working 2016 lucha MOTYC list, thru June TV

loco
loco

We’re halfway thru the year, so it’s long past time I’ve posted a working MOTYC list. Working plan is to update this after every month of TV. You can find it linked here even after it gets moved off the top of the page. I use air dates, because the post is recommending matches rather than an arbitrary date limit.

Note that I’m as behind as always on watching matches which aren’t on the shows I usually recap.

I’m thinking the end of Lucha Underground will allow me to catch up more, but it’ll probably be the usual November/December rush.

Please also remember, my tastes in wrestling are awful and wrong. (But no AAA matches in the top category make me sad.)

excellent

11-22 Mil Muertes © vs Prince Puma, Pentagón Jr. [LU CHAMP]
11-22 Mil Muertes © vs Fénix [LU CHAMP]
01-01 Máximo Sexy vs Kamaitachi for the hair
01-09 Sexy Star vs Mariposa [no mas] and [Aztec Medallion]
01-17 Cage vs Matanza © [LU CHAMP]
01-24 Dragón Lee vs Kamaitachi for the CMLL World Super Lightweight Championship
03-04 Kamaitachi © vs Dragón Lee for the CMLL World Super Lightweight Championship
03-18 Rush vs Máximo Sexy for the hair
03-18 Volador Jr. vs Negro Casas for the hair
03-28 Máscara Dorada © vs Cavernario for the CMLL World Welterweight Championship
04-24 Negro Casas vs Rey Hechicero
07-01 Rey Cometa vs Cavernario for the hair
07-01 Diamante Azul, La Máscara, Máximo Sexy, Rey Escorpión, Rush, Shocker, Último Guerrero, Volador Jr. vs Johnny Idol, Kushida, Marco Corleone, Michael Elgin,Okumura, Sam Adonis, Tama Tonga, Tangaroa in a CMLL Gran Prix Tournament match

great

11-14 King Cuerno vs Fénix © [LU GotG]
11-15 Fénix vs King Cuerno [last man standing]
11-15 Prince Puma vs Pentagón Jr.
11-21 King Cuerno © vs Fénix [GIFT OF THE GODS] and in a ladder match
12-12 Matanza vs Fénix ©, Rey Mysterio, King Cuerno, Argenis, Johnny Mundo, Joey Ryan,Prince Puma, Jack Evans, Taya, Cage, Máscarita Sagrada, Marty Martinez, Drago, the Mack, Chavo Guerrero, PJ Black, Aerostar, Dragón Azteca Jr., Texano, Mil Muertes[Aztec Warfare] and [LU Champ]
12-13 Texano vs Daga [Aztec Medaillon]
12-13 Dragón Azteca Jr., Prince Puma, Rey Mysterio vs Cage, Johnny Mundo, Taya [LU TRIOS] and in a tournament match
01-09 Cage vs Johnny Mundo in a cage match and [aztec medallion]
01-10 Dragón Azteca Jr., Prince Puma, Rey Mysterio Jr. vs Fénix, Jack Evans, PJ Black andCortez Castro, Joey Ryan, Mr. Cisco and Ivelisse & Son of Havoc © [LU TRIOS]
01-15 Carístico vs Rush
01-16 Jack Evans, Johnny Mundo, PJ Black © vs Dragón Azteca Jr., Prince Puma, Rey Mysterio [LU TRIOS]
01-16 Aerostar & Drago vs Jack Evans & PJ Black [nunchucks]
01-16 Fénix vs Pentagón Jr., Ivelisse, Johnny Mundo, Taya, King Cuerno in a Number One Contenders Match match and [LU CHAMP]
01-18 Máximo Sexy © vs Vangellys for the CMLL World Heavyweight Championship
01-19 Esfinge vs Puma in a CMLL La Copa Junior tournament match and in a tournament final match
01-22 Mistico & Volador Jr. vs Mephisto & Último Guerrero
01-22 Titán vs Bárbaro Cavernario © for the Mexican National Welterweight Championship
01-22 Australian Suicide, Fireball, Jack Evans vs Daga, Parka Negra, Súper Fly
01-24 Hiroshi Tanahashi, Juice Robinson, Titán vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Kazuchika Okada, Shinsuke Nakamura
01-27 Black Dragón, Centvrión, Diablo Jr. I, Freyser, Hijo de Máscara Sagrada, Hijo del Alebrije, Imposible, Power Bull vs Balak, Danger King, Energia, Imposter, Motocross,Novasonic, Orión, Royer Boy [Copa Higher Power]
01-30 Prince Puma vs Dragón Azteca Jr.
01-30 Johnny Mundo vs Fénix
02-15 Volador Jr. © vs Negro Casas for the NWA World Welterweight Championship
02-19 Máscara Dorada © vs Mephisto for the CMLL World Welterweight Championship
02-19 Dragón Lee, Stuka Jr., Volador Jr. vs Gran Guerrero, Kamaitachi, Negro Casas
02-20 Belial vs Centvrión
02-21 Dragón Lee vs Extreme Tiger
02-23 Zeuxis © vs Silueta for the Mexican National Women’s Championship
03-01 Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto © vs Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther for the Mexican National Trios Championship
03-01 Máscara Dorada © vs Negro Casas for the CMLL World Welterweight Championship
03-04 Pentagón Jr. vs Hijo del Fantasma, Fénix, Octagón Jr. in a tournament semifinal match and in a AAA’s Rey de Reyes Tournament match
03-04 Carta Brava Jr. & Súper Fly vs Ludxor & Venum
03-18 Dragón Lee, Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente vs Fujin, Kamaitachi, Okumura, Raijin
03-21 Carístico vs Último Guerrero
03-23 Averno & Chessman © vs Daga & Joe Lider and Argenis & Australian Suicide [TLC] andfor the AAA World Tag Team Championship
03-30 Extreme Tiger vs Máscara Dorada in a Liga Elite match
04-06 Carístico vs Volador Jr. in a Liga Elite match
04-25 Rush vs Último Guerrero
04-27 Volador Jr. vs Máscara Dorada in a Liga Elite match
05-03 Máscara Dorada © vs Mephisto for the CMLL World Welterweight Championship
05-04 Carístico, Máscara Dorada, Mistico vs Euforia, Rey Escorpión, Último Guerrero
05-20 Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Cavernario, Misterioso Jr., Pólvora
06-03 Pentagón Jr., Psycho Clown, Texano Jr. vs Akebono, Ikuto Hidaka, Masato Tanaka[Lucha World Cup] and in a tournament quarterfinal match
06-05 Cage, Chavo Guerrero Jr., Johnny Mundo vs Dr. Wagner Jr., Dragón Azteca Jr., Rey Mysterio Jr. [AAA LLVWC] and in a tournament semifinal match
06-10 Cavernario © vs Rey Cometa for the Mexican National Welterweight Championship
06-14 Dragón Rojo Jr. © vs Guerrero Maya Jr. for the CMLL World Middleweight Championship
06-24 Zeuxis © vs Princesa Sugehit for the Mexican National Women’s Championship
06-25 Michael Elgin vs Volador Jr. [Elite Internacional] and in a tournament final match

