Canis Lupus unmasked, ColiseoMania, Puebla preview, Pentagon Jr.

IWRG (SUN) 09/04/2016 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, Estrellas del Ring, MedioTiempo]
1) Araña de Plata, Demonio Infernal, Lilith Dark, Skanda b Aramis, Cadillac, Diosa Atenea, Dragón Fly
Cadillac replaced Alas de Acero
2) Diablo Jr., El Hijo del Diablo, Violencia Jr. b Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Pantera I
Diablo & Terry made hair match challenges, and it will happen on 09/18
3) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo b Hanaoka, Hip Hop Man, Killer Jr., Yakuza
4) Imposible b Heddi Karaoui © [IWRG IC MIDDLE]
Imposible wins the middleweight title after giving up the lightweight one. Heddi falls on his second defense, first since August
5) Chicano & Veneno b Hijo De Dos Caras & Trauma II and Máscara Año 2000 Jr. & Toscano and Herodes Jr. & Mr. Electro [IWRG IC TAG, #1 Contenders]
Veneno & Chicano earn a shot at the Panteras.
6) Trauma I b Canis Lupus [mask]
Canis Lupus’ second will be Mascara Ano 2000 Jr., Mr. Electro will be Trauma I’s second. Trauma took falls 2 and 3. Trauma survived a martinete (thanks to the ref bump), and won with lo negro de lo negro. Canis Lupus is Hector Lopez, 10 years a wrestler, originally from Naucalpan.

Here’s how that match looked at the end.

Yow. Canis Lupus losing was the expected outcome, but it does sound like they put in doubt.

Imposible’s gamble in giving up his title pays off (and Karaoui deserves credit for coming back to drop his title, which doesn’t always happen.)

The show should air tonight in AYM at 9pm, though AYM’s doesn’t always air it.

This week’s Box Y Lucha mentions there’s no IWRG shows on Wednesdays this month. It’s explained as giving the concept a rest, but it’s probably also because there’s Friday shows.

ColiseoMania IV (SUN) 09/04/2016 Arena Coliseo Monterrey [+LuchaTV, Lo Mejor de Lucha Libre]
1) Ninja Jr. b Obsesión, Hijo Del Espectro, Mocho Cota, Gato Fantasma, ? [Copa Coliseomania]
Ninja Jr. wants a title match against Rico.
2) Humberto Garza Jr., Ninja Sr., Príncipe Franky b Difunto I, Karonte, Potro Jr.
3) Sammy Guevara b Arez
Arez replaced Flamita.
4) Pirata Morgan, Silver King, Zorro b Delta, El Elegido, Laredo Kid
5) Juventud Guerrera & Mr. Águila b Rico Rodríguez & Súper Crazy
Super Crazy & Rico replaced Angelico & Jack Evans (moved up)
6) Angélico, Jack Evans, the Mack b Blue Demon Jr., Dr. Wagner Jr., Garza Jr.
Jack & Angelico replaced Moose & Teddy Hart

Building looks pretty full. I feel like a lot of that is building up the “ColiseoMania” name value of the card, because the (scheduled) main event was not especially epic. Teddy missed the show with an injury, not sure what the deal was with anyone else.

It sounds like they announced Australian Suicide vs Daga, mask vs hair, for Heroes Inmortales. I was hoping they’d do that, and it’s one of the few matches they have built up that they can do on that show. Not sure if that card will get announced right away or if they’ll wait until after the 09/16 taping.

CMLL in Puebla tonight has the unique match of Dragon Lee vs La Mascara. It’ll be a long time since we’ve seen it (like maybe a couple hours prior the rate things are going with me.) It assuredly won’t be like the Anniversario show, because Rush isn’t there to be weird/distracting.

The semimain is scheduled to be Caristico, Mistico, Mascara Dorada versus Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Cavernario. Caristico’s got a decision to make on where he’s working on Friday – if he happens not to show up here, then we know he’s already made his decision. (For similar reasons, I’m curious as to next week’s Puebla lineup, to be posted late last night, to see if Dorada gets booked next Monday.)

The show also has a national trios title match: Hijos del Infierno will defend against Kraneo, Ripper and Olimpico. The champs will probably win. It’ll be OK. The Angel de Oro, Stuka, Stigma vs Dragon Rojo, Puma Tiger match before it, and the semimian after will probably both be better.

The two locals match are Astruiano & Rey Samuray vs Ares & Policeman and Astro & Arkalis vs Espiritu Maligno & Mini Joker.

Culticon also previews the show.

Puebla will air as normal at 9pm on CMLL & YouTube.com.

Psycho Clown says he thought a lot before accepting the mask match with Dr. Wagner. I know Dr. Wagner talks forever, but that must’ve been a lot of thinking in like a minute.

Lineups

GALLI (SUN) 09/11/2016 Arena GALLI, Villa Park, Illinois
1) Atómico vs Traidor
2) Eros & Golden Star vs Dan El Intenso & Slayer
3) Chico Suave & Mike Anthony vs Fúnebre & Pentagono
4) Acid Jazz & Bryce Benjamin vs Barry Ryte & Dds
5) Zema Ion vs Gringo Loco [hair]
6) Furia Roja & Rey Furia © vs Billy Star & Skayde Jr. [GALLI TAG]
7) GPA © vs Skayde © [GALLI CHAMP]
8) Marshe Rocket vs Pentagón Jr. vs Prince Ali

“GALLIMANIA”. There may be more matches added – Triton is on the poster, but not booked, and maybe they have to sneak him in there because Pentagon Jr. is there. This is one of third or fourth different Pentagon Jr. matches in the greater Chicago area in September.

