
1) ? vs ??
2) Gallito Tapatío & Microman vs Chamuel & Mije
3) Lluvia & Princesa Sugehit vs Dalys & Reina Isis
4) Audaz, Hechicero, The Panther vs Francois Montañes, Jean Montañes, Pierre Montañes
5) Ángel de Oro & Niebla Roja vs Espanto Jr. & Templario
6) Carístico & Mistico vs Bárbaro Cavernario & Mephisto

Hechicero Pro returns on short notice and not as many interesting matchups as last time. The french submission brothers are strange opponents for Audaz & Panther. The semimain could be good if Espanto Jr. twists his ankle walking to the ring and Templario wrestles the match on his own.

CMLL (MON) 06/04/2018 Arena Puebla
1) Centella Roja & Hijo de Centella Roja vs Espíritu Maligno & Sombra Diabólika
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Espanto Jr., King Jaguar, Policeman
3) Estrellita & Marcela vs Tiffany & Zeuxis
4) Guerrero Maya Jr., Stigma, Tritón vs Kawato San, Okumura, Puma
5) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón © vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto [MEX TRIOS]
5th defense
6) Felino, Soberano Jr., Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Titán [Relevos Increíbles]

When Zeuxis said she was working until 06/04, it somehow didn’t click that she literally meant this Puebla show.

Trios title match has been set up the last few days, and not so well. Relevos Increibles are common place right now, but this is a rare one without Rush or the other Los Ingobernables involved. Soberano & Volador are champions, so it’s possible this is a way to set up Titan challenging one of them for a tecnico/tecnico match. Or maybe it’s Cavernario. Or maybe it’s nothing.

CMLL (TUE) 06/05/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Black Sugar, El Alteño, Micro vs Guerrero de la Muerte, Ráfaga, Sádico
2) Pegasso, Stigma, Vaquero Jr. vs Akuma, Grako, Metálico
3) Difunto vs Frezzer [lightning]
4) Diamante Azul, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Cavernario, Furia Roja, Shocker
5) Carístico, Kráneo, Último Guerrero vs Mistico, Mr. Niebla, Rush

Main event seems headed to Caristico/Mistico.

Diamante Azul missed last week’s show, with Niebla Roja challenging Furia Roja instead. Either they’re switching back to Azul in the feud, or they’re on autopilot.

Guadalajara rarely gets lightning matches – you’d have to go back to 2015 to find a Tuesday one – so there’s probably something happening there as well.

Lucha Memes MDA (SAT) 06/16/2018 Polideportivo del Sur, Puebla, Puebla
1) Fénix So & Siki Osama vs Black Histeria & Prince Dark
2) Arkalis vs Aramis
3) Alas de Acero & Iron Kid (Estado de México) vs King Rocker & Rey Samuray
4) Corsario Negro Jr. & Drako vs Rey Apocalipsis & Toro Bill Jr.
5) Multifacético vs Templario (CMLL)
6) Blue Panther vs Prayer

Memes/MDA’s annual trip to Puebla has less people than last year’s card but a lot of promising matches. Prayer had a well received match with Virus last year. Rey Samuray & Arkalis get bigger chances than on Monday nights.

Rey Fenix is coming to CMLL

Today’s CMLL Informa aired a teaser for (Rey) Fenix (The King) appearing in CMLL soon. There was no date given of when he’d appear, only this trailer.

 

Fenix also posted on Twitter confirming the news.

https://twitter.com/ReyFenixMx/status/1001960848091418624

I’d expect he’s not coming alone. Penta el Zero M teased an appearance in Arena Mexico on the most recent The Crash show and in interviews after. Fenix teases the Rebelion coming in the promo. The possibility of these luchadors coming in to CMLL was first hinted at by the Wrestling Observer recently.

