Lucha Underground 1×26: Best in the Business

Angelico caught in a bad spot

the matches

Cortez Castro & Mr. Cisco [O] DQ Havoc [x] & Angelico (5:24, Psycho Realm)
DelAvar Daivari DQ Texano (0:12, Texano refused to break from the corner at a count of five)
Cage [O] & Cuerno b Puma [X] & Hernandez (7:24, Weapon X)
Alberto el Patron b Johnny Mundo (12:17, Rompe Destinos armbreaker kick to the head)

the developments

The show started and ended with Alberto el Patron and Johnny Mundo. They met Dario together to start the show, turning their ongoing back and forth about who was better into a declaration that they were both better than Hernandez (or “Fernandez”, if you’re Mundo) and he shouldn’t have been the #1 contender. Dario acquiesced to their demands, offering them a match to settle who was best, with the winner facing Hernandez next week to determine the true #1 contender.

more flipz

The match took up the last quarter of the show. Alberto used some rudo tactics early. Mundo may have hurt his knee on a bad fall out of the ring. Mundo landed the Fin de Mundo, but Alberto got the ropes. Alberto got his armbreaker, but Mundo also turned out of it and got the ropes. Alberto was able to land the big kick to the head one more time and put on the armbar for the clean win.

The first match on the show continued the Crew/trios champions issue: the Crew won a 2v2 match by beating Havoc. Bael got punched off the apron late, but it was otherwise a fair win for the rudos. Ivelisse spent the match yelling criticism to her team, who mostly ignored her and were back to not working well with each other.

Cage doing Cage things

Delavar Daviari debuted, after first meeting with Dario in his office. Davari spent most of his meeting messaging on his phone and not looking at Dario, to Cueto’s obvious annoyance. This segment and the match established Davairi has become a real estate mogul in recent years and was now so rich that he didn’t need to wrestle. (He’s nicknamed the Goldn Warrior, and wears all gold.) Daviari claimed he still is wrestling because he inflicting violence. He didn’t get to inflict much, as Texano rushed the ring and refused to stop punching Daviari until he was quickly disqualified. Daviari escaped the beating after the bell.

Dairo continued to stir things up with Hernandez and Puma, but they were pretty much stirred up on their own. Puma would’ve attacked Hernandez in the locker room if not for Konnan’s intervention. Hernandez made it clear he’s no friend of Puma, but stated his intention was to help Puma keep the title long enough for Hernandez to win it from him. Hernandez and Puma weren’t thrilled when Cueto made them a tag team against Cuerno & Cage, and Hernandez was even less happy when Dario informed him he’d have to defend his #1 contendership next week. Hernandez antagonized Puma during the match before pulling him in front of Cuerno’s Flecha del Infierno, then outright turning on him with a kick to the head. Konnan, who had been trying to forge a partnership, backed off Hernandez after the attack. It was too late for Puma, who was easily beat by Cage.

Mundo lands badly, gets landed on

In non match segments, Black Lotus continues to believe she’s ready to face the monster but can’t get past Dragon Azteca. And, to close the show, Catrina stood by the coffin of Mil Muertes, opened it, and ordered him to rise to life once again. Mil Muertes’ eyes reopened to start the show.

thoughts

That’s a lot of text already. There was a lot of different stories packed into the show, especially the first half of it. Everything was easy to follow, but there was so much going on that not all of it was retained. They had so much to work in that only the main event got a proper entrance; two matches started with everyone in the ring and the other had Texano running in and not lasting longer. Maybe that’s the one story (Texano/Davaiari) that could’ve been moved to a different week to give it more time. They advanced the story a bit by explaining Daviari’s back story, but the match itself was a letdown.

Or maybe other things could’ve been moved. The trios feud was just there to remind us what the status quo was for that feud, and the Black Lotus feud just repeated what we had seen prior. Both exist to build anticipation for what’s coming, but the effect is less when there’s so many other things going on.

KO kick

Second tag match was good and took care of all they needed to. Puma got to do some stuff, Hernandez got to be highly annoying, and Cage & Cuerno won in a situation where they really should’ve won. It’s clear the Puma/Hernandez match is happening at some point, whatever happens with next week’s Alberto/Hernandez match, and they’ve set up everyone well for it.

Main event was very good, easily Great. It felt more like a WWE style match (two chinlock will do it for you), but Alberto working as a rudo went well with how they could set the match up. Alberto never did anything so rudo that he couldn’t still be a good guy by the end of the match. Mundo looked in trouble after taking the flip out of the ring onto the steps, but seemed fine the rest of the way. The finish was really great: it was a clean one after a bunch of recently screwy ones (all seemingly for storyline reasons), Alberto’s kick prior to the end looked awesome, and it’s something Mundo has to address going farther – he tried to get to the top and fell short again.

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CMLL (apparently) lost it’s main TV outlet; few notice

CMLL’s main live event of the week is the Friday night show. Matches from that show air in Mexico on Fox Sports 2. That may need to be changed to the past tense. The show did not air last week, is not listed as airing on the schedule for this week, and it’s unclear if they’ll be back on the network again. Those Friday night matches will still air on Azteca in the United State. It means the only way Mexican fans can watch the main CMLL stories is by being at an Arena Mexico show or by finding my YouTube channel and hoping I upload the show. (Obviously, this is a poor idea.)

CMLL has said nothing about the situation. CMLL Informa, the weekly in-house show dedicated to talking about about all that’s going on in CMLL, did not directly talk about the situation. The only reference was saying the Reyes del Aire match would air on Azteca (America) and omitting the usual mention of it also airing on Fox Sports 2. Fans asking CMLL about the situation on social media have been ignored in usual fashion.

