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AAA finishes up the Mexico City taping. The minis title match should air this week, but I have a suspicion the La Llave de La Gloria match will air instead. (Hope the missing match makes YouTube either way.)

IWRG is as iffy as ever; I don’t think they’ve aired this Sunday’s taping, and they might instead of the Wednesday show. (The best shot at seeing the Copa Higher Power is +Lucha, as always.)

For people who don’t want to deal with YouTube, this week’s Lucha Azteca should be really good.

The text preview and matches for this week’s Lucha Underground suggests this may be a Crane/Catrina/Muertes/Ivelisse??? focused episode. The police are there too though, and they shouldn’t go so long without addressing their status quo after Delgado’s death.

CMLL Domingos de Familiar: 2017-06-18 

Astral had this coming

Recapped: 06/19/2017


This aired live from Arena México on 06/18/2017.

Akuma & Espanto Jr. beat Astral & Sensei
(10:40 [3:37, 3:10, 3:53], 1/3, ok)

Dalys, Metálica, Zeuxis beat La Jarochita, La Vaquerita, Princesa Sugehit 
(14:05 [4:45, 4:09, 5:11], 2/3, ok)

El Gallito & Microman beat Mije & Perico Zakarías
(17:34, one fall match, below average)

Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. beat Felino, Hechicero, Pierroth
(18:25 [8:15, 3:06, 7:04], 2/3 DQ, ok)

Marco Corleone © beat Terrible for the CMLL World Heavyweight Championship
(15:32 [4:14, 1:01, 10:17], 2/3, good)

  1. Terrible fujiwara armbar (4:14)
  2. Marco Aero Italia (1:01)
  3. Marco Powerbomb (10:17)


Dragón Lee, Stuka Jr., Volador Jr. beat Ephesto, Mephisto, Shocker
(15:05 [5:07, 3:55, 6:03], 1/3, ok)

What happened: 

required micros stage dive GIF

CMLL aired the Father’s Day Sunday show without advertising it ahead of time. The Father’s Day show was built around seeing the edecanes; the edecanes dance numbers were removed from the show.

Marco Corleone made his first defense of the CMLL heavyweight title, defeating Terrible.

Princesa Sugehit and Zeuxis continued their feud with no obvious change brought on by Sugehit’s newly announced upcoming WWE appearance. This time, Zeuxis was eliminated, but unmasked Sugehit from the outside to set up the win for Dalys. There’s still no post-match microphone challenges; it seems like the mask match is happening, but they’re not close enough to put a date t it yet.

Gallito & Microman remain undefeated over Zacarias & Mije.


Angel de Oro & Niebla Roja still getting their teamwork back up to speed

Yes, I am annoyed they aired this show and not the one with Dragon Lee/Cavernario.

The heavyweight title match was the only thing you should spend any real time on here. We may not take the CMLL titles all that seriously, but the people holding them seem to consider them worth upping their games. Maximo had some of the best singles matches of his career when he was heavyweight champion and Marco and Terrible had a strong match in Marco’s first defense. Marco mixed up his offense a bit for the championship match, and Terrible always seems game if he’s in a singles match with someone who wants to do something. They had a few good near falls that got the crowd believing a title change could happen – the neck scissors submission looked good, the roll thru Aero Italia was a smart spot since it’s often a finish – and the fans reacted well despite Marco’s not being a usual favorite of these crowd. (Putting female favorite Marco against tough guys Terrible on Father’s Day probably should’ve backfired loudly.) Some of the punch spots didn’t go as well as usual and I think they can expand on this, but this was fine for a title match.

The micros seemed to have taken the some unfortunate lessons from their previous success. They went for more spots, more time, and ended up with more things not going well and less of the feeling of an actual match. This match seemed like it proved they’d be best showing up once every few months. The remainder of the show was the usual disposal b-show matches, with the distress of Pierroth feeling he could do Rush’s invisible football spot on his own.

TripleMania date change? Super X tonight


AAA has spent it’s entire year building to Psycho Clown versus Dr. Wagner in a mask versus mask match on August 26th in Arena Ciudad de Mexico. That day might be changing. Last night, the Wrestling Observer Newsletter stated “it appears they’ve already made the call to move it to August 27th.” This would be be because of Mayweather/McGregor fight taking place on August 26, and perhaps with the idea of airing on TV in Mexico. At the same time, Leo Riano’s column in Record says AAA had a plan of airing the show (or at least Wagner/Psycho) live on a Televisa network that day, and would still do against the fight. AAA has said nothing about moving the date, and would be expected to say nothing until they’re ready to make announcement.

It’s not totally clear if Riano is saying this was a done deal, just that’s a possibility, or somewhere in between, and he’s not been a reliable news source. That mask match would probably be highly rated, especially if it came on before the boxing match, but they’d be forfeiting some decent PPV revenue by airing it on TV. (It’s possible Televisa could be paying AAA some money for the rights; it’s been reported in the past that Televisa pays nothing for the weekly AAA TV show.) Airing it over the air in Mexico means AAA might as well air it free on the internet, because pirated feeds would be pretty easy to come by.

