taped 2014-05-16 @ Arena México
(for future people trying to figure out what’s going on here, the show aired a day late this week)
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IWRG (WED) 06/18/2014 Arena Naucalpan [IWRG Facebook, The Gladiatores]
1) Zurdog b Galaxy
2) Látigo & Sky Ángel b Hijo De La Bestia & Kaling Black
3) Dragón Celestial & Emperador Azteca b Atomic Star & Electro Boy
4) Canis Lupus, Hip Hop Man, Tony Rivera b Alan Extreme, Ciclon Black, Dr. Cerebro
No idea why Ciclon Black is now on the tecnico side. A man in an Electro Boy mask ran in and hit Dr. Cerebro with a piece of dry wall. Team Neza picked up the win, and the man unmasked to reveal – Apolo Estrada Jr.
5) Fuerza Guerrera & Guerrero Mixtico b Black Terry & Golden Magic
Tecnicos took the first, rudos took the second (both when the other side was winning most of the fall.) Terry & Mixtico double pinned in the third, and Fuerza snuck in a foul on Magic to win.
So Fuerza is going to beat Golden Magic every single time except for the title match (where Magic got sort of a fluke win.) Can’t imagine why there are no new stars.
Tonight’s CMLL show is main evented by a 16 man Leyenda de Azul, probably a cibernetico. There’s nothing super meaningful about this match; it’s tended to be used to give wins to second tier guys to try to move them up a little – La Mascara is more likely to win than La Sombra, for instance. There are current feuds being followed up here – the Indeseables vs Casas/Shocker (and maybe Niebla), Atlantis vs Ultimo Guerrero, even Escorpion/Maximo could come back again.
Rey Bucanero believes TRT will be able to work together to win Leyenda de Azul.
The two months En Busca de un Idolo tournament comes to end in the Terra portion of the show, with Cavernario facing Hechicero in the final. I’ve already wrote a lot about the tournament (and wrote more about Cavernario and Hechicero over on tumblr) so the only thing left to say is to pick a winner. My guess is Cavernario, keeping his winning ways thru the tournament, but it feels like no more than 55/45 bet. I’m rooting just for those two to finish off the tournament with another match at the level of the rest of the tournament – the whole competition deserves a good ending.
The Terra show also has a very good bonus match, with Tiger, Puma and Polvora facing Stuka, Titan and Rey Cometa. That’ll be a bunch of gifs all on it’s own. The rest of the undercard includes another Princesa/Princesa match and a Fiebre Amarilla/Triton/Bala tag match to open.
There hasn’t been much to say about AAA since Verano de Escandalo, but that’ll change tonight. AAA is back to taping TV in Puebla tonight. They’re running the indoor (and smaller) Gimnasio Miguel Hidalgo building and should pack 4,000 in it for the first Myzteziz match in Puebla in five years. He teams with Cibernetico and Psycho Clown to face Averno, Perro Aguayo and the returning Zorro.
These post-Verano de Escandalo shows do not reveal any specific plans for TripleMania so far, but this card has a weirder mix in the midcard than most. The random tecnico trio of Angelico, Fenix and Electroshock take on Consejo’s Fantasma, Mascara Ano 2000 with Pentagon Jr. Anarquia team up in the terecra, facing Drago, Joe Lider and Australian Suicide (not facing Pentagon Jr., but still figure on something since they’re on the same card.) The new Alebrije works in his hometown as part of a Super Fly vs Aerostar feud – but Aerostar won’t be teaming with the Cadetes, since they’re they’re opener instead.
Zorro hypes tonight’s main event. Zorro says there people hate him or love him but never ignore him. It sure seems like Zorro’s been ignored the last couple of months.
Mesias promo on Jeff Jarrett from TV. I would totally be okay with Jarrett and Mesias’ feud existing only in YouTube promos – I won’t even complain about the match at the end if there are no Jarrett matches prior.
Tony Sugar has passed away.
Rob has highlights of 03/28/14 CMLL.
LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.
Segunda Caida watches Marco Corleone vs Universo 2000.
