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.
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