Mephisto defeats Dorada for title, No Mas on Lucha Underground, Mas LU episodes

New Champ
New Champ

RIOT (SAT) 04/30/2016 Arena Femenil, Monterrey, Nuevo León [LuchaMania Monterrey]
1) Alberto Dos Rios b Dulce Kanela
2) Drastik Boy b Erick Ortiz
3) Dragón Celta b Kamikaze, Kratoz
Kamikaze beat Kratoz, and Celta won with a 450 splash on Kamikaze.
4) Hooligan Byron & Kaientai b Galactar & Rico Rodríguez
Tablon helped Hooligan & Kaientai
5) Caifan b Dralion Jinzo vs Último Ninja, en RIOT (posted by Sensacional de Luchadores)
Good match. Caifan suplexed Dralion for the win. Dralion was shaken up after the match. Alberto asked for the next show at Caifan. Caifan asked for applause for Dralion, then accepted the challenge.
6) Último Ninja b Jinzo Jinzo vs Último Ninja, en RIOT (posted by Sensacional de Luchadores)
Good match. Ninja won with a jackhammer.

There’s video highlights of the top two matches, which sound good.

CMLL (TUE) 05/03/2016 Arena México [CMLL, thecubsfan, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Acero & Aéreo b Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Universo 2000 LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 3 DE MAYO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
12:02. Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Magnus, Robin, Sensei b Akuma, Canelo Casas, Metálico LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 3 DE MAYO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
16:35. Tecnicos took 1/3
3) Soberano Jr., Star Jr., Stigma DQ Okumura, Raziel, Virus LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 3 DE MAYO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
around 18:00 (feed went out.) Tecnicos won 1/3. Okumura replaced Sangre Azteca and unmasked Stigma for the DQ.
4) Marcela, Princesa Sugehit, Skadi b Amapola, Tiffany, Zeuxis LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 3 DE MAYO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
11:53. Tecnicas took 1/3. Amapola replaced Seductora on a preview.
5) Stuka Jr., Súper Porky, The Panther b Bobby Z, Ephesto, Luciferno LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 3 DE MAYO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
9:18. Tecnicos took 2/3.
6) Mephisto b Máscara Dorada © [CMLL WELTER] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 3 DE MAYO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
16:23. Mephisto took falls 1/3, the last with a super devil’s wings, to win the championship. Mephisto is the 32nd champion, and holds the belt for the 2nd time (last 2004-2007). Dorada fall on fourth defense.

The YouTube version is a bit messed up – there’s no finish of the third match, and it seemed like there might be problems with earlier in the show that weren’t there live. It doesn’t totally matter; the main event was the one match really worth watching and that seems to be complete.

Mephisto told Mas Lucha that this was beginning of the Era of Mephisto. He’s probably right. Mephisto picking up a singles title after winning a big tournament seems to set him for a big match in September. It’s still over four months away and CMLL could change it’s mind (or pair it with another match, like Marco versus Rush), but the two big wins in a week are a sign he’s in the plans at the moment.

Mephisto’s opponent isn’t clear. Friday pointed at it being Caristico, but if Caristico would be busy for years if he got apuesta matches against everyone he lost to cleanly over the last eight months. Mistico versus Mephsito was once a plan and may be again. Even Dorada seems like a possibility if CMLL wanted to move him to another level. There were no outright mask challenges with any of these people recently, so the thing to watch for is the next time Mephisto gets into a feud or a title defense on Friday nights.

CMLL also likes to balance it’s championships out, so the Hijo del Infiernos might not be long for the trios championship. (Plus, if Mephisto is going to be a top guy in the promotion, he probably needs to be hanging out with more reliable partners than current day Ephesto & Lucifierno – too bad Averno is busy; Caristico & Mistico vs Averno & Mephisto is the ideal match.) Their recap of Monday’s Puebla show has the Angel de Oro, Stuka and Stigma team aiming to get a Mexican national trios championship, which didn’t come across on the show – seemed more like a direct Angel/Mephisto feud. That’s take care of it.

Tonight’s Lucha Underground is episode #15 of the season, “No Mas”. Matches announced.

  • The Mack versus Marty the Moth for an Aztec Medallion
  • Siniestro de la Muerte versus King Cuerno for an Aztec Medallion
  • Cage (c) versus Mascarita Sagrada for Cage’s Aztec Medallion (preview video)
  • Sexy Star versus the Mariposa in a No Mas match for an Aztec Medallion

No Mas is an I Quit match. Reports live said the match was very violent. Some people have understandably had issues with violence against women on this show, and I’m curious as to the reaction when it’s another woman inflicting the violence.

There will be six Medallions handed out by the end of the show. Last year, Dario just handed the seventh to Big Ryck. He may not hand one out this time, but they’re going to be close to another Gift of the Gods match soon.

Season 3 of Lucha Underground was believed to be wrapping up with the recently announced May dates. It’s definitely going longer. If you send an email to the Lucha Underground tickets email address, you’ll get an autorespond email which mentions all tickets are gone, but they’ll have more tapings in June.  This fits with a Rolling Stone interview with Catrina from a couple weeks ago, where the show has or was about to get picked up for around 14 episodes. That sounds like the episode count is going from the 26 of season 2 to the 39 of season 1.

Lucha Underground has been taping about 5 episodes a weekend, and about two weekends a month. They’d need three more weekends to wrap up taping. There’s no way they’re taping the first week of June (Lucha World Cup) and I’d gotten a hint that Ultima Lucha was going to be in July and not May, so everything matches up. (In slightly related news, I don’t think I’m going this month to LA.)

More episodes sounds like good news for Lucha Underground. That is not a deep take, but it’s also worth pointing out. Maybe they just saved enough money by taping season 3 so soon to add episodes, or maybe there’s other reasons going on – the additional episodes would takes the total episode count over 100, which used to mean a lot for syndication reasons and money reasons. I have no idea if it still means a lot, but it sounds good. I feel slightly more optimistic about season 4 but, more importantly, the people involved are probably going to feel slightly more optimistic about the show making it long term and it may affect decisions on what they do next. (I’d feel better if there wasn’t a long empty break in in-ring activity coming still; there’s going to be no need to film episodes for 12 months after they finish this.)

