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CMLL (SUN) 12/16/2012 Arena Mexico
1) Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Warrior b Aereo & Pequeño Halcón
Rudos took 1/3 in a poor match.
2) Arkángel de la Muerte, Hooligan, Skándalo b Ángel Azteca Jr., Magnus, Starman
Rudos took 1/3, Skandalo Driver on Starman.
3) Cancerbero, Misterioso Jr., Raziel b Fuego, Stuka Jr., Tritón
Straight falls for the rudos. Raziel & Cancerbero submitted Fuego & Stuka Jr., and demanded a title match.
4) Tiger b Diamante [lightning]
Tigre beat Diamante cleanly with a sit down powerbomb in
5) Dragón Rojo Jr., Ephesto, Pólvora b La Sombra, Máximo, Super Halcón Jr.
Super Halcon replaced Super Porky, but did not get any pinfall victories in this match. Rudos took falls 1/3.
6) Kráneo, Mr. Águila, Psicosis b Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. [MEX TRIOS]
Invasors took fall 1, countering the tencicos and submitting them after a Kraneo tope on Maya. Delta & Guerrero Maya submitted Aguila & Psicosis in the second. Maya connected on a revenge dive on Kraneo. Aguila gave a (sort of) Destroyer to beat Delta, Maya gave Aguila the Sacrifica Maya, Atlantis dove onto Psicosis, and Kraneo gave Maya the sit down piledriver once again to win the titles. The sit down piledriver is now called the Kraneo Special.

Another surprise CMLL title change, as has been the last few – Polvora’s title win and Terrible & Tama also were unexpected. There’s nothing wrong with Aguila (who was part of the previous champions), Psicosis and Kraneo, and they had a good match here. The concern in the Reyes del Atlantida – and more particularly Delta & Guerrero Maya – seem to be directionless with they’re not trios champions, and now they’re not trios champions again. The focus off the feud has been Kraneo & Guerrero Maya, and hopefully they’ll do that singles match before long.

An all rudo win day. The Arena Coliseo Tag Team Title match was not officially announced for next Sunday, but that appears to be the case.

CMLL (SUN) 12/16/2012 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@acogdl]
2) Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno b Black Metal & Virgo
Truenos took 2/3.
3) Halcón de Plata & León Blanco DQ Espectrum & Maléfico
Tecnicos took 1/3, rudos DQed for excessive violence. Leon Blanco’s first match here since August.
4) Bárbaro Cavernario b Smaker [OCCIDENTE MIDDLE]
New champion, Smaker going down in his second defense against Barbaro. Barbaro took falls 1/3, the last with a tapatia.
5) Mr. Niebla, Namajague, Shigeo Okumura b Ángel de Oro, Shocker, Titán
Rudos took 1/3. Niebla and Shocker made challenges after the match.

Earlier today, Chris Masters responded to a question if he was coming to Mexico & CMLL by saying he believes he’d be coming in February. Masters has worked indy shows in Mexico a handful times this year, most recently a couple months ago in Tijuana, and it’s possible he might mean another one of those dates and not something full time.

It’s very unusual for CMLL to bring in foreigners who don’t have some existing connection. Strong Man got in based on Shocker meeting him at an indy show, and probably at least started as a lower price than an ex-WWE guy (as would’ve Steele and Kevin Quinn.) Alex Kolsov, Rocky Romero and the rest of the Havana Pitbulls would’ve gotten in thru NJPW, and Marco Corleone & Kenzo Suzuki got their starts thru Ultimo Dragon. This would be CMLL going out to get someone who could just as easily get bookings eleswhere and not the way CMLL normally acts.

Masters improved a lot from his earliest WWE days, though CMLL is a lot different. This might mean he’s the mystery guy featured in the CMLL 2013 vignettes, thought the one hint we were given – he’s agile for his size – doesn’t exactly fit. Also, part of the value of bringing in an ex-WWE guy is you get to advertise him as an ex-WWE guy, not a mystery man. Mostly, I’m hoping it’s not Masters because if he’s coming in February, we’ll see that same vignette every week for 2 more months. That’s not good for anyone.

Speaking of mystery people, the mystery Perros del Mal woman is revealed on the newest SuperLuchas cover to be ex-WWE Tough Enough competitor and ex-FCW wrestler Ivelisse Velez. Prior to WWE, she wrestled in Puerto Rico (and apparently Chicago?), and she’s been working indies since being let go from WWE a few weeks ago. The WON story on her release was Ivelisse was the best women’s wrestler they had in their developmental territory and she knew it, and the trainers didn’t that she knew it and released her claiming attitude problems. It doesn’t seem like the Perros del Mal/AAA promotion really needs another ruda – they have too many and are overdue to turn someone – but if you ignore that context, this is a smart pickup.

Ciclope lost his mask in the main event of DTU’s anniversary show, and Cerbero Negro lost his hair in IWRG. More results from both tomorrow, I Hope.

Bill has highlights of 09/01/11 IWRG and 09/04 & 09/11/12 CMLL GDL.

Lucha y Tinta Libre looks at fans of extreme wrestling.

DJ Spectro has the first part of a look back at Valente Perez.