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CMLL (FRI) 01/25/2013 Arena Mexico [CMLL, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Astral, Bam Bam, Último Dragoncito b Mercurio, Pequeño Nitro Universo, Pequeño Olímpico
2) Diamante, Fuego, Tritón b Raziel, Sangre Azteca, Virus
Tecnicos took 1/3, Triton beat Fuego.
3) Estrellita, Luna Mágica, Silueta DQ Amapola, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit
Straight falls, with the rudas getting DQed for excessive violence and shoving the ref in the second.
4) Ephesto, Mephisto, Namajague b Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr.
Namajague and Stuka continued to rip at each other’s masks. Mephisto surprised Maya with a Devil’s Wings for the win.
5) Mr. Niebla b Atlantis [lightning]
Monito and Zacarias fought. Niebla used a ref distraction to foul Atlantis for the win.
6) Mr. Águila, Psicosis, Volador Jr. b La Sombra, Máscara Dorada, Titán
Rudos took 1/3.

Thunder – he’s back to that name now, CMLL is disorganized – appeared before the crowd this week. He’s using the obvious choice of AC/DC’s Thunderstruck as his music. He’s headed to Arena Coliseo Guadalajara on 02/05. It sounded like he was announced for next Friday’s Arena Mexico card last night, but he’s not on the lineup.

Rob has highlights of 05/25/12 CMLL.

Vive Lo Hoy interviews Samuray del Sol about his career.

Hijo del Santo and others took part in cutting the ribbon for a new restaurant in Los Angeles, as part of promotion for an FMLL show today. (FMLL still hasn’t changed the poster that has 40 different guys on it, so no idea who’s

Porra Fresa previews Monday’s Puebla card.

La Parka met with kids from the La Magia de un Deseo foundation.

Proyeccion Luchistica interviews Chik Tormenta.

DJ Spectro has the second part of his bio of Valente Perez.

Part 2 of the Psicosis/Daga webchat.

A big Oficial fan celebrating their win.

Lineup

CMLL (FRI) 02/01/2013 Arena Mexico
1) Sensei & Soberano Jr. vs Camorra & Guerrero Negro Jr.
2) Fuego, Hombre Bala Jr., Super Halcón Jr. vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Nitro, Skándalo
3) Dark Angel, Estrellita, Marcela vs Amapola, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit
4) La Sombra vs La MáscaraTitánHijo del FantasmaRey CometaDeltaStuka Jr.SagradoAvernoEuforiaDragón Rojo Jr.Mr. ÁguilaPólvoraNamajagueFelinoTiger [Reyes del Aire,semifinal]
5) Máximo, Rush, Shocker vs Mephisto, Terrible, Último Guerrero

CMLL said this is the first phase of the Reyes del Aire; we’re assuming that to mean it’s two weeks of ciberneticos and a final.  (CMLL has enough people to do 3 or 4 weeks, but they probably aren’t.) The largest ever field for this tournament means top guys who were kept out of this are back: Sombra hasn’t been in this tournament since 2008 and Volador, who figures to be in next week’s group, hasn’t been in since 2009.  That kind of seems like the most likely final, though I think Titan has a decent shot. We can probably pencil in Namajague & Stuka as the double elimination.

Best guess at next week’s 16
Tecnicos: Mascara Dorada, Angel de Oro, Valiente, Guerrero Maya Jr., Triton, Fuego, Hombre Bala Jr.
Rudos: Volador, Mephisto, Niebla Roja, Rey Escorpion, Puma King, Psicosis, Raziel, Cancerbero

The big question: will Mistico be healthy enough to compete? He’d be the very obvious favorite if he had two working shoulders.

Amapola/Estrellita feud has gone on so long with no title match or other end in sight. A hair match at Dos Leyendas seems reasonable to me now, they have to be stretching this out for some reason.

PdM (SUN) 02/03/2013 Arena Zapata
1) ? vs ??
2) Henry & Konkreto vs Ek Balam & Súper Colt
3) Violento Jack vs Aeroboy [PdM EXTREMO]
4) Fly Metalik, Impulso, Terremoto vs Celestial, Cósmico, Talisman
5) Máscara Año 2000 Jr. & Ricky Marvin vs el Hijo del Perro Aguayo & Psicosis

A Perros del Mal show. Ricky Marvin’s getting around.