Sangre Nueva, Fiebre Amarilla, Puebla lucha tryout results

Tonight is part 2 of the Sangre Nueva tournament. Participants are Super Halcon, Sensei, Robin, Genesis, Oro Jr. Disturbio, Zayco, Guerrero Negro, Taurus, and Inquisidor (though that preview leaves out Oro.) Winner faces Soberano, so a rudo would be more likely, and Disturbio or Taurus would figure to have the best chance. I am still rooting for Zayco for no good reason.

CMLL made two slight changes to this week’s lineups: Kraneo replaces Black Warrior tonight and Sangre Azteca replaces Olimpico on Sunday.

Fiebre Amarilla are thrilled to be Arena Coliseo Tag Team champions, despite the unfortunate belts.  Okumura says this is the beginning, and it’ll be no different when the opponents are Stuka & Rey Cometa. Namajague declared this the beginning of a new Japanese empire, which they’ll build on the ruin of the Azteca empire. That article notes Stuka & Fuego held the belts “over three years.” Five years is definitely over three.

56 luchadors tried out for licensing in Puebla, and 24 were accepted. That sounds like a real test! No names given, just test identification numbers. If you have the right number, you’ve got 20 days to get your medical tests submitted. If you failed, you can apply for a temporary permit and retry again for free in August. (Which doesn’t seem to say much for the meaning of tests.)

Ultimo Guerrero, Mascara Dorada, Angel de Oro, Dragon Rojo, Amapola and Marcela are headed to Ciudad Juarez next Saturday. Ultimo Guerrero seems booked out to spot shows far away from Mexico City every weekend lately.

CMLL Gaceta, which is giving away 2 tickets to next Friday’s show, has a quote from Stuka about being honored to wrestle in a big H2L match. The ending of the article suggests the final card will not be announced until next Friday.

Estrellas del Ring has a text interview with IWRG’s Seiya (from Puebla) and a video interview with Iron Fly.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Links

Lineups

IWRG (SUN) 03/10/2013 Arena Naucalpan
1) ? vs ??
2) Galaxy & Serpiente de Oro vs Fulgore & Imposible
3) Centvrión, Chico Che, Freelance vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Avisman, Cerebro Negro
4) Dinamic Black, Dr. Cerebro, el Ángel vs Canis Lupus, Carta Brava Jr., Oficial 911
5) Electroshock, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan vs Cien Caras Jr., Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Máscara Año 2000 Jr.

They can cut to commercial during the main event on this one.

03/17 AAA TV Lineup (Monterrey) – Rey de Reyes 2013

rdr2013AAA TV (SUN) 03/17/2013 Plaza de Toros La Monumental, Monterrey
***Rey de Reyes, 2013***
1) Monster Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Devil Rocker, Machine Rocker, Soul Rocker
2) ? vs el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Cibernético, Electroshock, Silver King, Toscano [Rey de Reyes, semifinal]
3) El Mesías vs Heavy Metal, La Parka, Parka Negra, Octagón, Pentagón Jr. [Rey de Reyes, semifinal]
4) LA Park vs Jack Evans, ?, Psicosis, Drago, Chessman [Rey de Reyes, semifinal]
5) Juventud Guerrera vs Daga, Fénix, Crazy Boy [AAA FUSION, final]
vacant title
6) Fabi Apache vs Mari Apache, Taya Valkyrie, LuFisto [Reina De Reinas, final]
vacant title
7) Texano Jr. vs Blue Demon Jr. [AAA HEAVY]
Texano Jr. is champion. Third defense (first announced prior to the show)
8) Group 1 Winner vs Group 2 Winner, Group 3 Winner [Rey de Reyes, final]

Air Date:  03/30, 04/06 and maybe 04/13

A conversation on Twitter Direct Messages earlier. (Read BOTTOM to TOP.)

dm

(How weird is it that I talk to myself? Maybe I’m really Jhon Crazy.)

There are actually reasons to announce surprise luchadors: you may not know if they’re actually going to be there. My hunch is the first mystery person is a foreign guy to come in – a three way final of Jeff Jarrett vs Mesias vs LA Park would make a lot of sense –  but they may not be locked down. (If Jarrett IS locked down, they probably should be advertising it, but they didn’t in December either.) The second mystery guy looks like someone to fight Jack Evans, which seems like the return of Teddy Hart but you never know with that man.

