CMLL 79th anniversary show results & chat

CMLL’s anniversary starts at 8:30 pm CT and will go close to 3 hours.  Final results are below.

CMLL (FRI) 09/14/2012 Arena Mexico
***79th Anniversary Show***
1) Dalis la Caribeña, Goya Kong, Marcela b Amapola, Princesa Blanca, Tiffany
Tecnicas took 1/2, Marclea using the ropes to pin Tiffany. Tiffany challenged Marcela to a match next week.
2) Ephesto, Mephisto, Niebla Roja b Delta, Stuka Jr., Valiente
Rudos took 1/3. In the third, Stuka pinned Ephesto, but the rudos beat Stuka, and then Mephisto defeated Delta for the win.
3) Ángel de Oro, La Sombra, Titán b Namajague, Shigeo Okumura, Taichi
Tecnicos took 1/3, Sombra beating Taichi in the third fall.
4) Puma King b Rey Cometa [mask]
Seconds were Tiger & Espiritu Negro. Rey Cometa dived off the stage on Puma with a tornillo before the bell. Puma still pulled out the fall with a leg hold in 1:16. Cometa went into the barricade again in the second fall, but came back to win with the 450 splash in 4:26. Rey Cometa is Mario Alberto González, 29 years old, 13 years a wrestler, from Quereraro. Both gave each other credit for their effort after the match, and Puma thanked the vary supportive crowd.
5) Atlantis, Mistico, Prince Devitt b Dragón Rojo Jr., Negro Casas, Último Guerrero
Rudos took 1/3, Dragon Rojo beatting Devitt each time and setting up a title match between the two.
6) Rush b Terrible [hair]
Seconds were Toro Blanco for Rush and Rey Bucanero and Comandante for Terrible. Terrible won the first and Rush took the second in usual quick falls. Both bled in the long third fall. Rush finally won with the martillo negro. Fans sided with Terrible even after the match, upsetting Rush. Mistico, out to celebrate, settled down his brother, but the entire family was pelted with drinks until they left.

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Wagner tricks Navarro, Anniversary attendance, Rey Escorpion

IWRG (THU) 09/13/2012 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (flickr), Estrellas del Ring]
1) Centvrión b Imposible
2) Carta Brava Jr. & Comando Negro b Golden Magic & Saruman
3) Dinamic Black, La Cobra, Veneno b Alan Extreme, Black Terry, Chicano
Cobra pinned Chicano, still wants a title match.
4) Oficial AK47 b Temerario Infernal [IWRG IC MIDDLE]
Oficial AK47 took 2/3 to win the match and keep his title.
5) Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr., Oficial 911, Súper Nova DQ Negro Navarro, Trauma I, Trauma II
Rudos took 1/3, Wagner tossing his mask to Negro Navarro to draw the DQ.

The anniversary show is tonight at 8:30 pm. I’ll have live coverage here, including a chat, probably starting a little bit before then and going until the end of the show.

Recent major shows
Dos Leyendas 2011: 10,500
La Mascara vs Averno: 13,500
2011 Anniversario: 8,400
Blue Panther vs Felino: 6,400

Dos Leyendas 2012: 11,200
Infierno en el Ring 2012: 9,200
Mistico’s debut: 12,600 (includes people from the previous week and possibly other shenanigans)

I haven’t really thought about what would be a good total. It’s a big show, but it’s two years since they’ve sold out. It’s a bigger overall show then Averno vs La Mascara, but the build to that match was a little stronger. The other shows at Arena Mexico remain at a low level.

Tickets seem to be selling well. The first two ‘rings’ around the ring are sold out (at least on Tickemaster.) Last time I checked, the closest you could sit was 8th row in the third ring. It’s the middle tickets that seem to sell the slowest. Even on the least attended shows, CMLL seems to sell a decent amount of ringside and cheap tickets, and the cheap tickets should move even quicker with the heavily promoted children’s discount.

Rey Escorpion wants no reconciliation; he’s onto bigger and better things. Escorpion feels Ultimo Guerrero used to be one of the best luchadors in CMLL, but isn’t any more and no longer has the spark or adrenaline of a true rudo like Rey Escorpion. Rey Escorpion notes he and Ultimo Guerrero have explosive tempers (while Dragon Rojo can keep his in check), so they’re just not built to get along.

