Tonight is CMLL’s annual Copa Bobby Bonales. This is not a competition but more like a door prize. Daniel Aceves (or someone) decides in advance which legend should be honored that year and they get a plaque. Previous ‘winners’ are Blue Panther, Negro Casas, and Atlantis and I’d assume it goes to Ultimo Guerrero this year. It’s usually gone to someone in a trios match so they have time to be honored and he’s the most likely guy in the main event, which also includes Gran Guerrero & Averno versus Mistico, Valiente and La Sombra. That may finally set up a trios title match for next week.
The bigger event is the second block of the torneo increible de parajes, which is wide open. Mr. Niebla & Atlantis were the favorites, but Euforia replacing Niebla brings them back to the pack. I favor Negro Casas & Blue Panther to stick together until the final, but there’s a chance for a team like Marco & Terrible to sneak thru.
CMLL preview of the show includes a quote from the recent press conference to explain why Negro Casas can be in this match but not in the main event next week: he said he’d could return to the ring in a week or two, but he it’d be longer until he’s full strength and one must be at full strength to deal with the likes of Shocker and Rush.
The Terra preview for the show lists the tournament as airing, but that wasn’t the case last week and shouldn’t be expected to happen this week. (CMLL.com’s new set up has proven to be incapable of updating during tournaments, so you probably should just tune out for a couple hours after the broadcast goes dead.) Remember, if you switched your clocks this week, the broadcast starts an hour later. It’s a 9:30pm bell time here in the US Central Daylight Savings Time, but 8:30 pm local in Mexico City.
A Request: Can anyone record/send the CMLL Fox and C3 shows this weekend? Or point me towards usable streams I can record off of myself?
The Fox show should air on Azteca America next week, but there’s always the chance they wedge in the main event trios on Fox and cut it out when it comes to the US. I looked around for feeds last night and founds feeds for Fox Deportes (US) and Fox Sports South America, but none for Fox Sports Mexico proper. C3 does have a Ciudad Juarez feed, but that always acts strangely during this month of differing daylight savings time and it’s unlikely CMLL will air as normal. CadenaTres actually has what appears to be a live stream on their website. It’s blocked in the US, but maybe that’s just the Flash player and if I could get to the video stream itself it wouldn’t be blocked (but maybe they don’t even leave it on during CMLL?) Otherwise, their YouTube site may upload a couple of matches, but otherwise we’re probably out of luck.
We’re also going to be missing the AAA show this week, but AAA puts it up themselves (and repeats it next week) so it’s not as much an issue. I’d like to have it, but we’ll get it eventually.
Opening line to this AAA press release, translated: “In recent months, the AAA Fusion Champion Fenix has become a vital part of AAA programming.” Stop trolling. He’s so vital, he’s thrown in a cage match that has absolutely nothing to do with him. Anyway, he plans on giving his all and not losing his mask. You know, they’re using the domed cage because they have the domed cage so they need to find a way to wedge it once a year, but that also means a guy like Fenix can’t really do the usual big dive from the top OF the cage because there’s a top ON the cage. So he’ll probably do it even farther to the floor, they’ll show it maybe for two weeks, and then never ever again. I’m so fired up for Rey de Reyes, you can tell.
Rob has highlights of 01/03/2014 CMLL (Titan vs Virus).
LuchaWorld reviews this week’s Tercera Caida.
Doradafan has a new Soberano music video.
Ohtani’s Jacket has a review of the Perro Aguayo vs Sangre Chicana vs El Faraon vs Villano III, three posts on 90’s Lucha and a lot on Lizmark.
NFL football players visited Arena Mexico on Tuesday. CMLL thinks they’re such a big deal that they forgot to mention their names.
Hijo del Santo writes a column about riding the Mexico City subway. It was so loud, he couldn’t read a book! (This is a man writing about the giant bubble he lives in, more or less.)
Win a Monster Pain autographed mask. For some reason.
Arena el Jaguar has Dulce Kanela vs Lady Maravilla in a hair vs mask match the same night as Rey de Reyes (though you could probably make at least part of both?)
