lucha TV preview for weekend of January 20th

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FantasicaMania! I’ve written about it a few times. The shows are subscriber only. You don’t actually have to get up at the early morning hours to watch it; NJPW does make those available for VOD right away.

CMLL Retro jumped around a bit last week, showing a main event three weeks ahead of the rest of the card. That doesn’t really make any sense unless they’re going to be doing more jumping around, so my guesses may be off.

AAA has the second part of Guerra de Titanes. I was thinking the other day that the mystery person stalking Cuervo & Scoria fifteen minutes ago was probably supposed to be Zorro since they’re teaming together now. It just was never well explained, which I was I’m just explained it to you about a year after they started teaming up. Perhaps they’ll be explaining the mystery Apache attacker on this show, the last from 2016.

FantasticaMania, H2L on March 17, Villano III to be honored, Astral no longer a mini

The first FantasticaMania show will take place before the next time I write one of these posts. The full schedule for the weekend is like this:

All three FantasticaMania days will air at 4:30 AM ET, 3:30 AM ET, 1:30 AM ET. They’re all on NJPW World and you will have to subscribe (for about $9 USD month, automatically renews on the first day of the month) to see them. It’s probably a sane thing to get normal sleep and just watch these shows in the morning, but you’ll need to stay away from Twitter and this website tomorrow if you want to watch without being spoiled.

Friday’s main events have the highest upside of the tour. Dragon Lee versus Kamaitachi (Takahashi) was the best match last year, and both of them will have singles matches against guys just about as good. Dragon Lee defends the lightweight title against Cavernario in the main event, and Titan gets a non-title match against the top junior in NJPW in the semimain. The undercard should be good – it’ll be the one and only time you ever see Ephesto & Will Ospreay as two man team! – but those main events are worth sacrificing some sleep on a work day.

CultIcon has a preview of tomorrow’s FantasticaMania show. I wrote about the whole tour over for Voices of Wrestling. NJPW has their official preview of the big matches (in Japanese) and a report on the rudos meet and greet.

The 01/13 tour opening show aired on NJPW World earlier this morning and may soon be available to download.

NJPW’s Twitter says they’ll have Spanish Commentary on Sunday.

CMLL Informa actually had news this week. I’m confused too. The biggest news was the announcement of this year’s Homenaje a Dos Leyendas. It’ll take place Friday March 17th. Villano III will be honored. He was interviewed at the end of Informa and in tears over the honor. Villano III is obviously worthy of being recognized by CMLL. He was chosen specifically for this year because this show will be exactly 17 years since his famous mask match with Atlantis.

This is far earlier than CMLL usually announces a major show and is good news to anyone who might want to make a trip to Arena Mexico from a long way away. We have no idea what will main event the show yet (though Blue Panther Jr. & Ripper seem to be feuding towards this point), and I’m not sure if if any indie promotions will be running around Mexico City that weekend, but H2L is usually one of the best CMLL shows of the year and most attended. If you want to attend a loud CMLL show, you’ve got two months notice instead of the usual two week notice.

CMLL Informa also had an announcement of Astral moving up to the main division. They explained Paco Alonso himself gave the approval. Astral’s last match as a mini will be this Sunday, and then he’ll be start in the main division on February 10th (Friday). Astral relinquished the CMLL Minis championship on Wednesday as part of this move. There was no word on how they would determine a new champion,

Astral’s technically the second person to move from the mini division to the main division in the last year, but we don’t think of Principe Diamante as a mini because he rarely appeared before winning this year’s bodybuilding contest. Principe Diamante has amusingly lost every single match he has had since re-debuting. CMLL midcard booking is fairly random, but that seems to be the welcoming pattern for minis moving to the main division. When Demus moved to the main roster, he was the lowest rudo on the totem pole, and eventually felt the situation was so bad that he’d rather just move back to the minis division. It’s not impossible to do well, Virus has made a name for himself, but moving form the minis to the main division is just the start of the battle.

Informa aired a video of Ray Rowe highlights, and confirmed he’d be wrestling on the 01/27 CMLL Arena Mexico show a couple days prior to the Lucha Memes show. Lucha Memes had been hinting at that for a while, with the idea that it’s the start of a pattern of CMLL/ROH/Lucha Memes talent sharing.