Octagon Jr. is not on the card. Over on Samuray del Sol’s calendar, this date is now listed as

Lucha Libre Triple AAA (Rey de Reyes) “Octagon JR” (Not Comfirmed Programming Issues TBD)

I’m sad this hasn’t worked out. Either Heavy Metal or Octagon are probably in his spot.

AAA posted a video interview with Blue Demon, talking about his title match. I’d expect the Demon challenge bit to air this weekend, in some format.

Eight matches, when they’re only airing 2 (or a third heavily edited match) seems like it’s 3 weeks of national TV: one week of the 3 group matches, second week of the Fusion/Reina tournaments, and a third week of the Rey de Reyes final and the Texano/Demon title match. Even if the Demon title match was announced late as far as trying to build it on TV to sell tickets, it’s still going to be pushed for weeks on TV before it airs.

There’s no story really built to a climax here outside of the Demon/Texano match (and we’re making an assumption it’s a one match and done situation.) The two existing tournaments were set up by a tournament on a different show – a show never advertised or even acknowledged as existing on the AAA Sin Limite show, and maybe those matches are actually planned to only be aired on Fusion. The Clowns & Rockers have interacted this year, but are basically the same place we left them at Guerra de Titanes. The Rey de Reyes groups reflect ongoing feuds, which is often how they’re done, but everything is just killing time.

That’s not to say AAA hasn’t done anything the last few months.  The Roldans feud, and the end of La Sociedad, has been a slight focus of main Televisa show and a bigger part of the UTDN 2 hour version. It’s not really reflected at all in this card; not just in no match involving the Roldans, but that Konnan and Dorian were running things for the rudos but the rudos don’t seem that much worse off with their protectors gone. There had to be a reason they ran that big firing angle in a random taping in the middle of February, a stretch of time they weren’t really working on any stories, but that reason isn’t obvious yet. (Even the idea that they Dorian & Konnan were going to be busy with the US promotion doesn’t make sense, since both still appear to be at every taping.) Maybe there’s an explanation on this show.

03/02-03 lucha videos

IWRG did not air last week on AYM Sports, but this week’s episode did air on Latin American Sports, a network I receive. Well, all but 15 important seconds.

YouTube Playlist: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYyNnOBGWP7TiPJUlcsQo4kB1W8YVYetx&feature=view_all

03/02 WWC: http://www.sendspace.com/file/5okza3
03/03 WWC: http://www.sendspace.com/file/nrkud7

03/03 Sobre el Ring: http://www.sendspace.com/file/g8y433 – guests include Jack, Carta Brava Jr., and Dinamic Black

AAA on UTDN: 2013-02-24 – all posted last week, but now in better quality
taped 2013-02-03 @ Palenque de la Feria, Pachuca, Hidalgo
1) Dinastía, Mascarita Sagrada, Octagoncito vs Mini Abismo Negro, Mini Histeria, Mini Psicosis
http://www.sendspace.com/file/pp6r3s
taped 1998-03-01 @ Toreo de Cuatro Caminos
2) Octagón vs Latin Lover, Perro Aguayo Sr., Cibernético in a AAA’s Rey de Reyes Tournament tournament final match
http://www.sendspace.com/file/4zkic9

taped 2013-02-03 @ Palenque de la Feria, Pachuca, Hidalgo
3) Fabi Apache, La Jarochita, Lolita vs Jennifer Blake, Mari Apache, Taya Valkyrie
http://www.sendspace.com/file/521tmz
AAA vs La Sociedad recap. Starts with a recaps of things the Foreign Legion – a totally different faction, we’ve been told many times – did to AAA, and then delves into important and relevant matters like La Sociedad turning on Zorro, Decnnis being put in the Maniacos, La Parka’s rudo turn and Octagon vs Joaquin Roldan
http://www.sendspace.com/file/w3ef4x
4) Cibernético, El Mesías, La Parka vs Chessman, Parka Negra, Texano
same as national

 

