Archive for January, 2012

Trio Sensacion wins (painfully), Euforia/Stuka, the King, Cuije

CMLL (FRI) 01/06/2012 Arena Mexico [CMLL]
1) Camaleón & LeonoBobby Zavala & Disturbio
2) Arkángel de la Muerte, Nitro, Skándalo b Ángel Azteca Jr., Pegasso, Rey Cometa
3) Euforia, Misterioso Jr., Shigeo OkumuraStuka Jr., Titán, Triton
Rudos took 2/3. Titan & Triton lose again, though not directly their fault. Euforia snuck in a foul on Stuka and dropped him with the Euforica Special.
4) PólvoraSagrado [lightning]
Polvora won via anti-air dropkick in 9:14
5) Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr.Dragón Rojo Jr., Rey Escorpion, Último Guerrero
Tecnicos took 2/3, with an Atlantida on Dragon Rojo and a moonsault on Rey Escorpion.
6) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Rush DQ Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
Niebla fouled Rush for the DQ. Trio Senscaion is still undefeated.

This should air next week on Galavision/Televisa when they resume normal shows.

Other News

The King, who also wrestled as Black Charly, passed away last month. He was another Laguna born wrestler who made it to the  UWA wrestler in the early 1990s

Alebrije/Kraneo says Cuije is still going to be with him, but you’ll have to be there Sunday to find out his new look & name.

Porra Fresa begins it’s look back at 2011 with the foreigners and the women. The foreigner who appeared most in Arena Puebla was Yoshihashi, and the woman was Luna Magica. That seems a bit mean.

DTU & IWL will run a combo show on 02/18. Press conference on Wednesday to announce foreign talent.

Lucha Libe in Japan

01/17 AJPW: Ozz (O), Cuervo, Black Bushi b Kenzo Suzuki, Kaz Hayashi, Hiroshi Yamato [X]

NJPW is hosting a fan club party with CMLL and NJPW wrestlersd when they’re in for the tour. Just the CMLL rudos – Mephisto, Volador, Okumura and Misterioso – so the tecnicos must be hanging out with other people.

Veneno returns to SMASH on their02/19 show, teaming with Kenzo Suzuki. They never teamed in Japan, but were on opposite sides of Mexico vs Japan matches when the Dragon Gate guys were coming into IWRG (and teasing Dragon Gate Mexico.)

Links

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 01/13/2012 Arena Mexico

1) Aereo & Pequeño Halcón vs Mercurio & Pequeño Universo 2000
2) Hombre Bala Jr. vs Disturbio [lightning]
3) Dalis la Caribeña, Dark Angel, Marcela vs Amapola, Princesa Blanca, Zeuxis
4) Stuka Jr., Titán, Triton vs Euforia, Misterioso Jr., Shigeo Okumura
5) Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto
6) La Máscara, La Sombra, Máscara Dorada vs Mr. Águila, Psicosis, Volador Jr.

Really strong lineup. This is the first time the Golden Generacion trios has teamed in Arena Mexico since they lost the titles, and versus a fun rudo team. Psicosis appears to be totally correct about not having to change his name.

Semimain matches the national champs versus the world champs in what should also be pretty good.

Special is a rematch from this past week, likely focusing more on Stuka & Euforia.

Even the women’s match is pretty strong. It and the champs versus champ match should air on Fox, while the other two would normally be Televisa/Galavision matches.

Lightning match is likely a followup to Hombre Bala’s win, but it’s also the biggest chance for Disturbio yet (outside of first round Gran Alternativa exists.)

Minis are just the low men on the totem pole. They have something in Mercurio. I don’t know what they do with it, but he should be a rudo of note in the next couple of years.

great match roundup, week of 01/01/2012

Almost forgot to do this already. Despite the slown down in lucha, I’ve been able to watch very little this week.

for 12/31-01/03

Great/Excellent matches this week
I got nothing. Would any of the Neza matches fit here?

Have Watched, nothing to add
CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2011-12-31
CMLL on CadenaTres: 2011-12-31 – plenty of good stuff, nothing great

Have Not Watched
CMLL Guadalajara: 2011-12-31 – impression is no
CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2011-12-31 – will watch tomorrow, but didn’t sound like anything great
AAA on Televisa: 2011-12-31 – repeats
CMLL on Televisa: 2011-12-31 – repeats
Arena Coliseo Monterrey: 2012-01-01 – no
Perros del Mal on TVCDeportes: 2012-01-05 – probably no

Late Adds
nothing yet, but I want to get to the Atlantis/El Faraon match CyL posted.

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Psycho Clowns/Jr. Capos, lineups

(photo by Black Terry Jr.)

IWRG (THU) 01/05/2012 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (flickr)The Gladiatores]
1) Pacto Negro b Astro de Plata
2) Chucky, Mini Espectro de Ultratumba, Mini Mascara Ano 2000 b Aguilita Solitaria, Bracito de Oro, Mini Super Brazo
3) Centurión, Dinamic Black, Tritón b Alan Extreme, Carta Brava Jr., Imposible
Tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Apolo Estrada Jr., Canis Lupus, Eterno b Chico Che, Golden Magic, Multifacético
Chico Che had problems with his team, though they managed to last three falls.
5) Monster Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown DQ Cien Caras Jr., Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Máscara Año 2000 Jr.
Both teams gave presents to some kids, including a bike. Capos were annoyed the tenicos were showinv them up in their home arena by giving out gifts and attacked. They took the first, Clowns took the second. Monster pinned Mascara Jr. in the third, Mascara Jr. returned to pull Monster’s mask to set up a Cien Caras pin, but the refs caught on and DQed the Capos.

