Sansón & Último Guerrero advance in Gran Alternativa, Rey Horus new champ in The Crash

Sanson torture rack powerbomb

CMLL (TUE) 05/30/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Martes de Glamour]
1) Explosivo & Neutrón b Difunto & Sádico
tecincos took 1/3
2) Metálico, Nautilius, Sangre Azteca b Astral, Magnus, Star Black
Rudos took 1/3, Nautilius beat Star Black and unmasked him after the match.
3) Marcela, Silueta, Skadi b Dalys, La Comandante, La Seductora
tecnicos took 1/3
4) Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas b Ángel de Oro, Mistico, Titán
Rudos took 1/3.
5) Rush b Valiente
Valiente replaced Caristico (injury). Rush took 1/3.

Nautilius & Star Black keep feuding here.

CMLL (FRI) 06/02/2017 Arena México [ClaroSports, CMLL, CultIcon, Ovaciones, thecubfsan]
1) Shockercito & Stukita b Mercurio & Pequeño Violencia 2017-06-02 CMLL Claro (posted by thecubsfan)
13:42. Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Drone, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr. b Disturbio, Misterioso Jr., Virus 2017-06-02 CMLL Claro (posted by thecubsfan)
14:52. Tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Dragón Rojo Jr. b Rey Cometa [lightning] 2017-06-02 CMLL Claro (posted by thecubsfan)
6:01. Dragon Rojo won with a double stomp.
4) Hechicero, Pierroth, Rush b Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero, Vangellys2017-06-02 CMLL Claro (posted by thecubsfan)
9:02. Straight falls, with Vangellys not participating and attacking Negro Casas to get Pierroth win. Vangellys explained he did it convince Los Ingobernables to add him to the group. They rejected him. Vangellys attacked and got beat up.
5) Cuatrero & Esfinge b Sansón, Star Jr., Forastero, Pegasso, Stigma, Espanto Jr. [Gran Alternativa, semifinal] 2017-06-02 CMLL Claro (posted by thecubsfan)
6) Mistico & Star Jr. b Blue Panther & Pegasso [Gran Alternativa, 8f [Gran Alternativa, 8f] 2017-06-02 CMLL Claro (posted by thecubsfan)
7) Sansón & Último Guerrero b Espanto Jr. & Kráneo [Gran Alternativa, 8f] 2017-06-02 CMLL Claro (posted by thecubsfan)
8) Forastero & Shocker b Stigma & Titán [Gran Alternativa, 8f] 2017-06-02 CMLL Claro (posted by thecubsfan)
9) Atlantis & Esfinge b Cuatrero & Máscara Año 2000 [Gran Alternativa, 8f] 2017-06-02 CMLL Claro (posted by thecubsfan)
10) Sansón & Último Guerrero b Mistico & Star Jr. [Gran Alternativa, quarterfinal] 2017-06-02 CMLL Claro (posted by thecubsfan)
11) Atlantis & Esfinge b Forastero & Shocker [Gran Alternativa, quarterfinal] 2017-06-02 CMLL Claro (posted by thecubsfan)
12) Sansón & Último Guerrero b Atlantis & Esfinge [Gran Alternativa, semifinal] 2017-06-02 CMLL Claro (posted by thecubsfan)

This was a good show to skip, though the random Vangellys angle was amusing. I wonder if Vangellys is still supposed to be a member of TGR now, or if he was out anyway with Shocker finally returning.

The Crash (FRI) 06/02/2017 Auditorio de Tijuana, Tijuana, Baja California [126f, Lo Mejor de Lucha, The Crash]
1) Arkángel Divino © b Látigo [The Crash JUNIOR]
First defense.
2) Oráculo b Black Danger, Jonathan, Black Boy, Último Maldito
Oráculo beat Black Danger to continue their feud. Mask match challenges
3) Rey Horus b Flamita © [The Crash CRUISER]
Horus defeated Flamita to end his title reign. Flamita falls on fourth defense. Horuz won the title shot on the last The Crash show and is the 6th Champion (Fenix, Angel Metalico, Pentagon Jr., Bestia, Flamita?)
4) Jack Evans & Zorro b Bestia 666 & Hijo de Pirata Morgan
Jack & Bestia made hair/extreme match challenges.
5) Penta Zero M & The King b Black Terry & Skayde
Maximo & La Mascara attacked Penta & The King after the match, taking their masks. A match was set up between the two teams for The Crash show in late June.
6) Daga, Garza Jr., Rey Mysterio 619 b Damián 666, Mr. Águila, Nicho el Millionario
This show was a benefit show to raise money for Nicho’s operation, which will leave him out 8 months to a year. Maximo & La Mascara ran in after this match as well with a third masked man, working with FdT and against the Rebelion. The masked man and the FdT attacked the Alvarados, and the masked man revealed himself to be X-Fly. Cage match challenges followed, and the Alvarados said they’d be back with more people.

LA Park, Rush & Pierroth sent in autographed shirts as part of the merchandise they were selling to help out Nicho. I haven’t seen much of the show, but it sounds like Flamita/Horus was really good. 126f being there means there should at least be clips on their channel and hopefully more.

It certainly comes off as if The Crash is setting up a big show soon- maybe the June 23rd show? Hopefully they’re not doing in the usual lucha way of doing all the big matches on one show causing them all to mean much. I don’t know that, say, Oraculo/Black Danger is going to be a big deal on it’s own, but it’s also not going to help either guy become more valuable if it’s the second match on a six match card. Or, I guess this could all be a terrible lucha libre cage match.

La Mascara & Maximo are using those names. The Crash has gone with whatever name Pentagon & Fenix are calling themselves that day, so I would suspect CMLL has not threatened those guys over the usage yet.

Rayo de Jalisco Jr. won the main event on the RCH show, exchanging fouls with Cibernetico. Attendance didn’t seem as strong as other indie shows there. The undercard set up a Freelance/Eterno/Demus? vs Indystructibles/Indy Nation feud.

Coliseo tonight has Niebla Roja, Atlantis and Marco Corleone versus Ephesto, Mephisto and Rey Bucanero. AULL has one of their 50th Anniversary shows with Dr. Wagner vs Blue Demon. Arena Neza has Caristico & Negro Casas vs Ultimo Guerrero & Mr. Niebla. DTU continues in San Luis Potosi. AAA has a show in Cuautitlan, including a three way tag title match where none of the people involved are currently the tag champions. There’s a usual indy show in Gimnasio Hercules.

