Son of Havoc vs Daga (6:57, shooting star press, good)
Jack Evans, PJ Black, Johnny Mundo [O] defeated Rey Mysterio, Dragon Azteca, Prince Puma [X] by disqualification (9:31, DQ for foul kick, great)
Matanza beat Cage to retain the Lucha Underground Championship (13:28, Wrath of the Gods, great (though I’m on the fence to higher with this one))
– the Gift of the Gods championship and the 7 medallions are now vacant.
This was a big in-ring show, with not much time on those who didn’t have matches tonight.
Kobra Moon wasn’t in the match this time, but again tried to help Daga by stopping Havoc from the shooting star press. It didn’t work, and Daga was unaware it was going on, and he ended up losing. Kobra attached herself to Daga after the match, but Daga was very clear he didn’t want anything to do with her.
Rey Mysterio, Prince Puma and Dragon Azteca were not on the same page going into their trios title match. Dragon Azteca wanted to make a run at Matanza, Mysterio wanted to focus on the trios title argument, and Azteca accused Mysterio not being sincere about avenging Dragon Azteca. Puma saw this and tried to get involved, only to rudely get shut down by Rey. Puma wasn’t having that, and did get them redirected to their match, but there was a bit of tension with him and Mysterio. Meanwhile, the rudos looked more unified after one week with the titles, all with matching red bandanas and sunglasses and work well as a team. It was Puma who couldn’t control his emotions in the title match, blatantly fouling Johnny Mundo after the rudos had gotten away with multiple fouls, including one moments prior on Dragon Azteca. Puma lost it post match, angry at the rudos, superkicking Taya (when Mundo ducked out of the way), and having to be talked down by Rey. Neither Rey nor Dragon Azteca seemed happy with Puma as he walked off. That team may be done.
Dragon Azteca didn’t let Rey’s warnings or the loss stop him from confronting Matanza at his cell. Before he could act, he was discovered by Black Lotus, and questioned why she was protecting the man who killed Dragon Azteca Sr. and her parents. Lotus told Azteca he was wrong, her parents were killed by Dragon Azteca Senior. The younger one didn’t believe this, but Black Lotus sure appears to, and put Junior in an armbar as if she was going to feed him to Matanza. She ended up letting go, but Junior might have finally realized they’re not on the same side.
Cage and Matanza threw everything at each other, with both men no-selling German supelxes in a memorable exchange, Cage reversing a Wrath of the Gods setup into a small package, and Matanza surviving the F5. Cage tried more flying moves to counter Matanza’s size, but nothing he could do was enough and Matanza racked up another win. As noted by Matt Striker, this match meant the Gift of the Gods championship was now vacant and the seven Medallions will be handed again.
I don’t have a lot of deep things about the show. It was just really good. The opener was good, the trios title match was better than last week’s match (up to the finish) and the main event completely lived up to it’s potential.
Daga’s now lost every match he’s in where a jewel thief snake lady has not gotten the win. It’s take a while for me to realize here as a Super Fly replacement (not that I think it was something wrong with Super Fly, but someone they could start off fresh.) I with they could do more with him, but it’s going to be fine as long as they just throw him in matches like this.
They did the very subtlest of Rey Mysterio versus Prince Puma in that backstage statement, and more emphasized that Puma’s not going to back down to Mysterio. (Dragon Azteca didn’t either, now that I think about it.) This seemed like possibly the end for the trio, which has been very good and was enjoyable tonight. This match felt like it had more time to develop and more near endings than last week, even if the ultimate finish was unsatisfying.
Main event was all you could want from those two guys, and a match which would’ve worked in any environment. Matanza did have a few character moments (like the flailing punches while Cage was on the mat), but
This was all out, nothing held back, and full of gigantic look moves between two monsters. The only determent is I’m not sure the fans ever totally believed Cage would be the one to finally stop Matanza; Cage hasn’t been big enough of a protagonist (and this where Cage going seven minutes with Chavo Guerrero last week didn’t help him.) Still, I thought this was one of Cage’s best matches of the show, up there with the matches with Prince Puma, and easily Matanza’s best match in this run. Vampiro comes off as really invested in the Matanza match, to the point where I wonder if he’s got a greater hand in putting them together than some of the other ones.