It may also be only a temporary situation: when small indy promotions like AULL and FULL have found TV outlets this year, it seems likely someone will take in CMLL. It’s still embarrassing – both in losing the TV and how they’ve not addressed it. (The counterpoint is these sort of TV issues play a much lesser role in the discussion of wrestling in Mexico as compared to the US; I’m not sure anyone else is going to report this, but perhaps that’s an even bigger issue with CMLL’s reach.)

This is also not an entirely unexpected development. CMLL’s was bounced from Televisa for reportedly not improving their TV product and low ratings, and seemed to be bumped down from Fox Sports Mexico 1 to 2 for similar reasons. Fox Sports Mexico acquiring the TV rights to WWE in Mexico last year meant they had little need for CMLL. The show was frequently moved around and treated as a filler program and now they’ve got other wrestling for the same purposes.

CMLL still has plenty of TV: 2 hours on Cadena3 (available over the air on Mexico City and in other locations, but not nationwide) and 1 hour each on Canal 52MX and Claro Sports (available on limited systems.) Any of those programs could now start airing the big Friday night matches, but the last two are too small to do much good. Cadena3 has seemed like a better outlet for CMLL’s main action for quite some time, but CMLL’s never made that change. The hold up might be about Cadena3 producing their TV broadcast themselves, while CMLL’s been producing the Friday TV shows completely on their own. (From the outside, there doesn’t seem to be much difference except for the announcers, but it could be the announcers who decide these things.)

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Casas & Shocker keep tag titles, Lucha Underground, Puebla

CMLL (MON) 05/04/2015 Arena Puebla [Periodico Enfoque]
1) Rey Apocalipsis & Toro Bill Jr. b Black Tiger & Paris
2) Lestat, Oro Jr., Soberano Jr. b Hijo del Signo, King Jaguar, Nitro
3) Hechicero, Kamaitachi, Okumura b Dragon Lee, Esfinge, Pegasso
Dragon Lee was stretchered out after taking a Kamaitachi suplex.
4) Kráneo, Morphosis, Ripper b Blue Panther, Stuka Jr., Super Porky
5) Rey Bucanero b Dragón Rojo Jr. [lightning]
6) Mr. Niebla, Shocker, Último Guerrero b Atlantis, Máximo, Rush
Shocker beat Rush.

Shocker beating Rush should lead to something, but no lineups for next week yet.

photo by Alexis Salazar

CMLL (TUE) 05/05/2015 Arena México [CMLL, Notimex, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Bengala & Molotov b Cholo & Espanto Jr.
2) Eléctrico, Shockercito, Stukita DQ Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Violencia
Originally a women’s match (Vaquerita/Marcela/Skadi vs Amapola/Dalys/Comandante). Straight falls, with Mercurio fouling Shockercito.
3) Blue Panther Jr., Fuego, The Panther b Canelo Casas, Tiger, Virus
4) Titán DQ Gran Guerrero [lightning]  (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Gran Guerrero DQed for unmasking Titan
5) Máximo, Super Porky, Valiente b Kráneo, Morphosis, Ripper
6) Negro Casas & Shocker © b Atlantis & Blue Panther [CMLL TAG]
Champs took falls 2/3 clean to keep the titles. Shocker & Casas’ 6th defense

That seems like they’re setting up Mercurio/Shockercito in a hair match sometime soon. Main event is said to be a good techinical match.

Lucha Underground

Today’s Lucha Underground episode is #26, “The Best in the Business.” The title comes from an Alberto, Mundo and Cueto segment that’s already up. (As chui noted, that segment is one hat away from accidentally referencing a luchablog injoke.) Matches on the show

  • Texano vs DelAvar Daivari
  • Son of Havoc & Angelico vs Mr. Cisco & Cortez Castro
  • Prince Puma & Hernandez vs Cage & King Cuerno
  • Alberto El Patron vs Johnny Mundo

DelAvar is the man in the crowd who attacked Texano. There’s a shorter clip of his meeting with Dario. There’s also a clip of Black Lotus’ continued training, and an extra on Johnny Mundo’s parkour skills.

Main event is a pivotal moment in this season. It’s also said to be very good.

Other News

No news on the remaining empty spots on the Lucha World Cup today. There’s six spots left to reveal (the other Mexico indy guy, the ROH team, the non-Galloway Rest of the World members.) I’ve heard educated rumors about all the spots, nothing strong enough to confirm names, but also nothing that would also be big news if revealed either. All “names that make sense but aren’t going to change your impression on the tournament one way or another.

There will be a male luchador dance show on Sunday’s show in Arena Mexico as part of Mother’s Day celebrations.

Esfinge was interviewed in Puebla about his debut in that arena. It reads as if he’s training under Ultimo Guerrero in Mexico City now. (Maybe that answers Alexis’ question?) Esfinge says he wants to be part of two big competitions which are coming up, doesn’t name either one.

Aerostar reveals he dreamed of being a football player or a rock star as a kid until fell in love with lucha. I can not imagine rock star Aerostar.

Black Terry Jr. has highlights of last week’s Gym Zeuz vs Gym IWRG match. Doesn’t look like that one’s going to air on TV.

+LuchaTV talked to Hijo de Dr. Wagner about his injury.

Enrique and Oscar recapped the AAA show in Aguascalientes.

Segunda Caida watches Damiancito el Guerrero vs Cicloncito Ramirez and and more random CMLL, is excited to see Pierroth.

SuperLuchas writes about the opening of Arena Poza Rica and an El Toreo show.

A story on lucha libre in Portland.

Martha Villallobos campaign ad.

