Last week, I added another year set of 2005 lineups I could find from El Siglo de Torreon. I had a handful of these in there already, and added about ~250 more. I’ve added the info to the wiki where possible. I now have more lineups for Arena Olimpico Laguna, a venue that doesn’t get talked about outside of it’s local area, than UWA/CMLL stronghold Arena Puebla. (An accessible Puebla newspaper archive would be helpful to fix this.)
Those lineups are in the luchadb. I haven’t done the export this time because lack of interest, but I can whip one up if people want them in a different format than I have here. You can use the data however you want, though I’d appreciate you giving me and any sources credit when possible.
I’m also playing with an idea of doing some more through caching of the database, which might speed up the match finder and other processes. If things are working weird, I may get around to fixing it. Who’s to say?
In addition the results, I’ve got the usual links to articles that caught my interest below the fold. Remember, these are all 2006 stories, not current ones.
IWRG (WED) 02/01/2017Arena Naucalpan [Estrellas del Ring, The Gladiatores]
1) Atomic Star & Enigma b Fireman & Geo Fireman replaced Fly Star. First match for Geo & Enigma in summer.
2) Araña de Plata & Keiser Dragón b Odín & Shadow Boy Shadow Boy’s partner is an unnamed novato
3) Alfa, Aramis, Omega DQ Adrenalina, Avisman, Diablo Jr. Diablo Jr. fouled Aramis. Avisman’s first match here since last August.
4) Hip Hop Man, Mosca (Argentina), Pibe Alfajor b Black Dragón, Dragón Fly, Pantera I Mosca sneaked in a foul on Dragon Fly. Pantera I replaced Freelance.
5) Chicano, Hijo del Alebrije, Imposible b Cerebro Negro, Demonio Infernal, Eterno Eterno replaced Relampago (injury), which allowed him to feud with Demonio Infernal. Eterno cheated to beat Demonio Infernal.
The Gladiatores will probably have the mystery novato’s name. Edit: they did! Eterno seems back to give previous novato Demonio Infernal a big feud, which is a better way of using veterans than usual. They have a singles match on Sunday
There’s not much news except AAA news. It’s not positive news! You may want to skip if that’s now if you don’t want negative stuff.
Last Tuesday, the same day as the Psycho/Wagner press conference at Arena Ciudad de Mexico, AAA filed trademarks on the names “PENTA 0M” and “FÉNIX EL REY”. They’ve previously trademarked “CERO MIEDO”, “FÉNIX EL REY” and “REY FÉNIX”, as well as the original Fenix and Pentagon Jr. names. (The name “Penta El 0M” name is not trademarked. It’s hard to link directly to this, but you can go here and punch in those names; make sure to include accents.) The lawyer at that press conference was an intellectual property lawyer, which was a pretty good clue of what else AAA was up to that day, and another lawyer from that firm has their name on the trademark applications. These trademarks are not listed as approved, just as “nominated” (requested), so it’s possible they can be fought or rejected. If approved, AAA could force those guys to stop using those names, but the process usually takes a long time and all AAA can do is make threats at the moment.
This does not surprise me at all, this is simply what AAA does when someone leaves and they’re angry about it. It seems like poor behavior – trying to own the names they used in AAA seems fair enough, trying to own new deriviations is murky at best and probably meant more to be a nuisance than any legal standpoint. The bigger surprise is there’s not applications filed by Penta El 0M, Fenix el Rey and/or their representatives. This is AAA’s move, this is always AAA’s move, and so I would’ve guessed the Rebelion guys would’ve been ready for it. I’m not a trademark lawyer and I’m definitely not a Mexican trademark lawyer, please do not use me as advice on what to do.
La Rebelión is not trademarked. Garza Jr. trademarked his own name. Daga’s name is curiously not trademarked; he used it before AAA, but that hasn’t stopped AAA from at least attempting to trademark for others. There are no trademarks currently listed in the US for those names, though that may be in progress.
I caught up with AAA TV last night. A recap will turn up someday, but the one thing you need to know is there’s little chance Pentagon/Mundo or Fantasma/Garza will ever be aired. They aired the cage match as this week’s main event, with some video and audio edits. Daga is listed in the match lineup screen, but the bit where he added himself to the match is edited out completely. Later, when Daga is escaping the cage, they briefly cut to a shot of Angelico walking to the back while Jesus Zuñiga talks about Angelico instead of Daga escaping. It’s so bad that it seems like it might be a normal AAA production error, but the audio definitely is not. AAA’s commentary is generally done live at the shows, but the next couple of minutes are all Jesus Zuñiga doing new audio from a studio, doing his best not to acknowledge Daga as he tries to stop Australian Suicide from interfering. This is all kind of mitigated by Arturo Rivera marking out for Daga early on and screaming “Daga” loudly a few times, but they tried with the rest. AAA clearly are very upset about this situation.
