02/02-03 lucha times


== AAA ==

AAA-Televisa: Start of the Toluca taping. Not sure exactly what this will be, but guessing minis, women, and main

AAA-Fusion: still in reruns, still occasionally mentioned as coming back at some point. They do normally take January off, but there really ought to be one soon. I keep saying this, and no one jumps in to say

== CMLL ==

Galavision/Televisa: These shows will be easy this month. Women’s trios, main event (Sombra/Dorada/Titan vs Aguila/Psicosis/Volador) and Atlantis vs Niebla if time.

FOX: Namajague/Stuka feud, and Diamante/Fuego/Triton vs Raziel/Sangre/Virus. note: airs on Sunday this week and next in the US (and then off for two weeks?)

52MX: Top 3 from Sunday, including Dark Angel vs Princesa Blanca

C3: Rey Escorpion vs Voaldor Jr.

GDL: Dragon Rojo vs Titan in a lighting match, Dorada/Maximo/Rush vs Euforia/Roja/UG

TVC Deportes (Puebla): Estrellita vs Princesa Sugheit, Blue Panther/Titan/Valiente vs Peste Negra, and Thunder’s debut.

Terra: Polvora vs Valiente, trios champions vs trios champions

== Other ==

IWRG-AYM Sports: On a US site I looked at, this is listed as airing both on Sunday (and starting a half hour before the Sunday show actually starts – perhaps a repeat of last week’s episode or a phantom listing?) and in it’s Monday slot. On a Mexico site I looked at, this is listed as not airing at all. Good luck! Konkreto vs FILL Gym shows, tecnicos vs Clowns.

Noches de Coliseo: was Daga/Dark Dragon vs Fenix/Drago taped? Will it air? Find out – later!

Fenix & Pesadilla vs Ricky Marvin & Super Crazy, AAA TV gets new pickup (in Mexico)

Last night’s Tercera Caida (above) aired the Fenix & Pesadilla vs Ricky Marvin & Super Crazy (c) match for the GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship. It’s about a minute into the show, above, though the show itself is worth watching from the beginning for the Mexitosos. It was a Great match (in a bit of darkness, though you’ll see near the end of the match that they clearly had brought lights.)

This is a reach of a prediction to make on January 31st, but if Marvin & Crazy stick together and keep having tag title matches (not necessarily these titles) thru even as short a time as August or July, they’re going to be the runaway lucha tag team of the year. There matches are going to be very good, but also helped by being on in a key position on any indy show they work on – they’ll have more chances (and a better quality chances) to have an outstanding match on any show they work as long as they’re working on their own. Plus, every one will be more than happy to vote for an independent team. Those two traveling out of the country might be their own obstacle.

AAA’s two hour (Regional) show airs tonight on Univision Televisa Deportes Network in Mexico at 8 pm, and repeats on Saturday at 8AM. (This isn’t the normal Televisa Deportes, but a secondary channel of that.) AAA hasn’t said anything about this yet. I presume this is a last week’s episode and a weekly deal, but I don’t have a schedule for next week.

AAA does have a new page to make it easier to watch their past TV shows. It’s the one hour national show (and Fusion) sorted by taping. They’ve been putting up the non-match portions of their show on YouTube for a while, but the full show itself usually has been delayed a while. Not as much this week, the TV show in full was up on Wednesday. It works for me to split everything up by match and segment, but having the complete show in one place is a lot easier to point people towards. (If they’d just post the regional show – for the slightly longer matches some weeks – on a consistent basis, we’d stop putting it up ourselves and just point everyone there.)

The Gladiatores is bringing back live radio coverage of IWRG with tonight’s Arena Naucalpan show.   Cerebro Negro vs Dinamic Black! Three Match Fighters!

Arena Jaguar has a cage match this weekend with people putting up their hair, their title, their arena (Golden Boy), their girlfriend (Big Neurosis) and their mom (Principe Guerrero II). How can you put up your mom in a match? Principe Guerrero II is a lousy son.

