03/23 AAA TV Lineup (2016 Rey de Reyes)

Rey de Reyes
AAA TV (WED) 03/23/2016 Plaza de Toros Monumental El Paseo, San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí
Rey de Reyes 2016
1) ?, Faby Apache, Máscarita Sagrada, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Mamba, Mini Charly Manson, Taurus, Taya
2) Aerostar, Drago, Fénix vs Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Zorro [AAA TRIOS]
first defense
3) Averno & Chessman © vs Daga & Joe Lider and Australian Suicide & Jack Evans [TLC, AAA TAG]
first defense
4) Blue Demon vs Villano IV, La Parka, ? [AAA Rey de Reyes]
final participant will be determined on the Toluca TV taping.
5) Psycho Clown vs Dr. Wagner Jr.
6) El Mesías vs Texano Jr. [AAA HEAVY]

Air Date: maybe 03/26 and 04/02?

It happened again. 2016 Rey de Reyes, like 2015 Guerra de Titanes, was announced for Tampico and then pushed to the next TV taping instead. This time, the next TV taping was a few days later. San Luis Potosi’s show moves from Auditorio Miguel Barragan to the 7000 seat bullring.

I don’t think we’ll see another show announced in Tampico any time soon. I also tend to believe this is not AAA’s fault (except maybe for giving it a second try.) There’s only been one other lucha libre show known to be scheduled in Tampico this year, a CMLL show that was quietly canceled and moved to Queretaro. You have to go back to November to find a show, in what had been a pretty active area for indie lucha. It’s also been an active area for cartel activity this decade, and my educated guess is the violence has made it unsafe to run a show in the city. It certainly would explain why AAA hasn’t wanted to talk about the cancellations. Maybe they’ll give it another try again later, but it seems like it’s not working.

It also would explain why AAA had another TV taping scheduled soon after a major show. It doesn’t quite fit their pattern, they only do that with the Hard Rock resort shows, but perhaps this was a little bit of insurance in case Tampico fell thru again. It does still leave them a TV gap. AAA can (and probably will) add another match to the Toluca taping next week to stretch it for an extra week of TV, but would still either need to air this show on Saturday (a quicker turnaround than usual) or make up a TV week anyway. This SLP event was is scheduled to have a Perro Aguayo Jr. tribute element, and perhaps that’s done in a different way to also account for the missing week of TV.

A Wednesday night show is doubtful to be a PPV and unlikely to be an iPPV either. Again, I’d prefer to see it live, but it’ll turn up on TV rather quick anyway.

The local promoters seem to have known of this change for maybe just 24 hours. They were still promoting the normal TV taping on Tuesday, then started vaguely promoting a big event at the bullring on Wednesday night. Wednesday is all big AAA decisions seem to be announced, so they can be part of that week’s TV show. They were just waiting for the actual poster to announce it today. (The whole Wednesday TV thing is why getting this show on TV in time is going to be tricky.)

I guess I should talk about the matches! Rey de Reyes looks not far different from Guerra de Titanes: the same three titles which were on in play will be on the line again on this show. I kind of like the idea of focusing on a few titles, rather than having them disappearing for half a year. I’m not sure these are the ones I would’ve picked, but better than nothing.

Mesias has not been on a taping since he won the main event title shot and maybe turned tecnico. Neither has Texano. They’ve had them on NotiAAA to do promos, but this is the strangest build to a main event title match I can recall. They’ll both be on the Toluca show – which now will air BEFORE Rey de Reyes and becomes relevant – but they’ve been lost in the mix and a couple of disconnected matches isn’t going to make this feud click. Especially when both characters were coming into cold. I advocated for the Rey de Reyes tournament to double as a AAA Heavyweight Championship Tournament this year as a way to make both more meaningful. What didn’t occur to me, but seems obvious in retrospect, is doing the title tournament and Rey de Reyes separately meant one was going to be pushed into the background. The Rey de Reyes has a higher volume of matches, so the Heavyweight title was always going to be stuck in the background. As is, Mesias/Texano, the titular main event for the biggest championship in AAA, is either the fourth or fifth most important feeling match on the show.

Psycho Clown versus Dr. Wagner is not for Psycho’s Latin American championship, but Psycho probably has the same chance of winning with or without a title on the line. (It’s not a good chance.) This’ll be interesting to see how well they mesh and what direction they head next – a longer Wagner/Psycho feud probably helps Psycho, but I’m not convinced that’s the direction until it happens.

Fenix, Pentagon, Fantasma and ??? are in the Toluca Group. Fenix has a spot, and the ??? is probably booked in the opener. That means either Fantasma or Pentagon is sitting this show out. Comedy voting schemes aside, I tend to believe Pentagon is advancing to the Rey de Reyes final and has a half decent of winning: all the effort they had for him with the Mixed tag title storyline makes more sense the context of bigger plans. It would require AAA’s impression of Pentagon to have greatly changed in the last few months, but going thru those three guys to win the Rey de Reyes would be the perfect way to start to move Pentagon up. (Giving the Perros a big win on this show makes sense.) That leaves Fantasma as off the side, weirdly.

