Atlantis/Mephisto, IWRG main event changes, quick Sunday results

CMLL (SAT) 09/12/2015 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Acero b Pequeño Olímpico
2) Star Jr. b Camorra
3) Inquisidor b Sensei
4) Cancerbero b Hombre Bala Jr.
5) Fuego b Sangre Azteca
6) Delta & Guerrero Maya Jr. b Puma & Tiger
best match of the night
7) La Máscara, Máximo, Mistico b Dragón Rojo Jr., Felino, Shocker
Mascara beat and challenged Dragon Rojo again

Good match was good!

CMLL (SUN) 09/13/2015 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Aéreo & Fantasy b Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Universo 2000
2) Oro Jr., Soberano Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. b Akuma, Espanto Jr., Metálico
3) Estrellita, Princesa Sugehit, Skadi b La Comandante, La Seductora, Tiffany
4) Tritón b Disturbio [lightning]
5) Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas b Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Stuka Jr.
Mr. Niebla beat Blue Panther with his own surprise fujiwara armbar.
6) Ephesto, Mephisto, Último Guerrero b Atlantis, Máximo, Mistico
Mephisto wants a rematch with Atlantis for the LH title, and Atlantis accepted.

A quicky title match is what we were expecting form this card, though it’s a bit of surprise it involves Atlantis. That’ll be his first post-Anniversary appearance. His first unmasked appearance would seem to be enough to sell a match with him on it’s own.

IWRG’s show had some changes today. The main event was scheduled to be Hijo de Dos Caras defending the promotion’s heavyweight championship against X-Fly. Hijo de Dos Caras did not wrestle, citing an (unspecified) injury. IWRG posted a notice on the Arena Naucalpan door that Oficial 911 versus Eterno in a hair match would be the new main event. That’s a match IWRG appeared headed towards, and those two were already supposed to have a singles match on this card. However, when it came time to the match, it was Eterno versus Oficial AK-47 for some reason. Eterno won in straight falls, sneaking in a foul at the end.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

This week’s Box Y Lucha has LA Park vs Rush as a bigger picture than Sombra and Atlantis.

The Winter Palace podcast had Dr. Lucha as a guest talking about Negro Casas, Atlantis, the Anniversary show and more.

SuperLuchas notes the 33th Anniversary of Santos’ retirement match.

Sombra defeats Atlantis (again), weekend notes

CMLL (FRI) 09/11/2015 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Magnus & Robin b Artillero & Súper Comando
Magnus replaced Flyer on Monday. Tecnicos took 1/3, with Magnus dropping SUper COmando with a Spanish Fly to the floor at the end of the match.
2) Demus 3:16, Pequeño Violencia, Pierrothito b Eléctrico, Shockercito, Último Dragoncito
Rudos – with Demus also dressing in Puerto Rico colors and still feuding with Shockercito – took falls 1/3.
3) Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Virus b Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Rey Cometa PRIMERA LUCHA CMLL 11/09/2015 (1) (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3, Virus submitting Panther
4) Cavernario, Hechicero, Negro Casas b La Máscara, Stuka Jr., Titán SEGUNDA LUCHA CMLL 11/09/2015 (2) (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 2/3.
5) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Rush b Super Parka, Valiente, Volador Jr. TER ERA LUCHA CMLL 11/09/2015 (3) (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Valiente replaced LA Park on Monday, with this match moved down to the semifinal. Maximo replaced Dr. Wagner the day of the show. Super Parka’s first match here in 12 years (though he was in his son’s corner for his mask match two years ago.) He looked OK considering and feuded with Rush.
6) La Sombra, Rey Escorpión, Thunder DQ Atlantis, Euforia, Último Guerrero [Relevos Increíbles] CUARTA LUCHA CMLL 11/09/2015 (4) (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
straight falls, with Sombra tossing his mask to Atlantis (or well past him, causing Atlantis to leave the ring and get it) for the DQ. Sombra escaped Atlantida and beat Atlantis clean in the first. Atlantis challenged Sombra to settle it right then, and ended up laid out and unmasked by Rush & Sombra

Recap is one post below. I liked the first four matches, and the screwy outcomes in the last two matches at least had a point.

