It turns out that note has been sitting there for a few weeks and is not confirming the renewal. They’re still working on the show, and those dates (10/28 season premiere) are the working idea of when things are coming back, but it’s still no more official than it was yesterday.
CMLL (SUN) 05/24/2015Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Dinamo & Reycko b Mr. Brisa & Thunder Boy Reycko replaced Tapatio and Thunder Boy replaced El Pirana. Recap states Reycko’s team is the rudos, making everyone opposite sides of what seems to have bene going on here.
2) El Alteño, El Divino, Explosivo b El Yaqui, Gran Kenut, Relampago Kenut accidentally splashed Divino, leading ot the tecnico win.
3) Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno b Flash II & Magnum Magnum replaced Flash I, took the loss to Rey Trueno.
4) Silueta b Chik Tormenta [lightning] Wasn’t announced as a lightning match but worked as one. Silueta beat the debuting indy wrestler Tormenta with a moonsault.
5) Forastero, Pepe Aguayo, Virgo DQ El Cuatrero, Joker, Sansón Tecnicos were about to win when the Truenos ran in for the DQ.
run-in DQs in the main event – they’re really booking this show like in Mexico City.
CMLL (MON) 05/25/2015Arena Puebla [Periodico Enfoque]
1) Akuma & Espiritu Negro b Meyer & Paris
2) Arkalis, Lestat, Tigre Rojo Jr. DQ Canelo Casas, Espanto Jr., Metálico Asturiano replaced Lestat. Tiger Rojo Jr. was knocked out when wrestling Metalico. Metalico stomped him, Tirantes shoved him away, Canelo & Espanto jumped in to stomp Tigre Rojo, Tirantes DQed them all. Tiger Rojo Jr. was stretched out and was said to regain conciousness after a minute and is fine now.
3) Estrellita b Amapola [lightning]
4) Blue Panther, Stuka Jr., Tritón b Boby Zavala, Puma, Tiger
5) Felino, Negro Casas, Ripper b Ángel de Oro, Máximo, Valiente Ripper beat Angel de Oro, setting up a title match.
6) La Sombra, Marco Corleone, Naito b Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Thunder Shocker returned, replacing Thunder. Naito wore an Ingobernable shirt, did similar poses.
Before the Puebla show, they did another press conference for the De Dos De Tres Cuartillas writing contest. Rey Apocalipsis was in attendance, so a person in charge of CMLL was dangerously close to realizing Rey Apocalispsis exists. (Actually, someone with Informa must know to get the Battlion del Muerte mention on last week, but it’s weird to see him around and not be used in En Busca de un Idolo – he’d be the runaway favorite.)
CMLL mentions the En Busca de un Idolo starting tonight. Their preview again states that all the matches will air on Terra. They also say the winner will again get to be part of FantasticaMania. Terra lists their broadcast starting at 7, which is odd because the event doesn’t start until 7:30. The En Busca de un Idolo ciberentico should take place around 8:30 CT.
SuperLuchas posted interviews with Akuma and Boby Zavala. Akuma is all “it’s just great to have the experience of being in this match!” so he doesn’t think he’s advancing. He promises to give it 100% should he actually advance, and notes some people think he should try moving to the tecnico side. Zavala seems more confident about making it and feels like this is his big opportunity to make it. Like everyone else, Boby doesn’t know what the deal is with his alliance with the Revolucionarios, but advancing in this tournament could allow him to be in matches with them again.
Something’s off with Akuma’s age – CMLL (and Akuma!) keep saying he’s 18. His birthdate was previously listed as August 28, 1995, which would make him 19. If it’s just off a year and Akuma is now 18, that means he was doing CMLL TV matches at 16 (and wrestling on Toryumon Mexico shows at 15.)
There’s usually a Wednesday press conference to hype the final eight people in En Busca de un Idolo, go over the judging and anything else. That would make a good time to also announce any upcoming major CMLL show. There’s no sign of either right now.
