lucha TV preview for weekend of July 8th

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CMLL’s Friday night show is back on ClaroSports with Volador/Kushida. (That main event is likely to be posted on their website, if you can’t be around for it.) The show will air on NJPWorld.com, but I probably won’t be mentioning that most weeks going forward because either you already know that or I need to learn Japanese for you to be able to understand what I’m saying.

Lucha Azteca 7 Elite is still on Friday night one more week, but it’s also listed as airing a half hour earlier than usual. It starts at 11pm local, which means it’ll probably overlap with ClaroSports for about 10 minutes.

Lucha Azteca US, on the other hand, has the Rey Cometa vs Cavernario title match, something definitely worth checking out if you haven’t seen it yet.

AAA moves onto the Ecatpec taping, and there probably will be a better preview Friday night.

Lucha Underground‘s preview lists the Gift of the Gods and Death Match. If they’re following in order of how they were taped, the trios title match will air this week as well.

IWRG & GDL results, Liga Elite tonight

tonight
tonight

CMLL (TUE) 07/05/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Martes de Glamour]
1) Magnum & Vaquero Jr. b Furia Roja & Linterna
Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Fujin, Raijin, Sagrado b Hombre Bala Jr., Sensei, Star Jr.
Sagrado replaced Okumura. Rudos took 1/3.
3) Blue Panther Jr., Starman, The Panther b Disturbio, Puma, Tiger
Tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Máscara Dorada, Súper Porky, Titán b Dragón Rojo Jr., Mephisto, Pólvora
Tecnicos took 1/3.
5) Euforia, Tangaroa, Último Guerrero b Atlantis, Johnny Idol, Kushida
Rudos took 1/3.
6) Volador Jr. b Tama Tonga
Tanga Loa attacked Volador before the match. He was kicked out, but Tama still took fall 1. Volador rallied back to take falls 2/3 for the win.

Main event might turn up; I know there was a YouTube-er saying he was going to try for it.

I’m really curious how/if CMLL is going to use Idol and Adonis after the NJPW guys leave. We’ll find out soon.

IWRG (WED) 07/06/2016 Arena Naucalpan [The Gladiatores]
1) Guerrero 2000 & Osiris b Magic Dragón & Salchichita
2) Keiser Drago & Omega b Enigma & Keshin Black
3) Alas de Acero, Aramis, Fireman b Atomic Star, Demonio Infernal, Skanda
4) Dragón Fly, Emperador Azteca, Zatura b Diablo Jr., Imposible, Violencia Jr.
Tecnicos took 2/3. Emperador submitted Impossible, is possibly still looking for a title match.
5) Apolo Estrada Jr., Canis Lupus, Eterno, Relámpago b Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo
straight falls, though the Insoportables may have done some mask pulling. They’d like a trios title shot.

Leo, Mike and Rafy are the Mexico State trios champs.

Elite resumes the Liga Elite tournament tonight, kinda. The main event is Cibernetico versus La Mascara as a tournament match, though the last time we were supposed to see Cibernetico, we didn’t see Cibernetico. (There’s still no explanation of what happened.) The other tournament match was advertised as Extreme Tiger versus Negro Casas, only Negro Casas is surely not wrestling – Dalys says he’ll be back next week – so who knows what they do. Tiger still appears to be working the show judging from his Twitter messages promoting it. He still also needs to face Atlantis, Caristico, Cibernetico, LA Park, La Mascara, and Rush in the tournament. LA Park’s in without notice seems unlikely, so either Atlantis or Rush is added to the show or Caristico is pulled out of his match.

Caristico’s current match it teaming with Michael Elgin against Kushida & Tama Tonga. CMLL’s not used Caristico on their own shows in a few weeks, and Caristico failed to qualify for the Elite International tournament, so this will be one and likely only interaction with NJPW luchadors on their trip. (Which makes it unlikely’ll he be pulled.) The undercard, which will likely only air in highlights, includes the golden trio of Mascara Dorada, Angel de Oro and Golden Magic taking on the medical team of Hijo de Dr. Wagner Jr., Karonte Jr., and Hijo del Medico Asesino. Bandido returns to team with Ultimo Ninja against Heddi Karaoui & Okumura, and the show opens with a women tag of Jarochita & Lluvia versus Muneca de Plata & Keira. Jarochita & Keira have had tense matches on indie shows in the recent past.

Tomorrow’s Kushida/Volador has a new, unofficial, stipulation: if Volador wins, he gets an IWGP Junior Heavyweight championship match at some point. As with all matches set up on Informa, I’m skeptical. Maybe it’d happen in Japan at some point, since the idea seems to be for Kushida to have a lengthy reign. On the same Informa show, Volador said he’d rather face Rush than Caristico on an Anniversary show, and hasn’t talked to anyone in WWE about going there. Maybe Sombra can pass on his whatsapp info. Ultimo Guerrero mentioned a person in the programming department told him he was facing Elgin when the poster still had him as Kushida. I’m unclear how that happens. UG also threatened to travel to the afterlife to get his hair versus mask match with Thunder.

