Here’s the segments which caused CMLL’s VOD to be unavailable in all countries on Saturday

CMLL actually was doing better than promised – their VOD of the Anniversary show as up around 4AM Ct, working for anyone who happened to be up. If you got up at 5 – or anytime the rest of the day – you instead got a message that it was blocked in all countries. The VOD was eventually taken down when the music couldn’t simply be removed, re-edited, and placed online again Sunday morning. It’s up there now, for $3USD.

CMLL never really explained what was going on, though their webmaster/photographer Alexis Salazar did confirm it was a music issue. Music rights probably made the show unavailable as paid VOD content, and so the music segments were cut out. It’s too bad, because those two music segments were the edecan dance numbers. You can see those below.

The edits are done fairly well (right before the Super Crazy and Dragon Lee entrances), though you can still obviously see everyone in costume.

For the record, there’s also about 30 seconds of dead time before the show starts cut out as well.

La Mascara unmasked by Dragon Lee, CMLL VOD fail, legends to return to Arena Mexico

how last night's show looks/credit: CMLL
how last night’s show looks/credit: CMLL

CMLL (FRI) 09/02/2016 Arena México [+LuchaTV, CMLL, ESTO, Medio Tiempo,Plantilla Deportiva, SuperLuchas]
1) Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis b Lluvia, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit
Rudas took 2/3. Lluvia may have been hurt.
2) Ephesto, Mephisto, Shocker b Marco Corleone, Máximo, Stuka Jr.
Tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Rey Bucanero b Súper Crazy [hair]
Rey Bucanero took a quick first fall, Super Crazy a quick second fall, and Rey submitted Crazy in a long third fall.
4) Atlantis, Carístico, Máscara Dorada b Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas
Tecnicos took 2/3.
5) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. b Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero [CMLL TRIOS]
Guerreros got a triple submission to take the first fall. Tecnicos took 2/3 to win without incident. 7th defense.
6) Dragón Lee b La Máscara [mask]
Shocker (Mascara) and Rush (Lee) were seconds and Tirantes was referee. Rush helped Dragon Lee win the first fall, then swept La Mascara off the top rope to try and help him in the second fall. Tirantes saw that one and called the DQ, then kicked Rush out. Dragon Lee convinced Rush to leave. Third fall went long and back and forth. Rush came out as Dragon Lee had La Mascara in a casita, distracted Tirantes from the pin. Mascara got up and fouled Dragon Lee, but Tirantes was slow in turning around and Dragon Lee kicked out at two. Mascara later got the campana, but Tirantes was again busy dealing with Shocker and missed it. Dragon Lee eventually won with the Phoenix Plex. La Mascara was unmasked as Felipe de Jesus Alvarado, 16 years a luchador, 34 years old. Rush made up with La Mascara and they appear to be friends again. Mistico celebrated with Dragon Lee and both were booed (as Dragon Lee was from the moment the match started.)

The VOD link is here, but it does not work. It’s blocked in all countries. At first, I thought it was something CMLL had done intentionally, planning on unblocking it at 8AM. Instead, it turns out to be an issue with the music rights on YouTube. (I’m surprised this didn’t come up with the other shows.) They say they’ll fix it shortly.

I’ll wait until I see the show in full (instead of just on a friendly cell phone) before really thinking about the matches too much. Rush and La Mascara being friends at the end is a very strange, but it was left unclear if they were really back together full time or just caught up in the moment of the mask loss.

Attendance was guessed at 95%, which would put it around 15,000 and higher than the 14,000 estimate for TripleMania. To my eye, TripleMania seemed to have more people, but attendance guesses are not my thing, far from my favorite thing, as you might be able to tell from how rarely I mention them.

Weird thing after the show. Brazo de Oro came out to the press area and said his son wouldn’t be doing his interviews because of an injury. Minutes later, La Mascara was good enough to pose for group photos/videos with Rush & La Sombra (backstage at the show, never appeared before the crowd.) He did not appear injured. Dragon Lee did talk, and talked about how much the win meant to him. Rey Bucanero also talked about his victory, and Super Crazy also appears not to have talked.

