CMLL (SUN) 07/12/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Meteoro & Rey Halcon b Guerrero de la Muerte & Micro
Tecnicos took 2 (excessive violence DQ) and 3. Rey Halcon’s debut (and apparently not the Laguna one, so maybe his first career match) and Micro’s switched to the rudo side after one match.
2) Demonio Rojo & Mr. Brisa b Capitan Cobra & Javier Cruz Jr.
Rudos took 1/3. First matches here in a while for Cruz (last in March) and Demonio Rojo (last in April)
3) El Divino b Sádico
Divino won, asked for a title shot.
4) Frezzer, Nautilius, Omar Brunetti b El Chakal, El Yaqui, Thunder Boy
Omar beat Thunder Boy.
5) Esfinge, Gallo, Magnum b Joker, Maléfico, Ráfaga
Gallito suffered an arm injury. Tecnicos took 2/3, Mangum defeating Malefico.
Keeping track of the names is more work than keeping track of the stories.
CMLL (MON) 07/13/2015 Arena Puebla [CMLL]
1) Artillero & Súper Comando b Arkalis & Black Tiger
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Shockercito b Espíritu Maligno, Mini Joker, Saurón
3) Flyer, Lestat, Soberano Jr. DQ Fuerza Chicana, King Jaguar, Okumura
Okumura replaced Nitro. Jaguar ripped off Lestat’s mask for the DQ, setting up their mask match next week.
4) Fuego, Stigma, Super Porky b Boby Zavala, Misterioso Jr., Pierroth
Fuego replaced Stuka Jr.
5) Dragon Lee © b Kamaitachi [CMLL SL]
second defense for Lee (both against Kamaitachi). Dragon won the third with a superplex.
6) Euforia, Rey Bucanero, Terrible b Marco Corleone, Máximo, Rush
Euforia snuck in a foul on Maximo. Sets up a rematch next week.
CMLL announced the show would not be streaming about 45 minutes before showtime. They said the show would be posted in some other format. CMLL had tested broadcast video before, but it appeared they were airing an Arena Puebls show on tape – if they had tried from Arena Puebla before, they did it very quietly. The plan was to air the Monday show every week live, we’ll see what they say today.
Today’s CMLL show is the latest return of Mr. Niebla. Niebla was suspended 10 weeks for “poor behavior”, which he’s repeatedly been suspended for in the past twelve months. Niebla was barely back form his last suspension before picking up this one. Hopefully it’ll go different for him this time, though his history suggests it will not. He teams with Peste Negra partners Felino & Cavernario to take on Atlantis, Titan, and Diamanate Azul tonight. Mr. Niebla is unhappy people would suggest he might go to AAA; he probably needs to take it up with Mr. Niebla, who brought up this possibility in a newspaper interview on February 29th.
The semimain includes Angel de Oro and Polvora, who feuded last week. That CMLL preview suggests they’re headed to a title match. The En Busca de un de un Idolo with Guerrero Maya Jr. versus Blue Panther Jr., where very little on the line, and Esfinge versus Disturbio, where pretty much everything is on the line. Disturbio & Esfinge are very close in the standings right now and likely to end up that way. The 20 points on the line for the result may end up being the difference between who advances and who’s done after one round. The Terra broadcast should start at 7:30 pm, but both of the preliminary matches look rather poor.
Arena Coliseo Guadalajara has the Maximo versus Rey Escorpion heavyweight match. Rey Escorpion is unlikely to win either of his big matches this week, but has a least a shot in this title match. He could use the momentum of the win, there could be some distrust of keeping a title on Maximo after his sister jumped to AAA, and it would help out the new Guadalajara TV show. None of those are strong reasons, and CMLL’s definitely not playing up this title match as anything important, but it’d be enough to explain it after the fact.
Rey Escorpion says he’s happy to have gotten this far in his career, and plans on shaving Ultimo Guerrero Friday.
Alberto el Patron did contact people yesterday, so he’s alive. The most that has been said about him missing the show on Sunday is “personal reasons” and that’s probably the most that will be said.
As noted in the comments, Santo Jr./Tempestad didn’t just appear, he wrestled his first ever matches on the Lucha London shows. That feels like it should’ve been a much bigger deal.
Black Terry Jr. has video of the Terrible Cerebros versus Tortugas Ninjas title match and Navarros vs Solars/Golden Magic from Sunday’s IWRG show. That IWRG show was not taped by AYM; they aired a rerun of the Wednesday show instead in the usual time slot.
