What happened: Pagano stole a win, though cleanly, by pinning both Pentagon and Psycho Clown after they had taken each other out via superplex thru a table. Gran Apahce still doesn’t like Venum. Los Fronterizos picked up a win.
What was good: I like the opener. The rest of the show wasn’t bad, but you could safely skip this week.
Where can I watch it: It’s on AAA’s channel.
Previously: Hernandez & Mesias cheated to beat Wagner & Texano. Drago, Bengala, Aerostar won a trios title shot, but it was really more about the tag title match that isn’t happening (yet).
Show starts with Psycho Clown in the ring. Psycho notes that he lost to Pagano last time, but it’ll be different this time. Pagano sneaks out while his video is playing and gently hits Psycho Clown with a bat. Pentagon rushes in and superkick Pagano, then attacks Psycho Clown while he’s at it. (Camera people are missing plenty of shots here.) They as a three way, not really selling much, until the security decided we’ve seen enough. This takes a while to settle down.(more…)
1) Black Sugar b Quca Sugar took 2/3.
2) Javier Cruz Jr. & Micro b Destello & Destructor tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Capitán Cobra, Fugaz, Randy b Carlo Roggi, Demonio Rojo, Mr. Apolo Tecnicos took 2/3.
4) El Divino, Frezzer, Star Black b Gitano, Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno Tecnicos took 1/3.
5) Esfinge, Mágico, Vaquero Jr. b Furia Roja, Joker, Maléfico Tecnicos took 1/3.
All tecnico victories.
CMLL (MON) 07/04/2016Arena Puebla [CMLL, thecubsfan]
1) Astro, Centella Roja, París b Guerrero Espacial, Mini Joker, Saurón 16:05. Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Black Tiger, King Jaguar, Oro Jr. b Ares, Inquisidor, Policeman 12:36. Tecnicos took 2/3. Jaguar & Ares are feuding.
3) Bobby Z, Okumura, Virus b Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa 16:35. Rudos took 1/3. Thunder was honored after the match
4) Kushida, Máscara Dorada, Michael Elgin DQ Felino, Tama Tonga, Tangaroa 12:09. Tecnicos took 1/3. Felino replaced Mr. Niebla. Tama fouled Elgin in the third.
5) Mistico, Negro Casas, Shocker b La Máscara, Mephisto, Sharlie Rockstar [Relevos Increíbles] 10:11. Sharlie first match officially in CMLL since November 2010. Team Mistico took 2/3. Mistico challenged Mephisto to a title match. Mephisto didn’t answer.
Tonight’s CMLL Arena Mexico main event is billed as a battle of the heavyweights. It’s Marco, Diamante Azul & Michael Elgin vs Terrible, Shocker, and Kraneo. No word if they’ve re-enforced the ring. Dalys defends her title against Estrellita in the third match, and seems likely to retain it. Of note, Flyer’s listed in Stigma’s place in the second match in the preview. The previews have been fairly unreliable for changes of late, but Stigma did miss his last appearance so maybe there’s an injury there. Despite the title match, this isn’t a very exciting card. It still will air on CMLL.com & YouTube at 7:30pm.
Guadalajara tonight has a Volador/Tama Tonga main event.
CMLL is now renting the Gran Prix on their YouTube channel for $0.99 USD. There’s a promo for the Cometa/Cavernario match, so I suspect it’ll be up for sale eventually too. It’s a nice advance in availability for CMLL, hopefully not a one time thing. (It’s really make sense for the big Saturday/Sunday matches, if they’re truly being taped.) There is a bit of imbalance in the live PPV price – $17+ fees if you didn’t use the discount – and $2 combined for the two matches that actually mattered – but maybe they’ll figure that out over time.
I’m actually not sure if this is the same video that aired or something different (since the trailer is all handheld video from ringside), I may invest a $1 later to figure it out. As I understand it, YouTube rental videos have strange rules – for movies, you have 30 days to start viewing but must finish within 24 hours once your start watching. Not sure if it’s the same here, but I’d advise not buying until you know you want to watch it.
