Mistico keeps title, Hechicero defies death, Amapola wins ciberentico, Porky/Kraneo

photo by Alexis Salazar/CMLL

CMLL (TUE) 04/08/2014 Arena México [@robviper, @therealfredo, CMLL]
1) Leono & Metatrón b Espanto Jr. & Zayco Leono & Metatron vs Espanto Jr. & Zayco, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
2) Dragon Lee, Oro Jr., Pegasso b El Rebelde, Hooligan, Súper Comando Dragon Lee, Oro Jr., Pegasso vs El Rebelde, Hooligan, Super Comando, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
3) Amapola b Dark Angel, Marcela, Estrellita, Goya Kong, Lluvia, Princesa Blanca, Tiffany, Princesa Sugheit, Dalys [cibernetico, #1 Contenders, CMLL-REINA INTL] 10 Women Cibernetico from CMLL on Terra on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Rudas vs tecnicas teams. Order of elimination: Lluvia (Blanca), Tiffany (Goya Kong), Princesa Blanca (DQ for shoving ref for slow counting her pinfall on Marcela), Marcela (submitted by Dalys), Goya Kong (Sugehit), Sugehit (Estrellita), Dallys (Dark Angel), Estrellita (Amapola) and Dark Angel (Amapola). Amapola gets a shot at Syuri sometime during her trip (but apparently not next week.)
4) Hechicero b Cavernario [En Busca de un Idolo] Hechicero vs Cavernario in a En Busca de un Idolo match, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Guest judge was Euforia. Hechicero won with his rolling half crab. Tirantes said Hechicero was the best he’s seen in the three years of this competition (which is a awkward when he gave Euforia, sitting right there, a 10 and did not give Hechiero a 10.) Scores were 10, 10, 9, and 7 for 36. Cavernario scored 9, 10, 8, 7 for a 34.
5) Súper Halcón Jr. b Guerrero Negro Jr. [En Busca de un Idolo] Super Halcon Jr. vs Guerrero Negro Jr. in a En Busca de un Idolo match, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Super Halcon won via moonsault. Halcon earned judges scores of 6, 6, 6, 2 for a total of 20. Tirantes also received advice from Tirantes, who told Halcon was missing only one thing: “a change of profession.” Guerrero Negro got a 6, 6, 8, 3 for 23.
6) La Máscara, Rush, Stuka Jr. b Herodes Jr., Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
Straight falls, Casas fouling Rush in the second.
7) Mistico b Averno [CMLL WELTER]
Mistico took 2/3 to keep the championship, though there was some issue with the La Mistica finish (Averno said he didn’t actually give up? It’s unclear.) First defense.

I wasn’t around during the show, and planned I was going to watch the entire Terra broadcast later last night. The opener and other events prevented that from happening as scheduled. (This might be a day where Ultimo Guerrero wish he picked a different name as to avoid being listed as dead in dozens of Spanish language articles which unwisely translate a proper name. And I wonder what facepaint Rey Bucanero will have on Friday.) The Terra broadcast did start at the start of the show this time. It’s tough to count on anything with CMLL, but if you’re looking to watch even more live wrestling from Arena Mexico, it might be worth checking around Terra around 7:30 pm on Tuesdays going forward.


Busca de un Idolo Points Standings, Week 1, before the poll:

56    Hechicero
46    Cachorro
44    Dragon Lee
40    Super Halcon Jr.
34    Cavernario
23    Star Jr./Soberano Jr./Guerrero Negro Jr.

CMLL made no substantial changes with the fan polling system, so it’s been easily compromised and Hechicero is running away with it. I still thing Hechicero would go to the final whatever they did, but this appears to be going exactly to form after the first matches.

Again, I didn’t see the Hechicero match yet and I know everyone is high on Cavernario, but I wonder if Hechicero is so good that everyone is going to end up with a good judging score when they go against them. They’re probably going to be good matches, and the judges have only rarely given one participant a lot more credit for the quality of the matches than his opponent.

CMLL (TUE) 04/08/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@acogdl]
1) Smaker b Espectrum
2) Black Metal, Esfinge, Leo b Camorra, Cholo, Disturbio
Cholo replaced Ramstein. Tecnicos took 2/3, Leo pinning Camorra.
3) Zeuxis b Silueta
Zeuxis won with a martinete variation (Rush Driver?) and Silueta was strechered out.
4) Kráneo, Mr. Águila, Rey Escorpión b Máximo, Rey Cometa, Super Porky
Rudos took 1/3, Kraneo sneaking in a foul on Porky. Porky challenged him to a hair vs mask match.
5) Titán, Valiente, Volador Jr. DQ Gran Guerrero, Mephisto, Último Guerrero
Straight falls, Mephisto yanking Valiente’s mask.

That’s Cholo’s first appearance in Guadalajara since February 2012. Kraneo/Porky seems reasonably possible.

Porra Fresa confirms Kamaitachi, not Misterioso, was in Puebla’s tercera. They also mention rudos Espiritu Maligno & Blue Center had problems with each other after their loss.

Rob has highlights of 01/30/14 AAA and three things Mexico should copy from WrestleMania weekend.

Psycho Clown wants a title rematch with no crooked referee, fast count, or illegal maneuvers. So does that mean he won’t be using the Canadian Destroyer?

