UG/Averno to NJPW, Poder Mexica, Puebla

New Japan has posted their final lineup for the 01/04 Tokyo Dome show. Averno & Ultimo Guerrero will be getting a shot at the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team titles, versus current champions Ryusuke Taguchi and Prince Devitt. A title change seems pretty unlikely, but it should be a good match.

The thing is – and I tried to explain this once today and failed so don’t expect much – CMLL is so strict about separation between tecnicos and rudos. So much so they can’t be seen together on all the foreign tour highlights they show, and that the editing pretends they tecnicos and rudos might have taken separate flights all the way from Mexico City to France. Here, in an actual match, two guys who should be feuding will be teaming up and CMLL has no problem with it. I’m not sure if that means they just see rudo/rudo as a different thing, or if they’ve just dropped the Hijo de Avernos/Guerreros feud without telling anyone (and at the oddest time, since Rey Bucanero returning should’ve actually heated it up again.)

Sangre Azteca thinks Poder Mexica is in the tournament for the Mexican Trios championship. Just by the numbers, he might be right, but we’ll see. Meanwhile, Misterioso is demanding a shot at Ultimo Guerrero’s heavyweight championship. Misterioso does seem like he’s moved up weight divisions lately.

The NWA emailed me – and SuperLuchas, apparently – to say the Auditorio Muncipal de Tampico show poster is a fraud. It did seem like a odd way for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship to be defended (though guys like Loco Castillo are regularly in that area and that building), and the NWA would know Blue Demon’s schedule better than the rest of us.

The Gladiatores has interviews with Eduardo Soto & Marcos Medina from EAW, Psicosis II, Capitan Muerte, and Zatura.

AAA has it’s look back at Feburary 2009, including the big Silver King turn on on La Parka Jr., which got paid off with – I dunno. They were both in the cage match, they talked about a mask match, that’s about it.

Estrellas del Ring look at 2009 for Los Pierroths.

Proyeccion Luchistica has his pick for Rudo of 2009.

Cesar previews CMLL’s Christmas Day card. Lineup, I mean. I would like a preview of any lucha holiday greeting card, but I’m thinking no on that one.

CMLL (MON) 12/28 Arena Puebla
1) Black Tiger & Centella de Oro vs Mr. Rafaga & Sauron
2) Apocalipsis, Puma King, Tiger Kid vs Delta, Molotov, Trueno
3) Arkangel de la Muerte, Loco Max, Skándalo vs Ángel Azteca Jr., Ángel de Oro, Ángel de Plata
4) Metro, Sagrado, Valiente vs Dragon Rojo Jr., Euforia, Shigeo Okumura
5) Rey Bucanero, Sangre Azteca, Último Guerrero vs La Máscara, Místico, Shocker

AAA #914 (11/28)

taped at Gimansio Miguel Hidalgo, Poza Rica, Veracruz on 10/30/2009

Crazy Boy, Decnnis, Gato Eveready vs Rió Bravo, Tigre Cota, Tito Santana – still not as good as the early matches were, but Decnnis finally gets a win on the tecnico side. (And promptly vanishes.)

Fabi Apache, Gran Apache, Mari Apache vs Rain, Sexy Star, Teddy Hart – So great. I guess this is not a ***** match by conventional means, but this was 10 minutes of fun. While I’m being crazy – I’d much rather see something like this match again than another Teddy/Jack match. Teddy/Jack holds no surprises (and maybe that can be fixed, but I don’t expect it to be), Teddy versus Mari Apache or Teddy vs Gronda or Teddy vs Monster Clown is surprising and still holds interest to me.

Laredo Kid, Octagón, Súper Fly vs Joe Lider, Mantra, Nicho el Millionario – this is how I will remember Mantra

Marco Corleone, Pimpinela Escarlata, Rocky Romero vs Alex Koslov, Teddy Hart, Zorro – normal Hijo de Tirantes stuff. Points for trying to explain the Zorro/Legion realliance before this, though they really needed to do it in front of the crowd.

Dr. Wagner Jr., Electroshock, Último Gladiador vs El Mesías, Extreme Tiger, La Parka Jr. & part 2 – Amazing booking. Mesias is getting the shot, and maybe they had decided he was going to win the title here – so why does he lose to Wagner’s move (plus a foul) here? Having Roldan give Mesias the title shot makes Mesias look very unworthy. Mesias just got regularly treated like a chump for this whole Wagner title reign, and it wasn’t help a tough sell.

Also, it’s a month later, and I still have no idea why Ultimo Gladiador wrestled with his mask off for a minute, and no one said anything. I still don’t know why he has his mask on! It’s all insane. This is all absurd.