Lucha Underground 2×11: Bird of War

The Mack's dive is slightly outshined by this dancing fool
The Mack’s dive is outshined by this dancing fool


Ivelisse beat Kobra Moon (6:29, Code Red, OK)

Cortez Castro, Mr. Cisco, Joey Ryan [O] defeated the Mack, Marty Martinez [X], Mariposa (8:30, Psycho Realm → Ryan steals pin, OK) in the trios tournament

Matanza destroys Fenix (4:47, Wrath of the Gods, good)


capture Ivie-plex
capture Ivie-plex

Matanza is the center of things. The announcers revealed early on Fenix would be getting his title match in the main event (and that’s all that was said about the match on a show busy with vignettes.) Fenix fared better than in Aztec Warfare in that he lasted more than 20 seconds, but didn’t really accomplish any more than Pentagon Jr. did last week. He kind of lost more impressive, but that’s more Matanza impressing by throwing the former champion around. Matanza attemped to rip Fenix’s mask and/or face off after the match, with Catrina and Mil Muertes surprisingly making the save. It appeared to be about Muertes wanting to be next in line for a shot, but the scene of Mil making the save for Fenix was surprising.

Vampiro notable did not make the save. Dario ran into him in the bathroom at the start of the show, noting that Pentagon Jr. was still alive after fightning Matanza but Vampiro might not be so lucky if he tries the same. Vampiro very much wanted revenge, but didn’t go for it and seems to be on his medicine. Later, Striker said he heard Pentagon had a fractured vertabreea nd Vampiro refused to confirm.

The trios tournament is underway, with all new combinations. The announcers were unsure what the winner got, which seems like a little issue, but we got a sense of who’s in the tournament. The first tournament had two oddball teams: the Crew teaming with Joey Ryan and the Moths (Marty & Mariposa) with the Mack. The Crew are apparently faces now – hanging around Joey Ryan makes everyone likable by comparison. Neither team totally got along, but the issues were bigger on the second team’s side. Mack and Marty fought, Mack dropped Marty with a stunner, the Crew added their finish, and Ryan stole the pin. Mariposa attacked Mack after the match with Sexy Star – who had early been too scared to get involved – fighting thru her fears to attack her tormentor.

The Treatment (Crew has weird names for moves)

Earlier, Ryan & Cortez met with their commanding officer. We learned Ryan had met with Dario to set up the Cortez/Ryan team, their boss wanted them to win the trios titles to get event closer, and Joey Ryan’s real name is “Officer Meehan.”

Next week’s match is half revealed. Dragon Azteca re-painted the question mark back on the roof (or some old footage was used?) to call Rey Mysterio. Mysterio reminded Azteca how easily he got beat by Matanza – Dragon needs to get better before he seeks revenge. Mysterio had an alternate plan for the moment, to take part in the trios tournament. Mysterio revealed the team would be Rey, Dragon Azteca and Prince Puma (who said his first word on the show: “me”.) They wrestle next week.

I’m not sure if Famous B is putting together his own trio, but he did appear to pitch Máscarita Sagrada on his fame making service. Famous B seemed to have his eye on Sagrada during the Aztec Warfare match too. Famous B didn’t seem to extend his pitch to the Mack or Sexy Star despite going past them.

Killshot got a profile video. He enlisted in (unspecifed military service) the day he turned 18 and became an expert sniper, which is where he got his name. He had 37 confirmed kills, but he and the fellow members of his off the books elite strike force were captured. Killshot was prisoner for 13 months before he shot his way out, and doesn’t know what happened to the rest of his group or if they’re still alive.

Ivelisse and Kobra Moon had a match. Ivelisse won. The Kobra Moon win streak is over. There’s nothing much that connected that too anything else, except to maybe to remind you that Ivelisse is a trios champion and that might matter for the trios tournament.


Fenix takes flight, sort of
Fenix takes flight, sort of

I can not come up with a lot of stuff to write about this show, which doesn’t seem great. I did like the show overall more than last week, more because they were more clearly moving things along in different stories.

The Ivelisse/Kobra Moon match got strongly negative reviews live. They managed to make it OK on video, though the submission focus was a lot different than a normal Lucha Underground match and they had more problems as they sped up. With Moon not in Aztec Warfare, still with no storyline, and now losing a match, it feels like they’re pulled back a bit on her.