AAA on Televisa: 2013-03-02
taped 2013-02-18 @ Lienzo Charro Ignacio León Ornelas, Irapuato
Intros
http://sendspace.com/file/ls7mgp
Roldan family discussion
http://www.sendspace.com/file/8n572u
1) Argenis & Flamita vs Argos & Último Gladiador
http://sendspace.com/file/uize2z
2) Monster Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Texano Jr., Toscano for the AAA World Trios Championship
http://www.sendspace.com/file/p908d3

CMLL Guadalajara: 2013-03-02
http://www.sendspace.com/file/anvk50
taped 2013-02-26 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Astral, Fantasy, Último Dragoncito vs Demus 3:16, Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito
http://www.sendspace.com/file/qyvgdw
2) Hijo del Fantasma, Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. vs Namajague, Rey Escorpión, Shigeo Okumura
http://www.sendspace.com/file/pt7uro
3) Máximo, Shocker, Thunder vs Averno, Mephisto, Terrible
http://www.sendspace.com/file/e6cr3d

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2013-03-02
http://www.sendspace.com/file/63nflu
taped 2013-02-24 @ Arena Coliseo
1) Dalis la Caribeña, Dark Angel, Estrellita vs Amapola, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit
http://www.sendspace.com/file/5opk52
2) Fuego, Máximo, Stuka Jr. vs Namajague, Niebla Roja, Shigeo Okumura
http://www.sendspace.com/file/qht4wx
3) Atlantis, La Sombra, Mistico vs Averno, Rey Escorpión, Volador Jr.
http://www.sendspace.com/file/h5v8s3

CMLL on CadenaTres: 2013-03-02
taped 2013-02-26 @ Arena Mexico
Intro
http://sendspace.com/file/vwxjnf
1) Génesis & Robin vs Camorra & Guerrero Negro Jr.
http://sendspace.com/file/hd4cnm
2) Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Nitro, Skándalo
http://sendspace.com/file/67yq92
3) Camaleón vs Stigma, Soberano Jr., Höruz, Hombre Bala Jr., Akuma, Espanto Jr., Herodes Jr., Cholo, Bobby Zavala [Sangre Nueva, sf]
http://sendspace.com/file/04m93h
History Capsule
http://www.sendspace.com/file/bmc6bo
Stellar Moments
http://sendspace.com/file/xm1bop
4) Diamante Azul, Super Porky, Valiente vs Kráneo, Morphosis, Psicosis
http://sendspace.com/file/51x0ne
Ending
http://sendspace.com/file/6nw0oo

CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2013-03-02
http://www.sendspace.com/file/vc8e18
taped 2013-02-22 @ Arena Mexico
Intro
http://www.sendspace.com/file/z8t5no
1) Pegasso, Starman, Tritón vs Hooligan, Nitro, Skándalo
http://www.sendspace.com/file/7t59um
2) Marco Corleone, Rush, Shocker vs Mr. Niebla, Terrible, Último Guerrero
http://www.sendspace.com/file/vvbn8d

CMLL on Televisa: 2013-03-02
http://www.sendspace.com/file/e5x0k8
taped 2013-02-22 @ Arena Mexico
1) La Máscara vs Averno in a lightning match
http://www.sendspace.com/file/rhu3l6
2) Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. vs Misterioso Jr., Namajague, Shigeo Okumura
http://www.sendspace.com/file/9lilp0
3) Ángel de Oro, La Sombra, Máscara Dorada vs Mr. Águila, Psicosis, Volador Jr.
http://www.sendspace.com/file/sjy8hq

Noches de Coliseo: 2013-03-03

https://mega.co.nz/#!Ns4hWIDZ!IBXV6E9IrhK1GGY9BQu72x4hI5N7Zsiwtb4vRR7xGmo

taped 2013-02-05 @ Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) Chico Latino & Kaientai vs Dralion & Ninja Jr.
http://www.sendspace.com/file/atz2bf
taped 2013-02-24 @ Arena Coliseo Monterrey
2) Gato Fantasma vs Desafio
http://www.sendspace.com/file/x82dtr
3) Galactar, Koko Viper, Mongol Chino Jr. vs Erick Ortiz, Kuman Jr., Perfil
http://www.sendspace.com/file/fhnolc
4) Principe de Oro, Relámpago (Coahuila), Rey Hechicero vs Diluvio Negro II, Hijo de Espanto II, Mongol Chino
http://www.sendspace.com/file/1w4pt6

