taped 2013-11-15 @ Auditorio General José María Arteaga, Querétaro, Querétaro Blue Demon Jr., El Mesías, Electroshock vs Hijo del Fantasma, Silver King, Texano Jr.: Match as pretense to show off the referee camera, specifically working spots based on making it work for that angle. Camera’s not that special. Neither was the match. Texano, who I believe is the world champion, was treated no differently than his two partners. The match was not functionally bad, but very forgettable in a CMLL Tuesday semimain way.
Cibernético, el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Fénix vs Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Dark Spíritu: Standard AAA trios main event. Crowd is way into the idea of Perro as a técnico – even though it feels like he should’ve actually turned at some point, the crowd was already cheering him so I guess it doesn’t make a big difference. He still seems more motivated as a técnico. Secta came off no different than the Consejo in the previous match, three interchangeable rudos who got enough heat just to set up the técnicos. This definitely didn’t feel like the second to last show before a major show. If the finish was supposed to mean something, it didn’t survive being cut away from as soon as possible.
The Tuesday Arena Mexico show is a Wednesday 5pm show because of the holiday. That show starts at 5pm, while Guadalajara is at 8:30.
On this week’s MLW Radio podcast, Konnan says it looks like AAA will be starting in April, and there should be a press conference about it [not sure if he meant El Rey or AAA, sounded like network because he talked about investors]. He’s not sure his exact role with the new backstage company – may be agent, may be writer. AAA will not look anything like WWE, but more like comics. Konnan’s going to make sure it doesn’t drift too far from lucha libre, but likes all the people he’s working with and the talent they’re going to bring in. He wants great matches, and not stupid stuff like WWE/TNA present, and he thinks everyone is going to like the finished product
The show is “being written by really smart sharp people, people who’ve had a lot of success in Hollywood, but they’re people who don’t understand wrestling, so that’s one of the things I’m there for.” That’s present tense; they’re working on now. It’s not a process Konnan’s involved in himself; he meant those people and it sounds like they’ll meet more later on but it’s those writers doing the writing. He’s seen some of the rough drafts and likes how they’ve integrated Mexican history, but he’s also in the dark about a lot of what they’re doing and hopes to learn more soon.
On his own role: “I can’t wrestle any more, but I will be one of the main guys on the show.” He’s not sure if he’s going to be a heel or tweener.
People Konnan feels are tremendous jerks (cleaning up for the website) and unprofessional: LA Park, Dr. Wagner Jr., and Hijo del Santo. He used to hate Canek and feels he killed the UWA by selfishness, but Canek’s changed and is cool now and Mil Mascaras. Fishman and Perro Aguayo are cool.
Also, I’m told Konnan shared his thoughts about me over on a premium podcast – or he complained about Rob and thought it was me again, for the 100th time. This has either reached fantastic A+ trolling or it’s just hilarious. I really want it to be A+ trolling.
Rey Centella lost his mask in Queretaro. Looks like Hijo del Tirantes helped.
CMLL (SUN) 01/05/2014Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) William Rock vs El Yaqui
2) Halcón de Plata & Idolo vs Furia Nazi & Satara
3) Virgo vs Rey Trueno
4) Leo & Smaker vs Magnum & Sádico
5) Gallo, Sagrado, Valiente vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Reapper, Vangellys
6) Titán vs Averno [MEX WELTER] Titan is champion. 1st defense (Averno is former champion)
Not sure where Guadalajara is going to get barricades before Sunday.
CMLL (MON) 01/06/2014Arena Puebla
1) Meyer, Robin, Star Jr. vs El Rebelde, Espíritu Maligno, King Jaguar
2) Eléctrico, Stukita, Último Dragoncito vs Pequeño Violencia, Pierrothito, Saurón
3) Camorra, Raziel, Virus vs Fuego, Sagrado, Stigma
4) La Máscara, La Sombra, Shocker vs Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero
5) Volador Jr. vs Averno [NWA WELTER] Volador is champion. 1st defense.
Averno sure is persistent. Camorra comes back at least once unmasked.
Star Jr. and Rebelde are new names. There was a Star Jr. in la Laguna, but maybe it’s a second generation local we’ve yet to meet. There have been a million Rebelde’s – this is probably not the guy from 1960.
CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2013-12-28
Full Show: http://www.sendspace.com/file/viik36
taped 2013-12-17 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Fuego, Gallo, Tritón vs Raziel, Sangre Azteca, Shigeo Okumura http://www.sendspace.com/file/0kklby
taped 2013-12-22 @ Arena Mexico
2) Atlantis, La Máscara, Titán vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
3) Volador Jr. vs Negro Casas
taped 2013-11-22 @ Arena Mexico Atlantis, Blue Panther, La Máscara vs Kráneo, Psyco Ripper, Vangellys: Filler match to reintroduce Psyco Ripper and give him a win, which makes sense with what was coming later in the show. Match picked up in the last couple of falls. La Mascara and Atlantis both do a lot of the same stuff in every match, but Atlantis makes it seem less forced.
Rush vs Negro Casas: Another really strong match between these two. Shorter than usual but Rush made it up by squeezing in enough heelish expressions for twice as long match. Negro survived more than won, when it looked like he might not do either for a while. Felino as announcer worked out well and the short length made sense given the match they were doing.
Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente vs Euforia, Último Guerrero, Volador Jr.: They told the Volador turn well during the match, which is good since whoever makes the edits was absurd enough to cut out the post match angle. It felt like week one of an eight week turn, but Volador both shaking Mistico’s hand and beating him with Mistica got big reactions from the crowd. Rest of match was fine. Second fall finishes were very rough and third fall felt very rushed. Dorada’s tope was crazy.
IWRG (SUN) 12/29/2013Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (flickr), IWRG]
1) Atomic Star & Electro Boy b Látigo & Sky Ángel
2) Emperador Azteca, Hip Hop Man, Seiya b Anubis Black, Fulgor I, Fulgor II
3) Canis Lupus, Dowki, Imposible b Chico Che, Diva Salvaje, Miss Gaviota
4) Rey Hechicero, Súper Nova, X-Fly DQ Alan Extreme, Negro Navarro, Veneno Rudos took 1/3. X-Fly tried to hit Veneno with a drink tray, hit the ref instead, gave the tray to Veneno, and Veneno was DQed.
5) Apolo Estrada Jr., Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo b Black Terry, Bombero Infernal, Dr. Cerebro [EdM Trios] Gringos are champions and took falls 1/3 to keep the titles. In the third, Terry eliminated Avisman and dove onto Apolo. Doc Cerebro tried to finish Hijo del Diablo, but Avisman tripped him up and Diablo took advantage to beat him and win the title. Second defense (first was also against this team.)
Looks like they did some Hechicero & Navarro spots, even though that wasn’t the focus of the result. Same thing last week with Negro Casas & Negro Navarro, where they feuded even though the finish was something else (and clearly screwed up on vidoe.)
Ari “el Gato” Romero passed away Sunday. He was 62. Romero was a great rudo during the 70s and 80s, including feuding with the Guerreros in Ciudad Juarez around the start of Eddie Guerrero’s career. Romero was known for winning chain matches and for using a fork on his opponents (“El Rey del Tenedor”). Romero wrestled in Mexico City under his own name in the 80s. When the wrestling world began to shrink in the early 90s, Romero returned to Mexico City as the masked masked Gran Shiek for a few years, ultimately losing it the mask to Blue Demon in 1994. Romero would return to Juarez and wrestle there and occasionally elsewhere; the most recent match I know of his was last November, when he was on a trios opposite of Mil Mascaras. His son also became a luchador in Ciudad Juarez.
CMLL (SUN) 01/05/2014Arena Mexico
1) Hombre Bala Jr. & Súper Halcón Jr. vs Guerrero Negro Jr. & Herodes Jr.
2) Dark Angel, Estrellita, Goya Kong vs Amapola, Princesa Sugheit, Tiffany
3) Eléctrico vs Astral, Stukita, Shockercito, Último Dragoncito, Demus 3:16, Mercurio, Pierrothito, Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Nitro [Pequeno Reyes del Aire]
4) La Máscara, La Sombra, Super Porky vs Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
5) Atlantis, Máscara Dorada, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Mr. Niebla, Último Guerrero
Dia de Reyes card (a day early.)
Sombra and Volador are on the same card for the first time since Volador’s turn – maybe they’ll pass in the aisle.