The trios tournament match was fine; I could go OK or good on it. It’s really strange that the Crew are suddenly técnicos – Striker tried to sell it as people getting behind on them for ditchign Chavo, but it feels like there needs to be something stronger. Match was alright, with Mack being the highlight. Or the crazy dancing guy being the highlight.

this forearm would've beat me
this forearm would’ve beat me

I liked this main event better than last week. Fenix is better at dying impressively, and his dive being caught into a powerslam is about as impressive as it comes. Mil rocked Matanza enough to give the impression someone might be able to evetnaully harm him.

The “I don’t what happened to my fellow soldiers” is a story that has never ever ended well for the guy who got out. Killshot should keep an eye out for any laser pointers in his direction. It was a good profile vignette and it did give us more reason to care about Killshot besides being a random guy in a mask.

Puma, Rey and Dragon should be an awesome trio. Looking forward to next week. It’s amusing that Prince Puma just started talking like a normal person after 49 episodes of not talking, but that’s OK.

Vampiro name dropped Bas Rutten, Dan Gable and Andy Hug in the first half hour alone. That must be some medicine!

Fenix snuffed out
Fenix snuffed out


Esfinge & Volador Jr. win Gran Alternativa, Volador vs Caristico tonight, LU



CMLL (TUE) 04/05/2016 Arena México [thecubsfan]
1) Astral & Eléctrico b Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Olímpico LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 5 DE ABRIL DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
12:44. Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Amapola, La Comandante, Tiffany b Estrellita, La Vaquerita, Princesa Sugehit LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 5 DE ABRIL DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
15:44. Rudas took 2/3.
3) Súper Halcón Jr. b Nitro [lightning] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 5 DE ABRIL DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
8:01. Nitro won via submission.
4) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther b Disturbio, Puma, Tiger LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 5 DE ABRIL DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
17:16. Panthers took 1/3. In the last, Panther Jr. defeated Disturbio then Puma and the Panther went to a double pin. Referee was completely confused on the finish and it took a while to sort it.
5) Guerrero Maya Jr., Máscara Dorada, Máximo Sexy b Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 5 DE ABRIL DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
12:35. Tecnicos took 1/3.
6) Esfinge & Volador Jr. b Fujin & Rey Escorpión [Gran Alternativa, final] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 5 DE ABRIL DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
19:36. Tecnicos took 2/3. Esfinge beat Rey Escorpion to win the Gran Alternativa.

The tournament shows, especially last week’s, were better than the final. Esfinge and Volador talked about the win and Volador talked up tonight’s match with Caristico.

At Mexico City’s Homenaje a Dos Leyendas, Cibernetico and Ultimo Guerrero were on the same team, ended up fighting, then set up a singles match for the following week. At Guadalajara’s Homenaje a Dos Leyendas last night, Cibernetico and Ultimo Guerrero were on the same team, ended up fighting, then set up a singles match for the following week.

As expected, Vaquero Jr. took Espectrum’s hair. Attendance looked super for this show, the biggest crowd in Arena Coliseo Guadalajara in a while.

Tonight is the eleventh episode of the second season of Lucha Underground (taped December 13rd.) The episode is called “Bird of War”, and the show description reveals the main event. I’ll assume you don’t want to see that and list the matches announced so far:

  • Kobra Moon vs Ivelisse
  • the start of the trios titles tournament

There’s one more match – that’s the one in the episode description. There’s also a preview Vampiro/Cueto meeting which probably kicks off tonight’s show. Dario Cueto ran a trios tournament last year. I was laying in bed last night trying to remember all the teams, which says some discouraging things about myself personally but makes it easy to listen them here

Aerostar, Fenix, Drago (Aerostar & Drago were in the midst of their Best of 5)
Ivelisse, Angelico, Son of Havoc (peak disfunction)
Big Ryck, Killshot, The Mack (debut for Killshot and Mack)
Pentagon Jr., Sexy Star, Super Fly (start of their feud)
Johnny Mundo, Prince Puma, Hernandez (building to the Puma/Hernandez feud, also epic handshake)
Cage, Texano, King Cuerno (put together after all 6 had gotten involved in a Cuerno/Puma title match)
Bael, Cortez Castro, Mr. Cisco (last second additions, RIP Bael)

The Crew already existed. Big Ryck’s team was put in so Big Ryck’s team wouldn’t murder Dario. Puma got to assemble own team, and it appeared the rudos who faced them got to put themselves together too. The other four teams Dario put together always had people who weren’t keen on working together and either had to make it work to win the titles or fell apart into violence. This is another Cueto trios tournament, and I’d kind of expect the same. Lucha Underground’s preview says we’re going to see some new teams, and they’re surely right.

