Volador/Bucanero, DTU, AAA TV mystery

CMLL (FRI) 12/19/2014 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Magnus & Oro Jr. b Espiritu Negro & Súper Comando
2) Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus b Pegasso, The Panther, Tritón
3) Dark Angel, La Vaquerita, Marcela b Amapola, Dalys, La Seductora
Dalys was dressed (and painted) like the Grinch. Vaquerita submitted her for the win.
4) Bárbaro Cavernario b Dragón Rojo Jr. [lightning]
Barbaro snuck in a foul.
5) Euforia, Thunder, Último Guerrero b La Máscara, La Sombra,Marco Corleone
Thunder and Marco are feuding.
6) Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible DQ Atlantis, Máximo, Volador Jr.
Rey Bucanero fouled Volador Jr.

A show. Volador/Bucanero goes on.

DTU (FRI) 12/19/2014Autolavado VM, Tulancingo, Hidalgo[DTU (1), DTU (2), DTU (3), DTU (4), DTU (5),DTU (6)]
1) Joven Maravilla &Maremoto Jr. b King Lion & Meteoro
2) Génesis & Sombra de la Noche b Amo de la Noche & Talaxys
3) Hacker & Jinzo bBlack Fire & Slayer Pack
4) Rocky Lobo b Drastik Boy, Septimo Dragon
5) Cíclope, Crazy King,Miedo Extremo b Aero Boy, Corazon Latino,Violento Jack
6) Tony L Kevin, Jimmy,El Chato, El Junior, El Nene [hair]
Tony lost his hair. The remaining nerds (Jimmy & Kevin) challenged the Malkriados to a 2 on 3 hair match tomorrow in Arena Lopez Mateos, and the bullies happily accepted.

This was originally a 9 match show; only the main event was run as advertised and it’s possible Facebook results might have missed one. Not sure what the Nerds are thinking going on 2 v 3 but they’re normally pretty smart guys.

Steve Sims’ column in this week’s Figure Four Weekly adds onto the AAA TV mystery

AAA has had internal discussions over the past few weeks (maybe months) as to revamping their television, really re-thinking for the ground up or out of the box or whatever jaunty cliché fits best here. To give an idea of what they are considering, even though they have only two TV tapings filmed that have left to air in full, they are not considering any more television tapings (at least in the traditional sense) until the spring, and that would be after the date (mid-March) that they usually run their annual Rey de Reyes show.

“they are considering” is an important thing to notice there, they might not decided on all of this yet.  Whatever this is, it sounds possible there still would be a TV show, but just not done as it has been. AAA’s been pretty proud of how well they did drawing people to TV tapings in 2014, which is another reason not running any of them for three months would be odd.

Continue throwing ideas at the wall in the comments – what if they just aired Lucha Underground for a while instead? That would be very weird but something weird is afoot. And may not actually happen.

Super Fly’s talked a couple times about losing his mask. In an interview with AAA, he says he dominated the mask match, believes Aerostar got lucky, and still can’t believe he lost. In a press conference to hype a Sunday show in Puebla, Super Fly says it’s strange for him to wrestler unmasked and hopes the fans have patience with him.

Hijo del Santo says he’s coming back in 2015. His plan has always been to come back when Nieto del Santo is ready to debut, but we don’t know exactly when that’ll be and it’ll likely only be one last series or one last show when Santo does come back.

Rey Horus (the 2nd Hijo del Rey Misterio, and the one who’s had the highest US profile so far), was announced the King of Indies tournament that’s taking place in San Jose on WrestleMania weekend. B-Boy, Lucha Undergrounds’ Bael, was the first announced particpant and I’d guess there will be other lucha familiar names given the location.

Arena Coliseo Guadalajara has a new Facebook and Twitter account (@arenacolisegdl).

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update and a recap of this week’s Lucha Underground.

DoradaFan has a music video of 10/21/2014 CMLL

SuperLuchas look backs include Anibal win a mask on the 19th and various shows on the 20th.

LV reviews CMLL 12/09 and IWRG 12/14, where the Ninja Turtles nearly had a 4 star match.

DJ Spectro looks back at the end of season in 1998, which was the finals of a trios title tournament.

Hechicero promo for his match with Negro Navarro on Christmas Day.

A short bio of Coahuila’s Maligna, who says he’s training with Tony Salazar and Demus.

An interview with the current Hijo de Rey Misterio.

Lineup

CMLL (FRI) 12/26/2014 Arena México
1) Flyer & Molotov vs Akuma & Hijo del Signo
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Oro Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. vs Okumura, Puma, Virus
3) Guerrero Maya Jr., Super Porky, The Panther vs Ephesto, Hechicero, Mephisto
4) Negro Casas vs Rey Cometa, Máscara Dorada, Sangre Azteca, Delta, Pólvora, Titán, Kamaitachi, Fuego, Tritón [CMLL WELTER]
vacant championship; Mistico gave it up after being hit by a car
5) Máximo, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Mr. Niebla, Rey Bucanero, Shocker

The title match is phrased like it’s the complete determination match (instead of final two coming back next week.) We’ll see. They could always run Volador/Bucanero next week.

