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XMW (SAT) 02/02/2013 Gimnasio Gloria [Black Terry Jr. (flickr), The Gladiatores]
1) Yoruba b Obscuro, Fulgore, Corsario Negro, Metaleon, Maiden, El Guason, Legendario [XMW JR, #1 Contenders]
2) Belial, Fly Metalik, Fly Star, Mr. Leo b Douki, Eita, Fly Warrior, Hanaoka
3) Black Mamba b Saruman, Herodes Jr. [XMW JR]
Herodes Jr. replaced ‘Kronos’, so this match had AAA, CMLL and IWRG luchadors. Black Mamba, in his Chun-Li gear, beat Saruman to win the title.
4) Ángel o Demonio b Dólar, Demoledor, Mascara Jr. [hardcore]
Mascara Jr. is the one who lost his mask to Hijo de Dr. Wagner in Arena Aficion, back wearing the same mask.
5) Dance Boy & Impulso b Aeroboy & Violento Jack and Chile Peuldo & Core
6) Ricky Marvin b Tornado (DF), Ares (Aficion), Terremoto, Astro de Plata (DF), Eita, Skayde
Eita and Skayde were added to the match. Elimination match, with Marvin pinning Ares for the win.
No IWRG results from last night yet. IWRG on AYM aired at least part of the 01/01 show yesterday.
In this week’s SuperLuchas (#497), the Desde la Tercera column goes over Thunder’s background. He’s been training for six months in the US, but had previously wrestled in Australia and Japan for six years. I know Japanese promotion Zero One uses wrestlers from Australia (there’s a Zero One Australia as well), but I didn’t find an obvious candidate browsing thru results.
Bill has highlights of IWRG 10/06/11.
Lucha Libre Blog has a roundup of recent apuesta results.
IWRG (SUN) 02/10/2013 Arena Naucalpan
1) ? vs ??
2) Hijo del Pantera & Seiya vs Fulgore & Yack
3) Chico Che, Golden Magic, Suicida vs Alan Extreme, Alemán, Carta Brava Jr.
4) Canis Lupus, el Ángel, Eterno vs Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Trauma II
5) Decnnis, Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr., Scorpio Jr. vs Pantera, Trauma I, Veneno
Guapito will be with Decnnis
I know there’s a lot of news today, but I don’t believe it gets bigger than the stunning return of El Aleman.
I am not sure what’s going in the semimain. Guapito!
CMLL (SUN) 02/10/2013 Arena Coliseo
1) Bengala & Soberano Jr. vs Espanto Jr. & Zayco
2) Metatrón, Molotov, Stigma vs Inquisidor, Nosferatu, Taurus
3) Hombre Bala Jr., Starman, Super Halcón Jr. vs Cancerbero, Hijo del Signo, Raziel
4) Metálico vs Virus [lightning]
5) Blue Panther, Delta, Stuka Jr. vs Averno, Shigeo Okumura, Vangelis
6) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Rush vs Kráneo, Mr. Águila, Psicosis
Figure the World Trios title match they’re setting up in the opener for the next Arena Mexico show.
First Stuka DF match without Namajague in about a month. Could mean something, could not.
When Starman had his problem with Magnus a couple weeks ago, he blamed all the Gen11 guys. He’s not teaming with Mangus this time, but he is teaming with 2 Gen 11 guys. Rough start to the card.
CMLL (SUN) 02/10/2013 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Tapatío & Índigo vs El Piraña & Relampago Azul
2) El Divino & Rayo De Plata vs Demonio Maya & Évola
3) El Alteño, Halcón de Plata, León Blanco vs Espectrum, Mr. Trueno, Ráfaga
4) Diamante Azul & Máscara Dorada vs Felino & Mr. Niebla
5) La Sombra vs Mephisto [NWA MIDDLE]
La Sombra is champ. First defense.
Sombra should keep his title here.
Rayo de Plata is a new name here, but there are 2 or 3 Rayo de Platas running around.
FULL (SUN) 03/17/2013 Palenque Texcoco
1) Charly Madrid & Marabunta Jr. vs Maiden & Rider
2) La Parkita & Mascarita Sagrada vs Mini Cibernetico & Mini Electro Shock
3) Axxel, El Hijo de Aníbal, Huracan Jr. vs Dr. Cerebro, Espanto Jr., Hijo de Pirata Morgan
4) Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr., Super Porky, Tinieblas Jr. vs Mephisto, Scorpio Jr., Shocker
Tinieblas will have Alushe, and Monito will be with Super Porky. Guapito will be with Scorpio Jr.
AAA TV (SUN) 02/03/2013 Palenque de la Feria, Pachuca, Hidalgo [AAA, Black Terry Jr. (flickr)]
1) Centvrión, Flamita, Lucky Boy ?? ?, Lancelot, Rocky Lobo
Dark match. Teams may not be right. Mystery wrestler was an unmasked man with a white stripe thru his hair and purple suspenders.
