Casas defeats Caristico, Valiente versus Pierroth

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CMLL (SAT) 01/02/2016 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Pequeño Nitro b Aéreo
2) Magnus b Metálico
3) Arkángel de la Muerte b Oro Jr.
4) Sangre Azteca b Hombre Bala Jr.
5) Pólvora b Tritón
6) Estrellita & Princesa Sugehit b La Seductora & Tiffany
7) Hechicero, Niebla Roja, Pierroth b La Máscara, Máximo Sexy, Valiente
Pierroth fouled Valiente to get the win. Valiente demanded a singles match with Pierroth (?!?) but Pierroth refused.

Valiente has ascended from opening match luchador to main eventer, has changed his physique from chubby to competition bodybuilder, but nothing he’s done in his career figures to be as much of a challenge as having a singles match with Pierroth.

CMLL ELITE (SUN) 01/03/2016 Arena México [+LuchaTV, CMLL]
1) Principe Diamante & Último Dragoncito b Mercurio & Pequeño Violencia
2) Flyer & Kamaitachi b Argos & Karonte Jr.
Kamaitachi replaced Pegasso, won (taking falls 2/3), and then attacked Flyer anyway.
3) Dave The Clown & Rothen Clown DQ Guerrero Maya Jr. & Rey Cometa
Clowns took 1/3 in the first Arena Mexico match. Maya & Cometa unmasked the Clowns for the win.
4) Trauma I & Trauma II b Cavernario & Felino
Trauma took 1/3
5) Cibernético, Mephisto, Sharlie Rockstar DQ Black Warrior, La Máscara, Rush
Rush fouled Cibernetico
6) Negro Casas b Carístico
Casas took 1/3, sneaking in a mask pull on Caristico for the win.

Caristico lost the main event again. It’s still kind of amazing. Clowns match sounds predictably not good. Canek will be on next week’s show and also will be bad.

Toscano lost his hair to Danny Casas in IWRG. Toscano’s solidly into the point of his career where he’s losing most of his hair matches.

Rush, Dragon Lee and Mistico headlined a show in their hometown of Tonala on Saturday. There’s a little video of them being introduced to the crowd.

I talked about the lucha libre year in review on The Winter Palace podcast. I’m also in the Voices of Wrestling NJPW 2015 book, writing brief bits on the luchadors who only participated on FantasticaMania, and I wrote a piece about Kamaitachi for their website.

RobViper has a music video of 07/03/15 AAA, the last Myzteziz/Averno match until the next one.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Segunda Caida reviews the latest Kamaitachi/Dragon Lee and Sombra/Caristico in Elite.

Mil Mascaras will be part of an autograph signing in Philadelphia in April.

