Strong Style Spirit, a long time source of NJPW English language, announced they were shutting down. Stuart’s work was an inspiration for this site, and it’ll be missed.
CMLL (FRI) 12/19/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Domingos Familiares (CMLL)]
1) Relampago & Thunder Boy b El Tapatío & Explosivo
2) Dr. Frezzer & Virgo b El Chakal & Furia Nazi
3) Évola, Infierno, Ráfaga b Exterminador, Leo, Omar Brunetti
Exterminador & Infierno added to the match. Extermaindor had problems with Omar again, this time costing them the match.
4) Kamaitachi, Maléfico, Okumura b Gallo, Hombre Bala Jr., Súper Halcón Jr.
Rudos took 2/3.
5) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Super Porky b Ephesto, Kráneo, Mephisto
tecnicos took 2/3
Exterminador has been a tecnico for about eight months, but that looks to be over.
CMLL (SAT)12/20/2014 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Artillero b Flyer
2) Soberano Jr. bDisturbio
3) Hombre Bala Jr. bOkumura
Bala won with the Bala Driver, which turns out to be the half nelson powerbomb move he uses.
4) Fuego b Boby Zavala
5) Sagrado bPegasso
Pegasso replaced Rey Cometa on the Wednesday prior.
6) Delta & Guerrero Maya Jr. b Hechicero & Hombre sin Nombre
First 3 fall match. Tecnicos took 2/3.
7) Bárbaro Cavernario, Ephesto, Mephisto b Dragón Rojo Jr., Máscara Dorada, Titán
Rudos took 1/3, Cavernario sneaking off Titan’s mask and cradling him for the win.
This show looked like it bombed. Maybe that’s not exactly right, because their lights were turned so low (or off) that it’s tough for it to look like anything. CMLL’s turned the lights down in Arena Mexico to hide the crowd for years, but this is the first time I can recall them doing the same in Arena Coliseo. I believe the idea is CMLL wrestlers are guaranteed a certain amount of appearances per time period, and if this show with low pay and lower turnout counts as one of those appearances per month, the luchadors can’t be thrilled. That’s kind of why the original trainee plan made more sense – those guys are going to be happier to work and less concerned about the pay. It looked like they had someone recording it for the CMLL video vault, and I’d watch it because I pretty much watch all CMLL, but these matches will probably end up reading better on paper than reality.
Anyway, they still plan on going on it and seems like they’re going to waste a Cavernario/Titan match here in a few weeks. That opener is Artillero’s first ever recorded singles win. There’s going to be a lot of opening match luchadors getting their first ever singles win if this thing lasts long enough.
CMLL also announced they’re going to return to Carpa Astro for a season of shows. It’s great they’re giving their wrestlers more work.
CMLL (SUN) 12/21/2014 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Akuma & Inquisidor b El Rebelde & Robin
Scheduled to be Molotov’s first appearance since August 26, but he was replaced by Rebelde (who didn’t have his usual gear or mask, so must’ve been told at the last second.) Rudos won 1/3 when Rebelde turned on Robin.
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Starman, Súper Halcón Jr. b Hijo del Signo, Metálico, Nitro
Tecnicos took 1/3
3) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Pegasso DQ Boby Zavala, Puma, Tiger
Tecnicos took 1/3, when Zavala tried to foul Pegasso, got blocked, and pulled his mask instead. Puma was dressed up like the Grinch. Best match on the show
4) Pólvora b Fuego [lightning]
Super Polvora Driver in 7:40, a standard Polvora lightning match.
5) Blue Panther, Marco Corleone, Stuka Jr. b Ephesto, Hombre sin Nombre, Kráneo
Kraneo replaced Vangellys and Marco replaced Rey Cometa on Monday. Marco’s using the Ingobernable music. Tecnicos took 1/3 clean.
6) Felino, Mr. Niebla, Thunder DQ Máscara Dorada, Valiente, Volador Jr.
Rudos took 1/3. Niebla tossed his mask (and wig) to Volador for the DQ.
A show. The tercera was the only one match who approached good. Other people liked it more, but the pointless finish hurt for me. Nothing at all of note; Sunday shows don’t appear to be getting a built up match for the next couple weeks (which means random tournament like Pequeno Reyes del Air.)
