Sansón advances in Copa Junior, lucha weekend info

Sansón

CMLL (FRI) 04/21/2017 Arena México [+LuchaTV, CMLL]
1) Canelo Casas & Espanto Jr. b Flyer & Robin 2017-04-21 CMLL Claro (posted by thecubsfan)
Rudos took 1/3
2) Drone, Fuego, Rey Cometa b Nitro, Raziel, Virus 2017-04-21 CMLL Claro (posted by thecubsfan)
Tecnicos took 2/3
3) Guerrero Maya Jr. b Luciferno [lightning] 2017-04-21 CMLL Claro (posted by thecubsfan)
4) Sansón b Blue Panther Jr., Esfinge, Magnus, Stigma, Star Jr., Forastero, Artillero [Copa Junior Nuevos Valores, semifinal] 2017-04-21 CMLL Claro (posted by thecubsfan)
Battle royal set sides. Eliminations went Artillero (Star Jr.), Stigma (Forastero), Star Jr. (Sanson), Magnus (Blue Panther Jr.), Esfinge (Sanson), Forastero (Blue Panther Jr., appeared Tirantes counted 3 when it wasn’t planned to be one), Blue Panther Jr. (Sanson), leaving Sanson as the winner to face Soberano next week.
5) Diamante Azul, Stuka Jr., Valiente b Mr. Niebla, Pierroth, Sam Adonis 2017-04-21 CMLL Claro (posted by thecubsfan)
Niebla, Pierroth and Adonis replaced Euforia, Gran Guerrero and Niebla Roja on Friday.
6) Carístico, Dragón Lee, Volador Jr. DQ Cavernario, La Máscara, Negro Casas 2017-04-21 CMLL Claro (posted by thecubsfan)
La Mascara faked a foul from Volador for the DQ.

Show was said to be an ordinary show with last week’s Copa Junior being better. Sanson/Soberano should at least be interesting. The lineup for next week as not available by the time I needed to post this.

A Twitter follower has a theory that Claro/CMLL might be geo-blocking the Friday night show on NJPW’s behalf, so the Japanese viewers will have to purchase NJPW World to see it. I still lean towards it being an oversight by Claro & lack of an interest on CMLL’s part in getting it right, but the NJPW theory is holding up at the moment. The Reyes del Aire, which was blocked, aired on NJPW World a week later and now it’ll be the same with last week’s Atlantis/UG show. Those NJPW World airings are for Japan only.

CMLL will allow the first 300 children with tickets at the April 30th Kid’s Day show to go in the ring and take a photo with Mistico, Dragon Lee, Volador Jr. and the mascots. You’ve got to line up in the parking lot and you probably ought to be there early given the limited space.

This is another busy weekend of lucha shows and other related activities.

Saturday

  • Dalys defending her CMLL title against Esterllita is the biggest match on the Arena Coliseo show.
  • The former (and maybe future) Sexy Star makes her boxing debut in Metepec. She has a bout scheduled for four rounds for a card against a woman with a poor record. The card is scheduled to air live in Mexico, though it’s never been said if her match will air. (It does not appear it’ll air in the US either.) If it does air, it’ll be part of Sabado de Box, airing on Canal 5 starting around 10:30pm local, and she’ll probably be in one of the first matches shown.
  • A bunch of luchadors are all around Chicago at once for different shows (and LA Park has to make the odd Chicago to Merida trip tonight) I may go to AAW.

Sunday

MDA in Arena Coliseo Monterrey on 05/07

That card is getting more interesting.

Jack Swagger is now on the FULL DistrioMania/Alberto tour in May, replacing Drew Galloway. This sets up Alberto/Swagger as the main match, which was a WWE feud of note a few years back.

Black Terry Jr. has extended highlights of Blue Panther & Solar vs Negro Navarro & Black Terry from the special Thursday Arena Coliseo show.

Super Crazy wrestled in Bolivia.

El Manana has a story on Sam Adonis.

LuchaWorld’s Patreon has a downloadable file of 1952’s Clinch Magazine for subscribers.

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2017-04-18 

Soberano

Recapped: 04/19/2017

Matches: 

All matches aired live from Arena Mexico on April 18, 2017

  1. Akuma, Hijo del Signo, Inquisidor defeated Bengala, Príncipe Diamante, Sensei  (13:16 [5:44, 2:52, 4:40], 1/3, below average)
  2. Mercurio, Pequeño Nitro, Pierrothito beat Eléctrico, Fantasy, Último Dragóncito  (12:39 [5:20, 3:00, 4:19], 1/3, OK)
  3. Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Tiger beat Pegasso, Soberano Jr., Starman (11:15 [3:53, 2:41, 4:41], 1/3, ok)
  4. Virus beat Fuego in a lightning match (4:16, Gori Bomb, good)
  5. Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero beat Dragón Lee, Marco Corleone, Mistico (10:07 [3:54, 1:39, 4:34], 1/3, ok)
  6. Máximo Sexy defeated Terrible to retain the CMLL World Heavyweight Championship (12:47 [2:48, 0:44, 9:15], 1/3, great)

What happened:

Terrible Clash

Máximo kept the CMLL Heavyweight Championship over Terrible.

