Piratas vs Dinamitas, Terrible vs Tanahashi, Lluvia out, Cuervo, Hijo del Espanto, Enrique Vera

photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (THU) 08/30/2012 Arena Naucalpan [The Gladiatores]
1) Sky Ángel COR Matrix Jr.
Matrix Jr. hurt his hip on a dive and could not continue.
2) Eita & Infierno Kid Jr. b Freelance & Serpiente de Oro
Eita pinned Freelance for the win.
3) Alan Extreme, Black Terry, Temerario Infernal b Chicano, Dinamic Black, La Cobra
Rudos took 2/3 when Chicano didn’t get along with his teammates. Chicano is a rudo going forward, and Dinamic Black challenged him to a singles match.
4) Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro, Pirata Morgan, Relampago b Cien Caras Jr., Comando Negro, Eterno, Heddi Karaoui
First Cerebro Negro match here in over a year. Piratas appear to be tecnicos now. Their team won 2/3 to take the match, Pirata beating Cien Caras Jr. Pirata had earlier said he wanted a Heavyweight title match if he beat Cien, and he beat him.
5) Hijo de Pirata Morgan b Hijo de Máscara Año 2000 [Rey del Ring]
only Pirata Morgan’s title is on the line. Seconds were Cien Caras Jr. & Pirata Morgan, and they interfered in the third fall. Mascara ripped at Pirata’s mask a lot too. Pirata took the first, Mascara the second. Mascara pulled Pirata’s mask and rolled him up in the third, but Pirata Sr. jumped in and argued before the count. Cien Caras Jr. argued about Pirata Sr. arguing, and Pirata Sr. used the distraction to turn over the pin. Hijo de Pirata hung on for the win to keep the title. Capos challenged Piratas to an apuesta match for the year end show in December.

Today’s CMLL show is headlined by Terrible versus Tanahasshi for the CMLL Universal Championship. Both are heavyweight champions of their company, but Tanahashi would normally be the favorite. That’s not the case at this very moment, with Terrible going in to the biggest match of his career. I’m not really not sure a win helps Terrible all that much – people know Tanahashi is supposed to be a big deal, but he hasn’t ever come across himself as one, no more so than Yujiro – but a loss would take something away from the hair match with Rush in two weeks. I’m not sure NJPW is thrilled with the idea of Tanahashi losing (and it won’t be clean if it happens), but CMLL really needs to give their own guy the win here.

Kcidis draws Terrible and Tanahashi’s big plans.

The semimainis a four way trios tournament, with no particular on the line. Volador & Mr. Niebla were scheduled on their teams and seemed destined for another battle, but both are now in the tournament. Instead, the stories seem to be about the Guerreros breakup (Ultimo teaming with the two partners he’s broken up with), and possible someone new challenging Bufete del Amor, who have run thru all their challengers so far. Puma King and Rey Cometa have one more match in the tercera.

Lluvia, missing shows the last few days, will be out 9-12 months due to knee surgery. She hurt the knee a while back, took sometime off to let it recover, and had been working with a giant knee brace but obviously struggling.

Cuervo says he’ll be teaming with Fabi Apache to take on Mari Apache & Gran Apache on 09/16 AAA TV taping in Ecatepec. That storyline seemed to get put to the side during the build to TripleMania. He’s also decided to join the Bizarros, which should make for some awkward group meetings with Billy.

Hijo del Espanto appeared on last night’s Tercera Caida, claiming he owns the right to “Espanto Jr.”, not CMLL or the new wrestler. That seems surprising, since the new Espanto Jr. is the son of the original Espanto Jr., but the original had to get permission to use that name from the family and it sounds like the new hasn’t. Still, this seems likely to play out like the Triton name issue, where the CMLL never publicly addresses the complaints of the indy guy.

Enrique Vera has a retirement show Saturday. The undercard includes a Sangre Chicana Jr. vs Fishman Jr. vs el Pulpo mask match. Pulpo, who seems like the most likely loser (though it’s no sure thing) , talks about the match.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

A show in Nuevo Laredo this weekend includes Tito Santana, and also “John Cena Jr.”

Sangre Costena lost his mask in a cage match.

Lineups

CMLL (SUN) 09/02/2012 Arena Puebla
1) Asturiano, Blue Center, Dinámikoo vs Fuerza Chicana, Policeman, Siki Ozama Jr.
2) Molotov, Sensei, Stigma vs Artillero, Hooligan, Súper Comando
3) Dalis la Caribeña, Luna Mágica, Marcela vs Amapola, La Comandante, Zeuxis
4) Stuka Jr. vs Pólvora [lightning]
5) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Titán vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Tiger
6) Rush vs Hiroshi Tanahashi

Rush vs Tanahashi completes the set of matches with Terrible vs Tanahashi tonight and Rush vs Terrible in 3 weeks. Pretty good chance they all go 1-1.

09/01-02 lucha times

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=== CMLL ===

Galavision/Televisa: Part 2 of CMLL Universal Tournament. If you like Tanahashi 3 minutes matches, this may be the show for you. Also, probably Mephisto/Dorada because there aren’t enough singles matches.

FOX: which would put the Terrible/Rush trios here, intersting. I am not at all sure how this will turn out for the Anniversary show. I tend to believe CMLL made a deal to put better matches on the Televisa show in exchange for getting a few more minutes per hour. That’s the way it’s played out, so far, so Terrible/Rush has to be airing there and then it’s a toss up if they want Mistico or Puma/Cometa. I hope they want Mistico. (Also, a women’s trios.)

52MX: build to Negro Casas vs Angel de Oro.

C3: build to Polvora vs Titan.

GDL: Maybe the Smaker/Babaro match, though they’ve skipped over the entire title match. Maybe ciberneticos just didn’t fit timewise? Main is Atlantis/Shocker vs Terrible/UG.

Terra: Angel de Oro vs Negro Casas, the actual match. Also, maybe set up for a Stuka/Fuego vs Namajague/Okumura match next week?

