AAA (& Mundo) today in Aguascalientes, Elgin in Gran Prix, Indy Nation, el Consejo

Indy Nation/photo by Black Terry Jr.

CMLL (TUE) 07/25/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Martes de Glamour]
1) Difunto & Guerrero de la Muerte b Capitán Cobra & Metatrón
Rudos took 1/3.
2) Inquisidor, Metálico, Sádico b Flyer, Príncipe Diamante, Star Black
Rudos took 2/3.
3) Blue Panther, Esfinge, Vaquero Jr. DQ Felino, Olímpico, Sam Adonis
Vaquero Jr. replaced Drone. Tecnicos took 1/3, Adonis fouled Panther.
4) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón b Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto © [MEX TRIOS]
Title change! NGD took falls 2/3 to win the titles, Sanson defeating Mephisto. Champions fall on their 12th defense
5) Diamante Azul, Mistico, Rush b Euforia, Hechicero, Kráneo
Tecnicos took 1/3.

Title match looks like it had all the big Infernals spots and it wasn’t enough.

Olimpico actually hasn’t worked in Coliseo or Mexico since March, only a few matches here and in Puebla. I’d guess he’ll be back to pick up Ripper’s bookings.

IWRG FILL (WED) 07/26/2017 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (Flickr)Estrellas del RIngThe Gladiatores]
1) Bambino & Kraken b Dinámico & Draxter
Bonus opener. Dinamico’s partner is ether Dranzer or Draxter.
2) Fireman & Puma King b Guerrero 2000 & Matrix Jr.
straight falls
3) Power Bull & Tentáculo b Celestial Boy & Fly Star
4) Acero, Atomic Star, Lunatik Xtreme b Blue Monsther, Picudo Jr., Vórtize
5) Ángel Oriental, Kanon, Shadow Boy b Kempo Jr., Monaguillo, Skanda
6) Marduk, Taylor Wolf, Warrior Jr. b Gallo Frances, Hijo del Alebrije, Mike
Gallo Frances betrayed his teammates, fouling Alrbrije. Estrellas del Ring lists Marduk as Harry Sick, from Chile like Taylor Wolf.
7) Alas de Acero, Aramis, Black Dragón, Black Terry, Diablo Jr., Dinamic Black, Emperador Azteca, Eterno b Arez, Fly Star, Fly Warrior, Fulgor I, Fulgor II, Glenn Calavera, Mr. Leo, Séptimo Dragón [Copa Higher Power]
IWRG (Black Terry) vs Indy Nation (Arez). Centvrion & Latigo, were listed but did not participate, replaced by Arez & Mr. Leo. Black Terry replaced Demonio Infenral. Arez beat Emperador Azteca (in a rare clean finish for one of these) to set up a title match.

This is a match I think I’ll really enjoy when I get to watching it in November. Indy Nation has had a lot of turnover for a couple months (which is one of the problems with having a dozen people), but they really need to actually beat people and win things and at least they’re doing it in this match.

AAA tapes tonight in Aguscalientes. The one match we’re pretty sure is happening is a #1 contenders match for the Reina de Reinas championship, with the winner getting on the TripleMania show. AAA announced it Tuesday at the TripleMania press conference and it should hold together, though it’s still 2017 AAA so who knows. Sexy Star as a champion came out of nowhere, so there’s no obvious contender. Faby Apache is the usual pick and probably will end up in the match, but she hasn’t been on TV much the last few months. Ayako Hamada appears to be back in Japan. Of the rest, AAA’s seemed to start and stop on doing something with Lady Shani the most, but it’s an outside shot at best. AAA probably really would like Taya to be Sexy Star’s opponent and might have gotten that if they handled the situation better from the start, but it doesn’t look like she’s headed to Aguascalientes today.

Mundo is heading to Aguascalientes. He’s supposed to team with Kross and Hijo del Fantasma & Texano Jr., which might end with both teams splitting up if it actually happens. You can see the whole card here, while thinking about how few of the matches will actually occur; this is kind of a lame duck taping giving the TripleMania lineup is already out. Outside of Sexy Star’s challenger, the only things left to determine are the La Llave de la Gloria winners (which will be later) and slotting people into the Copa TripleMania (which might happen tonight.) They’ll probably try to explain the Mundo angle in a way that might get over – Mundo should be teasing taking the belts to Konnan and mention him by name, Fantasma & Texano should be defending AAA – but we’ll see.

Sexy Star was on +LuchaTV’s podcast, and didn’t seem all that interested in facing AAA women. My guess is she’s back in AAA because she knows she’s more marketable as a wrestler under the Sexy Star name, part of this deal may give her a chance to use the name and mask elsewhere.

I guess Pirata Morgan’s not working Copa TripleMania at the moment. He and his son posted a video, asking luchadors if they’ll work the battle royal on a big show he’s putting on for 50 pesos or perhaps just the exposure of being on the big show. It’s a parody of Copa TripleMania, which Pirata implying AAA is not offering much to work that match and real professional luchadors would turn it down. It’s Pirata, so he’ll end up working it if they up his pay.

The WON says Jeff Jarrett is trying to get The Crash & AAA to work together “to at least a minor way” for TripleMania. It’s brought up in the idea of Maximo & La Mascara showing up to support Psycho Clown. Dorian specifically brought up people who left AAA showing up in the Copa TripleMania, so it could factor into those names.

The WON also makes note of another TripleMania lineup floating around Wednesday. I saw it – it had Pagano/Mesias in a hair match, which is why I was I thought I heard them announce it that way even though they never did. That other lineup had some stuff that would’ve been hard to guess (Aerostar & Drago and Monster & Murder challenging for the tag titles) – it probably was an early draft of the lineup, but it’s hard to tell from when. The notable thing is it had Alberto defending the GFW title against Lashley. Lashley’s now in the Copa TripleMania and Alberto wasn’t used. Perhaps it’ll be added after something happens to set up in GFW, but it also may be that there’s no real guarantee GFW will have Alberto as champ a month from now.

There’s also a bit about the AAA show on Frontrunner TV. The first show drew 14K (three times as much as any other show on the network.) The third week was down to 2K and the last show (7/5) was down to 1K. The network got complaints about the content not being suitable for prime time and the announcers were said to be terrible.

(This is possibly bad advice but: if you are someone with wrestling announcing skills and would like to work for a dysfunctional but still major wrestling promotion, maybe put together a lucha libre demo video and sneak it to AAA throw social media somehow. It’s probably not going to go anywhere, but AAA both wants something that’ll work and has no money/time to go look for people on their own. I’m guessing this announce crew got the job sight unseen because someone recommended them, so try being your own recommendation.)

Instead of a full press conference, CMLL held one of their smaller contract signings in the office for a the small hair match between Canelo Casas & Cholo. You can watch the whole thing here if you’ve got 11 minutes to kill. In the CMLL quotes from it, Canelo even talks about it being a stepping stone win, and that’s probably all it is.

CMLL Informa announced Michael Elgin as the final member of Team World for the 09/01 Gran Prix. The final teams are

  • Mexico: Volador Jr, Ultimo Guerrero, Rush, Diamante Azul, Dragon Lee, Mephisto, Euforia, Valiente
  • World: Michael Elgin, Marco Corleone, Satoshi Kojima, Juice Robinson, Sam Adonis, Matt Taven, King Haku, Johnny Idol

In context of last week’s discussion, it’s notable there’s only one ROH name (Taven) on the list, and it’s the same and only name CMLL has brought in from ROH. Kojima, Elgin, and Robinson are from NJPW and Haku was likely booked thru them (and it wouldn’t be too big of a surprise if NJPW was paying them.) On Informa, Princesa Sugehit mentioned she’ll be carrying out the Mexico flag for the match.