CMLL’s Sunday show will technically begin an hour early at 4pm, though it’s just an extra hour of live music before the show.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update and video of Averno and Mascara Dorada in Japan. Also, the latest Slammin’ Stan.

Rob has his anniversary picks.

Links

Lucha Libre in Japan

09/14 ZERO1: Jonathan Gresham b Siicodélico Jr. [Tenkaichi Jr, quarterfinal]

Lineups

AAA (SUN) 09/16/2012 Arena Neza
1) Belial & Diabolus vs Blaster & Ceiya
2) Pantera, Polvo de Estrellas, Skayde vs Dr. Cerebro, Mike Segura, Pasion Kristal
3) Brazo Jr. vs Dralion, Black Thunder, Argos, Comando Negro, Gran Markus Jr., Barba Roja, Turbo, Henry, Neza Kid, Drago, Guerrero Mixtico, Argenis, Dinamic Black [cage, mask]
4) Monster Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Coco Amarillo, Coco Azul, Coco Rojo

Interesting cage match, except the Brazo always loses.

LMV (SAT) 10/06/2012 Arena Loepz Mateos
1) La Hiedra & Miss Janeth vs La Seductora & Sahori
2) Pantera & Perseus vs Barba Roja & Fishman Jr.
3) El Pulpo & Villano III vs May Flowers & Pimpinela Escarlata and Sangre Chicana & Sangre Chicana Jr. and Coco Amarillo Jr. & Coco Rojo and Brazo de Platino & Super Brazo and Hijo de Pirata Morgan & Pirata Morgan [Copa de Parejas Luchas 2000]
4) Súper Muñeco, Súper Pinocho, Súper Ratón vs Black Terry, Scorpio Jr., Shu el Guerrero
5) Mil Mascaras vs El Hijo del Solitario [IWA HEAVY]

That main event may draw, but is a horrible idea.

CMLL 79th Anniversary Show preview

note: I’ll have live coverage and a chat about the show when it kicks off @ 8:30 pm CT. Check back then for a post.

CMLL (FRI) 09/14/2012 Arena Mexico
***79th Anniversary Show***
1) Dalis la Caribeña, Goya Kong, Marcela vs Amapola, Princesa Blanca, Tiffany
2) Delta, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Niebla Roja

Neither of these matches have anything going on (at least for this location) and won’t make TV if the main matches are shown. They differ in quality. CMLL’s tecnica squad is weak as always, while the segunda has a nice combiantion of tecnicos and rudos. Outcomes don’t really matter, but they’ll probably split the results anyway. Figure on this show starting with a reversal of how the last one ended (Goya beats Blanca) and Mistico’s personal rudos getting a rare win in the second match.

3) Ángel de Oro, La Sombra, Titán vs Namajague, Shigeo Okumura, Taichi

This match also don’t seem to have a lot of storyline going into it, but maybe it’ll have some coming out. Taichi don’t seem to have a particular purpose so far, and there’s three good candidates for him to feud with. Or this could just be three of the companies biggest high fliers using the guests as target practice. Tecnicos should be able to get a win here.

4) Rey Cometa vs Puma King [mask]

I know Terrible and Rush have a great match in them, but they won’t surpass what these two will pull of here. Puma King is right; winning and losing is not as important as where you go coming out of the match. It’s not about what plans CMLL has at for this moment and at this moment, it’s about what plans they’ll actually do once this match is over.

I’ve been a fan of Puma King ever since he started turning up on CMLL TV. He’s got more charisma and presence than other guys his age and level. Puma and Tiger were a fun tag team, but Puma’s progressed farther after being split off, growing from doing the same usual bits in every match to a more varied (though still occasionally repetitive) repertoire on his own. Puma’s also worked hard at modifying and improving his look; his gear is looks professional, though I wish he kept the silly crown. Long ago, I said Puma could be on of CMLL’s top stars down the line, and he’s kept moving down that path.

