2019 indie catch up, part 8 of ∞

a Heddi Karaoui highlight. I was light on GIFs this time.

Soberano Jr. © vs Negro Casas for the Mexican National Welterweight Championship
(CMLL @ 06/02, 11:22, great, thecubsfan)

Negro Casas pulled Soberano to his most complete singles match in a while. No destroyers and not a lot of moves just for the sake of moves; Casas doesn’t have time or tolerance for that. Head drops can be cool but this match got more out of the back and forth kicks on the apron than they did with the DDT that followed. I really love how a consistent character trait of Soberano is he can almost never win one of those back and forth strike battles, he’s just far too skinny and Casas knocks him down silly every time. Casas went a little bit longer than usual and they made this feel not like a repeat of the lightning match, both nicely positive things.

Soberano’s got to rethink this

Death Metal & Karaoui vs Aramis & Imposible for the IWRG Intercontinental Tag Team Championship
(IWRG @ 03/24, 12:51, good, HECTOR GODFREY TV)

Has IWRG shifted to all one fall matches and I haven’t noticed? Feels like something I should’ve picked up on earlier. This match is the most I’ve liked Heddi Karaoui, obligatory 2019 Destroyer and all. He wrestles more power than mat style in a match that’s just a fun collection of back and forth offense. It is so back and forth that no real great momentum ever picks up, but everyone handles it well. Death Metal does fine in his big title shot, Imposible & Aramis look like cool tag champions and there’s an IWRG finish that makes sense. Can’t complain.

everyone against the chair

Cerebro Negro & Dr. Cerebro vs Demonio Infernal & Eterno
(IWRG @ 03/24, 16:12, ok, HECTOR GODFREY TV)

Cerebro Negro & Dr. Cerebro don’t seem to team a whole lot nowadays. They remain effective as a team. Maybe too effective. It felt like they dominated this match, taking most of the main part of the match, then only losing on a fluke submission and one big move by Demonio Infenral. The last fight was good, the overall work was sharp, but it comes off as unsatisfying when the wrong team wins. This was well performed but nothing I particularly enjoyed.

Demonio did not break his face, despite the reaction

Karma I, Karma II, Skayde vs Arez, Aztlán, Látigo
(The Crash DF @ 03/31, 9:55, good, Estrellas del Ring)

This match peaks with Arez and Skayde’s exchanges at the start. They are both enjoying exchanging holds and it’s the thing Skayde can do most effectively without exhausting his limited gas tank. He really looks tired during his comeback bit and it was maybe not the best for the match to focus so much on him. The rest is the usual indie match. Red shirt Karma is better than white shirt Karma in a very limited viewing. Aztlan does not seem as good as either of them.

Karma I or II with a nice armdrag

Arez, Dragón Lee, Místico II vs Drako, Hantar, Ricky Marvin
(The Crash DF @ 03/31, 12:33, good, Estrellas del Ring)

Entertaining exhibition match that never fully develops. Ricky Marvin and Arez interact but it’s nothing like it is in Coacalco. There’s a bit of brawling early and it seems more inconsequential than usual, to the point where you can jump in at the 7 minute mark and feel like you must’ve missed nothing. Dragon Lee utterly frightens some fans on the narrow side of the ring by leaping at them to get on the apron, but everyone lives. Mistico & Dragon Lee love doing dropkick double teams but might need a little more than that if they were to team regularly.

Arez cleans house

Miedo Extremo vs Arandú
(AKE @ 04/06, 26:30, great, Arena Clandestina)

There’s a lot of time spent on maestro mat exchange early on and it never really clicks with me. It feels like Miedo proving he can do it rather than Miedo trying to win. The match totally picks up when Miedo decides to try and destroy Arandu’s arm, transforming from an exhibition into an actual fight. The bigger picture is the two going thru a lot of different styles in the near half hour it goes and I guess it’s for the best they saved the better ones for later. Arandu moves well for his age, so well that I had to make sure I had the right age for him. The back and forth chops feel brutal on video, and his little veteran distractions come thru strong. He also takes a lot of supelxes, taking enough damage that it’s almost believable he might really take the big extreme spot Miedo sets up at the end. (He does not because Miedo is the crazy one.) This one really felt like it took time to get going but was worth that investment.

coming thru

CMLL Martes: 2019-06-04

when you don’t sit down on the sitdown powerbomb

Recapped: 06/10/2019

Matches:

Leono & Metatrón beat Cholo & Príncipe Odín Jr.
(13:01 [5:30, 4:47, 2:44], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Dalys, Metálica, Reyna Isis beat La Jarochita, La Maligna, Sanely
(14:12 [8:31, 2:18, 3:23], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Drone, Fuego, Rey Cometa beat Sagrado, Universo 2000 Jr., Vangellys
(13:22 [4:04, 2:58, 6:20], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Guerrero Maya Jr. beat Luciferno in a lightning match
(7:37, Maya headscissors cradle, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Hechicero, Máscara Año 2000, Mr. Niebla beat Flyer, Kráneo, Stuka Jr.
(13:33 [4:55, 2:37, 6:01], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Valiente beat Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
(8:25 [4:15, 4:10], 1/2 DQ, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Forastero pulled Diamante Azul’s mask for a DQ, seemingly the start of a feud. Diamante Azul was pulled from matches before they could follow up.

Thoughts:

played off as accidental but I dunno

This wasn’t much of a main event on a show that wasn’t much of a show. Most of the time was spent on a Forastero/Diamante Azul that wouldn’t end up going anywhere. Forastero was good as an irritant. Something is obviously not right with Diamante Azul based on his physique, but it wasn’t absolutely clear what that was and it was no different than had been for the last couple of matches. Maybe that mystery will be solved at some point. Your time would be better used figuring that out than watching anything from this show.

