01/22-23 Lucha Times

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AAA-US: best of, part 3

52MX: Grab bag trios matches.

LATV: a rerun

GdL: the coliseum of the east brings the exotic match of, uh, Tuareg vs Angels. Fantasma/Sombra/Dorada vs Alebrije/Olimpico/Psicosis

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CMLL: Rudos vs Invasors, the theme of the weekend.

AAA-MEX: new matches! Half the Ecatepec taping, your guess as good as mine at which half.

CMLL-FOX: Mistico vs Ultimo Guerrero + Cancerberos vs lost tecnicos

C3: Women’s cibernetico, Atlantis/Rey/UG vs Mascara/Sombra/Mistico.

CMLL-GDL: bonus match is Truenos vs Cats, again.

Puebla: airs on Sunday (1 hour), not sure about Monday. Averno/Mephisto/Volador vs Mascara/Sombra/Valiente in the main event.

ACM: Chica de Arabia vs Medico Infernal

PdM: ????

IWRG: the Thursday taping? That’d be Gringos vs Cerberos.

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CMLL-TFN: airing new episodes again. This week’s show has Raziel/Angel de Plata and Hector Garza/Ultimo Guerrero

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX #266 (12/25/2010)

Arena Coliseo, 12/19/2010

Rey Cometa is quite the catch

download: http://www.multiupload.com/GEHS4QJ5XC

the battle royal: Why I am uploading the battle royal? Metal Blanco is unstoppable in battle royals!

Euforia, Nosferatu, Pólvora vs Fuego, Molotov, Rey Cometa [MEX TRIOS, #1, QF]: Nosferatu is never ever going to get his Cancerberos card. He was still enjoyable here. He and Euforia did their best to finish off Cometa for good in the spot over there. Molotov seems like he’s getting a bigger opportunity lately, and I only wish he was at least sort of interesting. I don’t have as much problem with Polvora, but it’s so weird how he and Raziel do the same big moves, and the comparison does not benefit Polvora. Whatever happened to Vaquero?

Palacio Negro of the Week

Metal Blanco, Palacio Negro, Sagrado vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Loco Max, Skándalo [MEX TRIOS, #1, QF]: YES. A really good start. Not just for Palacio & Metal, but for this match up. We might see Blanco/Negro vs Tuareg a few more times. This wasn’t as big a showcase as the next match, but they’re building.

Metal Blanco, Palacio Negro, Sagrado vs Euforia, Nosferatu, Pólvora [MEX TRIOS, #1, SF]: Also, YES. I don’t have much to say about the match, because you should go ahead and watch it and you don’t need me for that. I just want to marvel at the beautiful asymmetry taking place. Sagrado will forever be the guy set up to be a fantastic new tecnico, but totally fell apart during his introductory match. Now he’s the guy teaming with the fantastic new tecnicos of 2011 and was the one making sure it didn’t come together. You never get a second chance at a first time, but this was a neat consultation prize.

top six stories of the last two weeks

not including today

  1. AAA returned to TV taping, with Cibernetico revealing he’d hurt Parka’s three year old.
  2. Angel de Oro, Diamante and Rush won the Mexican Trios Titles
  3. Blue Demon vs Santo drew very well in TJ, after a Misterio Sr. benefit show did very poorly
  4. CMLL started airing in HD
  5. La Mascara beat Psicosis clean, while Mephisto cheated to beat Hijo del Fantasma. Both have been teased as Dos Leyendas match ups.
  6. Fray Tormenta won a hair

Other
– Damian 666 & Hijo de Lizmark won Copa Higher Power
– Comando Negro & Scorpio Jr. won IWRG’s Toreno Proyeccion
– Mistico beat Negro Casas and Ultimo Guerrero in singels matches.
– CMLL/NJPW lineups announced.
– FMLL offically announced for March with lineups
La Parka wouldn’t share his dessert

Marcela gets her 10th title chance, Truneo/Puma, Rafa el Maya

CMLL (TUE) 01/18 Arena Mexico [CMLL (via Estrellas del Ring), Cesar]
1) Apocalipsis & Cholo b Camaleón & Freesbe
2) Marcela b Princesa Blanca, Dark Angel, Goya Kong, Estrellita, Princesa Sujei, Tiffany, La Comandante, Luna Mágica, Zeuxis, Lluvia, Mima Shimoda, Dalys la Caribeña, La Seductora [#1 Contenders, CMLL WOMEN]
3) Euforia, Nosferatu, Vangelis b Ángel de Oro, Fuego, Sagrado
4) Atlantis, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero b La Máscara, La Sombra, Místico

La Mascara replaced Mascara Dorada, who worked for a week after the Tokyo Dome and hasn’t been seen since. RadioCMLL mentioned his knee problems in explaining why he wasn’t on the show, but that’s the only official word. If it wasn’t for the trios title defense, I don’t think Dorada would be going on this tour and he’s probably getting more time off it after.