Lucha Underground 2×25: Ultima Lucha Dos-Part 2

a debut
a debut

Matches

Sexy Star won a Gift of the Gods match (good)

– Night Claw eliminated Siniestro de la Muerte (2:54, Flamita Fly)

– Night Claw eliminated Daga (6:25, phoenix splash)

– Killshot eliminated Night Claw (7:01, storm cradle driver)

– Mariposa eliminated Killshot (9:10, Butterfly Effect,)

– Sexy Star eliminated Mariposa (15:04, Marty punch→ Sexy Pin)

– Sexy Star eliminated Marty the Moth Martinez (17:52, cross armbreaker)

Mil Muertes defeated King Cuerno in a death match (13:47, martinete, great)

Developments

killshot fosbery
killshot fosbery

Only two matches tonight, which were more definite conclusions than setting stuff up for later. That was saved for the outside the ring moments.

Night Claw debuted in the Gift of the Gods match, which was turned into an elimination match this time. The layout of the match took advantage off that change (and was likely the reason for the cage.) The first half of the match was showcase for Claw, breaking the curse on new wrestlers by picking up two pinfalls and a moonsault off the cage. Killshot beating Night Claw moved the match to the second part, built around the two Moth feuds this season. Killshot was unable to gain revenge on Marty, and Marty still has the dog tags. It went better for Sexy Star, who was able to defeat both her tormentors (with a little accidental help from Marty hitting Sexy) to win the championship. Sexy’s been in every Gift of the Gods match so far, and becomes the first woman to win the title or any singles gold in Lucha Underground.

Of note, Kobra Moon is still hanging around watching Daga. No progress on that front.

There wasn’t much story in the main event, just brutality. King Cuerno’s natural arrogance caught him at moments, but mostly the reborn (again) Mil Muertes was way too much for him or anyone else. Mil put Cuerno thru four tables, smacked him with a crowbar to the back of the head, and dropped him with a martinete for the win. Cuerno was attended to by paramedics. He did not appear to be literally dead, but he was pretty well killed off. I’m still not convinced of Sexy Star’s chances, but Muertes appears to be a fearsome challenger to whoever comes out of Ultima Lucha with the big belt.

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Cuerno giant plancha

That title match came up at the end of the show. Striker directly asked Vampiro what his relationship was with Pentagon Jr. at the moment. Vampiro responded by dumping his meds in the garbage and announcing he was leaving to go train his protege.

The Crew and Joey Ryan do not have a match at Ultima Lucha 2, but they made their own payoff. Mr. Cisco was sent into to talk to Dario while wearing a wire. Dario had no time for him, then paranoid thought Cisco was working against him. I guess it’s not paranoid if you’re right, and Dario quickly figured out Cisco was working for the police. Dario snuffed out the microphone, then snuffed out the life of poor Mr. Cisco, beating him to death with the same red bull that Dario says was used to kill his mother. (Joey & Cortez were shocked by being found out, but didn’t rush in to make a save.) While Dario’s hands were still covered in blood, he picked up the phone and told someone “it’s time.”

Thoughts

be careful with that glass
be careful with that glass

I liked this episode better than last week’s, although I’m not sure either match hit it’s peak potential.

