taped 2014-03-25 @ Arena México
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taped 2014-03-18 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Gallo, Leo, Starman vs Camorra, Sádico, Shigeo Okumura: Sadico, as lesser Guadalajara Eterno, was more interesting than Leo in the battle of random Guadalajara youngsters. I couldn’t tell why the Camorra/Leo feud was happening based on the results and I’m even less sure watching the matches. Referee had no idea what Okumura was doing at the end; neither did I.
aped 2014-03-23 @ Arena Coliseo
La Sombra, Super Porky, Valiente vs Felino, Olímpico, Ripper: Lots of Super Porky comedy, not a lot of much else. Sombra seemed to exert more energy reacting to things from the apron than actually wrestling for portions of this match. Ripper lost by failed bodyslam, is supposed to be someone on Volador’s level. Olímpico is still so upset about Sombra unmasking him that as soon as they got in together in the third fall, Olímpico just went to pose. That unmasking was just a thing that happened, much like this match.
Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Máximo vs Averno, Pólvora, Rey Escorpión: Straight build up to a hair match which may eventually be happening. Escorpion & Máximo feuding left two of the smaller rudos fighting two of the taller técnicos, not a great mix for action for the first two falls. It got better in the third fall and was probably the best match on the show, but it was not a memorable show.
CMLL (MON) 04/21/2014 Arena Puebla [Periodico Enfoque, Porra Fresa]
1) Black Tiger, Leono, Tigre Rojo Jr. b Espanto Jr., Fuerza Chicana, King Jaguar
Leono beat Fuerza.
2) Dark Angel, Estrellita, Syuri b Amapola, La Comandante, Tiffany
3) La Máscara, Stigma, Stuka Jr. DQ Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión
Tecnicos took 1/3. Rey Escorpion, who previously beat Mascara by pulling his mask, was caught this time for the DQ.
4) Espíritu Maligno L Asturiano, Blue Center [mask, hair]
Asturiano won his way out of the match first. Espiritu made a mistake, and Blue Center beat him for his hair.
5) Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero b La Sombra, Mistico, Valiente
UG beat Mistico.
Biggest winner in Blue Center’s career; his first known apuesta after 25 years. The semifinal outcome leaves Asturiano and Blue Center open for another apuesta match this year – maybe in July for the local Anniversary show.
Porra Fresa wrote on Facebook that the building was 90% full and 2,500 people in it. As noted in the video post, Puebla TV is way behind, so it’s not as though fans in Puebla have been watching the mask vs mask vs hair feud develop. There was no “Anniversario” or “Dos Leyendas” title attached to the show. The fans in Puebla are just found the lineup and realized that three way match (because there’s nothing else noteworthy here) was a really important match to go see.
As with the other CMLL rings, Puebla had the new red mat. It should be in Arena Coliseo this Sunday.
Tonight’s Arena Mexico show has the Reyes del Atlantida versus the Guerreros (who are Gran, Ultimo and Roja tonight.) If they’re setting up something, and who knows, there’s the material for a trios title match to headline next Tuesday’s Kid’s Day show. The first five matches should air on Terra, including Week 3 En Busca de un Idolo matches Super Halcon Jr. versus Star Jr. and Hechicero versus Soberano Junior. Every Hechicero match in this tournament has been interesting and Soberano is in the subset of participants who might also make the final. (Cavernario, Cachorro, Soberano, Dragon Lee and Star Jr. are battling for that second spot, and Guerrero Negro Jr. & Super Halcon Jr. are battling not to be last.) The show has Syuri’s last match in this tour, a minis match, and the opener tag team of Inquisidor and Cholo hoping to do better than Sunday’s match. I’m otherwise occupied tonight, so no live results here and those videos may not turn up until Wednesday.
Juventued Guerrera says he’s still got a contract with AAA and still is recovering from a foot injury. Something doesn’t quite add up with him.
Rob has highlights of late January/early February 2001.
Pentagon Jr. and Sexy Star brag about their new championship. Sexy explains she invented a never before seen hold to beat Faby Apache.
