80s Lucha DVD set, disc 1 (part 1)

I’ve had these disc since – October, maybe? And I’m just now getting thru the first, of ten. And these aren’t even the matches I meant to review this week. Everything is going great!

I made larger gifs as an experiment. They turned out large, what an experiment.

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Rey de Reyes, Rush/Casas, Stuka wins title

AAA TV (SUN) 03/16/2014 Plaza de Toros La Monumental, Monterrey, Nuevo León [AAA]
***Rey de Reyes, 2014***
1) Alan Stone, Dinastía, Faby Apache, Pimpinela Escarlata b Mamba, Mini Charly Manson, Sexy Star, Silver King
Alan Stone replaced El Elegido. Pimpi beat Mamba. Sexy Star & Pentagon attack Faby Apache to repeat their challenge from previous TV shows. Pentagon Jr. said he would not rest until AAA finally booked the mixed tag title match.
2) Daga b ArgenisAustralian SuicideSúper Fly [AAA CRUISER]
Daga is champion. Taya got on the show by accompanying Daga. Daga beat Argenis, Super Fly (armbar), and Suicide (top rope Destroyer) in order. Pentagon attacked Suicide after the match, and Drago & Faby Apache ran them off. Faby then challenged Daga to a title match. Daga attacked, Faby got the better of him, and Daga got away. Daga’s 4th defense, first on TV.
3) Chessman b Villano IV [AAA LA]
Villano IV replaced Blue Demon Jr., facing Chessman for the vacant title. Demon appeared in a pre-tape, vacating the title and saying he couldn’t be there due to family issues. He’s the second straight champion to vacant (following LA Park, who was champion when his contract expired.) Match was moved to earlier in the card and was a violent bloody match. Seconds appeared to be Fantasma and Alan Stone. Chessman is the 4th Champion.
4) Steve Pain L FénixCrazy BoyJoe LiderNiño HamburguesaJuventud GuerreraPentagón Jr.Eterno [cage, domed cage, hair, mask]
They had immnese problems setting up the cage; it was 45 minutes between the end of the previous match and the luchadors entering for this one. Ultimo Gladiador replaced Juventued Guerrera (injury, not cleared by doctor.) Order of escape went Gladiador, Hamburguesa (with help from Alan, Argenis, and Suicide), Crazy Boy, Eterno, Joe Lider, Pentagon
5) Angélico & Jack Evans b Hijo del Fantasma & Psicosis and Aerostar & Drago and Demon Rocker & Machine Rocker [AAA TAG]
Angelico, Jack Evans came in as champions. Eliminator order went Fantasma/Psicosis, Aerostar/Drago, Rockers. First defense.
6) Cibernético, Electroshock, Psycho Clown b Jeff Jarrett, Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Texano Jr.
Cibernetico beat Jeff Jarrett with a guitar shot after some Roldan/Karen fightning.
7) La Parka b Zorroel Hijo del Perro AguayoBlack Warrior [Rey de Reyes, final]
Eliminator order went Black Warrior, Zorro and then Perro Junior. Parka’s fifth Rey de Reyes win.

Full post tomorrow.

photo by Alexis Salazar/CMLL

CMLL (SUN) 03/16 Arena México [CMLL, LuchaWorldYahoo! Deportes]
1) Leono & Metálico b Apocalipsis & Espanto Jr.
Tecnicos took 2/3
2) Demus 3:16, Pequeño Warrior, Pierrothito b Astral, Eléctrico, Shockercito
Rudos took 1/3. Warrior got away with a foul on Shockercito (after they both botched a plancha, not the first problem they had in the match.)
3) Blue Panther, Guerrero Maya Jr., Sagrado b Boby Zavala, Puma, Tiger
Tecnicos took 2/3. Sagrado used a new strange finishing move to beat Tiger in a good match, best of the night.
4) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Titán b Ephesto, Pólvora, Rey Escorpión
Tecnicos took 2/3. A lot of Rey Escorpion/Atlantis feuding to set up the trios title.
5) Kráneo, Negro Casas, Niebla Roja b Marco Corleone, Máximo, Rush
Rush fouled Casas for the DQ. Rush briefly went after Casas’ arm after the match. Both exchanged insults in post match promos.
6) Volador Jr. b Ripper
Volador, dressed as The Flash, won falls 1/3 clean, the last with a backcracer. Mostly their previous match. Crowd was not into this one much at all following the Rush/Casas stuff.