Sunday is a rare day with three CMLL arenas in use at the same time. Two of them are indie shows. There’s the Lucha Memes show in Arena Puebla, and the Leyendas Inmortales show in Guadalajara. The CMLL show in Arena Mexico has the Hijos del Infierno versus Dinastia Casas trios title match, where a title change is not expected. La Mascara, in his post-CMLL life, is wrestling in LA for UIPW.  IWRG has an Imposible/Super Mega title match, a battle of Naucalpan standouts from different generations who haven’t worked much elsewhere. Dick Togo wrestles in Coacalco. AAA has some sort of Verano de Escandalo in Juarez.

AAA will air the first half of the Arena Aficion show today. They released a vignette with Australian Suicide being weird.

Lucha Underground also put out a Kobra Moon promo. The Reptile Tribe is challenging for the trios titles this week or relatively soon.

There will be a lucha libre expo in Pachuca on June 17 & 18. Villano III & Brazo de Plata will be honored.

Monclova luchador Francisco “el Diablo” Lopez passed away. They held a wake for him at Arena Coliseo Monclova before taking him to the cemetery.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update.

Fuego en el Ring has their lastest podcast.

Reina Isis is headed back to Japan for Reina on 06/18.


CMLL (FRI) 06/09/2017 Arena México
1) Príncipe Diamante & Robin vs Arkángel de la Muerte & Metálico
2) Estrellita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis
3) Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Misterioso Jr. [lightning]
4) Atlantis, Dragón Lee, Mistico vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
5) Carístico & Soberano Jr. vs Mephisto & Raziel and Flyer & Volador Jr. and Canelo Casas & Negro Casas and Drone & Niebla Roja and Astral & Valiente and Ángel de Oro & Oro Jr. and Akuma & Pierroth [Gran Alternativa, battle royal]
6) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [Gran Alternativa, 8f]
7) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [Gran Alternativa, 8f]
8) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [Gran Alternativa, 8f]
9) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [Gran Alternativa, 8f]
10) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [Gran Alternativa, quarterfinal]
11) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [Gran Alternativa, quarterfinal]
12) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [Gran Alternativa, semifinal]

Caristico & Soberano would normally be the favorite, only it’d be weird to have two straight rookie finals with the same people in it and Caristico can’t win the big one now. Drone & Niebla Roja would continue the UG/Roja feud, and Angel de Oro & Oro Jr. could work that same way. Volador & Flyer seem to have an outside shot too.

First two matches might not be good, three and four look better, and they’re going to be rushed again on time.

CMLL on 2017-06-02 

just another Rush day

Recapped: 06/02/2017


All matches aired live from Arena Mexico

Shockercito & Stukita beat  Mercurio & Pequeño Violencia (13:42 [4:57, 2:44, 6:01], 1/3, ok)

Drone, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr. beat Disturbio, Misterioso Jr., Virus (14:52 [6:25, 3:10, 5:17], 2/3, ok)

Dragón Rojo Jr. vs Rey Cometa in a lightning match (6:01, Dragon Rojo double stomp, ok)

Hechicero, Pierroth, Rush  beat Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero, Vangellys
(9:02 [4:11, 4:51], straight falls, ok)

The dumb battle royal went 4:35

Blue Panther & Pegasso beat Mistico & Star Jr. in a CMLL Gran Alternativa eighthfinal (5:44, ok)

Sansón & Último Guerrero beat Espanto Jr. & Kráneo in a CMLL Gran Alternativa eighthfinal (6:00, ok)

Forastero & Shocker beat Stigma & Titán in a CMLL Gran Alternativa eighthfinal (5:23, ok)

Atlantis & Esfinge beat Cuatrero & Máscara Año 2000 in a CMLL Gran Alternativa eighthfinal (6:31, ok)

Sansón & Último Guerrero beat Mistico & Star Jr.   in a CMLL Gran Alternativa quarterfinal (5:04, ok)

Atlantis & Esfinge beat Forastero & Shocker in a CMLL Gran Alternativa quarterfinal (3:29, ok)

Sansón & Último Guerrero beat Atlantis & Esfinge in a CMLL Gran Alternativa semifinal (6:21, ok)

What happened: 

I guess at least he didn’t give up

Sansón & Último Guerrero won Block A of this year’s Gran Alternativa. The tournament played out exactly as expected after the seeding was revealed and pretty much as could’ve been expected just back when the block was announced.

In the rudo versus rudo semimain, Vangellys inexplicably attacked his partner Negro Casas, setting him up for a Pierroth win. Vangellys had actually not participated in the match pretty much at all to that point, though it wasn’t focused on. After the match (and after a badly scheduled commercial break), Vangellys explained he did it to prove he should be the new Los Ingobernable member. Pierroth turned down Vangellys’ application, Vangellys attacked Pierroth, and both Rush & Pierroth destroyed Vangellys.


this was a show where Stigma was a highlight

Are you reading this recap because you didn’t actually watch the show? This is a smart move. This was not a show to actually watch. Nothing was horrendous and there was one really out of left field angle, but there’s better uses of two hours.

Everything up there is OK, but it’s a lot of passive OKs, where the matches meant so little that it wasn’t worth the time to decide if they were actually worse. There were good moments in the Gran Alternativa, with the Mistico & Star Jr. team being the best of the bunch, but nothing that really felt like a good match. Sansón & Último Guerrero should set up a good final with whoever they face, but I’d prefer to skip ahead to it than another week of this.

The undercard matches weren’t much better. The first two matches had some of the usual spots from the guys but no real spark of life. Rey Cometa seemed to get in all but about two moves of the lightning match, but the problem was one of those moves was the match ending top rope double stomp. The other problem was it was a typically ugly Dragon Rojo top rope double stomp, where he can’t land it standing up and falls down on impact. The bit with Vangellys was completely random and could be the starting point to an entertaining angle, but you have to wait for CMLL to follow thru on something before believing it’s going anywhere.

AAA on Televisa: 2017-05-27 

who cares if it looks terrible: this AAA show in a gif

Recapped: 05/30/2017


All matches were taped at Paleqnue del Centro Expositor, Tlaxcala, Tlaxcala on 04/29/2017

Averno & Pimpinela Escarlata beat Mamba & Ricky Marvin   (4:05, Averno Devil’s Wings, below average)

Big Mami defeated La HiedraGoya Kong, and Lady Shani (4:27, Mami splash Goya, below average)

Australian Suicide & Bengala beat El Mesías & Pagano (9:03, Bengala senton con giro Pagano, ok)

Kevin Kross beat Psycho Clown (8:05, exploder suplex, bad)

What happened:

here’s a Kross suplex

The main event goes a (solid!) two minute and eleven seconds before the run-ins start. Pimpinela runs out for no reason, and doesn’t make it to the ring before Mamba attacks for some really bad hair pulling. Lady Shani comes out for no reason – look, everyone comes out and brawls for no reason, I’m going to spare you reading it a half dozen times. It’s Mamba & Pimpi, Shani & Hiedra, Nino Hamburguesa & Dalton Bragg, Joe Lider, Big Mami, Monster & Murder, Goya Kong, the other referees, Bengala and Suicide (who just get beat up), Pagano & Mesias & Cuervo & Scoria (who don’t even make it out of the back before they’re fighting), Argenis & Ricky Marvin, the OGTs, La Parka (gets his music played! Both a spot immediately!), Poder del Norte, and Hijo del Fantasma. Fantasma at least ends up with Kevin Kross, who spent most of this time standing outside brawling slightly with Psycho Clown. Fantasma goes to dive, but Suicide attacks him (for no reason) and lands his finish on Fantasma. It doess’t come off as a heel turn, just another random moment in a segment of randomness. There’s no connection to Kross and Psycho coming in to finish, Suicide just steps out of the ring as Kross gives Psycho his suplex.

