great match roundup, week of 2018-01-06

Gran Guerrero having no problems

Shows reviewed

Hey. We’re back. Some day, I’ll explain why there was none of these for month. That day is not today.

The annual resolution to not watch as much CMLL B-Show stuff is on. It won’t last, as always.

Expect a lot of left over 2017 stuff to finally get posted. Maybe I’ll squeeze in the Niebla/Caifan match I totally forgot to watch.

Recommended Matches

rating matches TV Show taped
great Fiero, Flyer, Magia Blanca vs El Coyote, Templario, YagoLUCHA LIBRE SABADO ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 6 DE ENERO DEL 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-01-06 2018-01-06
good Soberano Jr. vs Rey Cometa LUCHA LIBRE SABADO ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 6 DE ENERO DEL 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-01-06 2018-01-06
good Drone, Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón LUCHA LIBRE SABADO ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 6 DE ENERO DEL 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-01-06 2018-01-06
good Niebla Roja vs Gran Guerrero LUCHA LIBRE SABADO ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 6 DE ENERO DEL 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-01-06 2018-01-06
good Cavernario & Volador Jr. vs Último Guerrero & Valiente in a relevos increíbles match LUCHA LIBRE SABADO ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 6 DE ENERO DEL 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-01-06 2018-01-06
good Titán vs Rey Cometa in a lightning match LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 12 DE ENERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-01-12 2018-01-12
ok Aerostar, Drago, Raptor vs Joe Lider, Parka Negra, Súper Fly AEROSTAR VOLÓ DESDE LAS LÁMPARAS LUCHANDO POR MÉXICO TRANSMISIÓN EN DIRECTO FACEBOOK TOO MAINFRAME (posted by TOO MAINFRAME) Luchando por MÉXICO - Programa ESPECIAL - Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide (posted by Lucha Libre AAA) AAA on Televisa: 2018-01-06 2017-12-09

Other matches timed or whatever

rating matches TV Show taped
ok Hijo del Fantasma, Pagano, Psycho Clown vs Averno, Chessman, Texano Jr. Luchando por MÉXICO - Programa ESPECIAL - Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide (posted by Lucha Libre AAA) POR MAS QUE INTENTA TEXANO JR NO PUEDE HUMILLAR AL HIJO DEL FANTASMA SIN MÁSCARA LE RESPONDE (posted by TOO MAINFRAME) AAA on Televisa: 2018-01-06 2017-12-09
ok Pegasso & Titán vs Raziel & Virus LUCHA LIBRE SABADO ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 6 DE ENERO DEL 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-01-06 2018-01-06
ok Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. vs Hechicero, Pólvora, Universo 2000 Jr. LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 8 DE ENERO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-01-08 2018-01-08
ok Magia Blanca & Retro vs Akuma & Yago LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 9 DE ENERO DEL 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-01-09 2018-01-09
ok Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Rey Cometa vs Johnny Idol, Okumura, Sam Adonis LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 9 DE ENERO DEL 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-01-09 2018-01-09
ok Dragón Lee, Rush, Soberano Jr. vs Cuatrero, Máscara Año 2000, Sansón LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 9 DE ENERO DEL 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-01-09 2018-01-09
ok Eléctrico & Stukita vs Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 12 DE ENERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-01-12 2018-01-12
ok Flyer, Pegasso, Stigma vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Universo 2000 Jr. LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 12 DE ENERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-01-12 2018-01-12
ok Blue Panther Jr., The Panther, Tritón vs Sagrado, Tiger, Virus LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 12 DE ENERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-01-12 2018-01-12
ok Blue Panther, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Sam Adonis LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 12 DE ENERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-01-12 2018-01-12
ok Carístico, Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone vs Kráneo, Terrible, Vangellys LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 12 DE ENERO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-01-12 2018-01-12
below average Dave The Clown, Monsther Clown, Murder Clown vs Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, La Parka LA PARKA VS LOS TRAIDORES LUCHANDO POR MÉXICO TRANSMISIÓN EN DIRECTO FACEBOOK TOO MAINFRAME (posted by TOO MAINFRAME) Luchando por MÉXICO - Programa ESPECIAL - Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide (posted by Lucha Libre AAA) AAA on Televisa: 2018-01-06 2017-12-09
not rated Centella Roja & Vega vs Ares & Guerrero Espacial LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 8 DE ENERO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-01-08 2018-01-08
not rated Flyer, Millenium, Pegasso vs Fuerza Chicana, Hijo del Signo, Policeman LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 8 DE ENERO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-01-08 2018-01-08
not rated Dragón Lee, Soberano Jr., Valiente vs Euforia, Felino, Mr. Niebla  (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-01-08 2018-01-08
not rated Marco Corleone, Rey Bucanero, Terrible vs Diamante Azul, Gran Guerrero, Pierroth in a relevos increíbles match  (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-01-08 2018-01-08
not rated Drone, Fuego, Star Jr. vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Nitro, Sangre Azteca LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 9 DE ENERO DEL 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-01-09 2018-01-09
not rated Disturbio vs Puma in a lightning match LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 9 DE ENERO DEL 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-01-09 2018-01-09
not rated Atlantis, Carístico, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 9 DE ENERO DEL 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-01-09 2018-01-09

lucha TV preview for weekend of February 9th, 2018

full size

AAA on Twitch is listed as an 8:30 start time. Let’s be real, nothing is happening before 9. I don’t know even if the card is right. Should be a good time.

