Atlantis vs Último Guerrero: Every Ultimo Guerrero match with Atlantis’ spots. Big spot, pin, kickout, (long) rest, repeat with no relation with what just happened. There’s very little creativity, and none of the spots seem like the finish because these matches only end after someone tries one of their finishing moves. I think a few less false finishes here and a few more earlier might make the match more palatable, but I don’t think that’s actually going to happen. If they do the mask match this year, I expect it to be a big deal, but I’m not looking forward to seeing the match – I can’t imagine it being much more than the two we’ve already seen.
AAA TV (SUN) 03/18/2012 Auditorio Benito Juarez, Zapopan, Jalisco
1) El Elegido vs Alan Stone, Aerostar, Pimpinela Escarlata, Pasion Kristal, Yuriko, Mascarita Dorada, Octagoncito, Mini Histeria, Sexy Star, Fabi Apache, La Hechicera [cage, hair, mask]
2) Billy el Malo, Cibernético, Escoria vs Dark Dragon, La Parka, Tito Santana [lumberjack] listed as final battle
3) Monster Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Octagón, Silver King, Último Gladiador
4) ? & Chessman vs Joe Lider & Juventud Guerrera and Halloween & Nicho el Millionario and Daga & Extreme Tiger
5) Dr. Wagner Jr., Electroshock, Heavy Metal vs Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Texano, Toscano Consejo must win to stay in AAA.
6) el Hijo del Perro Aguayo vs Héctor Garza, Jack Evans, LA Park [Rey de Reyes, final]
7) El Mesías vs Jeff Jarrett [AAA HEAVY]
Mexico airdate: 03/25? – the poster does not mention it being on PPV (but perhaps they just don’t want to promote that locally.)
Here’s the thing – Mesias should win the AAA title to end this story, but I’m not sure he needs to. If they want to do something with Park & Jarrett, that seems a waste of Park’s time, but OK. (Maybe we should be watching for LA Park to get involved in the main event no matter what.) However, AAA’s not really had a heavyweight champion for about 9 months and they’ve done OK. So if Jarrett has to keep the belt three more months because they have an interesting story to tell, then it’s really hard to believe it’s going to hurt anything. They just don’t seem to have an interesting story to tell!
The two finishes which make the most sense for Rey de Reyes are Garza winning to set him up as the next title challenge (they’ve been doing all these Mesias/Garza tags) or Jack over Perro to push them farther along. They could do Perro vs Jack, but Perro’s got to be the one pushed hard enough to wager his hair, and Jack needs a big meaningful win to cement his status. LA Park has better thing to do than win this.
This is surely not the last match for Consejo. A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, there was a similar trios match between members of a home promotion and those representing another, which saw a man representing the home promotion reveal himself as part of the invaders. That sort of history has a fine chance of repeating here. All three members of the AAA army have spent time in CMLL; Electroshock started out there as Ultimatium. There are plenty of other people in AAA who were once in El Consejo, and Consejo could probably use the help of one more important player.
Chessman’s mystery partner should logically be Abyss, and this should be a title change. I guess he could still be the surprise, as odd as it is. As it is, both this and the Psycho Clown match are kind of here just to be matches.
I bet when La Parka joined La Sociedad, he thought he’d get more successful partners for his war with the Bizarros than Tito & Dark Dragon. It still should be a pretty good match. Parka should win, or his turn is pretty unjustified. That could be the point, based on recent TV.
I’d assume one of the exoticos is losing their hair – it’s nice they’re not making La Braza try to climb a cage. It’d be sad if Aerostar finally got on TV just to lose his mask, but I believe what actually is happening is Aerostar is finally on TV to jump off a very high place at an elevated risk of injury, and then they’ll never show the clip again. (Though I’m not sure who he’d trust to catch him – the exoticos?) Starting a show with a cage match is weird, but it’s not the first time they’ve done it.
IWRG (SUN) 03/04/2012Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (flickr), IWRG]
1) Astro de Plata, Astro Rey Jr., Charly Madrid, Imposible, Matrix Jr., Pacto Negro, Saruman, Tritón b Aldi Boy, Arkano, Black Center, Chakalo, Guerrero Mixteco, Lucian, Star Boy FILL vs Gym Rivera. Impossible got the win for the IWRG team.
2) Angelico, Dinamic Black, Tony Rivera b Alan Extreme, Bombero Infernal, Oficial AK47
3) Dr. Cerebro, Freyser, Suicida DQ Aeroboy, Hormiga, Violento Jack [hardcore] DTU vs IWRG, featuring two guys who haven’t been in IWRG much of late. Striaght falls, both DQs. Even the IWRG recap is confused by a disqualification in a no DQ match.
