DTU vs CMLL, Dragon Lee & Kamaitachi to have one more title match, Bello Greco

DTU (THU) 11/26/2015 Arena Aficion [+LuchaTV, DTU, Estrellas del Ring, Funcion Estelar]
1) Concord & Perro Negro Jr. b Electrick Boy & Niño De Cobre
2) Lokillo b Chica Ye-Ye, El Intruso Jr., Jimmy, Joven Maravilla, Kevin, Black Fire, El Exótico, Ovett, Tony[cibernetico]
Lokillo beat Tony for the win after Kevin hit Tony with the back of a chair. Jimmy also hit his fellow Nerds with a board. Kevin said he’s sick of them all fightning and proposed an apuesta match.
3) Dragón Rojo Jr. b Rocky Lobo [lightning]
said to be very good
4) Cíclope & Miedo Extremo b Delta & Stuka Jr. and Lanzeloth & Septimo Dragón
Miedo & Ciclope beat Lanzeloth & Septimo. Delta & Stuka were eliminated first, but came back and attacked Ciclope & Miedo after the match. Stuka wants a title match with Ciclope.
5) Drastik Boy b Titán (CMLL)
Very good match. Titan had Drastic Boy beat, but the referee missed it.
6) Misterioso Jr. (CMLL), Psicosis II, Tritón (CMLL) b Aero Boy, Pesadilla, Violento Jack
Triton was the mystery luchador. Psicosis snuck in a foul on Pesadilla. The CMLL team beat up the DTU guys after the match. Rocky Lobo & Lanzeloth tried to make the save, but Titan ran in to help the CMLL guys. Crazy Boy appeared to challenge Psicosis & Titan to show up to DTU 8 for an extreme cage match.
7) Blue Panther, Negro Navarro, Paraoniko b Ángel o Demonio, Solar I, Valiente
money thrown in. Angel o Demonio invited Blue Panther to the DTU 8th Anniversary show.

Attendance looked to be up – up from DTU and up from CMLL only shows in this arena. Mixing the two worked out. Titan’s talked in the past about wanting to do very occasional extreme matches and it seems like he’s going to get his chance on the DTU Anniversary show. No date for that one yet.

CMLL (FRI) 11/27/2015 Arena México [CMLL, thecubsfan]
1) Espanto Jr. & Hijo del Signo b Robin & Sensei
11:45. Rudos took 1/3.
2) Esfinge, Soberano Jr., The Panther DQ Disturbio, Okumura, Súper Comando
8:41. Straight falls. Panther & Comando feuded, with Comando pulling off Panther’s mask for the DQ. Panther demanded a mask match, Comando denied him and attacked him instead.
3) Ángel de Oro, Titán, Tritón b Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado
11:11. Tecnicos took 1/3.
4) Kamaitachi b Dragon Lee [lightning]
Kamaitachi won in 6:38 with a powerbomb reversed into a Destroyer. Kamaitachi demanded a title shot, and Dragon Lee accepted for next week.
5) Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto b Atlantis, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr.
Rudos won in 11:59
6) Mistico, Super Parka, Volador Jr. DQ Felino, Negro Casas, Shocker
Tecnicos took 1/3, the last when Negro Casas fouled Super Parka (who was in his Volador gear; his son had it in the original style as well.) Casas & Parka had been feuding during the match, and Volador Jr. challenged Casas to a singles match with his father.

Show was generally good, but noticeable shorter than usual. The opener came dangerously close to being the longest match on the show, and 12 minutes as the longest match is unusual. The crowd seemed to be about the usual size but it was tough to be sure; the cameras stuck to a group of women (Liz Vega and friends, including some former edecans) who happened to be seated in the first couple of rows. Kamaitachi/Dragon Lee was the best match on the show. Super Parka looked old in the main event.

Bello Greco, Raul Garcia Salazar, passed away on Friday. Greco’s career goes back to the 60s as el Greco, but his biggest run started in the 70s when he switched to the Bello Greco character. It was a forerunner to the exotico characters seen today, and he formed teams with Sergio el Hermoso and Babe Sharon as La Ola Lila. His in-ring career lasted into the first year of AAA, where he worked as the original Karis La Momia. (The person who took over the character is now the second La Parka.) Greco had a connection to AAA off and on over the years, working as a referee, working behind the scenes, and making some cameos in 2006 when his three sons (Super Calo, Alan Stone and Chris Stone) were forming a group.

AAA and CMLL have notes acknowledging his death; CMLL did so Saturday and there was nothing on last night’s show about it. KrisZ, SuperLuchasFunction Estelar, and DJ Spectro have obits.