CMLL announced Rayo de Jalisco Jr., Kahoz, Cien Caras, Dos Caras, Mascara Sagrada, Negro Navarro, el Fantasma, Mascara 2000, Mano Negra, Super Astro, Satanico, Canek, Fuerza Guerrera, and Solar as appearing on 09/16 show. It wasn’t specifically said if they’d be wrestling, but it sure seems that way. Guessing it’s an attempt to bring back an older fanbase who might have come for the Atlantis show but not Dragon Lee/La Mascara (though they sure got lots of people along the way.)

CaraLucha is running tonight, with Hechicero & Mascara Dorada vs Angel Blanco Jr. & Flamita in the main event. Arena Coliseo has Dragon Lee, Angel de Oro, Maximo versus Mr. Niebla, Rey Bucanero, Terrible. Legend has a show/fan fest at Arena Lopez Mateos, with Canek, Dos Casas, and Mil Mascaras vs Negro Navarro, Scorpio Jr. and Villano II as the main event.

Japanese website Shueisha has an interview with Caristico. He’s back to saying he’s going to retire in 3-5 years in this one. Caristico also says he was on the Mexico under 17 Futsal (indoor soccer) team but gave up soccer for lucha libre.

PWSlam interviewed Paul London, who emphasized that he wanted to do something new/different if he was coming back to wrestling.

GALLI says they’re bringing Pentagon on September 11.

Cronkite News writes about the POR lucha promotion in Arizona.

Segunda Caida watches more Pierroth.

Culticon watches the Octagon vs Mascara Sagrada movie.

Super Crazy was announced for the 10/01 Tokyo Gurentai show.

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 09/09/2016 Arena México
1) Astral & Stukita vs Pequeño Nitro & Pierrothito
2) Blue Panther Jr., Pegasso, Soberano Jr. vs Okumura, Tiger, Virus
3) Ángel de Oro, Rey Cometa, Titán vs Ephesto, Hechicero, Vangellys
4) Valiente vs Felino [lightning]
5) Máscara Dorada, Máximo Sexy, Volador Jr. vs Matt Taven, Mr. Niebla, Shocker
Taven’s debut as part of the deal with ROH.
6) Carístico, Dragón Lee, Mistico vs Euforia, La Máscara, Negro Casas

Usual bit of following up on the Anniversary show in the main event. Matt Taven’s debut is the only other news. I’d guess he’s a Volador opponent; I don’t think they’re bringing people into work with Dorada at this point. As best as I can tell, Taven has not wrestled since blowing out his knee nine months ago, and I have no idea what he’s going to do in this one.

AULL LLP (SAT) 10/01/2016 Arena Lopez Mateos
1) Flama Roja & Toro Negro vs Pegasus & Trival Kid
2) Felina Metálica & Keira vs La Jarochita & Reina Dorada
3) Leo, Mike, Teelo vs Centvrión, Fly Warrior, Látigo
4) Freelance vs Imposible
5) Los Porros vs Bastardos
6) Mr. Electro & Sharlie Rockstar vs Trauma I & Trauma II
7) Emperador Azteca vs Fly Star, Golden Magic
8) La Máscara vs Volador Jr.

This is the group that was doing Facebook live streaming from row 3 (and had over 5K viewers for the main event). They’re also promoting a show with a few good sounding matches.

CMLL 83rd Anniversario Results/Updates (Dragon Lee vs La Mascara)

CMLL’s 83rd Anniversario show starts tonight at 8:30pm. There is no official live stream of the show. The VOD goes up at 8AM CT. Since that makes it tougher to keep track of what’s going on, and it’s easy to lose track of things as they fly thru Twitter, I’ll be posting results and other content below. Check in thru the night.

There is no official live stream of the show.

SuperLuchas reported the building as 95% full. Other people said it looked like it was around that size.

1) Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis b Lluvia, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit
Rudas took 2/3. Lluvia may have been hurt.

2) Ephesto, Mephisto, Shocker b Marco Corleone, Máximo, Stuka Jr.
Tecnicos took 2/3.

3) Rey Bucanero b Súper Crazy [hair]
Rey Bucanero took a quick first fall, Super Crazy a quick second fall, and Rey submitted Crazy in a long third fall.

Video of the match on Facebook live.

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(Sombra appears to be at the show.)

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4) Atlantis, Carístico, Máscara Dorada b Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas
Tecnicos took 2/3.

CMLL announced a legend’s show on 09/16. Rayo de Jalisco, Mascara Ano 2000, Mascara Sagrada, Mano Negra, Satanico, Cien Caras, Canek, Kahoz and others.

