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top six stories of the last two weeks

  1. Alberto del Rio went from WWE superstar to TripleMania special guest in a matter of days. Del Rio was fired from WWE after attacking a (non-wrestler) employee in a backstage confrontation. Reports say the attack was in response to a racial joke – WWE hasn’t denied it, and ADR is being portrayed as standing up to a racist in Mexico. It’s ADR’s best storyline in years and it also might be true. There’s a lot of question marks – what will be his role? is Del Rio in AAA for the long term? how can he be advertised under the WWE name? – but Del Rio appearing alone has definitely increased attention for TripleMania and probably sold a fair bit of tickets. Meanwhile, this means WWE is certainly looking around for another Mexican or Hispanic to take Alberto Del Rio’s spot (since Kalisto is more of a Rey Misterio replacement.)
  2. Dr. Wagner Jr. has improbably returned to AAA, again. Wagner made a surprise appearance at the TripleMania conference. AAA was announcing a four way match with a mystery person when Wagner (and his son) appeared to say he was back. Cibernetico ripped Wagner and Joaquin Roldan for bringing Wagner back, and others in AAA said the same on Twitter after. Wagner’s stint in AAA ended badly, with Wagner refusing work with AAA for the last few months of his contract outside of last year’s TripleMania. Both sides then made legal threats against each other and claimed they wouldn’t work together ever again, but here they are a year later. It’s unclear if this is a one match appearance or a longer return; whatever plan there was might have already changed with Alberto del Rio being available. Dr. Wagner Jr. previously suffered a bad cut in a match with LA Park, which was said to put him out of action for three weeks. He’ll be back in about half the time if he works TripleMania.
  3. The most unpredictable part of CMLL’s Juicio Final was the attendance. It turned out to be a pleasant surprise for CMLL, drawing around the same 13,000 fans they did back in March for Dos Leyendas. The outcomes were more as expected: Rush defeated Negro Casas in a one sided hair match, Marcela & Princesa Sugehit defeated Seductora & Princesa Blanca in a mask/hair match (which also marked the end of Blanca’s career, at least for now) and Volador won his title back from Sombra.
  4. AAA announced the rest of the TripleMania lineup a couple days before that press conference. The main event remains Psycho Clown versus Texano Jr. in mask versus hair and the Taya/Faby title match is still on, but the rest of the card is very disconnected from anything built on TV. There’s a four way match with Mytzeziz, Cibernetico, Perro Aguayo Jr. and a mystery person (assumed to be Wagner) which has some of the biggest stars of the last decade but hasn’t been advertised on TV. There’s the Cruiserweight/Fusion title match that’s got a different lineup than they’ve set up on TV (with Aerostar notable winning a #1 contenders match but not getting a spot in a 10 man title match.) There is a cage match that’s been somewhat built up with promos added to TV, but it generally comes off like the people putting the TV together had no idea what most of the their biggest card of the year was going to be until a couple weeks before the show. This continued frustrating patterns where matches built up on AAA’s TV show just don’t happen on their major shows, and those major show undercards are just randomly thrown together matches meaning little.
  5. CMLL announced Ultimo Guerrero versus Atlantis in a mask versus mask match will be the main event of the 09/17 Anniversary show. They had the luchadors sign the contract for the match, and have spent some time emphasizing that it’ll be a singles match without anyone else getting involved like last year. It’s unclear if people actually believe CMLL, but they’ve got a month to hype it. Ultimo Guerrero is running thru top guys in the lead up to the match. Tickets went on sale quickly, marked up $20 from last year.
  6. Various leaks suggest the AAA USA project may not be much of an AAA project at all; the people they entrusted with the power to run the thing are said to be replacing the AAA wrestlers with local indy wrestlers, completely defeating the point of AAA being involved in this project. There’s still little official details – they may be taping in two weeks, or they may be taping at some other point.
  • CMLL announced the 2014 Universal Tournament. Blocks are on 08/15 and 08/22 with a final on 08/29. The timing indicates this is probably setting up another match for the Anniversary show. There’s no mention of any NJPW involvement so far (as has been the case all year.) It looks like CMLL is unafraid of overdoing La Sombra versus Volador Jr., as they’re the on opposite sides of the tournament and appear the most likely final.
  • AAA taped their final TV before TripleMania in Teziutlan. It still seemed pretty disconnected from TripleMania despite the lineup being announced. Only Psycho Clown/Texano Jr. was hyped (which is consistent with the rest of the shows)
  • Oro Jr. beat Metalico in a mask versus mask match. This was clearly meant to be Oro Jr.’s star making moment, but he did not have much of a match. The Arena Mexico fans sided with the rudo veteran (as they often do) but it didn’t seem to help either guy. If anything, it appeared to solidify Oro Jr. as a early match luchador, the same spot Metalico spent all of his career.
  • AAA announced it’s first post-TripleMania taping would be on 09/07. That means that TripleMania will air in complete on TV in the weeks following it airing on PPV.
  • AAA also mentioned two people would be added to it’s hall of fame on TripleMania. They haven’t hinted about who it might be.
  • CMLL debuted a new “Hombre sin Nombre”, an Averno replacement partner for Mephisto and Ephesto. The new luchador wore the same kind of outfit Ephesto did way back when he used the same name and HsN’s previous identity is not immediately clear.
  • Psicosis says he’s left AAA. He’s training guys in Tijuana (and this is not related to previous item.)
  • People who won titles: Silueta (over Zeuxis)
  • People who kept their titles: Titan (over Cavernario), Oficials (over Traumas), Dragon Rojo (over Rey Escorpion), Imposible (over Emperador Azteca), Hijo de Mascara Ano 2000 (over Hijo de Dos Caras by countout)
  • Minis in CMLL and AAA complained about be overlooked by the promotion.