Lucha Libre in Japan

05/05 REINA: Princesa Sugehit b Narumiya [CMLL-REINA INTL] via La Mistica.
First defense. Unclear if she’s staying for more shows.

I’ve read the NJPW Best of Super Juniors is going to be announced tomorrow. I don’t see anything officially saying that, but it would make sense with NJPW’s tour ending earlier today. My original, way back in January, guess was Triton would end up in this year but that was thinking they’d bring back Cavernario at some other time. They haven’t brought back Cavernario, so maybe they were saving him fro this – but maybe Cavernario’s knee injury will put a wrench in those plans. Maybe it’ll just be only Mascara Dorada as the CMLL representative.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 05/12/2015 Arena México
1) Bengala & Leono vs Apocalipsis & Inquisidor
2) Fantasy, Shockercito, Stukita vs Mercurio, Pequeño Universo 2000, Pequeño Violencia
3) Oro Jr., Pegasso, Stigma vs Boby Zavala, Sangre Azteca, Tiger
4) Ángel de Oro vs Ripper [lightning]
5) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Valiente vs Ephesto, Hechicero, Vangellys
6) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Rush vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible

TGR vs Ingobernables, sort of. Shockercito and Mercurio face off again in the segunda.

CMLL (TUE) 05/12/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Magnum & Metatrón vs Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno
2) Goya Kong, Lluvia, Silueta vs Amapola, Dalys, Reyna Isis
3) Esfinge & Gallo © vs Misterioso Jr. & Sagrado [OCCIDENTE TAG]
first defense for Gallo & Esfinge
4) La Máscara, La Sombra, Super Porky vs Euforia, Kráneo, Thunder
5) Atlantis, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Mephisto, Mr. Niebla, Último Guerrero

That semifinal is a weird combination of people. Tercera is both sets of secondary tag team champions with only the local titles on the line. Lluvia’s been working random spot shows but this is her first main CMLL show since February.

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Lucha World Cup, ChilangaMask lineups, Occidente Trios championship

CMLL (SUN) 05/03/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Fuego en el Ring]
1) Avispón Negro Jr. & Mascara De Oro b Gitano & Relampago
Debuts in a win for Avispon & Mascara.
2) Mercenario & Mr. Brisa b Capitan Cobra & Mr. Apolo
rematch from last week’s DCOR draw. Rudos won this time.
3) Pitbull I & Pitbull II b Nube Roja & Toro Negro
4) Exterminador & Maléfico b Gallo & Virgo
Virgo replaced Esfinge (double booked in Mexico) and lost when Malefico pulled his mask and rolled him up.
5) Furia Roja, Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno b El Cuatrero, Joker, Sansón [OCCIDENTE TRIOS, final]
Furia Roja surprised Joker with a huracanrana to win the vacant titles.

Arena Coliseo Guadalajara has a promo with the new trios champions. Either they defend these belts again in a month or they won’t mention them again for six months.

AAA (MON) 05/04/2015 Plaza de Toros La Monumental, Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes [@luchalibreaaa]
1) Mascarita Sagrada, Mini Drago, Octagoncito b Mini Abismo Negro, Mini Charly Manson, Mini Histeria
2) Aerostar, Mary Apache, Venum b Mamba, Súper Fly, Taya Valkyrie
Aerostar beat Super Fly
3) Angélico & Jack Evans DQ Daga & Pentagón Jr.
Pentagon fouled Angelico
4) Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown b Chessman, Electroshock, Zorro
Murder splash on all three rudos for the win
5) Blue Demon Jr., El Patrón Alberto, Myzteziz b Averno, Texano Jr., Villano IV
Alberto submitted Texano Jr.

Just a spot show, and one heavily sponsored by Victoria (so maybe discounted or free tickets?) but they 80% filled up a 16K bullring with just a loaded up house show. (In totally different contexts, they out drew WWE RAW’s live attendance last night.)

Lucha World Cup

TNA announced Matt Hardy, Ken Anderson and Drew Galloway as their representatives in the Lucha World Cup. They’ll be in separate trios: Hardy and Anderson will join Johnny Mundo on a combined Team TNA/Lucha Underground team. Galloway will be part of Team Rest of the World.

The remaining spots to announce are in Team Ring of Honor, Team Rest of the World and Team Mexico Independents. Dr. Wagner Jr. confirmed he’ll be part of the latter team.

Other News

Arena Mexico has Shocker & Negro Casas defending the tag team titles against Blue Panther & Atlantis. The champions have held the titles for about the years, and this is the first time they’ve defended against a non-Ingobernables team (and actually been rudos in the title match.) Atlantis & Blue Panther are former champions, but are unlikely to win again. Titan has the second of three straight singles matches tonight, this time against Gran Guerrero in a lightning match.

Guadalajara has the Ingobernables (no Marco) versus Rey Bucanero, Terrible and Vangellys.

It’s just a normal Tuesday schedule in Mexico. It’s a bit more busy in the US, though many shows took place this past weekend. There are Cinco de Mayo themed lucha libre shows coming up in places like TulsaVancouver (May 8th) and of course in Los Angeles with Lucha Va Voom tonight. That article says Casandro is taking time off to get surgery after tonight’s show.

CMLL made some changes on it’s cards this week. Cavernario, who spend the weekend wrestling on what appeared to be an injured knee, is now off next Sunday. He’s still scheduled to be on tonight’s show in Arena Coliseo Guadalajara, but that may just be them not updating Guadalajara’s lineup. Disturbio is pulled from Saturday and Sunday shows.

I was a guest on the most recent Exile on Badstreet, talking about tecnicos.

