great match roundup, week of 2015-11-28

one more look at this

I’d catch up quicker if I kept posting recaps (and/or just skipped the other matches.) I feel like I have a pretty good shot of being caught up with watching AAA by the end of this week, though it may take a bit longer to post everything.

This was a pretty good week: 11/30 Puebla was pointless, but 12/04 ClaroSports had the latest Dragon Lee/Kamaitachi match. The longer Kamaitachi is in Mexico, the less likely it seems we’ll get another one of those in Japan – the NJPW guys usually disappear for a little while – so that might be the last one of those for quite a while.

rating matches TV Show taped
excellent Aerostar, Australian Suicide, Fireball vs Daga, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Steve Pain AAA on Televisa: 2015-11-28 2015-11-06
excellent Dragon Lee © vs Kamaitachi for the CMLL World Super Lightweight Championship CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2015-12-04 2015-12-04
great Fénix, Psycho Clown, Rey Misterio Jr. vs Johnny Mundo, Low Ki, Pentagón Jr. AAA on Televisa: 2015-11-28 2015-11-06
good Faby Apache, Goya Kong, Pimpinela Escarlata vs La Hiedra, Lady Shani, Mamba AAA on Televisa: 2015-11-28 2015-11-06
ok Bengala, Rey Cometa, Stigma vs Canelo Casas, Okumura, Skándalo CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2015-11-30 2015-11-30
ok Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Super Porky vsKráneo, Ripper, Shocker CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2015-11-30 2015-11-30
ok Atlantis, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2015-11-30 2015-11-30
ok La Vaquerita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vsAmapola, Tiffany, Zeuxis CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2015-12-04 2015-12-04
ok Ángel de Oro, Máximo Sexy, Super Porky vsEphesto, Kráneo, Luciferno CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2015-12-04 2015-12-04
ok Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero vsCavernario, Mephisto, Thunder CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2015-12-04 2015-12-04
below average Magia Blanca, Metatrón, Meyer vs Artillero, Fuerza Chicana, Guerrero Espacial CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2015-11-30 2015-11-30
below average Lestat, Oro Jr., Starman vs Disturbio, King Jaguar, Policeman CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2015-11-30 2015-11-30
below average Oro Jr. & Soberano Jr. vs Arkángel de la Muerte & Canelo Casas CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2015-12-04 2015-12-04
below average Mistico, Super Parka, Volador Jr. vs Felino, Negro Casas, Shocker CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2015-12-04 2015-12-04
watch later Eterno vs Black Terry IWRG Zona XXI: 2015-11-28 2015-11-25
watch later Caifan vs Aero Boy, Ultimo Ninja [submission] Noches de Coliseo: 2015-11-29 2015-06-28
watch later Black Terry, Dr. Cerebro, Hijo del Pantera vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Canis Lupus, Eterno IWRG Zona XXI: 2015-11-30 2015-11-29

double hair match in IWRG, Puebla preview

Dr. Cerbero/photo by Black Terry jr.

There’s not a detailed recap of last night’s Arena Naucalpan show, but Eterno & Apolo Estrada Jr. did win the double hair match over Black Terry & Dr. Cerbero. In an early match, Avisman was knocked out after a Fresero Jr. German suplex. He’s better later in the locker room at the end of the video, but it’s a scary looking situation.

Mascara Dorada says he wants a rematch with Bushi at FantasticaMania, which we all assumed but is still nice to know. If the translation of the post match interview from the title change, Bushi did acknowledge he’d have to defend the CMLL Welterweight championship on those shows, but demanded to only defend it in Arena Mexico after that.

CMLL tonight in Puebla has Ultimo Guerrero defending the NWA Middleweight championship against Atlantis. It has not been officially announced, but I have the sneaking the suspicion the first two falls will be rather short, and the third fall rather long. It’s possible they may break ten minutes combined but I wouldn’t wager on it. Atlantis won last week and already has a title, so Ultimo Guerrero’s keeping his title unless he’s going to NXT or something.

The rest of the card is better. The two ongoing midcard feuds have been dumped together in one cibernetico. Friday’s cibernetico was the best part of the night. This isn’t as strong a field, but maybe the numbers will help reduce the drag of the worst members of this match. It’s still not clear where any of this going, but every other building is getting a cage match this month so perhaps there’s one coming to Puebla as well. The opener is just Puebla locals (no poor DF luchadors to drag it down), and there’s a mini match that looks pretty good. There’s also the 500th trios where Mascara and Maximo won’t get along. The show will air on YouTube at 9pm, and there’s usually a link on CMLL’s website early in the afternoon. I think I may have other things to do, so you may be on your own for this one.

Segunda Caida reviews El Hijo Del Santo, Fuerza Guerrera, Villano III vs Felino, Negro Casas, Shocker

Mocho Cota, Eddy Veralde, Rino, Guero Cota and Cimarron were among those honored in Nogales.

An interview with La Piedad’s Orion about his year.

Lineups

CMLL (SAT) 12/26/2015 Arena Coliseo
1) Fantasy vs Pequeño Olímpico
2) Flyer vs Metálico
3) Star Jr. vs Hijo del Signo
4) Súper Halcón Jr. vs Nitro
5) Hombre Bala Jr. vs Arkángel de la Muerte
6) Stigma & Stuka Jr. vs Boby Z & Sagrado
7) Blue Panther, Máximo Sexy, Valiente vs Hechicero, Kráneo, Pierroth

They’re back to just having shows. Main event could be fun depending on Pierroth’s involvement.

CMLL (SUN) 12/27/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Ángel Aéreo & Johnny Dinamo vs Mercenario & Mr. Brisa
2) Explosivo & Star Black vs Demonio Rojo & Thunder Boy
3) Gallo, Magnum, Omar Brunetti vs Joker, Maléfico, Ráfaga
4) Esfinge, Titán, Tritón vs Mosco X Fly, Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno
5) Vaquero Jr. vs Carlos Rogi, El Yaqui, Sádico, El Alteño, Mr. Apolo, Nube Roja, El Chakal, Javier Cruz Jr., Exterminador [cage, hair]

It’s a locals cage match, so anyone really could lose. They’ve set it up over the last few months. Only three guys from DF (and X-Fly), and they’re all Guadalajara guys who probably are going home for Christmas anyway and just sticking around for the Sunday show.