Sombra & Atlantis, so far
08/07: Sombra pulls the mask to beat Atlantis
08/14: Sombra sneaks in a foul to beat Atlatnis
08/21: Sombra sneaks in a foul to beat Atlantis
08/28: Sombra pulls the mask to beat Atlantis
09/04: Atlantis uses the ropes to beat Sombra (in theory)
09/11: Sombra unmasks himself to beat Atlantis

Sombra’s won almost every match. Atlantis didn’t use the Atlantida in the one match he won. Most CMLL feuds have the challenger beating the champion repeatedly and then being defeated in the big match. As RobViper pointed out, the sequence in the GIF above is exactly what one would expect for Sombra beating Atlantis in the mask match, and it’s peculiar they would break it out a week ahead of time. These are some major red flags for the outcome most people thought was happening when that match was announced. If Atlantis & Sombra were the same age and there were no outside factors, everyone following this closely would be sure Atlantis is winning the match next week. Maybe we should be thinking that anyway.

(If Sombra was going to lose his mask, Atlantis is probably not the person who should be winning it if you’re building to the future. On the other hand, If Sombra was going to lose his mask and you wanted to get the biggest gate possible, Atlantis is definitely the person who should be winning it.)

Dr. Wagner or the person running his social media accounts has retweeted any Twitter messages which mentions his handle. (This is the dirt worst way to use Twitter.) He hasn’t seemed to say anything himself about his reasons for leaving CMLL, but who could even tell? Meanwhile, LA Park is responding to anyone who talks to him and is bound to say something that’s going to get him perm-banned.

CMLL’s Sabado Retro has Mistico, La Mascara, Maximo and Shocker, Felino and Dragon Rojo as the main event. Mascara challenged Dragon Rojo to a title match last week and seems likely to get it next week (though that’s not as certainty as it’s been in the past – they’ve had Amapola/Marcela and Maximo/Gran Guerrero sequences which have appeared to be setting up a title match and nothing happens.) Semimain is Guerrero Maya & Delta versus Tiger & Puma, which has been great in the past.

Arena Mexico has Atlantis, Maximo and Mistico versus Ephesto, Mephsito and Ultimo Guerrero. There’s been no tease of a special match for the holiday Sunday show at that venue, but there’s possibilities they could throw together.

AAA tapes Sunday as part of their trip to the Hard Rock hotel, with a lineup similar to Thursday’s taping in Cacnun.

Arena Queretaro is now advertising an AAA show for 10/15. Promotion picked up for that show the day after the column about the building possibly being shut down. The Lucha Sonora show from Queretaro will air on the local Televisa/Galavision tomorrow morning at 8:30 AM. (I don’t know of any working stream for that channel.)

Kofi Kingston was in Monterrey to promote the October WWE tour (Merida on the 16th, DF on the 17th, Monterrey on the 18th.) The Undertaker is making rare house show appearances and Ric Flair and Chris Jericho are on the card, though John Cena is not. Dave Meltzer’s mentioned the extra names is because WWE’s concerned they’ll get a chilly response after everything which went down with Alberto el Patron’s firing. I’m a little surprised none of them are going to be WWE Network specials – Kingston said they were strictly house shows – because a rare Undertaker wrestling appearance would seem to be the same sort of draw as the Brock Lesner ones. From a lucha perspective, it’s likely WWE will quietly be holding tryouts and contacting people they’d be interested in using, as they did the same on their most recent Japan trip.

SuperLuchas looks back at the life of La Fiera, with some great pictures.

Mistico talks about his recovery from last year’s motorcycle (he’s just now feeling close to 100%, 16 months later) and his relationship with edecan Carolina.

Atlantis is the special guest of honor at a Notimex anniversary celebration today.

Masked Republic has signed a deal with Rey Mysterio to produce Mysterio merchandise.

Pantera talks about lucha libre as Mexican heritage.

An art exhibit fusing lucha libre and pop art opens today in Morelia.

There’s a Lourdes Grobet lucha libre photo exhibit in Barcelona.

The Dallas Morning News is teasing a big feature on lucha libre in the area.

