01/31-02/02 lucha times

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== AAA ==

AAA-Televisa: Guerrero Negro show, which should air complete. The 90 minute slot seems to be the new regular deal, or at least it is until the next new regular deal, but a nice sign for AAA.

== CMLL ==

FOX: Shocker’s turn, Estetas vs Guerrero, Reapper, Roja

52MX: Casas Family vs Reyes del Atlantida in a strong match, Estetas vs Revolucionarios

C3: Titan vs Virus

TVC Deportes (Puebla): At 7pm this week. Shocker vs Rey Bucanero

Lucha Azteca: Atlantis, Shocker, Valiente vs Peste Negra, and Diamante Azul falling on his head.

Terra Friday: Probably Block A of the Gran Alternativa, definitely Kamaitachi’s debut.

Terra Sunday: Sombra, Mistico, Valiente vs Revolucionarios, Atlantida vs Casas

== Other ==

IWRG-AYM Sports: maybe this Sunday’s show, which would be main evented by the El Protector tournament.

Noches de Coliseo: Random matches from last Sunday.

IWL: Airing completely random matches

DTU: matches from their last Xalapa show, with the TV show returning just in time to promote this weekend’s first 2014 live show.

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WWL, TerceraCaida, Kamaitachi, Konnan Big back in action

WWL held a press conference Wednesday to promote their early March shows. The lineups are as announced previously. Clown Corp – Dave the Clown and friends – ran in on the press conference and got into a fight with the wrestlers and owner Richard Negrin. That trio has been announced as participating on the shows but not for matches yet. Estrellas del Ring, Terra and LuchaWorld have recaps of the press conference. Black Terry Jr. has photos and video of the Clown Corp/WWL fight.

Last night’s TerceraCaida had a ton of guests, including the WWL wrestlers to promote those shows and Flamita & Rocky Lobo to promote the DTU show this weekend. There’s also a bunch of after the show clips: Belial & Impulso surprised with news they’re facing the Young Bucks at the ChilangaMask show, Rocky Lobo and Flamita talking to Japan, and more with the WWL luchadors. Alfredo has a recap of everything, pointing out Rocky Lobo & Flamita said they’re headed back to Japan in February.

CMLL had an interview with Kamaitachi, who debuts on Friday. I’ll be mispelling his name for some time to come. Kamaitachi says he was born in Tokyo, has been a professional for 4 years, weighs 93 kg, and is 173 cm tall. That’s not exactly what NJPW lists Watanabe at, but not that far off. (Namajague’s measurements were off a bit too.) Kamaitachi says he’s already enjoying Mexican tacos (“I ate 20″), will be sticking around for a year, and plans to accomplish more in that time than any luchador in the last 80 years – he’ll be the best for the next 90 or 100 years too.

Tonight’s DTU TV show has the top 3 matches from 11/09, including Joe Lider vs Angel o Demonio.

AAA helped out a charity which helps children of deceased soldiers.

An article hyping the Crash show in Tijuana Friday night claims “at least 9 lucha libre shows in Tijuana this year will draw more than 3000 people.” I have no idea where that number comes from, if it’s meant to mean the Crash will be running 9 shows or just some weird wild guess.

LuchaWorld also has KrisZ’s news update.

Guerrero Maya Jr. talks about reaching 10 years of lucha libre.

Ciclope says he and Los Macizos don’t need help to beat the Porros, but wouldn’t mind the fans helping. That seems like a bad idea.

Cronicas y Leyendas looks back at Lola Gonzalez vs Bull Nakano.

R de Rudo previews the homage to Torbellino Rojo show.

Lucha Libre in Japan

01/30 WNC: Shuri [O] b La Comandante [X], Lin Byron, Yuki Shizuki
The recap says this sets up a Makoto vs Shuri “for the REINA re-debut show on 02/16″. Poor REINA, redebuting again.

