Volador defeats Sombra, life defeats Mr. Niebla, Shocker off

CMLL (MON) 08/03/2015 Arena Puebla [CMLL, Periodico Enfoque]
1) Black Tiger, Robin, Zaeta Roja b Espíritu Maligno, Guerrero Espacial, Saurón
Tecnicos took 2/3
2) Cancerbero, King Jaguar, Raziel b Lestat, Magnus, Pegasso
Rudos took 2/3. Lestat & King Jaguar feuded but neither man pinned each other during the match.
3) Marcela b Amapola [lightning]
Marcela beat Amapola clean with the Michinoku Driver. No title shot for Amapola.
4) Ephesto, Mephisto, Pólvora b Ángel de Oro, Titán, Valiente
Polvora attacked Angel de Oro early. Rudos took 1/3, Polvora pinning Angel de Oro clean. Polovra asked for another title shot, but the crowd and Angel de Oro said NO.
5) Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Rey Escorpión b Atlantis, La Máscara, Último Guerrero [Relevos Increíbles]
Atlantis replaced Rush. Mr. Niebla appeared to be in no condition to wrestle and had an awful performance which sank the match (not that the other five guys were doing much besides keeping Niebla out.) Escorpion’s team won 1/3, the last when Escorpion snuck in a foul on Guerrero. They made challenges as well.
6) Volador Jr. b La Sombra
Volador took falls 2/3 in the usual fashion: two short falls, and one long one with just about every move possible. Volador Spiral #1 finally got the win.

Main event was great. Show was just OK for the first four matches and the semimain was awful, and Volador and Sombra basically saved the show. (As much as it needs saving when you’re watching it for free.)

No word on Mr. Niebla going forward. The newspaper account doesn’t note Niebla’s behavior, but everyone in the match was very aware of it. He’s next booked in Guadalajara tonight and info from those shows are slow to turn up unless there’s in a fight. He’s currently scheduled in Arena Mexico on Friday.

Shocker is no longer scheduled on Friday or Sunday. Vangellys replaces him on Friday, and Rey Bucanero on Sunday. Not sure exactly what the issue is; if it’s just an injury, it’d seem like he could still show up on Friday to judge, but he might not.

CMLL also added Ultimo Guerrero, Euforia, Gran Guerrero versus Thunder, Rey Escorpion, and Dragon Rojo to Friday’s card (not replacing anything, so it’s a seven match card.) It’s no doubt related to the Anniversary plans. CMLL started a tease for Revolucionarios versus Guerreros in a cage match before shifting to Rey Escorpion versus Ultimo Guerrero. Maybe they’re bringing back to the original plans for the Anniversary show, but it’d be absurd to put Escorpion in six weeks after he lost his hair.

Today’s Arena Mexico card has the Sky Team versus Ephesto, Mephisto and Hechicero. This would seem like a set up for a title match if the Hijos del Infierno weren’t already getting one on Sunday. Stuka, Titan and Triton face Cavernario, Felino and Gran Guerrero in the semimain.

Sombra can’t be quite totally suspended in Mexico City if they’re still having him be the guest host on the Turibus today. Those are booked thru CMLL.

In addition to Sexy Star, her husband Jhony Gonzalez and Rey Mysterio Jr. also appear in the Latin America version of the ESPN Body issue.

+LuchaTV has their own interview with Rey Mysterio Jr., as does Rolling Stone.

LuchaWorld has this week’s Poster-Mania.

This week’s lucha libre magazine covers; looks like Box Y Lucha is back this week and next.

Televisa Deportes will be hosting video chats with AAA luchadors, starting with Psycho Clown & Villano IV on Wednesday, Myzteziz & Chessman on Thursday and Sexy Star on Friday. These have been region limited to Mexico in the past.

Blue Demon Jr. said he found out about his TripleMania match via social media (and AAA didn’t tell him.)

Lucha Underground has a great teaser for Ultima Lucha up.

Black Terry Jr. has highlights of Wasson versus Arez and Herodes Jr. versus Negro Navarro from the GIW show.

RobViper has a music video of this year’s Rey de Reyes.

Disturbio, Ciber Punk and Garrobo Punk are part of Lucha Caos, and will be appearing on the Chilanga Mask 08/16 show. There’s also interviews on Pagano and Trauma I on their match.

Fuego en el Ring catches up with Super Calo. This Sunday’s Guadalajara card looks like All Elite card because it turns it out is one, even though those words aren’t mentioned on the poster.

SuperLuchas looks back to a mask match between El Brazo & Brazo de Plata versus the Corsarios (who’d turn out to be the future Savio Vega and Invader 4) and Dory Dixon versus Ray Mendoza.

Rico Rodriguez won Monterrey’s Reyes del Aire tournament.

Principe Condor lost his mask to Coyote Jr. in Oaxaca.

There’s a benefit show on 08/29 for a child named Brayan Alvarez.

