Expo: Demon/Lider new champs, Psicosis v Mistico, Santo v AAA, lineups

CMLL (FRI) 07/23 Arena Mexico [SuperLuchasCesar]
1) Astro Boy & MetálicoMortiz & Semental
2) Amapola, Princesa Blanca, Princesa SujeiDark Angel, Lluvia, Luna Mágica
3) Ángel de Oro, Diamante, RushCancerbero, Raziel, Virus
4) MarcelaLady Apache [lightning]
5) Felino, Negro Casas, Rey BucaneroBlue Panther, Delta, La Máscara
6) Héctor Garza, Mr. Águila, Psicosis DQ Místico, Shocker, Strong Man

Rudos won in straight falls, pinning Shocker & Strong Man in the first, and Psicosis tossing his mask to Mistico to draw the DQ in the second. Psicosis also did a legdrop from the top of the stage onto Mistico in the move of the night. Mistico wanted a mask vs mask match, but Psicosis agreed only to a singles match and then they’ll see. Psicosis vs Mistico looks to be the main event of the Anniversary show. More could be added, but they’re the best bet.

Felino came to the ring with a guitar and dressed as if he was Rigo. Not the IWRG guy, the Mexican musician with long hair (that Rigo was parodying.) Rudos beat Panther to win the match after Delta had taken La Mascara out on a dive by accident.

Third match was said to be pretty good.

DTU (FRI) 07/23 Centro Banamex [Estrellas del RingR de RuddoEspaldas Planas]
1) Chica Tormenta b Dement Xtreme, Lady Luxor
2) Flamita b Tacubo, Muerte Bucanera, Dement Extreme, Ciclope, Hormiga,Lobo Metalico
3) Trivan b Black Fire
4) Trauma I & Trauma II b Paranoiko & Psicosis III
5) Eterno & Low Rider b Crazy Boy & Daga and Drastik Boy & Iron Love
6) Joe Lider b Aeroboy, Kaientai, Violento Jack, Murder Angel [DTU]

Lider pinned Aeroboy to pick up the the DTU title in the main event.

Eterno pinned Daga; those two are feuding across promotions. Silver King, looking for another promotion to get involved in, showed up after the semimain to challenge Crazy Boy to a street fight at their August show.

A few minutes into the Traumas match, Paranoiko took off his own mask and walked to the back, never to return. No one seems to mention why. One of the Traumas was ripping at his mask, maybe it broke it and he didn’t have another one?

NWA MEXICO (FRI) 07/23 Centro Banamex [Estrellas del RingR de RudoThe Gladiatores]
1) Apolo Dantés & Cesar Dantes b Cien Caras Jr. & El Hijo de Aníbal
2) Skayde b Carta Brava Jr., Hanaoka, Mr. Katana [NWA MEX WELTER]
3) Turbo b Templario [NWA MEX LIGHT]
4) Black Terry & Solar I DRAW Negro Navarro & Rocky Santana
5) Blue Demon Jr. b Oliver John [PWR HEAVY]

Only the Gladiatores has the right titles in the  matches (the other two said Demon won the NWA Heavyweight Title back, though they later corrected that on Twitter.) I’m not sure if it was just accidental confusion or if the promotion was making things confusing. (07/26 Edit: PWR assures me that it was announced as for their title, not for the NWA title.)

Results also list Skyde with the lighteweight belt and Turbo with the welterweight belt, which is the opposite of the last time we’ve seen them (I’ve got them corrected above.) Not that it really means anything, since it’s the same exact physical belt and they only defend it once every six months, but Turbo and Skayde were listed as if they had swapped championship since last time we saw them. Tag match was said to be very good. Templario hurt himself in his title match but managed to finish.

IWRG (FRI) 07/23 Centro Banamex [The GladiatoresEstrellas del RingEspaldas PlanasR de Rudo]
1) Cerebro Negro & Dr. CerebroOrito (Segura) & Panterita
2) Fishman Jr., Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Hijo del SignoBobby Lee Jr., Hijo del Brazo de Plata, Hijo del Pantera
3) el Ángel, Pantera, Villano III DQ Fuerza Guerrera, Pirata Morgan, Veneno
4) Canek, Scorpio Jr., Tinieblas Jr. DQ Hijo del Cien Caras, Máscara Año 2000, Universo 2000

This was the annual Mask Festival show, where everyone wore their old masks and gave them away after their match.