2) Billy el Malo, Black Mamba, Gran Apache b Argenis, Atomic Boy, Súper Fly
Astro de Plata (spine injury) was replaced by Super Fly. Gran Apache ripped up Atomic Boy’s mask and bloodied him badly. After the match, Dorian and Konnan came to the ring and fired Atomic Boy. The rudos brought Texano (in a street clothes) to the ring. Argenis challenged Texano to a match and dropkicked him, but Texano turned a ‘rana into a powerbomb without even taking off his jacket and left Argenis laying. (Didn’t appear to be an official match, just a fight.)
3) Fabi Apache, La Jarochita, Lolita b Jennifer Blake, Mari Apache, Taya Valkyrie
Jarochita’s debut after winning the 2012 QPPLC. Lolita was strechered out from the last taping but back here. Fabi beat Jennifer after some ruda miscommunication with Taya. Mari & Taya attacked Jennifer, and the tecnicas made the save. Sometime after this match, Dorian and Konnan fired Jarochita.
4) Dinastía, Mascarita Sagrada, Octagoncito b Mini Abismo Negro, Mini Histeria, Mini Psicosis
Dinastia beat Mini Psicosis with a Spanish Fly and again challenged for a title shot. Nicho Psicosis attacked Dinastia with the stapler after the match. Drago made the save.
5) Cuervo, Escoria, Espíritu b Daga, Halloween, Psicosis
After the match, Dorian and Konnan came to the ring with the other La Sociedad rudos (Chessman, Silver King along with the 3 in the match.) They called Pepe Casas (ref for this match, which the rudos had lost) old and a relic, and fired him. Joaquin came to the ring with Mesias and La Parka. Before Konnan and Dorian could fire anyone else, Joaquin fired Dorian and Konnan. He then told the luchador rudos they would also be fired if they didn’t eject Dorian and Konnan from the building. The wrestlers turned on Konnan and Dorian, running the out of the building. AAA’s recap emphatically states this is the end of La Sociedad.
6) Drago, Fénix, Octagón b Pentagón Jr., Silver King, Toscano
Drago replaced Octagon Jr. Fenix beat Toscano with a spanish fly after a Silver King screw up. Silver King and Toscano fought after the match, with Toscano tearing off his Consejo shirt for at least the third time.
7) Chessman, Parka Negra, Texano b Cibernético, El Mesías, La Parka
Mesias chokeslammed Texano, but Parka Negra broke up the pin with a chair shot. Parka Negra beat La Parka for the win.
Air Date: 02/17 & 02/24
The recap doesn’t make it totally clear, but I believe the firings on the show – except for Dorian & Konnan – were overruled by Joaquin.
I don’t have enough verifiable info to consider this news, so consider this an educated guess: the idea behind Dorian Roldan and Konnan being fired is they’ll be leaving to Los Angeles to start a separate promotion. This is surely the big project both have been hinting at for the last for the last few months. Konnan said it’d happen in February, and it’s February.
There’s a lot of fun we can have speculating what this promotion might look like – probably only separate as legally necessary, and probably in the same style as Perros del Mal where AAA guys work the top matches and local guys are used for the undercard – but I suspect we’ll be hearing more about whatever’s going on relatively soon. There has to be something coming soon, because there’s no other obvious reason this angle was done as suddenly and irrelevantly as it appears to have happened. The last major AAA show ended with La Sociedad holding all the titles and having defeated (or at least beat up) all their rivals, declaring themselves completely powerful over AAA and stating their intention of walking out together as soon as legally allowed. There’s no change to this dynamic on two tapings since, and no hint on screen something was coming. La Sociedad instead completely fall apart over the course of an hour and a half, with the some of the exact same guys who said they’d leave with Konnan and Dorian being those to run them out of the promotion, with no reason they should change their minds.
The last iteration of this group, the Foreign Legion, were forced to disband due to a main event cage match at TripleMania. La Sociedad broke up on a miscellaneous taping at the edge of AAA’s dead period, because after two years of the rudos costing people title matches or their hair, Konnan and Dorian fired Atomic Boy and Joaquin suddenly had the power to fire them. That makes no sense given the build up and is really deflating ending to the story. It’s harder for fans to invest in AAA’s perennial “promotion vs invasion” storyline when the storyline ends with a whimper.
There are actually good reasons for it to end this way. Dorian and Konnan will be back and invading again with their new group before long. I’d be shocked if it that didn’t happen by the end of TripleMania and I’m probably foolish to think it’d take that long. There’s no sense in doing a big ending for them if they’ll be back soon. It’s possible that the timeline on announcing the new group was moved up for some reason, so longer range plans had to be rushed – though Konnan mentioning February means they knew it was happening around now, and there should’ve been some groundwork laid in sense to build to this moment whenever it happens. (AAA usually does big builds to these storyline twists, so this part really surprises me.)
