12/05 AAA TV Results (Neza)

AAA TV (SAT) 12/05/2015 Arena Neza [AAA, Estrellas del Ring]
1) Fireball & Neza Kid b El Apache & Soul Rocker
Added match. Fireball beat Soul Rocker with a Flama Fly.
2) Dinastía & Venum b Mini Abismo Negro & Mini Psycho Clown
Venum was sort of a fill in for Mascarita Sagrada, as the opener got split in half to add another match. Dinastia beat Mini Psycho Clown with the Tulancingo Special. Pentagon, Daga and Lider destroyed the tecnicos and dedicated it to Perro Aguayo Jr.
3) Faby Apache & Goya Kong b La Hiedra & Lady Shani
Both tecnicas beat both rudas
4) Angélico, Australian Suicide, Jack Evans b Daga, Joe Lider, Pentagón Jr.
Suicide got a surprise win over Daga, but Daga took his mask and Pentagon laid out Evans again. Daga challenged for a mask vs hair match (Suicide didn’t respond) while Pentagon & Lider are still going after the tag titles.
5) Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Zorro b La Parka, Monsther Clown, Murder Clown
Rudos get their first win as an official trio.
6) Fénix, Psycho Clown, Rey Misterio Jr. b Averno, Brian Cage, Chessman
Averno appeared as scheduled. Rey Mysterio appeared on crutches and said he was unable to wrestle. Rudos attacked, with Blue Demon appearing to make the save – Rey still got in a 619. Fenix won with a 450 splash on Chessman.

Air Date: Might be a while. Right now, we know Juarez will finish on 12/12. The Best of episodes are intended to be three weeks of holiday filler, so they make the most sense as airing 12/19, 12/26, and 01/02. That would mean this taping is the first new episodes of 2016, and would air 01/09 and 01/16. Whatever order they go with, AAA now has enough TV to last thru mid January.

Guerra de Titanes figures to be in first half of January to air directly following that show. That’s long enough away where AAA still has a bit of time to figure out where and when exactly. The complication is Lucha Underground is scheduled to tape January 9th/10th and January 16th/17th, ruling those out for a big AAA show. It probably has to be that first weekend of January – 2nd/3rd or even a Three Kings Day show if their luchadors aren’t already committed to other shows – unless they’re going to have a midweek PPV.

The handling of the Rey Mysterio injury is a bit shady. Blue Demon was in town last night, signing autographs at his shop near Arena Mexico, so this probably wasn’t a last minute injury substitution. Rey being in Arena Neza was the big draw for this show, but AAA (main show) TV tapings do very well in Estado de Mexico always; they could probably sell out 6 tapings a year in the Mexico City area if they weren’t concerned about hurting TripleMania’s specialness. Maybe they had a notice on the ticket window like they did for Alberto, but this fits a pattern.

What would’ve happened if Guerra de Titanes happened as scheduled and Rey/Mundo was still the main event and the only match of notice? I dunno, but I’m glad we didn’t find out.

One item coming thru stronger on TV than in the live event recaps is the tag title feud is partially a setup feud. Pentagon lays out Jack (and not Angelico) every time and has started about talking about going after Jack’s hair. It kind of reminds of the Perro/Jack feud from a few years ago, which was a fun idea for the time they teased it and then never really paid off. This is also a fun idea! Hopefully it’ll end better. The other TV thing I’ve picked up is AAA is working very hard to get Pentagon Jr. on TV each and every week. If he doesn’t have a match, he’s running in beating up people like he did with the minis here. The match results aren’t moving as quick with him as you’d like, but they trying to treat him like a bigger deal.

Not a lot else of note. Averno did show up here and not in New York, and I’m now skeptical he’s working any of the Caristico/Elite dates. This show still seems to be building towards the Guerra de Titanes card we thought was going to exist, not the one that was announced (and still might exist.) Zorro, Cuervo and Escoria might need a name, but also seem like a darkhorse bet to end up the trios champions whenever that gets addressed, since they’re a trio and there’s not that many of them running around right now.

Next show is sometime 2016.