Also, Tenryu says he’s bringing back the UWA World Junior Championship. I assume he means the UWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship  and not the UWA World Junior Light Heavyweight Championship (which at least two other people claim to hold.) I also assume I’ve personally offended Tenryu somehow and this is his cruel method of revenge.

Lineups

indy (SUN) 02/02/2014 Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) Muerte Guerrera & Zagaz vs Coyote Jr. & Destroyer
2) Lady Flammer & Pedro Navajas vs Lady Maravilla & Super Jack
3) Cirio Negro I, Cirio Negro II, Golden Boy vs Babe Fox, Pee Wee, Principe Guerrero
4) Erika Sotelo & Larry Miranda vs Galactar & Rey Demonio
5) Konnan Big & Rico Rodriguez vs Dulce Kanela, Kamaro, Simbolo, Vudu

This is Konnan Big vs Kamaro but they’re announcing the run-ins ahead of time. It’s nice of them.

Todo x El Todo: 2013-07-07

Centviron tope

taped 2013-06-22 @ Gimnasio Juan De La Barrera

(we were unable to record first half of this show and no one else ever posted it.)

Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr. vs Centvrión: I’m writing this TxT recap in December, but this one I actually first watched back in Septmeber, around 4 AM, while riding to the airport to fly to Mexico City. I wrote then that this was a Wagner showcase, but Centvirion was clearly the more advanced one of the two at this point and I’d like to see more of him. 36 hours later, I was sitting front row as Centviron walked to the ring for his match. 2013 was a surreal, cool year. This match was hurt a bit by not having a clear tecnico/rudo set up – Wagner seemed to be the tecnico sometimes, not at other times – and Wagner was hurt a bit on his third fall dive, but the crowd gave it as much respect as they might for an opening match. Centviron had to work hard to make the finish look close.

 

Wagner tope of doom

Súper Muñeco, Súper Pinocho, Súper Ratón vs Black Terry, Scorpio Jr., Shu el Guerrero [WWA TRIOS]: This was a waste of time; the first fall match was standard title match that had more good moments than I expected (Super Raton seemed like the best guy on his team at this point) but then it turned into straight build for an apuesta match that hasn’t happened and probably won’t be happening out of Zocalo-level weirdness. SKIP.

 

yea, I just made all tope gifs

Blue Demon Jr. & El Hijo Del Santo vs Heddi Karaoui & Zumbi [PWR TAG]: this was a tough match to watch after a six hour run of catching up on matches trying to be Great; the bar is higher and the attention span is small. The fans were a lot more excited – they wanted to see Demon & Santo and were not happy with the other two guys were offense (more that they were doing things than that they were doing them to the tecnicos.) This seems like a good long techicnial title match that I didn’t really get into and that the challengers never really had a chance of winning – whcih is what this audience wanted to see, so maybe that’s okay. This was visibly the smallest TxT crowd yet, so maybe it was not okay.

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2013 watch later catchup, part 6

(gifs came out particularly huge this time, you are warned)

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AAA UTDN: 2013-12-19

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Machine Rocker is the best, part 1

taped 2013-12-08 @ Auditorio de la Gente, Tepic, Nayarit
Dinastía, Ludxor, Venum vs El Apache, Machine Rocker, Mini Charly Manson: As a Machine Rocker being awesome showcase, the first half of this match could not have been any better. It was probably meant more for the técnicos, who were sadly slipping at times and not looking smooth at other times. 70% chance the finish was not the exact intended finish because of another slip, but it worked out. It was good the Cadetes were with these rudos because others might have not been able to keep this match together. Surprisingly little amount of Dinastía, who seemed to be the most over dude in this match. Gran Apache is a crazy old man.