None of the H2L videos were shown during the show, except at the very start. Announcers pushed it hard all broadcast though.

The Negro Casas out of H2L situation is not working for anyone but me, a lot like last year’s Anniversary show. I don’t want a triangle match, I want Rush contra Shocker and then Rush contra Negro Casas in full length matches, just like I wanted to see Volador contra Sombra. That works for me. At the same time, the vast majority of people are totally confused as to why this triangle match isn’t happening while Negro Casas is selling no injury and appears to be 100%. CMLL has a reason why this is happening, but has not convinced many this is a valid reason. They’ve done a poor job of telling their own stories, as usual.

CMLL (SUN) 03/16/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@acogdl]
1) Explosivo b El Yaqui
2) Demonio Rojo b El Brillante
3) Idolo & Javier Cruz DQ Espectrum & Exterminador
Exterminador replaced Infierno. Tecnicos took 1/3, the last when Espectrum fouled Cruz Jr.
4) Metatrón, Sky Kid, Smaker b Magnum, Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno
Tecnicos took 1/3.
5) Stuka Jr. b Ráfaga [OCCIDENTE LH]
Stuka took falls 1/3 to win the championship from Rafaga. Stuka challenged Rafaga to a mask vs mask match, but Rafaga would not agree.
6) La Sombra, Rey Cometa, Soberano Jr. b Cavernario, Felino, Herodes Jr.
Tecnicos took 1/3.

Stuka winning is a little bit of surprised; I’d guess that makes it less likely they’re going to do the Stuka/Rafaga mask match, because Rafaga can’t be losing twice in a row (unless he’s just retiring.)

Oficial AK-47 lost his hair to Tony Rivera in IWRG’s Golfo de Guerra. AK-47 only ended up in the final because he and Rivera screwed up trying to trap Terry in the cage and failed, then Tony won another hair match. AK-47 just lost his hair back in January.

Rob highlights of 01/07/14 CMLL

Today’s Super Libre had interviews with Cien Caras, Angel Blanco Jr. and Hijo del Solitario.

Lineups

CMLL (SUN) 03/23/2014 Arena Coliseo
1) Molotov & Sensei vs El Rebelde & Espiritu Negro
2) Fantasy, Shockercito, Último Dragoncito vs Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Warrior
3) Dark Angel, Estrellita, Goya Kong vs Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit, Zeuxis
4) Sagrado vs Virus [lightning]
5) La Sombra, Super Porky, Valiente vs Felino, Olímpico, Ripper
6) Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Máximo vs Averno, Pólvora, Rey Escorpión

CMLL on Terra mentioned the annual Arena Coliseo anniversary show would be on 04/06 (the same night as WWE’s WrestleMania, again.) They probably will run some match of significance. Shockercito and Pequeno Warrior are back facing each other, which should not count as a match of significance. Warrior’s apuesta matches, and there’s been quite a few, have not been good.

Virus singles match alert! Do that match instead. Fans of Sexy Team will be disappointed if the HD in Coliseo isn’t fixed next week. Tecnicos in match five should sweep the rudos, won’t.

Blue Demon & Juice off Rey de Reyes, Mistico explains his abscene, Flamita wins in Japan

Blue Demon will be off tonight’s Rey de Reyes show, with the same unspecified family personal issues which kept him off the WWL shows last week. Demon revealed this in Saturday’s Metro newspaper. AAA hasn’t acknowledged this or explained what they’ll do with the Chessman versus Demon match for the Latin American Championship tonight.

(I guess this means Octagon is not a reliable source of scoops?)

Juventud Guerrera is also off the show; he says the doctors will not permit him to wrestle. AAA hasn’t mentioned this situation either. That makes the cage match 4 on 3, unless they just pull Fenix out of it to do a singles match with Chessman instead.

In other absence news, Mistico la Nueva Era shot down Sin Cara’s (deleted) Twitter message. Sin Cara had briefly alleged Mistico was pulled from the show for being drunk. Mistico responded on Facebook that he was never programmed for the show, the poster on the internet was an error, he doesn’t like the taste of alcohol and he was actually on the beach until 9:15. That’s a pretty good Friday night. and something I translated wrong.

I didn’t believe Sin Cara’s story, but I don’t actually believe this one either. “Typo on the internet” for a full week seems highly unlikely in general. Mistico wasn’t just on the poster, he was also on the preview of the card CMLL press department sent out and they always quietly sneak in any changes to card on that. (I’d guess the posters around the arena had Mistico listed, but I don’t know that for sure.) Mistico was scheduled for this card, he was pulled at some point, we may never know when/why.

