CMLL preview, DTU in Arena Aficion

DTU (TUE) 05/20/2014 Arena Aficion [La Copa]
6) Flamita © b Shane Strickland, Drastik Boy, Kaleth [DG BRAVE GATE]
2nd defense for Flamita.
7) Aero Boy & Violento Jack b Crazy Boy & Super Crazy
Violento Jack beat Crazy Boy and threatened to take over DTU from him.
8) Cíclope, Miedo Extremo, Paranoiko b Ángel o Demonio, Demente Extreme, Ovett and Carta Brava Jr. (IWL), Cerebro Negro, Fantasma de la Ópera
Ciclope beat Demente Extreme.

Tonight’s CMLL main event is another Relevos Increíbles, with tecnicos Atlantis & Volador teaming with nominal rudo Shocker against rudo Ultimo Guerrero and disagreeable people La Sombra & Rush. (This has nothing to do with anything, but something here wasn’t planned much in advance, since Shocker’s basically back to working as a tecnico about two months later.)  Semimain continues the Escorpion/Maximo issue. The highlight match is the En Busca de un Idolo trios match, with Negro Casas, Dragon Lee and Cavernario facing off Virus, Hechicero and Cachorro in what should be a wild match. Not sure if that’ll end up be the Terra main event or if they’ll go back to the previous rule of airing the top four matches, but that match alone is worth checking out the stream.

LuchaWorld has recaps of Tercera Caida and the En Busca de un Idolo special.

Segunda Caida reviews Marco Corleone, Máximo, Rush vs Euforia, Shocker, Último Guerrero

Guerreros talk about keeping their trios titles.

El Apache hypes Saturday’s opening match.



IWRG (FRI) 03/28/2014 Arena Naucalpan
1) Black Niko, Dragón Blanco, Lady Dragon vs Mercenario De La Muerte, Sexy Girl, Último Caballero
2) Chicanito, Principe Diamante, Vampiro Metálico vs Black Angel, Fly Boricua, Skull Metal
3) Blue Monster, Payaso De Plata, Payaso Extreme vs Cosmos Fugas, Matrix Jr., Muerte Infernal
4) Galaxie, Sky Ángel, Zumba vs Atomic Star, Electro Boy, Power Bull
5) Aramis, Látigo, Metaleon vs Anubis Black, Hip Hop Man, Zurdog
6) Black Terry, Bombero Infernal, Fuerza Guerrera, Ojo De Tigre, Pantera, Tony Rivera vs Golden Magic, Guerrero Mixtico, Impulso, Ursus, Voltar, Zoom Driver [Copa Higher Power]
maestros vs students!

Another show that would be a FILL show previously – it’s got the tumbling exhibition. Interesting idea for a main event.

great match roundup, week of 2014-05-03

Great/Excellent matches

still nothing.

Shows Watched But Nothing Made The List
AAA on Televisa: 2014-05-03
CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-05-03
CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-05-03
CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-05-03

Matches To Watch Later
CMLL Puebla: 2014-05-04

taped 2014-04-21 @ Arena Puebla
Asturiano vs Espíritu Maligno, Blue Center, mask/hair:


05/23-25 lucha times


== AAA ==

AAA-Televisa: No preview yet, so guessing top 3 again.

== CMLL ==

FOX: Airing at 10am on Sunday this week. Marco/Maximo/Volador vs Dragon/Escorpion/Shocker and Kraneo/Mephisto/Ripper vs Dorada/Titan/Valiente

52MX: Revolucionarios vs Dorada/Titan/Volador, debut of Cien Caras’ kids.

Claro: Mascara, Sombra, Rush vs Dorada, Valiente, Volador.

C3: Guerreros vs Atlantida

TVC Deportes (Puebla): Diamante Azul vs Ripper, minis vs Puebla locals

Lucha Azteca: Guerreros vs Atlantis, Dorada, Volador

Terra Friday: En Busca de un Idolo is the third match, so this may be a very short show. More Blanca/Sugheit issues.

Terra Sunday: Volador vs Rush.

(I’m assuming they’re dropping the Tuesday Terra show.)

== Other ==

Noches de Coliseo: Drago/Parka vs Silver King/Texano

IWRG (LAS/AYM): Hijo de Mascara Ano 2000 vs Hijo de Pirata Morgan.


06/04 AAA TV Lineup (Celaya)

AAA TV (WED) 06/04/2014 Explanada de las Antiguas Instalaciones de la Feria, Celaya, Guanajuato
1) Aerostar, Ludxor, Venum vs Carta Brava Jr., Fresero Jr., Hijo de Pirata Morgan
2) Crazy Boy, Joe Lider, Niño Hamburguesa vs Daga, Eterno, Steve Pain
3) Sexy Star vs La Jarochita, Taya Valkyrie, La Magnifica, Mary Apache, Cinthia Moreno, Sexy Lady [Reina De Reinas, #1 Contenders]
winner gets a shot at Faby Apache at some future point.
4) Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown © vs Hijo del Fantasma, Silver King, Texano Jr. [AAA TRIOS]
Rematch from Tuxtla – either the Psycho Circus 8th defense (and 6th versus Consejo) or the Consejo’s first defense.
5) ?, Cibernético, La Parka vs ??, el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Parka Negra

Air Date: 06/07.

