IWRG (WED) 04/06/2016Arena Naucalpan
1) Black Dragón & Kanon vs Galaxy & Magnum 44
2) Fireman, Hijo del Alebrije, Zatura vs Bombero Infernal, Demonio Infernal, Muerte Infernal
3) Dragón Fly vs Rower Boy, Aramis, Adrenalina, Shadow Boy, Freyser, Atomic Star, Blue Monsther, Toxin Boy, Fly Star, Marduk, Komachi, Salachichita, Keiser Drago,Atomic Fly, Keshin Black [mask, hair] torneo FILL, FILL vs Zeus, but it’s the loser who loses hair or mask
4) Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro vs Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro
5) Canis Lupus & Eterno vs Trauma I & Trauma II
Hey, a Torneo FILL with a big conclusion. Guessing the two other Infernales are Bombero’s sons under (another) new identity.
I bumped Muertes/Fenix up after the fact. I saw it on the same level of Rush/Maximo and Volador/Casas. Maybe I rated them too high; I don’t feel like any of them are going to be my favorite match of the year, but definitely in the top 20.
CMLL (FRI) 04/01/2016Arena México [CMLL, thecubsfan, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) El Cuatrero & Sansón b Oro Jr. & Soberano Jr. 16:01. The rudos won again, taking 1/3.
2) Blue Panther Jr., Fuego, The Panther b Fujin, Okumura, Raijin 17:20. Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Hechicero, Kráneo, Ripper b Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa, Súper Porky 15:59. Rudos took 1/3.
4) La Máscara b Ángel de Oro [lightning] La Mascara won with the running knee smash in 5:37, then demanded Angel de Oro give him a CMLL Light Heavyweight Championship match. Oro sort of agreed.
5) Dragón Lee, Máscara Dorada, Stuka Jr. b Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto 10:27. Tecnicos took 2/3.
6) Carístico, Marco Corleone, Volador Jr. DQ Cibernético, Negro Casas, Rush [Relevos Increíbles] 7:40, straight falls, Rush fouling Marco in the second. Marco wanted a singles match, and Rush said no. Caristico and Volador did not get along.
Show was good! Attendance seemed fine, though I’m betting the streaming numbers were down. They’ve only got one more week before the tournament kicks in and two singles matches set up; maybe one of will main event one of those tournament shows.
Lucha Azteca 7’s debut episode aired as scheduled Friady night. It wasn’t hard to find the feed, and there are already versions of it posted online. I’ll have it up too. They showed the top three matches from Wednesday’s show, changing the order of matches around to end with the trios title match. That seemed odd, until the post match attacks were revealed as setting up next week’s singles matches: Atlantis vs La Mascara and Caristico vs Volador. They’re booking week to week! The presentation of the matches seemed good, and the matches themselves are worth watching, but the extra material to add “entertainment” – the never ending red carpet bit, the interviewer – were not much good. That stuff is designed for broadening it’s appeal, but I’m not sure it will.
The show ended with a look at the standings, where the 12th member of the league was listed as a mystery person. The press release listed Juventued Guerrera in that spot. The announcers pushed the 12th person as a ‘mega’ surprise. Maybe accidental word choice? There’s no sign of the Juvy or anyone else on next week’s lineup. It seems like everyone’s getting their first match before anyone gets their second, which means the mystery person would show up by 04/13.
La Parka (AAA) fell unconscious in the main event of the Martinez show last night. He was down a few minutes, recovered enough to make a joke, and was taken away in an ambulance. It wasn’t clear what happened – it looked like he just fainted live, but Adictos al Deportes found some video and believes Parka hurt his spine on a sunset flip. It was described as the only bump he took in the match.
Tonight’s Arena Coliseo show is the 73rd Anniversary show. Rey Bucanero defends the NWA Light Heavyweight Championship in the main event. A title change is unlikely; Rey Bucanero isn’t doing any thing with this championship, but Valiente being a double champion seems doubtful and there’s no sign of the trios titles being changed soon. The undercard includes Hombre Bala vs Puma, which was quite good last time it happened.
AAA’s TV is up. They’ve got the Relevos AAA, TLC and Mesias/Texano match from Rey de Reyes this week.
MVP announced he was joining Lucha Underground at WaleMania. People thought he meant wrestling; he says he might, but he meant he was joining an agent. MVP’s already been working as an agent there for a month; even with LU spoilers reported, it does tell you how much LU news still doesn’t get out.
CMLL ELITE (WED) 04/06/2016Arena México
1) Delta & Pegasso vs El Cuatrero & Sansón
2) Fuego, Tritón, Zumbi vs Imposible, Karonte Jr., Magnus
3) Dragón Lee & Valiente vs Argos & Magno (Chihuahua)
4) Atlantis vs La Máscara [Liga Elite]
5) Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Toscano vs Cibernético, Mephisto, Negro Casas
6) Carístico vs Volador Jr. [Liga Elite]
Caristico & Volador haven’t met in singles matches since 2010, a series of matches which (finally) made Volador into the top guy he is today, and also was the tail end of Mistico’s CMLL boom. Volador became the Volador we know by the end of their memorable Copa Bicentenario match, and Mistico left CMLL four months later. They – most especially Volador – have not been kind to each other now that they’re back in the same business. Either Caristico & Volador really do not like each other, or they’ve done an amazing job convincing people of that. That main event is going to be amazing and also maybe a good match.
Atlantis & La Mascara is a lot less hype.
Toscano being back – and maybe being the new member of Bufete del Amor given who he’s teaming with – is obviously interesting. Toscano left CMLL in late 2011, as if he was going to join Perros del Mal, but really only worked a couple shows before he, Texano, and Mascara 2000 Jr. showed up in AAA as el Consejo. Toscano worked well as a rudo there, but eventually got lost in the mix, and was let go from AAA in 2014 due to personal issues. He’s been showing up infrequently and randomly on the indies the last year and a half.
Magno is recently ex-WWE, where he trained in NXT for many months but only wrestled a few matches in front of live crowds. He was back in Juarez last weekend, and his ex-WWE status has probably helped him get a spot here. Nice to see Imposible back on these shows.
This show is head to head with the AAA taping. Rush vs Marco or Psycho vs Dr. Wagner, I guess. It’s also the last show before the tournament takes over. There is going to be a lot of flying in the semimain, and a lot of punching in the main event.
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.