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.

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.

Perros, IWRG, Toryumon, Guadalajara, Puebla

Perros (SAT) 12/19 Unidad Deportiva Acapulco [Estrellas del Ring]
1) Black Spirit & Turbo b Black Thunder & Skayde
2) Leo, Riveiro, Súper Nova b Scorpio, Veneno, X-Fly
3) el Ángel, Gran Alebrije, Oriental b Histeria Xtreme, Mr. Águila, Psicosis Xtreme
4) Damián 666, el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Halloween b Charly Manson, Hijo del Lizmark, LA Park

X-Fly ran in the main event, attacking Charly to set up Damian’s pin. This is to set up a Charly vs X-Fly match, which will not draw as much as Heroes en Inmortales did, I predict.

This show was taped, and will air…on TVC Deportes. Which is a perfectly fine station (it works for Crazy Boy), and probably would’ve been better than not being on the air much for the last year, but a couple steps lower than what seemed to be originally proclaimed here.

Not sure what happened to the minis match.

IWRG (SUN) 12/20 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (photos), Black Terry Jr. (results)]
1) Guizmo b Comando Negro
2) Maldito Jr. & Samoth b Alan Extreme & Miss Gaviota
3) Black Terry, Trauma I, Veneno b Angelico, Bushi, Freelance
4) Canek b Pirata Morgan, Negro Navarro, Máscara Año 2000, Olímpico, Pantera

Olimpico got hurt on a dive in the main event. This will all air two Saturday’s from now, but you can see the openers over at Black Terry Jr.’s YouTube channel.

Toryumon (SUN) 12/20 Sala de Armas de Ciudad Deportiva [The Gladiatores via Luchando Libre]
1) Bizarro & Daga b Eterno & Sangre Latina
2) Lluvia & Marcela b Amapola & La Nazi
3) Trauma II b Hijo de Medico Asesino, Hijo del Signo, Ulises Jr., Hijo de Solar, Rolling Jr., Astro Boy II, Junya Hiratsuka [Young Dragon Cup]
4) Brazo de Oro, Solar I, Starman b Black Terry, Negro Navarro, Veneno
5) Juventud Guerrera b Angelico [NWE CRUISER]

Unlike previous years, Young Dragons Cup was a single cibernetico. More photos here.

CMLL (SUN) 12/20 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Fuego en el Ring]
1) Javier Cruz Jr. b Anguila
2) Nube Roja b In Memoria
3) Angelo & Idolo b Acertijo & Mr. Trueno
4) Astaroth & Neutrón b León Blanco & Rey Trueno
5) Ángel de Oro & Ángel de Plata b Máscara Mágica & Ráfaga
6) Hijo del Fantasma, La Máscara, Volador Jr. DQ Averno, Dragon Rojo Jr., Mephisto

Mephisto yanked off Volador’s mask. Maybe they’ll mix it up here and do Mephisto/Volador instead of Averno/Volador. The most slight of all possible changes. Ephesto missed the show, which caused Dragon Rojo to work the main event and Rafaga to take his place in the semimain.

CMLL (MON) 12/21 Arena Puebla [Fuego en el Ring]
1) Ares, Barbaro I, Espiritu Maligno b Blue Center, King Jaguar, Milenium
2) Guerrero Maya Jr., Starman, Tony Rivera b Artillero, Durango Kid, Súper Comando
3) Metro, Rouge, Stuka Jr. b Euforia, Pólvora, Virus
4) Hijo del Fantasma b Sangre Azteca [CMLL MIDDLE]
5) Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas b La Máscara, Místico, Volador Jr.

In the main, Mr. Niebla took the ref, and Felino and Negro fouled Mistico & Volador for the win. Title match saw Sangre win the first, but Fantasma take the last two, finishing the match with a bridging back suplex. Need to get an updated count of how many consecutive title matches they’ve gone now without a change; seems to be in double digits.

Cancerberos debut here, lose. CMLL must think that works to get rudo acts over. Segunda went straight falls. Milenium was hurt in the opener.

