Volador/Kushida & UG/Elgin now happening, Ares/Jaguar & Mistico/Mephisto happening later

Mini Joker Driver
Mini Joker Driver

CMLL (SUN) 07/03/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Domingos Familiares]

1) Black Sugar b Quca
Sugar took 2/3.
2) Javier Cruz Jr. & Micro b Destello & Destructor
tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Capitán Cobra, Fugaz, Randy b Carlo Roggi, Demonio Rojo, Mr. Apolo
Tecnicos took 2/3.
4) El Divino, Frezzer, Star Black b Gitano, Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno
Tecnicos took 1/3.
5) Esfinge, Mágico, Vaquero Jr. b Furia Roja, Joker, Maléfico
Tecnicos took 1/3.

All tecnico victories.

CMLL (MON) 07/04/2016 Arena Puebla [CMLL, thecubsfan]
1) Astro, Centella Roja, París b Guerrero Espacial, Mini Joker, Saurón LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 4 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
16:05. Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Black Tiger, King Jaguar, Oro Jr. b Ares, Inquisidor, Policeman LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 4 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
12:36. Tecnicos took 2/3. Jaguar & Ares are feuding.
3) Bobby Z, Okumura, Virus b Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 4 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
16:35. Rudos took 1/3. Thunder was honored after the match
4) Kushida, Máscara Dorada, Michael Elgin DQ Felino, Tama Tonga, Tangaroa LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 4 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
12:09. Tecnicos took 1/3. Felino replaced Mr. Niebla. Tama fouled Elgin in the third.
5) Mistico, Negro Casas, Shocker b La Máscara, Mephisto, Sharlie Rockstar [Relevos Increíbles] LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 4 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
10:11. Sharlie first match officially in CMLL since November 2010. Team Mistico took 2/3. Mistico challenged Mephisto to a title match. Mephisto didn’t answer.

Mistico thinks he’s getting the title shot next week; I’d be surprise if they’re not saving it for the 18th. Jaguar & Ares is likely happening on that day.

Tonight’s CMLL Arena Mexico main event is billed as a battle of the heavyweights. It’s Marco, Diamante Azul & Michael Elgin vs Terrible, Shocker, and Kraneo. No word if they’ve re-enforced the ring. Dalys defends her title against Estrellita in the third match, and seems likely to retain it. Of note, Flyer’s listed in Stigma’s place in the second match in the preview. The previews have been fairly unreliable for changes of late, but Stigma did miss his last appearance so maybe there’s an injury there. Despite the title match, this isn’t a very exciting card. It still will air on CMLL.com & YouTube at 7:30pm.

Guadalajara tonight has a Volador/Tama Tonga main event.

CMLL is now renting the Gran Prix on their YouTube channel for $0.99 USD. There’s a promo for the Cometa/Cavernario match, so I suspect it’ll be up for sale eventually too. It’s a nice advance in availability for CMLL, hopefully not a one time thing. (It’s really make sense for the big Saturday/Sunday matches, if they’re truly being taped.) There is a bit of imbalance in the live PPV price – $17+ fees if you didn’t use the discount – and $2 combined for the two matches that actually mattered – but maybe they’ll figure that out over time.

I’m actually not sure if this is the same video that aired or something different (since the trailer is all handheld video from ringside), I may invest a $1 later to figure it out. As I understand it, YouTube rental videos have strange rules – for movies, you have 30 days to start viewing but must finish within 24 hours once your start watching. Not sure if it’s the same here, but I’d advise not buying until you know you want to watch it.

Tania la Guerrillera kept getting involved in matches on the show, including attacking wrestler/CWF rep Yelmo 2000 before the title match. This is setting up a promotion vs promotion match, but I’m not sure what promotion Tania la Guerrillera represents.

Lucha Memes on 07/17 in Coliseo Coacalco
1: Caifan vs Rush
2: Demasiado vs Soberano Jr.
3: Draztick Boy vs Freelance
4: Alas de Acero & Iron Kid vs Dowki & Hanaoka
5: Aramis vs Black Terry

LuchaWorld has this week’s PosterMania & the Lucha Report

Voices of Wrestling has a Ultima Lucha Dos preview.

Box Y Lucha 3240 has Volador & Thunder on the cover.

Luchas 2000 830 has Thunder and Lucha Libre London crew.

El Apache talks about teaching Venum humility, seems to want a match with him for TripleMania.

The El Paso times writes about local luchadora Delilah, who says her goals are NXT and Stardom and wrestled in high school before lucha libre.

6 ABC has a short video on lucha libre masks.

Lineups

IWRG (WED) 07/06/2016 Arena Naucalpan
1) Magic Dragón & Salchichita vs Guerrero 2000 & Osiris
2) Keiser Drago & Omega vs Enigma & Keshin Black
3) Alas de Acero, Aramis, Fireman vs Atomic Star, Demonio Infernal, Skanda
4) Dragón Fly, Emperador Azteca, Zatura vs Diablo Jr., Imposible, Violencia Jr.
5) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Canis Lupus, Eterno, Relámpago

Ninja Turtles versus Insoportables in the main event.

