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CMLL Anniversary

We saw at the anniversary show, in predictable fashion, Rush and Cavernario defeat Volador and Matt Taven in the hair vs hair match. Everyone knew what the result would be which helped kill intrigue in the match because as discussed before, if CMLL was willing to hair Rush lose his hair it would be against LA Park and if he were to lose it against anybody else it wouldn’t make sense. So Volador and Taven lost 2 falls to 1 and at the end of the match, as a way to weasel out of it Taven turned on Volador as if it was his plan all along but they weren’t going to stand for it. I wonder how much Taven had his head shaved, I suppose we shall see on the next Ring of Honor live event. The show was pretty close to a sell out containing 16,000 fans.

The Co-main event saw Pentagon, Fenix, and Diamante Azul defeating LA Park, his son, and Caristico 2 falls to 1 in what was a very good match. LA Park, for a man who is very large in his older age can still put on some very good matches and held his own in their with the much young Fenix and Pentagon and the always entertaining Caristico. The match before that which was the Kaos Klan vs Los Guerrero’s for the trios title. This wasn’t in technical terms a very good match, but it had heat on it. One of the issues was the finish was a complete let down and out of nowhere. Not in a good way either, sometimes out of nowhere finishes are good if they’re done during hot moments, but this one was just a standard pin with feet on the ropes.

CMLL Friday Show/Future

The top three matches for this show will feature a rematch with Kaos Klan and Los Guerrero’s. This is the third time this match is happening in a short span so I wonder if they will have Los Guerrero’s win here after potentially swerving the fans at the Anniversary show. It was a weak finish and wasn’t a good match so I have to imagine that they’re going to put forth a better performance this time. However, a lot of the men involved are much older and broken down so they need the pomp and circumstances more. We also have a lightning round match between Mistico and Negro Casas so that should be something. They must be going for a program with them.

In the main event we have, Atlantis, King Fenix, and Diamante Azul vs Rush, Cavernario, and El Terrible. I wonder if my theory about building a program with Rush and Atlantis for next year starts and if maybe they move towards Fenix and Cavernario. I can only imagine how good those singles matches would be. LA Park worked the Arena Puebla show with Rush in the match. This was a very good match, perhaps an anniversary show standard.

There was a lot of instances in the match where Park and Rush had a show down one on one in the ring. It was a very long match and very good. Rush won with a low blow and Park then cut a promo after the match challenging him hair vs mask again to which CMLL cut his mic. But it magically turned on when Rush got the mic. Park was upset and left. They are promoting LA Park and Hijo Del LA Park vs Rush and Cavernario next week for the Monday Puebla show. So it looks like they’re going back to this well for financial purposes, who knows if the hair vs mask match will ever happen.

AAA

AAA has announced their big October Show, the Antonio Pena tribute show, and it has a pretty big card, with the main event being Jeff Jarrett vs Dr. Wagner Jr in a hair vs hair match. I’m almost positive Jarrett is losing that match especially if they’re building towards Park vs Wagner at the next Triplemania. Wagner is gonna need to have more hair grown out to make it a viable match on paper. He doesn’t have much hair so why would the fans buy his hair vs the value of Park’s mask? I feel like there’d be so much more intrigue with Psycho Clown vs Park mask vs mask, but it all depends on when and who Park wants to lose to. Everyone seems to agree that it has to be to Rush whenever the time is.

Also on that card which we’ll preview more in the coming weeks, Park will team with Psycho Clown against Murder Clown and Kevin Kross. So something is going to have to happen in the coming weeks that pairs Kross with Murder Clown because they were just attacking each other during the last encounter with Wagner and Jeff Jarrett. A three way tag match for the tag titles will happen and Bandido and Flamita will actually get their chance. There was rumblings wondering if AAA would remember the stipulation on the Triplemania show. There’s also a four way match for the women’s title. More info in the coming weeks as the card gets built on the TV tapings.

