02/14-16 lucha times


my evening summarized: I am a clever moron.

== AAA ==

AAA-Televisa: The first half of Ecatepec. I dunno how they’re splitting it up. Guessing the first half of the taping for no particular reason.

== CMLL ==

FOX: Gran Alternativa, Block B.

52MX: Tag title match, more Camorra vs Stigma from Guadalajara

C3: Peste Negra vs Titan Rush Mascara.

TVC Deportes (Puebla): Mr. Aguila & Reapper vs La Mascara & Volador Jr., possibly the worst match of the year.

Lucha Azteca: Gran Alternativa, Block A.

Terra Friday: First 4 matches? That’d include Shocker vs Negro Casas.


== Other ==

IWRG-AYM Sports: maybe this Sunday’s show, maybe next Sunday’s show.

Noches de Coliseo: probably Satanico vs Dandy.

IWL: off week?

CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-01-11


Oro finds a harder trip to the floor


taped 2014-01-07 @ Arena Mexico
Camaleón, Oro Jr., Soberano Jr. vs Artillero, Canelo Casas, Súper Comando: This was a disguised opener match for the first half, but got more interesting when the rudos took over and pulled off their double teams. Third fall went well too – Oro even got to do a dive! – but it seemed like something went wrong about a minute before the finish and it wasn’t as sharp as planned. It looked like an innocent Camaleon dropkick to break up a Super Comando pin threw him off for a moment. There were a lot scarier looking things in this one – Oro’s freefall to the floor in the first, and Canelo’s positioning on the splashed second. It seemed like he was for sure getting squashed by his partners, but they knew what they were doing and worked fine with the four less experienced guys here. Hope they get more chances at this matchup because it has potential.


Artillero has had enough of this.

Negro Casas, Puma, Tiger vs Black Panther, Blue Panther, Cachorro: Nice match to debut in for the new Panthers. You got more of a sense of them then in the Copa Junior last week, and they had some people who can cover up for their weaknesses, plus a reason for the crowd to care about the match right away. They were excited the moment Negro Casas stepped in the ring. Cachorro seems Super Halcón/Hombre Bala sized, but Black Panther is way bigger (and more muscular) than most técnicos outside his level, and uses more of a stronger rudo style. He might ultimately be better of being on the rudo side. They both need to work on their timing, and there were issues that Casas family were able to get past here but other rudos might not be, but this was a fun good match to start out with.


double gutbuster

Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Shocker vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Euforia, Niebla Roja: Shocker feuding with Barbaro Cavernario is too random even for the CMLL booking hat. Barbaro did deserve a beating by interfering in the first fall about a million times and livened up a match that was not otherwise that memorable. Tecnicos didn’t do interesting things and rudos were not as sharp as normal. Guerrero Maya’s post match strut was hilariously awful, for the one second we saw of it.


Guerrero Maya into orbit

Rush, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Virus: The Rush/Terrible stuff was on a different level than the rest of the match and made it feel like a main event enough though it wasn’t the usual names. The other guys were fine but those two had something more. Titan using the inverted Gori stretch is a cool idea, but he’s got to be a 100 times more careful dropping the guy after it – he came close to really messing Virus up, and it was only luck that it didn’t turn out worse. He lost his balance dropped Virus very carelessly.

Rey de Reyes tickets on sale, Box y Lucha biweekly?, ChilangaMask, El Dandy

CMLL (MON) 02/10/2014 Arena Puebla [El Popular (cover), Porra Fresa]
1) Akrón, Fuerza Chicana, Guerrero Negro Jr. b Bengala, Camaleón, Tigre Rojo
Rudos took 1/3? Camaleon was strechered out after a Guerrero Negro move (probably the destroyer)
2) Metálico, Robin, Sensei b Espíritu Maligno, Siki Ozama Jr., Toro Bill Jr.
3) Marcela b Tiffany [lightning]
Marcela won with the top rope double stomp in over 8 minutes.
4) Misterioso Jr., Puma, Tiger b Stigma, Stuka Jr., Tritón
rematch. Rudos took 2/3, Tiger powerbombed Triton and Misterioso beat Stigma.
5) Marco Corleone, Rush, Thunder DQ Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
Vangellys fouled Rush. Rush challenged him to a fight next week.
6) Volador Jr. b Mr. Águila
listed as for the honor and glory. Volador took 2/3.

Note Tiger beat Triton, not Puma as el Popular had Tuesday. Rush’s challenge was about Puebla like real luchadors, not those who fool around, which sounds like they’re going to hit each other very hard next week.