2015 watch later catch up, part 9 of ∞

giant spinning DDT, and one more SSP

Matches reviews this time

  • Fénix, Hijo del Fantasma, Pentagón Jr. vs Flamita, Hijo del Fishman, Sky Man
    Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México, 01/01/2015 

  • Centvrión, Fly Warrior, Látigo vs Magnífico I, Magnífico II, Metaleón
    Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México, 10/03/2015 

  • Último Guerrero vs Black Terry
    Deportivo 18 de Marzo, Gustavo a Madero, Distrito Federal, 07/18/2015 

  • Keira vs Marcela
    Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México, 10/17/2015 

  • Rayo Star & Sky Man vs Astral & Stukita
    Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México, 10/17/2015

  • Hechicero (CMLL) vs Trauma I
    Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México, 10/17/2015 

The first three are from Black Terry Jr.’s handheld videos. You can find his full list of matches here and find out information about purchasing those videos on his site.

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Rayo & Dinamitas draw huge crowd, Miedo Extremo unmasked, Maya & Panther champs

Ciclope & Miedo Extremo’s mask (photo by Black Terry Jr.)

CMLL (SAT) 12/19/2015 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Bengala b El Rebelde
2) Eléctrico b Mercurio
3) Hijo del Signo b Magnus
Signo used a powerbomb and the ropes to win. Magnus needed a stretcher.
4) Nitro b Soberano Jr.
Nitro continues to use his piledriver, which the CMLL recap notes should be illegal. Soberano also took a stretcher ride.
5) Hechicero b Delta
Hechicero won via conjuro.
6) Guerrero Maya Jr. & The Panther b Misterioso Jr. & Sagrado © [Arena Coliseo TAG]
Misterioso & Maya had a five minute chop fight. Tecnicos took first, rudos second, and tecnicos took the last to win the titles. Misterioso & Sagrado go down with zero defenses.
7) Ángel de Oro, Valiente, Volador Jr. b Gran Guerrero, Rey Bucanero, Terrible

New champs! Guerrero Maya Jr. and T. Panther are both luchadors I really enjoy and I’m happy to see them win. It’s weird that CMLL title changes seem to be primarily built around who’s going to Japan and who needs to be in the dumb Universal tournament, but this definitely seems at least partially motivated by the first situation.

Delta being on the same show had to be bittersweet. It’s the Arena Coliseo tag team titles, belts CMLL forgets they have for decades at a time, but Delta & Maya were the previous champions and CMLL essentially decided the team was better off without Delta. And without Blue Panther Junior, but we could’ve figured that. CMLL seems to rarely move guys down, they’re mostly stuck in the same position for an extended period of time, but Delta’s seems like he’s been given up on a bit.

DTU (SAT) 12/19/2015 Arena Lopez Mateos [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr., Estrellas del Ring, Kronosport, MedioTiempo, R de Rudo]
1) Ángel del Misterio b Destello, Vengador, Aeropower, Aero Power, Perro Negro Jr., Joven Maravilla, Adrenalina Fly, El Nene, El Chato, Niño De Cobra, Kid Lobo, Flyer Boy
2) Lanzeloth & Rocky Lobo b Chica Ye-Ye & Exotico and Atila (Veracruz) & Tiburón (Veracruz) and Corsario Negro Jr. & Drako [DTU NEXO]
vacant titles; all four teams had either won a qualifier or went to a double pin in their qualifier. The Dinastia Crazy team of Lobo & Lanzeloth are the 2nd champions.
3) Tony L Kevin, Jimmy [hair]
Jimmy took Tony’s hair with help from Kevin. It appears Kevin & Jimmy will remain as a tecnico Nerds, but Tony is going his own way as a rudo.
4) Black Fire b Drastik Boy, Lokillo, Jinzo
Black Fire earned a trip to WXW Germany (and likely a shot at the DTU Alto Impacto championship) by defeating Lokillo
5) Ángel o Demonio & Ovett b Black Terry & Blue Panther and Paranoiko & Shyru Dragon
money thrown in
6) Psicosis II, Titán (CMLL), Valiente DCOR Crazy Boy, Pesadilla, Super Mega
CMLL vs DTU match under DTU rules, with the CMLL luchadors using weapons. Money thrown in. DTU side gave the CMLL credit after the match, but wanted an apuesta match. After the CMLL wrestlers left, Sharlie Rockster arrived to challenge the DTU side, specifically Super Mega for the DTU Consagrado championship. Match will take place on February 20th.
7) Miedo Extremo L Cíclope, Violento Jack, Aero Boy [hair, mask]
Violento Jack defeated Ciclope, Aeroboy defeated Miedo Extremo, and Ciclope defeated his ally Miedo Extremo for his mask in a bloody match. Miedo Extremo was unmasked as Jonathan Uriel Gijon Perez, 20 years old, 5 years a wrestler, from Pachuca.

Strong turnout; Arena Lopez Mateos looks close to full.

It amazes me how young Miedo is. If he’s a five year vet, his first matches were on DTU shows and was wrestling in hardcore matches at 17 and 18. Miedo beat Ciclope in the death match tournament earlier this year, so this outcome seemed like the expected reversal.

Sharlie was a busy man, also showing up on a Leyendas Inmortal show to attack Heavy Metal and finding some time to challenge Pagano too. Thinking he’s working at a cheaper price than Cibernetico and Caristico, so he’s going to be used everywhere.

Black Terry Jr. has highlights of Titan, Valiente and Psicosis versus Crazy Boy, Pesadilla, Super Mega.

