02/14-16 lucha videos

No new IWRG aired this week.

CMLL on Fox and AAA overlapped; we got all of the Fox show and what we could of the AAA show. I’ll have the rest next week.

I’m now guessing last week’s NdC show was actually from 02/04. Had to be on a Tuesday, it had Mr. Nice.

The stream had some problems during the final Puebla match; I will put up another version later if I can record the replay.

YouTube Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYyNnOBGWP7QV1jkyG9AJjAtpss4o0VN1

02/15 WWC: http://www.sendspace.com/file/w8i5dz
02/16 WWC: http://www.sendspace.com/file/itqm8x

02/16 La Lucha Se Le Hace: http://www.sendspace.com/file/c7ool6

CMLL on Terra: 2014-02-14
taped 2014-02-14 @ Arena Mexico
DailyMotion Playlist: http://www.dailymotion.com/playlist/x32b30_thecubsfan_2014-02-14-cmll-terra/1
1) Molotov & Oro Jr. vs Artillero & Súper Comando
http://ul.to/ohlrrees
2) Fuego, Pegasso, Starman vs Misterioso Jr., Sangre Azteca, Shigeo Okumura
http://ul.to/qk0300lg
3) Marcela vs Dalys in a lightning match
http://ul.to/j3xwsfv2
4) Blue Panther, Rush, Super Porky vs Felino, Negro Casas, Shocker
http://ul.to/0znl9db0

AAA on Televisa: 2014-02-15
taped 2014-02-09 @ Centro Civico Nueva Aragon, Ecatepec, Estado de Mexico
Intro
http://www.sendspace.com/file/173eqi
1) Aerostar, Faby Apache, Jennifer Blake vs El Apache, Sexy Star, Taya Valkyrie
http://www.sendspace.com/file/m8bcj6

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-02-15
Intro
http://www.sendspace.com/file/majlkw
taped 2014-02-04 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Stigma, Stuka Jr., Tritón vs Boby Zavala, Camorra, Sangre Azteca
http://www.sendspace.com/file/4mdmd8
taped 2014-02-09 @ Arena Coliseo
2) Delta & Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Puma & Tiger for the Arena Coliseo (DF) Tag Team Championship
http://www.sendspace.com/file/4a38m7

CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-02-15
taped 2014-02-11 @ Arena Mexico
Intro
http://www.sendspace.com/file/tib5s3
1) Leono & Magnus vs Akuma & Zayco
http://www.sendspace.com/file/udqfb3
2) Dragon Lee, Flyer, Robin vs Canelo Casas, Guerrero Negro Jr., Herodes Jr.
http://www.sendspace.com/file/gul273
3) Dark Angel, Estrellita, Goya Kong vs Amapola, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit
http://www.sendspace.com/file/7ygtpz
Stellar Moments
http://www.sendspace.com/file/3vtni9
4) Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Averno, Mephisto, Rey Bucanero
http://www.sendspace.com/file/460q2v
5) Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas vs La Máscara, Rush, Titán
http://www.sendspace.com/file/d5eksm
Ending
http://www.sendspace.com/file/6k3fx4

CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-02-15
taped 2014-02-07 @ Arena Mexico
Intro
http://www.sendspace.com/file/uuf92n
1) Herodes Jr. & Shocker vs Espiritu Negro & Reapper in a CMLL Gran Alternativa eightfinal
http://www.sendspace.com/file/rhjmj3
2) Canelo Casas & Negro Casas vs Dragon Lee & Rush in a CMLL Gran Alternativa eightfinal
http://www.sendspace.com/file/e3crg6
3) Bárbaro Cavernario & Mr. Niebla vs Black Panther & Blue Panther Diamante Azul in a CMLL Gran Alternativa eightfinal
http://www.sendspace.com/file/2o9ej2
4) Atlantis & Star Jr. vs Hechicero & Último Guerrero in a CMLL Gran Alternativa eightfinal
http://www.sendspace.com/file/mi28sa
5) Herodes Jr. & Shocker vs Dragon Lee & Rush in a CMLL Gran Alternativa quarterfinal
http://www.sendspace.com/file/ij5nk0
6) Cavernario & Mr. Niebla vs Hechicero & Último Guerrero in a CMLL Gran Alternativa quarterfinal
http://www.sendspace.com/file/hzgz86
7) Bárbaro Cavernario & Mr. Niebla vs Dragon Lee & Rush Herodes Jr. & Shocker in a CMLL Gran Alternativa semifinal
http://www.sendspace.com/file/3cmfec

