taped 2014-07-27 @ Centro Civico Nueva Aragon, Ecatepec, Estado de México (week 2)
Terra announced they will be carrying the 09/19 CMLL Anniversary show, including the Ultimo Guerrero versus Atlantis mask match. It appears to be the same stream as usual – for free for all, and airing the complete show. The broadcast is listed as starting at 8:30pm CT.
CMLL’s been announcing a new match every Monday up until now; this announcement of the stream may be replacing the match announcement this week. The official current card for the CMLL Anniversary is Dragon Lee & Cachorro vs Puma & Tiger in the opener, an eight women’s cibernetico, and the mask match. Recent matches and upcoming lineups suggest Peste Negra (Negro Casas, Felino and Mr. Niebla) vs Los Ingobernables (La Sombra, Rush, La Mascara) and Rey Cometa versus Cavernario in a hair vs hair match may also be added. That will leave room for one or two additional matches.
CMLL’s overall strategy is confusing and possibly non-existent: why air this one and not Juicio Final or Dos Leyendas? What happened between last Wednesday, when CMLL specifically said there was no plan to air this show on the internet, and today? Why not charge for the show in some way (either by PPV or iPPV?) to make some very easy money off the biggest match they have to offer and will have to offer for quite some time? I do not know.
CMLL’s feed has been fairly though not perfectly reliable. I haven’t been charting it, but I’d estimate it works with only very minor issues about 70% of the shows, has some significant failure where a chuck of the feed is missed about 28% of the time, and out right fails about 2% of the time. This is not like AAA (current success rate: 0.00%) – you’re pretty safely going to see the whole thing if you check it out on the 19th.
Since this is free to all, I’ll be writing a preview for casual viewers here or on tumblr or somewhere else (unless they don’t get the lineup announced before I leave for Mexico, then who knows.) As it’s a free show, I’ll also be trying to record it to put up on Terra later – though it may be much later since I’ll actually be at the show, and I’ll have to write in some additional backup to make sure it works this year.
Really happiest most about Cavernario/Rey Cometa making it’s way complete to the general world. Ultimo Guerrero & Atlantis would air no matter what the situation. Iif Cavernario/Cometa happens, it’s the sort of match which might get cut from a TV show or (more likely) cut to pieces to by a brutal Fox Sports editor. I didn’t really put this together until I did work on the MOTYC list this weekend: Cavernario is one more really big match away from being a legit Mexico wrestler of the year. Cavernario’s not a big star so he’s not going to win that sort of recognition anywhere outside this very tiny circle who cares more about the quality of matches, but he’s had the really strong En Busca de un Idolo tournament, the great ensuing title match with Titan, plenty of good regular trios work, and now possibly the hair match with Rey Cometa that we didn’t even know was happening because TV hasn’t found time to show it. TV isn’t an issue if they stream it on the internet. This is setting up to be another great opportunity for Cavernario and he’s made the most of all of them this year.
CMLL (SUN) 08/31/2014 Arena Coliseo
1) Akuma & Espanto Jr. b Bengala & Robin
Rudos took 2/3
2) Astral, Bam Bam, Eléctrico b Demus 3:16, Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico
Tecnicos took 2/3, Astral beating Olimpico. Astral challenged Olimpico to a title match. Olimpico tried to get out of it due to knee injury, but finally agreed
3) Estrellita b Dalys [lightning]
4) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr. b Boby Zavala, Felino, Misterioso Jr.
Tecnicos took 2/3.
5) La Máscara, Máximo, Super Porky b Pólvora, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
Tecnicos took 1/3.
6) Euforia, Mr. Niebla, Shocker b Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Volador Jr.
Euforia beat Diamante Azul again
Didn’t hear a lot about the show but the minis match sounded like it had some good moments. They haven’t advanced to making title match challenges in the main event.
CMLL (SUN) 08/31/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@acogdl]
1) Dr. Frezeer b El Yaqui
2) Virgo b Demonio Rojo
3) Sky Kid & Smaker b Acertijo & Sádico
Tecnicos took 2/3
4) Demonio Maya & Maléfico b Esfinge & Exterminador
Rudos took 2/3, losing the first by excessive violence. Malefico (eliminated) snuck in a foul on Exterminador to set up Demonio Maya’s win. Hair match challenged followed.
5) Tritón b Ráfaga
6) Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero b Dragón Rojo Jr., Máscara Dorada, Titán
Rudos took 2/3.
