Rush beats Volador (not Cibernetico), Konnan Big beats Garza Jr. (not Rush), Thunder

Rush and Volador
Rush and Volador

CMLL (SUN) 06/26/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Domingos Familaires, Esto es Lucha GDL, Fuego en el Ring]
1) Avispón Negro Jr. b Guerrero de la Muerte
2) Destructor & Diplomático b El Alteño & El Yaqui
3) El Divino, Neutrón, Vaquero Jr. b Carlo Roggi, Gran Kenut, Mr. Apolo
Tecnicos took 1/3
4) Joker © b Nautilius [OCCIDENTE MIDDLE]
Joker took 2/3 to keep it. First defense.
5) El Gitano L Star Black, Thunder Boy, Mr. Brisa, Capitán Cobra,Reycko, Linterna, Cosmos, Explosivo, Relámpago [mask, cage]
Everyone had to stay in for five minutes before leaving. Gitano, Gerardo Salazar de la Torre, 25 years old, 7 or 8 years a wrestler, was last and lost his mask to Star Black Jr. (who won on a small package reversal of a suplex.) Linterna was second to last going out.

Gitano’s probably wrestled for that length of time, but he was only around Arena Coliseo Guadalajara for about a year and a half. Star Black’s been around the same time, but has a YouTube channel he occasionally updated Cage match didn’t seem to draw that much extra than normal.

CMLL (MON) 06/27/2016 Arena Puebla [CMLL, thecubsfan]
1) El Malayo & Saurón b Centella Roja & Rey Samuray LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 27 DE JUNIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
13:37. Rudos took 1/3. Rey Samuray landed knee to the chest on a rope flip moonsault to end the second fall, Malayo hit him back with a hard knee to the head in the third fall (and Samuray ended up on the floor counted out as an unplanned finish.)
2) Black Tiger, Hombre Bala Jr., Oro Jr. b Ares, King Jaguar, Policeman LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 27 DE JUNIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
16:57. Tecnicos took 2/3. Oro Jr. replaced Super Halcon Jr.
3) Estrellita, Marcela, Skadi b Amapola, La Comandante, Zeuxis LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 27 DE JUNIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
11:55. Tecnicas took 1/3
4) Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado b Fuego, París, Tritón LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 27 DE JUNIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
12:48. Rudos took 1/3. Paris & Triton replaced Stigma & Stuka, part of a domino effect of changes. Sagrado & Misterioso are no longer Boricuas but seem OK with Pierroth.
5) Johnny Idol, Mistico, Stuka Jr. b Rey Escorpión, Tama Tonga, Tangaroa LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 27 DE JUNIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
12:27, about 3 minutes extra because everyone in the match believed Rey Escorpion was the captain, but Tama Tonga was announced as the captain and the first fall went on until they sorted it out. Tecnicos took 1/3. Stuka replaced Volador.
6) Rush b Volador Jr. LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 27 DE JUNIO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
12:27. Volador replaced Cibernetico. Rush was DQed in the first for excessive violence and dropkicking Tirantes (who took a bump without being touched), Rush took the second clean with the same corner dropkick that led into the DQ in the first fall, and Rush took the third when Escorpion distracted the ref and Pierroth snuck in a low blow. Rey Escorpion is officially a Ingobernable, though he’s been running around with the shirt for over a month.

Match was very missable except for the main event. It was a good match for the time they had, despite getting two bad finishes out of the three falls (and it doesn’t appear they’re going anywhere.)

However, it’s also the second singles main event in four weeks where CMLL didn’t deliver the promised match. CMLL obviously knew Mephisto wasn’t going to wrestle four weeks ago because they sent Rey Escorpion to Puebla, and they probably knew this time as well, but did not announce the change to the crowd at any time. (It probably wasn’t a coincidence that Rush attacked Volador as soon as he entered, so people would react to the match and not the change.) CMLL didn’t explain why Cibernetico wasn’t there, and never acknowledged he was even supposed to be. This is CMLL’s usual policy – hide the bad news, don’t acknowledge whenever there’s any bad news and generally pretend it’s not happening. This is a terrible way to treat your customers. Volador is easily arguably a better wrestler and a bigger star than Cibernetico at this moment in time, and even then CMLL wouldn’t acknowledge they were doing a potentially better match. Mexico’s the only place where people seem to think this is acceptable. It’s not. Even WWE, who seem to lose track of who’s appearing at what house show or if they’re doing a dark match at the end of tapings, will offer refunds if an advertised top star is pulled from the show.

Cibernetico’s not a favorite among the people who read this site, but there were clearly people who went to that show because they were going to Cibernetico take on Rush. It was the biggest crowd in quite a few weeks, and those fans would be justified in not coming back again any time soon. Compare this to the situation in Monterrey, which has a rep for making lucha libre look bad, but the promoters came to the ring to apologize for their change (even though locally Garza Jr./Hijo del Ninja also might be a bigger star) and are very obviously still furious about the situation a day later.

(Even less understandable is the news reports on the show – El Popular, Efekto10 – going along with it and not acknowledging the situation.)

