(photo by Black Terry Jr.)

IWL DTU (SUN) 02/12/2012 Centro de Convenciones de Tlalnepantla [Estrellas del Ring, R de Rudo, The Gladiatores]
1) Kid Jaguar & Rockky Lobo b Jhonky & Radical
2) Keira & Lily Fighter b Alison Evans & Big Mama
Announced as a three way, but Keira returned to DTU to make it a tag match. Lily Fighter was hurt during the match, but Keira still defeated the other two for the win.
3) Centinela, Guerrero Mixteco, Químico Jr. b Payaso Carroña, Payaso Miedo, Payaso Terror
Guerrero Mixeteco replaced Ojo Diabolico. This match took place at the same time as the DTU trainee match.
4) Exteme Boy, Hacker, Niño Hamburguesa b Dinastía, Lancelot, Slayer Pack
This match took place the same time as the IWL Payasos match.
5) Suicida & Tony Rivera b Dark Dragon & Sugi San and Drastik Boy & Flamita
IWL’s team beat the AAA & DTU crews.
6) ATM, Bizarro, Carta Brava Jr. (IWL), Sepulturero I b Araña de Plata, Ciclope, Eterno, Pequeno Cobra
DTU’s Masizos beat IWL’s ATM. Bizarro replaced Epitafio, who was there but prevented from wrestling by the commission for unknown reasons. Carta Brava Jr. from IWRG confronted this Carta Brava Jr. before the match, teasing a match between the two. Both have been arguing over proper ownership off the gimmick for a while.
7) León Rojo, Ovett, Perico b Demente Extreme, Demoledor, Makabre
IWL’s Porros beat the DTU trio.
8) Super Crazy b XL, Pesadilla, Violento Jack [Ladder, XNL]
Crazy Boy, Dinastia and other Super Crazy family members came to the ring to celebrate with him.
9) Aeroboy, Paranoiko, Super Mega b Ángel o Demonio, Cerebro Negro, Fantasma de la Ópera and Extreme Tiger, Joe Lider, Último Gladiador
Everyone bled. Tiger was hurt after a legdrop. Cerbero Negro was hurt during the match as well. Aero Boy and Fantasma battled on a scaffold. Aero pushed Fantamsa off thru a table, but a mystery person shoved Aero off too, into a bed of spikes. La Hormiga ran into help Joe Lider, but Lider turned on him. Suicida ran in to attack Angel o Demonio. Super Mega picked up the pin for DTU by powerbombing Lider.

There were separate IWL & DTU rings and entrances set up. The two rings were set up a slight distance between each other, allowing for railings and about twelve rows of seats in between the rings, as well as many seats around both rings. A next show was announced, including the Psycho Circus. Looked like a good turnout for this show.

IWRG (SUN) 02/12/2012 Arena Naucalpan [IWRG]
1) Astro de Plata & Astro Rey Jr. b Matrix Jr. & Pacto Negro
straight falls. Despite the loss, Matrix appears to be stick on the rudo side.
2) Alan Extreme & Black Terry b Carta Brava Jr. & Chico Che
Terry/Chico continue to feud.
3) Centvrión b Eterno [super libre]
Eterno tried to jump Centvrion, but Centvrion was ready for him and got a big dive in. Mask ripping and bleeding. Centvrion won with a Styles Clash and asked for a title match. Eterno agreed – if Centvrion would put his mask on the line.
4) Súper Nova, Trauma II, Tritón b Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro
Rudos took 1/3. 911 took Trauma’s mask in the last and cradled him. Oficials threanted to end Truma II.
5) Toscano, Trauma I, Veneno DQ Cien Caras Jr., Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Máscara Año 2000 Jr.
Rudos took 1 and 3, but were DQed when they refused to let go of their submission on Toscano and shoved the ref. They kept beating up Toscano after the DQ.

AULL (SUN) 02/12/2012 Arena Lopez Mateos [Estrellas del Ring]
1) Dark Misterio & Kid Tornado b Euro & Lince X
2) Estrella Blanca Jr. I, Estrella Blanca Jr. II, Hijo de Clímax b Catametal, Freelance, Violento
Climax’s team was called “Amos del Espacio”, and Freelance challenged him after the match.
3) Cerebro Maligno, Herejía, Rey Krimen b Epitafio, Leviathan, Samael
4) Daga, Magnifico, Sádico b Chucho el Roto, Iron Love, Terry 2000
5) Coco Amarillo, Coco Azul, Coco Rojo b Robin Maravilla, Rocky Santana, Yakuza [AULL TRIOS]
Payasos hit Santana with an object to win the match and the titles.
6) Atlantis, Blue Panther, Solar I b Negro Casas, Negro Navarro, Último Guerrero
Casas fouled Panther for the DQ.

Rob has highlights of Reina de Reinas 2000 and AAA August 10, 2000

Running update: Drago also ran a same 10K! The marathon website says Drago beat Chessman at the wire.