Today’s CMLL Sabado Retros show has Mistico, Dragon Lee and La Mascara versus Ultimo Guerrero, Shocker and Euforia.

La Sombra’s NXT media tour now includes an interview with Record, where he says he was talking to WWE before his mask loss but nothing was concrete at that time and they advised him not do anything that would mess up his lucha career.  For US indy wrestlers, it seems like there’s always a few months wait from the time they’re offereed a spot in NXT and when the actually start there, which is consumed with waiting for certain paperwork and medical tests to be finished. It’s probably even longer period if you’re coming from outside the US and need work visas and such to be worked out. Maybe all that was done in October and that’s when Sombra told CMLL he was for sure leaving. He probably didn’t know for sure until then because something could’ve gone with that application process, and so could’ve been stuck in Mexico without his mask if something did go wrong, but he had to start the process in August or prior.

AAA sent out a Mesias interview building up his feud with Fenix. Those two aren’t currently scheduled to meet in Neza (Mesias isn’t on the card), so it’s an interview building up the Guerra de Titanes card – which currently has no date or location. At least it implies they still plan on running that show.

The Neza local promoters is saying their show will officially be announced on TV today (so buy the tickets before everyone else finds out, basically.) AAA’s recent TV policy is ignoring negative news – there’s been no mention of Caristico, Alberto or Cibernetico on TV – so I wouldn’t expect a lot of talk about Guerra de Titanes today.

AAA put up last week’s TV show on their YouTube channel. They’re missing the week before, the final part of Nuevo Laredo, but that should be up soon. Today’s TV show will be up on Monday.

ESPN Deportes has an interview with Sexy Star.

A 12/17 benefit show for Ringo Mendoza will have a Satanico vs Javier Cruz hair vs hair match.

Tiger would like a match in All Elite against Extreme Tiger or Super Crazy.

In Xalapa, Guerrera Isis unmasked Furia Azteca, who’s Guadalupe Montoya from Tlaxcala, 8 years a wrestler.

Lineup

CMLL (FRI) 12/04/2015 Arena México
1) Oro Jr. & Soberano Jr. vs Arkángel de la Muerte & Canelo Casas
2) La Vaquerita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Tiffany, Zeuxis
3) Ángel de Oro, Máximo Sexy, Super Porky vs Ephesto, Kráneo, Luciferno
4) Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero vs Cavernario, Mephisto, Thunder
5) Dragon Lee © vs Kamaitachi [CMLL SL]
Dragon Lee’s fourth defense, all against Kamaitachi
6) Mistico, Super Parka, Volador Jr. vs Felino, Negro Casas, Shocker

Main event is a rematch. Thunder/Ultimo Guerrero again in the fourth match. Card overall seems not as good as this week

Kamaitachi is probably a week or two from wrapping up – he’s listed on an indy show on the 12/13 – but I still think it’s possible he wins the title here and they do the rematch on FantasticaMania.

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2015-11-27 

Kamaitachi wins!

Recapped: 11/27/2015

What happened: a Negro Casas fouled Super Parka in the main event, which led to singles match challenges. In more promising news, Kamaitachi defeated Dragon Lee to set up a title match next week. Super Comando also lost by DQ to The Panther. Panther wants a mask match, Comando says Panther needs to proof himself.

What was good:  a Dragon Lee & Kamaitachi was great, at always. Second match and fifth match were good.

Where can I watch it:  The main matches will air on Azteca in two or three weeks. It’ll be up on my YouTube channel on Tuesday.

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AAA on UTDN: 2015-10-24

Aerostar thought his dives weren’t tricky enough so

Recapped: 11/21/2015

What happened: Pentagon attacked Jack and challenged for a title rematch. Australian Suicide attacked Daga, in retaliation for an attack prior to the show.

This is the start of a lot of backstage turmoil spilling out into world, though none of it is directly referenced on screen. Elsewhere, Mistico I returned to Arena Mexico the same night, and this is the first show with him sort of not around. This also turns out to be Alberto’s last night, as he returns to WWE before his next scheduled TV appearance. Mundo’s interview –  naming Rey and the title but not naming Alberto – is the only sign that something’s changed. (It looks like something taped at a later show and added back into this one, and it also suggests the one on one match was a possible plan for a while, even though a tournament would be brought up elsewhere.) 

Argos is also making his last appearance, seemingly quitting AAA twice in route to ending up in Elite with his brother. (Argenis would end up staying.) This also might be the end of Maravilla’s two match run; she turned up in DTU wrestling Marcela soon after and hasn’t been on AAA shows since.

