10/10 AAA TV Lineup (Tlahuelilpan)

AAA TV (THU) 10/10/2013 Plaza de Toros Jorge Guiterrez, Tlahuelilpan, Hidalgo
1) Dinastía, Faby Apache, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Mamba, Mini Charly Manson, Taya Valkyrie
2) Fénix & Octagón vs Eterno & Pentagón Jr.
3) ?, Angélico, Jack Evans vs Daga, Psicosis, Steve Pain
4) Cibernético, El Mesías, Electroshock, La Parka vs Cuervo, Escoria, Espíritu, Ozz
5) Monster Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Silver King, Texano Jr.

Air Date: 10/19? 10/26? This is hard to figure right now; Toluca & DF look like it should’ve been a two taping show, but so did Naucalpan and they cut it down to one taping.

This seems to be an annual deal; they were here almost to the day last year. Psycho Circus and Consejo did not have a match on that show, but did fight after the opener.

Yea, there’s another taping before Heroes Inmortales. They mentioned it a few weeks ago. Unless everything else is cut to one week, this one airs after Heroes Inmortales happens. The Puebla fans won’t get the excitement and motivation of yet another Consejo vs Psycho Circus match to motivate them to buy tickets. (Maybe they could’ve not done eight million of these and had Psycho Clown beat a non-Texano guy in a singles match to show he could actually win a singles match? Guess not.)

I am not sure why there’s a mystery guy in the tercera match, when it’s probably the guy who debuted this past weekend. Must be for the same reason the poster spells Monster “Monsther.”

Octagon is back to foul up reasonably good matches. Tercera should be good. La Secta may get a win in the semimain but I’m not so sure about that. Opener almost certainly will not air unless there’s an issue with another match or the show goes short and UTDN can squeeze it in.

Not much for Heroes inmortales, but everyone’s pretty much given up on that. The concerning bit now isn’t that show, but that all this TV AAA doing before Heroes Inmortales means there’s not that much TV after Heroes Inmortales, which doesn’t quite leave AAA with a lot of time to do a Guerra de Titanes build up. My best guess is Heroes Inmortales TV finishes up airing 11/02 which gives AAA 4 to 6 weeks to build up their next show. They can do it, but they won’t have time to waste. Heroes Inmoratles shouldn’t just hint what AAA are doing in December, they’d be best off spelling out the top couple matches right then and there.

Dragon Celestial unmasks Ciclon Black, Mascara/Mephisto, Atlantis & Sombra advance, Estrellita holds on, lineups

IWRG FILL (TUE) 09/24/2013 Arena Naucalpan [IWRG]
1) Mercenario De La Muerte, Muerte Infernal, Payaso Extremo b Chicanito, Dragon Blanco, Orquidea Azul
Chicanito & Orquidea Azul were said to be debuting.
2) Atomic Star & El Ídolo (Naucalpan) b Black Niko & Ultimo Caballero
3) Aviador, Electroboy, Vortice DQ Haziel, Jhon Terry, Skrull Metal
IWRG (Aviador) vs Gym Rivera (Jhon Terry). Vortice replaced Alas de Oro. Jhon fouled Aviador for the DQ.
4) Fulgore II, Látigo, Zurdog b Andy Boy, Karate Kid, Orion
IWRG (Fulgor II) vs Gym Rivera (Karate Kid)
5) Emperador Azteca, Fulgor I, Kiuby, Matrix Jr., Picudo Jr., Power Bull, Ranchero, Seiya b Argus, Aztlan, Belial, Black Thunder, Cirujano Jr., Hanaoka, Senky, Turbo [Copa High Power]
Gym IWRG vs Gym Skayde. Kiwby replaced Sky Angel. Fulgor beat Turbo for the IWRG win.
6) Dragón Celestial b Ciclón Black [mask]
Naucalpan vs Neza. Ciclon Black toped Dragon Celestial to start the match, but fell to a “power boom”. Ciclon’s second Tony Rivera helped him win the second fall. Tony kept interfering in the third fall, but Black Terry brawled with him to the back, and Dragon beat Ciclon to take his mask. Ciclon Black is Fabián Franco Ojeda, 5 years a professional.