(live video)

5) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. b Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero [CMLL TRIOS]
Guerreros got a triple submission to take the first fall. Tecnicos took 2/3 to win without incident. 7th defense.

(live video)

6) Dragón Lee b La Máscara [mask]
Shocker (Mascara) and Rush (Lee) were seconds and Tirantes was referee. Rush helped Dragon Lee win the first fall, then swept La Mascara off the top rope to try and help him in the second fall. Tirantes saw that one and called the DQ, then kicked Rush out. Dragon Lee convinced Rush to leave. Third fall went long and back and forth. Rush came out as Dragon Lee had La Mascara in a casita, distracted Tirantes from the pin. Mascara got up and fouled Dragon Lee, but Tirantes was slow in turning around and Dragon Lee kicked out at two. Mascara later got the campana, but Tirantes was again busy dealing with Shocker and missed it. Dragon Lee eventually won with the Phoenix Plex. La Mascara was unmasked as Felipe de Jesus Alvarado, 16 years a luchador, 34 years old. Rush made up with La Mascara and they appear to be friends again. Mistico celebrated with Dragon Lee and both were booed (as Dragon Lee was from the moment the match started.)

 

CMLL 83rd Anniversario show tonight, Alberto & Elite?

tonight (or tomorrow morning)
tonight (or tomorrow morning)

CMLL has a show today, you might have heard. It’s their 83rd Anniversary show tonight in Arena Mexico. Dragon Lee and La Mascara wager their masks in the main event, Super Crazy and Rey Bucanero gamble their hairs, and the Sky team and Los Guerreros fight for the CMLL World Trios Championship. I wrote a (probably too) extensive preview over on Voices of Wrestling earlier this week, if you’ve missed any of the build up.

There is no official live video of the show tonight. CMLL, in a change of policy, will instead only upload the complete show on YouTube at 8AM tomorrow morning. I have not seen the price of the show posted anywhere, and expect to not find out until it’s posted for purchase (only to later to find they mentioned it in a Facebook comment or something.) You can probably avoid spoilers pretty easily if you get off the internet for the night, or you can find out the results without really seeing what’s happening if you stick around social media instead. I’m crossing my fingers people will be posting live video on Periscope tonight and will be RT-ing on Twitter if find working ones; CMLL doesn’t stop people from posting video, and live streams have been common on bigger shows, though it’s no guarantee.

My plan is to start watching the show as soon as it gets posted, and a recap should appear tomorrow afternoon. I think everyone is going to be watching at slightly different times, which is going to make it quite a bit less fun.

 

Dragon Lee & Rey Bucanero are the favorites in their matches. The hair match is more up in the air, because it doesn’t matter as much and really should be more about who would be a better opponent for someone else to come along and beat them. Still, Bucanero has taken the worst of it so far and is the home promotion guy facing a guy who was representing the promotion CMLL appears to no longer be working with. The math is not in Super Crazy’s favor. (What is and isn’t say about Crazy and Elite in post match interviews will be interesting.)

I’d be shocked if Dragon Lee lost. Like Psycho Clown, it would generally seem a dumb idea for his career to lose his mask at this point, and their opponents wouldn’t be the best choices to win. (Outside Atlantis, who would be a good choice to win? Anyone at the top wouldn’t get much out of it, and it’d be only about how much they could draw. Someone like Hechicero or Cavernario to make them forever?) La Mascara has turned up his performance and I have much more hope now than when it started. It’ll probably be an incredible scene postmatch if his family’s involved. We might even see Super Porky.

The trios title change is the least clear outcome of the actually important matches. Both apuesta matches will end with tecnicos winning, which may mean a rudo win for balance. On the other hand, getting Mistico over has been a priority on these shows and these title matches, and it’s gotta be tempting to have him win again in hopes of getting that reaction. It’s far from sure it’s going to happen, but it hasn’t stopped CMLL before.

Tickets have picked up a bit a little bit since Wednesday

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Still plenty of blues (third row seats if you want to go alone!), but pretty good considering this is still most of the tickets sold on the day of the show. This doesn’t include the upper sections, which are really the difference between 8000 and 16000, but these are the most expensive tickets.

