What happened: Estrellita challenged Dalys, and they’ll be having a CMLL World Women’s Championship match soon, maybe next Tuesday. Surprisingly, Maya also challenged Dragon Rojo, wanting another shot at the middleweight title. Dragon Rojo only wants a mask match.
What was good: The main event was the standout match on the show. The two matches before it were watchable. Not a lot before then.
Gitano’s probably wrestled for that length of time, but he was only around Arena Coliseo Guadalajara for about a year and a half. Star Black’s been around the same time, but has a YouTube channel he occasionally updated Cage match didn’t seem to draw that much extra than normal.
CMLL (MON) 06/27/2016Arena Puebla [CMLL, thecubsfan]
1) El Malayo & Saurón b Centella Roja & Rey Samuray 13:37. Rudos took 1/3. Rey Samuray landed knee to the chest on a rope flip moonsault to end the second fall, Malayo hit him back with a hard knee to the head in the third fall (and Samuray ended up on the floor counted out as an unplanned finish.)
2) Black Tiger, Hombre Bala Jr., Oro Jr. b Ares, King Jaguar, Policeman 16:57. Tecnicos took 2/3. Oro Jr. replaced Super Halcon Jr.
3) Estrellita, Marcela, Skadi b Amapola, La Comandante, Zeuxis 11:55. Tecnicas took 1/3
4) Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado b Fuego, París, Tritón 12:48. Rudos took 1/3. Paris & Triton replaced Stigma & Stuka, part of a domino effect of changes. Sagrado & Misterioso are no longer Boricuas but seem OK with Pierroth.
5) Johnny Idol, Mistico, Stuka Jr. b Rey Escorpión, Tama Tonga, Tangaroa 12:27, about 3 minutes extra because everyone in the match believed Rey Escorpion was the captain, but Tama Tonga was announced as the captain and the first fall went on until they sorted it out. Tecnicos took 1/3. Stuka replaced Volador.
6) Rush b Volador Jr. 12:27. Volador replaced Cibernetico. Rush was DQed in the first for excessive violence and dropkicking Tirantes (who took a bump without being touched), Rush took the second clean with the same corner dropkick that led into the DQ in the first fall, and Rush took the third when Escorpion distracted the ref and Pierroth snuck in a low blow. Rey Escorpion is officially a Ingobernable, though he’s been running around with the shirt for over a month.
Match was very missable except for the main event. It was a good match for the time they had, despite getting two bad finishes out of the three falls (and it doesn’t appear they’re going anywhere.)
However, it’s also the second singles main event in four weeks where CMLL didn’t deliver the promised match. CMLL obviously knew Mephisto wasn’t going to wrestle four weeks ago because they sent Rey Escorpion to Puebla, and they probably knew this time as well, but did not announce the change to the crowd at any time. (It probably wasn’t a coincidence that Rush attacked Volador as soon as he entered, so people would react to the match and not the change.) CMLL didn’t explain why Cibernetico wasn’t there, and never acknowledged he was even supposed to be. This is CMLL’s usual policy – hide the bad news, don’t acknowledge whenever there’s any bad news and generally pretend it’s not happening. This is a terrible way to treat your customers. Volador is easily arguably a better wrestler and a bigger star than Cibernetico at this moment in time, and even then CMLL wouldn’t acknowledge they were doing a potentially better match. Mexico’s the only place where people seem to think this is acceptable. It’s not. Even WWE, who seem to lose track of who’s appearing at what house show or if they’re doing a dark match at the end of tapings, will offer refunds if an advertised top star is pulled from the show.
Cibernetico’s not a favorite among the people who read this site, but there were clearly people who went to that show because they were going to Cibernetico take on Rush. It was the biggest crowd in quite a few weeks, and those fans would be justified in not coming back again any time soon. Compare this to the situation in Monterrey, which has a rep for making lucha libre look bad, but the promoters came to the ring to apologize for their change (even though locally Garza Jr./Hijo del Ninja also might be a bigger star) and are very obviously still furious about the situation a day later.
(Even less understandable is the news reports on the show – El Popular, Efekto10 – going along with it and not acknowledging the situation.)