Dragon Lee defeats Kamaitachi in epic title match, Charly Manson returns, AAA in Neza

Dragon Lee

CMLL (FRI) 12/04/2015 Arena México [CMLL, thecubsfan]
1) Arkángel de la Muerte & Canelo Casas b Oro Jr. & Soberano Jr.
16:43. Rudos took 1/3
2) Amapola, Tiffany, Zeuxis b La Vaquerita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit
15:44. Rudos took 2/3
3) Ephesto, Kráneo, Luciferno b Ángel de Oro, Máximo Sexy, Super Porky
13:19. Rudos took 1/3. Kraneo hasn’t lost since 11/07 (singles match with Super Porky)
4) Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero b Cavernario, Mephisto, Thunder
10:48. Guerreros took 2/3. Ultimo Guerrero challenged Thunder yet again to a mask/hair match. Thunder did not respond.
5) Dragon Lee © b Kamaitachi [CMLL SL]
16:56. Dragon Lee’s fourth defense, all against Kamaitachi. Seconds were Okumura and Maximo. The third fall originally ended with Kamaitachi beating Dragon Lee with the same crazy move as last week, only Dragon Lee clearly had his foot on the ropes. Referee Edgar, who had not counted a different pinfall when Dragon Lee had been under the ropes moments earlier, missed the foot this time and counted three. Maximo protested and commissioner Rambo also seemed to have noticed. A replay was shown, and Rambo officially ordered the match restarted after seeing the foot on the ropes in that replay. Okumura & Kamaitachi protested but the match continued. Dragon Lee won cleanly. Kamaitachi attacked the referee, Maximo and Dragon Lee after the match.
6) Mistico, Super Parka, Volador Jr. b Felino, Negro Casas, Shocker
4:43, straight falls for the tecnicos in a super quick match. Super Parka snuck in a foul on Casas in revenge for last week. Casas demanded a singles match. Parka didn’t respond.

Feud of the year keeps on. The title match was everything it should’ve been. I’ve got more thoughts in the recap, but you can just watch the thing here. The rest of the show will be on my YouTube playlist, but there’s nothing you need to watch.

Charly Manson, using the name Sharly Rockstar, was the big surprise of the night. Rockstar’s a good friend of Cibernetico and would’ve been a easy guess to join Elite, if anyone knew he was actually out of jail. He came to the Arena Mexico ring to announce he was the mystery man for Sunday’s Elite Lucha Libre show. Rockstar had been in jail after a 2011 incident where he attacked two police officers with rocks in a dispute. He was sentenced to seven years, but evidently was released early. Rockstar looked in good shape, maybe better shape than when we last saw him (he’s had a long history of injuries), but no idea how long he’s been out or what kind of ring shape he’s in. The crowd did not react big to Rockstar’s appearance. That’s not promising for Elite, but they may draw some curiosity buzz is the story of him coming back to wrestling gets picked up by the media in the next day or so. It does not appear Rockstar did an interview explaining his circumstances after the show, which would’ve helped.

It’d be a big deal for Rockstar to come back to Arena Mexico even if not for the jail thing. Rockstar was an original member of Los Invasors in 2010. (This was also during the first run of Lucha Libre USA, where Charly was also working.) CMLL pushed him strongest of the group in fall of 2010. The interest in the Invasors largely was dead after Olimpico lost his mask at the Anniversary show that year, but the idea seemed to be to stretch six more months out of the concept by having Manson get a big hair win (over Negro Casas of all people), Rey Bucanero defeat another Invasor in December (Mr. Aguila) and then have the two winners face off in March to have the CMLL side win the feud. Instead, Manson took Casas’s hair, then begged AAA to return so he could be back with his friends again. AAA brought him back and Bucanero never got that win.

AAA finishes up it 2015 taping year tonight in Neza. They’ll continue running spot shows as usual and there’s one more set of Lucha Underground tapings, but there’s not supposed to be any additional AAA tapings until 2016. This wasn’t even supposed to be a taping, but became one after the Guerra de Titanes scheduled for yesterday was canceled.  (Imagine that going on at the same time as Dragon Lee/Kamaitachi; we might have broke Twitter.) This is the first time AAA’s taping it’s main show in Arena Neza since 2011, though there was one episode of the ill fated Fusion show taped in between. That 2011 Neza show had Neza Kid in the dark match opener. This 2015 Neza show has Neza Kid in the dark match opener. It’s a different Neza Kid, unless they changed it back again. This is the listed card for tonight, from back when this was supposed to just be a spot show.

