CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-12-09 

Vaquerita elbow drop to the floor

Recapped: 12/11/2016

What happened: Same things that happened last week: Caristico wants a match with Ultimo Guerrero, Maximo wants a match on Mascara 2000, and all the women want a match with each other. This show is an effort in duplication.

What was good: I liked the second match and not much else.

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

Ultimo Guerrero wins (of course), Tuesday preview, Cara Lucha, Lucha Memes

again

CMLL (SUN) 12/11/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Domingos Familiares CMLL]
1) Avispón Negro Jr. & Johnny Dinamo b Destello & Destructor
tecnicos took 1/3
2) Carlo Roggi & Linterna b Cosmos & El Alteño
Linterna replaced Mr. Apolo. Rudos took 1/3.
3) Demonio Rojo, Évola, Gran Kenut b Javier Cruz Jr., Mágico, Smaker
Cruz & Kenut are feuding. Rudos took 2/3, Kenut using the ropes to pin Cruz. Challenges followed.
4) Frezzer & Neutrón DCOR León Blanco & Mr. Trueno
Rudos took 1, tecnicos took 2, both sides brawled outside to a countout. Challenges followed, with the rudos saying they’d accept the match the day the tecnicos were able to beat him.
5) Infierno, Pitbull I, Ráfaga b Magnum, Nautilius, Star Black
Rudos took 1/3. Infierno’s first match here in almost exactly two years. He submitted Magnum at the end.

Ah, they’re setting up a cage match too. I wonder if Triton, Gallo and Esfinge get pulled in, or if they’ll do a different title match with them. Infierno suddenly showing up throws him into the possibilities.

CMLL (MON) 12/12/2016 Arena Puebla
1) Fuerza Chicana & Guerrero Espacial b Astro & Zaeta Roja  (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
2) Robin & Star Jr. b Rey Apocalipsis & Toro Bill Jr.  (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
3) Astral, Asturiano, Eléctrico b Espíritu Maligno, Mini Joker, Saurón  (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
4) Kráneo, Olímpico, Ripper b Blue Panther Jr., Guerrero Maya Jr., The Panther  (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
5) Ephesto, Mephisto, Rush b La Máscara, Rey Bucanero, Volador Jr. [Relevos Increíbles]  (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rush & La Mascara ignored their teams and worked together.
6) Último Guerrero © b Valiente [NWA MIDDLE]  (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
UG took falls 2/3 to keep the title in the usual manner. 9th defense, 4th shot for Valiente.

Saw the main event, which was had nothing new. UG kicked out the Valiente Buster and escaped the Indian deathlock before Valiente went up for the moonsault.

Tonight’s CMLL show has a Guerrero Maya versus Ephesto singles match. I’m not sure really why. They did feud for a few weeks, it makes sense how they got there, I’m just not sure why they started with the idea of Ephesto in a singles match. Still, it’s interesting. 2016 CMLL is all about running the same singles matches so many times (see Puebla lineup for next week), even a non-promising match looks exciting because it’s at least new. Maya wins, but on Martes de Viejos Valores, anything is possible.

That’s not the main event, which seems like a sensible decision. The actual main event is Dragon Lee, Stuka Jr., and Volador taking on Hechicero, Luciferno and Mephisto. I have a (unconfirmed) guess the national trios titles are going to change hands before they go to Japan. All three tecnicos are on the FantasticaMania tour, so this could be the start of a program (and there’s really not much time left to do start one if it’s going to happen.)

The rest of the show has Blue Panther, Drone and Fuego taking on Bobby Z, Rey Bucanero and Vangellys in the fourth. The Panther brothers team with Pegasso face the complete Nuevo Dinamitas trio in the usual good tercera. The second match has a trio of rookies – Magia Blanca, Principe Diamante, Sangre Imperial – taking on a trio of rudos – Cancerbero, Raziel and Sangre Azteca. Fantasy & Dragoncito face Pequeno Olimpico & Pequeno Violencia, who can only be better than last week.

The show will air at 7:30pm on YouTube & CMLL.

Guadalajara has Atlantis, Maximo and Valiente versus Niebla Roja, Terrible and Ultimo Guerrero. That’s probably is setting up another UG/Valiente match, unless we’ve all mocked it enough to get them to swerve to something else. There’s also an Elite themed show in Arena Queretaro, with Rey Escorpion & Argos versus Mr. Leo & Caristico in the main event.

Xtreme Tiger thanked TNA for his time there and changed his Twitter name to XtremeTigerTJ. I’d assume his contract with TNA ran out. He’d previously said they hadn’t been in contact with him for months and he hadn’t been on the show in even longer.

