TxT, Sombra/Dragon, Guadalajara, WWE back to Mexico?

photo by Black Terry Jr.

TxT (SAT) 03/23/2013 Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera [Black Terry Jr. (photos)Estrellas del RingThe Gladiatores]
1) Mascarita Sagrada & Tzuki b Lobito & Octagoncito (original)
Octagoncito replaced Rockerito. Tzuki did wrestle. Straight falls.
2) Dinamic Black & Saruman b Alan Extreme & Imposible
Money thrown in, best fight of the night.
3) Angel Blanco Jr. b Rayman [WWA WELTER]
Angel Blanco Jr. kept his title, believed to be third defense.
4) Dr. Wagner Jr. & El Hijo del Solitario DQ Derek Sanders & Shaun Ricker
Moved to the semimain. DQ not specified, appears to be a foul on Wagner.
5) El Hijo Del Santo b Oliver John [CMB LUCHA]
One fall match. Hijo del Santo came in as champion. Santo was seconded by Rayman. Both of Border Patrol wanted to be seconds, but Ricker was sent to the back. Santo won with a small package. Rudos tried to unmask the Santo, but Wagner & Rayman made the save. First defense.

Building looks about half full, but they turned off the lights this time to make it harder to tell. If only someone told that trick to Villano V. No particular match seems to be set up for next time, unless they’re really doing the Mexicans versus the foreigners.

photo by CMLL

CMLL (SUN) 03/24/2013 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Oro Jr. & Robin b Espanto Jr. & Ramstein
Tecnicos take 1/3. Oro Jr. looked good.
2) Arkángel de la Muerte, Hijo del Signo, Skándalo b Hombre Bala Jr., Stigma, Super Halcón Jr.
Rudos took falls 1/3, Signo splashing Hombre Bala Jr.
3) Ephesto, Olímpico, Virus b Delta, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr.
Straight falls. Rudos won the first fall in a usual way, then the second fall ended in less than a minute with a Virus middle rope elbow drop on Guerrero Maya. Maya didn’t seem to be injured on the move, but the finish made no sense unless he could continue. Very confusing.
4) Máscara Dorada b Mephisto [lightning]
Mascara Dorada survived the middle rope Devil’s Wings and beat Mephisto with his springboard flip sunset flip (which desperately needs a name) in 7:42.
5) Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Tiger b La Sombra, Shocker, Valiente
Tecnicos took 2/3, Sombra reversing the Dragon Bomb into a ‘rana for the win. Sombra challenged Rojo to a middleweight title vs middleweight title match, but Dragon Rojo refused.
6) Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Volador Jr. b Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Máximo
Rey Bucanero’s return from injury (though he scheduled it earlier in the day.) Rudos took 2/3, after Comandante kissed Maximo into a Bucanero pin and Volador beat Atlantis. A fan interrupted the post match interview to run up and hug Bucanero. Volador claimed he wants to be in the Atlantis vs Ultimo Guerrero mask match.

CMLL (SUN) 03/24/2013 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@acogdl]
1) In Memoriam b Índigo
2) Halcón de Plata, Metatrón, Sky Kid b Espectrum, Exterminador, Magnum
Tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Azteca de Oro, Black Metal, El Hippie b Acertijo, Demonio Rojo, Sádico
Tecnicos took 2/3, when Sadico faked a foul and Hippie just covered him before the referee figured it out. Those two continue to feud.
4) Rey Cometa DQ Shigeo Okumura
Tecnicos took 2/3, Okumura snuck in a foul on Cometa.
5) Euforia & Último Guerrero b Diamante Azul & La Máscara
Diamante Azul replaced Rush. Rudos took falls 2/3, winning with a combo move.

Alberto del Rio, who previously told people WWE had no plans to come to Mexico any time soon, now says they’ll be back in Monterrey, Guadalajara and Mexico City in September. If that happens, CMLL wouldn’t be to thrilled, but they should be fine regardless. Hope they have Alberto cut out the “Hecho en E.E.U.U.!” promos before he comes back to Mexico.

Titan told the SuperLibre show that he expects to be out 3-4 weeks. Later, on the Terra broadcast, JCR said Titan would be out months. I tend to believe Titan.