This reads rushed in the taping results. It may be slightly less so when it airs, if they break the firings over a couple weeks. All tapings seem to be two weeks of TV.
The ‘firing’ part bugs me – the rudos just cheated Vampiro out of his hair and took the Mega title on the last show, and did not get fired. There’s ways for this to make sense – Konnan & Dorian are upset about being stuck with AAA for another year, so they just start wrecking things to force Joaquin to cut them loose – but it doesn’t come across that way in what we’ve been given so far. And Joaquin suddenly having the power to fire him when they went thru a whole storyline previously about how even owner Marisela could not fire them. (Maybe there’s a loophole they’ll explain. They just haven’t explained one yet.)
There is no obvious reason why all the rudos, who two months ago were completely fine quitting the promotion and leaving with Konnan & Dorian, changed their minds here. Maybe it’ll make sense on TV. Maybe the idea is the rudos never intended to actually leave, but then that story needs to actually be told. It makes the rudos weak to suddenly be scared of Joaquin. If they were going to be anyone’s henchman, it needed to be another rudo – maybe Perro Aguayo Jr. or Parka Negra making a deal with Joaquin to betray Konnan & Dorian – because at least then they’re henchman to a main eventer and it fills the Konnan/Dorian vacuum for however long they’re gone. (Also, it’d explain why guys who were specifically supposed to be working for Konnan & Dorian – Parka Negra & Pentagon Jr. – are sticking around and not walking out with their ‘parents’. Neither luchador was part of the skit to run them off, so maybe there’s something there.)
Maybe I’m just holding AAA to a too high standard – they do try telling long stories, as opposed to just starting feuds and stopping feuds unhappily (hello Atlantis vs Ultimo Guerrero, bet you won’t end with a mask match for the 3rd year running.) I just think this was beneath their usual standards and am unsure why they couldn’t have done better.
On the actual matches: back in Acapulco, Dinastia and Mini Psicosis talked about their title match happening at the next taping. (It didn’t, and they hilariously kept airing that part of the process.) They’ve got 2 or 3 tapings before Rey de Reyes, but it’s starting to look like that match won’t go down until there. They still have the mixed mini/not-mini tag match to do at some point before it.
It feels like something’s gone wrong here with Octagon Jr./Samuray del Sol beyond just having conflicting indy bookings. Maybe it’s just something as innocent as a work visa paperwork, but he’s not a guy known for missing shows and this is now two in a row, both of which he really needed to be on to get some momentum behind his new character. Pentagon Jr. was hyping up his participation in the match as recently as Thursday’s Tercera Caida, so Octagon Jr. missing this show wasn’t public knowledge. Someone had to know, and everyone had to know by Sunday, but nothing was said.
The Toscano angle really needs to take another step forward. (That’s a long term angle they’ve remembered to slowly build up!)
Parka/Parka Negra and Cibernetico/Perro Aguayo are the two favorites for TripleMania main events, and I’d guess that depends on how willing either of the last two are to lose their hair when it comes to it. Texano vs Mesias rematch looks to be the big Rey de Reyes match, but there’s no sign yet of a tournament.
Next taping is 02/18 in Irapuato. AAA probably will release the lineup in a day or so.
I haven’t seen full results from Saturday’s XMW show, but the big news item is a major injury to Astro de Plata. Plata had made it to the fringes of AAA’s roster, competing in the recent QPPLC for a full time AAA spot but already appearing on most of the Fusion taping and scheduled to appear on tonight’s show. Instead, he’s going to be out for an indeterminate and probably extended time after damaging his vertebrae on the show. You can see the injury here; it’s not a dive gone bad or a crazy risk, but a relatively simple Astro de Plata casadora into a stunner where Terremoto’s weight maybe just lands on Plata oddly and maybe Plata hits the mat hard with his tailbone. It’s clearly not a normal stunner bump, but it’s also not something that’d you expect to damage a spine. Plata clearly looses feeling in his legs immediately, it’s very sad. It’s unclear how many vertebrae were hurt; on twitter, Black Terry Jr. said at least one was fractured and it will be some time before Astro de Plata will be able to walk.
In another injury update, Namajague updated his Facebook on Saturday, which suggests he’s doing better. CMLL does not update injury situations, but Namajague and Rey Cometa (who was also left hurt) are not listed on a lineup until Friday.
CMLL (SUN) 02/03/2013 Arena Coliseo [@therealfredo, CMLL, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Bengala & Höruz b Bobby Zavala & Herodes Jr.
Zavala replaced Zayco. Tecnicos took 2/3. Many difficulties with the Terra broadcast.
2) Magnus, Stigma, Super Halcón Jr. b Artillero, Súper Comando, Taurus
Tecnicos took 1/3. No noted problems with Magnus in the post match interview this time (though it was an all Gen11 team.)
