Puebla, Guadalajara results, CMLL preview

CMLL (SUN) 12/18/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Domingos Familiares]
1) Black Sugar & Micro b Guerrero de la Muerte & Quca
Tecnicos took 1/3
2) Javier Cruz Jr. & Reycko DQ Gran Kenut & Relámpago
Tecnicos took 1/3, the last when Kenut fouled Cruz.
3) Diplomático & Pitbull I b Nautilius & Neutrón
Diplomatico replaced Leon Blanco (ankle injury). Rudos took falls 1/3, Leon Blanco throwing a drink in Neutron’s face to set up Pitbull.
4) Frezzer, Magnum, Star Black DQ Infierno, Mr. Trueno, Ráfaga
Tecnicos took 2/3, with Leon Blanco and Pitbull running into attack Magnum. Nautlius & Neutron made the save to set up the cage match next week.
5) Espectrúm, Exterminador, Maléfico b Esfinge, Gallo, Tritón
Rudos took 1/3, Malefico pulling Gallo’s mask in the third.

There were more events on this show than a month’s worth of Tuesday Arena Mexico shows.

CMLL (MON) 12/19/2016 Arena Puebla [Culticon, Efekto10]
1) Black Tiger, Lestat, Millenium b Ares, Fuerza Chicana, Policeman LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 19 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tecnicos took 1/3
2) La Vaquerita, Marcela, Sanely b Amapola, Dalys, Metálica LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 19 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
straight falls. Marcela challenged Dalys to a title match.
3) Hechicero, Puma, Tiger b Blue Panther Jr., Stigma, The Panther LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 19 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 2/3.
4) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Johnny Idol DQ Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Sam Adonis LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 19 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tecnicos took 2/3, Niebla fouling Atlantis.
5) La Máscara, Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy b Ephesto, Mephisto, Volador Jr. [Relevos Increíbles] LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 19 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Team Mascara took 2/3, Mascara sneaking in a foul on Volador.

Third match sounds like it was the best match of a show that fits right in with the recent early week CMLL offerings.

Arena Mexico tonight has Angel de Oro, Marco Corleone and Volador versus Cavernario, Felino and Negro Casas. There were no angles starting on last week’s show, so perhaps they’ll start something on this show, and at least it’s a good rudo crew to do that. The semimain has Guerrero Maya, Johnny Idol and Titan against Rey Bucanero, Shocker and Terrible. The lightning match returns, with Rey Cometa and Bobby Z. That could be good. The usual tercera match might be, but we’re stuck with Skandalo. He’s teaming with Cuatrero & Sanson against Drone, Fuego and Pegasso. Principe Diamante is on his third straight Tuesday show, teaming with Sensei & Star Jr. against Cancerbero, Nitro and Raziel in a challenging match. Bengala & Leono face Camorra & Cholo in the opener.

CMLL previews this show. The show starts at 7:30pm and will air on CMLL.com & YouTube.

Guadalajara has Valiente versus Ultimo Guerrero, again.

LuchaWorld has the latest Poster-Mania and the latest edition of the LuchaWorld podcast. Kurt really sounds different this time.

Johnny Mundo is doing a live Q&A tonight at 7pm, as part of a the tie in with Cricket Wireless sponsorship. There’s also a Johnny Mundo music video, which is pretty much exactly what you’d want it to be. Rey Mysterio is on a press tour for the show as well: he was on Afterbuzz TV yesterday.

Someone is pretending to be Atlantis again.

MedioTiempo and +LuchaTV recap the week in lucah libre.

Rey Fenix is debuting in LaSalle for AAW on 01/07  and debuting in GALLI on 01/22.

Delirio unmasked Rey Pirata in Arena Aficion.

