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top six stories of the last two weeks

  1. Rush and Shocker will face off in a one on one hair versus hair match on 03/21 as the main event of Homenaje de Dos Leyendas. Negro Casas had been included in the feud, but had a (worked) shoulder injury the week of the contract signing and it was decided he’d just face the winner of this match somewhere down the road. In reality, Rush versus Shocker is the best drawing match they could make of all the possible combinations. CMLL also announced Dalys versus Marcela in a women’s hair match and the finals of the parajes incriedble tournament for that show, and appear to be building up a trios title match as well. It’s unclear if/when this will air; there’s a rumor Terra will broadcast the whole show but it hasn’t been officially confirmed, and the also rumored TV Azteca show has yet to appear.
  2. AAA also announced their Rey de Reyes card, which surprisingly had very little to do with the TV product they’ve run few months. Built up matches like Psycho Clown versus Texano Jr., Aerostar vs Super Fly, and Faby Apache & Drago versus Sexy Star & Pentagon Jr. (where everyone involved agreed to do the match!) aren’t happening, despite all those people being on the card. The show does have the finals of the Rey de Reyes tournament (Black Warrior vs Perro Aguayo Jr. vs Zorro vs La Parka, three aligned rudos versus one tecnico), Chessman vs Blue Demon for Demon’s title, and a domed cage with the Mexican Powers, Anarkia, and other people pulled in for no obvious reason. The rest of the card has dormant titles being defended in multiman matches with no build, AAA’s standard deal for major shows. There was talk of an iPPV, but does not seem to have come thru.
  3. Octagon, one of the original members of AAA and someone who helped put the promotion together, left the promotion on March 2nd to become an independent luchador. Octagon had written frequently on Twitter about being unhappy in AAA, wanting to be used on TV much more, but it was still a surprise he actually left given his history. Octagon announced the Roldans had given him permission to use the character as an independent and suggested he might return to AAA in time. AAA has not acknowledged the situation outside of removing Octagon’s bio from their website roster.
  4. Sin Cara was listed for many more shows, including a trios in Monterrey in May with includes AAA luchadors and Averno. Averno’s shown up in other future Sin Cara cards too. Sin Cara has said these are all false bookings he’s not agreed to, though there’s some talk they may have actually been agreed to and just weren’t supposed to be announced yet. Averno, still in CMLL, hasn’t said anything about this. AAA announced TV lineups thru mid April, and Sin Cara is not listed as wrestling on any of those shows.
  5. WWL ran a couple more shows in Mexico. It was the usual mix of big names, quiet cancellations (a show in Puebla was quietly dropped, Sabu missing from the shows wasn’t mentioned until days after them), lots of of changes to the card. Both shows drew better than their last outing Monterrey, but fans seemed disappointed with the long shows and billed matches (like Fuerza Guerrera vs Octagon) which didn’t actually happen.
  6. Hijo de Rey Misterio II is no more; the man currently using that name gave it back to Rey Misterio Sr. in a in-ring ceremony on a Tijuana show. The ex-Rey II will now be known as Rey Horuz, while Rey Misterio Sr. introduced a Hijo de Rey Misterio III (the former D’Luxe) as the new person carrying the name. This is going to be vastly confusing to everyone.
  • Sin Cara’s first paid match took place in Tijuana on 03/01. It was a singles match with Black Warrior, and both men looked bad. It didn’t draw anything special either. Both things are concerning, but Sin Cara did get a huge reaction in DF. (Black Warrior also did not impress in his AAA return.)
  • CMLL announcements included a third season of En Busca de un Idolo, where the participants will be determined from a cibernetico on 03/25.
  • A yearly fan interest poll listed Lucha Libre as the fifth most popular spot in Mexico, the same ranking as last year (thought the percentages ticked up a little bit.)
  • Maximo & Rey Escorpion, who’ve been teasing a hair match since Escorpion beat Maximo’s father in their own hair match, reached the finals of the Torneo Increible de Parejas.
  • La Sombra defeated Dragon Rojo to keep the NWA Middleweight Championship in a very good match.
  • Jinzo won a Super Crazy run NOAH tryout and will be headed to Japan, at some point.
  • Mr. Niebla missed a bunch of shows with what was said to be digestive issues, but is apparently returning next week.
  • Friend of CMLL opening match luchador Camaleon posted on Facebook that the tecnico was hit by a truck and hospitalized for a few days, though he’s since returned home.
  • IWRG announced a cage match where Skayde, who’s lost his mask, will be risking the same mask. Others who’ve recently lost their hair get a chance for another hair cut.
  • Gronda II returned to AAA TV, for some reason.