Pentagon Jr. will face Cody Rhodes on 02/17 near San Francisco. Pentagon will not be on PCW’s show on 01/20; he’s been pulled to work Guerra de Titanes and Drago replaces him. I don’t quite understand how it took until now for AAA to know they’d need Pentagon in Mexico. As soon as they decided to run Guerra de Titanes in January and not December, that was the date that was going to make the most sense, and it seems like they’ve made that decision a month ago. At least the indie promotion was told plenty in advance this time. The last few weeks of AAA TV have been hinting at a Mundo/Pentagon title match, so that could be Pentagon’s Guerra de Titanes match, or they could stick them all in a trios match and kill more time until Rey de Reyes. Meanwhile, Drago not being on that show slightly increases the chances he and Aerostar are losing the tag title belts in Chilpancingo this weekend.

On today’s Wrestling Observer Radio, the hosts referenced LigerFever’s translation of Konnan’s interview on Los Reyes del Biutiful. They specifically brought up the story about Alberto slapping Dorian, in the context of Alberto’s issues this weekend. Dave Meltzer said he was told the story wasn’t exactly true: Alberto was definitely very angry about AAA trademarking the name, but it didn’t come to physical violence.

This week’s Box Y Lucha focuses on their awards. There’s a lot of focus on their awards. Photos of the award ceremony were on Facebook this weekend, with people not there confused at the people winning the awards. Letra Roja’s lucha column explains the deal: you could “win” an award via buying it from Box Y Lucha, and luchadors from places far away from Mexico City are going back home with a plaque. Not all of them were bought, but the people who won them were generally more big names who brought in to be guests for the dinner. This is consistent with Box y Lucha’s policies in general, where you can get an interview or show coverage by paying for it. It’s better than Box Y Lucha not existing at all, which has happened during in past decades, but it leaves the magazine with a lot of interviews with obscure people or small shows and not a lot of insight.

Legend moved their Christmas Day AAA show at Arena Aficion to 12/27. They’re the first promotion to announce a move, though it’s possible others have done before announcing their cards.

MedioTiempo & +Lucha have the five minute recap of the week in lucha libre and an interview with Mascarita Dorada from a week ago that I missed.

LuchaWorld has the latest podcast and this week’s Poster-Mania.

Jack Evans was interviewed in Basta a few days ago. It sounds like he’s got a busy indy schedule post-AAA.

La Union has a nice interview with local Cuernavaca luchador Destello, who is another one who doubles as a mask maker.

There’s a new lucha libre themed restaurant in Dallas.

Lineups

CMLL (MON) 12/19/2016 Arena Puebla
1) Black Tiger, Lestat, Millenium vs Ares, Fuerza Chicana, Policeman
2) La Vaquerita, Marcela, Sanely vs Amapola, Dalys, Metálica
3) Blue Panther Jr., Stigma, The Panther vs Hechicero, Puma, Tiger
4) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Johnny Idol vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Sam Adonis
5) La Máscara, Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Volador Jr. [Relevos Increíbles]

They’re doing another Volador/La Mascara match. I have no idea why. I don’t really want to see it. The rest of the card isn’t much good except for the tecera which is usually good (but could use some direction.)

Lucha Memes (SUN) 12/25/2016 Arena Naucalpan
1) Astrolux, Baby Star Jr., Black Metal, Ciber Punk, Demus Black, Garrobo Punk, Keira, Rebelde Punk vs Araña de Plata, Black Dragón, Demonio Infernal, Diablo Jr., Dragón Fly, Hijo del Alebrije, Kanon, Skanda [Torneo FILL]
Lucha Memes (Jack Evans) vs IWRG (Black Terry)
2) Jack Evans vs Rey Cometa
3) Veneno vs Mr. Niebla
4) Guerrero Maya Jr. & The Panther (CMLL) © vs Black Terry & Negro Navarro [Arena Coliseo TAG]
5) Trauma I vs Satánico
6) Aramis vs Iron Kid, Alas de Acero, Sádico, Freelance, Mike Segura, Arez, Belial, Impulso [cage, mask]

Maya & Panther defending the tag titles is the last match to be added. (The Maya/Terry promos came out before the Dinamitas title shot, so this was probably booked for a while and Lucha Memes politely kept the match quiet until it was safe to announce.) Poor Panther must think he’s teaming with this nice, upstanding guy, and is going to find out he’s teaming with an actual lunatic when Maya gets in the ring with Black Terry again. Hope they do the final match by pinfall for the cage match, doubt they will. I would pay $6 on iPPV for this show easily, even on Christmas Day.

Cara Lucha (SUN) 01/01/2017 Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México
1) Flama Roja, Toro Negro III, Toro Negro Jr. vs Alas de Acero, Alas De Plata, Pegazus
2) Arceus, Atomic Fly, Príncipe Aéreo vs Imperio Negro, Torito Negro, Yin Sang
3) Corsario Negro & Gallego vs Látigo & Trauma I [Juventud y Gloria, quarterfinal]
4) Demus 3:16 & Yoruba vs El Bandido & Solar I [Juventud y Gloria, quarterfinal]
5) Templario & Último Guerrero vs ? & ?? [Juventud y Gloria, semifinal]
Guerrero & Templario face the winner of Gallego/Corsario & Trauma/Latigo
6) Volador Jr. vs Fénix El Rey vs Flamita

Try #2 for this match, with the hope that Fenix will be healthy. Fenix suggested he’d be using a new name in Mexico (though keeping Rey Fenix for the US) to avoid the trademark issue, so Fenix el Rey seems to be it.