Eric R @ Segunda Caida reviews CMLL on LATV on 03/17/14.

Video of the Villano kids. I hope the two Villano 3 kids are great, but lucha libre would be a greater place if sons of famous luchadors weren’t automatically promoted as big stars. (Those two are in the semimain event on AULL’s show.)

Drago says the mixed tag title match will please the fans and they’ll keep the tag titles.

Dr. Wagner Jr. is headed to Japan on 07/07? Not sure which group.


CMLL (TUE) 04/15/2014 Arena México
1) Bengala & Molotov vs Camorra & Disturbio
2) Eléctrico, Fantasy, Último Dragoncito vs Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito
3) Estrellita, Silueta, Syuri vs Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany
4) Dragon Lee vs Star Jr. [En Busca de un Idolo]
5) Cachorro vs Soberano Jr. [En Busca de un Idolo]
6) Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Virus
7) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Stuka Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Misterioso Jr., Rey Escorpión

Star Jr. is what CMLL seems to think Dragon Lee is, so that should be interesting. Cachorro and Soberano could be really good. Syuri debuts in a build up trios versus Ampola. Guerreros de la Atlantida are a Tuesday exclusive trio. Stuka and Misterio get the midcard main event slot for the week.

CMLL (TUE) 04/15/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Virgo vs Demonio Rojo
2) Angelito, Astral, Stuka Jr. vs Demus 3:16, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Violencia
3) Esfinge, Magnus, Stigma vs Canelo Casas, El Rebelde, Maléfico
4) Fuego, Gallo, Tritón vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Boby Zavala, Sangre Azteca
5) Super Porky vs Kráneo
6) La Máscara, La Sombra, Valiente vs Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto

Main event and semimain will be slightly different matches.

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-03-15


Sky Kid & Smaker

taped 2014-03-04 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Sky Kid, Smaker, Star Jr. vs Akuma, Artillero, Súper Comando: Fun match, better than expected given the newness off most of the participants. Might have been great if they had more time to do a bit more, but still really good and sets up an exciting tag title match. Sky Kid and Smaker looked a lot more steady than previous appearances. Super Comando is vastly underutilized but had a chance to look good here and did. Maybe the best Akuma’s look took, because he was an efficient cog in the rudo war machine. Akuma had a quick trigger in the second fall; he submitted before Star Boy could even finish the hold. Third fall finish was a very sudden change of momentum.

poor Super Comando

taped 2014-03-09 @ Arena Coliseo

Delta, Rey Cometa, Super Porky vs Misterioso Jr., Puma, Tiger: Fun midcard match, with Cometa & Delta doing the athletic stuff and Porky being integrated into the match well. Rudos looked good, and Cometa was impressive in reversing Puma’s finisher at the end. Brazo de Plata is the only one who gets an apology from Bestia Negra when he refuses to count for other people being in the ring. Cometa dizzying himself on his own headscissors was hilarious, as was the rudos schoolboy tripping Porky over Tiger.


Máscara Dorada, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Reaper, Rey Bucanero, Terrible: Standard build up trios match which wasn’t interesting much itself and was edited down in time quite a bit for TV (though not edited down enough to include any of the post match promo!) Reapper/Volador has just not been that compelling and finish was half screwed up. Volador’s headband, in the Escorpion/Cometa style, is at least better than his towel scarf. Bucanero & Valiente seemed to be having a battle over who could look in their finishing hold for longer.

Puma and Cometa are good together!

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Volador defeats Casas, Mephisto/Aguila, CMLL Tuesday, ChilangaMask

CMLL (MON) 04/07/2014 Arena Puebla [El Popular, Periodico Enfoque]
1) Artillero, Guerrero Espacial, Súper Comando b Meyer, Sensei, Tigre Rojo
2) Asturiano, Black Tiger, Starman DQ Blue Center, Canelo Casas, Espíritu Maligno
Straight falls, Espiritu attacking Asturiano after being eliminated.
3) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa b Misterioso Jr., Shigeo Okumura, Siki Ozama Jr.
listed as Skandalo’s return, but pictures show Siki Osama in the match. One recap says Misterioso was in the match, the other has Kamaitachi. Tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Morphosis, Mr. Águila, Ripper b Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto
Avernos worked as tecnicos. Invasors took 1/3, Mr. Aguila beating Mephisto and challenging him to a title match.
5) Volador Jr. b Negro Casas [NWA WELTER]
Seconds were Canelo Casas and Delta. Volador is champion. Volador won the first with a front cracker. Casas took the second with a casita. Volador won the third with a front cracker and back cracker. Third defense. Volador challenged Casas to a hair match, and Casas accepted.

I wouldn’t hold my breath for that hair match. That singles match has been good the last couple times, though I’d expect it’s probably the same exact singles match from one of those previous times. Weird to do all the Invasors versus Rudos angles to set up Mr. Aguila versus Mephisto. Is Skandalo’s ever coming back?

Tonight’s CMLL show is a busy one, and also happens to be at Fan Appreciation prices. (I didn’t notice the discounts until I saw that preview and it didn’t seem like they were promoting that on Sunday; maybe I missed it, or maybe everyone missed it and it won’t mean much?) The main event is Mistico defending his CMLL World Welterweight Championship against Averno. It’s probably going to end up with Mistico getting back on the winning foot after the Estetas lost the trios titles, but Averno has a history of beating this Mistico in title matches.

