great match roundup, week of 2018-03-10

Audaz & Star Jr. & lots of motion blur

shows from this week

It’s the IPPV week! The iPPV didn’t go very well but the matches were nice, so that’s good. I’m probably overrating Audaz matches at this point but he’s very fun and Templario is just as good.

The MOTYC list has been updated.

Recommended Matches

rating matches TV Show taped
great Audaz, Flyer, Star Jr. vs Disturbio, Templario, Virus Audaz, Flyer, Star Jr. vs Disturbio, Templario, Virus (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL HOMENAJE A DOS LEYENDAS 16 DE MARZO DE 2018 1a LUCHA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) Disturbio Cmll, Virus y Templario vs Flyer, Star Jr y Audaz. 1a caída (posted by Princesa Dorada)Disturbio Cmll, Virus y Templario vs Flyer, Star Jr y Audaz. 2a y 3a caídas (posted by Princesa Dorada) CMLL iPPV: 2018-03-16 2018-03-16
great Ángel de Oro vs El Cuatrero for the mask Ángel de Oro vs El Cuatrero, mask vs mask (posted by thecubsfan) ÁNGEL DE ORO PIERDE LA MÁSCARA EN HOMENAJE A DOS LEYENDAS 2018 (posted by SixxTV) CMLL HOMENAJE A DOS LEYENDAS 16 DE MARZO DE 2018 MASCARA VS MASCARA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) Cuatrero Gana la Mascara de Angel de Oro (posted by Mr Luchas) Cuatrero vs Ángel de Oro, máscara vs máscara en el Homenaje a 2 Leyendas (Tercera caída) (posted by Estrellas del Ring) CMLL iPPV: 2018-03-16 2018-03-16
good Audaz, Lestat, Pegasso vs King Jaguar, Templario, Virus LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 12 DE MARZO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-03-12 2018-03-12
good Volador Jr. vs Cavernario for the NWA World Welterweight Championship LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 12 DE MARZO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-03-12 2018-03-12
good Blue Panther Jr., Fuego, The Panther vs Kawato San, Puma, Tiger LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 13 DE MARZO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETAS (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-03-13 2018-03-13
good Dragón Lee, Mistico, Rush vs Forastero, Máscara Año 2000, Sansón CMLL HOMENAJE A DOS LEYENDAS 16 DE MARZO DE 2018 3a LUCHA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) Dragón Lee, Mistico, Rush vs Forastero, Máscara Año 2000, Sansón (posted by thecubsfan) Rush, Místico y Dragón Lee vs Máscara Año 2000, Sansón y Forastero. (posted by Estrellas del Ring) CMLL iPPV: 2018-03-16 2018-03-16
good Valiente & Volador Jr. vs Rey Bucanero & Terrible for the CMLL World Tag Team Championship and in a tournament final match CMLL HOMENAJE A DOS LEYENDAS 16 DE MARZO DE 2018 LUCHA SEMIFINAL (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) Valiente & Volador Jr. vs Rey Bucanero & Terrible for the CMLL World Tag Team Championship (posted by thecubsfan) Volador Jr y el Valiente vs Rey Bucanero y el Terrible, Campeonato de Parejas CMLL (posted by Estrellas del Ring) CMLL iPPV: 2018-03-16 2018-03-16

Other matches watched

rating matches TV Show taped
ok Kaho Kobayashi & Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola & La Comandante LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 12 DE MARZO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-03-12 2018-03-12
ok Stuka Jr., Titán, Valiente vs Cuatrero, Pólvora, Sansón LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 12 DE MARZO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-03-12 2018-03-12
ok La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Sam Adonis vs Euforia, Kráneo, Mr. Niebla in a relevos increíbles match LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 12 DE MARZO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-03-12 2018-03-12
ok Stuka Jr., Titán, Tritón vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 13 DE MARZO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETAS (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-03-13 2018-03-13
ok Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas vs Marco Corleone, Soberano Jr., Valiente LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 13 DE MARZO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETAS (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-03-13 2018-03-13
ok Kaho Kobayashi, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Dalys, La Seductora, Zeuxis CMLL HOMENAJE A DOS LEYENDAS 16 DE MARZO DE 2018 2a LUCHA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) Dalys, Zeuxis y Seductora vs Marcela, Princesa Sugehit y Kaho Kobayashi (posted by Estrellas del Ring) Kaho Kobayashi, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Dalys, La Seductora, Zeuxis (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL iPPV: 2018-03-16 2018-03-16
ok Atlantis, Matt Taven, Niebla Roja vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero Atlantis, Matt Taven, Niebla Roja vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL HOMENAJE A DOS LEYENDAS 16 DE MARZO DE 2018 EVENTO ESPECIAL (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL iPPV: 2018-03-16 2018-03-16
below average Máscara Año 2000 vs La Bestia Del Ring LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 13 DE MARZO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETAS (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-03-13 2018-03-13
not rated Black Tiger & El Asturiano vs Ares & El Perverso LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 12 DE MARZO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-03-12 2018-03-12
not rated Angelito & Fantasy vs Mercurio & Pequeño Violencia LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 13 DE MARZO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETAS (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-03-13 2018-03-13
not rated Eléctrico, Robin, Sensei vs Cancerbero, Nitro, Raziel LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 13 DE MARZO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETAS (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-03-13 2018-03-13
watch later Ricky Marvin vs Dr. Cerebro in a super libre match Dr Cerebro vs Ricky Marvin, revancha en IWRG (posted by +LuchaTV) Highligth Ricky Marvin vs Dr Cerebro (posted by thegladiatores.com) Revancha en súperlibre: Dr. Cerebro vs Ricky Marvin, en IWRG TV (posted by IWRG tv)Revancha en Super Libre, Ricky Marvin vs Dr. Cerebro en la Arena Naucalpan (posted by Estrellas del Ring) Ricky Marvin vs Dr. Cerebro in a super libre match (posted by thecubsfan) IWRG Zona XXI: 2018-03-12 2018-03-11

lucha TV preview for weekend of March 30th, 2018

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The Daylight Savings Time gap is almost over. Tomorrow’s Friday show – the Matt Taven/Volador match the world is talking about on CMLL Claro – still has a 9:30pm US Central Time start, but everything goes back to normal on Monday. It will technically still mess with my attempts to record Guadalajara but that’s not going to well anyway.

