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CMLL (SUN) 08/31/2014 Arena Coliseo 
1) Akuma & Espanto Jr. b Bengala & Robin Bengala & Robin vs Akuma & Espanto Jr., on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Rudos took 2/3 
2) Astral, Bam Bam, Eléctrico b Demus 3:16, Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico Astral, Bam Bam, Electrico vs Demus 3 on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
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 [lightningEstrellita vs Dalys in a lightning match, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan) 
4) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr. b Boby Zavala, Felino, Misterioso Jr. Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Boby Zavala, Felino, Misterioso Jr., on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Tecnicos took 2/3. 
5) La Máscara, Máximo, Super Porky b Pólvora, Rey Bucanero, Terrible La Mascara, Maximo, Super Porky vs Polvora, Rey Bucanero, Terrible, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Tecnicos took 1/3. 
6) Euforia, Mr. Niebla, Shocker b Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Volador Jr. Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Mr. Niebla, Shocker, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
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 IHijo De Dos CarasVenenoLA ParkOficial AK47Hijo 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.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update and this week’s Poster-Mania.

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.

Black Fenix took Brole Extreme’s hair in Puebla.

Simbolo beat Golden Boy for his hair in Monterrey.

Lineups

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.

great match roundup, week of 2014-08-09

Stuka tope

Great/Excellent matches
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.

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quick sunday notes

Not sure when or if I’ll be around tonight, so consider this news post. Terra and Puebla are set up to record, but who ever knows with those. (I did capture most of C3 from last night – the sound is still off a little – so it’s a good start for recording feeds.)

Arena Coliseo does not have a particularly strong card. They appeared to be starting a Diamante Azul/Euforia title program last week, and they’re back matched up against each other this evening. Best match might end up being the minis match, depending on if Bam Bam shows up and who replaces him. Guadalajara has Dragon Rojo, Mascara Dorada, and Titan versus Ultimo Guerrero, Gran Guerrero and Niebla Roja. It’s a rare Ultimo Guerrero trios match without Atlantis. Niebla Roja returned a week early from his neck injury Friday night. IWRG has the eight man ladder match for a cash prize. It’s hard to believe there’s really that much cash being put on the line when you can see how much they’ve spent on the ladders. There are the usual many other shows run on Sunday; you can find today’s list here. (Or, if you’re really bored and want to see a big download, every event I have on this date ever is here.)

This week’s AAA TV dropped the mention of any taping on 09/17 and added 10/10 in Tlahuelilpan, Hildago. AAA still needs two weeks of TV in there unless something strange is happening. I’d assume the date or location is just changing and we’ll know more next week – that show and the Cancun lineups should be released around this time next week.

Black Terry Jr. has photos of the XMW show in Neza last night. That was the one with the bring your own weapons main event and looks suitable violent.

Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera was 90% full for the AAA show last night. I’m not really sure if that’s a good or bad number for a show where tickets were free with an ice cream purchase.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

KeMonito is selling masks.

Segunda Caida watches the Octagon & Mascara Sagrada movie.

Ultimo Guerrero Universal champion again, Cometa/Cavernario?, CMLL wins in REINA

photo by Alexis Salazar/CMLL

CMLL (FRI) 08/29/2014 Arena México [CMLLYahoo! Deportes
1) Disturbio & Guerrero Negro Jr. b Soberano Jr. & Star Jr. 
2) Kamaitachi, Okumura, Puma b Cachorro, Dragon Lee, Pegasso
Kamaitachi beat Dragon Lee with consecutive German suplexes 
3) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Fuego b Hombre Sin Nombre, Pierroth, Sagrado
Pierrothito came to the ring with Pierroth (normal) but stuck around and interfered in the match (abnormal). Tecnicos still won, with Sagrado and Angel de Oro still feuding. 
4) Máscara Dorada, Rey Cometa, Valiente DQ Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla
Cavernario fouled Rey Cometa. Mascara Dorada was stretechered out after a tope on Mr. niebla. 
5) Negro Casas, Niebla Roja, Rey Escorpión DQ Atlantis, Dragón Rojo Jr., Rush
Rush tried to attack Negro Casas, but Casas moved and Rush ended up fouling Babe Richard instead. It was by accident, it was still a DQ, and it caused Rush to attack the ref after the fact. 
6) Último Guerrero b La Sombra [CMLL Universal, final]
Seconds were Rush & Hombre sin Nombre. Sombra took fall 1, Guerrero the second with Pulpo Guerrero, the third with Guerrero Special. He’s the first two time champion. UG declared the same thing would happen on the 19th to Atlantis.