AAA TV (SAT) 12/05/2015 Arena Neza
1) Dinastía, Mascarita Sagrada, Neza Kid vs Mike Segura, Mini Abismo Negro, Mini Psycho Clown
2) Faby Apache & Goya Kong vs La Hiedra & Lady Shani
3) Angélico, Australian Suicide, Jack Evans vs Daga, Joe Lider, Pentagón Jr.
4) La Parka, Monsther Clown, Murder Clown vs Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Zorro
5) Fénix, Psycho Clown, Rey Misterio Jr. vs Averno, Brian Cage, Chessman

All but the opener are listed in AAA’s preview. It’s fair to be skeptical it’ll exactly go this way, and not just in a negative fashion. Adding a sixth match would give AAA an extra week of TV during a period where they’re struggling to have enough and it’d be easy to pull one together; Neza’s just outside of Mexico City, so everyone’s around anyway. The big question is the main event, where Averno is still listed as participating. Charly Manson/Sharly Rockstar showing up last night in Arena Mexico means Averno’s not wrestling in Elite on Sunday, but that doesn’t change him being listed in New York today and Queretaro later this week against Caristico. Caristico is in New York, but I’ve got no idea where his eternal rival is. AAA hasn’t said anything specifically about Averno being there or not there, but they haven’t said anything like that for anyone. There likely will be live results for this show on Twitter, and I guess we find out when the main event hits the ring.

Today’s AAA TV is already up on YouTube. They’ve split up the Juarez taping in two, so the dark match airs this week. The minis title match and Daga/Pain vs Suicide/Speedball airs next week. There was no mention on upcoming shows; the Noti AAA segment focused on the MODO Museum lucha libre exhibit. Konnan seems to want everyone to know Joaquin booked the Juarez lineup, not him. I’d assume that means was responsible for the the Guerra de Titanes matches he didn’t like as well.

There’s an AAA spot show scheduled in Tepic on December 22nd, except local officials are threatening to suspend the show because the promoter and luchadors aren’t licensed. This seems like a local issue that doesn’t directly have anything to do with AAA.

Tuesday’s Arena Mexico lineup now has Arkangel & Nitro in for Skandalo & Disturbio in the segunda.

Weekly lucha libre shows in the Irving (Dallas) Bazaar are now canceled. The venue had a small electrical fire, which led to a fire code inspection, which led to about 300 different code violations, including finding the building didn’t meet the code to have wrestling matches. I think 99% of the lucha libre shows I’ve seen in person have been in buildings with at least 300 different code violations.

Black Terry Jr. has highlights of Super Nova & Texano versus Pentagon Jr. & Fenix.

It’s not a wrestler Violento Jack is bringing from Japan, but some mystery painful deathmatch weapon for the DTU main event.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Hijo del Santo writes about Black Guzman.

Eric Mutter writes about 10 people you didn’t know wrestled in MExico. 

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 12/11/2015 Arena México
1) Bengala & Soberano Jr. vs Akuma & Canelo Casas
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Shockercito vs Demus 3:16, Mercurio, Pierrothito
3) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Super Porky vs Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado
4) Super Parka vs Negro Casas [lightning]
5) Máximo Sexy, Mistico, Rush vs Ephesto, Euforia, Kamaitachi
6) Shocker, Terrible, Último Guerrero vs Kráneo, Ripper, Thunder

Thunder/Ultimo Guerrero returns, is elevated to the main event. Super Parka & Negro Casas are limited to a lightning match at least, but a lightning match is rarely an end point.

Kamaitachi sticks around for at least one more week. He may be lined up against Maximo, who he attacked after the title match.

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2015-12-04

insane


Recapped: 12/04/2015

What happened:  Dragon Lee kept the CMLL Lightweight Championship over Kamaitachi in another epic encounter. Kamaitachi was briefly declared champion after taking the third fall, after apparently winning the third fall with the same manuever as last week. However, Dragon Lee’s foot was on the ropes, and commissioner Rambo ordered a restart. Lee won the restarted match, leaving Kamaitachi enraged and defeated.