Flamita won Dragon Gate’s Open The Brave Gate championship earlier today in Wakayama.

Black Terry Jr. has photos of last night’s AULL show, where it appears Octagon won the main event.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

CMLL promo for Dos Leyendas.

Eric @ Segunda Caida reviews Lucha Azteca 03/08/14.

Hijo de Rey Misterio is coming to Chicago next weekend, and it appears to be the new one.

Cronicas & Leyendas looks back at the recently deceased el Yuma and a preview of Homenaje a Dos Leyendas.

DJ Spectro writes about Espectro.

Atlantis & Mr. Niebla’s Replacement advance to final, Volador/Sombra, H2L

 

photo by Alexis Salazar/CMLL

CMLL (FRI) 03/14/2014 Arena Mexico [CMLL, Terra]
1) Kamaitachi, Raziel, Shigeo Okumura b Pegasso, Starman, Tritón
Rudos took 1/3, the first by DQ when Kamaitachi’s mask accidentally fell off from a Starman snap mare.
2) Dark Angel, Estrellita, Marcela DQ Dalys, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit
Tecnicos took 2/3, both by DQ. Second fall ended by excessive violence. In the third, Dalys beat Estrellita (with a poor scorpion), Marcela beat Dalys clean, and Marcela had Blanca beat but Dalys ran in to attack her.
3) Blue Panther & Diamante Azul b Atlantis, Delta, Marco Corleone, Máscara Dorada, Stuka Jr., Super Porky [natl pi,seeding battle royal]
All tecnico members of their teams (maybe last week was all rudos?)
4) Atlantis & Euforia b Niebla Roja & Stuka Jr. [natl pi, 8f]
Mr. Niebla had originally been announced, but Euforia replaced him.
5) Marco Corleone & Terrible b Máscara Dorada & Mephisto [natl pi, 8f]
6) Blue Panther & Negro Casas b Delta & Mr. Águila [natl pi, 8f]
7) Diamante Azul & Rey Bucanero b Kráneo & Super Porky [natl pi, 8f]
8) Atlantis & Euforia b Marco Corleone & Terrible [natl pi, quarterfinal]
9) Diamante Azul & Rey Bucanero b Blue Panther & Negro Casas [natl pi, quarterfinal]
10) Atlantis & Euforia b Diamante Azul & Rey Bucanero [natl pi, semifinal]
Atlantis & Euforia advance to face Maximo & Rey Escorpion (who appeared on the show to promote the final and to not get along.)
11) Averno, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero b La Sombra, Valiente, Volador Jr.
Ultimo Guerrero was presented with Copa Bobby Bonales before the tournament. Volador replaced Mistico; no reason was given, but this became the first time Sombra & Volador were on the same side after their turn. Rudos took 1/3, the last after Volador kicked Sombra by accident to set up UG’s win. Volador and Sombra agreed to a hair versus mask match, right there right then, but the commissioner told them no.

Where was Mistico? CMLL didn’t bother coming up with a cover story. Injured? Double booked (as he is on Sunday, where’s he advertised for Acapulco & Neza at the same time)? Something else? Sin Cara had a theory: he wrote “Mistico La Nueva Era was drunk” on Twitter, then deleted it. I don’t really trust what Sin Cara says about himself, much less people he doesn’t seem to always like. It’s more interesting Sin Cara would think this was a good thing to put on Twitter, for as brief as it was on there.

Sombra went on social media to declare he never wants to team with Volador again. He won’t, for a whole six days. (Sombra was surprised to find they were teaming again on Friday, which is a bit incredible.)

CMLL apparently decided to just not change their booking of this half of the tournament without Mr. Niebla, basically rewarding Euforia for being the best rudo who wasn’t actually supposed to be in this tournament. Could be worse, and could be a good match, but I think Maximo & Rey Escorpion are strongly favored.

Terra only aired two matches last night, but kept the broadcast up long enough to include Ultimo Guerrero winning Copa Bobby Bonales. It was peculiar to do it at that point, since they’ve done it right before that person’s match in previous years, so they probably just wanted to make sure it aired on the stream. Terra cut off the broadcast the night CMLL honored Oro, so I’m kind of hoping they’ve rethought that policy and don’t just have odd priorities. I’m hoping there’s not a tournament any time soon, because these two match shows are beyond annoying.