No one’s getting booked in more main events than Luchador Sorpresa. I’d assume it’s Sin Cara and Averno, but there doesn’t really seem to be a reason to keep listing Avenro as Luchador Sorpresa after he’s already debuted. Maybe a communication error? Maybe even more people? Maybe they’re just not sure. Maybe I’m not sure!

Even as crazy repetitive as AAA can be – the opener is almost the same match for three straight tapings running – I can’t believe AAA is running the same trios title match on consecutive tapings for the Psycho Circus to win both. There’s a title change coming, maybe even the titles going back and forth.

Not sure if the Reina de Reinas contender match is intended for Verano de Escandalo. That card is probably going to be announced before this show happens, which may give away the result if that’s the plan. It’s probably Taya or Sexy Star getting the shot.

Next show after this is Verano de Escandalo on 06/07. Is Psycho Clown versus Texano Jr. the only announced match for that show so far? No sign of Blue Demon (or Chessman) on this show or Tuxtla, so no idea if that is still meant to be happeing. All the usual names should be on the card.


En Busca final 4, Imposible takes mask, Gringos take tag team titles

photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (WED) 05/21/2014 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), IWRG, Tercera Caida]
1) Power Bull & Skull Metal b Black Niko & Sky Ángel
2) Guerrero Mixtico & Hip Hop Man b Látigo & Metaleon
rudos snuck in a foul on Metaleon
3) Apolo Estrada & El Hijo del Diablo b Alan Extreme & Veneno [IWRG IC TAG]
Title change! Apolo & Diablo were able to overcome Veneno’s holy karate to win the championship. Veneno and Alan fall on third defense. Gringos VIP are 22nd champions.
4) Hijo de Máscara Año 2000 b Oficial AK47 [IWRG Rey del Ring]
Hijo de Mascara Ano 2000 is the champion, and took falls 1/3 to keep the title, the last with a German suplex.
5) Imposible b Hijo De La Bestia [mask]
Bestia broke up with the rudos seven days ago. Apolo Estrada seconded Bestia, Eterno seconded Imposible. Bestia was DQed in the first for excessive violence, then Imposible just beat him in the second fall for the rare straight falls mask win. Hijo de la Bestia was announced as Humberto Lopez Che, from Guadalajara, 32 years old, 15 years a luchador.

Hijo de la Bestia suddenly gets into a mask match, then loses in straight falls is the normal bit of random that is IWRG. Tag team title change is good news.

Gronda (original) says he’s working here on June 1st. That’ll be something.

Flamita kept the Dragon Gate Open the Dream Gate Championship last night in Arena Aficion.

Final Week 1 En Busca de un Idolo totals

565	Hechicero
451	Cavernario
433	Cachorro
423	Dragon Lee
406	Star Jr.
395	Soberano Jr.
339	Super Halcon Jr.
336	Guerrero Negro Jr.

Important lesson: Don’t have a Junior in your name?

CMLL Informa revealed Hechicero, Cavernario, Cachorro and Dragon Lee as the final four. They also explained Friday’s trios match will be Negro Casas, Cavernario, and Dragon Lee versus Virus, Hechicero and Cachorro. Cachorro was a Negro Casas trainee, but the idea is Casas didn’t want to team with him so he was the one sent over to the other team. (Virus was unhappy with only getting one finalist again, and the judges scoring in general.) The half hour show went just over an hour, with fan questions and Cavernario being crazy. I’ve put up in two parts.

The Informa show seemed like a special occasion show and not a weekly show. They’ll probably be back in a month to push the final.

All the judging polling and fan polling ended up actually not changing much. The top four based on win/loss record was Cavernario (5 wins), Dragon Lee (4.5 wins), Cachorro (4 wins) and Hechicero (3.5 wins.)

Marisela Pena told a fan that AAA would be returning to Puebla for a TV taping on 06/13. That would be the first taping after Verano de Escandalo. It will be the third taping in a nine day stretch (06/04 in Celaya & 06/07 in Orizaba), an exceptionally busy stretch for AAA. That schedule could take care of all their taping for June and more depending on how many matches they run.

There are no lineups announced for any of those shows so far, but they should start to be officially announced after Saturday’staping.

Rob has highlights of 06/08 & 06/15/2001 CMLL.

LuchaWorld has a KrisZ’s news update and a recap of the Week 7 of En Busca de un Idolo.

This week’s Tercera Caida had lots of DTU coverage, and an after the show interview with Violento Jack and Shane Strickland.

Fuego en el Ring talks to Esfinge about his upcoming Mexico City debut. He’s been wrestling regularly in Arena Coliseo Guadalajara since 2011, but is only 20.

Fenix talks about Averno’s debut. The article mentions Fenix has been Fusion champion for over a year. He’s never defended the belt on TV in that time.

Okumura has been in CMLL for 10 years. This is the second time CMLL’s announced this. I don’t know why.


AAA (SUN) 06/15/2014 Arena Azteca Budokan, Ciudad Nezahualcoyotl, Estado de México
1) ? vs ??
2) Cinthia Moreno, La Jarochita, Pasion Kristal vs Black Mamba, La Hechicera, Sexy Lady
3) Dinastía, Mini Drago, Octagoncito vs Mini Abismo Negro, Mini Charly Manson, Mini Psycho Clown
4) Argenis, Fénix, Niño Hamburguesa vs Chessman, Daga, Eterno
5) Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Argos, Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Texano and Demon Rocker, Machine Rocker, Soul Rocker

Tribute show to Mini Chessman.

