Miercoles Elite begins, Esfinge & Volador advance in Gran Alternativa, LU/Hulu, Demon/AAA

Rush don't care
Rush is the best

CMLL (TUE) 03/29/2016 Arena México [CMLL, thecubsfan, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Astral & Shockercito b Mercurio & Pierrothito LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 29 DE MARZO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
14:38. Tecnicos took 1/3. Astral replaced Stukita.
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Magnus, Súper Halcón Jr. vs Canelo Casas, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 29 DE MARZO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Magnus replaced Delta on Monday. 11:27. Rudos took 1/3.
3) Atlantis, Mistico, Valiente b Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 29 DE MARZO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
about 8:07. Tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Golden Magic & Warrior Steel b Raijin, Esfinge, Yago, Stigma, Sansón, Pegasso [Gran Alternativa, seeding battle royal] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 29 DE MARZO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
3:47
5) Máscara Dorada & Pegasso b Sansón & Terrible [Gran Alternativa, eightfinal] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 29 DE MARZO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
5:03. Pegasso actually won!
6) Mephisto & Yago b Pierroth & Raijin [Gran Alternativa, eightfinal] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 29 DE MARZO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
4:33. Pierroth was still a Boricua.
7) Esfinge & Volador Jr. b La Máscara & Stigma [Gran Alternativa, eightfinal] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 29 DE MARZO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
7:29.
8) Golden Magic & Rush b Mr. Niebla & Warrior Steel [Gran Alternativa, eightfinal] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 29 DE MARZO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
4:59.
9) Máscara Dorada & Pegasso b Mephisto & Yago [Gran Alternativa, quarterfinal] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 29 DE MARZO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
3:08.
10) Esfinge & Volador Jr. b Golden Magic & Rush [Gran Alternativa, quarterfinal] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 29 DE MARZO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
5:59
11) Esfinge & Volador Jr. b Mephisto & Yago [Gran Alternativa, semifinal] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 29 DE MARZO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
9:05. Esfinge & Volador Jr. advanced to face Fujin & Rey Escorpion next week.

Tournament is worth watching. Golden Magic was treated like a normal CMLL luchador and may be one. Yago has promise; it’s too bad Rebelde isn’t around to form a team of opening match Infierno-citos. Warrior Steel is an enormous man who provide good GIFs in the years to come.

There seems to be ample evidence Esfinge is not all that interesting, but I suppose he gets another chance to change perceptions on Tuesday. Just being in the final against Fujin suggests Esfinge is in line for a FantasticaMania appearance; they’re likely to keep fighting for a few more wins.

Pegasso actually won! (His 450 is still not very good.) Rush dismissively unmasking Esfinge should go in the highlight reel of great Rush moments.

Tonight is yet another CMLL affiliated show, though not one that’s streamed. It’s the debut of the Wednesday Elite shows, which will be taped for Azteca7 in Mexico. There’s been local promotion and a little bit of ticket giveaways for this show – they’d like a really big crowd for TV even more than for the gate.

The main event of the show is Bobby Lashley versus Rush. Lashley has previous appeared on an AAA TripleMania to no great recognition, and is a replacement for Brian Cage who hasn’t been promoted much outside of the poster and a short video. Rush was entertaining with Warrior Steel last night, so I think he and Lashley will be able to work something out. The match is listed as part of the Liga Elite tournament for the Elite heavyweight championship, but the tournament hasn’t been explained so I’m not sure exactly what it means

Extreme Tiger versus Mascara Dorada is also part of Liga Elite, and a rematch from just a few weeks ago in Lucha Memes. (Tiger won that one.) Cibernetico, Zumbi, Caristico, Volador, Mistico, Maximo and Marco Corleone have been listed in the 12 man field in promotional material. That’s 1 short of 12 person field, assuming they don’t make any other changes. I’d expect a lot of changes, just because it’s Elite, that’s what happened last time they tried this, and this seems even looser organized than that. The card also has Atlantis & Caristico versus Ultimo Guerrero & La Mascara, Golden Magic & Rocky Lobo vs Tiger & Puma in what sounds like a really good match, Zumbi, Emperador Azteca, Metaleon versus Fujin, Raijin and Heddi Karoui and a women’s match. That sounds like enough material for a couple of TV shows, and the advertisements for CMLL Informa have suggested they’re moving back on Wednesday next week. (Then again, every time Arena Coliseo moves, it’s also listed as a one time ever only thing.)

I’m still stuck on Elite not having a press conference to promote this show. They’ve had press conferences to promote the Morenos, Jinzo and Rocky Lobo. All wonderful individuals, but the bar seems low enough there that you’d promote Lashley showing up, or the new TV deal, or explain what the deal is with the heavyweight title. It really just could be usual lucha libre promotional randomness, but with the persistent talk of outside wrestlers jumping to Elite – none so specific and firm enough to report, but consistent enough that I’d be a little surprised if there wasn’t a surprise – I keep maybe there’s a big reason they’re waiting for that big roll out press conference.

