02/27 AAA TV Results (Queretaro) – Cage defeats Patron

AAA TV (FRI) 02/27/2015 Auditorio General José María Arteaga, Querétaro, Querétaro [AAA]
1) Gotita de Plata, Ludxor, Venum b Carta Brava Jr., Mamba, Pegasus
Debut of Pegasus (from AULL). Ludxor & Venum gave him the double Spanish Fly for the win. Mamba attacked Pegasus for losing but the tecnicos saved him.
2) Daga & Súper Fly b Argenis & Australian Suicide
Daga submitted Argenis as Super Fly superbombed Suicide.
3) Texano Jr. b Murder Clown, Machine Rocker, Bengala [Rey de Reyes, semifinal]
Texano Jr. beat Machine Rocker, Bengala and Murder Clown in that order. Texano Jr. joins Aerostar, Mesias and the winner from Ecatepec in the final
4) Drago & Súper Nova b Hijo de Pirata Morgan & Joe Lider
Super Nova was Drago’s surprise partner. Tecnicos beat Lider. Recap notes Nova & Drago were a great team.
5) Angélico, Jack Evans, La Parka b Averno, Chessman, Cibernético
Earlier in the show, the Hell Brothers appeared to announce they were officially united with La Sociedad. Chessman also issued an open challenge for his Latin American title, calling out Demon specifically. La Parka surprised Chessman with a small package. Daga and Joe Lider in and helped put Parka thru a table post match.
6) Brian Cage, Hijo del Fantasma, Pentagón Jr. b El Patrón Alberto, Fénix, Myzteziz
Cage beat Alberto with a moonsault. Alberto said he’d have his revenge.

Air Date: 03/07 & 03/14

The Rey de Reyes announced card so far, for a show that’s two weeks away.

  • Fenix vs Hijo del Fantasma (c) for the AAA Cruiserweight Championship
  • Aerostar vs Mesias vs Psycho Clown vs Texano Jr. in the 2015 Rey de Reyes final

…that’s pretty much it. One taping to go, but they’ve got a press conference on Tuesday so it’d fit to announce the lineup then.

We don’t really know much more for certain for Rey de Reyes, which really surprises me. The build to this show has not been great. AAA’s had one match set up by a rudo just making an open challenge (and may have another), there’s another match set up because it’s the tournament they run every year, and those are the only two matches that are official. If they do Cage/Alberto, and that still seems to be in ‘if’ territory, at least the rudo got a win to set it up. There are definitely matches that could be put together based on the current storylines, and AAA could release a card Tuesday that completely fits with what they’ve been doing, but the build up to that card hasn’t been particularly focused. There was a moment where it appeared to AAA was going to be doing no TV leading up to Rey de Reyes, which would’ve seemed to make a hard sell for that show. They ended up doing quite a bit of it, but the build is not all that much stronger.

By coincidence, or not, Flamita returned to Dragon Gate a few hours after this show (instead of actually being on this show.) Super Nova should be a great addition, if he’s actually full time here.

Second match was said to be excellent. Eager to see how the first match went.

Leyendas Inmortales results, Maximo & Terrible to face Volador & Rey Bucanero next week

LI (THU) 02/26/2015 Arena Aficion [Estrellas del Ring, Funcion Estelar]
1) Magnetico & Tarkus b Crazy Boricua & Mascara Virual
2) Gallego, Rocky Santana, Romano Garcia b Bala De Plata, Carta Brava Jr. (IWL), Tom Mix Jr.
3) El Fantasma, Heavy Metal, Veneno DQ Histeria II, Máscara Año 2000, Tyson la Bestia
Tyson La Bestia replaced Mr. Mexico.
4) Negro Navarro © b Solar I [FMLL MASTER]
Navarro kept the title.
5) Canek, Mr. Jack, Octagón b Black Terry, Fuerza Guerrera,Triturador
Triturador (?) replaced Shu (which meant the point of the match was no longer there.) Canek & Octagon attacked Mr. Jack after the match. Crowd did not like the match.

The idea of the main event was Mr. Jack and Shu el Guerrero now hate each other so much that Mr. Jack would team with Canek, but that doesn’t quite work if Shu doesn’t show. The ring had a big advertisement for Rock & Road Music Group, a music booking company.