02/23 AAA TV Lineup (Naucalpan)

AAA TV (THU) 02/23/2012 Arena Naucalpan
1) La Braza & Pimpinela Escarlata vs Pasion Kristal & Yuriko
2) Daga, Fenix, Gran Apache vs Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro
3) Cuervo & Ozz vs Chessman & Último Gladiador [AJPW TAG]
4) Héctor Garza vs Heavy MetalToscanoJoe Lider [Rey de Reyes, semifinal]
5) Cibernético vs el Hijo del Perro AguayoMáscara Año 2000 Jr.? [Rey de Reyes, semifinal]

Airdate: 03/04? They need to make up a week somewhere…

Last week, AAA TV was hyping a show in Deportivo Galeana in Mexico City this Sunday. As happens from time to time, that show is being replaced by one next Thursday (02/23) in Arena Naucalpan. (If you’re just here for the IWRG news, note that means they’ll be doing something different for TV that week – perhaps airing the FIL show two days prior?) Both AAA & IWRG had said AAA TV would eventually be back in Naucalpan, which made it peculiar when they kept going around the Mexico City area but not back IWRG’s home base. Arena Naucalpan is not a big building, but Deportivo Galeana wasn’t either.

The Rey de Reyes tournament gets started in a hurry. These are Toscano & Mascara Ano 2000 Jr.’s first matches. The story there is Marisela Pena asked them what they wanted with all these attacks, they said matches to prove they’re better, and she said OK. In exchange, Consejo is supposed to cut out with the gang beatings, but we’ll see. All you young luchadors out there should employ this tactic to get an AAA job for yourself. Just keep running in until they get annoyed even to give you a match. Cibernetico and Garza are former winners. This is Metal’s first match back since he was “injured” off screen last fall.  There’s no hint as to the mystery person, though the spot seems to be for a tecnico. (Have we annoyed them into bringing in Aerostar back? That usually doesn’t work out!)

Neither of those matches seem like pleasant experiences.

AJPW had announced the tag title match earlier today, though they were still under the impression it’d be on 02/19 and had Silver King in Ultimo Gladiador’s spot. The winner of that match defends the title back in AJPW on 03/20.

Oficiales are listed as “Los Oficiales I, II y III”. I guess they could mean the Elite. (I hope not.) The match is also listed as revenge – the only time the Oficiales made AAA TV were losing to the Air Force, but none of those guys (Gato Eveready, Laredo Kid, and Aerostar) exist anymore.

AAA also announced the Toluca taping for 03/02. Since the beginning of time (or at least since my records go back), Thursday night has always been lucha night in Toluca. By moving it to Friday night, they’ll instead run right against Dos Leyendas. Toluca is about 50 minutes outside of Mexico City. Fans don’t seem to travel as far for shows in Mexico as they do in the United States, but it will at least give AAA some added attention.

Toluca ought to have the other two Rey de Reyes semifinals. If this show airs at 03/04, then Tolcua would air 03/11, and maybe the TV after that doesn’t air until after Rey de Reyes (03/18 weekend?) They really don’t have to announce the Rey de Reyes lineup before Toluca, because they’d still have over two weeks before the PPV, but it probably should be clear by then.

CMLL/NJPW FantasticMania 2012, night 2

taped 2012-01-22 @ Korakuen Hall



Máscara Dorada vs Kushida for the CMLL World Welterweight Championship: a battle for survival for Dorada. He spent most of his last defense doing anything he could think of, while this match was more about surviving everything Kushida could do before slipping out a win. Both were about Dorada’s toughness, just different ways of going about it. Still, this felt more like a Kushida match than a Dorada match that I’m used to Mexico – Dorada only got in small bursts of offense at opportune times, and I wasn’t into it as a I thought. It was good but not especially so. I assume a rematch to come.

these .gifs are fun for spots, but aren't great at capturing the feel of a match. This is as close as I got.

Hirooki Goto vs Rush: and this was kind of the opposite. Goto got less than the match than Dorada, easily so. Rush just crushed him for the first five minutes before Goto started getting anything in. This is so clearly what they were going for with the two Terrible/Rush matches, but haven’t been able to achieve yet (Goto is better at this than Terrible, which is not a big surprise.) Rush held his own as a luchador the whole way, the rookie mistakes long gone or at least just not showing up here, and seemed to impress the fans. This is about as good start as he could’ve had. Like everyone else, I’d like to see what Rush could do in a G1 situation; I don’t know that he’s got a lot more to show that he didn’t do here, but that kind of environment could force him to develop a bit more.

the end

La Sombra vs Volador Jr. for the NWA World Welterweight Championship: Great. They worked this differently than every other match on the show – no chop fights, no slow down, really nothing but action. There was a minute or two of first fall work, but this was mostly the longest third fall possible with both guys pulling everything they had. I kind of would’ve liked to see three falls just so they – more so Volador – could get a pin with another finish to make it seem bigger later, but they fans did tremendously get into to the match. This was a complicated well executed match in their style, and it was one that seemed like it was better than the matches the previous two years. These two keep getting better together.

Devil's Wings


peace, out

In the other matches: I thought Nakamaura wearing the Mephisto (which is actually the Kahoz) eyes and mouth on his hood was a really neat touch. The Japanese likely have a higher opinion of Diamante than the Mexicans. He wasn’t that much different, but here he was the singular super young future star of the company, instead of one of dozens who all might (or might not) turn out that way. Liger is the best. Yoshihashi actually seems worse off in NJPW than he was at the end of CMLL; just sort of lifeless and more limited. Anyone willing to spend a year and a half a hemisphere from home just to get better is someone who deserves to make it, but I don’t know that he will.