Joe Lider wins Memes Rumble, Herodes/Hijo de Dos, Lucha Underground

photo by Black Terry Jr.

Lucha Memes (SUN) 01/24/2016 Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), Black Terry Jr. (Highlights), Estrellas del RIng, MT]
1) Corsario Negro Jr. & Drako b Fly Star & Toxin
Money thrown in.
2) Ángel Del Amor, Demasiado, Juana La Loca b Metaleón, Mr. Leo, Toscano
3) Magia Blanca, Magnifico, Magnífico II b Alas de Acero, Aramis, Iron Kid
4) Arez, Belial, Impulso b Freelance, Mike Segura, Pantera I
Said to MOTYC quality. Freelance bled after taking a header on a dive, but continued the match. The two teams fought each other again after the match, wanting a rematch and an apuesta match.
5) Joe Lider b Keira, Dr. Cerebro, Jeque, Antheus, Septimo Rayo, Resplandor Negro, Psycho Kid, Último Sombra, Obscuro, Fandango, Lady Jaguar, Astro Rey Jr., Ciber Punk, Veneno[Memes Rumble]
Billed as a 22 person rumble, ended up more like 15. Match started with Dr. Cerbero & Jeque, followed by Septimo Rayo, Resplandor Negro, Psycho Kid, Ultima Sombra, Oscuro, Fandango, Lady Jaguar (debut here), Astro Rey, Keira, Cyber Punk, Veneno and Joe Lider. Final four were Lider, Veneno, Lady Jaguar and Keira. Lider eliminated Veneno, Keira eliminated Jaguar and Lider beat Keira to win the rumble.
6) Pagano b Caifan
said to be a good match, both mat wrestling and extreme wrestling.

The Saetas/Indystrongibles match sounds like one worth seeking out. Pagano/Caifan reads like it was good if you like Pagano matches. Black Terry Jr. has seven minutes of highlights of the show.

IWRG (SUN) 01/24/2016 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, The Gladiatores]
1) Galaxy b Power Bull
straight falls
2) Kanon & Omega b Adrenalina & Vórtize
3) Emperador Azteca, Hijo de Mascara Sagrada, Hijo del Alebrije b Artillero, Hip Hop Man, Metralla
Debut for Metralla
4) Diablo Jr. I, El Hijo del Diablo, Imposible DQ Apolo Estrada Jr., Canis Lupus, Eterno
Both teams asked for a title shot previously, so this might be a psuedo-#1 contenders match. DQ not specified.
5) Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro, Súper Nova DQ Negro Navarro, Trauma I, Trauma II
Negro hit the referee with a chair for the DQ after Dr. Cerebro had hit Trauma II with a chair.
6) Herodes Jr., Pagano, Toscano b Danny Casas, Hijo De Dos Caras, Veneno
Herodes pulled Dos’ mask to set up his win, wants a title shot.

Unclear why Herodes is getting a title shot before rightful title challenger X-Fly but he should do as well as you can do with Hijo de Dos. Metralla means “Shrapnel” in Spanish; I don’t have any previous matches by someone by that name, but I could’ve mispelled someone and missed it. It is suspicious Artillero is teaming with a new mystery military themed person, but I believe Super Comando & Artillero have a younger brother who’s been wrestling on small shows as Principe Odin Jr. and this could be him. Metralla seems to small to be Super Comando from the picture and Comando appears to still be touring the US.

There’s a few new Lucha Underground news items from the weekend:

Lucha Underground writer Chris DeJoseph will be doing a Reddit AMA just before the show starts on Wednesday.

The first two episode titles are out. The premiere is “A Much Darker Place”, and the second episode is “The Dark & Mysterious.” The titles echo a comment Vampiro made in the closing montage of season one, saying he and Pentagon were going to a dark place. Darkness seems to be a theme.

The @RealDarioCuetro Twitter account posted for the first time since the finale

“newest creation” probably plays into the idea that he was going to a new temple at the end of Season 1. We know that line was said in case they had to change locations, that location change did not end up occurring, and Catrina is running the Temple instead of Dario at the start of the season (as leaked by the Lucha Underground Twitter.) Perhaps that line still matters, and Dario’s running a seperate/different Temple to start the season. It’d play into the idea that there’s some footage outside of the Temple we do know.

310 is a Los Angeles area code.

There’s a watch party for the show in Austin, Texas on Wednesday night. Dorian Roldan mentioned there will also be one in New York but I don’t have details on that one.

The other current dramatic El Rey show, From Dusk Till Dawn, had it’s second season added to Netflix today. Still no sign of Lucha Underground. The TV schedules for the network suggest that, after one last repeat of Ultima Lucha on Wednesday, the Season 1 shows will no longer air on El Rey. My thinking for a while is either the show gets added on Netflix sometime in the next week or so, or it’s not happening any time soon because the impetus wouldn’t be there. I could be completely off on that, but this is the time where Lucha Underground is going to have a lot of eyeballs on it because it’s been hyping the premiere for a month, and when you’d expect them to make new networks/carriage announcements.