Today, CMLL got around to explaining the deal with the Mexican Trios tournament. They announced this tournament on Saturday, so that’s four days later. Absurd, but that’s CMLL.

Anyway, it appears to be an eight team tournament. Today’s matches will be Block A, with more matches next Tuesday, and the tournament final for the Dia de Reyes 01/06 special show. No idea who the other four teams, or if the new Poder Mexica will be involved. (The website update isn’t even too clear on Black Warrior’s status – he’s just disappeared, according to them. Can’t you at least make something up?)

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Without knowing the other side, this is a tough guess, but I would figure the Cancerberos as the favorites, with the Angels behind.

SuperLuchas points towards Fabi Apache explaining her hair on Tercera Caida. I wonder if the interviews were done before the matches (Fabi’s shown wrestling with her new hair cut), because Fabi repeatedly talks about how professional she is and her father is and her whole family is and you’d figure she’d try a different tactic if she knew everyone had seen her hair. This all reflects badly on everyone involved, but it’s 9 days later, AAA is choosing to pretend nothing out of the ordinary here and I don’t expect it to change. This is who AAA is, just like listing a tournament for titles without actually explaining the titles are vacant is who CMLL is. Maybe sometimes we forget what these companies are, and it’s nice of them to give us some reminders.

Silver King tells Fuego en el Ring that he had a three year deal offer from Japan, but decided he must stay in Mexico at the moment to settle his business there. He says Dr. Wagner III is super good, but hope he starts slow just like Dr. Wagner Jr. Silver King’s own son is studying for his legal career and will be allowed to take up the name after he finishes his education.

AAA says Chessman debuted a new look on the last TV taping. Not sure that changing looks right before a movie comes out with you in the old look is the time to be making changes, but OK.

Zorro will be interviewed on radio show Te Deas o Te Rindes at 10pm tonight.

The Gladiatores have thoughts about the FMLL shows (very good point at the end – why weren’t there any Guadalajara wrestlers on the Guadalajara based show?), Cocolores proving he’s the real owner (why does the letterhead say Pachuca and the letter say Guadalajara? Also, my new mission in life is to get an actual letter from the Box Y Lucha commission) and bios for Kapazo & Antoracha

Perros del Mal has results only for it’s opener off it’s TV taping last Friday, so far.

Leyendas y Cronicas writes about Harley Race and Peter Maivia in Mexico.

DJ Spectro picks the best semifinalist of 2009.

Ohtani’s Jacket is disappointed by the lack of matchup mixing in Rambo/Solar vs Black Terry/Negro Navarro.

The latest edition of Dos de Tres has sections on AAA’s movie and video game. I would like to see that, though not as much the “Sexy Santa” advertised on the cover.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

IWRG has run it’s last Thursday show of the year – they’re going to be running Fridays for the next two weeks. No break, which is a bit unusual.

IWRG (FRI) 12/25 Arena Naucalpan
1) Dinamic Black vs Keshin Black
2) Gemelo Fantastico I & Gemelo Fantastico II vs Hijo del Signo & Vampiro Metálico
3) Freelance, Trauma I, Trauma II vs Arlequin Amarillo, Arlequin Negro, Arlequin Rojo
4) Angelico, Bushi, Ultramán Jr. vs Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo, Gringo Loco
5) Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro vs Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro [IWRG IC TRIOS]

Traumas appear to be rudos on the weekdays and tecnicos on the weekends. I can identify with that.

This is try #2 for the Cerebro Terribles at these titles. The last chance? Last Christmas.

IWRG (SUN) 12/27 Arena Naucalpan
1) Dragon Fly vs Keshin Black
2) Dinamic Black & Imperial vs Alan Extreme & Hijo del Signo
3) Diva Salvaje, Jack, Maldito Jr. vs Arlequin Amarillo, Arlequin Negro, Arlequin Rojo
4) Eragon, Exodia, Freelance vs Gringo Loco, Maldito Jr., Samoth
5) Angelico, Suicida, Zatura vs Trauma I, Trauma II, Veneno

Gringo Loco on Teleformula! My money is well spent.