It’ll be much easier just not to air the matches with the other two guys, and just only the opening mixed tag and the semimain trios match with Wagner & Psycho this week. I’m hoping we get a classic match and not just the same half hour Wagner/Psycho stuff from this past week as filler, though I imagine that’ll be it. Both Mundo/Pentagon and Garza/Fantasma have fan cams on YouTube if you really want to see them.
You won’t be seeing Drago in New York, at least on the Tier 1 Wrestling show on 02/19. He will now be replaced by both Matt Cross and Rey Horuz, which should still be good. It’s not said why Drago is off the show. I don’t see him on an AAA show in Mexico right now, though there’s enough shuffling that it’s possible. Drago (and probably AAA) would seem to make more off US bookings right now than Mexico ones. It’s possible, though not confirmed, that AAA is forcing promoters to pick between their guys and La Rebelion wrestlers since Pentagon is also booked for that show. I guess we find out if that happens with other shows.
Roshfrans is teasing a surprise deal with AAA & Record. It might have with all those photos they were shooting a while back. It also could be something to do with a national talent search Leo Riano mentions in his column. AAA could definitely use some new people, but they could really more use it in the middle and the top, and past talent searches usually have only added people at the bottom. It’s another thing if it’s just supposed to be part of a marketing campaign.
Daniel Tibbets, GM of El Rey, was on a panel of niche (or small) networks, talking about how they can remain viable in cable when money is starting to shift elsewhere. Tibbets is quoted as saying you can find other revenue streams as long as you have a “engaged, niche audience.” Judging from the many tweets asking Netflix UK, Netflix Latin America and other Netflix affiliates about Lucha Underground, they may have that.
There’s still no official news from Lucha Underground about Netflix or anything else. Netflix Canada confirmed they’d have the show on the 15th and people who work for LU say it’s coming on the 02/15, but there’s no press release about it or the return date. There really should’ve been one already, but maybe they’re got a lot of things getting done at the same time. Season 2 (and only Season 2) of the series is on Amazon US right now. It’s in the same style as iTunes, not an addition to their own Netflix like service. I looked around at other similar services and didn’t see anything.
What happened: Hijo del Tirantes helped OGT again. Lady Shani pinned Dinastia, which I think means she’s owed a minis title match. (Maybe not, but it is her second win in a row.)
What was good: The first two matches were perfectly acceptable TV matches, no problem to watch even if they might not make a year end bit. The main event was the usual Hijo del Tirantes show and you already know how you feel about that by now.
Estrellita, Marcela, Sanely vs Amapola, La Jarochita, La Metálica, Arena México, 09/16/2016
Ángel de Oro, The Panther, Titán vs Hechicero, Puma, Tiger, Arena Coliseo, 09/17/2016
Magnus, Marvel, Robin vs El Coyote, Grako, Nitro, Arena Coliseo, 09/24/2016
Trauma I & Trauma II vs Puma (CMLL) & Tiger, Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México, 06/24/2016
El Bandido & Volador Jr. vs Flamita & Fly Warrior, Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México, 06/24/2016
Dark Ozz & Low Rider vs Fénix (AAA) & Máscarita Dorada, Gran Plaza, Fort Worth, Texas, 08/06/2016
This started out as “main CMLL stuff I wanted to cross off my list, even if it wasn’t going to be MOTYC”, with the idea idea I’d watch the full 09/17 show I had attended live to rate it. After watching the one match I liked the best and not liking it as much on TV, I abadoneded that idea and just worked thru a couple of other matches.
Down to just four matches after. Might look around for a couple more things to round up the list, but this is about done.
CMLL (TUE) 01/31/2017Arena México [CMLL, Plantilla Deportiva, SuperLuchas]
1) Magia Blanca & Sangre Imperial DQ El Coyote & Grako Tecnicos took 2/3, the last when Coyote unmasked Sangre Imperial
2) Arkángel de la Muerte, Metálico, Sangre Azteca b Flyer, Robin, Sensei Rudos took 1/3.
3) Tritón b Raziel [lightning] Triton won with the 450 splash
4) La Jarochita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit b La Metálica, Reyna Isis, Tiffany tecnicas took 1/3
5) Negro Casas, Puma, Tiger b Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther Casas family took 2/3. Money thrown in.
