La Mascara sets up title match with Volador in Puebla, next The Crash lineup

La Mascara wins

CMLL (MON) 12/26/2016 Arena Puebla [CMLL, Culticon]
1) El Malayo & Espíritu Maligno b Asturiano & París LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 26 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3.
2) Apocalipsis, Disturbio, Policeman b Lestat, Rey Samuray, Robin LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 26 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3. Apocalipsis replaced Espanto Jr. (still injured?)
3) Dalys © b Marcela [CMLL WOMEN] LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 26 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
never listed on CMLL’s website but advertised locally. Dalys took falls 2/3 to retain in a good match. 7th defense.
4) Drone, Pegasso, Stigma b Okumura, Sagrado, Skándalo LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 26 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tecnicos took 2/3. Pegasso replaced Fuego.
5) Felino, Gran Guerrero, Negro Casas b Atlantis, Johnny Idol, Stuka Jr. LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 26 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3. Gran Guerrero replaced Mr. Niebla.
6) La Máscara, Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy b Ephesto, Mephisto, Volador Jr. [Relevos Increíbles] LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 26 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Team Mascara took falls 1/2, Mascara beating Volador with his own finish cleanly in the second. Mascara demanded a title match next week.

This show was packed. It looked full. There were people seated in the bleachers behind the entrances, which are very rarely even used. It’s most likely the holiday week causing it, but it was still a good night.

CMLL never listed the title match on their website, but it was on the poster the arena sent out that afternoon. It was probably always booked but didn’t make the website due to the oversight. (Though, they updated the website to list Gran Guerrero, but still didn’t put in that match.) It’s hard to figure who will eventually beat Dalys at this point. Maybe Estrellita? Maybe Marcela just gets fails in a lot of challenges before beating her?

Mr. Niebla missed this show and was taken off all cards. Niebla appeared to be quietly suspended almost all of November, made it back for four matches, and has been quietly suspended again. Cavernario will again replace him on Friday, and Bucanero is in his spot on Sunday.

Today’s CMLL show is a show that doesn’t seem to have any purpose to exist. They didn’t run any feuds last week and might not this week. Might have a good match or two. The main event is Atlantis, Maximo and Valiente versus Mephisto, Ephesto, and Gran Guerrero. The semimain is Guerrero Maya, Johnny Idol and Rey Cometa against Bobby Z, Sam Adonis and Vangellys, which looks like the best match on the show. The lightning match was Puma versus The Panther, but is now Puma versus Okumura. It’s unclear why CMLL couldn’t find another tecnico for that spot, but there are less people around than usual. The women return to the tercera spot, with Vaquerita wrestling her first match unmasked. She teams with Estrellita & Marcela against Amapola, Comandante and the woman who unmasked her, Zeuxis. Magia Blanca, Oro Jr., and Stigma fight Arkangel, Inquisidor and Canelo Casas, in his first match here in a couple months. Acero & Fantasy versus Pequeno Nitro & Pequeno Violencia open the show, and that match doesn’t seem any good.

The show will air on CMLL’s YouTube at 7:30pm. CMLL’s own preview is only slightly more exciting than mine.

My schedule is a bit all over the place the next two weeks; posts may be up at weird times or not at all.

Black Terry & Negro Navarro are set to be guests on CMLL Informa tomorrow.

CultIcon starts counting down his top 50 luchadors of the year, with 41-50.

LuchaWorld has this week’s Poster-Mania and this week’s Lucha Report.

Lineups

The Crash (SAT) 01/21/2017 Auditorio de Tijuana, Tijuana, Baja California
1) Black Danger © vs Arkángel Divino [The Crash JUNIOR]
Ultimo Maldito & Mirage are the seconds. Third defense.
2) Ángel Metálico, Black Boy, Oraculo vs Douglas James, Tiago, Tony Casanova
3) Jack Evans & Rey Horus vs Bestia 666 & Mr. 450
4) Flamita © vs AR Fox [The Crash CRUISER]
second defense
5) La Máscara vs Brian Cage vs Willie Mack vs Jeff Cobb
6) Fénix El Rey, Jeff Hardy, Matt Hardy vs Juventud Guerrera, Nicho el Millionario, Súper Crazy

Full card for the show after many of the names were teased. These shows have streamed on their website the last couple times out, though there’s no telling if they’ll do it again until the day of the show. Main event should be an easy good match. Jeff Cobb’s been in some weird matches to this point and might stand a better chance in this one. La Mascara being the only CMLL wrestler on the show is surprising. Flamita/AR Fox should be great, as should be the Jack/Horuz vs Bestia/450 match. Opener is a chance for Arkangel to show if he can put together a match when his normal opponent isn’t in the match.

new lucha videos for the weekend of December 23rd

YouTube Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYyNnOBGWP7QK6oKcW_XtFS8Ydftt4YRC

PROESA was a repeat. AAA is in best of mode, with the only new material being holiday bumpers. (I wonder if Drago’s still champ because they had already filmed all these bumpers with Drago and his tag title?) It’s still there, but not broken down by match.