4) Hijo de Pirata Morgan & Pirata Morgan b Trauma I & Trauma II [IWRG IC TAG] Pirates are the champs and kept the titles via foul.
5) Cien Caras Jr. & Eterno b Drago & El Mesías Team IWRG took 1/3, Cien cheating Mesias to win.
CMLL (SUN) 03/04/2012Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Fuego en el Ring]
1) Rebelión b Relampago Azul
2) Acertijo & Sádico b Brillante & El Divino
3) Halcon de Plata & Smaker b Èvola & Magnum
4) Arkángel de la Muerte, El Bárbaro, Ephesto b Gallo, Titán, Triton One ref was checking on the other four, and Gallo hit the other ref. Barbaro yanked Gallo’s mask and cradled him for the win. Mask challenges followed.
5) Rush b Terrible [CMLL LH] Seconds were Ephesto & Titan. Rush took fall one, Terrible took fall 2, and Rush kept the title with an arm submission
PdM Juniors (SUN) 03/04/2012 Auditorio Miguel Barragán [Estrellas del Ring]
1) Destello, Maligno, Mini Maniaco b Aero Boy, Bogar Jr., Oro Azul
2) Rayo de Plata III, Rayo de Plata IV, Rayo de Plata V DRAW Crazy Star, Mensajero, Tigre del Ring
3) Black Terry, Negro Navarro, Platino b Hijo del Solar, Solar I, Super Astro
4) X-Fly b Joe Lider, Bestia 666, Zumbi [PdM EXTREMO] X-Fly kept the title in an elimination match.
5) Damián 666, el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Héctor Garza b Dr. Wagner Jr., Tarzan Boy, Texano Perros took 1/3, Perro Jr. fouling Wagner.
Sombra’s been announced for the New Japan Cup, a 16 man single elimination tournament with the winner receiving an IWGP Heavyweight Title shot on May 3rd. Sombra’s first round match up – they announce matchups ahead of time! – is versus Yoshihashi, so he stands a good shot at making it to round 2. The tournament runs from April 1st to April 8th, and Sombra will likely be over for the whole week even if he bows out early.
Sugi & Ronin will take their traveling match to AJPW on March 20th.
CMLL (SUN) 03/11/2012Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Javier Cruz Jr. vs In Memoriam
2) Halcon de Plata & Virgo vs Demonio Maya & Metalik
3) Black Metal, Metatrón, Sky Kid vs Èvola, Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno
4) La Máscara & Máximo vs Averno & Mr. Águila
5) Gallo vs El Bárbaro [mask]
Doesn’t get bigger than that in Guadalajara. Go Gallo.
Sky Kid is a name from small Monterrey shows. Dunno if it’s the same one.
CMLL LLA (SUN) 04/22/2012Gimnasio Nuevo Leon
1) Babe Fox & Pedro Navajas vs Principe Guerrero I & Principe Guerrero II
2) Gitano & Sky vs Bengali & Difunto I
3) Golden Boy, Máscara Púrpura, Tigre Universitario vs Loco Max, Monje Negro Jr., Potro Jr.
4) Máximo & Rush vs Felino & Mr. Niebla
5) Volador Jr. vs Máscara Dorada, Último Guerrero [AZTECA CHAMP] Volador is the current champion
No one’s ever successfully defended that title. It may be cursed.
Reyes del Aire: Really great. At 47 minutes, it’s bordering on being too much for one sitting; they have the talent to include 18 men like they did here (and probably many more), but that’s a lot to watch for something going at this pace. I know the CHIKARA ciberneticos go longer than that and I’m not sure how they do it. Here, they kept the action going, and did it while spreading things out. There were a ton of great bit spots – I could’ve gotten more if I could keep up with the action to mark the times of the spots down.
This was a good night for Angel de Oro; not a breakout performance but a solid confirmation of his status. This was another good night for Aguila, who’s been very useful for months from now. Euforia looked superb, carrying middle sections of the match and breaking out great offensive spots. Raziel did the same earlier and Virus is Virus. Pólvora wasn’t bad, but it’s often hard to understand why he’s the breakout guy of that group. Stuka did well for himself, and Mascara Dorada was really good for limited involvement.
I didn’t like the técnicos randomly helping then turning on each other near the end (didn’t make any sense), a double countout in a cibernético really makes no sense (though they did the best brawl they could’ve done of it) and, sadly, Rey Cometa did not have a great night with accuracy. Still, there’s nothing here that should dissuade you from something that belongs on MOTYC lists.