Amapola says 2013 wasn’t great for her, but 2014 is starting much better.
Rey Escorpion is ready for the hair match with Maximo.
Diario Basta has an interview with El Dandy & Satanico about Sunday’s match.
El Dorado Jr. talks about making his ChilangaMask debut this weekend. He notes his father (El Dorado!) had a match teaming with Atlantis & Stuka against Talisman, Fuerza Guerrera and El Dandy that was called the best match of 1985 and he’s been a fan of Dandy for a long time, so it’s special honor to be on his retirement show.
An article about new Xalapa promotion Independencia Total, the local group who brought in AAA last Friday. Corsario de Fuego is running the group, and they announced AAA would be back on 05/30.
DJ Spectro looks back at MS-1 and El Jalisco.
Lucha Libre in England
Aerostar heads to Sittingbourne on 05/25 to face Will Ospreay for Revolution Pro Wrestling. That also means Aerostar is surely missing the 05/24 AAA taping in Tuxtla Gutierrez.
CMLL (MON) 04/28/2014 Arena Puebla
1) Águila Egipcia, Black Tiger, Paris vs Artillero, El Rebelde, Súper Comando
2) Asturiano, Metálico, Sensei vs Ares, Espíritu Maligno, Siki Ozama Jr.
3) Delta, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Boby Zavala, Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora
4) La Máscara vs Rey Escorpión [lightning]
5) Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Rush vs Negro Casas, Ripper, Shocker
Only five matches and one lightning match means this might be a quick card. Semimain is follow up to last week, and possibly setting up a title match next week.
I missed the first couple falls of the Puebla opener, then the feed died twice during the main event. I got what I got. They’re well behind because of the repeat week (or maybe 2?), enough so that they may end up skipping weeks soon.
YouTube Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYyNnOBGWP7QoQrpBqEJuxrN8qmX4pKhb
04/19 WWC: http://www.sendspace.com/file/sf1rfc
04/20 WWC: http://www.sendspace.com/file/cuppci
04/20 La Lucha se Hace: http://www.sendspace.com/file/r30ndl
CMLL on Terra: 2014-04-15
taped 2014-04-15 @ Arena México
1) Bengala & Molotov vs Camorra & Disturbio
2) Eléctrico, Pequeño Halcón, Último Dragoncito vs Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito
3) Estrellita, Silueta, Syuri vs Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany
4) Dragon Lee vs Star Jr. in a En Busca de un Idolo match
5) Cachorro vs Soberano Jr. in a En Busca de un Idolo match
CMLL on Terra: 2014-04-18
taped 2014-04-18 @ Arena México
1) Flyer & Robin vs Canelo Casas & Espanto Jr.
2) Pegasso, Starman, Tritón vs Cancerbero, Hechicero, Raziel
3) Dark Angel, Marcela, Syuri vs Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit, Zeuxis
4) Dragon Lee vs Guerrero Negro Jr. in a En Busca de un Idolo match
5) Cachorro vs Cavernario in a En Busca de un Idolo match
AAA on Televisa: 2014-04-19
taped 2014-04-16 @ Auditorio Miguel Barragan, San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí
1) Drago, Faby Apache, Jennifer Blake vs El Apache, Sexy Star, Taya Valkyrie
2) Crazy Boy, Joe Lider, Niño Hamburguesa vs Demon Rocker, Machine Rocker, Soul Rocker
3) Angélico, Australian Suicide, Jack Evans vs Eterno, Pentagón Jr., Steve Pain
4) Cibernético, Fénix, La Parka vs Black Warrior, el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Jeff Jarrett
CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-04-19
taped 2014-04-08 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Black Metal, Esfinge, Leo vs Camorra, Cholo, Disturbio
taped 2014-04-13 @ Arena Coliseo
2) Diamante Azul, La Máscara, Titán vs Euforia, Pierroth, Último Guerrero
3) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Valiente vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión
CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-04-19
taped 2014-04-15 @ Arena México
1) Bengala & Molotov vs Camorra & Disturbio
2) Eléctrico, Pequeño Halcón, Último Dragoncito vs Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito
3) Estrellita, Silueta, Syuri vs Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany
4) Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Virus
5) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Stuka Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Misterioso Jr., Rey Escorpión
Lucha Azteca (CMLL): 2014-04-19
taped 2014-04-04 @ Arena México
1) Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Kráneo, Morphosis, Ripper
2) Atlantis, La Máscara, Rush vs Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Shocker
1) Fuego, Sagrado, Tritón vs Boby Zavala, Misterioso Jr., Puma
Mid Show Intro
2) Blue Panther, Diamante Azul, Valiente vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
3) Máximo, Negro Casas, Volador Jr. vs La Sombra, Rey Escorpión, Rush in a relevos increíbles match
CMLL on Terra: 2014-04-20
taped 2014-04-20 @ Arena México
1) Leono & Magnus vs Cholo & Inquisidor
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Sagrado, Súper Halcón Jr. vs Nitro, Sangre Azteca, Shigeo Okumura
3) Blue Panther, La Máscara, Valiente vs Puma, Tiger, Vangellys
4) Syuri vs Amapola [REINA INTL]
5) Atlantis, Rush, Titán vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
6) Rey Escorpión vs Máximo for the CMLL World Light Heavyweight Championship
CMLL Puebla: 2014-04-20
taped 2014-03-24 @ Arena Puebla
1) Black Tiger, Star Jr., Tigre Rojo vs Espiritu Negro, King Jaguar, Siki Ozama Jr.
http://www.sendspace.com/file/dpt1ee - last fall ONLY
2) Astral, Asturiano, Eléctrico vs Blue Center, Espíritu Maligno, Saurón
3) Stuka Jr. vs Virus in a lightning match
4) Black Panther, Blue Panther, Cachorro vs Felino, Puma, Tiger
5) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja vs Kráneo, Morphosis, Ripper
6) Volador Jr. vs Mephisto
IWRG Zona XXI: 2014-04-20
taped 2014-04-09 @ Arena Naucalpan
1) Astro Rey Jr., Diva Salvaje, Látigo vs Araña de Plata, Picudo Jr., Zurdog
2) Centvrión, Dr. Cerebro, Golden Magic vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Oficial 911, Spartan in a lumberjack rules match
3) Alan Extreme, Relámpago, Veneno vs Danny Casas, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan
Noches de Coliseo: 2014-04-20
taped 2014-04-13 @ Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) Larry Miranda Jr., Máscara Púrpura, Simbolo vs Falcon Kid, Misionerio, Muerte Extreme
2) Charles Lucero vs Alberto Dos Rios for the hair
taped 2014-04-15 @ Arena Coliseo Monterrey
3) Black Geminis, Génesis, Tigre Vercacruzano vs Crazy Demon, Misionero, Obession
IWRG (SUN) 04/20/2014 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), IWRG]
1) Power Bull & Zurdog b Galaxy & Omega
2) Anubis Black & Picudo Jr. b Freyser & Metaleon
Freyser replaced Mr. Leo.
3) Guerrero Mixtico, Hip Hop Man, Tony Rivera b Black Terry, Imposible, Látigo
4) Hijo De Dos Caras, Toscano, Veneno b Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr., Tony Casanova
Wagner and Dos Caras brawled all around the building, including out into the hallways.
5) Hijo de Máscara Año 2000 b Súper Nova [IWRG JUNIORS]
Super Nova is champion. He was dressed in a Batman outfit. Hijo de Mascara wiped out a TV cameraperson while getting thrown out of the ring but came back to take the first fall. Nova took the second. Mascara accidentally fouled the ref in the third, and Nova used the distraction to foul Mascara and win. first defense.
Ohtani’s Jacket reviews Blue Panther versus Charles Lucero.
Arturo Rivera says he’s returning to lucha libre on the Tapachula, Chiapas show.
The LA Time has an article and video on local mask maker Manuel Quiroz.