AAA on Twitch 9/21

We will have a women’s match to start the show, which seems to be typical featuring, Keyra, Lady Maravilla, and Starfire vs Faby Apache, La Hiedra, and Lady Shani. We get a six man tag team match next which will be action packed featuring, Emperador Azteca, Demus, and Ciclon Ramierz vs Aerostar, Argenis, and Nino Hamburguesa. The next match is a three way tag match between Texano Jr and Escorpion vs Maximo and Mamba vs El Hijo De Dr. Wagner Jr and Golden Magic.

The co-main event is another six man tag between, Laredo Kid, Tayrys, and Hijo Del LA Park vs La Parka, Pagano, and Joe Lider. Any match with Joe Lider and Pagano is bound to be crazy. The main event sees LA Park teaming with Electro Shock vs Psycho Clown and El Hijo Del Fantasma. The theme of this show is Lucha Libre Elite vs AAA. They’re playing up an invasion storyline. They have another show on September 30th but I will preview that one next week.

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Joe’s CMLL Grand Prix Results & Review

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CMLL GRAND PRIX

Akuma, Camorra, and Star Jr vs El Hijo del Signo, Robin, and Yago

Camorra and Signo start out the match. They do some really slow grappling. Akuma and Yago make their ways in. It goes to the outside briefly where they strike each other over and over. They hit a stale mate and Star and Robin come in. They start to work a much faster rate. Star hits a hurricanrana on Robin. Robin answers with one of his own. Akuma gets in there with Signo and he gets Akuma out the ring quick. As he goes for a dive Camorra intercepts it by kicking him. Robin goes after all three of them but Akuma hits him with a quick Canadian destroyer or sunset flip piledriver as they said, which is better than when they called it a sunset flip ddt. Camorra pins him. First Fall: Camorra pins Robin after Akuma hits him with a canadian destroyer.

The second round starts with Robin getting triple teamed. Camorra starts to bite Signo’s head. Akuma gets him in a big swing and Star drop kicks him in the head. Star launches Robin in the air but he drop kicks Camorra. Star then hits him with a big boot. Signo comes in and hits him with an arm drag. Robin runs off his teammates back and hits a hurricanrana on Star. A tower of doom spot is done then Robin hits a splash on Star but the pin is broken up. Camorra attacks Yago on the outside. Robin hits a dive on Akuma and then Star hits a hurricanrana on Robin. Camorra hits Signo with a rainmaker then submits him with the tequila sunrise for the win. Second Fall: Camorra submits El Hijo del Signo with a tequila sunrise.

Winners: Akuma, Camorra, and Star Jr

Avispa Dorada, La Jarochita, and Marcela vs Dalys, La Metalica, and Reyna Isis

Isis and Jarochita start out this match. They start with some good ol mat wrestling, where Isis pulled her hair a bit while she had her in a hold. Soon after Dalys and Dorada come in. They grapple and trade holds until Dalys does a few arm drags. They do some acrobatic spots then Dalys chops her. Dorada hits a hurricanrana then a drop kick and poses. This brings in Marcela and Metalica. She quickly gets the upper hand on Marcela. Marcela hits a neck breaker for the come back, then hits a somersault dive to the outside. Dorada drop toe holds Dalys to the corner then Jarochita hit her with running knees to the back for the pin. First Fall: Jarochita hits Dayls with double knees to the back for the pin.

Jarochita and Isis start out the second round. Jarochita hits a corner clothesline. Isis hits a superkick when she goes for a second. Jarochita holds herself up on the turnbuckle balancing on her head then turns it into a hurricanrana. Pretty impressive. Dorada hits a body splash coming in but Isis quickly changes the tide on her. Marcela comes in to help but she ends up getting beat on by Dalys and Metalica. Dalys hits her with a spinebuster, then Isis hits her with a leg drop, Metalica with a senton, then Dalys submits her with a sharpshooter. Second Fall: Dalys submits Marcela with a sharpshooter.