I probably should write a longer reminder/preview/SEO-friendly! piece on Lucha Underground in the next few days. If you’ve got a question about the show, maybe leave in the comments and I’ll try (and possibly fail) to answer it.

Arena Lopez Mateos has a cage match with a mask on the line Sunday. One of the luchadors made their debut last night (Arana Negra III) and one has never wrestled a match there (Tortugillo Ninja 5, though that may just be a typo.) On the other hand, it’s AULL and anyone could still win because it doesn’t really matter month to month.


CMLL (SUN) 01/31/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Johnny Dinamo & Micro vs Diplomático & Guerrero de la Muerte
2) Capitan Cobra & Javier Cruz Jr. vs Demonio Rojo & Mr. Apolo
3) Esfinge & Gallo vs Cancerbero & Raziel
4) Guerrero Maya Jr., Magnum, Neutrón vs Kempo Dragón, Príncipe Kisho, Ripper
5) Omar Brunetti vs Joker [OCCIDENTE MIDDLE, final]

I think Brunetti is a slight favorite, but it’s the Occidente Middleweight championship and any one could win it.

Tercera is the local tag team champs versus suitable challengers in a non title match.

AAA on Televisa: 2015 Holiday Season episodes

AAA on Televisa: 2015 Holiday Season episodes

What happened: Nothing! This was the usual holiday break, extended out an extra week. This recap is equally a place filler, just so I can remember they spent four full weeks on filler material this time.

Where can I watch it: All the shows are on AAA’s YouTube channel, but some of the matches are edited and you’re best off going back to the original show whenever possible

The December 19th AAA show was a tribute to Perro Aguayo Jr. Matches shown

  • 2012-02-23: Juventud Guerrero, Perro Aguayo Jr., Mascara Ano 2000, and Cibernetico in a Rey de Reyes qualifier

  • 2012-03-18: Jack Evans vs LA Park vs Hector Garza vs Jack Evans, Rey de Reyes final

  • 2013-06-16: Cibernetico vs Hijo del Perro Aguayo, hair vs hair

  • 2015-02-18: Hijo del Perro Aguayo vs Myzteziz

There were also holiday/Perro remembrance bumpers with Averno & Chessman, Electroshock (airing twice?), Dinasita (who’s attacked by the mini rudos), Mini Charly Manson, Mini Charly and Mini Abismo as a group (attacked by Dinastia and Octagoncito), and Villano IV. Most of the group, and a few others, join in for the closing Feliz Navidad

The December 26h AAA show was a look back at the Lucha World Cup. It appeared to be the same exact look back as had aired earlier this year, only with the addition of holiday messages from El Apache, Faby Apache and Electroshock. This meant the bit where Jeff Jarrett, Brian Cage, Averno and Johnny Mundo attacked Myzteziz, Rey Misterio and Alberto el Patron was back on AAA TV, after mysteriously being removed from their YouTube channel previously.

The January 1st AAA show was the first part of a look at the best of 2015. Matches shown:

  • 2015-06-14: Alas de Oro

  • 2015-06-14: Dark Cuervo & Dark Scoria vs Jack Evans & Angelico in a cage match

  • 2015-08-09: Rey Misterio vs Myzteziz

  • 2015-10-04: Copa Antonio Pena

Goya Kong, Mini Charly Manson, Mini Abismo and Mini Psycho Clown as a group, Nino Hamburguesa & Taurus handled the holiday promos. There were also video clips talking about Texano winning Rey de Reyes, Rey Mysterio returning to AAA, the Dream Team winning the first Lucha World Cup, AAA’s charity work, Tropicasas’s Hall of Fame induction.

The January 8th AAA show continued the Best of AAA theme

  • 2015-11-15: Dinastia (c) vs Mini Abismo Negro for the AAA Minis Championship

  • 2015-06-14: Alas de Oro – joined in progress

  • 2015-10-04: Garza Jr., Psycho Clown, Rey Mysterio Jr. vs Hijo del Fantasma, Myzteziz, Texano Jr.

  • 2015-10-04: Angélico & Jack Evans vs Joe Lider & Pentagón Jr. © and Daga & Steve Pain [AAA TAG]

  • 2015-10-04: El Patrón Alberto © vs Johnny Mundo for the AAA Heavyweight Championship

It seems notable AAA aired matches which featured both Alberto and Myzteziz; either they didn’t think they had enough Best of material without them, or they didn’t think showing guys who won’t be around any more was an issue. It’s hard not to notice not just those big names, but no one bigger than Electroshock or Taurus is shown in new material for this entire month. (It’s likely these were just the people who happened to be available on that day.)

Taurus, Chessman, Monster Clown, Murder Clown, Electroshock spoke in the inbetween segments. A short video on the lucha libre exhibit is also shown.

