great match roundup, week of 2016-02-27

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double impact

recaps

I need to change the way I do those. Maybe later. Once change I did make: It occurred me that these posts might be moderately useful if I included the best matches of the month in the last roundup post of the month.

February endorsed matches – by air date, which means stuff like LU won’t show up unless I rethink it, and I stuff I watch later also won’t show up. I’ll put together a more complete MOTYC list later on.

excellent

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great

02-15 Volador Jr. © vs Negro Casas for the NWA World Welterweight Championship
02-19 Máscara Dorada © vs Mephisto for the CMLL World Welterweight Championship
02-19 Dragón Lee, Stuka Jr., Volador Jr. vs Gran Guerrero, Kamaitachi, Negro Casas
02-23 Zeuxis © vs Silueta for the Mexican National Women’s Championship


This week’s matches

rating matches TV Show taped
excellent Kamaitachi © vs Dragón Lee for the CMLL World Super Lightweight Championship CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-03-04 2016-03-04
great Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto © vs Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther for the Mexican National Trios Championship CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-03-01 2016-03-01
great King Cuerno © vs Fénix [GIFT OF THE GODS] and in a ladder match Lucha Underground: 2016-03-02 2015-11-21
good Pentagón Jr. vs Prince Puma Lucha Underground: 2016-03-02 2015-11-21
good Hombre Bala Jr. & Súper Halcón Jr. vs El Cuatrero & Sansón CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-03-04 2016-03-04
good Esfinge, Titán, Tritón vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Virus CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-03-04 2016-03-04
ok Argenis, Australian Suicide, Súper Nova vs Joe Lider, Parka Negra, Súper Fly AAA on Televisa: 2016-02-27 2016-02-19
ok Villano IV vs Electroshock, Chessman, Jack Evans [AAA Rey de Reyes] and in a tournament semifinal match AAA on Televisa: 2016-02-27 2016-02-19
ok Astro, Centella Roja, Millenium vs Ares, Mini Joker, Saurón CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-02-29 2016-02-29
ok Princesa Sugehit vs Zeuxis in a lightning match CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-02-29 2016-02-29
ok Dragón Lee, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-02-29 2016-02-29
ok Atlantis, Carístico, Mistico vs Euforia, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-02-29 2016-02-29
ok Magnus, Robin, Star Jr. vs Canelo Casas, Hijo del Signo, Metálico CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-03-01 2016-03-01
ok Oro Jr., Pegasso, Stigma vs Disturbio, Puma, Tiger CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-03-01 2016-03-01
ok Delta vs Sagrado in a lightning match CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-03-01 2016-03-01
ok Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Boby Z, Rey Bucanero, Vangellys CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-03-01 2016-03-01
ok La Vaquerita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-03-04 2016-03-04
ok Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Último Guerrero vs La Máscara, Rey Escorpión, Rush in a relevos increíbles match CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-03-04 2016-03-04
ok Atlantis, Máscara Dorada, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-03-04 2016-03-04
below average Pentagón Jr. © vs Daga & Taya for the AAA World Mixed Tag Team Championship AAA on Televisa: 2016-02-27 2016-02-19
below average Black Tiger, Rey Samuray, Starman vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Espíritu Maligno, Fuerza Chicana CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-02-29 2016-02-29
below average Acero & Fantasy vs Mercurio & Pequeño Universo 2000 CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-03-01 2016-03-01
below average Kobra Moon vs Sexy Star Lucha Underground: 2016-03-02 2015-11-21
watch later Leo, Mike, Rafy vs Factor, Matrix Jr., Rayan IWRG Zona XXI: 2016-02-28 2016-02-24
watch later Alas de Acero, Aramis, Atomic Star, Dragón Fly, Freyser, Kanon, Power Bull, Violencia Jr. vs Black Mercury, El Resplandor, Gemelo Fantástico I, Gemelo Fantástico II,Iron Kid, Príncipe Pantera I, Príncipe Pantera Jr., Psycko Kid [Copa Higher Power] IWRG Zona XXI: 2016-02-28 2016-02-24
watch later Epydemius, Galactar, Último Ninja vs Ninja Jr., Obsesión,Quinto Elemento Noches de Coliseo: 2016-02-28 2016-02-21

Chairo, IWRG Juniors

photo by Black Terry Jr.
photo by Black Terry Jr.