The TLC is usual AAA show randomness and there’s no real reason for the two challenging teams to be getting a title shot, but at least there’s feuds between the people involved. Joe Lider doesn’t like Averno & Chessman, Daga doesn’t like Suicide, Jack Evans doesn’t like three way matches. This will be something, something probably involving really cheap looking ladders. Angelico’s knee is going to appreciate being in Europe.

Trios title match should be good! (Really, everything but the Rey de Reyes final should be OK to much better than OK.) I am a big fan of the challengers, but would understand the champions keeping the titles to give someone momentum. This feels like the title less likely to change of the two.

I hope I live long enough to see another AAA major show without a Relevos AAA atomicos opener, but I fear I may not. Everyone involved seems like perfectly wonderful people and I wish them much health and prosperity, but I don’t want to see that match any more. Please stop. (The underlining issue is AAA won’t book more than six matches on these shows, so they’re keep needing to do that match to get everyone represented instead of doing actual different matches.)

Next taping makes sense as being on the 04/03 weekend, but, uh, that may not be a great day to run a show. AAA people are announced as appearing in Dallas on 04/01 and 04/02. Your guess is as good as mine.

AAA says Sexy Star told them she’s retired?, Dorada/Casas in Guadalajara

in earlier, less retired times

CMLL (TUE) 02/23/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Fuego en el Ring]
1) Omar Brunetti & Vaquero Jr. b Furia Roja & Joker
Tencicos took 2/3.
2) El Yaqui, Robin, Star Jr. b Espanto Jr., Metálico, Ráfaga
Yaqui replaced Gallo. Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Esfinge, Fuego, Gallo DQ Disturbio, Puma, Tiger
Gallo replaced Pegasso. Tecnicos took 1/3. Puma is still annoyed about losing Copa Junior to Esfinge, fouled him in the third.
4) Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr., Titán bDemonio Rojo, Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora
Tecnicos took 1/3. Demonio Rojo replaced Bobby Z.
5) Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casasb Marco Corleone, Máscara Dorada, Volador Jr.
Rudos took 1/3, Casas winning clean over Dorada with a casita. Casas challenged Dorada to a title match and Dorada accepted.

Dorada/Casas should be great. Hope it turns up. Esfinge/Puma aren’t on next week’s card, so that was just a one night issue.

IWRG FILL (WED) 02/24/2016 Arena Naucalpan [The Gladiatores]
1) Skanda & Último Caballero b Bambino & Canario
2) Conde Negro, Guerrero 2000, Vampiro Metálico b Ángel De La Muerte I, Mimo De Cobre, Osiris
3) Acero, Crisis Boy, Troll b Fireman, Galaxy, Picudo Jr.
4) Factor, Matrix Jr., Rayan b Leo, Mike, Rafy
Matrix Jr. replaced Spector. Rayan unmasked Mike for the ring, and other turtles were unmsaked after the match.
5) Black Mercury, El Resplandor, Gemelo Fantástico I, Gemelo Fantástico II, Iron Kid, Príncipe Pantera I, Príncipe Pantera Jr., Psycko Kid b Alas de Acero, Aramis, Atomic Star, Dragón Fly, Freyser, Kanon, Power Bull, Violencia Jr. [Copa Higher Power]
Gym FILL (Black Terry) vs Gym Toluca (Astro!). Match came down to the Gemelos (who may actually be the trainers) against Freyser & Atomic Star. Gemelos beat Freyser. Atomic Star beat one of the Gemelos, but the usual riot broke out and the Gemelos made a switch to set up the win.

The cibernetico should be good, since there’s some experienced names on both sides. Hope it turns up on TV.

The Wrestling Observer Newsletter says Dorian Roldan told the AAA locker room Sexy Star had called the AAA office and told them she was retiring from lucha libre. I still think she’ll try to be part of Lucha Underground; she’s still promoting Lucha Underground on her Twitter, but not talking about AAA. And, given lucha, she’ll probably be wrestling in Mexico again someday. Think of this more simply as her reason not to fulfill her existing dates with AAA, because that’s probably what that is.

The article mentions the current plan, very subject to change, is a TripleMania four way mask match between Blue Demon, Dr. Wagner Jr., Villano IV and Psycho Clown. My hunch is Villano IV would be losing his mask at that match; he’s rarely wrestling, and they started (and forgot) a feud with him and Psycho Clown last year. It’s also been many years since the rumored plan for TripleMania in February has actually been the main event on the day of the show.

The WON also mentions Garza Jr. is under consideration for WWE’s Global Cruiserweight Series, though not sure if he’s directly in or still needs to perform well at a tryout. The newsbite goes onto say “one of his brothers” is also under consideration. SuperLuchas points towards Ultimo Ninja, who is actually Garza’s cousin but makes the most sense – he fits WWE’s mold as a six foot tall wrestler.

There’s a virtual AAA show in Dallas, Texas on March 12. It’s really a local promotion bringing in about a dozen AAA luchadors, but you get to see AAA luchadors the night after Rey de Reyes. Sexy Star is listed on the card, but I’d assume that’s an old lineup.