I’m skeptical the show will air on Televisa. It does fit AAA’s overall strategy of trying to increase the awareness. Nothing would make AAA seem like a bigger deal than if they were all over today that day. AAA’s also a company that seems be counting it’s pennies carefully and it should be hard for them to give up any revenue. I’m less sure about the date, but that seems like something they’ll want to decide as soon as possible just to make it clear. It’d be a good idea to announce they’re NOT changing if that’s decision too, and it’s noticeable that AAA hasn’t said that either.

Super X runs tonight in Mexico City. Matches include Juventud Guerrera against Dragon Lee, Sam Adonis versus Super Crazy, and Mini Rey Mysterio (the recently ex-AAA Octagoncito) against a debuting Mini Juvnentud Guerrera. It’s a good bet for turning up on the usual fan cam YouTube channels. MedioTiempo has an interview with Juventud Guerrera about his career.

The Lucha Libre World/Todo x el Todo tour starts tonight in Manchester. Hijo del Santo says he’ll defend his WBC title on tonight’s show versus el Bandido. It’ll be his second defense since winning the title in 2007.

CMLL announced NJPW’s Juice Robinson will appear on their 09/01 Gran Prix show. He’ll also be wrestling for Lucha Memes.

CMLL wrestlers (The Panther, Blue Panther, Flyer and Stuka) participated in a panel discussion on blood drives.

EMW says their AAA house show on 07/21 will include a Pagano vs Mil Muertes EMW Heavyweight Championship match. The EMW title was supposed to be on a line on between Psycho & Wagner at the TV taping and I guess they’re assuming everyone knows Mil Muertes is Mesias. They’re also advertising a Taya vs Faby Apache vs Lady Shani Reina de Reinas title match.

KDNA is teasing announcing the lineup for the AAA TV taping on 07/16 in Arena Jose Sulaiman soon. The teaser they posted doesn’t show any foreigners, it’s mostly the usual lineup.

In addition to the normal names, Carlito is advertised for the 08/04 The Crash show in Mexicali.

ChilangaMask will run a show on 09/16 in Camden, New Jersey with Guerrero Maya Jr., Solar, Aeroboy and more.

Belial says he and Impulso said they’re looking for a new partner since Arez is hanging out with IndyNation now.

Hijo de Dr. Wagner picked up an injury, and is off a 06/24 show in Mexicali and 06/30 show in Torreon.

LG promotions (Xalapa) blamed economic conditions for lucha libre shows drawing poorly in Xalapa. They mentioned drawing only 4,000 people in the 6,000 seat Arena Xalapa last December as a sing they’ve started to turn it around.

DJ Spectro says Rey Neptuno passed away.

LuchaWorld has the latest edition of their podcast.

Segunda Caida reviews Virus matches.

LuchaTalk has a new edition of their podcast.

Liger Fever translates an El Dandy story.


MOBIL (SAT) 06/24/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Javier Cruz Jr., Johnny Dinamo, Magnum vs Évola, Gran Kenut, Thunder Boy
2) Ángel Negro, Flash I, Flash II vs León Blanco, Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno
3) Marcela, Silueta, Súper Estrella vs Chik Tormenta, La Comandante, La Pantera
4) Explosivo, Sky Kid, Smaker vs Exterminador, Furia Roja, Maléfico
5) Motor Machine, Power Diesel, Star Black, Vaquero Jr. vs Joker, Ráfaga, Sádico, Satánico

A show sponsored by a gas station company is a thing that happens when your government starts privatize the gas station industry.

CMLL Guadalajara: 2017-06-17 

Jarochita lived

Recapped: 06/21/2017


All matches were taped at Arena Coliseo Guadalajara on 06/13/2017 

La Comandante, La Seductora, Tiffany beat La Jarochita, Sanely, Skadi
(12:26 [5:33, 2:53, 4:00], 2/3, via thecubsfan, below average)

Ángel de Oro, Guerrero Maya Jr., Niebla Roja beat Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
(12:07 [5:03, 3:01, 4:03], 1/3, via thecubsfan, ok)

Carístico, Marco Corleone, Mistico beat Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
(8:57 [3:24, 1:48, 3:45], 2/3, via thecubsfan, good)

What happened:

it stuns me Mistico does this outside of the streaming shows

Nothing really.

Whatever piece of software Televisa Guadalajara uses to block all non-news shows from airing on their internet feed failed and this full show aired for the first time in a long time. The promotion’s Facebook site neglected to post results for this show for about a week, so I decided this would be a good opportunity to get those results and see if they were doing anything noteworthy on this show. Those results turned up before I watched this, but it still felt easier than starting on another 2 hour plus CMLL stream.

This show was announced by the same crew who handle the Fuego en el Ring podcast (which might be a recent change; previous shows were done by the Super Libre radio group.) There’s in fall breaks for the tequila sponsors but not many adds in between the matches. The matches themselves seemed edit down, with time cut out from the beginning of each fall rather than condensing the matches, but they still find time to air the Ecos de Lucha Libre segments CMLL used to be airing on their Mexico City streams.


