CMLL on CadenaTres: 2012-03-10

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taped 2012-03-06 @ Arena Mexico

Dragon Lee doing a Dragon Lee thing

Metálico & Starman vs Namajague & Shigeo Okumura: A good match to see if you want to see Metálico and Namajague chopping each other a lot. Otherwise, maybe not so much. One of the things that is different about how lucha libre is done is this sort of match would never go fifteen minutes in another promotion; Starman & Metálico are two matches lower than Namajague & Okumura on most days and there’s no plans to change that, but they still had both teams working as essentially even with Okumura barely pulling it out for his team. Everyone gets a chance to look good, but there’s no sense anyone is much better than anyone else, they just happened to be scheduled in different ranges of matches.

Dragon Lee vs Titán, Cancerbero, Stigma, Camaleón, Soberano Jr., Bobby Zavala, Cholo [torneo Sangre Nueva]: There were a lot of guys with not much experience, and even less in matches like this, and if you had to pick the one who looked the least ready for this kind of match, you’d pick the guy who won. Dragon Lee quite nearly ended himself on his dive, and had other subtler screw ups in this match. He’s not worthless, but he continues to be pushed past his level of consistency. Camaleón & Soberano, two guys who are not going to be pushed soon if ever, both looked much smoother. They must feel Dragon Lee has something that none of these other guys have, but I can’t really see it. Match was actually pretty good for essentially rookie match. Zavala also impressed, and I thought Stigma did a good job for his big first match in Mexico City.

 

Cuje loves it with a plan comes together

Diamante, La Máscara, Sagrado vs Kráneo, Morphosis, Psicosis: I know the finishes suggest this is about Psicosis and Mascara, but it seems to me it’s Mije getting his revenge for the 100 times Mascara has kicked him during a match in the last year. Wait until Zacarais’ plan comes thru. This was the same sort of match they’ve done before, and I’m not sure my new found love of Psicosis is going to over power my new found hate of Mascara.

Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Tiger for the Mexican National Trios Championship: This was really good. I liked this more than the Guadalajara title match (though not quite as much as the title change.) Teams really mixed well. Reyes del Atlantida continue to be great fun, and this might is the best TRT match I can think of with the current configuration. Tiger matched up well here; he was better than Bucanero here. Maya & Terrible worked really well together, especially given the different sizes. That’s a goofy singles match I want to see at some point, but I’m pretty happy having seen this one.

Devitt vs Volador, TNA/AAA, new Perros, Gran Alternativa retruns

(photo by CMLL)

CMLL (FRI) 03/23 Arena Mexico [CMLL, Kaiser SportsLa Catedral]
1) Leono & Tigre Blanco b Artillero & Súper Comando
Tecnicos take 2/3.
2) Virus b Triton [lightning]
Virus won in 5:41. Triton was said to look nervous and not have a good night.
3) Estrellita, Goya Kong, Marcela b Amapola, La Seductora, Tiffany
Tecnicas took straight falls, Estrellita beating Amapola cleanly.
4) Ángel de Oro, Black Warrior, Stuka Jr. DQ Euforia, Pólvora, Rey Escorpion
Tecnicos took 2/3, Escorpion fouling Warrior in the last.
5) Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas b Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr.
Peste Negra took 1/3, Niebla beating Atlantis in the final.
6) Marco Corleone, Prince Devitt, Rush b Mephisto, Último Guerrero, Volador Jr.
Devitt’s debut. Tecnicos took 2/3, Devitt beating Volador with the Bloody Sunday vertical DDT. Devitt challenged for Volador’s NWA Middleweight title, and Volador accepted.

CMLL C3 will start a couple hours late today, due to coverage of the Pope’s arrival in Mexico.

Psycho Clown was talking up an upcoming match with TNA wrestlers before Rey de Reyes. I would not be surprised if they get around to that match at TripleMania. Jeff Jarrett wrote on Twitter about another meeting with Dorian Roldan this week, so AAA’s not done with Jeff or his guys quite yet.