IWRG (FRI) 01/01 Arena Naucalpan
1) Avisman & Flama Infernal vs Eragon & Volaris
2) Trauma I & Trauma II vs Dr. Cerebro & Gringo Loco
3) Alan Extreme & Black Terry vs Keshin Black & Veneno and Comando Negro & Oficial 911 and Cerebro Negro & Hijo del Signo and Bushi & Guerrero 2000 and Chico Che & Guizmo and Freelance & Imperial [torneo]

It’s not called such, but this is basically an IWRG Gran Alternativa tournament. Should be interesting.

IWRG (SUN) 01/03 Arena Naucalpan
1) Dinamic Black vs Comando Negro
2) Gemelo Fantastico I & Gemelo Fantastico II vs Alan Extreme & Hijo del Signo
3) Bushi, Eragon, Jack vs Maldito Jr., Samoth, Tóxico
4) Exodia, Hijo del Pantera, Ultramán Jr. vs Pirata Morgan, Trauma I, Trauma II
5) Pantera, Scorpio Jr., Zatura vs Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Máscara Año 2000, Veneno

First match I’ve seen listed with Hijo del Pirata. Toxico is still listed as working here. Please note, there’s no way a two week out IWRG lineup will ever be 100% correct.

indy (FRI) 12/25 Arena Azteca Budokan [Jlazaor]
1) Elemento & Muerte Bucanero vs Genesis & Principe Zarac
2) Galactico, Rey Dragon, Skayderman vs Brozo, Dr. Jenquils, Maquina de la Muerte
3) Espectrito I, Mini Cibernetico, Pequeño Halloween vs Mini Apache, Mini Oriental, Sexi Ruby
4) La Chola, Rossy Moreno, Valentina vs Diosa de Oro, Flor Metalica, Mujer Demente
5) Charly Manson, Dr. Wagner III, Groon XXX vs Histeria, Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Oriental

Dr. 3’s debut.

CMLL FSE #170 (11/07)

taped Arena Coliseo, 11/01/2009

No links – I got this off a Lover_Ice straight file rip, so I don’t have YouTube links handy. Not really a show to go out of your way to see, anyway. Opener got an appalling amount of time and didn’t have much to it; tough to get read on people in 5 minutes. Main event felt mailed in and got bad at points.

I just realized now, looking back and this (and in real time, having just watched this week’s Guerreros del Ring) that CMLL/MVS has likely been showing the same edecanes dancing music video for two months. That’s kinda odd, especially given how hard they work for (pointless) new content in other parts of teh show.

Luchador 6K, Sunday lineup

MONKEEEEEEEEEEY/CMLL
MONKEEEEEEEEEEY/CMLL

Black Terry Jr. has photos of the IWRG’s Sunday show, but no results have turned up yet.

Kid Azteca was the bigger winner of the Luchador 6K in Gomez Palacio. Full standings

Lightweight
1) Kid Azteca
2) Ecliptico

Middleweight
1) El Mago
2) Aspid
3) Super Leopardo

Heavyweight
1) El Fenix

The best part about this is the luchadors run a show after.

Al Filo del Ring has holiday wishes from El Hijo del Santo.

Box Y Lucha #2953 has Mistico retaining his title and Cibernetico talking about Konnan. So this could be any issue in the last six months.

Little late on this lineup:

indy (THU) 07/30/1953 Arena Isabel de Cuernavaca [La Jornada]
1) Mishima Ota vs Cavernario II
2) Pedro Bloanos vs Jorge Allende
3) Blue Demon vs Donald Smith
4) Enrique Llanes vs Gran Amenaza
4) El Santo vs Black Shadow [NWA WELTER]

(Which is an odd title match, seeing as Santo lost that title to Demon five days prior. Maybe this was just the advertised lineup?)

