Wagners & Parks in Monterrey, Puebla, AAA vs CMLL in Tercera Caida

indy (SUN) 12/23/2012 Arena Coliseo Monterrey [LuchaMania Monterrey]
1) Artillero (Monterrey) & Kratoz b Caballo Dorado & Xtreme Boy
2) Angelica & Lady Puma b Hija de Karonte & Lady Maravilla
3) Tigre Universitario & Vaquero Romo b Low Rider & Monje Negro and Demonio del Caribe & Silver Star and Difunto I & Difunto II
4) Hator, Head Hunter, Pierko el Boricua b Big Neurosis, Galactar, Simbolo
Hunter snuck in a foul on Neurosis.
5) Hijo de LA Park & LA Park b Dr. Wagner Jr. & Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr.
Parks had spiffy new matching outfits. Usual Wagner/Park match. Park fouled Wagner, ref stopped counting at 2, both Parks argued with the ref, both Wagners rolled up both Parks for the win.

Hey, Pierko el Boricua. This also serves as your Low Rider Update.

CMLL (TUE) 12/25/2012 Arena Puebla [Porra Fresa]
1) Ares & Siki Ozama Jr. b Akron & Fuerza Chicana
Rudos took 1/3.
2) Artillero, Saurón, Súper Comando b Asturiano, Höruz, Robin
Sauron replaced Ramstein. Rudos took 2/3.
3) Fuego, Magnus, Stigma b Arkángel de la Muerte, Nosferatu, Skándalo
4) Último Dragoncito b Mercurio [lightning]
Mercurio replaced Pierrothito, hurt on Sunday. Best match of the night. Dragoncito won with a campana.
5) Diamante Azul, Sagrado, Super Porky b Mr. Águila, Olímpico, Psicosis
Diamante Azul tried throwing his shirt to the tecnico fan club, but instead hit the grating preventing the fans from spilling out from the balcony. Comedy match. Tecicos took 1/3.
6) Terrible, Tiger, Volador Jr. b Atlantis, Delta, Valiente
Volador pinned Atlantis, but the fans thought Tirantes fast counted the pin.

Edecanes only appeared with the fall signs, not before matches. Show moved a day later than usual due to Christmas Eve falling on Monday, but kept at the usual time of 9pm. Lowest attendance of the year. A late night start on Christmas Day with no main event seemed like a tough sell. No lineup for next week yet – seemed like Pierrothito was likely giving Dragoncito a title shot on 01/01, and his status could change things.

El Medics II was unmasked by Silenicoso in a Christmas Day cage match at Arena Aficion. Medics II is Calixto López Cruz, 58 years old, 38 years a luchador. His two partners (1 and 3) were in the match and escaped with their masks.

IWRG is off today, as they annually do for the last Thursday of the year.

Last night’s Tercera Caida had a roundtable with CMLL’s Miguel Reducindo, AAA’s Miguel Fonseca and Box Y Lucha’s Enrique Yniesta talking 2012 in lucha libre.  It’s rare to get AAA and CMLL people on the same stage at the same time, so this was a treat. AAA and CMLL Miguel both stuck to mostly talking about their own companies strong points from this past year, but they did go back and forth on topics like future stars in lucha libre (where CMLL Miguel said the CMLL fans were slowly warming to the new guys and AAA Miguel seemed to point out theirs were farther along) and debating the merits of extreme wrestling. Enrique – who’s at times ring announced for AAA and been banned by CMLL – put his relationships to promotions aside to be the unbiased voice in the debates. Enrique and the promoters also spoke up for the independents and WWE. In comparison, I’ve only seen a couple minutes of the show on Televisa Deportes Network with Negro Casas, Cibernetico and Fabi Apache, and it already seems like it’s theatrical screaming. Tercera Caida had actual discussion, and I love listening to actual discussions.

One interesting part was a long discussion of Mistico and Octagon Jr. as new top guys. When you make that direct comparison, it’s not a great one for CMLL. Mistico Nueva Era is more of a draw then Octagon Jr, but that’s entirely due to the old Mistico being more popular than the current Octagon. Samuary himself is easily better than Dragon Lee as a luchador at this moment, and would’ve been better than Dragon Lee at Mistico himself. I’m not sure if Samuray del Sol would’ve been received much better than Dragon Lee – ‘they’re bringing back Mistico – and giving the name some guy from Chicago?!?!’ but he probably would’ve been physically and mentally more capable of taking the role. (And Dragon Lee being Octagon Jr. would’ve been much better for him – the couple minutes a match he could’ve been doing martial arts and trademark Octagon spots would be a couple minutes he wouldn’t be in danger of breaking himself spinning like a top.)

