Hey, so, problem: you know how I’m not posting Lucha Underground spoilers now? Right, do listing which matches will air as a preview count as spoiling? I’m going with “Yes, unless LU promotes the matches themselves” for now. The guide’s description seems safe, especially since it doesn’t say anything. Anyway, Lucha Underground is back on Wednesday at 7pm CT and you probably should watch it.
They’re not listed on the schedule, but the three FantasticaMania shows air this weekend: Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 3:30 AM CT each day.
Kamaitachi/Maximo airs on CMLL Azteca and you should definitely watch it.
AAA has a rare Flamita TV appearance (November), and an even rarer Soul Rocker one (July of 2014!)
Tomorrow is the first FantasticaMania show in Korakuen Hall, and the first one that’ll be aired on NJPWWorld. Start time – for all three shows this weekend – is 6:30pm in Tokyo, and 3:30am Central time. You can find the time for your time zone here. NJPWWorld costs about $8.50 USD/157 Mexican Pesos a month (auto rebilling on the first day.)
Friday’s main event is Mistico & Volador Jr. vs Mephisto & Ultimo Guerrero, an all CMLL match which builds up two singles matches for Sunday’s show. The semimain has the trio of Dragon Lee, Tanahashi and Taguchi taking on Okada, Nakamura and Virus; good on Virus for finally finding replacements for Euforia & Polvora in the Cancerberos.
The two noteworthy matches are fourth and fifth on the card. Titan faces Barbaro Cavernario for the Mexican National Welterweight championship, a rematch of a fantastic title change from May. Cavernario’s a favorite in Japan, but this should be a stellar match regardless of the outcome. Fellow Guadalajara native Mascara Dorada also gets his CMLL Welterweight title rematch against BUSHI. The member of the Ingobernables de Japon is being groomed for a IWRG Junior Heavyweight championship next month, so it’s unlikely they’d do anything to make him look weak on this shows. Dorada’s best chance might be Atlantis getting revenge for all the trouble the Ingobernables have been giving him on this tour.
The first few matches look enjoyable too, and this should be a fun show. I’m going to try and watch this live, so maybe look for a recap tomorrow morning.
The first show of the FantasticaMania tour aired earlier today on SamuraiTV. I have no idea what the CMLL rights are to airing NJPW footage – sometimes it seemed like they didn’t even have a NJPWWorld account to pull video of Mascara Dorada for their news pieces – but it’s little surprising CMLL doesn’t find a way to air these big CMLL matches on a CMLL TV show.
Chris DeJoseph talked about Lucha Underground on the Wrestling Mayhem Show. Lucha Underground Season 2 will be 26 episodes over 27 hours. Ultima Lucha 2 encompasses the last three shows, and the season finale is a double length show as last year. Ultima Lucha is being taped next week, and (based on my math) should air from July 6th to July 20th. Season 3 sounds like it’s still happening, and maybe starting by that point, and I’m not sure how much of a gap there will be between seasons this year.
DeJoseph mentioned there’s a bit more backstage vignettes in the first half of the series, as they get into the backstory for characters. That’ll involved scenes away from the temple and flashbacks to previous times. (All of those wouldn’t be seen by anyone going to tapings.) It’d be more wrestling in the second half. DeJoseph said people would die in season 2, but also Bael’s death would come up again. DeJoseph mentioned he’s seen the first five episodes and liked how they’re coming, but also noted the difference in the schedule this year: they were able to make midseason adjustments last season after seeing the reaction to the first bunch of shows, but this year will be almost all done taping by the time the first episode airs.
DeJospeh said WWE came after the Lucha Underground wrestlers, trying to sign everyone else to kneecap LU, and believing they tried the same with ROH & TNA. It’s kind of strange that WWE was able to successfully raid NJPW but only could get Alberto from LU. I think that’s more an issue with NJPW.
I had the count as 28 episodes before, but it turns out the Sunday triple tapings are more like two and a half shows. They’re also doing a bit of taping out of order. I’d guess those military scenes in the trailer might be one of the flashbacks. I also wonder if the shot of Cisco in prison orange might have something to do with people figuring out what happened to Bael.
