CMLL on 2015-09-11 

best moment of La Mascara’s life

Recapped: 09/11/201

What happened? Sombra cheated to beat Atlantis, leaving him humiliated and unmasked to end the night. Thunder & Ultimo Guerrero continued their feud. Super Parka returned to the Arena Mexico ring, teaming with his son. Rush spoiled their night by sneaking in a foul on Volador. Maximo ultimately replaced Dr. Wagner Jr. (I didn’t catch a single mention of Wagner or LA Park on commentary, though Maximo mocked the Parka strut a couple of times.)

What was good? Pretty much everything. This was the strongest show in a while, with the first fall matches all good and a great match mixed in. (I seemed to disagree on which one was the great one though.) The top two matches were more angle driven matches and lacked the dynamism they had with LA Park & Dr. Wagner the previous two weeks, though some indy could get some mileage out of a singles Rush/Super Parka match. The undercard generally felt like guys who aren’t on the Anniversary show having those matches tonight instead.

Where can I watch this? The main event is now up on ClaroSports’ website. Some of the matches will air on Lucha Azteca on 09/26. I’ll probably have these matches up on one of my channels tomorrow. 


2015 Verano de Escandalo live results

Follow along on @luchablog for more details.

AAA TV (SUN) 06/14/2015 Arena Monterrey, Monterrey, Nuevo León [AAA]
Verano de Escandalo, 2015
1) Machine Rocker, Mamba, Mini Psycho Clown, Taya Valkyrie b Dinastía, El Elegido, Faby Apache, Pimpinela Escarlata
Machine Rocker replaced Parka Negra and beat Elegido with a crab (!) at the same time as Mamba submitted Faby.
2) Drago b Fénix, Laredo Kid, Daga, Steve Pain, Aerostar, Bengala, Súper Nova, Súper Fly, Hijo del Fantasma [Alas de Oro]
Laredo Kid was the surprise luchador. Steve Pain also returned (again) to AAA. An inside match that was a single pinfall to finish. Fenix suffered a shoulder injury, tryied to continue, and was eventually stretchered away crying in pain. Drago defeated Aerostar with the flipping DDT and Dragon’s Tail cradle, similar to the Lucha Underground Match 5 ending with those two.
3) Averno, Chessman, Cibernético b Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown © and Electroshock, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Parka Negra [AAA TRIOS]
Parka Negra was the Holocausto’s mystery partner. Psycho Circus fall on ninth defense. A chaotic 3 way match, with chairs and tables. A Cibernetico foul and a Chessman spear on Psycho Clown got the Hell Brothers the win and a title. Monster challenged for a rematch, and Psycho Clown wanted the Latin American. The Hellbrothers left the Psycho Circus laying, taking Murder’s mask and declaring they’d win any title match.
4) Angélico & Jack Evans b Dark Cuervo & Dark Scoria [cage, hair]
Angelico & Jack won a match with a lots of big spots. Both Cuervo & Scoria lost their hair.
5) El Patrón Alberto © DQ Brian Cage [AAA HEAVY]
second defense. Demon & Texano were seconds, with Demon getting ejected early. There was all sorts of interference, with Tirantes completely siding with Cage (except when he forgot and called a pin normal.) An absurd amount of interfeference. Tirantes got knocked down, Cage gave Alberto a foul and a F5 on the belt, Piero counted 3, and then called a a DQ win for Alberto. Rudos beat up Alberto after.
6) La Parka, Myzteziz, Rey Mysterio Jr. b El Mesías, Johnny Mundo, Pentagón Jr.
Rey had Terminator themed gear. Rey Mysterio beat Pentagon Jr. with a leaping off the middle rope Canadian Destroyer. Myzteziz seemed to suffer a leg injury.

Lucha World Cup live results

iPPV is at

  • Click on the USA flag for the English language feed. Click on the Mexico flag for the Spanish language feed.
  • Click on Stream Options/Opicones de Transmission to switch between SD, HD and 3D.
  • You will need a 3D TV or other similar display to watch in 3D – otherwise, it’s just two weirdly shaped video streams next to each other.