AAA’s TV isn’t going up on YouTube now, but promos indicated the Space TV show will be getting the Rey de Reyes semifinals this week. AAA could not tape a show until mid-May and they wouldn’t be out of footage. Which is one reason there’s no AAA TV taping for a while.

Copa Nuevos Valores starts on Tuesday.

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2018-03-13 

errr

Recapped: 03/23/2018

Matches: 

Mercurio & Pequeño Violencia beat Angelito & Fantasy
(12:09 [5:38, 2:24, 4:07], 2/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cancerbero, Nitro, Raziel beat Eléctrico, Robin, Sensei 
(12:04 [5:08, 3:27, 3:29], 1/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Blue Panther Jr., Fuego, The Panther beat Kawato San, Puma, Tiger
(12:53 [5:16, 4:54, 2:43], 1/3, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto beat Stuka Jr., Titán, Tritón
(10:55 [3:52, 4:51, 2:12], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Máscara Año 2000 beat La Bestia Del Ring
(8:14, 1/3, below average, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Mascara step over tirabuzon (2:57)

  2. La Bestia del Ring crab with ropes (3:22)

  3. Mascara crab with ropes (1:55)

Marco Corleone, Soberano Jr., Valiente beat Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
(11:01 [2:55, 3:13, 4:53], 1/3 DQ, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

Angelito destroyed by a chop

Cancerbero was Mascara’s second and Nitro was Bestia’s second, as the rest of the Munoz family was all in Guadalajara. Nitro interfered much more flagrantly than usual for a second in a CMLL match and was eventually tossed from the match. Bestia used the middle rope on a crab to win the second fall. Mascara did the same in the third fall, though Bestia tapped out before Mascara could grab the ropes it on.

Mascara gestured for Bestia to stay near the ring so he can do a promo bit post match. Bestia instead waited a half second before walking to the back, and he’s gone by the time Mascara gets the microphone to tease future match ups.

Triton suffered a minor knee injury in the second fall of the fourth match, which sidelines him and derails the match. The second fall ends with Triton being counted out instead of them just pinning Titan, which came off as weird. Triton came back in the third fall to set up the planned finish, Mephisto giving Titan a super Devil’s Wings onto to Triton after a shoulderbreaker.

Thoughts:

Tiger clears house

Poor Soberano and Cavenario were having an interesting mat battle to open the match and Niebla running across the ring to slap Marco put an end to that. They worked well together and should have a good match. Soberano and Casas had a nice section right before the finish too. The crowd reacted loudest to Marco and Niebla’s antics, and it was the usual Tuesday match worked for the audience.

The singles was no good and you shouldn’t watch it. It was bad for the clumsily slow reasons you’d expect, and for Bestia messing up the really easy finish of “not taping until Mascara does the thing”. The high points of the match were Mascara doing a good job selling being totally overwhelmed by Bestia (until he wasn’t) and Nitro’s towel trip looking good. I wonder if Nitro was supposed to get more involved than he did; the commissioner seemed unhappy about what was going on enough to stand on the ramp and glare until he was sure Nitro was gone and Mascara wouldn’t throw another beer.

The fourth match doesn’t work out due to Triton’s injury. They can’t cover for it well and cut it short. It wasn’t really going great before it either; the first fall includes the rudos forgetting to trip up Stuka as he bounces off the ropes, only Stuka stops and turns around like it happened anyway. The crowd really got on them for that, and they were only bailed out by Titan quickly and impressively winning the fall right after. Titan’s Titanics headscissors on Mephisto got the other big reaction of the match

The tercera was the better version of the usual Puma/Tiger/Panthers match, with a strong surge in the last moments and a good pace the whole way. Kawato is now an average luchador. He knew how to do the missed elbow drop spot, he can do a senton (though maybe not accurately), he doesn’t feel lost. He also doesn’t feel special. The crowd connection isn’t there yet, and neither is the fire that made him stand out. That’s tougher on the rudo side and he’s still making improvements, I’m just not sure what the finished product is going to look like yet. He’s also not going to make it to being a finished product if he doesn’t turn to catch dives.

Arena Coliseo 75th Anniversary lineup, Mesias/Vampiro

SuperLuchas has an interview with Mesias, I think from after Tuesday’s press conference. Mesias is asked about his relationship with Vampiro, and Mesias is very clear he has no problem with Vampiro. He says Vampiro has helped his career a lot, and he feels owes a lot to Vampiro. Vampiro knew how Mesias felt in AAA and about the Rey de Reyes match, but his hands were tied and he wasn’t able to help.

That suggests Vampiro has something significantly less than autonomy on booking if he can’t change the finish of a Rey de Reyes match. Maybe it also means Mesias had a situation like Pentagon, where AAA ownership booked him to lose matches seemingly because they thought he was leaving, while still being caught off guard when he actually did. And while not doing enough to find a solution to the problems, obviously.