=== Other ===

AAA: After being a bit of a clown show the last couple weekends, AAA should be back on track with part II of TripleMania on both TV and the internet. Their Twitter/Facebook posts have both suggested as such but haven’t outright said it (as is theri way.) No word what the Pintrest site says.

ACM: reruns? I didn’t see a lineup for this past weekend. Hype for COLISEOMANIA perhaps.

IWRG: BT Jr. posted video from last Thursday and last Sunday, which means they weren’t TV tapings, so maybe they’re back to the preeceding Thursday (tonight’s show?) I really don’t know.

Rush vs Tanahashi?, Smaker snatches gold from caveman, Volador & Mr. Niebla get Friday off, LEGEND

CMLL (MON) 08/27/2012 Arena Puebla [El Sol de Puebla, Porra Fresa]
1) Espiritu Maligno & King Jaguar b Black Tiger & Milenium
Rudos took 1/3.
2) Aereo, Niño de Acero, Shockercito DQ Pequeño Black Warrior, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Universo 2000
First match in Puebla for Nino de Acero since the knee injury that put him out for years. He did not seem nervous. Tecnicos took 1/3, rudos DQed for excessive violence.
3) Estrellita, Goya Kong, Marcela b Amapola, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit
Tecnicas took 1/3.
4) Shigeo Okumura b Pegasso [lightning]
Okumura won with his brainbuster. Pegasso was strechered out.
5) Blue Panther, Brazo de Plata, Valiente b Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto
Tecnicos take 2/3.
6) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Rush DQ Hiroshi Tanahashi, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
Rush tried to jump Terrible, but Bucanero & Terrible got the best of him. Rudos took the first with a Tanahashi frog splash on Diamante Azul and a double armbar on Atlantis. Atlantis won the second with a Atlantida on Tanahashi. In the third, Azul pinned Terrible with a german suplex, Tanahshi beat Azul with the Sling Blade, and Tanahashi fouled Rush to avoid being beat. Rush challenged Tanahashi to a singles match in Puebla.

No Terrible/Tanahashi issues before their match this Friday. No lineup for next week yet, not sure if they’re actually doing Rush vs Tanahashi (which didn’t happen in the G1, they were in separate blocks.)

Luchadors have been regularly taken on a stretcher from Okumura and Kraneo’s brainbusters, and from other neck attack moves. No one seemed to think the Pegasso bit was out of the ordinary, but Pegasso did miss the next day’s show. Pegasso was limping noticeably last Tuesday, the actual injury could be his right knee injury flaring up again.

Attendance was way down. 20% may be optimistic. School has started and it is a 9 pm start, but it still was a huge drop off from the last month.

CMLL (TUE) 08/28/2012 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Fuego en el Ring]
1) Sádico & Thunder Boy b El Divino & Javier Cruz Jr.
2) Leo & Soberano Jr. b Èvola & Ráfaga
3) Goya Kong, Marcela, Tiffany DQ Amapola, La Comandante, Princesa Blanca
Goya replaced Dark Angel, as expected. Tiffany replaced Lluvia, as not expected. Lluvia missed a show in Monterrey this past Sunday; maybe her knee injury is flaring up? Tiffany turned on her team for and hit ref Edgar for the DQ.
4) Smaker b Barbaro Cavernario [OCCIDENTE MIDDLE]
Decision match for vacant championship. Seconds were Leo & Evola. Barbaro got his knees up on a top rope move to take the second fall, Smaker powerbombed Barbaro for the first, then Smaker submitted Barbaro in the third. Crowd saw it as an upset, maybe because of Barbaro’s recent hair match victories.
5) Atlantis & Shocker DQ Terrible & Último Guerrero
Tecnicos took 2/3. Terrible fouled Shocker, setting up a singles match next week

Fuego has a post match interview with Barbaro. The interesting part isn’t anything the luchador says, but the interviewer strongly saying Barbaro was better than Smacker in the title match (and not quite getting the rudo to say the same.)If people really were surprised Barbaro lost, it’d mean they didn’t know Raziel was originally supposed to go the final, and there really wasn’t any point in taking him out of the match.

Las Luchas showed how Barbaro actually got to the final, picking up with Fuego laying on the ramp and looking hurt after his elimination. Barbaro and Stuka were the last two, and Stuka decimated Barbaro with a tope and was having no problem with him in the ring until Barbaro dodged a dropkick and ref Loco Estrada got hit. Stuka almost immediately got a pin, but the ref called the DQ instead.

CMLL sent out a press release hyping up Friday’s trios tournament. In one of those things that illustrate that everyone who gets these things posts them without really reading them, the teams in the press release don’t exactly match the ones CMLL announced on their website. Mr. Niebla and Volador are out of the tournament – that can’t be a concidence – and Rey Bucanero is illogically on the Peste Negra team, while Black Warrior joins the Invasor squad.

I no longer believe there’s much of a shot of CMLL doing Niebla/Volador later next month. Pulling them from the trios tournament pushed it aside, and it doesn’t actually fit into the Anniversary show right now. Terrible/Rush will be main event, Cometa/Puma will likely be fourth and, based on all the promos, Mistico is surely going to be in the semimain. They’ve just been doing basic Mistico matches since his debut; something like teaming with Atlantis and La Mascara versus Ultimo Guerrero and some rudos fits, but Volador & Niebla really do not. That would leave them in the tercera at best, , not a good place to push something that’s supposed to main event a big show.

LEGEND announced the mystery people for their top two matches on 09/30:

4) Daga, Fenix, Magnus, Turbo vs Heddi Karaoui, Kansuke, Maya Balam, Zumbi [elimination]
5) Monster Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Alex Koslov, Chris Masters, Rocky Romero

Main event should be amusing. Semimain has a wide range of people involved. Kansuke is now Dowki in IWRG, and will probably be Dowki here. Magnus, still training in CMLL gyms and soon to be on CMLL affiliated El Luchador, has been pulled from shows featuring AAA wrestlers and I would not be surprised at all if that happened again here.