AAA Fusion champion Fenix says he’s not concerned with titles, hairs or masks, but putting on a good show for the people wherever he’s scheduled. Fenix also says he’d like to get a title shot at Texano and defend his own title versus Fantasma.
La Jarochita is proud to be representing Veracruz in AAA.
CMLL (SUN) 04/27/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Meteoro vs Relampago Azul
2) El Divino & Virgo vs Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno
3) León Blanco, Sky Kid, Smaker vs El Yaqui, Espectrum, Magnum
4) Exterminador vs Javier Cruz Jr., Mugroso Vago, Évola [hair]
5) Fuego vs Demonio Maya [OCCIDENTE MIDDLE]
Fuego is champion. First defense.
6) Black Panther, Blue Panther, Cachorro vs Euforia, Misterioso Jr., Vangellys
Fuego won the title back in October from Cavernario, defends it for the first time against Cavernario’s brother. Fuego doesn’t end up here enough to be champion, so a title change seems possible.
Picking Javier Cruz over Exterminador in the hair match.
IWRG (WED) 04/23/2014 Arena Naucalpan
1) Látigo vs Zurdog
2) Alfa & Omega vs Hip Hop Man & Kaling Black
3) Dr. Cerebro & Golden Magic vs Picudo Jr. & Tony Casanova
4) Hijo de Pirata Morgan vs Hijo de Máscara Año 2000
5) Hijo del Lizmark & Toscano vs Eterno & Pirata Morgan
Smaller card than usual. Toscano continues to be everywhere.
CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-03-29
taped 2014-03-25 @ Arena México
En Busca de un Idolo cibernetico – great
CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-03-29
taped 2014-03-21 @ Arena México
Rush vs Shocker for the hair – great
AAA on Televisa: 2014-03-29
taped 2014-03-16 @ Plaza de Toros La Monumental, Monterrey, Nuevo León
Villano IV vs Chessman for the AAA Latin American Championship – great
Shows Watched But Nothing Made The List
CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-03-29
Matches To Watch Later
IWRG Zona XXI: 2014-03-30
AAA TV (SAT) 04/19/2014 Gimnasio Olímpico Juan de la Barrera, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal [AAA, MT (1-5), Terra]
1) Argenis, Ludxor, Venum b Carta Brava Jr., Eterno, Súper Fly
Bonus match. Cadetes beat Super Fly with a Spanish Fly.
2) Aerostar, Jennifer Blake, Pimpinela Escarlata b El Apache, Mamba, Taya Valkyrie
Pimpinela defeated Apache after a kiss. Super Fly attacked Aerostar after the match.
3) Daga, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Steve Pain b Angélico, Australian Suicide, Jack Evans
Daga declared himself new leader of La Anarquia, beat Jack, and challenged for a tag title shot.
4) Drago & Faby Apache b Pentagón Jr. & Sexy Star and Dark Cuervo & Mary Apache [AAA MIXED TAG]
Faby Apache & Drago came in as champions. Described as first pinfall wins and Sexy submitted Faby for the win. Sexy & Pentagon are the 13rd champions. Drago/Faby fall on second defense (they defended it off TV a couple weekends ago.)
5) Blue Demon Jr. b Villano IV
Another bloody Villano IV match, but another loss. Demon won, then bad mouthed Chessman as part of his challenge. Chessman did not accept, but said such a match would be the end of Demon.
6) Cibernético, La Parka, Psycho Clown b el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Hijo del Fantasma, Texano Jr.
Dave the Clown or someone posing as Dave the Clown attacked Psycho Clown on the way to the ring. It’s unclear if this was meant to be an angle. Psycho defeated Texano with the Destroyer. Rudos immediately all attacked the tecnicos (and Faby) as normal, with Monster and Murder Clown making the save.
Air Date: 04/26, 05/03.
The Dave the Clown bit is not mentioned in the recap, but you can currently see Dave in the pictures on AAA’s site. He’s in gear and appears to be coming from backstage, but it also appears security is already going to cut him off. Maybe it’ll make more sense when it airs (or if it’s cut.)