DTU (SAT) 12/20/2014 Arena Lopez Mateos [Black Terry Jr. (flickr), DTU (1), DTU (2), DTU (3), DTU (6), DTU (7), DTU (8), MT, TerceraCaida (1),TerceraCaida (2), TerceraCaida (3), TerceraCaida (4),TerceraCaida (5), TerceraCaida (6), TerceraCaida (7),TerceraCaida (8)]
1) Douki, Joven Maravilla,Maremoto Jr., Star Boy b Astro Satanico, Corazon Latino, Ferrari Ultima Generacion, King Lion[relevos suicidas]
idea was losing team would face off in Poza Rica on Sunday, but two teams drew so all four would face off.
2) Artikus & Lanzeloth b Aero Power & Angel Azul and Crazy King & Miedo Extremo
3) Jimmy, Kevin, Tony b El Chato, El Junior, El Nene [hair]
Jimmy & Kevin’s hair vs Chet, Junior and Nene, with the Nerds getting some revenge.
4) Black Fire & Slayer Pack b Jinzo & Rocky Lobo [DTU NEXO,final]
Fire & Pack are the first champions.
5) Drastik Boy b Hacker, Septimo Dragon, Aero Boy ©, Chica Ye-Ye, Príncipe Halcón [DTU AI]
Aero Boy loses in his first defense, with Drastick Boy winning the title back days after he lost it.
6) Paranoiko © b Shiryu Dragon, Rocky Santana, Super Mega, X-Fly [DTU CONSAGRADO]
7) Ángel o Demonio b Ovett [hair]
Angel o Demonio took his usual friend’s hair.
8) Violento Jack © b Cíclope [DTU]
a match with no mat. Violento Jack retained his title.
DTU anniversary show looked to out draw the CMLL Saturday Coliseo show at about the same time. That should be surprising but it doesn’t feel that way.
Miedo Extremo, who wasn’t one of the losers, ended up beating Corazon Latino for his mask in Poza Rica
Tercera Caida has quick results from Lucha Memes show, and those will go up here tomorrow once a few more details come in. The Indystrongtibles team won the main event cage match against the Oficials. Zacarias and Monito did not appear for their scheduled tag match (they were at Arena Mexico) and Judas el Traidor and Negro Navarro just had a match instead.
RobViper has a music video of 08/22/14 CMLL.
LuchaWorld has Kriz’s news update.
Cronicas y Leyendas looks back at the 1987 Anniversary show.
SuperLuchas looks back at past December 21st shows.
CMLL (FRI) 12/26/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Dr. Freezer & Índigo vs Furia Nazi & Thunder Boy
2) El Divino & Virgo vs Jocker & Sádico
3) Exterminador, Leo, Magnum vs El Cuatrero, Maléfico, Sansón
4) Esfinge, Gallo, La Máscara vs Mr. Águila, Terrible, Vangellys
5) Atlantis, Brazo de Oro, Rayo de Jalisco Jr. vs Cien Caras, Máscara Año 2000, Universo 2000
First Cien Caras match here since 2006 (Cien & Universo vs Blue Panther & Virus, which must’ve looked odd.) Rayo’s been in for guests appearances more recently. The last time all three brothers were here together was 2005 against Atlantis, Rayo De Jalisco, and Dr. Wagner Jr. They’ve been doing nostalgia matches for so long, it’s possible to have nostalgia for past nostalgia. No idea why Brazo de Oro is here. Kind of sad that the regular CMLL guys are being treated like lesser stars, but it’s not like the scheduling here is different than usual.
The Guadalajara-focused Kremlingology is getting old, but worth noting long time ref Loco Estrada (and management figure) is not listed as referee for that show. They don’t usually post referees, so not sure if that means something or not.
CMLL (SAT) 12/27/2014 Arena Coliseo
1) Robin vs Inquisidor
2) Star Jr. vs Ramstein
3) Oro Jr. vs Metálico
4) Eléctrico vs Mercurio
5) Tritón vs Sangre Azteca
6) Fuego & Rey Cometa vs Puma & Tiger
7) La Máscara, Titán, Valiente vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Felino, Kráneo
Titan and Barbaro match up again. That’s going to be a killer match that 200 people will see. (CMLL becoming 1995 UWA.) Electrico/Mercurio should be good, and they’ve worked in both the past Oro/Metalico msak match and Star/Ramstein future one. This show is probably why those two guys aren’t booked on this upcoming Tuesday’s show, given how CMLL parses everything out.