Meanwhile, Adictos al Deportes has put up a post with text messages between Rush and Roberto Figueroa, with images of the tickets they tried to get Rush to Monterrey. (Rush also writes “bro” a lot.) There’s also a photo of signs they had outside the building explaining Rush wouldn’t be there. LuchaMania Monterrey notes they offered refunds after the second match, and about half the crowd took it up. (Adictos said the original crowd was around 1,500.) In the main event, they teased a three way match in the main event, with an unidentified mask man coming out to face Konnan Big before Hijo del Ninja. Konnan Big turned to the entrance to see Ninja enter, and the masked man revealed himself to actually be Ninja. They had a crazy brawl, with Konnan Big winning after spearing Ninja thru a table. They talked rematch, with Ninja saying they don’t need to have people from Mexico City for a big show.

Satanico’s post about Thunder from yesterday was dire (“help us believe in miracles”), and he’s not the only person who seems concerned. Australian wrestling in Japan Ryukyu Dog Dingo was posting about it last night on Twitter, which also finally ‘solved’ the mystery of who Thunder was before he came to Mexico; he’d always said he wrestled before, but we couldn’t ever pin a name down and there was thought he might not have. In fact, Thunder wrestled in Australia’s AWF and Japan’s Okinawa Pro as “Taipan”. (There was an Australian Gladiator using that name too, but I don’t think the ages matchup.)

Using that information and doing some more searching, I’ve found out Thunder is battling cancer. I do not know what kind, but people are reacting as if it’s a very serious situation and it’s not going well. It’s a pretty stunning news to wander into, but it begins to explain his most recent/sudden disappearance (and perhaps even some of the prior ones), and CMLL’s reluctance to talk about it. I hope Thunder gets the miracle he needs.

Tonight’s CMLL main event look good on the poster, with Mascara Dorada, Mistico & Titan taking on the Guerreros of Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja and Ultimo Guerrero. It’ll probably be shorter than we’d like live, but should still be good. Virus takes on Fuego in a lightning match might also be good. Dragon Rojo says he has a surprise today. He teams with Polvora & Bobby Z versus Angel de Oro, Guerrero Maya & Super Porky, so it’ll be a surprise if the match is good. CMLL’s full preview is here; Stukita’s part of an undercard you can probably otherwise skip. The show will start at 7:30pm and air on CMLL.com/YouTube.

Meanwhile, the Guadalajara show has the Esfinge/Furia Roja mask match. Esfinge is an extremely strong favorite; it’d be one of the most unexpected outcomes of all time if Furia Roja won. This is one of the feuds CMLL loves to do, where a young guy they’re high on wins the mask of a veteran, but it doesn’t really have much impact when the feud is so tossed off and slight. The ‘real’ issues are the ones that go one forever, and this comes off as ‘fake’. Mask wins like this are more likely to backfire and actually hurt Esfinge’s career. CMLL’s audience doesn’t trust the promotion, and this sort of win only identifies Esfinge as a promotional golden boy, an “inflatdo”, that’s going to be pushed regardless of how good he is or how over he is, which ends up with another tecnico booked by the crowd. I’m not saying Furia Roja should win, but they shouldn’t have booked this match or done it in the way they’ve done it if they truly were doing this to help Esfinge. (That may not be the primary reason; this is Guadalajara’s Anniversary month and they just might have been the two names pulled out of the hat.)

The foreigners are in the Guadalajara show today. I wonder if that’s an intended plan to get that market interested in buying the iPPV, or just CMLL’s weird balancing of booking. Main event is Atlantis, Kushida & Volador against Negro Casas, Tama Tonga and Tangaroa, semimain is Diamante Azul, Maximo Sexy and Michael Elgin (what a trio) against Bucanero, Terrible and Vangelys.

Pierroth & Rush vs La Mascara & Shocker are scheduled to main event a show in Queretaro – you can take a bus there, so Rush shouldn’t miss it.

Pentagon Jr. says he wants to win the Latin American title as the icing of the cake of his recent growth, and would defend it all the time in and out of Mexico.

The Gladiatores talks to Shadow Boy & the Tiger about their feud in IWRG.

There’s a trailer for Lucha Mexico film, which comes on July 15h.

The main event of next Monday’s AAA/Cantu Nuevo Laredo show is Pentagon Jr. vs Pagano vs LA Park. It’s probably just LA Park being brought in as an outsider, since there’s less AAA people on the show than normal.

AAW announced Fenix faces Marty Scurll on their 07/23 show.

Chilanga Mask announced an 08/21 show in Coacalco
1: Black Terry vs Wotan

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report and Poster-Mania.

Lineup

LLW (FRI) 07/01/2016 York Hall, London, United Kingdom
1) Malik, Monito, Rana Venenosa vs Cassius, Diablesa Rosa, Nordico Fuego
2) Chik Tormenta vs Lady Apache
3) Juventud Guerrera & Zumbi vs Lagarto De Plata & Pure Britannico
4) Silver King & Tempestad (Santo) vs Aztec Warrior & Magno (Chihuahua)

Lineup for the Friday show; they’re running on Saturday too with something similar. Tickets are 20 & 30 pounds ($26.67 to $40 US, though the conversion changed a bit from when the show was announced.)

