great match roundup, week of 2016-12-31

The Mack

Recaps

I liked a lot of stuff. I didn’t really love anything. I am a loveless person. Only five recaps, and next week is only four. I have so much extra time that I’m usind to catch up on other lucha things basically waste.

Recommended

rating matches TV Show taped
good Atlantis, Carístico, Máximo Sexy vs Cavernario, Gran Guerrero, Negro Casas LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 2 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-01-02 2017-01-02
good Volador Jr. © vs La Máscara for the NWA World Welterweight Championship LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 2 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-01-02 2017-01-02
good Tritón vs Sagrado in a lightning match LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 3 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-01-03 2017-01-03
good Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr., Johnny Idol vs Ephesto, Hechicero, Ripper LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 3 DE ENERO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-01-03 2017-01-03
good Johnny Mundo vs the Mack Lucha Underground: 2017-01-04 2016-04-23
good Rey Cometa vs Cavernario Rey Cometa vs Cavernario (CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-01-06) (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-01-06 2017-01-06
good Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther vs Negro Casas, Puma, Tiger Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther vs Negro Casas, Puma, Tiger (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-01-06 2017-01-06
good Volador Jr. vs Mephisto Volador Jr. vs Mephisto (CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-01-06) (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-01-06 2017-01-06
good Valiente vs Último Guerrero Valiente vs Último Guerrero (CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-01-06) (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-01-06 2017-01-06
good Atlantis, Carístico, Mistico vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja Atlantis, Carístico, Mistico vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-01-06 2017-01-06

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great match roundup, week of 2016-12-24

Texano and Cage

That’s about it for 2016 TV. Maybe I’ll throw in the AAA in Chilpancingo TV. Lucha Underground will keep going by air date. I may sneak in some Retro as part of the catchup, and there’s plenty left with that. I’ve got some of those catch ups waiting to go up and will update the MOTYC stuff after.

Texano versus Cage was fun. It was a slow week to close it.

rating matches TV Show taped
great Cage vs Texano Lucha Underground: 2016-12-28 2016-04-24
good Dalys © vs Marcela for the CMLL World Women’s Championship LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 26 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2016-12-26 2016-12-26
good Estrellita, La Vaquerita, Marcela vs Amapola, La Comandante, Zeuxis LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 27 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2016-12-27 2016-12-27
good Guerrero Maya Jr., Johnny Idol, Rey Cometa vs Bobby Z, Sam Adonis, Vangellys LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 27 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2016-12-27 2016-12-27
good Rey Cometa vs Sagrado in a lightning match CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-12-30 2016-12-30
good Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas vs Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-12-30 2016-12-30
ok Astral & Shockercito vs Pequeño Olímpico & PierrothitoLUCHA LIBRE INFIERNO EN EL RING FUNCION DE NAVIDAD (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2016-12-25 2016-12-25

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great match roundup, week of 2016-12-17

Titan leaps into trouble

do you like recaps of mediocre CMLL shows? I have the content for you.

This is late and slight. I used all the extra time to do nothing in particular. Infierno en el Ring counts as next week. AAA was Star Battle, already recapped once but the grades will turn up again.

rating matches TV Show taped
good Angélico & Hijo del Fantasma vs Ikuto Hidaka & Masato Tanaka Angélico & Hijo del Fantasma vs Ikuto Hidaka & Masato Tanaka (posted by thecubsfan) Star Battle Japan en AAA Worldwide - Diciembre 2016 (posted by Lucha Libre AAA) AAA on Televisa: 2016-12-17 2016-10-26
good Drago vs Aerostar, Taiji Ishimori Drago vs Aerostar vs Taiji Ishimori (posted by thecubsfan) Star Battle Japan en AAA Worldwide - Diciembre 2016 (posted by Lucha Libre AAA) AAA on Televisa: 2016-12-17 2016-10-26
good Psycho Clown vs Pagano Psycho Clown vs Pagano (posted by thecubsfan) Star Battle Japan en AAA Worldwide - Diciembre 2016 (posted by Lucha Libre AAA) AAA on Televisa: 2016-12-17 2016-10-26
good Blue Panther Jr., Stigma, The Panther vs Hechicero, Puma, Tiger LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 19 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2016-12-19 2016-12-19
good Ángel de Oro, Marco Corleone, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 20 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2016-12-20 2016-12-20
good Guerrero Maya Jr., Soberano Jr., Titán vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Luciferno, Pólvora Guerrero Maya Jr., Soberano Jr., Titán vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Luciferno, Pólvora (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-12-23 2016-12-23
good Carístico vs Último Guerrero Carístico vs Último Guerrero from CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-12-23 (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-12-23 2016-12-23

