Lucha Underground 3×31: The Cup Runneth Over

Puma KO

Matches

Prince Puma beat Fenix (10:27, 630 senton, great)
Pentagon Dark beat Mil Muertes (7:29, top rope double stomp, good)

Developments

It’s a week before the Cueto Cup Final (and, though it’s not mentioned yet, six weeks before Ultima Lucha 3 begins), and the tension exploded in the last moments of this episode. A lot of pieces were moved around to get there.

Fenix figured out a counter to this chain!

Pentagon Dark and Prince Puma appeared to be the two favorites coming into the tournament, and were successful in reaching the final of the tournament. Prince Puma got past Fenix, thanks in part to Marty going after Melissa. Fenix moonsaulted onto Marty, but never got in another move in what had been an even battle with Puma to that point. Vampiro strongly rooted for Puma, when he was talking at all.

Pentagon benefited from some help even before the match. Cartina, following on her promise to get the Cage from the gauntlet, tried talking him into giving it up at the start of show. Cage declined violently, attempting to spinning back hand Catrina’s head off. Catrina’s a ghost, so she just vanished to escape it. Cage wasn’t done, attacking Mil Muertes with a heavy bar bell weight. Catrina used the power of the stone to wake Mil back up and Mil fought Pentagon, but was weakened by a rib injury from the attack and Pentagon was eventually able to cut him down.

Prince Puma versus Pentagon Dark joins Rey Mysterio versus Johnny Mundo for the Lucha Underground championship next week. There will also be a third match: Sexy Star versus Veneno in a mask vs mask match. Joey Ryan found out Veneno is actually Cortez Castro some how off screen, and Dario made the match figuring Sexy Star would make short work of him and Reyes would be exposed. Hopefully we find out why Veneno would be dumb enough to do this match next week.

so many flips

That set the stage for non-wrestling main event, Rey Mysterio versus Johnny Mundo brought face to face by Dario Cueto before their title match. The segment started in predicable fashion: Johnny taunting Rey, Rey trying to get at him, Johnny’s security holding back Rey and not him, and Worldwide Underground showing up to help Johnny. It diverted from there: Dragon Azteca, The Mack and Sexy Star ran out to help Rey and attack Worldwide Underground, turning the segment into a wild brawl. Rey was still out numbered until Prince Puma also ran in – but Pentagon Dark came in right behind him. The two finalists and the two title match participants faced off in the ring, started fighting, and then Puma started attacking Rey too.

The locker room emptied from there. Mil Muertes attacked both Puma and Pentagon. Cage attacked Mil in the ring (though not with the gauntlet.) Marty came out to watch only for Fenix to send him tumbling down the stairs. Mariposa saved her brother only for Jeremiah Crane to attack her while passing thru. Dante Fox tried to chill out watching it from upstairs only for Killshot to violently go after him. The Rabbit Tribe was a little bit more successful at hanging out and watching, but everyone was fighting everyone else – Vinnie Massaro was trying to rip Joey Ryan’s eye out at one point, and Puma took out everyone with a 630 to the floor. Rey and Mundo being left along in the ring was a return to more predicable bits, with Rey taking out Mundo as the last moment on the show.

Thoughts

this looked like a murder

Lucha Underground can’t be rated by matches alone; the other stuff matters too much to not be factored in at all. This week, it wasn’t the backstage skits that mattered so much (both were fine) but the big brawl at the end that really added a lot to the show. These kind of bits aren’t unusual – AAA did one a few months ago in Tlaxaca – but this one felt more out of control and violent than when these are usually done. They did a good job of highlighting the big rivalries of the moment while throwing in some unexpected moments (Puma going after Rey). It also felt like they took something that was probably more like 10-12 minutes live and cut it together into a crazy 5 minutes; there was no slowing down, and it was clear there was even more going on than they could keep showing. This was the setup to next week and the start of the end, and both came across strong.

So did Puma & Fenix. They’ve both changed in early season one. That was a more high flying attempt at toping each other, with a rope walking bit at the end that didn’t come off just right. This was a different feeling match, harder hitting and more about both guys just clubbing each other very hard. They still flew when they needed to, but it was a great showcase for how much they’ve changed over the last couple years (and that was more than a year ago now.) I liked Dante/Puma a little bit more and I’m not sure this would’ve beat it even if it had stayed clean, but it still was pretty great and I hope we get to see it again for even longer

those stairs aren’t soft

Pentagon & Mil wasn’t on that level, but it worked for the story they were trying to tell. They’re as concerned about Mil losing his invulnerability as everyone else, so they kind of took it away from him before the match even started to give him an excuse for losing here (and had him come back and destroy people later.) Pentagon using the strategy that almost worked for Paul London – chopping Mil down with superkicks until he stays down – was a nice use of the tournament structure. Pentagon hasn’t had the most impressive wins – one win over forever loser Argenis, one win over Texano when interference back fired, one win over a hurting Muertes, only the win over Dragon as a clean win over an important person – but he’s come back from both arms broken to advance all the way to the final, and I hope they play that up stronger next week.

The spider backstory justifies Sexy Star getting the mask match, but I’d like to see just about anyone else get that match. At least they’re not even pretending we should take it seriously. The other two matches look very serious. The more time for them, the better.

 

AAA on Televisa: 2017-08-12

I don’t even know what to call it

Recapped: 08/13/2017

All matches were taped in Arena Jose Sulaiman, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon on 07/16/2017 

Matches: 

Sexy Star defeated Faby ApacheLa HiedraLady ShaniGoya Kong and Big Mami to win the AAA Reina de Reinas Championship
(5:14, Sexy Star pin La Hiedra, below average, Lucha Libre AAA)

Aerostar, Drago, Raptor defeated Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Soul Rocker  in the AAA World Trios Championship best of 5
Aerostar, Drago, and Raptor lead 2-0
(7:46, Aerostar second rope knee springboard frontcracker Carta Brava, 7:46, good, via 
Lucha Libre AAA)

Hijo del Fantasma & Texano Jr. vs Dark Cuervo & Dark Scoria © for the AAA World Tag Team Championship
(8:33, Cuervo pin Fantasma, ok, via
Lucha Libre AAA)

What happened: 

the table didn’t help

Shorter version: the last time we saw Kevin Kross, he and Mundo were teasing an imminent breakup so Kross could go after Mundo’s title. This time, Kross is eagerly doing all of doing all of Mundo’s dirty work to help out Mundo. The thing that hasn’t changed is Vampiro is still teasing a match against him, is the only guy who can hurt Kross, and that was treated as a bigger deal than any of the matches currently scheduled for TripleMania.

