CMLL (MON) 02/17/2014 Arena Puebla [El Popular, Periodico Enfoque, Porra Fresa]
1) Paris, Tigre Rojo, Tigre Rojo Jr. b Artillero, Disturbio, Súper Comando
Rudos took 2/3.
2) Metálico, Metatrón, Robin b Espíritu Maligno, Siki Ozama Jr., Toro Bill Jr.
Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Fuego, Rey Cometa, Sagrado b Kamaitachi, Sangre Azteca, Shigeo Okumura
Tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Rush b Vangellys
Rush took 1/3. Rush Driver for the win. Vangellys was stretchered out.
5) Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas b Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente
Peste Negra took 1/3 when Niebla snuck in a foul on Mistico. Dorada asked for a rematch next week. Mascara Dorada was wearing a #19 Puebla jersey

Mistico win streak ends at 1.

CMLL (TUE) 02/18/2014 Arena Mexico [CMLL]
1) Cholo & Inquisidor b Flyer & Metatrón
2) Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Warrior, Pierrothito b Angelito, Fantasy, Shockercito
Angelito’s debut.
3) Hombre Bala Jr., Súper Halcón Jr., Tritón b Cancerbero, Puma, Raziel
Puma replaced Espiritu Negro.
4) Tiger b Stuka Jr. [lightning]
Tiger replaced Puma.
5) Ephesto, Misterioso Jr., Pierroth b Black Panther, Blue Panther, Cachorro
Ephesto replaced Dragon Rojo. Rudos took 1/3.
6) Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas b La Máscara, Rush, Titán [MEX TRIOS]
Peste Negra take falls 1/3 to become the 37th champions. Negro Casas beat Rush clean with a casita to win. Rush, La Mascara & Titan fall on the second defense.

These trios titles have a lot of random title reigns in their history. Rush, La Mascara and Titan appeared to be champions mostly because they needed a way to get Rush into the Universal tournament and somewhat because didn’t want have a title on Mr. Aguila. Peste Negra winning the trios to seems to be another random idea. They had been pushing the concept of Mr. Niebla teaming with Herodes and Cavernario instead, but that’s the way it goes on CMLL. Both of those ideas have been presented on the same day of the week, so whoever came up with one probably came up with the other. (And possibly didn’t tell whoever’s booking these guys into a world trios title feud in Puebla.)

Somehow, this is the first time Negro Casas has won these trios titles. In the bigger picture, Negro Casas defeating Rush is a clear setup to their hair match.

The Tiger/Puma switch is odd. Maybe Puma isn’t cleared for singles action? Maybe TRT doesn’t work terceras? Not so great for Espiritu Negro to be missing matches this early. Ephesto replacing Dragon Rojo might have made that match salvageable, though that’s still a tall order.

CMLL (TUE) 02/18/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@acogdl]
1) Acertijo & Sádico b El Brillante & El Divino
Rudos took 2/3.
2) Canelo Casas, Demonio Maya, Nosferatu b Dragon Lee, Esfinge, Magnus
Rudos took 1/3.
3) Camorra b Stigma
Camorra pulled Stigma’s mask and beat him in one fall.
4) Gallo, Sagrado, Super Porky b Kamaitachi, Shigeo Okumura, Virus
Tecnicos took 1/3 behind Super Porky splashes.
5) Negro Navarro b Solar I [FLLM MASTER]
Solar came in as champion, but Navarro beat him to win the title.
6) La Sombra & Marco Corleone DQ Euforia & Último Guerrero and Atlantis & Diamante Azul and Rey Bucanero & Terrible
Apparently a four way match and not a tournament. Bucanero & Terrible were DQed for excessive violence on Azul, Euforia beat Azul, and Euforia fouled one of the tecnicos for the DQ.

Weird finishes for the main event. 52MX will usually take Camorra vs Stigma (which is also odd), but maybe they’ll do it differnetly this week.

At yesterday’s press conference, Marisela Peña clarified AAA has two surprise luchadors showing up on Friday’s Gimansio Juan de la Barrera. Marisela’s surprise luchador is different than Dorian’s new Sociedad member. Marisela wouldn’t confirm or deny Sin Cara as one of the surprises. I can’t confirm it and this is only speculation, but my guess is Sin Cara will be there. It’s not clear which surprise is in the Rey de Reyes tournament, or if that is even possibly something else entirely.