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great match roundup, week of 2016-12-10

somehow how not the deadliest looking spot on this show, or even in this match

Last week with five shows for a while. This week, I remember I’ve been meaning to put the good stuff above the cut line, since there’s no great stuff. The Battle of the Bulls matches were the best of the week even if I didn’t have them high enough. It’s possible (likely!) December just makes me miserable. I can’t imagine watching the Ultimo Guerrero/Valiente match from CMLL Retro and I believe you all would be disappointed in me if I did watch it.

actual good matches

rating matches TV Show taped
good Blue Panther Jr., Pegasso, The Panther vs El Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 13 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-12-13 2016-12-13
good Jeremiah Crane vs Killshot, Dante Fox, Mariposa [Battle of the Bulls] and in a tournament semifinal match Lucha Underground: 2016-12-14 2016-04-10
good PJ Black vs Jack Evans, Son of Havoc, Angélico [Battle of the Bulls] and in a tournament semifinal match Angelico vs Jack Evans vs PJ Black vs Son Of Havoc Battle Of The Bulls 12/14/16 (posted by El Rey Network) Lucha Underground: 2016-12-14 2016-04-10
good Flyer, Soberano Jr., Star Jr. vs Misterioso Jr., Okumura, Sagrado CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-12-16 2016-12-16
good Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-12-16 2016-12-16

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great match roundup, week of 2016-12-03

the handspring to knock someone down is always good

this list has gotten shorter

I got nothing to talk about. Let’s talking about something else. This LU show completed the April 9th taping. All of this stuff is buried in the database after it airs, but I want to bring it out here. (Instead of match numbers, those are the episode numbers of when it aired.)

LU (SAT) 04/09/2016 Lucha Underground Temple, Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, California
14) the Mack b Marty Martinez, Dragón Azteca Jr., Mil Muertes [Battle of the Bulls, semifinal]
The Mack advanced after Matanza attacked Dragon Azteca
14) Sexy Star b PJ Black
Jack Evans cost PJ the match
14) Cage b Texano Jr., Dr. Wagner Jr., Joey Ryan
Cage beat Texano
DM) Kevin Kross b Kevin Martenson
dark match. Ref stoppage
04) Dragón Azteca Jr. b Chavo Guerrero Jr.
Rey Mysterio was referee. He attacked Chavo to help Dragon win.
DM) Aerostar, Drago, Fénix © b London Ninja I, London Ninja II, Paul London [LU TRIOS]
Paul London debuted with Ninjas (perhaps future Mala Suerte & Saltador?) but lost. Kobra Moon watched the match and cut a promo on Drago after the match. This scenario was repeated (but with different gimmicks for London’s friends) two weeks later, probably replacing this match.
11) Sexy Star b Johnny Mundo, Matanza ©, Pentagón Dark, Son of Havoc, Jeremiah Crane, PJ Black, Mariposa, Rey Mysterio Jr., Dr. Wagner Jr., Marty Martinez, Jack Evans, Ricky Mandell, Máscarita Sagrada, Famous B, the Mack, Joey Ryan, Mil Muertes, Kobra Moon, Drago [Aztec Warfare, LU CHAMP]
Sexy Star beat Mil to win the title.

That’s a full episodes in the main event, a full episode in the opening matches, part of an episode from months earlier, a match for a fourth different episode which ended up being retaped, and a tryout match.  This is not an exception: the Sunday show is 2 2/3rds shows taped. You can definitely see why they’d felt they were going too long and burning the crowd out.

