CMLL FantasticaMania 2015 Day 1 quick review

Tonight and tomorrow’s’s CMLL FantasticaMania show will be available on NJPW World for subscribers. Two other shows will air weeks from now on SamuraiTV. The first show of the tour is already out, on RealHero’s DailyMotion channel. Quick reviews:

Rey Cometa & Tritón vs Bárbaro Cavernario & Mr. Niebla [OK]: was going OK until Niebla decided to be a klutz and fell on Triton’s knee. Triton really shouldn’t have tried the dive after, but it’s his first match in Japan so of course he would. Cometa got out of the match well and I have no idea how he got hurt. Must’ve been something between the shows. Crowd did like Peste Negra quickly, though some of Niebla’s antics were going over their heads.

Ángel de Oro vs Okumura in a lightning match: [OK] incredible generic lightning Angel de Oro match, CHECK. I’m thinking this one which had to play a lot better to people not used to Angel de Oro, and Angel de Oro actually had to find something new to do around minute 8, but this also might have been better in CMLL because there’s no way they would’ve got 10 minutes. Okumura’s DDT on the apron looked cool and he was trying. Polite applause for a draw was kind of weird.

Jushin Liger & Mistico vs Gedo & Pólvora [ok]: Mistico did very little early and did not look good doing it, but was redeemed in the last couple minutes with some good near falls. Mistico didn’t do much that would cause him to stick out if he wasn’t already Mistico. Polvora really didn’t show much either and Gedo & Lyger were just there to be names. The rudo section really dragged, and only the last few minutes saved it from being below average.

Stigma, Stuka Jr., Tiger Mask vs Mephisto, Shinsuke Nakamura, YOSHI-HASHI: [good] nice trios match to build up Mephsito/Stuka, which came across like a feud that’s been going for some time (and not one just invented for this tour.) Stigma did well, even if stealing Stukita’s pose is no bueno. This felt like Nakamura was fighting much beneath his weight but he also didn’t mail it in.

Captain New Japan, Kushida, Máscara Dorada vs La Sombra, Ryusuke Taguchi, Tetsuya Naito: [good]: kind of want to declare Dorada/Sombra a MOTYC days before it occurs just based on the interactions in this match. They are more than ready for this match and it’s going to be fantastic. This was good too, with both teams mixing well; the Taguchi/Naito/Sombra side worked particularly well. I could use a little less Captain New Japan, but that’s the match they were working.

Atlantis, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Volador Jr. vs Gran Guerrero, Kazuchika Okada, Último Guerrero [good]: best match on the show, with guys going out a little stronger for the main event. Ultimo always steps it for Japan and he was working hard here. Gran Guerrero impressed, working well with Volador after an early stumble and breaking out new offense. It looked like he might be okay with Volador after all; it gave me much more hope for that for sure. Atlantis did Atlantis things, Volador showed off a lot, and Tanahashi & Okada were their normal self. It was weird when Atlantis & Ultimo Guerrero were hyping up their match and I suddenly understood half the things which were being said.

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Atlantis & Mascara Dorada win tag tournament (again), Angel de Oro retains, CMLL show in Mexico also occurs

CMLL (SAT) 01/17/2015 Shin-Kiba 1st Ring, Tokyo, Japan
***FantasticaMania 2015, Day 4***
Attendance: 300
1) Rey Cometa & Stuka Jr. b Bárbaro Cavernario & Mr. Niebla [quarterfinal]
4:10. Cometa returned to action after missing the last two shows. Torpedo Splash on Niebla.
2) Stigma & Volador Jr. b Gran Guerrero & Último Guerrero [quarterfinal]
9:32. Ultimo Guerrero beat Stigma with the Guerrero Special
3) Mephisto & Pólvora b Mistico & Tritón [quarterfinal]
7:09. Mistico wore a split Mistico/Triton mask. Super Devil’s Wings on Triton.
4) Atlantis & Máscara Dorada b La Sombra & Tetsuya Naito [quarterfinal]
8:05. Mascara Dorada beat Sombra with a cradle
5) Gran Guerrero & Último Guerrero b Rey Cometa & Stuka Jr. [semifinal]
8:13. Ultimo Guerrero beat Stuka with the Guerrero Special.
6) Atlantis & Máscara Dorada b Mephisto & Pólvora [semifinal]
4:27. Mascara Dorada beat Mephisto with a cradle.
7) Ángel de Oro © b Okumura [CMLL LH]
12:13. One fall match. Polvora and Rey Cometa were seconds (though Mima Shimoda accompanied Okumura to the ring.) Angel de Oro used the Skayde Special to pin Okumura for the win in his first defense.
8) Atlantis & Máscara Dorada b Gran Guerrero & Último Guerrero [final]
16:54. Atlantida on Ultimo Guerrero. The two meet tomorrow in a singles match.