Alberto had a one day media tour of Mexico yesterday, promoting the debut of GBG Sports Magazine where he’s on the cover. You can flip thru the magazine here, though it’s kind of in tiny print. (Kind of odd to promote an interview by having someone do other interviews.) A week ago, Caristico blamed his problems in WWE on the other Mexicans who were there. Alberto was one of those Mexicans, so the press asked Alberto what he thought. Alberto said he hadn’t heard what Caristico had to say, didn’t even know he had a new name now, but Caristico should shut his mouth. Alberto said Caristico had everything on a silver platter, given opportunities no other Mexican was ever given, but still ruined his own career by not working hard. He’s happy the current Sin Cara and Kalisto are doing things the right way.
It sounds like Alberto was otherwise still being his heel WWE character, but much subtler: he declared no Mexican wrestler has had his level of success in an interview with Record. (I guess Rey is not a Mexican wrestler for the purposes of that line.) He gave credit to Kalisto but said he’d keep his title, and said the League of Nations has a lot of stars and simply needs some time to learn to work together as a team. In a group interview, Alberto praises everyone while Juventud Guerrera plays loud music.
After the Copa Junior final, Puma would like to change his name. He denied he was a member of the Casas family early in the career, but now feels like he’s capable of carrying the name and would like to go by Felino Jr. or Puma Casas. He notes the choice to pick his name is out of hands, and it wouldn’t be a change happening soon. Meanwhile, Esfinge wants to face Felino (since he beat Tiger and Puma during the tournament), or team with Titan & Triton to face all three cats.
ChilangaMask 03/20 3rd Anniversary card so far
los Caifanes vs Los Traumas
Tigre Universitario vs Jeque new: Makabre, Shiryu Dragon vs Wotan, Impulso
DTU SN (SUN) 01/31/2016 Gimnasio Paralimpico de la Unidad Deportiva Sur, Irapuato, Guanajuato 1) ? vs ?? local wrestlers
2) ?, Eclipse, Sikma vs Destello, Perro Callejero, Perro Callejero Jr.
3) Black Fire & Tony vs Adrenalina & Vengador and Johnny Idol & Kastigador
4) Susumu vs Aero Boy, Pesadilla, Jinzo, Drastik Boy
5) Ángel o Demonio & Ovett vs Maremoto & Maremoto Jr.
6) Dragón Rojo Jr. & Stuka Jr. vs Lanzeloth & Rocky Lobo and Jimmy & Kevin Nerd
7) Psicosis II & Violento Jack vs Juventud Rebelde & Pólux and Cíclope & Miedo Extremo
LLDLJ (SUN) 01/17/2016Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México[+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (highlights),Estrellas del Ring]
1) Ludark Shaitan b Keira, Adelita Batillon del Muerte’s Adelita was added to the match and actually beat Keira before Ludark beat her.
2) Arez & Impulso b Metaleón & Mr. Leo
3) Brole Extrem & Prayer b Emperador Azteca & Golden Magic Azteca gave the Puebla rudos credit for the win while Golden Magic stormed over.
4) Mini Multifacético DCOR Belial money thrown in
5) Stigma DQ Skándalo Skandalo unmasked Stigma for the DQ, then asked for a rematch.
6) Jeque & Judas el Traidor b Bobby Jack & Toro Bill Jr.
7) Herodes Jr. DQ Siki Osama [bull terrier] Siki replaced Misterioso for a bloody chain match. Herodes won by grabbing Siki’s leg to foul the referee, who then pulled Siki away from the fourth corner to give Herodes the win by DQ.
They didn’t do as well as ChilangaMask/Lucha Memes in the same venue and had a lot of inconclusive finishes for the first show in a new place, but the main event sounds like it was interesting.
CMLL (TUE) 01/19/2016Arena México [thecubsfan, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Fantasy & Stukita b Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro 13:30. Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Cancerbero, Nitro, Raziel b Oro Jr., Soberano Jr., Star Jr. 18:48. Rudos took 2/3.
3) Amapola, La Comandante, Reyna Isis b La Vaquerita, Marcela, Silueta 15:50. Rudas took 1/3.