Rey Cometa has spent the last four and a half years beating odds. It’s hard for a middle level young guy to make it from one group to the other. Pegasso & Rey Cometa did, but Angel and others left around the same time and got lost along the way. It’s tough to make it up from the openers to relevant matches, especially when you come in as a prefabricated tag team. Messala & Caligula had to wait for a new gimmick. Artillero & Super Comando will probably always be stuck. Rey Cometa’s even busted thru the wall separating those who exist on the margins of ciberneticos and tournaments (Misterioso! Skandalo! Hijo del Fantasma!) to an honest to goodness long term feud. Cometa’s done it because he’s worked so hard and is so talented that CMLL couldn’t deny him. This looks like the farthest Rey Cometa can go, but a lot of other points have looked the farthest he can go, and he keeps going farther.

For all the reasons I’ve gone over before and on the podcast, I think Puma King will win the match.  I’m not as certain about it as the other big match.

Rey Cometa has said he’d like his brother to be his second. Puma has said he’d not like his brother – or the rest of his family – be in his corner. I hope CMLL was listening.

5) Atlantis, Mistico, Prince Devitt vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Negro Casas, Último Guerrero

There are two stories to juggle here; Dragon Rojo and Ultimo Guerrero will not end the match as friends, because they scarcely end any match as friends any more. It’s the substory to Mistico on the Anniversary show, teaming with a legend of Mexico and an International star (and trying to overshadow both.) This is probably another Mistico exhibition match, same as been done since he’s debuted, but it’s getting closer to time to giving him something more to debut. Maybe it’s not here, because Negro seems more likely to end up with Devitt and the other two are busy with themselves, but soon.

6) Rush vs Terrible [hair]

These two have had two big singles matches (and one not as big tournament match) in the last year.  They’ve both been okay, but they’re been missing something. The crowd wasn’t into the first match, the battle for the heavyweight title. That match took place during a period of great disinterest, and the crowd tonight should be much more into it. Rush hinted at blood in the match tonight, which might be the missing element, and is permitted in matches of this level.

I’m a bit concerned they might be too fired up for this match; they both know it’s the biggest match they’ve ever had, they’re going to be in front of a huge crowd, and they’re liable to be very fired up for the match. All they need to be is solid and the atmosphere will take it the rest of the way.

Rush will win because Rush is the guy on the way up, and Terrible is just a roadblock to the future. Terrible will still be the CMLL Heavyweight champion when the night is over, this rivalry will not be over, but there will not a bigger moment between them.

09/15-16 lucha times

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This time for sure: AAA announced their show would move to Saturday at 4pm, following CMLL. This is what Televisa listed for a time last week before changing the schedule (maybe because TripleMania was still going?) and probably is the status quo until January.

Also, as noted earlier in the week, EstrellaTV is picking up CMLL Puebla broadcasts. That show was not in TVC Deportes listing for last Monday (though I could I swear I saw people mentioning it on Twitter; maybe they were watching a Fox Sports rerun?) and is not on the schedule for this week, so it looks like the rights have just been pulled from TVC Deportes. In an ideal world, this means TVC Deportes starts broadcasting something more!

=== CMLL ===

Galavision/Televisa: Tanahashi has been a regular here, so his Japan vs Mexico cibernetico should air on this show. Lightning match should fill the rest of the time.

FOX: The trios title set up last week goes here, and the women’s match may actually make this show for once. (That doesn’t sound right, maybe things are switched around.) Maybe more interesting to watch for is any definitive message of where (or if!) the Anniversary show matches will air next week.

52MX: Arena Coliseo tag team title match, and set up to next week’s tag title match.

C3: just random trios theater! Euforia, Felino, Voaldor vs Delta, Diamante Azul, La Mascara in the main event.

GDL: Atlantis & Super Porky vs Taichi & Ultimo Guerrero in a match someone demanded to see.

EstrellaTV (Puebla): Diamante Azul vs Terrible for the title, Mistico with a little more success.

Terra: Atlantis & Azul vs Felino & Niebla for the tag titles and Marco, Maximo, Devitt vs Rojo, Escorpion, Taichi

=== Other ===

AAA: in a dramatic shift from last week, Dr. Wagner Jr. vs Mascara Ano 2000 Jr. Also, the Perros split goes down, and we find out if they have room for three matches. Three good matches are regional only.

IWRG: the show going on right now, with AK-47 vs Bombero Infernal

ACM: rerun week?