CMLL ELITE (SUN) 12/20/2015 Arena México [CMLL, Kronosport, Plantilla Deportiva, Terra]
1) Astral & Fantasy b Karonte Jr. & Mercurio
Karonte Jr. appears to be last week’s Mini Karonte.
2) Artillero & Súper Comando b Dinamic Black & Metaleón
3) Kamaitachi & Okumura b Golden Magic & Rayman
4) Dragón Rojo Jr. & Felino b Mr. Águila & Super Crazy
Dragon Rojo replaced Puma. Super Crazy and Felino made challenges after Felino used a foul to win.
5) Carístico, Mistico, Negro Casas b Cibernético, Mephisto, Sharlie Rockstar
Tecnicos took 2/3. Negro Casas and Caristico had tense moments, and a standoff post match. CMLL’s recap wonder if Mistico & Caristico will go for the tag titles (held by Casas & Shocker.)
6) Atlantis, Octagón, Rayo de Jalisco Jr. b Cien Caras, Máscara Año 2000, Universo 2000
Rayo de Jalisco 40th Anniversary. Elite gave Rayo a plaque before the match. Tecnicos took 2/3.

They had a giant turnout for this show, one of their best of the years. It’s worth noting tickets were very marked down, to 40 pesos, but they’ve also been doing ticket deals for other Elite shows and they haven’t drawn nearly as well as this one. The main event guys are the real difference, though it seems like a one time thing that wouldn’t work if they were back as regulars. Still, should they ever actually get an Azteca TV deal, this makes sense as the first show to use.

King Cuerno, Mil Muertes and Dario Cueto were at the Univison Deportes awards tonight. That’s all I need to know to be sure they’re back on UniMas (or some Univision channel) – they’re being brought to those sort of things because they’re still part of the family. I can’t give an explanation of why they’re not doing the Spanish language ring announcements, but they’ve surely figured something out.

Pete Best met Atlantis. Many people consider Atlantis the sixth Beetle.

RobViper has highlights of 06/19 CMLL

Segunda Caida reviews Mistico vs Volador Jr. vs Felino vs La Sombra and Molotov/Lestat and Navarros/Panthers

SuperLibre had guests talking about the Ringo Mendoza tribute show and Lizmark’s death.

Caristico returns to Friday nights, Cibernetico joins him next week, AAA’s next TV taping

Caristico

CMLL (TUE) 12/15/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Fuego en el Ring]
1) Magia Blanca & Omar Brunetti b Relampago & Rey Trueno
Tecnicos took 2/3. Magia Blanca made his debut here as a replacement for Leon Blanco.
2) Magnus, Sensei, Soberano Jr. b Camorra, Inquisidor, Maléfico
3) Lluvia, Princesa Sugehit, Silueta b Amapola, La Seductora, Zeuxis
Marcela continues to miss shows, replaced by Lluvia this time. Tecnicas took 2/3. Lluvia beat Zeuxis.
4) La Máscara, Máximo Sexy, Valiente b Boby Z, Felino, Hechicero
Mascara didn’t get along with his partners but got the win over Felino
5) Marco Corleone, Super Porky, Volador Jr. DQ Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero
Ultimo fouled Marco. Marco demanded a singles match next week.

Marco/UG was already announced for next week, but worth noting Lluvia and Zeuxis also match up in a trios match. Maybe they’re getting a title match in the next few weeks.

CMLL (FRI) 12/18/2015 Arena México [CMLL, Notimex, thecubsfan]
1) Oro Jr. & Star Jr. b Espiritu Negro & Metálico
18:46, tecnicos took 1/3. Espiritu Negro’s first match since August.
2) Puma b Tritón, Fuego, Súper Comando, The Panther, Tiger, Sangre Azteca, Esfinge, Blue Panther Jr., Raziel,Cancerbero, Pegasso [cibernetico]
Eliminations: Pegasso (Sangre Azteca), Cancerbero (Blue Jr.), Raziel (The Panther), Blue Panther Jr. (Tiger), Esfinge (Super Comando), Sangre Azteca (Triton), Tiger (Fuego), The Panther (Puma, stealing win from Comando), Super Comando (Triton after Puma had attacked him), Fuego (Puma), Triton (Puma), leaving Puma as the winner. Puma and Comando fought each other and the Panther during the match, teasing those three as the possible mask losers next week.
3) Ángel de Oro, La Máscara, Valiente b Pólvora, Terrible, Virus
15:03. Terrible replaced Kamaitachi and Valiente replaced Maximo on Monday. Tecnicos took 2/3, despite not getting along with La Mascara
4) Kamaitachi, Shocker, Último Guerrero DQ Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy
8:40. Kamaitachi swapped spots with Terrible, while the opposition was changed from Kraneo, Ripper and Thunder to Marco, Atlantis and Maximo on Monday. Rudos took 1/3, Kamaitachi faking a foul from Maximo to draw the DQ. Challenges followed.
5) Carístico, Super Parka, Volador Jr. b Ephesto, Mephisto, Negro Casas
10:57. Super Parka replaced Atlantis. Casas submitted Parka to a choke in the first fall, but would not let go and was DQed. Casas snuck in a foul on Volador in the second fall, but Parka cradled Casas when the referee finally turned around. Parka challenged Casas to a one fall apuesta match again and was beat up by Casas again. This was Caristico’s return to CMLL’s main shows.

The show was better than the last two, though the crowd was library quiet for most of the show. Caristico’s return didn’t feel any special after a minute, and the hair feuds are running in place. Best match of the show was the cibernetico.

Mascara Dorada lost the CMLL Welterweight Championship to BUSHI last night in Korakuen Hall. I stayed up to watch it live and forgot to write about it, maybe because the result was such an eye roll. Dorada probably will get a rematch at FantasticaMania, but who knows with Dorada/NJPW.

AAA’s show today is a tribute to Hijo del Perro Aguayo Jr.  There are some different matches shown than the show earlier this year, though it ends again with Perro and Myteziz.