That’s a bit too early for WrestleMania weekend, but Pentagon Jr. and Fireball/Flamita will be at wrestling at WrestleCon in the days before the show. There’s more AAA names to be announced.

Eddie Einhorn, best known today as partial owner of Chicago White Sox, passed away today. In the 1970s, he set up the IWA wrestling promotion, and the IWA Heavyweight Championship Mil Mascaras still carries around is from that promotion.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

There’s a new Esto es Lucha episode with Super Crazy & Jinzo.

An interview with Rey Mysterio Jr. about how much he likes Lucha Underground (from Ultima Lucha 2)

Villano IV talks about making the Rey de Reyes final.

There’s an amusing Old Amarillo promo on CMLL’s facebook page.

Ohtani’s Jacket reviews El Signo/Villano V and Dandy/Ultimo Dragon.

Kcidis draws La Cavernaria.


IWRG (SUN) 02/28/2016 Arena Naucalpan
1) Galaxy & Kanon vs Acero & Power Bull
2) Dragón Fly & Freyser vs Nimrud & Picudo Jr.
3) Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro, Negro Navarro vs Danny Casas, Diablo Jr. I, El Hijo del Diablo
4) Hijo De Dos Caras, Súper Nova, Veneno vs Mr. Águila, Trauma I, Trauma II
5) Solar I vs Heddi Karaoui

I guess Dos is making it back from Puerto Rico in time for this show. Danny Casas seems to have turned without a turn.

Lucha Underground 2×5: The Machine

Edit: Here’s Famous B’s voice mail message

Johnny Mundo double springboard tornillo
Johnny Mundo double springboard tornillo

The Matches

  • Jack Evans defeated PJ Black (3:50, Jack backslide PJ, OK)
  • King Cuerno defeated Killshot (5:28, Thrill of the Hunt, OK)
  • Texano defeated Mr. Cisco (0:09, superkick,)
  • Texano defeated Cortez Castro (2:26, powerbomb)
  • Chavo Guerrero defeated Texano (2:33, Cortez trip, entire segment OK)
  • Johnny Mundo defeated Cage (7:53, lead pipe, Good)

The Developments

There were a lot of different plots moving forward tonight. Let’s see if I can get them all.

The main event saw Cage and Johnny Mundo have their rematch. It was a back and forth match and one of the longer matches of this season so far. Cage evaded the Fin de Mundo and dropped Johnny with Weapon X, which seemed to mean another win (and one step closer to Mil.) However, Cage was distracted by the debuting Taya, who argued with Cage from the apron while also slipping in some sort of pipe to Mundo. Mundo smacked Cage right in the face with the hard looking object, and Cage was knocked out. Mundo got the win, and he and Taya put the boots to Cage after the match. Taya is in her AAA persona and appears to be Mundo’s new ally.

the full Jack Evans experience
the full Jack Evans experience

The main event for next week was set up thru the night. King Cuerno got back on the winning side by beating Killshot with the Thrill of the Hunt. Announcers heaped praise on Killshot despite the loss. After the match, Cuerno went to add in his new piledriver move (called the Thrill of the Kill), but Fenix made the save. The show ended with Cuerno complaining to Catrina about being the hunted instead of the hunter because of the Gift of the Gods belts, and wanting to change things immediately – he wanted Mil Muertes next week. Catrina reminded Cuerno of their deal, but Cuerno wanted no part of that. Catrina switched tactics, revealing she’d already set up a match for Cuerno next week: he’ll defend the Gift of the Gods championship against Fenix, in a ladder match.

King Cuerno wasn’t the only luchador getting on Catrana’s bad side. Pentagon confronted Catrina, demanding a match with Prince Puma after being beat last week. Catrina and Pentagon actually fought, with Pentagon getting Catrina in the armbreaker but Catrina using her vanishing powers to escape. (This segment was a lot of video edits/Catrina vanishing.) Catrina gave Pentagon his match, while warning him he’d pay for attacking her.

The show also caught up with the old boss of the Temple. Dario Cueto and Black Lotus were still setting up people to be thrashed by Matanza, with Dario explaining Matanza had to get ready before they could return to the Temple (and blaming Lotus for this situation.) Dario talked about how much Matanza meant to him. Their mother was an awful person who beat them both. Dario tried to stand up to her one day and would’ve likely been murdered by his mother if not for Matanza making the save – by beating their mother to death with the red bull Dario had on his desk all last season. Dario still has the bull with him as a reminder of that day. Not because of his mother’s death, because that moment made him realize how much he loved violence. Black Lotus did not seem comfortable with this story.

Killshot tornillo
Killshot tornillo

There were actually matches on this show too in between the drama. The opener saw Jack Evans continue to win and PJ Black continue to lose. Jack Evans boasted about being the Dragon Slayer once again, which drew out Drago to watch from the upper level. A distracted Jack threw a water bottle at Drago. It missed, and Jack nearly lost to PJ in the process. Drago came down to ringside, but his mist attack got PJ instead of Jack, and Jack’s all powerful backslide got the three count. Jack escaped. PJ angrily stared at both Drago and the pair of nunchuks he brought to the match, but didn’t attack Drago.