photo by CMLL

CMLL (FRI) 02/27/2015 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Leono & Molotov b Hijo del Signo & Metálico
2) Blue Panther Jr., Dragon Lee, The Panther b Kamaitachi, Puma, Tiger
Tecnicos took 1/3, the first by DQ and the last with Dragon Lee beating Kamaitachi.
3) Ángel de Oro & Atlantis b Rush, Marco Corleone, Máximo, Stuka Jr., Dragón Rojo Jr., Blue Panther [natl pi, seeding battle royal]
4) Gran Guerrero & Stuka Jr. b Blue Panther & Felino [natl pi, 8f]
5) Máximo & Terrible b Dragón Rojo Jr. & Niebla Roja [natl pi, 8f]
6) Rush & Shocker b Marco Corleone & Thunder [natl pi, 8f]
7) Atlantis & Último Guerrero b Ángel de Oro & Hechicero [natl pi, 8f]
8) Máximo & Terrible b Gran Guerrero & Stuka Jr. [natl pi, quarterfinal]
9) Atlantis & Último Guerrero b Rush & Shocker [natl pi, quarterfinal]
10) Máximo & Terrible b Atlantis & Último Guerrero [natl pi, semifinal]
11) Ephesto, Mephisto, Rey Bucanero b Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr.
Terrible distracted Tirantes and Bucanero fouled Volador for the win.

Tournament went the way everyone thought it would.

Tonight’s CMLL Coliseo show has Guerrero Maya & Delta vs Misterioso & Sagrado for the Arena Coliseo Tag Team championship. All the champions have kept their belts on these Saturday shows and this seems like it’ll go the same way. El Grafico interviews Guerrero Maya Jr., who says Hechicero & Barbaro Cavernario have been their toughest challenge so far.

AAA has another big house show today in Arena Neza. Scheduled main event is Alberto & Mesias vs Electroshock & Texano Jr.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

ChilangaMask has a show in Puebla’s Arena Coliseo San Ramon today, with Segura & Freelance vs Asturiano & Pegasso as the top match.

Notimex has an interview with Dragon Lee & Kamaitaichi about the mask match.

CMLL’s fourth part of their El Faraon history piece.

+LuchaTV has an interview with Alberto el Patron.

The LyC 03/15 main event will be a cage match.

SuperLuchas writes about Canek & Dr. Wagner Jr. vs Strong Kobayashi & Bufalo Allen from a past February 27th and Santo, Demon & Mil Mascaras vs Ola Blanca from a past February 28th.

DJ Spectro writes about Lawrence de Arabia being unmasked, Hermano Dean I being unmasked and the Hulk being unmasked.

Diario Oaxaca has an interview with Vuelo Espacial.

A Polish site has an interview with Tinieblas Jr.

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 03/06/2015 Arena México
1) Robin & Sensei vs Canelo Casas & Metálico
2) Flyer, Hombre Bala Jr., Tritón vs Boby Zavala, Sangre Azteca, Virus
3) Delta, Dragon Lee, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Kamaitachi, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado
4) Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Valiente vs Felino, Pólvora, Rey Escorpión
5) La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush vs Negro Casas, Thunder, Último Guerrero
6) Rey Bucanero & Volador Jr. vs Máximo & Terrible [natl pi]

Original Ingobernables are back together in Arena Mexico. Almost as heartwarming, Rey Escorpion and Polvora are back together. Dragon Lee & Kamaitachi should not be as far down in the third match unless CMLL’s setting up another H2L in the matches above them.

Triton handles the video promo.

AAA in Naucalpan last night, AAA taping in Queretaro tonight, CMLL torneo increible de parejas

AAA (THU) 02/26/2015 Arena Naucalpan [Tercera Caida]
1) Ludxor & Venum b Hijo de Pirata Morgan & Kronoz
Debut of Kronoz, who’s been hanging out with Electroshock & Hijo del Pirata in vignettes since the start of the year.
2) Argenis, Niño Hamburguesa, Octagoncito b Carta Brava Jr., Daga, Mini Psycho Clown
3) Australian Suicide & Faby Apache b Dark Scoria & Taya Valkyrie
Hijo del Tirantes helped the rudos during the match, but Suicide still beat Escoria
4) Parka Negra, Pentagón Jr., Zorro b Drago, El Elegido, Jack Evans
Elegido & Zorro replaced Fenix & Fantasma.
5) Blue Demon Jr., El Patrón Alberto, Fénix b Chessman, Hijo del Fantasma, Texano Jr.
Alberto’s first match in this building since September 2007 (when he also teamed with Demon!) Fenix and Fantasma added to this match. Tecnicos took 2/3, Alberto beating Texano to win.

Looks like a sellout. Enrique and Oscar have a post show audio interview with Alberto and an earlier preview of the Gimansio Juan de la Barrera show. They pointed out how AAA tends to have big surprises in Juan de la Barrera, which also points towards a Rey Jr. appearance.