Meanwhile, Adictos al Deportes has put up a post with text messages between Rush and Roberto Figueroa, with images of the tickets they tried to get Rush to Monterrey. (Rush also writes “bro” a lot.) There’s also a photo of signs they had outside the building explaining Rush wouldn’t be there. LuchaMania Monterrey notes they offered refunds after the second match, and about half the crowd took it up. (Adictos said the original crowd was around 1,500.) In the main event, they teased a three way match in the main event, with an unidentified mask man coming out to face Konnan Big before Hijo del Ninja. Konnan Big turned to the entrance to see Ninja enter, and the masked man revealed himself to actually be Ninja. They had a crazy brawl, with Konnan Big winning after spearing Ninja thru a table. They talked rematch, with Ninja saying they don’t need to have people from Mexico City for a big show.
Using that information and doing some more searching, I’ve found out Thunder is battling cancer. I do not know what kind, but people are reacting as if it’s a very serious situation and it’s not going well. It’s a pretty stunning news to wander into, but it begins to explain his most recent/sudden disappearance (and perhaps even some of the prior ones), and CMLL’s reluctance to talk about it. I hope Thunder gets the miracle he needs.
Tonight’s CMLL main event look good on the poster, with Mascara Dorada, Mistico & Titan taking on the Guerreros of Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja and Ultimo Guerrero. It’ll probably be shorter than we’d like live, but should still be good. Virus takes on Fuego in a lightning match might also be good. Dragon Rojo says he has a surprise today. He teams with Polvora & Bobby Z versus Angel de Oro, Guerrero Maya & Super Porky, so it’ll be a surprise if the match is good. CMLL’s full preview is here; Stukita’s part of an undercard you can probably otherwise skip. The show will start at 7:30pm and air on CMLL.com/YouTube.
Meanwhile, the Guadalajara show has the Esfinge/Furia Roja mask match. Esfinge is an extremely strong favorite; it’d be one of the most unexpected outcomes of all time if Furia Roja won. This is one of the feuds CMLL loves to do, where a young guy they’re high on wins the mask of a veteran, but it doesn’t really have much impact when the feud is so tossed off and slight. The ‘real’ issues are the ones that go one forever, and this comes off as ‘fake’. Mask wins like this are more likely to backfire and actually hurt Esfinge’s career. CMLL’s audience doesn’t trust the promotion, and this sort of win only identifies Esfinge as a promotional golden boy, an “inflatdo”, that’s going to be pushed regardless of how good he is or how over he is, which ends up with another tecnico booked by the crowd. I’m not saying Furia Roja should win, but they shouldn’t have booked this match or done it in the way they’ve done it if they truly were doing this to help Esfinge. (That may not be the primary reason; this is Guadalajara’s Anniversary month and they just might have been the two names pulled out of the hat.)
The foreigners are in the Guadalajara show today. I wonder if that’s an intended plan to get that market interested in buying the iPPV, or just CMLL’s weird balancing of booking. Main event is Atlantis, Kushida & Volador against Negro Casas, Tama Tonga and Tangaroa, semimain is Diamante Azul, Maximo Sexy and Michael Elgin (what a trio) against Bucanero, Terrible and Vangelys.
Pierroth & Rush vs La Mascara & Shocker are scheduled to main event a show in Queretaro – you can take a bus there, so Rush shouldn’t miss it.
Pentagon Jr. says he wants to win the Latin American title as the icing of the cake of his recent growth, and would defend it all the time in and out of Mexico.
LLW (FRI) 07/01/2016 York Hall, London, United Kingdom
1) Malik, Monito, Rana Venenosa vs Cassius, Diablesa Rosa, Nordico Fuego
2) Chik Tormenta vs Lady Apache
3) Juventud Guerrera & Zumbi vs Lagarto De Plata & Pure Britannico
4) Silver King & Tempestad (Santo) vs Aztec Warrior & Magno (Chihuahua)
Lineup for the Friday show; they’re running on Saturday too with something similar. Tickets are 20 & 30 pounds ($26.67 to $40 US, though the conversion changed a bit from when the show was announced.)