Niebla Roja didn’t get along with his team, was friendly with the técnicos, and won anyway.

Misterioso ran from Soberano early in their match, beat him quickly in the first fall. Soberano rallied to be both Sagrado & Misterioso in the second fall, and wasn’t involved in the third fall finish.

Thoughts: 

Virus puts out Fuego

The main event got a lot of positive talk live and I didn’t really see it as I was watching early on. They did Último Guerrero style early falls and it was feeling like a routine match for a while; Máximo faking being tired to lure Terrible into a second dive was smart but it didn’t feel like anything much overall. They just kept on going though, and that’s the Máximo formula for his title matches: lots of big moves, lots of back and forth at a good pace, and lot of convincing moments where it can end. Máximo mostly wins with his kiss (which Terrible may have been immune to after a decade of exposure) but can and does win matches in plenty of other ways, which makes those near falls feel more weighty. Terrible too has a bunch of possible finishers they ran thru, and no problem going thru all of them. Máximo title matches are good for some bit of psychology, and they got a random hold over just by using it to win an early fall and teasing it again as the finish. This match didn’t rise any higher level than, say, his title match with Euforia and it’s not the epic heavyweight title matches of other promotions, but it was plenty satisfactory for what CMLL is offering. This is an easy watch and easy recommendation.

The semimain was overtaken by Niebla Roja’s turn, like Friday’s match. He’s entertaining at the sabotage, and Último Guerrero is great at doing a slow burn at this idiot who’s going to have to murder soon, but the matches are never really that good during this sort of angle and this was hurt just the same. The finishing kick was the best part, and Niebla Roja & Dragon Lee continue to have exchanges which make me frustrated we’re never going to actually get that singles match.

UG is going to kill this man

Short lightning matches usually don’t work, but this one did. Fuego coming out hot worked to get the fast pace this match needed, and from a logical strategy standpoint: you’re not going to win a mat battle with Virus, might as well cut it off before it can happen. Fuego kept the action going with Virus stopping him only a few times, and the finish looked devastating. There’s not a lot to this one because there isn’t the time, but it definitely worked and is a good alternative idea for this lightning matches.

Soberano continues to look outstanding in his recent matches, and continued on his feud with Misterioso nicely in the third match. I’m not convinced it’s going anywhere – it could use more focus on one show if it was meant to be, and it could be they just went with it because CMLL’s random match generator put them together this week – but they’ve got the roles well. Soberano was just as good if not better with the secondary rudos in this. Second fall ending minute was the best portion of this match and this was significantly better than the matches prior to it despite being about the same grade.

no

The rudos were more aggressive in the minis match, but nothing done that doesn’t feel like the same thing we’ve seen out of this decision for the last five years. There were small tweaks to the usual match – Mercurio getting in a hanging double stomp to the apron, and a failed attempt to mirror that in the ring only for Pierrothito to not take the right bump – but there’s more than small tweaks needed. Even when the luchadors put in more effort, there’s no great effort being put on the people who organize these matches and it limits how high they can go. This was good on the curve but nothing that would stand by normal standards.

I was never much into the opener and tuned out as soon as they badly blew Inquisidor’s front cracker spot

AAA in Tijuana, Copa Junior continues tonight in CMLL, Flamita/Ultimo Ninja in RIOT

two shows tonight

CMLL has it’s usual Friday night show with less going on than usual. Next week’s is usually CMLL’s annual Arena Mexico anniversary show, usually with one big match, but CMLL’s really set up nothing happening immediately outside the Copa Junior. Maybe something will come up out of tonight’s main event. Negro Casas, Barbaro Cavernario and La Mascara take on Dragon Lee, Volador and Caristico in a match with a lot of semi-dormant rivalries. Dragon Lee & La Mascara have their mask match feud, Cavernario & Volador won the incredible pairs tournament, and Caristico and Negro Casas have a long history of being friends and enemies. There’s also Volador & Carisico’s old simmering issues, which showed up briefly in the Reyes del Aire last week. It’s CMLL, so it’s also possible none of this could come up and they just have a fine enough three and a half star match, but at least there’s potential there.

There’s not quite as much potential in the semimain. The rudo side has strong personalities but not the best assemblage of wrestling talent; the match will be over but maybe not good. Pierroth, Mr. Niebla and Sam Adonis face Diamante Azul, Stuka Jr. and Valiente.

