CMLL (MON) 08/20/2012 Arena Puebla [Porra Fresa, Porra Fresa]
1) Asturiano, Dinámikoo, Milenium b Akron, Ares, Saurón
Tecnicos take 1/3.
2) Bobby Zavala, Hijo del Signo, Skándalo b Hombre Bala Jr., Stigma, Super Halcon Jr.
Bobby Zavala replaced Nitro, which let him feud with Stigma some more. Rudos took 2/3, Skandalo Driver on Bala.
3) Princesa Blanca b Luna Mágica [lightning]
Luna Magica replaced Dark Angel (Japan). Blanca won just before the time limit. Porra Fresa: “Luna needs to work harder in her battles, they are often slow and emotionless.”
4) Namajague, Shigeo Okumura, Vangelis b Fuego, Sagrado, Stuka Jr.
Rudos take 1/3.
5) Ephesto, Mephisto, Misterioso Jr. b Ángel de Oro, Mistico, Valiente
Mistico’s debut in Puebla. Rudos were DQed for excessive violence in the first, then won the second with dives and a Gory Special on Angel de Oro. Mistico started the comeback in the third, then slipped badly running up the ropes on his ramp charge and collapsed on the ramp. Rudos immediately won the match. Mistico, with a swelling right knee, was strechered out. Crowd thought he just botched the spot and laughed, not realizing he was hurt.
6) Volador Jr. DQ Mr. Niebla
Best match of the night. Volador won with the backcrcaker in the first, Niebla took the second with a half crab. Niebla started to bleed. Fans were behind Volador in the third after he moonsaulted onto Niebla. Volador gave Niebla a moonsault side slam for two. He followed with a ‘rana, but Zacarais ran in and ripped off his mask for the DQ.
That’s not good. Dragon Lee never had problems climbing up the ropes, it was the landing part that used to be the problem. The Mistico/Sin Cara mask may just be cursed; it would explain so much about Argos. Mistico is supposed to work tonight in Arena Lopez Mateos, the only reason the show is happening is so he can work on it. If he works that show, then everything is okay, but it doesn’t sound like he’ll be working any time soon. There was no mention of a Mistico injury at today’s press conference, and it’d be really bad form not to let the press know about a Mistico injury in that situation, so maybe it’s okay.
If Mistico misses time for this injury, it’ll be the third time since his debut in 2011, though none for a long period of time. Mistico’s style sets him up for an increased injury risk, but many others in the promotion wrestle similarly and have not had the had the injuries. It may just be a string of bad luck, or it may be that his body is just not made for what he’s trying to do to it.
CMLL (TUE) 08/21/2012 Arena Mexico [CMLL, Kaiser Sports]
1) Guerrero Negro Jr. & Herodes Jr. b Bengala & Höruz
First win for the new team.
2) Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Warrior b Aereo, Astral, Shockercito
Rudos took 1/3. Nitro won with his nitroglicerina hold.
3) Princesa Blanca b Dalis la Caribeña [lightning]
Blanca won in 7:29, though Blanca might have used the ropes to do it.
4) Pegasso, Rey Cometa, Triton b Arkángel de la Muerte, Nosferatu, Puma King
Cometa won in straight falls with a casita again, and challenged for a mask match again. Puma accepted, but Cometa took his mask anyway.
5) Blue Panther, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. b Black Warrior, Namajague, Shigeo Okumura
Tecnicos took 2/3.
6) Atlantis, Diamante, Titán b Mr. Niebla, Niebla Roja, Pólvora
Tecnicos took 2/3. Titan got a pinfall over Polvora, then let Polvora know he’s coming for welterweight belt!
That fourth match takes us to the first big announcement from today’s press conference: Puma King vs Rey Cometa will meet in a mask match on Friday, September 14th. The Puma/Cometa feud has been great the last couple months and it’s a shame to see either lose their masks, but it should be a really great match and it’s heartening to see them get to do it on a big stage.
