This is the week with the last new AAA TV episode. In real time, I’m all caught up (because I spent about five minutes total on the next two episodes.) Shows I already watched: 12/14 CMLL Puebla and 12/18 CMLL on Claro
I would actually be done for the year at this point on regular TV shows, and so could post the last few off these at all up – except I missed a Puebla show and CMLL snuck in new TV on 52MX. A few more “catch up”->”round up”->single recap cycles to go.
I’m also at that point where a possible match looking like it might be good doesn’t seem like it’s enough to merit watching; there’s some IWRG I’m skipping that might be better than the stuff I”m watching, but it seems unlikely it’ll crack the best matches anyway.
CMLL (SUN) 12/27/2015Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Fuego en el Ring]
1) Ángel Aéreo & Johnny Dinamo b Mercenario & Mr. Brisa
2) Explosivo & Star Black b Demonio Rojo & Diplomático Dipolomatico replaced Thunder Boy.
3) Joker, Maléfico, Ráfaga b Gallo, Magnum, Omar Brunetti
4) Esfinge, Titán, Tritón b Mosco X Fly, Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno Tecnicos took 2/3. Esfinge beat X-Fly for the win.
5) El Alteño & Mr. Apolo L Vaquero Jr., Carlos Rogi, El Yaqui, Sádico, Exterminador, Nube Roja, El Chakal, Javier Cruz Jr. [cage, hair] Five minutes of fighting before escape (two minutes more than the other cage matches this week.) Sadico was first out. Final three were Chakal, Mr. Apolo and el Alteno. Chakal escaped, and Mr. Apolo and el Alteno’s singles match went to a double pin draw, so both were shaved.
That’s a different finish at least.
CMLL (MON) 12/28/2015Arena Puebla [thecubsfan]
1) Astro, Meyer, Zaeta Roja b El Malayo, Guerrero Espacial, Mini Joker 15:06. Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Cancerbero, Fuerza Chicana, Raziel b Black Tiger, Millenium, Starman 19:56. Rudos took 2/3.
3) Kráneo, Mephisto, Ripper b Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. 8:38. Rudos took 2/3.
4) La Máscara b Negro Casas 7:44. La Mascara snuck in a foul on Negro Casas, took 1/3.
5) Policeman L Stigma, Espíritu Maligno, Fuego, Rey Cometa, King Jaguar, Skándalo, Okumura, Disturbio, Canelo Casas [cage, mask, hair] 16:15. Order of escape went Okumura, Disturbio, Rey Cometa, Canelo Casas, Fuego, Espiritu Maligno, King Jaguar, Skandalo, leaving Policeman and Stigma left. Stigma quickly beat Policeman.
There was no great match but the show was generally enjoyable. Huge crowd for the show, as full as I’ve seen. I think the holidays are a great deal of it, but it’s hard to completely dismiss the cage on either show since it seemed to work. It’s probably the combination that did it; I don’t think a cage match on a random day in May would help as much, but I think doing big matches at this time of year has some sort of multiplier effect.
I don’t expect CMLL to run another cage match for a half a year (if even then), but wouldn’t blame them if they brought it back earlier just to see.
Today’s CMLL show has the Mexico City debuts of Cien Caras’ sons, Cuatrero & Sanson. They team up with Okumura to take on Oro Jr., Stigma and Hombre Bala Jr. in the fourth match. Being in the fourth match doesn’t mean as much on a Tuesday show, they’re facing guys who will work the first couple matches on Fridays, but their size and name suggest these two will be moving up the card rather quick. The actual main event is La Mascara, Maximo and Stuka Jr. versus the same rudo side as in the trios title setup match last night, Ripper, Mephisto and Kraneo. CMLL’s preview lists Gran Guerrero in Sagrado’s place; perhaps Sagrado went home for the holidays and no one realized it, because he missed Saturday’s show as well.
Playboy has their anticipated article about Hijo del Perro Aguayo’s death. There’s not a lot new in there for people who have been closely following the story, but it’s mostly aimed at people who only saw the video. The general idea is everyone has their own guesses at what happened in that moment, no one will ever know for sure, and the uncertainty of it all makes wrestling a bit more frightening and depressing for the performers.
It’s briefly noted in the article that AAA receives no money from Televisa for airing their TV show, and the hope is the change in Mexico’s over the air TV in 2015 will give them more leverage. (Most of this article was written around TripleMania, so it’s always possible plans have changed.) CMLL/Elite’s still looking for a big TV network as well. Whatever happens with the new station (Grupo Imagen, people who used to run CadenaTres) and lucha libre looks like the possible big story of 2016. That, and whatever AAA does to balance the loss of talent from late this year.
This week’s Figure Four Weekly mentions the Lucha World Cup is tentatively scheduled for “basically the same weekend as last year”, which looks to be May 22nd.
Thunder’s still on the CMLL lineup for Friday, though they haven’t updated that page with the Elite lineup yet.
CMLL (SAT) 01/02/2016Arena Coliseo
1) Aéreo vs Pequeño Nitro
2) Magnus vs Metálico
3) Oro Jr. vs Arkángel de la Muerte
4) Hombre Bala Jr. vs Sangre Azteca
5) Tritón vs Pólvora
6) Estrellita & Princesa Sugehit vs La Seductora & Tiffany
7) La Máscara, Máximo Sexy, Valiente vs Hechicero, Niebla Roja, Pierroth
Finish last week was Kraneo fouling Maximo, so no Kraneo this week. Seductora hasn’t worked many semimain events; even the mask match was fourth from the top.
CMLL ELITE (SUN) 01/03/2016Arena México
1) Principe Diamante & Último Dragoncito vs Mercurio & Pequeño Violencia
2) Flyer & Pegasso vs Argos & Karonte Jr.
3) Guerrero Maya Jr. & Rey Cometa vs Dave The Clown & Rothen Clown
4) Cavernario & Felino vs Trauma I & Trauma II
5) Cibernético, Mephisto, Sharlie Rockstar vs Black Warrior, La Máscara, Rush
6) Carístico vs Negro Casas
The first Negro Casas/Caristico singles match in nearly exactly five years. Dave the Clown and Rotten Clown make their debuts on this show. It looks like they’re not getting in much outside (outside of Mexico City) names because of the holidays, but there’s better people in Mexico City who could be in those spots.
CMLL (SUN) 01/03/2016Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Micro vs Destructor
2) Capitan Cobra & Linterna vs Black Sugar & Quca
3) El Alteño, Metatrón, Neutrón vs El Gitano, Mr. Apolo, Relampago
4) El Divino, León Blanco, Magnum vs Furia Roja, Rey Trueno, Sádico
5) Esfinge, Titán, Tritón vs El Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
The main event is the past GDL tecnico graduates against the guy whos are just debut (and are current local trios champs.)
Nitro & Arkangel had seemingly been limited to only appearing on Tuesday Mexico and Saturday Coliseo, btu they make their way to the opener. It’s probably still going to be better than Stigma and Skandalo. (They didn’t even make that a lightning match!) Main event should be good at least.
I’m not posting the iPPV, AAA’s not airing much new material, and there’s no new IWRG, so this is going to be a short post. Note 52MX aired Tuesday matches, so that’s new matches and not just the repeats of Puebla they had been doing. If they keep doing it, the Dragon Rojo/Titan title match would air on 01/09. No idea if they keep doing it.
The random PROESA show aired part of the Copa Amigo Por Siempre royal rumble from 2010. The second half is supposed to air next week. I thought that was on YouTube before, but I can only find a chunk of it that aired on a Sobre el Ring show.