Team Dorada/Titan hopes to do better tonight in Arena Puebla, one of the eight teams in block one of a massive tag team tournament. Massive in size, though perhaps not importance or match quality. Running only 9 matches (and one non-match battle royal) may give them 5-9 minutes per match to do something if everything is planned well. This is not going to happen, but if CMLL is putting 16 teams in this tournament, why not put at least one Puebla locals team in there?
IWRG (SUN) 08/31/2014 Arena Naucalpan [IWRG (Facebook)]
1) Anubis Black & Araña de Plata b Alfa & Látigo
Arana’s first match here since April.
2) Electro Boy, Freyser, Rayan b Dragón Celestial, Imposible, Metaleon
Electro Boy replaced Spartan.
3) Diva Salvaje, Dr. Cerebro, Miss Gaviota b Danny Casas, Hip Hop Man, Tony Rivera
Cerebro submitted Tony. Money thrown in.
4) Kenshi Kabuki, Pantera, Relámpago b Apolo Estrada Jr., El Hijo del Diablo, Trauma II
Tecnicos took 2/3, Kenshi submitting Trauma II. Pantera and Trauma feuded.
5) Demon Clown b Dr. Wagner Jr., Trauma I, Hijo De Dos Caras, Veneno, LA Park, Oficial AK47, Hijo de Máscara Año 2000 [Ladder, money]
This time, they stuck all the guys from the undercard around the ring as lumberjacks to fight anyone who left the ring. If they left the ring for 20 seconds, they were eliminated from the match. Trauma I (feuding with Ak47) was counted out when he was buried under chairs. Veneno was also counted out brawling with lumberjacks. The ladders were not allowed used for the first 10 minutes; LA Park brought it out after that point, but he and Wagner brawled outside to eliminate each other. LA Park was so furious about this that he took the ladder with him as he went to the back. IWRG brought out a second ladder. Demon Clown took out AK-47 with a piledriver and splsahed Hijo de Mascara off the middle rope. Hijo de Dos tried to stop Demon, but Demon tied his mask to the ropes and started climbing. Relampago tried to unmask and hand his mask to Hijo de Dos so Dos could slip out of his tied mask and use Relampago’s to chase, but the tecnicos didn’t pull it off fast enough and Demon Clown got the briefcase of a 50000 pesos ($3815 US). After all that, Demon Clown wants a title match with Hijo de Dos Caras.
The description of the main event ran 209 words. Counts were put in so people could be removed from the match without having to lay around, lumberjacks there because they had a cool idea for a spot (and they needed more help for the countout), but there’s insane amount of stuff going in that match. There’s a decent chance I’m paying to see a big Demon Clown/Hijo de Dos Caras match in the very near future, what a world.
IWRG youngster booking in a nutshell: Dragon Celestial, Metatron and Imposible all win recent feuds, now lose to two rudos who are never here (and one guy replacing someone who is also never here.) I am interested in these guys anyway, but most fans need people to get consistent wins to care.
This week’s MLW Radio mentioned their will be rehearsals for the Lucha Underground tapings this week. I’ve heard that will start on Tuesday – and most, if not all of the US based talent hadn’t actually signed a contract as recently as this weekend because of the issues with the (many) previous ones which have been offered. On that podcast, Konnan touched on those issues, but it seemed like he had worked it out for his own deal, felt the US guys were getting paid much better and had to understand Lucha Underground would come first, but the Hollywood guys would make it right for everyone in the end. They’ve got a day and things like this get done at the last second when they need to be done.
That rehearsal schedule means the five AAA wrestlers (Demon, Fenix, Pentagon Jr., Sexy Star, Drago) aren’t just going to be missing some weekends, but are pretty much full time in Los Angeles and not going to be around much in Mexico. (Maybe Chessman can finish that feud with Alan Stone while he’s killing time waiting for the Demon match!) Konnan also said those would be the only five to get a lot of screen time – they’re the five who’ve been given characters – but others may show up for cameos and they may switch around which five will be on the show next season. (They’re doing seasons, but it also seemed implied they’re only doing five AAA spots a year. (Six, actually – Konnan says he’ll be an onscreen speaking role sounding a lot like his current Mexico one.)
Konnan also mentioned they’d like to be able to put Alberto del Rio in the crowd even if legally allowed, and suggested WWE will not be enforcing their 90 day no compete on Del Rio (so it’d just be the one year US ban that would be holding things up.)
