LA Park beat Wagner & Canek, Factor unmasked, DTU breaks table.

AULL (SAT) 12/01/2012 Arena Lopez Mateos [Estrellas del Ring, R de Rudo, SL491]
Attendance: 1500
1) Beda, Olimpus, Spider-Boy b Cyber Punk, Magia Negra, Pakal
2) Epitafio, Leviatham, Samael, Tormento b Cerebro Maligno, Judas el Traidor, Psicópata, Rey Krimen
17:23. Psicópata replaced Herejia. Epitafio beat Judas in a good fight.
3) Trauma I, Trauma II, Zumbi b Chucho el Roto, Daga, Iron Love
25:28. Tecnicos took 1/3, Trauma II beating Iron Love for the win. Chucho was strechered out.
4) Negro Navarro b Solar I [FLLM MASTER]
17:28. Negro Navarro defeated Solar I to win the championship, taking falls 2/3. Money thrown in.
5) LA Park b Dr. Wagner Jr. and Canek
Lots of mic work before the match, with Park and Canek talking about working together. 26:08. Canek fouled Dr. Wagner ‘on instinct’, then shoved down the referee and declared that as long as he was on his feet, he couldn’t have actually lost. A new referee took over, but was knocked down. Wagner got the visual pin, but Park fouled him and got away with it for the win.

IWRG (SUN) 12/02/2012 Arena Naucalpan [DJ Spectro, Estrellas del Ring, IWRG]
1) Mini Ozz, Mini Psicosis, Piratita Morgan Jr. b Mini Batista, Mini Rey Cometa, Mini Super Astro
Mini Ozz replaced Mini Espiritu. Comic mini match in the style pre-Mascara Sagrada .
2) Alan Extreme, Carta Brava Jr., Eita b Avisman, Cerebro Negro, Dinamic Black
Avisman replaced Centvrion, who was otherwise busy this weekend.
3) Rayan & Spartan b Oficial AK47 & Oficial Fierro
Spartan beat Factor. No ring announcer or music for this match.
4) Bestia 666, Canis Lupus, Damián 666 b el Ángel, Trauma I, Trauma II
Traumas and Angel had problems, and are now feuding again.
5) Factor L Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Oficial 911 [cage, mask, Prison Fatal]
Luchadors were stuck in for five minutes, then had to climb to the top of the cage to get their key, then climb back down to unlock their chains from the cage, then climb out once more to escape. Pirata and Mascara escaped, Pirata actually helping Mascara fend off the various police. All the other Oficials and Comandos came in, fought, then all tried to leave. Factor was distracted and didn’t realize 911 had tied one of the chains around his leg, trapping him and leaving him the loser. Fator is Cesar Caballero, no other info given. Spectro says he Factor was one of the Megas.

The DTU show in Xalapa featured the ring breaking in the semfinal.

SuperLuchas notes there’s an independent Pentagon Jr. It probably has nothing to do with the AAA one, who’s design matches the just debuted Octagon Jr. For what it’s worth, as a follow up to the previous post, I’m being told Mortiz and Taboo are not either of the new characters.

Dr. Wagner Jr. is now listed as one of the characters in the WashaWasha/Tinieblas video game (still mostly unfunded). This would mean AAA (Wagner) vs CMLL (Porky) would take place in a video game, and Dr. Wagner would be part of a second lucha libre video game claiming to be the first ever lucha libre game.

DJ Spectro, now on Facebook, recaps the mask/hair/title matches of the month.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update and Alfredo on the latest new CMLL star.

Links

Lucha Libre In Japan (or not)

There’s no participation on the annual 01/04 NJPW Tokyo Dome show, their biggest show of the year. It’s the first time CMLL hasn’t been on that card since 2008.

Tama Tonga is on the Tokyo Dome card, but not on the last tour of the year for Japan. He should be around Mexico for a little bit longer. Namajague is not the Tokyo Dome show, so his stay looks to be continuing at least until the FantasticaMania shows later in January and perhaps longer.