Some of the people who might be making those decisions about what’s next are AAA people who work for Lucha Underground. There’s been murmurs of some of those people going either out on their own, or even joining a mythical Konnan project since the middle of season 2, over dissatisfaction with AAA. The talk of that actually happening has lessened in the last month or so, but whatever decision they might make is going to be pushed off a couple months with the tapings going longer. That season end won’t happen until July now, close enough to TripleMania that maybe that’ll keep a decision off even longer. (Or, close enough to TripleMania that it’ll be really hard to replace people if they walk out.)

Elite’s two Liga Elite matches tonight are LA Park versus Atlantis and Negro Casas versus Rush. Casas & Rush famously feuded in 2014, and Rush leads 2-1 in 1v1 matches. LA Park and Atlantis only have one known singles match in their long careers, and it was a random show in Arena Xalapa. Atlantis is the only one of this foursome with a win so far – he’s got 2, so he could easily afford a loss.

It’s still early and there’s no real reason to believe this tournament will actually resolve in any satisfying way, but let’s pretend it will for a second. If you simulate this tournament format enough times, it looks like 14 points means you’ll likely escape the apuesta tournament. 19 points or more means you’ll likely make the title tournament. No one’s close to those milestones, but Atlantis could be the closest to safety with a win. (Imagine Atlantis losing his mask in this tournament.)

The other Elite TV match is a Caristico, Mistico, Mascara Dorada versus Angel Blanco Jr., Euforia and Ultimo Guerrero trios match. Elite started off with building next week’s main event off the trios match, but they’ve gotten around it of late. MasLucha is usually at the shows to interview people, and I’m curious what Angel Blanco Jr. is going to say about being back in Arena Mexico.

The non-TV matches includes Angel de Oro & Golden Magic versus Argos & Magno, Hijo de Dos Caras, Jinzo & Metaleon versus Cuatrero, Sanson & the debuting Hijo del Medico Asesino and Estrellita & Jarochita versus Muneca de Plata & Rossy Moreno. Elite seemed like they were doing something with Oro & Magic as a regular team on the Sunday shows, but it hasn’t been seen as much on the Wednesday ones (and Angel de Oro might simply be a sub for Dragon Lee.)

This is kind of strange: an article on Record proclaims one of the Psycho Circus will be in the Lucha World Cup, winning a qualifier in Orizaba. It looks like it was published just about the same time the actual Orizaba card went out, which has a completely different qualifier. I don’t think they’re doing both. The rest of the article is the same generic Pentagon and Texano quotes from the article AAA sent out a few days ago, so maybe someone (Psycho Clown) got bumped from the tournament at the last second and the weird looking card is a result. Guessing at the original card

? vs ??
Niño Hamburguesa, Garza Jr., Elegido vs Taurus, Cuervo, Scoria
Argenis, Australian Suicide, A Tecnico (Bengala?) vs Averno, Chessman, Ricky Marvin
Daga & Joe Lider vs Nicho & Pagano
Psycho Clown vs Murder Clown vs Monster Clown in the qualifiers
Texano Jr., La Parka vs Zorro, ?

They’re short a match and a spot for Hijo del Pirata Morgan, but maybe that Una Lucha Mas was actually the missing AAA opening match crew and not locals. Pirata could fit in there. A last minute change with the names already locked in would explain the weirdness (Pagano in a singles main event, Monster Clown & Murder Clown vs the Perros, an immediate tag title rematch) Original card is still not super great.

Electroshock is listed on an Elite branded show in Monterrey on 05/08. That’s a venue that had been running AAA shows as recently as last week (and could just be changing for one week, who knows.)

The 05/16 AAA in Nuevo Laredo show has Hernandez and Herodes Jr. as part of the show. Herodes Jr. possibility might just be in a local, though he’s in a higher spot than usual for that. Hernandez being on this show means he likely is planned to be the mystery guy in Orizaba and my wild guess might have been right. I’m stunned too.

Lucha Memes 05/15 in Coliseo Coacalco
1: Hechicero vs Virus
2: Princesa Maya vs Marcela
3: Traumas vs Silver Star & Alberto Dos Rios

CaraLuchas says the (soon to be ex) Mini Charly Manson will be on their 05/21 Anniversary show. The card is supposed to be revealed tonight.

The Lucha Mexico documentary, featuring Shocker, Strong Man, Fabian el Gitano and others, is scheduled to be released on on July 15. It’s going to be on iTunes among other places.

The founders of San Diego’s Lucha Libre Taco Joint talk about how they came up with the idea.

LuchaWorld has this week’s top 10 rankings.

RobViper has a music video of 10/02/15 CMLL.

The winning ticket for the Arena Mexico 60th Anniversary was sold in Aguascalientes. The winner won 18 million pesos (over 1 million US dollars.)

Sunday’s lucha show in Berwyn is the debut show for the promoter.


CMLL (TUE) 05/10/2016 Arena México
1) Astral & Fantasy vs Pequeño Olímpico & Pierrothito
2) Leono, Sensei, Star Jr. vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Sangre Azteca
3) Fuego vs Disturbio [lightning]
4) Blue Panther Jr., Pegasso, The Panther vs Fujin, Okumura, Raijin
5) Ángel de Oro, Súper Porky, Tritón vs Hechicero, Kráneo, Sagrado
6) Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Stuka Jr. vs Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero, Vangellys

Niebla Roja pops back up again after no matches here since the middle of March.

Fujin & Raijin are pretty locked to the Panthers.