CMLL (FRI) 07/08/2016 Arena México
1) Esfinge, Fuego, Tritón vs Bobby Z, Hechicero, Virus
2) Máscara Dorada, Rey Cometa, Titán vs Cavernario, Dragón Rojo Jr., Rey Escorpión
Titan replaced Maximo in the second lineup.
3) Mistico vs La Máscara [lightning]
4) Mephisto, Shocker, Último Guerrero vs Johnny Idol, Okumura, Sam Adonis
Okumura replaced Kushida.
5) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Máximo vs Michael Elgin, Tama Tonga, Tangaroa
Maximo replaced Volador Jr.
6) Volador Jr. © vs Kushida [NWA WELTER]
Added to the show. Volador’s 10th defense.

Let’s try this again! CMLL posted new lineups Monday afternoon for both weekend Arena Mexico shows. We’re getting the Volador/Kushida match after all, though it’s still a little strange: Volador beat Kushida in the Elite tournament, won the Gran Prix, and he has put up his championship? (Volador has a better chance of winning this way, though.)

The minis match got bumped from the card. It’s a stacked show with those matches as the opener, and it obviously makes sense as the first show for NJPW World to pick up.

CMLL (SUN) 07/10/2016 Arena México
1) Acero & Fantasy vs Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Violencia
2) Flyer, Pegasso, Templario vs Forastero, Maquiavelo, Skándalo
3) Ángel de Oro, Súper Porky, Titán vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
4) Diamante Azul, Kushida, Mistico vs Euforia, Tama Tonga, Tangaroa
Kushida replaced Johnny Idol
5) Último Guerrero vs Michael Elgin
Michael Elgin replaced Kushida.

And here’s the UG/Elgin match, which would be a really great thing to put up on YouTube if you’re CMLL. Elgin’s title isn’t on the line, so UG has a shot.

CMLL Puebla: 2016-07-04

punching is a bad idea
punching is a bad idea

Recapped: 07/04/2016

What happened:  Ares and King Jaguar are suddenly feuding. So are Mephisto and Mistico. In related news, CMLL has a big show in two weeks.

What was good: I liked the opener, the tercera and the semimain as good fun matches, though nothing you needed to see.

Where can I watch it: It’s on CMLL’s YouTube channel now and will air on 52MX in a two weeks (more…)

Mr. Electro/Mascara 2000 Jr., Puebla preview

IWRG (SUN) 07/03/2016 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, The Gladiatores]
1) Atomic Star b Fireman
2) Dragón Fly, Hijo del Alebrije, the Tiger (Tamaulipas) b Diablo Jr., El Hijo del Diablo, Imposible
Arana de Plata replaced once of the Mariachis.
3) Apolo Estrada Jr., Dr. Cerebro, Relámpago b Emperador Azteca, Freelance, Zatura
After the win, Los Insoportables asked Dr. Cerbero wanted to join. He declined.
4) Eterno, Negro Navarro, Toscano b Black Terry, Chicano, Danny Casas
Danny Casas replaced Super Nova. Chicano’s return (first match since May), back to feuding with Eterno.
5) Canis Lupus & Máscara Año 2000 Jr. b Hijo De Dos Caras & Mr. Electro
Mascara was in a neck brace after taking the martinete last week, but wrestled anyway and the neckbrace ended up as a weapon. Bloody match with a fork being used. Mascara used a foul. Mascara wants a hair match with Mr. Electro.

I guess if you’re going to use Mr. Electro, you might as well get a hair match out of him. On the other hand, I’m not all together concerned AYM doesn’t appear to be airing IWRG of late. (Lots of U21 basketball tournaments and MMA in addition to the normal baseball.)

Tonight’s Puebla show has a strange main event. Mistico teams with Negro Casas & Shocker against La Mascara, Mephisto and Sharlie Rockstar. It’s Mistico with five rudos, it’s Sharlie Rockstar’s first match back in CMLL, and it might even be a tag team title match setup. Arena Puebla’s anniversary show is scheduled to be on 07/18, so whatever is happening here is setting up a match on there.

That also might play into the strange segunda, where King Jaguar is suddenly a tecnico, teaming with Black Tiger & Oro Jr. versus Ares, Inquisidor and Jaguar’s good friend Policeman. Jaguar lost his mask at last year’s Arena Puebla anniversary show, and he and Policeman are the guys who could lose their hair in a big match without it disrupting their career.

Semimain is listed as Kushida, Mascara Dorada and Michael Elgin versus Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa and a replacement for Mr. Niebla. That could be rather good depending on who they put in. Tercera – Esfinge, Maya & Cometa against Bobby, Okumura and Virus – should be good as well. Opners local match is Astro, Centella Roja, Paris versus Guerrero Espacial, Mini Joker, and Sauron. This show airs at 9pm CT on CMLL.com & CMLL’s YouTube channel.

Periodico Central writes about Puebla lucha libre, says it’s experiencing a boom. There’s where the Arena Puebla Anniversary date was mentioned.

NJPW announced they would begin Saturday afternoon airings of CMLL on NJPWorld, but they will only be available for Japan viewers. They’re going to start this Friday to test it out and may go weekly from there. This brought a lot of excitement from English speaking people who don’t watch CMLL. It appears to be the exact same stream that’s been available on ClaroSports for the last year, and on Terra prior. The current stream is not region limited in any way, everyone can already watch this show. There’s no mention of the show being broadcast in Japanese, but it’s just a bit easier to find for Japanese fans.

The one advantage is it sounds like NJPW’s doing VOD, which would save myself the pain of trying to figure out how to record the show every week, and it would be a big help on weeks where the feed doesn’t work right for the first hour. It’s specifically a shame the Princesa Sugehit/Zeuxis match isn’t complete and in good quality somewhere. It’ll eventually air on Azteca, but even then it’ll probably be edited down.