Third round starts with them still triple teaming Marcela. Once they’re done with her they move onto the next one. But they make a come back by all three ladies hitting drop kicks. Then Dorada hits a dive on Dalys over the top rope. Marcela hits a michinoku driver on Reyna Isis for the pin, and Jarochita submits Metalica with an indian deathlock. Third Fall: La Jarochita submits La Metalica with an indian deathlock.

Winners: Avispa Dorada, La Jarochita, and Marcela

(Match Relampago) El Valiente vs Gran Guerrero

I knew it was too good to be true. They have this stupid match relampago graphic up on the screen again. They didn’t have this for the Puebla show. I thought they learned their lesson. I was wrong. They start this lightning match with some standard wrestling. Gran Guerrero back drops him onto the apron then drop kicks him off it, then feigns a dive and hits a pose. Guerrero hits a power bomb, then starts tearing at Valiente’s mask.

Valiente reverses Guerrero’s offense into an arm drag and then hits a huge middle rope dive. Valiente hits him with a face buster for a close two count. Guerrero goes for a corner attack, but Valiente moves leading Guerrero to fall to the outside. Valiente then runs up the ropes and hits a moonsault to the outside. They get back in the ring and Gran Guerrero hits a sit out death valley driver from the top for the win. Gran Guerrero wins with a top rope sit out death valley driver.

Winner: Gran Guerrero

El Hijo de LA Park, LA Park, and Mistico vs Cavernario, Ciber the main man, and The Chris

Looks like they’re just calling him Ciber now. They start brawling before the match even officially starts. They’re all on the outside brawling. El Hijo and Cavernario go back in forth in the ring after the chaos settles. Park comes in and get Ciber to the outside and then hits a big middle rope dive. El hijo hits a spanish fly on The Chris for the pin. Mistico hit the head scissors into the Fujiwara arm bar for the submission on Cavernario. First Fall: Mistico submits Cavernario with a Fujiwara arm bar.

El Hijo starts the second round on fire. When Ciber comes in the ring he trips on the bottom rope and he is pissed at it. Mistico and Cavernario get in the ring. Well that doesn’t last long as it breaks down into a brawl. Park is getting hit with his own belt again. They get Park out of there and Cavernario hits his springboard splash on El Hijo for the pin. Second Fall: Cavernario pins El Hijo de LA Park with a splash.

Mistico gets his faced smashed by the barricade by Ciber. Cavernario tries to take off El Hijo’s mask. Ciber and Cavernaro are trying to remove Park’s mask now. They get his mask off briefly and Cavernario slaps him. They’re all brawling on the ramp way now. Now they are on the stage. El Hijo and Mistico hit dives off the stage on The Chris and Cavernario. Now Park beats on Ciber in the ring. It soon breaks into chaos again. Mistico and El Hijo go for victory rolls but they’re kicked out at two.

Then Chris and Cavernario go for power bombs and they’re kicked out at two. Those four go to the outside leaving Ciber and Park in the ring. Park hits a final cut that’s kicked out of. Mistico kicks out of Cavernario’s fisherman suplex. He gets the feet up on the splash, which makes him fall out of the ring. Then he hits a big dive off the ramp. El Hijo hits a code breaker on the Chris for the pin. Park pins Ciber with a clothesline. I think he meant to do a spear but there wasn’t enough space. Third Fall: LA Park pins Ciber with a clothesline.

Winners: El Hijo de LA Park, LA Park, and Mistico

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Joe’s CMLL Results & Review (Ending 10/7/2018)

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CMLL Arena Puebla Monday

Meyer and Black Tiger vs Fuerza Chicana and Ares

Ares and Meyer start out with some mat wrestling. Very soon tags are made to Black Tiger and Chicana. They’re working over Black Tiger and posture to the crowd. Tiger makes a comeback and Ares and Meyer come back in. As the match breaks down, Tiger hits a frankensteiner on Chicana and then Meyer hits a splash for the first fall. First Fall: Meyer hits a splash on Chicana for the pin.