Tonight’s show also has the women’s cibernetico to determine a challenger for Syuri and her WNC/REINA International championship. Dark Angel would be an interesting winner, but she’s worked for other Japanese promotions and there may be political reasons she can’t actually challenge for this title. Marcela would make sense if they were looking to combine belts, but no one in Mexico is ever looking to do that, and they’re not much better about that in Japan. My guess is still Amapola as the most likely challenger, but either of the Princesas might have a chance.

Tonight is also the second half of week 1 of this year’s En Busca de un Idolo. Tonight’s two matches are Cavernario (who may have the Barbaro name back in this tournament – or no one can keep track of it) versus Hechicero and Guerrero Negro Jr. versus Super Halcon Jr. Many have great expectations of Hechicero in this tournament, and we’ll find out more about how he’ll do tonight. The decision is important, but the judging is more so. Hechicero has a style which would seem to appeal to Tirantes. If the cranky referee gives him 7s and 8s while belittling all the kids with 2s and 3s, that’s going to add up pretty well for him. The fan voting is also said to open tonight, probably sometime after the matches conclude.

CMLL’s show starts at 7:30 pm CT (we’re all on the same time! unless you’re in a different timezone). The En Busca de un Idolo matches figure to take place a bit after 8:30, but it’s worth looking around Terra earlier in case they post the feed early. Terra actually doesn’t list the show airing at this point, but they didn’t list the cibernetico until late in the day so it’ll probably still work out. I don’t think I’ll be around during the show, but I’ll attempt to record them just the same.

DTU says Shane Strickland will be on their May shows. It turns out Shane Strickland is the current CZW TV champion (so both ChilangaMask and DTU are bringing in CZW guys, who will hopefully be more over there than they were in certain matches this weekend.)

Lady Maravilla defeated Lady Flammer in the best match of the year in LLF. Estrella Explosiva earned a title shot in the main event Royal Rumble.

LuchaWorld has this week’s PosterMania.

SuperLuchas 522 has WrestleMania coverage.

Luchadors in Ensenada had their license renewal this weekend. The commission said that anyone who wanted to wrestle in Ensenada had to get licensed, even if they were licensed something else. (That would seem to fix the problem of luchadors getting licenses in places which just sort of give them away.)

Astral wants to go after Pierrothito and Pequeno Olimpico’s mask next.

Cachorro and Dragon Lee were happy with their opening matches (and judge’s comments.)

Cuervo wants the mixed tag titles and tells Pentagon & Sexy Star to stay out of it.

Video of Cien Caras being honored at the Villanos lucha libre Hall of Fame.

The Gladiatores interviews Anubis Black, Black Terry, and Latigo.


IWRG (SUN) 04/13/2014 Arena Naucalpan
1) Black Niko, Dragon Blanco, Rey Dragon vs Atomic Star, Electro Boy, Ultimo Caballero
2) Payaso De Plata & Payaso Extreme vs Anubis Black & Araña de Plata
3) Alan Extreme, Dragón Celestial, Fulgor I, Imposible, Látigo, Sky Ángel vs Andy Boy, Ciclon Black, Guerreor Mixtico, Haziel, Hip Hop Man, Orión [Copa High Power]
4) Dr. Cerebro, Toscano, Veneno vs Apolo Estrada Jr., El Hijo del Diablo, Tony Casanova
5) Black Terry, Hijo De Dos Caras, Súper Nova vs Eterno, Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Tony Rivera

Lots of rookies, but no tumbling and no Blue Monsther, so I guess this is a real show (with a lot of people making their ‘debuts’.) Tony Rivera may have lost his hair but the war goes on – at least long enough for Hip Hop Man to defect back to Naucalpan, I guess.

CMLL (MON) 04/14/2014 Arena Puebla
1) Águila Egipcia, Milenium, Sensei vs Espiritu Negro, King Jaguar, Siki Ozama Jr.
2) Asturiano, Hombre Bala Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. vs Blue Center, Espíritu Maligno, Hooligan
3) La Máscara, Stigma, Stuka Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión
4) Atlantis, La Sombra, Rush vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
5) Mephisto vs Mr. Águila [MEX LH]
Mephisto is champion. Sixth defense.

CMLL also had Ripper and Morphosis also to chose from this week if they they were just looking for a body for Mephisto to beat. They went for Mr. Aguila because they see him as the biggest star, and being a star wins out over every other reason I guess.

CMLL Singles Match Leaders in 2014 (so far)
11 Volador Jr.
6 Mephisto
5 Atlantis, La Sombra, Negro Casas, Stuka Jr.

I would not have guessed so many Mephisto matches.

CHILANGA MASK (SUN) 04/27/2014 Arena Lopez Mateos
1) Dorado Jr. vs Extasis, Ironia, Atomik Star, Electro Boy, Dragón Celestial, Psico Kid, Maverick, Karma
2) ? & Rey Krimen vs Sádico & Tornado (DF) and Arez & Demus 3:16 and Astro Rey Jr. & Magnus
3) Estrella Explosiva vs Chik Tormenta, Silueta, Zeuxis, Cristal, Reina Isis
4) Arkángel de la Muerte vs Rocky Santana
5) Herodes Jr. & Mr. Niebla vs Trauma I & Trauma II
6) Sensei vs Yakuza
7) Dave Crist & Jake Crist vs Belial & Impulso and Fulgor I & Fulgor II
8) El Dandy vs Satánico
Dandy’s retirement match
9) Black Terry vs Aero Boy

Final lineup for this show, though the card order is always subject to change. Isis has had more matches in ChilangaMask then anywhere else.