300 is a sell out in the small building. This show was taped for SamuraiTV, but I’m unsure of the air date.

This is the third tournament Atlantis & Mascara Dorada have won as a tag team, after winning the two National Parajes Increibles Tournaments.

Cometa back in action is nice to see. Cavernario and Cometa probably will only get 10 minutes this time around, but it’ll be ten good minutes.

That’s still a couple days away. The big matches tomorrow (3:30 AM Mexico City time) are Volador vs Gran Guerrero, Stuka Jr. vs Mephisto and Ultimo Guerrero vs Atlantis. I’ll be on Twitter during the show and post results soon after.

CMLL (FRI) 01/16/2015 Arena México [CMLL, Notimex]
1) Shockercito & Último Dragoncito b Mercurio & Pequeño Olímpico
2) Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany b Dark Angel, Estrellita, Goya Kong
Rudas took 2/3
3) Kamaitachi, Puma, Tiger b Blue Panther Jr., Dragon Lee, Pegasso
Rudos took 1/3. Kamaitachi & Dragon Lee continue to feud
4) Fuego b Hombre sin Nombre [lightning]
5) Felino, Negro Casas, Shocker b La Máscara, Super Porky, Titán
Rudos took 1/3.
6) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Valiente DQ Euforia, Terrible, Thunder
Straight falls. Thunder fouled Maximo.

A very routine show. Hoping the 3rd makes air somehow, though they’ve tended to show the women’s match of late.

Sabado Retros has Sagrado, Misterioso, and Negro Casas versus La Mascara, Guerrero May Jr., Delta in the main event. That’s expected to lead to an Arena Coliseo tag title defense, as noted in the preview.

Hechicero feels he made a mark in CMLL last year and wants to go after people this year.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Apolo Valdes looks at what might happen in 2015 lucha libre.

LV has a review of FantasticaMania day 1.

SuperLuchas talks about the start of a Mexican Welterweight tournament in 1941 (which seems to invalidate the champions of 1940.)

The Canek vs Mr. Jack title match will air on Leyendas Inmortales this weekend.

An interview with promoters in Morelia.

Lineups

IWRG FILL (WED) 01/21/2015 Arena Naucalpan
1) Aguila Oriental, Black Niko, Chicanito vs Guerrero 2000, Último Caballero, Vampiro Metálico
2) Aramis, Black Angel, Lady Drago vs Psique, Sexy Girl, Shadow Boy
3) Adrenalina, Marduck, Voltar vs Mercenario De La Muerte, Payaso Extremo, Picudo Jr.
4) Blue Monsther, Fly Boricua, Galaxy vs Anubis Black, Araña de Plata, Hip Hop Man
5) Alfa, Atomic Star, Avisman, Electro Boy, Imposible, Metaleón, Power Bull, Sky Ángel vs Aguila Tapada, Manchas, Mr. Cebra, Mr. Tatuaje, Super Pinocho 3000, Tigre Americano, Tigre Nahual, Vengador Galactico
Gym FILL (Black Terry) vs Gym Metropolitano (Super Pinocho)

Even though they’ve got the AAA taping on Friday, the Wedensday show returns in the form of a FILL show. I don’t think I’ve seen any of Super Pinocho’s guys, though they have been wrestling around Mexico State.

CMLL (FRI) 01/23/2015 Arena México
1) Flyer & Sensei vs Artillero & Súper Comando
2) Oro Jr., Pegasso, Tritón vs Boby Zavala, Sangre Azteca, Virus
3) Dark Angel, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany
4) Valiente vs Kamaitachi [lightning]
5) La Máscara, La Sombra, Marco Corleone vs Negro Casas, Shocker, Thunder
6) Máximo, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Último Guerrero

The return of Mistico and the others who were on the FantasticaMania tour. Volador & Bucanero are together again in the main event, but it really should be ablet Mistico coming back in one piece.

Semimain has the tag team champions together against the only unit really challenging them. Lightning match continues the recent Kamaitachi spotlight chances.

Marcela handles the video promo.

