CMLL (TUE) 07/19/2011 Arena Mexico [CMLL, Record]
1) Camorra & Disturbio b Soberano Jr. & Trueno
2) Ángel Azteca Jr., Ángel de Plata, Hombre Bala Jr. b Bobby Zavala, Puma King, Tiger
Tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Euforia, Raziel, Virus b Pegasso, Rey Cometa, Starman
Rudos took 1/3, submitting Cometa to a triple tapatia in the third fall.
4) Fuego DQ Dr. X [lightning]
Fuego was about to win this match when Arkangel ran in to attack. The Tuareg all ended up beating up Fuego.
5) Blue Panther, Sangre Azteca, Valiente b Misterioso Jr., Pólvora, Shigeo Okumura
Small bit of revenge for Valiente, who’s team took falls 1/3 to win.
6) El Alebrije, Mr. Águila, Psicosis b Ángel de Oro, La Sombra, Máscara Dorada
Psicosis snuck in a foul on Sombra to take the win.
This week’s Figure Four Weekly says Sin Cara failed his drug test in June, but was not suspended right away because he said he was taking the prohibited substance under doctor’s care. Sin Cara either never provided documentation to prove it or what he provided wasn’t enough, so he was finally suspended. On the board, Bryan said Sin Cara’s loss to Christian didn’t have anything to do with this situation.
As expected, Sin Cara explained his side of the story to Record. That’s the same outlet Rey Misterio talked to after his suspension, and who Sin Cara has talked to in the past (often with some controversy.) Sin Cara says he does not even know what he tested positive for, only that he had a routine injection in his knee when he was in Mexico. Sin Cara says he’s never taken “asteroides”, but a lot of medication has “asteroides.” (He means steroids, but that’s not as funny.) Sin Cara says he was told that he was not in any trouble beyond the required suspension, and that he’d be meeting with WWE to talk about the situation. Sin Cara does not sound happy about his name being released, but thinks the fans are more concerned about the mystery of the face.
La Catedral has a long article about CMLL’s problems in creating stars out of it’s current trios format. It’s well worth reading, but I think I can boil it down to
- Trios have more power and identity if there’s a set lineup.
- Being leader/captain of a group spotlights someone as a star, but you need a set trio for that to work. (And it also forces you to focus on a narrower group of guys.)
- Being leader of a mid level group is better than being the third most important person in a top trio.
- A luchador can’t be a rising star if they’re not even the leader of the own group.
The really easy example of the problem is the trio of Sagrado, Palacio Negro, and Metal Blanco. They had a good reason to be together (GDL!), it made Sagrado seem important for the first time since they broke up the Volador/Sombra/Sagrado trio, they fit well together and they got over well during the national trios tournament. It was a great act to get going, but they’ve never teamed the three up again since that tournament.
The last point relates directly to Polvora. Polvora started the year as maybe the #2 guy in Los Cancerberos. He finished second in Forjando un Idolo and defeated Valiente for his title, and now he’s still the #2 guy in Los Cancerbero, with not even a hint of change. To be fair, Virus picked up a World title in that time, but it doesn’t seem like anything is going to be done with the dynamics of the group. One day, Polvora will just no longer be in the Cancerberos, or the Cancerberos will just not be, but everything always stays too static.
AAA presented the official commemorative mask for Guadalajara Pan American games yesterday at a press conference (video.) They’ll have 50,000 on sale during the games, which run the last two weeks of October.
Oficial 911 says Multifacteico is not a good professional for attacking him after the match. Sure, one of 911’s men might have gotten involved, but 911 explains it was only due to Multifacetico cheating first.
Segunda Caida has an introduction to lucha libre in Fighting Sports Magazine. It’s a good article.
Lucha Libre in Japan
07/20 NOAH (via Purolove.com)
1) Aero Star b Zach Sabre Jr. (5:38) – first win for Aerostar!
2) Yoshinobu Kanemaru b Jack Evans (4:49)
4) Jun Akiyama & Akitoshi Saito [O] b Ricky Marvin & Rocky Marvin [X]
CMLL says the mystery lucahdora in RENA is named “Dama de Hierro.” So, there’s two. Great!
Lucha Libre Expo
CMLL’s contribution will include a performance by the band Mask-Ra; their drummer is Atlantis’ son.
Damian & Bestia hype their show in a short video clip.
DTU hype for their show.
- AAA looks back at Venum and sums up the history of Zorro’s iron mask without mentioning the mind control part.
- The AAA Corona search for a star contest is coming to Guadalajara.
- Demus says there are big plans for the minis in August, and he’d like a title match with either rudo champ.
- Estrellas del Ring interviews Angel o Demonio.
- R de Rudo talks to Sexy Lady and Dement Extreme about their MXW Mixed Tag Title win.
- DJ Spectro looks back at Perro Aguyao vs Rene Guajardo
- A girl got a lucha libre show for her Quinceañera (which seem to include Rayo Tapatio III!)
CMLL (MON) 07/25/2011 Arena Puebla
1) Black Tiger & Black Tiger Jr. vs Akron & Sauron
2) Soberano Jr., Stigma, Super Halcon Jr. vs Artillero, Espiritu Maligno, Súper Comando
3) Ángel de Plata, Palacio Negro, Sangre Azteca vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Cancerbero, Raziel
4) Hijo del Fantasma, Rush, Valiente vs Naito, Shigeo Okumura, Yoshihashi
5) La Máscara, Shocker, Super Porky vs Averno, Mephisto, Volador Jr.
No Yoshiashi vs Rush! Though they still seem to be setting that up.