Chicana and Meyer start the round off. Meyer hits a hurricanrana then feigns a dive and hits a pose. This brings in Tiger and Ares and they work at a fast pace. Tiger gets the better of him and tags in Meyer who goes after Chicana. Ares quickly comes in in place of Chicana. Meyer gets disposed to the outside and Ares hits Tiger with a slapjack then a submission. Chicana then hits Meyer with a flapjack off the ropes and pins him for the second fall. Second Fall: Chicana pins Meyer with a flapjack off the ropes.

Chicana and Meyer start the third round off. When they dispose of Meyer they start to double Tiger. Meyer comes in to relieve him but Chicana gets him in a submission hold which Tiger helps break up. Chicana holds Meyer for an attack but he ducks and Ares hits him. Tiger and Meyer hit dual hurricanrana’s and then gets both of them in submission holds for the victory. Third Fall: Meyer submits Chicana with an arm bar.

Winners: Meyer and Black Tiger

Magnus, Astral, and Arkalis vs Espanto Jr, Police Man, and El Perverso

Astral and Perverso start the match out with some mat wrestling. Tags are made to Magnus and Espanto. They follow in the previous two’s footsteps and do some grappling. Police Man and Arkalis make their way in and start to ramp up the pace. The match breaks down into chaos and Astral goes for a dive but has his legs tripped. Espanto hits a basement drop kick, then a backstabber for the pin. First Fall: Espanto pins Astral with a backstabber.

Police man and Astral brawl on the ramp while Arkalis gets worked over in the ring by Espanto. Espanto hits a big spine buster on Astral once the match settles down. His team is in charge so far. Magnus comes in to face him but he tags in Police Man. A double team attack on Astral goes wrong and his team starts to gain some momentum. Astral gets Espanto in the ring after Magnus and Arkalis took out the other two and submits him with a leg lock. Second Fall: Astral submits Espanto with a leg lock.

Arkalis and Police Man start the round of slapping each other in the chest. Arkalis disposes on Police Man then feigns a dive and hits a pose and this brings in Magnus and Perverso. He disposes of Perverso quick, then poses and tags in Astral. He squares off with Espanto. He tricks Espanto into falling out of the ring and then hits a big over the top dive. Magnus then hits Perverso with a drop kick in the corner for the win. Third Fall: Magnus hits Perverso with a corner drop kick for the win.

Winners: Magnus, Astral, and Arkalis

(Match Relampago) Princesa Sugehit vs Reyna Isis

They start out doing some mat grappling. It looks like CMLL (I’m not holding my breath till the Friday, Grand Prix show) might have finally gotten rid of the stupid match relampago graphics they’d leave on screen. They start to perform some fast paced acrobatic moves and countering each other. They exchange slaps to the butt in the corner. Isis hits a big leg drop on Sugehit for a very close two count. Isis slaps Sugehit’s chest and this gets her mad and she does it to Isis. Isis hits a leg drop on the apron. She postures and struggles to snap her pants off again. She eventually hits a dive off the apron. Isis hits a cross body on Sugehit for a close pin, they then trade pinning combinations. Isis misses a vader bomb in the corner and Sugehit beats her with a michinoku driver. Princesa Sugehit pins Reyna Isis with a Michinoku driver.

Winner: Princesa Sugehit

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Joe’s AAA Results & Review (Ending 9/30)

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AAA TV Tapings on Twitch 9/30

Dinastia, Hijo Del Vikingo, and Draztick Boy vs Australian Suicide, Villano III Jr, and King Balam

Well we have all the correct participants in this match. Saying this for reasons later. AAA is very WWE like in their deceptive promoting. Draztick boy and and Villano start out the match do mat wrestling at a very fast pace. They perform some arcobatic spots and that’s really it and make the tags to Dinastia and Australian Suicide. They do a series of athletic counters until Dinastia hits a big arm drag sending Suicide to the outside. King Balam comes in to work over Dinastia.

