taped 2013-03-22 @ Arena Mexico
IWRG (SUN) 04/21/2013 Arena Naucalpan [IWRG]
1) Galaxie & Serpiente de Oro b Dragón Celestial & Epidemia
2) Ángel Del Amor & Astro Rey Jr. b Imposible & Picudo Jr.
First match for Picudo Jr. in IWRG, under that name, since November 2011.
3) Apolo Estrada Jr., Buter Fly, Canis Lupus b Diva Salvaje, Miss Gaviota, Saruman
First Salvaje match here since August 2011, Gaviota’s first match here since last year. Debut match for Buter Fly.
4) Carta Brava Jr., Eterno, Scorpio Jr. b Centvrión, Chico Che, Dinamic Black
Scorpio Jr. beat Chico Che after a foul and a Guapito middle rope splash. Scorpio and Chico Che wanted a singles match after the match – as did Eterno & Centvrion.
5) Danny Casas, Heavy Metal, Veneno DQ Negro Navarro, Trauma I, Trauma II
Heavy Metal snuck in a foul on Negro Navarro and trapped him in a Casita for the first fall. Navarros looked like they were going to tie it up when Eterno ran in and hit Danny Casas with a chair for the DQ and the straight fall win. Everyone attacked Eterno after the match, including Danny hitting Eterno with a chair.
LyC (SUN) 04/21/2013 Arena Coliseo Monterrey [RFC]
1) Super Nino I & Super Nino II b Chamaco Gurrola & Mini Hator
2) Iron (Monterrey), Memo Valles, Zayco (Monterrey) b Dranser, Misionero, Scravos
3) Dralion b Galactar, Artillero (Monterrey), Rey Orion, Rey Imagen, Gato Fantasma [Copa Cruceros, final]
4) Perverso b Genocida [AMERICAS HEAVY]
Scheduled to be a three way with a Sicodelico (defending Zero One title), Chico Latino and Genocida. Sicodelico worked in WWL instead. Perverso came in as champion and defended his title.
5) Hijo de Pirata Morgan & Pirata Morgan Jr. b Chico Latino & Gemelo Muerte I
Chico Latino replaced Gemelo Muerte II.
6) Dr. Wagner Jr. & Máscara Púrpura b Konnan Big & Rico Rodriguez
Konnan Big complained about a foul after the loss and demanded a rematch. Wagner offered one – as long as Konnan came to Torreon so Wagner could have the hometown match.
Attendance – ground floor looks full, upper level empty – wasn’t what must’ve been figured when the show was announced. They had the misfortune to run on the same day as the Hector Garza benefit show at Arena Solidaridad and the Monterrey fanbase doesn’t seem large enough to support to big local shows on the same day. It’s still a good turnout for Coliseo.
No results yet from Arena Solidaridad, but LuchaMania has an interview with Humberto Garza Jr. from the show. It does not look like Hector Garza appeared on the show; he hasn’t been seen in public since the announcement of his cancer.
PdM (SUN) 04/21/2013 Arena Lopez Mateos [Black Terry Jr. (flickr), Estrellas del Ring]
1) Black Mamba b Chica Ye-Ye, Dance Boy
2) Candy Whithe b Ludark Shaitan, Lady Sensación
Keira was scheduled, did not participate, so it was turne dinto a three way.
3) Dowki b Belial, Ares, Terremoto Negro [Copa Strong Style]
Dowki beat Terremoto Negro to win. Belial and Tornado were listed, did not participate.
4) Eita & Hanaoka b Cósmico & Talisman and Impulso & Mr. Leo
Impulso was hurt in thematch.
5) Cuervo, Ozz, Toscano DQ el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Halloween, Máscara Año 2000 Jr.
6) Joe Lider b Violento Jack, Aeroboy [PdM EXTREMO]
Added match. Joe Lider beat Violento Jack to win the championship (third known champion.) Lider had won the KBW Extremo championship earlier this weekend.
At the LLF show, Lady Jaguar recieved her own mariachi performance and Angelica and Rudeza Infernal signed for a mask match on 05/03.
AAA appears to have a taping on 05/17 in Puebla. I do not know if it’s for a specific brand. There were long gaps between AAA shows back in February, which didn’t leave much to talk about. That will not be a problem the rest of the year.
