AAA BOOM (WED) 06/17/2015Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (flickr), Estrellas del Ring, Mano a Mano]
1) Chica Ye-Ye, Jimmy, Kevin, Tony b Halcón 2000, King Jaguar, Shadow, Shadow Shadow & Ojo de Halcon Jr. replaced Chico Che & Kid Jaguar.
2) Flamita b Dinamic Black, Arez, Suicida, Drastik Boy, Golden Magic, Freelance, Jinzo, Impulso, Carta Brava Jr. (IWRG), Tony Rivera Flamita beat Dinamic Black. Tony Rivera & Jinzo were both surprise luchadors.
3) Aero Boy & Violento Jack b Eterno & Fresero Jr. and Ángel o Demonio & Ovett and Oficial 911 & Oficial AK47 Aero Boy & Violento Jack beat the Oficials for the win. Eterno walked on Fresero Jr. after a friendly fire incident.
4) Black Terry, Crazy Boy, Pesadilla DQ Carta Brava Jr. I, Cerebro Negro, Fantasma de la Ópera Fantasma & Carta wanted to humiliate Terry, as Eterno promised. Fantasma de la Opera gave Terry a martinete. Joe Lider confronted Crazy Boy & Pesadilla in the post match and challenged for an extreme match on the next Lucha Boom show in Naucalpan.
5) Canek, Myzteziz, Pantera I b Averno, Dr. Wagner Jr., Fuerza Guerrera Mistica on Averno.
It looked like a sell out or close to it for a much bigger name show than the usual IWRG show (much less than usual IWRG Wednesday show.) They set up things for a return date but didn’t announce one.
This week’s WON mentions TNA made a big pitch to Rey Mysterio Jr. about joining them, telling Rey they’d build the company around him, open doors from him to do other media projects and let him do whatever he wants on the days they don’t use him (so he wouldn’t necessarily be exclusive.) The note mentions it’s still more likely he goes to Lucha Underground, but that remains unsigned. I wonder what they told Rey about their TV situation
Accion MX has a bio of Chihuahua’s Wild Cat, who talks about his career, saying he wrestled in AAA as As de Chihuahua.
BSW (FRI) 07/24/2015Auditorio de Tijuana, Tijuana, Baja California 1) Mazambula & Pancho Cachondo vs Shamu & Spark 2) Black Spider, Búfalo Ayala, Mosco Negro vs Black Boy, Rey Diamante, Star Dragon 3) Damián 666 & Halloween vs Arandú & TJ Boy and Aero Boy & X-Fly 4) Extreme Tiger, Hijo De Rey Misterio III, Mistico II vs Mortiz, Mr. Niebla, Rey Misterio II 5) Nicho el Millionario vs Pagano [hair]
The end (?) of a long Nicho/Pagano feud and a random Mistico appearance.
I was too busy trying to record the Terra feed to actually watch the first two matches, but I rated them when they air on Cadena3. Matches are going to show up twice when they air twice like that.
I think I’m going to probably skip doing recaps of the AAA TV shows when they already air on PPV, figuring I’ve already wrote enough about the show when it aired live and there’s no a lot more add 2-3 weeks later (and posted 4-6 weeks later.) There’s usually only a minute or two of new material. Hopefully no one desperately needs me to write down match times.
AAA posted a new lineup for this show today, which probably means they’ll be hyping Mysterio’s appearance on this week’s TV. AAA usually doesn’t announce card changes – with Verano de Escandalo, they surely knew Kronos was out in advance but didn’t update – but adding Rey Mysterio is a supposed to sell some tickets and all the other changes just showed up with him.
Mysterio becoming the mystery guy in the main event is the biggest news, but lots of other shuffling going on. Fenix and Myzteziz ended Verano de Escandalo hurt and are both off the show now. Not sure if that’s the same issue with Pentagon and Argenis. The latter could just be adding Aerostar to face Super Fly again.
Chessman essentially gets added to the card to replace Kronos, with the semifinal trios match turned into a trios tag match. Electro & Pirata were already booked as only a tag team on the next two shows (which also have multiteam tag matches.)
Fenix and Pentagon are now not booked on any AAA TV announced taping, and that covers the next six weeks of shows. That might not all be injury, they may be missing the 07/10 show because they’re going on the trip to London, but it suggets there won’t be big plans for them going into TripleMania. (Whenever that is.)