WWE recently sent out a survey to Mexican subscribers of the WWE Network, asking them questions including their interest in lucha libre programming on their network. AAA & CMLL were name checked (and the only two name checked.) WWE routinely sends out these surveys to different countries to gauge interest in other promotions, and there’s rumors they will be adding outside promotions to their service in 2017. This is the first time CMLL & AAA have been brought up. Even if CMLL & AAA wanted to get on the WWE Network (and there’s no indication of that), both have existing deals that would make it tough for them move their shows onto any new service in the short term.

The debut of the Blue Demon series in the US, aired on both Univision and Unimas, had 1.7 million viewers. There were 1.3 million watching on Univsion (more than ABC & CBS among 18-34) and 400K on Unimas. The show is airing on Unimas nightly so far, and we may be able to find out how it’s doing later; Univision posts it’s ratings on Tuesdays. This show probably will end up with enough visibility that it would increase in interest in a Blue Demon luchador, but Blue Demon Jr. wants nothing to do with it and there’s no one else to take advantage.

The chain of Plaza Sendero malls often host lucha events. A few are hosting them next week. What’s odd about them are the main events: Ciudad Juarez has Taurus (quit AAA) & Gronda (AAA?) vs Cibernetico (quit AAA) & Elegido (AAA). That probably isn’t going to be allowed unless people have quit or un-quit. Los Mochis has Intocable in Cibernetico’s spot, Toluca has Monster & Murder vs Intocable & Elegido.

The AAA show last night in San Luis Potosi looks like a sellout. Ayako Hamada is back in Mexico and was with the Perros del Mal. Not sure if that means she’s back in AAA for the moment, though the Apaches vs Ayako & Anyone is much better than another Apaches vs Chessman & Averno match.

El Siglo de Torreon, starting a weekly column spotlighting local luchadors, profiles Psycho. Psycho shows up in La Sombra’s photos as a trainer or workout partner when he’s back in Torreon. Psycho has been wrestling for 15 years, and claims he kept his wife in the dark about his wrestling career for two years until a neighbor spilled the secret

Rey Fenix says he’s not booked on the 02/18 show in New York. The promoter posted messages to prove Fenix had a conflict with the date, and says Fly Warrior will be in his spot.

Alberto el Patron, hyping Thursday’s Comabtes Americas show, says he (still) plans to retire in mid 2018.

Legend posted the flyer for the first ever show in Arena Aficion in 1952. They have a couple walls of old posters hanging in the waiting room area outside the main arena but I didn’t get a photo of that one.

Local Cancun luchador Pegasso passed away. He was 32. He’s not related to the CMLL one.

LuchaWorld has a recap of this week’s CMLL Informa.

The latest EN+CARADOS podcast has interviews with Taya, Mr. Niebla and Astral.

CultIcon picks the best matches of Lucha Underground season 3 part 1.

Lineups

Lucha Memes (SUN) 01/29/2017 Arena Naucalpan
1) ?, Demasiado, Diva Salvaje vs Black Dragón, Demonio Infernal, Dragón Negro
2) Astrolux, Baby Star, Black Metal, Jack Evans vs Alas de Acero, Aramis, Iron Kid, Rey Horuz
3) Fly Star & Toxin vs Laredo Kid & Ronnie Mendoza
4) Supermega vs Último Vampiro
5) Hechicero vs Dr. Cerebro
6) Keira vs Silueta © [REINA IJ]
7) Rush vs Ray Rowe

Full card, with the Super Mega versus Ultimo Vampiro match being added. Super Mega was Ultimo Vamprio at one point. Rush versus Raymond Rowe is a two out of three falls match.