AAA has a taping tonight in Queretaro, which should be pretty busy. Most of the Rey de Reyes lineup is still very unclear, they’ll obviously need to have a card if they’re holding a press conference on Tuesday, so a lot of matches has to go sorted out tonight. The main event is Brian Cage’s debut in the promotion, opposite Alberto. TV has strongly teased Cage challenging for Alberto’s mega-championship, and tonight’s show should indicate how quickly they’re getting to that match. The full main event is Alberto, Fenix, and Myzteziz vs Cage, Fantasma and Pentagon Jr., which should also continue the Fenix/Fantasma rivalry.

Fenix/Fantasma is one of two matches we actually know for Rey de Reyes. The Rey de Reyes final is the only other match announced for Rey de Reyes, and that’s Texano and Three Other People. Bengala is good, Machine Rocker is good, Murder Clown is also in this match, and none of them appear to have a chance in this match. There’s a lack of drama in the outcome but this could turn out to be a pretty good match if they get Murder Clown out of the way early.

A bigger mystery for this show is in the fourth match, where the odd pair of Hijo del Pirata & Joe Lider take on Drago and a surprise luchador. The only rumor for the surprise has been Flamita, who worked a dark match here last year and has been recruited by the promotion to come in full time. Flamita was said to be returning to Dragon Gate next month, but has yet to be announced for any shows. (That may not mean anything : Flamita left Dragon Gate as a surprise so would figure to return as a surprise.) The show also includes a couple of promising matches to open the card, and a Hell Brothers vs Jack/Angelico/Parka match.

CMLL’s already announced the big matches for their March major show, and now are just attempting to make people to care about them. That effort makes Maximo & Terrible the favorite to win the second block of the Incredible Pairs tournament, to set up a final against fellow H2L main eventers Rey Bucanero & Volador. None of those matches sound good or actually sound like something that would make people more interested in the feud, but it is how CMLL usually sets up things. Rush returns to action for the first time since November, but may only wrestle for about 3 minutes today depending on his team with Shocker goes. They do have a change to advance if they can keep it together, as do Atlantis & Ultimo Guerrero, but this field has a majority of Gran Guerrero & Stuka Jr. team where it’d be a surprise if they made it out of one round.

The actual main event has the Sky Team versus Ephesto, Mephisto and Rey Bucanero, which should be a showcase for the new tecnico champions. Dragon Lee and Kamaitaichi are in a great looking segunda which has absolutely no chance of airing on TV. CMLL’s packages on El Faraon have been well done, but it’d be nice to see them build up the main event matches on the show as strongly, and tonight’s trios match alone should give them enough to for a long highlight package.

LuchaWorld has a recap of this week’s CMLL Informa and KrisZ’s news update.

Segunda Caida reviews last week’s Lucha Underground and more Lucha Haku.

Llaves y Candados have announced Dr. Wagner Jr., Hijo del Ninja, Mr. Aguila, Laredo Kid, Axel and Heroedes Jr. on their 03/15 show.

ChilangaMask has announced Virus vs Avisman for a new 04/12 Coliseo Coacalaco show. Background on Jason Gory, wrestling on the upcoming 03/22 Coliseo Coacalco show.

Estrellas del Ring has reports from press events for 03/14 Vamper Revolution and 03/15 Lucha Libre Boom, both of which have a CMLL vs indy theme.

+LuchaTV has highlights of last week’s DTU show: Los Nerds vs Porros, Black Fire & Slayer Pack vs Draztick Boy & Rocky Loco vs Violento Jack & Aero Boy and Sagrado, Crazy Boy, Pesadilla, Hacker vs Joe Lider, Paranoiko, Ciclope & Miedo Extremo.

Dragon Lee said he’s going to leave his imprint on the Arena Mexico mat in his mask match. I think he may do that literally. He’s concerned Okumura may try to cheat and help Kamaitachi.

Arena Coliseo San Ramon has Tigre Rojo Jr. putting his mask up against fellow Puebla local Toro de Oro.

Oaxaca luchador Challenger will be honored at a free show tomorrow.

Lineups

IWRG AAA (WED) 03/04/2015 Arena Naucalpan
1) Alfa & Omega vs Anubis Black & Ciclon Black
2) Atomic Star vs Dragón Celestial, Imposible, Alas de Acero, Araña de Plata
3) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo vs Avisman, Dowki, Hip Hop Man, Liderk
4) Rayan & Spector vs Oficial 911 & Oficial AK47 © [IWRG IC TAG, #1 Contenders]
5) Argenis, Machine Rocker, Mamba, Niño Hamburguesa, Súper Fly, Venum vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Cerebro Negro, Electro Boy, Eterno, Golden Magic, Universo 2000 Jr.
AAA vs IWRG

The main event for this show  was originally listed as a cage match where the loser would lose hair or mask, but the poster doesn’t specifically say that. The poster also says the fourth match is for the tag team titles neither team holds, so the poster may just be wrong.