The TV show also announced AAA’s show at Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera will be on 01/22. It doesn’t have a special name, but will probably be a big show. It appears to be the first taping of the year, which would mean AAA would either air the show the next day on TV (unlikely) or they’ll be airing four weeks of best of material with no ‘new’ shows until January 16th. The Juan de la Barrera show will air January 30th and February 6th most likely

Also, Tampico promoters are advertising a March 11th show there as Rey de Reyes. That would be a make up show for Guerra de Titanes (and indicates that whatever the reason for Guerra de Titanes being canceled was, it wasn’t something that would stop AAA from going right back there for the next show.)

DTU’s 8th Anniversary show tonight in Arena Lopes Mateos. They’ve got a preview here. The main event is a four way apuesta match with Ciclope (hair), Miedo Extremo (mask), Violento Jack (mask) and Aeroboy (mask). There’s also a CMLL (Ripper, Valiente, Titan) vs DTU (Crazy Boy, Super Mega, Pesadilla) trios, a four way for the vacant tag titles, and a four way for a trip to Germany’s WXW. Lokillo, Black Fire, Drastic Boy and Jinzo have promos about why they’re winning the trip.

Tonight’s Sabado Retros show with Misterioso & Sagrado defending the Arena Coliseo Tag Team championship against The Panther and Guerrero Maya Jr. I see the challengers as slight favorites

Sunday has Rayo de Jalisco Jr.’s 40th Anniversary show at Arena Mexico, which is quietly supposed to be the final Elite show of the year. IWRG also has their Arena Naucalpan show with a double hair match and two title matches.

Lizmark’s body was flown to Acapulco and buried on Friday. (That link has an open casket photo.) Lizmark will be on the cover of this week’s Box Y Lucha. Alfonso Morales talks about his memories of Lizmark in his weekly column.

Pentagon Jr. & Jesus Zuniga had their handprints added at the Plaza de las Estrellas in Mexico City.

Martha Villalobos held a 10th anniversary party for her promotion.

Solar & Blue Panther face off tomorrow in Arena Coliseo Monterrey.

An article on a lucha libre documentary in Guatemala.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 12/22/2015 Arena México
1) Leono & Sensei vs Akuma & Apocalipsis
Added to the show on Saturday.
2) Astral, Shockercito, Último Dragoncito vs Demus 3:16, Mercurio, Pierrothito
3) Magnus, Metatrón, Oro Jr. vs Disturbio, Okumura, Virus
Oro replaced Soberano on Saturday.
4) Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., The Panther vs Hechicero, Mephisto, Misterioso Jr.
Hechicero & Misterioso replaced Epehsto & Luciferno on Saturday.
5) Dragón Rojo Jr. © vs Titán [CMLL MIDDLE]
13th defense
6) La Máscara, Super Porky, Valiente vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Thunder
Thunder and Terrible replaced Felino & Vangellys on Saturday.

Card changed around quite a bit because of the ring, with Thunder being added the big news. Thunder wasn’t mentioned at all on Friday night, so what seems to happening is what happened back in September (and maybe before) – CMLL signals a Thunder/UG match is happening, Thunder disappears from the ring during the build up, CMLL changes it’s plan, and then Thunder comes back to work the original show anyway. And then CMLL starts to build up again for the next show and we’re stuck in this pattern forever. This is why Thunder/UG happening on 01/01 was a positive – at least this cycle would break. Instead, maybe they do it all again in March to build up a garbage match.

CMLL (FRI) 12/25/2015 Arena México
1) Estrellita, La Vaquerita, Lluvia vs Dalys, La Seductora, Tiffany
2) Blue Panther, Stuka Jr., Super Porky vs Kráneo, Pólvora, Vangellys
3) Máximo Sexy, Super Parka, Valiente vs Cavernario, Kamaitachi, Negro Casas
4) Carístico, Mistico, Rush vs Cibernético, Último Guerrero, Volador Jr. [Relevos Increíbles]
5) Blue Panther Jr. vs Tritón, Esfinge, The Panther, Pegasso, Fuego, Sangre Azteca, Tiger, Raziel, Súper Comando, Cancerbero, Puma [cage]

Much like the last iPPV, this is a one match show. The one match is not likely to be near as good as Sombra/Volador, but this time we know in advance it’s a big moment for someone.  This card does have more going on in the undercard, but there’s nothing that’s sure to be a really good match.

The semimain has the best shot, depending on how much Cibernetico is involved. That’s Cibernetico’s first appearance on a regular show, with no particular build. The idea about keeping the Elite guys only on Sundays seems out the window.

Tercera has the two hair matches which don’t have a date; there’s a good chance you’ll be paying for an angle to build up another iPPV the following week. Maybe there’s some tag combination of Maximo/Kamiatachi and Parka/Casas that could be done to hide Parka – Casas & Maximo were friend in Puebla after all.

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2015-12-18

Triton rope climb moonsault

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2015-12-18
Recapped: 12/18/2015

What happened: Puma won the cage match preview cibernetico, defeating Triton to be the ultimate winner. Puma and Super Comando did not get along during the match, fighting after some friendly fire attacks, and Puma directly caused Super Comando to be eliminated. Both feuded with the Panther as well.

The other feuds were left in exactly the same position as last week. Maximo and Kamaitachi are feuding, Super Parka and Negro Casas are feuding, nothing new with them (and lackluster matches for them both.)

Caristico returned to Friday night CMLL shows in such an unmemorable way that it’ll only be a foot note.

Lizmark was remembered with a moment of applause

What was good: The cibernetico was the best match on the show. The opener was better than usual, but it’s a long watch for a better than usual opener.

Where can I watch it: I’ll have it on my channel on Tuesday, and a match should surface on ClaroSports. (more…)

Caristico returns to CMLL Friday nights, Casas/Parka & Kamaitachi/Maximo, Dorada actually gets a match

tonight’s card

Tonight’s is the first time the original Mistico will wrestle on a Friday night show since January 14, 2011. The main event that night was Mistico, Maximo, Super Porky versus Felino, Negro Casas and Rey Bucanero. CMLL could run the same exact match nearly five years later, but instead Mistico will team with Volador and Super Parka versus Mephisto, Ephesto and the same Negro Casas. The prodigal son returning is tonight’s draw, but the emphasis going forward appears to be on the Negro Casas/Super Parka feud. It’s possible those two may drafted to replace the missing Thunder/Ultimo Guerrero match in a couple Fridays.

