CMLL Puebla: 2016-04-11 

Shockcercito lived
Shockcercito lived

Recapped: 04/11/2016

What happened: The main event trios title match didn’t happen. The match happened, it wasn’t a title match, and Sky Team won anyway. Rush & Ultimo Guerrero feuded in the main event.

What was good: The main event was good, though not the blow away match it seemed like it would be on paper. I liked the minis match and the incredible trios match was not bad, but most everything on this show underdelivered and it’s not something that felt like a good use of a couple hours.

Where can I watch it: It’s on CMLL’s YouTube channel. It’ll air on 52MX on April 23rd. (more…)

Ultimo Guerrero vs Hechicero in Lucha Memes, Sky Team vs Revolucionarios tonight

photo by Black Terry Jr.
photo by Black Terry Jr.

Lucha Memes (SUN) 04/10/2016 Arena Jardines, Ecatepec, Estado de México [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), Estrellas del Ring]
1) Hantar & Íkaro b Electroser & Troyano
Gym Falcon vs Gym Contreras
2) Freelance, Pantera, Sádico b Arez, Belial, Impulso Arez, Impulso y Belial vs Freelance, Sadico y El Pantera | Memes | 10/04/16 (posted by tvluchadelpasado)
Sadico replaced Mike Segura. Money thrown in. Impulso and Freelance challenged for a hair match.
3) Supermega DQ Black Terry
Super Mega fouled Terry, Terry fouled Mega, ref only saw the second.
4) Keira DCOR Toxin Toxin Boy vs Keira | Memes | 10/04/16 (posted by tvluchadelpasado)
They battled outside to a draw.
5) Aramis b Iron Kid, Alas de Acero Alas de Acero vs Aramis vs Iron Kid | Memes | 10/04/16 (posted by tvluchadelpasado)
Aramis defeated Iron Kid. Alas de Acero was injured after a tornillo to the floor which flew past the other two.
6) Último Guerrero b Hechicero Ultimo Guerrero vs Hechicero | Memes | 10/04/16 (posted by tvluchadelpasado)
Guerrero won with via Pulpo Guerrero in a great match. Money thrown in.

Alas de Acero was doing better backstage. Main event and second match sound like the high matches. Lucha Memes says we have Black Terry Jr. to thank for the main event idea.

IWRG (SUN) 04/10/2016 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV]
1) Kanon & Zatura b Picudo Jr. & Violencia Jr.
straight falls
2) Fireman & Galaxy b Fly Star & Keshin Black
Galaxy replaced Aramis and Keshin Black replaced Toxin Boy (double booked). This was Keshin’s first match on a normal IWRG show since 2011 (though he’s been on some trainee shows of late.)
3) Leo, Mike, Rafy DQ Bombero Infernal, Demonio Infernal, Muerte Infernal
rudos pulled Rafy’s mask for the DQ.
4) Factor, Rayan, Spector b Diva Salvaje, Miss Gaviota, Pasion Kristal
5) Danny Casas, Súper Nova, Veneno b Golden Magic, Mr. Águila, Negro Navarro
Golden Magic is indeed now a rudo, with an evil mask.
6) Diablo Jr., El Hijo del Diablo, Imposible © b Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro [EdM Trios]
Third fall went to a double pin (or maybe double submission). This week (and not last week), the commission allowed one more fall. Mariachis Locos took it for the win. First defense, rematch against ex-champions.

Sometimes I’m slow, but it finally dawned on me that IWRG turned Golden Magic because the fans are still booing him over the Castillo del Terror finish. It’s so weird that he’s turning rudo just as he starts as a tecnico in CMLL, but it’s an a great example of how insular the different lucha libre fanbases can be in Mexico. The fans of indie groups (and IWRG) don’t seem really affected much by what happens in CMLL, and those people don’t seem to be affected much by what’s happening in AAA, and so on with WWE.

 

Tonight’s Puebla show has the trios titles on the line in the main event, as the Sky Team (Mistico, Valiente and Volador) defend against the Revolucionarios (Dragon Rojo, Polvora and Rey Escorpion.) The rudo challengers have had great matches against tecnico high flying teams, and these tecnicos are going to fly. This will be a match worth going out of your way to see, even if a title change seems unlikely.

The semimain on the show is a relevos incredibles, which puts Terrible with Mascara & Rush against Atlantis, Maximo and Ultimo Guerrero. Terrible would be a better new Ingobernables than Pierroth, but a loaf of white bread would be a better Ingobernable than Pierroth. Super Porky is listed in the tercera and it’ll be news if he’s there; he hasn’t been lately. The second match is a minis match with favorites Stukita, Asturiano and Espiritu Maligno in action. It’s got a good chance of being the second best match of the night. The opener has locals Black Tiger, Zaeta Roja, El Malayo and Policeman.

People corrected me in the comments, but I want to make sure to repeat it here: Maximo’s not in Liga Elite. He was definitely in the group of names thrown out for the tournament, but so were Zumbio and Marco and neither of them are actually in it. The full field is Mascara Dorada, Xtreme Tiger, Rush, Bobby Lashley, Atlantis, La Mascara, Volador Jr., Caristico, LA Park, Cibernetico, Ultimo Guerrero and Negro Casas. Ultimo Guerrero is the one I keep missing, and Negro Casas is the one who’s missing from the tournament. Those two should have a match Wednesday if they’re following a normal schedule, but it’s Ultimo Guerrero against Xtreme Tiger instead.