Machine Rocker is the best, part 2

Gran Apache is crazy

 

Air Sexy Star

Pimpinela Escarlata vs Taya Valkyrie, Mamba, Jennifer Blake, Faby Apache, Pasion Kristal, Polvo de Estrellas, Sexy Star in a cage match, loser loses hair: about average for a lucha libre cage match, which means you should not waste your time watching it. Mamba and Pimpinela had a good fist fight for about a minute, and it would’ve bee more fun to see them have at least 4-5 minutes of a real match on the inside rather than hang on the cage, but that’s a lucha libre cage match. They had time – this went 20 minutes for some reason – and could’ve better used some of it by not having Sexy Star return to cage to do spots. The real point was to remind us Sexy Star is the star of this niche and they got that over.

Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Hijo del Fantasma, Silver King, Texano Jr. for the AAA World Trios Championship: There’s been better Consejo/Psycho matches. There’s been worse Consejo/Psycho matches. There’s been fat ones, skinny ones, tall ones, short ones, sad ones, happy ones, and every other variety. This one was a lot of comedy and maybe shorter than you’d expect. Not sure why Tirantes way playing it completely straight here after the last month but expecting logic is expecting too much.

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Mini Chessman (1967-2014)

AAA

AAA has announced that Mini Chessman, Valentin Aguilar Garcia, has passed away. He would’ve turned 47 next month. Mini Chessman’s wife had early posted on Facebook (mentioned here) that he was in the hospital due to a respiratory infection and it appears that illness took his life.

Mini Chessman was a veteran member of AAA’s mini division. He started out in AAA as Espectrito II before switching over to his most recent character in 2004. Mini Chessman was mostly a background character, a solid rudo and would make a few TV appearances a year while working more often on non-TV events. His last TV appearance was back in April on Fusion, and his last known in-ring match was the New Year’s Day show in Arena Lopez Mateos.

Mini Chessman is the third person who worked for AAA to pass away due to illness since October, following El Brazo and Jesus Nunez’s deaths.

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Titan keeps his title, New Peste Negra, Arkangel foiled by a rooster

CMLL (MON) 01/27/2014 Arena Puebla [El Popular, Porra Fresa]
1) Metálico & Robin b Centauro de Fuego & King Jaguar
2) Astral, Asturiano, Shockercito b Blue Center, Demus 3:16, Saurón
Shockercito submitted Sauron
3) Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus b Sagrado, Starman, Tritón
Virus submitted Triton, who hurt his left arm and needed medical help.
4) La Máscara, Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. b Kráneo, Morphosis, Mr. Águila, Olímpico, Reaper [cibernetico]
Order of elimination: Morphosis (Valiente), Mascara Dorada (Kraneo), Olimpico (Mistico), Valiente (Mr. Aguila), Kraneo (Mascara), Mistico (Reaper), La Mascara & Mr. Aguila double pin, Reaper (foul on Volador). Mascara challenged Aguila & Reapper to apuesta matches, but the rudos refused.
5) Negro Casas b Atlantis
Negro took 1/3. Negro Casas mask pull in the third.

Semimain sets up Volador/Mascara vs Aguila/Reaper.

CMLL (TUE) 01/28/2014 Arena Mexico [CMLL]
1) Fantasy & Pequeño Halcón b Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Olímpico
2) Canelo Casas, Disturbio, Hechicero b Flyer, Pegasso, Star Jr.
3) Cancerbero, Raziel, Vangellys b Sagrado, Stigma, Stuka Jr.
4) Cavernario, Herodes Jr., Mr. Niebla b Black Panther, Blue Panther, Cachorro [semifinal]
5) Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. b Negro Casas, Puma, Tiger [semifinal]
6) Cavernario, Herodes Jr., Mr. Niebla b Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. [final]
Upset victory by the debuting New Peste Negra
7) Titán b Virus [MEX WELTER]
Titan took falls 2/3 to keep the title in a good match. Second defense.

Main event sounds and looks very good. New Peste Negra got off to a good start and bragged about it. CMLL’s Facebook also has a short interview with Star Jr.