CMLL on Claro has Kobayashi’s streaming debut, and also a competition to see who gets to lose to Volador & Ultimo Guerrero. It’s weird CMLL is having a competition to determine the best 2 man team in CMLL and also needs to fill it’s two man team titles and these are unrelated facts.

I guess CMLL Azteca is interesting to see how things get split? Maybe AAA Televisa is interesting to see if they just go one week behind Space or do something completely different? Maybe it’s not that interesting of a week.

The Crash: 2017-12-01 

sometimes your seat comes with Black Boy

Recapped: 01/05/2017

Matches: 

Arkángel Divino & Black Boy vs Aramis (Estado de México) & Toxin (Estado de México)
(10:59, excellent, via
MegaKakashi619)

An outstanding match, one of the best The Crash matches of the year. These are two up and down teams, prone to spectacular moments and the occasional youthful mistake, only they didn’t really make the mistakes here. It was just a lot of big offense for ten minutes. The pace slowed down slightly during the second half, but then they did the doomsday device tope into the crowd and everything was awesome again. Team CDMX got ripped off after their superb combo – hometown ref should’ve given them a three count. In more serious matters, Toxin & Aramis felt like they had been training together, and had totally come to this match prepared. This is ever so slightly docked cause I have no idea what happened on the finish from this video, but it really fits along Sky Man/Saturno as the kind of all action style indie match I really enjoy. This would be one of the first matches I’d show people if they wanted to know what The Crash was about.

this headscissors keeps looking better
a tough part of Tijuana

Christi Jaynes, Keyra, Lacey Lane vs Black Danger, Jonathan, Último Maldito
(12:41, good,
MegaKakashi619)

The viewing of the women’s match is though, because the person in front is wearing a Black danger mask, and the big white afro is blocking the center of the ring. The action is pretty good when you can see, you just have to accept you can’t for large portions of this. The misogynistic spots are still there, but it doesn’t feel like the story of the match like it has in other mixed matches. The women base really well for the women’s offense and the match has a lot of showy spots.

Jaynes tricky headscissors
Black Danger smartly covers up for the dropkick

Hijo de LA Park vs Jack EvansJoey RyanLuke HawxViento
(11:38, good,
MegaKakashi619)

This is about as random as group of people as there could be, with everyone but Jack not really regulars here and not regular opponents. It’s a bit directionless and strange, but it goes as well as it could given that setup. Viento & Park seem to have the best exchanges. Joey Ryan does his Joey Ryan stuff.

A Viento GIF

Damián 666 & M-ximo vs Black Taurus & Pierroth
(8:37, ok, 
MegaKakashi619)

This was a bit of a waste of Black Taurus, who’s great in working with Máximo but feels qualified for something better. It’s a match with no real finish – a one armed Garza comes out and helps martiente Damian for the DQ, then gets run of by the Rojo Rebellion. That’s at least a substitute for the Daga/Garza stuff that was probably supposed to happen here, but the match itself wasn’t all that interesting. Damian’s back on the next show, six weeks later, and isn’t involved with any of these guys, so it seems kind of pointless.

Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson vs Daga & The King
(17:01, good, via
MegaKakashi619)

This comes across as big match for Daga & Rey Fenix, and another indie appearance for the Bucks. It’s a bit more comedy and bits, and not always so serious – doing a long staggering around spot about 14 minutes in is about the level. They’re not blowing off the match, and they get over with it, but it’s also not the dream match. Daga has a bad moment early, flipping on to his head and onto Matt Jackson, does better the rest of the match, but is missing that little bit extra where he takes over the match. This is fun enough if you go in to it with reduced expectations.

Fenix armdrags can’t be stopped
Fenix tope con giro

LA Park & Nicho el Millionario vs La Máscara & Rush and Bestia 666 & Garza Jr.
(13:17, good,
MegaKakashi619)

Better than I thought it would be. It didn’t come together in a big way, and the finish was strange (since when do Los Ingobernables have a referee?), but there were interesting enough parts. Rush & Park had their usual good chemistry. I wonder how many times I’ve seen LA Park push a referee into a sunset flip and count pin. It’s a good sized numbers. The usual finisher sequence turning into everyone clotheslining and dropkicking each other hard was unique. Garza and Bestia getting into an unending war of superkicks because they’re essentially the same guy was amusing. Nicho seemed to have more energy but was moving gingerly.

Bestia toss
Rush will never stop this spear

 

RIOT No Sabes Quien, CMLL/ELITE

RIOT (SAT) 02/03/2018 Arena Femenil, Monterrey, Nuevo León[LuchaMania Monterrey]
1) Byron & Kaientai b Azrael & Muerte Extrema
2) Caifan II b Furor
money thrown in
3) Erick Ortiz b Dralion
4) Kratoz b KamikazeMr. IguanaArezJack Evans
Please Don’t Dive Invitational #2. Sammy Guevera, who was scheduled for the show but injured, worked as special ring announcer for this show (and referee & beer seller for this show.) Sammy bragged he’d beaten everyone in the match (except Iguana, who he didn’t even know what was) and wanted a dance challenge instead. Sammy’s dance was interrupted by the surprise appearance of Jack Evans. Evans outdanced Sammy and then superkicked him. Everyone dove. Jack looked like he was going to win until Sammy pulled him out and superkicked him. Kratos beat Kamikaze.
5) Último Ninja b Low RiderLaredo Kid
Laredo Kid got the win on Low Rider after he leaped into a double RKO.