Tania la Guerrillera kept getting involved in matches on the show, including attacking wrestler/CWF rep Yelmo 2000 before the title match. This is setting up a promotion vs promotion match, but I’m not sure what promotion Tania la Guerrillera represents.
Let’s try this again! CMLL posted new lineups Monday afternoon for both weekend Arena Mexico shows. We’re getting the Volador/Kushida match after all, though it’s still a little strange: Volador beat Kushida in the Elite tournament, won the Gran Prix, and he has put up his championship? (Volador has a better chance of winning this way, though.)
The minis match got bumped from the card. It’s a stacked show with those matches as the opener, and it obviously makes sense as the first show for NJPW World to pick up.
CMLL (SUN) 07/10/2016Arena México
1) Acero & Fantasy vs Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Violencia
2) Flyer, Pegasso, Templario vs Forastero, Maquiavelo, Skándalo
3) Ángel de Oro, Súper Porky, Titán vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
4) Diamante Azul, Kushida, Mistico vs Euforia, Tama Tonga, Tangaroa Kushida replaced Johnny Idol
5) Último Guerrero vs Michael Elgin Michael Elgin replaced Kushida.
And here’s the UG/Elgin match, which would be a really great thing to put up on YouTube if you’re CMLL. Elgin’s title isn’t on the line, so UG has a shot.
IWRG (SUN) 07/03/2016Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, The Gladiatores]
1) Atomic Star b Fireman
2) Dragón Fly, Hijo del Alebrije, the Tiger (Tamaulipas) b Diablo Jr., El Hijo del Diablo, Imposible Arana de Plata replaced once of the Mariachis.
3) Apolo Estrada Jr., Dr. Cerebro, Relámpago b Emperador Azteca, Freelance, Zatura After the win, Los Insoportables asked Dr. Cerbero wanted to join. He declined.
4) Eterno, Negro Navarro, Toscano b Black Terry, Chicano, Danny Casas Danny Casas replaced Super Nova. Chicano’s return (first match since May), back to feuding with Eterno.
5) Canis Lupus & Máscara Año 2000 Jr. b Hijo De Dos Caras & Mr. Electro Mascara was in a neck brace after taking the martinete last week, but wrestled anyway and the neckbrace ended up as a weapon. Bloody match with a fork being used. Mascara used a foul. Mascara wants a hair match with Mr. Electro.
I guess if you’re going to use Mr. Electro, you might as well get a hair match out of him. On the other hand, I’m not all together concerned AYM doesn’t appear to be airing IWRG of late. (Lots of U21 basketball tournaments and MMA in addition to the normal baseball.)
Tonight’s Puebla show has a strange main event. Mistico teams with Negro Casas & Shocker against La Mascara, Mephisto and Sharlie Rockstar. It’s Mistico with five rudos, it’s Sharlie Rockstar’s first match back in CMLL, and it might even be a tag team title match setup. Arena Puebla’s anniversary show is scheduled to be on 07/18, so whatever is happening here is setting up a match on there.
That also might play into the strange segunda, where King Jaguar is suddenly a tecnico, teaming with Black Tiger & Oro Jr. versus Ares, Inquisidor and Jaguar’s good friend Policeman. Jaguar lost his mask at last year’s Arena Puebla anniversary show, and he and Policeman are the guys who could lose their hair in a big match without it disrupting their career.
Semimain is listed as Kushida, Mascara Dorada and Michael Elgin versus Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa and a replacement for Mr. Niebla. That could be rather good depending on who they put in. Tercera – Esfinge, Maya & Cometa against Bobby, Okumura and Virus – should be good as well. Opners local match is Astro, Centella Roja, Paris versus Guerrero Espacial, Mini Joker, and Sauron. This show airs at 9pm CT on CMLL.com & CMLL’s YouTube channel.
NJPW announced they would begin Saturday afternoon airings of CMLL on NJPWorld, but they will only be available for Japan viewers. They’re going to start this Friday to test it out and may go weekly from there. This brought a lot of excitement from English speaking people who don’t watch CMLL. It appears to be the exact same stream that’s been available on ClaroSports for the last year, and on Terra prior. The current stream is not region limited in any way, everyone can already watch this show. There’s no mention of the show being broadcast in Japanese, but it’s just a bit easier to find for Japanese fans.
