CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-03-31 Cloud Drive
taped 2017-03-31 @ Arena México
1) Stukita & Último Dragóncito vs Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro
2) La Jarochita, Princesa Sugehit, Skadi vs Amapola, Tiffany, Zeuxis
3) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther vs El Cuatrero, Máscara Año 2000, Sansón
4) Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Volador Jr. vs Kráneo, Mephisto, Pierroth
5) Diamante Azul, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero
6) Matt Taven vs Rush
Tonight, CMLL will give Puebla a Diamante Azul versus Pierroth match. It’s unclear what Puebla has done to deserve this. They went all out in their H2L match to make it tolerable. This is an Monday show, which probably won’t have the same effort to hide the weaknesses. La Mascara and Rush will be there – they’re in the main event, teaming with Atlantis against Marco, Maximo and Volador – so they’ll get involved in the match somehow.
The best match of the show will be the fourth match, with the Panthers facing Los Revolucionarios. CMLL could use another set midcard tecnico trio, so the Panthers didn’t have to be the best opponents for Dragon Rojo’s group, the Dinamtias and the Casas. The Policeman/Espiritu Maligno feud moves up to the third match, and hopefully will move forward in someway. Fuego, Pegasso, Disturbio and Skandalo will also be in the match. There’s two tag matches to open the show. Asturiano & Rey Samuray versus Cancerbero & Raziel and Arkalis & Paris against El Malayo & Joker, both which could be good.
The show starts at 9pm local. Mexico is now completely on daylight savings time, so all CMLL streams will go back to airing at the normal times in the US. (I tried to figure out how the time change worked for Japan other places that don’t change time, then gave up.)
The Last Reel Heels, who’s podcast has moved to being a YouTube video cast, had Eric Van Wagnen on as guest this weekend to talk about Lucha Underground. Everything was positive: EVW expects a press release officially announcing Season 4 coming pretty soon, and figures they’ll be taping in Fall. That’s earlier than the last bit of rumors, but matches what Paul London was saying last month. They expect to start doing prelim work this summer, and are only not taping that early because it’s too hot in the Temple. I can confirm it is very hot in that building in the summer. LU timelines have a way of shifting and getting pushed back, but the optimism is nice to hear.
On the talent front, EVW mentioned he had lunch with Pentagon the previous week and they talked about how things are going. Pentagon said he wants to be on Season 4, and Eric wants him on Season 4, and they’re always going to do what’s best for Lucha Underground (and not worry as much what this means for AAA.) Eric feels this is going to work out that same way for everyone else in the same situation – Jack, Fenix, Sexy – and notes there’s usually some sort of conflicts like this the longer you get into a show. EVW also addressed the UK TV situation: MGM wants to find a network home but hasn’t had any takers, and it sounds like they’re only going to look at Netfilx as a failback when they’ve given up. EVW noted everything takes three times as long when you have as many partners as they do, but it opens the door for things which would not have happened otherwiese.
CMLL (SAT) 04/01/2017Arena Coliseo [CMLL] Arena Coliseo 74th Anniversary
1) Artillero, Espanto Jr., Hijo del Signo b Astral, Flyer, Príncipe Diamante rudos took 2/3
2) Cancerbero, Nitro, Sangre Azteca b Pegasso, Robin, Tritón Rudos took 1/3
3) Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., Titán b Dragón Rojo Jr., Forastero, Metálico Tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Ángel de Oro, Diamante Azul, Johnny Idol DQ La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush tecnicos took 2/3, the last by DQ. Diamante Azul left the match to change his gear during the match ( tear again like H2L?)
5) Carístico b Euforia Carsitico took falls 1/3
Attendance was just about normal for the barely hyped Anniversary show, maybe up a little. They did have a ceremony to start the night to mark the occasion.
CMLL (SUN) 04/02/2017Arena México [CMLL]
1) Acero & Aéreo b Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Violencia
2) Forastero, Misterioso Jr., Virus b Oro Jr., Star Jr., Starman rudos 1/3
3) Fuego, Johnny Idol, Rey Cometa b Bobby Villa, Luciferno, Vangellys tecnicos took 1/3
4) Guerrero Maya Jr., Titán, Valiente b Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Ripper Niebla Roja & Gran Guerrero could not get along and lost easily.