This was the show where nothing was announced besides Guevera. It looked like it drew about normal and those who came were happy with the show. At some point, this show may be on Powerbomb.TV.

JVDA Photography has one two photo montages of this show.

CMLL put a full press release about yesterday’s media event.  One item that jumped out me as how Domingos Elite is being positioned as run by a combination of Elite, CMLL and Azteca. Elite appeared to be simply tenants last time around, and business partners this time. Maybe that’ll keep them sustainable for a longer period of time.

ESTO talked to Golden Magic, who says he was one of the first person brought aboard ELITE before they were even running shows.

In an “only in Mexico” thing, Ultimo Guerrero & Gran Guerrero face Cibernetico & Sharly Rockstar in the main event of the ELITE return show, then Ultimo Guerrero & Gran Guerrero face Electroshock & Sharly Rockstar about two hours later in Arena Neza.

CMLL has a recap of Puma’s post-FantasticaMania matches in Japan. Atlantis was talking on Facebook as I write this.

HIjo del Vikingo wants to make a mark in AAA by winning the cruiserweight title this Friday.

Fantasma & Texano were guests on Zona Ruda.

Asterisco Jr. and Perfil were awarded tecnico and rudo luchador in Arena Coliseo Reynosa. Mascara Roja Jr. & Hijo were tag team of the year.

Michinoku Pro’s Daichi Sasaki is headed to Mexico at the end of March.

Masked Republic tee shirts are now available on Uwartees.

Lucha Sorpresa talks about good matches from the last week or so.

Lucha Talk has a new episode.

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report.

Segunda Caida watches Black Terry & Negro Navarro versus Satanico & Blue Panther.

Lineups

IWRG (SUN) 02/11/2018 Arena Naucalpan
1) Full Contact vs Skanda
2) Alas de Acero & Haziel vs Fandango & Odín
3) Aramis & Hijo del Alebrije vs Eterno & Lunatic Xtreme
4) Emperador Azteca © vs Cerebro Negro [IWRG IC WELTER]
5th defense (last two were scheduled in small Oaxaca shows which may or may not have happened.)
5) Ovett, Trauma I, Trauma II vs Hijo del Pantera, Internacional Pantera, Pantera I
6) Danny Casas, Hijo De Dos Caras, Imposible vs Dr. Cerebro, El Hijo del Medico Asesino, Máscara Año 2000 Jr.
7) Black Dragón vs Spartan [hair]

Both the people in the main event have lost their masks, who will hit rock bottom?

4 & 5 pick up the feuds from a couple weekend ago. Third mach could be good if it makes air. Medico Asesino must be sad about missing out on the Elite return so far.

CMLL (SUN) 02/11/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Amperaje vs El Jabali
2) Mr. Ángel & Último Ángel vs Frentico & Paymon
3) Tigre Blanco © vs Thunder Boy [SINALOA WELTER]
2nd defense
4) Gran Kenut & León Blanco © vs Black Sugar & Neutrón [SINALOA TAG]
new name for the Pacific Coast tag titles?
5) Vaquero Jr. vs MetatrónMagnumMágicoExplosivoJokerRáfagaFuria RojaDifuntoFrezzer [Copa Guadalajara]

A quite busy show for a Sunday Guadlajara show. Frentico is a new name here; there’s one in Xalapa. Jabali is a new name and an old one; there was a Jabali here in late 50s and early 60s.

CMLL (TUE) 02/13/2018 Arena México
1) Acero & Aéreo vs Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Olímpico
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Flyer vs Akuma, Hijo del Signo, Templario
3) Audaz, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther vs Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Virus
4) Marcela vs Princesa Sugehit [lightning]
5) Blue Panther, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Hechicero, Johnny Idol, Okumura
6) Marco Corleone, Titán, Valiente vs Cavernario, Mephisto, Mr. Niebla

Marcela & Princesa Sugehit is an interesting match. They’ve had four singles matches, all were title matches, and Marcela won every single time. It should set up another title match if she wins.

More Audaz/Virus. Could that be a secondary Homenaje a Dos Leyendas match? It’s happening at some point.

CMLL (TUE) 02/13/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Black Sugar & Star Black vs Maléfico & Relámpago Azul
2) Explosivo, Magia Blanca, Robin vs El Coyote, Grako, Guerrero de la Muerte
3) Esfinge, Pegasso, Rey Cometa vs Cancerbero, Disturbio, Raziel
4) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Pierroth
5) Diamante Azul, Mistico, Rush vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible

They seemed to be setting up Ultimo Guerrero & Volador here. Neither are back this week.