Sin Cara open to a new name, En Busca de un Idolo R1 wraps up, CMLL Informa

Dragon Lee out of the ring dropkick

CMLL (TUE) 05/20/2014 Arena México [CMLL, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Metatrón & Sensei b Espanto Jr. & Zayco Metatron & Sensei vs Espanto Jr. & Zayco, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Goya Kong, La Vaquerita, Silueta b La Comandante, La Seductora, Princesa Blanca Goya Kong, La Vaquerita, Silueta vs La Comandante, La Seductora, Princesa Blanca, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Tecnicas took 2/3.
3) Black Panther, Oro Jr., Starman DQ Disturbio, Hooligan, Metálico Black Panther, Oro Jr., Starman vs Disturbio, Hooligan, Metalico, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Metailco’s rudo debut, feuding with Oro Jr. Tecnicos took 2/3, Metalico pulling off Oro Jr.’s mask for the DQ.
4) Dragon Lee TLDRAW Hechicero [En Busca de un Idolo] Dragon Lee vs Hechicero in a En Busca de un Idolo match, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
10 minute draw. Hechicero appeared to have the match won in time, but Pompin called a kickout or shoulder up that wasn’t apparent. (Hechicero then threw Dragon Lee out, guaranteeing the countout.) The two continued to brawl and had to be pulled apart. Judges for tonight were Brazo de Plata (guest), Maximo (replacing Shocker), Dragon Rojo (replacing Mr. Niebla) and Tirantes. Dragon Lee scored a 8, 9, 8, 2 (27) and Hechicero scored a 7, 10, 8, 2 (27) with Tirantes punishing both for not finishing.
5) Star Jr. b Guerrero Negro Jr. [En Busca de un Idolo] Star Jr. vs Guerrero Negro Jr. in a En Busca de un Idolo match, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Star Jr. rallied back from a missed tope to win the match in a much more spotty match. Star Jr. scored a 10, 8, 8, 3 (29) and Guerrero Negro Jr. scored a 10, 8, 10, 10 (38).
6) Puma, Terrible, Tiger b Diamante Azul, Máscara Dorada, Rey Cometa
Rudos took falls 2/3, Terrible beating Azul. Terrible demanded Azul put up his title next week, if he wasn’t scared. Azul accepted the match.
7) Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero © b Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. [CMLL TRIOS]
Guerreros are champions. Guerrero took 1/3, UG beat Atlantis to keep the titles. Maya went into the crowd on a dive in the third fall. First defense.

Title match does sound like it was pretty good.

Terrible, heavyweight champion of the world, challenging for a lesser weight title doesn’t make a lot of sense but CMLL has too many titles and this is what happens when you have too many titles. I wonder if there’s an exact reason for Azul getting a renewed focus the last month, or if his name was just pulled out of the hat. Probably the hat.

Hechicero & Niebla Roja is the first time limit draw in this tournament since week 1 of the first year, when Niebla Roja and Titan also drew. Both the draw and the extended fight after the match seemed like a heavy tease for a Dragon Lee/Hechicero final – though Dragon Lee not winning actually put him in more danger of not making the final four!

The judging scoring was increasingly erratic last night. Hechicero and Dragon Lee got lower scores because of their non-finish (docking them for it twice, since neither man got all 20 decision points), but Guerrero Negro Jr. getting one of the highest scores of the competition for his match was ludicrous. It may have just been no one taking the scores that seriously since Guerrero Negro Jr. was already eliminated.

Cachorro leads Star Jr. by 16 points and Dragon Lee by 22 points. As I write this, Cachorro and Dragon Lee lead Star Jr. in the poll, with Lee far enough ahead that he should pick up the seven points he needs to take fourth. Cachorro and Dragon Lee should join Hechicero and Cavernario in the final four.

CMLL will officially announce the final four tonight on yet another Terra broadcast. They’ll be airing “CMLL Informa” at 6pm CT tonight, and the hype made it sound like it’s a new weekly program. They should also confirm the setup for Friday’s trios match and confirm the setup for the next round (should be three more weeks of round robin singles matches if it’s like last year.)

CMLL (TUE) 05/20/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@acogdl]
1) Esfinge & Leo b Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno
Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Canelo Casas, Demonio Maya, Skándalo b Black Metal, Magnus, Stigma
Skandalo’s first match since September, since an eye injury in August (and a few false starts.) He had a new look, but still won with the Skandalo Driver (on Stigma). Rudos took 2/3.
3) Dark Angel, Estrellita, Lluvia b Amapola, Tiffany, Zeuxis
Tecnicas took 1/3.
4) La Máscara, La Sombra, Valiente b Cavernario, Herodes Jr., Rey Bucanero
Tecnicos took 1/3, but Sombra & Mascara turned on Valiente after the match.
5) Volador Jr. b Rey Escorpión
Volador took 2/3.

Volador/Escorpion should air on 52MX on May 31st.