On today’s Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer gave an explanation for the Rey Mysterio/AAA situation. He said Rey stopped working for AAA when there were two dates left to fulfill on his contract, because AAA was behind on pay. AAA has caught up on pay, so Rey is going to honor those final two dates (and seemed doubtful if there’d be more than that.) He speculated those last two appearances would be Verano de Escandalo and TripleMania.

On his podcast, MVP repeatedly says he was let go for revealing “specific character information” about Lucha Underground. He says all the executive producers were great to him, and it’s a parent company who had him let go.  (Mark Burnett’s company? El Rey? There’s a bunch of companies who could fit, given the shared ownership. AAA’s has let things go on that specific podcast network without firing people in the past so I think I’d rule them out.)

If you live in Mexico, Victoria is holding a contest for a trip to Los Angeles and Lucha Underground tickets. Based on the contact dates, this (like the Time Warner deal) is also for Ultima Lucha.

DTU announced KeMonito & Perico Zacarias would be in for the 05/01 show in Tulancingo, a Kid’s Day weekend show at 1pm. It reads like they’ll be on opposite sides of a trios instead of the same team. That weekend is going to to be among the highest volume of shows all year.

RIOT says they’ll be running 04/30.

Cien Caras was honored in Lagos de Moreno.

Segunda Caida reviews La Sombra versus Averno from the Universal final.

Super Libre had lots of guests, include Sangre Fira Jr., Dorado Jr., Hipnosis and Girfo.

AyTV continues it’s CMLL video interview series with Virus. There is a playlist of all 11 they’ve done so far.

UnoTV has a video story on Miss Gaviota, who works as a hair stylist when not in the ring.

Lineups

IWRG (WED) 04/13/2016 Arena Naucalpan
1) Black Dragón & Guerrero 2000 vs Galaxy & Matrix Jr.
2) Adrenalina & Freyser vs Picudo Jr. & Violencia Jr.
3) Dinamic Black, Hijo del Alebrije, Zatura vs Factor, Rayan, Spector
4) Hijo del Pantera, Pantera I, Pantera II vs Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro
5) Negro Navarro, Trauma I, Trauma II © vs Apolo Estrada, Canis Lupus, Eterno [IWRG IC TRIOS]
Third defense.

Main event follows up from the bloody match between the Traumas & Canis & Eterno last Wednesday (which did air this weekend and will be up tomorrow.) Panteras versus Terrible Cerberos also might be a title match.

AAA on Televisa: 2016-04-09  (Rey de Reyes Part 2)

this show in one GIF
this show in one GIF

Recapped: 04/10/2016

What happened: Xinetez are the trios champions. Dr. Wagner defeated Psycho Clown (via foul, but made sure to get in a Wagner Driver after that.) Pentagon won the Rey de Reyes in the least convincing manner possible, then the Perros del Mal were attacked by La Familia de Tijuana & Pagano.

What was good: The trios match was good I guess, but a show where Fenix and Psycho Clown lose and Pentagon Jr. is made to look like a joke is a pretty dispiriting way to spend 80 minutes. Maybe take a long walk instead of watching.

Where can I watch it: It’s on AAA’s channel and will be on mine soon enough. If you are going to watch it, I’d recommend checking out the +LuchaTV clips of the main event, because it looks like they edited out a chunk of high spots from Psycho/Wagner.

Fantasma’s in the open, but so is Goya Kong so I guess that doesn’t mean much. The bit where they try to find former Rey de Reyes to sell the history of this is nice.

Hype for Brian Cage returning airs during the show. (more…)

Octagon steals Octagon Jr.’s mask, DTU & CMLL results

Bugambilia/photo by CMLL
Bugambilia/photo by CMLL

CMLL (SAT) 04/09/2016 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Camorra b Bengala
2) Flyer DQ Inquisidor
Flyer won quickly by DQ when his mask came off as Inquisidor escaped the corner (and Terror Chino made a bad call.)
3) Arkángel de la Muerte b Sensei
Sensei, who’s been out since 02/13 (when he suffered a knee injury in this building), replaced Star Junior. He got submitted to an armbar.
4) Nitro b Starman
Nitro used his piledriver again.
5) Puma b Hombre Bala Jr.
Puma won via powerbomb. Said to be very good.
6) Bobby Z & Vangellys b Guerrero Maya Jr. & The Panther
No title challenge made.
7) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Luciferno b Atlantis, Máximo Sexy, Valiente
Title challenge made – Euforia beat Maximo to set up the third Heavyweight title match between them. Luciferno replaced Niebla Roja.

