Caristico defeats Rey Escorpion (but not Mephisto), Flamita debuts in Elite Thursday

Caristico corner plancha suicida
Caristico corner plancha suicida

CMLL (MON) 06/06/2016 Arena Puebla [CMLL, thecubsfan]
1) Ares & Guerrero Espacial b París & Vega LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 6 DE JUNIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
16:33. Rudos took 2/3.
2) Asturiano & Millenium b Rey Apocalipsis & Toro Bill Jr. LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 6 DE JUNIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
11:54. Tecnicos took 2/3
3) Black Tiger, Pegasso, Rey Samuray b Cancerbero, Espíritu Maligno, Raziel LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 6 DE JUNIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
15:57. Rudos took 1/3.
4) Bobby Z, Puma, Tiger b Esfinge, Stigma, Tritón LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 6 DE JUNIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
10:55. Rematch from last week. Rudos took 1/3 to win cleanly this time.
5) Atlantis, Máximo Sexy, Mistico b Negro Casas, Shocker, Último Guerrero LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 6 DE JUNIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
14:37. Tecnicos took 1/3.
6) Carístico b Rey Escorpión LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 6 DE JUNIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
12:48. Scheduled to be Mephisto defending his Welterweight title against Caristico, but Mephisto was hurt and unable to wrestle. Mephisto offered to forfeit the title, but Caristico wants to postpone the title match for another date. Rey Escorpion replaced him. Caristico took 1/3. Caristico wanted a hair match with Rey Escorpion, but Rey Escorpion refused to do such things in Puebla.

A good Puebla show, with entertainment from both the locals and the DF regulars.

The replacement main event was good! It was also a replacement main event. Unless Rey Escorpion was just riding all the way up to Puebla as a backup, CMLL knew they weren’t going to do the promised title match all afternoon, and elected not to actually tell anyone until the main event. That’s not good.

Lucha Memes had announced the title match winner would face Caifan next Sunday. Since the match didn’t happen, they’ve said they’ll contact CMLL and work out the next step. Mephisto was obviously hurting walking to the ring, but wasn’t on crutches or in any brace or cast, so it seemed possible he could just be fine to wrestle in 12 days. It did seem like the plan was for no title change last night – they would’ve just had Mephisto forfeit the title to Caristico last night if the title change if that needed to happen.

Tonight’s Arena Mexico show has a main event of Peste Negra (Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Felino) versus Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone and Titan, which might be the best match on the show. It’s not a  promising show. Dragon Lee was listed in the semimain despite being scheduled out for at least another week and a half with his knee injury, but now the preview lists Super Porky in his place. He teams with Guerrero Maya Jr. & Valiente versus Rey Bucanero, Vangellys and Dragon Rojo.

There’s no ongoing feuds and the card is pretty lackluster; this is as skippable a show as CMLL provides. There still will be a stream at 7:30pm on CMLL & YouTube and I’ll still do a recap, but maybe catching up on otheer stuff would be a better use of your time.

Viva La Lucha released details on their 08/13 San Diego show with Rey Mysterio.

LuchaWorld has this week’s PosterMania.

TKD reviews the 01/31/15 CaraLucha show.

RobViper has highlights of the 05/11 CMLL.

Segunda Caida reviews random CMLL.

Occasional IWRG luchador Dragon Bane took his brother Ram el Carnero’s hair in Deportivo 11 de Julio of Pachuca.

R de Rudo has a Porros promo challenging for the AULL trios championship. They’ll face Rocky Santana on the Arena Lopez Mateos show this weekend.

Jarochita still wants Keira’s mask.

Vice has an article about the greatness of Lucha Underground.

Lineups

ELITE (THU) 06/09/2016 Arena México
1) Estrellita & Marcela vs Keira & Lady Maravilla
2) Dinamic Black, El Bandido, Fuego (CMLL) vs Eterno, Fresero Jr., Luzbel
3) Flamita, Rocky Lobo, Titán vs Argos, Puma, Tiger
4) Cibernético vs Negro Casas [Liga Elite]
5) Ángel de Oro, Carístico, Golden Magic vs Diamante Azul, Mr. Niebla, Rey Escorpión
6) Atlantis vs Último Guerrero [Liga Elite]

The Liga Elite matches make some sense this week. Both Cibernetico & Negro Casas have only had a single match (three behind the leaders) so they had to have a match. Atlantis & Ultimo Guerrero are a match behind as well.

No idea why Diamante Azul is a rudo, except they’re doing big guys versus not big guys.

AAA refugees Flamita, Lady Maravilla and Keira all make their debuts on the show. (It’s unclear if Keira was ever part of AAA, but the other two situations are well known by now.) Flamita versus the Cats should be awesome and there’s a couple other greats guys along for the ride. There’s better people to be the sixth person than Argos, but I’d take it just to get that match. I’m just sad it appears not to be a TV match unless they change the usual pattern.

Before the Octagon Jr., and AAA, and Dragon Gate, Flamita was an CMLL trainee who never got to debut because the people in charge thought he was too small. He made a sole appearance on a special show in Arena Coliseo, but never got to wrestle in Arena Mexico. He finally gets to make his debut on Thursday and I’d suspect he’ll be like the other undercard guys and show up irregularly when he’s not busy elsewhere.

CMLL (MON) 06/13/2016 Arena Puebla
1) Astro & Meyer vs Espíritu Maligno & Mini Joker
2) Arkalis, París, Zaeta Roja vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Inquisidor, Metálico
3) Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. vs Kráneo, Morphosis, Ripper
4) Ángel de Oro, Máximo Sexy, Valiente vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible
5) Cibernético, Euforia, Último Guerrero vs Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Rush

Forgot to add this morning. It’s not a terribly compelling card – the third match might be good, but there’s no hope for the second and little hope for the top two.

new video releases for weekend of June 4-5

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYyNnOBGWP7SSk_PERZ37xU8tFWFTZuS9

06/03 Sobre el Ring: https://www.amazon.com/clouddrive/share/8hrGz6ohpCd0rhq73OS3VhNAdjaL9shmUuItlpJi6c5?v=grid&ref_=cd_ph_share_link_copy

06/04 WWC: https://www.amazon.com/clouddrive/share/RVkP8YoTkKVg340n23CmZS729SdRqQcLmu7Zqcub68K?ref_=cd_ph_share_link_copy