Doesn’t look like Sin Cara drew that well in Tabasco last night. The turnout for his shows seems to vary greatly depending on the lcoation, which suggestion local promotion may be an issue. Earlier in the day, Sin Cara told a local paper he wants to try to be a star under a third name. Sin Cara appeared to have little choice but get a third name if he was to appear on TV again, but had previously been strongly saying he would keep the Sin Cara name. It looks like he’s finally changed his mind, and maybe we’ll get hear that new name as soon as Saturday.

CMLL posted a video of Mistico talking about his accident and his injury. There’s pretty graphic photo of the rod being implanted into his leg about two minutes in and more bloody footage three minutes in, so maybe you don’t want to watch while eating a meal.

Doradafan has highlights of 04/15/2014 CMLL.

Segunda Caida watches Diamante Azul, La Máscara, Rush vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Último Guerrero and Blue Panther, Black Panther, Cachorro vs Felino, Puma, Tiger from Puebla.

The Gladiatores has an interview with Ultraman.

WagnerMania has an interview with Hector Guzman about the upcoming Arena Lopez Mateos anniversary show.

+LuchaTV interviews Krazy Star about being dumped on her head by Vanelly. The move gone wrong is shown there, and is what happens when you don’t roll over enough on a Buca Storm.

R de Rudo has an interview with Rey Cometa.

La Parka & Drago beat Texano & Silver King in Monterrey.

Diana la Cazadora & Angelico defeated Flor de Loto & Hija de Zarzy by DQ in LLF; Diana unmasked Zarzy over a decade ago, so this was the daughter trying trying to avenge her mother.

Elegido talks about Friday’s match.



IWRG (SUN) 05/25/2014 Arena Naucalpan
1) Alfa & Omega vs Atomic Star & Electro Boy
2) Ciclon Black & Látigo vs Anubis Black & Hip Hop Man
3) Dr. Cerebro, Golden Magic, Imposible vs Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro
4) Demon Clown, Trauma I, Trauma II vs Hijo De Dos Caras, Relámpago, Súper Nova
5) Hijo de Máscara Año 2000 vs X-Fly, Eterno, Hijo de Pirata Morgan [mask, hair, prison fatal]

This is the confusing cage match with luchadors chained to the cage and having to get a key to free themselves, unless they’ve changed it this year. It’s be a surprise if anyone besides X-Fly lost his hair.





CMLL (TUE) 05/27/2014 Arena México
1) Bengala & Magnus vs Akuma & El Rebelde
2) Esfinge, Gallo, Pegasso vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Disturbio, Espiritu Negro
3) Dark Angel, Estrellita, Silueta vs Dalys, Tiffany, Zeuxis
4) Blue Panther vs Puma [lightning]
5) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Marco Corleone vs Cavernario, Herodes Jr., Kráneo
6) Diamante Azul vs Terrible [NWA LH]
Diamante Azul is champion, fourth defense.

Probably back to the show not airing on Terra.

Esfinge joins Gallo as Guadalajara locals making appearances here. This would be Esfinge’s debut.

The opener could be good?

CMLL (TUE) 05/27/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Brillante & Virgo vs Acertijo & Demonio Rojo
2) Oro Jr., Sky Kid, Smaker vs Artillero, Sádico, Súper Comando
3) Gallo, Stuka Jr., Tritón vs Maléfico, Misterioso Jr., Sangre Azteca
4) La Máscara, Titán, Valiente vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Rey Escorpión
5) La Sombra, Máximo, Rush vs Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero, Shocker

La Mascara, La Sombra, Rush all on the same show, but not in the same match for no good reason. Not quite sure how Gallo is going to be here in and Arena Mexico at the same time.

Guerreros vs Atlantida, En Busca de un Idolo, Averno, AAA in Celaya

Lucha Fan Fest (SAT) 05/17/2014 Arena Lopez Mateos [MeditoTiempo, SuperLuchas]
1) Zoom Driver b Carisma
Done in the style of the 30s.
2) Mochiano II, Mohicano I, Mohicano Jr., Piel Roja b Argus, Aztlán, Black Thunder, Skayde
exact participants unconfirmed
3) India Mazahua, Mayu Iwatani, Princesa Mohicana, Xena NC Estrella Negra, Kairi Hojo, Krazy Star, Mystique
Mystique turned on her partners, everyone turned on her, Vanelly made the save for Mystique.
4) Matt Striker & Super Crazy b Bryant Starr & X-Fly
5) Impulso b Belial and Astro Rey Jr.
Listed as the Best Of Chilanga Mask
6) Io Shirai b Star Fire [STARDOM WORLD]
Io retained her title.
7) Canek, El Fantasma, Mil Mascaras b Astro Rey Sr., Máscara Año 2000, Villano IV

The “30s style” match was done first on the WMC show the previous week and seems to be liked by the crowd as a novelty.

CMLL (MON) 05/19/2014 Arena Puebla [Periodico Enfoque, Periodico Enfoque (fotos)]
1) Águila Egipcia & Metatrón b Ares & Guerrero Espacial
Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Violencia, Pequeño Warrior b Asturiano, Meyer, Tigre Rojo Jr.
Rudo minis beat tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Fuego, Rey Cometa, Sagrado b Cancerbero, Kamaitachi, Raziel
Tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Felino, Mephisto, Negro Casas b Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Máximo
Mephisto replaced Mr. Niebla a few hours before the show. Rudos took 1/3, Maximo getting distracted by Negro Casas and beat in the process by Mephsito. Delta & Maya were not happy wiht Maximo.
5) Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero DQ Máscara Dorada, Valiente, Volador Jr.
Guerreros jumped the tecnicos and took the first, then were DQed in the second. UG tossed his mask to Volador Jr. to draw the DQ in the third.