Nieto del Santo is wrestling as Temepstad, at least for this show. Aztec Warrior looks to be Magnifico II, but they could’ve replaced him. A bit strange Zumbi’s able to work in the UK but didn’t have a visa completed to work in CWC.

CMLL (MON) 07/04/2016 Arena Puebla
1) Astro, Centella Roja, París vs Guerrero Espacial, Mini Joker, Saurón
2) Black Tiger, King Jaguar, Oro Jr. vs Ares, Inquisidor, Policeman
3) Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Bobby Z, Okumura, Virus
4) Kushida, Máscara Dorada, Michael Elgin vs Mr. Niebla, Tama Tonga, Tangaroa
5) Mistico, Negro Casas, Shocker vs La Máscara, Mephisto, Sharlie Rockstar [Relevos Increíbles]

This is a weird card. This will actually be Sharlie’s first match on a CMLL card since jumping to AAA last time – he’s only been on Elite shows since returning, and hasn’t even been on one of those since May. (Maybe Cibernetico’s hurt/unavailable and he’s the replacement.) Maybe Mephisto’s healthy, who knows. Maybe Negro Casas will finally get his revenge for the hair match loss, or maybe Shocker & Casas teaming might mean someone remembers they’re tag champions.

the Tonga brothers with Mr. Niebla is an odd mix, and kind of a waste of Kushida & Dorada as a team. There’s no obvious reason why King Jaguar should be a tecnico and against his buddy Policeman.

new video releases for weekend of June 25-26

Noches de Coliseo, IWRG and PROESA all aired repeats. I was unable to record Clarosports

AAA aired the Lucha World Cup on TV this week, and so I was going to put up the English version of the matches on my channel. I noticed I’ve got a big sound issue from the second match of the Sunday show on, so I took that back down. I’ll try to see if I can get it fixed in the next few days.

YouTube Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYyNnOBGWP7Qt3ttzbFFlDXwxreO86kcG (more…)

CMLL Puebla: 2016-06-27 

Tirantes wacky bump of the week
Tirantes wacky bump of the week

Recapped: 06/27/2016

What happened: Cibernetico did not appear in the main event, changing the top 3 matches. Volador replaced him, and lost due to Ingobernables assistance. Rey Escorpion went from unofficial Ingobernable to official Ingobernable, and may have a feud with Mistico here (or maybe the main event set up a trios title match.)

What was good: The main event was good, though it didn’t seem close to ceiling for a Rush/Volador match. The rest of the show was highly skippable.

Where can I watch it:  It’s on CMLL’s channel, though it’s not rewatchable at this moment. (more…)

Elektro/Mascara, Rush/Cibernetico tonight

photo by Black Terry Jr.
photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (SUN) 06/26/2016 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), The Gladiatores]
1) Fireman b Atomic Star
straight falls
2) Adrenalina & Hip Hop Man b Alas de Acero & Aramis
Alas de Acero’s first match here in 3 months.
3) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo b Black Terry, Spartan, the Tiger (Tamaulipas), Violencia Jr.
Spartan and the Tiger replaced the Cerebros.
4) Danny Casas, Hijo De Dos Caras, Zatura b Apolo Estrada Jr., Relámpago, Toscano
Dos pinned Toscano, who argued it was a two count. Zatura looked good.
5) Mr. Electro, Trauma I, Trauma II b Canis Lupus, Eterno, Máscara Año 2000 Jr.
Mr. Electro dropped Mascara with a martinete to win (ref missing it while trying to get rid of a bottle), then dropkicked him off the stretcher. Hair match is coming wtih those two. Trauma I & Canis Lupus fought in the back after the match.

IWRG seems to tease Canis Lupus mask matches every year and they don’t often happen, but I’d guess Mr. Elektro/Mascara is actually happening.

Black Terry Jr. has video of Trauma and Canis Lupus fighting more backstage.

Puebla tonight has the first ever Rush/Ciberentico match, which should be interesting if not safely good. The rest of card is a bit shaky, but the second match (Black Tiger, Hombre Bala, Super Halcon vs Ares, King Jaguar, Policeman) might be good, and the semimain has the weirdness of Mistico, Volador and Johnny Idol taking on Rey Escorpion, Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa. The link to the feed is here, and the show starts about 45 minutes from this post.

The replacement main event in Arena Coliseo Monterrey was Konnan Big vs Garza Jr/Hijo del Ninja. Garza was part of the build up to the match and makes sense as a replacement for Rush. They announced the change early in the cardRush apologized for missing the show in Monterrey on Sunday due to flight issues. His flight was delayed 2.5 hours, though it sounds like he missed an earlier one.

Satanico posted on Facebook asking for prayers for his son in law Thunder, who he says is going thru a very difficult health situation.

The “En Busca del Dragon Dorada” reality show, where Octagon chooses someone new in  Xalapa to play that character, is said to be airing on AYM Sports on Monday nights. Of course, being AYM Sports, there’s no sign of it actually on the schedule.

Silueta and Zeuxis talk about being luchadors and sexism in lucha libre. Silueta says her plan is to wrestle for five more years, then go into a physical education career.

