Mephisto keeps his title via punch, Porky vs Mistico?, school of hard juice

CMLL (FRI) 01/14 Arena Mexico [CMLL, Fuego en el RingMTCesarSuperLuchas]
1) Rayo Tapatío I & Rayo Tapatío IIEscorpion & Hijo del Signo
2) Pequeño Universo 2000, Pequeño Warrior, PierrothitoBam Bam, Eléctrico, Mascarita Dorada
3) Dark AngelPrincesa Sujei [lightning]
4) Averno, Terrible, TexanoMetro, Rush, Toscano
5) MephistoHijo del Fantasma [NWA WELTER]
6) Felino, Negro Casas, Rey BucaneroMáximo, Místico, Super Porky

Semimain bled into the main event. Usual quick split falls (Mephisto, Fantasma) to set up a long third fall in the title match. Averno stuck around after his match to second Mephisto, and Mistico came out early to second Fantasma. That probably should’ve been a warning sign since they usually grab random guys from the undercard, not people who still have matches. Late in the third, Averno tripped Fantasma coming off the ropes. Mistico jumped on the apron to protest and the commissioner ordered Averno to the back. They were still calming down Mistico while Averno was leaving, and the referee (Tigre Hispano)  did not see Averno pass brass knuckles to Mephisto. Mephisto socked Fantasma with the knucks and covered him to retain the title. Fantasma was out and had to be helped to the back. One of the radiocmll announcers called it an Antonio Margarito punch, which was a fine line.

Angry Mistico attacked Averno and Mephisto, and the rudos laid him out and stole his mask. Besides setting up an interesting possible relevos suicidas for Dos Leyendas, that meant Mistico was getting medical attention in the back while the main event started. Pesta Negro took full advantage, rushing out to attack Maximo & Porky as the walked to the ring and winning a quick first fall. Mistico returned in time for the second, but took himself out with a dive onto Felino. Negro & Rey knocked down Maximo, front suplexed Porky on top of his son, held on for one pin, then rolled them over for another pin. It was nifty move and it got them the sweep. Super Porky was angry with Mistico after the match.

Toscano, the captain, took a double powerbomb for the loss in the fourth match. That was Rush’s first loss since Copa Junior.

Dark Angel won in 5:53

End of the minis match went bad for those involved. You can see it on the clips (which should be up for all the matches), but the worst was Dorada not totally connecting on a diving headscissors to the floor. Dorada’s head slammed on the floor, knocking him out. Mascarita regained conciousness backstage but was held for observation. Bam Bam’s dive was off enough to kick Mini Warrior in the face on the way down. There was a tease of some Bam Bam/Mascarita Dorada tension in the first fall.

Tirantes worked as a referee on this show – in the minis show at least, and maybe more – but didn’t seem to influence the finishes. Attendance was very good.

Ras de Lona had a ton of interviews to catch up on recent news. Not a lot of news, though they did give us a interview with the next IWGP Tag Team champions Okumura & Atlantis. (Or not.) Those two, Mistico, Maximo and Mascara Dorada were all interviewed specifically about the shows in Japan. Announcers and Maximo did not seem to know who Dino is, so that’ll be fun.

Today’s the first AAA taping in 41 days. Hooray for something actually happening here.

One Entertainment is now licensing the CMLL brand and talking about DVDs and other products. We’ll see.

Juvi had a press conference for his new school. He’s limiting class size to 10 people, and bringing in Fuerza, Skayde, Negro Navarro, Solar and Durango Kid as trainers. The Gladiatores has video of the press conference.

Marco Corleone and Dorian Roldan had an animated conversation on Twitter last night. You can read all the tweets here, but I’ll try to sum it up for you:

Marco (earlier, here in the comments!): WWE is killing CMLL & AAA because the people who run them aren’t doing a good enough job
Dorian: sick of all these ungrateful foreigners who worked for AAA (cc: Marco)
Marco: Really? I was over and you didn’t do anything with me, just like CMLL said would happen
Dorian: JUDAS!
Marco: Can’t we have an adult conversation?
Dorian: [starts passively-aggressively ReTweeting sayings]

Maybe they had a better conversation in some other form, though it doesn’t look so from Marco’s followup. Dorian’s go to move is the ReTweet, between this and the Dancing Hijo del Santo thing. No one’s a more passionate defender of AAA than Dorian Roldan,k which makes it confusing that he’d ever bother to read this site.



CMLL doesn’t have next Friday’s lineup up yet. Ras de Lona had the top two matches, but I deleted it without writing the matches down. They were both generic trios matches. No follow up to Averno & Mistico (or Mistico & Porky) because they’ll be in Japan all next week, and no follow up to Mephisto & Fantasma (because Fantasma will be out with the head injury?)

PdM (TUE) 02/01 Arena Aficion
1) Monster Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Balam, Bestia 666, X-Fly
2) Extreme Tiger, Jack Evans, La Parka Jr. vs Damián 666, el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Halloween

This actually might be an IWL show, but the Perros announced it on their website. (The other Perros del Mal show has an IWL tag title defense.) I mention it more here because I finally realized that Balam is the previous unnamed big guy who was wearing a ski mask for months, and I wanted to see if I was the last to figure that out.