The Guerreros follow up that win with a bigger match tonight. Ultimo, Roja and Euforia defend the world trios championship versus Reyes del Atlantida in Arena Mexico. This is the Guerreros first defense and it’s unlikely they’ll lose, but it’s not out of the question with the ongoing Atlantis/Ultimo Guerrero rivalry. Delta, Atlantis and Guerrero Maya Jr. had a really great run of matches as national trios champions two years ago, and the hope is this match calls back to some of those.

Metalico makes his debut on the rudo side in the undercard, continuing his feud with Oro Jr.

Tonight wraps up the first round of the En Busca de un Idolo tournament. It’s essentially a three person race for the last two spots:

+00 Cachorro
-59 Dragon Lee
-65 Star Jr.

Those gaps look big but will quickly vanish. Lee & Star Jr. will get 25 to 35 points from judges no matter what happens tonight. That might be enough for Dragon Lee, who’s currently well ahead of the other two in the poll, enough that he might pick up another 30 points even without a win. Star Jr. doesn’t have that big fan poll edge and more definitely needs that 20 points for winning over Guerrero Negro Jr. and as many judging points as he can get.

There’s very little drama left if Dragon Lee defeats Hechicero and Star Jr. loses to Guerrero Negro Jr. The fan poll will decide any other outcome, and the fan poll may close by noon Wednesday.

The safest bet tonight is Mr. Niebla won’t be part of the judging panel. He was pulled from both last night’s Puebla show and from this upcoming Friday’s main event. There’s no official word – there’s never official word – but Mr. Niebla appeared to be increasingly drunk in his en Busca de un Idolo appearances and that likely caused him to be suspended. Note that Mr. Niebla was appearing on the En Busca de un Idolo panel while already secretly suspended for the crowd brawl on 04/25 – he got suspended while already suspended! That’s hall of fame level disciplinary issues.

It’s also not a big surprise Mr. Niebla would end up getting in trouble before the end of this tournament. CMLL put him on that panel knowing (and probably hoping) he would say crazy drunk-ish things, because that’s his entire personality. Mr. Niebla did exactly that, and did it so well he got himself in trouble for it. The judging panel, including absences and behavior, has gone exactly the way everyone knew it would go from the moment it was announced. Niebla should be professional, but they knew that was unlikely to happen. (It’s exactly the same as the Mr. Aguila thing. You know what’s he’s going to do, and it’s sad he keeps doing it, but maybe stop putting him in those bad positions.)

CMLL’s immediate issue is restoring some momentum to the main issues on the Friday night shows. They’ve spent the last two weeks spinning their wheels due to the prior suspension delaying the tag team title match) and probably would have to wait two more weeks for Niebla to be eligible to return. That’s a full month of the promotion getting colder (and no new idea coming up to replace it.) Shocker is listed as replacing Niebla on Friday, and maybe he and Casas take the tag team title match instead just to get things moving? Not that Shocker is that much more reliable.

One more thing to look for late tonight: there’s a half decent chance CMLL will announce a tournament for Mistico’s CMLL Welterweight championship next Tuesday. They’ll have more room for it with En Busca de un Idolo wrapped up on Tuesdays.

Averno, referred both by that name and his real name, says he’s come to AAA to prove he’s better than the best they have. Averno believes that mysterious man in white might just be a man he was looking for, and he wants to settle things with him as well. It feels bizarre to be doing this bit where no one knows who this man in white exactly is while Sin Cara is constantly working spots shows with Averno & the rest of the AAA roster. I think they assume no one pays attention to non-local spot shows and they’re probably right.

AAA’s TV announced  a 06/04 taping in Celaya. That’s got to air three days later, on the following Saturday and it’s in a bit of lame duck location. It may not be the most meaningful show, but they can sneak in some good matches.

AAA also has a promo video for Ring & Rock StAAArs #2, the Hard Rock show/resort vacation package they did back in December. There’s no date listed in the promo, but it’s taking place in the next couple months.

In “that’s weird” news, local newspaper reports Saturday’s AAA Cruiserweight title match as Aerostar, Axel, Daga, Steve Pain, Eterno and “luchador sorpresa”. Luchador sorpresa is/was Bengala’s spot. Bengala wasn’t on last Saturday’s card and it’s possible he was supposed to – hope he’s not an endangered animal already. It’s a random newspaper report, far from the most reliable thing, so it may just be nothing.

Maybe related, maybe not: Konnan said more luchador surprises are coming on Saturday.

Jose Manuel & Bernardo did an hour long Google hangout last night, answering fan questions, on their new +LuchaTV channel.

LuchaTV also has videos of X-Fly attacking Eterno and Villano IV challenging everyone under the sun to a mask match.

Rob has highlights of 02/21/14 CMLL.

LuchaWorld has this week’s PosterMania.

R de Rudo looks at recent CMLL jumps to AAA.