Special Rules

  • all matches have a 15 minute time limit
  • if it’s a draw, they’ll do the equivalent of penalty kicks: each team will choose one member for a five minute one on one matchup
  • if it remains a draw, the teams will continue choosing wrestlers until there is a winner.
  • the semifinal losers will meet in a third place matchup

Quicker thoughts are always at @luchablog. The official Twitter is @luchaworldcup.

First Round Matchups

Japan/NOAH (Yoshihiro Takayama, Taiji Ishimori, Atsushi Kotoge) vs Mexico/Dream Team (Alberto el Patron, Myzteziz, Rey Misterio Jr.):  Dream Team defeat NOAH when Myzteziz defeats Ishimori via La Mistica.

Mexico/MexAAA (Psycho Clown, Texano Jr., Hijo del Fantasma) vs USA/ROH-LU (ACH, Moose, Brian Cage): ROH-LU team advances when Cage beat Texano with a powerbomb in the first overtime. Match was good, but finish was messed up – referee called Texano kicking out of a powerbomb in regulation when Texano didn’t move, then counted a pinfall for Texano on Cage. Konnan came out to straighten it as a draw, and Cage beat Texano quickly in the first over time.

Japan/AJPW (Kenzo Suzuki, Tiger Mask III, Masamune) vs Mexico/Leyendas (Dr. Wagner Jr., Blue Demon Jr., Solar): Leyendas defeated AJPW when Demon submitted Masamune. Probably the least of the three matches so far, but still solid.

Rest of the World (Angelico, El Mesias, Drew Galloway) vs USA/TNA-LU (Matt Hardy, Ken Anderson, Johnny Mundo): Johnny Mundo defeated Drew Galloway with a misaimed Fin de Mundo in the first OT1. Match was good in parts. Fans weren’t as into it without a Mexican team, but they got them into the near falls at the end.

Semifinal Matchups

Semifinal A: Dream Team vs ROH-LU: Dream Team won when Alberto survived near finishes from the ROH team to submit Moose to the armbar with about 4o seconds left.

Semifinal B: Leyendas vs TNA-LU: Mundo beat Solar with the Fin de Mundo in the shortest match so far.

Final Matchups

Third Place: ROH-LU vs Leyendas: Cage, ACH and Moose win the bronze. They went straight to the OT. The show is going so long at this point, so it made sense. Demon and ACH were the first match up, going to a draw with ACH hitting a 450 splash just too late. Cage beat Wagner clean with a F5. Wagner was stretched out.

Championship: Dream Team vs TNA-LU: Another regulation draw. Myzteziz and Anderson went to a time limit draw in the first OT. Alberto got Matt Hardy in the armbar in the second, but time ran out before Matt gave up. Rey and Mundo were the final pair. Both kicked out of finishers, with Rey winning with a top rope headscissors cradle to take the championship with 10 seconds left.

CMLL/NJPW FantasticaMania 2014 Day 5 live coverage & chat

Show starts at 9, with a pre-game show at 8:3o (or not). It’s a $15 PPV on uStream.

I’ll be attempting to update live results on this page and Twitter, but the chat below is the place you ought to be.

1) Mascara Don & Máximo b Taichi & Taka Michinoku
~10 minutes. Mascara Don is Manabu Nakanishi. Don submitted TAKA in a long comedy match.
2) Rey Cometa & Stuka Jr. b Shigeo Okumura & YOSHI-HASHI
Stuka splash on both Okumura and Mima in a short match
3) Bushiroad, El Desperado, Fuego, Tiger Mask, Titán b Gedo, Jado, Niebla Roja, Vangellys, Yano
Good match with a lot of action. Desperado beat Vangellys with a Gori Bomb variation.
4) Naito & Rush b Ishii & Rey Escorpión
~12:40. Rush Driver on Escorpion. Match was a lot of build up to Naito/Ishii.
5) La Sombra b Último Guerrero
~12:00. First few minutes of the match were spent on the match. Sombra nearly crashed and burned on Asai imploding 450 splash, but UG got in the way. Sombra won with the Brillante Driver. UG needed help to the back.
6) Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kota Ibushi, Mistico b Mephisto, Shinsuke Nakamura, Yujiro
Mistico’s shoulder popped out on a plancha right before the finish. He still got La Mistica on Mephisto for the win.
7) Volador Jr. b Máscara Dorada [NWA WELTER]
made a title defense after Volador kept the title in Puebla on 01/06. Maximo (Volador) and Desperado (Dorada) were seconds. Volador kept the match with a new variation on the Volador Spiral in a total spectacle of a match. Second defense.

