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CMLL (TUE) 04/28/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Martes de Glamour]
1) Flash I & Forastero b El Cuatrero & Sansón
2) Magnum, Reycko, Soberano Jr. b El Rebelde, Maléfico, Metálico
Reycko replaced Molotov.
3) Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado b Esfinge, Gallo, Tritón
Comando Boricua used teamwork and a mask pull to beat Gallo after earlier losing a fall due to excessive violence.
4) Marco Corleone, Super Porky, Titán DQ Bárbaro Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Thunder
Barbaro replaced Mr. Aguila. Thunder fouled Marco for the DQ.
5) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. © b Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero [CMLL TRIOS]
first defense for Sky Team. They took falls 2/3, Mistico beating Ultimo Guerrero for the win.
almost week old results are better than no results. Hope they air the segunda instead of the tercera (this will not occur.)
IWRG (SUN) 05/03/2015 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (flickr),Estrellas del Ring]
Festival de Mascaras 2015
1) Electro Boy b Atomic Star and Magnum 44 and Dragón Celestial andHip Hop Man
Electroboy beat Hip Hop Man, wants a shot at the Argentina title.
2) Leo, Mike, Rafy b Leonardo, Miguel Angel, Rafael
hometown Turtles beat the AULL ones.
3) Golden Magic, Guerrero Maya Sr., Veneno b Apolo Estrada Jr., El Hijo del Diablo, Imposible
Black Terry returned to his Guerrero Maya identity. Good match, money thrown in.
4) Pantera I, Pantera II, Solar I b Canis Lupus, Eterno, Negro Navarro
First time Panteras have teamed since maybe the late 80s/early 90s; they had been a regular tag team in this building in the 80s. Good match. Solar was honored for 40 years of wrestling by IWRG after the match.
5) Black Tiger III, Cien Caras Jr., Hijo de Máscara Año 2000 b Chicano,Dr. Wagner Jr., Hijo De Dos Caras
Black Tiger III unmasked as Silver King (with the Silver King mask.) The two brothers feuded. Dos accidentally got involved in the ending series of mask pulls and fouls, which ended with Silver King beating Dr. Wagner after a foul and challenges all around.
I read the recap of the main event finish about three times, in two languages. I think it’s clearly written, but I still couldn’t follow it. Possible this show turns on AYM tonight.
After Titan lost the welterweight title yesterday, he kneeled down and dropped the title in front of Cavernario. CMLL’s Twitter saw this as a bit rudo and said the crowd booed. Titan explained he didn’t mean it that way, and he thinks Barbaro Cavernario was a worthy challenger.
Matt D at Segunda Caida reviews Cicloncito Ramirez & Ultimo Dragoncito vs Felinito & Pirata Morgan.
CMLL (SAT) 05/09/2015 Arena Coliseo
1) Leono vs Apocalipsis
2) Flyer vs Disturbio
3) Stigma vs Sangre Azteca
4) Tritón vs Puma
5) Dragón Rojo Jr. & Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Morphosis & Ripper
6) Ángel de Oro, La Sombra, Valiente vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
7) Máximo © vs Rey Bucanero [CMLL HEAVY]
Maximo’s first defense.
Flyer vs Disturbio should be fun. Two heavyweight title matches in five months is an above average pace for CMLL.
CMLL (SUN) 05/10/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Dinamo vs Relampago
2) Meteoro & Star Black vs El Piraña & Guerrero de la Muerte
3) El Divino & Metatrón vs Gitano & Thunder Boy
4) Furia Roja, Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno vs El Chakal, Joker, Sádico
5) Gallo, Pepe Aguayo, Virgo vs Exterminador, Maléfico, Ráfaga
Semimian is a sort of rematch of the title match.
CMLL (SUN) 05/10/2015 Arena México
1) Bengala & Magnus vs Camorra & El Rebelde
2) Estrellita, Goya Kong, Silueta vs Dalys, La Seductora, Tiffany
3) Blue Panther Jr., Fuego, The Panther vs Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado
4) Titán vs Vangellys [lightning]
5) Blue Panther, Marco Corleone, Máximo vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja
6) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla
Would be excited for the opener if Terra was still around, because there’s a high chance of Rebelde & Magnus doing something. Main event is Sky Team vs Peste Negra again.
Cara Lucha (SAT) 05/02/2015 Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal [Black Terry Jr. (flickr), Tercera Caida, The Gladiatores]
1) Magnifico II & Templario b Arceus & Tribal
2) Leo b Mike, Rafy
Teelo pulled out of this match after suffering a nose injury the previous weekend. All three ended up with ripped and masks. Leo won, and they all hugged after. Money thrown in.
3) Bárbaro Cavernario b Toscano, Herodes Jr.
Barbaro & Herdoes worked together to beat Toscano, then Cavernario beat Herodes. Cavernario claimed Herodes had betrayed Peste Negra by leaving CMLL and challenged him to a hair match.
4) Fly Star & Toxin Boy b Kilvan, Rey Lobo Jr., Yoruba and Andy Boy, Danger King, Guerrero Mixtico and Rayo Star & Sky Man
Faction match. Some factions have 2, some have 3 for whatever reason. Kriminal Boys beat Sky Stars after La Resistencia & Neza Kings were beat. Challenges set up a rematch as an apuest match on 05/30.
5) Atlantis & Último Guerrero b Fuerza Guerrera & Rey Hechicero
Atlantis & UG started hitting each other by mistake in the third fall. Fuerza tried to sneak in a foul, but was caught for the DQ. No one was happy: Fuerza wanted matches with Hechicero & UG, and Atlantis wanted UG.
Attendance looked way down for this show. Too many shows on this day? Match people weren’t interested in? Turtles match looked great in the clips.
CMLL (SAT) 05/02/2015 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Espanto Jr. b Bengala
2) Disturbio b Robin
3) Pequeño Olímpico b Último Dragoncito
Ultimo Dragoncito replaced Astral.