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2018-01-09 

strange things

Recapped: 02/05/2018

Matches:

Magia Blanca & Retro beat Akuma & Yago
(10:24 [4:35, 2:31, 3:18], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Drone, Fuego, Star Jr. beat Arkángel de la Muerte, Nitro, Sangre Azteca
(12:40 [6:40, 2:44, 3:16], 2/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Puma beat Disturbio in a lightning match
(4:13, casita, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Johnny Idol, Okumura, Sam Adonis beat Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Rey Cometa
(11:46 [5:13, 1:55, 4:38], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Dragón Lee, Rush, Soberano Jr. beat Cuatrero, Máscara Año 2000, Sansón
(9:35 [1:45, 3:23, 4:27], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Atlantis, Carístico, Volador Jr. beat Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
(6:27 [3:15, 3:12], 1/2 DQ, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

pobre Yago

This is the final show before FantasticaMania for many of the people on this show, with them heading to the airport after this show. The average match quality is down from usual as a result, with luchadors trying to primarily stay in one piece before getting on a plane a few hours later. Euforia and Carístico aren’t going anywhere, so they feud in the main event to set up a singles match next week.

Drone’s match turns out to be his last Arena Mexico match for time being. He’s currently suspended for an indefinite amount of time following wrestling in no condition to perform in Japan.

Thoughts: 

this doesn’t work

Assuming everything progress on like we’d expect, there’s going to be a lot of NGD vs Dragon Lee/Soberano matches in the future, and this was a little preview of that. Little because it didn’t even crack ten minutes, yet the young guys showed promising chemistry. Rush seemed to even be into the match at times. It makes me think Rush’s ideal promotion might have been Leyendas Inmortales, where he could’ve just brawled with old men in main events constantly. The Mr. Jack match would’ve been something.

The Axis of Evil have some rougher moments with some of the tecnico spots, but get enough of that matches like the fourth match can hold together. Johnny Idol has found his calling as guy who losses in poses to Niebla Roja. He’s an easily dislikable dork on many occasions in that match. The técnicos are smooth like always, but there’s not a lot going on.

The opener very much felt like a rookie match, though in a way that’s or interesting than most of the openers. Retro is awkward as ever, but at least seems to have a decent amount of offense now. Yago is hero or a fool for taking Retro’s cutter. Akuma and Magia Blanca seem to have some chemistry, showing some emotion against each other. Both of Magia Blanca’s finishes looked poor though.

CMLL Puebla: 2018-01-08

Stigma best used as a weapon

Recapped: 02/03/2018

Matches:

Ares & Guerrero Espacial beat Centella Roja & Vega  
(13:24 [6:20, 2:19, 4:45], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Flyer, Millenium, Pegasso  beat  Fuerza Chicana, Hijo del Signo, Policeman
(14:50 [6:17, 4:20, 4:13], 1/3, n/r,  VideosOficialesCMLL)

Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. beat Hechicero, Pólvora, Universo 2000 Jr.
(11:19 [5:02, 2:50, 3:27], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Euforia, Felino, Mr. Niebla beat Dragón Lee, Soberano Jr., Valiente  
(10:29 [4:07, 1:18, 5:04], 2/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Diamante Azul, Gran Guerrero, Pierroth beat Marco Corleone, Rey Bucanero, Terrible in a relevos increíbles match
(6:12 [2:44, 3:28], 1/2, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

The main event sets up a Diamante Azul/Marco Corleone title match by Azul beating him in straight falls.

The semifinal did feature a great moment in a referee refusing to allow a double submission to count, with Mr. Niebla having no idea what wa going on.

Thoughts: 

maybe he just needs to hook the arm with the leg quicker

I’m trying (once again!) to cut back on my CMLL b-show reviews in order to redirect that time into more useful areas. I still think I need to watch at least one match a show to make this recaps worth the time it takes to post them. The tercera was no extraordinary match, but it was the best looking match on the card and a good enough match for a TV watch. Stigma & Universo 2000 surprisingly work well together in the first fall, the rudos come across strong taking the match over, and Guerrero Maya & Hechicero match up well together. They’d match up even better the next week, that’s where you need to use your time. Hechicero’s avoidance of Stuka’s splash into a submission is a tricky thing to pull off – if you don’t make it a big move, it feels like it should register as an impact, but Hechicero needs to shrug it off to immediately lock in his impact. It’s a good idea to do something different with Stuka’s splash, it just didn’t come across as smoothly as it needed to here. against each other.

Angel de Oro versus Cuatrero for H2L on 03/16, Elite back on TV (A+), Rey de Reyes

H2L 2018

CMLL (TUE) 02/06/2018 Arena México
1) Fantasy & Último Dragóncito b Pequeño Violencia & Pierrothito LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 6 DE FEBRERO DE  2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
2) Astral, Oro Jr., Star Jr. b Espanto Jr., Nitro, Sangre Azteca LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 6 DE FEBRERO DE  2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Kawato San, Misterioso Jr., Virus b Audaz, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 6 DE FEBRERO DE  2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3. Kawato’s first win in CMLL.
4) Rey Cometa, Soberano Jr., Titán b Felino, Hechicero, Rey Bucanero LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 6 DE FEBRERO DE  2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
5) Cuatrero DQ Ángel de Oro LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 6 DE FEBRERO DE  2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Cuatrero took 1/3, the last when Angel de Oro fouled and unmasked him. Mask match challenges followed.
6) Carístico, Niebla Roja, Valiente b Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 6 DE FEBRERO DE  2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tecnicos took 1/3.

Cuatrero/Angel de Oro was more set up than match.

