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CMLL (TUE) 06/21/2011 Arena Mexico [CMLL, Record]
1) Camaleón & Höruz b Bronco & Ramstein
2) Hooligan, Nitro, Skándalo b Ángel Azteca Jr., Pegasso, Rey Cometa
Rudos took 2/3.
3) Blue Panther, Fuego, Sangre Azteca DQ Dr. X, Ephesto, Felino
Straight falls for the tecnicos. Dr. X pulled Fuego’s mask yet again.
4) Rey Bucanero b Hijo del Fantasma [NWA LH]
Bronco was Rey’s second, Fuego got his mask back and was in Fantasma’s corner. Fantasma won fall 1, Bucanero took fall 2 in quick falls. Fantasma toped Bucanero at least three times in the last fall and went for the Phantom Lariat, but Bucanero evaded and finished him with the Buca Storm. Bucanero takes the vacant title.
5) Ángel de Oro, La Sombra, Strong Man b Mr. Niebla, Rey Escorpion, Shinsuke Nakamura
Strong Man & Oro beat Nakmaura & Escorpion in the third.

The Fantasma Curse is still intact. (Though he can’t be that cursed if he’s getting high profile singles matches.) Bucanero needs to wear that belt in every TV announcing appearance.

Fuego/Dr. X feud in review:
04/19: Dr. X pulls Fuego’s mask for the DQ
05/03: Fuego has Dr. X beat, Dr. X tosses his mask to Fuego to draw the DQ
05/10: Dr. X fouls Fuego for the DQ
05/17: Fuego pins Dr. X clean!
06/07: Dr. X pulls Fuego’s mask for the DQ
06/14: Fuego pulls Dr. X’s mask off in anger for the DQ
06/21: Dr.  X pulls Fuego’s mask for the DQ

7 matches, 6 DQs. They need a super libre match.

Upcoming AAA TV Schedule

06/30: Tizayuca, Hidalgo
07/09: Veracruz, Veracruz
07/16:  Orizaba, Veracruz
07/24: Tulancingo, Hidalgo
07/31: Plaza de Toros, Nuevo Progreso, Guadalajara (Verano de Escandalo)

That’s a quick turnaround for AAA, only 4 weeks of tapings. Judging from the taping dates, my guess is AAA will air one week of TripleMania next weekend.

IWL

(An IWL section!)

IWL held a press conference Tuesday to hype their July 3rd card and talk about some changes with the promotion. The name of the promotion is changing from “Independent Wrestling League” to “International Wrestling League.” As part of being international, their 07/03 card will be broadcast on internet PPV provider Go Fight Live. Record reports they announced a $10 price, but it says $15 on the website.

The card, same as posted previously (but with new guesses on alignments!)

IWL (SUN) 07/03/2011 Deportivo Tlalli, Tlalnepantla, Estado De Mexico
1) Epidemia & Heavy Boy vs Centinela & Quimico Jr.
2) Eterno, Freelance, Tribal vs Cerebro Negro, Cyborg, Veneno
3) Suicida vs Low Rider, Pesadilla [IWL INTERNET]
4) Heddi Karaoui vs Zumbi [brazilian shoot fight]
5) Fantasma de la Ópera, Mad Man Pondo, Zumbido vs Ángel o Demonio, Super Crazy, Tony Rivera

It’s a different card! Main event should turn into a hardcore match, semimain should be MMA style. I’m not interested in either of those styles, but they do at least stand out. There’s matches in the undercard that I might give this a chance if it was $7.50, but there’s a stack of lucha up to my eye that I need to get to before spending $15 on this. (That’s another problem: there is no shortage of lucha libre out there right now.)

July 3rd is going to be a tough date to draw much from the US – dead center of a three day weekend with people getting out for fireworks and festivities. The other concern is simply IWL’s ability to transmit an iPPV; this is their first one, and it’s mostly reliant on the internet connection speeds at Deportivo Tlalli, an unanswerable question until show time.

The Gladiatores has video from the press conference. Low Rider talks about his match.

Other news

Psycho Circus now have a Mini Clown as mascot. He’s the third mascot AAA’s added since the start of the year, plus Guapito is back on TV. In other news, Drago had huge wings at TripleMania. The group has a new facebook page and Twitter.

CMLL in Japan

NJPW 06/22: Jushin Liger, Karl Anderson (O), Giant Bernard b Mascara Dorada (X), Kushida, Hiroshi Tanahashi

Aww. One more match tomorrow (a wacky 10 man tag) and then a flight home.

Links

Lineups

CMLL (MON) 06/27/2011 Arena Puebla
1) Blue Center & Silver vs Centauro de Fuego & Siki Osama
2) Estrella Mágica, Lluvia, Luna Mágica vs Amapola, La Seductora, Mima Shimoda
3) Astral, Bam Bam, Eléctrico vs Demus 3:16, Pequeño Nitro, Pierrothito
4) Ángel de Oro, Delta, Diamante vs Misterioso Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpion
5) La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush vs Averno, Mephisto, Mr. Niebla

They’re getting two years of Mascara/Averno rematches in two weeks.