Mistico actually will not return before they hand out this belt, which is a bit surprising. Maybe it’s Three King’s Day? He’s running out of time to get in the ring before FantasticaMania.

Video promo.

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-10-18

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AAA in DF, CMLL show tonight

AAA (THU) 12/18/2014 Gimnasio Olímpico Juan de la Barrera, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal [AAA (1), AAA (2), AAA (3), AAA (4), AAA (5), AAA (SoundCloud)]
1) Jennifer Blake & La Jarochita b Cinthia Moreno & Sexy Lady
Jennifer beat Cinthia.
2) Dinastía, Mini Drago, Octagoncito b Mini Abismo Negro, Mini Histeria, Mini Murder Clown
3) Demon Rocker, Machine Rocker, Soul Rocker b Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown
4) Angélico, Australian Suicide, Jack Evans b Joe Lider, Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Texano Jr.
Joe Lider replaced Silver King.
5) El Elegido, Electroshock, La Parka b Chessman, Cibernético, Daga
Zorro (knee – appeared to apologize for missing the show) was replaced by Daga (back from injury.)

A free sponsored show. Parka gave out gifts to end the night. Daga returning from his injury is a nice sign.

Sexy Star and Blue Demon weren’t there, because they were at the Univison Deportes awards. Blue Demon’s El Rey role is possibly his career best: he shows up to award shows as a famous, he’s treated as a ominous threat, but he almost never wrestles and he put over the lead rudo when he does. This exactly meets my level of Blue Demon interest.

CMLL’s main event tonight is Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Shocker versus Volador, Atlantis, and Maximo. Volador & Bucanero are feuding. CMLL already announced the Welterweight cibernetico for next week, and a Volador/Bucanero singles match would fit with that. The other possible TV matches are an Ingobernable vs Thunder/UG/Euforia trios and a Cavernario/Dragon Rojo lightning match. On Twitter, Sombra’s said this is his last match in DF for the year. Dark Angel’s said the same. The Mexican tradition is to return to your hometown (or the hometown of your parents) for the holiday season, so this weekend might be the last show of the year in DF for a few people.

CMLL also has a preview of Saturday’s show. Instead of the youth concept, they’re pushing it as a throw back to the lineups of the 1930s when Arena Coliseo was opened (“bring your bowler hat and moccasins if a male and your big hat and gloves if you’re a woman”) instead of the original concept. The preview notes Star Jr. & Sobreano Jr. are going with “El Principes del Ring” as a team name. There’s no TV deal announced with the Saturday’s show, but CMLL tapes lots of stuff they never end up using and I’d suspect this show will be another one of those things.

LuchaWorld has a recap of CMLL Informa.

Segunda Caida reviews Taichi, Terrible, Texano Jr. vs Blue Panther, Brazo de Plata, Héctor Garza.

SuperLuchas writes about cards from December 18th, including a Fuerza Guerrera vs Aguila Solitaria title match and reprints their obit for Pedro Septien on the one year anniversary of his passing.

Electroshock has apparently been drinking for two months straight, but someone finally helps him out in this skit from AAA’s TV

The 12/20 Arena Olimpico Laguna main event has been changed around, with the guys booked on Arena Coliseo removed.

Hijo de Rey Misterio is in the Chicago area this weekend.

LV (video) and Voices of Wrestling have reviews of this week’s Lucha Underground.

Voices of Wrestling also has a review of random lucha libre matches. Someone chooses to watch Demon Clown vs Hijo de Dos Caras.

CMLL stellar moments for the week.

Ultimo Guerrero talks about losing his mask, notes that he used to walk around anonymously but now people come up to him for photos and autographs all the time.

AAA on Televisa: 2014-10-18

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== AAA ==

Tuxtla Guiterrez part 1, which is who knows. Best of episodes could also slip in at any time; it’s hilariously possible for the Aerostar/Super Fly match not to air until the end of January, though there’s a chance another match of theirs could air this week.

== Lucha Underground ==

Off until January 7th.

== CMLL ==

FOX2: No video preview this week, but hopefully Valiente/Cavernario. Main is Ingobernables sv Shocker/Thunder/UG

Azteca: Infierno en el Ring, a bad cage match.

52MX: Volador vs Ultimo Guerrero. Not sure the point of doing the women’s cibernetico without airing it, so maybe it’ll bump out a higher positioned match.

Claro: A bleh card with Atlantis, Sombra, Marco vs Casas, Shocker, Thunder

C3: Deta/Maya vs Cavernario/Hechicero. It’s interesting to note the two shows which aren’t produced by CMLL (this and Puebla) will edit the shows to put a great important match last even if it didn’t take that place that way. It’s almost as if they have a better idea of what’s a draw (to a TV audience) than the people who run the shows.

TVC Deportes (Puebla): I’m not entirely sure this aired last week – entutele says it was pulled off the lineup at the last second – and the stream has still not returned so it’s no sure thing it’ll ever be back. (If anyone can record this show and send it to me, please let me know.) Ephesto, Mephisto, Shocker vs Atlantis, Dorada and Valiente is the main event.

