all we know about the 2nd Lucha World Cup so far

Lucha World Cup 2016

The 2nd Annual Lucha World Cup will be held the first week of June in Mexico City. It’s a single elimination trios tournament, with each trio representing a different country (and, in some cases, a different promotion.) This year, there are tournaments for both men and women.

The presenting sponsor of this show is beer company Victoria. AAA hosts the Lucha World Cup this year, but it’s not presented as an AAA event. It’s an international competition, where knowledge of ongoing AAA storylines is largely unneccesary.

The eight teams in the men’s bracket are

  1. Japan (NOAH): Taiji Ishimori, Naomichi Marufuji, Mayback Taniguchi
  2. Japan (Ouduo/Zero One) Masato Tanaka, Akebono, Ikuto Hidaka
  3. Mexico (AAA): Pentagon Jr., Texano Jr., Psycho Clown
  4. Mexico (Leyendas): Canek, La Parka (AAA), Blue Demon Jr.
  5. Mexico (Internacional): Rey Mysterio, Dragon Azteca Jr., Dr. Wagner Jr.
  6. US (TNA): Ethan Carter III, Eli Drake, Tyrus
  7. US (LU): Brian Cage, Johnny Mundo, Chavo Guerrero Jr.
  8. Rest of the World: Mil Muertes, Rockstar Spud, Apolo

The four teams in the women’s bracket are

  1. Japan: (WAVE/OZ) Aja Kong, Yuki Miyazaki, Natsu Sumire
  2. Mexico (AAA): Lady Apache, Mary Apache, Faby Apache
  3. US: Santana Garrett, Sienna (Allysin Kay), Cheerleader Melissa
  4. Canada: Taya, Allie (Cherry Bomb), KC Spinelli

The Mexico AAA team was determined via qualifying matches. All other teams were announced as selections. (It’s unclear how much input each participating promotion had in choosing those who would represent them.)

The bracket match ups are unknown at this time. Last year, they were not announced until the morning of the start of competition.

The competition will be held over a few days:

Foreign wrestlers will arrive June 1st or June 2nd, and there will be a press event in the days before the first show.

June 3rd (Friday)’s show will take place in Puebla, at the Centro Expositor (convention center), with a listed starting time of 8:30pm Central Time. The first round for both brackets will take place on this show: the quarterfinal matches in the men’s division, and the semifinal matches in the women’s matches. (That is six total scheduled matches.)

June 5th (Sunday)’s show will take place in Mexico City, at the Palacio de los Deportes, with a listed starting time of 4:00pm Central Time. The semifinals, third place match and finals of the men’s division, and the third place and final’s of the women’s division will all take place. (That is six total scheduled matches.) Also, a judges panels of past luchador stars will select winners for best match, best dive, and best luchador awards.

The tournament format means all four women’s teams will wrestle on both shows, with the losing trios facing off in a third place match. The larger men’s field, and no 5th/7th place matches, appear to suggest the men who lose in Puebla will not appear at all in Mexico City. However, the listed 4pm start time is earlier than normal for an AAA show, maybe allowing time for the eliminated wrestlers will be featured in a bonus match.

Both show will be taped to air on television, though the plans for this have yet to be announced. Officially, AAA has announced nothing about these shows airing, either live or on iPPV. Unofficially, there has been a lot of talk about changed plans about of this airing. The one confirmed bit is Japan’s Samurai TV has said they’ll be airing both shows later in June.

According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, AAA’s original idea was to try to air both shows on conventional PPV in the US, Canada, Mexico. That later changed to just the Sunday show, and now is said to not be happening at all on conventional PPV. Hugo Savonvich and TNA’s Josh Mathews were slated to announce the show in English when it was on PPV, with Mathews being used as part of the agreement to bring in AAA luchadors (and to allow TNA to promote their own PPV for the following week.) There’s been no updated about the announcing situation now that it appears not to be on normal PPV in the US/Canada. Some combination of the usual AAA announcers (Jesus Zuñiga, Andres Maroñas, Arturo Rivera and Leo Riano) will announce the show in Spanish.

It’s assumed both shows will be available worldwide on iPPV, but AAA has not said anything. Location and cost are unknown. AAA’s major shows have typically been streamed on iPPV on, but no card streamed since October, with the most recent event in March apparently not airing due to a last minute issue between the streaming company and AAA.

The events will likely air as part of AAA’s regular TV show, but it’s unclear when. An edited version of the competition also aired on broadcast TV in Mexico.