3) Dalis la Caribeña, Goya Kong, Luna Mágica b La Comandante, La Seductora, Zeuxis
Poor match, with Dalis drawing most of the blame. Tecnicas took 1/3.
4) Diamante, Máscara Dorada, Super Porky b Ephesto, Misterioso Jr., Puma
Tecnicos took 1/3, Dorada (who looked good here) pinning Ephesto
5) Pólvora b Valiente [CMLL WELTER]
Polvora came in as champion. Negro Casas, who faces Valiente on Monday for his title, was seen in the crowd watching the match. Valiente submitted Polvora in the first, but got caught by Polvora’s feet on a moonsault in the second fall, and Polvora won again with the Inquisidor Storm in the third to keep the title. Second defense. Valiente was strechered out.
6) Kráneo, Mr. Águila, Psicosis b Marco Corleone, Máximo, Rush
World trios champs vs national trios champs in a non-title match. First two falls were ended by Mije – Kraneo threw Mije onto Marco for one pin, Marco threw Mije onto Kraneo for the second. Mije fouled Marco in the third, setting up a Psicosis pin for the win.
Invasors apparently made a title challenge after the match, though it doesn’t sound like it aired on Terra. Probably a couple weeks out.
CMLL (SUN) 02/03/2013 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@acogdl]
1) Demonio Rojo & Thunder Boy b Azteca de Oro & Brillante
2) Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno b El Alteño & El Ídolo
Alteno’s first match here since last April 1st. Truenos took 2/3, with Rey Trueno pinning Alteno after a distraction and a switch.
3) Black Metal, Gallo, Sky Kid b Exterminador, In Memoriam, Maléfico
Tecnicos took 1/3.
4) Leo b Sádico [OCCIDENTE WELTER]
Leo took 2/3 to win the vacant championship in what was said to be a good match. Leo picks up a big win after the big hair loss last year.
5) Averno, Mephisto, Volador Jr. b Atlantis, La Sombra, Titán
Volador Jr. replaced Ephesto (double booked in Coliseo.) Rudos took 1/3, with Mephisto beating Sombra in the last. Mephisto challenged Sombra to a title match.
This title match sounds like it might a little bit closer to happening.
AAA’s 2013 year really started tonight in Pachuca, where they were back to running a whole bunch of story on one show. The usual separate post will be up tomorrow when they clear up full results to clear up some details, but the big show running storyline was people getting fired. After the opener (where Super Fly replaced Astro de Plata), Dorian and Konnan fired Atomic Boy for reasons not explained, then made an Argenis vs Texano match for reasons barely explained (Texano came out, Argenis challenged him, Texano defeated him quickly.) Later in the night, Konnan and Dorian came out to fire Pepe Casas. Joaquin Roldan stopped that, fired Konnan and Dorian, and all the rudos who were friends with Konnan and Dorian turned on them and ran them off, disbanding La Sociedad.
(Here, I’ve removed a paragraph because I’m going to give AAA the benefit of the doubt because the full recap and the TV often add details which aren’t mentioned on Twitter recaps. There has to be a big chunk of storyline missing for this to make any sense, so either it turns up tomorrow or I can redo the paragraph then. Everyone wins.)
In other news on the show, Octagon Jr. did not appear as scheduled and there’s no Teddy Hart show any of us can find. That makes two straight shows he’s missed since getting the character; I know Octagon Sr. hasn’t always been the reliable guy, but this is not the right way to carry on the gimmick! Drago took his place. Also, Jennifer Blake seems to have turned tecnico. That seems on the surface to be just as out of nowhere, but the women’s tecnica/ruda sides had been out of balance for a while and may be more so if Lolita is hurt ( she appeared to be at the last taping), so it was actually overdue for someone to turn. Judging this clip, there was a dark match with Rocky Lobo, Lanzeloth, Lucky Boy, Flamita, Centviron and
Eita (not Eita based on the pictures, someone else.)
Team FILL beat Team Konkreto in IWRG’s cage match tonight, Eterno taking Jhon Crazy’s hair. Hopefully more on that later today..
Ray Mendoza Jr.’s retirement show is set as 03/16 at Gimanasio Juan de la Barrera, and will benefit charities helping street children. That’s a week before the TxT return show, at the same venue TxT has usually run.
LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.
Rob has highlights of the 12/19/12 Perros del Mal Acapulco show.
SuperLuchas #497 has Royal Rumble coverage.
A story about the rebirth of local wrestling at Arena Coliseo Chihuahua.
R de Rudo writes about the Sombra as the New Black Shadow comparison that’s been made by the television announcers of late.
La Copa column about charging for photos
Cronicas Y Leyendas writes about Bob Backlund vs Antonio Inoki on el Toreo in 1981. Huh? This appears to have actually occurred.