What happened: Electroshock turned tecnico after the main event, with Hijo del Pirata Morgan and the rest of the maybe-Anarquia attacking Electroshock. Taurus reminds undefeated and Daga beat Australian Suicide as their feud continues.
What was good: The atomicos and the tercera were fun.
Where can I watch it: It’s on my channel and AAA’s channel.(more…)
CMLL (TUE) 12/01/2015Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Arena Coliseo Guadalajara, Fuego en el Ring]
1) Furia Roja & Maléfico b Explosivo & Star Black Malefico replaced Joker.
2) Flyer, Leono, Starman b Artillero, Okumura, Súper Comando Rudos took 1/3
3) Stigma, The Panther, Tritón b Puma, Sangre Azteca, Tiger Tecnicos took 2/3
4) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Stuka Jr. b Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto Tecnicos took 2/3, Panther beating Mephisto. Sets up a trios title match next week.
5) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja b Máximo Sexy, Mistico, Titán Guerreros took 2/3.
If not for results a day late, there’d be no results at all. There’s no Wednesday IWRG show becuase the RCH show tonight replaces it this week. Dr. Wagner Jr. vs Psycho Clown vs Blue Demon is the main event, but the Texano/Nova vs Pentagon/Fenix match and the six way Copa RCH ones look to be the best. No idea if this will somehow turn up on AYM, but I’d expect some handheld video to turn up.
Maybe yesterday’s big news was people finding out if they’re going to Lucha Underground in December. Show information was sent out to those who were quick enough to get tickets for the shows in 2015 yesterday. The Sunday taping is listed a three show taping, which would be the first time they’ve tried that. (LU started with one show tapings, and didn’t go to two at a time until they got rolling.) Doing three shows in one night obviously saves on money, though it does make a longer night for everyone. I know I was feeling a little done after second Sunday episode when I went earlier this year, but that was also the trios tournament final and that was kind of meant to be an end point. They can design a three show taping the same say if that’s a concern.
It’s not clear if this is a one time thing or something that’ll be happening for all Sunday tapings. If they did start triple shots for all Sunday tapings, and the schedule stayed as we know it know, Lucha Underground would pick up four extra shows (to 28), and that would essentially replace an entire weekend of live tapings.
This is also a little spoilery, but this week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter noted Melina is not back on Season 2. The WON claimed Melina (who was only for a few minutes of Ultima Lucha) was tough to deal with and was replaced. Melina disagreed, saying LU told her they just didn’t want to repeat the same stuff done in WWE. I dunno much about that, but my hunch is the person who kind of got Melina’s “spot” was someone who was always going to be brought in for season 2 in some role, and that just happened to be the place for that person – replacing Melina was more circumstance than anything.
We still haven’t heard anything concrete about Lucha Underground being available outside of the El Rey Network. (We haven’t even officially heard about Unimas.) The network’s YouTube channel took down all the Season 1 original matches a week or so ago, and speculation was some announcement of a new way to watch those matches, but it’s still all quiet. There is another way to get the El Rey network. SlingTV was already offering the channel as part of a $20 package. Another service, Fubo.TV, is offering El Rey (and Unimas) as part of a package of soccer oriented channels for only $7 a month. It makes no sense for El Rey to be included, unless they’re just offering it to whoever will take them aboard. $7/month means about $1.75 per episode of Lucha Underground, which seems like a fair price even if you’re not interested in Barcelona/Real Madrid superclassicos.
Fubo.tv is available via apps and Rokus and the like. It’s seems to be only streaming. The site says some of the bigger soccer matches will be on VOD; I’ve got an email in asking if that would be true for the El Rey original shows. I’ll let you know if I hear back from them.
This is not much news, but feels like it could be a hint of something: I’ve got about 20 YouTube copyright notices on my AAA videos in the last day. None of them are copyright strikes or anything that will affect my ability to upload videos, just means someone else can/is enable ads and collect money off the videos. (I don’t generally put ads up because they’re not my content and drawing money off them will only cause problems; the only exception is the Sexy Star/Emma Huevo match to make that match even less interesting to watch.)
