As noted the last couple days, Mistico was hurt Monday night in Puebla. He landed badly on his shoulder in a botched attempt of a shooting star press and was tended to for doctors. It wasn’t totally clear how bad it was, especially after Mistico had previously suffered what seemed to be just as bad knee injury in the same arena weeks ago only to wrestle two days later. It looks like Mistico did not luck out this time.
Satanico’s been working with Radio58 as a analyst for the Arena Coliseo Guadalajara shows, was running the CMLL Guadalajara school last check, and is plugged in enough with CMLL that he was backstage for the anniversary show. He’s in a position to know what’s going on here. If CMLL is already telling local promoters that Mistico is off their show, word about his injury is circulating around internally, they just haven’t decided to announce it officially yet. The exact injury shoulder injury is unknown, but a two months absence and that sort of landing suggests Mistico separated his shoulder.
It’s no surprise Mistico has suffered an injury that will keep him out for months; many people saw this coming not just from the moment he got the new identity, but back to his Dragon Lee days (where he had two absences due to knee injuries.) There are many other luchadors in CMLL who wrestle a similar high flying risky style, but Mistico seems to suffer traumatic injuries most often. It could be his body, his technique or just the pressure of being Mistico, but this was sadly inevitable.
Mistico’s brother, Rush, had his own problems with a shoulder injury which just would not heal correctly early in his career. It does not seem to be a factor now. This is unlikely to be an injury which affects Mistico’s style when he returns, compared to a lower body injury. Still, Mistico’s dropped his run up the ropes moves after the knee scare, and has crashed and burned on the shooting star press before. (Plenty of people have, that move is underrated for it’s risk.) Maybe it’ll also be put on the shelf for something else.
Two months out would put Mistico out until mid January, right before the FantasticaMania shows. There’s no guarantee he’d be ready for those; both companies would really want Mistico on those shows, but recovery from shoulder injury can vary. The more local problem is Mistico La Nueva Era is CMLL’s flag bearer for every show they’re doing with an outside promoter. Mistico headlined shows have not drawn as well as hoped, but they still seem to be getting promoters to pay for the CMLL wrestlers to come in the first place; there are far more advertised shows bringing in multiple CMLL luchadors the last six months then the year prior. That may be the only part of the equation CMLL actually cares about (they get paid flat fees no matter how many show up), and those extra shows may dry up with the ‘draw’ of seeing Misitco. In the meantime, Mistico won’t be spending much time at home recovering, but instead be traveling around the country to wave to the fans and apologize for not being able to wrestle at the shows where he’s already been scheduled.
Mistico is the centerpiece of CMLL’s current plans – he’s a focus of both reality shows, and seems certain to headline a major show next year – but CMLL will be without him for a while.
IWRG FILL (TUE) 11/13/2012Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (flickr), Estrellas del Ring] 1) Caballero Cid, Driger, Obscurio b Mercenario de la Muerte, Principe Infernal, Skullmetal 2) Infierno Kid, Radical, Súper Black b Alas de Acero, Atomic Star, Xtreme Boy 3) Fly Star, Seiya, Serpiente de Oro b Blue Monsther, Power Bull, Ranchero 4) Araña de Plata Jr., Dragón Celestial, Galaxy b Blasfemia, Fulgore, Matrix Jr. Blasfemia replaced Guerrero Mistico. 5) Boykot, Flemyzeer, Halcón Diabólico, Jhon Crazy, Kimby, Mr. Leo, Rey Espacial, Rey Tabú b Alan Extreme, Centvrión, Dinamic Black, Eita, Eterno, Imposible, Saruman, Violencia Jr. [Copa Higher Power] FILL trainees vs Gimnasio Fuerza Konkreto (Fuerza Guerrera). Kimby impressed of the Fuerza guys. Match came down to Mr. Leo vs Centviron, with Fuerza intefering to give his guy the win. Black Terry was very unhappy, and their were rematches and other challenges made.
CMLL (MON) 11/12/2012Arena Puebla [Porra Fresa]
1) Akron & Siki Ozama Jr. b Black Tiger & Blue Center Rudos took 1/3.
2) Dalis la Caribeña, Lady Afrodita, Marcela b La Vaquerita, Mima Shimoda, Zeuxis Tecnicos took 2/3, Marcela defeating Zeuxis for the win. Vaquerita, working against Afrodita, looked lost at times.
3) Skándalo b Metatrón [lightning] Reyna Isis accompanied Skandalo. Skandalo won with the Skandalo Driver. Metatron had one of his better performances.
4) Hijo del Fantasma, Sagrado, Triton b Misterioso Jr., Namajague, Shigeo Okumura Tecnicos took 1/3, Fantasma surprising Misterioso with a roll up.
5) La Sombra, Máximo, Rush DQ Tama Tonga, Terrible, Tiger Tecnicos took 1/3, Terrible fouling Sombra in the third fall. Sombra challenged Terrible to a singles match, but Terrible just left.
6) Mephisto b Mistico Mephisto won the first with a powerbomb, Mistico came back in the second with a torito. Mistico landed his rope crossing dive late in the ring, then landed a shooting star press once without being able to get the pin. Moments later, he went for another, but his feet hit the the ropes on the way down and Mistico crashed shoulder first into the mat. Mistico attempted to cover Mephisto anyway, but Mephisto put him in an armbar and Mistico immediately gave up. The doctor and Tirantes attended to Mistico after the match.