On this week’s MLW Radio podcast, about 1h12m in, Konnan has a short story about La Gran Sorpresa. (This was taped before the Leon taping.) Konnan explains that, despite promoting this surprise for weeks, they did not tell the person who was to be part the surprise until Thursday (four days before the show), and that person already had another thing to do Monday. It’s not clear if that person was Axel, Ricky Marvin, or someone else who didn’t end up coming, but Konnan misses a chunk of the podcast trying to talk this person into appearing. AAA likes to keep it’s secrets, even from the people involved in them. That’s just a small part of the podcast, part one of an interview with Sean Waltman. They break down the incident with Waltman, Konnan, Juvi and Jack Evans and life in Mexico.
AULL has announced the field for the AULL Lightweight Championship match on their on 05/19 anniversary show. The title was vacated by Flamita (for personal reasons never really explained), was supposed to be filled at the Expo last August, and no result was ever announced. So, of course, Flamita is in the match to determine a champion. The other seven are Yakuza, Mike Segura, Sadico, Rey Kristal, Eita, Spider Boy and Freelance. That should be a pretty good match.
Octagoncito & Voladordcito are headed to Elgin, Illinois this weekend.
NICE (TUE) 04/23/2013 Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) Misionero vs Super Jack
2) Mercurio & Mini Hator vs Shockercito & Tequilita
3) Ángel Dorado I, Ángel Dorado II, Angel Dorado Jr. vs Bengali, Difunto, Sergio Romo Jr.
4) Coco Amarillo, Coco Azul, Coco Rojo vs Monje Negro, Potro Jr., Tigre Universitario
5) Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan Jr. vs Genocida, Iron (Monterrey), Zayco (Monterrey) [IWRG IC TRIOS]
Piratas are champions. First defense.
Well, there’s a reason for the Piratas to have IWRG trios titles and not just the Mexico State ones.
Random Shockercito/Mercurio appearance in the segunda.
CMLL CF (SAT) 05/04/2013 Arena Mexico
1) Hombre Bala Jr., Super Halcón Jr., Tritón vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus
2) Dalis la Caribeña, Goya Kong, Marcela vs Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit, Tiffany
3) La Máscara, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Felino, Puma, Tiger
4) Diamante Azul, Rush, Super Porky vs Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Terrible
5) La Sombra, Máscara Dorada, Mistico vs Mephisto, Último Guerrero, Volador Jr.
Sponsored show. THE sponsor: Cementos Fortaleza, the company who’s logo has been all over Arena Mexico this year (and the sponsored show Mistico got hurt on before FantasticaMania.) This also explains why RadioCMLL was giving away tickets for an Arena Mexico show this day – these shows are all give away tickets if you’re connected to the sponsor.
Arena Mexico is going to be busy the next few weeks. Beside the Tuesday/Friday shows, there’s a boxing show 04/27 Saturday, a CMLL show in Sunday, this show next Saturday, and probably a Toryumon show the following Saturday.
CHILANGAMASK (SAT) 04/20/2013 Arena GALLI, Villa Park, Illinois
1) Pentagono Del Infierno b Chris Castro
Chris Castro replaced Ripper. He came in with a thumb injury, which was the focus of the match. First attempt at the finish was screwed up, so Pentagon submitted Castro instead. Short match.
2) Mason Conrad b Matt Knicks, GPA, Mojo McQueen, Acid Jazz, Ovirload, Jason Gory [Tercera Caida International Cup]
Mojo replaced Emperador Azteca, while Knicks replaced Negrotistico (moved to a different match.) Elimination match, with eliminations going Ovirload, GPA, Acid Jazz, Matt Knicks (by Mason Conrad, betraying his usual ally), Jason Gory, leaving Mason Conrad as the winner of the big trophy.
3) Latin Dragon & Noriega b Facade & Negrotistico
Negrotistico replaced Jake Shining. Good match. Noriega caught a Negrotistico plancha, gave him a side slam, and Latin Dragon added a 450 splash for the iwn.
4) Kaientai b Zema Ion, Extreme Tiger, Samuray del Sol
One fall match, in the dark. Very good match, either too short or flew bye. Zema Ion demanded no one touch his hair during the match; Samuray both touched his hair, but used his hair spray (to keep his spikes up!) Extreme Tiger did his 450 splash to the floor on Ion, and Kaientai upset Samuray to get the win. Kaientai declared himself the greatest independent wrestler in the world. Others disagreed. Everyone came back out to sign autographs after the match
Arena GALLI is in an old shopping mall, as mentioned before. The shows I’ve gone to before have been in an unused store front. It makes for a cozy fit, but it has low ceilings and not much room at ringside, which limits guys from flying. They moved it for this show, putting the ring out into the atrium in between stores, giving them plenty of head room and space at ringside. There are no active stores in that wing of the mall and the bigger space worked out well. You had to use the back entrance of the mall to get in, but it was no problem from there. Show started about 40 minutes late because indy wrestling.