5) Carístico, Dragón Lee, Mistico b Cavernario, Felino, Mephisto Dragon Lee came back from ROH on an early morning flight. Rudos took 1/3, Cavernario submitting Dragon Lee
Niebla Roja’s only match this upcoming week is the Rey del Aire, so it may be slow going on wherever they’re headed with him.
AAA’s Octagoncito did appear in Tijuana as the new Mini Rey Misterio, with Rey Misterio Sr. endorsing him. However, that Octagoncito said he was still in AAA. I’m not sure how he can be in AAA and work with a different gimmick on shows with Ciberentico and LA Park, among other issues.
Mocho Cota Jr., Soul Rocker and Carta Brava Jr. have dubbed themselves the Nuevo Poder del Norte. The old Poder del Norte was Mocho (Tigre) Cota Jr., Tito Santana (who’s now Soul Rocker) and Rio Bravo. That last one was a problem, because there ended up being two different people under the Rio Bravo name – just like there’s two different Carta Bravas.
CMLL (SAT) 04/08/2017Arena Coliseo
1) Magia Blanca & Marvel vs Grako & Yago
2) Estrellita, La Vaquerita, Marcela vs Amapola, Tiffany, Zeuxis
3) Drone, Fuego, Soberano Jr. vs El Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
4) Blue Panther, Johnny Idol, Titán vs Luciferno, Misterioso Jr., Sam Adonis
5) Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto, Kráneo, Mephisto
Tercera would be fun if we could see it. Estrellita is back. Yago exists again! He was the vaguely Averno looking rudo who had a few matches in spring, popped up once in October, and hasn’t been seen much at all. He was wrestling indies and then stopped that too.
CMLL (SUN) 04/09/2017Arena México
1) Bengala & Leono vs Apocalipsis & Cholo
2) Magnus, Pegasso, Stigma vs Hijo del Signo, Metálico, Nitro
3) Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Puma, Skándalo, Tiger
4) Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Valiente vs Kráneo, Pierroth, Rush
5) Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla vs Atlantis, Dragón Lee, Volador Jr.
CMLL is setting up Dragon Lee/Cavernario to take place on the non-taped show and I’m going to lose my mind.
The Sinaloa Welterweight championship seems like it might be a real thing – I have a record of a match for the vacant title in 2015 with Tigre Blanco involved – but not a particularly active thing, and it seems like Guadalajara should have about a half dozen titles of their own to play with.
Hold up a sec. Look at that card. Look at those results again. That is the story: not a single match advertised on this card happened as scheduled. Some of the changes were minor – anyone who had been following along could’ve guessed the tag titles would end up on the line – but most of the card doesn’t resemble anything as advertised. The new creative team seemed to be in control when they announced the card, and it still didn’t resemble what they ended up doing. It’s good to know what the rules of the games are, and the rules here appear to be no matches on AAA TV lineups should be taken seriously at this time, just treat it as a list of names announced for the show.
This show was missing Mesias (which AAA should’ve known a month ago) and missing Texano (which may have been known in advance, and we’ll have a better idea if it’s an angle after today’s TV show.) Still, this is designed chaos, a choice to make changes without explaining them. AAA can’t exactly that Super Fly/Nino Hamburguesa is happening, since the story is it was a surprise match. AAA could’ve easily said Aerostar & Drago were now defending the tag team titles after the Rey de Reyes. They didn’t (and maybe didn’t need to, they sold out Neza anyway), but it shows they’re very much not concerned with explaining what’s going on publicly. It works if people leave happy and come back next time, but they’re taking some risks when Psycho & Wagner get shuffled into 10 man tags and they can’t find a match for Pagano while Elegido & Parka Negra are having a singles match (and program?)
A fan did tell AAA & Vampiro he didn’t like all the changes, and Vampiro explained that part of growing up is changing.
