FantasticaMania lineups, Azul/Marco in Puebla, Konnan/Crash

i get to use the poster instead of making a GIF, hooray

DTU (SAT) 01/06/2018 Estadio 1ro de Mayo, Tulancingo, Hidalgo [DTU]
1) Zarkot b LuiguiMacizito
Zarkot beat Luigui.
2) Camuflaje b Baby StarBlack FireStell Dragón
Camuflaje beat Black Fire.
3) Billy Gamer & Toto Gammer b Hardy Boy & Irving El Travieso
4) Draztick Boy, Hormiga, Jimmy b Cíclope, Miedo Extremo, Paranoiko
Draztick beat Ciclope

Just an ordinary Three King’s Day show but I’m posting DTU results as long as they’re posting results.

CMLL (MON) 01/08/2018 Arena Puebla [CMLL, CultIconWrestling With GIFs]
1) Ares & Guerrero Espacial b Centella Roja & Vega LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 8 DE ENERO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 2/3.
2) Flyer, Millenium, Pegasso b Fuerza Chicana, Hijo del Signo, Policeman LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 8 DE ENERO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 1/3
3) Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. b Hechicero, Pólvora, Universo 2000 Jr. LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 8 DE ENERO DEL 2018 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 1/3.
4) Euforia, Felino, Mr. Niebla b Dragón Lee, Soberano Jr., Valiente  (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Euforia replaced Negro Casas, making this a rare match with Soberano & Euforia on opposite sides. Rudos took 1/3.
5) Diamante Azul, Gran Guerrero, Pierroth b Marco Corleone, Rey Bucanero, Terrible [Relevos Increíbles (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Azul won in straight falls, setting up a title match against Marco next week.

This is a show I’ve seen none of, but the recaps have the tercera as the best. Most notable thing here is CMLL did live results for this show for the first time in a long time. I assumed they were just watching the stream, but they posted a photo from ringside (and it read like a different person than the usual people who are running the account now.)

FantasticaMania

The lineups finally came out yesterday. There is no replacement for Negro Casas. There’s no sure hole where he would’ve gone, but I’m wondering if maybe Kojima was plugged in his spot.

There are eight shows on this year’s tour. Four will not be taped: you can see the lineups for Kyoto, Kagawa, Osaka, and Toyama if you’re curious. It is a Japanese promotion, so we’ll still get results for those shows. The four show which will air.

CMLL NJPW (FRI) 01/12/2018 Nagoya Congress Center Event Hall, Aichi, Japan
1) Drone vs Disturbio
2) Fuego & Star Jr. vs Okumura & Puma
3) Ángel de Oro, Jushin Liger, Ryusuke Taguchi, Tiger Mask vs Cuatrero, Rocky Romero, SHO, YOH
4) Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr., Volador Jr. vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Gran Guerrero, Sansón
5) Dragón Lee, Hirai Kawato, Kushida, Satoshi Kojima vs Bushi, Hiromu Takahashi, Rush, Tetsuya Naito
6) Atlantis, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Mistico vs Gedo, Kazuchika Okada, Último Guerrero

This show does not air on NJPW World, but is a delayed airing on SamuraiTV. It probably will not surface for about a week. This will be the only broadcast show with Tanahashi, Okada and Lyger included. They are all being kept off the Korakuen Hall shows.

CMLL NJPW (FRI) 01/19/2018 Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
1) Fuego vs Okumura
2) Dragón Lee, Hirai Kawato, Satoshi Kojima, Star Jr. vs Bushi, Hiromu Takahashi, Rush, Tetsuya Naito
3) Atlantis, Drone, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Disturbio, Puma, Último Guerrero
4) Ángel de Oro © vs Cuatrero [CMLL MIDDLE]
2nd defense
5) Soberano Jr. © vs Sansón [MEX WELTER]
2nd defense
6) Niebla Roja © vs Gran Guerrero [CMLL LH]
3rd defense

When you see “FRI” up there, that means “very early Friday morning” if you’re in North America. All the Korakuen Hall shows air on NJPWWorld at 4:30AM ET, 3:30AM CT, 1:30AM PT. 

The singles matches are pretty much grouped on to this show. Angel de Oro & Cuatrero were actually feuding already on Sunday’s Arena Mexico show. The other two are obvious rematches from earlier this year.

Puma, Disturbio, Okumura, Fuego, Drone and Star Jr. are opening match guys for most of the tour, but some do get at least one chance in a bigger tag match on this weekend.

SHO & YOH are Raijin & Fujin if you’ve missed the name change. They’ve been back in NJPW since last autumn.

CMLL NJPW (SUN) 01/21/2018 Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
1) Drone & Star Jr. vs Disturbio & Puma
2) Fuego, Ryusuke Taguchi, Soberano Jr. vs Okumura, SHO, YOH
3) Atlantis, Hirai Kawato, Kushida, Satoshi Kojima vs Bushi, Hiromu Takahashi, Rush, Tetsuya Naito
4) Ángel de Oro & Niebla Roja vs Gran Guerrero & Último Guerrero [CMLL Hermanos, semifinal]
5) Dragón Lee & Mistico vs Cuatrero & Sansón [CMLL Hermanos, semifinal]
6) Volador Jr. © vs Bárbaro Cavernario [NWA WELTER]
18th defense, Cavernario’s 3rd challenge in this reign

Note that’s SUNDAY. There is no show Saturday for whatever reason, which is disappointing: the Arena Mexico/Korakuen Hall double header would’ve been a fun way to destroy myself.

The usual Volador stunt show is a day earlier than usual. Underneath it is a special brothers only tag team tournament. CMLL loves lucha families and loves tournaments, so this is a way to do something with they can give some importance, instead of the usual title matches (where nothing changes hands.)