4) Esfinge b Puma [Copa Jr., final] 11:11/ Esfinge took 1/3, the last with nudo Egipico for the pinfall, to with the Copa Junior.
5) Blue Panther, Pegasso, Rey Cometa b Pierroth, Pólvora, Vangellys 12:24. Tecnicos took 2/3, though Terror Chino blew the count on the finish (or thought it wasn’t supposed to be the finish.)
6) Felino, Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero b Máximo Sexy, Super Porky, Valiente 6:27, straight falls for the rudos. Bucanero snuck in a foul on Maximo, then challenged him for a heavyweight title match.
This was streamed live and is still up on YouTube if you missed it. The Copa Junior final was fun. There’s really nothing else on the show you need to see, but there was nothing horrible. Tuesday shows haven’t changed back since Cadena3 went away.
Bucanero challenged Maximo for the heavyweight title, though it was a Sabado Retros show so almost no one saw it. They have so much experience working against each other that they probably could figure out a good title match again. After Monday’s match, Maximo said he’d be willing to give Vangellys a rematch too.
It’s still unclear if this was a one time thing for Copa Junior, the start of a weekly thing, or a possible replacement for Friday shows thing. Maybe they’ll explain more on Informa, but my guess is one time thing.
CMLL NJPW (WED) 01/20/2016 Osaka Prefectual Gymnasium, Osaka, Japan [NJPW, PuroLove]
1) Jushin Liger & Stuka Jr. b Sho Tanaka & Yohei Komatsu 8:33. Stuka beat Komatsu with the torpedo splash. Stuka said he’d like to team with Tanaka & Komatsu in Mexico.
2) Boby Zavala b The Panther 8:14. Zavala beat Panther with a spinning powerbomb.
3) Okumura b Guerrero Maya Jr. 8:12. Okumura won with the hanging DDT, officially splitting the singles matches between the two tag teams at 2-2.
4) Bárbaro Cavernario, Gedo, Hechicero, YOSHI-HASHI b Jay White, Kushida, Ryusuke Taguchi, Titán 9:43. Cavernario submitted Jay White.
5) Bushi, EVIL, Tetsuya Naito b Atlantis, Fuego, Máscara Dorada 11:01. For the third straight show, Los Ingobernables de Japon cheated to win (Naito foul on Fuego to set up Out of Control) and unmasked the tecnicos after the match.
6) Mephisto, Shinsuke Nakamura, Último Guerrero b Juice Robinson, Mistico, Volador Jr. 13:02. Nakamura pinned Robinson with a cross armbreaker (which was noted in post match interviews as a Nakamura beating a former WWE trainee.)
7) Dragon Lee & Hiroshi Tanahashi b Okada & Virus 15:47. Dragon Lee beat Virus with Patos en el Pecho (a new name for the the hanging double stomp.) Dragon Lee played air guitar with the lightweight title belt in the post match.
The main event getting 15 minutes sounds pretty good. Natio versus Atlantis for the Anniversary main event!
This is the last non-NJPWWorld show of the run. They take a day off and the first streaming show airs early Friday morning in Central Time. These three previous shows outside of Tokyo do not air live; Kochi’s show will air tomorrow on SamuraiTV, with Kyoto (Tuesday) and Osaka (Thursday) not airing until after the Korauken Hall shows are over.
Since we’ll be able to see the rest of the show, this is a good moment for my annual reminder that one of my favorite parts of the NJPW tour is their results page for each show. They give me an “O” next to who won, a “X” next to who lost, and I can just rifle thru them if I’d like. No reading a couple paragraphs to decipher the finish needed, no reading an (always appreciated) indie recap to see “the tecnicos won” without having any idea which side is the tecnicos, just the kind of facts a person (bizarrely) building a lucha libre database needs. I like the detail page with match details and the post match interviews, but the detail page makes it so much quicker to figure out who won. No fear of mistranslating a verb tense!
On this week’s MLW Radio, Konnan mentioned Angelico’s knee injury will keep out until the end of February. The injury is not severe, but there’s concern of it becoming much worse if he doesn’t rest. Angelico won’t be back for long, because he’s headed to Europe for all of March to visit family.
