Rush/Marco in Arena Mexico tonight, Mascarita Dorada released, Volador BOSJ schedule

tonight

Tonight’s CMLL Friday night Arena Mexico show is pretty much a reset to where things were before the incredible pairs tournament invaded all our lives for three weeks. The CMLL preview pushes as Rush versus his three biggest rivals (Terrible yes, not sure how UG is bigger than Shocker or Negro Casas), but it’s really about the Marco versus Rush feud resuming. La Mascara & Rush team up tonight with Rey Escorpion, who seems like the replacement for Thunder (and it seems like CMLL isn’t crazy enough to put Pierroth in main events, yet.) The Rush/Marco issue was pushed hard before as if they were going to do the match soon, but there’s no obvious date for a match now that the Arena Mexico anniversary show has happened.

The semimain continues the Rey Cometa and Barbaro Cavernario feud. Cometa teams up with Volador & Vailente to take on Negro Casas, Felino and Cavernario. Some sort of singles match between Cometa & Cavernario appears to be happening soon. A title match would be easier to pull off, but they’ve been talk about a hair match rematch as well. The rest of the card looks OK. Titan gets a singles match with Rey Bucanero. Fujin & Rajin and the Panthers return their unofficial series of matches. The opener is an all Generacion 2011 tag match, though that doesn’t mean good things for Hombre Bala.

The show airs at 8:30 pm on ClaroSports. I will NOT be recording it; I’m heading to AAW out near Chicago and have no way to record this show this time. Other people have been, so it will probably still turn up.

AAA’s also busy in the Mexico City area, running a spot show in Arena Naucalpan. The original listed main event is La Parka, Electroshock, and Octagon Jr. versus Pagano, Chessman and Taurus. That’s not going to happen. However, AAA’s site actually has the new lineup, which I can’t ever remember happening before. Bengala & Drago replace Electroshock & Octagon in the main event.

The Elite show will also air tonight at 11:30pm. (There’s no sign of a Muy Thai broadcast on the feed instead of wrestling tonight, so the normal feeds should work this week.) Negro Casas versus Rush and Atlantis versus LA Park are the two big singles matches.

Torito – Mascarita Dorada – was released by WWE today as part of mass cutting. WWE’s inability to use Dorada well was both bad and predictable. CMLL has gotten so much mileage out of Zacarias and Mije and KeMonito, it should’ve been easy for WWE to do the same with Torito. Or they could’ve simply hired another lucha mini for him to work with forever. They didn’t do either, and Dorada spent a lot of time sitting backstage at wrestling shows (if he was even being flown in.)

Mascarita was US based even before he went to WWE, which might mean he’d be unlikely to appear regularly in other promotions. He’s a name, so I’m sure he’ll be in ELITE soon enough. He had a pretty good regular gig working US lucha shows and I’d suspect he’ll be doing those.

MLW says they’ve confirmed Lucha World Cup won’t be on conventional PPV, though iPPV is still a possibility. The difference between the two doesn’t make much a difference for people who read this site (iPPVs do tend to have more technological problems, but so did AAA’s normal PPV), but it does mean there’s likely to be a lot less promotion for the show.

Mephisto & Mistico said they’d like a shot at the tag team titles on CMLL Informa. Negro Casas says he’d be fine with that.

Dragon Lee & Titan represented CMLL at the 60th anniversary celebration for a Mexico City skyscraper, since it’s just as old as Arena Mexico.

Hernandez & Herodes Jr. are also listed on an AAA show on 05/15 in Coahuila.

Psycho Clown talks about his match with Pagano in Orizaba. The split face photo is cool.

SuperLuchas talks to Psicosis Jr. about his career and his identity. Ripper/Psicosis II gave him permission for the name, which sounds like it helps him in someway but anyone with TV won’t use him to avoid trouble with AAA.

AAA posted it’s second part of it’s remembrance of Perro Aguayo Jr.

LuchaWorld has the latest edition of their podcast.

RobViper has highlights of 10/06 & 10/13/15 CMLL and 09/29/06 CMLL.

Super Comando took a shot at Argos.

Florencio Rodriguez, a fixture outside Arena Puebla making the cities’ famous cemitas sandwiches, passed away earlier this week.

Volador’s BOSJ schedule

05/22: Beretta
05/23: Tiger Mask
05/27: Jushin Liger
05/30: Bobby Fish
06/02: Nick Jackson
06/05: Ricochet
06/06: Will Ospreay

Volador has some interesting trios matches, but those weren’t posted to NJPW World regularly last year.

Ricochet and Ospreay figure to be in the mix to win the block, which means Volador will have big matches to end the competition if he’s in or out of it himself. CMLL saying he’ll be back on the 7th seems a pretty big hint Volador’s not winning, since the winner is probably cashing in their title shot on the June 19th show.

Volador has never been beaten in a singles match by anyone in his group! (He’s just 1-0 versus Liger, beating him in a Leyenda de Plata in 2011.)

Lineups

Lucha Memes (SUN) 05/15/2016 Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México
1) Tequilita vs Eterno
2) Princesa Maya vs Marcela
3) Alberto Dos Rios & Silver Star vs Trauma I & Trauma II
4) Caifan vs Dr. Cerebro
5) Hechicero vs Virus

Full card for Lucha Memes’ DF vs Monterrey show. It’s a small card than usual, but the top two matches sell the show easily enough.

ELITE MDA (SUN) 05/15/2016 Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) Larry Miranda & Mini Hator vs Erika Sotelo & Mini Difunto
2) Epydemius, Galactar, Obsesión vs Chamaco Gurrola, Gallardo, Golden Boy
3) Extreme Boy & Quinto Elemnto vs Psicótico & The Beast II
4) Laredo Kid, Ninja Jr., Último Ninja vs Flamita, Golden Magic, Metaleón
5) Carístico, Hijo De Rey Misterio, Negro Casas vs Fuerza Guerrera, Mr. Elektro, Rush

Mr. Elektro is Electroshock’s new name. AAA owns the Electroshock name. He went with just Electro last time, Mr. Elektro is an improvement. Your guess is as good as mine on which Misterio that is.

Semimain, a north versus DF battle, looks superb.

CARALUCHA (SAT) 05/21/2016 Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México
1) Templario & Wasson vs ? & Fiero
2) Centvrión & Fly Warrior vs ? & ??
mystery luchadors are from CMLL
3) Magnífico II, Rayo Star, Sky Man vs Astral, Eléctrico, Tiago
4) Bestia 666 & Black Terry vs Cavernario & Hechicero
5) Toro Negro Jr. vs Látigo [mask]
6) Flamita vs Máscara Dorada

This is their 2nd Anniversary. CaraLucha released a card last night, then changed it up this morning to make the mask match. Toro Negro and Latigo have been feuding since late last year and it was a little bit of a surprise they weren’t doing the mask match on this show (thought maybe they’d save it for September), but it ended up on this card after all. Flamita versus Mascara Dorada should be outstanding and the rest of the card should be pretty good too.

