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What happened: Marco challenged Shocker to a match next week after a foul, one of three screwjobs in a row (and a fourth where a team broke up.) Ultimo Guerrero fouled Atlantis in the main event, and it was unclear if was meant to go anywhere. King Jaguar stole pins from his rudo teammates, who attacked him for it after the match.
Magia Blanca debuted. He’s Magnifico I, still in a giant M mask.
What was good: Oh no. Nada. It was not good.
Where can I watch it: It’s on CMLL’s YouTube channel (more…)
What happened: Zeuxis defeated Princesa Sugehit to keep the national women’s championship. Okumura worked as a fill in tecnico without incident. Nothing else in the matches.
This is the final CMLL on CadenaTres broadcast. The station itself was shut down a couple days after this aired, in a bit of a surprise. There’s no farewell or hint this is the final show and it’s not clear if they knew it would be when the show was recorded. The parent company will be launching a replacement channel in quarter 1 of 2016, but it’s unknown if CMLL will be part of it. The Tuesday tapings have moved to Claro Sports (TV) and LATV and cut to one hour.
Also, in the past and future weirdly crossing paths, the unaired first match and the segunda (aired as the first match here) were broadcast by CMLL as a test for their iPPV capabilities. I completely forgot I recorded both of those until Soberano did the barricade splash. I may watch the opener next time if I go thru the lightning matches again.
What was good: I liked the women’s title match, though I don’t feel strongly about which category to place it in. The second match was good too, but this went out with a bunch of forgettable matches as usual.
Where can I watch it: It’s on my YouTube channel, and the Disturbio match is on Princesa Dorada’s channel like usual. (more…)
I’m missing the undercard results from last night’s IWRG show. The main event ruleta de la muerte saw X-Fly bleed a lot, to the point where he was unable to help partner Danny Casas by the end of the tournament. Casas lost the semifinal to Diva Salvaje & Toscano by himself and beat X-Fly to take his hair after more of a battle. After the match, X-Fly talked about possibly going home to his family and retiring from lucha libre after another bad luck loss. X-Fly is one of the busiest indie guys in Mexico, and is still booked for a lot of shows going forward. I’d guess this was more inspired by losing his hair after losing a lot of blood and nothing an actual retirement plan.
In the last normal trios match of the card, Relampago had problems with Golden Magic and randomly turned rudo. Between that and the Black Terry/Eterno feud, it feels like IWRG has already figured out it’s late December/early January cards (which are usually Anniversary celebrations for the building and for the promotion separately.) The Mexico State Trios titles being brought up is interesting in only that all the Mexican State titles were planned to be vacant to start 2016. That may just be talk, or maybe the trios titles will be exempt, or maybe they’ll just do one last title match before they give them away.
CMLL’s Arena Puebla show has Atlantis, Mistico, Volador Jr. versus Euforia, Gran Guerrero and Ultimo Guerrero. Semimain is a rematch between Marco, Maximo, Porky and Kraneo, Ripper and Shocker, which seemed to be setting up a Shocker/Maximo title match. Puebla locals on the show are Lestat, King Jaguar, Policeman, Guerrero Espacial, Fuerza Chicana, Meyer and debuting mystery man Magia Blanca. There’s no super promising match on the show and it seems like an easy one to skip, but it still will air on YouTube at 9pm CT and I’ll have a recap later tonight.
AAA’s announcement over this weekend is a “A Tribute Lucha”, a new book of lucha libre photography. It doesn’t appear to be on sale yet; the publishing company doesn’t list it on it’s website. I don’t know how to buy it.
An article on the Que Viva el Rey show in Merida credits Rey Misterio and Blue Demon for staying long after the show to sign autographs and take pictures. They say the show drew 3,500.
Daisuke Hanaoka is almost certainly losing his hair this weekend in Xalapa.
DoradaFan has highlights of 07/20/2015 Arena Puebla. I still need to go put that show back on YouTube.
Segunda Caida reviews Negro Navarro, Trauma I, Trauma II vs Felino, Puma, Tiger
SuperLibre had Ringo Mendoza and Titan as guests.
