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CMLL (SUN) 12/23/2012 Arena Mexico [CMLL]
1) Hijo del Signo & Ramstein b Camaleón & Frisbee
Hijo del Signo replaced Camorra. Rudos took 2/3. Ramstein & Camaleon had problems with their finish in the first two falls.
2) Astral, Bam Bam, Último Dragoncito b Mercurio, Pequeño Nitro, Pierrothito
Rudos took the first. Tecnicos took the second, Bam Bam yanking Pierroth’s arm out of it’s socket on a submission. Pierrothito was in a lot of pain and abanonded the match. Third fall did not go long – Bam Bam beat Nitro, Merucrio beat Bam Bam, and Dragoncito submitted Bam Bam. Bam Bam hurried to the back, but was brought back for an interview.
3) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Valiente b Puma, Sangre Azteca, Virus
Tecnicos took 1/3. Puma went for his springboard frontcracker, slipped and fell, and Maya submitted him.
4) Princesa Blanca b Marcela [lightning]
Good match. Blanca countered Marcela’s top rope move with upraised feet, then submitted her to reverse figure four in 6:37. Blanca made belt motions after the match and indicated she’d like a shot in the post match interview.
5) Fuego & Stuka Jr. b Cancerbero & Raziel [Arena Coliseo TAG]
Tecnicos took fall 1 in usual form. Rudos responded in fall two and trapped Fuego in the tapatia/neckbreaker submission, but Stuka snuck in and covered Raziel. Fuego & Raziel were eliminated at the same time, and Cancerbero was barely able to put away Stuka to even the match. Third fall had a lot of usual match finishes (tecnicos hitting each other on dives, leg hold reversed into small packages) with the guys just kicking on keeping going. Raziel pinned Stuka after a Super Raziel Driver, Fuego cassadora cradled Raziel when Cancerbero walked away too soon, and Fuego and Cancerbero went back and forth before Fuego got the Flashina cradle for the win. Eighth defense for Stuka & Fuego.
6) Mephisto, Negro Casas, Volador Jr. b La Máscara, Máximo, Super Porky
Rudos took 2/3. Mascara beat Volador with a campana, Volador beat Mascara with a backbreaker in the second. Porky tried to sit on Mephisto in the third, but Negro broke it up, and Mephisto gave Porky La Rosa. Maximo went for the kiss, Negro snuck in a foul and pinned him for the win.

That title match was really great. They worked inside the usual CMLL box, but they did everything they could in the box. Stuka & Fuego have held these titles for 4.5 years now, though this was by far the busiest they’ve been defending them (three times.)

I may be reading too much into it, but it did seem like they were starting actually starting a Blanca/Marcela title program. Their match here was good, as was the tercera.

Pierrothito’s injury was ugly. Bam Bam seemed very unhappy about it. It did not look severe enough to keep Pierrothito long term, but he’s surely done for the year and they’ll need to figure a replacement for Tuesday in Puebla. That may be tricky due to the shows they’re running (they’ve publicized 3, but I have no doubt there’s far more smaller shows going on) – maybe one of the Puebla locals works fill in duty.

photo by Black Terry Jr.

CMLL (SUN) 12/23/2012 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@acogdl, Informador]
1) Acertijo & Demonio Rojo b Brillante & El Tapatío
rudos took 2/3.
2) Èvola & Sádico b Idolo & Sky Kid
Rudos took 2/3.
3) Espectrum, In Memoriam, Maléfico b Gallo, Leo, León Blanco
Rudos took 1/3. Espectrum snuck in a foul on Leon Blanco.
4) Máscara Dorada & Titán b Felino & Pólvora
Tecnicos took 2/3. In the third, Titan beat Felino, Polvora beat Titan, and Dorada beat Polvora.
5) Mr. Niebla b Shocker
Shocker was visibly dealing with a left knee injury. Niebla spit at the ref to stop a count, then used a ref bump to foul Shocker.

I believe this is the same knee that’s been bugging Shocker for a while.

SuperLuchas #493 has their 2012 Awards

LuchaMania Monterrey has the results of the Year End Awards.

La Jarochita says she did not expect to win the QPPLC contest, and has not actually signed a contract or found out how much she’ll be paid yet. She’s got local dates for the time being. Jarochita mentions she’s married to Exorcista Jr., who’s also made it to the final but did not win.

Black Terry Jr. has photos of the exoticos.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.