The tag is eventually made to Vikingo. Vikingo gets beat on and runs up the rope to perform a top rope move but he botched. He hits a drop kick, then a big hurricanrana to change momentum. Vikingo gets hit with a code breaker and after that chaos breaks out. Villano hits a big drop kick in the corner to Draztick boy. Now big spots are being traded back and forth in the ring. It’s not the cleanest execution but it is pretty cool. Draztick boy hits a big dive on Balam where he pretty much missed.

Vikingo hit a big one on Villano, Vikingo misses a phoenix splash and smashes his face into the mat. Suicide then hit him with a piledriver. Dinastia hits Suicide with a top rope spanish fly. Vikingo hits Villano with a reverse frakensteiner off the top rope. We get spot after spot after spot until finally Vikingo hits an imploder 450 on King Balam for the win. Vikingo hits an imploder 450 on King Balam for the win.

Winners: Dinastia, Hijo Del Vikingo, and Draztick Boy

Nino Hamburguesa, Lady Shani, and Angelikal vs Arez, Lady Maravilla, and La Parka Negra

Shani starts the match with Arez. They do some mat grappling to start off. She is significantly bigger than Arez. It looks funny. They have the heel ref in this match, so Arez hit a fisherman suplex and he went for the fast count. Shani hits a sunset flip power bomb on him then rolls him around the ring. Maravilla enters the match and they do some acrobatic spots. After that Shani tags in Hamburger boy. He hits her with a big running shoulder block and she went flying.

La Parka Negra comes in now. He does a hurricanrana on Hamburger boy then does LA Park’s dance and gets booed. Angelikal hits him with a cross body and then a hurricanrana to get him out of the ring. Angelikal and Arez are in now and they start trading spots. Angelikal goes for a springboard moonsault and comes up real short but Arez still super kicks him. Maravilla and Shani brawl in the corner. Shani gets triple teamed on, and Maravilla kicks her right in the butt. Nino and Angelikal get back in tho change momentum.

Maravilla and Parka are in the corner and he running senton’s them and then he does it to Arez. Afterwards Maravilla hits a spanish fly on Angelikal and Shani breaks up the pin. They’re all hitting big spots on each other and the pins are getting broken up. Then the one who breaks up the pin does their spot. Significant in that is Parka Negra throwing Shani into the crowd via power bomb. Finally Nino Hamburger hits Arez with a top rope splash for the win. Nino Hamburguesa pinned Arez with a top rope splash for the win.

Winners: Nino Hamburguesa, Lady Shani, and Angelikal

Konnan and Jeff Jarrett come out for a promo. Konnan calls out Wagner and says Jeff Jarrett is going to speak in Spanish. He said he was the king of the mountain in spanish. Then he keeps calling everyone Basura. Jeff calls Wagner basura because he’s a fake Mexican and he’s not even from Mexico. Konnan is asking the heel ref to ref the match. He graciously accepts.

Aerostar and Drago vs Puma King and Golden Magic

Puma and Aerostar begin the match and you’d be surprised to know they’re moving at such a fast pace. About a minute in Drago and Golden Magic come in. Drago lands on Golden Magic’s shoulders and hits a nice hurricanrana. I’ll take this time out to mention the stark differences between AAA and CMLL. They’re quite different for both being lucha libre. Will delve more into that during my opinion piece. Drago and Golden Magic spend some time playing cat and mouse going in and out of the ring. This brings Aerostar and Puma King in to work. Golden hits a 450 on Aerostar then hits a middle rope dive on Drago. After disposes of both of them, Puma King and Golden Magic do the DBZ fusion pose.

Golden Magic and Drago exchange strikes in the ring, which golden match gets the best of. He goes for a moonsault but Drago gets the knees up. Puma King hits a power bomb on him but Aerostar breaks it up. Puma King goes for a power bomb off the top but Aerostar reverses it into a hurricanrana. Aerostar springboards off the top to the outside like a cannon ball, and in the ring Puma King pins Drago with a pinning combination for the win. Puma King pins Drago with a pinning combination for the win.

Drago sits in the ring despondent.

Winners: Puma King and Golden Magic

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