Ultimo Guerrero threat, red mat comes to Arena Mexico, AAA in DF with surprises

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CMLL (FRI) 04/18/2014 Arena México [@therealfredo, @TKD_117, CMLL]
1) Canelo Casas & Espanto Jr. b Flyer & Robin Flyer & Robin vs Canelo Casas & Espanto Jr., on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Rudos took 1/3. Espanto beat Robin with a Canadian Destroyer and CMLL spent a lot of time carefully putting Robin on a strecher after the fact (but slow motion replay reveals Robin’s head didn’t touch the mat, so he should be fine.)
2) Cancerbero, Hechicero, Raziel b Pegasso, Starman, Tritón Pegasso, Starman, Triton vs Cancerbero, Hechicero, Raziel, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Rudos took 1/3.
3) Dark Angel, Marcela, Syuri b Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit, Zeuxis Dark Angel, Marcela, Syuri vs Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit, Zeuxis, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Zeuxis replaced Amapola, who was still around to do commentary. Tecnicos took 1/3.
4) Dragon Lee b Guerrero Negro Jr. [En Busca de un Idolo] Dragon Lee vs Guerrero Negro Jr. in a En Busca de un Idolo match, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Volador was guest judge, while Dragon replaced the missing-in-action Shocker. Dragon Lee with a German suplex. Lee scored a 8, 9, 8, 6 for a total of 32 31. Guerrero Negro scored a 7, 8, 7, 4 for a total of 26.
5) Cachorro b Cavernario [En Busca de un Idolo] Cachorro vs Cavernario in a En Busca de un Idolo match, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Cachorro defeated Cavernario by surprise fujiwara armbar after Cavernario had dominated the match. Cachorro scored a 8, 9, 9, 6 for a 31. Cavernario received a perfect score of 40, the 3rd person to do so in the history of this competition. (Euforia in Week 3 of 2012, Vangelis in Week 8 of 2013)
6) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Super Porky DQ Euforia, Pierroth, Último Guerrero
Tecnicos took 2/3, Ultimo pulling Atlantis’ mask match. Ultimo Guerrero threatened to quit CMLL if CMLL doesn’t schedule the UG/Atlantis mask match at this year’s Anniversario.
7) Kráneo, Mr. Niebla, Ripper b Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr.
Mr. Niebla replaced Shocker. Rudos took 1/3, Niebla and Kraneo beating Mistico and Valiente.

Ultimo Guerrero quitting is going to happen right after that Volador career match. Maybe the newest new strategy is grandiose (and unbelievable) challenges? Ultimo’s challenge here is basically “give me that match right now or I will make sure I can never have that match”, which seems counter productive. Maybe it’s more about the power to make the match than the match itself. Though, in story, it’s Ultimo Guerrero’s fault the match didn’t happen yet. He lost.

The new Victoria red mat made it’s debut here. It was as jarring as expected, but people have generally gotten used to the other many cosmetic changes made to Arena Mexico over the last fifteen years and will this in time. The more immediate issue it seems to be throwing off the color balance; from what I saw of the video, the luchadors seemed to be darker and tinted, probably because the lights were set to bounce off a blue mat and now it’s a red one. It’s visually off putting, but also maybe something they didn’t consider until they saw it on TV. (I didn’t notice those problems with AAA though.)

Shocker’s been around enough to respond and retweet people on Twitter, so he could explain what’s going on if it’s something he wanted to talk about. It doesn’t appear to be that.

Speaking of absences, it was very odd for Amapola to do commentary and miss her match two days in front of her title match. I didn’t come across an explanation. No major promotion anywhere has as many inexplicable card changes as CMLL.

CMLL belatedly updated the En Busca de un Idolo scoreboard

Week 2 Poll Results
40: Hechicero
18: Cachorro
18: Cavernario
18: Soberano Jr.
18: Super Halcon Jr.
17: Star Jr.
17: Guerrero Negro Jr.
11: Dragon Lee

Overall standings thru 2.5 weeks:

156 Hechicero
155 Cachorro*
149 Cavernario*
145 Dragon Lee*
118 Guerrero Negro Jr.*
106 Star Jr.
102 Soberano Jr.
91 Super Halcon Jr.

Hechicero is leading despite having one less match than then next 4 people.

CMLL has already started the third week of the En Busca de un Idolo poll. I haven’t been keeping track of the raw numbers this year – are they actually resetting the totals between rounds this year? It seems like everyone is starting in the same area every week.