CMLL (TUE) 01/28/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@acogdl]
1) Leo & Metatrón b Akuma & Ráfaga
Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis b Dark Angel, Goya Kong, Silueta
Rudas took 2/3.
3) Gallo b Arkángel de la Muerte
Gallo beat Arkangel again, this time via casita.
4) Máximo, Super Porky, Valiente b Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Rey Escorpión
Tecnicos took 2/3.
5) Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto b La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush
Rudos took 1/3, Averno sneaking in a foul on Sombra for the win.

That rooster owns Arkangel. Main event sets up a singles match.

CMLL has a big preview of the first round Gran Alternativa. It may change by the time you read this, but the Gaceta version had links back to the luchawiki this morning (having taken the table from that page.) I have many thoughts about that, but I don’t think any of them are interesting. They did introduce a typo and we have enough bad information on the wiki already.

Relevant Gran Alternativa thought: it took me a couple days, but I finally realized Sombra & Oro Jr. teaming because they’re both essentially doing the same character – Sombra was pushed as the New Oro for his first few years, and that’s where the Sombra name (“he’s a shadow of Oro”) comes from. I like their chances now.

CMLL also teased being on TV Azteca…but it’s for an interview on a late night show, not new TV. This at least the third difference appearance on a TV Azteca show in the last few months and everyone seems to be figuring they’ll have a show on an Azteca channel eventually, but it hasn’t happened yet.

Rob has highlights of CMLL 05/24/13.

Interview from Box y Lucha with Guerrero Maya Jr. about the start of his career.

La Parka says every Rey de Reyes is tough and every win tremendously helps that person’s career.

An interview with the owner of Arena Aficion about it’s 62 years.

Lineup

CMLL (TUE) 02/04/2014 Arena Mexico
1) Pequeño Halcón & Último Dragoncito vs Mercurio & Pequeño Warrior
2) Oro Jr., Soberano Jr., Starman vs Disturbio, El Rebelde, Hijo del Signo
3) Fuego, Hombre Bala Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. vs Espiritu Negro, Guerrero Negro Jr., Shigeo Okumura
4) La Máscara vs Vangellys [lightning]
5) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Máximo vs Euforia, Niebla Roja, Virus
6) Rey Cometa, Rush, Titán vs Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla

Fun main event. Barbaro Cavernario may be having his name shorted or changed, as he’s listed as Cavernario on the lineup.

Tercera is Espiritu Negro’s Arena Mexico match debut (though he’s made it in the ring with Rey Cometa prior.)

CMLL (TUE) 02/04/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Divino & Virgo vs Demonio Rojo & Exterminador
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Stukita vs Demus 3:16, Pequeño Violencia, Pierrothito
3) Stigma, Stuka Jr., Tritón vs Boby Zavala, Camorra, Sangre Azteca
4) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Morphosis, Mr. Águila, Olímpico
5) La Sombra vs Averno

Sombra versus Averno should be really good. 52MX has been inconsistent on the Guadalajara match – it may be a ‘no repeated luchadors’ issue – but I believe the tercera would air on that channel (so the gone from DF Camorra makes TV!)

IWRG FILL (TUE) 02/04/2014 Arena Naucalpan
1) Black Niko, Chicanito, Voltar vs Mercenario, Skanda, Ultimo Caballero
2) Payaso De Plata, Payaso Extreme, Skull Metal vs Muerte Infernal, Psique, Versus
3) Galaxy, Hip Hop Man, Vampiro Metálico vs Atomic Star, Electro Boy, Fulgor
4) Araña de Plata, Blue Monsther, Matrix Jr. vs Emperador Azteca, Látigo, Picudo Jr.
Blue Monsther’s 11th FILL show without making a main IWRG show.
5) Alfa, Dragón Celestial, Fulgor I, Imposible, Omega, Power Bull, Seiya, Sky Ángel vs Aztlan, Destino, Jorge Kebrada, Kanon, Onix, Operativo X, Prodigo, Vertize [cibernetico]
Gym FILL (Black Terry) vs Gym Skayde

This is the 32nd Toreno FILL. Show may air on LAS eventually. Main event should be good, it’s always fun to see which of the lesser known guys are really good.