CMLL NJPW (MON) 01/22/2018 Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
1) Fuego & Ryusuke Taguchi vs Disturbio & Puma
2) Jushin Liger, Kushida, Star Jr., Tiger Mask vs Okumura, Rocky Romero, SHO, YOH
3) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [CMLL Hermanos, third place]
losers of yesterday’s matches
4) Atlantis & Hirai Kawato vs Bárbaro Cavernario & Gedo
Kawato farewell match
5) Drone, Soberano Jr., Volador Jr. vs Bushi, Hiromu Takahashi, Tetsuya Naito
6) Satoshi Kojima vs Rush
7) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [CMLL Hermanos, final]

The tournament will have finals and a third place game, which allows them to announce the rest of the card now instead of having to wait for results. There’s no real need to wait: the final seems likely to be Los Guerreros vs Mistico & Dragon Lee, with the NGD taking on Angel de Oro & Niebla Roja in the third place game. On today’s Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer was bemoaning the lack of usual excellent looking singles matches on the final day of this tour, but I think that severely underrates how good those tag matches might end up being. Maybe it’s just me, but I’d also like to see a tag match we never actually get in Mexico featuring some good people rather than Ultimo Guerrero dragging Dragon Lee thru the 12 stages of every Ultimo Guerrero singles match. The best lucha libre matches are not necessarily singles matches and especially not with this crew that’s been overexposed in those singles matches. (Cavernario/Volador will be Very Good but probably offer no surprises. Surprises are good.)

Kojima & Rush is also something we don’t see that often. Kojima’s kind of the gatekeeper, the most pushed of heavyweights who aren’t really title contenders, so this should be a win for Rush.

Hirai Kawato is 20 year old NJPW trainee who NJPW fans seem to like for his fire & ability. CMLL and NJPW announced he will start in Mexico in late January (and maybe debut a few weeks later.) It appears he’ll wrestle under his real name, which would make him the first NJPW student to do so since Yoshi-Hashi. I think it’s cooler when they wrestle under a mask, but someone must strongly disagree given the way the Raijin/Fujin situation was handled. Similarly, Kawato’s expected to be gone from Japan for a long time, but it’s unclear how long he’ll actually be in Mexico after those quick stints.

Preview for today’s show

There’s a CMLL show today. It’ll be streamed. You may like some of the names. It has a chance to be the least good CMLL show of 2018. The show is loaded with FantasticaMania guys, and they are pretty much going straight from this show to the airport. Everyone who’s going is probably going to be focused on getting on that flight in one piece (and understandable show), and this is something they’re just trying not to get hurt or too messy doing. Tonight’s CMLL show is as low priority as it gets.

The big story as CMLL presents it is Atlantis’ return to action. Atlantis last match was in July. He suffered a torn tendon about his right knee. The recovery timeline is a little bit later than scheduled. It’s not a great sign he’s just getting back in the ring before FantasticaMania, and I would not expect a lot from him on that tour, in this match, or anywhere in the immediate future. Tonight, he’s got to deal with Volador & Caristico as mismatches partners against Los Guerreros. That should be an easy way to get out with running just two falls but it’ll be quick anyway.

Nominal tecnico Rush is teaming with proper tecnicos tonight, his brother Dragon Lee & Soberano against Sanson, Cuatrero and Mascara 2000. Rush is in dire need of opponents which raise his interest, and would’ve had one if Negro Casas was in the match as planned. He actually seems to like facing Mascara 2000, but I’m curious to see how he matches up with the Dinamitas. There may not be a lot going on tonight because of the situation, but it’s a possibly for the future.

The fourth has Sam Adonis making his first streaming appearance since losing his hair. He teams with Okumura & Johny Idol against Niebla Roja, Angel de Oro and Rey Cometa. Disturbio & Puma, who will spend the next couple weeks teaming up often, face off in a lightning match. Drone, Fuego & Star Jr. take on Nitro, Arkangel and Sangre Azteca in the second. The opener is the only match without travel plans, as Magia Blanca & Retro take on Akuma & Yago. The show will air at 7:30pm on CMLL’s YouTube channel.

Alberto, on a media tour promoting his 01/20 tour, says his 2018 plans include possibly an MMA fight (if his family says ok, it wouldn’t be until November at the soonest), maybe another charity show, and a radio program in the US aimed at latinos. It seems highly doubtful Alberto will actually ever have that MMA fight, but he sure likes throwing it out there as a possibility.

Konnan & The Crash

Konnan’s Podcast Boom, his Spanish language podcast, returned for the first time since November, the first time since he left the Crash. Alfredo collected some notable stuff Konnan said. Konnan’s explanation here is Impact wanted to used Fenix/Penta, and believed AAA would continue to block them from being used in the US, so he met quietly with AAA to see if they could work something out. The Crash found out about it, and thought Konnan wasn’t just trying to get back to AAA, but had already started running their TV show. Konnan says The Crash knew about him meeting AAA in advance, and that he pointed out to them that he’s clearly not running AAA because their TV was so bad.

Konnan says he’d like to work with The Crash at some point, though it’s clear he sees it as just one of many irons he’d like to have in the fire: Impact, Arolucha, some one man shows, and a secret project in Mexico in four months. As best anyone can figure, there’s no one person taking over Konnan’s role with The Crash, his responsible are being taken care of by various people. It may be a factor in why the Matt Riddle situation has dragged out as long as it has and I think it leaves an opening for Konnan to be brought back if they struggle without him. The 01/20 show will be interesting.

Konnan using Penta for the Arolucha taping given AAA’s issues seems more strange now, and I believe the WON reported AAA sent Arolucha a threat over using him. It’s possible both Impact and Arolucha don’t think much of AAA’s claim, but Impact’s trying to play nice with a corporate partner and Arolucha doesn’t have that same concern.

Konnan’s still with Impact, which makes it not a big surprise Rey Mysterio is being rumored as coming in. Both Wrestling Observer and PW Insider have mentioned the possibility of Rey being part of the next set of tapings but have also said no deal is done. The next set of Impact tapings start tomorrow. Those tapings are also said to have more AAA involvement than usual, but no names have been mentioned.

Other News

I suspect there will be news from The Crash on the Matt Riddle situation sooner rather than latter.

A show on Friday in Ciudad Madero was scheduled to have Negro Casas & Mr. Niebla versus Carsitico & local wrestler Bronco. Instead, Casas, Niebla and Caristico were replaced by local wrestlers. The promoter said he will not be offering refunds, saying they showed a video of Caristico apologizing and promising to come soon, and anyone who brought tickets to Friday’s show will get in that next show for free. Fans seem understandably skeptical of that working out. This is not the usual big indie Ciudad Madero promoter (KBW) but someone who seems to promote one show a year.