Juventued Guerrera formed La Anarquia as a response to being replaced as leader of Mexican Powers (when he happened to be out of the promotion for a couple years.) History repeated itself! This seemed like Juvi being written out of existence, though I’m less sure what exactly happened this time. Juvi will be back, because Juvi always ends up coming back, but hopefully we’ll get a good story about it in the upcoming days.
Daga & Steve Pain were already announced as facing Angelico & Jack on 05/02, so this change in leadership had to be planned for a little while. This also leaves the Perros del Mal down to Perro Jr., Psicosis, Black Warrior and Taya, though the distinctions between rudo groups do not mean a whole lot at this point. Anarquia hasn’t been treated as a big deal, but it’s much better for Daga to be the top guy in that group than just another Perro.
The opener was added after the fact, so maybe they didn’t just plan on Eterno working this day originally, but it looks weird to have La Anarquia member Eterno replaced in his own trio by very-part-timer Hijo del Pirata Morgan. (Or maybe Pirata’s also ending up in the group? That would be fine, not sure if that is happening. Pirates are pretty much anarchists anyway.)
Fenix wasn’t on this show, but mentioned being in the crowd to watch the show with friends and family. That probably should’ve been a hint about how the title match was going to turn out. Really cool to see Pentagon Jr. to get the recognition of winning a championship; he’s always been very good, but he’s been fantastic this year. The women/mixed titles are almost always going to bounce around between Mary, Faby and Sexy, but AAA could’ve picked any rudo to pick with Sexy Star and they chose the best one.
This is good booking. This is good booking. (I thought I needed to write that twice in case you weren’t sure what you read.) There’s stuff on the top that doesn’t appear to me, but they’re setting up good matches in the middle int he meantime and the best guy in the promotion got a big win.
CMLL (SUN) 04/20/2014 Arena México [CMLL, LuchaWorld, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Leono & Magnus b Cholo & Inquisidor
tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Nitro, Sangre Azteca, Shigeo Okumura b Hombre Bala Jr., Sagrado, Súper Halcón Jr.
Rudos took 1/3. Nitro had a poor night.
3) Blue Panther, La Máscara, Valiente b Puma, Tiger, Vangellys
Tecnicos took 1/3.
4) Syuri b Amapola [REINA INTL]
Seconds were Sagrada and Sangre Azteca. Amapola took falls 2/3, the last with a backcracker, to win the championship. Syuri falls on her third defense. Amapola is 7th champion, having beaten a visiting Japanese challenger for the second time in three years (Leon).
5) Atlantis, Rush, Titán b Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
Tecnicos took a quick three falls match, taking falls 2/3. No specific post match challenges, though Casas and Rush are still feuding.
6) Rey Escorpión b Máximo [CMLL LH]
Seconds were Titan and Tiger. Maximo weighed in at 91 kg, Rey Escorpion at 92.5 kg. Maximo won the first. Rey Escorpion submitted Maximo with an arm hold in the second, and Maximo had his arm checked between falls. Rey Escorpion is champion. Eighth defense, third against Maximo.
Women’s championship was the best match on the show. It was better than expected, but the main event was also not as good as hoped. It also didn’t seem to draw anything special (maybe more than they would’ve put in Coliseo but not much more), which is a bit concerning when the Maximo/Rey Escorpion feud appears to a big part of a show this summer. I’d chalk that up more to championships meaning very little in CMLL, but it would’ve helped if the title match built the feud bigger going forward. Instead, it was a weird bit where Maximo had Escorpion beat, Tiger was allowed to run in the ring and argue with the referee to stop the count, Titan did the same on the next Escorpion spot, and Escorpion snuck in a foul in the confusion. The Tiger run-in should’ve been a DQ under CMLL rules, btu they just went overboard in trying to protect everyone and no one got anything out of it. Definitely not the people watching it.