CMLL (TUE) 05/10/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Yaqui & Johnny Dinamo vs Diplomático & Linterna
2) Flyer, Soberano Jr., Starman vs Canelo Casas, Espanto Jr., Metálico
3) Blue Panther, Rey Cometa, Titán vs Cavernario, Puma, Tiger
4) Atlantis, Máscara Dorada, Valiente vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
5) Rush vs Terrible

Rush versus Terrible is always fun. It’d be neat if it made video, but it’s very inconsistent from here.

Mr. Niebla is back from his latest sojourn. It’ll be about four weeks between matches, so mark this up as another maybe suspension.

UWE (SAT) 05/21/2016 Arena Lopez Mateos
Arena Lopez Mateos 49th Anniversary
1) Shibata & Spider Boy vs Holkan & Ironía
2) Ángel Del Amor, Terry 2000, Yakuza vs Dr. Cerebro, Sádico, Yoruba
3) Gallego, Rocky Santana, Romano García © vs Ángel Mortal, Bronco (UWA), Marabunta [AULL TRIOS]
4) Hijo De Dos Caras & Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr. © vs Máscara Año 2000 Jr. & Silver King [UWE TAG]
5) Blue Demon Jr. vs LA Park, Canek, Pagano [Copa Universo]

Full card for their Anniversary show. Pagano should teach a course on how he’s managed to get on top of these cards despite not being a 90s legend or a son of a legend. There’s plenty of people who do hardcore matches who haven’t captured the imagination of indie promoters like he has.

AULL’s regular wrestlers are all shuffled to the undercard in unimportant matches. As usual.

CMLL Arena Mexico: 2016-05-03 

he bounces about six inches up

Recapped: 2016-05-03

What happened: Mephisto continued his new success by defeating Mascara Dorada for the CMLL Welterweight Championship. (Mephisto is now the favorite to put up his mask at the Anniversary show, though it’s still a long way away and it’s not totally clear who he’d face.)

What was good: The main event, really. Dorada/Mephisto was great. The women’s match was the only thing watchable from the undercard.

Where can I watch it: It’s on CMLL’s YouTube channel. Note the stream went out during the show, and the end of the third match wasn’t broadcasted and doesn’t appear on the VOD (unless they edit it later.) (more…)

05/14 AAA TV Lineup (Orizaba) – Ricky/Pirata/Nicho in final LWC qualifier


AAA TV (SAT) 05/14/2016 Plaza de Toros La Concordia, Orizaba, Veracruz
1) ? vs ??
dark match?
2) Monsther Clown & Murder Clown vs Daga & Joe Lider
3) Averno & Chessman © vs Argenis & Australian Suicide [AAA TAG]
3rd defense
4) El Elegido, Garza Jr., Niño Hamburguesa vs Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Taurus
5) Ricky Marvin vs Nicho el Millionario, Hijo de Pirata Morgan [Lucha Libre Victoria World Cup qualifier]
Winner joins Pentagon Jr. & Texano on the AAA team.
6) La Parka & Texano Jr. vs ? & Zorro
7) Psycho Clown vs Pagano [hardcore]

Air Date: 05/28 & 06/04.

This lineup looks odd. It’s because they’ve scheduled an AAA taping for the same weekend as a LU taping, and just about everyone you’d expect to be on the LU show will be in Los Angeles. There’s no minis or women either, so there’s not many men around who aren’t being employed. (Somewhere, there will be a small show Mamba, Apache, Bengala, Atomic Boy, Ludxor, Venom, Parka Negra and Soul Rocker.) What’s left doesn’t seem to be too promising of the card. This is a victim of scheduling.

It is nice to AAA’s giving a singles main event to young luchadors. It’s jawdropping that Pagano is getting this before Pentagon or Fenix or other people. (Psycho didn’t even get this at Rey de Reyes.) Again, part of this is circumstance – Psycho/Pagano has a TV feud behind it, and seems like a fresher match than Psycho/Zorro, and Pagano fits there better than in the semimain, and not many people are around. Maybe people who would’ve been used in this spot in other years. Still, if AAA would do this with Pagano, they’ve got to be doing it with Pentagon. Pagano has benefited far more from Pentagon Jr. winning the Lucha World Cup than Pentagon Jr.

The silhouette – maybe we’ve got to stop actually putting the silhouettes on posters – looks like Hernandez to me. I don’t know anything, it could just be a picture of the sake of a picture (which is what I’d do now – or just stop doing the silhouette bit) – and I don’t know why it’d be Hernandez, but that’s who I thought of first. Maybe he could be another member of Team Trump and the Lucha World Cup, though that would likely be announced Monday. Maybe that’s the case for the silhouette – if they’re going to announce the guy anyway on Monday, than it makes it easier to add him in.

I would’ve gone 0-3 for three guesses in the last qualifier. Hijo del Pirata Morgan is really good, but the next time he wins a big match in AAA will be the first time. So it’s Nicho & Ricky, which is an interesting pairing. Nicho’s last stint in AAA ended – according to Konnan on podcasts – when he attacked Ricky Marvin and two had a fight after they had problems in a match. They’ve been on the same tapings since then, so hopefully they’ve worked things out. Ricky is the better pick for Lucha World Cup match quality (and he’ll likely be there anyway as a translator for the Japan teams), but Nicho is the better star – in Mexico & the US – and maybe the difference doesn’t matter as much if the qualifying team is out in the first round again. It’d allow them to play up the Perros/Fronterzas feud once more. The recent AAA booking has been more focused on their storylines than creating good matches. I don’t know how this is going to turn out.

3rd match is an immediate rematch following the indecisive finish in Orizaba. Not sure what the point is of having title when they’re (essentially) the second match on a card when all the depth is stripped out of the card. I suspect, just like last time, they’ll be moved up on the day of the show, but they don’t seem like much of a prize if the guys holding them are working lower on the card than they did before they were champions.

That tag title match is probably the best bet for a good match on the show, but it’s not a exciting show of match quality. I wasn’t a big fan of Psycho’s matches with Wagner and Psycho/Pagano will lean even heavier on brawling and blood. La Parka means not a good match. 2/4 look like bad/weird combinations of people.