4) Marcela b Amapola
5) Boby Zavala b Esfinge
6) Rey Bucanero & Terrible b Máximo & Valiente
Bucanero beat Maximo, asked for a heavyweight title shot.
7) Bárbaro Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas b La Máscara, Stuka Jr., Volador Jr.
Mascara replaced Atlantis and accidentally kicked his partners a few time to cost them the match.
Cavernario was limping badly on Friday night, fought twice on Saturday. At least twice: there was a (secret) sponsored show on Saturday in Arena Mexico. No known full lineup, but the main was Mistico, Maximo, and Volador Jr. defeating Ultimo Guerrero, Euforia, Niebla Roja.
CMLL (SUN) 05/03/2015 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Leono & Sensei b Akuma & Inquisidor
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Oro Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. b Apocalipsis, Artillero, Súper Comando
Apocalipsis replaced Cholo on Monday.
3) Cancerbero, Okumura, Sangre Azteca b Esfinge, Starman, Stigma
Rudos took 1/3.
4) Delta, Fuego, Valiente b Kráneo, Luciferno, Vangellys
Kraneo replaced Ripper on Monday. Tecnicos took 2/3.
5) Bárbaro Cavernario b Titán © [MEX WELTER]
Cavernario took 1/3, the last with the cavernaria, to win the championship. Cavernario is the 73rd champion. Titan’s falls on his 8th defense, second straight against the Caveman.
6) Mr. Niebla, Shocker, Thunder b La Sombra, Marco Corleone, Rush
Rudos cheated when Tirantes was distracted and Thunder snuck in a foul on Rush.
Cavernario wraps up a (at least) four match weekend on a bad knee with a title win. Titan held the title for 17 months and hopefully will be challenging for it (or another title) again soon. Match will air on Claro Sports next weekend and maybe on LATV at some random time. It looks good – and it looks like it was Titan who did the big splash to the floor.
There was a good turnout for Myzteziz & Fenix defeating Pentagon & Averno in Arena Neza on Friday night.
A new episode of +LuchaTV aired with highlights from the last month. There’s also highlights of the last CaraLuchas show with Leo vs Rafy vs Mike and Magnifico II & Tribal vs Templario & Arceus, and Black Terry talking about Carlos Maynez.
Ohtani’s Jacket reviews Negro Casas, Emilio Charles Jr., Mano Negra vs El Brazo, Ultimo Dragon, Oro
Chris Parks’ lucha libre art work will be exhibited in St. Petersburg (the Florida one) on Tuesday.
RobViper has a music video of CMLL 01/06/15.
SuperLuchas looks back at a UWA Japan vs Mexico main event and Perro Aguayo Sr. losing a title due to massive blood lose – only for Villano III to refuse it.
Segunda Caida reviews 05/02 PWR.
Close up of a Valiente Special.
Conde Bartock talks about Arena Coliseo San Luis Potosi, which looks like it’s being slowly disassembled.
AAA TV (SAT) 05/02/2015 Lienzo Charro, Pachuca, Hidalgo [AAA]
1) Mary Apache & Taya Valkyrie b Faby Apache & Keira
Taya beat the debuting Keira with a Northern Lights Suplex and a double stomp.
2) Angélico & Jack Evans DQ Dark Cuervo & Dark Scoria
Tecnicos won via DQ (Scoria foul on Angelico) and were attacked after the match. Cuervo & Scoria dropped them with martinetes, then attacked them again as the doctors were trying to load them into the ambulance.
3) Electroshock, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Kronos b El Elegido, Monsther Clown, Murder Clown
New (unnamed?) trio won with a triple team cutter on Elegido.
4) Psycho Clown b Zorro, Averno [Copa Victoria Mexico Team 2 Selection]
Psycho took the last spot on Team Mexico 2 with a Canadian Destroyer. Electroshock’s group attacked Psycho after the match.
5) Chessman © DQ Blue Demon Jr. [AAA LA]
Seconds were Parka & Cibernetico. At the start of the show, Blue Demon came out for a promo where he insisted his title match with Chessman be called using normal rules – no chairs, no fire. That happened, but (of course) Demon looked like a fool in the end when Chessman framed him for a chair shot at Hijo del Tirantes called the DQ. Chessman defense #1. Sociedad attacked after the match, with Fenix & Alberto making the save. That led into the main event.
6) Brian Cage & El Mesías b El Patrón Alberto & Fénix
Brian Cage beat Fenix with the Weapon X. Cage attacked Alberto post match and demanded a title match.
Air Date: 05/23 & 05/30
A lot of rudo wins, with only Psycho Clown getting his hand raised as a tecnico without being low blowed – and that one just sets up some more rudo victories down the line. Lucha Underground just had a story where a trio that didn’t like each other put aside their differences just enough to win an important trios tournament. The chance of Psycho, Texano and Fantasma repeating that seem to be about 5%.
The Chessman/Demon story is open ended enough that they could come back to it again for a rematch if they need one on Verano de Escandalo or TripleMania, or they can say Demon got his match and just move on to whatever.
Psycho Circus vs Electroshock/Pirata/Kronos (no ‘z ‘now) also seems like a match that might happen on one of the two big shows in the next few months or might be forgotten about entirely.
Building up Escoria & Cuervo feels like a big priority here; they got a bunch of TV time yesterday to explain their motivations and lay out their opponents again. (Weirdly, Mesias has gotten about no TV time for the same purpose, but then he also doesn’t appear to have a match coming up soon.) My guess is it’s only about trying to make this feud work, since Escoria & Cuervo have been very minor characters for quite a while.
The next show is the 05/24 World Cup, but there’s likely to be a press conference or two before that. I’d guess the other teams start getting announced in the next week.
CMLL (FRI) 05/01/2015 Arena México [Estrellas del Ring, R de Rudo]
1) Stukita & Último Dragoncito b Mercurio & Pequeño Olímpico
2) Boby Zavala, Pierroth, Vangellys b Blue Panther Jr., Pegasso, The Panther
Vangellys replaced Sagrado. Rudos took 2/3. Carlos Maynez was honored after the match.
3) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Rush DQ Euforia, Thunder, Último Guerrero
Ultimo Guerrero fouled Rush for the DQ.
4) La Sombra b Ángel de Oro, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Dragon Lee, Stuka Jr., Tritón,Fuego, Niebla Roja, Gran Guerrero, Bárbaro Cavernario, Kamaitachi, Misterioso Jr.,Virus, Tiger, Puma [Reyes del Aire]
Battle royal set teams. Eliminations: Triton (Tiger), Guerrero Maya (Puma), Fuego (Virus), Puma (Angel de Oro), Delta (Kamaitachi), Tiger (Dragon Lee), Dragon Lee & Kamaitachi eliminate each other, Misterioso (surprise pin as usual, Stuka), Virus (Niebla Roja), Angel de Oro (Gran Guerrero), Gran Guerrero (Cavernario), Niebla Roja (Sombra), Cavernario (Stuka), Stuka (Sombra after a Rush distraction). Stuka & Sombra were on the same side but faced off for the win. Sombra’s second Reyes del Aire win. He celebrated by stealing Stuka’s mask to wipe his boot and breaking the trophy.
5) Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto DQ Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr.
Mephisto faked a foul from Volador.
Strange outcomes for a Kid’s Day show – last four matches are rudos winning, DQ, interference leading to the evil guy winning, undeserved DQ. Even better: little of this is going anywhere next week.
Crowd was up but not up a lot (and not up as much as Sunday, for sure.)
Cavernario seemed concerned about his lingering right knee injury after the show. He was limping badly in the clip they have on the website. Not sure what happens to Sunday’s title match if he’s out.
Fourth match highlights show Pierroth hilariously unable to get out of the ring at the right moment. He wins anyway because life is unfair.
AULL (FRI) 05/01/2015 Arena Lopez Mateos [Estrellas del Ring]
2) Pegazuz, Sky Fly, Spider Boy b Ave Negra, Discordia, Ironía
3) Cerebro Maligno, Jose El Caporal, Leviatham b Rey Krystal, Terry 2000, Yakuza
Leviatham used the ropes to beat Terry 2000.
4) Hijo De Dos Caras, Pantera, Solar I b Decadante, Dr. Cerebro, Sádico
Decadante replaced Negro Navarro. Solar worked against Dr. Cerbero instead and Solar’s team took 1/3.
5) Dr. Wagner Jr., Fuerza Guerrera, Silver King DQ Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Navarro
Negro Navarro replaced Negro Casas. Wagner and Niebla feuded, with Niebla bleeding. Wagner took 1/3, the last when Niebla pulled his mask for the DQ. Niebla asked for a title match (any title), while Wagner asked for mask vs mask. Niebla laughed at that and left.
This was a TV taping and should air starting next week on Efekto.
AAA has it’s second taping of the weekend tonight at 6:30 in Pachuca. The main event is another Cage/Alberto focused match, this time teaming with Fenix & El Mesias. The undercard has two significant matches: Blue Demon Jr. finally challenges Chessman for the Latin American championship and Averno, Zorro and Psycho Clown face off for the last spot on Mexico Team 2.
No Twitter message from Blue Demon Jr. confirming he’s actually made it to Pachuca this time, so cross your fingers. He’s not going to lose, and the only chance of Chessman keeping the title is if there’s a DQ to set something else up. The Mexico Team 2 will be set by the time his match happens, so perhaps Demon will reveal some info on the Mexico Team 3 during the show. One half of this event will air the day prior to the Lucha World Cup and the TV show itself will be pushing that show, so maybe this is the day do to an angle setting something up for it.
Aereo (Ciudad Juarez) & Rey Apocalipsis taked on Alas de Acero & Impulso on the 05/17 Chilanga Mask show. That should be a breakout match for both non-DF guys.
Princesa Sujei will head to REINA on 05/05 to face Narumiya in a rematch of the title change, though this one seems listed as non-title.
LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.
DJ Spectro writes about Lizmark vs Gran Markus.
El Popular includes Blue Panther Jr.
CMLL (FRI) 05/08/2015 Arena México
1) Robin & Sensei vs Akuma & Metálico
2) Esfinge, Starman, Tritón vs Boby Zavala, Okumura, Sangre Azteca
3) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto, Hechicero, Luciferno
4) Dragón Rojo Jr., La Máscara, La Sombra vs Pólvora, Rey Escorpión, Último Guerrero
5) Volador Jr. vs Mephisto
6) Atlantis, Mistico, Rush vs Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Thunder
Main event looks to break down into Rush/Thunder, Atlantis/Niebla, Mistico/Casas feuds. It’s the first team up of Mistico & Rush since they’ve both been back; the last time we actually saw them together was the Ingobernables stomping down Mistico and friends early on in the group’s history.
Semimain is a three falls match, not a lightning. Probably can call every move ahead of time with those two. That’s another feud popping up out of nowhere.
Ultimo Guerrero and Rey Escorpion are teaming again. That won’t go well, but the other team figures not to get along either.
Triton handles the video promo
IWRG FILL (THU) 04/30/2015Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (flickr), Mano A Mano]
Torneo FILL XLI
1) Canario & Vardeus b Skanda & Soldado De La Muerte
2) Argus, Borego, Chicanito bCharly Boy, Desgarrador,Guerrero 2000
3) Alas de Acero, Aramis, Black Dragon b Black Angel, Magnum 44, Vampiro Metálico
4) Galaxy, Kanon, Picudo Jr. bBlue Monsther, Fresero Jr.,Marduk Jr.