Nieto del Santo is wrestling as Temepstad, at least for this show. Aztec Warrior looks to be Magnifico II, but they could’ve replaced him. A bit strange Zumbi’s able to work in the UK but didn’t have a visa completed to work in CWC.
CMLL (MON) 07/04/2016Arena Puebla
1) Astro, Centella Roja, París vs Guerrero Espacial, Mini Joker, Saurón
2) Black Tiger, King Jaguar, Oro Jr. vs Ares, Inquisidor, Policeman
3) Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Bobby Z, Okumura, Virus
4) Kushida, Máscara Dorada, Michael Elgin vs Mr. Niebla, Tama Tonga, Tangaroa
5) Mistico, Negro Casas, Shocker vs La Máscara, Mephisto, Sharlie Rockstar [Relevos Increíbles]
This is a weird card. This will actually be Sharlie’s first match on a CMLL card since jumping to AAA last time – he’s only been on Elite shows since returning, and hasn’t even been on one of those since May. (Maybe Cibernetico’s hurt/unavailable and he’s the replacement.) Maybe Mephisto’s healthy, who knows. Maybe Negro Casas will finally get his revenge for the hair match loss, or maybe Shocker & Casas teaming might mean someone remembers they’re tag champions.
the Tonga brothers with Mr. Niebla is an odd mix, and kind of a waste of Kushida & Dorada as a team. There’s no obvious reason why King Jaguar should be a tecnico and against his buddy Policeman.
Noches de Coliseo, IWRG and PROESA all aired repeats. I was unable to record Clarosports
AAA aired the Lucha World Cup on TV this week, and so I was going to put up the English version of the matches on my channel. I noticed I’ve got a big sound issue from the second match of the Sunday show on, so I took that back down. I’ll try to see if I can get it fixed in the next few days.
What happened:Cibernetico did not appear in the main event, changing the top 3 matches. Volador replaced him, and lost due to Ingobernables assistance. Rey Escorpion went from unofficial Ingobernable to official Ingobernable, and may have a feud with Mistico here (or maybe the main event set up a trios title match.)
What was good:The main event was good, though it didn’t seem close to ceiling for a Rush/Volador match. The rest of the show was highly skippable.
IWRG (SUN) 06/26/2016Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), The Gladiatores]
1) Fireman b Atomic Star straight falls
2) Adrenalina & Hip Hop Man b Alas de Acero & Aramis Alas de Acero’s first match here in 3 months.
3) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo b Black Terry, Spartan, the Tiger (Tamaulipas), Violencia Jr. Spartan and the Tiger replaced the Cerebros.
4) Danny Casas, Hijo De Dos Caras, Zatura b Apolo Estrada Jr., Relámpago, Toscano Dos pinned Toscano, who argued it was a two count. Zatura looked good.
5) Mr. Electro, Trauma I, Trauma II b Canis Lupus, Eterno, Máscara Año 2000 Jr. Mr. Electro dropped Mascara with a martinete to win (ref missing it while trying to get rid of a bottle), then dropkicked him off the stretcher. Hair match is coming wtih those two. Trauma I & Canis Lupus fought in the back after the match.
IWRG seems to tease Canis Lupus mask matches every year and they don’t often happen, but I’d guess Mr. Elektro/Mascara is actually happening.
Puebla tonight has the first ever Rush/Ciberentico match, which should be interesting if not safely good. The rest of card is a bit shaky, but the second match (Black Tiger, Hombre Bala, Super Halcon vs Ares, King Jaguar, Policeman) might be good, and the semimain has the weirdness of Mistico, Volador and Johnny Idol taking on Rey Escorpion, Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa. The link to the feed is here, and the show starts about 45 minutes from this post.
The “En Busca del Dragon Dorada” reality show, where Octagon chooses someone new in Xalapa to play that character, is said to be airing on AYM Sports on Monday nights. Of course, being AYM Sports, there’s no sign of it actually on the schedule.
Silueta and Zeuxis talk about being luchadors and sexism in lucha libre. Silueta says her plan is to wrestle for five more years, then go into a physical education career.