Lineups

IWRG (SUN) 08/09/2015 Arena Naucalpan
1) King Man, Ovni, Skayde vs Bronco, Imposible, Príncipe Azteca
2) Hijo del Pantera & Pantera vs Diablo Jr. 1 & El Hijo del Diablo
3) Súper Nova vs Golden Magic
4) Cien Caras Jr., Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Oficial AK47 vs Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan Jr.
5) Danny Casas, Dr. Wagner Jr., Veneno vs Negro Navarro, Trauma I, Trauma II

Dr. Wagner Jr. might have been on TripleMania, and instead he’s teaming with Veneno & Danny Casas. That’s a bit tough. (Wagner is also listed on a FULL show at about the same time.)

Not sure what’s really going to happen in the semifinal, since Hijo del Pirata will have to hurry back from Colombia to make it and Pirata Morgan Jr. seems not to actually work many of the shows he’s listed for (with Hijo del Pirata being in as a replacement or because they listed the wrong name to begin with.)

The two feuds IWRG’s been focusing on are dropped down to third and second to make it clear you shouldn’t really care about them. It’s convenient!

I think Mega Man gets crown throwing power when he defeats King Man. I’m hoping Bronco in the opener is the return of the CMLL one, though it’s almost definitely not. Ovni has been around Mexico City for years and it’s a safe bet all the unknown guys are Skayde trainees.

CMLL (MON) 08/10/2015 Arena Puebla
1) Black Tiger & Rey Samuray vs Rey Apocalipsis & Toro Bill Jr.
2) Starman, Stigma, Tritón vs Okumura, Puma, Tiger
3) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Titán vs Kráneo, Olímpico, Ripper
4) Ángel de Oro © vs Pólvora [CMLL LH]
Angel de Oro 5th defense. Rematch from 13 days ago in Arena Mexico.
5) Atlantis, Mistico, Rush vs Mephisto, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
6) Último Guerrero vs Rey Escorpión

No Marcela/Amapola, but a title match and a singles match anyway. Rush being listed here seems notable, but he was listed this past week and didn’t work so who knows. Mr. Niebla wouldn’t be pulled until today and almost never update the Puebla lineup when there’s a change.

Opener could be great.

The Crash (FRI) 10/02/2015 Auditorio de Tijuana, Tijuana, Baja California
1) Star Dragón © vs Mirage [The Crash Junior]
2) Ángel Metálico, Dinamic Black, Súper Nova vs Star Boy, Tony Casanova, Zarco
3) Fenix (AAA) vs Angélico, Seiya Sanada, Matt Cross [Trofeo X Gym]
4) ?, Pimpinela Escarlata, Psycho Clown vs Cibernético, Mamba, Taya
5) Pentagón Jr. © vs Bestia 666 [The Crash CRUISER]
6) El Patrón Alberto, Rey Horuz, Rey Mysterio Jr. vs Brian Cage, Daga, Hijo del Fantasma

Pretty loaded card for the Crash. Third match is interesting, with someone who looks a lot like of Son of Havoc and Sanada (ex-Wrestle-1, ex-TNA) in. Main even should be very fun.

As a lucha fan, one of the real costs of losing Lucha Underground would be losing the tasty AAA matchups which only seem to happen on outside shows. Aerostar and Jack Evans were in AAA together for years and have had as many singles matches there as they’ve had in Lucha Underground in a few months (1 each.) This is probably going to be Pentagon’s best Mexico singles match of the year because right now it’s his only one.

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CMLL’s 82nd Anniversary show will be on September 4

Tonight’s Puebla broadcast mentioned the annual CMLL Anniversary show would now take place on September 4th. This is a major surprise: CMLL had quietly listed the show as taking place on September 18th 25th as part of their story writing contest. Recently, a reliable source had said the show would be moved to September 18th 25th, but I couldn’t get that confirmed.

September 4th is the earliest anniversary show since 2010, when Sombra beat Olimpico in a hastily assembled cage match on September 3rd. That seems like the most likely template for this year as well: this show is four Fridays away and there’s nothing remotely resembling an Anniversary main event being put together. The only thing CMLL’s set up is Ultimo Guerrero versus Thunder, which would die as a singles match. They do better with a cage match, but not at the same ticket prices as past years and they’re unlikely to fill the building. It’s also possible CMLL will run the Universal tournament final on that show, though it would have to overlap the En Busca de un Idolo final to work. There’s no strong options and the Anniversary name is going to have to carry the day.

This would be the only second first week of September anniversary show since 1963. That year saw EMLL run a second show on September 27th. They didn’t run a second anniversary in 2010, but they did have the Volador Jr. versus Mistico (I) Copa Bicentenario final, which was about an event in itself. Not sure we should expect anything extra this year.