Last year’s results:

First: Mexico Dream Team (Rey Mysterio Jr., Alberto el Patron and Myzteziz)
Second: US-TNA/Lucha Underground (Johnny Mundo, Ken Anderson, Matt Hardy)
Third: US-Lucha Underground/ROH (Brian Cage, ACH, Moose)
Fourth: Team Mexico-Leyendas (Dr. Wagner Jr., Blue Demon Jr., Solar)

eliminated in quarterfinal
Atsushi Kotoge, Taiji Ishimori, Takayama
Hijo del Fantasma, Psycho Clown, Texano Jr.
Kenzo Suzuki, Masamune, Tiger Mask III
Angélico, Drew Galloway, El Mesías

Victoria has indicated they’d like to take this competition to Japan in 2017.

Rush/Mascara & Cavernario/Cometa in CMLL, Elite title matches tonight, Sexy Star podcast

Caverman warfare

CMLL (FRI) 05/20/2016 Arena México [CMLL, ESTO, thecubsfan]
1) La Vaquerita & Lluvia b La Comandante & Tiffany
13:00. Rudas are 2/3.
2) Hechicero, Puma, Tiger b Esfinge, Fuego, Tritón
15:15. Rudos took 2/3 in a good match.
3) Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr., Titán b Cavernario, Misterioso Jr., Pólvora
16:16. Tecnicos took 2/3, Cometa beating Cavernario in a very good match. Cometa asked for a title match, got no response.
4) Dragón Rojo Jr. b Ángel de Oro [lightning]
8:36. Dragon Rojo won with a double stomp. Angel de Oro was stretchered out.
5) Atlantis, Mistico, Valiente b Euforia, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero
11:30. Tecnicos took 2/3 in a good match.
6) La Máscara, Shocker, Terrible b Pierroth, Rey Escorpión, Rush
10:52. Straight falls. Rush got DQed while attacking La Mascara in the first. Rush unmasked La Mascara in the second, but Mascara got him with a foul in the second. Mascara challenged both Pierroth and Rush to apuesta matches.

Matches 2/3/5 are well worth seeking out (and can be found elsewhere.) Rey Escorpion acted as if he was part of the Ingobernables in the main event. Barbaro Cavernario was the best guy on the show.

AAA has been busy announcing Lucha World Cup teams in the last 24 hours. I suspect the full field is going to be announced on the TV show today, and they’re getting them all out there before the show.

Team USA (Women): Santana Garrett, Sienna (Allysin Kay), Cheerleader Melissa
Team Rest of the World: Mil Muertes, Rockstar Spud, Apolo
Team Mexico Internacional: Rey Mysterio Jr., Dr. Wagner Jr., Dragon Azteca Jr.

Apolo is working on Hugo Savinovich’s shows in Chile, which may by the connection. Santana did was on the last one, wrestling Taya. Sienna is another new TNA woman who’s more for her indie work. Rockstar Spud has been in TNA for far longer. That Rest of the World team is an odd visual.

It’s going to be tough to sell Mil Muertes as not being the same Mesias AAA fans have seen in a decade, especially in something in something treated as a serious competition. For the sake of this tournament, he’s from parts unknown. Mil and Dragon Azteca are the first Lucha Underground characters to be used outside of Lucha Underground.

Dragon Azteca Jr. working a big show in Mexico is cool. I’m still disappointed for guys like Fenix who are very good, work the whole year for AAA, and are apparently going to be staying at home (or working a spot show in the hinderlands) than be a part of this.

Tonight, Elite hands out completely meaningless championship belts. Get excited!

The new heavyweight title will be decided between Rush, Ultimo Guerrero, LA Park, Maximo Sexy, Super Crazy, Diamante Azul, Cibernetico and Hijo de Dos Caras. (Azul is still listed despite not making Informa this week and not making the press conference yesterday.) The match will be a battle royal, with the final two going to a pinfall. The new middleweight championship will be decided between Caristico, La Mascara, Atlantis, Mephisto, Valiente, Toscano, Argos, Angel de Oro, Puma, and Golden Magic in a normal cibernetico. The last four qualified with wins on the previous Elite show, but also might be the first four out of that. Cibernetico & Caristico have been promoted as the two big stars of this promotion and are the favorites to win.

The show also includes Dalys defending her women’s title against La Jarochita, and a Copa Maestros Elite with Blue Panther, Fuerza Guerrera, Shu el Guerrero and Pantera II (replacing Solar; teams aren’t clear.) This would be Pantera’s first match in Arena Mexico since losing his mask there to Misterioso in 2006 in a cage match. Pantera’s just kept wearing his mask, occasionally claiming he wasn’t paid for the mask loss. (I think the real story in these situations is they believe they’re much more marketable with the mask.) I wonder how they step around it.

