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.