12/31: Accion highlights

CMLL: Avenro, Tarzan Boy, Black Warrior vs Volador Jr., Mistico, Negro Casas from Friday night. Mistico dive (plancha), Mistico headscissors, Mistico fireman’s carry into a headscissors. It’s a bit of him. He rips up Avenro’s mask, and we get the stupid ref cam to see it. There’s the slingshot into a headsicsosrs on the floor. Negro gets in his dive, Volador gets in his dive, Averno ends the madness when Mistico tries a springboard. Averno didn’t even bother to go for a cover after it, he just went for Mistico’s mask and shoved down the refs when they tried to stop him. Almost enough to make you think they’re actually setting up that mask match – but no.

AAA: Four way hair match from GdT. Brazo Jr. runs in and gets into a fight with – Piero of all people. Porky is too fat for the tecnicos to push back in the ring at one point, and that’s quite believable. Porky goes up top for no reason and gets low blowed and powerbomb – he pretty much deserved to lose for that. Oddly, Porky doesn’t seem to bleed in this match. Anyway, Scorpio (who is bleeding) touches five corners, and the idea is Porky attacks him, not realizing it’ll send him in to the sixth buckle (Porky can’t lose his hair clean, that’d be crazy), but Scorpio was getting there a second later anyway so it was dumb. Alan and Scorpio were pretty thrilled.

See you next year.

Misitco/Parka vs Wagner/Bucanero

I was going to do this yesterday, but YouTube’s been very slow about activating my videos…

After the link, I’ve posted the Mistico/La Parka vs Dr. Wagner/Rey Bucanero match from January in Chicago. It’s six parts, so get a snack.

As I write this, part 5 is still not up, and it’s been a day. I dunno. Maybe soon.

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Another just okay segunda match, a long-ish main event – long enough that I should’ve gone back and see if I actually timed it correct – but nothing special here. I predict this will get a 0 for 2 on the F4 show.

Appearances in the last six weeks…
1: Mistico
3: Leono and La Mascara
4: Loco Max and Arkangel
5: Fabian el Gitano
7: Sangre Azteca

I know CMLL’s roster isn’t this small, but it sure seems that way of late. It would improve things dramatically if, instead of showing a segunda with the same guys yet again, they’d mix it up and grab the opening match or the tercera.

speaking of TV: I watched the last half of AAA’s main event today (from the pre-GdT show), and reached two conclusions
– the matches still aren’t good (though seeing Cibernetico Hulk Up, complete with three punches, was entertaining in it’s own way)
– oh my gosh, Cibernetico’s super over. Especially with the girls. Like if there was no one booing Cena.

I mean, it may not be something I want to pay for, but it’s something a lot of people will be paying to see – if they can ride this wave in 2007, they’re going to be doing enormous business. The one missing piece is new opposition if Ricky is gone (or even if he isn’t, at some point it’ll be run into the ground). Shocker would’ve been perfect for this spot if he had stuck around, and Scorpio can’t quite replace him there. Konnan was pushed in a position where he’d normally be next, but obviously that’s not happening, and none of the Sect or TNA guys have built a individual presence that’d make it work. La Parka Jr. ain’t turning rudo. Pirata? Abismo? I dunno.

(FWIW, I think the idea of Bucanero jumping doesn’t work anymore. The spot is gone. Wagner or Silver King might be fun, but I don’t think either of them could stomach working rudo stooge to Cibernetico’s tecnico hero.)

If the Toluca crowd is any fair representation, though, Cibernetico’s so over, it may not matter who he’s facing.

12/30: Mexico, GdR


CMLL (FRI) 12/29 Arena Mexico Results
1) Danger, Flash b Caligula, Messala
2) Amapola, Hiroka, Mima Shimoda b Lady Apache, Marcela, Sahori
3) Felino, Maximo, Virus b Nitro, Okumura, Sangre Azteca
4) Dos Caras Jr., Lizmark Jr., Rey Bucanero b Kenzo Suzuki, Pierroth, Terrible
5) Mistico, Negro Casas, Volador Jr. DQ Averno, Black Warrior, Tarzan Boy

In the main event, Averno and Mistico were left in the ring in the final fall and Averno realized where this one was headed, so he fouled Mistico. That’s a moral victory for Averno, not taking La Mistica. Mistico vowed to take Averno’s mask and belt in 2007. I dunno about that, but I do know they’ll have a singles match as the main event of next week’s Arena Mexico show (which may or may not be aired.)

Semimain had a weird first fall finish – everyone counted out. Tecnicos won 2 and 3, so they won the match 2-0-1. I wonder what strategy you use for that third fall, knowing the worst case scenario is a tie. (Not that strategizing actually happened.)

