What happened:Rush fouled Marco in the main event, and Marco demanded a singles match. La Mascara cleanly beat Angel de Oro, and challenged him to a title match. At least one of those singles matches should happen this week.
Also, this show was head to head with a WWE NXT special, and was following the first episode of Lucha Azteca 7; it felt much less important than usual in the moment it was happening.
What was good:I liked the first half of the card. Fans threw in money after the third, which felt a little bit generous but not totally undeserved. The rest of the show wasn’t bad, and the show enjoyable.
CMLL (TUE) 03/29/2016Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Fuego en el Ring]
1) Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno b Frezzer & Mágico straight falls
2) Joker, Maléfico, Sangre Azteca b Omar Brunetti, Príncipe Daniel, Starman Principe Daniel is an unmasked Indigo (brother of Demonio Maya & Barbaro Cavernario)
3) Espectrúm, Fujin, Virus b Fuego, Tritón, Vaquero Jr. Espectrum’s side won in straight falls, beating Vaquero with a powerbomb in the second, leading into their hair match next week.
4) Cavernario, Rey Bucanero, Vangellys b Gallo, Stuka Jr., Titán Gallo replaced Blue Panther.
5) Blue Panther, Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy b Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión Blue Panther replaced Super Porky. Tecnicos took 2/3.
Credit to FlashMagic for realizing the Indigo/Principe Daniel connection. Vaquero is a safe bet to win next week.
IWRG (WED) 03/30/2016Arena Naucalpan [The Gladiatores]
1) Skanda & Último Caballero b Demonio Infernal & Dragón Demonio Infernal & Dragon replaced Kabra Kan & Rey Flecha.
2) Ángel De La Muerte I & Ángel De La Muerte II b Charly Boy & Guerrero 2000
3) Matrix Jr. b Ninja Olimpus and Galaxy and Vardeus and Omega
4) Centvrión, Hijo del Alebrije, Látigo b Acero, Picudo Jr., Violencia Jr. Good match. Acero & Latigo feuded.
5) Atomic Fly, Fly Star, Keiser Drago, Keshin Black, Komachi, Marduk, Salchichita, Toxin Boy b Adrenalina, Aramis, Atomic Star, Blue Monsther, Dragón Fly, Freyser, Power Bull, Shadow Boy[Copa Higher Power] Gym FILL (Black Terry) vs Gym Zeuz (Oficial 911). Atomic Star replaced Alas de Acero. Match came down to Dragon Fly against Fly Star, Keshin Black and Toxin. Dragon rallied back against Star and Black, but 911 distracted the ref to help Toxin get in a piledriver for the win.
The recap notes the two sides felt unbalanced (mentioning size/weight.) A 3 on 1 ending is unusual for this.
Tonight’s CMLL show seems feels like an afterthought. There’s roughly 400 big wrestling shows going on this weekend, and this appears to just be one of them. CMLL’s pre-empted the importance of this show (and next week) by already announcing the incredible pairs tournament for the rest of the month. It’s possible they could build up a second main event for the Arena Mexico Anniversary show – they have done two in some years, but not most – but it’s still far enough out that it might not start yet. CMLL often goes into a lull after Homenaje a Dos Leyendas and this might be it.
Still, it’s an interesting card. Marco Corleone, Caristico, and Volador take on Rush, Cibernetico and Negro Casas in an incredible pairs trios, where everyone is facing their partner in their upcoming tournament. The preview notes Volador and Caristico fought on Wednesday; the bit with Volador being a rudo on Elite hasn’t been brought over to the Friday shows, but tonight has the makings of some storyline development. It’s the only match which seems to have that potential: nothing else follows up a feud, though some are rematches and the Dragon Lee, Mascara Dorada and Stuka versus Hijos del Infierno match has a chance to be fun. The Panther Boys & Fuego take on Raijin, Fujin, and Okumura in a near rematch from some good encounters in Puebla in the semimain. The opener is a replay of the H2L opener, with Cuatrero & Sanson versus Soberano & Oro, which can only be better this time. There’s also a La Mascara/Angel de Oro lightning match and Ripper, Kraneo & Hechicero taking on Guerreor Maya, Rey Cometa nd Super Porky (assuming he’s able to make the show.)
The show will air on ClaroSports.com at 8:30pm local, but still one hour later if you switch clocks in March. This is the final live streaming show to air an hour late; Mexico switches their clocks on Sunday morning, and everyone is on daylight savings time. （あなたが夏時間を持たない日本にしている場合を除きは。すべては時間はあなたのために10月まで、それ以降です。）
The bigger CMLL event of the day is the debut of the Azteca 7 show. It’s listed as starting at 6 pm and ending…sometime after that. TV listings say 7, Azteca’s website says 7:15. This show will air matches from Wednesday’s taping, probably Mascara Dorada vs Extreme Tiger & Rush vs Lashley as part of the Liga Elite competition. The format of the show is going to be interesting; the announcers are Azteca announcers, which suggests the production of the show is theirs as well. It may look different than the normal CMLL shows.