Terra Sunday: Fuego vs Polvora in the lightning match, Delta, Maya, Pegasso vs Zavala, Puma, Tiger, and me trying to reverse engineer a hack again.

== IWRG ==

IWRG (LAS/AYM): Champions show? There’s an airing listed as 3AM tonight on AYM, with who knows what. Tape machines are running.

== Chart ==

 
Air Time Tape Date Potential Lineup
CMLL on FOX SPORTS

MEX FS2: 12/20: 12-1p CT

12/12 Mexico Valiente vs Bárbaro Cavernario [lightning]
Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero, Terrible vs Atlantis, Máximo, Volador Jr.
La Máscara, La Sombra, Marco Corleone vs Shocker, Thunder, Último Guerrero
AAA

Televisa: 12/20: 3:30-5p CT

UTDN: 12/25: 7:30-9:00p CT

11/30 Tuxtla Australian Suicide & Ivelisse Vélez vs Dark Cuervo & Sexy Star
Aerostar vs Súper Fly
Joe Lider & Pentagón Jr. vs Fénix & Myzteziz
Lucha Underground 1×9

El Rey: 01/07: 7-8p CT

Unimas: 01/10: 3-4p CT

off until 01/07
CMLL on Azteca (US)

Azteca: 12/20 4-5p CT

12/05 Mexico La Máscara, Máscara Dorada, Valiente vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Thunder
Felino vs Marco Corleone, Último Guerrero, Volador Jr., Terrible,
Shocker, Bárbaro Cavernario, Rey Bucanero, Máximo, Blue Panther [cage, hair]
CMLL on 52MX

US 12/20: 9-10a CT

MEX 12/20: 8-9p CT

12/09 GDL Ángel de Oro, Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. vs Boby Zavala, Okumura, Vangellys
Máscara Dorada, Máximo, Super Porky vs Ephesto, Kráneo, Mephisto
Volador Jr. vs Último Guerrero
CMLL on Claro Sports

MEX 12/20: 11a-12n CT

12/14 Mexico Dragón Rojo Jr. vs Pólvora [lightning]
Máscara Dorada, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Vangellys
Atlantis, La Sombra, Marco Corleone vs Negro Casas, Shocker, Thunder
CMLL on Cadena3

12/20: 7-9p CT

12/16 Mexico Aéreo, Fantasy, Shockercito vs Mercurio, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Universo 2000
Soberano Jr., Star Jr., Starman vs Cholo, Metálico, Ramstein
Delta & Guerrero Maya Jr. © vs Bárbaro Cavernario & Hechicero [Arena Coliseo TAG]
Rey Cometa, Super Porky, Valiente vs Ephesto, Hombre sin Nombre, Mephisto
CMLL on TVC Deportes (Puebla)

12/22: 4-6p ET

11/10 Puebla Blue Center & Espiritu Negro vs Bengala & Meyer
Pegasso, Star Jr., Starman vs Fuerza Chicana, King Jaguar, Toro Bill Jr.
Boby Zavala, Kamaitachi, Okumura vs Dragon Lee, Rey Cometa, Stigma
La Máscara, Stuka Jr., Super Porky vs Hechicero, Kráneo, Morphosis
Ephesto, Mephisto, Shocker vs Atlantis, Máscara Dorada, Valiente
CMLL on Terra

12/21: 5-7ish p CT

12/14 Mexico Molotov & Robin vs Akuma & Inquisidor
Hombre Bala Jr., Starman, Súper Halcón Jr. vs Hijo del Signo, Metálico, Nitro
Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Pegasso vs Boby Zavala, Puma, Tiger
Fuego vs Pólvora [lightning]
Blue Panther, Marco Corleone, Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto, Hombre sin Nombre, Kráneo
Felino, Mr. Niebla, Thunder vs Máscara Dorada, Valiente, Volador Jr.
IWRG on AYM Sports/LAS

AMY 12/20: 3-5p

LAS 12/21: 11-1a

AYM 12/22: 9-11p

All times unreliable

12/17 IWRG Galaxy & Sky Ángel vs Araña de Plata & Hip Hop Man
Imposible © vs Metaleón [IWRG IC Light]
Canis Lupus © vs Eterno [IWRG IC WELTER]
Apolo Estrada Jr., Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo © vs Chicano, Danny Casas, Hip Hop Man [EdM Trios]

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great match roundup, week of 2014-10-18

Good/Great/Excellent matches

CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-10-18
taped 2014-10-14 @ Arena México
Ángel de Oro, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Boby Zavala, Hechicero, Rey Escorpión: blurb: [GOOD]

CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-10-18
taped 2014-10-10 @ Arena México
Máximo vs Mephisto in a CMLL La Copa Junior tournament final match

Shows Watched But Nothing Worthwhile
AAA on Televisa: 2014-10-18

CMLL on Terra: 2014-10-19 – Diamante Azul vs Shocker was sooooo bad.