The other possible replacement match is in the semimain, as Maximo teams with Atlantis and Marco Corleone versus Shocker, Ultimo Guerrero and Kamaitachi to continue the Maximo/Kamaitachi feud. Kamaitachi losing his hair fits the pattern of the NJPW trainee getting shaved bald before returning to Japan, but he’s also sticking around deeper into December than usual. Namajague’s last match was on December 8th, Yoshi-Hashi was done on the 6th, and Naito & Yujiro finished up on the 4th. Perhaps Thunder’s disappears the timing of his hair match, but they started setting up the Maximo/Namajague match while Thunder was still around.

Whatever the plan is for 01/01 – Maximo/Kamaitachi, Parka/Casas, both, neither, even back to Thunder/UG – CMLL will probably want to make clear tonight. It’s going to be tougher to build it up next week when the stream is an iPPV, and it’s probably needs a couple weeks of notice. The problem is both feuds already said the matches were happening and then they just didn’t, so they might need to do something more serious to convince people it’s really happening this time. Maybe a in-ring contract signing?

The one match we know is happening in the next couple weeks is the cage match next week. The 12 luchadors in that match will all be in a cibernetico tonight, which figures to be a pretty good match. CMLL’s run this pre-cage ciberneticos with the minis division, and often had the finish of the cibernetico set up the result next week in a cage the next week. Tonight’s outcome could be telling.

Tonight’s show has two more matches which look like they should at least be OK. It ought to be a better show than the last couple of weeks. It’ll start at 8:30pm Central Time, and it’ll stream on ClaroSports. The link is usually http://www.clarosports.com/en-vivo02/, though it doens’t appear to be up yet.

CMLL says Pete Best, who was the drummer for the Beatles before Ringo Starr, will be at the show. He’s in Mexico touring with his band.

There’s another big CMLL match which isn’t in Arena Mexico. Mascara Dorada will defend the CMLL World Welterweight Championship against BUSHI on NJPW’s show in Korakuen Hall. It’s Dorada’s first defense in NJPW, first defense anywhere since winning it over Negro Casas in a quick tournament, and first defense in 351 days. It’s still only the fourth longest known break between defenses (Mephisto went 508 days between them once.) Bushi/Dorada should be a good match and one where the outcome is in doubt; NJPW hasn’t quite done a lot with Dorada and this is Bushi’s first big match after going rudo. I’m hoping Dorada wins and challenges the winner of the Omega/Kushida title match at FantasticaMania, but it’s nearly as likely Dorada loses thru some interference and gets a title rematch at FantasticaMania. Either way, we’ll probably get the first indication of what to expect for that January tour.

The show will air live on NJPWWorld.com (subscription required) at 3:30 AM Central Time. (This site will convert it to your timezone.) It’s the fifth match on the show. I stupidly plan on watching it live, so expect notes on Twitter or here.

Alfredo at LuchaWorld and KrisZ have detailed obituaries for Lizmark. Furia de Titanes talked to Canek, Fantasma and Hijo del Lizmark at the wake. Hijo del Lizmark said his father was in good health and everyone was surprised by his passing.

On an interview with Spain’s PlanetaDeporte, Angelico said he and Jack Evans were approached by WWE about joining, and mutually decided they’d rather stick with Lucha Underground as long as the series lasts. (The discussion is about 56:20 into the video and Brazil’s WrestliNation had this quote first.) Angelico said they were actually approached a year prior to meeting WWE officials again at PWG more recently, where the WWE again inquired and wanted to know about their contract status. Angelico mentioned he was really happy with the atmosphere of Lucha Underground, where about everyone is the same age and everyone hangs out together. Saying that you’ll stay some place forever is the smart thing to say when you’re already there, but Angelico seemed genuine about his desire to want to stick with Lucha Underground. The full interview runs about an hour and includes Angelico talking about other topics. When asked about Rey Misterio and Myzteziz, Angelico was very down on Myzteziz, saying their trios match in Cancun wasn’t any good due to Myzteziz changing everything and rejecting everything. You don’t hear many good stories about Myzteziz’s time in AAA, which probably explains a lot about why AAA reacted harhser to Myzteziz walking out than Angelico – it was an accumulation of things.

DTU and WXW announced the winner of the four way between Black Fire, Draztick Boy, Lokillo and Jinzo on Saturday’s DTU anniversary show will not only go to WXW, but also challenge for the DTU Alto Impacto championship still held by Kim Rey. In that interview above, Angelico also said he was heading to WXW in early March.

LuchaWorld has a recap of CMLL Informa.

Segunda Caida reviews Felino, Místico, Negro Casas vs La Máscara, La Sombra, Volador Jr.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 12/22/2015 Arena México
1) Astral, Shockercito, Último Dragoncito vs Demus 3:16, Mercurio, Pierrothito
2) Magnus, Metatrón, Soberano Jr. vs Disturbio, Okumura, Virus
3) Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., The Panther vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
4) Dragón Rojo Jr. © vs Titán [CMLL MIDDLE]
13th defense
5) La Máscara, Super Porky, Valiente vs Felino, Rey Bucanero, Vangellys

Dragon Rojo reached four years with that championship last month. Might this be it for him? Titan is going to Japan and Dragon Rojo is not. Should be a pretty good match either way.

Maya & Panther are paired up a few days after their own title challenge. Second match is sneaky good, would be better if anyone replaced Metatron. Maybe he and Shockercito can switch places.