What was good: The entire show was generally an easy watch, with the second, third and fifth matches being the best

Where can I watch it: It’s on my YouTube channel, and it’s also now AAA’s YouTube channel. 

Previously: Taya kept her women’s title, Jack & Angelico got the tag titles back, Fenix and Mesias faced off, Taurus won Copa Antonio Pena, Garza debuted, and Alberto kept his title. (more…)

Guadalajara results, Mexico preview

CMLL (TUE) 11/24/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Fuego en el Ring]
1) Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno b Magnum & Metatrón
Rudos took 2/3
2) Eléctrico, Fantasy, Shockercito b Mercurio, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Violencia
Shockercito replaced Astral. Pequeno Olimipco replaced Pequeno Nitro. Tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Boby Z, Tiger, Vangellys b Blue Panther Jr., Delta, Rey Cometa
Rudos took 2/3.
4) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Stuka Jr. DQ Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
Tecnicos took 1/3. Mephisto fouled Blue Panther for a DQ. Tecnicos wanted a rematch, rudos took their mask.
5) Atlantis, Mistico, Volador Jr. b Euforia, Mr. Niebla, Niebla Roja
Niebla Roja returned, taking Mr. Niebla’s spot. Tecnicos took 2/3

Fuego en el Ring talks to Niebla Roja, who speaks a little bit about his experience wrestling in the US.

Tonight’s CMLL show has Mistico, Super Parka, Volador Jr. versus Felino, Negro Casas, and Shocker as the main event. Casas & Shocker are still the tag champs, and both Mistico/Volador and Volador/Parka would make some sense as challengers. There’s no other big issues on the card, just some hope the simmering ones will actually go somewhere. Dragon Lee takes on Kamaitachi in the lightning match, probably the best match on the night and something that might set up another big match between them in the next couple months. The Panther and Super Comando face off in a second match trios again.

The show will start at 8:30pm. ClaroSports has the countdown timer up, so it will not be region blocked.

The Que Viva el Rey tour has it’s final two shows this weekend, tonight in Merida and tomorrow in Cancun. Your guess is as good as mine about who will be there: Moose says his trip got canceled, Ricochet said he’s not the Prince Puma on the show. I’d suspect that a few of the foreigners are being canceled (and replaced with cheaper AAA wrestlers) in attempt to save some money after how bad the previous shows have done.

CMLL has an article about Shocker traveling to New York for the Lucha Mexico documentary.

Virus vs Negro Navarro is the first match for a 12/25 Lucha Memes show at Arena Naucalpan.

Furia de Titanes writes about Zanelly, the mystery luchador from the CMLL bodybuilding contest who turns out to be Mano Negra’s daughter.

Princesa Sugehit talks about her career.

RCH had a press conference for their show on 11/26, which included a Mamba/Goya argument.

Segunda Caida reviews Black Warrior, Satánico, Villano III vs Felino, Negro Casas, Tinieblas Jr.

lucha TV preview for weekend of November 28th

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AAA is an easy one to call from a match standpoint – it’s just what they’re got left over from Xalapa. The news on this show is what they talk about in between the matches and what they’re saying from Guerra de Titanes. (I think I’ll be elsewhere by the time this starts, so you’ll have to tell me.)

CMLL’s TV is a lot harder. LATV switched to showing Friday matches last week. Not sure if that’s a one off thing – a weird thing, since those are the same matches airing on Azteca – or if they’ll be back to Sunday. Azteca is now an extra week behind because of the week they were off; they’ll leap ahead at some point, but hopefully not the next two weeks.

IWRG Wednesday show is supposed to air Saturday at 1pm on AYM, but AYM’s weekend schedule almost means nothing. That Sunday night airing is more reliable.

great match roundup, week of 2015-10-24

A show with two recaps to come! It’s the last week of C3, and the restart of new AAA. I’ve already written about Puebla (which had no good matches) and the Friday night iPPV (which had a pretty good main event!)

The problem with a five category system is you have two matches you feel differently rated the same. The great thing is I Don’t Care.

