11/23-25 lucha times


En Busca de un Idolo is again not listed on the schedule this week again listed next week. I’m again doubtful.

== AAA ==

AAA-Televisa: part 1 (?) of Queretaro – maybe Ciber/Perro/Fenix vs la Secta and the gringos versus Daga/Pirata/Pentagon? Total guesses here.

== CMLL ==

FOX: Atlantis/Panther/Azul vs Felino/Niebla/Pierroth and Mascara/Sombra/Rush vs Casas/Tonga/Terrible. Titan/Zavala reairs if time.

52MX: They aired the build up to Rush vs Terrible last week, so maybe that match from Guadalajara airs this one? Rey Cometa’s last match for a while is lined up to air, as is the start of the latest Titan title challenge.

C3: Volador vs Mascara Dorada

TVC Deportes (Puebla): Shocker vs Negro Casas vs Rush.

Terra Friday: the “debut” of Psyco Ripper, maybe a good opener.

Terra Sunday: Titan continues to go for the title. Artillero & Super Comando return.

Lucha Azteca: Rush vs Tama Tonga? Who knows, they’re out of order.

== Other ==

IWRG-AYM/LAS: There’s even more repeats this week; they may be airing the Thursday and Sunday shows on AYM. Guessing Thursday show airs on Tuesday. The show has been changed from 2h30m slots to 2h00m, which probably means more bad editing like missing the fall from the segunda last week.

Noches de Coliseo: Daga & Perro vs Ozz & Scoria?

IWL: This is the every other week. Should be Canek/Park/Wagner/Crazy if it airs.

DTU: An international (Steve Pain, Tomahawk) multiman match and Queretaro vs DTU trios. They will have shown all the matches but the DTU team.

great match roundup, week of 2013-11-02

Great/Excellent Matches


Shows Watched But Nothing Made The List
CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2013-11-02
CMLL on CadenaTres: 2013-11-02 – we’re at the point where I’m not sure why I recap this show on a weekly basis (and am considering making changes in 2014)
CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2013-11-02
AAA on UTDN: 2013-11-07 – did make the list for “shows which caused me to lose my mind”

Matches To Watch Later
CMLL Puebla: 2013-11-03
taped 2013-10-21 @ Arena Puebla
Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión for the CMLL World Trios Championship

Santo teases retirement, Astral wins boydbuilding contest, GdT building

El Hijo del Santo’s column starts off with Santo announcing he’s off the current TxT tour because he’s headed back to Mexico City for x-rays on his spine. Santo dramatically states the doctors will decide on Monday if he’s able to continue his lucha libre career or if he’ll be forced to retire. That Monday press conference should also be the press conference to push the TxT show next week in Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera, so this feels like a real injury that’s being inflated to promote something. It’s a Santo column, so there are already fantastical things going on – he refers to LA Park replacing him last night and the crowd being totally okay with it, even though he would’ve turned in this column before the TxT show happened.  The rest of the column is in the usual fashion, claiming his generation of wrestlers ended up the least injured because they were the most skilled at wrestling on the mat (ignoring the part earlier where his career is ending due to injury.)

CMLL’s annual bodybuilding contest was held yesterday. Results

Principiantes Category:
1) Dragon Lee II – a brother of Rush & Mistico
2) Pequeno Olimpico
3) Stukita
Other particpants: Super Halcon, Genesis, Oro Jr., Ultimo Dragoncito, Apocalipsis, Acero, Pequeno Warrior, Leono, Demus, Gran Guerrero, Zacarias, Pequeno Halcon, Pequeno Nitro

Intermedios Category:
1) Electrico
2) Akuma
3) Puma – originally competed in Principiantes but moved up.
Other Particpants: Soberano, Esfinge, Metalico, Namajague

Femenil Miss CMLL:
1) Dalys
2) Dark Angel
3) Estrellita
Other Particpants: Marcela, Princesa Sugehit

Avanzados Category:
1) Astral
2) Sensei
3) Tama Tonga
Other Particpants: Mr. Niebla (wearing his afro wig), Delta, Vangellys

Astral won the overall competition.

The actual competition was preceded by a tumbling demonstration by Arkangel’s students, as in recent year. Sons of Mr. Niebla & Villano III were among those students. Villano III’s two sons (Hijo/Junior) have wrestled in the last few months on tiny shows he’s main evented. Mr. Niebla’s son was shown in one of the season 2 episodes of El Luchador. That same season included a few meals at Rush/Mistico’s home, and they appeared to have many brothers/sisters, so it’s not a big surprise to see one of them training (though there was no hint of that on the show.)

