CMLL Puebla: 2016-05-23 

Caristico has a message for his haters
Caristico has a message for his haters

Recapped: 05/23/16

What happened: The biggest long term story might be Dragon Lee re-injuring his left knee, coming down from it badly on a flapjack. He was in pain, rolled out, and was unable to continue the semimain event.

The main event ended with a unique deal: Mephisto & a rudo Mascara Dorada challenged Carístico & Negro Casas to a tag match for next week.

Saurón beat Astral in the lightning match, setting up a title match next week.

What was good: The opener was good and the main event was fun. I liked the fourth match as well.

Where can I watch it: It’s on CMLL’s YouTube channel. 3 matches will air on 52MX in a weekend or two. You’d hope they’ll skip the 5 minute match where someone gets hurt but you never know with them. (more…)

AAA on Televisa: 2016-04-30 

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Taurus!!!

Recapped: 04/30/16

What happened: Cage & Mesias continue to run over anything, including an injured Texano. Argenis & Australian Suicide surprisingly won a tag title shot, with Suicide beating rival Daga. The Perros were then destroyed by the new Los Fronterizos group. Apache continues to attack Venum for reasons inadequately explained.

What was good: I liked the opener and the tag match, though both made me want longer matches (that probably aren’t happening.) I had no real use for the main event.

Where can I watch it: It’s on AAA’s channel. (more…)

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-05-20

how high does he get? Euforia isn't short.
how high does he get? Euforia isn’t short.

Recapped: 05/20/2016

What happened: La Mascara outcheated Rush, challenged Rush to a hair match, and challenged Pierroth to put up his mask too. (Shocker’s involvement was downplayed this time.) Cometa and Cavernario resumed their feud, with Cometa demanding a title match.

What was good: Lots of stuff! I really liked the Cometa/Cavernario trios match, and the second and fifth match weren’t too far behind.

Where can I watch it: It’ll be up on my channel on Tuesday, it’ll be on other people’s channel quicker, and the main event is on Claro’s site.

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Lucha Azteca7 Elite: 2016-05-06

Metaleon & JInzo
Metaleon & JInzo

Recapped: 05/18-19/16

What happened: Rush & LA Park won their Liga Elite matches.

What was good: The trios match was really good, and Casas/Rush was very good for the time it lasted

Where can I watch it: It’s on my channel and on the official site. (more…)

Lucha Underground 2×17: Crime and Punishment

Moth Power
Moth Power

Matches

Daga [O] beat Máscarita Sagrada [X], Kobra Moon, Argenis (4:58, Thunder Rosa sit down Air Raid Crash→Daga elbow drop , OK)

Killshot beat Marty the Moth (7:08, storm cradle driver, good)

Chavo Guerrero [O] beat Aerostar, Texano, Joey Ryan [X], the Mack, Marty Martinez, Sexy Star (8:32, Cage Drill Claw->pin, good)

developments

not sure how much longer Mascarita can survive Famous B's management
not sure how much longer Mascarita can survive Famous B’s management

Chavo Guerero is the new Gift of the Gods champion without having even won a Medallion match. Chavo was able to use Cage’s stolen Medallion after tricking Cage into stealing back a medallion sized washer instead. Dario ruled whoever place the Medallion in the belt got entry into the belt, so Cage was out of the match. There was no clear favorite in the match, and everyone eventually teamed up to take out Chavo, only for Cage to walk into the match and destroy everyone but Chavo. Chavo won the match and is indeed the Gift of the Gods champion – this week, and maybe this week only, since Cage revealed Dario had already given him a shot against the winner for the belt next week.

Marty tried confronting Killshot before their match, and ended up on his back. The match was no different, with Killshot pulling out his finish in an even match. Marty took this badly, attacking Killshot and taking his dogtags.

on target
on target

Kobra Moon was more interested in flirting with Daga than winning the match, even giving up the likely winning pin so Daga could take it instead. Daga didn’t appear too interested in anything besides the win.

Vampiro’s “recovery” strategy for healing Pentagon appears to be hurting Pentagon so much that he becomes immune to pain. This week, Vampiro hit Pentagon first with a cane, then a barbed wire bat, as the show ended.

Thoughts

The grades are all about the same, but Marty/Killshot was the best match of the night for me. The others had a few highlights that gave some value for them, these two guys did the best of putting together a match. They clicked well together with a few really impressive spots – Marty catching the dive looked really good, and Killshot’s offense looked sharp. The post match felt a little hammy but obviously the feud must continue.