Tiago is the new name for the ex-Mini Charly Manson. He’s teamed up with CMLL guys, and he’d be a nice addition to their roster. Anyone new would be a nice addition to their minis roster. Tiago successfully picked a name no one else is using, so he’s already one step ahead of the game.

lucha TV preview for weekend of May 7th

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AAA has the second half of the Leon taping – and Octagon Jr’s final TV match.

Hopefully the webfeed of Info7 won’t have the Muy Thai and Lucha Azteca will air as normal. (The Muy Thai was a webfeed exclusive – all the TV stations that normally get that show still got that show.)

This is surely a one show IWRG week, since the Friday show is an AAA one isntead

best (and worst) matches of 2015

Rush & a guy deemed not qualified to appear on minor league TV
Rush & some guy deemed not qualified to appear on minor league TV

Sometimes, people ask me “what were the good lucha libre matches from [XXXX] year?” I am a terrible person to answer that question, but I try anyway. These were what I thought were the best matches of 2015.

excellent

01-19 Rey Cometa vs Bárbaro Cavernario
01-25 Fénix vs Mil Muertes [casket]
02-08 Myzteziz vs el Hijo del Perro Aguayo
03-20 Dragon Lee vs Kamaitachi for the mask
04-19 Mil Muertes vs Prince Puma © [Lucha Underground Championship]
05-03 Titán © vs Bárbaro Cavernario for the Mexican National Welterweight Championship
06-14 Volador Jr. vs Flamita
06-14 Drago vs Fénix, Laredo Kid, Daga, Steve Pain, Aerostar, Bengala, Súper Nova, Súper Fly, Hijo del Fantasma [Alas de Oro]
07-13 Dragon Lee © vs Kamaitachi for the CMLL World Super Lightweight Championship
08-16 Dr. Cerebro vs Virus
08-30 Dragon Lee © vs Kamaitachi for the CMLL World Super Lightweight Championship
08-31 Aerostar, Argenis, Bengala vs Daga, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Steve Pain
09-16 Centvrión & Látigo vs Fly Warrior & Mr. Leo
09-18 Atlantis vs La Sombra for the mask
09-20 Rey Horus vs Kamaitachi
11-06 Aerostar, Australian Suicide, Fireball vs Daga, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Steve Pain
11-13 La Sombra vs Rush
11-22 Mil Muertes © vs Prince Puma, Pentagón Jr. [LU CHAMP]
11-22 Mil Muertes © vs Fénix [LU CHAMP]
12-04 Dragon Lee © vs Kamaitachi for the CMLL World Super Lightweight Championship

