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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.


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:

03/08 WWC:
03/09 WWC:
03/08 Sobre el Ring:
03/09 La Lucha se le Hace:

CMLL on Terra: 2014-03-07
Daily Motion:
Full Show:
taped 2014-03-07 @ Arena México
1)Fuego, Oro Jr., Tritón vs Canelo Casas, Disturbio, Guerrero Negro Jr.
2) Blue Panther, Diamante Azul, Super Porky vs Comandante Pierroth, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja

AAA on Televisa: 2014-03-08
taped 2014-02-21 @ Gimnasio Olímpico Juan de la Barrera, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal
1)Drago, Faby Apache, Jennifer Blake vs Pentagón Jr., Sexy Star, Taya Valkyrie

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

CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-03-08
taped 2014-03-04 @ Arena México
1)Black Panther & Flyer vs Apocalipsis & Camorra
2) Lady Afrodita, Marcela, Silueta vs Princesa Blanca, Tiffany, Zeuxis
3) Pegasso, Soberano Jr., Valiente vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus
Stellar Moments
4) Cachorro, Sagrado, Super Porky vs Misterioso Jr., Puma, Tiger
5) La Máscara, Máscara Dorada, Stuka Jr. vs Boby Zavala, Mephisto, Rey Bucanero

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

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

CMLL on Terra: 2014-03-09
taped 2014-03-09 @ Arena Coliseo
1)Magnus & Metatrón vs Akuma & Cholo
2) Leono, Metálico, Sensei vs Hechicero, Hooligan, Nitro
3) Hombre Bala Jr., Molotov, Starman vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Kamaitachi, Shigeo Okumura
4) Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Sangre Azteca in a lightning match
5) Delta, Rey Cometa, Super Porky vs Misterioso Jr., Puma, Tiger
6) Máscara Dorada, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Reaper, Rey Bucanero, Terrible

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.
2) Chico Che, Diva Salvaje, Miss Gaviota vs Rayan, Spartaco, Spartan
3) Black Terry, Dr. Cerebro, Veneno vs Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Tony Rivera
4) Golden Magic, Relámpago, Súper Nova vs Apolo Estrada Jr., El Hijo del Diablo, Hijo de Máscara Año 2000

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!
taped 2014-03-02 @ Arena Coliseo Monterrey
2) Corazón de Barrio & Hator vs Panthro & Tigre Universitario [CMLI TAG and 8f ]
3) Angel Justiciero & Pancho Tequila vs Hijo de Espanto II & Potro Jr. [CMLI TAG and 8f ]
4) Silver Star vs Charles Lucero for the WWA World Middleweight Championship

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


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




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.


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.



photo by Black Terry Jr.

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


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.

watch the man in red


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.

the man to save US wrestling

Fenix tornillo!


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new Hijo de Rey Misterio, Volador vs Reaper, Stuka vs Rafaga

JM (FRI) 03/07/2014 Auditorio de Tijuana, Tijuana, Baja California [The Gladiatores]
1) Black Zaygon & Taydra b Black Phantom & Metalik Boy
2) Animaniac, Pitbull I, Pitbull II b Amensia II, Dementor, Kanalla
3) Inferno & Tony Casanova DQ Angel Garces & Urzus
Garces pulled Inferno’s mask.
4) Hijo de Rey Misterio III DQ Hijo del Fishman
The promotion honored Fishman & Rey Misterio before the match. Hijo de Rey Misterio II congratuled his “uncle”, but announced he was giving up the gimmick and going under the name Rey Horuz going forward. A new Hijo de Rey Misterio III (DLuxe from Mexicali) wrestled this match instead. Fishman took one, Rey 3 took 2, Rey 3 was about to win when Tony Casanova hit him with a chair. Fishman foul got the DQ. Rey Horuz made the save and challengers went all around.
5) Rayman & Silver King DQ Angel Blanco Jr. & Rayo de Jalisco Jr.
Silver King (w/Hijo de Silver King) replaced Dr. Wagner. Rayos took 1/3, the last when Silver fouled Rayman.