Lucha Underground tonight has episode 10 of season 2, “El Jefe is Back”. Matches announced

  • Angelico, Ivelisse, Son of Havoc (c) vs the Disciples of Death for the Lucha Underground Trios championship
  • Mariposa vs Sexy Star

There’s a title match set up by a speaking segment early. Part of that segment is already online. There’s one more match which hasn’t been announced yet, and one of those matches has a stipulation not yet announced.

Lots of people seemed to think the Disciples were killed by Mil, but they are indeed as alive (if they’re meant to be alive ever.) You only seem to die in Lucha Underground if Matanza rips you apart, or if you’re stuffed in the casket. I would only believe someone is gone from Lucha Underground if one of those things happen.

WrestlingInc reports Lucha Underground is close to a deal with Hulu which would cover Season 1 and 2, with an option for season 3. Lucha Underground had previously been said to a deal for a digital platform beside Netflix, and Hulu’s the best alternative. The article says the deal isn’t done.

WrestlingBuds had an interview with Lucha Underground’s Eric Van Wagenen about Lucha Underground. It starts around the 1:11:00 mark. Van Wagenen has had a busy 2016: he started working on the Apprentice the day after Ultima Lucha II, and started back on Lucha Underground the day after Apprentice wrapped. (He says he’s had one Saturday off in 2016.) Van Wagenen explained the quick turnaround as part of a philosophy of putting as much of the money on the screen as possible – by not having to tear everything down and put it back up, that money could instead be used for more episodes in Season 3. Both the host and Van Wagenen mention the show is getting close to reaching the 100 episodes mark, faster than they thought. That’d mean Season 3 would be 33 hours long, or we’ve all just got confused counting.

They talked about Austin Warfare a bit, with Van Wagenen saying they had 1000 happy people and one person who failed to move when Mil Muertes yelled “Move!” There’s no plans to air it, but clips might show up in social media. He notes an overall belief in leaning towards being cool over clarity at times, specifically citing Vampiro’s mysterious covered car in the desert. He mentions Robert Rodriguez has had some influence on the look of the vignettes. And they talk about how spoilers for Season 3 might not be as big of an issue because they’re taping so much out of order; Van Wagenen says he has all the scripts, but even he’s not always sure which match goes with which they’re taping things.

Eric Mutter guesses at who might fight Matanza at Ultima Lucha II.

Fenix versus Pentagon Jr. was announced for the 04/20 Royal Road debut show, the AAA/LU match they had earlier teased. It’s the obvious match to pick because it’ll be very good, but Fenix’s nose injury might mean he’s still unable to fly by that point. (Fenix definitely would want to go whatever his condition, but you can’t get on a plane with a recently fixed nose.) I’d think AAA would have communicated this to Royal Royal already if this was actually off, so maybe I’m worrying for no good reason, but there’s a chance it gets changed.

R de Rudo says a source told them Blue Demon Jr. missed Rey de Reyes due to AAA having a problem arranging his travel. The post goes onto to say Demon’s unhappy with AAA and would go to Elite if they made an offer. Don’t do it Elite! AAA having problems flying people to their shows seems like a serious issue but I’m ok with it in this case and I’m skeptical about this story; it feels too much like Demon realizing he’s not in the mix in AAA and pitching himself for a new spot.

LuchaWorld has the top 10 for a weekend. I think it’s going to be tough move Matanza from the #1 position.

DoradaFan has highlights of Gran Alternativa Block A.

Segunda Caida reviews Blue Panther, La Máscara, La Sombra vs Atlantis, Dragón Rojo Jr., Último Guerrero

Samurai TV will air Homenaje a Dos Leyendas on April 12, at 10 pm.

A video interview with Flyer.

Dark Fire & Payaso Infernal are happy with their recent trip to Arena Coliseo Guadalajara.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 04/05/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Homenaje a Dos Leyendas 2016 (Lutteroth & Asesino Negro)
1) Gallo, Magnum, Príncipe Daniel vs Artillero, Maléfico, Ráfaga
2) Fuego, Stigma, Tritón vs Sangre Azteca, Skándalo, Virus
3) Vaquero Jr. vs Espectrúm [hair]
4) Atlantis, Titán, Valiente vs Kráneo, Olímpico, Ripper
5) Carístico & Mistico vs Cibernético & Último Guerrero

Full lineup, mostly just with the hair match. Principe Daniel seems to be treated like a DF guy on this show, since he’s opposite of Artillero.

AAA in English now on the Fight Network?

