photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (THU) 02/07/2013 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (flickr)]
1) Saruman & Serpiente de Oro b Apolo Estrada Jr. & Imposible
Apolo Estrada Jr. replaced Jack.
2) Dinamic Black, Golden Magic, Veneno b Danny Casas, Factor, Rayan
3) Carta Brava Jr. b Cerebro Negro
Non-title match, but Carta won in straight falls to win a title match.
4) Canis Lupus b Eterno and Alan Extreme and Fulgore and Centvrión
Canis Lupus won the first ever Five Match Fighter.
5) Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan Jr. b Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro [EdM Trios]
Piratas won the titles, taking falls 2/3. Hijo de Pirata submitted AK-47 and 911 at the same time for the win. 34th champion, Oficals failing on their third defense. All six agreed to a cage match.

This should be airing Sunday night on TVC Deportes (and will be up on their YouTube page sometime later, if it’s the same as last year.) Pirata Morgan is involved in hair matches here and with El Pulpo on his shows, and there’s almost so much hair to bet.

CMLL Guadalajara announced Sombra will replace Thunder on Tuesday,   due to a Thunder muscle strain injury. CMLL announced a substitution due to injury ahead of time! (Probably because it’s Thunder.) This is probably the leg injury Porra Fresa noticed.

Today’s Arena Mexico show is technically by a new Atlantis/Ultimo Guerrero match, but the most interesting match of the show is the second Reyes del Aire cibernetico. The winner will face Sombra next week. To my mind, there are there strong choices:

Volador Jr.: the default pick as Sombra’s rival. CMLL’s done Sombra vs Volador recently, but not on Friday nights. The issue here is Volador’s lost a lot of big singles matches lately, enough that people have picked on it, and it does him no good to come up short again. If he wins tonight, he really has to win the next Friday. (Sort of believe Volador should not even go to the final 2 tonight if he’s not going to win the whole thing; this is a good time for the double elimination.)

Mascara Dorada: CMLL just ran a major rudo vs rudo match (two of ‘em if you count Terrible vs Rush), so maybe they’ll balance it out by having a two tecnicos in the finals of what’s traditionally the tecnico tournament. Sombra and Mascara Dorada have never had a singles match. It’s tough to figure how CMLL feels about Dorada at the moment; he’s in the top mix, but he’s not done a whole lot.

Mephisto: at one point last year, it seemed like a pretty strong bet the 80th Anniversario main event would include a Mistico vs Mephisto mask match, and Mephisto needs some achievements before hand to make that viable. Things have changed a bit and that may no longer be the plan. There’s been no mention of Mistico since FantasitcaMania and it’s not as sure where he fits into CMLL’s long term plans, and Mephisto isn’t going to do without those plans.

This doesn’t include Angel de Oro, who won the last two but seems dropped back in the pack and is dealing with a knee injury. Valiente also has an outside shot for the same reasons as Mascara Dorada, though after this past week I’d put him in the same situation as Volador: he really can’t go the final and lose in another title match. It’s all or nothing.

The show also is scheduled to continue the Namajague vs Stuka feud. There’s still no official word on Namajague’s status (not like CMLL usually gives official word about much of anything), but he might make the match. Cometa & Okumura are also scheduled for the match, and we may see if my hunch about them being involved in the apuesta match turns out or not.

In case you missed the mention in the Lucha Times post, AAA Fusion returned to airing new episodes last night. The episode is here, featuring the semifinals from the WAVE/AAA Reina de Reinas tournament which took place this past December, Sexi Star vs Jennifer Blake and Fabi Apache vs Kaguya (who I’m sure was named Kayuga when she was in Mexico.) The final and the atomicos will air next week.

Al Filo del Ring mentions La Hiedra, a luchadora who has wrestled in Mexico City but is mostly northern Mexico based, is Fishman’s daughter. (Maybe we’ll see a Hiedra vs Lluvia feud.) That recap is of the LMV show is more detailed in terms of the quality of the performers; it mentions the show might have been Fishman’s last and it looked like it really should be.

Arena Coliseo Guadalajara was busy removing it’s old lighting rig and putting up a new one.

El Hijo del Santo has his son write part of his record column, which of course turns into a mediation on the greatness Hijo del Santo (and also El Santo.)

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Rob has highlights of 05/24 & 05/31/2002 CMLL, a couple of really good weeks.

Amo La Lucha Libre has a 48 minute interview with Ricky Marvin.

LuchaMania Monterrey was having a database issue this morning, but they previous posted an interview with their Mejor Luchador of 2012, Rey Hechicero.

Rush is headed to Guatemala on 02/24.

Lineups

ICHIBAN (SAT) 02/16/2013 Bar Red Cat, Mexico City
1) Pegazus vs Mixus, Red Tiger, Fourier, Acrceus, Zurdog, Maquina Infernal, Destino, Psico Kid, Cosmic Delta [Torneo Green Boy]
3rd Torneo Green Boy
2) Antar vs Terremoto, Íkaro, ?, Jorge Kebrada , Dave The Clown, Zertico, Angel del Misterio [ICHIBAN COMPLETO]
vacant title
3) Big Mama vs Black Fury, Crazy Star (F), Ludark Shaitan [ICHIBAN KAWAI]
vacant title. Kawai is their women championship
4) Black Mamba vs Pimpinela Escarlata, Chica Ye-Ye [ICHIBAN OKAMA]
vacant. Okama is their exotico championship

50 percent of the box office will be given to Astro de Plata to help pay for his medical care. Poster says they’ll be taped for AYM Sports.