AAA lists the Puebla Lucha World Cup show as the next TV taping on TV, which is an extraordinary long break and would mean the World Cup is part of regular TV right away. I think there might be another taping announced somewhere in here.

Puebla results, Mephisto/Dorada tonight, Lucha World Cup, Volador in the BOSJ

lots of fireworks on last's night's show
last night’s fireworks

CMLL (SUN) 05/01/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Fuego en el Ring]
1) Black Sugar & Micro b Destructor & Quca
2) Capitán Cobra & Linterna DQ Carlo Roggi & Mr. Brisa
Rudos took 2/3, with Linterna betraying Cobra in fall 3 and joining the rudos after the match.
3) El Alteño, Explosivo, Star Black bDemonio Rojo, Gran Kenut, Mr. Apolo
Tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Relámpago & Thunder Boy DQ Cosmos & Metatrón
Rudos took 1/3, the last when Relampago tossed his mask to Cosmos to draw the DQ. This sets up a singles match next week.
5) Esfinge, León Blanco, Magnum b Furia Roja, Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno
Tecnicos took 2/3.

Cosmos/Relampago had already been announced for next week.

CMLL (MON) 05/02/2016 Arena Puebla [thecubsfan]
1) Black Tiger & Meyer b Ares & Guerrero Espacial LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 2 DE MAYO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
16:58. Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Oro Jr., Pegasso, Soberano Jr. b Espíritu Maligno, Rey Apocalipsis, Toro Bill Jr. LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 2 DE MAYO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
12:20. Tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Estrellita b Dalys [lightning] LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 2 DE MAYO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
6:40. Estrellita wanted a title match next week.
4) Ángel de Oro, Stigma, Stuka Jr. DQ Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 2 DE MAYO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
11:37. Tecnicos took 1/3. Mephisto unmasked Angel de Oro for the DQ. Angel de Oro wanted a rematch next week.
5) Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys b Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 2 DE MAYO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
10:23. TGR took 1/3.
6) La Máscara b Carístico LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 2 DE MAYO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
12:39. La Mascara took 1/3, getting away with a mask pull in the third for the unlikely victory. Caristico wants that mask vs mask match.

Show is very skippable. I liked the second match and regretted my lack of sleep for the rest of the show. This version of Caristico, who will lose all the time to whoever in big matches, would’ve probably been a nice addition to AAA. Caristico losing singles matches is not quite the normal way to build someone to an Anniversary match, but, on the flip side, there’s got to be a pretty tasty carrot at the end of whatever stick he’s chasing.

Tonight’s another interesting data point to work out what CMLL is doing this September. Mephisto challenges Mascara Dorada for the CMLL Welterweight Championship, a rematch from just two months ago in the same building. CMLL likes repeating singles matches in a short time – see all the Maximo/Euforia matches – but they typically move them to different venues each time. Tuesday Arena Mexico comes off as a different world than Friday Arena Mexico, but they’re still all in Arena Mexico and it’s strange they’d come back with it quick. It’s CMLL, so any outcome doesn’t have to and usually doesn’t fit any long term plan, but Mephisto defeating Dorada for the title after losing every other single time they’ve met in a title match would suggest CMLL is building something with Mephisto.

The rest of the card is pretty blah. That preview lists Amapola in La Seductora’s spot in the women’s trios (Amapola, Tiffany, Zeuxis vs Marcela, Princesa Sugehit, Skadi.) The second best match on the show might be Soberano Jr., Star Jr., Stigma versus Virus, Raizel and Okumura. Super Porky is listed as back in action, teaming with Blue Panther and Stuka against Ephesto, Lucifierno and Bobby Z in the semimain.

The show starts at 7:30 pm, and will air on and YouTube as normal.

A Notimex wire story about the Lucha World Cup had a bunch of details which AAA hadn’t announced yet. The big news is the women’s tournament is confirmed and has four trios (US, Mexico, Japan and Canada), the men’s is eight trios (same as last year) and the first rounds of both will happen at the Puebla show on June 3rd. AAA really needs to broadcast that show live somehow – a free YouTube stream to promote the PPV two days later would be idea – because it’s going to be interesting enough to draw people and also not so useful two days later. That Puebla show is happening in a convention center, so I wonder if there will be some sort of lucha libre expo around it. There must be some catch for them to be running it there instead of at the bullring they usually run (or maybe they didn’t want to risk rain.)

The format means the June 5th show will have the women’s final and the men’s semifinals and finals. That’s only four matches, last year’s final had eight matches (and was at least a half hour too long.) A different version of that article mentions they’re making medals for best match/best dive/best luchador, so probably tack on third place matches so they can hand out bronze medals. That’s six, so maybe throw in a match with some members of the eliminated teams or the (many) other AAA wrestlers who won’t be on the card to round everything out.

The article says more info on the outside teams will be announced next Monday. I guess we’ll get the poster for Orizaba today or tomorrow, which will have the final match for qualifying for the tournament.

Meanwhile, the AAA penned article with Pentagon & Texano interviews hints at a Rest of the World team like last year, or at least a team not from the US, Japan or Mexico.

NJPW announced it’s Best of Super Juniors field this morning. To everyone’s surprise, Dragon Lee is not in the tournament. Instead, the sole CMLL representative is Volador Jr. in his first ever time in the tournament. He’ll be out of CMLL from May 21st to June 7th, with 7 singles matches over two weeks. Volador’s group is Jushin Liger, Tiger Mask IV, Bobby Fish, Barreta, Nick Jackson, Ricochet, and Will Ospreay.

Volador’s booked on 05/15 Monterrey for ELITE, and that might be about his last match before this tournament. It’d also mean Volador wouldn’t be around for Liga Elite matches on maybe May 18th, May 25, June 1st, and probably June 8th. Maybe he gets in another one next week so he doesn’t fall behind.