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Dragon becomes a Diablo, Volador/Sombra in Puebla, Villano III

IWRG (SUN) 08/02/2015 Arena Naucalpan [The Gladiatores]
1) Adrenalina, Aeroman, Dragon Fly b Araña de Plata, Hip Hop Man, Royer Boy
Adrenalina replaced Alas de Acero, Royer Boy replaced Toxin Boy. Dragon Fly’s first match on a non-FILL show since 2011.
2) Metaleón, Miss Gaviota, Vortize b Acero, Atomic Star, Imposible
Vortize replaced Mr. Leo. Acero replaced Electro Boy. Metaleon wants a title match against Imposible.
3) Canis Lupus, Negro Navarro, Príncipe Orión b Golden Magic, Súper Nova, Veneno
Straight falls. Golden Magic & Super Nova ended up fighting each other again. Golden Magic wants a title shot still.
4) Dragón Celestial & El Hijo del Diablo b Hijo del Solar & Solar I and Hijo del Pantera & Pantera and Hijo de Pirata Morgan & Pirata Morgan and Universo 2000 & Universo 2000 Jr. andCien Caras Jr. & Hijo de Máscara Año 2000 [Legado Final]
Cien Caras Jr. replaced Mascara Ano 2000. This year, the fathers started and were replaced by the sons. All the fathers were eliminated before any of the sons. It appeared Hijo del Pantera would pin Dragon Celestial for the win, but Hijo del Diablo pulled out the referee and Dragon Celestial snuck in a foul on Pantera for the win. Dragon Celestial was wearing a Diablo styled mask and his father Hijo del Diablo announced he’s son would now be know as Diablo Jr. I.

That should set up a Panteras versus Diablos tag title match. All the titles matches being set up sounds like an all title match show must be on the way, but IWRG’s calendar lists that in October.

CMLL will have Volador Jr. versus La Sombra tonight on the Arena Puebla live stream (9pm CT.)  Sombra leads all time, 11-9-2. (We never found out who won in LA, though assuming it’s Volador since he still has his gigantic belt.) Volador leads in Arena Puebla, 3 wins to 2. Tonight’s a non-title match and it doesn’t seem to be setting up anything. CMLL’s already telegraphing a Marcela/Amapola title match for next week and CMLL just doesn’t do two title matches cards any more. Either guy could win. It’s a busy card, with another Escorpion/Guerrero relevos incredibles (which also includes Rush and Negro Casas on opposite sides), recent rivals Angel de Oro/Polvora matched up in the fourth match trios, and King Jaguar & Lestat again meeting in the segunda trios.

AAA has a behind the scenes video of Sexy Star’s ESPN Body photoshoot. I believe that magazine is out this week in Mexico.

Villano III talks about his ‘retirement’ match at TripleMania. Villano III says it’s not really a retirement, it’s promoters not asking him to wrestle he’s not been wreslting. only shown up to be honored. Dorian Roldan invited him to wrestle, Villano III told him he hadn’t done anything in four months, and Dorian assured him that it’ll be a good match whatever Villano III does. If another promoter calls him up after TripleMania, he’ll go wrestle some more to more shows, but doess’t plan on wrestling.

Segunda Caida reviews this year’s En Busca de un Idolo maestros trios.

An interview with retired Chiapas referee/luchador el Ñoño.

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Mistico dislocates his shoulder & wrestles next day, Terry/Valiente, trios title match

photo by Alexis Salazar-CMLL

CMLL (SAT) 08/01/2015 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Bengala DQ Camorra
Camorra pulled off Bengala’s mask.
2) Molotov b Akuma
Molotov replaced Robin a few hours after the lineup was posted.
3) Eléctrico b Pequeño Nitro
4) Raziel b Súper Halcón Jr.
5) Puma b Hombre Bala Jr.
6) Princesa Sugehit & Silueta b Dalys & Zeuxis
Silueta beat Zeuxis, then challenged her to a title match.
7) Dragon Lee, Fuego, Mistico b Ephesto, Felino, Mephisto
Mistico dislocated his left shoulder in the first set of exchange in the match and left the match. Under mananged tecnicos still managed to take the win.

Mistico’s had chronic problems with the shoulder going back to his time as Dragon Lee. His brother Rush had similar problems and eventually had surgery which seems to have corrected it. Not sure if that’ll be the same outcome here, but he was back in the ring on Sunday.

Saturday show is off due to boxing next week.

photo by Black Terry Jr.

GIW (SAT) 08/01/2015 Arena Azteca Budokan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), Estrellas del Ring, Kronosport, The Gladiatores]
1) Araña de Plata Jr. b Shadow Boy and Jinzo and Coyote and Centella Atomica & Halloween Jr.
Arana beat Jinzo
2) Keira b Lady Maravilla
3) Wasson b Arez
Wasson challenged Arez for a hair match after the win.
4) Aeroboy, Trauma I, Trauma II b Bestia 666, Damián 666, Halloween
5) Negro Navarro b Herodes Jr.
6) Belial & Impulso b Metaleón & Power Bull
money thrown in
7) Black Terry & Solar I b Valiente & Virus Valiente y Virus vs Black Terry y Solar 01-08-15 (posted by tvluchadelpasado)
Valiente and Black Terry feuded; they were fighting outside when Solar beat Virus for the win. Valiente & Terry wanted a singles match. Oriental appeared after the match ask for the same from Virus.

