No Elite this week. Not much that was really noteworthy.
IWRG (WED) 08/17/2016 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), The Gladiatores]
1) Brazo De Oro Jr. & Fly Tiger b Shadow Boy & Último Caballero
2) Dowki, Hanaoka, Yakuza b Adrenalina, Alas de Acero, Aramis
3) Bombero Infernal, Demonio Infernal, Violencia Jr. b Black Dragón, Emperador Azteca, Hijo del Alebrije
4) Dragón Fly b Hip Hop Man
Dragon Fly took 2/3, wants a shot at Hip Hop Man’s Argentina championship.
5) Black Terry b Judas el Traidor [hair]
Judas used the ropes to pin Terry in the first, Terry did the same in the second. Terry submitted Judas in the third. Judas gave Terry credit for being a legend of lucha libre.
Hair match will air this weekend on AYM. If I’m understanding correctly, the fans seem to have realized Dragon Fly is sort of the heroic replacement for Golden Magic and have somewhat rejected him like they did Golden Magic.
Rush definitely seems to believe he was pulled off the anniversary show as part of his suspension for the brawl with LA Park (specifically the bleeding part.) That sort of explains why the build to the Anniversary show was not clear until after Rush finally disappeared. Rush’s bigger point is it proves CMLL doesn’t give him beneficial treatment, since they wouldn’t pull him if they were helping him out like that.
Mr. Niebla won’t be a part of whatever’s going on the 09/16 CMLL show, because he’s booked in Queretaro. So is DJ Z, which makes me hope he might get to other places that weekend. I really liked the idea of Atlantis/Mr. Niebla mask match at the 09/16 show, figuring just because you could draw still pretty well with two week notice on an Atlantis mask match, and maybe you could trust Niebla if you cut the build down to two weeks. It’s not really something CMLL does though.
Diamante Azul hasn’t been around since the end of August, which seemed liked he might have returned to France already. Maybe not (or maybe he’s coming back), since he’s announced for a 10/02 show in Mexico City.
LuchaWorld has the latest news update, including a recap of this week’s Informa. The minis mentioned Angelito is gone. He hasn’t been around since February but was booked so infrequently that I didn’t notice. They said there are 15 minis.
Segunda Caida reviews Villano IV vs Blue Demon Jr. from last year’s Rey de Reyes show.
SuperLuchas notes Axel publically posted a note of support to Santo Jr.
IWRG (SUN) 08/21/2016 Arena Naucalpan
1) Alas de Acero & Black Dragón vs Araña de Plata & Guerrero 2000
2) Diosa Atenea, Miss Gaviota, Relámpago vs Diva Salvaje, Judas el Traidor, Lilith Dark
3) Diablo Jr. & El Hijo del Diablo vs Black Terry & Cerebro Negro
4) Chicano, Pantera I, Veneno vs Herodes Jr., Imposible, Toscano
5) Hijo De Dos Caras © vs Máscara Año 2000 Jr. [IWRG JUNIORS]
Of all the things that are happening this weekend, it makes me sad this is one I know I’ll be able to see. (I won’t, but still.)
Black Terry is now triple booked on Sunday: Chilanga Mask, Elite and IWRG. Alas de Acero is also triple booked: Toluca, Lucha Memes, and IWRG. Aramis has the Toluca, Chilanga Mask, Lucha Memes trifecta.
CMLL (SUN) 08/14/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Arena Coliseo Guadalajara]
1) Avispón Negro Jr. b Guerrero de la Muerte
Guerrero de la Muerte complained the count
2) Fugaz & Micro b Destructor & Diplomático
Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Cosmos, Explosivo, Frezzer b Gran Kenut, Relámpago, Thunder Boy
Tecnicos took 1/3.
4) Furia Roja, Maléfico, Ráfaga b León Blanco, Magnum, Neutrón
Rudos took 1/3.
5) Flash II, Star Black, Vaquero Jr. b Forastero, Kempo Dragón, Príncipe Kisho
GDL tecnicos took 1/3. Kempo Dragon blamed Principe Kisho for the loss and said he’d be a tecnico going forward. Tecnicos said they’d beat Forastero and his cousins next week for the titles.
The recap mentions Gallito is with Vaquero Junior. Magnum’s interviewed in this week Box Y Lucha, talking about his 18 months of being in charge here, and explained the situation with Gallo. Magnum says Gallo suffered a knee injury which needed rest. The rules there are luchadors must be 100% to be on the card. Gallo decided to keep working instead of resting, and instead wrestled on indie shows, which has hurt his recovery. Magnum was also unhappy Gallo wrestled on a show with Joe Lider, breaking the rules about working on shows with AAA guys. He hasn’t talked to Gallo, but wants to soon since Gallo’s a double champion at the moment.
Gallo says Sadico, Joker, Reycko, Linterna Verde and Mr. Briosa are mentioned as promising youngsters, and Magico, Nautilus and Cosmos are mentioned as small highflyers (when asked about minis, though he’s careful not to neccesarily put them in that category himself.) The interview asks why there’s no new luchadoras since Silueta; Magnum says there are some who are training but are far from debuting. The most recent women to come close were Gitana (Mascara Dorada’s sister) switching to the circus, and Kendra, who said to have asked to take the exam to be licensed but never returned. Magnum’s hope is to make the Guadalajara Homenaje a Dos Leyendas an annual event, as there’s lots of local legends he’d like to honor.