Lucha Memes also announced Zack Sabre Jr. would be coming to promotion soon.

great match roundup, week of 2017-01-07

triple dive

Recap

A slow week where I still didn’t accomplish anything much and neither did anyone on a lucha libre show. It’s been so long since we’ve had AAA that I forgot it’s the first one for next week.

rating matches TV Show taped
good Dragón Lee, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Ephesto, Hechicero, Niebla Roja LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 10 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-01-10 2017-01-10
good Matanza Cueto vs Dragón Azteca Jr. [death] Matanza vs El Dragon Azteca Jr Lucha Underground Mid-Season Finale (posted by El Rey Network) Lucha Underground: 2017-01-11 2016-05-07
good Blue Panther, Johnny Idol, The Panther vs Kráneo, Ripper, Sam Adonis Blue Panther, Johnny Idol, The Panther vs Kráneo, Ripper, Sam Adonis (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-01-13 2017-01-13
good Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Bobby Z in a lightning matchGuerrero Maya Jr. vs Bobby Z in a lightning match (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-01-13 2017-01-13
ok Astro, Shockercito, Último Dragóncito vs Espíritu Maligno, Mini Joker, Pequeño Violencia LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 9 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-01-09 2017-01-09
ok Blue Panther Jr., The Panther, Titán vs Kráneo, Olímpico, Ripper LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 9 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-01-09 2017-01-09
ok Johnny Idol, Marco Corleone, Valiente vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 9 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-01-09 2017-01-09
ok Atlantis, Carístico, Diamante Azul vs Cavernario, Gran Guerrero, Negro Casas LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 9 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-01-09 2017-01-09
ok Fantasy & Stukita vs Mercurio & Pequeño OlímpicoLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 10 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-01-10 2017-01-10
ok Oro Jr., Príncipe Diamante, Robin vs Cancerbero, Disturbio, Grako LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 10 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-01-10 2017-01-10
ok Blue Panther Jr., Pegasso, Stigma vs Forastero, Okumura, Virus LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 10 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-01-10 2017-01-10
ok Máximo Sexy vs Negro Casas LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 10 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-01-10 2017-01-10
ok Atlantis, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 10 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-01-10 2017-01-10
ok Texano vs Joey Ryan Lucha Underground: 2017-01-11 2016-04-23
ok La Vaquerita, Princesa Sugehit, Silueta vs Amapola, La Comandante, Tiffany Estrellita, La Vaquerita, Silueta vs Amapola, La Comandante, Tiffany (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-01-13 2017-01-13
ok Ángel de Oro, Marco Corleone, Valiente vs El Cuatrero, Máscara Año 2000, Sansón Ángel de Oro, Marco Corleone, Valiente vs El Cuatrero, Máscara Año 2000, Sansón (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-01-13 2017-01-13
ok Carístico, Diamante Azul, Rayo de Jalisco Jr. vs Mephisto, Rey Bucanero, Terrible Carístico, Diamante Azul, Rayo de Jalisco Jr. vs Mephisto, Rey Bucanero, Terrible (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-01-13 2017-01-13
below average Centella Roja, Meyer, Millenium vs Fuerza Chicana, Guerrero Espacial, King Jaguar LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 9 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-01-09 2017-01-09
below average Astral & Eléctrico vs Demus 3:16 & Pierrothito  (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-01-13 2017-01-13
not rated Cage vs Veneno (Lu) Lucha Underground: 2017-01-11 2016-04-23

como estaz 4×10: Enero

Rob and I back to talk about lucha libre things going on right now. We’re both excited for FantasticaMania, I force Rob to talk about Guerra de Titanes, he tries to get me to make an actual decision about WrestleMania plans, I complain too much about Lucha Underground and indies promotion as well. The podcast is about 90 minutes, which is not something we’re purposefully aiming for but works out nicely.

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CMLL Tuesday results, AAA hair match, Volador to ROH, RIOT

Rey Cometa

CMLL (TUE) 01/17/2017 Arena México [CMLL, SuperLuchas]
1) Acero & Aéreo b Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 17 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Arkángel de la Muerte, Cancerbero, Nitro b Magia Blanca, Robin, Sensei LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 17 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3.
3) Sagrado, Tiger, Virus b Pegasso, Star Jr., Stigma LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 17 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3.
4) Rey Cometa b Puma [lightning] LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 17 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Cometa won with a code red in over 7 minutes.
5) Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Vangellys b Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr., Johnny Idol LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 17 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3.
6) La Máscara, Pierroth, Shocker b Blue Panther, Diamante Azul, Valiente LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 17 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Rudos took 1/3. Pierroth got in a foul on Blue Panther and La Mascara unmasked Diamante Azul.