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01/18 CMLL/NJPW FantasticaMania live results

Show is underway and is said to be a sell out.

CMLL NJPW (SAT) 01/18/2014 Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan [NJPW]
***CMLL NJPW FantasticaMania 2014***
1) Máximo b TaichiJado
Comedy triangle match. Milano took the kiss from Maximo and had to be helped to the back again – then returned during the match. Taichi had Maximo in the testicular claw, but Maximo powered out (?!?), kissed Taichi and wrapped him up in a casita for the win.
2) Shigeo Okumura & Yujiro b Rey Cometa & Stuka Jr.
6:36. Marcela helped give flowers to the tecnicos before the match. Mima was the rudos. Cometa survived nearly getting broken by Yujiro on the outside to hit the Brillo Cometa. (Yujiro generally had problems with working with Cometa & Stuka.) Mima took a superkick from Rey Cometa. Cameras had trouble keeping up with the action. Stuka had Yujiro set up for the bomb splash, but Okumura hit him with a chair and Yujiro eventually beat Stuka with Tokyo Pimpis. Stuka challenged Okumura to a mask vs hair match, but that went nowhere.
3) Niebla Roja, Rey Escorpión, Vangellys, YOSHI-HASHI b Fuego, Kushida, Tiger Mask, Titán
~7:00. Black Cat (Kuroneko)’s wife gave a speech before the match. Fuego danced even more than usual coming to the ring. Comandante accompanied Vangellys. Niebla Roja has a shoulder taped up. Comandante turned the match for the rudos, and swatted Titan with a belt a few times. Good if chaotic match. Vangellys beat Fuego with a huge german suplex.
4) El Desperado & Máscara Dorada b Bushiroad & Volador Jr.
Volador continues to wrestle in his mask. Volador & Bushiroad did the stereo dives off high places. Desperado beat Bushiroad with his El Guitarra del Angel finisher. Volador unmasked while Dorada was hyping up their match for tomorrow.
5) Shinsuke Nakamura b Rush
10:26. Expected hard hitting good match. Nakamura blocked the Rush Driver three times before hitting the Boma Ye for the win.
6) Hiroshi Tanahashi, La Sombra, Naito b Ishii, Okada, Último Guerrero
19:47. Good match. Great sequence with Okada & Sombra near the start. Guerrero Special on Sombra for the win.
7) Mephisto b Mistico [MEX LH]
14:26. Mephisto is champion. Fourth defense. Sombra was Mistico’s second, Okumura was Mephisto’s second. Mistico landed the SSP to the outside, but Mephisto escaped the flying short armscissors and beat Mistico completely clean with a super Devil’s Wings.

Full news update to come later today!

01/14 CMLL/NJPW FantasticaMania live notes

I can not imagine there’s someone who’s reading this website who’s not up watching this, but…

In non FantasticaMania news, Brazo de Plata suffered a neck injury in Puebla and is supposed to be out two weeks. Porky is booked on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday and it’s not an easy week to come up with replacement luchadors.

Music muting is so annoying.

CMLL NJPW (TUE) 01/14/2014 Body Maker Coloseum, Osaka, Japan
***CMLL NJPW FantasticaMania 2014***
1) Taichi & Taka Michinoku b Bushiroad & Titán
~9:14. Titan looked good doing his signature spots. Taichi pulled Bushiroad’s mask for the win (though he struggled with a cradle.) Rudos took Titan’s mask as well.
2) Fuego, Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. vs Niebla Roja, Shigeo Okumura, Vangellys
Mima Shimoda was back with Okumura. Rey Cometa wrestled the match in his mask, but it didn’t help him – Okumura reversed his huracanrana in ~6:30 for the win. The other four were taken out by dives right before the end. Cometa took off his mask post match.
3) Jushin Liger & Máximo b Gedo & Jado
Maximo kiss of death on Jado.