The 7 way match was seriously great during the Siniestro/Daga/Claw/Killshot dominated portion, with some incredible sequences and great big spots. Night Claw came off as a star on Day 1, looking spectacular in the ring, getting those first two pinfalls, and wowing everyone with his moonsault. I would’ve liked to see him go any farther, but they gave preference to the story they were telling from that season and Night Claw was being set up more for Season 3. It’s just that Sexy Star didn’t have a good performance tonight, looking slow and awkward at time, and it was hard for me to get into her story. It seems like her and the Moths feud is over now, but it felt like it was over at No Mas and it just keeps hanging around. The crowd was into her winning, but it didn’t connect with me.

The death match was a near one sided bulldozing, but an entertaining one. Cuerno got some hope spots in, but never felt like he was that close to defeating Mil. Mil’s utter destruction of him was impressive. The biggest challenge for Mil’s big matches is he’s had so many of them on this show already, and every new one has to compete against the old ones. This didn’t have the passion (or blood) of the Fenix matches, and seemed more designed to repair Mil than to be interestingly competitive.

Cuerno walks a wall
Cuerno walks a wall

The irony is the Mil Muertes match was laid out with the idea King Cuerno wouldn’t be available to Lucha Underground for a long time if ever again, the Night Claw match was to make him a big deal going into season 3, and it would’ve been more useful the other way. As best as we can tell, this was Night Claw’s one and only match with Lucha Underground. Perhaps they quietly taped some vignettes, but he didn’t appear before the crowd in Season 3 and seems unlikely to again given his harsh breakup with AAA. It’s shame, because just this taste of him set up so many more matches I would’ve loved to see him here. The ultimate destination of a match with Prince Puma would’ve been incredible, as their alter egos have shown elsewhere.

Night Claw won’t be the first LU character to suddenly vanish between seasons – maybe we’ll see him up on a wall in S3? – but they had already set him up as a big part of the mythos and it might be tougher to extract him. And they might not have even been sure what to do with him at first, because his status wasn’t clear for a while.)

Meanwhile, Cuerno was unable to go elsewhere and is eventually going to have to return here. He’s still a cool character, but the later half of this season has done him no favors and he’s going to need some of his own repairs to recapture his original spot. You never know how things are going to turn out – hey, maybe things will change and they’ll find a way to use Night Claw too.

chivalry is dead?
chivalry is dead?

There’s no repairing Mr. Cisco, who’s true and well dead. (That’s three out of the four Crew members gone, with Bael murdered by Matanza and Big Ryck offed in the comic books.) He had his best run as a psuedo-tecnico in the last few weeks, though there was always only going to be so much run with that setup. “Dead” people on this show have ways of sneaking back in under other identities and hopefully we’ll get to see him in one which better allows that style.

How did Ryan and Cortez not make a move when their informant is exposed? Their work leaves much to be desired.

This was not a blowaway show, but it was pretty strong one. Next week lines up to be great.

great match roundup, week of 2016-06-25

AAA aired the Lucha World Cup, so there’s no recap this week. No IWRG, no Proesa, no Noches, so there’s nothing on my TV list else to check out. I really liked the Gran Prix and Fenix/Mundo more than other people.

rating matches TV Show taped
excellent Rey Cometa vs Cavernario for the hair CMLL iPPV: 2016-07-01 2016-07-01
excellent Diamante Azul, La Máscara, Máximo Sexy, Rey Escorpión,Rush, Shocker, Último Guerrero, Volador Jr. vs Johnny Idol, Kushida, Marco Corleone, Michael Elgin, Okumura, Sam Adonis, Tama Tonga, Tangaroa in a CMLL Gran Prix Tournament match CMLL iPPV: 2016-07-01 2016-07-01
great Prince Puma vs Dragón Azteca Jr. Lucha Underground: 2016-06-29 2016-01-30
great Johnny Mundo vs Fénix Lucha Underground: 2016-06-29 2016-01-30
great Michael Elgin vs Volador Jr. [Elite Internacional] and in a tournament final match Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-07-01 2016-06-25
good Rush vs Volador Jr. CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-06-27 2016-06-27
good Fuego vs Virus in a lightning match CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-06-28 2016-06-28
good Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Titán vs Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-06-28 2016-06-28
good King Cuerno vs Mil Muertes Lucha Underground: 2016-06-29 2016-01-30
good Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther vs Felino, Puma, Tiger CMLL iPPV: 2016-07-01 2016-07-01
good Atlantis, Mistico, Stuka Jr. vs Euforia, Mr. Niebla, Terrible CMLL iPPV: 2016-07-01 2016-07-01
ok Centella Roja & Rey Samuray vs El Malayo & Saurón CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-06-27 2016-06-27
ok Black Tiger, Hombre Bala Jr., Oro Jr. vs Ares, King Jaguar, Policeman CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-06-27 2016-06-27
ok Estrellita, Marcela, Skadi vs Amapola, La Comandante, Zeuxis CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-06-27 2016-06-27
ok Fuego, París, Tritón vs Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-06-27 2016-06-27
ok Astral, Eléctrico, Stukita vs Mercurio, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-06-28 2016-06-28
ok Ángel de Oro, Guerrero Maya Jr., Súper Porky vs Bobby Z, Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-06-28 2016-06-28
ok Volador Jr. vs Tama Tonga [Elite Internacional] and in a tournament quarterfinal match Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-07-01 2016-06-25
ok Volador Jr. vs Kushida [Elite Internacional] and in a tournament semifinal match Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-07-01 2016-06-25
ok Michael Elgin vs Bram [Elite Internacional] and in a tournament semifinal match Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-07-01 2016-06-25
below average Johnny Idol, Mistico, Stuka Jr. vs Rey Escorpión, Tama Tonga, Tangaroa CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-06-27 2016-06-27
below average Bengala & Leono vs Apocalipsis & Artillero CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-06-28 2016-06-28
below average Estrellita, La Vaquerita, Lluvia vs Dalys, La Seductora, Reyna Isis CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-06-28 2016-06-28
not rated Michael Elgin vs Lio Rush [Elite Internacional] and in a tournament quarterfinal match Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-07-01 2016-06-25
not rated DJZ vs Kushida [Elite Internacional] and in a tournament quarterfinal match Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-07-01 2016-06-25
not rated Sabú vs Bram [Elite Internacional] and in a tournament quarterfinal match Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-07-01 2016-06-25