Super Parka & Kamaitachi shaved at Sin Piedad

Kamaitachi essentially doing a dropkick to an invisible 9 foot man

CMLL (FRI) 01/01/2016 Arena México [CMLL, Cronicas y Leyendas (4), Cronicas y Leyendas (6), luchablog, R de Rudo (Notimex), SuperLuchas]
Sin Piedad, 2016
1) Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis b Estrellita, La Vaquerita, Princesa Sugehit
9:47, rudas took 2/3.
2) Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus b Blue Panther Jr., Esfinge, The Panther
13:43. rudo took 1/3
3) Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Thunder b Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Valiente
10:56. Rudos took 1/3. Thunder was back as normal.
4) Máximo Sexy b Kamaitachi [hair]
23:22. Maximo took 2/3 to take Kamatachi’s hair. Seconds were Hombre Bala Jr. and Okumura, who largely stay out of it. Dr. Zavaleta, who was doubling as the commissioner, checked on Maximo (who had a knee injury aggravated by Kamaitachi early on) during the match and seemed close to stopping it early, but let it go on. Kamaitachi tried faking a foul once, but the referee (Babe Richard) caught him and would not call the DQ. Maximo soon tried the same trick and the referee was going along with it this time. Okumura & Kamaitachi protested, and Maximo stopped faking to cradle Kamaitachi, but only got two. Maximo eventually won cleanly via powerbomb.
5) Cibernético, Último Guerrero, Volador Jr. b Carístico, Mistico, Rush [Relevos Increíbles]
9:57. Ultimo Guerrero’s side took 1/3. A blinded Caristico, covering up after his mask was pulled off, tried to foul him but instead got Rush. Volador & Cibernetico took advantage for the win and were fast friends post match. Cibernetico & Volador challenged Rush & Caristico to a tag match next week. Rush had no problem fighting, but not with Caristico and attacked him. Caristico accepted the match, with or without Rush.
6) Negro Casas b Super Parka [hair]
12:49. Casas took 2/3. Volador and Puma (who had been guest commentator all night) were seconds. Finish saw Super Parka block a casita for what could’ve been three, but Puma pulled out the referee to stop the count. Super Parka turned to argue and Negro slipped in a foul (straight into an inside cradle) for the win. Volador attacked both Puma & Casas after the match, and made it clear that he was coming after Casas. Parka complained about the way he was beat, but Casas insisted all was fair in lucha libre.

Show seemed better than last week, with Maximo/Kamaitachi being a standout match and the semimain going better than the same on the last show. Volador definitely being a rudo to end the semimain segment and being a tecnico to end the main event was strange. Stream had no problems the entire night. Attendance was down from last week, with CMLL never doing the big crowd shots for a large turnout.

Rush, Caristico and Cibernetico went from here to Arena Neza for a triangle match, where Caristico won when Rush pulled off his mask. Punker Bizarrro lost his mask to Neza Kid in a cage match, and was revealed to be Israel Pina Vazquez, 19 years a luchador, from Mexico City.

Cara Lucha (FRI) 01/01/2016 Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México [+LuchaTV, Estrellas del Ring]
1) Centella Atómica b Jr. Madrid
2) Lady Apache DQ Ludark Shaitan
Ludark replaced Keira, originally announced as the mystery person. Ludark attacked the ref for the DQ.
3) Dragón Celta b Arez
Money thrown in. Arez had been rumored as dead on Facebook for the last week (a Fulgor I prank) but came back to life to lose to new-ish Dragon Celta. Arez wants a rematch in lucha extreme.
4) Toro Negro Jr. b Látigo
Good & bloody match. Toro Negro Jr. is Latigo’s old trainer and upset him for the win. Latigo immediately asked for a mask vs mask match on the next show, and Toro Negro accepted.
5) Cavernario & Hechicero b Trauma I & Trauma II
Good match.
6) Pagano DCOR Sharly Rockstar
light tubes, chairs and other weapons were all legal, but staying out of the ring for twenty seconds was not, so the match ended in a double countout of the ring. Challenges followed.

Toro Negro beating Latigo is strange, but makes sense if one of them is really losing their mask on the show. Looked like a good turnout.

Psycho Circus beat Parka Negra, Taurus and Texano in the Arena Lopez Mateos main event. Fireball ended up working as a replacement mini. It sounds like it was a good match but weird Fireball didn’t have anything better to do on what was a sort of busy day.

+LuchaTV put up full matches from the 11/26 DTU show: Dragon Rojo Jr. vs Rocky Lobo and Draztick Boy vs Titan.

Keira versus Ludark has been added to the 01/17 La Justica show.

Luchador Fandango has been added to the 01/25 Lucha Memes Memes Rumble match.

LuchaWorld has a recap of this week’s CMLL Informa.

Rey Infierno took Casanova’s hair in Xalapa.

