What happened? LA Park & Dr. Wagner Jr. returned to CMLL for the first time in nearly a decade. Park continued his indie feud with Rush, while Atlantis and Sombra continued to feud. Guerrero Maya Jr. got some revenge for losing En Busca de un Idolo by winning the cibernetico. This was the biggest crowd for a regular CMLL show in a while and it felt better than regular.
What was good? All of the matches felt better than usual. The cibernetico was as good or better than anything in this year’s Busca tournament, and the main event was a crazy spectacle. The semimain match was fun too.
Where can I watch? It’s all on YouTube, though the ClaroSports one has some video issues.
ClaroSports.com will be airing Friday’s Arena Mexico show, but only for Mexico IP addresses. No one’s really explained why, but that’s the deal. (Maybe it helps Azteca (US) if those matches aren’t airing on the internet two weeks earlier, but that’d only explain blocking US and not the rest of the world.)
Claro did this originally, and we were able to use the Hola VPN app to get around it. That app didn’t work last week. It could be because of some (temporary) problem with the app, it could be Claro figuring out how to block it. People who had their own (usually pay) VPN apps were able to get around the block, so it’s not impossible. If Hola doesn’t work again Friday, there are other apps in the Chrome (and other browser) app store, one of them might work. I’m not going to be offering tech support on Friday – I’m not even sure I’m going to try recording this show – but there’s always a way to make it work if you want it to work enough.
AAA will begin airing Heroes Inmortales this week. If you paid $19, you paid it to see about 8 days before AAA puts half it on YouTube for free. It’s a strange thing to do when you’re trying to rebuild the value of your PPV, but I’m sure their not thinking about it.
CMLL on 52MX continues to be pre-empted at various times. They do update the guide, but it’s all very random. I wonder what they think about Puebla being on the internet for free two weeks before it airs on their network.
LATV aired a repeat last week. I’ve got it down as if they’ll just skip that week. We don’t have any recording of the 09/20 show, so this would be new to the internet if it actually aired.
CMLL (TUE) 10/06/2015Arena Coliseo Guadalajara[CMLL]
1) Furia Roja & Ráfaga b León Blanco & Neutrón
2) Lluvia, Marcela, Skadi b Dalys, La Comandante, La Seductora
3) Blue Panther Jr., Pegasso, The Panther b Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus Pegasso replaced Fuego
4) Kráneo, Olímpico, Ripper b Ángel de Oro, Magnum, Stuka Jr. Magnum replaced Super Porky.
5) La Máscara, Marco Corleone, Volador Jr. b Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Shocker Tecnicos took 2/3. Volador & La Mascara defeated Negro Casas & Shocker to set up a tag title match next week.
There’s no particular explanation of why Volador & La Mascara are friends now.
IWRG (WED) 10/07/2015Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), Estrellas del Ring, The Gladiatores]
1) Guerrero 2000 & Vampiro Metálico b Blue Metal & Chicanito
2) Blue Monsther, Enigma, Shadow Boy b Galaxy, Matrix Jr., Power Bull
3) Alas de Acero b Aramis, Vardeus, Adrenalina, Atomic Star Adrenalina was hurt in the match
4) Acero, Demetrio El Gladiador, Hip Hop Man b Aeroman, Freyser, Kanon
5) Mega, Omega (2002), Super Mega, Ultra Mega DQ Comando Delta, Comando Gama, Comando Stone, Rayan Comando Delta got away with a martinete on Delta, but Stone got caught fouled Mega. Each team challenged each other for Castillo del Terror.
A lot of mask match challenges on these shows between the stars and it’s the Comandos and the Megas in the match instead. That’ll probably be fun (though less so if Rayan loses.) These Wednesday shows are probably hidden FILL shows with the retro feud being the draw instead of a Copa Higher Power but close enough for me.
Guerrero Negro Jr. has recovered enough to talk to police. That seems good. The police says Guerrero Negro kept changing the story of why he got shot. That seems not good. They explained this as Guerrero Negro Jr. being still hurt (mentally and physically) enough not to remember what happened right, though obviously there could be other reasons. Guerrero Negro Jr. said he did not know who shot him, but the second link says three witnesses identified him as Javier “el Mecanico”. Never a good thing to be a shot, probably worse to be shot by a guy who has a public nickname.
Annual champions carnival deal. A lot of people making challenges in IWRG, but only the main event seems to be built up at all. (And even then, as I’ll continue to note, they just had X-Fly win a giant battle royal to earn that shot for himself.) I think the main event is a title match at least; the poster doesn’t really list as one.
What happened? Villano IV cheated to beat Psycho Clown in Villano III’s final matches. The Hell Brothers kept the trios match in a three way cage match.
What was good? My ability to give a dry recap of the events in the previous paragraph without mocking how bad much of it was. I guess this was the lesser half of the show, but it’s tough to pick a good half.
Where can I watch? It’s all around YouTube, including AAA’s channel.