CMLL (TUE) 12/22/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Capitan Cobra, Magia Blanca, Robin vs Cholo, Mercenario, Mr. Apolo
2) Estrellita, Lluvia, Silueta vs Dalys, Reyna Isis, Zeuxis
3) Delta, Esfinge, Rey Cometa vs Boby Z, Kamaitachi, Skándalo
4) Atlantis, Blue Panther, Volador Jr. vs Gran Guerrero, Kráneo, Ripper
5) Marco Corleone vs Último Guerrero

We haven’t seen results from this past Tuesday in Guadalajara but Ultimo Guerrero fouled Marco the week prior to that. A little strange a hobbled Ultimo Guerrero would’ve been booked in a singles match ten days before a bigger/tougher one with Thunder, but perhaps the idea when this was booked was to give Ultimo Guerrero a chance to see where he’s at health wise in a full singles match.

Magia Blanca starts makes his way to Guadalajara for the first time in the opener.

CMLL SANCHEZ (FRI) 12/25/2015 Arena Neza
1) Hijo De La Parkita & Mini Oriental vs Babra Negra & Pequeno Star
2) Bugambilia, Huracan Ramirez Jr., Rey Neza vs Fresero Jr., Maldito Jr., Motocross
3) Argos, Dinamic Black, Neza Kid vs Canis Lupus, Dr. Karonte Jr., Punker Bizarro
4) Mr. Niebla & Zumbido vs Gran Guerrero & Último Guerrero
5) Carístico & La Máscara vs Cibernético & Sharlie Rockstar

One more to the Christmas Day shows, though this one starts at 6:30 (late enough for people to work Arena Mexico before hand if desired.)

lucha TV preview for weekend of December 18th

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ClaroSports should be interesting and maybe good; that cibernetico alone will be one more good match than took place last week.

The Kamaitachi/Dragon Lee feud should start airing on Azteca this week.

AAA‘s end of show promo this past week confirmed they’ll go into Best of 2015 material starting this weekend. That’s usually three weeks, which means nothing new on that show until 01/09. IWRG also might be off for a week or so, since they’re definitely not airing the Lucha Memes show and IWRG usually takes a week off at the end of the year.

LATV hasn’t been airing new episodes much, but did air a new one last week. It may not be all LATV’s fault – they’re getting the episodes from the ClaroSports/Titanes del Ring show, and that’s also drifting behind and showing repeats.  It’s very unusual for the Claro/52MX shows to drift behind, so something’s going on.

Proesa says their random Efekto show will air Tiger Mask matches this weekend, surely straight off YouTube.

Lizmark passes away, other notes from the day

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Lizmark passed away Wednesday from a heart attack. He was 66 and passed away in Mexico City. Lizmark’s real name is Juan Baños, which wasn’t revealed until his death as he never lost his mask. Lizmark had previous heart issues, retiring for a time in 1999 due to them before coming back, and was largely done with in-ring competition by 2009. (Lizmark’s name has popped up since then, but it’s almost always just confusion with his son.)

Lizmark was born in Oaxaca, but is most associated with Acapulco and it’s said he’ll be buried in the state of Guerrero. The story of the Lizmark name came from the port in that town: a ship was name “Bismark”, and the first letter was changed (either by confusion or by concern of it already being used, depending on the telling) to Lizmark.  Lizmark was billed as one of the cliff divers of Acapulco, who take dangerous jumps into the ocean below. Lizmark started in the local arenas there before coming to Mexico City in the early 80s as a revolutionary high flyer for the time, introducing rope tricks with el Matematico with a graceful style. Lizmark was a multitime world champion when their were many times fewer world championships in Mexico, winning all three NWA championships including the Light Heavyweight championship four times between 1988 and 1992. That domination might have only ended because Lizmark’s stint with CMLL was as well; he joined AAA shortly after, and his national light heavyweight title match with La Parka was one of the bigger matches on the first TripleMania. Lizmark returned to CMLL in 1995, where he was a regular for most of his career (outside of a unmemorable return to AAA for a few months.) Lizmark’s family includes Hijo de Lizmark, who wrestled in CMLL and WCW and is occasionally seen on indie shows. There was also a separate Lizmark Jr. who appeared for a very brief time, and it’s unclear if he was actually related to Lizmark (as it came off as a name rights buying circumstance.)

Dr. Karonte told Furia de Titanes today the cliff diving was always just a story; Karonte claims he (when both were still children) helped out a skinny teenage Lizmark when he got in a fight, then later introduced him Arena Coliseo Acapulco trainer Abundio Radilla, who took him on. Many years later, they met by chance again in Arena Coliseo and Dr. Karonte had no idea his old friend was now top star Lizmark until he unmasked backstage.

CMLL and AAA mentioned his passing, which came out late Wednesday’s night. LuchaWorld has a brief look at his career, SuperLuchas has a longer one and the bio over on LuchaWiki is worth a look if you haven’t read it. El Hijo del Santo mentioned Lizmark was one of his idols when he was getting into wrestling. Furia de Titanes has other wrestlers remembrances.

CMLL interviews Lizmark back in September as part of their series of interviewing former wrestlers. Lizmark was at a retired luchador party this past September. He talked to +LuchaTV earlier this year, saying he was satisfied with his career.

There was a myth that he had died or otherwise stopped wrestling after taking a Styles Clash wrong from Terrible, but he continued on with CMLL for a while after that injury. He left CMLL in early 2007 and spent a couple years doing legends shows before just quietly stopping wrestling. There was no retirement show or grand farewell. There definitely was an impression that Lizmark was staying in wrestling the last few years primarily in hope of getting paid to lose his mask. At one point (2006), there was a plan for something like that – Averno & Mephisto taking Lizmark & Hijo del Lizmark’s masks as a big match – but it never came to pass.

Lizmark started just a few years too early for the first run of matches to be taped. There’s some scattered early ones on YouTube, including this one from 1983. His last CMLL TV match was in 2007 teaming with Mictlan and Satanico against Okumura, Emilio Charles Jr., and Pierroth, but he also appeared a couple years later at a special Luchas 2000 show in the Arena Coliseo.

Lizmark happened to pass away on the same day as Blue Demon did 15 years earlier.