Texano got his hands on Chavo Guerrero, though he had to go thru the Crew to get there in a gauntlet match. Texano beat Mr. Cisco (in a shoulder sling) in seconds, when Cisco was distracted by Chavo’s advice. Cortez Castro lasted longer, but taunted before running into the powerbomb. Chavo didn’t seem a match for Texano either, but Cortez used the bullrope to trip up Texano and hold him down while Chavo got the pin. There was still discord among the rudos after the win, but Texano ran them off before they could act on it.

To start the show, Ian/Vampiro explained his behind the scenes actions from season 1. Vampiro is a personality Ian had locked away for many years, but Vampiro used Pentagon to get out. Vampiro ordered Pentagon to make the sacrifices so Ian would feel no choice but to give in to his darkside, and Vampiro would be fully in control again. (This seemed to fit together with similar scenes in the comic book released today.)

A commercial during the show had Famous B giving out a phone number and promising to make the someone who called famous. It came off a bit like a used car commercial, but the message on the phone had Famous B explaining that he wanted to make the right deserving person famous – kind of like a manager or an agent.

I think that’s everything! No sign of Sexy Star, Willie Mack or any moth. Rey, Dragon Azteca and the ex-trios champs also had the week off. Puma was mentioned on the show but not seen. Mil was on his throne the whole show but didn’t react much.


Arrow From Hell (and to your screen)
Arrow From Hell (and to your screen)

This was a busy show! Lots of outside of the ring stuff, plus four different match segments. (I’ve got the gauntlet match listed as individual matches, but it was one continuous stream as televised.) It’s a lot of different plots to keep straight, but it felt like they were mostly successful in getting what they needed to get over. There’s so much stuff to get over that maybe some of the minor stuff might get lost, but the really important stuff – Puma/Pentagon, Fenix/Cuerno, Dario’s coming back at some point – went well.

All the different directions meant less time for matches than I’d like, but all the matches were at least OK. I’d like to see what PJ Black and Jack Evans could do with more time, but maybe doing a short match isn’t that bad idea when it’s going to end with a mist attack anyway. Black’s losing seems to have a direction, which is much better than losing for no reason.

Killshot looked better with Cuerno then he did against Mundo to start the season. Te announcers – or those feeding them their lines – are trying to do their best to protect Killshot despite the losses.

The Chavo/Texano stuff feels like a solid early 90s story and wrestling, a different time and place than the rest of the show. It’s not hard to figure out where it’s going – Texano finally defeats Chavo, but in a way where Chavo keeps his credibility – but I think it’s supposed to be a big positive feud for Texano and feels more like killing time until something better opens up for him.

this was just impressive
this was just impressive

Cage/Mundo was obviously the match of the night, better than I had expected it to be. It could’ve been these two guys doing a lot of moves, and they did do a lot, but it felt like more of a battle. The small bit of Cage taking a look at Mil before finishing his move was a nice touch. It’s hard to believe Cage is actually getting his hands on Mil, with Puma, Pentagon, Fenix and Cuerno (and now Mundo!) seemingly all ahead of him in line, but Cage doesn’t know that – Cage thinks he’s winning and he’s getting the belt that should be his, and he acted appropriately. I wasn’t thrilled with a distraction finish – especially after they seemed to go out of their way to point out those finishes don’t necessarily happen on their show in the opener – but Cage looked like he got destroyed by the pipe shot. I’m sure they had the good sense to protect Cage, but it looked convincingly brutal on TV. It’s too quick to tell how Taya is going to with Mundo, but her first big obstacle is definitely going to be overcoming the stigma of being Replacement Melina.

No one else in wrestling could’ve pulled off the Dario’s Red Bull story better than Dario. He had to go thru a lot of different emotions in a short period of time. The Pentagon/Catrina segment was not on that level, but the way they used Pentagon’s translation captions was effectively done.

Is that everything? I think that’s everything. This felt like the best show since episode 1. Next week, with both Puma/Pentagon and Cuerno/Fenix, figures to challenge for the best episode of the season.

Metal objects finally have their revenge on Cage!
Metal objects finally have their revenge on Cage!

Rush versus Maximo and Volador versus Negro Casas in hair matches headline 2016 Homenaje a Dos Leyendas

exciting photo of man signing paperwork
exciting photo of man signing paper!

CMLL’s just completed press conference announced the top matches for Homenaje a Dos Leyendas, and it’s twice as much as anyone figured we were getting. The Negro Casas versus Volador Jr. hair match, teased since Negro Casas beat Volador’s father in the same match back on New Year’s Day, was officially signed for CMLL’s annual major spring show (taking place on March 18th.) What wasn’t expected is Rush versus Maximo, hair vs hair, will also take place the same day. These were signed as two separate singles matches, not a tag or relevos suicidas match. The Maximo/Rush feud had only really started going about a week and a half ago, and it’s quick turnaround to a hair match. Maximo most recently defended his hair on that same 01/01 show as Parka/Casas, so perhaps there was some long term planning involved that just didn’t show thru.

