CMLL (SUN) 06/28/2015Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Arena Coliseo Guadalajara]
1) Mercenario & Mr. Brisa b Johnny Dinamo & Máscara De Oro Rudos took 2/3. Johnny Dinamo’s first match here since 2010.
2) Thunder Boy b Frezzer and El Divino and Explosivo and Star Black and Reycko and Gitano and Relampago and Guerrero de la Muerte and Quca [cibernetico] 56th Arena Coliseo Guadalajara Anniversary cibernetico. El Divino replaced Linterna Verde. Quca (or Quka?)’s first match here since 2011. Thunder Boy beat Freezer for the win.
3) Magnum, Nube Roja, Toro Negro b Centella, Furia Roja, Ráfaga Tecnicos took 1/3, Magnum beating Rafaga
4) Exterminador & Maléfico DQ Pitbull I & Pitbull II Exterminador pulled Pitbull II’s mask for the DQ, then the unmasked rudos shined their boots with it.
Feels like they’re setting up the two rudo teams for an apuesta match
CMLL (TUE) 06/30/2015Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Flash II & Magnum b Furia Roja & Joker Mangum beat Joker.
2) Meteoro, Stukita, Último Dragoncito vs Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico, Relampago Relampago replaced Pequeno Nitro. Meteoro upset Pequeno Olimpico for the win.
3) Cancerbero, Okumura, Raziel b Gallo, Hombre Bala Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. Raziel beat Hombre Bala with a counter dropkick.
4) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Super Porky b Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado Panthers submitted Misterioso & Sagrado after their usual bit of errors.
5) Máximo, Mistico, Volador Jr. DQ Ephesto, Rey Bucanero, Rey Escorpión Rey Escorpion fouled Maximo.
IWRG FILL (WED) 07/01/2015Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), Mas Lucha, The Gladiatores] 1) Blue Metal, Canario, Fly Tiger b Demonio Imperial, El Teniente, Sardito 2) Magnum 44, Rey Terco Jr., Vampiro Metálico b Centella De Oriente, Chicanito, Voltar 3) Guerrero 2000, Picudo Jr., Troll b Acero, Adrenalina, Hijo Del Alebrije Troll (a new one) had Trolli with him. 4) Aeroman, Dragón Celestial, Dragon Fly b Araña de Plata, Electro Boy, Power Bull Aeroman beat Power Bull. Arana de Plata & Electro Boy attacked Power Bull after the match, while Dragon Celestial said Electro Boy would pay for betraying Black Terry. 5) Alas de Acero, Aramis, Atomic Star, Black Ángel, Chapulin, Kanon, Rayo Star, Super Jack b Brazo Cibernético Jr., Caballero De Plata, Dr. Letal, Fiero, Maquiavélico, Meteoro, Sonic, Voraz[Copa High Power] Gym Hip Hop Hop (Voraz) vs Gym Fill Eterno (Aramis). Brazo Cibernético replaced Villano III Jr. Black Angel beat Fiero for a win after Eterno argued with the ref over the counter and Oficial 911 ran in to foul Fiero. 911 explained he was still bitter Hip Hop Man’s team beat his Gym Zeus team in a previous match, and the two schools brawled to end the show.
Univision is filing for an IPO, which means it has to begins to release certain information about it’s finances. Univision owns some part of El Rey Network (less than 20%), so they’ve got the El Rey numbers on there. They are not pretty: the channel cost $109 million to run and only brought in $44.9 million, leaving a loss of $72.3 million. That’s an incredible amount of money. Not all of that is Lucha Underground, but the idea that it cost $20 million (or whatever) to do that show is completely plausible in that context. It was explain why we still haven’t heard about a renewal; it’s got to be a tough call to keep throwing money at it, even if it is excellent. (It would also explain why the most recent El Rey campaigns have been very DIY stuff – “send us a video of why you like this movie and we’ll put it on!”)