Seems unfair that UG & Templario get to face someone who’s already had a match, but everyone has to make due and it’s a better to have three tournament matches than seven.

No Christmas Day show for Cara Lucha.

new lucha videos for the weekend of December 9th

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYyNnOBGWP7SANlmvWe8dGkz2ARKhpokR

PROESA was a repeat. Noches de Coliseo is canceled, and Llaves won’t air again until at least March. There’s at least three different weekly recordings I could cancel now.

12/10 & 12/11 WWC: Cloud Drive

CMLL Lucha Libre Retro: 2016-12-09
Cloud Drive
taped 2016-09-24 @ Arena Coliseo
1) Magnus, Marvel, Robin vs El Coyote, Grako, Nitro
2) Diamante Azul, Johnny Idol, Valiente vs Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-12-09
Cloud Drive
taped 2016-12-09 @ Arena México
1) Robin & Stigma vs Sangre Azteca & Skándalo
2) Fuego, Pegasso, Soberano Jr. vs Okumura, Puma, Tiger
3) Estrellita, Princesa Sugehit, Zeuxis vs Dalys, La Vaquerita, Marcela in a relevos increíbles match
4) Valiente vs La Máscara in a lightning match
5) Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Volador Jr. vs Máscara Año 2000, Shocker, Terrible
6) Carístico, Dragón Lee, Mistico vs Mephisto, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero

IWRG Zona XXI: 2016-12-09
Cloud Drive
taped 2016-12-04 @ Arena Naucalpan
1) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo vs Dowki, Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Príncipe Orión in a lumberjack strap match
2) Imposible vs Relámpago
3) Chicano, Danny Casas, Veneno vs Dr. Cerebro, Eterno, Pirata Morgan
4) Killer Jr. & Pirata Morgan Jr. vs Golden Magic & Pantera I

AAA on Televisa: 2016-12-10
Cloud Drive
taped 2016-11-20 @ Gimnasio Municipal Jose Neri Santos, Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua
1) Big Mami, Niño Hamburguesa, Octagoncito vs El Apache, Lady Shani, Mini Psycho Clown
2) Faby Apache & Mary Apache vs Averno & Chessman
3) Garza Jr., La Parka, Texano Jr. vs Brian Cage, Johnny Mundo, Marty Casaus

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2016-12-10
Cloud Drive
taped 2016-11-28 @ Arena Puebla
1) Esfinge, Fuego, Stigma vs Puma, Skándalo, Tiger
2) Diamante Azul, Johnny Idol, Máximo Sexy vs Kráneo, Ripper, Shocker
3) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Gran Guerrero, La Máscara, Último Guerrero

IWRG Zona XXI: 2016-12-12
Cloud Drive
taped 2016-12-11 @ Arena Naucalpan
1) Máscara Año 2000 Jr. vs Rafy, Teelo, Mike, Leo, Freelance, Mike Segura, Danny Casas, Veneno, Hijo del Alebrije, El Hijo del Diablo, Diablo Jr. I, Black Terry, Heddi Karaoui, Relámpago, Pantera I, Killer Jr., Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan Jr., Dr. Cerebro, Hijo De Dos Caras, Golden Magic, Emperador Azteca, Picudo Jr., Eterno, Oficial AK47, Astro, Tony Rivera, Mr. Águila for the IWRG Rey del Ring
2) Dragón Fly © vs Demonio Infernal [AIWA ARGENTINA CRUISER]

Máscara Año 2000 Jr. is Rey del Ring, Valiente versus Ultimo Guerrero tonight in Puebla

IWRG (SUN) 12/11/2016 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, Estrellas del Ring, The Gladiatores]
1) Black Dragón & Fireman b Adrenalina & Araña de Plata
2) Dragón Fly © b Demonio Infernal [AIWA ARGENTINA CRUISER]
3) Máscara Año 2000 Jr. b Rafy, Teelo, Mike, Leo, Freelance, Mike Segura, Danny Casas, Veneno, Imposible, El Hijo del Diablo, Diablo Jr. I, Black Terry, Heddi Karaoui, Relámpago, Pantera I, Killer Jr., Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan Jr., Dr. Cerebro, Hijo De Dos Caras, Golden Magic, Emperador Azteca, Picudo Jr., Eterno, Oficial AK47, Astro, Tony Rivera, Mr. Águila, Hijo del Alebrije [IWRG Rey del Ring]
31 people listed for the 30 person match. It came down to Mascara versus Pirata Sr., with Mascara winning (via foul) and challenges following. Golden Magic & Pirata Jr. helped out the final two, and ended up switching masks along the way.

