Sombra keeps the NWA Middleweight championship, Niebla Roja versus Titan


Mascara Dorada

CMLL (SUN) 05/11/2014 Arena Coliseo [CMLL, LuchaWorld]
1) Akuma & Zayco b Leono & Magnus Leono & Magnus vs Akuma & Zayco, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Rudos took 2/3. Zayco cheated, pulling Magnus’ mask off for the deciding pin.
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Pegasso, Starman b Canelo Casas, Disturbio, Ramstein Hombre Bala Jr., Pegasso, Starman vs Canelo Casas, Disturbio, Ramstein, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Fuego, Rey Cometa, Tritón b Kamaitachi, Misterioso Jr., Shigeo Okumura Fuego, Rey Cometa, Triton vs Kamaitachi, Misterioso Jr., Shigeo Okumura, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Tecnicos took 2/3, the last when Misterioso was once again rolled up (by Rey Cometa) while celebrating.
4) Valiente b Vangellys [lightningValiente vs Vangellys in a lightning match, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
6:50. Valiente avenged the En Busca de un Idolo result won with a dropkick to the knee and a running splash.
5) Atlantis, Máscara Dorada, Titán DQ Euforia, Niebla Roja, Terrible Atlantis, Mascara Dorada, Titan vs Euforia, Niebla Roja, Terrible, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Tecnicos took 2/3, the last by DQ when Roja pulled Titan’s mask. They had been feuding all match.
6) La Sombra b Rey Escorpión [NWA MIDDLELa Sombra vs Rey Escorpion for the NWA World Middleweight Championship, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
La Sombra is champion. Rey Escorpion won the first with a sit down powerbomb, Sombra took the second with his running double knee smash, and Sombra won the long third fall by escaping Aguijón Mortal and finishing Escorpion with the Shadow Driver. Fourth defense.

Sombra versus Rey Escorpion was good, though not at the level of Sombra versus Dragon Rojo in the same building. It never got to that level of intensity in part because of the flipped characters they’re playing. Sombra’s adapted to the new super confident persona easily, but it only really works in a match when that confidence is pierced. They only got a little bit of that here. I don’t watch a lot of non-CMLL NJPW, but it feels like Sombra is borrowing from Shinsuke Nakamura’s personality, who has gotten this bit to work for him (and maybe in a completely different way than I’ve figured.) Match just seemed like it had three-five more minutes into it when it ended

We’re more than due for another big Titan single match, but the big interest in that feud is to see what Niebla Roja’s got in a long form singles match. He’s gotten a half dozen lightning matches the last year, but the only three fall singles match he’s had was a Sunday Guadalajara non-televised one versus Valiente last October. You’d have to go all the way back to 2008 and a Guerrero Inca versus Semental (!) match in Arena Olimpico Laguna for a three fall match. He’s surely snuck one in on a show we just don’t have a record of, but nothing high profile until now. Niebla Roja seems like he’s pretty good in trios and he and Titan had an insane lightning match last year. He just needs a chance to put it together in a tercera caida.

Magnus versus Zayco might be a real feud. Zayco was hurt in their last match in February, and the recap emphasized a rivalry back then.

CMLL (SUN) 05/11/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Relampago Azul b Marvel
2) Dr. Frezzer & El Ídolo vs Ángel del Mal & El Yaqui
Tecnicos took 1/3. Yaqui went out on a stretcher.
3) William Rock b Furia Nazi
4) Demonio Maya, Espectrum, Évola b Explosivo, Exterminador, León Blanco
Rudos took 1/3. Exterminador was hurt in the second fall.
5) Maléfico & Mr. Águila b Esfinge & Stuka Jr.
Rudos took 2/3.
6) Ephesto & Mephisto b La Máscara & Máximo
Rudos took 1/3 when Mascara and Maximo didn’t get along.

Toryumon’s DragonMania show was today in Arena Mexico. Ultimo Guerrero won the six way main event and Yoruba lost his hair in the undercard.

IWRG set up a Hijo de Mascara Ano 2000 versus Hijo del Pirata Morgan match for the IWRG Juniors championship next week. Looks like the white radio sponsored mat is only a Sunday deal.

Amapola will defend her CMLL-REINA International championship in Tokyo on 05/25 versus Syuri. La Comandante is also on the card.

Rob has highlights of 02/14/14 CMLL.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Super Libre had Silueta, Hijo del Solitario and Hechicero among many guests this week.

Estrella Explosiva versus Skadi has been added to the 05/25 Chilanga Mask show. That’s the third women’s match on the show, joining Marcela/Silueta and Zeuxis/Chik Tormenta.

The Gladiatores talks to el Dandy about his retirement tour. Which continues to grow: he’s working May 30th in Arena Queretaro, which is after when that hair match was supposed to take place (and I haven’t heard much about them lately.)

R de Rudo writes about Lady Apache for Mother’s Day – she actually became a grandmother last year.

DJ Spectro looks back at Atlantis’ color change of 1984 and the many Skeletors. The multiple Skeletor thing is vastly confusing when going thru old results with little context.

Column goes with the “people complain about seeing the same matches every week; it’s good we’re bringing back a lot of old timers for their own promotion” ending. Not sure that holds up.

Luchadoras cool off after Friday’s all women’s show.

SuperLuchas writes about the red mats. Someone besides me did care!