 

rating matches TV Show taped
great Zeuxis © vs Princesa Sugehit for the Mexican National Women’s Championship CMLL on CadenaTres: 2015-10-24 2015-10-20
great Volador Jr. © vs La Sombra for the NWA World Welterweight Championship CMLL iPPV: 2015-10-30 2015-10-30
good Argenis, Australian Suicide, Bengala vs Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Súper Fly AAA on Televisa: 2015-10-24 2015-10-09
good Angélico, Drago, Jack Evans vs Hijo del Fantasma, Joe Lider, Taurus AAA on Televisa: 2015-10-24 2015-10-09
good El Patrón Alberto, Fénix, Psycho Clown vs El Mesías, Pentagón Jr., Texano Jr. AAA on Televisa: 2015-10-24 2015-10-09
good Esfinge, Fuego, Pegasso vs Puma, Tiger, Virus CMLL on CadenaTres: 2015-10-24 2015-10-20
good Dragon Lee, Máximo, Mistico vs Ephesto, Kamaitachi, Mephisto CMLL Titanes del Ring: 2015-10-25 2015-10-23
good Atlantis, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush CMLL Titanes del Ring: 2015-10-25 2015-10-23
good Acero & Último Dragoncito vs Mercurio & Pequeño Universo 2000 CMLL iPPV: 2015-10-30 2015-10-30
ok Aerostar, La Parka, Súper Nova vs Daga, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Steve Pain AAA on Televisa: 2015-10-24 2015-10-09
ok Metatrón, Oro Jr., Soberano Jr. vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Disturbio, Hijo del Signo CMLL on CadenaTres: 2015-10-24 2015-10-20
ok Ángel de Oro, Okumura, Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto CMLL on CadenaTres: 2015-10-24 2015-10-20
ok Super Porky, Titán, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero CMLL on CadenaTres: 2015-10-24 2015-10-20
ok Black Tiger, Centella Roja, Starman vs Hijo del Signo, Rey Apocalipsis, Toro Bill Jr. CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2015-10-26 2015-10-26
ok Pegasso, Stigma, Tritón vs Boby Z, Cancerbero, Tiger CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2015-10-26 2015-10-26
ok Ángel de Oro, Guerrero Maya Jr., Super Porky vsFelino, Hechicero, Negro Casas CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2015-10-26 2015-10-26
ok Maravilla, Niño Hamburguesa, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Argos, Lady Shani, Mamba AAA on Televisa (Regional): 2015-10-29 2015-10-09
ok Esfinge, Oro Jr., The Panther vs Raziel, Skándalo, Súper Comando CMLL iPPV: 2015-10-30 2015-10-30
ok La Vaquerita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vsAmapola, Dalys, Zeuxis CMLL iPPV: 2015-10-30 2015-10-30
ok Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Mr. Niebla vs Boby Z, Dragón Rojo Jr., Thunder CMLL iPPV: 2015-10-30 2015-10-30
ok La Máscara, Marco Corleone, Rush vs Máximo, Super Parka, Valiente CMLL iPPV: 2015-10-30 2015-10-30
below average Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Último Guerrero vsDragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Thunder CMLL Titanes del Ring: 2015-10-25 2015-10-23
below average Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Terrible vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Thunder CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2015-10-26 2015-10-26

Astral wins CMLL Bodybuilding, Terry defeats Eterno, new AAA TV taping

IWRG (WED) 11/25/2015 Arena Naucalpan [The Gladiatores]
1) Guerrero 2000 & Power Bull b Enigma & Voltar
2) Black Dragón & Galaxy b Aramis & Muerte Infernal
Muerte Infernal replaced (?) Matrix Jr.
3) Ángel De La Muerte I, Ángel De La Muerte II, Vampiro Metálico b Fireman, Rocket, Shadow Boy
4) Atomic Star, Canis Lupus, Violencia Jr. b Centvrión, Hijo del Alebrije, Látigo
5) Black Terry b Eterno
Eterno got in a foul on Terry, but Terry surprised him with a cradle to win and remain maestro of IWRG. Terry and Eterno agreed to a hair match sometime next month.

Hair match should be pretty fun.

We were wondering how AAA would fill the TV gap without Guerra de Titanes airing. It turns out they quietly told people the 12/05 Arena Neza show is now a TV taping. The card is headlined by Rey Mysterio and Brian Cage in a trios match and is a five match card, so it works as filler material. There’s a Jack Evans, Angelico, Australian Suicide vs Daga, Pentagon Jr., Joe Lider trios match that could be little good. It’s unclear why AAA didn’t announce this at the same time they were moving Guerra de Titanes; it looks like they made the decision to put this show on TV before their announcement of canceling Guerra de Titanes yesterday.

