Archive for March, 2012

Prince Devitt wins NWA Middleweight Championship, Euforia advances, AAA TV notes, TxT

(photo by CMLL)

CMLL (FRI) 03/30/2012 Arena Mexico [CMLL]
1) Astral & Último Dragoncito b Niño de Acero & Pequeño Violencia
Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Ángel de Oro, Black Warrior, Hijo del Fantasma b Ephesto, Pólvora, Rey Escorpion
Tecnicos took 1/3, though Escorpion did sneak in a cradle on Warrior in the second. They’re still feuding
3) Euforia & Terrible b Máscara Dorada & Titán [Gran Alternativa, eightfinal]
4) Blue Panther & Rey Cometa DQ Negro Casas & Puma King [Gran Alternativa, eightfinal]
Negro fouled Blue Panther for the DQ
5) Niebla Roja & Último Guerrero b La Máscara & Pegasso [Gran Alternativa, eightfinal]
6) Dragon Lee & Rush b Bobby Zavala & Rey Bucanero [Gran Alternativa, eightfinal]
7) Euforia & Terrible b Blue Panther & Rey Cometa [Gran Alternativa, quarterfinal]
8) Dragon Lee & Rush b Niebla Roja & Último Guerrero [Gran Alternativa, quarterfinal]
9) Mephisto b Delta [lightning]
Mephisto won in 8:56.
10) Euforia & Terrible DQ Dragon Lee & Rush [Gran Alternativa, semifinal]
Rush was the first one eliminated, followed by Euforia. That left Dragon Lee vs Terrible, and just when Terrible had powerbombed Lee for the possible win, Rush re-entered for the DQ.
11) Prince Devitt b Volador Jr. [NWA MIDDLE]
Crowd was strongly behind Volador. Mascara was Devitt’s second, Mephisto was Volador’s second. Volador took the first with a backcracker, Devitt took the second, and Devitt won a long third fall with the Bloody Sunday. Devitt is the 4th champion.

Devitt’s heading back to Japan on Monday, so the CMLL luchadors will have to chase him down there.

Euforia, a 37 year old wrestler and a 22 year veteran, is one win away from being the young star of the year. Or they just want him in the final to make someone look good.

AAA posted scattered facebook messages and photos from last night’s taping, but no full results. Not sure if we’ll get them before the next taping. Important parts I can put together

  • Garza’s nominated himself as the next challenger to Mesias. Doesn’t quite sound like a TripleMania main event.
  • Teddy Hart was very involved in the main event.
  • Drago took Daga’s spot versus Consejo
  • I’m still not sure who the mystery women was.
  • Hombre sin Nombre seems much thinner.
  • Crowd did not look good on fan photos I saw; they did herd people around enough so it’ll look OK on TV.

Tonight is the latest Todo x el Todo show, headlined by the Hijo del Santo vs Angel Blanco Jr. vs Hijo del Solitario mask match. Almost all believe Angel Blanco Jr. is losing his mask. The only source of debate is who will win it. Solitario taking the mask may make him a stronger challenger for down the line (though it’s far from sure they’ll do that match), but most people are probably showing up to see Hijo del Santo win.

El Hijo del Santo talks about his career with MedioTiempo in hype for his show. There’s useful stuff in there, and there’s also ludicrousness stuff. Santo says he had success because he never acted like a star. Santo implies WWE only brought in Rey Misterio Jr. because he left Super Astros (and he would’ve had the same success.) Santo claims he’d go back to Arena Mexico is everyone in charge got fired. Santo would actually go back to Arena Mexico today if they paid him what he wanted. His son is training with Solar, and may debut with a different name.

By the next update, there will also be the AAA taping in Pachuca, and the first post-Familia de Tijuana show for Perros del Mal.

LuchaWorld has Alfredo on CMLL 03/03/12.

Links

  • Mil Mascaras has no plans to retire.
  • Amapola was the only athlete invited to a conference of 100 Mexican women leaders

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 04/06/2012 Arena Mexico
1) Metálico & Super Halcon Jr. vs Artillero & Cholo
2) Ángel Azteca Jr. vs Súper Comando [lightning]
3) Atlantis & Triton vs Hombre Bala Jr. & Marco Corleone and Fuego & Super Porky and Diamante & Valiente and Raziel & Volador Jr. and Bronco & Mr. Niebla and Cancerbero & Mephisto andFelino & Hijo del Signo [Gran Alternativa, semifinal]
4) Black Warrior, Blue Panther, Hijo del Fantasma vs Mr. Águila, Olímpico, Psicosis
5) Diamante Azul, La Máscara, Máscara Dorada vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Negro Casas, Último Guerrero

Odd for an announcer to be wrestling in the main event, but welcome back Dragon Rojo.

Atlantis & Triton look like the strong favorites for the block (and tournament) win. Diamante & Valiente are the only team that looks like they have a chance.

DDD (SUN) 04/15/2012 Rodeo el Jefe, Cuautitlan, EdM
1) Cerebro Maligno, Herejía, Rey Krimen vs Triple X, Último Vampiro, Yakuza
2) El Duende vs Chucho el Rojo
3) Ikraro vs Ojo Diabolico
4) Drako vs Latin Star
5) Bandillero & Kansuke vs Epidemia & Heavy Boy
6) Joe Lider vs Tony Rodriguez
Shiryu Dragon will be special referee
7) Aerostar & Daga vs Dark Dragon & Juventud Guerrera

Daga Dyanmic Dojo show, so Daga’s expecting to be back by this time. Bandillero is from Chicago’s GALLI, their current champ.