AAA’s posted a pre-Rey de Reyes promo with el Consejo, hyping up that match. Timing is a bit odd, but odder is Texano seems to have some sort of right hand injury. There’s also a new Consejo logo, though they have not removed the old one.

Perros del Mal announced re-enforcement: Taya Valkyire (guess they haven’t decided what name to use), Keira,  Vaquerita (both have been on PdM shows) and Pete Powers (another Canadian.)

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Lucha Libre in Japan

Zeuxis & Mima Shimoda won the REINA tag team titles from Lluvia & Luna Magica. Silueta kept the CMLL-REINA Intenational Junior titles over Aoi Ishibashi in 16:45 via moonsault.

Something of Dos Leyendas must’ve aired on Samurai TV this morning, because there were a few Japanese tweets fascinated with Namajague.

Lineups

CMLL (MON) 03/26/2012 Arena Puebla
1) Dinamico & Lestat vs Espiritu Maligno & Karisma
2) Astral, Fantasy, Último Dragoncito vs Demus 3:16, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico
3) Diamante, Sagrado, Sangre Azteca vs Hijo del Signo, Shigeo Okumura, Vangelis
4) Ángel de Oro, Black Warrior, Hijo del Fantasma vs Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto
5) La Sombra, Prince Devitt, Rush vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas

Prince Devitt faces his toughest test yet – Zacarias el Perico.

No minis title match yet.

CMLL (FRI) 03/30/2012 Arena Mexico
1) Astral & Último Dragoncito vs Niño de Acero & Pequeño Violencia
2) Ángel de Oro, Black Warrior, Hijo del Fantasma vs Ephesto, Pólvora, Rey Escorpion
3) Delta vs Mephisto [lightning]
4) La Máscara & Pegasso vs Blue Panther & Rey Cometa and Dragon Lee & Rush and Máscara Dorada & Titán and Niebla Roja & Último Guerrero and Euforia & Terrible and Bobby Zavala & Rey Bucanero and Negro Casas & Puma King [Gran Alternativa, semifinal]
5) Volador Jr. vs Prince Devitt [NWA MIDDLE]

Last year, the report was CMLL was so unhappy with Volador that they wouldn’t let NJPW bring him over for shows. This year, Volador gets a title match with Prince Devitt. Things can change in a year. This is the first Volador/Devitt match but probably not the last.

One young person tournament ends, another starts. Added bonus: it includes the equally young Euforia, who would be an awesome winner but probably won’t win. We can rule out Pegasso, Cometa and Zavala teams. Niebla Roja is a totally new name to me. Teaming with UG means he’s someone important, but probably not going to win. Negro Casas & Puma King would be fun but probably mean there’s a tecnico coming out of the other half of the bracket that’ll win. Dragon Lee & Rush would be obvious if Dragon Lee just won the other tournament. Dorada/Titan?

DTU (SAT) 03/31/2012 Auditorio Municipal Hidalgo
1) Super Xtreme vs Arsenal
2) Excentrico & Radical vs Atomic Star & Concord
3) Miedo Extremo vs JhonkyElectro BoyFlyer
4) Hacker & Sacristan vs Lanzeloth & Slayer
5) Black Fire, Drastik Boy, Pesadilla vs Araña de Plata, Ciclope, Pequeno Cobra

DTU Academy show.

PdM (SUN) 04/01/2012 Plan Sexenal
1) ? vs ??
2) ? vs ??
3) ? vs ??
4) Violento Jack vs PeligroAeroboyPesadilla? [PdM EXTREMO]
5) el Hijo del Perro Aguayo & Texano Jr. vs Héctor Garza & Toscano [Relevos Increíbles]

The poster has a whole bunch of people scheduled to appear. The lineup is not really interesting, except in how many ways they can do the same exact matches. A bit surprising they’re going to the same building so soon, and most surprising they’re doing this show the same day as an AAA TV taping. They’ve avoided doing that before and it means they don’t have too many rudos for the main event.

Semimain means X-Fly left his title behind too. Or maybe he’ll be the mystery man.

CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2012-03-10

Bucanero is strong?