Lineups

IWRG (THU) 12/06/2012 Arena Naucalapn
1) Johnny Rivera vs Araña de Plata Jr.
2) Galaxy & Saruman vs Epidemia & Imposible
3) Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro, La Cobra vs Alan Extreme, Eita, Eterno
4) el Ángel, Trauma I, Trauma II vs Canis Lupus, Oficial 911, Oficial AK47
5) Bestia 666, Damián 666, Fuerza Guerrera vs Black Terry, Negro Navarro, Pirata Morgan

IWRG is taking Thursday 12/27 off for the holidays (not sure about Sunday shows), so the Fuerza vs Terry match they’re setting up here is probably 12/20.

Angel and the Traumas just can’t get away from each other! Neither can the Cerebros!

12/02 AAA TV Results (Zapopan) – Guerra de Titanes

photo by Black Terry Jr.

AAA TV (SUN) 12/02/2012 Auditorio Benito Juarez, Zapopan, Jalisco [AAA (R de Rudo), AAA Photos (Deportivo), Black Terry Jr. (flickr), Estrellas del Ring, Informador, MT (1-5), MT (6), SL491]
***Guerra de Titanes, 2012***
1) Cuervo, Fabi Apache, Mascarita Dorada, Pimpinela Escarlata b Halloween, Mari Apache, Mini Charly Manson, Yuriko
Tecnicos won because of Gran Apache interference – he tried to hit Cuervo with a chair and got Halloween instead. Halloween and Apache hugged after the match.
2) Daga b Juventud Guerrera, Fénix, Joe Lider, Psicosis, Jack Evans [AAA CRUISER, Ladder]
16’17”. Juventud Guerrera is the champ. No Teddy, no TNA wrestler, and Juvi left early after taking a blow from a Lider ladder. Daga beat Fenix for the title. Fenix appeared to be hurt after the match.
3) La Parka, Octagón, Octagon Jr. b Parka Negra, Pentagon Jr., Silver King
18’53”, Parka Negra and Pentagon Jr. were Silver King’s surprise partners, introduced by Dorian and Konnan. Octagon pinned Silver King get the pinfall.
4) Monster Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown b Devil Rocker, Machine Rocker, Soul Rocker
13:13. Rockers took their first loss. Uro attacked Murder again after the match and the Clowns were beaten up despite the loss.
5) Texano Jr. b El Mesías [AAA HEAVY]
29:12. Mesias is champion. Fenix was scheduled to be his second, but Octagon Jr. replaced him. Silver King was Texano’s second. Both bled and there was at least one ref bump and one time Silver pulled the ref out to stop the count, but Texano Jr. won the match and the title with a sit down powerbomb cleanly.
6) Vampiro L Cibernético, Dr. Wagner Jr., LA Park, el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Chessman [cage, hair]
30:29. Order of escape went LA Park (attacked by Jeff & Karen Jarrett, who also took his mask), Dr. Wagner, Cibernetico (attacked by the Bizarros – Cuervo tried to save and failed, Fabi helped later), and Perro Aguayo Jr. Chessman and Vampiro went for a long while before Chessman escaped due to help from Konnan, Dorian and a fire extinguisher. Konnan, with the winning rudos, announced they would repeat 1996 and leave with the best guys to a new promotion. Joaquin Roldan told Konnan his contract expires next year (???) and he’d be free to go then. Joaquin had the AAA guys run off La Sociedad to prove they weren’t all that much.

Air Date: 12/15 & 12/22

(Live coverage is here)

AAA has done Invasion/opposing promotions storylines since it’s first year, when the opposing promotion was UWA. It’s been near constant since, from PROLLM to Promo Azteca to LLL to whatever Konnan’s calling his group this week. Some of them have actually run their own shows. (Some of them still are – I’m not sure what ‘we should leave AAA and run our own promotion’ actually means to the Perros del Mal.) It’s unclear from the official recap – the only one that mentions Konnan’s contract running out – if the deal ends at midnight on 12/31, or just ‘sometime in the new year’.