4) Naito & Volador Jr. b Kushida & Máscara Dorada
Volador beat Mascara Dorada with the Canadian Destroyer in 8:36. Like Rey Cometa, Volador wrestled the match in his mask and unmasked after his win.
5) Shinsuke Nakamura & Último Guerrero b La Sombra & Rush
Ultimo Guerrero beat Sombra with the Guerrero Special in 12:30. Best match on the show so far.
6) El Desperado, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Mistico b Mephisto, Okada, Rey Escorpión
Tanahashi had the CMLL Universal championship. Desperado slipped out from the Rainmaker and landed a big tope con giro, taking Okada and half the announce desk. La Mistica on Mistico in 10:18.

Heroes Inmortales/Super Libre Plus – Porky shaved, Fantasma jumps to AAA, CMLL tag titles mess

LIVE COVERAGE HAS CONCLUDED. Thanks for visiting. More detail on both shows later today.

CMLL’s show starts promptly at 8:30 pm. The first four matches will be shown on

CMLL (FRI) 10/18/2013 Arena Mexico
1) Fuego, Titán, Tritón b Misterioso Jr., Puma, Sangre Azteca
Titan replaced Diamante. Tecnicos took 2/3 in a disappointing match.
2) Ephesto, Tiger, Vangellys b Ángel de Oro, Máximo, Stuka Jr.
Ephesto replaced Terrible. Rudos took 2/3 in an OK match.
3) Marcela b Dallys la Caribeña [CMLL WOMEN]
Marcela is champion. Ninth defense. First fall ended poorly, with Dallys pinning Marcela for three, then ignoring to put on a scorpion for the submission. Marcela took the second and the third with the top rope stomp and Michinoku Driver to keep the title.
4) Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente b Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero
Niebla Roja wrestled the first fall in a shirt honoring his late uncle. Rudos took the first with a triple submission. Guerreros take 1/3, UG beating Mistico clean with the Guerrero Special.
5) Rey Escorpión DQ Super Porky [hair, super libre plus]
Escorpion took falls 1/3 (there were falls!), the last when Maximo could no longer stand the beating his father was taking and attacked Escorpion.

CMLL honored El Brazo after the match.
6) Tama Tonga & Terrible b La Máscara & Rush
Tama Tonga & Rey Bucanero were champions making their first defense, but Bucanero is hurt. La Mascara & Rush won the tag team titles by forfeit, and Terrible replaced Bucanero for a non-title match. Terrible and Tonga won, setting up the tag team title match again.

AAA’s Heroes Inmortales is listed as an 8:45 start time. There is no live video or audio, only updates via AAA’s social media account.