great

10-05 Prince Puma vs Fénix, Mil Muertes, Johnny Mundo, Mr. Cisco, Son of Havoc,Pimpinela Escarlata, Ivelisse, Drago, Bael, Cortez Castro, Ricky Mandell, Big Ryck,Pentagón Jr., Súper Fly, Chavo Guerrero Jr., Máscarita Sagrada, Sexy Star, Mariachi Loco, King Cuerno [Aztec Rumble] and [LU CHAMP]
10-18 Prince Puma © vs Fénix (AAA) [LU CHAMP]
12-07 Aerostar vs Súper Fly for the mask
12-07 El Patrón Alberto vs Texano Jr. © for the AAA World Heavyweight Championship
12-26 Máscara Dorada & Negro Casas vs Rey Cometa, Tritón, Sangre Azteca, Delta, Pólvora,Titán, Kamaitachi, Fuego for the CMLL World Welterweight Championship and in a cibernetico match
01-01 Fénix, Hijo del Fantasma, Pentagón Jr. vs Flamita, Hijo del Fishman, Sky Man
01-02 Máscara Dorada vs Negro Casas for the CMLL World Welterweight Championship andin a tournament final match
01-04 Dragon Lee, Guerrero Maya Jr., The Panther vs Hechicero, Hombre sin Nombre, Sagrado
01-06 Astral vs Eléctrico, Fantasy, Último Dragóncito, Shockercito, Demus 3:16, Pierrothito,Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Nitro, Mercurio in a Pequeno Reyes del Aire match
01-09 Dragon Lee vs Kamaitachi in a lightning match
01-11 Máximo vs Negro Casas
01-18 Atlantis vs Último Guerrero
01-19 Máscara Dorada vs La Sombra
01-24 Johnny Mundo vs King Cuerno in a cage match
01-25 Alberto el Patrón vs Texano Jr. [bull rope] and for the AAA World Heavyweight Championship
01-25 Prince Puma © vs Cage [street fight] and [LU CHAMP]
01-30 Terrible © vs Máximo for the CMLL World Heavyweight Championship
02-06 Negro Casas & Shocker © vs La Máscara & La Sombra for the CMLL World Tag Team Championship
02-08 Dr. Wagner Jr. & La Sombra vs LA Park & Volador Jr.
02-08 Cage, King Cuerno, Texano vs Hernandez, Johnny Mundo, Prince Puma [LU TRIOS] and in a tournament match
02-08 Drago vs Aerostar
02-08 Angélico, Ivelisse, Son of Havoc vs Bael, Cortez Castro, Mr. Cisco [LU TRIOS] and in a tournament match
02-08 Fuerza Guerrera vs Negro Casas
02-13 Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero © vs Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. for the CMLL World Trios Championship
02-21 Prince Puma vs Drago [LU CHAMP]
02-21 Alberto el Patrón vs Johnny Mundo [LU CHAMP] and [#1 contender]
02-22 Aerostar vs Jack Evans
02-22 Fénix vs Sexy Star, the Mack, Killshot, Cage, King Cuerno, Pentagón Jr. [Aztec Medaillion]
02-22 Angélico, Ivelisse, Son of Havoc © vs Bael, Cortez Castro, Mr. Cisco [LU TRIOS] andin a ladder match
02-27 El Patrón Alberto, Fénix, Myzteziz vs Brian Cage, Hijo del Fantasma, Pentagón Jr.
03-03 Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther vs Puma, Tiger, Virus
03-15 Jimmy, Kevin, Tony vs Arez, Belial, Impulso
03-17 Negro Casas & Shocker © vs Marco Corleone & Rush for the CMLL World Tag Team Championship
03-17 Astral © vs Mercurio for the CMLL World Pequeño Estrellas Championship
03-18 Fénix vs Hijo del Fantasma © for the AAA World Cruiserweight Championship
03-18 Aerostar vs Psycho Clown, El Mesías, Texano in a AAA’s Rey de Reyes Tournament match
03-21 Mil Muertes vs Fénix
03-22 ACH vs Extreme Tiger
04-01 Aerostar, Argenis, Fénix vs Carta Brava, Electroshock, Hijo de Pirata Morgan
04-05 Virus © vs Dragon Lee for the CMLL World Super Lightweight Championship
04-11 Prince Puma vs Johnny Mundo [iron man] and [LU CHAMP]
04-12 Hernandez, Jack Evans, Johnny Mundo, Súper Fly vs Aerostar, Alberto el Patrón, Drago, Sexy Star
04-12 Arez & Belial vs Aramis & Iron Kid
04-18 Cage vs the Mack [falls count anywhere]
04-19 Johnny Mundo vs Alberto el Patrón
04-19 Fénix vs King Cuerno, Big Ryck, Aerostar, Sexy Star, Jack Evans, Bengala [Gift of the Gods]
05-02 Mike vs Leo, Rafy
05-08 Volador Jr. vs Mephisto
05-15 Mistico vs Volador Jr., Titán, Dragon Lee, The Panther, Fuego, Mephisto, Niebla Roja,Bárbaro Cavernario, Virus, Luciferno, Kamaitachi in a CMLL’s Leyenda de Plata Tournament match
05-24 Volador Jr. vs Negro Casas
05-24 Alberto el Patrón, Myzteziz, Rey Mysterio Jr. vs Johnny Mundo, Ken Anderson, Matt Hardy in a tournament final match
05-30 Titán & Volador Jr. vs Bestia 666 & Flamita
06-01 Angélico, Jack Evans, Laredo Kid vs Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Mocho Cota Jr.
06-09 Blue Panther, The Panther, Valiente vs Kráneo, Puma, Tiger
06-12 La Sombra, Naito, Rush vs Diamante Azul, Valiente, Volador Jr.
06-14 Angélico & Jack Evans vs Dark Cuervo & Dark Scoria in a cage match and for the hair
06-17 Flamita vs Dinamic Black, Arez, Suicida, Drastik Boy, Golden Magic, Freelance, Jinzo,Impulso, Carta Brava Jr. (IWRG), Tony Rivera
06-21 Rich Swann vs Flamita
06-21 Caifan vs Virus
07-03 Myzteziz vs Averno
07-10 Fireball & Ludxor vs Daga & Steve Pain
07-11 Flamita vs Wasson
07-17 Último Guerrero vs Rey Escorpión for the hair
07-17 Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Volador Jr. vs La Sombra, Marco Corleone, Rush
07-21 Marco Corleone, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Kamaitachi, Puma, Tiger
07-24 Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr., Negro Casas vs Boby Zavala, Disturbio, Virus in a En Busca de un Idolo match
07-25 Pegazuz, Rayo Star, Sky Man vs Magnífico I, Magnífico II, Templario
08-03 Volador Jr. vs La Sombra
08-09 Rey Mysterio Jr. vs Myzteziz
08-14 Shockercito, Stukita, Último Dragóncito vs Demus 3:16, Mercurio, Pequeño Violencia
08-16 Keira vs Zeuxis
08-16 Avisman & Caifan vs Hechicero (CMLL) & Último Guerrero
08-16 Guerrero Maya Sr. vs Guerrero Maya Jr.
08-23 Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. © vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja for the CMLL World Trios Championship
08-28 Blue Panther Jr., Canelo Casas, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Negro Casas vs Boby Zavala, Disturbio, Esfinge, Flyer, Virus in a En Busca de un Idolo match
08-28 Dr. Wagner Jr., La Sombra, Rush vs Atlantis, LA Park, Volador Jr.
08-31 Australian Suicide, Súper Nova, Venum vs Carta Brava Jr., Machine Rocker, Súper Fly
09-06 Emperador Azteca, Metaleón, Mr. Leo vs Diablo Jr. I, Hip Hop Man, Imposible
09-08 Astral © vs Mercurio for the CMLL World Pequeño Estrellas Championship
09-11 La Máscara, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Cavernario, Hechicero, Negro Casas
09-16 Cavernario © vs Tritón for the Mexican National Welterweight Championship
09-16 Imposible © vs Metaleón for the IWRG Intercontinental Lightweight Championship
09-20 Caifan vs Último Guerrero
09-20 Aramis vs Garrobo Punk
10-03 Dralion vs Rey Horus
10-03 Centvrión, Fly Warrior, Látigo vs Magnífico I, Magnífico II, Metaleón
10-04 Angélico & Jack Evans vs Joe Lider & Pentagón Jr. © and Daga & Steve Pain for the AAA World Tag Team Championship
10-09 Shockercito & Stukita vs Demus 3:16 & Pequeño Nitro
10-12 Volador Jr. © vs Mephisto for the NWA World Welterweight Championship
10-16 Shockercito vs Demus 3:16 for the hair
10-20 Zeuxis © vs Princesa Sugehit for the Mexican National Women’s Championship
10-25 Carístico & Volador Jr. vs La Máscara & Rush
10-30 Volador Jr. © vs La Sombra for the NWA World Welterweight Championship
11-06 La Sombra & Volador Jr. vs Mistico & Rush
11-06 Fénix, Psycho Clown, Rey Misterio Jr. vs Johnny Mundo, Low Ki, Pentagón Jr.
11-14 King Cuerno vs Fénix © [LU GotG]
11-15 Ángel de Oro, Argoz, Golden Magic vs Pegasso, Rey Cometa, Titán
11-15 Australian Suicide & Speedball vs Daga & Steve Pain
11-15 Fénix vs King Cuerno [last man standing]
11-15 Prince Puma vs Pentagón Jr.
11-21 King Cuerno © vs Fénix [GIFT OF THE GODS] and in a ladder match
11-22 Ángel de Oro, Argoz, Golden Magic vs Pegasso, Rey Cometa, Titán
11-26 Titán (CMLL) vs Drastik Boy
11-27 Dragon Lee vs Kamaitachi in a lightning match
11-29 Black Terry, Dr. Cerebro, Hijo del Pantera vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Canis Lupus, Eterno
12-12 Matanza vs Fénix ©, Rey Mysterio, King Cuerno, Argenis, Johnny Mundo, Joey Ryan,Prince Puma, Jack Evans, Taya, Cage, Máscarita Sagrada, Marty Martinez, Drago, the Mack, Chavo Guerrero, PJ Black, Aerostar, Dragón Azteca Jr., Texano, Mil Muertes[Aztec Warfare] and [LU Champ]
12-13 Texano vs Daga [Aztec Medaillon]
12-13 Dragón Azteca Jr., Prince Puma, Rey Mysterio vs Cage, Johnny Mundo, Taya [LU TRIOS] and in a tournament match
12-20 Imposible © vs Pantera I for the IWRG Intercontinental Lightweight Championship
12-20 Solar I vs Blue Panther

I’m going to end up listing the Lucha Underground match twice. I think what we’ve learned is Kamaitachi and Dragon Lee were every good at wrestling in the year 2015, as were many other people. Hooray lucha libre.