Or maybe not, since Magnus is telling people on Twitter that the high attendance for Mistico’s debut was created by honoring all the tickets from the previous week and giving away 4000 more.

Meanwhile, Mistico says the crowd is about 50/50 behind him on most shows, and he’ll be a big focus of El Luchador. This is what he says about his friend Magnus:

Magnus es un buen compañero, un gran amigo que estimo muchísimo pero la verdad con este gran personaje que me acaban de otorgar pues cambio muchísimo la relación entre él y yo. Todo eso ustedes lo verán en esta serie y por eso le digo a toda la gente que lo espere muy pronto porque sé que les va a encantar y quizás después viene una tercera temporada. En esta segunda parte le eche todas las ganas para que la gente se dé cuenta de lo que en verdad era Dragon Lee. Hoy en día no se que haya pasado con Magnus, es una persona que no entiende, que no ha madurado pero igual lo quiero muchísimo y es un gran amigo.

Quick transation: Magnus has not matured but he’s still my friend and you’ll see more about us on the show.

IWRG’s Sunday card has changed. The Negro Navarro & Trauma I vs Hijo del Wagner & Hijo de LA Park match is now for the tag titles. Seems like Veneno won’t be back from Japan, because Freyser has been put in his spot in the semimian and Multifacetico takes the open spot in the tercera. Danny Casas, who had a rough time with the Traumas recently, is off the card and Oficial AK47 takes his place.

Angel Azteca Jr., missing from CMLL for the last few months, is listed on a show in Coahuila.

Mil Mascaras says he sleeps five hours a day, runs 3 to five miles, and paints. He also talks about drawing 22,000 to a mask match with El Halcon, with 10,000 more outside the building unable to get tickets.

SuperLuchas has had disturbing issues the last few weeks, so they’ve posted the last two editions online for free. Definitely worth checking out

Rob has his CMLL lucha libre TV weekend thoughts.

An update on lucha in Morelos.

Lucha Libre in Japan

(all from Puroresu Spirit)
08/30 NOAH: KENTA & Maybach Taniguchi [X] b Super Crazy & Ricky Marvin [O]
08/30 WNC:
– Hijo del Pantera [O], Backpacker Joe & Lin Byron b Takuya Kito, Yusuke Kodama & Josh O’Brien [X]
– Veneno b Hoshito Takahashi

Super Crazy & Ricky Marvin vs Hijo del Pantera & Yusuke Kodama & Dave Finlay vs Ray Mendoza Jr. (!?!?!) have been announced for 09/20 WNC show.

Lineups

CMLL (SUN) 09/02/2012 Arena Coliseo San Luis Potosi
1) Magico vs Bogar Jr.
2) Astral & Shockercito vs Gemelo Del Averno I & Gemelo Del Averno II
3) Dalis la Caribeña & Marcela vs Amapola & Princesa Blanca
4) Oro Azul & Sagrado vs Black Xtrem & Hijo del Signo
5) Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Misterioso Jr., Rey Escorpión

Mistico tour comes to SLP.

top six stories of the last two weeks

  1. CMLL announced both Rush vs Terrible and Rey Cometa vs Puma King in apuesta matches for the Anniversary show on September 14. It’s their first double apuesta match show since 2003.
  2. The annual Lucha Libre Expo took place. Attendance appeared to be slightly down. The biggest news was the start of a new Perros del Mal vs Bizarros (Cibernetico) feud. Perro and Cibernetico had been sniping on talk shows recently, the AAA Bizarros interfered in the main event of the Perros del Mal show (conveniently allowing them to avoid a finish) and the Perros interfered in the main event of the AAA show. Both fights turned into brawls around the entire expo center.
  3. Mistico continued his debut appearances around Mexico, drawing about over half houses on average. The existence of Mistico has not meant instant sellout, but it may have improved business on these shows slightly. CMLL and Mistico suffered a scare when Mistico slipped on a rope bit in Puebla and fell down clutching his knee in what seemed to be a serious injury, but he was back in action two days later.
  4. Terrible and Tanahashi advanced to the final of the CMLL Universal tournament, which will take place this Friday.
  5. Also on AAA TV taping, their last for four weeks, Zema Ion appeared to tease a title vs title match with Juvi and Samurai del Sol appeared as a surprise wrestler (but was taken out the end of the match.) Vampiro won his first offical AAA match in 3 years, but then lost to Chessman in a surprise quick match, the first time Chessman has actually been able to touch Vampiro in their feud.
  6. AAA’s TV has been out of sorts. Two weekends, a rerun aired on TV while part 1 of TripleMania was released on the internet. This past week, a preview of TripleMania and part 1 of TripleMania aired on TV, while nothing was released on the internet (after Part 2 had been billed.) They should be back on track with part 2 on both TV and the internet this week.

Links

  • The big feud not on CMLL’s Anniversary show, Volador vs Mr. Niebla, saw both men win singles matches. It was more a story of Niebla (and Zacarias) cheating Volador in both matches and getting caught once. Volador still has not beaten Niebla himself.
  • CMLL announced Generacion 2012: rudos Herdoes Jr., Taurus, Guerrero Negro, Espanto Jr. and Akuma, and tecnicos Genesis and Oro Jr.
  • AAA’s Quien Pinta Para La Corona, 2012 version, started with Lady Puma, Hiedra, Los Gemelos Muerte, Perseus, Slayer Boy and Mini Hator advancing to the final.
  • Nitro & Electrico both went down with leg injuries that will keep them out for months.
  • CMLL announced the Leyenda de Azul tournament will be back (at some point)
  • CMLL listed Dark Angel as appearing on their shows, while she’s actually in Japan (and CMLL is aware she’s in Japan.)
  • In IWRG, Chicano turned rudo and won the WWS Welterweight Championship.
  • AAA set up a lot of Twitter accounts for their top wrestlers, none of which are actually being used by the wrestlers. Also, Pintreset.