WrestleCircus, in talking about their own return show scheduled for 02/17, mentions that Arolucha is also running that day. Arolucha hasn’t announced that show yet.

Something called Footprint.TV is launching a channel called Mainstream Latinos, and the press release indicated they may eventually have a “Lucha Libre Americano” show, which is billed as lucha from all over but looks like it’s from the Chicago local scene in this preview clip.

I was a guest on the latest Strong Style Story, talking about WrestleKingdom and what we knew about FantasticaMania then. I’m scared I made the same jokes as last year and most of my guesses about what was going to be booked at FantasticaMania seemed very wrong, but it was nice of them to have me on.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update and this week’s Poster-Mania.

CMLL’s launched an official Diosas del Ring twitter account.

Segunda Caida reviews Iron Kid vs Demus, making me the last person in the lucha world not to have seen Iron Kid vs Demus. Maybe tonight?

The Winter Palace starts a look back at the 2014 En Busca de un Idolo.

Pushing Upwards talks about Dragon Lee vs Hiromu Takahashi.

Lineups

CMLL (MON) 01/15/2018 Arena Puebla
1) Meyer & París vs Guerrero Espacial & Sombra Diabólika
2) Flyer, Príncipe Diamante, Rey Samuray vs Hijo del Signo, King Jaguar, Perverso
3) Audaz, Lestat, Stigma vs El Malayo, Raziel, Universo 2000 Jr.
4) Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Hechicero [lightning]
5) Carístico, Kráneo, Valiente vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible
6) Marco Corleone © vs Diamante Azul [CMLL HEAVY]
6th defense

I have no idea why Kraneo’s a tecnico, except they’re short on them. Maya/Hechicero has a good chance of being a title match people are going to want to see. Audaz makes his debut here.

new lucha videos for the weekend of January 5, 2018

Getting Guadalajara to work this week was a two day struggle. Hope it’s OK. First TV appearances for Fugaz & Reycko anyway.

IWRG Zona XXI: 2018-01-04
taped 2018-01-01 @ Arena Naucalpan – YouTube/Mega
1) Diablo Jr. vs Dragón BaneRam El CarneroX-CorpioFulgor IIGuerrero 2000MotocrossChicanitoCadillacLunatik Extreme cage match, last in loses mask/hair 
2) Aramis vs Fly WarriorBlack DragónEmperador AztecaDinamic BlackAlas de AceroFreelanceSéptimo Rayo [IWRG Reyes del Aire in a cage match]
3) Ovett vs Chico Che hair vs hair in a cage match
4) Trauma I & Trauma II vs Rokambole Jr. & Villano V Jr. and Danny Casas & Veneno and Capo Del Norte & Capo Del Sur [cage, #1, IWRG IC TAG]
5) Imposible © vs Dr. Cerebro [IWRG Rey de Ring, cage, ladder]

CMLL Guadalajara: 2018-01-06
taped 2018-01-02 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara – YouTube/Mega
1) Fugaz, Príncipe Diamante, Reyko vs Frezzer, Metálico, Sangre Azteca
2) Marco Corleone, Titán, Valiente vs Mephisto, Shocker, Terrible
3) Volador Jr. vs Sam Adonis

CMLL Lucha Azteca: 2018-01-07
taped 2017-12-29 @ Arena México – Mega
1) Blue Panther Jr., Star Jr., The Panther vs Puma, Sagrado, Tiger
2) Marco Corleone, Niebla Roja, Valiente vs Gran Guerrero, Shocker, Último Guerrero
3) Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas vs Johnny Idol, Okumura, Sam Adonis

IWRG Zona XXI: 2018-01-08
taped 2018-01-07 @ Arena Naucalpan – YouTube/Mega
1) Dragón Orus & Súper Brazo Jr. vs Leroy & Lunatic Extreme
2) Shadow Boy vs Odín
3) Chico Che, Danny Casas, Veneno vs Capo Del Norte, Capo Del Sur, Ovett
4) Hijo del Pantera & Internacional Pantera vs Trauma I & Trauma II
5) Imposible vs KaraouiEternoDiablo Jr.Hijo del AlebrijeAlas de AceroFreelanceAramisRafyLeoTeeloMikeDinamic BlackDragón FlyBlack DragónPantera I [Zona de Ejecucion]

Memes, IWRG, Puebla returns to YouTube

photo by Black Terry Jr.

Reminder: The Tapatia awards for the best in lucha libre are open thru January 28th.

Lucha Memes (SUN) 01/07/2018 Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr)MedioTiempo]
1) Danny Barrio b Pumita De Oro
2) Arez b Diabolus
3) Corsario Negro Jr. b Psique
good match
4) Aramis b Sky Man
good match
5) Romano García b Príncipe Otomí
mostly a mat based match
6) Ricky Marvin b Keyra
very good match

This was a themed show featuring new wrestlers getting a shot. None of them won, though it sounds like some of them did well. Attendance was down, as you’d expect compared to the other Memes show, but does not look terrible.

IWRG (SUN) 01/07/2018 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, The Gladiatores]
1) Dranzer, Exotic Drago, Puma de Oro b Biosfera, Dinámico, Kraken
2) Dragón Orus & Súper Brazo Jr. b Leroy & Lunatic Extreme
3) Odín b Shadow Boy
4) Capo Del Norte, Capo Del Sur, Ovett b Chico Che, Danny Casas, Veneno
5) Trauma I & Trauma II b Hijo del Pantera & Internacional Pantera
El Grillo was remembered before the match.
6) Aramis b ImposibleKaraouiEternoDiablo Jr.Hijo del AlebrijeAlas de AceroFreelanceRafyLeoTeeloMikeDinamic BlackDragón FlyBlack DragónPantera I [Zona de Ejecucion]
Hijo del Alebrije replaced Hijo del Diablo. Aramis beat Pantera I to win, then challenged for another title match.

Aramis challenged Pantera I for the lightweight title match back in September, which was good but felt like they had a better match in them. Hope it’s coming soon.

Star Black took Nautilus’ hair in Arena Coliseo Guadalajara when Nautilus was DQed for a foul.

