TripleMania has a date conflict, Haku & Taven in CMLL’s Gran Prix, IWRG/Indy Nation

photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (WED) 06/14/2017 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), The Gladiatores]
1) Power Bull b Vardeus
2) Fly Tiger & Skanda b Ángel Oriental & Keiser Drago
3) Dowki, Picudo Jr., Vórtize b Dragón Fly, Kanon, Shaolin
Dragon Fly replaced Saruman
4) Atomic Star & Lunatik Xtreme b Black Dragón & Shadow Boy
Shadow Boy was hurt.
5) Aramis, Dinamic Black, Emperador Azteca b Látigo, Metaleón, Mr. Leo
Metaleon was teaming with Indy Nation but is not part of it.
6) Cerebro Negro, Demonio Infernal, Súper Mega b Centvrión, Eterno, Ovett
Centvrion pinned Cerebro Negro, but Cerebro snuck back in and unmasked him to set up Super Mega’s pin. Centvrion challenged IWRG for a Indy Nation versus FILL match. Eterno accepted the match, and Centvrion, Fulgor, Latigo and Mr. Leo took the win to end the show.

Black Terry Jr. has highlights of the post match from the main event and a Indy Nation promo post show. Typically strange IWRG booking for them to introduce Indy Nation and then have them lose two matches on this show (with people they may not even be feuding with?) The cibernetico should still be good and Indy Nation is trying to do this group on multiple shows – they helped Centvrion win in Arena Revolucion and they’ve got a Facebook page, where this lineup looked slightly different.

Yesterday, the Conor McGregor versus Floyd Mayweather boxing match was made official. That match seemed about as likely to happen as the Octagon versus Fuerza Guerrera mask match, but they teased it so well that both believe they’re going to take home a huge amount of money so it kinda had to happen. The match was announced for August 26th. August 26th is the date of TripleMania. TripleMania may be cursed, something happens every year.

It’s likely that someone in Mexico dedicated to seeing both could do so, TripleMania’s the one AAA show run on a normal schedule and stands a strong chance of finishing before the boxing match gets to the ring. It’s going to be more a problem of attention: AAA wants a big spotlight for the week leading up to their show, to sell the show and to build it’s brand, and they’re going to struggle to get it even just in Mexico City. AAA could try to move their show to Sunday to avoid running the same night, but it wouldn’t help getting the notice they’re looking for every year with this show.

(Digression: I haven’t made my sarcasm clear enough about the ticket sales. I believe AAA has already sold a lot of tickets, but AAA rapidly reporting higher sales over a two week period when there was no reason for tickets to be moving that quick means they’re probably just saying those “70%! no, now 80%!” percentages as obvious hype to get people to hurry to the box office before they were all gone. It was definitely positioned like that on TV. My guess is the real sold number was something less than that at that point and AAA’s stopped talking about tickets sold after that couple week blitz.)

The good news for AAA is they announced TripleMania’s date and their main event way back in January, and plenty of people got their decided to come to the show. They’ve sold tickets, people have made plans to come to the show, and they’re all going to do that. There’s a Mexico City and greater Mexico country fanbase who make TripleMania their destination show every year and that’s probably not going to change. This show is still going to probably be AAA’s first $1,000,000 USD gate. It’s also another reason it was very smart & fortunate AAA went with the Wagner/Psycho mask match for this year’s show, because it’s important enough to the fanbase to be a big attraction no matter what else is going on. This would’ve been a bigger blow if it was last year’s Pagano/Psycho match.

The bad news is TripleMania is usually AAA’s one big chance to expand their brand, because it’s the only show AAA can get people who don’t normally follow lucha libre to notice, and and it’s gong to be very difficult to do that if this fight sucks up all the oxygen in the room. I know there were talks about putting it on US PPV again this year. I think having Impact wrestlers on the show was part of the idea there, and to generate some interest in AAA luchadors prior to them being brought onto Impact house shows in the fall. I don’t think that would’ve been a big number of people, but it’s less today, and it’s possible PPV providers won’t even want to carry any show that’d distract from the fight that’s going to carry their whole year. Hopefully AAA still tries, does iPPV and spends some effort getting people out there to talk about the show in multiple languages, but it’s a much harder road.

Psycho Clown did an interview talking about wanting to become a legend of lucha libre, claims he won two “muy grande, muy importante” masks at Verano de Escandalo. That’s generous of him.

CMLL Informa ended it’s show yesterday by revealing the first two members of Team World for the 09/01 Gran Prix: Matt Taven & King Haku. Taven is not popular among most people who read sites like this, but it is logical from the inter-promotion storyline they’re telling: Taven & UG had the match at H2L, Taven & Vinny Marseglia take on Ultimo Guerrero & Terrible at ROH’s PPV next Friday and Ultimo Guerrero and Matt Taven will have another singles match on the TV taping the next day. It may not be an exciting option, but Taven/Guerrero is now even an obvious possibility for the CMLL Anniversario main event since it’s the feud CMLL keeps on going back towards.

There’s no logical defense for King Haku being on the show. King Haku is still a cult favorite, but he’s hardly a luchador at this point. He’s 58 and mostly retired, only wrestling for rare nostalgia appearances or as special cameos teaming with his sons on NJPW related shows. I suspect the latter is what is actually happening here, that Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa are also on Team World for this Gran Prix and it’ll make slightly more sense when they’re announced. Still, this is a guy who is retired and who hasn’t been in Mexico in over two decades, being billed as one of the drawing points for a big CMLL show. There’s no clearer sign of CMLL management being out of touch than deciding believing the return of a foreign star from 1994 is big news.

The Crash says Marty Scurll is coming in soon, continuing the pattern of ROH/NJPW luchadors getting brought into The Crash and not CMLL. I don’t think it was timed this way, but it’s an interesting juxtaposition with the King Haku announcement.

Leo Riano’s column says the current make up for the CMLL union board is Nitro, Arkangel and new addition Dragon Rojo Jr. Riano says all three men love wrestling; having seen Nitro’s recent matches, I’m not sure that’s the case.

Riano also pushes the idea that The Crash/Konnan is trying to get Rush. This is something we talked about when La Mascara was fired, that Rush might follow his good friend. Since then, Rush has shown no interest in leaving CMLL. It totally makes sense for The Crash to float the idea and see Rush’s interest, but I don’t think it’s going to happen at this point. The Crash is only running a couple shows a month, and has new TV outlet – their big selling point to wrestlers is freedom, and no one seems to have more freedom to do what they want in CMLL than Rush (and Riano makes the same point.) I don’t think there’s anything to this right now.

Lucha Va Voom says Diamante Azul is working their August 3rd show, so he’s probably still scheduled to come back to Mexico sometime soon.