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CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-02-15

 

Herodes is great!

recap

Gran Alternativa, Block B!

Espiritu Negro: Espiritu Negro’s Shocker imitations trust was even more random than what Herodes did earlier. Espiritu didn’t really get to do much else, but he took a couple good bumps and seemed to go up easy for Sh–ocker’s finish. You can’t get much out of this.

Canelo Casas: stood on the apron for a very long time. Never seemed in danger of falling off the apron. Didn’t sell enough for Rush’s shots at first, eventually was hit harder by Rush. Some guys really got the short end of the stick.

topes everywhere

Black Panther: Black Panther also didn’t get to do a lot to do, but worked well with Azul in the little they got to do together. Black looks like a smaller size Azul.

Star Jr.: Star Boy’s whole match here was leading up to one big dive, and he had every single problem on that. That was too. Bad. Another day.

Dragon Lee: Everyone who doesn’t follow CMLL closely must be so confused about there being a Dragon Lee and Místico at the same time. (Was the IP so valuable they had to reuse the name?) Dragon Lee’s dive looks good, the hanging German suplex is going to end badly at some point. I didn’t feel like the original Dragon Lee had a lot of charisma, but this one just seem more like a random guy in a mask.

teamwork!

Hechicero: Hechicero was limited from doing too many crazy moves on the open and Barbaro seemed to screw up a move he was trying in the second, but he still generally set up UG well and bumped for the técnicos. Short tournament matches aren’t really the best use of him right now, and every match was a short tournament match.

Nieblasault!

Barbaro Caveranario: Barbaro and Azul trying to do spots was not the greatest idea; they struggled at the beginning and I don’t think the finish went quite right. There was a messed up spot with Hechicero in the second match, where UG seemed to take Barbaro around and talk to him after it. Barbaro did go impressively out of the ring soon after. Mr. Niebla seemed super motivated to work with him; he barely does the moonsault, but pulled out one to the floor here. Barbaro’s willingness to do the splash to the floor is impressive, but Herodes being eliminated by it was never explained. Barbaro’s win would’ve felt bigger if he actually got it by a countout at the end, but again the rookies played second fiddle to the existing stars.

caverman splash

Herodes: Herodes doing Shocker’s entrance behind him was the greatest thing. Herodes doing a snake dance upon facing Reaper was not bad either. He’s still got to improve on the wrestling part – he almost elbow dropped Reaper in the face to end the first match and his timing with Rush wasn’t great – but he’s good enough on the rest that other people should be able to help. He’s willing to get beat up pretty bad. I don’t know if I really trust the CMLL doctors if they let Herodes, who was in spasms selling the Rush Driver, to wrestle another match on the same show. He didn’t sell it at all in the second match, and they didn’t really play off the two partners being against each other. (Two guys being put on the same team one week and facing each other for the first time the next week is annoyingly familiar.)
match 7 gif: 804

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CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-02-15

Somehow, this had all the gifs too.

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Mascara vs Mephisto, lucha libre fifth most popular sport in Mexico

Today’s CMLL show is headlined by a La Mascara vs Mephisto light heavyweight title match. Mascara notes this is his third chance at this title: he lost the title to Mephisto on August 13, 2013 in Guadalajara, then lost a rematch on October 7 in Puebla. Mascara doesn’t vary his matches much, so maybe you don’t want to watch that match unless you want to see all the repeats. Mascara already has a title he doesn’t do much with, he probably doesn’t need two, but it doesn’t really matter either way.

An annual survey of Mexican sports interests says lucha libre is the fifth most popular sport in Mexico. 35.5% of Mexicans consider themselves a fan of the spot. It’s not the second most popular sport in Mexico as it’s usually billed – though I wonder if it would’ve been if they were including lucha libre in this poll around Mistico’s peak. This year’s list goes Futbol, Boxing, Basketball, Beisbol, Lucha Libre, American Football, Race Cars, Bull Fighting. Futbol has a huge number (70%) and boxing is about half now, but both it, baseball, and basketball were all at much lower numbers for portions of last decade.