CMLL Informa did not air on Terra due to satellite issues (which seem to happen occasionally to Informa but almost never seem to happen during their match broadcasts – also why does this show need a satellite?), but it’s up on YouTube.
The show was built around Chavo’s title challenge. He asked for it from Dario earlier in the night. Dario offered Chavo anything he wanted in appreciation for his earlier help, and Chavo really took Dario up on it: no DQ, Crew at ringside, and Puma would lose the title if Konnan interfered in anyway. Catrina and Mil Muertes confronted both luchadors, threatening to beat the winner at Ultima Lucha. Prince Puma seemed a little more disturbed than Chavo, but Konnan warned Puma not to let Catrina play mind games. Konnan was busy himself, recruiting an off screen character to get revenge on Chavo on behalf of Mexico and Blue Demon.
It all built to a big main event, but it didn’t turn out to be much of one. Chavo pulled his hamstring bending over for Puma’s roll over backdrop escape. He was pretty much incapable of going on, so the Crew jumped in and did spots with Puma for about 90 seconds before laying Puma out for the frog splash. Chavo very slowly climbed the ropes, while Konnan signaled for help – which turned out to beTexano, laying out all therudos and allowing Puma to get in his 630senton.Texano declared HE wa Mexico.
The show ended with Chavo in the locker room, still in pain. Blue Demon confronted him, mostly to mock Chavo’s failure while promising not to attack an injured man. Chavo took the moment to get in Demon’s head, saying Texano was the real Mexico rep and Blue Demon was a washed up guy who lived in Miami. Demon did not take this well.
Texano had a busy show, seemingly ending his feud with Davari via clean win. Texano charged Davari, but Davari got some help from Big Ryck in fighting back. Ryck again didn’t look totally thrilled with Davari ordering him around. A Ryck lasso punch missed, Texano superkicked him off the apron, then beat Davari with the powerbomb.
Hernandez and Drago met, following up on the recent fights. This one ended as an echo of the last, with Hernandez taking a belt from a fan, strapping Drago with it, then choking him out to get DQed. Hernandez declared dragon’s weren’t real and fans are dumb for cheering for him.
Alberto quickly squashed Marty the Moth. Striker speculated that Dario is trying to run Marty off by feeding him to the top guys. Alberto was aggressive in the match, then declared Mundo had woken up his evil side. Alberto said he’d damage Mundo’s face much like Mundo tried to do him by putting him thru the glass.
Ultima Lucha Card so far
Prince Puma (c) vs Mil Muertes for the Lucha Underground championship
Johnny Mundo vs Alberto el Patron
There’s been better shows. There was nothing bad on the show, but there wasn’t anything great either. There’s a little bit of things being played out a slower to peak on Ultima Lucha, and obviously the main event had some really bad luck.
Texano/Davairi was the best match of their feud, but also hopefully the last. Announcing have a lot of words to pound home Texano as the working man’s hero. I’s still such a leap since how he was introduced with nothing other than the necessities of the plot to explain it. They’re playing the Ryck/Davari issues much quieter.
Drago/Hernandez didn’t seem to have much chemistry. Drago probably should’ve been more ticked off than Texano, given how much more Hernandez has cost him, but it felt just like another Hernandez match.
Alberto/Marty was a really good squash, and Alberto’s promo was strong.
Chavo/Puma didn’t seem like a thrilling idea, but it really never had a chance. They edited so it just kept going, and the announcers tried to ignore the injury for the most part. (The Demon/Chavo skit was clearly an after the fact addition.) Just a bad fluke.