Rudos took the first and third clean, with an Atlantida and Bucanero Destroyer.

Women’s match is listed in reverse order of elimination, with Sujei & Estrellita being the required double pin. They did a battle royal for sides before the match, so the match was full of rudo/rudo and tecnico/tecnico matches. Cesar says the cibernetico was very exciting, but it’s amazing CMLL has made me feel disappointed with getting an Amapola/Marcela. That’s probably going to be a pretty good match. It probably was all 9 other times they’ve done that match during this title reign. I’d still rather see a new idea be tried (even if fails) than CMLL running the same old idea into the ground.

Happier note: first win of the year for Cholo!

CMLL (TUE) 01/18 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Fuego en el Ring]
1) In Memoriam b Hierro
2) Demus 3:16 & Durango Kid b Robin & Sensei
3) Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno DQ Puma King & Tiger Kid
4) Shigeo Okumura, Virus, Yoshihashi b Delta, Metal Blanco, Stuka Jr.
5) Héctor Garza & Volador Jr. b Rush & Super Porky

A stupendous night for evil doers!

Rudos took the main event and semimain (Virus on Stuka) clean.

Rookie referee Samurai was out of position in the tercera, and so Mr. Trueno faked a foul from Puma King to get the win again. Truenos 2, Cats 0, but somehow Puma talked Mr. Trueno into defending his Occidente Middleweight championship. Do the Truenos no longer have the Pacific Coast tag team titles? Note to JCR: please air these matches on Teleformua. Please. Thank you!

Rafa el Maya think he should be CMLL Referee of the Year for officiating 32 title and apuesta matches in 2010. I didn’t know there was such an award, but it’s CMLL press release so something’s up. This feels like a setup to Tirantes winning, somehow.

Mi Lucha Libre has a good interview with Tribal, a DTU & IWL luchador who’s shown up in AAA dark matches. (Trivia: he was one of the opponents for the original Bizarros one and only AAA match.) He says he moved to Puebla to train under Black Tiger when he was 16, has learned from Gran Apache and now trains with El Mexicano.  They have another interview with Halcon 78 Jr., who the son of Halcon 78/El Mexicano and La Briosa. Halcon 78 is a tecnico gimmick, but Briosa is a famous ruda and wants her son to be more rudo-ish.

Sangre Azteca insists he’s 100% rudo, he just happens to be in feuds with all rudos. Denial is not just a river in Egypt.

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CMLL (TUE) 01/25 Arena Mexico
1) Leono, Molotov, Starman vs Durango Kid, Escorpion, Tiger Kid
2) Ángel Azteca Jr., Ángel de Plata, Sensei vs Hooligan, Loco Max, Nitro
3) Diamante, Metro, Valiente vs Euforia, Vangelis, Virus
4) Amapola vs Marcela [CMLL WOMEN]
5) Blue Panther, Máscara Dorada, Super Porky vs Héctor Garza, Mr. Águila, Olímpico

Mascara Dorada is the only guy on the NJPW tour working this show. Except he’s not going to be working this show.

I guess Puma couldn’t challenge for the tag titles because Tiger Kid will be back in Mexico City on the important business of wrestling Leono.

CMLL Guadalajara on Teleformula #27 (12/26/2010)

taped Arena Coliseo Guadalajara, 11/30/2010

Dragon Rojo, Submission Wizard!

download: http://av2.radioformula.com.mx/vidMUL/luchamania/101226_luchamania1_v.wmv – I bet the show doesn’t end 3 seconds after the finish in this version.

Averno, Mephisto, Volador Jr. vs Blue Panther, Máximo, Toscano: a Blue Panther match. As required by statue, Averno is invovled – also feels like Toscano is around for a lot of these. I hope people are paying enough attention to Panther’s ideas on how to layout a match so we might see them after Panther’s not around. Nice surprise finish too.

La Sombra vs Dragón Rojo Jr.: This match was better than Sombra/Aguila, though perhaps more so in acheivement than merit. The story was really nice too. This was not two equal men going at it with one guy eeking it out, or the young guys surprising the vet. This was Dragon throwing every thing he had at Sombra, only to find out he didn’t have nearly enough. Sombra survived the Dragon Bomb, beat Dragon Rojo with his own big move, and clearly proved he was the superior man. 2010!