FULL (SAT) 04/05/2014 Arena Metropolitana, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas
1) Brillantina, Cradle, Sexi Flor vs ?, Bugambilia, Vertigo
2) Laredo Kid & Laredo Kid Brother Super Laredo vs Murcy Jr. & New Fire Jr.
3) Granda Man vs Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Capitan Furia [mask, hair]
4) Octagón & Tinieblas Jr. vs Dr. Wagner Jr. & Fuerza Guerrera
5) Sin Cara vs ?

I guess he (or his legal people) agreed to another Sin Cara show. No opponent announced, probably because they’re waiting for something else to announce. Octagon has been complaining on Twitter about being left off AAA TV tapings, so seeing him on a show with Dr. Wagner is interesting.

top six stories of the last two weeks

  1. Sin Cara, the original Mistico, announced he’s a free agent. A few days later, Sin Cara announced he was not sure if he was a free agent or employed by WWE. He’s back! Sin Cara stated he’d like to work everywhere (CMLL, AAA, TXT as well as internationally) and not be tied to a single promotion. He claimed to have the rights to use the Sin Cara name in Mexico. He claimed to have no problem with Mistico II taking the name (since it was CMLL’s decision) and took responsibility for bringing him in to CMLL, but later said he didn’t like Mistico II and how CMLL makes Mistico’s II partners tone down their act to make him look better. And on and on. Sin Cara will be promoting his own show on Saturday, which will include his family members, AAA luchadors, and old rivals Black Warrior & Oriental.
  2. CMLL and NJPW’s FantasticaMania tour did very in Japan. Each of the five shows were reported as sell outs (though they’ve reported slightly higher numbers for Korakuen Hall in past years.) The in-ring product was well received, with Volador’s win over Mascara Dorada as the last match of the tour being the best match of the tour. Sombra got a big win over Ultimo Guerrero on that final show. Both Sombra and Rush (who lost to Nakamura) teased facing NJPW luchadors later this year. Mistico losing to Mephisto and not winning the Mexican Light Heavyweight Championship was the big surprise of the tournament, and suggests CMLL’s not as presently behind him as they used to be. Fuego’s wacky dancing entrance got over big, and he appeared to be the non-star who made the biggest name for himself on the trip. The three iPPVs for the tour aired without much technical problem (except for all the CMLL music being muted out.) FantasticaMania 2015 is all but officially announced.
  3. Shocker turned rudo on Rush. They had been feuding as tecnicos, but Shocker turned with the idea of fighting Rush directly. CMLL’s recently announced Dos Leyendas as happening on 03/21 and that Shocker/Rush hair match jumps to front of the line to main event that show, but it’s far from a sure thing.
  4. AAA started TV tapings for 2014 with shows in Naucalpan in Guerrero Negro. The latter show was less newsworthy, only notable for Zorro advancing in the Rey de Reyes tournament. The Naucalpan show set up Psycho Clown to get another Mega Title at Texano Jr., saw the Secta cost themselves a title match, and debuted a new Infernal Rocker. Also, Super Fly hilariously turned on Aerostar for the third time; the last two times never resulted in a singles match and were forgotten, maybe this one will go better.
  5. CMLL announced it’s Gran Alternativa tournament will start this week. They’ve also introduced a bunch of new luchadors and many of them will be in this tournament (where’s there is no overwhelming favorite.) CMLL’s also continued with the theme of Tuesdays as Nuevo Valores shows, including newer/different wrestlers in big matches. CMLL’s also changed up some of their factions, with Zacarias recruiting new members for Peste Negra and Negro Casas & Felino teaming more with Puma & Tiger.
  6. Arena Naucalpan, which hasn’t been running it’s usual Thursday night shows, announced they’d start running Wednesday shows in February. The building appears to be having some issue with sponsor Corona; their logo is no longer on the ring mat.
  • CMLL’s Mexico bound roster was very thinned out for a week due to the number of wrestlers in Japan. Of note, Super Porky suffered an injury that was supposed to sit him out for a couple weeks, and opted to not see the doctor and keep working the rest of the week.
  • Arena Coliseo Reynosa is closing down.
  • Vampiro won the IWRG Heavyweight Championship
  • Satanico defeated El Dandy in Tijuana at the start of a Dandy retirement tour.
  • Guadalajara local Gallo upset Arkangel to win Chile’s FULL Championship