This, as well as the LA Park appearances, suggest the thought process on booking outside luchadors has greatly changed recently. Park, Fenix and anyone else are not expected to be full time with CMLL. They can plenty of their own bookings outside of the CMLL office. CMLL has previously avoided using outside wrestlers on per date bases. The only exceptions I can think of are legend shows, and luchadors brought in thru their partnership with ELITE. There are always rumors of ELITE returning, but this was presented as Fenix coming directly to CMLL.

Fenix and anyone else would be expected to continue working their scheduled date – this might primarily mean some open Friday nights are now filled, but they’d be picking their other promotion to work with. I’d expect they’ll still work Impact if they want to work Impact. AAA is the obvious big question. Fenix & Penta were supposed to work some dates, still have not been announced for anything, but the slow moving MAD angle (Konnan’s still unrevealed) could mean they weren’t planned to come in yet. I know it’s crazy, but I think that deal still might be on. AAA’s not going to have a problem with them working CMLL as long as they’re still working for AAA, and CMLL would be aware of any plans for them to work with AAA before agreeing to use them. Fenix mentions them not coming just to CMLL, and AAA would be another place. Konnan’s talked a lot about wanting a wrestling world where anyone could freely worked anywhere, and this would be two of his friends getting to live that out.

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2018-05-22 

Disturbio

Recapped: 05/27/2018

Matches:

Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro beat Acero & Aéreo 
(13:15 [5:32, 3:22, 4:21], 2/3, n/r, via: 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Akuma, Espanto Jr., Nitro beat Magia Blanca, Retro, Star Jr.
(10:21 [4:53, 2:23, 3:05], 1/3, n/r, via: VideosOficialesCMLL)

Disturbio, Okumura, Virus beat Esfinge, Stigma, Tritón
(15:23 [6:30, 5:18, 3:35], 2/3, ok, via: VideosOficialesCMLL)

Felino, Hechicero, Shocker beat Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther
(11:44 [5:10, 3:09, 3:25], 2/3, ok, via: VideosOficialesCMLL)

Último Guerrero © beat Stuka Jr. for the NWA World Middleweight Championship
(16:20, 2/3, good, via: 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Stuka hammerlock DDT (4:32)
  2. Último Guerrero Pulpo Guerrero (1:44)
  3. Último Guerrero crucifix cradle (10:04)

Atlantis, Carístico, Mistico beat Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
(7:52 [1:52, 2:00, 4:00], 2/3, ok, via: 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

almost enough

The sound is off for nearly the complete first fall of the fourth match.

Magia Blanca, a late fill in for Sensei, tears his ACL at the end of his second match. Akuma just happens to fall on the back of Blanca’s leg taking an armdrag on Akuma.

Thoughts: 

Hechicero

CMLL Tuesday main events following a singles matches are never great. This one was especially nothing for two falls, even though they got more time than usual for this spot. The end of the second fall had some of the most transparent rudo feeding for rudo moves you’ll ever see. Action picked up a little bit in the third fall, until Atlantis came in. He did just get Mephisto up in the Atlantida, so point for him.

The title match was a standard Último Guerrero big match, up until Stuka got his foot on the ropes on the Guerrero Special. It seems like he’s aware enough of everyone catching on to the same thing finish every time that it’s not the ending right now, but there was no strong twist or novelty to the match to that point. Último Guerrero didn’t go thru everything he could do, but it felt about the same as normal. The sequence after Stuka got his foot on the ropes was surprising and the match itself was well done. Beyond that finish, it’s going to be hard to separate this from all the other UG singles matches.

Triton versus everyone

Shocker pulling a middle rope elbow drop is more amazing then CMLL forgetting to turn the sound on. That happens all the time. That match wasn’t the greatest set up for the Panthers, though Hechicero seemed to have fun knocking Blue Sr. around. Felino seemed to be barely in the match, though it wasn’t much of a match to be in.