Ospreay, Ricochet and maybe Volador look like the three who are going to be in competition to advance. Ospreay just signed with NJPW and Ricochet versus Kushida is a logical big NJPW match they haven’t done yet. It’s tougher to be confident about where Volador fits in. CMLL luchadors usually finish about 3-4 in these things, but Volador has been treated as the biggest star from CMLL on the recent FantasticaMania shows and that would figure to give him some protection. (This also means we’re going to get the top high flyer from CMLL versus the top high flyer from the partially AAA owned Lucha Underground sometime in the next few weeks.) It’d be dumb for CMLL to send over their top tecnico to look bad in a this tournament, but CMLL is completely capable of that. I could imagine anything from Volador going to the final to Volador finishing fifth.

Dragon Lee seemed like a cinch to be in this tournament. It could be he was pulled due to his knee injury, though these lineups are usually figured out well in advance – especially with a guy like Volador Jr., who’d be more difficult to replace in Mexico at the last second. (I’d expect someone like the Panther or Guerrero Maya to be plugged in if it was a last second thing and they just needed a body.) It may be NJPW doesn’t want to bring back Dragon Lee until they bring back Kamaitachi, and Kamaitachi isn’t supposed to be back in NJPW for months. It’d be disappointing if Dragon Lee wasn’t getting that chance right away or ever, but it is probably a good thing he won’t be in a hurry to come back from his knee injury.

Superluchas has an interview with Mini Charly Manson, recently out of AAA. He says he’s happy with the support he’s got now that he’s an indie, and felt stalled in AAA. He was hoping to announce a new identity early in May, and now says it’ll happen on May 15.

Black Terry Jr. has highlights of Rey Bucanero vs Bobby Zavala.

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

Segunda Caida delves into Comandante Pierroth.

Astral’s week is New Jersey, Philadelphia, Guadalajara, Miami.

Box Y Lucha #3231 has the incredible pairs final on it’s cover. I need to resubscribe.

El Matematico was honored in Chicago.

DoradaFan has highlights of Magnifico II and has a list of the best obscure high flyers.

Angelico now has a sponsorship deal with Suplex Apparel


CMLL (MON) 05/09/2016 Arena Puebla
1) París & Robin vs Fuerza Chicana & King Jaguar
2) Millenium & Rey Samuray vs Arkángel de la Muerte & Nitro
3) Hombre Bala Jr., Magnus, Súper Halcón Jr. vs Virus, Warrior Steel, Yago
4) Dalys © vs Estrellita [CMLL WOMEN]
5) Ángel de Oro, Stigma, Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
6) La Máscara, Rush, Shocker vs Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Negro Casas [Relevos Increíbles]

Last night’s show goes 2 for 4 on challenges going anywhere. Little known fact: Shocker & Negro Casas are actually the tag team champions.

This would be Dalys’ second defense – she had one in this past weekend in Oaxaca.

Perhaps this is the start of the Gran Alternativa debutees making their way into normal matches. Warrior Steel & Yago make a debut here, and are interesting opponents for the Gen 11 trio than the usual veteran rudos.

HUMO (SAT) 05/21/2016 Salón Citlalli, Ecatepec, Estado de México
1) Novasonic vs Demasiado
2) Vanely, Xena, Zuka vs Lady Sensación, Mazahua, Reina Oscura
3) Freelance, Mike Segura, Titán (CMLL) vs Flamita, Okumura, Raijin
4) Skadi vs Felina Metálica [super libre]
5) Casandra © vs Mima Shimoda, Julissa [HUMO WOMEN]
6) Keira, Ludark Shaitan, Marcela vs Chik Tormenta, La Jarochita, La Vaquerita

Humo is normally an all women’s promotion, so the third match being there is weird but great.

Main event is Mexico City versus the rest of Mexico. Keira showing up here (and not in Xalapa) is a little bit interesting. Mima Shimoda is back in town for DragonMania.

CMLL Puebla: 2016-05-02 

neat entry into La Mistica
neat entry into La Mistica

Recapped: 05/02/2016

What happened: If you missed this show, you might get a chance to see it again next week. The last four matches all featured rematches challenges.

Esterllita versus Dallys for the CMLL Women’s Championship and a rematch of the Angel de Oro trios seemed actually set for next week. The rudo/rudo battle and Caristico/Mascara were far less certain.

What was good:  Not much. Maybe everyone was burnt out from a busy weekend, but this seemed to be a lot of people going thru the motions and nothing really good. The second match was the one I liked the best.

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

Tortuga Ninjas become champions, Caristico & La Mascara in Puebla tonight

IWRG (SUN) 05/01/2016 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, The Gladiatores]
1) Adrenalina b Fireman
2) Emperador Azteca, Kanon, Teelo b Atomic Star, Demonio Infernal, Hip Hop Man
Originally Dragon Fly & Shadow Boy vs Galaxy & Hop Hop Man. Teelo’s first match here since December.
3) Leo, Mike, Rafy b Diablo Jr., El Hijo del Diablo, Imposible © [EdM Trios]
The Tortuga Ninjas won the titles! Mariachis Locos fall in their second defense.
4) Cerebro Negro, Herodes Jr., Killer Jr. b Dinamic Black, Emperador Azteca, Freelance
Emperador Azteca replaced Hijo de Dos Caras. Cerebro Negro was eliminated, but attacked Dinamic Black, setting up Herodes Jr. for a German suplex win.
5) Apolo Estrada Jr., Canis Lupus, Eterno b Toscano, Trauma I, Trauma II
Eterno used a chain to hit Trauma I, setting up Canis’ win. Canis Lupus wants a mask match with Trauma I, and Trauma I wants a cage match first.

They really should’ve made the Ninja Turtles the main event if they were actually going to win the secondary trios titles. Oh well.

Tonight’s Arena Puebla has Caristico taking on La Mascara in the main event. They’ve been feuding on and off for the seemingly six months. La Mascara has looked better in trios this year, but his Liga Elite matches have been lacking. The crowd’s have been in Caristico so this should still be well received even if it’s not a remarkable match. The semimain is a rudo/rudo battle between Peste Negra & TGR, a rematch from last week. Estrellita hasn’t been on TV or internet in about four weeks, but she returns tonight for a lightning match with Dalys. The other matches all seem like they have chances to be good, though there’s no sure bet. The show airs on & YouTube starting at 9pm.