Cara Lucha is having a afternoon show on 05/16 for the third part of it’s Bestiario I tournament. The show starts at 2pm and will have the the eight remaining luchadors facing off in matches (with judging determing who advances) until they get down to the final two. They’re turning it more into a convention, with cheap prices, vendors selling merchandise, music, and autograph signings with Fenix and Flamita.

The eight remaining luchadors are

  • Principe Aereo
  • Aramis
  • Centella Atomica
  • Rey Fenix
  • Heredero Maya
  • Wasson
  • Puma Galactico
  • Pegazus

El Hijo del Santo said it would cost 40 million dollars to make a Santo vs Demon match happen. He explained it costs that much because some wrestlers end up poor. He did not explain how that money would end up with other luchadors.

CMLL posted highlights of the Reyes del Aire.

+LuchaTV talked to the Panteras about reuniting, and Guerrero Maya (Sr.) from the Festival de Mascaras show. They also Fuerza Guerrera about critics of his anti-AAA stance and about his CaraLucha match, as well as with <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2in53G4cKHw>Hechicero about the same.

LuchaWorld has this week’s KrisZ’s news report, this week’s Poster-Mania, and a report on the UIPW show this weekend.

SuperLuchas looks back at a show with two apuesta matches, including a Canek vs Angel Blanco mask vs hair match.

Criterio Hidalgo has a bio of AAA’s Kronos.

DJ Spectro looks back at Dr. Wagner’s debut and the debut of El Gato (Ari Romero).

Black Terry Jr. has highlights of rowdy Arena Naucalpan fans.

Lineup

Chilanga Mask (SAT) 05/16/2015 Arena Roberto Paz, Guadalajara, Jalisco
1) Aero Xtreme vs Rey Celestial, Reggae Boy, Mercurio
2) Dralion vs Belial
3) Electro Boy, Fly Star, Toxin Boy vs Astro Rey Jr., Draego, Psico Kid
4) Fulgor I & Fulgor II vs Dorado Jr. & Sangre Fría Jr.
5) Aéreo (Ciudad Juarez) & Latin Dragón vs Arez & Kaientai
6) Impulso vs Saturno
7) Black Terry vs Caifan, Satánico
8) Rey Horus vs Aero Boy

Updated card. There’s one minor charge (Electro Boy in for Fly Warrior) and one major change – Aeroboy and Rey Horus wanted a singles match, so they were pulled out of their trios match to get it. This is a really strong indy card. I don’t think we get to see it unless we all chip in for a bus ticket first class plane flight ticket for Black Terry Jr., but I’d be counting down the days if it was in Guadalajara.

Of note for wiki purposes: Doradao Jr. & Sangre Fria Jr. are listed as brothers.

Chilanga Mask (SUN) 05/17/2015 Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México
1) Arez & Belial vs Aramis & Iron Kid and Ciber Punk & Garrobo Punk
2) Alas de Acero & Impulso vs Aéreo (Ciudad Juarez) & Rey Apocalipsis
3) Caifan vs Aero Boy
4) Silueta vs Keira
5) Rey Horus vs Flamita
6) Latin Dragón vs Psico Kid

Full Card for this show, which should be good too. Rey Horus vs Flamtia should be great.

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Festival de Mascaras, CMLL weekend lineups

Impossible, Apolo Estrada Jr., (masked) Hijo del Diablo on Guerrero Maya & Veneno/photo by Black Terry Jr.

CMLL (TUE) 04/28/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Martes de Glamour]
1) Flash I & Forastero b El Cuatrero & Sansón
2) Magnum, Reycko, Soberano Jr. b El Rebelde, Maléfico, Metálico
Reycko replaced Molotov.
3) Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado b Esfinge, Gallo, Tritón
Comando Boricua used teamwork and a mask pull to beat Gallo after earlier losing a fall due to excessive violence.
4) Marco Corleone, Super Porky, Titán DQ Bárbaro Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Thunder
Barbaro replaced Mr. Aguila. Thunder fouled Marco for the DQ.
5) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. © b Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero [CMLL TRIOS]
first defense for Sky Team. They took falls 2/3, Mistico beating Ultimo Guerrero for the win.

almost week old results are better than no results. Hope they air the segunda instead of the tercera (this will not occur.)

IWRG (SUN) 05/03/2015 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (flickr),Estrellas del Ring]
Festival de Mascaras 2015
1) Electro Boy b Atomic Star and Magnum 44 and Dragón Celestial andHip Hop Man
Electroboy beat Hip Hop Man, wants a shot at the Argentina title.
2) Leo, Mike, Rafy b Leonardo, Miguel Angel, Rafael
hometown Turtles beat the AULL ones.
3) Golden Magic, Guerrero Maya Sr., Veneno b Apolo Estrada Jr., El Hijo del Diablo, Imposible
Black Terry returned to his Guerrero Maya identity. Good match, money thrown in.
4) Pantera I, Pantera II, Solar I b Canis Lupus, Eterno, Negro Navarro
First time Panteras have teamed since maybe the late 80s/early 90s; they had been a regular tag team in this building in the 80s. Good match. Solar was honored for 40 years of wrestling by IWRG after the match.
5) Black Tiger III, Cien Caras Jr., Hijo de Máscara Año 2000 b Chicano,Dr. Wagner Jr., Hijo De Dos Caras
Black Tiger III unmasked as Silver King (with the Silver King mask.) The two brothers feuded. Dos accidentally got involved in the ending series of mask pulls and fouls, which ended with Silver King beating Dr. Wagner after a foul and challenges all around.

I read the recap of the main event finish about three times, in two languages. I think it’s clearly written, but I still couldn’t follow it. Possible this show turns on AYM tonight.

