indy (SUN) 01/01/2012 Arena Neza [Black Terry Jr. (flickr), Estrellas del Ring]
1) Guerrero Mixteco, Mr. Leo, Turbo b Black Thunder, Comando Negro, Súper Colt
Mixteco and Comando Negro are feuding.
2) Negro Navarro, Trauma I, Trauma II b Black Terry, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Skayde Part 1 Part 2 Part 3
Excellent match.
3) Neza Kid & Súper Nova b Dr. Cerebro & Vampiro Metálico [hair]
billed as two masks vs two hairs, and the two hairs lost. Bloody match. Vampiro Metalico ended up in a neck brace.
4) El Hijo del Solitario, Gran Markus Jr., Villano IV b Blue Demon Jr., El Hijo de Aníbal, Pirata Morgan
Gran Markus Jr. replaced Texano. Teams were slightly changed as well. V4 and Demon are teasing a mask match.
5) Angel Blanco Jr. b El Hijo Del Santo [WWA WELTER]
Solitario was Blanco’s second again, this time directly helping Angel Blanco keep the title.

PdM (SUN) 01/01/2012 Arena Lopez Mateos [The Gladiatores]
1) Alan Extreme & Ek Balam b Fresero Jr. & Garra de Aguila
2) Cósmico & Golden Magic b Mini Talisman & Tritón (IWRG)
3) Celestial & Mr. Aguilita b Dinastía & Freelance
feuding minis randomly teamed together for the win.
4) Súper Nova b Pesadilla, Peligro [PdM LH]
Pesdailla and Peligro worked together, then stopped working together, then Super Nova beat them to keep the title.
5) X-Fly b Violento Jack, Aeroboy [PdM EXTREME]
X-Fly kept his title over these two again. Aeroboy took the pin. Violento Jack asked for a one on one title shot next time. X-Fly talked off the best of the Perros vs the best of DTU, but Violento Jack said he doesn’t really care about that and just wants the title shot.
6) el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Halloween, Head Hunter I b Texano, Toscano, Zumbi
surprise Perro Head Hunter splashed Zumbi from the top rope for the win.

If ever there was a sign there were too many shows on New Year’s Day, it’s Estrellas del Ring and The Gladiatores posting each other’s reacps, because there was no way they could each cover them all.

No recap from Puebla, but La Mascara kept his NWA Middleweight Championship over Volador Jr. via campana.

IWRG Schedule

IWRG has a poster listing it’s major show for every month this year. Not recommended you expect this to 100% happen, but the plans are

January: El Protector – featuring new stars
February: Guerra de Sexos – cage match featuring men/women
March: Rebelion de Los Juniors – Juniors tournament/title match (currently held by Trauma I)
April: Guerra del Golfo – three cage match loser advance tournament
May: Rey del Ring
June: Legado Final – father/son tournament
July: Festival de la Mascaras – old wrestlers get to wear their masks for one night
August: La Gran Cruzada – #1 contender to Rey del Ring (not sure how this is different than the tournament)
September: Ruleta de la Muerte
October: Guerra Revolucionaria – lumberjack strap match
November: Castillo del Terror – 10 man mask match
December: 50th Anniversary of Lucha Libre in Mexico State, 35th Anniverasry of Arena Naucalpan

Other News

Today’s Arena Mexico show has Angel de Oro vs Dragon Rojo for Dragon Rojo’s CMLL Middleweight championship. Ultimo Guerrero is still back in la Laguna, so Dragon will have to come up with another way to win a title match.

Niurka explains her leg hurt and she was hanging out with her family on New Year’s Eve and she was only going to make an appearance and not wrestle, so no one should be mad about her not showing up at all.

Rob has highlights of 06/22/10 CMLL, 01/25/11 CMLL and 01/28/11 CMLL.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Lucha Libre In…Elsewhere

AJPW 01/03: Ozz [O] & Cuervo b Seiya Sanada & Kai [X] [AJPW TAG]

They won again! This time, it took a chair shot to set up the Ozz Driver, but a win’s a win. Kenzo Suzuki turned up to ask for the next shot with Kaz Hayashi.

Valiente, Atlantis, and Mascara Dorada all made it to the NJPW press conference. Appears all three made statements to the press without tearing an ankle or breaking a neck. No word on Valiente’s gear. The Toyko Dome show is tomorrow (but late tonight if you’re in this hemisphere), and the FantasticMania lineups should be out in the next few days.

Lluvia drops that she’s the next CMLL luchadora to head to Japan in this interview with El Universal. If I’m understanding the interview correctly, she’s heading out tomorrow and will be gone for three months. She mentions she’d like to challenge Ayumi for the CMLL single’s title while she’s there and come home double champion.

APC, the France-based promotion Sangre Azteca has visited a few times and is currently champion of, announced he’ll be back from July 2nd to July 11th. He’s hosting a training session thru those dates, which must be registered for by February 1st. Information is up on their facebook page.

