First Trios finalist, Garza/Atlantis, Santo/Demon/Misterio

CMLL (TUE) 12/22 Arena Mexico [Cesar, ESTO]
1) Cholo & Ramstein b Principe & Súper Camaleón
2) Leono, Pegasso, Rey Cometa b Apocalipsis, Puma King, Tiger Kid
3) Máscara Dorada, Metro, Stuka Jr. b Arkangel de la Muerte, Loco Max, Skándalo [MEX TRIOS, quarterfinal]
4) Euforia, Pólvora, Virus b Ángel Azteca Jr., Ángel de Oro, Ángel de Plata [MEX TRIOS, quarterfinal]
5) Máscara Dorada, Metro, Stuka Jr. b Euforia, Pólvora, Virus [MEX TRIOS, semifinal]
6) Hijo del Fantasma, Shocker, Toscano DQ Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto

Tecnicos won the first fall, and the rudos fouled Shocker in the second. Rough holiday season for Shocker.

The team that had never teamed before and has nothing in particular in common won the tournament. CMLL! They go onto face whoever is in next week’s bracket, and hope to join such prestigious units as Maximo, Texano & Sagrado, and Safari, Olimpico and Mr. Niebla. (I still think, relative to other recent holders of these titles, Poder Mexica was actually a successful trio. Which says a lot more about how these titles have been used than Poder Mexica.)

Cholo won with the Cholo Clutch. Cholo has a finish?

CMLL (TUE) 12/22 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Fuego en el Ring]
1) Meteoro & Virgo b Katana & Skaxy
2) Ebola & Exterminador b Hierro & Relampago Azul
3) Asesino Negro & Infierno b Drago & Ráfaga
4) Fuego, Máximo, Volador Jr. b Dragon Rojo Jr., Misterioso II, Sangre Azteca
5) Héctor Garza b Atlantis

Despite the referee helping Atlantis, Hector still took the main event. Semimain sounds Maximo-rific.

I finally understand Sunday’s IWRG main event after reading The Gladiatores recap of the show. It was unannounced father/son six way battle. All the sons would started together, and the fathers would take their son’s place when they were eliminated.

Eliminations went
1) Hijo del Pantera (nice debut!)
2) Exodia
3) Olimpico – got injured on a dive and had to be taken out
4) Mascara Ano 200 0 Jr.
5) Trauma I
6) Hijo del Pirata Morgan
7) Hijo del Canek
8) Mascara Ano 2000 Jr.
9) Pantera
10) Negro Navaro
11) Pirata Morgan – only after the Canek/Pirata kids fought again, and perhaps with some illegalness

This seems to be setting up Pirata vs Canek in a title match, not a swell idea. Honestly, it’s Pirata Morgan who didn’t look so good on the IWRG TV I’ve seen (though he was facing Porky.)

The Gladiatores also have a report from the first Expo Mascaras.

CMLL’s Twitter says Camorra will be out two months, after getting hurt on Friday.

A friend of Incognito’s posted his new WWE contract on Box y Lucha. He’s going to FCW. Lesson one of being a success in WWE: do not have people take pictures of your contract for message boards (or magazines.) Hope he does well.

I had it wrong yesterday; Perros del Mal will be on TVC Deportes on Saturday, but it’s the Arena Neza show, not the one from the Acapulco.

9News Denver talks to the local lucha libre promotion.

DJ Spectro has his best rudo of 2009 and another toreno de la muerte.

Estrellas del Ring looks back at the year in IWRG and the year in DTU. LuchaMania’s forum has the year in LLU. AAA starts it’s look back at 2009 in January, which I guess makes the most sense.

Mask Mania celebrates Christmas Eve with a combo Nitro, Dr. X and Sangre Azteca mask.

Kcidis has a great Hijo del Fantasma/Sangre Azteca cartoon.

Ras de Lona #77 has interviews with the stars of the 2009. I swear, I had no idea what Valiente was doing on this show there until they showed the footage of him winning the middleweight title. Just a blip in my mind.

