great match roundup, week of 2013-11-30

Great/Excellent Matches

Shows Watched But Nothing Made The List
CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2013-11-30
CMLL on CadenaTres: 2013-11-30
CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2013-11-30
AAA on Televisa: 2013-11-30

Matches To Watch Later
CMLL Puebla: 2013-12-01
taped 2013-11-18 @ Arena Puebla
Rush vs Shocker

IWRG Zona XXI: 2013-12-01
taped 2013-11-28 @ Arena Naucalpan
Imposible vs Dragón Celestial for the IWRG Intercontinental Lightweight Championship
Alan Extreme & Veneno vs Trauma I & Trauma II for the IWRG Intercontinental Tag Team Championship


12/28-29 lucha times


TxT turns out to only be one week this time around.

Thursday’s IWRG show has already started to show up in parts on LAS (& AYM). There’s the usual amount of random repeats the next few days.

I’ve been working on other things and have not watched any of this week’s TV. If there’s a hint I missed, let me know.

== AAA ==

AAA-Televisa: Three weeks of rerun programming. This has been Best of some years, and a straight repeat of TripleMania other years.

== CMLL ==

FOX: Volador Jr. vs Reapper and the Leyenda de Plata

52MX: Women’s Cibernetico, Negro vs Volador, and maybe Fuego/Gallo/Triton vs Raziel/Azteca/Okumura

C3: Atlantis/Mascara/Titan vs Averno/Mephisto/Escorpion

TVC Deportes (Puebla): Ultimo Guerrero vs Atlantis

Lucha Azteca: Roja/Reapper/UG vs Mistico/Titan/Volador

Terra Friday: Leyenda de Plata, Block B. Segunda could be good with Gen11/Triton vs Cancerbero/Razil/Sangre

Terra Sunday: Peste Negra vs Volador/Shocker/Mascara and Marcela versus Princesa Sugehit for the title. Only five matches on this show.

== Other ==

IWRG-AYM Sports: If it’s Sunday, it’s Gringos VIP versus Black Terry, Bombero Infernal, Dr. Cerbero for the local trios titles.

Noches de Coliseo: maybe the show from Sunday? Rico Rodriguez/Simbolo vs Neurosis/Simbolo


AAA on UTDN: 2013-11-28


flipping hamburger


taped 2013-11-15 @ Auditorio General José María Arteaga, Querétaro, Querétaro


Faby Apache, Jennifer Blake, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Mamba, Mary Apache, Taya Valkyrie: in which we learn Mamba has a finishing move. I’m pretty sure Mamba’s won before, on shows which no longer exist, but it’s been a while. Match was fine given everyone involved and this time they got. T finish felt like it meant something, always a plus. Jennifer had a good match and absolutely crushed Taya on her dive. Note Mary is part of the hair feud at this point.


Pentagon has had enough of Angelico’s sweep

Crazy Boy, Joe Lider, Niño Hamburguesa vs Eterno, Juventud Guerrera, Steve Pain: Good match between the two teams, with the rudos surprisingly winning clean. Crowd was way into the técnicos, who mostly wrestled a normal match and less their usual weapon style. Rudos set up the técnicos well and looked good themselves – Eterno’s run up the ropes moonsault seems as tricky as anything. I like the idea of this feud more than I thought.


Jack Evans

Angélico, Australian Suicide, Jack Evans vs Daga, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Pentagón Jr.: Great. Really fun trios. Pentagon Jr. was great even when he wasn’t randomly pulling out Antonio Cesaro spots. Dropping hard on Angelico to break up his sweep sequence was superb, and all of his chops were killer. Pirata Morgan fit in this mix fine and worked great with Jack. The técnicos have their teamwork spots down and Jack makes everything great. Even the section of finisher turn taking near the end felt more like a fight than ritual turn taking and they got out at the right time. No complaints here.