CMLL has video ads promoting being able to buy the Grand Prix and Barbaro Cavernario/Rey Cometa, but no word on how that’ll work.

Looks like the next big DTU show is 07/15 in Neza.

Lucha Memes on 07/17 in Coliseo Coacalco
1: Caifan vs Rush
2: Demasiado vs Soberano Jr.
3: Draztick Boy vs Freelance
4: Alas de Acero & Iron Kid vs Dowki & Hanaoka

The Wrap has a photo gallery previewing Ultima Lucha 2. It’s specifically mentioned that we’ll find out more about the limo guy sometime in the next 3 episodes.

SuperLibre had Gallo as a guest.

Fray Tormenta has been accused of sexual abuse by a minor. This is not the first time there’s been this accusation, though the previous one didn’t go anywhere.

Lineup

CMLL (SAT) 07/09/2016 Arena Coliseo
1) Shockercito & Stukita vs Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro
2) Estrellita, Lluvia, Marcela vs Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis
3) Blue Panther Jr., Guerrero Maya Jr., The Panther vs Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Virus
4) Ángel de Oro, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Fujin, Okumura, Raijin
5) Diamante Azul, Máscara Dorada, Volador Jr. vs Sam Adonis, Tama Tonga, Tangaroa

This isn’t Sabado Retros. It’s unclear if they’re taking a week off from the concept since the NJPW guys are still here, or if it’s done completely. They did do a bigger than usual card last time Arena Coliseo missed two extra weeks, but this is presented like a normal card (and with no explanation, of course.) Of note: Tercera has the Coliseo tag champs.

CMLL (SUN) 07/10/2016 Arena México
1) Acero & Fantasy vs Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Violencia
2) Flyer, Pegasso, Templario vs Forastero, Maquiavelo, Skándalo
3) Ángel de Oro, Súper Porky, Titán vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
4) Diamante Azul, Johnny Idol, Mistico vs Euforia, Tama Tonga, Tangaroa
5) Último Guerrero vs Kushida

So much for UG/Elgin. There’s been no build up to this main event, Ultimo Guerrero & Kushida haven’t interacted at all. The Sunday shows are still being listed as “taped for television”, even though I don’t know of an outlet that’s actually airing them. Maybe it’ll turn up on NJPW World.

Templario and Forastero get return appearances out of the newish crew; Forastero appeared in March, Templario in April. Maquiavelo (as in Niccolò Machiavelli, “the ends justify the means” seems to be the guiding principle of the wrestling business most times) makes his debut. I don’t have many matches by him, but that’s surely a name being typed wrong – Maquiabelico, Maquianelico, Maquiavelico show up more in my database. There’s a Tijuana luchador from a few years ago with that name, and more recently one who’s shown up in Toryumon (like Fiero) and FILL torneos (Gym Zeus, Gym Hip Hop Man.) MasLucha has highlights of him here.

CMLL (SUN) 07/10/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Avispón Negro Jr. & Micro vs Destello & Quca
2) El Alteño & Javier Cruz Jr. vs Destructor & Diplomático
3) León Blanco, Randy, Star Black vs Demonio Rojo, Exterminador, Gitano
4) Mágico vs Maléfico
5) Esfinge, Flash II, Metatrón vs El Chakal, Espectrúm, Furia Roja

Magico and Malefico were in the main event last night, so they must’ve started something. Esfinge & Furia Roja resume their issue in the main event.

07/03 AAA TV Results (Ecatepec)

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AAA TV (SUN) 07/03/2016 Centro Civico Nueva Aragon, Ecatepec, Estado de México[+LuchaTV, AAA]
1) Atomic Boy, Gotita de Plata, Lanzeloth, Venum b Herodes Jr., Soul Rocker, Súper Fly, Tigre Cota
Venum beat Soul Rocker. Gran Apache wasn’t in the match, but didn’t let that stop him from continuing to attack Venum for no particular reason.
2) Argenis & Australian Suicide DQ Daga & Joe Lider
Los Fronterizos attacked the Perros, which somehow cost the Perros match by DQ.
3) Fénix b Drago, Aerostar [#1 Contenders, AAA CRUISER]
Moved up to the fourth. Aerostar was barely able to participate, left on a stretcher and apologized for his performance, saying he had an ankle injury. Fenix gets a shot at Fantasma at some point, but got attacked by Zorro after the match.
4) Bestia 666, Damián 666, Nicho el Millionario b Bengala, Garza Jr., La Parka
Dropped to the third match from the 5th. Bestia was the surprise rudo, making his return to the promotion in a win.
5) Brian Cage b Texano Jr., Dr. Wagner Jr.
Moved up to the fifth. Cage beat #1 contender Dr. Wagner and wants a title shot of his own.
6) Pentagón Jr. b Psycho Clown © [AAA LA]
To start the show, Psycho Clown came out to talk about his recent losses and Pentagon hit him with a chair. Pentagon is the new champ, Psycho falls on his second defense after Pagano attacked him and Pentagon used the Penta Driver for the win.

Air Date:  07/09 & 07/16 – give or take a week.

Pretty cool to see Pentagon Jr. win a championship, I have to say, though this one was in service of the Psycho/Pagano feud. This was the seventh non-tag (singles/three way) match Psycho Clown’s had this year. He’s lost five of them, and he’s won the time he won this title (where Wagner unmasked him after the match) and he won the LWC qualifying match. Psycho has to be winning in a big way at TripleMania at this point.