Previous years included a Minis division and a Student division. The students did pose but there were no rankings announced (everyone was just congratulated.) The minis division had been superfluous in recent years, with many of minis participating in the other categories.

Dark Angel had won the previous seven years of this contest and had previously said she would not be in this one. The reversal was a surprise, and no more explained than her announced absence. Dalys had finished second the last four years in a row.

Puma and Ultimo Guerrero gave masks to Vanguardia Deportiva, the sponsors of the contest.

Advanced category winners by year
2006: Olimpico
2007: Ogun
2008: Polvora
2009: Molotov
2010: Rush
2011: Valiente
2012: La Sombra

Polvora’s elevation from the the openers started right after he won the 2008 contest. Rush, Valiente, and SOmbra all received more attention, but may have gotten the same had they finished second.

Sensei won the intermediate group last year and was the overall winner last year, but did not seem to benefit from it.) And for all the years Dark Angel won the contest, it did not get her closer to a CMLL world women’s championship reign.

There a lot of things which greatly annoyed me about the bodybuilding contest. It was actually Genesis, a poor quality luchador gifted with a spot on the CMLL roster choosing to improve his look over his technique (and how it was the correct decision) which set me off yesterday, but there’s plenty of other things to pick at here. At the same time, people have clearly worked very hard for long periods of time on this and it feels over the top just trash the whole thing.

Dorian Roldan announced Guerra de Titanes will take place in the Auditorio de la Gente, Tepic, Nayarit on 12/08 and posted the preview poster on Twitter. Auditorio de la Gente just opened this October and seats 12,000 people. The lineup for that show should be out as soon as Saturday

Electroshock notes he’s been Megachampion and beaten Kurt Angle, so he’s a worthy challenger to Blue Demon. Plus, Demon travels a lot and he feels the belt should be defended in AAA.

The poster for the Korakuen Hall FantasticaMania shows include Liger, Tanahashi, Nakamura and BUSHI as NJPW luchadors.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Rob has highlights of CMLL 04/12/13 and random thoughts on this week’s TV.

Last night’s Tercera Caida had highlights of ChilangaMask and interviews with Ovett & Ciclope to hype the DTU show in DF this week.

Cronicas y Leyendas looks back at the odd trio of Vampiro, Mil Mascaras and Atlantis and the trio of Fuerza Guerrera, Heavy Metal and Negro Casas.

Aeroboy talks about his upcoming CZW trip.

El Martinete says fakes have been posing as LA Park using the @LA_ParkOriginal and @laparktapiia names. The last is still up, using a fake verification check as it’s background. SuperLuchas quoted the first one in a post and hasn’t taken it down. @laparktapia was believed to be LA Park’s authentic Twitter account, but he hasn’t used it since August.

The Nosawa promoted show with Mil Mascaras & Dos Caras’ billed final match as a team will also include Pantera versus Hijo del Pantera.

La Sombra enjoys airport food on the way to Japan. The tag team tournament kicks off Sunday.

Puebla’s university will host a panel discussion and movie screening of lucha libre tomorrow.

Atlantis takes Manhattan.


Brazo (SAT) 11/23/2013 Arena Neza
***Honoring El Brazo***
1) Aramis, Goya Kong, Marcela, Muñeca De Plata vs Amapola, La Comandante, La Seductora, Princesa Sugheit
2) Brazo de Platino, Coco Blanco, Neza Kid vs Black Abyss, Mike Segura, Robin (CMLL)
3) Rey Lobo vs Super Brazo [mask, hair]
4) Crazy Boy, Joe Lider, Niño Hamburguesa vs Devil Rocker, Machine Rocker, Soul Rocker
5) Argenis, Electroshock, Fenix (AAA) vs Argos, Chessman, Pentagón Jr.
6) La Parka Jr., Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Máscara Año 2000, Silver King, Texano Jr.
7) Brazo de Oro, Brazo de Plata, La Máscara, Máximo vs Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero, Villano IV, Villano V

Lineup via Pierrothazo Facebook; AAA has confirmed the 5th and 6th matches.

CMLL (TUE) 11/26/2013 Arena Mexico
1) Leono & Metálico vs Disturbio & Inquisidor
2) Pegasso, Soberano Jr., Tritón vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Canelo Casas, Hooligan
3) Dark Angel, Estrellita, Goya Kong vs Amapola, Tiffany, Zeuxis
4) Fuego vs Namajague [lightning]
5) Stuka Jr., Thunder, Titán vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
6) Máximo, Shocker, Super Porky vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión

Brazo de Plata versus Rey Escorpion continues turning up on Tuesdays. Titan and Terrible rematch in the semifinal?