Terror Chino was referee for matches 2 & 4, strictly applying the rules on Flyer’s mask falling off but loosely applying them on Nitro’s piledriver. Even by a non-kayfabe sense, CMLL lets Nitro’s piledriver go because that’s the finish, and they know the mask falling off is not the finish of the second match but won’t let it go. It’s terrible and no one in CMLL who can put a stop to it cares enough to put a stop to it.

indy (SAT) 04/09/2016 Gimansio Hercules, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal [Estrellas del Ring]
1) Red Abadón & Thunder Storm b Divino Boy & Star Warrior
Star Warrior was scheduled to appear on the DTU, somehow ended up here instead (or it might be a different Star Warrior?)
2) Látigo b Kilvan
good match, money thrown in
3) Casandra & Reina Dorada b Felina Metálica & Mystique
Felina & Mystique beat Reina, but Casandra (HUMO champ) defeated them both to win
4) Demus 3:16 & Wasson DCOR Akuma & Yoruba [Relevos Increíbles]
predictable, the partners could not get along and everyone fought outside for the draw.
5) Rey Hechicero b Dr. Cerebro
said to be a great match

This seems like it has a good chance of turning up on handhelds and I hope it does givein the two hyped matches.

DTU (SAT) 04/09/2016 Autolavado VM, Tulancingo, Hidalgo [+LuchaTV, DTU]
1) Radical b Chalapa Boy, Licántropo, Krónico
2) Masizito & Porrito b Erwing & Irwing
Money thrown in. For winning, Porrito and Masizito get a special match on the next show – against KeMonito and Zacarias!
3) Hormiga b Fandango, Exotico, Gran Cobra
Fandango’s DTU debut. He was supposed to be in an earlier match on the show, but replaced Star Warrior (who was also supposed to be debuting.)
4) Jimmy b Rocky Lobo, Lanzeloth, Johnny Idol
Jimmy pulled the upset in a good match. Rocky Lobo gave him credit for the win.
5) Drastik Boy & Pesadilla b Fujin & Raijin
Mexicans even the results from the previous show. Drastic challenged Raijin to a singles match.
6) Ángel o Demonio b Paranoiko, Drako
DTU has Angel de Oro winning, while +LuchaTV has Angel & Paranoiko drawing.
7) Ovett & Sharlie Rockstar b Cíclope & Miedo Extremo
Ovett still wants a title match with Ciclope. Ciclope accepted for the next show in Pachuca.

I usually like to wait to see if more detailed recaps of DTU shows turn up, but I have news that Zacarias & Monito are fighting some DTU Kids and that really can’t wait. Also I guess Drastick Boy vs Raijin should be good too.

Who gets their owed title shot first, Bobby Z or Miedo Extremo? (Who’s missing title shot gets even acknowledged first?) I don’t want to be too hard on DTU, because not everyone else would’ve given Jimmy a big win to at least put him in the midcard mix.

CMLL (SUN) 04/10/2016 Arena México [CMLL, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Mercurio & Pierrothito b Shockercito & Stukita
2) Bugambilia, Cancerbero, Raziel b Oro Jr., Pegasso, Soberano Jr.
exotico Bugamabilia’s debut, though he doesn’t appear to be involved in any of the finishes. Rudos took 2/3.
3) Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado b Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther
Rudos took 1/3. Pierroth continues to be regular Boricua when he’s not with the Ingobernables (days which don’t start with “F”)
4) Dragón Lee, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa DQ Cavernario, Ephesto, Luciferno
Cavernario fouled Rey Cometa
5) Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Volador Jr. b Kráneo, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
Tecnicos took 2/3.

Don’t you dare set up a Cometa/Cavernario singles match on the day you don’t air, CMLL! That wouldn’t be cool.

Octagon Jr. had an autograph signing at CaraLucha restaurant today. He was there when Octagon confronted him, lecturing the ex-Flamita for using the Octagon mask. Octagon Jr., who was polite at all times, explained he was wearing because that’s his job, and Octagon pulled the mask off Octagon Jr.’s face. Octagon Jr. covered his face and left. Octagon had people filming this on phones and cameras; this was a designed publicity stunt on his part. Octagon boasted about what he had done before his video ends. The video and the story have gone viral, with it making it as far ESPN’s Mexico section. This is not a storyline, though Octagon’s is clearly in wrestling promo mode the entire time.

CaraLucha says Octagon brought bodyguard with guns to the restaurant. Octagon denied the guns, but nothing anything else. It’s obvious from the video that there’s no less than four different security people accompanying Octagon. Some get between the CaraLucha staff and Octagon immediately, and at least one on camera appears to be signaling to everyone else that he has a gun in his pocket.

This was not a brave act by a man standing up for his self identity, but a cowardly act by a man so afraid of losing a legal battle that he’s desperate to win it in the court of public opinion. And it’s seems to have backfired. Octagon had a lot of sympathy for his plight, and blew it all with this. Pulling the mask off someone in a threatening situation only accomplished to turn the people against him. There a few Octagon diehards, and people who feel they’ve been wronged by AAA, who expressed their support for Octagon, but the majority of other luchadors have condemned Octagon for his actions. Octagon’s been ripped on his own social media pages and people are supporting Flamita. People don’t see a man defending his name, but simply a bully. It doesn’t feel like there’s any point in yelling at Octagon over this, because he’s so caught up in his own bluster that he’s lost any grip on reality or decency (and will obviously still claim he has the right to the name whatever the court case decides), but I think the worst punishment he can have is be shunned by his fellow luchadors and that appears to be what’s happening at the moment.