Kushida & Marco win tag tournament, Ultima Lucha 2 part 2, CWC

Stukita moonsaults into the wrong part of town
Stukita moonsaults into the wrong part of town

CMLL (TUE) 07/12/2016 Arena México [CMLL, thecubsfan, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Astral, Fantasy, Stukita b Mercurio, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 12 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
15:38. Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Estrellita, Lluvia, Princesa Sugehit b Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 12 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
14:35. Tecnicas took 1/3.
3) Blue Panther Jr. b Sagrado [lightning] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 12 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
6:23. Blue Panther Jr. won via nudo lagunero.
4) Kráneo, Okumura, Ripper b Blue Panther, Stuka Jr., Valiente LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 12 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
13:22. Rudos took 1/3.
5) Rey Escorpión & Tama Tonga b Kushida & Niebla Roja [seeding battle royal] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 12 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
2:03.
6) Kushida & Marco Corleone b Felino & Niebla Roja [semifinal] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 12 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
6:03.
7) Rey Escorpión & Shocker b Tama Tonga & Tangaroa [semifinal] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 12 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
3:17.
8) Kushida & Marco Corleone DQ Rey Escorpión & Shocker [final] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 12 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
5:25. Escorpion fouled Kushida & Marco for the DQ, then fouled Shocker after the decision

Show was generally better than Monday’s show, though the best matches from Puebla were better than the best here and it was another tournament that ended with someone decided they’d rather just get DQed.

Lucha Underground has episode #25 of the season, Ultima Lucha Dos – Part 2, the final 1 hour show of the year. Next week is 2 hours. Matches announced:

  • Mil Muertes vs King Cuerno in a death match
  • Mariposa vs Sexy Star vs Killshot vs Marty the Moth vs Daga vs Siniestro de la Muerte vs Night Claw for the Gift of the Gods championship – opening clip here

There’s usually a third match, but it hasn’t been announced. Those were the first two TV matches taped on that day, and the third was the trios title match. I’ve also seen mention that they may air Taya/Ivelisse. They’ve tended to announce the last match Wednesday afternoon, so you’ll know soon.

WWE’s Cruiserweight Classic also kicks off tonight, at 8pm CT. (That’s directly after Lucha Underground airs.) If they follow the same order as the matches were taped, Gran Metalik/Mascara Dorada versus Alejandro Saez is the first match tonight. Raul Mendoza’s first round match would air two weeks from today. All three were interviewed on WWE’s Espanol site. Mendoza says he couldn’t use Jinzo due to a trademark issue and that an agent contacted after seeing him in his work in Japan. That’s a few years ago now. Over on +Lucha, Mendoza gives a WWE Network plugUPDATE: WWE’s saying Ibushi/Maluta airs tonight; that was the third episode live, so they have changed around the other of matches. Mendoza’s match aired on that episode, but they have made more changes in order; your guess is as good as mine.

La Mascara is threatening to send Rush to WWE bald if he’s going. They did used to really not like long hair, so maybe Mascara is just doing a favor for his old friend. Volador again says he’s not talked with anyone in WWE. Dragon Rojo says Bobby Z is in the Revolucionarios; now if he can only convince the programming committee of this. Titan wants to win the Super J and take Cavernario’s hair.

TripleMania tickets suddenly went on sale today. Tickets run from 240MXP ($13USD) for obstructed view up to 2160MXP ($117.58USD) for ringside. Ringside is more the 2X than the next section. Of note, the description mentions three wrestlers: Psycho Clown, Pagano, and Dr. Wagner. Leo Riano’s column today says Pagano/Psycho and Mundo/Pentagon are set for the show.

Box Y Lucha 3241 has TripleMania, Pentagon Jr. and the CWC on the cover.