DLuxe is said to be good, but I don’t think frequent switching who’s under this name is making this character work at all. Rey Horus appearing for this angle means he left on good terms, but apparently not on good enough terms to stick with the character.

photo by Alexis Salazar/CMLL

CMLL (SUN) 03/09/2014 Arena Coliseo [CMLL, LuchaWorld]
1) Magnus & Metatrón b Akuma & Cholo
Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Hechicero, Hooligan, Nitro b Leono, Metálico, Sensei
Camaleon was announced, but replaced by Leono when Camaleon was hit by a truck. Tecnicos took 1/3 in a good match; Hechicero was great.
3) Arkángel de la Muerte, Kamaitachi, Shigeo Okumura b Hombre Bala Jr., Molotov, Starman
Rudos took 2/3.
4) Guerrero Maya Jr. b Sangre Azteca [lightning]
Guerrero Maya Jr. won with his suastica variation, which he named Estaca Maya in the post match interview.
5) Delta, Rey Cometa, Super Porky b Misterioso Jr., Puma, Tiger
Diamante Azul was originally announced but replaced by Delta early in the week. Tecnicos took 1/3.
6) Máscara Dorada, Valiente, Volador Jr. b Reaper, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
Rudos took 1/3 when Reaper threw his mask to Volador (who couldn’t manage to catch it, but got called for the DQ anyway.) Volador challenged Reaper to a hair vs mask match.

It seemed like the main event was supposed to be setting up a Reaper vs Volador NWA Welterweight title match – Volador had the title this week – but they were too busy with other stuff to get around to it. They’re in Arena Mexico next week and at least the singles match is probably happening

Hechicero was really great in the segunda and the match is worth checking out whenever I put it up.

CMLL (SUN) 03/09/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@acogdl]
1) Meteoro b Relampago Azul
2) William Rock b Furia Nazi
3) Acertijo & Évola b Javier Cruz Jr. & Virgo
Javier Cruz Jr. replaced Halcon de Plata. Rudos took 2/3.
4) Esfinge b Rey Trueno
5) Black Metal, Gallo, Stuka Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Ráfaga
Black Metal took Diamante Azul’s place. Tecnicos took 2/3, Stuka beating Rafaga in the third. Stuka challenged for Rafaga’s Occidente Light Heavyweight championship. Rafaga accepted for next week.
6) Atlantis, La Sombra, Soberano Jr. DQ Cavernario, Herodes Jr., Kráneo
Tecnicos took 2/3, Cavernario pulling Soberano’s mask for the DQ.

I forgot Rafaga was champion here. Makes more sense than a mask match, I guess.

WWL’s show in Mexico City saw the card just about completely changed around in front of a half full Plan Sexenal. Monster Pain ended up beating Chavo Guerrero & Carlito, while Mil Mascaras was moved into a trios. Fuerza Guerrera and Octagon didn’t have a singles match either night. It sounds like Astro Rey did the big fall from a high place spot. LaWagnerMania on Twitter has most of the results and I’ll do a full recap tomorrow.

AAA announced they’ll be taping in San Luis Potosi on 04/16. This is the taping the local paper reported on a couple months ago. Today, that paper lists the starts for this show Jeff Jarrett, Perro Jr., La Parka, Cibernetico, Fenix, Black Barrio”, whoever that is, as well as Sexy Star, Taya, and local luchadora Reyna Azteca. The paper previously suggested “a Big surprise” for the show, which sounded a lot like Mistico – no hint of that this time.

There’s probably a Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera show to be announced somewhere in here; the TV schedule doesn’t add up unless there’s more TV somewhere (or Irapuato gets stretched out an extra week, I guess.)

Camaleon says he under went an operation and will be going home tomorrow. I’m still not sure which injuries he has and how severe, but that’s good to hear.

Today’s Super Libre had a half dozen guests: Hijo del Solitario, Rayman, Engendro Jr., Platinito, Pepe Aguayo and Aguila Guerrera.

Rob has highlights of 12/27/13 CMLL.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

SuperLuchas #520 has Rey de Reyes preview and a look back at Anibal

Drabek I beat Drabek II to win the vacant Queretaro Light Heavyweight Championship.

Lola Gonzalez, Lady Apache and Rossy Moreno are working together to form a luchadora associations. Seems like there’s been a lot of them, just not only for women.

Charles Lucero talks about beating Silver Star for Silver Star’s title.

Porra Fresa previews Monday’s card.

Cronicas y Leyendas looks back at Angel Azteca, triple champion.