Lucha Azteca (CMLL): 2014-02-15
taped 2014-01-31 @ Arena Mexico
(Gran Alternativa Block A)
http://www.sendspace.com/file/69artt

CMLL on Terra: 2014-02-16
taped 2014-02-16 @ Arena Mexico
DailyMotion Playlist: http://www.dailymotion.com/playlist/x32byl_thecubsfan_2014-02-16-cmll-on-terra/1
Intro
http://ul.to/jxjczhzw
1) Astral, Eléctrico, Último Dragoncito vs Demus 3:16, Mercurio, Pierrothito
http://ul.to/jw3rgiwq
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Metatrón, Súper Halcón Jr. vs Hijo del Signo, Hooligan, Nitro
http://ul.to/qed680vp
3) Rey Cometa, Sagrado, Stuka Jr. vs Kamaitachi, Puma, Virus
http://ul.to/9oawxmnn
4) Diamante Azul, Fuego, La Máscara vs Ephesto, Pierroth, Vangellys
http://ul.to/dsk45duj
5) Pólvora vs Mistico for the CMLL World Welterweight Championship
http://ul.to/9e22yqjg
6) Marco Corleone, Super Porky, Volador Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Kráneo, Mr. Águila
http://ul.to/4v26yayk

CMLL Puebla: 2014-02-16
taped 2014-02-03 @ Arena Puebla
1) Águila Egipcia, Meyer, Paris vs Akuma, Cholo, Guerrero Espacial
http://www.sendspace.com/file/s6m6ku
2) Black Tiger, Milenium, Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Hooligan, Nitro
http://www.sendspace.com/file/ful7sf
3) Stigma, Stuka Jr., Tritón vs Misterioso Jr., Puma, Tiger
http://www.sendspace.com/file/d6negy
4) Diamante Azul, La Sombra, Rush vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
http://www.sendspace.com/file/190mrf
5) La Máscara & Volador Jr. vs Mr. Águila & Reaper
http://www.sendspace.com/file/d2qljq

Noches de Coliseo: 2014-02-16
taped I have no idea @ Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) Mr. Nice, Silencio, Tigre Universitario vs Antifaz del Norte, Corazón de Barrio, Hator 
1) Vaquero Romo, Silver Star, Corazon de Barrio vs Rey Imagen, Angel Espacial, Diluvio I 

http://www.sendspace.com/file/o9n9gf
taped 2014-02-09 @ Arena Coliseo Monterrey 
2) Memo Valles, Pantera I, Pee Wee vs Bengali, Difunto I, Ejecutor 
http://www.sendspace.com/file/emnwfp
3) Caifan & Silver Star vs Alberto Dos Rios & Hijo De Centurion Negro 
http://www.sendspace.com/file/f9o14h
4) El Dandy vs Satánico
http://www.sendspace.com/file/r6d33f

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CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-01-18

 

Superkick freeze power

recap

taped 2014-01-07 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Gallo, Smaker, Tritón vs Boby Zavala, Misterioso Jr., Shigeo Okumura: So much cheating by the técnicos; Pollito breaks up Zavala’s pinfall, then Gallo uses the ropes to beat the rudo. Boby was fun begging off from Gallo in an otherwise ordinary match. Strange decision to air this match; the double hair match was limited to a quick video package (and the segunda was more interesting for other reasons.)

Atlantis takes out the Niebla

taped 2014-01-12 @ Arena Mexico
Blue Panther, Sagrado, Valiente vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Tiger: a sudden pinfall showcase, and a match to have a match. It’s nice to see TRT actually beat a random collection of técnicos, that doesn’t seem to happen a lot. Tiger worked with Panther a lot here, but their bigger feud wasn’t played up on.

Atlantis, La Máscara, Super Porky vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas: These were three short matches, and a long bit of showing the entrances. Niebla sure went a long way to forearm Atlantis in the back. This match was build up to next week’s singles match, and not a lot more. Niebla/Atlantis seem game, but there wasn’t enough here to make this particular match attractive. This is an unusual complaint, but there was not enough La Mascara in this match; he should’ve taken things over for the técnico side more, since Porky was looking really tired and Atlantis was tied up with Niebla for most of the match. Instead, Mascara was half sitting this one out and slow wrestling “action” ensued.

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2013 Lucha Libre Win/Loss Records

As always, these records are obtained simply off of publicly available lineup info and records and are pretty wrong. I know I’m missing many, many lineups and more results. This is the best I have, but the totals are greatly influenced by the ease of finding some promotion’s info (CMLL, IWRG) and the difficulty in finding info on other groups (everyone else.) There are an endless amount of small shows which will never be advertised in a place were I can see it; these are not complete, just as accurate as I can make them. The records include matches in Japan which were co-promoted with Mexician promotions, and some shows in Central America just to be random. When it’s really easy to follow a Guatemalan promotion and they use CMLL guys, I include them.

