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CMLL (FRI) 04/22/2011 Arena Mexico [CMLL, Record, Cesar]
1) Demus 3:16 & Pierrothito b Astral & Eléctrico
Rudos took 1 & 3
2) Metro, Sagrado, Sangre Azteca b Shigeo Okumura, Virus, Yoshihashi
Tecnicos won fall 1 & 3. Metro has new white gear.
3) Escorpion b Rey Cometa [Forjando Un Idolo]
Escorpion [3] again pulled his opponent’s mask, but this time got away with it to beat Rey Cometa [3] in 5:53. Ultimo Guerrero yelled at Escorpion again, but Escorpion laughed and did not care because he won this time.
4) Ángel de Oro b Palacio Negro [Forjando Un Idolo]
Palacio Negro submitted Angel de Oro, but Tiger Hispano waved it off, claiming Palacio Negro used an illegal choke. Later, Angel de Oro [6] reversed Palacio Negro’s [3] campana into a mecedora for the win.
5) Blue Panther, La Máscara, La Sombra DQ Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto
Tecnicos won 1 and 3, the last when Averno unmasked La Mascara. Averno told Mascara that was the only way the tecnico could beat him; Averno is to good for Mascara to legally defeat. Mephisto took La Sombra’s mask after the match for good measure.
6) Héctor Garza, Hirooki Goto, Volador Jr. b Atlantis, Dragón Rojo Jr., Último Guerrero
Hirooki Goto won the first fall by pulling off his partner Volador’s mask and tossing it to UG to draw the DQ. Bit of genius there. Goto cleanly beat Guerrero in fall two for a straight fall win. Goto challenged Ultimo to a heavyweight title match, UG accepted, and it’s on for next Friday – which is both Kid’s Day and Arena Mexico Anniversary Day.

I have not heard an specific attendance number, but reports were more than 10,000. Lot of people in for holiday festivities, and it sounded like there were a lot more women in the crowd; not the hardcore rudo fans booing everything.

Forjando un Idolo matches

Perro Aguayo Jr. wrestling on that May 8th show in Cancun is probably not going to actually happen. On his every other week podcast on WrestlingObserver.com, Dr. Lucha said the word backstage at Wednesday’s AAA taping was Perro Jr. really did have the surgery, and really did have something taken out of him (and they knew the next day it wasn’t malignant), but he’s still going to get more medical tests done in Mexico City and he’s not expected to be back in the ring for a couple months. He may appear to do interviews, or even be at ringside for matches, but AAA doesn’t think they can use him in a match until at least TripleMania. Perros might have announced that May 8th date because they’re anxious to prove Perro Jr. doesn’t actually have cancer (and they don’t really have any other in-house stars), but he shouldn’t be expected to do anything at that show.

Also, on that same podcast, Dr. Lucha mentioned AAA found out only this past Tuesday that their show this weekend was going to be truncated to 30 minutes. (Televisa is showing diving coverage instead.) At first, Televisa offered to rip up AAA’s show into a 30 minute slot, but AAA opted for a rerun so they could debut Drago on a normal show. (That might explain why CMLL’s time slot looks so truncated as well. ) Not sure what this means for the US, though we’re unlikely to get any longer version of the show. Galavision is currently showing a 2 hour slot for AAA and a 1 hour for CMLL.

CMLL in NJPW:
04/23: Manabu Nakanishi (O) & Jushin Liger b Mascara Dorada & King Fale (X)
Dorada has yet to take a direct loss or pick up direct win.

I have not seen all of Ras de Lona this week, but they did not have the usual interviews; JCR and Miguel Linares talked about past Anniversary main events for four minutes (focusing on Blue Panther vs Villano V, maybe because they had a lot of footage of that one),  then later Leobrado and Miguel talked about for about four minutes about Ultimo Guerrero vs Villano V, and then again JCR & Miguel about the four way from last March. From the way they edited it, it looked a lot more like a three way – a certain WWE superstar was excluded from the highlights and never actually mentioned by name in talking about that match. That was a bit amazing.

Links

Lineups

CMLL (MON) 04/25/2011 Arena Puebla
1) Asturiano & Stigma vs Fuerza Chicana & Siki Osama
2) Astral, Mascarita Dorada, Último Dragoncito vs Pequeño Universo 2000, Pequeño Warrior, Pierrothito
3) Dragon Lee [0] vs Metal Blanco [1] [Forjando un Idolo]
4) Delta [3] vs Guerrero Maya Jr. [3] [Forjando un Idolo]
5) Rush, Sagrado, Valiente vs Shigeo Okumura, Virus, Yoshihashi
6) Hijo del Fantasma, La Máscara, La Sombra vs Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero
7) Último Guerrero vs Hirooki Goto

UG & Goto have been feuding here too. Two chances at this means at least one should be pretty good.