Maya/Luciferno was a simple move exchange and never deeper. It was interesting to see Luciferno show different offense than usual and it was nice the match wasn’t ended early after Maya’s mask came off. This still was nothing special, with the surprise cradle finish the only creative moment of the match.

The rudos in the tercera all had matching outfits, which had to be some sort of accident. Fuego has lost a lot of his in match personality, or at least shows it off a lot less often. Rey Cometa seemed off in the last few minutes of his match, maybe picked up an injury.

CMLL Puebla: 2019-06-03

Volcano best used as a tall object to stand on

Recapped: 06/08/2019

Matches:

Espíritu Maligno, Joker, Mercurio beat Astro, Asturiano, Último Dragóncito
(11:00 [5:44, 2:58, 2:18], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

El Perverso, Hijo del Signo, Toro Bill Jr. beat Arkalis, Halcón Suriano Jr., King Jaguar
(13:37 [7:26, 2:39, 3:32], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Kráneo, Stigma, Volcano beat Hechicero, Misterioso Jr., Templario
(15:38 [5:18, 3:14, 7:06], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero beat Máscara Año 2000, Rey Bucanero, Terrible in a relevos increíbles match
(8:39 [2:33, 2:48, 3:18], 2/3 DQ, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Carístico beat Mr. Niebla
(7:19, 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Mr. Niebla middle rope senton (1:37)
  2. Caristico inside cradle (1:34)
  3. Caristico Mistica (4:08)

What happened:

Terrible fouled UG and UG asked for a rematch next week.

The top two matches both had the rudos attacking the tecnicos before they got the ring. The show was also done earlier than usual.

Thoughts:

nope

I felt pretty sure I wasn’t going to have anything to write about the main event and it proved correct. They didn’t go long, they did simple stuff, and they go out of there without messing anything up. It wasn’t much of a surprise, the match started with less than 12 minutes left in the file, one of the dangers of watching this taped. It also wasn’t a surprise given these two guys, who aren’t going to kill themselves on a random Monday show at this point. Mr. Niebla was my bet to mail it more, so I started counting his strikes to see how many head slaps he’d reach to kill time and move Caristico out . Niebla totaled 9 head slaps, along with two shots with his cowbell, two kicks, two punches, one chop to the chest, one back elbow, one elbow to the knee, and one clothesline. Sprinkled in were six things I’d call “wrestling moves”, but that actually seemed to be more than the Caristico did. One fancy armdrag, a huracanrana, a couple of headscissors to set up dives, those dives, and a La Mistica to get out of there. Wrestling should be more than the moves, but this match seemed even less than the moves.

Angel de Oro & Niebla Roja tried to do some of their usual teamwork stuff around average brawling. Ultimo Guerrero and Mascara 2000 spent the match feuding, which the crowd was actually excited for, and it was weird when the finish was Terrible/UG instead. Then again, I don’t want to see Mascara/UG again. Mascara trying to catch an Angel de Oro dive was a bad idea.

The first fall of the opener showed off how well Astro and the other tecnicos could move. It never really developed much from there. Don’t do a double stomp if you fall down doing it.

AAA on Twitch: 2019-06-16 (Verano de Escandalo)

Fenix dive

Recapped: 06/16/2019

Matches:

Keyra beat Lady Shani and Chik Tormenta
(8:30 seen, Keyra cradle + double stomp Shani, ok?)

Faby Apache beat Hijo del Tirantes
(9:07, Faby dropkick Hijo del Tirantes, ok)

Mamba & Máximo beat Australian Suicide & Sammy Guevara
(12:46, Sammy Guevera SSP Mamba, ok)

Laredo Kid & Taya beat Daga & Tessa Blanchard
(14:34, Laredo Fly on Daga, good)

Aerostar, Pagano, Puma King beat Chessman, Killer Kross, Monsther Clown
(10:33, Puma powerbomb thru a ladder Chessman, below average)

Hijo Del Vikingo, La Parka, Myzteziz Jr. beat La Hiedra, Rey Escorpión, Texano Jr.
(13:23, Vikingo reverse 450 splash La Hiedra, ok)

Fénix & Pentagón Jr. beat Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson © for the AAA World Tag Team Championship
(11:54, package piledriver/double stomp on Nick, great)

Dr. Wagner Jr. & Psycho Clown beat Blue Demon Jr. & Taurus
(17:23, Wagner Wagner Driver Demon, ok)

What happened:

everyone lived

Dr. Wagner defeated Blue Demon cleanly with a Wagner Driver in the main event (following a slow-motion table break.) This is not the last time these two will face before TripleMania, but it was a rare clean pin on the last major show prior.

The Lucha Brothers defeated the Young Bucks to win back the AAA Tag Team championship. A second referee was involved to count the pin, which normally doesn’t mean anything in AAA but the Jacksons did point it out in the post-match. No one came out to challenge the new champs.

Vikingo beat La Hiedra to win the sixth match, then was immediately attacked by the rudos. Myzteziz, who had second earlier been powerbombed thru a table, ran off the rudos with a chair. Vikingo being attacked was part of a run of three of five matches having post-match attacks with the rudos laying out the victorious tecnicos.