very Pentagon-ean

Jennifer Blake helicopter headscissors

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Stigma/Camorra, Atlantis/Escorpion, Bucanero/Volador

CMLL (MON) 12/23/2013 Arena Puebla [Porra Fresa]
1) Black Tiger & Sensei b Espíritu Maligno & Toro Bill Jr.
Tecnicos took 1/3
2) Pierrothito & Saurón b Eléctrico & Shockercito
Rudos took 1/3.
3) Sagrado & Stigma b Boby Zavala & Camorra
Tecnicos took 1/3. Camorra was DQed for excessive violence in the first, then pinned by Stigma in the third. They have a mask match next week.
4) Blue Panther & Delta b Shigeo Okumura & Virus
Tecnicos took 2/3.
5) Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas b Atlantis, Guerrero Maya Jr., Máximo
Guerrero Maya replaced Super Porky. Peste Negra took 1/3.
6) La Máscara, Valiente, Volador Jr. b Kráneo, Morphosis, Mr. Águila
Tecnicos took 2/3.

photo by Alexis Salazar

CMLL (WED) 12/25/2013 Arena Mexico [CMLL]
1) Leono & Metálico b Akuma & Zayco
Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Último Dragoncito b Demus 3:16, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico
Tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Canelo Casas, Hijo del Signo, Shigeo Okumura b Molotov, Starman, Stigma
4) Tiger b Sagrado [lightning]
Tiger won in 6:39.
5) Euforia, Felino, Pierroth b Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Valiente
6) Atlantis, La Máscara, Titán b Averno, Mephisto, Rey Escorpión
Atlantis submitted Rey Escorpion Mephisto and challenged for the national light heavyweight title.

Atlantis has won the CMLL Light Heavyweight Championship and the NWA Light Heavyweight Championship, but never the Mexican National Light Heavyweight Championship. You know there are too many titles when there are still titles Atlantis hasn’t won.

CMLL (WED) 12/25/2013 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@acogdl]
1) Camaleón & Robin b Demonio Maya & Sádico
Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Acertijo, Disturbio, Ráfaga b Javier Cruz Jr., Leo, Magnus
Rudos took 1/3, Acertijo sneaking in a foul on Cruz.
3) Fuego, Gallo, Tritón b Bárbaro Cavernario, Nitro, Nosferatu
Gallo took 1/3. Gallo submitted Nitro.
4) Blue Panther & Solar I b Arkángel de la Muerte & Negro Casas
Tecnicos took 1/3.
5) Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys b Shocker, Super Porky, Volador Jr.
Rudos took 1/3, Bucanero getting away with a foul on Volador to set up a singles match

photo by Black Terry Jr.

A lot of Volador singles matches. CMLL must’ve thought turn would be a big attraction. It hasn’t seemed to work that way yet, though CMLL hasn’t helped themselves on that.

Heavy Metal won the Rock y Lucha championship last night in IWRG.

This  week’s TerceraCaida has highlights of the DTU & ChilangaMask shows. There’s also the post show interview with Texano, Mascara Ano 2000 Jr. (who’s left hand with his cast), and RCH promoter Ricky Castro. They’re back next week with the top 100 of 2013 countdown.

ChilangaMask announced a Freelance, Dinamic Black, Golden Magic, Zurdog, Mike Segura, Arez, Tornado and Latin Dragon Aerial Assault for it’s 03/23 show.

Noti AAA Facebook says the first three AAA tapings of the year are in Naucalpan, Toluca and Ecatepec. I have no idea if that is right but it sounds truth-y. AAA usually runs those three locations in the first couple months of the year.

I’ve updated the 2013 MOTYC list, with everything I’ve watched thru 11/30. More detailed thoughts will turn up…at some point.

Bill has highlights of IWRG 09/08/13.

Rob has highlights of CMLL 10/11/13.

Cronicas y Leyendas looks back at Vampiro & Pegasus Kid vs Texano & Silver King.

MedioTiempo looks back at June.