This show should air tonight on AYM, where I’ll probably watch if only to see if they really had 31 people in teh 30 person match. Mascara gets a big belt, and maybe another important match in the next month. It’s good time to be a Mascara 2000. I think I would’ve rather CMLL just bring in this Mascara to be the holiday sacrifice to Maximo, but it’d be more likely for this one to stick around, and CMLL seems to believe Mascara Sr. is a draw despite all evidence to the contrary. It doesn’t say much for Pirata’s hopes of getting the hair match with his son in AAA if he’s setting up a hair match elsewhere.

Rafy says he’s fine and want to move on after the fight with Alberto. That’ll probably be the end of it.

Puebla tonight has Ultimo Guerrero defending the NWA Middleweight Championship against Valiente. In a small view, it’s a tie breaker match: Valiente beat Ultimo Guerrero in the Universal tournament, Ultimo Guerrero beat Valiente to win the Leyenda de Azul. In the longer view, it’s Valiente trying to break a streak. He’s faced UG three times already for this title, over the last year and change, and Ultimo Guerrero’s won every time. Valiente finally overcoming UG would cement his progress over the last few months. It still seems unlikely, because CMLL is already setting up yet another title rematch between them in Guadalajara, and UG as singles champion might be necessary for both his feud with Caristico and the FantasticaMania tour. Still, every time I think they’re going to pull the rug out from underneath Valiente, he just keeps winning. Maybe he’ll keep winning tonight. I’m not totally interested in the match – it feels like 18 minutes of waiting to see if Valiente will go for that infuriating moonsault – but the outcome is definitely interesting.

The semimain has a relevos incredibles match. Rush returns from a (lukewarm) trip to Japan to team with Ephesto, Mephisto against La Mascara, Rey Bucanero and Volador. Mascara & Volador just had a singles match yesterday. Everyone probably should end up attacking Volador in this match, even though that’s unlikely to happen. The Panther Brothers & Guerrero Maya take on Kraneo, Olimpico and Ripper. Astral returns to Puebla to team with Asturiano & Electrico against Espiritu Maligno, Mini Joker and Sauron. Joker pinned Astral to win the minis/locals cibernetico in the match where Astral got hurt, and tonight might move them towards a title match. Rey Apocalipsis & Toro Bill face Robin & Star Jr., which will at least be better than Friday’s opener. Fuerza Chicana & Guerrero Espacial take on Astro & Zaeta Roja in the opener. It’ll be Zaeta’s second match of the night, as he’s wrestling on a 3 pm show elsewhere in the city, one of a few extra shows today due to a religious holiday.

CultIcon previews this show. It’ll air on CMLL.com & YouTube at 9pm.

Tickets for Guerra de Titanes went on sale today. Tickets are 712MX and 185MX ($35USD to $9).

DTU had a press conference scheduled at 11AM to talk about the Anniversary show, so maybe iPPV details will be coming with it. It seems like it’ll just be a $6 show.

Steve Pain & Pequeno Pierroth will work the GALLI show next Sunday, which is a Gringo Loco tribute.

Pentagon Jr. won the Chile World Submission Championship from Mr. 450 on Sunday.

Lineups

IWRG (WED) 12/14/2016 Arena Naucalpan
1) Bambino & Voltar vs Crezy & Crezy Tiger
2) Águila Enmascarrada, Kira, Rey Flecha vs Magic Dragón, Sombra Metálica, Último Caballero
3) Fireman, Omega, Vardeus vs Fly Tiger, Guerrero 2000, Vampiro Metálico
4) Blue Monsther, Hijo del Alebrije, Shadow Boy vs Adrenalina, Keshin Black, Picudo Jr.
5) Alas de Acero, Aramis, Araña de Plata, Black Dragón, Cadilac, Demonio Infernal, Dragón Fly, Skanda vs Ángel Oriental, Atomic Fly, Cremosito, Keiser Drago, Kill Van, Lady Cat, Marduk Jr.,Salchichita [Torneo Fill]

Mid week IWRG shows (and the posters have said next week’s show will be on Wednesday too.) Main event is FILL vs Gym Zeus (Oficial 911).

CMLL (SAT) 12/17/2016 Arena Coliseo
1) Bengala & Leono vs Camorra & Inquisidor
2) Magia Blanca, Sangre Imperial, Sensei vs El Coyote, Grako, Hijo del Signo
3) Fuego, Oro Jr., Pegasso vs Puma, Skándalo, Tiger
4) Máximo Sexy, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Euforia, Rey Bucanero, Vangellys
5) La Máscara © vs Atlantis [CMLL LH]
first defense

They did get to this title match right away, though there’s nothing saying this is the last show of the year. Mascara gets around to his first defense eight months after winning the title.

The Coyote/Grako/Blanca/Imperial guys are now being booked regularly. I wonder if the rookies who aren’t been booked (Warrior Steel/Yago) just ended up leaving the promotion.