DTU/Lucha Libre Boom on 08/13 in Arena Lopez Matoes
1: El Gio, El Junio vs Yoruba, Shadow vs Vengador, Kastigador vs Flystar, Toxin Boy
2: Ovett & Angel o Demonio vs Misterioso & Pierroth vs Carta Brava & Fantasma de la Opera

Lucha Memes has a new show on 08/21 in Club Atlantico in Mexico City.
1: Virus vs Alberto Dos Rios

Los Xinetez defend the trios titles against Psycho Circus Monday in Nuevo Laredo.

Triton will be on AIW’s 08/26 show in Cleveland. That’s two weeks after he’s in GALLI, so he’ll be around the US for a while.

Over at SuperLuchas, they ask a good question: what exactly is CMLL going to allow in a Rush versus LA Park super libre match on an Elite show? (And will either of them care?)

SuperLuchas also has a piece writing about the rise and recent fall off of women’s wrestling since the Mexico City ban was lifted. I like a lot of it, but the author asks “when’s the last time Mary Apache has wrestled on AAA TV?” and it feels like she’s done it pretty often. (They did skip make the last women’s match YouTube only.)

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report

Estrella Universal is teaching lucha libre to the kids in Laredo, Texas

Azteca Deportes has a video interview with CMLL ring announcer Omar Garcia

Cross Armbreaker reviews Lizmark vs El Satanico

A Spanish language interview about the Lucha Mexico premiering in the United States on Friday; they hope to air in Mexico, but don’t have a date

Lucha Libre in Japan

Violento Jack beat Jun Kasai to win the King of FREEDOM World Championship earlier today. “#pw_freedoms” is a good Twitter hash tag to look for pictures of the show; looked like Miedo Extremo might have wrestled masked.

Lineups

IWRG (SUN) 07/17/2016 Arena Naucalpan
1) Dragón Fly & The Tiger vs Demonio Infernal & Skanda
2) Leo, Mike, Rafy © vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Eterno, Relámpago [EdM Trios]
second defense.
3) Chicano, Pantera, Veneno vs Herodes Jr., Toscano, Trauma I
4) Canis Lupus vs Trauma I
one fall, winner gets 50K persos
5) Máscara Año 2000 Jr. vs Mr. Electro [hair]

Box Y Lucha’s magazine published this lineup. Mr. Electro’s the favorite but it’s not a certainty. I wonder if Pagano will be the ex-AAA TripleMania apuesta loser here in a few years. Trauma I is listed in two matches, oops.

CMLL (TUE) 07/19/2016 Arena México
1) Bengala & Flyer vs Apocalipsis & Camorra
2) Metatrón, Oro Jr., Soberano Jr. vs Cancerbero, Metálico, Raziel
3) Hombre Bala Jr., Pegasso, Star Jr. vs Fujin, Okumura, Raijin
4) Fuego vs Virus [lightning]
5) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Súper Porky vs Kráneo, Olímpico, Ripper
6) Johnny Idol, Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy vs Pierroth, Rey Escorpión, Sam Adonis

I guess Johnny & Sam are the Nuevo Valores. Idol as a trios partner with Marco & Maximo might work.

Fuego and Virus had this same lightning match three week sago. Fuego won that time.

Third match is first streaming appearance for Fujin & Raijin in a month (or just about as long as the NJPW guys were around.) Could be best match of the night.

CMLL (TUE) 07/19/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Magnum & Vaquero Jr. vs Diplomático & Mr. Apolo
2) Magnus, Starman, Tritón vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Canelo Casas, Sangre Azteca
3) Marcela, Princesa Sugehit, Skadi vs Amapola, La Comandante, La Seductora
4) Atlantis, Máscara Dorada, Valiente vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
5) Carístico, Dragón Lee, Mistico vs Euforia, Mephisto, Último Guerrero

That’d be Dragon Lee’s first CMLL match back since his injury; he confirmed on Twitter that he’s working the MDA Monterrey show on Sunday, so he should make it to this match. Less sure about Caristico (the Guadalajara Twitter believes so), but that’s going to be quite a trio if they’re in there. Semimain would be Mr. Niebla’s return, after a three week break.

The Crash (SAT) 08/13/2016 Auditorio de Tijuana, Tijuana, Baja California
1) Arkángel Divino, Jonathan, Mirage vs Black Danger, Sargón, Último Maldito
2) Danny Lime Light vs Douglas James
3) Keira vs La Jarochita, Lady Maravilla, Candy White
4) Tony Casanova & Zarco © vs Humberto Garza & Último Ninja [The Crash]
5) Flamita vs Séptimo Dragón, Willie Mack, Lince Dorado, Torito, Laredo Kid [The Crash CRUISER]
title is vacant
6) El Hijo Del Santo & Rayman vs Ángel Blanco & Dr. Wagner Jr.

Santo’s the draw, but that semimain is loco. Torito is probably Mascairta Dorada.

Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-07-01 

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one too many dives

Recapped: 07/04-10/2016

What happened: Michael Elgin won the tournament, and they’re changing TV air times again.

What was good: The main event is the only match you really need to see. Everything else felt way too short.

Where can I watch it: It’s on AztecaDeportes.com and my YouTube channel. Juventud Guerrera posted handheld video of it on his YouTube channel (more…)

CMLL Mexico: 2016-07-12

Zacarias helps Marco with his workout
Zacarias helps Marco with his workout

Recapped: 07/12/2016

What happened: Kushida & Marco won the tag team tournament when Escorpión gave up and fouled them both for the DQ. Marco & Kushida seemed like they were going to win anyway, and Escorpión fouled his partner Shocker for good measure. No other feud were set up.

