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CMLL (FRI) 02/15/2013 Arena Mexico [CMLL]
1) Magnus, Pegasso, Stigma b Bobby Zavala, Disturbio, Taurus
Tecnicos took 2/3, Pegasso winning with a 450 splash.
2) Dalis la Caribeña, Estrellita, Silueta b Amapola, La Comandante, La Seductora
Rudas jumped the tecnicas but got DQed in the first fall, then the tecnicas took the second fall. Straight falls. Estrellita wants a hair match, but Amapola demanded a title match first.
3) Ángel de Oro, Stuka Jr., Valiente DQ Averno, Mephisto, Namajague
Namajague argued with Stuka from the ramp before the match, only for another Namajague to attack Stuka behind. (The first one was Okumura.) Tecnicos took falls 2/3. Namajague fouled Stuka for the DQ. Okumura and Namajague said they’re now ready for an apuesta match, and they and the other rudos destroyed Stuka after the match.
4) Dragón Rojo Jr. b Hijo del Fantasma [lightning]
Dragom Bomb for the win.
5) Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero b Atlantis, La Máscara, Super Porky
Guerreros took 1/3, UG slipping out of the Atlantida and cradling Atlantis for the win.
6) La Sombra b Volador Jr. [Reyes del Aire]
Seconds were Mephisto (and Mije) and La Mascara. Quick opening falls (Sombra double moonsault in 1, Volador backcracker in 2), long third fall with the usual big match kickouts and Mije violence. In the end, Sombra dropkicked Tirantes by mistake, Volador pulled Sombra’s mask, Sombra pulled Volador’s mask, and Sombra cradled Volador for his first Reyes del Aire win. The two made mask match challenges.

La Sombra and Volador Jr. will have their mask match about a week after Octagon and Fuerza Guerrera do. (That’s ‘never’.) It was more about giving people something to talk about instead of the finish.

CMLL is four weeks out from Dos Leyendas, and there’s still no sure bet as to the main event. If I had to assume something right now, I’d guess that Rey Cometa & Stuka vs Namajague & Okumura is the top apuesta match (and maybe semimain) and Amapola vs Estrellita in a hair match is also on the card (about the third match.) And then they’ll draw about 7,000 people. (Dr. Lucha points out that all the loose end feuds could also end up in a cage, though any cage match that includes Sombra and Volador and Atlantis and Ultimo Guerrero and even Mr. Niebla but ends up with Namajague or Stuka losing his mask would not go down well.)

The women’s match and the main event were taped for Fox Sports, which means they’ve flipped the feuds around – Namajague/Stuka is now the Televisa feud, and Amapola/Estrellita is now the Fox Sports one.

Ricky Marvin suffered a concussion in his match with KENTA last night in the Latin American tournament. He managed to post on Twitter about it, so I guess he’s okay.

Mil Mascaras is going to Japan to fight Nosawa on 11/04. Well, sure. It’s being billed as possibly his last ever singles match in Japan.

CMLL Gaceta previews Sunday’s big Invasors vs Bufete title match collision.

Porra Fresa previews Monday’s card.

Estrellas del Ring has an interview with luchadora Cristal and luchador Azazel, as well as a column about the lack of protection for luchadors in light of Astro de Plata’s injury.

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 02/22/2013 Arena Mexico
1) Acero & Aereo vs Demus 3:16 & Mercurio
2) Pegasso, Starman, Tritón vs Hooligan, Nitro, Skándalo
3) Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. vs Misterioso Jr., Namajague, Shigeo Okumura
4) Ángel de Oro, La Sombra, Máscara Dorada vs Mr. Águila, Psicosis, Volador Jr.
5) La Máscara vs Averno [lightning]
6) Marco Corleone, Rush, Shocker vs Mr. Niebla, Terrible, Último Guerrero

No Guerrero/Atlantis and no Estrellita/Amapola, but the entire Cometa/Stuka/Namajague/Okumura crew is back, as well as a sort of Volador/Sombar rematch. Maybe they can also pointlessly tease Niebla vs Shocker.