GFW will have a match with Bestia 666, Blood Eagle, Steve Pain, Phoenix Star, Zorke, and Misterioso (California one) in a match on their 07/24 taping. I assumed this was a trios match but everyone else assumed it was a six way and they’re probably right. I would assume Steve Pain is not under AAA contract so he’s free to do this. Also, it’s a TV taping for a group that doesn’t have TV so whatever.
Senor Lariato has a review of the AAA/Lucha Future show.
CMLL (SAT) 07/18/2015 Arena Coliseo
1) Aéreo vs Pequeño Universo 2000
2) Magnus vs El Rebelde
3) Soberano Jr. vs Inquisidor
4) Starman vs Nitro
5) Tritón vs Okumura
6) Delta & Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Hechicero & Luciferno
7) Blue Panther, La Máscara, Máximo vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
Semimian should be fun.
Triton is listed as working here, in Lucha Mutante and in Puebla all on Saturday. That’s not possible, would assume he’s getting pulled from the Puebla show.
CMLL (MON) 07/20/2015 Arena Puebla
1) Arkalis, Asturiano, Black Tiger vs Camorra, Cholo, Inquisidor
2) Metatrón, Rey Samuray, Starman vs Policeman, Rey Apocalipsis, Toro Bill Jr.
3) Fuego, Stigma, Tritón vs Boby Zavala, Hechicero, Okumura
4) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Valiente vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
5) Lestat vs King Jaguar [mask]
6) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Rush vs Euforia, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
Lestat’s the younger guy, which usually means he wins the Puebla mask match. King Jaguar was only a regular here leading into this feud, but Lestat’s been in and out of this group over the last few years too.
That will all turn up on 52MX even if the live stream doesn’t work, but it’d be nice to be able to see Rey Apocalipsis & Toro Bill again.
IWRG (SUN) 07/12/2015 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (flickr), Mano a Mano]
1) Diosa Atenea & Lady Drago b Cristal & El Teniente
Main shows debut for Lady Drago & Teniente.
2) Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro © b Leo, Rafy, Teelo [EdM Trios]
first defense. Said to be great.
3) Eterno, Halloween Jr., Hip Hop Man b Hijo del Pantera, Pantera, Skayde
4) Negro Navarro, Trauma I, Trauma II b Golden Magic, Hijo del Solar, Solar I
good match. Trauma II’s first match here all year, Hijo del Solar’s first match here in 2010. The rudos from the next match attacked both teams after this one concluded.
5) Canis Lupus, Coloso Chris, Príncipe Orión DQ Danny Casas, Súper Nova, Veneno
Coloso Chris faked a foul
AYM didn’t tape this show, for whatever reason.
CMLL’s first live broadcast of Arena Puebla is scheduled to take place. It should start around 9pm local. They’ve said they’ll have a link on their website, and you’ll probably be able to find it on their YouTube channel. The spotlight match is Dragon Lee versus Kamaitachi for Dragon Lee’s CMLL Super Lightweight Championship. Dragon Lee’s the heavy favorite.
Alberto el Patron was scheduled to work the main event of the Clutch City Promotions show in Houston last night. He didn’t show, didn’t give word he wasn’t showing, and hadn’t been in contract with anyone as of last night. Haven’t seen any explanation from his this morning either. It’s very strange.
Blue Demon Jr. said his match in London marked exactly 30 years in his career. He seems to be off by two weeks, but that’s closer than usual.
Segunda Caida reviews the Dragon Lee vs Virus lightning match from September.
CMLL (SUN) 07/19/2015 Arena México
1) Metatrón & Robin vs Espanto Jr. & Espiritu Negro
2) Acero vs Pequeño Violencia [lightning]
3) Hombre Bala Jr., Starman, Súper Halcón Jr. vs Artillero, Hijo del Signo, Súper Comando
4) Fuego, The Panther, Tritón vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus
5) Atlantis, Blue Panther, Titán vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
6) Dragon Lee, La Máscara, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja
Mascara & Volador with another failed team up, Ryees del Atlantida not back together for some reason, Acero & Pequeno Violencia actually following up on their foul. I dunno.
CMLL (SUN) 07/19/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Johnny Dinamo vs Destructor
2) El Tapatío & Explosivo vs Mr. Apolo & Mr. Brisa
3) Frezzer, Nautilius, Neutrón vs El Yaqui, Gitano, Relampago
4) Sádico © vs El Divino [OCCIDENTE WELTER]
Sadico’s second defense.
5) Esfinge, Exterminador, Omar Brunetti vs El Chakal, Magnum, Maléfico [Relevos Increíbles]
Lots of usual partners on opposite sides.
Lucha Libre World (SAT) 07/11/2015 York Hall, London, United Kingdom [Linus @ DVDVR]
1) Cassius b Pure Britannico [Lucha London CHAMP]
2) La Rona Corazones b Carmen Rosa
Feet on the ropes
3) Mascarita Sagrada b Octagoncito (original) © [WWA MINI]
Billed as a title change (and might have been!)