CMLL (TUE) 10/06/2015Arena México [CMLL]
1) Leono & Sensei vs Akuma & Cholo
2) Arkángel de la Muerte, Canelo Casas, Nitro b Magnus, Starman, Súper Halcón Jr.
3) Astral b Pequeño Violencia [lightning] Astral won in 9:45
4) Reyna Isis, Tiffany, Zeuxis b Estrellita, La Vaquerita, Princesa Sugehit
5) Disturbio, Rey Bucanero, Terrible b Blue Panther, Esfinge, Rey Cometa
6) Dragon Lee, La Sombra, Titán DQ Boby Zavala, Mephisto, Último Guerrero Sombra replaced Rush on Monday (which makes more sense based on last week’s finish.) Tecnicos took 2/3. Dragon Lee beat Mephisto in the second fall, Mephisto pulled Dragon Lee’s mask in the third. This set up a singles match next week.
Mephisto matches have not been as interesting the last few years, but he’s still a good guy for a crazy high flyer to face and no one is crazier than Dragon Lee. It could work.
I’m okay with CMLL not putting up the lightning match this week. I’m okay with CMLL not putting up most of this show.
AAA posted the UTDN (long) version of this week’s TV show, which the Cibernetico, Hijo del Fantasma, Texano Jr. versus La Parka, Monsther Clown, Murder Clown match. The show is listed as complete, so the three way tag from that show probably isn’t airing and they’ll be starting to air Heroes Inmortales this weekend after all.
CMLL has an article on Lestat versus Molotov. I was there for the start of Sombra/Atlantis mask and totally didn’t believe they were actually going to have a mask match a month later. I almost was in the building for the start of this feud too – maybe Molotov turned while we were still buying tickets – and I wouldn’t believe they would have a mask match a few weeks later either. CMLL is increasingly strange.
+LuchaTV has highlights of the Todo x el Todo main event from Monday. The building is too dark for me to tell if there was actually a decent crowd. Am.com.mx gives the attendance as 5,000. I’m skeptical of that number; we have capacity as 5,240 but they definitely cut off part of the arena for the entrance and the seats we could see weren’t full. The main event didn’t start until midnight, which is after everyone’s bed time and probably why the news reports about the show are only coming up today. Santo struck me as old much more than last we saw him.
No update on Guerrero Negro Junior. A columnist writes about Guerrero’s parents – his father was a wrestler for EMLL but his alcoholism hurt his career – and mentions Guerrero Negro Jr. had just opened a gym.
Atlatnis told Diario de Mexico that his retirement is not too far away, maybe just a couple years. Daniel Bryan better get his release quick. Atlantis also implies he has no interested in a retirement tour – one day, he’ll just finish a match, grab the mic, say “I’m retiring”, and then disappear completely. This is the same way I plan on going.
CMLL (TUE) 10/13/2015Arena México
1) Flyer & Sensei vs Cholo & Espanto Jr.
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Fantasy vs Demus 3:16, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico
3) Lluvia, Princesa Sugehit, Skadi vs La Seductora, Reyna Isis, Zeuxis
4) Delta, Fuego, Tritón vs Disturbio, Hechicero, Okumura
5) Rey Cometa, Super Porky, Titán vs Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla
6) Dragon Lee vs Mephisto
The problem with Titan (and Cometa and Cavernario) moving up is they’re running into people who don’t work as well with them moving down. Fourth match should be good.
It’s surprising anyone cares about the Ingobernables feuds given how poorly they’re used. Mascara and Volador will probably get along for most of the match and then fall apart by the end, as they have for two straight years go on.
Speaking of bad ideas CMLL can’t let go of, Thunder’s back. This is not a good card.
DTU (FRI) 10/30/2015Coliseo Fraternidad, Veracruz, Veracruz 1) ?, ??, ??? vs ????, ?????, ?????? names too small to read 2) Erwin & Irving vs Masizito & Porrito Irving & Erwin are Chiki Nerds 3) Flyer Boy, Junior, Perro Negro Jr. vs Kid Lobo, Kronos, Maremoto Jr. 4) Joven Maravilla & Lady Maravilla vs Abadon & Zuzu Divine and Principe Dorada and Gio El Malkriado 5) Jimmy, Kevin, Tony vs Aero Power, Anarquia, Hijo De Butire 6) Rocky Lobo vs Ángel del Misterio, Septimo Dragon, Lanzeloth, Chica Ye-Ye 7) Ángel o Demonio & Ovett vs Black Baby & Sepulutra 8) Cíclope & Miedo Extremo vs Black Fire & Pesadilla and Atila & Tiburon
First of the three show DTU tour; the others cards may be out by the time you read this. Whoever came up with “Erwin and Irving” deserves a gold star.
What happened? Boby Zavala won the En Busca de un Idolo (and was immediately vanished.) Sombra humiliated Atlantis. Demus and Shockercito continued their kinda-feud. I forgot to write most of this recap for some time.