IWRG (WED) 06/29/2016Arena Naucalpan
1) Pumita & Salchichita vs Águila Oriental & Osisis
2) Geo & Magic Drago vs Adrenalina & Voltar
3) Fireman, Keiser Drago, Omega vs Araña de Plata, Galaxy, Skanda
4) Aramis, Dragón Fly, Zatura vs Ángel Dorado I, Ares I, Ares II
5) Black Terry & Shadow Boy vs Apolo Estrada Jr. & the Tiger (Tamaulipas)
Another FILL show, top matches follow up on the FILL versus Promociones del Norte feud from last week.
ELITE (SAT) 06/25/2016Arena México [+LuchaTV, CMLL, SuperLuchas]
1) Puma & Tiger b Emperador Azteca & Metaleón Announced as Puma/Tiger, changed to Euforia/Gran Guerrero, ended up being Puma/Tiger.
2) Michael Elgin b Lio Rush [Elite Internacional, quarterfinal]
3) Kushida b DJZ [Elite Internacional, quarterfinal]
4) Volador Jr. b Tama Tonga [Elite Internacional, quarterfinal]
5) Bram b Sabú [Elite Internacional, quarterfinal]
6) Volador Jr. b Kushida [Elite Internacional, semifinal]
7) Michael Elgin b Bram [Elite Internacional, semifinal]
8) Michael Elgin b Volador Jr. [Elite Internacional, final] They did a big presentation with flags and national anthems before the final. Longest match. Good match. Elgin got a belt (though it’s meant to be an annual competition and not something to defend.) Volador said his team would avenge the loss in the Gran Prix on Friday.
Results are kind of what I expected; they weren’t going to get NJPW to have both champions lose in the same tournament. Volador/Kushida seems like the direction, maybe on that last Friday Kushida’s around (07/15), but no one’s outright made the challenge yet.
Attendance doesn’t sound like it was any better. The preliminary rounds were said to be short but good, with the main event getting more time and very good. All the tournament matches should air next Friday night on Elite’s Lucha Azteca show. Elite will probably be off this week. After that, who knows. The optimistic way of looking at it is, if Elite just keeps resumes running on July 7th, then it shows they’re immune to business concerns and will continue on as long as the people in charge are still interested in the project.
CMLL (SUN) 06/26/2016Arena México [CMLL]
1) Bengala & Leono b Artillero & Camorra
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Magnus, Mr. México Jr. b Black Scorpió, Canelo Casas, Hijo del Signo Debuts for Mr. Mexico and Black Scorpio
3) Misterioso Jr., Okumura, Virus b Fuego, Pegasso, Tritón
4) Pierroth, Tama Tonga, Tangaroa b Máximo Sexy, Stuka Jr., Volador Jr.
5) Kushida, Marco Corleone, Michael Elgin DQ Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero Euforia tossed his mask to Marco for the DQ.
Rush didn’t make Arena Coliseo Monterrey show tonight. I’ll talk about that, and other things, tomorrow. (But maybe late tomorrow.)
NJPW announces the G1 field late tonight. There’s been no rumors of CMLL involvement but it’s not impossible.
CMLL (SUN) 07/03/2016Arena México
1) Flyer & Sensei vs Akuma & Inquisidor
2) Marvel, Oro Jr., Soberano Jr. vs Fiero, Fujin, Raijin
3) Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr., Titán vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Hechicero, Pólvora
4) Marco Corleone vs Euforia
5) Diamante Azul, Shocker, Último Guerrero vs Michael Elgin, Tama Tonga, Tangaroa
Marco/Euforia went from 0 to 60 quick. Main event is Mexico vs Foreign Legion. WON reported the plan was for a UG/Elgin title match at some point, and this would seem to set it up for 07/10 (as Elgin is gone by the 17th.)
More debuts! Fiero is an Mexico city indie guy who’s appeared, of note, IWRG and Toyrumon shows. He’s good. I’m not sure who this Marvel is – it could be the Guadalajara local getting an unexpected callup to Mexico City, since he’s hasn’t been around much. He was working early matches in 2014 for a few months, disappeared, and the name reappeared this April for Sunday matches but not many of those.