CMLL (TUE) 11/13/2012Arena Mexico [CMLL, Estrellas del Ring, Yahoo Deportes (Photos)]
1) Espanto Jr. & Herodes Jr. b Metatrón & Oro Jr.
2) Demus 3:16, Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Warrior b Astral, Bam Bam, Pequeño Halcón Rudos took 1/3. Bam Bam’s latest return, though it ended with Demus dropping him with his piledriver so he could be gone again. Olimpico also submitted Ultimo Dragon.
3) Fuego, Stuka Jr., Triton DQ Hijo del Signo, Shigeo Okumura, Vangelis Stuka & Okumura are feuding (or maybe this is the Coliseo tag team feud again.) Stuka beat fall 1, then the rudos were DQed for excessive violence in the second.
4) Blue Panther, Máscara Dorada, Valiente b Niebla Roja, Pólvora, Rey Escorpión Straight falls for the tecnicos when the rudos fell apart. Polvora sided with Rey Escorpion and Niebla Roja wasa left without his mask.
5) Negro Casas b Ángel de Oro [lightning] Negro continued his dominance over Angel de Oro with a win in 8:49.
6) Tama Tonga & Terrible b Atlantis & Diamante Azul [CMLL TAG] Atlantis & Diamante Azul came in as champions, but Tonga & Terrible pulled the shocking upset, taking falls 1/3 to win the titles.
MedioTiempo has an interview with Mesias. He talks a bit about his match with Texano, but also calls LA Park his toughest rival since coming to Mexico, and trashes Carlito as someone’s been handing everything and used his influence to keep Mesias from going to WWE.
I will be losing AYM Sports from my cable system on 12/12. AYM has broadcasts Sobre el Ring (the Javier Llanes/Jaque Mate interview show) and various independent groups (Revolution Free Style! FULL!), but is most notable for broadcasting IWRG’s Sunday shows the last couple months. I’m going to miss those, there’s been some really great and fun matches during this short run. The show drives me crazy because I’m up until way too late to put it together for the Tuesday post, but I’ve been thrilled to share the matches with everyone else. We’ve got four more Mondays to go.
I think it may be a case where everyone in the United States is losing AYM; this is not a surprise, one of you mentioned a month back they tried to sign up to get the channel only to be told AYM was going away by their cable system. The channel that replaces it is “Latin American Sports“, and is owned by the same parent company, so they may have simply decided to change which channel they wanted to transmit to the US. AYM Sports itself will still keep broadcasting in Mexico and continue the lucha libre shows, I just won’t be able to share them. The channel description for Latin American Sports says it too broadcasts wrestling (possibly from Puerto Rico?), but does not say what. It’s supposedly already on DISH Network, but I can’t find a guide with a programming listing and there is no website.
Murder Clown is upset the Infierno Rockers would attack them from behind. That’s not very gentlemanly! There’s also talk about the Psycho Circus wanting the trios titles back. It’s seemed like AAA may be doing a Psycho Circus vs Consejo trios title rematch (with Silver defending the title instead of Texano), and that’s suggested in this article agian, but maybe it’ll turn out to be three way with the Rockers?
CMLL (TUE) 11/20/2012Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Halcón de Plata & Metatrón vs Exterminador & Magnum
2) Gallo, Sensei, Starman vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Cancerbero, Raziel
3) Dalis la Caribeña, Estrellita, Silueta vs La Comandante, Princesa Blanca, Zeuxis
4) Atlantis, Hijo del Fantasma, Máscara Dorada vs Morphosis, Psicosis, Tama Tonga
5) La Máscara vs Volador Jr.
This is the seventh La Mascara/Volador Jr. match this year, and third in Guadalajara. They’ve split the other two.
A increasingly rare Morphosis appearance! His first match in CMLL in two months, his first appearance in Guadalajara since February. Mophosis seems to spend most of his time in Texas/northern Mexico, where he’s still working as Histeria.
More loaded card than usual means Metatron is down to the opener here.
IWRG (SUN) 11/18/2012Arena Naucalpan
1) Astro Rey Jr. & Serpiente de Oro vs Dragón Celestial & Epidemia
2) Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro, Trauma II vs Carta Brava Jr., Eita, Oficial Fierro
3) Dinamic Black, Golden Magic, Saruman vs Alan Extreme, Imposible, Jack
4) Hijo de Pirata Morgan vs Veneno, Trauma I, Oficial AK47, Cien Caras Jr., Relámpago, Canis Lupus, Hijo de Máscara Año 2000 [#1 Contenders, Rey de Ring]
5) el Ángel vs Oficial 911 [IWRG IC WELTER]
It’s been a long six days since the last IWRG tournament. Relampago is going to keep going into these until he finally wins a match. Last #1 contenders match meant an immediate title match, not sure if that’s the same here.
911 vs Angel looks really good, as do the 2nd and 3rd match. It looked like Cerebro Negro was headed towards the rudo side in last weekend’s tournament, something to watch here. Interesting to see Trauma II scheduled for a segunda.