Past Pequeno Reyes del Aire winners:
2007: Pequeno Damian 666 (Demus 3:16)
2008: Mascarita Dorada
2009: Pequeno Black Warrior (and someone from Puebla, results never were posted)
2010: Pequeno Nitro
2011: Pequeno Olimpico
2012: Ultimo Dragoncito
2012: Pequeno Black Warrior (two of ’em)
Aereo is not in the field this year. Neither is Warrior, which is good news. Bam Bam, Fantasy, Violencia and Universo are also MIA. I’d expect Astral or Electrico to win, but I’m rooting for Stukita with the massive upset.
taped 2013-11-26 @ Arena Mexico Leono & Metálico vs Disturbio & Inquisidor: Better than the average opener. Metálico and Disturbio were both good in this, with some quality wrestling and rare intentional comedy spots in the opener. They mixed up from the usual formula and it felt like more an interesting match than usual.
Pegasso, Soberano Jr., Tritón vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Canelo Casas, Nitro: Notable for the incredibly short third fall – they must’ve gone long in the first because they were hurrying to wrap it up by the end. (Even then, it went much longer than they wanted because Bestia Negra’s strict application of the rules.) Soberano got a chance to do more than guys are usually allowed in the segunda and made the most of it – both his tornillo and his tope con giro to the floor were eye catching spots. Canelo Casas seems just like a guy, and a guy who is too obviously setting up for técnicos do stuff to him.
Dark Angel, Estrellita, Goya Kong vs Amapola, Tiffany, Zeuxis: Another match which was more fun because it varied from the usual pattern. The opening blitzkrieg by the técnicas was totally unsuspected and plenty of fun. The rest of the match was more patterned like a typical match, but they were working at a good level and there weren’t the usual problems. The ending sequence worked well. Zeuxis has returned from Japan selling like a goofball, which was also fun. One of the better women’s trios in some time.
Stuka Jr., Thunder, Titán vs Terrible, Tiger, Vangellys: Once upon a time, Strong Man was a occasional guest here – until he took a few super bombs from Terrible & Texano and was never seen again. That was sad, but I so want history to repeat itself with Thunder. Rest of the match was good. Titan and Tiger had good sequences, and Tiger remains a better member of this group when there are guys his own size to fight and he gets to do more than sell. No Titan/Terrible stuff like last week though. Vangelis gutted thru an injury on a weirdly conceived spot to finish the match and deserves some credit for doing so. This was good.
CMLL (SUN) 12/29/2013Arena Mexico [@therealfredo, CMLL]
1) Apocalipsis & Cholo b Bengala & Robin Rudos took 1/3
2) Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., Sagrado b Boby Zavala, Shigeo Okumura, Virus Tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Marcela b Princesa Sugheit [CMLL WOMEN] Marcela took falls 1/3 to keep the titles in a very good match. 10th defense.
4) Kráneo, Morphosis, Pierroth DQ Máximo, Super Porky, Valiente Tecnicos took 2/3, Kraneo fouling Porky in the thrid.
5) La Máscara, Shocker, Volador Jr. b Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas Tecnicos took 1/3. Negro Casas again had a couple tecnicos moments.
I was not paying close attention to this show, but the tercera was said to be the best women’s match in CMLL this year. People who watched the main event said Shocker looked in no condition to perform; I saw the post match interview and that appeared to be correct.
Crowd was strangely up for the show, making Marcela/Amapola the second highest drawing women’s title match of the weekend.
CMLL (SUN) 12/29/2013Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@acogdl]
3) Black Panther & Virgo b Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno The debuting Black Panther is the older son of Blue Panther. His team took 1/3, and Blue Panther congratulated them after the match.
4) Tritón b Demonio Maya Triton won via Spanish Fly.
5) Blue Panther & Súper Popular b Mr. Águila & Sangre Azteca [Copa Caja Popular Atemajac, semifinal]
6) Averno & Mephisto b Máscara Dorada & Titán [Copa Caja Popular Atemajac, semifinal]
7) Máscara Dorada & Titán DQ Mr. Águila & Sangre Azteca [Copa Caja Popular Atemajac, third place] Sangre fouled Titan.
8) Blue Panther & Súper Popular b Averno & Mephisto [Copa Caja Popular Atemajac, final]
Yay third place games. Mr. Aguila & Sangre Azteca are a real team, no one no showed, it was just a magical team of the guy who gets a 1000 chances and the guy who maybe got 1. I selected the result for the main event before they posted it because it was the least surprising thing ever.
Atlantis, Shocker and La Mascara defeated Ultimo Guerrero, Mr. Niebla and Villano IV on the latest Fuerza Imperial show. V4 fouled Atlantis, which annoyed both Atlantis and Guerrero. Mask challenges followed. Villano III Jr. and Kortiz & Kaving (Villano V’s sons) wrestled in opening matches. This show, in a smaller building, still didn’t draw well.