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1950 Guadalajara results added to the lucha db

Following doing the two years of Laguna results, I still wanted to find other areas. (I really want to find Mexico City, I have not found Mexico City.) It did occur to me that since El Siglo de Torreon listed their newspaper archive search called “hemeroteca”, maybe I could just search that “hemeroteca mexico” and find other papers. Obvious idea worked, though not perfectly. Some, like National Archive, only have too old newspapers with most of the runs ending well before the 1930s. Others turn out to be only available in person or temporary suspended, where temporary may be forever. Others don’t go back so far; El Universal has it’s archive only back to 1999 (and you have to hunt around to find that much and they don’t cover lucha much.) I’m sure there are some I’m missing, since the one I started with never turned up, but I did find a useful one.

Guadalajara’s El Informador has a newspaper archive online. That’s the good thing. The bad thing is the search function seems to be mostly broken. The search for lucha libre found entries in December 1949, January 1950 and then skipped ahead 30 years, and then skipped again 10 more. It also has a digital copy of every edition of the newspaper, so you can just start flipping thru looking for lucha libre content if you’re very persistent. And so that’s what I did.

The 1950 (and a few scattered 1949) lineups have all already. I can do produce a list of the ones I added if someone wants it; don’t think that was being used and they’re also much easier to pick out because they’re pretty much the only 1950 results. They’re generally only results. El Informador wrote about the shows in January, but then appeared to stop. They continued printing the poster for the show, and I’ve gotten the lineups from those. Shows were usually on Tuesdays and Sundays (exactly as today), and I started looking at almost only editions for those days. The posters typically only listed the top couple matches, so there’s a lot of blanks even on what I do have. This is pretty complete of what could be found in that paper, but maybe another source would have more.

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Alberto del Rio to TripleMania, Guadalajara and Puebla results

CMLL (SUN) 08/10/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) El Piraña b Meteoro
2) El Yaqui & Satara b El Brillante & Javier Cruz
3) Exterminador & León Blanco b Maléfico & Ráfaga
4) La Vaquerita & Lluvia DQ La Seductora & Zeuxis
Zeuxis was pinned in the third fall, but came back in to attack Lluvia for the DQ.
5) Mr. Águila b Omar Brunetti
Mr. Aguila snuck in a foul on Omar.
6) Dragón Rojo Jr. & Gallo b Gran Guerrero & Pólvora
Tecnicos took 2/3, Dragon Rojo powerbombing Polvora for the deciding win.

They seem to be pushing Omar as a guapo idol. He’s got Disturbio, who’s about the opposite, in a hair match today.

CMLL (MON) 08/11/2014 Arena Puebla [El Sol de Puebla, Periodico Enfoque, Periodico Enfoque (fotos)]
1) Rey Apocalipsis, Siki Ozama Jr., Toro Bill Jr. b Molotov, Paris, Star Jr.
Rudos took 1/3
2) Espíritu Maligno b Eléctrico [lightning]
Espiritu won by submission and asked for a title shot. He’ll get it next week.
3) Black Panther, Blue Panther, Cachorro b Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus
Tecnicos took 1/3. Cachorro beat Raziel, who went to the back on a stretcher.
4) Pólvora, Rey Escorpión, Shocker DQ Máximo, Valiente, Volador Jr.
Maximo’s return from head injury. Polvora and Rey Escorpion are listed as ex-Revolucionarios del Terror. Rudos took 2/3. Escorpion faked a foul to draw the DQ.
5) Último Guerrero b La Sombra
Sombra jumped UG to win fall 1, UG rallied back to win falls 2 and 3 clean.

The pattern of Ultimo Guerrero defeating any and all comers prior to Anniversary continues. (Well, the credible ones. He ain’t bothering with La Mascara, despite Mascara how Mascara begged for that match for years in the press.)

I made a joke about Dragon Rojo winning the rights to the Revolucionarios gimmick last Friday. I don’t think that’s a joke anymore!

Espiritu Maligno getting a title shot is a nice sight to see.

AAA confirmed last night Alberto del Rio will be a part of TripleMania. This story has been picked up as a big story in Mexico and getting him in this quick is a huge coup for AAA. I’ve had no sense how tickets are selling for this show, but it seems very likely a lot of people are going to be paying money for Alberto waving to the crowd, saying a few words, and slapping someone. (Some of the articles have suggested Alberto Del Rio may end up in the mystery person spot in the four way, but it still seems like that’s meant to be Dr. Wagner.)

AAA is promoting him, at least for now, under the Del Rio name and Joaquin was quoted as saying ADR would be like the character seen in the US (and not a reversion to the Dos Caras Jr. identity.) Ricardo Rodriguez won’t be part of the package for the moment, but teased coming in later. AAA themselves doesn’t say if this is more than a one off, but it’s clear they’d like to have him in for a lot more than that.

As AAA’s site points out, this is not really a debut but a return. Dos Caras Jr.’s Mexico career started in AAA, wrestling there on and off between tours of Japan between 2000 and 2002. His last AAA TV match is up on YouTube, a tag match with Canek against Jason the Terrible and Leatherface.

Today’s CMLL Arena Mexico main event is La Mascara, Maximo, and Valiente versus Mr. Niebla, Shocker and Tiger. There’s no ongoing issue there but it figures one might start. Starman and Okumura meet in the tercera after feuding last week. Sangre Azteca is still listed in the lightning match despite undergoing knee surgery last week. CMLL is posting substituions – Volador will replace Atlantis in Guadalajara on Sunday – but just not all of them.

In addition to Brunetti/Disturbio, Terrible/Marco main events Guadalajara. This is the third time they’ve had this singles match since Marco came to CMLL, and Marco has won both previous matches. Still can’t get a title shot. Elsehwere, Arena Aficion has a show with Rush on top and Eterno in the semimain. Indy Eterno gets booked like it’s his (imaginary) twin working AAA and there’s no problem with him working CMLL shows.

LuchaWorld has has This Week’s Poster-Mania and KrisZ’s news update.

Segunda Caida reviews Uprising: Lucha Libre 07/26/14.

A nice short story about meeting Villano III on a bus.

Dragon de Oriente I & II defeated Lobo Lafayette and Galaxy in Arena Queretaro to celebrate their 29th Anniversary. Lafayette and Galaxy are their sons.

Dr. Wagner Jr. has been added to ColiseoMania.