The one advantage is it sounds like NJPW’s doing VOD, which would save myself the pain of trying to figure out how to record the show every week, and it would be a big help on weeks where the feed doesn’t work right for the first hour. It’s specifically a shame the Princesa Sugehit/Zeuxis match isn’t complete and in good quality somewhere. It’ll eventually air on Azteca, but even then it’ll probably be edited down.
CMLL (SAT) 07/09/2016Arena Coliseo
1) Shockercito & Stukita vs Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro
2) Estrellita, Lluvia, Marcela vs Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis
3) Blue Panther Jr., Guerrero Maya Jr., The Panther vs Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Virus
4) Ángel de Oro, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Fujin, Okumura, Raijin
5) Diamante Azul, Máscara Dorada, Volador Jr. vs Sam Adonis, Tama Tonga, Tangaroa
This isn’t Sabado Retros. It’s unclear if they’re taking a week off from the concept since the NJPW guys are still here, or if it’s done completely. They did do a bigger than usual card last time Arena Coliseo missed two extra weeks, but this is presented like a normal card (and with no explanation, of course.) Of note: Tercera has the Coliseo tag champs.
CMLL (SUN) 07/10/2016Arena México
1) Acero & Fantasy vs Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Violencia
2) Flyer, Pegasso, Templario vs Forastero, Maquiavelo, Skándalo
3) Ángel de Oro, Súper Porky, Titán vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
4) Diamante Azul, Johnny Idol, Mistico vs Euforia, Tama Tonga, Tangaroa
5) Último Guerrero vs Kushida
So much for UG/Elgin. There’s been no build up to this main event, Ultimo Guerrero & Kushida haven’t interacted at all. The Sunday shows are still being listed as “taped for television”, even though I don’t know of an outlet that’s actually airing them. Maybe it’ll turn up on NJPW World.
Templario and Forastero get return appearances out of the newish crew; Forastero appeared in March, Templario in April. Maquiavelo (as in Niccolò Machiavelli, “the ends justify the means” seems to be the guiding principle of the wrestling business most times) makes his debut. I don’t have many matches by him, but that’s surely a name being typed wrong – Maquiabelico, Maquianelico, Maquiavelico show up more in my database. There’s a Tijuana luchador from a few years ago with that name, and more recently one who’s shown up in Toryumon (like Fiero) and FILL torneos (Gym Zeus, Gym Hip Hop Man.) MasLucha has highlights of him here.
CMLL (SUN) 07/10/2016Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Avispón Negro Jr. & Micro vs Destello & Quca
2) El Alteño & Javier Cruz Jr. vs Destructor & Diplomático
3) León Blanco, Randy, Star Black vs Demonio Rojo, Exterminador, Gitano
4) Mágico vs Maléfico
5) Esfinge, Flash II, Metatrón vs El Chakal, Espectrúm, Furia Roja
Magico and Malefico were in the main event last night, so they must’ve started something. Esfinge & Furia Roja resume their issue in the main event.
Pretty cool to see Pentagon Jr. win a championship, I have to say, though this one was in service of the Psycho/Pagano feud. This was the seventh non-tag (singles/three way) match Psycho Clown’s had this year. He’s lost five of them, and he’s won the time he won this title (where Wagner unmasked him after the match) and he won the LWC qualifying match. Psycho has to be winning in a big way at TripleMania at this point.
Cage getting into the title picture seems like a good use of him. Nice to see Bestia back, and I’m a little curious about the timing in ways I’m not allowed to see due to NDAs. Fenix winning the title shot was expected, though I don’t know why Zorro is still getting involved in there. I wonder if Aerostar has been dealing with this injury for a while; it’d explain what happened with the match length at the AAW show. I’m begging AAA to do one of those filler interview pieces with Apache to explain what’s supposed to be going on with his feud.
It looks like AAA filled the place. It’s not a big building, but AAA ran a lot around Mexico State this weekend – Arena Neza & Arena Lopez Mateos both got shows – and they still did fine.