AAA also reposted the 07/10 lineup, but there’s no changes to that lineup. The mystery person on 07/10 show is still listed as a mystery person, but likely is Laredo Kid.
Not much! They were completely sincere about it being a one match show. There were no other matches, there were no vignettes, there were no trips to Dario. Dario wasn’t seen, but it was suggested he would get involved should this end in a tie.
It did not, though it might have if a certain San Luis Potosi native kept talking. Johnny Mundo attempted to run out the clock by running away from Puma. Alberto el Patron returned to cut off Mundo and beat him from one side of the building to the other (literally) and threw him back in to set up Puma’s tying pinfall. Alberto declared he was not done with Mundo and coming after Puma next. Alberto left the two with four minutes left. Mundo had a couple close near falls, but Puma landed his 630 senton for a pin with about 7 seconds left, and neither guy was able to move as time ran out.
Puma got the first pinfall, but Mundo built a big early lead after smacking Puma with a crowbar (pulled from under the win) and hitting big moves on Puma as Puma was unable to recover. The long gap between pinfalls was spent in the aisle, in the bleachers, and even up on the band’s stand – with Puma spearing Mundo off onto four tables which had been set up earlier. Puma fared slightly better on the fall, and was eventually able to drag Mundo back to the ring, where he got the second and third pinfall. Mundo ran, Alberto came in, and you’ve already read the rest.
Puma defends the title next at Ultima Lucha against the winner of next week’s Drago versus Mil Muertes match.
This was a really good match, among the best in the history of the show. I didn’t find it one of the best – Aztec Warfare had more story, Grave Consequences felt more epic – but this was pretty enjoyable. The difficulty was needing to stretch it for 42 minutes mean they had a slower first ~18 minutes than you’d expect out of them (when most of the matches are 17 minutes themselves.) An Iron Man match is more often seen on PPV, and it’s tougher to stay with when there are commercials breaking up the action every few minutes. These commercials seemed weighed more heavily towards the first half of the show, which allowed the big unbroken stretch at the end but further exacerbated the slower than normal start. I think this match is going to feel stronger when seen unbroken (by which I mean DVR or uVideos and definitely not some other source.)
The big spots were really good. The crowbar spot looked brutal. The crowd fighting was as chaotic as usual. The fall thru four tables should be part of every Season 1 recap package. Alberto brought the rage (and it was interesting that even though Mundo turned, Puma and Mundo still had a level of respect – at least to start.) The high points of the match itself were laid out nicely, there was just a lot of match to lay them out over.
One positive that didn’t pop up to me until writing the recap: plenty of matches on Lucha Underground have ended by pinfall without someone hitting their finish. There are a lot of moves that can ‘work’ for 3. A WWE Iron Man feels weird when ‘other’ moves can are suddenly collecting pinfalls, but it felt completely normal for both guys to be using other spots to win.
Matt Striker has gotten criticism for his lack of intensity in critical situations. That was not a problem here, as he did well getting over the urgency of the last few minutes of the match. Even his compulsion to drop references worked out well here, putting over the near falls as past championship winners.
DTU heads towards Veracruz for a show in Xalapa on Thursday.
CMLL (TUE) 06/16/2015Arena México [CMLL, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Mercurio & Pequeño Universo 2000 b Aéreo & Angelito Rudos took 1/3.
2) Oro Jr., Pegasso, Soberano Jr. DQ Cancerbero, Raziel, Sangre Azteca straight falls. Sangre pulled of Soberano’s mask for the DQ.
3) Boby Zavala b Guerrero Maya Jr. [En Busca de un Idolo] Zavala submitted Maya. Best match of the competition so far. Volador was guest judge. Bobby got positive reviews, and a score of 9 (Volador), 8 (Gladiador), 8 (Shocker), 6 (Tirantes) for a 31. Maya got both criticism and praise for being an 80s throwback, and scores of 5, 8, 8, and 6 for 27.
4) Canelo Casas b Delta [En Busca de un Idolo] Delta controlled a lot of the match, but Canelo surprising won with a top rope splash. Canelo scored a 6, 6, 7 and 3 for 22. Delta, who seemed to come in with a knee injury, scored a 6, 6, 6, 2 for 20.