Dragon Rojo’s new story is he was actually invited to the Cruiserweight Classic by Dark Angel, had to turn it down due for personal reasons, but hopes to be in future years. This is hard to square with him campaigning to be in the tournament after it was announced.

AAA’s going to upload the unaired matches from Naucalpan over this week. Up now is the trios title match between los Xinetez and Aerostar, Drago and Bengala. They’ve also put up the Puebla Lucha World Cup show complete.

Mesias says he’s going to clear the ring of scum at the AAA taping on Friday.

Lucha Memes on 07/17 in Coliseo Coacalco
1: Caifan vs Rush
2: Demasiado vs Soberano Jr.
3: Draztick Boy vs Freelance
4: Alas de Acero & Iron Kid vs Dowki & Hanaoka
5: Aramis vs Black Terry
6: Corsario Negro & Drako vs Trauma I & Trauma II

Hijo del Santo, Santo Jr., Flamita and Garza Jr. are among those advertised for a 08/14 show in Mexicali. Santo had said last month a tour of that area of Mexico was possible for this summer, and it’s be Santo Jr.’s first matches in Mexico. It also suggests Flamita doesn’t have a long stay in Dragon Gate this time, maybe wrapping up after the July 24th show.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Segunda Caida reviews Lucha Underground, about two months behind. This is helpful, because it reminds me it’s been two months since we last saw Lorenzo Llamas. The police skits are the only thing going on in that storyline for quite a while. LU’s said we’ll see more of it during Ultima Lucha, but it’s a long layoff.

TKD reviews last night’s Lucha Underground, as does Eric and Voices of Wrestling. Lucha Underground posted a Worldwide Underground squash match earlier this week.

RobViper has a music video of 06/29/2010 CMLL.

Daga & Fenix are hyped to have their singles match on Friday. They’ve been in AAA for five years, in the same division, and it’s the first time they’ve had a 1v1 match.

Volador says winning the Gran Prix gives him confidence to take on new challenges in CMLL.

Stuka talks about his upcoming match in ROH.

The Crash says they’re running on August 13th.

Mil Mascaras was honored by the Association of Olympic Medalists.

Channel Guide Mag has an interview with Johnny Mundo.

Lineups

IWRG (SUN) 07/10/2016 Arena Naucalpan
1) Black Dragón & Dragón Fly vs Atomic Star & Demonio Infernal
2) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo vs Hip Hop Man, Killer Jr., Skanda, Violencia Jr.
3) Diablo Jr., El Hijo del Diablo, Imposible vs Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro, Dr. Karonte Jr.
4) Danny Casas, Hijo De Dos Caras, Súper Nova vs Herodes Jr., Negro Navarro, Toscano
5) Máscara Año 2000 Jr. vs Mr. Electro

IWRG’s transformation into a Mr. Electro based promotion is a bit sad.

Lucha Underground 2×24: Ultima Lucha Dos-Part 1

The Mack has a song for Cage
The Mack has a song for Cage

Matches

The Mack defeated Cage in a falls count anywhere 4 A Unique Opportunity semifinal (7:16, inside cradle, good)

Son of Havoc defeated Texano Jr. in a Boyle Heights bar fight 4 A Unique Opportunity semifinal (7:21, big boot into glass, good)

Son of Havoc defeated the Mack in a falls count anywhere 4 A Unique Opportunity semifinal (4:38, shooting star press headbutt, good)

Dr. Wagner Jr. defeated Son of Havoc to win $250,000 (2:03, Wagner Driver, OK)

Developments

Mack splash
Mack splash

This show was solely the unique opportunity tournament. Only the people part of the tournament appeared. There were no vignettes with other luchadors. Striker & Vampiro did go over the entire Ultima Lucha card.

Dario made stipulations for each match right before took place. Cage/Mack was a rematch from last yeat’s Ultima Lucha, and got the same stipulation. Cage attempted to put Mack’s head thru a cinder block again, but slipped due to beer poured on the ground and Mack cradled him. Son of Havoc & Texano was a bar fight because a cowboy and a biker made Dario think of a bar. The final was also a falls count anywhere match, but it didn’t really come into play.

a lot of liquor wasted
a lot of liquor wasted

After Havoc beat Mack, Black Lotus and Dario Cueto came to the ring with two briefcases. One contained $250K, which Dario was said would be more than Havoc would make in his career. The other had a contract for the title match at Ultima Lucha 3. Havoc picked the contract with little hesitation. Dario congratulated him, but then revealed the unique opportunity: Havoc would simply get a chance at winning the title shot, while his opponent would fight for the 250K. Famous B introduced his new client as Havoc’s final opponent: Dr. Wagner Junior. Havoc fought hard, but was no match for Wagner after having fought twice earlier the night. Wagner won clean with the Wagner Driver, and Famous B celebrated with the cash.

