Demus/Bam Bam signed for next week, new Puebla feud

CMLL (MON) 06/28 Arena Puebla [La Primera de Puebla (photos)Fuego en el Ring, CMLL]
1) Asturiano, Silver, Tigre Rojo ?? Espiritu Maligno, Mr. Rafaga, Siki Osama
2) Guerrero Maya Jr., Leono, Trueno DQ Bronco, Durango Kid, Inquisidor
3) Ángel de Oro, Rush, Stuka Jr.Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus
4) Atlantis, Rey Bucanero, Último GuerreroLa Sombra, Shocker, Volador Jr.
5) Rayo de Jalisco Jr.Universo 2000 [WWA HEAVY]

Talked about the main event earlier.

Loco Max fouled Centella de Oro for the DQ, and the two rematch next week. Don’t know why I’m mentioning this, but Arena Puebla’s anniversary show is coming up really soon, and Centella de Oro has been in a hair match on those shows the last two years.

No result for the opener. We’re all professionals here.

CMLL (TUE) 07/06 Arena Mexico
1) Metálico & Trueno vs Cholo & Semental
2) Ángel Azteca, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Euforia, Pólvora, Virus
3) Bam Bam vs Demus 3:16 [hair]
4) Blue Panther, Shocker, Toscano vs El Alebrije, Histeria, Psicosis
5) Hijo del Fantasma, Máscara Dorada, Místico vs Atlantis, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero

Fan appreciation show, so the hair/hair match takes place this week. Could go either way and probably isn’t the end for those two.

CMLL (TUE) 07/06 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Thunder Boy vs Relampago Azul
2) Astaroth & Virgo vs Acertijo & Infierno
3) Metal Blanco & Palacio Negro vs Ángel del Mal & Malefico
4) Ángel de Oro, Ángel de Plata, Stuka Jr. vs Cancerbero, Shigeo Okumura, Yoshihashi
5) Máximo & Sagrado vs Héctor Garza & Texano

Messala in the semimain is still weird.

CMLL Guadalajara Teleforumla #1 (06/26/2010)

Arena Coliseo Guadalajara, 05/04/2010

I wanted to set an over/under for how many more episodes would air, but I kept wanting to take the under. If this is one episode and done, I would not be surprised. It’s more a reflection of Teleformula’s programming quality and consistency than the CMLL show, but the CMLL show was also produced as if it was a pilot episode to shop around to a few networks. Who knows if they actually taped more. (CMLL haven’t even mentioned the existence of this show yet.)

Super Porky & Asesino Negro

Gallo, Metal Blanco, Palacio Negro vs Exterminador, Malefico, Mr. Trueno: Even if we get nothing else, we got Palacio Negro being insane. I’d be surprised if they planned it this way, but this was actually a strong show as an introduction. This was a nice showcase for the local tecnicos they wanted to get over, and the main event was a storyline in progress (interest level in storyline may vary.)

Gallo really should be used as the local hero who stays here forever. He’d have a much more memorable/enjoyable career than he probably would in Mexico City.

La Máscara vs Averno: kinda worthless, probably still would be in if they aired the third floor. Exactly the match you’d expect these guys to have, but at a very basic/mailed in level.

Brazo de Plata, Máximo, Toscano vs Asesino Negro, Terrible, Texano: They tried!

Puebla, Guadalajara, Relampago explains why he confused Tiger (again!)

CMLL (MON) 06/28 Arena Puebla [La Primera de Puebla (photos), Fuego en el Ring]
5) Rayo de Jalisco Jr. b Universo 2000 [WWA HEAVY]

Rayo retaining is the only result that’s turned up.

CMLL (TUE) 06/29 Arena Mexico [@cmllmagazine]
1) Rayo Tapatío I & Rayo Tapatío II b Mortiz & Zayco
2) Astro Boy, Guerrero Maya Jr., Starman b Apocalipsis, Artillero, Súper Comando
3) Demus 3:16, Pequeño Warrior, Pierrothito b Bam Bam, Mascarita Dorada, Último Dragoncito
4) Ray Mendoza Jr., Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero b Blue Panther, Sagrado, Valiente
5) Brazo de Plata, Hijo del Fantasma, Máscara Dorada b Héctor Garza, Negro Casas, Texano

Replacements: Garza for Terrible, Mendoza for Atlantis, and Ultimo Dragoncito for Tzuki

Not much to say about the main. Mendoza did not get along with the Guerreros in the semimain. Even after Ultimo saved Mendoza from being finished by Panther to pick up the win, V5 and the guy who took his mask had issues after the match.