It better not actually be a cage, but I dunno how Nino Hamburguesa is getting out. Five Match Fighters in the second match should be killer again, though it’d be even better if they moved Machine Rocker and Venum into it for Seven Match Fighters.

Rey Misterio Jr. leaves WWE; expected to sign with AAA and Lucha Underground 5 minutes ago

After a long wait, Rey Misterio Jr. has been released from his WWE contract. There’s no release on their website, but WWE’s responded to questions by simply saying Rey Misterio is not part of the company any longer. The US promotion announced the parting of ways. Misterio is expected to announce appearances with other promotions immediately, and may have already done so by the time you read this. Rey originally expected to leave WWE in 2014 and had already started to make future plans. He’ll finally be able to act on them now.

Those plans obviously include AAA and Lucha Underground. Deals with those promotions may not be formerly announced for some time, but have at least been informally agreed upon. Lucha Underground did not announce their deal with Alberto el Patron until the moment he appeared in their ring at least in part due to the surprise factor. That may be repeated here, but Rey was intended to be part of that promotion from the start and now will get to be. AAA formerly introduced Myzteziz and Alberto at press conferences to promote events last year. AAA’s believed to have already scheduled a 03/03 press conference to talk about Rey de Reyes (as mentioned in the iPPV announcement) and that would make sense as an reintroduction point for Rey Jr. The Rey de Reyes slogan being “Un Rey se acerca” (A Rey is coming) is an obvious allusion.

Rey’s not expected to wrestle much, if at all. There’s surely some health concerns, but he’s a big enough name where he can command a great fee just for showing up and signing some autographs so he’s probably going to stick to that.. It’s not of the question that Rey may wrestle at a TripleMania, but they’re very likely to be Special Appearance type matches, not singles matches going for MOTY.

This helps Lucha Underground get another recognizable face (well, mask) to both El Rey management and sponsors. (It also probably raises the costs of running the show.) Rey’s story of leaving WWE is harder to drill down to simple sentence than Alberto, but he’s even more well known. Rey’s going to go thru the same whirlwind of demand.

It’s unclear at this point if there is any sort of no-compete included in the contract. It may not be a big obstacle if there is one; Lucha Underground is so far ahead that even a “three month” TV no-compete would still allow him to be on the next set of tapings. Those clauses usually aren’t/can’t be enforced out of the country, so it would have no effect on his AAA appearances.

Rey actually was seen as part of last year’s TripleMania, in a video airing only live (never on TV, but “accidentally” shown briefly on PPV) teasing a return to the company soon. Rey also was inducted into AAA’s Hall of Fame in 2007, but AAA was required by WWE to edit him out of the TV broadcast of the ceremony. (A few clips have snuck thru over the years.) As best I can tell, Rey’s last AAA TV would’ve been on the 08/30/1996 Juan de la Barrera show. His next AAA TV appearance may be in the same building.

The date of Rey leaving WWE had been agreed to for months, sometime after Rey’s last meeting with WWE officials in Buffalo. That date was supposed 02/27 (a late Friday release to bury the news), with the idea that Rey’s side was not allowed to tell leak it out or WWE would go back on their deal. Bizarrely, it appears it was WWE who leaked the news a day early by moving Rey to the Alumni section of their roster. There were a lot of little leaks coming out so WWE might have just decided to be done with it. I’m not sure if this is the last we’ll hear about the parting of the ways – there are not good feelings on either side and more is going to come out about it – but hopefully the early announcement means everyone can just move on quicker.

03/06 AAA TV Lineup (DF)

AAA TV (FRI) 03/06/2015 Gimanasio Olimpico Juan de la Barrera
1) Argenis, Dinastía, Niño Hamburguesa vs Carta Brava Jr., Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Mini Psycho Clown
2) Drago & Faby Apache vs Dark Cuervo & Taya Valkyrie
3) Angélico, Australian Suicide, Jack Evans vs Daga, Joe Lider, Súper Fly
4) Blue Demon Jr., El Mesías, La Parka vs Averno, Chessman, Cibernético
5) Fénix, Myzteziz, Psycho Clown vs el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Hijo del Fantasma, Pentagón Jr.

Air Date: 03/28 – looks like only 1 week with the opener being an internet/UTDN exclusive.

Today starts a very active and newsworthy eight day stretch for Rey de Reyes. This’ll be the last day of that stretch, and it’s kind of just a show. It’s a very ordinary lineup for a return to Mexico City. The main event focus will still be on the Perro/Myzteziz issue and could be a very good match, but there’s nothing that stick out as a sure great match or a big turning point in an issue.

Semimain keeps the Demon/Hell Brother feud alive. It’s basically the same match that aired on TV this week with Mesias in Jack’s place. (That wasn’t a strong TV match.)