This is group Charly, who are last in line to have their second group matches and first in line for the thirds. We won’t know what these matches mean until Sunday night, though I have the sneaking suspicion everyone might be tied at 1 win coming in this final day.

CMLL (TUE) 04/26/2011 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Quca vs Templario
2) Höruz & Virgo vs Acertijo & Malefico
3) Goya Kong, Marcela, Silueta vs Amapola, La Comandante, Mima Shimoda
4) Ángel de Oro, Diamante, Dragon Lee vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Ráfaga, Skándalo
5) La Sombra, Rush, Toscano vs Mr. Águila, Olímpico, Psicosis

Lineup from Ticketmaster. Can’t be quite right, unless Silueta is making a long commute.

Ras de Lona said Tuesday Arena Mexico has

3) Fuego vs Magnus [Forjando un Idolo]
4) Polvora vs Angel de Plata [Forjando un Idolo]
5) Stuka, Metal Blanco, Palacio Negro vs Virus, Euforia, Raziel
5) Brazo de Plata, Maximo, Blue Panther vs Terrible, Texano, Rey Bucanero

Edit: Actual lineup

CMLL (TUE) 04/26/2011 Arena Mexico
1) Bengala & Trueno vs Apocalipsis & Zayco
2) Dark Angel, Estrella Mágica, Luna Mágica vs Estrellita, Princesa Blanca, Tiffany
3) Fuego [3] vs Magnus [3] [Forjando un Idolo]
4) Ángel de Plata [0] vs Pólvora [6] [Forjando un Idolo]
5) Metal Blanco, Palacio Negro, Sangre Azteca vs Ephesto, Euforia, Raziel
6) Blue Panther, Máximo, Super Porky vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Texano

Stuka & Virus have other things to do? This is not a Queretaro week.

Main event is a rematch from last week. Next week is likely a Fan Appreciation show; would they rematch Dos Leyendas already?

Obviously, the winner of Fuego and Magnus advance (go Oaxaca!) and Plata & Polvora are playing out the string (barring Plata suddenly getting 2 bonus points, which we’re going to assume is not going happen and not mention as possibility for anyone else, but I wanted you to know I thought about it.)

CMLL (FRI) 04/29/2011 Arena Mexico
1) Pegasso, Sensei, Starman vs Dr. X, Hooligan, Inquisidor
2) Hijo del Fantasma, Sangre Azteca, Valiente vs Misterioso Jr., Shigeo Okumura, Vangelis
3) Puma King [0] vs Hijo del Signo [3] [Forjando un Idolo]
4) Diamante [6] vs Hombre Bala Jr. [3] [Forjando un Idolo]
5) Último Guerrero vs Hirooki Goto [CMLL HEAVY]
6) La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush vs Averno, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas

Kid’s Day & 55th Anniversary Show. They could’ve split those up, they did not, and they’re surely hoping for something well north of the magically 10K number.  Main event should be something. I do not like the rudos odds on this day!

I have a feeling that this Guerrero/Goto might be more playing to the audience, and the Puebla one is going to be better, but we’ll see. I’d be slightly surprised if Goto won, but UG is only a 55/45 favorite – CMLL is unafraid to give a lot to NJPW guys, feeling they’ll get it back later multiplied, and it gets CMLL to their magic number of 16 champions. Goto is gone after this weekend (maybe this show), but a title win means he’s back in a couple months.

Puma King vs Hijo del Signo is the only rudo vs rudo match in the group stage of Forjando un Idolo tournament, and it’s happening on Kid’s Day. Oops. We’d expect Signo & Bala both not to match results (neither has been close on the voting.) I can’t believe Puma is getting out of this with no points, so I’d expect Bala to take the second spot.

That leaves Group Bravo (Palacio vs Escorpion for the last birth) for next Sunday.

IWL (SAT) 05/14/2011 Deportivo Tlalli
1) El Panda, Gatillero, Hijo del Panda vs Payaso Carroña, Payaso Miedo, Payaso Terror
2) Chica Tormenta, Diva Salvaje, León Rojo, Talisman vs Celestial, Centinela, Gaviota, Lolita
3) Obett vs Judas el Traidor, Dinamic Black, Tribal, Pesadilla, Ragde, Eterno, Freelance, Chico Che [#1 Contenders, IWL Internet]
4) Fantasma de la Ópera vs Tony Rivera, Cerebro Negro, Ninja de Fuego, Fishman Jr., Zumbi, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, El Hijo del Medico Asesino, Kung Fu Jr., Ángel o Demonio [cage]
5) Chessman, Extreme Tiger, Silver Cain vs La Roca, Lizmark Jr., Pirata Morgan

La Roca exists again. That’s unfortunate. The poster also lists this show as Lucha Libre ATM, which may be a bit on the nose.