Not a lot about the match itself. I feel like Fulgor I beating Turbo is like a personal victory over Rob.

CMLL (MON) 09/23/2013 Arena Puebla [Cinco Radio, Comunicate Digital, El Popular]
1) Blue Center & Fuerza Chicana b Meyer & Paris
Straight falls win.
2) Eléctrico, Shockercito, Último Dragoncito b Blue Center, Pequeño Warrior, Saurón
Blue Center replaced Pequeno Nitro. Shockericto beat Pequeno Warrior. Sauron’s first match here since June.
3) Misterioso Jr., Namajague, Shigeo Okumura b Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Titán
Namajague submitted Titan.
4) Blue Panther, Diamante Azul, Super Porky b Pierroth, Terrible, Vangellys
Tecnicos took 1/3. Porky match.
5) La Máscara, Marco Corleone, Rush b Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto
Tecnicos took 1/3. Mascara submitted Mephisto and challenged for a rematch for the Mexican Light Heavyweight title. Mephisto answered back with a mask versus mask match.

photo by Black Terry Jr.

CMLL (TUE) 09/24/2013 Arena Mexico [Black Terry Jr. (flickr), CMLL]
1) Pegasso & Starman b Disturbio & Hijo del Signo
2) Hijo del Fantasma, Rey Cometa, Tritón b Ishii, Namajague, Shigeo Okumura
Tecnicos took 2/3. Fantasma beat Namajague with a huracarrana.
3) La Sombra & Misterioso Jr. b Delta, Diamante Azul, Gran Guerrero, Mistico, Psicosis, Vangellys [CMLL TAG, seeding battle royal]
4) Gran Guerrero & Último Guerrero b Delta & Guerrero Maya Jr. [CMLL TAG, eightfinal]
5) Diamante Azul & Marco Corleone b Terrible & Vangellys [CMLL TAG, eightfinal]
6) Psicosis & Volador Jr. b Mistico & Valiente [CMLL TAG, eightfinal]
7) Atlantis & La Sombra b Ephesto & Misterioso Jr. [CMLL TAG, eightfinal]
8) Gran Guerrero & Último Guerrero b Diamante Azul & Marco Corleone [CMLL TAG, quarterfinal]
9) Atlantis & La Sombra b Psicosis & Volador Jr. [CMLL TAG, quarterfinal]
10) Atlantis & La Sombra b Gran Guerrero & Último Guerrero [CMLL TAG, semifinal]
11) Euforia, Mephisto, Mr. Niebla b Ángel de Oro, Shocker, Thunder
Shocker had Mephisto just about beat, but Euforia powerbombed Thunder and beat him first.

The previous tag team champions were a combination of an old masked legend and the best guy in the promotion, and that’s pretty much what Atlantis & Sombra are as well. (Plus Sombra and Tonga have somewhat unresolved issues.) I’m pretty sure this tournament was listed as a one night deal to determine #1 contenders, but it’s been turned into a 16 team tournament. The winners of this block are probably still getting the title shot.

I think I now hate tournaments more for having to cut them all into individual matches for video sharing purposes than the matches not being any good. But it’s close.

CMLL (TUE) 09/24/2013 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@acogdl]
1) Camaleón & Sensei b Demonio Maya & Sádico
Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Black Metal, Gallo, Leo b Arkángel de la Muerte, Canelo Casas, Hooligan
Rudos took 2/3, the last when Arkangel snuck in a foul on Gallo and Hooligan picked up the win. Hooligan wins!
3) Estrellita b Amapola [MEX WOMEN]
Dropped down to the third. Estrellita’s third defense.
4) Blue Panther, Super Porky, Titán b Pierroth, Pólvora, Rey Escorpión
Tencicos took 2/3, Panther beating Pierroth and Titan defeated Polvora.
5) Averno, Dragón Rojo Jr., Negro Casas DQ La Máscara, Máximo, Rush
Tecnicos took 2/3, the last when Negro fouled Rush and didn’t get away with it.

DTU TV launched this week. It’s not in the video download bit because it’s much nicer on the YouTube channel. Matches from the first show include Flamita vs Rich Swann.

De Lucha Libre has interviews with various trainees in Konkreto Gym. Click the links on the side for more, like a luchadora who’s the cousin of India Sioux. There’s a lot of good info on that site.