CMLL (TUE) 08/16/2016 Arena México [Box Y Lucha, CMLL, CultIcon,thecubsfan]
1) Leono & Sensei b Espanto Jr. & Inquisidor
13:48. Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Oro Jr., Soberano Jr., Starman b El Cuatrero, Sansón, Skándalo
15:14. Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Hechicero, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado b Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa
17:04. Rudos took 1/3.
4) Stuka Jr. b Luciferno [lightning]
6:33. Stuka won with a torpedo splash.
5) Mr. Niebla, Shocker, Terrible b Ángel de Oro, Johnny Idol, Titán
15:15. Rudos took 1/3.
6) Máscara Dorada, Rush, Volador Jr. b Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
9:13. Guerreros took 1/3, UG sneaking in a foul on Volador.
Nothing extraordinary – the time in the main event tells you the deal there – but better than some of the recent boring Tuesday shows. Volador/UG is continuing on to next week and maybe even thru their trip to Japan this weekend. Volador & Titan appear to be done until they go the Super J Cup finals. Caristico and the Guerreros are working a show in Morelos tomorrow.
Today’s IWRG show has Black Terry vs Judas el Traidor in a hair/hair match, with Terry trying to keep his hair before returning to Arena Mexico this weekend.
AAA released the official card for TripleMania, 11 days out. There’s no surprises in the matches, with the new info being the card order. AAA cards have almost always followed the order listed on the poster, so this will be the order the matches take place. The Apaches/Chessman/Averno match leads off, followed by Copa TripleMania, the four way tag match, Pentagon/Mundo, the LU trios, the heavyweight title match and the mask/hair match goes last. It has to go last given what they’re going to do to the ring, but the three matches before it could’ve gone in any order and it’s notable to see the heavyweight title get the semimain spot over Mysterio.
Also, for whatever reason, Dragon Azteca is again Aztec Dragon. There’s probably a reason for this, and it might even be good, but they should also explain the reason (or make up one!) because it makes the poster look barato without one. And, if someone’s really announcing this in English, they should use the Lucha Underground name, since 99% of the people who would buy the show to listen in English know him by that name.
The Casa de Moneda will be selling those AAA medals (Psycho Clown, Rey Mysterio and La Parka) at TripleMania, and promise surprises.
SuperLuchas has quotes from TripleMania media day, and the Gladiatores has video interviews. Dr. Wagner was pushing the idea that he and Texano should team up to take out Cage in their title match, but Texano (wisely) said he shouldn’t trust Wagner. Fantasma proposed a group of himself, Fenix, Texano and Pentagon.
Liger Fever has a translation of a really good Los Reyes del Biutiful interview with Fenix from this past February. The translations are in six parts: one two three four five and six. Fenix raps, though you probably want to hear the podcast for that. Fenix also doesn’t understand why he’s never had a singles match with Pentagon in AAA.
CMLL has an article hyping the Anniversary on Video On Demand as a innovation in lucha libre. AAA has done VOD for years. IWL did VOD years ago. Still don’t know how much it costs. More helpfully, they also note Dragon Lee is NOT the youngest person ever to put their mask at an Anniversary show. Mr. Aguila was six months younger when he wagered his mask against Ultimo Guerrero in 1998, and lost it to Ultimo Guerrero. Mr. Aguila lost it mostly because he was headed to the WWE. (Wait, what, uh oh!)
The News has an English interview with Johnny Idol and Sam Adonis. This is one definite advantage to having a few foreigners employed, it gets CMLL press from outlets which might not normally pay attention.
Alberto del Rio is suspended from WWE for violating their wellness policy. (WWE cleverly waited until the moment they ended a press conference to announce this.) It’s unknown what he exactly did, but he’s out for 30 days. Alberto came back to WWE by beating John Cena, and he lost to John Cena last night. WWE usually knows the suspensions before time, so that might have been purposely timed as his farewell. Alberto’s believed to have an opt out of his WWE deal sometime in the next couple months. It’s been unclear if he’d take it – yes, his WWE stint has gone poorly, but his reason to go to WWE was for the money and he’d have reason to stay if he was still getting the money he wanted – but this sequence of events points more towards him leaving.
There were rumors last week about Alberto showing up in Elite by the end of the year, which fit with the idea of an opt out. It certainly seems like an Elite move. The big issue is his relationship with Caristico, which was as bad as possible last time they were both in AAA, and Caristico’s influence over the Elite promotion. It’s always possible Caristico & Alberto worked their issues out once they weren’t competing for spots in the same promotion, or that Caristico isn’t that powerful in Elite with the promotion struggling for success even with Caristico around – I wouldn’t rule out Alberto ending up in Elite, but it’s not a certain thing. AAA seems like they would like to have Alberto back, though the money may be an issue. Lucha Underground seems unlikely, as they and Alberto parted in bad fashion, but you never know in wrestling. Alberto’s also still kept an association with MMA.
