CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-01-25


Pollito dropkick


taped 2014-01-14 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Gallo, Smaker, Tritón vs Felino, Gran Guerrero, Virus: An average match with a few things not working right. Gran Guerrero has been scaled way back – only one DF match in November and December, and looking like none in January as I write this – and he still needs to improve more before he comes back. Gran Guerrero trying to do his finisher on Gallo was a good demonstration of why Gran Guerrero needs a different finisher. Triton didn’t have a good night, and was off in the second fall; he was grabbing his ribs like he was hurt, but I didn’t catch an injury. Felino won in one fall he wasn’t supposed to and another by just sitting down, so it was that kind of night.

Mr. Aguila

taped 2014-01-19 @ Arena Coliseo
Blue Panther, Shocker, Valiente vs Kráneo, Mr. Águila, Reaper: A match where Valiente & Mr. Aguila both failed walking the ropes within 20 seconds. One of those may have been comedy, but it didn’t look good. Kraneo looked unsure of how to beat Blue Panther without Mije around. Maybe that was just me. Third fall closed well but there was a not a lot in this one.


Atlantis vs Mr. Niebla: Two guys who are sort of limited but still over with the crowd making their way thru a three fall match. This one might have worked better with one. It definitely would’ve have worked with a smoother finish. I don’t know what was supposed to happen after Niebla pulled Atlantis mask, but it didn’t quite happen. Match was otherwise about what you’d expect it to be.

AAA in Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera, surprises, Cien Caras on H2L

Today’s the day. AAA’s running a TV taping in Gimansio Olimpico Juan de la Barrera. It’s the first in a series, and AAA’s doing it’s season premier in a big way. Sin Cara is expected to return to lucha libre as part of AAA. He’s probably coming in as a tecnico, he’s probably going to be win the final Rey de Reyes qualifier, and he may have a new name by the time the night is over. There are certain ways we can assume Sin Cara will be fit in AAA and how everyone will react to him, but we’ll have a lot more information after tonight. I don’t think the average fan attending this show knows for certain Sin Cara will be there, just that there’s a chance, and the reaction Sin Cara gets the first time he steps in front of the crowd might tell a lot about his direction going forward. Everyone was behind him at the Sin Cara Gym show, but you were only there if you were behind Sin Cara in the first place.

Sin Cara is not the only scheduled surprise tonight. AAA’s been hyping a surprise from the Sociedad and a surprise from the Roldans. We can probably assume Sin Cara is with the Roldans – it’d be insane if he came in as a rudo, but I’ve followed US wrestling long enough not to rule any poor idea out – but there’s not as much hard info on who the second guy is. I’ve heard names, KrisZ has heard many more names, this guy had a fantastic guess, and there are probably more rumors out there we’re still to hear, but I haven’t heard solid info on anyone. We know AAA’s talked to CMLL luchadors willing to jump previously, and we know usually most of the CMLL guys back out of it. Maybe that’s changed with Hijo del Fantamsa’s experience in AAA so far; I think they AAA probably could have done better with him, but he seems totally enthusiastic about the move, which might be enough to convince someone on the fence. There’s always anyone of two dozen unaligned guys who could be brought in if plans fall thru – I bet Black Warrior is willing and available – but I think this is a CMLL spot.

(Also lost in the Sin Cara-ness of this week is the debut of Mini Drago. He may just be a trainee graduating to the new shows, or a Mascarita Divina being given a more relevant character, but don’t rule out a CMLL jump there as well.)

Also: AAA will have wrestling matches. Crazy! They’ve got Rey de Reyes in a couple tapings, and need to start putting together an actual card. They take care of one match with the Rey de Reyes tournament final being set. Psycho/Texano are in the qualifier, and figure to cause each other to lose to set up their own match for Rey de Reyes. The main event, one of a series of tecnicos vs rudos/Jarrett tag matches, should also set up something for Rey de Reyes. (It may just be another 4v4 match.) It’s possible more matches will come out of the women’s match in the segunda and the two middle matches, since many of those people figure to have a role on Rey de Reyes. The minis match is the easiest to figure: Mini Charly is getting a title shot on the next TV taping, Mini Charly hasn’t beaten anyone yet, Mini Charly is beating someone (and probably Dinastia) tonight. Tonight’s AAA show would be a busy news day even without the new faces.

There were some additional notes from yesterday’s Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera press conference. The press release says all the Gimansio Juan de la Barrera shows will be taped for TV. AAA ran 31 tapings last year. The same schedule would mean over one third of this year’s taping schedule would be in Mexico City.  Apolo Valdes’ column on the announcement mentions the government may gave AAA a higher amount of functions in 2015 if they draw well this year. (The press release also says AAA produces 260 hours of television of a year to an audience of 70 million in Mexico; the ends of press releases are always good for comedy.) Other recaps of the press conference clarifies the lucha libre classes will actually be free classes for children, in the usual bit of using lucha libre as an after school activity.