After Titan lost the welterweight title yesterday, he kneeled down and dropped the title in front of Cavernario. CMLL’s Twitter saw this as a bit rudo and said the crowd booed. Titan explained he didn’t mean it that way, and he thinks Barbaro Cavernario was a worthy challenger.

Matt D at Segunda Caida reviews Cicloncito Ramirez & Ultimo Dragoncito vs Felinito & Pirata Morgan.

Lineups

CMLL (SAT) 05/09/2015 Arena Coliseo
1) Leono vs Apocalipsis
2) Flyer vs Disturbio
3) Stigma vs Sangre Azteca
4) Tritón vs Puma
5) Dragón Rojo Jr. & Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Morphosis & Ripper
6) Ángel de Oro, La Sombra, Valiente vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
7) Máximo © vs Rey Bucanero [CMLL HEAVY]
Maximo’s first defense.

Flyer vs Disturbio should be fun. Two heavyweight title matches in five months is an above average pace for CMLL.

CMLL (SUN) 05/10/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Dinamo vs Relampago
2) Meteoro & Star Black vs El Piraña & Guerrero de la Muerte
3) El Divino & Metatrón vs Gitano & Thunder Boy
4) Furia Roja, Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno vs El Chakal, Joker, Sádico
5) Gallo, Pepe Aguayo, Virgo vs Exterminador, Maléfico, Ráfaga

Semimian is a sort of rematch of the title match.

CMLL (SUN) 05/10/2015 Arena México
1) Bengala & Magnus vs Camorra & El Rebelde
2) Estrellita, Goya Kong, Silueta vs Dalys, La Seductora, Tiffany
3) Blue Panther Jr., Fuego, The Panther vs Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado
4) Titán vs Vangellys [lightning]
5) Blue Panther, Marco Corleone, Máximo vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja
6) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla

Would be excited for the opener if Terra was still around, because there’s a high chance of Rebelde & Magnus doing something. Main event is Sky Team vs Peste Negra again.

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Cavernario wins welterweight title from Titan, turtle warfare in Cara Lucha

Rafy versus Leo/photo by Black Terry Jr.

Cara Lucha (SAT) 05/02/2015 Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal [Black Terry Jr. (flickr), Tercera Caida, The Gladiatores]
1) Magnifico II & Templario b Arceus & Tribal  (posted by +LuchaTV)
2) Leo b Mike, Rafy  (posted by +LuchaTV)
Teelo pulled out of this match after suffering a nose injury the previous weekend. All three ended up with ripped and masks. Leo won, and they all hugged after. Money thrown in.
3) Bárbaro Cavernario b Toscano, Herodes Jr.
Barbaro & Herdoes worked together to beat Toscano, then Cavernario beat Herodes. Cavernario claimed Herodes had betrayed Peste Negra by leaving CMLL and challenged him to a hair match.
4) Fly Star & Toxin Boy b Kilvan, Rey Lobo Jr., Yoruba and Andy Boy, Danger King, Guerrero Mixtico and Rayo Star & Sky Man
Faction match. Some factions have 2, some have 3 for whatever reason. Kriminal Boys beat Sky Stars after La Resistencia & Neza Kings were beat. Challenges set up a rematch as an apuest match on 05/30.
5) Atlantis & Último Guerrero b Fuerza Guerrera & Rey Hechicero
Atlantis & UG started hitting each other by mistake in the third fall. Fuerza tried to sneak in a foul, but was caught for the DQ. No one was happy: Fuerza wanted matches with Hechicero & UG, and Atlantis wanted UG.

Attendance looked way down for this show. Too many shows on this day? Match people weren’t interested in? Turtles match looked great in the clips.

CMLL (SAT) 05/02/2015 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Espanto Jr. b Bengala
2) Disturbio b Robin
3) Pequeño Olímpico b Último Dragoncito
Ultimo Dragoncito replaced Astral.
4) Marcela b Amapola
5) Boby Zavala b Esfinge
6) Rey Bucanero & Terrible b Máximo & Valiente
Bucanero beat Maximo, asked for a heavyweight title shot.
7) Bárbaro Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas b La Máscara, Stuka Jr., Volador Jr.
Mascara replaced Atlantis and accidentally kicked his partners a few time to cost them the match.

Cavernario was limping badly on Friday night, fought twice on Saturday. At least twice: there was a (secret) sponsored show on Saturday in Arena Mexico. No known full lineup, but the main was Mistico, Maximo, and Volador Jr. defeating Ultimo Guerrero, Euforia, Niebla Roja.

new champ/photo by CMLL-Alexis Salazar

CMLL (SUN) 05/03/2015 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Leono & Sensei b Akuma & Inquisidor
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Oro Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. b Apocalipsis, Artillero, Súper Comando
Apocalipsis replaced Cholo on Monday.
3) Cancerbero, Okumura, Sangre Azteca b Esfinge, Starman, Stigma
Rudos took 1/3.
4) Delta, Fuego, Valiente b Kráneo, Luciferno, Vangellys
Kraneo replaced Ripper on Monday. Tecnicos took 2/3.
5) Bárbaro Cavernario b Titán © [MEX WELTER]
Cavernario took 1/3, the last with the cavernaria, to win the championship. Cavernario is the 73rd champion. Titan’s falls on his 8th defense, second straight against the Caveman.
6) Mr. Niebla, Shocker, Thunder b La Sombra, Marco Corleone, Rush
Rudos cheated when Tirantes was distracted and Thunder snuck in a foul on Rush.

Cavernario wraps up a (at least) four match weekend on a bad knee with a title win. Titan held the title for 17 months and hopefully will be challenging for it (or another title) again soon. Match will air on Claro Sports next weekend and maybe on LATV at some random time. It looks good – and it looks like it was Titan who did the big splash to the floor.