Kawato keeps looking at Misterioso when he’s doing something – or not supposed to be doing something. He did it while applying a wristlock to beat Fuego in the first fall and then I couldn’t stop noticing it. They’ve been on the same team in every match so far. It is nice they’ve assigned someone to make sure Kawato knows what he’s doing in these matches, since they usually have Okumura in that role.

CMLL held it’s Dos Leyendas press conference today. Some of the stuff was already announced, some new, just like last week’s AAA show.

CMLL (TUE) 02/06/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@Arena_GDL]
1) Omar Brunetti & Tigre Blanco ?? Joker & Thunder Boy
tecnicos took 1, rudos took fall 2, no third fall reported
2) La Seductora, Reyna Isis, Tiffany b Kaho Kobayashi, Lady Maravilla, Sanely
rudas took 1/3
3) Blue Panther Jr., The Panther, Tritón b Disturbio, Puma, Tiger
Puma’s return from Japan. Tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Blue Panther b Okumura
Okumura wore a Blue Panther mask to taunt him. Panther took falls 2/3 to win. Money thrown in.
5) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero b Dragón Lee, Marco Corleone, Volador Jr.
Rudos took 1/3, UG sneaking in a foul on his current partner Volador.

Hooray, UG wrestling Atlantis & Volador, how novel.

Homenaje a Dos Leyendas

The show will take place on March 16th, with Angel de Oro versus Cuatrero in a mask versus mask match. This has seemed like the direction the last few weeks. It still mirror the past year’s Anniversary show, two guys who have never been used as singles main eventers on big shows being asked to carry a big show. The rest of the card is TBA.

Mil Mascaras will be the legend honored. He appeared in a video tape bit.

Tickets for the show on Ticketmaster run $336.00 – $1,476.00 MXN (18 -78 USD). Last year’s show (Pierroth/Diamatne Azul) went from 304-1849. Anniversary went 363-2352.

ELITE

It’s back. With a poster and TV.

This version of Elite is presented as more of an overt CMLL/ELITE co-promotional situation than in times past. Ernesto Santillán was there as Elite general manager, and Gerardo Melin & Rafaél Ayala will be announcers. Hechicero & Tirantes will also work as guest announcers, the role Shocker filled last time.

Elite will be airing on A+, an subchannel offshoot of the main Azteca channel in Mexico that was launched just last year. Most of the country can get the channel over the air, though it’s figures to have much less awareness than the channel they were on previously. (In the US, these digital subchannels have not caught on at all, not sure how it’s gone in Mexico.) Shows will air on Sundays at 2pm, the week after they take place.

It is possible the US Azteca eventually picks up this show, though that wasn’t announced as a plan here.

Ultimo Guerrero made it clear he wants the Elite heavyweight championship currently held by Cibernetico, in the process of burying him for not showing up for the press conference. Golden Magic was the sole ELITE luchador present.

Other CMLL announcements

The CMLL tag team titles were declared vacant, for not having been defended in 16 months. (The last defense was in October 2016.)  CMLL had been trying to get the titles off of Shocker & Casas for a while, only one or the other would get hurt or be otherwise busy or an earthquake would cancel shows for two weeks. It seemed like they should just vacate them for a while and had held off doing them. I’d think this means they had new champs and a plan to get there ready to go and just needed to get the titles freed, except CMLL said they didn’t have any specific plan to fill the tournament to announce.

The new Teleformula show starts this Sunday, at 1pm. They’ll air Friday matches, starting with the current tournament.

None of this will affect the internet/YouTube content. It’ll go on as it has.

No one appeared to ask about Drone, at least during the live press conference.

AAA & LA Park

(This is no longer the H2L press conference)

Last night, there was an interesting Twitter interaction R de Rudo picked up on. The shorter version is LA Park told a fan he can’t be at TripleMania or fight AAA guys without an invitation, and Dorian invited him. They’ve continued it today, and now AAA’s own Twitter has RT-ed it. That confirms it’s something AAA wants to promote.

There were rumors of LA Park making a surprise appearance as part of the Guerra de Titanes main event. It may have been a reason that whole cage match came off so badly; the theory goes LA Park just didn’t show and they threw something together – but the only people who know for sure are LA Park & AAA and they’re not saying. What we do know is Park would obviously like to have a payoff the level of what Wagner got last year, and AAA would like the attention bringing that would come with bringing back Park once again. This fits Dorian talking about trying to sign a national star and later talking about how stars want to work in AAA.

This doesn’t mean LA Park is necessarily going back to AAA – it’s LA Park, he does whatever he wants, he could show up in Elite on Sunday and no one would be shocked. But there’s smoke to this Twitter bit.

Other News

 

The California based Heroes of Lucha Libre hasn’t been seen since running it’s second show in December. Tinieblas says they’ll be back April 6, 7th and 8th. That’s WrestleMania weekend. There’s no location announced so I guess they could even be in New Orleans. The building they have been using, Citizen Bank Arena, is booked for a hockey game on April 6.

MDA posted a Rush promo (against the MAD group.) MDA sending out promos to build to matches is interesting, but the thing that struck me was this might mean about Rush’s status. This could mean he’s done with The Crash for the time being, since CMLL seems to let their top guys only pick one of these indie groups to work with. A big attraction of The Crash for Rush was to work with La Mascara and that’s not an option now. He’s not on The Crash’s next card and hasn’t been announced as coming with them to WrestleMania.

