Sugehit wins Copa, Dorada/Mephisto, WMC, Liga Elite

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

CMLL (SAT) 07/30/2016 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Akuma & Artillero b Leono & Sensei
2) Arkángel de la Muerte, Metálico, Nitro b Magnus, Star Jr., Starman
rudos took 2/3.
3) Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa b Okumura, Olímpico, Virus
Okumura replaced Skandalo.
4) Ángel de Oro, Stuka Jr., Volador Jr. b Ephesto, Luciferno, Rey Escorpión
5) Mephisto b Máscara Dorada
Mephisto took 1/3.

Mascara Dorada has lost his last 8 singles matches in Mexico, which means he’s in prime position to headline TripleMania. At least the guy is doing better elsewhere.

The Saturday shows now appear to be called “Sabado Clasicos”, which could mean rivalries renewed, but probably mean as much as “Martes Nuevo Valores”. No show next week; it’s the usual first Saturday of the month boxing card instead.

UWE (SAT) 07/30/2016 Arena Lopez Mateos [+LuchaTV, R de Rudo]
1) Holkan, Ironía, Rey Inmortal b Cometa, Spider Boy, Súper Terry
2) Esther Moreno, Reina del Sur, Rossy Moreno b Diosa Atenea, Lady Apache, Stephanie Vaquer
Lady Apache was the surprise luchadora
3) Dr. Cerebro & Flamita b Mike Segura & Sádico
Flamtia beat Sadico (an reoccurring feud with Flamita is this building.)
4) Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Hijo del Fishman, Universo 2000 Jr. b Heddi Karaoui, Spartaco, Zumbi
5) Fuerza Guerrera, Juventud Guerrera, Último Guerrero b Atlantis, Hijo De Octagon, Octagón
UG beat Atlantis. Rudos treated Hijo de Octagon roughly.

Sadico/Flamita is a secret great Flamita feud (because Sadico doesn’t wrestle much elsewhere), and that match is probably worth checking out should it turn up.

WMC (SAT) 07/30/2016 Gimansio Hercules, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), Kronosport]
1) Fly Metalik & Shadow b Rey Abadón & Rey Lobo
Kilvan was replaced by Fly Metalik or Animal.
2) Paloma Rouse b Reina Dorada, Felina Metálica, Reina Obscura, Lady Pink [HERCULES WOMEN]
3) Centvrión b Látigo, Arez Latigo vs Centurion vs Arez | WMC | 30-07-16 (posted by TVLuchaMundial)
Arez was added to this match. Fly Warrior was supposed to be in this match, then got moved to another, and Centvrion was upset Fly Warrior didn’t show at all.
4) Alan Extreme, Guerrero Mixtico, Yoruba b Corsario Negro, Drako, Wasson Latigo vs Centurion vs Arez | WMC | 30-07-16 (posted by TVLuchaMundial)
Wasson betrayed his trio. Wasson and Negro teased a hair match.
5) Sagrado & Stuka Jr. b Ancla & Terremoto Negro Sagrado y Stuka Jr. vs Ancla y Terremoto Negro | WMC | 30-07-16 (posted by TVLuchaMundial)
Both Sagrado & Fly Warrior pulled out of triangle matches (Warrior against Latigo & Centvrion, Sagrado against Stuka & Terremoto). Sagrado was later added to this match with Ancla. Sagrado snuck in a foul on Terremoto.

I can’t find a confirmed list of women in the second match, so that might be the one match which matched which was advertised in a lineup for this show. And they had two different lineups! Black Terry Jr. has highlights of the top 3 matches, in addition to the photos.

CMLL (SUN) 07/31/2016 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Espanto Jr. & Espíritu Negro b Bengala & Leono
2) Astral, Fantasy, Shockercito DQ Demus 3:16, Pequeño Universo 2000, Pequeño Violencia
Demus fouled Astral.
3) Dragón Rojo Jr., Kráneo, Rey Escorpión b Ephesto, Mephisto, Vangellys
Escorpion & Vangellys continue to bizarrly feud, Escorpion winning with a legdrop.
4) Princesa Sugehit b Marcela, Amapola, Zeuxis, Sanely, Dalys, Lluvia, Tiffany, Reyna Isis, La Comandante, La Seductora, Skadi [Copa Femenil]
battle royal set sides as Isis, Amapola, Dalys, Comandante, Tiffany, and Sugehit versus Seductora, Lluvia, Skadi, Marcela, Zeuxis and Sanely (Arena Mexico debut.) Order of elimination: Sanely (Amapola), Isis (Lluvia), Seductora (Comandante), Skadi (Tiffany), Comandante (Marcela), Tiffany (Zeuxis), Lluvia (Dalys), Amapola (Marcela), Marcela (Dalys), Dalys (Zeuxis, surprising her usual partner), Zeuxis (Sugehit) leaving Sugehit as the winner. She asked for another shot at Zeuxis and her title, and Zeuxis agreed.
5) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero b Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Volador Jr.
Volador replaced Diamante Azul (MIA). Mistico is apparently fine after being hurt on Friday.

Mistico appears to had a normal match, so Friday was more a scare than a real issue.

I’d be more excited to see Zeuxis/Sugehit in an apuesta match than Bucanero/Crazy. Probably more than a La Mascara match too. Hope they at least put the match up on YouTube, but no idea if they will.

A Chilpancingo promotion brought in CMLL, DTU and Independent luchadors for it’s 1 year Anniversary show on Saturday, leading to the once in a lifetime main event of Crazy Boy (replacing Ripper), Dos Caras Jr. and Terrible defeating Canek, Pesadilla and Rocky Lobo according to +LuchaTV. Local Black Condor lost his mask on the show.