CMLL (SUN) 12/06/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Micro & Rey Halcón vs Demonio Rojo & Destructor
2) Johnny Dinamo & Linterna vs Mr. Apolo & Mr. Brisa
3) Vaquero Jr. vs Exterminador [super libre]
4) Gallo, Magnum, Omar Brunetti vs Ráfaga, Relampago, Sádico
5) Ángel de Oro, Esfinge, Tritón vs Gran Guerrero, Mosco X Fly, Último Guerrero
All the way back to four CMLL luchadors going here every Sunday. The Relampago in this is the Sinaloa one, I think.
AAA ZZINC (FRI) 11/27/2015 Coliseo Yucatan, Mérida, Yucatán [SuperLuchas]
1) Goya Kong & Pimpinela Escarlata b Mamba & Taya
No Bestia & Rey Horuz, as with all these shows.
2) Angélico & Jack Evans b Averno & Hijo del Fantasma
Averno & Hijo del Fantasma replaced Brian Cage, Chavo Guerrero, MVP and Prince Puma.
3) Bengala, Drago, Speedball b Magnus (UK), Psicosis I, Willie Mack
Bengala replaced Hijo de Dos Caras.
4) Daga, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Steve Pain b Garza Jr., Mr. 450, Sanada
Moved to the semifinal oddly but everyone in who’s supposed to be in it.
5) Blue Demon Jr., Dr. Wagner Jr., Rey Mysterio Jr., Ricochet b Brian Cage, Brodus, Low-Ki, MVP
Brian Cage and Ricochet were added to the this match. MVP replaced Johnny Mundo.
Merida looks like it had the best turnout of any of these shows. I have no idea why it worked when the other shows didn’t. No results from the Cancun show on Saturday, but it looks like a decent attendance.
Ricochet was not Prince Puma, as he said. He did wrestle as Ricochet. The Lucha Underground characters cost more and need permission.
These are the last announced Que Viva el Rey shows. I’d be surprised if ZZInc promoted more shows.
CMLL (SAT) 11/28/2015 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Último Dragoncito b Pequeño Universo 2000
2) Leono DQ Camorra
Camorra fouled Leono
3) Metálico b Oro Jr.
4) Tiffany b Lluvia
5) Puma b Esfinge
6) Super Porky & Titán b Hechicero & Vangellys
7) Euforia, Shocker, Último Guerrero b Dragon Lee, La Máscara, Mistico
Mascara didn’t get along with his partners on this show.
Bello Greco was honored with a moment of applause on this show and on Sunday’s All Elite show.
Cara Lucha (SAT) 11/28/2015 Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México
1) ? ?? ??
2) Chik Tormenta & Dalys b Keira & Lady Maravilla
3) Rayo Star & Sky Man b Kevin & Tony
Money thrown in. Crowd chanted DTU and asked for the Nerds to return.
4) Centvrión, Fly Warrior, Látigo b Metaleón, Mr. Leo, Wasson
Very good match. Centvrion challenged Mr. Leo to a singles match, and Mr. Leo said he’d be back with a third Lion Brother.
5) Boby Z b Danger, Imposible
Imposible was the mystery wrestler. Boby Z got the win.
6) Cibernético b Heavy Metal and Mr. Niebla
Cibernetico won with a foul on Heavy Metal.
Cibernetico didn’t seem to help attendance much; it was the same or even down a bit. He seemed like a weird feet. Mala Hiebra versus Lion Brothers & Wasson sounds like the best match.
CMLL ELITE (SUN) 11/29/2015 Arena México [+LuchaTV, CMLL, Kronosport]
1) Marcela & Muñeca De Plata b Amapola & Dallys la Caribeña
Billed as the start of Muneca de Plata’s career. It’s her first Arena Mexico match, but Porky’s other daughter has been training and working indy shows for years. Tecnicas took 1/3.
2) Cancerbero, Heddi Karaoui, Raziel b Dinamic Black, Metaleón, Principe Diamante
Rudos took 2/3.