Titan beats Polvora again, Pegasso hurt?, IWL

CMLL (TUE) 08/28/2012 Arena Mexico [CMLL, Kaiser Sports]
1) Camaleón & Robin b Guerrero Negro Jr. & Herodes Jr.
2) Dalis la Caribeña, Lady Afrodita, Luna Mágica b La Seductora, Princesa Sugheit, Zeuxis
Zeuxis no longer is purple. Tecnicas took 2/3.
3) Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., Triton b Arkángel de la Muerte, Hooligan, Skándalo
Guerrero Maya replaced Pegasso, who appears to have been injured in Puebla again. Triton pinned Arkangel with a tornillo moonsault for the win.
4) Mephisto b Sagrado [lightning]
Mephisto won in 6:55 via Devil’s Wings.
5) Diamante, Diamante Azul, Hijo del Fantasma b Namajague, Shigeo Okumura, Vangelis
Fantasma was wearing a new design on his mask.
6) Ángel de Oro, Máscara Dorada, Titán b Averno, Euforia, Pólvora
Tecnicos took 2/3. Polvora ripped up Titan’s mask, Titan submitted Polvora with an inverted Gori Special. Titan asked Polvora to accept his title match challenge, Polvora just walked out.

El Sol de Puebla has a recap of Monday’s show, but confuses Namajague and Tanahashi. I’m going to wait for a better one. No mention of the Pegasso injury, but I believe it was mentioned it on twitter.

Edit:

Rob has his Top 5 Spots of the Week.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

DJ Spectro has video of Misioneros de la Muerte vs Canek, Scorpio, Babe Face from 1983.

Nino de Ebano and Lucky Boy have named their team Velocidad 2.0.

Fantasma says CMLL wrestlers will be at this weekend’s sport and fitness expo.

Texano is satisfied with his move to CMLL.

Lucha Libre in Japan

08/29 NOAH: Super Crazy b Atsushi Kotoge

Pro Wrestling Wave has announced they’ll be hosting AAA Reina de Reinas on 11/27 in Tokyo. Kaguya (the Io sister not with Nosawa) is the first announced, of a field of 8. The Apaches worked for this group last year, so I would presume this is their deal.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 09/04/2012 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Divino & Virgo vs Èvola & Sádico
2) Sky Kid vs Disturbio
3) Gallo, Smaker, Stuka Jr. vs Artillero, Malefico, Súper Comando
4) Dark Angel & Marcela vs Amapola & Princesa Blanca
5) Shocker vs Terrible

The false advertising of Dark Angel continues. Lineup also lists Metalico in the tercera, but they probably mean Malefico. Smaker being on the show and Barbaro not probably indicates how the title match ended.

CMLL (TUE) 09/04/2012 Arena Mexico
1) Camaleón & Robin vs Bobby Zavala & Disturbio
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Starman, Super Halcon Jr. vs Cancerbero, Hijo del Signo, Raziel
3) Triton vs Virus [lightning]
4) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Morphosis, Olímpico, Psicosis
5) Ángel de Oro, Mistico, Valiente vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Misterioso Jr.
6) Pólvora vs Titán [MEX WELTER]
Polvora is the champ

Titan wins or we riot. A battle of good versus evil right there.

I’m not a big fan of Delta, but Delta & Guerrero Maya would be a fine tag team to send to the NJPW tournament. Angel de Oro & Valiente are not a team but it would be a fair reward for having to play set up man to Mistico for the last month. Super Halcon & Hombre Bala would be the worst of all possible choices. Look at me, thinking CMLL will send an actual tag team to a tag team tournament, how silly.

It’d be nice if CMLL TV got messed up enough to allow Triton vs Virus to air.

IWL (SUN) 09/16/2012 Centro de Convenciones Tlalnepantla
***IWL 2nd Anniversary Show***
1) ?, ??, Black Azteca vs ???, ????, Infierno Kid
2) Impulso vs Arkanos, Ninja De Fuego, Quimico Jr., Payaso Carroña, Payaso Terror, Cenovio Pitt, Juan el Ranchero, Niño de Ébano, Centinela
3) Carta Brava Jr. (IWL) vs Carta Brava Jr. (IWRG)
4) Hijo de Mascara Sagrada vs Fishman Jr., Canek Jr., Killer Jr., ?, Kato Kung Lee Jr., Universo 2000 Jr., Talisman Jr., Hijo De Brazo, Kung Fu Jr. [Copa Junior]
5) Aeroboy & Pesadilla vs León Rojo & Ovett and Tony Rivera & Zumbido and Ojo Diabolico & Sepulturero I and Black Terry & Zumbi
6) Ángel o Demonio vs Joe Lider, Extreme Tiger, Último Gladiador, Violento Jack, Super Mega, Cerebro Negro [electrified cage]
7) Nimrod JJ & Steve Corino vs Canek & Fantasma de la Ópera

 

 

Mexico preview, Devil Rockers, Trio Fantasma, IWL & Steve Corino

Today’s Arena Mexico show is hyped as Mascara Dorada vs Averno; the two will soon be facing off in New Japan (and it wouldn’t be surprise if a title match between the two gets added to that tour.) The focus of this match should actually be on Polvora and Titan, who seem headed to a title match next week for the monthly fan appreciation show. Diamante and Diamante Azul team up for the first time on purpose in the semimain.

Mephisto and Sagrado are in the lightning match; it’s Sagrado’s fourth one in the last two months. Dunno how that works. Tercera is Triton, Pegasso, and Fuego vs Arkangel, Skandalo and Hooligan, which sounds like a match Mr. Cacao will sell on a DVD.

Dark Angel is still listed as working tonight in Arena Coliseo Guadalajara, but Apolo Dantes mentioned a few days ago that it’ll actually be Goya Kong.