Before the main, IWRG (Cesar Moreno & Black Terry) handed out awards for various people: El Signo (still recovering from injury, accepted by his son), Tinieblas Sr., Mascara Ano 2000, Universo 2000 and Cien Caras (accepted by his son, not sure why Caremlo Reyes wasn’t there). Everyone congratulated each other, and then the rudos jumped the tecnicos to start the main event. Rudos won the first, tecnicos the second, and Pirata ran in the third to set up a mask/hair match with Canek. Please, no.

DQ in the semimain was for Pirata blatantly fouling Villano III. First two matches were both straight fall wins for the rudos.

Black Terry Jr. has a metric ton of photos from the first day. Los Perros del Mal took a picture of one familiar fan waiting in line for autographs.

The big out of the ring news was Dorian Roldan saying AAA had been sued by El Hijo del Santo. Dorian posted on Twitter that Santo was angry about being on the TripleMania DVD (or, probably more accurately, angry he was on the DVD without being paid more). Dorian did not seem worried about it. Santo acknowledged the suit but said no more.

Ras de Lona bits

  • Hype for Mistico vs Psicosis
  • Puma King refused to shake hands with Tiger Kid after the events of the cage match. Replays showed they both hit each other during the match before Tiger knocked Puma off the cage and left him to die. They might actually be going somewhere with this.
  • Still no footage from Nuevo Laredo, but they had Oriental (now painting his face with kanji) talking about his loss
  • Olimpico’s faked the fakest foul in the history of fake fouls on Tuesday.
  • Strong Man promo, refers to himself in the third person as “the Strongman” repeatedly.
  • Loco Max showed off Centella de Oro’s hair. And Tony Rivera’s, for some reason. Seuxis, with new weird eye makeup, showed off Silueta’s mask.
  • Multiple interviews with Sangre Chicana.
  • Garza and Tirantes promo, setting up more with Volador & Sombra

CMLL’s main show is on at 3PM CT this Sunday. Coloso Colosetti will be featured.

Fuego en el Ring says Arena Coliseo Guadalajara lucha libre is airing at 7 pm on Saturdays and noon on Sundays. (That’s 8pm and 1pm Eastern.) Show airs on Megacable 6, which has a website and a streaming feed. I’d guess it’s the Teleforumla show, but maybe they’d air it all the way thru.

SuperLuchas has  profile of Oaxaca trainer Challenger.

Estrellas de Ring has an interview with Rey Cobra.

Diario de Xalapa has a story on local luchador/boxer of the past, Aguila Negra.

411Mania has a recap of last night’s Lucha Libre USA show.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.


CMLL (TUE) 07/27 Arena Mexico
1) Robin & Trueno vs Disturbio & Semental
2) Dalys la Caribeña, Lluvia, Marcela vs La Seductora, Princesa Sujei, Seuxis
3) Diamante, Pegasso, Rey Cometa vs Euforia, Raziel, Virus
4) Hijo del Fantasma, Sagrado, Strong Man vs Histeria, Jushin Lyger, Olímpico
5) La Máscara, La Sombra, Máscara Dorada vs Héctor Garza, Terrible, Texano

Trios champs versus likely contenders a week before the usual fan appreciation show. I wonder what could happen?

Lyger, Histeria and Olimpico is such a weird team. Did Yoshihashi get hurt? Ras de Lona had Valiente in Strong Man’s spot.

Team RAPIDA vs the Cancerberos in the tecera.

CMLL (FRI) 07/30 Arena Mexico
1) Horus & Leono vs Camorra & Súper Comando
2) Ángel Azteca Jr., Ángel de Oro, Ángel de Plata vs Arkangel de la Muerte, Loco Max, Skándalo
3) Felino, Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero vs Charly Manson, Héctor Garza, Mr. Águila
4) Último Guerrero vs EphestoTexano Jr.AvernoMephistoMáscara DoradaStuka Jr.La Sombra [CMLL Universal, tournament]
5) Místico vs Psicosis

Psicosis has something to prove. Ras de Lona didn’t mention that match, or any main event. I dunno.

Five rudos in this half of the bracket, including all four Hijos de Averno. The match up they’re teasing has to be a rematch of last year’s finals (Ultimo Guerrero vs Texano Jr.), but with the long tease of Terrible & Texano leaving the rest of the group to partner with Garza, I wonder if this might be the time they actually do that break. Only Stuka or Ephesto would be big surprises coming out of this side, everyone else is pretty reasonable. Might have a reasonable chance for decent length matches with only five matches (and a singles match on top.) I still like the idea of Volador vs Sombra in the final, but there’s other ways they could go here.

Next Friday’s remaining champions: Lyger, Negro, Garza, Aguila, Mascara, Volador, Valiente, Metro. 07/30 seems like the stronger week.  Too bad Charlie lost to X-Fly, he totally would’ve been in this.