Other Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 12/25 Arena Olimpico Laguna de Gomez Palacio
1) Dorado Jr. & Sexy Piscis vs ? & Mr. Guerrero
2) Hijo del Soberano & Piloto Negro vs Astuto & Psycho
3) Ángel de Oro & Ángel de Plata vs Hooligan & Semental
4) Blue Panther & Stuka Jr. vs Euforia & Misterioso II

CMLL (SUN) 12/27 Arena Mexico
1) Astro Boy, Bengala, Freesbe (IWRG) vs Artillero, Disturbio, Súper Comando
2) Fabián el Gitano, Leono, Valiente vs Bronco, Hooligan, Nitro
3) Fuego, Sagrado, Stuka Jr. vs Euforia, Pólvora, Virus
4) Shocker vs Mr. Niebla
5) Máscara Dorada, Místico, Toscano vs Felino, Terrible, Texano Jr.

Singles match. NOT a hair vs mask. Why not, it’ll be fun.

Doesn’t look like the Cancerbros are done with the Arena Coliseo champs yet. Or this may just be the new Tuareg/Angels reoccurring matches based on positioning thing.

Valiente’s awful low. Wonder if maybe it’s supposed to be Principe?

Not really sure which Freesbe this is.

AAA #912 (11/14)

taped at Auditoio Teopanzolco, Cuernavaca on 10/17/2009.

Cuervo, Escoria, Ozz vs El Elegido, La Parka Jr., Pimpinela Escarlata – so, it turns out they did show the Black Family angle. No one was paying attention, because the tecnicos were doing their own fakeup break up angle for no reason (except maybe to make sure the camera stayed on them.) Not that this is going anywhere.

Joe Lider & Nicho el Millionario vs Laredo Kid & Súper Fly – this aborted non-feud was better than I thought. Air Force were not as squashed as they’ve been of late and I wouldn’t have minded seeing the title match.

Cinthia Moreno, Fabi Apache, Mari Apache vs Goddess, Jennifer Blake, Rain – promotion clearly has no plans for Goddess going forward. She actually wasn’t as awful as she was in her last days of CMLL, but they nearly edited off the turn (and made it seem quite inexplicable), then totally edited off her appearance on the next taping. Match wasn’t good and the foreign women aren’t clicking – no problem with Rain, but there’s gotta be something more from Jennifer Blade.

Marco Corleone vs Chessman – the trios Marco Corleone match, only with less people – leapfrogging, beatdown, more leapfrogging. Kinda hoped for more than that. Feels like they could’ve done the surprise reveal of Alex in a more meaningful way – what’s the big deal about Koslov getting reinstated if he’s already getting involved? (The usual bit is the masked heel interferes, making it clear he’s the old heel hiding under a mask, and the tecnicos demand to have them reinstated so they can get revenge. Not so much here.)

Dr. Wagner Jr., Electroshock, Silver King vs Monster Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown – Eh. The idea that Konnan is getting revenge on the guys who left the Legion, and ends up in a feud with the WagnerManiacs, is actually pretty well thought out, though I don’t know that the matches will be much good. (Also, when are they getting revenge on Kenzo?)

UWE, Arena Isabel final show, Monterrey, Arena Mexico, Morgan vs Bucanero?

UWE (WED) 12/16 Arena Lopez Mateos [Al Filo del Ring, SuperLuchas 345]
1) Climax I & Climax II b Barba Negra & Rey Lobo
2) Aguila Solitaria, Ciclón Ramírez, Pantera b Al Rojo Vivo, Escuedro Rojo, Simbolo
3) Cachorro Mendoza, Mogur, Ringo Mendoza DQ Enfermero Jr., Máscara Año 2000, Super Halcon
4) Javier Cruz, Javier Rocca, Javier Valaguez DQ Hombre Bala, Pirata Morgan, Verdugo
5) Carlos Plata, El Dandy, Lizmark Sr. DQ Emilio Charles Jr., Fuerza Guerrera, Sangre Chicana

Carlos Plata replaced El Faron, who got hurt hanging up holiday decorations (but did show up.)  Top 3 matches ending by DQ really makes me feel sad I missed the old days.