Volador and Rush are the heavy favorites in both of their matches. Both should be great matches regardless of the outcomes. Volador versus Rush would also be natural match up for this year’s Anniversary match, and this show may be a build to that later September show.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow. The current prices – 830MX/$46 USD for first row – are much cheaper than a comparative Anniversary show with two apuesta matches, but in line (and a little higher) than the last year’s show. The show will also likely be on iPPV, but that was not announced (and the Playstation Live Viewer thing wasn’t explained either.)

A Mexico versus Japan atomicos match was also announced for the show: Kamaitachi, Okumura, Fuijin and Rajin will take on Mascara Dorada, Mistico, Dragon Lee and Valiente. There’s really no room for another Kamaitachi/Dragon Lee singles match with two other singles matches, but that’s a very strong replacement. CMLL said the rest of the card will be announced in upcoming days.

One notable name missing from the lineup was Thunder. CMLL did address his latest disappearance, saying Thunder underwent knee surgery and they were not sure when he was going to be back. Knee probably could explain his previously unexplained disappearances. While I still expect Ulitmo Guerrero/Thunder to happen at some point, the matches CMLL laid out on this show suggest it’ll either be a secondary match at a big show, or a main event at a secondary show – there’s no danger of it main eventing the Anniversary show with everything else they’ve set up.

CMLL announced some show changes as part of the lead up to Homenaje a Dos Leyendas. There’s going to be some preparatory work on Arena Mexico in the week before the show, so both the Sunday (03/13) and Tuesday (03/15) shows will be moved to Arena Coliseo. Next Sunday’s (03/06) show will also be in Arena Coliseo. CMLL also officially announced the Sunday shows, starting with the 03/06 shows, would return to being CMLL programmed events for the indefinite future. Elite shows will move to Wednesdays, though that wasn’t talked about much on this show.

The only other discussion of note was Marco Corleone and Maximo explaining their issues with Los Ingobernables and saying they were looking to find a new third for Bufete del Amor. Marco said he filled in with Los Ingobernables when Rush got hurt, but always felt more like a normal tecnico. Marco claimed he’s much more famous than Rush, La Mascara is just a copy (Marco’s dance, Sombra’s knees), and both of them are just failed tecnicos. Marco said the Bufete del Amor was created to help poor Rush get over by pairing him with Maximo & Marco, but Rush couldn’t hang with them. Maximo was (emotionally) hurt by Mascara attacking him, and said they’re searching CMLL, Elite and the indies for a third member for their trio. Marco said the third person had to have charisma, and brought up Titan, Soberano and Star as guys who deserve chances. (He brought up even more names on Twitter). They’d like to have the third member by the Anniversary show.

Zeuxis remains champ, Lucha Underground tonight

Zeuxis introduces Silueta to the commissioner
Zeuxis introduces Silueta to the commissioner

CMLL (TUE) 02/23/2016 Arena México [CMLL, thecubsfan, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Bengala & Metatrón b Camorra & Espíritu Negro LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 23 DE FEBRERO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
11:58. Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Violencia b Aéreo, Angelito, Fantasy LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 23 DE FEBRERO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
16:24. Rudos took 1/3.
3) Hombre Bala Jr., Stigma, Súper Halcón Jr. b Arkángel de la Muerte, Cancerbero, Raziel LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 23 DE FEBRERO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
20:06. Tecnicos took 1/3.
13:20. Zeuxis took fall 2/3 in a very good match, the last via Spanish Fly. Zeuxis fourth defense
5) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther b Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 23 DE FEBRERO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
5:46. Tecnicos took straight falls cleanly and challenged for a title shot. Mephisto said no.
6) Ángel de Oro, Súper Porky, Valiente b Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Terrible LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 23 DE FEBRERO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
10:56. Tecnicos took 2/3. Terrible replaced Ultimo Guerrero on Friday.

Zeuxis/Silueta is the only match worth watching, but it’s quite worth watching.

No full results from Guadalajara, but it seems Casas beat Dorada to set up the title match next week.

The CMLL press conference stuff will be in a separate post.

Tonight’s Lucha Underground is episode 5 (of 26), “The Machine”.  Announced matches:

This is a sequel to Mundo/Cage back in episode 13 of the first season. That one was called “Johnny Mundo vs. the Machine”. The names are a little less creative this time around.

The taping for this episode included a fourth match that hasn’t been announced (so they might have cut it.) There is a debut on this week’s show, though maybe not the one you’re expecting.

Prior to the Lucha Underground show at SXSW, there will also be a panel discussion at 2pm. Guests will be Dorian Roldan, Eric Van Wagenen, Rey Mysterio and Cristina Patwa of Factorymade, with Brandon Stroud from With Spandex moderating. Rey being involved confirms everything is now copacetic between him and Lucha Underground. Not sure if audio of this will turn up, but it should be interesting.