This show will air Sunday on TVC Deportes.

Other News

Tonight’s Arena Mexico show features Peste Negra taking their shot against the undefeated Trio Sensacion. Atlantis, just back from Japan, picks up the Atlatnida vs Guerreros feud in the semimain.

Chessman, Monster Clown, and Murder Clown visited kids in the hospital for Three Kings day.

Rob has videos from late September and early October ’96 AAA.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Links

Lineups

AULL (FRI) 01/06/2012 Arena Lopez Mateos [Box Y Lucha 3059]
1) ? vs ??
2) Rey Kristal, Super Panda, Tortuguillo Ninja vs Buitre, Cat Metal, Pequeno Demonio
3) Epitafio, Leviathan, Samuel vs Hombre sin Rostro, Kilvan, Ronny Ventura
4) Chucho el Roto, Iron Love, Terry 2000 vs Cerebro Maligno, Herejía, Sádico
5) Robin Maravilla, Rocky Santana, Yakuza vs Coco Amarillo, Coco Azul, Coco Rojo

IWRG (SUN) 01/08/2012 Arena Naucalpan
1) Rolling Boy vs Súper Black
2) Centurión & Eragón vs Imposible & Pacto Negro
3) Dinamic Black, Golden Magic, Multifacético vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Carta Brava Jr., Eterno
4) Tony Rivera, Trauma I, Trauma II, Ultramán Jr. vs Chico Che, Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro
5) Angelico, Héctor Garza, Veneno vs Cien Caras Jr., Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Máscara Año 2000 Jr.

Veneno & Angelico back, as previously mentioned. Chico Che must’ve made a New Year’s Resolution to be more of a rudo.

01/07-08 lucha times

box

CMLL is back on in the US, but it still should be in rerun. Same with AAA. The regional show doesn’t appear on any schedule I’ve seen this week.

52MX: Easiest call in some time: the mask match, the title match.

LATV: a rerun

CMLL-Main/Gala: more “best off”

AAA-main: either more best of, or the start of Guerra de Titanes.

FOX: Delta/Maya/Metro vs Ephesto/Escorpion/Okumura, Marco/Maximo/Rush vs Aguila/Volador/Olimpico

C3: Dragon Rojo vs Angel de Oro

Mega6: Fantasma/Maximo/Rush vs Niebla/Negro/Polvora

Perros: whatever’s left from the Plan Sexenal show?

Puebla: La Mascara vs Volador Jr.

ACM: probably a rerun

IWRG: they’re airing out of order, so no telling. They were taping tonight’s show, but the turnaround is not that fast.

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Mascara stays champ, Niebla/Maximo, Morphosis/Kraneo/Psicosis, Dick Togo

CMLL (MON) 01/02/2012 Arena Puebla [Porra Fresa]
1) Espiritu Maligno, Policeman, Siki Ozama Jr. b Blue Center, Milenium, Stigma
Rudos take 2/3.
2) Lluvia, Luna Mágica, Marcela b La Seductora, Tiffany, Zeuxis
Tecnicas take 1/3.
3) Diamante, Sagrado, Sangre Azteca b Ephesto, Shigeo Okumura, Vangelis
Tecnicos take 2/3.
4) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Rush b Dragón Rojo Jr., Rey Bucanero, Terrible
Terrible and Rush still feuding. Tecnicos take 1/3.
5) La Máscara b Volador Jr. [NWA MIDDLE]
Volador turned down a Mascara handshake to start the match. Volador took the first with a backracker, Mascara took the second with the campana, and again in the third after a long great battle.

CMLL (TUE) 01/03/2012 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Fuego en el Ring]
1) Èvola & Metalik b Esfinge & Virgo
2) Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Warrior b Meteoro & Último Dragoncito
straight falls
3) Fuego b Malefico
one fall match
4) Olímpico & Psicosis b Metro & Sangre Azteca
Rudos took 2/3, after Metro hit Sangre Azteca by mistake. Sangre and Psicosis feuded.
5) Hijo del Fantasma, Máximo, Rush b Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Pólvora
Zacarias was with the rudos. Rudos took 1/3, Niebla sneaking in a foul on Maximo to set up next week’s match.

Other News

CMLL set out a press release confirming the Histeria/Alebrije to Morphosis/Kraneo name changes. There’s a picture at the link; Kraneo is wearing a half Alebrije/half Kraneo mask. Still no mention of Cuije. The story they’re going with is these two are so dedicated to the Invasion, they’ve come up with new characters to put new energy into their work. Right. I’d assume this was also something taped for Ras de Lona, which no one will ever see (until it airs on Guerreros del Ring, maybe.)

Meanwhile, Psicosis say he won’t be changing his name, because his lawsuit situation is slightly different than Alebrije & Histeria, and he’ll have his name until he retires. That seems unlikely, but we’ll go with it. Psicosis, asked about El Consejo, says those guys are making a mistake – it’s much better in CMLL than AAA and the indies. As bad as the economic situation is in CMLL right now, Psicosis feels it’s worse elsewhere, and it’s very tough being in AAA and the indies. Psicosis’ current goal is to get the trios titles back.