Aerostar attempted the same dive (or fall) from high up on a light tower. The landing did not go as well, with Aerostar bouncing off of Monster Clown and landing badly on the ground. He was checked out on the floor and then rushed on a backboard to the back. AAA’s Twitch moderator said Aerostar was ok but there’s been no other public statement about his status. (I’m skeptical of the story that Aerostar is ok but have nothing to report.) Kross attacked Puma after the match.

Pagano

Daga attempted to use brass knucks to knockout Laredo Kid, but missed and got Tessa instead. The concept was that left Tessa unable to stop the count after Laredo got the Laredo Fly this time as she had done in Cancun, though the execution wasn’t perfect. (The knucks played off the finish in Cancun, where Daga actually did use knucks to the midsection to knock Laredo out, though AAA didn’t do the best job of showing it.)  

Chik Tormenta seconded Hijo del Tirantes and inteferred frequently. Faby Apache eventually took her out and defeated Tirantes. Tirantes & Tormenta beat up Faby after, suggesting the feud will continue.

Keyra cleanly beat Lady Shani to win the Reina de Reinas championship.

While promoted last night, and even early on the show by the English announcers, Cody never appeared on the show nor did anyone else with AEW.

Thoughts:

die die die

Verano de Escandalo lived up and down to expectations. The first card this year not to undergo changes from what was advertised seemed to have few surprises in match quality. The matches that looked weak on paper happened as scheduled and were weak. The matches that look good on the card were good. Keyra winning the Reina de Reinas championship was the only surprising outcome on the night, and even there it’s arguable that Shani’s title reign had been important enough for a change to mean something. I guess Cody not being there was a surprise, but no one seemed to think Cody was meant to be at Verano de Escandalo except the AAA announcers.

Frustratingly, AAA’s technical problems on big shows appeared once again. There were no huge issues during Rey de Reyes or Guerra de Titanes or any normal AAA TV Instead, those show up with the most people they’ve had watching since last year’s TripleMania. The show was shifted to a half hour later start during the day, the transmission died during the opening match for about five minutes, the video packages either had no sound or the same audio playing twice. It wasn’t a disaster as others shows, but causal people tuning in probably were left with the impression of AAA being messy as always.

(There also seemed to be some general Twitch issues which didn’t relate to anything AAA but still cause people to have problems watching. The Spanish stream played smoother than in the past for me and reports were the English stream was better than last night. The crowd didn’t seem miced well early on but was better later in the show.)

I think casual fans were also left with the same sort of wild variety they might get out of TripleMania every year. This show lacked the match to match greatness found on TV shows earlier this year and substituted with a lot of freak show elements. There are some heel flyers versus exoticos, there’s lots of blood in the main event, there’s a guy falling from 30 feet and there are so many cookie pan shots. It was a more a spectacle than a showcase of wrestling matches, a choice AAA seems to make every time they have a very large crowd.

make room for Psycho Clown

 

The Young Bucks versus the Lucha Brothers was the great wrestling match that needed to balance this show out. I feel like I’m the only person in the world who’d care to see their Double or Nothing match who has not seen it yet, so I understand that’s probably the right comparison to make and I’m not equipped to make it. This was a much hotter and longer version of the Rey de Reyes match, but that felt likely just barely a real match. They made a good choice here to start fast and go quick, a slow building twenty-minute match would’ve have worked as well on a show destined to get three and a half hours. It didn’t feel like the two teams brought a lot they didn’t do before, but they did what they normally do well and very much worked for a crowd that isn’t as numb to this style as American fans might be. It also helped that the Bucks played more overtly heel during the match, with the fans finally catching on why they should be invested in the outcome during the match. (All the video packages and the attack earlier in the show didn’t mean as much as the first few minutes of the match, it seemed.) Tirantes being involved seemed like a very bad idea. He was slow to get in position on some pins but otherwise did everything they needed him to and didn’t stray into getting himself over. There probably should’ve been something at the end to attach this very AEW feud to the rest of the AAA. There was no particular sense of even when we’ll see the Lucha Brothers again or if it’ll happen before TripleMania. The Lucha Brothers won and didn’t get stuck into something that might not be good, so it’s fine with me.

I don’t have a strong take on what was the second best match on the show. There was a whole bunch of matches that were close enough to throw a sheet on, which could all be rated ok or good but I’d have a hard time calling them better than that. The main event was the same AAA main event you know and either love or are exhausted by, just with a couple less people than usual. Psycho got to do his thing in front of a big crowd that loved him. Wagner made the critical mistake of winning cleanly in the last big match before TripleMania.

sucide murdered

The La Parka trios was similar to last night, with two matches going on alternatively. Parka & Texano had some very weird interactions, while Vikingo & Myzteziz flipped around a lot when they got a chance. Be it injury or luck, Vikingo was more off tonight than he’s been for a while. People who’ve heard the name but not seen him might have gone away thinking Myzteziz was just as good if only Myzteziz didn’t nearly end himself on a springboard shooting star press.

Laredo Kid & Taya versus Daga & Tessa hit a slow stretch during the rudo control period. Daga & Tessa seemed eager to try out some teamwork spots together, but the pace wasn’t there. It could’ve still worked if it picked up a lot on the comeback, it just never really got to the top level of Laredo Kid matches. The brass knucks stuff felt out of place in this match (though it made a lot more sense when I got the explanation of how it happened last night) and didn’t seem like it went totally as intended. I liked the Laredo Kid matches better without the screwy finishes; maybe this dynamic will work better with Drago & Daga.