The only thing I’ve seen from this so far is Cometa/Puma, which was a good seven minute sprint that you wish went fifteen. The rest of the card sounds like it went to form.  Nothing that happened in the main event is going anywhere because the Ingobernables are off next week.

In Guadalajara, Dragon Rojo defeated Angel de Oro to keep the CMLL middleweight championship.

In Arena Aficion, La Hechicera lost her hair in the four way match with Super Fly, Joe Lider and Big Mami. They did announce Daga would lose his hair instead of Joe Lider if Lider lost, since Lider just lost his hair two weeks ago in Neza. However, much like Lider’s hair loss in Neza, there’s no photos of Hechicera bald. There’s a shot of someone using scissors on a part of her hair backstage, but no sign she lived up to the stipulation. People pointing out the Lider situation eventually caused him to shave his head, and maybe that’ll happen again here, but ou’re a sucker if you believe an apuesta bet on AAA show.

ROH announced Volador Jr.  would be on their 04/01 show, with Dragon Lee. n

Panama’s LXN promotion announced Rey Mysterio Jr., Negro Casas, Caristico and Dalys for their 03/18 show.

Wrestling streaming service FloSlam put up a press release, noting they’re missing lucha libre programming on their network and announced they were adding Pro Wrestling Revolution out of northern California and Lucha Future out of the UK. PWR has been running iPPVs on FiteTV, usually with a couple big lucha names (Caristico’s their current champion) and locals. Lucha Forever is using a lot of familiar (and talented) wrestlers from the UK scene, some who trained at the lucha school in London, but not anyone who would be considered primarily a luchador and appear to be running a normal indie card. (Lucha Forever swears their name will make sense when they run their first show.) Calling Lucha Forever something that fills a lucha libre gap is dumb: no one who looks at their lineup will believe that, it distracts from the actual good matches they’re promising, and it’s just generally patronizing. PWR is a good first step to having some lucha on the service.

The press release says it’s a multi-show deal, and it sounds like it’s only a deal for shows from this point forward. I’d be more interested if it included the back library too. PWR’s first show will be on 02/25 with Ultimo Dragon vs Vaquero Fantasma and Ultimo Panda vs Kikutaro.

What Culture Pro Wrestling announced they’re running a Pro Wrestling World Cup. Tournaments to qualify two wrestlers will be held in seven countries, including Mexico. There’s no indication of when this would happen or who would be involved, but the press release says each countries’ tournament will be held in that country, so they’d be planning on coming to Mexico City.

RIOT 03/04 in Arena LLF in Monterrey with “Show Me The Money”
1: Sammy Guevara vs Jack Evans
2: Dulce Kanela vs Larry Miranda
3: Los Kamikazes del Aire (Aramis, Iron Boy, Alas de Acero) vs Los Mismos de Siempre (Kamikzae, Kratoz, Erik Ortiz) – that’s going to be a crazy match

Fly Warrior is in the US for a couple months, based out of New Jersey.

Fenix, Psycho Clown and Magno are wrestling in New York on 02/18. Psycho Clown is a rare AAA luchador getting US bookings solely off his AAA work and not Lucha Underground.

Billionaire Carlos Slim yesterday announced a plan to launch new TV channel “Nuestra Vision” in the US in 2017. They’re planning on being Mexico focused and using programming from channels like ClaroSports. ClaroSports airs CMLL, but others (LATV) may already have the rights to those shows in the US.

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report and the return of Kurt Brown to the podcast.

CultIcon has a preview of Guerra de Titanes.

Hijo del Fantasma challenges Garza Jr. to do something, anything new in their title match on Friday. This is a strong Fantasma promo. I think I actually care about both the title matches at Guerra de Titanes, if only that I’d be upset if they went the wrong way.

Pentagon Jr. tells Taya to stay out of the title match on Friday.

Aerostar is holding a poll to decide if he should leave the cage on Friday, or stay in and try to get an apuesta match with Super Fly. I think he’s staying.

