(photo by CMLL)

CMLL (FRI) 06/08/2012 Arena Mexico [CMLLKaiser Sports]
1) Bengala & Leono b Apocalipsis & Cholo
Bengala replaced Robin. Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Demus 3:16, Pequeño Violencia, Pierrothito b Eléctrico, Pequeño Halcón, Último Dragoncito
Pierrothtio & Violencia were in Boricua gear, and won by defeating Electrico and Halcon respectively.
3) Dark Angel DQ EstrellitaMarcelaLady ApacheDalis la CaribeñaLuna MágicaLady AfroditaAmapolaTiffanyLa Seductora [cibernetico]
Battle royal set the sides as Marcels, Estrellita, Dark Angel, Luna Magica, Seductora vs Amapola, Tiffany, Dalis, Lady Apache and Lady Afrodita. Eliminations went Afrodita (by Seductora), Luna (Dalis), Seductora (Tiffany), Dalis (Estrellita), Tiffany (Marcela), Marcela and Amapola went to a draw (of course) and Lady Apache was DQed for pulling Dark Angel’s hair too much. Apache & Angel were wearing matching gear, but Lady Apache showed some unusual rudo tendencies leading ot the finish. Apache and Angel challenged each other after teh match.
4) Euforia b Diamante [En Busca de un Idolo] VideosOficialesCMLL
After last week’s Tony Salazar related interference, Ultimo Guerrero worked Euforia’s corner and Diamante had both Atlantis & Franco Colombo in his corner. Euforia won with a knee bar in about 6:30. Euforia got a 36 from the judges. Diamante scored 30.
5) Dragon Lee b Titán [En Busca de un Idolo] VideosOficialesCMLL
Dragon Lee beat Titan via leaping armscissors. Dragon Lee got 35 points, Titan earned 37 from the judges.
6) Mr. Águila, Psicosis, Volador Jr. b Atlantis, Black Warrior, Delta
Black Warrior got sick of his partner’s mistakes and turned on them both. The rudos happily welcomed Warrior back home to the rudo side, and Warrior took Atlantis’ and Delta’s masks.
7) Rey Escorpion, Último Guerrero, Yujiro b Marco Corleone, Máximo, Rush
Rudos won, but Escorpion stole the pin on Rush when UG had him finished. Guerrero was not amused, but Escorpion walked off before they could talk.

Black Warrior had said the hair match would be his last as a tecnico. Guess Atlantis & Delta should’ve paid attention! This show, with three happenings besides the tournament, seems like the new programming configuration starting to exert it’s influence. It’s as if the old crew had everything to Rey Escorpion vs Black Warrior figured out and this was the real start of the new crew (though the Sangre Azteca stuff feels as much as someone getting a clean slate as Black Warrior here.) It’s unlikely there will be three angles on every show, but there’s clearly some shuffling going on and this is just the beginning of it.

Then again, this is about the third time Rey Escorpion and Ultimo Guerrero have had problems with each other in the year that they’ve been friends. It’s kind of their deal. And everyone likes to beat Rush, you can’t really get on Rey Escorpion too much for that.

Lady Apache and Dark Angel’s random feud continues to point towards a women’s cage match. Apache on the ruda side would be a first for her as far as I can find. The ruda side is much more loaded the tecnicas already, move Apache would skew things more. It doesn’t feel as much a problem on the men’s side, but Warrior & Sangre moving over probably means Polvora & Virus will be moving down a little bit.

Everyone in this round of En Busca de Un Idolo has 1 win and 1 loss. The point totals are a different thing

133 Titan
107 Euforia
101 Dragon Lee
88 Diamante

That’s before the final poll results, which approximately mirror last week’s numbers and should at least maintain Titan’s lead. Next week’s matches are Titan vs Diamante and Euforia vs Dragon Lee. Even Titan lost, he’d still get thru, and Euforia vs Dragon Lee match is essentially an elimination match, with Euforia sneaking thru on a draw right now due to his polling numbers. Still no sign of Mystery Rudo Trainer, perhaps that’s being saved for the final.

LuchaWorld has Mephisto, Mike Segura, Pierrothito, Texano, and Stuka in top 100.

Lucha Libre in Japan

NJPW 06/09: Angel de Oro did not wrestle, but finished in a five way tie for 3rd after the final day of league play. Putting it in some context..

2012 BOSJ: 3rd (of 9) – Angel de Oro
2011 G1: 7th (of 9) – La Sombra
2011 BOSJ: 5th (of 9) – Mascara Dorada
2010 BOSJ: 6th (of 8) – La Sombra
2006 BOSJ: 6th (of 7) – Sangre Azteca and Fuego (Durango Kid)

You have to go back to Black Tiger III’s 3rd place finish in 2012 (with few competitors) to find a better finish.

Both CMLL teams lost in the first round (semifinals) of today’s REINA Tag Team tournament, the debut show for the renamed REINA X World promotion.

I’m not sure what Mima Shimoda’s status is right now; she went to Japan with the group of luchadoras currently working the REINA shows, then they stripped her of the tag titles when whatever went down with Hotta, and I haven’t seen here mentioned there or in Mexico since. That sequence usually indicates someone quit, but it’d be odd for her to give up her CMLL spot over a part time gig in Japan. Not impossible, just odd.

Links

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 06/15/2012 Arena Mexico
1) Molotov & Starman vs Bobby Zavala & Disturbio
2) Ángel Azteca Jr., Fuego, Pegasso vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Hooligan, Skándalo
3) Dark Angel, Estrellita, Princesa Blanca vs Amapola, Dalis la Caribeña, Lady Apache [Relevos Increíbles]
4) Dragon Lee vs Euforia [En Busca de un Idolo]
5) Titán vs Diamante [En Busca de un Idolo]
6) Black Warrior, Mr. Águila, Volador Jr. vs Ángel de Oro, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr.
7) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Rush vs Rey Escorpion, Último Guerrero, Yujiro

Top 5 matches all play off ongoing stories.