6) Carístico, Stuka Jr., Valiente DQ Euforia, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero Bucanero unmasked Stuka again for the DQ.
Lucha Underground Season 3 will return on May 31st. Lucha Underground posted the date on it’s social media. A press release is probably coming soon. The season, barring anything also weird happening, will run until October 18th. I’d suspect that means the other new programming for El Rey is expected to be ready around that time. May 31st is a long way away, but pretty good considering where summer 2017 could’ve turned out.
In the meantime, El Rey will continue to air repeats in the meantime. They’ll be airing 19 weeks of repeats, which is exactly how many new episodes they aired. That might be how they figured out the length of the break. If we really want to overextend that thought out to guess at the future: there’s 21 episodes left in the season, and a 21 week break after would put Season 4 starting on March 14th, 2018. That’s a real long shot, but it does kind of fit with December or January tapings.
Court Bauer, on MLW Radio, says Lucha Underground will be coming to Netflix on February 15th. Seasons 1 and 2 will be made available for “North America and parts of South America”, with options for future seasons. The show will continue to air first on El Rey. The discussion starts about 49 minutes in.
It’s not said which exact countries are included. Mexico wasn’t named checked and would be a big deal. (Mexico is part of North America on on a map, but usually not for distribution.) It would not seem to include the UK or any other European market. Netflix usually adds full seasons at a time, Season 3 normally wouldn’t be added until some period of time after the final. I was surprised by the solidness of this news; there’s a cottage industry of websites that track what’s coming to Netflix in the next month, and none of them have been mentioning Lucha Underground. Bauer usually knows what he’s talking about there. Perhaps it’s a recent deal or LU is small enough to go unnoticed in those. LU being on Netflix is nice for people who haven’t checked out the show and want to marathon, but it’s bigger positive message for the state of show. A Netflix deal isn’t likely to pay for S4 itself, but it’s a sign of forward progress which hasn’t been seen in many months.
Lucha Underground repeats tonight are “Trios Champions” and “Fight to the Death” (Fenix/Mil Muertes death match). If you’re on Spectrum, you probably won’t be able to see either of them tonight (or Blue Demon). Univision pulled off all it’s affiliated channels (including Unimas & El Rey) last night in a rate dispute. El Rey is a small fish in the bigger issue. I can’t imagine this will go too long with Univision being involved, that’s too many viewers displaced to stay that way. In the meantime, at least those viewers aren’t missing new episodes.
Solowrestling has a good 25 minute (English language) interview with Ricochet about a variety of topics. Of note to Lucha Underground, Ricochet says he’s no longer under contract, but under a no-compete until Season 3 finishes airing (which comes up in the context of him appearing in ROH this year. He’d like to if it was possible.) Ricochet earlier says anything is an option, and “I know where I want to go, and I know what I need to be to get there.” It sounds like he’s trying to get himself in position for the best WWE deal possible when it becomes open to him again. There’s nothing ruling him out out from working a LU live shows, if such a thing were to exist, but he seems highly unlikely to sign anything long (or even short) term that’ll keep him from getting where he wants to go.
The Fantasma interview is more relevant to the Lucha Underground talk today. He wasn’t on any of the Season 3 Part 1 episodes. Fatnasma seemed to be having problems with AAA & LU during that period, but also had back surgery last year and back surgery isn’t something you do just to sit out – it wasn’t clear how much each issue contributed to him Fantasma not being around. Fantasma revealed he renegotiated his deal with LU last year, and (now?) has a legal duty to AAA/LU, which he feels the other guys should’ve honored as well. There’s initial LU deals were said to be not good terms for the wrestlers who signed them; I wonder if Fantasma questioned those terms as a way of trying to get out of the deal, and both sides eventually reached a fairer agreement. AAA & LU don’t seem to redo those deals on their own.
The podcast also explains why one match got changed on the Lucha Memes show: Ronnie Mendoza was late getting to Arena Naucalpan due to an accident on the highway, so Laredo (wrestling sick) got moved to the match with Arez instead and Ronnie was in a three way. The VOD deal for that show was supposed to be up by yesterday, but has yet to turn up as far as of when I’m writing about this. I’m still not sure which of those two matches will be part of the package.
Alberto el Patron mentioned he’d be part of a new promotion, Distromania, on May 21st. He hypes ex-WWE wrestlers and his brother-in-laws the UK Hooligans for the show. Like the Octagon “Legado Dragon” show last weekend, this appears to be a Tinieblas Jr.’s FULL show underneath the surface, with Octagon/Alberto’s name on top (and maybe responsible for bringing in some of the top names.) The Legado Dragon show seems like it drew well, so maybe Tinieblas has found a business model in vanity promotions.