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-10-18

Matches To Watch Later

CMLL Puebla: 2014-10-19
taped 2014-09-22 @ Arena Puebla
Milenium & Rey Samuray vs Rey Apocalipsis & Toro Bill Jr.:
Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stigma vs Felino, Puma, Tiger:

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Champions all keep championships, everyone wants Alberto

CMLL (TUE) 12/16/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Martes de Glamour]
1) Brillante & Reycko b El Yaqui & Satara
Brillante was DQed for pulling Satara’s mask, but the tecnicos came back to take falls 23/.
2) Canelo Casas, Puma, Tiger b Esfinge, Leo, Omar Brunetti
Tiger beat Esfinge.
3) Zeuxis b Princesa Sugehit [lightning]
Zeuxis beat Sugehit with the caballete in 8:30.
4) Felino, Mr. Niebla, Último Guerrero b Gallo, Stuka Jr., Titán
Ultimo Guerrero replaced Negro Casas. Gallito and Zacarias foguht.
5) Atlantis, La Sombra, Marco Corleone b Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible
Sombra & Marco didn’t get along with Atlantis – Marco specifically was upset when Atlantis beat Shocker instead of him – but the tecnicos took 2/3.

Nothing from this show leads into the next.

IWRG (WED) 12/17/2014 Arena Naucalpan [Estrellas del Ring]
***Caravana de Campeones, 2014***
1) Vampiro Metálico II b Atomic Star
listed as “Vampiro Metalico” but it’s been “Vampiro Metalico II” here of late.
2) Galaxy & Sky Ángel b Araña de Plata & Hip Hop Man
3) Imposible © b Metaleón [IWRG IC Light]
Imposible 7th defense
4) Canis Lupus © b Eterno [IWRG IC WELTER]
Canis 1st defense, against usual partner Eterno.
5) Apolo Estrada Jr., Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo © b Chicano, Danny Casas, Hip Hop Man [EdM Trios]
Hip Hop Man replaced X-Fly. Gringos took 2/3, Diablo beating Danny for the win. Gringos 6th defense

All the titles retained.

Toscano is said to be fired from IWRG after getting into that fight with the fans on Sunday. He was planned to be a big part of the cage match. The story is Toscano wasn’t drunk or high, but just really angry at those fans.

Who’s talking to Alberto? Everyone’s talking to Alberto. The WON mentions

  • ROH, where he’s signed just thru the 03/01 show so far and wants to face top names; he was originally supposed to feud with champion Adam Cole, but Adam Cole is injured and no longer champion
  • Lucha Underground, where he’s listed this week as “names as consideration” – which also kinds of sound like he’s not as close to be signed as previously said, but Dave later says “El Rey has offered a substantial guaranteed money deal and the expectation is he’s gone there.”
  • Bellator, “a big money offer” – it’s implied other MMA promotions may have offered him big money as well
  • TNA, “the number we heard was $400,000 for a one year deal”, but Alberto is said to be looking for either more money or more freedom (TNA would want PPV exclusivity – if he changed his mind and agreed, that’d mean he couldn’t start until after the ROH show at the least, and would throw a monkey wrench in Lucha Underground’s long range plans.)
  • various indy shows

All the US promotions believe Alberto can draw in latino (and specially Mexican-American) fans and there’s no one better available to them. Meltzer added on the podcast “my impression is he’s making $5,000 per match in Mexico.”

It reads like Alberto can probably do ROH + Indies + Lucha Underground or TNA + indies + few Lucha Underground appearances. MMA is the wild card – and the highest possible one night payoff – it would figure Alberto would have to take time off from all the wrestling if he was going to do MMA seriously, though Bobby Lashley has been doing this without missing a ton of TNA shows. That’s helped quite a bit by TNA bunching together weeks of tapings at the same time, and that’s not far off from what Lucha Underground has been doing.

In somewhat related news, the WON reports that WWE writers were told to come up with a Rey Misterio Jr. storyline to take him from Survivor Series to WrestleMania, that storyline has never started, and it appears Rey Misterio Jr. has returned to the purgatory from which he came. It may just be a waiting game for his one year contract to expire, but I don’t think anyone’s definitely said if WWE has the option of rolling it over again (or indefinitely.)

Should Rey ever be released, he’s expected to appear in Lucha Underground. So is Alberto. Other names listed as “under consideration”: Jeff Cobb, the Young Bucks, Jack Evans, Angelico, Homicide, Texano Jr., Dark Angel and Flamita. Dark Angel’s name stick out for obvious reasons; it’s completely unclear if CMLL would allow her to work Lucha Underground while staying with them. (I’d guess no, other people think yes.) It could be part of a bigger move. Dark Angel joining CMLL was the biggest break in her career and has been her home promotion for a longer time, but she’s been completely underutilized in CMLL for years. Dark Angel has been unafraid to make her own deals outside of CMLL, working with Stardom in Japan (instead of REINA) and going to TNA on her own.