Aerostar!
Aerostar!

The fans didn’t seem particularly into the Gift of the Gods match or rooting for any particular person to win, which hurt. They really seemed into the concept at Ultima Lucha. This match was left as a collection of big spots, some cute, but it didn’t overall feel on the level of the other massive man matches they’ve done. Chavo winning was a groaner, and can only salvaged by Cage destroying him next week. There’s decent hope of that – we are a long way from episode 2 LU lead rudo Chavo.

The four way was as good as it could’ve been expected to be when the random selection of people (and Daga & Argenis were better at working with Máscarita than most people they could’ve picked.) Not sure what to make of Kobra Moon & Daga, though between it and Joey & Sexy in the main event, we had two intergender “fights” that turned into something else.

My first thought when this was over was to check my notes and figure out how much longer we have of these Pentagon Jr./Vampiro vignettes. They are not working for me. Pentagon will get built up at the end, as everyone does, but they’re taking him way down before they get there. And the Ian/Vampiro thing is just all over the place’ maybe the idea is he’s now Vampiro all the time but pretending to be Ian at the Temple, but I’m not sure and I’m not sure I care all that much. I’d like to just get back to seeing Pentagon in the ring, soon.

This was one of the weaker episodes of the season; it’s felt like a lot of setup for things they’re going to payoff later, and the payoff episodes are the much better ones. There was nothing terrible on this one, but not a lot worth going back and checking out.

officer down
officer down

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-05-06 

Volador has no time for Cavernario's silliness
Volador has no time for Cavernario’s silliness

Recapped: 05/16-17/2016

What happened: Rey Escorpión seemed to cause problems between La Mascara & Rush, but was dumped to the side at the end. The first two matches had botched finishes due to referees counting unplanned eliminations, and the third had a pointless DQ.

What was good: The semimain was the best match, with some of the undercard derailed by the bad finishes (and the main event hurt by feed issues.)

Where can I watch it: It’s on rockerGamer30’s channel. (more…)

CMLL Arena Mexico: 2016-05-17 

He's back
He’s back

Recapped: 05/17/2016

What happened: Both Skandalo/The Panther and Ultimo Guerrero/Stuka feuded, though it’s unclear if either of those are meant to have a shelf life past this show.

What was good: Nothing really stuck out as good. There were stretched of good stuff in the later matches, but there was a lot of boring wrestling around it.

Where can I watch it: It’s on CMLL’s Youtube channel. (more…)

CMLL Puebla: 2016-05-16

still didn't work
didn’t quite work

Recapped: 05/16/2016

What happened: Marco Corleone defeated Rush in the main event (though Rush gave away the middle fall with a DQ.) Hijos del Infierno kept the trios titles.

What was good: The main event was the best match on the show, with the two prior make it just past the good line for me.

Where can I watch it: It’s on CMLL’s YouTube now, and will be on 52MX a couple weeks from now.

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CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-05-13 

Sky Mistico
Sky Mistico

Recapped: 05/13/2016

What happened: La Mascara split from Rush & Pierroth, something with an eight day build. After the show, Rush indicated he plans on continuing to use the Ingobernable name, but he’s the last remaining member of the original trio, and it’ll be the same group in name only if it continues to exist. La Mascara may be forming a partnership with Shocker instead, and there were teases of matches between the four.

That was the only angle the show.

What was good: The semimain was very good, though very similar to other matches the Sky Team and the Guerrero have had. The tercera was good as well.

Where can I watch it: The main event is on Claro’s website. The entire show will be on my channel on Tuesday. The main matches will air on Azteca US on June 11.

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Lucha Underground 2×16: Graver Consquences

the hand of death can't be restrained by a coffin
the hand of death can’t be restrained by a coffin

Matches

Joey Ryan [O] beat Mr. Cisco & Cortez Castro [X] for an Aztec Medallion (1:17, inside cradle with tights pull, OK)

Rey Mysterio, Prince Puma [O], Dragon Azteca Jr. beat Son of Havoc [X], Ivellise, Johnny Mundo (w/Taya) to retain the Lucha Underground Championship (7:58, 630 senton, good)

Matanza (c) defeated Mil Muertes in a Graver Consequences match to keep the Lucha Underground Championship (14:46, Wrath of the Gods -> coffin close, good)

Developments

tricky way into the 619
tricky way into the 619

This was mostly a straight forward match show, with one key storyline bookending the show and another passing thru it.