(for nerd credit: the Sexy Star/PJ Black match was the first match this season where I didn’t already have it in my notes, but the Jason mask made it easy to figure out where I had goofed up.)

anyway, the all important match rating grades, of me liking one match and disregarding the rest. I’ve made a commitment to watch the dreadful match from Retro, I may or may not live up to that commitment.

recommended matches

rating matches TV Show taped
great Blue Panther Jr., Drone, The Panther vs El Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 6 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-12-06 2016-12-06

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great match roundup, week of 2016-11-26

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Negro Casas

This week’s recaps

I didn’t write a recap of the Crash but I watched enough of it live to throw those ratings in as well.

Didn’t like a whole much this week. The one match that didn’t make the Great list but might still be worth watching was the Hitokiri vs Pentagon Dark match from Lucha Underground. Everyone else seems to have heavily disliked the concept or totally loved the match, there’s not a lot in the middle. I feel like recommending that match anyone who might be interested, but I can’t imagine there’s anyone who might be interested enough in that match to have missed it so far; it feels like one you’ve either decided wasn’t for you or watched ASAP. (Or maybe you couldn’t find a link to it, so there you go.)

This is getting lighter (though writing about 9h30m of TV a week is “lighter”.) The plan at the moment is to continue to wait a day or so to watch the Monday/Tuesday shows with a fast forward button and use that time to work thru the watch later pile and other projects. If I’m doing it right, I’ll still get to this post on Mondays.

Recommended matches

rating matches TV Show taped
great Ángel de Oro vs Negro Casas in a lightning match Ángel de Oro vs Negro Casas in a lightning match (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-12-02 2016-12-02

Other Matches

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great match roundup, week of 2016-11-19

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Dragon Lee

Noted army men Polvora, Killshot & Dante Fox all had pretty good matches. Dragon Lee is sort of his own one many army.

rating matches TV Show taped
great Dragón Lee © vs Pólvora for the CMLL World Super Lightweight Championship LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 21 DE NOVIEMBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-11-21 2016-11-21
great Dante Fox vs Killshot Lucha Underground: 2016-11-23 2016-04-10

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great match roundup, week of 2016-11-12

superkick crash to break
superkick crash to break

Lucha Underground had the most disliked match that everyone agreed was also pretty good. Wrestling is weird! (Also, they never put up clips of it; that’s title win you probably wanted out there.)

Recommended Matches

rating matches TV Show taped
great Johnny Mundo vs Matanza ©, Pentagón Dark, Son of Havoc, Jeremiah Crane, PJ Black, Mariposa, Rey Mysterio Jr., Dr. Wagner Jr., Marty Martinez, Jack Evans, Sexy Star, Ricky Mandell, Máscarita Sagrada, Famous B, the Mack, Joey Ryan, Mil Muertes, Kobra Moon, Drago [Aztec Warfare] and [LU CHAMP] Lucha Underground: 2016-11-16 2016-04-09
great Ángel de Oro, Dragón Lee, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas Ángel de Oro, Dragón Lee, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-11-18 2016-11-18

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great match roundup, week of 2016-11-05

Prince Puma
Prince Puma

this week’s shows

No Elite this week. Hooray for Lucha Underground (though there’s a decent amount of good stuff after the cut.) We’re done with October, so I’ve updated the MOTYC list. I’m surprised how much stuff I’ve liked considering how dry the last month was: no Excellent in October, about 5 Greats.

Recommended Matches

rating matches TV Show taped
great Máscarita Sagrada vs Famous B Lucha Underground: 2016-11-09 2016-03-27
great Mil Muertes vs Prince Puma [grave consequences] Lucha Underground: 2016-11-09 2016-03-27

everything else

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great match roundup, week of 2016-10-29

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Rey Bucanero doing crazy thing

stuff I watched

That’s a lot of shows! I am good on people wearing scary makeup for at least 12 months. Sadly, it was a lot of shows with a bunch of good stuff but not much great stuff. Star Battle was the most watchable show of the week, even if there’s not a match that made the cut.

Recommended Matches

rating matches TV Show taped
great Rey Bucanero © vs Hechicero for the NWA World Light Heavyweight Championship LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DIA DE MUERTOS EN LA ARENA MEXICO 1º DE NOVIEMBRE DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-11-01 2016-11-01

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