Thoughts

this looked not fun
this looked not fun

This kind of felt like a variation of the one match shows LU has done each year, a bit different because it was many matches, but with a small crew of people. It’s almost the Lucha Underground equivalent of a bottle episode, trying to put a show together as cheap as possible because you used up the money on your space aliens, but a pinata with beer cans can’t be all that cheap. It’s a clever way to extend Ultima Lucha 2 another week and lend more meaning to this tournament than it would’ve had been a random episode, but it did still feel like a random episode. I was really surprised there wasn’t something with Pentagon or Puma or Ivelisse or anyone else to connect this back to the other matches. It’s a pretty free standing hour, one you could skip over on a marathon and never pick up on.

It’d be too bad if you did skip it because the tournament itself was enjoyable, especially the first two matches. Mack/Cage was a crazy opener to Pinatas with objects that don’t belong in a pinata was good. Last year’s match was more epic, but this was a lot of fun. The splash thru the table looked painful for both guys. A beer slip into an inside cradle was creative but also a bit of a strange crafty end to what was had been a violent match up. The Havoc/Texano match was notable for the amount of brutality Texano took at the end, obliterating the bar set and then going back in for even more glass. It was hard for them to follow the previous match, but they created a few memorable spots and some solid wrestling around it.

Mack is absurd
Mack is absurd

Havoc/Mack also had a couple moments, but was also much shorter than the other matches and much more about the guys selling the previous matches. Havoc & Mack probably have a much better singles match in them. Havoc & Wagner never really got going, didn’t really feel like Havoc had a chance, and seemed just long enough for them to get in Wagner’s resume. (It’s an odd tradeoff: either you know who Dr. Wagner is and understand he’s never losing in a situation like this, or you don’t know Dr. Wagner and have no idea why you should care.) The crowd didn’t react strongly to Wagner as they (or he!) probably hoped. This has to be the start of something for Season 3 for it to really payoff.

TripleMania set for 08/28, LU tonight, Titan in Super J

Diamante Azul superkick
Diamante Azul superkick

CMLL (TUE) 07/05/2016 Arena México [Box Y Lucha, CMLL, thecubsfan]
1) Bengala & Leono b Apocalipsis & Camorra LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 5 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
10:29. Tecnicos took 2/3. Bengala replaced Robin
2) Cancerbero, Canelo Casas, Raziel b Flyer, Pegasso, Soberano Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 5 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
12:48. Rudos took 1/3. Flyer replaced Stigma
3) Dalys © b Estrellita [CMLL WOMEN] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 5 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
15:55. Dalys took 1/3 to retain. 4th defense
4) Misterioso Jr., Olímpico, Ripper b Blue Panther, Guerrero Maya Jr., Tritón LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 5 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
13:18. Rudos took 1/3. Triton replaced Rey Cometa
5) Ángel de Oro, Stuka Jr., Valiente b Rey Bucanero, Sam Adonis, Vangellys LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 5 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
12:06. Tecnicos took 2/3.
6) Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Michael Elgin DQ Kráneo, Shocker, Terrible LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 5 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
14:30. Straight falls. Shocker fouled Marco for the DQ.

This show wasn’t much good and you should probably do something better with your time.

Today’s Lucha Underground episode is the 24th of the season, “Ultima Lucha Dos, Part 1”. Matches announced

  • The Mack vs Cage in the 4 A Unique Opportunity tournament – video clip
  • Texano vs Son of Havoc in the 4 A Unique Opportunity tournament

My impression is the final of this tournament will air on this episode; they’ll see this tournament thru before starting anything else.

Eric has a preview of Ultima Lucha Dos.

AAA officially announced TripleMania as taking place on August 28th in Arena Ciudad de Mexico. The date had been out there for at least a month, but AAA hadn’t confirmed it yet. The show is listed as a 6pm start.

AAA also notes their wrestlers appearing in the upcoming Anonimo series.

LA Park, who notes he never actually was beat for the AAA Latin American championship and claims he only gave it up because he had no contenders, says he wants to challenge for it again (now that Pentagon’s champ.)

The preview for tomorrow’s Elite show doesn’t mention Negro Casas’ scheduled match with Xtreme Tiger. There’s no mention of another match, it’s just treated as a five match card. Casas just started training after minor surgery, perhaps he won’t be wrestling on Thursday or they’re not sure. Elite could pull Caristico out his match to face Tiger instead, but there may be a reason they’re doing Caristico & Elgin vs Kushida & Tonga.

Chilanga Mask announced an 08/21 show in Coacalco
1: Black Terry vs Wotan
2: Caifan 3 vs Solar
3: Roberto Paz Jr. vs Jeque

Liger Fever translated Impulso’s interview with Los Reyes de Biutiful in five parts: one two three four five. Impulso talks about his feud with Freelance, why he didn’t accept an AAA deal, the cost of an extreme match and more.