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01/30 AAA TV Lineup (Toluca)

AAA TV (FRI) 01/30/2015 Gimnasio Agustín Millán, Toluca, Estado de México
1) ? vs ??
2) Mascarita Sagrada, Mini Drago, Octagoncito vs Mini Abismo Negro, Mini Charly Manson, Mini Psycho Clown
3) Bengala, Drago, Faby Apache vs Joe Lider, Súper Fly, Taya Valkyrie
4) Angélico & Jack Evans vs Averno & Chessman
5) La Parka vs El Mesías, Cibernético, Parka Negra [Rey de Reyes, semifinal]
6) Fénix, Myzteziz, Psycho Clown vs el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Hijo del Fantasma, Pentagón Jr.

Air Date:  02/07 – and maybe 02/14 assuming that’s a Carta Brava match and not just a locals ones. They’ve been more Carta Brava-ish of late.

Myzteziz vs Perro appears to be the spine of the main event again, with Fantasma replacing Texano and Fenix & Pentagon being added in.

La Parka has a chance to defend his 2014 Rey de Reyes win against his old rival (Parka Negra) and the guy who possibly could be his current rival (Cibernetico.) Mesias messed up his arm something fierce in last year’s Rey de Reyes qualifer, so this year’s can only go better for him.

Angelico & Jack vs Averno & Chessman could be the best match of the show if it’s not an angle this time; the match got derailed to set up the Hell Brothers forming last time. Minis match has a good chance too and the second match should be well received. Toluca’s always good for AAA TV.

Alberto and Sexy Star stick out as two important people who haven’t been seen yet. Only two shows in.

No next taping is announced after this, though it’s possible we could see something announced on AAA TV this weekend. Last year also started with Naucalpan & Toluca, then to Guerrero Negro for the tourism sponsored show and Ecatepec for a normal taping. Maybe back to Ecatepec again this year?

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CMLL Arena Mexico preview, Rey Cometa, Lucha Underground

Tonight’s Arena Mexico main event is Marco Corleone, Maximo, Valiente versus Euforia, Terrible, and Thunder in a main event that could’ve been the main event of any other show in the main event. More interesting stuff is found on the undercard, especially the tercera of Dragon Lee, Pegasso, and Blue Panther Jr. vs Kamataichi, Puma, and Tiger. That continues the Dragon Lee/Kamaitachi feud and picks up the Panthers/Cats issue again. It’s in a spot where it normally doesn’t get on TV, but might since the Dragon Lee/Kamaitachi issue is going somewhere. Sexy Team (Dark Angel, Estrellita and Goya Kong) team up for the first time in 4 months (and only the second time in 10 months), facing Amapola, Dalys and Tiffany. Estrellita hasn’t been in Arena Mexico since Dalys dropped her on her head, perhaps they’ll pick that up today.

CMLL’s show tomorrow (morning, our time) has the one night tag team tournament and the Angel de Oro/Okumura CMLL LH championship match. A title change would be a significant surprise, though it’d also easily explain why Angel de Oro won the title in the first place. Rey Cometa is scheduled to team with Stuka Jr. and is hopeful of doing so; he posted on Facebook that he was getting his knee checked when they returned back to Tokyo and wants to get back in the ring. (He’s also a new dad again, of a boy.)

Syuri, as the CMLL World Women’s Championship, will appear on the 01/19 FantasticaMania show. She’ll appear before the second match to help give flowers to Naito & Taguchi. They’ve had CMLL & REINA women do this on previous year’s shows.

Lucha Underground starts taping Saturday. It’s supposed to be double tapings every day, so they’ll have about a month’s worth of shows by Monday. (I’d love to get results and any other thoughts about the shows.) Some of the wrestlers made it to the Temple yesterday (Fenix?), some appear to be going today. Aerostar mentioned he and Argenis were heading to Los Angeles this morning; I know some people were wondering if Aero was just in for one weekend, but it appears like he’s back for more.

I’d assume those names working on the Friday night Naucalpan show next week (Aerostar, Super Fly, Drago, Pentagon Jr. among them) are probably not part of next weekend’s Lucha Underground shows just due to scheduling. Likewise, since Dark Angel appears to be working tonight in Arena Mexico, she probably didn’t end up signing with Lucha Underground.

El Patron Alberto was named AAA Tecnico of 2014. Alberto was all announced as working the 04/04 ROH show. Alberto was originally signed only thru their March PPV, so this is a sign of a longer deal. Not sure if this is connected to Alberto not working Lucha Underground or just Alberto offering to work in the city he’s living in.

CMLL’s belatedly put up the Super Halcon Jr. vs Raziel lightning match. It’s nothing you need to hurry to watch.

RobViper has a music video of 09/26/14 CMLL.