Sexy Star returned and won the Reina de Reinas championship in a six way match. Sexy Star didn’t receive much of a reaction from the crowd, though ringside fans seemed excited when they finally saw her. (A few people asked me if this was the real Sexy Star when she returned, and I suspect some of the fans were wondering the same thing when the music first played and she was wearing a purple hooded robe that hid her identity.) The match itself was short and designed to give all the woman an equal moment. Sexy did not use a move to get the win, instead stealing Faby Apache’s pin as she went for a moonsault (that she was way too far away to actually land; Goya stopped her anyway.) Sexy Star treated the victory like it was the most surprising and emotional moment of her life. The reaction for Sexy Star winning was shockingly small, and there were audible boos in response.

Sexy tried to cut a promo post match, but was interrupted by Kevin Kross. Kross grabbed Sexy, yelled at her about the belt, and clotheslined her (or tried to, Sexy went down too early.) The announcers explained Kross was upset about the woman taking away Taya’s belt, mentioning Taya by name in a way they wouldn’t normally do if she was really no longer working for the company. Kross took out each woman, set up a table, and attempted to give Sexy Star the same chokeslam thru a table he gave Mascara de Bronce previously. Faby Apache made the save with a chair shot, which received more of a reaction than Sexy Star had gotten winning the title. Faby celebrated too soon and ended up taking the chokeslam thru the table instead. Kross left, and Sexy Star melodramatically checked on her long time enemy, shaking her head unconscious head around.

loco Aerostar

Lady Shani was revealed to be Sexy Star’s TripleMania challenger in Noti AAA, mentioned the match she won in Aguascalientes (which won’t air for two or three weeks.) She talked about herself in a long interview, threw a couple barbs at Sexy Star, but didn’t come off strongly like a tecnico or a rudo.

The tecnicos are now up 2-0 in the trios title series. Aerostar dove off the entrance set onto everyone during the match.

Fantasma continues to want to be friends with Texano, despite Texano rejecting him a few times. They worked together in their tag title match. Fantasma had Cuervo set up for the Thrill of the Kill when Kross walked into the ring and punched Fantasma. Kross hit Texano too. Referee Copetes saw all of this and did not call for a DQ. Cuervo looked at Kross, concerned he was next, and covered Fantasma when he felt safe to get the win. (That made two of three matches on this show where the winning person just scooped up a pinfall.)

The post match was a dozen things going on. Texano attacked Fantasma for no real reason. Cuervo & Scoria joined in. Fantasma was about to turn it around when Kross hit him as well, then Kross attacked Texano again. Vampiro walked out, went head to head with Kross, did his jacket pull off bit (revealing a Pagano shirt) and tried to clothesline Kross out, only Kross didn’t get over. Vampiro threw Kross out the other side. Fantasma woke up, hit Texano a couple times, and said he’d beat him at TripleMania.

AAA is selling t-shirts – but only at TripleMania. They’ve done this in past years too.

Thoughts: 

Shani/Hiedra teamwork

The tag title match was actually going better than the Mascara de Bronce/Hernandez version of the same match, at least until the quite lame finish. It’s also just following that same concept with these same titles. Texano & Fantasma are doing the same Loony Tunes version of a feud AAA just did with Bengala & Australian Suicide, where they break up hard every match but are back to being possibly friends the next time we see them. It didn’t help with the other guys, it probably won’t help with these guys, but AAA can’t stop doing it.

The idea for this trios series is obviously Lucha Underground, and it’s playing out a lot like the Aerostar/Drago series. Every match is good, I’m left wishing they could go a lot longer, and hopefully they will in the final. Poder del Norte seemed like a much more effective team, controlling the match and keeping the pace going. The Aerostar big dive took an uncomfortable long time to set up (AAA’s gone from bad edits to no edits and there has to be a middle ground), but they did show a lot of replays so it came off more important than usual. Aerostar’s in-ring stuff was more impressive and he came off as the big star of his team.

I did not like the idea of AAA bringing back Sexy Star and I didn’t like the idea of her winning the title back on the first night when it would’ve been easy thing to sell a TripleMania match around. I can still enjoy a good match despite the reasoning around it, but this wasn’t any close to a good match. It was a hurried mess, trying to be nice to give everyone a spot but so rushed that nothing really meant anything. There were a lot of reasons the result didn’t get over, but I think one big one is it was so quick and so inconsequential that most people probably though it was just an elimination and not the total end to the match. Sexy Star stealing a pin was a tremendously flat way to end the match. If AAA believes in Sexy Star enough to do all this stuff to accommodate her, they should’ve put her over so much stronger and made her look like a star of the group. Instead, she was outside selling within 30 seconds of her big reveal so Big Mami & Goya Kong could do spots. This came off like something that was imposed on the people in charge of figuring all this stuff out from above, and they half heartedly carried out their orders while obviously being more interested in the stuff they really care about (Kross). This – the match, the title change, even the post match angle – was a whole lot of drama for no particular benefit.

who needs a rope to springboard off of

great match roundup, week of 2017-08-05

poor door

I didn’t rate many matches this week. You missed a lot of OKs, I think. Or you didn’t really miss it. Didn’t get an extra group done in this set but 05/05 Crash was done so late that I probably should’ve been in with these. There will be one in the next group.

The MOTYC list is up. I’ve got an idea for it that may pop up elsewhere.