Fight Network

A page on Fight Network’s website lists AAA: Lucha Libre Worldwide. I’m not sure that schedule is correct: if it aired Tuesday night, it aired so quietly that no seems to have mentioned it on Twitter. Let me know if you see it today and what it’s like.

An AAA show in English has been in the works for the promotion since last Fall, with MLW Radio’s Court Bauer leading the project and occasionally teasing it coming on social media. The original plan was to bring the show to the US, as a way to open the door to AAA lives shows in the US and another attempt at PPVs. That plan is said to have changed. Lucha Underground would hold exclusive US TV rights to any AAA luchador who’s appeared on the show, the same as they would for any other wrestler on the show, and either LU would have to give up those rights or the AAA episodes would have to be edited to remove all the LU luchadors. The second option is impossible and there’s been no word on progress on the first option. Instead, the AAA in English shows are being marketed to other English speaking companies, and Canada’s Fight Network seems a logical place to start. AAA, Fight Network, Court Bauer, and everyone else has said nothing about a deal so far – Bauer and Fight Network John Pollock were on a podcast together this afternoon and didn’t even hint at something like this coming – so it might just be some listings getting ahead of an announcement. I guess we find out later today.

The show is listed as 90 minutes, which is essentially the length of the regular version of the AAA TV show. (The YouTube version runs longer, but also usually has a repeat match to fill out the time.) We’d expect these to be episode from this year, starting either with Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera or Cuautitlán, and following in order of the Mexico episodes. (Which makes listing Rey Jr. as one of the stars odd, or optimistic.) There has been talk of making this show like the NJPW on AXS show, which could mean added interviews to provide context. Ray Flores and Hugo Savinovich were billed to be the announcers.

 

CMLL Arena Mexico 2016-03-29 

Yago & Mephisto
Yago & Mephisto

Recapped: 2016-03-29, all matches from Arena México of the same day

What You Need To Know

  • Esfinge & Volador won a fun Gran Alternativa block, and will face Raijin and Rey Escorpion in the tournament final next week. There’s no match you need to watch and it may lose it a bit knowing the outcomes, but it was a fun Tuesday night viewing and better than last week.
  • Mephisto pinned Volador once more before their title match on Sunday.
  • Yago & Golden Magic looked good in their first streaming appearance, and Warrior Steel is at least interesting.
  • All the Boricuas are acting as if the storyline where Pierroth quit the group and said Misterioso & Sagrado weren’t any good never happened.

Match Results for Result Databases

Shockercito & Astral (replacing Stukita) defeated Mercurio & Pierrothito [14:38, good] – 2 falls to 1 (6:54, 3:09, 4:35)
Canelo Casas, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado defeated Hombre Bala Jr., Magnus, Súper Halcón Jr. [11:27, ok]- 2 falls to 1 (5:09, 2:08, 4:10)
Atlantis, Mistico, Valiente defeated  Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero [ok, ~8:07] – 2 falls to 1 (~2:45, 2:01, 3:21)

— Gran Alternativa Block B—

Rush don't care
Rush don’t care

Warrior Steel & Golden Magic win seeding battle royal [3:47]
Mascara Dorada & Pegasso defeated Terrible & Sansón [5:03]
Mephisto & Yago defeated Raijin & Pierroth [4:33]
Esfinge & Volador Jr. defeated La Mascara & Stigma [7:29]
Golden Magic & Rush defeated Warrior Steel & Mr. Niebla [4:59]
Mephisto & Yago defeated Mascara Dorada & Pegasso [3:08]
Esfinge & Volador Jr defeated Rush & Golden Magic [5:59; Rush DQed for mask pull after Golden Magic was eliminated]
Esfinge & Volador Jr. defeated Mephisto & Yago [9:05]

Thoughts

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04/08 AAA TV Lineup (DF) – Wagner vs Psycho for the Latin America Championship

AAA

AAA TV (FRI) 04/08/2016 Gimnasio Olímpico Juan de la Barrera, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal
1) Atomic Boy, Ludxor, Niño Hamburguesa, Venum vs El Apache, Mamba, Soul Rocker, Súper Fly
2) Faby Apache, Maravilla, Mary Apache vs La Hiedra, Lady Shani, Taya
3) Bengala, Drago, El Elegido vs Averno, Chessman, Ricky Marvin
4) Argenis, Australian Suicide, Jack Evans vs Daga, Joe Lider, Pentagón Jr.
5) Garza Jr., La Parka, Octagón Jr. vs ?, El Mesías, Texano Jr.
6) Psycho Clown © vs Dr. Wagner Jr. [AAA LA]
First defense. Mascarita Sagrada and Villano IV, who were the seconds at Rey de Reyes, will be the seconds again.

Air Date: 04/16 and 04/23.

Wagner doesn’t have to wait until Verano de Escandalo, getting his deserved title shot right away. The Doctor has gotten the better of Psycho in this feud and that doesn’t seem like it’s changing. It’s weird Murder & Monster aren’t seconds, and probably a set up for a storyline.