AAA is running polls for tecnico of the year, rudo of the year, and revelacion of the year. I am saving my voter fraud skills for another occasion, but the blog endorses Pentagon Jr. for any and all awards. Jack and Faby are both good choices in the tecnico award unless you can figure away to vote for Pentagon Jr. there too. No one tell Fenix he’s not on any of these lists, it’s just going to cause him to be unhappy on Twitter again and no one wants that.
Porra Fresa looks back at Stigma’s career so far, making the case that Arena Puebla needs a local hero and Stigma’s close to becoming it.
CMLL (FRI) 12/27/2013Arena Mexico [@therealfredo, CMLL]
1) Oro Jr. & Sensei b Artillero & Súper Comando Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Cancerbero, Raziel, Sangre Azteca b Hombre Bala Jr., Súper Halcón Jr., Tritón Rudos took 1/3.
3) Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany b Estrellita, Goya Kong, Silueta Rudas took 2/3.
4) Negro Casas b Blue Panther, Guerrero Maya Jr., Valiente, Fuego,Máximo, Pegasso, Rey Escorpión, Mephisto, Pólvora, Reaper, Puma[Leyenda de Plata, semifinal] Elimination order went Pegasso (by Polvora), Fuego (Rey Escorpion), Polvora (Maximo), Puma (Blue Panther), Guerrero Maya (Negro Casas), Blue Panther (Reaper), Reaper (Valiente), Maximo (Rey Escorpion), Valiente (Mephisto, leaving three rudos), Mephisto (Rey Escorpion), Rey Escorpion (Negro Casas), leaving Negro Casas as the winner. Casas faces Titan next week.
5) Atlantis, Super Porky, Volador Jr. DQ Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys Tecnicos took 2/3. Terrible fouled Atlantis.
CMLL is built around Negro Casas, Titan and Volador having singles matches with everyone occasionally each other. It works out okay. Negro Casas won this tournament twice and could become the second person to win this multiple times (Mistico won it three times.) Cibernetico sounds like it was really good, and nothing else on Terra seems to have gone well.
CMLL SANCHEZ (WED) 01/01/2014Arena Neza
1) Hijo Del Villano III & Villano III Jr. vs Brazo De Oro Jr. & Robin
2) Anime & Sexy Flor vs Felina Metalica & Star Fire
3) Shigeo Okumura vs Virus, Tiger, Bárbaro (Neza), Stuka Jr., Fuego, Hombre Bala Jr., Super Brazo, Neza Kid, Mike Segura, Rey Lobo, Freelance [cage, hair, mask]
4) Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas vs Atlantis, La Máscara, Máximo
Neza Kid has been Freelance, at least up to this point. Maybe it’s Zorro now. (I think that Barbaro is a local and not the Guadalajara one – or the Guatemalan one!)
CMLL (FRI) 01/03/2014Arena Mexico
1) Fantasy & Pequeño Halcón vs Pequeño Violencia & Pequeño Warrior
2) Starman, Stigma, Tritón vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Hooligan, Nitro
3) Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Boby Zavala, Shigeo Okumura, Virus
4) Máximo, Shocker, Super Porky vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Tiger
5) Máscara Dorada, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Averno, Mephisto, Último Guerrero
6) Titán vs Negro Casas [Leyenda de Plata, final]
The poster is very clear on Casas/Titan being the grand finale of the tournament, but JCR has repeatedly brought up this winner facing last champion (2011!) Volador. I guess we find out next week who the programmers have blessed with the correct info.
Vacation seems over for people, except Mistico (and Rush) are still MIA. Still no sign of Mistico since his latest shoulder rehab. No sign of FantasticaMania lineups, which could be related. (At least one of the FanasticamMania shows has already sold out and it’s the holidays, so there may no hurry to put out lineups, but they’re usually released by now.) Volador seems to be in Mistico’s place in the semimain. Tercera is the group of guys who’ve faced each other many times and should have a good match. Opener looks very bad.
taped 2013-11-19 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara Dark Angel, Goya Kong, Silueta vs La Comandante, Princesa Blanca, Tiffany: a better than usual women’s match. Comandante is a better luchadora than some of the ones who seem to work regularly; she was fun against Silueta here. Goya did more than her usual comedy (even though she was way over the moment she got in the ring.) Everything seemed to go the way it was supposed to and the finish was good. Not an extraordinary match but no problems.
taped 2013-11-24 @ Arena Mexico Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas vs Diamante Azul, Sagrado, Thunder: Typical CMLL filler match to have a match. I don’t think there’s ever a point to Thunder, but I’m not sure why you still use him when he’s not getting better and he’s losing to the likes of Felino clean. That’s not how you’d use a star in the making, and there’s no point in having Thunder be just a guy when he’s not any good.