Recommended matches

rating matches TV Show taped
great Jeremiah Crane vs Mil Muertes [Cueto Cup] and in a tournament quarterfinal match Lucha Underground: 2017-08-09 2016-05-15
good Mephisto © vs Stuka Jr. for the CMLL World Welterweight Championship LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 7 DE AGOSTO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-08-07 2017-08-07
good Rey Cometa vs Forastero in a lightning match LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 8 DE AGOSTO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-08-08 2017-08-08
good Shockercito & Stukita vs Mercurio & Pierrothito LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 11 DE AGOSTO DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-08-11 2017-08-11
good Blue Panther Jr., Esfinge, The Panther vs Disturbio, Puma, Tiger LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 11 DE AGOSTO DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-08-11 2017-08-11
good Diamante Azul vs Rush LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 11 DE AGOSTO DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-08-11 2017-08-11

Other matches watched (though perhaps very quickly)

rating matches TV Show taped
ok Dr. Wagner Jr. vs El Mesías AAA Worldwide desde Puebla Parte 2 - Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide - Agosto 2017 (posted by luchalibreaaatv) Dr. Wagner Jr. vs El Mesías (posted by thecubsfan) AAA on Televisa: 2017-08-05 2017-06-30
ok Psycho Clown vs Pagano AAA Worldwide desde Puebla Parte 2 - Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide - Agosto 2017 (posted by luchalibreaaatv) Psycho Clown vs Pagano (posted by thecubsfan) AAA on Televisa: 2017-08-05 2017-06-30
ok Johnny Mundo © vs Texano Jr. for the AAA World Heavyweight Championship AAA Worldwide desde Puebla Parte 2 - Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide - Agosto 2017 (posted by luchalibreaaatv) Johnny Mundo © vs Texano Jr. for the AAA World Heavyweight Championship (posted by thecubsfan) AAA on Televisa: 2017-08-05 2017-06-30
ok PJ Black, Ricky Mandel, Taya vs Mala Suerte, Paul London, Saltador [Aztec Medallion] Lucha Underground: 2017-08-09 2016-05-15
ok Pentagón Dark vs Texano [Cueto Cup] and in a tournament quarterfinal match Lucha Underground: 2017-08-09 2016-05-15
ok Lady Maravilla, Princesa Sugehit, Silueta vs Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 11 DE AGOSTO DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-08-11 2017-08-11
ok Carístico, Soberano Jr., Valiente vs Cavernario, Negro Casas, Sam Adonis LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 11 DE AGOSTO DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-08-11 2017-08-11
not rated Centella Roja & Hijo de Centella Roja vs Guerrero Espacial & Sombra Diabólika LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 7 DE AGOSTO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-08-07 2017-08-07
not rated Black Tiger, Lestat, Robin vs El Malayo, El Perverso, Fuerza Chicana LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 7 DE AGOSTO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-08-07 2017-08-07
not rated La Vaquerita & Princesa Sugehit vs La Comandante & Zeuxis LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 7 DE AGOSTO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-08-07 2017-08-07
not rated Blue Panther Jr., Soberano Jr., The Panther vs Kráneo, Morphosis, Olímpico LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 7 DE AGOSTO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-08-07 2017-08-07
not rated Carístico, Marco Corleone, Mistico vs Diamante Azul, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero in a relevos increíbles match LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 7 DE AGOSTO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-08-07 2017-08-07
not rated Acero & Aéreo vs Pequeño Universo 2000 & Pequeño Violencia LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 8 DE AGOSTO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-08-08 2017-08-08
not rated La Vaquerita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs La Seductora, Metálica, Tiffany LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 8 DE AGOSTO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-08-08 2017-08-08
not rated Drone, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Ephesto, Felino, Luciferno LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 8 DE AGOSTO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-08-08 2017-08-08
not rated Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Titán vs Mr. Niebla, Rey Bucanero, Terrible LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 8 DE AGOSTO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-08-08 2017-08-08
not rated Mistico, Rush, Valiente vs Cavernario, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 8 DE AGOSTO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-08-08 2017-08-08
not rated Dragón Lee, Mistico, Niebla Roja vs Gran Guerrero, Mephisto, Último Guerrero LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 11 DE AGOSTO DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-08-11 2017-08-11

 

CMLL Martes de Nuevo Valores: 2017-08-08 

Forastero tope

Recapped: 08/14/2017

Matches: 

Acero & Aéreo beat Pequeño Universo 2000 & Pequeño Violencia
(12:40 [5:38, 3:14, 3:48], 1/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

La Vaquerita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit beat La Seductora, Metálica, Tiffany
(9:11 [5:59, 1:02, 2:10], 1/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Rey Cometa beat Forastero in a lightning match
(6:54, huracanrana roll thru, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ephesto, Felino, Luciferno beat Drone, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr.
(11:31 [4:10, 2:35, 4:46], 1/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Mr. Niebla, Rey Bucanero, Terrible beat Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Titán
(13:55 [4:09, 5:09, 4:37], 1/3. n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cavernario, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero beat Mistico, Rush, Valiente  
(9:17 [2:15, 1:48, 5:14], 1/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

this is how Niebla Roja’s year has been going

Último Guerrero feuded with Mistico. UG had Mistico beat after the front superplex, but Rush pulled Tirantes away. Rush simply unmasked Mistico and pinned him anyway. They teased a singles match for next week, which is not happening yet.

Niebla Roja clearly uses the bottom rope to beat Terrible in the second fall of the semimain, though nothing comes of it and it’s probably just a mistake. Luciferno reverse a huracanrana into a Styles Clash for the win the same way in consecutive matches.

Thoughts: 

slide kick

An easy a Tuesday recommendation as it comes. This wasn’t much deeper than a cool spot move fest but they were really cool. Forastero – and all the NGD – are benefiting a bit from the Nuevo part of their name. They’re fresh, so their sharp moves stand out more than ones seen a hundred times already. I’m not sure if we’ve seen the roll into the sliding one foot kick to face from Forastero before, but I wasn’t expecting it and unexpected wrestling sequences are more interesting to watch. His dives looks cool and he took Cometa’s well. Cometa is getting more charismatic as he gets older; he seems like a guy who’s going to figure out a way to stay entertaining even as his body begins to betray him. The reversal finish here was a nice surprise and I could stand to see these two fight a few more times.