A DTU post teases a change in image for Tribal. Tribal’s been wrestling more as the unmasked Jinzo the last few months, including on this week’s AAA Fusion show.

Astro de Plata talks about his injury and his rehabilitation. There’s a mention of shows which have been said to benefit him which haven’t worked out that way, but I didn’t catch which ones he meant.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update, including a listing of the first Fusion title defense.

Bill has highlights of IWRG 02/09/12.

Rob has highlights of AAA Verano de Escandalo 2004 and 07/20/12 CMLL.

Lucha Libre In Japan

NJPW announced Terrible & Tama Tonga would defend the CMLL Tag Team belts against La Mascara & Valiente on April 7th. This is a rematch of Terrible & Tonga’s sole title defense so far, which was all the match where Terrible showed up a couple minutes late. Hopefully it goes smoother this time. I’d expect Terrible & Tonga to keep the titles. Still no mention of Namajague coming back to NJPW any time soon, so the rumor about him being back in March appears false and he should be considered to be sticking around until we hear otherwise.

REINA announced CMLL luchadoras would return to their promotion on June 29 & 30. Tiffany, Marcela, Goya Kong and Silueta are listed. There’s a name I can’t decipher – maybe Esterllita? Goya is fighting a Nazi of some sort, and Marcela will defend the CMLL women’s championship on 06/30 should she still be champion.

Links

Lineups

CMLL (SUN) 03/31/2013 Arena Coliseo
1) Bengala & Leono vs Apocalipsis & Inquisidor
2) Metálico, Sensei, Soberano Jr. vs Hijo del Signo, Hooligan, Nosferatu
3) Dalis la Caribeña, Estrellita, Luna Mágica vs Amapola, La Comandante, Tiffany
4) Hijo del Fantasma vs Tiger [lightning]
5) Blue Panther, La Sombra, Super Porky vs Averno, Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora
6) Diamante Azul, Mistico, Valiente vs Euforia, Niebla Roja, Volador Jr.

Four matches for the Arena Coliseo Anniversary show doesn’t quite make sense, even with a cibernetico. Figure on Sombra/Dragon Rojo happening after all.

CMLL (SUN) 03/31/2013 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Brillante vs El Piraña
2) Virgo vs Rey Trueno
3) Smaker vs Exterminador
4) Azteca de Oro, Black Metal, El Hippie, Leo, Sky Kid vs Acertijo, Demonio Rojo, Évola, In Memoriam, Sádico [cibernetico]
5) Atlantis, Delta, Máscara Dorada vs Felino, Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero

Weird arrangement.

Ultimo Guerrero takes Atlantis’ mask, TxT, Maya vs Terry?

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CMLL (FRI) 03/22/2013 Arena Mexico [CMLL]
1) Bengala & Sensei b Akuma & Taurus
2) Estrellita, Goya Kong, Marcela b Amapola, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit
Tecnicas took 2/3.
3) Misterioso Jr., Namajague, Shigeo Okumura DQ Ángel de Oro, Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr.
Namajague tried to get away with wearing his mask. Commission said no, Namajague started wrestling with it anyway, and the tecnicos pulled the mask off. Tecnicos won in straight falls, Namajague fouling Cometa in the second.
4) Mr. Águila, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas b Diamante Azul, La Máscara, Shocker
Rudos took 1/3. Mr. Aguila beat Shocker with his feet on the ropes, as those two continue to feud.
5) La Sombra, Rush, Thunder b Averno, Mephisto, Terrible
Thunder’s Arena Mexico debut. He was pinned in the first fall, but helped the tecnicos take 2/3. Thunder pinned Terrible with a powerbomb in the third.
6) Atlantis DQ Último Guerrero
Atlantis used the Atlantida to take the first, Ultimo Guerrero also used the Atlantida to win in the second. UG went for a foul in the third, Atlantis blocked, and UG pulled his mask for the DQ.

CMLL’s also posted highlights of Thursday’s press conference, though they didn’t include the title match contract signing.