The ultimate problem with this strategy is the entire year is built around the idea that AAA is definitely going to do Dr. Wagner Jr. versus Psycho Clown, but they’re meanwhile not committing to do any other match. They may do any match, most of the matches announced at Rey de Reyes actually happened, but there always will be reason to be skeptical of Wagner/Psycho as happening as advertised until the moment one of them unmasks, and this gives pause to be a little more skeptical. At the same time, that’s the only feud that hasn’t been changed, continuing with them weirdly teaming up nowadays.
Super Fly added to OGT and Ricky Marvin out kind of explains why the trios titles changed hands. The Apaches may not get around to defending them, but OGT was just about out of changes to lose them. AAA not breaking up Pagano & Mesias might have been to set up them as new tag challengers based on the main event angle; they have to be setting up Pagano for something big for Juarez. The shifting matches obscures the fact that not a lot else seems to be happening. Maybe they’re actually doing a Elegido/Negra program, or maybe that’ll end as quick as it seems to for Cota’s group.
Next taping is scheduled to be on 04/12 in San Luis Potosi. Who knows what’ll happen there.
CMLL (FRI) 03/31/2017Arena México [Culticon, thecubsfan]
1) Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro b Stukita & Último Dragóncito 14:06. Rudos took 1/3.
2) Amapola, Tiffany, Zeuxis DQ La Jarochita, Princesa Sugehit, Skadi 11:43. Rudas took 1/3, the last by DQ when Sugehit removed Zeuxis’ mask.
3) El Cuatrero, Máscara Año 2000, Sansón b Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther 12:50. Dinamtias took 1/3.
4) Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Volador Jr. DQ Kráneo, Mephisto, Pierroth 10:18. Tecnicos took 1/3, the last by DQ.
5) Diamante Azul, Stuka Jr., Valiente b Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero 11:10. Tecnicos took 2/3.
6) Matt Taven b Rush 12:22. Pierroth interfered, but Taven soon after won with his feet on the ropes. Rush demanded a rematch when Taven returns to Mexico, while Taven wants to go after Maximo for the heavyweight title.
Show didn’t suck, but it wasn’t all that great either. In a weekend of too many wrestling shows, it’s one you can skip safely. They made it very clear Taven is coming back and made it sound like that’s happening relatively soon. I would to see more people from ROH, but maybe CMLL has decided not to take chances on unknown people after Yoshitatsu. (They could also do their homework find out about more people. Maybe that’ll happen tonight.)
In a backstage interview, Ultimo Guerrero said he hadn’t had a chance to talk with the Guerreros and didn’t yet know what was up with Niebla Roja.
Today’s Coliseo show is the Arena Coliseo 74th anniversary show, headlined by a non-title Caristico versus Euforia main event. It is the first time they’ve ever done that specific singles match, but a match on a one week build is not much for a historic building’s anniversary show. It is consistent with how CMLL’s treated this show in recent years
73: Rey Bucanero vs Valiente for the NWA Light Heavyweight championship
72: Mistico (II) vs Ripper
71: minis cage (Pequeno Halcon unmasked), Atlantis vs Mr. Niebla
70 was actually a big one; they did Dragon Rojo/Sombra, brought back legends and had a women’s cibernetico. Maybe they’ll go all out for the 75th Anniversary.
Sunday’s Arena Mexico show has Caristico, Dragon Lee and Mistico against Cavernario, Felino and Mephisto. Niebla Roja & Gran Guerrero are scheduled to team in the semimain, which may not go all that well.
The one show I forgot until I hit post is Ring of Honor’s PPV tonight. You can get it on Fite.TV, and Dragon Lee & Jay White will face Volador & Will Ospreay on the $30 iPPV.
Dragon Lee is headed to NJPW for the Best of Super Juniors. He’s been expected to be part of it, was expected to be part of it last year too, but he also is showing up on advertisements for the tour. There’s only 9 people listed, and there’s usually 7-9 more included, so another CMLL luchador is at least possible. My guess is NJPW would’ve put Volador on the poster if he was coming and it’d be more likely to be someone like Soberano if it even is anyone else, but that’s all speculation. The tour runs from May 17th to June 3rd, so it’s still six weeks away and they may not announced the full field until a couple weeks prior.