Tonight’s AAA taping in Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera seems like a pivotal one, and not for any matches scheduled on the card. Sin Cara is generally expected to appear in AAA, and maybe even make it to the ring this time. Sin Cara was still under some level of WWE contract when he make a cameo back in February, but he figures to have more freedom this time. I still don’t feel like I have a great grasp of what Sin Cara can or can not do at this point, but my understand is AAA is attempting to sign him to a contract, which suggests he has enough freedom from WWE to agree to work elsewhere. It’s not a done deal, so it’s even still possible Sin Cara make no appearance at all, but it would realistically just mean his debut gets pushed back another major show cycle – everyone’s going to be passing up some money if it doesn’t happen Saturday, but it’s going to happen eventually so it might as well get done on Saturday.

AAA fans have already seen Sin Cara in that building, so the bigger mystery might be who else shows up. People who book AAA shows are booking Averno on those shows. People who book CMLL shows are booking Averno on that shows. That can’t actually work in lucha libre, so someone’s going to be wrong. Both sides are perfectly fine advertising people who they know won’t actually be on the show, so it’s impossible to tell who’s telling the truth. We know Averno has made more money working against Sin Cara than he has against anyone else in his career. We know, right now,  he’ll definitely make more money working spot shows against Sin Cara than he will on front of mostly empty Arena Mexico shows. We can guess CMLL’s not promising Averno any big plans for the future, and his most recent (and possibly last) CMLL DF appearance had him losing to the new Mistico which sure could be read as an exit. On the other hand, we already assuming Sin Cara is unlikely to be a lifer in AAA. AAA has quickly soured on people who come in with big egos and aren’t willing to be team players, which sounds a lot like Sin Cara’s behavior in WWE and hasn’t seemed to change a lot since coming back to Mexico. Averno has to know that if he’s tying himself completely to Sin Cara, Averno may get dragged down with Sin Cara before long.

When I add it up, I think it makes more sense for Averno to make the jump. I really don’t know if he will.

There are matches! The mixed tag tercera appears to be the most important match of the night based on the long build. Drago and Faby Apache go in as champions as favorites. Mary Apache has a decent record against her sister, but betting on Dark Cuervo seems foolhardily. I’m rooting for the Pentagon Jr. & Sexy Star team, but it’s easy to imagine Australian Suicide costing Pentagon Jr. the match.

The actual main event is a Cibernetico, La Parka, Psycho Clown contra Perro Aguayo Jr., Hijo del Fantasma, Texano Jr. match, which will surely end with Psycho Clown asking for a title shot against Texano for the 20th time. They’re in Mexico City, so maybe he’ll actually get it if asks before the mass run-ins start, but we should also find out if AAA has any significant plans for the other four guys. Blue Demon and Villano IV meet in an unofficial #1 contenders match for Chessman’s Latin American championship, which will probably be a bloody victory by Demon. The show is listed as starting at 8:30pm local, though that usually means the first official match will get to the ring around 9:05pm.

AAA will be selling their official merchandise in the hours before the show. Taya, Pentagon Jr., Jennifer Blake and Aerostar will also be signing autographs at the booth. I wonder if those fellows will be allowed to sell their own merchandise at the stand, or if AAA’s created any for them yet.

DJ Spectro looks back at Blue Demon vs Espectro.

Segunda Caida reviews 04/06/14 CMLL.


CMLL (FRI) 04/25/2014 Arena México
1) Dragon Lee & Sensei vs Espiritu Negro & Zayco
2) Estrellita, Marcela, Silueta vs La Seductora, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit
3) Súper Halcón Jr. vs Soberano Jr. [En Busca de un Idolo]
4) Hechicero vs Star Jr. [En Busca de un Idolo]
5) Atlantis, Máximo, Super Porky vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
6) Mistico, Titán, Volador Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión
7) La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush vs Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Shocker

Two weeks ago (or last week on Fox), there appeared to be a set up for La Mascara & Rush versus Shocker & Negro Casas (which would be a tag title match.) Assuming Shocker is back, that could pick up here.

Maybe only top four airs, but Hechicero/Star Jr. should be a good internet main event. No Syuri in the women’s match, which probably means she’s done after Tuesday.