Everyone keeps fighting because whatever. Faby Apache appears from nowhere, 100% fine after being murdered last week, and fouls Kevin Kross. All the técnicos attack Korss, who now is too invincible to be knocked down until many of them try. Hiedra & Goya end p with the faces, which seems like a mistake. Kross tries to leave, but the rudos toss him back in to get stomped. And then they stomp Piero for comedy’s sake.

We’re told Vampiro made Suicide/Bengala vs Pagano/Mesias a no DQ match when the match starts (but everything seems to be no DQ tonight.) Tecnicos get off to a hot start, rudos turn it around, then Pagano and Mesias argue over who gets to choke Suicide for no reason. This continues on for a little while until the técnicos use it to make a comeback, mostly keeping Pagano out and working of Mesias. Pagano makes the save after Suicide lands a 450 and clears house, but Mesias won’t tag him. Cuervo & Scoria walk slowly to ringside (it’s tough to walk fast down all those steps), and Pagano gets whipped into a distracted Mesias. Pagano shoves Mesias off the apron, Bengala boosts Suicide into a – uh, double shove because they come up short on the move. A following dive onto Bengala works better. Scoria slides in a chair to Bengala, but Pagano kicks it into his face. Pagano goes for a chair assisted moonsault, which predictably fails. Pagano turns over, places the chair on his own chest, and Bengala lands a top rope senton con giro on it for the win. Jesus Zuniga reacts to Bengala’s big win by yelling “Pagano! Pagano!” Mesias walks out on Pagano.

here’s the other Kross suplex

Niño Hamburguesa came to ringside to watch the women’s match, since the winner would team with him. Arturo Rivera makes a point in not shaking hands with him. The other announcers try to ask Niño who he’d like to team with and Arturo talks right over him. Niño at least sounded impressed with Big Mami after the win.

OGT are arguing to start the show about getting beat last week and who’s fault that was, when they’re interrupted by Pimpinela. Pimpinela informs them that Vamprio made her and Averno partners this week. Chessman & Super Fly laughing at Averno at least breaks the tension. During the intro, another Averno/Pimpinela vignette is wedged it, when Averno demanding Pimpinela be serious . That doesn’t take, Pimpinela gets Averno to dance before the match even starts, but they do use it to get the jump the other team.

The graphic for this match lists it as a four way tag match with Chessman & Super Fly and Argenis & La Parka as teams. Maybe that’s to justify the run-ins which start about 2m30 in, with the rest of OGT coming into beat up Marvin without their being DQ. La Parka & Argenis are not long behind them. I think maybe they would’ve been better just deciding it was no DQ or something. Averno beats Ricky Marvin clean after everyone’s cleared out, but a few moves later – it’s not like the run-in seemed like it caused into the outcome.

Averno gets to taunt Ricky Marvin for about three seconds in before Kevin Kross turns up, has a face of with him, fakes help Ricky Marvin, and suplexes Marvin. Averno bails like he’s seen a monster. Hijo del Tirantes tries to break it up, but Kross ignores him and throws Marvin out. Kross demands Tirantes lift his arm, but Tirantes refuses. Tirantes decides it’s a good side to stay in the ring at that point. Kross overs him a handshake, and Tirantes confirms his switch to AAA tecnico by being dumb enough to take it. A back suplex knocks out Tirantes. Tirantes is stretchered out while Kross spends a lot of time standing in the ring. This seems to has nothing to do with anything that happens with Kross later on.

Noti AAA featured part 2 of the third La Lave de la Gloria tryout. He’s never identified, but you can clearly see Ricky Marvin hanging out in the background of the tryout, sometimes with Stephanie Vaquer. Muneca de Plata is among the many who are interviewed, and she mentions her father Super Porky and trying to return to AAA. They announce the winners, though they don’t really identify them.


I don’t know what Mesias is doing here

This entire taping, the last week and this show, was just a disaster. The matches on this show were not worth watching and, as I tried to put my thoughts in to words after the main event, I realized this is a show no one should be watching in it’s current state. I can’t believe a promotion that had a match as good as the Taya/Ayako match just a couple weeks ago has descended into total unwatchable garbage, but that’s what this Tlaxcala taping has been.

The main event was like so much of the rest of AAA right now, a hot mess. What do I even say? The brawl was unfilmable – there was a moment where Ricky Marvin was heading for a dive, and they cut away because there were so may things going on at once – and didn’t make any sense and was much more dumb than it was exciting. It was exposed as a complete joke, a “haha, we don’t even care any more” moment when they sent referees out there to be part of it. It exposed the booking as being nonsense: they spent last week’s episode and part of this week’s episode and the Texano match building up Kevin Kross as this cold killer so he could just be beaten up by the entire roster in a comedy segment. They had Faby take a crazy bump just to come back an hour later. This is a promotion that isn’t taking itself seriously and it impossible to take seriously. I hope it works out for them, but I’d give up on the show at this point if there was anyone else writing a recap of it on a weekly basis so I could find out when it got good again.

Suicide dive

The Suicide/Bengala vs Pagano/Mesais match was better than everything on this show, which isn’t saying much. They had more to work with, they got time and they got a story to play off. The work just was a little bit too iffy for me and it was a bit boring at times, but I appreciated the effort. Pagano & Mesias seemed to no sell a lot of the técnico’s offense, but they rallied back to get in key shot that matter. It just would’ve meant more if Bengala & Suicide weren’t made clear to be the third most important team in the segment even after the win – they needed a moment to be clear they wanted in line for the tag titles at least before being brushed aside. The Mesias/Pagano break up going on forever with no real reason explain why they’re together (or even the root of why they’re mad at each other, now that Dave has become a non-person) is a drag, and feels like something that should’ve been addressed in one of the many skits they have now. The comedy of the one night Pimpinela/Averno team up was more important, I guess.