Cage getting into the title picture seems like a good use of him. Nice to see Bestia back, and I’m a little curious about the timing in ways I’m not allowed to see due to NDAs. Fenix winning the title shot was expected, though I don’t know why Zorro is still getting involved in there. I wonder if Aerostar has been dealing with this injury for a while; it’d explain what happened with the match length at the AAW show. I’m begging AAA to do one of those filler interview pieces with Apache to explain what’s supposed to be going on with his feud.

It looks like AAA filled the place. It’s not a big building, but AAA ran a lot around Mexico State this weekend – Arena Neza & Arena Lopez Mateos both got shows – and they still did fine.

AAA’s site is currently down – the domain renewal gets them every couple years – but it should be back soon. Their next show is Friday in Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera.

Ludxor says AAA left him Nuevo Laredo for a month, Sexy Star announces boxing career, Santo Jr. debuts

photo by Alexis Salazar/CMLL
photo by Alexis Salazar/CMLL

CMLL (SUN) 07/03/2016 Arena México [+LuchaTV, CMLL]
1) Flyer & Sensei b Akuma & Inquisidor
2) Fiero, Fujin, Raijin b Marvel, Oro Jr., Soberano Jr.
Debuts for Marvel (the GDL luchador) & Fiero. Rudos took 2/3. Thunder was honored after the match.
3) Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr., Titán b Dragón Rojo Jr., Hechicero, Pólvora
Tecnicos took 1/3. Dragon Rojo & Guerrero Maya are still feuding.
4) Marco Corleone b Euforia
Marco took 2/3. Euforia suffered a hand injury during the match.
5) Diamante Azul, Shocker, Último Guerrero DQ Michael Elgin, Tama Tonga, Tangaroa
Tecnicos took 2/3. Tama fouled and unmasked Diamante Azul.

Guerrero Maya & Dragon Rojo continuing to feud is mildly interesting this time of year. Two apuesta matches seems to be Anniversary standard.

Ludxor took to his Facebook to complain about the way he’s been treated by AAA, and it’s pretty horrible if true. If you watch AAA TV, the last you saw of the red half of the Space Cadets is on the April Mexico City taping, where he was clearly dealing with a bad knee injury and struggled to move during the match. On the following TV, the announcers said Ludxor was out of action due to that injury, but he continued wrestling on spot shows for at least another month, probably all the way to a May 30th show in Nuevo Laredo. Ludxor says he was marooned  in Nuevo Laredo for a month, apparently having needed surgery for the knee, but having no way to get home. AAA didn’t pay for the surgery or for the rehab, as promised, and didn’t pay for any transportation to get him home. Ludxor credits the fans and his friends for helping him, and calls out Dorian Roldan for being too busy traveling to help him. Ludxor calls out AAA for not paying him for shows, for awful travel conditions, and for generally humiliating him. Ludxor says everyone, at least among the guys who aren’t stars, has these same problems but everyone’s hoping AAA will make good on their promises eventually. Ludxor sounds like he’s given up on that, and has worked his last AAA match. AAA, as usual, has said nothing about the situation.

Last night, Sexy Star announced she’d be going into boxing. Sexy Star appeared in the ring with her husband (boxer Jhonny Gonzalez) to make the announcement. It’s being reported as an unmasking, but she didn’t physically unmask, she just appeared with out one (as she has at many boxing events the last couple years – this was just the time they put her in the ring.) Sexy Star has been preparing for the career change for well over a year and had been strongly suggesting she’d do a bout for just about as long. No date or opponent was announced.

The announcement was made at a Promociones del Pueblo show last night at Arena Coliseo. They’re the group that’s been running boxing events there about once a month; they’ve already announced they’ll be back the first Saturday of August. They’ll probably be promoting Sexy Star’s eventually first match. It won’t be under that name – AAA owns the rights to “Sexy Star” – and her decision to change her Twitter name to “Sexy Dulce” was in preparation for the announcement to incorporate her real name. Women’s boxing isn’t a huge deal in Mexico, but stars are always a big deal and there will be a good bit of attention on at least her first match.

Sexy Star is believed to still be under contract with Lucha Underground and this should not change her status with that promotion. The sense I got from last week’s Ultima Lucha 3 tapings is Sexy Star wasn’t going anywhere and was going to be around for the foreseeable future unless they’ve taped some very dramatic behind the scenes. (This was much to my surprise, and likely much to the unhappniess of AAA – they seem to want her gone from LU after the way she left AAA.) I’d still expect her to be masked when Season 4 starts, and there’s plenty of time for Sexy Star to have a boxing match (or two!) and return for Season 4 tapings. Sexy Star’s not wrestled in Mexico since leaving AAA. She probably could get away with wrestling masked again if she wanted to, but it’s unclear if she ever will.

Santo Jr. – the grandson of the original Santo and son of Hijo del Santo – debuted under that name on Saturday in London. He got the win teaming with Cielto (Magnifico II) against two unnamed locals. He had his first match under the name “Tempestad” on the previous year’s tour, and wrestled under that name in the first day of the two show tour. He’s not wrestled in Mexico at all – he only shows up in training footage occasionally posted on Twitter.  Santo Jr.’s NOAH training stints were during the summer too; at this point, wrestling seems like something he does just during the months off from school. Which is probably not the best way to become good as a wrestler, but may be the right decision for him.