El Hijo del Santo’s TxT show today. He’s been doing a lot of mainstream press for the show this past week. Santo still gets the respect of an important top star by those who casually follow lucha libre and needs all he can get from that. I checked tickets last night, and could’ve bought one in the third row. In one interview, Santo specifies this is the first of eight shows scheduled for this year, and blames CMLL cutting ticket prices hurting the DF market. CMLL hasn’t done the Fan Appreciation cheap ticket price deal much in the last year, but I’d imagine it’s coming back at least for the Kid’s Day show next month. There’s been no hype  of Nieto del Santo in any interview; perhaps his impending debut is being saved for today’s show.

Guerrero Maya Jr. was very interested to hear about Black Terry coming to CMLL, for the Arena Coliseo Anniversary show.  Guerrero Maya Jr. notes he had a bitter rivalry with Terry back when he was known as Multifacetico, and would be very interested in getting one more match with him to end it for all. Black Terry is already booked for that show, but Maya put out an invitation for him to stick around a little longer.

The Gladiatores recap of Thursday’s night Fenix/Dinamic Black explains the finish might have not gone right. Dinamic Black gave Fenix a Canadian Destroyer, referee Grillo counted two, stopped, then counted three. No one was sure what that meant, so they did an armbar submission to make sure it was over.

CMLL Gaceta’s preview of Sunday’s Arena Coliseo show includes Rey Bucanero talking about his return from injury. The article calls him ex-NWA Light Heavyweight Champion, but he’s was never stripped of the title during his seven month absence as far as anyone can tell. Possibly just a typo.

Rob has highlights of 02/19/13 CMLL.

Porra Fresa previews Monday’s Puebla card.

Konnan mentioned WWE’s the Miz Antonio Cesaro was coming to AAA at one point.

Abismo Negro passed away four years ago yesterday. R de Rudo picks five moments from Abismo Negro’s career.

Arena Lopez Mateos announced their 46th Anniversary show will take place on May 19th, with Canek and Blue Demon Jr.

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 03/29/2013 Arena Mexico
1) Astral & Shockercito vs Demus 3:16 & Pierrothito
2) Pegasso, Starman, Tritón vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Nitro, Skándalo
3) Fuego, Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. vs Morphosis, Olímpico, Vangelis
4) Máscara Dorada vs Rey Escorpión [lightning]
5) La Máscara, La Sombra, Máximo vs Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto
6) Marco Corleone, Rush, Shocker vs Mr. Águila, Rey Bucanero, Terrible

Shocker & Aguila are now feuding on Tuesdays and Fridays. Maybe a singles match on Friday April 12 (first week of Gran Alternativa) and a trios title match on a Tuesday?

great match roundup, week of 2013-03-02

Great/Excellent Matches

IWRG Zona XXI: 2013-03-03
Trauma II vs Oficial 911 vs el Ángel in a losers advance match/el Ángel vs Trauma II for the mask – GREAT

Shows Watched But Nothing Made The List

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2013-03-02
CMLL on CadenaTres: 2013-03-02
CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2013-03-02
CMLL on Televisa: 2013-03-02
AAA on Televisa (UTDN): 2013-03-03
AAA Fusion: 2013-03-06

Matches I Missed That I Should Maybe Check Out

Were either of these good?

CMLL Guadalajara: 2013-03-02
taped 2013-02-26 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Astral, Fantasy, Último Dragoncito vs Demus 3:16, Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito
Hijo del Fantasma, Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. vs Namajague, Rey Escorpión, Shigeo Okumura

(I’m throwing the Arena Coliseo Tag match in next week’s list, but if there’s other Terra matches I’m missing, please mention.)

Mistico in Monterrey, IWRG’s Dinamic Black beats AAA’s Fenix, Ultimo Guerrero vs Atlantis

indy (TUE) 03/19/2013 Arena Coliseo Monterrey [Estrellas del Ring., LyC (Facebook)]
1) Mini Hator & Tequilita b Mini Androide & Mini Big Neurosis
2) Aguila Azteca, Rosa Salvaje, Sexy Maciel b Black Crazy, Demencia, Rey Imagen
3) Chico Latino, Galactar, Kaientai DQ Genocida, Iron (Monterrey), Zayco (Monterrey)
Los Lgendarios were revealed to be Genocida, Iron and Zyco. They were DQed for burning Kaiteno and Chico Latino.
4) Gato Fantasma, Mongol Chino, Potro Jr., Sergio Romo Jr. b Bengali, Difunto I, Difunto II, Monje Negro Jr.
Finished involved Potro getting his hands on Hombre de Negro, only for a second one to attack him. One of them was revealed to be LUM promoter Gabriel Martinez, and his team cut Potro’s hair.
5) Delta, Dralion, Mistico, Silencio b Mr. Niebla, Perverso, Rey Escorpion (CMLL), Rico Rodriguez
Rey Escorpion & Sielncio were added to the match. Rey Escorpion was all over the place, working with all the tecnicos and losing to La Mistica II in the end.