Lucha Memes says their next show will be on 03/11 back in Coacalco, with Keyra vs Kaho Kobayashi. This is not a title match, though the title is an interesting part of this. Keyra was CMLL REINA International Junior champion, REINA took the belt away (likely because a deal couldn’t be worked out with Keyra), and Kobayashi won the vacant title.

The art for this Memes show is Japanese themed. They’ve hinted about booking Kawato while he’s in Mexico, so I think there’s a chance he works this show

+LuchaTV’s latest podcast includes interviews w/NGD and Mr. Iguana..

Box Y Lucha has the Alvarados and Andrade Almas on the cover.

El Universal writes about lucha libre photographer Gonzalo Lopez.

Debate has an article on Culiacan luchador el Delfin.

New Zealand’s Stuff has the usual tourist visits Arena Mexico piece.

Arolucha is holding a contest to meet Rey Mysterio at a yet to be announced taping in Nashville.

2018 is Lucha Libre writes about NGD vs Kamikazes del Aire and Kawato’s latest match.

Lineups

CMLL (MON) 02/12/2018 Arena Puebla
1) Astro, Asturiano, Black Tiger vs Joker, King Jaguar, Saurón
2) Arkalis, Millenium, Starman vs Cancerbero, El Malayo, Raziel
3) Stuka Jr., Titán, Tritón vs Kawato San, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado
4) Mistico, Soberano Jr., Volador Jr. vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
5) Atlantis vs Último Guerrero

This is the 7th time Atlantis & Ultimo Guerrero have wrestled a singles in this building alone in the last 7 years. Matches 3/4 could be good.

AAA TV (SUN) 02/25/2018 Plaza de Toros Rodolfo Rodriguez el Pana, Apizaco, Tlaxcala
1) Dinastía, Pimpinela Escarlata, Venum vs Chicano, Mamba, Villano III Jr. [Rey de Reyes, qualifying]
2) Raptor & Tiger Boy vs Ángel Mortal Jr. & Máscara de Bronce [Rey de Reyes, qualifying]
3) Dave The Clown & La Parka vs Monsther Clown & Murder Clown [Rey de Reyes, qualifying]
4) Angelikal & Bengala vs Histeria & Psicosis [Rey de Reyes, qualifying]
5) Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Hijo Del Vikingo vs Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly [Rey de Reyes, qualifying]
6) La Máscara, Máximo, Psycho Clown vs Hernandez, Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr., Rey Escorpión

AAA suddenly realized both they have a Rey de Reyes tournament coming up and also that they employ Dinasita. Great news for everyone. The main event might be a Rey de Reyes match too, who’s to say. Last year’s Rey de Reyes was an unannounced Royal Rumble, so no idea what these matches are leading into this time.

(What’s great here is it’s going to be pretty tough for AAA to announce a Rey de Reyes card without giving these matches all away.)

For what it’s worth, CMLL doesn’t own Maximo – another non-wrestling company had the rights to name for merchandise, which is why he ended up as Maximo Sexy. CMLL did file a trademark for La Mascara in 2010, listing this guy’s first usage of it in 2004 as the start. Plenty of people have used La Mascara even before then, which might be why that trademark has been stuck in “under review” status for the last 7 years.

AAA on Televisa: 2018-01-06 

 

nice to see Parka Negra

Recapped: 01/06/2018

This was the third of the annual three recap shows. The 12/23 show had matches from TripleMania (the ladder match, the four way tag match, and Wagner/Psycho.) The second show had matches from the other big shows (Rey de Reyes sword match, the Verano de Escandalo tag mask match, Ayako/Shani, and the Heroes Inmortales care match). This show focused on AAA’s charity efforts. They showed the Gold Guitar match from the Hard Rock show (which was used as charity) and the top three matches from the Luchando del Mexico show, which had not been aired previously.

The new matches were taped from Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera, on December 9th. The arena had a different stage than usual, and they bathed the arena in a black/purple light.

Matches:

Joe Lider, Parka Negra, Súper Fly beat Aerostar, Drago, Raptor
(9:04, Super Fly springboard splash Raptor, ok, Lucha Libre AAA)

Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, La Parka beat Dave The Clown, Monsther Clown, Murder Clown  
(11:17, COR, below average, Lucha Libre AAA)

Hijo del Fantasma, Pagano, Psycho Clown beat Averno, Chessman, Texano Jr.
(18:28, Pagano pin Averno + Psycho pin Chessman, ok, via Lucha Libre AAA)

What happened: 

this looked odd and weird

This is a show in Mexico City, so Fantasma (Sr.) is at ringside, and Texano taunts him while beating up his son, seemingly taking credit for his retirement. After 18 minutes of action, Tirantes slaps Fantasma in the back and grabs him, Texano kicks and gets Tirantes by mistake, Texano recovers and unmasks Fantasma, Fantasma fouls Texano and covers, and the rudos rush into break it up. Psycho and Pagano win with pinfalls on OGT and Averno ten seconds later.

Cuervo & Scoria are wresting in skeleton themed shirts underneath the straight jackets to match Parka, but we never get the big reveal because the rudos attack them first.