Puebla, IWRG, AAA/Masked Republic, Volador vs Devitt, GA Block A, AAA in Queretaro

(photo by Black Terry Jr.)

CMLL (MON) 03/26/2012 Arena Puebla [Porra Fresa]
1) Dinamico & Lestat b Espiritu Maligno & Karisma
Dinamico’s Arena Puebla debut. He looked nervous early, but got it together. Tecnicos took 1/3
2) Astral, Fantasy, Último Dragoncito b Demus 3:16, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico
Tecnicos take 2/3, Dragoncito pinned Olimpico in both. He gets a title challenge next week.
3) Diamante, Sagrado, Sangre Azteca b Hijo del Signo, Shigeo Okumura, Vangelis
Tecnicos take 2/3, Sagrado beating Okumura in the third.
4) Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto b Ángel de Oro, Black Warrior, Hijo del Fantasma
Averno and Black Warrior feuded. Rudos took 1/3, Averno sneaking a foul on Warrior in the last.
5) La Sombra, Prince Devitt, Rush b Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
Tecnicos took 2/3. Devitt and Niebla fought in the third.

IWRG (THU) 03/29/2012 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (flickr), IWRG]
1) Galaxy & Templario (IWRG) b Dragón Celestial & Galáctico Infernal
2) Kortiz & Pacto Negro b Charly Madrid & Sky Ángel
3) Centvrión, Chicano, Freyser b Alan Extreme, Comando Negro, The Mummy
4) Carta Brava Jr., Eterno, Oficial AK47 b Angelico, Dinamic Black, Saruman
Eterno pinned Angelico using the ropes. Saruman replaced Golden Magic.
5) Bestia 666, Damián 666, Halloween, X-Fly, Zumbi b Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan Jr., Trauma I, Trauma II
Traumas did not wear Perro gear and did get along with the Pirates. FdT took the first, opposition took the second. Halloween spears a ref in the third, Trauma I pinned Halloween but the ref was distracted, Damian fouled Trauma I and put Halloween on top for the pin.

Familia de Tijuana have made a vast improvement in t-shirts. Evil Zumbi’s mask is pretty sharp too. Not sure about X-Fly’s painted on goatee. IWRG’s webpage has a new bulletin announcing Familia de Tijuana as part of IWRG, they’re going to be around Arena Nacualpan a lot for the near future.

AAA/Masked Republic

Masked Republic, on their new website, announced they’re the new international syndicatior of AAA. AAA’s wanted to sell their TV international for a long time, the hold up has always been getting the rights to the TV free from Televisa. Looks like they did it. There’s no mention of any deals with any networks, that’s the next step.

Masked Republic also announced an upcoming channel on VOD service FilmOn, to launch sometime this Summer. That channel will have 25 hours of footage a month, including AAA, Pro Wrestling Revolution, Canada’s Inter Species Wrestling, and older material from the Viva La Lucha project and California’s Rev Pro Wrestling. There’s no mention how much this will cost. The other channels listed in FilmOn’s website run between $2 -$5 a month, so I’d guess that’s the range here.

As a bonus, they’ve posted a translated version of AAA’s Rudos vs Tecnicos web magazine.

Tonight’s Shows

Tonight’s the big Prince Devitt vs Volador Jr. NWA Middleweight title match, but Volador isn’t concerned with his challenger: “he does not have anything, there are better talents here in Mexico, but I don’t want to belittle him so I’m giving him a chance.” He’s also, as always, teasing a new look. Devitt says the outcome will be the same as last week, and he’s taking the belt back to Ireland. The belt, and it’s predecessors, has been held by Mexicans, Japanese, American, Canadian luchadors and was brought to Mexico by a Finnish wrestler, but Devitt would become the first European to win it since it came to Mexico.

Volador vows to give 100% for his people, and wants a shot at Devitt’s title after he wins tonight. This shapes up as match one in a series: if Devitt wins, Volador’s got to chase him back to Japan (or Ireland!), while Volador would seem to be owed a title shot or a spot in NJPW’s Best of Super Juniors if he can beat their current champ.

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This is a year without a clear favorite. More accurately, this is a year with a clear favorite (Dragon Lee), but standard practices means he’s not going to win back to back tournaments, and the rest is a toss up. Titan is next most highly regarded and is in a sort of dream team with Mascara Dorada, but was last seen noted as being in a losing streak. Ultimo Guerrero has past success teaming with a novato under a new name, but Niebla Roja is a question mark. Puma King could catch up to his brother with a significant win here. Euforia’s unlikely to win the tournament overall, but will definitely go as far as they need him to make tecnicos look good, maybe all the way to the final. Titan is my pick, but with no confidence.

CMLL’s preview of the tournament mentions Niebla Roja has been training for two years under Ultimo Guerrero. For what it’s worth, the Taurus who teamed with UG on the last Toryumon Mexico show appears to be a Navarro trainee – he’s appeared in IWRG and elsewhere in that role. Niebla Roja could possibly be Ultimo Guerrero’s son (two years ago is about when he turned up on Ras de Lona), but he’s probably not Taurus. The Angel de Plata idea sounds better, if only because it’ll tie up a loose end.