My hunch is Tuesday will be Guerrero Negro Jr. versus Cavernario and Cachorro versus Dragon Lee based on the pattern they’re using. It’ll definitely be those four, the match ups are just iffy.

Puebla, Arena Mexico preview

CMLL (THU) 04/17/2014 Plaza de Toros El Relicario, Puebla, Puebla [Porra Fresa, Sexenio]
1) Oro Jr. & Soberano Jr. b Hijo del Signo & Stigma
Stigma replaced Akuma.
2) Cavernario & Herodes Jr. b Black Panther & Cachorro
3) Fuego & Sagrado b Gran Guerrero & Misterioso Jr.
4) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Volador Jr. b Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto
Diamante Azul replaced Thunder

The Sexenio recap says over 3000 people attended the show. They also said Thunder wrestled in the main event, so hopefully they’re better at counting people than identifying luchadors. Averno did appear in the main event. CMLL runs free shows here every Thursday thru the 8th.

Tonight’s Arena Mexico main event, Mistico, Valiente, Volador contra Kraneo, Ripper and Shocker, appears to be another chapter in the less than enthralling Volador/Ripper feud. Match still might good, and probably better than the semimain (because Pierroth is back.) The Terra broadcast portion of this show might be the best part: Hechicero teams up with Raizel & Cancerbero again to face CMLL’s Cadetes del Espacio, a women’s trios which appears to be much better than the Tuesday one, and En Busca de un Idolo matches with Dragon Lee & Guerrero Negro Jr. (lots of nonsensical spots!) and Cachorro versus Cavernario (which should just be good.)  I think I’m otherwise occupied tonight, but feel free to holler at me on Twitter about stuff I should GIF later.

There was a 7 magnitude earthquake near Acapulco earlier today. It could be felt strongly in Mexico City. There’s no word yet about damage.

This week’s Tercera Caida has interviews with Cuervo & Pentagon Jr. In the after show video, Cuervo says he doesn’t know what happened to Ozz. Here’s Ozz at a press conference for an AAA show on 04/27. Glad I could help! Ozz (under that name) may not be around as a TV character for the moment.

Hijo del Santo’s column is on the recently deceased Dick Angelo. Santo’s 04/27 appearance in Monterrey is said to be, on both Facebook and on Tercera Caida, is only an autograph signing.

The ban on lucha libre in Arena Kalaka has already been lifted (before I even wrote it was banned.) Metro of Ciudad Juarez was the one who attacked a fan, apologized for his behavior, and felt the entire arena shouldn’t to be blame for his action. Apparently the commission agreed.

LuchaWorld has Alfredo on the second week of En Busca de un Idolo.

Satanico talks about next weekend’s match with El Dandy.

DJ Spectro writes about the strange case of Mishima Ota, who won the Mexican lightweight championship but was then declared Japanese.

04/18-22 lucha times


== AAA ==

AAA-Televisa: The SLP taping that just happened! Probably.

== CMLL ==

FOX: Sombra, Rush, Escorpion versus Maximo, Negro Casas, Volador Jr.

52MX: Possibly Silueta/Zeuxis from Guadalajara? Marco, Maximo, Valiente vs Revolucionarios.

C3: Bucanero/Terrible/Virus vs Atlatnis/Delta/Maya, Marco/Maximo/Stuka Jr. vs Dragon/Misterioso/Escorpion. All these matches are shorter because they have to fit seven matches (and two judging panels which can be as long as matches), which means all five matches should continue to air for the length of the tournament, only it’s not as big a deal since the openers are airing on the internet anyway.

TVC Deportes (Puebla): Volador Jr. vs Negro Casas

Lucha Azteca: Niebla, Casas, Shocker vs Atlantis, La Mascara, Rush

Terra Friday: Cachorro/Cavernario and Lee/Negro as the Busca matches, plus women and Space Cadetes

Terra Sunday: Rey Escorpion vs Maximo in one title match, Syuri vs Amapola in another.

Terra Tuesday: Hechicero/Soberano, Halcon/Star Jr. in Busca, women’s trios, minis and an opener.

== Other ==

IWRG-AYM Sports: They’ve been airing last Wednesday’s show, not the Sunday show. Not sure how it’ll turn out.

Noches de Coliseo: Charles Lucero vs Alberto del Rio, hair vs hair.


CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-03-22


taped 2014-03-14 @ Arena Mexico

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Dandy versus Satanico, added AAA match, Inquisidor, Arena Kalaka, Masked Mania

No IWRG show tonight; the show they announced earlier this week was for Sunday.