Publimetro put together their list of the many people who’ve left AAA over recent years. AAA people would point out they’ve added guys like Blue Demon, La Mascara and Maximo. From the outside, it seems like they’re not being added under the same conditions. Demon is working in Monterrey this weekend for a non-AAA promoter, something that wouldn’t seem to be allowed to a Nino Hamburugesa. The most freedom AAA deals seem to go to top stars who’ve been added over the last year or so, suggesting the best thing a current AAA wrestler could do is become a ex-AAA wrestler and then hope you get hot enough that they want/need you back.

ESTO has a promo with Microman saying he’ll be on the 04/30 Arena Mexico Kid’s Day show. On recent broadcasts, CMLL’s mentioned there will also be a Kid’s Day in Guadalajara on that day, as well as the previous announced one in Puebla the next day.

Heroes of Lucha LIbre, the aspiring US based lucha libre promotion which has run a couple times in California, says it’s next show will be on 06/02 in downtown Los Angeles. They’ll announce the building on April 6. I’m not sure the Friday before WrestleMania is the greatest time for US wrestling announcements.

Reporte Indigo talks to Atlantis about his career.

Former national lightweight champion Flama Azul passed away yesterday.

+LuchaTV put up Negro Casas vs Aramis from Lucha Memes. It’s pretty good.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update.

LuchaTalk has a new episode up.

AAA has put up the Zona Ruda 1 year Anniversary party show.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 04/03/2018 Arena México
1) Bengala & Sensei vs Apocalipsis & Inquisidor
2) Angelito, Shockercito, Stukita vs Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Violencia, Pierrothito
3) Kaho Kobayashi, Lady Maravilla, Marcela vs Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany
4) Súper Astro Jr. vs FlyerSangre ImperialGeorge KebradaRetroGrakoAstralYago [Copa Nuevos Valores, semifinal]
5) Diamante Azul, Dragón Lee, Soberano Jr. vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Mr. Niebla

Semimain is Super Astro Jr.’s debut, and Kebrada’s Arena Mexico debut. Those two, Retro, Grako and Sangre Imperial have never gotten wins. Yago at least won a bit a few years ago in a Gran Alternativa, but it’s probably either Astral or Flyer advancing.

CMLL (SAT) 04/07/2018 Arena Coliseo
Arena Coliseo 75th Anniversary
1) Magnus & Robin vs Akuma & Príncipe Odín Jr.
2) Estrellita, La Vaquerita, Marcela vs Amapola, La Seductora, Zeuxis
3) Audaz, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Puma, Tiger, Virus
4) Ángel de Oro, Diamante Azul, Niebla Roja vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible
5) Solar I & Súper Astro vs Máscara Año 2000 & Negro Casas
Mascara 2000 will be allowed to use his mask
6) Atlantis & Blue Panther vs Fuerza Guerrera & Satánico
Blue Panther will be allowed to use his mask

The two legends matches are additions to an otherwise normal card.

This is scheduled to air on 52MX, and most stuff CMLL tapes for TV ends up being streamed live on their YouTube channel. CMLL hasn’t said anything about streaming it and might not until the moment it goes up on YouTube. The show starts at 7:30pm, around the same time as the ROH & NXT shows on WrestleMania weekend.

CMLL Puebla: 2018-03-12 

is Perverso good? Perverso might be good

Recapped: 03/22/2018

Matches: 

Ares & El Perverso beat Black Tiger & El Asturiano  
(15:28 [8:50, 2:29, 4:09], 1/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Amapola & La Comandante beat Kaho Kobayashi & Princesa Sugehit
(16:19 [8:18, 4:07, 3:54], 2/3, below average, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

King Jaguar, Templario, Virus beat Audaz, Lestat, Pegasso  
(14:58 [6:57, 3:19, 4:42], 1/3, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cuatrero, Pólvora, Sansón beat Stuka Jr., Titán, Valiente  
(12:50 [6:08, 3:29, 3:13], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Sam Adonis beat Euforia, Kráneo, Mr. Niebla in a relevos increíbles match
(7:02 [4:21, 2:41], 1/2, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Volador Jr. beat Cavernario for the NWA World Welterweight Championship
(17:36, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Cavernario La Escalera (2:59)

  2. Volador backcracker (2:30)

  3. Volador Canadian Destroyer (12:07)

What happened: 

everyone loves King Jaguar and then things like this happens and I’m confused why everyone loves King Jaguar basically

Volador’s progressed to needing a bandage but no longer the facemask. In lesser important news, he retained his title.

Kraneo accidentally clotheslines Euforia in the first fall leads to the team losing. Kraneo belly bumps the entire other team in the second fall, but then also accidentally gets Euforia and Niebla. Euforia attacks Kraneo, then gives up the match. Euforia attacks and yells at Kraneo for screwing up repeatedly. This sets up a Euforia/Kraneo singles match, with Euforia vowing to drive the last Invasor out of the promotion.

The técnicos won the first fall of the fourth match by excessive violence DQ. That seemed like the planned finish.

Thoughts: 

Kraneo versus the World

Volador/Cavernario was a good version of their big match. They mixed up the spots a little bit, though it still followed the usual pattern of Volador matches. It’s not at the level of their best matches, but it’s still was an entertaining match after a not great entertaining lead up. I think my enjoyment of the match was harmed by Cavernario taking so many losses. It’s hard to believe he’s ever going to win one of these, even if it wasn’t Volador’s big streak on the line. The third fall never felt in the balance despite Cavernario going for his finish and Volador’s finish.