CMLL is also running a show in Guadalajara. I did see last week’s CMLL TV finally, and did not see any promotion of this show at all; it seems like they’re running it just because they already said they would, but there’s no special interest in this one. Maximo vs Averno is the main event. This appears the first time they’ve had a singles match.

AAA runs their own TV taping tonight in Queretaro, the first of two this weekend. Tonight’s main event is Mesias, Tiger and Jack vs a trio of Perros. The Consejo began regular participation on shows with a match versus Electroshock, Metal and TBA; Daga is listed but not expected back this weekend. Argenis & Fenix vs Argos & Semental looks like it’ll be a good match if Argos stays out of the way.

AAA has hinted as to the mystery women in the opener. SuperLuchas guesses Taya Valkyire, Ludark Shaitan, and Sexy Lady. QPPC winner La Magnifica has also been suggested; she’s still waiting for her debut, but seems more like a tecnica.

No chat today, but a decent amount of updated on @luchablog.

Links

03/31-04/01 lucha times

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Daylight Savings Time

Mexico City (and GDL) flip over to Daylight Savings time Sunday morning.

CMLL

52MX: Devitt/Shocker/Dorada vs Averno/UG/Volador.

GALA/Televisa: Based on last week, the Devitt match should air here. The women’s match seems definite.

FOX: The Rey Escorpion/Black Warrior feud continues here. Peste Negra vs Atlantida and Virus vs Triton if there’s time.

C3: Sombra/Maximo/Devitt vs Bucanero/Escorpion/UG.

GDL: Atlantis/Dorada vs Averno/Mephisto.

Puebla: Sombra/Devitt/Rush vs Peste Negra. TVC Deportes does not have TV listings anywhere I can see – entutele just lists 12 hour blocks of “TVC Deportes” for the next week. The feed’s not been up for a while as well. I can’t really be sure anything’s airing, but I’m assuming the status quo is up.

=== Other ===

AAA: Rey de Reyes leftovers: cage match, Consejo, and the title match.

ACM: didn’t see results from here yet, but it was a random assortment of people.

Perros: I think this is still airing?

IWRG: Traumas/Pirates vs Pesta Negra

Random AYM show: 11am Saturday.

Tags:

TxT, Vamprio returns, Lucha Libre USA, Traumas

TxT (SUN) 03/25/2012 Lienzo Charro Sta. Maria Lagos de Moreno, Jalisco [Fuego en el Ring]
1) Burrito Norteño & Hombre Araña b Cuatero & Sansón
Donkey & Spider-Man won the opener.
2) Mascarita Dorada & Mascarita Sagrada b Mini Monster & Mini Rockerito
No Tzuki.
3) El Dandy & El Fantasma b Fuerza Guerrera & Universo 2000
everyone made every sort of challenge after the match.
4) Cien Caras & Cien Caras Jr. DQ Rayman & Rayo de Jalisco Jr.
Cien fouled Rayo.
5) Angel Blanco Jr. & El Hijo del Solitario b El Hijo Del Santo & Villano IV
Rudos took 2/3, then attacked Santo again during a post match TV interview.

In an interesting way to build the match, Hijo del Santo says Saturday’s match may be the last time he puts his mask on the line. He does say he may do just one more match, versus Fuerza Guerrera or whoever survives of Solitario & Angel Blanco but he doesn’t want to risk it again. Very few luchadors in Mexico are ever willing to signify their career being over while there’s a chance they could get paid a bit more, but if Santo stole a page from WWE and did a Santo vs Fuerza mask billed as  “Final de una Era”, that would be a really good hook. In things that have equally little chance of happening, Santo notes that any double pin in the three way mask match means both people will unmask. He’s counting on the referee and the commission to make sure nothing illegal happening.

Vampiro, last not seen at the taping after Chilpancingo (with word AAA didn’t have any plans for him after that), turns back up later this month on AAA spot shows. As far as I can tell, Vamp hasn’t wrestled in Mexico since 2010 and was limited at that point, but they’re sticking him in singles matches on every show he’s working. They are giving him good people to work with: vs Ultimo Gladiador 04/20 @ Guadalajara, vs Silver King 04/22 @ Arena Coliseo Monterrey (show should air on Noches de Coliseo) and vs Chessman on 04/27 @ Veracruz . All three cards are full five match cards, the last two with TV taping level cards. Some tour promoter must be spending a lot of money on these shows, and you get to pick whoever you want when you spend a lot of money on shows. This doesn’t necessarily mean Vampiro will be back as a TV character; look at Argos still being booked as a rudo two months after he’s turned on TV, and you can see these lineups aren’t done in tandem with the main direction.

Steve Ship of Lucha Libre USA says they hope to draw 3,000 per show on this 10 event run, then double that the next time thru. That first show drew 1,000, so that’s not a good start. If they’re hoping for 3,000, it’s kind of odd for them to be running 10,000 seat buildings:

03/25 HP Pavilion: 17,496
04/13 Pico Rivera Sports Arena: 6,250
04/14 Selland Arena: 11,300
04/20 Verizon Wireless Arena: 2,400 – success!
04/22 Mesquite Arena: 5,500
04/29 Celebrity Theater: 2,650 – success!
05/11 the Alamodome: 20,000 is smallest configuration
05/12 The Dell Diamond: 12,000

Sometimes, when I talk about attendance, people get the impression I am interested in attendances. This is a misunderstanding. I am interested in absurdity, and that’s all absurd.