Chairo (SUN) 03/06/2016 Arena Naucalpan [CMLL, MasLucha, MT]
1) Karisma b Zoom Driver
2) Máximo DQ Súper Muñeco
Maximo made good on his promise to kiss Super Muneco. Demasiado attacked Maximo after the match, continuing their feud from WMC
3) Solar I b Hijo del Solar
4) Freelance, Mike Segura, Pantera I, Sádico b Aéreo (Ciudad Juarez), Alas de Acero, Aramis, Iron Kid Freelance/Pantera I/Suicida/Sadico vs Alas de Acero/Aero/Aramis/Iron Kid | Memes | 06/03/16 (posted by tvluchadelpasado)
Sadico replaced Rocky Lobo (Coliseo instead). Said to be a great match.
5) Dragón Lee (CMLL) b Rey Horuz Dragon Lee vs Rey Horus | Memes | 06/03/16 (posted by tvluchadelpasado) Lucha Memes-Rey Horus vs Dragon Lee (posted by RUDO VISION)
Dragon Lee won with the Dragon Driver. Horuz was stretchered out. Said to be a great match.
6) Pagano b Último Guerrero Lucha Memes-Último Guerrero vs Pagano (posted by RUDO VISION)
Pagano fouled UG. Solar challenged Pagano to an extreme match.
7) Extreme Tiger b Máscara Dorada [falls count anywhere] Lucha Memes-Xtreme Tiger VS Máscara Dorada (posted by RUDO VISION) Mascara Dorada vs Extreme Tiger | Memes | 06/03/16 (posted by tvluchadelpasado)
Said to be a great match.
8) Caifan b Atlantis Atlantis vs Caifan | Memes | 06/03/16 (posted by tvluchadelpasado) Atlantis vs Caifan en Chairo Kingdom en la Arena Naucalpan (posted by Estrellas del Ring)
Caifan won! via mask pull, but still. Caifan and Atlantis made mask versus hair challenges.

I don’t have anything new to say about this show, but I don’t have new to stay about much of anything so here’s the same results again. If you missed it, Rey Horuz got checked out and released from a hospital after the show.

Black Terry Jr. has highlights of Chairo matches: the Atomicos matches, Dragon Lee vs Rey Horuz, Mascara Dorada vs Extreme Tiger and Atlantis vs Caifan.

Segunda Caida watches some 1991 EMLL.

Super Libre has Furia Roja as an in studio guest.

Pentagon Jr. was a guest of the Pachuca football club.

Puma defends the Occidente Light Heavyweight Championship against Omar Brunetti next week in Arena Mexico.

Astral & Stukita replace Shockercito & Ultimo Dragoncito on Friday (against Mercurio & Pequeno Nitro.)

Lineups

CMLL (SAT) 03/12/2016 Arena Coliseo
1) Acero vs Pierrothito
2) Flyer vs Espanto Jr.
3) Hombre Bala Jr. vs Akuma
4) Súper Halcón Jr. vs Disturbio
5) Delta & Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Boby Z & Okumura
6) Blue Panther, Dragón Lee, Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto, Gran Guerrero, Luciferno
7) Último Guerrero © vs Atlantis [NWA MIDDLE]
fourth defense for Ultimo Guerrero. Atlanti is currently Mexican Light Heavyweight Championship

Beyond the main event, the fifth match is the Coliseo Tag Team title match from FantasticMania. almost the same as the Coliseo Tag Team Title match from FantasticaMania.

CMLL Elite (SUN) 03/13/2016 Arena Coliseo
1) Shockercito & Último Dragóncito vs Pequeño Olímpico & Pierrothito
2) Emperador Azteca & Magnus vs El Cuatrero & Sansón
3) Dinamic Black, Rey Cometa, Tritón vs Eterno, Fresero Jr., Heddi Karaoui
4) Rocky Lobo & Súper Crazy vs Felino & Tiger
5) Dragón Lee, Golden Magic, Máscara Dorada vs Argos, Kamaitachi, Volador Jr.
6) Atlantis & Carístico vs Cibernético & Mr. Niebla

There were supposed to be no longer Elite cards, but still look largely the same. I dunno. Volador on the rudo side in the semimain makes not a lot of sense but the match will probably be pretty fun. Could be one person better.