Tercera was more Demus/Bam Bam feuding. Demus got away with the foul this week for the pin, and the two agreed on a hair match. They’ve split the two they had, Demus winning the last one. Pierrothito needed medical help after the usual bit of Dragoncito killing him with a tope con giro.

Fuego en el Ring

CMLL (TUE) 06/29 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Fuego en el Ring]
1) Metalik b Nube Roja
2) Ángel del Mal & Exterminador b Angelo & Virgo
3) Malefico & Rey Trueno b Neutrón & Palacio Negro
4) Ephesto, Euforia, Felino b Delta, Diamante, Gallo
5) Máximo & Místico b Jushin Lyger & Mephisto

Mistico pinned Lyger, wants a title shot.

CMLL’s Twitter says Dragon Rojo is out hurt, though they don’t actually say with what or how long.

Another day, another explanation for why Relampago interfered at TripleMania: he has a secret past with Extreme Tiger and Tiger caused him a person problem way back when. Relampago says this grudge is serious, but he decided to wait a while before following up on it. He also refuses to explain what the issue is, telling people to ask Extreme Tiger. You could weave the two explanations, except yesterday’s one had Tiger said he just picked a person to annoy and this one says he did not just pick a random person to annoy. I like the first explanation better; that one didn’t give us another mystery with a likely unsatisfying resolution.

In more Relampago news, Impacto has an interview with him about the start of his career (PDF.) Relampago pitches lucha libre as a way to break free of alcohol and drugs. More usefully, he talks about being trained by Rafaga de Oro, el Mexico and el Apache. (So there’s one, Rob!) Relampago explains he did not have gear or a mask for his first match, so he asked to borrow a mask from someone and it just happened to have a lightning bolt.

La Parka calls Los Perros “Cubs” (which is apparently an insult???) and hopes they stay out of his match on Friday. Hope he has a plan B.

La Comandante says she, Terrible, and Texano are the best trio in all of Mexico. If they team up with Garza, it’s because Comandante convinced him.

Perros del Mal says Shelly Martinez & Annie Social are working with the group, doesn’t actually specify a show. Since the only show they have left is the lucha libre expo show, I’m going to guess they’re working lucha libre expo show.

Esther Moreno is listed on an August AAA house show, which makes it less likely she’s working the CMLL Nuevo Laredo show. Also, the mysterious Chiva Rayada returns again.

The Gladiatores interviews Super Halcon Jr., who must’ve be the “Hijo del Halcon” on the IWRG show Sunday.

LuchaWorld posts Dark Angel & Sahori vs Amapola  & Princesa Sujei from 2007, and the latest Pro Wrestling Revolution show (with E3 footage.)

Lineups

CMLL (MON) 07/05 Arena Puebla
1) King Jaguar & Tigre Rojo vs Policeman & Toro Bill Sr.
2) Astro Boy, Centella de Oro, Starman vs Apocalipsis, Inquisidor, Loco Max
3) Dark Angel, Goya Kong, Luna Mágica vs Mima Shimoda, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sujei
4) Blue Panther, Brazo de Plata, Máximo vs Jushin Lyger, Shigeo Okumura, Yoshihashi
5) La Máscara, La Sombra, Máscara Dorada vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas

A show! Main event should be amusing.

IWRG, ratings, Relampago, links

IWRG (SUN) 06/27 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (flickr), The Gladiatores, Al Filo del Ring]
1) Dinamic Black b Mixteco Jr.
2) Comando Negro & Eterno b Eragon & Hijo del Halcon
3) Freelance, Hijo del Pantera, Miss Gaviota b Fishman Jr., Gringo Loco, Kung Fu Jr.
4) Chico Che, Pantera, Trauma I DQ Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro
5) Dr. Wagner Jr., Hijo del Cien Caras, Máscara Año 2000 b Electroshock, Silver King, Último Gladiador

Dinamitas pinned the AAA tag champs and asked for a title shot, and Electro asked for a shot against Dr. Wagner. Al Filo del Ring has video of the main event.

911 was caught fouling Chico Che for the DQ.

Fishman and Kung Fu had problems during their match and fought after.

There was a moment applause for Scorpio.