Rey Misterio Jr. says he plans on wrestling for three or four more years.

AAA continues it’s interview with Drago, Argenis and Super Fly. (Part 3 here.)

Aerostar’s Aero Boom.

DTU will hold another three day seminar in November.

Rey Cometa and Kaoma Jr. meet in a super libre match next Sunday.

Laredo Kid will main event a show this Sunday to benefit the hurricane/tropical storm victims.

The Gladiatores has interviews with Konnan and Drago. The Konnan one is a bit hard to hear due to the show noise.

Lucha Libre in Japan

09/25 NJPW: Prince Devitt, Ken Anderson, Tama Tonga, Rey Bucanero, Bad Luck Fale [X] b Hiroshi Tanahashi, Togi Makabre, Jushin Liger, Captain New Japan [O] & Mascara Dorada
This is an irrelevant match, but that’s kind of the point – Mascara Dorada flew over to Japan to essentially work two minutes of 8/10 man tags for a week. Maybe he does a dive too. He’s not even getting pinned. This could be easier explained as “(well) paid vacation.”

Photos from Fenix’s title challenge.


CMLL (MON) 09/30/2013 Arena Puebla
1) Águila Egipcia & Black Tiger vs Centauro de Fuego & Siki Ozama Jr.
2) Dalis la Caribeña, Goya Kong, Luna Mágica vs Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit, Tiffany
3) Sagrado, Stigma, Stuka Jr. vs Felino, Puma, Tiger
4) Atlantis, Blue Panther, Shocker vs Black Terry, Negro Navarro, Solar I
5) Ángel de Oro, La Máscara, La Sombra vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Último Guerrero

The Blue Panther anniversary maestros match makes it way here, though with slightly different teams. Main event continues the Mephisto/Mascara feud.

RCH (THU) 10/03/2013 Arena Naucalpan
1) Látigo & Mr. Leo vs Fulgor I & Fulgore II and Atomic Star & Electro Boy
2) Decnnis & Relámpago (Coahuila) vs Centvrión & Golden Magic and Arez & Impulso
3) Bugambilia, Lady Apache, Voladorcito vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Bracito de Oro, Rossy Moreno
4) Eterno, Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr., Zumbido vs Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Trauma I, Trauma II
5) Dr. Wagner Jr. vs LA Park, Canek [50000]
winner gets 50000MX ($3850 USD)

The Wagner/Park/Canek crew instead of using AAA wrestlers this time. Three way tags are the order of the day.

CMLL (TUE) 10/01/2013 Arena Mexico
1) Molotov & Sensei vs Apocalipsis & Inquisidor
2) Diamante, Pegasso, Starman vs Cancerbero, Nosferatu, Raziel
3) Shocker & Thunder vs Felino & Mr. Niebla and La Máscara & Rush and Averno & Mephisto and Máscara Dorada & Titán and Kráneo & Morphosis and Máximo & Super Porky and Dragón Rojo Jr. & Rey Escorpión [CMLL TAG, semifinal]
4) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, La Sombra vs Euforia, Último Guerrero, Volador Jr.

Averno & Mephisto seem the favorite based on being rudos who match up with Atlantis & Sombra. Rojo & Escorpion might stand a chance. Hope Dorada & Titan get a run to the semifinal, but the odds are not in their favor.

CMLL (TUE) 10/01/2013 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Black Metal & Esfinge vs Demonio Maya & Sádico
2) Astral & Eléctrico vs Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Violencia
3) Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Namajague, Sangre Azteca, Shigeo Okumura
4) Misterioso Jr., Negro Casas, Psicosis vs Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Hijo del Fantasma
5) Marco Corleone, Mistico, Valiente vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys

Main event is TRT vs 2/3rds of the Estetas. Tercera should be fun.

top six stories of the last two weeks

(It’s harder to do this when I stop posting for a while.)