09/01: AAW in Berwyn (I was there! It was very good.)
09/11: GALLI in Villa Park (wasn’t planning on going, but they’re talking me into the building with those matches)
09/18: LLT in Cicero (with other AAA stars; though they canceled the AAA guys last time.)
09/25: Amaro in TBD? (this looks like it was probably quietly canceled, judging from the Facebook comments)

This is a combination of AAA having a really quiet September schedule and the lucha shows pulling from a somewhat different audience than the indie promotions – but also probably getting around over-saturation.

CMLL (SAT) 09/10/2016 Arena Coliseo
1) Drako & El Coyote vs Artillero & Espanto Jr.
2) Bengala, Leono, Sensei vs Akuma, Canelo Casas, Nitro
3) Flyer, Oro Jr., Star Jr. vs El Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
4) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Rey Cometa vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Gran Guerrero, Pierroth
5) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Valiente vs Matt Taven, Shocker, Último Guerrero

Diamante Azul is back. Hooray?

There’s many different Drako’s. This is not the Drako who teams with Corsario Negro, but in fact another wrestler using the same, that way too many people use already.

CMLL (SUN) 09/11/2016 Arena México
1) Eléctrico & Shockercito vs Demus 3:16 & Pierrothito
2) Fuego, Hombre Bala Jr., Magnus vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Okumura, Sangre Azteca
3) Blue Panther, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Misterioso Jr., Olímpico, Sagrado
4) Matt Taven, Pólvora, Rey Escorpión vs Mephisto, Niebla Roja, Vangellys
5) Máximo Sexy, Rush, Valiente vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Último Guerrero

Rush still appears to be a tecnico despite ending up with La Mascara. These lineups have no more idea what’s supposed to be going on that anyone else.

The Vangellys/Rey Escorpion feud is back! What a lucky day for us all.

CMLL (SUN) 09/11/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Black Sugar vs Destructor
2) Cosmos & Fugaz vs Linterna & Mr. Brisa
3) Sky Kid & Smaker vs Mr. Apolo & Puma Negro
4) Explosivo, Neutrón, Star Black vs Demonio Rojo, Furia Roja, Sádico
5) Frezzer, León Blanco, Omar Brunetti vs Espectrúm, Maléfico, Ráfaga

Puma Negro is a new name, and they give him a photo on the poster so it’s probably important. There’s a Puma Negro who popped up in Arena Lopez Mateos a couple moths ago, but no one in Guadalajara using that name (so probably someone given a new gimmick – and a name that’s play off an existing CMLL guy.)

Elite gets a new location, CMLL gets new TV, CaraLucha

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

If you missed it, the CMLL VOD is now downloadable. Due to my own stuff going on, I have not watched it yet. Monday is a holiday in the US and I expect to watch it then. The show is $3 and I have no doubt it’s worth that much.

Results

Cara Lucha (SAT) 09/03/2016 Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), Estrellas del Ring, Kronosport, The Gladiatores]
1) Pardus b Maldad
2) Fly Star, Keira, Toxin b Fiero, La Jarochita, Tiago
Jarochita & Keira continue to make mask match challenges.
3) Danger b Toro Negro Jr.
Makabre made a surprise appearance, helping Danger to win and setting up a three way apuesta match.
4) Black Terry b Hijo De Sangre Chicana, Heddi Karaoui
Hijo de Sangre Chicana replaced Guerrero Mixtico
5) Trauma I & Trauma II DQ Herodes Jr. & Mocho Cota Jr.
Hijo del Pirata ran in, attacking the Traumas. Pirata said he was now again an independent and was targeting Rush, and would also challenge Trauma I should he keep his mask on Sunday.
6) Hechicero & Máscara Dorada b Ángel Blanco Jr. & Flamita Mascara Dorada y Hechicero vs Flamita y Ángel Blanco Jr. | Cara Lucha | 03-09-16 (posted by TVLuchaMundial)
said to be very good. CMLL team took 1/3

The main event got strong reviews. Flamita did not appear to have made ColiseoMania on Sunday (as did others), so I wonder if he hurt his arm more here or he just worked the home building show before taking some rest.

Hijo del Pirata teased he was rejoining the independents after his recent IWRG appearance, then just kept wrestling with AAA. It makes it a little hard to take him seriously on this one either. He’s scheduled to be on the Hard Rock show on the 16th, and getting on those shows is seen as a perk for AAA wrestlers, so I’d be surprised if he’s quitting before it. I’d understand him quitting, since they’ve now slotted him as an opening match wrestler and that’s a hard stigma to break without changing places.

CaraLucha announced the three way hair match would take place on 09/16. CaraLucha also quietly seems to be putting some multipromotion alliance. Makabre was wearing a Muchas Luchas shirt, as CaraLucha and the Guadalajara promotion have run combo shows in the past. They’ve been part of the Crash shows in Tijuana, and they sent wrestlers to the PILLA show in Cuernavaca in Morelos. Depsite their own shows not drawing particularly well (this one included), they seem to have built a some brand value.