CMLL (MON) 05/26/2014 Arena Puebla
1) Black Tiger, Leono, Star Jr. vs Fuerza Chicana, King Jaguar, Toro Bill Jr.
2) Águila Egipcia, Asturiano, Paris vs Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Warrior
3) Rey Cometa, Stigma, Stuka Jr. vs Kamaitachi, Puma, Shigeo Okumura
4) La Sombra, Marco Corleone, Rush vs Felino, Mephisto, Negro Casas
5) Volador Jr. vs Último Guerrero

Volador has Rush on Sunday, so that’s back to back singles matches for him (again) and three in seven days starting tonight with Rey Escorpion in Guadalajara. Minis versus Puebla continues, and maybe continues all the way thru a cage match in a couple months.

Marco’s doooooomed.

05/13-18 lucha vidoes

Less than usual this week. The shows we normally get from Mexico will show up next week instead – except probably not CadenaTres, since a telethon replaced that show’s normal airing.

05/14 Sobre el Ring:

05/17 WWC:
05/18 WWC:

05/18 La Lucha se le Hace:
05/18 El Rayo:

YouTube Playlist:

CMLL on Terra: 2014-05-13
taped 2014-05-13 @ Arena México
1) Acero & Fantasy vs Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Violencia
2) Metálico, Oro Jr., Stigma vs Canelo Casas, Disturbio, El Rebelde
3) Estrellita, Marcela, Skadi vs Dalys, La Comandante, Zeuxis
4) Cavernario vs Guerrero Negro Jr. in a En Busca de un Idolo match
5) Dragon Lee vs Súper Halcón Jr. in a En Busca de un Idolo match

AAA on Televisa (UTDN): 2014-05-15
taped 2014-05-02 @ Centro de Convenciones, Minatitlán, Veracruz
1) Drago & Faby Apache vs Dark Cuervo & Mary Apache
2) Crazy Boy, Joe Lider, Niño Hamburguesa vs Dark Ozz, Dark Scoria, Dark Spíritu
3) Australian Suicide vs Pentagón Jr.
4) Angélico & Jack Evans © vs Daga & Steve Pain for the AAA World Tag Team Championship

CMLL on Terra: 2014-05-16
taped 2014-05-16 @ Arena México
1) Hombre Bala Jr. & Starman vs Akuma & Apocalipsis
2) Dark Angel, Princesa Sugheit, Silueta vs La Seductora, Princesa Blanca, Tiffany
3) Cavernario vs Soberano Jr. in a En Busca de un Idolo match
4) Cachorro vs Súper Halcón Jr. in a En Busca de un Idolo match

IWRG Zona XXI: 2014-05-16
taped 2014-05-11 @ Arena Naucalpan
1) Ángel Del Amor & Metaleon vs Astro Rey Jr. & Imposible
2) Dr. Cerebro, Toscano, Veneno vs Apolo Estrada Jr., El Hijo del Diablo, Eterno
3) Hijo de Pirata Morgan & Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr. vs Danny Casas & Hijo de Máscara Año 2000
4) Dr. Wagner Jr., Hijo De Dos Caras, Súper Nova vs Demon Clown, Pirata Morgan, X-Fly

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-05-17
taped 2014-05-06 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) La Máscara, Titán, Tritón vs Felino, Kráneo, Ripper
2) Diamante Azul vs Ráfaga for the Occidente State Heavyweight Championship
3) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Rush vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión

Lucha Azteca (CMLL): 2014-05-17
taped 2014-05-02 @ Arena México
1) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone vs Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero
2) La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush vs Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Ripper

CMLL on Terra: 2014-05-18
taped 2014-05-18 @ Arena México
1) Magnus & Molotov vs Camorra & Zayco
2) Dragon Lee, Metatrón, Star Jr. vs Espanto Jr., Hooligan, Nitro
3) Black Panther, Stigma, Tritón vs Pólvora, Tiger, Virus
4) Fuego vs Felino in a lightning match
5) Marco Corleone, Rey Cometa, Titán vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja
6) Máscara Dorada, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush

CMLL Puebla: 2014-05-18
taped 2014-05-05 @ Arena Puebla
1) Meyer & Paris vs Ares & Guerrero Espacial
2) Asturiano, Blue Center, King Jaguar, Tigre Rojo Jr., Toro Bill Jr. vs Canelo Casas, El Rebelde, Flyer, Hechicero, Star Jr. in a cibernetico match
3) Black Panther, Cachorro, Stigma vs Boby Zavala, Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora
4) Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Rush vs Rey Bucanero, Ripper, Shocker
5) Rey Escorpión © vs La Máscara for the CMLL World Light Heavyweight Championship

Noches de Coliseo: 2014-05-18
taped 2014-05-04 @ Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) Centurión Negro & Tokio Lee vs Gato Fantasma & Halcon Real
taped 2014-05-11 @ Arena Coliseo Monterrey
2) Golden Boy & Simbolo vs Diluvio Negro I & Diluvio Negro II