About 9 minutes in, with no explanation or provocation, Aerostar climbs a light tower. (He’s wearing a GoPro camera around his head as he climbs, which might be the reason. GoPro is a sponsor of this event.) No one is even outside when he does that. The announcers compare this to TripleMania, and it’s just like that in that they pretty much stop showing the match to shift to shots of Aerostar. The técnicos send the rudos out, send them around the corner teasing a dive, Scoria does dive and gets caught and dropped, and then Aerostar jumps onto everyone. (The camera is gone when we see Aerostar on the floor, he may have quickly pulled it off after he landed.) That feels like that should be a DQ, which Arturo Rivera points out at the announce table. The rudos never make it back in and are counted out.

Noti AAA focuses on the Guerra de Titanes card. All the matches are covered. Mundo/Wagner is hyped like there’s nothing strange going on there. There’s also the announcement that the Luchando de Mexico gate will be donated to charity, and a mention of Pagano’s injury.

Thoughts: 

if you watch this twice, you’ve seen it more times than AAA showed it

The main event went forever, included Tirantes turning rudo about 15 seconds, and was not that interesting most of the time. All of these matches felt a bit in house show mode, which is really what this is for all three matches despite the TV cameras, though at least the Fantasma/Texano was a bit more intense. I never think Pagano is much good, but he seemed particularly bad in this match. He’s not good at being a técnico doing a lot of flashy moves and hopefully they take him back in his original direction next time we see him.

This Parka match is a setup to do a Go Pro stunt. We never see the video from the Go Pro angle, and the angle we do see shows Aerostar as a dark blob falling to the floor. There is no replay. It is never mentioned again after this show. It is dumb on every level. Even if Aerostar was totally willing and eager to do this stunt, someone with concern for his safety should’ve said no. The Clowns, once again, put up the best effort they could in catching, but could’ve been hurt in something that wasn’t worth more than 30 seconds of attention on this show. The match itself was nothing, maybe because they knew it wouldn’t matter much, and was overtaken by the stunt in the end anyway.

Nothing much going on in the opener. The rudos do the minimum on offense. They are there to set up the técnicos, but it’s not a big night of them. Nice to see Parka Negra, who’s just doing his Último Gladiador stuff in the gimmick now because who cares. Parka Negra was given a big introduction and build up for one that’s petered out gong nowhere, yet they still keep it around. It’s strange. So is Super Fly winning on a slingshot splash out of nowhere. It was made weirder by Tirantes turning away from the ring before the finish for no reason, as if he needed to avoid seeing a foul, but there was just foul.

flying dino

Chairo12, WWE says no Latin american tourny at this time, Cuatrero/Angel de Oro

photo by Black Terry Jr.

Lucha Memes (MON) 02/05/2018 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, R de Rudo]
1) Luis Cirio, Manny Cirio, Tony Cirio b 19 Y Medio, Gato De Ecatepec, Manchitas
2) Ángel o Demonio, León Rojo, Ovett b Arez, Belial, Impulso
Prior to the match, Lucha Libre Boom (Fantasma de la Opera, Carta Brava, Suicida among them) ran in to challenge the Memes wrestlers. Bloody match.
3) Cavernario b Mr. Iguana
4) Keyra & Ricky Marvin b Psique & Sky Man and Corsario Negro Jr. & Drako
5) Diva Salvaje, Mr. Niebla, Zoy Raymunda b Fresero Jr., Súper Mega, Último Vampiro Producciones carita jc (posted by CaritaJC LuchaLibre)
6) Hechicero b Satánico Producciones carita jc (posted by CaritaJC LuchaLibre)
7) Cuatrero, Forastero (CMLL), Sansón b Alas de Acero, Aramis, Iron Kid [MEX TRIOSProducciones carita jc (posted by CaritaJC LuchaLibre)
second defense

Video off the top matches are already. Heard the title match was really good, and that Cavernario looked injured during this match, though I’m unclear if it was something he came in with or suffered during along the way. Good turnout for the show.

A Lucha Libre Boom invasion has no interest to me – Fantasma de la Opera & (this) Carta Brava do not have interesting matches, and guys like Arez & Suicida work for both – but it’s not for me.

CMLL

CMLL (MON) 02/05/2018 Arena Puebla [CMLL, CulticonNotimex]
1) Policeman & Saurón b París & Vega LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 5 DE FEBRERO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 2/3.
2) Joker & Pierrothito b Astro & Último Dragóncito LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 5 DE FEBRERO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3.
3) Lestat, Starman, Tigre Rojo Jr. b El Perverso, Hijo del Signo, Rey Apocalipsis LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 5 DE FEBRERO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 2/3
4) Stigma b Tiger [lightningLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 5 DE FEBRERO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Stigma won in 7:59.
5) Dragón Lee, Soberano Jr., Titán b Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 5 DE FEBRERO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tecnicos took 1/3.
6) Atlantis, Pierroth, Rush DQ Gran Guerrero, Marco Corleone, Último Guerrero [Relevos IncreíblesLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 5 DE FEBRERO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Straight falls. UG fouled Atlantis, setting up a singles match next week.

Matches 4 & 5 sounded like they went very well.

Beyond the singles match, they’re teasing Atlantis vs Ultimo Guerrero in an apuesta too, which seems like an odd decision if they’re actually going to be delivering Angel de Oro vs Cuatrero.