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taped 2012-03-02 @ Arena Mexico
Diamante Azul, La Máscara, Marco Corleone vs Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero, Volador Jr.:   first of what is sure to be many Diamante Azul’s showcases. He worked a ton with Ultimo Guerrero, so perhaps he’s a special project. He did okay here. For all he’s set up to look like Blue Demon, the real revelation here is that isn’t the wrestler he’s trying to be in the ring. Diamante Azul is the new Dos Caras Jr. A few bigger moves, a more spectacular luchador, but he also has the same inability to connect with the fans that his predecessors had (at least here.) It’s be nice if he didn’t drop people on their head, but that’s the part they really must fix.

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Blue Panther vs Negro Casas for in a hair vs hair match: When I did that rant a few recaps ago about too many leglock finishes, I totally had forgotten this was a leglock finish. At least it’s Panther, who could conceivably use a leglock at some point. I think the story in the end is that Panther is more skilled, but Negro makes him angry and causes him to do stupid things – Panther cost himself his hair because he’d rather smack Negro Casas in the face a few more times, which I do believe makes Negro Casas the real winner of this battle. There are few luchadors in this promotion, and in Mexico, which could get a 2012 crowd to be this involved in a match going at this relatively slow of a pace and long of a match. This was good, but was also the CMLL equivalent of Negro Navarro vs Solar, where the point is less about the outcome of the match but more to show how differently they wrestle than everything else. For a feud built on finding out who was better, the finish is a detraction.

Bestia wins Junior crown, Devitt to debut, LLUSA returns, new Perro

(photo by Black Terry Jr.)

IWRG (THU) 03/22/2012 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (flickr), Estrellas del Ring, The Gladiatores]
1) Galaxy & Sky Ángel b Arkano & Matrix Jr.
2) Charly Madrid, Chicano, Dinamic Black b Comando Negro, Pacto Negro, The Mummy
Charly Madrid replaced Centvrion
3) Alan Extreme, Eterno, Trauma II DQ Aeroboy, Hormiga, Violento Jack
Hormiga surprised Eterno with a cradle in the first, Trauma II submitted Violento Jack in the third, and Violento Jack fouled Eterno for the DQ.
4) Damián 666, Halloween, X-Fly b Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan, Scorpio Jr.
Bloody match, Pirata bleeding a lot. FdT took 1/3, Damian sneaking in a foul on Pirata.
5) Bestia 666 b Trauma I [IWRG JUNIORS]
Trauma II & X-Fly were the seconds. Trauma I took the first, Bestia the second, and everyone got involved in the third, and Bestia beat Trauma with his own hold to win the title.

That looks like a new belt. They had been using an old Estadio de Mexico championship. Estrellas del Ring talks to the winner and loser.

Prince Devitt is confirmed as wrestling tonight. CMLL sent out a message yesterday to confirm he’d actually be on this show this week, which was nice of them. It’s masks vs no masks in the main event: Rush, Marco & Devitt vs Ultimo Guerrero, Volador, and Mephisto. Everything is pointing in the direction of Volador & Devitt, so that should actually get started tonight. There’s a couple ongoing issues that just keep going on, but the other match sticking out to me is way down in the segunda. Virus, who seems to be in more lightning matches than most, faces Titan. That should be a fun match in itself, but the preview suggests Titan will also get a title shot if he can beat Virus here.

Lucha Libre USA returns (again!) tonight, starting a six week live tour in Reno, Nevada. They’ve got the full list of announced shows on their website; it’s now up to 10 shows thru May 12th. Tonight’s show is headlined by Blue Demon vs RJ Brewer with Demon’s career on the line, and Lizmark Jr. defending his title versus Chavo Guerrero Jr. in a match straight out WCW Worldwide 1997. (This is a good thing!)

Everyone I’ve talked to about these shows does not have high hopes for their finical success. They’re running large building with expensive tickets and no national TV  it’s not a great formula. They are reairing the shows on local TV where they’re running the live events, but I’m not doubtful that’ll be enough to overcome the cheapest ticket being $29; that seems higher than WWE prices without the brand loyalty. Still, if you can get in to these shows at a decent price, they look like they’ll be fun shows.