The Televisa produced Blue Demon drama will debut on August 30, according to the star. This the period piece (40s/50s) with a fictionalized version of the original Blue Demon’s history, and is being done without the involvement of the current Blue Demon. (He’s made it clear he’s not happy with it’s existence, but hasn’t come out strongly against it – other family members also have rights to the Demon name and might have given approval.) There’s no word on the show being distributed elsewhere, but it’s likely.

Caristico, who previously said he’d be out a month, said he was back wrestling this weekend. I don’t think we had a lineup for him.

An AAA spot show in Morelia, said to be their first visit there in 3 years, drew 6,100 fans. Parka beat Pentagon in the trios main event.

Triton and someone named Dan el Intenseo from CMLL are on the 08/14 GALLI show. I dunno. I may go to this one.

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report.

On Wrestling With Words, TKD pleads for Lucha Memes to make their shows available (for a price) for fans who aren’t able to make it to Naucalpan or Coacalco.

Super Luchas looks back at Sandokan vs Anibal.

Lucha Libre in Japan

NJPW (& NOAH) announced the matches for the second half of the 2016 Super J Cup. The big news, from a lucha standpoint, is Caristico will make his first appearance in Japan since the first FantasticaMania show. He teams with Volador & Titan against Ultimo Guerrero, Gran Guerrero and Euforia in a CMLL showcase match. Caristico’s listed as an Elite representative, not a CMLL one.

Lineups

ELITE (THU) 08/04/2016 Arena México
1) Lluvia & Marcela vs Keira & Lady Maravilla
2) Ciclón Ramírez Jr., Dinamic Black, Hijo del Pantera vs El Cuatrero, Forastero (CMLL), Sansón
3) El Bandido, Jinzo, Rocky Lobo vs El Hijo del Medico Asesino, Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr., Karonte Jr.
4) Último Guerrero vs Rey Escorpión [Liga Elite]
5) Carístico, Súper Crazy, Valiente vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
6) Volador Jr. vs La Máscara [Liga Elite]

Liga Elite picked two matches they had not yet done in the tournament! Good for them. There is the oddness of Rey Escorpion as an injury replacement for Negro Casas when Negro Casas is wrestling on the same card. Last three matches all have a chance to be good. Still no Rush or LA Park.

CMLL (SUN) 08/07/2016 Arena México
1) Flyer & Sensei vs Artillero & Inquisidor
2) Astral, Fantasy, Último Dragóncito vs Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Violencia
3) Zeuxis © vs Princesa Sugehit [MEX WOMEN]
7th defense, 3rd straight vs Sugehit (and 4th overall)
4) Euforia, Último Guerrero, Vangellys vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pierroth, Rey Escorpión
5) Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas vs Atlantis, Valiente, Volador Jr.

Vangellys & Rey Escorpion’s random fury takes them all the way to the second match next week. I’d guess Zeuxis is retaining since Sugehit won the Cup, but it’s not a safe bet. I’d like to be able to see that match.

CMLL (SUN) 08/07/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Micro vs Destructor
2) Capitán Cobra & El Alteño vs Linterna & Mr. Brisa
3) Cosmos, Mágico, Metatrón vs Demonio Rojo, El Gitano, Gran Kenut
4) El Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón vs Flash II, Star Black, Vaquero Jr.
5) Johnny Dinamo vs Randy, Mr. Apolo, Évola, El Yaqui, Javier Cruz Jr., Carlo Roggi, Exterminador [cibernetico, hair]

Main event is a reverse cibernetico, set up tonight with an atomicos between all eight guys. Randy (a rookie) & Exterminador (an old vet) have been at the center of it.

07/29 AAA TV Results (Toluca)

AAA

AAA TV (FRI) 07/29/2016 Gimnasio Agustín Millán, Toluca, Estado de México [AAA]
1) Dinastía, Lanzeloth, Octagoncito b Mini Abismo Negro, Mini Histeria, Mini Psycho Clown
Lanzeloth moved to the tecnico side, replacing Mini Drago. Mini Psycho Clown replaced him as a rudo. Laneloth picked up his first direct win by beating Histeria.
2) El Elegido, Faby Apache, Mary Apache DQ Hijo de Pirata Morgan, La Hiedra, Súper Fly
Averno, Chessman and Ricky Marvin attacked the Apaches. El Apache ran out, but only to criticize Faby for her behavior and side with the men. He’ll be special referee for their tag match at TripleMania.
3) Fénix & Hijo del Fantasma b Angélico & Jack Evans
Fantasma & Fenix debuted as a team (Los Fantasmas de Fuego) and got their first win. Fantasma insisted he and Fenix are a permanent team of a tecnico & a rudo.
4) Averno, Chessman, Ricky Marvin DQ Argenis, Bengala, La Parka
Faby hit Avenro with a bottle for the DQ. Averno bled.
5) Aerostar, Drago, Texano Jr. b Daga, Joe Lider, Pentagón Jr.
Texano beat Lider via sit down powerbomb
6) Pagano b Psycho Clown [bull terrier]
Psycho Clown lost again. Bloody match.

Air Date: 08/13 & 08/20

Let’s update the non-LWC matches for Psycho Clown
04/18: L
04/29: W (by countout)
05/14: L
05/31: L
06/16: L
07/03: L (by countout)
07/08: L
07/17: L
07/29: L

Included in that run is three different singles losses to Pagano. Part of the issue is it’s so long between major shows, and everything stays the same between those shows.