AAA’s site is currently down – the domain renewal gets them every couple years – but it should be back soon. Their next show is Friday in Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera.
CMLL (SUN) 07/03/2016Arena México [+LuchaTV, CMLL]
1) Flyer & Sensei b Akuma & Inquisidor
2) Fiero, Fujin, Raijin b Marvel, Oro Jr., Soberano Jr. Debuts for Marvel (the GDL luchador) & Fiero. Rudos took 2/3. Thunder was honored after the match.
3) Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr., Titán b Dragón Rojo Jr., Hechicero, Pólvora Tecnicos took 1/3. Dragon Rojo & Guerrero Maya are still feuding.
4) Marco Corleone b Euforia Marco took 2/3. Euforia suffered a hand injury during the match.
5) Diamante Azul, Shocker, Último Guerrero DQ Michael Elgin, Tama Tonga, Tangaroa Tecnicos took 2/3. Tama fouled and unmasked Diamante Azul.
Guerrero Maya & Dragon Rojo continuing to feud is mildly interesting this time of year. Two apuesta matches seems to be Anniversary standard.
Ludxor took to his Facebook to complain about the way he’s been treated by AAA, and it’s pretty horrible if true. If you watch AAA TV, the last you saw of the red half of the Space Cadets is on the April Mexico City taping, where he was clearly dealing with a bad knee injury and struggled to move during the match. On the following TV, the announcers said Ludxor was out of action due to that injury, but he continued wrestling on spot shows for at least another month, probably all the way to a May 30th show in Nuevo Laredo. Ludxor says he was marooned in Nuevo Laredo for a month, apparently having needed surgery for the knee, but having no way to get home. AAA didn’t pay for the surgery or for the rehab, as promised, and didn’t pay for any transportation to get him home. Ludxor credits the fans and his friends for helping him, and calls out Dorian Roldan for being too busy traveling to help him. Ludxor calls out AAA for not paying him for shows, for awful travel conditions, and for generally humiliating him. Ludxor says everyone, at least among the guys who aren’t stars, has these same problems but everyone’s hoping AAA will make good on their promises eventually. Ludxor sounds like he’s given up on that, and has worked his last AAA match. AAA, as usual, has said nothing about the situation.
Last night, Sexy Star announced she’d be going into boxing. Sexy Star appeared in the ring with her husband (boxer Jhonny Gonzalez) to make the announcement. It’s being reported as an unmasking, but she didn’t physically unmask, she just appeared with out one (as she has at many boxing events the last couple years – this was just the time they put her in the ring.) Sexy Star has been preparing for the career change for well over a year and had been strongly suggesting she’d do a bout for just about as long. No date or opponent was announced.
The announcement was made at a Promociones del Pueblo show last night at Arena Coliseo. They’re the group that’s been running boxing events there about once a month; they’ve already announced they’ll be back the first Saturday of August. They’ll probably be promoting Sexy Star’s eventually first match. It won’t be under that name – AAA owns the rights to “Sexy Star” – and her decision to change her Twitter name to “Sexy Dulce” was in preparation for the announcement to incorporate her real name. Women’s boxing isn’t a huge deal in Mexico, but stars are always a big deal and there will be a good bit of attention on at least her first match.
Sexy Star is believed to still be under contract with Lucha Underground and this should not change her status with that promotion. The sense I got from last week’s Ultima Lucha 3 tapings is Sexy Star wasn’t going anywhere and was going to be around for the foreseeable future unless they’ve taped some very dramatic behind the scenes. (This was much to my surprise, and likely much to the unhappniess of AAA – they seem to want her gone from LU after the way she left AAA.) I’d still expect her to be masked when Season 4 starts, and there’s plenty of time for Sexy Star to have a boxing match (or two!) and return for Season 4 tapings. Sexy Star’s not wrestled in Mexico since leaving AAA. She probably could get away with wrestling masked again if she wanted to, but it’s unclear if she ever will.