IWRG Zona XXI: 2013-03-03
https://mega.co.nz/#!BlhWiRIA!MdpWIzuZES3XO49lb8ygdhhE1P48o6gH7X65pwsaHco
taped 2013-03-03 @ Arena Naucalpan
Intro
http://www.sendspace.com/file/m6v18y
1) Alan Extreme & Mr. Leo vs Avisman & Imposible  – joined in progress
http://www.sendspace.com/file/aiur97
2) Chico Che, Dinamic Black, Saruman vs Dave The Clown, Niko, Rothen Clown
http://www.sendspace.com/file/zzm4tu
3) Centvrión, Dr. Cerebro, Pantera vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Eita, Tomahawk
http://www.sendspace.com/file/8k8lhk
4) Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Super Astro, Veneno vs Eterno, Scorpio, X-Fly
http://www.sendspace.com/file/elp5dm
5) Trauma II vs Oficial 911, el Ángel in a losers advance match
http://www.sendspace.com/file/sn3svd
6) el Ángel vs Trauma II, mask vs mask – note: FINISH IS NOT SHOWN. I left the commercial break in.
http://www.sendspace.com/file/hron9d
ending
http://www.sendspace.com/file/s7uuxt

AAA on Televisa (Regional): 2013-03-03
taped 2013-02-18 @ Lienzo Charro Ignacio León Ornelas, Irapuato
(national matches were had no additional material)
taped 2011-03-18 @ Plaza de Toros Monumental Aguascalientes
2) Gran Apache, Mari Apache, Octagoncito, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Hijo del Tirantes, Mini Histeria, Sexy Star, Yuriko
aired, will post UTDN version next week
A Fondo – Konnan, Dorian and others talking about the La Sociedad feud
http://www.sendspace.com/file/5hlhck
taped 2013-02-18 @ Lienzo Charro Ignacio León Ornelas, Irapuato
3) Atomic Boy, Fabi Apache, Pasion Kristal vs Black Mamba, Gran Apache, Mari Apache
aired, will post UTDN version next week

Santo & Villano IV defeat Blanco & Solitario

TxT (SAT) 03/02/2013 Arena Lopez Mateos [Black Terry Jr. (flickr), Estrellas del Ring]
1) Esther Moreno & Rossy Moreno b Diosa Maya & Star Fire
Former CMLL fringe roster member Star Fire replaced current CMLL fringe roster member La Vaquerita.
2) Dinamic Black, Freelance, Golden Magic b Carta Brava Jr., Comando Negro, Mike Segura
3) Black Terry, Fuerza Guerrera, Pirata Morgan b Decnnis, Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr., Oriental
4) Huracan Ramirez, Solar I, Super Astro b Negro Navarro, Scorpio Jr., Shu el Guerrero
5) El Hijo Del Santo & Villano IV DQ Angel Blanco Jr. & El Hijo del Solitario
Rudos took the first tecnicos took the second. Blanco had Santo pinned in the third when Solitario fouled V4. Ref saw the foul and called the DQ. Blanco was not happy.

Looks like a sell out or close to it. Recap says it was Santo’s first match in the building in 8 years. I have a listing of a 1995 show with Santo, Rey Misterio Jr. and Octagon over Heavy Metal, Psicosis and Mascara Ano 2000 in 1995, but not the 2005 match.

Bill has highlights of 02/10/2013 CMLL.

A long interview with Super Muneco includes a mention of then-girlfriend Maria de los Angeles coming up with the idea for his character.

AAA has a streaming video interview with Atomic Boy tonight. Tune in early, before Apache attacks him and someone has to take his place.

Coliseo Chihuahua reopens on March 16th with Shocker, Mistico, Mr. Niebla and Felino.

The Juniors promotion is running a tribute to Estrella Blanca on 03/17 in Puebla.

La Copa interviews Mexico City’s El Acertijo.