It’s not yet clear where this is going. It does occur to me that the debut of a new off shoot promotion starring Konnan is as about as good a place for Konnan to return to the ring as any time.

https://twitter.com/vampiro_vampiro/status/275468005381644288

Vamprio got some hair cut in the cage, some more cut backstage, and ended up with a bit left. I’m thinking that if Vampiro had just gotten his head shaved, it’d take him maybe a couple weeks to get that spiffy new hair do back. (It works for him.) Instead, he and AAA are didn’t deliver on their main event just because they could. Not the first time this has happened – Fabi Apache was the last memorable one – but AAA is caught between wanting to put it’s stars in big apuesta matches to draw fans and their wrestlers not actually wanting to pay the price for that loss.

(Also, if he has a brain tumor like he said this morning, he probably should not be worried about keeping any of his hair.)

(Also, for all our complaining, it does look like Chessman won the feud. A gift win by the sound of it, but you take what you can get when you are the Chessman. Nice of Jarrett and Chessman to get past Chessman’s problems with Abyss and be friends by the end of the show too.)

There’s a compelling case that putting a whole bunch of people in a cage match – a bit we all (AAA included) have mocked CMLL before – is not actually a good way to draw people. SuperLuchas calculated 7,000 people in attendance early in night. It does not come across that full in the photos. This website lists the capacity of the building as 13,000. It includes seats on the floor, though that’s for a concert performance and not something with a big ring in the middle. I would’ve guessed 4,000 people, but I’ve never done the work to see how close my guesses are to reality. The last major show here, Guerra de Titans 2010, was reported as 6,000 people in the WON. That show ran against Rayo de Jalisco and Universo 20000 returning to Arena Coliseo Guadalajara.

Juvi’s injury was to his shoulder, the same shoulder which had kept him out of the ring until now. Fenix’s injury is unclear, but looks like maybe shoulder and neck based on the pictures. (How No other injuries were mentioned. Texano and Mesias bled a lot in their match.

Rockers/Clowns was said to be least match of the night, while Texano/Mesias was said to be the best. Compliments to the ladder match as well. Vampiro and Chessman went 16 minutes by themselves to end the cage match, more than half the length of the match, which sounds way too much for both of them. Some of that is Chessman climbing and missing a moonsault (because he’s Chessman and he must fall off high objects.)

Dorian Roldan went out of his way to note Super Fly is NOT Pentagon Jr. – which makes sense, Super Fly let everyone down and got kicked out of La Sociedad, why would Dorian want him back? I posted a link to Facebook of Mortiz being mentioned as Parka Negra. I’m not sure that’s actually true, but it gives us something to look for when the show airs.

AAA has just 1 main TV in about the next six weeks, a 12/21 show in Acapulco. The period after Guerra de Titanes thru February is normally AAA’s slowest period of the year as far as shows and development, and they usually won’t start building Rey de Reyes until they’re a month out. There should still be Fusion tapings during this stretch – the next one might be announced this week.

NGX, Atlantida vs Invasors, Terrible keeps his title over Sombra, Park/Canek/Wagner

NGX (SAT) 12/01/2012 Edificio de la Gran Logia [LuchaMania Monterrey]
***NGX 10th Anniversary Show***
1) Murder Angel b Optimus and Slade and Vertigo and Neurosis
2) Lord Byron & Xtreme Dragon b Bestia 666 & Sick Boy and Aeroboy & Violento Jack
3) Cachorro Zapata b Rey Hechicero
Money thrown in the match. Zapata announced his retirement from lucha libre after the match.
4) Extreme Tiger b DralionErick Snake [NGX XTREMO]
Xtreme Tiger is the champ and kept the title by beating Snake with a 450 splash.
5) Joe Lider b Kaientai [mask, hair]
Kaientai was unmasked as Jose Ignacio Rodriguez Cisneros. Said to be another good match.
6) Damián 666 b Supreme
Damian tore off a part of the skin on his arm, and fire and syringes came back into play.