The Roldans has sent out messages of support to Flamita while condemning Octagon. That’s nice and good. That doesn’t absolve them of their responsibility for this mess. There’s not a single thing “Octagon Jr.” has done that could’ve been done by Flamita. I’m sure there’s a peso more he’s made as Octagon Jr. that he would’ve made as Flamita, or Fireball, or whatever. Call him whatever you want, he’s one of the most talented luchadors on the planet, AAA should be honored to have him work for them, and they’re making him carry an enormous burden for mostly their own benefit. If you’re going to put this man on the firing line, apparently quite literally, you have to better plans for him than opening match mixed tags and completely pointless trios matches. He deserves much better for dealing with this nonsense, and he can find better work in pretty much any promotion in the world if the best you’ve got for him is trademark defense. If Octagon Jr. is only a thing to maintain some right to the name, give it to some super anonymous rookie and have him appear as often as Atomic Boy does (or Alebrije does) and keep the heat off the luchador. If Octagon Jr. is supposed to be a big deal worthy of all this blowback, treat him like a big deal. There’s no in-between on this one, I don’t understand the point of all of this if you’re doing it in-between.

In a video posted on Twitter, LA Park said he’s honoring his agreements to work both the AAA date in Nuevo Laredo on Monday he had agreed to and the Elite show on Wednesday. This would also seem to be up to the promoters; Wednesday’s no problem, but Monday might be iffy.

04/24 Lucha Memes in Coliseo Coacalco
1: Keira vs Princesa Sugehit
2: Alas de Acero, Iron Kid & Aramis vs Fujin, Raijin, Okumura – new match
The hidden joke here is the Mexican team are Los Kamikazes del Aire, and CMLL announcers occasionally refer to the Japanese guys as Kamikazes.

Hopefully Alas de Acero can make the match. You may not want to watch the video, but he completely flew past his partners on a tornillo dive on tonight’s Lucha Memes show, landing badly on a cement floor. The end of the video shows a significant wound on his forehead, and he’s lucky if that’s all that happened.

Over in Germany, Black Fire defeated the Rotation to win a shot at the DTU Alto Impacto championship, still held by Kim Ray. Black Fire’s stint in Europe must be wrapping up soon, and he might not get another shot to bring it back to Mexico.

RobViper has a music video of 09/16/15 CMLL.

Lineups

CMLL (SUN) 04/17/2016 Arena México
1) Metatrón & Templario vs Akuma & Espíritu Negro
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Magia Blanca, Súper Halcón Jr. vs Fujin, Okumura, Raijin
3) Blue Panther Jr., The Panther, Tritón vs Felino, Luciferno, Tiger
4) Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Cavernario, Niebla Roja, Pierroth
5) Dragón Lee, Máscara Dorada, Volador Jr. vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Mr. Niebla

They’re doing the Cometa/Cavernario match off TV! That’s not cool!

There are a few Templario’s in Mexico, but this debuting one is probably the one who’s been seen on Cara Lucha shows. This would be the eighth new person who’s debuted in CMLL proper since the end of December, not counting Golden Magic, Fujin and Raijin. I probably need to pay closer attention to see who’s being dropped.

CMLL (SUN) 04/17/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Avispón Negro & Micro vs Diplomático & Guerrero de la Muerte
2) Fugaz & Javier Cruz Jr. vs Destello & Mr. Apolo
3) Cosmos, El Alteño, El Yaqui vs Carlo Roggi, Relámpago, Thunder Boy
4) Sádico © vs Mágico [OCCIDENTE WELTER]
second defense
5) El Divino, Nautilius, Omar Brunetti vs Joker, Maléfico, Ráfaga

Magico, at least under that name, debuted in January and is getting his first ever title shot after four months and twelve matches, in a building that doesn’t do many local title matches.

Fugaz debuted tonight (or was supposed to), and Avispon Negro simply lost his “Jr.” after one week, so the only real new name is Destello. He’s been around smaller Jalisco indies, not always near Guadalajara, for a little while.

indy (SUN) 04/17/2016 Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) ? vs ??
2) ? vs ??
3) Carisma vs Lady Chicana, Baby Puma
4) ?, Mr. Nice, Obsesión vs ??, Galactar, Monje Negro Jr.
5) Hator, Máscara Año 2000, Universo 2000 vs Perseus, Rayman, Sangre Chicana
6) Rayo de Jalisco Jr. © vs Cien Caras [WWA HEAVY]
no title is actually listed, but Jalisco hold the WWA title at last check

This show is going up against a Satanico & Panthro vs El Dandy & Caifan main event across town. You must be very old to main event in Monterrey. The poster is very unclear as to what’s going in the semimain, but it’s probably nothing good. It’d be nice to see Rayman on TV, if only he had a decent match.

CMLL Puebla: 2016-04-04 

leaping tope con giro
leaping tope con giro

Recapped: 04/09/2016

What happened: Rey Escoprion fouled Mistico again, which somehow gets him a title match. And that’s it.