I know El Apache is a rudo who’s gone against Faby in the past, but Chessman & Averno have to be fools to trust him to not side with his daughters. I think it’s probably a way to give either side an out for losing that match (but they could’ve done the same with Tirantes either.) It comes across so randomly, with no reason Apache got to make himself referee.

It’s hard to believe Fenix & Fantasma are going to remain a team when Fenix is still due a shot at Fantasma’s title, but perhaps they’ve forgotten. It seems like they forgot.

They’re off for 3 weeks, not taping again until 08/19 in Veracruz.

La Mascara defeats Dragon Lee (again), Mistico hurt (again)

the end of Mistico for now?
the end of Mistico for now?

CMLL (FRI) 07/29/2016 Arena México [CMLL, thecubsfan]
1) Eléctrico & Último Dragóncito b Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro
14:03. Tencicos took 1/3.
2) Fujin, Okumura, Raijin b Oro Jr., Pegasso, Soberano Jr.
17:05. Rudos took 1/3
3) Golden Magic, Sharlie Rockstar, Súper Crazy b Bobby Z, Rey Bucanero, Vangellys
9:08. Team Elite took 1/3, Crazy surprising Bucanero.
4) Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente b Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas
7:25. Peste Negra took 2/3. Mistico appeared to suffer a shoulder dislocation near the end of fall 1, maybe on a dive, and left the match between falls.
5) La Máscara b Dragón Lee
6:34. La Mascara took straight falls, first by accidental mask pull DQ, second by foul.
6) Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Volador Jr. b Shocker, Terrible, Último Guerrero
9:53. Tecnicos took 1/3.

You can stop watching this show the moment Mistico gets hurt. It’s a rushed show from that point on.

The problem with the build to this Anniversary show is whoever’s facing La Mascara hasn’t appeared all that consistently, and La Mascara is not near a compelling enough figure to make it work on it’s own.

Friday night matches, June & July.
La Mascara: 8
Rush: 2 (07/01, 07/15) – Rush has more matches in LA (including today)
Dragon Lee: 2 (07/15, 07/29)
Pierroth: 2 (06/03, 06/10)

Dragon Lee has been hurt and CMLL may have figured out Pierroth wasn’t working out. There’s obviously something going on with Rush, even beyond any suspension he might have gotten, for him to be appearing so rarely the last two months. It would’ve made more sense for CMLL to hold off La Mascara/Rush as long as possible (if not to December, at least until the end of September) so they could have both of them in the ring together for weeks. Of the Munoz family, only Dragon Lee is around next week facing La Mascara, so it’s really more likely to be him in the Anniversary main event.

The problem with La Mascara versus Dragon Lee as the 09/02 match is they did it here, and it wasn’t much good, and it wasn’t done in a way where you’d be dying to see a rematch in 5 week’s time. (Dragon Lee has to stop doing the one man Spanish Fly. It goes badly every single time.)

Maybe it’ll be something different, but CMLL noticeably didn’t set anything else up. I guess it’s possible something might have been planned with Mistico before he got hurt, but it would’ve come out of nowhere. A cage match looks more unlikely now, but a tournament final or some other non-apuesta event on 09/02 is at least possible. Rey Bucanero versus Super Crazy seems like the only sure bet for the Anniversary show; it’s being built up more traditionally, with them fighting every single week. It’d be rough as a main event; Felino versus Super Crazy wasn’t a big draw back in February on Elite’s shows, and that was not at Anniversary prices.

Dragon Lee doesn’t understand why La Mascara won’t face him in a mask match. La Mascara says Dragon Lee needs to win first.

There’s no update on Mistico’s status. They stayed away from showing his injury and it was tough to tell how serious it was, but speeding thru the match (instead of stalling to give him time to return) suggests it’s serious. That family continues to have a history of shoulder issues, and it’s something that could keep him out a few weeks.

Today’s Arena Coliseo main event is Mascara Dorada versus Mephisto. It won’t be televised and it’s too bad, because Dorada’s been great of late. I know people are hyped for Teddy Hart versus Extreme Tiger airing tonight on Elite for the weirdness, but it sounds like Escorpion/Dorada is a pretty great match too.

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report.

The latest ¡Sorpresa! ¡Es Lucha! talks about Ultima Lucha Dos and AAA TripleMania.

Lineups

IWRG (WED) 08/03/2016 Arena Naucalpan
1) Brazo De Oro Jr. & Keiser Drago vs Fly Tiger & Último Caballero
2) Alas de Acero vs Guerrero 2000, Aramis, Araña de Plata, Hanaoka
3) Black Dragón, Hijo del Alebrije, Yakuza vs Dowki, Picudo Jr., Skanda
4) Black Terry vs Judas el Traidor
5) Dragón Fly vs Demonio Infernal [mask]

Big Wednesday show! Dragon Fly and Demonio Infernal have been feuding for a few weeks, but it’s still a surprise to see a mask match. Terry vs Judas is maestro vs maestro. Los Japones del Mal show up here, though in different matches.

