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AAA returns to new matches this week, we’re almost sure. No idea which matches will air; maybe keep an eye on their Twitter account if they’re back to announcing these things ahead of time.
52MX returned to airing Puebla matches, which means it’s kind of useless for anyone with access to YouTube. It was a two week trip to Tuesday matches. A friend had a theory that everything was being bounced around for two weeks due to CMLL wanting to protect the iPPVs. That seems to fit with what happened, and could mean something other than the cage match airs on Azteca this week.
What happened: Tuesday matches are now airing on 52MX. They had been airing irregularly on Claro Sports/Titanes en el Ring since the shut down of CadenaTres. It appears this is a permanent change from airing the Puebla matches as it stays this way the following week, but nothing is for sure with CMLL’s TV. The top 3 matches (skipping the lightning matches) will likely air every week.
Titan defeated Dragon Rojo in the main event trios after those two feuded all match long. The opener saw the rudos win with by cheating and everyone pull everyone else’s mask, as they set up the cage match.
What was good: Just the main event. Tuesday shows haven’t changed much since I was recapping them a couple months ago, with the matches scaled down to the audience size.
Where can I watch it: It’s on my YouTube channel.(more…)
La Liga de la Justica, who are running their first Coacalco show this weekend, says they hope to run every two weeks. That’s pretty ambitious (though CaraLucha isn’t far off of that.) Emilio Cova is listed as the promoter.
Terremoto Negro hypes his match Wotam, which happens at the ILLM show the same day as the Justicia show.
Niebla Roja says he’d like a cage match between the Revolucionarios and the Guerreros. That seems like it might occur. If the problem is CMLL doesn’t trust Thunder in a singles apuesta match, that’s the workaround.
Apolo Valdes writes about Pentagon Jr. being the present and future of AAA. AAA held a poll for the best wrestler of the year a while back now. There were four nominees: Rey Mysterio, Hijo del Fantasma, Psycho Clown and Pentagon Jr., won by Pentagon. Four were picked for that, the guys who did the best in the last year (who are still around) and yet only one of those same wrestlers were picked as contenders for the AAA Mega Championship. Rey is apparently unavailable. Pentagon too (though they could just pick a day when he was around if he was that important.) Fantamsa’s there and just not part of the match.
DTU (THU) 01/28/2016Arena Xalapa, Xalapa, Veracruz 1) Abadon & Black Baby vs Ojo De Halcón & Peligro 2) Bersek, Destructor Negro, Guerrero Lee vs Déspota, Jaguar, Súper Ángel 3) Atila & Tiburon vs Totem I & Totem II 4) Arkanos, Demencia, Samurai vs Ataque 77, Dragón Infernal, Marvel Black 5) Aeropower, Ángel Azul, Kronoz vs Halleluya, Kid Lobo, Zafiro 6) Skayde vs Pitufo, Corsario De Fuego, Ángel o Demonio 7) Crazy Boy, Drastik Boy, Maximus vs Cíclope, Miedo Extremo, Perro Mocho Jr.
Benefit show for local Flayer Boy, who was injured recently.
DTU (SAT) 01/30/2016Arena Roberto Paz, Guadalajara, Jalisco 1) Black Golden, Eclipse, Shiryu Dragón Jr. vs Joven Maravilla, Perro Negro Jr., Sikma 2) Zuzu Divine vs ? 3) Black Fire & Power Boy vs Destello & Johnny Idol 4) Jimmy & Kevin vs Tony & Willy Balderas and Aero Xtreme & Fly Mercury 5) Lanzeloth & Rocky Lobo vs Adrenalina & Vengador 6) Susumu vs Pesadilla, Drastik Boy, Jinzo 7) Ángel o Demonio & Shiryu Dragon vs Ovett & Roberto Paz Jr. 8) Miedo Extremo & Sharlie Rockstar vs Cíclope & Crazy King and Aero Boy & Violento Jack
Miedo & Ciclope, who are usually partners but have a pending title match, are teaming with other people on all of these shows.