photo by CMLL

CMLL (SUN) 12/02/2012 Arena Coliseo [CMLL, CMLL GacetaYahoo! Deportes]
1) Camaleón & Soberano Jr. b Camorra & Guerrero Negro Jr.
Tecnicos took 1/3 in a poor match.
2) Höruz, Pegasso, Starman b Artillero, Disturbio, Hooligan
Horuz replaced Angel Azteca Jr., while Artillero filled in for Bobby Zavala. Tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Skándalo b Triton [lightning]
Triton missed his tornillo moonsault, but apparently was supposed to hit it because he ignored the miss and tried to cover Skandalo. Skandalo tripped Triton instead and covered him for the pin in 7:58
4) Ángel de Oro, Hijo del Fantasma, Stuka Jr. DQ Bobby Zavala, Cancerbero, Raziel
Zavala replaced Misterioso. Tecnicos took 1/3, the last when Raziel knocked Stuka off the top rope and the rudos decided to stomp him for an excessive violence DQ. They took Stuka’s mask for good measure.
5) Kráneo, Mr. Águila, Psicosis b Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr.
Atlantis team are the national trios champs. Non-title. Tecnicos took the first, but Kraneo destroyed Maya on a sit down piledriver on the second causing Maya to be strechered out. Rudos won a 3 on 2 final fall and challenged for the trios titles again.
6) Terrible b La Sombra [CMLL HEAVY]
Terrible is champion. Falls of 5:02, 2:15 and 10:35. Sombra won the first fall with a springboard moonsault after the first try at a the double moonsault seemed to wrong. Terrible won the second with a cavernaria. In a long third fall which included Sombra moonsault stomping Terrible low, Terrible won with his usual slaps/Schwein finish to keep the title. Good match.

I’ll have full IWRG and AAA results after the official ones go up, but you can see what I pieced together below.

A full recap of the Arena Lopez Mateos show hasn’t turned up yet. In the three way main event, LA Park won by foul to Dr. Wagner Jr. after Canek was earlier DQed for a foul. Earlier, Negro Navarro beat Solar for the FLLM Master championship. Attendance looked very strong for this show, one of the best Arena Lopez Mateos turn outs of the year.

Rob has highlights of Perros del Mal 03/01/11 and CMLL 11/13/12.

Bill has highlights of 12/15/2011 Todos x El Todos.

Lucha Libre in Japan

12/02 NJPW: YOSHI-HASHI [O] & Jado b Diamante Azul [X] & Rush

Well, that’s embarrassing. Azul looked bad in the match, especially the finish. Japanese promotions will usually job out foreign wrestlers who come in and look bad, and Azul lost a lot and might have earned the results he got. Hopefully he’ll learn something from this.

Links 

Guerra de Titanes/Sombra vs Terrible live coverage

 

CMLL (SUN) 12/02/2012 Arena Coliseo
1) Camaleón & Soberano Jr. b Camorra & Guerrero Negro Jr.
Tecnicos took 1/3 in a poor match.
2) Höruz, Pegasso, Starman b Artillero, Disturbio, Hooligan
Horuz replaced Angel Azteca Jr., while Artillero filled in for Bobby Zavala. Tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Skándalo b Triton [lightning]
Triton missed his tornillo moonsault, but apparently was supposed to hit it because he ignored the miss and tried to cover Skandalo. Skandalo tripped Triton instead and covered him for the pin in 7:58
4) Ángel de Oro, Hijo del Fantasma, Stuka Jr. DQ Bobby Zavala, Cancerbero, Raziel
Zavala replaced Misterioso. Tecnicos took 1/3, the last when Raziel knocked Stuka off the top rope and the rudos decided to stomp him for an excessive violence DQ. They took Stuka’s mask for good measure.
5) Kráneo, Mr. Águila, Psicosis b Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr.
Atlantis team are the national trios champs. Non-title. Tecnicos took the first, but Kraneo destroyed Maya on a sit down piledriver on the second causing Maya to be strechered out. Rudos won a 3 on 2 final fall and challenged for the trios titles again.
6) Terrible b La Sombra [CMLL HEAVY]
Terrible is champion. Falls of 5:02, 2:15 and 10:35. Sombra won the first fall with a springboard moonsault after the first try at a the double moonsault seemed to wrong. Terrible won the second with a cavernaria. In a long third fall which included Sombra moonsault stomping Terrible low, Terrible won with his usual slaps/Schwein finish to keep the title. Good match.