5) Atomic Fly, Espada de Plata, Fly Star, Kaiser Drago, Komachi,Mini Zumbido, Skiller, Toxin BoyDQ Araña de Plata, Atomic Star,Dragón Celestial, Dragon Fly, Electro Boy, Imposible, Power Bull, Shadow Boy [Copa High Power]
FILL (Black Terry) vs Gym Zeuz (Oficial 911), sort of rematch after the cage match on the last FILL show. Match came down to Toxin Boy catching Atomic Star with a chair shot on a dive. Atomic rallied back to take out Toxin Boy with a martinete when he though the ref was knocked out. Ref did see it and DQed Atomic Boy, giving Gym Zeuz the win. Toxin Boy was stretcherd out while Atomic Boy challenged him to a singles match. 911 angrily hit Atomic Boy with a chair, sparking a fight. Eterno got involved in this, wanting to challenge both gyms (Eterno has a training crew?), while Oficial 911 threatened to end Black Terry’s career.
Seems kind of wrong that Oficial 911 is training the Kriminal Boys (Toxin Boy, Fly Star), but 911 is not be the straight laced police officer.
Yesterday was Kid’s Day, but really the entire weekend is full of shows with discounted tickets and high flying tecnicos for youngsters. Tonight’s CMLL Arena Mexico show fits that bill, with the Sky Team
defending the trios titles facing Hijos del Infierno and the annual Reyes del Aire.Tickets are marked down to 10 pesos for kids (10 or younger, from the 10th row back.)
Sky Team are almost certainly going to keep their titles, edit: because the title aren’t on the line, the match only taking place so they can get a spectacular win in front of children who might bug their parents to come back another time. (This would be a good time for a two fall win, actually.) Reyes del Aire is more up in the air:
- Guerrero Maya Jr.
- Stuka Jr. – last year’s winner
- Niebla Roja
- Gran Guerrero
- Misterioso Jr.
- Ángel de Oro – a two time winner, for some reason
- Bárbaro Cavernario – doesn’t fit the image, is very good
- Kamaitachi – is very, probably belongs in previous category after being first out on Sunday’s cibernetico
- Dragon Lee – would been an optimum time to continue his 2015 roll
- La Sombra – is La Sombra.
Niebla Roja talks about his career in hyping this match in ESTO.
SuperLuchas has a great obit for Carlos Maynez. (The ‘z’ spelling appears to be the correct spelling.) Maynez promoted his first show at the age of 15 and would continue to do so for 56 years. While Flores was the one running the shows in Torero, Maynez was in charge of the loop of arenas supporting the shows, in Queretaro, Neza (both arenas he owned), Puebla and other locations. Flores died in 1989, and Maynez was put in charge – but so were Canek, Karloff Lagarde, and Flores’ cousin Esperanza Flores, and the combination was not successful. The promotion maintained it’s high level for a few more years, even as it’s talent agreements with NJPW and WWF went away, but CMLL getting on Televisa in 1991 turned it’s luchadors into celebrities and LLI/UWA couldn’t compete. Many wrestlers jumped ship, and the promotion left Toreo to only run Neza as it continued to spiral down. Maynez was kidnapped at one point, then later decided to sell Arena Neza, later sold the rights to name “UWA” to Ultimo Dragon, and was the promoter only in Queretaro from then on.
The whole piece is worth reading. There’s a great only in Mexico story about how what was then called Promociones Mora got the rights to run shows in Toreo de Cuatro Caminos (no contract was signed.) More so, it’s just rare to read long pieces about that promotion and period of time the farther in the past it goes. It’s even more distant without Maynez.
Johnny Mundo, Chavo Guerrero Jr. and Eric Van Wagenen appeared on Roddy Piper’s podcast, talking about Lucha Underground among other things. Chavo claimed the original plan was for Unimas just to air a subtitled Lucha Underground on Saturday mornings, but the Unimas people were so blown away after attending the first taping that they insisted on getting a Spanish language version and they had to go back to retape things. (That could explain why the show was suddenly delayed three weeks.) Erik, who again said a second season is not confirmed but felt good about the possibility, described the show this way:
We’re not trying to be a wrestling promotion, we’re trying to be a television show first and foremost […] We’re not building to PPVs, we’re not building to tours, we don’t have to fill 20,000 seat arenas, we’re a TV show, and our attitude is every week you’ve got to give them something.
Chavo added on
Our show is not trying to upsell you – just watch next week, watch next week, that’s all we’re doing.
You can see that come thru with the pacing of the show; there’s no holding back matches because it has to take place on the monthly major show or repeating match ups with slightly different stips because they’ve got 12 shows to fill up. Matches happen when they happen.
Erik also described the brief meeting with the El Rey Standards and Practices officials, something that’s usually a lengthy and detailed meeting with networks
[It was a] 30 second call, where the guy basically says ‘well, just let us know if you want to say ‘fuck”
Everyone laughed about El Rey not saying it was banned, but just wanting a heads up if they were going to use it.
Masked Republic is selling an official licensed Hijo del Perro Aguayo tribute t-shirt thru Pro Wrestling Tees. Hope they can get the standard Perros del Mal t-shirt too. Masked Republic seems like the only ones who’ve figured out how to get official lucha libre t-shirts to sell international on the internet; their own store has Rey Horus, LA Park and Familia de Tijuana merchandise.
CMLL’s subbed out the women’s match on Tuesday for a minis match.
It looks like Vice Mexico is doing a lucha libre series as a tie up with Victoria ad campaign this summer. It uses the same hashtag.
Teelo seems to be off the Cara Lucha show after suffering a nose injury on the Chilanga Mask show last weekend.
+LuchaTV talked to Guerrero Maya & Delta about winning the national trios titles again.
LV has a recap of this week’s Lucha Underground.
SuperLuchas looks back at shows 20 years ago yesterday, including Perro Aguayo Jr.’s first appearance.
Seattle Globalist has a story on the local Lucha Libre Volcanica wrestling promotion.
AJPW’s site has a quick note on Kenso in the Lucha World Cup.
DJ Spectro has a obit for Rudy Reyna.