Today’s FEW lucha show, which started with CMLL wrestlers and ended up with indie luchadors, sounds like it’s been canceled. The show always seemed to be a very expensive one that didn’t seem to be moving many tickets in a crowded market.
There’s an another article about Sexy Dulce’s boxing career, but this time from someone besides her: Promociones del Pueblo’s director Osvaldo Kuche talked about upcoming fight to ESPN. It’s three weeks away and there’s still no opponent, but they feel like she could be a world champion boxer if she continues on her path. Kuche says Dulce will take no more wrestling matches in Mexico, maybe some independents in the US, which doesn’t exactly match what she’s said. Kuche also says the plan was originally for Dulce to debut in December “but more tests were needed to make sure she was ready.” Dulce’s previously said she was supposed to fight earlier but opponents backed out.
CMLL (FRI) 04/07/2017Arena México
1) Acero & Aéreo vs Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro
2) Princesa Sugehit, Sanely, Silueta vs Dalys, Metálica, Reyna Isis
3) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Stuka Jr. vs Kráneo, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero
4) Carístico vs Cavernario, Mistico, La Máscara, Volador Jr., Mephisto, Máximo Sexy, Euforia, Valiente, Ephesto, Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Dragón Lee, Hechicero, Titán, Gran Guerrero [Reyes del Aire]
Reyes del Aire is back. They’re doing the mix of rudos and tecnicos and what Niebla Roja is at this point. There are some different picks I’d like to see – Soberano really needed to be in it this year – but it looks like a very good field. Barbaro Cavernario is the reigning champion, when they had the final two advance to a match the next week. There’s no explanation of what the rules are this week, and we should probably listen very closely to the prematch announcement.
El Cuatrero, Máscara Año 2000, Sansón (1/3) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther (12:50 [4:27, 2:19, 6:04], good)
Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Volador Jr. (1/3 DQ) Kráneo, Mephisto, Pierroth (10:18 [2:35, 5:01, 2:42], ok)
Diamante Azul, Stuka Jr., Valiente (2/3) Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero (11:10 [4:36, 1:58, 4:36], ok)
Matt Taven (2/3) Rush (12:22 [2:42, 2:46, 6:54], good)
Matt Taven cheated to beat Rush in the main event. The finish was a bit of nonsense. Taven had Rush pinned clean after the same frogsplash he used to win the second fall. Rush never kicked out, but the referee stopped counting because Pierroth appeared on the apron. Taven got up and brawled with Pierroth, and Rush & Pierroth double teamed him. It’s unclear why this was not a disqualification. They came back in the ring, Taven blocked a single kick, cradled Rush and used the ropes to get the win win. Rush said he’d get his revenge when Taven returned and Taven confirmed he would return, but he was also going after Máximo and the heavyweight title. (My educated guess is Taven’s taking over the role intended for Yoshitatsu, who made that same heavyweight challenge after his match with Volador but is now not expected back.)
Not much else happened. Pierroth got his team DQ-ed in a match they were about to lose anyway by fouling Máximo. Valiente submitted Último Guerrero and repeated his mask versus hair challenge, but only in a backstage interview. Sugehit got her team DQ-ed for unmasking Zeuxis, in a spot that looked messed up. Sugehit struggled for a while to get the mask off and it didn’t feel like the match was supposed to peaking at that moment. No challenges followed for that.
The most exciting development was Reyes del Aire was announced for next week.
Eh. A few matches around the OK/good line, not a lot higher.
Rush/Taven was the best match on the show, bringing good intenstiy and more drama to a crowd that was more invested into it than anything else. They were not invested in reacting the way CMLL wanted them to react (foreigners who don’t actually do in ring turn are always going to get booed in situations like this), but Taven reacted well to booing. It was just iffy times. Taven has a lot of flashy kicks but they’re literally hit or miss and too many looked like they were missing for me to get to into this. The finish was a jumbled mess. The distraction bit was bad, there was no reason something that’s a DQ every other time wasn’t a DQ here, and they went right to about the same finish they had before hand. Might as well just have counted three on the frog splash and shocked everyone.