CMLL announced Sin Piedad would take place 12/14 – looks like the Copa Jr. finals and whatever else they throw together in the next week.

Underway…

AAA TV (SUN) 12/02/2012 Auditorio Benito Juarez, Zapopan, Jalisco
***Guerra de Titanes, 2012***
1) Cuervo, Fabi Apache, Mascarita Dorada, Pimpinela Escarlata b Halloween, Mari Apache, Mini Charly Manson, Yuriko
Tecnicos won despite Gran Apache interference.
2) Daga b Juventud GuerreraFénixJoe LiderPsicosisJack Evans [AAA CRUISER, Ladder]
Juventud Guerrera is the champ. No Teddy, no TNA wrestler, and Juvi left early after taking a blow from a Lider ladder. Daga beat Fenix for the title. Fenix appeared to be hurt after the match.

Silver King’s partners are the debuting Pentagon Jr. and Parka Negra, both evil versions of the originals.
3) La Parka, Octagón, Octagon Jr. b Parka Negra, Pentagon Jr., Silver King
Parka Negra and Pentagon Jr. were Silver King’s surprise partners, introduced by Dorian and Konnan. Parka Negra may be Mortiz, if you believe this Facebook post on a Bizarros fan group. (Mortiz also said on his own Facebook page that he’s coming back to Arena Mexico next year. Better off believing none of it.) Octagon pinned Silver King get the pinfall.
4) Monster Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown b Devil Rocker, Machine Rocker, Soul Rocker
Rockers took their first loss. Uro attacked Murder again after the match.
4) Monster Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown b Devil Rocker, Machine Rocker, Soul Rocker
Rockers took their first loss. Uro attacked Murder again after the match.
5) Texano Jr. b El Mesías [AAA HEAVY]
Mesias is champion. Fenix was scheduled to be his second, but Octagon Jr. replaced him. Silver King was Texano’s second. Both bled and there was at least one ref bump and one time Silver pulled the ref out to stop the count, but Texano Jr. won the match and the title with a sit down powerbomb cleanly.

6) Vampiro L CibernéticoDr. Wagner Jr.LA Parkel Hijo del Perro AguayoChessman [cage, hair, mask]
Order of escape went LA Park (attacked by Jeff & Karen Jarrett), Dr. Wagner, Cibernetico (attacked by the Bizarros – Cuervo tried to save and failed, Fabi helped later), and Perro Aguayo Jr. Chessman and Vampiro went for a long while before Chessman escaped due to help from Konnan and Dorian

 

IWRG (SUN) 12/02/2012 Arena Naucalpan
1) Mini Ozz, Mini Psicosis, Piratita Morgan Jr. b Mini Batista, Mini Rey Cometa, Mini Super Astro
Mini Ozz replaced Mini Espiritu. Mini Super Astro is not confirmed.
2) Alan Extreme, Carta Brava Jr., Eita b Centvrión, Cerebro Negro, Dinamic Black
3) Rayan & Spartan b Oficial AK47 & Oficial Fierro
4) Bestia 666, Canis Lupus, Damián 666 b el Ángel, Trauma I, Trauma II
Traumas and Angel had problems.
5) Factor L Hijo de Pirata MorganHijo de Máscara Año 2000Oficial 911 [cage, mask, Prison Fatal]
Pirata and Mascara escaped, then all the other Oficials and Comando ran in. 911 escaped, leaving Factor for the loss. 

2012 Guerra de Titanes preview

Actually, less a preview and more picks, since I already kind of did the preview.

Show will air on TV. It will not air on TV, there is no stream. There will be a live chat, time still TBD.

AAA TV (SUN) 12/02/2012 Auditorio Benito Juarez, Zapopan, Jalisco
***Guerra de Titanes, 2012***
1) Cuervo, Fabi Apache, Mascarita Dorada, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Halloween, Mari Apache, Mini Charly Manson, Yuriko

Probably a 8-10 minute tecnico win, as the perpetual feuds (Dorada vs Manson, Apaches, Pimpi versus every other exotico) continue .