CMLL (SUN) 12/18/2016 Arena México
1) Oro Jr. & Sensei vs Akuma & Apocalipsis
2) Drone, Fuego, Rey Cometa vs Puma, Skándalo, Tiger
3) La Vaquerita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Dalys, La Seductora, Metálica
4) Ángel de Oro, Johnny Idol, Rey Cometa vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
5) Marco Corleone, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Máscara Año 2000, Shocker, Terrible

A show! Maybe Sky Team trios title match for Christmas?

CMLL (SUN) 12/18/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Black Sugar & Micro vs Guerrero de la Muerte & Quca
2) Javier Cruz Jr. & Reycko vs Gran Kenut & Relámpago
3) Nautilius & Neutrón vs León Blanco & Pitbull I
4) Frezzer, Magnum, Star Black vs Infierno, Mr. Trueno, Ráfaga
5) Esfinge, Gallo, Tritón vs Espectrúm, Exterminador, Maléfico

Triton back here again. The Freezer/Mr. Trueno and Neutron/Leon Blanco are moved down a spot, but are probably still headed to a mask match soon.

Alberto fight, CMLL weekend results, Caristico mask match (not with UG)

CMLL

CMLL (SAT) 12/10/2016 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Leono & Sensei b Apocalipsis & Cholo
2) Akuma, Cancerbero, Hijo del Signo b Bengala, Flyer, Robin
Rudos took 1/3.
3) Blue Panther Jr., Drone, Fuego b Misterioso Jr., Okumura, Sagrado
tecnicos took 1/3
4) Guerrero Maya Jr. & The Panther © b El Cuatrero & Sansón [Arena Coliseo TAG]
Tecnicos took 2/3 to retain, Panther defeated Sanson to keep the titles. Fifth defense.
5) Atlantis, Dragón Lee, Volador Jr. b Ephesto, La Máscara, Mephisto
Atlantis asked for a title shot from La Mascara, La Mascara unmasked him.

No title change! I was wrong on that one.

Atlantis may have to get his title shot next week. CMLL (and most lucha libre promotions) avoid running Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, and it wouldn’t make sense to bump these shows a day late, so next week could be the final Coliseo show of the year.

CMLL (SUN) 12/11/2016 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Astral, Eléctrico, Último Dragóncito b Mercurio, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico
tecnicos took 1/3
2) Amapola, La Metálica, Tiffany b Estrellita, La Jarochita, Sanely
Rudas took 1/3, Amapola using the ropes to beat Estrellita. The challenges from Friday apepared again.
3) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Guerrero Maya Jr. DQ Bobby Z, Rey Bucanero, Vangellys
Tecnicos took 1/3. Rudos were DQed less than 30 seconds into the third fall for excessive violence. (Tirantes was referee.)
4) Atlantis, Carístico, Stuka Jr. b Euforia, Hechicero, Niebla Roja
Tecnicos took 1/3.
5) Volador Jr. b La Máscara
Volador took 1/3, Volador sneaking in a foul in the third.

A normal CMLL show, by the sounds of it.

The IWRG results should show up tomorrow, but the thing people were really talking about the show was the appearance and activities of Alberto el Patron. He was there watching the show with Paige, probably just to see his brother wrestle. Alberto took photos with fans and wrestlers before the show, and was seated in the owner’s box during part of the show. At some point, he went back stage, and got into to a fight with Ninja Turtle Rafy (aka Alan Xtreme.) It’s unclear what caused it – the story going around is Alberto thought Rafy touched him or Paige and things just very much escalated from there. A brawls in a wrestling locker room is probably not all that uncommon, but the brawl took them out of the locker room and into the hallway that connects to the main arena floor. Plenty of fans heard what was going on and saw what was going on. Between fans who saw and other wrestlers were livid at what happened, the story made it way out on to Facebook pretty quick.

I’m not sure how badly Alberto was hurt. Rafy’s face is said to be very marked up and in bad shape, but stable.. The description of the fight is one sided. If you’re not familiar with the Ninja Turtles, they’re not close to Alberto’s size – Rafy is shorter and smaller. Alberto (and Paige) were seen drinking before the fight.

This was a TV taping, but I don’t think any of this will air on TV. This was really Alberto’s first time in front of the Mexican lucha press since not showing up for Heroes Inmortales and he was doing interviews before the incident. He may have worked some small shows around Mexico and was in Mexico City to promote Combates Americas. (That could be the reason he’s in Mexico right now, come think of it.)

LigerFever has a translation of a three part interview with Konnan on the Reyes del Biutiful: part one, part two, part three. There’s a lot of Konnan speaking about how AAA is run in there, but there’s also another strange Alberto story. Konnan portrays AAA as super concerned about owning the rights to everything to keep that control. (The hosts note it’s even affected to them – they tell a story of Dorian demanding to own the rights to the song they used to introduce Fenix one year at TripleMania, and the group really only wanting to give the rights to Fenix.) Konnan believes AAA goes as far as having someone at the trademark office snitch on any AAA luchador who tries to trademark their own name. It’s easy to look up the trademark info in Mexico and find out if a name’s been put in, so that seems like more work than they’d need to do, but Konnan probably has info on this I don’t. Konnan says AAA tried to trademark the name Alberto el Patron, which led to an enraged Alberto coming to the AAA offices and slapping Dorian Roldan. The story goes Dorian claimed they were doing it to protect Alberto, but Alberto didn’t believe it. There is in fact an AAA trademark for that name (as LigerFever has in screen shots), which AAA’s since given up on.