(Pittsburgh) Trib Live talks to Sam Adonis about his career and joining CMLL.

Lucha Memes on 07/17 in Coliseo Coacalco
1: Caifan vs Rush
2: Demasiado vs Soberano Jr.

DTU says Titan & Triton will defend the DTU Nexo tag team titles on their upcoming Con Casta de Campeons tour.

RobViper has music videos of CMLL 11/13/15 (Sombra’s farewell match), AAA 10/16/06, AAA Verano de Escandalo 2006

TKD reviews the 03/29/15 CaraLucha show.

Winter Palace has a review of the Traumas vs Puma & Tiger from CaraLucha.

Super Libre had many guests, including Esfinge & Diamante Azul

Box Y Lucha #3239 has the Gran Prix on the cover.

Lineups

IWRG (WED) 06/29/2016 Arena Naucalpan
1) Pumita & Salchichita vs Águila Oriental & Osisis
2) Geo & Magic Drago vs Adrenalina & Voltar
3) Fireman, Keiser Drago, Omega vs Araña de Plata, Galaxy, Skanda
4) Aramis, Dragón Fly, Zatura vs Ángel Dorado I, Ares I, Ares II
5) Black Terry & Shadow Boy vs Apolo Estrada Jr. & the Tiger (Tamaulipas)

Another FILL show, top matches follow up on the FILL versus Promociones del Norte feud from last week.

great match roundup, week of 2016-06-11

this was still great
this was still great

I think the minis cibernetico and the atomicos from the Destruction Mark show are probably good, but I’m already cutting out matches which I thing probably is good but don’t think will be great.

matches I’m actually recommending
rating matches TV Show taped
great Dragón Rojo Jr. © vs Guerrero Maya Jr. for the CMLL World Middleweight Championship CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-06-14 2016-06-14
great Fénix vs Pentagón Jr., Ivelisse, Johnny Mundo, Taya, King Cuerno in a Number One Contenders Match match and [LU CHAMP] Lucha Underground: 2016-06-14 2016-01-16
all the other matches I rated, for the sake of completness
rating matches TV Show taped
good Astro & Meyer vs Espíritu Maligno & Mini Joker CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-06-13 2016-06-13
good Oro Jr. & Soberano Jr. vs Cancerbero & Raziel CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-06-17 2016-06-17
good Último Guerrero © vs Valiente for the NWA World Middleweight Championship CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-06-17 2016-06-17
good Golden Magic, Hijo De Dos Caras, Rey Cometa vs Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr., Magno, Magnus Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-06-17 2016-06-16
good Máscara Dorada vs Atlantis, La Máscara, Rush, Carístico,Cibernético, Xtreme Tiger, Volador Jr., Diamante Azul, Rey Escorpión [Elite Rumble] Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-06-17 2016-06-16
ok Aerostar, Bengala, Drago vs Averno, Chessman, Ricky Marvin in a Number One Contenders Match match and for the AAA World Trios Championship AAA on Televisa: 2016-06-11 2016-05-31
ok Dr. Wagner Jr. & Texano Jr. vs El Mesías & Hernandez AAA on Televisa: 2016-06-11 2016-05-31
ok Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. vs Kráneo, Morphosis, Ripper CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-06-13 2016-06-13
ok Ángel de Oro, Máximo Sexy, Valiente vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-06-13 2016-06-13
ok Cibernético, Euforia, Último Guerrero vs Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Rush CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-06-13 2016-06-13
ok Fuego, Pegasso, Stigma vs Fujin, Okumura, Raijin CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-06-14 2016-06-14
ok Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther vs Bobby Z, Euforia, Vangellys CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-06-14 2016-06-14
ok Máscara Dorada, Súper Porky, Titán vs Kráneo, Pierroth, Rey Escorpión CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-06-14 2016-06-14
ok Estrellita, Princesa Sugehit, Silueta vs La Seductora, Reyna Isis, Zeuxis CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-06-17 2016-06-17
ok Ángel de Oro, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Misterioso Jr., Rey Bucanero, Shocker CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-06-17 2016-06-17
ok Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Rey Cometa vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-06-17 2016-06-17
ok Diamante Azul, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Ephesto, La Máscara, Mephisto CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-06-17 2016-06-17
below average Faby Apache & Mary Apache vs La Hiedra & Taya AAA on Televisa: 2016-06-11 2016-05-31
below average Arkalis, París, Zaeta Roja vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Inquisidor, Metálico CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-06-13 2016-06-13
below average Metatrón & Sensei vs Akuma & Camorra CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-06-14 2016-06-14
below average Hombre Bala Jr., Magnus, Starman vs Canelo Casas, Espanto Jr., Nitro CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-06-14 2016-06-14

 

Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-06-17 

huge if random dive into the crowd
huge if random dive into the crowd

Recapped: 06/23/16

What happened: Volador will represent Mexico in the upcoming Elite International Tournament, which will pushed through the show.

What was good: I liked both matches.

Where can I watch it: It’s on my channel and AztecaDeporte’s website.