12/23 & 12/24 WWC: Cloud Drive

CMLL Lucha Libre Retro: 2016-12-23
taped 2016-10-01 @ Arena Coliseo
Cloud Drive
1) La Vaquerita, Marcela, Skadi vs Amapola, Dalys, La Comandante
2) Acero & Aéreo vs Pequeño Universo 2000 & Pequeño Violencia
3) Atlantis, Máximo Sexy, Titán vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-12-23
taped 2016-12-23 @ Arena México
Cloud Drive
1) Demus 3:16 & Mercurio vs Fantasy & Último Dragóncito
2) Blue Panther Jr., The Panther, Tritón vs Forastero, Okumura, Sagrado
3) Guerrero Maya Jr., Soberano Jr., Titán vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Luciferno, Pólvora
4) Atlantis, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Kráneo, Mephisto, Ripper
5) Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Hechicero, Máscara Año 2000
6) Carístico vs Último Guerrero

AAA on Televisa: 2016-12-24 – Cloud Drive

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2016-12-24
taped 2016-12-12 @ Arena Puebla
Cloud Drive
1) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther vs Kráneo, Olímpico, Ripper
2) Ephesto, Mephisto, Rush vs La Máscara, Rey Bucanero, Volador Jr. in a relevos increíbles match
3) Último Guerrero © vs Valiente for the NWA World Middleweight Championship

IWRG Zona XXI: 2016-12-24
taped 2016-12-21 @ Arena Naucalpan
Cloud Drive
1) Leo, Mike, Rafy © vs Cerebro Negro, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro for the Mexico State Tag Team Championship
2) Danny Casas, Mr. Electro, Veneno vs Eterno, Heddi Karaoui, Trauma I
3) Máscara Año 2000 Jr. vs Pirata Morgan for the hair
4) Golden Magic & Pirata Morgan Jr. vs Imposible & Relámpago and Killer Jr. & Pantera I in a relevos suicidas match
5) Pantera I vs Killer Jr. for the mask

Vaquerita, Histeria unmasked, Navarro & Terry win Coliseo tag belts

new champs

CMLL (SUN) 12/25/2016 Arena México [CMLL, thecubsfan]
1) Astral & Shockercito b Pequeño Olímpico & Pierrothito LUCHA LIBRE INFIERNO EN EL RING FUNCION DE NAVIDAD (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
11:40. Tecnicos took 2/3
2) Boby Z, Vangellys, Virus b Drone, Johnny Idol, Star Jr. LUCHA LIBRE INFIERNO EN EL RING FUNCION DE NAVIDAD (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
12:23. Rudos took 2/3.
3) Gran Guerrero, Rey Bucanero, Terrible b Stuka Jr., Titán, Valiente LUCHA LIBRE INFIERNO EN EL RING FUNCION DE NAVIDAD (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
19:24. Rudos took 1/3. In the third, Bucanero lifted Titan up, Titan started to lean back for a huracanrana reversal, but Bucanero powerbombed him instead. Titan landed hard on the back of head and was put in a neck brace.
4) Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Volador Jr. b Felino, Negro Casas, Skándalo LUCHA LIBRE INFIERNO EN EL RING FUNCION DE NAVIDAD (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
9:07. Skandalo replaced Cavernario (Chairo)
5) La Vaquerita L La Jarochita, Sanely, Princesa Sugehit, Marcela, Estrellita, Zeuxis, Dalys, Amapola, Metálica [cage, mask, hair] LUCHA LIBRE INFIERNO EN EL RING FUNCION DE NAVIDAD (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
25:01. Luchadoras had to wait three minutes to escape. Order of escape: Amapola, Metalica, Sanely, Dalys, La Jarochita, Marcela, Estrellita, Princesa Sugehit, leaving Vaquerita & Zeuxis. Vaquerita had a chance to escape but did a big plancha onto Sugehit and Zeuxis instead. Zeuxis beat Vaquerita with la Dulzura to win. Vaquerita is Isabel Ordóñez, 15 years a wrestler (no age given.)