AAA started airing in the UK yesterday. It’s simply the same recordings that were airing on The Fight Network but haven’t been airing recently. They started back with the TripleMania 24 show, which is strong in terms of presentation and scale but features a lot of people who were only for that show (Prince Puma, Matanza, Dragon Azteca) and people who are now gone (Pentagon). It’s not going to help AAA much if 10 months behind, but I’m still unsure many people will have seen it any way.

MedioTiempo writes about Caristico needing to finally get a big win in his second tour with CMLL. Apolo also writes about what it’s like for a luchador to travel to a lucha libre show – the travel, the many trips to McDonalds and the exhaustion. It’s one of the best thing he’s written.

TKD and CultIcon review last night’s Lucha Underground. Segunda Caida reviews Lucha Underground episode 3×14 (first two Battle of the Bulls matches)

The new episode of Lucha Talk is up.

Sanson & Cuatrero talks about being in the Gran Alternativa final.

Miedo Extremo & Ciclope are headed to Freedoms for most of July & August. They’ll join Violento Jack, still on his year long trip there.

Powerbomb.TV talked about how their event went over on Reddit, mentions they’re aiming for their title to be decided in October.

AAA on Televisa: 2017-06-10 

back to where we started

Recapped: 06/11/2017

Matches: 

Big Mami & Lady Shani beat Goya Kong & La Hiedra (5:59, Big Mami pin Goya Kong, ok)

Averno, Chessman, Mamba, Súper Fly beat Argenis, La Parka, Pimpinela Escarlata, Ricky Marvin (9:32, Averno Devil’s Wings Pimpinela, ok)

Carta Brava Jr., Dr. Wagner Jr., Soul Rocker beat Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown (9:26, Dr. Wagner Jr. foul Murder Clown, ok)

What happened: 

the regular one cool spot in a Shani match

The concept that Verano de Escandalo’s main event is a tag team apuesta match is established on this show. Psycho Clown & Dr. Wagner make a pact to not betray each other so their TripleMania match will stay intact, Monster & Murder Clown talk about working together and the main event post match is firmly team against team. This show was taped nearly three weeks before Verano de Escandalo and seemed to show AAA knew what the rules were going to be in that main event, but either decided or was incapable of explaining it fully.

That main event, the Psycho Circus reuniting to take on Wagner, Carta Brava and Soul Rocker, predictably ended with the Traidor Clowns betraying Psycho Clown again. Wagner still fouled Murder Clown to get the win. The other rudos attacked Wagner after the match, then Poder del Norte attacked the Traidor Clowns to and those sides brawled away to leave Wagner & Psycho alone in the ring.

Psycho hyped the TripleMania match with Wagner, which led to a fight. It started to play out a lot like in San Luis Potosi, where Wagner & Psycho had their advertised singles match as a bonus after the normal TV portion had ended (seemingly as a make good.) That match was also advertised on this taping instead, but Tirantes made a point of sticking around while refusing to count pinfalls this time or treat it like it is a match. Wagner unmasked Psycho Clown to end it

La Parka had Averno beat in his match, but Hijo del Tirantes stopped his count to look at Pirata Morgan. Pirata Morgan was just standing on the apron. Pirata Morgan than whispered something to Parka which Parka found concerning. Meanwhile, Averno stole the win on Pimpinela from Mamba with the Devil’s Wings. Mamba was annoyed but Averno didn’t pick up on it. After, Mamba and Estrella Divina attacked Pimpi in the backstage area.

The announcers said La Hiedra was angry at Lady Shani for going to the tecnica side, which is a switch from the previous story (Vampiro was forcing Shani to be on the tecnica side.) Hiedra and Goya had a miscommunication leading to their defeat, and they too fought after the match.

The show ended with a long video feature on the Mexico City taping. It both felt like something they were airing because they were short on time (it was still a couple minutes shorter than usual) but also because it looked really good, like TripleMania quality. Either way, they wanted you to know that the next couple of weeks of TV were a big deal.

(Faby Apache’s win over Ayako Hamada, which was said to make her the #1 contender’s to Taya’s championship, did not air and was not mentioned.)

Thoughts:

bad times for Super Fly

Another week of whatever match quality. The effort was there, and there were stretches were the last two matches were fun. They didn’t stay that way, and the finishes didn’t help. It also can’t be an accident that every match that aired, baring the rookie Llave de la Gloria match, featured partners not getting along. That came across in the taping results, but even stronger on TV. When you’re teasing Averno/Mamba tension, it’s reached an absurd level.

On the other hand, I’m not sure any of these matches would be that good if there were neutral or even good finishes. It occurs to me, maybe not as often as it should, that there’s just not a lot of guys in AAA I’m all that into seeing in matches right now and it’d hard to find many combinations of matches that I’d be excited to see. AAA’s done a lot of rearranging of what they have, and I’m not sure it’s been all that good, but there just may not be a good arrangement right now. The creative has been a mess, but not being able to bring any new people aboard four months after they lost their last batch of guys is the bigger mess.

This is absolutely the right year to have Dr. Wagner versus Psycho Clown, because it still overshadows all of this and will carry the company the rest of the year. And so, if it was a sort of make good or just a shifting of focus, ending the show with that back as the big issue was the way to go. This was actually the most (and only) effective show to build up Verano de Escandalo and it’s so weird it came six days after that show took place. But the show that matters is TripleMania and that match and literally ushering all the timekillers off stage to put the spotlight back where it belongs was the right way to end show.

The rest was the rest. I don’t have the pair of eyes to see Big Mami as the native star of the women’s division, they must be seeing things I’m not seeing. I don’t have any great hope or interest in Pirata Morgan’s mystery words to Parka, but Argenis & Marvin looked good in their few moments of shine. (I am starting to wonder why exactly they bothered to make Argenis Rey del Ring when he’s now the seventh or eight most important guy in matches. He’d be in the same sport regardless, because they just don’t have that many people.)

The Noti AAA segments seem really barren of late – all recaps and corporate announcements and nothing that I’d find that interesting as a fan. It’d take more planning, but it ought to be a place where they follow up one of the ‘A’ week feuds on the ‘B’ week to re-enforce it – like, air the Hijo del Fantasma backstage flip out for this first this week, so to keep that story moving on the week they’re not going to be in the ring.

The Mexico City video package was really nice. Hope the matches are too.

Lucha Underground 3×22: The Cup Begins

Aerostar is crazy

Matches

In Block A matches of the Cueto Cup.

The Mack defeated Mala Suerte (7:30 Stunner, ok)

Pentagon Dark beat Argenis (5:43, package piledriver, ok)

Texano beat Famous B (0:25, sit down powerbomb, ok )

Drago beat Aerostar (7:23 Dragon’s Lair, good)

(Second rounds matches will be Drago vs Pentagon and Texano & the Mack.)