What’s not been clear the last few weeks: Rey Cometa and Cavernario are feuding! They’ve been matched up on trios for the last month (except last week), including fighting after the match a couple weeks ago. They’re matched up in a lightning match next week, while CMLL is short at least one apuesta match for the Anniversary show. Could Cavernario and Cometa, hair vs hair, be happening on 09/19?

It’s not going to help sell tickets much if the feud is not advertised (isn’t that the entire point of CMLL Informa?), but it would be a quite a match and one where I’m not totally sure who would win.

Ultimo Guerrero bringing Hombre sin Nombre out as his second signals to me that they’re not even trying to keep his identity secret from the fans who pay close attention. Hope that means he can return to wrestling normally now.

Mistico was part of the announce crew last night.

AAA’s TV show will have the cage match and Psycho vs Texano today – and it’s already up on YouTube. That leaves the opener and the Copa TripleMania for next week. They’ve also separated out the videos which opened the show, the one for the Reinas de Reinas match, the intros for Psycho Clown and Texano Jr. and the cage match video. It got lost in everything else but the feud & entrance videos for this show were about ten times better than AAA has ever done, and better than WWE quality in a lot of cases. That was an amazing quantum leap, even if I don’t know why poor Saruman got beat up. I’m sure they’ll be back to a normal ad playing on a video board behind a wrestler when they get to Pachuca, but as far as a spectacular event, I bet that TripleMania is what Antonio Pena really dreamed of it being.

Chessman declares he’s on a five show winning streak, even though he hasn’t actually won almost all of those matches.

Rambo & Shu el Guerrero won the Trofeo Villano III via fouls in Arena Neza – then brawled with the actual Villano III. That was not the official prize.

Today’s the free AAA show (with ice cream purchase) in Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera.

Atlantis & Ultimo Guerrero will be live on Terra…for an interview, Wednesday afternoon.

Lucha Libre in Japan

08/30 REINA:

7) Silueta b Maki Narumiya (c) [REINA INTL JR] – title change! Silueta is the 6th champion, champion for the 3rd time.
8) Marcela (c) b Syuri [CMLL WOMEN] - middle rope Michinoku Driver? 11th known defense

Two for two for the CMLL luchadoras! They’re both headed back home now.

Lineup

CMLL (FRI) 09/05/2014 Arena México 
1) Hombre Bala Jr., Pegasso, Súper Halcón Jr. vs Artillero, Canelo Casas, Súper Comando 
2) Dark Angel, Estrellita, Goya Kong vs La Comandante, Tiffany, Zeuxis 
3) Fuego, Stuka Jr., Super Porky vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys 
4) Rey Cometa vs Cavernario [lightning
5) Atlantis, Dragón Rojo Jr., Volador Jr. vs Gran Guerrero, Rey Escorpión, Último Guerrero 
6) Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas vs La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush

So if Rey Cometa and Cavernario – one spot higher than would normally appear – is the fourth (mask, women, opener) anniversary show match, could the main event be the fifth? That’s the national trios champions against their most natural challengers, two weeks out from the show. That’s pretty much exactly how CMLL title programs work and would get the Rush/Casas feud and all those guys on the card.

That leaves room for one more match, probably something with Volador, Dragon Rojo, Shocker and Rey Escorpion and two less certain spots. That tecnico spot is going to be rough – Maybe Mistico? Maybe Titan? Maybe Porky? – and the rudo spot isn’t any more clear.

Sexy Team gets it’s first match as a full trio since MARCH.

Ultimo Guerrero versus La Sombra for CMLL Universal championship, AAA to Cancun

Tonight’s CMLL show is headlined by Ultimo Guerrero vs La Sombra in the CMLL Universal final. The winner becomes the first two time champion: Ultimo Guerrero won the first tournament in 2009, La Sombra won the second in 2011. Ultimo Guerrero, on a hot streak leading into the his mask match three weeks from today, is the heavy favorite to win. The bigger concern is the match itself, as both guys styles suggest they may not bring out the best match in each other.