Mary Apache vs Sadica main events Friday’s LLF show.

Zeuxis wants Silueta’s hair and a title belt.

Kushida has figured out what Sombra’s new mask looks like.


IWRG (WED) 03/12/2014 Arena Naucalpan
1) Látigo vs Matrix Jr.
2) Ángel Del Amor & Hip Hop Man vs Hijo De La Bestia & Zurdog
3) Centvrión & Chico Che vs Rayan & Spartan
4) Black Terry, Dragón Celestial, Emperador Azteca, Fulgor, Imposible, Sky Ángel vs Aztlán, Cheyene, Jorge Kebrada, Kanon, Skayde, Vortize [Copa High Power]
Gym FILL vs Gym Skayde. Rematch of a rematch. Winner faces Gym Tony Rivera.
5) Súper Nova, Toscano, Veneno vs Danny Casas, Eterno, X-Fly

I hope Black Terry’s team cheats to win after all of this.

Tickets are 2×1 for women. I’ve seen that for kids plenty of times, but not for women. Must be hoping for a strong turnout for pinup idol X-Fly. Or maybe Toscano.

WWS (SAT) 03/29/2014 Gimnasio Hercules, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal
1) Lady Dragon vs Sayre
2) Blue Dragon vs La Abogada
3) Estrella Nera vs Arumi
4) Reina Dorada & Sexy Angel vs India Mazahue & Xena
5) Krazy Star vs Star FireDiosa AtenaPrincesa Ahy LeenMystique? [#1 Contenders,STARDOM WORLD]
winner gets shot at Stardom’s World Championship

I assume that means the winner is going to Japan, though maybe not.

CMLL (SUN) 03/16/2014 Arena México
1) Leono & Metálico vs Apocalipsis & Espanto Jr.
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Shockercito vs Demus 3:16, Pequeño Warrior, Pierrothito
3) Blue Panther, Guerrero Maya Jr., Sagrado vs Boby Zavala, Puma, Tiger
4) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Titán vs Ephesto, Pólvora, Rey Escorpión
5) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Rush vs Kráneo, Negro Casas, Niebla Roja
6) Volador Jr. vs Ripper

Non-title it is! Bufete del Amor, teaming up a lot more since Marco’s latest return, face a random group of rudos in the semimain to set up more Rush vs Negro Casas. That might be Rush’s last DF match before H2L.  Tercera could be quite good.

the best lucha libre matches of 2013

I’m done. At least I think I’m done. Please don’t tell me if I’m not done.

This is the second year I’ve worked at putting this list together during the year and tracking down more matches outside the shows I usually recap (CMLL DF + any AAA). This year, that meant matches from TxT, IWRG, ChilangaMask, Monterrey, and a match I saw live in Arena GALLI which never aired anywhere (and probably won’t) made the list.

The goal of this project is to end up with a digestible list of recommended matches for people who don’t want to watch everything. Excellent matches are of a quality where I think everyone who likes professional wrestling will like. Great matches are just a notch below. There are good matches which don’t make the list; the line has to be drawn somewhere. These are all based on my tastes in professional wrestling, which may be a poor thing.

This list remains up there on the menu bar under 2013 MOTYC. I’ll be switching that over to the 2014 list soon, but it’ll always be part of the drop down.

Video links are drawn from my database and may not always be correct, but should be in the neighborhood.


01-01 Pólvora vs Titán for the CMLL World Welterweight Championship
01-22 Terrible vs Rush for the CMLL World Heavyweight Championship
01-29 Volador Jr. vs Rey Escorpión for the CMLL World Light Heavyweight Championship
02-04 Negro Casas vs Valiente for the NWA World Welterweight Championship
03-15 Rey Cometa & Stuka Jr. vs Namajague & Shigeo Okumura for the mask and for the hair
04-15 Dinastía, Máscarita Divina, Rey Celestial vs Mini Abismo Negro, Mini Charly Manson, Mini Histeria
05-11 Dr. Wagner Jr. vs LA Park
05-31 Shinsuke Nakamura vs La Sombra IWGP IC
06-02 Negro Casas vs Máscara Dorada for the NWA World Welterweight Championship
06-14 Angélico, Drago, Jack Evans vs Carta Brava Jr., Eterno, Steve Pain
06-28 La Sombra vs Volador Jr. IWGP IC
08-04 Rey Hechicero vs Charles Lucero Poder Y Honor
08-16 Aerostar, Angélico, Jack Evans vs Machine Rocker, Pentagón Jr., Soul Rocker
09-13 Blue Panther vs Averno for the hair
09-13 La Sombra vs Volador Jr. for the mask
10-06 Virus vs Guerrero Maya Jr. for the CMLL World Super Lightweight Championship
11-17 Belial vs Ricky Marvin
12-01 Averno vs Titán for the Mexican National Welterweight Championship


