photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (SUN) 07/14/2013 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), The Gladiatores]
1) Araña de Plata & Fulgore II b Galaxie & Seiya
2) Fulgor I, Imposible, Power Bull b Astro Rey Jr., Golden Magic, Saruman
Match seemed to be a continuation of the new Imposible/Golden Magic feud, but Saruman turned on Golden Magic at the end of the match to give the rudos the win. Rudos beat up Astro and Golden, and Saruman took Golden Magic’s mask.
3) Decnnis, Oficial 911, Scorpio Jr. b Centvrión, Dinamic Black, Veneno
Decnnis beat Dinamic Black, wants a shot at his titles.
4) Fuerza Guerrera, Heddi Karaoui, X-Fly b Dr. Cerebro, Emo Extreme, Toscano
Relatively clean win. Black Terry challenged Fuerza Guerrera to a match, but Terry was jumped by Mascara Ano 2000 Jr. for no obvious reason.
5) Eterno & Súper Nova b Trauma I & Trauma II
Total brawl with mask ripping. FdT snuck in thru a side entrance to attack the Traumas. Trauma II turned it around in the second. Super Nova took a chair shot and the Traumas took his mask (without it being caught), but a fan gave Super Nova a new mask. Trauma I pinned Eterno (with Referee Rosas counting very slow and referee Bestia Negra forcing the third count), then Super Nova beat Trauma I with some obvious help from Eterno (which Rosas ignored.) X-Fly smacked Trauma II with a metal sign and Super Nova fouled him for good measure to win the second fall. Straight falls.

Kind feels like there was a recent booking change here, but I’ve never figured out how booking works here. Attendance was up, a lot in the cheaper seats which may be related to a summer ticket deal.  Saruman does not seem like a natural rudo, but I would’ve said the same thing about Super Nova and he’s doing just fine.

Tonight’s a busy lucha night if you live in the state of Puebla. The traditional Monday night show in Arena Puebla is also a 60th Anniversary celebration with a ten man cage of death. A half hour prior, and 90 minutes to the south east if you take the toll roads, AAA tapes television in Tehuacan.

The AAA TV taping in Tehuacan, Puebla is the first high profile one since TripleMania and headlined by Mesias & Cibernetico vs El Hijo del Perro Aguayo & Psicosis. Cibernetico’s worn his mask on non-AAA TV shows since TripleMania, but I feel that’ll probably end here. It’s a TV show, so they may want to reveal he lived up to the stipulation, and there may be people in charge there who can actually get him to unmask. It’s also about a month to the day where Cibernetico had his head shaved, so he probably has a decent head of hair by now. The semimain is Consejo vs Psycho Circus, where Texano has reminded the clowns that he helped end their undefeated streak and will do worse if they don’t stop talking about him.

Arena Puebla actually has one of it’s least appealing cards in a while; a show with a women’s trios and a semimain with Azul & Pierroth will do that too you. The minis opener and Maximo/Stuka/Titan versus the Revolucionarios could be good, but the show is all on the cage match. The outcomes seem few, but the starpower of CMLL talent is so low that everyone is suspect. (The ability for this cage match to draw is also suspect.) Many of the CMLL regulars (Inquisidor, Robin, Skandalo, Leono, Disturbio) are unlikely to get into a bigger CMLL apuesta match any time unless something changes for them. It would be surprising but not inconceivable for any of them to lose. Pegasso & Stigma seem a bit higher up where they might get a better chance, and Tigre Rojo Jr. is still new enough where his future path shouldn’t be assumed. Older local rudos Espiritu Maligno & Siki Ozama Jr. are the safer bets, because these cage matches have been geared around giving a Puebla luchador a going away present, but they’re not a certainty.

This week’s MLW Radio starts off with a few minutes of AAA discussion. Konnan strongly praises the Angelico, Drago, Jack Evans vs Carta Brava Jr., Eterno and Steve Pain match from Leon (aired on the national show this weekend.) He says AAA’s focusing on the young guys and planning on giving them new characters before they go to the US, so AAA can own everything. Konnan is looking for kids without attitude problems now, so they won’t get ones later. “We don’t want headaches, we don’t want goofballs.” (Good deal.)

Konnan talks about WWL, noting they brought in a lot of guys in that the fans didn’t know. He heard the best matches were the local ones, but they did draw well. Court and Konnan can’t figure how they made money and assume the guy in charge must just have a lot of money. Konnan credits the AAA guys from TripleMania, Mil Mascaras, the Villanos and Bobby Lashley vs Monster Pain (“bigger than life”) as the big deals on the show. Court asked about the manager who looked drunk on TripleMania, and Konnan confirms that’s the owner but says he wasn’t drunk. Konnan sidetracks to complain about people who don’t know Spanish complaining about people running in – Konnan says the announcers are saying it’s no disqualification. “If people are running in, then it’s no disqualification!” (It probably wouldn’t hurt to put up a “SUPER LIBRE!” graphic on the screen and not put it all on your announcers to get the concept over.) Konnan says he liked what the WWL owner did; he didn’t do stuff like a wrestler, but it shouldn’t because he’s not a wrestler. He might have looked sloppy, but he wasn’t drunk “There’s no way he was drunk, there’s no way we’d let him up in the ring.”

Bill has video of 06/16/2013 CMLL.

Cronicas y Leyendas looks back at Ultraman vs Leon Negro and Fishman vs Pegasus Kid.

Lineups

IWRG (THU) 07/18/2013 Arena Naucalpan
1) Kiuby vs Power Bull
2) Freelance & Mr. Leo vs Alan Extreme & Bugambilia
3) Black Terry, Golden Magic, Saruman vs Imposible, Picudo Jr., Spartan
4) Emo Extreme, Extreme Tiger, Veneno vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Danny Casas, Heddi Karaoui
5) Negro Navarro, Trauma I, Trauma II vs Eterno, Súper Nova, X-Fly

Navarro in to even the odds in the main event. Kiuby and Mr. Leo back in the early matches. Tercera probably won’t work out well for Golden Magic.