Estadio Deportes has an interview with Maquiavelico, who mentions his uncle Luciferno came up with his look and is an Arkangel trainee.

Zeuxis has a title defense against Princesa Sugehit on 07/10 in Nuevo Leon.

Box Y Lucha posted their 50th Anniversary issue up for free.

Daniel Bryan spoke highly of Mascara Dorada/Gran Metalik in an interview to build up the CWC tournament. Bryan thinks WWE could use more masked men and Dorada would do well in NXT. WWE is supposed to reveal the bracket for the CWC tonight, which will give us an indication of Dorada’s chances in this tournament.

Segunda Caida reviews Pierroth vs La Mascara.

Cross Arm Breaker is starting a feature on lucha libre singles matches, and already has many up there.

Fenix talks about being picked for the Battle of Los Angeles.

ESTO notes the head to head lucha libre battle this Friday.

Lucha Libre In Japan

Titan was officially announced for NJPW’s Super J Cup today. The first round will take place on 07/20, with the final three rounds a month later on 08/21. Titan should do well, but might not have to worry about round two since he’s drawn Will Ospreay in round 1. Titan’s been scheduled to work this show for months; he shouldn’t be see as a replacement for Dragon Lee.

Miedo Extremo talks about his upcoming trip to Japan with Estrellas del Ring, saying he’ll be on tour there for six months. (That’s probably a reason DTU did the title change last weekend, so he’ll be carrying on his trip.) He’s facing Takashi Sasaki on 07/09 in Korakuen Hall, and teaming with Violento Jack to face Jun Kasai & Masaoka on 07/17.

Lineup

CMLL (MON) 07/11/2016 Arena Puebla
1) Astro, Asturiano, Último Dragóncito vs Espíritu Maligno, Mini Joker, Pierrothito
2) Black Tiger, King Jaguar, Oro Jr. vs Ares, Disturbio, Fuerza Chicana
3) Carístico & Último Guerrero vs Rush & Volador Jr. and Tama Tonga & Tangaroa and Kráneo & Kushida and Michael Elgin & Ripper and La Máscara & Sharlie Rockstar and Diamante Azul & Rey Escorpión and Negro Casas & Shocker [Relevos Increíbles]
4) Mephisto © vs Mistico [CMLL WELTER]
2nd defense

Mistico was right, he’s getting his title match next week. And there’s a decent chance of Mistico winning the title from Mephisto (which is interesting if CMLL planned that outcome back when Mephisto was supposed to defend it against Caristico.)

Elsewhere, there’s a pointless tag team tournament where the teams are supposed to be tecnico/rudo mixed but half aren’t. Shocker & Negro Casas are teaming again, maybe that’s setting up something, or maybe they’ll have a team like Caristico & UG break up to a set a title match next week. Real question: is Sharlie a tecnico? I don’t know. I don’t think so, Ciber’s pretty solidly a rudo, but it would explain why the matches are so weird. Introducing Rockstar in two straight Relevos Incredibles is not optimum.

Ares & King Jaguar feud in the second match. True story: the last two weeks and this match are the first time King Jaguar and Ares have been in the same match in Arena Puebla since 2014.

CMLL (TUE) 07/12/2016 Arena México
1) Astral, Fantasy, Stukita vs Mercurio, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico
2) Estrellita, Lluvia, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis
3) Blue Panther Jr. vs Sagrado [lightning]
4) Blue Panther, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Kráneo, Okumura, Ripper
5) Kushida & Marco Corleone vs Tama Tonga & Tangaroa and Rey Escorpión & Shocker and Felino & Niebla Roja

This might be the last show for the NJPW guys – Kushida was originally listed as sticking around thru Friday, btu the other guys are done. Main event seems set up for Tama & Tanga to get a win on the way out.

CMLL (TUE) 07/12/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Explosivo & Star Black vs Maléfico & Thunder Boy
2) Fuego, Hombre Bala Jr., Soberano Jr. vs El Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
3) Ángel de Oro, Esfinge, Tritón vs Hechicero, Pierroth, Vangellys
4) Diamante Azul, Rush, Súper Porky vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Terrible, Último Guerrero
5) Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto © vs Atlantis, Máximo Sexy, Mistico [MEX TRIOS]
5th defense

Hijos del Infiernos only defend against random teams. Again, it’s Mistico, so a title change is possible.

Forastero is back with his brothers, who haven’t been around as much of late.