Arena Mexico is among the places you should know in a tour of Doctors neighborhood of Mexico City.

Lineup

IWRG (SUN) 01/22/2017 Arena Naucalpan
1) Cadilac vs Keshin Black
2) Omega vs Adrenalina
3) Freelance vs Aramis, Araña de Plata, Demonio Infernal, Black Dragón
4) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo vs Killer Jr., Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro, X-Fly
5) Dragón Fly, Emperador Azteca, Veneno vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Heddi Karaoui, Herodes Jr.
6) Golden Magic & Mr. Electro vs Pirata Morgan & Pirata Morgan Jr.
7) Imposible vs Relámpago [IWRG IC MIDDLE]
Listed as without referee. 5th defense for Impossible.

Main event gets back to where they were two weeks ago, though I’m not sure how the match will finish without referee. (There probably will be a referee.) A frustration with IWRG was building around the not-great heavyweights when they had Imposible, and they’ve actually done a lot with Imposible this month.

AYM has only been airing the top 4, so we may not get the five way match unless +Lucha posts it. (They should!)

CMLL (TUE) 01/24/2017 Arena México
1) Acero & Aéreo vs Pequeño Universo 2000 & Pequeño Violencia
2) Flyer, Metatrón, Star Jr. vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Canelo Casas, Hijo del Signo
3) Fuego vs Skándalo [lightning]
4) Pegasso, Stigma, Tritón vs Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Virus
5) Ángel de Oro, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Ripper, Sam Adonis, Vangellys
6) Atlantis, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible

Of all the people flying back from Japan, it’s old man Atlantis and Stuka who have to work the first day back. (Or everyone else is stuck taking the shuttle to Guadalajara.) This card isn’t much better than the others, with a some matches which might be good but nothing that looks great and definitely some things that look bad. That minis opener is close to the worse one they can throw out there.

 

AAA on Televisa: 2017-01-14 

Recapped: 01/15/2016

What happened: Goya Kong returned, and later betrayed her brother Psycho Clown to side with the rudos. Aerostar & Drago kept the tag titles and united with Argenis to form a new unnamed group.

What was good: Nothing stuck out as something you should go out of your way to see, but nothing was truly terrible either. The opener was too short and the main event was too long, but it was a very normal AAA TV episode.

Where can I watch it: It’s on AAA’s channel. (more…)

Caristico defeats Casas in Puebla, Tuesday preview

Caristico wins

CMLL (SUN) 01/15/2017 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Domingos Familiares]
1) Destructor b Capitán Cobra
Rudos took 2/3.
2) Linterna & Mr. Brisa b Cosmos & El Alteño
Rudos took 1/3.
3) Javier Cruz Jr., Neutrón, Reycko b Carlo Roggi, Demonio Rojo, Gran Kenut
Tecnicos took 1/3, Neutron pinning Gran Kenut
4) Frezzer & Furia Roja b Joker & Sádico
Team Frezzer & Furia Roja (brothers) took 1/3, Frezzer pinning Joker win straight falls.
5) Explosivo, Flash II, Omar Brunetti b Mr. Trueno, Pitbull I, Rey Trueno
Tecnicos took 2/3.

Freezer gets that title match against Joker this Sunday.

CMLL (MON) 01/16/2017 Arena Puebla [+LuchaTV, Plantilla Deportiva]
1) Centella Roja & El Hijo De Centella Roja b Rey Apocalipsis & Toro Bill Jr. LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 16 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
2) Black Tiger & Tigre Rojo Jr. b Fuerza Chicana & Policeman LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 16 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
3) Astro, Shockercito, Último Dragóncito b Espíritu Maligno, Mini Joker, Pequeño Violencia LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 16 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Astro pinned Pequeno Violencia
4) Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Skándalo b Ángel de Oro, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stigma LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 16 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Dragon Rojo pinned Angel de Oro before their title match
5) Johnny Idol, Marco Corleone, Valiente b La Máscara, Máscara Año 2000, Vangellys LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 16 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
6) Carístico b Negro Casas LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 16 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Caristico took 2/3, the last when Negro tried La Mistica but Caristico won with la casita

Main event was better than the Tuesday Negro Casas match, though it didn’t rise to being a must see. The minis feud seems to have changed or it being dropped; Pequeno Violencia isn’t back next week.