Dinamitas/Panthers was the best of the rest. The usual quality match between these two teams, without being the best for either side. It was just an easy match where they both got in their fancier spots and looked better than the Panther’s new outfits. It also had the trademark Panther bit of building up to what seemed like an ending, and then taking it back down a couple notches ot build up again. Mascara was less watching the other guys do double teams, and more integrated as part of the team. I knew Mascara was submitting Panther as soon as the second fall ended and they hadn’t do a spot yet. It makes no sense, but it makes CMLL sense.
There’s nothing much to say about the two upper card trios matches. The semimain was a little better one, but both were the kind of generic trios matches you’d get in the top spots most days of the week. We got a few nice spots, and a moment of nostalgia with Bucanero & UG reunited, but nothing much to write about. The Máximo/Pierroth trios match felt very generic, and the DQ very tacked on for no obvious reason.
The opener was slightly above average on it’s curve, but not enough to rise to a recommendation. It was another match where Stukita came off a star, finding ways to be cool in a match format seemingly designed to make sure no one could be one. Mercurio & Nitro helped by playing off him, but then Mercurio kind of pulled it down with a lot of comedy. He seemed to be entertained and the crowd somewhat. The match slowed down late. Still would take this over most openers.
Sugehit & Zeuxis got in a few of their now normal exchanges and the crowd reacted to their feud, but the match surrounding it wasn’t much at all. Skadi and Jarochita are trying but they didn’t add here. Skadi still has issues with timing and positioning, and Jarochita’s just doesn’t seem effective in her role. Amapola celebrating the ill gotten win was nice but skip this.
Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja (1/3) Atlantis, Matt Taven, Valiente (8:37 [2:24, 1:32, 4:41], ok)
This was almost a perfect nothing happening CMLL show until the main event. Niebla Roja showed up in a strange mood, refusing to help his partners and messing up their teamwork spots for no apparent reason. After many problems, Gran Guerrero and Euforia justifiably stomped Roja. That unfortunately led to them being cradled by the tecnico to put an end to the main event. It came off more like Niebla Roja was going rudo on his rudo partners, not that he was becoming a tecnico.
The main event was all about the angle, which originally seemed like the other Guerreros were betraying Niebla Roja, but then quickly become obvious that Roja was screwing with his partners. It’s hurt by being so random and without meaning. I hope Roja is just getting shifted to a different rudo unit, because he just showed a lot against Dragon Lee and flipping him (back) to a tecnico side seems as poor an idea as it was for Dragon Rojo, Misterioso and Sangre Azteca at different times. Some bigger shuffling of the rudo units is overdue, but I’m not getting my hopes up.
The semimain was the best match on the show. It wasn’t quite at the level of last week’s Puma/Tiger match, and didn’t go as far as that one. Maya & Drone fit well with them and Maximo & Terrible got in more spots. This is one where they’re hurt by doing this match every week on TV, unable to keep switching it up every week to make these feel different. It still was enjoyable.
Bobby/Titan was a more story driven lightning match than usual, driven around Titan hurting his left ankle early and Villa going after it often. It didn’t quite play into the finish, unless we go with the idea that Titan was slowed by the injury and got caught because of that slowness. Still, I want to give them credit for trying to do something with this match more than usual, and the story didn’t detract from the better than average action.
The tercera had some good parts if still missing something to some together as a match. Soberano deciding to bring the Fosberry Flop dive in regular rotation to CMLL is fantastic, there’s been no one doing it since Fuego gave it up years ago. Triton’s following the model of his old partner Mascara Dorada, going out of CMLL as strong as possible when he could’ve easily mailed it in the last few months. Virus clowning Esfigne is always approved.