CMLL (FRI) 12/18 Arena Isabel Cuernavaca, Morelos [Estrellas del Ring]
1) Demonio Negro, Mosco de la Merced, Signo Jr. b Carta Brava Jr., Drako, Zokar
2) Dalis la Caribeña & Marcela b Amapola & La Nazi
3) Carta Brava Jr. & Halcon Tarin b Demonio Negro & Ice Killer
4) Brazo Cibernetico Jr., Brazo de Oro, Brazo de Platino, Super Brazo b Durango Kid, Ephesto, Euforia, Skándalo
5) El Fantasma, Máscara Dorada, Shocker DQ Felino, Heavy Metal, Negro Casas

Substitutions:

OUT: Hector Garza, Super Porky, Rey Bucanero, Canek, Maximo, Stuka Jr., Valiente, Sangre Azteca, Misterioso II, Loco Max, Muñeca De Plata, Signo Jr.
IN: Fantasma, Mascara Dorada, Felino, Brazo Cibernetico Jr., Ephesto, Euforia, Durango Kid, Carta Barva Jr., Demonio Negro, Dalis La Caribena, Signo Jr., Zokar, Drako

That’s TWELVE no shows. I don’t know what happened here, I don’t know who’s to blame, but someone owes a big apology. If only there was someone involved in the national commission at the the show who could investigate the situation. If only!

Anyway. They can’t be accused of killing the building, because this was already supposed to be the last show here. No one still seems quite sure what the end result will be for this 56 year old home for lucha libre – this newspaper article isn’t sure if it’s being torn down or just being bought by folks who don’t want lucha libre, while another article (who’ve link I seem to have lost) quotes the current owner as saying the building is being bought by religion people, and he’s getting out because the shows aren’t drawing any more – but this is was both the final show and a benefit show for local wrestler Impacto, recently paralyzed. That makes it doubly odd to end the show with Felino fouling Fantasma and yanking off his mask.

CMLL LLA (SAT) 12/19 Arena Monterrey [Estrellas del Ring]
1) Mascarita Dorada & Shockercito b Pequeño Black Warrior & Pequeño Damian 666
2) Stuka Jr. & Valiente b Dragon Rojo Jr. & Sangre Azteca
3) Blue Panther, La Sombra, Máximo DQ Misterioso II, Terrible, Texano
4) Héctor Garza, Místico, Shocker b Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas [semifinal]
5) Atlantis, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero b Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto [semifinal]
6) Último Guerrero b Atlantis, Héctor Garza, Místico, Shocker, Rey Bucanero [LLA CHAMP]

Kinda forget about this show. As they’ve done with previous events here, there was a mini trios tournament to lead to a final elimination match. This time, it was to win a belt that’ll never be mentioned again (as opposed to someone lose a mask or hair.) Eliminations in the final went Rey (by Shocker), Shocker (by Atlantis), Mistico (by Garza!), and Atlantis & UG teamed up to beat Garza. That left Atlantis & UG. Atlantis didn’t want to fight, and Rey suggested sharing the belt as a team, but Guerrero insisted on fighting it out. Ultimo killed his good friend with the Guerrero Special to win the belt, but everyone seemed okay with each other after the match.

CMLL (SUN) 12/20 Arena Mexico [Cesar]
1) Delta & Molotov b Durango Kid & Ramstein
2) Diamante, Pegasso, Rush b Artillero, Disturbio, Súper Comando
3) Amapola, La Comandante, Yezca b Lluvia, Marcela, Star Fire
4) Sagrado, Toscano, Valiente b Rey Bucanero, Sangre Azteca, Shigeo Okumura
5) La Sombra, Místico, Shocker DQ Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas

Mr. Niebla fouled Shocker, then challenged him for a mask vs hair match. Shocker agreed. I can’t even think of a suitable ridiculous thing to dare to do if that match actually occurred next week, but that’s okay because it’s not happening.

In the deciding moment of the semimain, Toscano had Bucanero rolled up, Rey reversed it, and KeMonito waddled over and re-reversed it, putting Toscano back on top of the pin. MONKEEEEEEEEY!

