FantasticaMania Day 4 preview, LU notes, Alberto talks about Caristico and WWE

DJ Juvi

Tomorrow is the first FantasticaMania show in Korakuen Hall, and the first one that’ll be aired on NJPWWorld. Start time – for all three shows this weekend – is 6:30pm in Tokyo, and 3:30am Central time. You can find the time for your time zone here. NJPWWorld costs about $8.50 USD/157 Mexican Pesos a month (auto rebilling on the first day.)

Friday’s main event is Mistico & Volador Jr. vs Mephisto & Ultimo Guerrero, an all CMLL match which builds up two singles matches for Sunday’s show. The semimain has the trio of Dragon Lee, Tanahashi and Taguchi taking on Okada, Nakamura and Virus; good on Virus for finally finding replacements for Euforia & Polvora in the Cancerberos.

The two noteworthy matches are fourth and fifth on the card. Titan faces Barbaro Cavernario for the Mexican National Welterweight championship, a rematch of a fantastic title change from May. Cavernario’s a favorite in Japan, but this should be a stellar match regardless of the outcome. Fellow Guadalajara native Mascara Dorada also gets his CMLL Welterweight title rematch against BUSHI. The member of the Ingobernables de Japon is being groomed for a IWRG Junior Heavyweight championship next month, so it’s unlikely they’d do anything to make him look weak on this shows. Dorada’s best chance might be Atlantis getting revenge for all the trouble the Ingobernables have been giving him on this tour.

The first few matches look enjoyable too, and this should be a fun show. I’m going to try and watch this live, so maybe look for a recap tomorrow morning.

I wrote about 2000 words about why Virus is awesome for Voices of Wrestling.

The first show of the FantasticaMania tour aired earlier today on SamuraiTV. I have no idea what the CMLL rights are to airing NJPW footage – sometimes it seemed like they didn’t even have a NJPWWorld account to pull video of Mascara Dorada for their news pieces – but it’s little surprising CMLL doesn’t find a way to air these big CMLL matches on a CMLL TV show.

Chris DeJoseph talked about Lucha Underground on the Wrestling Mayhem Show. Lucha Underground Season 2 will be 26 episodes over 27 hours. Ultima Lucha 2 encompasses the last three shows, and the season finale is a double length show as last year. Ultima Lucha is being taped next week, and (based on my math) should air from July 6th to July 20th. Season 3 sounds like it’s still happening, and maybe starting by that point, and I’m not sure how much of a gap there will be between seasons this year.

DeJoseph mentioned there’s a bit more backstage vignettes in the first half of the series, as they get into the backstory for characters. That’ll involved scenes away from the temple and flashbacks to previous times. (All of those wouldn’t be seen by anyone going to tapings.) It’d be more wrestling in the second half. DeJoseph said people would die in season 2, but also Bael’s death would come up again. DeJoseph mentioned he’s seen the first five episodes and liked how they’re coming, but also noted the difference in the schedule this year: they were able to make midseason adjustments last season after seeing the reaction to the first bunch of shows, but this year will be almost all done taping by the time the first episode airs.

DeJospeh said WWE came after the Lucha Underground wrestlers, trying to sign everyone else to kneecap LU, and believing they tried the same with ROH & TNA. It’s kind of strange that WWE was able to successfully raid NJPW but only could get Alberto from LU. I think that’s more an issue with NJPW.

I had the count as 28 episodes before, but it turns out the Sunday triple tapings are more like two and a half shows. They’re also doing a bit of taping out of order. I’d guess those military scenes in the trailer might be one of the flashbacks. I also wonder if the shot of Cisco in prison orange might have something to do with people figuring out what happened to Bael.

Alberto had a one day media tour of Mexico yesterday, promoting the debut of GBG Sports Magazine where he’s on the cover. You can flip thru the magazine here, though it’s kind of in tiny print. (Kind of odd to promote an interview by having someone do other interviews.) A week ago, Caristico blamed his problems in WWE on the other Mexicans who were there. Alberto was one of those Mexicans, so the press asked Alberto what he thought. Alberto said he hadn’t heard what Caristico had to say, didn’t even know he had a new name now, but Caristico should shut his mouth. Alberto said Caristico had everything on a silver platter, given opportunities no other Mexican was ever given, but still ruined his own career by not working hard. He’s happy the current Sin Cara and Kalisto are doing things the right way.

It sounds like Alberto was otherwise still being his heel WWE character, but much subtler: he declared no Mexican wrestler has had his level of success in an interview with Record. (I guess Rey is not a Mexican wrestler for the purposes of that line.) He gave credit to Kalisto but said he’d keep his title, and said the League of Nations has a lot of stars and simply needs some time to learn to work together as a team. In a group interview, Alberto praises everyone while Juventud Guerrera plays loud music.

+LuchaTV also has video clips of the magazine presentation, Alberot talking about Sombra & Kalistothe situation with AAA (Alberto still insisting he would’ve gone back to AAA for a goodbye since he always leaves promotion on good terms if they didn’t change the schedule) and Alberto’s return to WWE which Alberto says he was talking to WWE all along.

The same magazine also has a video interview with Atlantis.

After the Copa Junior final, Puma would like to change his name. He denied he was a member of the Casas family early in the career, but now feels like he’s capable of carrying the name and would like to go by Felino Jr. or Puma Casas. He notes the choice to pick his name is out of hands, and it wouldn’t be a change happening soon. Meanwhile, Esfinge wants to face Felino (since he beat Tiger and Puma during the tournament), or team with Titan & Triton to face all three cats.