One thing bugged me from CMLL’s Miguel is mentioning he didn’t even watch AAA. It’s so much easier to follow AAA – all you need to do is watch the one hour show. You can be extra informed and watch Fusion and the two hour regional show if you can track it down, but you’ll get 95% of it by watching a single 42 minute show per week. CMLL is significantly more difficult, because an average fan will never know where the important is airing and CMLL appears completely disinterested in making an easily digestible product. (Those that only are aware of the Televisa show missed Cometa/Puma, Panther/Casas and Titan/Averno to pick three for Fox alone.) It’s not WWE, which is easier to figure out what to watch (watch RAW and the PPVs and you’ll get enough of it) but a lot more hours a week. It’s a single hour show and your closest competition; if CMLL wants to be competitive, they ought to know what they’re battling. I know the reality is most people who work in wrestling do not watch other promotions, and fairly often do not watch their own TV shows. It just seems like an ill considered way of doing things, especially when it’s one hour.

I was not very familiar with Miguel Reducindo before this, so I goolged his name to see what came up, and the first thing that came up was a radio interview he did along side Triton. Not Metal Blanco Triton, then IWRG Triton from 2010, months before CMLL would come up with the idea to rename one of it’s own luchadors Triton. Oops.

CMLL Gaceta has hype for next Tuesday’s CMLL Welterweight title match. Titan’s plan is to beat Polvora for that title, then go to Japan for FantasticaMania and defend the world title against an opponent to be determined. Polvora claims he’s only giving Titan the title match to humiliate him.

WWC will be airing a Mesias match this Sunday (from IWA, something that would be astounding in past years), because Mesias is back wrestling in Puerto Rico next weekend. He usually does at least one match in Puerto Rico each January while AAA is on break.

El Hijo del Santo’s biweekly column is more grouchy than usual. He takes a shot at Fray Tormenta; Fray Tormento was never a good lucahdor, but a thousand other people were never good luchadors. He also says regulatory officials should consider taking lucha libre off TV for matches where men face women or minis face regular size wrestlers, WWE should be taken off TV because too many people and children watch it, and too many fighters just dance and strip (a complaint years out of date; AAA goes out of their way to cut that out of TV every time Perro and Garza try it.) Santo says the announcers mock the luchadors and don’t explain what’s going on. That’s definitely true at times, but he blames Andrés Maroñas and Arturo Rivera, and Arturo hasn’t done a show outside of TripleMania in years now; Santo can’t be bothered to actually watch a lucha libre TV show or even find out who’s broadcasting them. Santo says families don’t bring children to lucha anymore because of bad language shouted by the fans (there’s always been bad language.) Santo thinks the best luchadors of AAA, CMLL and the independents should come together to get rid off all the people who are damaging lucha libre, and form a single promotion to compete with WWE. He also thinks lucha libre is dead, so I guess we shouldn’t bother.

Santo has some points in his favor, but he’s – or whoever is ghostwriting for him – clearly stopped paying attention to lucha libre outside of anything he’s directly involved in years ago and comes off as out of touch with the lucha libre. He’ll always have credibility to casual fans because of the mask, and he’ll always find luchadors willing to work with him because anyone who can get a luchador paid is a luchador’s best friend, but Hijo del Santo seems totally irrelevant to lucha libre going in to 2013. His Todo x el Todo shows have stopped, he’s not wrestling much elsewhere (and has acknowledged time is running out on his in-ring career) and his rants like this one go utterly ignored. Hijo del Santo’s strength is he’s not required to listen to anyone outside his family, but Hijo del Santo’s problem is that no one’s required to listen to him.

Three Kings day in Tijuana includes a Bestia 666, Extreme Tiger, Hijo de Rey Misterio (II) three way match.

Rob has highlights of the 11/24/12 Perros del Mal Hector Garza tribute show.

English language commentary over Puma King vs Rey Cometa!