Caristico and Histeria II will have a mask match on Christmas in Tijuana. Histeria is the same guy who wrestles as Morphosis (in a Histeria mask) in CMLL; I guess we can’t totally rule out him losing his mask in Tijuana and then continuing wrestling in CMLL with a mask. He does only barely wrestle in CMLL, only a handful of matches the second half of this year, and this might just be the end for him as a regular.

AAA posted this week’s TV show. Last week’s TV show mentioned Guerra de Titanes was in January, but this week they put on an announcement for it. I don’t suspect we’ll be getting the lineup until sometime after the holidays.

YoDeportes has video from the Gringo Loco benefit show on Friday. Gringo said he still doesn’t remember the heart attack and the doctor’s don’t know what caused it, but his heart was stopped for 10 minutes. He’s hoping to be back wrestling in two months.

Lucha Memes 12/25 (“Chairo 7: Hell in A Christmas Cell”)
1: Arez, Belial, Impulso, Freelance, Suicide, Sadico, Alas de Acero, Iron Kid, Aramis in a cage match, last one in loses hair or mask.
2: Satanico vs Trauma I
3: Rey Cometa vs Jack Evans
4: Team Lucha Memes/Jack Evans (Keira, Garrobo Punk, Ciber Punk, Rebelde Punk, Astrolux, Black Metal, Baby Star Jr., Demus Black) vs Team FILL/Black Terry (Demonio Infernal, Black Danger, Kanon, Dragon Fly, Hijo de Alebrije, Arana de Plata Jr., Diablo Jr., Skanda)

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report and writes about Chucho Villa’s passing.

The 12/25 Chairo 7/Lucha Memes show will have a FILL vs Chairo rematch, with Black Terry and Jack Evans in charge of the two teams of students.

Xalapa has a new Box, Lucha and MMA commission, though it sounds like they’re mostly interested in the boxing part.

Lineup

Elite (SAT) 12/17/2016 Arena Lopez Mateos
1) Alas De Plata & Mr. Leo vs Leviatham & Sádico
2) Emperador Azteca & Zumbi vs Eterno & Fresero Jr.
3) Solar I vs Rocky Santana
4) Ciclón Ramírez Jr. & El Bandido vs Diamante & Imposible
5) Argos, Dr. Karonte Jr., Veneno vs Decnnis, Mr. Águila, Zumbido
6) Golden Magic & Jack Evans vs Flamita & Rey Escorpión

They announced a show on this date a while back, but no we’ve got a lineup. Not taped for TV (and no Azteca logo on the poster.) Main event seems weird but I’d rather see the strange sides than anyone else in the main event.

Caristico outcheats Ultimo Guerrero, Coliseo Tag Team Title match tonight

photo by Alexis Salazar/CMLL

CMLL (FRI) 12/09/2016 Arena México [+LuchaTV, CMLL]
1) Sangre Azteca & Skándalo b Robin & Stigma
Robin replaced Oro Jr.
2) Okumura, Puma, Tiger b Fuego, Pegasso, Soberano Jr
3)Estrellita, Princesa Sugehit, Zeuxis b Dalys, La Vaquerita, Marcela  [Relevos Increíbles]
Neither team got along, and Dalys’ team won by straight falls somewhat by default. Everyone challenged everyone else.
4) Valiente b La Máscara [lightning]
5) Máscara Año 2000, Shocker, Terrible b Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Volador Jr.
Mascara snuck in a foul on Maximo. Challenges followed again.
6) Carístico, Dragón Lee, Mistico b Mephisto, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero
Negro Casas & Dragon Lee went to a double pin in the third fall. UG tried to use Negro for leverage (like he did with Niebla Roja last week), but Tirantes caught him. Caristico did the same thing with Dragon Lee and was not caught. Challenges followed again.

Didn’t see the show, but it didn’t sound good. Matches one and three were strongly panned. CMLL had issues with the stream at the end of the semimain into the main event. At least we can catch it complete when it airs on – uh, oh well. All the feuds are about where it seemed like they were headed, though none of the big matches are set for next week.

The schedule of events may have changed for CMLL, and may have also changed for indie promotions. Christmas Day was setting up to a very busy Sunday, probably one of the biggest days of the year for lucha libre. However, LigaMX, Mexico’s soccer league, has announced their half year final game will take place on Christmas Day. A lot of the lucha shows were expected to be around Mexico City, and Mexico City’s most popular team is involved. (Because it’s Christmas Day, you can’t really move it up earlier either.) Lucha Memes says they’re not canceling their show, but have heard other promotions are canceling theirs. CMLL would have a Sunday show at Arena Mexico against the game, which normally would have a big match or two, but may not now.