4 Element Stunts, a TV/stunt company, mentions their work on the upcoming Televisa Blue Demon TV show on their Facebook. There’s even a picture of the Demon. Hip Hop Man’s posted on Twitter about working on the show, and the Facebook hypes Mr. Leo and Golden Magic & El Bandido as among those as part of the crew (so they’ll be in the wrestling scenes.) Imposible’s also mentioned.
RIOT announced a 09/10 show, Riotmon, in the usual location of Arena LLF in Monterrey.
1: Mascara Dorada vs Ultimo Ninja
Dorada will at least be around until then. I believe the latest news/speculation are the cruiserweights starting in WWE in October. Mascara Dorada still says he hasn’t signed, but WWE’s already trademarked the “Gran Metalik” name in the US.
Promociones Sanchez, the Arena Neza promoters recently, say they have a big AAA show in September. Maybe another taping?
Elite has banner art saying they’re on Sundays from now on. They had banner art and aprons saying they were on Thursdays. They must’ve spent a lot on those. Very curious what card they have next weekend against TripleMania.
Satanico says he’s returning to Arena Mexico soon. He says it’s a Friday night show, so it’s not simply an Elite booking.
RobViper has highlights of 12/14/15 CMLL
Flamita promo for his match this Saturday against Extreme Tiger. He’s got a busy weekend.
Lucha Underground has a Pentagon poster for Season 3. There is text and logos hidden all around the poster.
A profile of the Lucha Libre Taco Shop in San Diego.
Cross Armbreaker watches Shocker vs Sangre Chicana, from Shocker’s forgettable AAA run.
CultIcon has a list of the top 10 matches he’d like to see but we probably won’t. I hadn’t really thought off the top 1, and you could fill a giant stadium with it.
CMLL (TUE) 08/23/2016 Arena México
1) Bengala & Leono vs Akuma & Artillero
2) Fantasy, Shockercito, Stukita vs Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Violencia
3) Lluvia, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Dalys, Tiffany, Zeuxis
4) Blue Panther vs Ripper [lightning]
5) Rey Cometa, Súper Porky, Titán vs Bobby Z, Morphosis, Olímpico
6) Máximo Sexy, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero
More Volador/Ultimo Guerrero. Listing Super Porky is straight up trolling at this point. Blue Panther has singles matches with Black Terry and Ripper within three days.
CMLL (TUE) 08/23/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Divino & Neutrón vs Furia Roja & Ráfaga
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Pegasso, Soberano Jr. vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Hijo del Signo, Skándalo
3) Ángel de Oro, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado
4) Johnny Idol, Marco Corleone, Máscara Dorada vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Vangellys
5) Atlantis, Dragón Lee, Mistico vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
Negro Casas doesn’t seem any more sure bet to be here. I think Cavernario & Hijo del Signo are the only DF rudos on that card under 30 years old. Rafaga’s been around a long while too, so maybe only Furia Roja too.
CMLL (MON) 08/15/2016 Arena Puebla [CMLL, Cult Icon, thecubsfan]
1) King Jaguar, Meyer, Star Jr. b Artillero, Fuerza Chicana, Hijo del Signo
17:45. Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Astral, Asturiano, Eléctrico DRAW Demus 3:16, Espíritu Maligno, Pierrothito
15:14. Tecnicos took 1, Rudos 2, and Astral & Demus double pinned in the third. They talked about a remathc next week.
3) Fuego, Stigma, Stuka Jr. b Fujin, Okumura, Raijin
12:38. Tecnicos took 1/3.
4) Black Tiger b Ares [mask]
13:26. Tiger took 2/3 to take Ares’ mask. Ares was revealed as Francisco Gonzalez, 40, 25 years a lucahdor.
5) Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla b Atlantis, Máscara Dorada, Mistico
9:48. Rudos took 2/3. Mr. Niebla replaced Negro Casas. Cavernario used the ropes to beat Mistico, setting up a 1v1 match next week.
6) Último Guerrero © b Shocker [NWA MIDDLE]
15:22. UG took 2/3 to retain his title. 7th defense.
Show played out pretty much how you would’ve guessed. Matches 4 & 6 were a struggle at time, though not for effort. Best matches were the 2nd and 3rd one.
Rush returns to Arena Mexico tonight, a rare appearance on a Tuesday show for him this year. He teams with Volador Jr. & Mascara Dorada to face Euforia, Gran Guerrero and Ultimo Guerrero in what will be a great match if they’re interested in having a good match. (It’s Tuesday, so it’s not a certainty.) CMLL’s preview mentions it’s the last show for the crew going to Japan for the second Super J show, which includes 4 people in that match and Titan in the semimain. Titan teams with Angel de Oro & Johnny Idol against long ago tag team champions Mr. Niebla & Shocker, with Terrible rounding out the trio.