Lineups

CMLL (MON) 12/26/2016 Arena Puebla
1) Asturiano & París vs El Malayo & Espíritu Maligno
2) Lestat, Rey Samuray, Robin vs Disturbio, Espanto Jr., Policeman
3) Drone, Fuego, Stigma vs Okumura, Sagrado, Skándalo
4) Atlantis, Johnny Idol, Stuka Jr. vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
5) La Máscara, Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Volador Jr. [Relevos Increíbles]

They’re just running in place. Doesn’t make sense to me why they’re stretching out the Volador/Mascara feud but not a lot does.

new lucha videos for the weekend of December 16th

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYyNnOBGWP7RmZ9AWWWnLIJvSsW6olCXf

12/17 WWC: Cloud Drive
(I didn’t get 12/18 recorded)

12/17 Sobre el Ring: Cloud Drive

CMLL Lucha Libre Retro: 2016-12-16
taped 2016-10-01 @ Arena Coliseo
Cloud Drive
1) Bengala, Metálico, Star Jr. vs Cancerbero, Inquisidor, Raziel
2) Último Guerrero © vs Valiente for the NWA World Middleweight Championship

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-12-16
taped 2016-12-16 @ Arena México
Cloud Drive
1) Shockercito & Stukita vs Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro
2) Flyer, Soberano Jr., Star Jr. vs Misterioso Jr., Okumura, Sagrado
3) Estrellita, La Jarochita, La Vaquerita vs Amapola, La Metálica, Zeuxis
4) Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Stuka Jr. vs La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush
5) Máximo Sexy vs Máscara Año 2000
6) Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero

AAA on Televisa: 2016-12-17
taped 2016-10-26 @ Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Cloud Drive
1) Angélico & Hijo del Fantasma vs Ikuto Hidaka & Masato Tanaka
2) Drago vs Aerostar, Taiji Ishimori
3) Daga & Taya vs Aja Kong & Australian Suicide
4) Psycho Clown vs Pagano

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2016-12-17
taped 2016-12-05 @ Arena Puebla
Cloud Drive
1) Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa, Stigma vs Disturbio, Hechicero, Virus
2) Ángel de Oro, Marco Corleone, Stuka Jr. vs Euforia, Sam Adonis, Shocker
3) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Gran Guerrero, La Máscara, Último Guerrero

IWRG Zona XXI: 2016-12-19
taped 2016-12-18 @ Arena Naucalpan
Cloud Drive
1) Danny Casas, Emperador Azteca, Freelance vs Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro
2) Imposible & Pantera I vs Cerebro Negro & Relámpago
3) Máscara Año 2000 Jr. © vs Pirata Morgan for the IWRG Rey del Ring
4) Golden Magic, Mike Segura, Veneno vs Mr. Águila, Oficial 911, Pirata Morgan Jr.
5) Trauma I © vs Mr. Electro for the IWRG Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship

01/20 AAA TV Lineup (Guerra de Titanes)

AAA

AAA TV (FRI) 01/20/2017 Gimnasio Olímpico Juan de la Barrera, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal
Guerra de Titanes, 2017
1) Bengala, Big Mami, Dinastía, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Dave The Clown, Lady Shani, Mamba, Mini Psycho Clown
2) Faby Apache & Mary Apache vs Averno & Chessman
3) Hijo del Fantasma vs Garza Jr. [AAA CRUISER]
5th defense (4th on TV)
4) Aerostar vs Súper Fly, Argenis, Australian Suicide, Angélico, Carta Brava Jr. [cage]
final two will have a hair/mask match at Rey de Reyes
5) Pentagón Jr. vs Johnny Mundo [AAA LA]
2nd defense
6) La Parka, Psycho Clown, Texano Jr. vs Dr. Wagner Jr., El Mesías, Pagano

Air Date: 01/28 and 02/04.

This card did come out right away! It’s…ok? It’s OK.

The idea is it’s a major card by including two title matches and a cage match, but the main event being the usual TV trios match doesn’t feel like a major card. Maybe, if they were going to do two title matches, a Texano/Mesias or Texano/Pagano title match would’ve made more sense. I’m not eager to see those matches, but Texano hasn’t defended the heavyweight title since TripleMania. They’ll probably set something up here to get around it at Rey de Reyes, but there’s no reason anyone should take a title seriously if it’s defended once every half year.

I have no idea how Pentagon versus Mundo is going to end up. I know how it’s going to go, probably close to how it went in Aguascalientes (or how it goes in every AAA singles match), but I’m not sure of the results. Pentagon losing a title chance again hurts his momentum, and sends a very specific message about where AAA has him slotted (and how unlikely they are to change it.) But, Mundo’s their top rudo who’s not in a mask match at TripleMania, and AAA’s been very behind him in 2016. Maybe that just makes this very likely to have an unclean ending to stretch this out seven months or so. Mundo doesn’t have an obvious next opponent as it is.