Chilanga Mask (SUN) 06/28/2015Arena Coliseo Monterrey [LuchaMania Monterrey] 1) Gato Fantasma & Mortifero b Hijo Del Guerrero Negro & Tempestad and Alberto Dos Rios & Hijo De Centurion Negro and Ronaldiño & Tequilita Gato Fantasma replaced Ciber Payaso, who was still around and hit Centurion Negro with a bottle to set up the pin. 2) Dralion b Flamita, Alas de Acero, Lince De Oro Lince de Oro was added to the match, took the loss to Dralion’s 450 splash. 3) Tigre Universitario b Jeque 4) Impulso & Iron Kid (Estado de México) b Corazon Adicto & Silver Star Silver Star & Corazon Adicto replaced by Divo & Obesion. Silver got pinne,d but with his foot on the ropes. 5) Hator & Mini Hator DQ Difunto I & Mini Difunto Hator faked a foul 6) Caifan b Aero Boy, Ultimo Ninja [submission] Announced as a submission match, ended by pinfall. Caifan beat Ultimo Ninja. talked about facing Hechicero on a future ChilangaMask show. 7) Trauma I & Trauma II b Black Terry & Mr. Niebla Traumas won when Niebla went for a casita three times in a row and Trauma I just reversed it on the third try. 8) Pagano b Nicho el Millionario Usual extreme match between the two (which confirms the local commission has not banned it.) Pagano continues to win almost all the time between the two. The two built up their hair match in Tijuana next month.
CMLL (TUE) 06/30/2015Arena México [CMLL, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Acero & Aéreo b Pequeño Universo 2000 & Pequeño Violencia Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Arkángel de la Muerte, Metálico, Nitro b Metatrón, Soberano Jr., Starman Rudos took 2/3
3) Esfinge b Guerrero Maya Jr. [En Busca de un Idolo] Esfinge won with his tricky cradle in about 5:30. Guest judges were Felino & Atlantis (replacing Shocker, weirdly put in a position to judge both his tag team partners.) Esfinge scored a 10 (Felino), 10 (Atlantis), 8 (Gladiador), 7 (Tirantes). Maya scored a 8, 9, 8, 7 and 32. Match was good, though not nearly as good as it was scored.
4) Disturbio b Delta [En Busca de un Idolo] Referee Pompin blew the finish, counting one for Delta when he got a casita, then continuing the count for &3 when Disturbio reversed the cradle for his own pin. Delta looked better than previous matches, but match was just OK. Judges called the finish controversal, but might have just been talking about Disturbio grabbing the rope on the pin (though he couldn’t do it in time since Pompin only counted two.) Disturbio scored a 10 (Felino), 9 (Atlantis), 7 (Gladiador) and 6 (Tirantes.) Delta scored a 1, 9, 7, 5, which Felino being aggressively anti-Delta.
5) Kráneo, Olímpico, Ripper b Fuego, Stuka Jr., Titán Invasors took 2/3. Tecnicos took Olimpico, but Ripper bat Titan for the win.
6) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, La Máscara b Dragón Rojo Jr., Hechicero, Pólvora Tecnicos won clean with an Mascara casita and an Atlantis rana.
The first two matches were so forgettable that I recorded them and forgot to put them up.
After En Busca W4 matches, before fan poll:
BP Jr. 156
Delta & Blue Panther aren’t eliminated yet, only because there are three matches left. It’s not looking good. The fan poll is going to help Flyer a lot, and it needs to if he’s going to have a chance: Disturbio and Esfinge seem to be doing better in the results and the judges votes. (Canelo does really bad in the fan poll and will fall back once those are added in.)
Today’s Lucha Underground is episode 34, “Gold and Guerreros” There are 6 episodes remaining. Matches taped for the show
Delavar Davari vs Texano Jr.
Drago vs Hernandez
Alberto el Patron vs Marty Martinez
Chavo Guerrero Jr. vs Prince Puma (c) in a no DQ match for the Lucha Underground Championship
They’ve announced the first two on Twitter and the main event is announced by the title of the show (and the description.) The third match might go the way of Famous B/Super Fly depending on what else is going on. No video teasers this week.