There’s not a lot else of note on the show. It’s odd. There are definitely good sounding matches (2/4/5 all have possibilites and we’d be looking forward to the opener if there was a chance in the world it’d air.) CMLL should be building a few more matches to complement Atlantis/Euforia and have not really teased anything of late. There are ongoing and old issues which could be pressed into resolution, but they need ot start flagging up to the fans they’re going to happen if they plan on selling tickets for the show.

Alberto del Rio and La Parka are displayed on the poster for the AAA/Hard Rock show in Cancun, which takes place on 09/13 and 09/14. That suggests Del Rio’s first regular TV appearance will be part of the 09/14 TV taping, the main event of the tourist weekend. (No idea if he’ll be wrestling.) That’s a Lucha Uprising weekend, which means the people working on the US TV show miss the working luxury vacation.

This show will probably air on 09/27, and the Veracruz taping the following week will take care of 10/04. Point is, AAA Mexico will be taping way ahead of airing. They may have zero to two TV shows left after Veracruz to Heroes Inmortales, which is usually in early/mid October. I wouldn’t expect a lot for that show, given the limited build to other AAA big shows this year, the few amount of new TV shows, Guerra de Titanes (December) being more important to AAA, and AAA probably more concerned with the events ongoing in the US for the next couple months.

Besides that show, Alberto del Rio and Sin Cara appear to be booked for shows in Sudan. No date is listed.

Programming Note: I’m heading back to Mexico City! I’ve mentioned this elsewhere but don’t think I’ve actually said that here. I’m going from September 12th to September 22nd. I’ll definitely be at the CMLL Anniversary show and we’ve got arrangements to make the ChilangaMask show in Queretaro. I don’t think we’ve locked in anything else (except maybe that all minis show), but it’ll probably be the same bit of going to a show every day – probably the CMLL/IWRG shows but maybe not if something else seems more interesting. (AAA is running as far as possible away from Mexico City again this year. They’ve must’ve known!)

The idea is also to bring back the daily podcasts – people seemed to like them ok and it’s still easier to spend a half hour talking about shows than a couple hours writing about them. I grabbed a microphone off Amazon, so they may sound a little bit better this year.

I’m bringing a tablet and a keyboard so there will probably be result posts and other notes posted, just maybe not like usual. I’ve been working on a bunch of recaps and another year of newspaper clippings; if everything works out well, you’ll still get a post around lunchtime every weekday, but it may just be less current stuff.

I’m not sure about video posts on 09/16 and 09/23. My vague idea is I’ll just get stuff up on YouTube whenever I get a chance, but there just may not be a post full of downloads and such as usual. And some shows won’t get done at all for a while because the people who help with them will also be on vacation.

(I’m also expecting to be busy/tired when I get back home, so it may not be until that following weekend until things to get back to normal.)

Links

Black Terry Jr. has video highlights of 08/27/14 IWRG.

Segunda Caida reviews Atlantis, La Máscara, Rush vs Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Shocker and has two different reviews CMLL matches.

There’s now a Blue Demon Jr. licensed Mezcal drink.

Preview of ChilangaMask’s show in Guadalajara.

Pimpinela Escaralta talks about being a veteran in AAA.

Willie Mack battles Violento Jack in dance.

Lucha Libre in Japan

Flamita is listed on Dragon Gate cards thru 09/13, including another title defense on 09/09.

Rocky Lobo & Jinzo are being advertised on the 09/27 and 09/28 DTU shows. The next NOAH tour ends on 09/21, so that’s probably when they finish up.

08/30-31 lucha times

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== AAA ==

AAA-Televisa: They’ve got four matches left from TripleMania; I’ll guess opener and main event this week, leaving the cage match and mask/hair for next week.

== CMLL ==

FOX2: CMLL Universal Block A, and whatever else they have time for. Moved to 12:30pm this week.

52MX: Gran Guerrero vs Titan and the mysterious main event

Claro: Angel de Oro, Dragon Rojo, Stuka vs Ephesto, Hechicero, Hombre sin Nombre

C3: Shocker vs Maximo.