AAA TV (FRI) 10/18/2013 Gimnasio Miguel Hidalgo de Puebla
***Heroes Inmortales VII***
1) Cuervo, Mamba, Mary Apache, Mini Abismo Negro b El Elegido, Faby Apache, Octagoncito, Pimpinela Escarlata
Cuervo distracted Faby and Mary beat her. Cuervo has a bounty on Faby’s hair.
2) Octagón vs Blue Demon Jr., Daga, Axel [Copa Antonio Pena, semifinal]
Block originally listed a mystery luchador, which was announced to be Blue Demon Jr.
Cuervo distracted Faby and Mary beat her. Cuervo has a bounty on Faby’s hair.
2) Fénix b El Mesías and Monsther Clown and Silver King [Copa Antonio Pena, semifinal]
Changed to first block. La Secta caused Mesias to get beat. Fenix beat Silver King for the win.
3) Hijo del Fantasma b OctagónDagaAxelPentagón Jr. [Copa Antonio Pena, semifinal]
Block originally listed a mystery luchador, which was quietly listed to be Blue Demon Jr. Prior to the match, Consejo introduced their newest member – Hijo del Fantasma! He and Pentagon were added to this match, and Demon did not appear and was not mentioned. Silver King helped Fantasma the match. Fantasma beat Daga to win.
4) La Parka b Parka Negra IIElectroshockMáscara Año 2000 Jr. [Copa Antonio Pena, semifinal]
Zorro ‘returned’ to distract Parka Negra into being beat by La Parka. It’s unclear why Zorro would care about Parka Negra.
6) Angélico & Jack Evans b Crazy Boy & Joe Lider and Espíritu & Scoria and Aerostar & Drago [AAA TAG]
Joe Lider & Crazy Boy are champions. Pentagon Jr. & Ultimo Gladiador were listed on the original poster, but Espiritu & Scoria are apparently in instead after winning a three way in SLP. Juvi accompanied the Mexican Powers to the ring. Mexican Powers beat Drago & Aerostar, Secta lost after Perro & Cibernetico attacked, and Angelico & Jack won when Juvi turned on Crazy & Joe Lider.
7) Texano Jr. b Psycho Clown [AAA HEAVY]
Murder and Hijo del Fantasma worked as seconds. Referee issues and near falls. Texano beat Psycho with a powerbomb to keep his title. Texano’s ninth defense.
8) La Parka b FénixHijo del FantasmaChessman [Copa Antonio Pena]
Eliminations went Chessman, Fenix and Fantasma, leaving Parka as the winner. Final seemed absurdly quick on Twitter (though the show finished past 12:30am local)

The chat, which will have the most frequent updates, is below.

Infierno en el Ring/AAA in Xalapa coverage – Shocker takes Mr. Aguila’s hair, new AAA mixed tag champs

Live coverage is over for the night. Thanks for visiting.

CMLL will cover their show on CMLL will also have results on their Twitter account.

AAA will cover their show on their Facebook page and Twitter account.

Lineup/Results (updated infrequently, check Twitter for more.)

CMLL (FRI) 07/19/2013 Arena Mexico
***Infierno en el Ring, 2013***
1) Diamante, Sagrado, Tritón b Arkángel de la Muerte, Puma, Skándalo
Tecnicos took 2/3, Diamante pinning Puma.
2) Dalis la Caribeña, Goya Kong, Marcela b Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit, Tiffany
Tecnicas took 2/3, the last with a Goya splash.
3) Ephesto, Mephisto, Niebla Roja b La Máscara, Stuka Jr., Titán
Rudos took fall 1/3
4) Felino, Mr. Niebla, Pierroth b Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Thunder
Rudos took it in straight falls, Niebla stealing Atlantis’ mask in the second.
5) Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente b Euforia, Último Guerrero, Volador Jr.
Rudos took the first, tecnicos took the second in quick falls. Mistico dived off the stage onto Euforia in between falls and got the win for this time in the third.
6) Mr. Águila L ShockerMáximoRushBrazo de PlataBlue PantherNegro CasasRey BucaneroAvernoRey Escorpión [cage, hair, mask]
Luchadors were required to stay in 3 minutes. Order of escape went Rush, Rey Bucanero, Blue Panther, Negro Casas, Averno, Super Porky, Maximo, and Rey Escorpion. Shocker defeated Mr. Aguila in under a minute to win.

AAA TV (FRI) 07/19/2013 Arena Xalapa
1) Alebrije, Atomic Boy, Niño Hamburguesa b Argos, Dizzy, Último Gladiador
Dizzy replaced Apache. Nino frog splashed an unmasked Gladiador for the win.
2) Drago & Faby Apache vs Halloween & Mary Apache [AAA MIXED TAG]
Halloween & Mary Apache came in as champions. Tirantes helped them, but took Drago’s green mist in his face and was kicked out of the ring by Faby Apache. Drago pinned Halloween and Piero ran in to count. Mary & Halloween fall on their first defense. Drago & Faby Apache are 12th champions.
3) Cuervo, Espíritu, Ozz b Daga, Eita, Psicosis
Eita showed. Ozz Driver on Daga again. Ozz again asked for a title shot, and Daga again said no.
4) Angélico, Fénix, Jack Evans b Chessman, Pentagón Jr., Steve Pain
Chessman replaced Parka Negra. Fenix beat Steve Pain. Money thrown in the ring.
5) Cibernético, El Mesías, La Parka b el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Parka Negra, Texano
Parka Negra replaced Chessman. Cibernetico chokeslammed Perro for the win.