This show is the first to promote Guerra de Titanes by name, though not by announcing any matches. Previous shows had just mentioned a taping and a date, but not given it the name. The vignettes on this show were from a production room, instead of in front of a Christmas tree as previous ones. It seems like a way not date them as much, though Monster Clown is still wearing his Santa cap.

great match roundup, week of 2016-01-09

This is a mostly pointless post! The next one, a recap of recap episodes isn’t much better.

The Puebla and Claro recaps are here.

rating matches TV Show taped
great Carístico vs Rush CMLL on 2016-01-15 2016-01-15
good Black Tiger, Starman, Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Nitro, Rey Apocalipsis, Toro Bill Jr. CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-01-11 2016-01-11
good Shockercito & Stukita vs Mercurio & Pierrothito CMLL on 2016-01-15 2016-01-15
good Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Rey Cometa vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys CMLL on 2016-01-15 2016-01-15
ok Asturiano & Zaeta Roja vs Ares & El Malayo CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-01-11 2016-01-11
ok Blue Panther Jr., Stigma, The Panther vs Puma, Sangre Azteca, Tiger CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-01-11 2016-01-11
ok La Máscara, Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-01-11 2016-01-11
ok Estrellita, Marcela, Silueta vs Dalys, Reyna Isis, Zeuxis CMLL on 2016-01-15 2016-01-15
ok La Máscara, Super Parka, Valiente vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas CMLL on 2016-01-15 2016-01-15
below average Atlantis, Blue Panther, Valiente vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-01-11 2016-01-11
bad Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Thunder vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja CMLL on 2016-01-15 2016-01-15

Kamaitachi dethrones Dragon Lee in another epic, FM Days 6 results, Traumas win Dinastia Elite, Espectrito

Dragon Lee has the best tope con giro

CMLL (SAT) 01/23/2016 Arena Coliseo
1) Cholo b Bengala
Cholo Driver for the win.
2) Metálico b Flyer
3) Canelo Casas b Magnus
Hombre Bala Jr. moved up on Tuesday and Magnus was added in his place.
4) Súper Halcón Jr. b Arkángel de la Muerte
Pegasso was replaced by Super Halcon Jr. on Tuesday.
5) Tiger b Hombre Bala Jr.
Blue Panther Jr. was replaced by Hombre Bala Jr. on Tuesday.
6) Felino & Pólvora b Soberano Jr. & Tritón
Soberano replaced Rey Cometa.
7) La Máscara, Star Jr., Valiente DQNiebla Roja, Ripper, Terrible
Star Jr. replaced Super Porky (injury). Tecnicos took 2/3, the last when Roja pulled Valiente’s mask off. Valiente wanted a mask vs mask with Niebla Roja. (Nah.)

I’m surprised Porky isn’t hurt more often. His style isn’t the hardest, but he works a lot for his size and age.

CMLL NJPW (SUN) 01/24/2016 Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan [NJPW]
Attendance: 1599
1) Guerrero Maya Jr. & The Panther b Sho Tanaka & Yohei Komatsu
5:10. The Panther beat Komatsu with his flash fujiwara armbar. In a post match interview, Panther and Maya said they were happy to make the Arena Coliseo Tag Team titles an international title and were open to possibility of Tanaka & Komatsu getting a shot at them someday. Tanaka & Komatsu thanked the fans for supporting them as Young Lions as they move on their next chapter.
2) Fuego, Kushida, Stuka Jr., Tiger Mask IV b Boby Zavala, Hechicero, Okumura, Yoshihashi
8:09. Titan and Gedo were removed from this match after Saturday’s card changes. Stuka landed the torpedo splash on Okumura (and Mima Shimoda) for the win. In a post match interview, Okumura proudly talked about both the growth of FantasticaMania over the last six years and the growth of the NJPW wrestlers who’ve come to Mexico, hoping the same for Tanaka and Komatsu.
3) Jyushin Thunder Liger b Virus
7:55. Lucha de Maestros, unofficially with no punches (though both men almost broke that promise.) Liger escaped the Motovirus setup and beat Virus with a campana. They shook hands after the match. Liger was happy with the match. Virus said this was a dream match for him, though he was disappointed he lost and will keep working in the gym every day to prove he’s worthy of the title Pequeno Gran Maestro.
4) Bushi, EVIL, Tetsuya Naito b Atlantis, Máscara Dorada, Ryusuke Taguchi
7:23. Bushi beat Dorada with a cradle after a Naito foul. Naito teased the idea of Komatsu joining Los Ingobernables de Japon, only to immediately turn out him. Evil laid out Komatsu with a lariat. Dorada thanked the NJPW fans for supporting him this year, said he was returning to Arena Mexico, but would like to return and challenge for IWGP Junior Heavyweight championship. In a post match interview, BUSHI (who made belt motions to Dorada after the match) declared he would defeat Kushida for the belt, then nominate Dorada as his first challenger to get his revenge.
5) Bárbaro Cavernario, Kazuchika Okada, Shinsuke Nakamura b Hiroshi Tanahashi, Juice Robinson, Titán
13:06. Titan replaced Dragon Lee after the title match was added. Okada pinned Robinson. Hirooki Goto stormed the ring and attacked Okada. The crowd booed the attack. Titan asked to return to NJPW again in post match interviews.
6) Kamaitachi b Dragón Lee [CMLL SL]
Added after Kamaitachi attacked Dragon Lee on Saturday. 18:33. Excellent match, with Kamaitachi winning with via his Canadian Destroyer variation. Dragon Lee falls on his sixth defense. Kamaitachi is the 13th champion. Kamaitachi indicated he had not returned to NJPW full time yet and would be heading back to Japan with Okumura, Tanaka and Komatsu for an indefinite amount of time. Kamaitachi seemed to suggest he was aiming to follow Prince Devitt’s path and be a smaller man challenging for both the IWGP Junior and heavyweight titles, and wouldn’t be returning until he’s ready for that.
7) Mistico b Último Guerrero
17:23. La Mistica for the win.
8) Volador Jr. © b Mephisto [NWA WELTER]
21:06. Volador won with a Spanish Fly about 20 seconds before the TV broadcast ended. Seventh defense. Volador and Mephisto shook hands after the match. Volador thanked the fans on behalf of the CMLL luchadors, and Ivan announced they’d be back for FantasticaMania 2017 next year. The show ended with Mistico shouting “I Love You” to the fans. In a post show interview, Volador suggested Ultimo Guerrero and Virus as challengers.