Jarochita is OK relatively when she’s not reliant on someone catching her

The matches themselves were not that interesting. The main event was the classic version of that match. They did just enough that it just barely crossed the threshold of a good match for me, though it totally felt like a nine minute and there’s plenty of longer/better versions of that sort of match. There’s not as many where the técnicos get cheered and the rudos get booed, and it made me wish we’d get a big match to slip thru under this structure, even with it being edited down.

The other matches were also exactly to form but to lesser results. The second match felt super generic, and their B- match isn’t at the level of the main event. Mephisto and Niebla Roja also had some iffy moments, as the Niebla Roja tecnico experiment is still obviously searching for the right formula.

The women’s match was full of rudas taking bad looking bumps (or being incapable of bumping at all) and the técnicos showing awkward offense, but just generally no good and not something that’d make for good GIFs – up until Skadi didn’t do much to catch Jarochita on a dive. That match was full with luchadoras who wouldn’t be in CMLL if the barrier to wrestling was based on performance, but Skadi still stands out as the least qualified. She’s more dangerous than any first match dive.

Lucha Underground 3×23: Family First

Mascarita & Pindar


Cage beat Vinnie Massaro
(3:29, Drill Claw, ok)

Marty the Moth beat Saltador
(7:25, double underhook inverted powerslam face crusher, OK but interesting)

Pindar beat Máscarita Sagrada
(5:55, Pain Killer, good)

Fenix beat Mariposa
(5:32, Fire Driver, good)


bye Vinnie

Lucha Underground is now halfway through the first round of the Cueto Cup and the format has definitely been established:

  • 4 matches, all from the same group

  • 1 Rey Mysterio/Johnny Mundo video package building to their match

  • heavy focus on a singular storyline (one that was setup before the hiatus)

Last week was Cage’s episode. This week was all about the relationships between Marty, Mariposa, Fenix and Melissa Santos. Fenix and Melissa are flirting with each other. Marty is serial killer levels of obsessed with Melissa; she’s not aware how bad it is. Mariposa relished the idea she might get to have a match with her brother and doesn’t seem to like him, but seems to see him as a tool in whatever long term plan she’s got.

Mariposa’s plan didn’t work here; Fenix beat her in a match that was back and forth but never felt like the former champion was in danger of losing. Marty attacked Fenix afterwards, which the announcers was believed to be about them being next round opponents but was probably more about Marty’s jealousy. Marty himself defeated Saltador, then returned to his lair to reveal an altar of Melissa photos, a piece of Melissa’s hair stashed away, and an extra photo being kept in Marty’s pants.

Mascarita Sagrada diving headscissors

The other two matches were without as much incident. The Rabbit Tribe still believes Máscarita Sagrada to be their god. He doesn’t share their belief, and it didn’t help him much against Pindar of the Snake Tribe (though he got in a lot before losing. Cage also advance by defeating Vinnie Massaro. Vinnie got in a surprising amount of offense before deciding to mess with Cage’s glove and angering him. There seemed to be some definite backslide in that plot line this week: Cage was able to remove the glove (Delgado believed Cage could not last week, though perhaps that was just a bad assumption) and Cage’s post match gloved punches to Vinnie’s head bloodied him, but did not blast his head to pieces. Vinnie was battered as usual, but lives to fight another day. Just not in this cup.


The other pattern in this first round Cup matches is they’re giving everyone at least some time, and giving chances for the obvious first round losers to still get some attention in a loss. Vinnie got nearly 4 minutes, Sagrada got about 8, the other two were in between. There hasn’t been an upset yet, but those out of the tournament are getting to showcase their personalities in the ring in a way that’s going to help when Saltador is back teaming with the Rabbit Tribe or Mariposa is part of a group instead of an individual.

Fenix well timed dropkick

These matches also just felt more successful than last week. The Rabbit Tribe matches are good examples: Mala Suerte showed off his skills, but had trouble connecting it to his persona. Saltador did a whole bunch of weird and strange mat wrestling matches that fit better with a strange guy in checkered outfit. At this level, it’s not about establishing finishers for credibility, it’s about just making the guys more identifiable next time they come on screen.

Vinnie became identifiable as the guy who will totally kill himself in his one squash a season. He got in the snoring elbow, he got in more offense than anyone thought, but – just like in the Pentagon match – he took a few huge bumps to put over his opponent big. Getting dumped all the way to the floor looked devastating. I’d like to see him more often, but I’d also like to see him one piece.

this got violent

Pindar is the best guy on the roster to have a match with Máscarita Sagrada. No one’s going to be a better base for his moves, and do his best to make it look good. This was the best Máscarita Sagrada has looked in a match on this show, even considering the Believer’s Backlash is going to be much more remembered. It’s probably the best he’ll look unless they bring in a mini rudo to work with him.