The show flashes back to Rush’s martinete, and suspension, and then today where Rush doesn’t really seem to be bothered much about the whole thing. Maybe because it’s now over? We’re briefly shown a bit with Dr. Zavaleta, Rambo and Rush where Rush is given a deceleration of being un-suspended. It’s not emphasized, it’s not even visible if you don’t freeze frame it, but the paper says he’ll be suspended for three months if he does it again, and his license will be revoked if he does it a third time.
(more…)

Elgin wins international Elite tournament, UG up next?

ELITE (SAT) 06/25/2016 Arena México [+LuchaTV, CMLL, SuperLuchas]
1) Puma & Tiger b Emperador Azteca & Metaleón
Announced as Puma/Tiger, changed to Euforia/Gran Guerrero, ended up being Puma/Tiger.
2) Michael Elgin b Lio Rush [Elite Internacional, quarterfinal]
3) Kushida b DJZ [Elite Internacional, quarterfinal]
4) Volador Jr. b Tama Tonga [Elite Internacional, quarterfinal]
5) Bram b Sabú [Elite Internacional, quarterfinal]
6) Volador Jr. b Kushida [Elite Internacional, semifinal]
7) Michael Elgin b Bram [Elite Internacional, semifinal]
8) Michael Elgin b Volador Jr. [Elite Internacional, final]
They did a big presentation with flags and national anthems before the final. Longest match. Good match. Elgin got a belt (though it’s meant to be an annual competition and not something to defend.) Volador said his team would avenge the loss in the Gran Prix on Friday.

Results are kind of what I expected; they weren’t going to get NJPW to have both champions lose in the same tournament. Volador/Kushida seems like the direction, maybe on that last Friday Kushida’s around (07/15), but no one’s outright made the challenge yet.

Attendance doesn’t sound like it was any better. The preliminary rounds were said to be short but good, with the main event getting more time and very good. All the tournament matches should air next Friday night on Elite’s Lucha Azteca show. Elite will probably be off this week. After that, who knows. The optimistic way of looking at it is, if Elite just keeps resumes running on July 7th, then it shows they’re immune to business concerns and will continue on as long as the people in charge are still interested in the project.

CMLL (SUN) 06/26/2016 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Bengala & Leono b Artillero & Camorra
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Magnus, Mr. México Jr. b Black Scorpió, Canelo Casas, Hijo del Signo
Debuts for Mr. Mexico and Black Scorpio
3) Misterioso Jr., Okumura, Virus b Fuego, Pegasso, Tritón
4) Pierroth, Tama Tonga, Tangaroa b Máximo Sexy, Stuka Jr., Volador Jr.
5) Kushida, Marco Corleone, Michael Elgin DQ Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
Euforia tossed his mask to Marco for the DQ.

Rush didn’t make Arena Coliseo Monterrey show tonight. I’ll talk about that, and other things, tomorrow. (But maybe late tomorrow.)

NJPW announces the G1 field late tonight. There’s been no rumors of CMLL involvement but it’s not impossible.

Black Terry Jr. has highlights of the four way tag match, Puma & Tiger vs Los Traumas and Volador & Bandido vs Flamita & Fly Warrior from CaraLucha. He’s also updated the list of matches he’s selling (which of course include those three.)

A man in Cordoba, Veracruz has been arrested for a murder at a movie theater on June 12. However, the promoter of lucha shows at Arena San Miguel believes the police have the wrong man – because the guy in jail was wrestling on a show as the masked Demonio Rojo Jr. at the same time as the murder.

Blue Demon Jr. wants the government to donate or share a permanent structure for a lucha libre museum.

Joe Lider likes ladder matches.

Lineup

CMLL (SUN) 07/03/2016 Arena México
1) Flyer & Sensei vs Akuma & Inquisidor
2) Marvel, Oro Jr., Soberano Jr. vs Fiero, Fujin, Raijin
3) Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr., Titán vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Hechicero, Pólvora
4) Marco Corleone vs Euforia
5) Diamante Azul, Shocker, Último Guerrero vs Michael Elgin, Tama Tonga, Tangaroa

Marco/Euforia went from 0 to 60 quick. Main event is Mexico vs Foreign Legion. WON reported the plan was for a UG/Elgin title match at some point, and this would seem to set it up for 07/10 (as Elgin is gone by the 17th.)

More debuts! Fiero is an Mexico city indie guy who’s appeared, of note, IWRG and Toyrumon shows. He’s good. I’m not sure who this Marvel is – it could be the Guadalajara local getting an unexpected callup to Mexico City, since he’s hasn’t been around much. He was working early matches in 2014 for a few months, disappeared, and the name reappeared this April for Sunday matches but not many of those.

CMLL (SUN) 07/03/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Black Sugar vs Quca
2) Javier Cruz Jr. & Micro vs Destello & Destructor
3) Capitán Cobra, Fugaz, Randy vs Carlo Roggi, Demonio Rojo, Mr. Apolo
4) El Divino, Frezzer, Star Black vs Gitano, Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno
5) Esfinge, Mágico, Vaquero Jr. vs Furia Roja, Joker, Maléfico

The first unmasked match for the loser of the Esfinge/Furia Roja match on Tuesday.

Foreigners win in CMLL, Zeuxis keeps her title, Volador/Flamita

photo by Black Terry Jr.
photo by Black Terry Jr.