Last couple minutes of the main event were good, but otherwise this show was less than you would’ve expected, and the expectations weren’t that high. The turnout wasn’t great either. CMLL kept the lights low all night, but the glimpses we got showed the building looking emptier than a usual Friday night show. It looked like a higher percentage of fans were back in the cheap seats too, probably due to the high ticket price. (And, for what it’s worth, the show didn’t end until it was already half time of the soccer game.)

+LuchaTV has video of post match interviews with Vaquerita and Zeuxis. Vaquerita says she’s lost her mask but not her career and will keep fighting.

There’s no official word on Titan’s condition, but a person on his Facebook says he’s “out of danger”.

Lucha Memes (SUN) 12/25/2016 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, Black Terry (photos)]
1) Araña de Plata, Black Dragón, Demonio Infernal, Diablo Jr., Dragón Fly, Hijo del Alebrije, Kanon, Skanda b Astrolux, Baby Star Jr., Black Metal, Ciber Punk, Demus Black, Garrobo Punk, Keira, Rebelde Punk [Torneo FILL]
Lucha Memes (Jack Evans) vs IWRG (Black Terry). Team IWRG got the win after losing the previous match.
2) Atlantis b Trauma I
Atlantis replaced Satanico (health issue)
3) Jack Evans b Rey Cometa
4) Black Terry & Negro Navarro b Guerrero Maya Jr. & The Panther (CMLL) © [Arena Coliseo TAG]
Terry & Navarro won! New champions. Maya & Panther fall on their sixth defense.
5) Veneno b Cavernario
Cavernario replaced Mr. Niebla.
6) Mike Segura L Aramis, Iron Kid, Alas de Acero, Sádico, Freelance, Arez, Belial, Impulso [cage, mask]

Not a lot of reviews of the show, just a mention that the cage match was good.

Besides allied promotion NJPW title changes, the last non-CMLL title changes for a CMLL title would have to be the CMLL Super Lightweight championship in 2005/2006. CMLL had forgotten or didn’t care that Rocky Romero still was champion when they stopped booking him, and he did a title back and forth on his own in the California in the ideas. The Terry/Navarro win seems like a fun idea, with an assumption that they’ll probably just lose it back in a couple months to a different CMLL team. (And, to this point, CMLL hasn’t acknowledged the change.) However, Daniel Ledesma of Lucha Memes is pushing it as the start of a new era of a Memes/CMLL alliance, with CMLL luchadors and independent luchadors facing off more often, and says CMLL’s already decided on when they’ll have Terry & Navarro in for their first defense. CMLL seemingly being OK with Cavernario working the Chairo show instead of their own does suggest they’re pretty tight at the moment.

Caristico unmasked Histeria in Tijuana. Histeria was announced as Alfonso Pena. There’s no word if he’ll keep going.

Puebla tonight has nothing special. The main event is a rematch from last week, with La Mascara, Marco Corleone, Maximo versus Ephesto, Mephisto, Volador, seeming to set up a Mascara/Volador match. The semimain is scheduled to be Atlantis, Johnny Idol and Stuka versus Felino, Negro Casas and Mr. Niebla, but Niebla is no sure bet to make it after missing last night’s show. The tercera is Drone, Fuego, and Stigma against Okumura, Sagrado and Skandalo. Lestat, Rey Samuray and Robin face Disturbio, Espanto Jr., Policeman in the second match, and Asturiano & Paris open against Malayo & Espiritu Maligno. There’s really nothing to write about these matches. The show will air at 9pm on CMLL.com and YouTube.

Miedo Extremo recaptured the DTU Championship from Masashi Takeda on Freedom’s show earlier today. Violento Jack lost King of Freedom World Championship back to Daisuke Masaoka in the main event. Both luchadors are headed back to Mexico now.

A long interview with Black Power and Black Power Jr. from Ciudad Victoria. The older one reveals he got his name from football players shouting the slogan in the “Remember the Titans” movie.

Segunda Caida reviews Black Magic & Negro Casas vs Brazo de Oro & Brazo de Plata.