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-06-03
taped 2016-06-03 @ Arena México
all matches
1) Shockercito & Último Dragóncito vs Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Violencia
2) Fuego, Pegasso, Tritón vs Fujin, Okumura, Raijin
3) Estrellita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis
4) Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla
5) La Máscara vs Pierroth
6) Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Valiente vs Negro Casas, Shocker, Último Guerrero

Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-06-03
taped 2016-06-02 @ Arena México
all matches
1) Bobby Lashley vs Xtreme Tiger in a Liga Elite match
2) Ángel de Oro, Golden Magic, Último Ninja vs Argos, Magnus, Rey Escorpión
3) Carístico vs Máscara Dorada in a Liga Elite match

AAA on Televisa: 2016-06-04
taped 2016-05-14 @ Plaza de Toros La Concordia, Orizaba, Veracruz
all matches
1) Monsther Clown & Murder Clown vs Daga & Joe Lider
2) Ricky Marvin vs Nicho el Millionario, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Psycho Clown [Lucha Libre Victoria World Cup qualifier]
3) Psycho Clown vs Pagano in a hardcore rules match

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2016-06-04
taped 2016-05-23 @ Arena Puebla
all matches
1) Oro Jr. & Soberano Jr. vs King Jaguar & Policeman
2) Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Fujin, Okumura, Raijin
3) Atlantis, Carístico, Negro Casas vs Máscara Dorada, Máximo Sexy, Mephisto in a relevos increíbles match

CMLL Lucha Azteca: 2016-06-04
taped 2016-05-06 @ Arena México
all matches
1) Rey Cometa, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas
2) Titán vs Rey Bucanero in a lightning match
3) La Máscara, Rey Escorpión, Rush vs Marco Corleone, Terrible, Último Guerrero in a relevos increíbles match

IWRG Zona XXI: 2016-06-05
taped 2016-06-01 @ Arena Naucalpan
https://www.amazon.com/clouddrive/share/rrP0T4mGXP119LnE6KkiPCLtJJnRkKYfm6AXLzVZGen
1) Ángel Guerrera & Aramis vs Adrenalina & Lilith Dark
2) Anubis, Imposible, Peligro vs Dragón Fly, Emperador Azteca, Hijo del Alebrije
3) Freelance, Hijo de Máscara Sagrada, Zatura vs Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro
4) Apolo Estrada, Canis Lupus, Demon Clown, Eterno vs Factor, Rayan, Spartan, Spector

Noches de Coliseo: 2016-06-05
taped 2016-05-22 @ Arena Coliseo Monterrey
all matches
1) Dulce Kanela & Último Ninja vs Golden Boy & Rey Demonio
2) Rey Hechicero vs Máscara Dorada
3) Atlantis vs Caifan, Súper Parka

IWRG Zona XXI: 2016-06-06
taped 2016-06-05 @ Arena Naucalpan
all matches
1) Mega, Omega, Súper Mega vs Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro
2) Pantera I, Pantera II, Ultramán Jr. vs Argos, El Hijo del Diablo, Trauma II
3) Trauma I vs Danny Casas, Mr. Águila, Canis Lupus in a cage match and in a tournament semifinal match
4) Máscara Año 2000 Jr. vs Mr. Electro, Hijo De Dos Caras, Toscano in a cage match and in a tournament semifinal match
5) Danny Casas vs Toscano for the hair

CMLL Puebla: 2016-06-06 

Batillon del Muerte
Batillon de la Muerte

Recapped: 06/06/2016

What happened: The Carístico/Mephisto title match didn’t happen – Mephisto was too hurt to wrestle, and the match will happen another day. Carístico beat Rey Escorpión instead. Tiger, Puma and Bobby won the trios rematch from last week.

What was good: The makeup main event was good, and I liked the Batillon match.

Where can I watch it: It’s on CMLL’s channel (more…)

Toscano takes Casas’ hair, Mephisto/Caristico tonight

IWRG (SUN) 06/05/2016 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, The Gladiatores]
Festival de Mascaras, 2016
1) Aramis & Geo b Atomic Star & Enigma
Aramis replaced Dragon Fly.
2) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo b Diablo Jr., Dragón Fly, Imposible, Panterita
Dragon Fly replaced the mystery guy (I guess, since Dragon Fly was booked in the opener.) Very good match. Freelance was back as Panterita for one night.
3) Mega, Omega, Súper Mega b Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro
Good match.
4) Pantera I, Pantera II, Ultramán Jr. b Argos, El Hijo del Diablo, Trauma II
Ultraman was honored after the match.
5) Danny Casas L Trauma I, Mr. Águila, Canis Lupus [cage, semifinal]
Mr. Aguila was the last to escape, attacking Danny’s knee. Canis Lupus and Trauma I made hair match challenges.
6) Toscano L Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Mr. Electro, Hijo De Dos Caras [cage, semifinal]
Mr. Electro & Hijo de Dos escaped first. Mascara 2000 Jr. appeared unable to continue and told Toscano to just leave, but Toscano decided to foul Mascara instead to be DQed (in a cage match?) Toscano wanted to get rematch with Danny.
7) Toscano b Danny Casas [hair]
Toscano used a martinete to win, getting revenge from a hair loss earlier this year.

No title change and Danny Casas losing is a bit of a surprise.

Tonight’s Puebla show has Mephisto and Caristico in a title match. Mephisto defends his CMLL Welterweight championship against the current Elite champion in the same division. It’s their first singles match since Caristico returned to CMLL; they didn’t face as much as Caristico & Averno in singles matches, but plenty in tags. The winner of this match will defend against Caifan on the next Chairo show.

It’s an overall good card: Puma, Tiger and Bobby Z versus Esfinge, Stigma and Triton in the semimain, Asturiano makes an appearance teaming with Millenium against the Batillon del Muerte. Local Puebla luchador Vega makes his debut in the opener.

Sabado Retros is off this week. There’s a boxing show instead.

Victoria was very positive about the Lucha World Cup and said they’d continue with this concept. The word on next year’s location is they would not rule out running some place else, but seems less definite.

RobViper has highlights of the 10/30/15 Dia De Los Muertes show

AyTV has an interview with Sanson.

Box Y Lucha #3236 has Pierroth, Rush and La Mascara on the cover.

Super Libre had Black Man & Dorado as guests.