That’s a lot of text, sorry about that. No surprise Mistico was so happy at the end. He was universally beloved and had his best week of matches since – I’m not sure since when. Obviously since the accident, but this Mistico seemed better still than the guy who was on these shows in 2014. He’s not going to get the same reaction in Arena Mexico, but hopefully he can keep up the same level of performance.

You need to whatever you need to do to watch the Kamaitachi/Dragon Lee match. They topped themselves, and I wouldn’t believe it possible if I had not seen it with my own two eyes. Kamaitachi’s comments definitely suggest the rematch is happening in Mexico (which makes sense if Kamaitachi is just going to end up losing it back), but we should have at least one more match between them.

I’d expect it to be a lot more than one. NJPW absolutely has to be bringing back Dragon Lee down the line; the Best of the Super Juniors if not sooner. It sounds like Dorada may resume making guest appearances going forward. Cavernario and Fuego are way over with this crowd and would be logical people to bring back. Titan looked good and openly requested a return. Hechicero seemed to make an significant impression on the NJPW wrestlers and fans, which might get him a look (and it’s probably a better chance if he can pass a junior heavyweight.) Guys like Stuka & Ultimo Guerrero aren’t like to get other tours with NJPW, but definitely seem like they’ll keep coming back for these FantasticaMania shows.

This tour remains strong for wrestling and for business. Those attendance numbers are absolutely down, but there doesn’t seem to be fewer people there (which suggests there’s some change in how they’re reporting the number, but other people would know better than I.) Antecodotle word says the merchandise sales were strong as usual. An interview with the NJPW officials (link I can’t find at the moment, hope I’m hallucinating) said they were going looking at moving this final day of the tour to a bigger building this year, but couldn’t find a suitable location. Maybe look for that next year.

Tanahashi announced he had a shoulder injury picked up on this show, but was unsure if he was taking time off. I suspect he desperately wants to work the Nakamura farewell show.

CMLL ELITE (SUN) 01/24/2016 Arena México [CMLL, ESTO]
1) Amapola & Dalys b La Jarochita & Muñeca De Plata
Jarochita’s debut in the arena, her first match since leaving AAA.
2) Dinamic Black & Imposible b Artillero & Sangre Azteca
Imposible is a tecnico in Elite. His side took 2/3.
3) Delta & Tritón b Eterno & Fresero Jr.
CMLL tecnicos took 1/3
4) Trauma I & Trauma II b Puma & Tiger [Dinastia Elite]
Final of the Dinastia Elite tournament (though Canelo Casas was in Puma’s spot last week.) Traums took 2/3, with Trauma I submitting Tiger with Lo Negro del Negro in the decision fall.
5) Felino & Negro Casas b Juventud Guerrera & Super Crazy
Mexicool defeated Peste Negra when an eliminated Crazy interfered to help Juvi beat Crazy.
6) Carístico, Extreme Tiger, Valiente DQ Euforia, La Máscara, Rush
Tecnicos took 2/3, Mascara unmasking and fouling Caristico.

The Traumas continue to have success on these shows. Caristico continues to either lose or win painfully.

I’m going to write this here and regret it later: I think La Mascara is half decent now. He’s gotten better the last few months, dropping a lot of the bits that weren’t working for his character and continues to be an excellent toady for Rush. There’s places where he can get better (taking Sombra’s running double knee smash helps his meager offense) but he’s not an anchor on team any more.

Quick results from the LuchaMemes show are here. Pagano beat Caifan in the main event, Joe Lider won the Rumble. Seemed like a really strong turnout for the show.