CMLL (TUE) 02/07/2017Arena México
1) Acero & Aéreo vs Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Olímpico
2) Oro Jr., Pegasso, Starman vs Canelo Casas, Hijo del Signo, Metálico
3) Blue Panther Jr., Stigma, The Panther vs Sagrado, Skándalo, Virus
4) Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr., Johnny Idol vs Hechicero, Misterioso Jr., Vangellys
5) Stuka Jr. vs Rey Bucanero
6) Carístico, Máximo Sexy, Volador Jr. vs Felino, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero
Rey Bucanero tried really hard in his last two singles matches so maybe this will work. It’s a lot of OK matches. Second match has the first Starman match here in October. He was on the Toryumon show this weekend. Maybe he’s been gone with an injury that’s finally healed?
Someone else getting a trios title chance before the Casas family is not a big surprise. I’d be fine with a title change – Puma & Tiger are Angel de Oro’s best opponents and Atlantis & Titan would make for a good trios title match. The Diamante/Pierroth feud comes here and the tercera should be fun as well, though it probably won’t have Stuka.
I didn’t pick up on it Sunday, but Difunto is a new name here (unless it’s the old Monterrey guy making an unlikely move.)
FantasticaMania is split in half because my weird record keeping. When I started doing this, all the new shows were pretty much on Saturday. It’s just AAA most weeks now. I think I’m the high rating on Dragon Lee/Barbaro Cavernario and I’m never the high rating on anything so that must be wrong.
What happened: On Day 1 of the tour, many outcomes set up challengers for later shows (though Máximo beat Hechicero before their title match.)
What was good: The third and fourth matches were the best on the show. The event was generally watchable, though not as good as the NJPW World shows. Even when good, the matches also often felt like shorter warmup versions of later matches.
Where can I watch it: It’s on the Real Hero archive.
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CMLL (SUN) 01/29/2017Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Micro b Quca Micro took 1/3.
2) Black Sugar, Capitán Cobra, El Yaqui b Carlo Roggi, Guerrero de la Muerte, Mr. Iguana Tecnicos took 1/3. Mr. Iguana’s return (last match October 2015), now as a rudo.
3) El Alteño, Javier Cruz Jr., Nautilius DQ Demonio Rojo, Linterna, Mr. Brisa Tecnicos took 2/3. Nautilius was hurt and the rudos were DQed for excessive violence
4) Furia Roja b Sádico [lightning] Furia Roja took 1/3, the last using the ropes to beat Sadico.
5) Explosivo, Gallo, Mágico b Exterminador, Gran Kenut, Joker Tecnicos took 2/3. Freezer ran into hit Joker, which helped the rudos win. Freezer & Furia Roja attacked Joker until Sadico made the save. Hair match challenges followed.
Again, the Guadalajara Sunday booking makes sense (so it’s not the usual people doing it.)
CMLL (MON) 01/30/2017Arena Puebla [CultIcon, Plantilla Deportiva]
1) Meyer, París, Tigre Rojo Jr. b Ares, El Malayo, Sombra Diabólika Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Demus 3:16, Mini Joker, Pierrothito b Acero, Aéreo, Asturiano Rudos took 2/3.
3) Drone, Rey Cometa, Tritón b Bobby Z, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado Tecnicos took 2/3
4) Atlantis, Dragón Lee, Titán b Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero Tecnicos took 2/3.
5) La Máscara, Máscara Año 2000, Rush DQ Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy [Relevos Increíbles] Tecnicos took 2/3. Rush fouled Diamante Azul and La Mascara pulled of his mask for the DQ.
Middle matches were OK, main event was not. CMLL seems to be starting a feud in week 1 and switching to a different one in week 2 more often. Being more unpredictable doesn’t necessarily make them better.
Today’s Arena Mexico show is a normal CMLL show, though it has some promising matches. Caristico continues to main event a lot of shows, this time teaming with Valiente & Stuka against the returning Euforia, Ultimo Guerrero and Rey Bucanero. Bucanero and Stuka were having a perfectly random feud last week, which may or may continue this week. The semimain is one of the best reoccuring CMLL trios matches, with the Panther family against the Casas family again. We’re all waiting for CMLL to screw it up and have the Casas family lose as a trio before they get their (long overdue) trios title shot, and tonight might be the night.