Lineups

IWRG (SUN) 01/01/2017 Arena Naucalpan
1) Black Dragón & Fireman vs Adrenalina & Skanda
2) Alfa & Omega vs Araña de Plata & Demonio Infernal
3) Danny Casas, Dragón Fly, Veneno vs Killer Jr., Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro
4) Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Mr. Electro, Tinieblas Jr. vs Hijo De Dos Caras, Negro Navarro, Pirata Morgan
5) Imposible vs Relámpago, Golden Magic, Pirata Morgan [cage, mask, prison fatal]

Prison Fatal is the IWRG match where everyone’s changed to the cage, and must first fight to get a key to unchain themselves before they escape. There’s one obvious loser of the four.

Semimain is Tinieblas’ first appearance on an IWRG show in about 2.5 shows. He doesn’t seem to work many shows he’s not promoting nowadays. Alfa is back for the first time since September.

CMLL (SUN) 01/01/2017 Arena México
1) Astral, Stukita, Último Dragóncito vs Demus 3:16, Mercurio, Pierrothito
2) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther Jr., Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Bobby Z, Pólvora, Ripper
3) Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Stuka Jr. vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
4) Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Ephesto, Hechicero, Mephisto
5) Máximo vs Máscara Año 2000 [hair]

No changes from the announced lineup. Fourth match might be the best one on the show. That main event is going to be a thing. The best case is Maximo works really hard to make it a below average match and he wins, but a terrible match and Mascara 2000 winning is in play.

CMLL (SUN) 01/01/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Avispón Negro Jr. & Micro vs Guerrero de la Muerte & Quca
2) Cosmos, El Alteño, Explosivo vs Diplomático, Relámpago, Thunder Boy
3) Mágico, Magnum, Metatrón, Vaquero Jr. vs Frezzer, Furia Roja, Mosco X Fly, Sádico
4) Javier Cruz Jr. vs Gran Kenut [hair]
5) Esfinge & Gallo © vs Exterminador & Maléfico [OCCIDENTE TAG]

I’m not really sure the point of the Occident Tag Team titles, but it’d make sense for the rudos to win if there were any plans for them, since Esfinge isn’t around much (and Gallo’s just back from being exiled.) Fourth match are the two guys who were feuding who weren’t in the cage match. Frezzer was the big cage match loser, and appears as though he’ll be a rudo going forward.

CMLL Infierno en el Ring: 2016-12-25 

Vaquerita.

Recapped: 12/25/2016

What happened: Vaquerita was unmasked by Zeuxis in the main event cage match. Vaquerita is Isabel Ordóñez, 15 years a wrestler. 

What was good: Nothing really. If you like the drama of an unmasked, this had one of those, but none of the matches are worth seeking out on their own and most were not any good. Skip to the last few minutes of the cage match if you have to see anything.

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

Christmas Day show previews, TripleMania date announced

today

Arena Mexico today has a women’s cage match, including La Jarochita, Sanely, La Vaquerita, Princesa Sugehit, Marcela, Estrellita, Zeuxis, Dalys, Amapola, and Metalica, where the winner will loser will unmask or lose their hair. Early guessing had Zeuxis as the loser, but I think it’s unlikely if she’s wearing a special outfit. (Remember back to the Sombra versus Volador mask match, where Sombra wore a new variation of his mask, and Volador wore the classic version of his, and it was a sign of who was going to win. Luchadors prefer to go down wearing their most well known version of their mask.) There’s no other obvious loser, just a lot of people (Jarochita, Vaquerita, Amapola, Metalica) who all have about the same chance, and others who wouldn’t be a big leap. CMLL hasn’t strongly pushed any rivalry, more just everyone against everyone. Their advantage is the outcome is a mystery, but there’s no strong reason for people to get into this mask beyond the drama of the stipulation,

The rest of the card are matches without meaning, though the star power is more like a Friday night show than a Sunday one. Atlantis, Marco and Volador take on Barbaro Cavernario, Felino and Negro Casas. Stuka, Titan, Valiente face Gran Guerrero, Rey Bucanero and Terrible. Drone, Johnny Idol and Star Jr. face Boby Z, Vangellys and Virus. That’s a bit lower than we’re using to seeing Vangelys and Drone. A minis match with Astral, Shockercito, Pequeno Olimpico and the returning Pierrothito opens the show.

This show will air on CMLL’s YouTube and NJPW World. CMLL hasn’t promoted that part all that much, possibly because they need to sell tickets for this show. The prices are marked up for a bigger than usual show, betting on the holiday and the cage match to move them. They didn’t seem to be moving all that quick on last check on Ticketmaster.

