Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-11-19

new champ
new champ

Recapped: 11/22/2016

What happened: Carístico won the Liga Elite tournament when Rey Escorpión decided to listen to Cibernetico’s music instead of covering Carístico. Bandido won the new welterweight title with a partially botched spot. Willie Mack got flown all the way out to Mexico City for a forgettable match.

What was good: Nothing. Nothing was good. All the matches were disappointing and most were badly booked. This is somewhat historically important – either it’s the first season finale or it’s the last episode – but there’s no reason to watch the show otherwise.

Where can I watch it: It’s on the Liga Elite channel.

This is the last Season 1 Elite show (with the idea that they’ll be back for a season 2 at some unclear point.) They’ve skipped a week of tapings to show the last episode they’ve taped. There’s no highlight package of an undercard match and it’s a slightly shorter episode than usual as a result. The second season idea does come up in a Rey Escorpión promo but isn’t particularly pushed in the show beyond the concept of this being the Liga Elite final. There’s no hint of when they’ll be back. Read More

Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-10-01 

20161001elite_mexico4-2goldenmagic
golden magic

Recapped: 10/18/2016

What happened: Blue Demon beat LA Park by DQ in the usual Elite bad finish (with some horrendous production.) Xtreme Tiger beat Ciberentico by DQ when Ciberentico decided to give the referee a martinete for no really good reason. None of these things are going anywhere.

What was good: I wouldn’t recommend anything. This was a really bad episode and fitting a pattern with this show: the singles matches are not good and have awful finishes, and the trios matches are frequently OK but disappointing.

Where can I watch it:  It’s on my channel and the Liga Elite channel, with some handheld also around

Blue Demon & LA Park is pushed with the two being held apart backstage and on an Azteca sports show. Read More

Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-05-20

the DQ
the DQ

Recapped: 05/26/2016

What happened:  Ultimo Guerrero gifted Carístico 2 points with a mask pull. Angel de Oro & Argos advanced in the middleweight championship.

What was good: The main event? It was technically good though numbed me before the finish. The undercard was OK but the matches didn’t stand out.

Where can I watch it: It’s on my channel and on AztecaDeportes.com

This show is low on material, so they start off with a retrospective on the series so far. (That’s never a good sign.) Carístico and Ultimo Guerrero also have a standoff that turns into punches.

Match 1: Ángel de Oro & Argos vs Dinamic Black & Rey Cometa [ELITE MIDDLE prequalifer]
Arena México, 05/11/2016
Video: 
thecubsfan

Winner: Angel de Oro & Argos
Match Time: 6:00
Notes: Cometa seems to be a rudo, or at least makes a rudo gesture to someone from the ring.

Review: [ok] Kind of worked as a four way match instead of a tag match, except the partners didn’t fight. It was just an ever changing group of opponents with no one spending much time in the ring and no particular build to anything, but some interesting moves. There was no attempt to work together as a team until the finish and no sign of a rudo/tecnicos. (In a way, the seeding battle royal here felt like it must’ve been more like a random draw, because it didn’t feel at all like they had a match worked out and were just throwing things out there.)

Dinamic Black tornillo
Dinamic Black tornillo
Cometa Spanish Fly
Cometa Spanish Fly

Match 2: Máscara Dorada, Máximo Sexy, Rocky Lobo vs Magno, Rey Escorpión, Último Ninja
Arena México, 05/11/2016
Video: 
thecubsfan

  1. técnicos
    • Rocky Lobo climbing moonsaults Ultimo Ninja (3:43)
    • Máximo casita Magno (3:47)
  2. rudos
    • Rey Escorpión dropkick Maximo (3:33)
    • Magno shoulder powerslam Rocky Lobo (3:53)
  3. rudos
    • Rey Escorpión package piledriver Mascara Dorada (4:22)

Winner: rudos (2-1)
Match Time: 12:02

Review: [ok] better than the trios match last week but still a little disappointing. Mascara Dorada was on and Rey Escorpión worked well with everyone, but it was overall hurt by Elite just sticking random people in together. Ultimo Ninja didn’t look as good as rudo as he elsewhere as a técnico. Magno looked OK (and didn’t help by them not getting a good shot of his finish.) Máximo seemed to be mailing it in, which stuck out a bit in a match with the Elite guys trying impress. Match was fine but hard to recommend.

Dorada tope con giro
Dorada tope con giro

Match 3: Carístico vs Último Guerrero in a Liga Elite match
Arena México, 05/11/2016
Video: 
thecubsfan

Winner: Carístico by DQ (mask removal)
Match Time: 9:20
Notes: Ultimo Guerrero knocks Carístico out of the ring just as he’s coming in it to start the match. The DQ comes about when Ultimo Guerrero is standing with one foot on the top turnbuckle and Carístico attempts to join him. Carístico loses his footing, resets himself, Ultimo Guerrero grabs Caristico’s mask thru the eye holes (it’s loose, so he’s not even really touching Carístico despite having his fingers hooked in) and pushes Carístico backwards. Carístico flies into the center of the ring, but his mask stays on UG’s hand, and that’s the match. On the replay, you can see UG pull the mask back towards him as he shoves UG away.

Review: [good] this one lost a lot to me when I watched it more closely; it’s nothing more than UG doing the big move/rest/big move sequence with a random cheerleading period in between. They tried to start it off hot by having UG attack Carístico, but it means there was no building to the near falls, the entire match was just (not convincing) near falls and that’s not enough for a ten minute match. This was not the spectacle of some other matches, it was just a lot of pins that didn’t seem to mean anything.

Caristico bounces
Caristico bounces

To fill out the six minutes, highlights of the seeding battle royal and both per-qualifiers in the middleweight tournament are shown.

Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-04-29 

Mascara Dorada is impossible
Mascara Dorada is impossible

Recapped: 05/08/16

What happened: Volador Jr. & Ultimo Guerrero picked up 3 more points in the tournament. LA Park and Rush continue to hate each other.

What was good: Everything was watchable. The opener was a Volador special and the main event had some good moments. The trios match was not as dire as it looked on paper.

Where can I watch it: It’s on my YouTube channel and the Azteca 7 Elite show page. Read More

Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-04-22 

Jinzo tornillo
Jinzo tornillo

Recapped: 04/22/2016

What happened: Mascara Dorada (6 points) and Atlantis (3) picked up 3 points each in wins. The Hell Brothers and the Ingobernables went to an inconclusive finish. Hijo de LA Park debuted in the highlights, and was attacked by Rush & Pierroth back stage

What was good: The main event was the best match. The opener was good for Dorada, but there’s a lot of better Dorada to watch suddenly.

Where can I watch it: It’s on my channel and it’s somewhere on Lucha Azteca’s website. Read More

Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-04-08 

La Mistica
La Mistica

Recapped: 04/16/2016

What happened: Atlantis (over La Mascara) and Caristico (over Volador) picked up their first win in their first Liga Elite matches. LA Park & son, watching the show from the front row, got involved in the trios match and fought with Cibernetico. They’ll have a singles match next week, with LA Park added to the tournament as the 12 man.

What was good: The main event was the only match I really liked, a big spot exhibition. The LA Park angle is good, but you can skip the rest of the match.

Where can I watch it: It’s on YouTube and Azteca’s website. Read More

Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-04-01

Brillo Dorada
Brillo Dorada

Recapped: 04/02/2016

What happened: Bobby Lashely & Mascara Dorada got the first two wins in the Liga Elite tournament. Caristico & Atlantis lost to Volador & Mascara via cheating, setting up singles matches next week.

What was good: Dorada/Tiger was the match of the night, and the others are worth checking out.

Where can I watch it: They’ll be in my playlist on Tuesday.

A very long red carpet sequence of random people – some people in the tournament, some very random folks – kills off six minutes of the show.

Everyone in Liga Elite has new Elite specific entrance videos. The arena is more lit than usual, showing the ringside fans. There’s a floor camera person who’s either just on the other side of the barrier or hanging close to it – you can‘t see him in most of the shots, and no photographers are allowed close to the ring. Match seem to be edited slightly. They’re at least cutting form the end of the entrances to the some seconds into the match, and there seems to be slight editing in the match.

Match 1: Lashley vs Rush [Liga Elite]
Arena México, 03/30/2016

Winner: Lashley (spear)
Match Time: 7:08
Notes: Lashley’s name is spelled “Boby”. Edgar is referee. Rush is the rudo in the match.

Review: [good] entertaining enough when they were throwing each other around, and Rush was a good first opponent for Lashley to have that kind of match. (Lashley against some of these other guys might not go so well.) Lashley didn’t look super, but looked different enough and the point of an outsider is to be different. Rush getting the visual pinfall, giving it up to walk into the finish is not a great sign, and then walking around to show he was really ok after the match is not a good sign for the compromises they’ll have to make, but at least it was clear they were setting that spot up during the match on the rewatch. Rush made sure to argue Edgar before hand. Can’t as easily explain why Lashlely hurried to the back instead of celebrating.

german suplex war
german suplex war
spear for the win
spear for the win

Match 2: Extreme Tiger vs Máscara Dorada [Liga Elite]
Arena México, 03/30/2016

Winner: Mascara Dorada (Dorada Driver)
Match Time: 9:36

Review: [great] a nothing but high spots match, but they had a lot of high spots and they all came off really well. Dorada utterly squashed Tiger with the Brillo Dorado, Tiger landed his legdrop perfectly, Dorada’s pulling off the apron headscissors surprised the camera people, and on and on. Dorada’s had some matches like this before, but not usually with someone who can does their own big spots, and they both were in the right spot for each other. This was much more spectacular than previous match, and also the right kind of match to have on the first week of this show. I’m watching this before watching their LuchaMemes match, and I suspect that one got much more time to develop, but this was really good for a lightning match (and I suspect that’s what most of these will be.)

gold rush headscissors
gold rush headscissors
he nailed the legdrop!
he nailed the legdrop!

Senorita Cometa, a Japanese woman, tried to interview people in Japanese before and during the next match. This was not good.

Match 3: Atlantis, Carístico, Mistico vs La Máscara, Último Guerrero, Volador Jr.
Arena México, 03/30/2016

  1. técnicos
    • Pulpo Guerrero on Mistico (2:52)
    • La Mascara double knee smash Atlantis (3:12)
  2. técnicos
    • Atlantida on Ultimo Guerrero (1:04)
  3. rudos
    • La Mascara foul Atlantis (7:42)
    • Volador backcracker Caristico (7:45)

Winner: rudos (2-1)
Match Time: 12:01
Notes: Volador, acting like a rudo, unmasked Caristico after the match and challenged him to a mask versus hair match. La Mascara challenged Atlantis. Caristico challenged Volador right back. The announcers revealed those two singles matches, as part of Liga Elite and not with the stipulations, would take place next week.

Review: [good] the short format of the matches on the show hurt this one the most, as the first two falls were reduced to almost nothing. If they’re going to keep the TV format the same as it, they need to make all the TV matches one fall. The rhythm of the match picked up in the third fall and these guys continued the pattern of working very hard at a fast pace. La Mascara being unable to follow Atlantis because he’s facing the wrong way was good unintentional funny.

double dive
double dive
Mistico diving headscissors
Mistico diving headscissors