The cage and the stipulation in the fourth match feel tacked on to dress up a midcard random trios match into a bigger deal. As always, it’ll probably make the match worse, but they’re hoping just the novelty of a cage still draws people. (We’ll find out Sunday?) The stipulation though: the only feud they’ve built up is Super Fly versus Aerostar, so either the outcome is really obvious, or they end up with a match no one wants to see as a surprise. Look, I’d like to see Angelico versus Carta Brava at Rey de Reyes, but I may be alone on that one and I’m not holding my breath. Worth remembering there was a hope Jack might be unfired by this show, but he’ll be off working indie bookings instead. AAA fans will be treated to La Parka in the main event instead.

I can’t think of why Garza Jr. is getting a title shot – I’d rather put him in the cage match and take anyone else out – but it appears they’re raking up Fantasma wins to get to a big number and Garza is just a next number.

An Averno & Chessman versus Mary Apache & Faby Apache rematch is not for me. I guess they’re saving Faby versus Hijo del Tirantes until Rey de Reyes. (AAA’s rigid structure is a problem here.) The opener is also a match.

2017 will be AAA’s 25th anniversary as a promotion, something they’ll be pushing all year. Next taping is probably around 02/04 somewhere in the Mexico State

great match roundup, week of 2016-12-10

somehow how not the deadliest looking spot on this show, or even in this match

Last week with five shows for a while. This week, I remember I’ve been meaning to put the good stuff above the cut line, since there’s no great stuff. The Battle of the Bulls matches were the best of the week even if I didn’t have them high enough. It’s possible (likely!) December just makes me miserable. I can’t imagine watching the Ultimo Guerrero/Valiente match from CMLL Retro and I believe you all would be disappointed in me if I did watch it.

actual good matches

rating matches TV Show taped
good Blue Panther Jr., Pegasso, The Panther vs El Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 13 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-12-13 2016-12-13
good Jeremiah Crane vs Killshot, Dante Fox, Mariposa [Battle of the Bulls] and in a tournament semifinal match Lucha Underground: 2016-12-14 2016-04-10
good PJ Black vs Jack Evans, Son of Havoc, Angélico [Battle of the Bulls] and in a tournament semifinal match Angelico vs Jack Evans vs PJ Black vs Son Of Havoc Battle Of The Bulls 12/14/16 (posted by El Rey Network) Lucha Underground: 2016-12-14 2016-04-10
good Flyer, Soberano Jr., Star Jr. vs Misterioso Jr., Okumura, Sagrado CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-12-16 2016-12-16
good Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-12-16 2016-12-16

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IWRG Arena Naucalpan Anniversario card changes, Puebla preview

photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (SUN) 12/18/2016 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), Estrellas del Ring]
1) Black Dragón & Dragón Fly b Demonio Infernal & Picudo Jr.
Picudo & Demonio replaced Hip Hop Man & Dowki
2) Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro b Danny Casas, Emperador Azteca, Freelance
Cerebro Negro snuck in a foul on Freelance
3) Cerebro Negro & Relámpago b Imposible & Pantera I
Killer Jr. did not appear, and was announced as removed from his upcoming mask match. Cerebro Negro replaced him in this match and won in straight falls, in a bloody mask ripping match. (Pantera’s face was full exposed at one point.) Cerbero challenged Pantera to a title match (and an apuesta match, but IWRG turned that one down), and Imposible & Relampago will replace Killer & Pantera in the 12/21 relevos suicidas.
4) Máscara Año 2000 Jr. © b Pirata Morgan [IWRG Rey del Ring]
Straight falls even with Hijo del Pirata getting involved. First defense. Pirata said he’d still win the hair match on the 21st.
5) Golden Magic, Mike Segura, Veneno DQ Mr. Águila, Oficial 911, Pirata Morgan Jr.
Mike Segura replaced Hijo de Dos Caras. Pirata ran in for the DQ and Mascara 2000 made the save.
6) Mr. Electro b Trauma I © [IWRG IC HEAVY]
Electro took falls 2/3 to win the title. Referee Sonrisas bled heavily after a Mr. Electro chair shot. Trauma falls on second defense

The new poster isn’t out, but the main three matches for Wednesday’s Arena Naucalpan Anniversary show appear to now be

  • Cerebro Negro defends the IWRG IC Welterweight Championship against Pantera I
  • Máscara Año 2000 Jr. vs Pirata Morgan, hair vs hair match
  • Golden Magic & Pirata Morgan Jr. vs Imposible & Relampago in a relevos suicidas
  • the losing team immediately faces off in a mask match

Everyone rightly expects Pirata Morgan Jr., who wasn’t even in IWRG until two weeks ago, to lose his mask. Relampago’s the second most likely choice, but he’s a big enough star that they’d just do the direct match if that was going to the final. It may be a situation where both Morgans lose on the same show. Killer Jr. appears to be out of the promotion – he could’ve balked at losing, he could’ve balked at not losing, no idea.