Some of Azteca7’s northern affiliates have live streams of the channel, but only from 4AM to 2:30pm. The feed doesn’t actually shut down, they just block access to the page which hosts it, which means other sites (of dubious nature) will still be streaming the channel. The feed seems to buffer a little bit when I watch it, but that buffering isn’t evident when I record it. I’m feeling like there’s a good chance I’ll be able to get it.
No sign of a next show lineup for Elite yet. Maybe they’ll announce it on the show.
No details on Konnan from WaleMania except he had a not nice thing to say about AAA very loud. I think more people are slowly figuring out things might not be good there, but it’s been clear things haven’t been good since around the time Alberto left (not that it was over that, but that seems to be the point where things started to change) and I’d assume Konnan is either no longer work with AAA or doesn’t care about working with AAA any more at this point.
Ivelisse got bad news on her foot injury yesterday. That sounds like she won’t be able to make it back for the rest of the Season 3 tapings, and they had just started a new storyline for her – or maybe it was midway thru? It’s out of order, who knows – but hope they didn’t need her for other matches.
CMLL (TUE) 04/05/2016Arena México
1) Astral & Eléctrico vs Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Olímpico
2) Estrellita, La Vaquerita, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, La Comandante, Tiffany
3) Súper Halcón Jr. vs Nitro [lightning]
4) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther vs Disturbio, Puma, Tiger
5) Guerrero Maya Jr., Máscara Dorada, Máximo Sexy vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
6) Esfinge & Volador Jr. vs Fujin & Rey Escorpión [Gran Alternativa, final]
Esfinge’s going to be in CMLL for years to come and Fujin is not, so the Mexican is the slight favorite – but it’s unclear why Esfinge needs to win two of these. Esfinge did come up strong in the Copa Junior final so maybe it’ll happen here (and Volador and Rey Escorpion is a good match.)
This might be a good show to show up halfway thru. Top 3 matches have chances to be fun.
Lucha Azteca 7, which will forever be confused with Lucha Azteca, debuts tomorrow. I’ve got matches up there, but who knows how that program works until it airs. For what it’s worth, I think I have a good chance of recording it – there are feeds out there if you want to deal with pop ups and spyware ads. Uploading may be the trickier part; I’ve got no idea if Azteca7 will try to take it down, so I may put on a separate account for a few weeks as to not get everything torched. I’ll try to make it easy to follow.
Lucha Azteca (US) should have Kamaitachi/Dragon Lee this week for sure.
Rey de Reyes begins airing on AAA this weekend. The crowd for recent SLP shows have been vocal, and I really have no feel about the quality of the last three matches, so I’m looking forward to whatever airs.
I think I may just stop listing MegaSports, because this list is gigantic, I can’t find any good listings for it (so I don’t know if it’s still on, and had one person tell me it might not be) and I don’t know any one who watches it and might find it useful.
Lucha Underground’s episode preview gives away the main event for this week, which is either an advisory or a warning depending on how you feel about that.
CMLL Elite (WED) 03/30/2016Arena México [CMLL, Kronosport, Notimex]
1) Dalys & Muñeca De Plata b Estrellita & Marcela
2) Emperador Azteca, Metaleón, Zumbi b Fujin, Heddi Karaoui, Raijin Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Golden Magic & Rocky Lobo b Puma & Tiger Tecnicos took 1/3, though the crowd cheered Puma & Tiger.
4) Máscara Dorada b Extreme Tiger [Liga Elite] Mistico, Carístico, Rush, La Máscara, Volador, Mascara Dorada, Atlantis, Ultimo Guerrero, Bobby Lashley, Xtreme Tiger were presented as part of Liga Elite. (Juventud Guerrera and Cibernetico are also in the competition, but were elsewhere.) Dorada got the first win of the tournament, beating Tiger for 3 points.
5) La Máscara, Último Guerrero, Volador Jr. b Atlantis, Carístico, Mistico Volador inexplicably remains a rudo in Elite. Rudos took 1/3, Mascara sneaking in a foul on Caristico. Mascara unmasked Caristico and Volador unmasked Atlantis after the match, but it was Volador who challenged Caristico to a hair vs mask match. Caristico said he had no problem with doing it.
6) Lashley b Rush [Liga Elite] Lashley won with a spear, is 1-0 (3), Rush is 0-1 (0)
The tournament format was as a 12 person round robin (everyone faces everyone once), with two singles matches a week. That means 33 weeks, and the tournament ending in November if they don’t skip weeks. It’s broadly the same idea as a soccer league, with 3 points for a win and 1 point for a draw. The top 3 will win awards, the first person will get the Elite heavyweight championship, and the final four will face off where the loser loses their hair or mask. I might be missing something; they handed out a sheet with rules of the tournament, but don’t seem to have posted it anywhere. Maybe Friday.
