CMLL Arena Mexico: 2016-01-26 

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Angelito is a little excited to finally get a match

Recapped: 01/26/2016, live show

What happened: Maximo beat Rey Bucanero, but Bucanero wanted a singles match with Maximo anyway. Maximo said OK. Notimex’s recap says it’s a title match, but the title didn’t seem to be mentioned in the ring. Maybe it was mentioned backstage?

What was good: I liked the minis more than most. Everything else wasn’t much good. This was not a promising start for Tuesday shows, which might be a show to skip unless there’s an obvious good match.

Where can I watch it: It’s on CMLL’s YouTube channel.


CMLL Puebla: 2016-01-25

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Los Ingobernables

took place Arena Puebla, 01/25/2016
Recapped: 01/25/16

What happened: Rush challenged Thunder to a wrestling match for some reason. (Thunder cheated him out of a win, but still.) Delta also challenged the Boricuas to a win for equally unsound reasons. No tribute to Espectrito.

What was good: The first two matches were good. The rest was forgettable.

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

CMLL Fall 2015 lightning match reviews

Delta did not kick out

Breezing thru all the lightning matches CMLL posted from September on. They stopped posting them for a while, but these are they ones I got

  • Flyer vs Súper Comando in a lightning match
    Arena México, 09/22/2015
  • Astral vs Pequeño Violencia in a lightning match
    Arena México, 10/06/2015
  • Star Jr. vs Skándalo in a lightning match
    Arena México, 11/10/2015
  • Delta vs Sagrado in a lightning match
    Arena México, 11/17/2015
  • Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Boby Z in a lightning match
    Arena México, 12/08/2015
  • Blue Panther Jr. vs Okumura in a lightning match
    Arena México, 12/15/2015
  • Starman vs Arkángel de la Muerte in a lightning match
    Arena México, 12/29/2015


AAA on Televisa: 2015 Holiday Season episodes

AAA on Televisa: 2015 Holiday Season episodes

What happened: Nothing! This was the usual holiday break, extended out an extra week. This recap is equally a place filler, just so I can remember they spent four full weeks on filler material this time.

Where can I watch it: All the shows are on AAA’s YouTube channel, but some of the matches are edited and you’re best off going back to the original show whenever possible

The December 19th AAA show was a tribute to Perro Aguayo Jr. Matches shown

  • 2012-02-23: Juventud Guerrero, Perro Aguayo Jr., Mascara Ano 2000, and Cibernetico in a Rey de Reyes qualifier

  • 2012-03-18: Jack Evans vs LA Park vs Hector Garza vs Jack Evans, Rey de Reyes final

  • 2013-06-16: Cibernetico vs Hijo del Perro Aguayo, hair vs hair

  • 2015-02-18: Hijo del Perro Aguayo vs Myzteziz

There were also holiday/Perro remembrance bumpers with Averno & Chessman, Electroshock (airing twice?), Dinasita (who’s attacked by the mini rudos), Mini Charly Manson, Mini Charly and Mini Abismo as a group (attacked by Dinastia and Octagoncito), and Villano IV. Most of the group, and a few others, join in for the closing Feliz Navidad

The December 26h AAA show was a look back at the Lucha World Cup. It appeared to be the same exact look back as had aired earlier this year, only with the addition of holiday messages from El Apache, Faby Apache and Electroshock. This meant the bit where Jeff Jarrett, Brian Cage, Averno and Johnny Mundo attacked Myzteziz, Rey Misterio and Alberto el Patron was back on AAA TV, after mysteriously being removed from their YouTube channel previously.

The January 1st AAA show was the first part of a look at the best of 2015. Matches shown:

  • 2015-06-14: Alas de Oro

  • 2015-06-14: Dark Cuervo & Dark Scoria vs Jack Evans & Angelico in a cage match

  • 2015-08-09: Rey Misterio vs Myzteziz

  • 2015-10-04: Copa Antonio Pena

Goya Kong, Mini Charly Manson, Mini Abismo and Mini Psycho Clown as a group, Nino Hamburguesa & Taurus handled the holiday promos. There were also video clips talking about Texano winning Rey de Reyes, Rey Mysterio returning to AAA, the Dream Team winning the first Lucha World Cup, AAA’s charity work, Tropicasas’s Hall of Fame induction.

The January 8th AAA show continued the Best of AAA theme

  • 2015-11-15: Dinastia (c) vs Mini Abismo Negro for the AAA Minis Championship

  • 2015-06-14: Alas de Oro – joined in progress

  • 2015-10-04: Garza Jr., Psycho Clown, Rey Mysterio Jr. vs Hijo del Fantasma, Myzteziz, Texano Jr.

  • 2015-10-04: Angélico & Jack Evans vs Joe Lider & Pentagón Jr. © and Daga & Steve Pain [AAA TAG]

  • 2015-10-04: El Patrón Alberto © vs Johnny Mundo for the AAA Heavyweight Championship

It seems notable AAA aired matches which featured both Alberto and Myzteziz; either they didn’t think they had enough Best of material without them, or they didn’t think showing guys who won’t be around any more was an issue. It’s hard not to notice not just those big names, but no one bigger than Electroshock or Taurus is shown in new material for this entire month. (It’s likely these were just the people who happened to be available on that day.)