Goya Kong says she was happy AAA fans gave her a good reception, because she was concerned people wouldn’t remember her since she hasn’t been on TV much. Goya Kong had 10 televised matches this year. Taya has had 6 televised matches in AAA. Anyway, the AAA interview plays up the feud with the Villanos; it seems like there’s more Villanos coming soon and Goya says the AAA locker room is a much happier place than the quiet one she used to be in.
CMLL (TUE) 07/07/2015Arena México
1) Bengala & Robin vs Cholo & Espanto Jr.
2) Leono, Pegasso, Star Jr. vs Cancerbero, Metálico, Raziel
3) Boby Zavala vs Esfinge [En Busca de un Idolo]
4) Blue Panther Jr. vs Flyer [En Busca de un Idolo]
5) Fuego, Super Porky, Volador Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pierroth, Vangellys
6) Ángel de Oro, Dragon Lee, Mistico vs Kamaitachi, Mephisto, Pólvora
This will be the end of week 5 of En Busca de un Idolo, with two matches left.
Volador Jr. is slumming it in that semimain, and they have to be setting up something with Dragon Lee (versus Kamaitachi or maybe Polvora), or Angel de Oro (versus Mephisto) for Volador not to be in the main event.
Leono is back from where he went. Probably filming movies.
CMLL (TUE) 07/07/2015Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Tapatío & Metatrón vs Évola & Exterminador
2) Magnus, Starman, Vaquero Jr. vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Disturbio, Maléfico
3) Dark Angel, Estrellita, Lluvia vs Amapola, Dalys, La Comandante
4) Guerrero Maya Jr., Titán, Tritón vs Ephesto, Hechicero, Luciferno
5) Atlantis, La Máscara, Máximo vs Rey Bucanero, Rey Escorpión, Terrible
Guadalajara getting a match I’d like to see (fourth) right after TV might be inaccesible seems about right. Vaquero Jr. is making a quick jump to TV matches.
CMLL announced the 07/17 Rey Escorpion vs Ultimo Guerrero will be called Sin Salida. Ticket prices are on Tickemaster already, running from $587 down to $149 (for the lower bowl, nothing higher up on sale yet.) That’s $37 to $10 USD. That’s cheaper than usual for a big show and should help them fill the building, though it won’t be a big gate. CMLL says more info on the card will be released soon.
Lucha Underground filed for a few new trademarks last week. There’s no news, though it is a little bit of a spoiler if you don’t know the matches happening on Ultima Lucha. (Also, Dario’s brother’s name is officially ‘Monster Matanza Cueto’.) It seems like a good sign that they’re still filling for these things. On the other hand, they usually file for these a few weeks before they debut, which seems like just about when they’re finishing production on episodes. These are final episode things, so I kind of see this as a sign that that production is almost done. Optimistic side says they’re still spending (small) money on this, pessimistic side suggests that if they’re done, this is one of the final acts. Let me do this clearer: it’s really good that things are still being done, but it’s outweighed by yet another day passing with no real news on a renewal.
CMLL (SAT) 07/04/2015Arena Coliseo
1) Bengala vs Camorra
2) Magnus vs El Rebelde
3) Starman vs Akuma
4) Flyer vs Raziel
5) Oro Jr. vs Cancerbero
6) Pegasso & Tritón vs Sangre Azteca & Virus
7) Atlantis, Dragon Lee, Mistico vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Niebla Roja, Shocker
Main event is a rematch from last week, where Shocker fouled Atlantis.
IWRG (SUN) 07/05/2015Arena Naucalpan
1) Alfa & Omega vs Electro Boy & Hip Hop Man
2) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo vs Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro, Imposible
3) Emperador Azteca, Golden Magic, X-Fly vs Eterno, Halloween Jr., Heddi Karaoui
4) Negro Navarro & Trauma I vs Hijo del Pantera & Pantera and Danny Casas & Veneno and Hijo De Dos Caras & Súper Nova and Coloso Chris & Principe Orion and Oficial 911 & Oficial AK47 and Hijo de Máscara Año 2000 & Universo 2000 Jr. and Hijo de Pirata Morgan & Pirata Morgan
Main event is a supposed to be a family tag team match, though I’m not sure how Dos Caras & Super Nova are related. There was a video posted last week of Halloween introducing a new masked Halloween Jr., who I assume is the same guy in this match.