CMLL (FRI) 06/24/2016 Arena México [@therealfredo, +LuchaTV, CMLL, Kronosport, Notimex]
1) Mercurio & Pierrothito b Shockercito & Stukita
2) Bobby Z, Puma, Tiger b Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., Titán
Great match.
3) Zeuxis © b Princesa Sugehit [MEX WOMEN]
Zeuxis took 2/3, the last with a Spanish Fly.. Great match, money thrown in. Zeuxis 5thh known defense (fifth was in Japan for REINA).
4) Rey Cometa, Súper Porky, Valiente b Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla
straight falls, quick match to build up to next week’s title match.
5) Kushida, Marco Corleone, Mistico DQ La Máscara, Shocker, Terrible
Kushida’s CMLL debut. Mascara unmasked Mistico for the DQ.
6) Sam Adonis, Tama Tonga, Tangaroa b Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Volador Jr.
Tanga Roa & Sam Adonis’ debut in Arena Mexico with a win.

Didn’t see more than a few seconds of this show. I read the feed had lots of trouble during the first few matches, which were the best matches. (I did record it, but have no idea what I got. I don’t expect it to be much.) Zeuxis/Sugehit was strong but maybe a few minutes too long and the second match was the expected fun. Zeuxis talked about her win. The Foreign Legion promised to win next week, as did Rey Cometa.

Before the show, all 16 people in the Gran Prix were presented in the ring for a short press conference. CMLL announced Addias was sponsoring the tournament and supplying the warmup gear. On Twitter, Sexy Star wondered aloud if the luchadors would actually be able to use the gear, or would charged by the company if they lose them, implying that’s the situation with the AAA/Everlast deal.

Cara Lucha (FRI) 06/24/2016 Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), KronoSport]
1) ? b ??
rudos won, no names listed
2) Keira & Lady Maravilla b La Jarochita & La Magnifica
3) Toro Negro II, Toro Negro III, Toro Negro Jr. b Andy Boy, Danger, Guerrero Mixtico
Neza Kings want a rematch in super libre.
4) Templario & Wasson b Centvrión & Látigo and Mike Segura & Pantera I and Fly Star & Toxin
Names not confirmed for the losing teams (and looked like there may have been subs.) Wasson & Templario are supposed to be full time guys after their win.
5) Trauma I & Trauma II b Puma (CMLL) & Tiger
Controversial finish. Cats want a mask match with the Traumas.
6) El Bandido & Volador Jr. b Flamita & Fly Warrior
Match started very late, waiting for Volador to get there. Volador’s team won in an excellent match, then challenged Flamita to a hair vs mask match

The mentions about the main event finish came out around midnight (though I’m totally confused about timezones at the moment.) I’m not sure if the show actually went that long, but it does sound like they held it up to do that main event. Main event sounds like it went great, didn’t get many notes on the rest of the show. Those challenges are “believe it when you see it” territory. Turnout seemed about as usual on Saturday, maybe a little better than recently, which is good for a day change.

Today’s AAA show will be an airing of the Lucha World Cup. That means all the other airdates we have need to be pushed back one week.

LuchaWorld has the latest Lucha Report.

An Chile article about Alejandro Saez being in the CWC. The guys from the smaller wrestling countries who got to participate in this will be able to live off the association for years.

Segunda Caida reviews Pierroth, Rey Escorpion, and Rush vs La Mascara, Shocker and Terrible and Avisman vs Virus.

After he takes Cavernario’s hair, Rey Cometa wants to go after Mephisto’s CMLL Welterweight Championship next.

LigerFever has a recap of the most recent Podcast Boom.

Lineup

ELITE (SAT) 06/25/2016 Arena México
1) Emperador Azteca & Metaleón vs Euforia & Gran Guerrero
2) Sabú vs Bram [Elite Internacional, quarterfinal]
3) Michael Elgin vs Lio Rush [Elite Internacional, quarterfinal]
4) DJZ vs Kushida [Elite Internacional, quarterfinal]
5) Volador Jr. vs Tama Tonga [Elite Internacional, quarterfinal]
6) (Sabu/Bram vs Elgin/Lio) [Elite Internacional, semifinal]
7) (DJZ/Kushida vs Volador/Tama) [Elite Internacional, semifinal]
8) ? vs ?? [Elite Internacional, final]

This should be a really good show! Everything should be weird/interesting. My guess still is Volador gets to the final but loses to Elgin.

Opener rudos were Puma & Tiger this morning, then switched to Euforia & Gran Guerrero later. Should still be good.

CMLL (FRI) 07/01/2016 Arena México
1) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther vs Felino, Puma, Tiger
2) Atlantis, Mistico, Stuka Jr. vs Euforia, Mr. Niebla, Terrible
3) Rey Cometa vs Cavernario [hair]
4) Diamante Azul, La Máscara, Máximo Sexy, Rey Escorpión, Rush, Shocker, Último Guerrero, Volador Jr. vs Johnny Idol, Kushida, Marco Corleone, Michael Elgin, Okumura, Sam Adonis, Tama Tonga, Tangaroa [Gran Prix]

Full lineup for the iPPV. As RobViper noted, the last Gran Prix show was 4 match and this one follows. The top two matches are why you’re going to the show, but the Panthers/Cats opener is always nice. Maybe the second match there so Niebla can get his wish and start feuding with Atlantis, but probably it’s there so Mistico can do some big dive onto Euforia.