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CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2013-12-14

counter dropkick death

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taped 2013-12-06 @ Arena Mexico
Titán vs Pólvora in a lightning match: cut by about 20% on TV; felt like more of a match on Terra and more a collection of Titan high spots on Fox Sports. The highspots were really good and this was a fun diversion, but they’ve had more complete matches together this year. National champion beat world champion, means nothing.

 

Reapper finds a use for La Mascara

Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Rush vs Tama Tonga, Terrible, Último Guerrero: I had a really tough time trying to stay interested in this match (which meant it took much longer to actually get thru, sadly.) This seemed okay, but it’s just hard to care about any Atlantis/Ultimo Guerrero build up match, which was most of what this was. I think I’m in the minority in believing it’s going to actually happen in the next 3 or 9 months, but I’m also very tired of them doing the same spots in the same build up trios matches as they’ve done the last few years and that was what this was. I didn’t think the other guys were that great, and everyone seems to have no idea how a DDT is supposed to work or Tonga’s finisher has become a very strange roll up this time thru.

Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Kráneo, Mr. Águila, Psyco Ripper: Sloppy match. Ripper, or whatever we’re calling him by the time you read this, is trying that hard but not nearly a big enough deal to pull him out. Aguila is not good. Triple moonsault sounds like a good idea and was on other shows, but did not come off well here. The Místico/Volador friendship seems forced and unnatural.

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CMLL on CadenaTres: 2013-12-14

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Hooray team segunda!

taped 2013-12-10 @ Arena Mexico
Bengala & Metatrón vs Cholo & Zayco: formula opener, just quicker and with a random DQ. There’s been more early match random disqualified of late, which probably means absolutely nothing. Smoother than some openers but not very complicated.

 

Fuego gif bomb

Metálico, Molotov, Sensei vs Disturbio, Hijo del Signo, Nosferatu: Wrong team won! Metálico was a lot of fun, probably the best vet who’s stuck in the bottom third of the card, and so he lost to Hijo del Signo in one of their few interactions in the match. Metálico was still the most charismatic man her by a mile. Match was generally okay generally a Tuesday night segunda.

 

Blue Panther doing Shocker’s dance, sort of

Fuego, Soberano Jr., Stigma vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Hooligan, Sangre Azteca: Sobearno’s Fan Club making noise was a nice change of pace, though it also made clear how little noise the rest of the show was getting. Fuego and hooligan did some fun stuff early, and the rest of the match was sound. Stigma’s dive to the outside into Sangre’s feet looked like not a lot of fun. Soberano and Stigma did fine in tercera appearance, but it was about the same guys they were working against in segundas; it’s a shallow show.

 

Sombra is out of here

Blue Panther, Shocker, Thunder vs Felino, Mr. Águila, Tiger: Match started some what interesting and then became less so as the match went on. Shocker/Tiger feuding was a halfway decent idea that didn’t develop. Thunder is barely in the matches. Aguila is barely in the matches, though he’s in the ring for a lot longer.

 

teamwork

Diamante Azul, La Sombra, Máximo vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Mr. Niebla, Rey Escorpión: Back to a normal Máximo/Rey Escorpion feud, which is okay but nothing extraordinary. Sombra’s first match back from Japan had him doing a lot of spots he saw there, but the second fall finish looked great. Post match promos were very hard to decipher.
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