Maximo, Robin and Flyer defeated Demasiado, Dinamic Black and Neza Kid in the main event of Saturday’s Neza show. (Full results box.) Demasiado & Maximo made hair match challenges, for as soon as next week. This surprises me, because they’re already scheduled to have on 10/30 in Xalapa. Perhaps that changed. The card was changed around, changing a trios match to brothers Puma & Tiger versus brothers Metaleon & Mr. Leo, ending in DQ and with both teams fighting each other to set up a four way.

Psycho Circus beat Chessman, Taurus, Parka Negra in the main event of the AAA/Legend show in Arena Lopez Mateos. Mil Mascaras, Dos Caras and Canek beat Negro Navarro, Scorpio Jr. and Villano IV also in the main event of the same show in Arena Lopez Mateos. The Psycho Circus match went last, but they were careful to call both matches main events, probably for Mil Mascaras reasons. (Results box.)

Psycho Cirucs beat Pagano, Nicho, and Damian in Tijuana on Friday. Results.

Trauma I did defeat Canis Lupus in their mask versus mask match tonight. I’ll wait for full results tomorrow  (there might have been some live video but I haven’t see it.) Imposible won the middleweight title on the same IWRG show.

CMLL

CMLL (SAT) 09/03/2016 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Aéreo & Fantasy b Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Violencia
2) Leono, Magnus, Sensei b Canelo Casas, Hijo del Signo, Metálico
Tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Arkángel de la Muerte, Disturbio, Skándalo b Soberano Jr., Starman, Stigma
Skandalo replaced Nitro.
4) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Kráneo b Guerrero Maya Jr., Johnny Idol, Titán
Kraneo replaced Niebla Roja
5) Mr. Niebla, Rey Bucanero, Terrible b Ángel de Oro, Dragón Lee, Máximo Sexy

As an aside, CMLL mentions these shows will now air on Fox Deportes in the US. I have no idea when; maybe we’ll get an idea on Wednesday. Stay inexplicable, CMLL. It makes me wonder if that was in the works for a while and maybe that’s the real reason Sabado Retros got dropped. They are pitching this show as Lucha Clasico, but CMLL’s so far in the past that their normal style is classic.

CMLL (SUN) 09/04/2016 Arena México
1) Cancerbero & Raziel b Magnus & Oro Jr.
Oro Jr. replaced Starman.
2) Puma, Tiger, Virus b Blue Panther Jr., Star Jr., The Panther
Rudos took 1/3.
3) Dragón Rojo Jr., Olímpico, Pólvora b Fuego, Rey Cometa, Titán
Rudos took 1/3. Olimpico pinned Titan.
4) Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr., Valiente b Bobby Z, Gran Guerrero, Kráneo
Tecnicos took 1/3.
5) Atlantis, Mistico, Volador Jr. b Euforia, Terrible, Último Guerrero

Nothing much happening on this show, except for the Olimpico/Titan decision of sadness. No idea why it’s Saturday instead of Sunday getting the TV.

What We Know About Elite

They still exist! Their TV aired in the normal slot, a best of the show so far. Some picks made some sense – Tiger/Dorada, Volador/Mistico, Volador/Elgin, the two Elite title matches –  but they interestingly aired a Rush/LA Park trios instead of the obvious match. They still air footage of that match in highlight packages.

Right before the show aired, Elite said they’d have a surprise, and then announced their next lineup

ELITE (FRI) 09/09/2016 Arena Naucalpan
1) Chik Tormenta & Lady Maravilla vs Keira & Muñeca De Plata
2) El Bandido, Emperador Azteca, Hijo de LA Park vs Alan Stone, Decnnis, Zumbido
3) Trauma I & Trauma II vs Argos & Karonte Jr.
4) Octagón vs Fuerza Guerrera
5) Carístico, Golden Magic, Xtreme Tiger vs Magno (Chihuahua), Sharlie Rockstar, Toscano
6) LA Park vs Blue Demon vs Silver King

It’s a switch to Friday nights, and a debut in Naucaplan. Elite mentions they’re in Naucalpan for just one week. (A yet to be announced AAA show has the holiday 09/16 spot.) I don’t have it confirmed, but I believe Elite will continue running Friday night shows but in Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera starting on 09/16. CaraLucha indicated they were running on the September 16th too – it’s going to be overloaded with shows.

The most important guy on this show is Caristico, because Caristico is also listed in the main event of CMLL’s show. It’s an 8:30 start, same as CMLL. It’s physically impossible for Caristico to be in both places. Caristico was billed as an Elite star until recently. I’m not sure exactly where he’ll be; CMLL is the bigger and safer deal, but Caristico’s is treated as the top guy (of his size) in Elite, and as just one of many guys in CMLL. Golden Magic, Bandido and Sharlie Rockstar, who were presented sometimes as Elite and sometimes as CMLL, all are over with Elite. Super Crazy is not in either place yet. Cibernetico isn’t either. He was supposed to be back in the ring around this time, maybe he’ll return as a big deal in the next few days.