CMLL (FRI) 08/05/2016 Arena México
1) Robin & Star Jr. vs Akuma & Hijo del Signo
2) Fuego, Pegasso, Stigma vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Okumura, Sangre Azteca
3) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther vs Bobby Z, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado
4) Stuka Jr. vs Gran Guerrero [lightning]
5) Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible vs Kráneo, Ripper, Súper Crazy
6) Dragón Lee, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Ephesto, La Máscara, Mephisto

La Mascara/Dragon Lee and Bucanero/Crazy back at it. Mistico is doubtful to appear.

indy (SUN) 08/14/2016 Arena Nacionalista, Mexicali, Baja California
1) Deja Vu & Marino vs Prinxipe & Ronny
2) Baronessa, Keira, La Jarochita vs Candy White, Hija De Gatubela, Lady Maravilla
3) Flamita, Galaxy, Último Ninja vs Próximo, Séptimo Dragón, Skalibur
4) Garza Jr., Rayman, Rey Negro vs Black Abyss Usa, Estudiante Jr., Tigre León
5) El Hijo Del Santo, Príncipe Negro, Pzaiko vs Ángel Blanco Jr., Estudiante, Humilde

The full card of the last day of this tour Santo’s working. I don’t think we’ve got the full card for the other shows, but at least the Saturday one should be about the same. Friday in Tijuana might be different.

Flamita working the third match is weird.

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-07-29 

La Mascara
La Mascara

Recapped: 07/29/2016

What happened: La Mascara defeated Dragon Lee in straight falls, though once by a fluke DQ and once by cheating. Super Crazy defeated Rey Bucanero cleanly again, continuing their issue. Mistico was hurt early on in his match and his status is unknown.

The last three matches were all quick, and this was the quickest ending Friday show (under 2 hours) in recent memory.

What was good:  I liked the first half of this card, with the second match being the best on the show. It stopped being a good show once Mistico got hurt and never recovered.

Where can I watch it: It’ll be up on my channel at least by Tuesday. (more…)

83rd CMLL Anniversary Show to take place on 09/02, won’t be as good as last few

check out those positive vibes!

CMLL unexpectedly announced this year’s Anniversary show is Friday, September 2nd. That’s both weeks sooner than anyone had expected it, and not that many weeks away. CMLL has only five Friday nights events, including tonight’s show, before their biggest show of the year.

They also have no match on the level of the Atlantis/Ultimo Guerrero/Volador/Sombra matches from the last three years. It was always going to be tough to follow those with anything, but the effort and the results aren’t close this year. La Mascara will likely be involved, but CMLL’s being meandering in it’s focus on a rivalry, and either Dragon Lee or Rush (or both if Shocker teams with La Mascara) might be the opponent. None of the feuds are particularly compelling; CMLL’s given La Mascara wins, but he hasn’t had an impressing outing, and just feels like a lesser version of rudo Sombra without the quality of wrestling or force of personality.

CMLL’s preview mentions that feud as one of several possibilities. Volador & Ultimo Guerrero are mentioned, and are facing off in the main event tonight, but it seems unlikely they’d be rushed to an Anniversary match after not really feuding much prior. (It does seem a better draw than Rush/Mascara.)  The Dragon Rojo/Guerrero Maya feud, that’s mostly been pushed on Informa and dropped in booking, is brought up. Also mentioned is the Rey Bucanero/Super Crazy match, and that actually does seem fairly likely given the timing, but it’d mean nothing as a main event match and would have to be a secondary apuesta match on the show. CMLL mentioning many different rivalries also leaves open the possibility of a cage match, which is what CMLL held last time they ran the Anniversary show this early in September (on the 3rd, back in 2010.) That cage match saw well liked (and recently returned) company solider Olimpico lose his mask; CMLL could do something similar with Pierroth this time along, but maybe I’ve gotten too cynical.

The 2010 show is one of the reasons I have a bad feeling about all of this. That was a cage match for lack of idea, coasting off the end of the last major boom. Announcing the Anniversary show 5 weeks ahead of time suggest CMLL doesn’t have many big plans for this one either. The advantage to running a big show early in September is so CMLL can come back with a second big show later in the month; back in 2010, they ran Volador/Mistico as a tournament final on the 17th. I’d suspect the same is going to happen, you might see something just as good (but a lot cheaper) if you go to show on the 16th or 23rd. The only other known Anniversary show on September 2nd was the 1966. They did two hair matches on that show, and brought the winners back for another hair match on the 30th. There’s almost certainly going to be another big show in CMLL later in September, but we might not know the date until 6 days before.

The September 2nd date makes it less likely wrestling fanatic foreigners will be going to the show. If you’re the type to travel to watch wrestling, you’ve likely already made plans to go to the Battle of Los Angeles or King of Trios. Conversely, if you were free and wanted to attend both major Mexico shows, you could go to Mexico and see both TripleMania & the CMLL Anniversary show in a week’s span. That doesn’t appeal to me, as a jaded type who’s seen both already, but it’s a good deal if you haven’t gone and just want to see AAA & CMLL for the first time at their peak. If I were a real journalist, I think that’s the week I’d have to go to Mexico. As an idiot with a blog, I believe I’m more likely to go around the weekend of the Chairo show, though I’m still not sure I’m going anywhere.

AAA’s TripleMania has a full card, and it’s happening 6 days earlier. There’s no indication of when CMLL might announced their card, although obviously the main event has to be made clear very soon. Like: tonight soon. NJPW World quietly added the last two CMLL Friday nights in August to it’s schedule recently, so they were probably told of the date in the last day or so.  CMLL itself decided the best idea to announce this was a press release late on Friday (the worst time to announce anything), which suggest they’re planning on setting up the main event tonight and the date was going to get out after anyway.

The CMLL Anniversary card could still really be good. They certainly have the luchadors to have a really good card, and those luchadors will go full out for the occasion. Almost nothing could follow Atlantis/Sombra anyway. It’s not like the other company’s main event is thrilling the readers of this site either, yet the rest of the show looks good. This will probably be a pretty good show overall, but there’s no way CMLL would run their biggest show of the year like this if they had the confidence in it as past years. It’s a definite red flag.