The tercera had the names from good matches but didn’t mesh in any way interesting. The match slowed way down with the rudos in charge, and the técnicos never made much of a comeback. Triton’s fish outfit doesn’t really work without the shirt. Okumura doesn’t really work as Triton’s base.

 

Caristico vs Mistico, Lady Maravilla leaves CMLL, RIOT

Triton

RIOT (SAT) 05/26/2018 Arena Femenil, Monterrey, Nuevo León[LuchaMania Monterrey]
1) Erick Ortiz b Mr. Iguana
Show was delayed due to local power outage about 90 minutes before the show. Ortiz & Iguana volunteered to go wrestle in the dark to keep the fans interest, and did so with cell phone flashlights on the ring for most of the match. Light was restored near the end of the match.
2) Byron & Kaientai b Príncipe Legendario & Psicótico and Azrael & Muerte Extrema
Psicotico & Alberto Dos Rios and Azrael & Muerte Extreme were both surprise teams for the Unamericans, who still won and have a winning steak.
3) Low Rider b Furor
Furor replaced Caifan II (injury)
4) Lady Flammer b Chik Tormenta
5) Aaron Solow & Ricky Starks b Kratoz & Prometeo
Debut of Extra Talente-ed. Prometeo is the former Kamikaze. Kratoz landed a 630 on Solow which seemed to be a three count, but was only counted two. Solow and Starks came back to win.
6) Último Ninja b Bandido (Indie)
good match

The RIOT show was delayed around an hour due to the power outage. They offered refunds to anyone who didn’t want to stick around until someone was able to fix the power issue. I’m told only two people on a date asked for a refund. It was a sell out, the biggest turnout they’ve had. There were a couple people hanging around outside who hadn’t been able to get tickets, and they bought those two tickets as soon as they were refunded.

Sounds like the last two matches were the best two and people appreciated Ortiz/Iguana wrestling in almost no light.

CMLL (TUE) 05/29/2018 Arena México [CMLL, Lucha Central]
1) Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Violencia b Acero & Aéreo LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 29 DE MAYO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
2) Akuma, Hijo del Signo, Nitro b Dick Riviere, Star Jr., Starman LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 29 DE MAYO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Dick Riviere (France) and Nitro (his trainer in France) replaced Pegasso & Espanto Jr. Rudos took 1/3.
3) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther b Dragón Rojo Jr., Kawato San, Pólvora LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 29 DE MAYO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Panthers took 2/3. Dragon Rojo suffered an injury on the final dropkick.
4) Fuego b Virus [lightningLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 29 DE MAYO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
5) Ephesto, Felino, Luciferno b Stuka Jr., Titán, Tritón LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 29 DE MAYO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
6) Atlantis, Valiente, Volador Jr. b Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Negro Casas LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 29 DE MAYO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tecnicos took 1/3.

CMLL’s video update says Dragon Rojo suffered a concussion on The Panther’s dropkick and will be evaluated. Promos: Pequeno Olimpico & Pequeno Violencia, Fuego, and Ephesto (who says his son is starting training soon.)

Sure seems like it’s a lot easier to get your friends booked in CMLL than usual. It also seems like CMLL is less concerned with good B-shows than ever. These two things might be related.

CMLL (TUE) 05/29/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Gemelo Pantera I, Gemelo Pantera II, Pantera Blanca Jr. ?? Carlo Roggi, Maléfico, Mr. Apolo
match skipped in results.
2) Marcela, Mystique, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Dalys, La Metálica
Mystique replaced Estrellita. Rudas took 2/3.
3) Audaz, Star Black, Stigma b Cancerbero, Difunto, Raziel
tecnicas took 2/3.
4) Furia Roja, Mephisto, Okumura b Esfinge, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr.
Niebla Roja replaced Diamante Azul. Rudos took 2/3. Furia Roja snuck in a foul on Niebla Roja for the win. Niebla Roja challenged for a hair match.
5) Carístico, Kráneo, Último Guerrero DDQ Mistico, Mr. Niebla, Rush [Relevos Increíbles]
Team Mistico took fall 1, team Caristico took fall 2, and Caristico & Mistico unmasked each other for the double DQ. Caristico worked as the tecnico.