El Consejo appears to be Nitro, based on the promo photo CMLL is using. Nitro was pulled from Consejo’s match at the same time as Consejo was added, so CMLL had him on the books with two different names at the same time. Nitro has been a poor rudo for some time and will be an even worse tecnico. He’s also the acting head of the wrestler’s union, now named the promotion itself and this seems like the most obviously shady move in some time. Even if CMLL needs to use the name El Consejo for some trademark reason, Nitro would be the worst person to have it.

CMLL also posted a video introducing Fiero. They should do that every time someone new is added to the roster – but of course, he’s not actually new, they just stopped booking him last year.

Douki, Black Terry, Sammy Guevera, Syrus were announced for KDojo’s 09/18 Lucha Fiesta show. Douki wrestled in KDojo back in 2015 and the idea is he’s coming back with his lucha libre friends. It’s a long way to go for one show for a promotion that doesn’t normally bring people in, so I wonder if they might be involved in others to be announced. This is Terry’s first match in Japan since 1991 and I would like him to bring home the UWA Middleweight Championship so I can stop updating that title history. Syrus is from Torreon and is billed as the nephew of Silver King & Dr. Wagner Jr.

DTU has a poster up with their extended September tour dates (16-26), although a lot of locations are TBA. The Arena Aficion show is on Tuesday 09/26.

Tonight’s show in Torreon’s Arena Gran Markus is being promoted as an AAA show because the main event has people who advanced in the La Llave a la Gloria tryout.

The 08/10 Crash show in San Luis Potosi is doubling as a local benefit show.

TKD and CultIcon review this week’s Lucha Underground.

Caristico wants to send a special mask to Raul Jimenez, who wore a Mistico mask for a goal celebration a little while back.

An interview with retired Sinaloa luchador El Remolino.

Video interview with Morelos luchador Lady Egipica.

Kcidis draws Black Warrior and Caristico.

Lineups

NGCW (SAT) 07/29/2017 Florida Fire Frogs Baseball, Kissimmee, Florida
1) ? vs ??
2) ? vs ??
3) ? vs ??
4) ? vs ??
5) Ivelisse vs Santana Garrett [WS WOMEN]
6) Lightning (Puerto Rico) & Thunder (Puerto Rico) vs Minotaur & Mr. Águila
7) Blue Demon Jr. & Boricua Guerrero vs Noriega & Savio Vega
8) Fénix (LU) vs Mr. 450Mil Muertes [#1 Contenders, WS SUBMISSION]
9) Ec3 & Son Of Samoa vs Apolo & Chicano
10) Pentagón Jr. vs Cage [WS SUBMISSION]

This is the Hugo Savinovich show a while back, using his title belts. They’re airing it on iPPV (except locally), where it’s $3 if buy it buy tomorrow and $5 if you buy it day off the show. It’s using a service I’ve never seen before but it’s also only $5.

new trios champs, TripleMania thoughts, Angel de Oro/Bucanero, LU

I wrote this at 1pm, and WordPress decided to schedule it for December 26. Better late than never.

always GIF Virus’ ringpost armdrag

CMLL (TUE) 07/25/2017 Arena México [CMLL, Culticon]
1) Apocalipsis & Yago b Fiero & Sangre Imperial LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 25 DE JULIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
2) Arkángel de la Muerte, Cancerbero, Sangre Azteca b Astral, Oro Jr., Star Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 25 DE JULIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
3) Blue Panther Jr., Stigma, The Panther DQ Disturbio, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 25 DE JULIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tecnicos took 1/3. Sagrado unmasked Stigma for DQ. Misterioso took one of the Panther’s masks.
4) Rey Cometa b Virus [lightningLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 25 DE JULIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Cometa won via plancha
5) Dragón Lee, Guerrero Maya Jr., Johnny Idol b Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Vangellys LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 25 DE JULIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 2/3
6) Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero, Terrible b Ángel de Oro, Marco Corleone, Volador Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 25 DE JULIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Bucanero challenged Angel de Oro to a title match.

I blanked on it, but they were doing a Bucanero/Angel de Oro feud last week and it makes sense they went to a title match. Show doesn’t sound good.

The real big news came in Guadalajara. The early Universal tournament opened the door for some titles changes to finally take place and Los Hijo del Infernales as Mexican National Trios Champions seemed like one which needed a shake up. The surprise is it was the Nuevo Generacion Dinamitas who won the belts last night in Guadalajara. The NGD had won a three team trios tournament last week to get this shot. Sanson, Cuatrero and Forastero are clearly going to be future top stars of CMLL, but this is pushing them upwards a bit faster than anyone had anticipated.

The now unlikely trio of Angel de Oro, Rush and Diamante won these same titles in 2011 as a message from CMLL that they were now to be taken seriously, and that’s the same message here. It’s Sanson & Cuatrero’s second title win in the span of days and I’m not quite sure how much they’re going to be doing with the Arena Coliseo Tag Team championships now. Hopefully one or both of these team titles get defended regularly, because these guys versus any group of tecnico seems pretty interesting.

The Dinamitas were already scheduled to be on Informa this week, so there will be a few highlights shown there. Informa might also be worth watching to find out the final name for the Gran Prix. They’ve been announcing about one name a week, so they might finish it off here. JCR billed it as a big international name last week.

Warrior Steel is listed as replacing Nitro on Saturday, which would be his first match since last March. (He’s the large guy from that year’s Gran Alternativa.) It’s odd CMLL just didn’t move Akuma or Templario up. CMLL does seem to have a thing about not putting large people in the normal opening matches.

El Popular interviewed Princesa Sugehit at the Arena Puebla show. She still wants Zeuxis’ mask. Sugehit is billing herself as the first Mexican luchadora to wrestle in WWE. I suspect that will be repeated forever and believed to be true, but Pantera Surena wrestled in WWE in 1995. It was probably Rhonda Singh/Bertha Faye bringing in an opponent she was familiar (from her time in Mexico as La Monster) with to help her get over, but Surena would actually be first.

Some extra thoughts about the TripleMania announcements

AAA’s lost a bunch of people early in the year, then seemingly intentionally focused on an even smaller group of people (with guys like Elegido, Dave the Clown, Parka Negra, the minis all basically disappearing from TV for the last half year.) It’s come across like AAA just couldn’t manage to convince people to come aboard after others left. Now, for TripleMania, it looks like they’re going to be bringing in a lot of outside people. Maybe AAA hasn’t been bringing people in because they just didn’t want to? I suspect most people will be in once and gone, but it’d be nice if AAA could keep some of the more useful guys around long term to help with the depth?

On the other side, I’m glad Alberto and Rey aren’t there; AAA needs to get people who are there all year over as stars and that can’t happen if they’re forced into minor matches to make room for the visitors. WWE does the guest star deal because they believe it’ll help WrestleMania in the short term, but I don’t think AAA needs that sort of help this year with Psycho/Wagner. (It’s the flipside to bringing back Sexy Star, which basically said AAA doesn’t have any confidence in the women they do have being useful at this moment.)

Ripper was feuding with Blue Panther Jr., which would’ve likely led to him getting a nice payoff for losing his mask. CMLL dropped the feud suddenly (after Ripper made some complaints about how the Invasors had been used in CMLL on Informa.) Ripper has now left CMLL and is back to being Psicosis, but I’d guess he hasn’t left his desire to get that payoff. I don’t know if it happens in AAA or elsewhere, but it’s probably happening before long.