CMLL (SUN) 04/20/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@acogdl]
1) Venusino b El Payo
bonus match with novatos
2) El Tapatío b El Piraña
3) Dr. Frezzer & William Rock vs Ángel del Mal & Satara
Debut of Dr. Frezzer. Tecnicos used 1/3, with William Rock using the “Jokerdriver”.
4) Explosivo DQ Furia Nazi
5) Évola & Mugroso Vago DQ Exterminador & Javier Cruz Jr.
Rudos took 1/3, last by DQ. Challengers set up a four way hair match on 04/27.
6) Boby Zavala & Demonio Maya b Black Metal & Fuego
Rudos took 1/3, Demonio Maya beating Fuego. Maya challenged for a Occidente middleweight title on 04/27, and Fuego accepted.
7) Diamante Azul, Gallo, La Sombra b Cavernario, Herodes Jr., Terrible
Tecnicos took 1/3.
I probably need to list Exterminador as a tecnico, but I don’t think he’s long for that side. Not really sure who’s going to win.
Bernardo “Barney” Galván Sevilla, promotor of Baja Stars Wrestling in Tijuana, has passed away. The last show he promoted was the 03/01 Sin Cara versus Black Warrior match.
AAA TV announced two more tapings for the rest of May: 05/17 in Tapachula, Chiapas and 05/24 in Tuxtla Gutierrez. That’ll take them at least until the middle of June for television, up to (and maybe past) Verano de Escandalo. There may be another 12-16 day gap between tapings after Tuxtla as well, just like AAA’s now going to have right now.
This week’s Super Libre has Shiryu Dragon in studio.
Rob has highlights of early January 2001 CMLL.
LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.
Porra Fresa previews Monday’s triangle apuesta match.
Kimber Lee, from CZW and other US promotions, will be on the 05/25 ChilangaMask show. Maybe the women’s match on next week’s show leads into that?
Saeta del Ring is looking for governmental support for a lucha libre school in Campeche.
Segunda Caida reviews 03/21 CMLL LATV.
CMLL (SUN) 04/27/2014 Arena México
***Arena Mexico 58th Anniversary***
1) Astral & Eléctrico vs Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Olímpico
2) La Vaquerita, Lluvia, Marcela vs Amapola, Dalys, La Comandante
3) Máximo, Super Porky, Titán vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
4) Valiente vs Tritón, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr., Rey Cometa, Averno, Mephisto, Ephesto, Niebla Roja, Tiger, Puma [Reyes del Aire]
5) Atlantis, La Sombra, Mistico vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión
And so the mystery of why nothing was set up for this show was answered. Reyes del Aire is back, though vastly scaled down and with an smaller field. It should still be an excellent match, but there are obvious omissions – including the guy in the tercera. I am a fan of Guerrero Maya Jr. and he does cool dives, but if they’re only going to have six tecnicos in this match, he should be fighting the caveman and Titan should be doing the flips. (Unless they’re spinning an Arena Coliseo tag team title match out of this, and everyone you’d suspect in the next one of those happens to be included.)
Main event is the more conventional Kids Heroes versus Mean Rudos (who will go around for the Kid’s Heroes moves.) Both this show and Tuesday’s show are splitting Kid’s Day this year, which unhelpfully falls on a Wednesday. Perhaps that’ll mean IWRG will run that day next week?
Vaquerita is scheduled for her first match here since August. She’s traveled to Japan, and then was hurt in her last match has been recovering the last couple of months. She was a ruda (and Zeuxis’ partner in crime) last we saw here, but has been a tecnica elsewhere. CMLL still seems to be searching for a young tecnica who could work, so they’ll give on more luchadora a try.
Outside the cibernetico, it’s not a very vital card, which works out well if you have other things to watch next Sunday.
CMLL (FRI) 04/18/2014 Arena México [@therealfredo, @TKD_117, CMLL]
1) Canelo Casas & Espanto Jr. b Flyer & Robin
Rudos took 1/3. Espanto beat Robin with a Canadian Destroyer and CMLL spent a lot of time carefully putting Robin on a strecher after the fact (but slow motion replay reveals Robin’s head didn’t touch the mat, so he should be fine.)
