Fuerza vs Octagon, Titan gets his shot, Perromania, DTU, PBS

photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (THU) 07/19/2012 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (flickr), Estrellas del Ring, The Gladiatores]
1) Johnny Rivera & Serpiente de Oro b King Drako & Matrix Jr.
2) Eita & Infierno Kid b Dragón Celestial & Galaxy
Galaxy replaced Templario
3) Alan Extreme, Black Terry, Bombero Infernal b Centvrión, Chicano, Golden Magic
Black Terry, Bombero Infernal, Alan Extreme are (the newest) Los Nuevos Temerarios. Black Terry used the ropes to beat Chicano.
4) Danny Casas, Dr. Cerebro, Trauma II DQ Dowki, Eterno, Hijo de Máscara Año 2000
Trauma II’s team took 1/3, feuding with Mascara. In the last third fall, Dr. Cerbero beat Dowki, Eterno beat Danny Casas, Eterno send Cerbero into the crowd and tried to dive on him, but came up short. Mascara pulled off Trauma II’s mask when trying for a cutter, and the ref called a DQ. Trauma II challenged Mascara for a title match.
5) Fuerza Guerrera, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan b Hijo de LA Park, Octagón, Veneno
Rudos took 1/3. Octagon is a tecnico here. Pirata accidentally took out the ref when aiming for Octagon, Octagon ducked him, Fuerza fouled him and got away with it for the pin.

Tonight’s biggest match is Titan getting one of his rewards from the En Busca de Un Idolo match, facing Dragon Rojo for the CMLL Middleweight championship. Dragon Rojo is the favorite for the same reasons Euforia was the favorite in the Busca final; he’s a rudo CMLL is high on and they might as well keep the rudos strong with New Mistico coming. Of course, Titan did win En Busca de un Idolo, so we can’t count him out ever.

The match may be a bigger test for Dragon Rojo, who has slipped a lot the last year. Rojo was poor in the last tag title defense he had, looking lost against Blue Panther & Diamante Azul. He did have a better match with Sombra a few weeks later, but Titan is a more raw tecnico. Dragon Rojo is in no danger of being moved down as long as he’s tag team champion, but he could use a positive performance.

Friday’s main event is Negro Casas’ first match back in Arena Mexico since his eye injury (though he’s been wrestling elsewhere, including last night at Durango’s fair.) He’ll team with Ultimo Guerrero & Mr. Niebla vs Diamante Azul, Rush and Atlantis. Guerrero vs Atlantis is the closest thing CMLL has to a pushed top level feud going into September, but it’s not been turned up to mask vs mask level. This show also has La Comandante’s first match back since coming back from her REINA tour, wrestling against the newly unmasked Goya Kong.

Over in Guadalajara, Diamante faces Misterioso for the vacant Occidente Heavyweight Championship. Misterioso’s previously been Occidente Light Heavyweight champion a couple times and is the favorite to win here.

Perros del Mal held their own press conference for TripleMania. Perro Jr. said their are so many Perros on the card, “more than half, like in CMLL” (3) that it should be called PerroMania. Perro believes Mesias is lying about his recovery from injury, because he had the same arm injury and it took him six months to recover. Beyond that, Perro Jr. feels there are hundered of Mexican luchadors who are as good or better than Mesias, so no one should support him. Perro Jr. knows “Mesias’ lover” Cibernetico will get involved, but has a big surprise for Cibernetico if he does. The Perros agreed AAA was trying to protect their luchadors, and that’s why Juvi got added to the relevos suicidas match instead of defending against Daga, but they’ll have all the titles soon enough. Halloween reminded Extreme Tiger that Tiger had to carry his bags to be brought back in AAA as part of Familia de Tijuana, and his mask will be a new trophy for the Perros del Mal office should they face off. Psicosis did not wear his mask, explaining he heard people calling him a fraud and wanted to emphasis what was already said, he’d be putting his hair on the line in the relevos suicidas match, not the mask. Psicosis still covered his horribly scared face with a bandana. Both Halloween and Psicosis said did not want to lose the tag match, but would punish their tag team partners if they did.

AAA launched a special site for TripleMania, http://www.triplemania.mx/. They may want to fix what it says in the title bar.

DTU says they’ll be announcing their card for the Lucha Libre Expo on July 24th, including their surprise guest (a mister Rick O’Shea, I believe.) I presume that’s the usual press conference for the expo, and we’ll be getting a lot of good info on that day. The expo shows are August 17-19 (which means the Expo is back to being three days after all) and DTU will run additional shows on August 21st (Arena Aficion), August 24 (Arena Queretaro) and August 26 (Arena Roberto Paz in Guadalajara.) Crazy Boy is not pictured on the poster, so he must still not be close to returning.

PBS’s VOCES series will have a show on lucha libre called “Tales of Masked Men.” A trailer is up, and it looks like it falls firmly into the well worn “What Does It Say About The Mexican People” category of lucha libre documentaries. But it has Solar! Footage looks a little old; one of the first shots is Mr. Aguila in a Perros del Mal shirt in Arena Mexico, so 2008 at the latest and possibly older than that. The VOCES season starts on September 28th and it reads like the lucha libre episode will be the first episode.

Electroshock says he doesn’t fear an Olympic gold medalst, because he’s faced all sorts of fighters in his MMA matches. Actually having MMA matches is more than Kurt Angle’s ever done.

Rob has the Payasos victory montage.