The Mariposa character is inconsistent – she was introduced as just about the baddest woman in the world, but she’s definitely never been booked that way for long and her acting scared of superkicks played against that even harder. (If it was supposed to be a ploy to distract Fenix, it wasn’t done well enough.) It also pushed to questions of man on woman violence to the forefront of a show trying to background those concerns as much as possible. They may have done all that to make it clear Fenix isn’t a jerk for fighting a woman, but one of the larger premises of the show is everyone’s equal in the Lucha Underground ring and those two thoughts don’t mesh. The action of the match was really good, one of Mariposa’s best matches here, and the story they told around those elements was fine enough, but the context made it less enjoyable.

The Marty stuff would feel over the top if I didn’t just see Lorenzo Lamas’ eyeball on the floor last week. He’s going all in the character – which is almost not even needed, since the crowd seems to be reacting to him that way without having even seen the vignettes. But at least it’s a direction for their second round match, the only one so far that has an obvious issue.

snoring elbow from @snoringelbow

AAA on Televisa: 2017-06-17

just another day for Mascara de Bronce

Recapped: 06/20/2017

All matches taped at Gimnasio Olímpico Juan de la Barrera, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal on 05/26/2017.


Aerostar & Drago beat Australian Suicide & Bengala for a AAA World Tag Team championship match
(7:59, Dragon’s Lair on Bengala, via AAA, good)

Máscara de Bronce defeated Venum  Lanzeloth, and Raptor in a four way Oportunidad de Oro elimination match
via AAA, ok)

  • Raptor code red Venum (5:34)

  • Mascara de Bronce 450 splash Lancelot (7:07)

  • Mascara de Bronce code red Raptor (8:30)

El Mesías & Pagano © beat Dark Cuervo & Dark Scoria for the AAA World Tag Team Championship
(14:19, Pagano Air Raid Crash Scoria,
via AAA, ok)

What happened:

Destello Azul style plancha

Mesias & Pagano defeated Cuervo & Scoria to win the tag team championship. The match was originally a non-title match, but made a title match by Vampiro (off screen) before it started. Mesias looked disinterested in being there until the titles were on the line, and he and Pagano had no issues while winning the titles.

A new concept, “Opurtunidad de Oro” debuted. The match was a four way elimination match, where the wrestlers would be awarded attaché cases with special contracts in order of their elimination. Venum was out first, and was given a shot at the mixed tag team titles if he can find a partner. Lancelot was out second, receiving a spot on TripleMania in a legends battle royal. The debuting Raptor (Atomic Boy in a dino costume) got a trios title shot with two partners of his choosing. Mascara de Bronce won the match, and received a case containing a contract for a Heavyweight Championship shot whenever he wants.

new tag champs

Aerostar & Drago won a spot in the Verano de Escandalo tag title match by defeating Bengala & Australian Suicide. (The match was said to be with both Pagano/Mesias and Cuervo/Scoria, and no mention of any change to that lineup was made after the main event tag title change.) Suicide acted like a normal tecnico most of the match, but shoved referee Copetes into the ropes late to knock Bengala off the top rope. Suicide wanted to try to win the match himself, missed on his usual finish, and Drago beat Bengala shortly after. Suicide sarcastically offered Bengala a handshake after the match, but Bengala walked out on him.

The show began with Faby Apache and her two non-wrestling sisters Nancy & Jessy. It’s bookended by a Lady Shani’s parentes talking about their daughter, who thanks her father for Father’s Day.

Noti AAA talks about AAA partnering with Mexico City on a health promotion. There will also be a special Panini magazine for TripleMania.

The referees have new “MILANO” shirts. Tirantes’s suspenders would cover up part of the logo, so he’s stuck having them just hang from his pants this show.


Mascara de Bronce tricky armdrag

This show had three matches about at the same level. Nothing bad, though not really came together to be great. I liked them in descending order.

The opening tag match was good as a spot fest. It never developed as more than being one dimensional, and it wasn’t crazy enough to really stand out, but it still felt different and more interesting than most things around here. The crowd was ready to boo Suicide, partly for the same reasons the Mexico City crowd always boos Angelico and maybe partly because they figured out he’s supposed to be the rudo, and maybe the match would’ve felt like it had a story if Suicide worked a rudo for the whole match instead of just one spot near the end. It really made no sense that everyone was fine with him when he attacked them all last time we saw them, and Bengala looks like a dope to continue to team with him, but so it goes in AAA. This had Drago & Aerostar doing neat things and that’s all I ask for.

a Drago dive

The four way was also just kids doing crazy stuff and it worked for being that, coming off as exciting if sloppy indie match dropped on to this show. Mascara de Bronce looked the best and deserved winner, though I wish him missing a dive to the floor meant something a bit longer. Raptor is a more identifiable character than Atomic Boy, but the mask looks too much like a rudo goon for a guy who’s supposed to be a tecnico, and he struggled with moves while trying to figure out his character. It might have helped if had more time in the outfit before this TV Match. AAA did a generally ok job presenting the concept (though it sure looked like the ‘contracts’ were just random printouts), though I was left wondering if the match would’ve been more over if they announced the prizes beforehand: the crowd treated the match like it was not that important and maybe would’ve gotten more into the finish if they knew it was for a title shot.