On his Facebook, Black Terry said he wants a singles match with Valiente. ChilangaMask says there is a US promotion interested in booking Black Terry.

LA Park & Volador beat Sombra & Pagano last night in Arena Lopez Mateos when Park beat Sombra. LA Park declared he was the real and only Ingobernable after the match, and they announced LA Park & HIjo de LA Parka & TBA versus La Mascara, La Sombra & Rush for August 15th.

CMLL (SUN) 08/02/2015 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Artillero & Súper Comando b Molotov & Sensei
2) Dark Angel, Estrellita, Silueta b La Comandante, La Seductora, Zeuxis
3) Acero, Aéreo, Eléctrico DQ Mercurio, Pequeño Violencia, Pierrothito
Pequeno Violencia and Aereo agreed to a hair match next week.
4) Blue Panther, Titán, Tritón b Kamaitachi, Misterioso Jr., Niebla Roja
5) Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto b Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr.
Reyes del Atlantida and Hijos del Infierno agreed to a title match next week.
6) Dragon Lee, Mistico, Volador Jr. b Felino, Okumura, Rey Escorpión
Mistico wrestled here after his injury the next day. Okumura replaced Shocker and took the loss to Dragon Lee’s double stomp

Mistico came back from injury to wrestle the next day. Luchadors are quick to leave matches with injury and quicker to return the next day anyway.

It does not look great for Reyes del Atlantida. It’s getting close to Universal tournament and there’s 17 champions including light heavyweight champion Mephisto. Hijos del Infierno winning the national trios belts reduces the count to a perfect 16. CMLL could always do a different title change in the next month or so or Mascara Dorada could just not end up returning, but this seems like this year’s easy solution to counting.

AAA posted their English language PPV hype special for TripleMania. It’s about 95% on Rey/Myzteziz and Cage/Alberto and the other matches are mentioned at the end.

Hijo del Diablo & Dragon Celestial won the IWRG father’s and sons match. Dragon Celestial announced he’s changing his name to Diablo Jr. I, which suggests a brother is on the way.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

RobViper has highlights of 03/27/15 CMLL and 04/01/15 AAA.

Super Libre had Leon Blanco & Malefico as guests.

Box y Lucha returns with #3198, including a TripleMania with Myzteziz and Rey Mysterio. They have Myzteziz’s name spelled wrong.

Rey Mysterio talked to SI about his career and TripleMania.

Artillero talks about his career in El Grafico.

Rey Escorpion is still planning on retiring Ultimo Guerrero. This may have to be a 15-20 year plan.

CaraLucha will have LA Park vs La Sombra vs Pagano on their 09/16 show. Pagano versus Trauma I was added to the 08/16 Chilanga Mask show on Arena Naucalpan. Good on Pagano for getting so much work, but it’s so strange to see him being used on every show as if he’s a great drawing card or fantastic wrestler. There’s something totally not translating with him.

SuperLuchas looks back to Ringo Mendoza versus Gemelo Diablo II and Huroki Sito versus Estrella Blanca in apuesta matches.

Cronicas y Leyendas looks back at Salomon Grundy.

The Winter Palace podcast talks about Roddy Piper and recent lucha among other concepts.

Instagram video from Aguascalientes of a couple guys ding lucha libre spots for tips at a spotlight.

Violento Jack & Ciclope’s first match in Japan is on DailyMotion; they won their second match this weekend.

Lineups

CMLL (SUN) 08/09/2015 Arena México
1) Hombre Bala Jr. & Súper Halcón Jr. vs Hijo del Signo & Metálico
2) Blue Panther Jr., Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. vs Kamaitachi, Puma, Tiger
3) Aéreo vs Pequeño Violencia [hair]
4) Ángel de Oro, Marco Corleone, Super Porky vs Kráneo, Pierroth, Ripper
5) Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. © vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto [MEX TRIOS]
Reyes del Atlantida 2nd defense.
6) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Rey Escorpión, Shocker, Terrible

Bigger card than usual because whatever. Pequeno Violencia is likely to lose his hair, to make up for him missing months with his knee injury. Second match is really good, better if The Panther subbed for his brother.  (The Panther hasn’t been working much of late.)

CMLL (SUN) 08/09/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón vs Draego, Emperador Azteca (IWRG), Omar Brunetti
2) Mystique & Silueta vs Chik Tormenta & Zeuxis
3) Bestia 666, Pepe Aguayo, X-Fly vs Gallo, Golden Magic, Rayman
4) Euforia, Hechicero, Niebla Roja vs Heddi Karaoui, Oriental, Satánico
5) Hijo De Rey Misterio III, La Máscara, Zumbi vs Damián 666, Halloween, Mr. Águila

I’m not sure if this is actually a CMLL card, at least any more than the All Elite shows are, because it looks much more like an indy show that has CMLL wrestlers. A weird assortment of wrestlers too. The building is seemingly getting freedom to book whoever they want on Sunday’s – Super Calo! – and they’ve come up with some surprising choices.