These is broadly the same setup they had for the previous iteration of this tournament, which fell apart in after about five shows. It’s hard to believe it’ll keep it together for 33 weeks, because no one in Mexico has managed to keep something like that together for that long of a time, and they’ve specifically failed at doing it at the past. There’s inveitable going to be logistical problems – Juvi going to Europe (that’s why he missed this show), Lashley busy with TNA & MMA, Dorada inevitably back to Japan, and whatever else. Scheduling Atlantis for eleven singles matches in the next seven months on top of whatever he does for CMLL doesn’t seem like a great idea. It also doesn’t seem to be a great idea to give away giant matches – like Volador versus Caristico, Caristico versus Misticio, Rush versus Mistico, and Cibernetico versus Rush – on random Wednesdays, though CMLL has certainly been willing to give those matches away other ways. It’s going to be interesting how people react when (if) the standings start to take shape and some people are in the last few places; CMLL booking is about keeping all their top guys around the same level, and that’s harder to do in this format. And it’s hard to figure who in this field would actually be willing to be at the bottom of the table and lose their hair or mask. Maybe Juvy? I don’t think Lashley is going to finish last, but a bald unmasked match being in a tournament where the loser loses his hair or mask is the clearest sign they haven’t really thought about this much. (Also a sign of poor planning: the introduction of this show was Zumbi saying he was in this tournament, and he’s not in the tournament.)
Maybe the clearest sign of this may have to change is the turnout for the show, which appeared to be less than the completely normal (though holiday weekend) Sunday show. Maybe 3,000 or 4,000 for the start of a new taping, and they’ll have to shoot it carefully for it to look good. It did not seem like the show was promoted very strongly in the days leading up the show, and perhaps it’ll do better once the show is on the air, and maybe it doesn’t even matter because Elite seems to keep running shows in Arena Mexico despite attendance issues, but it doesn’t seem like they’ve sold the public on this concept. I could tell from Twitter that people who follow lucha libre in Mexico are excited for this concept – and if they really do the matches they say they’re going to do, it’s going to be exciting – but they haven’t done much to convince the casual fan to care as of yet. Hopefully the TV show helps with that.
None of the mystery people rumored to be on the show were there. It’s possible people weren’t as close to coming as it seemed, and it’s possible the situations with Cage, Sexy Star and Hijo del Fantasma (confirmed by the WON as the person trying to get out of their AAA/LU contract to go to WWE and being in limbo until it gets resolved) convinced others to stay put for the time being.
Informa is this afternoon on CMLL.com. It seems like it’s a one time move because of all the extra stuff (red carpet, pre show press conference) and they’ll be just taking place right before the Elite show going forward.
Azteca’s Venga La Alegria has a video story on CMLL as a promotion for the new TV show.
+LuchaTV has interviews from the show with Rush and Bobby Lashley (who says he’s back on next week’s show.)
CMLL held a short press conference earlier in the day, with only two items. It seemed like they focused on a new exhibition of Lucha Libre photography there’s video of that here. The photos will be shown in Plazas Galerias Metepec starting on April 4th for the rest of the month, and then be in other Plazas Galeries in September. They talked to the different photographers, with Alexis Salazar saying he’s been taking photos since he was 12, and Gonzalo Lopez talking about the time Shocker landed on him and Lopez was hurt and a month and a half.
They also announced the (dreaded) incredible pairs tournament would be coming back in April. Copy and pasting the teams from LuchaWorld and MasLucha so I don’t have to put in the accents:
Block A (April 15th):
Místico & Mephisto
Ángel de Oro & Pólvora
Ephesto & Blue Panther
Volador Jr. & Negro Casas
Euforia & Dragon Rojo Jr.
Súper Crazy & Felino
Rush & Marco Corleone
Máscara Dorada & Bobby Z
Block B (April 22nd):
The Panther & Tiger
Terrible & Máximo
Titan & Vangelis
Carístico & Cibernético
La Máscara & Dragón Lee
Brazo de Plata & Kráneo
Atlantis & Gran Guerrero
Thunder & Último Guerrero
The finals are on April 29th, which will be the Arena Mexico 60th Anniversary show. (There will also be a separate Kid’s Day special Saturday show the following day.) The big news is Thunder is listed as being back. Ther ewas some hope the mystery surgery Thunder had was a way of writing him out for good. Even as recently as last Wednesday on Informa, JCR and UG acted as if they were unsure when he’d be coming back. Here he is, and his team is one of the favorites. Caristico & Cibernetico stick out as the other big favorite in that group. Mistico & Mephisto and Volador Jr. & Negro Casas are the big two in the first group. (Rush & Marco would seem to have a chance except, as we saw Tuesday, there’s no way Rush can keep it together thru a whole tournament.)
Today is WaleMania II, which will include a podcast with various MLW Radio guests. It includes a Q&A section with the fans, so there’s a decent chance someone will get to ask Konnan what’s exactly is going on with him and AAA. It’s possible he’ll avoid an answer, as they’ve been generally doing with the podcasts, but there’s always a chance Konnan might just unleash tonight.
IWRG (SUN) 04/03/2016Arena Naucalpan
1) Black Dragón & Dragón Fly vs Matrix Jr. & Ram El Carnero
2) Leo, Mike, Rafy vs Factor, Rayan, Spector
3) Apolo Estrada Jr., Canis Lupus, Eterno vs Black Terry, Dr. Cerebro, Picudo Jr.
4) Danny Casas, Diablo Jr., Veneno vs Golden Magic, Negro Navarro, Trauma II
5) Trauma II vs Máscara Año 2000 Jr.