Happenings

Mala Suerte german suplex

Uh, where to start? This episode (and the next three) are all first round matches in Dario Cueto’s 32 person Cueto Cup. The winner faces the winner of Rey Mysterio/Johnny Mundo for the Lucha Underground championship at Ultima Lucha. We know the bracket because Lucha Underground posted it on social media but, for the purposes of the story, it appears Dario is still putting it together as the show starts. (At the very least, he’s still assembling it on his own big bracket board.) It’s not clear if the announcers know the matchups – they do most of the show, but Striker is surprised by Pentagon Dark appearing. Only this week’s block of matches is shown on the tournament graphic they used.

Rey Mysterio & Johnny Mundo aren’t around, but we got a video package giving their backgroudn as they set up for the fight. It seemed like the beginning of something we might be seeing for a few weeks.

There’s no story to Mack/Suerte, Suerte just lasts longer than expected. Same really for Argenis, thogh Striker notes this is a rematch from season 1. It ends the same way, with the package piledriver and an arm break. Pentagon definitely hasn’t learned his lesson about breaking random people’s arms and still seems to want revenge on Black Lotus. Dario tells him Lotus has gone back to Hong Kong (unclear if he’s telling the truth) and gives Pentagon the tournament spot as a way to keep him from breaking Dario’s arm. Pentagon warns Dario that he’s either going to be champion at Última Lucha 3 or he’s going to break Dario’s arm at Ultima Lucha 3. Dario doesn’t seem thrilled with either possibility.

Famous B offers to throw his match with Texano in exchange for Texano taking Famous B on as his manager. Texano declines, powerbombing Famous B quickly instead. Texano and Brenda keep flirting though.

peak Aerostar flamboyance

Drago and Aerostar was the match with the most attention to it. Drago is now wearing red, and still is has the collar and leash, even though it doesn’t seem like he’s going to leave. Drago’s in a weird place: he’s mostly under Kobra Moon’s control and responds quickly to her orders, but there’s still a little bit of his técnico side left in him causing him to hesitate when left uninstructed. Aerostar tried to talk some sense into his friend, then tried to springboard some sense into his friend. Neither worked.

In between, Dario caught up with Cage. Cage is wearing the metal glove all the time now. It’s later revealed the mental control the glove has over him is making it impossible for him to take it off. Dario insists Cage visit Councilman Delgado (even offering to trans!), and Cage eventually relents and agrees. Cage goes to city hall, where Delgado clearly is seeing Cage less as a person and more as an empty vessel to pour their ideas and/or god in. Cage argues and nearly punches Delgado, apologizes, and then loses it when Delgado calls him just a man. He’s not a man, he’s a machine, Cage explains as he punches Delgado so hard in the head that Delgado’s head explodes. The closing shot is an unbothered Cage walking away from Delgado’s headless corpse, squishing an eyeball with his foot.

Thoughts

this happened last time too.

Is it good if I’m laughing for a couple minutes after the show ends? I think it might be good, but I’m not sure if it’s meant to be that way. That closing scene, which will totally overshadow any thoughts about the matches on this show, came off going so far over the top as a challenge to the critics: “you thought we were going too far with our murders on this show? Well, here’s far we’re really willing to go, check the eyeball!” It was so over the top that it was hard to take seriously and maybe not meant to be taken that way.

It also seems to have major plot ramifications. A decapitated body in City Hall is going to be noticed, even in this universe. The police plot was about getting to Delgado and his people, so where does that go now? Dario and his people have to know they’re going to have a hard time possessing Cage or whatever it is they’re doing if he’s smashing heads, so what happens there?

Drago/Aerostar was the match of the night for me. It wasn’t the match the announcers were making it out to be, and it didn’t work for a story of two guys now more aggressively fighting each other because of the break up. It actually was Aerostar going full Aerostar, unloading his notable of tricky lucha moves because he might not get work with a guy he trusts as much as Drago again on this show and so he was going for it. Aerostar’s creatively is unmatched, as is his willing to dive head first into things, and this was an amazing exhibition. Maybe it wasn’t what it should’ve been but it was totally unique and I liked it.

The Mack/Mala Suerte also didn’t follow the expected story and that hurt it for me much more than the main event. The Mack, coming off nearly winning the big title two straight shows, should have no problem with one of the lesser members of the Rabbit Tribe. Instead, he was pushed for about eight minutes and could’ve believably lost a couple times. We know the guy under the Mala Suerte match is good and this might have been the best showcase of his skills on this show so far, but it was just an odd occasion for it to happen when Mala Suerte is such a blank slate.

Pentagon & Argenis was much more of what I was expecting. It was long too, longer than their first match, but it was a one sided fight. Argenis got in offense and even a dive, but most of that was to space out Pentagon’s offense so he could get in a lot of his arsenal. The fans went nuts from Pentagon showing up again, he didn’t lose much with them by getting his arms broken, and they definitely wanted to get that same idea over to the fans at home. This worked to reestablish him as a threat.

Texano & Famous B seemed to exist to remind you that plot was still around. It is! And the interaction with Brenda and Texano made it clear it’ll still be around when Texano’s second round match takes place.

Last week’s show was one only Lucha Underground could do. This one was one only Lucha Underground would do. I’m not sure it works the same, but it does keep you on your toes.

great match roundup, week of 2017-06-03

one last look at this guy

Recaps

And the Chicago Lucha stuff should be thrown in there too. I guess that’s a make good for not doing any indie lucha recaps yet this month. The MOTYC list is updated.

I think I’m the only person who liked both Mack/Mundo matches, the newest sign of my terrible taste in wrestling. (People generally seemed to not like the second one because it was too similar to the first, or not like the first because it was an all night match that didn’t go all night – though that interestingly didn’t seem to bug people who were watching both episodes back to back.) People also found fault with having a street fight/falls count anywhere match on the same show; I think CMLL has made me used to seeing the same style of match repeatedly? I dunno.