Konnan specifically said Angelico won’t be on Rey de Reyes, which means the title shot they’re setting up on Friday won’t be cashed in for months. AAA rarely holds title matches away from their big shows, so it may be a January match building to one to June or later. My guess is they could also have Friday’s winning team defend the title shot itself against Joe Lider & Pentagon, in a sort of interim champion way. (Aerostar & Fenix would make more sense as winners on Friday in that scenario.)
Konnan’s general thought on the Guerra de Titanes card is it’s not as strong as it could be, but “it’s the same problem any other booker has: if you’re not the owner, you don’t have the last word.” A emailer asked if Ishimori might return, and Konnan explained he hasn’t been back because “AAA is very disorganized”, but believed he and the NOAH guys would probably be back for the World Cup.
Konnan said he believes Caristico is the booker for Elite. That’d be surprising, since Caristico loses all the time in Elite and that’s uncommon for bookers. It’s does feel a safe bet Caristico’s picking at least some of the talent that gets used.
Today’s the last week of El Rey’s mini Lucha Underground marathon. They’ll be showing the final five episodes of season 1 (including the two hour Ultima Lucha final) starting at 7pm. They’ve also been giving out a prize pack during the show; I think it’s a “tweet this secret word” kind of deal. The entire series will air this weekend.
Lucha Underground will appear on the late night (Los Angeles) SportsCenter next week. A segment was taped last night with Rey Misterio Jr., King Cuerno, Johnny Mundo, Joey Ryan and Melissa Santos and others. It’s airing either Monday or Tuesday night to promote the season two premiere.
CMLL (TUE) 01/26/2016Arena México
1) Angelito & Stukita vs Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro
2) Estrellita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, La Comandante, Tiffany
3) Blue Panther Jr., Esfinge, Pegasso vs Disturbio, Sangre Azteca, Skándalo
4) Delta vs Felino [lightning]
5) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Rey Cometa vs Gran Guerrero, Hechicero, Vangellys
6) Atlantis, Máximo Sexy, Stuka Jr. vs Boby Z, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
The FantasticaMania cew start to filter back in. Bucanero & Maximo waits at least one more week. Angelito & Stukita is a fun team of small people.
CMLL (TUE) 01/26/2016Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Explosivo & Star Black vs Carlos Rogi & Furia Roja
2) Magnum, Magnus, Oro Jr. vs Canelo Casas, Metálico, Ráfaga
3) Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., The Panther vs El Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
4) Dragón Lee, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
5) La Máscara, Marco Corleone, Rush vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Kráneo, Thunder
Kraneo & Thunder are polar opposites. Forastero makes the jump to Tuesday shows, which suggests he’s not far behind from joining his cousins in Mexico City.
There’s no update on Tigre Rojo or Policeman, which I hope means they’re doing OK. Maximo/Vangellys is worth watching. There was an issue in the crowd just off camera before the fifth match; this Twitter post suggests it had to do with a fan and security.
CMLL NJPW (TUE) 01/19/2016 KBS Hall, Kyoto, Japan [NJPW]
1) Fuego & Ryusuke Taguchi b Sho Tanaka & Yohei Komatsu 7:49. Fuego beat Tanaka.
2) The Panther b Okumura 8:01. Mima Shimoda was back with Okumura for the tour and got taken out by a Panther tope. Panther won with a nudo lagunero.
3) Guerrero Maya Jr. b Boby Zavala 6:18. Guerrero Maya may have broken out the sit down piledriver for the win.
4) David Finlay, Dragon Lee, Jyushin Thunder Liger, Titán b Bárbaro Cavernario, Hechicero, Virus, YOSHI-HASHI 9:01. Titan beat Hechicero with his figure four variant.
5) Bushi, EVIL, Tetsuya Naito b Atlantis, Máscara Dorada, Stuka Jr. 7:16. Naito beat Stuka with the Out Of Control, and the Ingobernables took the tecnico’s masks again.
6) Kushida & Mistico b Gedo & Último Guerrero 9:39. Kushida beat Gedo with the hoverboard lock (with Mistico getting La Mistica on UG at the same time.)