Ovaciones says Amapola challenged Lady Apache after the rudas won the women’s match, CMLL says it was Hiroka. They’re just running a revenge trios match next week anyway.

Next week’s DF cards are up on CMLL.com. The highlight is Mistico/Averno, but Sunday’s coliseo semimain – Volador, Felino, Sagrado vs Averno, Mephisto, Alex Koslov – could be a nice one.

Airing on Guerreros del Ring
12/22 Mexico: Arkangel, Loco Max, Okumura b Fabian el Gitano, Leono, Tony Rivera
12/25 Coliseo: Pierroth, Sangre Azteca, Terrible b Mictlan, Sagrado, Texano Jr.


Site layout change

As teased a ways back, I’ve finally overhauled the look of the site. I hope you like it. I do, so that’s something. The design is based on one from Movalog’s Style Generation, but I’ve done a fair bit of tweaking.

It’s only the blog section that’s changed (all the database pages are white, until I break down and change the style sheets there). Old links to old posts still should work, but eagle eye posters should know the main permalinks have changed. One slight addition are daily archive posts; if you’re researching something, and want to know I was writing about on a certain day, you just need to go to http://thecubsfan.com/cmll/updates/year/mm/dd/ (with actual date info, of course) to get an index of all posts from that day.

There’s a few things here besides the cosmetic that I want to point you towards, just to make sure you see ’em.

tags: at the end of each post, you may see a running list of names or places or events with links. If you click on them, they’ll bring you a search page of all posts where I’ve included that tag. For the most part, the tags only go back to November, and I’m not sure when/if I’ll redo them before that time (there’s just not an easy way to do it, as far as I’ve found.) It’s interesting if you’re just tracking back what’s been going on with one person or a title belt. All of the tags have their own RSS feeds, so if you’re just a fan of a particular foreigner who comes by and wants to be notified whenever there’s news about them, you can just grab the feed and get updates.

cheat sheet: The left and middle columns are basically every place I’m currently checking for news each day (though I don’t know if I’ll keep it updated). As you can see, there was a day where I gave up believing in google to grab lucha articles from papers, and started tracking all the El Sol papers myself. Reading thru 30 sports sections for 3-5 lucha articles a day is about what you’d think it’d be. The right column is a quick look at the non-news subsections I’m writing for the site, including the most recent TV Recaps, Weekly Lineups, Chicago Lucha shows, and a hourly updated list of the latest new/updated lucha lineups from the database. About half of the lineups/results I get don’t make it to the news updates, because they’re too minor or trival to clutter up the main page, but if you want to know them all, the last day of entries will always be updated there (and of course, I’ve got a RSS feed for that too.)

I don’t know if anyone (besides me) is going to use either of these things, but they’re there.

Comments: This version of MovableType has ditched the pop up comment entry – the comment link now points you to the already posted comments, and you’ll have to scroll down to the Post Comment boxes to add you’re own. I’m fine with it, but I’m not the one writing comments. If this is immensely annoying, let me know and I’ll work on it.

I’m sure there are a few things here and there I don’t have quite looking right – if there’s something that’s not working for you or just doesn’t seem like I probably intended it to be, leave a comment on this post or e-mail me.

The usual TV/Mexico round up should be up later today, and to celebrate today, I’m going to take care of another long teased bit later. (Thanks to another new feature – pre-scheduled posts.)

Thanks for visiting the site.

(I’ll miss the purple.)

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12/29: Coliseo, Gudalajara, AAA, Tijuana, SLP, Monterrey


CMLL (TUE) 12/26 Arena Coliseo Results
1) Karissma, Sombra de Plata b Carrona, Vaquero
2) Sensei, Starman, Valiente b Artillero, Super Comando, Zayco
3) Apocalipsis, Dr. X, Ramstein b Fabian el Gitano, Leono, Tony Rivera
4) Nitro, Sangre Azteca, Terrible b Danger, Texano Jr., Virus
5) Averno, Mephisto, Olimpico b Heavy Metal, Negro Casas, Sagrado

Odd to see Karissma working tecnico. Carrona is an unmasked guy who can never seem to face the camera when they’re taking a picture. Danger replaced Mictlan – CMLL hasn’t posted anything on his injury. Terrible cheated to help his team win that match. You see how Averno won the main event.

This would be the perfect time of year to run an Arena Coliseo Tag Team Title tournament.