6) El Hijo del Diablo vs Cerebro Negro [hair]
I have no idea who’s meant to be a tecnico or rudo on this show. Trauma II is actually listed in two matches. Main event could go either way.
Mr. Cisco & Cortez Castro b Johnny Mundo & Taya [4:39, Psycho Realm on Taya, OK]
Angelico, Son of Havoc, Ivelisse vs Barrio Negro, Trece, Siniestro de la Muerte to retain the Lucha Underground Trios championship [good, first defense]
Siniestro de la Muerte pinned Ivelisse (2:37) Angelico Fall of Angels on Trece (4:45) Siniestro de la Muerte beat Angelico (6:33, double knee smash to the back) Son of Havoc beat Barrio Negro (7:53, standing shooting star press) Son of Havoc beat Siniestro de la Muerte (9:26, moonsault)
Mariposa beat Sexy Star (1:24, Butterfly Effect, OK but no really long enough to be rated)
Matanza defeats Pentagon Jr. to retain the Lucha Underground Championship (3:58, Wrath of the Gods, OK) – first defense
Make it ten in a row for Matanza. He didn’t beat Pentagon as quickly as he beat his opponents at the end of the Azteca Warfare tonight, but he wasn’t in really any more trouble even when Pentago knew he was coming. Pentagon got in shots on Mantanza, but even his backcracker couldn’t take the monster off his feet. Pentagon ‘earned’ the title match by attacking Dario and threatening to break his arm. Matanza broke Pentagon in response; Pentagon had a back injury late in the match, took the big powerslam, and then got powerbombed thru the announce table after the match. The show ended with Pentagon being taken away in ambulance with Vampiro (who attacked checking on Pentagon) glaring back out thru the ambulance window.
Dario was busy taking care of existing issues this episode. He transitioned back into power, and back into having his office in it’s usual look, rather quick. The interim tenant, Catrina, didn’t object to her candles being removed, but was very upset Mil got taken out before even getting into Aztec Warfare and demanded a title shot. Dario brushed off Catrian’s ghost behavior and pushed for a truce, noting he was giving the Disciples a trios title rematch, but Catrina declared Matanza would have the title back and she’d have the Temple too. Dario didn’t seem worried.
Dario also had to deal with an angry Rey Mysterio, who wanted to talk about Dragon Azteca. Dario first tried to avoid the topic by talking about Azteca Jr., but Rey wanted answers about Dragon Azteca Senior. Rey accused Matanza of killing his old mentor, and Dario swore his brother didn’t murder Azteca. (Dario is telling the truth – it was Black Lotus, back around as a bodyguard, who killed Azteca.) Dario tried making a deal with Rey, which went much smoother than Catrina: Rey and Azteca were welcome back into the Temple, as long as they left the past in the past. Rey clearly didn’t trust Dario, but seemed to take this deal for the moment.
The trios rematch didn’t go too much better for the Disciples. They did manage to get a 2 on 1 advantage in the elimination match (and no reason seemed to be given for it being an elimination match.) Catrina helped out, distracting Ivelisse into a kick, and trying to cost Son of Havoc the pin at the end. Ivelisse stopped Catrina that time, and the champs kept the belts. The formerly dysfunctional trio seem completely on the same page, and the Disciples should be well out of the title picture now. New challengers are coming; Dario announced a trios tournament for #1 contenders starting next week.
Mariposa made her in-ring debut. Prior, Marty told a story of the Moths always being the richest tribe of the Aztecs, of the others being jealous of them, and of the role of Mariposa being passed down from generation to generation to the current strongest one. It’s Marty, and he was reading this from a book which had no words, so it could be all in his head or completely true. At any rate, Mariposa completely squashed Sexy Star, and the moth siblings took out Willie Mack after the match too.
The opener was the odd tag match of the Crew versus Mundo & Taya. Johnny seemed to be taking advantage of Taya’s enthusiasm to fight, and carefully only tagged himself in when he thought he team had the advantage. They were really at a disadvantage when Cage came down to watch. Mundo bailed, and Taya took the pin.
Anything was going to be a bit of a comedown from the last few weeks, and this one was a little bit of a resetting of the status quo. Dario got his office reset, cleared out the last vestiges of the Catrina era and set the template to come.
It’s going to be an adjustment going from the back and forth matches of the Puma championship run and even the competitive matches of Mil Muertes short run to utterly one sided Matanza matches. It’s easy to understand what they’re doing from a logical standpoint – it’s going to be a while before anyone can even really budge the monster – but it does take one of the more fun aspects of the show away for the moment. They did promise a much darker place, and a place without two count falls in the title match is a bit dark.
This Disciples trios title match is the best of the three they’ve had, even with the quick eliminations canceling people out. It’s probably too late in the game to matter, but the Disciples actually looked impressive at times and they eliminations made it easier to get a sense of them as different characters. You could at least tell which one was which when they all aren’t around (and when Striker can name them again.) It would’ve been a more memorable match with a bit more time, but the last run by Son of Havoc was really good.