Rating everything and putting it in an ill-designed database means it’s not impossible to create could put together my worst matches of the year just as easy. I don’t take grading the worst (or even the mildly not good) near as seriously, but I do put a grade on them for some reason. Perhaps this is the reason!

worst matches of 2015

01-18 Canek, Heavy Metal, Villano III vs Máscara Año 2000, Mr. Jack, Shu el Guerrero
01-31 Dama Divina & Yuca La Potranquita vs Miss Janeth & Tania
03-31 Blue Panther, Marco Corleone, Máximo vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible
08-03 Atlantis, La Máscara, Último Guerrero vs Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Rey Escorpión in a relevos increíbles match
08-09 Villano III, Villano IV, Villano V vs Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown
09-01 Molotov & Sensei vs Camorra & Espanto Jr.
09-22 Metatrón, Robin, Sensei vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Canelo Casas, Inquisidor
10-06 Astral vs Pequeño Violencia in a lightning match
10-12 Black Tiger, Magnus, Oro Jr. vs Cancerbero, Fuerza Chicana, Raziel
10-12 Lestat vs Molotov for the mask
11-02 Euforia vs Thunder
12-11 Súper Parka vs Negro Casas in a lightning match

Please note I pretty much gave up on Leyendas Inmortales after a few months, or they’d probably be appearing more. Same is true for a lot of the indie stuff I end up posting. (People sometimes believe I will watch every thing I upload. This is an incorrect belief.) The only AAA match making this list being a match on AAA’s biggest show of the year is kind of amazing. That Lestat/Molotov match was so bad.

Park & Rush win in Elite, Lucha World Cup, Flamita

we're going to need a new Mascarita Sagrada again
this is like a F9 or F10

CMLL (TUE) 05/03/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Fuego en el Ring]
1) Mágico & Magnum b Joker & Sádico
Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Stukita b Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito
Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado b Esfinge, Fuego, Tritón
Boricuas took 1/3.
4) Blue Panther, Rey Cometa, Valiente b Cavernario, Dragón Rojo Jr., Rey Escorpión
Tecnicos took 2/3. Panther submitted Rey Escorpion. Money thrown in.
5) La Máscara, Rush, Volador Jr. DQ Shocker, Terrible, Vangellys
Shocker’s return from injury. Volador fit in well with the Ingobernables (unsurprisingly). Team Rush took 1/3, the last by DQ when Terrible fouled Rush. Rush demanded a singles match next week.

The Rush/Terrible match was already announced. Volador would be so much a better Ingobernable than Pierroth.

Shocker’s return was actually on the DTU show over the weekend; he told +LuchaTV he was happy for the fan’s support after being out five months. At that same show, Flamita said Octagon Jr. was now part of his past and he was content with his own name.

On Informa, Misterioso & Sagrado claimed they haven’t talked to Pierroth outside the matches, including this match in Guadalajara, and do not know what’s going on with him and the Ingobernables. (In other words, no one’s figured out how that’s supposed to work.)

ELITE (WED) 05/04/2016 Arena México [+LuchaTV, CMLL, SuperLuchas]
1) Muñeca De Plata & Rossy Moreno b Estrellita & La Jarochita
Rossy used the ropes to win.
2) Hijo De Dos Caras, Jinzo, Metaleón b El Cuatrero, El Hijo del Medico Asesino, Sansón
3) Ángel de Oro & Golden Magic b Argos & Magno
Tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Rush b Negro Casas [Liga Elite]
Rush picks up his first win (1-1), Negro Casas loses in his first match (0-1)
5) Carístico, Máscara Dorada, Mistico b Euforia, Rey Escorpión, Último Guerrero
Rey Escorpion replaced Angel Blanco Jr., who needed medical help after taking La Mistica from Caristico.
6) LA Park b Atlantis [Liga Elite]
Park submitted Atlantis to an armbar. LA Park now has 1 win and 1 draw. Atlantis has 2 wins and 1 loss.

Full standings are here. It’s still too soon to care about full standings. Casas and Cibernetico are the only people who’ve had a one match so far, maybe they’ll match up next week.

Angel Blanco Jr. was on the card up as far as the preview. Must’ve been a last minute change.

The WON says the original idea was to make both the Friday first round matches in Puebla and the Sunday finals on PPVs, then come back for TripleMania whenever that takes place. The Friday show will not be on PPV for sure, and the rest is unclear. On his podcast with John Pollock, Court Bauer said he would no longer be working with AAA and Lucha Underground (where he was more of a consultant) at the end of this month, would not be part of this show, and did not believe the US PPV would actually be taking place. Bauer explained it as being busy with other current and future projects and was complimentary towards AAA. On the PPV, the WON says the Sunday show is happening and AAA will be producing it. MLW countered said AAA will not be producing it – PPV companies want someone they trust to produce the show after TripleMania was a technological failure.

FWIW, AAA has never officially announced there will be a PPV in Mexico or the US or elsewhere, and no PPV listings I could find mentioned an AAA show. The show is around four weeks away, so usually PPV information is out by now in the US. Mexico PPVs seems to wait a little bit later.

The WON mentions the Lucha World Cup announce team will be Josh Mathews of TNA & Hugo Savonvich. Mathews is said to be in the role as part of the deal to get TNA wrestlers on the show. Josh has gotten harsh reviews for his work in TNA and has not called lucha libre before to my knowledge. (Hugo hasn’t been great on the AAA in US shows.) The World Cup, with people from all over the place, is going to require a lot of prep work to be done right.

Bauer said he believed the AAA in English show, currently airing only on the Fight Network would go on, but he didn’t seem especially confident about it. The WON has been saying AAA’s been upset about CMLL programming also being on the channel and might pull their own show. That seems like an insignificant thing to be concerned about when the visibility of your product is nil outside of Mexico.

This is just elementary connecting the dots, but Court Bauer’s probably setting himself up to go with Konnan if/when he gets whatever he’s teased started as a wrestling promotion. Court leaving AAA was inevitable; they made the connection thru Konnan, but now Konnan and AAA are on very opposite sides and it’s going to be tough for anyone to work with both.

The tickets for the Lucha World Cup are on sale, and are running from 246 to 2152 MXP ($14 to $121 USD) for the Sunday show. There’s no sign of tickets for the Friday show.

While I’m on Ticketmaster, it looks like the 05/15 (Sundy) FULL show at Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera is canceled. The Saturday show is still listed as happening.

The WON also had a bit on Flamita’s fallout with AAA. The claim there is AAA wanted him to stay as Octagon Jr. for three months to “finish up storylines and bookings.” Since one of Flamita’s problems was the lack of storylines, that’s part is hard to understand. Bookings is easier to grasp – there are still new upcoming AAA cards spot show cards coming out with Octagon Jr.’s name on it, a sign of how long the lead time is on these and how much they struggle making changes – but AAA also routinely makes changes and doesn’t deliver advertised luchadors to shows without explanation. It’s hard to believe that sort of thing matters to them (though it may matter to the local promoters) and it comes off as more a hope that if they could get Flamita to stick around for three more months, maybe they could fix things.

AAA has not given up on the idea of a new Octagon Jr., though they may try “Octagon II” instead.

Angelico’s going to be out two months with a fractured/dislocated elbow. That’d put his return time around end of June or early July. He could possibly make the end of the Season 3 of Lucha Underground, but he’s out from the World Cup for sure. Angelico was on team Rest of the World last year and the lead up has indicated there will be another one of those; I’d bet Australian Suicide is making the show if he wasn’t going to be on already.

Hijo del Fantasma’s injury is a back injury. WON says he’s out “a few months” and won’t be back in time for the end of Lucha Underground Season 3.