Attendance seems to be up.

IWRG (THU) 03/21/2013 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (flickr), Estrellas del Ring, The Gladiatores Facebook]
1) Seiya b Power Bull
Power Bull replaced Fulgore.
2) Chico Che, Saruman, Suicida b Eita, Imposible, Tomahawk
3) Ek Balam, Oro Negro, Silver King Jr. b Centvrión, Freyser, Golden Magic
Silver King Sr. snuck in a foul on Golden Magic. Both schools fought post match again, and a bigger match between sides was set up.
4) Carta Brava Jr., Eterno, X-Fly b Trauma I, Trauma II, Veneno
Rudos took 1/3.
5) Dinamic Black b Fenix (AAA) [IWRG IC WELTER]
Dinamic Black took the first with an arm submission, Fenix took the second, and Dinamic Black snuck in the arm submission again in the third. Dinamic Black’s second defense. Money thrown in. Fenix was unhappy with the speed of the counts in the third fall, and challenged Dinamic to a title vs title match with an AAA referee.

Still no official announcement of a FILL show for Tuesday, but it also still reads like it’s headed that way.

Tonight’s Arena Mexico show has the latest Ultimo Guerrero vs Atlantis match, which exists to publicize their agreement of a mask match. They could go as far as announcing the date tonight, but they need to make sure people who didn’t read about the press conference know the match is not just some empty challenge but is actually happening this year. The two apuesta matches rematch in trios, and Thunder makes his debut. Thunder seems like no big deal to me now because he’s been hanging around B-Shows for weeks and CMLL stopped doing anything new to hype him weeks ago. He’s still new to most people, and it’ll be interesting to see how they react to him tonight.

This past week’s AAA Fusion episode is now up and the fourth part of their Mesias interview. There’s also their upload of the UTDN episode from last night. I missed it, but AAA apparently said they’d start airing Rey de Reyes this weekend. This UTDN episode is not listed with the normal “Part 1” when it’s a two parter, which backs that up. I think this means Rey de Reyes airs over 3 weeks, because they still need to keep that extra week or they’ll run out of TV before Veracruz.

Fenix is thrilled to win his first championship, and also believes he may be champion of an entire brand right now. He may be right. They probably need to explain their plan at some point.

Estadio Deportes report on CMLL’s press conference notes the 04/30 Arena Mexico Anniversary show is also the Kid’s Day show. ESTO’s recap explained Ultimo Guerrero didn’t say he threw the tournament final, but accused Atlantis of doing that, which sounds more like Ultimo Guerrero.

Rob has highlights of late September/early October 2002 CMLL.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s usual news update and an update on the CMLL press conference.

CMLL Gaceta has added an Estrellita bio.

A couple Box Y Luchas magazines scanned to photos, from 1970

DTU promo with Nino Hamburgesa‘s seems to list his real name as Ivan Mondragon. “Ivan Mondragon” is nearly as good a name as Nino Hamburgesa.

Lineups

DTU (SUN) 03/31/2013 Arena del Sur, Mexico City
1) Arumi & Keira vs Black Fury & Paloma Rouse
2) Hell Boy & Jhonky vs Gemelo De Chilpancingo I & Gemelo De Chilpancingo II
3) Cíclope & Pequeno Cobra vs Crazy King & Principe Escorpion and ? & ??
mystery team is from Super X
4) Pesadilla vs Slayer Pack, ?, Principe Halcon
mystery man is the second place finisher in the tournament on the previous shows
5) Paranoiko vs Solar I
6) Aeroboy & Violento Jack vs Lucky Boy & Niño de Ébano
7) Septimo Dragon vs Drastik Boy, Tribal, Hacker
8) Crazy Boy & Juventud Guerrera vs ? & AR Fox and Flamita & Willie Mack
mystery man is first place finisher in the tournament on the previous shows

Final DTU show of this tour at Super X’s home building (and probably replacing their monthly show.) Poster is here, along with info about an autograph signing.