No Myzteziz on the list. It’s also worth remember AAA’s list of people they’re doing things with are hilariously unreliable, so it’s possible nothing comes of it.

The WON also had this bit on AAA. Let’s try to decipher this one together

There are going to be a lot of changes in 2015 that will become evident in the spring. But in a big surprise, there are right now no plans to tape any television for a few months, and things will be very different when they do.

It’s vague enough that it could mean anything, and it’s AAA enough that it could mean nothing at all. (As frequently pointed out to me, this is the year where everyone was going to be banned from wearing t-shirts in matches, and I’m pretty sure both Alberto and Texano wore t-shirts for a large portion of the main event of the last show. Lucha Underground finally getting on the air would be the counter point.) We know AAA has enough of taped TV to last them thru January 10th. Both Tuxtla Gutierrez and Guerra de Titanes are left to air and should be two weeks each. It looked like AAA was taping wrap arounds for Best Of shows, which usually run 3 weeks and would mean AAA wouldn’t absolutely need to tape until the first week of February. (They could drag it out farther if they ration the matches even stricter than usual.) December to February could qualify as a few months.

If it’s going to be more than that, and I don’t know, something where they’re still dark in March or whenever, it does start to question the idea of doing Alberto/Perro this year. I could see Mesias/Perro as a reasonable choice for a build up year after how Guerra de Titanes played out. But we really have no idea what these changes will mean or if they’ll be implemented.

Last night’s Lucha Underground was the 8th episode of it’s first season. Lucha Libre USA made it 7 before being canceled (and then brought back for a ‘second season’), so AAA’s show has already passed that bar.

This week’s WON has a more numbers focused depressing look at the El Rey ratings – the problem isn’t the low numbers, it’s that there’s no upwards trend despite the quality of the shows and advertisement of the show – making the case that show hasn’t gotten any traction. There’s been no signs of El Rey wavering on Lucha Underground, but it’s remains in a precarious position. That’s the TV world.

RobViper has a 13 minute music video of TripleMania.

Tercera Caida had Violento Jack as guest, and Angel o Demonio and Ovett (and Ovett’s son) as guests. All I know is Ovett has the much better hair. The after the show video is up as well.

Terra had Cholo & Ramstein, Marcela and Delta as guests.

Terra changed the way they stream video, putting me all the way back to square one. I don’t not know if I’ll be able to record shows going forward, since I can’t do them the way I was. I’ll definitely be trying to, I think it’s possible and I spent the entirety of Informa coming up with a couple of ideas and one possible solution, but I can’t experiment on it without the show being on the air (so much of this upcoming Sunday’s show will be me playing with video programs and not actually getting to watch the matches or making GIFs.) What would be wonderful is CMLL just putting up the shows themselves on some official channel so I never have to think about this again. As long as they’re airing stuff once and never making it available again, I’m going to keep trying.

DTU’s Jhonki was in the hospital after a concussion on the Arena Aficion show. He says it’s not serious he was just under observation, and he got back home late last night.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Dos Caras, Hijo del Dos Caras and Sicodelico Jr. were announced WWL’s 01/06 show, challenging for their trios titles. El Patron Alberto, Laredo Kid and Mesias were previously announced. According to wrestlingdata’s records, this would be Dos Caras’ first match in Puerto since 1983.

SuperLuchas has an obit for Agente X.

Ohtani’s Jacket reviews Virus vs Cachorro.

Yahoo! Deportes looks back at the CMLL hair and mask loses of 2014.

Myzteziz, Wagner and Averno main event Arena Neza on Christmas Day.

Domingo Familiares has a quick promo from Satanico talking about his return.

CMLL wrestlers helped with a toy drive.

Video of Mil Mascaras’ latest match in Japan.

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Lucha Underground 1×8 (2014-12-17): “A Unique Opportunity”

The Matches

Cuerno arrow tope

1) Fenix won a ten man single fall match with a sit down piledriver on Prince Puma (10:47); Big Ryck, Drago, King Cuerno, Mariachi Loco, Mascarita Sagrada, Pentagon Jr., Son of Havoc and Super Fly were also in the match.

2) Mil Muertes won a 10 man battle royal
Elimination Order
– Famous B (0:47, by Pimpienla Escarlata)
– Ricky Mandell (1:29, by the entire Crew)
– Pimpinela Escarlata (1:54, by Mil Muertes)
– Sexy Star (2:51, by Chavo Guerrero)
– Cortez Castro (4:21, by Johnny Mundo)
– Cisco (4:26, by Chavo Guerrero)
– Bael (4:37, by Mil Muertes)
– Chavo Guerrero (7:01, by Chavo Guerrero)
– Johnny Mundo (10:58, by Mil Muertes)

3) Mil Muertes beat Fenix (5:45, flatliner)
Mil Muertes earned the 20th and last spot in Aztec Warfare
Fenix will be the 1st enterant in Aztec Warfare

The Developments

Fenix wins!

– Drago & Cuerno fought in their match, as did Sexy Star & Chavo. Everyone in the opener repeatedly stopped fighting to take out Big Ryck, who did not have his men with him for the first time.