Dragon Lee will be out at least two more weeks with his knee ligament strain. FWIW, that would’ve made it very tight to make it to the Best of Super Juniors had he been selected. He says the doctor told him to take eight weeks in total out but of course he’s going to try and hurry back early.

Lucha Memes 05/15 in Coliseo Coacalco
1: Hechicero vs Virus
2: Princesa Maya vs Marcela
3: Traumas vs Silver Star & Alberto Dos Rios
4: Caifan vs Dr. Cerebro.

CMLL says Volador will be in Japan from May 19th to June 7th.

Electroshock is now off the ELITE show with Sharly Rockstar, with Caifan in his spot.

Drago is coming to AAW in Chicago on June 17th.

Titan & Stigma visited a children’s hospital.

Flamita is facing Galactar on Sunday in Monterrey and Aeroboy on Monday in Nuevo Laredo.

Mascara Dorada thinks the missed senton on the apron probably cost him the title match.

Apolo Valdez writes about the evolution of lucha libre.

SuperLuchas looked back at five Star Wars themed luchadors. I had no idea Fuerza Guerrera was one. The story is he wanted to go by “Star Wars”, the commissioner said no because they didn’t want English names, so he adapted “The Force” (La Fuerza) into Fuerza Guerrera instead.

Eric has a review of last night’s Lucha Underground.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Lineups

IWRG (SUN) 05/08/2016 Arena Naucalpan
1) Adrenalina & Omega vs Aramis & Magnum 44
2) Astro & Dragón Fly vs Atomic Star & Hip Hop Man
3) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo vs Factor, Rayan, Spartan, Spector [lumberjack]
4) Danny Casas, Hijo del Alebrije, Veneno vs Golden Magic, Negro Navarro, Trauma II
5) Dinamic Black, Emperador Azteca, Freelance vs Cerebro Negro, Herodes Jr., Killer Jr.
6) Hijo De Dos Caras & Máscara Año 2000 Jr. vs Canis Lupus & Trauma I [Relevos Increíbles]

No Wednesday show here because AAA is in on Friday, but they’re back on Sunday.

Spartan is back for first time since October, as the full Ninja Turtles face the full Comando Elite. Might a big match actually be coming.

AAA on Televisa: 2016-04-23 

clown with a garbage can coming thru
clown with a garbage can coming thru

Recapped: 04/30/2016

What happened: Mary Apache is a técnico again. Angelico returned to cost the Perros a match, who were then totally destroyed by Pagano, Halloween and Damian. Psycho kept his championship over Wagner, but was left humiliated at the end of the match.

What was good: I didn’t like much of anything, though nothing was outright horrible.

Where can I watch it:  It’s on AAA’s channel.

Previously: Donald Trump said somethings. Texano was destroyed. (more…)

Lucha Underground 2×15: No Más

just watch how the desk moves
just watch how the desk moves

Matches

The Mack beat Marty Martinez for an Aztec Medallion (3:45, fireman’s carry into a Stunner, good)

Siniestro de la Muerte beat King Cuerno for an Aztec Medallion (1:43, springboard guillotine, ok)

Cage beat Máscarita Sagrada for Cage’s Aztec Medallion(0:51, F5, OK)

Sexy Star beat Mariposa for an Aztec Medallion in a No Más match (15:24, cross armbreaker, excellent)

Developments

Sexy Star and Mariposa destroyed each other for fifteen minutes in the first ever No Mas match, where the loser must say No Mas to give up. This didn’t have the props of last year’s Cero Miedo match, but it felt as violent and disturbingly brutal at times. The Lucha Underground did not seem to know what to make of it in the first third of the match. It was an extended battle on a scaffold above the temple, where it became clear Sexy Star star was bleeding from the forehead and Mariposa attempted to send her a long way to the floor below, where the crowd a little bit freaked out and got into the match.

Mack doesn't even have time to take off his jacket
Mack doesn’t even have time to take off his jacket

(It’s unclear how Sexy Star started to bleed or if there was some Hollywood magic involved – both women spent a couple moments fighting in a darkened area of the scaffold, enough time for blading or something else to happen. There’s also plenty of time to edit. I’m not sure it really matters which one it was, because it came off as authentic, but the blood and the match around it will obviously be a big point of discussion the next few days.)

Marty tried to help his sister twice in the match, but was thwarted by the Mack both times. Mariposa tried to submit Sexy Star after, and Sexy Star screamed into “Fuck you Mariposa” in to the microphone, which was not bleeped. Sexy turned it around and submitted Mariposa to a cross armbreaker to gain revenge over her tormentor. And also win an Aztec Medallion, though that seemed trivial.

Sexy – and we, I guess – had Dario to thank for that moment. In a meeting his office, Dario likened Sexy’s problems with Mariposa to his own mother mistreating Matanza and him, and told Sexy she wouldn’t be free unless she beat Mariposa like they had done to Dario’s mother. (Sexy didn’t quite hammer Mariposa in the head with a bull statue until she was not moving, but just quite.) Dario advised Sexy that she only would truly feel free if she kept on attacking Mariposa after victory was declared, and Sexy indeed that did for a moment – shoving the referee down and reapplying the cross armbreaker before finally relenting.

There were other events on this show. No one’s going to remember them, which maybe makes it even more important to write about them.

Siniestro has a finisher!
Siniestro has a finisher!

This was a big Aztec Medallion show, with six of seven now handed out. The Mack & Marty was the most ordinary, and also the only other match to last over two minutes. Mack won cleanly, as he did against Marty later on. Siniestro and Cuerno was previewed by Catrina boasting that Siniestro would be a much more loyal Gift of the Gods champion than Cuerno had been; Cuerno disputed the point, but was quickly put down by a rock shot and a springboard legdrop to the back of the head.

Famous B’s management of Máscarita Sagrada got off to a rough start, but the GIFs of Cage tossing around the mini probably will make him famous. (They’d be all set if Cage could dropkick Sagrada into a flip off the apron.) This was for the Medallion Cage already owned, not a new one, but neither Cage nor Sagrada ended up with the trophy. Chavo Guerrero, earlier told he wasn’t getting a shot at a Medallion after getting injured in his Lucha Underground championship match last season and failing to win both Aztec Warfars, decided to just steal Cage’s and run. It’s not quite clear if this will hold up, but anything is possible in Dario’s Temple.

Next week may prove that point once again. Dario and Catrina met at the start of the show, with Catrina demanding a rematch. Dario said he had no issue with that, Matanza wanted it as well. Mil will get his shot next week in Mil’s own specialty match, a Grave Consequences match – only, Dario will now have 4 caskets at ringside, declaring it a Graver Consquences match for the Lucha Underground championship.

Thoughts

we're going to need a new Mascarita Sagrada again
we’re going to need a new Mascarita Sagrada again

That was one of the most amazing matches in the history of Lucha Underground. It’s the spiritual sequel to the Cero Miedo match, only that match had weeks of anticipation for a confrontation. Mariposa/Sexy was not clicking in the same way, and you could very much tell early on. Vampiro sold it as stunned silence, but it came off more like the crowd didn’t care about this match or stipulation. Beating each other into bruised messes changed their minds.