XMW says it’s bringing in XL (Chile) and Dick Togo (planet Earth) for it’s next show, sometime in February. That would mean either Togo is hanging around for a while, or he’s coming back in a few weeks. Hope other people use him as well.

LyC has a commercial for it’s next show, a note about today’s Olympic wrestling training, and interviews with Genocida (teaming with his retired father in the upcoming tag tournament), Mini Big Neurosis (who does not want to be a mini), and Kratoz (who says all wrestlers need to be well rounded – also, spelled his name differently than I’d seen before.)

Lucha Libre in Japan

Silueta must be headed back to REINA, because she’s on the REINA 01/15 show. She’s got a REINA IJ title defense versus “Saya”.

Links

Lineups

AULL (SAT) 01/14/2012 Arena Lopez Mateos
1) Lince X & Sol de Oriente vs Karma & Spider Boy
2) Celestial, Cósmico, Rey Cristal vs Mini Talisman, Mr. Aguilita, Pequeno Demonio
3) Chik Tormenta, Keira, Vanely vs Felina Metalica, La Vaquerita, Yuki Star
4) Daga, Eterno, Flamita vs Sádico, Trauma I, Trauma II
5) Atlantis, Blue Panther, Solar I vs Felino, Negro Navarro, Último Guerrero

BT Jr. mentioned this card on twitter (@BLACKTERRY) – top two matches look interesting. I really don’t know how it’s going to work when Ultimo Guerrero wants to do two 3 minutes falls to start, because Negro & Solar aren’t done with their fist bit in that time.

01/21-22 CMLL/NJPW Fantastic Mania 2012 lineups

NJPW CMLL (SAT) 01/21/2012 Korakuen Hall
***Fantastic Mania 2012 (Day 1)***
1) Danshoku Dino & Máximo vs Taichi & Taka Michinoku
2) King Fale & Tama Tonga vs Shigeo Okumura & YOSHI-HASHI
3) Prince Devitt, Ryusuke Taguchi, Tiger Mask IV vs Gedo, Jado, Misterioso Jr.
4) Hirooki Goto & Kushida vs Máscara Dorada & Rush
5) Diamante, Jushin Liger, Tetsuya Naito vs Mephisto, Shinsuke Nakamura, Yujiro Takahashi
6) Hiroshi Tanahashi & La Sombra vs Kazuchika Okada & Volador Jr.

Day 1 is primarily setup this year; they don’t seem as concerned with loading up both shows. Also, NJPW’s juniors champions (Devitt & Taguchi) are kept away from the CMLL guys for the most part. These are stand alone shows and shouldn’t be excepted to directly set up anything more CMLL/NJPW related.

NJPW is busy setting up a Tanahashi/Okada match, as you can tell from all these lineups.

The secret CHAOS/Hijos de Averno alliance still seems to be in effect.

Misterioso was supposed to face Tiger Mask in the H1N1 canceled appearance (this was when they were doing Mistico/Tiger Mask a lot), so he finally gets a hold of him here. He should fit in well with Gedo & Jado, he’s got the “‘o” already. Misterioso, Diamante and Mephisto seem mostly here just to make up the numbers (and Diamante looks to be taking direct losses both nights), but hopefully they’ll get a chance to show off a bit.

Taichi and Maximo continue their feud in the opener.

NJPW CMLL (SUN) 01/22/2012 Korakuen Hall
***Fantastic Mania 2012 (Day 2)***
1) Prince Devitt, Ryusuke Taguchi, Tama Tonga, Tiger Mask IV vs Gedo, Jado, Shigeo Okumura, YOSHI-HASHI
2) Jushin Liger & Máximo vs Misterioso Jr. & Taichi
3) Máscara Dorada vs Kushida [CMLL WELTER]
4) Hirooki Goto vs Rush
5) Diamante, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Tetsuya Naito vs Kazuchika Okada, Mephisto, Shinsuke Nakamura
6) La Sombra vs Volador Jr. [NWA WELTER]

This is the interesting show. Volador and Sombra in a match seemed guaranteed once they were both announced for this show. They’re going to be all out for this one, and the only danger is trying to do too much.

Hirooki Goto versus Rush is an interesting match. Non-title points toward the finish, but Rush has a strong chance to make a name for himself in two nights. After, Goto and Rush can commiserate about failing to win the heavyweight title.

Mascara Dorada lost the CMLL Welterweight Championship to Taguchi last year. I think he’ll hold onto it this year, in what could be a good year for him in Japan.

These shows are broadcast on SamuraiTV rapidly, so they’ll be showing up thru the puroresu videos sites. You should also check out the Mask Mania blog for posts about how it’s like to be there.

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Dragon Rojo keeps his title, Morphosis & Kraneo, TVC+ Latino, El Luchador

(photo by CMLL)

CMLL (TUE) 01/03/2012 Arena Mexico [CMLL, Record]
1) Enrique Vera Jr. & Höruz b Artillero & Súper Comando
2) Metálico, Molotov, Starman b Bronco, Inquisidor, Puma King
Starman powerbombed Puma King in the first, Bronco plancha-ed Starman & Molotov in the second, Molotov & Metalico took the third.
3) Diamante, Dragon Lee, Pegasso DQ Cancerbero, Loco Max, Raziel
Dragon Lee beat Raziel with a shooting star press in the first, Cancerberos worked together to win the second, Raziel unmasked Dragon Lee in the third.
4) Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto b Ángel Azteca Jr., Blue Panther, Super Porky
Angel Azteca, filling in for Black Warrior, shocked Averno by beating him in the first. Rudos rallied back to win 2/3.
5) Dragón Rojo Jr. b Ángel de Oro [CMLL MIDDLE]
Dragon Rojo win the first with a powerbomb, Angel de Oro took the second with a mecedora, Dragon Rojo escaped it in the third and submitted him to take the third fall and keep the title.