That same interview says they’re running the east coast in the fall. (United Center?) Dr. Pepper is sponsoring shows, which should help make the money work a bit better, and they are charging a high price for tickets, but it’s still hard to figure how someone’s not taking a big loss on these.

There’s also a whole bunch of Lucha Libre USA hype articles, in case you’ve been missing RJ Brewer in character interviews, as well as the follow up does this character go too far? If you scream ‘fire’ in an empty movie theater, are you causing a panic? The group is really good at getting advance press, and convincing journalists RJ is both well known and highly loathed, where he seems to get about the same reaction anyone would get doing the same bit at any lucha show. The character came off as a generic on the TV show, but it has worked as a way to get people to write about the promotion. They get a couple articles written about him before every show; newspapers aren’t writing about Lizmark Jr. in the same way. If only they could find a way to turn into to people actually coming to their shows, it’d be a good deal.

Trauma II talked to Fuego en el Ring to clarify the Traumas joining the Perros del Mal. Dos says the brothers are remaining independent and have complete control of their own schedule, they’ll just be working with the Perros as their schedule allows. Trauma II mentions they would not go to CMLL because they have different policies, and CMLL doesn’t have interest in them. As of now, they have no start date. They’re not going to AAA right now. Trauma II says Perro called them in January, which was unusual since it’s usually them calling people for work. (It also lends credence to the story Perro knew Damian and others were leaving months ago.)

Rob has highlights of 02/23/12 AAA.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news report.

Links

Lineups

CMLL (SAT) 03/31/2012 Palenque de la Feria, Tlaxcala
1) Eléctrico & Último Dragoncito vs Pequeño Olímpico & Pierrothito
2) Dark Angel & Marcela vs Amapola & Princesa Sugheit
3) Ángel de Oro, Hijo del Fantasma, Sagrado vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Misterioso Jr., Pólvora
4) Black Warrior, Brazo de Plata, Máscara Dorada vs Felino, Terrible, Volador Jr.
5) Blue Panther vs Negro Casas [super libre]

first rematch between the two. This may be the first Dragon Rojo match since January, which is really going to cut into his commentating duties.

CMLL (TUE) 04/03/2012 Arena Mexico
1) Camaleón & Höruz vs Camorra & Zayco
2) Dalis la Caribeña, Lady Apache, Marcela vs La Seductora, Princesa Blanca, Tiffany
3) Eléctrico vs Pierrothito [lightning]
4) Dragon Lee, Pegasso, Rey Cometa vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Hooligan, Skándalo
5) Sagrado, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Misterioso Jr., Niebla Roja, Pólvora
6) Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Tiger vs Máximo, Rush, Shocker

Nothing really of note here. Maybe the Tuesday lightning match is the new thing. Niebla Roja’s level seems set pretty early. There hasn’t been a formal reward or even a noticeable change in position for the Gran Alternativa winners in recent year:

  • Rey Escorpion moved up as a result of Atlantis’ turn
  • Polvora didn’t move up until the Cancerberos were formed later that year
  • Okumura had already been moved up
  • Dragon Rojo got the new gimmick the same day as he won and that might have been more important
  • Sombra actually did move up right away in 2007.

but with Titan & Niebla Roja among others already wrestling at a high level, the importance of the tournament has been diminished. It’s quite nearly just another tournament in a promotion full of them.

Stuka/Misterioso, Traumas to Perros, Mercurio

(photo by CMLL)

CMLL (TUE) 03/27/2012 Arena Mexico [CMLL, Kaiser Sports]
1) Bronco & Cholo b Bengala & Soberano Jr.
2) Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Warrior, Pierrothito b Aereo, Eléctrico, Fantasy
Olimpico, defending his title in Puebla on Monday, wore the belt to the ring for the first time in a while
3) Hombre Bala b Disturbio [lightning]
win in 6:46. Did not sound great.
4) Ángel Azteca, Pegasso, Rey Cometa b Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus
said to be excellent
5) Diamante, Stuka Jr., Triton DQ Euforia, Misterioso Jr., Vangelis
straight falls. Misterioso fouled Sutka and pulled his mask.
6) La Sombra, Máximo, Prince Devitt b Rey Bucanero, Rey Escorpion, Último Guerrero
Tecnicos took 2/3. Sombra was hurt on a Bucanero move, but reported fine later on.

Perros del Mal announced they’ve brought Los Traumas into the group.They’ve previously wrestled on Perros del Mal shows (last Christmas and the cage match show), but this would seem to mean they’re on full time. They’ll be working the triweekly Perros del Mal tapings in addition other shows they already work. This does not mean they’re full time in AAA, though they may turn up as if they need people to replace Halloween & X-Fly and the Traumas said they would be in AAA. If they are, that may mean they’re not showing up for this weekend’s Todo x el Todo show.

This also means the first Perros del Mal versus Familia de Tijuana match is happening tomorrow in IWRG (the Traumas/Piratas vs FdT 5 v 5 match.)