Super Parka paid back Negro Casas for his foul last week by fouling Casas in a brief match. Casas wants a single match, got no answer. Ultimo Guerrero got the same non answer from Thunder after challenging him to a mask versus hair match.

Charly Sharly Rockstar, the former Charly Manson, returned to Arena Mexico before semimain. Manson went to jail in 2011 and was sentenced to 7 years in jail, but apparently was released after 4. He’s debuting for Elite on Sunday, teaming with his old friend Cibernetico.

What was good:  Dragon Lee and Kamaitachi! Nothing else, you need to skip the rest of this and watch that.

Where can I watch it:  It’ll be on my channel on Tuesday, and the title match from the show is on ClaroSports now. (more…)

great match roundup, week of 2015-11-07

Sombra.

The Puebla recap and the Claro recap are already up.

rating matches TV Show taped
excellent La Sombra vs Rush CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2015-11-13 2015-11-13
good Faby Apache, Mr. 450, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Hombre Sin Miedo, Mocho Cota Jr., Taya AAA on Televisa: 2015-11-07 2015-11-02
good Astro, Asturiano, Eléctrico vs Demus 3:16, Mini Joker, Saurón CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2015-11-09 2015-11-09
good Esfinge, Pegasso, Tritón vs Okumura, Puma, Tiger CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2015-11-13 2015-11-13
ok Angélico, Garza Jr., Jack Evans vs Hijo del Fantasma, Joe Lider, Pentagón Jr. AAA on Televisa: 2015-11-07 2015-11-02
ok Drago, La Parka, Speedball vs Averno, Chessman, Cibernético AAA on Televisa: 2015-11-07 2015-11-02
ok Arkalis, Lestat, Zaeta Roja vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Hijo del Signo, Nitro CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2015-11-09 2015-11-09
ok Ángel de Oro, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Boby Z, Disturbio, Hechicero CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2015-11-09 2015-11-09
ok Atlantis, Dragón Rojo Jr., La Máscara vs La Sombra,Marco Corleone, Último Guerrero in a relevos increíbles match CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2015-11-09 2015-11-09
ok Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2015-11-09 2015-11-09
ok Estrellita, Princesa Sugehit, Syuri vs Amapola, Reina Isis, Zeuxis CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2015-11-13 2015-11-13
ok Dragon Lee, Super Porky, Titán vs Kamaitachi, Pólvora, Vangellys CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2015-11-13 2015-11-13
below average Diamante Azul, Super Parka, Valiente vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2015-11-13 2015-11-13
below average Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Thunder CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2015-11-13 2015-11-13

RCH, Dragon Lee versus Kamataichi tonight, DTU8

photo by Black Terry Jr.

RCH (THU) 12/03/2015 Arena Naucalpan[+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), KronosSport]
1) Rayo Star & Reina Dorada b Felina Metalica & Látigo
2) Drago (AAA), Estrella Divina, Goya Kong bLady Shani, Mamba, Súper Fly
3) Arez b Golden Magic, Impulso, Centvrión,Mr. Leo, Fly Warrior
Good match, money still thrown in. Crowd is still heckling Golden Magic.
4) Fenix (AAA) & Pentagón Jr. DDQ Súper Nova & Texano Jr.
Pentagon and Texano eventually attacked their brothers and took their masks to end the match.
5) Psycho Clown © b Dr. Wagner Jr., Blue Demon [RCH HEAVY]
First defense. Demon was eliminated first, then returned to foul the referee. Psycho fouled Wagner while the ref was recovering.

Looks like a full house or close to it. Not sure if it’ll air, but I’m sure highlights will be on +LuchaTV.

Today looked to be a very busy day a few weeks ago. It’s now a day with one show and one big match.

The match that is Dragon Lee versus Kamaitachi, facing off for the fourth time in a title match. (The one no one can remember is a show in Oaxaca; only a clip of it turned up on YouTube.) They’ve also faced five times in lightning matches, one Retros Coliseo match and the one mask match. Kamaitachi currently isn’t listed in any CMLL matches after today – he’s listed on DF indy show next Sunday, but that’s not exactly binding – so it’s even possible tonight is Kamiatachi last night as CMLL regular. If it’s not tonight, it’s some night soon – and it’s possible this will be the last time Dragon Lee & Kamaitachi face off in a singles match. CMLL’s preview pushes it as such.