Daga explains he hasn’t defended his title because there’s been no one in AAA worthy of getting a title shot. This story would work better if he was now defending it against someone outside of AAA; he’s instead facing three guys who’ve been in AAA for the last six months. I’m not quite sure what Argenis did to become more worthy except have a temporally less employed brother.

Euforico, Sioux and Drako won the Morelos state trios championship.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update and this week’s PosterMania.

Rob has video of Mistico’s painful day on this week’s Fox main event.

Two new CMLL videos: preview for Friday, another Cien Caras history piece.

The newly renamed Rey Horus debuted under that name with a win at the Evolucion Lucha Libre show.

Eric R reviews 03/01 Lucha Azteca.

DJ Spectro looks back at Gran Hamada vs La Fiera as MOTY of 1985 and Black Shadow vs (Hijo del Black Shadow. That one was about the original Black Shadow renting out his name and then the deal ending, as it did with Rey Misterio/Rey Horus over the weekend, and appears to have happened with Lizmark and “Lizmark Jr.” as well (not the well known Hijo del Lizmark, but a sporadically seen luchador, mostly in Tijuana.)

An article about retired luchador/action figure creator Demonio Cibernetico.

Cronicas y Leyendas writes about the events of early 1989.

Ojo Diabolico Jr. is taking an extended break from lucha libre soon.

Chucho el Roto & Yakuza are headed to Costa Rica.

The AULL team of Pegazus, Shibata and Spider Boy are teaming up as Los Super Dinamicos.

Lineups

IWRG (SUN) 03/16/2014 Arena Naucalpan
***Guerra de Golfo, 2014***
1) Hip Hop Man & Látigo vs Hanaoka & Ms1 Jr.
2) Chico Che, Emperador Azteca, La Magnifica vs Dowki, Imposible, La Sádica
3) Trauma II vs Súper Nova [IWRG JUNIORS]
Trauma II is champion. Third defense, second versus Nova (though they’ve switched sides since that one.)
4) Tony Rivera vs Veneno, El Hijo del Diablo, Trauma I, Toscano, Golden Magic [cage, loser advances]
5) Black Terry vs Oficial AK47, Apolo Estrada Jr., Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Relámpago, Skayde [cage, loser advances]
6) ? vs ?? [cage, mask, hair]

Skayde lost his mask in 2007 (to Mistico, in something that came out of nowhere.) He has somehow been allowed to just put it back on in recent years and it’s absurd to see him apparently risking it again in a cage match. Apolo Estrada, who beat Chico Che in this match last year, lost his hair nearly 3 months to do the day of this show and is still in the process of growing it back. This is super sketchy.

I think it’s safe to rule out the other masked people (Trauma, Golden Magic, Hijo de Mascara and Relampago) and probably Toscano, but the other 7 are fair suspects. Plus others (X-Fly!), as IWRG’s had people not booked for cage matches lose cage matches. Tony Rivera vs Black Terry is the big feud they could finish off here, which often happens.

CMLL (SUN) 03/16/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Explosivo vs El Yaqui
2) El Brillante vs Demonio Rojo
3) Idolo & Javier Cruz vs Espectrum & Infierno
4) Metatrón, Sky Kid, Smaker vs Magnum, Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno
5) Ráfaga vs Stuka Jr. [OCCIDENTE LH]
Rafaga is champion. First defense
6) La Sombra, Rey Cometa, Soberano Jr. vs Cavernario, Felino, Herodes Jr.

This could be a pretty good – main event should be good and so should be the title match. That one could go either way.

03/07-10 lucha videos

Again, AAA and CMLL on Fox overlapped and we got the Fox show and what we could of AAA. AAA’s already posted the complete episode and I’ve have the missing matches next week.

I’ve got a different setup for handling video starting this week and am still working out the kinks. There might have been something wrong with the Puebla feed too; it took me five edits to get it decent, and the sound still is off a second or two. I caught a couple of other weird video things before they went up, but let me know if you spot something I missed.

LAS never aired the IWRG episode with Skayde vs Black Terry. I’m working on a Plan B.