I went back to listen to the attendance mention myself, and I still can’t tell if Zuniga says 60-65 or 70-75. I’m really bad at Spanish numbers. Even with the most favorable reading, AAA accidentally said they sold no tickets in the last month. I believe AAA sold tickets in the last month, and I believe AAA has been throwing out guesses at what percentage full they are all along either for pressure sales purposes or because they couldn’t keep track of what they’ve said. I think AAA is probably going to have sold 90+% by the time the show and the guessing isn’t really going to matter. Here’s what the ticket chart looked like at SuperBoletos this afternoon

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Any section with a color in has at least one ticket sold. Some of those closest red and green ticket sections are literally one ticket left available. The closest open seats are the tickets they were talking about adding yesterday. The people who’ve bought tickets so far have gobbled up the most expensive seats, and the ones that are left over are going to be the casual fans who buy the week or day of the show. The best pitch to casual fans is talking about how big and important this show is, and so I’d expect a lot of Psycho Clown and Dr. Wagner from here on out.

In his Record column (helpfully photographed here), Leo Riano almost says he was wrong about Alberto appearing on TripleMania, and goes on to suggest Latin Lover and Charly Manson may appear. Latin had mentioned Vampiro reaching out to him in the past. Charly Manson seemed to be booked all over the place after he got out of jail in 2015, but he’s been seen a lot less this year.

Toscano’ name pops up on next Monday’s Cantu/AAA show in Nuevo Laredo. Cantu’s a rare AAA local promoter who uses indie names mixed in with the AAA guys, and doesn’t necessarily mean one’s going to be the other; Laredo Kid’s used here all the time and doesn’t appear to be going to AAA. Still worth keeping an eye on, since that Copa TripleMania opens the door for a lot of random appearances. Toscano was last in AAA in 2014, let go after a behavior issue at one of the Hard Rock resort shows. He’s been out most of this year after knee surgery, but has been working in Nuevo Leon the last month.

A La Llave a la Gloria video with Star Shock.

Lucha Underground

Today’s Lucha Underground is “Booyaka! Booyaka!”, the 28th episode of the third season. The matches on this episode were taped on May 14 and May 15, 2016.

  • Texano vs the Mack in a Cueto Cup second round match
  • Pentagon Jr. vs Dragon in a Cueto Cup second round match
  • Rey Mysterio vs PJ Black in a non-tournament match (opening minute)

The preview promises more on Son of Havoc and Son of Madness.

This is Rey’s first LU match since Aztec Warfare, 17 episodes ago. With the hiatus, that’s a 252 day break between matches. Part of the reason to air those Mundo/Mysterio vignettes was to keep him in mind while he wasn’t being used in-ring for about half the season; it hasn’t felt like he’s been that far out of the show. Some of Rey’s matches were shot out of order so it probably didn’t feel like such a big gap live. Rey’s been treated like a big star when he’s been used in LU, but he hasn’t been used as much as would’ve been anticipated. If Rey is leaving LU (and if LU is continuing on), it’ll probably be more of an effect from a marketing standpoint of the show than on the onscreen product.

Other Things

LuchaWorld has the latest news update.

The newest edition of LuchaTalk is up

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 08/01/2017 Arena México
1) Bengala & Magia Blanca vs Apocalipsis & Espíritu Negro
2) Fantasy, Stukita, Último Dragóncito vs Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Violencia
3) El Consejo, Oro Jr., Star Jr. vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Inquisidor, Metálico
4) Drone, Fuego, Stigma vs Raziel, Sagrado, Sangre Azteca
5) Mistico, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
6) Ángel de Oro © vs Rey Bucanero [CMLL MIDDLE]
first defense

Consejo is on a lot of shows in his first week, so he’s clearly supposed to be someone important. Rey Bucanero worked hard in his last title match.

IWRG (SUN) 07/30/2017 Arena Naucalpan
1) Fly Tiger & Voltar vs Lunatik Xtreme & Power Bull
2) Mike vs Pantera del Japon
3) Dinamic Black, Hijo del Alebrije, Shaolin vs Demonio Infernal, Kempo Jr., Monaguillo
4) Danny Casas vs Veneno
5) Black Dragón, Hijo De Dos Caras, Imposible vs Gallo Frances, Herodes Jr., Trauma II
6) Hijo de Pirata Morgan & Pirata Morgan vs Hijo del Pantera & Pantera and Black Warrior & Warrior Jr. and Diablo Jr. & El Hijo del Diablo and Villano IV & Villano V Jr. and Negro Navarro & Trauma I and Golden Magic & Mr. Magia and Bombero Infernal & Bombero Infernal Jr. [Legado Final]

The annual father/son battle royal, where one family member replaces the other family member after they’re eliminated. Sometimes they start with all fathers, sometimes all sons. Mr. Magia only seems to get booked in this sort of match. Villano V Jr. is not actually Villano IV’s son, but Villano V isn’t wrestling. Bombero Infernal Jr. is “debuting” – but they’ve acknowledged he’s one of the Ninja Turtles and are just not saying which one.

Mike/Pantera del Japon is what I really want to see, and Danny Casas/Veneno is probably what I’ll end up recording.

Lucha Underground 3×28: Booyaka! Booyaka!

this was neat

Matches

Texano beat The Mack (6:13, powerbomb, good)

Pentagon Dark beat Drago (7:55, great, package piledriver)

Rey Mysterio beat PJ Black vs (11:27, springboard frogsplash, good)

Developments

Drago rope climb DDT

There was no overarching character profile to this week’s episode. Instead, the biggest focus might have been in pinning a date to to the Cueto Cup final. The tournament has finished the second round and, with only seven matches left, they’re close enough to the end to feel safe promoting. The final will air four episodes from tonight, August 23rd. They made sure to emphasis it’ll be the same night as Rey Mysterio vs Johnny Mundo.

Mysterio’s warmup match with PJ Black went to form. Mysterio had the match possibly won at the same time as the ref went down, Mundo and the rest of the Worldwide Underground interfered, Dragon Azteca ran them off (after failing early) and Mysterio went on to win. The show concluded with Mysterio promising to beat Mundo for the title.

The tournament matches themselves feel like they’re trending at a 50% interference rate. That was the split tonight too. The Mack was the unlucky loser tonight, with his defeat stemming from Famous B sneaking in the ring and shooting him with a water gun right in front of the referee. The gun didn’t physically harm Mack, but it was enough of a distraction for Texano to immediately get in his powerbomb for the win.

B did take a great bump

Drago & Pentagon finished their match with no outside involvement, surprising considering the Reptile Tribe and Pentagon’s many enemies. Pentagon simply won clean after a package piledriver. Pentagon went to break Drago’s arm after the match and easily stopped Kobra Moon from getting involved. Aerostar instead made the save for his old friend, only for Drago to lay him out and Pentagon to break Aerostar’s arm instead. If Drago’s going to be freed, it’ll probably have to be by someone else. Of note, Vampiro was more positive about Pentagon than he’s been in the recent past.

Pentagon might need the support. Catrina confronted him in the hallway, reminding Pentagon that he cost Mil Muertes the title way back in Ultima Lucha 2 and they haven’t forgotten. (They may have forgotten Pentagon did it because Catrina refused to let Pentagon in the match.) They’re a possible seminfinal match up, but that’s getting ahead of things.

The Cueto Cup quarterfinals will be:
Pentagon Drago vs Texano
Mil Muertes vs Jeremiah Crane
Fenix vs Pindar
Dante Fox vs Prince Puma

In one vignette, Son of Madness tracked down Son of Havoc in a bar, and they mentioned a lot of plot points while fighting. It appears Havoc was part of the Invisbile Cult Motor Club (ICMC), but he doesn’t want to go back to whatever that is because something bad happened. Madness’ job is not to punish Havoc for leaving, but to convince him to come back by whatever it’ll take, or take him out.