AAA taping in Toluca, Dragon Lee/Mascara, Elite results

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tonight’s shows
ELITE (THU) 07/28/2016 Arena México [+LuchaTV, Box y Lucha]
1) Astral & Último Dragóncito b Pequeño Warrior & Pierrothito
2) Hechicero & Raziel b Heddi Karaoui & Pantera
Raziel replaced Blue Panther.
3) Jinzo & Rocky Lobo b Puma & Tiger
Very good.
4) Rey Escorpión b Máscara Dorada [Liga Elite]
Said to be very good.
5) Hijo De Dos Caras, La Máscara, Magno b Ángel de Oro, Golden Magic, Volador Jr.
La Mascara replaced Diamante Azul and pinned Volador.
6) Teddy Hart b Xtreme Tiger [cage, Liga Elite]
Long match. Xtreme Tiger did the required dive off the top of the cage. Teddy fouled Tiger and escaped.

Show seems like it had the usual level of turnout, maybe a little bit better, but really good matches. 3/4/6 were the standouts. This will air on Saturday night and Sunday morning. Reports different if the main event was considered a Liga Elite match or not; we probably won’t know until that TV show. Mascara Dorada & Rey Escorpion talked about their match, which appears to have been the best match of the night.

Tonight’s another Friday with both major promotions running, though in different places in Mexico. CMLL has it’s usual show in Arena Mexico, while AAA continues the road to TripleMania in Toluca. (The shows are about 90-120 minutes apart, depending on if Mexico City traffic is simply bad or if it reaches all the way to horrific.)

CMLL’s seemingly inconsequential main event is Marco, Maximo & Volador versus Shocker, Terrible and Ultimo Guerrero. Volador & UG have issues in Puebla, but that may not even come up tonight.

The big match on the night is the semimain, where La Mascara is again spotlighted, this time against Dragon Lee. Mascara had Dragon Lee beat two weeks ago in the Leyenda de Plata, only for Rush to run in to save his brother. Dragon said he didn’t want that help and that he wanted Mascara’s mask. La Mascara refused the mask match, but Dragon Lee is getting another shot at him in a singles match. Mascara versus is still considered the most likely Anniversary show for lack of any other promoted options; a Dragon Lee win would give them other options. (Shocker being around might mean something as well; he keeps jogging in and out of these feuds with no explanation.)

The other feud carrying over from previous weeks is another Rey Bucanero/Super Crazy trios match, with Vangellys, Bobby Z, Golden Magic and Sharlie Rockstar filling out both teams. Bucanero was talking about having either a title match or a hair match against Crazy, and it seems like one of those must be coming up soon. The concern is the hair match is actually the secondary apuesta match on the Anniversary show, which would be a significant step down from the quality of the previous years.

There’s nothing much going in the other three matches, but they generally look good. The old Estetas del Aire (Mascara Dorada, Mistico & Valiente) trio reunites to face the Peste Negra team of Cavernario, Felino and Negro Casas in what should be a pretty good match. Fujin and Raijin team up with old man Okumura against the somewhat useful team of Soberano Jr., Pegasso and Oro. The minis are in the opening again, with a good foursome: Electrico & Ultimo Dragoncito vs Mercurio & Pequeno Nitro.

CultIcon also previews today’s show.

CMLL’s show will start at 8:30 pm and airs on ClaroSports as usual. The show is not listed as airing on NJPW World today. Their schedule lists CMLL as next airing on August 20 & August 27, which are random seeming Fridays to pick this far ahead of time. Could those dates the first rounds for the Universal tournament?

AAA has it’s second to last taping prior to TripleMania tonight in Toluca. Some of the drama has been taken away from this show by announcing the TripleMania lineup last night, and it seems a general problem that the most interesting things involving AAA seem to be happening away from AAA’s TV tapings.

The main event is another Psycho Clown/Pagano match, this time in bull terrier rules. “Bull terrier” is known as a chain match outside of Mexico, with AAA usually using touch all the corner rules. AAA’s often had this match with a rudo referee, where the referee grabs the chain to stop the tecnico from getting to the fourth buckle at some point. Given Psycho’s remarkable rate of losses, this might be a time where he gets a win just to break the pattern. On the other hand, maybe Hijo del Tirantes costing the match is the justification for next taping’s “winner chooses the referee” stipulation. It’s going to be a ref heavy finish, either way.

The foreigners aren’t in AAA for this show, which leaves a lot of people who’ve been fighting Team Trump instead. The strange trio of Texano, Aerostar & Drago face Perros del Mal (Pentagon Jr., Daga and Joe Lider) in what should be a good trios match. Daga & Lider are semimain event on this show even though they were omitted from the TripleMania card announced yesterday; maybe they’re in the Copa TripleMania. The Apaches, Chessman and Averno are all on this show, which suggests they’ll get involved in each other’s matches once again. The tag champs team with Ricky Marvin against Argenis, Bengala and La Parka, while the Apaches team with Elegido against La Hiedra, Super Fly and Hijo de Pirata Morgan (a trio who literally never wins, and should be encouraging Averno to interfere.) Hijo de Pirata turned up in IWRG last Sunday, and suggested that wasn’t a one off, so there’s a slight chance he might not be in Toluca for this show. He hasn’t quit on Facebook yet, so I think AAA’s probably safe on this one.