If I caught it correctly, it sounds like CMLL will have an announcement on Homenaje a Dos Leyendas on Informa this week. It seems early, but announcing a date or (more likely) a legend would make sense.

Today’s CMLL show is the better of the two Arena Mexico streamed show this week. The main event (Blue Panther, Diamante Azul, Valiente vs La Mascara, Pierroth, Shocker) doesn’t sound strong, but there’s good matches snuck in elsewhere on the card. Rey Cometa and Puma resume their rivalry in a lightning match, and the tercera has a promising Pegasso, Star and Stigma versus Sagrado, Tiger and Virus lightning match. There’s a lot of good luchadors there, plenty enough to have more exciting cards during FantasticaMania, but CMLL just hasn’t made any special attempt to focus them. The cards are not bad because of FantasticaMania, they’re bad because CMLL isn’t trying hard for good cards.

The rest of the show is the usual grab bag. Drone, Guerrero Maya and Johnny Idol take on Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja and Vangellys in the semimain, which should be fine. Magia Blanca, Robin and Sensei take on the angry old man squad of Nitro, Arkangel and Cancerbero. Acero & Aereo against Mercurio & Pequeno Nitro open the show. I really like the team of Mercurio & Nitro, but I expect just a lot of biting in a Tuesday opener.

The show will air at 7:30pm on CMLL’s YouTube channel.

Guadalajara has Dragon Rojo defending his middleweight title against Angel de Oro. Dragon Rojo does not have the look of someone who’s about to lose.

Ring of Honor announced Dragon Lee for their April 1st (WrestleMania weekend) show. Dragon Lee being part of big ROH shows is expected at this point. His match may be announced tomorrow. They’re also promising a first time CMLL star in ROH. I’d pick Cavernario if I was them.

Papagayo Adventure at Acapulco has Cavernario vs Valiente vs Flamita vs Jack Evans as a main event. Whoever’s booking those shows is booking a lot of indie dream matches.

There’s Facebook video of Ronnie Mendoza vs Zach Sabre Jr. from the Martinez show. The guy who usually posts the matches from that promotion uploaded the main event from that show.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update.

LigerFever has a recap of the latest Podcast Boom.

AAA posts Dorian Roldan’s interview from Revista Expansion, talks about 2016 being a good year.

Luchas 2000 #857 highlights the third or fourth more important match at Guerra de Titanes. But it has a cage!

A bio of Lady Sensation talking about her life as a luchadora.

A new indie promotion launched in Tehuacan, Pubela.

Veneno teaches the ref to dance. Kinda.

Lineup

CMLL (MON) 01/23/2017 Arena Puebla
1) Lestat, Rey Samuray, Zaeta Roja vs Hijo del Perverso, King Jaguar, Rey Apocalipsis
2) Acero, Aéreo, Asturiano vs Espíritu Maligno, Mini Joker, Pierrothito
3) Esfinge, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Kráneo, Olímpico, Ripper
4) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Diamante Azul vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible
5) Johnny Idol, Marco Corleone, Valiente vs La Máscara, Máscara Año 2000, Vangellys

This is probably the last card before the FM guys are back, depending on if they have them work on Tuesday. Tercera could be good. This is Esfinge’s first match outside of Guadalajara in six weeks.

“Perverso” is listed on the card, but in a story broken by Perverso Jr., it’s actually Puebla luchador Hijo del Perverso.  I’ve never seen him in action, and have no better idea why they’re going by Perverso than you. I don’t think it means about the same as it would in English.

new lucha videos for the weekend of January 13th, 2017

YouTube: Playlist

01/14 & 01/15 WWC: Cloud Drive

01/14 Elite: Cloud Drive

CMLL Lucha Libre Retro: 2017-01-13
Cloud Drive
taped 2016-10-15 @ Arena Coliseo
1) Flyer, Oro Jr., Robin vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Disturbio, Hijo del Signo
taped 2016-11-05 @ Arena Coliseo
2) Diamante Azul vs Terrible
taped 2016-10-15 @ Arena Coliseo
3) Atlantis, Máximo Sexy, Valiente vs La Máscara, Mr. Niebla, Niebla Roja