Hijo de Dos not showing up after last week’s incident with his brother is not a big surprise.

Today’s Puebla show has another annoying relevos incredible match. La Mascara, Marco and Maximo take on Ephesto, Mephisto and Volador, setting up another Volador/Mascara match as their Christmas special main event. It’s not really a special match to people who follow lucha outside of Arena Puebla, where it’s been seen three times in the last four months in Arena Mexico. These shows aren’t geared at the streaming audience at all, so none of that matters, but I’m hoping CMLL gets a bit more creativity for Christmas.

The rest of the card is a regular Monday affair. Angel de Oro, Atlantis & Johnny Idol are scheduled to take on Sam Adonis, Mr. Niebla and Cavernario. Barbaro hasn’t been on a stream since November 18th and just hasn’t been around much since then. (He and Titan have been in the Dominican Republic apparently filming a movie for part of that time.) He’s on Monday, Tuesday and the-yet-to-be-announced Sunday stream this week. The tercera is the Panther Boys & Stigma against Hechicero, Puma and Tiger, which is very familiar but still probably the best match on the night. La Vaquerita, Marcela, and Sanely face Amapola, Dalys and Metalica in a cage match preview, and Black Tiger, Lestat & Millenium open against Ares, Fuerza Chicana and Policeman.

CultIcon also previews this show. It’ll air on CMLL.com & YouTube at 9pm.

LuchaWorld has the latest news report.

Super Libre had Ringo Mendoza, Soberano Jr., Valiente, Triton and others on this week.

WrestleCircus in Austin will have Laredo Kid & Rey Fenix vs Extra Talent-ed (Ricky Starks & Aaron Solow).

Aerostar, Huracan Ramirez Jr., Ciclon Ramirez Jr. and Hijo del Pantera are advertised for Chicago on 01/20.

Lineups

CMLL (SUN) 12/25/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Capitán Cobra & Micro vs Destello & Destructor
2) Fugaz, Sky Kid, Smaker vs Linterna, Mr. Apolo, Mr. Brisa
3) Javier Cruz Jr., Metatrón, Tritón vs Gran Kenut, Joker, Mosco X Fly
4) Esfinge & Gallo vs Exterminador & Maléfico
5) Neutrón vs Frezzer, León Blanco, Mr. Trueno, Nautilius, Pitbull I, Magnum, Star Black, Infierno, Ráfaga [cage, mask]

Neutron losing his mask would be the biggest news to us from his Mexico City run, but some of these guys have been around Guadalajara. Some, like Freezer & Nautilus, seem new. It may be more obvious locally or whenever yesterday’s results turn up, but it seems like anyone could lose right now.

Semimain is the tag team champions teaming up for the first time as a 2v2 team since their title match. That’s likely setting up a rematch on 01/01.

12/17 AAA TV results (Chilpancingo)