AAA now has La Parka paper toy instructions.

Lucha Libre in Japan

The Ni Modo blog has photos of Violento Jack & Aeroboy’s appearance on the Freedom show on Christmas Day.

More footage from Rush & Azul in Japan: an eight man tag, and versus Tenzan & Kojima.

Lineups

IWRG (SUN) 12/30/2012 Arena Naucalpan
1) Impulso vs Dragón Celestial
2) Galaxie & Saruman vs Araña de Plata & Yack
3) Chico Che, Freelance, Freyser vs Alan Extreme, Imposible, Tóxico
4) Centvrión, Dinamic Black, el Ángel vs Bombero Infernal, Carta Brava Jr., Eita
5) Golden Magic, Trauma I, Trauma II vs Eterno, Head Hunter, Súper Nova

Vacation time = Golden Magic main events, and Bombero Infernal wrestling two shows in a row. Main event if probably better if Head Hunter doesn’t make the show.

Chico Che’s first match here since March. He was a rudo then, but appears to be back as a tecnico. Alan Extreme & Freyser may still be feuding, though I’m not sure what they can put on the line versus’ Alan . Maybe Freyser’s Making It Rain money? Maybe Freyser has to disclose the location of Durok & Machin so Alan can go after them yet? Maybe Freyser will be forced to sing Alan Extreme’s favorite songs? There are many possibilities here.

Impulso, of Mexico City indy fame, gets his first main show appearance after five matches on FILL shows going back to the middle of 2011.

great match roundup, week of 12/01/2012

Great/Excellent Matches
AAA on Televisa: 2012-12-01
Dr. Wagner Jr. vs LA Park (Regional) – EXCELLENT

Shows Watched But Nothing Made The List
CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2012-12-01
CMLL on CadenaTres: 2012-12-01
CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2012-12-01
CMLL on Televisa: 2012-12-01
IWRG Zona XXI: 2012-12-03 – I remember a few matches being pretty good but nothing that\’d break the list
AAA Fusion: 2012-12-05

Possibly Good Stuff I didn’t get to it

nothing

Guerrero Mixtico Jr. unmasked, Casas keeps his title by crook, double hair match set for 01/01

photo by Black Terry Jr.

AAA (TUE) 12/25/2012 Arena Neza [Black Terry Jr. (flickr), Estrellas del Ring, lucas]
1) Toni Cirio Jr. & Tony Cirio b Belial & Diabolus
only of the Tonys snuck in a foul.
2) Cirujano Jr., Dr. Cerebro, Mike Segura b Neza Kid, Rey Lobo, Skayde
Rey Lobo and Dr. Cerbero feuded.
3) Murder Clown & Psycho Clown b Cuervo & Espíritu
Psycho seemed to have a hand injury during the match.
4) Comando Negro b Guerrero Mixtico Jr. [mask]
Guerrero Mixtico Jr. was unmasked as Jesús López Pacheco, 24 years old, 12 years a luchador, from Neza. He was accompanied by his father (Guerrero Mixtico Sr.”) “and his [father]’s partner, Luna Magica.” Comando Negro took falls 1/3, blocking a ‘rana into a piledriver in the third for the win. Negro’s mask was ripped to shreds by the end of the match and he bled a lot.
5) Drago & La Parka DQ Parka Negra & Pentagón Jr.
Comedy hardcore match.

photo by CMLL

CMLL (TUE) 12/25/2012 Arena Mexico [CMLL, CMLL Gaceta, Yahoo! Deportes (Photos)]
1) Camorra & Zayco b Bengala & Freesbe
2) Demus 3:16, Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Warrior b Fantasy, Shockercito, Stukita
Stukita’s CMLL debut, and he won the second fall with Stuka Jr.’s torpedo splash. Rudos took 1/3. Olimpico submitted Shockercito
3) Leono, Starman, Tigre Blanco DQ Bobby Zavala, Disturbio, Virus
straight falls. Tecnicos took the first quick, Bobby Zavala fouled Tigre Blanco in the second. Leono challenged for a hairs vs hairs match. Disturbio accepted, but Zavala seemed reluctant. He explained he really wanted not to only take Blanco’s hair, but also retire Tigre Blanco. Everyone agreed to do the match next week, and the rudos laid out the tecnicos.
4) Goya Kong, Lady Afrodita, Marcela b Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit, Tiffany
Tecnias took 2/3. Goya splashed the rudas for the win.
5) La Máscara, Shocker, Titán b Black Warrior, Felino, Pólvora
Rudos dominated the opening fall, but the tecnicos snuck out the fall. Polvora beat Shocker in the second, and Titan beat Polvora in the third and challenged for his title. Polvora walked off rather than respond.
6) Negro Casas b Guerrero Maya Jr. [NWA WELTER]
Seconds were Starman & Disturbio. Casas took 2/3 to keep his title. In the third, Negro survived the Sacrifica Maya, and the kickout sent Maya into Casas. Maya checked on the ref, and Casas took advantage to defeat him.