Stuka and Luciferno are in the lightning match. Rey Cometa, Fuego & Guerrero Maya take on Hechicero, Misterioso and Sagrado in the tercera, which might be the second best match on the show depending on how serious Misterioso & Sagrado take it. (I feel like we can count on them losing one fall in a dumb way.) The second match has a normal mix of shaky guys and interesting people, with Soberano, Starman and Oro Jr. taking on Sanson, Cuatrero, and Skandalo. The first match is just shaky, Espanto Jr. & Inquisidor versus Sensei & Leono. The openers on these shows seem to feature a lot of the same people, which is another reason it’d be nice to have Nuevo Valores on Nuevo Valores Tuesdays. The card CMLL releases tonight, for next Tuesday, might be a little interesting on that count to see if the Sunday schedule change has any ripple affect on these shows.
CultIcon also previews the show, which is taking place less than a half hour after I post this. It’ll air on YouTube & CMLL like usual.
Guadalajara has the Fantasy/Electrico title match; it’s be a shock if Electrico lost the Mexican lightweight championship, but it’s not as though the minis titles mean so much that they can’t bounce around. The main event is now Marco Corleone, Maximo Sexy and Atlantis versus Kraneo, Mephisto and Rey Escorpion; CMLL actually updated the lineup to replace Atlantis for Super Porky. It’d be nice if they were acknowledging injuries and people who wouldn’t appear, but it’s probably more about advertising Atlantis.
AAA announced the Copa TripleMania field will be La Parka, Zorro, Hernandez, Taurus, Elegido, Hijo del Pirata Morgan, Daga, Super Fly, Australian Suicide, Mamba, Pimpinela Escarlata and a mystery person. (That’s 12 people for an 11 man match, with the mystery person.) It’s mostly TV regulars being given a spot. If you figure the rest of the Psycho Clown and Los Fronterizos are getting involved in the main event, then the notable omissions include Joe Lider, Nino Hamburguesa, Ricky Marvin, Argenis, Bengala – and minis champion Dinastia, who’s got no role on this show unless he’s the mystery luchador. Mamba & Pimpinela being in this match clinches no Relevos AAA this year, which is a welcome change, but means no minis.
CMLL has trailers for the Anniversary show, though it doesn’t appear they’ve put up a price. I haven’t been around much today, but haven’t seen anything from the AAA media day about the AAA iPPV either.
CMLL posted a note on their Facebook reminding Japanese fans that they’re on NJPW World again starting this week. They’re on this week. They’re on next week, both just for Japan. No one’s said what’s happening the 09/02 show yet. If the Anniversary show is available live, people will absolutely get around a region block to see it.
Cross Armbreaker watched Mascara 2000 versus Anibal.
IWRG (WED) 08/17/2016 Arena Naucalpan
1) Brazo De Oro Jr. & Fly Tiger vs Shadow Boy & Último Caballero
2) Adrenalina, Alas de Acero, Aramis vs Dowki, Hanaoka, Yakuza
3) Black Dragón, Emperador Azteca, Hijo del Alebrije vs Bombero Infernal, Demonio Infernal, Violencia Jr.
4) Dragón Fly vs Hip Hop Man
5) Black Terry vs Judas el Traidor [hair]
Kind of surprised we’re getting this hair match, figured the draw was the end of the program.
The poster lists “Brazo de Oro”, but I’m going to assume it’s not the old man who showed up as a ref in Elite and actually one of his sons.
Elite (SUN) 08/21/2016 Arena México
1) Estrellita & Lluvia vs Keira & Muñeca De Plata
2) El Bandido, Emperador Azteca, Metaleón vs Decnnis, Fresero Jr., Zumbido
3) Blue Panther vs Black Terry
4) Golden Magic & Valiente vs Rey Escorpión & Sharlie Rockstar
5) Dragón Lee vs Flamita
6) Máximo, Súper Crazy, Xtreme Tiger vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla
The story they appear to be going with is the fans demanded the return of Sunday Elite shows. OK. The fans probably should’ve given Elite more of a heads up, because most everyone in Liga Elite is already booked elsewhere and not on this show. (Rush & LA Park are in Monterrey.) Neither of the singles matches on this show are Liga Elite matches, though you might not be able to tell with all the subs.
Flamita & Dragon Lee met in a singles match in July 2015, but in Miniatlan, Veracruz – so no one outside the building ever saw it, and we’re not really certain if it actually occurred. A lot has happened with both guys in the 13 months since, and this is one of the more exciting matchups the mashup of CMLL & Elite can throw out there. (It’s going to be bigger for the type of people who drop in on this blog than the La Mascara match, though the Anniversary will obviously draw move.) Blue Panther versus Black Terry is a pretty good match too, though Terry seems to have had some rotten luck on his recent Arena Mexico appearances. The long Saturday night version of Elite has been recently airing 4 complete matches, so it’s a good chance both air.
Decnnis is a surprising name to pop up here; he’s disappared from the high profile indies but has still been wrestling. This would be his Arena Mexico debut after a long time in AAA. It’d be Zumbido’s first match here since 2005, since he left for AAA.