Rey Cometa and Puma King will not be the main event. Rush and Terrible will also face off in a hair vs hair match on Friday, September 14th, the climax that’s been built for over a year (whenever TRT first came together and started facing Rush frequently.) That match will be the main event, the Cometa/Puma will probably be third from the top, and the two matches will likely be split up between Fox Sports and Televisa. Rush attacked Terrible at the contract signing, because he’s Rush.
The Anniversary show will be a double apuesta show. Both are singles matches, this is not a combined match. I don’t know if it’s going to sell out, but it’s as good An Anniversary show for a CMLL fan in a long time. I’d compare it to 2008, with Villano V vs Blue Panther, CMLL vs TNA for the trios titles, and the LA Park vs Dr. Wagner Jr. accidental farewell match. It’s the first double apuesta anniversary show since 2003 (Shocker/Tarzan Boy, Pierroth/Violencia.) Tickets will go on sale Friday.
No mention of Niebla vs Volador. The storyline there has been Niebla doesn’t believe Volador is on his level and is actually right because Volador can’t seem to pin him. They still need to get to the Volador win before they can have the mask match (assuming this is better than the Tiffany/Marcela feud.) Volador may get that pin on 09/14 or before; if they are doing that match as well (09/28?), it would make sense to hold off announcing until they get people to buy all the tickets for 09/14. Or they could just not do the match, and a bit more likey.
Not a lot of other news. The Leyenda de Azul will be back soon, not date given. The Generacion 2012 kids were formerly introduced, the same collection of guys they mentioned last week. Tanahashi, Devitt and Taichi are mentioned as coming in, with the same arrival dates they’ve previously announced. Tanahashi isn’t in Mexico yet, or at least didn’t make the press conference. CMLL did not live Tweet the press conference.
indy (SUN) 08/19/2012 Country Coliseum, El Paso, Texas [SuperLuchas]
1) Blue Man, Capitan America, Huniko b Biker I, Biker II, Kenich
tecnicos take 2/3
2) Avatar, Dragón, Impostor Jr. b Galáctico, Tiger Man, Tigre Oriental
Imposter Jr., Dragon and Avatar are grandsons of Cobarde. They took 1/3.
3) Maquina 45 Jr. & Sin Límite b El Profeta & Muñeco Infernal
tecnicos took 1/3, but everyone fought each other after the match.
4) El Cobarde, Hijo del Cobarde, Impostor b Blue Panther, Rey Escorpion (LOCAL), Villano IV
various officials and wrestlers praised Cobarde before the match. One fall match. Cobarde Sr., wearing his mask, submitted Blue Panther for the win in his last match. Cobarde thanked the fans after the match.
5) Máscara Sagrada & Shocker b LA Park & Latin Lover
Sagrada replaced Blue Demon. Rudos won the first, tecnicos took the second, teams exchanged fouled in the third with the tencicos winning.
Cobarde’s retirement show got CMLL and AAA wrestlers (though LA Park books himself, I think.) It comes off as a legit retirement.
AAA says they have a TV surprise this Saturday. AAA usually airs on Sunday. Maybe they found another network to air TripleMania? It’s so vague.
Axel: my grandfather Santo would die of disappointment he know the evil El Hijo del Santo has done. Besides slamming Hijo del Santo, Axel continues to emphasis promoters can use him without threat of lawsuit.
El Luchador has on demand versions of the livestream interviews they were doing during the Expo.
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The only one I’ve watched so far is Magnus. It delivered! Magnus the post modern luchador in a prehistoric promotion, having successfully turned himself rudo thru Twitter.
The Playa Carmen (Cancun) Institute of Sports says they sent seven luchadors to the Lucha Libre Expo for matches, and two were invited to join CMLL. I’ve never heard of CMLL scouting/recruiting like this. Diario Respuesta writes about their matches, one of the shows on the smaller alternate ring.
LuchaWorld attempts to review the Torneo Amigo Para Siempre.
R de Rudo recaps the entire three day Lucha Libre Expo.