Morphosis & Kraneo

Tercera Caida had an interview with Morphosis last night, who confirmed he’s Histeria and Kraneo is Alebrije. Kraneo is an old Alebrije gimmick, and Morphosis says he used this name early in his career. (Odd; there’s no record of it and it wasn’t one of the gimmicks he mentioned in a Dos de Tres interview that was all about naming his old gimmicks.) Histeria continued to claim he had legal papers proving he had the rights to the name, but CMLL wanted them change names. This might have been in the works for a while – Alebrije hasn’t been around Arena Mexico since the first week of November, and Histeria hasn’t been around for months.

The pattern seems to be reverting to old gimmicks. Psicosis can’t quite go back to Leon Negro, since he lost his mask with that name. (Hasn’t stopped Silver King, though.) Puma Jr. or Ultra Taro might be other options.

Speaking of Tercera Caida…

TVC Deportes shows in the US?

TVC Networks started yet another Hispanic language channel in the US, called “TVC+ Latino.” It rolled out quietly last late month, and it seems to be running owned programming from the various TVC networks. That could include IWRG, Perros del Mal, CMLL Puebla and Tercera Caida from TVC Deportes…and in fact, an emailer from Southern California let me know last night that they’ve seen both the Perros del Mal show and IWRG telecast.

TVC+ Latino has a twitter account, a facebook account and a website, but no list of affiliates I can find. Like LATV, TVC+ Latino is broadcasted on a digital sub-channel – anyone can get it with an HD antenna (if they know it’s out there), and local cable systems may pick it up. The stations I have found airing the channel are

Las Vegas: 47.7 (sub channel of KGNG)
Los Angeles: 8.8 (sub channel of KFLA)
San Diego: 50.1 (sub channel of KSDY) – or maybe not TVC+ Latino?

The affiliates also call the channel VMAS, which is a useful thing to google if you want info on music awards and not much on networks. The programming listings do not even appear to be updated for the channel change. This website lists more VMAS affiliates in Dallas (44.1 off KLEG), and Sacremento (49.1 off KSAO). I did find a press release mentioning other VMAS affiliates also in Houston, San Antonio and San Juan, Puerto Rico, but I am not sure of the channel numbers they’d be or if any of these are now all showing TVC+ Latino. TVC+ Latino’s cable guide site also adds San Bernadino and Philadelphia.

This is only meaningful in a few people in the US will be able to catch these shows now; it’s too tiny to mean anything for the promotions (and they may not be aware they’re on in the US.) It’s still a little funny IWRG has US TV and AAA does not.

Other News

El Luchador has been picked up for season 2. It’s mentioned in the last paragraph of this article. It’s listed for 13 episodes, which is 5 more than this past season. Taping starts “early this year.”

Fuego en el Ring has interview with Lady Apache and Guerrero Maya. Apache explains she only lost the REINA title match because she was prepared for a technical bout and it turned into an extreme match. Apache says the REINA women aren’t eager to come to Mexico because of the violence situation, and she hopes they can fix that as a country. She may be back in Japan for REINA’s first anniversary show in May. Apache would like to defend her PWR Women’s title versus Zeuxis, because she’s been asking for a shot and has matured a lot over her Japan trip.

Maya is happy with his huge rise in 2011, even despite suffering injuries, but is not satisfied. He wishes he coudl’ve been in the Rayo Tapatios mask match – he got put in that feud when Dragon Lee was hurt, then pulled out when he was hurt himself. With them out of the picture, Guerrero Maya would like to have mask match with either Nitro or Hooligan, just because they’re the guys he faced off when he started in the company.

IWL’s Valerie Richter announced she’s no longer with IWL due to creative differences, but will be starting her own group.

Llaves y Canadados first daily workout went well. Their family tag team tournament sounds like league style, which always gets me worried after that AAA tag team tournament. Hijo del Ninja talks about vacating his title; he believe he’s out three to four months to rest, when he’ll also just happen to be on another Multimedios TV show.

Amo de Lucha Libre has video from the pseduo-Todo x Todo show: Guerrero Mixteco, Turbo, Mr. Leo vs Comando Negro, Black Thunder, Super Colt, Negro Navarro & Los Traumas vs Black Terry, Skayde, Hijo del Pirata Morgan and Hijo del Santo vs Angel Blanco Jr.

HVS has cell phone footage of Rayo Tapatios vs Hombre Bala & Super Halcon Jr.

Black Terry Jr. has newly posted video of Black Terry vs Negro Navarro from 2006.

Rob has highlights of 12/20/11 Arena Mexico. Also: his predictions for 2012. I disagree on 7. (I’d bet Santo and Demon don’t get around to teasing their mask match because Santo and Solitario are still teasing theirs.)