The Copa Junior is listed in the fourth match, up two spots from last week for no obvious reason (and with lesser talent.) CMLL rarely moves around matches, so I guess it’ll stay in the fourth spot. It’ll be the highest spot on the card Artillero has ever wrestled in, for the eight or so minute he’ll last in the match. Forastero & Sanson are the other two rudos and the natural opponents for Soberano Jr. Esfinge won the last Copa Junior of this type CMLL ran, and Blue Panther Jr. probably can’t be ruled out. Mangus, Stigma and Star Jr. will also be in the match.

The rest of the show are matches with mixed bags of luchadors and not the greatest promise. Guerrero Maya & Luciferno will be in the lightning match. Drone, Fuego and Rey Cometa take on Nitro, Raziel, and Virus, a trios match probably one luchador away from being good. Flyer & Robin, two second generation luchadors who coudn’t get in Copa Junior, face two who did, Canelo Casas & Espanto Jr.

 

CultIcon has a preview of the show and writes about Star Jr. before his Copa Junior participation. It’ll air on ClaroSports at 8:30 pm. I’m not going to be around. I’ll see if I can try to record it (and stream if necessary) remotely, but no promises.

There’s no results from last night’s Arena Coliseo show. CMLL didn’t seem to cover it.

AAA also tapes tonight in Tijuana. We know what the card lists for matches, but we also know these things change. La Parka versus Ricky Marvin is a match which doesn’t make any sense now, so maybe that won’t happen. (La Parka’s been generally dropped down the list a lot in the current creative direction and it’d be surprising if stays that way.) Wagner & Psycho are unlikely partners for the moment, so maybe their main event will get switched to something involving Poder del Norte. Ayako/Taya and Fantamsa/Kross were specifically brought up this week, so maybe they’re still on.

Killshot & Marty the Moth against Aerostar & Drago as a Lucha Underground match is probably still on too. Leo Riano wrote about how this match is the first time fans in Mexico will see a Lucha Underground match. Leo Riano called a Lucha Underground match at last year’s TripleMania, where Dragon Azteca, Prince Puma & Rey Mysterio defeated Marty the Moth, Matanza and Mil Muertes.

AAA’s taping is listed as 8:30 pm, but with the Pacific time zone and normal late starting time, it probably won’t actually start until about the time CMLL’s taping is completing. The taping also may not air for a couple  more weekends, perhaps on May 6th.

Violento Jack will be heading to Japan for a full year to work for Freedoms. They invited him to stay for as long as he wanted, and he decided to go for a full year so he could help build their company. His first match are on April 29th and he says he’s got eight matches already for May.

Dulce Garcia’s media tour for her boxing match includes interviews in La Jordana and La Aficion.

DTU announced Jason Cade, Dezmond Xavier, Trey Miguel and Serpentico from the US as guests for a May/June tour, along with Draztick Boy back from Dragon Gate. They’re running May 31st in Arena Actopan (Hidalgo), June 1st in Aguascalientes, June 2nd in Zacatecas, June 3rd in San Luis Potosi and June 4th in Irapuato.

MDA in Arena Coliseo Monterrey on 05/07

RIOT on 05/20 in Arena Femenil Monterrey

We completed our lucha libre indie fantasy draft over on Wrestling With Words today. You can see the first part and the second part that just went up for all our eight picks, and I’ll  put up a poll this afternoon, so you can decide who has the best.

A nice video feature on Halcon Suriano’s school, where Stukita helps train people.

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report and a new edition of Lucha Clasica.

RobViper has highlights of 09/09/16 ELITE.

Kcidis’s cartoon is about Niebla Roja’s current situation.

CMLL Puebla: 2017-04-17 

this is not proper medical procedure

Recapped: 04/18/2017

Matches: 

All matches aired live from Arena Puebla on April 17, 2017

  1. Arkalis & Vega beat El Perverso & Rey Apocalipsis (13:43 [5:51, 3:51, 4:01], 2/3, ok)
  2. Joker, Pequeño Nitro, Pierrothito defeated Astro, Eléctrico, Último Dragóncito (14:46 [6:52, 4:34, 3:20], 1/3, ok)
  3. Drone, Espíritu Maligno, Stigma defeated  Disturbio, Olímpico, Policeman (15:51 [6:54, 4:01, 4:56], 1/3, ok)
  4. Kráneo, Ripper, Sam Adonis defeated Johnny Idol, Máximo Sexy, Titán (13:15 [5:17, 3:00, 4:58], 1/3, ok)
  5. Carístico, Dragón Lee, Mistico defeated La Máscara, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero (10:03 [5:24, 1:30, 3:09], 2/3, ok)
  6. Atlantis beat Rush (10:28 [0:50, 3:53, 5:45], 2/3 DQ, good)

What happened: 

so dumb

Rush jumped Atlantis before the match, then ripped up his mask so bad during the match that Atlantis bailed to get a new mask but it somehow wasn’t a DQ. Atlantis got the DQ fall win in the third when he had Rush in the Atlantida and Mascara attacked him. Los Ingobernables left Atlantis fouled and unmasked

Dragon Lee landed on his head on a dive in the semifinal, scaring Mistico (who dove right next to him) and Carístico. He seems fine afterwards.