There are no CMLL wrestlers on the card, and none should be expected as long as they’re running Fridays. The advantage to Fridays is it’s a quick turnaround to airing Saturday nights. The disadvantage is that lineup, which has some clunkers of matches and a lack of depth. Blue Demon is one of the notable additions. He’s said in the past he’s an independent, and must still be, because there’s no other way luchadors allied with a Televisa company would show up on Azteca. Demon worked the AAA World Cup, but hasn’t been used on AAA TV since he didn’t make the Rey de Reyes show.

The bigger loss for AAA is potentially Juan de la Barrera itself. It’s AAA’s home venue in Mexico City, and has been their fallback plan for if/when a major show falls apart. I’m not sure where they run normal TV shows in Mexico City if not that building, though maybe the city will allow the promotions tho share it. Elite’s history says every plan changes after about six months, so maybe this will be resolved by the next time AAA needs the building.

The Elite/CMLL split means the LA Park vs Rush match is less likely to happen, but it didn’t seem like it was ever going to happen on either of their shows and would have to be put together by a 3rd party promoter who would be willing to take a giant risk on their own. As far as anyone call, there’s not a block like AAA/CMLL, and CMLL & Elite guys are still allowed to work on shows together. A block along those lines would be bad for everyone.

An unexpected part of this is it seems to finally confirm Elite and CMLL are two separate entities; there’d be no point in doing all of this if they Elite had been a CMLL offshoot all the time. (It can’t even be considered an angle, because no one’s doing it.)

Other Stuff

Aerostar won CHIKARA’s Rey de Voladors, defeating Tony Nese (replacing Frightmare) in the final. It’s the second year he’s won a CHIKARA tournament, as he Drago & Fenix won the King of Trios there last year.

Box y Lucha #3249 is out early, and an Anniversary recap.

This week’s AAA TV is up.

Segunda Caida reviews Lucha Underground 2×17 (Matanza vs Cage)

CultIcon takes guesses as Lucha Underground Ultima Lucha 3 before the seasons starts.

Lineups

WMC (FRI) 09/16/2016 Gym de Box Mimados, Iztacalco, Distrito Federal
1) Ancal Jr., Íkaro, The vs Antar, Kronoz, Reina Obscura
2) Mr. Leo vs Lokillo
3) Belial & Heronia vs Felina Metálica & Fly Star and Luna Mágica & Terremoto and Ancla & Diosa Quetzal
4) Gran Guerrero vs Fly Metalik, Canis Lupus, Demoledor
5) Arez vs Freelance

Add another one to the 16th. I believe this is a new location for WMC (which might mean other people are running Salon Citalli or Gimnasio Hercules.) Arez/Freelance is the match of note.

 

Here’s the segments which caused CMLL’s VOD to be unavailable in all countries on Saturday

CMLL actually was doing better than promised – their VOD of the Anniversary show as up around 4AM Ct, working for anyone who happened to be up. If you got up at 5 – or anytime the rest of the day – you instead got a message that it was blocked in all countries. The VOD was eventually taken down when the music couldn’t simply be removed, re-edited, and placed online again Sunday morning. It’s up there now, for $3USD.

CMLL never really explained what was going on, though their webmaster/photographer Alexis Salazar did confirm it was a music issue. Music rights probably made the show unavailable as paid VOD content, and so the music segments were cut out. It’s too bad, because those two music segments were the edecan dance numbers. You can see those below.

The edits are done fairly well (right before the Super Crazy and Dragon Lee entrances), though you can still obviously see everyone in costume.

For the record, there’s also about 30 seconds of dead time before the show starts cut out as well.

La Mascara unmasked by Dragon Lee, CMLL VOD fail, legends to return to Arena Mexico

how last night's show looks/credit: CMLL
how last night’s show looks/credit: CMLL

CMLL (FRI) 09/02/2016 Arena México [+LuchaTV, CMLL, ESTO, Medio Tiempo,Plantilla Deportiva, SuperLuchas]
1) Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis b Lluvia, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit
Rudas took 2/3. Lluvia may have been hurt.
2) Ephesto, Mephisto, Shocker b Marco Corleone, Máximo, Stuka Jr.
Tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Rey Bucanero b Súper Crazy [hair]
Rey Bucanero took a quick first fall, Super Crazy a quick second fall, and Rey submitted Crazy in a long third fall.
4) Atlantis, Carístico, Máscara Dorada b Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas
Tecnicos took 2/3.
5) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. b Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero [CMLL TRIOS]
Guerreros got a triple submission to take the first fall. Tecnicos took 2/3 to win without incident. 7th defense.
6) Dragón Lee b La Máscara [mask]
Shocker (Mascara) and Rush (Lee) were seconds and Tirantes was referee. Rush helped Dragon Lee win the first fall, then swept La Mascara off the top rope to try and help him in the second fall. Tirantes saw that one and called the DQ, then kicked Rush out. Dragon Lee convinced Rush to leave. Third fall went long and back and forth. Rush came out as Dragon Lee had La Mascara in a casita, distracted Tirantes from the pin. Mascara got up and fouled Dragon Lee, but Tirantes was slow in turning around and Dragon Lee kicked out at two. Mascara later got the campana, but Tirantes was again busy dealing with Shocker and missed it. Dragon Lee eventually won with the Phoenix Plex. La Mascara was unmasked as Felipe de Jesus Alvarado, 16 years a luchador, 34 years old. Rush made up with La Mascara and they appear to be friends again. Mistico celebrated with Dragon Lee and both were booed (as Dragon Lee was from the moment the match started.)