Dario met Councilman Delgado in an empty subterranean bar. Delgado definitely holds some power over Dario. Dario paid Delgado $50K in what appeared to be protection money, but that’s not all. Delgado informed/threatened Dario that his boss would be appearing in the temple when his descension is complete, and that Matanza would be no match for him. Dario did get something useful out of it; Delgado let Dario know the police were on to him and may have people undercover the Temple. We know that’s Joey Ryan and Cortez Castro, but Dario seemed dismissive of the idea.

To close the show, Councilman Delgado handed over the $50K to his boss in a limo. Delgado seemed confident and controlling with Dario, but was sweaty and nervous in this moment. We, of course, never saw the boss – we just saw him light up a cigar in a brief flash to end the scene.

The other big plot line is King Cuerno has apparently decided to make Mil Muertes his new prey, with or without the title. Cuerno was stalking Mil in his candle sanctuary (yes, it’s a sanctuary for candles) and took the place of one of the pallbearers wheeling the casket out at the end of the show.

headscissors into the railing
headscissors into the railing

The whole Mil organization had a rough night. No sign of Siniestro, but Mil was roundly and fairly beat by Matanza in their title match. Matanza attacked Catrina late in the match (revenge for Catrina slapping Dario), knocking her out and placing her and the rock in a coffin. Dario looked in the coffin after the match, and Catrina was nowhere to be found. Ghost powers work in her favor, maybe.

For what it’s worth, Catrina explained she’d been waiting for the main event and Mil to win the title for 197 years. It’s unclear what Catrina would get out of this title reign that she was unable to do (or complete?) in the first one, but it did give an estimate to her age.

Dario off delivering bribes perhaps prevented us from getting an office scene where he explained why Mundo was Angelico’s replacement on the trios team. We were just reminded the original team didn’t along at first anyway so maybe it wouldn’t be a big problem that this team didn’t get along either. I guess it wasn’t a big problem, because the new champs generally outclassed the old ones in a match less competitive than you’d think, but Ivelisse and Taya not getting along didn’t help matters. Taya attacked Ivelisse after the match, so this won’t be the end of that. Rey Mysterio insisted Prince Puma hit his move for the win, for whatever it means.

The opener was mostly noteworthy for how suddenly it ended. Joey pulled the tights, but since it was Cortez involved, there might be something extra to it. Joey Ryan is the seventh medallion winner, joining Aerostar, Texano, Sexy Star, the Mack, Siniestro de la Muerte and (I guess) Chavo Guerrero as holding a Medallions. This means a Gift of the Gods match is coming soon, but it’s hard to see any one of those seven being able to defeat Matanza. It’s hard to see anyone beating Matanza.

Thoughts

heroic spear
heroic spear

Like last week, this show was mostly dependent on the main event. There was more help in the undercard this week, but they laid out the time to have a big epic conclusion. It didn’t work for me this time; there was big guys brawling and cool destruction but it was missing the story and emotion from last week – and from the other Grave Consequnces match. The extra caskets were never really explained, but served as just more things to break. There were definitely some cool spots – the idea of punching out of a casket to stop it was great, and they came up with an explanation with the weird chainmail glove. This just didn’t feel like one of the bigger matches in Lucha Underground history, and had to follow one that was.

(However you feel about the intergender wrestling on the show, Catrina being knocked unconcious and carried around limp is not a great visual for a day where domestic violence is in the wrestling news. They couldn’t predict the future four months ago, but it didn’t make it any less unsettling.)

flatliner onto caskets
flatliner onto caskets

The trios title match felt like it took a while to really got going, and then only got there for about a minute before ending. Ivelisse may have been hurt early on and it could’ve thrown it out, but there’s got to be a really good match with Son of Havoc & Johnny Mundo against these three guys and this was not really that. The opener was quick and inconsequential.

The latest mystery man angle concerned me. Throwing around “desecnion” and “My Lord” seems like like a religious plot line, which usually don’t work out so great on TV shows. On this TV show, it comes off as trying to create a new unseen but fearsome super villain just episodes after we finally met the last unseen but fearsome super villain. (They were selling as the new big bad as the scariest thing possible, which was hard to take seriously after we saw a monster and the personification of death battle for 14 minutes.) Matanza’s turned out OK, but I’d like not to do this again so soon, and making it work twice is going to be awful tough. This show has pulled off things which didn’t look likely on paper, but I just have a bad feeling about this one.

diagonal topes are always cool
diagonal topes are always cool