CMLL Puebla: 2017-08-07 

Mije

Recapped: 08/10/2017

Matches: 

Centella Roja & Hijo de Centella Roja beat Guerrero Espacial & Sombra Diabólika
(17:38 [7:27, 6:06, 4:05], 1/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Black Tiger, Lestat, Robin beat El Malayo, El Perverso, Fuerza Chicana
(14:05 [5:40, 4:43, 3:42], 1/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

La Comandante & Zeuxis beat La Vaquerita & Princesa Sugehit  
(11:28 [7:22, 4:06], 1/2, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Blue Panther Jr., Soberano Jr., The Panther  went to a draw against  Kráneo, Morphosis, Olímpico
(14:56 [4:05, 3:15, 7:36], rudos 1/tecnicos 2/DCOR 3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Mephisto © beat Stuka Jr. for the CMLL World Welterweight Championship
(12:10, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Mephisto roll counter cradle (3:25)

  2. Stuka huracanrana roll thru (1:08)

  3. Mephisto super devil’s wings (7:37)

Diamante Azul, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero beat Carístico, Marco Corleone, Mistico in a relevos increíbles match
(11:40 [5:38, 1:29, 4:33], 1/3, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened: 

Stuka snake style moonsault

Diamante Azul worked rudo, snuck in a foul on Marco Corleone, and grabbed the bottom rope. They’re setting up a title match, but not quite yet.

Tirantes got taken out about five minutes into third fall of the title match. Mephsito immediately lands the Devil’s Wings for the certain three count, but Tirantes doesn’t recover quickly enough to count. Mephisto yells at Tirantes, then turns around into a fireman’s drop from Stuka. Stuka lands the torpedo splash but Mephisto kicks out at two. Stuka’s next move is to set up Mephisto on top, but Mephisto stops Stuka as he climbs up and drops him with a super Devil’s Wings for the win.

The rudas won in straight falls without a problem, setting up a Sugehit/Zeuxis title match for next week.

Psicosis/Ripper said Morphosis would be coming with him to TripleMania, but he’s still appearing in CMLL as usual for now. Everyone was too busy brawling outside after a second set of tecnico dives, causing the third fall countout. It’s the second draw in four weeks on this show.

Thoughts: 

The title match was a basic title match done well. The fake out ref bump things was clever, but the match itself was them going thru a lot of their normal trios spots and adding nothing much extra or different for a singles match. They’re effective in what they do, but not especially creative outside of playing off that cliched ending. That’s really Mephisto & Stuka’s style, and in was unsurprising how predicable the match turned out to be.

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-08-11 

if the tope doesn’t get Rush angry, the drink definitely will


Recapped: 08/11/2017

Matches:

Mercurio & Pierrothito beat Shockercito & Stukita
(13:44 [4:54, 3:41, 5:09], 1/3, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL )

Blue Panther Jr., Esfinge, The Panther beatDisturbio, Puma, Tiger
(13:59 [4:05, 3:35, 6:19], 1/3, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL )

Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis beat Lady Maravilla, Princesa Sugehit, Silueta
(13:36 [5:39, 2:27, 5:30], 2/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL )

Cavernario, Negro Casas, Sam Adonis beat Carístico, Soberano Jr., Valiente
(15:11 [7:04, 3:14, 4:53], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL )

Diamante Azul beat  Rush
(10:56, Arena México, good, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Rush corner dropkick (1:52)
  2. DQ Rush plasterboard (2:58)
  3. Diamante Azul German suplex (6:06)

Dragón Lee, Mistico, Niebla Roja beat Gran Guerrero, Mephisto, Último Guerrero
(10:45, 1/2 DQ, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL )

What happened: 

this was insane

Niebla Roja and Gran Guerrero feuded heavily during their match, with Gran Guerrero unmasking Niebla Roja for the straight fall loss. Gran Guerrero and Niebla Roja agreed to sign contracts for a mask match next week before Gran Guerrero unmasked Niebla Roja again.

Princesa Sugehit & Zeuxis also agreed on a mask match, though they set no date. Zeuxis picked up the win this week with a mask pull, after both earlier so destroyed each other’s masks that they had to take an unofficial time out to fix them.

Sam Adonis hit Carístico with his flagpole to set up a Cavernario win in the fourth match. Cavernario didn’t seem happen with Adonis and threw down the USA flag post match. Adonis attacked Cavernario, Negro Casas attacked Adonis and got the flag pole and everyone ended up stomping down Adonis. This was possibly a Carístico/Adonis tease for Japan, since both they and Diamante will be in AJPW by this time next week.

Rush was pinned cleanly by Diamante Azul – well, he was yelling at Edgar and didn’t see Azul coming to grab him for a German suplex, that’s close enough. No challenges were made after the match, though Rush suggested the possible of an Anniversary match on commentary.

Juice Robinson and Matt Taven were announced as appearing next week.

Thoughts: 

when you have one thing that’s working, just keep running with it until someone stops you

An overall good show. I had couple matches rated OK, but the show in it’s enterity was enjoyable and went by well. It was better than it looked as a lineup.

The main event was the most effective Niebla Roja and Gran Guerrero have been so far. They went after each other hard and Niebla Roja showed more fire (by doing not much more than one move he does well many times.) They were handicapped a little bit doing a bit of crowd brawling after Diamante Azul & Rush did a lot of crowd brawling. The bigger problem is it comes off as the third most important técnico feuding with maybe the third important rudo in every one of these matches. Niebla Roja & Gran Guerrero work work as a main event of a lesser show or a lesser match on a main show, but there’s not enough here to make it a main event of the Anniversary show and everyone knows it. They’ve got four more Fridays to find it, but it doesn’t feel like it’s happening.