AAA

AAA TV (SAT) 12/17/2016 Plaza de Toros Belisario Arteaga, Chilpancingo, Guerrero [AAA]
1) Ángel Guerrero, Black Silver Jr., Último Samurai b Apolo Estrada, Guerrero Azteca, Temible Ares Ii
dark match
2) Lady Shani, Mamba, Mini Psycho Clown b Big Mami, Dinastía, Máscara de Bronce
Shani beat Dinastia.
3) Argenis, Lanzeloth, Niño Hamburguesa b Carta Brava Jr., Dave The Clown, Soul Rocker
Argenis beat Carta Brava.
4) Angélico, Australian Suicide, Garza Jr. b Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Parka Negra, Súper Fly
Angelico won with the Fall of the Angels. Australian Suicide replaced Bengala. Moved up a spot.
5) Averno, Chessman, Ricky Marvin b Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Zorro
Marvin cheated to beat Zorro.
6) Aerostar & Drago © b Monsther Clown & Murder Clown and Daga & Joe Lider [AAA TAG]
Super Fly attempted to cost Aerostar the title to the Traidor Clowns, but Psycho Clown helped the champs win. The rudos continued to attack after the match (and the Perros walked off instead of making the save), with Argenis running out to help Drago & Aerostar. The tag champs invited him to from a trio with them. 2nd defense.
7) Hijo del Fantasma, Psycho Clown, Texano Jr. DQ Dr. Wagner Jr., El Mesías, Pagano
Earlier in the show, Wagner/Pagano/Murder/Monster nicknamed themselves Potencial Universal (a play off the Potencial Mundial nickname for the Psycho Circus.) They may also still be known as the Traidors. Psycho responded to them, and introduced the returning Goya Kong. Monster & Murder ran in for the DQ. Goya ran in, but also surprise attacked her brother, fouling Psycho Clown. Goya explained she was angry that Psycho Clown was obviously going to embarrass their family by losing his mask at TripleMania.

Air Date: 01/14 & 01/21

By next June/July/August/whenever TripleMania happens, Psycho Clown’s wife, baby, dog and exploding guitar may also turn on him. It’s tough out there for the lead tecnico. Goya was already working on the ruda side on AAA spot shows. She’s taking the bookings which might have gone to Taya, and it sets her and Big Mami as touring opponents. Doing the angle where she turns on Psycho (rather than just ignoring the difference like they’ve done with Psycho and Mini Psycho) is a surprise, but fits their pattern of doing whatever they can to make Psycho look like an underdog for this entire year build up. The concept of the Brazos family being embarrassed by one of their family members losing a mask match is bordering on ludicrous, but perhaps we’re supposed to think she’s having a ludicrous thoughts because she’s a ruda.

Aerostar & Drago keeping the titles is a pleasant surprise, and perennial third wheel Argenis gets to be an actual third wheel. His tag team with Suicide seems broken up, but at least Suicide is back at all – it wasn’t clear if he was going to be after the mask loss.

OGT got help from Hijo del Tirantes as usual – it’s kind of their finishing move – but they really should be done with both the Xinetez and the Apaches at this point. Averno’s team has now beaten Zorro’s team four straight times, it’d take some explanation come up with a fifth.

So ends the AAA year. No idea when we’ll see the 01/20 Guerra de Titanes card. They could wait until it gets a lot closer, they could just put it on today to have something to push for the next month. There are matches they seem to be teasing (Mundo/Pentagon, Fabi/Tirantes) but there’s no telling if they’ll actually happen.

Atlantis Jr., CMLL weekend results, Elite, LU

photo by CMLL

indy (SAT) 12/17/2016 Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México [Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), Estrellas dei Ring]
1) Black Warrior Jr., Diva Salvaje, Reyna Obscura b Lilith Dark, Solaris, Soy Raymunda
Soy Raymunda was the surprise luchador.
2) Fly Star & Toxin b Lunatik Extrem & Lunatik Fly
3) La Magnifica L La Heronia, Metálica (CMLL), Ludark Shaitan [hair]
Metalica & Ludark both were the surprise luchadoras, adding the hairs the other two were putting on the line. Heronia escaped first, followed by Metalica, and Ludark defeated Magnifica to take her hair.
4) Criss Boy b Ciclón Black [hair]
5) Akuma, Dragón Rojo Jr., Flyer b Herodes Jr., Magia Blanca, Veneno
Flyer and Magia Blanca switched sides.
6) Drako b Shadow [mask]
Shadow is Jorge Merino Valencia

This didn’t seem to draw well. The only people to figure out that doing a bunch of random apuesta won’t mean much are the people who run shows. (Or these shows are more for the luchadors themselves.)

Elite (SAT) 12/17/2016 Arena Lopez Mateos [+LuchaTV, R de Rudo, Superluchas]
1) Leviatham & Sádico b Alas De Plata & Mr. Leo
2) Eterno & Fresero Jr. b Emperador Azteca & Metaleón
Metaleon replaced Zumbi
3) Solar I b Rocky Santana
Money thrown in.
4) Ciclón Ramírez Jr. & El Bandido b Diamante & Imposible
Imposible wants a title shot against Bandido.
5) Decnnis, Mr. Águila, Zumbido b Argos, Dr. Karonte Jr., Fresero Jr.
Fresero Jr. replaced twice, replacing Veneno.
6) Flamita & Rey Escorpión b Golden Magic & Jack Evans
Rey Escorpion challenged Jack Evans to a hair match. Flamita left open the possibility of a permanent team with Rey Escorpion.