AAA TV (THU) 04/30/2015 Palenque de la Feria Mesoamericana, Tapachula, Chiapas [AAA]
1) Apache, Carta Brava Jr., Mini Psycho Clown b Dinastía, Ludxor, Venum
Mini Psycho Clown beat Dinastia for the second time, asked for a title match.
2) Hijo del Fantasma b Fénix and Electroshock [Copa Victoria Mexico Team 2 Selection]
Fantasma defeated Electroshock to earn the first spot on the team.
3) Dark Cuervo & Dark Scoria b Angélico & Jack Evans
4) Texano Jr. b La Parka, Cibernético [Copa Victoria Mexico Team 2 Selection]
Fantasma interfered, and Tirantes and Cibernetico helped give Texano the second spoto n the team.
5) Drago & Myzteziz b Joe Lider & Pentagón Jr.
Fenix replaced Drago. Mistica on Joe Lider for the win. Fenix & Myzteziz want another shot at the tag titles.
6) Angélico, El Patrón Alberto, Jack Evans b Brian Cage, Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria
Made no DQ. Cuervo & Scoria (randomly?) decided to help Cage, causing Angelico & Jack to even the odds and the match turned into a trios. Alberto beat Cage.
Air Date: 05/09 & 05/16
Building looked pretty full.
The last member of the Mexico Team 2 will be determined on Saturday. They really need a better name than Mexico Team 2, and perhaps that’s also coming on Saturday. Averno advancing would make the trio an authentic Team (ex)-CMLL. They could just bring back the Consejo shirts for one last night, and Victoria gets a team ‘representing’ the promotion that didn’t want to take part.
(The other participants in Saturday’s qualifier, Zorro and Psycho Crown – as Brazo de Plata Jr. & Kronoz – were both in CMLL during the early parts of their career, but are far more known as AAA luchadors.)
If they’re going to do it that way, the Lucha World Cup almost has a Team (ex-)NJPW as well, with Kenzo & Tiger Mask III.
AAA’s setting up Verano de Escandalo as they’re setting up the World Cup. The minis and tag title matches should join Cage/Alberto as matches for the June 15th show. Angelico & Jack vs Cuervo & Scoria is still on track to happen, making four of a seven or eight match card.
Drago missing this show after he was banned from the Temple the previous night on Lucha Underground was amusing. It may have been a designed absence since it set up the tag title match. Tecnicos specifically said they wanted to do it at Verano de Escandalo.
Next taping is Saturday back in Pachuca.
Promoter Carlos Maynes passed away yesterday from a heart attack yesterday. He was 71. Maynes was one of the people who ran the Lucha Libre Independente/UWA promotion, probably the most attended promotion in the world at the time of it’s peak. He took over as lead promoter when his uncle Francisco Flores passed away thru the end of the promotion. He’d been running Arena Queretaro since 2005; Tercera Caida interviewed him there last year.
AAA returns to taping TV for the first time tonight in Tapachula, Chiapas. It’s their first TV taping in 27 days. It may not be by design, but AAA’s mimicing the taping patterns of Lucha Underground: they’ll tape a month’s worth of shows over the course of the weekend, and then disperse again for a few weeks. Tonight is also AAA’s first taping that’s simoly a taping in nearly 2 months. They’ve had the Rey de Reyes disaster and the two tapings which became partly Perros Aguayo tribute shows.
Maybe that’s where the interesting things on this taping start: Pentagon Jr. & Joe Lider, tag team champions and members of Perros del Mal, will team in the semimain tonight. It’s probably most likely they’ll just stay wearing the Perros del Mal gear until something else comes along, but we might have a better idea of what’s next for them after this show. They face Myzeziz and Drago, who seems to be doing OK after having his wrestling career come to an end last night. The other 2v2 match on the show is Angelico & Jack Evans vs Cuervo & Scoria, the first in what looks to be a summer long series between those two teams.
The most meaningful matches on tonight’s show are likely to be the two triangle matches. Fenix, Electroshock, and Hijo del Fantasma face off for one spot on the second Mexican team in the World Cup, while La Parka, Texano and Cibernetico face off against another. Both matches have current rivials (Fenix/Fantamsa + Parka/Cibernetico) likely to cost each other the match, leaving the third wheels (Texano, Electroshock) as the favorites.
The main event is El Patron vs Cage, and the one thing we’re sure about is it won’t be the last time they face. The ticket page for Verano de Escandalo says Alberto el Patron will face Brian Cage, which is exactly what you’d expected on this cycle of TV. The title is not mentioned, but presumably would be on the line. The preview also says the rest of the card will be announced in two weeks. Tickets are running 180 to 1680 pesos ($12 USD to $109 USD).
CMLL’s press conference turned out to do very little to do with the in-ring product, but instead focused on some promotional tie-ups. The one that was talked about later is a children’s short story contest called “A 2 de 3 cuartillas”, partnering with the national council for the arts and the national institute of indigenous languages. The contest open to kids from 7 to 12 (split in half for two different age groups), with the deadline until the end of July and the winners announced in September. The stories have to be link to CMLL luchadors in some way. The winner gets a tablet, four passes to any show, an autographed masks, and more gifts and books, with various runner up prizes. The winning stories will be put together and illustrated for a book in 2016 and the authors will be honored at the Anniversary show. Everyone who sends in a story will get a CMLL luchador photo sent back as thanks.
Guerrero Maya, Delta, Blue Panther, Brazo de Plata and Monito were the luchadors involved in the promotion, but maybe the most interesting name was “Directora de Relaciones Culturales del CMLL” Gala Lutteroth. I didn’t know CMLL had a director of cultural relations, but it would explain some of the things they’ve done in the last year (the Dia del Muertes shows for example). I do know it’s rare to see a Lutteroth actually in a public role with CMLL, the owners of the company included.
There’s a ticket giveway for Cara Lucha’s show on Saturday. There’s also an Atlantis promo.