I have a sneaking suspicion Silueta is only getting two matches this week because Estrellita fell down very hard, but she’s been nice to have onboard whatever the reason. She’s was more reliable than her teammates in this match, and her sequences early with Metalica were the best part of the early portion of this match (Metalica/Silueta is the greatest possible not-pushed CMLL women’s matchup.) Her moonsault wasn’t so good, but the rush of near falls on Dalys before her inevitable demise got the crowd. I thought Isis was totally going to miss on her pump splash (because her partners didn’t help her with the position) and she landed it fine, so there’s that.
The opener was more interesting than normal, because it was all rookies and they were better against each other than with they have been with veterans in the segundas. (That seems to be exactly the opposite the point of veterans, but understandable with these vets.) The rookies weren’t smooth or too exciting, it’s an opener after all, and Drako & Magia Blanca royally screwed up a rope flip spot in the third. Still, they pulled out a few new moves and showed more potential in this match than they had before.
IWRG (WED) 03/29/2017Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, The Gladiatores]
1) Cadilac b Picudo Jr.
2) Black Dragón b Keiser Drago Black Dragon replaced Omega
3) Kanon & Saruman b Avisman & Skanda Saruman’s first match here in two years.
4) Shadow Boy b Lunatic Extreme
5) Cerebro Negro, Demonio Infernal, Heddi Karaoui b Baby Camaleón I, Hijo del Alebrije, Pantera I straight falls. +LuchaTV lists the Camaleon as Baby Camaleon I, while The Gladiatores says it was Kamaleon. Pantera & Demonio feuded.
6) Golden Magic & Veneno b Máscara Año 2000 Jr. & Relámpago Golden Magic defeated Relampago wants a title shot.
We, today, together, will not be able to solve the mystery of which Camaleon was on this show. It’s OK.
Today’s a double taping day, with AAA taping just outside of the Mexico City limits while CMLL has it’s usual Arena Mexico show.
Tonight’s CMLL show Matt Taven versus Rush II. It’s a odd match to do: CMLL seems to think highly enough of Matt Taven to use him as a main event singles guy, but he’s not got much use in that role if he’s going to lose a third one in a row. It’s not clear if or when Taven is coming back, so a win over Rush wouldn’t necessarily make sense either. Maybe they could do something with Diamante Azul costing Rush the match to move the Pierroth feud int hat direction. The match should be good, their last match went well except for the part where Rush almost let Taven die on a dive, and engaged Rush is always fun.
The other ongoing issue is down in the second match, with Zeuxis & Sugehit on opposite sides of a trios match. The two have made mask match challenges in interviews, but not yet serious ones in front of the crowd. We don’t know for sure that a mask match is happening, just that CMLL usually doesn’t book people against each other this often unless something is up, and they’ve already done the title matches. CMLL’s Arena Mexico anniversary celebration is four Fridays from tonight, so they’re right in the range where a serious mask challenge might be made if it’s coming.
The rest of the card has no particular issues, though there’s some promise in a couple of the matches. Diamante Azul & Pierroth are both on the card, but split up in different matches. Azul teams with Stuka & Valiente to face Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero and Utlimo Guerrero in the semimain. It’ll be the first time the one time greatest tag team in the world Guerrero & Bucanero have teamed up on a Friday night since 2015. Pierroth will drag down a match with Kraneo, Mephisto, Marco, Maximo and Volador. The Panther family teams faces the Dinamitas (Mascara 2000 instead of Forastero), an ongoing repeated matchup. And the show opens with a promising minis match, with Stukita & Ultimo Dragoncito teaming against imaginary planes Mercurio & Pequeno Nitro.
The show kicks off at 8:30pm local, which is still one hour later than usual if you’re in the US. It’s the final CMLL streaming show that’s an hour late until October (unless you’re in Japan.) It will air on ClaroSports, and it’s too early to know if it’ll be region blocked agian.