I want to give the women’s match the benefit of the doubt because a chunk of it was missing. It was fine while it lasted. Tormenta breaking out the knee drop to the floor was different. Lady Shani’s reign suffered from being an afterthought in so much. Stuff like her double submission spot here suggests she’ll still be useful in the future even if she’s just back in miscellaneous tag matches. Keyra got in some of her signature stuff, but her finish – a roll thru a cradle and a double stomp – really isn’t anything associated with her (more Taya) and didn’t come off as impactful. If AAA was going to do a clean finish where the champ loses, there were more impressive ways for Keyra to get her first championship.

I guess it worked.

You sort of have to hope something was wrong with Pagano. If Pagano was that bad healthy and clean, there’s really no hope. I’m not sure those other problems could necessarily be fixed either, but at least there’s a chance. He was quite bad, Aerostar’s light tower dive would’ve been unnecessarily even if it worked right (it definitely did not) and this feels like the millionth time we’ve seen someone win and get beat up by Kross. This match could only be considered a success in that I have no new GIFs of Scarlett that will get people angrily quote tweeting me for the next three days. I’m good there.

That match could’ve gone missing without being missed. Same thing to Guevara & Suicide versus the Exoticos. Maximo & Mamba didn’t get to do much of their gimmick last night, so you could charitable watch this as Sammy & Australian helping their opponents get over. You could also watch this as the foreign rudos goofing around for large portions of an overly long match. (Not everything needs 10 minutes. This did not need 10 minutes.) No one in this match seemed particularly motivated to be part of it, everyone seemed aware that they could do whatever and it didn’t really matter. This is not a good formula for a suitable big show match.

Faby Apache & Hijo del Tirantes was not as bad as feared. It was helped by Chik Tormenta wrestling roughly 40% of the match for Tirantes. (In a better world, this would set up Tormenta as Tirantes surrogate going better. In reality, Tormenta was just the person who couldn’t do much.) This was another match that felt like it went well too long. Hijo del Tirantes going 50/50 with Faby Apache might keep him strong for his indie work but I don’t know that it actually helps this feud or these matches. Tirantes being able to take some headscissors did help, though not as much as if Faby Apache had a real opponent to work with.

AAA on Twitch: 2019-06-15 (Cancun)

Vikingo

Recapped: 06/16/2019

Matches:

Invencible Jr. & Tiger Fly beat Corsario Jr. & Guerrero Galactico
(7:26, Invencible top rope huracanrana Corsario jr., good, 00:22:01)

Maximo & Mamba beat Hijo del Tirantes & Keyra
(14:00, Maximo kiss Tirantes, below average, 00:37:20)

Chik Tormenta, La Hiedra, Tessa Blanchard beat Lady Shani, Scarlett Bordeaux, Taya
(11:05, Tessa Buzzsaw DDT Taya, ok, 01:11:32)

Sammy Guevara beat Myzteziz Jr. and Puma King
(8:12, Sammy Guevara shooting star press Myzteziz, ok, 01:31:04)

Daga beat Laredo Kid
(16:28, Daga double stomp to the head, good, 01:48:12)

Hijo del Vikingo, La Parka, Aerostar beat Monster Clown, Chessman, Australian Suicide
(15:47, Vikingo reverse 450 splash, good, 02:13:21)

Dr. Wagner Jr., Pagano, Psycho Clown beat Killer Kross, Rey Escorpión, Texano Jr.
(19:17, DQ Rey Escorpion for fouling Psycho Clown, ok, 02:42:10)

What happened: 

after all this time, Daga’s last name turned out to be Omega

Puma King attacked Killer Kross in the main event, payback for an earlier attack. Rey Escorpion used one of the few ways you can get disqualified in AAA these days, a foul, to end the main event. Escorpion unmasked Psycho Clown as well and the collective rudo force left the tecnicos laying to end the show.

Hijo del Vikingo won the semi-main but suffered a chest or rib injury in the process. He was eventually able to refuse a backboard and walk off with help from his partners but he was clearly in pain.

Daga helped Tessa to win with a superkick to Taya. Tessa repaid the favor, first stopping a Laredo Kid pinfall count and then distracting from a foul to set up Daga’s win in the singles match. Taya ran out after, setting up the sides for tomorrow’s tag match.

a Corsario Jr. highlight

Sammy shot footage for his vlog during this match and beat Myzteziz with a shooting star press. Kross attacked Puma and Myzteziz after, with Sammy electing not to get involved this time.

Tirantes wrestled in the second match (the first was all locals) but did not referee on this show.

Cody Rhodes and other AEW surprises were announced for Verano de Escandalo.

Thoughts:

I watched this on the English feed and was left so frustrated by the experience that I’m probably shelling out $5 to switch back to a commercial-free version of the Spanish feed for Verano de Escandalo. I discovered I really need crowd noise to enjoy wrestling matches and the sound underneath the announcers was completely muted this time. The Cancun crowd was loud and rowdy (perhaps too rowdy) but you couldn’t get a sense of it watching on the English feed. I just could not get in most of this show and you may have a different experience watching it later on YouTube. The AAA English feed is a noble experiment to broaden AAA’s reach and I suspect it’ll keep going to MSG, but it remains a disappointing experience. Right now, it just checks off a box to sponsors and investors – “yes, we’re also in English now too” – but does no more than that.

Laredo Kid

Daga versus Laredo Kid was the best match on the night. It started a bit slow and got into some high action as it went along. Laredo Kid has been the best wrestler in AAA since the end of the Lucha Capital tournament and continued showing his consistent ability to have exciting matches. Daga again had his best performance so far, though this didn’t reach the levels of the Vikingo match (and the Daga/Drago match is going to be more of a challenge.) The problem with doing Daga versus Laredo Kid right now is neither guy really should be taking a pinfall at this moment. AAA felt the need to do something screwy with the finish to leave some doubt, but it also takes away from the match when people are running into the ring to get the referee to stop the count (and that’s not even the finish.) I wonder if a draw would’ve worked better, though I’m unsure if AAA crowd would’ve accepted that sort of finish. What they really could’ve used is two replacements for the people who were missing, so they could’ve changed a few matches around and made this a tag.

