IWRG & TripleMania, Dragon, Sombra, lineups

IWRG (THU) 05/27 Arena Naucalpan [The GladiatoresAl Filo del Ring]
1) Halcon FireHalcon 2000
2) Dinamic Black & GuizmoAlan Extreme & Keshin Black
3) Comando Negro, Eterno, Hijo del SignoEragon, Fly Star, Freelance
4) Bombero Infernal, Maldito Jr., SamotBlack Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro
5) Kenzo Suzuki, Silver King, Último GladiadorHijo del Cien Caras, Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Veneno

Top 2 matches were rudo teams getting away with fouls on the tecnico team to take the match. Hate to see the Halcon on Halcon violence.

Today’s Ovaciones includes a sidebar with IWRG’s Marco Moreno, who talks about responding to AAA’s incursion on the Lucha Libre Expo by IWRG running in on TripleMania. Sure, why not. Don’t think the Maniacos are winning the tag titles.

Toryumon Mexico (SAT) 05/29 Arena Mexico [SuperLuchasEstrellas del RingBlack Terry Jr. (flickr)The Gladiatores]
1) Impacto & Metal TLDRAW Mr. Rolling & Snake
2) Boby Zavala, Robin, Stuka Jr. b Misterioso II, Negro Casasola, Semental
3) Steve Paint & Thunder Wolf b Blood Eagle & Laberinto
4) Hijo del Fantasma b Durango Kid, Máximo, Trauma I, Medico Asesino Jr., Brazo de Platino, Brazo de Oro, Skándalo,Astro Boy, Trauma II, Hijo del Signo, Ulises Jr. [dragon scramble]
5) Ayumi Kurihara & Marcela b La Comandante & Mima Shimoda
6) Yoruba L Pequeño Damian 666, Mascarita Dorada [hair]
7) Brazo de Plata, Mil Mascaras, Tatsumi Fujinami, Último Dragón b Arkangel de la Muerte, Chuck Palumbo, Negro Navarro, Rey Bucanero

Three text recaps, all have different results. Black Terry Jr.’s set calls this Naucalpan! This is exactly what I expect from a Toryumon Mexico show.

Hijo de Fantasma won a car stereo with USB port. Yoruba is a Rastafarian of undetermined origin. The guys in the third match are said to be from the LA Dojo.

Besides her win on Dragon’s show, Ayumi won X-LAW’s Women’s Championship at the Lucha Fan Fest

Sombra got a surprise win over Tiger Mask IV in their opening match of the Best of Super Juniors. This seems to be more a story about TM4’s future – he was bitter following his last loss and refused to shake hands with Sombra after this one – but it’s one win I wasn’t expecting Sombra to get and bodes well for the rest of his tournament. (Or he’s going to lose matches we’re not expecting – oh no, I tried to be optimistic but couldn’t keep it going for a whole paragraph. Konnan was right!) There’s a post match interview here, worthwhile for starting at Sombra’s sweet mask if nothing else.

Both Cesar and Luchas 2000 says NJPW young lion (and other surprise winner) Nobuo Yoshihashi is coming to Mexico. This is the name CMLL.com mentioned on their site after the CMLL vs Invasors press conference, then took down after it was pointed out. Figured they were waiting for some announcement or story elsewhere, but that doesn’t seem to have happened on the NJPW show. Both also mention Tiger Mask IV and Liger are coming, but no dates for any.

Getting back to Yoshihashi for a sec: popular opinion has strongly been towards Maximo losing his hair, because he’s Maximo and this has now been established as his role in the company. This is what I expected, too. However, if Yoshihashi is coming over and if he’s taking the NJPW excursion spot, Sunday sure seems like the adios to Taichi moment.

DJ Spectro posts video of Brazos vs Ultraman, Super Halcon and Kung Fu from 1986.

Segunda Caida reviews the 11/05/09 IWRG Ruleta de la Muerte.

Cesar reviews this week’s lineups. So does Robert.

SuperLuchas #366 has a TripleMania preview. Also, the Cancerberos and Tuareg continue their feud which only exists in the pages of this magazine.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

LA Park will take wedding photos.


IWRG (THU) 06/03 Arena Naucalpan
1) Dinamic Black vs Comando Negro
2) Brazo Metalico & Eragon vs Eterno & Hijo del Signo
3) Suicida, Trauma I, Trauma II vs Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo, Gringo Loco
4) Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro vs Bombero Infernal, Maldito Jr., Samot
5) CIMA, Kenzo Suzuki, Nosawa, Tozawa vs Gato Eveready, Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Pantera, Veneno

CIMA and Tozawa due end up here, and Nosawa is in town early for TripleMania. AAA vs IWRG put aside for Mexico vs Japan?

CMLL (SUN) 06/06 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Meteoro vs Johnny Dinamo
2) Nube Roja & Tondar vs Quca & Titanio
3) Angelo & Metatrón vs Infierno & León Blanco
4) Delta & Diamante vs Dragón Rojo Jr. & Pólvora
5) Blue Panther, Sagrado, Toscano vs Atlantis, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero

A show. That semimain could be fun or the opposite of that depending on how the dice are rolling that day. Not good, lately.

IWRG (SUN) 06/06 Arena Naucalpan
1) Máscara Magnífica vs Eterno
2) Daga & Hijo del Pantera vs Magia Negra & Rey Infernal
3) Aerostar, Laredo Kid, Súper Fly vs Cerebro Negro, Freelance, Suicida
4) Dr. Cerebro vs CIMA [IWRG WELTER]
5) Hijo de Pirata Morgan & Pirata Morgan vs Negro Navarro & Trauma I and Maldito Jr. & Tozawa and El Hijo del Diablo & Gringo Loco

I know there are a lot of opinions about the 6/6 battle, but I think we all can agree this show is getting killed. (Also, I think we all agree that Sin Salida is doing bad, so I guess we agree on everything. I think the programmers are less inept and more delusional into believing Rayo, Universo and Mascara can mean something if they’re back for the first time in a long while, but this has nothing to do with IWRG.) Pirata Morgan & Hijo de Pirata Morgan are the actual tag team champs at the moment, and probably are resumign their feud with the Navarros.

I think I called that title match, and wouldn’t be so surprised with a title change either. They didn’t do anything with the title for a year before Dr. Cerebro suddenly won it specifically to set up this title match, and could go another year or more without doing anything with it. IWRG only really need four titles (heavyweight, weight division besides heavyweight, tag, trios) and they have six (EdM Trios, the Navarro/Solar belt) besides this one, so CIMA can win this and, I dunno, defend it in Osaka Pro or something.

Poor Air Force, working here opposite of TripleMania. That may be a better match than anything on the bigger show, but I’m pretty sure it won’t pay as well.