IWRG (SUN) 03/24/2013 Arena Naucalpan
1) Seiya vs Araña de Plata
2) Centvrión, Chico Che, Golden Magic vs Black Terry, Canis Lupus, Tomahawk
3) Danny Casas, Dinamic Black, Veneno vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Carta Brava Jr., el Ángel
4) Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan Jr. vs Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro and Eterno, Súper Nova, X-Fly and Factor, Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Rayan [IWRG IC TRIOS]
vacant title

FdT – Damian, Head Hunter and X-Fly – were champions, but stripped when Damain no-showed a title defense against the Psycho Circus. Super Nova is due back in Europe at some point, the Comando Elite are probably not going to win with an AAA guy, and the Piratas are Mexico State champions. This seems like a good night for the law.

My favorite part of this week’s Tercera Caida was the frightened look on Eita’s face when Tomahawk scooped up Chico Che to slam and Eita thought he was going to be flattened on the landing.

03/23-24 lucha times

Guadalajara didn’t air this past week – it didn’t air a rerun, which happens frequently enough. The local cable listings are now showing GDL as airing Fridays at 3pm and Saturdays at 7pm local (and they’re still not on daylight time), so maybe we just had the wrong slot last time? I guess we find out tomorrow.

Puebla is still listed as for Monday, but it’s been that way the last two weeks and then aired on Tuesday. If I were the one guy recording this show, I’d set to record both shows.

IWRG on LAS (and possibly AYM)’s start time on Sunday is always listed goofy. It seems like the actual start time is around 7:45-8pm Central Daylight Time. It’s preceded by a Sobre el Ring at 7, so maybe that’s a good time to start (and record for about 4.5 hours.)

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== AAA ==

AAA-Televisa: The Jack/Angelico match aired on UTDN, which leaves Mexican Powers vs Perros del Mal, the women’s match, and the Atomic Boy/Gran Apache trios.

AAA-Fusion: Maybe the Fusion match from Monterrey’s now? I dunno.

== CMLL ==

Galavision/Televisa: Estrellita/Amapola and the Incredible Pairs tournament.

FOX: The Rayo/Universo trios, Cometa & Stuka vs Namajague & Okumura

52MX: Euforia/UG/Volador vs Sombra/Marco/Mistico

C3: Marco/Dorada/Maximo vs Ephesto/Euforia/Niebla Roja, Invasors vs Maya/Fantasma/Shocker.

GDL: Rayo & Universo, and what they can put together of Tuesday’s show.

TVC Deportes (Puebla): Parajes Incredible tournament. THIS WOULD BE A FINE WEEK TO AIR A REPEAT OF LAST WEEK’S SHOW. (Not subtle at all.)

Terra: long time announcer Rey Bucanero makes the transition to the wrestling ring. How will he do? Mascara Dorada vs Mephisto is probably good.

== Other ==

IWRG-AYM Sports: An IWRG IC Trios tournament.

IWRG-TVC Deportes: Cien Caras Jr. vs Psycho Clown

Noches de Coliseo: The Tuesday show with the CMLL guys wouldn’t normally air until next Sunday, so this is more the exciting return of Tun Tun (and Guerrero Negro Jr.)

03/29 AAA TV Lineup (Naucalpan) – Demon vs Texano rematch

AAA TV (FRI) 03/29/2013 Arena Naucalpan
1) Atomic Boy, Flamita, Jinzo vs Gran Apache, Lucky Boy, Niño de Ébano
2) Argenis, Bugambilia, Dinastía vs Argos, Mamba, Mini Abismo Negro
3) Crazy Boy & Joe Lider vs Dr. Cerebro & Eterno
4) Faby Apache & Jennifer Blake vs Mary Apache & Taya Valkyrie
5) Cibernético & Cuervo vs Daga & el Hijo del Perro Aguayo
6) Blue Demon Jr. vs Texano Jr. [AAA HEAVY]
Texano Jr. is the champion. Fourth defense.