This show will air on Azteca7 starting next Friday night.

Elite held a press conference yesterday afternoon to promote the show, but the big news is the Saturday show is a one-off. They’ll return to Wednesday shows sometime in June. (They’ll have enough TV to last the next two weeks, so it may not be until June 8th.) I don’t understand you’d run the big show on a different day of the week, training people to pay less attention to the Wednesday shows, but this promotion is not built for me to understand.

I actually understood less about the matches tonight too than before the press conference: they introduced all the participants in both matches, except some people in both matches were missing. I don’t think they were explaining a change, but they weren’t explaining much. No word about what the Liga Elite is for.

Tonight’s the Cara Lucha 2nd Anniversary show, with Flamita and Mascara Dorada as the main event, and either Latigo or Toro Negro Jr. will lose their mask in the undercard. The Arena Mexico show has bigger names, but this is likely to be the better show.

Sexy Star appeared on the latest edition of YouTube audio show Podcast Boom. LigerFever did a heroic job of translating it. It was the sort of self serving performance you expect out of Sexy Star – she’d position herself as a victim of people who treated her roughly in the ring, then later talked about how she felt like taking cheap shots at Jennifer Blake (who Sexy trashed.) Sexy explained she wasn’t wrestling now because she was too busy being a mom, after earlier explaining she was training very hard to boxer and hoped to have a bout soon.

Sexy Star’s explanation about the Mixed tag team championship was complete nonsense. Sexy said she didn’t the tag team titles were meant to be defending, claiming she thought they were trophies they would keep. Sexy Star said she acted in the spur of the moment, didn’t think the tag title defense had a purpose, and did it to motivate Taya – all things that don’t seem to make sense when you put them together. This comes of as dishonest and unbelievable – just say “I didn’t want to lose” and be done with it. There’s certainly true stuff Sexy Star said during the podcast, but she killed her credibility first. It did establish the show as a place where you can pretty much say anything and don’t have to worry about push back. Konnan’s gimmick of telling the straight truth now that he’s not with AAA is harmed by these sort of things.

LuchaWorld has the Lucha Report and the latest edition of the podcast.

Diosa Atenea retained her WWS Championship in France yesterday.

Chilanga Mask on 06/05 in Arena Jose Suliaman/Solidaridad
1: Extreme Tiger vs Caifan
2: Makabre vs Shiryu Dragon vs Aeroboy vs Wotan
3: Laredo Kid vs Ultimo Ninja vs Astro
4: Epydemius & Alberto Dos Rios vs Mr Leo & Fly Star
5: Impulso & Arez vs Facade vs Jason Gory
6: Jeque vs Caifan III

(a) Hijo de Rey Misterio does an interview to promote a show that about 10 minutes away from me – but it’s $25 and they don’t advertise a single match, or many guys I want to see.

The most notable part of Kalisto’s appearance in Mexico is he managed to avoid saying anything about the Octagon/Octagon Jr. deal.

Reynosa’s Magnifico lost his mask last weekend to Imagen II.

Ciudad Victoria Roker Boy talks about his career, who says he was a fill in wrestler for AAA.


CMLL (FRI) 05/27/2016 Arena México
1) Oro Jr. & Soberano Jr. vs Cancerbero & Raziel
2) Marcela, Princesa Sugehit, Silueta vs Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis
3) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
4) Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Felino [lightning]
5) Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Titán vs Kráneo, Rey Bucanero, Ripper
6) Dragón Lee, Máximo Sexy, Mistico vs La Máscara, Shocker, Terrible [Relevos Increíbles]

All the feuds from this last Friday are dropped – no Rush, no Cometa or Cavernario. The promotion is just drifting in the wind.

The main event is billed as a incredible partners, even though La Mascara appears to be a rudo on all shows now.

Diamante Azul is part time, never very over, never very good, probably not staying for too long but he’s tall so he’s dropped back in the semimain on Fridays. Guess we should be happy it’s not the main event. I guess the Dragon Lee/La Mascara feud is back, which might bring Dragon Lee into the Rush/Pierroth team.

Silueta mentioned she was finishing up in Japan for now, so she’ll probably actually be on this show.

CMLL on 2016-05-20

how high does he get? Euforia isn't short.
how high does he get? Euforia isn’t short.

Recapped: 05/20/2016

What happened: La Mascara outcheated Rush, challenged Rush to a hair match, and challenged Pierroth to put up his mask too. (Shocker’s involvement was downplayed this time.) Cometa and Cavernario resumed their feud, with Cometa demanding a title match.