They’ve got seven episodes left, which should be enough time for Dario to start handing out those Medallions and hold another Gift of the Gods match on Ultima Lucha 2. It seems crazy we can already talk about Ultima Lucha 2, but it’s closer than you’d think and I’d suspect they start talking more about it next week.
The idea of the title match finish is similar to catching a crossbody and rolling thru for the pinfall. It struck me as silly, because those cross bodies are not meant to be finishes in most matches, and Stuka’s splash is supposed to be a devastating blow. It also turns Stuka’s bounce after landing from a fun addition to his move to a dumb opening he’s leaving for his opponents. (I’d prefer Stuka just missed and got cradled, but maybe Stuka’s ribs prefered this way.) They gave a lot to Stuka, including the rare kick out of the Guerrero Special, and a Tuesday title match is not going to break or make him, but the way they did the finish makes Stuka look dumb if he keeps doing the fun finish he’s been doing.
Third match has good moments. Fourth match was good but seemed to get away from him. Main event worked for the crowd. The first couple matches were not so good.
CMLL held a press conference to announce the return of the International Gran Prix. It will take place on July 1st, a Friday one month from today. They were only able to announce the Mexico team today: Volador Jr., Diamante Azul, Shocker, Rey Escorpión, Mephisto, Ultimo Guerrero, Máximo Sexy and Rush. CMLL initially said the international team would be announced some future day, but aired a video announcing them to close the press conference: Sam Elias (American Sweetness on DTU shows, from the US), Johnny Idol (from New Zealand, in DTU since January), Tama Tonga, Tanga Roa, Michael Elgin, Kushida (all four from NJPW), Okumura and Marco Corleone.
Tama is a former tag team CMLL champion; he and Terrible beat Atlantis & Diamante Azul, who may win the titles back on Sunday. Tonga is IWGP tag teams with his brother Tanga Roa, who was Camacho in WWE and Micah in TNA for a half a minute. Kushida was in Mexico in 2008 and 2009, but on indie and IWRG shows; this will be his debut in Arena Mexico. (Hopefully he’ll get to do more than this cibernetico.) Michael Elgin is debuting in Mexico; he’s in as a NJPW rep, and there’s still no deal between CMLL & ROH despite this being the obvious place to use them.
The rest of the press conference was more catching the media up to speed rather than reveal new news. Caristico & Mephisto talked about their impending title match in Puebla. Rey Cometa & Cavernario talked about possibly having a hair match, though Cavernario insisted on a title match first, and they didn’t have any idea when that would be. The annual Father’s Day will be on June 19th, a Sunday.
Tonight’s Lucha Underground is episode 19, Judgement Day. Tonight’s matches
Caristico isn’t likely to get another Welterweight title after just winning this one, so Mephisto’s win streak might go on. Fourth match is the rematch. Rey Samuray back around, though maybe not in the greatest match for him. Second match could be fun. Vega is a Puebla indie guy of no particular note prior.
CMLL (TUE) 06/07/2016Arena México
1) Bengala & Flyer vs Artillero & Inquisidor
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Shockercito vs Demus 3:16, Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito
3) Estrellita, Marcela, Skadi vs Amapola, La Comandante, Reyna Isis
4) Fuego vs Pólvora [lightning]
5) Dragón Lee, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Rey Bucanero, Vangellys
6) Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas vs Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Titán
Maybe Rey Cometa/Dragon Rojo is really a thing? Dragon Lee is listed back at 8 days into his 21 day break, which is hopefully an outdated lineup and not something that’s actually happening.
CMLL (TUE) 06/07/2016Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) León Blanco & Nautilius vs Espectrúm & Maléfico
2) Magnus, Oro Jr., Starman vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Canelo Casas, Sangre Azteca
3) Ángel de Oro, Esfinge, Stuka Jr. vs Furia Roja, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado
4) Atlantis, Máximo Sexy, Mistico vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
5) Rush vs La Máscara
This is the first full match Rush & La Mascara have had; they met in an early round Universal tournament match three years ago. It seems to possible be a big match for later in the year, so it’s surprising they’re doing it at all.
AAA TV (TUE) 05/31/2016Arena Aficion [AAA]
1) Apache, Mamba, Mini Psycho Clown, Soul Rocker b Atomic Boy, Dinastía, Pimpinela Escarlata, Venum Apache beat Venum, then unmasked and beat him up after the match.