3) Rey Cometa DCOR Golden Magic
Very good match. Golden Magic took fall 1, Rey Cometa took fall 2, and both battled outside for a draw countout. Cometa asked for a shot at the IWRG Juniors title, and Golden Magic said OK.
4) Cavernario, Kamaitachi, Okumura b Dragon Lee, Emperador Azteca, Zumbi
Rudos took 1/3. Kamaitachi beat Dragon Lee with a Canadian Destroyer. Kamaitachi said that would happen again on Friday. Dragon Lee was stretchered out.
5) Damián 666 & Halloween DQ Valiente & Volador Jr.
Damian & Halloween used a kendo stick in the first fall and were DQed quickly. Tecnicos took the second, but Volador later got the kendo stick, used it, and got called for a DQ. Volador again challenged FdT for a hair match, they again said no.
6) Atlantis & Carístico DQ Black Warrior & Cibernético
Tecnicos took 2/3. Rudos DQed for throwing Caristico over the top rope. Challenges followed, including Cibernetico challenging for the Mexican tag titles (?!?) and Atlantis and Cibernetico talking about a singles match.
Even before this show, there were interviews teasing a Cibernetico/Atlantis match. It might draw. It definitely sounds like a terrible match. They’ve moved on from Cibernetico/Caristico quick.
Attendance was way down for the show this week; one guess was 1,500. The people are showing up for the promises of debuts, but aren’t that interested in staying.
Rey Cometa challenging for an IWRG title when CMLL luchadors can’t seem to go to IWRG would be odd, but it also may not be happening.
This weekend’s AAA show didn’t mention Guerra de Titanes at all. They did mention the Arena Neza taping on 12/05 and called it the final (TV) show of the year. That means Guerra de Titanes is happening in January, or not at all. What a strange year.
El Dandy & Black Terry versus Los Traumas has been added to the 12/25 Lucha Memes show.
Aeroboy and Juventued Guerrera will have a match in Chicago on January 16. It’s very cold in Chicago in January, Aeroboy!
RobViper has highlights of 06/01/15 AAA.
LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.
CMLL Elite (SUN) 12/06/2015 Arena México
1) Astral & Principe Diamante vs Demus 3:16 & Mini Karonte
2) Magnus & Robin vs Eterno & Tabú
3) Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus vs Argos, Canis Lupus, Emperador Azteca
4) Rey Cometa & Stuka Jr. vs Trauma I & Trauma II
5) Marco Corleone, Rush, Valiente vs Bestia 666, Damián 666, Halloween
6) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs ???, Cibernético, Mephisto
Another week of guessing at who’s going to be in the main event. Averno is still being listed as working in Queretaro two days later, and plenty of people (myself included) were guessing he would be out of AAA after Guerra de Titanes when it was on 12/04. Averno’s listed on the 12/05 Neza show, but he’s also listed as working in New York the same day. Who knows.
Tabú has barely appeared the last few years. I have 4 matches for him this year (one of which may be someone else using a similar name), 5 the year before that, and 2 back in 2013. He hasn’t appeared on anyone’s TV since 2012, and he hasn’t been on AAA’s since 2011. He was a Bizarro back then, part of Cibernetico’s group, which might explain the connection which got him on this card. He’s also La Parka (AAA)’s younger brother, and Parka and Cibernetico are close.
La Parka is like Cibernetico in being a big star in the AAA middle period, 1997-2005. He continued on for a few years after too, but he (like Cibernetico) have mostly been kept out of the big programs. They both have won some tournaments and titles, but don’t quite fit what AAA has become/is becoming. The difference is Cibernetico owned his name and his identity, and Parka definitely doesn’t. He may not even own the Karis la Momia identity he did before, since Bello Greco used it first in AAA, but that’s probably irrelevant – like LA Park, this La Parka could come up with a knockoff identity if required and let the courts solve it for years. Tabu being on this show might just being a friend doing a favor for another friend, but if Elite is making offers to all sorts of people, I’m sure they’ve made one to Parka too.