Justin LaBar writes about the experience of going to a Lucha Underground show.

There’s an charity auction for a VIP 4 ticket package for a Lucha Underground Season 3 taping. Current bid is $400.

The AAA headlined show in Arena Jose Suliaiman on Sunday didn’t seem to draw as well as the ELITE show across town. La Parka beat Texano & Wagner in the main event, and there’s video of Traumas versus Silver Star & Memo Valles. AAA announced a return date of 03/06 with Chessman & Averno defending the tag titles against Electroshock & La Parka, and also a TV taping to take place in Monterrey in the month of May.

SegundaCaida watches Black Terry vs Rey Hechicero from last November in Metepec.

A Roshfrans commercial with Fenix & Electroshock (and Arena San Juan.)

DoradaFan has a quick video of Angelikal

Super Crazy is headed back to Chile on 03/06.

Pentagon is listed working a 04/30 show near San Diego. It’s a little surprising he’d be working in the US on Mexico’s Kid’s Day.


CMLL (TUE) 03/01/2016 Arena México
1) Acero & Fantasy vs Mercurio & Pequeño Universo 2000
2) Magnus, Robin, Star Jr. vs Canelo Casas, Hijo del Signo, Metálico
3) Oro Jr., Pegasso, Stigma vs Disturbio, Puma, Tiger
4) Delta vs Sagrado [lightning]
5) Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Boby Z, Rey Bucanero, Vangellys
6) Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto © vs Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther [MEX TRIOS]
Hijos del Infierno 3rd defense

No one listens to Mephisto, how sad. This might be one of the better Tuesday shows in a while, with more matches with hope than usual.

CMLL (TUE) 03/01/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Divino & Magnum vs Maléfico & Thunder Boy
2) Bengala, Flyer, Leono vs Artillero, Espíritu Negro, Inquisidor
3) Ángel de Oro, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja
4) Máscara Dorada © vs Negro Casas [CMLL WELTER]
Dorada 2nd defense
5) La Máscara, Mistico, Súper Porky vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión

Dorada & Casas should be great and should be the main event. Rey Escorpion said he’d be back in March, but March 1st is awfully literal.

CMLL Arena Mexico: 2016-02-23 

the champ
the champ

Recapped: 02/23/16

What happened: Zeuxis retained the Mexican Women’s Championship over Silueta in a very good match. The Panthers defeated Hijos del Infiernos in straight falls and challenged them for a title match; Mephisto said no

What was good: The women’s title match was the only one you really need to see, but it was very good.

Where can I watch it:  It’s on CMLL’s YouTube channel. It should may air LATV on March 13th, and maybe Claro Sports TV a week prior.

weekend results from IWRG & GDL, boring Puebla show, Silueta/Zeuxis tonight, H2L main tomorrow?

Asturiano meets the middle rope
Asturiano meets the middle rope

IWRG (SUN) 02/21/2016 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, The Gladiatores]
1) Alas de Acero & Aramis b Adrenalina & Power Bull
2) Astro & Súper Astro Jr. b Hip Hop Man & Matrix Jr.
3) Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro b Diablo Jr. I, El Hijo del Diablo, El Imposible [super libre]
straight falls; Dr. Cerbero took advantage of the rules to drop Imposible with a martinete in the first fall, which left him out of action.
4) Apolo Estrada Jr., Canis Lupus, Eterno b Diva Salvaje, Pasion Kristal, Súper Nova
5) Hijo De Dos Caras, Solar I, Veneno DQ Heddi Karaoui, Herodes Jr., Mr. Águila
Mr. Aguila fouled Dos to set up a feud. Aguila’s first match here since September 20, 2007.

Low turnout out for this show. No new TV for a while; I think they were filming this, but it could’ve been still photography.

CMLL (SUN) 02/21/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara[Fuego en el Ring]
1) Avispón Negro Jr. & Micro b Black Sugar & Quca
Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Gitano & Mr. Brisa b El Tapatío & Javier Cruz Jr.
Rudos took 1/3.
3) Explosivo & Star Black b Gran Kenut & Thunder Boy
Tecnicos took 1/3.
4) Espectrúm, Mosco X Fly, Ráfaga b El Divino, León Blanco, Vaquero Jr.
Rudos took 1/3, Espectrum using the ropes to beat Vaquero Jr. Vaquero wants a singles match.
5) Dalys & La Comandante b La Vaquerita & Silueta
Rudas took 2/3.

Espectrum’s just back after losing his mask and disappearing for many months, Vaquero Jr. is a young guy who they seem high on, Espectrum probably shouldn’t invest in haircuts any time soon since he might be getting a free one.