That was uncomfortable. Sexy Star bleeding into an unrecognizable mess, both women hitting each other hard, the entire fight was meant to be uncomfortable. There weren’t light-tubes, but they got the sense of pushing each other to their very extremes even stronger in that match. I’m not sure I want all wrestling to be this – the mix of the cage match and the four way last week and this match and Muertes & Matanza show all the different ways this show can go – but it doesn’t get better as a cathartic epic conclusion than the final moments of this match.

I’ve seen Sexy Star have matches for an immense length of time, and nothing she’s had every came close to this. She could wrestle for another decade and not come close this. She brought something in this match I’ve never seen out of her It’s an unbelievably physical and emotional performance, and Mariposa deserves as much credit for helping bringing it out of her. Everyone’s know what Mariposa is capable of, and it was outstanding to see her get to show it in this match. This is going to be remembered as one of the signature moments of Lucha Underground’s history long in to the future.

this is not really a GIF match, but this was fun
this is not really a GIF match, but this was fun

Let’s dismiss everything else quick: Mack/Marty was fine, the other matches were so short as to not be rateable, and I actually thought the soundbite that would be most worth discussion was going to be Catrina’s take on “Siniestro”. Given his 1-0 new start, I suspect we’ll be hearing it quite a few more times. Nothing in this paragraph matters.

great match roundup, week of 2016-04-16

Jack shows you how to do it
tope de Evans

Seeing if I can get the train on the tracks again.

The Lucha Underground matches are the last match from 2015 I think I’m reviewing, so maybe I can write a best matches of 2015 post in May?

rating matches TV Show taped
good Atomic Boy, Ludxor, Niño Hamburguesa, Venum vs El Apache, Mamba, Soul Rocker, Súper Fly AAA on Televisa: 2016-04-16 2016-04-08
good Bengala, Drago, El Elegido vs Averno, Chessman, Ricky Marvin AAA on Televisa: 2016-04-16 2016-04-08
good La Máscara, Rush, Terrible vs Atlantis, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero in a relevos increíbles match CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-04-18 2016-04-18
good Blue Panther, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Gran Guerrero, Hechicero, Morphosis CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-04-19 2016-04-19
good Aerostar vs Drago [Aztec Medallion] Lucha Underground: 2016-04-20 2016-01-09
good Fénix, Jack Evans, PJ Black vs Barrio Negro, El Siniestro De La Muerte, Trece [LU TRIOS] and in a tournament semifinal match Lucha Underground: 2016-04-20 2015-12-13
good Mil Muertes vs Matanza [LU CHAMP] Lucha Underground: 2016-04-20 2015-12-13
good Shockercito & Stukita vs Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-04-22 2016-04-22
good Ángel de Oro, Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. vs Euforia, Olímpico, Ripper CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-04-22 2016-04-22
good Carístico & Cibernético vs The Panther & Tiger in a National Parejas Increible Tournament match and [8f] CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-04-22 2016-04-22
good Máscara Dorada vs La Máscara in a Liga Elite match Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-04-22 2016-04-20
good Atlantis vs Carístico in a Liga Elite match Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-04-22 2016-04-20

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Mephisto defeats Dorada for title, No Mas on Lucha Underground, Mas LU episodes

New Champ
New Champ

RIOT (SAT) 04/30/2016 Arena Femenil, Monterrey, Nuevo León [LuchaMania Monterrey]
1) Alberto Dos Rios b Dulce Kanela
2) Drastik Boy b Erick Ortiz
3) Dragón Celta b Kamikaze, Kratoz
Kamikaze beat Kratoz, and Celta won with a 450 splash on Kamikaze.
4) Hooligan Byron & Kaientai b Galactar & Rico Rodríguez
Tablon helped Hooligan & Kaientai
5) Caifan b Dralion Jinzo vs Último Ninja, en RIOT (posted by Sensacional de Luchadores)
Good match. Caifan suplexed Dralion for the win. Dralion was shaken up after the match. Alberto asked for the next show at Caifan. Caifan asked for applause for Dralion, then accepted the challenge.
6) Último Ninja b Jinzo Jinzo vs Último Ninja, en RIOT (posted by Sensacional de Luchadores)
Good match. Ninja won with a jackhammer.

There’s video highlights of the top two matches, which sound good.

CMLL (TUE) 05/03/2016 Arena México [CMLL, thecubsfan, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Acero & Aéreo b Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Universo 2000 LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 3 DE MAYO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
12:02. Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Magnus, Robin, Sensei b Akuma, Canelo Casas, Metálico LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 3 DE MAYO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
16:35. Tecnicos took 1/3
3) Soberano Jr., Star Jr., Stigma DQ Okumura, Raziel, Virus LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 3 DE MAYO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
around 18:00 (feed went out.) Tecnicos won 1/3. Okumura replaced Sangre Azteca and unmasked Stigma for the DQ.
4) Marcela, Princesa Sugehit, Skadi b Amapola, Tiffany, Zeuxis LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 3 DE MAYO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
11:53. Tecnicas took 1/3. Amapola replaced Seductora on a preview.
5) Stuka Jr., Súper Porky, The Panther b Bobby Z, Ephesto, Luciferno LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 3 DE MAYO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
9:18. Tecnicos took 2/3.
6) Mephisto b Máscara Dorada © [CMLL WELTER] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 3 DE MAYO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
16:23. Mephisto took falls 1/3, the last with a super devil’s wings, to win the championship. Mephisto is the 32nd champion, and holds the belt for the 2nd time (last 2004-2007). Dorada fall on fourth defense.

The YouTube version is a bit messed up – there’s no finish of the third match, and it seemed like there might be problems with earlier in the show that weren’t there live. It doesn’t totally matter; the main event was the one match really worth watching and that seems to be complete.

Mephisto told Mas Lucha that this was beginning of the Era of Mephisto. He’s probably right. Mephisto picking up a singles title after winning a big tournament seems to set him for a big match in September. It’s still over four months away and CMLL could change it’s mind (or pair it with another match, like Marco versus Rush), but the two big wins in a week are a sign he’s in the plans at the moment.

Mephisto’s opponent isn’t clear. Friday pointed at it being Caristico, but if Caristico would be busy for years if he got apuesta matches against everyone he lost to cleanly over the last eight months. Mistico versus Mephsito was once a plan and may be again. Even Dorada seems like a possibility if CMLL wanted to move him to another level. There were no outright mask challenges with any of these people recently, so the thing to watch for is the next time Mephisto gets into a feud or a title defense on Friday nights.

CMLL also likes to balance it’s championships out, so the Hijo del Infiernos might not be long for the trios championship. (Plus, if Mephisto is going to be a top guy in the promotion, he probably needs to be hanging out with more reliable partners than current day Ephesto & Lucifierno – too bad Averno is busy; Caristico & Mistico vs Averno & Mephisto is the ideal match.) Their recap of Monday’s Puebla show has the Angel de Oro, Stuka and Stigma team aiming to get a Mexican national trios championship, which didn’t come across on the show – seemed more like a direct Angel/Mephisto feud. That’s take care of it.