DJ Spectro has the fifth part of Ultraman and two surprise file downloads.

CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2013-11-23



taped 2013-11-15 @ Arena Mexico
Ángel de Oro, Fuego, Stuka Jr. vs Misterioso Jr., Puma, Tiger: Good match which seemed on the short side. Angel de Oro struggled a bit at times and remains in his rut, but Tiger and Puma teaming still feels fresh and everyone else looked good. Liked how the finish was more complicated than usual.


Azul back suplex

Atlantis, Blue Panther, Diamante Azul vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Pierroth: filler semimain where guys were just going thru their usual spots. The level should be higher on Fridays but there was nothing here of note at all. Pierroth is still bad. Diamante Azul looks like he enjoyed the french cuisine but may have not found the gyms.


Rush as Puma

La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush vs Negro Casas, Tama Tonga, Terrible: Another fun Negro Casas/Rush encounter, with the other guys just existing to give them breaks and occasionally play off of them. The spot with everyone stomping Rush in the corner was good, as was Rush’s increasing rudo antics. It’s hard to figure out in what way Rush is not yet a bad guy except his partners have not broken up with him yet – and this is the second or third time they’ve teased that happening. Giant Sombra and Terrible are another good matchup and hopefully will get another shot at each other in 2014.

revenge dropkick

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CMLL on CadenaTres: 2013-11-23

Comandante Pierroth unable to roll


taped 2013-11-19 @ Arena Mexico
Eléctrico, Pequeño Halcón, Último Dragoncito vs Mercurio, Pequeño Violencia, Pequeño Warrior: Another lackluster CMLL minis match. Rudos didn’t get into totally screwing around mode until the second fall but got there. Crowd did not care at all about the técnicos. Tedious to watch.


Terrible can’t stop powerbombing Titan


Estrellita, La Seductora, Marcela vs Amapola, Dalys, Princesa Sugheit: Obviously pointless match as soon as Seductora showed up on the técnicas side. They took longer to get to the turn than expected, but then did it with little build up. Not like it derailed a good match either.

Mascara Dorada puts his head into the tope

Delta, Diamante Azul, Titán vs Ephesto, Pierroth, Terrible: Titan is crazy for taking that powerbomb to the floor, especially given Azul and Delta wouldn’t be high on ht list of people you’d want to catch him. This match seemed a bit beneath Terrible, and he took advantage by destroying people. Titan versus Terrible is not a match CMLL would seriously pursue because of the size difference but is actually an entertaining possibility just because of that. Pierroth is awful and having him work with Azul doesn’t help things.


no idea what this is

Máximo, Super Porky, Thunder vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Rey Escorpión, Tama Tonga: If you like people being whipped into the barricade, this is the match for you. This match continues the switch over from Brazo de Plata versus Rey Escorpion to Máximo versus Rey Escorpion. The new one isn’t as interesting. Not even as much comedy as you’d expect.


all the piledrivers

Máscara Dorada vs Volador Jr. for the NWA World Welterweight Championship: There were 14 moves (or spots or whatever) in this match from Dorada’s diving headscissors off the ramp to the floor to Volador’s Spanish Fly. Those 14 spots followed a perfect pattern – Dorada does a move, then Volador does a move, then Dorada does a move, then Volador does a move, then the whole thing keeps repeating until it feels very fake. This was an athletic and entertaining good match at times, but nothing is taking me out of the ‘big title matches’ more than the predictability of how they’re laid out. I didn’t need to be surprised to like a match, but it has to feel like a competition and not a move doing exhibition and this drifted into the later category. I guess the story of the match is if you can do two straight moves – or three! – you can actually win the match. The crowd liked this a lot and you may too, but it did not interest me as much as it should given the talent involved.