The press release for the AAA/Santo/Victoria press conference mentions there will be some sort of ticket giveaway to the Lucha World Cup. The method and amount of tickets is not said. The World Cup page is posting photos of all the announced participants, starting with Myzteziz, Alberto el Patron and Rey Mysterio Jr. I like how Rey’s team lists his hair wins against Rocco Valente, Vulcano, Tony Arce and CM Punk, because it lets me imagine CM Punk as part of the Destructores. Lucha World Cup also announced Lucha Underground referee Marty Elias will be part of the show.
LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.
RobViper has a music video of 01/02/15 CMLL
ChilangaMask added Ciber Punk & Garrobo Punk vs Arez & Belial vs Iron Kid & Aramis to their 05/17 Coacalco show.
SuperLuchas looks back at Gory Guerrero winning the NWA Welterweight Championship,a fter it seemed he had already won it three weeks prior.
Tercera Caida has highlights of Mr. Jack vs Rey Hechicero, Lokillo vs Drastick Boy vs Pesadilla, Canek, Octagon, Heavy Metal vs Mascara 2000, Fuerza Guerrera and Fuerza Negra, Mil Mascaras, Dos Caras, Rayo de Jalisco Jr. vs Hijo del Solitario, Scorpio Jr., and Cien Caras Jr., and Miedo Extremo vs Paranoiko vs Crazy Boy vs Halloween and interviews with Hechicero, Canek, Crazy Boy, Guerrero Maya Jr., Blue Panther and Aeroboy challenging Rey Horuz to a match on the Guadalajara Chilanga Mask shows.
Segunda Caida watched more early 2015 CMLL highlgihts.
Voices of Wrestling reviews this week’s Lucha Underground.
Fenix b Killshot (5:58, Fire Driver)
Vinny Massaro NC Argenis, Famous B, Ricky Mandell (0:13, match stopped when Texano attacks all four)
Hernandez [O] b Cage & King Cuerno [X] to become #1 contender (4:55, Inverted Powerslam)
Prince Puma b Drago (spinning sit down piledriver, 10:28)
Dario Cueto was a busy man on a busy show. He opened the show by explaining to the Crew that he was unhappy with their failure to get the easy trios championship win, then led them into the secret room in the temple where the monster Matanza is caged. Dario introduced the unseen person in the cage as his brother, and threatened feeding the Crew to him should they fail him again
Dario also did his usual bit of riling up the two men in his main event. He ran into Drago in the bathroom once again, feeling Drago should thank him for the opportunity. He encouraged Puma, in the lockerroom, to not be concerned about Drago’s status and only try to win the title. Dario was walking away when he ran into Hernandez. They two talked in earshot of Puma, with Hernandez saying he didn’t care about Puma but was annoyed to be fighting Cage and Cuerno in a three way when they’d likely work together against him. Dario solved that by making it a #1 contenders match, giving reason for Cage & Cuerno to fight for themselves.
Dario also was bugged by Marty “the Moth” Martinez, lurking outside the temple and begging for a chance to fight inside it. Dario was not impressed by Marty or his nickname (“the Moth is my spirit animal!” and turned him down. Marty determinedly stormed the three way match anyway, only for Cuerno to obliterate him with a dropkick. The distraction did help Hernandez put away Cuerno for the win.
Dario’s influence was felt even when he wasn’t seen. The four way was all the victims of Pentagon Jr. (except for Super Fly), put together for Dario’s amusement. The match barely got started before an angry Texano destroyed everyone, then demanded the mystery fan from last week come back next week and face him.
There was no obvious story to Fenix and Killshot, just the new guy getting a moment in a singles match.
Angelico, Ivelisse and Son of Havoc talked to Vampiro in a sit down, but mostly talked over each other and Vampiro. The championship win hasn’t fixed their relationship issues much (though Havoc & Angelico seemed to be getting along better), but they’re determined to fight together to keep the titles. Fighting might be very difficult for Ivelisse for a while, as she had a sizable cast on her leg. She insisted she’ll fight when the time comes.
Puma defeated Drago to retain the title for the fifth time, but not without Hernandez getting involved for the third straight time. Hernandez was definitely on Puma’s side the last time, but the running shoulderblock he did in this match looked meant for either or both guys. Puma moved, Drago didn’t, and Puma very reluctantly took advantage to win after what had been a Great match. Konnan, at ringside and encouraging Puma, didn’t seem to have any problem with what had happened but also didn’t necessarily to be in league with Hernandez (who quickly disappeared.) Puma apologized to Drago. Drago walked out of the ring arena to a loud Thank You Drago chant, then ran into Dario one last time. Dario stared at Drago, who warned Dario “we will meet again” before stepping out the exit – and appearing turning into flame and flying away.
Fenix versus Killshot was just ok. I saw more of the weakness in Killshot that other people have pointed out. A lot of stuff he doesn’t just doesn’t look as sharp as it should. Fenix’s had better matches with other guys on this show, and isn’t the go to guy to get great matches out of other people.
This show was all into getting behind Hernandez, as they’ve been behind Cage & Mil Muertes when they were the big bad in Prince Puma’s way. The three way was pretty close to an exhibition for Hernandez’s moves and facial reactions to his moves, the main event turned on his involvement and even Puma’s skit backstage was about their lack of relationship. Hernandez was not a guy I was looking to see and two big matches ending with near-random third party interference leading to the outcome was not so great. More ridiculous was Striker and Vampiro’s overplay about Drago’s wrestling career being over if he should leave this match: when the story is all the Mexican guys are from AAA where they also wrestle, and when Striker emphasizes how there’s wrestling all over the place, it’s hard to understand why being kicked out of one promotion would end your career. It’s not as hard to understand why being kicked out of this particular promotion would mean a lot for Drago, and I wish they could’ve adjusted that emphasis instead.
Really enjoyed the match itself though. Prince Puma didn’t seem all that bothered about ending Drago’s career and dominated a big chunk of the early going, but Drago rallied enough and they had a real big believable near fall on the inverted huracanrana (plus the submission was pretty good.) Puma’s title matches have all been very good and this was no different. Drago pretty obviously said he was coming back, so it’s just a matter of how well they do it.