01-11 Hijo del Fantasma, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Namajague, Puma, Tiger
01-18 Fuego, Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. vs Namajague, Vangelis, Virus
01-26 Ricky Marvin & Super Crazy vs Fenix (AAA) & Pesadilla GHC JH TAG
02-01 La Sombra vs La Máscara, Titán, Hijo del Fantasma, Rey Cometa, Delta, Stuka Jr., Sagrado, Averno, Euforia, Dragón Rojo Jr., Mr. Águila, Pólvora, Namajague, Felino, Tiger in a CMLL’s Reyes del Aire Tournament match and in a tournament semifinal match
02-17 Chico Che, Freelance, Hijo del Pantera vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Avisman, Eita
03-03 Trauma II vs Oficial 911, el Ángel in a losers advance match
03-03 Fuego & Stuka Jr. vs Namajague & Shigeo Okumura for the Arena Coliseo (DF) Tag Team Championship
03-03 el Ángel vs Trauma II for the mask
03-15 La Máscara, Máscara Dorada, Valiente vs Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto
03-17 Juventud Guerrera vs Daga, Fénix, Crazy Boy AAA FUSION and in a tournament final match
03-17 Texano Jr. vs Blue Demon Jr. for the AAA World Heavyweight Championship
03-21 Dinamic Black vs Fenix (AAA) for the IWRG Intercontinental Welterweight Championship
03-29 Crazy Boy, Joe Lider, Willie Mack vs AR Fox, Dr. Cerebro, Eterno
04-07 Black Terry, Negro Navarro, Villano IV vs Averno, Blue Panther, Shocker
04-07 Centvrión, Dinamic Black, Golden Magic vs Alan Extreme, Carta Brava Jr., Imposible
04-14 Blue Panther & Sagrado vs Caifan & Rey Hechicero
04-20 Kaientai vs Zema Ion, Extreme Tiger, Samuray del Sol
04-26 Atlantis & Hombre Bala Jr. vs Boby Zavala & Rey Escorpión in a CMLL Gran Alternativa Tournament match and in a tournament final match
04-30 Rey Escorpión vs Stuka Jr. for the CMLL World Light Heavyweight Championship
05-12 Angélico, Drago, Jack Evans vs Argos, Chessman, Halloween
05-12 Blue Panther vs Virus in a lightning match
05-26 Dinamic Black, Fenix (AAA), Trauma II vs Black Terry, Fresero Jr., Pentagón Jr.
06-24 Black Metal (Guadalajara), Pegasso, Tritón vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Espíritu Maligno, Skándalo
07-06 Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards vs Drastik Boy & Flamita and Daga & Eterno
07-09 Averno vs Titán for the Mexican National Welterweight Championship
07-15 Angélico & Jack Evans vs Chessman & Eterno
08-12 Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Boby Zavala, Namajague, Shigeo Okumura
08-13 Último Guerrero vs Rey Escorpión
08-16 La Sombra vs Volador Jr. in a super libre (no rules) match
08-25 Valiente & Virus vs Trauma I & Trauma II
08-25 Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Black Terry
09-12 Ciclón Black, Guerrero Mixtico, Tony Rivera vs Black Terry, Dragón Celestial, Fulgor I
09-13 Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión for the CMLL World Trios Championship
09-17 Terrible vs Shocker for the CMLL World Heavyweight Championship
09-22 Blue Panther, Brazo de Oro, Negro Casas vs Black Terry, Negro Navarro, Shu el Guerrero
11-03 Namajague & Shigeo Okumura vs Delta & Guerrero Maya Jr. for the Arena Coliseo (DF) Tag Team Championship
11-11 Negro Casas vs Rush and Shocker
11-15 Angélico, Australian Suicide, Jack Evans vs Daga, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Pentagón Jr.
11-18 Rush vs Shocker
12-09 Blue Panther vs Averno
12-10 Alan Extreme, Astro Rey Jr., Blue Monsther, Canis Lupus, Centvrión, Fresero Jr., Golden Magic, Picudo Jr. vs Dragón Celestial, Emperador Azteca, Fulgor I, Látigo, Matrix Jr., Power Bull, Sky Ángel, Zurdog Toreno FILL
12-22 Black Terry, Bombero Infernal, Dr. Cerebro vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo
12-30 Stigma vs Camorra for the mask



Maximo & Rey Escorpion advance, WWL in Xalapa

the worst!