Marcela recalls she said she’d retire if she lost her hair to Tiffany, and then says she would not retire if she lost her hair to Dallys. Hmmm.

Estrellita wanted to be a surgeon, and is now taking nursing courses.

Cassandra got started in lucha libre by winning a magazine contest to learn wresting from Blue Demon

The city of Leon has passed a law banning children under 14 from attending bullfighting and cockfighting and may be expanded to cover boxing and lucha libre, though there’s critics of it in it’s current form.

Cronicas Y Leyendas looks back at Aguila Solitaria defeating Fuerza Guerrera.

Lucha Libre In Japan

NOAH has a notice on Super Crazy & Pesadilla’s tryout, saying luchadors who won this tryout will be coming over at the summer at the earliest. Jinzo (Or Vengador Radioactivo or anyone else) are not mentioned by name, but they have some photos.

Lineups

IWRG (WED) 03/19/2014 Arena Naucalpan
1) Látigo vs Zurdog
2) Mini Multifacetico & Mini Rey Cometa vs Oficialito AK-47 & Oficialito Fierro
3) Centvrión, Metaleon, Mr. Leo vs Douki, Freyser, Hanaoka
4) Chico Che, Golden Magic, Veneno vs Broke The Clown, Dave The Clown, Rothen Clown
5) Máscara Púrpura, Relámpago, Súper Nova vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo

Mr. Leo is back from injury with a friend. Minis and Clown Corp make appearances, and the main event has the state trios champions in non-title action.

CMLL (FRI) 03/21/2014 Arena México
1) Stuka Jr., Super Porky, Titán vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
2) La Sombra, Thunder, Volador Jr. vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Negro Casas
3) Atlantis & Euforia vs Máximo & Rey Escorpión [natl pi, final]
4) Marcela vs Dalys [hair]
5) Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente vs Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero
6) Rush vs Shocker [hair]

Unless they make the semimain a trios title match, I have no idea why it’s the semimain event. (Even if they did, a feud that hasn’t really been acknowledged by the promotion probably shouldn’t be ahead of a hair match and an annual tournament that’s probably setting up a hair match itself.) I also have no idea why the useless Thunder is getting a big show spot over dozens of more useful, valuable and deserving people.

Tickets already went on sale for the show, with the highest ticket at 580 pesos ($rr USD) including Ticketmaster charges.

CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-02-22

 

Marcela will dropkick your anywhere

recap

taped 2014-02-14 @ Arena México
Marcela vs Dalys in a lightning match: Marcela figured out the best way to get a good match out of Dalys is to hit her hard at every opportunity. At least that’s what seemed to be happen. Dalys is much more tolerable now that she’s no longer doing her técnico bits, and kept up with Dalys exceedingly well in this match. They fit a lot of action into six minutes and change.

 

I think I’ve got more out of these barricades than CMLL

Soberano Jr. & Volador Jr. vs Cavernario & Mr. Niebla in a CMLL Gran Alternativa Tournament final match: Pretty sure something(s) got screwed up with the third fall finish here, because I can’t believe anyone would think that sequence of events looked good. All I know is Soberano came off like a dummy. Barbaro Cavernario, for all his big win here, seemed surprising like a non factor for most of the matches. He got in a couple big moves and a couple big bumps, but there was a lot going on with Soberano and Mr. Niebla and not really much going on with Volador and Cavernario. Not really much going on with Barbaro and Soberano either. Soberano really had the stand out match of the two and came out looking like a bigger star; Cavernario just got the trophy.

 

caveman powerbombed back to the stone age

Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero: Match was edited to almost nothing. Only the third fall felt like were seeing a match and not highlights, and the total time was not much more than the lightning match. First fall was hilariously edited down to less than 30 seconds. I think the the announcement of the captains lasted longer. The time between falls definitely did. The replay spots at the end of the show also did. Dorada & Valiente’s dives were great there, though I’m surprised they did so much in the third fall if this is the start of the program. Gran Guerrero looks totally lost at times; they’re not doing him a service by putting him in a position he’s clearly not ready for, and he’s exposed every time you Euforia doing much better right there next to him. Euforia’s work on Mistico’s tope con giro into a headscissors was incredible. Really poor job by Babe Richard of being distracted for the finish – he ended up looking right at Ultimo Guerrero as he pulled off Mistico’s mask, then had to pretend he was temporarily blind.