IWRG (SUN) 03/13/2016 Arena Naucalpan
1) Dragón Fly & Kanon vs Matrix Jr. & Picudo Jr.
2) Diva Salvaje, Miss Gaviota, Pasion Kristal vs Artillero, Dr. Cerebro, Metralla
3) El Hijo del Diablo vs Cerebro Negro
4) Golden Magic, Máscara Sagrada, Solar I vs Canis Lupus, Eterno, Trauma I
5) Súper Nova vs Máscara Sagrada Jr., Hijo del Solar, Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Diablo Jr. I, Trauma II, Hijo De Dos Caras, Danny Casas, Apolo Estrada Jr., Hijo del Alebrije [Rebelion de los Juniors]
winner faces Golden Magic for the Juniors title next week

Guess no Wednesday show this week. Golden Magic hasn’t been on this shows for a while because he’s busy with Elite – which he’ll have to do here too. (Eterno too, but he can leave earlier.)

AAA on Televisa: 2016-02-27

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El Año de Parka Negra

Recapped: 03/02/2016
taped in Auditorio General José María Arteaga, Querétaro, Querétaro, 02/19/2016 – part 1 of 2.

What happened: Pentagon Jr. retained the Mixed Tag Championship in a handicap match over Daga & Taya, after Australian Suicide & attacked Daga. Pentagon gave up the title after the match and the Perros seemed to be all friends again. Villano IV advanced in the Rey de Reyes for whatever reason.

What was good: Nothing. Opener was lesser than most recent trios. Main event was not fun. Rey de Reyes match was not worth watching.

Where can I watch it: It’s on AAA’s channel. (more…)

Caifan defeats Atlantis, Tiger/Dorada & Horuz/Lee highlight Chairo 3

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photo by CMLL
CMLL (SAT) 03/05/2016 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Camorra b Bengala
2) Robin b Espanto Jr.
3) Flyer DCOR Raziel
Flyer replaced Magnus earlier in the week. Neither man could return to the ring after a Flyer dive. Flyer was injuried.
4) Reyna Isis b Lluvia
Match stopped due to Lluvia knee injury on a plancha the next day. (She seemed OK on Twitter the next day.) By stakes of a bet this past Wednesday, Lluvia will have to serve salad in a bikini on next week’s CMLL Informa.
5) Skándalo b Esfinge
Skandalo replaced Sagrado and pulled Esfinge’s mask for a DQ
6) Blue Panther Jr. & Fuego b Fujin & Raijin
Very good match.
7) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Mistico b Gran Guerrero, Terrible, Último Guerrero
Atlantis wants a shot at UG”s Middleweight championship after beating him for two straight weeks. UG accepted.

Atlantis/Ultimo Guerrero should do a better than normal turnout for these shows. Probably more so if CMLL actually advertised the match on their shows instead of running the same generic Sabado Retros 30 second clip they’ve run 15 months.

CMLL ELITE (SUN) 03/06/2016 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Hombre Bala Jr. & Robin b Luzbel & Tanque Infernal
Debuts of Luzbel & Tanque Infernal (who’ve wrestled for FULL.)
2) Amapola & Zeuxis b La Jarochita & La Vaquerita
3) Dinamic Black, Metaleón, Rocky Lobo b Cancerbero, Okumura, Raziel
4) Golden Magic b Argos
Magic won with a (jumping? off the middle rope?) package piledriver for a slight upset
5) Marco Corleone & Volador Jr. DQ Negro Casas & Rush
Rush fouled Marco, then fouled Volador, then fouled Casas! He attacked the referee for good measure and threw a drink too.
6) Ángel de Oro, Carístico, Mistico b La Máscara, Mephisto, Niebla Roja
Mistico accidentally took out Caristico, but Angel de Oro still brought the home with the mecedora on Mephisto. Mascara unmasked Caristico after the match.

Arena Coliseo looked quite full. You put the same Elite audience in that building and it looks a lot better. They’re back in Coliseo next week. Not sure the last time when someone’s won in two straight days in Arena Coliseo like Robin, Angel de Oro and Mistico, since two straight days of Coliseo shows is a new thing and a historically rare thing.

(I neglected to mention it, but Friday’s crowd was also noticeably up.)