Santo Jr. – the grandson of the original Santo and son of Hijo del Santo – debuted under that name on Saturday in London. He got the win teaming with Cielto (Magnifico II) against two unnamed locals. He had his first match under the name “Tempestad” on the previous year’s tour, and wrestled under that name in the first day of the two show tour. He’s not wrestled in Mexico at all – he only shows up in training footage occasionally posted on Twitter. Santo Jr.’s NOAH training stints were during the summer too; at this point, wrestling seems like something he does just during the months off from school. Which is probably not the best way to become good as a wrestler, but may be the right decision for him.
CMLL (FRI) 07/01/2016Arena México [CMLL, ESTO, SuperLuchas, thecubsfan, TKD]
1) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther b Felino, Puma, Tiger 14:12 Panthers took 1/3.
2) Atlantis, Mistico, Stuka Jr. b Euforia, Mr. Niebla, Terrible 16:19. Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Rey Cometa b Cavernario [hair] 22:59. Cavernario took 2/3 to take Cometa’s hair again, escaping the cavernaria twice before applying it himself for the win.
4) Diamante Azul, La Máscara, Máximo Sexy, Rey Escorpión, Rush, Shocker, Último Guerrero,Volador Jr. b Johnny Idol, Kushida, Marco Corleone, Michael Elgin, Okumura, Sam Adonis, Tama Tonga, Tangaroa [Gran Prix] 50:47. Team Mexico defeated Team Rest of the World. Eliminations went Okumura (by Volador), Rey Escorpion (Marco), Maximo (Tama), Adonis (Rush), Idol (Shocker), Marco (Diamante Azul), Azul (Tanga), Rush (Elgin after Mascara attacked Rush), Kushida (Mascara), Elgin (Guerrero), Mascara (Tama), Tanga (UG & Volador), UG (Tama), and Volador defeated Tama for the win.
This was a really fun show with a great atmosphere. It came off as an Anniversary level atmosphere, with the crowd very much into the Mexico versus the Rest of the World atmosphere. Even Rush got cheered (eventually), and the match itself was better than it looked on paper. It was also the longest match in Arena Mexico I can recall. CMLL would be crazy not to make this resume doing this as a yearly event. Cometa/Cavernario had very high expectations and lived up to them. They can keep doing it every two years and I don’t think I would get tired of it. This is a show I would’ve liked to be in the building for.
It’s not clear how many people were there and watched it. The CMLL recap says 15,000 fans. It didn’t look like 15,000 fans, with big areas of the floor empty and CMLL reluctant to do the big pans of the arena they use whenever there’s a really big turnout. On the other hand, photos of the upper deck showed much more fans than a normal show (though there were sections that appeared empty and maybe closed off.) There seemed to be less talk about the iPPV than usual on Twitter; I don’t think many people bought it this time around, and it’s a shame they don’t have VOD available because people would pick it up after the fact with the good reviews it’s getting.
If you bought the show via Playstation, you didn’t get this show at all. The feed shows Tuesday’s (free) Arena Mexico show instead, according to the two people I know who watched it. That’s no good, and hopefully they’ll give refunds, but CMLL’s entire presence on that system has been a mystery. CMLL’s never promoted it and I’m not sure who’s running it. It’s definitely shown the actual iPPV on past events, but I’d recommend avoiding using in the future unless someone explains what happened in next couple days.
Miedo Extremo is the new champ. Maybe that’s why his match in Japan’s FREEDOM promotion hasn’t been announced, it could be a title defense. DTU has shows tonight and tomorrow, though this was the one with the title matches. Drastick Boy & Ronnie Mendoza are likely the next tag team challengers (again Titan & Triton) if they can keep winning.
3) Joe Lider & Pentagón Jr. vs Damián 666 & Nicho el Millionario and Monsther Clown & Murder Clown
5) Dr. Wagner Jr. vs El Mesías
6) Pagano vs Psycho Clown
It’s a bit strange, because airing both singles matches this week means the trios title match is the only thing left to main event next week’s half of Naucalpan – or they’re just airing one week of Naucalpan to make up for airing the Lucha World Cup last week.