The Angelico, Suicide and Jack team is reunited, and are at least one rudo short of having a good match. This again is a good moment to see what Joe Lider is up to, and may play into whatever tag title match is or is not happening at Rey de Reyes. This is a sort of a lame duck card – we’ll know the Rey de Reyes card before this show takes place – but so little is obviously going on that it doesn’t even give away what’s happening in Guadalajara.

Cuervo remembered he had issues with Faby Apache last time we saw him in 2014, so maybe they’ll continue that.

Opener does not feature any random indy guys, kind of disappointing. It’s peculiar that AAA is putting TV time into Hijo del Pirata vignettes and still only use him in the opener.

Bucanero defeats Sombra, AAA in Naucalpan

CMLL (TUE) 02/24/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Índigo & Sensei b Apocalipsis & Sádico
2) Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito b Astral, Eléctrico, Shockercito
Pierroth submitted Astral
3) Blue Panther, Stuka Jr., Super Porky b Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado
Tecnicos took 1/3
4) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Mistico DQ Ephesto, Felino, Mephisto
Tecnicos took 2/3, the last when Felino fouled Angel de Oro.
5) Rey Bucanero b La Sombra
Bucanero took 2/3. Sombra knocked into the ref, fouled Bucanero, went to pin him, Bucanero pulled Sombra’s mask and cradled him for the win.

I thought Bucanero should win if they’re showing H2L in Guadalajara. They are – the full list mentions it’s airing in Cinepolis Tlaquepaque. I do not see Chicago on that list.

Would so much rather see Astral vs Pierrothito than Angel de Oro vs Felino.

AAA starts a big weekend of shows tonight in Naucalpan. The shows in Naucalpan and Neza (on Saturday) are not TV tapings, but they’ve been given equivalent attention to those on AAA’s TV show. The three shows are built around Alberto el Patron’s first major Mexico appearances since Guerra de Titanes. Tonight, he teams with Blue Demon against Chessman & Texano in the main event. The opener appears to be the debut of Kronoz, the mystery man who’s been hanging out with Electoshock & Hijo del Pirata on recent TV shows.

Leyendas Inmortales tapes tonight in Arena Aficion. Main event is Canek, Mr. Jack, Octagon vs Black Terry, Fuerza Guerrera and Shu el Guerrero. Jack’s feuding with Shu now, so he can Canek are on the same side. Semimain is Negro Navarro vs Solar for FMLL Master belt. Solar revealed he lost the Master championship to Negro Navarro on the 18th in Guadalajara. As many shows I have in the database of late, I don’t even have that one.

CMLL Informa had the usual bit of interviews yesterday. They briefly touched on the Diamante Azul situation, saying he was very busy in Europe and had gone too long without defending the title so they had to take it away. That explanation falls apart in every way (he’s not busy wresting for sure, CMLL’s had champions go years without defenses, and they’re not exactly taking away Mascara Dorada’s title for not coming back to Mexico to defend the title) but at least it was an explanation. It did not seem like they expect Azul back any time soon – it’s seemed like the Terra situation where CMLL would be open to working with him again but don’t expect to do shows with him right now.

CMLL’s also posted the Stellar Moments of the week and the Stuka/Polvora lightning match from Sunday as it’s lightning match of the week.

Discussion of Lucha Underground spoiler led some of to believe a certain character may be getting renamed as Dragon Azteca, one of the names which were copyrighted by Lucha Underground recently. That line of thought looks to be wrong – at least according to Drago, there is a Dragon Azteca: and he’s the mystery guy from the end of this week’s show!

SuperLuchas has an AAA teaser – “renew or die“. Apolo of MedioTiempo mentioned getting something similar earlier this week. This seems to be linked to the earlier rumors of AAA undergoing a major change in it’s TV presentation starting around Rey de Reyes, though no one exactly knew what that meant then or now. (It was also part of a plan to not run TV tapings until that change, which obviously hasn’t happened.) Confusingly, just as these teasers roll out, the WON mentioned these Big Change plans may be pushed back since AAA’s drawing well, and how well they do in Queretaro this weekend may be a determining factor. It doesn’t quite make sense – the changes were said to be all about Televisa having problems with the TV product and good turn outs at shows weren’t the problem. (Also, anyone could’ve figured out they would’ve drawn well in Naucalpan, Toluca and Ecatepec because they always do – those are the easy ones.)

Related or not: Apolo notes, in a preview of March, Rey de Reyes slogan is “Un Rey se acerca” – a king is coming.

Llaves y Canadados has announced their upcoming TV taping schedule, which includes many shows which are not in Arena Coliseo Monterrey. That’s a very surprising development. Of immediate note, the 03/14 Arena Lopez Mateos show posted a couple days ago, with Myzteziz and Averno on top, is one of those shows.