The four way was nothing, but Texano’s fired up promo after was really good. He even spoke English at the end. The smaller moments were very good this week: the Crew reacting to the monster, the trios champions not getting along except for agreeing that they’re going to get along enough keep the titles, and pretty much everything with Dario.
CMLL (TUE) 04/28/2015 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Acero & Fantasy b Pequeño Universo 2000 & Pequeño Violencia
2) Canelo Casas, Disturbio, Hijo del Signo b Flyer, Magnus, Oro Jr.
Disturbio replaced Arkangel. Rudos took 1/3. Magnus and Flyer had problems in the third fall leading to their loss.
3) Nitro, Okumura, Sangre Azteca b Hombre Bala Jr., Starman, Súper Halcón Jr.
4) Princesa Sugehit b Narumiya © [CMLL-REINA INTL]
Sugehit took falls 1/3. Narumiya falls on her first defense. 9th Champion.
5) La Máscara, La Sombra, Stuka Jr. b Felino, Pólvora, Rey Escorpión
Ingobernables refused to work with Stuka, as always, and stole the win after he landed the splash on Escorpion.
6) Atlantis, Blue Panther, Dragon Lee b Negro Casas, Shocker, Vangellys
straight falls. Atlantis & Panther challenged for a tag team title shot.
Can you name all the female title holders in CMLL?
CMLL Women: Marcela
Mex Women: Zeuxis (out until September, will be stripped of the title in August)
CMLL-REINA International: Princesa Sugehit
CMLL-REINA International Junior: Silueta
Four different titles is insane. Repeating the same “Japanese women comes to Mexico, loses the title” is weird, especially since a good bunch of fans probably think it’s the same woman.
Magnus has teased turning rudo before. Being a tecnico is getting him nowhere.
Dorian Roldan announced Verano de Escandalo would take place 06/14 in Arena Monterrey with Rey Mysterio. That’s the date and location Copetes mentioned a few weeks ago. They’ll probably be announcing it on TV this week.
There’s supposed to be a CMLL press conference today, though it’s not been mentioned outside of CMLL Informa. I’m going to be otherwise occupied around the time it wraps up. I’ll post something this afternoon if there’s news. They have a lot of CMLL Informa level topics to discuss without actually creating news: the Reyes del Aire tournament on Friday – TGR, the two title changes (Sugehit, Reyes del Aire), two title matches coming up (tag titles, Cavernario/Titan), Naito coming in – that they could go thru an hour without really announcing anything if they wanted to do that. It seems pointless to do a press conference with no news but it can’t be ruled out.
The two news items to look for:
- is there a big show coming up on 05/24 as opposition to the Lucha World Cup? CMLL’s thrown hints of feuds, but hasn’t focused on any single one, which could mean it’s cage match time.
- WILL CMLL announce anyone (besides Mascara Dorada) as headed to NJPW’s Best of Super Juniors tournament next month? That lineup announcement is usually made at intermission of NJPW’s early May show – it takes place this Sunday, but perhaps CMLL will get to reveal something a few days ahead of time. There are a bunch of guys who I’d like to see leave CMLL for a month so they can get something to do
Today’s Lucha Underground episode is #25 “The Way of the Drago.” Matches taped for this episode:
- Fénix vs Killshot
- Argenis vs Famous B vs vs Ricky Mandell vs Vinny Massaro
- a #1 contender’s match (changed during the show, this vignette spoils it, and the preview for next week gives away the winner)
- Drago vs Prince Puma (c) for the Lucha Underground Championship, where Drago is banned from the temple if he losses. (Dario has another chat with Drago)
I’m assuming Sexy Star defeating Pentagon has caused all his victims to heal at once, as if a magical spell was broken in a fairy tale.
In related news which may or may not matter:
- El Rey’s only other original show on the air right now, the Cutting Crew, has been moved from it’s spot following Lucha Underground to Monday nights. That seems odd.
- Someone left the door open at the Temple. It looks like most things were already moved out to storage between seasons. That building is rented out to different productions and LU may just not be renting it at the moment.
- Univison’s up front (upcoming show announcements for advertisers) is set for May 12. Univison owns Unimas and part of El Rey, so any news about Lucha Underground staying on those networks or moving to Univison itself may be made in about two weeks. That date seems likely to be a hard deadline for Unimas/Univison decisions sine they’ve got more original programming to sort thru. El Rey could wait longer, and the international pickups they’re hoping for could come at any time or not at all.
- On the Last Real Heels podcast, executive producer Eric Van Wagenen said his similar role with the Apprentice is not the hold up to taping more Lucha Underground episodes, because he’s got no shooting dates for that yet either. (It’s a fuzzy ‘whenever Trump has time to do it’ situation.) They’re on break because El Rey wants the show to be a normal TV show with season finale and a break and coming back for a season premiere a few months later. The quote on the season status:”We haven’t decided for sure when our season premiere will be. There’s still working out approvals for season 2, we’re not 100% approved, but I’d say the chances are pretty good. Like the rest of us, I’m waiting for the formal pickup and the formal announcement, and I’m hoping that will be soon, but we’re going to play a bit of a waiting game.”On other names, Van Wagenen said he’s not involved with the negiotations to get Rey Misterio Jr. but would like him to be part of season 2. They’ve wanted to use Myzteziz for a while, but he’s been too busy in Mexico to get him in long enough to work out a storyline. Van Wagenen and the hosts all agreed that it would be awesome if Steve Austin could be talked in to showing up – that would be awesome.
