Volador vs Sombra for the IWGP IC, Rush versus the World, TxT, CMLL back on LATV

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CMLL (FRI) 06/21/2013 Arena Mexico
1) Sensei & Soberano Jr. b Akuma & Apocalipsis
tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Dalis la Caribeña, Dark Angel, Marcela b Amapola, La Seductora, Princesa Blanca
Dark Angel submitted Amapola to a reinera.
3) Niebla Roja, Olímpico, Psicosis b Diamante, Rey Cometa, Tritón
Rudos took 1/3.
4) Vangelis b Fuego [En Busca de un Idolo]
Vangelis with a Northern Lights Suplex. As soon as Fuego lost, Rush ran to the ring, attacked Fuego, and attacked Negro Casas at ringside. Shocker ran out to make the save and they brawled until Rush left. Judges were very high on Vangelis, giving him a 9, 9, 9, and 10 for 39.
5) Valiente b Stuka Jr. [En Busca de un Idolo]
Valiente Buster for the win. Stuka worsened his current injury problems and they had a sloppier match than usual. Still, judges gave them high scores – 9/8/8/8 (33) for Valiente, 8/8/10/8 for Stuka (34).
6) Blue Panther, Rush, Super Porky DQ Averno, Negro Casas, Rey Escorpión
Averno fouled Blue Panther, and everyone challenged everyone.
7) Mr. Águila, Terrible, Volador Jr. b La Sombra, Máximo, Shocker
Rudos won in straight falls.

Volador made the title challenge, and Sombra will defend the IWGP IC championship next Friday. That (iteration of that) feud will start and end before the hair match challenges go anywhere.

The Rush bit did not feel like the normal bit of Rush hating everyone and everything, but the start of a genuine rudo switch. It may not have meant to be that way or actually turn out that direction, but Rush going after Fuego is a lot different than Rush going after Negro Casas. It may just be that Shocker is meant to be the tecnico coach going forward, but we haven’t seen much coaching so far. They’ve dropped the behind the scenes episodes after the first one. Rush vs Shocker would be an interesting hair match, if they could get Shocker to agree to it.

It’s clear the judges are just going to be using the 8, 9, and 10 paddles from this point on. Stuka & Valiente might not have broken 20 if they had that match in week 1 or 2 (and if Stuka hadn’t been hurt.) Dr. Lucha says the judges have been ordered not to trash the luchadors they’re trying to turn into stars. I’m still doubtful that having matches that are only mentioned on a website are going to turn people into stars no matter what’s set about them. (See: much of US indy wrestling.)

TxT cranks back into action tonight with a four team ruleta de la muerte. Teams are Rayo de Jalisco & Universo 2000, Canek & Mascara Ano 2000 Jr., LA Park & Super Parka, and Pirata Morgan & Villano IV. Any of the unmasked guys are more than capable of losing this, but only Super Parka’s recent issues suggest it’s going to be him. Demon & Santo will face – and almost surely defeat – Zumbi & Karoui for the PWR Tag Team titles. The other title match, for the WWA Trios titles between Trio Fantastia and Black Terry, Shu el Guerrero & Scorpio Jr., has a less certain result – but the outcome is surely a Shu el Guerrero/Super Muneco mask match.

CMLL is back on LATV. It’s listed as airing 1 AM ET tonight/early Sunday. It’s a 2 hour slot, so I suspect it’s the C3 episodes which previously aired on this network a few years ago – the same exact ones, not new ones. I’ve gotten a three YouTube copyright notices about an LATV episode this past week, and that might be related to them running the shows again.

DTU says their 07/06 Arena Lopez Mateos show will also air on TVC Deportes. The 07/05 show in Arena Queretaro was previously announced as a TVCD taping, and it seems like they’re getting the IWRG spot for now.

Bill has lots of Guadalajara highlights: 12/18/12, 01/18/13, 01/22/13 & 29/13, 02/05 & 02/19/13, 02/26/13, and 03/15/13.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Ultimo Guerrero talks about Atlantis, Gran Guerrero, Mistico and Hector Garza.

Goya Kong promo for next week’s REINA show.

Lourdes Gorbet talks about lucha libre and her photo book.

DJ Spectro looks back at the EMLL year ending show of 1985.

Abogado del Diablo, who lost a leg in a car accident, is trying to return to lucha libre.


CMLL (FRI) 06/28/2013 Arena Mexico
1) Hombre Bala Jr. & Súper Halcón Jr. vs Artillero & Súper Comando
2) Pegasso, Starman, Tritón vs Namajague, Shigeo Okumura, Virus
3) Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Titán vs Averno, Dragón Rojo Jr., Mr. Niebla
4) Stuka Jr. vs Vangellys [En Busca de un Idolo]
5) Valiente vs Fuego [En Busca de un Idolo]
6) Negro Casas, Shocker, Terrible vs Máximo, Rey Escorpión, Rush [Relevos Increíbles]
7) La Sombra vs Volador Jr. [IWGP IC]
La Sombra is champion, first defense.

Rey Escorpion is the strangest possible Marco Corleone.

IWRG (SUN) 06/30/2013 Arena Naucalpan
1) Cristal, Dama de Hierro, Saruman vs Diosa Maya, Fulgor, La Chola
2) Acero, Golden Magic, Veneno vs Canis Lupus, Carta Brava Jr., Zafiro (IWRG)
3) Astro Rey Jr. vs EitaDragón CelestialFulgore IISeiyaImposibleGalaxySky Ángel [IWRG IC Light]
vacant championship, last champion was Chicano (left IWRG, injury caused retirement.)
4) Dinamic Black, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Solar I vs Heddi Karaoui, Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Negro Navarro

Negro Navarro seems to get more rudo whenever Solar turns up. Must be allergic.

Lightweight match is likely an one night eight luchador tournament. Eita returns (or returns to the ring instead of sitting in the back row watching the show), but Imposible seems like the favorite.

This Thursday’s show here is an sponsored AAA show, not a taping.