I think they will face again, though, and probably about six weeks from now. Kamaitachi/Dragon Lee has been the best feud of the year, something that’s just been mostly about match quality, but the match quality has somehow gotten better each and every time. I’m sure NJPW will be running that match back out for FantasticaMania, and what better way to reintroduce Kamaitachi to NJPW (and get Dragon Lee over in his debut) than to run that as a Kamaitachi title defense again in January? Today’s happens to be Kamaitachi’s birthday, and he might end up with a nice present.

The rest of the show is a show. Tonight’s main event has a rematch from last week, with Mistico, Super Parka and Volador Jr. versus Felino, Negro Casas and Shocker. Last week’s match had a heavy tease of Super Parka & Negro Casas, which didn’t seem to be a great idea. CMLL does seem to change programs quicker nowadays when they’re not going well, but that doesn’t mean they’ll abandon them.

On that note, Thunder and Ultimo Guerrero match up again in the fourth match, teaming with Cavernario, Mephisto, Euforia and Niebla Roja (in his Arena Mexico return.)  This is Thunder’s first match on Friday night in three weeks, with only a single Tuesday night match in between. The UG/Thunder feud has ramped up and down since July and show no signs of actually ending. The undercard has a Super Porky/Maximo match, a women’s match and a slightly better than usual opener. Soberano Jr. can’t do dives in the first match, but will probably find a way to fly around anyway.

The page is already up for the live feed, which will begin around 8:30 pm.

Plantilla Deportiva has a video interview with Dragon Lee, but there’s annoying static through it.

This show may be what passes for the CMLL End of Year show. At one point, AAA was going to have their own End Of Year show on this same day. Guerra de Titanes was scheduled to take place tonight in Tampico, but was canceled a week and a half ago. No official announcement has been made about it’s future, but people with the promotion say the plan is to hold the event in January instead.

The End of Year tradition comes from a period where lucha libre would leave Arena Mexico for a few weeks late in the year to make way for the circus. It was a regular event, but it’s something that hasn’t been going on since the earliest days of this blog. CMLL not running a major End of Year show fits with a pattern of trying to skate by with doing as little as possible, but it also may reflect a shifting reality in which are the good dates to draw.

The CMLL’s annual (01/06) Three Kings show has grown bigger each recent year, usually featuring either an apuesta match opening match wrestlers, a Pequenos Reyes del Aire, or a big singles match. It’s probably the date the date Panther/Comando is will happen, especially if it’s a singles match. CMLL’s also put more emphasis on Christmas Day (or nearby) shows, ones which wouldn’t have been possible in Arena Mexico in the past. It’s tricker to run big shows during the holiday period – people do go home or on vacations and it’s just as easy to farm the talent to indy promotions who will also be running on those dates – but the artificial deadline which created the Early December Year End Show isn’t really there for CMLL anymore and maybe it makes sense on other days.

It’s not really there for AAA either. Five years from now, the only weird thing about Guerra de Titanes might be if AAA ends up holding two in a calendar year. (Steal an idea from NJPW and go with something like “New Beginning” if it’s January.) The bigger issues at the moment are the embarrassment from canceling a show, the lack of public information about what’s going on, and the general lack of anything going past this taping on Friday. It’s easy to forget about you when if you completely disappear for a month or more. It’d be great if there were good matches and excitement in Neza, but there at least needs to be a firm next date announced for a next show.

The Wrestling Observer Newsletter says Rey Mysterio Jr. is not expected to work as much in AAA in 2016. I have Rey as working 33 matches in Mexico this year, about 15 TV events. AAA lost Perro, Alberto, and Caristico really needs to get behind a new star if Rey’s not going to be around.

The WON also notes Speedball Mike Bailey appeared to finish with the Que Viva el Rey tour, since he’s not booked any more. “They are hopeful of him returning but nothing is concrete.” Never giving him much of an introduction makes a little more sense if they only were sure of having him for a couple months.