4) Heddi Karaoui © b Rayman [WWA LH]
5) Casandro, El Hijo Del Santo, Zumbi b Angel Blanco Jr., Dr. Wagner Jr., Magnifico Ii
This was the afternoon show; they had an evening show as well. Magnifico being the replacement for Boby Zavala is a surprise but a nice one. Didn’t see anything about the evening show, but it looked like Thursday show was about the same attendance and Friday was the busiest night.
At some point, on one of the shows, Santo Jr. ran in as Tempestad as a rudo. Tempestad was the name hyped years ago as the name Santo Jr. would use when he first started to wrestle. Maybe this means he’s start. Not sure any one on these casual audience understood the circumstances, but there’s not like there’s any TxT shows in Mexico to do these things. (There probably will be one soon, I suspect.)
AAA LUCHA FUTURE (SAT) 07/11/2015 Royal Albert Hall, London, United Kingdom [@edecanlover, Linus @ DVDVR, WON]
1) Blue Demoncito & Octagoncito b Mini Abismo Negro & Mini Histeria
2) Fénix b Pentagón Jr.
Best match on the show. Pentagon argued with Piero, demanded he got faster, then got beat by a fast count.
3) Drago & Sexy Star b Bengala & Faby Apache
4) Blue Demon Jr., La Parka, Psycho Clown b Hijo del Fantasma, Texano Jr., Villano IV
Texano was working thru his injury in a comedy match. The entire roster came to the ring to celebrate at the end of the show.
2,500 is actually more than any of the NJPW FantasticaMania shows have ever drawn – but that’s primarily because this was a 5,000 seat building (which looked great) and those top out a 2,000. The celebration at the end of the show, including Pentagon grabbing a sousaphone and playing it for crowd, reminded me of the atmosphere CMLL/NJPW shows. Hopefully this can turn into something annual like those. This lucha show – and the Lucha London/Santo ones – were said to draw both a lot of Mexican fans and a lot of people who had no idea about lucha libre. They did some heavy coaching of the crowd here, trying to get them to throw money in after the Fenix/Pentagon match and explaining who were the tecnicos and rudos (sometimes not so correctly.) Reviews of this show seemed pretty positive.
CMLL (SAT) 07/11/2015 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Apocalipsis b Bengala
2) Astral b Pequeño Olímpico
3) Soberano Jr. b Hijo del Signo
4) Misterioso Jr. & Tiger b Hombre Bala Jr. & Súper Halcón Jr.
Moved down a spot. Rudos took 2/3.
5) Dark Angel b Amapola
moved up a spot
6) Dragon Lee b Bárbaro Cavernario
Tecnicos took 1/3.
7) Pólvora, Rey Bucanero, Terrible b Diamante Azul, La Máscara, Volador Jr.
Mascara is back to betraying Volador.
Mascara/Volador is never going to happen. Alexis did some Perisopes during the show, but not during Lee/Cavernario.
CMLL (SUN) 07/12/2015 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Bengala & Sensei b Camorra & El Rebelde
Bengala replaced Sensei (injury on Friday)
2) Acero, Eléctrico, Último Dragoncito DQ Demus 3:16, Mercurio, Pequeño Violencia
Violencia fouled Acero.
3) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther b Okumura, Sangre Azteca, Virus
4) Fuego b Puma [lightning]
5) Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto b Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr.
Mephisto snuck in a pinall on Atlantis
6) Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero b Diamante Azul, Mistico, Valiente
Euforia replaced Shocker on Wednesday. Ultimo Guerrero beat Mistico clean with the Pulpo Guerrero
Ultimo Guerrero should win, but seems weird he beat Mistico. At least they had the good sense not to ask Mistico to take a Guerrero Special, he might have been crushed into a pile of dust.
Semimain seems like an obvious set up to a trios title match in two or three weeks. I’m not going to change this sentence when it turns out in a few hours none of them are booked together next week.
Puma just won a belt, Fuego has no belt, it doesn’t really matter either way, so Fuego won.
Crossing my fingers for a big Acero/Pequeno Violencia apuesta match to counter TripleMania.
Cara Lucha (SAT) 07/11/2015 Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México[+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (flickr), Estrellas del Ring, Kronosport, The Gladiatores]
1) Pegasuz & Shadow b Centella Atómica & Príncipe Aéreo
Teams changed around, with Pegazus taking Rey Fenix’s spot. Centella Atomica was hurt.