2) Juventud Guerrera vs FénixDagaTeddy HartPsicosisJack EvansJoe Lider? [AAA CRUISER, Ladder]
Juventud Guerrera is the champ

We still have no idea who the mystery person is; they haven’t even hinted at someone on TV. Xema Ion is working TNA spot shows this weekend; he’s listed as being on the Gran Forks show tonight. It scarcely matters, as does this title – like the minis one, they’ll tease feuds for the championship, then throw everyone in a multi-man match. These matches tend to have some cool spots and some spots that do not look so cool (usually involving Lider and Nicho.) I’ll guess Juvi wins, but your guess is as good as mine

3) La Parka, Octagón, Octagon Jr. vs ??, ???, Silver King

Octagon Jr. is debuting here, but like the last match, we don’t have any hints about who Silver King is teaming with. Toscano and Mascara Ano 2000 Jr. make sense, but I’m not sure why they wouldn’t just say them if it was them. There’s a surprise coming.

Yesterday’s AAA had a couple strange news items related to this match. Octagon & Samuray del Sol were being shadowed by a mystery person at the AAA offices. The following skit showed a silhouette of someone in a Parka mask and a digitized voice talking about not forgetting what had been done to him and vowing revenge at Guerra de Titanes. Maybe Tabu has remembered he was destroyed by his brother last year and should be doing something besides just hanging with the Bizarros? Normal booking has the tecnico with the new gimmick winning in his debut, but I think the rudos have a trick or two.

4) Monster Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Devil Rocker, Machine Rocker, Soul Rocker

No surprises in this one; this should probably be the most basic Clowns vs Rockers match possible since they’ll be doing it another hundred times between here and TripleMania (at AAA’s usual pace). Clowns nearly win, Uro interferes, Rockers get the win.

5) El Mesías vs Texano Jr. [AAA HEAVY]
Mesias is champion. Fenix will be his second, Silver King will be Texano’s second.

I don’t think anyone believes Texano is going to win the title on this show. This is more a match to show he’s capable of being at this level. Mesias likes to have epic matches on big shows, this is Texano’s chance to prove he’s capable of having them with him. Texano is a great prospect, but has got to prove it and this is as good an opportunity as he’s going to get. Finish and post match will probably involve whatever the next step is for El Consejo.

6) Cibernético vs VampiroDr. Wagner Jr.LA Parkel Hijo del Perro AguayoChessman [cage, hair, mask]

I liked the Heroes Inmortales cage match because it was short. I hope I like this one for the same reason. Chessman is the obvious loser. They’ve focusing so strongly on the three individual rivalries and avoiding all mention of the cage match coming down to two people who aren’t feuding. That often means they want to ‘surprise’ people later. There’s plenty of other reasons for Vampiro not to get Chessman’s hair. I’m going to be randoma nd take perro Aguaoy Jr., though I dont’ have a great reason why.

 

Sombra advances in Copa Junior, AAA QPPLC

photo by CMLL

CMLL (FRI) 11/30/2012 Arena Mexico [CMLLCMLL GacetaYahoo! Deportes]
1) Apocalipsis & Inquisidor b Leono & Robin
Rudos took 1/3.
2) Metálico, Super Halcón Jr., Tigre Blanco DQ Artillero, Súper Comando, Taurus
Straight falls, Super Comando unmasked Metalico.
3) Diamante, Rey Cometa, Sagrado b Puma, Sangre Azteca, Vangelis
Rey Cometa made this show. Tecnicos took 2/3, Sagrado getting the win after Azteca & Puma made a mistake. Cometa yanked Puma’s mask off after the match.
4) La Sombra b Volador Jr.Negro CasasÁngel de OroMephistoLa MáscaraTigerMáscara DoradaOlímpicoDelta [Copa Jr., semifinal]
Changed to a cibernetico this year. Early eliminations went Delta, Olimpico (by Mascara), Mascara Dorada (by Mephisto top rope Devil’s Wings), Tiger, La Mascara (by Volador), Mephisto (by Sombra.) Final four were Angel de Oro, Sombra, Volador and Negro Casas. Negro continued his success over Oro to eliminate him, Sombra beat Negro with his own casita, and then beat Volador with his own Spanish Fly as well to advance to to the 12/14 final. Sombra beat the last three rudos by himself. Zacarias and Mije fought late in the match.
5) Averno, Dragón Rojo Jr., Rey Escorpión b Atlantis, Shocker, Titán
Titan had new music. Rudos took 1/3. Atlantis got Averno up in the Atlantida but accidentally knocked down Tirantes. Averno escaped, tried to foul Atlantis, and settled for taking his mask and rolling him up for the win. Atlantis challenged Averno to one more fall and Averno bailed.