Niebla bringing back the handspring reverse tope

flying death

Mistico suicide flip headscissors

 

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Copa Bobby Bonales, Torneo Incredible de Parajes, lucha libre marathon

Tonight is CMLL’s annual Copa Bobby Bonales. This is not a competition but more like a door prize. Daniel Aceves (or someone) decides in advance which legend should be honored that year and they get a plaque. Previous ‘winners’ are Blue Panther, Negro Casas, and Atlantis and I’d assume it goes to Ultimo Guerrero this year. It’s usually gone to someone in a trios match so they have time to be honored and he’s the most likely guy in the main event, which also includes Gran Guerrero & Averno versus Mistico, Valiente and La Sombra. That may finally set up a trios title match for next week.

The bigger event is the second block of the torneo increible de parajes, which is wide open. Mr. Niebla & Atlantis were the favorites, but Euforia replacing Niebla brings them back to the pack. I favor Negro Casas & Blue Panther to stick together until the final, but there’s a chance for a team like Marco & Terrible to sneak thru.

CMLL preview of the show includes a quote from the recent press conference to explain why Negro Casas can be in this match but not in the main event next week: he said he’d could return to the ring in a week or two, but he it’d be longer until he’s full strength and one must be at full strength to deal with the likes of Shocker and Rush.

The Terra preview for the show lists the tournament as airing, but that wasn’t the case last week and shouldn’t be expected to happen this week. (CMLL.com’s new set up has proven to be incapable of updating during tournaments, so you probably should just tune out for a couple hours after the broadcast goes dead.) Remember, if you switched your clocks this week, the broadcast starts an hour later. It’s a 9:30pm bell time here in the US Central Daylight Savings Time, but 8:30 pm local in Mexico City.

A Request: Can anyone record/send the CMLL Fox and C3 shows this weekend? Or point me towards usable streams I can record off of myself?

The Fox show should air on Azteca America next week, but there’s always the chance they wedge in the main event trios on Fox and cut it out when it comes to the US. I looked around for feeds last night and founds feeds for Fox Deportes (US) and Fox Sports South America, but none for Fox Sports Mexico proper. C3 does have a Ciudad Juarez feed, but that always acts strangely during this month of differing daylight savings time and it’s unlikely CMLL will air as normal. CadenaTres actually has what appears to be a live stream on their website. It’s blocked in the US, but maybe that’s just the Flash player and if I could get to the video stream itself it wouldn’t be blocked (but maybe they don’t even leave it on during CMLL?) Otherwise, their YouTube site may upload a couple of matches, but otherwise we’re probably out of luck.

We’re also going to be missing the AAA show this week, but AAA puts it up themselves (and repeats it next week) so it’s not as much an issue. I’d like to have it, but we’ll get it eventually.

Opening line to this AAA press release, translated: “In recent months, the AAA Fusion Champion Fenix has become a vital part of AAA programming.” Stop trolling. He’s so vital, he’s thrown in a cage match that has absolutely nothing to do with him. Anyway, he plans on giving his all and not losing his mask. You know, they’re using the domed cage because they have the domed cage so they need to find a way to wedge it once a year, but that also means a guy like Fenix can’t really do the usual big dive from the top OF the cage because there’s a top ON the cage. So he’ll probably do it even farther to the floor, they’ll show it maybe for two weeks, and then never ever again. I’m so fired up for Rey de Reyes, you can tell.

Rob has highlights of 01/03/2014 CMLL (Titan vs Virus).

LuchaWorld reviews this week’s Tercera Caida.

Doradafan has a new Soberano music video.

Ohtani’s Jacket has a review of the Perro Aguayo vs Sangre Chicana vs El Faraon vs Villano III, three posts on 90′s Lucha and a lot on Lizmark.

NFL football players visited Arena Mexico on Tuesday. CMLL thinks they’re such a big deal that they forgot to mention their names.

Hijo del Santo writes a column about riding the Mexico City subway. It was so loud, he couldn’t read a book! (This is a man writing about the giant bubble he lives in, more or less.)

Win a Monster Pain autographed mask. For some reason.

Arena el Jaguar has Dulce Kanela vs Lady Maravilla in a hair vs mask match the same night as Rey de Reyes (though you could probably make at least part of both?)