The original Espectrito passed away yesterday, according to his family. He was 49. No cause of death was mentioned.

Espectrito was a small luchador brought in by Antonio Pena, part of the first wave of the modern minis division. While Mascarita Sagrada is better remembered, Espectrito’s rudo bullying act and ability as base was an essential part of the formula to get the minis concept over. Espectrito started in EMLL and jump to AAA at the start of the promotion. His mask match with Espectrito was part of the run of big AAA Los Angeles show during their first era. There was a falling out between that original group of minis and Pena around 1995, and he bounced between all the companies from that point on, lasting being a regular anywhere in CMLL in 2005. Espectrito worked in WWF for a time, using the names Mini Vader and Torito (obviously not the current one.) He also wrestled on an AAA/NJPW tour as Mini Black Cat.

The La Parkita & Especrito II who were murdered in 2009 were his brothers. SuperLuchas, which has a through obituary for Espectritio, mentions their deaths took a big toll on their family and especially their brother.

AAA has a brief remembrance on their Facebook page.

No full results, but Omar Brunetti & Jocker won their semfinal matches, meaning they meet next week for the Occidente Middleweight championship.

WWC announced Rey Mysterio would be coming to their 02/27 show in Caguas, Puerto Rico and facing Mr. 450 in a singles match

Keira is off next weekend’s HUMO main event after appearing on the AAA TV taping. It was an indie vs CMLL main event, so that wasn’t going to work. It’ll be a mystery Japanese luchadora instead. (Ayako Hamada is in Mexico that weekend.) La Jarochita replaces Sadica on the undercard.

Amapola talks about her career, mentions keeping her training secret from her family but injuring her elbow and getting a cast on her arm gave it away.

Taya was profiled by her hometown paper.


CMLL (SAT) 01/30/2016 Arena Coliseo
1) Leono vs Inquisidor
2) Sensei vs Espanto Jr.
3) Robin vs Hijo del Signo
4) Soberano Jr. vs Raziel
5) La Vaquerita & Skadi vs Dalys & Zeuxis
6) Máximo Sexy, Super Porky, Titán vs Boby Z, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
7) Valiente vs Niebla Roja

No mask match, but they do get a singles match. I’d be interested in it if was on TV, because Niebla Roja singles matches are a bit rare.

CMLL FantasticaMania 2016 Day 6: 2016-01-24

senton suicida

Recapped: 01/24/2016

What happened:  In his return to NJPW, Kamaitachi defeated Dragon Lee for the CMLL Super Lightweight Championship. There was no indication of what would be next for the belt or Kamaitachi.

Volador Jr. retained his NWA Welterweight Championship against Mephisto, in a match finishing seconds before the TV Asahi broadcast ended. Mistico beat Ultimo Guerrero via La Mistica and Lyger defeated Virus via campana in the other two singles matches.

Tanaka & Komatsu said farewell to the NJPW crowd following their loss in the opener; they’re announced to start in Mexico next Sunday. Komatsu had one last involvement on the show: after a subtle teasing the last few months, Naito gave Komatsu an Ingobernable hat as if he was a number. Naturally, Naitro immediately turned on him and the Ingobernables laid him out (following winning their own match via foul.)

Mascara Dorada said a brief farwell to NJPW, as he returns to CMLL following this match. He said he’d still like to get a match for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight championship.

Hirooki Goto attacked Okada after the fifth match. The crowd booed turned on Goto’s for his actions.

The NJPWWorld stream was buffering annoyingly during the show for North American viewers. The show had a special Spanish language feed with CMLL’s Miguel Reducino calling the action.

What was good: Kamaitachi/Dragon Lee was outstanding. There was other good stuff – I liked the Nakamura/Caveranrio/Okada vs Robinson/Titan/Tanahshi tag match the best – but that title match was a cut above.

Where can I watch it:  It’s up on NJPW World for subscribers.

Warning: There’s about 40 GIF in the recap.

Kamaitachi returns to Japan for title match with Dragon Lee, FantasticaMania Day 5

Nakamura’s NXT gimmick revealed!

CMLL (FRI) 01/22/2016 Arena México [CMLL, thecubsfan]
1) Sangre Azteca & Skándalo b Starman & Stigma
16:14. Rudos took 1/3.
2) Misterioso Jr., Puma, Sagrado b Blue Panther Jr., Delta, Tritón
18:03. Rudos took 2/3
3) Ángel de Oro, Máximo Sexy, Valiente b Ephesto, Kráneo, Luciferno
11:11. Tecnicos took 1/3
4) Blue Panther b Ripper [lightning]
9:08. Panther submitted Ripper to the Fujiwara armbar.
5) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja b Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Thunder
10:59. Guerreros took straight falls. Thunder attacked ref Edgar for the DQ in the first, then Euforia pulled Thunder’s mask to pin him in a much longer second fall. Thunder wanted a singles match right then and there, and Euforia challenged him to do it next week.
6) La Máscara, Marco Corleone, Rush b Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
9:18. Ingobernables took 1/3

The most skippable of skippable shows.