CMLL posted some card changes for Sunday. Angel de Oro replaces Valiente, and Fuego will replace Super Porky. Also, no one’s working Saturday because Saturday’s show is a boxing event. It’ll air on Canal 5, so it’ll have better TV coverage than every lucha libre show CMLL’s done in a year. The schedule change is strange, because Dark Angel appeared to think she was working in Coliseo that night. Maybe she’s there for other reasons? I assume they’ll have a 12 minute moment of silence on CMLL Informa in place of interviewing the guys in the segunda.
ESPN Deportes asked AAA luchadors about what changes should be made in medical care for luchadors, following up on the issues after Perro Aguayo Jr.’s passing. Myzteziz noted AAA had an ambulance and doctor at shows, saying he suffered a shoulder injury Saturday in Guadalajara and he was only able to compete at the World Cup because there was a doctor at the Guadalajara show. He feels all promotions should offer that care. La Parka claims that his wife tells him that the best cure for a sick or hurt luchador is more wrestling. (La Parka’s wife sounds mean.) Parka says there are many lucha commissions who are not functioning well enough to keep untrained people out and take care of medical issues; he and Apache seem to agree that the Mexico City commission is one of the good ones.
A TV version of the Lucha World Cup is scheduled to air at 3pm on Sunday on Televisa Channel 5. That’s a slightly better channel than the AAA show normally airs on. Mexican TV schedules are forever subject to change; that slot currently lists an airing of one of the Incredible Hulk movies right now. Not sure how long the show will be, or if it’ll turn up on YouTube.
ContralonaPR has a sit down interview with Zeuxis, back in Puerto Rico at the moment. She and Amapola have been advertised as working in Arena Mexico Guatemala on 06/21 and she confirms here that match is happening – it’s probably her return. (Hope CMLL doesn’t vacate her title next week.) Zeuxis tells the story of why she decided to get into lucha libre – she went to the 72nd Anniversary show, saw the Dark Angel versus Marcela match, and that’s when she knew she wanted to be a luchadora.
05/25 NJPW: Mascara Dorada  b David Finlay  via Dorada Screwdriver
Dorada actually picked up two wins today; Alex Shelley is out of the tournament with a foot injury so Dorada was awarded a forfeit win. Bigger news is Dorada has a head dropping finisher (one he didn’t totally need to use because Finlay was pretty much done one move earlier.) Match was OK. Cavernario won the (not posted) opening match, nearly braining the one of the rookies with his club after the match.
IWRG (SUN) 05/24/2015Arena Naucalpan [The Gladiatores]
1) Aeroman & Alas de Acero b Magnum 44 & Power Bull
2) Metaleón, Mr. Leo, Yakuza b Araña de Plata, Dowki, Hip Hop Man
3) Dragón Celestial, Leo, Mike, Teelo b Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo, Electro Boy, Imposible [super libre] Straight falls. Leo wants a shot at Imposible for the lightweight title
4) Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro b Diva Salvaje, Estrella Divina, Miss Gaviota The Terrible Cerebros took 2/3.
5) Cien Caras Jr., Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Negro Navarro b Máscara Sagrada, Pantera, Veneno Cien snuck in a foul Sagrada.
AAA BOOM (WED) 06/17/2015Arena Naucalpan
1) Chica Ye-Ye, Jimmy, Kevin, Tony vs Chico Che, Halcón 2000, Kid Jagaur, Shadow
2) Flamita vs Arez, Dinamic Black, Suicida, Drastik Boy, Golden Magic, Freelance, Impulso, Carta Brava Jr. (IWRG), ?
3) Aero Boy & Violento Jack vs Eterno & Fresero Jr. and Ángel o Demonio & Ovett and Oficial 911 & Oficial AK47
4) Black Terry, Crazy Boy, Pesadilla vs Carta Brava Jr. I, Cerebro Negro, Fantasma de la Ópera
5) Canek, Myzteziz, Pantera I vs Averno, Dr. Wagner Jr., Fuerza Guerrera
A typically weird show. Second match could be fun.
Toryumon Mexico (SAT) 05/23/2015Arena México [Black Terry Jr. (flickr), Estrellas del Ring, The Gladiatores] Dragonmania X
1) Maquiavelico b ? Neither recap catches the name of the loser, but both note he suffered a leg injury.