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notes from a Lucha Underground episode 1 rewatch

I went back and watched episode 1! Seemed like a good idea. The first episode is Lucha Underground, but it’s a different Lucha Underground than will end the season on Ultima Lucha. Every show is going to change over the course of thirty nine episodes, especially shows which are just starting out. This show, with scripts being rewritten the day before the first show, was changing even as it was being filmed for the first time. It’s still the same same concept, but the differences stick out when you go jump back in time nine months. Some of them were even interesting!

The Temple.

It’s the same building in that first episode, only you’ll have trouble noticing it. The main lights are only on the ring. To keep with the grindhouse aesthetic, the fans have colored lights shined on them, but there’s a dark void surrounding the ring. (The Puma/Mundo brawl to the floor requires spotlights to be seen.) There’s a lot less fans too; just a couple sitting behind Vampiro & Striker, plenty of empty spaces on the bleachers, no one standing at the railing, and no seats at all on the floor. They’re careful not to show the section of seats on the hard camera side, so who knows what was happening there. It’s strange to see all that extra empty space; they’re a long way from turning people away. They’d start to add the floor seats and turn on the lights by episode 3, but it’d take until the end of the first run of shows before they hit capacity.

The Announcers

Matt Striker wears a vest, a dress shirt and a tie on the first few episodes. It turns out that Lucha Underground is not a tie wearing show, unless you’re Mil Muertes. This turned out to definitely not be a formal vest wearing show. Striker pushes the differences in the style of wrestling (asking Vampiro to explain a lot of history) and the style of show (“no kids in brightly colored t-shirts” – kids would actually be there by show #2) during commentary. Those theme setting commentators would mostly fade away when there were past matches and storylines to talk about okay. Vampiro is pretty much Vampiro. It’s impossible for him to be anyone else. That first episode had a lot of GoPro style shots of the announce desk, with Matt Striker’s pen taking up most of the screen. It was a technique to cover up edits, but done so much that it gave away the game. LU got a bigger and better responding crowd in later episodes, so they could use those shots as well, and they moved the camera to the center of the desk to show more of the announcements and less of their writing instruments. Even Melissa has changed a little bit; she seems to be hanging on to the last syllable of names longer.

the wrestling

The Blue Demon/Chavo Guerrero Jr. match was derailed by a Demon knee injury. It wasn’t well received when people were watching that first episode. It would feel totally out of place in one of the later episodes, where the style has become fast paced, high spot focuses, and often involving gimmicks or stunts. At least part of that change is due to building to Ultima Lucha and the show itself, but I imagine it would be the same way even as a second season started. Even on that first show, the Puma/Mundo match is a very different style of match. The stylistic change was inevitable once Lucha Underground got more of the people they wanted from the beginning.

Vignettes

It’s been mentioned that first vignette – the one with Dragon Azteca and what’s his name – impressed the people in charge of the promotion so much that all the other vignettes were reshot in that style. Not all of them: there’s a shot of Johnny Mundo doing pull ups backstage done in traditional wrestling single cam shot. The announcers can even see what’s happening backstage at this point, or at least it’s happening more concurrently with the action. This show also has the first of a few early Dario/Konnan sit downs. The two haven’t spent as much time together in the second half of the season, but they’re pretty instrumental in getting the character over. Dario had some in-ring segments on the show – opening it with a very un-Cueto speak emphasizing the importance of courage, honor and violence – and the turn at the end of the show, and both of those come of as more generic owner bits. Dario really shines in the quieter moments in his office.

Other random differences

spot the bull

Ivelisse is not with Son of Havoc, may not even be a person on this episode. Dario’s red bull is on his desk, but cropped out of the picture. Sexy Star’s well done introducion promo is done in English, which she never speaks English again. Big Ryck is wearing jeans, and not his ratty gym shorts gear. No one ever claims Prince Puma’s spirit animal is the jaguar, though I’m holding out hope for Ultima Lucha. There’s a segment where Dario forces Dorian Roldan to take money for the rights to five luchadors (Demon, Sexy, Fenix, Drago, Pentagon) to the disapproval of the TripleMania crowd which comes off as an artifact from a script a few drafts ago and doesn’t connect with anything. (When Fenix, Drago and Pentagon finally clear the border and make it to the show, Konnan claims he’s the one who found them.)

Strange moments of foreshadowing and unexplained phenomena

Dario brags about signing Johnny Mundo to humble him, saying Mundo disrespect this Temple and “is only hear for the money and the fame”, which seems to be closer to the truth than it seemed. Striker mentions Mundo & Puma can go “All Night Long”, which might only be meant as a theme song reference at the time but I’m giving him credit anyway. Dario is angry Chavo didn’t injury Demon into retiring, and that’s exactly what he has Chavo try to do when they next face off. The guy Dragon Azteca saves at the start is indeed a guy in a white hoodie; we see the top of his head and he’s got hair, but that’s all we know.