DTU has a poster for their 8th Anniversary show. It’ll be 12/19 at Arena Lopez Mateos, with Black Psicosis II, Valiente, Titan, Blue Panther, Black Terry, and Shyru Dragon listed as a guest appearances. There’s no matches specifically announced, but the position of the images on the poster suggests the matches. We know the Nerds are to face off in a three way and they’re together at the top, the four at the bottom are also facing in a match, and you can kind of guess in between. (That would imply some sort of Blue Panther/Black Terry match.)

Delta, who’s not on that DTU show, says that all the independent luchadors dream of wrestling in Arena Mexico.

LuchaWorld has a recap of CMLL Informa.

RobViper has highlights of 06/09/15 CMLL.

+LuchaTV has the full Pagano/Ultimo Guerrero match.

Segunda Caida recaps Felino vs La Sombra

There will be a wrestling marathon in Bolivia to raise funds for an injured luchador

2015 watch later catch up, part 6 of ∞

don’t mess with Tortuga Ninja Mike

The matches reviewed in this post are

  • Mike vs LeoRafy, Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México, 05/02/2015 

  • Extreme Tiger vs Flamita, Arena Azteca Budokan, Ciudad Nezahualcoyotl, Estado de México, 06/06/2015 

  • Flamita, Spider Boy, Terry 2000 vs Leviatham, Psicópata, Sádico, Arena Lopez Mateos, 06/13/2015 

  • Flyer vs Aramis, Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México, 06/14/2015 

  • Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo vs Fly Star, Rayo Star, Sky Man, Toxin Boy, Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México, 06/14/2015 

  • Volador Jr. vs Flamita, Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México, 06/14/2015 

All matches are from Black Terry Jr.’s handheld video. You can find his full list of matches here and find out information about purchasing those videos on his site.

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lucha TV preview for weekend of November 5th

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Azteca should air the Sombra vs Rush match. If you haven’t seen it, you need to see it. That might be the last Sombra appearance, depending on what LATV still airs. That show has been reruns two of the last three weeks, no idea.

AAA in Juarez was supposed to be a one week taping, but there’s always a chance they split it up in two due to other issues. If not, at least one of those matches will be cut from the Televisa airing and will only be on the YouTube/UTDN version.

It’s not on the chart, but I figured out a few weeks ago that Noches de Coliseo is still airing on Saturday nights/Sunday mornings, just not at all when it’s listed on the Multimedios (US?) schedule (12:15 AM CT this week). It starts about a half hour/hour before, but you may want to tape even earlier. They’re still not airing many new matches.

AAA on Televisa: 2015-10-31

Speedball shooting star press double knee smash

Recapped: 11/25/2015

What happened: Electroshock turned tecnico after the main event, with Hijo del Pirata Morgan and the rest of the maybe-Anarquia attacking Electroshock. Taurus reminds undefeated and Daga beat Australian Suicide as their feud continues.

What was good:  The atomicos and the tercera were fun.

Where can I watch it: It’s on my channel and AAA’s channel. (more…)

Guadalajara results, RCH, Lucha Underground

RCH

CMLL (TUE) 12/01/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Arena Coliseo Guadalajara, Fuego en el Ring]
1) Furia Roja & Maléfico b Explosivo & Star Black
Malefico replaced Joker.
2) Flyer, Leono, Starman b Artillero, Okumura, Súper Comando
Rudos took 1/3
3) Stigma, The Panther, Tritón b Puma, Sangre Azteca, Tiger
Tecnicos took 2/3
4) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Stuka Jr. b Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
Tecnicos took 2/3, Panther beating Mephisto. Sets up a trios title match next week.
5) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja b Máximo Sexy, Mistico, Titán
Guerreros took 2/3.

If not for results a day late, there’d be no results at all. There’s no Wednesday IWRG show becuase the RCH show tonight replaces it this week. Dr. Wagner Jr. vs Psycho Clown vs Blue Demon is the main event, but the Texano/Nova vs Pentagon/Fenix match and the six way Copa RCH ones look to be the best. No idea if this will somehow turn up on AYM, but I’d expect some handheld video to turn up.

