Mascara stops Volador, Escorpion vs Warrior, Mexico election, Black Silver

CMLL (TUE) 05/29/2012 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Fuego en el Ring]
1) El Divino & Virgo b Acertijo & Infierno
Acertijo & Infierno beat Divino, but Virgo came back to beat both.
2) Esfinge, Fuego, Smaker, Titán, Triton b Arkángel de la Muerte, Barbaro Cavernario, Hooligan, Ráfaga, Sádico [cibernetico]
Titan beat Arkangel to win the tournament.
3) Gallo, Sagrado, Stuka Jr. DQ Espectrum, Misterioso Jr., Rey Escorpion
After the two teams went to a draw last week, Rey Escorpion fouled Gallo this week.
4) La Máscara b Volador Jr. [MEX LH]
Mascara retained his title. Rey Escorpion & Stuka were seconds.

Rey Escorpion and Black Warrrior are doing interviews to hype up tomorrow’s hair match. Escorpion says this is the biggest match in his career and will cement him as a star, while Black Warrior suggests this is just an average match for him. Warrior is not impressed by Rey Escorion’s wrestling skill. Rey Escorpion plans on bringing Ultimo Guerrero or Dragon Rojo as his second (they’ve been conspicuously absent from this feud), and feels the support from his family will be his key to the win. Black Warrior hopes this will be his final match…as a tecnico, because he saw how Sangre Azteca just switched back to the rudo side and wants to do that as soon as possible.

The Mexican general election is also tomorrow. This election has been good business for lucha libre, maybe CMLL especially. The giant video boards ads for AMLO have been displayed in Arena Mexico for months, and CMLL and other companies have been brought in for a lot of campaign rallies disguised as free admission lucha libre shows. Brazo de Oro, Averno, Mephisto and Mascara Dorada worked one of those last weekend for a local PRI candidate. It’s not just CMLL – the Morenos hosted one of these at Arena Azteca Budokan Tuesday – but there’s been a lot of CMLL ones have turned up. There’s nothing as visible this cycle as Mistico’s PAN commercial last time, but it’s been a help to business that’s going away tomorrow.

Edit: or not, because the election is July 1st. Not June 1st. It is July 1st.

Porra Fresa’s recap of the Arena Puebla cage match mentions Stigma and Pegasso did big cage dives, and Arissma had a chance to leave the cage, but saw Stigma being double teamed by Super Comando & Puma King and just couldn’t leave his fellow Puebla behind. Stigma repaid him by powerbombing Arissma and escaping. Never go back in a cage.

The Black Silver listed on Sunday’s Arena Coliseo lineup is Black Silver Jr. from Acapulco. He’s been very successful at home, holding the Guerrero State Light Heavyweight championship, and he just won former CMLL opener match rudo Apolo Estrada Jr.’s hair a couple weekends ago.

With the Busca semifinals, Rey Escorpion/Black Warrior, AAA taping in Veracruz and Sin Cara returning to WWE on SmackDown, I’d like to do a chat on Friday, but I’m not exactly sure when I’ll be around. Figure on something around 8:30 CT on Friday, maybe sooner if I can work it out.

LuchaWorld has Raziel, Gran Apache, Angel Mortal, Polvora, Titan, Fabi Apache on the top 100 list.

Rob has highlights of 07/15/11 CMLL and a bad time to be Electrico.

Lucha Libre in Japan

05/31 NJPW: Angel de Oro b Jushin Liger via casita [BOSJ]

That’s 3 wins, 6 points, and the maximum expected wins. The matchups and scheduling suggests it’s all downhill from here, but it could not have gone better for Angel de Oro than it has so far. The bigger story might be Jushin Lyger being stuck at 0 points thru three matches. NJPW hasn’t pushed Lyger as the top of the division in a long time, but he’s always at least middle of the pack. Not so far, and Lyger seemed distraught after the latest loss.

Actually, the biggest story is Angel de Oro won three matches without the mecedora being the finish of any of them. Oro runs into Dragon Gate and the UK’s PAC tomorrow in a battle for control of the block. Pac has some experience facing luchadors, having fought Juvi & Super Nova on NWE tours.