04/04-07 lucha videos

IWRG and Puebla were repeats. So this was a short week.

I thought I didn’t need to record Noches de Coliseo as long after the time switch, so of course the show went long and I didn’t get most of the main event. They also seemed to only air one fall of the semimain.

Terra on Sunday was in Medio. They still haven’t fixed Coliseo’s internet.

I played around with XVID this week. See if you can tell the difference. I also think 52MX sound might be working this week.

YouTube Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYyNnOBGWP7RUTrAHLYdrMyRd4C6RSbQm

(I have no idea how to make DailyMotion playlists anymore, but all the Terra is still getting posted there.)

04/05 WWC: http://www.sendspace.com/file/6no2hl
04/06 WWC: http://www.sendspace.com/file/drjpr2

04/06 Sobre el Ring: http://www.sendspace.com/file/siz4h8

04/06 La Lucha se le Hace: http://www.sendspace.com/file/0npotc

CMLL on Terra: 2014-04-04
taped 2014-04-04 @ Arena México
1) Magnus, Sensei, Starman vs Kamaitachi, Sangre Azteca, Shigeo Okumura
2) Goya Kong, Lluvia, Silueta vs Dalys, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit
3) Dragon Lee vs Soberano Jr. in a En Busca de un Idolo match

4) Cachorro vs Star Jr. in a En Busca de un Idolo match

AAA on Televisa: 2014-04-05
taped 2014-03-29 @ Parque de Beisbol Praxedis Balboa, Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas
1) Faby Apache, Jennifer Blake, La Jarochita vs Mary Apache, Sexy Star, Taya Valkyrie
2) Angélico, Australian Suicide, Jack Evans vs Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Dark Spíritu
3) Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Hijo del Fantasma, Pentagón Jr., Texano Jr.

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-04-05
Full Show: http://ul.to/sm01p084
taped 2014-03-25 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Gallo, Leo, Starman vs Camorra, Sádico, Shigeo Okumura
taped 2014-03-30 @ Arena Coliseo
2) Fuego vs Ephesto in a lightning match
3) Diamante Azul, La Máscara, Titán vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
4) Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Máximo vs Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Rey Escorpión

CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-04-05
taped 2014-04-01 @ Arena México
1) Bengala & Flyer vs Akuma & Ramstein
2) Acero, Astral, Pequeño Halcón vs Demus 3:16, Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico
3) Hombre Bala Jr., Oro Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus
Stellar Moments
4) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Boby Zavala, Misterioso Jr., Pólvora
5) La Sombra, Mistico, Tritón vs Averno, Mephisto, Puma

CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-04-05
taped 2014-03-28 @ Arena México
1) Dark Angel, Estrellita, Marcela vs Dalys, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit
Mid Show Intro
2) Volador Jr. vs La Sombra
3) Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente vs Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero for the CMLL World Trios Championship

CMLL on Terra: 2014-04-06
taped 2014-04-06 @ Arena Coliseo
1) Rey Cometa, Sagrado, Stuka Jr. vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Cavernario, Tiger
2) Blue Panther, Máximo, Super Porky vs Rey Bucanero, Rey Escorpión, Terrible
3) La Sombra, Mistico, Valiente vs Averno, Dragón Rojo Jr., Ephesto
4) Atlantis vs Mr. Niebla
7 minutes of stalling while the cage went up
5) Eléctrico vs AstralStukitaAceroPequeño HalcónPequeño OlímpicoPequeño NitroPierrothitoÚltimo DragoncitoFantasy for the mask in a cage match

Noches de Coliseo: 2014-04-06
taped 2014-03-30 @ Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) Angel Justiciero vs Mr. Vega
2) Bengali & Difunto I vs Alberto Dos Rios & Silencio [CMLI TAG, semifinal]

3) Genocida & Sergio Romo Jr. vs Galactar & Rico Rodriguez [CMLI TAG, semifinal]
4) Galactar & Rico Rodriguez vs Bengali & Difunto I [CMLI TAG, final]

5) Trauma I & Trauma II vs Diluvio Negro & Silver Star
6) Villano III & Villano IV vs Charles Lucero & Tigre Universitario


AAA on Televisa: 2014-03-15


taped 2014-03-03 @ Lienzo Charro Ignacio Leon Ornelas, Irapuato, Guanajuato

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Black Terry defeats Tony Rivera, Expo