Prince Puma’s shown wearing the puma headdress he’d debut later

King Cuerno and Mil Muertes are also shown before they debut.

Hernandez wouldn’t debut for an even longer amount of time, but there’s a shot of him taking a dropkick from Ricky Mandell in a dark match.

And this looks like Dragon Azteca doing a tornillo (note the D on the boots)

Maybe he’s also this guy in green?

But – who’s the evil bunny??????

(Edit: It’s “El Bunny”, according to the presentation slides from Dorian Roldan speech on Lucha Underground back in May. It’s 15:34 in.)

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Thunder/Escorpion, En Busca de un Idolo, Averno/Myzteziz in Neza

CMLL (FRI) 07/31/2015 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Astral, Fantasy, Shockercito b Demus 3:16, Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito Astral, Fantasy, Shockercito vs Demus 3:16, Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito (posted by luchablogdos)
2) Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto b Ángel de Oro, Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. Ángel de Oro, Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto (posted by luchablogdos)
Rudos took 2/3
3) Esfinge b Disturbio [En Busca de un Idolo]
Esfinge won with nudo egipico in a quick four minute match. Esterllita was guest judge. Esfinge scored a 10 (Estrellita), 8 (Gladiador), 9 (Shocker), 8 (Tirantes) for a 35. Disturbio scored a 9, 8, 9, 7 for 33.
4) Boby Zavala b Guerrero Maya Jr. [En Busca de un Idolo]
Zavala won with a full nelson face slam and a bridging cover. Zavala scored a 9 (Estrellita), 8 (Gladiador), 8 (Shocker) and 8 (Tirantes.) Maya got the same exact scores.
5) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Volador Jr. b Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible
6) Kráneo, Rey Escorpión, Ripper b Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
Rey Escorpion replaced Thunder, but Thunder still turned up and distracted Ultimo Guerrero to set up the win. 

Terra video quality last night was awful, looking like an indy promotion from 1995 who couldn’t figure out the brightness and white balance settings. I’m guessing they brought the wrong equipment; they couldn’t even get their logo bug on the screen. Not sure if that’s why the En Busca de un Idolo matches were not posted this morning.

The highlights show Thunder demanded a singles match with Ultimo Guerrero. Sounds like a great idea, as long as Rey Escorpion replaces him for that one too.

Today’s Coliseo show has Mistico, Dragon Lee and Fuego versus Mephisto, Ephesto and Felino in the main event. This is the show with Hombre Bala Jr. versus Puma, which should be pretty fun.

AAA SANCHEZ (FRI) 07/31/2015 Arena Neza [Estrellas del Ring, Kronosport]
1) Angel Del Infierno, Furia Nocturna, Principe Mixteco b Angel Divino, Kid Especial, Rayo De Plata Jr.
2) Imperio Negro, Moto Cross, Taquero Maldito b Angel Astral, Bryan El Stripper, Delisador De Oro
3) Flamita, Jinzo, Neza Kid b Demente Extreme, Mike Segura, Vampiro Metálico
4) Aero Boy & Pagano b Bizarro & Joe Lider
Bizarro replaced Crazy Boy.
5) Averno & Dr. Wagner Jr. b Extreme Tiger & Myzteziz
Extreme Tiger was the surprise luchador. Rudos took 1/3, Averno fouling Myzteziz and pinning him. Averno challenged Myzteziz to a title match.

None of the recaps mention the title Averno wants. This is probably because Myzteziz doesn’t seem to have a championship. Averno maybe just can’t break old habits, or maybe he had the IWRG IC Super Welterweight Championship in mind.

Arena Coliseo Guadalajara says they’re bringing in a Rey Misterio family member. I’d assume this is a Sunday show, which is being booked more like an indy promotion.

Fresero & Rayman brawled around Arena Naucalpan.

A new lucha libre photo exhibit is open in Puebla’s zocalo.

La Parka & Psycho Clown defeated Parka Negra & Texano Jr. in Arena Aficion.

SuperLuchas looks back at shows from 22 years ago yesterday.

A mask museum in Torreon.

Lucha Libre in Japan

08/01 NOAH: Atsushi Kotogo beat Bengala [GJHL]
Bengala slips to 2-3, fifth place.

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 08/07/2015 Arena México
1) Eléctrico & Shockercito vs Demus 3:16 & Pequeño Olímpico
2) La Vaquerita, Princesa Sugehit, Silueta vs Dalys, La Comandante, Zeuxis
3) Esfinge vs Boby Zavala [En Busca de un Idolo]
4) Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Disturbio [En Busca de un Idolo]
5) La Máscara, Máximo, Super Porky vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible
6) Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas

Well, it’s a show. No sign of Ultimo Guerrero and Thunder, no sign of Rush & Sombra, no sign of anything which would be an Anniversary main event a month and a half out.