Sitio en reparación reposts an article about Mercurio returning to his home arena. That turns out not to be one in Guadalajara or Monterrey (both which have previously given) but Arena Pavillion del Norte in Saltillo. Mercurio was a tecnico before coming to CMLL, which makes his rudo success a bit more impressive.

Rob has highlights of 07/16/11 AAA.

Links

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 04/03/2012 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Metatrón vs Ráfaga
2) Ángel Azteca, Sky Kid, Starman vs Disturbio, Metalik, Sádico
3) Goya Kong vs La Comandante
4) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Hijo del Fantasma vs Euforia, Olímpico, Psicosis
5) Máscara Dorada vs Averno [CMLL WELTER]
Mascara Dorada is the champion

That’s two epic singles matches, for different reasons. Dorada and Avenro haven’t had a singles match since last year’s Dos Leyendas. That was really good, and Dorada’s better now. Goya vs Comandante sounds like something else entirely.

Solar beats Negro Navarro, ex-WWE in Nayarit

CMLL (SUN) 03/25/2012 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Fuego en el Ring]
1) Azteca de Oro b Omega
bonus trainee match
2) Relampago Azul b Meteoro
3) Espectrum & Sádico b El Divino & Esfinge
Espectrum replaced Metalik
4) Barbaro Cavernario, Espécimen, Exterminador b Gallo, León Blanco, Smaker
5) Solar I b Negro Navarro [MAESTRO]
Solar won falls 1/3 to win the match. Fans liked the match.
6) Halcon de Plata & Rush DQ Felino & Mr. Niebla
Halcón de Plata replaced Fantasma. Niebla fouled Rush for the DQ.

I have no news.

Links

Lineups

AAA indy (TUE) 03/27/2012 Feria Nayarit, Nayarit, Mexico
1) Nicho el Millionario & Zodiac vs Lizmark Jr. & Súper Nova
2) Joe Lider vs Alex Koslov, Brian Kendrick
3) Chuck Palumbo & Johnny Stamboli vs Billy Gunn & Héctor Garza
4) Lucky O’Shea & Sexy Star vs Lolita & Shelly Martínez
5) Chris Masters, El Mesías, Shelton Benjamin vs Carlito, La Parka, Luke Gallows

This is not an AAA show, but an indy show bringing in AAA guys and bringing in US people. SuperLuchas says Jesse Hernandez is responsible for the ex-WWE-ers. It is amusing random festival show is more successful at bringing in foreigners than AAA is for their big shows, but then AAA is probably happy not losing as much money.

CMLL (FRI) 03/30/2012 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Metatrón vs Exterminador
2) Dalis la Caribeña, Dark Angel, Lady Apache vs Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit, Tiffany
3) Fuego, Sagrado, Sangre Azteca vs Misterioso Jr., Namajague, Shigeo Okumura
4) Diamante Azul, Shocker, Valiente vs Mr. Águila, Olímpico, Psicosis
5) Máximo vs Averno

They are doing a 03/30 show here! It hasn’t gotten much promotion; I haven’t watched the main CMLL show, did they promote it on there?

CMLL (SUN) 04/01/2012 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Revelion vs In Memoriam
2) El Alteño & León Blanco vs Gran Kenut & Specimen
3) Gallo vs Leo, Smaker, Virgo, Esfinge, Barbaro Cavernario, Èvola, Magnum, Malefico, Exterminador [cibernetico]
4) Máximo & Rush vs Mr. Águila & Olímpico

Revelion is another new name.

CMLL (SUN) 04/01/2012 Arena Coliseo
1) ? vs ??
2) ? vs ??
3) Fuego, Rey Cometa, Triton vs Ephesto, Euforia, Pólvora
4) Atlantis, Máscara Dorada, Prince Devitt vs Felino, Negro Casas, Volador Jr.
5) Shocker vs Último Guerrero

CMLL.com only lists the top three. A few more singles matches lately.

CMLL (MON) 04/02/2012 Arena Puebla
1) Asturiano, Black Tiger, Stigma vs Centauro de Fuego, Fuerza Chicana, Sauron
2) Dark Angel, Estrellita, Marcela vs La Comandante, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit
3) Pequeño Olímpico vs Último Dragoncito [CMLL MINI]
4) Ángel de Oro, Dragon Lee, Valiente vs Namajague, Niebla Roja, Shigeo Okumura
5) Marco Corleone, Rush, Shocker vs Averno, Mephisto, Último Guerrero

Go Dragoncito!

Niebla Roja makes his non-tournament debut in the semimain, though I think that match is a sort of mix of what would be a normal tercera and semimain. The latest theory going around is Niebla Roja is the long missing Angel de Plata, which would make this match a bit more interesting. Only CMLL would think it’s a better idea to bring someone back in a new identity rather than do the really easy breakup, but we’re not yet sure that’s what is going on here.

