CMLL on 52MX #214 (12/26)

taped @ Arena Mexico, 12/20/2009

Lluvia, Marcela, Star Fire vs Amapola, La Comandante, Yezca – not included in the video is the post match promo, where Amapola & Comadante are great and the interviewer tries to make it about himself. Post match interviews are much more interesting than the 20 second flowery descriptions of everyone, but it doesn’t

That does seem to be the common pattern with a lot of the added features they’ve added the last few months here – the announcer is up front and focused on, and maybe the wrestler if off in a corner of the screen. If the point of these is to hype the wrestler, they’re the people who should get their name on the screen, and it should be less of a star turn for each of the (four!) announcers. Even if the idea made sense (which it doesn’t), the way they’re doing is a failure at getting the wrestlers over and a moderate success at getting the announcers over. At least when AAA books 20 minute matches to get Hijo del Tirantes over, he’s actually going to be in a match.

(This match was eh. Had some moments. Need about 4 more of these before I can do a ranking of the women, which may or may not be useful.)

Sagrado, Toscano, Valiente vs Rey Bucanero, Sangre Azteca, Shigeo Okumura – Speaking of getting non-wrestlers over: BOOOOOO MONITO. (I may have been less upset if Bucanero wasn’t the victim. Hey, at least my biases are pretty obvious and totally bizarre, but won’t affect my year end votes.) This did not seem to be as good a match as I thought, but maybe it’s the match you ought to have when it’s going to come down to Monito getting involved.

AAA #918 (12/26)

taped Arena Coliseo Monterrey @ 12/06/2009

Laredo Kid, Mari Apache, Mini Charly Manson, Pimpinela Escarlata vs La Hechicera, Mini Abismo Negro, Tigre Cota, Yuriko – this had it’s moments, but it wasn’t as good as I thought it was going to be with these people involved. Everyone has been better.

Aerostar & Fabi Apache vs Billy Boy & Sexy Star for the AAA Mixed Tag Team Championship – really turned into more of an angle than a match, with the rudos destroying the tecnicos to build up the drama for Fabi’s big win (oh, right.) It’s always weird how the rudos are much more vicious after someone’s been hurt than before.

El Elegido & Rocky Romero vs Alex Koslov & Kenzo Suzuki – missing something. Maybe it was too long of a beatdown, because the drop off from Kenzo to Ozz shouldn’t be that big (at this point, anyway.)

Jack Evans & Marco Corleone vs Joe Lider & Nicho el Millionario – was Marco legit hurt on the first dive into the ring? It’s what they’re claiming and it makes sense (because the botch didn’t make sense in the match and they did hurry to cover it up), but things aren’t usually to figure out. Jack actually had more neat stuff with the ramp – the section where he went back and forth killing Lider & Nicho was awesome – but I don’t know the match entirely was good.

El Mesías, La Parka Jr., Latin Lover vs Dr. Wagner Jr., Silver King, Último Gladiador – crowd brawling + a typical AAA match. Not a straight build for Guerra de Titanes I was expecting, but still not that interesting to me. Latin winning this match was an obvious clue (assuming plans didn’t change.)

Mini Cibernetico, Perro teases match that will not happen, GDL

Lost half this update! Hopefully I don’t forget too much.

Mini Cibernetico says it was NOT him who stabbed two people and he’s not sure why the press reported it. Damian Moreno Quiroz says he was at home, sleeping, at the time he was supposedly stabbing people. Mini Cibernetico says he doesn’t know the woman and notes he’s not actually in jail. Something doesn’t add up here – perhaps the person arrested just claimed to be Mini Cibernetico (or was another one), and somehow the wrong real name got linked to it?

Perro Aguayo Jr. gets press today by claiming he’ll be doing a Perro vs Santo vs Demon vs Park mask match sometime before the end of the year. This is one that is impossible believe until a firm date and building is announced, and even then it’s iffy until it’s in the ring. It’s a great way to get attention, since no one ever calls Perro Jr. (or anyone else) on teasing these fantasy matches and never actually delivering on them, but sadly Perro Jr. does not manage to work in a plug for the show that’s actually occurring this Sunday. Record is giving away tickets to that show.

AAA says Mesias will be back on AAA TV in February, announcing some February tapings in the process:

  • 02/05: Tehuacan, Puebla
  • 02/05: Puebla, Puebla
  • 02/07: Salamanca, Guanajuato

AAA also says they’ll be back at the Lucha Libre Expo, which will be on the 23rd, 24th, and 25th. No month is actually mentioned – maybe they’re going back to April.

There’s also a text interview with Rocky Romero and a video one with Marisela Pena

The “101 lances y llaves de la lucha libre” photo exhibition is moving to UNAM. La Jornada has an interview with a Arena Puebla photographer.

DJ Spectro looks back at Raman’s debut.

Segunda Caida has a recap of the 11/29/09 IWRG, with Freelance vs Oficial Fierro.

Ras de Lona #80 is part 3 of their 2009 review. Hooray for a new episode this weekend.

CMLL (SUN) 01/17 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Divino & Thunder Boy vs In Memoria & Titanio
2) Magnum & Samurai vs Asesino Negro & Drago
3) Infierno & León Blanco vs Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno
4) La Sombra, Máscara Dorada, Valiente vs Dragon Rojo Jr., Sangre Azteca, Shigeo Okumura
5) Brazo de Plata vs Terrible

Rough for Terrible! Magnum & Samurai are teaming again…

CMLL (TUE) 01/19 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Nube Roja vs Skaxy
2) Idolo & Virgo vs Acertijo & Exterminador
3) Astaroth & Hierro vs Ebola & Ráfaga
4) Metal Blanco, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Dragon Rojo Jr., Máscara Mágica, Sangre Azteca
5) Máximo & Shocker vs Terrible & Texano

Maximo still listed on lineups, so maybe he’ll be back next week.