Reyes del Atlantida defending against the Invasors was inevitable as soon as they became champions. It’s what they do. This show, with Lee/Kamaitachi, may or may not air on 52MX, and may or may not air on any random CMLL YouTube stream.
Lestat & King Jaguar are in the tercera.
Chilanga Mask (SUN) 07/19/2015Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México
1) Ironía vs Hijo Del Angel
2) Electro Boy & Saru vs Fly Star & Toxin Boy
3) Pantera I vs Aero Boy
4) Caifan & Dr. Cerebro vs Trauma I & Trauma II
5) ?, Reggae Boy, Sangre Dorada vs Fulgor I, Fulgor II, Iron Kid
6) Rafy & Teelo vs Dragón Celestial & Emperador Azteca (IWRG) and Freelance & Mike Segura and Ophidan & Silver Ant and Alas de Acero & Aramis and Impulso & Juana La Loca
7) Ray Rowe vs Bárbaro Cavernario [submission]
That’s an interesting main event, an exciting tag team tournament, and some good undercard matches too.
Outside of Goya jumping, this was a pretty quiet taping. No TripleMania announcement, no real hint at any new Triplemania matches. A lot of existing feuds are brought up, but this seems more like a placekeeping show than one of the last few before the biggest show of the year. (Maybe it’s not.)
Texano’s injury was left pretty vague. It would seem like it had to occur in the last couple weeks, since they wouldn’t have moved him into the main event during the shuffle if they knew he was hurt, but it’s not clear when. Texano hasn’t been recorded as wrestling since June 1st and was strangely left off the Verano de Escandalo card (though he did do a run-in), so it could also be something he’s been working thru for a while. Not sure when he’ll be back, though it seems doubtful he’ll have any big role on TripleMania. The rudo side is really weak.
I wonder if Goya is Mascara 2000 Jr.’s mystery admirer?
This was the first of three straight weekends of taping. They’re taping again on Friday in Tampico.
IWRG (SUN) 06/28/2015Arena Naucalpan [The Gladiatores]
1) Blue Monsther & Hijo del Alebrije b Enigma & Picudo Jr. Blue Monsther’s first main show IWRG match after five years of trainee shows. He won!
2) Dragón Celestial, Mr. Leo, Vortize b Aramis, Atomic Star, Super Jack Mr. Leo replaced Skayde (moved up a match)
3) Apolo Estrada Jr., Oficial 911, Oficial AK47 b Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro, Skayde Skyade replaced Golden Magic (double booked with All Elite). Oficials and Cerebros challenged each other after the match.
4) Eterno, Negro Navarro, Universo 2000 Jr. b Danny Casas, Solar I, Súper Nova Rudos took 2/3.
5) Canis Lupus, Coloso Chris, Príncipe Orión b Hijo De Dos Caras, Pantera, Veneno Coloso Chris is likely Calfironian Chris from the XMW; he and Orion and the Crazy Americans. He beat the usually unbeatable Dos Caras clean.
The Americans winning in the first match makes sense if they’re being built up for a loss later on, but no outsider seems to stay around here that long.
In a ten woman CMLL versus indie women match in Salon Citali, Keira defeated Marcela. That sets up a rematch on their next show.
Today’s Arena Puebla show has Gran Guerrero versus Sombra for the NWA Middlweight championship. It’d be shocking if Sombra lost.
Naito’s returned to NJPW, but he’s continued on with his character change from Mexico – he’s still an Ingobernable member, he’s not getting along with faces like Tanahashi and talking about how much he liked Mexico and teaming with those guys (Sombra’s mentioned specifically.) The next tour is the G1, so teaming with people won’t be much of an issue, but perhaps Sombra will be heading over after that.