What was good: I liked the tercera and the opener wasn’t bad. The Kushida/Marco vs Felino/Niebla Roja tag match was the best match of either tag team tournament on both days, though nothing you must see.

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

great match roundup, week of 2016-06-18

Getting back on track. The best match this week was savaged pretty hard by the feed dying. I very much wish CMLL would put it up in full, mostly so I could get people who don’t watch CMLL to check it out.

rating matches TV Show taped
great Zeuxis © vs Princesa Sugehit for the Mexican National Women’s Championship CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-06-24 2016-06-24
good Atomic Boy, Dinastía, Pimpinela Escarlata, Venum vsApache, Mamba, Mini Psycho Clown, Soul Rocker AAA on Televisa: 2016-06-18 2016-05-31
good Hombre Bala Jr., Soberano Jr., Star Jr. vs Cancerbero, Disturbio, Raziel CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-06-21 2016-06-21
good Stuka Jr., Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-06-21 2016-06-21
good Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Volador Jr. vs Sam Adonis, Tama Tonga, Tangaroa CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-06-24 2016-06-24
good DJZ vs Hip Hop Man [Elite Internacional] and [8f] Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-06-24 2016-06-23
good Volador Jr. vs PJ Black [Elite Internacional] and [8f] Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-06-24 2016-06-23
ok Argenis, Australian Suicide, Niño Hamburguesa vsDamián 666, Halloween, Nicho el Millionario AAA on Televisa: 2016-06-18 2016-05-31
ok Psycho Clown vs Pentagón Jr., Pagano AAA on Televisa: 2016-06-18 2016-05-31
ok Fantasy & Último Dragóncito vs Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Violencia CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-06-21 2016-06-21
ok Estrellita, Lluvia, Marcela vs Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-06-21 2016-06-21
ok Blue Panther Jr. vs Misterioso Jr. in a lightning match CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-06-21 2016-06-21
ok Blue Panther, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-06-21 2016-06-21
ok Daga vs Máscarita Sagrada [Aztec Medallion] Lucha Underground: 2016-06-22 2016-01-17
ok El Siniestro De La Muerte, Killshot, Marty Martinez vsCortez Castro, Joey Ryan, Mr. Cisco [Aztec Medallion] Lucha Underground: 2016-06-22 2016-01-17
ok Mariposa & Sexy Star vs Ivelisse & Taya [Aztec Medallion] Lucha Underground: 2016-06-22 2016-01-17
ok Kushida, Marco Corleone, Mistico vs La Máscara, Shocker, Terrible CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-06-24 2016-06-24
ok Lio Rush vs David Tita [Elite Internacional] and [8f] Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-06-24 2016-06-23
ok Heddi Karaoui vs Kushida [Elite Internacional] and [8f] Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-06-24 2016-06-23
below average Veneno vs Sabú [Elite Internacional] and [8f] Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-06-24 2016-06-23
not rated Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., Titán vs Bobby Z, Puma, Tiger CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-06-24 2016-06-24
not rated Bram vs Zumbi [Elite Internacional] and [8f] Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-06-24 2016-06-23
not rated Chicano vs Tama Tonga [Elite Internacional] and [8f] Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-06-24 2016-06-23
not rated Jinder Mahal vs Michael Elgin [Elite Internacional] and [8f] Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-06-24 2016-06-23

Mephisto keeps title over Mistico, bad tag team tournament, Pentagon Jr.

Casas back and doing spinning DDTs
Casas back and doing spinning DDTs

CMLL (SUN) 07/10/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Domingos Familiares]
1) Destello & Quca b Avispón Negro Jr. & Micro
Rudos took 2/3.
2) Destructor & Diplomático b El Alteño & Javier Cruz Jr.
Rudos took 1/3.
3) León Blanco, Randy, Star Black b Demonio Rojo, Exterminador, Gitano
Tecnicos took 1/3.
4) Mágico TLDRAW Maléfico [lightning]
10 minute draw, with Malefico seemingly closer to winning at the end. They both asked for a no time limit match to settle it.
5) Esfinge, Flash II, Metatrón b El Chakal, Espectrúm, Furia Roja
Tecnicos took 1/3

Flash II got the winning pinfall in the main event. It feels like something is up with him but they haven’t hinted at a particular feud.

This week’s Box Y Lucha includes an interview with Magnum, openly discussing he’s in charge of programming (booking) for this building. That was known and had been discussed here, but it’s still unusual to see an active luchador talk about it.