I have Disturbio & Zavala as slight favorites, mostly because Tigre Blanco was barely around until it came time to do this feud. Still, it’s a close call because Zavala & Disturbio haven’t accomplished anything in CMLL to this point (though CMLL Gaceta reminds us Zavala took Evola’s hair) and Leono was, at one point, highly thought of by CMLL.

The Yahoo photographer reminds us Stukita is the son of Halcon Suriano Jr. and the grandson of Halcon Suriano.

CMLL (TUE) 12/25/2012 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@acogdl]
1) Black Metal & Virgo b Demonio Maya & Magnum
tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Esfinge b Exterminador
One fall.
3) Bronco, Cancerbero, Raziel b Metálico, Pegasso, Sensei
Rudos took 1/3. Raziel & Cancerbero submitted Pegasso & Sensei.
4) Morphosis, Sangre Azteca, Vangelis b Gallo, Smaker, Tritón
Smaker replaced Rey Cometa. Rudos took 1/3. Vangelis pinned Triton.
5) Averno, Mephisto, Mr. Niebla DQ Marco Corleone, Máscara Dorada, Máximo
Rudos took 1/3. rudos fouled Marco Corleone. Marco demanded a rematch.

Not sure what’s going on, but Rush hasn’t been on any CMLL card since the year end show. CMLL hasn’t posted Puebla’s lineup yet, but he’s not in Guadalajara or Mexico City still. He could just be around home, but no lineups have turned up, and Tala is close enough to Guadalajara to still be showing up there. (El Luchador sure seemed to suggest most of his family lives somewhere near Mexico City now, but that show is something less than fact.) It’s not clear exactly what match they’re setting up for this building. Could be Marco/Niebla, could be Pesta Negra vs Bufete del Amor based on next week’s lineup, but the latter would mean a Rush return on the eighth.

Meanwhile, Rush’s brother Mistico is still not on any lineup. NJPW appears fully focused on their 01/04 Tokyo Dome show, as they should be, so any announcements about FantasticaMania probably won’t be made until the day after that show. Maybe the more critical point is when next Sunday’s Arena Mexico card gets announced. That’s Three Kings day, a kid focused show where Mistico would headline if at all healthy. If he’s not on that lineup, then Mistico’s probably not making it back in front of a crowd before FantasicaMania, and his participation on those shows should be questioned.

AAA and CMLL luchadors faced off last night – on Televisa Deportes Network, Tribunal show. I have not seen it yet (though we should have part of it for next week’s video update), but the format is a sports mock trial and Negro Casas was the defendant for whatever they were up to. They did a CMLL vs AAA “why won’t you work together” thing about 18 month ago (you can see the long lasting effect of that) and I would assume this about the same thing. This must’ve been taped a while ago – no one’s doing these things on Christmas night – but airing it seemed to come as a surprise to everyone.

CMLL has an updated roster page, with pictures of just about everyone on the main roster. The roster is listed in some close to their level of importance. Maybe not the male rudos, where there are five different groups that are supposed to be the top group so you could list them many ways for the same results, but the others seem close to how I’d have it. I think Bronco is the only DF luchador who’s not on the list, and that may just because he hasn’t made it back to Arena Mexico yet for a photo. Los Coliseno points out the mascots need photos too, as does Isis. I think Isis is eventually supposed to be a luchadora, so that may be an easier fix.