MDA ELITE (SUN) 02/21/2016Arena Coliseo Monterrey 1) Mini Hator vs Mini Difunto 2) Erika Sotelo & Larry Miranda vs Chocolata & Dulce Kanela 3) Gato Fantasma & Último Sombra vs Gallardo & Golden Boy 4) Obsesión, Quinto Elemento, Último Ninja vs Epydemius, Galactar, Ninja Jr. 5) Carístico & Mistico II vs Cibernético & Sharlie Rockstar 6) Atlantis, Octagón, Rayo de Jalisco Jr. vs Cien Caras, Máscara Año 2000, Universo 2000
The Rayo/Dinamita show worked in Arena Mexico, so they’ll take in to Monterrey for a night. Not sure what this means for the Sunday Arena Mexico show; it won’t be one like we’ve seen with Caristico and Cibernetico off of it.
This is the last week of 2015, but CMLL and AAA’s usual lag means some of 2015 won’t air until well in 2016. As a result, these posts are going to be a little messier until we’re fully in 2016. The lists are broken up internally by year, and I might as well keep them that way here.
I’m not sure if I’m going to quite hit my goal of being done with all of 2015 before FantasticaMania starts, but it’s going to be pretty close. For this week, I”ve already knocked off the 12/28 Puebla show and the 01/01 iPPV. Recaps still to post with relevant matches:
12/26 and 01/01 CMLL 52MX with Tuesday matches (one’s the next post) – 6 more matches
two more general catchup posts – 12 matches
lightning matches posted by CMLL – 7 matches
a quick recap of the four filler AAA TV episodes – o new matches, though this takes a little bit of time.
two episodes of AAA in Neza – 6 matches, haven’t aired yet
the 12/25 LuchaMemes show – 7 matches, aren’t up yet.
38 to go! And I’ve already watched some of those, this is a trailing indicator. I know there are LATV matches Alfredo’s posting that I won’t be getting and a few from Arena Coliseo Guadalajara that I’m missing, but I think I’m good with the amount of CMLL TV I’ve watched and those shows aren’t set up for great matches. There’s no good reason to watch those lightning matches – they’re not likely to be any better! – but at least they’re not really edited. Can’t wait to find out what I missed.
CMLL (SUN) 01/10/2016Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Avispón Negro Jr. & Micro b Diplomático & Guerrero de la Muerte Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Nautilius b Relampago [OCCIDENTE MIDDLE, tournament] first round match in a tournament for a vacant title
3) Omar Brunetti b Carlos Rogi [OCCIDENTE MIDDLE, tournament]
4) Cosmos, León Blanco, Reycko b Kempo Dragón, Príncipe Kisho, Rey Trueno Debut of Cosmos, who go the win over Rey Trueno.
5) La Máscara & Máximo Sexy b Euforia & Niebla Roja
Both tecnicos advance (assuming I got that right.)
CMLL (TUE) 01/12/2016Arena México [CMLL]
1) Robin & Sensei b Artillero & Cholo
2) Disturbio, Nitro, Okumura b Pegasso, Star Jr., Starman Rudos took 1/3. Nitro won with the piledriver, as happens in every Nitro match.
3) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Titán b Boby Z, Hechicero, Virus Tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Esfinge b The Panther, Tiger, Sansón, Soberano Jr., Canelo Casas, Súper Halcón Jr., Espanto Jr. [Copa Jr., semifinal] Eliminations: Soberano (by Sanson), Espanto Jr. (Super Halcon Jr.), Canelo Casas (The Panther), Super Halcon (Tiger), Sanson (Esfinge), The Panther (Tiger), Tiger (Esfinge), leaving Esfinge as the winner. He faces Puma next week.
5) Máximo Sexy b Ripper Maximo kissed both Ripper and Tirantes
6) Atlantis, Dragon Lee, Marco Corleone b Cavernario, Mephisto, Último Guerrero Tecnicos took 2/3.
Esfinge winning was not a surprise. I think Puma’s still the slight favorite. Sanson did end up lasting pretty long, which might indicate he and his brother are going to do well quickly.
Today’s MLW Radio has the author of the Playboy article on Perro Aguayo Jr. They talk about the author at TripleMania, and mention the issues with Alberto and Myzteziz were so bad that metal detectors were installed for the luchadors to make sure Alberto or Myzteziz (or anyone else with them) didn’t have anything.