CMLL NJPW (SAT) 01/23/2016 Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan [NJPW, thecubsfan]
Attendance: 1593
1) Máscara Dorada & Titán b Sho Tanaka & Yohei Komatsu
7:38. Titan beat Tanaka with the figure four
2) Gedo, Hechicero, YOSHI-HASHI b Fuego, Juice Robinson, Kushida
8:07. Hechicero submitted Fuego
3) Guerrero Maya Jr. & The Panther © b Boby Zavala & Okumura [Arena Coliseo TAG]
10:47. Guerrero Maya defeated Zavala with the sit down piledriver. First defense
4) Ryusuke Taguchi & Stuka Jr. b Bárbaro Cavernario & Shinsuke Nakamura
7:49. Cavernario submitted Stuka. Nakamura had a caveman mask, and Cavernario had “King of Caverman Style” on his back.
5) Bushi, EVIL, Tetsuya Naito b Atlantis, Jyushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask
6:20. Naito pinned Tiger Mask after the usual bit of Ingobernables de Japon cheating. Naito suggested he’d head to Mexico after this tour. Atlantis wants a singles match with him.
6) Dragon Lee © b Virus [CMLL SL]
7:05. Dragon Lee won via German suplex in a quick but good match. Dragon Lee fifth defense. Kamaitachi made a surprise appearance to attack Dragon Lee, dropping him with a German suplex, and issuing a title match challenge for tomorrow.
7) Kazuchika Okada, Mephisto, Último Guerrero b Hiroshi Tanahashi, Mistico, Volador Jr.
18:14. Mephisto beat Volador with a Super Devil’s Wings.

The Cavernario/Nakamura vs Stuka/Taguchi match was the most fun match on the show. The lightweight title match was good, but they didn’t get enough time to do what they could’ve done. The main event was solid.

Kamaitachi, which appears to be the name he’ll be sticking with in NJPW, got his way: Dragon Lee defends for the second time in two days against his big rival in the sixth match tomorrow morning. The card has had some changes as a result: Titan moves into Dragon Lee’s spot (teaming with Tanahashi & Juice Robinson against Cavernario, Okada and Shinsuke.) Titan was in the second match atomicos (4v4); Gedo’s dropped from the match and it’s now a 3 on 3. I hope Kamaitachi and Dragon Lee get more time, but their lightnings matches have been really fun matches in under 10 minutes so they might not even need it. Tomorrow’s show figures to run long with 8 matches.

Kamaitachi’s not booked in Mexico on any known shows – and hasn’t been since the 10th – so we probably should’ve figured this one. He’d been posting messages on Twitter implying he was watching this tour on NJPW World from Mexico, so that’s an actual good use of social media.

I wouldn’t take Naito coming to Mexico too seriously until he’s actually booked on a card.

Hechicero has gotten direct wins the last two nights, surprisingly. He did lose to Titan on night two, but it’s been a strong tour for him. The NJPW guys seem to have no idea what to make of him and his spell casting hand motions.

The NJPW stream was again iffy this morning. It’s seems to works fine on VOD, and it might be a decent strategy just to wait to watch if you can avoid spoilers and don’t want to wake up at 3AM. Sunday’s show is a TV Asahi broadcast, which means it’ll have announcing on the stream (unlike the SamuraiTV shows the last two nights.)

Arena Coliseo tonight has Super Porky, La Mascara and Valiente versus Ripper, Terrible and Niebla Roja. Preview suggests it’s heading towards a Ripper/Valiente match.

AAA’s TV show is already up. Fireball is in the opener. Rey Misterio Jr. appears in the main event, in his last AAA appearance for the moment.

Lucha Underground’s Season 1 marathon is currently in progress on El Rey, and will last well into Sunday. Some of the Lucha Underground people are tweeting about the shows as they air; Chris DeJoseph mentions Bael was originally cast as Son of Havoc. A follow up comment mentions Cortez was in that role too at one point. Previous interviews have mentioned Matt Cross was something like a last minute call when they were having trouble finding people signing up for the show at the start (which seems so crazy now, but go read the next paragraph.)

In an interview Pancakes and Powerslams Show (a fine name for a show, transcribed here by WrestleView), Ricochet mentions he really was not excited about signing up for Lucha Underground to start, fearing he’d be tied to a show that might have good ideas but wouldn’t turn out well (like Wrestle Society X) and didn’t want to ruin his chances of getting to WWE in the process. Konnan was the first person to approach him about the show, and Ricochet just avoided answering for months. He finally started to change his mind when they showed him the concept, but it wasn’t until the last day before taping when he finally agreed to a contract. Ricochet’s glad he did it, and was later told by Konnan that Lucha Underground didn’t really have a back plan for Prince Puma if he had not agreed. Puma mentions ex-WWE Paul London is now an agent for the show; I wonder if he’s a partial replacement for Konnan, who hasn’t seemed to be around the show all season.