The Policeman/Espiritu feud barely continued. Policeman pinned Espíritu in the second fall, and they were both pinned at the same time off a weak looking double clothesline spot.

Rey Apocalispis wore a green and yellow outfit, which the announcers identified as a tribute to Fishman.

Thoughts: 

cannonball

The main event was an explainer for why people think Rush is great. It was not a technical master piece or lot of near falls exchange, it was him relying up the crowd by being a jerk to Atlantis for most of 12 minutes. Atlantis showed fire when coming back and was a necessary part of the equation, but Rush came off like a giant star. It was his behavior as much as his wrestling, from going into the crowd to grab a piece of Atlantis’ mask back (not that he really wanted it, he didn’t want the crowd to have it), to grabbing a stretcher just to throw at Atlantis (and then swear loudly enough to get picked up on CMLL’s mic), to just playing with Tirantes’ suspenders to mess with him. He was super charismatic in this match, and made it as good as it was. I’m sure they want to save a decision in this for another day, but I Rush winning this match up cleanly until the day he has to lose it would work just as fine.

The semimain was a borderline match. The last two falls are the interesting ones, and they don’t last five minutes combined. It’s a good few minutes with usual stuff done well, but maybe not enough to be really a fully watchable match. La Mascara always looks at his best when facing Dragon Lee, which is probably more due to Dragon Lee willing to take big falls for Mascara’s offense more than anything. Lee landing on his head on the dive was more a freak occurrence than anything crazy he did, but he does go all out for every superkick sell.

everyone booed

The fourth match was the most entertaining undercard trios and came close to good at times. Crowd was into it from the start thanks to Adonis’ antics and the técnicos doing the matador bit and it everyone mixed well, it just got a little messy around the dives and the finish. Johnny Idol is basically the same simple high flyer he’s been so far, having to be directed to do the dive fake out spot by Máximo. Adonis seems like he’s come much farther in the one year.

The third fall in the tercera had Espíritu & Disturbio fail on tapatia attempt, both get pinned on weak looking clotheslines, and Drone cradle Olímpico for the three count in something the fans didn’t realize was the finish until after it happened. Stigma was one of the better guys in the match, which probablytells you all you need to know about the match.

Dragon Lee lived, somehow

Second match is not worth really going out of your way to see itself. It started off really slow, the DF guys were generally taking it easy, and only the end of the second fall really gets hot. It is notable for Astro coming off as a star, especially with strong work in the tercera. His dive looks good, his springboard cannonball before it was a neat idea.

It’s still better than the first match, which dragged and didn’t have a real highlight.

everyone cheered

lucha TV preview for weekend of April 20th

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I’m all about scoops, so here’s something I’m probably not mentioning on Twitter for twelve or so hours: I am doing non-wrestling things on Friday night so you may be on your own for CMLL Claro. I’ll probably rig something up and attempt to remotely it remotely around 8:30, but no promises it’ll work. Hopefully, the stream just won’t be blocked and no one will miss me. The main event could be good and the Copa Juniors could be good, but it’s also not one of the more vital shows.

AAA in Neza seemed to be taped in order of how they planned to air, but San Luis Potosi looks more back to the normal mismatch. They taped five normal matches and one with locals, so there’s a chance AAA could shrink taping down to one week. I”m guessing the odd number matches will air.

IWRG is in a stretch of one week shows; there’s probably not a midweek one next week either since Memes is running on Friday.

If you’ve noticed this getting smaller, I’ve dropped the 52MX listings since I no longer have eyeballs on it. I expect it’ll continue to be the Puebla shows in edited form. We’re probably getting Puebla live only because they’re also taping it for TV; it’s too bad they don’t have a TV deal for the Sunday show.

AAA on Televisa: 2017-04-15 

we may need a new Mascara de Bronce

Recapped: 04/17/2017

Matches: 

All matches were taped at Arena Neza on March 31, 2017 and can be seen on AAA’s channel. There are also handheld highlights on Estrellas del Ring’s channel.

  1. Mamba defeated Estrella Divina (4:58, powerbomb, OK)
  2. Dark Cuervo & Dark Scoria defeated Aerostar & Drago to win the AAA World Tag Team Championship (7:00, Cuervo crossface on Drago, OK)
  3. Australian Suicide, Dr. Wagner Jr., Lanzeloth, Máscara de Bronce, Psycho Clown beat Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Soul Rocker (6:48, Wagner casita Mocho Cota Jr., good)

What happened: 

this is apparently legal now, so does that mean LA Park really beat La Parka?