eMdlLL (SUN) 04/06/2014 Expo Reforma, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal [Estrellas del RIng (12-16), Kaiser Sports (assorted)]
6) Audaz, Black Shadow Jr., Huracan Ramirez b Heavy Metal, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Scorpio Jr.
Replaced a Anteus, El Falcón, El Halcon, Super Brazo vs El Guerrero, Scorpio Jr., Vangellys, Zumbido
7) Engendro Jr., Fresero Jr., Guerrero b el Halcon, Heavy Metal Jr., Pantera Jr.
Replaced a Mascara/Maximo/Porky vs Felino/Metal/Negro Casas trios. First mention of a Heavy Metal Jr.
8) Black Terry & Shu el Guerrero b Brazo de Platino & Brazo de Platino Jr. and Kahoz & Rambo
Listed as Los Brazos vs Los Temearios vs Kahoz & Rambo, with Brazo de Platinos replacing the scheduled Brazos. Main event of show 2.
9) Mini Psicois & Tony Aguirre b Jet & Mini May Flowers
Replaced Stukita, Último Dragoncito vs El Panterita, Zafiro (IWRG)
10) Aguila Solitaria, Aristóteles, Pantera b el Ángel, Fuerza Guerrera, Hijo de Pirata Morgan
11) Gran Cochisse, Huracan Ramirez, Rayo de Jalisco Jr., Villano III DQ Cien Caras, El Engendro, Máscara Año 2000, Universo 2000
Main event of show 3. Rudo side was supposed to be the Espectro/Morgan/Satanico Infernales (who are mentioned as being there), ended up the Dinamitas + Engendero, with Huracan Ramirez added to the other show. Cien fouled Rayo.
12) Ayako Hamada, Lady Apache, Lola Gonzalez b Miss Janeth, Rossy Moreno, Tania
Lady Apache flipped sides to replace Reyna Gallegos. Miss Janeth replaced her, and Ayako replaced Vicky Carranza.
13) Cesar Dantes & Solar I b Negro Navarro & Super Astro
Cesar Dantes replaced Blue Panther.
14) Romano Garcia L Gallego, Rocky Santana, Marabunta [hair]
It was Marbunta versus the Diabolicos, only they turned on each other and Marabunta beat Romano for his hair.
15) Blue Demon Jr., Jennifer Blake, Villano IV b Ayako Hamada, Fenix (AAA), Gran Hamada
Main event of show 4. Ayako and Jennifer added to the match, Fenix replaced Canek.

In another sign Meixcan fans don’t seem to care as much about no-shows as other fans, none of the the recaps I’ve read for these has even mentioned half the card didn’t show up. That would seem to be a big thing elsewhere. AAA wrestlers did turn up for the main event (and I’m not certain if Heavy Metal is also supposed to be with AAA, which could possibly be part of the problem.)

photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (SUN) 04/06/2014 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), IWRG]
1) Anubis Black, Hijo De La Bestia, Picudo Jr. b Galaxy, Látigo, Metaleon
2) Chico Che, Diva Salvaje, Dr. Cerebro DQ Broken Clown, Dave The Clown, Rothen Clown [lumberjack strap]
DQ not specified.
3) Alan Extreme, Máscara Púrpura, Veneno b Danny Casas, Trauma I, Trauma II
Danny Casas replaced Hijo de Mascara Ano 2000. Trauma II feuded with Veneno.
4) Relámpago, Súper Nova, Toscano b Eterno, Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Tony Casanova
Hijo de Mascara Ano 2000 replaced Damian 666, but Casanova did make his debut this time. Rudos took 1/3, Mascara yanking Nova’s mask and Casanova pinning him for the win.
5) Black Terry b Tony Rivera [hair]
Orion & Alan Extreme were seconds. Tony took the first fall after Orion hit Terry with a cookie sheet on a dive. Tony and Orion tied Terry to the ropes int he second fall, and Tony faked a foul later on, but Terry kept it together to win the fall with backcracker. Alan took out Orion with a tope in the third while Terry & Rivera brawled. Orion threw flour in the ref’s face to distract him, Tony fouled Terry and tried a suplex, but Terry reversed it to a small package for the win. Tony argued but did get his hair shaved.

Terry wins the feud going back to last summer. Tony Rivera’s been fun here.

Porra Fresa previews tonight’s Puebla card. I’m figuring Volador keeps his title over Negro Casas, but it’s not a given.

Blue Demon Jr. says Chessman is not that good. I guess I’m supposed to be excited to see Demon face someone who’s not that good.

Ohtani’s Jacket reviews more Charles Lucero matches.

Lucha Libre in Japan

Mascara Dorada is working openers on the NJPW Taiwan shows on 04/12 and 04/13. I remembered this was happening, but I forgot it was happening this week.


CMLL (SUN) 04/13/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Reycko vs Relampago Azul
2) Explosivo & William Rock vs Acertijo & Furia Nazi
3) Black Metal, Brillante, Javier Cruz Jr. vs Évola, Exterminador, Mugroso Vago
4) Fuego, Gallo, Smaker vs Demonio Maya, Kamaitachi, Shigeo Okumura
5) Mistico & Rey Cometa vs Averno & Cavernario

Main event should be interesting. Fuego is the middlweight championship here, forgot about that too until I saw it on the poster.

great match roundup, week of 2014-03-15

Great/Excellent matches


Shows Watched But Nothing Made The List
AAA on Televisa: 2014-03-15
CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-03-15
CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-03-15
CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-03-15

Matches To Watch Later
CMLL Puebla: 2014-03-16
taped 2014-03-03 @ Arena Puebla
Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente vs Cavernario, Felino, Terrible for the CMLL World Trios Championship

IWRG Zona XXI: 2014-03-16
taped 2014-03-12 @ Arena Naucalpan
Black Terry, Dragón Celestial, Emperador Azteca, Fulgor, Imposible, Sky Ángel vs Aztlán, Cheyene, Jorge Kebrada, Kanon, Skayde, Vortize [Copa High Power]