Lucha Libre in Japan

I forgot to keep writing about this, but Volador in fact did not win the NJPW Best of Super Juniors. He did finish over 500 (4-3), in the second spot. That’s the highest finish since Wagner won his block in 1998. (Dorada finished 3rd last year, when there were two people advancing.)

Lineup

IWRG (WED) 06/08/2016 Arena Naucalpan
1) Fireman & Omega vs Demonio Infernal & Guerrero 2000
2) Aramis & Dragón Fly vs Adrenalina & Hip Hop Man
3) Emperador Azteca vs Imposible
4) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo vs Factor, Rayan, Spartan, Spector
5) Hijo del Alebrije, Relámpago, Ultramán Jr., Zatura vs ?, Apolo Estrada Jr., Canis Lupus, Eterno

Relampago is back around. The mystery Insoportable was Demon Clown last time, maybe someone else next time?

Atlantis & Diamante Azul retain, Flamita on Elite next week, Caifan for the gold

I had extra GIFs
I had extra GIFs

Martinez (SAT) 06/04/2016 Atlantico Hall, Houston, Texas [+LuchaTV]
1) Star Kid ?? Gran Midas
2) Chik Tormenta b Mystique
3) Violento Jack b Ronnie Mendoza
Low Rider moved to another match. Hard hitting match.
4) Silver Tiger b Low Rider
5) Arez b Flamita Arez vs Flamita 6-4-16 (posted by shinugami333)
Flamita moved into Septimo Dragon’s spot. As happens often with Arez, he had to abandoned the match due to knee injury, but returned to finish the match after a break.
6) Aerostar & Laredo Kid b Séptimo Dragón & Último Ninja
good match. Septimo switched places with Flamita. The reunited Air Force took the win.

Show sounds good, and attendance seems OK for an indie, though I don’t know what they usually do here. Many of this crew worked Arena Solidaridad tonight. I don’t have full results, but the photos +LuchaTV has posted make it seem like maybe a couple dozen people showed up in the very big arena, which is sad.

CMLL (SAT) 06/04/2016 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Bengala b Apocalipsis
2) Canelo Casas b Star Jr.
3) El Cuatrero b Starman
4) Hombre Bala Jr. b Disturbio
5) Hechicero b Guerrero Maya Jr.
said to be a great match, money thrown in
6) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther b Puma, Tiger, Vangellys
7) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Diamante Azul b Euforia, La Máscara, Niebla Roja

Attendance seems up here since they’ve come back, for whatever reason. Princesa Dorada was probably there recording the Disturbio match, we should’ve bribed her to get the Hechicero match too.

CMLL (SUN) 06/05/2016 Arena México [CMLL, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Hombre Bala Jr., Starman, Stigma DQ Metálico, Sangre Azteca, Sansón
Straight falls. Sangre Azteca unmasked Hombre Bala.
2) Blue Panther Jr., Fuego, The Panther b Pólvora, Puma, Sagrado
Puma replaced Misterioso. Puma indicated this was last minute (but he was always prepared.)
3) Ephesto, Luciferno, Rey Bucanero b Ángel de Oro, Guerrero Maya Jr., Valiente
4) Negro Casas & Shocker © b Atlantis & Diamante Azul [CMLL TAG]
Rudos took 2/3 to retain. 9th defense
5) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero b Máscara Dorada, Máximo Sexy, Mistico
Dorada suffered a injury in the first fall, leaving this 2v3. Straight falls for the rudos. He reported he was OK later.

Dorada getting hurt early in matches is starting to become a worrisome pattern. Hope it’s just a freak thing and not an Arez-like chronic issue. Tag titles not changing hands is a bit of surprise. Maybe Pierroth & Rush will win them.

Elite’s TV show aired a report announcing Rush is suspended from Mexico City for a month for giving Cibernetico a martinete. If it’s a month from that show, he’d be back on the June 24 (Friday) show. CMLL hasn’t acknowledged this angle, but doesn’t acknowledge much with Elite since whatever happened that caused CMLL’s logos to be covered up, but Rush hasn’t worked in any CMLL DF shows since that show either.

Elite should be running again this Thursday, but no card has been announced. El Universal reports Flamita will debut on the show, teaming with Titan & Rocky Lobo in what sounds like a pretty good match with whoever is on the other side.

Chairo 4 on 06/19 in Arena Naucalpan
1: Impulso vs Freelance, hair vs hair
2: Keria, Aeroboy, Demasiado vs Mini Multifacetico, Brole, Prayer
3: Alas de Acero, Aramis, Iron Kid vs Soberano Jr., Hombre Bala Jr., Star Jr.
4: Black Terry & Dr. Cerebro vs Guerrero Maya Jr. & Virus
5: Trauma I & Trauma II vs Ultimo Guerrero & Hechicero
6: Caifan vs Caristico or Mephisto for the CMLL Welterweight Championship
– whoever wins on Monday in Puebla will defend against Caifan

After tonight’s show, Rey Mysterio told Record he’s going to need to rehab one of his knee and he’s not sure when he’ll be back in Mexico.

LuchaWorld has their latest Lucha Report.

AAA put up their TV show on YouTube.

Segunda Caida reviews the hair matches from Dos Leyendas

Pentagon Jr. says he feels like he’s at his best.

Dragon Azteca Jr. talks about his style.

Lineups

KDR (SAT) 06/11/2016 Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México
1) Death Fly & Rocker Boy vs Criss Boy & Estrella De Oro
2) Keira vs Chica Ye-Ye
3) Lunatic Extream, Lunatik Fly, Toxin vs Kilvan, Shadow, Yoruba
4) Fandango & Mr. Leo vs Impulso & Magnífico II
5) Corsario Negro & Drako vs Emperador Azteca & Metaleón
6) Alas de Acero, Aramis, Iron Kid vs Freelance, Mike Segura, Mr. Águila
7) Caifan vs Trauma II, Herodes Jr.

first match for this group. It comes off as if they’ve just grabbed the usual names and scrambled the order.

CMLL (SUN) 06/12/2016 Arena México
1) Stukita & Último Dragóncito vs Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Violencia
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Metatrón, Oro Jr. vs Hijo del Signo, Nitro, Sangre Azteca
3) Blue Panther Jr., Guerrero Maya Jr., The Panther vs Fujin, Okumura, Raijin
4) Blue Panther, Máscara Dorada, Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Niebla Roja
5) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone vs Mephisto, Mr. Niebla, Shocker

Back to generic matches with no program. Third match could be pretty fun.