CMLL (MON) 08/22/2016 Arena Puebla
1) París & Rey Samuray vs El Malayo & Fuerza Chicana
2) Millennium & Robin vs Ares & Guerrero Espacial
3) Astral, Asturiano, Eléctrico vs Demus 3:16, Espíritu Maligno, Pierrothito
4) Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto vs Kráneo, Morphosis, Ripper
5) Atlantis, Dragón Lee, Rush vs La Máscara, Shocker, Terrible
6) Mistico vs Cavernario
Mistico/Cavernario is a first time ever. Semifinal brings the Dragon Lee/La Mascara feud here. Rudo/rudo fourth match is odd, might mean the Hijos del Infierno are defending their titles, which would mean the minis rematch in the tercera might not go anywhere. Ares appears unmasked in the second (and “Millennium” gets the third different spelling of his name.) Opening could be good.
IWRG (SUN) 08/14/2016 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), Estrellas del RIng]
1) Adrenalina b Fireman
2) Astro & Black Dragón b Picudo Jr. & Skanda
3) Dowki, Hanaoka, Yakuza b Dragón Fly, Emperador Azteca, Vampiro Metálico
Vampiro Metalico replaced Freelance.
4) Diablo Jr., El Hijo del Diablo, Imposible b Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro [super libre]
Hijo del Diablo fouled Terry, which is legal in super libre. Those two want a single match.
5) Chicano, Pantera I, Súper Nova b Dr. Cerebro, Killer Jr., Relámpago
Dr. Cerbero worked twice, replaced Negro Navarro
6) Máscara Año 2000 Jr. & Negro Navarro b Canis Lupus & Hijo De Dos Caras
Negro Navarro replaced X-Fly (but bled all the same.) Straight fall win for his team, Mascara snuck in a foul on Canis. Mascara wants a Junior title shot from Dos. Canis said he’d end Navarro’s career and take Trauma I’s mask.
Weird for Canis to be taking pins leading up to the mask match, but it’s also IWRG normal.
GALLI (SUN) 08/14/2016 Arena GALLI, Villa Park, Illinois [thecubsfan]
1) ? & ?? b Coco Negro & Coco Rojo
2) Azcuar Morena & Stephan Wolf b Billy Star & Valentino
3) ? & Golden Star b Dan El Intenso & Slayer
4) Furia Roja & Rey Furia © b Draconics & Mojo Mcqueen [GALLI TAG]
5) Acid Jazz, Atómico, Bryce Benjamin b Barry Ryte, Dds, Traidor
Atomico & Traidor continue to feud.
6) Mason Conrad, Prince Ali, Tritón (CMLL) b Gringo Loco, Skayde, Skayde Jr.
best match on the show
7) GPA © b Shigehiro Irie [GALLI CHAMP]
The Revolution (Skayde Jr., Skayde Sr., Billy Star, Gringo Loco, Valentino) all hit the ring to demand a title shot at GPA. GPA offered it to the one guy he respected, Skayde. Promoter also gave them a tag title shot.
My usual inability to understand ring announcements is why there’s mystery people on the card. (It’s also why there may be errors.) Tickets were only $5 and the show was worth that much. Triton didn’t do a great deal, but he did enough to make it worth seeing him, and his match was the best on the show thanks to everyone’s performance. The main event alright, but not so long. Crowd was a decent size for GALLI but super dead all night. Might have been the heat. The show had four cameras, but in no other way appears to be something they were specially taping for a TV channel. I taped the last two matches, very unsteadily, and I’ll put them up later.
The Lion Brothers (Metaleon & Mr. Leo) went to a draw with Puma & Tiger in Neza, then won an excellent tag match over Centvrion & Latigo in Mexico City on Sunday. That Neza show, with lesser names than usual, had a much lesser turnout.
Today’s Puebla show is a busy one, with both a title match and a mask match. Ultimo Guerrero versus Shocker was a great feud for the CMLL Light Heavyweight championship in the early 2000s. A decade plus later, they’re improbably fighting over the smaller middleweight championship. There’s some nostalgia to bringing the matchup back, but it’s also going to be a reminder of how long it’s been since that peak. Shocker’s really never been the same since suffering a major knee injury against Ultimo Guerrero (as chronicled in Lucha Mexico movie); Shocker used to be great, and it takes a lot of effort for him to get to good nowadays. I’m sure he’ll try one more tonight, but it’s going to take a great effort to get there.
The other big match tonight is Black Tiger versus Ares, in a mask versus match match. The two have been lightly feuding for a couple months, first leading to King Jaguar losing his hair before the direct confrontation. Their recent matches, like many of Black Tiger’s matches, have been technically fine but creatively boring. A mask match should pick the energy up. Tiger seems like the heavy favorite based on the lead in.
The rest of the card looks promising. The Cavernario/Felino/Negro Casas version of Peste Negra are scheduled to take on Atlantis, Mascara Dorada, and Mistico, though Negro Casas is not definite for any show right now. Fujin, Raijin and Okumura make another appearance in Puebla against Fuego, Stuka and Stigma. The second match is a mix of minis and locals, with Astral, Asturiano and Electrico versus Demus 3:16, Espirtu Maligno and Pierrothito. King Jaguar returns a tecnico in the opener, with Meyer & Star Jr. against Artillero, Fuerza Chicana and Hijo del Signo.
CultIcon also previews today’s show. The show takes place at 9pm and airs on CMLL & YouTube.
