04/13-18 CMLL lineups

CMLL (TUE) 04/13 Arena Mexico
1) Bengala & Principe vs Artillero & Súper Comando
2) Fabián el Gitano, Leono, Starman vs Durango Kid, Puma King, Tiger Kid
3) Bam Bam, Fantasy, Pequeño Olímpico vs Pequeño Damian 666, Pequeño Universo 2000, Pequeño Violencia
4) Rush, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Euforia, Sangre Azteca, Vangelis
5) Shocker, Strong Man, Volador Jr. vs Averno, Taichi, Último Guerrero

More Strong Man and UG. Note Pequeno Damian continues to use that name. CMLL.com hasn’t removed the “challengers” line from the semimain last I checked.

CMLL (FRI) 04/16 Arena Mexico
1) Rayo Tapatío I & Rayo Tapatío II vs Apocalipsis & Bronco
2) Bracito de Oro, Eléctrico, Shockercito vs Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Warrior, Pierrothito
3) Diamante & La Sombra vs Blue Panther & Rey Cometa and Héctor Garza & Pólvora and La Máscara & Sensei and Atlantis & Inquisidor and Disturbio & Terrible and Cancerbero & Mephisto and Rey Bucanero & Semental [Gran Alternativa]
4) Místico vs Felino

I like to think I follow lucha libre closely, and I have absolutely no idea what the plan is for Mistico.

Obviously, Hector Garza & Polvora is the interesting pair of this block,  since Garza hasn’t officially turned rudo, or this his first appearance back on the rudo side. I’m hoping he hasn’t actually turned rudo yet, because they still need to get the trios title of him.

Diamante & Sombra looks such the favorite they can’t actually win. Panther/Cometa has a chance and may play into whatever they’re doing with him and the Avernos. They missed a golden chance to team up Cancerbero of the Cancerberos with Averno of the Avernos. Pretty sure Atlantis wont’t win his second tournament of the year. Semental is a sub for Camorra. Or will be at least until Bucanero turns on him, declaring he shall only team with pirates from now on!

CMLL (SUN) 04/18 Arena Mexico
1) Metálico & Trueno vs Cholo & Zayco
2) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Molotov vs Dr. X, Nitro, Raziel
3) Fuego, Metro, Pegasso vs Arkangel de la Muerte, Euforia, Nosferatu
4) Brazo de Plata, Máximo, Sagrado vs Ray Mendoza Jr., Shigeo Okumura, Taichi
5) Shocker, Strong Man, Toscano vs Atlantis, Último Guerrero, Vangelis

Vangelis Main Event – surely a fan appreciation card if I ever saw one. I think I would rather have 3 over 2 (though Maya is quickly becoming Mr. 52MX), but 4 and 5 are closer to a wash than you’d expect with the rudo side. All Strong Man matches are Strong Man matche. They really should team Porky & Maximo with Strong Man, so there could be a non-comedy match as well.

Trauma I retains, Mistico still cheating his way to wins

IWRG (THU) 04/08 Arena Naucalpan [Estrellas del RingThe Gladiatores]
1) Dinamic BlackEpidemia
2) Comando Negro & Hijo del SignoDaga & Héros
3) Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo, Trauma IIGemelo Fantastico I, Gemelo Fantastico II, Zatura
4) Chico Che, el Ángel, La RocaBarba Roja, Dr. Cerebro, Masada
5) Trauma IHijo de Pirata Morgan [AMERICAS LH]

Trauma took the first fall, Barba Roja interfered to help Pirata win the second, Trauma took the third clean.

Masada replaced Black Terry, ensuring that rudo team couldn’t get along. Masada made the title challenge for Sunday.

CMLL (FRI) 04/09 Arena Mexico [@cmllmagazine, CesarOvacionesSuperLuchasESTO]
1) Inquisidor & SementalAstro Boy & Trueno
2) Euforia, Nosferatu, PólvoraÁngel Azteca Jr., Ángel de Oro, Ángel de Plata
3) ValienteSangre Azteca [lightning]
4) Averno, Ephesto, MephistoBlue Panther, Stuka Jr., Toscano
5) Terrible, Texano Jr., VangelisHéctor Garza, Hijo del Fantasma, La Máscara
6) La Sombra, Máscara Dorada, Místico DQ Dragon Rojo Jr., Felino, Negro Casas

In the main event, “100% tecnico” Mistico took off his mask and threw it to Felino to draw the DQ. He’s still acting like a rudo. Sombra did not get along with him, but Mascara Dorada has no problem and the crowd was behind Mistico. Mistico challenged Felino to a mask vs hair match, Felino didn’t seem too interesting.

Tecnicos lost the semifinal in straight falls, with Garza having trouble accidentally hitting both his partners and walking out on them after the match. Looks like Garza is turning rudo, and maybe they’re setting the title match beforehand.

In the first fall, Averno offered a handshake to Panther, and used it to immediately beat the maestro. Rudos pulled another trick in the third fall, and @cmllmagazine notes this is the second straight week they’ve tricked Panther.

Semental replaced an injured Camorra. Reality shows are tough!

If I’m reading this blog entry correct (questionable at best), Mima Shimoda is leaving Mexico.

DJ Spectro has posts on Solitario vs Bestia Negra, part 2 of the history of lucha in Tampico, and on the Contreas video game.

Cronicas Y Leyendas writes about Canek & NJPW in Pakistan.

Lineups much later.

CMLL on LATV #4 (03/20/2010)

Arena Mexico, 03/12/2010

Bracito de Oro vs Pequeño Warrior in a lightning match: I actually think this feud is as great as a Bracito de Oro vs Pequeno Warrior feud could possible be; the improvised work on the cut here was especially inspired. Not just the workers, but the programming – this is a longer and stronger build than either of Fire’s big matches. Just, Bracito de Oro doesn’t seem quite as worth the effort, and it’s not clear they’re actually heading to an endpoint.

Delta, Diamante, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Dr. X, Hooligan, Nitro: Maybe someone can find the clean version of Delta’s theme music? He’s doing crazy moves, we should be able to enjoy his entrance without bleed. Fun counter to the usual finish.