ChilangaMask 03/20 3rd Anniversary card so far
los Caifanes vs Los Traumas
Tigre Universitario vs Jeque
new: Makabre, Shiryu Dragon vs Wotan, Impulso

Box Y Lucha posted a video flip thru of issue 948 from 1970. I thought this was the one they had on the website as a download before, but I don’t actually have the lineups so it must be new.

Maximo has heard Cibernetico challenging him for the title and would be open to it. I have no idea how that match would go and hope we get it.

Cibernetico is part of a video series promoting Mexico City as a place to shoot movies. Cibernetico doing a sit down interview in Arena Mexico is still very strange.

Eric Mutter previews Friday’s Arena Mexico show.

Texano promo for Guerra de Titanes. And a Psycho Clown interview to the same effect. It’s blocked in the US, but Televisa has interviews hyping those two up as facing in Guerra de Titanes. It’s feels a little strange that a feud from 2014 which was mostly dormant in 2015 is the centerpiece of the first show of 2016, but that’s the cards AAA are holding.

An ESTO interview with Super Halcon Jr. mentions he’s also a graphic designer.

Demus hypes a February match with Yoruba.

Dr. Karonte is happy to be honored.

Lineups

DTU SN (SUN) 01/31/2016 Gimnasio Paralimpico de la Unidad Deportiva Sur, Irapuato, Guanajuato
1) ? vs ??
local wrestlers
2) ?, Eclipse, Sikma vs Destello, Perro Callejero, Perro Callejero Jr.
3) Black Fire & Tony vs Adrenalina & Vengador and Johnny Idol & Kastigador
4) Susumu vs Aero Boy, Pesadilla, Jinzo, Drastik Boy
5) Ángel o Demonio & Ovett vs Maremoto & Maremoto Jr.
6) Dragón Rojo Jr. & Stuka Jr. vs Lanzeloth & Rocky Lobo and Jimmy & Kevin Nerd
7) Psicosis II & Violento Jack vs Juventud Rebelde & Pólux and Cíclope & Miedo Extremo

This is the home build for Rebelde & Maremoto, who are often in early DTU matches.  DTU also announced Ayako Hamada will appear on their March 20th.

great match roundup, week of 2016-01-02

I’ve already reviewed Puebla and ClaroSports. Just the 52MX review below, and the ratings are right below this text anyway. I really didn’t like much this week!

2015 matches

rating matches TV Show taped
good Hombre Bala Jr., Stigma, Súper Halcón Jr. vsPuma, Skándalo, Tiger CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2016-01-02 2015-12-15
ok Blue Panther, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. vsKráneo, Misterioso Jr., Pierroth CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2016-01-02 2015-12-15
ok Mistico, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Rey Bucanero, Vangellys CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2016-01-02 2015-12-15

2016 matches

rating matches TV Show taped
good Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. © vs Kráneo, Mephisto, Ripper for the CMLL World Trios Championship CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-01-04 2016-01-04
ok Stigma vs Skándalo in a lightning match CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-01-04 2016-01-04
ok Ángel de Oro, Black Tiger, Stuka Jr. vs Euforia, Felino, Hechicero CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-01-04 2016-01-04
ok Bengala & Leono vs Camorra & Espiritu Negro CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-01-08 2016-01-08
ok Esfinge, Pegasso, Stigma vs Canelo Casas, Okumura, Virus CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-01-08 2016-01-08
ok La Máscara, Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy vsKamaitachi, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-01-08 2016-01-08
below average Arkalis, París, Rey Samuray vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Nitro, Policeman CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-01-04 2016-01-04
below average Estrellita, Lluvia, Princesa Sugehit vs Dalys, Reyna Isis, Tiffany CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-01-04 2016-01-04
below average La Máscara, Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-01-04 2016-01-04
below average Silueta vs Dalys in a lightning match CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-01-08 2016-01-08
below average Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Thunder CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-01-08 2016-01-08
below average Carístico & Rush vs Cibernético & Volador Jr. in a relevos increíbles match CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-01-08 2016-01-08

FantasticaMania Day 3, La Justicia, Maximo/Bucanero

Puma

LLDLJ (SUN) 01/17/2016 Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México[+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (highlights),Estrellas del Ring]
1) Ludark Shaitan b Keira, Adelita
Batillon del Muerte’s Adelita was added to the match and actually beat Keira before Ludark beat her.
2) Arez & Impulso b Metaleón & Mr. Leo
3) Brole Extrem & Prayer b Emperador Azteca & Golden Magic
Azteca gave the Puebla rudos credit for the win while Golden Magic stormed over.
4) Mini Multifacético DCOR Belial Liga de la Justicia-Belial VS Mini Multifacetico (posted by RUDO VISION)
money thrown in
5) Stigma DQ Skándalo Liga de la Justicia-Skándalo VS Stigma (posted by RUDO VISION)
Skandalo unmasked Stigma for the DQ, then asked for a rematch.
6) Jeque & Judas el Traidor b Bobby Jack & Toro Bill Jr. Liga de la Justicia-Judas El Traidor y El Jeque VS Toro Bill Jr. y Bobby Jack (posted by RUDO VISION)
7) Herodes Jr. DQ Siki Osama [bull terrier] Liga de la Justicia-Herodes Jr. VS Siky Osama (Bull Terry match) (posted by RUDO VISION)
Siki replaced Misterioso for a bloody chain match. Herodes won by grabbing Siki’s leg to foul the referee, who then pulled Siki away from the fourth corner to give Herodes the win by DQ.