As I’ve said previously, CMLL would be best to wait a week to announce major news, instead of getting buried by the AAAvalanche that’s coming tonight. CMLL would have to be aware of the outside world to make that sort of decision, so instead they’ve already announced Cien Caras will be the second legend honored at this year’s Homenaje a dos Leyendas. Cien Cara was a big part of CMLL in the 80s and early 90s, one of a few guys who were perfectly positioned as the promotion returned to television and turned into a hall of fame level star. His mask match with Rayo de Jalisco Jr. will forever hold the Arena Mexico attendance record, as many hundreds (thousands?) of people forced their way in and overloaded the building to the point of causing structural damage. Cien Caras has “retired”, but in the lucha way of still popping up for a handful of matches every year. It would not be a surprise if he came back to Arena Mexico, where he’s not wrestled since 2007 (for a Luchas 2000 show, the 2005 H2L for a CMLL one), for one last trio matches with his brothers against Rayo de Jalisco and a couple of CMLL tecnicos.

Since CMLL’s already announced one big item for H2L, bet on them announcing the other. Negro Casas, Rush and Shocker are all in the main event tonight and are expected to main event H2L in a three way hair match. CMLL usually announces these level of matches about a month out, and today is exactly four weeks away from their major spring show. They could stretch it out another week – CMLL only started teasing the tension between new rudo Shocker and Negro Casas last week – but they’ll definitely be moving in that direction even if they don’t officially announce it.

Barbaro Cavernario’s big prize for winning the Gran Alternativa is to get a semifinal match with Mr. Niebla and Ultimo Guerrero. Soberano, who lost the Gran Alternativa final, is relegated to also appearing in the semifinal, teaming with Volador and Valiente. Tercera continues the Marcela vs Dallys feud and may set up a title match next week.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Ultimo Guerrero, Atlantis, LA Park, Damian and Bestia will be in California on Sunday.


IWRG (WED) 02/26/2014 Arena Naucalpan
1) Sky Ángel vs Onix
2) Diva Salvaje & Miss Gaviota vs Rayan & Spartan
3) Black Terry, Dragón Celestial, Emperador Azteca, Fulgor I vs Aztlán, Kanon, Skayde, Vortize
4) Dr. Cerebro, Relámpago, Veneno vs Fuerza Guerrera, Trauma I, Trauma II
5) Súper Nova vs Eterno [NWA OLD LH]
Super Nova is champion, 2nd? defense

Tercera is the FILL vs Skayde match, with one more Skayde trainee sneaking in on the opener. Main event should be good too.

AAA on Televisa: 2014-01-25


not quite


taped 2014-01-17 @ Arena Naucalpan
Faby Apache, Jennifer Blake, La Jarochita vs La Magnifica, Mary Apache, Sexy Star: This was OK like the mixed tag on the Hard Rock show was OK – the same bit of an extra woman (Taya this time) strolling down to the ring during the match for no apparent reason, distracting the crowd, and interfering freely to lead to the finish. (Though, did Sexy Star really need a distraction to beat La Jarochita? Not sure if Magnifica and Jennifer Blake have faced each other a lot, but they looked off when in together, and the rudas seemed a bit disorganized. There was nothing really bad but nothing really great.


breaking your back on a backdrop

Crazy Boy, Joe Lider, Niño Hamburguesa vs Demon Rocker, Machine Rocker, Soul Rocker: A match with no particular flow and forced setups to big spots which didn’t always work. Something got completely screwed up in the moments leading up to Niño Hamburguesa’s first try at a dive, and it led to a lot of people standing around and looking at each other. They really needed some editing (or some better wrestling.) The chair parts was where they really lost me, because it just seemed like randomness; same thing with Demon and Crazy’s German suplex back and forth out of nowhere and going nowhere. It seemed impossible no one got hurt on the double suplex spot to the outside. Crowd liked chanting for lucha extrema, was less concerned with the other portions of the match.


Joe Lider taking faceslam literally

Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Dark Spíritu for the AAA World Trios Championship: Bizarre ending to a title match – Cuervo’s in a little trouble, but it makes no sense for him to commit two fouls after begging for the title match. (And it’s weird to put Hijo del Tirantes in the position of forced to call a DQ when they’ve been half building a Psycho/Tirantes feud.) Most of the match was just a normal Psycho Circus match we’ve seen a hundred times, though it did get a little more than that by the end. It was a long way to go for that finish.


what was his plan here?

Cibernético, El Mesías, Fénix vs Daga, el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Texano Jr.: A brawl after two other brawls, though maybe a bit better. (Not good enough to be memorable; you can skip this taping easily.) This building has always been pro-Perro, but usually there’s loud support for the técnicos. Not so much this time. The tecnicos were booed for existing and for having any offense. Which is a shame, because they clearly built a few minutes of this match to elevate Fenix, but the crowd wasn’t accepting of it. Right idea, wrong building to try it. (The bit where Perro holds up a box full of bottles so Texano could throw Fenix into them would’ve been ludicrous in any setting.) Crowd did turn around a bit later on and might have reacted well to Fenix getting the main event win, but AAA cut away from it so quick (and Fenix was getting beat up by Texano anyway), it had absolutely no impact.

much better faceslam
backcracker moonsault?
Fenix should really stop doing this
keep doing this, tho’