I don’t know if it’s on purpose that TVCD is repeating all the matches from the show I missed, but I appreciate it all the same. TVC Deportes has been running hour long “Tercera Caida Specials” with luchadors on Thursday nights without DTU, but they haven’t been going on the normal Tercera Caida channel (and don’t seem to have as much Bernado and Jose Manuel). They have been put up on the big TVC Deportes channel; here’s the ones with/about Aguila Solitaria and Tinieblas. I believe they may have done a third.

Somehow, I’ve watched all the usual stuff already this week – I liked the AAA opener and the Hechicero match on Sunday.

YouTube playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYyNnOBGWP7TQpS0OeJqCb1x89TdYrNno

03/08 WWC: http://www.sendspace.com/file/vdeedx
03/09 WWC: http://www.sendspace.com/file/1wgvdn
03/08 Sobre el Ring: http://www.sendspace.com/file/aobwhv
03/09 La Lucha se le Hace: http://www.sendspace.com/file/poehch

CMLL on Terra: 2014-03-07
Daily Motion: http://www.dailymotion.com/playlist/x33bid_thecubsfan_2014-03-07-cmll-terra/1
Full Show:
http://t.co/lYB76IKUT4
taped 2014-03-07 @ Arena México
1)Fuego, Oro Jr., Tritón vs Canelo Casas, Disturbio, Guerrero Negro Jr.
http://ul.to/9qsk5rlv
2) Blue Panther, Diamante Azul, Super Porky vs Comandante Pierroth, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja
http://ul.to/iqm92dlt

AAA on Televisa: 2014-03-08
taped 2014-02-21 @ Gimnasio Olímpico Juan de la Barrera, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal
Intro
http://www.sendspace.com/file/2nwlq8
1)Drago, Faby Apache, Jennifer Blake vs Pentagón Jr., Sexy Star, Taya Valkyrie
http://www.sendspace.com/file/rf0nwt

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-03-08
taped 2014-02-25 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Full Show:
http://ul.to/obuh78kh
1)Cachorro, Fuego, Stuka Jr. vs Cancerbero, Maléfico, Raziel
http://www.sendspace.com/file/e83268
taped 2014-03-02 @ Arena Coliseo
2) Estrellita, Goya Kong, Marcela vs Amapola, Dalys, Princesa Sugheit
http://www.sendspace.com/file/azvsii
3) La Sombra vs Dragón Rojo Jr. for the NWA World Middleweight Championship
http://www.sendspace.com/file/lerupy

CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-03-08
taped 2014-03-04 @ Arena México
Intro:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/072ysq
1)Black Panther & Flyer vs Apocalipsis & Camorra
http://www.sendspace.com/file/qki3du
2) Lady Afrodita, Marcela, Silueta vs Princesa Blanca, Tiffany, Zeuxis
http://www.sendspace.com/file/zpua9o
3) Pegasso, Soberano Jr., Valiente vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus
http://www.sendspace.com/file/kyvp40
Stellar Moments
http://www.sendspace.com/file/qjr0xw
4) Cachorro, Sagrado, Super Porky vs Misterioso Jr., Puma, Tiger
http://www.sendspace.com/file/933eb0
5) La Máscara, Máscara Dorada, Stuka Jr. vs Boby Zavala, Mephisto, Rey Bucanero
http://www.sendspace.com/file/qag7lx
Ending
http://www.sendspace.com/file/wlhqmp

CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-03-08
taped 2014-02-28 @ Arena México
Intro
http://www.sendspace.com/file/nv3r2u
1)Stuka Jr. vs Vangellys in a lightning match
http://www.sendspace.com/file/uboxow
2) Diamante Azul, La Sombra, Rush vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible
http://www.sendspace.com/file/fo77z5
3) Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente vs Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero
http://www.sendspace.com/file/t01lbs

Lucha Azteca (CMLL): 2014-03-08
taped 2014-02-21 @ Arena México
Full Show:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/57wsv2
1) Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Último Guerrero vs Soberano Jr., Valiente, Volador Jr.
2) Diamante Azul vs Terrible in a lightning match
http://www.sendspace.com/file/mm369q
3) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Rush vs Felino, Negro Casas, Shocker