The VOD link is here, but it does not work. It’s blocked in all countries. At first, I thought it was something CMLL had done intentionally, planning on unblocking it at 8AM. Instead, it turns out to be an issue with the music rights on YouTube. (I’m surprised this didn’t come up with the other shows.) They say they’ll fix it shortly.

I’ll wait until I see the show in full (instead of just on a friendly cell phone) before really thinking about the matches too much. Rush and La Mascara being friends at the end is a very strange, but it was left unclear if they were really back together full time or just caught up in the moment of the mask loss.

Attendance was guessed at 95%, which would put it around 15,000 and higher than the 14,000 estimate for TripleMania. To my eye, TripleMania seemed to have more people, but attendance guesses are not my thing, far from my favorite thing, as you might be able to tell from how rarely I mention them.

Weird thing after the show. Brazo de Oro came out to the press area and said his son wouldn’t be doing his interviews because of an injury. Minutes later, La Mascara was good enough to pose for group photos/videos with Rush & La Sombra (backstage at the show, never appeared before the crowd.) He did not appear injured. Dragon Lee did talk, and talked about how much the win meant to him. Rey Bucanero also talked about his victory, and Super Crazy also appears not to have talked.

CMLL announced Rayo de Jalisco Jr., Kahoz, Cien Caras, Dos Caras, Mascara Sagrada, Negro Navarro, el Fantasma, Mascara 2000, Mano Negra, Super Astro, Satanico, Canek, Fuerza Guerrera, and Solar as appearing on 09/16 show. It wasn’t specifically said if they’d be wrestling, but it sure seems that way. Guessing it’s an attempt to bring back an older fanbase who might have come for the Atlantis show but not Dragon Lee/La Mascara (though they sure got lots of people along the way.)

CaraLucha is running tonight, with Hechicero & Mascara Dorada vs Angel Blanco Jr. & Flamita in the main event. Arena Coliseo has Dragon Lee, Angel de Oro, Maximo versus Mr. Niebla, Rey Bucanero, Terrible. Legend has a show/fan fest at Arena Lopez Mateos, with Canek, Dos Casas, and Mil Mascaras vs Negro Navarro, Scorpio Jr. and Villano II as the main event.

Japanese website Shueisha has an interview with Caristico. He’s back to saying he’s going to retire in 3-5 years in this one. Caristico also says he was on the Mexico under 17 Futsal (indoor soccer) team but gave up soccer for lucha libre.

PWSlam interviewed Paul London, who emphasized that he wanted to do something new/different if he was coming back to wrestling.

GALLI says they’re bringing Pentagon on September 11.

Cronkite News writes about the POR lucha promotion in Arizona.

Segunda Caida watches more Pierroth.

Culticon watches the Octagon vs Mascara Sagrada movie.

Super Crazy was announced for the 10/01 Tokyo Gurentai show.

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 09/09/2016 Arena México
1) Astral & Stukita vs Pequeño Nitro & Pierrothito
2) Blue Panther Jr., Pegasso, Soberano Jr. vs Okumura, Tiger, Virus
3) Ángel de Oro, Rey Cometa, Titán vs Ephesto, Hechicero, Vangellys
4) Valiente vs Felino [lightning]
5) Máscara Dorada, Máximo Sexy, Volador Jr. vs Matt Taven, Mr. Niebla, Shocker
Taven’s debut as part of the deal with ROH.
6) Carístico, Dragón Lee, Mistico vs Euforia, La Máscara, Negro Casas

Usual bit of following up on the Anniversary show in the main event. Matt Taven’s debut is the only other news. I’d guess he’s a Volador opponent; I don’t think they’re bringing people into work with Dorada at this point. As best as I can tell, Taven has not wrestled since blowing out his knee nine months ago, and I have no idea what he’s going to do in this one.

AULL LLP (SAT) 10/01/2016 Arena Lopez Mateos
1) Flama Roja & Toro Negro vs Pegasus & Trival Kid
2) Felina Metálica & Keira vs La Jarochita & Reina Dorada
3) Leo, Mike, Teelo vs Centvrión, Fly Warrior, Látigo
4) Freelance vs Imposible
5) Los Porros vs Bastardos
6) Mr. Electro & Sharlie Rockstar vs Trauma I & Trauma II
7) Emperador Azteca vs Fly Star, Golden Magic
8) La Máscara vs Volador Jr.

This is the group that was doing Facebook live streaming from row 3 (and had over 5K viewers for the main event). They’re also promoting a show with a few good sounding matches.

CMLL 83rd Anniversario Results/Updates (Dragon Lee vs La Mascara)

CMLL’s 83rd Anniversario show starts tonight at 8:30pm. There is no official live stream of the show. The VOD goes up at 8AM CT. Since that makes it tougher to keep track of what’s going on, and it’s easy to lose track of things as they fly thru Twitter, I’ll be posting results and other content below. Check in thru the night.

There is no official live stream of the show.