SuperLuchas has an AAA interview with Machine Rocker, talking up his team and how they’ve been training for years. The interview says it was Machine Rocker who got the pin in their one televised match so far; I thought it was Soul Rocker, but was half confused on the names by the end of it. (It was the one who appeared to be Semental, I’m pretty sure.)  It might have helped if AAA did anything at all to introduce the characters before throwing them out in a match. Maybe they’ll do it on Pinterest? There’s vague threats to “the team that claims to be the strongest in AAA”, which could be both Consejo and Psycho Circus depending on how you read it.

Speaking of frequent complaints about AAA’s presentation, here’s a promo from Drago to hype up his participation in the panamerican tournament taking place in Colombia next month. Has Drago ever spoken on AAA TV? Has AAA ever done internet only promos for their own company? (Maybe that time where Octagoncito was calling Octagon but couldn’t get him to pick up. And the fake shoot fight.)

TripleMania XX part 1 has seen by 54,000 people, which means it still remains behind Emma Huevo vs Sexi Star in a kiddie pool. Good job, good effort.

In this week’s SuperLuchas, Trio Fantasma (Super Muneco, Super Raton, Super Pinocho) are interviews with the WWA Trios titles. Those haven’t been seen in a decade. They say they won them on 07/14 in Palenque de Tlaxcala in a decision match  over Coco Rojo, Coco Amarillo and Coco Azul in a tournament that included “Los Dinamitas, Rayo de Jalisco y Rayman, and others” and was endorsed by Benjamin Mora. I have no record of a tournament like that, and think we probably would’ve heard if Rayo de Jalisco and Cien Caras were involved. Anyway, they’re defending the belts on 09/01 vs Black Terry, Scorpio and Shu el Guerrero on the next legend show.

The magazine has been running a multiweek feature on the last shows of Santo. This week, that included an interview with Hijo del Santo, who talked only about his father and not about anything else that might be going on. Later in the magazine, El Hijo del Santo’s lawyer maintains that the 10 sons of El Santo might have the right their father’s name, but Axel is a grandson so it doesn’t count (which seem to me would prevent Hijo del Santo’s son from being Nieto del Santo at the same time, but I’m no lawyer.) The lawyer says they’re still fighting it in court.

As part of their usual plan of flying in US indy guys, IWL is bringing in Steve Corino for their next show. He’ll be in electrified cage match with Violento Jack, Super Mega and Angel o Demonio.

Besides not sharing his thoughts on new Mistico…

…Magnus has been announced as working the semimain of the Mexico vs the World show on 09/30.

Rob has highlights of 08/14/12 CMLL.

Links

  • El Hijo del Medico Asesino on Tercera Caida. I haven’t watched this one yet, but it appears the story isn’t that he got cut, but that he decided he needed to come back to Mexico to learn more lucha libre to help him succeed, and generally evading questions about wrestling unmasked.
  • Highlights from last week CMLL press conference.
  • Drastic Boy and Aeroboy agreed to a mask match – with Ciclope, who has not yet agreed.
  • Ringbelles has an interview with Taya Valkyrie about wrestling in AAA and her adjustment to Mexico.
  • Silueta says she’s still REINA-CMLL International Junior champion, so the new REINA title wasn’t meant to replace hers.
  • Q & A with Big Mama.

Lineup

CMLL (SUN) 09/02/2012 Arena Mexico
1) Freesbe & Höruz vs Camorra & Ramstein
2) Aereo, Fantasy, Pequeño Halcón vs Mercurio, Pequeño Violencia, Pequeño Warrior
3) Delta, Fuego, Stuka Jr. vs Namajague, Shigeo Okumura, Virus
4) Estrellita vs Lady Apache [lightning]
5) Blue Panther, Diamante Azul, La Sombra vs Ephesto, Euforia, Pólvora
6) Negro Casas vs Ángel de Oro [NWA WELTER]
Negro Casas is the champ

The main event story should be about Angel de Oro having learned enough to finally beat Negro Casas, but I’d be okay for it to take a couple more attempts.

Let the short lightning matches continues.

They’re really doing Namajague & Okumura vs Fuego & Stuka soon! Maybe next week! (Or they’re fooling me good.)

CMLL (SUN) 09/02/2012 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Azteca de Oro & Indigo vs Demonio Rojo & Relampago Azul
2) Black Metal & Halcon de Plata vs Acertijo & Infierno
3) Esfinge & Metatrón vs In Memoriam & Mr. Trueno
4) Gallo & Smaker vs Artillero & Súper Comando
5) Hijo del Fantasma & Rush vs Mephisto & Rey Bucanero

A show.

IWRG (SUN) 09/02/2012 Arena Naucalpan
1) Radical vs Infierno Kid Jr.
2) Centvrión & Freelance vs Eita & The Mummy
3) Freyser, Golden Magic, La Cobra vs Carta Brava Jr., Chicano, Violencia Jr.
4) Relampago, Trauma II, Veneno vs Danny Casas, El Hijo del Medico Asesino, Heddi Karaoui
5) Negro Navarro & Trauma I vs Hijo de LA Park & Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr.

Non-title main event with the tag team champs. I have strong guess at what next week’s main

Chicano is still on the tecnico side on Thursday. Dinamic Black and La Cobra should be on alert.

The return of the Mummy! I’m pretty sure I saw someone on the IWRG Facebook demanding such. Maybe they take requests, that’s a reason to sign up for Facebook right now.

08/25-26 lucha videos

YouTube playlist: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLB757468B1C56F612

Sobre el Ring did not air. ACM was in reruns.