Tonight’s Arena Mexico has that exact match, Angel de Oro versus Cuatrero, in what’s increasingly looking like the Homenaje a Dos Leyendas main event. CMLL may make that official as soon as tomorrow’s noon press conference. Today’s match is more about seeing if they can make it a little bit better than their match in Tokyo.

The actual main event is Caristico, Niebla Roja and Valiente versus Los Hijos del Infierno, who have been put together as a unit a little more often lately. The fourth match pits y Cometa, Soberano and Titan against Rey Bucanero, Felino and Hechicero. Audaz & Kawato are in action tonight. It’s the same rudo trio as Friday (Kawato, Virus and Misterioso) against Audaz, Fuego and Guerrero Maya. The show begins at 7:30 and will air on CMLL’s YouTube channel.

Guadalajara has Marco Corleone, Volador Jr. & Dragon Lee versus the Guerreros and an odd Blue Panther vs Okumura singles match. Puma returns from Japan to CMLL on this show.

WWE has a Latin American Tournament – or not…

A couple of days ago, PlanetaWrestling said there were plans for a WWE Latin American tournament. Dave Meltzer confirmed that Latin American tournament on his podcast (and also on his message board.) Both say the tournament would take place in August. After Meltzer amplified the story, WWE’s William Regal said no Latin American tournament is scheduled at this time.

Regal’s denial is a pretty hard denial but Meltzer is usually not that far wrong. It could be the story got out before it was official or ready to be announced “at this time”, or it could be just not happening at all. I had a lot written here about that tournament, and I can rewrite it later when if it’s official later. The short version is I would expect people from CMLL and Mexican indie people to be plucked for any such tournament.

Other News

It looks like AAA is going to promote the Johnny Mundo & Hernandez vs Dr. Wagner Jr. & Psycho Clown main event for Aguascalientes, even though La Parka seemed to earn a title match for this show and Taya sure was clear on Mundo being done after Guerra de Titanes. Mundo did show up for that show and they did address his situation before the show last time, so perhaps they’ll do it again here.

AAA’s Twitch channel is not exactly what I thought it would be the first few days in. It looks like they’re going thru the 2011 calendar year of TV tapings, and airing 5-6 episodes (or around 8 hours) a day on a loop. It’s not perfectly going in order – there was a bunch of AAA April 2011 shows that seemed to be skipped yesterday – and it’s not going as far as you’d eventually hope, but it is decent video wallpaper. I know they’re probably going to add more over time, and the one thing I’d like to see now is just a listing of what episodes are streaming that day to give an idea of what matches to see. Today’s batch includes a Naucalpan show I recall as being good.

Hijo del Santo, as he does every year, held a press conference at El Santo’s statue to remember his father’s passing. He mentioned the TV series (which I mistakenly called a movie) will begin filming in August & September with the idea of it starting to air in December. Hijo del Santo says he’s going to only wrestle sporadically to concentrate on the show, though that seems to be his normal amount of wrestling now anyway. Here is footage of El Santo on the subway.

Rebelion Amarilla will be on The Crash show in Tijuana. Bestia, Garza, MechaWolf, Black Taurus and Lacey Lane are pictured. Daga has also been announced. The Crash also announced classes for it’s new training center.

I’m on the latest edition of the Winter Palace.

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report and the latest Poster-Mania.

Villano III Jr. and Rey Wagner said pleasant things about wrestling in Mazatlan.

 

new lucha videos for the weekend of February 2, 2018

IWRG aired no new matches in the usual spot. I checked the overnight replay on a whim, and I think they’re new matches, and I think they’re the Wednesday matches but I’m far from certain – in a hurry, all trainees, announcers are no help. Let me know if I screwed up (just not in the YouTube comments, I almost never check those.)

My current theory is Lucha Azteca is getting strange matches because they’re now splitting the matches between two different TV shows. They were definitely recording introductions for the (ClaroSports TV) Titanes en el Ring show a few weeks back, so it may be them or Teleformula.

CMLL Guadalajara: 2018-02-03
taped 2018-01-30 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara – Mega/YouTube
1) Kaho Kobayashi, La Jarochita, Princesa Sugehit vs Dalys, Metálica, Reyna Isis
2) Esfinge, Rey Cometa, Star Jr. vs Difunto, Misterioso Jr., Virus
3) Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr., Titán vs Forastero, Sansón, Universo 2000 Jr.

CMLL Lucha Azteca: 2018-02-04
taped 2018-01-26 @ Arena México – Mega
1) Astral, Eléctrico, Star Jr. vs Cancerbero, Nitro, Raziel
2) Audaz, Soberano Jr., Starman vs Disturbio, Misterioso Jr., Virus
3) Terrible © vs Diamante Azul for the Mexican National Heavyweight Championship

IWRG Zona XXI: 2018-02-06
taped 2018-01-31 @ Arena Naucalpan – Mega/YouTube
1) Fireman, Rayado, Toto vs Black Puma, Guerrero 2000, Voltar
2) Dranzer, Full Contact, Hausser vs Chicanito, Dragón Infernal, Power Bull
3) Celestial Boy, Haziel, Príncipe Omni vs Adrenalina, Dragón Bane, Voltan