What was good? Main event was better as an angle than a match. I rated Zavala & Maya as good but not sure if that’ll hold up. The best match was probably the semifinal, but I didn’t write down any notes for it.
Where can I watch? Most of it aired on Claro Sports, but I wasn’t able to record it. (Lesson: always capture full screen when possible.) The En Busca de un Idolo match is still on CMLL’s YouTube channel. The last two matches air on Lucha Azteca, and are in the September Week 1 playlist
CMLL (SUN) 10/04/2015Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Black Sugar b Capitan Cobra Capitan Cobra replaced Mascara de Oro.
2) Mercenario, Mr. Apolo, Mr. Brisa b Ángel Aéreo, Linterna, Rey Halcón
3) El Alteño, Explosivo, Star Black DQ Demonio Rojo, Gitano, Gran Kenut Demonio Rojo came back in after being eliminated for the DQ.
4) Chik Tormenta DQ La Pantera Pantera trapped Chik Tormenta’s arm in the ropes and kicked her until she was DQed. Tormenta challenged Pantera for her Universal Extremo championship (?)
5) El Divino, Frezzer, Metatrón b El Chakal, El Yaqui, Thunder Boy The rudos had all sorts of problem. Chakal & Yaqui blamed Yaqui for the loss and attacked him, with the tecnicos making the save.
6) León Blanco, Nautilius, Omar Brunetti b Mr. Trueno, Ráfaga, Rey Trueno Leon Blanco beat Rafaga
A usual Sunday show.
CMLL (MON) 10/05/2015Arena Puebla [CMLL, El Popular]
1) Ares, Guerrero Espacial, Metálico b Meyer, Milenium, Robin Rudos took 2/3. Milenium’s first match this year, Meyer’s first match since May.
2) Espanto Jr., Rey Apocalipsis, Toro Bill Jr. b Black Tiger, Rey Samuray, Soberano Jr. Tecnicos took 2/3. Rey Apocalispis & Toro Bill were accompanied by La Adelita. Match fell apart (Espanto Jr. injuring himself, Rey Samuray messing up his ramp running springboard armdrag).
3) Dragon Lee, Lestat, Stigma b Kamaitachi, Molotov, Policeman tecnicos took 2/3. Lestat beat Molotov and challenged him to a mask match. Molotov agreed and attacked Lestat. The match is happening next week.
4) Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto b Marco Corleone, Valiente, Volador Jr. straight falls, Mephisto beating Volador with the Devil’s Wings twice (which seems to be much more powerful going into a title match than actually in a title match.) Mephisto asked Volador for a welterweight shot, Volador accepted, and Mephisto beat him up (much as the last match ended.)
5) Atlantis, Mr. Niebla, Último Guerrero DQ La Máscara, La Sombra, Shocker [Relevos Increíbles] Team Atlantis took 2/3 in a quick match, with Sombra fouling Atlantis to end it.
All the Japanese trainees lose an apuesta match or two when they come to CMLL (at least since they started caring about them again.) Sometimes, with Kamaitachi or Namajague, they’re really good wrestlers and they can headline a major show. Yoshihashi was different, Yoshihashi wasn’t much good in CMLL, so CMLL fulfilled the obligation by hiding in Arena Puebla as to not to inflict it on an actual good show. My best guess is this is what’s happening with Molotov too. He’s not Japanese, but CMLL fills some obligation to give him a mask match while realizing he’s not good enough to put in their major arena. At least I hope this happens, because Molotov winning a a mask
Couldn’t really get a sense of the crowd from the pictures, which is probably a good sign of the size of the crowd. Santo challenging Metal is so random that I assume it’s actually happening.
Lucha Libre Elite, the new name for the company that used to be All Elite, says they’re returning to Arena Mexico on 10/25. That’s a Sunday, the week before the Dia de Muertos shows (which may explain why they started the Sunday title match program for that early; they’re losing a week.) “All Elite” was in legal trouble over the show in Queretaro that fell apart, which might explain why they’re using a new name now. Lucha Libre Elite appears to be the group promoting the Leyendas shows in Guadalajara the last couple of months. The card for this show should be out soon.
Guerrero Negro Jr., who part of CMLL’s En Busca de un Idolo in 2014 before leaving the promotion and returning home to Satillo, was shot twice in the chest from a moving car early Monday morning. The unknown attacker shot at him six times and hit him twice. He was with his girlfriend, who immediately drove to his hospital. He’s said to be “in delicate but stable condition.”
Sombra, Dragon Lee and Titan take on Ultimo Guerrero, Mephisto and Boby Zavala in today’s CMLL Arena Mexico show. Sombra replaces the originally announced Rush but makes more sense in that spot, since he cost Dragon Lee the match last week. Zavala hasn’t got his title match for winning the En Busca de un Idolo. The recap mentions his shoulder is healthy (and the Universal tournament is half over) so maybe it’ll come up soon.