(no Sabado lineup yet.)

CMLL (SUN) 06/12/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Black Sugar vs Destello
2) Explosivo & Star Black vs Mr. Brisa & Thunder Boy
3) Nautilius vs Joker
4) Capitán Cobra, Cosmos, Reycko vs El Gitano, Linterna, Relámpago
5) Mágico vs Frezzer, Flash II, Metatrón, Magnum, Maléfico, Furia Roja, El Chakal, Rey Trueno, Espectrúm [Trofeo 57 Anniversario]

Metatron is listed as main eventing here and in the second match in Mexico City. He’s probably working here. Guadalajara is billing this as the start of June Anniversary shows, which means someone’s going to get unmasked.

 

Lucha World Cup Day 2: 2016-06-05

Cage is too strong
Cage is too strong

Results

  1. Team Canada (Allie, Taya, KC Spinelli) defeated (Cheerleader Melissa, Santana Garrett, Sienna) to win women’s third place. [good]
    • Taya double stomped Santana at 8:16
  2. Team Rest of the World (Spud, Mil Muertes, Apolo) won the Victoria Cup over Team Japan Ouduo/Zero1 (Akebono, Masato Tanaka, Ikuto Hidaka), Team Mexico Leyenda (Canek, La Parka, Blue Demon) and Team USA/TNA (Ethan Carter 3, Eli Drake, Tyrus) [ok]
    1. Eli Drake thrown out by Blue Demon Jr. (1:25),
    2. Spud eliminates himself rather than continue to fight Akebono (2:46)
    3. Blue Demon dropkicked out EC3 (3:20)
    4. Apolo clotheslined out by Canek (4:59)
    5. Canek thrown out by Akebono (5:55)
    6. Akebono thrown out by EC3, La Parka, and Mil Muertes (6:26)
    7. EC3 thrown out by Tyrus (6:58)
    8. Tanaka thrown out by La Parka (8:14)
    9. La Parka dropkicked out by Ikuto Hidaka (9:41)
    10. Ikuto Hidaka heabdutted out by Mil Muertes (10:23)
    11. Tyrus pinned by Mil Muertes Flatliner (12:57)
  3. Pentagon Jr., Texano Jr., Psycho Clown defeated Taiji Ishimori, Naomichi Marufuji, Maybach Taniguchi in the men’s semifinal [good]
    • Psycho Clown top rope splashed Maybach Taniguchi in 9:18.
  4. Cage, Johnny Mundo, Chavo Guerrero Jr. defeated Rey Mysterio Jr., Dragon Azteca Jr., Dr. Wagner Jr. in the men’s semifinal [good]
    • Cage defeated Dragon Azteca via Drill Claw in 9:57
  5. Lady Apache, Mary Apache, Faby Apache defeated Aja Kong, Sumire Natsu, Yuki Miyazaki to win the Women’s 1st Place [good]
    • trios match went to a 10 minute time limit draw
    • Faby Apache and Aja Kong went to a 5 minute draw
    • Mary Apache defeated Yuki Miyazaki via Michonku Driver in 3:40
  6. Rey Mysterio Jr., Dragon Azteca Jr., Dr. Wagner Jr. defeated Taiji Ishimori, Naomichi Marufuji, Maybach Taniguchi in the third place match [good]
    • Dr. Wagner Jr. and Naomichi Marufuji went to a five minute draw
    • Dragon Azteca Jr. and Mayback Taniguchi went to a five minute draw
    • Rey Mysterio Jr. defeated Taiji Ishimori with a frogsplash in 4:04
  7. Cage, Johnny Mundo, Chavo Guerrero Jr. defeated Pentagon Jr., Texano Jr., Psycho Clown [good]
    • trios match went to a 10 minute time limit draw
    • Texano Jr. and Chavo Guerrero went to a five minute draw
    • Psycho Clown and Cage went to a five minute draw
    • Johnny Mundo defeated Pentagon Jr. with Fin de Mundo in 4:12

Awards

  • Best dive: Johnny Mundo

    I think this was the winning dive. It was sweet, definitely.
    I think this was the winning dive. It was sweet, definitely.
  • Best luchador: Johnny Mundo Pentagon Jr.
  • Best luchadora: Mary Apache

    and this is how she won
    and this is how she won
  • Best match: Team Lucha Underground versus Team Mexico International

Like the Friday night show, this was a generally lot of fun. It was a little on the long side – the ideas they had to shorten the show didn’t seem to work out, since it was nearly as long as last year after all – and two long shows in three days made it a little tiring by the end. It’s a weird denouement: the main event finish happens, everyone’s angry about it for about five minutes, and then everyone has to stand around together for another fifteen minutes while they hand out awards.

Allie has spring loaded knees
Allie has spring loaded knees

The matches were pretty much all good. The two women’s matches flowed better then in Puebla. The battle royal match wasn’t much, but it at least had the novelty of the weird matches. It seemed like a waste of Tanaka to only have him in for 90 seconds after he was so good in Puebla. The two semifinals were pretty good; I’m not sure I would’ve picked the LU/International match as the best match on the show but it’s a reasonable selection. The third place and first place matches suffered a little bit in drama because the layout, it was obvious they weren’t going to end without Rey and Pentagon Jr. getting in. Rey looked good in all his appearances, and really match up well with Ishimori.