Segunda Caida reviews Hector Garza vs Averno

Lineup

CMLL (FRI) 01/08/2016 Arena México
1) Bengala & Leono vs Camorra & Espiritu Negro
2) Esfinge, Pegasso, Stigma vs Canelo Casas, Okumura, Virus
3) Silueta vs Dalys [lightning]
4) La Máscara, Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy vs Kamaitachi, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
5) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Rey Escorpión, Thunder
6) Carístico & Rush vs Cibernético & Volador Jr. [Relevos Increíbles]

This is likely the last Friday night show prior to FantasticaMania for those who are going. The first show is 01/17, so they’ll probably be on the way on 01/16. Caristico, Rush and Cibernetico are going, and a singles match among those guys seem possible for the two weeks where they’re going to be running low on people.

Those FantasticaMania lineups should be coming this week, announced after NJPW’s 01/05 show.

Thunder/UG is back, but only for one week for those reasons. Kamaitachi still being around is confusing; we’re into uncharted territory with him. It’d make sense if this was his last show too, but not sure why they wouldn’t just let him go home a week early rather than do a meaningless trios match.

Silueta hasn’t been around much and never gets singles match – her last Arena Mexico one was in 2011 versus Ray – so that sticks out as strange. Still no mention of Marcela.

Dragon Lee is equally missing. He was battling his own knee injury after his feud with Kamaitachi, so maybe they gave him a few weeks off to heal up before heading to Japan.

CMLL Sin Piedad: 2016-01-01

good move, great sell

Recapped: 01/01/2016

What happened: Maximo & Negro Casas defeated Kamaitachi & Super Parka for their hair in separate singles matches. Volador declared war on all of the Casas family for their cheating in the main event. Caristico accidentally fouled Rush leading to both losing the semimain, and teasing a Rush/Caristico vs Voaldor/Cibernetico. (Volador is a busy guy.) Thunder still exists

What was good: The Kamaitachi/Maximo match is the best match of the year. It’ll still be a really good match when there’s more than one day.

Where can I watch it: Matches from this show will be on Azteca on January 23rd.

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lucha TV preview for weekend of January 1st

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Azteca and LATV are currently scheduled to air the same episode, though maybe they’ll have one different match than other. I have no idea what’s up with ClaroSports/Titanes el Ring. 52MX is guessing they keep airing Tuesday episodes.

AAA‘s episode is already up on YouTube. A weird typo lists Guerra de Titanes as airing Wednesday on UTDN. I suspect it’s a mix up with the best of episodes.

PROESA isn’t up there, but will have the second half of the battle royal from 2010.

Happy New Year’s Day, here’s a free match

Hey! I don’t know what state I’ll be in when this posts – physically, emotionally, geographically are all open questions – but New Year’s Day is the start of year 13 for this blog (more or less.)

To celebrate, I’m posting a match I got to see live this year that I really liked, and maybe you’ll like it as well. It’s Centvrión & Látigo vs Fly Warrior & Mr. Leo from the September 16, CaraLucha show.

It’s not included in the video, but this was the match that led to Mala Hierba group forming in angle right after the match. I’ve really enjoyed their matches while catching up with matches the rest of the year, and it was cool to be there when they got started. And it’s still a really fun match without all of that.

The video might be unlisted, but feel free to pass around the link if you like it. I’ll turn it public when I get a chance.

(I may be around for iPPV, but probably no news post today.)

Zeuxis keeps her title to end 2015, 01/01 notes

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CMLL (TUE) 12/29/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Fuego en el Ring]
1) Magnum & Nautilius b Joker & Sádico
2) Hijo del Signo, Sangre Azteca, Virus b Magnus, Pegasso, Star Jr.
Magnus replaces Super Halcon. Virus snuck in a foul on Pegasso.
3) Zeuxis © b Lluvia [MEX WOMEN]
Zeuxis took 2/3 to keep the title, winning the last fall with the La Roca piledriver. Zeuxis’s third defense. Lluvia was said to do well even in the loss.
4) Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys b Blue Panther, Esfinge, Titán
5) Atlantis, Super Porky, Volador Jr. b Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla
Tecnicos took 2/3

 

CMLL has an iPPV tomorrow. I’m probably not writing a preview tomorrow! Here’s the card