SPARTAN (SUN) 12/27 Auditorio Municipal de Tampico [SuperLuchas]
1) King Boy & Octagoncito vs Payasito Diabolico & Piratita Morgan
2) Mercurio & Oro Negro vs Loco Castillo & Redentor
3) Huracan Ramriez Jr. & Ultramán Jr. vs Cien Caras Jr. & Super Parka
4) Blue Demon Jr. vs El Hijo Del Santo, Hijo de Rey Misterio [NWA HEAVY]

Poster actually lists the match as for the NWA Light Heavyweight Championship, which is Texano’s title. Or maybe it’s one of the other guys has a Light Heavyweight title that’s actually being defended here? Santo has welterweight titles, but maybe Hijo del Rey has a random title that they’re confusing here.

the top 6 stories of the last two weeks

AAA held it’s last major show of the year, Guerra de Titanes Mesias finally won back the AAA Heavyweight Championship from Dr. Wagner Jr., Konnan and the Legion destroyed Cibernetico (again) in a street fight, and Sexi Star upset Fabi Apache to save her mask and take Fabi’s hair. Well…

Fabi Apache didn’t actually get her hair cut – (slow two weeks) Fabi got her hair cut in front of the live crowd in Madero, with the idea she was going backstage to get it shaved. Two days later, Fabi was wrestling in Guadalajara wearing a cap, which came off during the match to reveal a normal looking short hair cut. AAA pretends none of this ever occurred.

In other matches at a successful Guadalajara Lucha Libre Festival, Mistico won a random title, and Super Muneco & Axxel beat two Payasos.

AAA debuted new version of the Vipers; in one of the few notable occurrences of AAA’s last taping of the year, AAA showed off a new Psicosis and a new Histeria and added new character Amnesia (along with already existing Black Abyss.) Psicosis is strongly suspected to be indy wrestler Toxico, and his occasional partner Paranoiko is likely one of the other two. The new Vipers immediately got into a feud with the still undefeated Psycho Circus – perhaps they might be the ones to end the streak.

Rey Bucanero returned to Arena Mexico, wrestling his first match since May. Bucanero needed knee ligament work, attributed to damage done in his last match (a title match versus Ephesto; that feud hasn’t been brought up since his return.)

CMLL vacates the Mexican National Trios Titles, due to Black Warrior disappearing off the face of the earth. CMLL listed a tournament for the titles, but didn’t bother to explain what was going on for about three days.

50 year old lucha libre Arena Isabel de Cuernavaca closed down. The shows weren’t drawing enough for the promoter, who sold the building to a religious group.

Special Recognition: Strong Man pulls a bus

Other notes: Perros del Mal had a show in Acapulco, taped for TVC Deportes…Charly Manson defended the Mexican Heavyweight championship for the first time in a few years…Mistico, Hijo del Fantasma, Stuka Jr., and Fuego successfully defend their titles…Captian Muerte and Pierko el Boricua lose their masks,

AAA #913 (11/21)

taped at Domo de la Feria de Leon on 10/19/2009

Joe Lider & Nicho el Millionario vs Decnnis & Extreme Tiger – I’ve got no problem with this feud, except the part where Hijo de Tirantes has started to go hyper annoying about the rudo bits again. This show aired not so long after the Konnan F4 interview where he asked those fans to check on AAA because it’s changed. This match woudl’ve convinced no one of that fact…

Mascarita Divina, Mini Charly Manson, Octagoncito vs Mini Abismo Negro, Mini Histeria, Mini Psicosis – and what’s really unfortuante is most weeks, this would be the opener, and this was SUPERB. AAA MOTYC stuff, right up there with Mesias/Wagner (and another match that I’m forgetting?)

Marco Corleone, Pimpinela Escarlata, Súper Fly vs Rió Bravo, Tigre Cota, Tito Santana – just an OK. It’s weird that every match has to be back and forth – if there was ever a match to be a squash

Fabi Apache & Mari Apache vs Jennifer Blake & Rain – really didn’t get much time, didn’t really see a need for more time. Rain is OK, Blade’s not really working at this point

El Mesías, Jack Evans, La Parka Jr. vs Cibernético, Kenzo Suzuki, Zorro – exactly the match you think it’d be if Hijo de Tirantes is ref.

Dr. Wagner Jr., Electroshock, Silver King, Último Gladiador vs Alex Koslov, Chessman, Konnan, Teddy Hart & part 2 – this was actually pretty close to a squash, come to think of it. It was also 20 minutes, which seemed about 3 times longer than it needed.