  1. CMLL’s 80th Anniversary Show was a mixed success. Reports were the tickets were sold out, but there were a handful of empty seats in the upper most reaches (and some sections that had been marked not to be sold actually including people; it’s confusing.) It definitely was the biggest gate in the history of the promotion and a one night business success. Almost all the matches were at least very good and some were great. The noticeable exception, a match that was only okay due to the short length, is also how the show will ultimately remembered. Volador & La Sombra upset Atlantis & Ultimo Guerrero to prevent the legends from having their mask match, which greatly upset the paying public. The remaining hour of the show was filled with FRAUDE chants (and an AAA chant, in the sense that this was like something ‘bad’ AAA would pull), with many in the crowd rejecting the show until eventually getting behind Volador in the mask match. It didn’t help him, as La Sombra took his mask in the culmination of a 3.5 year rivalry.
  2. Other action on the show included a great Blue Panther versus Averno submission matches (where the promised rules were actually enforced, much to Averno’s surprise) and a very strong Revolucinarios versus Estetas match during the peak of the crowd rejection. Negro Casas and Rush continued to assault each other in the undercard in a match which technically included four other people, not that anyone was paying much attention to them. Also: Super Porky did a tope!
  3. Volador Jr. was immediately the subject of (usual) rumors about his mask loss leading to him to jumping elsewhere, but quickly proceeded to defeat Mistico (in a singles match) and Sombra (in a tag match, sending Sombra out in ambulance) and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere any time soon. The volume of rumors about people jumping from group to group should increase greatly leading up to the WWE’s October trip to Mexico.
  4. The deaths of a couple dozen and the homelessness of hundreds have the much more important effect of canceling Hijo del Santo’s three way mask match with Dr. Wagner Jr. & LA Park, TxT announced about 18 hours before the show was originally hyped as happening. In reality, the show had been off for weeks if not months and never really had a chance of happening and most people forgot it was supposed to happen until a very unfortunate press release.
  5. Rey Bucanero & Tama Tonga picked up the CMLL Tag Team championship belts in NJPW from Jushin Lyger and Hiroshi Tanahashi (who clearly only won them as a pretext for Tanahashi to be in the CMLL Universal tournament.) CMLL’s holding a #1 contenders tag team tournament, and Tonga is expected to Mexico soon for another fall tour.
  6. AAA held a TV taping which was more notable for it’s hurricane relief drive than most of the action. Dinastia retained his minis title over Mini Abismo Negro, a new foreign luchador Australian Suicide debuted, and Drago and Psicosis are back to feuding. There wasn’t a strong build in results for Heroes Inmortales, but none of the pretaped or behind the scenes vignettes were mentioned and maybe they’ll help.
  • Ultimo Gladiador lost his hair in a three way match with Joe Lider & Daga. It was surprisingly Gladiador’s first hair loss, though not a surprise he lost this match given the other participants. The hair match was the main event of a good AAA/RCH show in Arena Naucalpan.
  • LA Park won the new IWL Heavyweight Championship in a match including Dr. Wagner, Justin Credible and Canek, plus the usual shennagins that happen in an LA Park match. Super Crazy also won the IWL IC title and Secta Negra the WWA Trios titles on IWL’s 3rd Anniversary show.
  • This year’s Lucha Libre Expo, first postponed until November, has been canceled. They hope to bring it back in 2014 (but don’t hold your breath.)
  • Fenix came up short challenging Taiji Ishimori for the GHC Junior Heavyweight Title.
  • CMLL celebrated a patriotic weekend by having Marco Corleone beat Mr. Niebla. It would’ve been an odd decision in any other week.
  • The IWRG students and maestro Black Terry feuded a lot with Tony Rivera and his students (including a really fun trios match we saw live.)
  • CMLL also unveiled an 80th Anniversary mural in Arena Mexico, depicting the history of the promotion and every single mask lost in a mask match in the first 80 years of the promotion (thru Namajague.) There is also an outdoor photo exhibit as part of a lot promotion for the show.
  • The Trueno brothers won a tournament for the vacant Occidente Tag Team Championships in Arena Coliseo Guadalajara.
  • People who kept titles: Estrellita (twice!), Terrible
  • We deeply researched the case of the missing CMLL minis…who started popping back up right before we finished our research. This is why I shouldn’t try.
  • Rob and I podcasted a bit. Oh, right, I went to Mexico! Everyone was nice and it was a good time and then I came home and got very sick (for probably unrelated reasons.)