I get notices about music issues pretty regularly, but these are notices about “audiovisual content”, which is saying they own the video. I’d expect to get those from AAA, but they’re instead from a “DH1 Media”. Almost all flagged matches are 2014 and 2015. I put a list together of all the matches which have been flagged, to see if there was a pattern. Don’t really see one. I thought maybe there was a DVD release coming (WWE seems to pull down related videos before those come out), or some other video service, but you’d expect to see full shows pulled rather than one match here ore there. It’s only portions of most of the videos which are flagged; sometimes it seems to be actually a vignette that aired before or after the match, sometimes it just randomly starts in the middle of a match for no apparent reason.
My guess it is this is someone just trying to flag their music – that’s what DH1 Media seems to do – and having problems doing it, but maybe there’s something more. There is a Fighting Spirit Wrestling show in the UK which is airing NJPW, CMLL and AAA matches together. (It seems likely AAA & CMLL aren’t aware of this, because they’d probably be very unhappy about it if they did know.) I guess it could be the matches which are airing on that, but the little I know of what they’ve aired doesn’t quite match up.
Update: in the time it’s taken me to write this, I’ve got another flurry of these notices. They seem to be all around Brian Cage’s matches – maybe his music – but then went back to being random again.
CMLL has an interview hyping Negro Casas versus Super Parka. They note they didn’t face much when Parka was in CMLL in the 90s; prior to this feud, the only time on record they were even in the same match in Arena Mexico was teaming up in 2002. They never met in the 90s, as far as I have on record.
Black Warrior says he left AAA because he felt something was wrong in his life, and took classes in nutrition, personal health and fitness. He’d like to form a trio.
CMLL (TUE) 12/08/2015Arena México
1) Fantasy & Último Dragoncito vs Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Olímpico
2) Magnus, Robin, Sensei vs Disturbio, Hijo del Signo, Skándalo
3) Fuego, Pegasso, Tritón vs Puma, Sangre Azteca, Tiger
4) Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Boby Z [lightning]
5) Delta, Rey Cometa, Valiente vs Niebla Roja, Rey Bucanero, Vangellys
6) Atlantis, Titán, Volador Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Hechicero, Pólvora
Guerrero Maya Jr. and Bobby Z have one more match. Main event could be fun; this one of the better Tuesdy cards in a while.
Ultimo at least slightly changing up his match finishes? The midcard mask thing seperate from the Super Comando/The Panther issue? I dunno. CMLL did send out an interview hyping up Comando & Panther as a direct feud, without mentioning the possibility of a cage match, but Raziel & Cancerbero keep hassling those tecnicos.
In Things I Was Loudly Wrong About: There is a taping at the Lucha Underground Temple this Saturday. It’s just said not to be for Lucha Underground; it’s said to be something for the city of Los Angeles. They’re invited some people who’ve attended tapings in the past to fill out the crowd.
Son of Havoc pointed out we’re one flip of the month calendar away from Lucha Underground. Which reminds me that Lucha Underground and El Rey ought to making an announcement of when the show is actually returning in January. There’s been no official return date given, not an episode count either. A season premier usually means weeks of promotion; if the start date is in early January (which is the guess here), then that sort of promotion needs to start imminently. Maybe there are reasons why it might be held off until the next round of real tapings, next weekend, but there should be a Lucha Underground announcement between now and next Sunday if everything is still on track.
Fresero replaces Tabu on Sunday’s Elite Lucha Libre show. No reason why, just another name on the poster. That’s far less interesting.
Violento Jack is teasing a Japanese surprise for the DTU Ocho show, and DTU says it’ll be someone who hasn’t been on their shows before. Jun Kasai is everyone’s first guess since they’ve fought each other in Japan. No full results from the DTU show last night in Queretaro, but the five way with Rocky Lobo defeating Rey Cometa, Dragon Rojo Jr., Pesadilla, and Drastik Boy was said to be pretty good.