What was good: Just that main event.

Where can I watch it: It’s on CMLL’s YouTube channel and matches from the show will air on 52MX on 04/16

Match 1: Meyer & Zaeta Roja vs Ares & Guerrero Espacial
Arena Puebla, 04/04/2016
Video: 
VideosOficialesCMLL

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04/08 AAA TV Results (DF) – Juan de la Barrera

AAA

AAA TV (FRI) 04/08/2016 Gimnasio Olímpico Juan de la Barrera, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal [AAA, R de Rudo]
1) Atomic Boy, Ludxor, Niño Hamburguesa, Venum b El Apache, Mamba, Soul Rocker, Súper Fly
Atomic Boy’s first TV appearance since July 2013 (at least partly due to injury.) Hamburguesa splash on Soul Rocker for the win.
2) Faby Apache, Maravilla, Mary Apache b La Hiedra, Lady Shani, Taya
Faby tried to persuade Mary that her best times were on the tecnica side teaming with her sister. Mary didn’t seem to agree; she beat La Hiedra but refused to celebrate with Faby and Maravilla. The rudas attacked Mary, Faby and Maravilla made the save, and Mary finally made peace with them.
3) Averno, Chessman, Ricky Marvin b Bengala, Drago, El Elegido
Ricky Marvin defeated (the new) Bengala via German suplex
4) Argenis, Australian Suicide, Jack Evans b Daga, Joe Lider, Pentagón Jr.
Angelico returned, helping Jack pin Pentagon Jr. The Perros del Mal regrouped after the match, but were then destroyed by Pagano, Damian and Halloween. The group is going by La Nueva Familia Fronteriza, and Pagano’s tag line is “you can’t have a party without a clown.”
5) Garza Jr., La Parka, Octagón Jr. b Brian Cage, El Mesías, Texano Jr.
Brian Cage was announced for this card on 04/04 and became the mystery person in this match. Texano came out at the start of the show. Mesias confronted him, and wanted Texano to join him in his new found admiration of Donald Trump. Brian Cage joined the segment and allied with Mesias, but Texano didn’t want much to do with him. The issues led to the rudos losing, Texano being beat by Parka. Cage & Mesias destroyed Texano post match, dropping him with a martinete.
6) Psycho Clown © b Dr. Wagner Jr. [AAA LA]
First defense. Mascarita Sagrada and Villano IV, who were the seconds at Rey de Reyes, were the seconds again. Hijo del Tirantes helped Dr. Wagner Jr. thru the match, was knocked out later, Psycho pulled Wagner’s mask, and Piero ran into make the count.

Air Date: 04/16 & 04/23

The standout bit from these shows is the winners from Rey de Reyes both losing. Texano took the loss to La Parka (off all people) and got destroyed by Mesias & Cage. Pentagon took the loss to Jack Evans and was beat up by La Familia (for the second show in a row.) It’s not for nothing – Texano vs Cage (and maybe Mesias) and Perros for La Familia appear to be the big matches for Verano de Escandalo – but it’s a tough way to build new stars. It’s also not so different than what was done in the prior booking regime, where the philosophy seemed to be keeping the rudos as strong as possible in hopes of making it a big deal when the tecnicos finally won. The reaction to Psycho Clown winning in the main event would be a good barometer to how well that’s working now, and I’m not sure how they reacted.

Another thing back: Rey Mysterio. He was announced as returning soon, no date given. My uninformed guess is he’s back at Verano de Escandalo to set up a big match for TripleMania. The substory is AAA, said to be cash strapped recently, suddenly does have money to bring in Mysterio and Cage. Not really clear what changed.

Also maybe coming back soon: Hijo del Fantasma, who was writing himself into the Texano vs Mesias/Cage feud on Twitter last night, saying he’d be back in a few weeks. (With Leon announced, the first show where we might see him is Xalapa on the 29th.) Fantasma was understood to be trying to leave both LU & AAA for WWE, but unable to do so because he signed a 7 season deal with LU. Something obviously changed and it looks like he’s sticking around.

The new Bengala appears to be a shorter than Drago in the photos, which makes him pretty short. No shoulder tattoo. We’ll have a better idea of who he is when it airs in a few weeks. AAA is a little short on people – that’s probably part of the reason Atomic Boy is back around – so it might be someone working double duty. Losing in his first match also might mean it’s a one off Bengala appearance, or someone not expected to be around much.

Next taping is a week from Monday in Leon.