Tonight’s Lucha Underground is episode #15 of the season, “No Mas”. Matches announced.

  • The Mack versus Marty the Moth for an Aztec Medallion
  • Siniestro de la Muerte versus King Cuerno for an Aztec Medallion
  • Cage (c) versus Mascarita Sagrada for Cage’s Aztec Medallion (preview video)
  • Sexy Star versus the Mariposa in a No Mas match for an Aztec Medallion

No Mas is an I Quit match. Reports live said the match was very violent. Some people have understandably had issues with violence against women on this show, and I’m curious as to the reaction when it’s another woman inflicting the violence.

There will be six Medallions handed out by the end of the show. Last year, Dario just handed the seventh to Big Ryck. He may not hand one out this time, but they’re going to be close to another Gift of the Gods match soon.

Season 3 of Lucha Underground was believed to be wrapping up with the recently announced May dates. It’s definitely going longer. If you send an email to the Lucha Underground tickets email address, you’ll get an autorespond email which mentions all tickets are gone, but they’ll have more tapings in June.  This fits with a Rolling Stone interview with Catrina from a couple weeks ago, where the show has or was about to get picked up for around 14 episodes. That sounds like the episode count is going from the 26 of season 2 to the 39 of season 1.

Lucha Underground has been taping about 5 episodes a weekend, and about two weekends a month. They’d need three more weekends to wrap up taping. There’s no way they’re taping the first week of June (Lucha World Cup) and I’d gotten a hint that Ultima Lucha was going to be in July and not May, so everything matches up. (In slightly related news, I don’t think I’m going this month to LA.)

More episodes sounds like good news for Lucha Underground. That is not a deep take, but it’s also worth pointing out. Maybe they just saved enough money by taping season 3 so soon to add episodes, or maybe there’s other reasons going on – the additional episodes would takes the total episode count over 100, which used to mean a lot for syndication reasons and money reasons. I have no idea if it still means a lot, but it sounds good. I feel slightly more optimistic about season 4 but, more importantly, the people involved are probably going to feel slightly more optimistic about the show making it long term and it may affect decisions on what they do next. (I’d feel better if there wasn’t a long empty break in in-ring activity coming still; there’s going to be no need to film episodes for 12 months after they finish this.)

Some of the people who might be making those decisions about what’s next are AAA people who work for Lucha Underground. There’s been murmurs of some of those people going either out on their own, or even joining a mythical Konnan project since the middle of season 2, over dissatisfaction with AAA. The talk of that actually happening has lessened in the last month or so, but whatever decision they might make is going to be pushed off a couple months with the tapings going longer. That season end won’t happen until July now, close enough to TripleMania that maybe that’ll keep a decision off even longer. (Or, close enough to TripleMania that it’ll be really hard to replace people if they walk out.)

Elite’s two Liga Elite matches tonight are LA Park versus Atlantis and Negro Casas versus Rush. Casas & Rush famously feuded in 2014, and Rush leads 2-1 in 1v1 matches. LA Park and Atlantis only have one known singles match in their long careers, and it was a random show in Arena Xalapa. Atlantis is the only one of this foursome with a win so far – he’s got 2, so he could easily afford a loss.

It’s still early and there’s no real reason to believe this tournament will actually resolve in any satisfying way, but let’s pretend it will for a second. If you simulate this tournament format enough times, it looks like 14 points means you’ll likely escape the apuesta tournament. 19 points or more means you’ll likely make the title tournament. No one’s close to those milestones, but Atlantis could be the closest to safety with a win. (Imagine Atlantis losing his mask in this tournament.)

The other Elite TV match is a Caristico, Mistico, Mascara Dorada versus Angel Blanco Jr., Euforia and Ultimo Guerrero trios match. Elite started off with building next week’s main event off the trios match, but they’ve gotten around it of late. MasLucha is usually at the shows to interview people, and I’m curious what Angel Blanco Jr. is going to say about being back in Arena Mexico.

The non-TV matches includes Angel de Oro & Golden Magic versus Argos & Magno, Hijo de Dos Caras, Jinzo & Metaleon versus Cuatrero, Sanson & the debuting Hijo del Medico Asesino and Estrellita & Jarochita versus Muneca de Plata & Rossy Moreno. Elite seemed like they were doing something with Oro & Magic as a regular team on the Sunday shows, but it hasn’t been seen as much on the Wednesday ones (and Angel de Oro might simply be a sub for Dragon Lee.)

This is kind of strange: an article on Record proclaims one of the Psycho Circus will be in the Lucha World Cup, winning a qualifier in Orizaba. It looks like it was published just about the same time the actual Orizaba card went out, which has a completely different qualifier. I don’t think they’re doing both. The rest of the article is the same generic Pentagon and Texano quotes from the article AAA sent out a few days ago, so maybe someone (Psycho Clown) got bumped from the tournament at the last second and the weird looking card is a result. Guessing at the original card

? vs ??
Niño Hamburguesa, Garza Jr., Elegido vs Taurus, Cuervo, Scoria
Argenis, Australian Suicide, A Tecnico (Bengala?) vs Averno, Chessman, Ricky Marvin
Daga & Joe Lider vs Nicho & Pagano
Psycho Clown vs Murder Clown vs Monster Clown in the qualifiers
Texano Jr., La Parka vs Zorro, ?

They’re short a match and a spot for Hijo del Pirata Morgan, but maybe that Una Lucha Mas was actually the missing AAA opening match crew and not locals. Pirata could fit in there. A last minute change with the names already locked in would explain the weirdness (Pagano in a singles main event, Monster Clown & Murder Clown vs the Perros, an immediate tag title rematch) Original card is still not super great.

Electroshock is listed on an Elite branded show in Monterrey on 05/08. That’s a venue that had been running AAA shows as recently as last week (and could just be changing for one week, who knows.)

The 05/16 AAA in Nuevo Laredo show has Hernandez and Herodes Jr. as part of the show. Herodes Jr. possibility might just be in a local, though he’s in a higher spot than usual for that. Hernandez being on this show means he likely is planned to be the mystery guy in Orizaba and my wild guess might have been right. I’m stunned too.

Lucha Memes 05/15 in Coliseo Coacalco
1: Hechicero vs Virus
2: Princesa Maya vs Marcela
3: Traumas vs Silver Star & Alberto Dos Rios

CaraLuchas says the (soon to be ex) Mini Charly Manson will be on their 05/21 Anniversary show. The card is supposed to be revealed tonight.

The Lucha Mexico documentary, featuring Shocker, Strong Man, Fabian el Gitano and others, is scheduled to be released on on July 15. It’s going to be on iTunes among other places.

The founders of San Diego’s Lucha Libre Taco Joint talk about how they came up with the idea.

LuchaWorld has this week’s top 10 rankings.

RobViper has a music video of 10/02/15 CMLL.

The winning ticket for the Arena Mexico 60th Anniversary was sold in Aguascalientes. The winner won 18 million pesos (over 1 million US dollars.)