Lightning match sounds fun, won’t air.  First Arena Mexico match for Zeuxis since July 16th due to the REINA trip.

CMLL (TUE) 11/26/2013 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Esfinge & Metatrón vs Infierno & Ráfaga
2) Oro Jr., Sky Kid, Smaker vs Guerrero Negro Jr., Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno
3) Sagrado, Starman, Stigma vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus
4) Delta, Diamante Azul, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Misterioso Jr., Niebla Roja, Pierroth
5) Atlantis, La Máscara, Rush vs Negro Casas, Tama Tonga, Volador Jr.

Rush versus Casas/Tonga feud comes to Guadalajara.

FS UVLL (SUN) 12/01/2013 Feria Chiapas, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas
1) Blackbaby & Sepultura vs Furier & Mini Black Metal and Diamante Rojo Jr. & Silencio Jr.
2) Dinastía & Mamba vs Demasiado & Mini Abismo Negro
3) Jinzo vs Kaleth, Eterno, Drastik Boy, Ángel del Misterio, Rey Celestial
4) Crazy Boy, Joe Lider, Niño Hamburguesa vs Joey Ryan, Parka Negra, Roderick Strong

Ryan and Strong will be working random shows in between the DTU ones. The one and only Joey Ryan versus Nino Hamburguesa match?

AAA on UTDN: 2013-10-31


taped 2013-10-18 @ Gimnasio Miguel Hidalgo de Puebla

Mesias uses the hit stick on Fenix

El Mesías vs Monsther Clown and Silver King and Fénix in a Copa Antonio Pena semifinal: This was less than expected. Monster Clown wasn’t part of it long, which seemed like a good thing, only not so much since some of the other guys weren’t in it. Silver King and Mesías were bad together, awful for guys who are thought of individually as good wrestlers. The sunset flip spot sticks out but they were on different pages the whole way thru. Fenix and Silver should’ve also been stronger to finish it but it was just okay.


Mesias does not use the jump button

Octagón vs Hijo del Fantasma, Daga, Axel in a Copa Antonio Pena semifinal: Got better as it went along, and the lesser people went out. Octagon has nothing to offer, but Axel was much better than his last appearance. He still isn’t good, or even OK, but not embarrassing is a nice change. Could’ve used a lot more Daga & Fantasma at the end. Fantasma probably needs to work on the non-ramp finisher thing, but a casita works perfectly fine (and feels like a Consejo winning maneuver.) What’s the point of the second referee on the outside when no interference gets stopped?


Mascara 2000 Jr. attempts to fly

La Parka vs Parka Negra II, Electroshock, Máscara Año 2000 Jr. in a Copa Antonio Pena semifinal: The Mascara Ano 2000/Electroshock you never knew you wanted. Wait, you probably didn’t want this. This was really weirdly the Electroshock showcase, as he was the center of action for most of the match. La Parka was barely in, and spent most of the time in staring at Zorro (who seemed to specifically have no point in being here other than putting him back into circulation.) The big Parka/Parka Negra fight turned out to be so slight, it seemed like a possible blow off to that and maybe even the Parka Negra character. Three for three on run-ins.

Cibernético vs el Hijo del Perro Aguayo and Psicosis and Chessman in a Copa Antonio Pena semifinal: Not really much of a match; when you cut out the interference and stalling in these matches (none of which has added anything), they’re not much more than CMLL tournament matches. Perro & Cibernético’s elimination made no sense in the context of the match – they were apparently disqualified for someone attacking them. They need to stop putting these guys in tournament matches if they have to come up with increasingly ludicrous ways to get them out of tournaments without ever jobbing. (Much less them coming out after the match to show how stupid it is for them not to able to continue – that had to be Perro doing it on his own.) Four for four on interference setting up eliminations.


Fantasma learns about Parka’s bad arm.

Fénix vs Hijo del Fantasma, La Parka, Chessman for the Copa Antonio Pena: Whoever decided these matches needed a referee outside the ring must hate the AAA referees and want them to come off all as morons. Four straight matches of the interfering people getting right past the outside referee, and one match of the outside referee watching as Fantasma gives Fenix the most illegal move in lucha libre and doing nothing about it. If your spot requires the inside the ring ref to be distracted, maybe you should also think about the guy outside? This was so dumb. This tournament didn’t work at all – it’s tough to make any tournament built around a 2013 La Parka, but this was a 2013 La Parka who really had little to offer. Parka, for whatever reason (and there are obvious ones), did not seem interested in any of his matches and it really dragged everything down. Fantasma laughable ends his debut show by getting stretcher out from an armbar or all things. This was a bad tournament.