CMLL on Terra: 2014-03-09
DailyMotion:
http://www.dailymotion.com/playlist/x33dri_thecubsfan_2013-03-09-cmll-on-terra/1
taped 2014-03-09 @ Arena Coliseo
1)Magnus & Metatrón vs Akuma & Cholo
http://www.sendspace.com/file/20fip2
2) Leono, Metálico, Sensei vs Hechicero, Hooligan, Nitro
http://www.sendspace.com/file/neo2u2
3) Hombre Bala Jr., Molotov, Starman vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Kamaitachi, Shigeo Okumura
http://www.sendspace.com/file/1wz4pn
4) Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Sangre Azteca in a lightning match
http://www.sendspace.com/file/rlq9cz
5) Delta, Rey Cometa, Super Porky vs Misterioso Jr., Puma, Tiger
http://www.sendspace.com/file/s4hq4c
6) Máscara Dorada, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Reaper, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
http://www.sendspace.com/file/727rz7

IWRG Zona XXI: 2014-03-09
taped 2014-03-09 @ Arena Naucalpan
1)Emperador Azteca, La Magnifica, Mini Multifacetico vs Espectrito (IWRG), La Sádica, Tupac Amaru Jr.
http://www.sendspace.com/file/49zbsq
2) Chico Che, Diva Salvaje, Miss Gaviota vs Rayan, Spartaco, Spartan
http://www.sendspace.com/file/cx09ky
3) Black Terry, Dr. Cerebro, Veneno vs Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Tony Rivera
http://www.sendspace.com/file/12c8ba
4) Golden Magic, Relámpago, Súper Nova vs Apolo Estrada Jr., El Hijo del Diablo, Hijo de Máscara Año 2000
http://www.sendspace.com/file/ha31az

Noches de Coliseo: 2014-03-09
taped 2014-02-23 @ Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1)La Parka, Ludxor, Venum vs Dark Cuervo, Dark Ozz, Silver King – full this week!
http://www.sendspace.com/file/3fvru0
taped 2014-03-02 @ Arena Coliseo Monterrey
2) Corazón de Barrio & Hator vs Panthro & Tigre Universitario [CMLI TAG and 8f ]
http://www.sendspace.com/file/rgu8pg
3) Angel Justiciero & Pancho Tequila vs Hijo de Espanto II & Potro Jr. [CMLI TAG and 8f ]
http://www.sendspace.com/file/ofrfxd
4) Silver Star vs Charles Lucero for the WWA World Middleweight Championship
http://www.sendspace.com/file/65s9gx

CMLL Puebla: 2014-03-10
taped 2014-02-24 @ Arena Puebla
1)Águila Egipcia & Black Tiger vs Ares & King Jaguar
http://www.sendspace.com/file/x9hk77
2) Astral, Asturiano, Eléctrico vs Pequeño Warrior, Pierrothito, Saurón
http://www.sendspace.com/file/cd7x5x
taped 2014-02-10 @ Arena Puebla
3) Metálico, Robin, Sensei vs Espíritu Maligno, Siki Ozama Jr., Toro Bill Jr.
http://www.sendspace.com/file/quu5gt
taped 2014-02-24 @ Arena Puebla
4) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Pegasso vs Boby Zavala, Kamaitachi, Shigeo Okumura
http://www.sendspace.com/file/351tea
5) Dragón Rojo Jr., Rey Escorpión, Shocker vs Blue Panther, Máximo, Rush
http://www.sendspace.com/file/fiu1ii
6) Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente vs Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla
http://www.sendspace.com/file/0x73lr

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CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-02-15

 

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recap

taped 2014-02-04 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Stigma, Stuka Jr., Tritón vs Boby Zavala, Camorra, Sangre Azteca: Camorra inexplicable has been pushed harder after his mask loss, and so it’s a chance to prove to everyone he should’ve gotten a chance previously. He’s not taken advantage of that opportunity. He was bad here, bad in the first fall, bad in screwing up the comeback spot in the second fall, and only not bad in the third fall because they didn’t give him much to do. There was a normal tercera around his inabilities. This match also featured one of convoluted applications of the Tag Rules in quite some time, as Triton was not allowed to just roll out for tag (?) so Sangre Azteca just whipped him into a slide out instead. Triton, who seems to be on all these Guadalajara bonus matches but doesn’t win many of them, did look nice in his ocean colored outfit. That’s all I got of this match. This really didn’t near to air – the main event from Coliseo had it’s own screwed up spots, but at least that one was heading somewhere.