DoradaFan has a music video of 12/02/14 CMLL.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update and Alfredo recapping CMLL Informa. Dragon Lee believes Kamaitachi was sent to attack him by a mystery Japanese opponent. Dragon Lee believes he’s living in an anime, I think, and it would probably be a pretty good anime.

Segunda Caida reviews some late July CMLL and Hiroshi Tanahashi, Shigeo Okumura, Taichi vs. Héctor Garza, Hijo del Fantasma, La Máscara [CMLL TRIOS].

LV reviews 01/11/15 IWRG and Lucha Underground 01/14/15.

ChilangaMask added Impulso vs Jason Gory to their 03/22 show.

All Elite announced Fuerza Guerrera vs Negro Casas for their 02/08 show.

03/01 Arena Neza will have Black Terry, Flamita, Neza Kid vs Mike Suicida, Aeroboy, and Violento Jack.

Sabor del Ring is doing reveals of luchadors on the 02/15/15 return to the Arena Coliseo San Luis Potosi show. It’s mostly indy and SLP guys. Of note, Billy Boy is listed as working and mentioned to be ex-AAA. He hasn’t been seen in AAA since his hand injury.

Mini Psycho Clown says he had a great 2014 and hopes to challenge Dinastia for the titles again, or fight the Vipers. He calls Mini Chessman his great friend; he passed away a day before Psycho’s birthday and they had made great plans.

DJ Spectro looks at a random Misionerios de la Muerte vs Cadetes del Espacio.

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01/17-18 lucha times

box. It’s after the jump too.

It’s not part of the normal shows, but FantasticaMania airs on NJPWWorld this weekend as well. Shows are early Sunday morning and early Monday Morning at 3:30AM Mexico City time; click here for the time in your time zone. (It’s the same time both days.)

== AAA ==

Guerra de Titanes! It’s been so long, you may have forgetton all the finishes. No preview of late, so your guess is as good as mind. They will need to air the mask match first, since the winner shows up in the post match of the title match.

== Lucha Underground ==

Last Luchador Standing

Drago and King Cuerno hunt each other down; the winner must incapacitate their opponent until he cannot answer a 10-count.

Pentagon Jr. vs Super Fly is also taking place next week.

== CMLL ==

FOX2: Kamaitachi vs Dragon Lee should air. La Mascara, La Sombra, Marco vs Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Shocker is the main event.

Azteca: Mascara Dorada vs Negro Casas.

52MX: A random cibernetico, and Atlantis, Maximo, Valiente vs Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla

Claro: the La Mascara, Titan, Valiente vs Euforia, Niebla Roja, Shoccker match which didn’t air on Terra

C3: Kraneo, Olimpico, Rey Bucanero vs Delta, Guerrero Maya, Valiente. This really looks like a skippable two hours.

Terra Sunday: Dragon Rojo, Marco Corleone, Super Porky vs Kraneo, Olimpico, Rey Bucanero. Some stuff on the undercard looks more pleasant, but this also another card you shouldn’t go out of your way to track down.

== IWRG ==

IWRG (LAS/AYM): fourway tag match in the main event, Ninja Turtles vs Arana de Plata, Dowki, Hip Hop Man and Imposible in the opener.

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FantasticaMania Day 3, Alberto not to Lucha Underground, Rush on his 2015 plans

CMLL (TUE) 01/13/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Metatrón b Évola
win via powerbomb
2) Leo & Star Jr. b Arkángel de la Muerte & Maléfico
Leo replaced Omar Brunetti.
3) Puma, Tiger, Virus b Dragon Lee, Esfinge, Pegasso
Rudos took 1/3.
4) Ephesto, Felino, Hechicero b Blue Panther Jr., Dragón Rojo Jr., Fuego
5) Euforia, Negro Casas, Shocker b La Máscara, Marco Corleone, Máximo
Shocker used the ropes to beat Marco.

and that’s how they got to Shocker/Marco.

CMLL (THU) 01/15/2015 KBS Hall, Kyoto, Japan [NJPW]
***FantasticaMania 2015, Day 3***
Attendance: 850
1) Bárbaro Cavernario & YOSHI-HASHI b Kushida & Yohei Komatsu
9:15. Yohei Komatsu replaced Rey Cometa (injury). Cavernaria on Cavernario.
2) Mr. Niebla & Okumura b Ángel de Oro & Stigma
8:31. Mima Shimoda seconded the rudos. Niebla powerbomb on Stigma. (Niebla’s finisher translated to Death Nukadora?)
3) Gedo & Pólvora b Mistico & Tiger Mask
9:40. Polvora Driver on Mistico. Polvora took Mistico & Tiger Mask’s masks after the match.
4) Kazuchika Okada & Mephisto b Captain New Japan & Stuka Jr.
8:25. Okada beat New Japan with the Red Ink.
5) La Sombra, Ryusuke Taguchi, Tetsuya Naito b Jushin Liger, Máscara Dorada, Tritón
11:17. Sombra beat Triton with the Shadow Driver.
6) Gran Guerrero, Shinsuke Nakamura, Último Guerrero b Atlantis, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Volador Jr.
11:46. Gran Guerrero upset Volador with the top rope flapjack slam (listed as the Guerrero Special, but it’s the finish he used as Taurus.)