The Panther & Guerrero Maya Jr. defend their Arena Coliseo tag team titles against Cuatrero & Sanson tonight in Arena Coliseo. CMLL has gotten behind the young Dinamitas, hasn’t done anything with the champions in quite some time, and a title change seems more likely than not. If Lucha Retro continues to air on it’s normal pattern, this title match will air either May 5th or May 12th. It’ll likely be later than that with some pre-emptions, if it even makes it that long.

AAA & LU luchadors are in New York today for a show.

Volador won the main event four way with Caristico, Rey Fenix and Barbaro Cavernario on LUcha Libre Boom’s show in Arena Aficion.

Fuego en el Ring has episode 10 of their podcsat.

Lineup

CMLL (FRI) 12/16/2016 Arena México

1) Shockercito & Stukita vs Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro
2) Flyer, Soberano Jr., Star Jr. vs Misterioso Jr., Okumura, Sagrado
3) Estrellita, La Jarochita, La Vaquerita vs La Metálica, Tiffany, Zeuxis
4) Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Stuka Jr. vs La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush
5) Máximo Sexy vs Máscara Año 2000
6) Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero

They’re running in place, just killing time until they get to whenever they want to run these matches. Hopefully there is that press conference I keep guessing for Wednesday so we get an idea of when things might actually happen. Semimain is not a lightning match. Fourth match will be Rush’s first match back in Arena Mexico. Zeuxis & Estrellita are the only constants in the women’s feud. If Zeuxis is losing her mask, which we’re not certain is even happening here, Esterllita would not be the person I’d want to get that win – but I’m not sure there is a woman I do want to get that win. It’s not just about Zeuxis, it’s all the other women having strikes against them at the moment.

CMLL Friday preview and guesses at upcoming plans

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CMLL’s main event tonight is centered around Caristico & Mistico teaming up, with Dragon Lee the third man on the team. CMLL preview pushes the idea of Caristico facing three of his biggest rivals from his glory days: Mephisto, Negro Casas and Ultimo Guerrero.  It’s the last one that matters, with Caristico and Ultimo Guerrero feuding the last couple of weeks. They’re likely having a singles match sometime this month, maybe as soon as next week.

The semimain has Mascara 2000 and Maximo again on opposite sides of a trios match. Terrible, Shocker, Volador and Marco are also part of it. It comes off like Mascara 2000 is around to lose his hair sometime between now and Three Kings Day. There’s been no sign of the usual opening match apuesta feud of the last few years, and Mascara losing his hair works as a replacement. Mascara will probably be better than Ramstein was last year, though that’s not saying much. It would’ve been nice if they aimed a little higher.

The other feud is in the tercera, where the women form odd teams. Female relevos increibles matches are rare. On Informa, and in a Plantilla Deportia interview, Estrellita’s talked about a “bomb” of a surprise coming. She’s also said she has no idea what CMLL has planned for this feud. I am confused by how those concepts work together. This definitely comes off like a cage match feud, with the relevos incredibles a way to get both rudos and tecnicos fighting each other to create the idea of everyone for themselves.

The CMLL calendar could line up something like:

12/16: Caristico vs Ultimo Guerrero
12/23: Dinastia Casas getting their trios title shot
12/30: women’s cage match
01/06: Mascara 2000 vs Maximo in a hair match

That’s just a guess. CMLL figures to run bigger than usual shows on Sundays 12/25 and 01/01 and it’s possible some of these feuds could be shifted to those days. Tonight’s show will confirm some of those matches will be happening, and I suspect there will be a press conference this upcoming Wednesday to sign contracts and put dates to matches.

The lightning match is Valiente versus La Mascara. Valiente is challenging twice for the same title soon, but that’s elsewhere and no sure thing he’ll win here. The second match is Fuego, Soberano, Pegasso versus Okumura, Puma and Tiger. CMLL’s done nothing important with Puma & Tiger since the tournament win. The opener is Stigma & Oro Jr. vs Sangre Azteca & Skandalo.

CultIcon also previews this show. The show will air on ClaroSports at 8:30pm CT. (This is the week where it usually aired on NJPW World, but it’s not listed on their schedule.)

Sangre Imperial replaces Oro Jr. on Tuesday. Oro is still listed on today’s show.

I’m planning on skipping watching this show live and heading to the Gringo Loco benefit show tonight in Berwyn instead. No matches are announced, but tickets are only $10.

TuriLuchas Puebla service in Puebla is going on “pause” for the next few weeks. They’ll resume running busses to Monday shows on 01/09. Guessing the bus might be needed for holiday service elsewhere.

Miedo Extremo lost the UWA Junior Heavyweight Championship right back to the guy he won it from. Miedo gets one last chance to win back the DTU title on 12/26.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update.