CMLL is promising this show will end by 7pm so fans can could go see the LigaMX final. The LigaMX final seems to be listed at 6:30pm. It was very stubborn of CMLL not to simply move their show up an hour, and it may cost them in tickets sold. For those who don’t care about LigaMX, it’ll probably mean CMLL is cutting some of the undercard a little short to make sure they get done on time. Most CMLL shows have tended towards being two hours of late, but a cage match usually take as little bit longer, and setting up the cage kills a few minutes too.

Guadalajara has the same sort of cage match: a whole bunch of people around the equal status, with a lot of people as potential losers. This cage match build is more individual rivalries which have been thrown together: Neutron/Leon Blanco, Infierno/Magnum, Mr. Trueno/Freezer, Nautilius/Pitbull I, Star Black/Nautilius (and Rafaga & Star Black seemingly just throw in, or their feud didn’t make the recap.) Infierno wasn’t wrestling for two years before coming back a few weeks ago, so he’s the favorite to lose.

In Tijuana, Caristico and Histeria (Morphosis) have their own mask match. It’s a bit strange there’s a mask match happening between two guys who work for CMLL in an indie promotion. It’s arguably a much bigger match than the one CMLL is running on the same day. Neither Caristico or Histeria both seems like outsiders who are in CMLL, so that might have something to do with it. Histeria is probably losing. The only way he’s not is if someone else gets involved.

The most interesting show of the night is Chairo 7 show in Arena Naucalpan. It too has a cage match, with the three way feud between the Saetas, Indystructibles and Kamikazes.  Guerrero Maya & The Panther defend the Arena Coliseo Tag Team title belts against Black Terry & Negro Navarro, and Jack Evans & Rey Cometa and Trauma I & Satanico have first time ever matches. Lucha Memes/Chairo is less likely to be affected by LigaMX: they’re drawing from people who are care more about the matches, and it’s a much better card than CMLL.

There’s plenty of smaller shows today, and this seems like a day that might have a lot of outdoor shows which aren’t promoted anywhere but in the neighborhood.

AAA announced next year’s TripleMania will take place August 26, 2017. This is the first time they’ve announced TripleMania’s date this far in advance. They’re trying to make a destination show for the 25th Anniversary, with Dr. Wagner versus Psycho Clown also already announced. They haven’t quite announced the location yet. Seems safe to assume Mexico City, but maybe it’ll be a different building. AAA posted their entire holiday special.

Azteca aired another Lucha Azteca special today. The announcers for the show still say they’ll be back with new episodes in 2017. Elite seemed to have cameras on hands for their show at Arena Lopez Mateos, though it wasn’t clear if they were Azteca and they might have just been used for the holiday messages they’ve been posting. Still, something is better than nothing.

Caristico defeats Ultimo Guerrero, Maximo bests Mascara before their hair match

Caristico

CMLL (TUE) 12/20/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Martes de Glamour]
1) Magia Blanca & Metatrón b Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno
tecnicos took 1/3
2) Arkángel de la Muerte, Infierno, Metálico b Flyer, Magnum, Robin
Rudos took 1/3
3) Disturbio, Okumura, Virus b Esfinge, Soberano Jr., Stigma
Rudos took 2/3
4) Carístico, Máximo Sexy, Stuka Jr. b Gran Guerrero, La Máscara, Niebla Roja
tecnicos took 2/3
5) Valiente b Último Guerrero
Valiente won! He took falls 1/3, the last with the Valiente Buster.

Valiente can actually beat UG when a title is not on the lie.

CMLL (FRI) 12/23/2016 Arena México [CMLL, thecubsfan, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Demus 3:16 & Mercurio b Fantasy & Último Dragóncito
13:36. Rudos took 1/3.
2) Blue Panther Jr., The Panther, Tritón b Forastero, Okumura, Sagrado
16:51. Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Dragón Rojo Jr., Luciferno, Pólvora b Guerrero Maya Jr., Soberano Jr., Titán
16:37. Rudos took 1/3
4) Atlantis, Stuka Jr., Valiente b Kráneo, Mephisto, Ripper
13:00. Tecnicos took 1/3.
5) Euforia, Hechicero, Máscara Año 2000 b Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Volador Jr.
4:25. Tecnicos took 1/2. Mascara got himself DQed by shoving the referee in the first, and Maximo snuck in a foul in the second.
6) Carístico b Último Guerrero
15:55. Carsitico took 1/3, the last with La Mistica. The show ended before they could follow up on the stipulation.