It’s less clear who’s actually wrestling in the other matches. Jack Evans & Angelico have a normal tag match on TV for the first time in 392 days. We don’t know who they’re facing. It’s listed as a mystery team on the card, and AAA hasn’t hinted anything (which seems to be the normal procedure now.) We do know Matt Cross & Paul London and Fenix & Fantasma are scheduled to be teams at TripleMania, and it’s possible either team could make their first appearance as a pair tonight. (None of them have given anything away on Twitter.) It could also just be someone else, it doesn’t have to make sense in AAA. The opener is scheduled to be a rare AAA minis trios, with Lanzeloth, Mini Abismo Negro and Mini Histeria against Dinastia, Octagoncito, and Mini Drago, only Mini Drago’s quit the company and AAA hasn’t acknowledged it. The most likely switch is Lanzeloth moving to the tecnico side, and Mini Psycho Clown or Mini Psicosis being added to the rudo team.

AAA’s show is listed as starting at 8:45pm local. They usually get going about 20-30 minutes late, so figure more around 9:10. The show should air on August 13 & August 20th.

Aerostar will be in CHIKARA’s Rey de Voladors tournament, during the weekend of September 2nd. That’s the same weekend as PWG’s BOLA. I wouldn’t think AAA would run a taping the weekend after TripleMania, and it looks like a bunch of people are booked in the US anyway.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

LigerFever has a recap of the latest Podcast, with Blue Demon Jr. as a guest: part one, two, three.

So Cal Uncensored has a good interview with Thunder Rosa/Kobra Moon.

Segunda Caida reviews Gringo Loco & Skayde Jr. vs DJ Z & Bandolero.

Cross Arm Breaker reviews Emilio Charles Jr. vs Shocker.

Uproxx talks about Lucha Underground’s appear to latino fans.

Latin Flyer has a quick english language interview with Tiago (ex-Mini Charly Manson), who explains the name.

Teddy Hart has been added to ColiseoMania 4. Also, Pirata Morgan & Hijo del Pirata Morgan will face Garza Jr. & Ultimo Ninja for the Llaves y Candados tag titles.

A women of wrestling photo exhibit is opening in Monterrey this weekend, and there’s a lucha libre festival in Long Beach.

Ensenada’s Boxing, Lucha Libre, MMA commission has new regulations for shows, only the second time they’ve updated them since 1973. There’s no mention of wrestling, but I was amused to find out this only now make it legal for women to participate in combat sports in that city. Women had been on wrestling shows prior, mostly when AAA came thru.

 

lucha TV preview for weekend of July 29th

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CMLL Azteca US has the Gran Prix show, which had about 2 hours worth of stuff airing. I’d guess they either either the Gran Prix itself lightly edited, or both it and Cometa/Cavernario heavily edited.

Dave the Clown makes his anticipated debut on this week’s AAA Sin Limite. Also, Fenix vs Daga.

Teddy/Tiger went very long, so they might not be able to air 4 matches on Lucha Azteca 7 (Elite). Here’s hoping

 

LA Park & Rush suspended, Elite preview, IWRG results, Volador/Horuz

IWRG (WED) 07/27/2016 Arena Naucalpan [The Gladiatores]
1) Guerrero 2000 & Keiser Drago b Fly Tiger & Vardeus
2) Aramis, Fireman, Omega b Araña de Plata, Keshin Black, Skanda
3) Eddy Santos, Juana La Loca, Viajero Jr. b Avisman, Black Dragón, Yakuza
Avisman & Yakuza replaced Galaxy & Hijo del Alebrije.
4) Demonio Infernal b Dragón Fly
Demonio won in straight falls, leaving Dragon Fly blooded.
5) Judas el Traidor, Rosario Negro, Viajero Extremo DQ Black Terry, Hijo del Alebrije, Kanon
Hijo del Alebrije replaced Emperador Azteca. Judas tried to foul Terry twice, Terry stopped him both times, so Judas just faked his own foul for the DQ. Singles match was set up.

Elite tonight has a Teddy Hart versus Xtreme Tiger in a cage, a cage only in the hopes the the novelty of doing a cage match will make up for the lack of star power. (It probably will not, at least in ticket sales, but the match will likely be insane.) TV (and only TV) explained Teddy Hart is a replacement for Bobby Lashley, who “could not come back to Mexico.” Lashley’s price has gone up after signing a new deal with TNA, and I guess that’s a sign that Elite actually has some monetary limit. Teddy takes over Lashley’s results, which would include the June 2nd win in Liga Elite over Extreme Tiger. Everyone faces each other once, so there shouldn’t be another Tiger/Teddy match if any one’s paying attention. People being replaced in a tournament is silly itslef, but if tonight’s Tiger/Teddy counts in the standings, the Lige Elite tournament is officially a farce. In Elite’s favor, I guess, is this tournament has completely failed to get over as a concept and I’d be mildly surprised if anyone else in the press points out how it doesn’t make any sense. They’ll get away with it fine.

The other Elite match, Rey Escorpion versus Mascara Dorada, is also almost a rematch. Escorpion seems to have taken over Negro Casas’ spot in the tournament, despite Casas being back and wrestling otherwise. Casas was supposed to have faced Dorada in Liga Elite on 04/20, but it was the first of his many absences in the match, and Dorada faced La Mascara instead. Escorpion & Dorada should be a great combination, and we’re sure getting some good Dorada matches at the moment.