Also, that Aerostar, Fenix, Drago trio keeps coming up!

Today is Week 2 of 33 of the Liga Elite tournament. Tonight’s singles matches are Atlantis versus La Mascara and Caristico vs Volador, a highly anticipated match. Last week was the first week on TV, and it’s worth watching to see if being on Azteca 7 and promoting those two matches increases the crowd size. The semimain is Cibernetico, Mephisto, and Negro Casas versus the returning Toscano, Marco Corleone and Maximo. Last week’s semimain trios set up the following week’s singles match. That would mean Maximo versus either Negro Casas or Cibernetico, with the other facing the mystery 12th man. (Might they announce a 12th man tonight? Is it just still Juvy?) Show starts at 8pm, around when Lucha Underground ends.

IWRG has a Gym FILL vs Gym Zeuz trainees apuesta match tonight, plus Eterno & Canis Lupus versus the Traumas.

The annual Puebla Fair will have a month worth’s of lucha libre shows, with CMLL and indie luchadors. There’s been title matches on these in past years, but none announced this year. They do have a main event trio of Super Porky, Mascara Sagrada and Gronda one day.

Despite showing up in AAA, Damian and Halloween are still listed as working at least some Elite shows. Maybe that’ll change.

Delta may be missing from CMLL, but he says he’s working in Reynosa this weekend.

LuchaWorld has this week’s top 10 rankings.

Segunda Caida reviews Héctor Garza, La Sombra, Shocker vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Texano

San Luis Potosi luchador/trainer Furia Azul, Mariano Ortiz, passed away due to a heart attack. He was 64.

Vice writes about Lucha Libre Volcanica’s efforts to change wrestling regulation in Washingston.

SoCal Uncensored has a good guide on how to get to lucha libre shows in Tijuana.

La Piedad luchadors are looking to restore funding for their school/building.


CMLL (TUE) 04/12/2016 Arena México
1) Flyer & Robin vs Artillero & Inquisidor
2) Soberano Jr., Star Jr., Starman vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Canelo Casas, Metálico
3) Stigma vs Disturbio [lightning]
4) Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr., Pegasso vs Luciferno, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado
5) La Máscara, Súper Porky, Titán vs Gran Guerrero, Kráneo, Mr. Niebla
6) Dragón Lee, Máscara Dorada, Stuka Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión

Esfinge is basically in the same place as ever. Maybe he’s getting his main events on another show. Maybe he’s getting them on the same show Bobby Z is getting his title match.

CMLL (TUE) 04/12/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Neutrón & Star Black vs Gitano & Thunder Boy
2) Magnus, Marvel, Vaquero Jr. vs Espectrúm, Raziel, Skándalo
3) Estrellita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Tiffany, Zeuxis
4) Ángel de Oro, Máximo Sexy, Tritón vs Bobby Z, Pierroth, Rey Bucanero
5) Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Volador Jr. vs Shocker, Terrible, Vangellys
6) Cibernético vs Último Guerrero

That would be Shocker’s first match back since January. CMLL said he’d be out four months at the time, so this seems to be a month early.

CMLL Arena México: 2016-04-05 

that's not a safety barricade
that’s not a safety barricade

Recapped: 04/05/2016

What happened: Esfinge & Volador Jr. won the Gran Alternativa. And that was it.

What was good: The matches on the second half were generally good, but nothing exceptional. (The tournament block shows were better.)