08/25 WWC: http://www.embedupload.com/?d=6MMGYQF5Q4
08/26 WWC: http://www.embedupload.com/?d=4AFJB1GGC4

La Luchas: 2012-08-21
http://www.embedupload.com/?d=5UEQA4ZDML
taped 2012-08-14 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Leo & Sky Kid vs Disturbio & Inquisidor
2) Smaker vs Arkángel de la MuerteStarmanDemonio MayaTritonSkándaloBlack MetalMagnum [winner advances to Occidente Midldeweight match
3) Hijo del Fantasma & Sagrado vs Psicosis & Rey Escorpión
4) Máximo vs Mr. Niebla

El Mundo de la Lucha Libre: 2012-08-26
taped 2009? – @ ?
http://www.embedupload.com/?d=3ZBMZPMMQJ
1)  El Lince, El Simbolo, Ato vs the Tiger, Espratanajos, Fiero Jr.
http://www.embedupload.com/?d=9JGKDPGWFA
(second match is a repeat)

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2012-08-25
taped 2012-08-19 @ Arena Coliseo
http://www.embedupload.com/?d=4GKRRZEFGZ
1) Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Misterioso Jr. in a lightning match
http://www.embedupload.com/?d=1XEBMQHDIH
2) Diamante, Diamante Azul, Valiente vs Kráneo, Olímpico, Psicosis
http://www.embedupload.com/?d=6TWJMPEJHG
3) Ángel de Oro, La Máscara, La Sombra vs Felino, Negro Casas, Rey Escorpión
http://www.embedupload.com/?d=2QECBPYUCK

CMLL on Televisa: 2012-08-25
taped 2012-08-17 @ Arena Mexico
http://www.embedupload.com/?d=4HWHCGQRIX
1) Fuego, Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. vs Namajague, Puma King, Shigeo Okumura
http://www.embedupload.com/?d=7XQYMEQZIR
2) Máscara Dorada vs Black Warrior for the CMLL Universal eightfinal match
http://www.embedupload.com/?d=2VQXCACVAC
3) Terrible vs Mr. Águila for the CMLL Universal eightfinal match
http://www.embedupload.com/?d=4XVME4YYE1
4) Rush vs Rey Bucanero for the CMLL Universal eightfinal match
http://www.embedupload.com/?d=7UGAV0IJHZ
5) Atlantis vs Negro Casas for the CMLL Universal eightfinal match
http://www.embedupload.com/?d=4XSCOJYVOI
6) Máscara Dorada vs Terrible for the CMLL Universal quarterfinal match
http://www.embedupload.com/?d=8JF1BNIVBB
7) Rush vs Atlantis for the CMLL Universal quarterfinal match
http://www.embedupload.com/?d=6WEDRHCPZZ
8) Terrible vs Rush for the CMLL Universal semifinal match
http://www.embedupload.com/?d=2JKIGQEZWE

CMLL Guadalajara: 2012-08-25
http://www.embedupload.com/?d=90VHLOVJWF
taped 2012-08-21 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Demonio Maya & Ráfaga vs Exterminador & Malefico
http://www.embedupload.com/?d=8MEXGJIZSX
2) Hijo del Fantasma vs Psicosis
http://www.embedupload.com/?d=3JITFZE4B3
3) La Sombra, Super Porky, Valiente vs Euforia, Terrible, Tiger
http://www.embedupload.com/?d=6PGDMAEMCG

CMLL on CadenaTres: 2012-08-25
taped 2012-08-21 @ Arena Mexico
1) Aereo, Astral, Shockercito vs Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Warrior
http://www.sendspace.com/file/71h5a5
2) Pegasso, Rey Cometa, Triton vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Nosferatu, Puma King

http://www.sendspace.com/file/mxu6hg
3) Blue Panther, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Black Warrior, Namajague, Shigeo Okumura
http://www.sendspace.com/file/g7t0nk
4) Atlantis, Diamante, Titán vs Mr. Niebla, Niebla Roja, Pólvora
http://www.sendspace.com/file/92dt1f

Intro: http://www.sendspace.com/file/onbaxu
Ending: http://www.sendspace.com/file/plxo96

CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2012-08-25
taped 2012-08-17 @ Arena Mexico
1) Diamante Azul, Mistico, Valiente vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Ephesto, Mephisto
http://www.sendspace.com/file/m0j7pa
2) Volador Jr. vs Mr. Niebla
http://www.sendspace.com/file/zmv86j

AAA on Televisa: 2012-08-25 (Saturday)
TripleMania XX preview show
http://www.sendspace.com/file/3bnckt

AAA on Televisa: 2012-08-26 (Sunday) – same show that aired on the web last week
http://www.sendspace.com/filegroup/%2BkYlyeFKP2OwY%2F5LbGiMqItTIMXfDYEaOdZ4EeiRlco
taped 2012-08-05 @ Arena Ciudad de Mexico
Intro
http://www.sendspace.com/file/rqeu1e
1) Fabi Apache, Fenix, Octagoncito, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Dark Dragon, Mini Charly Manson, Sexy Star, Yuriko
http://www.sendspace.com/file/c49ira – complete
Perro Aguayo in HOF
http://www.sendspace.com/file/btxb5n
2) Electroshock & LA Park vs Jeff Jarrett & Kurt Angle [seconds hair]
http://www.sendspace.com/file/kp1b0h
ending:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/jxwliz

AAA on Televisa (Regional): 2012-08-25
taped 1993-04-30 @ Plaza De Toros Mexico City
1) Perro Aguayo Sr. vs Máscara Año 2000 in a hair vs mask match
http://www.sendspace.com/file/nowkcg
2) Cien Caras vs Konnan, loser must retire
http://www.sendspace.com/file/aoayz0 – incomplete

Mistico in Guadalajara, Wagner/Park vs Traumas, QPPLC, new Tinieblas

CMLL (SUN) 08/26/2012 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Informador]
4) La Máscara & Mistico b Euforia & Mephisto
Tecnicos took 2/3. Mephisto fouled Mistico to pin him in the first, Mistico submitted Mephisto in the third.

Attendance looks minimal in that picture. Switching back and forth on the start time can not be helping.