Recommended Matches

rating matches TV Show taped
great Penta Zero M vs Gringo Loco, Billy Star, Isaias Velazquez, Carnalito Penta Zero M vs Gringo Loco vs Billy Star vs Isaias Velazquez vs Vaquerito (posted by thecubsfan) Miscellaneous Live Recordings: 2017-06-04 2017-06-04
great Johnny Mundo © vs the Mack [falls count anywhere] and [LU CHAMP] Lucha Underground: 2017-06-07 2016-05-07
great Prince Puma vs Mil Muertes [street fight] Lucha Underground: 2017-06-07 2016-05-07
good Concord & Hijo Del Vikingo vs Bronco González Jr. & Guerrero de Plata Lucha Llave a la Gloria en Pachuca - Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide - Junio 2017 (posted by Lucha Libre AAA) AAA on Televisa: 2017-06-03 2017-05-16
good Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther vs Cuatrero, Máscara Año 2000, Sansón LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 6 DE JUNIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-06-06 2017-06-06
good Atlantis, Dragón Lee, Mistico vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero Atlantis, Dragón Lee, Mistico vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero (posted by thecubsfan) LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES 9 DE JUNIO DE 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-06-09 2017-06-09
good Flyer & Volador Jr. vs Mephisto & Raziel in a CMLL Gran Alternativa Tournament match and [8f] 2017 Gran Alternativa Block B (posted by thecubsfan) LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES 9 DE JUNIO DE 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-06-09 2017-06-09
good Carístico & Soberano Jr. vs Ángel de Oro & Oro Jr. in a CMLL Gran Alternativa Tournament match and [8f] 2017 Gran Alternativa Block B (posted by thecubsfan)LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES 9 DE JUNIO DE 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-06-09 2017-06-09
good Flyer & Volador Jr. vs Carístico & Soberano Jr. in a CMLL Gran Alternativa Tournament match and in a tournament quarterfinal match 2017 Gran Alternativa Block B (posted by thecubsfan) LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES 9 DE JUNIO DE 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-06-09 2017-06-09

Other matches watched:

rating matches TV Show taped
ok Dalton Bragg & Joe Lider vs Lanzeloth & Máscara de BronceMáscara de Bronce y Lanzelot Vs Líder y Dalton en Pachuca - Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide - Junio 2017 (posted by Lucha Libre AAA) AAA on Televisa: 2017-06-03 2017-05-16
ok Aerostar, Australian Suicide, Bengala, Drago vs Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, El Mesías, Pagano 4 Vs 4 Estelar de Pachuca - Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide - Junio 2017 (posted by Lucha Libre AAA) AAA on Televisa: 2017-06-03 2017-05-16
ok Eros, Golden Star, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Fúnebre, Mr. Brisa, Slayer Eros, Golden Star, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Fúnebre, Mr. Brisa, Slayer (posted by thecubsfan) Miscellaneous Live Recordings: 2017-06-04 2017-06-04
ok Aeroboy & Mojo Mcqueen vs Skayde & Skayde Jr. Aeroboy & Mojo Mcqueen vs Skayde & Skayde Jr. (posted by thecubsfan) Miscellaneous Live Recordings: 2017-06-04 2017-06-04
ok Barry Ryte © vs GPA [GALLI CHAMP] Barry Ryte © vs GPA [GALLI CHAMP] (posted by thecubsfan) Miscellaneous Live Recordings: 2017-06-04 2017-06-04
ok Astro, Meyer, París vs El Perverso, Guerrero Espacial, Sombra Diabólika LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 5 DE JUNIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-06-05 2017-06-05
ok Astral, Espíritu Maligno, Magnus vs Ares, El Malayo, JokerLA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 5 DE JUNIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-06-05 2017-06-05
ok Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., Tigre Rojo Jr. vs King Jaguar, Olímpico, Virus LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 5 DE JUNIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-06-05 2017-06-05
ok Atlantis, Titán, Valiente vs Hechicero, Máscara Año 2000, Vangellys LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 5 DE JUNIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-06-05 2017-06-05
ok Ángel de Oro, Mistico, Niebla Roja vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 5 DE JUNIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-06-05 2017-06-05
ok Acero, Aéreo, Eléctrico vs Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Violencia LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 6 DE JUNIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-06-06 2017-06-06
ok Fuego, Johnny Idol, Stigma vs Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Virus LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 6 DE JUNIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-06-06 2017-06-06
ok Titán vs Ephesto in a lightning match LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 6 DE JUNIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-06-06 2017-06-06
ok Stuka Jr., Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Negro Casas, Shocker LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 6 DE JUNIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-06-06 2017-06-06
ok Drago, Pindar, Vìbora vs Aerostar, Drago, Fénix © [LU TRIOS] Lucha Underground: 2017-06-07 2016-05-07
ok Príncipe Diamante & Robin vs Arkángel de la Muerte & Metálico LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES 9 DE JUNIO DE 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) Príncipe Diamante & Robin vs Arkángel de la Muerte & Metálico (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-06-09 2017-06-09
ok Estrellita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis Estrellita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis (posted by thecubsfan) LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES 9 DE JUNIO DE 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-06-09 2017-06-09
ok Oro Jr. & Soberano Jr. vs Raziel, Flyer, Canelo Casas, Drone, Astral, Akuma in a CMLL Gran Alternativa Tournament match and in a battle royal match 2017 Gran Alternativa Block B (posted by thecubsfan) LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES 9 DE JUNIO DE 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-06-09 2017-06-09
ok Drone & Niebla Roja vs Akuma & Pierroth in a CMLL Gran Alternativa Tournament match and [8f] 2017 Gran Alternativa Block B (posted by thecubsfan) LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES 9 DE JUNIO DE 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-06-09 2017-06-09
ok Canelo Casas & Negro Casas vs Akuma & Pierroth in a CMLL Gran Alternativa Tournament match and in a tournament quarterfinal match 2017 Gran Alternativa Block B (posted by thecubsfan) LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES 9 DE JUNIO DE 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-06-09 2017-06-09
ok Carístico & Soberano Jr. vs Canelo Casas & Negro Casas in a CMLL Gran Alternativa Tournament match and in a tournament semifinal match 2017 Gran Alternativa Block B (posted by thecubsfan) LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES 9 DE JUNIO DE 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-06-09 2017-06-09
below average Bengala & Sangre Imperial vs Artillero & Espanto Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 6 DE JUNIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-06-06 2017-06-06
below average Canelo Casas & Negro Casas vs Astral & Valiente in a CMLL Gran Alternativa Tournament match and [8f] 2017 Gran Alternativa Block B (posted by thecubsfan)LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES 9 DE JUNIO DE 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-06-09 2017-06-09
not rated Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Misterioso Jr. in a lightning matchGuerrero Maya Jr. vs Misterioso Jr. in a lightning match (posted by thecubsfan) LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES 9 DE JUNIO DE 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-06-09 2017-06-09
watch later Trauma I & Trauma II vs Oficial AK47 & Oficial Fierro for the IWRG Intercontinental Tag Team Championship and in a Number One Contenders Match match Los Traumas I y II vs Los Oficiales AK 47 y Fierro en la Arena Naucalpan (posted by Estrellas del Ring) Los Traumas I y II vs Los Oficiales Fierro y AK-47, IWRG Arena Naucalpan (posted by +LuchaTV)Trauma I & II vs Oficial AK47 Fierro, winner gets a tag title shot (posted by thecubsfan) Trauma I y Trauma II vs Oficial Fierro y Oficial AK-47, IWRG Arena Naucalpan (posted by IWRG tv) IWRG Zona XXI: 2017-06-05 2017-06-04
watch later Imposible © vs Súper Mega for the IWRG Rey del RingEl Imposible vs Súper Mega, Campeonato Rey del Ring IWRG (posted by IWRG tv) El Imposible vs Súper Mega, Campeonato Rey del Ring IWRG en Arena Naucalpan (posted by +LuchaTV) Imposible © vs Súper Mega for the IWRG Rey del Ring (posted by thecubsfan) Imposible vs Super Mega por el Campeonato Rey del Ring IWRG. (posted by Estrellas del Ring) IWRG Zona XXI: 2017-06-05 2017-06-04