Impulso vs Belial has been added to the 07/20 ChilangaMask show.
Sin Cara will be part of a show at Arena Lopez Mateos on 08/16, the day prior to TripleMania.
Shocker & Negro Casas are #1 on this week’s CMLL Top 10.
Sombra is selling shirts and masks via gmail.
Cronicas y Leyendas looks back at Mil Mascaras vs Kamala, when Mil was only old and not yet elderly.
Fuego en el Ring interviews Estrella Explosiva, neglects to mention her name in the interview. I don’t know what it means when I can identify indy luchadoras by pictures alone, but it doesn’t read like a good thing.
Skayde and Solar will be in Chicago on 07/06. I have no idea where Arena Jammba is (or that there was one), but they have an address so it’s a maybe. It’s listed on the poster as a singles match, but is unlikely.
== AAA ==
AAA-Televisa: Second half of Verano de Escandalo: Cadetes, Cruiserweights and Myzteziz’s first AAA TV match.
(In big news: Thrusday has become the first day where I could spell Myzteziz correctly without looking it up.)
== CMLL ==
FOX2: Tag Title match, Guerreros vs Atlantis/Maximo/Super Porky.
This show is only listed on Fox Sports 2 at the time. Maybe it’s just a World Cup thing, but I believe I saw an article about (Mexico’s) Fox Sports 2 being turned into a combat sport focused channel and lucha fits in that. I don’t know the exact difference in reach of Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2, but there’s obviously a dropoff. En Tu Tele lists a lot less cable/satellite systems for Fox Sports 2. I’m sure the C3 show has the biggest reach now (and there’s even more incentive to work out a deal with TV Azteca.)
52MX: Nothing in particular, so probaly a four match show. Guerreros/Shocker vs Indeseable as the main event, Stuka and Malefico feuding in the undercard.
Claro: Fuego vs Virus.
C3: Fuego/Valeinte/Volador vs Ephesto/Gran/Casas
TVC Deportes (Puebla): Back to Sunday at 5PM (right up with Terra, with a larger than usual chance of me missing both – this show does rerun on Monday.)
Lucha Azteca: Sombra vs Volador
Terra Friday: En Busca de un Idolo, other fun stuff.
Terra Sunday: Maximo, Porky, Volador vs Revolucionarios. Oro and Metalico back in the segunda.
== Other ==
Noches de Coliseo: They’re sticking with Tuesday shows of late, so more Mr. Nice.
IWRG (LAS/AYM): They’re sticking with Wedneday shows, so less Demon Clown and more Fuerza Guerrera.
taped 2014-05-16 @ Arena México
CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-05-24
Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero © vs Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. for the CMLL World Trios Championship – Great
I’m also generally underrating the En Busca de un Idolo matches.
Shows Watched But Nothing Made The List
AAA on UTDN: 2014-05-29
CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-05-25
CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-05-24
Matches To Watch Later
IWRG Zona XXI: 2014-05-28
taped 2014-05-21 @ Arena Naucalpan
Hijo De La Bestia vs Imposible for the mask.
IWRG’s posted photos of last night’s show, but no results.
AAA lists a 07/02 show here (where IWRG are mentioned with their luchadors.) I’d assume that’s an RCH show – Invasion AAA is listed on the page. It’d be Myzteziz’s first match in the building since 2007, where he was also facing Black Warrior. Not sure if Bogeman will make the show. Averno and Warrior also haven’t been back here since 2007.
Last night’s CMLL Informa announced Caveranrio will face Hechiero in the final of the En Busca de un Idolo tournament this Friday. The announcement is at the very end of the show (with JCR dragging it out for non existent rating points.)
All four finalists were on stage for the announcement. No one was particularly surprised when Hechicero was announced first, but it seemed like the luchadors did not know which one had finished second until it was announced. (The production people were tipped off, they accidentally went to this close up of Cavernario before his name was announced.) Cavernario and Hechicero hyped up the match and were respectful towards each other to end the show.