La Mascara new champion, Marco beats up Rush, MVP out from LU

Dragon Lee & Mascara Dorada trying to out due each other is dangerous
Dragon Lee & Mascara Dorada trying to out due each other is dangerous

CMLL (FRI) 04/08/2016 Arena México [CMLL, KronoSport, Notimex, R de Rudo, thecubsfan, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Magnus & Robin b Akuma & Espíritu Negro
11:36. Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Dalys, Reyna Isis, Zeuxis b Lluvia, Marcela, Skadi
14:54. Rudas took 2/3.
3) Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla b Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr., Titán
16:01. Rudos took 1/3.
4) La Máscara b Ángel de Oro © [CMLL LH]
19:34. Seconds were Dragon Lee and Rush, who got involved. Angel de Oro had the win, but Rush distracted the referee. Oro argued, and Mascara attacked him from behind to set up the win. Dragon Lee argued with La Mascara after the win, Mascara kicked Lee, and Rush kept his brother and his best friend separated. Angel de Oro falls on his 6th defense, first since August. Mascara is the 15th champion, his first singles championship since losing the NWA Middleweight Championship in 2012.
5) Dragón Lee, Máscara Dorada, Mistico b Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
11:32. Tecnicos took 1/3.
6) Marco Corleone DQ Rush
7:23. Straight falls, the last when Rush tried to foul Marco, and Marco fouled him instead. Marco also punched out referee Edgar and attacked Rush when Rush refused his hair match challenge.

This was a good show, every match had some value to it. The title match was the weakest ones for all the reasons figured going into it, but at least we got the Dragon Lee/La Mascara tease out of it (and probably not a coincidence they’re partners in the tournament.) Marco versus Rush was pushed hard enough that it’s actually believable they might have that hair match – they’ve been starting them so quick that it’s not totally out of the question it could happen at one of the big shows at the end of the month. Still seems unlikely, but we’ll have a better idea after they team up next week.

Arena Coliseo tonight has Maximo, Atlantis and Valiente facing Euforia, Gran Guerrero and Niebla Roja. The semifinal has the Bobby Z & Vangellys against The Panther & Guerrero Maya Jr., the current building tag champs. There’s always the possibility of a title program when the champs team up in Arena Coliseo.

DTU is in Tulancingo with a Ovett & Sharlie Rockstar vs Ciclope & Miedo Extremo match. Of interest, Fujin & Raijin make another appearance with the Crazy Boy led promotion, facing Pesdailla & Drastick Boy in a rematch from their previous DTU appearance in March.

Gym Hercules also has a notable show, which seems to be a follow up to the Amor Apache show from a couple months ago. The main event is Dr. Cerebro versus Hechicero. Hechicero says he loves singles matches, feeling you’re tested to the maximum of your ability. Semimain is Demus & Wasson vs Akuma & Yoruba in an incredible pairs match.

MVP says he was fired from Lucha Underground. He had been around as an agent in the March tapings and was expected to do the same for the rest of the season. He was let go for doing a podcast with some of the wrestlers backstage, breaking an non-disclosure agreement. The podcast, for MLW and which is no longer up on their website, included a conversation with Catrina. She was excited about some developments for her character in Season 3. They did talk about some character information, and Dave Meltzer says that’s what got MVP fired. MVP’s very complimentary towards Lucha Underground in his firing and hopes he can work with them again in the future.

Ivelisse says her foot injury – suffered on a recent Lucha Underground show – is worse than the last one, but she’s learned to not to work thru it this time and so it should heal better and quicker. She’s not 100% sure when she’ll be back.

Wrestling Observer has a spoiler about three woman who are debuting at Lucha Underground. IIRC, these women were also on the same Stardom USA shows Kobra Moon was recruited from.

Lucha Underground also seems to have a new deli-style line policy: you show up, you get a number, and you can leave for a while. I guess this could be a one day thing – the shows are starting a couple hours later (probably because they’re waiting for the AAA guys to get in from Mexico City, and they couldn’t have left until this morning) – but people cutting in had been a problem on tapings for a while and something like this would help with that, and maybe also help with letting people know their chances of actually getting in.

This week’s AAA TV episode, with the second half of Rey de Reyes, is up on YouTube already.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update.

Segunda Caida writes about last week’s Lucha Underground episode and reviews the Casandro & Discovery vs X-Fly & Skayde match.

AyTV interviews Esfinge.

El Hijo del Santo answers the “Batman or Superman” question with “El Santo”, becuase “El Santo is real.” OK! (He ends up going with Batman because he’s more like El Santo.)

Lineups

ELITE (WED) 04/13/2016 Arena México
1) Estrellita & La Jarochita vs Dallys la Caribeña & Zeuxis
2) Dinamic Black, Jinzo, Metaleón vs Heddi Karaoui, Okumura, Raijin
3) Ángel de Oro, Golden Magic, Súper Crazy vs Cavernario, Felino, Tiger
4) Extreme Tiger vs Último Guerrero [Liga Elite]
5) Argos & Carístico vs Dragón Lee & Rush
6) LA Park vs Cibernético [Liga Elite]

La Parka & Cibernetico was set up on the last show, but Maximo and Negro Casas should be happening on this show – they’re the only ones who haven’t had a match yet – and they’re both nowhere to be seen. I don’t know what the means. I think I know what Argos in the semimain means: they’re doing an Argos/Dragon Lee feud for some reason. Tercera follows up in the Crazy/Felinos feuds.