It’s a good Elite card overall. The semimain is Volador Jr., Angel de Oro & Golden Magic against Diamante Azul, Hijo de Dos Caras and Magno, as Diamante Azul continues to work as a rudo on Thursdays and a tecnico all other days. The tercera is a great looking match with Jinzo & Rocky Lobo versus Tiger & Puma. (DTU praised Ronnie Mendoza for his CWC appearance; Elite is still listing him as Jinzo and said nothing.) The second match is set up to be a technical wrestling fight, between CMLL’s Blue Panther & Hechicero versus Elite’s Heddi Karaoui & Pantera. Pantera wrestled in his mask last time in Arena Mexico, a mask he’s lost in Arena Mexico, and his match did not air on Elite last time. Not sure it’ll air this time either.  The opener is a minis match with Astral & Ultimo Dragoncito versus Pierrothito & Pequeno Warrior. Warrior was the worst performing luchador in CMLL before he left in 2014 and hasn’t looked any better on the indies.

Again, CMLL has not put the Elite card on their own website.

ESTO has an interview with Sharlie Rockstar, who says he’s training wrestlers at Gimnasio Starman.

Leo Riano’s column in Record says LA Park & Rush were suspended for three weeks following their performance in their super libre match on the Elite show. It wasn’t for the violence, but specifically for the blood since a sponsor frowns on that. (Edgar’s freakout did happen after it was clear Rush was bleeding.) Riano notes the suspension is dumb and I agree. Rush did appear on the Leyenda de Plata show two weeks ago, so CMLL suspensions must be odd. A three week suspension would mean they’d both be free to appear starting with next week’s Elite show.

The same column mentions the Octagon reality show recently taped in Veracruz, where he decides a wrestler to get his original Dragon Dorado gimmick, will start airing in a month or so on AYM. The winner is already out; you can click here to find out, because it’s a faintly familiar team which is amusing if you remember how he ended up with that name.

Lucha Memes announced Chairo 5 on 09/25 in Arena Naucalpan. The first match is a pretty big deal
1: Volador Jr. vs Rey Horuz

They could have nothing the rest of the show and it’d still be a must see show. They’re again not allowing people to videotape the show, you’ll have to be there or not see it. It’s still unknown when CMLL will hold the Anniversary show; if it’s 09/23, it’s going to be a busy weekend (and that match still might be better than anything on CMLL’s show.)

CMLL’s changed Tuesday’s lineup, where Dragon Lee takes Diamante Azul’s place. I’d guess Diamante Azul is appearing in Guadalajara again as Caristico’s replacement.

CMLL has an articles on Rey Bucanero on his feud with Super Crazy and Maximo and Rey Escorpion’s title match next week.

Ronnie Mendoza says he’s proud of his performance in the Cruiserweight Classic, and would like to return to NXT or Japan. He was very nervous when they told him 2 million people would see his match on the network.

Cross Arm Breaker talks about Negro Casas vs Bestia Salvaje from October 18, 1996.

The new Podcast Boom includes an interview with Blue Demon Jr. (who’s noticeably not on TripleMania so far.)

Box Y Lucha’s today in history update mentions an Angel Blanco/Raul Reyes apuesta match we didn’t have on the luchawiki.

AAA announced Triplemanía XXIV (08/28) lineup; Pagano/Psycho, lots of LU appearances

AAA TV (SUN) 08/28/2016 Arena Ciudad de México, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal
1) La Parka vs 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 [TripleMania Cup]
2) Faby Apache & Mary Apache vs Averno & Chessman
3) Angélico & Jack Evans © vs Matt Cross & Paul London and Aerostar & Drago and Fénix & Hijo del Fantasma [AAA TAG]
first defense
4) Pentagón Jr. © vs Johnny Mundo [AAA LA]
first defense
5) Marty Martinez, Matanza, Mil Muertes vs Dragón Azteca Jr., Prince Puma, Rey Misterio Jr.
6) Dr. Wagner Jr. vs Texano Jr. © vs Cage [AAA HEAVY]
first defense
7) Pagano vs Psycho Clown [hair, mask]
Referee will be picked by winner of match on 08/19.

(Card may not be final; matches as mentioned on Twitter from people watching the press conference, the lineup hasn’t been officially posted as far as I can tell.)

Air Date: 08/28 (probably on local PPV and iPPV internationally), 09/10 & 09/17 on TV.

AAA held a press conference today to announce the lineup for their biggest show. (It was a surprise to us, but not to the press.) I was not around to watch it, but it’s still up on YouTube. AAA had previously formally announced the Pagano/Psycho, Mundo/Pentagon, and Averno/Chessman vs Apaches matches. Yet to air TV episodes set up the Wagner/Texano/Cage match. The other three matches were new today.

There’s quite a few foreigners, as six LU wrestlers (Marty, Matanza, Azteca, Puma, Cross/Havoc, London) appear in addition to the two regulars who might not be here without the connection (Mundo, Cage) to deepen the card. It’s a stronger on paper card for us because of their presence, though I’m not sure how much it’ll mean to the Mexican fans. Lucha Underground does not air in Mexico, only the hardest of international fans watch it, and most people have no idea who these guys are. That is not a guess. Dragon Azteca (or maybe Azteca Dragon Jr.) was a complete unknown to the press when he came in for the Lucha World Cup and had to explain he was Rey Horuz for people to know who he was. Same thing with Mil, but at least he and Matanza will have a distinctive look that makes it easy to get over. Marty should do well in that match, but he’s also been helped by lots of time on Lucha Underground to get the character over. Either AAA needs to do the same (when they don’t do vignettes for their own guys, and when most of Marty’s LU work includes non-person Sexy Star) or no one’s going to have any idea why he’s there. Marty’s probably just there to be the guy who gets pinned and I’m overthinking it, but it’s worth remembering the LU guys are really more a draw for an iPPV audience than the live crowd.