Bengala versus Ricky Marvin certainly jumps out. Ricky Marvin was Bengala, then he was back to being Ricky in Naucalpan, but Bengala lives on. It has to be someone new getting a chance with the character, but no idea whom. The photo on the poster is the Ricky Marvin Bengala.

Opener would be Atomic Boy’s first TV match since July 21, 2013, when he, and the Alberije and Cuije of the moment were all added to the Mexican Powers in an angle which was immediately dropped. He’s been spotted rarely since and has alluded to injuries keeping him out of action. Atomic Boy is strangely listed on an 04/03 Arena Xalapa show, and is on an April AAA spot show, so maybe he’ll be back in circulation more.

Or maybe he just made it because Fenix is hurt – he suffered an injury at Lucha Underground which will keep him out of the ring a little while – and Argenis got moved out of the opener to replace him. There’s other seeming replacements on this show. Mary Apache is on TV for the first time in about 10 months, likely taking a spot which would’ve gone to Goya Kong. Soul Rocker, the last Rocker left standing, is the position which often went to Carta Brava.

And then the semimain mystery spot might normally have gone to Hijo del Fantasma, who’s missing in action. (He’d make sense as an Octagon Jr. opponent, who’s much higher here than he has been since his debut.) His only two TV appearances have been the previous show in this venue, and the Rey de Reyes qualifier. King Cuerno was not seen at Lucha Underground the past two weekends – they’re taping out of order enough that he could be added back in later, but it’s not like he’s hanging out in Europe with Angelico. This all fits with the idea Fantasma is the mystery AAA/LU type who’s currently trying to get out of his deal – everyone else has turned up. Maybe the mystery spot will end up being Fantasma if they work it out – maybe they just don’t know yet.

On the other side, Mesias and Texano are back to teaming again, though it may be a temporary situation since there’s no obvious title contender on the other side. I can’t see them doing Texano/Parka and Texano/Garza is a reach unless Verano de Escandalo is in Monterrey.

No sign of the Damian/Halloween/Nicho/Pagano group, though the Perros del Mal match is an obvious spot for them to get involved. No sign of Angelico, who should be back by this point – but maybe he’s needed in Los Angeles early for Lucha Underground.

Next taping would be 04/18 in Leon.

Dorada defeats Cavernario in awesome match, Gran Alternativa Block B tonight

feels like a new height record
feels like a new height record

CMLL (MON) 03/28/2016 Arena Puebla [thecubsfan]
1) Flyer & Zaeta Roja b Rey Apocalipsis & Toro Bill Jr. LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 28 DE MARZO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
10:43. Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Cancerbero & Raziel b Arkalis & Rey Samuray LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 28 DE MARZO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
15:16. Rudos took 1/3.
3) Estrellita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit b La Comandante, Reyna Isis, Tiffany LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 28 DE MARZO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
15:26. Rudos took 1/3.
4) Bobby Z, Kamaitachi, Skándalo b Stigma, Titán, Tritón LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 28 DE MARZO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
18:41. Tecnicos took 1/3.
5) Máscara Dorada © b Cavernario [CMLL WELTER] LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 28 DE MARZO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
16:24. Fantastic match, with Dorada taking 2/3 to win. Dorada third defense.
6) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. b Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 28 DE MARZO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
6:08. Sky Team took 1/3.

You need to go out of your way to watch Cavernario/Dorada. It was significantly better than their match in NJPW last year. Main event didn’t have much time left – it started 2 hours into the show, when most shows have been done here of late – but they crammed in a lot of time and it’s a fun watch if you still have YouTube going.

There appear to be some issues going on in the openers with people not being on the same page or just choosing to do different things. It’s taken those matches down a lot of late.

Tonight’s the second part of Gran Alternativa. Rey Escorpion and Fujin advanced last week. The teams in this week, veterans listed first

  • Rush & Golden Magic
  • Volador Jr. & Esfinge
  • La Mascara & Stigma
  • Mascara Dorada & Pegasso
  • Mr. Niebla & Warrior Steel
  • Mephisto & Yago
  • Pierroth & Raijin
  • Terrible & Sanson

This is billed as Golden Magic’s debut in CMLL. Warrior Steel is hyped as 135 kg (280 lbs); this is the first time most of us will have seen him or Yago.

It’s almost definitely a tecnico team advancing to the final. Esfinge & Volador are the favorite, because it’s hard to imagine Rush making it thru three matches with a random partner without betraying him. (Any match with him and Mascara will be something.) CMLL’s full preview is here.

Semimain is the Guerreros versus Atlantis, Mistico, Valiente. Second match has Misterioso & Sagrado in their first match since their leader (maybe?) quit their group. I’m not really sure why those two should continue to be phony Puerto Ricans but I’m sure they still will be.