IWRG (SUN) 08/26/2012 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (flickr), The Gladiatores]
1) Infierno Kid b Serpiente de Oro
Serpiente de Oro replaced the chronically missing Galaxy.
2) Eita & Imposible b Epidemia & Radical
Epidemia made one of his one night unexplained returns to fill in for Dinamic Black in a loss.
3) Alan Extreme, Factor, Rayan b Chicano, Freyser, Tony Rivera
Alan Extreme replaced Spartan. Chicano did not get along with his partners.
4) Relampago, Trauma I, Trauma II b Danny Casas, El Hijo del Medico Asesino, Hijo de Pirata Morgan
Trauma I made his return, replacing Veneno. Danny Casas replaced Super Nova.
5) Cien Caras Jr., Heddi Karaoui, Hijo de Máscara Año 2000 b Hijo de LA Park, Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr., Negro Navarro
Rudos took 1/3. Navarro hit Wagner by mistake, and Wagner and Park attacked Navarro. Traumas ran out of the save and to set up a tag match.

LuchaMania reports the winners from the first QPPLC tourstop in Monterrey are Lady Puma, Hiedra, Gemelos Muerte, Perseus, Slayer Boy y Mini Hator. Lady Puma and Perseus (one of Sangre Chicana’s kids) are repeat winners from last year. Next stop is in Campeche on September 22/23. LuchaMania also has an interview with Konnan from the show.

Tinieblas Jr. says he’ll have a TV show on TVC (not sure if Deportes) starting September 21 and weekly from there. It sounds more like a children’s show with the family they’ve previously done, and not specifically a running show. Tinieblas Jr. also says his son may debut this year. That’s the first time I can remember his son even being mentioned.

Tickets for the Anniversary show on Ticketmaster run from 734 ($56) to 183 ($14). I need to put together a chart of ticket prices some day, but that seems higher than usual. The 10 peso tickets for kids are not on the website; maybe you have to buy those in person?

That’s the match with Heddi Karoui, Zumbi and Maya Balam. Show is not until September 30th, they have time to slowly doll out information.

LuchaWorld has video of the LA Lucha Legends show opener: Mercurio Jr., Vandal Drummond, Meteoro vs Super Boy Jr., Flecha Fugaz, Sombra Infernal.

Luchas 2000 #635 has giant pictures of Terrible & Rush, and small pictures of Puma King and Rey Cometa

La Copa writes about the history of Gimnasio del Valle promotion.

Psicosis wins!, Angel de Oro beats Casas with a casita

CMLL (TUE) 08/21/2012 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [MegaCable]
2) Exterminador & Malefico COR Demonio Maya & Ráfaga
Rafaga & Demonio Maya took 1/3. Exterminador was hurt on a tope in the third, grabbing his face. Malefico beat Demnio Maya, Rafaga armbared Malefico, and Exterminador could not return to the ring before the countout. Rafaga knocked Exterminador off the strecher post match.
3) Barbaro Cavernario b Stuka Jr.FuegoHalcon de PlataLeoVirusRazielSádico [OCCIDENTE MIDDLE, semifinal, cibernetico]
Particapants not confirmed Participants
4) Psicosis b Hijo del Fantasma
One fall match, but not a lightning match. Mije was with Psicosis. Psicosis jumped Fantamsa, and him with a giant poster. Psicosis avoided the Phantom Lariat, flapjacked Fantamsan, and put him in an Indian Deathlock for his first CMLL singles win.
5) La Sombra, Super Porky, Valiente b Euforia, Terrible, Tiger
Tecnicos take 2/3.

CMLL (SUN) 08/26/2012 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Apocalipsis & Cholo b Robin & Soberano Jr.
2) Demus 3:16, Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico b Fantasy, Pequeño Halcón, Último Dragoncito
3) Fuego, Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. DQ Namajague, Puma King, Shigeo Okumura
Puma fouled Cometa and pulled his mask for good measure. After the match, Cometa yelled at him on the microphone until Puma superkicked him.
4) Rey Escorpión b Sagrado [lightning]
Rey Escorpion won with a cradle piledriver in 6:53. Sagrado was strechered out.
5) Blue Panther, Hijo del Fantasma, Super Porky b Averno, Ephesto, Niebla Roja
6) Ángel de Oro, Titán, Valiente b Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
Angel de Oro defeated Negro Casas via casita and challenged him to a title match.

CMLL posted one two three video promos for 09/14. They hype the two matches, but also focus on Mistico (who does not yet have announced match for that show.)

AAA has plans for internationalization “in late 2012 or 2013”. I see the goalposts moving. (Article also says “they’re very close to getting to the US, but can’t talk about it.”)

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Rob has highlights of 01/02 & 01/09/12 Puebla and 09/28/2011 Perros del Mal.

Bill has highlights of 07/28/2011 IWRG and 08/11/2011 IWRG

Links

Lucha Libre In Japan
08/25 NOAH: Yoshinobu Kanemaru b Super Crazy [GHC JH] – Crazy fails in title challenge, but still a tag team champ.
08/26 Zero1
: Takeshi Morishima, Naomichi Marufuji & Super Crazy [O] Masato Tanaka, Kohei Sato & Ikuto Hidaka [X]
08/26 STARDOM
: Dark Angel b Kairi Hojo [5STAR GP]
08/26 REINA X WORLD:
Tiffany b La Malcrida [REINA-CMLL INTL, SF]
Hikaru Shida & Tsukasa Fujimoto [O] b Silueta & Crazy Star [X] [REINA TAG]
Leon b Tiffany  [REINA-CMLL INTL, final]
Sad for the CMLL people losing, happy they won’t be bringing more belts to CMLL.