Lucha Libre in Japan

01/04 NJPW: 2) Jushin Liger [O], Tiger Mask IV, KUSHIDA & Mascara Dorada b Atlantis, Valiente [X], Taka Michinoku & Taichi (10:18)
darn that Liger!

Of relevant note on the show, Devitt & Taguchi won the IWGP Junior Tag Titles back. Perhaps a CMLL team will get to challenge for them next?

Ozz & Cuervo talk about their second title defense.

Links

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 01/10/2012 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Relampago Azul vs Thunder Boy
2) El Divino vs Acertijo
3) Black Metal & Virgo vs Disturbio & Inquisidor
4) Estrellita & Marcela vs Princesa Sugheit & Tiffany
5) Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Histeria, Psicosis, Volador Jr.
6) Máximo vs Mr. Niebla

Main event should be a catch-as-can classic.

Histeria here as Histeria = usual level of CMLL internal communication. I’d bet Psicosis is stuck in Guadalajara for a month while they’re sorting on his new gimmick, like Titan & Triton previously (and Alebrije, in a fashion.) Should be a fun match.

Some shows, they only send six people. Some shows, they send Disturbio and Inquisidor. I dunno.

 

Angel Blanco defeats Santo again, Perros, IWRG year schedule, Morphosis & Kraneo

indy (SUN) 01/01/2012 Arena Neza [Black Terry Jr. (flickr), Estrellas del Ring]
1) Guerrero Mixteco, Mr. Leo, Turbo b Black Thunder, Comando Negro, Súper Colt
Mixteco and Comando Negro are feuding.
2) Negro Navarro, Trauma I, Trauma II b Black Terry, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Skayde Part 1 Part 2 Part 3
Excellent match.
3) Neza Kid & Súper Nova b Dr. Cerebro & Vampiro Metálico [hair]
billed as two masks vs two hairs, and the two hairs lost. Bloody match. Vampiro Metalico ended up in a neck brace.
4) El Hijo del Solitario, Gran Markus Jr., Villano IV b Blue Demon Jr., El Hijo de Aníbal, Pirata Morgan
Gran Markus Jr. replaced Texano. Teams were slightly changed as well. V4 and Demon are teasing a mask match.
5) Angel Blanco Jr. b El Hijo Del Santo [WWA WELTER]
Solitario was Blanco’s second again, this time directly helping Angel Blanco keep the title.

PdM (SUN) 01/01/2012 Arena Lopez Mateos [The Gladiatores]
1) Alan Extreme & Ek Balam b Fresero Jr. & Garra de Aguila
2) Cósmico & Golden Magic b Mini Talisman & Tritón (IWRG)
3) Celestial & Mr. Aguilita b Dinastía & Freelance
feuding minis randomly teamed together for the win.
4) Súper Nova b Pesadilla, Peligro [PdM LH]
Pesdailla and Peligro worked together, then stopped working together, then Super Nova beat them to keep the title.
5) X-Fly b Violento Jack, Aeroboy [PdM EXTREME]
X-Fly kept his title over these two again. Aeroboy took the pin. Violento Jack asked for a one on one title shot next time. X-Fly talked off the best of the Perros vs the best of DTU, but Violento Jack said he doesn’t really care about that and just wants the title shot.
6) el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Halloween, Head Hunter I b Texano, Toscano, Zumbi
surprise Perro Head Hunter splashed Zumbi from the top rope for the win.

If ever there was a sign there were too many shows on New Year’s Day, it’s Estrellas del Ring and The Gladiatores posting each other’s reacps, because there was no way they could each cover them all.

No recap from Puebla, but La Mascara kept his NWA Middleweight Championship over Volador Jr. via campana.

IWRG Schedule

IWRG has a poster listing it’s major show for every month this year. Not recommended you expect this to 100% happen, but the plans are

January: El Protector – featuring new stars
February: Guerra de Sexos – cage match featuring men/women
March: Rebelion de Los Juniors – Juniors tournament/title match (currently held by Trauma I)
April: Guerra del Golfo – three cage match loser advance tournament
May: Rey del Ring
June: Legado Final – father/son tournament
July: Festival de la Mascaras – old wrestlers get to wear their masks for one night
August: La Gran Cruzada – #1 contender to Rey del Ring (not sure how this is different than the tournament)
September: Ruleta de la Muerte
October: Guerra Revolucionaria – lumberjack strap match
November: Castillo del Terror – 10 man mask match
December: 50th Anniversary of Lucha Libre in Mexico State, 35th Anniverasry of Arena Naucalpan

Other News

Today’s Arena Mexico show has Angel de Oro vs Dragon Rojo for Dragon Rojo’s CMLL Middleweight championship. Ultimo Guerrero is still back in la Laguna, so Dragon will have to come up with another way to win a title match.

Niurka explains her leg hurt and she was hanging out with her family on New Year’s Eve and she was only going to make an appearance and not wrestle, so no one should be mad about her not showing up at all.

Rob has highlights of 06/22/10 CMLL, 01/25/11 CMLL and 01/28/11 CMLL.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Lucha Libre In…Elsewhere

AJPW 01/03: Ozz [O] & Cuervo b Seiya Sanada & Kai [X] [AJPW TAG]

They won again! This time, it took a chair shot to set up the Ozz Driver, but a win’s a win. Kenzo Suzuki turned up to ask for the next shot with Kaz Hayashi.