CMLL (MON) 03/17/2014 Arena Puebla
1) Meyer & Paris vs Akrón & El Rebelde
2) Asturiano, Leono, Robin vs Blue Center, Espíritu Maligno, King Jaguar
3) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stigma vs Kamaitachi, Puma, Tiger
4) Diamante Azul, Titán, Valiente vs Euforia, Kráneo, Ripper
5) Atlantis, Máscara Dorada, Volador Jr. vs Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto
This is good looking card for matches. Main event is a rematch from last week – might be setting up a Volador title match.
eMdlLL (SAT) 04/05/2014 Expo Reforma, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal
1) Dinastia Imperial Trainees vs Dinastia Alvarado Trainees
participants not listed
2) Lola Gonzalez, Reyna Gallegos, Vicky Carranza vs Lady Apache, Rossy Moreno, Tania
3) Coco Azul, Coco Rojo, Coco Verde vs Cuchillo, Kahoz, Rambo
4) La Máscara, Máscara Sagrada, Volador Jr. vs Scorpio Jr., Vangellys, Zumbido
main event of show 1
5) ? vs ??
listed as Exhibicion Lucha Japonesa – Hamada trainees?
6) Ayako Hamada, Big Mama, Yuca vs Black Fury, Marcela, Paloma Rouse
7) Blue Panther, Máximo, Super Porky vs Anteus, Negro Navarro, Pierroth
8) Averno, Blue Demon Jr., Gran Hamada vs Canek, Shigeo Okumura, Villano IV
main event of show 2
9) Marabunta, Marabunta Jr., Roy Reyes vs Gallego, Rocky Santana, Romano Garcia
10) El Falcón, el Halcon, Super Brazo vs Arafath, El Guerrero, Scorpio Jr.
11) Kendo, Solar I, Super Astro vs Felino, Heavy Metal, Negro Casas
12) Brazo de Oro & Brazo de Plata vs Villano III & Villano IV and Black Terry & Shu el Guerrero
listed as Brazos vs Villanos vs Temearios in a tag tournament; main event of show 3
13) Arkangel Trainees vs Villano Traines, Dianamita Trainees
14) Aguila Solitaria, Aristóteles, Pantera vs Cesar Dantes, El Gladiador, Jaque Mate
15) Arkángel de la Muerte, Cachorro Mendoza, Gran Cochisse vs Espectro Jr., Pirata Morgan, Satánico
16) Rayo de Jalisco Jr. & Universo 2000 vs Máscara Año 2000 & Mr. Niebla [Relevos Increíbles]
main event of show 4
eMdlLL (SUN) 04/06/2014 Expo Reforma, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal
1) Black Terry Trainees vs Villanos Trainees
2) Ayako Hamada, Big Mama, Yuca vs Black Fury, Marcela, Paloma Rouse
3) Batman, Súper Muñeco, Súper Pinocho vs Coco Azul, Coco Rojo, Coco Verde
4) Cachorro Mendoza, Máscara Sagrada, Volador Jr. vs Máscara Año 2000, Mr. Niebla, Universo 2000
main event of show 1
5) Dinastia Alvarado vs Escuela Dinamita
6) Anteus, El Falcón, El Halcon, Super Brazo vs El Guerrero, Scorpio Jr., Vangellys, Zumbido
7) La Máscara, Máximo, Super Porky vs Felino, Heavy Metal, Negro Casas
8) Brazo de Oro & Brazo de Plata vs Kahoz & Rambo and Black Terry & Shu el Guerrero
Listed as Los Brazos vs Los Temearios vs Kahoz & Rambo, guessing on names. Main event of show 2.
9) Stukita & Último Dragoncito vs El Panterita & Zafiro (IWRG)
10) Aramis (Alvarado), Goya Kong, Muñeca De Plata vs Amapola, Estrellita, Tiffany
11) Aguila Solitaria, Aristóteles, Cesar Dantes, Pantera vs Arkángel de la Muerte, El Gladiador, Fuerza Guerrera, Jaque Mate
12) Gran Cochisse, Rayo de Jalisco Jr., Villano III vs Espectro Jr., Pirata Morgan, Satánico
Main event of show 3.
13) Lady Apache, Rossy Moreno, Tania vs Lola Gonzalez, Reyna Gallegos, Vicky Carranza
14) Blue Panther & Solar I vs Negro Navarro & Super Astro
15) Gallego vs Romano Garcia, Rocky Santana, Marabunta [hair]
16) Canek & Gran Hamada vs Blue Demon Jr. & Villano IV
Main event of show 4.
These cards are insane. They’re listed as 4 separate shows each day (starting at 1). They’re all one after another with not much time for an intermission, and all apparently on a single admission. I’m just listing them as single shows. Interesting to see Heavy Metal on a show with CMLL luchadors. Maybe his profile needs to be removed? (Or maybe it’s an upset if half these matches happen as listed.) There’s also the hall of fame dinner on 04/02.