This weekend’s ratings

Mexico vs Argentina: 44.2 (and that game wasn’t fun to watch for the last half)
CMLL: 2.3 (up 0.4)
AAA: 6.2 (up 1.3)

No World Cup this Sunday, so we should get a better idea if that CMLL number is the new status quo or affected by the World Cup

It took 23 days, but someone finally asked Relampago what was up with his fake Extreme Tiger act at TripleMania. Of course, it took R de Rudo to do it, since AAA still isn’t talking. Relampgo’s explanation: “Dorian told me to challenge whoever I wanted, and I had my eye on Extreme Tiger for a while.” Nonsensical explanation is better than no explanation.

Sangre Azteca will be in France from 07/02 to 07/10 to teach lucha libre. The local promotion promoting the training sessions lists Nitro coming as well. He’s gone before, but there’s no CMLL mention of him this time.

AAA article says “Dorian has more power than everyone thinks“, which begs the question “why doesn’t he just get rid of the guys he likes?” So I guess he has less power than I think?

Spongebob Squarepants in Bolivia

Fuego en el Ring interviews Averno, who wants a shot at Dorada’s Super Light title. There’s also an interview with Silueta, who retired for a  year to become a mom.

Los Piratas have been replaced by Mascara Ano 2000 & Trauma I on Thursday’s IWRG show.

Hoy Rey lost his mask to Epydemius in Monterrey on Sunday.

Pool side lucha libre.

Chessman challenges Aeroboy for the DTU title. Chessman should have better things to do, though Chessman in DTU is kind of a perfect marriage.

The building housing Torreon’s Box Y Lucha commission was flooded due to holes in the roof.

This is a rare article about Bolivian wrestling which doesn’t mention the cholitas, but does have that picture.

Box Y Lucha 2980 has Scorpio’s death.

The newest Ras de Lona is up. Someone seems to have fixed something, because these have been showing up on Monday afternoon the last couple of weeks.

Segunda Caida reviews IWRG from March 4, 2010

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update. Also, Kcidis reposts his cover to the latest LuchaWorld monthly. If Parka ate Park, does that make him a cannibal?

06/26 video links

LATV was a rerun. ACM is still off for World Cup talk.

Hooray for Google/YouTube successfully fighting of a $1 billion lawsuit from Viacom. Since I don’t quite have Google’s lawyers, you shouldn’t expect to see uploads of Masked Warriors here. If they’re posting it like Ras de Lona and you spot it, let me know and I’ll just link to that.

edit: and here is that link!

100% Lucha catch up! Though maybe I haven’t done the best of jobs.

I changed the recording so it’ll start taping 10 minutes early and go 10 minutes late for this show. Hopefully, that’ll fix it.

Psicosis/Ultimo Guerrero, Perros, lineups

Wagner vs Electroshock/Black Terry Jr.

CMLL (SUN) 06/27 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Fuego en el Ring]
1) Black Metal (GDL) b Relampago Azul
2) Astaroth & Magnum b Drago & Infierno
3) La Comandante & Seuxis b Lady Apache & Silueta
4) Averno, Misterioso II, Sangre Azteca b Máscara Dorada, Sagrado, Stuka Jr.
5) El Alebrije, Histeria, Psicosis DQ Felino, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero

Psicosis faked a foul from Ultimo Guerrero to draw the DQ. They challenged each other for a singles match.

Averno replaces Dragon Rojo, even down to feuding with Mascara Dorada and demanding a title match. Maybe it’ll go better for him?

Perros del Mal say they’ll be at the Lucha Libre Expo, though they don’t actually say they’ll be doing a show. I think that’s what they mean. There are no shows mentioned in July besides the Expo and the AAA TV tapings.

On a radio show, May Flowers said he’s leaving AAA as soon as he finishes his current bookings. Usual complaint of not getting enough matches.

Segunda Caida has more assorted Black Terry reviews.

Lineups

CMLL (SUN) 07/04 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Nocturno vs Quca
2) Javier Cruz Jr. & Magnum vs Ebola & Templario
3) Dark Angel & Silueta vs La Comandante & Seuxis
4) La Máscara, La Sombra, Máscara Dorada vs Atlantis, Averno, Rey Bucanero
5) Último Guerrero vs Psicosis

Psicosis should win at this point. Not sure he will.