The women are up to the fourth spot, with Marcela, Sugehit, and Jarochita versus Tiffany, Isis and Metalica. Triton and Raziel meet in a lightning match. As usual with Tuesdays, the first two matches look poor: Robin, Flyer and Sensei attempt to face Arkangel, Metalico and Sangre Azteca. Magia Blanca & Sangre Imperial face Grako & El Coyote in the opener. CMLL’s finally started to put the new guys in the opener, and this would be much more exciting news if the new guys they had around last year were still around.
The show will air CMLL’s YouTube channel at 7:30pm (though the Tuesday feed has started a few minutes late sometimes.)
LigerFever has a recap of the lastest Podcast Boom. There’s some talk about the Crash trying to get television, and Konnan notes the guys who jump trust him enough to go there before they have it. Roberto Figueroa and Aldo Farias‘ otherwise unexplained comments about TV networks not yet realizing the ratings power of wrestling seems like the TV thing is something they’re still having to sell TV networks on.
A surprise luchador is being advertised for the Crash. Seeing as they haven’t announced the lineup yet, this is not especially useful information, most of the card is a surprise at this point. In possibility related news, there were rumors about Niño Hamburguesa leaving AAA last fall, which didn’t end up going anywhere at that point, but he’s not being listed on AAA shows even with AAA using anyone they can to fill out shows. He could be the surprise luchador, or he could just be out with an injury.
There’s a new box y lucha commissioner in Nuevo Laredo. All the “there’s a new box y lucha commissioner” stories are only getting linked to at this point so I can go back and figure out when they were put in charge if something crazy happens.
CMLL (SUN) 02/05/2017Arena México
1) Leono, Magnus, Marvel vs Apocalipsis, Espíritu Negro, Inquisidor
2) Blue Panther Jr., Stigma, The Panther vs Cancerbero, Canelo Casas, Skándalo
3) Blue Panther, Johnny Idol, Stuka Jr. vs Hechicero, Sam Adonis, Vangellys
4) Diamante Azul, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible
5) Carístico vs Negro Casas
This is possibly a better VOD show, only Caristico/Negro Casas just aired in Puebla for free. It was good, but nothing you need to see a second time in a month for a cost. (Volador/Caristico vs Casas/Shocker for the tag titles is probably both an easier to market match and a worse quality one.)
Espiritu Negro resurfaces in CMLL for the first time since August. He hasn’t even been seen in Queretaro of late.
CMLL (MON) 02/06/2017Arena Puebla
1) Arkalis, Hijo de Centella Roja, Meyer vs El Malayo, Fuerza Chicana, Perverso
2) La Jarochita, La Vaquerita, Marcela vs Dalys, La Seductora, Zeuxis
3) Drone, Esfinge, Soberano Jr. vs Okumura, Puma, Tiger
4) Máximo Sexy, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas
5) Pierroth, Rush, Volador Jr. vs Diamante Azul, Euforia, Valiente [Relevos Increíbles]
maybe Rush/Diamante Azul are feuding now? Maybe the Pierroth/Azul feud comes here too? Maybe this is the usual Puebla card where the middle matches might be good and not much else?
AAA on Televisa: 2017-01-28 Cloud Drive (lots on Psycho/Wagner)
taped 2017-01-20 @ Gimnasio Olímpico Juan de la Barrera, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal
1) Faby Apache & Mary Apache vs Averno & Chessman
2) Aerostar & Súper Fly vs Argenis, Australian Suicide, Angélico, Carta Brava Jr., Dagain a cage match
CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2017-01-28 Cloud Drive
taped 2017-01-16 @ Arena Puebla
1) Ángel de Oro, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stigma vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Skándalo
2) Johnny Idol, Marco Corleone, Valiente vs La Máscara, Máscara Año 2000, Vangellys
3) Carístico vs Negro Casas
IWRG Zona XXI: 2017-01-28 Cloud Drive
taped 2017-01-25 @ Arena Naucalpan
1) Cadilac, Kesier Drago, Shadow Boy vs Águila Enmascarada, Araña de Plata, Atomic Star
2) Blue Monsther, Kanon, Vardues vs Acero, Keshin Black, Vampiro Metálico
3) Dragón Fly vs Pibe Alfajor [AIWA ARGENTINA CRUISER]
4) Aramis, Black Dragón, Demonio Infernal, Emperador Azteca, Eterno, Freelance, Hijo del Alebrije vs Dowki, Heddi Karaoui, Hip Hop Man, Mosca (Argentina), Picudo Jr., Taylor Wolf, Yakuza [Copa Higher Power]