01/16-17 Lucha Times

box. A lot of rerun material this week.

AAA-US: Best of, part 1.

52MX: maybe 2nd and 4th is the new thing here, which would be Strippers vs 2 Cats & 1 Horse, plus Poder No Limit vs Hijo del Fantasma and two guys he leapfrogged

IWRG on Teleformula: show wasn’t taped, so-rerun?

CMLL: another best of? Seemed like that’s where they left off.

AAA-MEX: Best of, part 3?

CMLL-FOX: Saturday morning at 9am, with Fuerza Aerea CMLL/Azteca vs Tuareg, and Triad vs Panther/Mistico/Strong Man

C3: Back to top 4, I’d guess. Is Felino working his way thru the young high flyers?

Puebla: Unless I’m missing something on TVC Deportes doesn’t have Puebla listed for this Sunday. Dunno.

Monterrey: maybe the Silver Star/Hator match?

IWRG-TVC: This is supposed to be taped, and Suicida/Zatura vs Traumas looks fun, as does the main event return of Bombero Infernal.

CMLL on 52MX #213 (12/19)

taped Arena Mexico @ 12/13/2009

Fabián el Gitano, Metro, Rush vs Euforia, Nosferatu, Skándalo – hey look, Euforia & Nosferatu teaming up again. It’s been so long. I think I like Metro more than most because I keep seeing him in matches with guys like his partners and it’s all that context.

La Sombra, Shocker, Strong Man vs Terrible, Texano Jr., Vangelis – This was pretty fun in the wacky Strong Man style. I don’t need to see it every week, kinda like Porky, but every so often is OK. It is funny to be at the point where CMLL is doing a better job booking Gronda than AAA.

Guadalajara, Mexico, AAA Sin Limite, ratings, Puebla

CMLL (TUE) 01/12 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Fuego en el Ring]
1) Relampago & Virgo b Meteoro & Saturno
2) Asesino Negro & Drago b Angelo & Metatrón
3) Hierro & Palacio Negro b Ángel del Mal & Rey Trueno
4) Máscara Dorada & Valiente b Ephesto & Euforia
5) Blue Panther, Brazo de Plata, Hijo del Fantasma b Máscara Mágica, Terrible, Texano

Valiente got sent over here to replace Maximo. Porky pinned Terrible in the main event. Tag team champions of this specific building losing a tag team match in this specific building should lead somewhere…

CMLL (TUE) 01/12 Arena Mexico [ESTO, Fuego en el Ring]
3) Ángel de Plata, Fuego, Stuka Jr. b Arkangel de la Muerte, Nitro, Skándalo
4) Rey Bucanero, Sangre Azteca, Último Guerrero b Metro, Sagrado, Shocker
5) Héctor Garza, La Máscara, La Sombra DQ Felino, Naito, Negro Casas

Felino yanked off La Sombra’s mask for the straight fall loss. Metro was here for Valiente.

AAA held a press conference and early screening of their movie for the press yesterday. Somehow, I did not get an invite, but there’s a lot of articles out about it today. What you need to know:

– Movie cost 30 million pesos ($2.35 mil US), but they hope to make 80,000,000 ($6.27). That’d be a strong return of investment. They’ll open on 250 screens, and they’re thinking of a TV series or a movie if succesful.
– Obviously, that means they think it’ll do better than Campones de Lucha Libre did, and there’s talk about purposely spacing it away from that movie.
– Konnan says wrestlers are more relatable heroes than soccer players, because fans sit a lot closer to the ring. Parka says WWE is a fad, since Mexican wrestling is obviously much better.
– The movie will be dubbed in Japanese and English. They hope to send it to Japan, but there’s no real plans mentioned for elsewhere.
– The picture from the AAA site that kinda looked like Mr. Niebla is in fact Mr. Niebla. Movies take a while to make, what are you going to do.
– Also, and I only realized (or remembered) this a couple weeks ago: they’re calling AAA Sin Limite de Tiempo because there’s no limit in time – they’re traveling all around it, you see.
– The film director watched La Parka Jr. for a month to study how he acts in the ring. Making movies is tough.
– Movie includes La Parka Jr. winning a championship; clearly a work of fiction

Last weekend’s ratings, as noted by LLL down below:

01/08 SmackDown: 9.7
01/09 CMLL: 4.0
01/10 AAA: 3.7
01/11 Raw: 9.3 (19.0)

CMLL’s Best of 2009 show was a high mark for their ratings, while AAA’s Best Of was a lower than usual mark for them. Also not sure if it’s a blip but remember SmackDown ratings were doing mid 11’s back in October and have dropped off that mark since early November. Raw ratings are basically steady, but this is the lowest number we’ve gotten for them.

Terrible says he and Texano to Japan on 02/12. He was so excited, he had trouble sleeping at first.

Ovaciones has a short video interview with Super Nova about WWE.

Cronicas y Leyendas looks back at Hijo del Santo’s debut and Ultimo Guerrero taking Mr. Aguila’s mask.

Kcidis predicts the ending of Hector Garza & Ultimo Guerrero.

Segunda Caida starts a run of IWRG recap with the Castle of Terror show (no thoughts on the skit?), the Dr. Cerbero vs Suicida show, and Flor Metalica vs La Diabolica.

Ohtani’s Jacket writes about the IWRG handhelds 01/07/10 and Bushi vs Dr. Cerebro.

CMLL (MON) 01/18 Arena Puebla
1) Asturiano & SWAT vs Mr. Rafaga & Policeman
2) Bam Bam, Fantasy, Tzuki vs Pequeño Damian 666, Pequeño Universo 2000, Pequeño Violencia
3) Ángel de Oro, Ángel de Plata, Sagrado vs Nitro, Nosferatu, Shigeo Okumura
4) Hijo del Fantasma, La Máscara, Valiente vs Dragon Rojo Jr., Misterioso II, Sangre Azteca
5) La Sombra, Shocker, Volador Jr. vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Último Guerrero

Tzuki is booked. Will he appear? Semimain is two third of the world trios champions vs Poder Mexica, while main is the tag team champions. (So probably no new feuds from this.)