Building looks about half full. I think that’s actually good, given this just was a collection of random indie matches and the biggest names with the promotion weren’t on the show. It’s not that off from what they were doing with TV for TV tapings.

CMLL (SAT) 12/17/2016 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Camorra & Inquisidor b Bengala & Leono
Rudos took 1/3.
2) Magia Blanca, Sangre Imperial, Sensei b El Coyote, Grako, Hijo del Signo
Tecnicos took 1/3, Sensei winning with El Pipila on Signo.
3) Forastero, Puma, Tiger b Pegasso, Stigma, Tritón
Triton (first DF match since August 3rd; was in the US) & Stigma replaced Fuego & Oro Jr, Forastero replaced Skandalo.
4) Euforia, Mr. Niebla, Vangellys b Johnny Idol, Stuka Jr., Valiente
Mr. Niebla replaced Rey Bucanero. Johnny Idol replaced Maximo. Rudos took 1/3.
5) La Máscara © b Atlantis [CMLL LH]
Seconds were Grako and Atlantis Junior. Mascara took 1/3, the last by sneaking in a foul. First defense.

Atlantis Jr. appearing is more interesting than any match result here. CMLL didn’t make any special note of him outside that he happened to be there. Atlantis Jr. has appeared under the mask before, but only as a drummer for his band back in 2011. It’s possible he was just hanging out with dad and there’s nothing more to it, but CMLL didn’t say either way.

There’s no Coliseo show until (at least) 01/07.

CMLL (SUN) 12/18/2016 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Bengala & Sensei b Apocalipsis & Camorra
Bengala replaced Oro Jr. (who must be hurt at this point). Camorra replaced Akuma. Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Puma, Skándalo, Tiger b Drone, Fuego, Rey Cometa
Rudos took 1/3
3) La Vaquerita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit b Dalys, La Seductora, Metálica
Tecnicos took 1/3.
4) Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto b Ángel de Oro, Guerrero Maya Jr., Johnny Idol
Rudos took 1/3, Ephesto beating Maya again.
5) Marco Corleone, Valiente, Volador Jr. b Máscara Año 2000, Shocker, Terrible
tecnicos took 1/3.

Barring any major injury, this is a show everyone will quickly forget ever occurred.

Magia Blanca defeated Colapso in Cuernavaca to win their mask match. Colapso is Salvador Rodriguez Ruiz, 31 years old.

Zeuxis Watch 2016: Zeuxis noticed people were discussing her losing her mask and was confused. Zeuxis promised to be the first person out of the cage. I feel better. Zeuxis posted an inspirational message about not being afraid to start over. I feel worse. Zeuxis says she’s wearing a special Bane-themed outfit for the cage match. People who are losing a mask typically use the most well known version of their mask. I feel confused.

El Sol del Mexico talked to Super Porky about his health. He’s got a list of operations that he’s had or will be having that’s a paragraph long, and may keep him on out of the ring for maybe eight months. He had gastric balloon surgery, he needs work on his groin, his sciatic nerve, his shoulder, and then on his leg if he loses enough weight. After all that, he plans to come back to the ring “only for a year or two.” He’d like his farewell show to start with a singles match with Shocker or Negro Casas and then end with a singles match with Ultimo Guerrero.

This article is already over a week old, but a CableFax interview with El Rey GM Daniel Tibbets comes close to confirming to Season 4 of Lucha Undergound in an interview about the network’s plans. The bigger idea is he feels the network identity is working and they want to commit to more programming along the lines of Lucha Underground and From Dusk Till Dawn (and presumably less reality shows about barber shops.) LU is specifically mentioned in the 2017 plans, pushed as the strongest brand identity on the show, above the network founder’s own show. My hunch has been LU will be safe on El Rey as long as El Rey is committed to it’s current identity, and it sounds like they’re happy with their current direction. (Conversely, they’re not about to sell off the show to another network if it’s the channel’s identity.)

AAA posted this week’s TV on YouTube. They have matches from Star Battle and brief interviews with Drago, Daga and Psycho Clown.