Angel del Amor says he grew up a fan of Shawn Michaels and his mom can’t attend his matches because she’ll want to attack his opponents.

Hijo del Climax reached five years of wrestling.

Oro Jr. is top of CMLL’s top 10 this week.

Metalico is now the Pedro Infante of lucha libre.

Lucha Libre in Japan

08/12 NOAH (SEM): Rocky Lobo b Jinzo – Super Crazy return to Mexico, but these two are still in Japan.

Lineup

AULL (SUN) 08/17/2014 Arena Lopez Mateos
1) Karina & Princesa Ahy Leen vs India Mazahua & Star Fire
2) Chica Ye-Ye, Silver Cat I, Silver Cat II vs Holkan, Maquina Infernal Jr., Ojos De Fuego
3) Black Terry, Negro Navarro, Shu el Guerrero vs Cuchillo, Kahoz, Rambo
4) Felino, Puma (CMLL), Tiger vs Gallego, Rocky Santana, Romano Garcia

Billed as a Farewell show to Cuchillo.

CMLL (MON) 08/18/2014 Arena Puebla 
1) Astro Aéreo Jr., Asturiano, Flyer vs Disturbio, Guerrero Espacial, King Jaguar 
2) Estrellita, Goya Kong, Lluvia vs Amapola, La Seductora, Tiffany 
3) Eléctrico © vs Espíritu Maligno [MEX LIGHT]
Electrico’s second defense. 
4) Atlantis, Máscara Dorada, Super Porky vs Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla 
5) Máximo, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Pólvora, Rey Escorpión, Shocker

Electrico’s first and only defense was one year ago tomorrow. Pequeno Olimpico last defended the CMLL minis title sixteen months ago. Even by the incredibly low standards of CMLL, the minis titles are pretty dormant. There’s nothing lost to CMLL by Espiritu Maligno actually winning the title here, except Electrico seems to be one of the very few favorites in the division.

First known match for Astro Aereo Jr., an amazingly derivative name. He may have just been listed without the Junior previously; that name turns up in at the Puebla expo last year way down in the opener. He’s green for a Puebla indy luchador.

08/09-08/11 lucha videos

Small week. Very small for the moment.

Didn’t Air/Nothing new: Puebla, Monterrey

Couldn’t Be Recorded Due To Conflict: AAA (which is on their YouTube channel)

Recorded, But Will Be Up Later Due To Tech Issues: C3, the rest of Fox

Normal weirdness: IWRG aired three times, though neither of the two show we were hoping for did air. (At least on LAS – the show with Alan/Mixtico’s hair did turn up on AYM but I have no way to get it.)

I’ll mention when the rest of the stuff gets up and drop it on YouTube as I get to it. I have Rush/Casas, so you should be good for a while.


 

YouTube Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYyNnOBGWP7RduLnpeTcdJ6h3jVy13V3R

The first Traumas/Oficials tag match (07/27) did air just after I put up the post last week: http://ul.to/5ng95us2

08/06 CMLL Informa: http://ul.to/hlsq9goh

08/09 WWC: http://ul.to/r3gr2gsb
08/10 WWC: http://ul.to/i8v5492p

08/10 La Lucha Se Le Hace: http://ul.to/govwz1jd

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-08-09

taped 2014-07-29 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Full Show: http://ul.to/t9g525sb
1) Fuego, Omar Brunetti, Tritón vs Disturbio, Maléfico, Ráfaga
https://www.sendspace.com/file/0wus09
2) Princesa Sugehit vs Princesa Blanca in a lightning match
https://www.sendspace.com/file/m1qu6p
3) Black Panther, Blue Panther, Cachorro vs Felino, Puma, Tiger
https://www.sendspace.com/file/ho12nc
4) La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush vs Mr. Niebla, Rey Escorpión, Último Guerrero
https://www.sendspace.com/file/0rnqam

CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-08-09
taped 2014-08-05 @ Arena México
Intro
will be posted later
1) Magnus, Sensei, Star Jr. vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Hijo del Signo, Nitro
will be posted later
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Starman, Súper Halcón Jr. vs Okumura, Sangre Azteca, Skándalo
will be posted later
3) Fuego, Rey Cometa, Tritón vs Boby Zavala, Kamaitachi, Misterioso Jr.
will be posted later
4) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Super Porky vs Mr. Niebla, Shocker, Vangellys
will be posted later
Ending
will be posted later

CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-08-09
taped 2014-08-01 @ Arena México
1) Marcela & Princesa Sugehit vs La Seductora & Princesa Blanca for the mask and for the hair
https://www.sendspace.com/file/c37fpm
2) La Sombra © vs Volador Jr. for the NWA World Welterweight Championship
will be posted later
3) Atlantis, Dragón Rojo Jr., Máscara Dorada vs Rey Escorpión, Shocker, Último Guerrero
will be posted later
4) Rush vs Negro Casas for the hair
https://www.sendspace.com/file/rax3m9
Ending
https://www.sendspace.com/file/vyolxn

Lucha Azteca (CMLL): 2014-08-09
taped 2014-07-25 @ Arena México
Full Show: http://ul.to/iyqdjqec
1) Goya Kong, Marcela, Silueta vs Amapola, Princesa Blanca, Zeuxis
2) Atlantis, Dragón Rojo Jr., Titán vs Rey Escorpión, Shocker, Último Guerrero
3) La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush vs Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Volador Jr. in a relevos increíbles match

CMLL on Terra: 2014-08-10
taped 2014-08-10 @ Arena México
1) Dark Angel, Princesa Sugehit, Skadi vs Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany
http://ul.to/glwijrpv
2) Ángel de Oro, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado
http://ul.to/gkmloaqd
3) Blue Panther, Rey Cometa, Super Porky vs Ephesto, Hombre sin Nombre, Mephisto
http://ul.to/r1oh9atm
4) Oro Jr. vs Metálico, mask vs mask
http://ul.to/y8lvsust
5) Máscara Dorada, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
http://ul.to/9vbthd24
6) Diamante Azul, Rush, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Rey Escorpión, Último Guerrero
http://ul.to/d4btued5