DTU (THU) 11/26/2015 Arena Aficion [+LuchaTV, DTU, Estrellas del Ring, Funcion Estelar]
1) Concord & Perro Negro Jr. b Electrick Boy & Niño De Cobre
2) Lokillo b Chica Ye-Ye, El Intruso Jr., Jimmy, Joven Maravilla, Kevin, Black Fire, El Exótico, Ovett, Tony[cibernetico]
Lokillo beat Tony for the win after Kevin hit Tony with the back of a chair. Jimmy also hit his fellow Nerds with a board. Kevin said he’s sick of them all fightning and proposed an apuesta match.
3) Dragón Rojo Jr. b Rocky Lobo [lightning]
said to be very good
4) Cíclope & Miedo Extremo b Delta & Stuka Jr. and Lanzeloth & Septimo Dragón
Miedo & Ciclope beat Lanzeloth & Septimo. Delta & Stuka were eliminated first, but came back and attacked Ciclope & Miedo after the match. Stuka wants a title match with Ciclope.
5) Drastik Boy b Titán (CMLL)
Very good match. Titan had Drastic Boy beat, but the referee missed it.
6) Misterioso Jr. (CMLL), Psicosis II, Tritón (CMLL) b Aero Boy, Pesadilla, Violento Jack
Triton was the mystery luchador. Psicosis snuck in a foul on Pesadilla. The CMLL team beat up the DTU guys after the match. Rocky Lobo & Lanzeloth tried to make the save, but Titan ran in to help the CMLL guys. Crazy Boy appeared to challenge Psicosis & Titan to show up to DTU 8 for an extreme cage match.
7) Blue Panther, Negro Navarro, Paraoniko b Ángel o Demonio, Solar I, Valiente
money thrown in. Angel o Demonio invited Blue Panther to the DTU 8th Anniversary show.
Attendance looked to be up – up from DTU and up from CMLL only shows in this arena. Mixing the two worked out. Titan’s talked in the past about wanting to do very occasional extreme matches and it seems like he’s going to get his chance on the DTU Anniversary show. No date for that one yet.
CMLL (FRI) 11/27/2015 Arena México [CMLL, thecubsfan]
1) Espanto Jr. & Hijo del Signo b Robin & Sensei
11:45. Rudos took 1/3.
2) Esfinge, Soberano Jr., The Panther DQ Disturbio, Okumura, Súper Comando
8:41. Straight falls. Panther & Comando feuded, with Comando pulling off Panther’s mask for the DQ. Panther demanded a mask match, Comando denied him and attacked him instead.
3) Ángel de Oro, Titán, Tritón b Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado
11:11. Tecnicos took 1/3.
4) Kamaitachi b Dragon Lee [lightning]
Kamaitachi won in 6:38 with a powerbomb reversed into a Destroyer. Kamaitachi demanded a title shot, and Dragon Lee accepted for next week.
5) Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto b Atlantis, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr.
Rudos won in 11:59
6) Mistico, Super Parka, Volador Jr. DQ Felino, Negro Casas, Shocker
Tecnicos took 1/3, the last when Negro Casas fouled Super Parka (who was in his Volador gear; his son had it in the original style as well.) Casas & Parka had been feuding during the match, and Volador Jr. challenged Casas to a singles match with his father.
Show was generally good, but noticeable shorter than usual. The opener came dangerously close to being the longest match on the show, and 12 minutes as the longest match is unusual. The crowd seemed to be about the usual size but it was tough to be sure; the cameras stuck to a group of women (Liz Vega and friends, including some former edecans) who happened to be seated in the first couple of rows. Kamaitachi/Dragon Lee was the best match on the show. Super Parka looked old in the main event.
Bello Greco, Raul Garcia Salazar, passed away on Friday. Greco’s career goes back to the 60s as el Greco, but his biggest run started in the 70s when he switched to the Bello Greco character. It was a forerunner to the exotico characters seen today, and he formed teams with Sergio el Hermoso and Babe Sharon as La Ola Lila. His in-ring career lasted into the first year of AAA, where he worked as the original Karis La Momia. (The person who took over the character is now the second La Parka.) Greco had a connection to AAA off and on over the years, working as a referee, working behind the scenes, and making some cameos in 2006 when his three sons (Super Calo, Alan Stone and Chris Stone) were forming a group.