– Konnan, furious over Puma losing the opener, declared he might drop Puma as a protege if he failed to take advantage of another big opportunity.

– Bael is a member of the Big Ryck/Castro/Cortez “Crew”.

– Dario Cueto was wearing sunglasses to hide a black eye from last week’s attack by Mundo. There were no other references to the attack or any retribution for it. Mundo, Puma and some of the Crew were bandaged from last week’s ladder match.

– The Mystery Woman was seen watching the first two matches, but no new information was shared about her.

German suplex of doom for Chavo

– Another Cage vignette aired, though with a completely different tone. This week’s Cage vignette was a positive push the limits message more akin to Strong Man’s Twitter feed.

– Dario Cueto said he would debut the Aztec Warfare match on the 01/07 show and it would determine a champion. Dario Cueto shows off a new belt. It has an ordered set of entrances, and will have 20 people involved but nothing else was explained. The field was implied to be the same 20 as seen in these matches.

– Dario visited his caged ally, saying it wasn’t time to let him out yet. Dario was afraid his ally would destroy the belt if he touched it. Dario’s Key was implied to be the thing keeping the monster in the cage.

19 GIFs from the show are here.

Thoughts

anti-air uppercut

The opener was great and made it hard to follow everything else. It was a nothing but action match with a lot of that. There were parts which looked too much choreographed – everyone stopping fighting to take turns hitting Big Ryck was a bit much – but the crazy high spots were enough to make it work. This was a secret showcase match for Son of Havoc, who got to do more high spots in this match than in his four previous matches combined. Mascarita Sagrada also won the crowd over with his antics. Finishing sequence between Puma and Fenix went well and Konnan being angry after Puma lost big matches back to back weeks makes a lot of sense.

They really need to advance Mystery Woman’s story. Everyone else gets a little bit more to their story most every week, and they haven’t even given Mystery Woman a name yet.

The battle royal was a battle royal and went longer than I needed to see it. Bael was treated as a notable mystery last week but his presence was tossed out like we all already knew who he was. (It would’ve been tough to even know which guy was Bael if he didn’t happen to have gear with a a giant “B” on them.) They really needed at least 15 seconds of explanation. This was a WWE feeling match, both with Mundo doing his Royal Rumble elimination scares and the announcers dropping WWE names during the broadcast (William Regal, Fit Finley, HBK). I understand the idea is not to be afraid to mention other places but it felt like too much.

flatliner

Fenix and Mil Muertes didn’t click as well as I’d hope. I don’t know if I was just not as interested after the battle royal. I don’t think the stips helped either – the little information we had about Aztec Warfare made it sound like the Royal Rumble (in another WWE-ish moment), and everyone knows the guy in the last spot of the Royal Rumble rarely wins the thing.

The ladder match show was actually taped after this one, so Dario and Puma were selling injuries they didn’t quite yet. This was also the least WWE-feeling bit, as guys actually visibly the damage from a ladder match the day after.

I don’t think Aztec Warfare will be exactly a Rumble. Lucha Underground always seems motivated to do something a little different. Maybe it’ll be weapons involved, maybe it’ll be other types of eliminations, but there surely will be a twist. And it might be the only match, since a 20 man elimination match. I wish we didn’t have to wait two weeks to see it.

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top six stories of the last two weeks