What was good: Lots of stuff! I really liked the Cometa/Cavernario trios match, and the second and fifth match weren’t too far behind.

Where can I watch it: It’ll be up on my channel on Tuesday, it’ll be on other people’s channel quicker, and the main event is on Claro’s site.


Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-05-06

Metaleon & JInzo
Metaleon & JInzo

Recapped: 05/18-19/16

What happened: Rush & LA Park won their Liga Elite matches.

What was good: The trios match was really good, and Casas/Rush was very good for the time it lasted

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

CMLL Friday night preview, TNA LWC team, Blue Demon

tonight’s card

Tonight’s CMLL show has La Mascara & Rush on opposite sides, following their break up last week (and another break up Tuesday in Guadalajara.) Rush teams with his father Pierroth and noted opportunist Rey Escorpion against La Mascara, Shocker and Terrible. I guess it’ll be interesting to see if the fans cheer for La Mascara now that he’s against Rush, but it’s not really that interesting.

The semimain is Mistico, Atlantis and Valiente versus Ultimo Guerrero, Negro Casas and Euforia in what should be a good trios match. Angel de Oro and Dragon Rojo meet in the lightning match. Rey Cometa and Barbaro Cavernario are back on opposite sides of the tercera, but it’s unclear if that feud is still meant to be going. Puma, Tiger, and Hechicero team up against Triton, Esfinge and Fuego in a match way too good to be a segunda, and there’s a women’s match in the opener.

The show will air at 8:30pm on ClaroSports as usual.

AAA announced the USA/TNA team for the Lucha World Cup: EC3, Tyrus, and Eli Drake. Drake has been in Mexico before, wrestling as part of the Border Patrol in Todo x el Todo as Shaun Ricker in 2013. He’s also worked lucha shows in California. Eli Drake’s sort of the replacement for Mr. Anderson in TNA, and Anderson was on this show last year. Tyrus, the ex-WWE Brodus Clay, was advertised as appearing on the Viva el Rey tour last year, but never actually made it to the shows. In TNA, Tyrus used to be EC3’s bodyguard – EC3’s recently turned turned face and they broke up.

I’m a fan of EC3 from his days on the antics on the original version of NXT as Derrick Bateman. He and Drake are considered good talkers and should be helpful to promote the whole thing (and Tyrus is there for the visual of the large heavy guy who had a memorable gimmick in WWE for a moment.) It’s disappointing as far as a team that’s going to have good matches, since there’s a lot of people in TNA who could probably fit in this format better. There’s still three men’s teams to announce, but there’s not many possibilities for great matches given who’s been announced so far, especially on the men’s side.

(It’s unclear if TNA picked the side, AAA picking the side, or some combination.)

A photo of the upcoming Blue Demon TV show taping at Arena Coliseo turned up another day, and Reforma published an article about the show is going. It’s mentioned to be historical fiction, not a retelling of Blue Demon’s actually life. They’re filming the show out of order; they mention they’ve taped scenes for 20 different episodes, with one complete and four or five more to come. Of note, Demon’s opponent is mentioned as world welterweight champion “Ala Dorada”, which probably means Hijo del Santo was able to stop them from using El Santo as a character and they’ve created a stand-in. It sounds like it was a one day taping – it might just be a coincidence this is happening the same time Coliseo isn’t running on Saturday.

AAA’s moved their Pachuca taping back to Palenque de la Feria, though it’s staying on Tuesday night. The date thing makes sense when I realized the Pachuca futbol team could be playing in a league final game on that Sunday. DTU, who was supposed to be part of the show originally scheduled for Tuesday in Arena Aficion, will now return to the city in July.

Chilanga Mask on 06/05 in Arena Jose Suliaman/Solidaridad
1: Extreme Tiger vs Caifan
2: Makabre vs Shiryu Dragon vs Aeroboy vs Wotan
3: Laredo Kid vs Ultimo Ninja vs Astro
4: Epydemius & Alberto Dos Rios vs Mr Leo & Fly Star
5: Impulso & Arez vs Facade vs Jason Gory

RIOT on 06/11 in Arena Femenil Monterrey
1: Belial vs Drastick Boy
2: Arez vs Jinzo
3: Violento Jack vs Bryn vs Tony Rodriguez

Chairo 4 on 06/19 in Arena Naucalpan
1: Impulso vs Freelance, hair vs hair
2: Keria, Aeroboy, Demasiado vs Mini Multifacetico, Brole, Prayer

There’s a new edition of +LuchaTV up.

LuchaWorld has the top 10 rankings for the week.

The latest edition of Podcast BOOM with Konnan has Sexy Star as a guest. It’s about his fourth different podcast this week.