The final point standings
250 Hechicero (31 week 3 fan poll)
202 Cavernario (40)
198 Dragon Lee (32)
195 Cachorro (37)
The fan poll points don’t fit with the results we saw. Hechicero had the 1st amount of votes, but was given the fourth amount of points. That doesn’t really change anything since Hechicero was already in. Everyone else is in the same order and actually closer than I estimated given their separation in raw votes – the exact numbers are off, but the outcome does not seem like it changed. Cavernario would’ve been the final any way.
It’s possible CMLL might have finally solved the problem of people voting multiple times, but it would’ve required rewriting the voting script they’ve used the last few years on the fly, and only right before the finish (when it really didn’t affect anyone but Hechicero, and when CMLL hasn’t done anything like that previously.) It’s more likely CMLL just decided what numbers they wanted or they did some weird inexplicable math. CMLL’s done weird inexplicable math with the poll results every time, but they’ve almost always kept the order the same – until now.
I would prefer a system where someone advances based simply on win/loss. I actually got that system this year. These four had the four best records in the first round, and Cavernario and Hechicero had the best record in the second round (2-1). Those wins made a huge difference: had Cachorro or Dragon Lee won last Friday, they would be wrestling this Friday.
Cavernario has the best record overall (7-3) and his only loss this round was a disqualification loss to Cachorro after he had already won that match. (Note that Cachorro beat Cavernario both rounds, and then throw that note in the trash because it’ll never be brought up again.) Cavernario’s the guy CMLL is picking when they can make that sort of decision, and they get to make that sort of decision on Friday.
(for the second straight week, CMLL used my video of Informa for their Facebook.)
Last night had a double edition of Tercera Caida. The first show had Ludark as guest, the second included the Mexican Powers. There’s even one two after the show videos for about two and half hours of video.
Sin Cara drew a full house to Arena Aficion Tuesday, teaming with La Parka to beat Silver King & Averno. That appears to be his first match in the building since December 2009. The mystery luchadora I thought might be someone new coming in turned out to be Mascara Ano 2000 Jr., who does not appear to be a woman.
La Park & Cibernetico were part of the Carnaval Carolina in Charlotte this weekend. Parka is quoted as saying “all of AAA will be in the US this year” and Cibernetico says he’ll have a match in the US soon.
+LuchaTV talks to Super Bolido about his injury.
Psycho Circus won a three way trios match over the Inferno Rockers & and a Consejo/Daga team on the show honoring Mini Chessman.
R de Rudo looks at AAA people who haven’t appeared on TV much of late. No Atomic Boy update!
Averno says he’s better than Psycho Clown, Cibernetico and Myzteziz put together.
Agencia de Noticas SLP talks about how the local AAA promoter came to be.
An interview with new Puebla luchador Yolli, who’s training under Tarahumara. He says he was inspired by Psicosis and Super Elektra (Lasser.)
AAA has a lineup for September already! The summer is moving fast.
Lucha Libre in Japan
Jinzo, Super Crazy, Nieto del Santo (back for the summer) and Rocky Lobo made it to NOAH. Rocky Lobo brought a few masks.
Stardom officially announced Star Fire as working 5 Star GP 2014 tournament. It’s a normal league, with two blocks of five wrestlers, running from August 24 to September 23. Dark Angel participated last year.
Wrestling New Classic essentially shut down yesterday, with all their male wrestlers moving to Wrestle-1. Hijo del Pantera, who’s been training in WNC the last couple of years, had also already been working for Wrestle-1 so it’s really not much of a change for him. The women wrestlers are said to be moving to REINA, but REINA was barely running any shows before WNC partnered with them to prop them up. There’s already been 2-4 times where it seemed like REINA was going to stop running shows and they kept going on, so I supposed they will here too.