AAA tapes new TV tomorrow night in Ecatepec. The main event has Psycho Clown and Pentagon Jr. directly against each other, after both have been facing (and losing to) Pagano on recent shows. Pentagon has a shot at a title change, especially if Pagano gets involved. We’re not sure who is all involved in the semimain: it’s Bengala, Garza & Parka versus Damian, Nicho and someone TBA. It could just end up being Pagano or Halloween, or someone new to be added to the group.
The other obviously important match is a #1 contenders Cruiserweight match between Fenix, Drago and Aerostar. There’s no sign of the actual title match on any of the next three tapings, which points to the winner getting a title match (against Hijo del Fantasma) at TripleMania. Aerostar & Drago seem otherwise busy the rest of the moment and Fenix is the favorite. There’s also a Texano vs Dr. Wagner Jr. vs Cage triangle match, where Wagner’s the #1 contender to Texano’s title, and there’s no sign of when that title match would be happening either. Cage might find a way to get involved in it before it happens.
The show starts with an atomicos (with Herodes Jr. debuting and Tiger Cota returning), and the second match brings back the Suicide/Daga feud with Argenis & Lider involved. It’s a 6:00pm listed started time, so results should be coming in relatively early for an AAA show.
07/02 Dragon Gate: BxB Hulk, Kzy, Flamita [O] beat CIMA, Dragon Kid [X], Peter Kaasa – Flamita’s back in Dragon Gate, even getting the win himself. He’s the new member of the Tribe Vanguard unit, and will challenge for the Open the Triangle Gate championship on July 24th (and will be in Japan at least until that point.)
ELITE (THU) 07/07/2016Arena México
1) La Jarochita & Lluvia vs Keira & Muñeca De Plata
2) El Bandido & Último Ninja vs Heddi Karaoui & Okumura
3) Ángel de Oro, Golden Magic, Máscara Dorada vs El Hijo del Medico Asesino, Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr., Karonte Jr.
4) Xtreme Tiger vs Negro Casas [Liga Elite]
5) Carístico & Michael Elgin vs Diamante Azul & Kushida [Relevos Increíbles]
6) Cibernético vs La Máscara [Liga Elite]
Cibernetico, La Mascara and Negro Casas have only had 2 matches in this tournament, so it makes sense they’ll have one here. There’s now no sign of the Volador/Kushida match – maybe he’s facing Caristico instead? That semimain just seems weird. Karaoui saying he’s leaving Mexico and getting booked is just about right.
CMLL (FRI) 07/08/2016Arena México
1) Astral & Último Dragóncito vs Pequeño Olímpico & Pierrothito
2) Esfinge, Fuego, Tritón vs Bobby Z, Hechicero, Virus
3) Máscara Dorada, Máximo Sexy, Rey Cometa vs Cavernario, Dragón Rojo Jr., Rey Escorpión
4) Mistico vs La Máscara [lightning]
5) Mephisto, Shocker, Último Guerrero vs Johnny Idol, Kushida, Sam Adonis
6) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Volador Jr. vs Michael Elgin, Tama Tonga, Tangaroa
Top two matches are Mexico versus Foreign Legion. Kushida’s trip feels like a bit of a waste at this point; I would’ve liked to see him in the main event, but that’s about Tama vs Volador. At least Tama finally gets his hands on Atlantis.
Mephisto’s back one week after missing the Gran Prix – how would’ve they’ve handled Rush’s elimination if Mascara didn’t get in the match as a replacement? (Maybe he interferes anyway.)
Hechicero hasn’t been around much of late – this will be his first streaming match since the last day of May – but is back in a good match. Third match should be fun too. Lightning match continues the Munoz/Mascara feud.
What happened:Team Mexico defeated Team Rest of the World in the 2016 edition of the Gran Prix. Volador Jr. defeated Tama Tonga for the victory, despite Rush and La Mascara turning on each other. (Those two rise to the top of the list for Anniversary match.)
Bárbaro Cavernario once again defeated Rey Cometa in an an excellent match.
What was good:Everything, with the top two rising the MOTYC level
Where can I watch it:Sigh. An editing version will air on Azteca in about a month. I’d suggest tracking down the show however you can find it.(more…)