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

Lucha Memes (Chairo 2): 2015-12-25 

Dives everywhere

Recapped: 03/10/2016

This was Lucha Memes second Chairo show, held last Christmas. There’s not many stories you need to know to watch these shows, they’re all intended to be indie dream matches. The main event lived up that ideal the most. The opener didn’t seem like as big names on paper but delivered big. There was some good stuff on the rest of the show, and some matches that – often thru outside circumstances – were a lot like you might see on an ordinary show. This card didn’t work out like it could’ve, but there were still worthwhile matches. (more…)

Gran Alternativa final tonight, Sky Team versus Revolucionarios next week, Park/AAA


CMLL (SUN) 04/03/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Fuego en el Ring]
1) Black Sugar & Johnny Dinamo b Guerrero de la Muerte & Mr. Brisa
Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) El Alteño & Star Black b Carlo Roggi & Thunder Boy
Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Sádico b Mágico [lightning]
Sadico removed Magico’s mask and cradled him for the win.
4) Frezzer, Nautilius, Reyko b Demonio Rojo, El Chakal, Gran Kenut
tecnicos took 1/3
5) Furia Roja, Maléfico, Vaquero Jr. DQ Espectrúm, Gallo, Magnum [Relevos Increíbles]
Vaquero’s team took 2/3, the last when he partners attacked him for the DQ. Espectrum said he’d win on Tuesday.

That hair match is finally tonight. Espectrum has a head full of orange looking hair right now, Vaquero might be doing him a favor.

CMLL (MON) 04/04/2016 Arena Puebla [CMLL]
1) Ares & Guerrero Espacial b Meyer & Zaeta Roja LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 4 DE ABRIL DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
2) Espíritu Maligno, Metálico, Policeman b Asturiano, Pegasso, Starman LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 4 DE ABRIL DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
3) Fuego, Stuka Jr., The Panther b Bobby Z, Okumura, Skándalo LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 4 DE ABRIL DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
The Panther replaced Delta (MIA)
4) La Máscara, Máscara Dorada, Valiente b Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 4 DE ABRIL DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
5) Dragón Lee, Mistico, Rush DQ Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 4 DE ABRIL DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rey Escorpion fouled Mistico again, and the rudos took Mistico & Dragon Lee’s masks.

I have not watched this show, but it sounded liked the main event was fun.

Tonight is the final of CMLL’s Gran Alternativa tournament. Fujin & Rey Escorpion take on Esfinge & Volador Junior after each team won a block in previous weeks. The winner gets the honor of winning the tournament, and is usually given a main event spot the next couple of weeks (and the runner up is usually elevated a bit as well.) Esfinge, as the home promotion guy who CMLL is clearly high on, is the slight favorite. Esfinge already won one of these tournaments, CMLL likes to balance out the wins, and CMLL seems to have a lot of faith in Fujin and Raijin already, so the NJPW exchange student definitely has a chance of winning. Volador and Rey Escorpion have had great matches before, will be having another big match in six days, and should help make this a memorable match.

The full preview is here. That tournament final is actually the main event of the show, something they haven’t often done for the Gran Alternativa. (It’s also on a Tuesday, which doesn’t usually happen and one may be related to the other.) Maximo, Mascara Dorada, and Guerrero Maya take on the Hijos del Infierno in the final trios match of the night. The Panther Family take on Tiger, Puma and Disturbio in the fourth match. You may be OK skipping the first half of this card.

The show is back at the normal 7:30pm CDT, no matter if you’re in Mexico or in the US. It’ll be up on YouTube as usual.

+LuchaTV visited the opening of the new CMLL photo exhibit, and actually got an interview with the rarely seen owner of CMLL, Francisco (Paco) Alonso Lutteroth. He clearly knows what’s going on with his company – he pushes the idea that all the DF shows are different (which is the concept if not the execution) – he’s just got better things to do than to talk about it. He’s happy with all the different places CMLL is on – Azteca, YouTube, iPPV, five different channels. He says there are “66” different groups of luchadors training. That seems high, so maybe I’m misunderstanding but it’s CMLL so I don’t doubt it. He says there are 6 trainers (5 in Mexico City, 1 in Guadalajara) training luchadors right now. Paco ends by saying we have a better chance of hitting the lottery than guessing the Anniversary main event, which suggests they actually have one right now.

Time Warner Cable is giving away a trip to the Lucha Underground Season 3 tapings; the rules state they’re May 14th and May 15th. You must be a Time Warner Cable subscriber to win.