They didn’t do as well as ChilangaMask/Lucha Memes in the same venue and had a lot of inconclusive finishes for the first show in a new place, but the main event sounds like it was interesting.

CMLL (TUE) 01/19/2016 Arena México [thecubsfan, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Fantasy & Stukita b Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro
13:30. Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Cancerbero, Nitro, Raziel b Oro Jr., Soberano Jr., Star Jr.
18:48. Rudos took 2/3.
3) Amapola, La Comandante, Reyna Isis b La Vaquerita, Marcela, Silueta
15:50. Rudas took 1/3.
4) Esfinge b Puma [Copa Jr., final]
11:11/ Esfinge took 1/3, the last with nudo Egipico for the pinfall, to with the Copa Junior.
5) Blue Panther, Pegasso, Rey Cometa b Pierroth, Pólvora, Vangellys
12:24. Tecnicos took 2/3, though Terror Chino blew the count on the finish (or thought it wasn’t supposed to be the finish.)
6) Felino, Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero b Máximo Sexy, Super Porky, Valiente
6:27, straight falls for the rudos. Bucanero snuck in a foul on Maximo, then challenged him for a heavyweight title match.

This was streamed live and is still up on YouTube if you missed it. The Copa Junior final was fun. There’s really nothing else on the show you need to see, but there was nothing horrible. Tuesday shows haven’t changed back since Cadena3 went away.

Bucanero challenged Maximo for the heavyweight title, though it was a Sabado Retros show so almost no one saw it. They have so much experience working against each other that they probably could figure out a good title match again. After Monday’s match, Maximo said he’d be willing to give Vangellys a rematch too.

It’s still unclear if this was a one time thing for Copa Junior, the start of a weekly thing, or a possible replacement for Friday shows thing. Maybe they’ll explain more on Informa, but my guess is one time thing.

CMLL NJPW (WED) 01/20/2016 Osaka Prefectual Gymnasium, Osaka, Japan [NJPW, PuroLove]
Attendance: 1025
1) Jushin Liger & Stuka Jr. b Sho Tanaka & Yohei Komatsu
8:33. Stuka beat Komatsu with the torpedo splash. Stuka said he’d like to team with Tanaka & Komatsu in Mexico.
2) Boby Zavala b The Panther
8:14. Zavala beat Panther with a spinning powerbomb.
3) Okumura b Guerrero Maya Jr.
8:12. Okumura won with the hanging DDT, officially splitting the singles matches between the two tag teams at 2-2.
4) Bárbaro Cavernario, Gedo, Hechicero, YOSHI-HASHI b Jay White, Kushida, Ryusuke Taguchi, Titán
9:43. Cavernario submitted Jay White.
5) Bushi, EVIL, Tetsuya Naito b Atlantis, Fuego, Máscara Dorada
11:01. For the third straight show, Los Ingobernables de Japon cheated to win (Naito foul on Fuego to set up Out of Control) and unmasked the tecnicos after the match.
6) Mephisto, Shinsuke Nakamura, Último Guerrero b Juice Robinson, Mistico, Volador Jr.
13:02. Nakamura pinned Robinson with a cross armbreaker (which was noted in post match interviews as a Nakamura beating a former WWE trainee.)
7) Dragon Lee & Hiroshi Tanahashi b Okada & Virus
15:47. Dragon Lee beat Virus with Patos en el Pecho (a new name for the the hanging double stomp.) Dragon Lee played air guitar with the lightweight title belt in the post match.

The main event getting 15 minutes sounds pretty good. Natio versus Atlantis for the Anniversary main event!

This is the last non-NJPWWorld show of the run. They take a day off and the first streaming show airs early Friday morning in Central Time. These three previous shows outside of Tokyo do not air live; Kochi’s show will air tomorrow on SamuraiTV, with Kyoto (Tuesday) and Osaka (Thursday) not airing until after the Korauken Hall shows are over.

Since we’ll be able to see the rest of the show, this is a good moment for my annual reminder that one of my favorite parts of the NJPW tour is their results page for each show. They give me an “O” next to who won, a “X” next to who lost, and I can just rifle thru them if I’d like. No reading a couple paragraphs to decipher the finish needed, no reading an (always appreciated) indie recap to see “the tecnicos won” without having any idea which side is the tecnicos, just the kind of facts a person (bizarrely) building a lucha libre database needs. I like the detail page with match details and the post match interviews, but the detail page makes it so much quicker to figure out who won. No fear of mistranslating a verb tense!

On this week’s MLW Radio, Konnan mentioned Angelico’s knee injury will keep out until the end of February. The injury is not severe, but there’s concern of it becoming much worse if he doesn’t rest. Angelico won’t be back for long, because he’s headed to Europe for all of March to visit family.

Konnan specifically said Angelico won’t be on Rey de Reyes, which means the title shot they’re setting up on Friday won’t be cashed in for months. AAA rarely holds title matches away from their big shows, so it may be a January match building to one to June or later. My guess is they could also have Friday’s winning team defend the title shot itself against Joe Lider & Pentagon, in a sort of interim champion way. (Aerostar & Fenix would make more sense as winners on Friday in that scenario.)

Konnan’s general thought on the Guerra de Titanes card is it’s not as strong as it could be, but “it’s the same problem any other booker has: if you’re not the owner, you don’t have the last word.” A emailer asked if Ishimori might return, and Konnan explained he hasn’t been back because “AAA is very disorganized”, but believed he and the NOAH guys would probably be back for the World Cup.