The Mariposa/Sexy Star match felt very edited, like they took out minutes of the match in a big chunk at one point. It was also another one sided squash on this show. Mariposa’s finish looked brutal. I really liked the Marty vignette.
The opening tag match was ill-fitting. There was no real team to root for or a reason to care about the match, and it didn’t really move along any story – Cage hates Mundo, Mundo is scared of Cage, Mundo is kind of a jerk to Taya but Taya doesn’t care or hasn’t caught on. It wasn’t long and it wasn’t bad, but it was something I was easily distracted from and felt like time that could’ve been better spent on the trios match.
There was a lot of stuff that got done that needed to get done – they had to explain the status of Rey and Catrina, they gave Mariposa a real introduction, and they started things for the future with the trios tournament announcement. The show served it’s purpose, but it doesn’t seem like one people will be looking back at strongly.
CMLL (TUE) 03/29/2016Arena México [CMLL, thecubsfan, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Astral & Shockercito b Mercurio & Pierrothito 14:38. Tecnicos took 1/3. Astral replaced Stukita.
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Magnus, Súper Halcón Jr. vs Canelo Casas, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado Magnus replaced Delta on Monday. 11:27. Rudos took 1/3.
3) Atlantis, Mistico, Valiente b Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero about 8:07. Tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Golden Magic & Warrior Steel b Raijin, Esfinge, Yago, Stigma, Sansón, Pegasso [Gran Alternativa, seeding battle royal] 3:47
5) Máscara Dorada & Pegasso b Sansón & Terrible [Gran Alternativa, eightfinal] 5:03. Pegasso actually won!
6) Mephisto & Yago b Pierroth & Raijin [Gran Alternativa, eightfinal] 4:33. Pierroth was still a Boricua.
7) Esfinge & Volador Jr. b La Máscara & Stigma [Gran Alternativa, eightfinal] 7:29.
8) Golden Magic & Rush b Mr. Niebla & Warrior Steel [Gran Alternativa, eightfinal] 4:59.
9) Máscara Dorada & Pegasso b Mephisto & Yago [Gran Alternativa, quarterfinal] 3:08.
10) Esfinge & Volador Jr. b Golden Magic & Rush [Gran Alternativa, quarterfinal] 5:59
11) Esfinge & Volador Jr. b Mephisto & Yago [Gran Alternativa, semifinal] 9:05. Esfinge & Volador Jr. advanced to face Fujin & Rey Escorpion next week.
Tournament is worth watching. Golden Magic was treated like a normal CMLL luchador and may be one. Yago has promise; it’s too bad Rebelde isn’t around to form a team of opening match Infierno-citos. Warrior Steel is an enormous man who provide good GIFs in the years to come.
There seems to be ample evidence Esfinge is not all that interesting, but I suppose he gets another chance to change perceptions on Tuesday. Just being in the final against Fujin suggests Esfinge is in line for a FantasticaMania appearance; they’re likely to keep fighting for a few more wins.
Pegasso actually won! (His 450 is still not very good.) Rush dismissively unmasking Esfinge should go in the highlight reel of great Rush moments.
Tonight is yet another CMLL affiliated show, though not one that’s streamed. It’s the debut of the Wednesday Elite shows, which will be taped for Azteca7 in Mexico. There’s been local promotion and a little bit of ticket giveaways for this show – they’d like a really big crowd for TV even more than for the gate.
The main event of the show is Bobby Lashley versus Rush. Lashley has previous appeared on an AAA TripleMania to no great recognition, and is a replacement for Brian Cage who hasn’t been promoted much outside of the poster and a short video. Rush was entertaining with Warrior Steel last night, so I think he and Lashley will be able to work something out. The match is listed as part of the Liga Elite tournament for the Elite heavyweight championship, but the tournament hasn’t been explained so I’m not sure exactly what it means
Extreme Tiger versus Mascara Dorada is also part of Liga Elite, and a rematch from just a few weeks ago in Lucha Memes. (Tiger won that one.) Cibernetico, Zumbi, Caristico, Volador, Mistico, Maximo and Marco Corleone have been listed in the 12 man field in promotional material. That’s 1 short of 12 person field, assuming they don’t make any other changes. I’d expect a lot of changes, just because it’s Elite, that’s what happened last time they tried this, and this seems even looser organized than that. The card also has Atlantis & Caristico versus Ultimo Guerrero & La Mascara, Golden Magic & Rocky Lobo vs Tiger & Puma in what sounds like a really good match, Zumbi, Emperador Azteca, Metaleon versus Fujin, Raijin and Heddi Karoui and a women’s match. That sounds like enough material for a couple of TV shows, and the advertisements for CMLL Informa have suggested they’re moving back on Wednesday next week. (Then again, every time Arena Coliseo moves, it’s also listed as a one time ever only thing.)
I’m still stuck on Elite not having a press conference to promote this show. They’ve had press conferences to promote the Morenos, Jinzo and Rocky Lobo. All wonderful individuals, but the bar seems low enough there that you’d promote Lashley showing up, or the new TV deal, or explain what the deal is with the heavyweight title. It really just could be usual lucha libre promotional randomness, but with the persistent talk of outside wrestlers jumping to Elite – none so specific and firm enough to report, but consistent enough that I’d be a little surprised if there wasn’t a surprise – I keep maybe there’s a big reason they’re waiting for that big roll out press conference.