Air Date: 04/13 and 04/20 at the soonest, maybe a week later if they get a third episode out of Rey de Reyes.

I don’t know why I keep thinking this is Thursday when it’s been announced as the 29th all along.

One of the few details announced about the Fusion/Evolucion split is ‘both groups will share AAA Sin Limite’, so we shouldn’t draw any conclusions about roster break ups from this lineup. We may get some answers about exact plans here.

I had a dream of Texano’s open challenge extending to this show, and a Chico Che or a Oficial 911 title challenge. Everyone else will be fine with Blue Demon getting a rematch. I’d be very surprised if he lost clean twice, and more surprised if Texano lost the title, so they’ll need some other way of getting out of this. It’s a non-title match. I don’t know why I was confused, because it’s clear on poster.

Cibernetico and Perro continue their feud in the semimain, the women do the same in their match, and Apache and Atomic Boy do the same in the opener. The latter two could end up with matches at TripleMania, but we’re way too far away to expect them to do anything to set up (and Atomic Boy/Gran Apache would be much better resolved on a TV taping where they might be able to be in a bigger spot.) Mini Abismo Negro vs Dinastia has already been talked about as the next minis feud.

Tercera is the only IWRG appearances on the show; Eterno & Dr. Cerebro were part of Team IWRG in the AAA Trios Title tournament with Cerebro Negro.

AAA announced a Leon taping next on TV, but now have a 04/20 taping in Veracruz listed on their website. They’ll confirm it on TV this week, but assume it replaces Leon. There’s also a 04/06 Fusion taping in Arena Loepz Mateos.

Ultimo Guerrero & Atlantis sign for mask match, tournaments announced, Signo

Ultimo Guerrero and Atlantis agreed to a mask match today at a CMLL press conference. They both signed a contract, but no date for the match was announced. Signing a contract in CMLL is the message that the match is official and this match should take place at September’s Anniversary show (most likely 09/20.) They set it by having both discuss their loss in the incredible pairs tournament, with Ultimo Guerrero explaining his evil plan was to advance to the final of the tournament and then lose, just so his malo amigo Atlantis would have to suffer. That’s the hard way of doing it. Atlantis later was brought back to announce a 30th Anniversary show in his honor on Friday May 3rd. Ultimo Guerrero interrupted with a contract this segment to demand Atlantis put words to paper and agree to the mask match both have teased. Atlantis hesitated, but signed the paper.

It’s very unusual for CMLL to announce a mask match without a date attached to it. It’s absolutely going to end up being the Anniversary show main event, but they may want to tease out the date at least thru their usual June main show. The announcement of Ultimo Guerrero vs Atlantis steals a bit of attention from Sunday’s announcement of Cibernetico vs Perro Aguayo Jr. taking place at TripleMania (and maybe CMLL will be dragging out the date to continue that distraction; something where they tease the match as happening in a relevos suicidas in June only to really do in September is even possible.) Both are hugely significant matches for each promotion and should mean huge business for each show. Neither has a clear favorite. I’d guess Atlantis & Perro Aguayo Jr. winning their matches, but I wouldn’t bet on the outcome of either. I don’t think either show is going to really harm each other – they’re 3 months apart, and last weekend indicated fans will show up if they believe it’s an important show.

This was a busy CMLL press conference even beyond the mask match. The most immediate news is the national welterweight champions has been declared vacant. Titan has been out of action since February 5th due to a hernia injury, and said he’d be out three weeks at the time. It’s been six weeks, Titan’s not back, and CMLL stripping Titan of the title suggests it’s going to be a even longer absence. I’m disappointing Titan doesn’t get to hold on to his title thru his injury, like CMLL has typically done with veterans, but I’m more concerned about Titan than his title. There is no specific mention of a title tournament, though CMLL usually has one planned when they declare titles vacant.

The 04/07 70th Anniversary of Arena Coliseo show will have a Legends Return theme. This was leaked last night on Twitter.) The main event will feature Rayo de Jalisco, Atlantis and Diamante Azul vs Universo 2000, Mascara Ano 2000 and the un-retired Ray Mendoza Jr. Mendoza is claiming he lost $480,000 Mexican Pesos – $38,700 USD – running his own retirement show, and that’s public justification for him coming back out of retirement. That show was not well attended, seemingly under a 1,000 people, but it’s hard to figure how he would’ve made money even if he had sold out the building. One night in Arena Coliseo is not going to put much of a dent in that debt.