The rest of the show was alternating fine and forgettable. The locals opener probably was the second best match on the show, with the Quintana Roo luchadors trying to steal the show via every hot move they knew. Tiger Fly stood out for his movement most on the tecnico side. Corsario Jr. was the most enthusiastic of the two rudos, though also hilarious in having to attack the tecnicos afterward to protect his heat on whatever indie shows he works in this town.

this was creative

Puma/Sammy/Myzteziz was a lot of moves that flowed well at times and did not at others. Puma’s outfit looked great. I’m not sure if Sammy vlog-ing works as a rudo bit for the Mexico crowd as much as it does for indie ones. The women’s trios match didn’t work as well as the previous one. Scarlett was not in that and got a lot of focus in this one, though she didn’t seem to be particularly the problem. It just felt like more of an off-night match outside of Lady Shani’s cool sequence of cradles. Parka/Vikingo/Aerostar vs Chessman/Suicide/Monster was two very different matches that happened to be occurring at the same time. It seemed like a complete waste of Vikingo & Aerostar for about half the match, then Aerostar was falling from 20 feet and Vikingo was doing quick back and forths with Suicide and crazy spots onto Chessman. There’s a story to be told about how Vikingo couldn’t beat Suicide last year and has easily surpassed him this year but I don’t think early 2018 AAA still counts at this point.

The main event was the usual AAA formula main event, with maybe a little bit longer match and a little bit more brawling. You have seen it on literally every AAA TV taping. I’m not sure how anyone would handle it if AAA put a singles match on last for a non-TripleMania card, it would be too weird. The exoticos vs Tirantes/Keyra match was not good at all, with the exoticos not looking good and not exactly set up to win by facing a woman and a referee. The more Tirantes is in these, the more exposed he gets; the only hope here is he’s been so exposed that AAA will decide they need Tirantes to put his hair up as a second versus Faby Apache instead of wrestling the match himself. There was no reason for him to wrestle here once Faby Apache wasn’t on the card except they needed someone to make up the numbers, but AAA should’ve known Faby (and Texano) weren’t going to be here long enough to find Villano III Jr. or Parka Negra and send them instead.

Aerostar

CMLL on Marca: 2019-06-14

everyone lived

Recapped: 06/14/2019

Matches:

Magia Blanca & Star Jr. beat Akuma & Espanto Jr.
(10:25 [3:50, 2:25, 4:10], 2/3, ok, 00:01:35)

Esfinge, Rey Cometa, Tritón beat Kawato San, Pólvora, Tiger
(10:52 [3:46, 7:06], 1/2 DQ, good, 00:19:02)

Atlantis Jr., Soberano Jr., Valiente beat Cuatrero, Forastero, Hijo del Villano III
(14:09 [3:58, 4:10, 6:01], 1/3, good, 00:39:45)

Euforia beat Rey Bucanero in a lightning match
(8:47, inside cradle, below average, 01:04:02)

The dumb battle royal lasted 1:24

Ángel de Oro & Niebla Roja beat Gran Guerrero & Último Guerrero in a Copa Dinastia quarterfinal
(5:51, ok, 01:24:02)

Dragón Lee & Místico beat Máscara Año 2000 & Sansón in a Copa Dinastia quarterfinal
(4:40, ok, 01:32:55)

Ángel de Oro & Niebla Roja beat Dragón Lee & Místico in a Copa Dinastia semifinal
(12:35, good, 01:40:15)

Austin Theory, Carístico, Volador Jr beat Cavernario, Negro Casas, Rush
(9:32 [2:06, 3:29, 3:57], 2/3, ok, 01:57:25)

What happened:

Sanson welcomes Dragon Lee back

Austin Theory won in his CMLL debut.

Angel de Oro & Niebla Roja advanced to the finals of Copa Dinastia. They will face Rush & La Bestia del Ring next week.

Tiger pulled Triton’s mask for a DQ in the second match. He then took Triton’s replacement mask too.

In post-match promos, Dragon Lee announced he was vacating the CMLL Lightweight Championship.

Thoughts:

Rocket Soberano

This was a better show than the lineup suggested. Copa Dinastia was much better and the midcard matches delivered more than expected.

Austin Theory’s debut went well. He got in a few impressive moves, he got some air on his dropkicks and he stood out. This would’ve been the nice start to a month or two run, though I’m still skeptical we’ll even see him in CMLL again. Maybe it’ll encourage CMLL to continue to bring people in from The Crash. The match itself was definitely on the short side. It was for the best, a long match wouldn’t have worked as well after a length show and a heated match prior.

The Copa Dinastia seems to have been ill constructed. The Dragon Lee/Mistico vs Angel de Oro/Niebla Roja match came off as a worthy final, only instead the Chavez brothers are moving onto face the lesser Munoz team next week. Much like Soberano/Euforia last week, the Guerreros were ushered out in shockingly quick fashion. At least they lost to a better team. Mascara 2000 did not fit in at all in his match, making it a 2 on 1 often even before he was eliminated. Perhaps CMLL didn’t want to beat the Sanson/Cuatrero team (though the teams they did pin are just as protected), but sticking in Forastero or even Universo 2000 Jr. would’ve been an improvement.