On his MLW podcast, Konnan said he didn’t know what the deal was with Guerra de Titanes being canceled, was told it was happening on Sunday, and believes it’s being rescheduled for a new date and time. I have other notes from the podcast here; the other real news is the Que Viva El Rey shows were as much money losing shows as it looked in the pictures. Konnan also says WWE had tryouts with Mexican luchadors again, but one at a time so no one could tell who else tried out. Dark Angel was involved in the tryouts and was specifically mentioned as pointing La Sombra out to WWE. I wonder if CMLL knew about that when they gave her the farewell.

The local promoters for Guerra de Titanes aren’t really saying anything besides posing the same cancellation notice. Since Rey is still on the TV taping the next day, it feels like it’s probably a local issue (and something out of AAA’s control.)

CMLL’s Bodybuilding Contest results (via LuchaWorld’s recap of the whole show)

Students: 1) El Cid, 2) Regulus, 3) Emperador Azteca
Beginner: 1) Principe Diamante, 2) Soberano Jr., 3) Esfinge
Intermediate: 1) Dragon Lee, 2) Titan, 3) Mephisto
Advanced: 1) Astral, 2) Valiente, 3) La Mascara – the only three in this category
Women: 1) Dalys, 2) Reina Isis, 3) Lluvia
Astral was the over all winner.

The entire show, including the tumbling exhibition, went nearly three hours and is still up on CMLL’s YouTube channel. The tumbling trainees were all unmasked and in normal workout gear, so we couldn’t identify who was in the class this year (though I’m sure many of the fans knew.) Astral thanked literally everyone after the win.

Sombra said he talked to Caristico and Alberto before going to WWE and they both told him he needs to go to NXT before going to the main roster. He’s love if his friends Rush and Mascara had a chance to join him, but right now he’s focused on improving himself.

Kushida says he’d like to defend the IWGP Junior Heavyweight championship against Mascara Dorada at FantasticaMania if he wins the title at Tokyo Dome.

RobViper has highlights of 06/05/15 CMLL.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Los Cancerberos want a trios title shot. Good luck on that.

Golpeador is not happy with how he lost his mask, but says he plans on continuing wrestling.

SuperLuchas looks back at the life of Cadaver I

Interview with Ciudad Victoria luchador Black Faller.

Guerra de Titanes is canceled? Toryumon, Valiente/Guerrero, Sombra/WWE

AAA says Guerra de Titanes is canceled. They don’t give a reason why. They apologize to the fans of Tampico and (nearby) Ciudad Madero and say a rescheduled date and location will be announced. I originally thought they meant the Tampico/Madero show, but they probably actually mean Guerra de Titanes.

Canceled is probably a more loaded word than AAA means to use. They said the early November Monterrey show with Alberto was “canceled”, which turned out to mean refunds were offered and the show was rescheduled to a new date (in fact, the Sunday after Guerra de Titanes.) That’s probably the outcome here – Guerra de Titanes in Tampico is canceled, but it’ll be held at another date and another place, and AAA doesn’t know or can’t say either of those right now.

This is a bizarre situation, but one that also sits aside the five week run of Guadalajara shows apparently stopping after two weeks. (No show last week, no sign of anything this week.) It’s also at the same time the Que Viva el Rey shows have drawn disappointedly so far. It’s another rough stretch for AAA, though we still don’t know if it’s an AAA issue or something with the local venue or promoter. The only normal reasons I can think for a show like this to be canceled is an issue with the locale on that date, or if Rey Misterio isn’t available on that date for whatever reason (because the whole show is built on him and him along – they could always replace Mundo or anyone else without hurting nearly as much.)

AAA currently has the second half of Xalapa TV for this weekend, and then just the Juarez taping ready to go. The Juarez taping would normally just be one show, but perhaps they’ll find a way to stretch it out an extra week. There is no next TV taping after that yet announced. That’s not as dire as it reads. AAA is always quiet after Guerra de Titanes, taping usually once more late in the month and once more late in December, and neither of those tapings air until the new year. There’s usually a three week stretch, either of best of material or of a major show being repeated. (It’s been implied this is a Televisa decision.) Here’s how they could make it work

11/28: Xalapa part 2
12/05: Juarez part 1
12/12: Juarez part 2 (lots of repeat material)
12/19, 12/26, 01/02: best of (a week earlier than usual)
01/09: rescheduled Guerra de Titanes?

It’s not great TV, with the issues they were building up just going on ice for weeks before anything comes of them, but not great TV is better than no TV.

The more relevant issue is AAA has always been said to make it’s money off the 4-5 big shows a year. We know they didn’t make any money, and instead might have lost money, on the failed Rey de Reyes shows. AAA can’t really afford for Guerra de Titanes not to happen and lose on a second show. Guerra de Titanes is probably going to happen at some point in December because AAA needs to happen.