AyTV has an interview with Hechicero.

The DragonMania show will air on 06/11 on SamuraiTV.


CMLL (TUE) 05/24/2016 Arena México
1) Bengala & Leono vs Cholo & Espanto Jr.
2) Eléctrico, Fantasy, Stukita vs Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito
3) Esfinge, Pegasso, Stigma vs Disturbio, Puma, Tiger
4) Rey Cometa vs Cavernario [lightning]
5) Fuego, Tritón, Valiente vs Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado
6) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Stuka Jr. vs Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero

Pierroth broke up with the Boricuas, but they’re teaming anyway because CMLL doesn’t pay attention to CMLL (and they absolutely will not book Puma & Tiger in a semimain, I guess.) Cometa/Cavernario should be very good.

CMLL (TUE) 05/24/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Frezzer & Neutrón vs Demonio Rojo & El Chakal
2) Flyer, Hombre Bala Jr., Starman vs Canelo Casas, Hijo del Signo, Metálico
3) Blue Panther Jr., Gallo, The Panther vs El Cuatrero, Sansón, Skándalo
4) Blue Panther, Guerrero Maya Jr., Súper Porky vs Bobby Z, Hechicero, Vangellys
5) Máscara Dorada, Rush, Titán vs La Máscara, Shocker, Terrible

Rush betrayed La Mascara, but La Mascara wants to hang out with Shocker and so Rush is apparently a tecnico by default. That’s just weird.

lucha TV preview for weekend of May 21th


AAA and ELITE are pretty safe bets, since they’re both the second half of tapings. The trios match on Elite is a really good sounding match that we probably wouldn’t have gotten to see either. The AAA show is heavy on the Perros/Fronterazos feud.

The Puebla main event not having the Ingobernables and still being a relevos incredibles match is pretty annoying. Other matches on that card look fine.

There’s no lineup for next CMLL Tuesday yet. I dunno.

“Los Luchadores”, AAA taping date change, Konnan/Dorian

needed a GIF
needed a GIF, this is a good GIF

Pedro Ocadiz, the composer of the song “Los Luchadores”, passed away. If you’ve heard a lucha libre song, you’ve probably heard that one: “El Santo, Cavernario, Blue Demon, el Bulldog” is the lyric from the chorus, and it’s go to song for any news feature lucha libre in Mexico. SuperLuchas reprinted an interview with him from a few years ago; he mentions he didn’t know “Bulldog” was the name of an actual luchador when he put him in the song, he just needed a word that fit.

AAA announced the Pachuca taping would be moving two days later, from Sunday at the bull ring to Tuesday at Arena Aficion. There was a AAA spot show advertised for that day already, so maybe this is some deal to replace that. AAA hasn’t taped in Arena Aficion since the early 2000s, and it might be the smallest venue they’ll run for TV in a long time. It seems a little bit smaller than Arena Naucalpan.

They’re also now listing Mesias in the luchador surprise spot, teaming with fellow Team Trump member Hernandez against Dr. Wagner & Texano Jr.

In that same arena on Tuesday, Canek defeated Mr. Jack for the IWL Heavyweight Championship. The idea is it’s El Fantasma’s title, but he was too busy in his job of Mexico City lucha libre commissioner to remain champion. (He was on the show; he could’ve easily defended it and lost in the main event.)

Yesterday’s Lucha World Cup was adding Lady Apache to Mexican Women’s Team. They also announced both shows would air on Samurai TV in Japan on June 19th. The first round is listed as a two hour slot. Still no official word on it airing in Mexico or the US.

Meanwhile, Sexy Star said she’s not part of the Lucha World Cup and not to ask her why because she doesn’t know. I think we can all come up with reasons AAA may not want to use her but, to be be fair, she’s usually used anyway.

On Tuesday’s MLW Radio show, Konnan talked about Dorian near the end. As SuperLuchas put it, Konnan called Dorian incompetent, talking mostly about Dorian being first years on the job. Konnan said he’d find Dorian playing Mafia Wars or Candy Crush instead of taking his job seriously, or leaving the office to catch a movie. Konnan blamed Dorian for the terrible deal with Lucha Libre USA, including the money AAA had to pay to finally get out of it, and for putting out the DVD wiht Hijo del Santo – Konnan’s bigger point was that Dorian would’ve been fired long ago if he wasn’t a family member. Konnan claimed he wasn’t bitter about leaving AAA.

(Konnan’s case about Dorian being immature would’ve been slightly stronger if he didn’t take a bong hit during the podcast which some how caused him to disappear for about 10 minutes.)