Marisela also said TripleMania will take place in Arena Ciudad de Mexico in August. Which means not much is going to happen in AAA Mexico for about five months. (I will die if they do another Consejo/Circus feud for TripleMania.) TripleMania is normally June, but AAA has other projects this year. If AAA/El Rey is going to launch the US promotion sometime in the second half of the year, they’re probably going to be busy setting the stage this summer and everything else gets moved around to make time.

The article does have Marisela saying they’ll run five major events this year, which doesn’t make sense and may have just been a mental typo thinking back to past years. They ran four last year, and they last two were too compressed. Running four different major events just between August and December would mean half of those events wouldn’t be too major. The best case scenario would be AAA running a fifth event in May (an Anniversary show?) as a milestone marker between Rey de Reyes and TripelMania. I don’t think that’s what is actually happening here.

An article on the AAA/Citi Express deal mentions a tour of San Luis Potosi, Merida, Tijuana, Chetumal, Mexico City, Monterrey and Puebla. We know SLP has an AAA taping that hasn’t been officially announced, and Mexico City and Monterrey have been announced. I’d assume that rest of that list are also planned 2014 taping locations.

TV y Novelas in Mexico has an interview with one of Dr. Wagner Jr.’s ex-wifes (not Rossy Moreno) accusing Wagner of abuse of all sorts, as well as refusal to pay support. The money issue is played up more than abuse, which is peculiar. This magazine is known to be sensationalistic and loose with the truth, and it’s surely no coincidence this article came out the day after Wagner was cast on a TV show. Domestic abuse is always inexcusable, but I doubt we’re getting the full or even actual story here.

IWRG returns to midweek shows tonight with a Gym Skyade vs FILL rematch and Super Nova vs Eterno in trios.

If you like strange stipulations, the 03/01 show at Arena Lopez Mateos is the card for you. Matches include a three falls match with different rules for each fall and a match where you can only win by ten count. Main event is Atlantis & Gran Guerrero vs Guerrero Maya Jr. & Ultimo Guerrero.

El Dandy’s retirement match versus Satanico will take place on 04/27 in Arena Lopez Mateos, the first time ChilangaMask has run a show in that venue. Dandy will also appear at the 03/01 Expo Mascaras.

Nelson Fraizer Jr., who wrestled as Mabel, Viscera and other names, passed away yesterday. He worked in Mexico for WWL last year.

Ryu Nakata, who worked in the NOAH front office, also passed away in the last couple of days.

Doradafan has amazingly fast turn around on a 02/16/14 CMLL music video.

Black Terry Jr. has photos of the press conference for the Arena Ichiban show this weekend.

CIMA will be holding a Dragon Gate tryout on 02/26 in Gimnasio Hercules in Mexico City. The fee is 100 Mexican Pesos ($7.50 USD), which is quite a bit cheaper than the NOAH tryout. I’d assume this means a CIMA appearance in IWRG next week.

El Hijo del Santo’s documentary about El Hijo del Santo will premiere in Mexico City next week at the Cineteca Nacional. It will be shown on 02/25 at 6pm and 02/28 at 8:30 pm. There’s more info on the Cineteca’s website.

The Clown Corp talk up their WWL appearances; their opponents will be surprises on each show.

Chessman wants to destroy Blue Demon Jr. because he thinks he’s tarnishing the name.

Terra (CMLL) has an article on the history of Dos Leyendas.

The lucha show in Atlantis last Sunday sounds like it was a good show.

Toryumon says it’s next show is 03/16 in Sala de Armas.

Lineup

CMLL (MON) 02/24/2014 Arena Puebla
1) Águila Egipcia & Black Tiger vs Ares & King Jaguar
2) Astral, Asturiano, Eléctrico vs Pequeño Warrior, Pierrothito, Saurón
3) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Pegasso vs Boby Zavala, Kamaitachi, Shigeo Okumura
4) Dragón Rojo Jr., Rey Escorpión, Shocker vs Blue Panther, Máximo, Rush
5) Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas

First show without a singles match in a while, though it seems like a trios title match coming up on 03/04. Tercera looks good.