Maybe, by the time this is all sorted out, AAA will have a tournament for their title after all

photo by CMLL

Toryumon Mexico (SUN) 11/22/2015 Domo del Deportivo Plan Sexenal, Distrito Federal [The Gladiatores]
1) Maquiavélico b Principe Asgard
2) Daisuke Hanaoka & Rocket Rojo b Fiero & Fireman
Rocker Rojo is probably the IWRG trainee
3) Reyna Isis b India Sioux, Diosa Atenea
No Comandante, so Isis won a three way instead.
4) Monsther, Patán, Piel Roja, Snake b Hombre Bala Jr., Pantera I, Súper Ciudadano, Tigre Del Ring
Patan beat up rival Super Ciudadano after the match. Padrino (?!?!) ran out to make the save.
5) Brazo de Platino, Máximo, Último Dragón b Arkángel de la Muerte, Gran Guerrero, Rey Bucanero

El Padrino was a terrible AAA foreigner of 2008. It kind of looks like the same guy in the picture. Ultimo Dragon shows are weird.

CMLL (TUE) 11/24/2015 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Bengala & Flyer b Artillero & Cholo
2) Arkángel de la Muerte, Sangre Azteca, Skándalo b Hombre Bala Jr., Stigma, Súper Halcón Jr.
Rudos took 1/3.
3) Estrellita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit b Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis
Tecnicas took 1/3
4) Fuego b Virus [lightning]
5) La Máscara, Marco Corleone, Rush b Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Thunder
Ingobernables took 1/3
6) Máximo Sexy, Super Porky, Valiente b Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Último Guerrero
Valiente, actually wearing pants on this show, wants a title shot at Ultimo Guerrero.

Valiente wearing pants is the big news from this show.

The CMLL bodybuilding contest is currently ongoing. It’s on YouTube, so CMLL will probably keep it up after the fact.

La Sombra did a few interviews talking about joining WWE about a week ago. MedioTiempo has the quotes. Sombra says coming to WWE was his dream. Sombra says he told Paco Alonso and the CMLL programming department he was leaving in October. He says his main effort at the moment is focusing on learning English. He’s taking one on one classes three days a week. They’re not going to figure out his character until later on. He hopes to follow the example of others who were successful in other companies and also in WWE, naming Finn Balor. (Finn named Sombra as a guy he thought should come to WWE back at WrestleMania.)

The October date is a weird one; that would mean Sombra lost his mask before he told CMLL he was leaving. It would also kind of mean that when Sombra was saying he didn’t have a deal with WWE for the last few weeks, he absolutely knew he was going to WWE. Maybe he’s technically right that he didn’t sign anything, and maybe he’s technically right in that he didn’t give CMLL the date he was actually leaving until October. I’m a little skeptical CMLL didn’t know he might be leaving when he lost his mask.

The English focus is probably one of many ways WWE’s trying to make this experience work better for Sombra than it worked with Caristico; I’m sure many of the decisions that have been or will be made about Sombra in WWE are going to be shaped about how bad that experience went for everyone.

Hijo del Santo talked about the new movie he’s planning to do in a couple years. Hijo del Santo appears to always be in the process of filming a new movie, though not many seemed to see the last documentary.

DoradaFan has highlights of 2015-07-13 CMLL Puebla, plus a highlight video of Los Magnificos.

Segunda Caida reviews Euforia, Nosferatu, Virus vs. Brillante, Leono, Stuka Jr.

Danger hypes his match with Bobby Z for CaraLucha.

Video of Taya Valkyrie & Slayer vs Sexy Star & Owen Knight from Memphis.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 12/01/2015 Arena México
1) Aéreo & Fantasy vs Mercurio & Pequeño Universo 2000
2) Magnus, Metatrón, Sensei vs Akuma, Hijo del Signo, Metálico
3) Blue Panther Jr., Esfinge, Pegasso vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Skándalo
4) Delta, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Boby Z, Hechicero, Virus
5) La Máscara, Marco Corleone, Rush vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
6) Último Guerrero © vs Valiente [NWA MIDDLE]

Valiente might have the same chance of winning this match as the currently ongoing bodybuilding competition.

Rush and Ultimo Guerrero working Tuesdays, which is unusual for him. It’s like they’re clearing out the Friday shows for something, but not a lot is happening on Fridays.

Fourth match has Delta in Arena Mexico, which is becoming a rarity for him. He’s the only guy in that match not going to Japan.