The main event is originally billed as a trios match with Lanzeloth, Mascara de Bronce (in a new and totally different outfit) and Australian Suicide against Nuevo Poder del Norte. About two minutes into the match, with the rudos in control, Dr. Wagner’s music played him to ringside. He didn’t actually get in the ring, just stood on the ramp watching as Psycho’s music also played and he came down to the ring. The match came to a stop as they face off, and then they both attacked the rudos who attacked him for a DQ. This was not a DQ. Monster and Murder Clown ran in, first throwing the referee to the floor, then attacking Wagner & Psycho (and also Carta Brava, for whatever reason.) Everyone brawled for about a minute before Vampiro made his own appearance, though he had to wait until the music kicked into his part to appear. Vampiro played to the crowd and made a 5v5 match, though Wagner wasn’t much interested in teaming with the técnico 4. Wagner eventually participated with no issues, but did steal the pin from Psycho Clown.

Lanzeloth tried

Aerostar, already hurting from his match with Super Fly, was attacked by Cuervo & Escoria in the locker room. Aerostar proceeds not not really sell the attack in any noticeable way – he’s not hurt, he’s not delayed to the ring, he doesn’t angrily go after the Sect, he just does his normal entrance. The rudos gave Aerostar a spike martinete late, then submitted Drago soon after. In true AAA form, the new champions haven’t even been handed their belts before they’re interrupted by Pagano’s (very well done!) music video. Pagano hands over the belts himself, mugs for the crowd, gets in his catch phrases, mocks the new champions to their faces, steals their champagne, and lays them both out when they try to come after him.

There’s a one second shot of Texano getting his neck looked at by a doctor. Texano is back wrestling on non-TV shows, so this injury can’t be as bad as it’s being teased

Estrella vs Mamba is explained was Vampiro ordered it. Both this and the first part of the main event were officiated by a new unnamed referee.

An argument between Super Fly & Ricky Marvin aired, which seemed to foreshadow Super Fly replacing him last week! It’s one week off, but I guess at least they filmed it.

Thoughts: 

quadruple tope

The main event was pretty fun, though I can only imagine what people at home thought when they started that trios match as the final match of the TV show and actually committed to letting it play out for a few minutes. (It’s the sort of slow play bit that AAA could use in other things and it was good to say it here.) The crowd was inescapably there for Wagner & Psycho and no one else, but having a hot match and hanging out with a top guys as near equals did a lot for the others here. The skinny flying técnicos got to do their flashy offense in a match that mattered to the crowd, and did not seem overshadowed at all. Nuevo Poder del Norte got beat, but they got in some on Wagner and Psycho and it didn’t feel just perfunctory. This was also just a really fun match for the time it lasted, and one the crowd actually cared about. This was totally enjoyable.

The tag title match never really found it’s rhythm, and just seemed awkwardly slower than expect at parts. Aerostar getting attacked and nothing really coming of it also threw me off, but I figured the two times the rudos got cut off going for a dive was going to lead to them finally hitting it on the third time as part of a really hot finish. And then Scoria & Cuervo did a totally illegal martinete, and did a sequence with Drago that seemed messed up, and somehow that was it. Cuervo & Scoria often seem like they could be good in trios and have a habit of not coming up big in big matches, and it happened again here. There was surprisingly little to this match and the crowd didn’t care about any part of it, even the martinete spot especially done to get heat. It seemed like it could’ve been a micing issue until Pagano came out, and then it was just clear the fans cared about that guy and not the rest of this. Same could be said about the people in charge. No one takes Cuervo & Scoria seriously to begin with, the tag titel win didn’t do much for them, and the bit with Pagano made sure everyone knew the new tag team champions were jokes. I don’t understand why AAA even bothered with this – they could’ve easily gone Aerostar/Drago vs Pagano/Mesias if they wanted. Maybe Cuervo & Escoria agreed to do some crazy stunt with Pagano coming up, maybe there’s some other reason that makes this worthwhile. It came off as a worthless waste of time here.

congrats to the new champs

Mamba/Divina was a short if moved filled take on a CMLL lightning match. (They could’ve gotten to a more normal CMLL length by doing the pointless mat work, but they skipped it.) This was billed, as if it was a surrpise match but they had clearly worked out it long in advance. Mamba gave Divina most of the match, getting in a few key shots and the powerbomb at the end, but Divina doing a lot of moderately agile spots without an issue. Divina wrestled fine for a (virtual) TV debut, good enough to be used more and with better potential for good matches than Pimpi, though not anything must see. Neither woman did the usual exotico spots, interestingly.