Pequeno Halcon unmasked, Atlantis defeats Niebla, Expo

eMdlLL (SAT) 04/05/2014 Expo Reforma, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal [Black Terry Jr. (flickr)Estrellas del Ring (1)Estrellas del Ring (2)Estrellas del Ring (3)Estrellas del Ring (4)]
1) Arquero, Aullido, Brazo De Oro Jr., Brazo de Plata Jr., Fresero Jr. b Dr. Cerebro, Hijo del Villano III, Kaving, Kortiz, Villano III Jr.
Villano kids (and Cerberos) beat Alvardo kids.
2) Lady Apache, Lola Gonzalez, Vicky Carranza b Miss Janeth, Rossy Moreno, Tania
Lady Apache replaced Reyna Gallegos, with Miss Janeth replacing Apache on the other side.
3) Coco Azul, Coco Rojo, Coco Verde b Kahoz, Rambo, Ultimo Rebelde
Ultimo Rebelde replaced Cuchillo.
4) Cachorro Mendoza, Máscara Sagrada, Volador Jr. b El Engendro, Scorpio Jr., Zumbido
main event of show 1. Volador replaced his son (or was meant to originally be listed), Cachorro Mendoza replaced La Mascara, Engendro replaced Vangellys.
5) Hanaoka b Douki
Douki was strechered out.
6) Ayako Hamada, La Magnifica, Muñeca De Plata b Big Mama, Paloma Rouse, Yuka
Lots of switching sides, and Muneca de Plata & La Magnifica replaced Black Fury & Marcela
7) Black Shadow Jr., Dr. Cerebro, Huracan Ramirez b Audaz, Barba Negra, Negro Navarro
Audaz & Barba Negra replaced Anteus & Pierroth. Blue Panther, Maximo, and Super Porky were replaced by Dr. Cerbero, Black Shadow, and Huracan Ramriez.
8) Blue Demon Jr., Gran Hamada, Último Dragón DQ Canek, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Villano IV
main event of show 2. Ultimo Dragon replaced Averno. Hijo del Pirata Morgan replaced Okumura. DQ not specified. Canek & V4 challenged Demon & Hamada.
9) Gallego, Rocky Santana, Romano Garcia b Marabunta, Marabunta Jr., Roy Reyes
Marabunta Sr. bleed a lot.
10) Audaz, El Falcón, Jaque Mate Jr. b Arafath, El Guerrero, Fresero Jr.
Audaz & Jaque Mate replaced El Halcon & Super Brazo, Fresero Jr. replaced Scorpio Jr.
11) Kendo, Solar I, Super Astro b Barba Negra, Bizarro, Sepultura
Sepultura, Bizarro, Barba Negra replaced Felino, Heavy Metal, and Negro Casas.
12) Villano III & Villano IV b Brazo de Platino & Pantera and Black Terry & Shu el Guerrero
listed as Brazos vs Villanos vs Temerarios in a tag tournament. Brazo de Platino & Pantera became the Brazo team. main event of show 3
13) Dragon Steel, Dunkel, Latigo Negro Jr., Tsunami b Hijo del Villano III, Kaving, Kortiz, Villano III Jr.
Supposed to be Arkangel vs Villano vs Dinamita trainees, ended up Dunkel School vs Villanos
14) Cesar Dantes, El Engendro, Jaque Mate b Aguila Solitaria, Aristóteles, Pantera
Engendro replaced Gladiador.
15) Espectro Jr., Pirata Morgan, Satánico b Cachorro Mendoza, Gran Cochisse, Heavy Metal
Heavy Metal replaced Arkangel.
16) Rayo de Jalisco Jr., Villano III, Villano IV b Cien Caras, Máscara Año 2000, Universo 2000
Was listed as Rayo & Universo vs MascaraY2K & Niebla, but lots of changes. Main event of show 4.

I’m not sure if you caught on, but all the CMLL guys pulled out (and somehow Ultimo Rebelde filled in? I guess he got lost.) Not sure what happened there, probably not good. This was day 1 of the 2 day marathon.

Pequeno Halcon unmasked

CMLL (SUN) 04/06/2014 Arena Coliseo [CMLL, LuchaWorldTerra]
***71st Anniversary Show***
1) Arkángel de la Muerte, Cavernario, Tiger b Rey Cometa, Sagrado, Stuka Jr.
Stuka replaced Fuego (doubled booked in Oaxaca.) Rudos took 2/3.
2) Blue Panther, Máximo, Super Porky b Rey Bucanero, Rey Escorpión, Terrible
Tecnicos took 2/3. In the last fall, ReyBuc submitted Panther to the fujiwara, Porky dove onto Terrible, Maximo kiss of death’d ReyBuc, and the rudos all attacked Maximo when he was about to beat Escorpion for the DQ. They teased Escorpion/Maximo, but ending could be the start of the cage match.
3) La Sombra, Mistico, Valiente b Averno, Dragón Rojo Jr., Ephesto
Mephisto was announced, but replaced by Dragon Rojo Jr. on Monday. Rudos took 2/3. Long trios match, probably best match on the show. Averno escaped La Mistica and beat Mistico clean with Devil’s Wings. Post match built up Tuesday’s title match.
4) Atlantis b Mr. Niebla
Niebla ambushed Atlantis with a trash can, but Atlantis came back to take the first fall with a casadora cradle. Niebla won the second with a top rope splash. Atlantis won a long third fall with a huracanrana. Better than their last singles match.
5) Pequeño Halcón L EléctricoAstralStukitaAceroPequeño OlímpicoPequeño NitroPierrothitoÚltimo DragoncitoFantasy [mask, cage]
Minis were kept in the cage for about five minutes. Escape order: Acero, Stukita, Fantasy, Ultimo Dragoncito (four tecnicos out first, leaving it three tecncios versus three rudos), Pequeno Nitro, Pequeno Olimpico, Electrico, Pierrothito leaving Pequeno Halcon and Astral as the final two. Halcon & Astral went about 4 minutes before Astral beat Halcon for the win. Halcon was revealed to be Rogelio Espinoza Lopez, 33 years old, from Torreon. He brought his father (Halcon Suriano) in the ring for a hug.