Tickets went on sale today for Rey de Reyes. AAA has been pretty happy about selling out their tapings selling out so far, but they should be thrilled if they can do great advance sales with 0.75 matches announced. Tickets run from 60 to 600 Mexican Pesos ($4.50 to $45.00), plus a “Experience AAA” package for $800 Mexican Pesos. It’s said that will be explained later, but I would guess it’s something like the VIP deals US promotions have done, where an extra amount gets you into a meet and greet sometime before the show.

DJ Spectro said he went looking for this week’s Box Y Lucha and was told Box y Lucha is going to biweekly publishing. They’ve been weekly as long as I know. SuperLuchas switched to biweekly upon their return from hiatus. I believe Luchas 2000 is still weekly, and would be the only weekly lucha libre magazine left. There’s a decline in the overall magazine industry (though that didn’t feel as strong looking around Mexico City), but it’s usually because there are other media coming along pushing them out. That doesn’t really feel like the case with the lucha libre magazines. (DJ Spectro also has the third part of his Angel Blanco bio, literally something that appeared in a magazine, almost defeating my point.)

Matt Jackson announced he wouldn’t need hand surgery, which means he’s probably on for the ChilangaMask show after all. ChilangaMask has also announced El Dandy vs Satanico to the show to a future show, as part of Dandy’s retirement tour. That’s a great match to add to a loaded card.

R de Rudo also has an interview with El Dandy, who mentions he’d like one last match in Mexico City proper (ChilangaMask is out in outside the city), but no promoter has stepped up to pay for it. Dandy also talks about his career – he got the name because he was good with the ladies, he trained for five years but his parents didn’t know until they saw him on TV in Arena Coliseo Guadalajara match – and what led to him stepping away from wrestling – hurt his spine on a dive, finding none of his wrestling friends helping him and sinking into a bad depression. He says he plans on ending his tour in April.

This week’s TerceraCaida includes an in studio interview with Sexy Star and Taya.   The show starts off with clips of Canek versus Andre el Gigante. Canek was not a small man, but the size difference makes Andre look like a monster created for a sci fi movie. He is huge and very scary. The behind the scenes video is up as well.

I’ve been trying to finish the TxT shows this week, which is a thing in itself. I have noticed them repeatedly promoting the first TxT show for 2014 to take place sometime in March, even after Santo’s injury announcement. They haven’t mentioned that happening elsewhere of late, but that must still be the plan.

CMLL’s Gaceta story on the national trios title build up brings up Rush & Negro Casas’ signing contract for a hair match.

Octagon has a column in Veracruz. His recap of AAA: “Y me han preguntado noticias de Triple A, pero es que de verdad, no ha pasado nada por ahí que sea digno de mencionar.” (Nothing’s happened in AAA worth mentioning.) Octagon really is still employed by AAA.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

A CMLL main evented show in Arena Aficion didn’t seem to draw much more than the few people who normally come on Tuesday for the locals. Rey Escorpion & Dragon Rojo beat Rey Cometa & Maximo.

Promo for Arena Quereataro show tomorrow.

Silueta talks about her current trip to Japan.

Tiger Universitario has some thoughts on Mr. Nice. I didn’t actually listen, but I can only assume the thought is “Mr. Nice is awful” after seeing him.

Lucha Va Voom has the second of it’s two Valentine’s Day shows (w/Niebla Roja) today in Los Angeles.

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-01-11


Mercurio slide


taped 2014-01-01 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Dark Angel, Goya Kong, Silueta vs Amapola, Princesa Sugheit, Zeuxis: Not a super match, but easily better than the average women’s match from a few weeks ago. Very much a match to have a match, but a competent one (in front of a small and quiet crowd.) Amapola really wiped out Silueta on the after the second fall Devil’s Wings, and Silueta’s springboard splash in the third fall look good. Finish came really quick after the comeback – actually, they were basically the same thing – and that comeback didn’t get off to the strongest start.

triple dive!

taped 2014-01-05 @ Arena Mexico
Eléctrico vs Astral, Stukita, Shockercito, Último Dragoncito, Demus 3:16, Mercurio, Pierrothito, Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Nitro in a Pequeno Reyes del Aire match: A good first half of a cibernetico that fell apart near the end due to the body count. All three final guys ended up messed up. Astral is covered here. Eléctrico getting knocked silly by Demus sticks out on the rewatch (as does some behavior indicating how groggy he was) and Pierrothito was clearly in pain after Electrico’s elimination. It’s too bad, because they were having one of the better minis matches before everything starting going wrong. The pre-elimination section and the first few were all pretty good, as well as the short psuedo-tag portion with Demus/Pierrothito vs Eléctrico/Astral. Hope they get another chance at something like this.

barrier 1, Dragoncito 0