5) Ephesto, Mephisto, Virus b Blue Panther, Fuego, The Panther Money thrown in. Mephisto Rosa on Blue Panther for the win.
6) Dragon Lee, Mistico, Titán b Hechicero, Pólvora, Ripper Hechicero replaced Kamaitachi on Monday.
Maya/Zavala is first match worth going on of your way to watch, though it wouldn’t be memorable in last year’s tournament. Everyone seems to be working normal Tuesday lightning matches instead of doing something extra for the tournament.
Tirantes mentioned he was in the match where Delta was hurt, which could’ve been Sunday in Arena Mexico or Monday in Arena Puebla. Delta is really struggling in this tournament…
After W2 En Busca matches, before fan poll:
BP Jr. 87
…he’s in 7th, and will likely fall to 8th because he’s not getting fan poll support. It’s still early, but it looks like Maya & Zavala are good bets to advance, Esfinge may end up with the third spot Delta’s not taking, and Panther, Disturbio and Flyer are battling for the fourth spot. Plenty of time for someone to improve.
The entire segunda was built around Sobreano and Sangre Azteca, and neither man is on next week’s show. It came off as a lot of stalling to stretch out the show for C3. I’d advise you to skip that half hour.
Tonight’s Lucha Underground is episode 32, All Night Long. Here is the complete list of matches on this week’s show.
Prince Puma (c) versus Johnny Mundo in an iron man match for the Lucha Underground Championship
Thus ends the entire list of matches on this week’s show.
Winner will defend the title at Ultima Lucha. The first couple minutes are on line. I wonder if they’ll sneak in a vignette before or after the match, or if it’ll truly be the only thing on the show.
Lucha Underground is listed on the Emmy ballot under “Outstanding Structured Reality Program.” A show where a man turned into a dragon listed under reality program really makes you wonder what I’m missing out on those other programs and about the entire nature of reality itself. Am I real? Is any of this real? Have been people turning into dragons all around me and I’ve just not opened my eyes to see? Does this paragraph read like it was written at 3AM? Emmy categories can really cause an extensional crisis.
Arena Naucalpan hosts a Lucah Libre Boom show tonight, with Canek, Myzteziz, and Pantera I versus Averno, Dr. Wagner Jr. and Fuerza Guerrera in the main event.
Mr. Niebla talked about his situation with CMLL, acknowledges he wasn’t following the rules. Niebla’s kept a lower profile this break from CMLL (though that may just be everyone not wanting to ask him the same questions again.)
+LuchaTV has video of the weird finish of the Lady Apache vs Rossy Moreno match. Sure looks like Lady Apache pinned Rossy Moreno cleanly in the first place, and then they couldn’t actually get the back bend double pin to work at the end (Apache’s shoulder was on Moreno’s face.) Also, they didn’t really need an bad finish excuse to keep having matches, they’re going to keep having matches anyway.
CMLL (TUE) 06/23/2015Arena México
1) Acero & Aéreo vs Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Violencia
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Magnus, Súper Halcón Jr. vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Metálico, Nitro
3) Flyer vs Canelo Casas [En Busca de un Idolo]
4) Blue Panther Jr. vs Boby Zavala [En Busca de un Idolo]
5) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Valiente vs Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado
6) Atlantis, Dragon Lee, La Máscara vs Felino, Terrible, Vangellys
7) Ángel de Oro, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
Up to 7 matches, which will give C3 enough TV content without stretches out matches. Both En Busca de un Idolo matches could be hit and miss. Delta & Maya are above this tournament, literally. The Kamaitiachi/Dragon Lee feud has been dropped – Kamaitachi appears not be expected back yet.
Puma won the cibernetico to get a title shot. He’s a light heavyweight, so good to the point. The problem is Malefico appears to be the most recent champion – he beat Rey Cometa last year in the last known defense, and hasn’t had a singles match in Arean Coliseo Guadalajara since that time. It’s possible, but very unlikely, he lost the title Exterminador at some other show in Guadalajara and no one’s mentioned it until now.
This is either a phantom change or someone forgot who’s the champion and things will be switched between now and Friday. I think everyone needs to publish a list of champions just to get them over to the fans, but maybe CMLL neds to make a list so they know who actually holds the titles.
At any rate, we get a free Puma title match (will air on 52MX) and maybe Puma will be champion and there’s no problem with all of that.