Konnan said he believes Caristico is the booker for Elite. That’d be surprising, since Caristico loses all the time in Elite and that’s uncommon for bookers. It’s does feel a safe bet Caristico’s picking at least some of the talent that gets used.

Today’s the last week of El Rey’s mini Lucha Underground marathon. They’ll be showing the final five episodes of season 1 (including the two hour Ultima Lucha final) starting at 7pm. They’ve also been giving out a prize pack during the show; I think it’s a “tweet this secret word” kind of deal. The entire series will air this weekend.

Lucha Underground will appear on the late night (Los Angeles) SportsCenter next week. A segment was taped last night with Rey Misterio Jr., King Cuerno, Johnny Mundo, Joey Ryan and Melissa Santos and others. It’s airing either Monday or Tuesday night to promote the season two premiere.

RobViper has highlights of 07/10/15 Puebla.

Kayfabe Today has a review of this week’s AAA TV show.

WWS says they’ll be sending their champion, whoever it is at the time, to the May Stardom shows in Europe.

Caristico, Dr. Karonte, and Tony Salazar will have their hand prints in cement this Friday.

La Jarochita talks about her move to Elite, doesn’t say anything too interesting.

Texano Jr. plans to get the heavyweight title back.  Psycho Clown hypes Guerra de Titanes.

Furia de Titanes has a column about Wotan, and another piece arguing the wrestling celebrity stunt shows done in Monterrey are actually fine for lucha libre (because the real point is for people to go to a show and have fun)

Segunda Caida writes about Los Brazos vs Villanos & Santo

Match After Match has a review of Bestia Salvaje, Hijo del Santo, Scorpio Jr. vs el Dandy, Hector Garza, Negro Casas.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 01/26/2016 Arena México
1) Angelito & Stukita vs Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro
2) Estrellita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, La Comandante, Tiffany
3) Blue Panther Jr., Esfinge, Pegasso vs Disturbio, Sangre Azteca, Skándalo
4) Delta vs Felino [lightning]
5) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Rey Cometa vs Gran Guerrero, Hechicero, Vangellys
6) Atlantis, Máximo Sexy, Stuka Jr. vs Boby Z, Rey Bucanero, Terrible

The FantasticaMania cew start to filter back in. Bucanero & Maximo waits at least one more week. Angelito & Stukita is a fun team of small people.

CMLL (TUE) 01/26/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Explosivo & Star Black vs Carlos Rogi & Furia Roja
2) Magnum, Magnus, Oro Jr. vs Canelo Casas, Metálico, Ráfaga
3) Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., The Panther vs El Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
4) Dragón Lee, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
5) La Máscara, Marco Corleone, Rush vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Kráneo, Thunder

Kraneo & Thunder are polar opposites. Forastero makes the jump to Tuesday shows, which suggests he’s not far behind from joining his cousins in Mexico City.

CMLL Tuesday Mexico: 2016-01-19 

tope Magno

Recapped: 01/19/2016

What happened: Esfinge won the Copa Junior tournament. Rey Bucanero cheated to beat Maximo and wants a title match. Terror Chino failed at counting a pinfall.

What was good: The Esfinge/Puma match was pretty good, nearly as good as the Vangellys/Maximo match from Monday. Other matches had moments but nothing stood out.

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

(more…)

Blue Demon TV show, Maximo remains champ, FantasticaMania Day 2, CMLL stream tonight

Mije and Super Porky

CMLL (MON) 01/18/2016 Arena Puebla [El Popular, thecubsfan]
1) Policeman, Rey Apocalipsis, Toro Bill Jr. b Millenium, Rey Samuray, Tigre Rojo Jr.
12:48. Rudos took 1/3. Policeman and Tigre Rojo Jr. fell to the floor while trying a top rope move. Tigre Rojo was stretchered out with Policeman helped to the back (due to their not being two stretchers.)
2) Dalys, Tiffany, Zeuxis b Estrellita, Lluvia, Princesa Sugehit
12:19. Rudas took 2/3.
3) Kráneo, Morphosis, Ripper b Ángel de Oro, Super Porky, Valiente
13:48. Invasors took 1/3 in the usual Super Porky special.
4) Máximo Sexy © b Vangellys [CMLL HEAVY]
13:57. Vangelis took the first, but Maximo rallied back to win falls two and three for his 5th defense
5) La Máscara, Marco Corleone, Rush b Euforia, Mr. Niebla, Thunder
8:44. Ingobernables took 1/3. Euforia and Thunder didn’t get along, with Euforia attacking Thunder to led to their loss.

There’s no update on Tigre Rojo or Policeman, which I hope means they’re doing OK. Maximo/Vangellys is worth watching. There was an issue in the crowd just off camera before the fifth match; this Twitter post suggests it had to do with a fan and security.