CMLL (MON) 02/22/2016 Arena Puebla
1) Espíritu Maligno & Fuerza Chicana b Asturiano & Millenium LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 22 DE FEBRERO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
11:22. Rudos took 1/3.
2) La Comandante, Reyna Isis, Zeuxis b Estrellita, Princesa Sugehit, Silueta LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 22 DE FEBRERO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
15:15. Rudos took 2/3.
3) Delta, Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr. b Ares, Okumura, Virus LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 22 DE FEBRERO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
15:57. Tecnicos took 2/3. Ares replaced Sangre Azteca.
4) Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto b Dragón Lee, Titán, Valiente LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 22 DE FEBRERO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
14:41. Valiente replaced Maximo. Hijos del Infierno took 1/3.
5) Atlantis, La Máscara, Rush DQ Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero, Vangellys LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 22 DE FEBRERO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
9:41. Tecnicos took 2/3, the last when Ultimo Guerrero fouled Atlantis. The Ingobernables had broken up an Atlantis pin moments earlier and walked out on him after the match. Caristico, in his first Arena Puebla appearance since returning, made the surprise save but also was overwhelmed by the rudos. Caristico challenged Ultimo Guerrero.

Bad show, with the opener being the only notable good match. Caristico showing up at the end with no warning made it a little memorable, and also indicated plans had changed from last week.

Tonight’s Arena Mexico main event is scheduled to be Super Porky, Angel de Oro and Valiente versus Terrible, Niebla Roja, and Gran Guerrero, though Brazo de Plata’s hasn’t been making all of his matches on the show.

The actual big match on the show is Zeuxis versus Silueta for Zeuxis’ Mexican Women’s Championship. Zeuxis has said she’s okay. She was in the ring only a little bit in last night’s match, but also didn’t show a limp from last week’s injury. This is Silueta’s last match in CMLL before heading back to Japan for three months, which could mean a title change and Zeuxis getting the rematch in Japan. On the other hand, Silueta already has a REINA title they could just as easily do a title match around and Zeuxis seemed to start a new feud with Princesa Sugehit last night in Puebla. Zeuxis is the obvious favorite in a vacuum and I believe she’ll win tonight, but it’s not a certainty.

These two generational rivals try for an epic match every time they have a singles match, and something seems to go off the rails every time.  Their matches kind of remind me of the Terrible/Rush ones, where they were almost great for quite a while before they figured it out. Maybe this will be the time where it finally all works out.

The other match with an ongoing issue is the Hijos del Infierno versus the Divinos Laguneros. The rudos won last week with a foul on Blue Panther last week. Hijos del Infierno are the current national trios champions, last defending them in early December.

Guadalajara has a Marco Corleone, Mascara Dorada, Volador Jr. versus Cavernario, Mr. Niebla and Negro Casas as the main event. Casas beat Dorada last week and challenged for a title match, which might be coming next week.

The big news from last night was an announcement of a Homenaje a Dos Leyendas press conference Wednesday at noon (Central). The main event for show should be announced on the show. It’s likely Negro Casas versus Volador. Volador has challenged for the match repeatedly and Casas has accepted the last few times, saying they only need a date. This should be the date.

Ultimo Guerrero versus Thunder looked to be penciled in for this show and looks to be pulled again. That’d a least a third time it’s happened: the match was set up for September and December (and could’ve happened instead of Ultimo Guerrero versus Rey Escorpion too.) Thunder is one of his periods of being unexplainable missing from the ring – I’m guessing the situation is he’s only used on Fridays, but they’re keeping him off once they changed plans again. The match still seems inevitable, though Thunder being off the card would be a sign something is off. (Most likely option is something like Thunder, Rush and Mascara versus Maximo, Marco and Ultimo Guerrero as the semimain.)

It’s unclear if CMLL will announce the full card or anything else. They usually try to group a few announcements, and mentioning Zeuxis & Silueta heading to Japan seems likely to be one of them. The press conference will be streaming live on YouTube.

This main be related to Homenaje a Dos Leyendas or something else: there’s a $10 CMLL application you can now buy on Playstation 3 and Playstation 4. I have no idea what it is, but $10 is about the usual cost for an iPPV and the next one is coming up soon. It wouldn’t make sense for the Monday/Tuesday shows since they’re on YouTube for free (and you can watch YouTube on those systems), though I guess it could be a very overpriced viewer for the Friday night shows. No better picture to sell things Kraneo & Mije. I may throw $10 at this later to figure out what’s going on, but I suspect this might be something also addressed at the press conference tomorrow.

Wednesday is usually the big AAA announcement day too, so there’s a chance the Rey de Reyes card could be released tomorrow too. Might not be this soon, but worth keeping an eye out.

Lucha Underground will be running it’s first show away from Los Angeles: they’ll be at the Austin Music Hall in Austin, Texas on Tuesday March 15 as part of the annual SXSW festival. That’s a film/tech/music thing which takes over the city, which used to be a superb place to go if you wanted to get buzz in those places and still is pretty good. That’s what the show is, a chance to create more buzz for the product and a hope the buzz will get them the deals they want to get done. Either way, people in and around Austin still get a free show. You can get tickets here, which are (of course) free, though they note it doesn’t guarantee a ticket. Line up early. No lineup or talent list announced; they probably won’t have one and will fill up quick either.

The Mano a Mano site is starting a magazine to cover lucha libre. First issue goes on sale at the Lucharama show on Saturday for 25 pesos ($1.37 US), and it’ll be 30 pesos after that.