Maybe yesterday’s big news was people finding out if they’re going to Lucha Underground in December. Show information was sent out to those who were quick enough to get tickets for the shows in 2015 yesterday. The Sunday taping is listed a three show taping, which would be the first time they’ve tried that. (LU started with one show tapings, and didn’t go to two at a time until they got rolling.) Doing three shows in one night obviously saves on money, though it does make a longer night for everyone. I know I was feeling a little done after second Sunday episode when I went earlier this year, but that was also the trios tournament final and that was kind of meant to be an end point. They can design a three show taping the same say if that’s a concern.

It’s not clear if this is a one time thing or something that’ll be happening for all Sunday tapings. If they did start triple shots for all Sunday tapings, and the schedule stayed as we know it know, Lucha Underground would pick up four extra shows (to 28), and that would essentially replace an entire weekend of live tapings.

Lucha Underground is still filming a lot of non-live event days. This is an implied participation spoiler so you may not want to click, but it reads like they’re doing tapings today.

This is also a little spoilery, but this week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter noted Melina is not back on Season 2. The WON claimed Melina (who was only for a few minutes of Ultima Lucha) was tough to deal with and was replaced. Melina disagreed, saying LU told her they just didn’t want to repeat the same stuff done in WWE. I dunno much about that, but my hunch is the person who kind of got Melina’s “spot” was someone who was always going to be brought in for season 2 in some role, and that just happened to be the place for that person – replacing Melina was more circumstance than anything.

We still haven’t heard anything concrete about Lucha Underground being available outside of the El Rey Network. (We haven’t even officially heard about Unimas.) The network’s YouTube channel took down all the Season 1 original matches a week or so ago, and speculation was some announcement of a new way to watch those matches, but it’s still all quiet. There is another way to get the El Rey network. SlingTV was already offering the channel as part of a $20 package. Another service, Fubo.TV, is offering El Rey (and Unimas) as part of a package of soccer oriented channels for only $7 a month. It makes no sense for El Rey to be included, unless they’re just offering it to whoever will take them aboard. $7/month means about $1.75 per episode of Lucha Underground, which seems like a fair price even if you’re not interested in Barcelona/Real Madrid superclassicos.

Fubo.tv is available via apps and Rokus and the like. It’s seems to be only streaming. The site says some of the bigger soccer matches will be on VOD; I’ve got an email in asking if that would be true for the El Rey original shows. I’ll let you know if I hear back from them.

This is not much news, but feels like it could be a hint of something: I’ve got about 20 YouTube copyright notices on my AAA videos in the last day. None of them are copyright strikes or anything that will affect my ability to upload videos, just means someone else can/is enable ads and collect money off the videos. (I don’t generally put ads up because they’re not my content and drawing money off them will only cause problems; the only exception is the Sexy Star/Emma Huevo match to make that match even less interesting to watch.)

I get notices about music issues pretty regularly, but these are notices about “audiovisual content”, which is saying they own the video. I’d expect to get those from AAA, but they’re instead from a “DH1 Media”. Almost all flagged matches are 2014 and 2015. I put a list together of all the matches which have been flagged, to see if there was a pattern. Don’t really see one. I thought maybe there was a DVD release coming (WWE seems to pull down related videos before those come out), or some other video service, but you’d expect to see full shows pulled rather than one match here ore there. It’s only portions of most of the videos which are flagged; sometimes it seems to be actually a vignette that aired before or after the match, sometimes it just randomly starts in the middle of a match for no apparent reason.

My guess it is this is someone just trying to flag their music – that’s what DH1 Media seems to do – and having problems doing it, but maybe there’s something more. There is a Fighting Spirit Wrestling show in the UK which is airing NJPW, CMLL and AAA matches together. (It seems likely AAA & CMLL aren’t aware of this, because they’d probably be very unhappy about it if they did know.) I guess it could be the matches which are airing on that, but the little I know of what they’ve aired doesn’t quite match up.

Update: in the time it’s taken me to write this, I’ve got another flurry of these notices. They seem to be all around Brian Cage’s matches – maybe his music – but then went back to being random again.