 

Bobby Zavala talks, Cueto Cup starts tonight, new LU booking site

Cavernario wins again

CMLL (TUE) 06/13/2017 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Violencia b Acero & Aéreo LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 13 DE JUNIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
2) Arkángel de la Muerte, Metálico, Sangre Azteca b Oro Jr., Príncipe Diamante, Star Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 13 DE JUNIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
rudos 2/3.
3) Estrellita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit b Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 13 DE JUNIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 2/3, with Sugehit pulling off Zeuxis’ mask and cradling her in the third.
4) Misterioso Jr. b Fuego [lightning] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 13 DE JUNIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
less than five minutes. Misterioso unmasked Fuego after the match.
5) Hechicero, Morphosis, Rey Bucanero b Blue Panther, Rey Cometa, Titán LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 13 DE JUNIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 2/3
6) Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla b Stuka Jr., Valiente, Volador Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 13 DE JUNIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Straight falls. Cavernario submitted Volador to set up a title match next week.

Bobby Zavala spoke publicly for the first time about his firing on +Lucha’s podcast. They had talked to him off the podcast right after the firing, but this was the first time he went on anywhere. (LuchaWorld has a recap in their news update.) Zavala says he never got a reason from CMLL why he was fired and they just refused to talk to him after he was announced as firing. His version of events is starts a luchador attended dinner on Thursday, where Ultimo Guerrero said whatever it was that infuriated the Alvarados. Zavala claims they were very upset even after Ultimo Guerrero left the gathering. Zavala admits to be on Arena Mexico security footage of the day of the car destruction with the Alvarados, but explains it as only being there to try and calm down the Alvarados and maintains that he didn’t participate in the destruction. He got a text from Edgar Noriega around 1pm that he was suspended from the show that night, then heard nothing more until he was fired. It sounds like the only person who’s talked to him since was Jose Luis Feliciano (also part of the programming committee) who said it was Paco Alonso’s decision. Dragon Rojo tried to get Bobby his job back, but Bobby says he told him to stop. Bobby says he’s been back in Torreon the last few weeks taking care of family business but will begin working indies and praised AAA.

CMLL is a strange duck of a wrestling promotion, but they tend to go thru great pains to not fire anyone. They may give a luchador few bookings and so little money to cause them to quit, but they’re not known for firing people unless the issue is forced. There’s almost certainly more to the story than the version Bobby is telling. Either way, Bobby’s moving on, and he’ll probably be teaming with Maximo and Mascara soon enough.

Lucha Underground tonight is episode 3×22, “The Cup Begins” This is the first show as part of the Cueto Cup; Lucha Underground unveiled the bracket yesterday. It appears the next four shows are going to be the first round matches in each group, going alphabetically. The A group is tonight:

  • Aerostar vs Drago
  • Pentagon Dark vs Argenis – video clip
  • The Mack vs Mala Suerte
  • Famous B vs Texano

The first match follows up on Drago betraying his team last week. Pentagon Dark’s match is his first since episode 13.  Argenis hasn’t been in since episode 10! (I think he was not around the weekend they did Aztec Warfare.) It’s been a while since we’ve seen the Rabbit Tribe: Mala Suerte is the black rabbit of the trio. Famous B was unsuccessfully recruiting Texano last we saw both of them.

On Facebook, Vampiro had been talking for a few months about a new website that was going to launch in time for the Season 3 return. Season 3 returned, it wasn’t mentioned, I just chalked it up as a Vampiro thing and moved on. It’s now up at VampiroTV.com – the domain is because there was a Vamprio TV show scheduled to launch too (and may still.) Among the services Vampiro is offering is the ability to book Lucha Underground talent thru him; he’s the director of talent after all.

The talent list is strange: it includes people like the Black Lotus Triad, two of which are believed to be under WWE contract and the third is probably not being flown in from Japan to work a US indie. It includes Prince Puma, who does not appear to be working with Lucha Underground at this point. It could be someone just gathered all the LU profile photos and put them up without being too concerned about who was available, but Killshot and the Mack seem to be missing. I dunno. It’ll possibly be easier for promoters to figure out how to get LU wrestlers (especially the AAA crew, since it’s intimidating to contact someone speaking another language), but I’d guess the more popular people were already being contacted on directly and don’t need an intermediately. Still, I hope it gets people booked places.

Eric Van Wagenen was interviewed on the Indy Mayhem Show a little while back; it was posted this week but taped two weeks ago. There’s a couple interesting tidbits: Netflix doesn’t tell them viewership numbers, but they’ve noticed their website traffic and merchandise sales are up since being on the service. Way back on the first Lucha Underground taping, they had 300 people RSVP but only 100 people show up. They’ve had no problem filling the place since they got on TV – they were turning away 100s right away.

EVW’s asked about his highlight of season 3, and says it’s still to come. “There’s a match at Ultima Lucha 3, which is one of those ones where it has only happened to me like twice before, where I watched it, and I was so, um, disturbed be it, I didn’t know if was great-I didn’t know if was the greatest thing I’d ever seen or the worst thing I’d ever seen it.” The other two matches were Grave Consequences and Cero Miedo. “It felt evil, it felt like ‘oh my gosh, what did I just see?'” Van Wagnen explains he had a friend in crowd who was sure fake blood was involved “because there’s no way human beings could bleed that much and still be walking around”, so he took the friend to the back to show the wounds on the luchador to prove it was real blood.

I think that’s episode 37 or 38.

AAA debuts tonight on Front Runner TV in the UK at 9 pm.

DTU’s Alto Impacto championship changed hands on Monday. La Hormiga is the champion, defeating Black Fire in Cuautepec on a fair show. Black Fire hasn’t been working DTU shows since December.

Taya & Johnny Mundo got engaged.

AAA is participating in a Mexico City campaign against prostate cancer.

Lucha Va Voom will celebrate it’s 15th Anniversary in August, so they’re having a Quinceanera themed show on August 3rd in Los Angeles. I can’t believe they’ve been around 15 years. Time flies.