The chat is below.

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TripleMania XXI (and CMLL Dia del Padre) coverage – Estetas del Aire champions

IMPORTANT: TripleMania’s iPPV has not worked at all. There is no word when (or if) it will be up.

Welcome to live coverage of AAA and CMLL’s major shows on today.

TripleMania XXI (El Hijo del Perro Aguayo vs Cibernetico) kicks off at 6:30 pm Central Time and should last about 4 hours.

CMLL’s weekly Sunday show, held this week in Arena Mexico, starts at 5:00 pm Central Time and will last about 2 hours and 15 minutes. Live coverage will begin with that show.

The most detailed discussion of the show will be in the chat, posted below. Results will also be posted on this page and sporadically on Twitter.

AAA’s TripleMania can be purchased on for $15, as well as thru Sky PPV in Mexico. Please note: anyone asking for or sharing feeds of the event may be banned from the chat.

AAA TV (SUN) 06/g16/2013 Arena Ciudad de Mexico
***TripleMania XXI***
1) Dinastía, El Elegido, Faby Apache, Pimpinela Escarlata b Mamba, Mini Abismo Negro, Silver King, Taya Valkyrie
2) Heavy Metal b Chessman [#1 Contenders, AAA HEAVY]
Metal pinned Chessman with a casita.
3) Crazy Boy & Joe Lider b Angélico & Jack Evans and Drago & Fénix and Daga & Psicosis and Mr. E & Sexy B [AAA TAG]
championships are vacant. Winners will . Mr. E & Sexy B are from WWL, and beat Angelico & Jack. Drago & Fenix beat them. Lider & Crazy beat Perros del Mal. Crazy Boy gave Drago a piledriver for the win. Mexican Powers became 11th champions. Vampiro presented them with the belts, which brought out Konnan for an argument and a teased match between them.
4) Jeff Jarrett, Matt Morgan, Monster Pain b Monster Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown
Jarrett won and Marisela and Karen feuded.
5) Texano Jr. b Heavy Metal [AAA HEAVY]
Texano Jr. beat Metal, making his sixth defense.
6) Blue Demon Jr. b El Mesías [AAA LA]
Hugo Savinovich seconded Mesias. Axel seconded Demon. Clean match which the crowd didn’t like. Blue Demon Jr. won the title. LA Park made a surprise appearance, announcing he was leaving AAA (he’d already left), handing Blue Demon the title and talking up both men. They all hugged.
7) Dr. Wagner Jr., Electroshock, La Parka, Octagón b Canek, Máscara Año 2000, Universo 2000, Villano IV
Goyito Perez was with Octagon but never a factor. Goyito Perez did not appear on the show. Dorian Roldan was with the legends and interfering often, though it wasn’t clear they wanted his help at the end. Wagner beat Universo.
8) el Hijo del Perro Aguayo b Cibernético [hair]
tons of interference and blood. Cibernetico had Perro pinned, but the ref was down and the back up didn’t arrive in time. Perro came back to win with the double stomp. He dedicated the win to Hector Garza and his family (Garza was also honored before the match.) Cibernetico was shaved clean.

CMLL’s show can be seen for free on You’ll want to switch to the Bajo feed – the other feeds are lagging many minutes behind (and probably buffering for even longer.)