CMLL (MON) 07/11/2016 Arena Puebla [CMLL, SuperLuchas, thecubsfan]
1) Astro, Asturiano, Último Dragóncito b Espíritu Maligno, Mini Joker, Pierrothito LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 11 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
17:38. Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Black Tiger, King Jaguar, Oro Jr. b Ares, Disturbio, Fuerza Chicana LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 11 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
21:55. Jaguar & Ares continued to feud, but were not directly involved in the finish.
3) La Máscara & Shocker b Ripper, Atlantis, Volador Jr., Tama Tonga, Diamante Azul, Kráneo [seeding battle royal] LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 11 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
3:06
4) Diamante Azul & Rey Escorpión b Kráneo & Kushida [quarterfinal] LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 11 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
5:34
5) Rush & Volador Jr. b Tama Tonga & Tangaroa [quarterfinal] LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 11 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
3:04
6) Atlantis & Último Guerrero b Michael Elgin & Ripper [quarterfinal] LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 11 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
4:36
7) La Máscara & Sharlie Rockstar b Negro Casas & Shocker [quarterfinal] LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 11 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
4:37. Mascara & Sharlie demanded a tag title shot after their win.
8) Rush & Volador Jr. b Diamante Azul & Rey Escorpión [semifinal] LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 11 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
2:35. Rey Escorpion betrayed Diamanate Azul.
9) Atlantis & Último Guerrero b La Máscara & Sharlie Rockstar [semifinal] LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 11 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
3:21
10) Atlantis & Último Guerrero DQ Rush & Volador Jr. [final] LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 11 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
2:31. Atlantis & UG won in straight falls, the last by DQ (Rush unmasking Atlantis to save Volador). Challenges set up a rematch next week.
11) Mephisto © b Mistico [CMLL WELTER] LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 11 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
12:45. Mephisto took falls 1/3 (Rosa Driver) to keep his title. 2nd defense.

Those first two matches going 40 minutes might have messed up the rest of the show. These tournaments always have silly short matches, but it got crazy by the end. Someone must’ve thought the final was going to get some time to make it a three fall match – the finals of these often get a few more minutes, but are never three falls. This time, it got less time than every other match in the card despite going two falls. It was such a ludicrous bit, a designed mockery, that I should’ve laughed. The problem was the last 90 minutes of the show were not much better – that second match was really boring, and the tournament was a lot of nothing. The opener and the title match were fun, but the show was more to be endured than enjoyed. It’s too bad they didn’t deliver more given the big crowd they had; they focused on making matches for next week, but did them in such a way that no one could care all that much about seeing them.

Mascara is friends with Shocker on Fridays and his enemy on Monday. It makes no sense.

CMLL has another random tag team tournament tonight, though luckily a shorter one with only four teams this time. Teams are Kushida & Marco, Tama Tonga & Tangaroa, Rey Escorpion & Shocker and Felino & Niebla Roja. The brothers are the only regular team and the favorites to get the win in their last CMLL appearance for the time being. There’s no obvious strong matches on the entire card; the preview list the Panther instead of his brother Blue Panther Jr. versus Sagrado in a lightning match. Either way, that might be the best match of the night. The show leads off with minis and women’s trios, and the semimain has Blue Panther, Stuka Jr., Valiente versus Kraneo, Okumura, Ripper.

The show airs at 7:30pm CT, on CMLL and YouTube. This strongly seems like a show you may want to skip watching, at least live.

There’s another CMLL show you can watch for a small price. CMLL is offering Sunday’s show, complete and with announcing, for $0.99. It’s a rental, not a purchase – you have 30 days to start watching it, and 72 hours to finish once you’ve started. CMLL did this with the Gran Prix (though never put up Cavernario/Cometa), but I believe this is the first time a lucha libre show that wouldn’t have otherwise been aired on TV or PPV was sold in this fashion. The closest to this is what Black Terry Jr. has been doing on his own, selling individual matches on his own, but not by an official promotion.

Elgin/UG is absolutely worth the $1; I’ll have a review of that and maybe another match later on. The big hope here this is the beginning of a trend. I’m not sure if this works for all of CMLL’s shows – if tonight’s show was $1, I’d skip it – but if it’s cheap enough to do, it seems absolutely worth doing for any big matches like that. And it makes sense for indie groups; I’d happily give money to see a professional version of the latest Chairo show (and haven’t gotten around to watch the few camera phone videos because those aren’t usually worth the effort.) Piracy is an issue, dealing with getting the money actually from YouTube is an issue, but this has always seems like an easy source of money that lucha libre hasn’t used. I haven’t really been able to convince people of this, but maybe CMLL will have enough success that other people borrow the idea.

 

LigerFever translated a Pentagon Jr. podcast interview from March, and it’s so great. I’ve grouped the 7 posts into this storify to bundle, and it’s worth reading if you’re interested enough in lucha libre to find your way to this site. The stories are good, and you get a great insight into his personality and his drive. Pentagon is a very driven guy with a strong idea of what a rudo should be. The stories are worthwhile too: Pentagon believes he was Lucha Underground’s final pick of the AAA guys who started with the promotion (Blue Demon, Sexy Star, Fenix, Drago, Cuerno, Muertes) because they wanted flyers, and he and Fenix and Drago just blew everyone away with their three way match. Pentagon Jr. explaining he spent two years as a handball player in the park, making money off people gambling on his game, is my new favorite story. You should read the entire thing.

The reason the Fenix/Pentagon match got scuttled from Oaxaca is because they (and Drago) are booked in Atlanta that day. The good news is AAA may have gotten a calendar and fixed the error before the date officially got out, and they’ll probably have a good match in Atlanta. Hopefully Fenix/Pentagon happens another day.