Ohtani’s Jacket returns to praise Black Terry vs Barbaro Cavernario.
Cross Armbreaker reviews La Fiera vs Black Magic.
DTU LLB (SAT) 08/13/2016 Arena Lopez Mateos [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), Estrellas del Ring]
1) Hijo Del Mosco, Niño Cobre, X-Zafiro ?? Fly Danger, Hijo De Dr. Pólux Jr., Toto
2) Shadow & Yoruba b El Gio & El Jr. and Fly Star & Toxin Boy and Kastigador & Vengador
3) Aeroboy & Chik Tormenta b Freelance & La Magnifica and Corsario Negro Jr. & Felina Metálica
Aeroboy (off NY show) replaced Fly Warrior (worked Crash instead) and got the win.
4) Drastik Boy & Ronnie Mendoza b Arez & Belial and Mike Segura & Sádico
good match, money thrown in. Arez & Belial want a rematch in Pachuca.
5) Carta Brava Jr. (IWL) & Fantasma de la Ópera b Misterioso Jr. (CMLL) & Pierroth and Ángel o Demonio & Ovett
6) Pesadilla & Rocky Lobo © b Dragón Rojo Jr. & Stuka Jr. and Cerebro Negro & Dr. Cerebro [DTU NEXO]
Dragon Rojo Jr. replaced Titan
7) Masada (Texas) b Sharlie Rockstar, Cíclope, Psicosis II, Paranoiko
Looked like they had a pretty good turnout. Fourth match is the one which got the best reviews. No idea the deal with Titan and DTU is, but it was always strange he was advertised for this one after missing the last one.
The Crash (SAT) 08/13/2016 Auditorio de Tijuana, Tijuana, Baja California [+LuchaTV, The Crash]
1) Danny Lime Light ?? Douglas James
2) Arkángel Divino, Jonathan, Mirage ?? Black Danger, Sargón, Último Maldito
3) Keira b La Jarochita, Lady Maravilla, Candy White
Jarochita & Keira continue to feud.
4) Garza Jr. & Último Ninja b Tony Casanova & Zarco © [The Crash]
Garza Jr. put Tony thru a plastic table (or at least tried) to set up the winning pinfall. Challenges followed.
5) Flamita b Séptimo Dragón, Willie Mack, Lince Dorado, Torito, Laredo Kid, Fly Warrior [The Crash CRUISER]
Vacant title. Fly Warrior was added to the match. Order of elimination went Fly Warrior, Septimo Dragon, Torito (who entered in his Torito gear but wrestled in a silver Mascarita Dorada outfit), Lince Dorado, Willie Mack and Flamita defeated Laredo Kid to win. Great match. Laredo Kid asked for the first title shot.
6) El Hijo Del Santo & Santo Jr. b Ángel Blanco & Rayman
Santo Jr.’s first Mexico based match after appearing on the Lucha Libre London shows in recent years. Tecnicos took 1/3, the last when Rayman fouled Santo. Mask ripping and a little bit of blood. Challenges followed, with the rudos trying to take the tecnicos masks and the tecnicos not letting that occur.
This was streamed on their new website as a surprise (or to make sure no one just stayed home and watched the stream.) I caught up with it during the fourth match, but was unable to record it. It may show up later, and Hijo del Santo has been RT-ing clips from his match tonight. Attendance seemed good if not great, and they obviously saw the Santos as a huge deal. Santo Jr. looked tentative and slower than everyone else, though not nearly as green as you’d expect a guy for his third match. They did a lot stuff to make him look good during the match. I wasn’t sold on him, but he doesn’t seem like a disaster either.
So Cal Uncensored has a positive review of the Viva el Lucha show the same night in San Diego. Rey Mysterio & Fenix (as a surprise) beat Johnny Mundo & Nicho in the main event.
CMLL (SAT) 08/13/2016 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Bengala & Leono b Camorra & Cholo
2) Canelo Casas, Hijo del Signo, Nitro b Magnus, Oro Jr., Star Jr.
Rudos took 1/3.
3) Marcela, Princesa Sugehit, Skadi b La Comandante, La Seductora, Reyna Isis
4) Fuego, Rey Cometa, Valiente b Disturbio, Hechicero, Olímpico
Tecnicos took 1/3. Disturbio replaced Bobby Z.
5) Carístico, Dragón Lee, Mistico b Euforia, Mephisto, Último Guerrero
Caristico submitted Mephisto.
A show! Caristico being on the show (and CMLL hyping that fact) seemed to lead to better attendance than usual. I’m not sure how much it’ll actually matter when these become Tuesday-like (see the card below), but even a Tuesday audiece would look better in the smaller Coliseo.
CMLL (SUN) 08/14/2016 Arena México
1) Apocalipsis & Artillero b Metatrón & Sensei
Metatron was hurt in the first fall. Rudos took 2/3.
2) Cancerbero, El Coyote, Raziel b Ciclón Ramírez Jr., El Bandido, Flyer
Coyote won his debut.
3) Felino, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado b Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Guerrero Maya Jr.
4) Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto b Atlantis, Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr.
Soberano was Super Porky’s replacement today. Rudos took 2/3.