In another vignette, Máscarita Sagrada gave the Rabbit Tribe a present: a rabbit’s tail foot. They did not like the gift.

Thoughts

this never works!

The matches were generally good on this show, but it felt a less less than last week.

Last week’s PJ Black came off as a breakout performance for him. This week’s PJ Black match felt like him filling the designiated opponent role for Rey. Nothing was bad and there were pretty good moments, but there is a little repeattive in Rey matches (that first 619 never works) that harm it. The interference was set up awkardly, it’s tough to get that accidental ref kick spot to look anything but manufactured, and really didn’t end up meaning anything. It felt like it was just on the list of things to check off, but the same could’ve been done after the match.

The interference in the Texano match meant more, Famous B is still trying to win Texano over, but felt much more harmful. The water gun didn’t do much, but it was right in front of the ref and directly led to the finish. If you’re ever going to have disqualifications, that had to be one on Texano. Texano’s the one of the eight quarterfinalists who’s gotten nothing out of his wins: Mack controlled most of the match here and Texano’s first round win over Famous B wasn’t much. There was just enough to make this fun, but I expected more.

Pentagon/Drago was easily the best match of the night, and a more complete Pentagon match than I’m used to seeing lately. He still did his big standards (he doesn’t even have to quiet the crowd for the chops, they’re quieting each other), but Drago’s speed and offense forced Pentagon to mix it up more. They’re two guys who haven’t fought a lot on this show (and never had a singles match before this show), but had really strong chemistry. They’re headed in different directions from here, but it was great to see them cross paths.

great match roundup, week of 2017-07-08

There was some good stuff but a lot to sleep thru or actively avoid. I don’t think I’m ever going to remember to write about Dinamic Black & Aramis. It was entertaining for the dives but it was just the mildest recommendation in total; it was a bit of a hallow shell to a match with not a lot to it.

Recommend matches

rating matches TV Show taped
great Volador Jr. vs Último Guerrero for the CMLL Universal Championship LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 14 DE JULIO DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-07-14 2017-07-14
good Dinamic Black vs Aramis Dinamic Black vs Aramis (posted by thecubsfan) Dinamic Black vs Aramis, mano a mano en IWRG Arena Naucalpan (posted by +LuchaTV) IWRG Zona XXI: 2017-07-10 2017-07-09
good Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Hechicero, Pólvora LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 11 DE JULIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-07-11 2017-07-11
good Jeremiah Crane vs Taya [Cueto Cup] and [8f] Lucha Underground: 2017-07-12 2016-05-14
good Paul London vs Mil Muertes [Cueto Cup] and [8f] Lucha Underground: 2017-07-12 2016-05-14
good Fénix vs Marty The Moth [Cueto Cup] and [8f] Lucha Underground: 2017-07-12 2016-05-14
good Carístico, Dragón Lee, Mistico vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 14 DE JULIO DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-07-14 2017-07-14

everything else

rating matches TV Show taped
ok Argenis, La Parka, Lanzeloth vs Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly Argenis, La Parka, Lanzeloth vs Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly (posted by thecubsfan) AAA on Televisa: 2017-07-08 2017-06-04
ok Hijo del Fantasma vs Kevin KrossTexano Jr. in a cage match Hijo del Fantasma vs Kevin Kross vs Texano Jr. in a cage match (posted by thecubsfan) AAA on Televisa: 2017-07-08 2017-06-04
ok Dr. Wagner Jr. & Psycho Clown vs Monsther Clown & Murder Clown and Carta Brava Jr. & Soul Rocker for the mask three way tag match, losing team unmasked, from AAA on Televisa: 2017-07-08 (posted by thecubsfan) Verano De Escándalo 2017 | Psycho Clown & Dr. Wagner vs Murder & Monsther vs C. Brava & S. Rocker ᴴᴰ (posted by LuchaTime) AAA on Televisa: 2017-07-08 2017-06-04
ok Arkalis, Asturiano, París vs Cancerbero, El Malayo, RazielLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 10 DE JULIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-07-10 2017-07-10
ok Blue Panther Jr., Lestat, The Panther vs Ares, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 10 DE JULIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-07-10 2017-07-10
ok Dalys © vs Marcela for the CMLL World Women’s Championship LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 10 DE JULIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-07-10 2017-07-10
ok Dragón Lee, Titán, Valiente vs Cavernario, Euforia, FelinoLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 10 DE JULIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-07-10 2017-07-10
ok Niebla Roja vs Último Guerrero LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 10 DE JULIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-07-10 2017-07-10
ok Pierroth, Rush, Volador Jr. vs Carístico, Kráneo, Ripper in a relevos increíbles match LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 10 DE JULIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-07-10 2017-07-10
ok Fantasy & Último Dragóncito vs Pequeño Nitro & Pierrothito LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 11 DE JULIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-07-11 2017-07-11
ok Valiente vs Gran Guerrero in a lightning match LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 11 DE JULIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-07-11 2017-07-11
ok Ángel de Oro, Mistico, Niebla Roja vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 11 DE JULIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-07-11 2017-07-11
ok La Vaquerita, Marcela, Silueta vs Amapola, Dalys, ZeuxisLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 14 DE JULIO DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-07-14 2017-07-14
ok Blue Panther, Diamante Azul, Soberano Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Negro Casas, Sam Adonis LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 14 DE JULIO DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-07-14 2017-07-14
below average Oro Jr., Príncipe Diamante, Robin vs Hijo del Signo, Metálico, Sangre Azteca LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 11 DE JULIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-07-11 2017-07-11
below average Estrellita, Sanely, Skadi vs La Comandante, La Seductora, Metálica LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 11 DE JULIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-07-11 2017-07-11
below average Astral, Sensei, Star Jr. vs Akuma, Arkángel de la Muerte, Metálico LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 14 DE JULIO DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-07-14 2017-07-14
below average Vangellys vs Pierroth for the hair LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 14 DE JULIO DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-07-14 2017-07-14

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2017-07-11 

viva el revolucion

Recapped: 07/12/2017

All matches aired live from Arena Mexico

Matches:

Pequeño Nitro & Pierrothito beat Fantasy & Último Dragóncito
(10:57 [3:57, 3:47, 3:13], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Oro Jr., Príncipe Diamante, Robin vs Hijo del Signo, Metálico, Sangre Azteca
(12:33 [9:00, 3:33], 1/2 DQ, below average, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Estrellita, Sanely, Skadi beat La Comandante, La Seductora, Metálica
(13:40 [5:44, 3:34, 4:22], 1/3, below average, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Dragón Rojo Jr., Hechicero, Pólvora beat Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa
(15:15 [7:00, 5:11, 3:04], 2/3, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Valiente and Gran Guerrero went to a time limit draw in a lightning match
(10:00, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible beat Ángel de Oro, Mistico, Niebla Roja  
(14:42 [6:03, 2:14, 6:25], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

this always seems like a rough time

Gran Guerrero and Valiente were busy brawling on the outside when time ran out – they seemed a couple seconds away from getting a draw on count of the ring instead.

Metalico unmasked Robin for no real reason. It seemed planned, Robin’s mask was already untied, it just served no purpose.

Thoughts:

Terrible

The main event had more energy than usual, though the action wasn’t so great at times. Shocker and Rey Bucanero tried, Terrible was fun being a bully against smaller guys as usual.