Only a four match show, and really almost a three match show because there was nothing much to the opener. Chris Castro worked hard at showing some personality, which is appreciated in a world with so many CMLL fighting robots, but he didn’t have a good night and this was not on the level of the other matches. Kind of surprising for lucha guys to be coming in from Mexico but the usual lucha libre crew almost not at all on the show besides Pentagono; a decent amount of that is no-shows. I would try not to miss a show to be aired on national TV, but things happen.
Seven man elimination match was about what you expect – a lot of moves, some good and some bad (you are close to the screen than Matt Knicks’ finish was to whoever he beat), people turning on each other, more dives because they had the room this show, and rapid fire eliminations at points. (I missed whatever it was that led to Conrad beating Knicks.) There were good ideas which didn’t go anywhere: everyone turned on Mojo at the beginning of the match, and kept throwing him back out of the ring every time he tried to get involved, until…he was just in the match and things moved on. I don’t think I’ve seen Jason Gory before. He’s a goth vampire (as opposed to some other kind of vampire – steampunk vampire?) who put a lot of time into his look, but looked good in the wrestling portion of the match. There were good parts, I wish Acid Jazz stuck around longer, but Mason Conrad came of as the best guy in the match and deserved winner.
There was an intermission between matches two and three. I picked up a couple old magazines from the merchandise. One had a story about a young man who had left AAA and was hoping to get into CMLL – some kid from Queretaro by the name of Cometa. Hope it turned out okay for him.
I don’t remember a lot about tag team match. My recollection is Latin was trapped in the ring for an extended portion of time, there were dives (including goods one from Latin Dragon & Facade) and then the Puerto Rician team finished the opposition off for the win, but I may even have it backwards. It felt professionally done. I write every time about how good Noriega is about doing the little things and he’s still good about that. I know this was the second best match on the show, and I know I can’t think of much to say about it.
The lights were turned out before the main event. I dunno why. I’m not sure anyone knows why. It may just be the mall’s lights automatically turn off at 9 for all I know. They stalled for time for a bit, and then we all just rolled with it. The entrance light and the one fluorescent lamp left on was enough to see, though it was weird. Everyone was working very hard in the main event, and the match was just on a different level than the rest of the card. I was the most struck by Extreme Tiger; I know TerceraCaida was recording the match, but this still was a show far away from home in front of a small crowd, and Tiger was working as hard as if this was TripleMania. I’ve poked fun at Extreme Tiger before and surely will again, but he impressed me with his effort here – and that was before he did a top rope 450 splash to the floor on Ion. Ion and Samuray were very sharp. I was least familiar with Kaientai – actually, to be more honest, Kaientai was a guy who I knew participated in extreme matches in Monterrey, but did not seem like a sure bet to work the style of match the other three guys were going to want to work here. And I was wrong about that; the other guys seemed slightly more athletic (and Ion and Samuray have faced each other many times of late, so they’re even quicker with each other), but Kaientai kept up with them and looked like he belonged – there were a couple well timed Shining Wizard kicks I can recall.
Match just had the metric ton of spots you’d expect. The only flaw was the finish feeling like it came out of nowhere. It wasn’t clear it was a single fall match until the finish, so I first thought it was just a surprising elimination and then thought maybe the referee had counted three when it wasn’t meant to be. The match wasn’t short – somewhere in the 12 to 15 minute range – but I could’ve gone for about five more minutes of near falls easy.
As mentioned, the Tercera Cadia crew was at the show. On some TV shows, the host just kind of shows up, reads his script, and a bunch of people behind the scenes running around to prop the host up. That’s not at all the case here – Bernardo and Jose were the entire show here, working hard the entire time. When you see this footage on TVC Deportes and see one of them doing an interview with someone, that means the other guy was the camera guy. They both filmed the entire show, did a bunch of interviews with the wrestlers, and were greeted by a fans of Tercera Caida. I got to talk to Jose a little bit and Bernardo briefly, and they were both nice guys, exactly how they seem on TV. It was good to meet them.
I didn’t stick around long after the show – I’d spent the day outside watching a minor league baseball double header and was pretty tired by this show was done. But it was a good time and I’m glad I got to see it.
Upcoming shows for me
05/03: Lucha Libre USA @ the Odeum – assuming tickets go on sale!
05/18: CHIKARA Pro @ Logan Square Auditorium