AAA posted this week’s TV show. It’s not listed as a “Part 1”, which means the rest of the Naucalpan show probably won’t air.

RobViper has highlights of 11/20/15 CMLL.

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report.

Volador wins it for Mexico, Cavernario shaves Cometa (again), new DTU champ, AAA in Ecatpec, Flamita in DG

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Brillo Cometa

CMLL (FRI) 07/01/2016 Arena México [CMLL, ESTO, SuperLuchas, thecubsfan, TKD]
1) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther b Felino, Puma, Tiger
14:12 Panthers took 1/3.
2) Atlantis, Mistico, Stuka Jr. b Euforia, Mr. Niebla, Terrible
16:19. Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Rey Cometa b Cavernario [hair]
22:59. Cavernario took 2/3 to take Cometa’s hair again, escaping the cavernaria twice before applying it himself for the win.
4) Diamante Azul, La Máscara, Máximo Sexy, Rey Escorpión, Rush, Shocker, Último Guerrero,Volador Jr. b Johnny Idol, Kushida, Marco Corleone, Michael Elgin, Okumura, Sam Adonis, Tama Tonga, Tangaroa [Gran Prix]
50:47. Team Mexico defeated Team Rest of the World. Eliminations went Okumura (by Volador), Rey Escorpion (Marco), Maximo (Tama), Adonis (Rush), Idol (Shocker), Marco (Diamante Azul), Azul (Tanga), Rush (Elgin after Mascara attacked Rush), Kushida (Mascara), Elgin (Guerrero), Mascara (Tama), Tanga (UG & Volador), UG (Tama), and Volador defeated Tama for the win.

This was a really fun show with a great atmosphere. It came off as an Anniversary level atmosphere, with the crowd very much into the Mexico versus the Rest of the World atmosphere. Even Rush got cheered (eventually), and the match itself was better than it looked on paper. It was also the longest match in Arena Mexico I can recall. CMLL would be crazy not to make this resume doing this as a yearly event. Cometa/Cavernario had very high expectations and lived up to them. They can keep doing it every two years and I don’t think I would get tired of it. This is a show I would’ve liked to be in the building for.

It’s not clear how many people were there and watched it. The CMLL recap says 15,000 fans. It didn’t look like 15,000 fans, with big areas of the floor empty and CMLL reluctant to do the big pans of the arena they use whenever there’s a really big turnout. On the other hand, photos of the upper deck showed much more fans than a normal show (though there were sections that appeared empty and maybe closed off.) There seemed to be less talk about the iPPV than usual on Twitter; I don’t think many people bought it this time around, and it’s a shame they don’t have VOD available because people would pick it up after the fact with the good reviews it’s getting.

If you bought the show via Playstation, you didn’t get this show at all. The feed shows Tuesday’s (free) Arena Mexico show instead, according to the two people I know who watched it. That’s no good, and hopefully they’ll give refunds, but CMLL’s entire presence on that system has been a mystery. CMLL’s never promoted it and I’m not sure who’s running it. It’s definitely shown the actual iPPV on past events, but I’d recommend avoiding using in the future unless someone explains what happened in next couple days.

Barbaro Cavernario wants to main event an Anniversary show. Rey Cometa was saddened by losing againVolador would face Tama Tonga in a hair match, but Tama would only do it in Japan.

TKD also has a review of this show.

DTU (FRI) 07/01/2016 Arena Femenil, Monterrey, Nuevo León [+Lucha, DTU, Lo Mejor de Lucha]
1) Licántropo b Drolux
2) Jimmy, Kevin (DTU), Zuzu Divine b Fly Danger, La Maligna, Tiburón and Destello, Krystal, Niño De Cobre
3) Kastigador & Vengador b El Gio & El Jr.
4) Black Fire © b Moria, X-Zafiro, Lokillo, Tony Iron [DTU AI]
5) Drastik Boy & Ronnie Mendoza b Pesadilla & Rocky Lobo
good match
6) Miedo Extremo b Cíclope (DTU) ©, Sharlie Rockstar, Ángel o Demonio, Ovett [DTU]
Miedo Extremo is new champion!

Miedo Extremo is the new champ. Maybe that’s why his match in Japan’s FREEDOM promotion hasn’t been announced, it could be a title defense. DTU has shows tonight and tomorrow, though this was the one with the title matches. Drastick Boy & Ronnie Mendoza are likely the next tag team challengers (again Titan & Triton) if they can keep winning.

Elite’s big announcement is they’re moving, again. It’s the TV slot this time, and it seems like good news: starting July 16th, the show will air at 9pm on Saturdays. They’re airing movies in that slot, and the show would now be a lead-in to their boxing coverage.

Today’s AAA show will have

3) Joe Lider & Pentagón Jr. vs Damián 666 & Nicho el Millionario and Monsther Clown & Murder Clown
5) Dr. Wagner Jr. vs El Mesías
6) Pagano vs Psycho Clown

It’s a bit strange, because airing both singles matches this week means the trios title match is the only thing left to main event next week’s half of Naucalpan – or they’re just airing one week of Naucalpan to make up for airing the Lucha World Cup last week.