The lighting match suffered a bit from both guys wrestling the match to keep it going as long as possible instead of trying to win. Valiente’s dives looked great, Gran Guerrero showed more varied offense than in trios, but neither man made much of an effort to get to their key moves and hurt the drama of the countdown. This felt like a 20 minute time limit match where they were both caught of guard by it being 10.

The fourth match was helped by the matches which came before it; it wasn’t these guys best efforts but it was much better than what had come prior to it. Dragon Rojo & Pólvora rae among the best teams in CMLL and Hechicero players off all three técnicos well, and the match generally had a good pace. The second and third fall finishes came off as more creative than usual.

The women’s match was boring where they got lost at times. Pequeño Diamante & Sangre Azteca had a six and half minute mat exchange to start the first fall to try and be impressive. It wasn’t, they did basic stuff just for a long time and it ended with Diamante blowing a landing on a monkey flip escape, but the announcers put it over as good because what other choice did they have. The opener had even less to it.

Rey Cometa and Hechicero flying into the barricade

TripleMania XXV lineup (08/26, Mexico City) – Wagner/Psycho, Mesias/Pagano

AAA TV (SAT) 08/26/2017 Arena Ciudad de México, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal
TripleMania XXV
1) ? vs ?? [Llave a la Gloria]
Finals of the tournament. Number of participants, format, and the actual participants TBA.
2) Big Mami, Dinastía, Estrella Divina, Máscara de Bronce vs Hernandez, La Hiedra, Mamba, Mini Psycho Clown
3) Sexy Star vs ? [Reina De Reinas]
winner decided in Aguascalientes. First TV defense, 2nd overall.
4) Dark Cuervo & Dark Scoria vs Aerostar & Drago and Monsther Clown & Murder Clown and Gfw 1 & Gfw 2 [AAA TAG]
3rd defense
5) La Parka vs LashleyMoosePsicosis IIIntocableScorpió Jr.Pimpinela EscarlataLanzeloth9101112131415161718182021222324252627282930 [Copa TripleMania]
will include people who are not in AAA but maybe have worked in the past. Pirata Morgan, Sangre Chicana, Blue Demon Jr., Villanos mentioned as possibly being in the match, and AAA luchadors not otherwise booked may be in as well. Lanzeloth earned his spot from the Golden Opportunity match.
6) Johnny Mundo © vs Texano Jr.Hijo del Fantasma [TLC, AAA HEAVY, AAA CRUISER, AAA LA]
third defense for Cruiserweight/Heavyweight, fifth defense for Latin American title.
7) Pagano vs El Mesías [street fight]
8) Psycho Clown vs Dr. Wagner Jr. [mask]
members of their families (Brazo de Plata mentioned, Maximo & La Mascara teased) may appear at this match

Vampiro, Dorian Roldan and a Roshfrans rep went thru all the matches, on a stream aired on Facebook Live. I was not able to watch the whole thing and there were a few techinical issues with the stream, but I think we got pretty much all of it.

Pagano & Mesias was treated as the biggest match they were announcing today. They closed the press conference by trying to get in a fight with security (and, occasionally, Vampiro) getting in between them. Vampiro talked of the extreme matches he had with Mesias elsewhere. This is clearly going to be the same sort of weapons and stunts spectacle match.

Maybe that’s the bigger theme here: the top 4 matches are all spectacle matches. They’re each a different kind of spectacle. They might be good matches, but the focus is more on being remarkable happenings.

Texano Jr. and Hijo del Fantasma appeared to talk about the triple title TLC match. Unlike Pagano/Mesias, these two tag partners turned enemies were not emotional. Hijo del Fantasma even spoke of wanting to be friends with Texano again after this, though that seemed unlikely. Vampiro confirmed Johnny Mundo had not actually relinquished the title, and blamed it on fans and media misunderstanding what was happening (and not the participants doing a poor job of doing the story in a way that the audience could follow.)

Aside 1: Vampiro’s Facebook explanation for taking the Reina title away from Taya was that Taya had won it by referee stoppage after an illegal choke, they were taking titles seriously now, and they really had to change hands by pinfall or submission. Vampiro has now made a match where the men’s titles will change hands not via pinfall and not via submission. This is reason #14 why Vampiro shouldn’t have made that Facebook post, it just keeps looking dumber.

Aside 2: the TLC stip allows for all sorts of weird finishes, especially when AAA want to be known as exciting creative storytellers. There are three belts, maybe they begin splitting them back up by having someone grab two but not one of the others. Maybe Kevin Kross, conspicuously missing from the lineup, completes his betrayal of Mundo by grabbing the belts himself. Maybe Mascara de Bronce gets the briefcase back, cashes it in during the match, and gets the belts himself. Maybe it’s just a normal finish.

Aside 3: I think Taya being caught off guard by AAA taking the Reina de Reinas title from her and giving it to Sexy Star was very real. I think Mundo & Taya’s anger over the situation is real. And I also think Taya & Mundo reached a decision that the best revenge would not to be to quit the company early, but to make sure AAA paid Mundo every dollar that was owed to him and satisfy themselves with clowning Vampiro on social media in the meantime. AAA has shown they’re not going to stop working with Mundo whatever he & Taya say about Vampiro; they’re untouchable as long as they keep on Vampiro. They’re also smart enough to be using this for attention and sympathy, but the storyline there is seems more to build them up for other promotions than one with AAA. AAA’s not deviating from their original plan, and it doesn’t seem like it was a big question from the media.

The Copa TripleMania was said to be a “ruleta rusa”, which is usually a multiman match or tournament when the winner escapes and the loser has to keep going until the last person loses their hair or mask. It’s 30 people, so I think it’s really just a royal rumble this time. AAA kind of announced this back in May when Lanzeloth won a shot for a dream battle royal at TripleMania. It was explained here as a match celebrating the different eras of AAA for the 25th Anniversary. (They should’ve made advertised it as a 25 person match!) The AAA website lineup lists only La Parka, Scorpio Jr., Intocable and Psicosis (II) in the match. However, they seemed say Lashley and Moose would be participating at the press conference, and Dorian threw out Blue Demon, Villanos, Pirata Morgan and Sangre Chicana names as possible. Chicana appeared on AAA TV this week in a cameo that seemed to foreshadow him being part of this, and Pirata is a semiregular on TV.

Psicosis being there was actually the biggest surprise of the night. The luchador also known Ripper left AAA in 2009, and was part of a group of wrestlers (Kraneo/Alebrije and Morphosis/Histeria most notable) who fought AAA for the rights to their names in court. There was no dispute that AAA created the characters, but they argued they had given value to them by carrying them for many years and should be able to keep them. They joined CMLL in 2010 as Los Invasors, but eventually changes to their current names because CMLL decided they no longer wanted to be part of any lawsuit. It appeared these guys never won the rights to names, but could still get away with using them off TV and out of CMLL. Showing up in this press conference means quitting CMLL, but I don’t think it necessarily means Psicosis will be appearing in AAA full time – like Scorpio and Intocable, it may just an AAA special appearance or two and headed to the indies. Histeria/Morphosis has barely been used in CMLL the last few years and I’d suspect he’ll be in this match if AAA is interested. I’m doubtful Kraneo will do the same.

Aside 4: Psicosis and Sexy Star returning to AAA shows that AAA is willing to make a deal with anyone, no matter what happened before, if they like the deal. I don’t think Fenix or Pentagon or Daga or Garza want to go back to AAA right now or any time soon, but there will be an offer if they ever change their minds. Never say never because never is a very long time.