7) Kazuchika Okada, Mephisto, Shinsuke Nakamura b Hiroshi Tanahashi, Juice Robinson, Volador Jr. 15:21. Nakamura beat Juice Robinson with the Boma Ye.
Kind of surprised both the tecnico champions won the singles match, though maybe it’ll just go the other way tomorrow. There are highlights from the top matches of the previous show here.
Televisa and Sony Pictures announced a new series on the life of the original Blue Demon. The show is set for 65 hour long episodes, starting from when he was a child and following thru his career. The show will start filming in April, with no air date. It’s billed as the real life story, but it’s a TV show so probably not so much.
El Hijo del Santo has implied he was offered something like this in the past but would also want a lot of control about how his father would be portrayed (which might work better for a movie than an ongoing series.) It’ll be interesting to see how they portray the wrestling scenes. Programming from Televisa usually ends up on one of Univision’s stations in the US.
Tonight’s CMLL main event is Rey Bucanero, Felino, and Negro Casas against Maximo, Brazo de Plata and Valiente, which looks like an unnoteworthy match to get thru this period but perhaps will set up something new. (Bucanero’s gone a while without defending his title.) The important match on the card is the Copa Junior final between Puma and Esfinge. Puma should be the favorite based on performance, but they’ve been booked at the same level recently and Puma’s gotten a recent ciberneico win, so they may spread out the big wins to someone else. The Copa Junior hasn’t been a meaningful competition – they only seem to run it ever other year, with Maximo and Super Halcon Jr. winning the two different 2014 competitions – but there aren’t many big wins to get when you’re stuck in the CMLL midcard so this will mean something to the winner.
CMLL’s show tonight will be broadcast on CMLL.com (and probably thru YouTube.) It’s said to be for the Copa Junior, but it still seems surprising. It’s unclear if this is a one time thing, a trial run, or something else. The last Tuesday night stream to air was when they were trying out streaming software for the iPPV. It’s not an especially interesting card, but the Copa Junior match should be fun.
There’s a little bit of card shuffling on Saturday’s Coliseo show. Blue Panther Jr. & Pegasso are now off. Super Halcon Jr. is added to take on Arkangel, Hombre Bala Jr. moved up to face Tiger and Magnus replaces the tecnico to face Canelo Casas.
IWRG (SUN) 01/24/2016Arena Naucalpan
1) Galaxy vs Power Bull
2) Kanon & Omega vs Adrenalina & Vortize
3) Emperador Azteca, Hijo de Mascara Sagrada, Hijo del Alebrije vs Artillero, Hip Hop Man, Metralla
4) Diablo Jr. I, El Hijo del Diablo, Imposible vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Canis Lupus, Eterno number one contenders trios match?
5) Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro, Súper Nova vs Negro Navarro, Trauma I, Trauma II
6) Danny Casas, Hijo De Dos Caras, Veneno vs Herodes Jr., Pagano, Toscano
This just went up as I was finishing writing the post, so I’ll add it here. Pagano working Naucalpan after the Lucha Memes show. He might not be the only one. No idea who Metralla is, but he is teaming with Artillero.
CMLL (MON) 01/25/2016Arena Puebla
1) Astro & Asturiano vs Mini Joker & Saurón
2) Black Tiger, Starman, Tritón vs El Cuatrero, King Jaguar, Sansón
3) Delta, Rey Cometa, Stigma vs Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado
4) Ángel de Oro, Super Porky, Valiente vs Euforia, Felino, Gran Guerrero
5) La Máscara, Marco Corleone, Rush vs Kráneo, Ripper, Thunder
This is a show. The main event last night did not merit a rematch. Maybe the tercera will be good? This is the first time Cuatrero and Sanson will turn up in a stream. Nice to see Asutriano.
What happened:Maximo succesfully defended his heavyweight title against Vangellys. Thunder and Euforia could not get along in the main event. Tigre Rojo Jr. and Policeman had a bad spill off the top rope to the floor in the opener.
What was good:Maximo pulled off another good title match performance. The opener was enjoyable until the bad fall. Crowd loved the Porky match, as usual.
Where can I watch it:It’s on CMLL’s YouTube channel(more…)