IWRG, AAA announcing changes

photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (SUN) 05/18/2014 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), The Gladiatores]
1) Electro Boy & Zurdog b Astro Rey Jr. & Látigo
Straight falls when Astro Rey Jr. decided he rather be a rudo. He took Latigo’s mask after the match.
2) Alan Extreme, Golden Magic, Metaleon b Guerrero Mixtico, Hip Hop Man, Orión
Guerrero Mixtico wants a hair match with Alan Extreme.
3) Apolo Estrada, El Hijo del Diablo, Tony Rivera DQ Black Terry, Dr. Cerebro, Veneno
Straight falls. Apolo faked a foul in the second.
4) Demon Clown, Eterno, X-Fly b Hijo De Dos Caras, Súper Nova, Toscano
Eterno was wearing his Anarquia gear. Demon snuck in a foul on Dos in the third.
5) Hijo de Máscara Año 2000 b Hijo de Pirata Morgan [IWRG Rey del Ring]
Hijo de Mascara Ano 2000 is champion. Eterno seconded Pirata, X-Fly seconded Mascara. Pirata took the first, Mascara the second. Ref got knocked down in the third, Mascara put Pirata in a hold, Eterno ran in – and knocked out Pirata, giving Mascara an easy pin. Mascara was unhappy about Eterno getting involved. Eterno proposed a four way with Pirata, Mascara, Eterno and X-Fly – and X-Fly attacked Eterno. First defense.

Why did Eterno bring X-Fly into it? That seemed like it backfired. Leave X-Fly alone!

This local paper review of Saturday’s AAA TV taping is strange. It puts the attendance at 8,000 for what was listed as a 3,500 building elsewhere. They mention Mistico appearing in the main event – all I saw was a guy in white who doesn’t have a name. They do mention there was a dark match with members of the Gallo Sureno family (won by the tecnicos), and they say Arturo Rivera was joined by Eric Fisher and our old friend Leonardo Riano for commentary. No mention of Jesus Zuniga or Andres Maronas. Sure enough, there’s a picture of all three of them together at the show. Enrique Yniesta also alluded to this Saturday, though I didn’t pick up what he meant at the time.

No idea if this is just for the Chiapas shows (which are listed as sponsored by Televisa) or if a long term change has been made. AAA’s recap did mention a New Era, which may have meant more than Mistico just showing up. This seems a very lateral move at any rate – I don’t know Fisher, hopefully he’s great, but Riano’s just goofed around on the CMLL Televisa broadcast. He came off like lucha libre was beneath him, and that he would rather be someplace else. It’s possible it was just CMLL and he’ll be better in AAA, but Riano hasn’t seemed that more interested when he’s worked on TripleMania PPV broadcasts. Maybe it’ll be better this time around. The current crew hasn’t been that good either. The Televisa announcing is never going to be aimed for what I’m looking for, but I’d like it not to detract and distract from the broadcast.

A local preview of next Saturday’s taping in Tuxtla Guiterrez confirms it’s also a free show.

Segunda reviews Mephisto versus Valiente.

Dandy takes Satanico’s hair, Arkangel/Chilangamask, independent contractos


CMLL (SUN) 05/18/2014 Arena México [Terra, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Magnus & Molotov b Camorra & Zayco Magnus & Molotov vs Camorra & Zayco, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Tecnicos took 1/3. Nothing noteworthy to the finish (minimal follow up to last week.)
2) Espanto Jr., Hooligan, Nitro b Dragon Lee, Metatrón, Star Jr. Dragon Lee, Metatron, Star Jr. vs Espanto Jr., Hooligan, Nitro, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Rudos took 1/3.
3) Pólvora, Tiger, Virus b Black Panther, Stigma, Tritón Black Panther, Stigma, Triton vs Polvora, Tiger, Virus, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Rudos took 1/3.
4) Fuego b Felino [lightningFuego vs Felino in a lightning match, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Fuego won in 5:15 when his head drove into Felino’s on a quebrada, knocking Felino loopy. Felino was disoriented and stretched out.
5) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja b Marco Corleone, Rey Cometa, Titán Marco Corleone, Rey Cometa, Titan vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Rudos took 1/3. Titan and Roja feuded, though the finish was Guerrero beating Cometa & Euforia doing the same to Marco. Roja did challenge Titan in the post match interview.
6) La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush b Máscara Dorada, Valiente, Volador Jr. Mascara Dorada, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs La Mascara, La Sombra, Rush, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Rudos DQed in second for Rush unmasking Valiente. Sombra soon did the same with Mascara Dorada. Tecnicos got a little comeback in the third, Valiente toped Mascara Dorada by accident, Mascara distracted Tirantes (by basically taking him down) and Sombra and Rush worked together to foul Volador. Not much of a match.

Really useless show. Felino/Fuego was bad luck, but other matches didn’t deliver. They’re still focusing on getting people to boo Sombra, Rush and La Mascara by having them be mean instead of having good matches. It still may work in the long run, but it didn’t work at all here. Crowd didn’t give them any special reaction.

Seems like they’re still a couple weeks out from Titan/Roja. Felino was really shaken up. He’s listed as working Monday in Puebla but probably should take a night off.