There was a good turnout for Myzteziz & Fenix defeating Pentagon & Averno in Arena Neza on Friday night.

Ricky Ricon took Super Brazo’s hair in Arean Azteca Budokan on Saturday.

Rey Trueno, Furia Roja & Mr. Trueno won the Occidente Trios championship.

A new episode of +LuchaTV aired with highlights from the last month. There’s also highlights of the last CaraLuchas show with Leo vs Rafy vs Mike and Magnifico II & Tribal vs Templario & Arceus, and Black Terry talking about Carlos Maynez.

Ohtani’s Jacket reviews Negro Casas, Emilio Charles Jr., Mano Negra vs El Brazo, Ultimo Dragon, Oro

Chris Parks’ lucha libre art work will be exhibited in St. Petersburg (the Florida one) on Tuesday.

RobViper has a music video of CMLL 01/06/15.

SuperLuchas looks back at a UWA Japan vs Mexico main event and Perro Aguayo Sr. losing a title due to massive blood lose – only for Villano III to refuse it.

Segunda Caida reviews 05/02 PWR.

The Princesa Sugeith/Narumiya match on Tuesday is now a title match.

Close up of a Valiente Special.

Conde Bartock talks about Arena Coliseo San Luis Potosi, which looks like it’s being slowly disassembled.

The usual Cholita story.

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05/02 AAA TV Results (Pachuca)

AAA TV (SAT) 05/02/2015 Lienzo Charro, Pachuca, Hidalgo [AAA]
1) Mary Apache & Taya Valkyrie b Faby Apache & Keira
Taya beat the debuting Keira with a Northern Lights Suplex and a double stomp.
2) Angélico & Jack Evans DQ Dark Cuervo & Dark Scoria
Tecnicos won via DQ (Scoria foul on Angelico) and were attacked after the match. Cuervo & Scoria dropped them with martinetes, then attacked them again as the doctors were trying to load them into the ambulance.
3) Electroshock, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Kronos b El Elegido, Monsther Clown, Murder Clown
New (unnamed?) trio won with a triple team cutter on Elegido.
4) Psycho Clown b Zorro, Averno [Copa Victoria Mexico Team 2 Selection]
Psycho took the last spot on Team Mexico 2 with a Canadian Destroyer. Electroshock’s group attacked Psycho after the match.
5) Chessman © DQ Blue Demon Jr. [AAA LA]
Seconds were Parka & Cibernetico. At the start of the show, Blue Demon came out for a promo where he insisted his title match with Chessman be called using normal rules – no chairs, no fire. That happened, but (of course) Demon looked like a fool in the end when Chessman framed him for a chair shot at Hijo del Tirantes called the DQ. Chessman defense #1. Sociedad attacked after the match, with Fenix & Alberto making the save. That led into the main event.
6) Brian Cage & El Mesías b El Patrón Alberto & Fénix
Brian Cage beat Fenix with the Weapon X. Cage attacked Alberto post match and demanded a title match.

Air Date: 05/23 & 05/30

A lot of rudo wins, with only Psycho Clown getting his hand raised as a tecnico without being low blowed – and that one just sets up some more rudo victories down the line. Lucha Underground just had a story where a trio that didn’t like each other put aside their differences just enough to win an important trios tournament. The chance of Psycho, Texano and Fantasma repeating that seem to be about 5%.

The Chessman/Demon story is open ended enough that they could come back to it again for a rematch if they need one on Verano de Escandalo or TripleMania, or they can say Demon got his match and just move on to whatever.

Psycho Circus vs Electroshock/Pirata/Kronos (no ‘z ‘now) also seems like a match that might happen on one of the two big shows in the next few months or might be forgotten about entirely.

Building up Escoria & Cuervo feels like a big priority here; they got a bunch of TV time yesterday to explain their motivations and lay out their opponents again. (Weirdly, Mesias has gotten about no TV time for the same purpose, but then he also doesn’t appear to have a match coming up soon.) My guess is it’s only about trying to make this feud work, since Escoria & Cuervo have been very minor characters for quite a while.

The next show is the 05/24 World Cup, but there’s likely to be a press conference or two before that. I’d guess the other teams start getting announced in the next week.

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Sombra Rey del Aire again, AULL, AAA in Pachuca

photo by Alexis Salazar/CMLL

CMLL (FRI) 05/01/2015 Arena México [Estrellas del Ring, R de Rudo]
1) Stukita & Último Dragoncito b Mercurio & Pequeño Olímpico
2) Boby Zavala, Pierroth, Vangellys b Blue Panther Jr., Pegasso, The Panther
Vangellys replaced Sagrado. Rudos took 2/3. Carlos Maynez was honored after the match.
3) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Rush DQ Euforia, Thunder, Último Guerrero
Ultimo Guerrero fouled Rush for the DQ.
4) La Sombra b Ángel de Oro, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Dragon Lee, Stuka Jr., Tritón,Fuego, Niebla Roja, Gran Guerrero, Bárbaro Cavernario, Kamaitachi, Misterioso Jr.,Virus, Tiger, Puma [Reyes del Aire]
Battle royal set teams. Eliminations: Triton (Tiger), Guerrero Maya (Puma), Fuego (Virus), Puma (Angel de Oro), Delta (Kamaitachi), Tiger (Dragon Lee), Dragon Lee & Kamaitachi eliminate each other, Misterioso (surprise pin as usual, Stuka), Virus (Niebla Roja), Angel de Oro (Gran Guerrero), Gran Guerrero (Cavernario), Niebla Roja (Sombra), Cavernario (Stuka), Stuka (Sombra after a Rush distraction). Stuka & Sombra were on the same side but faced off for the win. Sombra’s second Reyes del Aire win. He celebrated by stealing Stuka’s mask to wipe his boot and breaking the trophy.
5) Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto DQ Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr.
Mephisto faked a foul from Volador.