LuchaWorld has a recap of two NotiTrauma episodes.

Fuego en el Ring interviews luchadora Reyna Obscura (a Starman trainee) and Scorpio 2.0 (Scorpio Jr.’s nephew who’s been wrestling under a different name for 6 years).

El Popular interviews Amapola (who does not like talking about her personal life) and Starman (who reveals Mini Starman was his nephew who suffered a knee injury and had to retire.)

+LuchaTV has Negro Navarro & Metaleon winning El Protector, Dragon Lee vowing to destroy all the indepdenents and the Vipers (Invasors) heading to DTU.

The SuperLuchas look back at February 25, 1973 includes a lot of shows and one funeral, but it also mentions the police checking fans as they entered the building for a show in Torreon. The police found 40 bottles fans tried to sneak in, 25 knifes and 3 pistols. Just a normal show. There’s also a report on a AAA vs CMLL head to head battle on a past February 26.

Cronicas Y Leyendas looks back at Diablo Velasco, Mil Mascaras vs Bruno Sammartino, Los Dragones Chinos and Canek vs Enrique Vera.

DJ Spectro writes about the history of Robot R2 and C3.

Aerostar says making it to the Rey de Reyes final is a dream come true.

Kriminal Boys promo for the CaraLucha show next weekend.

Quick interview with Saltillo’s Obsesion.

Lola Gonzalez will be honored on March 15.

It’s been a while since a Bolivia Cholitas article, and the pictures on this one are very good.

02/21-22 Lucha Underground match results (episodes airing 04/29 to 05/20)

This is not a rerun. There are now results. I decided to just do a separate post. Everything is weird, just roll with it.

Sunday results are from the WON. Saturday results are from…elsewhere. Yep.

FWIW: Observer says the next taping is on 03/21 (29-32) My impression is they’re dark on WrestleMania weekend, so that’d be the only shows for March. They’d only need to tape two weeks in April to be done for the season.

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Lucha Underground 1×16: Caged Animals

ropes work differently when you’re Aerostar

the matches

  • Aerostar b Drago (4:56, springboard splash)
  • Cage b Prince Puma in a non-title match (8:41, towel thrown in)
  • Penagon Jr. b Vinny Massaro (1:01, “3 Up 3 Down” half cradle powerbomb driver)
  • King Cuerno DCOR Johnny Mundo (7:28)

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the developments

Black Lotus was shown to be trapped in a car at the start of the show. Later, at an unknown location, the trunk was opened, and a mystery person asked her what she knew about lucha libre. The person was shown for a brief instant – and it was the mystery masked man who saved Prince Puma in the vignette that opened the series.

Puma got amtracked

After Aerostar defeated Drago, Dario Cueto announced they would be spending more time together. Drago & Aerostar will continue in a best of five series (tied 1-1) and the winner will receive a Unique Opportuinty.

Cage dominated most of the match with Prince Puma. Konnan appeared late to encourage Puma to make it to the ropes after a hold. Cage later dropped Puma with his Weapon X finisher, but opted to punch Puma in the face repeatedly instead of covering. Konnan yelled for Puma to cover up, grabbed a towel, and threw it in to call the submission. Later in the locker room, Konnan told Prince Puma that Puma just needed to stick to the plan – it appeared at least part of what we just saw was that plan, but it was unclear what part.

Sexy Star confronted Dario Cueto in his office. She was sick of men bailing her out, and wanted the Crew all by herself. Cueto suggested a match with Big Ryck, but Sexy insisted on going it alone. Cueto clarified: Big Ryck wanted the Crew as well, so he and Sexy Star would have a match next week and the winner would get to face the Crew. Sexy Star was satisfied with this.

Pentagon Jr. defeated Massaro with ease, even doing his #0M pose while holding Massaro, then dropping him with a piledriver, then powerbombing him thru a table and then armbarring him.

King Cuerno’s tope got a vignette! It made a lot of sense later, as three straight topes lead to both men being counted out. Mundo and Cuerno continued to brawl around the ring, up the stairs and finally thru a fence.

random thoughts

Pentagon Jr.’s master demanded more violence

I kind of feel like I know as much as what’s going on with Lucha Underground as anyone who doesn’t actually work for them, but I have no idea what’s going on in multiple cases! I never thought we’d see the mentor type guy from the first episode again, just writing that of as a thematic bit, but there he was and I have no idea why. I’d assume the trunk bit was to sneak Black Lotus away from where Cueto might spot her, but he could just as much be the guy Dario was talking to on the phone about the situation. I dunno!

I also have no idea about Konnan’s scheme but also want to know what it is. My first assumption was Konnan meant the towel throwing was part of the plan, but maybe I shouldn’t limit Konnan’s plans into being so narrow. He’s a world of possibilities.