Meanwhile, AAA comes back to Neza for it’s first taping post Rey de Reyes. There is a card for this show, but we’ve know AAA cards will be changing as the show goes on. We know there will be one change already: Mesias – well, Mil Muertes – is at WrestleCon and will not be in Neza as billed. AAA’s reaction to being called out for advertising a guy they know won’t be there has been along the lines of “wha? huh? I can’t hear you, I’m going thru a tunnel, my phone’s cutting out”.
The current main event is Murder Clown & Psycho Clown versus Dr. Wagner Jr. & Monster Clown, a match which has no reason to exist at any point, the kind of match lucha promoters put together when they have no ideas about how to continue the feud but feel the need to do something different for the sake of being different. Relevos increibles sides usually make matches worse so I guess the good news here is there’s no combination of these four men which would’ve actually been good anyway. Blow this match up.
The semimain is scheduled to be Fantasma & Texano against Mesias & Pagano, which originally seemed to be the tecnicos picking up a win as Mesias & Pagano destructed, the same thing that happened six weeks ago in Cuautitlan. There’s been changes since then, and it’s unclear if Mesias & Pagano are still having problems, or even what they’ll do with no Mesias around.
Aerostar & Drago versus Cuervo & Scoria was originally a tag title match, then not, then Cuervo & Scoria won a tag title shot anwyay. It seems set up for Vampiro to appear to make it a tag title match (which may be a reason why Vampiro is in Neza and not Orlando). It’s a match much more suited to Cuervo & Scoria than the cage match, and it’s definitely possible for a tag title change if the titles are on the line.
Argenis, Australian Suicide, Hijo de Pirata Morgan and Nino Hamburguesa are part of an arbitrary cruiserweight title match. Suicide’s won a tag team match, but mostly everyone but Argenis hasn’t done much recently and don’t have a strong case for getting a title shot. Argenis versus Johnny Mundo is a weird feud, but so would everything else. There’s enough talent to make for a good match, just Hamburugesa is a weird fit for this match.
The OGT duo of Averno & Chessman take on young luchadors Lanzeloth & Mascara de Bronce. This foreshadows a similar trios match on the next taping, so it’s possibly the start of a new feud. The OGT have had small issues on recent tapings, and this show might make it more certain if they’re building towards a split.
The show opens with a Relevos AAA match, which includes Lady Shani suddenly on the tecnico side, and Estrella Divina’s first AAA TV appearance since 2014. This taping will start airing on April 8th.
The promotion who is not having a show today is Lucha Underground. Many Lucha Underground people are in Orlando today, brought in on their own separate deals, and quasi-representing the promotion on other shows over the weekend, but there’s no official get together. It really struck me, looking thru Twitter this morning, how everyone is there except the brand name. It’s not just the obvious hot indie names like Penta & Fenix & Cage & Ricochet & Angelico & Jack (who seems to have two working legs again.) Striker is there doing podcast. Willie Mack’s come in all the way from California and working a couple shows. Catrina is there, just signing autographs. They’re just about only missing Dario & the logo.
That’s not for a lack of different people trying to put together a show; there were definite and multiple different plans to have a LU live event as part of this weekend, but the deals never got done when it came to it. (There’s also the conflict with this AAA taping today, but they’ve already moved around tapings this year and could’ve done the same with this one.) Yes, there are way too many shows around this year’s WrestleMania and there are going to be some promotions who are going to produce great content while losing lots of money. Lucha Underground would’ve been one of the safer bets to do well. Instead, just as last year, LU is missing out on an easy way to make some money and increase approval for their brand. Failing to make a deal for a show hurts LU more than anything Fenix, Pentagon or any other wrestler has done by moving, and LU people should be disappointed and frustrated they’re missing this chance.
This is not important to anyone else, but NJPW World’s mention of (re) airing Dragon Lee/Niebla Roja on their service got more social media interaction than CMLL’s own tweet mentioning it when it actually happened live. Twitter is more popular in Japan, but it’s not the only thing seemingly more popular in Japan.
This week’s WON mentions plans for a Crash/Impact PPV are off, but they may tape matches for Impact’s secondary Xplosion show. I’m not sure how that would help the Crash at all.