Taped, but I don’t see the air date on SamuraiTV’s schedule. Sombra is mostly rudo, so it was as close to an all rudo night as they can get. No update on Cometa. They’re off tomorrow and then resume Saturday with the Angel de Oro/Okumura title match and a one night tag team tournament.

El Patron Alberto said he was not going to Lucha Underground. Something’s changed, because Alberto himself last year said he was going to Lucha Underground and it was considered a lock. It’s possible it could be on either side – Alberto’s got plenty of other options (with wrestling and MMA) or Lucha Underground could’ve changed it’s offer. I think the in-ring in Lucha Underground will go on fine without Alberto, but they could use the name and not getting him might suggest plans a lesser commitment to the project.

The Wrestling Observer Newsletter mentioned a casting call for “Doritos Presents Lucha Underground”, which appears to be a web reality show where 8 people compete for 1 spot on the show. Presenting Lucha Underground in other media was one of the original plans for the project, but pretty much nothing outside of social media has materialized – this would start to change that. Casting is listed as taking place next week (in between the two weekends of taping), and the show would start to shoot on 03/01. Lucha Underground is scheduled to have a TV break in the summer, so perhaps they’ll time this to air on the web during that break.

Rush appeared on CMLL Informa. He’s the last guest and mentioned just recently got the screw taken out of his leg. Rush was mellower than usual – maybe he’s still on pain killers from the screw removal. No return date was announced and it seems to be far off, since he’s only just started walking. Rush said he had no problem with Marco being in the Ingobernables because he’s a friend. Rush plans on destroying everyone and wants the Heavyweight title and the Universal championship. I believe part of the reason why the heavyweight title was so quiet is CMLL long ago decided Rush is going to be the next guy to win it and he had other feuds going on. (It doesn’t explain why Terrible isn’t defending it against other people so it’d mean something when he loses it.)

The other notable interview was with Dragon Lee, who was really pushing for a mask match with Kamaitachi. That’s clearly the plan at this point. Dragon Lee hoped it’d be at the Anniversary show, but Dos Leyendas or the months just after seem more likely.

Meanwhile, CMLL.com has a story on Olimpico getting a new Egyptian look, using the “renew or die” phrase used often when superficial changes are made. I guess he just found out this week that wrestling in a ratty black t-shirt is not a marketable look? (Also, I have this vague impression he tried this before but maybe I’m imagining things.)

BxB Fly has music videos of 10/13/14 Puebla, 10/14/14 Guadalajara, and 10/19/14 Coliseo

SuperLuchas looks back 44 years to El Santo being honored by a circus and Andre el Gigante in Guadalajara.

Cronicas y Leyendas looks back at Perro Sr. with a much younger Vampiro & Konnan.

Hechicero says he respects Guerrero Maya’s abilities but Maya shouldn’t challenge him unless he wants problems.

Impulso is sure he’ll show he’s better than Freelance.

Bio of San Luis Río Colorado’s Majestick.

Octagon is briefly interviewed for a show in Cicero.

Myzteziz & Alberto are advertised as wrestling in Qatar from October 7th to the 9th.

Lineups

CaraLuchas (SAT) 01/31/2015 Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal
1) ? vs ??
2) Andy Boy, Danger, Guerrero Mixtico vs Arez, Belial, Impulso
3) Demus 3:16 & Pierrothito vs Freelance & Mike Segura
4) Estrellita & Star Fire vs ? & Diosa Atenea
5) ? & Dragon Lee (CMLL) vs Aeroboy & Flamita
mystery person will be from CMLL
6) Hechicero (CMLL), Máximo, Último Guerrero vs Negro Navarro, Trauma I, Trauma II

That’s a unique main event, and some different looking matches underneath. Maximo annoying the Navarros always sounds like a fun idea. The 2nd and 3rd matches might be really good too. There’s been rumors of big names for the mystery CMLL spot, but nothing’s for sure until it’s announced.

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