CMLL (SUN) 04/01/2012 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Revelion vs In Memoriam
2) El Alteño & León Blanco vs Gran Kenut & Specimen
3) Gallo vs Leo, Smaker, Virgo, Esfinge, Barbaro Cavernario, Èvola, Magnum, Malefico, Exterminador [cibernetico]
4) Máximo & Rush vs Mr. Águila & Olímpico

03/24-25 lucha videos

Things that affected lucha coverage this week

  • lack of bandwidth
  • the Pope
  • Galavision’s inability to tell time

03/24 WWC: http://www.embedupload.com/?d=0QN2BFMZCD

03/25 WWC: http://www.embedupload.com/?d=4TLJKEFBAF

03/24 Sobre el Ring: http://www.embedupload.com/?d=8NZUMKMLRZ

La Luchas: 2012-03-19
taped 2012-03-06 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara 
http://www.embedupload.com/?d=8FZ1MNFPAS
1) Black Metal vs Exterminador
2) Lady Apache vs Princesa Blanca for the Mexican National Women’s Championship
3) Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr., Triton vs Euforia, Raziel, Virus
4) Volador Jr. vs La SombraRushMr. NieblaNegro CasasHijo del FantasmaValienteFelinoOlímpicoÁngel de Oro in a cibernetico match – cleverly edited down as if it was just Volador vs Sombra

CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2012-03-24
taped 2011-12-30 @ Arena Mexico
1) Sangre Azteca vs Raziel in a lightning match
http://uploading.com/files/8mf6f8d1/CMLL%2B1211%2B%2528lightning%2529%2BFox%2BSports.mpg.AVI/

http://www.embedupload.com/?d=5URWU4GGKZ
taped 2012-03-16 @ Arena Mexico
2) Black Warrior, Hijo del Fantasma, Sagrado vs Pólvora, Rey Escorpion, Vangelis
http://uploading.com/files/bme2b78b/CMLL%2B031612%2BCuarta%2BFox%2BSports.mpg.AVI/
http://www.embedupload.com/?d=9GIYQWJKHH
3) Diamante Azul, Máscara Dorada, Rush vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Tiger
http://uploading.com/files/8maf9a1f/CMLL%2B031612%2BSemi%2BFox%2BSports.mpg.AVI/

CMLL on CadenaTres: 2012-03-24
taped 2012-03-20 @ Arena Mexico
1) Aereo, Eléctrico, Fantasy vs Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Universo 2000, Pequeño Warrior
http://uploading.com/files/3dmmf1cf/
2) Dragon Lee vs Raziel [Toreno Sangre Nueva]
http://uploading.com/files/b35dm66a
3) Diamante Azul, Fuego, La Sombra vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Tiger
http://uploading.com/files/c2881a8a/CMLL%2B032012%2BSemi%2BC3.mpg.AVI/
(main event did not air thanks to the Pope)

CMLL Guadalajara: 2012-03-24
taped 2012-03-20 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
show: http://www.embedupload.com/?d=3NSGLNSXZZ
1) Astral, El Divino, Último Dragoncito vs Demus 3:16, Pequeño Violencia, Pierrothito
http://www.embedupload.com/?d=2UJZHGZPQ1
2) Diamante & Sangre Azteca vs Misterioso Jr. & Rey Escorpion
http://www.embedupload.com/?d=6XIFFSIFUJ
3) Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Máscara Dorada vs Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto
http://www.embedupload.com/?d=9CFXJ4ADDF

CMLL on Televisa: 2012-03-24
taped 2012-03-16 @ Arena Mexico
http://www.embedupload.com/?d=8DGZFQCHCW
1) Último Dragoncito vs Pequeño Warrior in a lightning match
http://www.embedupload.com/?d=2ZHEEHD3UJ
2) Dalis la Caribeña, Dark Angel, Estrellita vs Amapola, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit
http://www.embedupload.com/?d=8KIOFJHZE2
3) Atlantis, La Sombra, Shocker vs Felino, Último Guerrero, Volador Jr.
http://www.embedupload.com/?d=7WAYLPCGAT – incomplete; retro80s90s has posted a complete version of this show on YouTube, I’ll add a link later.

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2012-03-24
taped 2012-03-18 @ Arena Mexico
show: http://www.embedupload.com/?d=2HDQLCFTOF
mascots dancing: http://www.embedupload.com/?d=1XAJNAKYJB
1) Marco Corleone, Máscara Dorada, Rush vs Averno, Mephisto, Negro Casas
http://www.embedupload.com/?d=5ZQIBWYWMM
2) La Sombra vs Último Guerrero
http://www.embedupload.com/?d=1IUHBUIFNM

AAA on Televisa (Regional): 2012-03-25
taped 2012-03-18 @ Auditorio Benito Juarez, Zapopan, Jalisco
1) Chessman & Teddy Hart vs Joe Lider & Juventud Guerrera and Halloween & Nicho el Millionario and Daga & Extreme Tiger
http://uploading.com/files/5d4e1a32/
http://www.embedupload.com/?d=2ECSVOGRLF
2) Monster Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Octagón, Silver King, Último Gladiador
http://uploading.com/files/5dcf4ea1
3) Billy el Malo, Cibernético, Escoria vs Dark Dragon, La Parka, Tito Santana in a lumberjack rules match
http://uploading.com/files/86b2b1f8/
http://www.embedupload.com/?d=0LMRFKM5IJ
4) el Hijo del Perro Aguayo vs Héctor GarzaJack EvansLA Park in AAA’s Rey de Reyes
http://uploading.com/files/78af5e3e/ – improved