Camorra forgets he’s in a lucha libre match

surprise spear is still cool

taped 2014-02-09 @ Arena Coliseo
Delta & Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Puma & Tiger for the Arena Coliseo (DF) Tag Team Championship: This was a good match but disappointing live and still disappointing on TV. Delta got harsh reviews during the live broadcast, but didn’t look as bad this time thru – because they did a lot of editing, especially in the third fall. (What is reality?) The one take home from this is Puma seemed to be hurt even before we noticed on the broadcast; he was shaking his arm like something was wrong on the failed clothesline over the top on Maya before his dive. Maybe he strained it trying to get Maya over, or maybe it was even something bugging him coming thru. They did get in a lot of the tag spots they were doing in the lead up trios, but I would’ve expected more than the lead up trios in the title match itself, and Puma limited himself to kicks and chops in between. Finish came off as bland – Delta did a move, got a two count, did another move, won. It doesn’t need to be back and forth but it does need to be fought for more to feel dramatic. CMLL’s done a lot of rematches for this title and I hope these two teams get another shot at it soon.

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04/16 AAA TV Lineup (SLP)

AAA (WED) 04/16/2014 Auditorio Miguel Barragan, San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí
1) Drago, Faby Apache, Jennifer Blake vs El Apache, Sexy Star, Taya Valkyrie
2) Crazy Boy, Joe Lider, Niño Hamburguesa vs Demon Rocker, Machine Rocker, Soul Rocker
3) Angélico, Australian Suicide, Jack Evans vs Eterno, Steve Pain, Pentagón Jr.
4) Alan Stone, Electroshock, Psycho Clown vs Chessman, Silver King, Texano Jr.
5) Cibernético, Fénix, La Parka vs Black Warrior, el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Jeff Jarrett

Air Date: 04/26 (Wednesday taping means it won’t air until the following Sunday.) That leaves that two week period unaccounted for, and another taping around 04/25.

Both shows in one day! SLP local promoter is not good at keeping his lineup quiet, might as well announce it very early.

I’m dumb for not realizing “Black Barrio” = “Black Warrior”, and for missing his name the first time. This is his first regular announced TV appearance here and seems set up against Fenix. If the idea is for Warrior to face Sin Cara again, he really should beat Fenix – maybe even for his title – sometime in this period to continue to build him up. That’d also be a depressing turn of events to people who’ve followed Fenix the last few years (not to mention the man himself!); it’s something that makes logical business sense but I don’t want to actually see happen. Conflicted and all.

Sin Cara doesn’t appear on any of these cards; I guess they’re going to wait out both the non-compete and whatever Sin Cara thinks is happening with the name. They’re going to have to hope the buzz is still there three months later. It should be. Going with my guess of a 04/04 DF taping to be announced, maybe the taping following this one (04/25-27) is also out in the provinces, and AAA comes back for to DF in early May – timing it whenever the non-compete is up to do the big debut.

The opener (and a Pentagon Jr. intrusion) could set up the mixed tag title match, if it hasn’t happened already. Second will have the Rockers being amusing. Tercera, with that group of guys, could end up being the best match AAA does all year. There’s eight more months, I hope there’s even better stuff down the pike, but that’s a collection of six guys who’ve had really exciting matches with nothing to detract from the match. They even have a reason to have the match, with the Pentagon Jr./Australian Suicide stuff, which could lend some actual weight to the outcome.

Alan Stone returns! He disappeared of AAA spot show lineups in October, returned February and makes a TV return here. Meanwhile, Toscano seems to be working every indy show he can and not much with AAA. If Texano’s the reason a CMLL luchador might want to jump to AAA, Toscano is currently the other side of the argument. Twenty years from now, when we’re all watching old episodes of the TV on the AAA Network (while sitting in our flying cars), that stretch where AAA spent good portions of their TV time to build up Los Mirreyes only to give up on them almost immediately is going to be so weird. They appeared to be over with the people they were supposed to be over with. They were not having great matches but that wasn’t the design. Konnan’s strong dislike (to put it politely) of that gimmick is well known, but it seems like there has to be something else beyond that for it to get tossed in the waste basket so quickly. At least Alan gets   new chance here.