CMLL NJPW (TUE) 01/19/2016 KBS Hall, Kyoto, Japan [NJPW]
1) Fuego & Ryusuke Taguchi b Sho Tanaka & Yohei Komatsu
7:49. Fuego beat Tanaka.
2) The Panther b Okumura
8:01. Mima Shimoda was back with Okumura for the tour and got taken out by a Panther tope. Panther won with a nudo lagunero.
3) Guerrero Maya Jr. b Boby Zavala
6:18. Guerrero Maya may have broken out the sit down piledriver for the win.
4) David Finlay, Dragon Lee, Jyushin Thunder Liger, Titán b Bárbaro Cavernario, Hechicero, Virus, YOSHI-HASHI
9:01. Titan beat Hechicero with his figure four variant.
5) Bushi, EVIL, Tetsuya Naito b Atlantis, Máscara Dorada, Stuka Jr.
7:16. Naito beat Stuka with the Out Of Control, and the Ingobernables took the tecnico’s masks again.
6) Kushida & Mistico b Gedo & Último Guerrero
9:39. Kushida beat Gedo with the hoverboard lock (with Mistico getting La Mistica on UG at the same time.)
7) Kazuchika Okada, Mephisto, Shinsuke Nakamura b Hiroshi Tanahashi, Juice Robinson, Volador Jr.
15:21. Nakamura beat Juice Robinson with the Boma Ye.

Kind of surprised both the tecnico champions won the singles match, though maybe it’ll just go the other way tomorrow. There are highlights from the top matches of the previous show here.

Televisa and Sony Pictures announced a new series on the life of the original Blue Demon. The show is set for 65 hour long episodes, starting from when he was a child and following thru his career. The show will start filming in April, with no air date. It’s billed as the real life story, but it’s a TV show so probably not so much.

El Hijo del Santo has implied he was offered something like this in the past but would also want a lot of control about how his father would be portrayed (which might work better for a movie than an ongoing series.) It’ll be interesting to see how they portray the wrestling scenes. Programming from Televisa usually ends up on one of Univision’s stations in the US.

Tonight’s CMLL main event is Rey Bucanero, Felino, and Negro Casas against Maximo, Brazo de Plata and Valiente, which looks like an unnoteworthy match to get thru this period but perhaps will set up something new. (Bucanero’s gone a while without defending his title.) The important match on the card is the Copa Junior final between Puma and Esfinge. Puma should be the favorite based on performance, but they’ve been booked at the same level recently and Puma’s gotten a recent ciberneico win, so they may spread out the big wins to someone else. The Copa Junior hasn’t been a meaningful competition – they only seem to run it ever other year, with Maximo and Super Halcon Jr. winning the two different 2014 competitions – but there aren’t many big wins to get when you’re stuck in the CMLL midcard so this will mean something to the winner.

CMLL’s show tonight will be broadcast on CMLL.com (and probably thru YouTube.) It’s said to be for the Copa Junior, but it still seems surprising. It’s unclear if this is a one time thing, a trial run, or something else. The last Tuesday night stream to air was when they were trying out streaming software for the iPPV. It’s not an especially interesting card, but the Copa Junior match should be fun.

Lucha Memes announced their Chairo 3 show will take place on 03/06 in Arena Naucalpan with Mascara Dorada versus Extreme Tiger in a falls count anywhere match. MedioTiempo previews this weekend’s Memes Rumble.

There’s a little bit of card shuffling on Saturday’s Coliseo show. Blue Panther Jr. & Pegasso are now off. Super Halcon Jr. is added to take on Arkangel, Hombre Bala Jr. moved up to face Tiger and Magnus replaces the tecnico to face Canelo Casas.

I put together a list of all the lucha events for the next month in hopes people will not ask me what time a show is on. People will probably still ask.

+LuchaTV has highlights of the New Year’s Day Neza cage match where Bizarro lost his mask.

TKD writes about his experience going to Lucha Underground. No spoilers!

Hijo del Fantasma and Hijo del Pirata Morgan promo for Guerra de Titanes.

Aeroboy vs Black Terry is taking place on Sunday in Xalapa.

Lineups

IWRG (SUN) 01/24/2016 Arena Naucalpan
1) Galaxy vs Power Bull
2) Kanon & Omega vs Adrenalina & Vortize
3) Emperador Azteca, Hijo de Mascara Sagrada, Hijo del Alebrije vs Artillero, Hip Hop Man, Metralla
4) Diablo Jr. I, El Hijo del Diablo, Imposible vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Canis Lupus, Eterno
number one contenders trios match?
5) Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro, Súper Nova vs Negro Navarro, Trauma I, Trauma II
6) Danny Casas, Hijo De Dos Caras, Veneno vs Herodes Jr., Pagano, Toscano

This just went up as I was finishing writing the post, so I’ll add it here. Pagano working Naucalpan after the Lucha Memes show. He might not be the only one. No idea who Metralla is, but he is teaming with Artillero.

CMLL (MON) 01/25/2016 Arena Puebla
1) Astro & Asturiano vs Mini Joker & Saurón
2) Black Tiger, Starman, Tritón vs El Cuatrero, King Jaguar, Sansón
3) Delta, Rey Cometa, Stigma vs Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado
4) Ángel de Oro, Super Porky, Valiente vs Euforia, Felino, Gran Guerrero
5) La Máscara, Marco Corleone, Rush vs Kráneo, Ripper, Thunder

This is a show. The main event last night did not merit a rematch. Maybe the tercera will be good? This is the first time Cuatrero and Sanson will turn up in a stream. Nice to see Asutriano.

CMLL Puebla: 2016-01-18

flying Mije

Recapped: 01/18/2016

What happened: Maximo succesfully defended his heavyweight title against Vangellys. Thunder and Euforia could not get along in the main event. Tigre Rojo Jr. and Policeman had a bad spill off the top rope to the floor in the opener.

What was good: Maximo pulled off another good title match performance. The opener was enjoyable until the bad fall. Crowd loved the Porky match, as usual.