Lineups

IWRG (WED) 06/14/2017 Arena Naucalpan
1) Vardeus vs Power Bull
2) Ángel Oriental & Keiser Drago vs Fly Tiger & Skanda
3) Kanon, Saruman, Shaolin vs Dowki, Picudo Jr., Vórtize
4) Black Dragón & Shadow Boy vs Atomic Star & Lunatik Xtreme
5) Látigo, Metaleón, Mr. Leo vs Aramis, Dinamic Black, Emperador Azteca
6) Centvrión, Eterno, Ovett vs Cerebro Negro, Demonio Infernal, Súper Mega

The IWRG card for today didn’t turn up online until Yesterday, which is late minute. That semimain should be very good.

CMLL (TUE) 06/20/2017 Arena México
1) Fantasy & Último Dragóncito vs Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Universo 2000
2) Magnus, Metatrón, Oro Jr. vs Akuma, Canelo Casas, Sangre Azteca
3) Blue Panther Jr., Pegasso, The Panther vs Puma, Tiger, Virus
4) Blue Panther, Drone, Fuego vs Cuatrero, Sam Adonis, Sansón
5) Carístico, Mistico, Valiente vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
6) Volador Jr. © vs Cavernario [NWA WELTER]
15th defense

An oddly loaded Tuesday card, with a main event that headlined Friday night shows in the past and some really solid looking matches from 3-5. Metatron makes his first appearance in about three months; he’s worked a handful of times in Guadalajara.

CMLL (TUE) 06/20/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Fantástico & Tigre Blanco vs Guerrero de la Muerte & Linterna
2) Astral, Omar Brunetti, Sensei vs Espíritu Negro, Frezzer, Hijo del Signo
3) Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr., Soberano Jr. vs Forastero, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado
4) Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas vs Johnny Idol, Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr.
5) Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Niebla Roja vs Pierroth, Rush, Shocker

Doesn’t look like there’s any follow up from last night, so there must not have been an angle. Soberano and Misterioso finally meeting again in the tercera. Espiritu Negro works Guadalajara exactly once a year every year.

DTU (SAT) 07/01/2017 Arena Roberto Paz, Guadalajara, Jalisco
1) Erwing, Irwing, Luigi vs Billy, Hard Boy, Macizito
2) Hijo Del Mosco vs Drolux, Toto, Espíritu Divino
3) Kid Cometa vs Moria, Cobre, Kingston
4) D-Polux Jr. & Voldemort vs Gio & Junior
5) Kastigador & Vengador vs Black Golden & Seiya and Mike Segura & Pesadilla
6) Jimmy Lloyd & Marcus Crane vs Índio Cherokee & Shiryu Dragón and Ovett & Paranoiko and X-Law 1 & X-Law 2
7) Matt Tremont vs Crazy King [GCW EXTREMO]

Another show on the DTU show in a few weeks, this time with GCW having a title defense against the Guadalajara member of Los Macizos.

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2017-06-06 

don’t give Panther your arm

Recapped: 06/10/2017

Matches: 

Artillero & Espanto Jr. beat Bengala & Sangre Imperial (11:56 [4:46, 2:50, 4:20], 2/3, via VideosOficialesCMLL, below average)

Acero, Aéreo, Eléctrico beat Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Violencia (14:28 [7:16, 2:29, 4:43], 1/3, via VideosOficialesCMLL, ok)

Fuego, Johnny Idol, Stigma beat Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Virus (17:07 [8:13, 3:37, 5:17], 2/3, via VideosOficialesCMLL, ok)

Titán beat Ephesto in a lightning match (6:52, via VideosOficialesCMLL, ok)

Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther beat Cuatrero, Máscara Año 2000, Sansón (15:38 [5:04, 2:18, 8:16], 2/3, via VideosOficialesCMLL, good)

Cavernario, Negro Casas, Shocker beat Stuka Jr., Valiente, Volador Jr. (9:03 [3:50, 1:51, 3:22], 1/3, via VideosOficialesCMLL, ok)

What happened: 

Electrico & Pequeno Nitro

Barbaro Cavernario decided he must destroy Volador for reasons which were only obvious to the caveman. He attacked Volador from the moment he got the win and defeated him cleanly for the win.

Thoughts: 

Slightly interesting show.

Cavernario angry!

Cavernario & Volador have really good chemistry, and Cavernario was moving around super fast in the ending sequence. That match is going to be great. Not sure I’ve seen Stuka do the headscissors escape to his feet before. Shocker doesn’t look good, it’s going to be a long time until he’s there if he’s going to ever be there, and it’s going to be tough to have a good match with him involved. He’d be better off being the commentator instead of Hechicero.

The Dinamitas/Panthers match wasn’t quite as good as some of the other matches, with the NGD holding back a bit, but The Panther made up for it by looking super the whole way. He came off as one of the best dozen guys in CMLL, with the first fall finish specifically needing to be brought back in a bigger spot. Blue Panther Sr. also did a lot of his crazy old man stuff (attacking the cameraman!) which really worked for the crowd.

Sangre Imperial

The Titan/Ephesto lightning match wasn’t much. A lot of Titan throwing himself around to create action when Ephesto wasn’t doing much. The tercera was entertaining for Stigma trying to do mat wrestling with Virus to start and getting nothing. Fuego woke the crowd up, who hadn’t been into it much before.

The minis match had the rare bit of a team losing one person via elimination and coming back to win. It was used in the first fall where it didn’t really make an impact, but you could they were trying to do something there. It didn’t quite work, but it did give us better pace and some dives.

And Sangre Imperial looked terrible on a missed springboard in the first match and not much better rest of the way. It’s hard to understand why he’s there except being Sangre Chicana’s son, because he hasn’t impressed at all.

Hechicero/Atlantis set for next week, Arena Mexico preview

Negro Casas versus Dragon Lee

CMLL (MON) 06/12/2017 Arena Puebla [CMLL, Efekto10, El Popular]
1) Flyer, Meyer, París b Joker, King Jaguar, Policeman LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 12  DE JUNIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
2) Ares, Disturbio, Hijo del Signo b Arkalis, Espíritu Maligno, Rey Samuray LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 12  DE JUNIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
3) Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Sagrado b Drone, Esfinge, Tigre Rojo Jr. LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 12  DE JUNIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
4) Atlantis, Johnny Idol, Marco Corleone b Hechicero, Máscara Año 2000, Ripper LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 12  DE JUNIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Atlantis submitted Hechicero, challenged him to a match next week
5) Carístico, Dragón Lee, Mistico DQ Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 12  DE JUNIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 2/3, the last when Negro Casas fouled Dragon Lee

Atlantis & Hechicero worked a lot against each last week but I didn’t get the idea they were feuding. They were definitely feuding this week and will have a match next week.