Lineups

CMLL (MON) 03/17/2014 Arena Puebla
1) Meyer & Paris vs Akrón & El Rebelde
2) Asturiano, Leono, Robin vs Blue Center, Espíritu Maligno, King Jaguar
3) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stigma vs Kamaitachi, Puma, Tiger
4) Diamante Azul, Titán, Valiente vs Euforia, Kráneo, Ripper
5) Atlantis, Máscara Dorada, Volador Jr. vs Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto

This is good looking card for matches. Main event is a rematch from last week – might be setting up a Volador title match.

eMdlLL (SAT) 04/05/2014 Expo Reforma, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal
1) Dinastia Imperial Trainees vs Dinastia Alvarado Trainees
  participants not listed
2) Lola Gonzalez, Reyna Gallegos, Vicky Carranza vs Lady Apache, Rossy Moreno, Tania
3) Coco Azul, Coco Rojo, Coco Verde vs Cuchillo, Kahoz, Rambo
4) La Máscara, Máscara Sagrada, Volador Jr. vs Scorpio Jr., Vangellys, Zumbido
main event of show 1
5) ? vs ??
listed as Exhibicion Lucha Japonesa – Hamada trainees?
6) Ayako Hamada, Big Mama, Yuca vs Black Fury, Marcela, Paloma Rouse
7) Blue Panther, Máximo, Super Porky vs Anteus, Negro Navarro, Pierroth
8) Averno, Blue Demon Jr., Gran Hamada vs Canek, Shigeo Okumura, Villano IV
main event of show 2
9) Marabunta, Marabunta Jr., Roy Reyes vs Gallego, Rocky Santana, Romano Garcia
10) El Falcón, el Halcon, Super Brazo vs Arafath, El Guerrero, Scorpio Jr.
11) Kendo, Solar I, Super Astro vs Felino, Heavy Metal, Negro Casas
12) Brazo de Oro & Brazo de Plata vs Villano III & Villano IV and Black Terry & Shu el Guerrero
listed as Brazos vs Villanos vs Temearios in a tag tournament; main event of show 3
13) Arkangel Trainees vs Villano Traines, Dianamita Trainees
14) Aguila Solitaria, Aristóteles, Pantera vs Cesar Dantes, El Gladiador, Jaque Mate
15) Arkángel de la Muerte, Cachorro Mendoza, Gran Cochisse vs Espectro Jr., Pirata Morgan, Satánico
16) Rayo de Jalisco Jr. & Universo 2000 vs Máscara Año 2000 & Mr. Niebla [Relevos Increíbles]
main event of show 4

eMdlLL (SUN) 04/06/2014 Expo Reforma, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal
1) Black Terry Trainees vs Villanos Trainees
2) Ayako Hamada, Big Mama, Yuca vs Black Fury, Marcela, Paloma Rouse
3) Batman, Súper Muñeco, Súper Pinocho vs Coco Azul, Coco Rojo, Coco Verde
4) Cachorro Mendoza, Máscara Sagrada, Volador Jr. vs Máscara Año 2000, Mr. Niebla, Universo 2000
main event of show 1
5) Dinastia Alvarado vs Escuela Dinamita
6) Anteus, El Falcón, El Halcon, Super Brazo vs El Guerrero, Scorpio Jr., Vangellys, Zumbido
7) La Máscara, Máximo, Super Porky vs Felino, Heavy Metal, Negro Casas
8) Brazo de Oro & Brazo de Plata vs Kahoz & Rambo and Black Terry & Shu el Guerrero
Listed as Los Brazos vs Los Temearios vs Kahoz & Rambo, guessing on names. Main event of show 2.
9) Stukita & Último Dragoncito vs El Panterita & Zafiro (IWRG)
10) Aramis (Alvarado), Goya Kong, Muñeca De Plata vs Amapola, Estrellita, Tiffany
11) Aguila Solitaria, Aristóteles, Cesar Dantes, Pantera vs Arkángel de la Muerte, El Gladiador, Fuerza Guerrera, Jaque Mate
12) Gran Cochisse, Rayo de Jalisco Jr., Villano III vs Espectro Jr., Pirata Morgan, Satánico
Main event of show 3.
13) Lady Apache, Rossy Moreno, Tania vs Lola Gonzalez, Reyna Gallegos, Vicky Carranza
14) Blue Panther & Solar I vs Negro Navarro & Super Astro
15) Gallego vs Romano Garcia, Rocky Santana, Marabunta [hair]
16) Canek & Gran Hamada vs Blue Demon Jr. & Villano IV
Main event of show 4.