Lineups

IWRG (WED) 09/16/2015 Arena Naucalpan
1) Alas de Acero & Aramis vs Magnum 44 & Vampiro Metálico
2) Dragón De Oro & Felinito vs Bracito De Plata & Bracito De Platino
3) Aeroman, Eternus, Mike, Rafy vs Atomic Star, Diablo Jr. 1, El Golpeador, Eterno
4) Imposible © vs Metaleón [IWRG IC Light]
Imposible’s 9th defense
5) Apolo Estrada Jr. & El Hijo del Diablo vs Trauma I & Trauma II and Hijo del Pantera & Pantera II [cage, hair, mask, IWRG IC TAG]
Gringos put up their hair, Traumas put up their masks, and Panteras put up the tag titles.

Traumas winning the tag team titles? Gringos can always lose their hair.

One of many shows running at 5:30 that day.

CMLL (FRI) 09/18/2015 Arena México
82nd Anniversary
1) Esfinge, Fuego, The Panther vs Disturbio, Puma, Virus
2) Guerrero Maya Jr., Máximo, Stuka Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión
3) Dark Angel vs Princesa Sugehit
announced as mano a mano, not a lightning (10 minute time limit). Dark Angel’s farewell match.
4) Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas vs Dragon Lee, Mistico, Valiente
5) Shocker, Último Guerrero, Volador Jr. vs Marco Corleone, Rush, Thunder [Relevos Increíbles]
Shocker replaced LA Park on 09/07, Marco Corleone replaced Dr. Wagner on 09/11.
6) Atlantis vs La Sombra [mask]

Nothing’s changed today, but maybe check back tomorrow.

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2015-09-11 

best moment of La Mascara’s life

Recapped: 09/11/201

What happened? Sombra cheated to beat Atlantis, leaving him humiliated and unmasked to end the night. Thunder & Ultimo Guerrero continued their feud. Super Parka returned to the Arena Mexico ring, teaming with his son. Rush spoiled their night by sneaking in a foul on Volador. Maximo ultimately replaced Dr. Wagner Jr. (I didn’t catch a single mention of Wagner or LA Park on commentary, though Maximo mocked the Parka strut a couple of times.)

What was good? Pretty much everything. This was the strongest show in a while, with the first fall matches all good and a great match mixed in. (I seemed to disagree on which one was the great one though.) The top two matches were more angle driven matches and lacked the dynamism they had with LA Park & Dr. Wagner the previous two weeks, though some indy could get some mileage out of a singles Rush/Super Parka match. The undercard generally felt like guys who aren’t on the Anniversary show having those matches tonight instead.

Where can I watch this? The main event is now up on ClaroSports’ website. Some of the matches will air on Lucha Azteca on 09/26. I’ll probably have these matches up on one of my channels tomorrow. 

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CMLL Lucha Azteca: 2015-08-08

an invisible hook grabbed Zeuxis!

Recapped: 08/16/2015

What happened that mattered? Thunder & Ultimo Guerrero continued to feud. The scheduled Volador/Rush match doesn’t happen, with Volador defeating Mascara cleanly.

Should I go back and watch anything? Nah. The women’s match was fixed a little in editing but still not good. There are better Volador matches, and there’s probably more Thunder/UG matches coming.

Where can I see it? The Azteca version is on my channel. There’s also live videos for some of the matches. Links below.

(If you click read more, there’s more. It’s a bit hidden on this theme, but that’s how all the recaps work.)

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Dr. Wagner Jr. off next week’s Anniversary show (¯\_(ツ)_/¯)

Enrique Yniesta, guy who knows things, says Dr. Wagner is no longer part of the 09/18 CMLL Anniversary show. Marco Corleone will now take his place in the semifinal, teaming with Rush & Thunder versus Ultimo Guerrero, Volador and Shocker.

He repeated the report on Periscope.

Yniesta did not know if Wagner will wrestle tonight, as currently scheduled. CMLL has said nothing about any change and no one else is reporting this so far. (It might be notable CMLL did not send out the usual preview for the show today; last minute lineup changes are usually snuck in those.)