CMLL (SUN) 07/03/2016Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Black Sugar vs Quca
2) Javier Cruz Jr. & Micro vs Destello & Destructor
3) Capitán Cobra, Fugaz, Randy vs Carlo Roggi, Demonio Rojo, Mr. Apolo
4) El Divino, Frezzer, Star Black vs Gitano, Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno
5) Esfinge, Mágico, Vaquero Jr. vs Furia Roja, Joker, Maléfico
The first unmasked match for the loser of the Esfinge/Furia Roja match on Tuesday.
Didn’t see more than a few seconds of this show. I read the feed had lots of trouble during the first few matches, which were the best matches. (I did record it, but have no idea what I got. I don’t expect it to be much.) Zeuxis/Sugehit was strong but maybe a few minutes too long and the second match was the expected fun. Zeuxis talked about her win. The Foreign Legion promised to win next week, as did Rey Cometa.
Cara Lucha (FRI) 06/24/2016Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), KronoSport]
1) ? b ?? rudos won, no names listed
2) Keira & Lady Maravilla b La Jarochita & La Magnifica
3) Toro Negro II, Toro Negro III, Toro Negro Jr. b Andy Boy, Danger, Guerrero Mixtico Neza Kings want a rematch in super libre.
4) Templario & Wasson b Centvrión & Látigo and Mike Segura & Pantera I and Fly Star & Toxin Names not confirmed for the losing teams (and looked like there may have been subs.) Wasson & Templario are supposed to be full time guys after their win.
5) Trauma I & Trauma II b Puma (CMLL) & Tiger Controversial finish. Cats want a mask match with the Traumas.
6) El Bandido & Volador Jr. b Flamita & Fly Warrior Match started very late, waiting for Volador to get there. Volador’s team won in an excellent match, then challenged Flamita to a hair vs mask match
The mentions about the main event finish came out around midnight (though I’m totally confused about timezones at the moment.) I’m not sure if the show actually went that long, but it does sound like they held it up to do that main event. Main event sounds like it went great, didn’t get many notes on the rest of the show. Those challenges are “believe it when you see it” territory. Turnout seemed about as usual on Saturday, maybe a little better than recently, which is good for a day change.
ELITE (SAT) 06/25/2016Arena México
1) Emperador Azteca & Metaleón vs Euforia & Gran Guerrero
2) Sabú vs Bram [Elite Internacional, quarterfinal]
3) Michael Elgin vs Lio Rush [Elite Internacional, quarterfinal]
4) DJZ vs Kushida [Elite Internacional, quarterfinal]
5) Volador Jr. vs Tama Tonga [Elite Internacional, quarterfinal]
6) (Sabu/Bram vs Elgin/Lio) [Elite Internacional, semifinal]
7) (DJZ/Kushida vs Volador/Tama) [Elite Internacional, semifinal]
8) ? vs ?? [Elite Internacional, final]
This should be a really good show! Everything should be weird/interesting. My guess still is Volador gets to the final but loses to Elgin.
Opener rudos were Puma & Tiger this morning, then switched to Euforia & Gran Guerrero later. Should still be good.
CMLL (FRI) 07/01/2016Arena México
1) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther vs Felino, Puma, Tiger
2) Atlantis, Mistico, Stuka Jr. vs Euforia, Mr. Niebla, Terrible
3) Rey Cometa vs Cavernario [hair]
4) Diamante Azul, La Máscara, Máximo Sexy, Rey Escorpión, Rush, Shocker, Último Guerrero, Volador Jr. vs Johnny Idol, Kushida, Marco Corleone, Michael Elgin, Okumura, Sam Adonis, Tama Tonga, Tangaroa [Gran Prix]
Full lineup for the iPPV. As RobViper noted, the last Gran Prix show was 4 match and this one follows. The top two matches are why you’re going to the show, but the Panthers/Cats opener is always nice. Maybe the second match there so Niebla can get his wish and start feuding with Atlantis, but probably it’s there so Mistico can do some big dive onto Euforia.
Just a reminder – this is $15USD on cleeng, but only $10 on Playstation Live Event Viewer if you have that option.