Despite probably being in the middle of a Best of 5 Series, the Aerostar/Drago/Raptor vs Poder del Norte feud won’t appear here, with Aerostar & Drago challenging (and unlikely to win) for another team title. The Poder del Norte and OGT have been large focuses of TV time the last three months and they’re maybe in the battle royal but didn’t even get announced for it.

Dorian talked around not having a specific GFW tag team to announce for the tag title match. Eddie Edwards & Davey Richards had been announced as appearing at TripleMania months ago and they may have been planned to be the team, but Davey Richards had said he wasn’t staying with GFW just this week. (Richards & Edwards had also broken up and been feuding, but that’s probably a lesser concern here.) They’ll probably find someone else to team with Edwards.

AAA has a 2v2 women’s tag match on their poster for Aguascalientes, but the two women most likely to get that title shot – Faby Apache & Ayako Hamada – are not booked in it. AAA could easily acknowledge who’s in the #1 contenders match, which might be an added reason for people to come to show to Aguascalientes. This year has shown AAA will obstinately continue to promote the lineup they’ve acknowledged is false, and it’s probably not a smart idea for to be spending this many words on this lineup too.

Aside 5: Big Mami & La Hiedra being announced as in the Relevos AAA is an oversight, since I’d assume they’re still going to be in the contender’s match and we’re supposed to believe they have a shot at winning it.

I’m still not quite sure what’s going on with the La Llave a la Gloria contest, but they did announce dates for things. The final tryout is Saturday in Celaya. They will select the finalists in Arena Naucalpan in August (probably the 12, but Record has it as the 15?). The finalsts will appear on TripleMania. Not sure if the means two teams of finalists facing off or some AAA wrestlers being added to an opening match.

Psycho Clown & Dr. Wagner did not appear at the press conference, with the idea that they’d appear at a future press conference and this was more about the rest of the card. They did mention Super Porky and perhaps other members of both families in the corners of both men. That’s a tease of Maximo & La Mascara, though Maximo’s already said he’s taken a booking elsewhere. One of the reasons to bring Sexy Star back would seem to be these sort of media events, but she did not appear either.

This show will probably air live at least in Mexico, but AAA was not ready to say when or how. It certainly appears Leo Riano’s claim that Televisa would be broadcasting the show is at least on the table, since that’s the only non-PPV option. There’d be a certain strangeness about Televisa airing the show. AAA never can refer to the Arena Ciudad de Mexico building by name on TV because the building is owned by rival Azteca, so Televisa broadcasting a show from there would be unusual.

AAA does not list a start time, which might be an oversight or it might be up in the air because of the television situation. The ticket website lists an 8pm start and that’s what MedioTiempo reported. It’s possible that’s just when the doors open and it’s 9pm.

AAA claimed they’ve sold 60-65% of the arena. At the last press conference, they were claiming to have sold 80% of the arena. Those numbers seemed like pressure sales tactics and probably still are, but I can’t imagine this being any less than 90% full when it happens

The lineup is – ok? There’s a lot of caveats and a lot of adjusting for what AAA is now as opposed to a few years ago, but it’s a good effort considering what they have. Psycho/Wagner will probably be worth the price of admission, with the high emotion overcoming a likely predictable worked match. Pagano/Mesias will probably be a gory death match but they’ll both go so far over the top that it’ll be memorable. Ladder matches in AAA (and most of lucha libre) don’t usually hold together all that well, but Mundo’s got experience in some very good ones and he could make it work.

The front half of the card isn’t as promising but it’s not death. The Copa TripleMania will probably be jaw dropping bad at points if the likes of immobile 2017 Scorpio Jr. are already being included, but there will at least be the novelty of seeing who else will show up – if they’re giving away Ripper at the press conference, there’s probably at least one more random name being kept secret. The tag title match is actually kind of disappointing: I’d have much rather seen the tecnicos against Poder del Norte, it’s a match that shown to have a higher ceiling and neither Cuervo/Ozz or Murder/Monster have been that interesting with a lot of TV matches this year. I wasn’t sure Dinastia was making this card so I’m glad to endure another Relevos AAA for his 60 seconds of ring time. And the Llave match might steal the night depending on who makes it thru and what limitations they have.

I’m really happy they’re not wasting time with an Alberto match. Moose and Lashley in a battle royal seems a waste of bringing them in, but I’d rather see them wasted then them being wedged into a different program they don’t fit in. (More AAA’s fault for not setting anything up prior.) There’s also no NOAH guys announced, but perhaps they’ll side into the Copa TripleMania too. There’s a lot of OK stuff here but there’s nothing truly terrible, and that’s an improvement. You take what you can get from AAA this year.

CMLL Puebla: 2017-07-10 (yes, from two weeks ago)

bad times for Titan

Recapped: 07/11/2017

All matches aired live from Arena Puebla

Matches: 

Cancerbero, El Malayo, Raziel beat Arkalis, Asturiano, París
(17:20 [7:39, 5:17, 4:24], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ares, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado beat Blue Panther Jr., Lestat, The Panther  
(17:47 [8:41, 4:37, 4:29], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Dalys © beat Marcela to retain the CMLL World Women’s Championship (9:49, 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Dalys double wristlock cradle (4:00)

  2. Marcela tapatia (2:29)

  3. Dalys boot counter (3:20)

Cavernario, Euforia, Felino beat Dragón Lee, Titán, Valiente  
(16:06 [4:29, 7:52, 3:45], 2/3, ok via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Niebla Roja beat Último Guerrero
(9:35 [5:12, 4:23], 1/2, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Niebla Roja huracanrana (5:12)

  2. Niebla Roja small package (4:23)

Pierroth, Rush, Volador Jr. beat  Carístico, Kráneo, Ripper in a relevos increíbles match
(9:01 [1:21, 1:54, 5:46], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

Asturiano!

Rush snuck in a foul on Caristico to win the main event. Niebla Roja surprised UG to win in straight falls. It seemed like Marcela was meant to kick out on the third fall finish and didn’t in time. Misterioso added The Panther’s mask to his collection.

Thoughts: 

don’t trust Blue Panther Jr. to catch you 

Uploading GIFs to this web site is a pain – it’s one of the reasons it’s down half the time – and writing about boring shows is not fun. I’ve stayed on my usual schedule despite not posting anything but Claro & LU for a couple weeks, I just haven’t bothered to finish writing about them and putting them up. I’m doing more out of guilt of not getting the MOTYC list, but it’s not like those shows are actually adding to those lists.

This was another uneventful show for match quality. Niebla Roja & Ultimo Guerrero was a one sided match set with Niebla Roja just getting a couple of surprise pins. Dalys & Marcela came off as though the third fall ended prematurely. Nothing else really got going.

It’s nice to see Volador back as a rudo – where he belongs!! – but it’s also messed up considering what match CMLL is trying to promote. The early matches had the usual pacing issues. Arkalis & Asturiano do just enough to convince you that they’re probably having good matches far away from here.

TripleMania press conference today (w/Rey?), Rush/Caristico in Puebla

this seems rude

CMLL (MON) 07/24/2017 Arena Puebla [CMLL, CultIcon]
1) Guerrero Espacial & Perverso b Arkalis & París LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 24  DE JULIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
2) Pierrothito b Shockercito [lightningLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 24  DE JULIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
The intended person won but the finish seemed screwed up by a Tirantes count. Pierroth gets a title match next week.
3) La Vaquerita, Princesa Sugehit, Sanely b La Seductora, Tiffany, Zeuxis LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 24  DE JULIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
4) Ángel de Oro, Stigma, Stuka Jr. b Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 24  DE JULIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
5) Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas b Dragón Lee, Mistico, Titán LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 24  DE JULIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
6) Pierroth, Rush, Volador Jr. b Carístico, Diamante Azul, Euforia [Relevos IncreíblesLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 24  DE JULIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
After saying on Wednesday that he had no interest in being in Los Ingobernables, Volador wore an Ingobernable Rush jersey for the match. Rush unmasked Caristico setting up a singles match next week.

