Maybe Coco was right, and we (and by we I mean “I”) need to be less cynical; the first week of the National Parajes Increidble tournament seem to have been a success on many levels: attendance was up, matches were given time and there was one very interesting incident. Shortest match on the show was 3:50, with most tournament matches in the 7 minute range and the title match in about 11 minutes. I would guess this means the 2 quarterfinals, the semifinal, and the title match make TV this afternoon.
CMLL (FRI) 01/22 Arena Mexico [SuperLuchas, Record, Ovaciones (PDF), Cesar, ESTO]
1) Apocalipsis & Inquisidor b Sensei & Trueno
2) Diamante, Metálico, Pegasso b Bronco, Dr. X, Hooligan
3) Ángel de Oro, Fuego, Metro DQ Cancerbero, Raciel, Virus
4) Atlantis & Máscara Dorada b Dragon Rojo Jr. & La Sombra [natl pi, eightfinal]
5) Máximo & Mr. Niebla b Blue Panther & Misterioso II [natl pi, eightfinal]
6) Averno & Místico b Ephesto & Euforia [natl pi, eightfinal]
7) Terrible & Volador Jr. b Hijo del Fantasma & Mephisto [natl pi, eightfinal]
8) Atlantis & Máscara Dorada b Máximo & Mr. Niebla [natl pi, quarterfinal]
9) Averno & Místico b Terrible & Volador Jr. [natl pi, quarterfinal]
10) Atlantis & Máscara Dorada b Averno & Místico [natl pi, semifinal]
11) Último Guerrero b Héctor Garza [CMLL HEAVY]
Metalico beat Hooligan to win their match, and Hooligan beat him up after the match.
Virus pulled Metro’s mask for the DQ in the second fall of their match, giving the tecnicos a 2-0 win.
Averno/Mephisto and Sombra/Dragon had mixed outfits. Atlantis was wearing his white tecnico mask.
No report of any team having internal issues. The Niebla/Maximo team was popular with the crowd. Their first fall win was after a Maximo kiss of Blue Panther, but they lost the second round after Maximo tried to kiss Atlantis and got his stinky partner instead. 3 of the 4 Laguna teams lost in the first round, with only Ultimo Guerrero/Stuka left for next week.
Remember how Mistico was talking about trying to calm down Averno and focus him in this tournament? Seems like it was actually Averno who was influencing Mistico. In the quarterfinal match with Volador & Terrible, Mistico went after his Super Sky Team partner. Mistico ripped up Volador’s mask, and Volador fought back with his own mask ripping. With the referee distracted, Mistico fouled Volador for the win. After the match, Mistico got hte microphone and proclaimed all is fair in war to defend Mexico City. Press reports say the crowd booed, but Cesar notes they cheered the Mexico City part. Volador responded, but Mistico threw a beer in his face and pummeled him.
In an interview in the back, Mistico said he’d face Volador in a title match or a mask match, if Volador wanted it. I have no idea where this is going, but it’s already the most interesting thing in Mexico, and jumps to the lead as The Next Big Match In CMLL.
Mistico continued these tactics in the semifinal, ripping up Dorada’s mask. Atlantis worked this match as a total tecnico. Dorada ended up taking out Mistico with a tope, and Atlantis got Averno with the Atlantida for the win. The Guadalajara duo will move on to face the winner of next week’s tournament. Dorada and Mistico had words after the match.
Main event was short-short-long, with Ultimo Guerrero winning cleanly using the Guerrero Special. Please, no more chances for Hector Garza. Show ended at 11:40 local.
On a radio show, Arturo Rivera said the Silver King vs La Parka Jr. mask match will happen very soon. Well, I guess anything is possible.
Mascarita Dorada faces Pierrothito in New Rochelle, NY on March 20th. It’s a show with Jimmy Snuka and Trevor Murdoch on top, and a benefit for the high school’s girl’s basketball team.
El Espector has an interview with Tigre Colombiana, billed as the most famous wrestler in the history of the country. He’s being honored today in Bogota.
Cronicas y Leyendas writes about Ninja Sasuke in AAA and Histeria I losing his mask in ‘1997. Last night, ol’ Histeria I had a fun 9 minute match out in Berwyn, and had many convinced Davey Richards broke one of his fingers. I guess I’ll find out later.
CMLL (TUE) 01/26 Arena Mexico
1) Camaleón & Principe vs Cholo & Zayco
2) Eléctrico, Fantasy, Shockercito vs Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Universo 2000, Pequeño Violencia
3) Ángel Azteca Jr., Ángel de Oro, Ángel de Plata vs Cancerbero, Raciel, Virus
4) Fuego, Metro, Stuka Jr. vs Sangre Azteca, Shigeo Okumura, Vangelis
5) Héctor Garza, La Sombra, Sagrado vs Atlantis, Felino, Rey Bucanero
Still in Arena Mexico. Sombra/Bucanero had issues last week. In the semimain, they nearly managed to team up the new trios champs, but managed to avoid it. Super Camaleon has been downgraded to Camaleon over the last week – someone get that man a magic mushroom.
CMLL (FRI) 01/29 Arena Mexico
1) Artillero & Durango Kid vs Diamante & Sensei
2) Pequeño Damian 666, Pequeño Warrior, Pierrothito vs Bracito de Oro, Mascarita Dorada, Último Dragoncito
3) Arkangel de la Muerte, Loco Max, Skándalo vs Ángel Azteca Jr., Pegasso, Rey Cometa
4) Stuka Jr. & Último Guerrero vs a replacement for Ray Mendoza JR. & Brazo de Plata and Sagrado & Shocker and Felino & Sangre Azteca and Héctor Garza & Toscano and Rush & Texano Jr. and La Máscara & Negro Casas and Rey Bucanero & Valiente [NATL PI]
Only four matches this week. Ray Mendoza Jr. made an appearance on last night’s radio broadcast, saying he did not think he would be healthy enough wrestle by next Friday. Villano IV is the most likely replacement, but Ray Mendoza Jr. is still on the poster at the moment.
It’s be a shock for no DF team to make it to the final, and it’d be a shock for Porky to wrestle three times in one night. That leaves Felino/Sangre, Mascara/Negro, and Bucanero/Valiente.
I’m going to stick around long enough to find out if IWRG actually aired a new episode, but I’ll see you at the Dragon Gate show if I see you.