AAA tapes new TV tomorrow night in Ecatepec. The main event has Psycho Clown and Pentagon Jr. directly against each other, after both have been facing (and losing to) Pagano on recent shows. Pentagon has a shot at a title change, especially if Pagano gets involved. We’re not sure who is all involved in the semimain: it’s Bengala, Garza & Parka versus Damian, Nicho and someone TBA. It could just end up being Pagano or Halloween, or someone new to be added to the group.

The other obviously important match is a #1 contenders Cruiserweight match between Fenix, Drago and Aerostar. There’s no sign of the actual title match on any of the next three tapings, which points to the winner getting a title match (against Hijo del Fantasma) at TripleMania. Aerostar & Drago seem otherwise busy the rest of the moment and Fenix is the favorite. There’s also a Texano vs Dr. Wagner Jr. vs Cage triangle match, where Wagner’s the #1 contender to Texano’s title, and there’s no sign of when that title match would be happening either. Cage might find a way to get involved in it before it happens.

The show starts with an atomicos (with Herodes Jr. debuting and Tiger Cota returning), and the second match brings back the Suicide/Daga feud with Argenis & Lider involved. It’s a 6:00pm listed started time, so results should be coming in relatively early for an AAA show.

LigerFever has a translation (in one two parts) of the latest Podcast BOOM. Konnan mentions Konnan Big’s 2009 appearance on Heroes Inmortales was as a replacement for Latin Lover.

LuchaWorld has an obit for Thunder. Ultimo Guerrero talked about his rival in a Facebook video, saying the match was rescheduled because Thunder was already feeling the affects of the cancer.

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

Segunda Caida watches random Juventud Guerrera.

This Facebook page has photos from yesterday’s Lucha Libre London show. For what it’s worth, Magnifico II looks to have worked the show. There’s video of one of the matches here.

Lucha Libre in Japan

07/02 Dragon Gate: BxB Hulk, Kzy, Flamita [O] beat CIMA, Dragon Kid [X], Peter Kaasa – Flamita’s back in Dragon Gate, even getting the win himself. He’s the new member of the Tribe Vanguard unit, and will challenge for the Open the Triangle Gate championship on July 24th (and will be in Japan at least until that point.)

Lineup

ELITE (THU) 07/07/2016 Arena México
1) La Jarochita & Lluvia vs Keira & Muñeca De Plata
2) El Bandido & Último Ninja vs Heddi Karaoui & Okumura
3) Ángel de Oro, Golden Magic, Máscara Dorada vs El Hijo del Medico Asesino, Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr., Karonte Jr.
4) Xtreme Tiger vs Negro Casas [Liga Elite]
5) Carístico & Michael Elgin vs Diamante Azul & Kushida [Relevos Increíbles]
6) Cibernético vs La Máscara [Liga Elite]

Cibernetico, La Mascara and Negro Casas have only had 2 matches in this tournament, so it makes sense they’ll have one here. There’s now no sign of the Volador/Kushida match – maybe he’s facing Caristico instead? That semimain just seems weird. Karaoui saying he’s leaving Mexico and getting booked is just about right.

CMLL (FRI) 07/08/2016 Arena México
1) Astral & Último Dragóncito vs Pequeño Olímpico & Pierrothito
2) Esfinge, Fuego, Tritón vs Bobby Z, Hechicero, Virus
3) Máscara Dorada, Máximo Sexy, Rey Cometa vs Cavernario, Dragón Rojo Jr., Rey Escorpión
4) Mistico vs La Máscara [lightning]
5) Mephisto, Shocker, Último Guerrero vs Johnny Idol, Kushida, Sam Adonis
6) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Volador Jr. vs Michael Elgin, Tama Tonga, Tangaroa

Top two matches are Mexico versus Foreign Legion. Kushida’s trip feels like a bit of a waste at this point; I would’ve liked to see him in the main event, but that’s about Tama vs Volador. At least Tama finally gets his hands on Atlantis.

Mephisto’s back one week after missing the Gran Prix – how would’ve they’ve handled Rush’s elimination if Mascara didn’t get in the match as a replacement? (Maybe he interferes anyway.)

Hechicero hasn’t been around much of late – this will be his first streaming match since the last day of May – but is back in a good match. Third match should be fun too. Lightning match continues the Munoz/Mascara feud.

CMLL Grand Prix iPPV: 2016-07-01 

ganador por Mexico
ganador por Mexico

Recapped: 07/01/2016

What happened: Team Mexico defeated Team Rest of the World in the 2016 edition of the Gran Prix. Volador Jr. defeated Tama Tonga for the victory, despite Rush and La Mascara turning on each other. (Those two rise to the top of the list for Anniversary match.)

Bárbaro Cavernario once again defeated Rey Cometa in an an excellent match.

What was good: Everything, with the top two rising the MOTYC level

Where can I watch it: Sigh. An editing version will air on Azteca in about a month. I’d suggest tracking down the show however you can find it. (more…)

Gran Prix, Elite announcement tonight, Karaoui, Fiero

tonight
tonight

IWRG (WED) 06/29/2016 Arena Naucalpan [The Gladiatores]
1) Águila Oriental & Osisis b Pumita & Salchichita
2) Adrenalina & Voltar b Geo & Magic Dragón
3) Araña de Plata, Galaxy, Skanda b Fireman, Keiser Drago, Omega
4) Aramis, Dragón Fly, Zatura b Camaleón I, Camaleón II, Fight Panther Jr.
Promocion del Norte team was scheduled to be Angel Dorado I & Ares I & Ares II
5) Black Terry & Shadow Boy b Apolo Estrada Jr. & the Tiger (Tamaulipas)
Team IWRG took falls 2/3. The Tiger tried pulling off Shadow Boy’s mask, but Shadow Boy cradled him anyway for the win.