It’s unknown what happened. Wagner and LA Park are close, so it’s conceivable Wagner followed Park out the door. It’s also conceivable Wagner himself did something to get kicked off the promotion. (Update: Alfredo reminds me Wagner did work that show with AAA wrestlers this week. That could conceivable be it too. It could be anything or nothing at all.) Pretty much anything is conceivable with the rapidly deteriorating Anniversary show lineup at this point.

UPDATE: Apolo Valdez confirmed the report and says Dr. Wagner is off today’s show too. What in the world. Presumably, that means he’s also done with CMLL for the time being.

UPDATE 2: it looks like CMLL sent out a press release announcing the change, but just hasn’t put own it’s own site. SuperLuchas has the text.

UPDATE 3: The official story is Dr. Wagner Jr. called CMLL and said he didn’t feel like working for CMLL anymore, without giving a reason. Dr. Wagner hasn’t given a reason elsewhere yet. This doesn’t make a lot of sense; Wagner was going to make some nice money for just two more matches of work, and being on the Anniversary show would’ve made it easier for him to get more work. Instead, the impression he gives is he’s willing to walk out on one of the business promotions in the country (so why wouldn’t he pull something on you, independent promoter.)

It’s possible this is some move in loyalty to LA Park, though it seemed like LA Park thought Wagner got fired like him judging from his twitter posts. LA Park and Dr. Wagner are close, but Dr. Wagner’s best friends are the microphone and the camera, so I’m sure we’ll be hearing more about this soon.

CMLL preview, iPPV notes

CMLL’s big draw tonight was supposed to be the one time Arena Mexico team up of La Familia Real, the Parka/Volador trio of Volador, Super Parka and LA Park. Unfortuantly, LA Park got himself fired before that match was even announced (though it was still announced anyway) and so today’s show is a kind of pointless event.

The new main event is Atlantis, Euforia, Ultimo Guerrero versus La Sombra, Rey Escorpion and Thunder in a relevos incredibles that’s not totally incredible. Sombra’s a rudo teaming with rudos, and Atlantis is reuniting his old team with Ultimo Guerrero. This is Thunder’s first Arena Mexico match in a month, though he was advertised as wrestling for a couple weeks and didn’t with no particular explanation. He returned to the ring last Sunday in Guadalajara and it seems like the mask/hair match match with Ultimo Guerrero is still happening down the road (be it October, Decemeber, or Dos Leyendas.) No LA Park means Super Parka & Volador team with Valiente instead to take on Marco Corleone, Dr. Wagner Jr. and Rush. CMLL’s slightly teased Wagner/Volador feuding in the past, and it might come back up with no LA Park & Rush to do their thing.

The undercard includes some interesting matches, and a lot of people who aren’t back on the card next week. Shockercito & Demus, who are feuding on and off, are back against each other in the minis match.

The show will stream on ClaroSports at www.clarosports.com/en-vivo/. You do not need a VPN or to use a Hola plugin to watch. The stream is supposed to start at 8:30pm CT, but it often doesn’t work at the start. Next week’s show is the iPPV (more on that in a sec), and it’s unclear if the Friday night shows will be streamed after that.

Atlantis is doing a lot of interviews saying generic things. That’s his move. Atlantis has said in previous years that he would retire if he lost his mask. He hasn’t said that this year, but no one’s asked him directly in anything I’ve read. Atlantis is wrestling on a random show in Tabasco with five people you’ve never heard of one day before the mask match. That would happen in no other major promotion in the world. (It probably wouldn’t need to happen in most other major promotion.)

CMLL sent out a press release advertising the iPPV. They say “vivo” 3 times, they mention on demand viewing zero times. They may actually be doing on demand viewing and not know to advertise it, because this is their first time and they don’t appear to be consumers of the service they’re selling. However, if you know you’re not going to be able to watch the show live, I’d strongly advise you to wait until after the show to buy it just to be sure VOD is an option at that point.

The press release does specifically say the show is available in Mexico. Some people inside CMLL were under the impression it would not be available in Mexico. Usual CMLL communication.

Rob has highlights of 04/17/2015 CMLL.

Segunda Caida reviews Fuerza Guerrero vs Misterioso.