X-Fly & Halloween are listed on AAA cards as far in the future as April 16. Damian is not on any AAA card.

Perros del Mal (via the Gladiatores) have a note up about always finding new stars, and they’ve found a new Perro: Canadian Kira Foster. You may know her as Taya Valkyrie from the World of Hurt reality show with Lance Storm. There was a report of her signing a WWE Developmental deal back in October; either that didn’t happen or it’s over already. She’s on Twitter, and was at Rey de Reyes, so she may start turning up on TV as soon as this weekend. She’s most likely the mystery woman on Queretaro taping.

CMLL made Diamante Azul do an interview where he said his gear was 100% unique and all his own idea. I think this is an old interview from a month or so being recycled.

Interviews with long time Monterrey wrestlers/trainers Mr. Lince & Rudy Reyna is interesting before it descends into the “no one knows how to wrestle today, every show we were on sold out” usual.

Rob has highlights of 02/11/11 CMLL.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

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CMLL on Televisa: 2012-03-10

 

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taped 2012-03-02 @ Arena Mexico
Ayumi vs Marcela in a lightning match: The title change is not much of a surprise now – they turned Ayumi rudo (the gold changes people!) and she lost, it’s a pretty good indication something’s up. This was a lot of trying to get in moves to fit the time limit, but they got in some painful looking stuff. Next week should be good if it got time.

 

think it was actually Angel de Oro who screwed up, but Mr. Aguila gets to look like a weirdo

Ángel de Oro, Super Porky, Valiente vs Averno, Mr. Águila, Olímpico: not a lot of a match due to time considerations. They spent about 2/7ths with Olímpico and Valiente just warning up the mat, so they didn’t exactly make the most of it. It was fine but I wouldn’t exactly miss it.

 

spit > slap

Atlantis & Mr. Niebla vs Rush & Terrible in a National Parejas Increible final match: Not a lot as a match in itself, just a long backdrop to Terrible & Rush breaking it up. If last week was about how destructive they could be if they got along, this was more about how self-destructive they’d rather be if they were put together.

03/24-25 lucha times

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=== CMLL ===

52MX: Sombra/UG. Can’t tell if they’re airing 2 or 3 matches week to week, but this would be a nice week for the third (Cancerberos/Dragon Lee/Cometa.) I’d take just third fall airing of a match rather than a few minutes shorter show (as it was this past week.)

GALA/Televisa: The Amapola/Estrellita feud has been airing here, so maybe that, maybe the lightning match, maybe Diamante Azul.

FOX: Rey Escorpion vs Black Warrior trios, Felino/UG/Volador vs Atlantis/Sombra/Shocker.

C3: Sangre Nueva final, Psicosis vs La Mascara in yet another Mascara singles match.

GDL: Avernos vs Marco/Atlantis/Dorada

Puebla: Polvora vs Stuka

=== Other ===

AAA: they do have the 90 minute time slot his week! This should be part 1 of Rey de Reyes, but no telling what it means. At least one of the Rey de Reyes final and the title match; I’m thinking both since the LA Park story weaves thru.

ACM: Batman & He-Man vs Ninja

Perros: I think this is still airing?

IWRG: Bestia vs Trauma I

Random AYM show: 11am Saturday.

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2012-03-10

 

Dragon Lee & Rey Cometa

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taped 2012-03-04 @ Arena Coliseo
Diamante, Dragon Lee, Rey Cometa vs Euforia, Namajague, Shigeo Okumura: Good for the time. Dragon Lee did Dragon Lee things here. Rudos really didn’t get much but got the win, so I think they went home happy. Not enough karate.

 

Fuego & Stuka

Fuego, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Hooligan, Pólvora, Skándalo: Good week 1 set up for the title match. They probably need more weeks than that, but I’d trade less predictable build for more frequent title matches. Bette planning might work too.