There’s plenty of previews of the show. CultIcon breaks down the show. Even CMLL’s own preview is a little confused as to how this match ended up La Mascara versus Dragon Lee and not La Mascara versus Rush. In an interview with ESTO, Mistico says he’s rooting for his brother, but knows Dragon Lee will be okay if he loses because he’s handsome and talented. That same interview has Valiente says he believes the Sky Team would actually stay together and challenge for a rematch should they lose tonight, despite rumors otherwise. CMLL took Marco Corleone, Valiente, Princesa Sugehit and Stuka Jr. on the Turiluchas bus to a park to promote the show. Sugehit continues to push for the mask match with Zeuxis. Stuka continues to want the title match and apuesta match with Ultimo Guerrero. These guys are so rarely given stories that they never let go to the ones they get.  La Aficion has a generic preview. So does ESTO24-Horas has quick quotes with both. Record, who appeared to have a deal with AAA to cover TripleMania, has nothing about the CMLL show.

La Sombra is rooting for La Mascara but wishes good things for his ‘godson’ Dragon Lee. People have read Sombra saying “I am going with La Mascara” as a literal statement. NXT is off this weekend, so it’s not impossible for Sombra to be at the show, but I don’t think it’d be a great idea for him to be in front of the crowd.

I’m not at the show this year. Octagon says he’s thinking of going. I guess that’s a fair trade.

SuperLuchas, after translating the Alberto story from this week’s WON, mentions Elite is negotiating with Alberto to debut in their promotion in late September or early October. SuperLuchas believes an announcement is coming soon.

That would be a change. Elite itself didn’t even say it wasn’t having a show this week, but changed their Facebook header to remove the “Todos Los Domingos” banner. Priorities! Elite switching to Sundays, then being kicked out right back out of Sundays, makes me wonder if Elite had decided the weekday shows were the problem but CMLL was no longer willing to give up Sundays, and that was the breaking point. I would not expect Elite to return to Wednesday or Thursday if they’re running Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera, which isn’t confirmed but is everyone’s working theory. Friday, Saturday and Sunday make the most sense, and Friday most of all because their indies guys are usually booked elsewhere on Saturday and Sunday. AAA’s TV tapings there (which would be a question going forward) have usually been on Fridays. TxT was usually on Saturdays.

The YouTube commercial for the AAA Hard Rock show is the best thing that’s happened in AAA this year. This isn’t even a shot at AAA, it’s just great.

 

AAA debuted this commercial at a press conference for the Hard Rock show. The only news was Melissa Santos being added to the show as a ring announcer.

Lucha Memes Chairo 5 on 09/25 in Arena Naucalpan.
1: Volador Jr. vs Rey Horuz
2: a Lucha Memes vs IWRG Torneo FILL (8v8 cibernetico).
IWRG: Black Dragon, Kanon, Dragon FlyAtomic Star, Lilith Dark, Arana de Plata, Fireman, Demonio Infernal
Lucha Memes: Astrolux, Garrobo Punk, TekilitaBaby Star Jr., Black Metal, Ciber PunkTonak
3: Keira, Lady Maravilla, Magnifica vs Belial, Impulso, Arez
4: Black Terry, Virus, Solar vs Caifan, Hechicero, Alberto Dos Rios

MDA is teasing a big show on 10/02 in Arena Coliseo Monterrey, which would be heads up against Heroes Inmortales.

Sololuchas is selling tickets for the AAA in Japan show, and says “15” wrestlers will be coming, which is lower (and a bit more saner) than the 20 mentioned previously.

CultIcon rates the chances of Alberto going to various promotions.

SuperLuchas notes Pagano’s poor record in apuesta matches.

AAA’s posted their Hall of Fame video for Art Barr.

Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-08-20 

Volador crowd dive
Volador crowd dive

Recapped: 08/21/2016

What happened: Rey Escorpión picked up 3 points, and Volador & Mascara picked up 1. This aired out of order, so who knows what it means.

What was good:  The two Liga Elite matches were great, and the Dinamtias match was good. I liked the Medicos match a bit.

Where can I watch it:  It’s on my channel, and more of it’s on the LigaElite channel. (more…)

lucha TV preview for weekend of September 3rd

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If you don’t know the deal with CMLL Friday by now: no live video, VOD on YouTube at 8am central the next day, we have no idea what it’ll cost.

Elite is still listed on the Azteca schedule despite not taping anything (and not answer questions.) Really, if they keep the time slot, it’s a pretty good sign for their future, but they can’t expect to keep it forever if they don’t get new episodes taped.