ChilangaMask held a press conference to hype their 04/27 El Dandy versus Satanico show. Dandy, who will be retiring at the end of his series with Satanico, says he wanted to stop wrestling while he was still good. Satanico wished there were many more “El Dandy”s. Dandy leads their series three matches to two, and they will have two more matches after this Arena Lopez Mateos match. They’ll fight on May 17th in Arena San Juan and May 18th in Reynosa, Tamalipas in a hair match.

Ludxor says he and Venum versus Eterno & Carta Brava Jr. has been added to Saturday’s AAA TV. It might be the local dark match, where AAA uses their own guys as locals. It also might turn out to be the best match on the card, and it’s not a bad card.

Record has a story on Inquisidor selling fruit to make ends meet. The article starts off with a quote from Inquidor about how there’s not much lucha libre work and it’s not paying well. Inquisidor mentions he’s been helping out with the fruit business since he was young and his father was in it. Today, it’s more about moving heavy boxes for his two uncles. He’s working three days a week (Friday to Sunday), from 5 to 11 before going to work at his lucha libre job. Inquisidor only gets two CMLL main arena matches a month, usually openers. That’s only going to work out for him if there’s a lot of full roster spot shows to work on, and there aren’t those for CMLL right now. He’s also a guy in danger of being pushed out completely as CMLL continues to add wave after wave of new luchadors.

Arena Kalaka of Ciudad Juarez will be closed for the next four months after an incident where a luchador attacked a fan. The local lucha commission is enforcing the suspension, and it reads like the luchador (who’s name I haven’t seen) is also suspended.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.


MR (SUN) 04/27/2014 2300 Arena, South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1) Amasis, Green Ant, Opihidan vs Chuck Taylor, Orange Cassidy, Papadon
2) Christina Von Eerie vs Sumie Sakai [PWR WOMEN]
3) Mini Mariachi vs Pequeño Halcón [PWR MINIS]
4) Solar I vs Negro Navarro
5) Casandro vs Matt Cross
6) Bestia 666, Damián 666, Sabu vs Blk Jeez, Luke Hawk, Ruckus
7) LA Park vs Dr. Wagner Jr.

Somehow, I never posted the MaskedMania show to the database? It’s 10 days away, it’s $10 on iPPV. I’m probably watching live (though also probably watching CMLL at the same time if they do anything for that Arena Mexico Anniversary show.) Kevin Kleinrock has an interview about the show here.

04/16 AAA TV Results (San Luis Potosi)

AAA TV (WED) 04/16/2014 Auditorio Miguel Barragan, San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí [AAA, El Sabor del Ring]
0) Mensajero & Mini Maniaco b Aero Fly & Rey Angel
dark match featuring SLP locals
1) Drago, Faby Apache, Jennifer Blake b El Apache, Sexy Star, Taya Valkyrie
Jennifer Blake beat Taya with a campana. Pentagon Jr. attacked Faby Apache & Drago after the match to build to the mixed tag match on Saturday.
2) Crazy Boy, Joe Lider, Niño Hamburguesa b Demon Rocker, Machine Rocker, Soul Rocker
Hamburguesa Splash on Machine Rocker.
3) Angélico, Australian Suicide, Jack Evans b Eterno, Pentagón Jr., Steve Pain
Suicide beat Pentagon Jr. with a tornillo shooting star press
4) Alan Stone, Electroshock, Psycho Clown b Chessman, Silver King, Texano Jr.
Alan beat Chessman again, and Psycho challenged Texano Jr. again.
5) Cibernético, Fénix, La Parka b Black Warrior, el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Jeff Jarrett
Fenix upset Perro. Rudos attacked the tecnicos, other tecnicos made the save.

Air Date: 04/19?

An all tecnico victory show (except maybe the dark match) and a place keeping show. The bigger things will happen Saturday in Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera. Tercera sounds like it was the best match.

The ring mat and the edecanes were all dressed in red, for new beer sponsor Victoria. They had the red mat back in Ciudad Victoria, but they officially announced the change here. It looks like a full house; the building holds 3,400 before they cut off seats for the entrance area.

Fenix beating Perro was the one notable bit from the show. It sounds like it was the usual bit of a tecnico winning and then it being immediately wiped out by the rudos beating him up, but maybe it’ll come across stronger on TV. Perro Jr. is usually good one upset loss a year, but it doesn’t usually go anywhere. Still, Fenix has the cage win and a win over a main eventer in a short time.