Super Luchas looks back to Sombra versus Mistico in the Copa Bicentenario. I thought there was a chance Sombra could/shoulder win that, but it worked out much better than Mistico advanced to Volador.

Bleak Street/La Calle de la Amargura, a movie ‘inspired’ by the deaths of La Parkita and Espectrito, debuts at the Venice Film Festival. There’s more info on the film here.

El Paso/Juarez luchadors visited a children’s hospital.

Vice Mexico has a story on the Gallo Sureno family.

09/10 AAA TV Results (Cancún)

AAA TV (THU) 09/10/2015 Plaza de Toros, Cancún, Quintana Roo[@luchalibreaaa, Deporte Por Dentro, Quequi]
Attendance: 5500
1) Ángelus Fly, Hombre Águila, Invencible Jr. b Black Star, Kid Cometa, Silver Star
2) Argenis, Faby Apache, Goya Kong b Apache, La Hiedra, Taya
3) Hijo del Fantasma & Texano Jr. b Murder Clown & Psycho Clown
Rudos beat Murder.
4) Brian Cage, El Mesías, Hijo de Pirata Morgan b Drago, Fénix, La Parka
Mesias snuck in a foul on Parka. Brian Cage appeared to be bald.
5) Angélico, Jack Evans, Rey Mysterio Jr. b Joe Lider, Myzteziz, Pentagón Jr.
Jack beat Lider with a 630, and Angelico & Jack demanded a tag title match.

AAA’s recap is not up yet, but there might not be more notes on this short of show. Quequi said it was a sell out and pictures indicate the same. (Capacity is listed as 5,000 or 5,500 depending on where you look, going with the higher number because there are seats on the floor.) Maybe the bullring will be a usual stop before the Hard Rock Hotel, because that’s a pretty good turnout and it means more days on vacation for everyone.

Cage’s hair was growing back at BOLA, so he would’ve had to reshave his head to be bald at this point. That’s super professional. (Picture was fuzzy, so I may just be missing the hair.)

Earlier in the day, Faby Apache, Drago, Argenis visited a children’s hospital, Pentagon Jr., Taya and Fenix had an autograph signing and Rey Mysterio visited a mural of Rey Mysterio.

Local media outlet Queuqi has been writing short pieces about AAA luchadors, seemingly writing about their gimmicks. Pentagon’s learned banned martial arts moves from Indonesia, Malaysia, and China, Fenix is a scholar of ancient civilizations and got the name from a trip to Egypt and Psycho Clown got his idea for character from when he was five and saw a family member was gunned down by assailants wearing clown masks who were never captured, so he decided to use the same sort of mask to defend the innocent when the law is unable. WHAT.

(This is probably not canon or true, but someone a bit bored.)

Next show is Sunday at the Hard Rock Hotel with the same basic group of guys.

CMLL on CadenaTres: 2015-08-08 

triple moonsault

Recapped: 08/16/15

What happened that mattered? Nothing. 

Should I go back and watch anything? The opener was a good minis match. The Sky Team was alright in the main event, but there are better versions of that match. That’s the same with most everything else. 

Where can I see it? It’s on my main youtube channel. Links below. 

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lucha TV preview for weekend of September 12th

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I don’t know if I’m doing this week. I guess it depends on what state I’m in Thursday.

  • AAA is easy to call; Myzteziz’s first match on the rudo side and some promising undercard stuff.
  • ClaroSports has the return of Thunder. Sorry.
  • Mercurio/Astral on C3 is probably the best of the weekend CMLL stuff, though Virus/Dragon Lee might be pretty good too.

AAA on Televisa: 2015-08-08

Averno gives Aero a push

Recapped: 08/16/2015

What happened that mattered? Cage challenged Alberto to a hair match and Alberto accepted. Hell Brothers are still feuding with Myzteziz. Holocuasto are still feuding with Psycho Circus. A month out, it’s arguable if the last two really mattered. They aired the tease of Myzteziz turning rudo from the press conference and mentioned Villano III’s retirement

Should I go back and watch anything? Maybe the opener, but I never saw it complete. The other matches are a long trios ending with a DQ and another silly Alberto/Cage match, both skippable

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