I’d like to see Tanaka & Hidaka back. I’d really like to see Ishimori around more than once a year, or AAA guys over there. I wouldn’t mind see Aja Kong against the Apaches again, though I’m concerned a bit about diminishing returns on that. Yuki was good too, though she wasn’t presented in a way that would mean much if she was brought back. (Sumire wouldn’t make me list of callbacks but she was definitely more interesting on this show than the previous one, and didn’t hold the match back.) EC3 and Spud got over as personalities but didn’t really show a lot in the ring, not that they were in a great position to do so. Taya and Allie were trying to set up a title match over Twitter and I’d be OK with that, especially in the service of Taya defending that title more than once a year.

good effort
good effort

Pentagon looked great and got the strongest reaction of his team when his face was shown for introductions. (The announcers seemed to be putting him over as the star of the team too.) And, so, as it happens, he took the pin in the end. Up to then, they had followed the same pattern as last year: Texano got the pin in Puebla, Psycho Clown got the pin in the semifinals, this was Pentagon Jr.’s turn (and he did get the near victory but time ran out in the first segment.) Mundo beating Pentagon is actually OK if Mundo’s coming back to be a big part and he and Pentagon are going to do more work down the line – that’s a matchup not really yet done in either Lucha Underground or AAA, the fans already see Mundo as a world class star, and that’s the level of guy Pentagon needs to going at now. It’d be exciting if it happened, but there’s just not a lot of just not a reason to believe AAA sees this as any more than a way to get Mundo some attention. Pentagon’s off feuding with Pagano, and there’s no particular reason to believe Mundo’s going to be back, since he’s only been in shows with Rey and this seemed to be it for Rey. It’d be great, but this is just taking a hot guy and having him fail on a big stage to get heat for a finish, but with no real long term plan.

(Chavo did hit Pentagon Jr. with a chair, so that’ll be the excuse – though that seemed to annoy the Mexican fans, who felt a screwy finish was too much like the parts of AAA they don’t like. The whole thing would’ve worked better with Texano and Cage, since that feud is actually happening.)

Dragon Azteca tornillo
Dragon Azteca tornillo

It would’ve been such a huge moment if the AAA team had actually won, and they did overall get treated much better than they did last year. There were no really big surprises with the booking, or much to complain about, beyond that. I could’ve used a few less overtime periods, same as said in Puebla. They probably should just do the ‘normal’ rules for the men’s third place game if they do it again next year, because the idea of shortening it by going straight to sudden death feels like it’s lengthen it again – it’s about 20 minutes once the breaks between the periods is considered if they got all three falls, where they could be in and out in 8 minutes if they just did it like normal. It was manageable because Rey/Ishimori was good at the end, but we had to go thru Taniguchi/Azteca to get there. Both Mil Muetes and Dario Cueto’s presence made some sense in the end: Dario cut some great rudo promos before and after matches, and Mil winning the consolation match gave Lucha Underground a clean sweep.

phone call disconnected
phone call disconnected

The announcers (though not Melissa) got Dragon Azteca Jr. correct, and avoided his mistake on La Parka. There weren’t as much TNA plugs as the show prior, and most of those seemed started by Hugo. There was some sound quality issue early, but either they fixed it or I got used it. There were some production issues – the clock was shown only part of the time, there were crowd shots at the wrong time – but nothing major. The feed held up well; I had to hit refresh a couple times, but nothing major. It only seems like the Sunday show was up there last time I checked, which doesn’t work with their promise of being able to have 10 days up after, but maybe they’ll fix it later.

Attendance was not great, definitely down from last year. They had lots of competition – the Mexican national team was playing, there was a minor election among other items – but they also just didn’t have the star power or the promotion they had last year, and the event is still new enough that it means a lot just to have it. Very early on, Hugo said they were hoping for 13,000. Apolo Valdes mentioned on Twitter that it looked 70% full to him. The building looked set up for 16,000 with the stage cutting off seats, but 70% would still put it around 11 to 12,000 (with a fair amount of free tickets given out.). It’s probably still fine as long as Victoria is happy – this is a marketing campaign as much as a wrestling event.

ganador
ganador

They didn’t make any definite statements about next year’s show. Next show for AAA is in two weeks for Verano de Escandalo, and I’d guess we’ll get that lineup very soon.

Cometa & Cavernario agree to title match, Gran Prix to be an iPPV

brainbuster
brainbuster

CMLL (FRI) 06/03/2016 Arena México
1) Shockercito & Último Dragóncito b Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Violencia
2) Fujin, Okumura, Raijin b Fuego, Pegasso, Tritón
Rudos took 2/3. Triton was stretchered out after taking a German suplex from Okumura.
3) Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis b Estrellita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit
4) Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr., Titán b Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla
Tecnicos tok 1/3. Cometa & Cavernario feuded, fought after the match, and signed for a title match next week.
5) La Máscara b Pierroth
straight falls. Pierroth was DQed for unmasking Mascara, Mascara unmasked Pierroth and cradled him for the win. Mask match challenges followed, but nothing was made official.
6) Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Valiente b Negro Casas, Shocker, Último Guerrero

I didn’t watch this show yet, but the fourth match sounds like it’s worth checking out.

The 07/01 show was officially announced as an iPPV. They’d been hyping it like one for the last couple weeks. No price is up on cleeng yet. They’re hinting Pierroth/La Mascara or even Cavernario/Cometa in a hair match could happen on that show, but nothing has made official.

Triton’s injury was taken seriously (and it’s not one of the moves they normally use a stretcher for), but there’s no particular mention of it in the recap. He’s next known to work on Monday.

MARTINEZ (FRI) 06/03/2016 8105 Campo Bowie West Blvd, Benbrook, Texas [+LuchaTV, CMLL]
1) Peligroso ?? Súper Brazo 2000
2) El Pulgas b Mini Laredo Kid
3) Violento Jack b Arez
money thrown in
4) Ronnie Mendoza b Último Ninja
Good match. Arez attacked Ultimo Ninja after the match to set up their own 1v1.
5) Low Rider & Mystique b Chik Tormenta & Silver Tiger
sets up a Low Rider/Silver Tiger mask vs hair and Mystique vs Chik Tormenta hair vs hair (between masked luchadoras) on July 15th.
6) Laredo Kid b Flamita, Aerostar, Séptimo Dragón
Laredo beat Aerostar. Aerostar took a strong blow to the eye from Laredo Kid, but was back on Twitter afterwards. Good match, money thrown in.

This show sounds like it was pretty good. There’s a very short clip of Aerostar’s dive in the main event here. The group is in Houston today, with Aerostar & Laredo vs Flamita & Ultimo Ninja.

No big catchup news from last night’s World Cup. Mathews noted he didn’t even have a headset; they didn’t have producer or director for the English team either, so I guess that’s not a surprise. (That seems to be the same thing they’ve done before, and what NJPW’s done on their shows.)