TKD and Voice of Wrestling review this week’s Lucha Underground.

Mr. Niebla talks about reaching 25 years of wrestling. He still wants the mask match with Atlantis.

Monster Clown hypes his tag title challenge for Chilpancingo. That taping is still 8 days away.

Two episodes of the Blue Demon series will air on Televisa’s Canal de Estrellas on Christmas Day. The complete series is on the pay VOD service Blim.

lucha TV preview for weekend of December 8th

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This week’s AAA show appears to be the final first run material of the year (unless they sneak Star Battle in.) If you guesses the last main event of 2016 would be Brian Cage, Johnny Mundo and Martin Casuas versus Garza Jr., La Parka and Texano, you need to be running a lucha website instead of me.

Lucha Retro is back to the 9pm slot this week, though with two matches from 09/24 you probably don’t want to see. (Unless you really want to see what Marvel looks like.)

This week’s Elite US show doesn’t have anything special, but I liked both matches on it. The international tournament starts next week.

This is a bit cheating, but I’m fairly certain Lucha Underground will have the other two Battle of the Bull matches. You’ll have to wait for the cage match another week, but the final should air that week as well. This week’s episode has mind games on Sexy Star, and Dragon Azteca checking in on Rey Mysterio.

Guadalajara results, Brazo de Plata

CMLL (TUE) 12/06/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Arena Coliseo Guadalajara]
1) Mágico & Reyko b Carlo Roggi & Thunder Boy
Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Leono, Magnum, Star Black b Artillero, Ráfaga, Rey Trueno
Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Princesa Sugehit, Silueta, Skadi b Amapola, La Comandante, La Seductora
tecnicas took 1/3.
4) Johnny Idol, Máximo Sexy, Titán b Cavernario, Felino, Terrible
Tecnicos took 1/3.
5) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. b La Máscara, Mr. Niebla, Último Guerrero
Tecnicos took 2/3. Valiente challenged UG to a title match, and UG said no.

An all tecnico night. Valiente and Guerrero are having that title match twice, which might give Valiente a chance to lose it twice. I guess it’s better for Valiente’s chances than if someone else was challenging UG for the title here, though it’s unclear why CMLL can’t just book some different feuds.

Many women who were in the same WWE tryout as Zeuxis have been signed to deals recently. Meanwhile, CMLL is suddenly building up a big women’s match, maybe an apuesta match where someone might be losing their hair or mask. Zeuxis appeared at the tryout without her mask, and WWE prefers to unmask people. (Estrellita seemed to hint there was already a plan for a cage match, then said she didn’t know on Informa.) Zeuxis still has the national title belt and they haven’t teased a situation where she might give up yet, so this is not a certainty – this cage bit could be leading up to Amapola or Tiffany or someone else losing their hair – and I don’t have any inside information on this. The timing just matches up interestingly

Elite will air a Rey Escorpion special on Sunday at 9:30 am. That’s when they aired the Golden Magic show.. I wonder if they’re doing a month of specials just to keep that time slot or alive on the cheap.

On Informa, Maximo mentioned Brazo de Plata underwent one operation, and is still waiting for another to get hip surgery done. The original story was Porky had to lose weight before they could operate on his hip, and that first operation might have been to help him with that.

+LuchaTV has a new edition of their podcast. On that podcast, they mentioned Canis Lupus missed Sunday’s IWRG show due to a car accident. He was hurt, though not severely. Also, it looks like Guerrero Maya is looking for a fight with Black Terry again.

CultIcon reviews a Lucha Underground division.

AAA wrestlers visited 21 children at the Magia de un Deseo foundation. AAA posted a Vipers versus Payasos match from the 1998 Rey de Reyes.

Mr. Niebla says the secret to his success is respecting the sport of lucha libre. I laughed.

CMLL mentions the Ephesto/Maya feud.

2016 watch later catch up, part 7 of ∞

Lion Brothers

In this one

  • Histeria & Psicosis vs Dragón Lee & Titán, Arena Cuatro Caminos, Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, 05/16/2016 
  • Imposible © vs Freelance for the IWRG Intercontinental Lightweight Championship, Arena Naucalpan, 05/22/2016 
  • Laredo Kid & Última Sombra vs Flamita & Mr. Elektro, Arena Coliseo Monterrey, 06/19/2016 
  • Metaleón & Mr. Leo vs Puma King & Tiger, Salón Citlalli, Ecatepec, Estado de México, 07/31/2016 
  • Máscara Dorada vs Flamita, Anaheim, California, 06/26/2016 
  • Aero Boy vs Black Terry hair/mask, Autolavado VM, Tulancingo, Hidalgo, 06/10/2016 

Some disappointing matches, some I really liked, one I even rated excellent. The topic of “what match would you show a promoter to sell them on [X]” comes up a fair bit on the podcast, and there’s some of those in here. If you hadn’t seen Imposible & Freelance, or Metaleon, Mr. Leo, Puma and Tiger, those matches give you a really good idea of what they’re about.
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