Chairo (SUN) 03/06/2016 Arena Naucalpan [MasLucha]
1) Karisma b Zoom Driver
2) Máximo DQ Súper Muñeco
Maximo made good on his promise to kiss Super Muneco. Demasiado attacked Maximo after the match, continuing their feud from WMC
3) Solar I b Hijo del Solar
4) Freelance, Mike Segura, Pantera I, Sádico b Aéreo (Ciudad Juarez), Alas de Acero, Aramis, Iron Kid
Sadico replaced Rocky Lobo (Coliseo instead). Said to be a great match.
5) Dragón Lee (CMLL) b Rey Horuz
Dragon Lee won with the Dragon Driver. Horuz was stretchered out. Said to be a great match.
6) Pagano b Último Guerrero
Pagano fouled UG. Solar challenged Pagano to an extreme match.
7) Extreme Tiger b Máscara Dorada [falls count anywhere]
Said to be a great match.
8) Caifan b Atlantis
Caifan won! via mask pull, but still. Caifan and Atlantis made mask versus hair challenges.

Horuz went to the hospital after taking the Dragon Driver, but is said to be OK. Tiger/Dorada, Lee/Horuz and and the atomicos sound like the matches worth going out of your way to check out, if/when they turn out. This looked like another packed house and so you’d expect to keep on seeing these shows a few times a year.

CMLL luchadors went 2-3 on the show! Atlantis & UG did get cheated (though it’s really unclear to me how a foul is cheating in a Pagano match – there are no rules.) This is not a criticism, more a curiosity – no other major promotion would be open to such things. CMLL has no cares. At least the greatest heavyweight and lightweight champions of the world were able to hold the CMLL banner high.

When AAA announced the (re)debut of Octagon Jr., I anticipated Octagon complaining about it. That was predictable and maybe even a planned outcome. I did not expect people being upset about Flamita no longer being Flamita. Partly because he hadn’t been Flamita in AAA for months, but I think the indie fans who were upset about don’t pay enough attention to AAA to know AAA already changed his name to Fireball. The Gladiatores has a good column about their feelings about the situation, pointing out people might have said the same thing when Dark Dragon got a new gimmick, and Pentagon Jr. seems to have worked out OK for him. Flamita was more world traveled and accomplished than Dark Dragon was at that point, but becoming Pentagon Jr. got AAA behind him, and it should do the same for Octagon Jr. Like WWE, AAA generally goes farther with people they’ve got their stamp on. I like the complete new identity of Octagon Jr. better than knockoff name Fireball, and I like how AAA is acknowledging his history as Flamita.

Mas Lucha has their video of Octagon Jr.’s intro, and clips of his first match. (I’m holding off to wait for it to air on TV – hopefully next week.) Octagon Jr. talked about the name change and Pentagon Jr. promises to hurt him.

If you’re interested in going to the March Lucha Underground tapings (believed to be March 19 & 20, and March 26 & 27th), you should keep an eye on their social media accounts on Monday. I have no special info, but that’s about the right time for those tickets. They might even do the tickets for the April shows too, so just pay attention.

Rey Escorpion says he was surprised to be teaming with the Ingobernables but enjoy it and will work with whatever trio he likes. He doesn’t know how Dragon Lee & Polvora feel about it, but Escorpion is the leader of the Revolucionarios and so can do whatever he’d like.

Lucha Mutante will have an extreme show in May in Xalapa with ZEX. ZEX runs Club Apolo and they ran an extreme shows with WMC in the past, when WMC couldn’t run the show in Mexico City due to regulations. This is probably the same deal.

Hayabusa is on the cover of this week’s Box Y Lucha.

Diosa Atenea is headed to Stardom in Japan for three months. She’s the current WWS champ. This was the gig Star Fire was doing, but she’s still out of action since suffering a knee injury in September, and went in for surgery this past week.

La Boom announced Rush & La Mascara for their 04/09 show in New York.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update

Segunda Caida reviews some random CMLL 2016 lucha and this week’s Lucha Underground.

03/04 AAA TV Results (Toluca) – Octagon Jr. debuts (again)