SuperLuchas reported the building as 95% full. Other people said it looked like it was around that size.

1) Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis b Lluvia, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit
Rudas took 2/3. Lluvia may have been hurt.

2) Ephesto, Mephisto, Shocker b Marco Corleone, Máximo, Stuka Jr.
Tecnicos took 2/3.

3) Rey Bucanero b Súper Crazy [hair]
Rey Bucanero took a quick first fall, Super Crazy a quick second fall, and Rey submitted Crazy in a long third fall.

Video of the match on Facebook live.

🤔☠

A photo posted by Andrade" Cien" Almas (@andradealmas) on

(Sombra appears to be at the show.)

live video on Facebook live of: 

4) Atlantis, Carístico, Máscara Dorada b Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas
Tecnicos took 2/3.

CMLL announced a legend’s show on 09/16. Rayo de Jalisco, Mascara Ano 2000, Mascara Sagrada, Mano Negra, Satanico, Cien Caras, Canek, Kahoz and others.

(live video)

5) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. b Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero [CMLL TRIOS]
Guerreros got a triple submission to take the first fall. Tecnicos took 2/3 to win without incident. 7th defense.

(live video)

6) Dragón Lee b La Máscara [mask]
Shocker (Mascara) and Rush (Lee) were seconds and Tirantes was referee. Rush helped Dragon Lee win the first fall, then swept La Mascara off the top rope to try and help him in the second fall. Tirantes saw that one and called the DQ, then kicked Rush out. Dragon Lee convinced Rush to leave. Third fall went long and back and forth. Rush came out as Dragon Lee had La Mascara in a casita, distracted Tirantes from the pin. Mascara got up and fouled Dragon Lee, but Tirantes was slow in turning around and Dragon Lee kicked out at two. Mascara later got the campana, but Tirantes was again busy dealing with Shocker and missed it. Dragon Lee eventually won with the Phoenix Plex. La Mascara was unmasked as Felipe de Jesus Alvarado, 16 years a luchador, 34 years old. Rush made up with La Mascara and they appear to be friends again. Mistico celebrated with Dragon Lee and both were booed (as Dragon Lee was from the moment the match started.)

 

CMLL 83rd Anniversario show tonight, Alberto & Elite?

tonight (or tomorrow morning)
tonight (or tomorrow morning)

CMLL has a show today, you might have heard. It’s their 83rd Anniversary show tonight in Arena Mexico. Dragon Lee and La Mascara wager their masks in the main event, Super Crazy and Rey Bucanero gamble their hairs, and the Sky team and Los Guerreros fight for the CMLL World Trios Championship. I wrote a (probably too) extensive preview over on Voices of Wrestling earlier this week, if you’ve missed any of the build up.

There is no official live video of the show tonight. CMLL, in a change of policy, will instead only upload the complete show on YouTube at 8AM tomorrow morning. I have not seen the price of the show posted anywhere, and expect to not find out until it’s posted for purchase (only to later to find they mentioned it in a Facebook comment or something.) You can probably avoid spoilers pretty easily if you get off the internet for the night, or you can find out the results without really seeing what’s happening if you stick around social media instead. I’m crossing my fingers people will be posting live video on Periscope tonight and will be RT-ing on Twitter if find working ones; CMLL doesn’t stop people from posting video, and live streams have been common on bigger shows, though it’s no guarantee.

My plan is to start watching the show as soon as it gets posted, and a recap should appear tomorrow afternoon. I think everyone is going to be watching at slightly different times, which is going to make it quite a bit less fun.

 

Dragon Lee & Rey Bucanero are the favorites in their matches. The hair match is more up in the air, because it doesn’t matter as much and really should be more about who would be a better opponent for someone else to come along and beat them. Still, Bucanero has taken the worst of it so far and is the home promotion guy facing a guy who was representing the promotion CMLL appears to no longer be working with. The math is not in Super Crazy’s favor. (What is and isn’t say about Crazy and Elite in post match interviews will be interesting.)

I’d be shocked if Dragon Lee lost. Like Psycho Clown, it would generally seem a dumb idea for his career to lose his mask at this point, and their opponents wouldn’t be the best choices to win. (Outside Atlantis, who would be a good choice to win? Anyone at the top wouldn’t get much out of it, and it’d be only about how much they could draw. Someone like Hechicero or Cavernario to make them forever?) La Mascara has turned up his performance and I have much more hope now than when it started. It’ll probably be an incredible scene postmatch if his family’s involved. We might even see Super Porky.

The trios title change is the least clear outcome of the actually important matches. Both apuesta matches will end with tecnicos winning, which may mean a rudo win for balance. On the other hand, getting Mistico over has been a priority on these shows and these title matches, and it’s gotta be tempting to have him win again in hopes of getting that reaction. It’s far from sure it’s going to happen, but it hasn’t stopped CMLL before.

Tickets have picked up a bit a little bit since Wednesday

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Still plenty of blues (third row seats if you want to go alone!), but pretty good considering this is still most of the tickets sold on the day of the show. This doesn’t include the upper sections, which are really the difference between 8000 and 16000, but these are the most expensive tickets.