Lucha Underground tonight has episode 10 of season 2, “El Jefe is Back”. Matches announced
Angelico, Ivelisse, Son of Havoc (c) vs the Disciples of Death for the Lucha Underground Trios championship
Mariposa vs Sexy Star
There’s a title match set up by a speaking segment early. Part of that segment is already online. There’s one more match which hasn’t been announced yet, and one of those matches has a stipulation not yet announced.
Lots of people seemed to think the Disciples were killed by Mil, but they are indeed as alive (if they’re meant to be alive ever.) You only seem to die in Lucha Underground if Matanza rips you apart, or if you’re stuffed in the casket. I would only believe someone is gone from Lucha Underground if one of those things happen.
WrestlingBuds had an interview with Lucha Underground’s Eric Van Wagenen about Lucha Underground. It starts around the 1:11:00 mark. Van Wagenen has had a busy 2016: he started working on the Apprentice the day after Ultima Lucha II, and started back on Lucha Underground the day after Apprentice wrapped. (He says he’s had one Saturday off in 2016.) Van Wagenen explained the quick turnaround as part of a philosophy of putting as much of the money on the screen as possible – by not having to tear everything down and put it back up, that money could instead be used for more episodes in Season 3. Both the host and Van Wagenen mention the show is getting close to reaching the 100 episodes mark, faster than they thought. That’d mean Season 3 would be 33 hours long, or we’ve all just got confused counting.
They talked about Austin Warfare a bit, with Van Wagenen saying they had 1000 happy people and one person who failed to move when Mil Muertes yelled “Move!” There’s no plans to air it, but clips might show up in social media. He notes an overall belief in leaning towards being cool over clarity at times, specifically citing Vampiro’s mysterious covered car in the desert. He mentions Robert Rodriguez has had some influence on the look of the vignettes. And they talk about how spoilers for Season 3 might not be as big of an issue because they’re taping so much out of order; Van Wagenen says he has all the scripts, but even he’s not always sure which match goes with which they’re taping things.
Fenix versus Pentagon Jr. was announced for the 04/20 Royal Road debut show, the AAA/LU match they had earlier teased. It’s the obvious match to pick because it’ll be very good, but Fenix’s nose injury might mean he’s still unable to fly by that point. (Fenix definitely would want to go whatever his condition, but you can’t get on a plane with a recently fixed nose.) I’d think AAA would have communicated this to Royal Royal already if this was actually off, so maybe I’m worrying for no good reason, but there’s a chance it gets changed.
R de Rudo says a source told them Blue Demon Jr. missed Rey de Reyes due to AAA having a problem arranging his travel. The post goes onto to say Demon’s unhappy with AAA and would go to Elite if they made an offer. Don’t do it Elite! AAA having problems flying people to their shows seems like a serious issue but I’m ok with it in this case and I’m skeptical about this story; it feels too much like Demon realizing he’s not in the mix in AAA and pitching himself for a new spot.
A page on Fight Network’s website lists AAA: Lucha Libre Worldwide. I’m not sure that schedule is correct: if it aired Tuesday night, it aired so quietly that no seems to have mentioned it on Twitter. Let me know if you see it today and what it’s like.
An AAA show in English has been in the works for the promotion since last Fall, with MLW Radio’s Court Bauer leading the project and occasionally teasing it coming on social media. The original plan was to bring the show to the US, as a way to open the door to AAA lives shows in the US and another attempt at PPVs. That plan is said to have changed. Lucha Underground would hold exclusive US TV rights to any AAA luchador who’s appeared on the show, the same as they would for any other wrestler on the show, and either LU would have to give up those rights or the AAA episodes would have to be edited to remove all the LU luchadors. The second option is impossible and there’s been no word on progress on the first option. Instead, the AAA in English shows are being marketed to other English speaking companies, and Canada’s Fight Network seems a logical place to start. AAA, Fight Network, Court Bauer, and everyone else has said nothing about a deal so far – Bauer and Fight Network John Pollock were on a podcast together this afternoon and didn’t even hint at something like this coming – so it might just be some listings getting ahead of an announcement. I guess we find out later today.
The show is listed as 90 minutes, which is essentially the length of the regular version of the AAA TV show. (The YouTube version runs longer, but also usually has a repeat match to fill out the time.) We’d expect these to be episode from this year, starting either with Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera or Cuautitlán, and following in order of the Mexico episodes. (Which makes listing Rey Jr. as one of the stars odd, or optimistic.) There has been talk of making this show like the NJPW on AXS show, which could mean added interviews to provide context. Ray Flores and Hugo Savinovich were billed to be the announcers.
Recapped: 2016-03-29, all matches from Arena México of the same day
What You Need To Know
Esfinge & Volador won a fun Gran Alternativa block, and will face Raijin and Rey Escorpion in the tournament final next week. There’s no match you need to watch and it may lose it a bit knowing the outcomes, but it was a fun Tuesday night viewing and better than last week.
Mephisto pinned Volador once more before their title match on Sunday.