Strange outcomes for a Kid’s Day show – last four matches are rudos winning, DQ, interference leading to the evil guy winning, undeserved DQ. Even better: little of this is going anywhere next week.

Crowd was up but not up a lot (and not up as much as Sunday, for sure.)

Cavernario seemed concerned about his lingering right knee injury after the show. He was limping badly in the clip they have on the website. Not sure what happens to Sunday’s title match if he’s out.

Fourth match highlights show Pierroth hilariously unable to get out of the ring at the right moment. He wins anyway because life is unfair.

Looks like there’s a sponsored private show at Arena Mexico this afternoon.

AULL (FRI) 05/01/2015 Arena Lopez Mateos [Estrellas del Ring]
2) Pegazuz, Sky Fly, Spider Boy b Ave Negra, Discordia, Ironía
3) Cerebro Maligno, Jose El Caporal, Leviatham b Rey Krystal, Terry 2000, Yakuza
Leviatham used the ropes to beat Terry 2000.
4) Hijo De Dos Caras, Pantera, Solar I b Decadante, Dr. Cerebro, Sádico
Decadante replaced Negro Navarro. Solar worked against Dr. Cerbero instead and Solar’s team took 1/3.
5) Dr. Wagner Jr., Fuerza Guerrera, Silver King DQ Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Navarro
Negro Navarro replaced Negro Casas. Wagner and Niebla feuded, with Niebla bleeding. Wagner took 1/3, the last when Niebla pulled his mask for the DQ. Niebla asked for a title match (any title), while Wagner asked for mask vs mask. Niebla laughed at that and left.

This was a TV taping and should air starting next week on Efekto.

AAA has it’s second taping of the weekend tonight at 6:30 in Pachuca. The main event is another Cage/Alberto focused match, this time teaming with Fenix & El Mesias. The undercard has two significant matches: Blue Demon Jr. finally challenges Chessman for the Latin American championship and Averno, Zorro and Psycho Clown face off for the last spot on Mexico Team 2.

No Twitter message from Blue Demon Jr. confirming he’s actually made it to Pachuca this time, so cross your fingers. He’s not going to lose, and the only chance of Chessman keeping the title is if there’s a DQ to set something else up. The Mexico Team 2 will be set by the time his match happens, so perhaps Demon will reveal some info on the Mexico Team 3 during the show. One half of this event will air the day prior to the Lucha World Cup and the TV show itself will be pushing that show, so maybe this is the day do to an angle setting something up for it.

Psycho Circus were in town to talk about the show and Perro Aguayo Jr.

Aereo (Ciudad Juarez) & Rey Apocalipsis taked on Alas de Acero & Impulso on the 05/17 Chilanga Mask show. That should be a breakout match for both non-DF guys.

Princesa Sujei will head to REINA on 05/05 to face Narumiya in a rematch of the title change, though this one seems listed as non-title.

El Hijo del Santo’s column today is about the greatness of his vanity title belt.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

DJ Spectro writes about Lizmark vs Gran Markus.

El Popular includes Blue Panther Jr.

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 05/08/2015 Arena México
1) Robin & Sensei vs Akuma & Metálico
2) Esfinge, Starman, Tritón vs Boby Zavala, Okumura, Sangre Azteca
3) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto, Hechicero, Luciferno
4) Dragón Rojo Jr., La Máscara, La Sombra vs Pólvora, Rey Escorpión, Último Guerrero
5) Volador Jr. vs Mephisto
6) Atlantis, Mistico, Rush vs Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Thunder

Main event looks to break down into Rush/Thunder, Atlantis/Niebla, Mistico/Casas feuds. It’s the first team up of Mistico & Rush since they’ve both been back; the last time we actually saw them together was the Ingobernables stomping down Mistico and friends early on in the group’s history.

Semimain is a three falls match, not a lightning. Probably can call every move ahead of time with those two. That’s another feud popping up out of nowhere.

Ultimo Guerrero and Rey Escorpion are teaming again. That won’t go well, but the other team figures not to get along either.

Triton handles the video promo

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Gym Zeuz defeats FILL, Reyes del Aire, Carlos Maynez

IWRG FILL (THU) 04/30/2015Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (flickr), Mano A Mano]
Torneo FILL XLI
1) Canario & Vardeus b Skanda & Soldado De La Muerte
2) Argus, Borego, Chicanito bCharly Boy, Desgarrador,Guerrero 2000
3) Alas de Acero, Aramis, Black Dragon b Black Angel, Magnum 44, Vampiro Metálico
4) Galaxy, Kanon, Picudo Jr. bBlue Monsther, Fresero Jr.,Marduk Jr.
5) Atomic Fly, Espada de Plata, Fly Star, Kaiser Drago, Komachi,Mini Zumbido, Skiller, Toxin BoyDQ Araña de Plata, Atomic Star,Dragón Celestial, Dragon Fly, Electro Boy, Imposible, Power Bull, Shadow Boy [Copa High Power]
FILL (Black Terry) vs Gym Zeuz (Oficial 911), sort of rematch after the cage match on the last FILL show. Match came down to Toxin Boy catching Atomic Star with a chair shot on a dive. Atomic rallied back to take out Toxin Boy with a martinete when he though the ref was knocked out. Ref did see it and DQed Atomic Boy, giving Gym Zeuz the win. Toxin Boy was stretcherd out while Atomic Boy challenged him to a singles match. 911 angrily hit Atomic Boy with a chair, sparking a fight. Eterno got involved in this, wanting to challenge both gyms (Eterno has a training crew?), while Oficial 911 threatened to end Black Terry’s career.