The tag team title match just didn’t hang together for me, even though the effort was there and they worked closer to a tecnico versus rudo story than the opener. They even bypassed the hardcore spots to just make a move match, something that should appeal to me more but I couldn’t get into for some reason. Cuervo & Scoria still aren’t clicking as characters, and this featured a lot of Pagano trying to impress with what he can do and doing it not well. (He’s also the king of standing around and watching blankly while obviously waiting for his next spot.) The crowd was into this match and into Pagano, so I don’t argue with the decision at all, it just wasn’t for me.

Volador outlasts Cavernario, Cueto Cup continues, Santo in the UK


CMLL (TUE) 06/13/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Martes de Glamour]
1) Magnum & Rielero b Exterminador & Maléfico
2) Cosmos, Eléctrico, Stukita b Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico, Relámpago Azul
3) La Comandante, La Seductora, Tiffany b La Jarochita, Sanely, Skadi La Jarochita, Sanely, Skadi vs La Comandante, La Seductora, Tiffany (posted by thecubsfan)
4) Ángel de Oro, Guerrero Maya Jr., Niebla Roja b Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto Ángel de Oro, Guerrero Maya Jr., Niebla Roja vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto (posted by thecubsfan)
5) Carístico, Marco Corleone, Mistico b Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero Carístico, Marco Corleone, Mistico vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero (posted by thecubsfan)

This is not last night’s Guadalajara results. These are last week’s ones, which were only posted last night. And by posted, I mean the only text was mentioning the main event result and I’m guessing the rest of the results via the pictures. Apparently posting results is really hard and you should all be amazed I’m able to do it in the regular as well as I do (which is not well enough.)

CMLL (TUE) 06/20/2017 Arena México [CMLL, Culticon, Ovaciones]
1) Fantasy & Último Dragóncito b Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Universo 2000 LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 20 DE JUNIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
2) Magnus, Metatrón, Oro Jr. b Akuma, Canelo Casas, Sangre Azteca LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 20 DE JUNIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
3) Puma, Tiger, Virus b Blue Panther Jr., Pegasso, The Panther LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 20 DE JUNIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
4) Cuatrero, Sam Adonis, Sansón b Blue Panther, Drone, Fuego LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 20 DE JUNIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Adonis snuck in a foul Blue Panther.
5) Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto b Carístico, Mistico, Valiente LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 20 DE JUNIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
6) Volador Jr. © b Cavernario [NWA WELTER] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 20 DE JUNIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
15th defense (seems to be billed as 14)

You should go out of your way to see the main event. Culticon had it as the best CMLL singles match this year and I think that may be right, the best matches so far this year have all been tag matches. This is the fourth strong singles match of the year for Cavernario already, joining the FantasticaMania match against Dragon Lee and two with Rey Cometa (plus one of those really good tag matches.)

The rest of the card didn’t seem quite as strong as hoped but it was still a good card and a well attended one due to the discount.

Lucha Underground tonight is episode 3×23, “Family First”. It’s expected to be the first round matches in Group B of the Cueto Cup:

Family First would seem to refer to Marty & Mariposa. Last time we saw Marty, he was spying on Melissa Santos and then tied up in rope by Mariposa (payback for Marty attacking her before.)

The Lucha Libre World/Todo x el Todo annual tour of England begins tomorrow. They’re running in Manchester’s Albert Hall tomorrow, and York Hall in London on Friday and Saturday. This is the tour where Santo Jr. debuted last year. The Santos, Casandro, Laredo Kid, Silver King, Bandido, Mascartia Sagrada and Octagoncito are among those advertised.

AAA showed off a Dr. Wagner logo plane, which will take fans buying their travel package to the Ring & Rock StAAArs show in September. There’s also scheduled to be a Psycho Clown plane.

AAA’s show in Nuevo Laredo looks like it had a lot of open seats in this news report. It looks like some of the pictures from Juarez, where ringside was full and the bleachers were most full but the floor seats a few rows back were vacant.

Lucha Memes says one of their wrestlers will debut in CMLL on July 21st, Black Terry & Negro Navarro will return to the promotion sometime that month. and they’ll be debuting in a new building to lucha libre on July 15.

The PWG tag title match is now available on Highspot’s Network. I believe it’s two one camera shoot with no announcers.

Negro Navarro will be in Seattle this weekend, appearing on the Lucha Libre Volcanica show and teaching a two day seminar.

Dos Caras will appear at Slammiversary, in Alberto’s corner for the Impact/GFW championship match against Bobby Lashley. Dos has been in Alberto’s corner for matches in AAA (and WWE when they toured Mexico), and might figure into the finish – something where people go after Dos and Alberto is distracted fits as a usual out.

A new luchador named “SuperXStar” is scheduled to debut at Juventud Guerrera’s Super X show tomorrow. R de Rudo interviews him, reveals he’s the former Alas de Oro.