IWRG (WED) 12/16/2015 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), Estrellas del Ring, The Gladiatores]
1) Alas de Acero & Aramis b Ángel De La Muerte I & Ángel De La Muerte II
2) Dr. Karonte, Hip Hop Man, Imposible b Kaling Black, Látigo, Rocket Rojo
Dr. Karonte looks like the Mini Karonte from the last Elite show, who may have switched to a non-mini name. Kaling’s first appearance here in over a year.
3) Apolo Estrada Jr. & Eterno b Diablo Jr. I & El Hijo del Diablo
4) Emperador Azteca, Hijo de Mascara Sagrada, Hijo del Alebrije DQ Canis Lupus, Halloween Jr., Tony Rivera
Halloween Jr. fouled Hijo de Mascaa Sagrada. Referee Reyes Rosas was back in this match (on this show), after being off for six weeks after the ending of Castle of Terror. Rudos ended up taking the tecnico’s masks in the post match.
5) Damián 666, Halloween, X-Fly b Argos, Crazy Boy, Danny Casas
Titan & Triton were advertised but didn’t appear (CMLL veto?); IWRG announced Crazy Boy (as an indie) ahead of time and Danny Casas was also added. Damian snuck in a foul on Argos for a win, and lucha extreme challenges followed of course. Money thrown in.

CMLL guys getting pulled hours before the show seems like normal CMLL. Mini Karonte/the current Dr. Karonte/Karonte Jr. is the ex-Mini Murder Clown – the Dr. Karonte article above mentions his four wrestling sons and has Karonte Jr. in the place Mini Murder Clown should be.

Charly Manson credits lucha libre for his early release from prison. Manson said there are two paths you can take in prison: learn from others how to better commit crimes or apply yourself to become a better person. He focused on the latter, eventually starting a sort of wrestling school after being asked for advice from other inmates, and he believes that helped grant him early release for good behavior. Manson said he met many people who were jailed despite being innocent, and he feels his case was not fully investigated as well. Manson says hearing about the death of Perro Aguayo Jr. was the saddest day of his life. Manson’s son was also born around the same time, so he says he had the happiest and saddest days around the same time.

There’s some Lucha Underground news which is really hard to talk about without spoiling things. I’m going to do my best. If you read the results of Sunday’s taping elsewhere, the final match on the final show of the taping ended prematurely due to an apparent leg injury to one of the luchadors. A injury is bad news on it’s own, but that particular wrestler being out of action would’ve required a complete rewrite to the rest of the season. The Wrestling Observer said it’s not as severe as feared, a strain instead of a ligament tear, and the wrestler will be able to return in short order. Lucha Underground tapes in front of a live crowd next on January 9th, which will give the luchador a three weeks to recover.

Everything seems to point to the January 31st taping as Ultima Lucha 2. Lucha Underground puts all their tickets on “sale” at the same time and have done so about two weeks before the first show (the Monday of that previous week.) That would mean the January ticket window opens on December 28th. That’s right dead in the middle of the holidays, so it could change; I’d keep my eye opens this upcoming Monday too if you want to go.

The Observer says the plan is for Season 3 in March but that’s not really new news; every since coming back, they’ve said they want to tape Season 3 after the production crew gets done with taping the Apprentice for NBC and they’re hoping to be done with that in the spring. If they do get season 3, then they’ll be taping months ahead and they’ll probably end up doing more episodes for the Season 2 + Season 3 than they did with Season 1 alone.

There’s still not much new info on the makeup show for Guerra de Titanes (which, again, needs to have a different name for this time only evoking a new beginning.) AAA probably would’ve made an announcement yesterday if there was some news coming on this week’s AAA show. There doesn’t appear to be a MLW Radio show this week as Court and Konnan were likely occupied with the MMA show they did last night, but Konnan mentioned on a previous episode that there’s a show in Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera sometime next month which he couldn’t really talk about. That would make sense for Guerra de Titanes. AAA’s tended to run their TV tapings in that building on Fridays, which would be the 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, or 29th. New Year’s Day would’ve been announced by now. The 8th, 15th, and 29th are all the night before a Lucha Underground taping, which doesn’t make it impossible but does make it dates they’d prefer to avoid. January 22nd makes the most sense, but AAA would be short at least a week of TV if it happens (or be airing the show the day after it happens) – there needs to be another taping earlier.

Elite held a press conference to hype Sunday’s card. Doesn’t seem like any news. It does stick out the the future stars of Elite are a lot of the future stars of Todo x el Todo’s TV show (which is a few years ago.) Caristico also appeared on Informa, saying he was not yet a member of CMLL, only making a guest appearance on Friday, but was glad to be welcomed back and would be interested in doing more. He also thanked CMLL owner and Elite owner Ernesto Santillan for allowing him to do this. Box Y Lucha #3214 has the two Misticos on the cover.

LuchaWorld has a recap of the whole CMLL Informa show.

Super Comando says his second choice (behind the Panther) to defeat in the Christmas Day cage match is now Puma. Comando though Puma was “a nice fellow”, but Puma mocked the Panther for not being able to beat a old banged up guy and Super Comando realized Puma meant him! Super Comando is very offended.

El Bisonte lost his mask to Zokar in Cuernavaca and revealed he was Rene Beltran Jayer, son of local luchador el Judio.

RobViper has highlights of 06/16/05 CMLL.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Guerrero Maya Jr. & T. Panther say they’re working hard for their tag title match on Saturday and all their other big matches coming up in the next month. This Saturday’s show is the one year anniversary of the Retro Sabados shows. Guerrero Maya’s new look wasn’t a return to the facepaint, but a whole new design. It looks very sharp.

Pentagon Jr. will be honored on Friday.

Rafael el Maya complains about things.

Salon Citali will have Gronda & Mr. Jack versus Canek & Fuerza Guerrera on Christmas. That’s the lucha equivalent of coal.

Ohtani’s Jacket watches a match from the 90s Juarez show.