These cards are insane. They’re listed as 4 separate shows each day (starting at 1). They’re all one after another with not much time for an intermission, and all apparently on a single admission. I’m just listing them as single shows. Interesting to see Heavy Metal on a show with CMLL luchadors. Maybe his profile needs to be removed? (Or maybe it’s an upset if half these matches happen as listed.) There’s also the hall of fame dinner on 04/02.

CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-02-22

 

Pequeno Nitro spears the post

recap

taped 2014-02-18 @ Arena México
Angelito, Fantasy, Shockercito vs Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Warrior, Pierrothito: Better minis match than usual. They got a little more time and Shockercito was really good. Pierrothito worked well with him – their exchange in the first fall was fun – but Shockercito was also just moving a hundred kilometers an hour. Angelito started off rough (and started off with Pequeño Black Warrior) and did get better, but I didn’t come off from match 1 that interested him. He can do some of the highspots other people can do but he’s not bringing anything different than what those other guys already do, unless he plans on taking crazy bumps on Nitro’s backcracker every week. (Probably shouldn’t be wearing a t-shirt in your debut either.) I have no memory of Fantasy in this match. A lot of spots here teasing dives and getting them cut off; they did as good as job as they could, but they really need to think about giving more freedom to the minis.

 

welcome to CMLL, Angelito

Hombre Bala Jr., Súper Halcón Jr., Tritón vs Cancerbero, Puma, Raziel: There was a match here, but I was totally distracted by trying to figure out what was going on with super Halcon’s mask. The partially open back does not work for him. All three rudos are usually good for fun double teams, but they stuck to holding and hitting, taking it down from what had been a pretty good first two falls. They picked it up for a pretty chaotic end game, but they had lost the crowd a bit by then. Halcon and Bala added their usual bit of insanity and the Triton/Puma sections were fun. There’s nothing smaller that the CMLL crowd hoots about more than not putting a guy on the top of the turnbuckles. I’m not sure why.

 

rudos have started to figure out Hombre Bala

Black Panther, Blue Panther, Cachorro vs Ephesto, Misterioso Jr., Pierroth: It was a remote possibility this match would be any good given the rudo side and it was not any good. It did add evidence that Black Panther and Cachorro are not just illusions created by Tiger & Puma but really promising young guys. There’s still getting the timing down and getting used to dealing when things go wrong, but they do feel different and you can see how they might have great matches down the road. Misterioso setting up Black Panther on the outside was a nice workaround to set up Ephesto’s usual counter tope. Pierroth remains horrible.

 

Casas vs Rush

La Máscara, Rush, Titán vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas for the Mexican National Trios Championship: Underwhelming for a title match. Kind of underwhelming for a normal match, to be honest. Rush and Negro Casas were up to their usual stuff, but it didn’t feel like anyone else was up with them. Felino and Titan didn’t mix well, Niebla did a little more than usual, and Mascara did not. Everyone stuck 95% with their rival, which meant little team matches and little interesting combinations – this was really routine. Finish came on the first serious near fall of the match and way sooner than people expected; it took longer for the title change to sink it because no one was ready for it. Crowd was still happy to get the unexpected trios title change but it’s one of the weaker matches for these titles in quite some time; it’s definitely not awful, but not worth your time.

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03/14-16 lucha times

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== AAA ==

AAA-Televisa: Listed as starting 15 minutes early, and should have most (or all!) from the Irapuato show.

== CMLL ==

FOX: Parajes Increíbles, Block A

52MX: Volador/Reaper trios, probably the set up to Artillero/Super Comando vs Sky Kid/Smaker titlte match.

C3: Mephisto vs La Mascara

TVC Deportes (Puebla): Peste Negra (kind of) versus Estetas del Aire. Currently listed as 9pm (10 pm US) CT

Lucha Azteca: Guerreros vs Estetas in a good match.

Terra Friday: Bottom two matches, which actually look good – Cadets vs Fiebre Raziel and Marcela/Dalys build

Terra Sunday: Volador vs Ripper.

== Other ==

IWRG-AYM Sports: I don’t even know. I’m pretty sure they aired the Wednesday show (with Skayde/Terry match) on AYM and the Sunday show on LAS, so theyr’e not even consistent on their own networks at the same time. They’ve also been airing six week old baseball games for the 20th time instead of the midweek airs of lucha libre, so it’s not really priority here.

Noches de Coliseo: ???? Maybe more of the huge tag team tournament which won’t possibly end well.