The women’s match never developed into anything, felt like two different matches taking turns happening (Shani/Hiedra and Mami/Goya), but it at least felt like there was start, beginning and end. That’s not really the minimum to have a good match or even OK one, but that’s better than the opener. I couldn’t imagine ever willing watching this again, so it gets a low grade, but it really doesn’t matter.

Everyone actually in the mixed tag had good energy for the time they were wrestling, and we even got a glimpse of a rudo Pimpinela while it lasted. Maybe they had a lot of energy because they knew they were only going about two minutes before the run-ins came anyway. This was lame. Averno seems to be one of the few guys doing well in this new environment, excelling on the promos, but I get the sense he’ll be telling stories about this era to his friends for the rest of his life. The match being a setup to get Kevin Kross over is a weird choice for a guy who doesn’t have a feud; it’d be interesting if it got people more interested in the main event, but I’m not sure we (or maybe even they) will even know. Post match went 5:00, longer than the actual match.

Gran Alternativa, The Crash, CMLL Heavyweight tournament, AAA TV in the UK


The CMLL Gran Alternativa returns tonight. CMLL’s sometime annual tag team tournament featuring a rookie and a veteran teaming isn’t as it was in the early days, when it was the only way to get a glimpse of the younger members of the roster. Still, it’s kind of an indication of who’s CMLL might be high in the moment.

You can see the entire history of the tournament on the luchawiki (and I’ll get the wiki logo back soon once I can find it.) Esfinge won last year with Volador, Esfinge is back in the tournament this year, so it hasn’t quite worked out for Esfinge yet. It did work out better for Barbaro Cavernario when they ran it prior in 2014. Recent winners prior to that include Bobby Zavala (who kind of stalled out until being fired), Euforia (moved him up a little) and Rey Escorpion (which ended up meaning a lot.) Winning this tournament doesn’t mean you’ll become Mistico, but it can pull someone up from the pool of guys in the third match to the pool of guys in the fourth match, and the fourth match guys actually get things to do.

This is block A of a two block tournament. It’s not the most loaded block. We can rule out Pegasso & Blue Panther, Stigma & Titan, and Espanto Jr. & Kraneo without a second thought. Forastero has yet to be as pushed as hard as his cousins when he’s on his own, so nah to him too. CMLL’s cooled down on Esfinge and it would look silly to have him in the final two years in a row; CMLL is willing to look silly, but I don’t think they’ll do it here (though a run to the block final is possible.) Star Jr. hasn’t gotten any special attention, but he’s with Mistico so he has a shot. It’s really more a matter of which of the Cien Caras sons CMLL prefers more in the moment, if they’re that much higher on Sanson to put him in two straight rookie tournament finals, or if they’ll make us endure four Mascara 2000 matches to give Cuatrero the spot this time.

It’s an overloaded CMLL card, 12 matches if you include the battle royal. The battle royal is dumb because it’s a match no one should bother to win, but it’s especially dumb on this kind of show. Even people jumping out of the ring like they’re abandoning ship will still kill about seven minutes of time, and this is a show that needs to save as much time as it can. CMLL added Rey Cometa versus Dragon Rojo to show, a match which I’d normally want to see, but is only going to compress things more. There’s a time limit to these shows, and they’re going to have a hard time meeting it as is.

The other matches are Hechicero, Pierroth, Rush versus Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero, Vangellys, and Drone, Fuego, and Guerrero Maya Jr. versus Disturbio, Misterioso, Virus, and Shockercito & Stukita versus Mercurio & Pequeno Violencia. Some of those matches look good, but they’re not going to be what they could be because there’s just not enough room. It’s a rare CMLL card where the results are going to be more interesting than the matches.

This show should air on ClaroSports at 8:30pm.  However, last week they started airing the show on Facebook Live on the Marca Claro’s account. They seem to moving away from the old streaming software (the last remaining page of the their old site) and I think eventually it’ll be a Facebook only deal. We’ll figure it out tonight, but prepare for some change.

CMLL has a preview of the show. Shocker talked about his return to ClaroSports.

Meanwhile, the more exciting show tonight is in Tijuana for the The Crash. It’s a benefit show for Nicho/Psicosis I to help pay for an operation. He’s still working, teaming with Mr. Aguila & Damian against Daga, Garza and old rival Rey Mysterio. The semimain is Penta & Fenix against Black Terry & Skayde; that’s the logical place for La Mascara & Maximo to make an appearance. I hope they don’t, because I really just wanted to see that match.

The undercard includes a great looking Flamita versus Rey Hourz title match, Arkangel versus Latigo in another title match, a five way that continues the feuds going in the undercard, and Jack Evans & Zorro versus Bestia 666 & Hijo del Pirata Morgan. That last one follows up Jack Evans selling Bestia’s valagueza so back that people thought he had real medical condition, but I don’t think anyone’s really thought about it much since.

There’s no telling when/if we’ll see this show. Their shows have ended up on YouTube in the past, but I have no idea what will happen here. It’s a shame if we’ll miss it, but it’s been a shame for half a year now and the closest they’ve gotten is “they’ll get it done next month.” I don’t know much, but I know it’s not that hard to put something on YouTube if you want to put it on YouTube.

AAA TV starts in the UK on Front Runner TV on June 14th at 7pm, and will air Wednesdays. I’d assume this is the same show that’s airing on The Fight Network, and airing a bit inconsistently there. Front Runner is a new station; I think it’s been around about a year, but it doesn’t even seem to have a wikipedia page. They list a big reach and it is over the air, but I’m guessing it’s along the lines of LATV in the US, where people can get it but don’t know or aren’t normally seeking it out so it may not be a big deal.

+LuchaTV has a new interview with Pierroth, Rush, Septiembre Negro II and Mistico.

LuchaWorld has a new edition of Lucha Classica talking about the start of AAA.

Ram el Carnero took Gemelo Diablo‘s hair in Pachuca on Sunday in a match that wasn’t scheduled. Diablo showed up halfway during the main event, a match he wasn’t in, challenged Ram el Carnero to a hair match, and lost.


CMLL (TUE) 06/06/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Cosmos, Shockercito, Stukita vs Mercurio, Micro, Relámpago Azul
Micro replaced Pierrothito on 06/01.
2) Magnus, Star Jr., Starman vs Puma, Sangre Azteca, Tiger
3) Mr. Niebla vs Rush, Marco Corleone, Gran Guerrero, Pierroth, Terrible, Dragón Rojo Jr., Rey Bucanero, Kráneo, Euforia [CMLL HEAVY, cibernetico]
Cibernetico for vacant championship (Maximo), probably final two advance to next week.

Tuesday’s card from Guadalajara is all changed around to accommodate the heavyweight tournament. It’s strange of CMLL to do that – they could’ve just as easily had it take place the following week. The wording says this is a cibernetico to determine a new champion, but they usually end up having the final two advance to next week.