En Busca de un Idolo is winner versus winner and loser versus loser. Titan is the only luchador to make the final with a losing record. He got there with overwhelming fan support, winning the fan poll every week of the second round. Maya & Disturbio are 2nd and 3rd, which would make it tough to pull off the same trick. The loser of that match is not completely eliminated, but they’d never every single other thing to go their way.

Zavala is running away with the poll (which absurdly wasn’t just reset when the voting restarted last night), so a win for him would mean he’s a safe bet to make the final.

Esfinge is the least certain. He could go to 2-0 with a in over Zavala, but probably also needs to root for Esfinge. Guerrero Maya could pass Esfinge if Maya wins out.  It feels like it’s going to come down to the Maya/Esfinge match on 08/14.

CMLL has started listing him as only “Cavernario” again. I have no idea.

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En Busca de un Idolo round two, Myzteziz rudo?, AAA in Colombia

Tonight starts the second part of En Busca de un Idolo. The first set of matches is broken up by the first round standings: Guerrero Maya (first) versus Boby Zavala (second) and Esfinge (third) faces Disturbio (fourth). Less matches means every outcome is more important. Maya & Zavala still feel like the favorites, but Esfinge has a reasonable chance and anything is possible after the weirdness at the end of the first final. The match quality should generally improve just by dropping the four who were eliminated.

CMLL’s preview of the show focuses on the excitement of Thunder versus Ultimo Guerrero. ESTO talks about Boby Zavala and Disturbio about their careers. Terra will also have a minis trios match and the return of Rey Cometa in the segunda.

“Will Myzteziz become a rudo?” seemed liked it was going to be a conversation among fans going into TripleMania. It’s instead an onscreen storyline. +LuchaTV has video of the confrontation. Apolo Valdes mentioned trhe tecnicos were on Rey’s side and the rudos liked the idea of Myzteziz joining them. Myzteziz told R de Rudo that being a rudo in his blood – his father was a rudo – and he’s going to do what it takes to win. Myzteziz claimed Rey Jr. was great in the US and Myzteziz was great in Mexico, and Mexican wrestling is clearly better than US wrestling so it’s obvious who’s the better luchador. Both men claim Perro Jr. would be behind them. Myzteziz said Perro would be an angel in his corner. Rey talked about replacing Perro in his feud with Myzteziz and maybe giving his mask as a gift to Perro Sr.

This confrontation seems like something done to put an edge on the Rey Mysterio/Myzteziz match up. It also seems like it was done to pull attention away from whatever happened with Alberto and Myzteziz.

AAA officially announced next week’s shows in Bogota, Colombia. The cards differ from the ones Colombia’s government office posted, with matches changed around on every show. Elegido is added to all shows, Mini Abismo Negro replaces Mini Psicosis, and Hijo del Fantasma works the first two shows with Hijo del Pirata replacing him on Friday and Saturday (to give Fantasma plenty of time to get back for TripleMania; AAA could’ve done that for other people if they wanted.) Saturday night has a Aerostar versus Machine Rocker singles match, which should be outstanding.

TKD writes about the 07/19 Chilanga Mask show and other notes on his weekend trip to Mexico City.

Segunda Caida reviews La Máscara, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs. Bárbaro Cavernario, Negro Casas, Shocker

SuperLuchas looks back at Alfonso Dantes.

LV reviews 07/21 CMLL C3 and 07/10 CMLL Azteca

Voices of Wrestling has their Lucha Underground review and the latest Suicida Slate.

There will be a benefit show to Ringo Mendoza on 08/14 in Mezcala, Jalisco.

Dalys wants a title shot against Marcela.

Channel Guide Magazine interviews Rey Mysterio Jr.

Lucha Libre in Japan

07/30 NOAH: TAKA Michinoku b Super Crazy [GJHL] – Crazy falls to 3-2.

Violento Jack & Ciclope take on The Brahmans on 08/02 in a match entitled “OH! On The Verge of Closure Tokyo Desert Men Homeless Death Match”. OK.

Lineups

Cara Lucha (SAT) 08/08/2015 Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México
1) ? vs ??
2) Keira & Ludark Shaitan vs Felina Metalica & Krazy Star
3) Kilvan & Yoruba vs Akuma & Demus 3:16
4) Rayo Star & Sky Man vs Magnífico I & Magnífico II
5) Jinzo vs Toxin, ??
mystery luchador is from CMLL
6) Bestia 666, Damián 666, Halloween vs Dragon Lee (CMLL), Rey Hechicero, Último Guerrero

Main event is weird. There’s a least at 5% chance everyone just beats up Dragon Lee at some point. Undercard looks good. No idea who the mystery guy will be.

IWRG FILL (WED) 08/05/2015 Arena Naucalpan
1) Blue Metal & Voltar vs Vampiro Metálico & Vardeus
2) Alfa & Omega vs Adrenalina & Guerrero 2000
3) Blue Monther, Hijo del Alebrije, Super Jack vs Araña de Plata, Magnum 44, Power Bull
4) Aeroman, Dragon Fly, Kanon vs Atomic Star, Matrix Jr., Rey Terco Jr.
5) Alas de Acero, Aramis, Eterno vs Espada De Plata, Keiser Drago, Oficial 911
FILL (Eterno) versus Gym Zeuz

No cibernetico this week, but another show with mostly trainees.