Arena Coliseo Monterrey: 2012-03-25
taped 2012-03-18 @ Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) Daishuri & Keira vs La Vaquerita & Shitara
http://www.embedupload.com/?d=9KFWCFCTCQ
2) Dranser & Scravos vs Barbaro I & Barbaro II and Gemelo Muerte I & Gemelo Muerte II
http://www.embedupload.com/?d=0ZDXAWEHEW
3) Big Neurosis, Hijo del Ninja, Simbolo vs Antifaz del Norte, Battman, Genocida
http://www.embedupload.com/?d=9IEVZIEGEI

http://uploading.com/files/78af5e3e/AAA%2B031812%2BRdR%2Bfinal%2BGalavision%2B%2528new%2529.AVI/

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AAA on Televisa (Regional): 2012-03-10

a positive Argos clip

file:
match 1
match 2
match 3 & match 4

recap

taped 2012-03-02 @ Gimnasio Agustín Millán

Drago

Billy el Malo & Escoria vs Argos & Semental: Good match. The audio weirdness detracted a little bit; the crowd seems into it enough to do chants at the proper times, but there was no ambient noise except for the really loud ring, making it feel more like a match in empty arena or a barely attended indy show and not a seemingly packed Toluca crowd. Argos was fine as a rudo, and had less trouble than his AAA técnico appearances. This felt like an opening card match and not one where guys were going any place bigger than this, but it was good for an opener.

 

strongest ever armdrag

Dr. Wagner Jr. & Drago vs Halloween & Octagón: A match of people clowning around, and occasionally wrestling. The majority of the people involved in this one were not into it, and it was an un-pleasurable television watching experience. If this finish isn’t really going to matter – and it didn’t because Consejo was there to make us ignore it – then there’s no reason to do a foul and a chair shot to the head. This was a match better of not occurring.

 

brutality

Jack Evans vs Chessman, Texano Jr., Nicho el Millionario in a AAA’s Rey de Reyes semifinal match: This is a rare AAA match I wish got more time; they were doing good until this got taken over by weird storylines – Nicho’s wandering act and Tirantes screwing Texano. There has to be a way to get out of referees screwing the rudos from now on, because it’s going to get odd for the good guys always needing help to win. Everyone looked good here.

LA Park vs La Parka, Electroshock, Silver King in a AAA’s Rey de Reyes Tournament semifinal match: Listed as a four way, but more or less a missing Park vs Parka match due to the editing. La Park destroyed La Parka, who managed to keep surviving for quite a while but never got as much as he took. The powerbomb on the tub looked especially painful, but Parka was bleeding long before that. If you liked their previous matches, this is an 11 minute version of them.

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04/01 AAA TV Lineup (Pachuca)

AAA TV (SUN) 04/01/2012 Lienzo Charro de Pachuca, Hidalgo
1) Dinastía & Octagoncito vs Mini Histeria & Mini Psicosis
2) Aerostar, Argenis, Atomic Boy vs Ángel Mortal, Gallego, Gran Apache
3) Daga, Drago, Fenix vs Dark Dragon, Decnnis, Octagón
4) Chessman, Silver King, Último Gladiador vs Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Texano Jr., Toscano
5) Cibernético, El Mesías, Zorro vs Halloween, Héctor Garza, Nicho el Millionario

Air Date: 04/15

What I didn’t catch last week is the Perros del Mal show on this day is 12:30 pm. The guys from that show (Consejo, Hector) should have no problem making it here for a show listed as starting at 7pm. Mascara Ano 2000 Jr. is a bit more of a problem, since he’s also on the IWRG card that starts at 6:30 and that’s a title match.

And there’s thing where they keep listing Daga as wrestling when he’s not cleared to wrestle and they don’t seem to expect him soon enough to make these shows.

TripleMania may be a big show that’s only two months away, but neither of the post Rey de Reyes shows seem to be building up anything at all. This one has some really good matches, but there’s a feel of killing time. Main event is essentially the same as the show two days before, with Ciber & Zorro subbing for Jack & Tiger.

Next show is 04/06 in Neza, which will give them enough TV to last into late April.

Shocker/UG, Traumas vs FdT, Octagon vs La Parka

(photo by CMLL)

CMLL (SUN) 03/25/2012 Arena Coliseo [CMLL, La Catedral]
1) Apocalipsis & Ramstein b Camaleón & Höruz
Rudos took 1/3. Horuz was hurt during the match.
2) Bronco, Hooligan, Nitro b Ángel Azteca Jr., Hombre Bala Jr., Pegasso
Rudos take 2/3.
3) La Comandante, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit b Dalis la Caribeña, Dark Angel, Lady Apache
Rudas took 1/3.
4) Blue Panther, Máximo, Super Porky b Ephesto, Terrible, Vangelis
tecnicos took 2/3.
5) Máscara Dorada, Prince Devitt, Shocker DQ Averno, Último Guerrero, Volador Jr.
Devitt started bleeding from the inside of his ear for no apparent reason in the first fall. Tecnicos took 2/3, UG drawing the DQ for fouling Shocker. Shocker wanted a mask vs hair match, UG would agree to only a singles match.

(photo by Black Terry Jr.)