La Sombra, Shocker, Super Porky vs Kráneo, Morphosis, Psicosis: Run of the mill match. Shocker’s about the same as Shocker’s been, which is not really anything worth noting. Better to have him than not and the fans enjoyed the match, but it’s routine.

Polvora keeps his title, Ultimo Dragoncito challenges for one, missing minis, return of Psicosis

CMLL (MON) 03/19/2012 Arena Puebla [Porra Fresa]
1) Lestat & Stigma b Akron & Ares
Lestat replaced Milenium. Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Milenium, Pequeño Halcón, Último Dragoncito b Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Violencia, Pequeño Warrior
Milenium replaced Shockercito, who hasn’t been on any show in a couple months. Tecnicos took 2/3, Dragoncito German suplexing Olimpico. This is two straight weeks for Dragoncito, so he challenged Olimpico for a title match.
3) Hijo del Fantasma, Máximo, Sagrado b Misterioso Jr., Namajague, Shigeo Okumura
Maximo replaced his father. Namajague’s Puebla debut. Tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Pólvora b Stuka Jr. [MEX WELTER]
Misterioso seconded Polvora, Fantasma seconded Stuka. Polvora took 1/3, to keep his title in what sounds like a very good match. Super Polvora Driver allowed the champion to kepe his title.
5) Atlantis, La Máscara, La Sombra b Olímpico, Psicosis, Volador Jr.
Atlantis replaced Prince Devitt. Volador was wearing a Super Parka mask. Tecnicos took 2/3.

Is Polvora actually better than Dragon Rojo Jr.? I know saying Polvora is good is a thing only said by crazy people, but Polvora has had good title matches with Stuka (twice), Titan and Angel de Oro in the last year. Dragon Rojo has…not. Maybe it’s a singles/trios thing.

CMLL (TUE) 03/20/2012 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Fuego en el Ring]
1) Javier Cruz Jr. b Demonio Maya
2) Ángel Azteca Jr. & Smaker b Malefico & Ráfaga
Tecnicos won, despite Smaker dislocating his elbow on a top rope move in the third fall.
3) Demus 3:16, Pequeño Violencia, Pierrothito b Astral, El Divino, Último Dragoncito
Divino replaced Bam Bam, who seems to be missing a lot of shows again. Demus beat Dragoncito for the win.
4) Diamante & Sangre Azteca b Misterioso Jr. & Rey Escorpion
In the final fall, Rey Escorpion powerbombed Diamante, Sangre Azteca snuck in a cradle on Escorpion, then took out Misterioso with the low blow dropkick for the comeback win.
5) Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Máscara Dorada b Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto
Marco replaced Prince Devitt. Rudos took 1/3. Averno accidentally hit the ref, then ran into the Atlantida, but Mephisto broke that up with a foul. Averno pulled off Atlantis’ mask to pin him, while Mephisto did the same with Mascara Dorada.

Shockercito’s last known result was January 17th, Bam Bam was January 31st.

Dragon Lee thanked Paco Alonso (multiple times), Rush and his dad in winning the Sangre Nueva tournament. The cup he won for the tournament looks a lot like the ones they gave out for the Dos Leyendas ciberentico. Like, the same exact cup.

Mi Lucha Libre has a video tribute to Abismo Negro, and says the next edition of the Rudos vs Tecnicos magazine (out April 1st) will be honoring him.

AAA continues to tease the return of Psicosis. There’s never been a mention of that New Abismo Negro reality show after the pilot taping and it’s likely a dead idea, but if they were going to do that same idea, Psicosis would be a better gimmick for it.

Tonight’s IWRG show is main evented by Trauma I defending his Junior’s title against Bestia 666. The law of Conversation of Championships Belts, plus Familia de Tijuana suddenly being a strong presence in Naucalpan, points towards a title change.

Hijo de Rey Misterio II – the former Horus from Tijuana – told el Hijo del Santo that Hijo de Rey Misterio I is now going as Rey Misterio Jr. “to help clear up the confusion.” Ha! El Martinete has a picture graph to clear this up, as much as it can be.