Puebla is back on CMLL’s stream tonight. They’ve been off the last two weeks due to the Arena Mexico holidays, but will return airing on it’s usual 9pm start on CMLL’s YouTube channel.

The show itself looks usual with no obvious standout matches. The main event is Marco, Bucanero and Terrible vs Diamante Azul, Gran Guerrero and Pierroth, in a rematch from last week. There weren’t any results the last couple weeks, so we don’t quite know where this is going, but a Marco/Azul title match next week seems possible.

The semimain is listed as Peste Negro (Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas) versus the returning Dragon Lee, Soberano and Valiente, but we know Negro Casas won’t be participating. Guerrero Maya, Rey Cometa and Stuka take on Hechicero, Polvora & Universo 2000 Jr. in the semimain. The opening matches include Flyer, Vega and, yes, Policeman.

There are still no FantasticaMania lineups. It has to be the Negro Casas replacement situation, but the shows are about 3 days away now and it’s very strange.

Zeuxis posted a message on Twitter celebrating her title win, talking about starting the year in independent arenas and new projects and changes this year. That kind of sounds like a person who’s not planning on sticking around in CMLL, though she is booked in Arena Mexico on Tuesday.

The New Zealand Herald has an article on Johnny Idol. He didn’t know anyone when he came to Japan, but had a goal of making it to a big company within six months, and start with CMLL in month five. He says he was first earning around 300 pesos ($15.50USD) per match when he started out and now gets paid up to 5000 pesos ($260USD.)

CMLL Best of 2017 show, missing Llave luchadors

pleasant weekend stroll

Reminder: The Tapatia awards for the best in lucha libre are open thru January 28th.

CMLL (SAT) 01/06/2018 Arena México [CMLl, thecubsfan]
1) Fiero, Flyer, Magia Blanca b El Coyote, Templario, Yago LUCHA LIBRE SABADO ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 6 DE ENERO DEL 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
9:44. Straight falls. Fiero wrestled under the name, and was officially given the Audaz character after getting the win.
2) Pegasso & Titán b Raziel & Virus LUCHA LIBRE SABADO ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 6 DE ENERO DEL 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
24:13. Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Soberano Jr. b Rey Cometa LUCHA LIBRE SABADO ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 6 DE ENERO DEL 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rematch of Soberano’s title win. 6:20. Soberano took 2/3. Cometa seemed to be counted down earlier than expected.
4) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón b Drone, Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr. LUCHA LIBRE SABADO ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 6 DE ENERO DEL 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
16:06. Tecnicos took 2/3.
5) Niebla Roja b Gran Guerrero LUCHA LIBRE SABADO ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 6 DE ENERO DEL 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
18:45. Rematch of 2017 Anniversario mask match. Niebla Roja got the win this time, take falls 2/3. Three count seemed to be a mistake in this one as well.
6) Último Guerrero & Valiente b Cavernario & Volador Jr. [Relevos IncreíblesLUCHA LIBRE SABADO ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 6 DE ENERO DEL 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
15:26. Rematch of tournament final. UG & Valiente took falls 1/3, avenging their lost in that tournament.

Show had good matches. I liked the opener the best, but others might prefer Roja/Guerrero or the main. It’s so weird referee Edgar here was doing real three counts regardless of it was the finish or not, when the referee on Tuesday very obviously held up from doing a three count when Triton was hurt. There’s not a lot of consistency.

CMLL’s Facebook will have an interview with Fiero on Monday at noon. CMLL trademarked “El Audaz” on December 15. Fiero was using Fiero (Jr.) before he came to CMLL, so they might not have been able to trademark that one. I don’t know if that’s the specific reason for the name change – they probably wouldn’t bother unless he’s going somewhere – but probably a factor.

CMLL (SUN) 01/07/2018 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Artillero & Grako b Bengala & Sangre Imperial
rudos took 1/3.
2) Pegasso, Stigma, Tritón b Akuma, Arkángel de la Muerte, Disturbio
tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Johnny Idol, Okumura, Sam Adonis b Esfinge, Soberano Jr., Valiente
4) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Stuka Jr. DQ Cuatrero, Máscara Año 2000, Universo 2000 Jr.
straight falls, Cuatrero fouled Angel de Oro
5) Carístico, Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone b Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
Confirmed Diamante Azul appearance! Tecnicos took 2/3.

I know you’re thrilled Diamante Azul is actually back. Not sure why they’re starting a Cuatrero/Angel de Oro feud when they’ll be gone for a while, but maybe it just works out because they’ll face at FantasticaMania. Assuming that ever gets announced.

Zeuxis beat Keyra for the Generacion 21 women’s championship, in a match that didn’t appear to be advertise for Saturday’s show in Irapauto (might have been intentional to get around any CMLL/Crash issues.) LA Park kept their main title in the main event.

A new Twitter user claiming to be Hijo del Vikingo’s girlfriend says he, Angelikal, Villano III Jr., Solaris and Angel Mortal Jr. were not given work for two weeks, complained about it, and now are facing a suspension break for work or working for half their usual fee. All of the posts are accompanied by the same four shots of what appears to be AAA bookings sheets.

You can see one of those Tweets here if it disappears overnight; there’s a couple other ones tagging different AAA people, none of whom would be really that happy about airing this stuff in public. If that situation is true, I could totally understand being very upset about it, but this would be the polar opposite of the way to handle it.

We don’t know if this is a reason person, or if those are the real bookings sheets, or if those are all the real bookings sheets. I can say, at least on posters that we get to see, those guys did disappear for a couple weeks during the busy holiday period. Angelikal only has one match between 12/09 and 01/15. Vikingo has only one match between 12/17 and 01/13. Villano III Jr. has two matches in that stretch. Solaris hasn’t shown up anywhere since 11/25 except for a New Year’s Day booking. It fits the story, though it doesn’t prove it.

Hijo del Santo says he’s not close to retiring. His focus is going to be on getting Santo Jr. more experience. Hijo del Santo’s not going to retire until he and his son team in Mexico City, Santo Jr.’s hasn’t been ready for that, so they’re not that close. (The news here is Hijo del Santo realizes Santo Jr. is not ready and isn’t trying to force it to happen like some fathers have.) Hijo del Santo says that match in Mexico City could happen this year, suggesting July 26 (Santo’s debut) and July 2nd (Hijo del Santo’s debut.)