The Los Exoticos documentary will be aired on June 24 in Mexico City’s Faro Aragon. An all exotico lucha show will proceed it. That documentary has been around for a number of years but hasn’t gotten wider distribution.

There will be a lucha libre art exhibit on June 29th in Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon.

Hijo del Santo is angry a tournament on an AAA spot show is named after El Santo.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update.

DoradaFan has highlights of January 17, 2017 CMLL

MDA announced a mystery wrestler for a mystery location sometime in July.

The Gladiatores has an interview with Rey Fenix, talking about defending the PWG titles in Mexico.

Periodico La Voz interviews Sexy Francis.


IWRG (SUN) 06/25/2017 Arena Naucalpan
1) Tentaculo vs Power Bull
2) Climax Jr. & Shaolin vs Atomic Star & Lunatic Xtreme
3) Alas de Acero & Aramis vs Demonio Infernal & Metaleón
4) Dinamic Black, Gallo Frances, Pantera del Japon vs Cerebro Negro, Eterno, Tyson La Bestia
5) Heddi Karaoui, Trauma II, Villano III Jr. vs Emperador Azteca, Hijo del Pantera, Pantera I
6) Hijo De Dos Caras, Imposible, Veneno vs Black Warrior, Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Trauma I
7) Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan Jr. vs Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro [hair]
3 v 3 hair match

Now we know why the Oficials are back. I think Hijo de Pirata Morgan can do a better first hair loss than this, unless he really just wants the moment of losing his hair with his father and brother. The officials will have more trouble.

The fourth match has a French chicken & Japanese panther. The third match looks good.

Tentaculo is a new name. Octopus?

CMLL (TUE) 06/27/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Black Sugar & El Alteño vs Carlo Roggi & Destello
2) Explosivo, Leono, Sensei vs Akuma, Joker, Metálico
3) Marcela, Princesa Sugehit, Skadi vs La Metálica, Tiffany, Zeuxis
4) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Valiente vs Pólvora, Sam Adonis, Vangellys
5) Carístico, Dragón Lee, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas

A show. Sugehit/Zeuxis make their way here. CMLL has two different people on their lineups named Joker at the same time, possibly hasn’t figured it out.

CMLL (TUE) 06/27/2017 Arena México
1) Bengala & Sangre Imperial vs Cholo & Templario
2) Astral, Magnus, Robin vs Artillero, Espanto Jr., Hijo del Signo
3) Johnny Idol, Oro Jr., Stigma vs Raziel, Sagrado, Virus
4) Esfinge vs Disturbio [lightning]
5) Fuego, Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
6) Diamante Azul, Mistico, Niebla Roja vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero

We’re getting so much Diamante Azul next week, I wonder what new tattoos he’ll have. Hijos del Infierno are teaming up a lot without a trios title program. Opener would be the first CMLL streaming appearance for Templario since July.

06/19/2017 AAA in Nuevo Laredo Results (Mami & Hamburguesa mixed tag champs)

photo via AAA’s Twitter

AAA TV (MON) 06/19/2017 Poliforum, Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas
1) Big Mami & Niño Hamburguesa b Lady Shani & Venum [AAA MIXED TAG]
vacant titles following Sexy Star quitting the company (apparently over refusing to lose them) and Pentagon Jr. forfeiting them after defending them 2 v 1. Mami & Hamburguesa won qualifying matches. Venum got his shot from the Oro de Oportunidad and picked Shani as his partner. Hamburguesa & Mami are the 14th champions, both winning an AAA title first.
2) Dark Cuervo & Dark Scoria © b Hernandez & Máscara de Bronce [AAA TAG]
First defense. Hernandez didn’t get along with Bronce (and it’s unclear why they were a team getting a title shot except to break up.) Kevin Kross took Bronce’s title shot case after the match.
3) Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Soul Rocker © NC Aerostar, Drago, Raptor [AAA TRIOS]
would’ve been second defense. Poder del Norte won via foul, but Vampiro threw out the match and declared the two teams would have a series of matches. The length of the series was left unspecified.
4) Marty Martinez b Texano Jr.
Billed as a Lucha Underground match. Killshot was advertised for this show, did not appear.
5) Estrella Divina b Pimpinela Escarlata
At some point in the show (maybe after this match), Averno attacked Pimpinela, but Sangre Chicana made the save.
6) Averno & Súper Fly b Argenis & La Parka
Presumably intended to be a tag match, but mostly a Argenis vs OGT match with no La Parka. He showed up later, apparently having been attacked backstage. OGT fouled Argenis to win. (Vampiro did not annul this result.)
7) Dr. Wagner Jr., El Mesías, Kevin Kross b Hijo del Fantasma, Pagano, Psycho Clown [Relevos Increíbles]
Billed as a relevos increíbles though Pagano is essentially a tecnico now. Texano distracted Fantasma to set up Kross’ win.