The Chavez vs Munoz block final stood out enough that it’s worth a watch even outside of the context of the tournament. They attempted to wrestle tecnico/tecnico style, though the crowd surprisingly turned again the Chavez brothers a bit. Mistico & Dragon Lee again appeared to be a promising team when given a chance to wrestle as a pair. Both teams kept up the action thru a long match by tournament standards. Even if this couldn’t be the final for whatever they’re setting up next week, this would’ve been better as the first week of the tournament. Knowing Dragon Lee & Mistico couldn’t advance (because CMLL’s not going to book them against their father) hurt the drama tremendously for me. It didn’t seem to bug the crowd as much. They were into the show all night long, strongest during this match.

double team magic

Euforia/Bucanero was a mistake on paper that proved to be a bad idea in the ring. Rey Bucanero heroically did his semi-annual crazy dive early on to make this work. It was crazy and it also seemed to exhaust him for the rest of the match. Nothing went seriously wrong, this just moved at a snail’s pace compared to the rest of the show and felt like it lasted forever. I suspect this match was done to get both closer to their promised amount of bookings for a month, not because anyone thought it would be good. It just shows the problems of CMLL’s setup.

The reaction I saw on Twitter was a lot more enthusiastic about the tercera than I came away with it, so maybe I’m just off. I’m still not particularly impressed by the rookies and Valiente didn’t have an especially good night. Still, Soberano was great and this match came together as more of a group effort than anything else. This trios got significantly more time than the matches underneath it (and the ones after it) and squeezed in a lot more highspots for that time.

Tiger & Triton gave the segunda much more of a direction, unexpected as it was. (It was also a relief, given Kawato & Esfinge interacting a lot earlier in the match. I don’t rule that out totally.) Tiger continues to be in great form in this matches when give a chance to do something, though maybe he should be aiming higher than his post-show challenge for the Arena Coliseo Tag Team Championship. CMLL seemed to take the restrictions off the second match guys on this show. Cometa’s running Spanish Fly to the was nutty, even more so since Kawato was the guy taking it. Kawato’s kicks are looking good. Hope his knee is as well after that landing.

Espanto Jr. crotched himself on the finish of the opener, so business as usual there. The rest of the match had some good spots and slow speed into and out of them. The other three wrestlers all still show promise but don’t seem like they have any chance of developing here. Magia Blanca could really use a good indie booking for us to find out if he can do more than he’s shown in CMLL since returning from injury.

great match roundup, week of 2019-05-25

Virus saving his career via kicks to the face

recap

I really liked Metalico vs Virus. This had a week with a really good AAA show and a surprisingly enjoyable CMLL show. And also two CMLL shows which weren’t much good. Giving the Incredible Partners final an OK is the most generous grade I’ve given out this year.

Recommended Matches

rating matches TV Show taped
excellent Metálico vs Virus [career] LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 31 DE MAYO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-05-31 2019-05-31
great Hijo Del Vikingo, Laredo Kid, Myzteziz Jr. vs Australian Suicide, Eterno, Súper Fly  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2019-05-25 2019-05-25
good Eclipse Jr. & La Parkita vs Mini Histeria & Mini Monster Clown  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2019-05-25 2019-05-25
good Big Mami, Draztick Boy, Niño Hamburguesa vs Lady Maravilla, Tiger Boy, Villano III Jr.  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2019-05-25 2019-05-25
good Faby Apache, Lady Shani, Taya vs Chik Tormenta, Keyra, Tessa Blanchard  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2019-05-25 2019-05-25
good Drago, Murder Clown, Pagano vs Chessman, Daga, Taurus  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2019-05-25 2019-05-25
good Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Rey Cometa vs Disturbio, Kawato, Misterioso Jr. Disturbio Cmll, Kawato San y Misterioso Jr vs Blue Panther Jr, The Panther y Rey Cometa. 1a caida (posted by Princesa Dorada) Disturbio Cmll, Kawato San y Misterioso Jr vs Blue Panther Jr, The Panther y Rey Cometa. 2a caída (posted by Princesa Dorada) LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 31 DE MAYO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-05-31 2019-05-31
good Kaho Kobayashi vs Amapola for the hair LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 31 DE MAYO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-05-31 2019-05-31
good Carístico, Místico, Volador Jr. vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 31 DE MAYO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-05-31 2019-05-31

Other Matches

rating matches TV Show taped
ok Dr. Wagner Jr., La Parka, Psycho Clown, Puma King vs Blue Demon Jr., La Hiedra, Rey Escorpión, Texano Jr.  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)) AAA on Twitch: 2019-05-25 2019-05-25
ok El Audaz, Esfinge, Tritón vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Tiger LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 27 DE MAYO DE 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-05-27 2019-05-27
ok Carístico, Soberano Jr., Valiente vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 27 DE MAYO DE 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-05-27 2019-05-27
ok Mephisto & Volador Jr. vs Niebla Roja & Terrible[Torneo Increible de Parejas] and in a tournament final match LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 27 DE MAYO DE 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-05-27 2019-05-27
ok Águila Blanca, Magia Blanca, Oro Jr. vs Akuma, Dick Riviere, Nitro LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 28 DE MAYO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-05-28 2019-05-28
ok Drone, Fuego, Star Jr. vs Sagrado, Tiger, Universo 2000 Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 28 DE MAYO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-05-28 2019-05-28
ok Audaz, Blue Panther, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Hechicero, Pólvora, Vangellys LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 28 DE MAYO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-05-28 2019-05-28
ok Rush vs Ángel de Oro LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 28 DE MAYO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-05-28 2019-05-28
ok Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 31 DE MAYO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-05-31 2019-05-31
ok Diamante Azul & Valiente © vs Euforia & Gran Guerrerofor the CMLL World Tag Team Championship LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 31 DE MAYO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-05-31 2019-05-31
ok Último Guerrero vs Máscara Año 2000 for the hair LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 31 DE MAYO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2019-05-31 2019-05-31
not rated Astro, Centella Roja, Meyer vs Espíritu Maligno, Guerrero Espacial, Sombra Diabólika LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 27 DE MAYO DE 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-05-27 2019-05-27
not rated King Jaguar, Star Jr., Tigre Rojo Jr. vs El Perverso, Fuerza Chicana, Nitro LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 27 DE MAYO DE 2019 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-05-27 2019-05-27
not rated Bengala & Sonic vs Inquisidor & Yago LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 28 DE MAYO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-05-28 2019-05-28
not rated Atlantis, Flyer, Kráneo vs Felino, La Bestia Del Ring, Templario LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 28 DE MAYO DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2019-05-28 2019-05-28