CMLL (SUN) 06/16/2013 Arena Mexico
1) Metatrón & Sensei b Akuma & Zayco
Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Molotov, Soberano Jr., Stigma b Apocalipsis, Espanto Jr., Inquisidor
Tecnicos took 2/3, Molotov pinning Inquisidor (though it sure looked like a double pin to me.)
3) Dalis la Caribeña b Dark AngelLluviaEstrellitaGoya KongTiffanyPrincesa SugheitLa ComandanteZeuxisLa Seductora [cibernetico]
Dark Angel replaces Silueta. Eliminations went Zeuxis (Dalis), Lluvia (Seductora), Comandante (Goya), Estrellita (Tiffany), Seductora (Dark Angel), Goya Kong (Tiffany & Princesa Sugheit), Tiffany (Dark Angel), Dark Angel (Sugheit), Sugheit (Dallys casita.)
4) La Máscara, Rush, Titán b Kráneo, Mr. Águila, Psicosis
Rush destroyed Mr. Aguila with dropkciks in this match, then dropped him on his head with a Rush Driver. Rush put his foot on Aguila’s face while yelling him at for an apuesta match.
5) Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente b Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero [CMLL TRIOS, final]
Tecnicos took 1/3 in a good match, with a La Mistica on Ultimo Guerrero to win it. Estetas become 25th champion.

Chat is below

04/20 Chilangamask/Tercera Caida results

show was actually the other way

CHILANGAMASK (SAT) 04/20/2013 Arena GALLI, Villa Park, Illinois
1) Pentagono Del Infierno b Chris Castro
Chris Castro replaced Ripper. He came in with a thumb injury, which was the focus of the match. First attempt at the finish was screwed up, so Pentagon submitted Castro instead. Short match.
2) Mason Conrad b Matt KnicksGPAMojo McQueenAcid JazzOvirloadJason Gory [Tercera Caida International Cup]
Mojo replaced Emperador Azteca, while Knicks replaced Negrotistico (moved to a different match.) Elimination match, with eliminations going Ovirload, GPA, Acid Jazz, Matt Knicks (by Mason Conrad, betraying his usual ally), Jason Gory, leaving Mason Conrad as the winner of the big trophy.
3) Latin Dragon & Noriega b Facade & Negrotistico
Negrotistico replaced Jake Shining. Good match. Noriega caught a Negrotistico plancha, gave him a side slam, and Latin Dragon added a 450 splash for the iwn.
4) Kaientai b Zema IonExtreme TigerSamuray del Sol
One fall match, in the dark. Very good match, either too short or flew bye. Zema Ion demanded no one touch his hair during the match; Samuray both touched his hair, but used his hair spray (to keep his spikes up!) Extreme Tiger did his 450 splash to the floor on Ion, and Kaientai upset Samuray to get the win. Kaientai declared himself the greatest independent wrestler in the world. Others disagreed. Everyone came back out to sign autographs after the match

non-professional taking camera phone pictures

Arena GALLI is in an old shopping mall, as mentioned before. The shows I’ve gone to before have been in an unused store front. It makes for a cozy fit, but it has low ceilings and not much room at ringside, which limits guys from flying. They moved it for this show, putting the ring out into the atrium in between stores, giving them plenty of head room and space at ringside. There are no active stores in that wing of the mall and the bigger space worked out well. You had to use the back entrance of the mall to get in, but it was no problem from there. Show started about 40 minutes late because indy wrestling.

Pentagono on the left, Castro on the right. La Vaca was referee for whole card.

Only a four match show, and really almost a three match show because there was nothing much to the opener. Chris Castro worked hard at showing some personality, which is appreciated in a world with so many CMLL fighting robots, but he didn’t have a good night and this was not on the level of the other matches. Kind of surprising for lucha guys to be coming in from Mexico but the usual lucha libre crew almost not at all on the show besides Pentagono; a decent amount of that is no-shows. I would try not to miss a show to be aired on national TV, but things happen.

everyone advancing on Mojo

Seven man elimination match was about what you expect – a lot of moves, some good and some bad (you are close to the screen than Matt Knicks’ finish was to whoever he beat), people turning on each other, more dives because they had the room this show, and rapid fire eliminations at points. (I missed whatever it was that led to Conrad beating Knicks.) There were good ideas which didn’t go anywhere: everyone turned on Mojo at the beginning of the match, and kept throwing him back out of the ring every time he tried to get involved, until…he was just in the match and things moved on. I don’t think I’ve seen Jason Gory before. He’s a goth vampire (as opposed to some other kind of vampire – steampunk vampire?) who put a lot of time into his look, but looked good in the wrestling portion of the match. There were good parts, I wish Acid Jazz stuck around longer, but Mason Conrad came of as the best guy in the match and deserved winner.