The WON mentions Court Bauer says he was not forced to choose between MLW/Konnan and AAA/LU. (He also said it himself on his podcast on Friday.) He says it did come up, but they had negotiated around it – Konnan going silent on the rare times they’d talk about AAA/LU in recent months – and it wasn’t the reason Bauer left. Bauer’s been hinting about a WWE/NXT deal this weekend on Twitter.

This week’s CMLL Informa mentioned Diamante Azul has not yet returned from France and would be back next week instead. I’m guessing they meant on Informa itself, and he’d still be back for his matches this weekend (there’s got to be more than one flight a week from France to Mexico), but he may be replaced. The hosts also calmed down concerns about Arena Coliseo, saying CMLL would be back running Sabado Retros next week.

A CMLL recap of the breakup of the Ingobernables has La Mascara pointing out he always had always went against his family in the Ingobernables but Rush wasn’t willing to do the same. More interesting, the recap explains people hate Comandante Pierroth because they see only Norberto Salgado as the only real Pierroth (as if this new guy’s gimmick is officially being a Fake Pierroth, which definitely wasn’t the way it started.) Meanwhile, Rush & Pierroth talk about how no one’s tough like in the old days.

The WON mentions Dragon Lee is not expected in NJPW’s Super J tournament – that’s the two night tournament being held in July and August, not the one Volador is in starting this week. My impression has been other people are being looked at being used as CMLL’s representative.

Sagrado & Misterioso are unhappy Pierroth called them lazy and out of shape, and want to go after his mask. That’s probably not happening. In the same vein, Rey Escorpion on Informa said he was unimpressed with Dragon Rojo & Polvora; he’s probably the third Ingobernable with Rush & Pierroth.

Silver King, who promotes in Torreon, announced he’s going to run a Copa Junior Elite. It’s the Elite name and same weekly league format, but they’re doing 2 points for a win like the Japanese leagues Silver King has been in. He’s splitting it into two groups. Group A has Hijo del Ninja, Silver King, Hijo de LA Park, Hijo de Fishman, Gran Kalifa Jr., Halcon Suriano Jr. and Stukita. Group B has Shocker, Dr. Wagner Jr., Hijo de Dr. Wagner Jr., Hijo del Espectro Jr., Hijo de Dos Caras, Hijo del Medico Asesino, Antrax Jr. It’s all the problems of the Elite tournament plus putting AAA & CMLL guys against each other plus doing it Torreon where many of those guys don’t live. And, it’s Torreon, where no one writes about results of shows, so it’d be tough to get over the concept even if everything else worked out. (It’ll probably not come up again.) They’re hoping for the final in September.

Leo Riano says Hijo del Fantasma’s injury was a fractured vertebra and a herniated disk. He’s due back in a month. He would’ve had a hard time getting into WWE with those injuries.

LigerFever translated Hechicero’s appearance on Divinas de la Lucha in five parts: one two three four five (or all in one part)

Segunda Caida reviews Rush versus Negro Casas from Elite.

Eric reviews last night’s Lucha Underground.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update.

Aerostar was announced for AAW’s show on June 17th. That’s the same one with Drago/Chris Hero, and I’m betting they have a good opponent in mind for Aerostar too.

Pentagon Jr. will face ROH’s Raymond Rowe on 06/10 in Arlington, Texas.

Lucha Underground 2×17: Crime and Punishment

Moth Power
Moth Power


Daga [O] beat Máscarita Sagrada [X], Kobra Moon, Argenis (4:58, Thunder Rosa sit down Air Raid Crash→Daga elbow drop , OK)

Killshot beat Marty the Moth (7:08, storm cradle driver, good)

Chavo Guerrero [O] beat Aerostar, Texano, Joey Ryan [X], the Mack, Marty Martinez, Sexy Star (8:32, Cage Drill Claw->pin, good)


not sure how much longer Mascarita can survive Famous B's management
not sure how much longer Mascarita can survive Famous B’s management

Chavo Guerero is the new Gift of the Gods champion without having even won a Medallion match. Chavo was able to use Cage’s stolen Medallion after tricking Cage into stealing back a medallion sized washer instead. Dario ruled whoever place the Medallion in the belt got entry into the belt, so Cage was out of the match. There was no clear favorite in the match, and everyone eventually teamed up to take out Chavo, only for Cage to walk into the match and destroy everyone but Chavo. Chavo won the match and is indeed the Gift of the Gods champion – this week, and maybe this week only, since Cage revealed Dario had already given him a shot against the winner for the belt next week.