Show starts 7:30pm local, which is still one hour later than usual due to daylight savings time. It’ll air on CMLL & YouTube.

A Turiluchas mention from Friday says they had two busses, and Diamante was hosting one of them. That’s booked out thru CMLL, so that means Diamante is back with the promotion on some level and should be expected on shows again soon – or they just desperately needed a second guy and he was around.

Lucha Azteca 7 has a website, where all the content is restricted from the US. It’s mostly preview videos. The CMLL Informa plugs have been pretty clear the Thursday day is one week only, which make me wonder if the Elite days are going to stay on Wednesday.

Box Y Lucha did not put a new issue this week due to Easter, but sent subscribers a digital version of their 1000th issue (from 1971). They also have expanded their subscription options, now offering 26 issues for 450 and 52 issues for 800 pesos ($46 USD). ByL’s publishing schedule has been irregular enough the last few years that 52 issues might take a lot longer than a year to come out, but a year of issues for less than a dollar is a pretty good deal.

LuchaMemes 04/24 (Coliseo Coacalco)
1: Keira vs Princesa Sugehit

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

Segunda Caida reviews Aztec Warfare II

La Hiedra talks about being Sangre Chicana’s daughter.

Texano is happy to be champion, like he said he would. There’s no hint of a next challenger.

Lineups

IWRG (WED) 03/30/2016 Arena Naucalpan
Torneo FILL XLIX
1) Kabra Kan & Rey Flecha vs Skanda & Último Caballero
2) Charly Boy & Guerrero 2000 vs Ángel De La Muerte I & Ángel De La Muerte II
3) Ninja Olimpus vs Galaxy, Vardeus, Omega, Matrix Jr.
4) Centvrión, Hijo del Alebrije, Látigo vs Acero, Picudo Jr., Violencia Jr.
5) Adrenalina, Alas de Acero, Aramis, Blue Monsther, Dragón Fly, Freyser, Power Bull, Shadow Boy vs Atomic Fly, Fly Star, Keiser Drago, Keshin Black, Komachi, Marduk, Salchichita, Toxin Boy [Copa Higher Power]
Gym FILL (Black Terry) vs Gym Zeuz (Oficial 911)

These schools feuding back in August, though this is their first time this facing this year.

CMLL (SAT) 04/02/2016 Arena Coliseo
Arena Coliseo 73rd Anniversary
1) Robin vs Artillero
2) Magnus vs Hijo del Signo
3) Súper Halcón Jr. vs Nitro
4) Hombre Bala Jr. vs Puma
5) Ángel de Oro & Blue Panther vs Bobby Z & Vangellys
6) Atlantis, Máximo Sexy, Mistico vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
7) Rey Bucanero © vs Valiente [NWA LH]
third defense. First time this title has been defended in this building since 2008

This feud switched from Terrible/Valiente to Bucanero/Valiente in the off week. Recent Arena Coliseo Anniversary main events:

2015: Mistico (II) beat Ripper
2014: minis cage match (Pequeno Halcon)
2013: Dragon Rojo (c) b La Sombra [CMLL MIDDLE]
2012: Ultimo Guerrero b Shocker
2011: Rush b Rey Bucanero [CMLL LH]
2010: Mistico beat Atlantis
2009: Blue Panther, Hector Garza, Shocker b Averno, Mephisto, Ray Mendoza Jr.
2008: Dos Caras Jr., Mistico, Shocker vs Atlantis, Toscano, Ultimo Guerrero

CMLL (MON) 04/04/2016 Arena Puebla
1) Meyer & Zaeta Roja vs Ares & Guerrero Espacial
2) Asturiano, Pegasso, Starman vs Espíritu Maligno, Metálico, Policeman
3) Delta, Fuego, Stuka Jr. vs Bobby Z, Okumura, Skándalo
4) La Máscara, Máscara Dorada, Valiente vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
5) Dragón Lee, Mistico, Rush vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión

Mistico’s partners are swapped out, but it’s still the Revolucionarios on the other side. Probably an Escorpion/Mistico match coming. Dorada and Cavernario cross passes again in the semimain, but probably will be a bit calmer. Delta is booked but is no sure bet to appear.

DTU (SAT) 04/09/2016 Autolavado VM, Tulancingo, Hidalgo
1) Chalapa Boy & Radical vs Fandango & Kronico
2) Masizito & Porrito vs Erwing & Irwing
3) Exotico & Star Warrior vs Gran Cobra & Hormiga
Star Warrior is debuting, the son of Black Warrior
4) Rocky Lobo vs Lanzeloth, Johnny Idolo, Jimmy
5) Drastik Boy & Pesadilla vs Fujin & Raijin
6) Ángel o Demonio vs Paranoiko, Drako
7) Ovett & Sharlie Rockstar vs Cíclope & Miedo Extremo

Last DTU show with Fujin & Raijin challenging for the tag titles, Rocky Lobo & Lanzeloth agreeing, andn ow they’re just facing other people. It happens.