(And I guess it’s possible Marty’s spot might have been PJ Black’s spot if he didn’t take the Elite booking, since he fits in better, but who knows. Match should be great.)

The one person who will be a draw to everyone is Rey Misterio. It didn’t seem like he’d be back after he worked out his last required dates with the Lucha World Cup, given the reported issues with his contract and AAA’s breakup with Konnan. It didn’t make a lot of sense for AAA to use up their last contracted dates with Misterio on the LWC, but they must’ve been pretty sure they’d get him back for TripleMania and they did it. AAA’s hope was to be able to bring Rey back in from the big shows, and having him as the biggest star on the show will definitely help with this one.

Mesias never getting a TripleMania program makes a lot of sense if Mil Muerte’s is booked. It doesn’t seem like AAA announced anything but the luchadors, but there’s places where Catrina, Dario Cueto or Melissa Santos might fit in o the show too.

I feel like we’ve probably pounded the “Jack Evans hates multiman tag matches” joke into the ground, but the man just can’t escape them. Fenix & Fantasma, who are supposed to have a title match (and might get around to it in November), don’t quite make sense as a team but maybe there’s something happening in Toluca to explain it. Perhaps they’re the mystery team, or the foreigners are. It’s strange “Matt Cross” and not “Son of Havoc” is part of the four way tag match. Maybe that was a mistake that’ll be corrected later. Paul London was a agent for Lucha Underground Season 2 and came to Mexico for the Lucha World Cup in the same role. He might be helping out in that capacity again along with his match.

No one besides La Parka was announced for the TripleMania Cup, but AAA was weirdly specific in announcing 11 so they must’ve worked out the other 10 names (and worked out who’s instead working some 500 fan show in Aguascalientes the same day.) Parka is the favorite for all random trophies.

We don’t know who was left off until the rest of the Cup is announced, but there’s the obvious lack of the usual Relevos AAA opener at this point. (It could’ve just not been announced, an eight match wouldn’t be out of line. I don’t know if there’s a formal card being released today, but one hasn’t turned up yet.) The men and the exoticos might be included in the Cup battle royal, but that means no spot for the minis and no women working the show except for the Apaches. It’s inconceivable Taya would be left off a TripleMania. She’s got to be seconding someone, and perhaps that’ll play into the finish of the Mundo/Pentagon match.

The other notable omission is any TNA involvement, after their participation was strongly hinted at during the Lucha World Cup. I wonder if that’s a sign we’ll also not be getting English commentary, or if it’ll be Matt Striker back instead of Josh Mathews. Or something entirely different. (Update: AAA’s Twitter just said there will be English commentary for TripleMania. Details to come.)

I like this card much better than last year. Last year had matches which were obviously going to be horrendous (and were!) and matches where the participants were limited by absurd stipulations. The 4 way tag match will be great. Pentagon/Mundo will be great, at least up to the finish. The trios match will be great. The three way title match should be very good and possibly great. I’m rolling my eyes at the build up, but Apaches vs Chessman/Averno could actually be great depending on how they play it. There has never been a good lucha libre battle royal, but it’s 10 only minutes I’ll live. Pagano/Psycho will be in a style I do not like and not particularly well done, but the crowd will be into it so it’ll work OK. This is a card I’m looking forward to be seeing. TripleMania is missing a earth shaking, must see match, but it’s a strong card given what they’ve got available to them and I look forward to watch it.

Lucha Underground Season 3 premieres on September 7

There’d been plenty of hints of  a quick return for Season 3, and those panned out: today, Lucha Underground announced they’d be back on September 7th for the new season.

From Dusk Till Dawn returning on 09/06, as announced during the LU season 2 final, was indeed the tipoff. That show only goes 10 episodes, but the new strategy appears to be using the original shows to promote each other. This is such a quick turnaround; the show will be back before the Cruiserweight Classic final airs, for comparison sake. I’m confused as to why LU didn’t just announce the date at the end of the season 2 finale, but their audience is small and hardcore enough that I don’t think anyone’s going to miss finding out about it.

40 episodes is the longest season ever, one more than Season 1. This past season was only 25 episode, and there was frustration, both externally and internally, about it not being enough to tell the stories they wanted to tell. That shouldn’t be an issue this time.

If you haven’t been following along, Season 3 has already been completely taped, running from March until June. Chris DeJoseph has mentioning seeing the first episode complete already, and it’s possible more are already done.

I attended the last tapings of this run. Based on what I saw, Ultima Lucha 3 should start airing May 10th or May 17th and the Season 3 finale on June 7th. This season was also notable for matches being taped out of order and even a match or two which may not air. You may want to look for spoilers, and I know I’m going to be spending some time trying to put together a chart of when everything airs, but I also don’t have much hope of being 100% correct this time around. (I’m not sure even LU knew exactly when everything was airing when they were taping it, though it does all seem to make sense by the end.)

The next thing to watch is an announcement of a Season 4 pickup. There’s been talk about LU coming back to film in November, give or take a month, but they haven’t officially even been announced as getting another season of episodes yet. TV networks seem to announce renewals near the end of one season or the start of another one. Announcing a pickup after this start of Season 3 would give them enough time to tape in November, so everything seems to fit. It’d be amazing/crazy for LU to be taping parts of three different seasons in one year, but that’s the way the show works. (Announcements about Netflix or more international pickups would be nice, but there’s been no hint or movement on those in quite a while.)

That’s it. You’ve got August to do what you want, and they’ll see you back in September.