The fourth match had some good moments and just didn’t totally come together as a match. Stuka doing his suplex onto each other spot looked weird when the NGD just moved before he could do the same to Pólvora. Sansón had to rush around the ring before Titan did a moonsault onto nothing. I don’t like the NGD’s black on black outfits; they remind me of the Mephisto generic outfit of a long time ago. This was still a fine match but nothing super.

this didn’t go well for Kaho

Audaz is really good. Maybe too good. His escape to set up the second fall comeback happened so quick and impressive that Pegasso and Lestat weren’t ready to do their spots and time stood still for a while. Pegasso & Templario was a fun match up and King Jaguar did not mess up every spot he did. This was a borderline enjoyable match and I like watching everything Audaz does.

The women’s match felt long and the story telling wasn’t great. Kaho’s offense has no effect on Comandante for a very long first fall, Kaho clotheslines Comandante with no problem in the third fall, and Comandante goes back to no-selling to set up her finish. Meanwhile, Sugehit is not that much bigger than Kobayashi and has none of the same problems. It didn’t work.

 

great match roundup, week of 2018-03-03

Mascara de Bronce, still a thing

this week’s recaps

This was a week with an AAA show that was disappointing, with a match finish so bad that Mesias quit – and it still had 3 of the four good matches of the week. AAA is loud screams of bad while CMLL is a continual humming noise that will drive you insane. Great week.

Recommended matches

rating matches TV Show taped
good Faby Apache vs Lady Shani  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-03-04 2018-03-04
good Bengala vs Dark ScoriaMáscara de BronceArgenis in a AAA’s Rey de Reyes Tournament match and in a tournament semifinal match  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-03-04 2018-03-04
good Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly vs Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana [TLC]  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-03-04 2018-03-04
good Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa, The Panther vs Johnny Idol, Kawato San, Puma LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 9 DE MARZO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-03-09 2018-03-09

Other matches

rating matches TV Show taped
ok Angelikal vs Dave The ClownPimpinela EscarlataRey Escorpión in a AAA’s Rey de Reyes Tournament match and in a tournament semifinal match  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-03-04 2018-03-04
ok Hijo Del Vikingo vs Ángel Mortal Jr.Dark CuervoPaganoin a AAA’s Rey de Reyes Tournament match and in a tournament semifinal match  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-03-04 2018-03-04
ok Rey Escorpión vs La ParkaHijo Del VikingoBengala in a AAA’s Rey de Reyes Tournament match and in a tournament final match  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-03-04 2018-03-04
ok Hijo del Fantasma vs Texano Jr. for the mask and for the hair  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-03-04 2018-03-04
ok Audaz, Stigma, Tritón vs El Malayo, Puma, Tiger LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 5 DE MARZO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-03-05 2018-03-05
ok Hechicero, Kráneo, Stuka Jr. vs Johnny Idol, Sam Adonis, Titán in a relevos increíbles match LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 5 DE MARZO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-03-05 2018-03-05
ok Flyer, Magnus, Príncipe Diamante vs Metálico, Príncipe Odín Jr., Sangre Azteca LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 6 DE MARZO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETAS (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-03-06 2018-03-06
ok Drone, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Disturbio, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado Disturbio Cmll, Sagrado y Misterioso Jr vs Guerrero Maya Jr, Fuego y Drone. 2a caída (posted by Princesa Dorada) Disturbio Cmll, Sagrado y Misterioso Jr vs Guerrero Maya, Fuego y Drone 06. 1a caída (posted by Princesa Dorada) LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 6 DE MARZO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETAS (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-03-06 2018-03-06
ok Blue Panther Jr., Dragón Lee, Soberano Jr. vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 6 DE MARZO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETAS (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-03-06 2018-03-06
ok Lady Maravilla, Princesa Sugehit, Sanely vs Dalys, La Seductora, Tiffany LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 9 DE MARZO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-03-09 2018-03-09
ok Cavernario & Niebla Roja vs Stuka Jr.OkumuraTritónRey BucaneroBlue Panther Jr.Ephesto for the CMLL World Tag Team Championship and in a battle royal match LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 9 DE MARZO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-03-09 2018-03-09
ok Titán & Tritón vs Ephesto & Mephisto for the CMLL World Tag Team Championship and [8F] LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 9 DE MARZO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-03-09 2018-03-09
ok Blue Panther & Blue Panther Jr. vs Diamante Azul & Stuka Jr. for the CMLL World Tag Team Championship and [8F] LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 9 DE MARZO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-03-09 2018-03-09
ok Rey Bucanero & Terrible vs Okumura & Sam Adonis for the CMLL World Tag Team Championship and [8F] LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 9 DE MARZO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-03-09 2018-03-09
ok Marco Corleone & Niebla Roja vs Cavernario & Mr. Nieblafor the CMLL World Tag Team Championship and [8F] LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 9 DE MARZO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-03-09 2018-03-09
ok Ephesto & Mephisto vs Diamante Azul & Stuka Jr. for the CMLL World Tag Team Championship and in a tournament quarterfinal match LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 9 DE MARZO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-03-09 2018-03-09
ok Rey Bucanero & Terrible vs Marco Corleone & Niebla Rojafor the CMLL World Tag Team Championship and in a tournament quarterfinal match LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 9 DE MARZO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-03-09 2018-03-09
ok Rey Bucanero & Terrible vs Diamante Azul & Stuka Jr. for the CMLL World Tag Team Championship and in a tournament semifinal match LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 9 DE MARZO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-03-09 2018-03-09
ok Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Volador Jr. vs El Cuatrero, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 9 DE MARZO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-03-09 2018-03-09
below average La Parka vs DinastíaVenumEl Mesías in a AAA’s Rey de Reyes Tournament match and in a tournament semifinal match  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-03-04 2018-03-04
below average Dr. Wagner Jr., La Máscara, Máximo, Psycho Clown vs Hernandez, Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr., Monsther Clown, Murder Clown  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2018-03-04 2018-03-04
below average Astral & Eléctrico vs Cancerbero & Raziel LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 9 DE MARZO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-03-09 2018-03-09
bad Volador Jr. vs Cavernario LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 5 DE MARZO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-03-05 2018-03-05
not rated Black Tiger & Meyer vs Fuerza Chicana & King Jaguar LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 5 DE MARZO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-03-05 2018-03-05
not rated Rey Samuray & Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Akuma & Espanto Jr. LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 5 DE MARZO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-03-05 2018-03-05
not rated La Bestia Del Ring, Mistico, Rush vs Diamante Azul, Euforia, Mr. Niebla in a relevos increíbles match LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 5 DE MARZO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-03-05 2018-03-05
not rated Stukita & Último Dragóncito vs Mercurio & Pequeño NitroLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 6 DE MARZO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETAS (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-03-06 2018-03-06
not rated Arkángel de la Muerte vs Hijo del Signo in a lightning match LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 6 DE MARZO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETAS (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-03-06 2018-03-06
not rated Gran Guerrero, Marco Corleone, Máscara Año 2000 vs Kráneo, Pierroth, Rush in a relevos increíbles matchLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 6 DE MARZO DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETAS (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-03-06 2018-03-06
watch later Ricky Marvin vs Dr. Cerebro Dr. Cerebro vs Ricky Marvin, mano a mano en IWRG TV (posted by IWRG tv) Ricky Marvin vs Dr. Cerebro (posted by thecubsfan) Ricky Marvin vs Dr. Cerebro mano a mano en la Arena Naucalpan (posted by Estrellas del Ring) Ricky Marvin vs Dr. Cerebro, IWRG *Lucha Completa* (posted by +LuchaTV) IWRG Zona XXI: 2018-03-05 2018-03-04