AAA Sanchez (FRI) 04/15/2016 Arena Neza
1) Sky Man vs Rayo Star
2) Andy Boy, Danger King, Guerrero Mixtico vs Carta Brava Jr., Motocross, Vampiro Metálico
3) Aerostar, Faby Apache, Neza Kid vs La Hiedra, Mike Segura, Súper Fly
4) Fénix & Octagón Jr. vs Parka Negra & Taurus
5) Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Averno, Joe Lider, Pentagón Jr.

Main event is a rematch of Psycho Circus versus Perros del Mal, except Daga is (still) not showing up in Neza, so the Perros are teaming with their enemy Averno. Makes a lot of sense. Carta Brava Jr. quits AAA, is just about in the same spot we’d expect if he was still in AAA. Makes a lot of sense.

CMLL Puebla: 2016-03-28

Dorada wins, barely
Dorada wins, barely

Recapped: 03/28/2016

What happened: Mascara Dorada defeated Bárbaro Cavernario in a match which combined both men’s wiliness to try crazy things. Rey Escorpion both fouled and unmasked Mistico in the main event.

What was good: The title match, definitely. The main event was pretty good and the fourth match was not bad. Avoid the first half of the show.

Where can I watch it: It’s on CMLL’s YouTube channel and will air on 52MX in about 12 days. The entrances for the Dorada/Cavernario match begin at 1h36m13s, and the match starts at 1h39m00s. (more…)

Danny Casas defeats Golden Magic, Cavernario versus Dorada tonight

referee seems even more enthusiastic about the win/photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (SUN) 03/27/2016 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr)]
1) Ram El Carnero b Black Dragón
straight falls
2) Dragón Fly & Freyser b Matrix Jr. & Picudo Jr.
3) Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro b Diablo Jr. I, Dragón Fly, Zatura
straight falls. Diablo Jr. I and Cerebro fought post match
4) Apolo Estrada Jr., Canis Lupus, Eterno b Diva Salvaje, Miss Gaviota, Pasion Kristal
Apolo challenged Miss Gaviota to a hair match.
5) Solar I, Trauma II, Veneno DQ Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Negro Navarro, Trauma I
Straight falls. Trauma II replaced Super Nova and Mascara pulled off his mask for the DQ. Trauma I said he’d give Mascara a title match.
6) Danny Casas DQ Golden Magic © [IWRG JUNIORS]
Golden Magic got caught fouling Danny Casas and was DQed. Title change hangs on DQ in IWRG, so Danny Casas is new champ.

Black Terry Jr. has highlights of the tercera. Main event is what would be expected if Golden Magic was on his way out of IWRG and prioritizing working with Elite/CMLL going forward.

Today’s Arena Puebla has a nice treat: Barbaro Cavernario challenging Mascara Dorada for the CMLL Welterweight Championship. Cavernario is already national welterweight champion and the outcome is in no real doubt, but Cavernario and Dorada in a big match means very good things. Main event is Sky Team versus Revolucionarios, and Kamaitachi turns up in the fourth match (teaming with Zavala & Skandalo vs Titan, Triton and Stigma.) Batillon del Muerte, Arkalis and Rey Samuray all show up on the undercard, though not all in the same match.

The show starts at 9pm local, which is still one hour later than usual if you switched time weeks ago. This is the last week of the Daylight Savings Time difference; everything goes back to normal starting on Sunday.

The ticket info for the Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera taping says it’s the first show to Verano de Escandalo.

MLW Radio’s VIP Lounge has Lucha Underground interviews with Matt Striker, Jeff Cobb, Rey Mysterio and Catrina. The only news is we find out the age of Catrina’s character, and she mentions we’ll see more of her backstory in season 3. In other Lucha Underground news: they got a visit from the Easter Bunny yesterday.

A “Ciclon Ramirez Jr.” had a tryout with Dragon Gate today. (Go follow their new English language Twitter feed.) There is a Ciclon Ramirez Jr. who’s been around since at least the mid 2000s, but has barely worked on shows with major promotions and never made video. That’d be a random pick, but Medico Asesino Jr. got a deal with WWE once, so there are some decisions which just look random from the outside. It’s a little interesting they wouldn’t look at a DTU or an IWRG given their past relationships, but it also may simply be a case of someone willing to do the work of getting to the tryout. Or it could be the slow start of some other angle and I just wasted a paragraph talking about it.

Canek did an interview explaining last weekend’s match was his first match in seven years due to knee injury. That’s not remotely true. Maybe they misunderstood something. He also makes it sounds as if he’s signed full time to Elite.

