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IWRG (THU) 07/14/2011 Arena Naucalpan [Estrellas del Ring, Mi Lucha Libre (2), Mi Lucha Libre (3), Mi Lucha Libre (4), The Gladiatores]
1) Rolling Boy & Tritón b Alan Extreme & Imposible
Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Golden Magic, Hijo de Black Man, Miss Gaviota b Keshin Black, King Drako, Polifacético
Hijo de Black Man debuted and looked good.
3) Angelico, Centurión, Multifacético b Barba Roja, Hijo de LA Park, Pirata Morgan Jr.
Centurion replaced Pantera, making a rare appearance this high on the card. Tecnicos took in straight falls, Hijo de LA Park losing to Multifacetico. Oficial 911, in a neck brace, ran out to attack him after the match, but Multifacetico nearly gave him a martinete again. Both vowed to win on Sunday.
4) Bestia 666 & Damián 666 b Máscara Año 2000 Jr. & Pantera and Trauma I & Trauma II and Hijo de Pirata Morgan & Pirata Morgan
Pantera replaced Hijo de Mascara Ano 2000. That team was first out, followed by the Traumas (Trauma II replacing Navarro.) Bestia and Damian used a ref distraction to work in a foul and a mask pull on the Morgans for the win. Perros challenged for the IWRG tag titles, but Pirata Sr. challenged them back to an atomicos match (all the Piratas vs Bestia/Damian/Halloween/X-Fly), where the Perros get a title shot if they win.

Multifacetico admits this feud has brought the rudo out of him, but blames it on being ganged up on. He’s going to appeal to the commission to prohibit AK47 and Fierro from being 911’s second, because they’ll just interfere if they’re out there. I’m not totally sure Multifacetico is winning this feud; he’s totally dominated it so far.

Other News

Charly Manson was brought in front of a judge on Wednesday, and could not make bail. He’ll be in jail for the time being, and they’re now saying his sentence could be four to eight years if he’s found guilty.

On yesterday’s Figure Four Daily podcast, Dr. Lucha mentioned Averno’s end date with CMLL now is next Saturday’s Lucha Libre Expo. WWE policy is all incoming wrestlers have to work their already contracted dates, and that one was agreed upon before Averno signed his WWE deal. (This means whatever happens tonight, Averno will be around for one more Friday. Betting it’s not a trios match.) I’m 0-2 on end date predictions so far, hoping this is not 0-3.

The other fascinating factoid from the podcast: the IWL iPPV reached triple digits in buys (“somewhere between 100 and 1000″). That’s obviously a lot more than I figured; it probably doesn’t add a lot to their bottom line, but indicates the market for this sorts of shows are stronger than I figured, or a lot of people will just buy anything with Mad Man Pondo. (Which explains why they’re talking about more US hardcore wrestlers for the next show.)

Tonight’s the first of what are supposed to be regularly scheduled Friday night shows in Arena Coliseo Guadalajara. The show itself is not interesting – this is one of those nights where Volador opposes the Invasors, instead of being on their team for equally random reasons – but it should indicate a change in format here. The local wrestlers have gotten less matches here in the last year, due to a higher emphasis on the national ones, but they are supposed to get Sunday shows all to themselves. It’s not happening this week, though. Running two full CMLL shows every Friday spread across the county makes scheduling a bit tougher.

There happens to be an AAA spot show in the area tonight, though it’s only a few women (and one Histeria) who are actually from AAA and appearing here. The big showdown is in two weeks, when Verano de Escandalo will be taking place cross town the same Friday night. That’s about the length of an average CMLL build, so perhaps tonight’s start date and card was engineered to set up a match or two for that 07/29 show.

The Arena Mexico show is the bigger show of the two this week.  There are two title matches tonight; CMLL last had a two title match in Arena Mexico in last October, where the World trios titles were also on the line. Generacion Dorada defended the titles about the Invasors that time, and I believe the Avenros have just as much a shot as Psicosis’ crew. The Mexican Welterweight match is a bit more up in the air. Polvora has been on a good role versus Valiente and previously in the Forjando un Idolo tournament, but Valiente’s already turned him back in one defense. Valiente’s already challenged Polvora to a mask match should he keep his title, and someone around here ought to start building to an Anniversary match.

I’ll be holding a chat here for that show. It should kick up around 8:30. I’ll try to post the IRC channel info too. Flash-addled users might be able to download an app and log in that way.

Electroshock says the Americans are too chatty for him to be fearful of them, so he’s not worried about Samoa Joe or Anderson (who he notes he beat.) Electroshock also points out a Konnan pattern of luring people in with big promises, then ultimately deceiving them – it’s happened to him, Mesias, Jack and now Zorro. That also sort of explains why AAA seems fine with taking in Zorro after all the evil he’s done – most of them did it too before they got turned on Konnan.

Rob checks out 12/27/10 Puebla.

LuchaWorld links to last week’s Ras de Lona.

Lucha Libre in Japan

07/15 NJPW: 4) MVP (O), Strong Man, Jushin Thunder Liger b Shinsuke Nakamura, Toru Yano, Hector Garza (X)
First pinfall loss for Garza on this tour.

07/15 SMASH: Veneno b Yuji Koto [SMASH Championship Tournament, round of 32] – post match comments sound as if Veneno will be back next month for his next tournament match. There was various wackiness involving Veneno, who seems to have been promoted from being an apostle of God to being God himself, the day before the show.

The NOAH tour with Aero and Jack kicks off Saturday.

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