IWRG double hair match, Titan earns a title match with Dragon Rojo

photo by CMLL

IWRG (SUN) 12/13/2015 Arena Naucalpan [The Gladiatores]
1) Aramis b Adrenalina
2) Black Dragón & Shadow Boy b Ángel De La Muerte I & Ángel De La Muerte II
3) Atomic Star, Diablo Jr. I, Hip Hop Man b Fireman, Omega, Rocket Fireman, Omega, Rocket vs Diablo Jr. I, Hijo del Fishman, Hip Hop Man (posted by thecubsfan)
Diablo Jr. I replaced Hijo del Fishman.
4) Pantera I b Imposible [super libre] Pantera I vs Imposible in a super libre match (posted by thecubsfan)
one fall match
5) Apolo Estrada, Eterno, Relámpago b Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro, Mr. 450 Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro, Mr. 450 vs Apolo Estrada, Eterno, Relámpago (posted by thecubsfan)
Apolo & Eterno are the Insoportables, and challenged Cerbero and Black Terry to a hair match after the win.
6) Canis Lupus, Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Pirata Morgan, X-Fly b Danny Casas, Hijo De Dos Caras, Mr. 450, Veneno Danny Casas, Hijo De Dos , Mr. 450, Veneno vs Canis Lupus, Máscara 2000 Jr., Pirata Morgan, X-Fly (posted by thecubsfan)
Mr. 450 worked twice, replacing Toscano. Mascara got in a foul on Veneno.

Mr. 450 is working a lot of Mexico, but I bet two matches in one night surprised him. Apolo and Dr. Cerbero seem like a late addition to the hair feud.

CMLL (TUE) 12/15/2015 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Artillero & Cholo b Bengala & Leono
2) Flyer, Robin, Tritón b Akuma, Arkángel de la Muerte, Canelo Casas
Triton replaced Starman.
3) Puma, Skándalo, Tiger b Hombre Bala Jr., Stigma, Súper Halcón Jr.
Rudos took 2/3.
4) Blue Panther Jr. b Okumura [lightning]
Panther submitted Okumura with an armbar in 7:46.
5) Kráneo, Misterioso Jr., Pierroth b Blue Panther, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr.
Kraneo replaced Sagrado. Boricuas took 1/3.
6) Mistico, Stuka Jr., Titán b Dragón Rojo Jr., Rey Bucanero, Vangellys
Dragon Rojo ripped off Titan’s mask for a DQ in the first fall, then Titan beat him in the second. Titan wants the title match and Dragon Rojo accepted this week.

Waiting for the lineups to come out to see if they’re actually going to do that title match next week. Dragon Rojo usually heads back home for the holidays, so it seems more likely than waiting an extra week. As with T. Panther & Guerrero Maya (back in face paint on this show), Titan’s going to Japan and that’s enough to make him a favorite in a title match.

Kraneo lost his spot on Friday, so this might be makeup date for him.

Caristico & Misticico say they’re excited to be teaming together this weekend. The psuedo-Elite card tonight in Arena Naucalpan has Argos, Titan and Triton versus X-Fly, Damian and Halloween. Argos is meant to be feuding with Titan, might remember that before the end of the match. This will be the first time Titan and Triton have wrestled in Arena Naucalpan.

The Lucha Memes/Chario II show will be put on online by +LuchaTV with a similar treatment as the previous show from Arena Naucalpan if the show sells out. Seems fair enough. In a way, this show is kind of a test to see if doing it last time really worked. It was great to see, but if it can’t get people to go to an equally interesting show than maybe it’s not a success. Anyway, I hope this show sells out so we can all see it.

AMLL, which is apparently taking over the random lucha libre spot on Efekto Sundays at noon, says a 12/18 Tinieblas & Octagon vs Pirata Morgan & Mr. Niebla show, a 12/20 CWF show headlined by Zoom Driver vs Mr. 450 and 12/27 Olimpico, Mascara Sagrada, Rey Bucanero vs Heavy Metal, Aeroboy and Violento Jack show will air. Nothing’s for sure with that slot, but it did remind me Olimpico hasn’t been around CMLL much the last few months.

Segunda Caida reviews Hijo del Santo & Octagon vs Fuerza Guerrera & Negro Casas from the Lucha Libre de Ciudad Juarez channel. If you haven’t seen that channel, it appears to be posting a show that’s airing weekly on current day Ciudad Juarez TV reairing matches from the late 80s and early 90s. (The channel is the old C3 affiliate, so this might just be a creative way to fill the CMLL time slot.) I wish those matches had dates or I had more results from that era of Juarez so I could put them in the match finder somehow.

Rey Misterio Jr. is headed to Chile on March 13th. That rules out that weekend for Rey de Reyes, though looking that far ahead seems unfair.

LA Park cutting a promo next to a Christmas tree and Pierroth. Pierroth was honored in Nuevo Laredo.

Plantilla Deportiva has a video interview with Puma and Tiger.

Lineup

IWRG (SUN) 12/20/2015 Arena Naucalpan
Arena Naucalpan 38th Anniversary
1) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo vs Avisman, Diablo Jr. I, Hip Hop Man, Violencia Jr.
2) Imposible © vs Pantera I [IWRG IC Light]
11th defense
3) Danny Casas, Mr. 450, Toscano, Veneno vs Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Negro Navarro, Pirata Morgan, Trauma I
4) Hijo De Dos Caras vs Trauma I [IWRG IC HEAVY]
first defense
5) Black Terry & Dr. Cerebro vs Apolo Estrada & Eterno [hair]

Going to be a busy week for Arena Naucalpan. (There’s probably an end of year party too.) Main event is a double hair match. Guessing Apolo & Eterno are losing, but it doesn’t seem a sure thing. Not sure why Trauma I is getting a heavyweight shot and X-Fly has still not got him. Not sure if X-Fly or Zavala will get their owed title shot first. It would be weird if Imposible lost his title to Pantera I but it’s IWRG so it’s all in play. Avisman hasn’t been here since the Gringos broke up in his absence.