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CMLL (FRI) 11/23/2012 Arena Mexico [CMLL]
1) Artillero & Súper Comando b Soberano Jr. & Stigma
2) Ángel Azteca Jr., Pegasso, Starman b Hijo del Signo, Hooligan, Virus
Straight falls, Virus & Hooligan could not get along. Hooligan got the better of the fight this time.
3) Ángel de Oro, Hijo del Fantasma, Rey Cometa DQ Misterioso Jr., Namajague, Shigeo Okumura
tecnicos took 1/3, Namajague fouling Cometa
4) Mr. Águila b Máscara Dorada [lightning]
Mr. Aguila handed Mascara Dorada another loss, beating him in 8:02 with the destoryer.
5) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Super Porky b Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto
tecnicos took 2/3.
6) Atlantis, La Sombra, Shocker b Tama Tonga, Terrible, Tiger
Tecnicos took 1/3.

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Lucha Libre in Japan

11/24 NJPW: Rush [O] & Diamante Azul b Yujiro Takahashi [X] & Masato Tanaka [O]
Yujiro called Rush an exotico before the match. Rush was not happy! Azul & Rush are 2-1, in 2nd, only behind the team they just beat.  They have tag champs Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr. tomorrow.

The AAA luchadors headed to WAVE/Reina de Reinas show this week – Fabi, Sexi Star, Jennifer Blake are in the tournament, while Pimpinela, Fenix and Lolita are in a mixed tag – should be en route to Japan now.

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 11/30/2012 Arena Mexico
1) Leono & Robin vs Apocalipsis & Inquisidor
2) Metálico, Super Halcón Jr., Tigre Blanco vs Artillero, Súper Comando, Taurus
3) Diamante, Rey Cometa, Sagrado vs Puma, Sangre Azteca, Vangelis
4) La Sombra vs Volador Jr.Ángel de OroMephistoLa MáscaraNegro CasasMáscara DoradaOlímpicoDeltaTiger [Copa Jr., semifinal]
5) Atlantis, Shocker, Titán vs Averno, Dragón Rojo Jr., Rey Escorpión

CMLL last ran Copa Junior – a tournament of all second generation wrestlers – in 2010. It was won by Dragon Rojo Jr. (and we were all supposed to forget about him boasting of making in lucha libre without having any family connections.) As in 2010, this looks to be a 3 week, 20 luchador tournament. The odd sized 10 man blocks mean the seeding battle royals are actually important: the final two survivors skip ahead two rounds to face off in the quarterfinals. It also means this is a 15 match night, so prepare for some quick matches.

CMLL says this will be the last tournament of the year. They’d try for more, but there’s only so many months. Block B will be next week, the previously hyped British night. CMLL’s been pushing La Sombra vs Ultimo Guerrero for that show. Past shows with both a singles tournament and a singles main event have not worked out well. The main event usually is disappointingly short but the entire show runs long. I don’t know what they’re going to do.

The final would take place on 12/14. I believe that’s CMLL ‘big match’ for the year end. There should be a major feud in place or a even an announced main event 20 days out, and there’s nothing of the sort going on. The Guerreros vs Escorpion’s group feud has been shuffled to the secondary shows, and gets no more attention then the Tuareg vs Cancebrero feud. Nothing else has been started. CMLL running a tournament because they don’t feel like doing a decent feud ending is the equivalent of AAA throwing a bunch of people in a cage because they don’t feel like doing a feud ending. (It’s up to IWRG to save us from the end of the year doldrums!)

Changing Puma King to Puma is dumb – and note that no one on TV seems to know this change has been made! – but Puma King facing Rey Cometa is never dumb. If Tigre Blanco wrestles in the segunda, it’d be his first match since September.

LLT (SUN) 11/25/2012 Resaurant San Luis, Waukegan, IL
1) Golden Star & Silver Star vs Justice & Tiger Asiatico
2) Nikki St. John vs Melanie Cruie
3) Calo De Angel & Camaleson Seysi vs Blue Infierno & Poison
4) Devil Dogg vs Arc-angel
5) La Calaca & Lobo Blanco vs Slayer & Yakuza
6) 450 Hammet, Caballero Tiger, Flash Metal vs El Infernal, Guerrero del Futuro, Imperio Azteca

GALLI (SUN) 11/25/2012 Arena GALLI, Villa Park, IL
1) Atomico, Golden Dragon, Negrotistico vs Mojo Maqueen, Punisher 747, Rob Michaels
2) Matt Creed & Tommy Heisman vs Dark Scorpion & Traidor
3) Jon Morales & Matt Knicks vs Marshe Rocket & Willie Richardson
4) Ripper vs Gpa
5) Acid Jazz vs Jake ShiningMason Conrad [GALLI WORLD]
6) Bandolero, Noriega, Rey Fuego vs Calvin Bekham, Emperador Azteca, Funebre

Dueling lucha shows this week. Not  sure I’ll make it to either.