There was an early in-ring skit where CIbernetico congratulated La Parka for winning Rey de Reyes and Konnan interrupted him. If anything meaningful came from it, it has not yet been revealed.

Next taping is Saturday. This show just existed to fulfill TV needs. That next one will be fascinating.


CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-03-22


taped 2014-03-18 @ Arena México

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CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-03-22


Super Comando versus the buckle


taped 2014-03-11 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Sky Kid & Smaker vs Artillero & Súper Comando for the Occidente Tag Team Championship: Disappointing. Sky Kid and Smaker came off as over rehearsed and slow. It really stuck out when they only half tried at teasing their first dives, instead going to their alternative positions, counter a counter Artillero & Super Comando hadn’t fully tried yet. They knew what spots they wanted to do but couldn’t pull it together as a match, and I’ve never seen a high flying team be so slow climbing the ropes in general. Artillero & Super Comando didn’t bring much special to the occasion, outside of Comando’s big bump at the end, and the match was missing any sort of intensity.

Polvora celebrates too soon

taped 2014-03-16 @ Arena México
Marco Corleone, Máximo, Rush vs Kráneo, Negro Casas, Niebla Roja: Cut down for time, including Marco somehow going from holding Niebla’s legs to punching Kraneo in the face over a camera switch. There wasn’t a lot of Casas/Rush here to begin with, and the only extended in ring period is the end of the third fall (which also ends suddenly.) The other four guys are fine, but nothing much to write about the match. We need the Kraneo/Marco lightning match some day.


Zacarias runs to escape Rush’s wrath

Volador Jr. vs Ripper: Also cut down for TV, though the full one wasn’t much better. Ripped isn’t the best choice for a ‘my move your move’ exhibition, and that bit works better when people think both guys might win. (Ripper needed to cheat a lot more, it would’ve helped.) They didn’t screw up anything, but they weren’t interesting. The crowd came off as more into it very late live than they did on TV.

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En Busca de Un Idolo, AAA in SLP, red mats, Lucero, Averno

indy (SUN) 04/13/2014 Arena Coliseo Monterrey [LuchaMania Monterrey]
1) Fire Warrior & Havok vs Arleuin & Nemesis
2) Omega & Tony Boy b Metalik Boy & Mini Angel Justiciero
3) Larry Miranda Jr., Máscara Púrpura, Simbolo b Falcon Kid, Misionerio, Muerte Extreme
Purpura won with the Red Star Press on Misionerio.
4) Charles Lucero b Alberto Dos Rios [hair]
Alberto took the first but suffered a back injury (after being sent into a ringside chair) in the second and Lucero beat him in the second and third to win. Lucero said he was happy to win but not by injury, praised Dos Rios and offered him a title shot, but warned him not to get too big of a head.

Match will probably air this weekend. LuchaMania also has a post match interview with Lucero.

Star Jr.

CMLL (TUE) 04/15/2014 Arena México [CMLL, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Bengala & Molotov b Camorra & Disturbio Bengala & Molotov vs Camorra & Disturbio, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito b Eléctrico, Pequeño Halcón, Último Dragoncito Electrico, Fantasy, Ultimo Dragoncito vs Mercurio, Pequeno Olipico, Pierrothito, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Pequeno Halcon replaced Fantasy. Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany b Estrellita, Silueta, Syuri
Match with a lot of noticeable flaws. Rudas took 2/3, Amapola beating Syuri. They talked back and forth about Sunday’s title match.
4) Star Jr. b Dragon Lee [En Busca de un Idolo] Dragon Lee vs Star Jr. in a En Busca de un Idolo match, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Felino was the guest judge. Dragon Rojo replaced Shocker. Star Jr. submitted Dragon Lee in a spectacular match. Star Jr. scored a 9, 10, 10, and 6 for a judge score of 35. Dragon Lee scored 8, 9, 8, 5 for a total of 30 from the judges.
5) Soberano Jr. b Cachorro [En Busca de un Idolo] Cachorro vs Soberano Jr. in a En Busca de un Idolo match, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Soberano beating Cachorro means everyone in the competition has won 1 and lost 1 after two matches. Soberano Jr. scored an 8, 9, 8, 5 for a total of 30. Cachorro scored a 7, 8, 7, 7 for a total of 29.
6) Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. b Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Virus
Reyes del Atlantida took 1/3.
7) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Stuka Jr. DQ Dragón Rojo Jr., Misterioso Jr., Rey Escorpión
Tecnicos took 1/3, the last when Maximo kissed Dragon Rojo and faked a foul. Escorpion declared that wouldn’t happen in the title match on Sunday.

