IWRG, Terrible & Texano, Incognito

IWRG (THU) 12/10 Arena Naucalpan [The Gladiatores via Luchando Libre]
1) Dinamita Kid b Keshin Black
2) Avisman & Gringo Loco b Gemelo Fantastico I & Gemelo Fantastico II
3) Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro b Freelance, Ultramán Jr., Zatura
4) Negro Navarro, Trauma I, Trauma II DQ Barba Roja, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan Jr.
5) Angelico, Bushi, Pantera b Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro

Trauma II unmasked and tossed it to Hijo de Piarata to draw the DQ. Attendance looks bad, and it’s blamed on the first leg of the Apertura 2009.

From reading some articles on the La Vanguardia site, they might have been broadcasting part of a Perros del Mal show in a Satillo yesterday. The only thing they have of it now is a short clip.

R de Rudos has an interview with Terrible & Texano. Texano says they’re going to NJPW in the early part of 2010 for a rematch versus No Limit, which even I had already figured out.

CMLL’s news page says the Brazo family trio (Maximo, Porky, Mascara) wants to make a run at the trios champs. This would probably come to Mascara, currently a trios champion. Maybe they mean the national champions, which currently are Sangre Azteca, Dragon Rojo, and A Person Who No Longer Exists So Stop Asking Questions About Him, but they’re stuck in line behind the Cerebro Terribles for that one, and the line ain’t moving.

Mas Lucha, a blog I was unfamiliar with until WagnerMania linked to them, says Incognito will be getting tryouts on WWE’s next trip thru Texas (12/14 – fixed!). Incognito says he will demand to go straight to the main WWE roster, and not go to developmental like Dos Jr. Good luck on that.

The AAA movie’s started to get promoted, with the release under a month away. In interviews about the movie, Cibernetico makes the case that this movie is more serious than the Santo movies, because they fight robots instead of vampires. I might have selectively quoted him there. Releases outside of Mexico will be announced sometime after the premiere.

AAA posted a video interview with the producer of the AAA video game. I think I caught them talking about how many people would be in the game, and the producer saying that wasn’t locked down at this point.

Cronicas y Leyendas writes about Vampiro in el Toreo and Tamba the flying elephant.

Kidnapped by Ninjas has a review of UWA classics

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update, including a three way match for the NWA Title.

SuperLuchas #344 has results from Guerra de Titanes.

CMLL (TUE) 12/15 Arena Mexico
1) Astro Boy & Bengala vs Cholo & Zayco
2) Fabián el Gitano, Metatrón, Tigre Blanco vs Inquisidor, Puma King, Tiger Kid
3) Ángel Azteca Jr., Ángel de Oro, Ángel de Plata vs Cancerbero, Pólvora, Raciel
4) Fuego, Sagrado, Stuka Jr. vs Sangre Azteca, Vangelis, Virus
5) Blue Panther, La Sombra, Metro vs Dragon Rojo Jr., Felino, Negro Casas

Metro in the main event! Fuego in the semimain! The ex-Romans in the tercera! Guadalajara’s Metatron making a cameo! They’re not charging full price for this show, as amazing as that seems. (Actually looks pretty good, but no one is going.) Poor Astro Boy must hate life, being stuck in the opener even on this show.

No full Friday lineup yet, but Ras de Lona had it as Super Sky Team vs Terrible/Tarzan/Mephisto.

day after thoughts about Guerra de Titanes

Update: Fuego en el Ring has photos from the AAA FMLL show – and no Fabi Apache. Estrellita was in her place. Fabi most likely didn’t get her hair cut, and just won’t be around in AAA for a while to hide it.

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Over in Google Reader, I have 160+ unread links to check out. (Insert sad face here.) The news update may take a little while, so let’s spin things off to smaller posts where possible.

Couple talking points from Guerra de Titanes, most of which have been discussed a bunch in the comments.

– At least in front of the crowd in Ciudad Madero on Friday, Fabi Apache did not get her head shaved. She did get some hair clipped in front of the crowd, which may have just been some hair extensions. It’s possible they did shave her head in the back, but no one’s seeing it.

About the time you’re reading this, the AAA show is closing out the Festival Mundual de Lucha Libre, and one of the big matches was supposed to be that Fabi & Aero vs Billy & Sexi apuesta match. It’s going to be pretty hard to Fabi to disguise having a full head of hair in two days if she didn’t get it shaved and it’ll illustrate how little AAA cares about their hair/mask stips, in a mask/stip match. We’ll know what happened here pretty quick – either Fabi shows up in GDL shaved, or she didn’t get cut. If Mari or someone else subs, she’s disappearing for long enough to “grow the hair back” which she hasn’t lost.

Fabi losing to Sexi is still a really dumb move – it’s a surprise to do a surprise, not something that helps AAA in any other way. The only think I can think of is this as a response to the situation around Charly walking out – AAA’s showing it’s wrestler they maintain the right to have anyone lose their hair/mask whenever they want. Which doesn’t work if Fabi still has hair, but no one said this would work.

– I still like the finish of Mesias using the illegal move to win the match over Dr. Wagner, but do agree that they could’ve done a lot better job of building to it.

Looking back at it now, it’s pretty clear AAA must’ve decided on that finish the same time there was the blurb in the Observer about Teddy getting yelled at for using all those piledrivers. They must’ve known they were going to use that in a few weeks, and decided they cared enough to make sure it was enforced.

Maybe that was sort of wrong move – they really needed to establish the illegal-ness of it above else. If Teddy or someone else did a piledriver, and got a DQ, and everyone got to talk about how it’s a horrible move, that might’ve be stronger. As it was, it’s kinda of like how AAA uses captains rules as a similar cheap finish out – they’ve long stopped explaining them, and they very rarely even announce anyone as a captain, unless it’s a week where they feel like doing a fake out finish for whatever reason. (CMLL’s “DQ for throwing a guy over the top rope” is a similar deal – it never comes up unless they need a cheap DQ.) People who pay way close attention and know what’s going on may understand it, but AAA needs to work it’s finish to a broader fan base than that.

Alternate idea: finish should’ve been a foul. Or a mask pull.

I really want to see the match before I make any decision on that. As usual, we’re waiting to do year end until at least mid January, when we might have seen most of the 2009 year stuff. I think there might be a few things on this show which get votes.

– So World Champion Mesias has to beat the WWE’s Carlito, right? (Assuming Carlito is even the WWE’s Carlito by that point…)