Lineups

CMLL (SUN) 03/10/2013 Arena Coliseo
1) Bengala & Metatrón vs Camorra & Cholo
2) Leono, Metálico, Pegasso vs Bobby Zavala, Hijo del Signo, Nosferatu
3) Goya Kong, Luna Mágica, Marcela vs Amapola, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit
4) Delta vs Vangelis [lightning]
5) Ángel de Oro, La Máscara, Shocker vs Olímpico, Puma, Tiger
6) La Sombra, Máximo, Rush vs Averno, Dragón Rojo Jr., Volador Jr.

Puma and Tiger back together. A woman’s match not about Estrellita vs Amapola! (Now, if it could be a good woman’s match.)

CMLL (SUN) 03/10/2013 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Azteca de Oro & El Divino vs Demonio Rojo & El Piraña
2) El Hippie, Halcón de Plata, Sky Kid vs Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno, Sádico
3) Gallo, León Blanco, Smaker vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Espectrum, Maléfico
4) El Alteño vs Infierno [mask]
5) Diamante Azul, Sagrado, Valiente vs Misterioso Jr., Rey Escorpión, Terrible

Alteno was gone for 10 months until coming back in early February and now he’s in a mask match.

03/03 AAA TV Results (SLP) – Blue Demon challenges Texano Jr.

AAA TV (SUN) 03/03/2013 Domo de San Luis, San Luis Potosi [Lucha Libre AAA, Sabor Del Ring (Facebook photos)]
1) Atomic Boy, Nino Hamburguesa, Zumbi b Black Mamba, Gran Apache, Último Gladiador
Nino Hamburguesa made his debut, replacing Angelico. Apache beat up Atomic Boy before the match again. Atomic Boy was taken to the back, but returned to throw a drink in Apache’s face setting up the tecnico win.
2) Jennifer Blake, LuFisto, Taya Valkyrie b Cinthia Moreno, La Jarochita, Lolita
LuFisto’s Sin Limite debut, getting the win. Rudas turned on Jennifer as soon as the match was open, tecnicas making the save.
3) Devil Rocker, Machine Rocker, Soul Rocker b Angelico, Drago, Jack Evans
Angelico replaced Octagon Jr. Pictures show Machine gave the Infernio Suplex to Drago.
4) Texano Jr. b Zumbi [AAA HEAVY]
Texano Jr. issued his open challenge, and Zumbi answered this time. Texano won quick and beat up Zumbi after the match. Blue Demon Jr. made a surprise appearance to take the open challenge himself. Texano was not so sure about this, but Joaquin Roldan signed the match for Rey de Reyes.
5) Crazy Boy, Joe Lider, Juventud Guerrera b Daga, Halloween, Psicosis
Crazy Boy’s AAA Sin Limite return, reuniting the Mexican Powers (though it’s not clear they were called that name.) Lider pinned Daga with the Lider Storm. Perros stapled the tecnicos after the match. Halloween ended up with Psicosis’ mask and stapler after the match for unclear reasons.
6) Monster Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown b Argos, Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Texano [AAA TRIOS]
Psycho Circus kept the titles (first defense), but Consejo attacked them after the bell. Demon made the save.
7) Cibernético, El Mesías, Electroshock b Chessman, el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, LA Park
Made no disqualification (or a normal Perro match.) Cibernetico chokeslammed Perro thru a table for the win. Ciber and Perro bled. LA Park and Perro had to be kept apart after the match, unsure if they had problems during the match.

Air Date:  03/16 (day before Rey de Reyes) and 03/23.

Attendance looked good.

There was a video promo for Rey de Reyes on the entrance screen for during show, which is good. Though, looking at those dates, half the show will be airing after that Rey de Reyes date (and all of the UTDN broadcasts are late.) AAA aired a news update/teaser for the firing angle prior to the taping airing, maybe they’ll be doing the same thing with Demon’s appearance.