Soberano defeats the caveman, NGD vs GDL trio

barbarism

CMLL (TUE) 03/27/2018 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Apocalipsis & Inquisidor b Bengala & Retro LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 27 DE MARZO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3.
2) Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Universo 2000, Pequeño Violencia b Acero, Aéreo, Fantasy LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 27 DE MARZO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3.
3) Cancerbero, Espanto Jr., Raziel b Astral, Eléctrico, Pegasso LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 27 DE MARZO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 2/3.
4) Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. b Disturbio, Misterioso Jr., Universo 2000 Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 27 DE MARZO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 2/3.
5) Soberano Jr. b Cavernario LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 27 DE MARZO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Cavernario beat up Soberano so badly in the first fall that Soberano couldn’t make it back in before the count, then was DQed for ripping off his mask in the second fall. Soberano took a third fall.
6) Diamante Azul, Dragón Lee, Matt Taven b Ephesto, Mephisto, Terrible LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 27 DE MARZO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 2/3.

I was paying attention to the other stuff while it was happening, but Soberano/Cavernario looked very good and something you should go out of your way to watch. Cavernario got to be super aggressive for a while even if it was another L for him. Backstage, Soberano said he’d give Caverario a title match if he also agreed to a mask versus hair match. Attendance was way up for this show, which is probably due to spring holidays and made for a loud crowd for the big matches.

Electrico, Astral and Principe Diamante are looking for a team name.

CMLL (TUE) 03/27/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [+LuchaTV, CMLL]
CMLL Homenaje a Dos Leyendas (Cien Caras)
1) Mr. Trueno & Thunder Boy b Black Sugar & Tigre Blanco
Rudos took 2/3.
2) Gran Kenut, Metálico, Príncipe Odín Jr. b Magia Blanca, Príncipe Diamante, Vaquero Jr.
Principe Diamante wore a Cien Caras tribute mask. Rudos took 1/3.
3) Gallito & Microman b Mije & Perico Zakarías
Tecnicos took 2/3. Gallito gets the win in his home building.
4) Audaz, Blue Panther Jr., Star Black b Difunto, Puma, Tiger
Tecnicos took 1/3.
5) Esfinge, Titán, Tritón DQ Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
Cien Caras was honored before the match as part of this building’s Homenaje a Dos Leyendas show. Tecnicos took 2/3. NGD were DQed for taking Titan’s mask, and set up a rematch for next week.
6) Carístico, Mistico, Volador Jr. b Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
Tecnicos took 2/3. Mistico & Volador attacked Caristico after they won, unmasking him.

NGD accepting the rematch does suggest they’re setting up a trios title match here.

+LuchaTV had a post-press conference interview with Mesias, where he says he actually told Vampiro he was quitting before he had his Rey de Reyes match. EMW has updated their lineup for the 04/20 show with a surprise luchador in Mesias’ spot. Vampiro’s still listed as wrestling.

Volador says he’ll give it all against Matt Taven on Friday. If Taven is better, so be it, but he’d like a hair vs hair match if that’s the outcome. Volador feels he’s got a big homefield advantage though and is thinking positive about the outcome.

Segunda Caida reviews Lucha Underground 3×39.

Lineups

CMLL (MON) 04/02/2018 Arena Puebla
1) Black Tiger, Lestat, Tigre Rojo Jr. vs El Malayo, King Jaguar, Policeman
2) Kaho Kobayashi, Princesa Sugehit, Sanely vs La Comandante, Tiffany, Zeuxis
3) Ángel de Oro, Esfinge, Stigma vs Máscara Año 2000, Pólvora, Universo 2000 Jr.
4) Dragón Lee, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
5) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. © vs Carístico, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero [CMLL TRIOS]
10th defense, first in over a year.

Top couple matches look good. I think they’re really doing an Angel de Oro/Mascara 2000 program here and that is amazing. Policeman exists.