AAA’s 04/01 taping is at Lienzo Charro de Pachuca, Hidalgo. They’ve tended to only put the lineup for the next taping after the last, which doesn’t leave much time for this one.

Fabian el Gitano, who passed away one year ago, was honored at a mass at Arena Coliseo. Puma King, Metalico, Robin and Demus 3:16 were mentioned as being in attendance.

Lucha Libre in Japan

Silueta defends her CMLL-REINA title this Saturday versus Aoi Ishibasbi.

Links

Lineups

LyC (SUN) 03/25/2012 Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) Black Poison, Demencia, Kratoz vs Maravilla Azteca Jr., Obesion, Xtreme Boy
2) Barbaro I (Monterrey) & Barbaro II (Monterrey) vs Máscara Púrpura & Silencio and Vasco Jr. & Veneno Extremo
3) Gemelo Muerte I, Gemelo Muerte II, Rico Rodriguez vs Angel del Misterio, Black Mamba, Silver Tiger

Black Mamba’s new group is his new Ichiban Pro Wrestling group.

top six stories of the last two weeks

  1. At Rey de Reyes, Mesias defeated Jeff Jarrett to win the world title and probably end TNA’s involvement in the promotion (though there’s a Jarrett/Park match they never got to.) Perro Aguayo Jr. surprisingly won Rey de Reyes, defeating rival Jack Evans. Consejo won the match they needed to stay in AAA with no one new turning or debuting. The one new person to appear was Teddy Hart, returning in a four way tag match. La Parka was turned back tecnico, after a five month long stint as a rudo. The show was not on PPV; AAA’s four big shows last year had been.
  2. Perros del Mal held a show, but the biggest new from the show took place after it. Halloween, Damian, Bestia, X-Fly and Super Nova all quit the group, with undercard wrestler Zumbi apparently joining them a few days later. The group, now going by their previous Familia de Tijuana identity, has said they’ll now work for anyone (including AAA) but won’t be working in the Perros office anymore. They’re expected to end up with Santo’s group or CMLL at some point in the future. The Perros promotion appears to now just be an alternate brand of AAA with more indy luchadors. Halloween, Damian, X-Fly lost their AAA trios titles to the Psycho Circus to seemingly end their run, but Halloween remains listed on upcoming lineups.
  3. AAA also introduced new Consejo member Hombre de Negro, a parody of the same character in CMLL. This is equivalent to WWF having a Fake Eric Bischoff running in (and dancing!) on their show during the Monday Night Wars, just after Eric was removed from power. It is also very weird.
  4. Prince Devitt’s strongly promoted debut did not come off; a pre-existing leg injury kept him out of action all week, though he was at many of the shows to wave to the crowd and watch the action. CMLL did it’s usual poor job of explaining all of this. He’s scheduled to debut this Friday, though there’s been no confirmation that he’s cleared to wrestle this time.
  5. Virus defeated Loco Max for his hair in Arena Puebla’s Dos Leyendas show. Loco Max is a many time hair loser who’s not treated like a star 48 weeks of the year, but they still drew 80% of the building for their match.
  6. Hijo del Santo, Hijo del Solitario, and Angel Blanco Jr. signed for a three way mask match on 03/31, the biggest match in the very short history of Santo’s Todo x el Todo promotion. Blanco is expected to be the loser, though I guess it’s always possible the rudos could shoot on Santo, hold him down for three, and win his mask, in the same way it’s possible you might be hit by a meteor while reading this paragraph.

Other News

  • Marcela beat Ayumi to win the CMLL women’s title in a really good match.
  • Dragon Lee won the Sangre Nueva tournament, a tournament existing soley to give Dragon Lee a win. (It was a success!)
  • Negro Navarro & Trauma I beat Pirata Morgan & Hijo de Pirata Morgan for IWRG’s tag titles
  • People who kept their titles: Princesa Blanca (in a hair match that wasn’t), Fuego & Stuka, Los Gringos VIP
  • I went to a show and the Chavo Guerrero/Jorge Paez main event fell apart. Lesson learned! (Show was still OK!)