IWRG Zona XXI: 2014-08-10
taped 2014-08-06 @ Arena Naucalpan
1) Black Niko & Seiya vs Atomic Star & Matrix Jr.
http://ul.to/1zqcqvzx
2) Golden Magic, Relámpago, Veneno vs Canis Lupus, Danny Casas, Tony Rivera
http://ul.to/e4cp8d4n
3) Black Terry, Metaleon, Power Bull vs Ironía, Spider Boy, Yakuza
http://ul.to/py4tu3xg

IWRG Zona XXI: 2014-08-11
taped 2014-08-10 @ Arena Naucalpan
1) Dragón Celestial, Freyser, Metaleon vs Hip Hop Man, Rayan, Spartan
http://ul.to/acgtrtpa
2) Imposible © vs Emperador Azteca for the IWRG Intercontinental Lightweight Championship
http://ul.to/2nv0xx8l
3) Pantera, Relámpago, Toscano vs Cien Caras Jr., Universo 2000 Jr., Veneno
http://ul.to/q7ri7zgl
4) Hijo de Máscara Año 2000 © vs Hijo De Dos Caras for the IWRG Rey del Ring
http://ul.to/2l60df22

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Alberto del Rio to appear at TripleMania

That didn’t take long.

Arturo Rivera says Alberto Del Rio will debut for AAA at TripleMania

No one else is confirming it, and I never know what that means. Did Arturo speak too soon? Have they just not gotten around to it? Let’s assume this is all one the level (though you should read Arturo’s Twitter for people asking him questions about non-competes that he has no real answers about.)

We also don’t know anything more than that. Rivera did indicate he was coming in as Alberto Del Rio. My assumption is AAA wouldn’t be using ADR if they thought he was still bound to WWE by a no-compete (after a false start, they were careful there with Myzteziz) and there might not be one Del Rio was fired. It’s unclear if this is a one appearance deal or something more (though debut implies more.)

It’s unlikely he’ll be able to use the Alberto Del Rio name without some issue. WWE did register the trademark (Expediente numbers 1189099, 1189100, 1189101, 1189103) and will hold those trademarks for a decade more. However, as AAA has seen themselves, it’s often tough to enforce those trademarks.

More to come.

 

Hijo de Mascara defeats Hijo de Dos (sort of), TripleMania

IWRG (SUN) 08/10/2014 Arena Naucapan [The Gladiatores]
1) Black Niko & Sky Ángel b Kaling Black & Matrix Jr.
Matrix Jr. & Kaling Black replaced Atomic Star & Hijo de la Bestia.
2) Hip Hop Man, Rayan, Spartan b Dragón Celestial, Freyser, Metaleon
Freyser replaces Latigo.
3) Imposible © b Emperador Azteca [IWRG IC Light]
Imposible is champion and kept it by taking falls 2/3. Fourth defense. Emperador pretended to congratulate Imposible, but then attacked him and vowed to take his mask.
4) Pantera, Relámpago, Toscano b Cien Caras Jr., Universo 2000 Jr., Veneno
Veneno reluctantly replaced X-Fly, working as a tecnico on the wrong side. Tecnicos took 1/3, Toscano beating Veneno.
5) Hijo de Máscara Año 2000 © COR Hijo De Dos Caras [IWRG Rey del Ring]
Seconds were Pantera and Universo 2000 Jr. Dos took fall 1, Mascara took fall 2. Cien Caras Jr., Mascara’s second, started interfering in the third fall. Pantera, Dos’s second, started brawling with him. That allowed Universo 2000 Jr. to sneak in and foul Dos while he and Mascara were fighting on the outside. Mascara made it back in, Dos did not, and Mascara kept the title. Hijo de Mascara Ano 2000 fourth defense.

Hijo de Dos Caras isn’t losing in the ring? Can’t wait for Alberto to get here.

AAA’s TV this weekend was interesting in what wasn’t shown. TripleMania is only six days away, and there’s been zero on screen mentions of the Myzteziz, Dr. Wagner Jr., Cibernetico, Perro Aguayo Jr. four way match. That looks to be the biggest drawing match on the show on paper and you would not know it’s happening if you only followed AAA on TV. It’s appeared AAA produced weeks of TV from Ecatepec at the same time and also appeared a did not have a full TripleMania card to promote as recently as two weeks ago.

Even if AAA was late to figure out the card, they had to know they’d have a press conference about the show by last week. They could’ve replaced some empty space in the show* to show highlights from the press conference or just something as simple as someone putting up a graphic for the card. Instead, the first time AAA’s TV will promote a four way featuring four of the biggest stars of the last decade will be one day before TripleMania takes place.

(* – It was an AAA three match show, so there was plenty of empty space. Those entrances kill me. Protip: best time during TripleMania to make a run for food is the relevos AAA or the Cruiserweight ten way, because both will take 10 minutes to get started.)

Let me turn this discussion on it’s head and defend AAA for a second. (!!!!!!) The TV build really has totally been about Psycho Clown and Texano Jr. Only that match and the Taya/Faby match have been built up on TV, and the Taya/Faby one is more a midcard feud (though one they’ve done well with given it’s role.) Others feuds continue on TripleMania, but you wouldn’t be certain about them if you only followed TV – the big TripleMania video package teases both a Suicide/Pentagon mask match and Psicosis appearing, neither of which is happening. There are other ways for AAA to reach potential fans – they’re doing a lot of media in the lead up to the show and so those other matches will get hyped there – but if follow AAA by only watching the TV show, the only big match on TripleMania is Psychlo Clown versus Texano Jr.

I’ve been skeptical (to underplay it) of AAA’s ability/interest in creating new stars, but they’ve backed their way into proviing it. Texano/Psycho might have been intensely boring for the long stretches but TripleMania drawing 20,000 fans would be a pretty good indication that it worked. The TripleMania name in Mexico is very strong and that would still be the #1 draw for this show, but those two young guys would be #2. If this works out, it’s a credit to those two guys and to those who trusted them with that position.

On the other hand, Perro Aguayo Jr. says the show should be renamed PerroMania because he won last year. A solid point. Perro’s also not thrilled about Wagner being there but promises he has a surprise (as always.)