 

IWRG (SUN) 03/25/2012 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (flickr), Estrellas del Ring, The Gladiatores]
1) Andy Boy & Star Boy Jr. b Guerrero Mixteco & Matrix Jr.
straight falls
2) Dr. Cerebro, Pacto Negro, The Mummy b Chicano, Saruman, Tritón
Mummy & Dr. Cerebro replaced Comando Negro & Impossible
3) Alan Extreme, Black Terry, Bombero Infernal b Dinamic Black, Fresero Jr., Mike Segura
Fresero replaced Tony Rivera, which means no Bombero/Tony feud this week. Suicida replaced Golden Magic. Rudos took 1/3.
4) Angelico, Trauma I, Trauma II DQ Bestia 666, Damián 666, X-Fly
Angelico wore a Trauma mask to start the match. Tecnicos took 2/3. Trauma I was about to beat Damian when X-Fly hit him with the chair.
5) Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr., Pirata Morgan b Hijo de LA Park, Hijo de Mascara Sagrada, Máscara Sagrada
Rudos took 2/3.

CMLL TV announced the other eight Gran Alternativa participants: Signo, Triton, Bronco, Fuego, Cancerbero, Hombre Bala Jr., Raziel, Diamante. Triton & Diamante seem like outside chances for winning, but CMLL hasn’t been too strong on either of them. I’m rooting for a Raziel vs Euforia final. Meanwhile, CMLL.com has a photo of Niebla Roja and confirms he’s a Lagunero.

La Catedral suggests the Gran Alternative could set up the new Mistico, and Dragon Lee, Diamante, and Triton would be the tournament favorites in that case. I am skeptical on any and all New Misticos existing, but would strongly root for anything to get Diamante a name change.

R de Rudo’s report on the Perros del Mal new member introduction has some interesting tidbits. The office has moved (or maybe Damian’s keeping the old office.) Perro says the group has always been about bringing in new people and springboarding people to greater success (mentioning Terrible, Texano, Averno & Mephisto here) and hopes that continue. Perros does says that Damian had told him he was leaving 3 months ago, which runs counter to the story Damian’s been telling (but is much more believable.)

Octagon explains he turned on La Parka because Parka was more focused on his feud with Cibernetico than the goals of La Sociedad. Octagon, as leader of Milica, also did not like how Parka was treating his men. La Parka says he knew things were going wrong after a meeting with Dorian and Octagon before the show (maybe something that airs on TV?), but will still not be friends with Cibernetico because Ciber attacked his family. Hey, Ozz & Cuervo are free now, maybe they can put the Inframundo back together. La Parka vs Octagon as a singles match alone is a hazardous idea.

More info on Silver King Jr. (via SML), who’s wrestling on the family vs family Arena Naucalpan show. He’s living in Chihuahua and has used the names Sexi Tiger Jr. and wrestled on the Dr. Wagner Sr. tribute show as Silver Star.

SuperLuchas #444 has the Aguayos and the Mascaras.

Another long story about lucha libre in Monterrey, including Sangre Chicana declaring “if he dies”, it’ll be in a gym, and Humberto Garza complaining about wrestlers just hitting each other with light tubes and bleeding while Kaientai explains he got his ideas on wrestling from an FMW tape he found.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news report.

Rob has highlights of 02/15/11 CMLL, 02/18/11 CMLL, 02/22/11 CMLL and  03/13/12 CMLL

Links

Lucha Libre in Japan

03/25 FukumenMania: the tag tournament came down to a three way elimination match with Fuego & Mr. Cacao & Arkangel & Skandalo and El Samurai & Great Sasuke. Eliminator order went Samurai, Sasuke, Cacaco, Arkangel and Fuego lost to the Skandalo Driver in 25:40.

Lineups

IWRG (THU) 03/29/2012 Arena Naucalpan
1) ? vs ??
2) Charly Madrid & Saruman vs Kortiz & Pacto Negro
3) Centvrión, Chicano, Freyser vs Alan Extreme, Comando Negro, The Mummy
4) Angelico, Dinamic Black, Golden Magic vs Carta Brava Jr., Eterno, Oficial AK47
5) Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan Jr., Trauma I, Trauma II vs Bestia 666, Damián 666, Halloween, X-Fly, Zumbi

Can the Pirates and the Traumas get along to face Familia de Tijuana? (No, probably not.)

IWRG (SUN) 04/01/2012 Arena Naucalpan
1) Chicano, Saruman, Tritón vs Comando Negro, Gemelo Fantastico I, Gemelo Fantastico II
2) Dr. Cerebro, Freyser, Suicida vs Aeroboy, Hormiga, Violento Jack
3) Dinamic Black, Golden Magic, Tony Rivera vs Oficial Factor, Oficial Rayan, Oficial Spartan
4) Hijo de LA Park, Trauma I, Trauma II vs Halloween, Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr., X-Fly
5) Cien Caras Jr., Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Máscara Año 2000 Jr. vs Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan Jr. [IWRG IC TRIOS]

Some undercard changes. New Oficials may be starting as a rudo. Feels like a title change in the main event.

CMLL NWA (SUN) 04/01/2012 Arena NWA
1) ? vs ??
2) ? vs ??
3) Argus & Aztlan vs Ancla & Surdok
4) Black Mamba & Velial vs Ares & Ikaro HD
5) Atlantis & Negro Navarro vs Arkángel de la Muerte & Luger

This doesn’t make any sense but maybe the match will be good?

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