Diamante Azul versus Rush probably does have enough to be the main event of an Anniversary show, and they were working like this singles match was an audition for this spot. It still wasn’t great, but it was much better than what they’ve delivered before in a watered down version of Rush’s matches with LA Park. It’s weird the much older and much heavier LA Park has a bigger tank than Diamante Azul, and Rush here didn’t put exactly the same effort, but it was better than usual. There wasn’t enough here for me to want to see that match on the big stage but CMLL hasn’t left themselves with a lot of options.

I expect this to happen to me every time I go to Mexico

Something with Adonis seems like the only other option, and the post match set up all sorts of interesting possibilities. The trip to Japan is ill timed to work any of them out, and it seems like it’d be almost too late to do anything by the time he and Carisitco are back, but I guess we’ll see if anything settled by then. The match itself was the weakest of the night for me, btu the post match made it worthwhile.

Zeuxis/Princesa Sugehit is definitely happening and yet still seems unclear. JCR teased it for the Anniversary show and it may be, but not giving a date is another thing that suggests CMLL still didn’t have their plans locked in before tonight. They actually seem to be taking less of the matches as it goes on, but the mask ripping came off serious. Maravilla wrestles impressively, but is clearly meant to be the least important woman on any tecnica trio right now and we may have a long wait before we see her in anything beyond those trios. She’s ready now. Silueta had an iffy night, with things derailing badly at the end of the second. Dalys was all over the place in this match.

The Panthers and the Casas brothers continue to have good matches with whoever they’re teaming with. This wasn’t quite their peak, but it was pretty good. Puma & Tiger have teamed up with Disturbio enough that they’ve adapted their own finishing sequence to work in his double knee smash. Esfinge seemed to disappear on me for long periods of time but looked sharp in the third fall. Blue Panther Jr.’s backbreakers land awfully to me, but he might as well keep doing as long as the multiple ones get a strong reaction.

The minis match was a higher end match for both minis and the opener; the Shockercito monkey flip into a huracanrara was more exciting in 10 seconds than most of these matches are in 15. Mercurio even did a new taunt (even if it was the same Dragon Ball fireball bit people have been doing for a decade.) this warmed up the show well.

Gran getting him up was as impressive as throwing Niebla Roja hard

AAA on Televisa: 2017-08-05 

Mundo moonsault

Recapped: 08/08/2017

Matches: 

Dr. Wagner Jr. beat El Mesías
(7:25, Wagner Driver, ok, via 
luchalibreaaatv )

Psycho Clown versus Pagano had no finish
(9:25, Mesias & Wagner run in, ok, via
luchalibreaaatv)

Johnny Mundo © beat Texano Jr. for the AAA World Heavyweight Championship
(8:48, foul, ok, via
luchalibreaaatv)

What happened: 

I needed an extra GIF and this seemed OK

Earlier, Fantasma tried to talk Vampiro into doing the three way title match. Vampiro explains he already made Texano & Mundo for the title tonight and he can’t change it, but he can make Fantasma referee. Later, Mundo berates Vampiro only to find out Vampiro stripped Taya of the Reina de Reinas title belt. Vampiro threatens to do the same to Mundo, and Mundo threatens lawyers. Vampiro says it won’t matter because “next week”, Texano will beat him for the titles anyway. Mundo isn’t concerned because he has Kevin Kross on his side. Vampiro points out Kross is fighting #1 briefcase now and might be coming for Mundo at any time. (Hilariously, we can see the #1 briefcase sitting on a table nearby.) In the graphics, AAA’s stopped referring to the individual titles and are simply calling Mundo the “Tri Champion”. Vampiro shows up before the match to announce Hijo del Fantasma as special referee.

Texano is more técnico in this match, though he and Fantasma have problems with Fantasma accidentally gets in his way on a dive. Mundo kicks out of both of Texano’s finishing moves on fair counts. Mundo crawls out and brings in a chair, Texano kicks him and grabs it, Fantasma stops Texano from using that chair and pulls it away, and Mundo fouls and cradles Texano while Fantasma is throwing out the chair. Fantasma counts the pin, also missing a tights pull. Mundo makes Fantasma raise his arm after the fact. Texano attacks Fantasma for costing him the match, but Fantasma takes him out. Kevin Kross urns in for no obvious reason, and that’s enough to get Fantasma and Texano stop fighting. Kross still gets with a double clothesline. Mundo comes in to congratulate Kross on a job well done, but Kross gets in his face. (No one has a briefcase here.) Hernandez walks out to argue with Kross, and Mascara de Bronce follows behind to springboard into a dropkick on both Hernandez and Kross. Mundo gets his turn to slam Bronce, then Texano and Fantasma attack Mundo. Neither Kross nor Hernandez make the save, watching from the outside. Mundo’s held in the middle for a lasso shot. Hernandez, Mundo and Kross all leave together even though they were about to fight. Texano and Fantasma argue in the ring and Bronce mostly disappears.

Psycho tope

Announcers discuss the Alvarado’s terrible history in apuesta matches. This time, Mesias’ played nine minutes in, but Mesias actually came out – he came thru the crowd and attacked Pagano. From behind. Psycho just watched as Mesias hit Pagano with the barbed wire bat, then decided to make the save. Wagner runs out, and Psycho Clown stands around doing nothing until Wagner gets there and hits him with a chair. It’s dumb. Both Psycho and Pagano end up bleeding, Pagano bleeding a lot. Pagano should win by DQ for Mesias’ attack, but no decision is ever called. Medics come into take the técnicos away without doing anything to stop the rudos, and get attacked. The técnicos are repeatedly pulled off the backboards and attacked viscously for a while; this is the same bit as in Juarez, but goes on for longer and feels heavier.

Jesus Zuniga announced this match as the semifinal. Even live, it’s not the semifinal – but it was on the poster so I guess he was looking at that. Dr. Wagner is totally a técnico thru the match. Pagano’s music starts to play seven minute in. Pagano is never seen, but Mesias stops fighting to look for him, waits about twenty seconds, and then is easily beat because of the distraction.