The DTU free show in Tulancingo seemed like it drew huge. The Arena Neza free show, not so much.

The Lucha World Cup will be back on US PPV, according to today’s Wrestling Observer Radio. I’d assume that means English announcers and an iPPV too.

On the same bit, Dorian Roldan says an English version of the TV show is coming soon. Maybe it’ll be the one that airs in Canada.

Konnan’s posted a video of an ex-AAA office worker who says they lost a leg in the same bus crash that claimed the life of Irma Osorno. This is a follow up to Osorno’s family going public with their complaints about how AAA hasn’t helped them out after Osorno’s passing. In the wake of their bus accident, there was definitely talk about many more people being hurt than Osorno, including people hospitalized much after the accident, but no details came out (and the situation was quickly overwhelmed by Perro’s death.)

Konnan’s also posting photos of him with Electroshock.

AULL added Los Diabolicos versus Los Diabolicos to their 05/21 Anniversary show.

Black Terry Jr. has highlights of Guerrero Maya Jr. & the Panther vs Arkangel vs Virus.

Segunda Caida watches Mascara Dorada vs Volador Jr. despite knowing the outcome already.

CMLL weekend shows, Titan & Triton win DTU tag team championship

photo by Black Terry Jr.
CMLL (SAT) 04/30/2016 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Acero & Fantasy b Pequeño Universo 2000 & Pequeño Violencia
2) El Cuatrero, Nitro, Sansón b Oro Jr., Robin, Star Jr.
Rudos took 1/3.
3) Bobby Z, Ephesto, Luciferno b Stigma, The Panther, Tritón
Rudos took 2/3.
4) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Rey Cometa b Pólvora, Rey Escorpión, Vangellys
Tecnicos took 1/3.
5) Euforia, Terrible, Último Guerrero b Máscara Dorada, Máximo Sexy, Valiente
Valiente replaced Dragon Lee (injury) on Monday.

A show just to have a show in Arena Mexico on Kid’s Day.

CMLL (SUN) 05/01/2016 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Artillero & Cholo b Bengala & Sensei
2) Magnus, Soberano Jr., Stigma DQ El Cuatrero, Espanto Jr., Sansón
Espanto pulled Stigma’s mask for the DQ.
3) Guerrero Maya Jr., Pegasso, Tritón b Disturbio, Sangre Azteca, Skándalo
Tecnicos took 1/3.
4) Cavernario, Euforia, Negro Casas b Rey Cometa, Star Jr., Titán
Casas said to be returning from a right foot injury. Star replaced Angel de Oro. Rudos took 1/3. Cometa and Cavernario feuded. Cavernario was stretchered out after the match, but Cometa continued to attack him.
5) Ángel de Oro, Máscara Dorada, Valiente DQ Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
Valiente replaced Dragon Lee on Sunday. Angel de Oro replaced Super Porky. Rey Bucanero fouled Mascara Dorada.

The recap doesn’t say how Cavernario got hurt – it may be after a Cometa dive. The photos show Cometa pulling Cavernario off the stretcher once and attacking him another time. This seemed like it was going for a title match, but a hair rematch doesn’t seem out of the question.

Bucanero had a busy weekend, picking up the FILL (Chile) Championship from Bobby Z on Saturday on a show he was helping to promote. The Panther & Guerrero Maya Jr. retained their Arena Coliseo Tag Team championship over Arkangel de la Muerte & Virus. Black Terry Jr. has photos of that show.

Titan (CMLL) & Triton (CMLL) won the DTU Nexo championship over Rocky Lobo (Elite) & Lanzeloth (AAA) and Jinzo (Elite) & Dinamic Black (Elite) on their show today. Flamita was the mystery luchador in the main event and Shocker made his in-ring return.

Lucha Memes 05/15 in Coliseo Coacalco
1: Hechicero vs Virus
2: Princesa Maya vs Marcela

AAA posted the Pentagon Jr. vs Fenix match from their recent trip to Japan.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Super Libre had interviews with Al Carrillo, Draego and Omega


AAA (FRI) 05/06/2016 Arena Naucalpan
1) ? vs ??
2) Mini Drago & Niño De Cobre vs Máscarita Negra & Mini Psycho Clown
3) Faby Apache & Niño Hamburguesa vs Lady Shani & Mamba
4) Monsther Clown & Murder Clown vs Daga & Joe Lider and Atomic Boy & Dizzy
Atomic Boy and Dizzy are said to represent Promocion Rosales
5) Electroshock, La Parka, Octagón Jr. vs Chessman, Pagano, Taurus

An AAA show in Naucalpan that’s not a TV taping, announced a few days ago. I’d guess Monsther & Murder get moved up to the main event and the fourth is just a straight 2v2 match.

CMLL (SAT) 05/07/2016 Arena Coliseo
1) Bengala vs Inquisidor
2) Leono vs Camorra
3) Flyer vs Artillero
4) Hombre Bala Jr. vs Nitro
5) Tritón vs Disturbio
6) Blue Panther & Esfinge vs Puma & Tiger
7) La Máscara, Súper Porky, Titán vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Ripper

Triton vs Disturbio will probably make the internet, sounds fun.

CMLL (SUN) 05/08/2016 Arena México
1) Bengala & Flyer vs Apocalipsis & Cholo
2) Fantasy, Shockercito, Último Dragóncito vs Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Violencia, Pierrothito
3) Esfinge, Oro Jr., Tritón vs Cancerbero, Sangre Azteca, Tiger
4) Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr., Titán vs Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado
5) Atlantis, Máscara Dorada, Máximo Sexy vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Rey Escorpión

No Cometa & Cavernario. Maybe they got the week off, maybe that feud really has been moved to Friday. (They’d kind of have to be doing the big match on May 13th if Cavernario’s going to the BOSJ, but we’ll know if that’s happening in a couple days.)