Toro Bill Jr. beat Arkalis in a bloody chain match in Arena La Loma, at all unlike what they’ve done in Arena Puebla

CHIKARA shared the Team AAA (Fenix, Aerostar and Drago) versus Gentleman’s Club (Chuck Taylor, Drew Gulak, Swamp Monster) match from last year’s King of Trios.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update, this week’s Poster-Mania and a recap of CMLL Informa. Rocky Casas is much older than you’d think. Golden Magic was referred to as being in CMLL, so I guess he is. Yago being named after Iago is deep.

Box Y Lucha 3227 is up for subscribers. The IWRG column mentions Guerra del Golfo – the show where the losers of two cage matches face off in an apuesta match – will either be this Sunday or next Sunday. IWRG seems to be setting up feuds to tease for that show.

Recently deceased Bestia Magnifica I was honored on the Toryumon show on Sunday. El Patan, who only seems to wrestle on these shows, was mentioned to be his brother (so he’s probably either Johnny or Bobby Villalobos.)

Funcion Estelar explains the situation about lucha libre in Pachuca: the guy who programs the Arena 11 de Julio building (Jose Hernandez Carrilo) also is president of the local lucha libre commission and also is the secretary general of the local referee’s union and a lot of luchadors (70) are not happy with him, so they’re not working his shows and running free shows right outside the building as a protest. Jose Marquez Valle, who also happens to run an arena in town, says he’s forming a new union with everyone as part of way of pushing Jose Hernandez Carrilo out.

Drago hypes his match for Friday.

Adictos al Deportes says Caifan vs LA Park is scheduled of 05/01 in Arena Coliseo Monterrey.

X-Fly’s mom/Arana Atomica’s wife passed away.


CMLL (MON) 04/11/2016 Arena Puebla
1) Black Tiger & Zaeta Roja vs El Malayo & Policeman
2) Asturiano, Shockercito, Stukita vs Demus 3:16, Espíritu Maligno, Mini Joker
3) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Súper Porky vs Kráneo, Olímpico, Ripper
4) La Máscara, Rush, Terrible vs Atlantis, Máximo Sexy, Último Guerrero [Relevos Increíbles]
5) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. © vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión [CMLL TRIOS]

This would be the seventh defense, fourth in this building. The Sky Team beat these same rudos last May and probably will win again. Eight defenses, as best as anyone can figure out, is the record.

Not sure who’s going to actually have a match first, Super Porky or Delta.

AAA (MON) 04/11/2016 Estadio de Fut Rap, Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas
1) ? vs ??
2) Faby Apache & Mary Apache vs La Hiedra & Lady Shani
3) Aerostar, Estrella Divina, The Tiger vs Mamba, Rió Bravo, Snipper
4) Drago, Hijo de LA Park, Laredo Kid vs Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Mocho Cota Jr., Taurus
5) LA Park vs Pentagón Jr., El Mesías, Texano Jr.

LA Park on an AAA show alert. Pagano & Dr. Wagner showed up working the AAA shows in this building before they were announced for the AAA TV roster, and it could very well be the same thing here – especially since Friday’s main event is Psycho Clown vs Wagner.

04/18 AAA TV Lineup (Leon)

04/18 AAA

AAA TV (SAT) 04/16/2016 Domo de la Feria, León, Guanajuato
1) Dinastía, Lanzeloth, Ludxor, Venum vs Mamba, Mini Abismo Negro, Soul Rocker, Súper Fly
2) Faby Apache & Mary Apache vs La Hiedra & Lady Shani
3) Angélico & Jack Evans vs Daga & Joe Lider and Argenis & Australian Suicide and Hijo de Pirata Morgan & Taurus [AAA TAG, #1 Contenders]
4) Aerostar, Drago, Octagón Jr. vs Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Zorro
5) Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Damián 666, Nicho el Millionario, Pagano
6) Dr. Wagner Jr. & La Parka vs Brian Cage & Texano Jr.

Air Date: 04/30 & 05/07 – they’re building up a bit of some space between taping and airing for the first time in quite a while.