Main event was short and not good but the promos to build up next week sound like they went well. It sounds like the fourth match was the best of the bunch.

Today’s CMLL show has nothing important coming into it, but a couple interesting matches. Virus gets a singles match with Rey Cometa seems like the best match on the show. The main event has Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero and Terrible against Angel de Oro, Marco Corleone and Volador Jr., who will probably be right back to normal today. Dragon Lee teams up with Guerrero Maya & Johnny Idol against Dragon Rojo, Polvora & Vangellys. Misterioso goes for another mask, teaming with Polvora and Disturbio against the Panther Brothers & Stigma. The second match is an Arkangel match. The opener has newbies Fiero & Sangre Imperial against Yago & Apocalipsis.

Guadalajara has the more interesting show: the #NGD face Hijos del Infernals for the national trios titles, with the young Dinamitas trying to win a second championship in a week. It’s unlikely they’ll repeat their Arena Coliseo Tag Team chance but it’s a good chance for them. The main event has Diamante Azul, Mistico & Rush against Euforia, Hechicero and Kraneo.

Someone named “El Consejo” replaced Astral on Sunday and Fuego on Saturday in the lineups. Maybe it’s just a place filler. Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre is just boring and uninspired enough to name someone “El Consejo” while genuinely believing that’s a solid name. It’s a terrible name, but CMLL is only naming someone after their promotion if he’s going to be a big deal. CMLL trademarked the name in 2012, probably in response to AAA using that as a name for a faction.

While I was searching around on trademarks, I noticed CMLL’s also filed for design trademarks on a lot of mask designs. CMLL filed trademark for about 25 mask designs back in May. The list on the tradmark site is Volador, Valiente, Ultimo Guerrero, Titan, Sanson, The Panther (or maybe all three?), Rush, Ripper, Polvora, Pierroth, Niebla Roja, Mr. Niebla, Mephisto, Mascara Dorada, la Sombra, Kraneo, Monito, Forastero, Sagrado, Dragon Rojo (in his half Diamante Negro mask), Dragon Lee, Cuatrero, Caristico, Atlantis and Angel de Oro. There’s also a couple cartoons of Rush in there. I don’t know what rights that gives them, or if they’ll be acting on them; they haven’t been officially granted anything yet. They also trademarked Torneo Natalia Vazquez a few days before announcing it.

I also noticed AAA was officially awarded some of the Penta Zero M trademarks but the Penta 0M ones and Fenix ones are still undecided, and they’ve asked for Raptor and Lucha Libre Victoria World Cup – which means that concept is still alive even if AAA’s not mentioned it this year. Maybe they’ll do it later today.

TripleMania press conference this afternoon

AAA will have a press conference today in Mexico City at 3:30pm CT to talk about TripleMania. AAA usually streams their press conferences, so keep an eye on their Facebook. AAA also is usually late, so don’t be surprised if it’s starting more around 4pm or later. The promo says it’ll be “big surprises” for TripleMania. They’d previously said they’d be announcing the full card for TripleMania, but perhaps that’s changed.

I suspect it’s an afternoon press conference simply because people were  flying in this morning. Rey Mysterio checked in around noon, and he’s probably not in Mexico City without being involved in this. Mysterio’s been pretty solidly with The Crash up to this poing, but he’s Rey Mysterio and can work for both places if he wants to – they’ll both be happy to have him. Rey’s on track to work a lot more in 2017 than he did in 2016, working smaller Crash shows and related shows in addition to wrestling elsewhere. I don’t know how this plays in his future decisions, but it would put Rey on the same show as GFW wrestlers.

I also believe Alberto is still in Mexico and one of the big surprises will be him appearing on TripleMania. Promociones Juniors also announced Heroes Inmortales will be on 10/01 in San Luis Potosi, so perhaps the TripleMania match will set up a second match in Alberto’s hometown. I’m not sure AAA needs Alberto, they drew a full house there last week with a normal house show lineup, but it fits.

(AAA scheduling geek side note: a 10/01 date is earlier than usual and means only the Irapuato taping will air before Heroes Inmortales actually happens. Don’t expect a lot for matches on that show. Also, there was no October SLP stop in the schedule AAA handed out at the start of the year, but they were clear about the last third of the year changing as it got closer.)

This will be the first time AAA will be in front of the press since everything that’s happened with Taya, Sexy Star and Johnny Mundo. By this point, they’ve turned it into a storyline and anything they say will probably be furthering that. (Vampiro was on Zona Ruda last night, so I suspect it came up there as well – but no one writes much about Zona Ruda and it’s not put up on YouTube until mid week.) My guess is Mundo is working the scheduled match against Hijo del Fantasma & Texano.

Most of the card is a mystery; there’s stuff AAA has announced in passing, and there’s stuff they’ve pointed towards, but nothing’s been really been treated like an important deal beyond Wagner/Psycho. They’ll be betting on Alberto being a big positive deal if he’s appearing, but I don’t think anything else they matter is going to mean a whole lot to move tickets. It’s really the mask match and the idea of TripleMania that have been selling tickets so far. The rest of the card is interesting in the hopes of getting some good matches (too rare on AAA shows this year) and to see where AAA has everyone positioned (are feuds like Bengala/Suicide or Hiedra/Shani making the show in a meaningful way? is there a reason Angelico is back?) but AAA’s going to live or die with that main event. I guess this is the last real chance of AAA getting out of the mask match by putting someone else it, but I’m not sure they can escape it and I can’t seem them actually doing it.

Other Things

Mucha Lucha Atlanta has Caristico & Rush on their 10/08 show.

Sanson & Cuatrero say it was an honor to beat Negro Navarro & Black Terry for the Arena Coliseo Tag Team championship.

The Winter Palace Podcast interviews Sam Adonis.

LuchaWorld has an interview with Guerrero Maya Jr. and this week’s Poster-Mania.

Segunda Caida watches some Blue Panther/Sam Adonis trios.

SuperLuchas writes about Puma de Oro, who passed away recently.

El Concerto interviews Gallego.

Red Dragon took Barbaro III’s hair in Puebla.

Lineups

CMLL (MON) 07/31/2017 Arena Puebla
1) Arkalis, Espíritu Maligno, Rey Samuray vs Ares, Guerrero Espacial, Rey Apocalipsis
2) La Vaquerita, Princesa Sugehit, Sanely vs Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany
3) Shockercito © vs Pierrothito [CMLL MINI]
first defense
4) Rey Cometa, Soberano Jr., Stigma vs El Malayo, Puma, Tiger
5) Dragón Lee, Mistico, Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Negro Casas
6) Carístico vs Rush

Arena Puebla has gone with a July full of big shows and this is one more with Caristico & Rush in a main event. The title match should be good. Malayo working a fourth match is rare; part of it has to be because the 2nd or 3rd matches are not the men’s division, but it might be more than that since he’s across from Stigma.

new lucha videos for the weekend of July 22th, 2017

Guadalajara took their feed offline Saturday night so no lucha there. AYM did air the IWRG Sunday show, but the feed died during the opener. I’ll put it up if pops up during the week.