Links

Lineups

IWRG (THU) 01/05/2012 Arena Naucalpan
1) ? vs ??
2) Aguilita Solitaria, Bracito de Oro, Mini Super Brazo vs Chucky, Mini Espectro de Ultratumba, Mini Mascara Ano 2000
3) Centurión, Dinamic Black, Tritón vs Alan Extreme, Carta Brava Jr., Imposible
4) Chico Che, Golden Magic, Multifacético vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Canis Lupus, Eterno
5) Monster Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Cien Caras Jr., Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Máscara Año 2000 Jr.

Minis in for the 3 Kings day show. Kids get in free with an adult.

Angelico is back on the 8th. Prepare as necessary. (By amazing coincidence, Veneno’s back the same day.)

(via Box Y Lucha 3057)

CMLL (SUN) 01/08/2012 Arena Mexico
1) Bengala & Robin vs Cholo & Zayco
2) Metálico, Molotov, Sensei vs Apocalipsis, Hijo del Signo, Hooligan
3) Dragon Lee, Fuego, Sangre Azteca vs Misterioso Jr., Vangelis, Virus
4) Hijo del Fantasma, Super Porky, Valiente vs Kraneo, Morphosis, Shigeo Okumura
5) Blue Panther, La Máscara, La Sombra vs Averno, Mephisto, Volador Jr.

This is the big news of the day, squirreled away in a lineup. Kraneo & Morphosis are new names here, though not totally new. On Facebook – I think La Catedral’s Facebook account, where all the good stuff is found – the rumor is Kraneo is Alebrije (an identity he used prior to joining AAA) and Morphosis is Psicosis. There is an interview introducing Morphosis in Box Y Lucha 3057, though I have not seen it. “Alebrije” has no known future matches, but Psicosis is booked tonight in Guadalajara and that might be the conformation (if anyone writes abou ti.t)

It had always been expected CMLL would have the Invasors (most specifically Psicosis) lose their masks if they were to lose the rights to the identities. If these are changes, perhaps plans have changed or events moved more suddenly than anyone was expecting. No sign of Cuije, which is concerning, but there’s no way he’s going anywhere. We’d expect for Histeria to also be given a new name (and like the rest surely are, a name he’d own even if he parts with CMLL), but he only had 4 CMLL DF matches all last year, in May and June. He’s occasionally popped up in GDL (last Tuesday) & Puebla as an injury fill in, but it may not be worth the effort if he’s not actually going to be around.

It got lost in Valiente’s injury, but they seemed to be setting up a Volador/Mascara match here.

Update: I forgot – I’ve seen that Box y Lucha! The picture over there actually looks more like Ephesto than Psicosis. Psicosis also has chain tattoos around his upper arms, which aren’t visible there. The accompanying interview definitely says this is an existing luchador being morphed into a new identity, but I’m not so sure it’s Psicosis now. It’s not him in the picture. (Perhaps it’s Histeria? He does not have arm tattoos…)

CMLL (SUN) 01/08/2012 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Alteño vs In Memoriam
2) Brillante & Javier Cruz vs Ángel del Mal & Metalik
3) Esfinge & Leo vs Evola & Exterminador
4) Triton vs Mr. Águila
5) Atlantis & Titán vs Rey Bucanero & Tiger

Semimain set up by the random run-in last week. Should be an interesting match.

Main event is another sign they’ve just given up on every part of this Titan/Triton/Metro vs Atlantida idea except for the names.

PdM (SUN) 01/01/2012 Arena Lopez Mateos [The Gladiatores]
1) Alan Extreme & Ek Balam b Fresero Jr. & Garra de Aguila
2) Cósmico & Golden Magic b Mini Talisman & Tritón (IWRG)
3) Celestial & Mr. Aguilita b Dinastía & Freelance
4) Súper Nova b Pesadilla, Peligro [PdM LH]
Pesdailla and Peligro worked together, then stopped working together, then Super Nova beat them to keep the title.
5) X-Fly b Violento Jack, Aeroboy [PdM EXTREME]
X-Fly kept his title over these two again. Aeroboy took the pin. Violento Jack asked for a one on one title shot next time. X-Fly talked off the best of the Perros vs the best of DTU, but Violento Jack said he doesn’t really care about that and just wants the title shot.
6) el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Halloween, Head Hunter I b Texano, Toscano, Zumbi
surprise Perro Head Hunter splashed Zumbi from the top rope for the win.

indy () 01/02 Arena Aficion*
1) Solitario Jr., Henry vs Gran Markus, Cerebro Negro
2) Chico Che, The Big Boy vs Fantasma de la Ópera, Stell Rock
3) Niño de Ébano vs The Miners
4) Hombre Lobo, Alma Latina vs Nocturno, Belém Belém
4) Morfina vs Aero Extreme