Pentagon Jr. was announced as appearing and wrestling at the WrestleCon convention in Dallas on April 1st and 2nd. There’s likely more AAA luchadors to be announced for that show.

Pentagon Jr., Fenix, Tinieblas and Blue Demon Jr. will be in Cicero, Illinois on 04/03.

Zeuxis, Lluvia, Demus, Electrico, Tzuki and others are on an east coast tour in a couple weekends. Not sure which dates and which locations.

RobViper has a music video of 08/11/15 CMLL.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update and this week’s Poster-Mania.

Konnan Big and Cibernetico had a scrum in the Multimedios offices to promote their match this weekend in Arena Coliseo Monterrey.

La Parka is happy to make to the Rey de Reyes final.

Negro Casas talks about everyone being after him.

“Luchadora”, the short documentary on Luna Magica, will air as part of a Washington, DC film festival on March 18th & 19th.


CMLL (MON) 02/29/2016 Arena Puebla
1) Astro, Centella Roja, Millenium vs Ares, Mini Joker, Saurón
2) Black Tiger, Rey Samuray, Starman vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Espíritu Maligno, Fuerza Chicana
3) Princesa Sugehit vs Zeuxis [lightning]
4) Dragón Lee, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
5) Atlantis, Carístico, Mistico vs Euforia, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero

A five match show with a lightning match is going to be pretty quick, or one match is going a lot longer than usual. Caristico’s last match here was beating Negro Casas in a singles match in 2011, his next might be a singles with Ultimo Guerrero. Semimain is essentially a rematch despite no angle to set it up.

AAA Go Mask (SAT) 03/05/2016 Arena Jardines, Ecatepec, Estado de México
1) Baeker, Odin, Shura vs Capricornio, Toruk, Yagami
2) Astrolux, Íkaro, Mini Black Shadow vs Black Metal, Hantar, Moria
3) Dinastía, Faby Apache, Niño Hamburguesa vs Mamba, Mini Psicosis, Taya
4) Fireball & Súper Nova vs Hijo de Pirata Morgan & Súper Fly
5) Pentagón Jr. vs Fénix, Aerostar, Taurus [PDM LH]

That’s a much more interesting card than the last one. Main event and semimain could both be great. For what it’s worth, Caifan had the Perros del Mal LH title the last we knew.

MDA ELITE (SUN) 03/20/2016 Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) Baby Puma, Larry Miranda, Mini Hator vs Erika Sotelo, Lady Puma, Mini Difunto
2) Alberto Dos Rios, Chamaco Gurrola, Quinto Elemento vs Gallardo, Golden Boy, Ninja Jr.
3) Epydemius, Herodes Jr., Último Ninja vs Bestia 666, Nicho el Millionario, X-Fly
4) Black Warrior, La Máscara, Marco Corleone vs Damián 666, Halloween, Mr. Águila
5) Mil Máscaras, Súper Parka, Volador Jr. vs Canek, Hechicero (CMLL), Negro Casas

Possible winner of weirdest main event of the year. Likely the only one where Super Parka is the fourth most mobile guy in the match. Hechicero worked a lot with Canek when Leyendas Inmortales was still a thing and will probably be thrilled for this match but it’s a strange one. The show this past weekend looks to have sold out, and they figure to have a good chance to repeat in a month.

CMLL Puebla: 2016-02-22

proof Caristico was really there
proof Caristico was really there

Recapped: 02/22/2016

What happened: Caristico made the save after Atlantis was fouled in the main event, with a tease of a match versus Ultimo Guerrero (or a tag match with Atlantis & Rey Bucanero.) Zeuxis tossed her mask to draw a DQ from Princesa Sugehit in the women’s match.

A Homenaje a Dos Leyendas press conference was announced for Wednesday at Noon (Central). The main event of the show is expected to be announced.

What was good: Not much. This was a show that ranged from boring to bad. I liked the opener, but even it was not as good as usual. It is possible CMLL used up all it’s energy for the next six months on Friday and we are very well doomed now.

Where can I watch it: It’s on CMLL’s channel. It’ll air on 52MX in a couple weekends. (more…)

AAA on Televisa: 2016-02-20 

Aerostar reverse
Aerostar makes this look too easy

Recapped: 02/20/16

What happened: Fenix, Aerostar and Drago defeated the trios champions and asked for a title shot. They were told no. Joe Lider & Pentagon Jr., attempting to do the same with the tag team titles, instead loss. Pentagon blamed Lider for the loss and they came close to fighting.

ALSO, I managed to get the AAA recap up on the first weekday after it aired, a miracle. 

What was good: I enjoyed the minis match and the trios match.

Where can I watch it: It’s on AAA’s YouTube channel.

Previously: Taya & Daga challenged for a Mixed title shot, which put them in the sights of Pentagon Junior. Daga threw a chair very hard at Australian Suicide. Taya & Daga got that mixed title shot. Blue Demon Jr. got a spot on Rey de Reyes due to issues with Psycho & Demon. (more…)