AAA’s recap lists the winner of the main event as “Aztec Dragon”, so that’s apparently the name we’re supposed to know Rey Horuz by. That’s even though the on-screen graphics had him listed as “Dragon Azteca” and he did interviews on Thursday as “Dragon Azteca” and a day later he’s still being listed as Dragon Azteca on their Twitter. I would assume 99% of the people who bought that iPPV watch Lucha Underground or are at least aware of his name is supposed to be Dragon Azteca. You look minor league when you don’t spend just 15 seconds explaining why you’re not calling the guy by his normal name, and they’re investing a lot of this in to looking major league. This one of those things that I feel is symbolic of greater issues with how AAA does things (see Pentagon Jr. saying they were doing 1 fall no time limit matches in an interview on Wednesday) but is really still kind of a minor issue.

They’re all off today, with the next show tomorrow afternoon in Mexico City.

Tonight’s Coliseo show has La Mascara, Euforia, and Niebla Roja vs Atlantis, Diamante Azul and Angel de Oro. The previews is over the top in hyping the matches.

Stuka Jr. says Ultimo Guerrero was working with a knee injury in their title match.

Segunda Caida reviews Hechicero vs Virus.

Aeroboy talks about his mask versus hair match with Black Terry next weekend.

Lineup

CMLL (FRI) 06/10/2016 Arena México
1) Robin & Star Jr. vs Akuma & Metálico
2) Pegasso, Soberano Jr., Stigma vs Disturbio, Skándalo, Virus
3) La Vaquerita, Lluvia, Princesa Sugehit vs Dalys, Tiffany, Zeuxis
4) Kráneo, Pierroth, Rey Escorpión vs La Máscara, Shocker, Terrible
5) Cavernario © vs Rey Cometa [MEX WELTER]
3rd defense
6) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero

Cavernario/Cometa should be really great. Sky Team versus Guerreros in the main event, with Pierroth/La Mascara dumped to the fourth match.

LG Lucha Memes (SUN) 07/10/2016 Arena Xalapa, Xalapa, Veracruz
1) 1 vs 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
2) Marcela vs Keira
3) Máximo vs Demasiado
4) Alas de Acero, Aramis (Estado de México), Iron Kid (Estado de México) vs Diamante Rojo Jr., Ojo De Halcón Jr., Silencio Jr.
5) Black Terry vs Poseidón
6) Trauma I & Trauma II vs Totem I & Totem II

full card for Lucha Memes people being brought to Veracruz.

Lucha World Cup Day 1: 2016-06-03

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this was cool

Matches

  1. Lady Apache, Mary Apache, Faby Apache defeated Cheerleader Melissa, Santana Garrett, Sienna (OK)
    • Lady Apache defeated Cheerleader Melissa in 5:45 via super armdrag
  2. Aja Kong, Sumire Natsu, Yuki Miyazaki b Allie, Taya, KC Spinelli (OK)
    • Aja Kong defeated KC Spinelli with a brainbuster in 7:32
  3. Pentagon Jr., Texano Jr., Psycho Clown defeated Akebono, Masato Tanaka, Ikuto Hidaka (good)
    • initial trios match went to a 10 minute draw
    • Masato Tanaka versus Pentagon Jr. went to a 5 minute draw
    • Texano Jr. defeated Ikuto Hidaka with a side slam in 3:51
  4. Taiji Ishimori, Naomichi Marufuji, Maybach Taniguchi defeated Spud, Mil Muertes, Apolo (OK)
    • Marufuji beat Spud with a shiranui in 7:46
  5. Cage, Johnny Mundo, Chavo Guerrero Jr. defeated Canek, La Parka, Blue Demon (OK)
    • Chavo defeated Blue Demon Jr. via frogsplash in 9:09
  6. Rey Mysterio Jr., Dragon Azteca Jr., Dr. Wagner Jr. defeated Ethan Carter 3, Eli Drake, Tyrus (good)
    • initial trios went to a 10 minute draw
    • Dr. Wagner Jr. versus Eli Drake went to a 5 minute draw
    • Rey Mysterio versus EC3 went to a 5 minute draw
    • Dragon Azteca Jr. defeated Tyrus in 3:03 via 450 splash

Sunday’s Lineup

welcome to Mexico
welcome to Mexico

(show listed to start at 4pm; they were a half hour late and did a half hour of opening ceremonies tonight; maybe it won’t be as long the second time, but there’s no way it’s actually starting at 4.)

  • Team Canada faces Team USA in the women’s third place match
  • Team Mexico faces Team Japan in the women’s first place match
  • Team Japan/Zero One/Oudou, Team Rest of the World, Team Mexico/Leyendas and Team USA/TNA will compete in a special four team battle royal. One member of each team will be in the ring at a time, and the next member of the team will replace them when they’re eliminated. Once they’re down to two people total left, those two men will face off in a one fall match for a trophy.

They’re weren’t clear if the order the men’s matches tonight line up up with the brackets for tomorrow. If they are the same, it would be

  • Team Mexico/AAA faces Team Japan/NOAH
  • Team Mexico/International faces Team USA/LU
  • A men’s third place game
  • A men’s first place game

Thoughts

brainbuster
brainbuster

This was the amusing event is appeared to be on paper. I laughed, I was entertained, I flooded your Twitter (and I’m really sorry about that.) This was not a show with a lot of great matches – the Team Japan vs Team AAA match is the only one I’d strongly recommend seeking out – but it was the weird bit of mixing people in unusual fashion with not a lot of idea of going on. Maybe I’ll make some popcorn before Sunday’s show to better go with the atmosphere.

There were no big surprises in outcomes. Konnan posted what he said were spoilers early in the show (during the show, so it’s not like he cost AAA any business, he just potentially hurt the show for those people who bought it), but everyone match finished the way most people would’ve guessed when they finally announced the matchups a couple hours earlier. All of them really made sense. For me, the toughest call was Team Canada losing to Team Japan, since Taya’s the only one of the six who’s going to be around after this weekend. For them, it appeared the toughest call was having the TNA team lose, since they appeared to be the promotion working strongest with AAA in this (at least among those they don’t part own.) That was reflected in the booking, where Tyrus got a visual pinfall over Dragon Azteca before taking the loss. Team TNA is the obvious favorite to win the hastily announced competition for the losers, though I’m not sure how they’re going to beat Akebono in that.