2) La Hiedra & Taya b Faby Apache & Mary Apache Tirantes helped Taya defeat Mary. Despite the loss, the Apaches called Taya and also Averno & Chessman cowards.
3) Damián 666, Halloween, Nicho el Millionario b Argenis, Australian Suicide, Niño Hamburguesa Nino replaced Bengala. Fronterizos easily won.
4) Aerostar, Bengala, Drago b Averno, Chessman, Ricky Marvin [#1 Contenders, AAA TRIOS] Fenix appeared, announcing he was injured and unable to wrestle. Bengala replaced him (and appears to be getting the trios title shot with the win.) Faby & Mary distracted Averno, who appeared to have the match won; Bengala got the pin. The Apaches demanded a title match again, with Averno again declining it.
5) El Mesías & Hernandez b Dr. Wagner Jr. & Texano Jr. Mesias snuck in a foul on Texano. Challenges followed the match.
6) Pagano b Psycho Clown, Pentagón Jr. Pagano won the extreme match, putting the other thru a table, with all three hurting afterwards. Los Fronterizos attacked Pentagon and Taya after the match.
Air Date: probably June 11th or June 18th, though there’s always a chance they could air part of the Lucha World Cup and push these back.
AAA’s next big show is Verano de Escandalo, June 19th. There’s only one match set up for that show (they weren’t definite about the trios title match date, but it fits.) Three theories!
there’s another taping before Verano de Escandalo which won’t be announced until this weekend
Verano de Escandalo will be a lot like Guerra de Titanes, a TV taping with more title matches than usual, but not really a major show
there will be some major surprise angle at the Lucha World Cup
I’m guessing 2. “3” definitely wouldn’t hurt, because they’re running Arena Monterrey and I’m not sure how they’re going to fill that. It does look like they filled the much smaller Arena Aficion last night, with just a few scattered empty seats visible.
Pagano winning the main event is not really that surprising after he won on the previous taping too, but still amazing. It’s not even directly about Pagano, it’s about the other people who have never been given main event wins (including the two other guys in that match) and the thought process that leads to these results. I’m guessing AAA is going to give Pentagon and/or Psycho Clown the big win at the end, when some horrifying level of violence occurs to Pagano, and feels that will make all of this worth it. I’m skeptical and feel like it’d be easier to have the guys you want to be over just win most of the time (instead of losing most of the time.) Maybe I’m just misreading the situation and the guy they want over is the guy winning.
The Apaches losing their tag match and still challenging for the tag title is bizarre nonsense, and probably a result of trying to keep people happy over making any sort of sense. Despite Averno very clearly rejecting the title challenge, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Apaches get the title shot on the next show. (If it was CMLL, it absolutely would happen. Lucha.)
There’s not much to talk about on this one. The roster is still very small and it’s leading to people working twice. It’s not helped by a handful of people working Lucha Underground (Angelico, Jack and now Fenix) out of action seemingly due to injuries on those tapings.
Next announced taping is Verano de Escandalo. Card probably won’t be out until next week; they’re moving on the Lucha World Cup today with the foreigners arriving.
What happened: Ultimo Guerrero defeated Stuka with a devious plan: let Stuka hit his finishing move, then roll him up while he’s bouncing from the impact. It definitely worked for UG, but not so much on any realism scale.
Dragon Rojo fouled Rey Cometa to end the fourth match, which is probably not going anywhere. Whoever did CMLL’s preview thought there was a change in the third match that didn’t happen, but that’s not really a happening.
What was good: The title match was good, though you have to get past Ultimo Guerrero to enjoy it. I liked the third match and would’ve liked the fourth match had it more direction. The main event was insubstantial but served it’s purpose well.
The Sinaloa team had an ongoing debate about cheating or not cheating, so that’s a good finish.
IWRG (SUN) 05/29/2016Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, The Gladaitores]
1) Dragón Fly b Atomic Star Atomic Star (or maybe Atomic Boy) replaced Galaxy.
2) Astro & Geo b Enigma & Hip Hop Man Hip Hop Man & Enigma were listed on both sides of the match in the poster. Box y Lucha has Astro & Geo.
3) Apolo Estrada Jr. & Eterno b Freelance & Pantera I and Diablo Jr. & Imposible and Cerebro Negro & Dr. Cerebro
4) Dinamic Black, Hijo De Dos Caras, Ultramán Jr. b Fuerza Guerrera, Golden Magic, Trauma II the Lupus/Electro/Toscano team attacked Dos after the match, bleeding into the match match.