2) Cancerbero, Hechicero, Raziel b Pegasso, Starman, Tritón
Rudos took 1/3.
3) Dark Angel, Marcela, Syuri b Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit, Zeuxis
Zeuxis replaced Amapola, who was still around to do commentary. Tecnicos took 1/3.
4) Dragon Lee b Guerrero Negro Jr. [En Busca de un Idolo]
Volador was guest judge, while Dragon replaced the missing-in-action Shocker. Dragon Lee with a German suplex. Lee scored a 8, 9, 8, 6 for a total of
32 31. Guerrero Negro scored a 7, 8, 7, 4 for a total of 26.
5) Cachorro b Cavernario [En Busca de un Idolo]
Cachorro defeated Cavernario by surprise fujiwara armbar after Cavernario had dominated the match. Cachorro scored a 8, 9, 9, 6 for a 31. Cavernario received a perfect score of 40, the 3rd person to do so in the history of this competition. (Euforia in Week 3 of 2012, Vangelis in Week 8 of 2013)
6) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Super Porky DQ Euforia, Pierroth, Último Guerrero
Tecnicos took 2/3, Ultimo pulling Atlantis’ mask match. Ultimo Guerrero threatened to quit CMLL if CMLL doesn’t schedule the UG/Atlantis mask match at this year’s Anniversario.
7) Kráneo, Mr. Niebla, Ripper b Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr.
Mr. Niebla replaced Shocker. Rudos took 1/3, Niebla and Kraneo beating Mistico and Valiente.
Ultimo Guerrero quitting is going to happen right after that Volador career match. Maybe the newest new strategy is grandiose (and unbelievable) challenges? Ultimo’s challenge here is basically “give me that match right now or I will make sure I can never have that match”, which seems counter productive. Maybe it’s more about the power to make the match than the match itself. Though, in story, it’s Ultimo Guerrero’s fault the match didn’t happen yet. He lost.
The new Victoria red mat made it’s debut here. It was as jarring as expected, but people have generally gotten used to the other many cosmetic changes made to Arena Mexico over the last fifteen years and will this in time. The more immediate issue it seems to be throwing off the color balance; from what I saw of the video, the luchadors seemed to be darker and tinted, probably because the lights were set to bounce off a blue mat and now it’s a red one. It’s visually off putting, but also maybe something they didn’t consider until they saw it on TV. (I didn’t notice those problems with AAA though.)
Shocker’s been around enough to respond and retweet people on Twitter, so he could explain what’s going on if it’s something he wanted to talk about. It doesn’t appear to be that.
Speaking of absences, it was very odd for Amapola to do commentary and miss her match two days in front of her title match. I didn’t come across an explanation. No major promotion anywhere has as many inexplicable card changes as CMLL.
CMLL belatedly updated the En Busca de un Idolo scoreboard
Week 2 Poll Results
18: Soberano Jr.
18: Super Halcon Jr.
17: Star Jr.
17: Guerrero Negro Jr.
11: Dragon Lee
Overall standings thru 2.5 weeks:
145 Dragon Lee*
118 Guerrero Negro Jr.*
106 Star Jr.
102 Soberano Jr.
91 Super Halcon Jr.
Hechicero is leading despite having one less match than then next 4 people.
CMLL has already started the third week of the En Busca de un Idolo poll. I haven’t been keeping track of the raw numbers this year – are they actually resetting the totals between rounds this year? It seems like everyone is starting in the same area every week.
Tonight’s AAA taping in Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera seems like a pivotal one, and not for any matches scheduled on the card. Sin Cara is generally expected to appear in AAA, and maybe even make it to the ring this time. Sin Cara was still under some level of WWE contract when he make a cameo back in February, but he figures to have more freedom this time. I still don’t feel like I have a great grasp of what Sin Cara can or can not do at this point, but my understand is AAA is attempting to sign him to a contract, which suggests he has enough freedom from WWE to agree to work elsewhere. It’s not a done deal, so it’s even still possible Sin Cara make no appearance at all, but it would realistically just mean his debut gets pushed back another major show cycle – everyone’s going to be passing up some money if it doesn’t happen Saturday, but it’s going to happen eventually so it might as well get done on Saturday.