The LATV segment on the Lucha Underground is here; watch King Cuerno put an interviewer in a tapatia.

Tijuana’s Black Danger hypes his 02/05 tag match with X-Torm (as the team Dangerous) versus Aeroboy & TJ Boy by noting he’s held nothing back against his cousin (Mirage) and his uncle (Super Xolo) so he’ll fight the national star Aeroboy with everything.

(I’m writing all of that down so I can put it in the luchawiki to have it for the next time I’m confused, but I’ll now forget to put in the luchawiki.)

An interview with Baja California’s Ciclope (not the DTU guy) about soon switching to the name Hijo del Halloween mentions he was Stigma, El Enfermero, and one other. A year into training for lucha libre, he suffered a fractured elbow that kept him out for two years.

El Popular talks to Puebla luchador Prayer, who had no idea what that word meant when he picked it as his wrestling name, but feels it’s was a good omen.

IWRG says Mariachi Loco is coming in on next weekend; the California/Lucha Underground says it’s not him.

La Jarochita says she wanted to be a soccer player, but her father said no, so she ended up becoming a luchador. I bet La Jarochita’s father is really feeling dumb about that one.

LuchaWorld recaps this week’s CMLL Informa.

A Japaense video feature from 2004 on Ultimo Dragon’s Toryumon Mexico Gym. There’s footage of Okada’s debut against Negro Navarro at the end. Negro Navarro with hair always looks weird to me now, he made the right decision to shave it off.

El Hijo del Santo talks about how he relates to the different characters in the Creed movie.

Alberto says he never liked the Mex-America idea.


CMLL (FRI) 01/29/2016 Arena México
1) Hombre Bala Jr. & Súper Halcón Jr. vs Arkángel de la Muerte & Cancerbero
2) Fuego, The Panther, Tritón vs Puma, Tiger, Virus
3) Guerrero Maya Jr., Titán, Valiente vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Pierroth
4) Gran Guerrero, Mephisto, Niebla Roja vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Kráneo, Pólvora
5) Thunder vs Euforia
6) Dragón Lee, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero

Full return of the FantasticaMania crew; Negro Casas is the only one not on the tour that’s in the main event. (The Ingobernables get some deserved break.)  That could be good, and the second match could be very good as well. Thunder versus Euforia finally occurs, with plenty of potential for interference with just about everyone from both teams also booked.

This show is still listed as airing on ClaroSports. The Tuesday show is not listed as airing live anywhere, so the stream for that looks to be just a one night Copa Junior thing. Maybe they simply wanted Esfinge’s folks back in Guadalajara to be able to watch his match.

01/22 AAA TV Results (CDMX) – Guerra de Titanes 2016

AAA TV (FRI) 01/22/2016 Gimnasio Olímpico Juan de la Barrera, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal [AAA, Estrellas del Ring, MT (1-3, 6), MT (4,5), SuperLuchas]
Guerra de Titanes
1) Dinastía, Niño Hamburguesa, Pimpinela Escarlata b El Apache, Mamba, Mini Charly Manson
Nino plancha on Apache for the win.
2) Keira, Lady Shani, Taya b Faby Apache, Goya Kong, Maravilla [lumberjack strap]
Keira replaced Sexy Star (injury – she was in a neck brace). Wrestlers from the opener and Mr. 450 were lumberjacks. Taya beat Goya with two double stomps.
3) Australian Suicide, Fireball, Jack Evans b Daga, Parka Negra, Súper Fly
Fireball was the surprise wrestler and did a tornillo off a balcony onto Super Fly. Suicide beat Daga with a Spanish Fly thru a table.
4) Averno & Chessman b Aerostar & Fénix and Máscara Año 2000 Jr. & Villano IV [AAA TAG]
Announced as a match for title shot down the line. Instead, Jack & Angelico vacated the titles due to Angelico’s injury prior to the match. La Sociedad interrupted to complain (and for Konnan to mock the people who had left.) Aerostar & Fenix beat Villano IV to eliminate them, then Chessman & Averno beat Aerostar with help from Joe Lider to win the titles. Lider demanded he (and Pentagon) get the first shot, and La Sociedad beat up the new champions.
5) Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Zorro b Electroshock, Garza Jr., La Parka and Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Hijo del Fantasma, Taurus [AAA TRIOS]
Championships are vacant (former champions are Hell Brothers.) Garza Jr. had an injured shoulder. Taurus, Pirata and Fantasma were eliminated first, and Zorro submitted Electroshock to win the trios title for his team. The champions had matching outfits with denim jackets.
6) El Mesías & Texano Jr. b Dr. Wagner Jr. & Psycho Clown [AAA HEAVY, semifinal]
Winning team faces off as Rey de Reyes for the vacant heavyweight title (Alberto el Patron). All four came out at the start of the show to make the case they’ll be the next champion, with Psycho and Wagner fighting. Those two had problems in the match as well, opening the door for the rudos to win. Mesias and Texano Jr. will face off at Rey de Reyes. La Sociedad attacked Mesias after the match.