Seems kind of wrong that Oficial 911 is training the Kriminal Boys (Toxin Boy, Fly Star), but 911 is not be the straight laced police officer.

Yesterday was Kid’s Day, but really the entire weekend is full of shows with discounted tickets and high flying tecnicos for youngsters. Tonight’s CMLL Arena Mexico show fits that bill, with the Sky Team defending the trios titles facing Hijos del Infierno and the annual Reyes del Aire.Tickets are marked down to 10 pesos for kids (10 or younger, from the 10th row back.)

Sky Team are almost certainly going to keep their titles, edit: because the title aren’t on the linethe match only taking place so they can get a spectacular win in front of children who might bug their parents to come back another time. (This would be a good time for a two fall win, actually.) Reyes del Aire is more up in the air:

No Chance

  • Delta
  • Guerrero Maya Jr.
  • Stuka Jr. – last year’s winner
  • Tritón
  • Fuego
  • Niebla Roja
  • Gran Guerrero
  • Misterioso Jr.
  • Virus
  • Tiger
  • Puma

Slight Chance

  • Ángel de Oro – a two time winner, for some reason
  • Bárbaro Cavernario – doesn’t fit the image, is very good
  • Kamaitachi – is very, probably belongs in previous category after being first out on Sunday’s cibernetico

Best Chance

  • Dragon Lee – would been an optimum time to continue his 2015 roll
  • La Sombra – is La Sombra.

Niebla Roja talks about his career in hyping this match in ESTO.

SuperLuchas has a great obit for Carlos Maynez. (The ‘z’ spelling appears to be the correct spelling.) Maynez promoted his first show at the age of 15 and would continue to do so for 56 years. While Flores was the one running the shows in Torero, Maynez was in charge of the loop of arenas supporting the shows, in Queretaro, Neza (both arenas he owned), Puebla and other locations. Flores died in 1989, and Maynez was put in charge – but so were Canek, Karloff Lagarde, and Flores’ cousin Esperanza Flores, and the combination was not successful. The promotion maintained it’s high level for a few more years, even as it’s talent agreements with NJPW and WWF went away, but CMLL getting on Televisa in 1991 turned it’s luchadors into celebrities and LLI/UWA couldn’t compete. Many wrestlers jumped ship, and the promotion left Toreo to only run Neza as it continued to spiral down. Maynez was kidnapped at one point, then later decided to sell Arena Neza, later sold the rights to name “UWA” to Ultimo Dragon, and was the promoter only in Queretaro from then on.

The whole piece is worth reading. There’s a great only in Mexico story about how what was then called Promociones Mora got the rights to run shows in Toreo de Cuatro Caminos (no contract was signed.) More so, it’s just rare to read long pieces about that promotion and period of time the farther in the past it goes. It’s even more distant without Maynez.

La Mascara & Canek talked about Maynez to +LuchaTV.

Johnny Mundo, Chavo Guerrero Jr. and Eric Van Wagenen appeared on Roddy Piper’s podcast, talking about Lucha Underground among other things. Chavo claimed the original plan was for Unimas just to air a subtitled Lucha Underground on Saturday mornings, but the Unimas people were so blown away after attending the first taping that they insisted on getting a Spanish language version and they had to go back to retape things. (That could explain why the show was suddenly delayed three weeks.) Erik, who again said a second season is not confirmed but felt good about the possibility, described the show this way:

We’re not trying to be a wrestling promotion, we’re trying to be a television show first and foremost […] We’re not building to PPVs, we’re not building to tours, we don’t have to fill 20,000 seat arenas, we’re a TV show, and our attitude is every week you’ve got to give them something.

Chavo added on

Our show is not trying to upsell you – just watch next week, watch next week, that’s all we’re doing.

You can see that come thru with the pacing of the show; there’s no holding back matches because it has to take place on the monthly major show or repeating match ups with slightly different stips because they’ve got 12 shows to fill up. Matches happen when they happen.

Erik also described the brief meeting with the El Rey Standards and Practices officials, something that’s usually a lengthy and detailed meeting with networks

[It was a] 30 second call, where the guy basically says ‘well, just let us know if you want to say ‘fuck”

Everyone laughed about El Rey not saying it was banned, but just wanting a heads up if they were going to use it.

Masked Republic is selling an official licensed Hijo del Perro Aguayo tribute t-shirt thru Pro Wrestling Tees. Hope they can get the standard Perros del Mal t-shirt too. Masked Republic seems like the only ones who’ve figured out how to get official lucha libre t-shirts to sell international on the internet; their own store has Rey Horus, LA Park and Familia de Tijuana merchandise.

CMLL’s subbed out the women’s match on Tuesday for a minis match.

It looks like Vice Mexico is doing a lucha libre series as a tie up with Victoria ad campaign this summer. It uses the same hashtag.

Teelo seems to be off the Cara Lucha show after suffering a nose injury on the Chilanga Mask show last weekend.

+LuchaTV talked to Guerrero Maya & Delta about winning the national trios titles again.

Segunda Caida reviews 04/25 PWR and the Infernales vs Infernales cage match.

LV has a recap of this week’s Lucha Underground.

SuperLuchas looks back at shows 20 years ago yesterday, including Perro Aguayo Jr.’s first appearance.

Seattle Globalist has a story on the local Lucha Libre Volcanica wrestling promotion.

AJPW’s site has a quick note on Kenso in the Lucha World Cup.

DJ Spectro has a obit for Rudy Reyna.

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