Rey Mysterio & Alberto are being advertised in Xalapa for February. This looks like an indie show and not an AAA show because there’s no logo, but it’s tough to tell.

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report.

CultIcon writes about the new members of the Snake Tribe.

Box Y Lucha #3264 has the two CMLL apuesta matches on the cover. Noticabely, they find Maximo versus unnamed challenger is more interesting than Maximo versus Mascara 2000. No one plays more to 80s/90s lucha nostalgia than Box Y Lucha and even they’re not excited for Mascara 2000.

Lineups

CMLL (SUN) 12/25/2016 Arena México
1) Astral & Shockercito vs Pequeño Olímpico & Pierrothito
2) Drone, Johnny Idol, Star Jr. vs Boby Z, Vangellys, Virus
3) Stuka Jr., Titán, Valiente vs Gran Guerrero, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
4) Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Volador Jr. vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas
5) La Jarochita vs Sanely, La Vaquerita, Princesa Sugehit, Marcela, Estrellita, Zeuxis, Dalys, Amapola, Metálica [cage, mask, hair]

You’ve already seen this card, but the Sunday Arena Mexico card usually gets put here so why not. Again, there’s no real reason Jarochita or Vaquerita or Metalica or Amapola can’t lose this too. CMLL still hasn’t officially said this will stream, but it must be if it’s streaming on NJPW World (and there were some people involved who thought they were streaming starting this Sunday.)

Caristico/UG set for next week, LA Park versus Alberto?, AAA TV in Chilpancingo, Star Battle

rug pulled out from underneath Caristico

CMLL (FRI) 12/16/2016 Arena México [CMLL, thecubsfan, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Shockercito & Stukita b Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro
13:52. tecnicos 1/3
2) Misterioso Jr., Okumura, Sagrado b Flyer, Soberano Jr., Star Jr.
16:28. Rudos took 2/3.
3) Amapola, La Metálica, Zeuxis b Estrellita, La Jarochita, La Vaquerita
11:08. Rudas took 2/3. Amapola replaced Tiffany. Everyone talked about the cage match afterwards.
4) La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush b Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Stuka Jr.
10:48. Los Ingobernables took 1/3.
5) Máximo Sexy DQ Máscara Año 2000
7:22. Maximo cheated to win the first and was close to winning the second when the Nuevo Generacion Dinamitas all ran in.
6) Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. DQ Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
11:43. Tecnicos took 2/3, the last when UG unmasked Caristico. UG eventually offered a singles match next week where Caristico would get a mask/hair match if he won.

This was a better show than last week, though the focus was really on building future main events (12/23 Caristico/UG, 12/25 women’s cage, and 01/01 Mascara/Maximo) than the matches tonight. The matches building the Christmas Day show and the New Year’s Days show were among the weakest on the night and probably didn’t convince anyone who wasn’t interested in going. If those shows draw well, it’s going to be because of the holiday more than the main event.

They did their best to push the idea that Caristico would get the mask versus hair match if he beat Ultimo Guerrero next week, and implied it’d be the week after. If this was the first run of Mistico, he’s always going to win this match, but CMLL’s booked the second run of Caristico much differently, and aren’t going to give up that match in December. The best to hope is Caristico winning and Ultimo Guerrero agreeing to do it in September (but, even that doesn’t seem like a sure bet.)

Let’s continue talk about unlikely apuesta matches with:

indy (FRI) 12/16/2016 Palenque de La Feria, Texcoco, Estado de México [Estrellas del Ring]
1) Dr. Killer & Orión b Pandemónium I & Pandemónium II
2) Lizmark Jr. & Máscara Sagrada Jr. b Canek Jr. & Hijo del Fishman
Canek & Fishman replaced Huracan & Medico (with Sagrada switching sides.)
3) Dos Caras Sr. & Solar I b Mano Negra & Pirata Morgan
4) Cibernético & Sharlie Rockstar b Hijo De Dos Caras & Mr. Electro
5) Alberto el Patrón b Carlito, LA Park Alberto El Patrón vs L.A. Park vs Carlito, Palenque de la Feria de Texcoco (posted by +LuchaTV)
Carlito replaced Extreme Tiger before the show. Carlito pulled off LA Park’s mask, but Alberto put Carlito in the armbar before he could do anything and got the win. Alberto and Park agreed to a hair versus mask match on March 3rd.