5) Marco Corleone, Valiente, Vangellys b Pierroth, Rey Escorpión, Volador Jr. [Relevos Increíbles]
Vangellys snuck in a foul on Rey Escorpion.
I’ve last track of how many cowboy hat wearing rancheros which are in this promotion now. Coyote can mean many things, but new guy would’ve had a better shot looking like the animal. (Since we might not see him ever again, I’m not sure it matters.) I have no idea when or where the Vangellys/Rey Escorpion match might be taking place because…
CMLL’s website says Elite will be running shows on Sunday. They did this before, they decided it didn’t work, they moved to Wednesdays, then Thursdays, then messed with some Saturdays, and we’re right back where it started on Sunday. I’m guessing this might explain why only 1 of the 2 weeks of new Elite TV aired this week (the other is going to be shown this week, because they won’t be running Thursday), but I’m guessing because no one’s explained what’s going beyond a note where the CMLL Sunday card should be. There was no mention of this on either of the TV shows this week, and it’s not even especially clear if this is a one week or full time thing (though the plural “domingos” is a clue.)
Sunday seemed to be Elite’s best day; it never did as well as it should’ve on the lineups, and it’s going to be tougher on schedules since most of the outside booking dates seem to be Sundays, but it’s still probably going to work better than Wednesday or Thursday. Doing it like this, with no warning or promotion, with “todos los Jueves” emblazoned on the ring apron, is not an effective way to do it. That’s Elite.
I did make it to the GALLI show tonight, but I don’t have time to write about the wrestling I actually saw. That’s less irony and more poor time management. Maybe tomorrow.
This week’s AAA TV episode is up. They announced the usual Hard Rock show on September 16th. They could always (and likely will) squeeze in another taping. Still, there’s 2-3 weeks of AAA TV between TripleMania and Heroes Inmortales, and 1-2 of them are going to be the vacation show at the resort. I really hope Heroes Inmortales goes well, but the deck seems stacked against it. AAA could always start setting up stuff for Heroes Inmortales at TripleMania or even the taping this week in Veracruz, but they seem like they’re struggling to keep up at this point. (To that end: TripleMania is two weeks away from today, and there’s been no public mention of iPPV or Mexico PPV details. I’m sure they’ll get done, and it might even be that they’re holding off as to not hurt ticket sales, but recent history makes me concerned they’re scrambling.)
The Santo Jr. match in Torreon on Thursday is changing location due to forecasts of bad weather. It turns out Atlantis, Angel de Oro and Niebla Roja just happen to be working across the city/state. border in Gomez Palacio on the same day.
SuperLuchas interviews Hijo del Medico Asesino.
CMLL (SAT) 08/20/2016 Arena Coliseo
1) Shockercito & Stukita vs Mercurio & Pequeño Olímpico
2) Magnus, Robin, Templario vs Akuma, Arkángel de la Muerte, Metálico
3) Lluvia, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, La Comandante, Tiffany
4) Guerrero Maya Jr., Johnny Idol, Rey Cometa vs Felino, Morphosis, Pólvora
5) Blue Panther, Mistico, Stuka Jr. vs Mephisto, Mr. Niebla, Rey Bucanero
Morphosis in the second match: this is a Tuesday card on a Saturday, minus the lightning match. Which isn’t really much different than the Sabado Retros shows were, except for the formatting. These are slightly better, but I’m not sure what difference it’ll make in the long term.
Templario makes another appearance here. He’s not booked on CaraLucha that night – not sure if that’s luck or if he knew that far in advance.
CMLL (SUN) 08/21/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Avispón Negro & Micro vs Destello & Quca
2) Black Sugar & Fugaz vs Guerrero de la Muerte & Linterna
3) El Divino & Explosivo vs El Chakal & Espectrúm
4) Esfinge, Kempo Dragón, Magnum vs Mr. Trueno, Príncipe Kisho, Rey Trueno
5) El Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón © vs Flash II, Star Black, Vaquero Jr. [OCCIDENTE TRIOS]
Trios title match was set up last week. The Sinaloa guys weren’t quite getting along in their previous run, and seem to have split up this past week.
CMLL (FRI) 08/12/2016 Arena México [CMLL, thecubsfan, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Demus 3:16 & Mercurio b Shockercito & Stukita
2) Disturbio, Skándalo, Virus b Hombre Bala Jr., Pegasso, Soberano Jr.
10:12. Rudos took 1/2, Virus using the ropes to beat Soberano Jr.
3) Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión b Ángel de Oro, Guerrero Maya Jr., Titán
18:29. rudos took 2/3. Dragon Rojo cleanly defeated Guerrero Maya as part of the third fall.
4) Súper Crazy DQ Rey Bucanero [lightning]
6:34. Super Crazy, more a rudo than past weeks, fouled Rey Bucanero.
5) Atlantis, Stuka Jr., Valiente b Cavernario, Gran Guerrero, Mr. Niebla
11:59. Tecnicos took 2/3.
6) Dragón Lee, Mistico, Volador Jr. b Euforia, La Máscara, Último Guerrero
7:10. Tecnicos took 2/3, Dragon Lee pinning La Mascara cleanly.