DTU (FRI) 07/15/2016 Arena Neza
1) Erwin & Irving vs Masizito & Porrito
2) Moria vs Niño De Cobra, Zafiro, Fly Danger
3) Jimmy & Kevin vs Flyer (CMLL) & Robin (CMLL)
4) Zeuxis vs Felina Metálica, La Magnifica, Zuzu Divine, Lady Maravilla
5) Dragón Rojo Jr. & Pólvora vs Drastik Boy & Ronnie Mendoza
6) Black Fire © vs Tony Iron, Lokillo
7) Titán (CMLL) & Tritón (CMLL) © vs Dr. Cerebro & Motocross and Pesadilla & Rocky Lobo [DTU NEXO]
8) Cíclope vs Aeroboy [Copa Ultraviolentia Promocciones Sanchez, TLC]
9) Sharlie Rockstar © vs Ovett, Psicosis II, Crazy Boy, Paranoiko, Ángel o Demonio [cage, DTU Consgrado]

DTU’s Casta de Champions show, with the champions who won’t be in Japan defending their titles. Seventh match seems like the biggest match of Motocross’s life, and he’s been in a mask match. Check out the fifth match: the Cruiserweight Classic’s Raul Mendoza on one side, and guy who really wanted to be in the CWC Dragon Rojo on the other side.

CMLL (SAT) 07/16/2016 Arena Coliseo
Arkangel 30th Anniversary show
1) Tigre Rojo & Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Black Silver I & Black Silver II
2) Skándalo vs Fiero, Bobby Z, Canelo Casas, Magnus, Muerte Azteca, Oro Jr., Fireman, Asgard, Hanaoka, Sonic, Stigma, K-Fu, Súper X, Makiavelico, Thonder Strong [Torneo Dr. X]
all are Arkangel students.
3) Dallys la Caribeña, La Comandante, Reina Isis vs Lady Boricua, Mima Shimoda, Princesa Sugehit
4) Fujin, Okumura, Raijin vs O.t. Fernandez, S.c. Navarro, Sensacional Carlitos
5) Arkángel de la Muerte, Ephesto, Luciferno vs Gallo, Pegasso, Starman
6) Brazo de Plata, Diamante Azul, Máximo vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero

This show was announced a month or two ago, but we didn’t get a lineup until now. Fernandez, Navarro, and Lady Boricua are Puerto Ricians who’ve been on Toryumon Mexico shows. Carlitos had the one AAA appearance a couple years ago. Opener is Puebla versus Acapulco.

Coliseo will go at least 4 weeks without a Sabado Retro.

LLDLJ (SUN) 07/17/2016 Arena Victoria, Ecatepec, Estado de México
1) ? vs ??
2) Fulgor I & Fulgor II vs Fly Danger & Moria
3) Sádico vs Fandango, Rey Celestial
4) Andy Boy, Danger King, Guerrero Mixtico vs Kilvan, Shadow, Yoruba
5) Brole, Mini Multifacético, Prayer vs Arez, Belial, Impulso and Centvrión, Fly Warrior, Látigo
6) Wotan vs Terremoto Negro [super libre]
7) La Magnifica vs Ludark Shaitan [bull terrier]

Liga Justica ran on Coacalco previously when they came to the Mexico City area, and will run the arena recently used on the PROESA TV show for this show. Fifth match could be pretty good.

MDA (SUN) 07/17/2016 Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) Babe Fox vs Chocolata
2) Tekilita vs Chamaco Gurrola
3) Estrellita & Sanely vs Muñeca De Plata & Tiffany
4) Epydemius, Ninja Jr., Obsesión, Último Ninja vs Golden Magic, Lince, Metaleón, Tormento
5) Galactar & Xtreme Tiger vs Delta & Dragón Lee (CMLL)
6) Caifan, La Máscara, Volador Jr. vs Mr. Niebla, Pierroth, Rush

AAA is in Monterrey this week, and MDA back the week after that. I’m doubtful Dragon Lee is working these shows yet.

CMLL Mexico: 2016-07-05

Sobernao tornillo
Sobernao double tornillo

Recapped: 07/05/2016

What happened: Dalys retained her title over Estrellita. Shocker fouled Marco in the main event, which may or may not mean anything.

What was good: Nothing, really. This show should be missed. I didn’t have much to say about this.

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

AAA on Televisa: 2016-06-18 

Pentagon makes his own stepladder
Pentagon makes his own stepstool

Recapped: 06/24/2016

What happened: Pagano stole a win, though cleanly, by pinning both Pentagon and Psycho Clown after they had taken each other out via superplex thru a table. Gran Apahce still doesn’t like Venum. Los Fronterizos picked up a win.

What was good: I like the opener. The rest of the show wasn’t bad, but you could safely skip this week.

Where can I watch it: It’s on AAA’s channel.

Previously: Hernandez & Mesias cheated to beat Wagner & Texano. Drago, Bengala, Aerostar won a trios title shot, but it was really more about the tag title match that isn’t happening (yet).

