CMLL and NJPW announced the list of wrestlers for FantasticaMania. The tour’s being hyped around the in-ring NJPW debut of Mistico (who was on last year’s tour but hurt) and the first appearance here of unmasked Volador Jr. In addition, returning CMLL luchadors Rush, La Sombra, Mascara Dorada, Titan, Maximo, Ultimo Guerrero, Mephisto, Rey Escorpion and Okumura are joined by FantasticaMania debuts Stuka Jr., Rey Cometa, Fuego (Tanahashi’s favorite), Vangellys and Niebla Roja. Those 16 guys will make up an all CMLL show on 01/17 and team/fight the NJPW guys on the other four shows. Namajague is not announced because he’s NJPW, but should be on this tour and be fighting his usual Cometa/Stuka/Fuego rivals. Matches won’t be announced for a while longer. Sombra, Mephisto, and Rey Escorpion are currently singles champions and would figure to defend their titles on the tour. (The Titan/Mephisto seems like a strong possibility for the tour.) If I’m understanding the NJPW translation correctly, both ring announcer Ivan and edecan Ana will also be going – CMLL didn’t mention them, but Ivan’s a regular and CMLL sent Bruni last year.
That’s a big chunk of CMLL luchadors, which is going to leave for some shallow cards back in Mexico that week, especially on the tecnico side. There’s still plenty of quality luchadors who are sticking around, but it would take more creativity than usual to make it work and that’s not something to expect out of CMLL. More likely more minis/womens matches than usual, and an extremely week Tuesday show.
Marisela Pena told a fan on Twitter AAA will tape on 12/14 in Puerto Vallarta. That looks like the year ending show (which doesn’t air until after the 3 weeks of Best Of content; it’d start airing on 01/18 ), but it’s a week or so earlier than usual. So is Guerra de Titanes, and it may just be the way they’re doing things this year. You can tell who won’t be on that taping by looking at Pasion Kristal’s lineup for the same day – La Secta, Toscano, Drago and the exoticos are among those on that show.
Tercera Caida has launched an IWRG.TV YouTube channel with video of Castillo del Terror. I hope this means good things for the TVC Deportes/IWRG relationship (though it’s all the same to me if it’s on YouTube.) Alan Extreme & Golden Magic also discuss the match on Estrellas del Ring.
AAA celebrated the 19th anniversary of When World’s Collide by linking to a shaky VHS recording on YouTube. That was inspired by WWE posting something similar (short clips, better video quality.)
Sombra is off the show this Sunday in Los Angeles, and will be replaced by Rush.
CMLL’s video promo for Friday’s show.
Audio interview with Tirantes.
Photos from the tribute show for referee Paco Nino, who lost half of one of his legs due to health issues.
Fuego en el Ring writes about a show honoring Gran Cochisse’s this weekend.
IWRG (SUN) 11/10/2013 Arena Naucalpan
1) Emperador Azteca & Sky Ángel vs Matrix Jr. & Zurdog
2) Alfa & Omega vs Fulgor I & Fulgor II and Atomic Star & Electro Boy
3) Astro Rey Jr., Chico Che, Dragón Celestial vs Imposible, Min Rod, Oficial 911
4) X-Fly vs Veneno, El Hijo del Diablo, Golden Magic, Apolo Estrada Jr., Trauma II, Douki, Spartan, Anubis Black, Picudo Jr., Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Danny Casas, Trauma I, Alan Extreme, Bombero Infernal, Eterno, Saruman, Tony Rivera, Dr. Cerebro, Oficial AK47 [Guerra Revolucionaria, #1 Contenders, Rey del Ring]
Main event is an elimination match where the losers become lumberjacks. Last one left gets a shot at the Rey del Ring title (Oficial 911). Min Rod is probably Nimrod but I’m just going to leave that there. Anubis Black is a new name.
DTU (SUN) 11/10/2013 Academia DTU, Tulancingo, Hidalgo
1) Corazon Latino & Zuzu Divine vs JC MaClean & Jhonky
2) ?, Chica Ye-Ye, Crazy Boy vs ??, Dement Extrem, Kalibus
3) Ángel del Misterio vs Kaleth, Black Fire, Hacker, ???
4) ??, Pequeno Cobra, Skayde vs ??, Paranoiko, Slayer Pack
Graduation show for a three day seminar; all the mystery people will be trainees. Info about the seminar here – Crazy Boy is teaching the ring psychology class, Skayde is teaching the international wrestling one.
indy (SUN) 11/10/2013 Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) Aereo Kid & Tequlita vs Mini Androide & Miniator
2) Lady Flammer & Naomi vs Katari & Reina De Corazones
3) Muerte Guerrera, Sexi Piscis, Sexy Maciel vs Pequeno Flamer, Red Flamer, Red Flamer Jr.
4) Black Metal (Monterrey) & Euforia vs Ciber Payaso & Mortifero [hair, mask]
5) Darling Boy, Gato Fantasma, Heddi Karaoui vs Bengali, Difunto, Genocida
The card is a usual Monterrey card, but the poster is an amazing disaster. I think someone got paid per font. They still did a better job of highlighting the date and location than other posters I’ve seen.
DTU (SAT) 11/16/2013 Polideportivo Jose Maria Morelos y Pavon, Puebla, Puebla
1) ? vs ??, ???, ????
best four wrestlers from the adjacent DTU seminar
2) Optimius vs Kalibus, Lanzeloth, Artikus
3) Black Fire, Hacker, Slayer Pack vs ?, Cíclope, Miedo Extremo
4) Aero Boy & Keira vs Silvie Silver & Violento Jack
5) Ángel del Misterio & Jinzo vs Drastik Boy & Kaleth and ? & Rey Celestial
DTU Puebla surprise
This is part of the lucha libre expo they’re holding in Puebla. DTU Puebla Surprise is surely Lucky Boy, and they may just be unsure of what they name they can use or if they’re allowed to reveal who is who yet. My hunch has been Lucky Boy = Venum, but can’t confirm that.
AAA KDNA (SUN) 11/17/2013 Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) ? vs ??
2) ? vs ??
3) ? vs ?? [ruleta de la muerte]
4) Pimpinela Escarlata vs Orquídea Negra, ?
mystery exotico from AAA
5) Argos & Texano Jr. vs Corazón de Barrio & Hator
6) Daga & el Hijo del Perro Aguayo vs Dark Ozz & Dark Scoria
AAA’s return to the building.