CMLL (SUN) 07/04 Arena Coliseo
1) Bengala & Horus vs Camorra & Cholo
2) Pegasso, Rey Cometa, Tony Rivera vs Hooligan, Nitro, Skándalo
3) Ángel Azteca Jr., Ángel de Oro, Ángel de Plata vs Histeria, Monsther, Oriental
4) Hijo del Fantasma, Metro, Toscano vs Ephesto, Texano, Vangelis
5) Brazo de Plata, Místico, Shocker vs Jushin Liger, Mephisto, Mr. Niebla

Some changes from yesterday, including the minis match disappearing from the card. No sign of Diamante or Dr. X. or Fabian el Gitano for that matter.

AAA 06/06 TripleMania XVII recap

taped 06/06 – out of order, but I wanted to get it done before this aired on US TV. The version I watched ran 4h15m down, with the commercials, the concert, a few promos and an entrance cut out. Over two weeks of normal AAA TV, they get 3h20m of air time. Even cutting out all the entrances, some editor is going to have a heck of a time cutting it down to fit unless they wipe out a match or two.

The recap is 8 pages and it’s quite a triumphant to come in that short.

I used star ratings. I don’t normally use them because people treat either them as a discussion ender instead of a discussion starter, or argue the number of stars rather than the quality of the match, and neither of those discussions are interesting to me. However, they’re data just like anything else, and data can sometimes illustrate larger points more succinctly than words.

TripleMania star ratings, for worst to first (NOT match order)

-*
*
* 1/2
* 1/2
** 1/4
** 1/2
** 3/4
*** 1/2

There was one quite good match, there was one quite poor match and another not very good one, but most of this four+ hours show was boring meh matches. They were OK, they would’ve fit fine on a regular TV show, but were mostly unmemorable. La Parkita hurt his shoulder in a spot most people would not remember by the end of the show (certainly not AAA, since they haven’t ever let us know more about the injury.) Four hours of mostly unmemorable matches is a poor way to spend a Sunday. The underwhelming level of the show dampened the crowd’s enthusiasm. That actually helped Park/Parka, because the fans were so much more excited for it than anything that happened before, but a hot crowd into the action all night would’ve helped definitely helped Wagner/Electro and probably helped the cruiserweight title match.

If you haven’t watched the show, and especially if you’re the kind of person who like the vote in year end awards, I’d tell you to go out of your way to watch La Parka vs LA Park. The rest is completely skippable.

Lots of bonus thoughts:

– Dorian turning on LA Park made little sense. It’s the same Dorian who ordered Vampirio to spike his father through a table, something recalled earlier in the show when Vampiro wanted to get close to Marisela Pena and she wasn’t having it. (Still, Park flopping all over the mat for Dorian’s kicks was five flavors of hilarity.) It was probably just the best finish they could come up while taking care off the bigger issues: keeping both Park’s happy and finding an excuse for the Perros to get involved. It was a finish born out of negotiation, not logic.

However, it was not the finish most obviously designed primarily to keep everyone in the match happy. That was Cibernetico & Zorro vs Vampiro & Abyss, a showcase of three guys who had no particular interest in being there and one poor American stuck in the middle of it. They did the Konnan/Vampiro stuff not because they have any interest in doing more with it, but because it was the only way to get a finish.

– Abyss was fine, but they could’ve stuck Psycho Clown in the same spot and actually built the final spots around someone who is on 100x more shows. Pardon me if I’ve used this comparison already and forgotten, but – who’s the biggest star, Skandalo or Psycho Clown? It really should be crazy to ask that question, but it’s really not.

– The Mega title match was in a tough position, as mentioned. It was 1 normal match surrounded by 7 high spot matches. Even in a better situation, it still was the wrong match for the story. Electro has a pattern of wanting to wrestle as a tecnico in singles matches, despite the story not going so well and Electro’s not being very good in this method. He’s doing it to prove a point, to win an argument, but he ought to be more concerned with having entertaining matches. The story going into the match was disrespect (Electro offended by Wagner think he’s better) and betray (Electro & Maniacos turning on Wagner), but we got a match as if they had still be friends since Rey de Reyes. And a post match that made no sense – Wagner should’ve been offering the handshake of I Doubted You, But You Proved Something To Us All Tonight, but instead Electro offered and bowed in a You Were Right, I Am Not On Your Level.