Polvora defeated Dragon Rojo last night in Guadalajara. It’s blurry, but there doesn’t appear to be any other results on the rest of the article. CMLL is back to posting Guadalajara reports on it’s website, so it may turn up eventually.

Sombra faces Ultimo Guerrero in the main event in Puebla tonight. Seems like Ultimo Guerrero is going on a hot streak leading into the Anniversary show.

Black Terry Jr. has photos from two days in Tulancingo: a Saturday show with Black Terry and Skayde and an AAA spot show. He’s got video highlights from the later show.

Myzteziz joins Averno and Blue Demon Jr. as being announced for the ColiseoMania show. I assume someone named Coliseo won the last one.

A week after LA Park & Dr. Wagner Jr. had a great match (which did not air) in Arena Coliseo Monterrey, their kids and Silver King Jr. had a poor one in the same building.

Metalico says he’s not retiring from CMLL.

Segunda Caida reviews Hijo del Santo, Rey Misterio Jr, La Parka, Octagon vs Blue Panther, Fuerza Guerrera, Psicosis, Pentagon.

Lucha Libre in Japan

08/10 REINA: Estrellita b La Comandante [MEX WOMEN] – sixth defense.

Lineup

IWRG (WED) 08/13/2014 Arena Naucalpan 
1) Sky Ángel vs Matrix Jr. 
2) Dragón Celestial & Seiya vs Electro Boy & Hip Hop Man 
3) Emperador Azteca & Relámpago vs Ciclon Black & Tony Rivera 
4) Golden Magic © vs Canis Lupus [IWRG IC WELTER] 
5) Alan Extreme, Black Terry, Metaleon vs Ironía, Spider Boy, Yakuza [captains hair, captains mask, mystery captain]

The last time they did this main event, they put drew the captains names, put them in the envelope and then pulled the names out to reveal who’s hair/mask was on the line at the end. I assume the same thing here. AULL has been pretty dominant in this feud up until now.

CMLL (SUN) 08/17/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Dr. Frezeer vs Relampago Azul
2) El Ídolo vs El Acertijo
3) Sky Kid & Smaker vs Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno
4) Esfinge & Exterminador vs Espectrum & Maléfico
5) Lluvia vs Zeuxis
6) Atlantis, Cachorro, Dragon Lee vs Cavernario, Hechicero, Terrible

That seems like a fun main event.

ChilangaMask (SAT) 09/20/2014 Arena Roberto Paz, Guadalajara, Jalisco
1) Astro Rey Jr. vs Dorado Jr., Reggae Boy, Sangre Fria Jr., Draego, Aero Extreme
2) Chik Tormenta vs Estrella Explosiva, ?
3) Belial & Impulso vs Arez & Psico Kid
4) Masada vs Aero Boy, Kaientai, Makabre
5) Black Terry & Tony Rodriguez vs Trauma I & Trauma II

Full lineup for the show. Mystery Guadalajara woman has long hair, judging from her photo.

Metalico unmasked on poor CMLL show, AAA (?) US plans

Metalico/photo via Terra

CMLL (SUN) 08/10/2014 Arena México 
1) Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany b Dark Angel, Princesa Sugehit, Skadi
Rudas took 2/3. 
2) Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado b Ángel de Oro, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. Angel de Oro, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Rudos took 1/3. Sagrado and Angel continued to feud, and Sagrado beat Angel. Misterioso mistakenly hit Sagrado during the match. 
3) Blue Panther, Rey Cometa, Super Porky b Ephesto, Hombre sin Nombre, Mephisto Blue Panther, Rey Cometa, Super Porky vs Ephesto, Hombre sin Nombre, Mephisto, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
The mystery debutante was first given the name Lucifer, but it was changed to Hombre sin Nombre days later. He was wearing an outfit a lot like Ephesto’s old Hombre Sin Nombre old outfit. Tecnicos took 1/3, the last when HSN fouled Panther. 
4) Oro Jr. b Metálico [mask4) Oro Jr. vs Metalico,  mask vs mask, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Seconds were Misterioso & Plata. Metalico won a quick fall one, Oro won a quick fall two. Crowd turned on the match a bit during the third fall, which Oro won on his second try at the armscissors submission. Crowd got louder after the match. Metalico was revealed to be Salvador Munguia, 44 years old, from DF, 22 a luchador. 
5) Máscara Dorada, Stuka Jr., Valiente b Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas Mascara Dorada, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Tecnicos took the first by DQ (excessive violence) and the second clean in a nothing match. This set up a rematch to trios title match. 
6) Euforia, Rey Escorpión, Último Guerrero b Diamante Azul, Rush, Volador Jr. Diamante Azul, Rush, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Rey Escorpion, Ultimo Guerrero, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Diamante Azul replaced Maximo (head injury). Rudos took 1/3. Rush did not get along with his partners. Rush was having trouble with his left leg near the end of the match, which seemed to cause the lackluster finish: Rush missed a limping dropkick, Ultimo Guerrero covered him, and got the ropes for the win. Rush seemed to be walking better after the match.

Really disappointing show. Oro did not show much in his big opportunity and may have locked himself into a lifetime of working the first half of the card (a lot like Metalico.) Super Halcon Jr. and Hombre Bala Jr. had a better big apuesta match and they’re no farther; there are dozens of more promising guys than Oro looked today. Rest of the card just fell apart from there, with the semimain being almost a joke (and hurt the interest in the trios title match next week instead of helping it just by the booking), while the main event had some laughably short falls and a short circuited finish.

Hombre sin Nombre didn’t look like Hechicero. He didn’t look like anyone in particular, except a guy wearing Ephesto’s old gear. He didn’t look like the mask CMLL posted on Facebook, which suggests that was the Lucifier gimmick and they just dug out something from closet when plans changed there.

The Arena Coliseo Guadalajara Twitter was quiet today.