Voices of Wrestling looked at social media following levels for different promotions; the wide gap between CMLL and AAA numbers got picked up by MedioTiempo (which means people in CMLL might be aware of this for first time.) My theory about the difference is AAA advertises it’s social media twice a show with on screen graphics every week on national TV, and CMLL doesn’t do anything. CMLL plugs Informa (with Ultimo Guerrero today!) and Sabado Retros insistently, but they don’t advertise their TV shows and social media all that much. I think AAA (in general) works hard at increasing the reach of it’s social media and some of that is driven by decision makers in AAA using social media much more than those in CMLL, but promotion is the simplest explanation.
12/01 Tokyo Gurentai: Mil Mascaras [O], Dory Funk, Great Kabuki, Masakatsu Funaki b Nosawa Rongai [X], Yoshiaki Fujiwara, CIMA, Kaz Hayashi
Nosawa has a really bad Win/Loss record against Mil Mascaras. He probably should reevaluate his strategy.
IWRG (SUN) 12/06/2015Arena Naucalpan
1) Fireman & Rocket vs Guerrero De La Muerte I & Guerrero De La Muerte II
2) Mr. Leo & Omega vs Adrenalina & Hip Hop Man
3) Pantera vs Imposible
4) Danny Casas, Diva Salvaje, Súper Nova vs Canis Lupus, Negro Navarro, Relámpago
5) Black Terry & Dr. Cerebro vs Apolo Estrada Jr. & Eterno
6) Hijo De Dos Caras, Toscano, Veneno vs Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Trauma I, Trauma II
No Wednesday show tonight week because RCH is running tomorrow, but the main event feuds seem to resume on Sunday. Eterno’s going to be working twice between this and Arena Mexico
I have no idea which Pantera is in the third match.
Guadalajara’s Twitter has results for the top three matches; the tecnicos beating the Hijos del Infiernos is the only news so far. Angel de Oro & Stuka failed to win the titles with Dragon Lee. Will they do any better with Blue Panther? (Probably not.) Weird Panther is going for a trios title win on the same show as his sons, but they’re not the trios. That seems like bad planning.
CMLL (SUN) 11/29/2015Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Capitan Cobra & El Tapatío b Black Sugar & Diplomático
2) El Alteño & El Yaqui DQ Carlo Roggi & Mr. Brisa Roggi fouled Alteno (or maybe the other way – Roggi’s return, anyway.)
3) Vaquero Jr. DCOR Exterminador Vaquero wants a hair match with Exterminador.
4) El Divino, Magnum, Neutrón b Ráfaga, Relampago, Rey Trueno
5) Niebla Roja & Rey Bucanero b Blue Panther & Titán Titan had to fight on his own when Blue Panther was injured for a while. Magnum tried to take Panther’s place. Niebla Roja unmasked him, then argued it shouldn’t be a DQ since Magnum wasn’t officially in the match. Referee didn’t go for that one and let Magnum participate. Blue Panther came back in the third fall. Match came down to Niebla and Titan. Bucanero snuck back in and fouled Titan, but Panther did the same to Roja and Titan ended up winning.
Panther does injury angles from time to time, and this reads a little bit of that.
IWRG (SUN) 11/29/2015Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, Estrellas del Ring, The Gladiatores]
1) Fireman & Rocket Rojo b Adrenalina & Atomic Star
2) Avisman, Imposible, Vortize b Dinamic Black, Látigo, Pantera I
3) Apolo Estrada Jr., Canis Lupus, Eterno b Black Terry, Dr. Cerebro, Hijo del Pantera Terry & Eterno bled. Straight falls. Rudos want a shot at the Mexican State trios championship, Black Terry challenged back for an apuesta match.
4) Diablo Jr. I, El Hijo del Diablo, Violencia Jr. b Pantera, Relámpago, Súper Nova straight falls. Super Nova & Relampago had problems.
5) Danny Casas, Trauma I, Trauma II, X-Fly b Diva Salvaje, Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Toscano, Veneno [seeding battle royal]
6) Trauma I & Trauma II b Danny Casas & X-Fly [semifinal, ruleta de la muerte]
7) Máscara Año 2000 Jr. & Veneno b Diva Salvaje & Toscano [semifinal, ruleta de la muerte] Despite the win, Veneno & Mascara did not get along.
8) Diva Salvaje & Toscano b Danny Casas & X-Fly [final, ruleta de la muerte] X-Fly was already bleeding bad after the last match and couldn’t really help out Danny Casas, so Toscano & Diva won easily.