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Christmas Day shows, Jesus Nunez, Perro Aguayo on US plans

Jesus Nunez passed away Tuesday. Nunez was one of the original office employees for AAA and was still working there in the PR department until his passing. The last couple posts on his Twitter account are photos of him escorting AAA luchadors to different TV shows.  He’d been on screen as the AAA barber for hair matches. Nunez had been in the hospital for a few days and passed away due to pneumonia. There was an outpouring of messages about his passing on Twitter – this is an incomplete list - with AAA and non-AAA people calling him as a great friend.

There are a lot of lucha libre shows tonight in Mexico. All the regular Tuesday & Thursday shows are taking place today, and all the arenas who only run shows occasionally (like Arena Neza or Arena Azteca Budokan) are active for the holiday. The Arena Mexico show has a weekend start time of 5pm, Atlantis, Titan, La Mascara vs Hijos del Averno main event there. The main event in Guadalajara is Shocker, Porky, Volador versus Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangelis, but the gift match is Blue Panther & Solar I versus Arkangel de la Muerte & Negro Casas. IWRG celebrates the holiday with a tournament around the Rock y Lucha title. IWL runs in Tlalnepantla, Familia de Tijuana main event a home building show, and there are mask vs hair matches in Juarez, Queretaro and Chihuahua.

Perro Aguayo Jr. says the Perros del Mal will invade the US in January or February and give a big challenge to the WWE. If AAA US is airing in March, that date makes sense – they’ll probably need more time in between taping and airing that show at least to start. The second part I’m not so sure about.

Pentagoncito and Gran Misterio are teaching lucha libre in jail. Pentagoncito is in jail for murder (27.5 years) and Gran Misterio is in for kidnapping and robbery (32 years) and trying to help other people live better lives while they’re stuck in prison.

Gimnasio San Francisco Tecoxpa will be renamed Gimnasio Tony Sugar this weekend in honor of the luchador.

Today’s the 34th anniversary of Sangre India dying in Arena Coliseo.

LuchaWorld has PosterMania for the week and a recap of Sunday’s Terra show.

Bill has highlights of 09/08/13 CMLL and IWRG 09/01/13 with IWRG vs AULL.

Medio Tiempo recaps April & May.

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2013-11-23

Zavala counter dropkick


taped 2013-11-12 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Fuego, Pegasso, Sagrado vs Boby Zavala, Sangre Azteca, Virus: One of the better Guadalajara matches since they started showing them again. They got time, they had a group of guys who knew what they were doing and they were motivated to have a good match (the last part was the most surprising.) Sangre in particular was more into the match than he seems at other times, and everyone was really solid. Finish was a bit off but the action in the third fall which lead up to it was fun.

Dark Angel knee smash

taped 2013-11-17 @ Arena Mexico
Dark Angel vs Dalys in a lightning match: Possibly Dalys’ best match ever? Dark Angel was really good in her return, but they also did a good job of having Dalys doing what she does best (the kicks!) and not doing the stuff she struggles with (a lot of the moves she was doing as a técnica!) Dalys also seems to scream less as a ruda, which is much more palatable. Everything seemed to go well, or at least was afraid to look good while they were working, and the finish came at a good time. This is a match they both should be very happy with.


best & last Brillo Cometa of 2014

Rey Cometa, Super Porky, Thunder vs Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero, Volador Jr.: Shorter than usual Thunder/Porky match where the more interesting story was the Rey Cometa injury. Cometa was protecting his wrist before he even tagged in for the first time. He’s done his best storytelling job as a luchador ever if CMLL really believes he was hurt in Arena Mexico (though I guess it’s slightly possible he could’ve made it worse on the dive.) It’s too bad because this is an even higher mix of guys than usual for Cometa and the slight Volador/Cometa and Niebla Roja/Cometa matchups seemed very interesting.


almost got ‘em

La Sombra, Titán, Valiente vs Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto: Another short match which didn’t have enough time to develop into much more than then abbreviated version of the usual spots. Even the Averno/Titan issue didn’t get a lot more than the finish, at least in this version of the match. The timing of the finish was good – it was the rare surprise sudden ending which worked.