A new lucha libre exhibit opened in Tijuana, which included a rare public appearance by Lutteroth family as part of the opening ceremony.

Zeuxis retained the national middleweight championship over Princesa Sugehit in Monterrey, though Sugehit had her foot on the ropes on the finish. This was said to be the best match of the night.

AAA posted the mixed match from Naucalpan, the last missing match from that taping.

LuchaWorld has the latest Poster-Mania.

Cross Arm Breaker has reviews of Mogur vs As Charro, Mascara 2000 vs Mogur, Kushida vs Volador and Mascara Dorada, Titan & Rey Cometa vs Cavernario, Rey Escorpion, Dragon Rojo Jr.

Konnan Big has signed with the FILL promotion. I have no idea what this really means, though it’s reported as he’s no longer with Llaves y Canados. It may just be a way of saying Konnan Big won’t be on ColiseoMania 4, which was announced for September 4.

Tirantes was honored in Arena Xalapa.

Atlantis reached 33 years of wrestling yesterday.

Canek is listed as working in Arena Olimpico Laguna this Thursday, which is quite a trip for a one off in a small-ish arena. Maybe he’s hanging around Torreon for the weekend.

Video of the Dos Caras/Elite press conference and of Mil Mascaras being awarded by the Mexico Olympic Medalists group.

The 07/23 ILLM show has Sharlie Rockstar and Mr. Electro on opposite sides.

Carlitos is advertised in both WWC and in CMLL this Saturday.

Lineups

IWRG (WED) 07/13/2016 Arena Naucalpan
1) Kamilión & Lady Dark vs Kamilión & Lady Monster
2) Aramis, Black Dragón, Omega vs Adrenalina, Atomic Star, Skanda
3) Dragón Fly, Hijo de Máscara Sagrada, Hijo del Alebrije vs Demonio Infernal, Rayan, Spartan
4) Freelance, Pantera, Zatura vs Diablo Jr., El Hijo del Diablo, Violencia Jr.
5) Imposible © vs Emperador Azteca [IWRG IC Light]
14th defense. Second shot for Azteca during this reign.

Impossible title matches are the only thing that pop out to me to watch in IWRG, even though he has a little bit too sameish stuff in his matches. (Everyone should be countering the silla off the stairs at this point.) Semimain might be good as well.

CMLL (MON) 07/18/2016 Arena Puebla
Arena Puebla 63rd Anniversary
1) Arkalis, Meyer, Rey Samuray vs El Heredero, El Malayo, Hijo del Signo
2) Black Tiger & King Jaguar vs Ares & Disturbio
3) Estrellita, La Vaquerita, Lluvia vs Dalys, Reyna Isis, Zeuxis
4) Máximo Sexy, Stigma, Valiente vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Rey Escorpión, Skándalo
5) Atlantis & Último Guerrero vs Rush & Volador Jr. [Relevos Increíbles]
6) Negro Casas & Shocker © vs La Máscara & Sharlie Rockstar [CMLL TAG]
10th defense

Mascara & Sharlie winning would be weird, but too weird for CMLL? Fifth match can only be better than last week. Disturbio & Black Tiger were involved in the finish last night, enough so that a mask/hair vs mask/hair match seems possible (and maybe they planned to do the apuesta match the week after to see if they can draw a second big turnout.)

El Heredero is another Puebla indy guy, showing up since at least 2015.

CMLL Puebla: 2016-07-11

the winner
the winner


Recapped:
07/01/2016

What happened:  Mephisto defeated Mistico to retain the CMLL Welterweight Championship. Dragon Lee & La Mascara were at ringside, but didn’t get involved in the match and Mistico was defeated cleanly.

Atlantis (as a sub for Caristico) and Ultimo Guerrero won an eight team tournament. They defeated Rush & Volador in what was unusually a three fall final to the tournament. It was also pointlessly a three fall final: the young men lost the first fall in just over a minute, then lost the second fall in just over a minute. It was a lackluster end to a largely useless tournament, the shortest match of the entire series. (It’s possible the final was hurried because the show was running very long – the show reached 11:30pm local, the latest they’ve gone in memory – but it didn’t explain why they needed to do two crap finishes in a row.)

The tag tournament did set up two matches for next week. The terrible Volador/Rush vs Ultimo Guerrero/Atlantis match will be rematched in seven days. At least more time might improve that match. An uninspiring Rockstar/Mascara vs Casas/Shocker tournament match will now become a tag title match next week, which promises to be a struggle.

Rockstar & Mascara promptly lost their next match quickly. All three NJPW teams were eliminated in the first round.

Surprisingly, there was no Ares/King Jaguar match set up. The two did feud in their (bad and lengthy) match, but were not directly involved with each other on the finish.

What was good: a The opener was a lot of fun. The main event didn’t reach the heights it could’ve – there was one singular believable near fall before the finish – but might be more enjoyable without having to deal with the tournament. Under no circumstances should you watch the second match or the tournament.

Where can I watch it: It’s on CMLL’s YouTube channel, and it’ll be aired in some form on 52MX in a couple weekends (though who knows what matches they’ll pick.) (more…)