Rush, Marco and Terrible seem like the three guys with a best shot. CMLL almost never puts title on the foreigners, so probably more so Rush & Terrible.

AAA TV (FRI) 06/30/2017 Gimnasio Miguel Hidalgo, Puebla, Puebla
1) Aerostar, Drago, Raptor vs Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Soul Rocker
2) Argenis, La Parka, Lanzeloth vs Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly
3) Bengala, Hijo del Fantasma, Máscara de Bronce vs ?, Australian Suicide, Kevin Kross
4) Johnny Mundo © vs Texano Jr. [AAA HEAVY]
first defense
5) Dr. Wagner Jr. vs El Mesías
list as a rematch of TripleMania XXIV, actually XVII
6) Psycho Clown vs Pagano
rematch of TripleMania XXIV

These lineups appear to be meaningless, so I’m not bothering with writing much about them. (That’s why you’re not reading a Verano de Escandalo preview on VOW today, too.) It is notable that Johnny Mundo is booked for this show, since he’s always on the shows when they scheduled him for a match. He’ll be back before this show but, the last time we saw him in AAA, Vampiro had ordered him to defend his title against Hijo del Fantasma. Guess they forgot.

Hijo del Fantasma promoted this show locally by noting it was the same venue he debuted in AAA four years ago. I’m uncertain if he’s any better off from the day he started in AAA. Lanzeloth looks like he’s been places in Ricky Mravin’s spot and I still have no idea.

The Crash: 2017-03-25 

starting to think Rey’s opponents are baiting him

Recapped: 05/23/2017


All matches took place on March 25, 2017.

Mirage, Oraculo, Súper Caló Jr. beat Black Danger, Jonathan, Último Maldito (11:19, Oraculo Spanish Fly Jonathan, via videoslucha3000, ok)

Flip Gordon & Mr. 450 beat Arkángel Divino & Black Boy (18:28, Mr. 450 splash on Black Danger, via videoslucha3000, good)

Bestia 666, Extreme Tiger, Laredo Kid  beat Dezmond Xavier, Famous B, Shane Strickland (13:22, Bestia 666 valagueza Dezmond Xavier, via videoslucha3000, good)

Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson vs Daga & Rey Mysterio 619 (17:04, Meltzer Driver, via videoslucha3000, great)

What happened: 

Extreme Tiger, still doing the legdrop

You can’t see it on the version up there, but the post match promos in the main event set up Young Bucks versus Lucha Brothers.

Also, after the opener, Orcaulo and Black Danger argue and are now feuding. James Storm interrupts to beat up all the guys in the opener, then get into a fight with Garza Jr. Konnan makes some stipulations for their match tonight, but that match never went up complete and the stipulations don’t go anywhere, so we can safely ignore it.

For whatever reason, the Máscarita Dorada vs Septimo Dragon and Garza Jr. & Sami Callihan vs Black Taurus & James Storm matches were not put online complete.


double headscissors

These were four matches of a similar type and differing quality. The matches got better as the night went on, but the variety could’ve used some help. I’m not sure I’d be rating the other two matches that highly, but maybe they would’ve offered something different to help. It’s a lot to watch these four matches heavy on spots in a row and I wouldn’t recommend watching all four.

It does really go ok, good, very good, great in order, probably by design. The Bucks and Mysterio in particular looked like world class professionals in the main event, taking the crowd up and down and keeping them for the entire match. There were definitely guys below them who can do things athletically those three guys can not, but they had much more polish and sense of the moment than anyone else. Daga was not bad by any means, he worked fine as a Young Bucks opponent and they made sure to give him a moment of hope before finishing him off, but he’s didn’t come off as on those guys levels yet. There was education to take from that match, and I hope he learned from it. The crowd reactions were interesting on their own: Rey was the biggest star to them, but they were completely OK with the Bucks winning. This is a lot different audience than usual lucha libre shows.

The fourth match (or third of what we got to see) probably was hurt the most for all the similar type of matches. The main event had the aura of the top guys to overcome what had come before (and also they’re quite good), the match prior didn’t have as strong a reason to exist and had to surpass everything that had been done for it. I think it worked, with Laredo, Strickland and Xavier standing out. It just all started to blend together in my mind by that point. I had to walk away and clear my mind before watching the main event (but those in the building didn’t seem nearly as overwhelmed.)

Daga with the double take out spot

The Gordon/450 vs Divino/Black Boy match was a better laid out than opener, especially early on. It also felt like it went 5-7 minutes too long. It’s not like they over ran a peak, but more that it felt like it kept going to keep going – it would’ve served them and the rest of the show to cut it a little shorter. Mr. 450 is not someone I’m really interested in watching at this point, but he and Flip Gordon looked much more polished than the guys in the opener and their opponents in this match. Arkangel and Black Boy had his moments, when Akrangle not having as many broken spots as he usually does without his brother. This one had two different comeback spots. Not that the técnicos (the Mexicans) came back twice, but that they did one comeback spot (Arkangel headscissoring both guys at once), put a halt to it to put the rudos back in control, and then had Black Danger get in his spot too. That did not flow together well, but it was fitting with the idea of doing more just to do more.

The usual The Crash opener, got the crowd excited but was sort of numbing for me. There’s problems with three fall setups, but it at least causes the matches to have valleys and peaks. These matches feel like never ending chains of one guy in random gear going in, getting in his moves, and the next guy taking over with no particular meaning to it. Some of it looked better than other; the crowd was into Oraculo and his finish looked good, but he and Black Danger didn’t work well together at all (and that’s the feud that came out of this.) This was the first time I’ve seen a full Super Calo Jr. match I believe. He didn’t stand out much, I mean, I spent the first half of he match betting totally unsure if I had him on the other team, because Último Maldito’s mask looked just about as Super Calo as Super Calo Jr.’s. It was confusing to me. At least they figured out a way where Garza Jr. might actually get cheered by putting him against Storm

lucha TV preview for weekend of June 2nd

The first pinfall in this week’s Lucha Underground title match happened in about four minutes, so it’s probably a safe bet they won’t be going another 38 minutes on next week’s show. The preview states we’re getting Prince Puma versus Mil Muertes, one of LU’s more reliable big match ups, and a big announcement.

I don’t know why I wrote this was Block B of the Gran Alternativa on CMLL Claro. That’s next week. This is Block A. And a lot of short matches.

AAA is on the first half of Arena Aficion tapings. This show will air one day before Verano de Escandalo, they’ve announced zero matches for Verano de Escandalo on TV, and I’m not sure that’ll change.

great match roundup, week of 2017-05-20

T. Panther tope

Posting the week recap on Thursday, that’s not particular good. At least it’s up.