5) Demon Clown, Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Trauma I b Canis Lupus, Mr. Electro, Toscano Demon Clown’s first match since January, which was a one week return. Danny Casas was taken out at the start of the match a Trauma I martinete. (Partner on partner!) Mascara 2000 Jr., who just happened to be there, replaced him. Demon beat Mr. Electro. Hijo de Dos challenged literally everyone to hair and mask matches.
No one’s brought up a cage match yet, but that seems to be where all of this is going. I don’t know if Demon Clown can make it out of a cage. They had a cage match last June 7th (where an exotico who never had a match before or after under that name lost heir mask), so maybe it could happen as soon as this Sunday.
Show was disappointing; we only got a few minutes of the main event at the level that could be expected (and it was weird that Dorada & Mephisto were rudos last week and tecnicos this week.) Fourth match was best on the show.
The big match on today’s Arena Mexico show is Stuka Jr. challenging Ultimo Guerrero for the NWA Middleweight championship. It’d be unlikely for Stuka to win; it’s Ultimo Guerrero, and Stuka hasn’t had a lot of success in singles title matches.
The real goal for Stuka will to be yank Ultimo Guerrero out his usual formula.
The actual main event is the Hijos del Infierno versus Diamante Azul, Maximo, Mistico, which seems like a sub-10 minute match. The best match might be the fourth match, Blue Panther, Guerrero Maya, Rey Cometa Jr. versus Dragon Rojo, Hechicero and Kraneo. The preview lists the Japanese trio replacing the Cancerbero trios. Virus is good, but usually not as good with his partners around, so I think this is an improvement.
The show airs at the usual 7:30pm time on CMLL.com & YouTube.
AAA tapes tonight in Arena Aficion (probably). It’s being taped before the Lucha World Cup, but won’t air until after it, and appears to be the final TV taping before Verano de Escandalo. No matches have been announced for that show yet, but perhaps that’ll happen tonight. The fourth match is a trios title #1 contenders match between Fenix, Drago, and Aerostar against Ricky Marvin, Chessman and Averno, and the winners figures to get that title shot on the next show. The winners also figure to be Fenix, Drago and Aerostar, allowing Averno & Chessman to defend against the Apaches.
The actual main event is a three way between Pagano, Psycho Clown and Pentagon. Pagano’s friends will all be there – Nicho, Damian and Halloween face Australian Suicide, Bengala and Argenis in a match which doesn’t sound promising from the tecnicos. The only other Perro there is Taya, in a women’s tag with La Hiedra against Faby & Mary Apache. The semimain is Texano & Dr. Wagner vs Mesias & Hernandez, another variation of the AAA guys versus members of Team Trump. Apache and Venum run into each other in the atomicos opener.
The taping is listed at 8:30pm, though it’ll be a little bit after that. It’ll be covered on the SuperLuchas.
Mary Apache doesn’t think much of the Canadian Lucha World Cup Team, but thinks the Japan one will be tough.
Canek says the people don’t want to see flying, they want to see people who fight like him.
Black Terry will put national sentiment aside when deciding best wrestler winners and the other awards.
Atlantis says he doesn’t know what’s next in the career of Atlantis, but would participate in the Gran Prix if asked.
Pictures of CMLL’s inflatable toys. These are one of the relatively few people they have in the in-store Arena Mexico store, though I didn’t see anyone ever buy one (and couldn’t figure out why – they have much more varieties in this store.)
What happened: Astral retained his title over Saurón. Carístico & Negro Casas defeated Mephisto & Mascara Dorada in the main event, which seemed to set up a Carístico/Dorada match next week. Boby Z fouled Triton, which set up a trios rematch.
What was good: A lot of stuff that was borderline at best, or very good for two minutes but didn’t hold up for the whole match.
We talk about the Lucha World Cup, recent AAA in general, Pierroth/Mascara and the lack of anything else going on in CMLL, and some talk about lucha libre guys in the US.
We ended up going 109 minutes with no particular plan, so it’s even more all over the place then usual. I’m pretty sure we’re not negative at some point during the show. And the name Rob couldn’t remember is Ricardo Messa – that’ll be useful late in the podcast.