A good show of matches, though not a lot of activity happened. Dragon Lee is now beating La Mascara, which has me a little concerned. Super Crazy is now the heel in his feud with Rey Bucanero, which should work better for that crowd. Soberano/Virus is going nowhere based on them not being booked next week. No other new feud that might ended on 09/16 yet.
Elite aired last night, but aired a repeat instead of the new episode that was promoted. Their Twitter account ignored all people asking about that change, which is Bad Social Media. I’d guess this means tonight’s episode will either combine two weeks into 90 minutes (just Liga Elite matches?) or they’ll skip the rained out week entirely.
Carsitico ‘returns’ to Arena Coliseo tonight. He was there back in March when Elite was bumped out of Arena Mexico due to repair work, but this is the first CMLL show appearance for the original Mistico in this building since he quit the promotion in 2011. He’ll team with the new Mistico and Dragon Lee versus Ultimo Guerrero, Euforia and Mephisto. Besides the change in formatting, there’s a lot more star power now being thrown at the Saturday shows than under the Retro Sabado shows. The semimain has Rey Comea, Fuego and Valiente versus Bobby Z, Hechicero and Olimpico.
Lucha Libre Boom & DTU have a big show tonight in Arena Lopez Mateos. Sharlie Rockstar, Ciclope, Ripper, Paranokio and Mascara from the US meet in a main event hardcore match. The semimain is scheduled to be a tag title match between the teams of Pesadilla and Rocky Lobo & Pesadilla and Stuka & Titan. There’s also another equally exciting three way tag match with Ronnie Mendoza & Drastic Boy facing both Belial & Arez and Suicida & Sadico.
Aeroboy has been added to the show, which might mean he’s replacing someone. Aeroboy was supposed to be on the Amaro show in New York today. Blue Demon Jr. was also supposed to be on that show, and posted on Twitter last night that he had still not received information for that show, and then deleted it sometime overnight without explaining if it was resolved or not. (That’s also Bad Social Media.) I hope anyone who goes to that Amaro show has a great time, but they should be aware the card is very subject to change.
Santo Jr. makes his Mexico debut tonight in Tijuana, teaming with his father against Angel Blanco Jr. & Rayman. Santo returned to action last night on Rosarito and looked good; his son got into a post match argument with Hijo de Medico Asesino (who’s not listed on tonight’s card.) The stated idea has to be to keep Santo Jr. in small venues while he gets beginning ring time, but Auditorio de Tijuana is not a small venue. In his Grafico column, Hijo del Santo notes this match will allow him to team with his son, which he never had the chance to do with his father. The match of the night might be a six way with Flamita, Septimo Dragon, Willie Mack, Lince Dorado, Torito and Laredo Kid for the Crash’s cruiseweight title. There’s also a tag team title match with the Garzas (Garza Jr. & Ultimo Jr.) against champions Tony Casanova & Zarco. Garza threatened to end Casanova’s career tonight after last night’s match, which seems a little severe. Garza working these Santo shows seems to mean AAA doesn’t have much control over where Garza can work (but it also might explain why there’s not much done with Garza in AAA.)
On the other side of the border, Rey Misterio Jr. makes a indie appearance in his hometown of San Diego for Viva La Lucha show. Johnny Mundo, Psicosis, TJP, Teddy Hart, Famous B and Willie Mack are listed on the card (so Willie might work two shows in two countries on the same night.) Rey’s 2016 schedule is what we thought his immediate post-WWE would be, with appearances few and far behind, and maybe not again in his hometwon.
I think Gallo must’ve quit Arena Coliseo Guadalajara. He was one of the most heavily featured local guys, a nephew of Apolo Dantes, and has made appearances in Arena Mexico. He hasn’t appeared in ACG since May. He’s shown up on indie shows of late, and his mascot Gallito is hanging out with other people on the CMLL shows. I’d probably know this already if I had been keeping up with Super Libre.
AAA’s also put up the Psycho Clown/Pagano Cara a Cara segment from last week’s TV, which I thought was a pretty good video package building up that feud.
GALLI says their TV taping tomorrow is for the TVS Network. A TVS Network aired thru the 80s. Wikipedia says the network stopped existing in 2012. Wikipedia can be wrong, but I can’t find a website easily.
CultIcon tries to figure out the identify of Paul London’s new friends.
CMLL (FRI) 08/19/2016 Arena México
1) Flyer & Star Jr. vs Canelo Casas & Espíritu Negro
2) Esfinge, Hombre Bala Jr., Pegasso vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus
3) Estrellita vs Zeuxis [lightning]
4) Bobby Z, Rey Bucanero, Vangellys vs Kráneo, Ripper, Súper Crazy
5) Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy vs Pierroth, Rey Escorpión, Rush [Relevos Increíbles]
6) Dragón Lee, Mistico, Valiente vs Ephesto, La Máscara, Mephisto
More Dragon Lee & La Mascara in the main event, and another really good match if they give them time.
Rush & Pierroth are back on Fridays, and so is their long dormant issue with Marco & Maximo.
Fourth match is listed as rudos/rudos, so I probably need to flip Super Crazy to red.