As much as I’m tired of certain semifinal feuds, the Cibernetico/Perro one has gone on longer and has no prospect of ever concluding. I’m willing to believe AAA actually thought their AAA US stuff was happening early this year and they’ve got nothing planned until that happens, because everything just keeps those feuds running in place. There’s a lot of staleness here, and no obvious sign of big TripleMania matches. They’re also a long way away from TripleMania, and everything that matters happens at about 8 tapings of the year – this doesn’t appear to be one of those 8.

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03/29 AAA TV Lineup (Ciudad Victoria)

AAA TV (SAT) 03/29/2014 Parque de Beisbol Praxedis Balboa, Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas
1) Mascarita Sagrada & Octagoncito vs Mini Murder Clown & Mini Psycho Clown
2) Faby Apache, Jennifer Blake, La Jarochita vs Mary Apache, Sexy Star, Taya Valkyrie
3) Angélico, Australian Suicide, Jack Evans vs Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Dark Spíritu
4) Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Hijo del Fantasma, Pentagón Jr., Texano Jr.
5) Blue Demon Jr., Cibernético, La Parka vs el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Parka Negra II, Zorro

Air Date: 04/05 – and just that? I had this penciled in as a two taping show, and they could always find a way to stretch it out if they needed to, but they could’ve also just ran a sixth match on it if they planned it two be a two taping show. There’s no Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera show announced, but one on 04/04 would make a lot of sense. It could be sooner.

Back to the nothing happening part of our schedule. Main event has three of the Rey de Reyes finalsts; Black Warrior is unseen on either of the two cards announced today. I wouldn’t bet on him. Black Warrior isn’t seen again until the SLP taping. Blue Demon being in the main event here evaporates the small chances of Chessman pulling the upset this weekend; if Demon’s sticking around, there’s no reason for him to lose the title.

The Consejo/Psycho Clown feud, like all mythological beasts of terror, does not die easy. I’m not sure if we need garlic or a cross or a silver bullet, but I’m pretty sure it’s going to outlive me. I’d guess the plan for Verano de Escandalo is Psycho Clown versus Texano Jr., but they’ll only if find room for a world heavyweight title match.

Second match probably has the usual feuds, third match has no feud. Both might be good.

Minis match, likely off TV, is going to be a struggle. It’s definitely not their strongest crew.

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WWL (SUN) 03/09/2014 Domo del Deportivo Plan Sexenal, Distrito Federal [Estrellas del Ring, La WagnerMania, R de Rudo, Terra]
Attendance: 1000
1) X-Fly b Cíclope, Violento Jack, Drastik Boy
2) Yuka DQ Paloma Rouse, Chik Tormenta
3) Leon Apolo b Cien Caras Jr.
4) Broke the Clown, Dave The Clown, Rothen Clown b Astro Rey Jr., El Hijo del Medico Asesino, Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr.
Astro Rey did a dive from the top of the light tower, but his partners turned on him again and gave him a martinete. The Clown Corp won.
5) Juventud Guerrera & Ricky Marvin b Picudo & Relámpago (Coahuila)
Marvin & Juvi asked for a tag title match
6) Mr. E & Sexy B DCOR Hijo De Dos Caras & Sicodélico Jr. [WWL TAG]
Mr. E & Sexy B are champions. Everyone got counted out for the draw.
7) Fuerza Guerrera, Skayde, Zumbi b Mil Mascaras, Octagón, Vengador Radioactivo
Announced as a singles match, but the idea was Fuerza came with back up so Octagon got help and it turned into a trios match. Fuerza did tie Octagon to the top rope.
8) Monster Pain b Carlito, Chavo Guerrero Jr. [WWL WORLD]
Monster Pain is champion. Chavo and Carlito replaced Blue Demon Jr. Monster Pain beat Chavo.

Attendance guess comes from the Terra recap; that’s not a sell out (though it’s not like they were going to make money on this show with a sell out.) Every match was changed from the promoted lineup. Doesn’t like Sabu missing the show was ever announced. Fourth match seems to indicate there’s plans for another show, but no date was announced.

Terra’s recap lists Skayde as his El Seminastria character. Maybe that’s how gets around not having to unmask? Is that how he’s actually doing it in IWRG? (Or was that really just about hassling Silver King/AAA?)