Octagon Jr. II
Octagon Jr. II

AAA TV (FRI) 03/04/2016 Gimnasio Agustín Millán, Toluca, Estado de México [AAA]
1) Carta Brava Jr. & Súper Fly b Ludxor & Venum
Bonus match (to add a second week of TV.) Apache threw a drink in Venum’s face to set up Super Fly’s German suplex.
2) Goya Kong, Máscarita Sagrada, Niño Hamburguesa b El Apache, Mini Psycho Clown, Taya
Hambguersa splash on everyone.
3) Hijo de Pirata Morgan & Taurus b Aerostar & Drago
Taurus beat Aerostar with a Michinoku Driver.
4) Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Zorro b Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown
Scoria beat Murder with a top rope legdrop. The rudos team name is Los Xinetez (altered spelled of Jinetes).
5) Pentagón Jr. b Hijo del Fantasma, Fénix, Octagón Jr. [AAA Rey de Reyes, quarterfinal]
The show started out with Pentagon leading a moment of remembrance for Hayabusa. Pentagon then declared he would win the Rey de Reyes, but was interrupted by the kanji signal for Dragon on the video board. Pentagon was confused. The symbol was revealed to be for the debuting Octagon Jr., acknowledged as ex-Fireball/Flamita. In the match, Fantasma beat Fenix, Octagon Jr. beat Fantasma, and Pentagon beat Octagon with Copetes maybe helping.
6) El Mesías b Dr. Wagner Jr., Texano Jr. [bull terrier]
Mesias won after Psycho Clown got involved. The opponents in the singles matches on Rey de Reyes (Texano/Mesias and Wagner/Psycho) brawled post match.

Air Date: 03/12 and 03/19

Toluca was completely packed, as it often it. This should be a fun taping to watch.

Pentagon’s win puts him in the Rey de Reyes final, where he’s about 20 years younger than anyone else in the match. In an ideal world, the idea of putting Blue Demon, La Parka and Villano IV is justified by Pentagon beating all three to make him as a top guy. That’s not going to happen, Blue Demon isn’t losing clean. In the best world that’s possible, Pentagon Jr. beats La Parka after Demon & Villano IV brawl outside for the annual Rey de Reyes double countout – this final still kind of works. The problem is, if we believe what we’re told, there’s no particular reason to have faith in that happening – they’ve got a new system for booking the shows that’s all of three months old, AAA doesn’t have the track record of doing that sort of thing right now. Really, whatever happens with Pentagon in Rey de Reyes, the important part is doing something important with him coming out of it. A luchador’s place in the ongoing narrative matters more than any individual win – look at Taurus, who’s essentially in the same midcard place he would’ve been if he just debuted on a random TV taping. I want Pentagon Jr. to win Rey de Reyes, but I’d more like AAA to have an important match for him in mind for TripleMania.

Which is why the debut of Octagon Jr. is kind of a double edged sword. It’s great to see Flamita get a character that expresses a strong commitment from AAA. (He’s probably not going back to Dragon Gate.) The importance of the Octagon name – in emotional, marketing and legal terms – means he’s probably going to get moved up a little bit. Flamita/Pentagon matches sound awesome. However, if they’re doing it in the third match, then it feels like a under valuation of both guys. I hope they both take each other to the main events, but I’m concerned this might slot them both together in the midcard.

Octagon Jr. and Fantasma are both now off Rey de Reyes. It’s possible one or both could be off because they’re needed in LA for Lucha Underground taping before the material, or that Octagon Jr. is going to be the surprise luchador in the opener. Slotting your new big character in the opener doesn’t seem to do much for him. What I’d really like to see is Octagon Jr. facing Hijo del Fantasma for the Cruiserweight championship. It’s be a great match on a card that could always use a great match, Octagon could make an impact with a big win right away, and Fantasma could be freed up to go after the heavyweight championship should Mesias win. I don’t expect this to happen.

Octagon reacted angrily to the news of an Octagon Jr., saying he didn’t give permission and promoters should not use him. Octagon’s lawsuit over the name has gone nowhere since announcing it in late 2014, and it’s unlikely his objections will amount to anything more than angry rants on social media.

Venum and Apache had issues on the last taping as well, so I guess they’ve got a long term plan for that feud.

Next taping is 03/11 in Naucalpan.

 

Dragon Lee defeats Kamaitachi in another epic, Marcela/Dalys next week

Dragon Lee tope con giro
Dragon Lee tope con giro

CMLL (FRI) 03/04/2016 Arena México [CMLL, thecubsfan]
1) El Cuatrero & Sansón b Hombre Bala Jr. & Súper Halcón Jr.
15:27. Rudos took 2/3.
2) Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany b La Vaquerita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit
9:57. Rudas took 1/3. Dalys demanded a title match next week.
3) Ephesto, Mephisto, Virus b Esfinge, Titán, Tritón
13:18. Rudos took 1/3.
4) Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Último Guerrero b La Máscara, Rey Escorpión, Rush [Relevos Increíbles]
8:05. Rush fouled Maximo and attacked the referee in the second fall.
5) Dragón Lee b Kamaitachi © [CMLL SL]
24:20. Excellent match. Dragon Lee took the first fall with a Spanish Fly (2:36), Kamaitachi took the second with a top rope double knee drop (2:04), Dragon Lee took the thrid with his bridiging cradle Pheonix–Plex suplex. (19:40) Kamaitachi’s falls on his first defense.
6) Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas b Atlantis, Máscara Dorada, Volador Jr.
7:39. Rudos took 1/3. Negro Casas got away with a foul in the third.