There was a press conference here to hype an upcoming month of shows. That’s probably why those Sundays shows are suddenly including CMLL DF wrestlers. It might also explain the bits on this show: Caristico vs Mistico seems like it’s coming to Guadalajara soon, and Niebla Roja and Furia Roja in an all Roja hair match seems a definite possibility.

Mystique made an impression on Dalys, or at least on her right eye socket.

On Facebook, Lady Maravilla announced she was leaving CMLL and going independent. (Her statement is set to friend only but has been reposted plenty elsewhere; here’s the copy on her fan club’s page.) Maravilla never mentions AAA by name, but alludes to working for other promotions for dates only, not signing a full time contract.

Lady Maravilla’s name appeared on the Verano de Escandalo lineup on May 12th. Maravilla sent word to friends that it wasn’t true. (That fanclub went strongly with the idea that listing was false and now is just going with this story.) She then worked her already announced matches in Coliseo & Puebla and hasn’t been on a CMLL card since. I’d guess there was some other CMLL show we didn’t hear about that she was waiting to work before announcing this move. CMLL hasn’t acknowledged her leaving like they did with Zeuxis.

Lady Maravilla was in CMLL only ten months, which is maybe a reason they’re not making as much deal with it. She debuted last year in the Copa Natalia Vazquez. Her spot was said to be based in part on a Lucha Memes recommendation, and believed to be first offered to Keyra. She passed on to stay indie, and that seems like the right decision. Maravilla’s best match was her only singles match in that time, a lightning match with Zeuxis. Maravilla was getting about one CMLL booking a week, never a feud, and didn’t seem likely to get anything to do for a while. Like Zeuxis, Maravilla seemed like someone CMLL should be treating as a star in this moment, but would’ve instead had to wait years for the older women to finally decide to leave to get that chance. This is the third departure this year in CMLL’s women division for similar reasons- Silueta seems to have quietly left CMLL with her career also going nowhere. I’d suspect CMLL will not be particularly alarmed, seeing these women as replacement roster filler which can easily be replaced by trainee graduation (Mystique & Guerrera) or bringing back people (Lluvia). The CMLL matches aren’t going to be much good, though.

Women’s matches elsewhere could be good. Keyra, Zeuxis and Maravilla are about three of the four best women’s wrestlers in Mexico right now. (I’d put Faby on the list too.) Keyra & Maravilla are already a team, just find Zeuxis a partner and there’s a match they can take to every indie.

El Grafico has an interview with La Guerrera & Mystique (still with the Mistik spelling.) They’re billed as Arturo Beristain students and say Ultimo Guerrero congratulated them after their first match.

Segunda Caida puts the Gauntlet match from Ultima Lucha 3 on the 2016 MOTYC list. That match was better in person that it came off on TV.

Lost in Lucha watches Texano Jr. vs Ultimo Guerrero from 2009.

CMLL Puebla: 2018-05-21

a classic

Recapped: 05/25/2018

Matches: 

Astro, Asturiano, Black Tiger beat King Roker, Policeman, Sombra Diabólika
(15:31 [6:50, 4:29, 4:12], 2/3, ok, via: 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Arkalis, Magia Blanca, Rey Samuray beat Fuerza Chicana, Rey Apocalipsis, Sangre Azteca
(22:03 [12:55, 3:29, 5:39], 2/3, n/r, via: 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Blue Panther Jr., Fuego, The Panther beat El Malayo, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado
(13:28 [5:18, 4:24, 3:46], 1/3, ok, via: 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto beat Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
(11:22 [4:55, 1:52, 4:35], 1/3 DQ, ok, via: VideosOficialesCMLL)

Kráneo, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero beat La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible
(11:52 [2:00, 2:54, 6:58], 2/3 DQ, ok, via: VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

introducing King Rocker

Terrible fouled Último Guerrero for the DQ in the main event, setting up a trios match next week.