TVC Deportes (Puebla): They should be onto the Reyes del Aire show from 08/05, but they’re now four weeks behind and that’s meant a big skip of episodes in the past. (Of note, the recent Sombra/UG match here hasn’t aired, could be one of those skipped over.)

Lucha Azteca: CMLL Universal, Block A

Terra Sunday: maybe random matches from last Sunday?

== Other ==

Noches de Coliseo: Random matches from last weekend?

IWRG (LAS/AYM): Prison Fatal?

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LuchaMania Monterrey Anniversary Show: 2014-07-05

taped 2014-07-05, Gimnasio Factores Mutuos, Monterrey, Nuevo León

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everything we know about Lucha Underground so far

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El Rey taping schedule, Alan Extreme defeated in Prison Fatal

Dragon Celestial/photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (WED) 08/27/2014 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), Estrellas del Ring]
1) Capitán Muerte b Sky Ángel
2) Anubis Black & Matrix Jr. b Galaxy & Látigo
3) Dragón Celestial b Hip Hop Man © [AIWA ARGENTINA CRUISER]
First? defense for Hip Hop man. Dragon Celestial won the title, though it appeared he used the ropes to win. Hip Hop Man demanded a rematch. Dragon Celestial agreed – as long as it happened in Argentina! Money thrown in.
4) Apolo Estrada Jr., Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo © b Black Terry, Dr. Cerebro, Veneno [EdM Trios]
5th defense for the Gringos. Mutual respect after the match.
5) Alan Extreme L Relámpago, Golden Magic, Tony Rivera, Ciclon Black, Metaleon, Yakuza, Chucho el Roto [cage, hair, mask, prison fatal]
Order of escape went Ciclon Black, Chucho el Roto, Yakuza, Golden Magic, Relampago, which left Tony alone with Metaleon and Alan Extreme. Ciclon Black came back in to help. Tony and Metaleon left, then Tony threw white powder at Alan to blind him and allow Ciclon Black to escape. Alan’s first hair loss, about nine months after he lost his mask.

Poor Alan Xtreme. The Neza Boys got him this time.

Hip Hop Man apparently (?) won that championship in Argentina, so Dragon Celestial going there for a show may actually be the plan.

El Rey announced the taping schedule for Lucha Underground yesterday afternoon. It’s a two weekends (Saturday/Sunday) on, one weekend off schedule for September and October. Tickets are free if you send in your info and are willing to sign a non disclosure agreement. It’s possible they could be taping beyond that and just don’t want to worry about taking tickets for November yet. As it is, one episode per taping would give them twelve episodes, enough to air thru Christmas Eve. If the show is a success and meant to be weekly programming, a second set of tapings in December and January work make sense.

AAA also posted the press release for the show, so whatever disconnect I thought I was seeing is not there. They took out Sexy Star’s FILL championship reign in that one, but left in the mention of the luchadors being announced during TripleMania (which I still don’t think actually happened, but whatever.) I’d assume Dorian and others would be in Los Angeles for the first set of shows (09/06 & 09/07) and not Pachuca for AAA Mexico’s taping. It sets up the odd scenario of one of the biggest matches AAA could run (Myzteziz vs Perro Aguayo Jr.) taking place on a show where the internal AAA focus is primarily going to be elsewhere. They’ll have less to actually do in Los Angeles since other people are running the show, but it’ll be a little bit of a challenge to manage two situations in different countries at the same time.

AAA’s next Mexico taping is on the 19th. That’s an off weekend for the El Rey show so there won’t be the same set of problems. There’s likely to be more double booked weekends the next couple of months though, because there’s not enough weekends for both (unless AAA starts taping more often mid week.) Even beyond that, I’d guess the five AAA luchadors working El Rey (Demon, Fenix, Pentagon, Sexy Star, Drago) would not appear often in Mexico while the tapings are going on even when the schedule works out, to avoid injuries and burning them out.

This week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter adds female wrestlers Candice LaRae and Ivelisse Velez to the list of those working the El Rey show, probably as opposition for Sexy Star. Sexy Star and Pentagon Jr. being on the show opens up the possibility of AAA doing something with the mixed tag titles on El Rey, but I’m doubtful the titles are going to be carried between promotions. Lucha Underground seems like it’s just going to be a totally separate product.