Just a reminder – this is $15USD on cleeng, but only $10 on Playstation Live Event Viewer if you have that option.

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-06-17 

Valiente Special, 2nd try
Valiente Special, 2nd try

Recapped: 06/18/2016

What happened: Ultimo Guerrero kept his title over Valiente. Sugehit challenged for her own title shot against Zeuxis. Cavernario was hurt in his match.

What was good: The title match was good. The opener was good, and the second and third match weren’t bad.

Where can I watch it: It’s on my channel with a couple iffy buffering moments. (more…)

Elite International Tournament first round, CMLL tonight, CWC

tonight/CMLL

ELITE (THU) 06/23/2016 Arena México [+LuchaTV, CMLL, Estrellas del Ring, SuperLuchas, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Karonte Jr., Magnus, Okumura b El Bandido, Hijo del Pantera, Magia Blanca
2) PJ Black & Volador Jr. b Lio Rush, Kushida, Bram, Camacho, David Tita, Jinder Mahal, Tama Tonga, Veneno, Heddi Karaoui, Sabú, Michael Elgin, DJZ [seeding battle royal]
2) Bram b Zumbi [Elite Internacional, 8f]
4) Lio Rush b David Tita [Elite Internacional, 8f]
5) DJZ b Hip Hop Man [Elite Internacional, 8f]
6) Tama Tonga b Chicano [Elite Internacional, 8f]
7) Sabú b Veneno [Elite Internacional, 8f]
8) Michael Elgin b Jinder Mahal [Elite Internacional, 8f]
9) Kushida b Heddi Karaoui [Elite Internacional, 8f]
10) Volador Jr. b PJ Black [Elite Internacional, 8f]

This was another Elite event where the attendance felt like the biggest story. Last week’s show was one of the bigger turnouts Elite’s had for a midweek show. This looked like one of the worst, for a pretty expensive show. It looked dire early, worse than the depths of a dead Tuesday show. It looks more filled in in later pictures, though some of that may be people being allowed to move down (usually not permitted at lucha shows.) The concept, at least as presented, did not seem to be a draw.

And that’s too bad, because the show sounded weird and occasionally good, as you hope for with these international tournaments. DJZ/Hip Hop Man and Volador & PJ Black sound like they went well. Black Terry Jr. posted video of that first match and Veneno/Sabu. Sabu was one of the most over guys, which suggests the people who showed up were mostly long time hardcore fans, since you’d have to really dig for tapes back in the day to see Sabu in Mexico.

Zumbi was on this show, happening at the same time as the Cruiserweight Classic tournament he was originally scheduled for. PWInsider reported he didn’t make weight. I do not believe that is correct, and I do not think anyone who’s seen Zumbi would believe that is the reason. He looked like the same small skinny guy as always last night. “Not making weight” might be the public story to cover up something else. (I’m not even sure if he even ever made to the building; he and Jinzo weren’t getting there until Wednesday, and I’ve not yet seen a photo of Zumbi in the performance center.) As far as I can find, no one’s posted an interview with Zumbi explaining the situation yet, but it may be coming.

NJPW mentions the wins for their wrestlers, which suggests they expect this tournament to go well for them. (It’s also weird that, since neither CMLL nor Elite posts a recap of their show, the only ‘official’ recap we get is when NJPW is involved.) As best we can figure, this is how the bracket goes – they changed the order of the matches from the elimination order in the battle royal, moving the bigger names to last. The semifinals will be the winner of Bram/Sabu vs the winner Lio/Elgin and the winner of DJ Z/Kushida vs the winner Tonga/Volador. My guess is Sabu vs Elgin and Kushida vs Volador, then Elgin beating Volador in the final. One of the NJPW guys has to take a loss, and the Volador win could set up the Volador/Kushida match I’ve been expecting. Volador’s already talking about that match in his post match interview.

I’m skeptical all of this will air. This was a normal length show, if maybe even longer. I would expect the top three or four matches will air tonight on Lucha Azteca 7, and the rest are cut down to highlights.

Magia Blanca & El Bandido teaming up is notable, since Blanca is Magnifico I and Bandido is presumed to be Magnifico II. That may be an acknowledgement of their relationship, since Magia Blanca is almost never otherwise used right now.

It’s a unclear if any of the losing foreigners are sticking around. PJ’s surely heading to LA, but not sure about the others.

Mas Luchas had good interviews with Michael Elgin & DJ Z from Wednesday. I assume those interviews are why Informa was pre-empted, but it seems more loosely organized than normal Elite press conferences. It works out for us because Mas Lucha got some good time with both guys, but the promoting of the show was shaky at best. After this show, PJ Black talked about wanting to come back for a rematch, even coming back for a month if Elite’s interested. He’s acted point blank about Lucha Underground and, while he doesn’t discuss details, says he’s in trouble for working with Elite.