Valiente, Atlantis, and Mascara Dorada all made it to the NJPW press conference. Appears all three made statements to the press without tearing an ankle or breaking a neck. No word on Valiente’s gear. The Toyko Dome show is tomorrow (but late tonight if you’re in this hemisphere), and the FantasticMania lineups should be out in the next few days.

Lluvia drops that she’s the next CMLL luchadora to head to Japan in this interview with El Universal. If I’m understanding the interview correctly, she’s heading out tomorrow and will be gone for three months. She mentions she’d like to challenge Ayumi for the CMLL single’s title while she’s there and come home double champion.

APC, the France-based promotion Sangre Azteca has visited a few times and is currently champion of, announced he’ll be back from July 2nd to July 11th. He’s hosting a training session thru those dates, which must be registered for by February 1st. Information is up on their facebook page.

Links

Lineups

IWRG (THU) 01/05/2012 Arena Naucalpan
1) ? vs ??
2) Aguilita Solitaria, Bracito de Oro, Mini Super Brazo vs Chucky, Mini Espectro de Ultratumba, Mini Mascara Ano 2000
3) Centurión, Dinamic Black, Tritón vs Alan Extreme, Carta Brava Jr., Imposible
4) Chico Che, Golden Magic, Multifacético vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Canis Lupus, Eterno
5) Monster Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Cien Caras Jr., Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Máscara Año 2000 Jr.

Minis in for the 3 Kings day show. Kids get in free with an adult.

Angelico is back on the 8th. Prepare as necessary. (By amazing coincidence, Veneno’s back the same day.)

(via Box Y Lucha 3057)

CMLL (SUN) 01/08/2012 Arena Mexico
1) Bengala & Robin vs Cholo & Zayco
2) Metálico, Molotov, Sensei vs Apocalipsis, Hijo del Signo, Hooligan
3) Dragon Lee, Fuego, Sangre Azteca vs Misterioso Jr., Vangelis, Virus
4) Hijo del Fantasma, Super Porky, Valiente vs Kraneo, Morphosis, Shigeo Okumura
5) Blue Panther, La Máscara, La Sombra vs Averno, Mephisto, Volador Jr.

This is the big news of the day, squirreled away in a lineup. Kraneo & Morphosis are new names here, though not totally new. On Facebook – I think La Catedral’s Facebook account, where all the good stuff is found – the rumor is Kraneo is Alebrije (an identity he used prior to joining AAA) and Morphosis is Psicosis. There is an interview introducing Morphosis in Box Y Lucha 3057, though I have not seen it. “Alebrije” has no known future matches, but Psicosis is booked tonight in Guadalajara and that might be the conformation (if anyone writes abou ti.t)

It had always been expected CMLL would have the Invasors (most specifically Psicosis) lose their masks if they were to lose the rights to the identities. If these are changes, perhaps plans have changed or events moved more suddenly than anyone was expecting. No sign of Cuije, which is concerning, but there’s no way he’s going anywhere. We’d expect for Histeria to also be given a new name (and like the rest surely are, a name he’d own even if he parts with CMLL), but he only had 4 CMLL DF matches all last year, in May and June. He’s occasionally popped up in GDL (last Tuesday) & Puebla as an injury fill in, but it may not be worth the effort if he’s not actually going to be around.

It got lost in Valiente’s injury, but they seemed to be setting up a Volador/Mascara match here.

Update: I forgot – I’ve seen that Box y Lucha! The picture over there actually looks more like Ephesto than Psicosis. Psicosis also has chain tattoos around his upper arms, which aren’t visible there. The accompanying interview definitely says this is an existing luchador being morphed into a new identity, but I’m not so sure it’s Psicosis now. It’s not him in the picture. (Perhaps it’s Histeria? He does not have arm tattoos…)

CMLL (SUN) 01/08/2012 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Alteño vs In Memoriam
2) Brillante & Javier Cruz vs Ángel del Mal & Metalik
3) Esfinge & Leo vs Evola & Exterminador
4) Triton vs Mr. Águila
5) Atlantis & Titán vs Rey Bucanero & Tiger

Semimain set up by the random run-in last week. Should be an interesting match.

Main event is another sign they’ve just given up on every part of this Titan/Triton/Metro vs Atlantida idea except for the names.

PdM (SUN) 01/01/2012 Arena Lopez Mateos [The Gladiatores]
1) Alan Extreme & Ek Balam b Fresero Jr. & Garra de Aguila
2) Cósmico & Golden Magic b Mini Talisman & Tritón (IWRG)
3) Celestial & Mr. Aguilita b Dinastía & Freelance
4) Súper Nova b Pesadilla, Peligro [PdM LH]
Pesdailla and Peligro worked together, then stopped working together, then Super Nova beat them to keep the title.
5) X-Fly b Violento Jack, Aeroboy [PdM EXTREME]
X-Fly kept his title over these two again. Aeroboy took the pin. Violento Jack asked for a one on one title shot next time. X-Fly talked off the best of the Perros vs the best of DTU, but Violento Jack said he doesn’t really care about that and just wants the title shot.
6) el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Halloween, Head Hunter I b Texano, Toscano, Zumbi
surprise Perro Head Hunter splashed Zumbi from the top rope for the win.