The big news is in that main event: Brian Cage is back. AAA announced he’ll return on the 04/08 card. They didn’t say what he’d be doing, but there’s a mystery spot in the semimain he’d fit in. Cage had been announced as part of the Liga Elite tournament, then was pulled for the show for unclear reasons (but appeared to be LU/AAA pressure.) It’s great to see he’s still getting work in Mexico. Cage spent his last run feuding with Alberto and wrestling a lot with other people who aren’t here now. He didn’t come out of that feud well but maybe being on that level will keep perception of him high now that Alberto isn’t around.

Cage also could be the next Mega challenger. Texano was a patriotic slight tecnico in the main event of Rey de Reyes, and Cage is pretty foreign on the evil foreigner scale. AAA seems to be starting towards Verano de Escandalo on this card, La Parka doesn’t make sense as a title match challenger, and Wagner would possibly still be busy with Psycho Clown. I’m generally confused about Wagner on the tecnico side; he’s been booked as a rudo, but he does act tecnico during his matches. No idea.

I’m all for seeing new names in the semimain. Not quite as thrilled when it’s Pagano and Familia de Tijuana taking on the Psycho Circus. The Psycho Circus and the then Perros del Mal feuded back in 2011, with Halloween, Damian and Nicho losing their hair. I’d guess this might be a win back in the other direction, since the new group is just getting started here. They’re likely to show up in Mexico City on Friday first.

No Pentagon or Fenix on this card, with Octagon Jr. stepping in the latter’s place to team with Aerostar & Drago against the Xinetez. Octagon should be challenging for the Cruiserweight championship, but with Hijo del Fantasma currently MIA (four tapings in a row missed), maybe he gets into the trios title picture.

Four way tag team match means a) Jack doesn’t have to be in a three way tag match! b) I can keep beating that joke into the ground c) Angelico & Jack should probably win anyway. Lider & Daga are going to be busy with the old hardcore guys, and the other teams aren’t likely to be winning a shot on their own. This suggests the Chessman & Averno vs Angelico & Jack match will actually be a one team versus one team match.

First two matches don’t seem to have much significance but could both be pretty good.

Next taping is 04/29 in Xalapa.

new video releases for weekend of April 2nd-3rd

YouTube Playlist:

The Azteca7 videos aren’t on the normal channel, but they’re in the playlist. It’s going to be this way until I feel safe Azteca7 isn’t going to do takedown notices and torpedo the whole channel in the process.

I had a problem recording AAA and you should be watching it on the AAA official channel anyway.

This has little directly to do with anything, but I figured out the deal with the Televisa live YouTube channels: they launched the channels without getting rights to anything, and so can only air the shows the individual stations produce locally. Anything else gets replaced by channel commercials so they don’t get in trouble, which means these feeds won’t be useful for recording Guadalajara lucha (or AAA) unless this changes.

You should also know that my MediaFire account is just about full. I’m going to take down the files from the first three months of 2015 soon. Those links will still be available on YouTube.


great match roundup, week of 2016-03-19


This was not a good week for the main lucha shows. It was really good for the others. I don’t know how to reate tournament matches, especially when they’re kind of good.