They also shortened the time limits to 10 minutes, from 15 last year. I didn’t like the sound of that at first, but the show went 3 hours with 6 matches under that format and we’d still be watching if they did 15. They should’ve held back on the overtime bits tonight as it was, since given they’ll want to do them all again on Sunday. It also seemed like they tried at least twice for pinfalls to happen just as the time ran out, only they were running 10 seconds ahead of the clock. Luckily everyone kicked out.

Akebono carefully falls down
Akebono carefully falls down

Notable that Tirantes and Piero (along with the same NOAH & LU referees as last year) were on the show. I did not see Copetes, who did this show instead of Hijo del Tirantes last year.

The two most over matches of the night seemed like the Mex AAA/Japan Other match and the Mex International/TNA. It’s good there are three Mexico men’s teams, because the crowds aren’t in the foreigners (they don’t know) versus foreigner (they don’t know) matches, and the quietness carried over into the Leyendas match. Fans took the overtime in the AAA Mexico match, though it seemed to run out of steam with Hideo & Texano. Tyrus wasn’t much good (and gave off the impression he didn’t care about being there much), but he’s big and so they built the finish around him. Dragon Azteca getting the big pinfall should lead to something – Octagon Jr.’s spot is vacant – but you never know with AAA.

Meanwhile, Mil Muertes performance was unmemorable. There was no obvious reason why he was using that character. Dario did a fun heel promo before his team’s match, but (if it was possible), they would’ve been better off bringing Catrina to make Mil come off like he meant something.

The two women’s matches were kind of all over the place, but fine for openers. Team Japan was all built for Aja Kong spots. Natsu got beat up most of the match (and wasn’t impressive selling) and Yuki seemed to barely be in the match. The Canadian team didn’t look great, but it wasn’t a match made for them to look great. Their match against Team USA sounds more interesting. The opener was frantic, all over the place and the shortest match of the night. The crowd dug it because it was the Apaches, but it needed more time to settle down.

this spot was the whole reason for this team
this spot was the whole reason for this team

Photos showed there were a couple of sets not filled. You could occasionally spot them on TV, but mostly it was a dark room where it was hard to see far in the arena. (No idea on the bleachers.) The crowd was loud at times, but it didn’t feel well miced. It’s a convention center they cut off in half via curtain, there’s limitations in that. Production was iffy; they couldn’t get the countdown clock on the screen early and we got shots of the big screen instead. They missed Texano’s winning pin while going to a long shot, making it feel underwhelming (even more so than it did from ending a move he never uses to win.) The set looked great, opening in the middle for each team to debut. The opening ceremony was nice, but would’ve been better appreciated has AAA just announced they were starting at 9 so there wasn’t a half hour of waiting & stress to find out if the iPPV was even going to work.

(It looks like Josh did mention the show was starting at 9 on his Twitter. There’s no time on the iPPV site, and the only time listed on the main website was 8:30.)

Hugo mentioned that TripleMania would take place in August – which I know is obvious, but is the first time they’ve actually said that so far this year. Josh and Hugo were hinting there’d be TNA wrestlers on TripleMania. I don’t think they’d mean much, but we’ve seen AAA bring in foreign wrestlers for TripleMania many years just to make some point about being international, so it seems likely to happen unless something changes with TNA. There was no mention about Verano de Escandalo in two weeks, but handful of plugs for Slammiversary during the show. It only got overbearing a couple times, and once it was Hugo drawing Josh into a conversation about Bram versus Eli Drake. Hugo was being a super team player, trying to put everyone over, and it was a bit too much at times.

Josh was mostly fine in the first half of the show, doing well enough at identifying people and giving background that it seemed like he had done a lot of preparation. And then he identified La Parka as the chairman from WCW and it appeared he had not done nearly enough. Neither he nor Hugo appear to be fans of Season 2 of Lucha Underground, because they spent the main event calling one of the guys “Aztec Dragon” for no explained reason; someone gave them bad notes. They must’ve given them to Melissa as well, as that’s what she announced, but she should’ve known better. (It’ll be telling if they don’t correct that on Sunday.) Overall, I like Josh better than Striker, because Josh avoids Matt’s tendencies to be too clever for his own good, but he was just fine here. I suspect, if TNA will be back for TripleMania, he’ll be back doing English announcing as well.

Sunday’s show should be entertaining. I don’t know if it’s $25 worth alone, and I don’t know if Friday’s show will hold up to rewatching at all. But I enjoyed it while it was on.

winner
winner

Lucha World Cup starts tonight, Lashley & Dorada win in Elite

tonight
tonight

ELITE (THU) 06/02/2016 Arena México [+LuchaTV, CMLL,SuperLuchas]
1) Ciclón Ramírez Jr. & Robin (CMLL) b Luzbel & Tanque Infernal
2) El Hijo del Medico Asesino, Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr., Karonte Jr. bBandido, Hombre Bala Jr., Jinzo
The mystery luchador was the debuting Bandido.
3) Argos, Magnus, Rey Escorpión b Ángel de Oro, Golden Magic, Último Ninja
Golden Magic was stretchered out after taking Rey Escorpion’s package piledriver.
4) Bobby Lashley b Xtreme Tiger [Liga Elite]
Easy win for Bobby. Lashley is now 2-1, Tiger is 1-3.
5) Fuerza Guerrera & Último Guerrero b Atlantis & Octagón
Rudos took 1/3 clean. Hijo del Octagon accompanied his father to the ring, and the rudos went after his mask. Hijo del Octagon said he’s going to continue with this name even though Octagon Jr. is not around by that name any more.
6) Carístico b Máscara Dorada [Liga Elite]
Caristico is 3-1, Dorada is 2-2. Money thrown in.

Liga Elite standings!
9 Caristico (4 matches)
6 Atlantis (3)
6 Volador Jr. (3)
6 Bobby Lashley (3)
6 Mascara Dorada (4)
4 LA Park (2)
3 Rush (2)
3 Xtreme Tiger (3)
3 Ultimo Guerrero (3)
1 Cibernetico (3)
0 Negro Casas (1)
0 La Mascara (2)

The playoff chances are updated; Dorada & Tiger are doing worse than the points suggest, since they’ve had far less matches than everyone else.

Elite has promoted both Liga Elite matches as airing today, so they’re going back to running once a week. Hopefully the second Thursday goes better than the first, because the photos the official account was taking of their show looked dire last night. (It looked a little bit better on other angles, but not great.) Changing days again was going to be a hard adjustment, but they also didn’t do a great job of promoting the change.