An AAA spot show lineup with a Doctor Wagner Jr., whoever that is.


top six stories of the last two weeks

  1. CMLL & NJPW held their annual FantasticaMania shows. It was the first 3 show tour, and listed attendance was down compared to the last two years. NJPW suggested they may take the shows out of Tokyo next year. In the ring, Sombra lost a challenge for the NJPW IC title in against Nakamura, but picked up the NWA middleweight title from Dragon Rojo, Rush won two singles matches over Yoshihashi & Rey Escorpion and La Mascara beat Volador once again to keep the national light heavyweight title. Mistico, pulled from wrestling due to his troubled left shoulder, appeared on all three shows.
  2. An indy show in Los Angeles featured CMLL luchadors (Panther, Atlantis, Volador, Mascara), El Hijo del Santo and other indy luchadors, LA Park (AAA affilated but books his own dates) and Dr. Wagner Jr. (who knows) all on once card. The CMLL luchadors were kept to their own match, but CMLL luchadors had previously been banned from working on any show with El Hijo del Santo, much less AAA affiliated luchadors. It’s unclear if this represents a change in policy or just an exception. Show drew about a half quarter house to LA Sports Arena (and must’ve cost quite a bit.)
  3. AAA held their first TV taping of the year in Toluca. The Cibernetico/Perro feud was the focus of the show, with Gran Apache & Atomic Boy resuming their issue on the undercard. Octagon Jr. missed his second appearance under the name, working a show in Calgary with Teddy Hart and Konnan. (Pentagon Jr. later explained Octagon Jr. is just totally scared of him. That checks out.)
  4. CMLL debuted a new star luchador. CMLL could not decide among itself the name of this new luchador, not the best of start. They eventually settled on Thunder. He’s a muscular masked Australian tecnico who does not speak enough Spanish to do promos – the kind of luchador CMLL’s hardcore fans love to boo – and it’s unclear if he had been a wrestler before arriving in CMLL. Thunder debuted in Puebla, and seems to be kept away from the Mexico City arenas for at least his first few matches.
  5. Rush gave up his CMLL Light Heavyweight title as part of a challenge at Terrible and the CMLL Heavyweight title. Rush then lost to Terrible, giving him no singles titles. This was odd. Rey Escorpion won the vacant title by defeating Volador Jr. in the final of a tournament.
  6. FCK held their debut show (under that name) at Coliseo Coacalco. The hyped matches of Fenix vs Chuck Taylor and Matt Cross vs Daga were canceled hours before the card, with the promoter explaining AAA pulled their luchadors but oddly expressing no ill feelings to AAA for doing that. The replacement Ricky Marvin/Taylor/Fenix match was said to be good. Extreme Tiger beat Masada of CZW in the main event.
  • Namajague & Stuka started a feud and seem like they could be headed to a mask vs mask match at Dos Leyendas. Amapola and Estrellita also continue to the feud and could also have an apuesta match, but neither seems like the match you’d headline the biggest show of the year.
  • In IWRG, Negro Navarro defeated AAA Heavyweight Championship Texano in both a tag team title defense and a singles title match. (Navarro got a bit of help from Trauma II and Texano’s ex-friend Toscano.)
  • AAA continued to vaguely tease something happening in the US at some point in the future.
  • People keeping their titles: Los Invasors (MEX TRIOS), Ricky Marvin & Super Crazy (GHC TAG), Barbaro Cavernario (OCCIDENTE MIDDLE), Angel (IWRG MIDDLE), Estrellita (MEX WOMEN)
  • Carta Brava Jr. & X-Fly won IWRG’s El Protector tournament
  • IWRG held a 12 Piratas vs Oficials tag with 3 regular sized people and 3 minis on each side. This is why IWRG wins awards.
  • speaking of, some people won some awards!
  • #laluchalibredebe was talked about a lot for most of Tuesday on Twitter.