rating matches TV Show taped
great Carístico vs Último Guerrero CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-03-21 2016-03-21
great Matanza vs Fénix ©, Rey Mysterio, King Cuerno, Argenis,Johnny Mundo, Joey Ryan, Prince Puma, Jack Evans, Taya,Cage, Máscarita Sagrada, Marty Martinez, Drago, the Mack,Chavo Guerrero, PJ Black, Aerostar, Dragón Azteca Jr.,Texano, Mil Muertes [Aztec Warfare] and [LU Champ] Lucha Underground: 2016-03-23 2015-12-12
good Astro & Asturiano vs Espanto Jr. & Fuerza Chicana CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-03-21 2016-03-21
good Astral & Eléctrico vs Mini Joker & Saurón CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-03-21 2016-03-21
good Blue Panther Jr., Stigma, The Panther vs Fujin, Okumura, Raijin CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-03-21 2016-03-21
good Dragón Lee, Máscara Dorada, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-03-21 2016-03-21
good Máscara Dorada, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Bobby Z, Euforia, Gran Guerrero CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-03-22 2016-03-22
good Atlantis & Flyer vs Fujin & Rey Escorpión in a CMLL Gran Alternativa Tournament match and in a tournament semifinal match CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-03-22 2016-03-22
good Mistico & Tritón vs Magia Blanca & Último Guerrero in a CMLL Gran Alternativa Tournament match and in a tournament semifinal match CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-03-22 2016-03-22
good Fujin & Rey Escorpión vs Mistico & Tritón in a CMLL Gran Alternativa Tournament match and in a tournament final match CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-03-22 2016-03-22
good Ángel de Oro, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Hechicero, Luciferno, Pólvora CMLL on 2016-03-25 2016-03-25
ok Aerostar & Drago vs Hijo de Pirata Morgan & Taurus AAA on Televisa: 2016-03-19 2016-03-04
ok Black Tiger, Hombre Bala Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. vs Espíritu Maligno, King Jaguar, Metálico CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-03-21 2016-03-21
ok Magnus & Robin vs Camorra & Inquisidor CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-03-22 2016-03-22
ok Fuego, Hombre Bala Jr., Star Jr. vs Disturbio, Sangre Azteca, Skándalo CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-03-22 2016-03-22
ok Atlantis & Flyer vs Negro Casas & Rocky Casas in a CMLL Gran Alternativa Tournament match and in a tournament quarterfinal match CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-03-22 2016-03-22
ok Máximo Sexy & Súper Halcón Jr. vs Fujin & Rey Escorpiónin a CMLL Gran Alternativa Tournament match and in a tournament quarterfinal match CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-03-22 2016-03-22
ok El Cuatrero & Rey Bucanero vs Mistico & Tritón in a CMLL Gran Alternativa Tournament match and in a tournament quarterfinal match CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-03-22 2016-03-22
ok Magia Blanca & Último Guerrero vs Oro Jr. & Valiente in a CMLL Gran Alternativa Tournament match and in a tournament quarterfinal match CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-03-22 2016-03-22
ok Atlantis, Máscara Dorada, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas CMLL on 2016-03-25 2016-03-25
below average Goya Kong, Máscarita Sagrada, Niño Hamburguesa vs El Apache, Mini Psycho Clown, Taya AAA on Televisa: 2016-03-19 2016-03-04
below average Magia Blanca & Oro Jr. vs Tritón, Flyer, Rocky Casas, Súper Halcón Jr., El Cuatrero, Fujin in a CMLL Gran Alternativa Tournament match and in a seeding battle royal match CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-03-22 2016-03-22
below average Estrellita, Princesa Sugehit, Skadi vs Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany CMLL on 2016-03-25 2016-03-25
below average Carístico, Marco Corleone, Súper Porky vs La Máscara,Pierroth, Rush in a relevos increíbles match CMLL on 2016-03-25 2016-03-25
below average Cibernético vs Último Guerrero CMLL on 2016-03-25 2016-03-25
bad El Mesías vs Dr. Wagner Jr., Texano Jr. in a bull terrier match AAA on Televisa: 2016-03-19 2016-03-04
not rated Aéreo & Último Dragóncito vs Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro CMLL on 2016-03-25 2016-03-25

Hijo del Diablo shaves Cerebro Negro, Puebla tonight (at normal time)

photo by Black Terry Jr.
photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (SUN) 04/03/2016 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr)]
1) Black Dragón & Dragón Fly b Matrix Jr. & Ram El Carnero
2) Leo, Mike, Rafy b Factor, Rayan, Spector
straight falls. mask challenged followed.
3) Black Terry, Dr. Cerebro, Picudo Jr. b Canis Lupus, Eterno, Golpeador
Golepador replaced Apolo Estrada
4) Golden Magic, Negro Navarro, Trauma II b Danny Casas, Diablo Jr., Veneno
straight falls. Danny was DQed in the first via foul, Golden Magic used his feet on the ropes in the second. Danny challenged to a hair vs mask match.
5) Máscara Año 2000 Jr. b Trauma I
6) El Hijo del Diablo DQ Cerebro Negro [hair] Facebook video (posted by )

No official recap yet so we’re missing details. Dr. Cerbero, Cerbero Negro’s second, fouled Diablo before the finish but the referee was down. A second referee came in late, and Diablo kicked out. The match continued with Cerbero Negro winning, but Maya recovered to call a DQ. Black Terry and others pleaded for a fourth fall, but the result stands.

The semimain probably sets up a heavyweight title match.