CMLL (FRI) 03/07/2014 Arena México [CMLLTerra]
1) Fuego, Oro Jr., Tritón b Canelo Casas, Disturbio, Guerrero Negro Jr.
Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Blue Panther, Diamante Azul, Super Porky b Comandante Pierroth, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja
Tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Averno & La Máscara b La SombraReaperMáximoVangellysRey CometaTitán [natl pi, seeding battle royal]
Participants are a complete guess, but those are the winning teams.
4) Mistico & Reaper b Felino & Titán [natl pi, 8f]
5) Máximo & Rey Escorpión b Pólvora & Rey Cometa [natl pi, 8f]
6) La Sombra & Último Guerrero b Valiente & Vangellys [natl pi, 8f]
7) Averno & Volador Jr. b Ephesto & La Máscara [natl pi, 8f]
Ephesto replaced Dragon Rojo Jr.
8) Máximo & Rey Escorpión b Mistico & Reaper [natl pi, quarterfinal]
9) La Sombra & Último Guerrero b Averno & Volador Jr. [natl pi, quarterfinal]
10) Máximo & Rey Escorpión b La Sombra & Último Guerrero [natl pi, semifinal]
Normally feuding duo Maximo & Rey Escorpion advance to the final, on 03/21.
11) Euforia, Shocker, Terrible b Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Rush
Euforia replaced Niebla earlier in the week. Shocker beat Rush in the first fall with a half crab but would not let go and was DQed. Rush beat Shocker in the second fall but also got DQed for excessive violence. Shocker beat Rush in the third with his feet on the middle rope.

Main event sounds like good build up to the hair match – though I’m not sure if anyone will see it, since tournaments usually occupy the entire hour for CMLL TV. There are plenty of creative ways to solve that, but CMLL TV is anything but creative.

CMLL’s recap doesn’t mention a replacement partner for Mascara and Terra lists it as Mephisto, but the picture they have of the match shows Ephesto in the corner. The CMLL recap is not helpful to you if you’re a fan of Volador, Averno, Valiente or Vangellys. Their participation in this tournament is unmentioned, and matches 6 & 7 don’t even rate pictures. CMLL’s coverage of their own shows has nosedived since the publicity department has taken over the coverage.

I’m not sure how it’s possible, but Comandante Pierroth keeps getting worse.

Terra was terrible as well last night. The sound levels was way too soft to start the show. Just as soon as everyone adjusted their volume up at home, Terra cranked their volume all the way up, just blowing out everyone’s ears. The feed died twice during the opener as they tried to fix the issues. The show abruptly ended after the second match with no warning or sign off. It was very minor league. It’s still great to get free live CMLL via the internet, but the transmissions themselves seem worse than they were a year ago, and long running issues (no one knowing what matches will air, video quality problems from Arena Coliseo and the sound mixing) have never been addressed.

WWL (FRI) 03/07/2014 Arena Xalapa, Xalapa, Veracruz [Black Terry Jr. (flickr)Estrellas del RingLa WagnerMania]
1) Corsario De Fuego, Peligro, Poseidón b Destello Azul, Flayer Boy, Linterna Verde
Peligro beat Linterna Verde.
2) Paloma Rouse DQ Chik Tormenta
DQ for shoving the referee.
3) Eslabon Perdido, Skayde, Vengador Radioactivo b Astro Rey Jr., El Hijo del Medico Asesino, Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr.
Medico & Wagner turned on Astro Rey.
4) Leon Apolo b Cien Caras Jr.X-Fly
No Sabu, so X-Fly was added to this match.
5) Carlito, Chavo Guerrero, Fuerza Guerrera b Juventud Guerrera, Octagón, Ricky Marvin
What was billed as Fuerza/Octagon ended up as a trios, combining the other tag match. Fuerza beat Octagon via foul.
6) Mil Mascaras NC Monster Pain [WWL HEAVY]
Monster Pain is champion. Mil Mascaras, replacing Blue Demon, worked a semifinal! Mil was about to win when Los Mamitos ran in – and somehow this was a no contest and not a DQ.
7) Mr. E & Sexy B b Hijo De Dos Caras & Sicodélico Jr. [WWL TAG]
Los Mamitos are tag champs. Mil Mascaras helped out his nephews, but Sexy B pulled Sicodelico’s mask and covered him for the win.