Today’s CMLL Sabado Retros show has Mistico, Dragon Lee and La Mascara versus Ultimo Guerrero, Shocker and Euforia.
La Sombra’s NXT media tour now includes an interview with Record, where he says he was talking to WWE before his mask loss but nothing was concrete at that time and they advised him not do anything that would mess up his lucha career. For US indy wrestlers, it seems like there’s always a few months wait from the time they’re offereed a spot in NXT and when the actually start there, which is consumed with waiting for certain paperwork and medical tests to be finished. It’s probably even longer period if you’re coming from outside the US and need work visas and such to be worked out. Maybe all that was done in October and that’s when Sombra told CMLL he was for sure leaving. He probably didn’t know for sure until then because something could’ve gone with that application process, and so could’ve been stuck in Mexico without his mask if something did go wrong, but he had to start the process in August or prior.
AAA sent out a Mesias interview building up his feud with Fenix. Those two aren’t currently scheduled to meet in Neza (Mesias isn’t on the card), so it’s an interview building up the Guerra de Titanes card – which currently has no date or location. At least it implies they still plan on running that show.
The Neza local promoters is saying their show will officially be announced on TV today (so buy the tickets before everyone else finds out, basically.) AAA’s recent TV policy is ignoring negative news – there’s been no mention of Caristico, Alberto or Cibernetico on TV – so I wouldn’t expect a lot of talk about Guerra de Titanes today.
AAA put up last week’s TV show on their YouTube channel. They’re missing the week before, the final part of Nuevo Laredo, but that should be up soon. Today’s TV show will be up on Monday.
ESPN Deportes has an interview with Sexy Star.
A 12/17 benefit show for Ringo Mendoza will have a Satanico vs Javier Cruz hair vs hair match.
Tiger would like a match in All Elite against Extreme Tiger or Super Crazy.
In Xalapa, Guerrera Isis unmasked Furia Azteca, who’s Guadalupe Montoya from Tlaxcala, 8 years a wrestler.
CMLL (FRI) 12/04/2015 Arena México
1) Oro Jr. & Soberano Jr. vs Arkángel de la Muerte & Canelo Casas
2) La Vaquerita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Tiffany, Zeuxis
3) Ángel de Oro, Máximo Sexy, Super Porky vs Ephesto, Kráneo, Luciferno
4) Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero vs Cavernario, Mephisto, Thunder
5) Dragon Lee © vs Kamaitachi [CMLL SL]
Dragon Lee’s fourth defense, all against Kamaitachi
6) Mistico, Super Parka, Volador Jr. vs Felino, Negro Casas, Shocker
Main event is a rematch. Thunder/Ultimo Guerrero again in the fourth match. Card overall seems not as good as this week
Kamaitachi is probably a week or two from wrapping up – he’s listed on an indy show on the 12/13 – but I still think it’s possible he wins the title here and they do the rematch on FantasticaMania.
What happened: a Negro Casas fouled Super Parka in the main event, which led to singles match challenges. In more promising news, Kamaitachi defeated Dragon Lee to set up a title match next week. Super Comando also lost by DQ to The Panther. Panther wants a mask match, Comando says Panther needs to proof himself.
What was good: a Dragon Lee & Kamaitachi was great, at always. Second match and fifth match were good.
Where can I watch it: The main matches will air on Azteca in two or three weeks. It’ll be up on my YouTube channel on Tuesday.
What happened: Pentagon attacked Jack and challenged for a title rematch. Australian Suicide attacked Daga, in retaliation for an attack prior to the show.
This is the start of a lot of backstage turmoil spilling out into world, though none of it is directly referenced on screen. Elsewhere, Mistico I returned to Arena Mexico the same night, and this is the first show with him sort of not around. This also turns out to be Alberto’s last night, as he returns to WWE before his next scheduled TV appearance. Mundo’s interview – naming Rey and the title but not naming Alberto – is the only sign that something’s changed. (It looks like something taped at a later show and added back into this one, and it also suggests the one on one match was a possible plan for a while, even though a tournament would be brought up elsewhere.)