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CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-02-22

 

Mistico tope con giro

recap

taped 2014-02-11 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Stigma, Stuka Jr., Tritón vs Boby Zavala, Camorra, Sangre Azteca: Much more a 3 versus 3 match than Stigma & Camorra feuding, though they still went with the feud in the end. Camorra was better than last week in that I didn’t notice him much at all; best for the match, probably not great for getting me to care about this match. This was a shorter match without a lot of individual highlights but Triton’s usual dive in the third floor looked great.

SUPER Polvora Driver

taped 2014-02-16 @ Arena México
Pólvora vs Mistico for the CMLL World Welterweight Championship: Fine enough match, significantly better than I thought it would be after the previous week’s disaster finish, and proof of Polvora’s magical singles matches powers, but not something particularly memorable. Crowd wasn’t as into the match as they have been for the Titan singles matches or the Volador ones. They’ve really cut down with this Místico is allowed to do – headscissors, armdrags, cradles and dives. It wears a bit thin on longer matches, which they tried to fix by editing down this match. I didn’t see the live version, but the edits seemed mostly speeding up the match by removing the rest breaks and not taking out action. Not sure why they kept going to a crowd hot of people chanting for Pólvora for that, though.

 

knockout punch

Marco Corleone, Super Porky, Volador Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Kráneo, Mr. Águila: Of course they didn’t edit out the finish. Of course they showed many replays. CMLL TV editing is not so great at making their luchadors look like stars. They did show Marco talking about in the post match interview, and Porky and Volador recovered for it quickly. Rest of the match was an easy half comedy match that seemed to amuse the crowd and was nothing much to write about. Marco’s punch on Aguila (and Aguila’s spin sell of it) looked great.

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IWRG defeats Skayde, WWL return date, AAA US

photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (WED) 03/12/2014 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), Estrellas del Ring, IWRG, The Gladiatores]
1) Matrix Jr. b Látigo
2) Hijo De La Bestia & Zurdog b Ángel Del Amor & Hip Hop Man
3) Centvrión & Chico Che b Rayan & Spartan
4) Black Terry, Dragón Celestial, Emperador Azteca, Fulgor, Imposible, Sky Ángel b Aztlán, Cheyene, Jorge Kebrada, Kanon, Skayde, Vortize [Copa High Power]
Gym FILL vs Gym Skayde. Rematch of a rematch. Winner faces Gym Tony Rivera. Terry submitted Skayde for the final fall when Fulgor provided a distraction, so the home team wins the feud.
5) Súper Nova, Toscano, Veneno b Danny Casas, Eterno, X-Fly
Tecnicos took 2/3.

That’s the finish I wanted for this feud. Wednesday show have yet to catch on with the fans, but it’s not like Thursday shows were doing much better.

WWL’s recap of Sunday’s show alludes to a return to Mexico in May.

Forbes Mexico has a story about the plans for merchandising AAA in the US. (They definitely should do that!) It’s like on new details outside of a hard to understand “we’ve invested 20 million dollars of contracts” mention. You know, if they’re only going to focus on a few people at first and slowly get to the whole roster, why do they have someone “redesigning and modernizing 250 characters”? Seems like a waste of time to be working on an updated Espantapájaros III. This is the kind of things I start to think about when I read the same canned blurbs for the 50th time.

Last night’s Tercera Caida had Black Warrior as in studio guest. He talked more after the cameras, including his thoughts about the new Black Panther.

ChilangaMask announced Black Terry versus Aeroboy for their April 27th show. Tercera Caida has aired promos with Silueta, Zeuxis and Estrella Explosiva (from Guadalajara) challenging for matches over the last month or so. Those promos are context-less and haven’t hinted where the matches would be happening, but it seems like the sort of thing ChilangaMask would orchestrate (but I don’t know for sure.) Maybe for that 04/27 show, with plenty of time to add luchadoras. They also announced Los Traumas and Impulso & Belial for their May western tour.

In his weekly column, Octagon says the real reason Blue Demon Jr. missed the WWL shows was AAA pulled him from the shows. Definitely possible, but Demon did seem to miss the AAA show too.

Adam Pearce says he’s not on that 03/28 Tijuana show (poster here), which means that whole weird show is a question mark.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Zorro and Sexy Star attacked La Parka at the AAA press conference and took his mask.

Nino Hamburguesa says he’s up to the challenge of Sunday’s card match.

Hijo del Pirata Morgan still wants a hair match with Ray Mendoza Jr.

Iron Love is teaching kickboxing.

Interview with new SLP trio Perros Locos.

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