CMLL (TUE) 12/01/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Explosivo & Star Black vs Furia Roja & Joker
2) Flyer, Leono, Starman vs Artillero, Okumura, Súper Comando
3) Stigma, The Panther, Tritón vs Puma, Sangre Azteca, Tiger
4) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
5) Máximo Sexy, Mistico, Titán vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja

Niebla Roja on this card here suggests he’s really supposed to be back, but maybe just in Guadalajara. The tecnicos in the fourth match are just random enough to get a trios title hsot.

2015 watch later catch up, part 4 of ∞

this is why you should just stay out of things

Matches reviewed in this IWRG heavy post

  • Mike, Skayde, Teelo vs Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro, 05/31/2015
  • Imposible © vs Leo for the IWRG Intercontinental Lightweight Championship, 05/31/2015
  • Aeroman, Black Terry, Dragón Celestial vs Aramis, Atomic Star, Eterno, 06/10/2015
  • Flamita, Dinamic Black, Arez, Suicida, Drastik Boy, Golden Magic, Freelance, Jinzo, Impulso, Hijo de Carta Brava, Tony Rivera, 06/17/2015
  • Hijo del Pantera & Pantera © vs Diablo Jr. I & El Hijo del Diablo for the IWRG Intercontinental Tag Team Championship, 08/30/2015
  • Dragón Bane, Eternus, Omega vs Atomic Star, Ram El Carnero, Vortize, 09/06/2015
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Atlantis keeps his title, Gringos break up, Lucha World Cup

Asturiano

IWRG (SUN) 11/22/2015 Arena Naucalpan [The Gladiatores]
1) Black Dragón & Omega b Adrenalina & Power Bull
2) Centvrión, Látigo, Mr. Leo b Hip Hop Man, Imposible, Vortize
3) Diablo Jr. I, Eterno, Violencia Jr. b Dinamic Black, Dr. Cerebro, Pantera I
Dinamic Black’s return after being gone for a couple years. Rudos cheated to a win.
4) Apolo Estrada Jr. & El Hijo del Diablo © b Hijo del Pantera & Pantera [IWRG IC TAG]
The Gringos accidentally hurt each other in the third fall, still managed to beat Pantera, but were defeated 1 on 2 by Hijo del Pantera for the title change. Gringos fall on their second defense. Money was thrown in. Diablo & Apolo argued after the match, with Eterno running in and attacking Diablo with a chair. Diablo Jr. I and Violencia Jr. made the save and it appears the Gringos are done. (No idea where Avisman goes in all of this.)
5) Danny Casas, Toscano, Veneno b Engendro Jr., Relámpago, X-Fly
Engendro’s debut and Toscano’s first match here in a year. Relampago was a last minute replacement for Mascara 2000. Team Veneno took 2/3, with Mascara showing up late to attack Veneno after the match.

The Gringos breaking up is a sad day for America. I really hope we find out where Avisman goes in all of this. It reads like both Gringos are staying rudo but going their own ways and maybe with their own new groups.

Toscano and Dinamic Black returned on the same show after both had acronymous behind the scenes departures. Everyone seems to come back to IWRG at some point.

CMLL (MON) 11/23/2015 Arena Puebla [thecubsfan]
1) Guerrero Espacial, King Jaguar, Policeman b Meyer, Paris, Zaeta Roja LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE DEL MUNDO EN VIVO 23 DE NOVIEMBRE DEL 2015 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
15:10. Rudos took 1/3
2) Arkalis, Asturiano, Lestat, Millenium, Rey Samuray b Akuma, Cancerbero, Canelo Casas, Inquisidor, Raziel [cibernetico] LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE DEL MUNDO EN VIVO 23 DE NOVIEMBRE DEL 2015 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
22:17. Eliminations went Rey Samuray (Akuma), Akuma (Asturiano), Inquisidor (Arkalis), Millenium (Canelo Casas), Arkalis (Raziel), Cancerbero (Asturiano), Asturiano (Raziel), Raziel (Lestat), Canelo Casas (Lestat)
3) Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto b Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr. LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE DEL MUNDO EN VIVO 23 DE NOVIEMBRE DEL 2015 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
17:00. Rudos took 1/3
4) Kráneo, Ripper, Shocker b Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Super Porky LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE DEL MUNDO EN VIVO 23 DE NOVIEMBRE DEL 2015 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
12:49. Rudos took 1/3.
5) Atlantis © b La Máscara [MEX LH] LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE DEL MUNDO EN VIVO 23 DE NOVIEMBRE DEL 2015 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
13:08, Atlantis taking 2/3. 2nd defense

Cibernetico was alright, but it was a skippable show and these are trending more that way in general.