Not near last year’s show, but better than it looked on paper. Cage match had some good moments, Atlantis & Niebla was better than the last time and they tried hard in the third match. Nothing must see if you were watching something else and it still feels kind of a let down for an Anniversary show. A minis cage match with no build up didn’t seem to anything special for the turnout, so I’m probably not the only one who wasn’t excited by the lineup.

CMLL (SUN) 04/06/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@acogdl]
1) Jocker b Marvel
Debut for Marvel, return for Jocker.
2) Satara b Índigo
3) El Yaqui b El Ídolo
4) Leo b EsfingeSky KidEl DivinoJavier Cruz Jr.ExplosivoEspectrumSádicoÉvolaAcertijoMugroso VagoFuria Nazi [cibernetico]
Debut for Mugroso Vago. Torneo Cibernetico de Idolos Tapatios. Teams (after battle royal) were Explosivo, Espectrum, Divino, Javier Cruz Jr., Furia Nazi, Sky Kid vs Sadico, Leo, Acertijo, Evola, Esfinge, Murgoso Vago. Acertijo (Sky Kid), Explosivo (Sadico – Explosivo strechered), Furia Nazi (Esfinge), Sadico (Javier Cruz Jr.), Sky Kid (Mugroso Vago), Esfinge (Espectrum), Divino (Evola), Evola (Espectrum – Evola stretched), Espectrum (Leo), Javier Cruz Jr. (sneak foul by Murgoso Vago), leaving teammates Leo & Murgoso Vago to finish it. Leo got the win.
5) Mr. Águila, Ripper, Shocker b Gallo, Máscara Dorada, Volador Jr.
Gallo replaced Rush. Rudos took 2/3, Ripper beating Gallo.

Leo gets a make up win after losing his hair, unsure why he lost his hair in the first place. All I know is finally Ripper found someone on his level to feud with. (Gallo would still crush him in Guadalajara.)

LuchaWorld has a recap of Rey de Reyes and KrisZ’s news update.

Super Libre had interviews with Frayle de la Muerte, Makabre, and Seven Thunder.

Eric R reviews 03/15 Lucha Azteca.

Toscano & the Panteras beat Blue Danger & the Villanos in Arena Queretaro. Toscano is everywhere.

Rey Misterio Jr. was disappointed to hear Sin Cara never wanted to learn English, thought he should’ve tried harder in WWE.  Rey seems genuinely disappointed Sin Cara didn’t work out, which makes him much different than most people in WWE (who didn’t like him because, in part, they thought he was a threat to Rey.)

The Gladiatores interviews Los Aristotles.


CMLL (SUN) 04/13/2014 Arena Coliseo
1) Fantasy & Último Dragoncito vs Pequeño Violencia & Pequeño Warrior
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Star Jr., Starman vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Nitro, Sangre Azteca
3) Lady Afrodita, Marcela, Silueta vs La Seductora, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit
4) Delta vs Tiger [lightning]
5) Diamante Azul, La Máscara, Titán vs Euforia, Pierroth, Último Guerrero
6) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Valiente vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión

It’s the Pierroth return you really didn’t want. The Starman/Star Jr. team up to confuse everyone.

Casas defeats Rush, En Busca de un Idolo starts

CMLL (FRI) 04/04/2014 Arena México [CMLL, Terra]
1) Kamaitachi, Sangre Azteca, Shigeo Okumura b Magnus, Sensei, Starman
Rudos took 1/3.
2) Dalys, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit b Goya Kong, Lluvia, Silueta
Rudas took 2/3.
3) Dragon Lee b Soberano Jr. [En Busca de un Idolo]
Dragon Rojo was the guest first judge. Dragon Lee defeated Soberano Jr. in 5:56 via spider (second rope) German suplex. Dragon Lee Dragon Lee received judges scores of 8, 7, 7, 2 (Tirantes) for a total of 24. Soberano Jr. received judges scores of 7, 8, 7, 1 for a total of 23
4) Cachorro b Star Jr. [En Busca de un Idolo]
Cachorro b Star Jr. [En Busca de un Idolo] (6:07) via leg trap armbar. Star Jr. received judges scores of 7, 6, 6, 4 for a total of 23. Cachorro received judges scores of 8, 6, 7, 5 for a total of 26.
5) Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Volador Jr. b Kráneo, Morphosis, Ripper
Tecnicos took 1/3, Volador defeating Ripper.
6) Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Shocker b Atlantis, La Máscara, Rush
Rudos took 1/3. Casas said he will soon be celebrating Rush losing his hair.