Misterioso Jr., Skándalo, Toro Bill Jr. (2/3) Fuego, Pegasso, Soberano Jr. (14:36 [8:02, 2:30, 4:04], OK)
Princesa Sugehit (2/3) Zeuxis to keep the Mexican National Women’s Championship (14:09 [3:11, 2:30, 8:28], great)
Marco Corleone, Matt Taven, Volador Jr. (2/3) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero (12:01 [6:05, 1:42, 4:14], OK)
Diamante Azul, Mr. Niebla, Terrible (1 DQ/2 DQ) La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush (8:36 [3:45, 4:51], ok)
Los Ingobernables attacked Marco Corleone & Voladora after their match. (Matt Taven disappeared during replays.) Diamante Azul and his trio made the save. Pierroth was DQed in the first fall for unmasking Pierroth, and Diamante Azul tossed his own mask to Pierroth to draw the DQ. This set up a Azul/Pierroth singles match for next week (though, like most sane people, Rush & La Mascara did not believe that was a smart idea.)
Princesa Sugehit cleanly defeated Zeuxis in a title match. No challenges followed.
Misterioso and Soberano feuded during their match, with Misterioso winning clean and unmasking Soberano after the match.
Policeman and Espiritu Maligno continue to feud, if Policeman beating Espiritu in the third fall of every match counts as a feud.
I’m probably overrating the title match, but I was really impressed. This was the best Princesa Sugehit/Zeuxis match yet, a highly competitive match between with some cool spots. I’m not sure if it would totally work for people who haven’t been watching them to jump in on, with the last couple of spots especially built on noticing they were escaping each other’s big finish (and the announcers didn’t react big enough to put that over), but there was a lot of stuff to enjoy before it. They worked a lot of near falls, coming up with some different ideas for some of them. I’m not sure we’ve seen the rolling inside cradle by Zeuxis before, and they went back and forth the final few minutes. The big chair toppling bump on the outside was an impressive if probably actually safe moment. Crowd seemed more into this than last week. There weren’t the big high risk moves (closest was Zeuxis’ moonsault, which didn’t appear all that close to connecting to Sugehit), but this had a solid base of ideas building to the big finish. This match with a few more big spots and the natural drama of an important Arena Mexico fight would make for a pretty great mask match, if that’s where they’re headed.
The opener was solid if artificial feeling. There were sequences that felt too practiced and the finish didn’t fit the flow of the action. Centella Roja Sr. does the slow old man moves without having being around on screens for two decades to have earn the pass for it. H’s trying, he just got around too late. His son looks better, and Perverso at least improved his shirt section.
The Policeman/Espiritu feud keeps on going on. CMLL’s inability to tell their stories in different ways hurts with programs like this. They’re clearly killing time until some already known date to have the big match, but they have only one idea what to do with these guys until then. I know this was a different match than past weeks because we hardly ever see Apocalipsis, but it didn’t feel like a new match.
The Misterioso/Soberano was the closet to work of the undercard trios matches. Toro Bill had a nice tope, which alone was better than the last matches. Misterioso’s main tactic for dealing with Soberano was laying down on the floor. It seemed to work. This was better build to the inevitable singles match than other feud, mostly because Soberano got to look cool for a little while before getting beat. It wasn’t as much of Soberano as I’d like, but it was more reason to care about him than Espiritu has been given. CMLL kind of messed up the surprise in the first fall, following with Soberano as he came in the ring instead of letting us see Misterioso being shocked by being cradled from behind.
Semimain was an unexpected Marco Corleone showcase. The other guys didn’t disappear, Taven did a good job of annoying the Guerreros often, but Marco seemed to go thru everything from his normal routines and won with Aero Italia. It worked well, everyone like his offense, and the leapfrog bit sticks out more now because we don‘t see it as often.
The main event was the same general match as last week with some different finishes. Terrible & Niebla were sufficient as mean guys who were sick of Los Ingobernables, but my general disinterest in this rivalry definitely wasn’t overcome by this match. They’ve shown they can have a boring match, which causes me to believe we’re not even going to get mishap hilarity next week.