La Llave de la Gloria and the annual AAA pilgrimage are talked about in the Noti AAA. They also talk about the Mesias/Pagano rivalry.

Thoughts: 

excessive dive GIFs are the refuge of someone with no good ideas

This wasn’t the greatest advertisement for TripleMania. None of the three singles matches came across as a big deal as expected, and all the matches had underwhelming endings if they even had endings. These matches were supposed to be TripleMania level, but they weren’t as good as Suicide/Bengala last week and it didn’t feel like a big show was coming. The post match attack after the second match was at least a little bit effective, but the title match picture has so many different agendas and none of them are really clicking.

The main event was fine, I guess, and maybe I’m underrating it, but it felt underwhelming considering the guys involved. They working slow wand less impressively than you’d expect with the similar match on Lucha Underground. This was the one of these matches where someone actually trying the moves that actually win matches, only the crowd didn’t seem to care all that much and it never felt the intensity of a big title match. All the different subplots and extraneous aren’t helping the match they’re building at Triplemania; the three way doesn’t feel like the big title match, but the minor one that’s killing time for a PPV cycle before they get to the really important matches (Kross/Mundo? Fantasma/Texano?)

Pagano & Psycho Clown tried to have a straight technical match and it was OK at best. It’s not what either man does well, and looked slow and clunky at times. The crowd wasn’t all that into it, not reacting much to the near falls they were doing. They seemed to like the characters but weren’t much interested in the outcome, or they knew there was not going to be an ending until a finisher or a foul. That turned out right, since this was just a set up to have the TripleMania rudos destroy the TripleMania técnicos, and they cared much more about. The angle was effective but the match itself wasn’t worth seeing.

The opener was a casual singles match that was just doing the safe but not so interesting stuff, and then had the always terrible music finish. Pagano never even actually appearing made Mesias look even dumber, but it’s still a dumb finish. Given that ending, they wisely didn’t seem like it was that important to do all that much in the match. Wagner showed more than Mesias, but this wasn’t a shadow of the TripleMania fight they were redoing here.

great match roundup, week of 2017-07-29

yep

I really liked Puma/Fox. Too bad it was a year ago. I don’t know if I’m going to cut down on CMLL as a regular thing but also I haven’t watched any of it when I was written this because I wasn’t looking forward to it, so maybe there’s a reason right there.

Recommended stuff

rating matches TV Show taped
excellent Prince Puma vs Dante Fox [Cueto Cup] and in a tournament quarterfinal match Lucha Underground: 2017-08-02 2016-05-15
great Johnny Mundo vs Dragón Azteca Jr. Lucha Underground: 2017-08-02 2016-05-15
great Rey Cometa, Soberano Jr., The Panther vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 4 DE AGOSTO DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-08-04 2017-08-04
great Blue Panther vs Sam Adonis for the hair LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 4 DE AGOSTO DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-08-04 2017-08-04
good Shockercito © vs Pierrothito for the CMLL World Pequeño Estrellas Championship LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 31 DE JULIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-07-31 2017-07-31
good Ángel de Oro © vs Rey Bucanero for the CMLL World Middleweight Championship LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 1º DE AGOSTO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-08-01 2017-08-01
good Pindar vs Fénix [Cueto Cup] and in a tournament quarterfinal match Lucha Underground: 2017-08-02 2016-05-15
good El Gallito & Microman vs Mije & Perico Zakarías LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 4 DE AGOSTO DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-08-04 2017-08-04
good Carístico, Niebla Roja, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 4 DE AGOSTO DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-08-04 2017-08-04

Other stuff maybe watched

rating matches TV Show taped
ok Bengala vs Australian Suicide AAA Worldwide en Puebla Parte 1 - Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide - Julio 2017 (posted by Lucha Libre AAA) Bengala vs Australian Suicide (posted by thecubsfan) AAA on Televisa: 2017-07-29 2017-06-30
ok Aerostar, Drago, Raptor vs Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Soul Rocker AAA Worldwide en Puebla Parte 1 - Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide - Julio 2017 (posted by Lucha Libre AAA) Aerostar, Drago, Raptor vs Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Soul Rocker (posted by thecubsfan) AAA on Televisa: 2017-07-29 2017-06-30
ok Argenis, La Parka, Lanzeloth vs Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly AAA Worldwide en Puebla Parte 1 - Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide - Julio 2017 (posted by Lucha Libre AAA) Argenis, La Parka, Lanzeloth vs Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly (posted by thecubsfan) AAA on Televisa: 2017-07-29 2017-06-30
ok Máscara de Bronce vs HernandezKevin Kross[briefcase] AAA Worldwide en Puebla Parte 1 - Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide - Julio 2017 (posted by Lucha Libre AAA) Máscara de Bronce vs Hernandez vs Kevin Kross for title shot briefcase (posted by thecubsfan) AAA on Televisa: 2017-07-29 2017-06-30
ok Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto © vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón for the Mexican National Trios Championship Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto © vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón [MEX TRIOS] (posted by thecubsfan) CMLL Guadalajara: 2017-07-29 2017-07-25
ok Arkalis, Espíritu Maligno, Rey Samuray vs Ares, Guerrero Espacial, Rey Apocalipsis LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 31 DE JULIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-07-31 2017-07-31
ok La Vaquerita, Princesa Sugehit, Sanely vs Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 31 DE JULIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-07-31 2017-07-31
ok Rey Cometa, Soberano Jr., Stigma vs El Malayo, Puma, Tiger  (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-07-31 2017-07-31
ok Dragón Lee, Mistico, Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Negro Casas LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 31 DE JULIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-07-31 2017-07-31
ok Carístico vs Rush LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 31 DE JULIO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-07-31 2017-07-31
ok Drone, Fuego, Pegasso vs Disturbio, Sagrado, VirusLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 4 DE AGOSTO DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-08-04 2017-08-04
ok Ángel de Oro, Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone vs Hechicero, Pierroth, Rush LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 4 DE AGOSTO DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-08-04 2017-08-04
not rated Bengala & Magia Blanca vs Apocalipsis & InquisidorLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 1º DE AGOSTO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-08-01 2017-08-01
not rated Fantasy, Stukita, Último Dragóncito vs Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Violencia LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 1º DE AGOSTO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-08-01 2017-08-01
not rated El Consejo, Oro Jr., Star Jr. vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Luciferno, Metálico LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 1º DE AGOSTO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-08-01 2017-08-01
not rated Drone, Fuego, Stigma vs Misterioso Jr., Raziel, Sangre Azteca LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 1º DE AGOSTO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-08-01 2017-08-01
not rated Mistico, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 1º DE AGOSTO DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-08-01 2017-08-01