2) Daisuke Hanaoka & Douki b Fiero & Imposible 15 minute time limit
3) Keisuke Okuda b Eddy French 10 minute time limit
4) Diosa Atenea, Io Shirai, Mayu Iwatani, Mima Shimoda b India Mazahua, India Sioux, Maligna, Xena 20 minute time limit. Diosa Atenea replaced Kairi Hijo.
5) Super Ciudadano b Patan, Principe Orion, Hijo de Kendo, El Hijo del Medico Asesino, Hijo del Signo, Epydemius, Pantera I, Magnus, Piel Roja, O.t. Navarro, J.c. Fernandez [dragon rumble] Ciudadano defeated usual rival Patan.
6) Akebono & Máximo b Arkángel de la Muerte, Hijo del Signo, Nitro 45 minute time limit. Hijo del Signo replaced Skandalo.
7) Gran Guerrero, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero b Atlantis, La Máscara, Marco Corleone 45 minute time limit
8) Último Dragón b Tiger Ali [mask, hair] 60 minute time limit. Ultimo Dragon won, of course. Arkange. OT Fernandez, JC Navarro all got involved to try and cost Dragon the match, but Marco and Akebono made the save. Tiger Ali tried to get away with his hair, but could not.
A typical DragonMania show. The thing that got the most talk wasn’t any of the matches, but Magnus wearing face paint and imitating Pentagon Jr. Pentagon, Fenix and Taya made note of it, accusing it being a(nother) instance of CMLL ripping off AAA. Magnus said it was a homage. Plenty of people jumped in on Magnus on Instagram, but Magnus also looked like he didn’t care all that much.
This has been normally a noon show and that’s what I had stuck in my head, but it was an afternoon start. No idea how they all got over to the Lucha Fan Fest.
CMLL (SAT) 05/23/2015Arena Coliseo
1) Camorra b Bengala
2) Robin DQ El Rebelde Rebelde foul for the DQ.
3) Cancerbero b Oro Jr.
4) Tritón b Okumura Triton put an end to Okumura’s winning streak.
5) Tiger b Blue Panther Jr.
6) Ephesto & Luciferno b Ángel de Oro & Fuego
7) Kamaitachi, Pólvora, Terrible DQ Mistico, The Panther, Titán Polvora replaced Shocker on Monday. The Panther replaced Titan (injury in Puebla.) Kamaitachi pulled Dragon Lee’s mask for the DQ.
Just another Saturday show.
CMLL (SUN) 05/24/2015Arena México [CMLL]
1) Astral & Eléctrico b Mercurio & Pequeño Olímpico
2) Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus b Hombre Bala Jr., Soberano Jr., Súper Halcón Jr.
3) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther b Felino, Puma, Tiger
4) Dragon Lee, Mistico, Valiente b Dragón Rojo Jr., Kamaitachi, Pólvora Polvora & Dragon Rojo replaced Rey Bucanero & Ultimo Guerrero on Monday.
5) Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Último Guerrero b La Máscara, Máximo, Naito Ultimo Guerrero & Rey Bucanero replaced Dragon Rojo & Shocker on Monday. UG snuck in a foul on Naito for the win.
6) Negro Casas b Volador Jr. Casas picks up his second singles in three days, beating Volador with his own backcracker to set up a title match next week.
CMLL pushed this as being a great show. Volador and Sobreano did stage dives. It is kind of problematic if it takes the other promotion having a big show for everyone here too work harder than usual, just reenforces the belief that nothing is going happen here if they’re left to their own devices. Attendance looked typically bad.
AAA TV (SUN) 05/24/2015 Palacio de los Deportes, Distrito Federal [AAA] Lucha World Cup
1) Alberto el Patrón, Myzteziz, Rey Mysterio Jr. b Atsushi Kotoge, Taiji Ishimori, Takayama [quarterfinal] Mistica on Ishimori
2) ACH, Brian Cage, Moose b Hijo del Fantasma, Psycho Clown, Texano Jr. [quarterfinal] finish went awry here, with it appearing ROH-LU had won (Cage powerbomb on Texano), AAA had won (Texano beating Cage) and a time limit draw all within the same ten seconds. They evetually ruled time limit draw, with Cage and Texano replaying the last minutes of the match in a quick overtime, won by Cage.