Hijo del Santo says a documentary about him will be coming out in February, though he doesn’t know if it’ll be in film festivals or theaters. This would seem like something he should know by now, unless it’s just going to air once in February and then not again. Hijo del Santo repeats that he’d like this to open the door to more film work, and says the wrestling promoters don’t want him around because he sticks up for his fellow luchadors.

Arena Xalapa is headlined by a Eslabon Perdido vs Hijo del Tirantes singles match.

Arena Xalapa’s Posiedon vs Cosmos mask vs mask match was voted it’s match of the year.

Oaxacan luchador Pepe Cisneros has passed away, after a five year battle with cancer.

AULL and IWL are having a fight about Los Bastardos not showing up to last night’s card. Los Bastrados are saying they were never actually booked, IWL says they’re unprofessional and implies AULL talked them out of showing.

Captian Furia talks about his career.

“Namajague” misspelled is here  “Namahawa”, illustrated with a picture of Jushin Lyger.

Lineup

SACCOMATS (TUE) 01/01/2013 Arena Neza
1) ? vs ??
2) Belial & Diabolus vs Tony Cirio & Tony Cirio Jr.
3) Guerrero Mixtico, Mr. Leo, Neza Kid vs Comando Negro, Mike Segura, Súper Colt
4) Dr. Cerebro, Ray Mendoza Jr., Villano IV vs Fantastik, Henry, Rey Lobo
5) El Hijo del Solitario & Rayo de Jalisco Jr. vs Blue Demon Jr. & Dr. Wagner Jr.

The annual New Years Day show is on. It doesn’t have the mask match, but no one really expected that. It also doesn’t have Santo – he didn’t hear back from the promoter because they replaced him with Dr. Wagner Jr. No one should root harder for Wagner to stick with AAA or even CMLL. A truly independent Wagner would take away some of Santo’s work. (They’d do their best working together, but you can only really do the draw finish once and that might be the only finish they’d be willing to do together.)

CMLL (TUE) 01/01/2013 Arena Mexico
1) Génesis & Höruz vs Apocalipsis & Cholo
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Stigma, Super Halcón Jr. vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Nosferatu, Skándalo
3) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Tritón vs Kráneo, Olímpico, Psicosis
4) Pólvora vs Titán [CMLL WELTER]
Polvora is champion. Titan’s Mexican National Welterweight Championship is not on the line.
5) Leono & Tigre Blanco vs Bobby Zavala & Disturbio [hair]
losing team loses their hair
6) Atlantis, La Máscara, Shocker vs Averno, Mephisto, Tiger

Second straight year for a double apuesta match on New Year’s Day. Last year, it was the Gen11 due of Hombre Bala Jr. & Super Halcon Jr. taking the Rayo Tapatio’s masks (and retiring them from regular CMLL participation.) They’ll have a chance to do this three years in a row; New Year’s Day is a Wednesday, but they’ll probably push the Tuesday shows back a day next year.

Titan’s probably not going to win both Welterweight titles at once, Polvora is probably not going to be champion for only six weeks and this is most likely just to give Polvora the win back over Titan from the previous title change, but wouldn’t it be awesome if Titan won? (Yes.)

Guerrero Maya vs Kraneo!

CMLL (TUE) 01/01/2013 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Leo & Metatrón vs Èvola & Thunder Boy
2) Halcón de Plata & Smaker vs Bárbaro Cavernario & Exterminador
3) Dark Angel, Luna Mágica, Silueta vs Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit, Zeuxis
4) Ángel de Oro, Gallo, Valiente vs Morphosis, Niebla Roja, Vangelis
5) Blue Panther, Marco Corleone, Máximo vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas

Marco vs Mr. Niebla would be a pretty incredible match.

great match roundup, April

Great/Excellent matches this month

CMLL on Televisa: 2012-04-07: Volador Jr. vs Prince Devitt for the NWA World Middleweight Championship – great

CMLL on FOX 2012-04-21: Euforia & Terrible vs Atlantis & Triton in a CMLL Gran Alternativa final match – great

CMLL on CadenaTres: 2012-04-28: Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., La Sombra vs Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto – great

Have Watched, but nothing made the cut

AAA on Televisa (Regional): 2012-04-01

AAA on Televisa (Regional/Main): 2012-04-08
CMLL on CadenaTres: 2012-04-07
CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2012-04-07
CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2012-04-07