Tonight’s the Gran Prix show. The main event is a cibernetico of the same name, an 8 vs 8 elimination match. Team Mexico is Ultimo Guerrero, Rush, Volador Jr., Maximo, Rey Escorpion, La Mascara, Diamante Azul and Shocker. Team Rest of the World are Michael Elgin, Kushida, Tama Tonga, Tonga Loa, Marco Corleone, Okumura, Sam Adonis and Johnny Idol. Ciberneticos are reliably good in CMLL, and the nationalism behind this match should make for a great atmosphere. The expectation is Mexico will win, perhaps setting up Volador versus Kushida for next Friday.

The semimain is a rematch, Rey Cometa trying to take Barbaro Cavernario’s hair once again. Cavernario took his hair two years ago (and is the favorite to do it again.) My expectations for this match are sky high; anything less than a match of the year candidate will be a bit of a disappointment.

I’ve got a longer preview up on Voices of Wrestling. (And I got it done late, so thanks to them for still posting it.) It’s not a critical storyline show, but every match (all four of ’em) should at least be good. My feeling is CMLL’s done a strong job of promoting this event, and might get a really good turnout out of this show.

The show will air at 8:30pm CT on Cleeng for $17.55, including fees. If you use the code JKGbxe, they’ll take about $5 off to $12.69. You can also watch it on the Playstation Live Viewer; it’s listed as $10, but I’m not sure what fees they may add on. The show is only available live – there’s no VOD option.

Ultimo Guerrero says his plan is to figure out who the best guy is on the Gran Prix team and try to beat him to demoralize the whole team, though he says he’ll have to be careful with Michael Elgin. He’s also concerned his team may fall apart and fight each other, and with good reason given the lineup.

El Grafico writes about the Rest of the World’s trip to the Zocalo and all the pictures they took with fans.

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: something’s up with Elite. One of their announcers says they have an important announcement on tonight’s TV show. That could literally mean anything with this promotion, but it seemed like something had to be changed after the International tournament bombed. The rest of that tournament will air tonight. Cibernetico, in the first public comment I’ve seen him make since not showing up in Puebla, dismissed a Facebook post saying Elite promotion was in trouble.

Letra Roja has a column trying to figure out why the Elite International tournament was such a failure, and theorizes the 8 Mexico vs 8 foreigners format tonight will sell better.

Heddi Karaoui says he’s done wrestling in Mexico due to politics. As noted by LigerFever, Karaoui seems to have been scheduled for both the International Elite tournament and tonight’s Gran Prix, but ended up excluded from both. I’m not sure what the politics are – Karoui works for other non-NJPW promotions in Japan, so maybe they didn’t want him in their matches? Karoui says he’s looking elsewhere, which I guess means he’s not defending the IWRG Middleweight Championship any time soon.

Oaxaca Mira has a brief interview with Fiero, who debuts this Sunday in Arena Mexico. Fiero was born in Oaxaca and comes from a family of luchadors. He trained with local Furia Poblana before moving to Mexico City to learn under Black Terry, Arkangel and Virus. Fiero debuted as a wrestler at age 14; I have him on Oaxaca lineups back in 2013 and he worked his first Toryumon show at 15. He’s looked talented when he’s turned up on indie shows, and CMLL might have wanted to wait for him to turn 18 (which he now is) before debuting him.

AAA’s posted the full English language version of this Lucha World Cup final.

Chilanga Mask announced an 08/21 show in Coacalco
1: Black Terry vs Wotan
2: Caifan 3 vs Solar

Mas Lucha posted highlights of Alex Daniels vs DJ Z vs Flamita. Flamita’s family is selling Flamita Dragon Gate shirts, which is surely an amazing coincidence with a mystery man showing up in Dragon Gate in a few hours.

LuchaWorld has the latest news report and Kurt writing about a well researched piece on Charro Aguayo.

LigerFever has the second part of the interview transcript with Mascara Dorada. Dorada directly says he’d take an NXT deal if it’s offered.

CMLL luchadors cut the ribbon on a Arena Mexico photo gallery in a Celaya mall.

Lineup

IWRG (SUN) 07/03/2016 Arena Naucalpan
1) Fireman vs Atomic Star
2) Dragón Fly, Hijo del Alebrije, the Tiger (Tamaulipas) vs Diablo Jr., El Hijo del Diablo, Imposible
3) Emperador Azteca, Freelance, Zatura vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Dr. Cerebro, Relámpago
4) Black Terry, Chicano, Súper Nova vs Eterno, Negro Navarro, Toscano
5) Hijo De Dos Caras & Mr. Electro vs Canis Lupus & Máscara Año 2000 Jr.

It’s a show. Weird Tiger is a tecnico here, but not weird for IWRG. Chicano’s back?

WS (SUN) 08/07/2016 Teatro Caupolican, Santiago, Chile
1) Chavo Guerrero Jr. vs Mr. Anderson
2) Alex Hero vs Twiggy [CHILE CHAMP]
3) Drago (AAA) vs Mr. 450 [WS Submission, #1 Contenders]
4) Cage vs León Apolo
5) Santana Garrett © vs Ivelisse [WS WOMEN]
6) Ricochet vs Pentagón Jr. [WS Submission, submission]
7) Jeff Hardy & Matt Hardy vs Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson

Hugo did an interview talking about bringing the Hardys to Chile, which is where I first saw the YouTube video promoting this very weird card. Does Ricochet have a submission hold? I seem to know Pentagon has one.