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

Navarros remain champs in IWRG, CMLL on TDN, CMLL to stream on Tuesday, Puebla tonight

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photo by Black Terry Jr.
IWRG (SUN) 01/17/2016 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, The Gladiatores]
1) Galaxy & Kanon b Acero & Vortize
2) Diablo Jr. I, El Hijo del Diablo, Imposible b Leo, Mike, Rafy
money thrown in
3) Apolo Estrada Jr., Canis Lupus, Eterno DQ Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro
both Eterno & Terry fouled, with the referee DQing missing Eterno doing it but seeing the revenge below by Terry. Eterno, Apolo & Canis want a trios title shot, but Hijo del Diablo arrived to challenge for a shot on behalf of himself, Diablo Jr. and Imposible. Cerbero Negro told the two rudo teams to fight it out among themselves.
4) Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Mosco X Fly, Toscano b Herodes Jr., Hijo De Dos Caras, Veneno
Dos accidentally toped Herodes, which led to Herodes attacking Dos. Rudos took advantage for the win.
5) Negro Navarro, Trauma I, Trauma II b Hijo del Pantera, Pantera, Pantera I [IWRG IC TRIOS]
Navarros and Traumas (who had won a match in the Copa Dinastia Elite tournament a few hours earlier) took falls 1/3 to make their second defense. Pantera II suffered an arm injury. Los Traumas challenged the Panteras to a tag title match in return.

Pantera II seems to suffer injuries in losing title match efforts. It’s a shame.

Herodes makes more sense as a rudo, as much as many things make sense in IWRG. (What happened to those weight division tournaments?)

Black Terry Jr. has photos of the Liga Justica show and video. I haven’t found full results of that one quite yet.

CMLL is getting back on TV a bit. Their Friday night shows will air on  Televisa Deportes Network starting in mid February, according to +LuchaTV. These are the shows currently airing on ClaroSports.com live and on Azteca in the US on a three week delay. That’s still a cable channel, but it’s a Televisa cable channel, which means pretty much anyone who pays for TV will get it. (AAA’s TV currently repeats on sister channel Univision Televisa Deportes Network.)

We don’t yet know when exactly it’ll start, how long of a show it’ll be, how much a delay it’ll be and how this will affect those other broadcasts. We do know this means CMLL’s given up on trying to get on Mexico’s Azteca in the near future, since this deal would preclude that. It also may prevent Elite from being able to do the same – in the far distant past, Televisa and Azteca didn’t want ‘their’ luchadors to appear on the rival channel. Times have changed but those two channels are still not friendly.

CMLL will also be streaming Tuesday’s Arena Mexico show. It sounds like the whole show, and maybe just because they’re doing the Copa Junior. The Tuesday shows have been bouncing around from network to network; it’s seemed like CMLL was as surprised about C3 going away as everyone else and didn’t have a plan right away, and then recently decided to change around things again to not air the iPPV shows on Mexico TV. I’m not sure this would turn up if it wasn’t streamed.

Today’s CMLL steam is the Arena Puebla show at 9pm CT. Main event is La Mascara, Rush and Shocker versus the dreadful trio of Mr. Niebla, Thunder and Euforia. People who are paying the slightest attention may recall Thunder and Euforia are feuding in Arena Mexico; it seems as if CMLL did not remember that when putting together this card or are too short on people to make any sense. (Probably a little bit of both.) The biggest match of the card, and the match that probably should be the main event except they’d short them on time if it was, is Maximo defending his heavyweight title against Vangellys. Vangellys is not going to be CMLL Heavyweight champion, but Maximo’s managed good or better matches in all of his defenses so far. The show leads off with a Batillon del Muerte performance and also includes a women’s match and a Porky match. The opener and the title match are promising, the rest are safely skippable.

Shocker had knee surgery today.

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

This week’s Box Y Lucha seems a week or so behind.

The mystery Japanese wrestler on this weekend’s Arena Azetca Budokan show was name either Hito or Itto depending on where you look. He’s still a mystery.

Maximo says it’d be an honor to team with Casandro.

Super Comando, who (unknown to me!) was in Chicago this weekend as part of a Huracan Ramirez/Hijo del Fishman tour of shows in the US, is still wrestling and says he’ll have more news soon.

Los Ingobernables calling their rivals Mil Nombres (Caristico) and Robocop (Cibernetico) is pretty fun.

Segunda Caida reviews Love Machine, Último Dragón, Vampiro vs Black Magic, Negro Casas, Pirata Morgan.

El Hijo del Santo writes about his mask vs hair match with Brazo de Oro.

Lineup

CMLL (SAT) 01/23/2016 Arena Coliseo
1) Bengala vs Cholo
2) Flyer vs Metálico
3) Hombre Bala Jr. vs Canelo Casas
4) Pegasso vs Arkángel de la Muerte
5) Blue Panther Jr. vs Tiger
6) Rey Cometa & Tritón vs Felino & Pólvora
7) La Máscara, Super Porky, Valiente vs Niebla Roja, Ripper, Terrible

This is fair card on star power for a Saturday even if not for the missing luchadors.

CMLL (SUN) 01/24/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Tapatío, Javier Cruz Jr., Linterna vs Black Sugar, Mr. Brisa, Quca
2) Nautilius vs Joker [OCCIDENTE MIDDLE, semifinal]
final on 01/31?
3) Omar Brunetti vs El Chakal [OCCIDENTE MIDDLE, semifinal]
4) Esfinge & Gallo vs Cancerbero & Raziel
5) Magico, Neutrón, Super Porky vs Mosco X Fly, Mr. Trueno, Ripper

No idea who Magico is. Most hilarious possible outcome of the tournament is Joker winning and quickly moving to Mexico City to never defend the title. He and Omar seem like the favorites for the final.