Judges thought the first En Busca de un Idolo match was much better than the second, but then gave them about the same scores. That’s been the common pattern in this tournament: the judges scores don’t vary as much from match to match. The differences will add up, especially with a seven match round, but the differences in poll numbers will add up much more.

Women’s match was not good at all, but the problems were not with Amapola and Syuri. Syuri wasn’t a big part of the match. Maybe it’ll work out better Friday.

CMLL (TUE) 04/15/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@acogdl]
1) Virgo b Demonio Rojo
2) Demus 3:16, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Violencia b Angelito, Astral, Stukita
Rudos took 2/3.
3) Esfinge, Magnus, Stigma b Canelo Casas, El Rebelde, Maléfico
Tecnicos took 2/3, Magnus beating Malefico with a backcracker.
4) Arkángel de la Muerte, Boby Zavala, Sangre Azteca b Fuego, Gallo, Tritón
Rudos took 1/3.
5) Super Porky b Kráneo
Porky won with a middle rope splash in a one fall match.
6) La Máscara, La Sombra, Valiente DQ Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto
Tecnicos took 2/3. Mephisto fouled Valiente for the DQ, then took his mask after.

There was a new red mat here. I assumed it was just a visual effect of an Instagram filter, but it appears red even in photos with no filter. The Guadalajara Twitter also mentioned they were now being sponsored Victoria beer for the first time. A red mat with the Victoria logo also appeared on AAA’s recent taping in Ciudad Victoria, so I guess both Guadalajara and AAA have changed beer affiliations. (I assumed AAA’s was a Ciudad Victoria sponsorship; I guess I need to stop assuming things.) Corona and Victoria are owned by the same company, so maybe it was that companies decision and not anything to with the lucha libre companies, but it’s disorienting. I wonder if the Arena Mexico mat will also be red next time we see it; that’ll just be bizarre.

Gallo and Arkangel have unresolved issues over the FULL Championship, and the FULL Twitter was teasing their match tonight as a set up to another title match.

AAA has a taping tonight in San Luis Potosi. It’s going to be a quick turn around on production of that show, since it should be the episode that airs this Saturday on TV. AAA has put significantly more emphasis on Saturday’s TV taping and this show will air a few hours before that taping, which makes this one more opportunity to promote the show in Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera show. It figures that any big surprises will be held back for that event. I don’t expect Sin Cara or Averno to show up tonight (though “Averno” might not be able to show up ever, since CMLL owns the name. Fredo had an elegant solution.) I do expect the current feuds to keep getting set up – Alan/Chessman, Psycho/Texano, Faby & Drago vs Sexy Star & Pentagon Junior. The main event, Cibernetico, Fenix and Parka versus Black Warrior, Hijo del Perro Aguayo, and Jeff Jarrett, sounds like a hot mess but maybe they’ll come up something to get a crowd reaction.

Terra has an interview with Black Panther & Cachorro. Blue Panther didn’t either of them to wrestle and instead go to school (Black Panther learned nutrition, Cachorro learned acupuncture), but Cachorro wanted to be a luchador since he was young and secretly started lucha libre without telling his dad. Black Panther wasn’t as interested until his father lost his mask.

Rob has highlights of 01/31/14.

Ohtani’s Jacket reviews some recent lucha.

Quick interview with Taya,  and ones with Jack Evans and Jennifer Blake to push Saturday’s TV taping.


CMLL (MON) 04/21/2014 Arena Puebla
1) Black Tiger, Leono, Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Espanto Jr., Fuerza Chicana, King Jaguar
2) Dark Angel, Estrellita, Syuri vs Amapola, La Comandante, Tiffany
3) La Máscara, Stigma, Stuka Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión
4) Asturiano vs Espíritu Maligno, Blue Center [mask, hair]
5) La Sombra, Mistico, Valiente vs Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero

I wonder how they’ll end up doing the triangle match; they’ve historically done a series of singles matches in that istuation.