CMLL (FRI) 04/15/2016 Arena México
1) Bengala & Sensei vs Cholo & Espanto Jr.
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Stukita vs Demus 3:16, Pequeño Nitro, Pierrothito
3) Fuego, Rey Cometa, Tritón vs Cavernario, Hechicero, Vangellys
4) Mephisto & Mistico vs Marco Corleone & Rush and Mr. Niebla & Volador Jr. and Felino & Súper Crazy and Ángel de Oro & Pólvora and Dragón Rojo Jr. & Euforia and Bobby Z & Máscara Dorada and Blue Panther & Ephesto [natl pi, seeding battle royal]
5) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [natl pi, 8f]
6) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [natl pi, 8f]
7) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [natl pi, 8f]
8) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [natl pi, 8f]
9) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [natl pi, quarterfinal]
10) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [natl pi, quarterfinal]
11) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [natl pi, semifinal]
12) Atlantis, Carístico, Máximo Sexy vs Rey Bucanero, Rey Escorpión, Terrible

The tournament starts! They’re going to have 12 matches on a show! This is not going to end well. Nice to see Stukita anyway.

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-04-08 

triple dive madness
triple dive madness

What happened: Marco fouled Rush and challenged him to a hair match. Rush said no. La Mascara defeated Angel de Oro to win the CMLL Light Heavyweight title, with some help from Rush. Mascara & Dragon Lee had issues after the match.

What was good: Pretty much everything. The third and fifth matches were the best matches of the night.

Where can I watch it: The main event is on Claro’s website. The show will be on my YouTube channel Tuesday.

Match 1: Magnus & Robin vs Akuma & Espíritu Negro
Arena México, 04/08/2016
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AAA on Televisa: 2016-04-02 (Rey de Reyes part 1)

everyone lived
everyone lived

Recapped: 04/02/16

What happened: Texano, as a pseudo-tecnico, won the heavyweight championship. Averno & Chessman retained the tag team championship.

What was good: The TLC match was the best match on the show. The heavyweight match was alright but the context hurt it.

Where can I watch it: It’s on AAA’s channel.

It may be meaningless, but Hijo del Fantasma is still in the open for this show. Upcoming show plugs include Wagner/Psycho for DF.

The show begins with an in-ring tribute to Perro Aguayo, with a giant picture of him, flowers, and the Perros del Mal. (All five, with Kahn Del Mal.) Pentagon dedicates Rey de Reyes to Perro. Everyone gets a chance to talk. Most of the roster comes out the ring, many in Perros tribute shirts come out for a moment of applause. Ayako Hamada appears to be part of the group. Some wrestlers (Mini Psycho Clown) wear normal Perros del Mal shrits during the show, and staff members are wearing a “Staff del Mal” shirt.

Match 1: Faby Apache, Máscarita Sagrada, Octagón Jr., Pimpinela Escarlata vs Mamba, Mini Psycho Clown, Taurus, Taya
Plaza de Toros Monumental El Paseo, San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí, 03/23/2016 
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AAA (Wagner vs Psycho) & CMLL (Rush vs Marco) tonight

IWRG (WED) 04/06/2016 Arena Naucalpan [Estrellas del Ring, The Gladiatores]
1) Black Dragón & Kanon b Galaxy & Magnum 44
2) Bombero Infernal, Demonio Infernal, Muerte Infernal b Fireman, Hijo del Alebrije, Mike
Demonio & Muerte are Bombero’s sons. Mike replaced Zatura.
3) Madison Kid L Dragón Fly, Shadow Boy, Aramis, Adrenalina, Freyser, Atomic Star, Galaxy, Blue Monsther, Toxin Boy, Fly Star, Salachichita, Keiser Drago, Komachi [mask, hair]
torneo FILL, FILL vs Zeus, but it’s the loser who loses hair or mask. Galaxy replaced Rower Boy, Atomic Fly, Marduk & Keshin Black were replaced by Madision Kid (so it was 8 on 6?) Aramis took replacement Madison Kid’s hair.
4) Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro b Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro
First time all the Oficials were here together since the Retro show. They still lost in straight falls. They brawled with the Terribles Cerberos backstage post match.
5) Canis Lupus & Eterno b Trauma I & Trauma II
Bloody match, with Eterno & Canis jumping the Traumas from the moment they walked out and it not letting up. Insoportables want a trios title shot.

Main event pictures look gory. Not sure what happened to the tercera to make it 8 on 6 – they’d usually just take out two people to make it 6v6. Both recaps mention something (small) Salachicita did to (big) Freyser that stretched credibility past it’s breaking point, but I’m not sure what it is. I’ll look for it if it turns up.

There’s head to head big shows in Mexico City tonight. AAA tapes two weeks of TV tonight in Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera starting at around 8:45pm, while CMLL has it’s normal show in Arena Mexico at 8:30pm. AAA’s big match is a Dr. Wagner Jr. versus Psycho Clown rematch from Rey de Reyes, this time for Psycho Clown’s Latin American championship. There’s all the reason for Psycho to win – he’s lost every match between them so far, there’s no telling how long Dr. Wagner is sticking around at any time, and it’s seems more tenuous given LA Park showing up in Elite. On the other hand, Wagner does appear to be under Lucha Underground contract, and Cage is precedent that a guy bound to LU can’t jump to Elite. (On the other other hand, Dr. Wagner seems to play by Dr. Wagner rules sometimes. I don’t think he’s going to Elite, but anything is possible with these guys – even LA Park showing up in AAA tonight anyway wouldn’t surprise me)

The semimain is listed as Garza Jr., La Parka and Octagon Jr. and Mesias, Texano Jr. and a mystery person who’s probably meant to be Cage. That is going to be a strange one, since Mesias is the guy Texano just beat for the heavyweight title and Cage might be his next challenger. Texano set himself up as a patriotic rudo and he’s teaming with two foreigners, so it might not be a good night for him. (An AAA interview with Mesias says he – “unlike Mexicans” – can leave the past in the past and isn’t the slightest big sad about losing the title match.) For what it’s worth, Parka’s been back in the ring this week after whatever happened to him in Texas.