– The actual stipulation of the women’s trios appears to be losing PERSON is a maid, not losing TEAM. While that explains how Fabi got out of the stipulation this time, it’s something which was not made obvious before the match or after the match. As bad as the cage stipulation.

– The cage match was amusing for having only the rudos do the big tecnico jump off the top of the cage spots, but didn’t really add anything over a normal trios in that spot. (The best decision would’ve been swapping Nosawa & Alex, so there would be a rudo the crowd was into in the Cruiserweight match.)

The Chessman moonsault really was the best and worst of Chessman. He’s great in his willingness to do crazy things, but he’s not so great in his willingness to do crazy things which will cost him in the long term, and his inability to soak the most drama out of them. Everyone loves Fabi for her moves and her willingness to kick Sexi Star directly in the face, but the reason the fans really care about her is the connection she makes to the audience by her facial expressions and gestures. Fabi draws the fans into the match with her, Chessman might as well have done the move in an empty building. It might have been nerves, it might have been total focus on the move, but he should’ve spent a moment visibly deciding whether to leave or jump and spent another letting the fans anticipate what he was about to do. Those touches, bringing the fans along in an overstated fashion, are one of the reasons why guys like Konnan and Vampiro are still over despite all the other reasons against.

– If AAA brings in a bunch of foreigners/unknowns for Verano de Escandalo, I’m going to make a sort of visual lineup of those guys. Get together a head shot, put the name, maybe a phonetic pronunciation of the name and identifying detail. (Go would’ve been “Alto”.) Then, I’m going to send the link to @rudorivera on twitter, and ask him very nicely to print it out and take it with him. I’d do it for the whole announce crew, but he’s the only one on twitter I know.

It’s quite clearly something AAA should be doing themselves already – or maybe not even bringing in the random foreigners if their announce crew can’t even identify – but if I can do a small thing to make AAA a little better. The people who bring in these guys to AAA are doing it to entertain themselves, so I might as well try to make it a little more entertaining for myself too.

Dr. X/Diamante, Scorpio, lots of lineups

CMLL (SUN) 06/27 Arena Coliseo [@cmllmagazine]
1) Rayo Tapatío I & Rayo Tapatío II DQ Apocalipsis & Mortiz
2) La Seductora, Mima Shimoda, Princesa SujeiDalys la Caribeña, Lluvia, Luna Mágica
3) Dr. X, Euforia, Nosferatu DQ Diamante, Fuego, Rush
4) Hijo del Fantasma, Toscano, ValienteShigeo Okumura, Vangelis, Yoshihashi
5) Jushin Lyger, Máscara Año 2000, Universo 2000Brazo de Plata, La Máscara, Máximo

No real notes on the top two matches. Tercera ended in DQ when Dr. X went for Diamante’s mask. After the match, Diamante took Dr. X’s mask, and they appear to be feuding. Much better potential than Fabian el Gitano, though I don’t like Dr. X’s chances.

Luna Magica was overconfident at the end of the third fall, and Seductora surprised her for the win. Luna Magica should never ever be over confident.

I’m honestly confused on the opener.

Scorpio remembrances

Rayo de Jalisco talks to SuperLuchas about his feuds with Dinamitas and Atlantis, responds to Blue Demon’s comments about Arena Mexico.

Emilio Charles Jr. is in a Mexico City hospital, with an undisclosed injury. Cronicas Y Leyendas posted video of Emilio’s recent trainees.

360 Sync E3 preview of Heroes en el Ring.

With fighting taking place both in and out of the ring, wrestlers wielding muscles and furniture at random, and competitive online play not only supported but encouraged, Heroes Del Ring is shaping up to be a formidable entry into the fighting scene. Bringing a whole new flavor to fighting games, this fantastical festival of fisticuffs brings the entertaining and thematically deep world of masked wrestling to life at the hands of players who might think they’ve seen everything the genre has to offer. With a respectable amount of customization sprinkled amongst the compelling fight mechanics and competitive fighting modes,  should turn heads once it hits shelves August 9, 2010.

LuchaWorld has the June edition of Lucha World Magazine, with a Kcidis cover and Alfredo’s review of TripleMania.

Lucha 2000’s cover has the 10 man mask match, while Cesar evaluates the chances of the independents on that card making it to CMLL permanently.

Cronicas Y Leyendas has the Mendozas with lots of belts, and Los Mascaras in Japan.

Segunda Caida continues their reviews of Black Terry matches with matches from UWF and IWRG.