Ultimo Guerrero loses two singles matches in a week! All this time, we thought UG had to win because it would be the only way out of the mask/hair match. We missed the idea that CMLL could just pretend like neither man said anything and cut away from the show as quick as possible. CMLL is very much of the ignoring their problems and hoping no one notices him. Live, they didn’t let Caristico speak on the microphone after the match. I would bet he brings this up on every interview for at least the next nine months. It’s possible they could wait and run the match in March or September, where everyone would make a lot of money for it, but there’s guarantee.

Main event was good, as was the tercera. Semimain was absurdly short, as if even CMLL had given up on the idea of having a good match with Mascara 2000. Yet, CMLL’s normal booking is the person who wins the last lead up match is going to lose the actual match. Mascara taking Maximo’s hair would be among the dumbest decisions CMLL’s made in some time, but it’s very much a possibility and maybe even the more likely outcome. I thought Zeuxis & Mascara were losing two weeks ago and I’m not sure about either.

Dragon Rojo mentioned he was headed home after the show. He’s probably not the only one, and the lineups will be more Mexico City heavy the next week or so.

CMLL has confirmed Sunday’s show will be streamed on their YouTube Channel. I think I’m going to save the previews for tomorrow.

AAA is being pushed all the way back to 7:30pm tonight. It looks like Christmas themed Best of show.

Alfredo writes about the life of Mocho Cota at LuchaWorld. On Voices of Wrestling, JR Goldberg talks about a couple of his more memorable available matches.

Super Crazy, Juventud Guerrera and Psicosis will be on the next The Crash show. Melissa Santos will also be there.

Hijo del Santo says he’d like to have a retirement mask match, maybe against Hijo del Solitario, and leave his mask in the ring either way.

El Sol de Zacatecas has a long bio of local luchador Juan Luis Leo, who says he wrestled in Guadalajara, Los Angeles and El Toreo. This is one where I’m totally unsure if any of this is correct.

Lineup

CMLL (FRI) 12/30/2016 Arena México
1) Flyer & Robin vs Hijo del Signo & Metálico
2) Pegasso, Star Jr., Tritón vs Nitro, Sangre Azteca, Virus
3) Rey Cometa vs Sagrado [lightning]
4) Blue Panther Jr., Drone, The Panther vs Kráneo, Olímpico, Ripper
5) Ángel de Oro, Marco Corleone, Stuka Jr. vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible
6) Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas vs Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr.

They forgot to book the good match this week. Maybe the lightning match.

CMLL probably should have a decent main event for Three Kings’ day, and a Sky Team/Peste Negra trios title match would fit.

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-12-23

La Mistica

Recapped: 12/23/2016

What happened: Carístico beat Último Guerrero, clean even. CMLL hurried to end the show before they’d have to explain why the mask/hair match wasn’t happening next week. Máximo beat Mascara Año 2000, not cleanly at all, which puts some major doubt into the finish next week. (Weird how it works that way.) Triton returned and did not immediately lose!

What was good: I liked the tercera and the main event.

Where can I watch it: It’ll be on my channel and you might be able to find it on my twitter feed. (more…)

Mocho Cota, CMLL Friday preview

Mocho Cota

Mocho Cota, Manuel Cota Soto, passed away yesterday afternoon. He was 62. He’s said said to have died after a fall caused multiple skull fractures (though a brain aneurysm was also mentioned.) Cota’s organs are being donated, as he requested in his will. He’s the second luchador in his family to pass away in 2016, after his son Zayco died in June. Another son, now wrestling as Mocho Cota Jr., has appeared infrequently in AAA this year.

Cota was rudo for EMLL in the 80s and 90s, with short stints in AAA in the 90s. Cota had big hair and only three fingers on his right hand, losing the middle and ring finger in a work accident. The “Mocho” nickname (“cripple”) comes from that injury, but he never came off as a handicapped or limited. He came off as a tough nosed luchador who was out to hurt people as much as win. Cota was NWA and Mexican welterweight champion but, as SuperLuchas notes in their obit, Cota seemed a guy more about crushing his opponents than winning titles. Cota’s major league career ended around 1999, though he would still work northern shows and pop up from time to time. He would occasionally promote shows in his home state of Sonora in recent years, and the SuperLuchas articles mentions Cota was working in AAA’s programming department at some point in the past.

Alfredo has the best obit of Mocho CotaCMLL and AAA noted his passing. CMLL says they’ll have a tribute to him tonight.  There’s a playlist of some of his matches here. DJ Spectro writes about Cota’s introduction to EMLL.