AAA on Televisa (Regional): 2012-04-14
CMLL on CadenaTres: 2012-04-14
CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2012-04-14
CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2012-04-14
CMLL on Televisa: 2012-04-14

AAA on Televisa: 2012-04-22
CMLL on CadenaTres: 2012-04-21
CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2012-04-21
CMLL on Televisa: 2012-04-21

CMLL on Televisa: 2012-04-28
CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2012-04-28
CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2012-04-28
AAA on Televisa (Regional): 2012-04-29
CMLL En Busca de un Idolo: Week 1

Matches I Didn\’t Watch Which Look Good

CMLL Puebla: 2012-04-09
taped 2012-04-02 @ Arena Puebla
2) Pequeño Olímpico vs Último Dragoncito for the CMLL World Mini Estrellas Championship – ???
It\’s Dragoncito, there\’s always a chance

CMLL Guadalajara: 2012-04-14
taped 2012-04-03 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
3) Máscara Dorada vs Averno for the CMLL World Welterweight Championship
Probably should\’ve seen this.

2012 MOTYC list so far

is now linked here

Christmas shows, Latin Lover, YouTube

Tonight’s Arena Mexico show is headlined by Guerrero Maya challenging Negro Casas for the NWA World (Historic) Welterweight Championship in what might be the best match of the year. Guerrero Maya is a very good luchador who’s having excellent matches right now, and Negro Casas is amazingly still on form three weeks away from turning 53 (and going for revenge about all those Mayan prophecies.) It’d be a significant surprise if Maya won his first singles title, a world title to boot, on tonight’s show. At the same time, the last few title changes have been surprises, nothing can be ruled out.

The show is also the debut of mini Stukita. He’s been training in Mexico since April, and has been wrestling around La Laguna since at least 2009. Stukita says it’s honor to carry on the name, but he’s got a different style than Stuka Jr. He’ll be in the segunda of tonight’s show. The tercera continues the Tigre Blanco/Leono vs Bobby Zavala/Disturbio feud; if I’m right about them running the show hair match next week, they really ought to be making it official tonight. This show starts a couple hours early at 5pm.

Guerrero Maya, Titan and Starman are also working a special Tuesday afternoon Coliseo Coaclaco show prior to tonight’s Arena Mexico show.

CMLL is running all three of it’s owned arenas tonight. Arena Coliseo Guadalajara has it’s usual Tuesday show, with a main event of Marco, Mascara and Maximo versus Mr. Niebla, Averno and Mephisto in what probably will be a comedy match for the kids. Arena Puebla’s usual show is moved to Tuesday, with a main event of Atlantis, Delta, Valiente vs Terrible, Tiger, Volador. Neither of the two smaller arenas have any big programs going on.

Tonight’s the big Guerrero Mixtico vs Comando Negro mask match in Arena Neza. The two young guys have been feuding last November, including previously being in a cage match. The Santo/Demon/Fuerza mask match hinted at for Arena Neza for 01/01 seems not to have come together – Santo mentioned he hadn’t heard back from the promoter. Neza has run a New Year’s Day for the last few years, so perhaps something will come together here – and the mysterious Neza Kid and Mike Segura are back facing off again in the undercard.

The Wagners are in Torreon for a show tonight. As are the Guerreros, plus Dragon Rojo, Blue Panther, Misterioso, Taurus, Espanto and Soberano.

Negro Navarro, Okumura, Namajague, Nitro are among those in Arena Pavillon del Norte.

Other previously mentioned shows include IWL coming back to life and booking everyone, a IWRG show with no outside talent but the debut of the Mini Oficials, and a Rey Misterio promoted show in Tijuana.

Latin Lover did an interview yesterday saying he may retire from lucha libre. This is kind of a joke; Latin has been pretty much retired from wrestling full time for years. He has not wrestled 20 matches in a year since 2007. He only did 4 matches this year, mostly in the US. This is not about wrestling. I expect he’ll keep doing that many matches for the future. Latin is just looking for attention, trying to get the word out that he’s available (very available) to working on TV as an actor or other roles. Which has also been true for a long time.Wrestling doesn’t take care of you forever, but reality TV show participant has a even shorter run.

AAA has holiday wishes from Fabi Apache & Cuervo, Mary Apache & Halloween, El Brazo, Dorada, Dinastia and Octagoncito, my friend Konnan and Los Reinas del Rings and Psycho Circus.