indy () 01/02 Arena Aficion*
1) Solitario Jr., Henry vs Gran Markus, Cerebro Negro
2) Chico Che, The Big Boy vs Fantasma de la Ópera, Stell Rock
3) Niño de Ébano vs The Miners
4) Hombre Lobo, Alma Latina vs Nocturno, Belém Belém
4) Morfina vs Aero Extreme

12/31-01/01 lucha videos

12/31 WWC: http://www.multiupload.com/KREEV6VERX
01/01 WWC:  http://www.multiupload.com/GGR6Y7RA4G

12/31 Ras de Lona: http://www.multiupload.com/IUSFZBZ4M2

CMLL Guadalajara: 2011-12-31
taped 2011-12-27 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
http://www.multiupload.com/I3OIYQY3AO
1) Goya Kong, Lluvia, Silueta vs La Comandante, La Seductora, Zeuxis
2) Dragon Lee, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs El Alebrije, Histeria, Pólvora
3) Ephesto, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas vs Máscara Dorada, Máximo, Rush

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2011-12-31
taped 2011-12-25 @ Arena Mexico
http://www.multiupload.com/0NJ69RH1FD
1) Hombre Bala Jr., Sensei, Super Halcon Jr. vs Inquisidor, Rayo Tapatío I, Rayo Tapatío II
2) Negro Casas, Pólvora, Volador Jr. vs Dragon Lee, La Máscara, Valiente
3) Marco Corleone vs Mr. NieblaSuper PorkyMr. ÁguilaRush, TerribleRey BucaneroHijo del FantasmaMetroOlímpico in a Number One Contenders Match match for the CMLL World Heavyweight Championship

CMLL on CadenaTres: 2011-12-31
taped 2011-12-27 @ Arena Mexico
1) Astral, Fantasy, Shockercito vs Mercurio, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Warrior
http://www.multiupload.com/C45Y08B1Q1
2) Diamante, Pegasso, Rey Cometa vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Hijo del Signo, Nitro
http://www.multiupload.com/PPOY3CF0LJ
3) Black Warrior, Titán, Triton vs Olímpico, Psicosis, Virus
http://www.multiupload.com/NN9JN2J6BJ
4) Ángel de Oro, Hijo del Fantasma, Super Porky vs Averno, Dragón Rojo Jr., Mephisto
http://www.multiupload.com/6A60CAIFI3

CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2011-12-31
taped 2011-12-23 @ Arena Mexico
1) Diamante, Fuego, Sangre Azteca vs Euforia, Shigeo Okumura, Virus
http://www.multiupload.com/PW81EK7YHZ
2) Hijo del Fantasma, Super Porky, Valiente vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Tiger
http://www.multiupload.com/UP5FJX3PX6

Arena Coliseo Monterrey: 2012-01-01
taped 2011-12-27 @ Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) Intocable, Ninja Jr., Niurka, Simbolo vs Estrellita, Hijo del Ninja, Konnan Big, The Monster (Monterrey)
http://www.multiupload.com/5P7GATM8VI

AAA on Televisa: 2011-12-31
taped 2011-07-31 @ Plaza de Toros Nuevo Progresso de Guadalajara
http://www.multiupload.com/S34Q5LWWRY
1) Mari Apache vs Fabi Apache and Lolita and Jennifer Blake and Mickie James and Cinthia Moreno and Sexy Star and Pimpinela Escarlata in a AAA’s Reina de Reinas Tournament match
2) Extreme Tiger vs Joe Lider and Abyss and Chessman [Monsters Ball]

CMLL on Televisa: 2011-12-31
taped 2011-03-11 @ Arena Mexico
http://www.multiupload.com/ODQSEKG3XC
1) Virus vs Demus 3:16hair vs hair
taped 2011-05-06 @ Arena Mexico
2) La Máscara, La Sombra, Máscara Dorada vs Averno, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero
taped 2011-05-20 @ Arena Mexico
3) La Máscara vs Averno

 

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Apolo Estrada & Oriental lose their hair, Guadalajara

(photo by Black Terry Jr.)

IWRG (SUN) 01/01/2012 Arena Naucalpan [Estrellas del Ring]
***IWRG 15th Anniversary***
1) Astro Rey Jr., Centurión, Eragón b Gemelo Fantastico I, Gemelo Fantastico II, Pacto Negro
Eragon replaced Asto de Plata.
2) Alan Extreme, Carta Brava Jr., Imposible b Dinamic Black, Golden Magic, Saruman
Golden Magic moved down to this match for Chico Che, Impossible replaced Comando Negro. Saruman won the second fall with “Sugar Reloaded” on Impossible, and the rudos took 1/3 for the win.
3) Centurión, Chico Che, Ultramán Jr. b Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro
Oficial AK47’s unmasked debut. None of the tecnicos – Golden Magica and the Traumas – appeared. Oficals took 1/3. Chico Che turned rudo during the course of the match, feuding with his partners and attacking them after the match.
4) Canis Lupus, Eterno, Máscara Año 2000 Jr. b Freyser, Mr. Magia, Ultramán Jr.
Super Nova & Texano Jr. were at other shows. The returning Freyser and Mr. Magia (?) took their places. Eterno bled Freyser early, and was DQed for excessive violence in the first. Freyser unmasked Mascara Ano 2000 Jr. to get the second fall DQ. Mascara 2000 pinned Freyser with the Cerebro Driver to ge the win.
5) Multifacético b Apolo Estrada Jr. [hair]
Seconds were Ultraman Jr. (Multifacetico) and Chico Che (Apolo, interfering often). Multifacetico took 2/3 to take Apolo’s hair, winning the last with his Multimartillo.