Taurus, Chessman, Monster Clown, Murder Clown, Electroshock spoke in the inbetween segments. A short video on the lucha libre exhibit is also shown.

This show is the first to promote Guerra de Titanes by name, though not by announcing any matches. Previous shows had just mentioned a taping and a date, but not given it the name. The vignettes on this show were from a production room, instead of in front of a Christmas tree as previous ones. It seems like a way not date them as much, though Monster Clown is still wearing his Santa cap.

CMLL FantasticaMania 2016 Day 6: 2016-01-24

senton suicida

Recapped: 01/24/2016

What happened:  In his return to NJPW, Kamaitachi defeated Dragon Lee for the CMLL Super Lightweight Championship. There was no indication of what would be next for the belt or Kamaitachi.

Volador Jr. retained his NWA Welterweight Championship against Mephisto, in a match finishing seconds before the TV Asahi broadcast ended. Mistico beat Ultimo Guerrero via La Mistica and Lyger defeated Virus via campana in the other two singles matches.

Tanaka & Komatsu said farewell to the NJPW crowd following their loss in the opener; they’re announced to start in Mexico next Sunday. Komatsu had one last involvement on the show: after a subtle teasing the last few months, Naito gave Komatsu an Ingobernable hat as if he was a number. Naturally, Naitro immediately turned on him and the Ingobernables laid him out (following winning their own match via foul.)

Mascara Dorada said a brief farwell to NJPW, as he returns to CMLL following this match. He said he’d still like to get a match for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight championship.

Hirooki Goto attacked Okada after the fifth match. The crowd booed turned on Goto’s for his actions.

The NJPWWorld stream was buffering annoyingly during the show for North American viewers. The show had a special Spanish language feed with CMLL’s Miguel Reducino calling the action.

What was good: Kamaitachi/Dragon Lee was outstanding. There was other good stuff – I liked the Nakamura/Caveranrio/Okada vs Robinson/Titan/Tanahshi tag match the best – but that title match was a cut above.

Where can I watch it:  It’s up on NJPW World for subscribers.

Warning: There’s about 40 GIF in the recap.

CMLL FantasticaMania 2016 Day 5: 2016-01-23


Recapped: 01/23/2016

What happened: Dragon Lee (quickly) defeated Virus to keep the lightweight championship – but was immediately attacked by Kamaitachi, secretly in Japan all along. Kamaitachi wanted a title shot, and seemed to indicate NJPW had already set it for tomorrow night.

The Panther & Guerrero Maya Jr. also kept their tag team titles over Bobby Z and Okumura. Mephisto beat Volador leading in to their title match.

What was good: f you have your expectations lowered for Virus/Dragon Lee, it’s still good for the time they had. I enjoyed the opener and the main event was not bad, but it’s the Barbaro Cavernario/Nakamura vs Taguchi/Stuka match you need to see.

Where can I watch it: It’s on NJPW World.


CMLL on 2016-01-22 

this doesn’t seem like a great idea

Recapped: 01/22/2016

What happened: Not much. Euforia and Thunder talked about a singles match, though Thunder wanted it right now and Euforia wanted it next week. That’s about it.

What was good: I liked the main event, but most everything else on this show was boring. You should definitely prioritize watching the FantasticaMania shows over this one.

Where can I watch it:  It’ll be on my YouTube channel Tuesday (more…)

CMLL FantasticaMania 2016 Day 4: 2016-01-22 

the game of Toss Mistico comes to Japan

Recapped: 01/22/2016

What happened: Mascara Dorada captured the CMLL World Welterweight Championship for a record fourth time, defeating BUSHI when Atlantis helped neutralize Naito. Barbaro Cavernario defeated Titan to hold onto his own Mexican National Welterweight Championship.

Ultimo Guerrero defeated Mistico in the main event to build towards the singles match in two days. Likewise, Virus defeated Dragon Lee before their title match tomorrow.

What was good: I really like Titan/Cavernario, and Dorada/BUSHI and the main event were not far behind. Most of this card was worth watching.

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

2015 watch later catch up, part 15 of 15

this keeps escalating

Matches in this post –the final one for this bit this year!

  • Centvrión, Fly Warrior, Látigo vs Niño De Ébano, Sky Man, Toro Negro Jr.
    Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México, 12/25/2015 
  • Andy Boy, Danger, Guerrero Mixtico vs Baku, Mr. Leo, Wasson
    Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México, 12/25/2015 
  • Flamita & Rayo Star vs Eterno & Golden Magic
    Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México, 12/25/2015 
  • Guerrero Maya Jr. & Rey Cometa vs Trauma I & Trauma II
    Arena México, 12/27/2015 
  • Carístico & Mistico vs El Cavernario & Negro Casas
    Arena México, 12/27/2015 
  • Volador Jr. © vs Negro Casas for the NWA World Welterweight Championship
    Arena Coliseo Guadalajara, 11/17/2015 
  • Dragón Rojo Jr. © vs Titán for the CMLL World Middleweight Championship
    Arena México, 12/22/2015 


CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2016-01-02

tecnico teamwork!

Recapped: 01/13/2016

What happened: Titan defeated Dragon Rojo to set up a title match (which won’t be shown.) That’s pretty much it.

What was good: I enjoyed the opener. The rest is skippable.

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