Sombra injured, Horuz joins TxT, Guadalajara

TxT (SAT) 07/27/2013 Gimnasio Juan De La Barrera [Black Terry Jr. (flickr)Kaiser Sports (top matches)Kasier Sports (rest)MedioTiempoTerra (video)Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Imposible b Centvrión
2) Lady Apache b Rossy Moreno and Esther Moreno
Moved down to the second match. Rossy beat Esther, Lady Apache beat Rossy. The women appealed for TxT to make their hair match for the 09/21 show.
3) El Hijo del Medico Asesino b Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr.
Medico obviously fouled Wagner, got the pinfall anyway.
4) Brian Cage, Heddi Karaoui, Oliver John, Zumbi b Angel Blanco Jr., Blue Demon Jr., El Hijo del Solitario, Rayman
World team won when John brainbustered Solitario for the win. John & Cage challenged Demon for a tag shot (against Demon & Santo.) Demon accepted.
5) Canek, LA Park, Rayo de Jalisco Jr. DQ Cien Caras Jr., Máscara Año 2000, Universo 2000
Universo pulled Rayo’s mask for the DQ. Both men look wildly out of shape.

Signo, As Charro, Babe Richard, Rambo and Hijo del Santo had a presentation to honor the 71st anniversary of Santo’s debut.

Attendance did not look good – maybe 40%, give or take 10% – but this was one of the weaker TxT lineups so far. TxT suggested they would take the promotion on tour next month, and they’ve already announced the Veracruz date. Very strange they moved the women down a match if they’re supposedly running a hair match with them, but then I supposed it doesn’t matter.

The mythical Santo vs Park vs Wagner mask match was moved back to 09/21; that was the original date and the one that makes more sense given the holiday weekend. Santo plans on it being a free show and drawing 100K people. The only way I can see this happening is if they’ve somehow convinced a governmental official to spend major money on a show (or just to divert major money that would’ve gone to other public entertainment.) Santo’s name value goes even farther with those sorts of people and they don’t have to be concerned with making a profit on a show, but it’s still a very big stretch.

Horuz was also presented at the show as an independent luchador and is apparently coming in. He was again thankful to CMLL, but complained they did not innovate and gave better positions to family dynasties. Please understand me: you can definitely complain about nepotism in CMLL, but you can’t then go to TxT and act like everything is decided on merit there. (Especially since Horuz’s likely to get a push based on being Angel Blanco’s grandson.) On the plus side, Horuz definitely had a plan when he left CMLL. That’s better than most. There’s not many spaces in TXT for luchadors who weren’t stars in other promotions, but Horuz seems more likely to end up at Rayman level rather than relegated to opening match singles.

In an interview about El Santo (you’ve read it before), El Hijo del Santo says he believes Tempestad/El Nieto del Santo will be debut in 2014.

photo by CMLL

CMLL (SUN) 07/28/2013 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Bengala & Robin b Akuma & Inquisidor
Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Camorra, Nitro, Nosferatu b Metálico, Sensei, Soberano Jr.
Rudos took 1/3. Feed went out in the third fall, came back just in time for the finish. Metalico was very unhappy about something. Fans chanted for Sensei to turn rudo and he said he’d do it if the fans wanted it.
3) Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa, Tritón b Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus
Tecnicos took 1/3 in a good match.
4) Ángel de Oro TLDRAW Puma [lightning]
Angel de Oro had Puma in the mecedora as time ran out. Both men challenged each other to a rematch next week.
5) La Sombra, Shocker, Titán b Euforia, Niebla Roja, Taichi
Sombra hurt an ankle at the end of the first fall on a leapfrog over Taichi. He was strechered out immediately. Rudos won in straight falls in an obviously improvised finish.
6) Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto b Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente
Rudos took 1/3 and demanded the Estates hand over the title belts. Dorada offered a title shot, but the rudos took the tecnicos masks anyway.

You can see Sombra’s video here, right at the start and the end of the clip. This is 2013, so Sombra was posting on Twitter from the ambulance and the hospital. He seems to be in good spirits, and I’m choosing to believe that’s a positive sign. Taichi was angry with people angry with him, saying it’s wrestling and accidents happen. Early reports said Sombra would be out three, but Sombra says he’ll be out two weeks with an ankle sprain, but hopes to come back sooner. Take your time!

Main event implied the trios title match is next week. Not sure if that’s right. They did not make an announcement about being in Arena Mexico next week; that seems to be on 08/10, which would make more sense for a title match.

Show was good though not great. The video dropping out didn’t help – we missed about five minutes in the second match, and about as much in the lightning match. Sombra getting hurt really didn’t help; live crowd still seemed to get into the main event but us on the internet were vastly distracted.

CMLL (SUN) 07/28/2013 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@acogdl]
1) Capitan (Guadalajara) & Índigo b El Tapatío & Samael (Guadalajara)
Captain & Indigo took 1/3.
2) Acertijo & Jocker b Brillante & El Ídolo
Rudos took 1/3, sneaking in fouls in the third fall.
3) El Hippie, Leo, Tony Escobedo DQ Demonio Rojo, Exterminador, Maléfico
Hippie is Martin Escobedo, Tony’s brother. Tony’s dressing like a Hippie now too and the PBP refers to them as “Los Hippies.” Tecnicos took the first, rudos the second, and Acertijo and Jocker ran in for the DQ in the third.
4) Super Porky b Kráneo
Rematch from 06/25. Porky won again, taking falls 2/3.
5) La Máscara, Rush, Súper Popular b Ráfaga, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
Tecnicos took 1/3. Super Popular pinned Rey Bucanero in the third.

They announced a tag team tournament for next week

  • Barbaro Cavernario & Sadico
  • Demonio Rojo & Malefico
  • Leo & Halcon de Plata
  • Black Metal & Gallo

Tag team titles are vacant (or Texano and Terrible are still reigning); perhaps this will lead to new champions?

Lucha Libre in Japan

07/27 NOAH: 6) Ricky Marvin & Super Crazy [O] b Gaston Mateo & Kaiser [X] [GHC JR tournament]
Mexitosos eliminated team South America

07/28 NOAH: 5) Taiji Ishimori & Atsushi Kotoge [O] b Super Crazy & Ricky Marvin [X] [GHC JR tournament]
essentially the block final. Kotoge & Ishimori went on to lose to Jushin Liger & Tiger Mask IV, who are the new GHC Junior Tag Team Champions

07/28 JWP: Arisa Nakajima b Command Bolshoi [CMLL-REINA INTL] – new champion. This was title for title, so maybe this title is just going away.