The 04/07 show will also have a semimain of Blue Panther, Averno, and Shocker versus Negro Navarro, Villano IV (who’s worked for all companies in a short time) and Black Terry, and a cibernetico with Marcela, Estrellita, Goya Kong, Dalys and Silueta versus Amapola, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sughiet, Tiffany and Zeuxis. This is the usual Terra live cast, and it’s also the same night as WrestleMania. CMLL also sent out an article about Arena Coliseo’s debut show last night as a tease for this announcement.

Edit: full card for the show, via MT

CMLL (SUN) 04/07/2013 Arena Coliseo
***Arena Coliseo 70th Anniversary Show***
1) Oro Jr. & Soberano Jr. vs Espanto Jr. & Guerrero Negro Jr.
2) Marcela vs EstrellitaGoya KongDalis la CaribeñaSiluetaAmapolaPrincesa SugheitPrincesa BlancaZeuxisTiffany [cibernetico]
3) Black Terry, Negro Navarro, Villano IV vs Averno, Blue Panther, Shocker
4) Máscara Año 2000, Ray Mendoza Jr., Universo 2000 vs Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Rayo de Jalisco Jr.

The annual Gran Alternativa tournament will kick off on April 12, about the same time as last year. CMLL’s current booking committee seems to be committed to running the annual tournaments in the same place every year now, instead of moving them around the calender as in past regimes, which may be useful in guessing future events. This was a 16 novato/team field last year and appears to be the same this year, as the final will not be until April 26. Oro Jr., Hombre Bala Jr., Stigma, Sensei, Taurus, Herodes Jr., Bobby Zavala, Guerrero Negro Jr., Espanto Jr., Disturbio, and Camaleon were the 11 announced at the press conference. Last year’s Gran Alternativa field was nearly the same as last year’s Sangre Nueva field, so maybe five of Akuma, Cholo, Super Halcon Jr., Robin, Inquisidor and Genesis will round out the field.

CMLL additionally announced the return of the En Busca de un Idolo tournament. It’s less ‘new’ wrestlers and more third/fourth match wrestlers, some higher than that: Valiente, Rey Cometa, Stuka, Delta, Guerrero Maya, Misterioso, Fuego and Vangelis. The tournament is said to run from May 17 to June 12, but I’m thinking the end date is a typo since the 12th is a Wednesday. Maybe the 21st? That would be six weeks, two weeks shorter than last year. There’s also only two rudos in the tournament this year, so it can’t just be all rudos vs all tecnicos for the first round like last year. We really don’t know anything for sure besides the name and dates for this one – there’s no mention of a supplementary TV show or online components like year, but then there’s no mention there won’t be either.

CMLL introduced Thunder, who will be making his Arena Mexico debut tomorrow. They’re nearly treating it like it’s his overall debut, ignoring his matches in Puebla and Guadalajara. The participants in the two apuesta matches from Dos Leynedas were also interviews, with the losers vowing revenge. It appears Namajague will stick with that name, not switching to Mikami. Okumura said he was calling Japan for reinforcements, but no names were mentioned.

Other News

LEGEND (SUN) 03/17/2013 Arena Lopez Mateos [SL503]
***El Signo farewell show***
1) Cachorro b Piel RojaHacha DoradaBlack SilverSpider BoyOlimpicusCyber Punk,Militar [Copa El Signo]
2) Gallego, Rocky Santana, Romano Garcia b Danny Boy, Dragon Chino I, Dragon Chino II
Danny Boy replaced Falcon.
3) Cuchillo, Kahoz, Rambo b Black Shadow Jr., Huracan Jr., Impala
18:52, Triangulo de la Muerte took falls 2/3.
4) El Fantasma, Kendo, Villano III b Blue Panther, Scorpio Jr., Zeus
15:36, tecnicos took 1/3.
5) Black Power II, el Signo, Hijo del Signo, Negro Navarro b Brazo de Oro, Brazo de Platino, La Máscara, Super Brazo
8:19, one foul, Signo sneaking in a foul on Brazo de Platno. Super Brazo replaced Brazo de Plata. Hijo del Signo & La Mascara were added to the match.