CMLL (TUE) 12/26 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara Results
1) Virgo b Impostor
2) Neon b Flama
3) Antrax b Valentin Mayo
4) Nube Roja b Danger (Guadalajara)
5) Egipcio b Super Maquian
6) El Gallo, Metro II DQ Mascara Magica, Toxico
7) Hijo de Pierroth, Okumura, Pierroth b Rayman, Rey Bucanero, Satanico

In the main event, Rayman had Pierroth pinned, but there was no ref. Someone from the crowd pounded the mat three times, and Rayman assumed that must’ve been the ref. Pierroth fouled him and got the win.

AAA LG (WED) 12/27 Unidad Deportiva Miguel Aleman Valdez Results [El Sol de Bajio]
1) Enigmatica L Polvo de Estrellas and May Flowers and Cinthia Moreno and Rossy Moreno and el Piero [cage, hair]
2) Charly Manson b Zorro [MEX HEAVY]
3) El Elegido, La Parka Jr. b Abismo Negro, Chessman

Before the show, the first match was listed with just the Morenos and the Exoticos, and I was amazed they were actually having a ‘star’ lose their hair at a spot show. Apparently, I’m a mark.

BAJA (MON) 12/25 Auditiro de Tijuana Results [the gladiatores]
1) Phantom, TG Power, Spank b Mascara Negra, Wama, El Galeno
2) King Azteca, Fobia, Pandillero II, Fabuloso Hernandez, Karisma, Cien Caras Jr., Pierroth Jr. b Pandillero I, Tornado Negro [blindfold, sf]
3) Pandillero I DRAW Tornado Negro [blindfold, final]
4) Angel Blanco Jr. b Super Astro [WWA MIDDLE]
5) Rey Misterio Sr., Hijo de Rey Misterio b Super Parka, Nicho
6) Mil Mascaras, Rayman, Shocker DQ Damian 666, Halloween, Mr. Aguila

The 2/3 matches were probably just supposed to be one – it was one of an escape elimination match (you pin someone, you’re leave) with everyone wearing blindfolds. The last two guys somehow ended up in a draw. The writer called it ‘the match of the year’, not because it was that good, but because it seemed to go that long. The Blanco/Astro match was good and there were apuesta challenges in the Misterio/Nicho/Parka match.

indy (MON) 01/01 Arena Mexico San Luis Potosi Lineup [Sol de SLP]
1) Sombra del Misterio vs Leopardo [Centro WELTER]
2) Cholo Mayor, Danys Boy, Lagarto vs Tigre del Ring, Mensajero, Creazy Star
3) Sabu Jr., Black Fantasy, Fuerza Maligna vs Super Liger, Goblin, Brujo Cosmico [Centro TRIOS]

indy (SUN) 01/02 Arena Coliseo Monterrey Lineup
1) Burrito vs Corazon Adicito
2) La Kalaka & Nacho Libre vs Ejecutor & Mixteco
3) Golden Boy vs Vudu
4) Mascara Pupura vs The Beast
5) Estrella Dorada Jr. vs Potro Jr.
6) Pancho Tequilla vs Humberto Garza Jr.
7) Dulce Poly vs Bandida [FILL FEMENIL]

The Beast’s manager? La Bella. They’ve been doing a mixed tag feud involving the two women in the main event, but it’s surprising (to me, anyway) that it ends up with the women and not the men in a big match.

This is the odd picture of someone in an Olimpico mask on the main page of Bell South‘s website. It’s a teaser for a Weird Jobs article, but they don’t list “luchador”.

12/28: Mistico, IWRG


Ovaciones has a story about Mistico jumping to AAA. It’s a joke. (Do not sound the funk alarm.) They did this last year and Dave Meltzer ended up falling for it, so that’s something to look forward to.

Here’s what a random google found, FWIW:

December 28, Day of the Holy Innocents, is a religious commemoration of King Herod’s ordering the slaughter of all male infants in his kingdom, intended to include the Christ Child. In Mexico it is celebrated as day akin to April Fool’s, an occasion for jokes and pranks. The usual tactic is to approach a friend and ask to borrow cash or some object of value. If fooled by the ploy, the victim may be given a candy or silly gift in return, along with much joking and name calling. So beware or you may find yourself titled Fool Saint for a day!

Ovaciones also has a story about Atlantis taking a vacation to Salt Lake City, which if in fact true, is also a joke. Actually, if it’s true, I would hope they bring a camera crew with to tape “Atlantis skis – and is a rudo!” skits. I mean, I guess CMLL shorter matches and AAA’s trend towards ‘extreme’ wrestling and other stuff could be voted as “worst development in lucha this year”, but for me, it’s the lack of wacky skits. I have a problem with show long bits that reveal the man under the Shocker mask to be, in fact, Shocker, but I’d be totally down with show long bits of Shocker and Dr. Wagner Jr. bowling and getting a strike in every frame.