Lineups

IWRG (THU) 07/01 Arena Naucalpan
1) Epidemia vs Guizmo
2) Héros & Tonatiuh vs Dark Devil & Imposible
3) Comando Negro, Eterno, Hijo del Signo vs Brazo Metalico, Daga, Eragon
4) Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo, Gringo Loco vs Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro
5) Monster Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan, Veneno

Will Hijo de Pirata, Pirata, Veneno be the ones to stop the Psycho Circus’ streak???? (No.)

CMLL (SUN) 07/04 Arena Coliseo
1) Bengala & Horus vs Camorra & Cholo
2) Pequeño Olímpico, Tzuki, Último Dragoncito vs Pequeño Violencia, Pequeño Warrior, Pierrothito
3) Ángel Azteca Jr., Ángel de Oro, Ángel de Plata vs Histeria, Monsther, Oriental
4) Hijo del Fantasma, Sagrado, Toscano vs Ephesto, Texano, Vangelis
5) Brazo de Plata, Místico, Shocker vs Averno, Jushin Liger, Mephisto

I’m not sure working terceras against the Angels is the way to set up Oriental for a mask match with Mistico, but what do I know. (What I know is the minis match is going to 52MX. A winner is me!)

I think they’re setting up the required Mistico vs Liger match in main event, but they’ve been feuding Liger more with Porker. I have a desire to see that singles match. A very sick desire, but as long as they’re just going to screw around here, let’s screw around to an epic degree.

IWRG (SUN) 07/04 Arena Naucalpan
1) Eragon & Hijo del Pantera vs Eterno & Hijo del Signo
2) Centauro, Chico Che, Suicida vs ?, Gringo Loco, Kung Fu Jr.
3) Bobby Lee Jr., Scorpio Jr., Veneno vs Hijo de Pierroth (IWRG), Hijo del Cien Caras, Máscara Año 2000 Jr. [lumberjack strap match]
4) May Flowers vs Diva SalvajeSexy GladysNygmaMiss GaviotaPasion Kristal [cage, hair, mask]

That’s a random main event. Also, sending Nygma, Pasion Kristal and May Flowers is the sort of thing AAA does in Monterrey just before they stop showing up in Monterrey.

DTU (FRI) 07/23 Centro Banamex
1) Eterno, Flamita, Hormiga vs Daga, Masivo, Muerte Bucanera
2) Black Fire vs Iron Love, Drastik Boy, Sadico, Low Rider, Terry 2000, Epitafio
3) Magnifico & Shu el Guerrero vs Cuervo & Skayde and Electroshock & Paranoiko
4) Trauma I & Trauma II vs Crazy Boy & Último Gladiador
5) Chessman & Violento Jack vs Aeroboy & Negro Navarro

Chessman’s the guy who hasn’t worked DTU shows before. That should be a profoundly weird main event. Good to see Crazy Boy and Ultimo Gladiador putting their feud behind them!

NWA MEXICO (FRI) 07/23 Centro Banamex
1) Celestial vs Trauma II
2) Turbo vs Dr. Cerebro [NWA LIGHT]
3) Me Katana & Trauma I vs Cerebro Negro & Skayde
4) Black Terry & Solar I vs Negro Navarro & Rocky Santana and El Hijo de Aníbal & El Hijo del Solitario and Cien Caras & Máscara Año 2000 Jr.
5) Oliver John vs Blue Demon Jr. [PWR HEAVY]

Title is said to be “heavyweight championship”, but it would appear to be the PWR one based on the angle on the last Viva La Lucha PPV. Some of these other matches would presumably end up on the next PPV as well.

The rest of the matches for that show are scheduled to take place on the Perros del Mal show, whose lineup is noticeable absent. (So is AAA’s, but they’ve confirmed it’ll be a TV taping and prefer to hold those back.) I think Los Perros have enough people left to put on a show, but we still have four weeks ago.

CMLL (SAT) 07/24 Centro Banamex
1) Eléctrico & Mascarita Dorada vs Demus 3:16 & Pequeño Warrior
2) Dark Angel, Lluvia, Marcela vs Amapola, La Comandante, Princesa Sujei
3) La Máscara, Máximo, Valiente vs Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto
4) Atlantis, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero vs Jushin Liger, Shigeo Okumura, Yoshihashi
5) Místico, Shocker, Strong Man vs Héctor Garza, Terrible, Texano

This is basically the lineup Mistico announced at the press conference, with the minis and women’s matches specified. Semimain has been expanded from a tag to a trios.