CMLL Martes de Glamour: 2018-03-06

Rush & Kraneo

Recapped: 03/19/2018

Matches:

Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro beat Stukita & Último Dragóncito
(11:42 [5:15, 2:49, 3:38], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Flyer, Magnus, Príncipe Diamante beat Metálico, Príncipe Odín Jr., Sangre Azteca
(12:56 [5:22, 2:33, 5:01], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Hijo del Signo beat Arkángel de la Muerte in a lightning match
(7:40, nudo Signo, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Drone, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr. beat Disturbio, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado
(10:36 [3:36, 1:47, 5:13], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Blue Panther Jr., Dragón Lee, Soberano Jr. beat Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
(15:15 [4:08, 3:27, 7:40], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Gran Guerrero, Marco Corleone, Máscara Año 2000 vs Kráneo, La Bestia del Ring, Rush in a relevos increíbles match
(7:54 [2:41, 5:13], 1/2 DQ, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Stukita cool mat work of the day

Pierroth is now known as La Bestia del Ring, though they go back and forth using each name. Mascara 2000 fouled Bestia for no real reason and it set up a singles match next week.

Thoughts:

The semimain was a usual match that was up and down. Soberano was trying to do too much and it wasn’t working for him. Soberano’s stage dive tornillo looked nice, didn’t really fit in at all in the match. Luciferno totally missed catching him on his dive at the end of the match, and Soberano had two headscissors go wrong. His dive on the end of the match went right.

nope

Drone looked fine in his return, clearly having been training during his secret suspension. He wasn’t going to break out anything new in the fourth match of a Tuesday show, but he didn’t feel like he had lost a step. The first two falls of that match were slow and it didn’t really pick up in the third to make it work seeking out. You could use your time in worse ways.

I didn’t pay enough attention to Signo/Arkangel, but they seemed to be wrestling the standard two dives big spots match lightning despite being the wrong guys to do that match. I’m not sure there is a winning strategy to Signo/Arkangel though.

I wouldn’t normally watch the segunda, but I haven’t checked in on these guys in a while and there wasn’t a lot appetizing on this show. The announcers were very excited for Metalico’s judo takedown on Principe Diamante and not much more. Metalico seemed the best of the rudos, which is not saying much. Principe Odin Jr. seemed to be trying to cut down his running to the times where it’s absolutely necessary and was content to walk from spot to spot. His near gear looks good, probably just because it’s new.

nope

CMLL Puebla: 2018-03-05

Titan is a hero

Recapped: 03/15/2018

Matches:

Black Tiger & Meyer beat Fuerza Chicana & King Jaguar
(17:33 [8:11, 5:29, 3:53], 1/3, n/r, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Akuma & Espanto Jr. beat Rey Samuray & Tigre Rojo Jr. 
(9:54 [3:59, 3:13, 2:42], 1/3, n/r, below average, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Audaz, Stigma, Tritón beat El Malayo, Puma, Tiger
(15:25 [5:27, 3:28, 6:30], 1/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Hechicero, Kráneo, Stuka Jr. beat Johnny Idol, Sam Adonis, Titán in a relevos increíbles match
(11:55 [2:48, 1:17, 7:50], 1/3 DQ, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

La Bestia Del Ring, Mistico, Rush beat Diamante Azul, Euforia, Mr. Niebla in a relevos increíbles match
(9:02 [2:41, 3:18, 3:03], 2/3 DQ, n/r, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cavernario beat Volador Jr.
(3:49 [2:16, 1:33], 1/2 DQ, bad, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

Samuray & Tiger have good teamwork

A minute and change into the second fall, Volador goes for a superkick, Cavernario moves, and Tirantes covers up and turns around. Cavernario slaps Tirantes on the back hard, then walks into a Volador submission. Tirantes turns around and breaks up the hold, which Volador assumes to be a submission victory since Cavernario was giving up. Tirantes instead raises Cavernario’s arm, apparently believing it was Volador who hit him and calling it a ref attack disqualification. It’s very absurd. Cavernario challenges Volador to a title match next week.

The semifinal sees both teams trying be the rudo team at times, and a foul that comes out of nowhere. It’s not getting a review but it is not worth your time.

Sam Adonis fouled Kraneo for the DQ in the fourth match. Johnny Idol attempted to choke Kraneo with a cord after the match.

Thoughts:

The main event here was a thoroughly disappointing match. There probably won’t ever be a worse Cavernario/Volador singles match unless one of them is seriously injured during a match. There’s an extenuating circumstances – Volador still has the nose injury and is coming off a crazy travel schedule, Cavernario is in his second of three straight singles matches, the person truly at fault is whoever decided to book this match this week – but it doesn’t change the fact this was a stinker of a match. They didn’t much of anything and they got out of there as quick as possible. This would be a scandalous match in some other promotions (AAA would be excoriated if they did the same thing). CMLL only gets it away with it because there’s so much content that every bad mistake is quickly paved over with something new, and they make it immediately clear they’re going to try this again next week. Still, there’s no way to have seen this and not feel cheated.

The first relevos incredibles worked as a change of pace. Titan seemed to be having fun playing rudo, and got to do much more than Hechiceor as a técnico. Adonis & Idol worked out well as comedic foils to Kraneo and the rest of his team, and it come together as a fun match that wasn’t particularly hard on anyone. I’m disappointed the direction changed from the absurdity of Kraneo versus one of the foreigners, because that would’ve been a different kind of weirdness than we usually get on these shows.

The tercera was the usual Tiger/Puma match with the added fun of Audaz. Audaz makes everything he does look simple right not, which makes me wonder what he’s going to be like when he starts trying things that are actually hard for him. Malayo generally didn’t look out of place but the submission he used to win the second fall took half forever.