Unlike Villano V, Signo is retiring because his body is breaking down. A back operation caused more problems than it solved, and it’s left him in such a shape where a eight man match with eight people is probably the most he can do.

Hijo del Santo also held a press conference today. Oliver John was there, but the recap seems to say put the emphasis on the important of the WBC championship and a belt that hasn’t been defended in two years, to a fanbase that seems to yawn at most championship matches. Not only is this match now going to be the start of a new era of good times again for lucha libre, but WBC head Jose Sulaiman believes this show will be a turning point for amateur lucha libre. I would be concerned about how this one is going to do if that was a thing I’d concern myself with.

Last night’s Tercera Caida is up, with lots of Rey de Reyes footage. This week’s Fusion show – with the DTU opener and the Rockers/Circus main event – should be up on YouTube soon. El Hijo del Santo was on the show to promote this weekend’s TxT show. He used his Record column to hype Oliver John. He’s won four titles, he must be good.

Ana Gutierrez writes about Tuesday’s Guadalajara show, and explains the transport delay – teachers marching in Mexico City (and elsewhere in Mexico) about school reforms causing roads to be closed and blocked.

AAA announced Blue Demon Jr. will be on next Thursday’s AAA TV taping in Arena Naucalpan. The lineup will be in the next post. IWRG hasn’t announced a card for this Sunday either.

Silvie Silver, a wrestler (of only a few matches)/fitness model from Finland (by way of Canada) is training with Tony Salazar in CMLL. It unclear if this is just a visit or a longer tryout. Silver mentioned a few days ago that Thea Trindad, the former Rosita of TNA, was also going to train with CMLL. Trindad visited Mexico last year with her TNA partner Dark Angel and mentioned she’d like to continue their team in CMLL but was not able to because of TNA’s deal with AAA. She’s since been let go by TNA, so she’d be free to try out.

Kcidis finds a use for those Arena Coliseo Tag Team belts. Those four guys are in Arena Aficion tonight for a rematch.

Daga defends his Cruiserweight title in a four way next Sunday in Arena Solidaridad.

Arena Xalapa’s Vengador Radioactivo says he’s moving to Mexico City to train with Tony Salazar (though the article writes it as Tony Rivera.)

An interview of Lolita from Arena Xalapa.

Sadica talks about her match with Ayako Hamada.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 03/26/2013 Arena Mexico
1) Molotov & Oro Jr. vs Espanto Jr. & Zayco
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Stigma, Super Halcón Jr. vs Bobby Zavala, Disturbio, Hijo del Signo
3) Guerrero Maya Jr., Hijo del Fantasma, Sagrado vs Namajague, Puma, Shigeo Okumura
4) Delta vs Ephesto [lightning]
5) Atlantis, Blue Panther, Diamante Azul vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
6) Ángel de Oro, Shocker, Valiente vs Kráneo, Mr. Águila, Psicosis

Looks like a Shocker vs Mr. Aguila singles match coming up here, of all the things.

2/3 look a lot of fun.

CMLL (TUE) 03/26/2013 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Leo & Virgo vs Demonio Maya & Évola
2) Astral, Pequeño Halcón, Stukita vs Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Violencia
3) Goya Kong, Marcela, Silueta vs Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit, Zeuxis
4) La Sombra, Máscara Dorada, Máximo vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión
5) Rayo de Jalisco Jr. vs Universo 2000

and that’s why they did a foul last week (they could’ve just as much not, you don’t need to heat up Rayo vs Universo.)

CHILANGAMASK (SAT) 04/20/2013 Arena GALLI, Villa Park, IL
1) Pentagono Del Infierno vs Ripper
2) Negrotistico vs GPAEmperador AztecaAcid JazzMason ConradOvirloadJason Gory [Tercera Caida International Cup]
3) Latin Dragon & Noriega vs Facade & Jake Shining
4) Kaientai vs Zema IonExtreme TigerSamuray del Sol

Poster here. It is at Arena GALLI after all. This should be a good show.