  1. AAA ended their year by crowning El Patron Alberto as champion, ending the two year reign of Texano Jr. That match and Aerostar unmasking Super Fly were the biggest and best matches on the show, both delivering on the stories they’d told to that point to the crowd’s approval. The undercard was more of a preview for 2015: Pentagon Jr. & Joe Lider won the tag team titles to set up Myzteziz & Fenix as challengers, the women continue to have pull apart brawls, and an unexplained angle led to Cibernetico showing up about 3 minutes after his match ended. (His team did not win.) TripleMania was arguably the best AAA show of the year, but Guerra de Titanes was not far behind. AAA’s TV backlog means this won’t air until January, though it did air on PPV (but not iPPV.)
  2. CMLL did not run a Year End Show in 2013. CMLL ran a Year End Show in 2014, an Infierno en el Ring cage match. 2013 was better. Felino lost his hair to Rey Bucanero in a finish that was not surprising, not interesting, and not any good. CMLL’s year end shows have been notoriously poor in recent years (the last good one was in 2009), but this was still bad by any standard. Bucanero was immediately thrust into a feud with Volador Jr., who could mean in an unimpressive match in 2015.
  3. Octagon, who earlier said he quit AAA to go his own way, is now claiming he was unfairly fired by AAA and is suing for back pay. Octagon is not suing for his own name, saying he owns it and AAA tried to take it away from him. (AAA’s continued to make merchandise deals with an Octagon like figure on it, but have said they’re Octagoncito items.) Octagon has gone to every gossip show who will have him to talk about this the last couple of weeks, while AAA has said nothing.
  4. CMLL’s not done much on it’s Friday night shows, but has put together much better main events on it’s less attended Tuesday shows. Virus kept his lightweight title over Dragon Lee, and Guerrero Maya & Delta kept their tag team titles over Cavernario & Hechicero. Both are reported to be great matches, but it’s unclear why these matches are happening on Tuesday while CMLL’s bigger shows are not good. (It’s totally unclear why CMLL does anything.)
  5. Lucha Underground continued to produce very good shows to a small audience. They’re taping in January, though they’re also not announcing the tape dates until January.
  6. El Patron Alberto added ROH matches to the wide array of promotions he’ll be working for in 2014. There are reports he’s been contacted by Bellator as well. Alberto’s said to have not actually signed with Lucha Underground yet, but is still expected to be there in January.
  • CMLL announced they’d run shows of young wrestlers and trainees on Saturdays in Arena Coliseo. CMLL announced the debut show, which had the same people CMLL books on pretty much every show. No explanation.
  • CMLL moved their Sunday Guadalajara shows to Fridays. They did not announce this – the cards were just listed as Friday suddenly, with people who were actually already booked in Arena Mexico. CMLL then threw together an unimpressive card with people actually available to work a Friday card (the move was appeared to be a surprise to the people who book these shows) but actually did OK attendance because it was a holiday. There’s been no explanation of the move nor any particular promotion for it
  • Ramstein & Cholo, masked rudos who’ve been stuck in the opening match forever, are now feuding with rising stars Star Jr. & Soberano Junior. CMLL’s held an apuesta match with opening match wrestlers in January the last few years, and these four may be this year’s finish.
  • Marco Corleone was knocked silly when the top rope snapped and hit him hard in the back of the head. It looked bad, and ended his singles match with Terrible, but he was fine and wrestling again the next day.
  • Syuri won CMLL’s Women’s Title from Marcela in Japan.

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Delta & Maya defeat Cavernario & Hechicero, DTU in Arena Aficion

DTU (TUE) 12/16/2014 Arena Aficion [DTU (1), DTU (2), DTU (3), DTU (4), DTU (5), DTU (6)]
1) El Junior, El Nene, Kalibus b Concord, Concord Fly, Corazon Latino
2) Ángel o Demonio, Artikus, Rocky Lobo b Jimmy, Kevin, Ovett
Malkriads interfered to cost the Nerds the match.
3) Cíclope & Yuriko b Chica Ye-Ye & Violento Jack
Ciclope declared he’d win his title back in Arena Lopez Mateos
4) Aero Boy b Drastik Boy © [DTU AI]
New champion!
5) Black Fire & Slayer Pack b Crazy Boy & Niño Hamburguesa [DTU NEXO, semifinal]
Fire & Pack advance to face Rocky Lobo & Jinzo in the tournament final on Saturday.
6) Colmillo Blanco L Miedo Extremo, Crazy King, Jorge El Intruso, Ursus, Dance Boy, Paranoiko, Hacker, Amo de la Noche, Talaxys, Príncipe Halcón, Siniestro [mask, hair, cage]
Principe Halcon took Colmillo Blanco’s hair after Ciclope interfered. Full list of participants unconfirmed.

Aeroboy’s first Alto Impacto title reign, and the third title change of the year (Jinzo->Septimo Dragon->Drastick Boy->Aeroboy) Tercera Caida has a lot of highlights of the DTU show and this should air there (though maybe it’ll take a week to catch up.)

I think Black Fire & Slayer Pack are winning the DTU NEXO tag team titles, and where else are you going to get DTU title match predictions.

photo by Alexis Salazar/CMLL

CMLL (TUE) 12/16/2014 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Bengala & Sensei b Apocalipsis & El Rebelde
2) Aéreo, Fantasy, Shockercito b Mercurio, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Universo 2000
3) Soberano Jr., Star Jr., Starman DQ Cholo, Metálico, Ramstein
Cholo & Ramstein fouled Star Jr. & Soberano Jr and pulled their masks.
4) Blue Panther Jr. b Sangre Azteca [lightning]  (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Panther Jr. nudo lagunero in 6:34
5) Delta & Guerrero Maya Jr. © b Bárbaro Cavernario & Hechicero [Arena Coliseo TAG]
Tecnicos took 1/3 to keep their titles. Third defense for Maya & Delta. They won clean, though the crowd favored the challengers and booed the result. Guerrero Maya Jr. still wants his super libre match with Hechicero.
6) Rey Cometa, Super Porky, Valiente b Ephesto, Hombre sin Nombre, Mephisto
Tecnicos took 2/3.

All tecnico wins. Semimain sounds really good, as expected. It seems to take everyone two tries to win the titles and it would not be a surprise to see Cavernario & Hechicero get another shot come this spring. Meanwhile, Guerrero Maya is doing a wonderful job of building up a match in CMLL that only ChilangaMask will actually book.

Today’s Lucha Underground has pretty much everyone in action. There will be two 10 person matches, an elimination match and a battle royal, and Lucha Underground has just enough people to fill out those matches. (They appeared to be surprises on the show, but they’ve been advertising them all week so it doesn’t feel spoiler-ish.) Blue Demon is not back, but the guys who Mil Muertes obliterated do return. There’s a teaser up – it appears to be the elimination match even though there’s a battle royal graphic.