AAA fans have already seen Sin Cara in that building, so the bigger mystery might be who else shows up. People who book AAA shows are booking Averno on those shows. People who book CMLL shows are booking Averno on that shows. That can’t actually work in lucha libre, so someone’s going to be wrong. Both sides are perfectly fine advertising people who they know won’t actually be on the show, so it’s impossible to tell who’s telling the truth. We know Averno has made more money working against Sin Cara than he has against anyone else in his career. We know, right now, he’ll definitely make more money working spot shows against Sin Cara than he will on front of mostly empty Arena Mexico shows. We can guess CMLL’s not promising Averno any big plans for the future, and his most recent (and possibly last) CMLL DF appearance had him losing to the new Mistico which sure could be read as an exit. On the other hand, we already assuming Sin Cara is unlikely to be a lifer in AAA. AAA has quickly soured on people who come in with big egos and aren’t willing to be team players, which sounds a lot like Sin Cara’s behavior in WWE and hasn’t seemed to change a lot since coming back to Mexico. Averno has to know that if he’s tying himself completely to Sin Cara, Averno may get dragged down with Sin Cara before long.
When I add it up, I think it makes more sense for Averno to make the jump. I really don’t know if he will.
There are matches! The mixed tag tercera appears to be the most important match of the night based on the long build. Drago and Faby Apache go in as champions as favorites. Mary Apache has a decent record against her sister, but betting on Dark Cuervo seems foolhardily. I’m rooting for the Pentagon Jr. & Sexy Star team, but it’s easy to imagine Australian Suicide costing Pentagon Jr. the match.
The actual main event is a Cibernetico, La Parka, Psycho Clown contra Perro Aguayo Jr., Hijo del Fantasma, Texano Jr. match, which will surely end with Psycho Clown asking for a title shot against Texano for the 20th time. They’re in Mexico City, so maybe he’ll actually get it if asks before the mass run-ins start, but we should also find out if AAA has any significant plans for the other four guys. Blue Demon and Villano IV meet in an unofficial #1 contenders match for Chessman’s Latin American championship, which will probably be a bloody victory by Demon. The show is listed as starting at 8:30pm local, though that usually means the first official match will get to the ring around 9:05pm.
AAA will be selling their official merchandise in the hours before the show. Taya, Pentagon Jr., Jennifer Blake and Aerostar will also be signing autographs at the booth. I wonder if those fellows will be allowed to sell their own merchandise at the stand, or if AAA’s created any for them yet.
DJ Spectro looks back at Blue Demon vs Espectro.
Segunda Caida reviews 04/06/14 CMLL.
CMLL (FRI) 04/25/2014 Arena México
1) Dragon Lee & Sensei vs Espiritu Negro & Zayco
2) Estrellita, Marcela, Silueta vs La Seductora, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit
3) Súper Halcón Jr. vs Soberano Jr. [En Busca de un Idolo]
4) Hechicero vs Star Jr. [En Busca de un Idolo]
5) Atlantis, Máximo, Super Porky vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
6) Mistico, Titán, Volador Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión
7) La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush vs Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Shocker
Two weeks ago (or last week on Fox), there appeared to be a set up for La Mascara & Rush versus Shocker & Negro Casas (which would be a tag title match.) Assuming Shocker is back, that could pick up here.
Maybe only top four airs, but Hechicero/Star Jr. should be a good internet main event. No Syuri in the women’s match, which probably means she’s done after Tuesday.
My hunch is Tuesday will be Guerrero Negro Jr. versus Cavernario and Cachorro versus Dragon Lee based on the pattern they’re using. It’ll definitely be those four, the match ups are just iffy.