You can see the title match here. You should see the title match! The rest of the show was good too.

Today’s Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide show is up. I liked the opener.

The 04/03 FULL show with Pentagon & Fenix in Cicero is now off. (They realized that was WrestleMania.) Instead, they’ll be in 03/26 with Dragon Lee & Rush among others. That’s six days after the show in the area with Super Comando, Demus, Electrico, Zeuxis and Lluvia.

This poster sure looks like Drago, Fenix and Pentagon Jr. are joining others luchadors working on 04/01 (the Friday before WrestleMania) in Texas. The show is in Benbrook, 50 minutes due west of Dallas according to Google. There’s only silhouettes on the photo, but the silhouettes are pretty obvious.

Black Terry Jr. has highlights of the main event of Thursday’s WMC show, Wotam vs Alan Extreme vs Ancla

Guerrera Isis, when not in lucha libre, is a museum volunteer, a student studying for a history degree, a magazine writer and has also done ballet dancing, MMA and volleyball. That’s not a easy schedule. Her family does not know she’s a luchador, which is easy to believe since she’s doing eight other things.

CMLL mentioned Hayabusa’s passing on their social media accounts.

A local Univision story on Lucha Underground, with interviews done at the Ciudad Juarez show last weekend.

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 03/11/2016 Arena México
1) Shockercito & Último Dragóncito vs Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro
2) Blue Panther Jr., Fuego, The Panther vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus
3) Blue Panther, Stuka Jr., Súper Porky vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
4) Marcela © vs Dalys [CMLL WOMEN]
Marcela 3rd defense, first since September
5) Máscara Dorada, Súper Parka, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Kamaitachi, Negro Casas
6) Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Último Guerrero vs La Máscara, Rey Escorpión, Rush [Relevos Increíbles]

The two hair feuds flip positions. Super Parka returns after two weeks out after the martinete. I guess it really wasn’t much of a piledriver.

This title match isn’t going to be anything like the last title match, but it could be good. The rest of the card doesn’t seem as promising.

CARA LUCHA (SAT) 03/12/2016 Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México
1) Lady Pink & Máscara Celestial vs Pyrot & Reyna Oscura
2) Templario vs Ángel del Misterio
3) Demasiado, Keira, Yoruba vs Andy Boy, Chik Tormenta, Diva Salvaje
4) Flama Roja & Toro Negro Jr. vs Centvrión & Látigo
5) Daga vs Rayo Star
6) Cíclope vs Joe Lider, Danger, Wotan

Seems like they’ve swung back towards using AAA luchadors, though not as many people as before. Fourth match continues the Latigo/Toro Negro story, ongong from last fall. The big news is Cara Lucha actually announced an opener.

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-03-04 

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Recapped: 03/04/2016

What happened: 

What was good: 

Where can I watch it: 

Forget the normal format. Dragon Lee and Kamaitachi killed it, again. They nearly killed each other. If you missed the match and are interested enough in lucha libre to be reading this website, you should carve out some time immediately and go watch it over on ClaroSports’ website. This is one of the matches where my other GIFs from the match are like the 15th and 17th most impressive thing to happen; the match was too engrossing for complicated activity like note taking.

The rest of the show was good and this was one of the better CMLL shows of the year. There wasn’t really another must see match of the show, but nothing was terrible and the OK stuff here was better than the OK stuff on other days. There was nothing really surprising in them but the action was good. The two matches setting up Homenaje a Dos Leyendas matches ended with fouls (and the side expected to lose the match winning), and Dalys beat Marcela to set up the expected title match next week. Everything lived up to expectations, which meant a lot with that this match.

The only really new developments are the vignettes continue to exist (even if I can’t remember to always mention them) and the Dinamitas kids continuing to look good. There was no overt moment of remembrance of Hayabusa, though there were moments of either purposeful quiet tributes or incidental indications of his influence in the third and fifth matches.

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Kamaitachi/Dragon Lee, AAA in Toluca, Alan Xtreme loses in WMC, Hayabusa

photo by Black Terry Jr.
photo by Black Terry Jr.