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-01-13
Cloud Drive
taped 2017-01-13 @ Arena México
1) Astral & Eléctrico vs Demus 3:16 & Pierrothito
2) La Vaquerita, Princesa Sugehit, Silueta vs Amapola, La Comandante, Tiffany
3) Blue Panther, Johnny Idol, The Panther vs Kráneo, Ripper, Sam Adonis
4) Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Bobby Z in a lightning match
5) Ángel de Oro, Marco Corleone, Valiente vs El Cuatrero, Máscara Año 2000, Sansón
6) Carístico, Diamante Azul, Rayo de Jalisco Jr. vs Mephisto, Rey Bucanero, Terrible

AAA on Televisa: 2017-01-14
Cloud Drive
taped 2016-12-17 @ Plaza de Toros Belisario Arteaga, Chilpancingo, Guerrero
1) Argenis, Lanzeloth, Niño Hamburguesa vs Carta Brava Jr., Dave The Clown, Soul Rocker
2) Aerostar & Drago © vs Monsther Clown & Murder Clown and Daga & Joe Lider for the AAA World Tag Team Championship
3) Hijo del Fantasma, Psycho Clown, Texano Jr. vs Dr. Wagner Jr., El Mesías, Pagano

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2017-01-14
Cloud Drive
taped 2017-01-02 @ Arena Puebla
1) Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa, Stigma vs Disturbio, Sam Adonis, Skándalo
2) Ángel de Oro, Titán, Valiente vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
3) Volador Jr. © vs La Máscara for the NWA World Welterweight Championship

IWRG Zona XXI: 2017-01-16
Cloud Drive
taped 2017-01-15 @ Arena Naucalpan
1) Dragón Fly, Golden Magic, Hijo De Dos Caras vs Herodes Jr., Negro Navarro, Pirata Morgan Jr.
2) Mr. Electro © vs Pirata Morgan for the IWRG Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship
3) Trauma I vs Herodes Jr.
4) Imposible © vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Relámpago for the mask and for the hair and for the IWRG Intercontinental Middleweight Championship

IWRG, FantasticaMania in Nagoya, Puebla preview

photo by Black Terry Jr.

CMLL NJPW (MON) 01/16/2017 Nagoya International Conference Hall, Nagoya, Japan [NJPW, Puroresu Spirit]
Attendance: 1402
1) Gedo, Jado, Raziel b Henare, Jushin Liger, Tiger Mask
8:40. Jado submitted Henare to a crossface.
2) David Finlay & Stuka Jr. b Ephesto & Okumura
4:21. Stuka defeated Okumura.
3) Bushi & Sanada b Ryusuke Taguchi & Soberano Jr.
9:33. Bushi beat Soberano with the MX. LIJ took the tecnico’s mask after the match.
4) EVIL & Naito b Blue Panther Jr. & Máscara Don
7:38. Evil beat Blue Panther with Evil. Naito unmasked Mascara Don post match.
5) Máximo Sexy, Mistico, Volador Jr. b Euforia, Hechicero, Último Guerrero
12:18. Hechicero submitted Mistico to a rolling half crab.
6) Hiromu Takahashi & Rush b Atlantis & Titán
7:53. Rush Driver on Titan.
7) Dragón Lee, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kushida b Bárbaro Cavernario, Okada, Will Ospreay
13:03. Dragon Lee powerbombed Cavernario

Dragon Lee getting the pin on Cavernario before Cavernario challenges for the title speaks to how highly NJPW sees Cavernario at this point. This is the final show pre-Korakuen Hall; they’re all off until Friday. Blue Panther Jr. says he’s hurt an elbow and a shoulder but is good to finish the tourTV Tokyo has a video story on CMLL.