CMLL Elite (SUN) 01/17/2016Arena México
1) Principe Diamante & Último Dragoncito vs Pequeño Olímpico & Pierrothito
2) Cancerbero & Raziel vs Centvrión & Metaleón
3) El Cuatrero & Sansón vs Argos & Karonte Jr. and Canelo Casas & Puma and Trauma I & Trauma II [Dinastia Elite, torneo]
4) Ángel de Oro, Golden Magic, Super Crazy vs Ephesto, Euforia, Felino
5) Carístico & Cibernético vs Negro Casas & Rush [Relevos Increíbles]
Negro Casas & Rush is a team that could be so great if they weren’t likely to kill each other.
The tournament in the third match is the first phase, so there’s at least another block of these going. Tiger is booked elsewhere and/or the Traumas were winning the block anyway.
Centvrion is making his Arena Mexico debut. I hope he and Metaleon can put aside the Mala Hierba/Lion Brothers feud to the side for one night or they have no chance against the Cancerberos.
CMLL (TUE) 01/19/2016Arena México
1) Fantasy & Stukita vs Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro
2) Oro Jr., Soberano Jr., Star Jr. vs Cancerbero, Nitro, Raziel
3) La Vaquerita, Marcela, Silueta vs Amapola, La Comandante, Reyna Isis
4) Esfinge vs Puma [Copa Jr., final]
5) Blue Panther, Pegasso, Rey Cometa vs Pierroth, Pólvora, Vangellys
6) Máximo Sexy, Super Porky, Valiente vs Felino, Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero
Pegasso in the semimain = everyone’s out of town
Pegasso in the semimain = wait, why isn’t Esfinge/Puma the semimain?
Card would be better if the third and second matches were just swapped places, since the tecnicos in the segunda can do cool dives but not on that spot of the card. (Or they could just wave the restriction.)
CMLL (TUE) 01/19/2016Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Yaqui & Omar Brunetti vs Joker & Sádico
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Reycko vs Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito, Relampago
3) Estrellita, Princesa Sugehit, Skadi vs Dalys, Tiffany, Zeuxis
4) Ángel de Oro, Delta, Tritón vs Ephesto, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja
5) La Máscara, Marco Corleone, Rush vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Kráneo, Thunder
Ingobernables team two straight days.
DTU (FRI) 01/29/2016Arena Querétaro 1) El Porrito & Masizito vs Erwin & Irving 2) ? & Destello vs Jimmy & Kevin (DTU) 3) Black Fire vs Adrenalina, Vengador, Exotico, Kastigador 4) Susumu vs Pesadilla, Drastik Boy, Tony, Jinzo, Johnny Idolo 5) Espiritu Negro & Rey Cometa vs Lanzeloth & Rocky Lobo 6) Ángel de Oro & Stuka Jr. vs Aeroboy & Violento Jack vs Ángel o Demonio & Ovett 7) Miedo Extremo & Sharly Rockstar vs Cíclope & Super Mega
First show on the tour. Johnny Idolo is a New Zealand wrestler somehow ending up here.
What happened: The iPPV failed! And then they put up the matches for free on YouTube and I decided I needed to watch them even though it was fairly obvious none of them were going to be any good. (This justification means I’ve got some lightning matches to watch soon.)
In the actual matches, Kamaitachi & Maximo and Super Parka & Negro Casas signed their contracts for hair matches. No one could quite decide if the matches were being announced for the first time there only being finalized (though they had been announced a few days ahead of time.)
This is neither here or there, but this show is the best example not to judge attendance by what it looks like during the first match. It looked dire during the opener and increased greatly by the middle of the card.
You can find my reviews of the two matches which did air as scheduled here.
What was good: Not much. Cavernario was really good and Super Porky had a Super Porky match.
Where can I watch it: They’re on CMLL’s website and YouTube channel, but only linked to a hidden page sent to people on their mailing list. They’re also linked below. One of these matches may turn up on Lucha Azteca(more…)
CMLL (MON) 01/11/2016Arena Puebla [CMLL, thecubsfan]
1) Asturiano & Zaeta Roja b Ares & El Malayo 12:49. Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Nitro, Rey Apocalipsis, Toro Bill Jr. b Black Tiger, Starman, Tigre Rojo Jr. 14:08. Rudos took 1/2.