Toryumon Mexico (SAT) 05/28/2016Arena México [Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), Black Terry Jr. (highlights), SuperLuchas] DragonMania XI
1) ? & Rocket vs ?? & ??? Dark match, not listed in results.
2) Misterious Dragón b Douki
3) Dallys la Caribeña, Mima Shimoda, Reina Isis b Lady Boricua, Princesa Sugheit, Xena
4) Shockercito b Pierrothito
5) Saime Sahin DQ Jason Larusso Tigre Ali & Rey Bucanero ran in for the DQ, attacking Dragon too when he tried to make the save. Bucanero had interrupted Dragon to start the show too.
6) Súper Ciudadano b Patán, Jc Navarro, Ot Fernandez, Tommy Diablo, Fiero, Príncipe Orión, Tigre Rojo, Tigre Rojo Jr., Mohicano, Hanaoka, Carpatio [dragon scramble] Super Ciudadano beat Patan (as part of their never ending feud.)
7) Arkángel de la Muerte & Negro Casas b Solar I & Virus
8) Jun Akiyama b Yohei Nakajima
9) Carístico, Octagón, Último Dragón DQ Fuerza Guerrera, Tiger Ali, Último Guerrero Rey Bucanero ran in for the DQ, and Marco ran in to make the save.
10) Carístico, Marco Corleone, Octagón, Último Dragón b Fuerza Guerrera, Mephisto, Rey Bucanero, Tiger Ali Tiger and Dragon exchanged fouls for the finish, while Sahin & Larussa attacked Bucanero.
Usual Dragon weirdness. Sahin & Larusso are from England. Tommy Diablo was half of the Puerto Rican tag team who challenged for the AAA tag titles in 2014.
A condensed version of this show will air on Samurai TV on June 11th.
Rey Mysterio talked to Record to promote the Lucha World Cup. It’ll be his first appearances in Mexico this year, and he says he’d like to return to wrestling in Mexico occasionally in the future. Misterio’s contract is elsewhere said to be completed with AAA after this weekend, so it’s not clear if those matches will still be with them (if they ahppen.)
05/30 NJPW: Bobby Fish defeats Volador Jr. in the Best of the Super Juniors.
Everyone but Ricochet (3 wins) and Ospreay (1) win are tied at 2. Volador has as good a chance as anyone, though also as good chance as usual at doing nothing.
IWRG (WED) 06/01/2016Arena Naucalpan
1) Orión vs Atomic Star
2) Ángel Guerrera & Aramis vs Adrenalina & Lilith Dark
3) Anubis, Imposible, Peligro vs Dragón Fly, Emperador Azteca, Hijo del Alebrije
4) Freelance, Hijo de Máscara Sagrada, Zatura vs Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro
5) ?, Apolo Estrada, Canis Lupus, Eterno vs Factor, Rayan, Spartan, Spector
The mystery man is the new Insoportable. Atomic Star would’ve been my guess but he’s in the opener.
Lots of random and maybe new names in the early matches. Peligro & Anubis were around in 2011 and may be the same people. Angel Guerrera & Lilith Dark are luchadoras debuting in IWRG.
CMLL (SAT) 06/04/2016Arena Coliseo
1) Bengala vs Apocalipsis
2) Star Jr. vs Canelo Casas
3) Starman vs El Cuatrero
4) Hombre Bala Jr. vs Disturbio
5) Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Hechicero
6) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther vs Puma, Tiger, Vangellys
7) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Diamante Azul vs Euforia, La Máscara, Niebla Roja
This is the very first time Hechicero vs Guerrero Maya is happening, and it’s on the Saturday not taped show. (Which is probably a lot better than it’d be than a 7 minute lightning match.) Panthers/Cats should be good too.
Negro Casas/Maximo finish goes nowhere, and part timer Diamante Azul seems set up to end an 18 month title reign. Great.
CMLL (SUN) 06/05/2016Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Micro vs Guerrero de la Muerte
2) Fugaz & Johnny Dinamo vs Diplomático & Quca
3) Cosmos, Marvel, Randy vs Gran Kenut, Mr. Apolo, Relámpago
4) Explosivo, Reycko, Star Black vs Linterna, Mr. Brisa, Thunder Boy
5) El Divino, Flash II, Nautilius vs Joker, Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno
Randy has been listed before but hasn’t appeared. This is Flash II’s first appearance since November.