Yago & Golden Magic looked good in their first streaming appearance, and Warrior Steel is at least interesting.
All the Boricuas are acting as if the storyline where Pierroth quit the group and said Misterioso & Sagrado weren’t any good never happened.
Match Results for Result Databases
Shockercito & Astral (replacing Stukita) defeated Mercurio & Pierrothito [14:38, good] – 2 falls to 1 (6:54, 3:09, 4:35)
Canelo Casas, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado defeated Hombre Bala Jr., Magnus, Súper Halcón Jr. [11:27, ok]- 2 falls to 1 (5:09, 2:08, 4:10)
Atlantis, Mistico, Valiente defeated Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero [ok, ~8:07] – 2 falls to 1 (~2:45, 2:01, 3:21)
— Gran Alternativa Block B—
Warrior Steel & Golden Magic win seeding battle royal [3:47]
Mascara Dorada & Pegasso defeated Terrible & Sansón [5:03]
Mephisto & Yago defeated Raijin & Pierroth [4:33]
Esfinge & Volador Jr. defeated La Mascara & Stigma [7:29]
Golden Magic & Rush defeated Warrior Steel & Mr. Niebla [4:59]
Mephisto & Yago defeated Mascara Dorada & Pegasso [3:08]
Esfinge & Volador Jr defeated Rush & Golden Magic [5:59; Rush DQed for mask pull after Golden Magic was eliminated]
Esfinge & Volador Jr. defeated Mephisto & Yago [9:05]
Wagner doesn’t have to wait until Verano de Escandalo, getting his deserved title shot right away. The Doctor has gotten the better of Psycho in this feud and that doesn’t seem like it’s changing. It’s weird Murder & Monster aren’t seconds, and probably a set up for a storyline.
Bengala versus Ricky Marvin certainly jumps out. Ricky Marvin was Bengala, then he was back to being Ricky in Naucalpan, but Bengala lives on. It has to be someone new getting a chance with the character, but no idea whom. The photo on the poster is the Ricky Marvin Bengala.
Opener would be Atomic Boy’s first TV match since July 21, 2013, when he, and the Alberije and Cuije of the moment were all added to the Mexican Powers in an angle which was immediately dropped. He’s been spotted rarely since and has alluded to injuries keeping him out of action. Atomic Boy is strangely listed on an 04/03 Arena Xalapa show, and is on an April AAA spot show, so maybe he’ll be back in circulation more.
Or maybe he just made it because Fenix is hurt – he suffered an injury at Lucha Underground which will keep him out of the ring a little while – and Argenis got moved out of the opener to replace him. There’s other seeming replacements on this show. Mary Apache is on TV for the first time in about 10 months, likely taking a spot which would’ve gone to Goya Kong. Soul Rocker, the last Rocker left standing, is the position which often went to Carta Brava.
And then the semimain mystery spot might normally have gone to Hijo del Fantasma, who’s missing in action. (He’d make sense as an Octagon Jr. opponent, who’s much higher here than he has been since his debut.) His only two TV appearances have been the previous show in this venue, and the Rey de Reyes qualifier. King Cuerno was not seen at Lucha Underground the past two weekends – they’re taping out of order enough that he could be added back in later, but it’s not like he’s hanging out in Europe with Angelico. This all fits with the idea Fantasma is the mystery AAA/LU type who’s currently trying to get out of his deal – everyone else has turned up. Maybe the mystery spot will end up being Fantasma if they work it out – maybe they just don’t know yet.
On the other side, Mesias and Texano are back to teaming again, though it may be a temporary situation since there’s no obvious title contender on the other side. I can’t see them doing Texano/Parka and Texano/Garza is a reach unless Verano de Escandalo is in Monterrey.
No sign of the Damian/Halloween/Nicho/Pagano group, though the Perros del Mal match is an obvious spot for them to get involved. No sign of Angelico, who should be back by this point – but maybe he’s needed in Los Angeles early for Lucha Underground.
You need to go out of your way to watch Cavernario/Dorada. It was significantly better than their match in NJPW last year. Main event didn’t have much time left – it started 2 hours into the show, when most shows have been done here of late – but they crammed in a lot of time and it’s a fun watch if you still have YouTube going.
There appear to be some issues going on in the openers with people not being on the same page or just choosing to do different things. It’s taken those matches down a lot of late.
Tonight’s the second part of Gran Alternativa. Rey Escorpion and Fujin advanced last week. The teams in this week, veterans listed first
Rush & Golden Magic
Volador Jr. & Esfinge
La Mascara & Stigma
Mascara Dorada & Pegasso
Mr. Niebla & Warrior Steel
Mephisto & Yago
Pierroth & Raijin
Terrible & Sanson
This is billed as Golden Magic’s debut in CMLL. Warrior Steel is hyped as 135 kg (280 lbs); this is the first time most of us will have seen him or Yago.
It’s almost definitely a tecnico team advancing to the final. Esfinge & Volador are the favorite, because it’s hard to imagine Rush making it thru three matches with a random partner without betraying him. (Any match with him and Mascara will be something.) CMLL’s full preview is here.