CMLL (FRI) 01/01/2016 Arena México
1) Estrellita, La Vaquerita, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis
2) Blue Panther Jr., Esfinge, The Panther vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus
3) Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Valiente vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Thunder
4) Máximo Sexy vs Kamaitachi [hair]
5) Carístico, Mistico, Rush vs Cibernético, Último Guerrero, Volador Jr. [Relevos Increíbles]
6) Negro Casas vs Super Parka [hair]

It reads like Maximo is hurting but probably will still wrestle on Friday. Maybe he takes some time off afterwards? He’s certainly going to win. Parka beating Casas isn’t impossible, but like maybe 5% possible because Negro Casas has some weird losses and they could always drag this out to have someone else beat Super Parka down the line. Toughest pick is if Thunder will actually be in his match. I guess so. Furia de Titanes reposted the Super Parka/Negro Casas hype article from the other day, and one pushing the relevos incredibles rematch.

People have reported varied results on getting refunds from cleeng over last week’s failed show. If you were going to get one, you probably have heard back. It looks like those who asked for them right away got them (in credit.) Those who waited until later were told that since it’s up to watch now, you’re not entitled to one. (That was my case.) I assume it’s not going to fail twice in a row but I wouldn’t put any money on that. If you’re on the fence about getting the show, a) probably don’t get the show and/or b) maybe air until the women’s match starts to see if it’s working for everyone before putting your money down.

AAA’s last holiday special episode will be up on their channel some time today, which suggests they’ll start airing Arena Neza next weekend. That seems like it leaves them one week short of having enough TV (or the Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera show is airing about 15 hours after it finishes.) I’m missing something, but it’ll probably be explained later.

AAA’s also doing their year end awards on Twitter this year. New Star of the year has Lady Shani, Taurus, Garza Jr. and Hijo del Pirata Morgan. Luchadora of the year picks are Taya, Goya Kong, Lady Shani and Faby Apache. Tecnico and rudo are coming later.

The 01/17 La Liga de La Justica show will have Misterioso versus Herodes Jr. in a bull terrier match. Someone should actually film the process of picking two names out and a stipulation out of hats, because I’m like 90% sure that’s how that one happened. Not that it’ll be bad, but I have no understanding why those people would be facing in that match.

The 01/24 Lucha Memes show will be a Memes Rumble (Royal Rumble) style match with 22 luchadors. Monterrey’s Lady Jagaur is the first entrant.

Riot has been adding matches from their first shows on YouTube. Rey Horuz vs Dralion, the first main event, is up now.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Heavy Metal cut a Facebook promo on Sharlie Rockster.

Suicida talks about the four way he’s in on New Year’s Day in Arena Lopez Mateos.

A look back at the year of wrestling in Cuernavaca.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 01/05/2016 Arena México
1) Acero & Angelito vs Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Universo 2000
2) Flyer, Robin, Star Jr. vs Akuma, Artillero, Espanto Jr.
3) Estrellita, La Vaquerita, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, La Seductora, Zeuxis
4) Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Sagrado [lightning]
5) Blue Panther Jr. vs Puma, Magnus, Skándalo, Hombre Bala Jr., El Cuatrero, Oro Jr., Hijo del Signo [Copa Junior, semifinal]
6) Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Stuka Jr. vs Kráneo, Niebla Roja, Ripper

Kind of a lackluster card for what should be a big date. Main event is a sort of rematch; perhaps they’re really doing Ripper/Maximo soon.

Copa Junior starts as promised, though Hombre Bala is in Super Halcon’s place. Maybe he’s just out for the moment since he missed Tuesday as well, or maybe they didn’t want a repeat winner. Puma’s such the obvious favorite that I suspect Cuatrero or someone else off the board will actually win.