Tanahashi advances to CMLL Universal final, Terrible sweeps Rush

photo by CMLL

CMLL (FRI) 08/24/2012 Arena Mexico [CMLL, Kaiser Sports]
1) Camaleón & Starman b Artillero & Súper Comando
2) Dalis la Caribeña, Estrellita, Luna Mágica b La Seductora, Lady Apache, Zeuxis
Dalis replaced Dark Angel, though Lluvia was actually announced as the replacement first. Tecnicas took 1/3.
3) Mephisto b Máscara Dorada [lightning]
Mephisto won in 8:32 with a super Devil’s Wings.
4) Hiroshi Tanahashi b Marco Corleone [CMLL Universal, eightfinal]
2:30, Tanahashi won via frog splash
5) Diamante Azul b Pólvora [CMLL Universal, eightfinal]
6:53, Diamante won via german suplex
6) La Máscara b Dragón Rojo Jr. [CMLL Universal, eightfinal]
4:46, Mascara wins via campana.
7) Volador Jr. b Máximo [CMLL Universal, eightfinal]
1:17, Volador won quickly with a backcracker, though he still took a kiss from Maximo.
8) Hiroshi Tanahashi b Diamante Azul [CMLL Universal, quarterfinal]
Tanahashi survives Diamante Azul’s german suplex to win via frogsplash in 4:59.
9) Volador Jr. b La Máscara [CMLL Universal, quarterfinal]
Volador beat Mascara in 4:50 with a top rope ‘rana.
10) Hiroshi Tanahashi b Volador Jr. [CMLL Universal, semifinal]
8:00, Tanahashi winning once again with the frog splash.
11) Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Último Guerrero b La Sombra, Rush, Shocker
Terrible’s team won in straight falls. Rush was DQed for excessive violence, then Terrible beat Rush in the second.

In post show interviews, Tanahashi said NJPW sent him here to win the tournament and he’s already beat the best guy (Volador), so he’s going home with the belt. Terrible is very good, but Tanahashi is bringing the belt back to Japan.

There are three possible outcomes for next week’s CMLL Heavyweight Champion vs IWGP Heavyweight Champion match (with neither title on the line.)

  1. Tanahashi wins without any outside help.
  2. Tanahashi wins with Rush getting involved.
  3. Terrible wins.
Option 1 would be counter productive; this tournament has been scheduled to give Terrible a big win before he faces Rush. There’s no way Terrible is losing without setting up that match.
Options 2 and 3 make place Terrible as the Mexican hero nearly defeating or actually defeating the tough foreigner. CMLL likes doing this with rudos, but it’s a role that gets the fans to support the rudo for the efforts. CMLL will be giving Terrible a big moment, but they will also be giving the fans another reason to cheer him over Rush going into their big match.

It may be that CMLL doesn’t care or is even okay with Terrible being the crowd favorite in the hair match. I don’t think CMLL is going to turn Rush rudo, but option 2 up there is exactly how you’d start it and that’s very much in play. It didn’t have to end up this way. La Mascara is not the heavyweight championship of another promotion, but he is a guy who’s gotten big singles wins constantly for the last year and should mean more to the fans than a guy who’s only around a couple weeks every year.

On the other side – and this is one of those stories that only exist in my mind but deal with it – Volador is having a run of bad results in big singles matches:

03/30 @ Arena Mexico: loss to Devitt for the NWA MIDDLE
05/21 @ Arena Puebla: DQ loss to Atlantis
05/29 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara: loss to La Mascara for MEX LH
07/15 @ Arena Mexico: loss to Mr. Niebla
07/29 @ Korakuen Hall: loss to Devitt for the NWA MIDDLE
08/17 @ Arena Mexico: DQ loss to Mr. Niebla
08/19 @ Arena Coliseo Guatemala: loss to Voltron for a title shot at the FMLL Champion de Monde title
08/20 @ Arena Puebla: almost beats Niebla only wins by DQ
08/24 @ Arena Mexico: loses to Tanahashi in the semifinal of CMLL Universal

There’s a win over Mascara in Puebla I skipped over, but it was not a title match. Psicosis might be rubbing off on Volador.

Links

  • GALLI is returning to Villa Park.
  • Espectáculos Del Cuadrilátero writes about New Mistico

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 08/31/2012 Arena Mexico
1) Bengala & Leono vs Apocalipsis & Inquisidor
2) Astral, Pequeño Halcón, Último Dragoncito vs Demus 3:16, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico
3) Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Misterioso Jr., Niebla Roja, Puma King
4) Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas vs Marco Corleone, Máximo, Rush and Mr. Águila, Olímpico, Volador Jr. and Dragón Rojo Jr., Rey Escorpión, Último Guerrero
5) Terrible vs Hiroshi Tanahashi [final, CMLL Universal]

Bad times for Ultimo Guerrero (good times for the rest of us.) That match could also set up a Peste Negra vs Invasors match, though the involvement of the world champs muddies things up.

Puma and Cometa stay ready for their match. It would be normal if this was their last Friday match and they had next weekend off.

CMLL (MON) 08/27/2012 Arena Puebla
1) Black Tiger & Milenium vs Espiritu Maligno & King Jaguar
2) Aereo, Niño de Acero, Shockercito vs Pequeño Black Warrior, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Universo 2000
3) Estrellita, Goya Kong, Marcela vs Amapola, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit
4) Pegasso vs Shigeo Okumura [lightning]
5) Blue Panther, Brazo de Plata, Valiente vs Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto
6) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Rush vs Hiroshi Tanahashi, Rey Bucanero, Terrible

New T is less likely to superkick people, more likely to win matches.

IWRG (THU) 08/30/2012 Arena Naucalpan
1) Sky Ángel vs Matrix Jr.
2) Freelance & Serpiente de Oro vs Delta & Infierno Kid Jr.
3) Chicano, Dinamic Black, La Cobra vs Alan Extreme, Black Terry, Temerario Infernal
4) Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro, Pirata Morgan, Relampago vs Cien Caras Jr., Comando Negro, Eterno, Heddi Karaoui
5) Hijo de Pirata Morgan vs Hijo de Máscara Año 2000 [Rey del Ring]
only Pirata Morgan’s title is on the line.

Delta? Probably not the CMLL guy. I hope it’s the guy who used to be Triton. Infierno Kid changed his name or debuted a second generation wrestler sometime since June.