indy (SUN) 01/01 Arena Azteca Budokan [Estrellas del RingThe Gladiatores]
1) Chaman, Corcel, Lord Freeze b Adrenalina, Mr. Lee, Principe Imperial
2) Charly Boy, Corcel de Plata, Jhon Terry, Rey Neza b El Puma, Espiral Negro, Golden Bull, Shiranami
3) Ludark Shaitan & Sexy Flor vs La Chola & Rossy Moreno
Ludark replaced Esther.
4) Mini Aguilita, Mini Cibernetico, Pequeño Halloween b Celestial, El Angelito, Mini Oriental
5) Dick Togo, Gran Alebrije, Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr. b El Puma, Golden Bull, Histeria II
Dick Togo, on a worldwide retirement tour, replaced Super Porky (not on a worldwide retirement tour.) Golden Bull & Puma replaced Scorpio Jr. (moved up a match) and Head Hunter (Perros)
6) Oriental L IntocableHijo del LizmarkScorpio Jr. [cage]
No Niurka. No cage either – just first person pinned lost. Scorpio replaced Juvi. Tirantes was referee. Oriental had Scorpio pinned, Tirantes refused the count, Oriental argued with Tirantes, Tirantes fouled him, and everyone piled on top for the loss. Not sure who gets credit for the win.

Juvi’s excuse for missing this match is he’s been hired by AAA. I still do not believe this at all. Not exactly sure who would be hiring him. Konnan (who wouldn’t want to) is surely back in southern California. Dorian Roldan has been tweeting photos from a vacation in South American all weekend. Also, it’d be a peculiar time for AAA to hire someone when they’re not actually running any tapings. And their can’t be any hold ups about AAA guys working on this particular show, becuase there’s Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr. in the semimain.

I can’t believe the internet trolled me into writing that paragraph. AGAIN.

Meanwhile, a news report says Niurka’s no-show was due to the always popular “fuerza mayor” (which translates to “we’re not telling you”) and fans were furious. Neither of the recaps were that concerned with it, but if the Monterrey show was any indication, there probably were a lot of casual fans who would be annoyed.

CMLL (SUN) 01/01/2012 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Fuego en el Ring]
1) Acertijo & Thunder Boy b El Divino & Javier Cruz Jr.
2) Lady Apache, Luna Mágica, Marcela b Amapola, La Seductora, Tiffany
Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Dragon Lee, Titán, Triton DQ Hooligan, Loco Max, Skándalo
Tecnicos took 1/3. Triton replaced Fuego. Mr. Aguila, for no apparent reason, ran in to attack Triton in the third for the DQ just as the tecnicos seemed about to win.
4) Black Warrior, Guerrero Maya Jr., Sangre Azteca b Cancerbero, Shigeo Okumura, Virus
Tecnicos took 1/3.
5) Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Bucanero b Mr. Águila, Olímpico, Volador Jr.
Team Dragon Rojo took 2/3, Bucanero sneaking in a foul on Volador in the third.

Other News

Black Terry Jr. has video of the Black Terry, Skayde, Hijo de Pirata Morgan vs Trauma I, Trauma II, Negro Navarro: part 1, part 2, and part 3.

CMLL.com posted a short promo from Halcon & Bala on their win.

Rob has video highlights of AAA 11/14/11, and AAA December ’96

TV Notes

CMLL’s main television show is listed as returning to Galavision in the US this upcoming weekend. Same evening/repeat late night bit as it was before it disappeared the last two weeks. It’ll probably still be the show airing the same day in Mexico.

Ras de Lona is off 52MX (US version.) It’s been off the Mexico version of the channel for some time, only airing in the US as replacement programming for shows they don’t have the rights to in the US. They changed around the schedule to start the year. There’s a lot more airings of Guerreros del Ring (presumably to cover the same gaps), but they’ve apparently decided not to use one of those slots for the other CMLL show. Ras de Lona is still listed as airing on VivaSports, a Dish Network only channel operating by the same parent company (but one that apparently doesn’t post it’s shows online.) This is the same channel TNA is on.

CMLL really needs to post Ras de Lona on their website, if not include it in the shows people actually can watch. I’ve said this a million times already, and yet they’re going to keep building up matches on a show very few of their fans can or will see. It’s completely frustrating.

Lucha Libre in Japan

AJPW 01/02: 5) Seiya Sanada [O], KAI & Hiroshi Yamato b Dark Ozz & Dark Cuervo [X] & Kenny Omega
Tag title match tomorrow.

Valiente visited Mr. Cacao’s shop in Japan.

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 01/06/2012 Arena Mexico
1) Camaleón & Leono vs Bobby Zavala & Disturbio
2) Ángel Azteca Jr., Pegasso, Rey Cometa vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Nitro, Skándalo
3) Stuka Jr., Titán, Triton vs Euforia, Misterioso Jr., Shigeo Okumura
4) Sagrado vs Pólvora [lightning]
5) Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Rey Escorpion, Último Guerrero
6) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Rush vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas

Another main event for Trio Sensacion, this time against Peste Negra. Semimain is Atlantida vs Guerreros, which figures to be a title match at some point.

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