So the big names aren’t ones once they get past Carlito. (Though Douki/Epydemius should be fun if it airs.) Hayden’s worked LLF.
Lucha Mutante (SAT) 07/18/2015 Deportivo 18 de Marzo, Gustavo a Madero, Distrito Federal
1) Ekuz vs Payaso Loco
2) Dragosth & Juana La Loca vs Fly Star & Toxin Boy and Mike & Teelo and Metaleón & Mr. Leo
3) Pólvora vs Hijo del Pantera
4) Ludark Shaitan vs Wotam
5) Titán & Tritón (CMLL) vs Aeroboy & Violento Jack
6) Último Guerrero vs Black Terry
Debut show for this promotion name. Guess Hijo del Pantera is back in Mexico in July! Terry/UG is a first time ever match.
CMLL (SUN) 06/14/2015Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL, Fuego en el Ring]
1) Mercenario & Mr. Brisa b Capitan Cobra & Mr. Apolo
2) Nube Roja & Toro Negro b El Chakal & Évola
3) Metatrón & Reycko b Joker & Sádico
4) Pepe Aguayo, Pitbull I, Pitbull II DQ Exterminador, Flash I, Maléfico [Relevos Increíbles] Pepe worked as a rudo. Extreamindor was caught fouling Pepe for the DQ.
5) Espectrum L Esfinge, Sansón, Gallo, Ráfaga, Forastero, Rey Trueno, Magnum, Flash II, Infierno, El Cuatrero, Virgo [cage, mask, hair] Luchadors must have stayed in for 5 minutes before escaping. Match came down to Gallo, Espectrum and Esfinge. Gallo escaped, and Esfinge beat Espectrum with a bridging cradle for the win. Espectrum was unmasked as Gerardo Alférez Robledo, 32 years old, 8 years a wrestler.
Espectrum just turned back up three weeks ago, so not a big surprise he was unmasked. CMLL’s talked about putting up matches from Guadalajara on YouTube. It’ll be interesting if they put up Esfinge’s big win and if it has any affect on his En Busca de un Idolo standing.
Kamaitachi is off this week’s shows, removed from tonight’s show (Hechicero replaces) and Sunday (Okumura.) Naito’s blog mentions Kamaitachi didn’t work out Monday after returning from losing the Oaxaca title match and seemed to be depressed, then later told Naito he’d been working thru an injury for two months. Naito mentions the injury, but the translation is totally unclear. Naito was surprised Kamaitachi had been working thru it for long. Kamaitachi later told Naito that he was fine, but it sure looks like someone thought otherwise.
Today’s new CMLL main event is Mistico, Dragon Lee and Titan versus Ripper, Polvora and Hechicero, with the recap pushing Mistico/Ripper and Lee/Hechicero matchups. The En Busca de un Idolo matches are Canelo Casas vs Delta and Guerrero Maya vs Boby Zavala. Zavala & Maya are the two best luchadors in the match and the two most likely to get thru the second round. This could be the first of three times they face off in this competition.
Disturbio, talking En Busca de un Idolo, says he’s not scared of anyone. He notes he came into CMLL the same time as Delta & Maya but has not gotten the same opportunities.
Averno says the Psycho Circus have to go to the back of the line of challengers, while Chessman says there are no worthy challengers for his Latin American title.
AAA’s put up this week’s TV show, which includes the opener which didn’t air on Televisa. AAA hinted at announcing TripleMania information this week; if it’s going to be part of this upcoming week’s TV, we’ll probably hear about it tomorrow.
Heddi Karoui always seems to do well and seems to keep a connection with them even when he’s wrestling elsewhere. He seems like a slight favorite.
There’s a dozen different people currently using Enigma, not even including Nygma. It’s not a great name to use.
CMLL (MON) 06/22/2015Arena Puebla
1) Arkalis, Lestat, Rey Samuray vs King Jaguar, Rey Apocalipsis, Toro Bill Jr.
2) Goya Kong, Lluvia, Marcela vs Dalys, Tiffany, Zeuxis
3) Dragon Lee, Fuego, Tritón vs Kamaitachi, Okumura, Virus
4) Atlantis, Delta, Naito vs Kráneo, Morphosis, Ripper
5) La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
Main event is a rematch. Kamaitachi listed as back here, but that could’ve just not been updated.