CMLL (FRI) 01/16 Arena Mexico
1) Metálico & Sombra de Plata vs Camorra & Zayco
2) Dark Angel, Marcela, Sahori vs Amapola, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sujei
3) Máscara Púrpura vs Virus [lightning]
4) Blue Panther, Shocker, Toscano vs Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Villano V
5) Héctor Garza, Mark Corleone, Místico vs Atlantis, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero
6) La Sombra & Volador Jr. vs Averno & Mephisto [CMLL TAG]

Previews: ESTO, El Sol de Cuatutla, Ovaciones hypes the tag team title match, with quotes from the challengers. There’s a note mentioning Averno & Mephisto had 15 defenses in their title run, exactly as much as listed in the wiki, yet still no mention of the wiki. I think I’m being trolled by a major sports daily.

Anyway, as it turns out, at least one of the challengers is returning the title defense:

CMLL (MON) 01/19 Arena Puebla
1) King Jaguar, Super Star, SWAT vs Aguila Guerrera, Ares, Toro Bill Jr.
2) Blue Center, Lestat, Tigre Rojo vs Karisma, Policeman, Toro Bill Sr.
3) Dark Angel, Lluvia, Marcela vs Hiroka, Princesa Sujei, Rosa Negra
4) La Máscara, Místico, Valiente vs Black Warrior, Dragon Rojo Jr., Sangre Azteca
5) La Sombra vs Mephisto [NWA WELTER]

HMMMM. Normally I’d be pretty confident of Sombra defending the title, but CMLL going Sombra -> Mephisto -> Mistico in Japan is not inconceivable. NWA’s a rare kind of title Mistico doesn’t hold, it’d mean more in Mexico, and, if Mistico starts fighting NJPW guys, it’s not a title CMLL would mind losing to another promotion for a long while. The title change is also not likely, but the possibility exists and grows if there’s a title change tonight.

And I guess we should talk about that. Ovaciones is pretty on when it notes this is Sombra and Volador’s big change to prove themselves as top wrestlers, and I think that’s pretty accurate. It’s a rare chance of breaking out of Mistico’s shadow and maybe satisfy those who like his style but want to see something new. I don’t figure on a title change – it feels much too soon – but this could be a pretty memorable match.

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It’s worth noting Mephisto and Averno have only lost the tag team titles to teams with Mistico. Not muc hype for anything else. Guerreros team up against Mistico and friends in the semimain. More Panther/V5 in the fourth. Purpura/Virus could be good. Blanca debuts as an offical ruda, and I wonder if we’ll get the title match with Marcela before the end of the month.

CMLL posted the GDL results. I’m skipping reposting them because there’s not much news in them, but it’s worth noting Neutron’s beat Satanico’s team on Sunday. Since the Gallo feud, Satanico been pretty much constantly putting people over here.

SoloLuchas has interviews with Super Pinocho and Enrique Vera Jr.

Kcidis shows of some Hijo del Faraon designs, now on t-shirts.

LuchaWorld has Robert on AAA 06/17/07 and CMLL 52MX on 07/21/07

Clip: I think I’ve seen enough cooking shows travling to Mexico City for the food that I know I can write the segment by heart. There’s the scene setting shot in the Zocalo, there’s the trip to see some lucha libre (and perhaps try it out), there’s riding the boats on the canal and there’s lot of eating. The difference with this one – No Reservations – is the lucha libre they went to see is AAA, not CMLL. In the clip below, the host travels to Gimansio Latino America and tries to fight Octagon. Finally, Octagon taking no offense is an advantage!