Before the Copa Jr., a mystery man was shown on the big screen, promising to arrive in 2013. Relampago’s name has come up in the last few days (see below) but I would’ve think they would’ve kept him hidden if they planned to debut him as a mystery.

Radio CMLL have “Revolucionarios del Terror” as the name for Rey Escorpion, Dragon Rojo and Polvora. It hasn’t been mentioned elsewhere yet, but it fits their new look.

AAA was part of a Quien Pinta Por La Corona press conference yesterday in Mexico City. The news, or maybe just clarification, is the Mexico City event will be two days for lucha libre – one day of open tryouts on Saturday 12/08 and the overall finals on Sunday. It’d been previously said this show would only be the finals, and a lot of people who might have tried to qualify in Mexico City traveled to the tryouts in Puebla or elsewhere previously for their chance. (There doesn’t seem to be a rule about trying out multiple times, so those who didn’t make it can try once again next weekend.) There hasn’t been anyone as talked about well regarded as Dinastia, Samuray del Sol and Daga last year so far, but perhaps that can be fixed with one more tryout.

They also announced the lineup for the spot show that always accompanies a QPPLC session (via R de Rudo). Dinastia and Daga are still referred to as the only winners from last year, but La Magnifica surprisingly travels to Mexico City for this card. (She’s also working with DTU on Friday in Queretaro, but I’m not sure which leads to which.) Also, Mini Abismo Negro makes his first Mexico City appearance in over two years. His name has popped up occasionally on AAA shows in southern Mexico in that time, and he’s said to have a slow recovery from a leg injury.

Chat/live coverage change

There probably will be a chat. I am unsure when it will start. My plans for  Sunday have changed and I may not be around until after the Terra show starts, maybe even not until sometime during the show. My apologizes. I’ll try to put something on Twitter if I have a better idea tomorrow.

Lucha Libre in Japan

12/01 NJPW: Hiroshi Tanahashi [O], Ryusuke Taguchi, KUSHIDA b Rush, Diamante Azul [X], BUSHI
Tanahashi beating Azul, and not unpushed junior heavyweight Bushi, seems like a sign about how Azul did on this tour (not well) and his chances of returning (not well.) Hopefully I’m just reading too much into it.

Links

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 12/07/2012 Arena Mexico
1) Metálico & Sensei vs Artillero & Súper Comando
2) Ángel Azteca Jr., Starman, Super Halcón Jr. vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Hooligan, Skándalo
3) Hijo del Fantasma, Rey Cometa, Triton vs Namajague, Sangre Azteca, Shigeo Okumura
4) Shocker vs MáximoSuper PorkyGuerrero Maya Jr.Stuka Jr.Tama TongaDragón Rojo Jr.FelinoMisterioso Jr.Puma [Copa Jr., semifinal]
5) La Sombra vs Último Guerrero [lightning]
6) Diamante Azul, Máscara Dorada, Rush vs Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto

Azul & Rush return from Japan, find someone they can defeat.

Sombra & Ultimo Guerrero as one fall, 10 minutes, makes it a bit more tolerable. Sombra’s having a really busy stretch, but one where he’s winning a lot. He’s probably facing a rudo next week. Felino and Misterioso are probably ruled out. Not sure Puma should be, but Tonga or previous champion Rojo seem more likely.

Hooligan makes British Night!

Metalico and Super Comando may actually be feuding!