The tag match came off as sloppy. It wasn’t just one guy, it was everyone contributing to be off at times. It was not good early, and ending with Espanto struggling to powerbomb Tiger Rojo Jr. without dropping him on his head. I’m not sure what springboard move Samuray was trying which ended up as a kick, and there were other spots that just didn’t look. The doomsday dropkick do go well and they were trying, they just weren’t pulling it off.

Titan eats turnbuckle

Mesias criticizes AAA, Verano de Escandalo in Monterrey, Soberano/Cavernario tonight

there was a wedding proposal in Puebla

CMLL (MON) 03/26/2018 Arena Puebla [CMLL, Lost In LuchaNotimexR de Rudo, thecubsfan]
1) Black Tiger, Centella Roja, Meyer b Espíritu Maligno, Fuerza Chicana, Sombra Diabólika LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 26  DE MARZO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
16:02. Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Hijo del Signo, Metálico, Policeman b Eléctrico, Millenium, Rey Samuray LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 26  DE MARZO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
16:59. Rudos took 1/3.
3) Ángel de Oro, Esfinge, Stigma DQ Máscara Año 2000, Pólvora, Universo 2000 Jr. LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 26  DE MARZO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
17:36. Tecnicos took 2/3, the last when Mascara fouled Angel de Oro after they had feuded all match
4) Dragón Lee, Matt Taven, Niebla Roja b Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 26  DE MARZO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
15:51. Tecnicos took 2/3.
5) Carístico, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero b Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. [Relevos IncreíblesLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 26  DE MARZO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
10:47. Straight falls, setting up a trios title match next week.

I watched this live. It was not a great decision. The building was packed and the atmosphere helped the matches. The trios title match next week could be very good, even if the chances of a title change are very low.

Today’s big CMLL match is Soberano/Cavernario. It’ll probably be very good, it usually is. It’ll probably be a loss for Cavernario, it almost always is. Since Cavernario took Rey Cometa’s hair for a second time in 2016, Cavernario has lost his last 17 programs. (I’m calling a program anything that CMLL built up or intended to build up.) The closest Cavernario has come was winning the Rey del Air in 2016, but then he lost to Volador anyway. Cavernario was getting one of these programs a month for a while, it’s just been bugging me because CMLL’s gone crazy with them in the last month: he’s lost a feuds on Sunday to both Dragon Lee & Matt Taven, in Puebla to Volador, in Guadalajara in Atlantis and probably tonight to Soberano. It’s a sign of CMLL’s confidence in Cavernario that they see him as a great guy to get a tecnico over, but it’s not great for him to be in perpetual big match loser spot, and it’s really not great for CMLL for Cavernario always to be in the spot instead of a Sagrado or a Polvora or a Disturbio or whoever to get those chances in programs.

I’m not sure CMLL planned this specifically out, it may just be a situation where they don’t want to put a Casas or Mephisto or Shocker in those spots as much any more. The real problem is CMLL doesn’t look at the big picture. Maybe the championships have to be on certain order for precious Universal tournament, but tonight is a non-title match and there’s been plenty of those in these feuds before, and there’s no reason Caveranrio should be losing all of them.

The actual main event is Diamante Azul, Matt Taven, and Dragon Lee versus Ephesto, Mephisto and Terrible, which seems like it’ll have a hard time following the Soberano show. Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa and Stuka take on Disturbio, Misterioso and Universo 2000 Jr., which will be useful to see if Universo is actually good now. The bottom half of the card is dire: the ex-Minis & Pegasso vs grumpy rudos, a minis trios match with a lot of the lesser lights, and an opener where Inquisidor & Apocalipsis are involved. The show starts 7:30 pm locally, 8:30 CDT in the US, and you may want still give it at least an hour more before starting to watch it.

There’s no single big match in Guadalajara, though it’s a big show overall. CMLL is holding a Homenaje a Dos Leyendas show where Cien Caras will be honored. His sons and nephew are in the semimain, facing Esfinge, Titan and Triton. I thought that might be the start of a title program, but it’s hard to have the NGD lose on the day Cien Caras is being honored. The main event has Caristico teaming with Mistico & Volador against the Guerreros, which doesn’t fit well along side the Puebla feud. The micros are also on the card.

For reasons unknown to me, CMLL has changed Friday’s title match from being called “Historic NWA Welter” to “Welter National Wrestling Alliance NWA”. Short version: CMLL was part of the National Wrestling Alliance when it formed to around 1991, fell out of when it ceased to exist in it’s old form but still kept the title names and belts, and finally got new belts and (slightly) new names in 2010 when Blue Demon Jr. wanted to promote in Mexico using the NWA Mexico name, and that went nowhere. The titles that Volador, Ultimo Guerrero and Hechicero hold are technically ‘new’ titles, but we’re meant to think of them as carrying on lineages which go back to the 1930s. The NWA has gone thru a lot of owners, some of whom may have tried to re-establish a relationship without it going anywhere. CMLL actually swooped in and got the Mexico trademark to the “National Wrestling Alliance” name in 2010 when this was all happening, but haven’t ever used it.

For CMLL to go out of the way to use the name suggests something must be going on, but there’s always a good chance this just lucha libre randomness or something which will never be explained.

Ricky Banderas/Mesias held a press conference today. It had been originally billed as Mesias talking about his post-AAA plans. What’s going to get the most attention is talking about his AAA exit. +LuchaTV posted live video on Facebook. I’m working off notes from SuperLuchas and Twitter (@LuchaParaTodos, @therealfredo @apolovaldes) for this, and I’m sure MedioTiempo & LuchaWorld will have more later.