Jeff Cobb was on PWTorch’s Wrestling Night in America. It’s mostly talk about his indie work, but Lucha Underground does come up. He mentions he’s under a 7 year contract, likes how LU is giving guys more freedom to work elsewhere, and wishes they’d run more frequently since that’s what the fans want. In the past, there’s been hints Cobb wanted to be free of LU. He didn’t seem particularly excited to be doing LU, but seemed like he was figuring on still being there.

AAA put up this week’s show, which includes the top 3 matches from the Luchando por Mexico show.

NJPW has put up the Dragon Lee vs Kamaiatachi match from the 2016 FantasticaMania for free. If you some how haven’t seen it and want to, you really should see it.

MMA Fighting has an article about Goyito Perez making his in-ring debut back on 12/15 thanks to Alberto. He was not technically in the match, but got involved a lot.

Fuerza Guerrera says he’s close to doing the mask match with Octagon in 2018. He is lying.

Tiger de Bengala gave away 2500 toys to children.

Wrestling With GIFs watches back Dragon Lee vs Cavernario from FantasticaMania past.

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 01/12/2018 Arena México
1) Eléctrico & Stukita vs Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro
2) Flyer, Pegasso, Stigma vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Universo 2000 Jr.
3) Blue Panther Jr., The Panther, Tritón vs Sagrado, Tiger, Virus
4) Titán vs Rey Cometa [lightning]
5) Blue Panther, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Sam Adonis
6) Carístico, Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone vs Kráneo, Shocker, Terrible

Titan vs Rey Cometa should be good, if it’s not stopped early. Third match too, but this is a pretty evident star power drop off for FantasticaMania.

CMLL (SAT) 01/13/2018 Arena Coliseo
1) Bengala & Sensei vs Camorra & El Coyote
2) Magnus, Oro Jr., Starman vs Espanto Jr., Grako, Inquisidor
3) Shockercito vs Último Dragóncito [lightning]
4) La Jarochita, La Vaquerita, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, La Metálica, Tiffany
5) Blue Panther Jr., Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Forastero, Hechicero, Pólvora
6) Carístico, Marco Corleone, Stuka Jr. vs Máscara Año 2000, Mr. Niebla, Pierroth

Friday’s the one they’re trying. The other ones feel trying. That’s a hard main event rudo side.

CMLL (SUN) 01/14/2018 Arena México
1) Acero & Aéreo vs Pequeño Olímpico & Pierrothito
2) Retro, Robin, Sensei vs Apocalipsis, Hijo del Signo, Templario
3) La Comandante, La Seductora, Zeuxis vs La Jarochita, La Vaquerita, Lady Maravilla
4) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Titán vs Felino, Luciferno, Vangellys
5) Euforia, Mephisto, Sam Adonis vs Carístico, Diamante Azul, Valiente

I really can’t think of anything to say about these shows.

RevoLucha (SUN) 02/11/2018 Gimnasio Nuevo León Unido, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon
1) Mini Hator vs Mini Difunto [street]
2) Lord Byron & Psicótico vs Sick Boy & Skam 13
3) Erika Sotelo & Larry Miranda vs ? & ?? [Revolucha WOMEN, tournament]
4) Daga vs Bestia 666EpydemiusZumbi [Revolucha CRUISER]
5) Penta 0M & The King vs Garza Jr. & Último Ninja

Revolucha is running more than most indies – maybe one a month – but even then titles seem pointless. It’s hard to imagine these being worth the effort, and it they just exist to dress up otherwise ordinary match.

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-01-06 

Fiero! or Audaz! or whomever

Recapped: 01/06/2018

Matches: 

Fiero, Flyer, Magia Blanca vs El Coyote, Templario, Yago
(9:44 [6:16, 3:28], 1/2, great,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Pegasso & Titán beat  Raziel & Virus
(24:13 [8:16, 5:22, 10:35], 1/3, ok, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Soberano Jr. beat  Rey Cometa
(6:20, 2/3, good, via
VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Rey Cometa Canadian Destroyer (1:37)

  2. Soberano tornillo (1:27)

  3. Soberano springboard legdrop (3:16)

Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón beat Drone, Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr.
(16:06 [6:52, 3:03, 6:11], 1/3, good, via
VideosOficialesCMLL )

Niebla Roja beat Gran Guerrero
(
18:54, 2/3, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Gran Guerrero reverse armscissors (2:02)

  2. Niebla Roja huracanrana (3:50)

  3. Niebla Roja Furia Roja (13:02)

Último Guerrero & Valiente  vs Cavernario & Volador Jr. in a relevos increíbles match
(15:26 [4:11, 1:44, 9:31], 1/3, good, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

Gran Guerrero casually catching, strolling, powerbombing

Though Audaz was announced for the match, Fiero wrestled under his previous name. After he won the match, Panico and JCR came to the ring to talk him up, and announce he’d be now known as Audaz. Fiero switched masks and celebrated. Panico spoke about this being the first of a lot of opportunities for young talent this year.

Thoughts: 

cool, but would’ve been cooler if he could pull it off a bit quicker

The main event had the elements of a good match, but it was missing a little heart for me. The issue with this format of rematches of big matches is the rematches are not as big. The rematches lack the same stakes that drove the wrestlers and the fans in the first match, and it feels a little flat in comparison. This one felt more like an all star tag exhibition match of showcasing moves rather than one where people were desperate to win. Último Guerrero, the worst offender, is better in theory in tag matches because there are people who can come in and out and he can’t just do the checklist match. In this one, he crossed a while bunch of the checklist with Volador before finally letting the other people play. They didn’t just do UG’s stuff, they repeated what seemed to be a lot of the final, but no one quite got into it as much the final, and it was one of those matches where no one was really close to winning until it was time to finish. There’s far worse and it entertained the fans, it just wasn’t all that interesting.