The Gladiatores has some pleasant holiday wishes.

Rob has highlights from January 2002

I have a new channel on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/luchablog. It’s a place for me to upload older footage that isn’t on a video site already, without disrupting the new video feed of youtube.com/thecubsfan. It’s not something I’ll be updating weekly, but whenever I get a chance to sort thru material. A lot of stuff is 2007-08 ish, as I go thru the old Guerreros del Rings.

Some of the videos up include 2007 Brillante (pre-Sombra), a feature on Negro Casas with some familiar faces, the Amapola vs Diana la Cazadora hair match, Mistico vs Black Warrior in a title match, and Ogun vs Chris Stone from Revolution Free Style (that music will be stuck in your head the rest of the day.) My DVD with the Mogur/Leono match has gone missing. Both men are suspects. They were definitely suspect in that match. It is a bit jarring to see the CMLL crowd five years ago.

Lucha Libre in Japan

12/25 FREEDOMS: Jun Kasai y Masashi Takeda b Violento Jack & Aero Boy

Lineups

CMLL (SUN) 12/30/2012 Arena Mexico
1) Camaleón & Oro Jr. vs Apocalipsis & Cholo
2) Ángel Azteca Jr., Metálico, Pegasso vs Nitro, Skándalo, Súper Comando
3) Luna Mágica, Marcela, Silueta vs Amapola, La Seductora, Tiffany
4) Tritón vs Virus [lightning]
5) Ángel de Oro, Diamante, Super Porky vs Niebla Roja, Olímpico, Puma
6) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Shocker vs Mr. Niebla, Terrible, Tiger

Nitro’s first match back in Mexico City since breaking his knee (or whatever actually happened, because it still seems quick for a knee recovery.)

Cadena (SUN) 12/30/2012 Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) ? vs ??
2) ? vs ??
3) ? vs ??
4) Principe Franky, Silver Star, Tigre Universitario vs Difunto I, Mongol Chino, Rey Infernal
5) Devil Rocker, Machine Rocker, Soul Rocker vs ?, Orquídea Negra, Pimpinela Escarlata
6) Huracan Ramirez & Rayo de Jalisco Jr. vs Cien Caras & Máscara Año 2000

The amazing spectacular return of Rayo de Jalisco Jr., provided he goes to the airport this time. Note this is the same building, but NOT the same promoters. The promoter Rayo stood up may be in the building, may be announcing that match…

Speaking of “retirements”, Cien Caras has been retired for about a decade now. He’s still showing up if the price is right.

12/22-23 lucha videos

No CMLL on EstrellaTV. After being pre-empted for a couple weeks, it was replaced by a movie this week. It’s also not on this upcoming week’s listings, so it may be done.

I am still getting Sobre el Ring, but it airs at 3AM the morning this post goes up every week and I usually don’t have it ready for upload until mid morning. Rather than hold this post back for a show very few people watch, I’ll just add on to the post when I get a chance.

Edit: 12/25 Sobre el Ring: http://www.sendspace.com/file/m97uoi

YouTube playlist: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYyNnOBGWP7QmSTTfBSqdfGWii4OyEVNq&feature=view_all

12/22 WWC: http://www.sendspace.com/file/ydfj7m
12/23 WWC: http://www.sendspace.com/file/maqxx2

En Busca de un Idolo Episode 12: http://www.sendspace.com/file/duff7k

El Luchador 2×10: http://www.sendspace.com/file/l9lsu5

La Luchas: 2012-12-18
taped 2012-12-04 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
http://www.sendspace.com/file/akwa0z
1) Leo & Metatrón vs Exterminador & Magnum
2) Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Hooligan, Skándalo
3) Rey Cometa, Sagrado, Tritón vs Namajague, Puma, Shigeo Okumura
4) Ángel de Oro, La Sombra, Titán vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Negro Casas, Psicosis

AAA on Televisa: 2012-12-22
taped 2012-12-02 @ Auditorio Benito Juarez, Zapopan, Jalisco
1) Monster Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Devil Rocker, Machine Rocker, Soul Rocker

http://www.sendspace.com/file/101f41
2) Cibernético vs Vampiro, Dr. Wagner Jr., LA Park, el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Chessman in a cage of death
http://www.sendspace.com/file/t212mw
Promos/Ending
http://www.sendspace.com/file/yyj7a1