CMLL (SUN) 05/18/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@acogdl]
1) El Piraña & Jocker b Dr. Frezzer & Índigo
Rudos took 1/3.
2) El Brillante b Acertijo
3) Javier Cruz Jr. & Leo b Espectrum & Évola
Rudos took 2/3. Leo replaced Exterminador – but Exterminador (in a neck brace) ended up coming in and attacking Evola after Evola fouled Leo.
4) Sky Kid & Smaker b Infierno & Magnum
Tecnicos took 2/3.
5) Cavernario b DeltaRey BucaneroGalloPierrothStuka Jr.Guerrero Maya Jr.Boby ZavalaLeón BlancoRáfaga[cibernetico]
Battle royal set teams as Delta, Stuka, Cavernario, Bobby Zavala, Leon Blanco vs Rey Bucanero, Gallo, Pierorth, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rafaga. Elimination order: Delta, Pierroth, Rafaga, Leon Blanco (via Bucanero), Guerrero Maya (Cavernario), Stuka (Gallo), Gallo, Zavala, Bucanero leaving Cavernario the winner. 

Nice win for the caveman.

Satanico beat El Dandy on Saturday in Arena San Juan Pantitlan, but then lost to Dandy in their hair match on Sunday.

The Gladiatores has an interview with El Satanico from Saturday.

Io Shirai kept the Stardom Women’s championship over Star Fire at the Lucha Fan Fest. They announced next year’s show will be 05/16; it’s always going to be the weekend after DragonMania so some people can do both and take a vacation in between.

No full results from the DTU shows. Violento Jack defeated Ovett & Ciclope to win the main DTU title in Arena Roberto Paz. Septimo Dragon picked up the Alto Impacto championship from Jinzo in Guanajuato, which is Septimo Dragon’s home town.

The scheduled main event of Friday’s show in Tijuana was Mistico & Volador versus Rey Escorpion & Negro Casas. Mistico’s hurt, but the other three didn’t appear either – just Brazo de Oro to apologize and wrestle instead.

Arkangel has responded to ChilangaMask’s claims of him causing their May show to be canceled. Arkangel was operating as a middleman between CMLL and ChilangaMask, didn’t want to do it to begin with, and definitely didn’t want to do after CMLL luchadors (Skandalo and Rey Cometa) were hurt on the ChilangaMask show and didn’t receive any help from the promotion when they were out of action. Arkangel also believe CMLL pulling 4 luchadoras from a show shouldn’t have been enough to cancel it and feels he shouldn’t be blamed for that. ChilangaMask has been heavily mocking this statement on Twitter.

Mexican senator Diva Hadamira Gestélum Bajo wants the government to investigate lucha libre working conditions. The article says luchadors are classifed as independent contracts but do not have the right to work where ever they want due to company vetoes. She believes the luchadors should be classified by employees. This is word for word the same argument which perennially comes in the United States, where it seems as those wrestlers should be considered employees but nothing ever changes when this is brought up. I’d assume that’s the same inaction will be repeated here (at this point, it’s only a politician asking the government to look at it, not even the government getting involved.) It’s going to be talked about because it’s got picked up everywhere, so maybe one of the companies will respond. The big difference is usually this conversation is started by a disenfranchised wrestler, and there doesn’t seem to be one cited here. The politician herself is from Sinaloa, which is not currently a lucha libre hotbed – the bigger issue there is the lack of facilities to actually run shows, as our friend Mr. Iguana has talked about. 

Oriental lost his hair to Black Silver Jr. in Tijuana (where the entire CMLL semimain tag match didn’t show and was replaced by four other CMLL people.)

Rob has highlights of 02/21/14 CMLL.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

This weekend’s Super Libre features Faraon as a guest.

Segunda Caida is let down by the Arena Coliseo Anniversary show.

CMLL promo for next Friday.

Dr. Wagner Jr. is headed to Guatemala on 06/08. That’s usually a CMLL guest spot.

Hijo del Fantasma is not worried about Fenix.


CMLL (SUN) 05/25/2014 Arena Coliseo
1) Bengala & Molotov vs Akuma & Cholo
2) Bam Bam, Eléctrico, Stukita vs Demus 3:16, Mercurio, Pequeño Universo 2000
3) Gallo, Súper Halcón Jr., Tritón vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Sangre Azteca, Skándalo
4) Blue Panther, Fuego, Sagrado vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Ephesto, Mephisto
5) La Máscara, Marco Corleone, Titán vs Niebla Roja, Pierroth, Shocker
6) Volador Jr. vs Rush

First ever Volador vs Rush match. Go for the hair!

Between La Mascara not getting along with his partners, Pierroth being horrible and Titan and Roja feuding, there’s very little hope for the semimain.

Lots of oddities on the undercard. Gallo’s first match in DF since September 2012 (though he has managed to work out in the gym in the meantime.) This is at least the third time Skandalo has been solicited as returning from his eye injury. Bam Bam (and Pequeno Universo) makes his once a month appearance – or doesn’t, guess we’ll see.

CMLL (SUN) 05/25/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Meteoro vs Relampago Azul
2) El Divino & El Ídolo vs El Yaqui & Infierno
3) Explosivo vs Ángel del Mal
4) Exterminador & Javier Cruz Jr. vs Espectrum & Évola
5) Black Metal, Esfinge, Metatrón vs Boby Zavala, Cavernario, Demonio Maya
6) Black Panther, Cachorro, Diamante Azul vs Mr. Águila, Olímpico, Ráfaga

A show. Exterminador continues feuding with his old parnters.  Mugroso Vago seems gone here as soon as he lost his hair.

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