IWRG (SAT) 07/24 Centro Banamex
1) Orito (Segura) & Panterita vs Black Terry & Dr. Cerebro
2) Bobby Lee Jr., Hijo de Brazo de Plata, Hijo del Pantera vs Fishman Jr., Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Hijo del Signo
3) el Ángel, Pantera, Villano III vs Fuerza Guerrera, Pirata Morgan, Veneno
4) Canek, Scorpio Jr., Tinieblas Jr. vs Cien Caras, Máscara Año 2000, Universo 2000

IWRG’s yearly show where everyone wears their old masks.

PANCRACIO (SUN) 07/25 Centro Banamex
1) Calle 13, Esprial Negro, Golden Bull vs Baby Perpez, Rey Den, Zicario
2) Lola Gonzalez vs ? [lightning]
3) Black Shadow Jr., Hijo de Kato Kung Lee, Nuevo Kat Kung Lee, Villano IV vs Coco Amarillo, Coco Azul, Coco Rojo, Coco Verde
4) El Mimo & Loockman vs Ojo Diabolico Jr. & Super Halcon Jr.

El Pancracio’s show. Main event was earlier listed as relevos suicidas with the masks on the line.

Scorpio, Peste Negra win, lineup

More on Scorpio’s passing:

  • Luchas 2000 quotes Fantasma saying he believes Scorpio was going in to the hospital on Tuesday for knee replacement surgery, but they found problems with his liver and kidney.
  • El Manana has a photo of the casket, and says Scoprio died at him from a heart attack. I’m sure these stories match up some way, but it takes some work.
  • Cronicas Y Leyendas talks about Scorpio being one of the best rudos ever.
  • DJ Spectro tells a story about meeting Scorpio for the first time
  • Al Filo del Ring has an old interview with both Scorpios.
  • Perros del Mal put up a note on their site, as did AAA (using a photo of his short lived gimmick there, Quasimodo). CMLL posted condolences on twitter and had a moment of applause during last night’s show.

CMLL (FRI) 06/25 Arena Mexico [@cmllmagazine, SuperLuchas, CMLL]
1) Metálico & Trueno b Cholo & Zayco
2) Arkangel de la Muerte, Puma King, Tiger Kid b Ángel Azteca Jr., Ángel de Oro, Ángel de Plata
3) Eléctrico b Astral [lightning]
4) Fabián el Gitano, Sagrado, Stuka Jr. b Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus
5) Averno, Jushin Lyger, Mephisto b Blue Panther, Hijo del Fantasma, La Máscara
6) Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas DQ La Sombra, Místico, Shocker

It was a very Peste Negra night. Niebla faked a foul from Sombra to draw the DQ. Earlier, Negro Casas was given the Trofeo Bobby Bonales.

Lyger worked well with Averno & Mephisto.

Astral was said to look nervous.

Puma snuck in a foul on Angel de Oro for the win.

Matches teased for the anniversary show on this week’s Ras de Lona

  • Mistico vs Mr. Aguila, mask vs hair
  • Fabian el Gitano vs Dr. X (the return!), mask vs mask
  • Sensei, and Los Angels vs Tiger Kid & Puma King, mask vs mask
  • Dark Angel vs Princesa Sujei, for the title, and for hair vs mask
  • Bam Bam vs Damian, for the title and hair vs hair
  • MSM Fly vs Poder Mexica, maks vs masks
  • Negro Casas vs Jushin Lyger, for the title (hair vs mask not mentioned!)
  • Mistico vs Mr. Niebla
  • Mistico & Ultimo Guerrero teaming up (?!?)
  • Shocker vs Mr. Niebla, hair vs mask

Yes, all of those for the anniversary show. Apparently, it’ll be a long show and slightly newsworthy.

Actual news:

  • Strong Man is having bicep surgery
  • They managed to squeeze in mentions of Carlos Monsivais and Scorpio’s deaths.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update, including info on EAW’s next show including Latin Lover.