Lucha Underground returns this week. They’re airing last season’s Ultima Lucha leading up to the new episode. Like last year, it appears El Rey will only repeat the show once, directly after it airs. You’ll need to check your on-demand service or iTunes if you want to see it after that point.

Dragon Lee keeps the lightweight title, Metalik & CWC, Alberto & Mexico

CMLL (TUE) 08/30/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL, Martes de Glamour]
1) Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno b Mágico & Reycko
Rudos took 2/3
2) Forastero, Okumura, Sangre Azteca b Magnus, Soberano Jr., Star Jr.
Forastero replaced Skandalo on Monday. Magnus replaced Oro Jr. Rudos took 1/3.
3) Stuka Jr., Titán, Valiente b Bobby Z, Luciferno, Vangellys
Tecnicos took 1/3.
4) Dragón Lee © b Negro Casas [CMLL SL]
Soberano (Dragon Lee) & Star Jr. (Negro Casas) were seconds. Dragon Lee took 1/3. Second defense.
5) Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Mistico b Ephesto, Euforia, Mephisto
German Sanchez was honored before the match. Tecnicos took 2/3.

I listened to Lee & Casas on the internet radio feed. They were interviewing fans during it, so it was tough to get a total sense of the match, but it seemed to be the usual quick first two falls and a longer third fall. Maybe around 10 minutes total, Dragon Lee winning with the German suplex.

If you recall, La Sombra lost his title to Ultimo Guerrero in Puebla before his mask mask. That seemed totally absurd to me in the moment, but later made more sense when it turned out Sombra was leaving and they were just trying to get his title off him as quietly as they could. If you think Dragon Lee might also be losing his mask on Friday before going to WWE, you should note CMLL passed up the opportunity to do the same with his title.

El Grafico interviews Dragon Lee about the Anniversary show, as does MedioTiempo. Mas Lucha has interviews with both La Mascara and Dragon Lee, on opposite sides of Arena Mexico. The fun thing about these last two weeks is it’s really easy to figure out which newspapers have alliances with which promotions, and which ones just cover everyone.

Dorian Roldan & Hijo del Fantamsa are headed to Colombia today for a panel discussion about lucha libre. AAA had a couple shows in Colombia last year and have said they’d like to do more.

Gran Metalik/Mascara Dorada won his CWC quarterfinal over Akira Tozawa, as shown last night on the WWE Network. He advances to the final to winner of the Zack Sabre Jr. versus Noam Dar match, which has already been taped and will air as part of next week’s broadcast. That semifinal, and the final, will air live on September 14th as part of a two hour final. I’m skeptical Dorada will win – the winner will likely start wrestling full time on RAW the following Monday, and Dorada still getting booked into October suggests he’s not leaving for WWE full time quite yet – but he’s done very well for himself and his match with Tozawa is something you should go out of your way to see.

This week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter says Lucha Underground has reached out to Alberto el Patron (or an intermediary) about coming back to Season 4, but also says they’ll deny it. I’ve been skeptical they would, so I’m wrong to start, but I’m not sure it’d be a big difference maker. I do think he’d get a big reaction in the Temple, though much more as a heel given the way he left and his public persona since, but it’s not clear he’d be a big factor in the ratings or making deals (he didn’t appear to be last time) above what they already have in Misterio. The return on investment isn’t obvious there. Lucha Underground’s finances also seem heavily illogical from the outside too, so maybe there’s some way it’d make sense to them that just doesn’t make sense to me.

The only way Alberto is not going to AAA, on a schedule similar to what we’ve seen with Rey this year, is if Elite pays him more to go there. If Elite has broken up with CMLL and has top places to fill, then they should obviously be going hard after Alberto. There’s been rumors about Alberto ending up Elite since June (and MLW said that’s when Alberto indicated he was opting out.)

In general, I think Alberto’s best move would be to show up as a surprise somewhere, or with a big angle right away. When people start asking him “What just happened?”, it’d be better for him if they were asking that about a wrestling angle, and not about his suspension or his WWE run entirely.

The WON says Dragon Lee versus Kamaitachi is the plan on the 09/30 PPV. I wish Dragon Lee got a strong introduction before he appears on PPV (and maybe he still will someway), but I also think those guys are capable of getting over cold if they wrestle like they did in CMLL & NJPW.