+LuchaTV has video of them agreeing to the match in the ring with the promoter coming in the ring to make it official, and with both Alberto (quickly) and LA Park hyping the match. The general reaction, even from those were there, was disbelief that the match would happen as advertised. It seems incredibly unlikely to happen like that, if it’ll happen at all. That building’s capacity is around 5000 (mentioned near the end of the article), and a legitimate mask versus hair match with those two people could do two or three times the size of that building easy. They’re either throwing away money or there’s other people being added to the match. This time, the building didn’t look full even with a 2 for 1 ticket deal in the days leading up to the show, and with not much promotion for the show since the card was announced a month ago. Both men would be tremendously underselling their value and someone else must be taking the loss.

AAA has a TV taping today in Chilpancingo. It’s the only TV taping they will have in a 51 days stretch. This period of time is routinely very quiet for AAA, and the overall lack of excitement leading into it makes them feel like an afterthought.

There is a decent chance of news tonight. The semimain has Aerostar & Drago defending the tag team titles against Monsther Clown & Murder Clown and Daga & Joe Lider. The two challenging teams have been part of AAA”s main events, Aerostar & Drago have not, and a title change seems likely. The Clowns are the best bet for that.

The rest of the card continues cruising along to Guerra de Titanes, and maybe the biggest story tonight will be AAA actually announcing matches for that show.  The main event is Hijo del Fantasma, Psycho Clown, Texano Jr. versus Dr. Wagner Jr., El Mesias and Pagano, for more Wagner/Psycho feuding. The fourth match has the Xinetez and OGT facing again, coming out of their title match. Angelico, in his first AAA TV appearance in about six weeks, teams with Bengala & Garza Jr. against Hijo del Pirata Morgan, Parka Negra and Super Fly. (AAA probably should do something with Parka Negra on TV if they’re going to use him as a spot show headliner.) Argenis, Lanzeloth and Nino Hamburguesa take on Carta Brava Jr, Dave the Clown and Soul Rocker, and the show opens with Big Mami, Dinastia, and Mascara de Bronce versus Lady Shani, Mamba and Mini Psycho Clown. The matches overall look a little better than Juarez, but there’s no real safe bet for a good match – maybe the tercera?

This taping will start airing on January 14th. No Pentagon, as he’s in Texas for WrestleCircus.

AAA’s TV today will air the Star Battle of Japan show. This show aired previously in Japan; I reviewed it last month. The middle four matches will air on the regular TV show, the opener will air on some Televisa affiliates who receive a longer version of AAA’s show, and the main event is up now with no commentary. It must be a rights issue with one of the non-AAA wrestlers which prevents them from putting the match on TV, because there’s no other reason they would skip out on showing a Rey Mysterio match.

AAA is also running their wrestler of the year polls, starting with luchadora of the year. Taya’s won it in past years, but is right now behind Faby & Shani.

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Lineup

CMLL (FRI) 12/23/2016 Arena México
1) Demus 3:16 & Mercurio vs Fantasy & Último Dragóncito
2) Blue Panther Jr., The Panther, Tritón vs Forastero, Okumura, Sagrado
3) Guerrero Maya Jr., Soberano Jr., Titán vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Luciferno, Pólvora
4) Atlantis, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Kráneo, Mephisto, Ripper
5) Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Hechicero, Máscara Año 2000
6) Carístico vs Último Guerrero

Main even should be pretty heated, if nothing else. And it’s strange they don’t have something for 12/30 anyway, but I don’t think it’ll be that match.

Mascara teams with two guys who are much, much better than him in 2016.

No women on the show means the CMLL midcard division get two matches, and possibly the best two matches on the show. Triton returns to Arena Mexico in exactly the same spot he left, which probably means he’s not going to be too happy about it.

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Caristico

Recapped: 12/16/2016

What happened: Carístico beat Último Guerrero, though by DQ, and UG agreed to a match next week. Just, only a one versus one match, with Carístico getting the mask/hair match only if he wins. Máximo came close to beating Mascara Año 2000 in straight falls, only for the new Dinamtias to all run in attack (which did give Máximo the straight fall win anyway.) The luchadoras mentioned the cage match roughly five billion times in a post match promo. It’s unclear if anyone else cares about either of those matches.

What was good: Main event and the second match were the best on the show.

Where can I watch it: I’ll have it up soon. Read More