CMLL on 52MX #211 (12/06)

taped Arena Coliseo, 11/29/09

Leono, Tigre Blanco, Tony Rivera vs Inquisidor, Puma King, Tiger Kid: five minutes! not very good! This is when I realized I should not have wished to have this show back (though that was also evident on the random FSE show I watched but maybe never posted the recap for?)

Máscara Dorada, Metro, Toscano vs Naito, Shigeo Okumura, Yujiro – No Limit had the hair match the next week and were saving it up for that match. Kinda surprising they put the tecnicos over in this show, but no one thinks like (each day is it’s own promotion) that so why do I?

The really big story is the metric tons of filler and ads for other products. I like to think I pay attention than most, but I’m pretty sure most of the stuff would’ve passed right by me if I didn’t right a (too long) recap of it. Don’t think a normal person watching it would absorb any of it; it’d more likely push them away from the show.

CMLL on Televsia #953 (12/05)

(it’s probably not 953)

By my count, I’ve got something like 15 recaps done but not posted. Fine work on my part. Let’s see what I can do about that this week.

taped 12/04/09

I believe I downloaded LuchaLibreDeMexico‘s YouTube for this, so go check him out. Or buy something from his store.

– Héctor Garza, Místico, Strong Man vs Atlantis, Mr. Niebla, Último Guerrero

– La Sombra & Volador Jr. vs Ephesto & Mephisto for the CMLL World Tag Team Championship – very good match in the usual format, but it didn’t seem like it exceeded the usual format. It’s a match worth seeing, definitely, and among the best in 2009, but it wasn’t the breakout match to make anyone a bigger star. I mean, they did the crucifix powerbomb reversal into a ‘rana for the finish. This may be very pedantic of me, but they always do that finish. It was a very good spot show match and the problems here don’t appear to be as much as physical or mental. Like I said, still one of the best matches of the year, but there was nothing about that was of 2009 – it wasn’t special enough to differentiate between the many variations

(Also, CMLL needs new refs.)

– Terrible & Texano Jr. vs Naito & Yujiro in a double hair match – maybe this one just had the advantage of not being done nearly as much, but this DID feel like the breakout match Terrible & Texano needed to reach another level. It wasn’t as technically good as the previous match, but it was over more with the crowd (for obvious reasons) and seemed like a much bigger deal when it was over. My big question was if enough people saw this match for it to mean as much as it should’ve; I’m sure that’s the reason why it aired on TV the day after, unlike the other big matches this year.

Coliseo, GDL, new lightweight champion

CMLL (SUN) 01/10 Arena Coliseo [Ovaciones (PDF), ESTO]
1) Rayo Tapatío I & Rayo Tapatío II b Cholo & Disturbio
2) Fabián el Gitano, Leono, Tony Rivera b Bronco, Puma King, Tiger Kid
3) Ángel Azteca Jr., Pegasso, Rey Cometa b Arkangel de la Muerte, Hooligan, Skándalo
4) Astro Boy, Hijo del Fantasma, Sagrado b Dragon Rojo Jr., Naito, Sangre Azteca
5) Blue Panther, Místico, Strong Man b Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto

Strong Man pinned Mephisto and Mistico pinned Averno, which led to Mistico challenging Mistico for a match next week. I don’t get it, but next week is a Fan Appreciation show at Arena Mexico so it’ll probably happen.

Astro Boy filled in for Maximo. Tercera was all about teasing Azteca/Arkangel again.

CMLL (SUN) 01/10 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [El Occidental, Fuego en el Ring]
1) Guerrero Romano b Flyer
2) El Divino b Katana
3) Acertijo & Exterminador b Magnum & Samurai
4) Gallo & Neutrón b Malefico & Mr. Trueno
5) Dalis la Caribeña, Lluvia, Star Fire b La Comandante, Magnifica, Princesa Sujei
6) Brazo de Plata, La Sombra, Toscano DQ Terrible, Texano, Vangelis

Porky faked a foul from Terrible, then declared he was a better wrestler than Terrible and so they should meet in a hair/mask match. Terrible said no, but they’ll have a singles match next week.

Magnum & Samurai had issues in their match for the second straight week.

IWRG (SUN) 01/10 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (photos), Black Terry Jr.]
1) Ángel de la Noche & Guizmo b Guerrero 2000 & Keshin Black
2) Dinamic Black & Imperial b Alan Extreme & Comando Negro
3) Chico Che, Eragon, Hijo del Pantera b El Hijo del Diablo, Gringo Loco, Masada
4) Dr. Cerebro b Bushi [IWRG IC Light]
5) Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Pirata Morgan b El Alebrije, el Hijo del Canek, Pantera

Piratas beat Hijo del Canek and took his mask.

Bushi not only lost in two falls, he lost in two falls after taking a martinete (from Dr. Cerebro’s cornerman Hijo del Diablo) and was strechered out of Arena Naucalpan. Enjoy Japan! Dr. Cerebro was appalled Diablo prevented from winning the belt cleanly, so there are issues there.

Show was not taped for TV – looks like Thursday will be – but Black Terry Jr. has video at the link. How does he manage to get video and photos at the same time? The man is talented.

EditPerros del Mal says the second part of it’s latest Arena Neza show will air today at 5pm and 11pm on TVC Deportes.

AAA (SAT) 01/09 Zocalo de San Pedro Cholua [SPORTimes]
1) King Vikingo b Dany Casas
2) Metalik Boy & Principe Orion b Black Devil & Black Star
3) Electric & Space Man b Tiburon Blanco & Verdugo
4) Argenis, Atomic Boy, Super Aguila b Gema, Polvo de Esterllas, Yuriko
5) Crazy Boy, El Alebrije, Gato Eveready b El Brazo, Silver King, Último Gladiador

Free show, but a noticeable weak lineup which seemed worth pointing out in light of the recent attendance comments. Article mentions Electroshock was supposed to work the main event but got into an accident on the way to the show and arrived late. Another article quotes Electroshock as having forgotten what time this show was, speeding to make it on time, losing a tire, and colliding into a truck. Electroshock (and his companion) are OK. El Brazo (as AAA rep) and Electroshock said Electroshock would come back to work for free here at some point down the line, maybe Kid’s Day.

Villano III supposes CMLL isn’t using him because they’re afraid he’ll beat all the kids. Villano III says he’s got trips to Puerto Rico, Japan and possibly Canada.

Box Y Lucha #2956 has the new trios champs amidst a dozen stories, including a feature story on the EAW show.