Today’s CMLL show is a setup for next week. Barbaro Cavernario & Volador meet in the main event, and appear to be setting up a singles match next week. This week, they’ll be joined by Felino, Mr. Niebla, Stuka and Valiente. Cavernario beat Volador cleanly last week

The semimain has Blue Panther, Rey Cometa, Titan versus Hechicero, Morphosis and Rey Bucanero, with CMLL presented the idea that Hechicero & Bucanero may still have issues following Hechicero beating Bucanero for his title. Fuego faces Misterioso in the lightning match. Zeuxis & Princesa Sugehit meet once again in a women’s match, wtih Estrellita, Marcela, Amapola and Dalys. The skippable opening matches are Sangre Azteca, Arkangel and Metalico against Principe Diamante, Oro Jr. and Star Jr., and Aereo & Acero versus Pequeno Nitro & Pequeno Violencia. The show will air on CMLL’s YouTube at 7:30pm.

Guadalajara has Caristico, Marco Corleone, Mistico versus Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Ultimo Guerrero. The Hijos del Infernales take on Angel de Oro, Guerrero Maya Jr. & Niebla Roja, which might set up a quick trios title match.

Arena Coliseo Guadalajara mentions referee Mario el Rudo passed away. He appears to be father of current referee Audaz.

Ocio magazine has a story on Arena Coliseo Guadalajara’s anniversary. Satanico’s interviewed and says he’s currently training 30 students there.

Slam Wrestling has an (English) interview with Pentagon where he praises Vampiro and Lucha Underground.

The Crash says they’re returning to Mexicali (Arena Nacionalista) soon. Mexicali is relatively close to Tijuana, so it’ll probably be the day before or after a Tijuana show.

El Sol de Tampico has a bio/interview with Hahastary, one of the women who advanced in the AAA La Llave de la Gloria competition. She says she was training for wrestling since 11.

Powerbomb TV’s tournament will have eight people, including one Jonathan Gresham and begins in August. They talked about running in four promotions, so maybe first round match ups scattered around the world and the final four come together for a tournament somewhere?

+LuchaTV posted the complete Lucha Memes/MDA show from Arena Puebla.

LuchaWorld has this week’s Poster-Mania.

Segunda Caida reviewed Black Terry & Diablo Jr. vs Chicano & Veneno.

The new Odessa Steps magazine is out with a lot of lucha content.

Lineups

CMLL (MON) 06/19/2017 Arena Puebla
1) Centella Roja & Hijo de Centella Roja vs Fuerza Chicana & Policeman
2) Estrellita & Sanely vs Amapola & Dalys
3) Black Tiger, Espíritu Maligno, Lestat vs Ares, Arkángel de la Muerte, Rey Apocalipsis
4) Ángel de Oro, Stigma, Titán vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Vangellys
5) Carístico, Dragón Lee, Mistico vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
6) Hechicero © vs Atlantis [NWA LH]
3rd defense

Puebla not only holding the blowoff match to one feud, but also apparently setting up a second feud at the same time in the semimain. This is almost like someone is working on these things. Must be an accident.

Fourth match could be good too. Week five in a row for Ares & Espiritu Maligno, who are still not feuding.

Muchas Luchas (SUN) 07/02/2017 Arena Jalisco, Guadalajara, Jalisco
1) Black Golden, El Enviado, La Trakalosa vs Dengue Asesino, Implacable, Nexus
2) Estrella Explosiva vs Chik Tormenta
3) Estrella Oriental Jr. vs Sky Man [MUCHAS LUCHAS CHAMP]
4) Corsario Negro & Drako vs Caim & Crazy King and Brian Villa & Willy Banderas
5) Gallo & Makabre vs Dr. Cerebro & Hijo de LA Park
6) Ramsés vs LA Park vs Rayman

Guadalajara’s super indie returns next month for the first time since February. Silver King has been back to wrestling as his Nacho Libre Ramses persona a lot lately and I don’t know why – maybe the movie was on TV recently?

new lucha videos for the weekend of June 10th, 2017

Long story short: I’m not sure I’m going to be able to keep doing download links every Tuesday for these videos. YouTube uploads aren’t changing – at least not because of this – but I’m going to be moving off Amazon to Something Else soon and I don’t know that Something Else is going to let me share files as easily. I’ll let you know when I know, just know these links in this post are all going to become invalid in a few weeks and there may not be new links.

YouTube Playlist

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-06-09
taped 2017-06-09 @ Arena México
Cloud Drive
1) Príncipe Diamante & Robin vs Arkángel de la Muerte & Metálico
2) Estrellita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis
3) Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Misterioso Jr. in a lightning match
4) Atlantis, Dragón Lee, Mistico vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
Gran Alternativa Block B

CMLL Guadalajara: 2017-06-10
taped 2017-06-06 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Cloud Drive
1) Cosmos, Shockercito, Stukita vs Mercurio, Micro, Relámpago Azul

CMLL Lucha Azteca: 2017-06-10
taped 2017-06-02 @ Arena México
Cloud Drive
Gran Alternativa Block A

IWRG Zona XXI: 2017-06-12
Cloud Drive
taped 2017-06-11 @ Arena Naucalpan
1) Black Dragón, Dinamic Black, Dragón Fly vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Eterno, Villano III Jr.
2) Gallo Frances, Internacional Pantera, Pantera I vs Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro, Máscara Año 2000 Jr.
3) Heddi Karaoui vs Negro Navarro
4) Imposible, Trauma I, Trauma II vs Black Warrior, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro

CMLL Puebla: 2017-06-05 

this show

Recapped: 06/08/2017

Matches:

Astro, Meyer, París beat El Perverso, Guerrero Espacial, Sombra Diabólika (10:30 [5:29, 2:49, 2:12], 2/3, via VideosOficialesCMLL, ok)

Astral, Espíritu Maligno, Magnus beat Ares, El Malayo, Joker (12:38 [5:29, 4:24, 2:45], 1/3, via VideosOficialesCMLL, ok)

King Jaguar, Olímpico, Virus beat Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., Tigre Rojo Jr.  (17:14 [7:20, 4:52, 5:02], 2/3, via VideosOficialesCMLL, ok)

Atlantis, Titán, Valiente beat Hechicero, Máscara Año 2000, Vangellys (14:27 [7:25, 2:08, 4:54], 2/3, via VideosOficialesCMLL, ok)

Ángel de Oro, Mistico, Niebla Roja beat Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero (10:00 [2:55, 2:05, 5:00], 2/3 DQ, via VideosOficialesCMLL, ok)

What happened: 

Gran Guerrero got 125% of this

Not much. Ultimo Guerrero fouled Niebla Roja but this show wasn’t even worth bothering to do the “change your mask or else!” challenge. There was nothing to talk about from the other matches.