Segunda Caida reviews La Sombra vs Psicosis from 2010

AyTV has an interview with Puma.

The Panthers and Guerreros are back in La Laguna this Thursday.

Lucha Libre in Japan

03/25 REINA: Zeuxis (c) b Silueta to keep the Mexican National Women’s Championship

I keep forgetting to mention that result.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 03/29/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Frezzer & Mágico vs Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno
2) Omar Brunetti, Príncipe Daniel, Starman vs Joker, Maléfico, Sangre Azteca
3) Fuego, Tritón, Vaquero Jr. vs Espectrúm, Fujin, Virus
4) Blue Panther, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Cavernario, Rey Bucanero, Vangellys
5) Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Súper Porky vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión

A little less DF guys than usual on this show. Principe Daniel is a totally new name, and the positioning suggests he’s a Guadalajara local guy.

CMLL (SUN) 04/03/2016 Arena México
1) Bengala & Star Jr. vs Espanto Jr. & Rocky Casas
2) La Vaquerita, Lluvia, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis
3) Pegasso, Titán, Tritón vs Disturbio, Skándalo, Virus
4) Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Valiente vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
5) Volador Jr. © vs Mephisto [NWA WELTER]
Ninth defense.

This is Mephisto’s third title match – Volador’s beat him in Puebla and Korakuen Hall, and is the favorite to do it again. Opener is Rocky Casas’ first match outside the Gran Alternativa.

CMLL (SUN) 04/03/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Black Sugar & Johnny Dinamo vs Guerrero de la Muerte & Mr. Brisa
2) El Alteño & Star Black vs Carlo Roggi & Thunder Boy
3) Mágico vs Sádico [lightning]
4) Frezzer, Nautilius, Reyko vs Demonio Rojo, El Chakal, Gran Kenut
5) Espectrúm, Gallo, Magnum vs Furia Roja, Maléfico, Vaquero Jr. [Relevos Increíbles]

This is the last show before Espectrum and Vaquero have their hair match.

Guerreros defeat Pagano/Caifan, Mephisto versus Volador

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Ultimo Guerrero/photo by Black Terry Jr.

FULL (SAT) 03/26/2016 Cicero Stadium, Cicero, Illinois [thecubsfan]
1) Kid ? b ?
2) Bazooka b ?
3) Chico Suave & Rey Furia b Dvs & Furia Roja
4) Alfa, Fúnebre, Slayer b Aeroborne, Black Boy Jr. (Minnesota), Chili Ricky
5) Bandolero Star, Destructor Jr., Niño de la Calle b Bracito De Plata, Gringo Loco, Skayde Jr.
6) Casandro & Discovery b Skayde & X-Fly
7) Dragón Lee (CMLL) & Tinieblas Jr. DQ Psicosis II & Rush

I went to this show! It was not bad. Much bigger building than last week’s show, much bigger crowd (though maybe the same around capacity %.) Last three matches were the best of the show, with money being thrown in after the fifth and a little bit after the sixth. Skayde & X-Fly tried to walk out after the first fall – they won, and they knew in this country the matches were one fall. (Casandro explained they were wrestling Mexico style.) That was much more a brawl; not any Skayde/Discovery mat work. Main event was also the house show brawling match, with all four guys going into the crowd. Dragon Lee fought Psicosis and Tinieblas fought Rush for most of the matches, with the brothers interacting only slightly. Show started on time and still went 3:30 hours – they could’ve cut down the time in the first few matches and people would’ve been fine.

Sanchez (SAT) 03/26/2016 Arena Neza [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (photos), Estrellas del Ring]
1) Ángel Del Infierno & Electroflash b Kid Espacial & Star Abyss
2) Atomic Star, Motocross, Tony Cirio Jr. b Guerrero Mixtico Jr., Príncipe Caballero, Rayo Star
Tony snuck in a foul on Mixtico
3) Bugambilia L Apolo Estrada and Eterno and Fresero Jr. and Vampiro Metálico and Billy el Malo and Punker andHerodes Jr. [cage, hair]
Bugambilia lost his hair to Fresero.
4) Trauma I & Trauma II DCOR Dr. Cerebro & Hechicero Facebook video (posted by )
technical match that turned into a brawl with both teams fighting outside for the 20 count
5) Gran Guerrero & Último Guerrero b Caifan & Pagano Facebook video (posted by )
match went on as scheduled despite Pagano joining AAA.

This was Sanchez’s 9th Anniversary show, but had to be a disappointing one – building looked 1/3rd full or less, which had to be a surprise given a cage match and the ‘hot’ UG vs Pagano/Caifan matches. Cage match went on during the middle of the show, which is weird.