Blue Panther, Máscara Dorada, Titán vs Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto: felt like it dragged for the first half, and shifted up many gears after the comeback. That part was exciting and there were moments earlier (like the powerbomb) on the outside which built to Averno/titan well, but it didn’t feel like a complete match in itself. Title match should be a lot of fun. Titan’s popularity – as a pure técnico in 2013 CMLL – is amazing.
I have no idea how many parts this is going to be. Lots and lots of parts, but six matches at a time.
Trauma I & Trauma II vs Diluvio Negro I & Silver Star (02-03 Monterrey) – so many rope breaks. Standard technical Traumas match, which includes a lot of holds being put on, held on for about 10 seconds, then the person putting on the hold lets go of it or the other guy gets the ropes. It’s a great collection of interesting holds, but I’m looking for (maybe preoccupied by this point) getting series of moves and that’s not what this match is about at all. It’s also slower than usual. Match was well executed – until they got to the finish and it one of the Monterrey guys fell down trying to apply a reinera. Only worth watching if you’re looking for the specific style.
Negro Casas vs Valiente for the NWA World Welterweight Championship (02-04 Puebla) – EXCELLENT. A superb back and forth title match in a variety of styles; they did mat wrestling early before picking up to the bigger moves late, and everything looked good and looked like a battle. Both guys were pulling out ideas they don’t normally use. The second fall finish was so good, Valiente doing a variation of the Dorada corner spin escape only for Negro to immediately connect on the dropkick and casita – it was flashy but the timing and smoothness was there as well. This match definitely still used the usual CMLL singles match template – there was a dive followed by a cavernaria – but getting far more out of it than usual. That clichéd spot was followed by a superb back and forth battle to set up a superplex, with much more to it than the usual climb up the ropes and get hit bit. There’s one bad slip right before the end, but they use it to make the end work better. Negro Casas had an outstanding run with this title.
Dragón Rojo Jr. vs Titán for the CMLL World Middleweight Championship (02-05 Guadalajara) – So weird to see Thin Dragon Rojo. So weird to have Dragon Rojo on a list of matches to go back and rewatch. This match shouldn’t have been on the list – it’s completely unwatchable because of a giant CMLL graphic which covers up the screen during many of the big spots in the match. It’s random and annoying. There’s probably a very good version of this match in CMLL’s video vault, and it’s possibly Dragon Rojo’s best match of the year, but you should skip this version of it.
Centvrión, Dinamic Black, Golden Magic vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Canis Lupus, Eita (02-14 IWRG) – Turned out to be just a normal midcard trios match, which was fine for the situation but jarring personally because of it following some other crazy matches – and then, in the end, Apolo Estrada takes a Golden Magic 450 kneedrop to the face and is knocked out in a ugly way. Match is fine but you don’t want to see that.
Cerebro Negro vs Carta Brava Jr. for the World Wrestling Stars Welterweight Championship (02-14 IWRG) – Very good title match just missing something to make it stick out among all the other matches this year. Cerebro and Carta Brava were rudos at this point but both worked essentially a straight técnico title match and it was all solidly done. Nice surprise finish and nice tease ending with the knee submission prior to that. Both guys are good and were good here and I’ve got nothing bad to say about it, but I’m also missing anything to write about it here.
Chico Che, Freelance, Hijo del Pantera vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Avisman, Eita (02-17 IWRG) – GREAT. Fun IWRG trios with a lot of good matchups and parts of dives we could actually see. (This is no-panning AYM.) There was a point where a blur ran across the ring and apparently did a tope con giro into the crowd, and before I could wonder how far Freelance had landed, I noticed Freelance was still in the ring – it was Hijo del Pantera being suicidal. I hope Hijo del Pantera makes some video in his return to Mexico in 2014 because he looked really good in the little stuff I’ve see of him in Japan and this is probably my favorite match he’s been involved in Mexico.