This is the Mother’s Day show, so maybe a dance number too.

CMLL (SUN) 05/08/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Avispón Negro & Black Sugar vs Destructor & Guerrero de la Muerte
2) El Alteño & Javier Cruz Jr. vs Diplomático & Gitano
3) Cosmos vs Relámpago
4) Frezzer, Mágico, Neutrón vs Demonio Rojo, El Chakal, Rey Trueno
5) El Divino, Gallo, Vaquero Jr. vs Kempo Dragón, Príncipe Kisho, Ráfaga

Kempo Dragon & Principe Kisho return from Sinaloa. Third match is listed as a normal singles match for no title.

04/29 AAA TV Results (Xalapa) – Pentagon & Texano in Lucha World Cup

AAA TV (FRI) 04/29/2016 Arena Xalapa, Xalapa, Veracruz [AAA]
1) Faby Apache & Mary Apache b Lady Shani & Taya
Taya replaced Keira. Mary beat Shani. Both Apaches asked for a title shot. Taya pointed out they still had not defeated her so no.
2) Averno & Chessman © DQ Argenis & Australian Suicide [AAA TAG]
Dropped to the second match. Challengers determined on 04/18 in Leon. Bengala and Ricky Marvin were seconds and fought at the end, a rudo fouled a tecnico and a tecnico fouled a rudo back to give the tecnicos the win. Copetes, who had started the match and been replaced by Piero, came back out to overrule the result and give the rudos the win by DQ. 2nd defense.
3) Pentagón Jr. b Daga, Joe Lider [Lucha Libre Victoria World Cup qualifier]
Prior to the match, a video aired of Halloween beaten and tied up in the locker room, having been attacked by Taya and Kahn Del Mal (and maybe the other Perros before the match.) Daga beat Lider, then Pentagon beat Daga to take the first spot. Los Fronterizos interrupted the post match and rescued Halloween, who had been left at top of Arena Xalapa.
4) Texano Jr. b Garza Jr., Taurus [Lucha Libre Victoria World Cup qualifier]
Taurus beat Garza. Mesias tried to cost Texano the match, but Garza came back to stop him and Texano beat Tuarus to qualify.
5) Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown COR Damián 666, Nicho el Millionario, Pagano
Los Fronterizos were counted out when the Perros brawled with them. Los Fronterizos were thrown in an ambulance and driven away.
6) El Mesías b La Parka
A earlier Mesias & Cage in-ring bit include the Trump video being shown again. Cage revealed he was injured and unable to wrestle tonight. Texano taunted Mesias into facing La Parka in a singles match instead. (Electroshock went unmentioned, apparently having quit.) Cage was healthy enough to interfere in the match frequently, helping Mesias get the win. Texano made the save after the match, though he and Parka didn’t appear friendly.

Air Date: 05/14 & 05/21

The main event sounds like a little bit of a confusing mess, but it may be partly due to circumstances: Electroshock quit, again. He seemed to briefly quit a few months before coming back, so it’s been on his mind a while. I don’t know how close he is with his brother Sharly Rockstar right now, but Electro showing up in Elite seems plausible. It’s been a strange year and a half of Electroshock, with him disappearing off TV for moments, returning as a depressed drunk, putting together a new trio with Hijo del Pirata and Kronoz, wrestling exactly one match with that trio before Kronoz got hurt, Pirata & Electroshock being booked apart from each other, then doing the break up angle after they’ve already broken up, then the whole thing going nowhere. It’s not like Electroshock was forgotten by AAA, but the payoffs to his stories never happened. AAA seems to be in a rebuilding period and 46 year old luchador doesn’t quite fit in, but AAA was still putting him in the main events of their TV tapings. Losing Electroshock doesn’t seem like a great loss to AAA, though it fits a pattern of people walking away for all sorts of reasons.

The tag team title deal is a less understandable mess and the usual bit of AAA focusing the attention on their referees over their luchadors. They do want to re-enforce the idea of Ricky with Averno & Chessman (a third man on a two man team) and maybe there’s a thought they’ll need to replay the match at Verano de Escandalo with Jack & Angelico currently broken, but the referee reversing the finish after the belts have been awarded is among the most aggravating bits you can do.

The Frontierizos – Pagano, Damian, Halloween and Nicho – getting humiliated in the back and run off in an ambulance would seem like a quick write off to the characters in a US promotion. The AAA recap emphasizes the rivalry will continue, so maybe it’s more about balancing the scales after the Perros have taken the worst of it every time so far.

None of the matches on this show sound particularly worth watching. Maybe the qualifiers. Maybe the opener. Nothing really jumps out.

Running the Lucha World Cup qualifiers meant AAA really needed to explain Lucha World Cup, and so a press release was sent out Friday. The big news is it’ll be two different shows: a June 3rd (Friday) show at a Puebla convention center will have qualifying rounds, and the June 5th (Sunday) final back at Palacio de los Deportes. NOAH, TNA and Lucha Underground were announced as participating. ROH is not back from last year – the word was NJPW as unhappy about their partner ROH working with someone other than their other partner CMLL, which makes it really confusing why NJPW’s other other partner NOAH is participating. Hopefully TNA still exists by June. Hopefully I still exist by June.

Way back in February, Enuhito mentioned it would be a two day tournament and women would be involved. He’s completely correct on the first part, and looks to be right on the second. The press release doesn’t explain it, but the logos for Japanese joshi promotions Oz Academy and Pro Wrestling Wave are on the poster. AAA and Wave combined to hold the 2012 Reina de Reinas tournament in Japan (won by Sexy Star.)  Oz Academy has sent women to AAA in past.

There’s no details on how many teams will be involved, or if the format will be different, or if the show will be on iPPV (though I expect they’ll at least try for the last part.) Tickets go on sale Tuesday, maybe there will be more details then. AAA’s next TV taping is May 14th in Orizaba, and that might also come up with more details. It should at least have a third qualifier if they’re going the trios route again. That lineup should be out no later than Wednesday.