CMLL (TUE) 06/24/2014 Arena México
1) Metatrón & Molotov vs Camorra & Zayco
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Soberano Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. vs Canelo Casas, Disturbio, Hijo del Signo
3) Estrellita, Goya Kong, Lluvia vs Dalys, Tiffany, Zeuxis
4) Gallo © vs Arkángel de la Muerte [FULL HEAVY]
5) Stuka Jr., Super Porky, Tritón vs Hechicero, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
6) Fuego, Máximo, Valiente vs Kráneo, Mr. Águila, Ripper
Mr. Aguila in a main event! I’m sure that’ll go great. Gallo and Arkangel finally have their title match, which Arkangel actually has to win at some point. Hechicero is working the semimain, but it’s tough to know that that means for him outside Martes de Nuevo Valores. Zeuxis/Marcela feud not existent.
LI (FRI) 07/11/2014 Arena Querétaro
1) Esther Moreno & Lady Apache vs Miss Janeth & Tania
2) Ojo De Tigre & Viento Negro vs Rambo & Shu el Guerrero
3) Asteroide, Gato Rodriguez, Jinete Del Espacio, Rey Cometa Sr. vs Dr. Darkman, Furia Dorada, Universitario, Zarpa De Tigre
4) Aguila Solitaria, Kendo, Pantera vs Fuerza Guerrera, Negro Navarro, Scorpio Jr.
5) Cien Caras, Máscara Año 2000, Universo 2000 vs Canek, El Fantasma, Villano IV
All legends show, including Queretaro legends in the tercera. (The current Rey Cometa is meant to be Rey Cometa Jr., but the Jr. got dropped last decade.)
Canek turned 62 today. We don’t have a birthdate for Fantasma (he’s a ghost, it’s hard) but the average age of everyone else in that main event is 56.6. I’m sure they’ll put on a fascinating athletic competition.
WUW MEXICO (SUN) 06/15/2014 Estadio Primero de Mayo, Tulancingo, Hidalgo [La Copa, Tercera Caida]
1) ? vs ??
2) Zoom Driver b Yelmo 2000, Angel Zodical, Ángel Espacial, Silver Metal, Kid
No winner listed.
3) Escorpion Negro NC La Chona
Gigante Karnov ran in and attacked both men.
4) Pesadilla b Rex Estampida [ruleta de la muerte, quarterfinal]
5) Artikus b Serpiente Azteca [ruleta de la muerte, quarterfinal]
6) Ultratumba b Estrella Blanca Jr. [ruleta de la muerte, quarterfinal]
7) Rolling Boy b Hardman [ruleta de la muerte, quarterfinal]
8) Serpiente Azteca b Rex Estampida [ruleta de la muerte, semifinal]
9) Estrella Blanca Jr. b Hardman [ruleta de la muerte, semifinal]
10) Radge b Chris Verrazano
11) Crimson Wraith, Gigante Karnov, Naruto b Amo de la Noche, Lanzeloth, Sangre Guerrera
12) Rex Estampida b Hardman [ruleta de la muerte, final, mask]
Hardman is Arnold Ovando Castillo, Tulancingo, 24 years old, 4 years a wrestler.
13) Violento Jack © b Super Crazy and Crazy Boy [DTU]
No Aeroboy (in CZW instead) and maybe not an expolsive match, but made a DTU title match. Crazy hardcore match with Gigante Karnov wandering thru and throwing Crazy Boy into lightubes that were also on fire (?) Violento Jack beat Super Crzy while Crazy Boy was out of the ring. Violento Jack retained his title.
Ring was a bit away from the fans, but it looked like a big crowd. Random tall guy coming in and beating up everyone feels out of the UWA playbook, but I’m not sure who plays Canek here. (Possibly Canek.)
CMLL (TUE) 06/17/2014 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Bengala & Leono b Akuma & Apocalipsis
Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Black Panther & Starman b Espiritu Negro & Guerrero Negro
Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis b Estrellita, La Vaquerita, Marcela
Rudas took 1/3, Zeuxis beat Marcela.
4) Arkángel de la Muerte, Hechicero, Misterioso Jr. b Cachorro, Dragon Lee, Gallo
Rudos took 1/3, Arkangel pulling Gallo’s mask and beating him. Arkangel wants a title rematch. Gallo wants Arkangel’s mask.
5) Ángel de Oro, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. DQ Cavernario, Felino, Herodes Jr.