Show starts with Psycho Clown in the ring. Psycho notes that he lost to Pagano last time, but it’ll be different this time. Pagano sneaks out while his video is playing and gently hits Psycho Clown with a bat. Pentagon rushes in and superkick Pagano, then attacks Psycho Clown while he’s at it. (Camera people are missing plenty of shots here.) They as a three way, not really selling much, until the security decided we’ve seen enough. This takes a while to settle down. (more…)

Volador/Kushida & UG/Elgin now happening, Ares/Jaguar & Mistico/Mephisto happening later

Mini Joker Driver
Mini Joker Driver

CMLL (SUN) 07/03/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Domingos Familiares]

1) Black Sugar b Quca
Sugar took 2/3.
2) Javier Cruz Jr. & Micro b Destello & Destructor
tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Capitán Cobra, Fugaz, Randy b Carlo Roggi, Demonio Rojo, Mr. Apolo
Tecnicos took 2/3.
4) El Divino, Frezzer, Star Black b Gitano, Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno
Tecnicos took 1/3.
5) Esfinge, Mágico, Vaquero Jr. b Furia Roja, Joker, Maléfico
Tecnicos took 1/3.

All tecnico victories.

CMLL (MON) 07/04/2016 Arena Puebla [CMLL, thecubsfan]
1) Astro, Centella Roja, París b Guerrero Espacial, Mini Joker, Saurón LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 4 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
16:05. Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Black Tiger, King Jaguar, Oro Jr. b Ares, Inquisidor, Policeman LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 4 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
12:36. Tecnicos took 2/3. Jaguar & Ares are feuding.
3) Bobby Z, Okumura, Virus b Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 4 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
16:35. Rudos took 1/3. Thunder was honored after the match
4) Kushida, Máscara Dorada, Michael Elgin DQ Felino, Tama Tonga, Tangaroa LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 4 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
12:09. Tecnicos took 1/3. Felino replaced Mr. Niebla. Tama fouled Elgin in the third.
5) Mistico, Negro Casas, Shocker b La Máscara, Mephisto, Sharlie Rockstar [Relevos Increíbles] LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 4 DE JULIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
10:11. Sharlie first match officially in CMLL since November 2010. Team Mistico took 2/3. Mistico challenged Mephisto to a title match. Mephisto didn’t answer.

Mistico thinks he’s getting the title shot next week; I’d be surprise if they’re not saving it for the 18th. Jaguar & Ares is likely happening on that day.

Tonight’s CMLL Arena Mexico main event is billed as a battle of the heavyweights. It’s Marco, Diamante Azul & Michael Elgin vs Terrible, Shocker, and Kraneo. No word if they’ve re-enforced the ring. Dalys defends her title against Estrellita in the third match, and seems likely to retain it. Of note, Flyer’s listed in Stigma’s place in the second match in the preview. The previews have been fairly unreliable for changes of late, but Stigma did miss his last appearance so maybe there’s an injury there. Despite the title match, this isn’t a very exciting card. It still will air on CMLL.com & YouTube at 7:30pm.

Guadalajara tonight has a Volador/Tama Tonga main event.

CMLL is now renting the Gran Prix on their YouTube channel for $0.99 USD. There’s a promo for the Cometa/Cavernario match, so I suspect it’ll be up for sale eventually too. It’s a nice advance in availability for CMLL, hopefully not a one time thing. (It’s really make sense for the big Saturday/Sunday matches, if they’re truly being taped.) There is a bit of imbalance in the live PPV price – $17+ fees if you didn’t use the discount – and $2 combined for the two matches that actually mattered – but maybe they’ll figure that out over time.

I’m actually not sure if this is the same video that aired or something different (since the trailer is all handheld video from ringside), I may invest a $1 later to figure it out. As I understand it, YouTube rental videos have strange rules – for movies, you have 30 days to start viewing but must finish within 24 hours once your start watching. Not sure if it’s the same here, but I’d advise not buying until you know you want to watch it.

Tania la Guerrillera kept getting involved in matches on the show, including attacking wrestler/CWF rep Yelmo 2000 before the title match. This is setting up a promotion vs promotion match, but I’m not sure what promotion Tania la Guerrillera represents.

Lucha Memes on 07/17 in Coliseo Coacalco
1: Caifan vs Rush
2: Demasiado vs Soberano Jr.
3: Draztick Boy vs Freelance
4: Alas de Acero & Iron Kid vs Dowki & Hanaoka
5: Aramis vs Black Terry

LuchaWorld has this week’s PosterMania & the Lucha Report

Voices of Wrestling has a Ultima Lucha Dos preview.

Box Y Lucha 3240 has Volador & Thunder on the cover.

Luchas 2000 830 has Thunder and Lucha Libre London crew.

El Apache talks about teaching Venum humility, seems to want a match with him for TripleMania.

The El Paso times writes about local luchadora Delilah, who says her goals are NXT and Stardom and wrestled in high school before lucha libre.