The Rey de Reyes card so far

  • Texano Jr. (c) vs Blue Demon Jr. [AAA HEAVY]
  • Crazy Boy vs Juventued Guerrera vs Daga vs Fenix [AAA FUSION]
  • LuFisto vs Mari Apache vs Fabi Apache vs Taya Valkyrie [AAA REINA]

That leaves room for at least 3 more matches. Something with Perro/Cibernetico – no singles match announced, so probably another trios. Another trios match with the main guys not in the main event (this might be where Octagon Jr. fits in.) And probably either a minis match or a maybe even something like Psicosis/Mini Psicosis vs Drago/Dinastia. Guess now, find out soon.

great match roundup, 2013-02-09

Great/Excellent Matches

CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2013-02-09
taped 2013-02-01 @ Arena Mexico
Reyes del Aires, Block A – GREAT

Shows Watched But Nothing Made The List

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2013-02-09 – Valiente/Polvora just shrot
CMLL on CadenaTres: 2013-02-09
CMLL on Televisa: 2013-02-09
AAA on Televisa (Regional): 2013-02-10
AAA Fusion: 2013-02-14

Matches I Missed That Are Probably Worth Checking Out

CMLL Guadalajara: 2013-02-09
Dragón Rojo Jr. vs Titán for the CMLL World Middleweight Championship

Noches de Coliseo: 2013-02-10
taped 2013-02-03 @ Arena Coliseo Monterrey
Trauma I & Trauma II vs Diluvio Negro I & Silver Star

CMLL Puebla: 2013-02-11
taped 2013-02-04 @ Arena Puebla
Negro Casas vs Valiente for the NWA World Welterweight Championship

Angel unmasked, Namajague & Okumura dethrone eternal champs, Demon vs Texano Jr. at RdR

new champs/photo by CMLL

CMLL (SUN) 03/03/2013 Arena Coliseo [@therealfredo, CMLL, ProWresBlog]
1) Apocalipsis & Inquisidor b Freesbe & Oro Jr.
Rudos took 1/3.
2) Acero, Pequeño Halcón, Shockercito b Mercurio, Pequeño Violencia, Pequeño Warrior
Pequeno Halcon made his return, replacing Bam Bam. Tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Diamante, Rey Cometa, Sagrado b Puma, Sangre Azteca, Vangelis
Tecnicos took 2/3, Cometa Sagrado submitting Sangre Azteca.
4) Misterioso Jr. b Tritón [lightning]
Misterioso avoided the face breaking tornillo and beat Triton with a Gori Driver in 7:55.
5) Namajague & Shigeo Okumura b Fuego & Stuka Jr. [Arena Coliseo TAG]
Namajague & Okumura took the first. Stuka & Fuego rallied to take the second. Okumura pinned Fuego with a German suplex and Stuka pinned Okumura to bring it to Stuka & Namajague for the titles. Stuka had Namajague beat with the torpedo splash, but the ref stopped counting to tell Okumura to get off the apron, then stopped counting again when Fuego protested the first stoppage. Okumura snuck in that time and kicked Stuka in the head. Stuka picked up Namajague again for fireman’s drop, but Namajague reversed it to a crucifix for the win. New champions! Fiebre Amarilla are the 3rd modern champions (and 1st to actually beat the past champions.) Stuka and Fuego fall in their 9th defense, after five years of holding the belts. Stuka yelled at referee Bestia Negra after the match, telling him he was bad at his job and his shoulders weren’t down (which was the case.)
6) Averno, Dragón Rojo Jr., Mr. Niebla b Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Mistico
Rudos took 1/3, cleanly beating Mistico in the third. Crowd booed Mistico again.

There’s some irony in Stuka losing a big match in Arena Coliseo despite his shoulders not being down; that’s how he beat Jeque in their mask match back in 2007. (That time seemed like the ref counted three ‘too soon’, which this seems like the planned finish.) There seemed to be a point in the Stuka/Fuego title reign where it was bad having them as champions; they didn’t team much outside of their title feuds and seemed to be too be paradoxically too high on the card to have them and thus not right to lose them. The championship seem to grow into the champions the last couple few years; they felt like rare CMLL titles that actually meant something, not just an excuse to have a match. I’m not sure what the future of the titles are from here – if Namajague is going home soon, then there’d be two CMLL tag championships marooned in CMLL with no obvious return date if another title match is quickly scheduled. It’s possible they could be vacated for yet another tournament (though since Super Comando will be out six weeks with rib injuries, maybe wait to hold it for seven weeks.)