IWRG (SUN) 01/15/2017 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr)]
1) Black Dragón b Omega
2) Demonio Infernal b Aramis
3) Emperador Azteca, Freelance, Veneno b Hip Hop Man, Oficial AK47, X-Fly
4) Herodes Jr., Negro Navarro, Pirata Morgan Jr. b Dragón Fly, Golden Magic, Hijo De Dos Caras
Hijo de Dos Caras actually showed up! He feuded with Herodes.
5) Mr. Electro © b Pirata Morgan [IWRG IC HEAVY]
first defense. Usual blah blah after the match
6) Trauma I b Herodes Jr.
Mascara didn’t get back from Jalisco in time, so Herodes Jr. worked in his place and lost.
7) Apolo Estrada Jr. L Imposible ©, Relámpago [mask, hair, IWRG IC MIDDLE]
Apolo lost his hair to Imposible in his first match here since July. 4th defense for Imposible.

Apolo coming back to lose his hair right is strange in anywhere but IWRG. Maybe the weirder part is Apolo wrestling in an Ephesto tank top of all things. Hijo de Dos Caras actually appeared and there doesn’t appear to be anything with that. IWRG claimed Mascara 2000 Jr. didn’t get back from Jalisco – maybe that was just confusion, he was in Cuernavaca, just a bit over an hour away. It’s not impossible he could’ve worked both, and it would explain why they bumped his match back.

Tonight in Arena Puebla is another chapter in the Carsitico/Negro Casas feud. They’ve been on opposite sides of matches since 2008, and this is the third singles match they’ve had since returning. Casas won on a Elite show last January, Caristico won in November in Guadalajara, and this will be the first match televised since Caristico’s return. Negro Casas singles matches have been on the short side lately, but hopefully Caristico will inspire him to do more than Maximo did on Tuesday.

There’s not a lot to look forward to on the rest of the show. CMLL’s depth isn’t great with the guys in FantasticaMania, but these cards seem worse this year than the last few. The semimain is Johnny Idol, Marco Corleone and Valiente against La Mascara, Mascara 2000 and Vangellys. Angel de Oro, Guerrero Maya and Stigma face Dragon Rojo, Polvora and Skandalo, which might be good outside of the Stigma/Skandalo feud. The tercera is a minis match, Astro, Shockercito, Ultimo Dragoncito against Espiritu Maligno, Mini Joker and Pequeno Violencia. Violencia & Shockercito feuded last week and seem headed to a singles match. The setup trios will likely be better than the singles match. Puebla opens with two locals only matches: Black Tiger & Tigre Rojo Jr. face Fuerza Chicana & Policeman, and Centella Roja and one of his sons face the Batilon del Muerte to kick off the show.

Puebla airs on CMLL’s YouTube channel at 9pm.

I watched the Blue Demon show last night. It’s not really about Blue Demon. It’s not even much about a fictional Blue Demon luchador, with his biggest match instead a framing device about his journey from childhood to becoming a wrestler. They start off with lucha libre because that’s what people are expecting, but it seems like it’ll be a long way before becoming lucha libre.

The show started with a big block of text saying names may be historic, but any relation to real events or real people is coincidence and it’s a work of fiction. It’s really a period drama where the lead character eventually becomes a luchador. The lucha libre scenes are treated like the sport is 100% legit, and that’s not even the hardest thing to believe on the show. The wrestling is a little bit like current Hijo del Santo, but generally something more akin to a modern match than anything Blue Demon and El Santo would’ve had in the 50s.

The premiere aired on Univsion, while the rest of the show will air on Unimas every night. Unfortunately, at least for me, Unimas hasn’t put in episode guide information. Every episode is listed as the same generic episode, making it very hard for a DVR to record it. You can get English captioning, but have to figure out how to get closed captioning 3 to work.

Segunda Caida reviews Valiente & Ultimo Guerrero from June, and Rey Escorpion vs Teddy Hart.

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2017-01-10

the sabu point backfires!

Recapped: 01/11/2017

What happened: Negro Casas cheated to defeat heavyweight champion Maximo, in an outcome which is not setting up a heavyweight title match.

What was good: The fourth match is the only match worth watching. The Negro Casas/Maximo match was not much.

Where can I watch it: It’s on CMLL’s channel. (more…)