CMLL (TUE) 01/05/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Divino & Metatrón vs El Chakal & Thunder Boy
2) Omar Brunetti, Sensei, Starman vs Disturbio, Maléfico, Metálico
3) Esfinge, Pegasso, Stigma vs Okumura, Sangre Azteca, Virus
4) Ángel de Oro, Rey Cometa, Titán vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Hechicero, Pólvora
5) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys

Sky Team against sort of TGR in the main event. Semimain could be fun.

The Crash (FRI) 02/12/2016 Auditorio de Tijuana, Tijuana, Baja California
1) Mirage vs Septimo Dragon, Black Boy, Jinzo, Enigma, Proximo [The Crash Junior]
2) Ángel Metálico vs Hijo de Pirata Morgan
3) Genio Del Aire, Golden Magic, Súper Nova vs Star Boy, Tony Casanova, Zarco
4) Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Mr. Maldito, Taurus (AAA), Texano Jr.
5) Blue Demon Jr., Fenix (AAA), Rey Horuz vs John Morrison, Pentagón Jr., Teddy Hart

Teddy Hart being in Mexico stands out (and probably is a question mark.) “Morrison” being listed under that name seems to say something about how much the person putting this together is actually paying attention to AAA.

Mr. Maldito and Psycho Clown have been feuding on all of these shows, may eventually have a mask match.

2015 watch later catch up, part 12 of ∞

Lo Negro del Negro

Matches recapped in this post

  • Apolo Estrada Jr. & El Hijo del Diablo © vs Hijo del Pantera & Pantera for the IWRG Intercontinental Tag Team Championship
    Arena Naucalpan, 11/22/2015 
  • Ángel de Oro, Argos, Golden Magic vs Pegasso, Rey Cometa, Titán
    Arena México, 11/22/2015 
  • Felino, Puma, Tiger vs Negro Navarro, Trauma I, Trauma II
    Arena México, 11/22/2015 
  • Atlantis, Carístico, Negro Casas vs Black Warrior, Cibernético, Mephisto
    Arena México, 11/22/2015 
  • Centvrión, Fly Warrior, Látigo vs Metaleón, Mr. Leo, Wasson
    Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México, 11/28/2015 
  • Rey Cometa vs Golden Magic
    Arena México, 11/29/2015 

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Tuesday results, Maximo possible injury

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CMLL (TUE) 12/29/2015 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Akuma & Camorra b Flyer & Leono
2) Astral, Fantasy, Último Dragoncito b Demus 3:16, Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito
moved down to the segunda. Astral beat Pierrothito
3) Starman b Arkángel de la Muerte [lightning]
moved up a spot, with Starman defeating Arkangel.
4) El Cuatrero, Okumura, Sansón b Hombre Bala Jr., Oro Jr., Stigma
Debuts for Sanson & Cuatrero, the sons of Cien Caras. They took 1/3 to win their debut, Cuaterero beating Stigma to win it.
5) Boby Z, Gran Guerrero, Pierroth b Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa, Tritón
Gran Guerrero was listed in Sagrado’s place in the preview. Rudos took 2/3, Gran Guerrero beating Triton and Pierroth dropping Cometa with a package piledriver. Cometa was stretchered out.
6) Kráneo, Mephisto, Ripper b La Máscara, Máximo Sexy, Stuka Jr.
Mascara did not get along with his partners. Rudos took 1/3, Ripper fouling Maximo and pinning him to send him into Friday’s mask loss on a loss.

Maximo said he has a ligament issue, and will have to see the doctor to see if he’s ok to wrestle on Friday. I’d assume he’ll be fine, but missing the Kamataichi hair match on Friday would be a disaster. They probably couldn’t reschedule it at this point, they’d probably just need to pick someone to take his spot. (There’s little chance CMLL will announce a change ahead of time, given how little they announce.) Again, I’d assume he’ll be wrestling until someone says he’s not.

You’d think maybe Maximo should be winning before being in a big match on Friday. That’s just CMLL. Casas didn’t win on Monday either. Crowd was bigger than usual for a Tuesday.