CMLL (SUN) 03/27/2016 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Leono & Robin b Cholo & Yago
Yago’s debut in a loss.
2) El Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón b Pegasso, Star Jr., Starman
Forastero’s debut in a loss – though his cousin Sanson was stretchered out.
3) Fuego, Stigma, Tritón DQ Puma, Tiger, Virus
Stigma replaced Delta (second show he’s missed this week.) Virus pulled Triton’s mask for the DQ.
4) Cavernario, Terrible, Vangellys b Blue Panther, Rey Cometa, Valiente
Comandante helped Terrible win.
5) Mephisto, Mr. Niebla, Rey Escorpión b Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Volador Jr.
Mephisto pinned Volador with a Rosa Driver, asked for a NWA WELTER title shot.

I wonder if there might be another TV shake up with CMLL taking back over this day, but CMLL says the Sunday shows aren’t airing on TV.

 

RobViper has highlights of 09/8/15 CMLL

Cronicas y Leyendas writes about breakfast with Mil Mascaras.

Bestia Magnifica I passed away.

UG humiliates victorious Cibernetico, Carisitico on iPPV tonight

Mad Scientist Bomb
Mad Scientist Bomb

CMLL (FRI) 03/25/2016 Arena México [CMLL, thecubsfan]
1) Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro b Aéreo & Último Dragóncito
rudos took 1/3.
2) Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany b Estrellita, Princesa Sugehit, Skadi
17:16. Rudas took 2/3, Dalys pinning Estrelita.
3) Ángel de Oro, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr. b Hechicero, Luciferno, Pólvora
13:12. Hechicero’s return from injury. Tecnicos took 1/3.
4) La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush b Carístico, Marco Corleone, Súper Porky [Relevos Increíbles]
13:45. Pierroth came out with the Comando Boricua (Pequeno Violencia & Comandante) but was offered and accepted an Ingobernables shirt. Ingobernables took 1/3.
5) Cibernético DQ Último Guerrero
12:18. Cibernetico took 1/3. Ultimo Guerrero trapped Cibernetico in simple holds and Cibernetico struggled to escape early on. Crowd was anti-Cibernetico. UG fouled Cibernetico, and the referee (Terror Chino) called the DQ despite looking the wrong way.
6) Atlantis, Máscara Dorada, Volador Jr. b Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
6:42. Straight falls. Peste Negra DQed in the first, pinned cleanly in the second.

Very skippable show with matches that just weren’t much good. Pierroth looked as out of place with the Ingobernables. The first couple minutes of Cibernetico/UG told the story that Cibernetico was not a good wrestler. It was effectively done, but I’m not sure why you’d want to do that and it’s something everyone involved did their best to hide when Thunder was in the same spot. Crowd was larger than normal for a Friday night show, which felt like it had to be to Cibernetico versus UG, only the audience either booed Cibernetico after he was unable to escape an armbar, or just didn’t make as much noise as they had in the match prior. (It’s not like they were way behind UG either.)

Caristico suggested himself versus La Mascara in a mask match for the Anniversary show backstage.

Caristico himself is on iPPV tonight, facing Bestia 666 in the main event of a Pro Wrestling Revolution show in Santa Clara. The show is available via the FiteTV app, it’s a $10 show, and it starts 10pm ET.

I’m planning to go to Cicero for the FULL show with Rush, Dragon Lee, Tinieblas and others. It’s a 7pm show. Maybe keep an eye on Instagram and Periscorpe.

This week’s AAA show is already up on their YouTube channel. It covers the top 4 matches from Naucalpan and announced a couple of new tapings. Full known schedule

  • 04/08 Mexico City
  • 04/18 Leon – new
  • 04/29 Xalapa – new
  • 05/14 Orizaba

If there is a Lucha World Cup 2 around the same time as last year’s, it would fit right after the Orizaba show. Victoria has said they’d be interested in doing another and there was news about the possible format a few months back, but AAA hasn’t said anything it yet.

Dragon Rojo did not win the welterweight championship of the north

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

RobViper has a music video of 09/04/2015 CMLL.

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 04/01/2016 Arena México
1) Oro Jr. & Soberano Jr. vs El Cuatrero & Sansón
2) Blue Panther Jr., Fuego, The Panther vs Fujin, Okumura, Raijin
3) Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa, Súper Porky vs Hechicero, Kráneo, Ripper
4) Ángel de Oro vs La Máscara [lightning]
5) Dragón Lee, Máscara Dorada, Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
6) Carístico, Marco Corleone, Volador Jr. vs Cibernético, Negro Casas, Rush [Relevos Increíbles]

CMLL insists on calling all the Ingobernables matches Releovs Increibles, even though they’ve stopped teaming with tecnicos and are very obviously rudos. (La Mascara is obviously the rudo in the lightning match.) No Pierroth and many of the matche slook like they could be.

Opener is a rematch from H2L and surely a better match. Segunda is has been fun in Puebla. Super Porky working every Friday is odd.