La Comadante is indeed La Nazi, and the story we’re going with is it’s in tribute to Pierroth.

Judging from Black Terry Jr.’s pictures, there was Toryumon show this afternoon, the annual Young Dragon’s Cup. Also, Juvi beat Angelico (with a new belt!) for his NWE Cruiserwieght Title. Which looks a lot more like Solar/Negro Navarro’s title than I previously recall. Huh.

SuperLuchas notes that no one knows what the deal is with the Mexican Trios Titles tournament on Tuesday. In the comments this weekend, Rob noted CMLL gave the impression that Tuesday’s tournament was the entire tournament, those four teams being the whole field. That’s so absurd I could believe CMLL would do it. Ras de Lona only gave the tournament the briefest mention. The more I think about that, the more I believe it means this was decision made late in the week, because Ras de Lona lives to interview people in random tournaments.

What was mentioned on CMLL TV was the Fuerza Guerrera, who mention he’s written an autobiography, but just hasn’t put it out yet because of the economy. Also, a not-so-veiled shot at the CMLL booking crew and find out what Fuerza’s mask colors mean.

In more interviews, Canek says he’s not hurt or retired, his doctor just told him he can only wrestle once a month at the moment (which would seem to mean he’s hurt), and those matches just happen to take place in New Mexico and Texas, so we just haven’t heard about them. Also, he may look less massive, but it’s because he’s on a new diet. I see.

And one more: Pirata Morgan & Rey Bucanero talk about a possible hair match. Morgan explains he wanted to see who’s better, him or his nephew, so now that his nephew is back, they can face off in a triangle match. See, the actual deal is Pirata Morgan and Charly Manson are supposed to have a hair match on Christmas Day, and Pirata notes Rey hasn’t actually asked permission to do this (so it’s not happening.) Rey wants no part of this match, since Pirata is his mentor and all, and would hope that Charly would lose if they faced off.

AAA has bios up for Histeria III, Psicosis III and Amnesia.

Perro Aguayo Jr. thinks the Perros del Mal are sweepign the entire industry.

DJ Spectro has his pick for tag team of the year, and another recap of Friday’s AAA TV taping.

Cronicas Y Leyendas look back at Black Cat and Black Gordman losing his hair to Mil Mascaras.

SuperLuchas #345 has the new Vipers and the newly unmasked. There’s also an interview with Dr. Wagner Jr. about Dr. Wagner III – apparently, the new kid asked Dr. Wagner Sr. long ago if he could take up the mask, and the original said he could, but not only he was 18. He turned 18 on 09/04, and so he’s here.

For what it’s worth, SuperLuchas report on the IWRG cage match says the Capitan Muerte unmasked was indeed Bombero Infernal. This is SuperLuchas last edition of the year; enjoy the week off!

Lineups

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

This is where Poder Mexica is at, when their trios titles are apparently being decided. Hope they remember to leave them behind. (Actually, no, let’s not.) Odd to have a rudo/rudo match.

indy (FRI) 12/25 Plaza de Toros Cuatro Caminos, Jalatlaco, EdM
1) Josseline & Mr. Tenpes vs La Diabólica & Tigre Tatuado
2) La Nueva Parkita & Octagoncito vs Mr. Aguilita & Pequeño Halloween
3) el Ángel vs Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Hombre Bala, Lobo Vikingo, Barba Roja, Demencia [AML CHAMP]
4) Monsther vs Pirata Morgan Jr., ? [mask]
5) Pirata Morgan vs Charly Manson, Rey Bucanero [hair]

I’m being charitable listening Rey Bucanero in that match. Beware mask matches where a participant is not announced.

CMLL (SUN) 12/27 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Divino vs Titanio
2) Metatrón & Saturno vs Exterminador & Malefico
3) Gallo & Metal Blanco vs Ángel del Mal & Ebola
4) Ángel de Oro & Ángel de Plata vs Shigeo Okumura & Vangelis
5) Brazo de Plata, La Máscara, Volador Jr. vs Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto

A show.