Also, the Crash is said to be trying to get Ricochet or Flamita as Mascara Dorada’s opponent on their 09/24 show, though no one’s quite sure about the politics of Lucha Underground and CMLL guys on the same show. (Elite seemed to get away with it.) I would also suggest that Fenix is a possibility as well, but there’s probably even more things to work out for that to happen (enough so that they’d probably leave it as an unknown until the match happens if it’s him.) When I saw the match listed as a Dream Match, I thought back to the Fenix interview that LigerFever translated, where Fenix specifically named Mascara Dorada as one of the people he’d pick for a dream match.

It does look like there’s Turiluchas service for the Anniversary show (and I haven’t seen a mention of ticket prices being raised like last year.) I took a peek at the lower bowl tickets yesterday and it didn’t look too great. Check in again tomorrow.

AAA added Melissa Santos to the Hard Rock show.

Lucha Underground revealed Pentagon Dark versus Rey Mysterio will take place on the Season 3 debut show, via video clip of their walkouts.

Mocho Cota & Herodes hype their match talk about the CaraLucha match on 09/03.

WMC 09/16 in Mexico City (probably)
Arez vs Freelance
Fly Star & Felina Metalika vs Belial & Heroina vs Terremoto & Luna Magica vs Anca & Diosa Quetzal
Fly Metalik vs Gran Guerrero vs Canis Lupus vs Demoledor

September 16th will likely be another one of those days overloaded with shows.

DTU now has announced Caristico, Titan, Mascara Dorada and Volador Jr. for their 10/20 international cup.

Segunda Caida writes about Wotan vs Black Terry, which is getting heavily praised everywhere.

Ohtani’s Jacket reviews Black Terry vs Aero Boy.

CultIcon writes about IWRG.

LuchaWorld has this week’s news update.

Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-08-13 

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Argos stumbles into oblivion

Recapped: 08/18/2016

What happened: Volador & UG picked up 3 points. I assume, I turned the show off before the scoreboard in annoyance about how little sense it makes. Edgar played into the Rush finish again, which is probably more about one referee doing almost all the Liga Elite matches than a storyline, but I guess we see.

What was good: I liked the Rush/UG main event, and the others just didn’t click for me.

Where can I watch it: Some of it’s on my channel, most of it’s in the unofficial Liga Elite channel. (more…)

UG cheats Volador (again), LU 3×1, Elite, Alberto

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CMLL (TUE) 08/30/2016 Arena México [CMLL, CultIcon]
1) Bengala & Flyer b Camorra & Cholo LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 30 DE AGOSTO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
2) Estrellita, La Vaquerita, Skadi b La Comandante, La Seductora, Reyna Isis LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 30 DE AGOSTO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tecnicas took 1/3.
3) Blue Panther Jr., Pegasso, The Panther b El Cuatrero, Sansón, Skándalo LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 30 DE AGOSTO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Skandalo replaced Forastero on Monday. Straight falls, Skandalo unmasking the Panther in the first fall, then Panther beating him in the second.
4) Blue Panther, Fuego, Rey Cometa b Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Virus LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 30 DE AGOSTO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tecnicos took 2/3.
5) Dragón Rojo Jr., Mr. Niebla, Pólvora b Guerrero Maya Jr., Johnny Idol, Máscara Dorada LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 30 DE AGOSTO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3, Niebla pinning Dorada in each fall.
6) Último Guerrero DQ Volador Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 30 DE AGOSTO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tecnicos took 1/3. UG faked a foul (the same finish as in Puebla.)

I missed this show, but I did not miss this show. I was originally planning on rewatching, then thought about just running through to do times, and then started to wonder why I time things anyway.

Skandalo & The Panther appear to be feuding, but only get booked against each other once every three months. I don’t get it.

No midweek IWRG show this week.

LA Weekly has a long piece on Lucha Underground; the behind the scene pieces must mean Season 3 is really starting soon. The preview for episode 1 next week mentions a wheel to determine destiny and a Rey Mysterio match. LU season debuts include at least one really great match, and Rey Mysterio probably means they’ll continue that tradition.