Marty tried confronting Killshot before their match, and ended up on his back. The match was no different, with Killshot pulling out his finish in an even match. Marty took this badly, attacking Killshot and taking his dogtags.

on target
on target

Kobra Moon was more interested in flirting with Daga than winning the match, even giving up the likely winning pin so Daga could take it instead. Daga didn’t appear too interested in anything besides the win.

Vampiro’s “recovery” strategy for healing Pentagon appears to be hurting Pentagon so much that he becomes immune to pain. This week, Vampiro hit Pentagon first with a cane, then a barbed wire bat, as the show ended.


The grades are all about the same, but Marty/Killshot was the best match of the night for me. The others had a few highlights that gave some value for them, these two guys did the best of putting together a match. They clicked well together with a few really impressive spots – Marty catching the dive looked really good, and Killshot’s offense looked sharp. The post match felt a little hammy but obviously the feud must continue.


The fans didn’t seem particularly into the Gift of the Gods match or rooting for any particular person to win, which hurt. They really seemed into the concept at Ultima Lucha. This match was left as a collection of big spots, some cute, but it didn’t overall feel on the level of the other massive man matches they’ve done. Chavo winning was a groaner, and can only salvaged by Cage destroying him next week. There’s decent hope of that – we are a long way from episode 2 LU lead rudo Chavo.

The four way was as good as it could’ve been expected to be when the random selection of people (and Daga & Argenis were better at working with Máscarita than most people they could’ve picked.) Not sure what to make of Kobra Moon & Daga, though between it and Joey & Sexy in the main event, we had two intergender “fights” that turned into something else.

My first thought when this was over was to check my notes and figure out how much longer we have of these Pentagon Jr./Vampiro vignettes. They are not working for me. Pentagon will get built up at the end, as everyone does, but they’re taking him way down before they get there. And the Ian/Vampiro thing is just all over the place’ maybe the idea is he’s now Vampiro all the time but pretending to be Ian at the Temple, but I’m not sure and I’m not sure I care all that much. I’d like to just get back to seeing Pentagon in the ring, soon.

This was one of the weaker episodes of the season; it’s felt like a lot of setup for things they’re going to payoff later, and the payoff episodes are the much better ones. There was nothing terrible on this one, but not a lot worth going back and checking out.

officer down
officer down

UG/Stuka & Panther/Skandalo in Mexico, LU preview, LWC

Titan ramp dive
Titan ramp dive

CMLL (TUE) 05/17/2016 Arena México [CMLL, thecubsfan]
1) Demus 3:16 & Mercurio b Aéreo & Último Dragóncito LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 17 DE MAYO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
13:32. Rudos took 1/3.
2) Arkángel de la Muerte, Canelo Casas, Metálico b Flyer, Metatrón, Robin LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 17 DE MAYO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
15:51. Rudos took 1/3. Metatron replaced Star Jr.
3) Soberano Jr. b Sangre Azteca [lightning] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 17 DE MAYO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
8:23. Soberano won via small pacakge.
4) Blue Panther Jr., Oro Jr., The Panther DQ El Cuatrero, Sansón, Skándalo LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 17 DE MAYO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
11:31. Straight falls, with Skandalo feuding with Panther and unmasking him in the second fall.
5) Bobby Z, Mephisto, Vangellys b Blue Panther, Dragón Lee, Guerrero Maya Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 17 DE MAYO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
14:39. Rudos took 1/3.
6) Máscara Dorada, Stuka Jr., Volador Jr. b Gran Guerrero, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 17 DE MAYO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
11:17. Tecnicos took 2/3. Ultimo Guerrero bullied Stuka, Stuka beat him in the end.

This show died in the first hour and never really recovered. Skandalo losing his mask to The Panther as a retirement makes some sense on paper, but I’m not sure I’d like to see that two month feud. There wasn’t much of an indication they’re going that way, CMLL just has no real reason to do a Skandalo feud except for him to lose his mask right now.

Ultimo Guerrero has a championship and Stuka makes as much sense as a challenger as anyone, but there were no challengers. Like Monday night in Puebla, the main eventers just got out of there as quick as possible without saying anything.

There is no ELITE show today. They’ve moved to Saturday, at least for the moment. Today, Press Conference Wednesday, would make sense for an ELITE press conference to explain what’s going on, but there’s no sign of one happening.

Today’s Lucha Underground episode is “Crime and Punishment”, the 17th of the season. Matches on the show

  • Daga vs Kobra Moon vs Mascarita Sagrada vs Argenis
  • Marty the Moth vs Killshot (teased by this extra promo)
  • A Gift of the Gods match

There’s a preview vignette that starts to address the Cage/Chavo issue over who has a Medallion.