On the latest MLW Radio podcast, Konnan mentions the plan was to tape AAA El Rey show at the end of August over 3 days. That plan may change to early September, because they want to use guys who are working PWG’s Battle of Los Angeles and they would be unavailable. That tournament starts 08/29. The El Rey tapings will take place in Los Angeles at a building El Rey owns, but Konnan was not allowed to say where. That suggests it’s a closed set (a building they’re filling with extra and not fans, as with previous LA based wrestling projects.)

Pushing the tapings back to the following weekend would mean a conflict with the AAA tapings in Mexico, but that may actually be an issue. (It may be pushed back later than that, as everything has been so far.) I don’t have the rest of this information confirmed, it’s very second and third handy, but it’s also clearly word that’s gotten out to various people the last few weeks based on bits and pieces which have turned up elsewhere: my impression is that the El Rey show will heavily use wrestlers from the US and not be built around those from AAA Mexico. There was a plan all along to bring in some US indy guys to augment the roster and to work as the evil lucha hating opposition. It’s going to be more than now. My impression is people in charge somewhere along the line decided those watching the show wouldn’t be able to tell the ethnicity of the people under the mask and gear, and then also decided it would just be easier to use Americans. And so it’s a show now waiting to tape based on the availability of the Southern California indy guys and not so much the Mexicans. This would not be an AAA call – they don’t have the reigns here – but more likely a Mark Burnett decision since he’s producing.

(I’m completely unclear if this means there will be a whole bunch of new characters for AAA US or if they’ll be “US” versions of the existing AAA characters. I don’t even want to think about it much, honestly.)

If this is right – and again, this is unconfirmed but based on what I’ve heard the last few weeks – that would also greatly harm if not killed the greater idea of a touring promotion. The US Indy guys can get work on their own, aren’t tied to AAA in the same way the Mexicans are, and really just playing a role on a TV show than working on a wrestling gimmick. I’ve also heard vague notions about the show being way out there in a way where it might not translate well to a traveling promotion. PWInsider alluded to that. It was asked elsewhere if this show would be like the “Power Rangers”, and I’m not sure I can rule that out. The little I know suggests the show is more an active adventure stage show than a sports event; people do travel around doing those shows (occasionally On Ice), but that’s a lot different product than AAA is presenting in Mexico. At any rate, the TV show is being produce like a TV show, and not something supposed to lead to AAA touring the Southwest or any of the big ideas they had when this project started

This El Rey show, whatever it’s called, may actually turn out to be good. The guys in PWG put on a really great shows and the knowledge about the concept is so thin that I don’t want to knock it before I’ve seen. It also may yet turn out successful in itself; El Rey doesn’t really have much reach on it’s own, but there’s been consistent talk about the show eventually reairing on Univision and that’d be a difference maker.

At the same time, this would be a complete disappointment in terms of what AAA planned and promoted for this project. They might get their name out to the US, but even that’s not a sure thing – they might call it something else. What AAA has for sure is credit and some money for coming up with the idea, but they may be legally bound to a product that doesn’t have much else to do with them and prevents them from making a better deal elsewhere. (AGAIN.) AAA loudly declared they were coming to the US. Something which credits AAA at the end of the show may be coming to the US, but the promotion itself does not appear to be expanding out of Mexico.

Rarely have I wanted people to start yelling at me about getting a story wrong than this one. It’s depressing. I have a lot more thoughts about this, but the story’s more interesting than anything I think.

Rob has video of AAA 05/17/14 and late November 2001 CMLL.

Dorada has video of 06/24/14 CMLL.

Super Libre had Edgar Alejandre in studio and many taped interviews.

Ultimo Guerrero and Atlantis will have a singles match two weeks before their mask in match in Monterrey.

Masada, Kaientai, Aero Boy, and Makabre in a four way super libre match has been added to the 09/20 ChilangaMask show.

Rocky Lobo & Jinzo’s final Junior Tag League match.

Taya explains how to order the TripleMania iPPV.

Miguel Fonseca argues TripleMania is the bigest lucha libre show because it draws in so many fans who don’t watch lucha libre often.

Lineup

CMLL (SUN) 08/17/2014 Arena México 
1) Flyer & Metatrón vs Cholo & Inquisidor 
2) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Oro Jr. vs Kamaitachi, Metálico, Okumura 
3) Blue Panther, Diamante Azul, Máximo vs Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado 
4) Dragón Rojo Jr. vs Pólvora [lightning
5) Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas © vs Máscara Dorada, Stuka Jr., Valiente [MEX TRIOS]
Peste Negra are champions. Second defense. 
6) La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush vs Gran Guerrero, Rey Escorpión, Último Guerrero

Ingobernables versus Gran Guerrero is your lure to not go to TripleMania. Good luck with that. Thinking there’s a really good shot of Rush/UG happening here as well before the Anniversary show; the finish might have been botched but it probably was where they were going in the end.

Mr. Niebla won’t be in the Universal tournament (with Volador, who’s name I couldn’t remember Saturday) until after his title match here. They’ve done title matches during the Universal tournament prior and usually the champion just wins. Assuming the same here, but Niebla probably keeps his spot regardless.

Sagrado not fighting Angel de Oro is good, Sagrado being stuck with those two lunkheads is bad.

Dragon Rojo keeps his title, CMLL Universal tournament

photo by Alexis Salazar/CMLL

CMLL (FRI) 08/08/2014 Arena México [CMLL, Yahoo! Deportes
1) Mercurio & Pequeño Olímpico b Shockercito & Stukita 
2) Delta, Dragon Lee, Guerrero Maya Jr. b Arkángel de la Muerte, Cancerbero, Raziel
Tecnicos took 1/3 
3) Goya Kong, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit b Amapola, La Seductora, Zeuxis 
4) Máscara Dorada, Valiente, Volador Jr. b Ephesto, Hechicero, Mephisto
Tecnicos took 1/3. 
5) Dragón Rojo Jr. © b Rey Escorpión [CMLL MIDDLE]
Rojo took 2/3 to keep his title, escaping Escorpion’s piledriver and giving him the Dragon Bomb for th ewin. Dragon Rojo’s 8th defense. Rey Escorpion’s title was not on the line. 
6) Negro Casas, Shocker, Último Guerrero b La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush
Casas snuck in a foul on Rush.