Tonight’s Puebla main event has a very rare team up of the Munoz boys: Rush, Dragon Lee, and Mistico take on the Revolucionarios, following up on Rey Escorpion fouling Mistico to end last week’s show. The only time the three brothers have teamed up before, as best I can tell, was an indy show in Guadalajara two years ago. They’ve never done on an official CMLL show before. Rush’s usual partner La Mascara is in the semimain, with Mascara Dorada & Valiente versus Cavernario, Mr. Niebla and Negro Casas. The locals on the card are Meyer, Zaeta Roja, Ares, Guerrero Espacial, Astruaiano, Espiritu Maligno and Policeman. The full card is here.

Tonight’s Puebla show returns to it’s normal 10pm ET/9pm CT time. Mexico had daylight savings time this weekend. I’m not sure I’m going to be around for this but will post a recap eventually.

Black Terry Jr. also has photos from Tepotzotlan, where Negro Navarro vs Black Terry headlined.

El Fantasma says Cepillin isn’t licensed to wrestle in Mexico City. Fatnasma says he is licensed in Monterrey, and licenses from one place are usually upheld everywhere, so that’s one weird thing. The other weird thing is Cepilin isn’t listed as wrestling; the article has clown Cepillin wrestling in the main event of the FULL shows, but the posters have him appearing on the shows and not wrestling. I thought he said as much as the press conference to announce these shows, which Fantasma was at (though they also set up him interfering in a match some way.)

Segunda Caida reviews Blue Panther, Hijo del Fantasma, La Sombra vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Shinsuke Nakamura, Volador Jr.

There’s some drama going on between the people who own/run Arena 11 de Julio in Pachuca and everyone who works there. The scheduled show was canceled (maybe for the second weekend in a row), but there was a free show right outside the building.


CMLL (SAT) 04/09/2016 Arena Coliseo
1) Bengala vs Camorra
2) Flyer vs Inquisidor
3) Star Jr. vs Arkángel de la Muerte
4) Starman vs Nitro
5) Hombre Bala Jr. vs Puma
6) Guerrero Maya Jr. & The Panther vs Bobby Z & Vangellys
7) Atlantis, Máximo Sexy, Valiente vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja

Bala/Puma is a rematch. Semimain has the Coliseo tag champs. Main event follows up on Gran Guerrero fouling Atlantis last week.

CMLL (SUN) 04/10/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Capitán Cobra & Rey Halcón vs Diplomático & Mr. Brisa
2) Fugaz & Randy vs Carlo Roggi & Mr. Apolo
3) Mágico vs Sádico [super libre]
4) El Divino, Magnum, Vaquero Jr. vs Espectrúm, Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno
5) Esfinge, Gallo, Tritón vs El Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón

DF luchadors are back here after all, though it might be due to the Kid Dinamitas being local trios champions. Fugaz and Randy are probably new wrestlers but not new names: Randy was Intocable’s original name, while CMLL’s Fugaz became Nitro. This is the second show in the building on this day; there’s a noon show as a benefit show for a local hospital.

CMLL (SUN) 04/10/2016 Arena México
1) Shockercito & Stukita vs Mercurio & Pierrothito
2) Oro Jr., Pegasso, Soberano Jr. vs Bugambilia, Cancerbero, Raziel
3) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther vs Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado
4) Dragón Lee, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Cavernario, Ephesto, Luciferno
5) Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Volador Jr. vs Kráneo, Rey Bucanero, Terrible

Dragon Lee, Guerrero Maya nd Rey Cometa is a fun tecnico side. Bugambilia is primarily Mexico State exotico who just lost his hair in Arena Neza last weekend. Strange you’d lose your hair before starting with CMLL. CMLL’s been careful not to have any other exoticos to not take away from Maximo, so maybe some changes are coming.

AAA on Televisa: 2016-03-19 

these guys are made for each other
these guys are made for each other

Recapped: 03/19/2016

What happened: Nothing really. Mesias won a pointless bull terrier match. The people in the top two matches on Rey de Reyes brawled with each other.

What was good: Nothing. The 2v2 tag match is the best on the show, but nothing as much as you’d expect from those guys. I hated the main event – the wrestling wasn’t much, but the storyline aggravated even more.

Where can I watch it: It’s on AAA’s YouTube channel. I’ve got the direct links i the recap.