CMLL has an interview hyping Negro Casas versus Super Parka. They note they didn’t face much when Parka was in CMLL in the 90s; prior to this feud, the only time on record they were even in the same match in Arena Mexico was teaming up in 2002. They never met in the 90s, as far as I have on record.

the SuperLuchas On This Day feature is back, with an article about a title change and a hair match. That’s clearly the year end show of 1977, which is a little more than we’re getting in 2015.

Lucha Memes announced Marcela defending her CMLL’s Women’s championship against Keira on the 12/25 Arena Naucalpan show.

AAA’s put all their 2015 TV episodes into a YouTube playlist. Newest episode is on top.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update and the latest edition of their podcast.

Segunda Caida reviews Ultimo Guerrero vs Rey Escorpion.

Yahoo! Deportes looks back at the lucha libre year in photos 2015.

Mil Mascaras talks about going to Japan, finds time to fit in a “TV has killed wrestling” bit.

AAA had a Christmas party with children from La Magia de un Deseo and met members of the Sacrmento Kings.

Black Warrior says he left AAA because he felt something was wrong in his life, and took classes in nutrition, personal health and fitness. He’d like to form a trio.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 12/08/2015 Arena México
1) Fantasy & Último Dragoncito vs Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Olímpico
2) Magnus, Robin, Sensei vs Disturbio, Hijo del Signo, Skándalo
3) Fuego, Pegasso, Tritón vs Puma, Sangre Azteca, Tiger
4) Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Boby Z [lightning]
5) Delta, Rey Cometa, Valiente vs Niebla Roja, Rey Bucanero, Vangellys
6) Atlantis, Titán, Volador Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Hechicero, Pólvora

Guerrero Maya Jr. and Bobby Z have one more match. Main event could be fun; this one of the better Tuesdy cards in a while.

great match roundup, week of 2015-10-31

The Puebla recap and the ClaroSports recap are already published. I changed the grade on Sombra/Volador & Mistico/Rush. I didn’t give enough credit to the storytelling.

rating matches TV Show taped
great La Sombra & Volador Jr. vs Mistico & Rush CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2015-11-06 2015-11-06
good Aerostar, Australian Suicide, Mr. 450, Speedball vs Daga, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Machine Rocker, Steve Pain AAA on Televisa: 2015-10-31 2015-10-17
good Angélico, Garza Jr., Jack Evans vs Hijo del Fantasma, Taurus, Texano AAA on Televisa: 2015-10-31 2015-10-17
good Ángel de Oro, Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto, Hechicero, Luciferno CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2015-11-02 2015-11-02
good Astral & Eléctrico vs Demus 3:16 & Mercurio CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2015-11-06 2015-11-06
ok La Parka, Monsther Clown, Murder Clown vs Averno, Chessman, Cibernético AAA on Televisa: 2015-10-31 2015-10-17
ok Psycho Clown & Rey Mysterio Jr. vs Electroshock & Johnny Mundo AAA on Televisa: 2015-10-31 2015-10-17
ok Bengala, Millenium, Rey Samuray vs El Malayo, Fuerza Chicana, Inquisidor CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2015-11-02 2015-11-02
ok Estrellita, La Vaquerita, Lluvia vs La Comandante, La Seductora, Zeuxis CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2015-11-02 2015-11-02
ok Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2015-11-02 2015-11-02
ok Faby Apache, Magnifico, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Gigga, Imagen de Oro, Taya AAA on Televisa (Regional): 2015-11-05 2015-10-17
ok Esfinge, Fuego, The Panther vs Puma, Súper Comando, Tiger CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2015-11-06 2015-11-06
ok Marcela, Silueta, Syuri vs Dalys, Tiffany, Zeuxis CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2015-11-06 2015-11-06
ok Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero vs Boby Z, Dragón Rojo Jr., Thunder CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2015-11-06 2015-11-06
ok Diamante Azul, La Máscara, Super Parka vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2015-11-06 2015-11-06
bad Euforia vs Thunder CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2015-11-02 2015-11-02
watch later Alas de Acero, Aramis, Black Drago, Dragón Fly, Hijo del Alebrije, Kanon, Power Bull vs Ángel Dorado, Ángel Dorado Jr., Cruz Del Silencio, Emeprador Sayri, Hades, René Rocks,Toro Machine [Copa Higher Power] IWRG Zona XXI: 2015-11-02 2015-10-2