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lucha TV preview for week of August 1st

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  • On LocateTV, Lucha Underground is listed as a 1 hour episode followed by Cutting Crew. This is obviously wrong; El Rey sometimes has filler lineup information for the following month and that might be going on here. *(Their website also doesn’t have anything listed for August.) This could all just be fixed on Sautrday, but you may want check you’ve got both hours covered.
  • CMLL Azteca will air the Rey Escorpion versus Ultimo Guerrero hair match this weekend, which should be pretty good.
  • AAA has one last big Cage/Alberto angle to set up their match.
  • I don’t think I’m around tomorrow to record CMLL on Terra, so no Rey Cometa return for me.
  • This is a week of CMLL singles matches: 52MX gets Lestat/King Jaguar, C3 gets Polvora/Angel de Oro and Puebla Live will have Volador/Sombra.
  • 52MX catching up to the ‘live’ show means it’ll go up on the internet, one way or another.
  • I have no idea what’s going on with FULL.

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luchablog presents the Lucha Underground marathon

(this got too long: if you don’t want to read, just click here.)

The discussion of Mysterious Luchador Underground Luchador In A White Hoodie continued this morning on Twitter. Chris DeJoseph, as he does from time to time, gave us a clue.

We all assumed the guy Dragon Azteca saved in that season opening fight was the not-yet-Prince Puma. We all may have assumed wrong.

Right here, I’d like to point you to a legal video of the first episode to take a look at it yourself. I can’t. I know of no way to actually check out episode 1. The Lucha Underground YouTube show has matches and highlights (like a clipped version of that opening fight), but no full episodes. The full Unimas shows are on uvideos, but not all of them and not episode 1. Last time this came up, when Black Lotus first met Dragon Azteca, I snuck the clip on YouTube so people could rewatch it. I could do that again, but I’m sure it’s not the only moment from the past that’ll be referenced on Ultima Lucha, and there’s just no way to catch up with many old episodes you’ve missed. This is not really my problem, and this is definitely not really DeJoseph’s responsibility (and I’m not meaning to throw this back at him, it’s just an easy example), but it’s an issue.

DeJoseph – I think it was on the Like Father, Like Son podcast- mentioned the show was written with the idea of being binge-watching friendly. Binge watching allows you to do something like wait 8 months for a whole bunch of episodes to air, jump in first episode, and watch them all. There are seasons of TV shows sitting on my DVR just waiting for me to do that, and I think it’d work just as well with this one. Unfortunately, El Rey is not doing a marathon of Lucha Underground episodes to allow people to do that leading to the final. (I asked, in typical annoying fashion, and they didn’t reply.) This seems a shame to me. I hold nothing against the other programming they have, but nothing which airs on that channel couldn’t be skipped for the day and a half it’d take to run all thirty eight hours so far. (In a perfect world, it’s nothing but The Lucha Underground Channel from now until Wednesday.) Instead, they’ll only air the prior two episodes – and then who knows if/when it airs again the week after. The 37 episodes in 37 minutes video is really good, but it’s most useful as a reminder for people who saw most of it already. There’s not as much for people who’ve jumped in; the announcers will definitely tell you what’s happened, but it’s not as good as seeing it.

You really shouldn’t ask people to do things you’re not willing to do yourself. I am willing to run a marathon of Lucha Underground, but no one has entrusted me with the programming department of a cable station quite yet. However, the DMCA hasn’t yet to justifiably take away my internet access, so there are still other methods of getting things done.

I’m running a Lucha Underground marathon here on Taima.TV. It’s been running for a few days just to see if it works (and it seems like it does as long as someone’s in the channel.) I’m going to restart it at the first episode in a few minutes, and it’ll go thru all the other episodes (and repeat) from now until Ultima Lucha part 2. Maybe you’ll watch it all, maybe you’ll just pop in for a few minutes of random episode, but it’ll be there if you want it. The total run time is about 28 hours, so it’ll repeat quite a few times between now and then.

The feed runs until Ultima Lucha starts again, or until the takedown notice. As soon as it goes down, it’s really going down: I’m disappearing the videos once this is over. You still need to watch the show and buy the DVDs when/if they come out, this isn’t meant to compete with any of that. It’s just an opportunity you take one more look back until it all it comes to an end.

This is not the perfect solution for catching up either – it’s a lot closer to being a silly Marty the Moth solution than a Pentagon Jr. killer app – but people who want to see specific episodes might want to try clicking on the episode names. Whatever you’ve watched or will watch, I hope you’re excited for UltimaLucha by the time it airs by next Wednesday. I’m sure it’ll be worth your time.

(Episode 2 is in Spanish, because reasons.)

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