CMLL Martes: 2019-05-28

an Aguila Blanca appearance

Recapped: 06/03/2019

Matches:

Inquisidor & Yago beat Bengala & Sonic
(13:03 [4:53, 3:33, 4:37], 1/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Águila Blanca, Magia Blanca, Oro Jr. beat Akuma, Dick Riviere, Nitro
(10:30 [3:20, 4:12, 2:58], 1/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Drone, Fuego, Star Jr. beat Sagrado, Tiger, Universo 2000 Jr.
(11:09 [4:14, 6:55], 1/2 DQ, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Hechicero, Pólvora, Vangellys beat Audaz, Blue Panther, Guerrero Maya Jr.
(10:19 [4:07, 1:55, 4:17], 2/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Atlantis, Flyer, Kráneo beat Felino, La Bestia Del Ring, Templario
(11:33 [4:19, 2:20, 4:54], 2/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Rush beat Ángel de Oro
(14:31, 14:31, 1/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Sagardo fouled Drone on a corner handstand, or at least that was the attempt. It is a tiny bit suspicious there’s a lot of Sagrado related mayhem of late but it still may mean nothing.

Thoughts:

Star Jr.

Ring of Honor star Rush won a fall in seconds and apparently didn’t realize they still do a three fall, judging by the way he gave up fighting for about three minutes. Angel de Oro laying on the mat doing nothing didn’t help. The third fall was full of starts and stops, not getting to any flow until late. Even then, they messed up a spot so badly that I’m not sure if it was a Destroyer and Code Red. This is skippable.

The fourth match didn’t totally come together. Maya frustrating Hechicero by outwrestling him is fun, but the rest of the match didn’t come together to something great. Audaz looked sloppy in his big third fall run, not that it stopped CMLL from replaying his misapplied ringpost headscissors. Vangellys wasn’t an ideal fit for this match and still won.

The third match felt off. The long two falls for a match that isn’t going three is always strange, it just feels off when those falls are going much longer than usual. Drone was off in this entire match, up to losing his mask taking a Canadian Destroyer from Tiger in the second fall. Star Jr. had his struggles too.

Aguila Blanca showed more as a guest wrestler than most of the segunda tecnicos, including the two segunda tecnicos in this match. They opened the match open more to allow him to do dives that aren’t normally allowed in the second match, but he also hit his big spots when given that chance. Being a fresh person in a stagnant group of people also helps (but can quickly go away with uninspiring performances; see Magia Blanca.) I don’t know if he would be this good every week but he was good in this match. Dick Riviere took a kick to the face nicely.

Akuma

2019 indie catch up, part 7 of ∞

this match is recommended but this particular moment is not recommended

Recapped: 06/04/2019

Matches:

Cerebro Negro vs Demonio Infernal
(IWRG @ 03/31, 10:24, good,
Internetv Deportes)

I’m not sure Demonio Infernal really earned the blood here – his seemed to start bleeding after a slingshot to the post that was too obviously shoulder first – but the blood looked really cool with his facepaint so it is all OK. This felt quicker than the 11 minutes and didn’t seem to develop totally, though the last few minutes were nicely back and forth. It was still entertaining but felt like they were holding back a bit for the title match set up for next week.

head to head tope

Aramis, Imposible, Metaleón vs Dragón Bane, Eterno, Golden Magic
(IWRG @ 03/31, 12:57, great,
Internetv Deportes)

There’s some shakiness early that might throw you off this match. (Dragon Bane blows a flip, a couple of headscissors don’t come off.) Stick with it, and you’ll get the crazy action trios match a lot more effective than those first minutes. Eterno is at an elite level as a base and continues to have great chemistry together. Dragon Bane looks cool and doesn’t do the over the top things that frustrate about Dragon Bane matches. Golden Magic and Metaleon have a few good sequences, though it feels weird when they end up being the most important ones. This felt on the level to the much liked trios match on the Cuervo Benefit show, easily worth your time.

Metaleon and Golden magic

Wotan vs Fly Star in a super libre match
(FILLM @ 03/16, 13:39, good,
Carxyus Pro.)

HOT TAKE: Carxyus is the best lucha libre video editor in Mexico.

This is very much a “what are they thinking” match, right thru the point where Fly Star does a dive to nowhere on the very firm Arena San Juan floor. Then it just gets stuck trying to top it. At least is a match that totally earned a finish that usually is hard to believe. If your desires in lucha is people hitting each other very hard, hurting themselves nearly as hard, and bleeding a lot, this is the match you should watch. (Also, if you want to see what Wotan looks like unmasked since he pretty much is wearing his mask as bandana by the end.) The hard-hitting nature of a match alone isn’t usually enough for me to love it, but it was that style match about as strong as they could go.