The Gran Guerrero/Niebla Roja match went very long. Maybe the plan, maybe because they were making up for other things going short. It led to it having a slow pace all the way thru, not even the rush at the end that happens frequently. Maybe they would’ve gotten to that moment; the finish seemed like it was a three count that shouldn’t have been one. The big moves were impressive, the crowd hating Niebla Roja was also impressive. I think I would’ve better enjoyed a much shorter version of this.

crunch

The fourth match was about normal for the NGD of late. They’ve plateaued on offense, rolling out almost the same spots every match and could use some freshening up there. Their selling is still good, actively making the técnicos look better in a way uncommon for a lot of rudos. Esfinge looked really good in this match, and I can’t credit him for all of that. They got a lot of time and tried to make use of it all the way thru better than the second match.

Soberano/Cometa was going along well enough, then Edgar counted three when Rey Cometa kicked out, or Cometa waited until too late to kick out. It seemed more on Cometa, and it seemed a disappointment compared to what was expected: this was effectively a lightning match with fall breaks. The highlights looked good but the match didn’t come the way it could’ve been. It’s alright if you’re not expecting a lot.

this is going to need a name

The segunda was going to have trouble following what happened to open the show by any means, but this match would’ve been a downer on a dead Tuesday show. Raziel & Virus killed the pace, with only sporadic moments of interest and no real direction. Pegasso & Titan would’ve had to go all out to make it work, and they could just make it sort of passable. The crowd wasn’t reacting to anything they were doing, which just make it stick out worse. They did end up unloading everything they could do b the end, and the crowd did react to Titan eliminating Raziel, but it sure took a long time to get to that point, and it was odd this came down to Pegasso.

I’m probably overrating the match because I was so excited to see an all out match in an CMLL opener, and these guys haven’t been as overexposed as others. Fiero’s superb, and they not so subtly made all the biggest moments of the match about him to build him up for his name change. This still wasn’t a one many show, with everyone else getting their own moments. Templario might one day surpass his técnico rival, and that they had him work every big spot with the guy they’re trying to get over speaks very well of him. Magia Blanca looked completely lost when he started in CMLL and has come so long way. Everyone looked like a strong prospect for the future, a hopeful way to start off this show.

cavernario ends a long day with a celebatory dropkick

CMLL Dia de Reyes, no FM lineusps 2018 AAA plans, Mundo skipping GdT?

Reminder: The Tapatia awards for the best in lucha libre are open thru January 28th.

CMLL has it’s special Three Kings Day show this evening in Arena Mexico, with some rematches of the biggest matches of 2017. Kids tickets are marked down to 10 pesos ($0.50 USD) on a children’s holiday, and this figures to be one of the larger crowd of the year.

The main event is Cavernario & Volador vs Ultimo Guerrero & Valiente, considered one of the best match of last year. The semimain has Niebla Roja versus Gran Guerrero, last year’s anniversario main event. The third match is Soberano against Rey Cometa, a rematch of Soberano’s first title win.

The other matches aren’t rematches, but could be good matches. The NGD, the most successful trio of 2017, face Drone, Esfinge and Guerrero Maya. Pegasso & Titan face Raziel & Virus in the second match. The opener has six promising young luchadors: El Coyote, Templario and Yago on the rudo side, and Flyer, Magic Blanca and Audaz (ex-Fiero) on the tecnico side.

CMLL ran this same format last year, and everything was pretty good, but time limited them from being as great as the original run. The show will air on Claro, starting at 5pm. It will also be on CMLL’s YouTube channel later tonight.

No FantasticaMania lineups – or any new NJPW lineups – were released yesterday. The first show is less than a week away, so this is now a bit strange. My guess is they’re still working on what to do without Negro Casas.

AAA posted Dorian Roldan’s appearance on Zona Ruda. MicromanFever wrote some of the highlights, and I’m probably going to steal most of it here.

  • They’ve got three big apeusta feuds planned for 2018.
  • Rey de Reyes is in Puebla in March
  • TripleMania is in August (and probably in Mexico City)
  • AAA is planning trips to Columbia & Panama in April, Japan in October (probably Lucha World Cup) and England in November.
  • AAA would do a show with CMLL in an instant if CMLL agreed to it.
  • They’re working on getting a big name for Guerra de Titanes.
  • Dorian thinks both Sexy Star and Taya will end up working with AAA again, and they’re just waiting for them to be ready to come back.

Texano & Fantasma are obviously one of the three apuesta matches. Rey Escorpion’s probably in AAA specifically to have an apuesta match with someone the level of Psycho Clown. Both feel like strong main events for a Rey de Reyes type show but it’s going to be tough the match the interest in Wagner/Psycho unless the third idea is a biggie.

I would take the foreign trips with a grain of salt; AAA quietly scrubbed a trip to Columbia last November, so these aren’t on until they announce dates.

There is nothing Sexy Star can do that will get AAA to stop booking her. And CMLL has shown now interest in working with AAA; that would probably take a change in leadership to open the door even a little bit.

My hunch is the mystery big name is Alberto. They were trying to get him for TripleMania, and the obstacle is just how much money he wants to come in.

There might be an obvious spot for a big national name at Guerra de Titanes, too. On an Impact press call, Johnny Mundo said AAA advertised him on that 01/26 show without ever contacting him, he blames Vampiro, he’s had problems with AAA, and he’s not working Guerra de Titanes. AAA is aware of these comments but has not said made an official statement.

The Mundo/AAA/Vampiro stuff has been weaved into storyline at times, and it’s always possible they could be doing it again here. It doesn’t come off like a storyline here. If Mundo doesn’t show up at Guerra de Titanes, I’d assume he and AAA won’t be working together again for a very long time and everyone will just move on. It would be the second heavyweight champion of the last three to walk out of the promotion without losing the title. The previous one to do so was Alberto, which they could use to explain why he’d come back and go for the title. They could go otherways; they’ve still got three weeks to figure this out.

AAA’s YouTube channel indicates they’re airing the Luchando de Mexico show today.

A surprise Perros del Mal member is listed as teaming with Joe Lider & Kahn del Mal on Arena Aficion’s 01/30 anniversary show. A few AAA spot shows have listed a surprise Perros del Mal member, but I’m not sure if there will actually be one. The one place I’ve seen results from with this bit was Arena Xalapa, where they moved up a local from one of the early matches, and then the local wrestler ended up turning on the Perros. The last new TV seemed to set up a bunch of Llave a la Gloria rudos as possible Perros del Mal members, and that may be the intention for the matches, but it hasn’t happened quite yet.

