Traumas vs Oficials, Steve Pain out of AAA, Tigre Rojo/Blue Center

IWRG (SUN) 07/27/2014 Arena Naucalpan [The Gladiatores]
1) Alfa & Omega b Kaling Black & Látigo
Latigo replaced Hijo de la Bestia
2) Emperador Azteca & Metaleon b Anubis Black & Hip Hop Man
3) Canis Lupus, Fuerza Guerrera, Guerrero Mixtico b Alan Extreme, Golden Magic, Veneno
Rudos took 1/3, Guerrero Mixtico beat Alan again.
4) Trauma I & Trauma II b Oficial 911 & Oficial AK47
Oficials jumped the Traumas with chairs, but the Traumas rallied to take the match in straight falls. Mask ripping and blood. AK-47 tried to use a bottle at the end, but it backfired with Trauma II smacking him.
5) Cien Caras Jr., Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, X-Fly b Hijo De Dos Caras, Relámpago, Villano IV
Rudos took 1/3, Mascara sneaking in a foul on new champ Dos and X-Fly covering for the win.

I know Hijo de Mascara set up the finish, but X-Fly got the pin. Give the title shot to X-Fly.

Traumas and Oficials appear willing to murder each other to make a good match happen this year in IWRG. AK-47 needed stitches after the bottle shot to the head, which meant 911 was alone to get destroyed by the Traumas backstage. Guerrero Mistico and Alan Extreme also continued their hair versus hair feud.

Steve Pain says he’s done in AAA. This is abrupt and strange, but he did allude to some changes in his personal life on Twitter and he could be making the tough but mature choice to stay closer to home for the time being. Pain was a really nice surprise addition to AAA and will be missed.

Hijo del Pirata Morgan, who’s about to have parental issues of his own, receiving a new Anarquia t-shirt is the easiest way to patch that hole, though AAA’s now down 2 of the original 3 members of that group. The easiest way to replace Pain in his TripleMania match is just to stick Super Fly in Pain’s spot, but it always seemed like Super Fly was getting added some other way. Pain’s also on the taping prior to TripleMania, but odds remain low that AAA will announce a replacement.

Today’s the Tigre Rojo Jr. versus Blue Center mask versus mask match in Arena Puebla. The feud’s kind of snuck up on everyone and I’m not sure how big a deal it’ll turn out to be. Blue Center was originally feuding with Asturiano months ago. It turned to be a three way feud with Espiritu Maligno losing his hair instead, but it was a pretty clear signal veteran Blue Center would be risking his mask against a young Puebla luchador relatively soon. Those matches in Puebla tend to go one way, but I’m well behind on watching Puebla so I have no idea if that’s good or not. Tigre Rojo Jr. seemed promising the few times I’ve seen him.

I’ve heard the MLW Radio interview with Hijo del Fantasma was very good. I haven’t gotten to hear it yet – I’m waiting for a time where I can listen to it and take an excruciating amount of notes, hopefully in the next day or so. You shouldn’t wait for me to write about it, it’s worth checking out now.

Rob has highlights of 11/02/01 CMLL.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

A recap of the Mil Mascaras Guadalajara show on DJ Spectro’s Facebook mentions Dos Caras and Sicodelico were in rough shape, but Mil looked like Mil. That recap has the tecnicos winning the semifinal, but an R de Rudo confirms Cavernario actually submitted Solar.

Proyeccion Luchisitca returns from a long hiatus with long pieces on the final day of Gimnasio Gloria, a Mexico City licensing exam from Saturday, an interview with Black Terry, and another with Barba Negra and El Bufon.

After I noted Fenix wasn’t working spot shows this morning, here’s a recap of Fenix working a spot show in Puebla. Everyone should stop listening to me.

Segunda Caida reviews Fuerza Guerrera, Blue Panther, Espanto Jr., Psicosis vs Hijo del Santo, Octagon, El Mariachi, El Mexicano and El Santo’s retirement match.

Lucha Libre in Japan

07/28 NOAH: Super Crazy [O] & Matt Striker b Genba Hirayanagi [X] & Kikutaro [JTL]
Team WUW is 1-1, has 2 points, and probably has to win the next two to advance.

07/27 AAA TV Results (Ecatepec)

AAA TV (SUN) 07/27/2014 Centro Civico Nueva Aragon, Ecatepec, Estado de México [AAA]
1) Mini Abismo Negro, Mini Charly Manson, Mini Psycho Clown b Dinastía, Mini Drago, Octagoncito
2) Mamba, Sexy Star, Taya Valkyrie b Faby Apache, Jennifer Blake, Pimpinela Escarlata
Taya beat Faby again.
3) Angélico & Jack Evans b Daga & Eterno and Sensacional Carlitos & Tommy Diablo [AAA TAG]
Turned into a tag title defense. Daga replaced Steve Pain. Champs beat Diablo with their powerbomb/630 senton combo.
4) Australian Suicide, Drago, Fénix b Dark Cuervo, Demon Rocker, Pentagón Jr.
Demon Rocker replaced Daga. Fenix beat Pentagon.
5) Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown DQ Hijo del Fantasma, Texano Jr., Zorro
Texano fouled Psycho for the DQ.
6) Electroshock, La Parka, Myzteziz b Averno, Black Warrior, Chessman
Myzteziz submitted Warrior despite Sexy Star and Taya running interference.

Air Date: 08/02 and 08/09.

They have one more taping which will air the day before TripleMania, but this is basically it. This is a strange one, because they didn’t move anything forward for the TripleMania card at all – no mention of a cage match in the recap, no plans for the guys who have no matches right now. I assume they’ve taped (or will be taping) plenty of vignettes where those things are announced, but didn’t want to do it in front of the live crowd or didn’t trust to do it that way. It’s different than what they’ve done in the past and even during the lead up to this show (where Psycho/Texano, Taya/Faby and the cruiserweight match were explicitly made in front of the crowd.) I understand AAA is trying to be a TV show and figures most of their audience is finding out what happens by watching the TV show so it’s only what’s on there that matters, but since they’re likely going to announce the remaining matches in front of a limited audience in a couple days in hopes of reaching their audience, why not reach the part of their audience that’s already in front of them?

That cruiserweight match looks like it’s subject to change. Steve Pain wasn’t on the show, and said to be out of AAA. I have no idea why. Pain turned up on Twitter to promote an appearance on an LA lucha libre radio show, so we may know what happened soon enough.

The Puerto Ricians being brought in to lose a tag title match on night one is also pretty inexplicable. (It reads as if it was single elimination, so AAA could’ve just protected them and beaten Eterno.) Why bother flying them in? Or did they change their minds halfway thru, and that’s why the vignettes were primarily on YouTube? It’s also possibly they’ll just keep showing up anyway, because AAA is weird.

As expected, Fenix is working TV despite missing spots shows. I haven’t seen this week’s TV yet, but it sounded like he looked immobile in Nayarit. Hopefully the three weeks off have done him some good.

Next taping is 08/06 in Teziultan, but the next AAA event should be the announcement of the TripleMania card sometime this week. Maybe. I don’t really know.

great match roundup, week of 2014-07-12

Great/Excellent matches

Shows Watched But Nothing Made The List

CMLL on Terra: 2014-07-20 – easily the best show of the week.
AAA on Televisa: 2014-07-19
CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-07-19
CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-07-19
CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-07-20

Matches To Watch Later
Got nothing.