No lineup for next week, so not sure if the Astral title match idea was dropped or if they’ll do it despite everything.

CMLL has quotes from Negro Casas and Super Parka hyping their hair match.

The Rey Misterio tour to Chile has been pushed back from March to an unspecified date in April.

A promotion called La Liga de Justica is running Coacalco on January 17.. They’ve run a few events in Puebla’s Arena Coliseo San Ramon – December 12 and December 5th are most recent – with a mix of indy names and locals. Maybe the same here. LuchaMemes/Chario already announced they’re running that building on January 24th, the week after.

Segunda Caida reviews Hector Garza versus Pierroth in a hair vs hair match

Extreme Tiger & Rey Misterio will face TJ Boy & Mortiz in San Diego on 02/20. I think the guy going as Rey Misterio is the original Hijo de Rey Misterio, but I’m honestly not sure any more.

AAA on Televisa: 2015-12-12 

this was fun
this was fun

Recapped: 12/25/2015

What happened: Dinastia kept his minis title. Daga & Suicide continue to feud. The original Psicosis returned.

What was good: I enjoyed the minis match and the Daga/Pain vs Suicide/Speedball match.

Where can I watch it: It’s up on AAA’s channel and my own.

This is the final new AAA show of 2015. The next four weeks are repeat material. I’ll put up a post going thru all of them after they’ve over. (more…)

great match roundup, week of 2015-12-12

This is the week with the last new AAA TV episode. In real time, I’m all caught up (because I spent about five minutes total on the next two episodes.) Shows I already watched: 12/14 CMLL Puebla and 12/18 CMLL on Claro

I would actually be done for the year at this point on regular TV shows, and so could post the last few off these at all up – except I missed a Puebla show and CMLL snuck in new TV on 52MX. A few more “catch up”->”round up”->single recap cycles to go.

I’m also at that point where a possible match looking like it might be good doesn’t seem like it’s enough to merit watching; there’s some IWRG I’m skipping that might be better than the stuff I”m watching, but it seems unlikely it’ll crack the best matches anyway.

rating matches TV Show taped
great Australian Suicide & Speedball vs Daga & Steve Pain AAA on Televisa: 2015-12-12 2015-11-15
good Dinastía vs Mini Abismo Negro for the AAA World Minis Championship AAA on Televisa: 2015-12-12 2015-11-15
good Oro Jr. & Star Jr. vs Espiritu Negro & Metálico CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2015-12-18 2015-12-18
good Puma vs Tritón, Fuego, Súper Comando, The Panther, Tiger,Sangre Azteca, Esfinge, Blue Panther Jr., Raziel,Cancerbero, Pegasso in a cibernetico match CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2015-12-18 2015-12-18
ok Chris Masters, Psycho Clown, Rey Misterio Jr. vs Averno, Chessman, Psicosis I AAA on Televisa: 2015-12-12 2015-11-15
ok Espíritu Maligno & Lestat vs Disturbio & Policeman CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2015-12-14 2015-12-14
ok La Vaquerita, Lluvia, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Dalys, Reyna Isis CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2015-12-14 2015-12-14
ok Fuego, Rey Cometa, Stigma vs Canelo Casas, Okumura, Skándalo CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2015-12-14 2015-12-14
ok La Máscara, Máximo Sexy, Rush vs Felino, Negro Casas, Ripper CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2015-12-14 2015-12-14
ok Atlantis vs Último Guerrero CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2015-12-14 2015-12-14
ok Ángel de Oro, La Máscara, Valiente vs Pólvora, Terrible, Virus CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2015-12-18 2015-12-18
ok Kamaitachi, Shocker, Último Guerrero vs Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2015-12-18 2015-12-18
ok Carístico, Super Parka, Volador Jr. vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Negro Casas CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2015-12-18 2015-12-18
below average Arkalis, Magia Blanca, Rey Samuray vs Apocalipsis, Cholo, Fuerza Chicana CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2015-12-14 2015-12-14