Usual bit of the big match show loser getting some revenge on those who defeated him in the main event. Not so much in the women’s match, which ended with Seductora getting medical help.

Hechicero had crazy new entrance gear, which may or may not be meaningful. Similarly, Cancerbero had new black on black gear which matches Sagrado’s rudo outfit.

Super Nova is in England. WWE should be looking to add more Latinos to their roster in the wake of firing Alberto Del Rio; you don’t wwnt to put it all on Kalsito and then have no one else if something goes wrong. Nova’s been wrestling as much in Europe as in Mexico the last half decade and would seem to be a logical guy to go after.

Sexy Star teaches you how to buy the TripleMania iPPV.

This week’s Tercera Caida has lots of coverage of the TripleMania press conference.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Segunda Caida reviews CMLL on LATV Workrate Report 6/22/14.

AAA luchadors visited a children’s hospital as part of a personal hygiene campaign.

Lucha Libre in Japan

08/08 REINA: Maki Narumiya b Silueta [CMLL-REINA International Junior Championship] – new champion.
La Comandnate won her tag match elsewhere on the card.

Lineup

CMLL (FRI) 08/15/2014 Arena México 
1) Pegasso & Star Jr. vs Disturbio & Guerrero Negro Jr. 
2) Cachorro, Dragon Lee, Tritón vs Boby Zavala, Skándalo, Virus 
3) Ángel de Oro, Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. vs Cavernario, Hombre Sin Nombre, Vangellys 
4) Dragón Rojo Jr., Máscara Dorada, Volador Jr. vs Ephesto, Pólvora, Rey Bucanero 
5) Negro Casas vs La SombraShockerTerribleMephistoRey EscorpiónFelinoEuforia [CMLL Universal, semifinal
6) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone vs Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero

The Universal tournament is back for another year. Blocks on 08/15 and 08/22 with the final on 08/29. That would allow CMLL to use the final to set up another Anniversary match with plenty of time to announce it.

Weird to have a group of (more or less) all rudos. I did one more counting after realizing the luchawiki mistakenly still listed La Mascara as light heavyweight champion, and the remaining champions are Virus (CMLL Light), Dragon Rojo Jr. (CMLL middle), Ultimo Guerrero  (CMLL trios), Niebla Roja (CMLL trios), Diamante Azul (NWA LH), Titan (Mex Welter), Mr. Niebla (MEX Trios) and Mistico (CMLL Welter.) I store at the champions list for about 15 minutes last night concerned I’m missing one, and I’m still not totally sure if I am or if I should avoid trying to figure out CMLL champions at 2AM.

That’s seven healthy champions for eight spots. Mistico’s not due back for two or three months. The empty spot seems like a NJPW spot, and probably Tanahashi since he won this tournament last year. NJPW and CMLL haven’t confirmed that yet. NJPW would normally make that sort of announcement either on a big show (like the G1 Final in a few hours) or the day after a big show, so confirmation should be coming in a day or two.

La Sombra versus Volador Jr. is the most likely outcome. Rey Escorpion and Dragon Rojo is the only high profile feud which could also meet in the final. Negro Casas and Tanahashi are important enough to make the final, but have no obvious opponents in the other block; La Sombra versus Tanahashi would be an event, but it doesn’t work how they’ve used either guy most recently and it doesn’t give CMLL a new Anniversary match. If this tournament final was meant to be end to itself, CMLL would’ve held it off for a few more weeks and done the final on the Anniversary show. It’s booked here as a stepping stone to something else.

Hombre sin Nombre makes another appearance – and so does Guerrero Negro Jr., which eliminates him as a suspect. CMLL posted a teaser of HsN’s mask on Facebook, which doesn’t give much away. The top guess in the comment section is Alberto del Rio. It will not be Alberto Del Rio. Hechicero is the best guess, but far from certain – maybe a 25% chance? Hechicero being in that spot would be great, but being there as another character would be less than ideal. Either Hechicero would have to stop using his many trademark spots to conceal his identity or everyone would immediately figure out it’s Hechicero and the character change would be diminished. I’m leaning towards it being someone no one’s thinking about, but I have no idea who that would be.

Whoever it is, the first half of that card looks pretty good. Wish the ex-Terra stuff would turn up somewhere.

DTU (SAT) 08/23/2014 Arena Roberto Paz, Guadalajara, Jalisco 
1) Joven Maravilla & Maremoto Jr. vs ? & Vengador 
2) Billy Tonink, Lacandon Jr., Powre Boy vs Jimmy, Kevin, Tony and ?, ??, ??? 
3) Saturno vs Gremlin (Queretaro)Kalibus (Mexico City)LanzelothCastigador (Queretaro)ArtikusEclipse (Mazatlan) [Copa Gran Cochisse] 
4) Cíclope, Crazy King, Miedo Extremo vs Ángel del Misterio, Jhonky, Príncipe Halcón 
5) Roberto Paz Jr. & Shiryu Dragon vs Ángel o Demonio & Ovett and Chica Ye-Ye & Estrella Divina 
6) Crazy Boy, Hacker, Relámpago vs Makabre, Rayman, Slayer Pack 
7) Septimo Dragon © vs B-BoyDrastik BoyAero BoyTony RodriguezBlack Fire [DTU AI]
Septimo Dragon is champion. First defense.
8) Violento Jack vs Willie Mack

Last of the four DTU cards.

Rey Escorpion/Dragon Rojo, unhappy minis, AAA in Pachuca

Today’s CMLL show is main evented by the Ingobernables versus Shocker, Ultimo Guerrero, Negro Casas but the biggest match is Dragon Rojo defending his middleweight title versus Rey Escorpion. It’s the first ever singles between the two men who had been partners the last few years. Dragon Rojo hasn’t clicked yet as a tecnico, but Rey Escorpion is a pretty great rudo and should be able to make this work.