The fourth match is listed as Daga, Joe Lider, and Pentagon Jr. versus Argenis, Australian Suicide, Jack Evans, but the big question is if the Damian, Halloween, Pagano group is going to get involved. (Nicho’s booked in Juarez tonight, for what it’s worth.) The biggest question on the show is the tercera, where Bengala (who was Ricky Marvin) is on one side and Ricky Marvin is on the other. Who’s Bengala now? And are Chessman, Averno and Ricky supposed to be a new faction? Swapping out Cibernetico for Ricky Marvin is an amazing change.

There’s some good undercard matches and this should be a fun show. There is no live stream, but AAA’s social media will have live results and we’ve had good luck finding periscopes and other videos from these shows of late.

AAA also officially announced Pentagon Jr. vs Fenix for the 04/20 Akebono show, which must mean Fenix will be good to make the show. That’s great news.

9 kilometers to the north (which Google Maps claims is a thirty minute drive; nothing in Mexico City is a thirty minute drive), Arena Mexico has the first ever Marco Corleone versus Rush matches. This follows up on Marco leaving the Ingobernables and Rush taking Maximo’s hair, with the idea that maybe Marco vs Rush is next though Rush always says he doesn’t want any more hair wins. Marco notoriously never gets a CMLL singles title match, but has started to get a few more singles matches in the last year, and actually hasn’t lost a singles match since 2014 (and that took the top rope almost killing him.)

The fourth match an Angel de Oro defending the light heavyweight championship against La Mascara. Mascara has stepped up his performances in the last six months or so – he’s not Sombra (who is?), but he’s better than he has been and Angel de Oro isn’t doing much with this championship. It’s really weird this match is happening at all: CMLL’s only recently given into booking Mascara & Rush as rudos (and then only on Fridays) and Angel de Oro never gets three fall singles matches on Fridays. It’s only his second one, following winning the Forajido un Idolo final from 2011. Either this is a title change or CMLL’s really interested in putting a new spotlight on Angel de Oro.

The rest of the show includes the combination of Mascara Dorada, Dragon Lee, and Mistico taking on Gran Guerrero, Ultimo Guerrero, Euforia in the semimain, which should have all the highspots. Peste Negra takes on Stuka, Titan and Rey Cometa in the tercera, Zeuxis (thankfully) returns as part of the women’s match and Magnus & Robin team up once again to take on Espiritu Negro & Akuma in the opener.

The show starts at 8:30pm, and will air on ClaroSports as usual. Eric also has a preview of the show.

Before all that, at 6pm, the second episode of Lucha Azteca 7 will air. The top three matches from the Elite matches should air again: Atlantis vs La Mascara, Caristico vs Volador, and the trios title match with the surprise debut. I suspect that be the order of matches as they air, as they changed them around last week and it makes most dramatic sense this time. Elite has confirmed the surprise debut is the 12th man, and I strongly assume he’ll be facing Cibernetico (and Casas will be taking Maximo) next week. Next Wednesday’s card will also probably be announced tonight.

A live stream of this show was pretty easy to find last week and should remain so. (It’s also was put up on YouTube by myself and others and doesn’t seem to have gotten taken down yet.) I used this link to watch it, but it actually doesn’t seem to be up at this moment. Maybe check back on Twitter near show time.

LuchaWorld interviews CMLL Informa.

Segunda Caida reviews Hiroshi Tanahashi, Terrible, Texano vs Black Warrior, Héctor Garza, La Sombra and more random CMLL

Latin Lover doesn’t want his friend Cepillin to go in the ring, because he may die. Tinieblas (again) explained Cepillin isn’t wrestling, he’s doing a circus/clown show prior to the wrestling. On the other hand, Tinieblas also says FULL will soon be the top wrestling company in Mexico and compete with WWE, so who knows.

AyTV interviews Marcela

Fray Tormenta wrestles tomorrow in Chetumal.

Mil Mascaras is doing an autograph signing in Los Angeles on May 7th.

Lineups

Lucha Memes (SAT) 04/30/2016 Arena Coliseo San Ramón, Puebla, Puebla
1) Demasiado & Keira vs Tonak & Tony
2) Belial vs Pantera I
3) Arez & Impulso vs Freelance & Mike Segura
4) Asturiano vs Black Terry
5) Trauma I & Trauma II vs Mini Multifacético & Prayer

Lucha Memes Kid’s Day show in Puebla. Asturiano vs Black Terry is a cool sounding match I’d never think I’d see.