3) Blue Demon Jr., Dr. Wagner Jr., Solar I b Kenzo Suzuki, Masamune, Tiger Mask III [quarterfinal] Demon submitted Masamune.
4) Johnny Mundo, Ken Anderson, Matt Hardy b Angélico, Drew Galloway, El Mesías [quarterfinal] Another time limit draw, with Mundo beating Galloway with a slightly misaimed Fin de Mundo in the first OT. Fans were toughest on this match, since there was no Mexican team, but the luchadors got them into it by the end
5) Alberto el Patrón, Myzteziz, Rey Mysterio Jr. b ACH, Brian Cage, Moose [semifinal] Alberto was stuck in the ring with the ROH-LU guys for a long time near the end, but eventually submitted Moose to the armbar with about 40 seconds left.
6) Johnny Mundo, Ken Anderson, Matt Hardy b Blue Demon Jr., Dr. Wagner Jr., Solar I shortest match of the tournament, with Mundo beating solar.
7) ACH, Brian Cage, Moose b Blue Demon Jr., Dr. Wagner Jr., Solar I [third place] They jumped straight to OT rules; show was well over 3 hours by this point. ACH nearly beat Demon with a 450 splash but time ran out in OT1. Cage beat Wagner clean in OT2, and Wagner was stretchered out with a neck injury.
8) Alberto el Patrón, Myzteziz, Rey Mysterio Jr. b Johnny Mundo, Ken Anderson, Matt Hardy [final] time limit draw, then OT draws with Myteziz/Anderson and Alberto/Matt. Rey Misterio Jr. won it by beating Mundo via top rope headscissors roll with about 20 seconds left. Rey dedicated the win to Perro Aguayo Jr.
Angelico was awarded the best dive of the night for his over the ringpost tope con giro. The Dream Team trio won best trio, and Rey Mysterio won MVP. (There was no announcement of hold of the night.) The top three teams all got medals.
Show ran over 4 hours, around 4 hours 20 minutes with the award presentations. The English language feed seemed to end before those awards. I had hope for a non-tournament match getting some other AAA wrestlers on this show, but it would’ve been a bad move to make it any longer. As it was, it could’ve used some time taken out if it. Almost all of the matches went to the time limit or close to it. Some of the five minute overtime periods felt like they were resting for two minutes to build up three minutes of near falls – maybe just make them 3 minutes next time? (The one OT which didn’t feel that way was Cage/Texano, but that one was obviously an improv thing – Konnan’s only appearance on the show was to rush out and fix everything after the original finish had gone wrong.) This was pushed as the first in an annual event, but it was also an experiment and they’re going surely going to refine it they keep going.
Upper regions of the Palacio looked empty in parts, but it still felt like a huge crowd. (Maybe 15K?) There was ton of Victoria promotion; hope they got their money’s worth.
ROH-LU’s matches versus MEX AAA and the Dream Team were among the best matches. Rest of the World vs TNA was good as well, and the main event had all the drama. Crowd went nuts for Rey Mysterio winning and everyone really seemed to buy into the ceremony and the pageantry of the show. Everything they did made it come off like a big important event and the wrestlers (some of whom had really long nights) seemed impressed by the occasion. Mundo & Cage are already coming back, with ACH and Galloway standing out as well. Wagner might have earned himself a return appearance at TripleMania by agreeing to the clean loss. (Wagner’s injury was a clear sympathy move – poor Striker had to scramble to cover when the slow motion replay exposed how Wagner didn’t take the trauma they were selling.)
I stuck with the English language feed for 99% of the telecast. There were early problems with both sets of announcers being audible on that feed, which were solved by the start of the first match. They never did get the crowd turned up as much as it was on the Spanish feed, and the ring announce and backstage interviews were inaudible. There were a couple of short video drops, but nothing major – it was slightly better than Rey de Reyes. (I did see scattered reports of other people having problems with the feed, especially when it came to switching to the Spanish language, but most people seemed to be OK.)