If you think Mistico II is a fantastic idea, then you must not believe what they’re doing to him. He’s desperately in need of a rehabilitation, not a third fall loss. There was a point where we thought he was headed to a mask match with Mephisto on the Anniversario show. Not only does that seem outlandish at the moment, but there doesn’t seem to be any particular plan for him at all. Maybe they’re just killing time until something happens are H2L, but there’s no point in bringing back Mistico to just kill time. They know enough not to do that with Thunder, which might say something about where Mistico ranks in 2013.

IWRG (SUN) 03/03/2013 Arena Naucalpan [me, people who got to see the finish of the main event]
1) Avisman & Imposible b Alan Extreme & Mr. Leo
Alan Extreme replaced Freelance. Avisman & Impossible took falls 2/3 the last when Alan Extreme decided he had enough of the tecnico thing and turned on Mr. Leo.
2) Chico Che, Dinamic Black, Saruman b Dave The Clown, Niko, Rothen Clown
Saruman replaced Hijo del Pantera (who had said he would not return in 2013.) Team Chico Che took falls 2/3 to win. Fans threw money in on a match that was not that good.
3) Apolo Estrada Jr., Eita, Tomahawk b Centvrión, Dr. Cerebro, Pantera
Rudos took 2/3.
4) Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Super Astro, Veneno b Eterno, Scorpio, X-Fly
Super Astro replaced Negro Navarro, Asrto’s first match here since November. Tecnicos took 1/3, the last one a quick one.
5) Oficial 911 b Trauma IIel Ángel [losers advance]
911 beat Trauma II with a Gori Special and Angel with a layout chestbreaker.
6) Trauma II b el Ángel [mask]
Angel worked more as a rudo thru the match. Both masks were ripped, Angel’s face mostly exposed. Single match went about 9 minutes. 911 got involved at the end, attacking Trauma II and throwing him in, but Trauma II submitted Angel to an armbar to win. Angel was unmasked as Oscar Omar Puentes, 20 years a wrestler, 35 years old, and the former Oscar Sevilla.

 

As Rob pointed out, Angel was created as an AAA answer to Mistico. He was one of many luchadors created in the same mold by various companies during Mistico’s peak and never really got going as much as AAA would’ve hoped. Still, he managed to keep the character going for a long time thru this successful run in IWRG. He’s still middleweight champion and probably isn’t disappearing, but I think everything’s that was down with Angel since he started appearing regularly last year was to get to this point (of Angel losing his mask), and it seemed to work. Crowd was way up in Arena Naucalpan, probably the best non-AAA TV taping attendance they’ve had their since the last Traumas mask match. That building and Arena Coliseo Monterrey (just to pick two we see on TV a fair amount) look near vacant some weeks, but the fans will definitely show up if they believe a match is big enough. Those two fanbases just seem to have quite different ideas of what a big match is (or IWRG has put years into guys the fans are willing to believe in, and Monterrey is far more chaotic.)

CMLL (SUN) 03/03/2013 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@acogdl]
1) Brillante & Meteoro b Relampago Azul & Thunder Boy
Rudos took 2/3.
2) Halcón de Plata, Metatrón, Smaker b Évola, Exterminador, Gran Kenut
Tecnicos took 1/3. Kenut’s first match here since September.
3) El Alteño & León Blanco b Espectrum & Infierno
Rematch from the previous Sunday. Tecnicos took 2/3, Alteno beating Infierno. The two agreed to a mask match next week.
4) Ángel de Oro & Delta b Niebla Roja & Tiger
Tecnicos took 2/3.
5) Pólvora b Máscara Dorada [CMLL WELTER]
Polovra took falls 2/3 to keep the title. Polvora’s third defense. Fans threw money in.

 

The big news from today’s AAA taping is a third announced match for Rey de Reyes. Texano’s open challenge offer led to a quick defense over Zumbi, but he was soon interrupted by another challenger – Blue Demon Jr. It’s been 8 years since Blue Demon’s been in AAA (and since it was the gap the current creative team wasn’t around for, it’s never happened!), and Demon’s been off winning NWA and US heavyweight titles in the mean time. The title match was immediately made for Rey de Reyes. This is a pretty good deal; Demon as challenger will get the show some special press and maybe a few more tickets than any regular AAA challenger at this point, Texano beating Demon would mean something, and Texano’s more likely to get a clean (or cleaner) win over Demon than the regular AAA guys. Demon probably gets a nice payday and definitely gets to look like an important star on a national TV program, so this is a win for him. Rest of the card should be announced Monday.