There’s plenty of previews of the show. CultIcon breaks down the show. Even CMLL’s own preview is a little confused as to how this match ended up La Mascara versus Dragon Lee and not La Mascara versus Rush. In an interview with ESTO, Mistico says he’s rooting for his brother, but knows Dragon Lee will be okay if he loses because he’s handsome and talented. That same interview has Valiente says he believes the Sky Team would actually stay together and challenge for a rematch should they lose tonight, despite rumors otherwise. CMLL took Marco Corleone, Valiente, Princesa Sugehit and Stuka Jr. on the Turiluchas bus to a park to promote the show. Sugehit continues to push for the mask match with Zeuxis. Stuka continues to want the title match and apuesta match with Ultimo Guerrero. These guys are so rarely given stories that they never let go to the ones they get.  La Aficion has a generic preview. So does ESTO24-Horas has quick quotes with both. Record, who appeared to have a deal with AAA to cover TripleMania, has nothing about the CMLL show.

La Sombra is rooting for La Mascara but wishes good things for his ‘godson’ Dragon Lee. People have read Sombra saying “I am going with La Mascara” as a literal statement. NXT is off this weekend, so it’s not impossible for Sombra to be at the show, but I don’t think it’d be a great idea for him to be in front of the crowd.

I’m not at the show this year. Octagon says he’s thinking of going. I guess that’s a fair trade.

SuperLuchas, after translating the Alberto story from this week’s WON, mentions Elite is negotiating with Alberto to debut in their promotion in late September or early October. SuperLuchas believes an announcement is coming soon.

That would be a change. Elite itself didn’t even say it wasn’t having a show this week, but changed their Facebook header to remove the “Todos Los Domingos” banner. Priorities! Elite switching to Sundays, then being kicked out right back out of Sundays, makes me wonder if Elite had decided the weekday shows were the problem but CMLL was no longer willing to give up Sundays, and that was the breaking point. I would not expect Elite to return to Wednesday or Thursday if they’re running Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera, which isn’t confirmed but is everyone’s working theory. Friday, Saturday and Sunday make the most sense, and Friday most of all because their indies guys are usually booked elsewhere on Saturday and Sunday. AAA’s TV tapings there (which would be a question going forward) have usually been on Fridays. TxT was usually on Saturdays.

The YouTube commercial for the AAA Hard Rock show is the best thing that’s happened in AAA this year. This isn’t even a shot at AAA, it’s just great.

 

AAA debuted this commercial at a press conference for the Hard Rock show. The only news was Melissa Santos being added to the show as a ring announcer.

Lucha Memes Chairo 5 on 09/25 in Arena Naucalpan.
1: Volador Jr. vs Rey Horuz
2: a Lucha Memes vs IWRG Torneo FILL (8v8 cibernetico).
IWRG: Black Dragon, Kanon, Dragon FlyAtomic Star, Lilith Dark, Arana de Plata, Fireman, Demonio Infernal
Lucha Memes: Astrolux, Garrobo Punk, TekilitaBaby Star Jr., Black Metal, Ciber PunkTonak
3: Keira, Lady Maravilla, Magnifica vs Belial, Impulso, Arez
4: Black Terry, Virus, Solar vs Caifan, Hechicero, Alberto Dos Rios

MDA is teasing a big show on 10/02 in Arena Coliseo Monterrey, which would be heads up against Heroes Inmortales.

Sololuchas is selling tickets for the AAA in Japan show, and says “15” wrestlers will be coming, which is lower (and a bit more saner) than the 20 mentioned previously.

CultIcon rates the chances of Alberto going to various promotions.

SuperLuchas notes Pagano’s poor record in apuesta matches.

AAA’s posted their Hall of Fame video for Art Barr.

Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-08-20 

Volador crowd dive
Volador crowd dive

Recapped: 08/21/2016

What happened: Rey Escorpión picked up 3 points, and Volador & Mascara picked up 1. This aired out of order, so who knows what it means.

What was good:  The two Liga Elite matches were great, and the Dinamtias match was good. I liked the Medicos match a bit.

Where can I watch it:  It’s on my channel, and more of it’s on the LigaElite channel. (more…)

lucha TV preview for weekend of September 3rd

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If you don’t know the deal with CMLL Friday by now: no live video, VOD on YouTube at 8am central the next day, we have no idea what it’ll cost.

Elite is still listed on the Azteca schedule despite not taping anything (and not answer questions.) Really, if they keep the time slot, it’s a pretty good sign for their future, but they can’t expect to keep it forever if they don’t get new episodes taped.

Lucha Underground returns this week. They’re airing last season’s Ultima Lucha leading up to the new episode. Like last year, it appears El Rey will only repeat the show once, directly after it airs. You’ll need to check your on-demand service or iTunes if you want to see it after that point.

Dragon Lee keeps the lightweight title, Metalik & CWC, Alberto & Mexico

CMLL (TUE) 08/30/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL, Martes de Glamour]
1) Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno b Mágico & Reycko
Rudos took 2/3
2) Forastero, Okumura, Sangre Azteca b Magnus, Soberano Jr., Star Jr.
Forastero replaced Skandalo on Monday. Magnus replaced Oro Jr. Rudos took 1/3.
3) Stuka Jr., Titán, Valiente b Bobby Z, Luciferno, Vangellys
Tecnicos took 1/3.
4) Dragón Lee © b Negro Casas [CMLL SL]
Soberano (Dragon Lee) & Star Jr. (Negro Casas) were seconds. Dragon Lee took 1/3. Second defense.
5) Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Mistico b Ephesto, Euforia, Mephisto
German Sanchez was honored before the match. Tecnicos took 2/3.