The title match is happening under the looming specter of the Universal tournament, which should be happening any week now if CMLL plans on squeezing it in prior to the Anniversary show. There are currently 16 healthy champions (plus Mistico II, who won’t be participating unless they bump this tournament to October or November.) Rey Escorpion is already light heavyweight champion, so him winning tonight would open up a spot for a guest from NJPW. It’s not necessary CMLL does that, since they’ve just bumped Virus from the tournament in other years. It would hurt Dragon Rojo to lose so early in his tecnico run, though it might make sense if there’s a greater plan for a mask versus hair match with these two next month. Rey Escorpion doesn’t need to win for either of those thing to happen, but it definitely means there are more moving pieces if Escorpion becomes a double champion tonight.

Mini Abismo Negro went off on AAA last night on Twitter. I didn’t even know he had a Twitter account, but he used it for the first time in two months to complain he’d only been booked 6 to 8 times in the last couple months, he felt he deserved more than that, but the executives were favoring other people. (We have him list in nine matches since June, though it’s tougher to tell because AAA’s pretty much stopped posting spot show lineups again.)

Sunday is the (celebration of) the 22nd Anniversary of the start of the CMLL minis division. Pierrothito, Demus and Mercurio celebrated by noting the division has lost it’s luster and has not gotten a deserved amount of attention – they’d like to be on the big shows. Not sure about them having the best match every time, but the years CMLL goes in between holding title matches in Arena Mexico is a pretty obvious clue the older guys are out of favor. They’re still doing plenty of apuesta matches with the lesser guys in the division. The whole division seemed to get less attention after Dragonicto, Pierrothito and Pequeno Olimpico started pushing in the press for the three way mask match. Talking about these things to the press (while hyping the promotion) may not be an optimum strategy. Demus, who was in the main division for a brief time, notes how most countries don’t have minis division and broaches the subject of folding the minis in with everyone else. That’s not as absurd as it might have been at a time, as the taller minis are about the same size as the smaller main roster guys. There can’t be more than a few centimeters of height between Stigma and Electrico.

AAA’s TV this week announced the first post TripleMania taping on 09/07 in Pachuca. That means AAA will have to get four weeks out of the taping in Tezitulan and TripleMania, so TripleMania is probably three weeks of TV again. It also suggests AAA’s not taping in the US on the 09/07 weekend.

The Arena Xalapa Facebook mentions Vengador Radioactivo, Zafiro, Peligro and Corsario de Fuego had a dark match on Wednesday’s night AAA taping in Teziutlán. Vengador has impressed in previous appearances elsewhere and he and Corsario wrestled on a AAA dark match match back in 2012 which ended up airing on TV anyway.

The Arena Lopez Mateos show with Sin Cara has been moved back to 08/24. The undercard has been shuffled and Flamita is no longer listed.

El Hijo del Santo’s Record column this week is about it being his final column for Record. Santo talks about all the other places he’s worked and his favorite columns and suggests he may work on putting out collections of his columns in books next.

Looks like Silueta lost the CMLL-Reina Internaional Junior championship. Haven’t found official results. (Haven’t looked that hard.)

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Segunda Caida reviews Satanico & Averno vs Rey Bucanero & Ultimo Guerrero.

Blue Demon Jr. and Averno are on the 09/28 ColiseoMania show.

DJ Spectro is giving away old lucha magazine Espectacular 16 & Halcon 138 to anyone who likes his Facebook page.

Oro Jr. and Metalico threatened each other on Cadena3’s morning talk show. It’s part of a media tour which also included a radio appearance.

Blue Panther is among those listed as working in Chicago on 08/31.

Important news: there’s already a Pequeno Bengala.

Lineup

DTU (WED) 09/17/2014 Teatro del Puebla, Tulancingo, Hidalgo
1) ? vs ??
DTU Kids
2) Jimmy, Kevin, Tony vs ?, ??, ??? and Cruz Infernal, Destructor, Loco Estrella
3) Chica Ye-Ye & Estrella Divina vs Artikus & Lanzeloth
4) Ángel o Demonio & Ovett vs Dement Extreme & Paranoiko
5) B-boy & Crazy Boy vs Cíclope & Miedo Extremo and Ángel del Misterio & Jhonky
6) Willie Mack vs Hacker, Pesadilla, Drastik Boy, Septimo Dragon, Black Fire
7) Violento Jack © vs Slayer Pack [DTU]
Violento Jack is champ, second defense.

Show #3 on the DTU tour.

08/09-10 lucha times

box – actually uploaded this week.

== AAA ==

AAA-Televisa: Listed as starting 15 minutes early this week. Should air the remainder of Ecatepec: Psycho Circus vs Consejo/Zorro, grab bag midcarder match and mixed opener. The Thursday replay appears to be off the schedule next week. The show’s already up on YouTube.

== CMLL ==

FOX2: En Tu Tele lists the show as a 30 minutes, but Dish is saying it’s actually 90 minutes, from 3:30 to 5pm. That would easily allow three matches in or maybe four slightly edited four. They had four which would make sense to air: Rush/Casas, Volador/Sombra, women’s tag, and UG/Atlantis announcement (which was a short match), so four seems more likely.

This schedule means AAA and Fox overlap, so it’s impossible to get both.

Edit: Fox Sports 2’s listings actually say the show is on at 9AM, while another listing has it at just an hour. I hope it’s just the Dish TV schedule but it’s very confusing this week.

52MX: Maybe the Blanca/Sugehit lightning match, but it’s fourth from the time so it may be skipped. (Which would mean the long time tag partners would have zero TV matches after their split.) Main event is more set up to UG versus Rush, with a Felinos/Panthers semimain and the build to Brunetti/Disturbio underneath.

Claro: Top 3 from Sunday, including Silueta/Zeuxis.

C3: Random trios. The beginnings of a Starman/Okumura feud?

TVC Deportes (Puebla): Not listed on the schedule anywhere, which may mean they sneak it in somewhere. Hope it does air, because it’s the Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Blue Center mask match, and whatever’s going on with Espiritu Maligno.

Lucha Azteca: Top 2 plus women form a couple weeks ago.

Terra Sunday: ORO JUNIOR VERSUS METALICO.

== Other ==

Noches de Coliseo: Dr. Wagner vs LA Park, most likely.

IWRG (LAS/AYM): last Sunday’s show? Hope so.

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