WMC (THU) 03/03/2016 Gimnasio Gloria, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal [Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), KronoSport, MasLucha]
1) Hombre Bala Jr. & India Sioux b Ashley & Yoruba
2) Corsario Negro Jr. & Drako b Guerrero Mixtico & Yoruba and Imperio Negro & Terremoto Negro [WMC TAG]
3) Demasiado & Diva Salvaje b Máximo & Robin (CMLL)
4) Alan Extreme L Wotam and Ancla [hair, mask]

Show seemed to draw OK for a very rare Thursday show in Mexico City. It’s supposed to be a regular thing. Alan Extreme is going to have to cover his face in shame after losing his hair again.

The last match on tonight’s CMLL card is Atlantis, Mascara Dorada, Volador versus Cavernario, Mr. Niebla and Negro Casas as build to Volador versus Casas in a couple weeks, but the real main event Kamaitachi versus Dragon Lee once again. It’s their fifth title match in the last night months, but the first where Kamaitachi comes in as champion. Those matches have established a high standard, I really have no idea how they can manage to top what they’ve done in the past, but they’ve managed to do it each time in the past.

Normal CMLL booking would have Dragon Lee win the championship back and Kamaitachi head back to Japan. However, we’re well outside normal CMLL booking – Kamaitachi would’ve been gone months ago normally, and wouldn’t also still be booked for a spotlight match on Dos Leyendas if he was wrapping up. I tend to think Kamaitachi is keeping the title and Dragon Lee or someone else will have to eventually chase him back to Japan to get it, but I could see any outcome from tonight’s match.

The rest of the card is interesting, and might have some good matches. The main event is about Casas/Volador, while the seminain is about Maximo/Rush. Rush teams with La Mascara and old Maximo rival Rey Escorpion while Maximo has Marco and Ultimo Guerrero. Tercera has the all Guadalajara team of Titan, Triton and Esfinge taking on Virus, Mephisto and Ephesto. The segunda is a women’s match with Marcela & Dalys on opposite sides, which may set up a title match between them next week. And the opener has Cuatrero & Sanson versus Hombre Bala & Super Halcon, which would be very interesting without the opening match restrictions and might still be OK with them.

The show starts at 8:30pm CT. and will air on ClaroSports.

AAA tapes their own TV show tonight in Toluca. Again, the main event is a built to the later show, Texano Jr. versus Dr. Wagner versus Mesias in a bull terrier match (which usually doesn’t add anything much to a match, but allows them to get out of it without anyone getting pinned.) The most interesting match is a four way match between Pentagon Jr. vs Hijo del Fantasma vs Fenix vs a luchador to be announced, as Group 4 of the Rey de Reyes. The names involved mean that match could be in the same stratosphere as Kamaitachi/Dragon Lee, assuming the mystery luchador is any good and the booking stays out of the way. AAA hasn’t given out a hint of the identity, just hinting that it’s a big deal. The silhouette on the poster looks a lot like Fireball, but this is the poster where they also put Daga on it despite him not having a match, so they could just be testing to see if we’re paying attention. Pentagon seems like the favorite to win this block, but it’s no sure thing – the only sure thing is the winner of this group will probably be the best pick to win the whole tournament given who else is involved.

The card also has Psycho Circus versus Zorro, Cuervo and Escoria, which might be the champs getting a Wagner added win before Rey de Reyes. Aerostar & Drago taking on Priata & Taurus in what could be a good match, and there’s a usual mixed tag match to open it Ludxor says he’s going to the taping tonight. It may just be a trip to Toluca to hang out, but AAA ought to be adding an extra match to tonight’s show to give them an extra week of TV and Ludxor in a bonus match is what seems to happen usually in this situation.

The show starts is listed as 8:45 pm, and will actually get going a few minutes after that. AAA’s social media will have results, and the first part of the show should air this weekend.

AAA has an Aerostar interview talking about his match with Drago against Pirata & Taurus as preparation for the AAA trios title match at Rey de Reyes.

Hayabusa passed away earlier this week, with the news coming out last night. SuperLuchas has a detailed obit, and BAHU has a very detailed match by match history of his career. Hayabusa came to Mexico in 1993 to wrestle near Tijuana where he was first given a mask, then wrestled in CMLL for a large chunk of 1994. His style as a high flyer had a significant influence on lucha libre and current luchadors. (Sometimes literally: Pentagon Jr. and ex-CMLL Ramstein’s masks were designed with Hayabusa’s mask in mind.) Hayabusa returned to Mexico in 2012 as part of LEGEND’s Lucha Fan Fest. Hayabusa’s life was irrevocably changed by a slip and horrendous fall off a springboard moonsault, something I’m sure is going to be on my mind every time Dragon Lee and Kamaitachi attempt something crazy tonight. I hope both promotions mention Hayabusa tonight.