Mephisto & Mistico win incredible pairs tournament, Atlantis/Park & Casas/UG in Liga Elite


CMLL (FRI) 04/29/2016 Arena México [CMLL, KronoSport, SuperLuchas, thecubsfan]
Arena Mexico 60th Anniversary
1) Cancerbero & Raziel b Flyer & Star Jr.
16:00. Rudos took 2/3.
2) Marcela, Princesa Sugehit, Skadi b Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis
14:20. rudas took 2/3.
3) Blue Panther, Máximo, Stuka Jr. b Bobby Z, Hechicero, Kráneo
13:49. Tecnicos took 2/3. Hombre Bala Jr. replaced Super Pokry (double booked).
4) Rey Cometa b Cavernario [lightning]
8:37. Cometa won with a Destroyer
5) Máscara Dorada, Máximo, Volador Jr. b Ephesto, Felino, Rey Escorpión
10:40. Tecnicos took 2/3. Volador Jr. replaced Dragon Lee on Monday. Maximo replaced Angel de Oro on Friday.
6) Mephisto & Mistico b Carístico & Cibernético [natl pi, final]
15:36. Team Mephisto & Mistico took 2/3. In the third, Mistico beat Cibernetico, Caristico defeated Mistico and Mephisto defeated Caristico.

I liked the show. I covered the main event in detail a post below, but the short version is it’s utterly bizarre for Mistico to lose to Caristico cleanly and that not to even be the finish of the match unless something’s up with Mephisto. And even then, it’s a bit strange.

CMLL kept the lights up a bit, instead of darkening everything but the ring. They’ve done this at big shows int he past, and it’s still not quite as lit as the Elite shows, but it’s a better look. It did feel like a bigger crowd than usual in photos but not a huge one, and they didn’t do the big sweeping camera pans they use when it’s a 12,000 seat kind of night.

CMLL is back in Arena Mexico tonight for a special Kid’s Day show. The main event is Mascara Dorada, Maximo and Valiente versus Terrible, Euforia and Ultimo Guerrero. It’s a five match show with no discernible storylines.

Liger Fever has another translation transcription of a lucha libre interview, this time one with Dragon Lee. Part 1, Part 2 (includes a great stories about boxing and another about bodybuilding), Part 3, Part 4. Dragon Lee hints at multiple tours of Japan. Everyone’s figured he’s in the BOSJ and we’ll know that for sure in a couple days, but that suggests he’s already been told he’ll be brought back later in the year for more.

Puma, Terrible, Super Halcon Jr., Super Comando and (I think) Hijo del Pantera are a show in Berwyn on May 8th. That’s the same night as the ROH PPV in Chicago Ridge. I already bought a ticket for ROH and I’d bet that show will technically be better, but I’m also thinking I’ll be watching a good match for a promotion I don’t really pay much attention to and feel like I’m missing out on Puma hanging on the ropes or something.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

RobViper has highlights of 09/29/15 CMLL.

There’s a new edition of the +LuchaTV highlight show.

Arena Lopez’s main event will be Canek vs Blue Demon Jr. vs Pagano vs LA Park.

Diosa Atenea lost in the first round of Stardom’s Cindrella tournament.


ELITE (WED) 05/04/2016 Arena México
1) Estrellita & La Jarochita vs Muñeca De Plata & Rossy Moreno
2) Hijo De Dos Caras, Jinzo, Metaleón vs El Cuatrero, El Hijo del Medico Asesino, Sansón
3) Ángel de Oro & Golden Magic vs Argos & Magno
4) Rush vs Negro Casas [Liga Elite]
5) Carístico, Máscara Dorada, Mistico vs Ángel Blanco Jr., Euforia, Último Guerrero
6) Atlantis vs LA Park [Liga Elite]

Negro Casas finally gets started in Liga Elite – maybe. I’d be tempted to take the day off if I had to deal with Rush. (Dorada, UG, and Caristico being around gives them plenty of backups.) Caristico lost clean to Atlantis, yet it’s hard to imagine LA Park doing the same.

Medico Asesino & Angel Blanco are two more TxT refugees washing ashore in Arena Mexico. There doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason to the Elite undercards in the Azteca era (and Medico’s shown up on the 2010 and 2016 DragonManias) but Blanco’s in a notable position right away, though that doesn’t seem like the right match for him. He had runs in CMLL in the early 90s and 1998. His last match in Arena Mexico was teaming with that same Ultimo Guerrero (and Halcon Negro) against Mr. Aguila, Olimpico, and Hijo del Solitario. Solitario’s the biggest non-Santo regular from TxT who hasn’t shown up in one of the other groups. It always seemed like TxT was hoping for a big show to do the Santo/Solitario mask match. That’s probably still in someone’s back packet, unless/until he shows up here.

CMLL (FRI) 05/06/2016 Arena México
1) Hombre Bala Jr. & Súper Halcón Jr. vs Espanto Jr. & Hijo del Signo
2) Blue Panther Jr., Pegasso, The Panther vs Fujin, Raijin, Skándalo
3) Ángel de Oro, Fuego, Súper Porky vs Bobby Z, Hechicero, Vangellys
4) Titán vs Rey Bucanero [lightning]
5) Rey Cometa, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas
6) La Máscara, Rey Escorpión, Rush vs Marco Corleone, Terrible, Último Guerrero [Relevos Increíbles]

The Rush/Marco feud is back on the show – as is UG/Escorpion, I guess. It’s not Thunder.

Cometa gets bumped up to the fifth match, so they’ve got a plan for him and Cavernario but no idea when or even what. They have a lot of matches that could end up on a big show, but no sign of a big show any time soon.

The fourth match will be the first Titan singles match to be broadcast since September. First ever Bucanero/Titan singles match.

Fujin & Raijin make a return to streams, opposite their normal rivals in the Panthers.

Hombre Bala sent back to first match purgatory. It was a nice one show run.