CMLL (TUE) 04/22/2014 Arena México
1) Bengala & Robin vs Cholo & Inquisidor
2) Angelito, Fantasy, Stukita vs Mercurio, Pequeño Warrior, Pierrothito
3) Dark Angel, Goya Kong, Syuri vs Amapola, La Seductora, Zeuxis
4) Hechicero vs Soberano Jr. [En Busca de un Idolo]
5) Súper Halcón Jr. vs Star Jr. [En Busca de un Idolo]
6) Marco Corleone, Stuka Jr., Tritón vs Terrible, Tiger, Vangellys
7) Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero

Hechicero will have no problem spinning around Soberano. Marco is going to look 8 feet tall next to his partners. Guerreros team up two straight night, maybe at least one will be setting up a title program.

Syuri’s working pretty constantly (so the women are pretty much on every show for the next week.) She’s against Amapola in every match. I wouldn’t rule out Amapola winning the title to set up a quick rematch.

CMLL (TUE) 04/22/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Divino & Virgo vs Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno
2) Magnus & Stigma vs Acertijo & Sádico
3) Gallo, Pegasso, Rey Cometa vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Kamaitachi, Shigeo Okumura
4) Black Panther, Diamante Azul, Sagrado vs Mr. Águila, Ráfaga, Ripper
5) Blue Panther, La Sombra, Valiente vs Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto

Whoever’s putting together these cards seems to believe Averno will still be in CMLL on Tuesday. Maybe he will! Main event might be more about Valiente versus Mephisto either way.

Tercera is the probably 52MX match, an increasingly rare Pegasso/Rey Cometa team up. Arkangel & Gallo again as well.

AAA on Televisa: 2014-03-22


taped 2014-03-16 @ Plaza de Toros La Monumental, Monterrey, Nuevo León


discus forearm of doom

Daga vs Argenis, Australian Suicide, Súper Fly for the AAA World Cruiserweight Championship: Good opener and good job giving Daga something to do. This had good action all the way thru, and (almost) no dumb pinfall broken spots. Argenis was the weak link but had a couple of okay spots. Super Fly looked better than I was expecting, though there’s no way you would’ve known he was meant to be a rudo at this point. Australian Suicide didn’t get a lot to do early but was showcased strongly by the end of the match. Daga held it together and was the right man to get the wins. If they knew how good the discus clothesline spot was going to look, I bet they would’ve ended the match with it. Still, the interference spot was not much and the match still kept going for long enough that Daga seemed impressive for going thru all three opponents.


so many spins

Fénix vs Crazy Boy, Joe Lider, Niño Hamburguesa, Último Gladiador, Pentagón Jr., Steve Pain, Eterno in a domed cage match: A lucha libre hardcore cage match. There were some big spots, they largely didn’t mean anything, people climbed out at random intervals and I was generally bored. I’m pretty certain I would’ve lost my mind had I watched it live after a 45 minute delay, but it was fine enough for what it was on TV much after the fact if way too long. Niño had no problem climbing the ladder to escape, and might have been able to climb down on his own, but AAA sent help even before he tried (at least as we saw it on TV) and it was a very slow descent. He wasn’t the only one who needed the ladder; Crazy Boy made sure to climb up right away before they could destroy it, and Joe Lider struggled escaping too. I couldn’t tell if Pentagon actually lost his grip or meant to do a move from the top of the cage onto Fenix – his later teasing of death via falling off the cage makes me think he meant to do it. It’s almost as if this stipulation made it unnecessarily difficult for the performers. I’ll give the cage one thing, it was pretty hilarious to see Pentagon just easily crawl back in thru on of the wide gaps on the bottom to help out the table spot. He should’ve thought of that sooner!


Pentagon is helpful, unbothered by the cage. (Note the Chessman like luck with the ‘table’)

Cibernético, Electroshock, Psycho Clown vs Jeff Jarrett, Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Texano Jr.: Usual Jarrett goofery. Belts were found and used to slap people in the back. Roldans had issues with each other. Bad wrestling sequences occurred. Karen shrieked a lot, and then less so when I hit the mute button and then got something thrown in her face again. Texano got nearly beat a half dozen times. The whole end game didn’t seem to go right and took longer than normal, but they ended up where they wanted at the end. Jeff losing to Cibernético by guitar shot would make it seem like this was over, but it was actually Jeff losing to Joaquin guitar shot. That means six more months of Roldan/Jarrett feuding.

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