CMLL ELITE (SUN) 01/24/2016 Arena México
1) La Jarochita & Muñeca De Plata vs Amapola & Dalys
2) Dinamic Black & Imposible vs Artillero & Sangre Azteca
3) Delta & Tritón vs Eterno & Fresero Jr.
4) Trauma I & Trauma II vs Puma & Tiger
5) Felino & Negro Casas vs Juventud Guerrera & Super Crazy
6) Carístico, Extreme Tiger, Valiente vs Euforia, La Máscara, Rush

Extreme Tiger was on these shows before, and is back again. It’s probably a one off since he’s headed to the UK with TNA next week. Juventud also worked the Elite show back in June and returns here, as they continue teasing a Super Crazy/Felino match for whatever reason.

Elite announced the Dinastia final would be this week. Unless Puma was allowed to sub in for Canelo Casas, that doesn’t seem to be the case. Who knows. Artillero booking is random but at least it suggests he’s still in good here.

La Jarochita makes the jump from AAA. She hadn’t appeared on TV since late 2014, but was part of the crew who are regularly listed on spot shows without getting any television time. She won their Quien Pinta Para La Corona in 2012, though AAA never seemed that impressed with her and used her mostly in opening matches when she was used at all. This is maybe more telling about what interests the Elite promotes: any one of two dozen indie lucahdoras could’ve filled that same spot, but they seemingly went out of their way to get Jarochita to “jump.” It seems like a thing you do if you’re excited to do CMLL vs AAA matches and over estimating how much slapping the label “AAA” or “CMLL” means on someone. (She’ll be fine.)

Lucha Underground Season 2 probably isn’t airing on Unimas

Lucha Underground Season 2 sounds like it’s going to be fun. You’ll be able to watch it El Rey. You’ll be able to watch it on TLN in Canada. You probably will be unable to watch it on Unimas.

It’s hard to prove a negative; Unimas isn’t going to announce they’re not carrying a show. Lucha Underground and Unimas didn’t really announce they had Lucha Underground for season 1 either – it just showed up in their upcoming listings, and people started to spot the ad for the show. Unimas hadn’t said anything yet this time around either, but with King Cuerno, Mil Muertes and Dario Cueto appearing at the Univision Deportes Awards seemed to suggest the partnership was still intact. All we needed is to see that season 2 promo or it to show up in the listings at the same time on Saturday to confirm.

I recorded chunks of Unimas this weekend just to find that LU S2 commercial. It’s two weeks out, and it was airing two weeks out last time. I did find a Lucha Underground commercial, but not the one I was looking for.

To save you the 15 seconds, that’s a Spanish language ad for the show airing on El Rey. (I only saw it once in the eight hours I recorded over two days; it didn’t appear to be in the regular rotation and might have been a local cable system buy.) There’s no reason for that advertisement to exist if the show was still going to air on Unimas – it wouldn’t make sense to direct people off network to find it if it was going to air on this network. It makes sense if they’re hoping to move the viewers over to El Rey because it won’t be on Unimas any longer.

Starting this morning, you can easily find the the listings for 01/30 Saturday afternoon, where Lucha Underground was airing at 4pm Eastern last year. The season 2 premiere is not listed. (Instead, it’s the end of The Brave One & the start of Battle: Los Angeles.) Maybe that’s just a random commercial meaning nothing, and maybe the show just got moved to a different time, but add on Lucha Underground no longer doing Spanish language announcing in front of the crowd and it doesn’t look good.

I’d really like to feel dumb and have LU turn up on Unimas anyway. But, if they’re not advertising Lucha Underground, and they’re advertising other shows in LU’s spot, then it feels like a pretty safe bet the show isn’t airing.

I can tell you where Lucha Underground will be appearing. A reporter for EstrellaTV was at the Temple Sunday to do a feature that’ll air Monday afternoon. A different feature will air on LATV at some point. (Image includes a new character if you’re concerned about any spoiler.) Both of those networks are primarily Spanish language channels in competition with Unimas. It’d be strange for them to be running a feature on a opposition network’s show, but much less so if it’s only an El Rey airing. And it’d make since for Lucha Underground to invite them if there’s a large base of Spanish language fans they’re worried about losing.

While the Wednesday night El Rey airing is the one that gets the internet buzz, estimates had 2-3x times as many people watching it on Unimas (since it’s a channel far more available in the US.) There are a lot of people who simply can not get the El Rey Network where they live but could easily get Unimas – and unless there’s a surprise streaming or VOD deal to be announced, their only method of watching the shows will be to start paying Sling or Fubo.TV, or looking on YouTube for pirated uploads. (People will tend towards YouTube, but I’d suspect there’s a larger quieter group who just will watch something else.)

I’d presume Lucha Underground knew they wouldn’t be on Unimas from back when they restarted taping in November – they didn’t do Spanish announcing from the first day of the season. For all we know, it may even be the plan: Unimas as training wheels for season 1 and hoping to migrate the people to El Rey for season 2, because the purpose of this show to get eyeball on El Rey. I’m not sure. Not being on Unimas seems like a problem to me, but it’s not the first thing that seems like a problem, and the show keeps on keeping on. I like to think I’m intelligent, but I’m not nearly smart enough to figure out how Lucha Underground works on a spreadsheet.