CMLL Guadalajara: 2012-12-22
http://www.sendspace.com/file/xqaocn
taped 2012-12-18 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Ángel Azteca Jr., Magnus, Starman vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Hooligan, Inquisidor
http://www.sendspace.com/file/m8p47y
2) Ángel de Oro, Shocker, Titán vs Black Warrior, Misterioso Jr., Olímpico
http://www.sendspace.com/file/mlg9p2
3) La Sombra, Marco Corleone, Super Porky vs Mr. Águila, Psicosis, Último Guerrero
http://www.sendspace.com/file/jxr91m

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2012-12-22
http://www.sendspace.com/file/yo0e6s
taped 2012-12-16 @ Arena Mexico
1) Fuego, Stuka Jr., Tritón vs Cancerbero, Misterioso Jr., Raziel
http://www.sendspace.com/file/j8qnci
2) La Sombra, Máximo, Super Halcón Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Ephesto, Pólvora
http://www.sendspace.com/file/wdtrnh
3) Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Kráneo, Mr. Águila, Psicosis for the Mexican National Trios Championship
http://www.sendspace.com/file/eytxk1

CMLL on CadenaTres: 2012-12-22
taped 2012-12-18 @ Arena Mexico
Intro
http://www.sendspace.com/file/qsjpcv
1) Leono, Sensei, Tigre Blanco vs Bobby Zavala, Disturbio, Skándalo
http://www.sendspace.com/file/lq9f5t
2) La Máscara, Máscara Dorada, Tritón vs Mephisto, Pólvora, Rey Escorpión
http://www.sendspace.com/file/88uqsk
3) Dragón Rojo Jr. vs Euforia
http://www.sendspace.com/file/h2c2kb
History
http://www.sendspace.com/file/podckl
4) Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas vs Atlantis, Guerrero Maya Jr., Máximo
http://www.sendspace.com/file/px9lgz
Stellar Moments
http://www.sendspace.com/file/fnuac2
Ending
http://www.sendspace.com/file/3pf8zy

CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2012-12-22
taped 2012-12-14 @ Arena Mexico
Intro
http://www.sendspace.com/file/xugrdb
1) Titán, Tritón, Valiente vs Felino, Negro Casas, Puma
http://www.sendspace.com/file/i1crye
2) Diamante Azul, Rush, Shocker vs Terrible, Último Guerrero, Volador Jr.
http://www.sendspace.com/file/0maf8o

CMLL on Televisa: 2012-12-22
taped 2012-12-14 @ Arena Mexico
1) Dark Angel, Estrellita, Silueta vs Amapola, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit
http://www.sendspace.com/file/hfs337
2) Máscara Dorada vs Averno in a lightning match
http://www.sendspace.com/file/v27quv

3) La Sombra vs Tama Tonga in the CMLL La Copa Junior final match
http://www.sendspace.com/file/ahy6ir

Noches de Coliseo: 2012-12-23
taped 2012-12-16 @ Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) Ninja Jr. & Ultimo Ninja vs Genocida & the Beast
http://www.sendspace.com/file/rr8zua
2) Big Neurosis & Rico Rodriguez vs Erica Sotelo & Larry Miranda 
http://www.sendspace.com/file/9avbic
3) Hijo del Ninja vs SilencioKonnan Big in a cage match
http://www.sendspace.com/file/09w1xn

AAA on Televisa (Regional): 2012-12-23
taped 2012-12-02 @ Auditorio Benito Juarez, Zapopan, Jalisco 
Intro
http://www.sendspace.com/file/z70eav
1) La Parka, Octagón, Octagon Jr. vs Parka Negra, Pentagon Jr., Silver King
http://www.sendspace.com/file/d19f2y
2) Monster Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Devil Rocker, Machine Rocker, Soul Rocker
http://www.sendspace.com/file/puzae5
3) El Mesías vs Texano Jr. for the AAA World Heavyweight Championship
http://www.sendspace.com/file/pripc8
4) Cibernético vs VampiroDr. Wagner Jr.LA Parkel Hijo del Perro AguayoChessman in a cage match
http://www.sendspace.com/file/ygbx3i