Striker and Vampiro were about what you’d expect, with an unedited and unfiltered Vampiro going to some strange places over a four hour program. The Vampiro highlight of the night was dropping some strong language ripping Piero after Piero decided to count the clock down instead of a final pinfall in the Rest of the World/TNA-ROH match. (Vampiro also did the Monsoon bit of repeatedly ripping the wrestlers for not doing things he surely would’ve done, which only seems to get over the announcer.) Striker did his research and is probably as adept at handling Vampiro as anyone could be. Jeff Jarrett joined the announcers for the semifinal. He also did his homework, but the broadcast turned into distracting promo for GFW for a while. They also did a very brief Jarrett/Alberto incident, but went nowhere with it here. Leo Riano, Adolfo Morales and Hugo Savinovich were the Spanish language announcers, with Jesus Zuniga moved to ring announcer/master of ceremony duty for the night and Arturo Rivera put in the jury of luchadors voting on the awards. I’m told Leo Riano repeated his previous racist behavior when ACH & Moose were in the ring. I’m sure he’ll apologize for it, then do it again the next time.
AAA could’ve gone towards using this tournament to build up their big matches this summer, or they could’ve gone towards building up this tournament as something meaningful itself. They went with the latter, and the Lucha World Cup came off as a big event that you’d like to see every year. There were little things (like Cage taking out Wagner and Rey & Mundo) clearly fitting in with where AAA’s headed, but it came off more as if the idea is to build the Lucha World Cup as a new tentpole event for AAA. And to that end, it seemed very sucessful – they got the big happy finish people will remember, they got fans and media treating it like a big event, and the international wrestlers all took it seriously. This seems like a very good night for AAA.
Hey, if you missed this afternoon’s show, you get the same show next week. That’s nice of them.
CMLL (SUN) 05/31/2015Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Alteño & Explosivo vs El Yaqui & Gran Kenut
2) Frezzer & Star Black vs El Chakal & Thunder Boy
3) El Divino, Flash II, Virgo vs Furia Roja, Infierno, Rey Trueno
4) Silueta vs Chik Tormenta [super libre]
5) Esfinge, Forastero, Gallo, Magnum vs El Cuatrero, Espectrum, Ráfaga, Sansón
You can tell this is being booked locally because a) the women’s singles match has a rematch and b) there’s an atomicos match.
Japan/NOAH (Yoshihiro Takayama, Taiji Ishimori, Atsushi Kotoge) vs Mexico/Dream Team (Alberto el Patron, Myzteziz, Rey Misterio Jr.): Dream Team defeat NOAH when Myzteziz defeats Ishimori via La Mistica.
Mexico/MexAAA (Psycho Clown, Texano Jr., Hijo del Fantasma) vs USA/ROH-LU (ACH, Moose, Brian Cage): ROH-LU team advances when Cage beat Texano with a powerbomb in the first overtime. Match was good, but finish was messed up – referee called Texano kicking out of a powerbomb in regulation when Texano didn’t move, then counted a pinfall for Texano on Cage. Konnan came out to straighten it as a draw, and Cage beat Texano quickly in the first over time.
Japan/AJPW (Kenzo Suzuki, Tiger Mask III, Masamune) vs Mexico/Leyendas (Dr. Wagner Jr., Blue Demon Jr., Solar): Leyendas defeated AJPW when Demon submitted Masamune. Probably the least of the three matches so far, but still solid.
Rest of the World (Angelico, El Mesias, Drew Galloway) vs USA/TNA-LU (Matt Hardy, Ken Anderson, Johnny Mundo): Johnny Mundo defeated Drew Galloway with a misaimed Fin de Mundo in the first OT1. Match was good in parts. Fans weren’t as into it without a Mexican team, but they got them into the near falls at the end.
Semifinal A: Dream Team vs ROH-LU: Dream Team won when Alberto survived near finishes from the ROH team to submit Moose to the armbar with about 4o seconds left.