Lucha Underground 3×30: Bloodlines

one man thought he bought tickets for Disney on Ice

Matches

Paul London [O], Saltador, Mala Suerte beat Ricky Mandel [X], Taya, PJ Black to win three Aztec Medallions (4:27, Paul London Shooting Star Press on Mandel, ok)

Mil Muertes beat Jeremiah Crane (7:05 from the time they got to the ring, 13:25 if you count the main segment, 14:04 if you go back to first contact, flatliner, great)

Pentagon Dark beat Texano Jr. (6:09, Golden Horsehoe to the face, ok)

Developments

this was not Jeremiah Crane’s day

If last week was heavy on matches, light on mythology, this was nearly the reverse. There was one big match, but there was a lot of heavy mythology.

It’s a coin toss where to start, but the end is as good place as any. The episode closed with Captian Vazquez following up on the tease from last week: no man alive could take the gauntlet from Cage, but noted dead person Mil Muertes might have a shot. She summed Catrina to her (more spookily lit than normal) office for a test confrontation. It was clear from the start that they had some strained relationship, but they were both powerless compared to the Gods they know are coming. Catrina was angry enough at Vazquez to refuse to help, and Vazquez mentioning she “gave [Catrina] life twice” seemed to just tough a nerve. Vazquez apparently gave half of the amulet to Catrina, but Catrina’s not happy about it, feeling she’s stuck between life and death. Vazquez offered the other half of the amulet, trading away her own immortality, if Mil can get the gauntlet away from Cage. Catrina testily accepted the deal, and revealed the first time Vazquez gave her life – Vazquez is Catrina’s mother.

The other mythological moment happened in Dario’s office, where a lot of these moments seem to happen. Dario was visited by FBI agent Winter, who claimed to be representing The Order and is replacing Councilman Delgado. (He’s introduced as a new character, but I believe he’s the same guy we saw in a limo scene much earlier this season.)

Dario knew about The Order, the group that’s behind all this gods descending semi-nonsense, but Dario didn’t know they had people in the FBI and he definitely didn’t know Councilman Delgado had been killed by Cage. Winter wasn’t really concerned with that, chalking it up to just one of those things that happen when a vessel is being prepared for a God. (That answers the question of why there was no quick follow up – the people who knew Delgado was dead didn’t care, and the people who did care didn’t know.) Winter seemed to be just there to establish his role, update Dario on the plot, speak threateningly about a war, and mark out for Pentagon Dark. On the other hand, Dario seemed quite concerned about how disposable his boss turned out to be and what that means for his own lifespan. His grabbing the red bull seemed symbolic; maybe he’s going to make sure to care of his family first.

all I wanted was the hat to fly off and it did

In a third, lesser obvious plot line note, Worldwide Underground’s agent Benjamin Cooke threatened to fire all the underlings after they lost a winnable match against the Rabbit Tribe. (It was Ricky’s fault, of course.) He credited Johnny for being the only reason they were still allowed to be around, but seemed to be separating Mundo from the rest of the group. There’s something up. In an episode with immortal police detectives and FBI agents who are part of a secret cult, it’s unlikely Benjamin Cooke is just an agent. A reveal is coming, probably in the next ten episodes (maybe that last one), but right now we’re just looking for signs of which way it’s going to go.

There were also matches! As mentioned, the Rabbit Tribe picked up three Aztec Medallions, leaving four more to be decided before they hold a match. Pentagon Dark beat Texano when Famous B’s unwanted help finally backfired: the golden horseshoe ended up in Pentagon’s hands and then Texano’s jaw. Pentagon is locked in, but mostly locked in breaking arms. Famous B saved Texano at the cost of getting his own arm broken again, and Brenda got her arm broken just for checking on B (and maybe to remind us that Pentagon’s actually not a good guy no matter how many people chant Cero Miedo, because this was some straight up not good guy stuff.)

Jeremiah Crane versus Mil Muertes was the match of the night. This felt the most like end of Season 1, early Season 2 ultimate destroyer Mil Muertes. He destroyed Jeremiah before the match started, he destroyed Jeremiah for the length of the match, and he destroyed Jeremiah after the match for good measure. Crane looked competitive at times, but he was man who’s best pitches were getting knocked out of the park – he showed the most by just staying alive as long as he did. It was crazy brawl, complete with the usual moment where someone fed Striker a line about Dario having told everyone it was no DQ to explain how there hadn’t been 50 of those already. Catrina gave Crane a Kiss of Death after the match, to set up a Mil Head Kick of Death and a DDT of Death.

That leaves next week’s Cueto Cup semifinals as

Fenix vs Prince Puma (a rematch from episode 1×10, where Puma won)

Mil Muertes vs Pentagon Dark (never a 1v1 match on this show, though they have met in multimans)

Thoughts

don’t remember Kramer doing this one

There’s a sense of momentum with the season at this point. The tournament is moving to the close – with the four favorites all advancing – and the plot lines seem to be moving on. That amulet was introduced 28 episodes ago and someone finally did more with it than stare. The Agent Winter stuff is a lot of the same end of times war that’s been mentioned for three seasons without anything anchoring it to a wrestling match, but at least we found out Councilman Delgado’s death was mostly about the shocking visual of exploding Lorenzo Llamas’ head and not a lot more. The Aztec Medallions give me a sense of impeding conclusion in the conventional wrestling plots, and it’s nice to see some of that urgency mirrored a bit in the mythological too – maybe some of it actually gets concluded in season 3 too.