Wrestling With GIFs has their top 100 CMLL matches of the year, and watches Sombra vs Mascara Dorada.

Segunda Caida watches more Negro Casas.

San Diego La Presna has a bio of Rey Mysterio, and his new occupation of motivational speaker.

great match roundup, week of 2017-12-30

didn’t want this to get hidden in the dark.

shows watched

That’s it. AAA is still in repeat mode. There’s no Friday show in this arbitrarily defined week; that’s a Saturday show. That doesn’t leave much to recommend, but at least I’m timely for once and I got to take a few days off to refresh.

That’s also means I don’t really have any backlog to post and the streak of recap posts on work days might end soon. The 01/28 Tapatia deadline is to force me to stick to one, so I’ll get the rest done soon enough.

Recommended Matches

rating matches TV Show taped
great Negro Casas vs Sam Adonis for the hair LUCHA LIBRE CABELLERA VS CABELLERA NEGRO CASAS VS SAM ADONIS (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-01-01 2018-01-01
good Tritón vs The Panther in a lightning matchLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 2 DE ENERO DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-01-02 2018-01-02

Other Matches

rating matches TV Show taped
ok Eléctrico & Último Dragóncito vs Mercurio & Pequeño Olímpico LUCHA LIBRE CABELLERA VS CABELLERA NEGRO CASAS VS SAM ADONIS (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-01-01 2018-01-01
ok Oro Jr., Star Jr., Starman vs Cancerbero, Hijo del Signo, Raziel LUCHA LIBRE CABELLERA VS CABELLERA NEGRO CASAS VS SAM ADONIS (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-01-01 2018-01-01
ok Blue Panther Jr., Pegasso, The Panther vs Nitro, Sagrado, Virus LUCHA LIBRE CABELLERA VS CABELLERA NEGRO CASAS VS SAM ADONIS (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-01-01 2018-01-01
ok Drone, Esfinge, Titán vs Mr. Niebla, Shocker, Vangellys LUCHA LIBRE CABELLERA VS CABELLERA NEGRO CASAS VS SAM ADONIS (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-01-01 2018-01-01
ok Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Valiente vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón LUCHA LIBRE CABELLERA VS CABELLERA NEGRO CASAS VS SAM ADONIS (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-01-01 2018-01-01
ok La Jarochita, Maligna, Princesa Sugehit vs Dalys, La Metálica, Tiffany LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 2 DE ENERO DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-01-02 2018-01-02
ok Guerrero Maya Jr., Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Sagrado LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 2 DE ENERO DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-01-02 2018-01-02
ok Ángel de Oro, Carístico, Niebla Roja vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 2 DE ENERO DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-01-02 2018-01-02
not rated Fantasy & Shockercito vs Pequeño Nitro & Pierrothito LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 2 DE ENERO DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-01-02 2018-01-02
not rated Astral, Robin, Starman vs Cancerbero, Hijo del Signo, Nitro LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 2 DE ENERO DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2018-01-02 2018-01-02

FantasticaMania, Audaz

fixed it!

Reminder: The Tapatia awards for the best in lucha libre are open thru January 28th.

There is no CMLL show today. The usual CMLL Friday show is on Saturday for Three King’s Day. It’ll take place at 5pm, and will air on Claro as normal. This is a one week deal; the entire CMLL schedule goes back to normal after this.

CMLL posted an update on Negro Casas’ update. It reads as though they’ve got a substitute in mind for the tour, but is unclear if they’ll have all their paperwork to travel to Japan in time for the tour and it may be a Japanese substitute instead. NJPW has it’s post-WrestleKingdom press conference tonight at might, and they & CMLL usually announce the lineups just about the same time. That gives them the rest of the day to figure things out (or they could just leave it as a mystery person.)

CMLL also noted the debut of Audaz in Guadalajara on Tuesday, billing him as a new wrestler from Oaxaca who will be having his first match ever this Friday.  In a remarkable coincidence, Oaxaca’s Fiero posted a Facebook update that he was in Guadalajara. The last person I can think of who got a new character so early into their CMLL run was Brillante becoming Sombra. Maybe Metalik became Mascara Dorada this quick too. I’m sure there’s others I’m blanking on, and it’s likely not just for creative reasons. There’s another Mexico City based Fiero, with his own Fiero Jr., who used to be part of CMLL and even part of their programming committee long ago. Usually CMLL doesn’t seem to care if someone else is using a name they want to use, but this might be a special case.  Still, the pattern is CMLL’s not messing around with changing names early on unless they think they have something.

Former IWRG referee el Grillo, Alberto Arredondo, has passed away.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update.

Mucha Lucha Atlanta updated it’s tease of Rush vs Penta on 03/25 to also include Garza Jr. They’re not actually saying that’s the full match.

Segunda Caida writes about Negro Casas vs Sam Adonis.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 01/09/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Explosivo & Principe Daniel vs Demonio Maya & Exterminador
2) Astral, Sangre Imperial, Star Black vs Artillero, Furia Roja, Metálico
3) Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr., Tritón vs Sagrado, Tiger, Virus
4) Blue Panther, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Forastero, Hechicero, Vangellys
5) Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Valiente vs Mr. Niebla, Shocker, Terrible

I believe Esfinge is the only guy on the FantasticaMania trip who is in Guadalajara the night before, but that may just be getting him one last night at home. Correction: I keep thinking Esfinge is going to Japan, but Esfinge is not going to Japan. They might be doing a Marco/Terrible feud.