Daga debuts in AAW on Saturday, so here are some Daga matches to watch

AAW

Daga has his most high profile US indy match this Saturday in AAW in LaSalle, Illinois (about an hour or so outside of Chicago) against NJPW’s Michael Elgin. Daga’s been in AAA and had a small role in Lucha Underground, but isn’t as known as most of the Mexicans who came before him (Penta, Fenix, Aerostar, Drago, Fantasma) and hasn’t been as featured as Mil Muertes/Mesias, who’s also debuting Saturday.

Daga hasn’t shown the ability to connect with a crowd of Penta, and doesn’t wow you with flying moves like Fenix. Daga’s more a straight ahead MMA influenced striker, wearing his opponents down with kicks and elbows and chops and hopefully winning the fans over by his willingness to take the same punishment. In Mexico, he’s the very real black & white straight man who stands as a contrast to colorful and sometimes farcical opponents. In the US, where there a few less colors and a little less levity, he’s going to have to fight very hard to stand out. I think he can do it, but this is going to be test.

At the last AAW show, I was asked which Daga matches would be worth checking out before he debuted, to get a sense of how he wrestles. I immediately recommended the Fenix singles match from last year, arguably the best 2016 AAA match.

but the person had already seen it and I was stumped for a second answer. Which was not the greatest endorsement of a guy I like.

It’s not totally my falling as a lucha libre person – AAA seemed to think highly of Daga, but rarely scheduled him for singles matches. His only other AAA TV singles match was the apuesta match with Australian Suicide. That match was alright, but marred by usual AAA single matches issues. Daga’s had a few more singles since he’s left AAA (including one with ACH where ACH steals the show in usual fashion) but nothing that jumps to mind as a great exhibition for Daga.

Daga’s match with Texano in Season 2 Lucha Underground was great for both guys, but LU didn’t put that one online. You kind of have to go back all the way to his dream match against Davey Richards in 2011 for another spotlight singles match, who’s style Daga’s greatly resembles. (That’s also my guess why Elgin/Daga is the match; Elgin had some very highly rated matches with Davey Richards, so maybe Daga can recreate some of that.)

There’s plenty of other Daga of matches, if you’re willing to watch Daga matches where he’s not always the focus and there’s more people around. The four way for the AAA Fusion Championship wasn’t a 1 on 1, but was a pretty good match. It’s a shame the title didn’t amount to much.

There are plenty of tag matches from the last couple years though. Daga, Steve Pain and a changing third partner were a much enjoyed rudo trio in AAA in 2014-2015, and were part of a strong core of TV matches during that period

Daga & Steve Pain challenged Angelico & Jack Evans for the tag titles in 2014

They welcomed Fireball (Flamita) back to AAA in an superb TV match right before that year’s TripleMania.

they had a really good three way tag match with Angelico & Jack Evans and Pentagon & Joe Lider, which played off Daga’s split allegances in his own group and the Perros del Mal

and they meshed well with Australian Suicide & Speedball, in one of Mike Bailey’s last matches with AAA (and part of the long build to Daga/Suicide)

The best match of this run, at least to me, was an oustanding trios match with Aerostar, Bengala (Ricky Marvin) and Argenis, with Hijo del Pirata as the third rudo. This isn’t all Daga being great – Aerostar & Pain have an unreal chemistry and I’m disappointed we haven’t got to see them go one on one somewhere – but everyone comes out of this match looking good.

These matches are generally against smaller or same sized people, guys who don’t look a lot like Michael Elgin. (Not many people look like Michael Elgin!) Daga’s challenge on Saturday will be to adapt what he can do – the strikes might not be as effective against bulldozer, and he’s probably not going to take a headscissors. It’s going to be tough, but he’s got to not give up, and let the crowd know too that he’s to he’s going to keep fighting. Daga’s old catchphrase was #DagaEsLucha – Daga is Fight, and he’s got fight a lot on Saturday.

Ringo/Herodes benefit show in Coliseo, Mundo not in TJ, LU/Penta

CMLL (TUE) 04/18/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Arena Coliseo Guadalajara, CMLL]
1) Espectrúm & Sádico b Neutrón & Star Black
Star Black replaced Javier Cruz Jr.
2) Magnus, Oro Jr., Vaquero Jr. b Arkángel de la Muerte, Metálico, Ráfaga
3) Marcela, Sanely, Silueta b Dalys, Metálica, Tiffany
4) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Valiente b Kráneo, Luciferno, Mephisto
Tecnicos took 2/3.
5) La Máscara, Pierroth, Rush b Atlantis, Carístico, Diamante Azul
Rush snuck in a foul on Diamante Azul

That set up Rush/Diamante Azul for next Tuesday in Guadalajara.