The big news was the show drew well. Not a sell out, but much better than expected. Odd that the first Octagon vs Fuerza Guerrera match just didn’t happen; Octagon suggests he plans on being an independent for a year in this interview and I could definitely imagine him back in AAA in 2015.

Hijo de Rey Misterio II gave up the gimmick last night; he’s switching to Rey Horus, and someone else will probably end up with the gimmick soon. I don’t know much about the situation, but Rey Horus is good and probably figures he could be working more places if promoters didn’t have to pay the “Hijo de Rey Misterio” premium, some of which isn’t actually going to Rey Horus. On the other hand, some of those promoters – not all, but definitely some – weren’t really concerned with Rey Horus being any good as they were about being able to promote someone who sounded like Rey Misterio Jr. and may not be interested in a Rey Horus. All I know for sure is the Hijo de Rey Misterio idea hasn’t worked out well.

Lucha Libre in Japan
NOAH 03/08: Super Crazy [O] beat XL [X] & Jonah Rock
Pesadilla missed a show with an unspecified injury.


CMLL (FRI) 03/14/2014 Arena Mexico
1) Pegasso, Starman, Tritón vs Kamaitachi, Raziel, Shigeo Okumura
2) Dark Angel, Estrellita, Marcela vs Dalys, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit
3) Atlantis & Euforia vs Marco Corleone & Terrible and Blue Panther & Negro Casas and Kráneo & Super Porky and Diamante Azul & Rey Bucanero and Máscara Dorada & Mephisto and Delta &Mr. Águila and Niebla Roja & Stuka Jr. [natl pi, seeding battle royal]
4) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [natl pi, 8f]
5) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [natl pi, 8f]
6) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [natl pi, 8f]
7) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [natl pi, 8f]
8) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [natl pi, quarterfinal]
9) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [natl pi, quarterfinal]
10) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [natl pi, semifinal]
11) La Sombra, Mistico, Valiente vs Averno, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero

Main event continues to point towards an added trios title match for H2L, which would be a fourth build up match.

Euforia continues to replace Mr. Niebla, and that may throw a monkey wrench in this tournament. Mr. Niebla & Atlantis would’ve been easy favorites to face Maximo & Rey Escorpion, and Euforia may be planned to be in another match. Mascara Dorada & Mephisto (his obvious partner which CMLL decided to keep secret for no reason), Blue Panther and Negro Casas (magically back just in time to miss the contract signing)  and even Terrible & Marco have reasonable shots at advancing.

One more women’s trios to set up Dallys vs Marcela.

AULL (SAT) 03/15/2014 Arena Lopez Mateos
1) Rey Inmortal & Sangre De Lobo vs Galaxy & Zurdog [lightning]
2) King Dragon & Meta Dragon vs Power Bull & Sky Ángel [lightning]
3) Caballero Azteca & Euro vs Matrix Jr. & Muerte Infernal [lightning]
4) Chica Ye-Ye, Mystique, Princesa Ahy Leen vs Bugambilia, Diosa Atenea, Star Fire
5) Cerebro Maligno, Chucho el Roto, Judas el Traidor, Rocky Santana vs Black Terry, Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro
6) Octagón & Yakuza vs Fuerza Guerrera & Sádico and Leviatham & Villano IV and Iron Love & Negro Navarro [Alternativa Alianza]

Early matches are a twist on IWRG’s gym vs gym format. They’re running three tag matches, winner takes the cup, instead of the cibernetico. Like the idea of trying different ways to do this. Octagon working AULL shows already. that main event is kind of positioned like vets & rookies, but the ‘rookies’ have been around way too long to be rookies.

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