07/29 AAA TV Lineup (Toluca)

AAA
AAA

AAA TV (FRI) 07/29/2016 Gimnasio Agustín Millán, Toluca, Estado de México
1) Dinastía, Mini Drago, Octagoncito vs Lanzeloth, Mini Abismo Negro, Mini Histeria
2) El Elegido, Faby Apache, Mary Apache vs Hijo de Pirata Morgan, La Hiedra, Súper Fly
3) Angélico & Jack Evans vs ? & ??
4) Argenis, Bengala, La Parka vs Averno, Chessman, Ricky Marvin
5) Aerostar, Drago, Texano Jr. vs Daga, Joe Lider, Pentagón Jr.
6) Psycho Clown vs Pagano [bull terrier]

Air Date: 08/20 & 08/27 – these dates are right, but everything else is wrong because they aired the Lucha Wrodl Cup. The TV chart has the correct info.

KrisZ found this one. He also found the unreleased Oaxaca card, so now we’re two tapings ahead of what’s officially been released. This is also essentially the last taping which will take place before TripleMania; there’s a spacer/lame duck TV taping scheduled for early August, but it won’t air until after the PPV.

The location of that last taping and TripleMania’s date were supposed to be released last week, but I didn’t see it unless I missed on the TV show. Perhaps this weekend instead, or maybe they’re holding it back for the Mexico City taping next Friday. TripleMania’s seems a solid bet for August 28, which means this show finishes airing a day before the PPV.

We can pair this bull terrier main event with Leo Riano’s column from Wednesday (also first found by KrisZ), where he mentions Psycho Clown versus Pagano in a mask vs hair match is likely taking place at TripleMania. Pagano has generally been a bald luchador, but has been growing out a red mohawk since he’s started with AAA. Pagano’s been completely protected in booking, beating Psycho Clown and Pentagon Jr. repeatedly in singles matches since March, which starts to make sense if a big loss was the destination all along. It’s also hard to argue Pagano’s not important enough to be in a big TripleMania, when Mascara 2000 Jr. just lost his mask in one not too many years ago. AAA seems to want to recreate the history of it’s Antonio Pena years, and Psycho getting a second big apuesta win in three years helps move him towards the tecnico fan friendly hero of AAA spot La Parka’s held for many years.

The issue is I really don’t like Pagano matches. I haven’t liked them in AAA. I haven’t liked them before he wasn’t in AAA. I haven’t liked them on video, I haven’t liked them when I saw him live. The highest he’s risen is “that’s not as bad as I thought it would be, but still.” I don’t like the style of matches he wrestles, but I also don’t think he’s all that good at the style of matches either. I know there are a group of people who love those style of matches, and I think the car crash stunt show should do OK in front of a TripleMania crowd, but it’s personally a turnoff for me (and I think it’s for other people too, or I wouldn’t be saying this – my happiness isn’t really important here.) It’s not for a lack of effort – the three way for Pachuca had guys working hard to throw themselves thru many pieces of furniture, but I was barely interested enough to keep my eyes on the screen. I don’t see Psycho/Pagano as something really entertaining, or something where I’m happy Psycho gets a win, but something I’m going to have to endure for a half hour. It’s the same way those CMLL Tuesday openers must be endured, only this match is going to be on one of the biggest shows of the year, instead of something else that might get that spotlight.

The positive way to look at this is it’s only going to be 1 of 6 or 7 or 8 matches at TripleMania, and it’s still probably going to be better than the worse match at last year’s TripleMania. And, if I don’t like it as much as I think I’m not going to like it, I could instead spend time on my true favorite pasttime: posting stupid things on Twitter. (Except if I go live, because the internet in Arena Ciudad de Mexico is so awful during a show.)

But what about the rest of the card? I don’t know. I do know that semimain seems really strange. It’s strange to see Texano teaming with Aerostar & Drago, but he’s slowly been moving to the tecnico side. It’s still strange to see him against the Perros del Mal – he’s been again the foreigners, and the Perros have otherwise been busy. Perhaps it’s just something to use up the bodies on the card, but it’s a little bit suspicious that Pentagon Jr. seems to be exiting the Pagano feud for a moment. AAA’s slower than we’d like with Pentagon, but they know enough to make sure he’s got something to do. Dr. Wagner Jr. is due a heavyweight title shot, but maybe this is Pentagon’s path to one of his own as well.

The rest of the card is a bit mysterious. There’s either angles coming on the tapings lead up to this, or they’ve just shuffled people around to not do much before TripleMania. Averno & Chessman are on the same card as Faby & Mary Apache, which probably should be trouble. The champs have to get by another title match first, but the Apaches challenging for the tag titles feels like it can be penclied into TripleMania given how much attention they’ve given to that feud. (I do wonder if the DF commission is going to be OK with that; the Pentagon/Hamada match seemed to be billed as an exhibition to get around those rules.) There’s no hints as to who Jack & Angelico face (if it’s not the Apaches themselves.)

Lanzeloth is bouncing back and forth between tecnico and rudo side, but it’s nice to have him around however we can get him. A minis title defense seems unlikely for TripleMania, but it’d be great to get one on the lame duck taping; that’s the best best way to use those.