I listened to Lee & Casas on the internet radio feed. They were interviewing fans during it, so it was tough to get a total sense of the match, but it seemed to be the usual quick first two falls and a longer third fall. Maybe around 10 minutes total, Dragon Lee winning with the German suplex.

If you recall, La Sombra lost his title to Ultimo Guerrero in Puebla before his mask mask. That seemed totally absurd to me in the moment, but later made more sense when it turned out Sombra was leaving and they were just trying to get his title off him as quietly as they could. If you think Dragon Lee might also be losing his mask on Friday before going to WWE, you should note CMLL passed up the opportunity to do the same with his title.

El Grafico interviews Dragon Lee about the Anniversary show, as does MedioTiempo. Mas Lucha has interviews with both La Mascara and Dragon Lee, on opposite sides of Arena Mexico. The fun thing about these last two weeks is it’s really easy to figure out which newspapers have alliances with which promotions, and which ones just cover everyone.

Dorian Roldan & Hijo del Fantamsa are headed to Colombia today for a panel discussion about lucha libre. AAA had a couple shows in Colombia last year and have said they’d like to do more.

Gran Metalik/Mascara Dorada won his CWC quarterfinal over Akira Tozawa, as shown last night on the WWE Network. He advances to the final to winner of the Zack Sabre Jr. versus Noam Dar match, which has already been taped and will air as part of next week’s broadcast. That semifinal, and the final, will air live on September 14th as part of a two hour final. I’m skeptical Dorada will win – the winner will likely start wrestling full time on RAW the following Monday, and Dorada still getting booked into October suggests he’s not leaving for WWE full time quite yet – but he’s done very well for himself and his match with Tozawa is something you should go out of your way to see.

This week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter says Lucha Underground has reached out to Alberto el Patron (or an intermediary) about coming back to Season 4, but also says they’ll deny it. I’ve been skeptical they would, so I’m wrong to start, but I’m not sure it’d be a big difference maker. I do think he’d get a big reaction in the Temple, though much more as a heel given the way he left and his public persona since, but it’s not clear he’d be a big factor in the ratings or making deals (he didn’t appear to be last time) above what they already have in Misterio. The return on investment isn’t obvious there. Lucha Underground’s finances also seem heavily illogical from the outside too, so maybe there’s some way it’d make sense to them that just doesn’t make sense to me.

The only way Alberto is not going to AAA, on a schedule similar to what we’ve seen with Rey this year, is if Elite pays him more to go there. If Elite has broken up with CMLL and has top places to fill, then they should obviously be going hard after Alberto. There’s been rumors about Alberto ending up Elite since June (and MLW said that’s when Alberto indicated he was opting out.)

In general, I think Alberto’s best move would be to show up as a surprise somewhere, or with a big angle right away. When people start asking him “What just happened?”, it’d be better for him if they were asking that about a wrestling angle, and not about his suspension or his WWE run entirely.

The WON says Dragon Lee versus Kamaitachi is the plan on the 09/30 PPV. I wish Dragon Lee got a strong introduction before he appears on PPV (and maybe he still will someway), but I also think those guys are capable of getting over cold if they wrestle like they did in CMLL & NJPW.

Also, the Crash is said to be trying to get Ricochet or Flamita as Mascara Dorada’s opponent on their 09/24 show, though no one’s quite sure about the politics of Lucha Underground and CMLL guys on the same show. (Elite seemed to get away with it.) I would also suggest that Fenix is a possibility as well, but there’s probably even more things to work out for that to happen (enough so that they’d probably leave it as an unknown until the match happens if it’s him.) When I saw the match listed as a Dream Match, I thought back to the Fenix interview that LigerFever translated, where Fenix specifically named Mascara Dorada as one of the people he’d pick for a dream match.

It does look like there’s Turiluchas service for the Anniversary show (and I haven’t seen a mention of ticket prices being raised like last year.) I took a peek at the lower bowl tickets yesterday and it didn’t look too great. Check in again tomorrow.

AAA added Melissa Santos to the Hard Rock show.

Lucha Underground revealed Pentagon Dark versus Rey Mysterio will take place on the Season 3 debut show, via video clip of their walkouts.

Mocho Cota & Herodes hype their match talk about the CaraLucha match on 09/03.

WMC 09/16 in Mexico City (probably)
Arez vs Freelance
Fly Star & Felina Metalika vs Belial & Heroina vs Terremoto & Luna Magica vs Anca & Diosa Quetzal
Fly Metalik vs Gran Guerrero vs Canis Lupus vs Demoledor

September 16th will likely be another one of those days overloaded with shows.

DTU now has announced Caristico, Titan, Mascara Dorada and Volador Jr. for their 10/20 international cup.

Segunda Caida writes about Wotan vs Black Terry, which is getting heavily praised everywhere.

Ohtani’s Jacket reviews Black Terry vs Aero Boy.

CultIcon writes about IWRG.

LuchaWorld has this week’s news update.