2) Yoruba b Demus 3:16
Good match. Yoruba upset Demus. Akuma attacked Yoruba after the match and Kilvan made the save. Mask/hair vs mask/hair challenges were made.
3) Epydemius b Jinzo and Aramis and Septimo Dragon
4) Flamita b Wasson
Standing Spanish Fly for the win. very good match, money thrown in
5) Felino b Guerrero Mixtico
Listed as a double countout or a win for Felino in different place.
6) Rush b Pagano
quick match. Pagano complained Rush used weapons when he thought it was going to be a clean match (???), and rematch challenges were made.
Attendance seems down from recent Cara Lucha shows. Maybe that crowd is more into Volador than Rush? (Felino seemed like a weird fit for this show.) It seems like Pagano is used every as if he’s a drawing indy guy, but it’s hard to find evidence he’s a draw.
Pagano was back at it Sunday, going to a “out of control” draw versus Nicho in Salon Citalli. They talked about a rematch with no rules, which one would think every Pagano versus Nicho match would have. That seems like an odd way to build to a rematch but I suspect the people interested are more concerned with the fight than the outcome. Pagano/Nicho seems to be the favorite indy match of the moment, at least among indy bookers.
La Aficion’s weekly lucha libre column questions the existence of journalism in lucha libre coverage This column wins the award for most blind items which aren’t actually blind, to the point where a) they might as well have gone the extra half step to call people out by name because everyone knows why they’re talking about and b) it would’ve been more interesting to dig into any one of those stories and explore why no one looked into it. As it is, it comes across as “everyone sucks” and even I’m not that cynical.
Not even sure how to approach this, while saying everything correctly. I think a lot of people who are producing content about lucha libre right now are doing it because they came in loving lucha libre, not becuase they love journalism. There are (still) places you can do journalism and get paid, but there’s not much money in doing lucha libre journalism. That said, there’s a lot of people in English speaking counties doing what this column would count as journalism (and I’m not even thinking of raising it to Meltzer’s level, but a site like PWPonderings or Voices of Wrestling are more likely to evaluate and critique their wrestling than Mexican side) and it’s just not done even by the fanzine level stuff in Mexico. Maybe it’s cultural (around the wrestling even more than the question), maybe it’s an access thing – it does turn up when Mexican fans are talking about WWE, but not when they’re talking about IWRG. And it is disappointing – not even on the attendance or match rating level, but just people who have that access asking more questions (not just the usual fact sheet Q&A) would be fascinating.
Black Terry Jr. & Estrellas del Ring caught up with Flamita to ask what was going on with him and AAA. The “Fireball” name appears to be AAA only. Flamita & AAA are talking, but he hasn’t signed a deal with them.
+LuchaTV has an interview with Tigre Uno.
SuperLuchas looks back at a 12 team ruleta de la muerte with Demon & Santo as a team. (They did not lose, but they did draw 23,000.)
LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news report.
Super Libre had Al Carrillo and X-Fly as guests.
Lucha Libre in Japan
La Comandante did not win the REINA International Junior championship.
IWRG FILL (TUE) 07/14/2015 Arena Naucalpan
1) Blue Metal, Canario, Sexy Angel vs Demonio Imperial, Orquidea Azul, Sexy Girl
2) Chicanito & Voltar vs Charly Boy & Vampiro Metálico
3) Guerrero 2000, Matrix Jr., Power Bull vs Acero, Adrenalina, Centella Oriental
4) Aeroman, Dragon Fly, Hijo del Alebrije vs Rey Terco Jr., Roller Boy, Troll
5) Alas de Acero, Aramis, Araña de Plata, Atomic Star, Chapulin, Electro Boy, Kanon, Mr. Jack vs Corsario De Fuego,Crazy Man, Master (Xalapa), Maximus, Pitufo, Rey Infierno, Totem I, Totem II [Copa High Power]
Gym FILL (Eterno’s team) versus Gym Skayde (this time, guys from Xalapa)
A Tuesday show, which is when FILL shows were originally when there were Thursday shows. (And there is a Thursday show already this week, the Lucha Libre Boom one with CMLL guys, so this is a recently rare 3 show week for Arena Naucalpan.)
Skayde’s team is really from Xalapa; they used to be all Arena Xalapa wrestlers before affilation started to move around (and were most recently around Arena Independence Total.) Many of those guys were listed on Arena Aficion show this past Tuesday. Maximus is the former Vengador Radioactivo, who’s NOAH tour is surely still coming someday.
There’s no new info or gifs or thoughts here; I just wanted to figured out how much they cut from the TV version of these matches and decided to put it up as a recap in case the info was needed later. (They cut out 3 minutes from Alas de Oro; not all of that can be carting Fenix away.) You’ll want to read something else.