Tecnicos took 2/3, the last when Cavernario fouled Oro and took his mask.
6) Fuego, Valiente, Volador Jr. b Ephesto, Gran Guerrero, Negro Casas
Tecnicos took 1/3.
The Gallo/Arkangel feud will not either go away or actually climax. It just keeps on going. The En Busca de un Idolo guys playing background figures to that feud is an ominous look at a bleak future.
On the other hand, it’s possible I’ve
complained willed the Zeuxis/Marcela into existence. Or it’s just going as nowhere as Zeuxis/Estrellita.
CMLL (TUE) 06/17/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Acertijo & Demonio Rojo b Brillante & El Divino
Rudos took 2/3.
2) Leo, Metatrón, Sky Kid b Artillero, Magnum, Súper Comando
Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Maléfico, Sangre Azteca, Virus b Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr., Tritón
Rudos took 2/3, with Malefico and Stuka trading all the falls.
4) La Máscara, Máximo, Super Porky b Kráneo, Mr. Águila, Olímpico
Tecnicos took 1/3. No mention of Mascara issues.
5) Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Titán DQ Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero
Tecnicos took 1/3, when UG fouled Atlantis again.
I think CMLL is doing Atlantis & Ultimo Guerrero at the anniversary show just because I don’t want to imagine another year of them feuding.
En Busca de un Idolo estimated standings, as of 10:27 AM. (They closed the polls about an hour later.)
259 Hechicero (40 points in this week's fan polls) 199 Cavernario (37) ---------- 193 Dragon Lee (27) 192 Cachorro (34)
That’s using a strict ratio of points, which is not what they usually do. Cavernario pulled away a bit last night, to the point where I’d guess he’s more likely to be the final, but it’s still close enough the math could turn out another way (or more votes come before they close the poll.) CMLL should announce the finalists on today’s CMLL Informa (Terra, 5pm.)
CMLL added Stuka, Titan, Rey Cometa vs Polvora, Tiger, Puma to Friday’s show. That’s a good match in itself and great that it’ll air on Terra (before En Busca de un Idolo.) It also means Leyenda de Azul is more likely to be a cibernetico, which produces a better match than a CMLL one night tournament every time. Perhaps CMLL will make the format clear on Informa.
Rob has highlights of 03/25/14 CMLL, with the En Busca de un Idolo cibernetico.
An old interview with El Santo talking about his dealings with movie companies. It reads like business dealings seldom went smoothly.
Segunda Caida reviews Hijo del Santo vs Ultimo Guerrero from 2005.
ChilangaMask announced they’ll return 07/20 in Coliseo Coacalco, with Zoom Driver vs Carisma.
IWRG (SUN) 06/22/2014 Arena Naucalpan
1) Black Niko & Vampiro Metalico II vs Atomic Star & Power Bull
2) Alfa & Omega vs Anubis Black & Zurdog
3) Emperador Azteca, Imposible, Metaleon vs Canis Lupus, El Hijo del Diablo, Picudo Jr.
4) Relámpago & Súper Nova vs Oficial 911 & Oficial AK47
5) Hijo De Dos Caras, Máscara Sagrada, Veneno vs Fuerza Guerrera, Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, X-Fly
Mascara Sagrada appeared to turn the rudo last Sunday, appears to be a tecnico this Sunday. (The bigger shows seem to be an every other week thing.) IWRG will never run out of metallic vampires.
CMLL (TUE) 06/24/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Divino & Leo vs Infierno & Ráfaga
2) Astral, Meteoro, Último Dragoncito vs Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Violencia, Pierrothito
3) La Vaquerita, Marcela, Silueta vs Amapola, La Seductora, Princesa Blanca
4) La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush vs Euforia, Niebla Roja, Shocker
5) Atlantis & Titán vs Gran Guerrero & Último Guerrero and Blue Panther & Cachorro and Cavernario & Mr. Niebla [Copa Express]
They’ve been advertising the 55th Anniversary shows all months, but Sunday’s a cage match and Tuesday’s a tournament, so I guess this is the week that counts. Atlantis & Titan are the hometown team in the main event.