Victoria had a presentation last night to promote it’s summer long El Dia del Luchon lucha libre campaign. As noted before, luchadors are appearing on 50 bottle caps and 8 bottles as part of the sponsorship deal. The company brought out Blue Demon Jr. and Hijo del Santo (wearing his belt, of course) at one point, then brought out many AAA wrestlers to promote their part in the campaign. Hijo del Santo had a scripted lining saying all luchadors were friends, but the vibe was the opposite. Despite standing in the same ring together, AAA and Hijo del Santo tried their best to ignore each other’s existence, even on social media: Santo took a photo of himself framed to include the Victoria official but none of the AAA wrestlers, while AAA equally made sure not to include Santo in any of their photos. (Perhaps the silver lining is by getting this awkward meeting out of the way, Santo’s presence won’t be required at the similarly sponsored Lucha World Cup.) CMLL wasn’t there; it was said they’d be part of the campaign at a later point.
Santo told the media that he’s been given the green light by many doctors and if he gets one more from a doctor in the US, he’ll be going to wrestle in the UK in July. That’s one of the July lucha shows which has already been announced (where Magno was already announced!), and runs opposition against AAA wrestlers being brought into the UK at the same time.
There’s a show on 05/03 with a Alan Stone & Intocable vs Rayman & Silver King in a relevos suicidas. I guess Silver King is losing his mask again and just ignoring it the next day.
Segunda Caida reviews 04/18/15 PWR and Rey Bucanero & Ultimo Guerrero vs Negro Casas & Hijo del Santo, which I think might be the one on the first full CMLL show I ever watched.
Chilanga Mask has added Psycho Kid vs Latin Dragon to the 05/17 Coacalco show.
Rey Apocalispis & Toro Bill Jr. talk about their new tag team.
Tigre Hispano is opening an ice cream store on 05/09, with a Hijo de Dos Caras autograph signing.
IWRG (SUN) 05/03/2015 Arena Naucalpan
Festival de Mascaras
1) Atomic Star vs Magnum 44, Dragón Celestial, Hip Hop Man, Electro Boy
2) Leo, Mike, Rafy vs Leonardo, Miguel Angel, Rafael
3) Golden Magic, Guerrero Maya Sr., Veneno vs Apolo Estrada Jr., El Hijo del Diablo, Imposible
4) Pantera I, Pantera II, Solar I vs Canis Lupus, Eterno, Negro Navarro
5) Chicano, Dr. Wagner Jr., Hijo De Dos Caras vs Black Tiger III, Cien Caras Jr., Hijo de Máscara Año 2000
Annual show with people wearing masks they already lost (so like every day for Black Tiger and Pantera II.) They’re supposed to give away the masks to the fans at the end of the show, and the kids get in free. The main event needs some Kenshi Kabuki.
The Panteras haven’t teamed or even been on the same show since Pantera I returned to the ring a couple of years ago. Pantera II indicated he wasn’t happy with his former partner, but the reasons behind that were not made clear.
Black Terry being Guerrero Maya Sr. is known, but it’s not something that’s been previously acknowledged on one of these shows.
CMLL (MON) 05/04/2015 Arena Puebla
1) Black Tiger & Paris vs Rey Apocalipsis & Toro Bill Jr.
2) Lestat, Oro Jr., Soberano Jr. vs Hijo del Signo, King Jaguar, Nitro
3) Dragon Lee, Esfinge, Pegasso vs Hechicero, Kamaitachi, Okumura
4) Blue Panther, Stuka Jr., Super Porky vs Kráneo, Morphosis, Ripper
5) Dragón Rojo Jr. vs Rey Bucanero [lightning]
6) Atlantis, Máximo, Rush vs Mr. Niebla, Shocker, Último Guerrero
They set up Marco/Shocker and Maximo/Mephisto matches this past Monday, and somehow end up with Dragon Rojo & Rey Bucanero. OK. This is Esfinge’s first Puebla match and Apocalispis & Toro get to team for two straight weeks.
CMLL (TUE) 05/05/2015 Arena México
1) Bengala & Molotov vs Cholo & Espanto Jr.
2) La Vaquerita, Marcela, Skadi vs Amapola, Dalys, La Comandante
3) Blue Panther Jr., Fuego, The Panther vs Disturbio, Tiger, Virus
4) Titán vs Gran Guerrero [lightning]
5) Máximo, Super Porky, Valiente vs Kráneo, Morphosis, Ripper
6) Negro Casas & Shocker © vs Atlantis & Blue Panther [CMLL TAG]
Shocker & Casas’ 6th defense
That’s just about the oldest possible tag team match CMLL could make, as a Nuevo Valores special. Shocker is the young man in the match and there’s people in the previous match a bit older than him. Tercera could be a lot of fun, with Disturbio getting a higher position than usual. We get a Titan singles match! Be careful what you wish for.
CMLL (TUE) 05/05/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Divino & Meteoro vs Relampago & Thunder Boy
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Súper Halcón Jr., Virgo vs Cancerbero, Joker, Raziel
3) Esfinge, Gallo, Tritón vs Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado
4) Ángel de Oro, Dragón Rojo Jr., Marco Corleone vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Felino, Niebla Roja
5) La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
Ingobernables vs TRT! It didn’t take long for them to accidentally team Vangellys back with the two guys that quietly dumped him. Tercera is a rematch.
Lucha Fan Fest (SAT) 05/23/2015 Arena Lopez Mateos
1) Sky Fly & Super Terry vs Rey Inmortal & Rey Profeta
2) Broken Clown, Dave The Clown, Rothen Clown vs Dr. Cirujano, Dr. Markus, Enfermero Jr.
3) Koguma © vs Sexy Angel [NEO HIGH SPEED]
4) Leo, Mike, Ray, Teelo vs El Sika, Muerte Infernal, Pancho Cachondo, X-Fly
5) Dos Caras Sr., Io Shirai, Vanely vs Brazo de Oro, Diosa Atenea, Mayu Iwatani
6) Atlantis, Mil Mascaras, Octagón vs Canek, Fuerza Guerrera, Último Guerrero
Evening compliment to the afternoon Toryumon Mexico. Dos Caras working that semimain is weird, but these shows are always weird (and usually accompanied by an autograph signing.)