Tonight’s CMLL show is a preview for the Gran Prix. Tanga Roa (or Tanga Loa) debuts, teaming with his brother Tama Tonga and Sam Adonis against Atlantis, Volador, and Diamante Azul. Everyone but Atlantis is in the Gran Prix next week. CMLL’s been calling the rudo trio “legión extranjera”, which is the name AAA used for years for their own evil foreigner unit. (I don’t think it’s a reference, just a common phrase.) Semimain has Kushida, Mistico and Marco versus Mascara, Shocker and Terrible; the preview notes Kushida trained under Arturo Beristain for at ime 10 years ago. The fourth match Rey Cometa, Super Porky, Valiente versus Cavernario, Felino, and Mr. Niebla in a preview match.

The one singles match on the show was Zeuxis defending her title against Princesa Sugehit, which CMLL’s teased as the start of a mask/mask match. It’s more credible than usual, since most of CMLL’s women end up unmasked, but I still expect Zeuxis to remain champion. The best match of the show might be the Fuego, Maya, titan versus Puma, Tiger, Bobby Z match, though they’ll be limited by being in the segunda. Opener is Shockercito & Stukita vs Mercurio & Pierrothio.

The show will start at 8:30 pm and air on ClaroSports as normal. Unless my plane gets delayed, I won’t be able to record it, but other people probably will. I didn’t plan it this way, but it seems generally a safe show to skip, with most things being held for next week and the women’s title match the only storyline that might progress on this show.

Tickets for the Gran Prix are on sale, and run from 997 MXP ($53 USD) to 185 MXP ($10), though they’re only selling the lower areas online. That seems like the lower side for a CMLL major show. By comparison, Saturday’s Elite show are currently going for 720 down to 180.

RobViper has highlights of 05/25 & 06/01/10 CMLL.

Letra Roja has a good column talking about the recent history of governmental officials holding press conferences promising better medical assistance for luchadors, and how it never quite turns out as promised.

A Bleacher Report article on Lucha Underground includes comments on what they look for in casting luchadoras.

Lucha Libre elsewhere

Last night was the first taping for the Cruiserweight Classic. They taped four weeks of TV with all the opening round matches (4 per show.) If I’m not going to post Lucha Underground spoilers, it doesn’t make sense to be posting spoilers for that show either, but they’re pretty easy to find. (Start with this Twitter account.)

There are some useful not result details. Photos showed them listing Mascara Dorada’s name on the screen. I imagine it was a deal similar to Prince Devitt/Finn Balor, where they showed both to make sure everyone understood the guy’s other identity. Assuming they air the matches as taped, Mascara Dorada/Gran Metalik will appear on the July 13th show. Jinzo/Raul Mendoza will appear on the July 20th show.

I am told the order of the matches don’t necessarily set up the second round matches (the winner of the first match may not face the winner of the second match.) They’ll run a tournament preview show on the WWE Network on July 6th, and that may be when the entire bracket is revealed.

Lineups

DTU (FRI) 07/01/2016 Arena Femenil, Monterrey, Nuevo León
1) Licántropo vs Drolux
2) Fly Danger, La Maligna, Tiburón vs Jimmy, Kevin (DTU), Zuzu Divine and Destello, Krystal, Niño De Cobre
3) El Gio & El Jr. vs Kastigador & Vengador
4) Black Fire © vs Moria, X-Zafiro, Lokillo, Tony Iron [DTU AI]
5) Drastik Boy & Ronnie Mendoza vs Pesadilla & Rocky Lobo
6) Cíclope (DTU) © vs Sharlie Rockstar, Miedo Extremo, Ángel o Demonio, Ovett [DTU]

First of a run of DTU shows in northern Mexico, but this is the one with all the title matches so it’s slightly more interesting. Sharlie is also DTU Consgrado champion, so he could end up with both titles. The semimain is essentially a #1 contenders match for the tag titles; Titan & Triton are champs but not on these shows, and these are two teams that have been chasing them. This is Black Fire’s first title defense since returning from Germany.

AAA AULL (SAT) 07/02/2016 Arena Lopez Mateos
1) Dinastía & Octagoncito vs Mini Histeria & Mini Psicosis
2) Heddi Karaoui, Johnny Idol, Toscano vs American Sweetness, Trauma I, Trauma II
3) Drago & Fénix vs Daga & Joe Lider
4) Texano vs Dr. Wagner Jr., El Mesías

Notable for the oddness of the new CMLL foreigners working on an otherwise AAA show.

MDA (SUN) 07/03/2016 Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) Azul & El Arkángel vs Elder & Sol Azteca
2) Extreme Boy & Último Sombra vs Gallardo & Gato Fantasma
3) Epydemius & Lince vs Obsesión & Tormento [Relevos Increíbles]
4) Metaleón & Último Ninja vs Golden & Ninja Jr. [Relevos Increíbles]
5) Hijo de LA Park & Laredo Kid vs Delta & Galactar
6) LA Park vs Volador Jr. vs Rush vs Caifan

Main event should be crazy. The middle two matches are the Monterrey vs Outsiders feud from the Elite shows and the usual lucha bit of teaming up people who’ve been feuding for two weeks.