07/21 CMLL Claro: mega

07/22 CMLL Azteca:  mega  – US TV skipped over Vangellys/Pierroth (both the hair match and the build up trios match the week before)

IWRG Zona XXI: 2017-07-22
taped 2017-07-19 @ Arena Naucalpan
mega/playlist
1) Climax Jr. & Shaolin vs Lunatik Xtreme & Warrior Jr.
2) Aramis, Gallo Frances, Hijo del Alebrije vs Kempo Jr., Monaguillo, Pantera del Japon
3) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo vs Dragón Yuki, Ovett, Relámpago, Taylor Wolf
4) Black Dragón, Dinamic Black, Dragón Fly vs Cerebro Negro, Eterno, Hijo del Pantera

Caristico beats Black Warrior (again), Puebla preview, Canelo/Cholo signed

IWRG (SUN) 07/23/2017 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, The Gladiatores]
IWRG Prison Fatal 2017
1) Demonio Infernal b Lunatik Xtreme
super libre rematch challenges folllowed
2) Dragón Yuki & Warrior Jr. b Kaving & Tackle
Kaving, in his return from fracturing his femur, replaced Maquina Infernal.
3) Bombero Infernal b Eterno
Bombero used the ropes to win.
4) Argos, Kempo Jr., Monaguillo b Black Dragón, Dinamic Black, Gallo Frances
Argos & Gallo Frances were added to the match. Gallo Frances betrayed Dinamic Black after problems.
5) Hijo del Pantera b Emperador Azteca
Pantera wants a title shot.
6) Villano III Jr., Villano V Jr., Zorro b Imposible, Internacional Pantera, Sharly Rockstar
Zorro suffered a knee injury but his team still won.
7) Black Warrior L CarísticoTrauma IIMr. Electro [Prisión Fatal, hair, mask]
Escape order: Black Warrior, Mr. Electro, then Black Warrior came back in, Trauma II escaped, adn Caristico escaped leaving Black Warrior bald.

The Puebla show tonight as a lot of mid sequence feuds. The difference than usual is that volume: usually it’s lucky if CMLL has one and it’s easy to tell what match they’re setting up. They’ve got three on this show, and I’m not sure which (if any) are headed to the blowoff match next week.

Shocker & Pierrothito meet in a lightning match, which might set up a Shockercito minis title defense. Los Hijo del Infernales face Angel de Oro, Stigma and Stuka in a rematch from last week’s draw and could set up a trios title match. Caristico, Diamatne Azul, Euforia face Pierroth, Rush and Volador in the main event is also supposed to be a rematch, but Rush didn’t show up last week. The Volador/Caristico feud they did could be a match they were building up, or it could’ve been just something to do with no Rush.

Dragon Lee, Mistico and Titan face the Peste Negra in the semimain which might be the best match. Sugehit & Zeuxis meet once again in the women’s trios with Vaquerita, Sanely, Seductora and Tiffany scheduled. (CMLL previously said Tiffany missed the Copa Natalia Vazquez due to injury, Tiffany was posting photos from back home in Monterrey on Twitter, I have no idea.) Arkalis & Paris open it up against Guerrero Especial & Perverso. The show airs on CMLL’s YouTube channel at 9pm.

Gallo & Principe are the new Jalisco (indie) tag team champions, defeating Rayman & Makabre in Arena Jalisco. Gallo picked up half of tag team titles just after he was stripped of the CMLL/Occidente version of those same titles, which is probably not a total coincidence. It was also a backdrop to Makabre & Rayman, who’d been leading a rudo faction there for the last year or so, breaking up and Rayman going back tecnico.

In a long interview with 24 Horas (pointed out by R de Rudo), Shocker says he’s been trying stand up comedy as a post wrestling career. He’s not retiring from wrestling (thought he’s current MIA again.) Shocker got the name from the movie of the same name, and tells the story of his military service: he enlisted, says he got bored, and decided to go live with his parents in Guadalajara in 1990 without actually leaving the military. About six years later, when he had a layover in Los Angeles flying back from Japan, the military grabbed him. He thought he’d be in jail about nine months but it reads like they let him go after less than one. He says it cost him a WWE opportunity, which probably was Super Astros.

Monito, Blue Panther Jr. & Espanto Jr. visited a Best Buy.

CMLL (SAT) 07/29/2017 Arena Coliseo
1) Retro & Sonic vs Akuma & Templario
2) Angelito, Fantasy, Último Dragóncito vs Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Universo 2000, Pequeño Violencia
3) Blue Panther Jr., Fuego, The Panther vs Hijo del Signo, Nitro, Virus
4) Rey Cometa vs Sagrado [lightning]
5) Guerrero Maya Jr., Johnny Idol, Soberano Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Hechicero, Pólvora
6) Carístico, Marco Corleone, Valiente vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys

Angelito’s booked so I assume he’s alive.

CMLL (SUN) 07/30/2017 Arena México
1) Magia Blanca, Robin, Sonic vs Artillero, Espanto Jr., Espíritu Negro
2) Astral, Oro Jr., Pegasso vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Sangre Azteca
3) Marcela, Silueta, Skadi vs Amapola, La Comandante, Metálica
4) Cholo vs Canelo Casas [hair]
5) Ángel de Oro, Dragón Lee, Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto, Felino, Ripper
6) Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Valiente vs Kráneo, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero

It’s really happening. It takes some people months, years to get to the hair match, but CMLL was making sure this one had to happen. And it surely had to happen.

CMLL (SUN) 07/30/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Amperage vs Paymon
2) El Patriarca & Micro vs Carlo Roggi & Destructor
3) Fantástico & Tigre Blanco vs Linterna & Relámpago Azul
4) Cirujano, Flash II, Magnum vs Difunto, Gran Kenut, Pitbull I
5) Frezzer, Furia Roja, Guerrero de la Muerte vs Espectrúm, Joker, Sádico

Rudos versus rudo main event; the two sides had been feuding earlier.

The Crash (SAT) 08/05/2017 Auditorio de Tijuana, Tijuana, Baja California
1) ? vs ??
2) Jonathan & Keyra vs Chik Tormenta & Último Maldito
3) Rey Horuz vs FlamitaArkángel DivinoBlack Boy
4) Willie Mack, Xtreme Tiger, Zorro vs Black Taurus (Indie), Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Rey Escorpión (Indie)
5) Daga, Jack Evans, Oraculo vs Bestia 666, Black Danger, Garza Jr.
6) Penta Zero M vs La Máscara [super libre]

I’m a few days late on this one. The Crash in Tijuana shows continue every third week, though this one is noticble with less foreign names than usual; just Oraculo and Willie Mack really. Oraculo & Black Danger get moved up to the semimain to continue their feud. Konnan’s suggested another cage match might be coming up, and everyone in the top two matches would fit.

MDA Lucha Memes (SUN) 08/06/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Keira vs La MagnificaSúper Estrella
2) Arez, Belial, Impulso vs Alas de Acero, Esfinge, Iron Kid (Estado de México) and Aero Boy, Demasiado, Rey Apocalipsis
3) Black Terry & Negro Navarro vs Hijo de LA Park & Magnum
4) Caifan & Hechicero (CMLL) vs Cavernario & Satánico
5) Cuatrero & Sansón vs Laredo Kid & Rey Cometa
6) Dr. Cerebro vs Virus
neither man is allowed to use the ropes
7) LA Park vs Rush

Full show for the combo show card here. Tickets are really cheap considering the lineup. MDA/Memes shows are firmly in the “I dunno” territory of us ever seeing it, but the fifth match is really interesting if the tecnicos are into it. Rey Apocalipsis must’ve impressed the most of the recent Puebla guys (or he was the one available?) Keira couldn’t go to CMLL because every high end indie needs her for their women’s match. Or that’s why she doesn’t need to go.