There’s a special one off Thursday show tonight in Arena Coliseo. It’s branded as a CMLL show and is promoted on CMLL’s site, but it may be more of a copromotion along the lines of Elite, since they’re doing a lot of things CMLL doesn’t. They’re running an unusual day, they’re running two kickboxing matches, and they’re bringing in people who don’t normally work CMLL. The goal of the show is honor Ringo Mendoza & Herodes Sr., both who’ve battled health issues during recent years. The main event is Rey Bucanero, Terrible and Ulitmo Guerrero versus Villano IV, Canek, and Rush. It’s notable Villano IV is included, since he was working with AAA in some capacity last we knew. There’s a special Solar & Blue Panther versus Negro Navarro & Black Terry match in the undercard. CMLL Informa proudly talked about how the show will not air on the internet – they think that’s going to get more people to show up instead of staying home, though it was only mentioned on the stream the fewest people watch – so there’s little chance we’ll see this card. People did do fancams of Elite shows in Arena Mexico before they got TV, but this is probably just going to be a lost show.

CMLL put up highlights of Barbaro Cavernario vs Dragon Lee. This is the footage Rosalío Vera seems to be shooting at ringside, so it’s possible he really just record highlights and not a complete match, but it also shows how it easy it would’ve been for them to stick someone at ringside with a camera.

AAA posted a video with Taya & Johnny Mundo explaining Mundo won’t be in Tijuana. AAA had originally announced Kross/Fantasma for Tijuana, then did a in-ring bit in San Luis Potosi last week where Vampiro made it Mundo versus Fantasma in a title match instead, and now are back to the original match. It’s weird, Mundo & Vamp and everyone involved probably should’ve known Mundo wasn’t going to be in Tijuana before they ran the angle to change the match, but they did it anyway. Maybe the idea is to get Mundo heel heat for backing out Whatever reason, Mundo is the first person who got one over on Vampiro in storyline (and pretty easily.)

+LuchaTV has an interview with Jeff Jarrett from the AAA press conference. AAA separates himself from most people in his position by naming many different AAA luchadors with ease. I’m sure that comes off as sarcastic but it’s actual praise. Ed Nordholm talked about the copromoted show, which will happen in North America.

This week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter mentioned the meeting Eric Van Wagenen had with Penta, which EVW mentioned about a week ago. The added details here is Penta was offered a new & improved contract, with higher pay ($1500 per match) and a push as the main guy in the promotion. However, he would have to agree not to wrestle in CMLL, Impact and The Crash, and generally not for any promotion that works with Konnan. Pentagon is believed to still be under the original seven season deal, so he’s not close to leaving Lucha Underground even if he turns it around, and a contract based on matches worked only is worthwhile when Lucha Underground is actually running matches – even if Pentagon likes this deal, there’s no real incentive for him to sign (or reject) at this moment if it is as reported. This is a story that probably will go nowhere for months. CMLL & The Crash being on that list are people AAA are against, and LU itself doesn’t seem like a friend of Impact, but AAA does and it’s all very confusing.

El Rey announced a new chief marketing officer. El Rey’s marketing presence has been pretty minimal, maybe we’ll see more in that area.

MGM announced a deal of Women of Wrestling. The press release says the MGM is hoping to take advantage of it’s success with Lucha Underground to do more in wrestling. MGM’s success has been at getting LU distributed internationally, and I’d suspect part of the idea is to use the relationships formed getting LU in places to also offer WOW.

Vampiro is angry about something. My guess was people thinking Impact + AAA meant trouble for LU (which it doesn’t), but Vampiro’s not very specific. We did learn he will not be appearing on Impact.

Kushida was on Wrestling Observer Radio for an interview. He was asked his thoughts Dragon Lee (and Volador, but didn’t answer about him) and said he likes lucha libre, but sometimes lucha libre doesn’t have a story, and that Dragon Lee would need to wrestle more in US and Japan to learn that part and improve. I still think Dragon Lee’s immediate future is outside of Mexico, which is another reason it’s disappointing when matches like Cavernario/Lee aren’t captured – it’d be foolish to assume they’ll be happening forever.

MDA in Arena Coliseo Monterrey on 05/07

RIOT on 05/20 in Arena Femenil Monterrey

AAA posted this week’s Zona Ruda with Mamba & Lady Shani interviews.

Dr. Wagner & son head to women’s promotion Stardom for a special match on May 3rd. This will be Dr. Wagner’s first match in Japan in three years, after also doing a guest appearance in this promotion in 2014. A Black Tiger is listed on the other side in the mixed trios match, which could be Silver King. Nosawa would fit as well, since Wagner worked for Nosawa’s Tokyo Gurentai promotion that time and could again.

CMLL catches up on the current life of Soberano: waiting to find out who he’ll face in Copa Junior, popular in Japan, and feuding with Misterioso.

Matt Farmer put together a list of 1977 Arena Mexico & Coliseo lineups & results.