This was a weak week. Maybe the next one will be even later, I ought to get thru another The Crash show before enduring the Monday/Tuesday shows agian.

Recommended Matches

rating matches TV Show taped
good Fuego, Star Jr., Stigma vs Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Virus 2017-05-26 CMLL Claro (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on 2017-05-26 2017-05-26
good Blue Panther Jr., Rey Cometa, The Panther vs Puma, Sam Adonis, Tiger 2017-05-26 CMLL Claro (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on 2017-05-26 2017-05-26

Other Matches Watched

rating matches TV Show taped
ok Argenis & La Parka vs Chessman & Súper Fly AAA on Televisa: 2017-05-20 2017-04-29
ok Astral, Esfinge, Oro Jr. vs Disturbio, Puma, Tiger Astral, Esfinge, Oro Jr. vs Disturbio, Puma, Tiger (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL Guadalajara: 2017-05-20 2017-05-16
ok Blue Panther, Guerrero Maya Jr., Johnny Idol vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto CMLL Guadalajara: 2017-05-20 2017-05-16
ok Carístico, Máximo Sexy, Stuka Jr. vs La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush CMLL Guadalajara: 2017-05-20 2017-05-16
ok Arkalis, Espíritu Maligno, Zaeta Roja vs Ares, El Malayo, King Jaguar LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 22 DE MAYO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-05-22 2017-05-22
ok Ángel de Oro, Johnny Idol, Stigma vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Niebla Roja, Pólvora LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 22 DE MAYO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-05-22 2017-05-22
ok Pierroth, Ripper, Rush vs Marco Corleone, Máscara Año 2000, Mr. Niebla in a relevos increíbles match LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 22 DE MAYO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-05-22 2017-05-22
ok Atlantis, Mistico, Valiente vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 22 DE MAYO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-05-22 2017-05-22
ok Magia Blanca & Sangre Imperial vs Grako & Yago CMLL YouTube: 2017-05-23 2017-05-23
ok Shockercito, Stukita, Último Dragóncito vs Mercurio, Pequeño Universo 2000, Pequeño Violencia CMLL YouTube: 2017-05-23 2017-05-23
ok Drone vs Disturbio in a lightning match CMLL YouTube: 2017-05-23 2017-05-23
ok Blue Panther, Guerrero Maya Jr., Johnny Idol vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas CMLL YouTube: 2017-05-23 2017-05-23
ok Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Titán vs Hechicero, Rey Bucanero, Terrible CMLL YouTube: 2017-05-23 2017-05-23
ok Flyer & Oro Jr. vs Cancerbero & Raziel 2017-05-26 CMLL Claro (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on 2017-05-26 2017-05-26
ok Stuka Jr. vs Pólvora in a lightning match 2017-05-26 CMLL Claro (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on 2017-05-26 2017-05-26
ok Ángel de Oro, Mistico, Niebla Roja vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero 2017-05-26 CMLL Claro (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on 2017-05-26 2017-05-26
ok Carístico, Marco Corleone, Valiente vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Pierroth, Rush 2017-05-26 CMLL Claro (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on 2017-05-26 2017-05-26
below average Niño Hamburguesa vs Máscara de Bronce, Venum, Joe Lider AAA on Televisa: 2017-05-20 2017-04-29
below average Carta Brava, Mocho Cota Jr., Soul Rocker © vs Faby Apache, Monsther Clown, Murder Clown for the AAA World Trios Championship AAA on Televisa: 2017-05-20 2017-04-29
below average Marcela, Princesa Sugehit, Sanely vs Amapola, Reyna Isis, Tiffany LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 22 DE MAYO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-05-22 2017-05-22
below average La Vaquerita, Marcela, Skadi vs Dalys, Reyna Isis, Tiffany CMLL YouTube: 2017-05-23 2017-05-23
watch later Ángel Oriental, Aramis, Black Dragón, Demonio Infernal, Diablo Jr., Kanon, Keiser Drago, Power Bull vs Aspirantito Jr. (Guerrero), Boxter, Fandango, Kilvan, Kronoz, Toxin, Tromba, Yoruba [Copa Higher Power] Copa Higher Power: IWRG vs Lucha Libre Boom (posted by thecubsfan) Gym FILL vs Gym BOOM en la Arena Naucalpan (posted by Estrellas del Ring) IWRG Zona XXI: 2017-05-21 2017-05-17

X-LAW invades DTU, Ricky Marvin still in AAA?, BOSJ, ROH, GALLI

X-LAW invasion/still from +Lucha video

DTU (WED) 05/31/2017 Arena Actopan, Actopan, Hidalgo [+LuchaTV]
1) Drollux, Erwing, Irwin, Migaru b Billy, Hard Boy, Toto
Two tag matches combined, 4 vs 3?
2) Deluto IV & Deluto Jr. b Camuflaje & Flayer Boy
Flayer Boy replaced Paranoiko
4) Jimmy & Kevin b El Exótico & Pardux
5) Pesadilla b D-Polux Jr., Moria, Lokillo
D-Polux Jr. replaced Jason Cade (moved up)
6) Dezmond Xavier & Jason Cade b Cobre & Drastik Boy
Jason Cade replaced Trey Miguel. Money thrown in.
7) Corsario Negro Jr., Halloween, Ovett b Cíclope, Crazy King, Miedo Extremo
After the match, a bunch of masked men representing the old X-LAW promotion ran in. Halloween was on their side. Two unmasked as Gio & Junior (Los Malkriados) while the rest remained masked.

SuperLuchas covered the XLAW Invasion – XLAW was founded by SuperLucha’s Editor-in-Chief Ernesto Ocampo. XLAW, a super indie type promotion before there were those in Mexico, was founded in 2001. It’s last show was in 2010. It is strange to me to do an invasion angle based on a promotion which hasn’t existed in seven years and was never a big enough part of the landscape that people were demanding it’s return. On the other hand, DTU hasn’t seemed to had any storylines this entire year so beggers can’t be choosers – if they didn’t do anything at all, I probably wouldn’t be spending this much space on the show.

+LuchaTV actually live streamed the invasion on Facebook. That’s the kind of smart thing promotions need to be doing to get buzz, especially when this angle is going to impact the next several they’re running. (The Crash should’ve been livestreaming the La Mascara/Maximo run-in.) Still, if you can live stream parts of shows, it feels like it shouldn’t be six months and counting between seeing an actual DTU show.

DTU runs in Aguascalientes tonight.

I don’t know what the deal is with AAA & Ricky Marvin. It certainly seemed like they wrote him on Friday, but Ricky worked AAA show in Veracruz the next day with no mention of anything being wrong. Saying that AAA TV doesn’t make a lot of sense is obvious right now, but avoiding mentioning Marvin by name and turning Pirata Morgan doesn’t make sense if he’s just going to keep being on shows. Maybe there’s a backstage skit which hasn’t yet been explained which will make some sense of this.