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great match roundup, week of 2013-11-23

Great/Excellent Matches
AAA on UTDN: 2013-11-28
taped 2013-11-15 @ Auditorio General José María Arteaga, Querétaro, Querétaro
Angélico, Australian Suicide, Jack Evans vs Daga, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Pentagón Jr. – GREAT

Shows Watched But Nothing Made The List
CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2013-11-23
CMLL on CadenaTres: 2013-11-23
CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2013-11-23

Matches To Watch Later

CMLL Puebla: 2013-11-24

Negro Casas vs Rush and Shocker:

Tercera Caida Presents: 2013-11-24

taped 2013-11-17 @ Coliseo Coacalco
Aero Boy vs Astro Rey Jr., Titán (CMLL), Latin Dragon, Magnifico
Rey Cometa vs Impulso falls count anywhere
Belial vs Ricky Marvin

DTU TV: 2013-11-28

taped 2013-07-06 @ Arena Lopez Mateos
Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards vs Drastik Boy & Flamita and Daga & Eterno


AAA in Sala de Armas, Jarrett

AAA (SUN) 12/22/2013 Sala de Armas Magdalena Mixhuca [Estrellas del Ring, The Gladiatores]
1) Ave Negra & Ironía b King Dragón & Xavi Boy
2) Rey Inmortal & Voltar b Euro & Spider Boy
3) Cinthia Moreno, Faby Apache, Sexy Star b Mamba, Pimpinela Escarlata, Yuriko Polvo de Estrellas
Sexy Star and Cinthia Moreno replaced Taya and Jennifer in the women vs exoticos match. Pimpi and Mamba could not get along and lost.
4) Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown b Chessman, Daga, Hijo del Fantasma
Chessman replaced Psicosis.
5) Cibernético & La Parka DQ el Hijo del Perro Aguayo & Texano
Tecnicos took 2/3. Perro fouled Cibernetico.

Crowd looks surprisingly low for an AAA with names in Mexico City, but I don’t know how much the local promoter pushed it. Plus, any fan who may have wanted to see AAA could’ve just seen a free show in town a few days ago.

Jeff Jarrett resigned from TNA over the weekend. On today’s Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer was very doubtful Jarrett left TNA to join AAA and believed Jarrett would be starting his own thing (which may not end up being even wrestling.) I’m not sure that would preclude him from the once every few months schedule he’s doing now but Jarrett’s not going to be an AAA regular.

El Popular didn’t post a recap of last night’s Arena Puebla show and it looks like Cinco Radio took the night off too.

Estrellas del Ring has a more detailed recap of the ChilangaMask show.

Cronicas y Leyendas looks back at Ultimo Guerrero winning the the first Universal championship.

Hip Hop Man wants a shot against Imposible and his title belt.

LuchaWorld has a recap of Friday’s Terra show.

DJ Spectro had a card showing El Halcon unmasked in the Astrodome in 1980 – three years after he lost the mask in Arena Mexico.

Eric R recaps the 12/14 Lucha Azteca show.


IWRG (SUN) 01/05/2014 Arena Naucalpan
1) Hip Hop Man & Sky Ángel vs Kaling Black & Zurdog
2) Emperador Azteca & Seiya vs Fulgor I & Fulgor II
3) Astro Rey Jr., Dragón Celestial, Látigo vs Araña de Plata, Douki, Imposible
4) Dr. Cerebro, Golden Magic, Máscara Púrpura vs Danny Casas, Oficial 911, Súper Nova
5) Dragoncito De Oro vs Mini Multifacetico, Voladorcito, Mini Super Pinocho, Mini Cobra, Bracito De Plata, Piratita Morgan, Oficialito AK47, Rokerito, Mini Rock Spirit [cage, mask, hair]

Dia de Reyes show a day early. Main event confirms all those minis are different people! Purpura and Nova continue to feud.

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