Lucha Libre USA: Masked Warriors #3 (07/30/2010)

taped 06/19

typical conversation from a luchablog staff meeting

What a brawl that we’ve agreed never to talk about again. Maybe there’s a special half hour of Lucha Libre USA where they talked about the brawl, Treachery, the huge rivalry between Amazing Kong and Tigresa Caliente, Mini Park’s uncle and RJ Brewer’s mom. Or maybe I’m just better off with a show where I don’t pay attention to the commentary, that’s probably been a big benefit over the years.

Trios match was good, solving the mystery of who would win in a fight between Lizmark Jr. and Octagoncito. I’m guessing the plan here is Lizmark vs Marco in the heavyweight final (or at least it was before Carlito) and they seem to be moving well in that direction. Rellik/Charly didn’t really make either guy seem really interesting. Amazing Kong was treated like a huge star, but she needs someone better to face than Tigresa Caliente.

The better stuff was the vignettes. La Vida la Lujo as a telenovela is a bit inspired, as was Tinieblas & Oriental meeting. They did a better job of setting up matches for the next show, but those kind of disappeared to the background.

I recapped shows long enough to know I should tape a few minutes long. It’ll be better next time.

Copa Herdez, Atlantis/Rayo

CMLL HERDEZ (SUN) 08/01 Arena Mexico [Ovaciones]
1) Lady Apache, Lluvia, Princesa Blanca b Amapola, Mima Shimoda, Princesa Sujei
2) Bam Bam, Eléctrico, Último Dragoncito b Demus 3:16, Pequeño Nitro, Pierrothito
3) Averno, Mephisto, Terrible, Texano b La Máscara, La Sombra, Máximo, Toscano
4) Héctor Garza, Jushin Lyger, Negro Casas b Místico, Shocker, Volador Jr.
5) Rey Bucanero & Último Guerrero b Atlantis & Rayo de Jalisco Jr. and Máscara Año 2000 & Universo 2000 and Brazo de Oro & Brazo de Plata [Copa Herdez]

Sold show. Food company, so it was probably one of those where you got at ticket with a few purchases. Bucanero & UG won over Atlantis & Rayo de Jalisco, who had issues getting along.

Mistico & Volador got along, but the article assures us they’re still feuding.

Blanca replaced Dark Angel, who told SuperLuchas she’d be out for a while with an arm injury.

CMLL (SUN) 08/01 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Fuego en el Ring]
1) Black Metal & El Divino b Metalik & Titanio
2) Angelo & Magnum b Acertijo & Ráfaga
3) Gallo b Ebola [OCCIDENTE LH]
4) Máximo & Valiente b Dragón Rojo Jr. & Sangre Azteca
5) Rayo de Jalisco Jr., Shocker, Volador Jr. b Atlantis, Jushin Liger, Rey Bucanero

All the tecnicos pinned all the rudos, including Rayo pinning Atlantis. Somehow, this sets up Atlantis challenging Rayo for the WWA Heavyweight Championship next week.

That title match will probably end in controversy. Whoever’s booking here hates clean finishes in big matches. Ebola had the title won in straight falls, but got disqualified for excessive violence. Gallo, hurt knee and all, rallied to win the third fall and keep the title.

Al Filo del Ring has video of Saturday’s Arena Lopez Mateos main event: Ultimo Guerrero, Dragon Rojo Jr., and Negro Casas vs Mistico, Sombra and La Mascara.

The Invader-centric show at Arena Azteca Budokan had Charly Manson fouling Hijo de Dr. Wagner Jr. in the main event. Pequeno Halloween, not listed on the original card, worked in the undercard. Hope he gets a shot to come back as an Invader.

Coliseo Coacalco had Super Z & Josef Von Schmidt, the two German guys who’ve been showing up on indy cards the last month or so,  lose to Magnifico & Tony Rivera to set up a title match next week.

El Pancracio has an interview about el Mimo about winning a mask at the Expo, with Fantasma de la Opera and Oro II about their feud, and an profile of Acapulco wrestler Ramtha.

There’s a teaser for a Blue Demon motion comic on YouTube.

Luchas2000 #532 has Metal Blanco & Stuka, Sombra, Peste Negra, and Mesias.

Segunda Caida has three more Black Terry matches.

CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico) #207 (07/24/2010)

Arena Mexico, 07/18/2010

Valiente always wants the tougher highspot

Thank god for Fabian el Gitano. He restored some of my faith in lucha libre.

I’ve made the joke about X match between Y’s best match ever, because they just happened to be in a match with five other people being great, but this was Fabian’s best match ever because of Fabian el Gitano. He worked incredibly hard during the final fall with Angel de Oro, pulling out moves I can’t recall ever having seen and playing rudo (which I’m also not sure if he’s ever done.) There was great drama there, and not the teetering towards disaster kind of drama I expected. Angel de Oro was no slacker, but this was Fabian’s finest moment.

The rest of the cage matches were good by cage match standards. Three minutes of brawling before starting to let people go worked better than the usual longer periods of nothingness, and they seemed to space the escapes out enough so there was a solid rhythm to them. Tiger Kid’s turn on Puma King came off well and is exactly the sort of thing they should follow up on, though I’m not sure how mad Puma should really be when he pulled the same thing on Angel de Oro (in another bit that worked well.) Hombre Bala is either a crazy old man or there’s a new Monsther, and I’m still not sure either way. Track this match down.

The opener here was even more butchered up than the one on the last week, and this one looked like it was actualy pretty good. Disappionting.