The thing I do know is this week’s show in-ring was great. The 3 big matches were all great in their own ways – Drago/Aerostar was a fun flying exhibition, the other two combined action with advancing their stories – and even the Pentagon squash match was pretty memorable. (I’m guessing Striker called the finish “3 Up 3 Down” because he hasn’t put together that Pentagon Jr.’s doing “0 M” handsigns – it took a while for me too.) Not to keep criticizing lsat week’s show, but any of those matches would’ve been the best match on that show.

all three topes!

There were a couple of cheap finishes. The Puma bit – both being in desperate enough trouble to need the match stopped and his reaction to Konnan actually doing it – didn’t get enough time to really sink it. The follow up discussion muddies that a little bit. They did sold the Cuerno topes – again 3 of them – as killer to explain the countout, and the brawl after the match was a much better way to keep the feud going than a screwy finish, so that one worked better than it reads.

This was a really good episode of this show.

Volador defeats UG in DF, Monterrey full house, Lucha Underground preview

photo by Alexis Salazar

LyC (SUN) 02/22/2015 Arena Coliseo Monterrey [Lo Mejor de Lucha,LuchaMania Monterrey]
1) Erika Sotelo, La Chica Enmascarada, Mini Hator b Alicia, Larry Miranda Jr., Tequilia
Lady Jaguar, who Alicia unmasked in December, sat in the front row and yelled at Alicia during the match. The distraction eventually led to Erika beating Alicia. Jaguar threw her drink at Alicia after the match.
2) Demenzía b Galactar, Gato Fantasma
Demenzia beat Gato Fantasma
3) Kaientai, Rico Rodriguez, Silver King Jr. b Epydemius, Ninja Jr., Silencio
Silver King Jr. was accompanied by Hijo de Silver King (so there is two of them.) Silver Jr. beat Ninja Jr.
4) Big Neurosis & Difunto I b Caifan & Caifan Rockero III
listed as Diluvios vs Caifans, but the Diluvios were replaced by Difunto & Big Neurosis. LUM’s Hombre de Negro helped Difunto & Neurosis win.
5) Hijo del Ninja, Humberto Garza, Ultimo Ninja DQ Dr. Wagner Jr., Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr., Silver King
Wagners quickly turned into a street fight and took the first. Ninjas rallied back in the second, with Silver King cut badly by a shot from a cooler. (The recap says the white part of his mask turned red in under 10 seconds.) Third fall was short, with King blatantly fouling Hijo del Ninja. Beer was thrown in. Silver King ran to the back to get treatment for his cut, while a rematch was set up for 03/15. The winner of that match will be the LyC Tag Team championship, and the match will either be bull terrier or cage.

Pictures indicate Arena Coliseo Monterrey came close to selling out or actually did. It’s rare in recent times for people to even be seated in the upper level, much less fill it all up. Note they added fireworks, a big screen and guardrails. A lot of these names are in and out of this building regularly, so the credit seems to go to the build they did on TV and radio for this show. This show was previously said to be airing on TV, returning new matches to Noches de Coliseo, so I guess we’ll see this weekend.

CMLL (TUE) 02/24/2015 Arena México [CMLL, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Demus 3:16 & Pequeño Nitro b Fantasy & Último Dragoncito
2) Flyer, Oro Jr., Star Jr. b Arkángel de la Muerte, Artillero, Súper Comando
Star & Flyer had new matching red gear.
3) Amapola, La Comandante, Tiffany b Dark Angel, Estrellita, Princesa Sugehit
Comandante replaced Zeuxis on Monday. Marcela replaced Estrellita on an updated lineup but Estrellita did wrestle. Tiffany pulled Sugehit’s mask to beat her. Sugehit said wanted a lightning match next week and Tiffany said no.
4) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Tritón b Kamaitachi, Luciferno, Pólvora
Kamaitachi replaced Bobby Zavala.
5) Kráneo, Negro Casas, Olímpico b Fuego, La Máscara, Titán
Fuego replaced Rey Cometa (still injured, odd he’d be booked this early). Ripper was listed in Olimpico’s place on an updated lineup, but Olimpico did end up wrestling.
6) Volador Jr. b Último Guerrero
UG was DQed for excessive violence in the first, took the second and Volador won clean with a backcracker in the third.

Volador actually won. Ultimo Guerrero can blame the referee (Tirantes) for calling the DQ in the first fall.

Even the updated lineups aren’t accurate. I dunno. Tiffany’s stuck in the lightning match. This is the second time in about a month where a Tuesday lightning match has been set up by a finish on the previous show – but it didn’t actually take place last time.