Tonight’s CMLL show has Ultimo Guerrero versus Caristico. There’s nothing on the line, outside of a non-binding resolution to have an apuesta match between the two of them should Ultimo Guerrero Caristico win. It’s not their first singles match since Caristico’s return – that was in Puebla – and it’s not even the first singles match in Arena Mexico – that was on Liga Elite – but it still feels like a better deal than the Sunday apuesta matches to come just because of the names involved. Mistico won this match all the time on his way up, and the quality of these matches contributed to his rise. Since his return, each man has pinned each other once and the Liga Elite match ended in DQ. The mask/hair match seems unlikely to happen any time soon, and feels like many teases of possible Anniversario matches normal to this time of year which don’t end up going anywhere, but the crowd should be into it. Ultimo and Caristico still have great crowd support and there should be a good atmosphere for the main event.

I have a video preview of the main event:

 

This is a one match show, same as CMLL’s other big shows the next couple of weeks. The semimain is a teaser for the hair match nine days from now, with Maximo & Mascara 2000 on opposite sides of a trios. Marco, Volado, Euforia and Hechicero will try to have a good match outside the obvious issue. The semimain is Atlantis, Stuka and Valiente versus Kraneo, Mephisto and Ripper. Guerrero Maya, Soberano and Titan take on Dragon Rojo Jr., Luciferno and Polvora in the tercera, replacing the women’s trios that’s been in that spot late. The Panther brothers team with Triton, making his Arena Mexico return, against the random combination of Forastero, Okumura and Sagrado.  Yet another show opens with a minis match, this time Demus & Mercurio versus Fantasy & Dragoncito.

Dragon Lee will return to Ring of Honor in New York on March 4th. He’ll face Will Ospreay in a first time ever singles match, assuming it doesn’t happen elsewhere first. This is not a TV taping or a PPV, but a VOD exclusive show.

CultIcon previews this sow. It will air as normal on ClaroSports at 8:30pm.

AAA luchadors will be on UnivisionTDN’s Zona Ruda on Christmas Eve. Psycho and Wagner will build up their mask match, while Pentagon, Fantasma and Tirantes will be on another panel.

AAA luchadors worked a private show in Riviera Maya for a group of German travel agents, to promote international tourism to the area.

Rey Lobo Jr. surprised Star Fire with a marriage proposal on TV yesterday. She said yes.

Mr. Niebla says he’s the most criticized luchador.

LuchaWorld has the Lucha Report.

Voices of Wrestling reviews yesterday’s CMLL show.

lucha TV preview for weekend of December 23rd

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AAA is probably best of material, though we’re not sure yet. It’s also going to run a strange time. Televisa airs the NFL, the NFL games are largely moved to Saturdays this week, and AAA won’t come on until whatever random time the late NFL games end.

CMLL’s Sunday show should air on YouTube, though they seem to be not advertising it to prevent it from hurting ticket sales.

IWRG‘s anniversary should air, because the Sunday show is a Chairo show which won’t be taped. They didn’t air both IWRG’s tapings last week, so at least only one show improves the odds.

Killer Jr. unmasked, Mascara 2000 Jr. loses his hair in IWRG, CMLL cage match to be streamed, LU S4

Pantera I won, Killer Jr. lost; photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (WED) 12/21/2016 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), Estrellas del Ring]
39th Arena Naucalpan
1) Aramis, Black Dragón, Dragón Fly b Araña de Plata, Demonio Infernal, Skanda
2) Leo, Mike, Rafy © b Cerebro Negro, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro [EdM Trios]
Cerebro Negro, who was in a title match on this show at one point, replaced Oficial 911. Fourth defense. Oficial Fierro’s first match here since June.
4) Danny Casas, Mr. Electro, Veneno b Eterno, Heddi Karaoui, Trauma I
Before the match, Trauma I received an award for being IWRG luchador of the year as voted on Facebook. Mr. Electro, who beat Trauma I on Sunday, was upset. He said, back in his day, you won prizes in the ring and not on Facebook. Trauma I and Electro feuded during the match, with Electro challenging for an Electro/Sharlie vs Traumas apuesta match.
5) Pirata Morgan b Máscara Año 2000 Jr. [hair]
Pirata won with help from Pirata Morgan Junior. Pirata snuck in a foul to win the second and used the ropes in the third.
6) Killer Jr. & Pantera I L Golden Magic & Pirata Morgan Jr. and Imposible & Relámpago [relevos suicidas]
Started out as Magic/Pirata vs Killer/Pantera. Killer no-showed on Sunday, so they changed it to Magic/Pirata vs Imposible/Relampago (who were scheduled for a singles match which would now be Pantera I vs Dr. Cerebro.) Killer resurfaced before Wednesday, so the match was changed back to the original with Imposible & Relampago having their singles match. However, Imposible insisted on staying in the mask match, so they main event was changed yet again to a three way tag match. Killer & Pantera lost, and immediately had their mask match.
7) Pantera I b Killer Jr. [mask]
A one fall bloody match. Pantera I won, and Killer Jr. was announced as Julian Hernandez Quiroz, 25 years a wrestler, originally from Calexico, California and living for the last 20 years in Jalisco.