Ultimo Guerrero & Terrible will face Matt Taven & Vinny Marseglia on ROH’s 06/23 PPV. They’re building off the Taven/UG match in CMLL. ROH says Taven taunted UG by using his finish on TV; no one watching TV seems to have seen this (Taven hasn’t been on TV in a few weeks.) I’d assume the Taven/UG singles rematch takes place on the following day’s TV show. If this is Taven & one of his faction partners against Ultimo Guerrero, it’s odd Euforia or Gran Guerrero isn’t going.

On today’s Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer said Impact was looking for a “good Mexican team” to face LAX for their tag team titles at their 07/02 PPV. Previously, Konnan had said LAX would not interact with AAA wrestlers at all. Impact did says there would be AAA wrestlers on this show somewhere. Most of the Crash wrestlers are under LU deals. Mascara & Maximo may be free to work, but who knows if/what will happen with them between now and July.

To the surprise of few, neither Dragon Lee or Volador Jr. advanced to the final of the Best of Super Junior. Both were alive until the last day, Volador to the last match, but Kushida was able to get back a win over him after Volador beat Kushida in Mexico twice last year. Volador & Dragon Lee will finish up with non tournament matches on NJPW’s June 3rd show.

Zona Ruda had Poder del Norte as guests. Is anyone watching this show? I don’t make time for it and I have no idea if it’s worthwhile.

LuchaTalk talks about AAA’s award winning year.

TKD & CultIcon have reviews of last night’s Lucha Underground. Segunda Caida picks up their own Lucha Underground reviews with episode 12 (the one where Sexy Star loses the title.)

There was a press conference for Lucha Memes’ Ultimo Dragon show on Sunday in Arena Puebla.

Drago & Aerostar are in Minnesota this Saturday.

GALLI announced Penta 0M vs Gringo Loco vs Billy Star vs ???  for their GALLIMania show on Sunday.

Yoshi Tatsu’s face turns up on a poster for Arena Rey Bucanero next weekend. I’m going to live in denial and hope it’s a mistake, but Okumura did say yesterday that someone from NJPW was coming to CMLL soon.


Zacatecas based promotions Big Bear (AAA) & WNGRI are going to work together on shows starting in July. Neither seems to be all that active but they might be able to run more shows pooling efforts.


GALLI (SUN) 06/04/2017 Arena GALLI, Villa Park, Illinois
1) Galactic Kid vs Atomic Jr., Pentagono Jr.
2) Chico Suave vs Zen, Venus, Draconis
3) Atomic & Golden Dragón vs Ojo Blanco & Traidor
4) Eros, Golden Star, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Fúnebre, Mr. Brisa, Slayer
5) Guerrerito & Imperio Azteca © vs Pat Monix & Storm Grayson [GALLI TAG]
6) Furia Roja © vs Elliot Paul [GALLI JUNIOR]
7) Barry Ryte © vs GPA [GALLI CHAMP]
3rd and last match
8) Aeroboy & Mojo Mcqueen vs Skayde & Skayde Jr.
9) Penta Zero M vs Gringo Loco vs Billy Star vs ????

Full card for GALLI’s 10th Anniversary card with Penta, Aeroboy and Guerrero Maya as guests. There’s no hint about the mystery guy in the main event and I know staggering little, but DJ Z did show up on their last show to do a dive and that’s the kind of match you’d like to see him in if he was healthy. Maybe they have someone else planned, maybe they’re just waiting to see how he’s feeling that day. Rest of the card look good if very long.

CMLL on 2017-05-26 

he landed on his feet

Recapped: 05/29/2017

All matches aired live from Arena Mexico


Cancerbero & Raziel defeat Flyer & Oro Jr. (13:19 [4:00, 4:36, 4:43], 1/3, ok, via thecubsfan)

Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Virus defeat Fuego, Star Jr., Stigma 
(16:42 [7:02, 3:02, 6:38], 2/3, good, via thecubsfan)

Puma, Sam Adonis, Tiger beat Blue Panther Jr., Rey Cometa, The Panther (15:12 [3:59, 3:32, 7:41], 1/3, good, via thecubsfan)

Stuka Jr. beat Pólvora in a lightning match (8:24, torpedo splash, ok, via thecubsfan)

Ángel de Oro, Mistico, Niebla Roja beat Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero (7:09 [1:25, 2:38, 3:06], 1/3 DQ, ok, via thecubsfan)

Bárbaro Cavernario, Pierroth, Rush beat Carístico, Marco Corleone, Valiente (11:15 [2:45, 2:43, 5:47], 1/3, ok, via thecubsfan)

What happened: 

Stuka stage dive

Niebla Roja wore has a gold mask, complementing his brother’s mask instead of the Guerreors colors. I think it’s new, but not sure. It still has the UG design influence. Último Guerrero unmasked Niebla Roja for the DQ, then yelled at him for again not changing his mask. Último Guerrero vowed to keep taking the mask until Niebla Roja changed. Niebla Roja put on another version of his mask, and Último Guerrero took that one too.

There’s no sound for a couple minutes in the segunda because CMLL forgot to turn up the sound coming out after a break again.

The first fall of the first match started before I could start recording, and I guess I could’ve found someone else’s version but did not. It didn’t seem like I was missing much.


Virus & Sagrado are glorious jerks

This one of those shows where the middle matches were good and the bigger matches were not. At least they were setting up things in one of those matches.

Watching the invisible soccer game be down to Rush playing with La Mascara is the saddest thing ever. They’re never going to let the Los Ingobernables die, but they are so dead. Rush himself was still over, was still the biggest star in this match, still dropped Carístico hard on the Rush Driver for the absolute clean win. (Caristico’s rant on this CMLL run is going to be great someday.) This was the normal main event with no storyline going on and not the big working names, and the crowd seemed happy enough with it.

The semimain did a good job of establishing the issue if not exactly delivering a good match. The first two falls weren’t just quick,bbut there just wasn’t much to them and the third fall wasn’t a lot better. They may not have wanted to give up too much the first time, that just didn’t work for this match. Niebla Roja did fine with Último Guerrero for his first time in that role in a long time, but I kind of wanted more aggression and less normal tecnico offense.

T. Panther tope

The lightning match had big spots but really didn’t feel like it added up to a full thing. The dive off the stage is a fun thing to look, but they hadn’t really built up to that spot or anything else as it happened. It might have just been that the matches prior to it moved really well, but this one didn’t do a lot for me.