Air Date: 07/15 and 07/22

This was the usually 0 for 7 on advertised matches. Usually, everyone ends up on the show but in different matches. This time, 8 people (Ricky Marvin, Killshot, Taya, Faby, Mamba, Australian Suicide, Bengala, Lanzelot) all missed the show. Taya mentioned on Twitter that she was out due to injuries suffered from a drunk driver hitting her car last week. They might have not brought Faby without her. Marvin appears to be working spot shows but not TV. Killshot hadn’t mentioned AAA at all and I’m guessing plans changed there some time ago and AAA just didn’t say anything. The other are more interchangable, and there were people changed onto the show in their places, but it’s odd that Mamba didn’t wrestler on her hometown after being advertised.

The mixed tag title match happened out of nowhere but Mami & Hamburguesa were the obvious winners when the concept was announced. They keep doing bits where Mascara de Bronce loses the briefcase, so maybe they’re heading to a ladder match for it or something (pulling in guys like Kross and Hernandez and anyone else who doesn’t have something to do.)

An Aerostar/Drago/Raport vs Poder del Norte series of matches sounds fun, but it’s hard to believe AAA will carry it out in any way that makes sense with how scattered everything is at the moment. Not announcing how many matches the series sure seems like a sign they haven’t planned this out yet. (It probably should be three, to squeeze it in time for TripleMania.)

I suspect Texano/Marty won’t air. Divina beating Pimpi is a random finish but maybe a win going back later. They had set up Divina & Mamba versus Pimpi back in Arena Aficion, but that’ll be about six TV weeks before this show, hopefully they’ve taped something more in between that we haven’t been told about. The top two matches continued the usual feuds.

working TripleMania 25 card for August 27, version 1.1. Italics indicate match not official.

  • Psycho Clown vs Dr. Wagner Jr., mask vs mask
  • Johnny Mundo (c) vs Hijo del Fantasma vs Texano Jr. for all three AAA championships
  • a dream battle royal with Lanzelot and TBA (Sangre Chicana? OGT?)
  • probably Mesias vs Pagano in an extreme match
  • maybe something with the OGT vs Parka/Argenis/Ricky
  • maybe something with the #1 contender shot (Mascara de Bronce, Kevin Kross, Hernandez?)
  • perhaps Aerostar, Drago, Raptor versus Poder del Norte for the AAA Trios Championship
  • perhaps Faby Apache vs Taya for the Reina de Reinas title

Next taping is a week from Friday, June 30 in Puebla. That’s the farthest ahead lineup we have right now, with Monterrey not happening for about four weeks.

Hechicero keeps title over Atlantis, Volador/Cavernario tonight, IWRG FILL tomorrow

Negro Casas & Dragon Lee

CMLL (MON) 06/19/2017 Arena Puebla [CMLL]
1) Fuerza Chicana & Policeman b Centella Roja & Hijo de Centella Roja LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 19 DE JUNIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
2) Amapola & Dalys DQ Estrellita & Sanely LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 19 DE JUNIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
rudas were DQed for excessive violence and shoving Tirantes.
3) Ares, Arkángel de la Muerte, Rey Apocalipsis b Black Tiger, Espíritu Maligno, Lestat LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 19 DE JUNIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
4) Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Vangellys b Ángel de Oro, Stigma, Titán LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 19 DE JUNIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
5) Carístico, Dragón Lee, Mistico b Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 19 DE JUNIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Dragon Lee pinned Negro Casas
6) Hechicero © b Atlantis [NWA LH] LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 19 DE JUNIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Hechicero took falls 1/3 to retain. 3rd defense

Main event was pretty good, about as good as you’re getting from Atlantis in a singles match outside of September. Hechicero did the his SSP that he’s been doing of late and not really landing all that cleanly, and this time landing not that cleanly meant his knee smashed Atlantis’ nose. Atlantis was bleeding thru the third fall.

The rest of the show was rushed and they still went pretty long. At least I know now why they bothered to do the women’s match, since that’s a feud now. Ares & Espiritu actually interacted at the end of their match.

Tonight’s CMLL show should be one of the best Tuesday night shows of the year. It’s an oddly loaded lineup with 2 for 1 ticket discount which should provide a lot bigger crowd than usual. The main even is a rematch of an excellent match from last year, Volador putting up the NWA Welterweight Championship against Cavernario. The caveman has won in straight falls in the last two matches. A title change is unlikely but it’s likely the match will be pretty good.

The semimain has Caristico & Mistico teaming up again, with Valiente as the third partner, against the Hijos del Infierno, which looks good. The fourth match has Blue Panther, Fuego and Drone taking on Cuatrero, Sanson and Sam Adonis, which looks good. The third match has the Panther brothers & Pegasso against Puma, Tiger and Virus, which looks good. The second match has Magnus, Metatron, Oro Jr. versus Akuma, Canelo Casas, and Sangre Azteca, which looks….not so good. The opener is a minis match that’s probably skippable too, but it’s going to be a good night if you tune in about 40 minutes after start time. The show proper starts at 7:30pm on CMLL’s YouTube page.

Guadalajara has the return of Diamante Azul, teaming with Marco & Niebla Roja versus Pierroth, Rush and Shocker.