Tonight’s Lucha Underground episode is called Caged Animals. Matches on tap:

  • Cage vs Prince Puma, where Cage can get a title shot with a win
  • Aerostar vs Drago, in a rematch
  • Pentagón Jr. vs Vinny Massaro
  • Johnny Mundo vs King Cuerno – clip here.

There’s also a clip of Sexy Star meeting Dario to set up a match for next week, where Sexy makes noticed the same things last week that I noticed. Weird.

I don’t have it handy, but I did grab the HD still of Dario’s list from last week. The words on top we couldn’t figure out last week were “Tactus Phorm”. Google reveals that’s a recently released iPad screen that creates raised physical bumps whenever the keyboard is visible on screen, so you have a better idea of where to put your fingers. That’s interesting, and that means it probably was Dario’s real life list of things to check and not a plot point. Next, to decipher the hidden meaning of the giant red bull that’s suddenly on Dario’s desk.

Alberto el Patron told a radio station that he was so excited about someone who’s going to join Lucha Underground in 3 to 4 weeks that he had to join too. I’m going to guess the money helped. That hint is super vague.

CMLL officially announced Homenaje a Dos Leyendas will air in 60 Cinepolis theaters around Mexico. There’s no list of which theaters. The article is more interested in promoting this as the latest in the line of CMLL being a technological leader, saying they were the first promotion to be on black and white TV, first on color TV, first Mexican company to be on PPV, first to go to HD and first to be in movie theaters.

Few of those appear to be true, even if you consider “lucha libre” different than “US (or other) wrestling”. The history I’ve read says the 50s Televicentro group is first on Mexico TV. EMLL would’ve been first on TV prior to UWA when TV returned to Mexico City, but it’s likely groups elsewhere in the country were on color TV first. I’m not totally sure about PPV – was the show indy show using CMLL talent where Rey Bucanero lost his mask a PPV? (Also, PPV worked so well they stopped doing them.) They might have been on HD first, because only channels the size of Televisa were doing HD at first and AAA got to it later because they travel, but they were still years behind the rest of the world at that time. Broadcasting shows in movie theaters appears to be new for Mexican wrestling, but has been done elsewhere for years. The thing they should’ve been boasting about is being able to do weekly and even thrice weekly live internet broadcasts, but they don’t want to talk about that anymore. Fudging details for a better story is one thing, but laughably behind the times CMLL positioning themselves as a technological leader is a big stretch and also beside the point.

CMLL has highlights of the 02/20 show. The clips indicate the plan is for Fox Sports 2 to air the entire tournament block and the trios main event, so an eight match show.

CMLL’s show on TV Mexiquense never seems to have panned out, but it appears Tinieblas may be getting a show there instead. It’s at least listed on the poster for his 03/14 show.

All Elite says they’re running in Monterrey next. No date or location yet.

Ultimo Guerrero  says he’s grown since losing his mask.

Rob reviews the CMLL trios title match and Five Match Fighters.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

SuperLuchas looks back at the Mexico debut of Andre el Gigante, and some guy named Pepe Casas Jr. wrestling in 1980.

Segunda Caida starts a Haku in CMLL review series.

AYM Sports has interviews with Mascara Ano 2000 Jr. and Volador Jr.

DJ Spectro looks back at Latin Lover’s debut in CMLL.

The Traumas have a new show. Because why not.

Golden Magic is practicing his flips for the IWRG juniors tournament.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 03/03/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Gallo & Magnum vs Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno
2) Goya Kong, La Vaquerita, Silueta vs Amapola, La Comandante, La Seductora
3) Esfinge, Fuego, Tritón vs Kamaitachi, Sangre Azteca, Virus
4) Ángel de Oro vs Felino [super libre]
5) La Máscara, Marco Corleone, Rush vs Euforia, Negro Casas, Shocker

Felino’s last singles match here wasn’t any good, CMLL super libre matches are usually no different than regular matches and Angel de Oro wrestles the same match ever time so that’ll not be any good.

CMLL (TUE) 03/03/2015 Arena México
1) Bengala & Leono vs Akuma & Espiritu Negro
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Shockercito vs Mercurio, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico
3) Princesa Sugehit vs Tiffany [lightning]
4) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther vs Hechicero, Puma, Tiger
5) Dragon Lee, Super Porky, Titán vs Luciferno, Rey Escorpión, Vangellys
6) Mistico, Stuka Jr., Volador Jr. vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Ripper

It sure seemed like Mistico & Ripper were intended to team and feud in the incredible pairs tournament, only Mistico didn’t show up. They’re on opposite sides here so we’ll see if they feud now.

Rey Escorpion is listed as back – vacation over! Cometa was today, so who knows, but people on his Facebook seemed to think Escorpion was coming back to CMLL in March.

Fourth match could be great. Maybe the Panthers are just taking over Tuesday shows.