Banderas says he suffered his knee injuries last June, and AAA insisted on him to continue to work on it thru October, thru his matches on the Japan tour. Banderas said Dorian Roldan gave him less money than what he was promising during his injury, and was told by Gonzalo Pérez Rodríguez, (AAA director of programming) that any more money AAA would give him would be considered a loan he would have to repay. When he finally did finish five months and rehab, he felt disrespected for being asked to lose to La Parka in his return. Banderas didn’t want to do it, not because of Parka, rather because it was a dumb way to return to TV. Banderas didn’t officially quit at Rey de Reyes, but he already made up his mind after that and just waited until he returned to Mexico after LU was done to make the announcement.

Banderas says he’d been asking to see his contract from AAA, and both Dorian Roldan and Marisela Pena had been giving him the run around about it for four years. He has no idea how long he’s still under contract. Banderas is not the only wrestler to note this same difficulty in getting their AAA contract from AAA. Banderas claimed Roldan threatened to make his life impossible if he left AAA, and is not the same person he first knew when he came to AAA. He’s was especially upset about sarcastic comments Roldan has made about him and other people who’ve left AAA in recent years.

Banderas was shown a paper in showing that AAA owned his name, but pointed out he was using “Ricky Banderas” long before he was in AAA. AAA’s exact trademark appears to be the phrase “Ricky Banderas el Mesias”. He believes he’ll still be able to work Lucha Underground, as the other AAA wrestlers were not stopped from working there. I’m a little curious if he’ll be allowed to use Mil Muertes. He’s been advertised as that name already. If Dorian Roldan still controls the LU trademarks thru Lucha Libre FMV, then maybe it’ll shut him down, but it’ll continue to push the idea Lucha Libre FMV exists primarily as a way to punish Lucha Underground wrestlers for not working with AAA and not to help with Lucha Underground.

Mini Rey Mysterio, the most recent Octagoncito, was there to support Banderas. Misterio said AAA didn’t book him much for the last two and half years he was there because of their fight with Octagon over the name, and his professional life has gone much better since becoming an independent. Misterio knows it’ll go even better for Banderas, since he’s a much bigger star. Many other people in AAA would like to leave, Banderas says, but they’re comfortable there and fear the unknown of the promotion. Banderas feels he’s done everything there is to do in AAA so it’s time for him to move on. His first match in Mexico will be 04/28 versus Cibernetico, and he’s open to working with anyone (CMLL, The Crash, indies) after that. He plans on wrestling 3-4 years, and is not sure if he’ll stay in Mexico after he’s done.

+LuchaTV happened to post interviews from after AAA’s Monterrey show on Sunday. La Parka & Fantasma both talk positively about Mesias and frame his exist as moving onto a different point in his life. In other post Monterrey interviews, Fantasma isn’t happy about Blue Demon saying he isn’t on his level and Texano & Escorpion were happy about winning the tag titles.

With Mesias/Mil Muertes out of AAA, that leaves just Fantasma/Cuerno, Drago, Aerostar and Vamprio as the prominent on-screen members of Lucha Underground who are still in AAA. There are others like Texano who’ve been around in secondary roles, but it’s shrinking numbers. I don’t know the full results of this season of Lucha Underground – I’ve heard surprising little about Ultima Lucha so far – so I’m not sure if other people might have been added. It has appeared LU has gone more towards US based talent due to visa issues.

On Facebook, Vampiro says Verano de Escandalo is in Monterrey. That’s the June AAA major show, which doesn’t appear to have been announced yet, though I haven’t seen recent AAA TV and it could’ve been slipped in there, and Vampiro could just be saying things. Vampiro brings this up in the first place because his thinking about his last TV match has gone from “no more TV any more” to “this match in Monterrey is my last one” to “no, really, the next match in Monterrey is my retirement match (except for not TV matches and I’ll still do LU if they’d want to use me but maybe they don’t).” Vampiro’s Mexico career started in Monterrey and the idea is he’d like to end it there, though it’s hard to imagine he won’t want to find a way to keep going for TripleMania.

04/22 Lucha Memes vs CaraLucha in Coliseo Coacalco

Puma King will face Jonathan Gresham on the 04/28 Beyond Wrestling show. Gresham taking on luchadors seems like a great fit, one people have been talking about for the last couple years but hasn’t gotten to happen until now. Puma’s latest video is about 48 hours in the life of a luchador.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update and this week’s Poster-Mania.

Martin Karadagain’s daughter and the retired luchadors suing her for benefits had a confrontation on a TV show.

The new edition of the +LuchaTV podcast is up.

Lineups

CMLL (SUN) 04/01/2018 Arena México
1) Bengala & Sangre Imperial vs El Coyote & Yago
2) Shockercito, Stukita, Último Dragóncito vs Mercurio, Pequeño Nitro, Pierrothito
3) Drone, Fuego, Tritón vs Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Virus
4) Hechicero vs Forastero [lightning]
5) Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr., Titán vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Ephesto, Pólvora
6) Diamante Azul, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Mephisto

Definitely a Sunday show.

IWRG (SUN) 04/01/2018 Arena Naucalpan
1) Sombra vs Celestial Boy
2) Príncipe Mexica & Toto vs Atomic Star & Dragón Bane
3) Black Dragón, Dinamic Black, Dragón Fly vs Gallo Frances, Hip Hop Man, Lunatic Xtreme
4) Factor & Spector vs Rafy & Teelo and Capo Del Norte & Capo Del Sur
5) Hijo del Alebrije, Imposible, Internacional Pantera vs El Hijo del Medico Asesino, Máscara Año 2000 Jr., X-Fly
6) Hijo De Canis Lupus, Mr. Electro, Veneno vs Ovett, Trauma I, Trauma II

The original Canis Lupus hasn’t been seen since the end of 2016 (unless he’s a Capo now or something.) This is not his son, it’s IWRG bringing back a character they created themselves with a new person underneath it.