The WON also mentioned WWE has taken no action towards Alberto del Rio, Rey Misterio Jr. or AAA for everything which happened on TripleMania. That’s totally unlike WWE. They’ve recently gone after promotions and former recent wrestlers for being billed as their WWE characters on indy shows in the United States. It was said WWE did the same when Myztzeiz started wrestling as Sin Cara in Mexico, though I don’t know that it had any effect. It’s possible WWE just doesn’t feel they can get anything done in Mexico, it’s likely WWE believes going after Del Rio or Misterio right now will just shine a brighter light on their own questionable behavior in both situations. After the Twitter messages, WWE has gone with the idea that if they just stopped talking about Del Rio, it will all eventually get forgotten – and it might, if they weren’t coming to Mexico in October.

UFC almost sold out Arena Ciudad de Mexico on the first day tickets were on sale to the public (though they might have done their usual fanclub presale.) Those tickets are significantly more expensive than the much derided CMLL Anniversary ticket prices. If the product is hot enough, tickets can move at those prices. (CMLL’s not hot enough.)

Last night’s Tercera Caida included the people running the lucha libre seminar. They talked about how they got into lucha libre on the after the show video. AAA luchadors will be guests during the run of the seminar; waking up for a 9AM class on Saturday is tough enough, but seems rough if you’re wrestling the night before.The show included a Flamita promo from Dragon Gate, where he said he’d be on DTU shows on 09/27 (Tulancingo) and 09/28 (Veracruz).

Last night’s CMLL Informa included interviews with Cachorro, Dragon Lee and Ultimo Guerrero. The Guerrero one was interesting for the message they were pushing. Ultimo and JCR emphasized that the match with Atlantis would happen this year for sure, with no tag match or four way or any out similar to last year. Ultimo was asked who his second would be and said he hadn’t decided, going on to say it might be Gran Guerrero but implying they wouldn’t pull any sort of switch – Guerrero insisted he’d wrestle the match clean (limpio!) and not use any tricks to win. This might sell tickets, if anyone saw the show at all. (It would be better to show clips of this than the same promo literally ten times every week on 52MX.)

They also mentioned that, as of this moment, the CMLL press department has been told the Anniversary show will not be airing on Terra. There’s always the hope of an expanded CMLL on Fox show the following weekend, similar to Juicio Final, but even those matches were edited down to fit the time. The two undercard matches CMLL’s announced so far – Dragon Lee/Cachorro vs Puma/Tiger and the women’s cibernetico – are likely to be the first two on the card and unlikely to air unless there’s a total change in how CMLL does TV. There’s always the chance CMLL could change it’s mind if tickets sell well going into the show, but maybe the best chance is to keep letting CMLL know (on Facebook) that you’d like to see the show somehow.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Mexican diver German Sanchez, who’s been a guest of honor at past CMLL shows, talks about his love of lucha libre and friendship with Averno.

Nitro, Angel de Oro and Dragon Lee are among CMLL luchadors going on a tour of northern Mexico this weekend. They meet up with Puma in Monterrey on Sunday.

This photo of the Ultimo Guerrero/Mr. Aguila contract signing proves Aguila has always had a unique fashion sense.

AULL starts their own Gran Alternativa this weekend; the poster indicates it’s four blocks of eight teams. This’ll be going on for a while.

Lineup

AAA (SAT) 08/30/2014 Gimnasio Olímpico Juan de la Barrera, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal 
1) Faby Apache, Ludxor, Octagoncito, Venum vs El Apache, Mini Psycho Clown, Súper Fly, Taya Valkyrie 
2) Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Demon Rocker, Machine Rocker, Soul Rocker 
3) Cibernético, La Parka, Myzteziz vs Averno, Parka Negra, Texano Jr.

AAA’s finally back in Juan de la Barrera! This is the third show of the ten they indicated they were running this year. It’s a sponsored show for Helados (ice cream), who’ve been running a ticket giveaway contest the last few months. (So, it’s last minute news to us but may have been announced somewhere else for a while. It’s a free show anyway.)

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-08-02

recap

taped 2014-07-22 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
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