Lucha Libre y Pasion announced Marty Scurll is coming in for their next show (which I guess confirms they have a next show.) No date, location announced. It’s also the oddness of a ROH/NJPW wrestling coming to Mexico City and apparently not working for CMLL or Lucha Memes (though I suppose this could be an extra match part of the Gran Prix?)

Rush faces LA Park on 07/29 in Arena Lopez Mateos on another Super Astros show. No word yet who else will be on that show.

Freelance/Mike Segura is currently listed on the DTU show in Arena Roberto Paz (Guadalajara), the Invasion Independente show in Arena Neza, and the FILLM in Arena Lopez Mateos show on July 1st. That’s not going to work. Dulce Garica (Sexy Star) is also listed on the Arena Neza show, after previously said she’s not wrestling any more in Mexico.

AIW posted the Flamita vs Alex Daniels vs DJZ match from last year. It’s a real fun match you should go out of your way to watch. AIW’s Chandler Biggins passed away early this morning. I didn’t know him outside of listening to AIW’s wildly entertaining podcast, but the news knocked the air out of me when I heard it this morning. My condolences to everyone who knew him.

+LuchaTV’s latest podcast has interviews with Hugo Savinovich, Ultimo Ninja, Draztick Boy and Flamita.

AULL referee Sovietico passed away.

LuchaWorld has this week’s Poster-Mania.

Black Terry beat Latigo in the main event of the Rudos Neza show.

51 year old Blue Demon says it’s too early too think about a successor.

Lady Flammer won the LLF championship.

Mortiz won Crazy Frank’s hair in Tijuana.


IWRG FILL (WED) 06/21/2017 Arena Naucalpan
1) Destructor, Dinámico, Drnazer vs Craken, Matrix Jr., Satán X
2) Fly Tiger, Keiser Drago, Voltar vs Adrenalina, Guerrero 2000, Warrior Jr.
3) Blue Monsther, Celestial Boy, Shadow Boy vs Acero, Auzter, Vórtize
4) Dragón Fly, Kanon, Leo vs Lunatic Xtreme, Skanda, Toxin
5) Ángel Oriental, Aramis, Atomic Star, Black Dragón, Demonio Infernal, Diablo Jr., Dinamic Black, Power Bull vs Aeroboy (Estado De México), Alex Pain, Centella Salazar, Dani Barrio, Homerito, Payachucho, Stone Magic, Último Conde [Copa Higher Power]
Gym FILL (Bombero Infenal) versus Gym Cuatitlan (Robin Maravilla)

There’s a Wednesday show announced on Tuesday, seems about right. The main event has students from Arena 23 de Junio as the opposition.

CMLL (MON) 06/26/2017 Arena Puebla
1) Asturiano & Vega vs El Perverso & Joker
2) Estrellita & Sanely vs Amapola & Dalys
3) Espíritu Maligno, Fuego, Pegasso vs Ares, Arkángel de la Muerte, Canelo Casas
4) Drone, Johnny Idol, Stuka Jr. vs Felino, Puma, Tiger
5) Dragón Lee vs Negro Casas [lightning]
6) Pierroth, Rush, Último Guerrero vs Niebla Roja, Rey Bucanero, Terrible [Relevos Increíbles]

Main event is bad? Probably bad! I’m excited for Ultimo Guerrero’s invisible soccer moves.

Semimian should be better and fourth match has a chance. Women’s match has to be setting up Dalys versus Estrellita or Dallys versus Sanely. Probably the first one.

Ares & Espiritu are having a hair match in a few weeks based on long feud they haven’t been having, I’m assuming. It’s so dumb.

new lucha videos for the weekend of June 17th, 2017


CMLL on 2017-06-16
taped 2017-06-16 @ Arena México
Cloud Drive
1) Magia Blanca & Sangre Imperial vs Raziel & Virus
2) Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Misterioso Jr., Pólvora
3) Kráneo, Pierroth, Rush vs Shocker, Terrible, Vangellys in a relevos increíbles match
4) Dragón Lee vs Cavernario in a lightning match
5) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Valiente vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Negro Casas
6) Carístico & Soberano Jr. vs Sansón & Último Guerrero in a CMLL Gran Alternativa Tournament match and in a tournament final match

CMLL Azteca 2017-06-17: Cloud Drive

CMLL Guadalajara: 2017-06-17
taped 2017-06-13 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Cloud Drive
1) La Jarochita, Sanely, Skadi vs La Comandante, La Seductora, Tiffany
2) Ángel de Oro, Guerrero Maya Jr., Niebla Roja vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
3) Carístico, Marco Corleone, Mistico vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero

IWRG Zona XXI: 2017-06-19
taped 2017-06-14 @ Arena Naucalpan
Cloud Drive
1) Black Dragón & Shadow Boy vs Atomic Star & Lunatik Xtreme
2) Látigo, Metaleón, Mr. Leo vs Aramis, Dinamic Black, Emperador Azteca
3) Centvrión, Eterno, Ovett vs Cerebro Negro, Demonio Infernal, Súper Mega