9) Danny Casas b X-Fly [hair] X-Fly was still in bad shape, still almost won. But only almost. X-Fly got his head shaved and talked about possibly retiring after another case of bad luck.
I only scanned the video while putting it together for YouTube, but there’s seemed like a great deal of blood on this show. X-Fly was in really bad shape, and Black Terry and Eterno bled a lot prior to that.
CMLL (MON) 11/30/2015Arena Puebla [CMLL, thecubsfan]
1) Magia Blanca, Metatrón, Meyer b Artillero, Fuerza Chicana, Guerrero Espacial 18:29. Rudos took 2/3. Metatron replaced Star Jr. Debut of Magia Blanca, the former Magnifico I.
2) Disturbio, King Jaguar, Policeman b Lestat, Oro Jr., Starman 13:48. Rudos took 2/3. King Jaguar stole pins in the second and third fall. Disturbio and Policeman attacked him for it after the match.
3) Canelo Casas, Okumura, Skándalo b Bengala, Rey Cometa, Stigma 15:43. Rudos took 1/3. Bengala replaced Delta. Okumura snuck in a foul on Rey Cometa.
4) Kráneo, Ripper, Shocker b Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Super Porky 10:44. Rudos took 1/3. Shocker snuck in a foul on Marco. Marco challenged Shocker to a match next week.
5) Atlantis, Mistico, Volador Jr. DQ Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero 8:22. Tecnicos took 1/3, with another foul finish – Ultimo Guerrero on Atlantis. This one was seen for a DQ.
Magia Blanca/Magnifico I is considered the lesser of the two brothers. He didn’t have a great debut night. It was Magnifico II who was brought on to their London shows and given the name Cielto as a pushed young star on the two TxT shows. (No more of those announced despite the plan was clearly being for a run of them.) Magnficio I worked an early match as Principe Christian and has been working back home while Magnifico II has been out of sight for a few weeks. That might mean both of them are coming in together, at least for now.
Magia Blanca was introduced as an Ultimo Guerrero trainee. Sanson and Cuartero are said to be the same and should be debuting imminently. The recent classes have all been billed as students of a specific trainer, so maybe Gen16 will be a wave of Ultimo Guerrero trainees.
Today’s CMLL show has Ultimo Guerrero versus Valiente for the NWA Middleweight Championship, in a match where neither luchador seems much like a middleweight. Ultimo Guerrero figures to keep his title, but it’s not a certainty because the championship really has no importance. Both luchadors have great matches in their history but haven’t been as good of late. Best undercard match on the show may end up being Delta, Fuego, and Maya versus Boby Z, Hechicero and Virus.
Estrellas del Ring posted a video report on a recent licensing exam in Mexico City. I wonder if the CMLL trainees are licensed before they start full time (and if that’s maybe the part of the reason of their timing.)
CMLL (SAT) 12/05/2015Arena Coliseo
1) Bengala vs Apocalipsis
2) Robin vs Inquisidor
3) Súper Halcón Jr. vs Hijo del Signo
4) Hombre Bala Jr. vs Nitro
5) Tritón vs Sangre Azteca
6) Guerrero Maya Jr. & The Panther vs Misterioso Jr. & Sagrado
7) Atlantis, Blue Panther, Titán vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
The Maya & Panther vs Misterioso & Sagrado thing that I believe is going somewhere (and no one else could possibly care about) actually might be going somewhere; it’s back after a week off.
CMLL (MON) 12/07/2015Arena Puebla
1) Black Tiger, Flyer, Magia Blanca vs Akuma, Ares, Espíritu Maligno
2) King Jaguar & Lestat vs Disturbio & Policeman
3) Fuego, Rey Cometa, Stigma vs Canelo Casas, Okumura, Skándalo
4) Ángel de Oro, Dragon Lee, Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
5) Marco Corleone vs Shocker
6) Atlantis, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Kráneo, Ripper, Último Guerrero
At least all the bad finishes last week appear to have a purpose. Jaguar is back to being a tecnico, or this is an elaborate setup to punk Lestat. The third match is almost a repeat of last night, with Fuego in for Delta/Bengala. Marco Corleone & Shocker have their match and Atlantis & Utlimo Guerrero may be setting up one of their own. Might have a bigger year end stretch in Puebla than on Friday nights.