Mil Muertes/Jeremiah Crane was fun. It’s mostly a style preference to pick this or Fox/Puma as the best match in this round, and they’re both pretty great. I enjoyed how Crane’s tricks just wouldn’t work – the cannonball got cut off, the table backfired, even repeating the chair but wasn’t enough to beat killing machine Mil Muertes. Mil Muertes is back to being way too much for anyone and Crane’s over-eagerness cost him in the end, jumping right into the flatliner. It was almost so definite that it felt like the end of the issue, only it’s a feud in Lucha Underground so there’s got to be a stipulation match coming for that.

this seems fun

I didn’t think much of Pentagon/Texano. It was alright but it never found the extra levels the Pentagon/Drago match did. Both here and in his much more recent matches in AAA, Texano really hasn’t found that extra gear to make matches feel important. Famous B costing Texano the match concluded his tournament story well but made for the least exciting of the four quarterfinals. Pentagon snapping Brenda’s arm just for being there felt a bit uncomfortable, but maybe was supposed to feel a little bit uncomfortable.

You probably don’t watch much El Rey outside the show. Some weeks, they air an episode specific commercial for next week, which is helpful if you’re a dork on the internet who’s trying to be the first to figure out what matches are airing in that episode. They haven’t been doing one of those recent weeks. They’ve instead aired one of two episode unspecific Strong Female Characters commercials. It’s never outright said to be that, but it’s just highlights of the LU women doing and saying impressive things. (There’s even a highlight of a spot that I’m pretty sure hasn’t aired yet, and won’t for some time.) I was thinking about that Strong Female Character commercial when this week’s opener had the Rabbit Tribe seeing Taya less as an opponent and more as a pretty girl they hope would touch them. They’re wacky crazy guys as an excuse, except I think the announcers are not supposed to be wacky and crazy and they were going with it too. I so hoped Taya would just blast them with a running dropkick like the person the commercials portrayed, but she carried out with a running double knee smash anyway because that was the show it actually is. It didn’t look all that good, and neither was the match outside of Jack’s whiteboard. Can’t win them all.

The Crash: 2017-05-05 

Daga & ZSJ counters

Recapped: 08/07/05

All matches took place in Auditorio de Tijuana on May 5th. I switched between MAC Vazquez & MegaKakashi619’s videos depending on the match. Kakashi has better sound and picture, but also the head of the person in front of them blocking the action sometimes.

Matches: 

Douglas James, Oráculo, Serpentico beat Black Danger, Jonathan, Último Maldito
(10:17, Oraculo reverse rana Black Danger, good, via
MegaKakashi619)

A more coherent version of a The Crash opener, where they were clearly doing the normal A-B-A structure – but then just kept on going to do more stuff. (You need really need to do the tower of doom superplex, trust me.) Douglas James is not a name that seems to be on these shows a lot but looked impressive here, and this was generally better held together action than usual. Oraculo’s finish looked messed up and he had a headscissors before it that didn’t go well, but they’ve got many months more to get better chemistry.

James dropkick

Arkángel Divino, Astrolux, Black Boy beat Diamante (Elite), Famous B, Látigo
(7:00, Arkangel Divino C4 Diamante, good, via
MegaKakashi619)

Anoher good action match, thought his one suffered from feeling too sameish, as if I was seeing the same moves everyone does, but it happened to be with these guys instead. This is one that actually came thru a lot better on the 126f hard came than the ringside, because the moves just look more impression from a typical camera angle. (And because no one’s head was in the way).)

Astrolux headscissors
Latigo gets some revenge

Garza Jr., Jack Evans, Último Ninja beat Bestia 666, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Jeff Cobb
(12:55, Jack Evans bridging backslide Bestia 666, good, via 
MAC Vazquez)

Review: [good] another solid enjoyable match, though it suffers a bit from being the same style of match three in a row (and more coming) and being a little bit slower match. Cobb throwing people around is definitely different, but the match feel is the same and they didn’t go as crazy as the other matches. A fair bit of the Tijuana crowd is very eager to boo Garza, the show after they used him as the big hero and months before they actually turned him.

Cobb is strong
Jack Evans dive

Flip Gordon & Ricochet beat Mr. 450 & Sammy Guevara
(20:25, Ricochet shooting star press Sammy Guevera, good, via
MAC Vazquez)

The best version of this year, helped by having less people (so less turns needed to be taken) and Ricochet coming off as a cut above everyone else on the show. The other guys were not far behind him but he radiated as the big star here. There was a bit of the sameish feeling here again but they did a lot more flying in this one to stick out. This one felt like it connected a lot stronger live than it did for me, but it was still good.

Guevera SSP
Sammy swung at the king, missed.

Daga beat Zack Sabre Jr.
(20:46, anklelock + cruz nipona, good, via
MAC Vazquez)

Review: [good] this is the match you want it to be, Daga trying to figure out a way to fight ZSJ’s match and beating him. They didn’t stay just on that mat but it looked good when they did and the finish was a nice big of entanglement, and it felt like a lot of people had to work very hard for the win. I think the people for videotaping this show but I couldn’t take the fans commentary during the match. This is one where I’m sure I would’ve liked it more pro shot because it was just too distracting this way.

Daga forearm

Penta Zero M & The King vs Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson
(19:25, spike package piledriver on Nick, via
MAC Vazquez)

Review: [great] Just like the other matches, it’s a lot of action for quite a while. The two teams match up pretty well, and I think the Bucks ended up doing a couple lucha spots they probably don’t do normally (unless they’re always doing the headscissors/ardmrag combo and I’m mistaken.) This was a generally smooth match up and one of that gave the fans what they wanted to see. It did feel a little all star exhibition and not as if it was big match at times, but they weren’t taking it easier.

lots of moves and the only GIF I took was the mid match dancing