6 ABC has a short video on lucha libre masks.

Lineups

IWRG (WED) 07/06/2016 Arena Naucalpan
1) Magic Dragón & Salchichita vs Guerrero 2000 & Osiris
2) Keiser Drago & Omega vs Enigma & Keshin Black
3) Alas de Acero, Aramis, Fireman vs Atomic Star, Demonio Infernal, Skanda
4) Dragón Fly, Emperador Azteca, Zatura vs Diablo Jr., Imposible, Violencia Jr.
5) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Canis Lupus, Eterno, Relámpago

Ninja Turtles versus Insoportables in the main event.

CMLL (FRI) 07/08/2016 Arena México
1) Esfinge, Fuego, Tritón vs Bobby Z, Hechicero, Virus
2) Máscara Dorada, Rey Cometa, Titán vs Cavernario, Dragón Rojo Jr., Rey Escorpión
Titan replaced Maximo in the second lineup.
3) Mistico vs La Máscara [lightning]
4) Mephisto, Shocker, Último Guerrero vs Johnny Idol, Okumura, Sam Adonis
Okumura replaced Kushida.
5) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Máximo vs Michael Elgin, Tama Tonga, Tangaroa
Maximo replaced Volador Jr.
6) Volador Jr. © vs Kushida [NWA WELTER]
Added to the show. Volador’s 10th defense.

Let’s try this again! CMLL posted new lineups Monday afternoon for both weekend Arena Mexico shows. We’re getting the Volador/Kushida match after all, though it’s still a little strange: Volador beat Kushida in the Elite tournament, won the Gran Prix, and he has put up his championship? (Volador has a better chance of winning this way, though.)

The minis match got bumped from the card. It’s a stacked show with those matches as the opener, and it obviously makes sense as the first show for NJPW World to pick up.

CMLL (SUN) 07/10/2016 Arena México
1) Acero & Fantasy vs Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Violencia
2) Flyer, Pegasso, Templario vs Forastero, Maquiavelo, Skándalo
3) Ángel de Oro, Súper Porky, Titán vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
4) Diamante Azul, Kushida, Mistico vs Euforia, Tama Tonga, Tangaroa
Kushida replaced Johnny Idol
5) Último Guerrero vs Michael Elgin
Michael Elgin replaced Kushida.

And here’s the UG/Elgin match, which would be a really great thing to put up on YouTube if you’re CMLL. Elgin’s title isn’t on the line, so UG has a shot.

CMLL Puebla: 2016-07-04

punching is a bad idea
punching is a bad idea

Recapped: 07/04/2016

What happened:  Ares and King Jaguar are suddenly feuding. So are Mephisto and Mistico. In related news, CMLL has a big show in two weeks.

What was good: I liked the opener, the tercera and the semimain as good fun matches, though nothing you needed to see.

Where can I watch it: It’s on CMLL’s YouTube channel now and will air on 52MX in a two weeks (more…)

Mr. Electro/Mascara 2000 Jr., Puebla preview

IWRG (SUN) 07/03/2016 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, The Gladiatores]
1) Atomic Star b Fireman
2) Dragón Fly, Hijo del Alebrije, the Tiger (Tamaulipas) b Diablo Jr., El Hijo del Diablo, Imposible
Arana de Plata replaced once of the Mariachis.
3) Apolo Estrada Jr., Dr. Cerebro, Relámpago b Emperador Azteca, Freelance, Zatura
After the win, Los Insoportables asked Dr. Cerbero wanted to join. He declined.
4) Eterno, Negro Navarro, Toscano b Black Terry, Chicano, Danny Casas
Danny Casas replaced Super Nova. Chicano’s return (first match since May), back to feuding with Eterno.
5) Canis Lupus & Máscara Año 2000 Jr. b Hijo De Dos Caras & Mr. Electro
Mascara was in a neck brace after taking the martinete last week, but wrestled anyway and the neckbrace ended up as a weapon. Bloody match with a fork being used. Mascara used a foul. Mascara wants a hair match with Mr. Electro.

I guess if you’re going to use Mr. Electro, you might as well get a hair match out of him. On the other hand, I’m not all together concerned AYM doesn’t appear to be airing IWRG of late. (Lots of U21 basketball tournaments and MMA in addition to the normal baseball.)

Tonight’s Puebla show has a strange main event. Mistico teams with Negro Casas & Shocker against La Mascara, Mephisto and Sharlie Rockstar. It’s Mistico with five rudos, it’s Sharlie Rockstar’s first match back in CMLL, and it might even be a tag team title match setup. Arena Puebla’s anniversary show is scheduled to be on 07/18, so whatever is happening here is setting up a match on there.

That also might play into the strange segunda, where King Jaguar is suddenly a tecnico, teaming with Black Tiger & Oro Jr. versus Ares, Inquisidor and Jaguar’s good friend Policeman. Jaguar lost his mask at last year’s Arena Puebla anniversary show, and he and Policeman are the guys who could lose their hair in a big match without it disrupting their career.