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 07/02 Arena Mexico
1) Metálico & Tigre Blanco vs Disturbio & Semental
2) Fabián el Gitano, Molotov, Sensei vs Arkangel de la Muerte, Puma King, Tiger Kid
3) Fuego vs Cancerbero [lighting]
4) Lady Apache, Luna Mágica, Marcela vs Amapola, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sujei
5) La Máscara, Máximo, Toscano vs Jushin Lyger, Shigeo Okumura, Yoshihashi
6) La Sombra, Místico, Shocker vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas

Main event is a rematch. Ras de Lona had Porky in Sombra’s spot.

CMLL (FRI) 07/02 Arena Mexico
1) Metlico & Tigre Blanco vs Disturbio & Semental
2) Fabin el Gitano, Molotov, Sensei vs Arkangel de la Muerte, Puma King, Tiger Kid
3) Fuego vs Cancerbero [lighting]
4) Lady Apache, Luna Mgica, Marcela vs Amapola, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sujei
5) La Mscara, Mximo, Toscano vs Jushin Lyger, Shigeo Okumura, Yoshihashi
6) La Sombra, Mstico, Shocker vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas

Scorpio, Silver King, Nuevo Laredo

Scorpio (Senior), Rafael Nunez, passed away this morning. Scorpio was part of El Toreo in the 80s, one of many guys who could claim a win over Canek for the UWA Heavyweight Title (and lost it back to him two months later.) Scorpio was given the Feo gimmick that was passed down to his son, Scorpio Jr. In recent years, Scorpio was a Mexico City Box Y Lucha commissioner and was often seen during incidents at the CMLL Arena Mexico shows.

Silver King, can count to 6/Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (THU) 06/24 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (flickr), @thegladiatores]
1) Guerrero 2000 b Alan Extreme
2) Comando Negro, Eterno, Hijo del Signo b Dark Devil, Guerrero Nazi, Imposible
3) Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo, Gringo Loco b Brazo Metalico, Daga, Eragon
4) Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro b Bombero Infernal, Maldito Jr., Samot [captains hair]
5) Silver King b Máscara Año 2000 Jr. [IWRG IC HEAVY]

Mascara Ano 2000 Jr. lost the title to Silver King. Way to let Arena Naucalpan down! If this whole story ends up with, say, Chico Che winning the heavyweight title to avenge IWRG, I’d vote it for feud of the year. If this whole story ends with Silver King walking off with the heavyweight title and never returning to defending it, in Negro Casas/Mistico style, it’d be great on a different level. Dos de Tres has promos with the new champion and the old champion.

Dr. Cerebro & Bombero Infernal were the captains, so Bombero Infernal lost his hair.

Guerrero Nazi is a tecnico! I was sure I’ve seen that name before, but I can’t find any previous matches. Dark Devil was hanging around Arena Neza when they were running the Colmillo Blanco/Ramstein shows there. I presume that’s a trio of Negro Navarro students.

CMLL Nuevo Laredo mega show (in need of a name) press conference notes: the Gladaitores, Cesar (who notes all of the undercard connections to Oriental), and SuperLuchas (who links back here – echo chamber complete!) Of the non-Oriental & Mistico teams, it sounds like Atlantis vs Olimpico was the only pushed slightly as a rivalry.

NJPW has an article hyping the Okumura, Liger, Yoshihashi vs Garza, Terrible, Niebla match just to get in on the hyping of things.  There’s an obvious relationship on the Japanese team between importance and casualness of clothes worn for a press conference.

If Garza is back with CMLL, does that mean someone else is coming in to lead the Independents? Did they forget about that?

Arena Mexico previews: SuperLuchas, and Ovaciones has one after it’s Nuevo Laredo preview. Today’s about as a lame duck a Friday show can get. There’s nothing going on heading into the show, CMLL spent yesterday hyped an entirely different show, and no one will be talking about this show tomorrow. There might be some good matches, but there might not be many people watching them. There surely will be a moment of applause for Scorpio.

Dragon Rojo says Poder Mexica was winning 80% of the title match, can’t understand how he lost again. Dragon Rojo’s family came to see him with the title, but instead he was hurt after Metro’s German suplex, so Metro is a new rival. Dragon Rojo might actually win that feud. Might.

Espladas Planas has video of Nemesis’ injury.

R de Rudo interviews Sangre Fria.

Cronicas Y Leyendas writes about El Halcon’s Luchador of 1975, but you’ll have to click the link to find out who won. Also, a look back of a major LLI card in 1982.

Segunda Caida finishes off February IWRG, then gives out it’s awards for the month.

LuchaWorld has the newest Slammin’  Stan.