Sunday’s lucha show in Berwyn is the debut show for the promoter.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 05/10/2016 Arena México
1) Astral & Fantasy vs Pequeño Olímpico & Pierrothito
2) Leono, Sensei, Star Jr. vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Sangre Azteca
3) Fuego vs Disturbio [lightning]
4) Blue Panther Jr., Pegasso, The Panther vs Fujin, Okumura, Raijin
5) Ángel de Oro, Súper Porky, Tritón vs Hechicero, Kráneo, Sagrado
6) Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Stuka Jr. vs Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero, Vangellys

Niebla Roja pops back up again after no matches here since the middle of March.

Fujin & Raijin are pretty locked to the Panthers.

CMLL (TUE) 05/10/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Yaqui & Johnny Dinamo vs Diplomático & Linterna
2) Flyer, Soberano Jr., Starman vs Canelo Casas, Espanto Jr., Metálico
3) Blue Panther, Rey Cometa, Titán vs Cavernario, Puma, Tiger
4) Atlantis, Máscara Dorada, Valiente vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
5) Rush vs Terrible

Rush versus Terrible is always fun. It’d be neat if it made video, but it’s very inconsistent from here.

Mr. Niebla is back from his latest sojourn. It’ll be about four weeks between matches, so mark this up as another maybe suspension.

UWE (SAT) 05/21/2016 Arena Lopez Mateos
Arena Lopez Mateos 49th Anniversary
1) Shibata & Spider Boy vs Holkan & Ironía
2) Ángel Del Amor, Terry 2000, Yakuza vs Dr. Cerebro, Sádico, Yoruba
3) Gallego, Rocky Santana, Romano García © vs Ángel Mortal, Bronco (UWA), Marabunta [AULL TRIOS]
4) Hijo De Dos Caras & Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr. © vs Máscara Año 2000 Jr. & Silver King [UWE TAG]
5) Blue Demon Jr. vs LA Park, Canek, Pagano [Copa Universo]

Full card for their Anniversary show. Pagano should teach a course on how he’s managed to get on top of these cards despite not being a 90s legend or a son of a legend. There’s plenty of people who do hardcore matches who haven’t captured the imagination of indie promoters like he has.

AULL’s regular wrestlers are all shuffled to the undercard in unimportant matches. As usual.

CMLL Arena Mexico: 2016-05-03 

ouch
he bounces about six inches up

Recapped: 2016-05-03

What happened: Mephisto continued his new success by defeating Mascara Dorada for the CMLL Welterweight Championship. (Mephisto is now the favorite to put up his mask at the Anniversary show, though it’s still a long way away and it’s not totally clear who he’d face.)

What was good: The main event, really. Dorada/Mephisto was great. The women’s match was the only thing watchable from the undercard.

Where can I watch it: It’s on CMLL’s YouTube channel. Note the stream went out during the show, and the end of the third match wasn’t broadcasted and doesn’t appear on the VOD (unless they edit it later.) (more…)

05/14 AAA TV Lineup (Orizaba) – Ricky/Pirata/Nicho in final LWC qualifier

AAA

AAA TV (SAT) 05/14/2016 Plaza de Toros La Concordia, Orizaba, Veracruz
1) ? vs ??
dark match?
2) Monsther Clown & Murder Clown vs Daga & Joe Lider
3) Averno & Chessman © vs Argenis & Australian Suicide [AAA TAG]
3rd defense
4) El Elegido, Garza Jr., Niño Hamburguesa vs Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Taurus
5) Ricky Marvin vs Nicho el Millionario, Hijo de Pirata Morgan [Lucha Libre Victoria World Cup qualifier]
Winner joins Pentagon Jr. & Texano on the AAA team.
6) La Parka & Texano Jr. vs ? & Zorro
7) Psycho Clown vs Pagano [hardcore]

Air Date: 05/28 & 06/04.

This lineup looks odd. It’s because they’ve scheduled an AAA taping for the same weekend as a LU taping, and just about everyone you’d expect to be on the LU show will be in Los Angeles. There’s no minis or women either, so there’s not many men around who aren’t being employed. (Somewhere, there will be a small show Mamba, Apache, Bengala, Atomic Boy, Ludxor, Venom, Parka Negra and Soul Rocker.) What’s left doesn’t seem to be too promising of the card. This is a victim of scheduling.

It is nice to AAA’s giving a singles main event to young luchadors. It’s jawdropping that Pagano is getting this before Pentagon or Fenix or other people. (Psycho didn’t even get this at Rey de Reyes.) Again, part of this is circumstance – Psycho/Pagano has a TV feud behind it, and seems like a fresher match than Psycho/Zorro, and Pagano fits there better than in the semimain, and not many people are around. Maybe people who would’ve been used in this spot in other years. Still, if AAA would do this with Pagano, they’ve got to be doing it with Pentagon. Pagano has benefited far more from Pentagon Jr. winning the Lucha World Cup than Pentagon Jr.

The silhouette – maybe we’ve got to stop actually putting the silhouettes on posters – looks like Hernandez to me. I don’t know anything, it could just be a picture of the sake of a picture (which is what I’d do now – or just stop doing the silhouette bit) – and I don’t know why it’d be Hernandez, but that’s who I thought of first. Maybe he could be another member of Team Trump and the Lucha World Cup, though that would likely be announced Monday. Maybe that’s the case for the silhouette – if they’re going to announce the guy anyway on Monday, than it makes it easier to add him in.

I would’ve gone 0-3 for three guesses in the last qualifier. Hijo del Pirata Morgan is really good, but the next time he wins a big match in AAA will be the first time. So it’s Nicho & Ricky, which is an interesting pairing. Nicho’s last stint in AAA ended – according to Konnan on podcasts – when he attacked Ricky Marvin and two had a fight after they had problems in a match. They’ve been on the same tapings since then, so hopefully they’ve worked things out. Ricky is the better pick for Lucha World Cup match quality (and he’ll likely be there anyway as a translator for the Japan teams), but Nicho is the better star – in Mexico & the US – and maybe the difference doesn’t matter as much if the qualifying team is out in the first round again. It’d allow them to play up the Perros/Fronterzas feud once more. The recent AAA booking has been more focused on their storylines than creating good matches. I don’t know how this is going to turn out.

3rd match is an immediate rematch following the indecisive finish in Orizaba. Not sure what the point is of having title when they’re (essentially) the second match on a card when all the depth is stripped out of the card. I suspect, just like last time, they’ll be moved up on the day of the show, but they don’t seem like much of a prize if the guys holding them are working lower on the card than they did before they were champions.

That tag title match is probably the best bet for a good match on the show, but it’s not a exciting show of match quality. I wasn’t a big fan of Psycho’s matches with Wagner and Psycho/Pagano will lean even heavier on brawling and blood. La Parka means not a good match. 2/4 look like bad/weird combinations of people.

AAA lists the Puebla Lucha World Cup show as the next TV taping on TV, which is an extraordinary long break and would mean the World Cup is part of regular TV right away. I think there might be another taping announced somewhere in here.