I don’t understand how Arena San Juan has any seats left

Látigo vs Dragón Bane
(ANCLA @ 03/17, 8:50, good,
Estrellas del Ring)

I was worried this was clipped up when I saw the length. This turns out to be instead an indie version of lightning match, albeit one that only seems like it gets going just a couple minutes before it wraps. Latigo keeps Dragon Bane in check for most of the match, though Dragon Bane takes a flip bump so wildly that the referee seems concerned. He should not be that concerned. Latigo is perhaps the strongest person in Mexico because he’s the only luchador who I’ve seen powerful enough to block a Destroyer attempt. At least the first time. This was totally solid but could’ve still used like three minutes.

Dragon Bane feels the power of Latigo

Ángel Estrella Jr., Auzter, Black Dragón, Cheff Benito, Chicanito, Mexica, Neza Kid, Puma de Oro vs Barrio Latino, Gemelo Diablo, Holocausto, Kid Jaguar, Piloto Infernal, Poético, Sky Ángel, Tarasco II Jr. [Copa Higher Power]
(IWRG/FILL @ 03/20, 35:57, good,
Internetv Deportes)

This was a solid cibernetico, hitting the usual bits, and held together for having a lot of young wrestlers. It doesn’t strike means extraordinary and is a really big time commitment for the quality. Chicancito was the best of the IWRG guys I don’t see much, moving around well and having a bit of charisma. Black Dragon probably should’ve stayed to the end instead of Mexica, who did a knees first 450 splash as his big spot. None of the visiting luchadors particularly stand out, though no one’s in this was terrible. Watching the ITV version of IWRG remains a special amount of annoying. There doesn’t appear to be any effort to find out the names of the visiting luchadors for any of these matches, which seem like an important detail to have. Everyone besides Kid Jaguar is referred to as “a student from Golpeador’s school.” I guess should feel lucky they know the IWRG luchadors names. If you find yourself on this show as a guess, definitely wear gear with your name on it. There’s a double backdrop spot that would make for a cool GIF if InterneTV could’ve panned the camera at all.

 

Ángel de Oro vs Mephisto
(CMLL ACG @ 04/30, 7:59, ok,
thecubsfan)

This is another Guadalajara match I’m checking off a list, marking it down more to make sure I don’t spend time watching it twice. It is so generically a CMLL big match that I might just do that, with Mephisto doing the same four spots he does in every match and Angle de Oro not really switching it up all that much either. The last few minutes turns into just getting each other on the top rope for spots over and over again. It is more impressive that Titan & Dragon Lee have gotten some emotion out of this setup because there’s not much here. The only surprising thing here is confetti being shot off at the finish, which seemed to shock and scare Terror Chino. People who don’t watch a lot of CMLL and are not as dulled by their usual single match structure. will probably like this more than me. You probably have seen a lot of CMLL if you’re digging into Guadalajara matches.

this is a GIF from this match

CMLL Puebla: 2019-05-27

the Zacarias tope is too strong for Soberano

Recapped: 06/02/2019

Matches:

Astro, Centella Roja, Meyer beat Espíritu Maligno, Guerrero Espacial, Sombra Diabólika
(12:31 [6:28, 3:09, 2:54], 1/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL

El Perverso, Fuerza Chicana, Nitro beat King Jaguar, Star Jr., Tigre Rojo Jr.
(14:49 [7:10, 2:14, 5:25], 1/3, n/r,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

El Audaz, Esfinge, Tritón beat Ephesto, Luciferno, Tiger
(11:40 [3:03, 2:09, 6:28], 2/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas beat Carístico, Soberano Jr., Valiente
(6:12 [3:17, 2:55], 1/2, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Mephisto & Volador Jr. beat Niebla Roja & Terrible in the Torneo Increible de Parejas final
(19:36 [5:42, 4:24, 9:30], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Triton & Esfinge have finally found a third person to pose with

Volador & Terrible won the tournament

Mr. Niebla snuck in a foul on Caristico to win the match. That set up a singles match the following week.

Thoughts:

It was sort of amazing that these four went thru the motions of trying in the main event, given how desperately they did not care for the first two falls. This was dreadful for the first ten minutes. I’m not sure I would’ve thought much of the third fall if it hadn’t followed what came before, the bar was lowered so much. They went thru their usual stuff for a while, which was better than doing nothing at all, but really not worth the extended length of this match. It added it up to something that was technically ok, but boring enough at the start that I wouldn’t think most people would sit thru and it wasn’t enough of a reward at the end for that time commitment. CMLL got the effort they probably should’ve expected from four guys who knew this match was big in name only and should’ve used someone who would’ve been more excited about it.

Nothing super in the semi-main, but they knew they only had about five minutes to work and made it five hard minutes. Peste Negra took most of the match and were super active. Casas & Soberano had a couple of good sequences leading into their title match this weekend. Caristico & Mr. Niebla seems like a bad idea but at least it is a different bad idea.

The tecnicos seemed more motivated than usual in the tercera. The motivation didn’t always pay off but effort is always nice in Arena Puebla. Triton trying to repeat the Fenix spot got laughs from the crowd but I’m just happy he’s keeping up with lucha outside of CMLL. Tiger remains Audaz’s best opponent but it was really strange for Audaz to wrestle the whole with his entrance coat on.

this catch went better for Casas