CultIcon writes about Magnus.

SuperLuchas has a transcript of a good interview with Mascara Sagrada, who talks his feelings on winning Fishman’s mask. They also start a look back at 1979 in lucha libre.

Funcion Esterlar has with Hijo del Coco Amarillo and Angel Siniestro Jr.

Lineups

The Crash (FRI) 05/05/2017 Auditorio de Tijuana, Tijuana, Baja California
1) Douglas James, Oraculo, Serpentico vs Black Danger, Jonathan, Último Maldito
2) Arkángel Divino, Astrolux, Black Boy vs Diamante (Elite), Famous B, Látigo
3) Garza Jr., Jack Evans, Último Ninja vs Bestia 666, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Jeff Cobb
4) Flip Gordon & Ricochet vs Mr. 450 & Sammy Guevara
5) Daga vs Zack Sabre Jr.
6) Penta Zero M & The King vs Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson

Full card for the Tijuana show. The two top matches are going to be the big deal matches, but 2/3/4 could all be pretty good. Latigo worked the The Crash show in Aguascalientes, and I believe this is Diamante’s debut with the promotion. Pirata gets into an actual match as well.

The Crash also appears to be recording something around it’s February show; maybe TV, maybe for YouTube? Hopefully soon, it’s a two month old show.

great match roundup, week of 2017-04-08

unusual counter

I don’t have anything to say and I want to get this out so I can move onto other things. I think I liked the Copa Junior match less than almost everyone. I am updating the MOTYC list. I haven’t gotten back to reviewing anything else.

recommended matches

rating matches TV Show taped
great Black Terry & Negro Navarro © vs Blue Panther Jr. & The Panther for the Arena Coliseo (DF) Tag Team Championship LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 11 DE ABRIL DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-04-11 2017-04-11
good Espíritu Maligno vs Policeman for the hair LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 10 DE ABRIL DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-04-10 2017-04-10
good Mistico, Titán, Valiente vs Cavernario, Negro Casas, Niebla Roja LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 10 DE ABRIL DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-04-10 2017-04-10
good Princesa Sugehit vs Zeuxis in a lightning match LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 11 DE ABRIL DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-04-11 2017-04-11
good Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., Titán vs Bobby Villa, Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 11 DE ABRIL DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-04-11 2017-04-11
good Soberano Jr. vs The Panther, Drone, Oro Jr., El Cuatrero, Canelo Casas, Hijo del Signo, Espanto Jr. [La Copa Jr. Nuevo Valores] and in a tournament semifinal match 2017-04-13 CMLL Claro (Atlantis vs Ultimo Guerrero) (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-04-14 2017-04-14
good Último Guerrero © vs Atlantis for the NWA World Middleweight Championship 2017-04-13 CMLL Claro (Atlantis vs Ultimo Guerrero) (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-04-14 2017-04-14

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05/16 AAA TV (Pachuca) – Wagner/Psycho scheduled

AAA

AAA TV (TUE) 05/16/2017 Arena Aficion
1) Concord & Guerrero De Plata vs Bronco González Jr. & Hijo Del Vikingo
2) Lady Shani & Pimpinela Escarlata vs La Hiedra & Mamba
3) Monsther Clown & Murder Clown vs Carta Brava Jr. & Soul Rocker
4) Australian Suicide & Bengala vs Dark Cuervo & Dark Scoria
5) Aerostar & Drago vs El Mesías & Pagano
6) Argenis, La Parka, Ricky Marvin vs Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly
7) Psycho Clown vs Dr. Wagner Jr.

Air Date: 06/03 & 06/10. There’s over two weeks between this and the previous taping (Tlaxcala on the 29th) but the busy run of tapings in late March and April will stack up a big backload. As a result, this show won’t finish airing until 25 days after it tapes. This is the one and only taping in May, so that gap will shrink back down a bit.

It’s also a partial lame duck taping. AAA could still set up things on this show, but the first half of it won’t air until the day prior to Verano de Escandalo and the other half won’t air until after. There’s no real exceptional matches on paper, making this feel like a taping that’s going to be quickly forgotten.

Of course, the matches on paper are likely not to be the exact matches which happen. There are matches which flow into the current storylines – Ricky Marvin joining the tecnicos to fight OGT, Pimpinela and Mamba matched up – but there’s no telling if they’ll be changed. Cuervo & Scoria and Mesias & Pagano could be picking up wins before their match in Juarez, but then they could all end up in an atomicos for what we know.

The four guys in the opener are the same exact four guys as in San Luis Potosi, so they could be regular additions to the crew. Maybe we should give them one more appearance to be sure.

Next taping is June 4th in Ciudad Juarez for Verano de Escandalo. It’s still a long way from happening, but we may have a good idea of what’s the plan after Friday night’s show in Tijuana.