IWRG (MON) 12/25 Arena Naucalpan Results [IWRG]
1) Black Stone b Golem
2) Comando Mega, Macho II b Bacteria, Dr. Karonte Jr.
3) Black Terry, Camorra, Supremo Jr. b Freelance, Halcon Salvaje, Star Boy
4) Freelance, Magico, Tony Rivera b Black Power, Estallido, Mascara Ano 2000 Jr.
5) El Hijo del Diablo, Fantasma de la Opera, Veneno b Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro, Suicida [IWRG IC TRIOS]

Veneno got eliminated in the third fall, but resurfaced to pop Cerebro Negro with a chain for the winning pin. IWRG’s results list this as a battle for vacant titles.

IWRG’s taking today off. Yay for them.

IWRG (MON) 01/01 Arena Naucalapan Lineup
1) Golem vs Black Stone
2) Bacteria & Ave Fenix vs Macho II, Comando Mega
3) Turbo, Freelance, Halcon Salvaje vs Supremo Jr., Avisman, Black Thunder
4) Suicida, Dr. Cerebro, Cerebro Negro vs Black Terry, Fantasma de la Opera, Camorra
5) Mr. Niebla, Negro Navarro, Leono vs Mascara Ano 2000 Jr., Okumura, Veneno

Looks like all the Sunday shows are being moved to Monday again.

AAA LG (WED) 12/27 Unidad Deportiva Miguel Aleman Valdez Lineup [El Sol del Bajio]
1) May Flowers vs Polvo de Estrellas vs Rossy Moreno vs Cinthia Moreno [hair]
2) Zorro vs Charly Manson
3) El Elegido, La Parka Jr. vs Abismo Negro, Chessman

12/30, 31 Lucha Times

Chui’s TV wrapup for last week is here. And Victor’s back, recapping CMLL FSE and AAA TV.

No New Year’s pre-emptions.

AAA on GalaUS: 11/30 taping – the last show before Guerra de Titanes
CMLL GdR: One last Fabian el Gitano match for the year. And probably Mistico.

CMLL FSE: Taking it’s own winter break. They’ve got this week’s episode listed as a repeat, and it’s off the schedule until 01/21 after this week.

If it airs like normal this week, I’m still not sure. Maybe another women’s title match, and then some random match. They could move the Mistico match here and air the Volador/Averno match on GdR if it’s not airing on CMLL TV.

AAA on GalaMex: Best of Part 2 leading up to Muerte/Parka mask match?
CMLL on GalaMex: top 3 matches from this weekends show? Best of? Averno/Volador? not sure.

12/27: Monterrey, Puebla, IWRG

indy (TUE) 12/26 Arena Coliseo Monterrey Lineup
1) Burrito b Mini Burrito
2) Nuacho Libre b Sobra Sky
3) Vudu b La Kalaka
4) Golden Boy b Ejecutor
5) Mascara Purpura b Bestia
6) Estralla Doradad Jr. b Potro Jr.
7) Pancho Tequila & La Bndida b Humberto Garza Jr., Dulce Poly

I guess Purpura is back ‘home’ for the holidays.

CMLL (MON) 12/25 Arena Puebla Results [box y lucha via KrisZ]
1) Ares, Karissma b Fenix, Iron
2) Bobby Jack, Espiritu Maligno, Siki Osama b Astro Boy, the Tiger, Zigma
3) India Sioux, Lady Apache, Marcela b Amapola, Hiroka, Rosa Negra
4) Batman, Lizmark, Mictlan, Sagrado DQ Pierroth, Skandalo, Terrible, Yankee Star
Mictlan took a powerbomb on the outside and laid there. I guess they thought he was just selling it big, because it was ten minutes before they checked on him and strechered him out.
5) Atlantis, Terrible, Universo 2000 b Heavy Metal, Negro Casas, Sagrado

This post says someone said Mictlan suffered a Cervical Fracture. All reports on the show say the arena puebla staff was woefully unprepared and unreactive to the injury.

Ovaciones mentions the main event results for the last couple IWRG shows.

on Thursday: Coco Verde beat Dr. Cerebro for his hair in the finals of the cage match
on Monday: Hijo del Diablo, Veneno, Fantasma de Opera beat Dr. Cerebro, Cerebro Negro, and Suicida for the IWRG IC Trios Titles. Those belts were previously held by Veneno, Cerebro Negro and Scorpio Jr., so I guess this was a(n unannounced) decision match for the belts.