Trofeo de Tercera Caida
Trofeo de Tercera Caida; Carlos the promoter is the guy on the left, winner Mason is on the right

There was an intermission between matches two and three. I picked up a couple old magazines from the merchandise. One had a story about a young man who had left AAA and was hoping to get into CMLL – some kid from Queretaro by the name of Cometa. Hope it turned out okay for him.

Bryce dancing, Noriega fighting the urge to dance

I don’t remember a lot about tag team match. My recollection is Latin was trapped in the ring for an extended portion of time, there were dives (including goods one from Latin Dragon & Facade) and then the Puerto Rician team finished the opposition off for the win, but I may even have it backwards. It felt professionally done. I write every time about how good Noriega is about doing the little things and he’s still good about that. I know this was the second best match on the show, and I know I can’t think of much to say about it.

Samuray, Kaientai, Tiger, Ion
Samuray, Kaientai, Tiger, Ion, bright light

The lights were turned out before the main event. I dunno why. I’m not sure anyone knows why. It may just be the mall’s lights automatically turn off at 9 for all I know. They stalled for time for a bit, and then we all just rolled with it. The entrance light and the one fluorescent lamp left on was enough to see, though it was weird. Everyone was working very hard in the main event, and the match was just on a different level than the rest of the card. I was the most struck by Extreme Tiger; I know TerceraCaida was recording the match, but this still was a show far away from home in front of a small crowd, and Tiger was working as hard as if this was TripleMania. I’ve poked fun at Extreme Tiger before and surely will again, but he impressed me with his effort here – and that was before he did a top rope 450 splash to the floor on Ion. Ion and Samuray were very sharp. I was least familiar with Kaientai – actually, to be more honest, Kaientai was a guy who I knew participated in extreme matches in Monterrey, but did not seem like a sure bet to work the style of match the other three guys were going to want to work here. And I was wrong about that; the other guys seemed slightly more athletic (and Ion and Samuray have faced each other many times of late, so they’re even quicker with each other), but Kaientai kept up with them and looked like he belonged – there were a couple well timed Shining Wizard kicks I can recall.

Match just had the metric ton of spots you’d expect. The only flaw was the finish feeling like it came out of nowhere. It wasn’t clear it was a single fall match until the finish, so I first thought it was just a surprising elimination and then thought maybe the referee had counted three when it wasn’t meant to be. The match wasn’t short – somewhere in the 12 to 15 minute range – but I could’ve gone for about five more minutes of near falls easy.

or, if they both had to be on camera, they grabbed a masked guy from the merchandise stand
or, if they both had to be on camera, they grabbed a masked guy from the merchandise stand

As mentioned, the Tercera Cadia crew was at the show. On some TV shows, the host just kind of shows up, reads his script, and a bunch of people behind the scenes running around to prop the host up. That’s not at all the case here – Bernardo and Jose were the entire show here, working hard the entire time. When you see this footage on TVC Deportes and see one of them doing an interview with someone, that means the other guy was the camera guy. They both filmed the entire show, did a bunch of interviews with the wrestlers, and were greeted by a fans of Tercera Caida. I got to talk to Jose a little bit and Bernardo briefly, and they were both nice guys, exactly how they seem on TV. It was good to meet them.

I didn’t stick around long after the show – I’d spent the day outside watching a minor league baseball double header and was pretty tired by this show was done. But it was a good time and I’m glad I got to see it.

Upcoming shows for me
05/03: Lucha Libre USA @ the Odeum – assuming tickets go on sale!
05/18: CHIKARA Pro @ Logan Square Auditorium
whatever else