3) Puma, Sangre Azteca, Tiger b Blue Panther Jr., Stigma, The Panther 21:37. Rudos took 2/3.
4) Atlantis, Blue Panther, Valiente DQ Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas 9:29. Tecnicos took 2/3. Mr. Niebla, looking in no condition to wrestle, fouled Atlantis.
5) Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys b La Máscara, Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy 8:41. Rudos took 2/3. Vangellys beat Maximo to set up a title match next week.
Mr. Niebla needing the ropes to be able to stand (and the undercard going very long to wait him out?) were the most notable things on the show.
Batillon del Muerte might be the only act that tries to have something new every time they enter. It’s obviously because they’re hungry – they’d like to be on CMLL main shows as much as we’d like them to be on CMLL main shows – but I was thinking about that back before the iPPVs, when edecan Erika mentioned they were planning two new dance numbers for Christmas and New Years. They did have two new dances! None of the lucahdors, outside the key matches, were thinking “it’s Christmas, we need to have a special new match!” It was the usual match, maybe a little longer, maybe a little shorter, but the no extra special effort into it. That’s kind of what I got out of the third match: it was much longer than usual, but they didn’t (or couldn’t) put any extra thought about how to make it different than usual. They just did about 85% of their regular spots instead of 65% and told no story. You’d hope Rey Apocalipsis and Toro Bill would be rewarded for the sort of creativity to try to make every appeaance a little bit different, trying to come up with something new they could do that time, when that seems in short supply.
CMLL tonight has a main event of Dragon Lee, Marco Corleone, and Atlantis vs Ultimo Guerrero, Mephisto and Cavernario. It’s the last major show for those going to Japan for FantastiacMania, which includes almost everyone in the main event. Both Dragon Lee & Cavernario have been theorized to be the guy going to Japan, and so this would be the last show for 2016 for the person who is leaving. (I’m skeptical anyone is going now, more on that in a little bit.)
The big match on the show of course involves Maximo, since the same luchador is wrestling every big match in CMLL this month due to lack of internal creativity. Tonight’s opponent is Ripper, based off Ripper cheating Maximo the last couple of weeks.
The show also has the second half of the Copa Junior, with Tiger, Canelo Casas, Sanson, Espanto Jr., the Panther, Esfinge, Super Halcon Jr., and Soberano. Puma won last week, which rules out the rudos (though most of those guys rule themselves out.) Super Halcon won over a weaker field last year, got nothing out of it and no one remembers, so he’s not going to win again. The Panther is headed to Japan, won’t be around for the final for next week, and CMLL can’t be bothered to pretend this might be a realistic issue, so it’s not happening. It’s either Esfinge or Soberano, so Esfinge is the favorite based on how CMLL’s used them.
NJPW put out their lineups for their post-FantasticaMania tour. There’s no TBA space where a new CMLL loanee would fit. It’s possible they could add another match to the shows for someone they bring in from CMLL or even have them just sit out the first few shows, but since both CMLL or NJPW have stopped mentioning the concept of bringing a CMLL luchador over for a year, I think this is a strong sign that it’s no longer happening and no one’s going to Japan for the year.
(NJPW didn’t announce the lineups until after the FantasticaMania tour last year, and Dorada was immediately on the cards to set up his title shot)
Rush got a 3 star-ish match out of Vangellys in this arena; Vangellys is older and slower now, but it’s still an interesting test of super worker Maximo. Best match otherwise is the opener. Rush actually teams with his partners in the main event and I have no problem with that match going very short.
IWRG (SUN) 01/17/2016Arena Naucalpan
1) Galaxy & Kanon vs Acero & Vortize
2) Leo, Mike, Rafy vs Diablo Jr. I, El Hijo del Diablo, Imposible
3) Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Canis Lupus, Eterno
4) Herodes Jr., Hijo De Dos Caras, Veneno vs Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Mosco X Fly, Toscano
5) Negro Navarro, Trauma I, Trauma II vs Hijo del Pantera, Pantera, Pantera I [IWRG IC TRIOS] second defense