CMLL bills tonight’s Arena Mexico show as a double main event. Which means no real main event. The last listed match is Maximo, Super Porky, and Valiente versus Ultimo Guerrero, Rey Bucanero and Terrible. Thunder, wrestling on a Tuesday for the first time since June, teams with Polvora & Dragon Rojo to face Marco, Rush and La Mascara. CMLL’s gone back to putting up Tuesday lightning matches, and tonight one is Fuego versus Virus.

Guadalajara will have Atlantis, Mistico and Volador versus Euforia, Gran Guerrero and Mr. Niebla.

AAA’s TV airing of the Lucha World Cup drew 2.4 million viewers in the Mexico City are alone, and was the fourth most watched sporting event of the week. This wasn’t on the usual AAA slot and the usual Televisa slot, but a more watched channel at a different time. That article talks with Victoria about the concept coming back next year as a certainty (but also believes they can get CMLL and AAA working together.) You can understand why Victoria might want to stick with AAA – their sales went up double digits after the spring/summer lucha libre related campaign.

Drago and Fantasma will be signing autographs at the Museo MODO lucha exhibit on Wednesday. This might be a regular thing since AAA’s sponsoring the exhibit.

Eduardo Varillas, lucha libre promoter in Mazatlan, was murdered Friday night. He was at the race track, which had also ran, and was shot many times by unknown assailants. He’d been training for his first ever match, to take place this Friday against local referee Shaggy. The show may still go on as a benefit for his family.

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

Black Terry Jr. posted highlights of Astro de Plata vs Astro

RobViper has a highlights of 05/30/15 AAA in Reynosa

El Popular and Capital Puebla have stories on the Puebla Lucha Libre Expo.

Ohtani’s Jacket returns to review a random assortment of lucha

Box y Lucha 3212 has Sombra to the WWE.

Lineups

CMLL (SAT) 11/28/2015 Arena Coliseo
1) Último Dragoncito vs Pequeño Universo 2000
2) Leono vs Camorra
3) Oro Jr. vs Metálico
4) Lluvia vs Tiffany
5) Esfinge vs Puma
6) Super Porky & Titán vs Hechicero & Vangellys
7) Dragon Lee, La Máscara, Mistico vs Euforia, Shocker, Último Guerrero

Main event seems like it might be OK. Porky & Titan need to challenge for the tag team titles already. Panther & Guerrero beating the Coliseo champs goes nowhere.

IWRG (SUN) 11/29/2015 Arena Naucalpan
1) Fireman & Rocket vs Adrenalina & Atomic Star
2) Dinamic Black, Látigo, Pantera I vs Avisman, Imposible, Vortize
3) Black Terry, Dr. Cerebro, Hijo del Pantera vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Canis Lupus, Eterno
4) Pantera, Relámpago, Súper Nova vs Diablo I Jr., El Hijo del Diablo, Violencia Jr.
5) Máscara Año 2000 Jr. & Veneno vs Trauma I & Trauma II and Diva Salvaje & Toscano and Danny Casas & X-Fly [ruleta de la muerte]
6) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [semifinal, ruleta de la muerte]
7) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [semifinal, ruleta de la muerte]
8) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [final, ruleta de la muerte]
9) ? vs ?? [mask, hair]

We can probably safely rule out the Traumas. Not sure about the other three teams in the losers advance tournament.

CMLL (MON) 11/30/2015 Arena Puebla
1) Magia Blanca, Meyer, Star Jr. vs Artillero, Fuerza Chicana, Guerrero Espacial
2) Lestat, Oro Jr., Starman vs Disturbio, King Jaguar, Policeman
3) Delta, Rey Cometa, Stigma vs Canelo Casas, Okumura, Skándalo
4) Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Super Porky vs Kráneo, Ripper, Shocker
5) Atlantis, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero

Semimain is the rematch. Canelo Casas being booked ahead of Disturbio is weird.

No idea about Magia Blanca. Magia Blanca means White Magic, I wonder if they know Curaga. There’s no one in Puebla using that name, and there’s a lot of people in Puebla. It may be a CMLL spot given Artillero is on the other side. That name turns up in the 80s and 90s, but I think it’s probably not them. It’s also a name that was used a few times in 2006 when CMLL would list fake opening matches, and then bump those names off the lineup when a new main event was made during the week (usually off something that happened in the main event.)