The two En Busca de un Idolo matches were OK, with the second one the better match but everyone looking very new. The website says fan voting will open up on Tuesday.

Attendance seemed considerably down from previous weeks.

LuchaWorld has the latest LuchaWorld podcast.

Sin Cara appears in Arena Juba de Reynosa on 05/11.

CMLL preview for next Friday.

Segunda Caida reviews 2010/2011 Black Terry matches.

Pierrothito wants Astral’s mask.


IWRG (WED) 04/09/2014 Arena Naucalpan
1) Vampiro Metálico vs Electro Boy
2) Alfa & Omega vs Fulgor I & Fulgor II
3) Astro Rey Jr., Chico Che, Diva Salvaje vs Araña de Plata, Picudo Jr., Zurdog
4) Dr. Cerebro, Dragón Celestial, Golden Magic vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Oficial 911, Spartan [lumberjack]
5) Alan Extreme, Relámpago, Veneno vs Danny Casas, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan

A show! Poster lists this as March. Segunda could be fun.

CMLL (FRI) 04/11/2014 Arena México
1) Bengala & Robin vs Akuma & Disturbio
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Pequeño Halcón vs Demus 3:16, Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito
3) Fuego, Sagrado, Tritón vs Boby Zavala, Misterioso Jr., Puma
4) Súper Halcón Jr. vs Cavernario [En Busca de un Idolo]
5) Hechicero vs Guerrero Negro Jr. [En Busca de un Idolo]
6) Blue Panther, Diamante Azul, Valiente vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
7) Máximo, Negro Casas, Volador Jr. vs La Sombra, Rey Escorpión, Rush [Relevos Increíbles]

CMLL’s three big feuds in one match. If they’re running any of these for the Arena Mexico Anniversary show, they should get to it soon.

En Busca de un Idolo, Sin Cara

Today’s Arena Mexico starts off the En Busca de un Idolo tournament. We still don’t know how if anything else has been changing with the tournament, since the website remains only pictures of the press conference. The biggest question is the fan voting; the vote totals have been heavily inflated by the same people voting mutliple times (like, thousands of times.) There’s a variety of methods CMLL could use to limit stuff the ballot and make the contest more fair, but they’d end up with a much reduced final vote total. The vote totals are so out of line with expectations they really shouldn’t be taken seriously by anyone with a decent understanding of the internet, but the people high up in CMLL (and who may be in charge of this) aren’t said to have a great grasp of the internet. CMLL’s prior point system has meant the fan voting is twice as important as the decisions, so whatever CMLL ends up doing with the voting is as important to En Busca de un Idolo as any of the matches.

Matches should still be fun. The tournament kicks off with Cachorro versus Star Junior and Soberano Junior versus Dragon Lee, two matches of young high flyers that should end tonight’s Terra broadcast. The actual main event tonight is Atlantis, Rush & La Mascara versus Negro Casas, Shocker and Mr. Niebla, where Rush feuds might take a back seat to building up Atlantis & Mr. Niebla. The Estetas del Aire also team up a week after losing the trios titles, facing the Invasors.

Tonight’s the last CMLL on Terra stream which starts an hour late if you’ve already done the daylight savings time switch. Terra website has gone thru a redesign and the link for the shows might not be in the usual place; this seems like it might be the live link for later.

This week’s Wrestling Observer says AAA believes Sin Cara will be under a no compete until around June 26, and they’d sign him at that point. I’m missing something, because it’s not like AAA’s been afraid to put Sin Cara on their TV already – why wait until June if you’re putting him on TV in February when he’s still under contract to WWE? (And why put him on TV in February if you can’t use him until the end of June? Unless Sin Cara wasn’t totally honest with his contract status, which is not impossible the way this story is going.) Maybe it’ll just be four months of teasing something to happen before it finally does, which would actually be faster than usual for AAA. AAA’s preview of the Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera show mentions The Mystery Guy, which builds expectations he’ll be showing up next weekend in some capacity.

CMLL’s preview of Sunday’s show notes that Okumura has lost the only two cage matches in the history of Arena Coliseo. It’s going to be tough for him to lose this Sunday in a minis match, but I have faith in him.

On today’s MLW Radio Extra, Konnan’s asked about the top five guys working for him at the moment and picks (in no particular order) Fenix, Pentagon Jr., Steve Pain, Faby Apache, and Mesias.

LuchaWorld has a recap of this week’s Tercera Caida.

Star Fire, who won the WWS multiwoman match to get a shot at the Stardom championship, says that match will take place on the next Lucha Fan Fest. She’s facing the winner of a 04/29 match between Alpha Female and champion Io Shirai, so I guess Io Shirai is coming back to Mexico.

There’s a story on Facebook that Lolita has disappeared from lucha libre because she’s pregnant.

Mamba declares herself the present and future of exoticos.

The Villanos Hall of Fame ceremony is said to be airing on Green TV tonight at 11pm. I had no idea there was a Green TV. (It’s a half hour show that’s probably just showing a couple minutes of clips.)

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