Neither Pirata losing is a big upset, but mostly driven by Killer Jr. coming back after all. IWRG building a big show to Killer Jr. losing his mask is very IWRG. Killer Jr.’s first matches seem to be in 2008, so he was wrestling under some other name before picking up the Junior name (and wasn’t actually Killer’s son.) “The Killer” evil foreigner, so it probably was important for him to mention he was originally from California. His full name is probably Ricardo Julian Hernandez Quiroz, judging from this Facebook and this one.

If Mascara 2000 Jr. was willing to lose his hair, I would’ve rather see him than his father (or “father”) in CMLL. The last singles hair match win for Pirata Morgan appears to be 2007, though there’s some ones in between on small shows with no finishes.  Mascara beat Pirata for his hair three years ago. I don’t quite understand why this match was a thing, but it is a very IWRG thing.

There’s a false story going around that Mocho Cota has passed away. He is still alive at last word. He has been in the hospital the last few days after suffering what’s been described as either head injury or an aneurysm and the situation is serious enough to make the rumors plausible, but not true. Edit: Mocho Cota has passed away this afternoon.

The very end of Informa confirmed Sunday’s CMLL show will be streamed. They’re possibly not making a big deal of because tickets are pretty expensive: 672 MX ($32 USD) highest ticket compared to 470 MX ($23 USD) for Friday’s show. Most Sunday shows are much cheaper than Friday shows, and CMLL is pricing this like it’s a special event. I guess that’s the idea, but they haven’t made it feel like one. It’ll will be a hard sell against LigaMX. (I’m not sure what the thinking is here.) Metalica, Jarochita and Sanely talk about being in the CMLL cage for the first time.

This week’s WON says Lucha Underground wrestlers were told the plan was to start filming Season 4 in October. This is a change from even a few weeks ago, when people in charge were saying they were filming in the spring. The new episodes wouldn’t start airing until 2018, which means this would be about the same break as between season 1 and season 2 if it happens.

Rey Mysterio Jr. says he’s considering opening a wrestling school. Rey would like to train his son for wrestling, he’s thought about a school before, and maybe will open a school if that’s just the easier way to train his son.

TKD and CultIcon reviews this week’s Lucha Underground.

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report.

Martinez Promociones in Texas has Ronnie Mendoza vs Zack Sabre Jr. and Taya vs Chik Tormenta on 0/14

The Crash announced Cage and AR Fox for their 01/21 show.

Pentagon and Fenix are headed to Peru sometime in March.

There’s a children’s toy drive in Matamoros, which is great. The luchador leading it (Guerrero Celestial) is either passing himself off as Mistico or the newspaper person is very confused, which is not great.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 12/27/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Mágico & Vaquero Jr. vs Carlo Roggi & Linterna
2) Magnum, Marvel, Star Jr. vs Cancerbero, Joker, Raziel
3) Blue Panther Jr., Esfinge, Pegasso vs El Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
4) Drone, Stuka Jr., Tritón vs Kráneo, Pólvora, Ripper
5) Carístico, Marco Corleone, Volador Jr. vs La Máscara, Shocker, Terrible

Nothing special for the Holiday show here either.

CMLL ACG (WED) 01/04/2017 Expoferia Arandas, Arandas, Jalisco
1) Sky Kid & Smaker vs Joker & Sádico
2) Mágico, Magnum, Vaquero Jr. vs Évola, Exterminador, Ráfaga
3) Estrellita, Sanely, Silueta vs Chik Tormenta, La Pantera, Zeuxis
4) Esfinge, Gallo, Star Black vs El Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón © [OCCIDENTE TRIOS]
5) Atlantis & Último Guerrero vs Blue Panther & Satánico
6) Carístico & Máximo vs Mr. Niebla & X-Fly

A special Jalisco show show at a winter fair. Wikiepdia tells me Arandas is about two hours east of Guadalajara. I think they might have the wrong match in the main event. There’s a press conference today which might be related to this show.