The third match was maybe even a little better than expected. Everyone was on for this one, the (many) superkicks looking sharp and the timing really great thru. Even Blue Panther Jr. seemed like there might be a good wrestler deeply buried inside him. I’m not sure how I finished this recap because I died when the camera missed the shot of the Cometa/Junior double superkick. At least the comedy bit before it was well done. The Panther somehow has gotten faster, and one day he’s going to accidentally fly thru the ropes he’s trying to hang in for an amazing GIF. Sam Adonis fit in this mix, and the last few seconds with him and Rey Cometa were solid stuff. Adonis may need to work on wrangling Cometa on dives, but there’s nothing stopping CMLL from booking that lightning match.

The second match was a lot more fun than CMLL usually has at that spot. Partly it was a bunch of people who normally work higher and better, partly because they did a lot more with the layout of the match than usual. The only thing rarer than a dive in the first two matches of a CMLL show is an interesting near fall, and there was a few of those along side some teamwork spot. Fuego may not be the top pick for a Virus opponent in a big match, but they’re great playing off each other in this middle of the show trios match environment, and Sagrado & Misterioso remain really good. Star had a good match too. This is not must see but an easy watch.

Opener didn’t work out well. Raziel seemed in a particular bad mood with Flyer in the second fall, making sure to mess up his nice new outfit. It derailed that section of the match, and it didn’t allow the técnicos to do enough to stand out. Oro & Flyer got in a bit more than most Cancerbero matches but they’re not really successful in the role of helping out youngsters. It does feel more like a fight at times.

Rush Driver

Lucha Underground 3×20: All Night Long…Again

the matches

very big frog

Johnny Mundo and The Mack went to a draw in an All Night Long Match for the Lucha Underground Championship (37:05, 3-3, great)

  • 4:18 Johnny Mundo Fin de Mundo (1-0)
  • 5:40 Johnny Mundo rope assisted cradle (2-0)
  • 10:42 the Mack powerbomb (2-1)
  • 18:11 Johnny Mundo DDT onto backboard (3-1)
  • 22:15 the Mack Stunner (3-2)
  • 30:22 the Mack pin after a sit down piledriver thru a table (3-3)
  • 37:05 time ran out


this is probably a lot less fun than it looks

This one won’t take long. There was simply the one match – not even some vignette coming in from a break or to close out the slow. It was just Johnny Mundo and the Mack in an All Night Long match.

Mundo went up to a 2-0 lead, picking up the second pinfall by using the ropes (which also used to escape from a few pins.) Mack got one fall back via powerbomb. Mundo soon after pulled off his springboard tornillo to the outside, only to clutch one of his lower legs on landing. The announcers believed it to be a serious injury and the medics brought out a stretcher. Mack went as far to shake Mundo’s hand out of respect, only for Mundo to (predictably) jump up fine and surprise Mack with a DDT to take back his two fall lead.

Mundo started running and taking it outside to run out the clock. He fought to the top of the steps, only to get strapped to the backboard and slid all the way back down to the ring. He ran down the hallway to escape – only it really wasn’t him, but PJ Black dressed up as Mundo to lead Mundo on a brief wild goose chase. Black & Mundo worked over Mack until Son of Havoc made the save. Havoc eventually banged on Dario’s door to request a beer, which powered the Mack up to land a Stunner to cut the lead to 3-2.

just when Sexy Star was moving onto a post wrestling career

Mundo & Black regained control of the match again with the help of kendo sticks, then demanded the band play a victory tune to celebrate. Instead, a member of the band jumped off the stage to plancha the rudos, and revealed herself to be Sexy Star in disguise. Havoc & Star cleared out Black, and Mack tied up the match following an Air Raid Crash thru tables.

The match went back and forth in the last few minutes, with a ladder and table in play. Mack placed Mundo on the table and went up the ladder to put him thru. Ricky Mandell ran in, grabbing Mack to save his hero. Havoc & Sexy Star were able to pull him away and Mack landed a giant ladder splash, but time ran out as the winning pin was counted.

Dario interrupted the post match to declare he would not allow a draw in his Temple, and Mack & Mundo would continue their match next week under sudden death (or, “normal”) rules. Mack gave Mundo a Stunner to end the show.


the return of LU is bad news for tables

The All Night Long match got to the level of a very good Lucha Underground match at the end. It didn’t feel like it was always going to get there. Coming back from a break with a match with a purposefully slower start (at least by LU standards) so they build towards the end required extra patience from a fanbase that was probably impatient to see the show already. The first half of the match eventually worked for where they were going, but it didn’t come off as really important right away. It was really the chaos of the last segment or so which took the intensity of the match up to that next level.

I find myself thinking a lot about the context this episode will be seen in. For people watching it tonight, it’s airing in the context of a five month hiatus, where people are eager to see their favorite guys again (and didn’t see them unless they’re one of about seven people.) If you’re someone binging this show later on Netflix or wherever, that’s not much a concern. Johnny Mundo’s injury bit is probably also doesn’t poke out as much too if you’re watching it on a service without commercials, since it was just a minute or so before a break and a little bit of time after. It really pokes at you if you’re watching the show live, where there were a few more minutes of commercials to think about how obvious it was fake injury spot and how unconvincing it was for the announcers to “break character” on the scheming rudo doing something that anyone who’s watched wrestling has seen a million times. (That spot needs to go in a storage warehouse for a long time. Mack shaking Mundo’s hand was a nice touch, but it’s consistently bad TV. They got some of the reaction they wanted live, but it was TV death.) I think this is an episode overall that worked good on TV, but probably is going to be much stronger as #20 of 40 and not #1 of 21.

that backboard provides less neck protection than you’d guess

Not that it didn’t have it’s flaws. Hey, if you couldn’t find time to air Sexy Star post title win speech on TV (the best part of his title win), you probably can just end the show on the count and make the Dario thing a YouTube/social media exclusive. It’s silly to have someone talking about the match going all night long, and the match not going when the night still is. It’s not enough to sabotage the match for me but the forced nature of the finish might due it for some.

Sexy Star’s interference spot was really well done. Son of Havoc should’ve asked for multiple beers. Son of Havoc getting involved was just sort of weird, but that’s a spot where the break might have helped the show – most people were willing to roll with the idea Worldwide Underground had done something to Son of Havoc to explain this, since they couldn’t remember what happened five weeks ago anyway. (I suspect that spot was written with Angelico in mind instead, or the Angelico & Son of Havoc vs Jack Evans/PJ Black match was originally intended to be much more in general.) Mack’s splash thru the table should be one of those Lucha Underground clips replayed forever, but I kind of wish they didn’t end the show with the stunner. Just like we’re used to seeing a heel fake an injury and attack the surprised face, we’re used to seeing the face who comes up short in the title match and lays out the champion ever not actually win the title in his next chance. I’m eager to see more people around next week, and I’m sure it’ll be a good match, but they did more to convince it won’t be a title change.