Semimain is the Guerreros versus Atlantis, Mistico, Valiente. Second match has Misterioso & Sagrado in their first match since their leader (maybe?) quit their group. I’m not really sure why those two should continue to be phony Puerto Ricans but I’m sure they still will be.
Show starts 7:30pm local, which is still one hour later than usual due to daylight savings time. It’ll air on CMLL & YouTube.
A Turiluchas mention from Friday says they had two busses, and Diamante was hosting one of them. That’s booked out thru CMLL, so that means Diamante is back with the promotion on some level and should be expected on shows again soon – or they just desperately needed a second guy and he was around.
Lucha Azteca 7 has a website, where all the content is restricted from the US. It’s mostly preview videos. The CMLL Informa plugs have been pretty clear the Thursday day is one week only, which make me wonder if the Elite days are going to stay on Wednesday.
Box Y Lucha did not put a new issue this week due to Easter, but sent subscribers a digital version of their 1000th issue (from 1971). They also have expanded their subscription options, now offering 26 issues for 450 and 52 issues for 800 pesos ($46 USD). ByL’s publishing schedule has been irregular enough the last few years that 52 issues might take a lot longer than a year to come out, but a year of issues for less than a dollar is a pretty good deal.
IWRG (WED) 03/30/2016Arena Naucalpan Torneo FILL XLIX
1) Kabra Kan & Rey Flecha vs Skanda & Último Caballero
2) Charly Boy & Guerrero 2000 vs Ángel De La Muerte I & Ángel De La Muerte II
3) Ninja Olimpus vs Galaxy, Vardeus, Omega, Matrix Jr.
4) Centvrión, Hijo del Alebrije, Látigo vs Acero, Picudo Jr., Violencia Jr.
5) Adrenalina, Alas de Acero, Aramis, Blue Monsther, Dragón Fly, Freyser, Power Bull, Shadow Boy vs Atomic Fly, Fly Star, Keiser Drago, Keshin Black, Komachi, Marduk, Salchichita, Toxin Boy [Copa Higher Power] Gym FILL (Black Terry) vs Gym Zeuz (Oficial 911)
These schools feuding back in August, though this is their first time this facing this year.
This feud switched from Terrible/Valiente to Bucanero/Valiente in the off week. Recent Arena Coliseo Anniversary main events:
2015: Mistico (II) beat Ripper
2014: minis cage match (Pequeno Halcon)
2013: Dragon Rojo (c) b La Sombra [CMLL MIDDLE]
2012: Ultimo Guerrero b Shocker
2011: Rush b Rey Bucanero [CMLL LH]
2010: Mistico beat Atlantis
2009: Blue Panther, Hector Garza, Shocker b Averno, Mephisto, Ray Mendoza Jr.
2008: Dos Caras Jr., Mistico, Shocker vs Atlantis, Toscano, Ultimo Guerrero
CMLL (MON) 04/04/2016Arena Puebla
1) Meyer & Zaeta Roja vs Ares & Guerrero Espacial
2) Asturiano, Pegasso, Starman vs Espíritu Maligno, Metálico, Policeman
3) Delta, Fuego, Stuka Jr. vs Bobby Z, Okumura, Skándalo
4) La Máscara, Máscara Dorada, Valiente vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
5) Dragón Lee, Mistico, Rush vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión
Mistico’s partners are swapped out, but it’s still the Revolucionarios on the other side. Probably an Escorpion/Mistico match coming. Dorada and Cavernario cross passes again in the semimain, but probably will be a bit calmer. Delta is booked but is no sure bet to appear.
DTU (SAT) 04/09/2016Autolavado VM, Tulancingo, Hidalgo
1) Chalapa Boy & Radical vs Fandango & Kronico
2) Masizito & Porrito vs Erwing & Irwing
3) Exotico & Star Warrior vs Gran Cobra & Hormiga Star Warrior is debuting, the son of Black Warrior
4) Rocky Lobo vs Lanzeloth, Johnny Idolo, Jimmy
5) Drastik Boy & Pesadilla vs Fujin & Raijin
6) Ángel o Demonio vs Paranoiko, Drako
7) Ovett & Sharlie Rockstar vs Cíclope & Miedo Extremo
Last DTU show with Fujin & Raijin challenging for the tag titles, Rocky Lobo & Lanzeloth agreeing, andn ow they’re just facing other people. It happens.
AAA Sanchez (FRI) 04/15/2016Arena Neza
1) Sky Man vs Rayo Star
2) Andy Boy, Danger King, Guerrero Mixtico vs Carta Brava Jr., Motocross, Vampiro Metálico
3) Aerostar, Faby Apache, Neza Kid vs La Hiedra, Mike Segura, Súper Fly
4) Fénix & Octagón Jr. vs Parka Negra & Taurus
5) Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Averno, Joe Lider, Pentagón Jr.
Main event is a rematch of Psycho Circus versus Perros del Mal, except Daga is (still) not showing up in Neza, so the Perros are teaming with their enemy Averno. Makes a lot of sense. Carta Brava Jr. quits AAA, is just about in the same spot we’d expect if he was still in AAA. Makes a lot of sense.