IWRG (SUN) 03/09/2014 Arena Naucalpan [The Gladiatores]
1) Alfa & Hip Hop Man b Látigo & Matrix Jr.
Straight falls. Latigo replaced MS-1 Jr.
2) Espectrito (IWRG), La Sádica, Tupac Amaru Jr. b Emperador Azteca, La Magnifica, Mini Multifacetico
“Sadik Maiden” was actually Magnifica, though the TV announcers had no idea who she was (or she’s changed her name.) Definitely a new Espectrito – this one’s thin!
3) Rayan, Spartaco, Spartan b Chico Che, Diva Salvaje, Miss Gaviota
Spartaco beat Chico Che.
4) Black Terry, Dr. Cerebro, Veneno DQ Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Tony Rivera
Rudos were DQed in the first for excessive violence. Rudos tied it up in the second. Terry fouled Rivera and faked a foul – crowd convinced the referee that Terry was innocent so his team got the win.
5) Golden Magic, Relámpago, Súper Nova b Apolo Estrada Jr., El Hijo del Diablo, Hijo de Máscara Año 2000
Tecnicos took 1/3.

They drew better than I would’ve considering given the WWL show. (And Relampago made both!) The Super Nova/Apolo feud played up last week wasn’t as much here – or maybe it’s a trios feud now? Dunno.

Rey de Reyes is six days away and there hasn’t been any official mention on the show being on iPPV. AAA never promised they’d have a deal done for iPPVs for this show, just that were trying to get a deal done in time, and the deal doesn’t look to have gotten done. I’m skeptical they’ll do much the first time out for a non-TripleMania after the last disaster, but they’re running out of time to promote at all – if there’s not a surprise announcement in the next 24 hours or so, I’d probably not happening. Rey de Reyes should start airing on TV next Saturday; I’d like to see it live, but it’s just a six day extra wait (and maybe some editing.)

Segunda Caida watches Flama Roja vs Villano III.

A brief interview with Virgo and his father about his wrestling career.

An interview with luchador Dunkel.

AAA on Televisa: 2014-02-15

 

a lot going on here

recap

taped 2014-02-09 @ Centro Civico Nueva Aragon, Ecatepec, Estado de México
Aerostar, Faby Apache, Jennifer Blake vs El Apache, Sexy Star, Taya Valkyrie: a good mixed quick trios match. The dives were the roughest parts; Taya’s moonsault usually goes better than it did here, and I’m not totally sure even what move Ludxor was going for in the post match triple dive. Taya and Sexy had a bunch of double team moves to get in and Aerostar and Gran Apache work well together.

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your weekly “Lider does something strange/painful” GIF

Crazy Boy & Joe Lider vs Juventud Guerrera & Steve Pain: Another Mexican Powers weapons filled slow unathletic brawl that got the crowd chanting for lucha extrema but didn’t do much for me. This would seem to be a feud ending outcome but storylines aren’t going to advance in Ecatepec. Camera work was not so great, missing the hamburger power up spot and getting an unimpressive shot of Pain going thru the fire table – they showed it from an angle that hide the fire, and never went to a replay (so maybe the fire went out quick and they were actually doing a good job of hiding it? Hmm.) I was much more interested in Niño and Crazy Boy’s attempts to hide the lighter fluid bottle than the end game. Don’t know about pouring thumbtacks in the ring, setting a table on fire, and then bringing in kids in the ring to dance.

 

Parka dance party

Fénix, La Parka, Monsther Clown, Psycho Clown vs Jeff Jarrett, Parka Negra, Texano, Zorro: The most about of rudo bumbling you’ll see in a match. I kept waiting for the comedy to stop and the rudos to take over the match, and it never really happened. The rudos just kept on hitting each other and dong comedy and then suddenly there was chair shot and it was almost over. It was an odd match to for how serious they apparently want us to take this issue. Crowd not reacting at all for Jarrett’s music was amusing, and so they did everything they could to get him a reaction after the fact. Unsure why Hijo del Tirantes was doing normal counts when Texano was pinning Psycho, despite doing a slow count when Psycho was pinning Texano for the finish. Crowd was way behind Psycho. I guess they’re going to do the drink spot on every show ever. There were about 30 things going on at the end, so I don’t think it even registered. Psycho beating Texano after the guitar shot was also probably supposed to be a big deal, but they completely neutralized it after the fact. Konnan’s the only guy who gets to talk.

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Fenix tornillo!

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