Elite said they drew well in Aguascalientes last night. It doesn’t look full, but it’s well attended.

Volador says he’ll fight Negro Casas clean if Casas fights clean, but he’ll cheat if Casas also cheats.

CaraLuchas announced a 03/12 show with Wotan vs Joe Lider vs Ciclope vs Danger in a four way extreme match.

It reads like Guadalajara TV is airing a repeat this week, so maybe Dorada/Casas won’t air anywhere. That’d be a shame.

C2E2 says Lucha Underground will not appear the Chicago comic book expo on the weekend of 03/20.

+LuchaTV has a new episode of Esto es Lucha with Dhani and no Joe Lider.

LuchaWorld has a recap of CMLL Informa.

SegundaCaida reviews Black Terry versus Multifacetico.

Pro Wrestling Revolution says they’re doing a iPPV with Caristico on March 26th.

lucha TV preview for weekend of March 5th

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CMLL Claro has Kamaitaichi vs Dragon Lee. So that’ll be good.

Carta Brava & Apache vs Ludxor & Venum might have been the best match of the AAA taping in Queretaro

The Chairo show won’t be taped by AYM, so last night’s IWRG FILL show has a better shot of airing.

2016 watch later catch up, part 1 of ∞

Matches reviewed in the post below

  • Zeuxis © vs Lluvia for the Mexican National Women’s Championship
    Arena Coliseo Guadalajara, 12/29/2015
  • Hombre Bala Jr. vs Tiger
    Arena Coliseo, 01/23/2016
  • Freelance, Mike Segura, Pantera I vs Arez, Belial, Impulso
    Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México, 01/24/2016
  • Ángel de Oro, Rey Cometa, Titán vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Hechicero, Pólvora
    Arena Coliseo Guadalajara, 01/05/2016
  • Alas de Acero, Aramis, Dragón Fly vs Adrenalina, Atomic Star, Vórtize
    Arena Naucalpan, 01/27/2016
  • Centvrión, Diablo Jr. I, Black Dragón, Freyser, Hijo de Máscara Sagrada, Hijo del Alebrije, Imposible, Power Bull vs Balak, Danger King, Energia, Imposter, Motocross, Novasonic, Orión, Royer Boy [Copa Higher Power]
    Arena Naucalpan, 01/27/2016

Matches currently in the queue to watch

01-17 Leo, Mike, Rafy vs Diablo Jr. I, El Hijo del Diablo, Imposible
01-17 Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Canis Lupus, Eterno
01-17 Negro Navarro, Trauma I, Trauma II vs Hijo del Pantera, Pantera, Pantera I for the IWRG Intercontinental Trios Championship
01-24 Fly Star & Toxin vs Corsario Negro Jr. & Drako
01-30 Volador Jr. vs Mariachi Loco [UIPW CHAMP]
02-07 Golden Magic & Tritón vs Puma & Tiger
02-07 Ángel de Oro, Carístico, Máscara Dorada vs Cibernético, La Máscara, Mephisto
02-10 Diablo Jr. I, El Hijo del Diablo, Imposible vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Canis Lupus, Eterno
02-14 Carístico vs La Máscara
02-20 Belial vs Centvrión
02-21 Dragón Lee vs Extreme Tiger
02-21 Epydemius, Galactar, Último Ninja vs Ninja Jr., Obsesión, Quinto Elemento
02-24 Leo, Mike, Rafy vs Factor, Matrix Jr., Rayan
02-24 Alas de Acero, Aramis, Atomic Star, Dragón Fly, Freyser, Kanon, Power Bull, Violencia Jr. vs Black Mercury, El Resplandor, Gemelo Fantástico I, Gemelo Fantástico II, Iron Kid, Príncipe Pantera I, Príncipe Pantera Jr., Psycko Kid [Copa Higher Power]
02-27 Guerrero Maya Jr. & The Panther vs Puma & Tiger for the Arena Coliseo (DF) Tag Team Championship
02-28 Marcela vs Ayako Hamada

Please let me know if I’m missing matches I might enjoy!
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