Third fall of the semimain is really longer than listed up there. The two teams brawl on the ramp between falls, so the edecan doesn’t walk out past the entrance with the ring fall, so the ring announcer doesn’t think to blow the whistle to start the fall. Mephisto pulled off Sanson’s mask for the DQ, then the two teams set up a rematch for next week.

Thoughts:

a Policeman GIF

The main event had a lot of Los Ingobernables fooling around in usual fashion. Terrible/Ultimo Guerrero doesn’t seem to fit the flow of the match early on. They’re just randomly paired up with the attention on Kraneo & Rush in the first couple of falls. You can spot if you’re looking for it in reverse, seeing Terrible duck out on Último Guerrero early in the third fall in the fashion people do when they’re setting up a match. It’s just confusing the first time thru.

The semimain was a generic feeling match, strangely so for both teams getting a rare rudo opponent. It felt like the first part of a feud in effort if not in build. The NGD were slightly better. Going for and missing the triple swandive headbutt against the Hijos del Infierno is deep cut luchadork stuff.

closer

I rated the third match OK, but it was borderline below average considering the people involved. The rudos were really not feeling like doing all that much, and this felt like everyone’s B or C match. The rudos losing both falls due to not paying attention was perfectly lazy. Malayo is fine, but the reasons he’s being featured more aren’t obvious.

King Roker – which he seems to want to spell King Rocker, and CMLL might catch up to at some point – seems to move well and takes good bumps. He’s Rey Samurai’s older brother, and hopefully we get to see what they can do together. The opener was better than usual for the first two falls and then seemed to fall into the usual meandering ways.

1970s Coahuila/Durango lineups added to the luchadb

I added 1970s lucha libre lineups, mostly from the cities Torreon and Gomez Palacio to the luchadb database a few days ago. This covers every year from 1970 to 1979. They’re integrated the different pages of this site, and they’re also just available here. This is a slow continuing project to mine the El Siglo de Torreon archive for lucha lineups and results.

Events per year:

year events
1970 0
1971 22
1972 1
1973 11
1974 27
1975 52
1976 54
1977 46
1978 58
1979 50

That’s an inflated number. El Siglo de Torreon does not carry articles or ads for lucha libre events between 1970 and August 1974, with the exception of one show in 1973. All the events from that period are from posters I’ve previously stumbled upon on Facebook pages. There are shows still happening during that period, they just only get written about when there’s something like a fight between a wrestler and a fan. Even when they are mentioned later in the year, it’s only Plaza de Toros and short run Auditoro shows which take out ads. The only Gomez Palacio wrestling shows are two special event type shows (which I didn’t notice until writing these up.) Arena Olimpico Laguna is running, as are other smaller arenas, but go unmentioned until the 80s. The silver lining is it’s about as quick to get thru this whole decade as it is a year in the 1990s because the shows are so few.

There are less pages in the papers, and very few of them are ever spend on lucha libre. There’s a long interview with Cavernario Galindo, who talks about his career. At that time, April 1975, he’d invested 250,000 pesos and sold his car in a Bobby Bonales led project to build a lucha libre/boxing arena in Ciudad Netzahualcoyotl. Arena Neza opened two years later in that neighborhood, so I’d assume that was the plan. Galindo’s plan was to wrestle on the first show in the arena (which he believed would open in May of 1976) and then retire for good. He’d end up wrestling occasionally until 1992.

It’s not really an article, but a 1976 local show ends up aired on TV a few days later. At other times, it seems like this area may be getting Arena Coliseo Guadalajara’s lucha libre. That aired for decades, though there a few signs of it today.

That’s really it. Maybe I’ll do 60s too before going back to those magazines. Edit: I kinda am.