Wednesday also means it’s really late to announce a card and have it take place this week, if you’re Elite. They announced there’d be no show Thursday last week, maybe we’ll get that again tomorrow. There’s still no hard news on what’s happened. There are plenty of rumors on Facebook that the promotion is moving to Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera. I’ve heard the same thing, but I can’t confirm it. It does make some sense – the people behind Elite are the people behind the old Todos x el Todos promotion, and they taped their television in Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera. They’re going to need some new names if they’re not working with CMLL. TxT was built around Hijo del Santo, and Hijo del Santo (and son) just happens to be back in circulation again. The pieces seem to fit, but again I can’t confirm any of this.

Whatever’s going on, it can’t have been much of a long term plan. It was just a few weeks ago where they brought in all of the Edecanes (and maybe Rey Escorpion since he was added to Liga Elite) to the Azteca studios to shoot footage for going in and out of breaks. There’s no reason to bother with that footage that’s no longer usable if you know you’re leaving soon. Everything is a hasty decision.

The Wrestling Observer says Alberto el Patron and WWE have agreed on a release. Alberto would be available to work in Mexico/internationally immediately, and in the US in a few weeks.  MLW says Alberto gave his notice two months ago (end of June?), noting it’s before his wellness test failure.

It’s easy to connect this one to the last bit: if Elite hasn’t contacted Alberto, they will be soon. They could use someone like him if they’re going out on their own. AAA probably wants him back too. CMLL would gladly take him (but probably not offer as much as the others because that’s they way to go.) The Crash fits too, though I don’t think anyone would’ve thought of Dorada vs Alberto as a dream match. All these deals are going to come down to money, and have probably been brewing for a while too.

Speaking of: Gran Metalik’s quarterfinal CWC match will air tonight.

Pagano says he doesn’t need hair to be Pagano. This is a correct statement.

There’s an outdoor lucha show in Chicago this Saturday.

Cross Armbreaker reviews Sangre Azteca vs Dragon Rojo from 2008, an underseen match.

Segunda Caida reviews Black Terry vs Demus 3:16.

Black Terry Jr. posted the Comando Negro versus El Pollo mask match, which is good because it’s a chicken defending his mask in a bloody mask, and because Comando Negro is quite a bit similar to Canis Lupus putting up his mask this weekend.

SuperLuchas points out Angel o Demonio was also wondering why AAA was allowed to do hardcore spots the indie guys are not allowed to do in Mexico City. (My guess is the commission has decided AAA is the same as WWE, and isn’t bothering.)

Lucha Memes Chairo 5 on 09/25 in Arena Naucalpan.
1: Volador Jr. vs Rey Horuz
2: a Lucha Memes vs IWRG Torneo FILL (8v8 cibernetico).
IWRG: Black Dragon, Kanon, Dragon FlyAtomic Star, Lilith Dark, Arana de Plata, Fireman, Demonio Infernal
Lucha Memes: Astrolux, Garrobo Punk, TekilitaBaby Star Jr., Black Metal, Ciber PunkTonak
3: Keira, Lady Maravilla, Magnifica vs Belial, Impulso, Arez

It looks like filming has wrapped up on Season 1 of the Blue Demon show.

Funcion Estelar has interviews with Hecatombe and Guerrera Isis.

Ciudad Juarez luchadors will be honored this weekend at the local sports Hall of Fame.

Apolo Valdes talks about TripleMania and previews the Anniversario.

Lineup

CMLL (TUE) 09/06/2016 Arena México
1) Fantasy & Último Dragóncito vs Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Violencia
2) Flyer, Magnus, Sensei vs Cancerbero, Metálico, Raziel
3) Hombre Bala Jr., Oro Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. vs Disturbio, Puma, Skándalo
4) Star Jr. vs Sagrado [lightning]
5) Blue Panther, Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Bobby Z, Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora
6) Atlantis, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Cavernario, Mephisto, Último Guerrero

They managed to team up Bobby Z with the Revolucionarios, so this is a moderately successful card by Tuesday standards.  Star Jr. versus Sagrado could be good. Hope they’re setting up something in the main event.

CMLL (TUE) 09/06/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Yaqui & León Blanco vs Demonio Rojo & Thunder Boy
2) Robin, Star Black, Starman vs Hijo del Signo, Maléfico, Sangre Azteca
3) Princesa Sugehit, Silueta, Skadi vs Dalys, Reyna Isis, Zeuxis
4) Ángel de Oro, Dragón Lee, Valiente vs Hechicero, Kráneo, La Máscara
5) Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Volador Jr. vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible

Silueta returns to action (maybe). Dragon Lee and La Mascara cross paths again, as they probably will all week.