Blue Demon was listed on 04/14 Lucha Libre USA lineup. My guess is Demon’s in for Rey de Reyes and not a long term spot – Demon’s part of a tour for the dancing show he was on, he’s got enough to do where he doesn’t need to be tied to AAA – and he’d still be available to LLUSA. Given the acrimonious history between AAA & LLUSA, anything could be possible.

The other news from the show is the continued lack of Octagon Jr. Angelico took his spot (and Nino Hamburguesa took his in the opener.) Samuray had posted on Twitter he would not be making the show this afternoon, so some slight progress on that front. His upcoming show calender lists him in for Rey de Reyes, though comments by Dorian on Twitter did not seem positive. Octagon Jr. seems on it’s way to becoming a “El Animal” like inside joke for the luchadorks, so here’s a good place to point out he might have only made 1 TV appearance so far, but he did make two other appearances: in Tijuana and Ensenada the middle of last month.

Maybe the Octagon Jr. bit will making a surprising recovery and we’ll all be laughing about this rough start later, but it kind of feels like something that ought to be wrote off for now. In the short term, Octagon Jr. not being there matters a lot less than Blue Demon actually being there. There’s a bigger picture problem question here; the mythical AAA US project appears to include a plan where part of the roster is AAA Mexico guys brought in, and part of the roster are US indy guys. If AAA can’t get one indy guy given a big spot to show up to their shows when promised, how is going to work when they have a roster of ’em? The quality names they’ve been talking about bringing in are going to have the same busy schedules/other opportunities as Samurai, and they’re less likely to have grown up watching lucha or having as strong an affinity for it.

(The counter point is they’ve done alright with Jack – the world just needs more Jack Evans.)

Psycho Clowns kept the trios titles over Consejo. Cibernetico chokeslammed and pinned Perro Aguayo Jr. clean in the main event, so whatever’s happening there seems to be still happening. Full post when AAA posts their recap and probably a lineup post soon after.

Judging from the pictures, the scheduled Villano IV & Hijo del Santo vs Hijo del Solitario & Angel Blanco Jr match went off without a hitch, or at least without any problems arising from the real life issues between the Villanos and Santo. Black Terry Jr. has video of a fight between the main event teams after the match. Another channel  has an interview with Hijo del Santo that I’ve got no time to watch.

DTU has announced shows for 03/26 (Arena Aficion), 03/29 (Queretaro), 03/30 (Tulancingo) and 03/31 (TBA).

A polling service says lucha libre is the fifth most popular sport in Mexico. The order goes soccer, boxing, basketball, baseball, lucha libre (last 3 within 5% of each other), american football, auto racing, chess (?!?) and tennis.

A TV station in Saltillo and Arena Pavillon del Norte announced a new reality show where 15 local luchadors will compete for 50,000 pesos and ‘a spot in either CMLL or AAA’. (The first reference only says CMLL, the second says both, and I’d guess it’d more likely a spot in a training class if it’s anything at all. The show is called “1 2 3…Estas Fuera” and premieres Thursday. The network actually has an online feed, but I can’t find an air time.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update and a remembrance of the start of Titanes el Ring.

Rob has highlights of mid August 2002 CMLL and early March 2012 Puebla.

Lucha Libre in Germany

WXW 03/01

Super Crazy b Masada (CZW) [24 Karat Tournament, eigthfinal]
Jonathan Gresham b Ricky Marvin [24 Karat Tournament, eigthfinal]

WXW 03/02

Ricky Marvin b Jay Skillet
Karsen Beck b Super Crazy [24 Karat Tournament, quarterfinal]

WXW 03/03

Ricky Marvin & Super Crazy b Chuck Taylor & Ricochet

Super Crazy’s listed on Tuesday’s Arena Aficion show – a super indy thing.

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