Over at Roster Resource, they list all the Lucha Underground luchadors sorted by tiers of importance. There’s no one they rank in tier one in a match tonight. There’s only a couple people in tier two. This show features the a lot of the bottom half of the roster by any measure, with people who’ve only lost feuds or haven’t been put in them. It doesn’t mean the show will be bad – people given opportunities usually do pretty well on Lucha Underground – but it’s interesting to see if the ratings reflect the lack of star power or if the week to week variance is shown to be more random noise than actionable information.

Eric has a preview of the show.

Rey Mysterio & Johnny Mundo were at the Univision upfront yesterday, taking photos with invitees. Univision owns 5% of El Rey and they appeared to be the (sole) representatives from the channel, but there was no news about the channel. Univision itself announced a deal with Netflix, but maybe not the one you’d expect: the TV network will be airing Netflix’s originals Club de Cuernos (soccer drama) and Narcos (drug drama) after they’ve aired on Netflix. Mysterio’s been doing press for Lucha Underground all week: this twitlonger post has links to his interviews with ESPN & SI.

AAA announced the third women’s team for the Lucha World Cup: a Team Canada, with Taya, KC Spinelli and TNA’s Allie. “TNA’s Allie” actually appeared with that name for the first time a few minutes after she was announced on the team; she debuted with the new name on last night’s TNA show, and is better know on the indies as Cherry Bomb. (She’s married to “TNA’s Braxton Sutter”, also better known as Pepper Parks, and it’s possible he’ll end up on one of the men’s teams.) Spinelli, like Taya, is a Lance Storm trainee who appeared on the World of Hurt reality show and has wrestled in Canada and in the US for women’s promotions.

Seven of the twelve teams are now complete. It seems like the LWC strategy is to announce a new name or trio every evening to keep people talking about it. Tonight would be a good night for the US people from Lucha Underground or Rey Mysterio’s team.

There’s also an AAA interview with Fabi Apache talking about wanting new challenges and the tag titles being that challenge.

TNA announced Tigre Uno/Extreme Tiger has signed a new contract. There’s no details. There’ are reports TNA is trying to sign their wrestlers to exclusive contracts, which might mean he’d be prevented from working ELITE or elsewhere in Mexico. It wouldn’t be in Tiger’s interest to sign a deal like that – he’s working a lot more in Mexico than he is in TNA due to their limited schedule – so there must be something else going on.

Psicosis II/Ripper took Infector’s mask in a cage match in Estado de Mexico on Sunday.

Caristico, Negro Casas and (a) Hijo del Rey Misterio defeated Rush, Mr. Elektro, and Fuerza Guerrera in Monterrey by DQ, when Rush unmasked Caristico. The DF trio of Flamita, Metaleon, and Golden Magic beat the northern trio of Laredo Kid, Ultimo Ninja and Ninja Jr., and the two teams fought post match suggesting a rematch. The Arena Coliseo Monterrey matches are airing on about a two week delay, so those matches may air the weekend of May 28th, but it’s always subject to change with Monterrey.

LuchaWorld has an interview with Oriental.

Apolo Valdes writes about intergender wrestling.

Llaves and Candados say they’re back on 06/26 in Monterrey. They’re teasing Rush versus Konnan Big, without using either name.

Casandra talks about her title defense this weekend.


IWRG (SUN) 05/22/2016 Arena Naucalpan
1) Astro & Rocket vs Galaxy & Hip Hop Man
2) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo vs Diablo Jr., El Hijo del Diablo, Emperador Azteca, Hijo del Alebrije
3) Dinamic Black vs Cerebro Negro
4) Imposible © vs Freelance [IWRG IC Light]
Imposible 13th defense
5) Danny Casas, Hijo De Dos Caras, Ultramán Jr. vs Electroshock, Fuerza Guerrera, Toscano

Electroshock is listed under his AAA name, which is probably a mistake. Ultraman and Fuerza haven’t been here for a while. Imposible has been here for a while, and is giving Freelance a second chance in a row. Tercera is a prelude to a title match if Dinamic Black can win.

CMLL on 2016-05-06 

Volador has no time for Cavernario's silliness
Volador has no time for Cavernario’s silliness

Recapped: 05/16-17/2016

What happened: Rey Escorpión seemed to cause problems between La Mascara & Rush, but was dumped to the side at the end. The first two matches had botched finishes due to referees counting unplanned eliminations, and the third had a pointless DQ.

What was good: The semimain was the best match, with some of the undercard derailed by the bad finishes (and the main event hurt by feed issues.)

Where can I watch it: It’s on rockerGamer30’s channel. (more…)