Not being on Unimas shouldn’t affect the onscreen product (except the lack of reshoots in Spanish.) Lucha Underground Season 2 should be good, and all the information I have on season 2 sounds fun. You’ll just probably be only able to watch it on El Rey in the US.

Ingobernables outsmart Caristico (again), FantasticaMania Day 1

photo via CMLL

CMLL (SAT) 01/16/2016 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Aéreo b Pequeño Universo 2000
2) Metálico b Leono
For reasons unclear, Metalico wrestled in plain black trunks.
3) Magnus b Hijo del Signo
4) Raziel b Hombre Bala Jr.
5) Blue Panther Jr. b Starman
Starman replaced Skandalo
6) Gran Guerrero & Ripper b Ángel de Oro & Rey Cometa
7) Blue Panther, La Máscara, Máximo Sexy b Ephesto, Luciferno, Niebla Roja

A show! Various people were kissed in the main event.

Skandalo did wrestle in Coacalco on Sunday, so whatever the problem was on Saturady got better on Sunday.

CMLL NJPW (SUN) 01/17/2016 Kochi Sunpia CHRES, Kochi, Japan [NJPW]
Attendance: 1214
1) Kushida & Stuka Jr. b Sho Tanaka & Yohei Komatsu
9:01. Stuka beat Tanaka with the torpedo splash. All Tanaka/Komatsu matches are part of a challenge series. All matches on this show were one fall, but with lucha libre (no) tag rules.
2) Boby Zavala & Okumura b Guerrero Maya Jr. & The Panther
8:45. Bobby Zavala beat Maya with a sit down powerbomb.
3) Fuego & Titán b Bárbaro Cavernario & YOSHI-HASHI
9:10. Titan beat Cavernario with his cradle.
4) Hechicero & Virus b Dragon Lee & Jay White
9:55. Virus beat Jay White with the motovirus.
5) Bushi, EVIL, Tetsuya Naito b Atlantis, Juice Robinson, Máscara Dorada
9:12. Naito beat Juice Robinson via foul after the rudos had previously unmasked Atlantis. Bushi took Dorada’s mask as well.
6) Ryusuke Taguchi & Volador Jr. b Mephisto & Shinsuke Nakamura
10:26. Volador beat Mephisto with a top rope frankensteiner.
7) Hiroshi Tanahashi, Jyushin Thunder Liger, Mistico b Gedo, Kazuchika Okada, Último Guerrero
15:43. La Mistica on Ultimo Guerrero.

The storyline in the Atlantis/Los Ingobernables de Japon matches are Naito and friends are still pretty upset about Atlantis taking Sombra’s mask and are going for revenge. What great friends!

Really disappointed that NJPW didn’t come up with a name for Titan’s cradle so I didn’t have to come up with one of my own.

Kushida had a special mohawk enhanced mask. In an interview before the tour, Guerrero Maya said he still doesn’t think Bobby is any good.

Next show is early Tuesday morning. First NJPW World show is on Friday morning.

CMLL Elite (SUN) 01/17/2016 Arena México [+LuchaTV, KronoSport, MedioTiempo]
1) Pequeño Olímpico & Pierrothito b Principe Diamante & Último Dragoncito
2) Cancerbero & Raziel b Centvrión & Metaleón
3) Trauma I & Trauma II b Argos & Karonte Jr. [Dinastia Elite, torneo]
CMLL recap says the Traumas took advantage of Karonte errors for the win.
4) Canelo Casas & Tiger b El Cuatrero & Sansón [Dinastia Elite, torneo]
Casas and Traumas meet next week.
5) Ángel de Oro, Golden Magic, Super Crazy b Ephesto, Euforia, Luciferno
Luciferno replaced Felino (doubled booked in Guadalajara).
6) Negro Casas & Rush b Carístico & Cibernético [Relevos Increíbles]
Mascara helped Rush win.

I assumed there would be a block final between those four teams on this show, as there is when CMLL normally runs four team tournaments. Nah. Not sure why they didn’t just announce both matches ahead of time. The Traumas said next week is the final, so it’s a big four team tournament.

How about Caristico and La Mascara as a match? Bad idea or terrible idea? Mascara keeps costing Caristico wins. Caristico might still be mad that Mascara got Averno’s mask/failed 2011 instead of him.

Attendance looks miserable.

Ancla took Rey Abadon’s hair in a four way on the WMC show Saturday night.

Halloween introduced his son Ciclope to +LuchaTV. This is not the DTU Ciclope. I wonder if he’ll have more matches than Halloween Jr.

Japanese women’s promotion Stardom announced they’d be touring Europe in May. Mexico’s WWS said they’d be contributed unnamed luchadors for those shows.

LuchaWorld has a recap of Friday’s new show and KrisZ’s news update.

Here’s a Mascara Dorada interview in Japanese. He mentions his brother is now wrestling as Gitano Jr.

Eric Mutter writes about Hijo del Fatansma.

Lineups

TAO (TUE) 02/09/2016 Arena Querétaro
1) Diamante Azul Jr. & Electro Boy vs Speed Demon & Von Draker
2) Alex Guajardo & Lince vs Benji Maverick & Fuego Latino
3) Chica Ye-Ye, Dragón De Oriente I, Dragón De Oriente II vs Atómico, Diva Salvaje, Soldado Diabólico
4) Pagano, Ursus, X-Danzz vs Bestia 666, Damián 666, X-Fly
5) Carístico & Mistico II vs Black Warrior & Mephisto

Black Warrior still exists! Mistico II is booked in Mexico after FantasticaMania, for what it’s worth.