Semimain is listed as Kushida, Mascara Dorada and Michael Elgin versus Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa and a replacement for Mr. Niebla. That could be rather good depending on who they put in. Tercera – Esfinge, Maya & Cometa against Bobby, Okumura and Virus – should be good as well. Opners local match is Astro, Centella Roja, Paris versus Guerrero Espacial, Mini Joker, and Sauron. This show airs at 9pm CT on CMLL.com & CMLL’s YouTube channel.

Periodico Central writes about Puebla lucha libre, says it’s experiencing a boom. There’s where the Arena Puebla Anniversary date was mentioned.

NJPW announced they would begin Saturday afternoon airings of CMLL on NJPWorld, but they will only be available for Japan viewers. They’re going to start this Friday to test it out and may go weekly from there. This brought a lot of excitement from English speaking people who don’t watch CMLL. It appears to be the exact same stream that’s been available on ClaroSports for the last year, and on Terra prior. The current stream is not region limited in any way, everyone can already watch this show. There’s no mention of the show being broadcast in Japanese, but it’s just a bit easier to find for Japanese fans.

The one advantage is it sounds like NJPW’s doing VOD, which would save myself the pain of trying to figure out how to record the show every week, and it would be a big help on weeks where the feed doesn’t work right for the first hour. It’s specifically a shame the Princesa Sugehit/Zeuxis match isn’t complete and in good quality somewhere. It’ll eventually air on Azteca, but even then it’ll probably be edited down.

CMLL has video ads promoting being able to buy the Grand Prix and Barbaro Cavernario/Rey Cometa, but no word on how that’ll work.

Looks like the next big DTU show is 07/15 in Neza.

Lucha Memes on 07/17 in Coliseo Coacalco
1: Caifan vs Rush
2: Demasiado vs Soberano Jr.
3: Draztick Boy vs Freelance
4: Alas de Acero & Iron Kid vs Dowki & Hanaoka

The Wrap has a photo gallery previewing Ultima Lucha 2. It’s specifically mentioned that we’ll find out more about the limo guy sometime in the next 3 episodes.

SuperLibre had Gallo as a guest.

Fray Tormenta has been accused of sexual abuse by a minor. This is not the first time there’s been this accusation, though the previous one didn’t go anywhere.

Lineup

CMLL (SAT) 07/09/2016 Arena Coliseo
1) Shockercito & Stukita vs Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro
2) Estrellita, Lluvia, Marcela vs Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis
3) Blue Panther Jr., Guerrero Maya Jr., The Panther vs Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Virus
4) Ángel de Oro, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Fujin, Okumura, Raijin
5) Diamante Azul, Máscara Dorada, Volador Jr. vs Sam Adonis, Tama Tonga, Tangaroa

This isn’t Sabado Retros. It’s unclear if they’re taking a week off from the concept since the NJPW guys are still here, or if it’s done completely. They did do a bigger than usual card last time Arena Coliseo missed two extra weeks, but this is presented like a normal card (and with no explanation, of course.) Of note: Tercera has the Coliseo tag champs.

CMLL (SUN) 07/10/2016 Arena México
1) Acero & Fantasy vs Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Violencia
2) Flyer, Pegasso, Templario vs Forastero, Maquiavelo, Skándalo
3) Ángel de Oro, Súper Porky, Titán vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
4) Diamante Azul, Johnny Idol, Mistico vs Euforia, Tama Tonga, Tangaroa
5) Último Guerrero vs Kushida

So much for UG/Elgin. There’s been no build up to this main event, Ultimo Guerrero & Kushida haven’t interacted at all. The Sunday shows are still being listed as “taped for television”, even though I don’t know of an outlet that’s actually airing them. Maybe it’ll turn up on NJPW World.

Templario and Forastero get return appearances out of the newish crew; Forastero appeared in March, Templario in April. Maquiavelo (as in Niccolò Machiavelli, “the ends justify the means” seems to be the guiding principle of the wrestling business most times) makes his debut. I don’t have many matches by him, but that’s surely a name being typed wrong – Maquiabelico, Maquianelico, Maquiavelico show up more in my database. There’s a Tijuana luchador from a few years ago with that name, and more recently one who’s shown up in Toryumon (like Fiero) and FILL torneos (Gym Zeus, Gym Hip Hop Man.) MasLucha has highlights of him here.

CMLL (SUN) 07/10/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Avispón Negro Jr. & Micro vs Destello & Quca
2) El Alteño & Javier Cruz Jr. vs Destructor & Diplomático
3) León Blanco, Randy, Star Black vs Demonio Rojo, Exterminador, Gitano
4) Mágico vs Maléfico
5) Esfinge, Flash II, Metatrón vs El Chakal, Espectrúm, Furia Roja

Magico and Malefico were in the main event last night, so they must’ve started something. Esfinge & Furia Roja resume their issue in the main event.