Semifinal B: Leyendas vs TNA-LU: Mundo beat Solar with the Fin de Mundo in the shortest match so far.
Third Place: ROH-LU vs Leyendas: Cage, ACH and Moose win the bronze. They went straight to the OT. The show is going so long at this point, so it made sense. Demon and ACH were the first match up, going to a draw with ACH hitting a 450 splash just too late. Cage beat Wagner clean with a F5. Wagner was stretched out.
Championship: Dream Team vs TNA-LU: Another regulation draw. Myzteziz and Anderson went to a time limit draw in the first OT. Alberto got Matt Hardy in the armbar in the second, but time ran out before Matt gave up. Rey and Mundo were the final pair. Both kicked out of finishers, with Rey winning with a top rope headscissors cradle to take the championship with 10 seconds left.
CMLL (FRI) 05/22/2015Arena México [CMLL, R de Rudo, Terra]
1) Demus 3:16 & Pequeño Violencia b Shockercito & Último Dragoncito Ultimo Dragonctio took the stretcher ride after the Demus Driver.
2) Pegasso, Stigma, Tritón b Artillero, Disturbio, Súper Comando
3) Amapola, Dalys, La Seductora b Goya Kong, Lluvia, Silueta Rudos took 2/3. Silueta’s head bounced off the mat badly from a Dalys powerbomb at the end of the match, and she needed medical aid.
4) Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión b Gran Guerrero, Mephisto, Niebla Roja Straight falls for Los Revolucionarios
5) Negro Casas b Dragon Lee [Leyenda de Plata, final] Casas took falls 1/3 to retain the title. He’s now a 3 time champion, matching Mistico I for the record. Casas saluted Dragon Lee for his quality even in the loss.
6) Euforia, Thunder, Último Guerrero b Marco Corleone, Máximo, Volador Jr. Marco & Thunder are still feuding.
Negro Casas was happy with his victory, saying he still enjoys measuring himself against the CMLL youth. This feels like the right outcome; Dragon Lee needs to have goals till to reach. There’s also an interview with Maximo, who has a billion ideas CMLL is not going to run.
No Lucha World Cup matchups announced yesterday. That was the original plan when they announced the field. I’m not sure if that means they’ll announce it today, or if they just won’t announce it at all. I will remind you that you should purchase the iPPV ASAP if you plan on buying it, just in case they raise the price tomorrow.
Instead, it looks like most of the foreigners were in Mexico yesterday, doing copious interviews at the AAA office and going on TV studios to promote the press conference. The mainstream Mexico press appears to have bought into this World Cup concept, treating it like a important sporting contest. This is already a success for AAA on a marketing/branding level.
Dark Angel says she’s still on the 05/31 Arena Neza show and is working the Arena Coliseo show the night prior.
PWTorch has a breakdown of Lucha Underground ratings patterns on El Rey. (This does not include the larger Unimas numbers.) 62,000 people watch the show on audience, and they’ve reached 102,000 viewers for three episodes (Alberto’s first match, Alberto’s second match, trios tournament final). The audience has trended younger as the season has gone on, but the average number of viewers is still not a lot greater than reruns of old shows.
Tzuki is in the area today and I have tickets to be somewhere else.
CMLL (FRI) 05/29/2015Arena México
1) Leono & Soberano Jr. vs Espanto Jr. & Inquisidor
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Shockercito vs Demus 3:16, Mercurio, Pequeño Violencia
3) Fuego vs Misterioso Jr. [lightning]
4) Ángel de Oro, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Boby Zavala, Puma, Tiger
5) Gran Guerrero, Negro Casas, Niebla Roja vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión
6) La Sombra, Naito, Rush vs Euforia, Thunder, Último Guerrero
Rush is back, so whatever happened this time is over already. Naito continues to team with the Ingobernables. Revolucionarios continue to fight other rudos, but not actually ultimo Guerrero. Fourth match looks fun. Minis match includes Shockercito and Mercurio, who had a feud on Tuesday’s that suddenly ended. Astral handles the video promo.