The Lucha Underground Twitter reminded people they’re off for the year after today’s show, then back for 31 shows. We knew that, but it never occurred me until now that means they’re running all the way to August 5th if things go right. The original schedule had them taking off the summer, but then it got nudged back a little bit and the holidays causing them a skip a couple episodes stretches it out more. The plan is to run 40 episodes a year, and they might have simply a 6-8 weeks before starting up again.

I totally missed this, but go watch this match from IWRG (should start around 6:40). Look way into the background, and then be surprised as AYM does some accidentally good camera work as Toscano starts to attack fans. Nothing seems to come of this.

If you share this photo of Omar Brunetti & Gallo on your Facebook wall by Thursday at noon, you can get free tickets to Sunday’s CMLL show. Not sure why they’re using GDL lucahdors for a Mexico City only contest (except “all luchadors are all luchadors”.) There were only 13 people who shared it when I checked today, so your odds are pretty good.

CMLL Informa should be today at 5. Haven’t seen a preview.

LuchaWorld has a recap of 12/06/2014 Lucha Azteca.

DoradaFan has music videos of 10/07/14 and and 10/14/14 CMLL, as well as text lists of his picks for best dives of the year in CMLL and part of his AAA best dive list.

SegundaCaida reviews Héctor Garza, Máximo, Negro Casas vs Atlantis, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero

The second part of AAA’s audio analysis for Guerra de Titanes is up on Soundcloud.

SuperLuchas has an interview with the Ojo de Halcons. Ojo de Halcon Sr. is Junior’s uncle.

SuperLuchas look back at events on past December 17s include an apuesta win for El Santo.

DJ Spectro writes about Gran Hamada vs El Signo and the 1970 EMLL year end award.

Flamita’s latest match in Japan.

Lineups

Pegasso replaces Rey Cometa on the Saturday debut show.

IWRG (SUN) 12/21/2014 Arena Naucalpan
***Arena Naucalpan 37th Anniversary***
1) Dragón Celestial & Metaleón vs Araña de Plata & Hip Hop Man
2) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo vs Apolo Estrada Jr., El Hijo del Diablo, Electro Boy, Imposible
3) Emperador Azteca, Pantera I, Suicida vs Chicano, Eterno, Oficial 911
4) Black Terry & Negro Navarro vs Trauma I & Trauma II
5) Rayo de Jalisco Jr. vs X-Fly, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan, Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Máscara Año 2000, Oficial AK47, Máscara Sagrada, Súper Nova, Canis Lupus [cage, hair, mask]

Oficial AK47 and x-Fly seem the favorites to lose, but Pirata Sr. or Mascara Sr. aren’t impossible. Just unlikely.

Terry/Navarro vs Traumas rematch.

CMLL (TUE) 12/23/2014 Arena México
1) Bengala & Robin vs Apocalipsis & Camorra
2) Leono, Magnus, Sensei vs Artillero, Canelo Casas, Súper Comando
3) Soberano Jr., Starman, Stigma vs Cholo, Nitro, Raziel
4) Marcela vs Zeuxis [lightning]
5) Fuego, Rey Cometa, Super Porky vs Morphosis, Olímpico, Tiger
6) Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Máximo vs Felino, Kráneo, Terrible

Holiday vacations: semimain Morphosis & Olimpico. No Star Jr. or Ramstein in the tercera, but maybe they’ll pop up later.

CMLL (TUE) 12/23/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Reycko & Virgo vs Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno
2) Astral, Meteoro, Último Dragoncito vs Demus 3:16, Mercurio, Pierrothito
3) Esfinge, Gallo, Tritón vs Hombre sin Nombre, Pierroth, Sagrado
4) Blue Panther Jr., The Panther, Titán vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Boby Zavala, Mr. Águila
5) La Máscara, Máscara Dorada, Valiente vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Thunder

Semimain might be good depending on which Mr. Aguila shows up.

CaraLuchas (THU) 12/25/2014 Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal
1) ? vs ??
2) Kilvan & Yoruba vs Arceus & Rayo Star and Alfa & Omega
3) Emperador Azteca, Golden Magic, Metaleón vs Dinamic Black, Hijo de Clímax, Imposible
4) Andy Boy, Danger King, Guerrero Mixtico vs Apolo Estrada Jr., El Hijo del Diablo, Trauma I
5) Súper Nova © vs Trauma II [UWA JLH]
6) Negro Navarro © vs Hechicero (CMLL) [FLLM MASTER]

The start of a deluge of the usual Christmas Day shows. (Don’t count on anything being taped because there’s a lot of places to be.) Main event should be great, semimain was at least interesting when they met in IWRG. Fourth match is listed as Neza Boys versus Gringos and I think Trauma I needs to wear the big USA flag top hat.

Skyman was supposed to be back in the segunda, but is still not able to return. Three months turned out to be a conservative estimate.

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