Air Date: 01/30 & 02/06.

Attendance looked good in the places where it was open. There were some sections of the upper level which didn’t look to be sold (and not just those completely behind the entrance.)

AAA’s default move is to make the heel groups strong, and that’s what happened here. All three championships had rudo victories and there’s at least two rudo vs rudo feuds. Mesias turned rudo in this same building about nine months ago; it’s unclear if he’s meant to be tecnico or if he’s just outside of La Sociedad. Same thing with Averno & Chessman. They all seem to be out side of Los Sociedad; maybe the change is we’ll finally have a good idea of who’s in that group and who’s not.

Mesias and Texano is a strange Rey de Reyes main event, but they’ve had good matches before and this could be one again. I wonder if the decision came down to AAA not feeling safe trusting Dr. Wagner to do whatever they needed him to do (because he’s a tough guy to rely on.) Psycho Clown still has a singles title, one Wagner used to have, so they could easily still do that singles match if they’d like.

Chessman & Averno versus Pentagon & Joe Lider is a weird concept for a feud, and one that’ll probably play into Lider’s style. AAA was kind of handcuffed – if they wanted to keep Chessman & Averno for the moment, they had to prove to them that it was worth their time to stay there and not jump to Elite – but the tag division is less interesting than it was last night. There’s really no reason for Pentagon to be involved in this feud, his issue was with Jack and this program isn’t going to do anything to help get him where he needs to be in AAA. It’d be very easy to slip someone in to his place as Lider’s partner (obviously Nicho if he was healthy) but they gave no indication of making that change.

The trios championship outcome was the expected result and I don’t have a lot of problem with it: might as well give them a chance to see what they can do, and there’s lot of tecnicos who can be thrown at them with the promise of an interesting match.

The third match sounds like the best on the show – Apolo Valdes mentioned the card was better than it looked on paper. – and AAA posted video of Flamita’s insanity

Keira last appeared in AAA in May, amidst AAA giving lots of people tryouts (and without anyone really sticking.) I would assume this is just a last minute replacement until something else is announced, though CMLL’s weirdness might mean Keira’s indie versus CMLL trios match next weekend may need to be changed. Poor La Jarochita: she might have actually been used in AAA had she waited a week longer to leave.

This show seemed to go long. The opening talking segment meant the first match wasn’t in the ring until 9:30, and the main event seemed to run until around 12:20. It’s late enough that it might effect the crowd response to the main event, though I didn’t see people complaining it on Twitter.

Prior to the show, AAA announced a continuation of the deal with Everlast as a sponsor, with the luchadors showing off their gear.

Today’s AAA TV taping announces the next two tapings:
02/06: Cuautitlán
02/19: Querétaro

The scheduling suggests they’re two weeks of TV each. Today’s TV show also suggested the heavyweight title match and women’s lumberjack match from this show would air next week.

CMLL FantasticaMania 2016 Day 5: 2016-01-23


Recapped: 01/23/2016

What happened: Dragon Lee (quickly) defeated Virus to keep the lightweight championship – but was immediately attacked by Kamaitachi, secretly in Japan all along. Kamaitachi wanted a title shot, and seemed to indicate NJPW had already set it for tomorrow night.

The Panther & Guerrero Maya Jr. also kept their tag team titles over Bobby Z and Okumura. Mephisto beat Volador leading in to their title match.

What was good: f you have your expectations lowered for Virus/Dragon Lee, it’s still good for the time they had. I enjoyed the opener and the main event was not bad, but it’s the Barbaro Cavernario/Nakamura vs Taguchi/Stuka match you need to see.

Where can I watch it: It’s on NJPW World.


CMLL on 2016-01-22 

this doesn’t seem like a great idea

Recapped: 01/22/2016

What happened: Not much. Euforia and Thunder talked about a singles match, though Thunder wanted it right now and Euforia wanted it next week. That’s about it.

What was good: I liked the main event, but most everything else on this show was boring. You should definitely prioritize watching the FantasticaMania shows over this one.

Where can I watch it:  It’ll be on my YouTube channel Tuesday (more…)

CMLL FantasticaMania 2016 Day 4: 2016-01-22 

the game of Toss Mistico comes to Japan

Recapped: 01/22/2016

What happened: Mascara Dorada captured the CMLL World Welterweight Championship for a record fourth time, defeating BUSHI when Atlantis helped neutralize Naito. Barbaro Cavernario defeated Titan to hold onto his own Mexican National Welterweight Championship.

Ultimo Guerrero defeated Mistico in the main event to build towards the singles match in two days. Likewise, Virus defeated Dragon Lee before their title match tomorrow.

What was good: I really like Titan/Cavernario, and Dorada/BUSHI and the main event were not far behind. Most of this card was worth watching.

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