Laredo Kid has been added to the next WWL show. That show is on 10/18, one of the Lucha Underground taping dates. Ivelisse Velez is listed on the WWL show as well and said to be offered a Lucha Underground deal. She’d be skipping the WWL show if she worked Lucha Underground (and surely won’t be the only person to end up not appearing on the WWL based on past history), but that’s kind of the deal – everyone working this has to cancel most of their bookings for the next two months.
Super Libre had Draego, Crazy King and Tinieblas Jr. as guests.
Segunda Caida reviews Negro Casas, Felino, & Fiera vs El Hijo del Santo, Scorpio, Jr., & Blue Panther.
Extreme Tiger/Tigre Uno vs Aeroboy is a late addition to the Lucha Memes show for 09/07.
Cronicas and Leyendas previews Atlantis and Ultimo Guerrero.
This week in Luchas 2000 & Super Luchas covers
El Milenio previews the Anniversary card so far.
The Super Nova film premiers on at a museum on 09/13.
IWRG (WED) 09/03/2014 Arena Naucalpan
1) Black Niko vs Capitán Muerte
2) Alfa & Omega vs Insolito I & Insolito II
3) Alan Extreme & Látigo vs Anubis Black & Matrix Jr.
4) Chucho el Roto, Ironía, Yakuza vs Ciclon Black, Hip Hop Man, Tony Rivera
AULL vs Neza
5) Diva Salvaje, Kenshi Kabuki, Relámpago vs Canis Lupus, Eterno, Hijo de Máscara Año 2000
Eterno/Kenshi feud continues? Wonder who the neutrals will go with int he battle of IWRG invaders. Insolito’s popped up in Neza in July.
CMLL (SUN) 09/07/2014 Arena Coliseo
1) Magnus & Soberano Jr. vs Apocalipsis & Inquisidor
2) Black Panther, Sensei, Starman vs Cancerbero, Nitro, Raziel
3) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Tritón vs Okumura, Skándalo, Virus
4) Pequeño Olímpico © vs Astral [CMLL MINI]
Pequeno Olimpico’s 5th title match.
5) Blue Panther, Super Porky, Titán vs Kráneo, Pólvora, Shocker
6) Diamante Azul, Máscara Dorada, Valiente vs Ephesto, Euforia, Mephisto
More Azul/Euforia in the main event. I hope they’re saving Euforia’s big title match win over Diamante Azul for a show I’ll be at. I don’t think that’s what is actually happening.
First Pequeno Olimpico title match in 17 months. I guess I should be happy they’ve actually bothered (or gotten over what weird grudge CMLL clearly has with the Dragoncito/Olimpico/Pierrothito crew), but – do you know the last person Pequeno Olimpico defended his title against? Astral. (April 9, 2013) Do you know the second to last person Pequeno Olimpico defended his title against? Astral. (February 25, 2013.) You have to go back 29 months to find someone else getting a title shot, so I’m not giving too much credit for effort. Not sure Astral is any better champion but it would at least be possible for different matches to happen. (Don’t think a title chance is happening.)
CMLL (SUN) 09/07/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Índigo vs Furia Nazi
2) El Divino vs Acertijo
3) Brillante & Virgo vs Demonio Maya & Demonio Rojo
4) Omar Brunetti & Smaker vs Mr. Águila & Sádico
5) Exterminador vs Maléfico [hair]
6) Dragón Rojo Jr. & Gallo vs Cavernario & Terrible and Ángel de Oro & Stuka Jr. and Pierroth & Sagrado
Billed as a triple main event, so card order is subject to change.
Exterminador beat Malefico’s friend Evola in a hair match in June and lost to Malefico in a title match last week. The last time Malefico won a known hair match was 2006. Exterminador’s a favorite but it’s a Guadalajara local vs local match, there are no certainties.
CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-08-09
taped 2014-08-01 @ Arena México
Marcela & Princesa Sugehit vs La Seductora & Princesa Blanca, mask/hair – GREAT
Rush vs Negro Casas for the hair – EXCELLENT
Shows Watched But Nothing Made The List
AAA on Televisa: 2014-08-09
CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-08-09
Matches To Watch Later
IWRG Zona XXI: 2014-08-11
taped 2014-08-10 @ Arena Naucalpan
Imposible © vs Emperador Azteca for the IWRG Intercontinental Lightweight Championship:
Didn’t get C3; only the semimain looked good but it’s rare for good trios matches to turn up on Tuesdays. I did watch the Stuka/Polvora lightning match, which I actually posted last week by mistake. It was OK, simple match built around Stuka doing his three biggest spots.