What happened: Marco challenged Shocker to a match next week after a foul, one of three screwjobs in a row (and a fourth where a team broke up.) Ultimo Guerrero fouled Atlantis in the main event, and it was unclear if was meant to go anywhere. King Jaguar stole pins from his rudo teammates, who attacked him for it after the match.
Magia Blanca debuted. He’s Magnifico I, still in a giant M mask.
What was good: Oh no. Nada. It was not good.
Where can I watch it: It’s on CMLL’s YouTube channel(more…)
What happened: Zeuxis defeated Princesa Sugehit to keep the national women’s championship. Okumura worked as a fill in tecnico without incident. Nothing else in the matches.
This is the final CMLL on CadenaTres broadcast. The station itself was shut down a couple days after this aired, in a bit of a surprise. There’s no farewell or hint this is the final show and it’s not clear if they knew it would be when the show was recorded. The parent company will be launching a replacement channel in quarter 1 of 2016, but it’s unknown if CMLL will be part of it. The Tuesday tapings have moved to Claro Sports (TV) and LATV and cut to one hour.
Also, in the past and future weirdly crossing paths, the unaired first match and the segunda (aired as the first match here) were broadcast by CMLL as a test for their iPPV capabilities. I completely forgot I recorded both of those until Soberano did the barricade splash. I may watch the opener next time if I go thru the lightning matches again.
What was good: I liked the women’s title match, though I don’t feel strongly about which category to place it in. The second match was good too, but this went out with a bunch of forgettable matches as usual.
Where can I watch it: It’s on my YouTube channel, and the Disturbio match is on Princesa Dorada’s channel like usual.(more…)
I’m missing the undercard results from last night’s IWRG show. The main event ruleta de la muerte saw X-Fly bleed a lot, to the point where he was unable to help partner Danny Casas by the end of the tournament. Casas lost the semifinal to Diva Salvaje & Toscano by himself and beat X-Fly to take his hair after more of a battle. After the match, X-Fly talked about possibly going home to his family and retiring from lucha libre after another bad luck loss. X-Fly is one of the busiest indie guys in Mexico, and is still booked for a lot of shows going forward. I’d guess this was more inspired by losing his hair after losing a lot of blood and nothing an actual retirement plan.
In the last normal trios match of the card, Relampago had problems with Golden Magic and randomly turned rudo. Between that and the Black Terry/Eterno feud, it feels like IWRG has already figured out it’s late December/early January cards (which are usually Anniversary celebrations for the building and for the promotion separately.) The Mexico State Trios titles being brought up is interesting in only that all the Mexican State titles were planned to be vacant to start 2016. That may just be talk, or maybe the trios titles will be exempt, or maybe they’ll just do one last title match before they give them away.
CMLL’s Arena Puebla show has Atlantis, Mistico, Volador Jr. versus Euforia, Gran Guerrero and Ultimo Guerrero. Semimain is a rematch between Marco, Maximo, Porky and Kraneo, Ripper and Shocker, which seemed to be setting up a Shocker/Maximo title match. Puebla locals on the show are Lestat, King Jaguar, Policeman, Guerrero Espacial, Fuerza Chicana, Meyer and debuting mystery man Magia Blanca. There’s no super promising match on the show and it seems like an easy one to skip, but it still will air on YouTube at 9pm CT and I’ll have a recap later tonight.
CMLL (SUN) 12/06/2015Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Micro & Rey Halcón vs Demonio Rojo & Destructor
2) Johnny Dinamo & Linterna vs Mr. Apolo & Mr. Brisa
3) Vaquero Jr. vs Exterminador [super libre]
4) Gallo, Magnum, Omar Brunetti vs Ráfaga, Relampago, Sádico
5) Ángel de Oro, Esfinge, Tritón vs Gran Guerrero, Mosco X Fly, Último Guerrero
All the way back to four CMLL luchadors going here every Sunday. The Relampago in this is the Sinaloa one, I think.