My only note is “JCR compared Tigre Rojo Jr. to Satoru Sayama”, which I suppose is very accurate in that they both have done Tiger characters and not really actually in any other way (though Tigre Rojo Jr. is fine.)

Thoughts: 

Astral

The matches weren’t much either, though they weren’t bad. I didn’t really pick up on the shorter match times while watching the show, but it felt like it helped a little bet. I’ve been mentioning short matches should mean better paces and it definitely felt that way in the opener, one of the better ones they had in some time. (Astro helps. Astro is very fast.)

On the other hand, the 17 minute match wasn’t far off good either, with Olimpico (seems like a Zavala replacement) adding more than usual and some fun from Virus being really aggressive. The semimain match was disappointing, because Hechicero working a lot with Atlantis seemed fun for him but didn’t leave great matchups for the rest of the match. The main event was fine, but not at the level of their better matches, not close to the Friday match with the same submission.

Warrior versus Traumas, Puebla preview

photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (SUN) 06/11/2017 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr)]
1) Kanon b Vórtize
2) Aramis & Climax b Demonio Infernal & Lunatic Extreme
3) Freelance b Látigo
both men were injured on a spot
4) Apolo Estrada Jr., Eterno, Villano III Jr. b Black Dragón, Dinamic Black, Dragón Fly
Black Dragon needed the stretcher. Dinamick challenged Eterno to an apuesta match.
5) Gallo Frances, Internacional Pantera, Pantera I DQ Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro, Máscara Año 2000 Jr.
Mascara foul led to the DQ.
6) Negro Navarro b Heddi Karaoui
all mat wrestling match
7) Black Warrior, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro b Imposible, Trauma I, Trauma II
Warrior unmasked Trauma II

Dinamic Black was wearing his IWL belt. IWL hasn’t promoted a show in 2013.This Climax looks like a different guy than the Climax Jr. who was more visible a few years ago (and it looks like they teamed together on an indie show, so there you go..)

Today’s Arena Puebla is just five trios matches with no storylines. They could come up with something and create a program quick, since it looks like next week is the week with all the singles matches elsewhere. Last week’s angle was UG fouling Niebla Roja, and neither are around this week. Instead, the main event is Caristico, Dragon Lee & Mistico against the Peste Negra trio of Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas and Cavernario. That has a good a chance of being good as anything; there’s nothing sure fire strong on the show and show without a strong looking matches are easy to skip with the amount of wrestling out there.

Atlantis, Johnny Idol and Marco Corleone take on Hechicero, Ripper and Mascara 2000 in the semifinal. Sagrado continues as the fill in Revolucionario teaming with Dragon Rojo & Polvora against Drone, Esfinge and Tigre Rojo Jr. The opening two matches are mostly locals. Arkalis, Espiritu Maligno and Rey Samuray versus Ares, Disturbio, Hijo del Signo is the segunda. Ares and Espiritu keep being put in the same match week after week, where it looks Ares might have returned just to lose his hair, but they’re not actually interacting in any special way during the matches. Flyer returns to the openers, teaming with Meyer & Paris against Joker, King Jaguar and Policeman. The show will air on CMLL’s YouTube at 9pm.

Titan, Dragon Lee and Volador will team with Jushin Liger against Hiromu Takahashi, Bushi, Evil and Sanada on the first of the two NJPW US shows on 07/01. Their match for day 2 hasn’t been announced as of yet.

CMLL has a note up about the Gran Prix. It’s nothing more than was mentioned on Informa: 09/01 date, NJPW & ROH involved.

Astral and a fan had an incident on the Saturday Coliseo show, though people got in between before anything more than a beer was thrown. You can see it develop at 8:50 in this video. It looked like the fans said something to Astral, Astral walked over to say something else and flipped the drink or food container they were holding, and the fan went after him a moment later. The fans got tossed, but Astral probably also needs a timeout.

AAA will air on FrontRunnerTV (UK) at 9pm on Wednesday. They moved it up a half hour.

IWRG has Festival de las Mascaras, on 07/02 Arena Naucalpan
1: Dragon Fly, Dinamick Black, Black Dragon vs Hip Hop Man, Pibe Alfajor, Mosca
2: Panterita & Orito vs Eterno & Demonio Infernal
3: Mr. Electro, Internacional Pantera, Trauma I vs Grond XXX, Guerrero Maya, Mascara Ano 2000 Jr.

what a rare treat it will be to see Pantera masked

Lineups

CMLL (SAT) 06/17/2017 Arena Coliseo
1) Shockercito & Último Dragóncito vs Mercurio & Pequeño Olímpico
2) Bengala, Magnus, Robin vs Canelo Casas, Nitro, Templario
3) Blue Panther Jr., Stigma, The Panther vs Cancerbero, Puma, Tiger
4) Blue Panther, Johnny Idol, Rey Cometa vs Hechicero, Terrible, Vangellys
5) Marco Corleone, Niebla Roja, Valiente vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto

The new champs teaming up with Valiente against the Hijos del Infierno. (So much for Volador’s challenge.) Some odd pairings on the rudo side in the undercard, with Cancerbero getting on out his usual pool of guys and the odd ball trio of Canelo, Nitro and Templario.

CMLL (SUN) 06/18/2017 Arena México
1) Astral & Sensei vs Akuma & Espanto Jr.
2) La Jarochita, La Vaquerita, Princesa Sugehit vs Dalys, Metálica, Zeuxis
3) El Gallito & Microman vs Mije & Perico Zakarías
4) Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. vs Felino, Hechicero, Pierroth
5) Marco Corleone © vs Terrible [CMLL HEAVY]
first defense
6) Diamante Azul Stuka, Dragón Lee, Volador Jr. vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Shocker

The first 300 men will get to take a photo with the edecanes. The mascots are also back for father’s day. Pierroth does not fit in his match at all.

Diamante Azul was listed on these shows, and then removed this afternoon. Guess he’s not back.

MDA (SUN) 06/25/2017 Arena Jose Sulaiman, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon
1) Hija de Karonte & Mini Difunto vs Mini Divo & Tsunami
2) Dulce Kanela & Larry Miranda vs Chica de Arabia & La Gviota
3) Faceman & Quinto Elemento vs Pee Wee & Vazco Jr.
4) Difunto I & Galactar vs Demenzía & Titanik
5) Hijo de LA Park & LA Park vs Máscara & Mxmo Sxy

This is not an interesting lineup but Maximo quickly losing all his vowels is entertaining. Mascara’s name may be meant to be “Mascara El Dios Ingobernable”, it’s unclear.