Bandido looks like he’s an indie luchador, but it’s unclear which one.

Tonight’s the Lucha World Cup first round in Puebla. The show is listed as starting at 8:30pm. As of the time I’m writing this, we still do not know any first round matchups. Those were decided on the morning of the show last year and I held off posting hoping they’d turn up again, but no luck so far. I’m sure matchups would help sell a tournament better, but this is not something either AAA or CMLL seems to believe.

You can still buy the iPPV. It’s now $25. (The old price was a mistake.) The show will be on VOD for at least 10 days if you buy it. Josh Mathews and Hugo Savinovich will be the English announcers, though I’m not sure they’ve made that clear. AAA’s really not replaced Court Bauer with anyone who can spend a lot of time promoting these shows in English, and it’s shown in the hype for this show – I think the English language promotion has basically been a few social media posts on Lucha Underground and TNA accounts. You’re reading a lot of it if you’re following the people into it (and the Japanese Twitter seems pretty active), but the anticipation for this year’s tournament seems a lot less than last year’s.

That could just be an internet bubble thing, but it doesn’t look super promising in Mexico either. There seems to be a lot of ticket giveaways for the Lucha World Cup . There were a lot last year too, but I’m concerned how this is going to do with the bigger field, running in Puebla, not not having draw of Rey, Myzteziz and Alberto teaming for the first time. It’s tough to tell how many tickets have been sold on the Superboletos site; the front rows seem mostly filled, but the cheap tickets are all without seat locations. Expanding to a second place, at a venue they don’t normally run, was always going to be a challenge. The Lucha World Cup is being mentioned a lot on TV, but AAA hasn’t hit it nearly as hard as I would’ve thought.

Probably the biggest help the Lucha World Cup can get is in mainstream media coverage, and it’s tough to have a good feel of that while I’m outside of Mexico; there seemed to be a lot of press there, but not a lot of it’s surfaced in places I’ve been looking. At the press day, Dragon Azteca Jr. acknowledged the Mexican fans probably know him better as Rey Horuz. Johnny Mundo said the Mexican and Japanese teams are the best opponents in the world, but his Lucha Underground team is a little bit better. Team TNA was amusing, with Eli talking about the respect he had for lucha libre while Tyrus suggested Dr. Wagner Jr. may actually be a gringo hiding his identity under a mask. Here’s a Dario Cueto interview I’m linking just because Dario Cueto is wearing a hat.

CMLL has it’s usual Friday night show tonight. The big match is La Mascara versus Pierroth, which has the potential to be anywhere from OK to one of the worst matches of the year. It’s a little bit suspicious CMLL would do the singles match if they’re planning on coming back with it soon in a mask versus mask match.

That’s technically the semimain. The actual main event is Atlantis, Marco, Valiente versus Negro Casas, Ultimo Guerrero and Shocker (who may be involved in that singles match.) Rey Cometa and Cavernario continue feuding in the tercera; Cometa teams with Stuka & Titan against Niebla & Felino.  The best match of the night might be the second match, with Triton, Fuego & Pegasso versus Okumura, Fujin and Raijin. There’s also mini and women’s matches on the show.

CMLL’s show starts at it’s normal Friday night time of 8:30pm and should stream on Clarosports.

Kamicazes del Ring is running a debut show on 06/11 in Coacalco

1: Caifan vs Trauma II vs Herodes Jr.
2: Alas de Acero, Iron Kid, Aramis vs Mike Suicida, Rey Cometa, Freelance
3: Corsario Negro, Drako vs Metaleon, Emperador Azteca
4: Keira vs Skadi

(The success of Chilanga Mask/Lucha Memes has led to a lot more super-indies, which is good for fans but might flood the market.)

Flamita versus Aeroboy is happening on San Diego on June 25.

The lineup for lucha libre shows in London on 07/01 & 07/02 includes Silver King, Zumbi, Juvi, Magnifico II, Magno, Lady Apache, and Chik Tormenta. The poster lists both “Santo Jr.” and “Tempestad”, who should be the same person.

Masked Republic/Viva La Lucha is running a show in San Diego on 08/13, with Rey Mysterio, Johnny Mundo, Nicho, TJP, Teddy Hart and others.

Arena Xalapa shows are moving to a 6pm start time, so everyone can get leave at 9 and avoid the violence.

Lineups

RIOT (SAT) 06/11/2016 Arena Femenil, Monterrey, Nuevo León
1) Kamikaze & Kratoz vs Dulce Kanela & Larry Miranda
2) Belial vs Drastik Boy
3) Violento Jack vs Byron, Tony Rodríguez
4) Sammy Guevera vs Dralion
5) Arez vs Ronnie Mendoza
6) Erick Ortiz vs Rico Rodríguez

Full card for the Empalme Strikes Back.

AAA TDL (SAT) 06/18/2016 Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México
1) Osiris, Pumita, Rey Destella vs Deirus, Pequeño Magon, X-Boy
2) Ludxor & Venum vs Dark Scoria & Estrella Divina
3) Fireman, Kalibus, Shadow Boy vs Delirio, Kaiser Dragón, Lintera Venegas
4) Australian Suicie & Pimpinela Escarlata vs Ricky Marvin & Taurus
5) Eterno & Fresero Jr. vs Halcón 2000 & Sky Ángel and Hunter Dragón & Karma and Crazy Romance & Dark Killer
6) Aerostar & Fénix vs Pentagón Jr. & Texano Jr.

Saturday night is a different night here, but the Thursday night show they tried seemed OK. Werd the AAA guys are working second match.

lucha TV preview for weekend of June 4th

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Full version here. It’s really long this week.

The Lucha World Cup is on Friday, starting the same time as the CMLL Claro starts. My plan is to watch AAA and record Claro, wish me luck. We still don’t know the first round matchups for the LWC.

Lucha Azteca 7 says they’re airing Lashley/Tiger tomorrow. No mention of Caristico/Dorada yet (so they could be splitting it into two again.) The LWC should be over before that one starts, I hope.

AAA‘s normal show should have lots of clowns, with Psycho Clown’s two matches and his buddies in the opener. There’s always the chance they could do something odd there; I’d spend half the show just hard selling the LWC with whatever footage of Puebla they could throw together, but they may not be able to add footage that late.