Argos is also making his last appearance, seemingly quitting AAA twice in route to ending up in Elite with his brother. (Argenis would end up staying.) This also might be the end of Maravilla’s two match run; she turned up in DTU wrestling Marcela soon after and hasn’t been on AAA shows since.
What was good: The entire show was generally an easy watch, with the second, third and fifth matches being the best
Where can I watch it: It’s on my YouTube channel, and it’s also now AAA’s YouTube channel.
Previously: Taya kept her women’s title, Jack & Angelico got the tag titles back, Fenix and Mesias faced off, Taurus won Copa Antonio Pena, Garza debuted, and Alberto kept his title. (more…)
CMLL (TUE) 11/24/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Fuego en el Ring]
1) Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno b Magnum & Metatrón
Rudos took 2/3
2) Eléctrico, Fantasy, Shockercito b Mercurio, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Violencia
Shockercito replaced Astral. Pequeno Olimipco replaced Pequeno Nitro. Tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Boby Z, Tiger, Vangellys b Blue Panther Jr., Delta, Rey Cometa
Rudos took 2/3.
4) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Stuka Jr. DQ Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
Tecnicos took 1/3. Mephisto fouled Blue Panther for a DQ. Tecnicos wanted a rematch, rudos took their mask.
5) Atlantis, Mistico, Volador Jr. b Euforia, Mr. Niebla, Niebla Roja
Niebla Roja returned, taking Mr. Niebla’s spot. Tecnicos took 2/3
Fuego en el Ring talks to Niebla Roja, who speaks a little bit about his experience wrestling in the US.
Tonight’s CMLL show has Mistico, Super Parka, Volador Jr. versus Felino, Negro Casas, and Shocker as the main event. Casas & Shocker are still the tag champs, and both Mistico/Volador and Volador/Parka would make some sense as challengers. There’s no other big issues on the card, just some hope the simmering ones will actually go somewhere. Dragon Lee takes on Kamaitachi in the lightning match, probably the best match on the night and something that might set up another big match between them in the next couple months. The Panther and Super Comando face off in a second match trios again.
The show will start at 8:30pm. ClaroSports has the countdown timer up, so it will not be region blocked.
The Que Viva el Rey tour has it’s final two shows this weekend, tonight in Merida and tomorrow in Cancun. Your guess is as good as mine about who will be there: Moose says his trip got canceled, Ricochet said he’s not the Prince Puma on the show. I’d suspect that a few of the foreigners are being canceled (and replaced with cheaper AAA wrestlers) in attempt to save some money after how bad the previous shows have done.
CMLL has an article about Shocker traveling to New York for the Lucha Mexico documentary.
Virus vs Negro Navarro is the first match for a 12/25 Lucha Memes show at Arena Naucalpan.
Furia de Titanes writes about Zanelly, the mystery luchador from the CMLL bodybuilding contest who turns out to be Mano Negra’s daughter.
Princesa Sugehit talks about her career.
RCH had a press conference for their show on 11/26, which included a Mamba/Goya argument.
Segunda Caida reviews Black Warrior, Satánico, Villano III vs Felino, Negro Casas, Tinieblas Jr.
AAA is an easy one to call from a match standpoint – it’s just what they’re got left over from Xalapa. The news on this show is what they talk about in between the matches and what they’re saying from Guerra de Titanes. (I think I’ll be elsewhere by the time this starts, so you’ll have to tell me.)
CMLL’s TV is a lot harder. LATV switched to showing Friday matches last week. Not sure if that’s a one off thing – a weird thing, since those are the same matches airing on Azteca – or if they’ll be back to Sunday. Azteca is now an extra week behind because of the week they were off; they’ll leap ahead at some point, but hopefully not the next two weeks.
IWRG Wednesday show is supposed to air Saturday at 1pm on AYM, but AYM’s weekend schedule almost means nothing. That Sunday night airing is more reliable.