2017 watch later catch up, part 11 of ∞

maestro Eterno

Ángel Oriental, Aramis, Atomic Star, Black Dragón, Demonio Infernal, Dinamic Black, Power Bull, Skanda vs Aero Boy (Arena 23 De Junio), Centella Salazar, Danny Barrio, Homerito, Payachucho, Richy Beda, Último Conde, Xcorpio [Torneo FILL]
(IWRG FILL @ Arena Naucalpan on 08/23, 29:47, good, iwrgtv)

Review:

This was another fun cibernetico, though just short of great for me. It plays out differently than the previous version, with Aramis being a bit player instead of the big winner. (The crowd explodes when Black Dragon comes thru at the end, and I’m still confused by him losing the mask match.) Danny Barrio & Payachucho feel like they get bigger runs in this match, a lot against Dinamic Black. Dinamic is not a big deal but he absolutely towers over those dudes. They’re still very entertaining and a fun team I’d like to see more of. There’s no one feeling like a weaklink this time – even Fake Aeroboy is better this time – but maybe not the intensity of last matches’ brawl and not a strong feeling finish. You do get something different out of watching them both, and I wish they could combine the best parts into one best match.

Danny and Payachucho
+Lucha actually blurred out a face, which puts them ahead of 90% of lucha libre
Dragon threw himself into this one

Bombero Infernal vs Eterno, hair vs hair
(IWRG @ Arena Naucalpan on 09/03, 27:52, great, +LuchaTV)

Review: This was a wild feeling brawl. The brawl itself was crazy at times – the weird faceoff between Eterno and a fan was strange – but it also felt like the técnico/rudo sides switched multiple times during the match. Or that it wasn’t even that structure. It was a bit like the teacher giving his student one final test. It was also a lot like the crime boss’ underling trying to make a play to knock off his leader, getting caught and beaten unmercifully, gutting thru the pain and getting in the lucky/smart shot at the end. Eterno got stretched apart for an unusually long time for a third fall of a big match – maybe too long without getting comebacks, but the crowd still wanted to see him fight his way back to win. The veteran Bombero naturally should come off as the hero of this story, but it was Eterno who just kept surviving hold after hold to keep going. IWRG does blood better than AAA and is at it’s best when it can get emotion out of long term regulars in big matches, and this was both of those things. This feels like the best IWRG match of the year and could see people enjoying it even more than I did.

old man elbow smash
Atomic Star thrashed by fahter/son combo

Villano III Jr. vs Imposible
(IWRG @ Arena Naucalpan on 09/03, 10:02, good, via +LuchaTV)

Review: Villano III Jr. has been more fun than expected in AAA, and Impossible is always good, so this made the list to see what a competitive match between the two would look like. This is not really that; this is barely a competitive match. Imposible squashes V3 for the first two thirds of the match. I was surprised when the crowd was still into it when V3 finally got in something (even then, they were mostly behind Impossible.) There’s enough going on here that this is watchable, but they probably have a much more complete match in them if they ever got a chance.

we need to have one of these every time it’s an all IWRG edition
brillo villano

Pantera I © vs Aramis for the IWRG Intercontinental Lightweight Championship
(IWRG @ Arena Naucalpan on 09/17, 12:56, good, via IWRG tv)

Review: Aramis continues to look pretty good, if he still has a rough moment here or there. The first fall is a really good exhibition for what he can do. It slows down a bit from there until Aramis kills himself with a dive, and feels like it ends a bit too easily for a Pantera win, but he pulls off a lot of sharp looking spots here. Pantera works with him well, and the stuff that gets messy in the first fall never completely derails. Aramis comes off as a guy who’s close but not quite there, and might get there in 2018.

Aramis lived
Aramis is strong???

Emperador Azteca © vs Hijo del Pantera for the IWRG Intercontinental Welterweight Championship
(IWRG @ Arena Naucalpan on 09/17, 10:45, good, IWRG tv)

Review: This match picked up in the last few minutes, but felt like it was missing something in the middle. They were selling exhaustion and desperation big moves sooner than I was expecting, and it hurt the pace of the match. Not having lights was a distraction, just for me, but they also didn’t seem completely sharp. I’m still searching for that match where it comes together totally for either of these guys in a big match. This was good, but if that match.

Emperador spaanish fly

Eterno, Trauma I, Trauma II vs Arez, Centvrión, Séptimo Rayo
(IWRG @ Arena Naucalpan on 10/11, 25:01, great, IWRG tv)

Review: This match wasn’t at all what I was expecting. The young-ish guys spent two falls working like old lucha libre maestros, for a match built around exchange holds instead of big high spots and dives. The latter ones do come in to the third fall, but the exchanges before it are really interesting. Both the Centvrion/Trauma II and Arez/Eterno long back and forth include creative submissions; this didn’t feel like the rote usual holds, but some unique stuff done to impress. It did impress. Trauma I/Septimo Rayo wasn’t the same level, which made it more interesting that it led to a pinfall. The third fall got wrapped up a little easy compared to what happened before, and I felt like they could’ve gone even father if they wanted, but this is still a match worth going out of your way to watch.

Here’s a free idea I haven’t been able to shake for months. I’m never going to promote a lucha libre show but if I did, my idea right now would be to steal the concept of CHIKARA’s Johnny Kidd Invitational, a techinically tournament, just with Mexican luchadors. Every (old) media person says that’s the style of wrestling they would like to see and, while I’m not convinced fans would feel the same, it would make really easy to get attention for your show if you can sell it right. Anything that makes your show different and special compared to the million other indie shows is a big help. I’d lean heavily towards guys like in this match rather than loading it up all with Solar/Navarro types, because you can more easily make a memorable performance with someone surprising with their technically ability than the guys who always do that style. (You probably need one ‘Solar’, but you also need to have seven clean finishes, no draws, and that’s tough to do with a Solar.) They showed they could do it if they’re put in a position to do it here, they just need the right context.

Arez can be super smooth
so many strange submissions

lucha TV preview for weekend of January 5th, 2017

full size

Back to doing this.

THERE IS NO CMLL STREAM ON FRIDAY. IT IS ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON. It’s also a loaded show, with every match having a chance of being really good.

It’s not the only CMLL show moving dates. CMLL Lucha Azteca is now listed at Sunday at 3pm locally. I’m not sure if that’s the case everywhere; Azteca’s website still lists it as on Saturdays and you may want to check if you’re still watching the Friday repeat show. A new bunch of crime shows are running on Saturday afternoons instead, and it now has a sports recap show lead in on Sundays.

AAA definitely will have new material next week, and might sneak some in this week.

Tuesday Arena Mexico is the final show prior to people checking out for FantasticaMania.