These lists are broken down by affiliation, not by matches in that promotion. For example, the IWRG list includes everyone who stuck in 2013 IWRG long enough for me to consider them a member of the roster (usually just 1 match), but the win/loss/total includes any match that person had anywhere. It’s sorting and not limiting. (I should really do these lists only including CMLL DF and AAA TV at some point.)

I’ve dropped the Arena Afixion and Xalapa sections this year. Aficion (and all Pachuca results, thanks to the tireless work of Funcion Estelar) are still pretty regular but there’s no sign of a set roster (like Monterrey.) Xalapa stopped posted results. I added TxT partly because the last result I put in was their lightly attended taping in Leon, but there’s a lot of cross over with IWRG and the roster data isn’t great. It’s there but I’m mostly ignoring it as a category.

I’m sure more 2013 will turn up, but not much. These results are more likely to change by adding more luchadors to be tracked by name; 1665 luchadors are included this year so far. You can find previous years of this topic under the records tag. I’ve been doing this since 2008; it occurs to me that it wouldn’t be too hard to go backwards and at least post what I have, so maybe that’s a project for later.

The full list of records is here.

Most Matches

2008: Ultimo Guerrero (228)
2009: La Parka Jr. (211)
2010: Mistico (204)
2011: Último Guerrero & La Mascara (188)
2012: Último Guerrero (189)
2013: Ultimo Guerrero (205)

 

Name Total
Último Guerrero 205
Atlantis 199
La Máscara 168
Rush 163
Máximo 160
Valiente 159
Máscara Dorada 155
Volador Jr. 155
Mr. Niebla 153
La Sombra 149

The top 4 are the same top 4 from last year, with Maximo moving up from 6th to 5th (and Mephisto dropping down to 16th.) Volador was 7th last year, 8th this one. It’s all CMLL top 10, which is strange, but based on a lot more people in the 150s and 160s. Psycho Clown was 10th last year, had more matches this year (144, most among AAA) and fell to 13th.

AAA top 7, just for comparison sake

 

Psycho Clown 144
Murder Clown 142
Monsther Clown 137
La Parka Jr. 133
Eterno 121
Pentagón Jr. 118
Fénix (AAA) 117

Exactly 50 people are listed as having 100 or more matches.

Top among people who wrestled in IWRG: Eterno (121) – Navarros were all within 5.
Top among Arena Puebla regulars: Black Tiger (29) – average was 16.5, these guys are getting 4 matches every 3 months
Top among Arena Coliseo Guadalajara regulars: Black Metal (69)
Top among unaligned: Aeroboy (110) – I believe there’s an unrelated SLP guy also using the Aeroboy, which is the secret big problem in trying to keep records like this. Violento Jack is second with 81.

Most Wins

2008: Blue Panther (97)
2009: Mistico (110)
2010: Mistico (128)
2011: Ultimo Guerrero (90)
2012: Atlantis (93)
2013: La Mascara (102)

 

Name Win
La Máscara 102
Atlantis 100
Rush 93
La Sombra 88
Máximo 82
Shocker 78
Blue Panther 76
Brazo de Plata 75
Último Guerrero 74
Valiente 74

As always, the results are heavily tilted towards CMLL because AAA spots shows rarely have results reported. The 19 wrestlers with the most announced matches with no reported results (“Unknown”) are from AAA.

First 100 win year since Mistico left town.

Most of AAA roster: 39 – Monster Clown & Fenix (4oth)
Most of IWRG roster: 45 – Dinamic Black & Impossible (28th)
Most of Guadalajara roster: 33 – Black Metal (62th)
Most of Puebla roster: 15 – Espiritu Maligno (198th)
Everyone else: 27 – Aeroboy (91st)

Most Losses

2008: Averno (84)
2009: Negro Casas (86)
2010: Negro Casas (75)
2011: La Mascara (72)
2012: Ultimo Guerrero (79)
2013: Ultimo Guerrero (84)

 

Name Loss
Último Guerrero 84
Averno 80
Mephisto 74
Volador Jr. 72
Rey Escorpión 71
Euforia 68
Dragón Rojo Jr. 66
Valiente 65
Mr. Niebla 62
Máscara Dorada 60

Having lots of reported matches means having lots losses, but it always tends to be the rudos at the top of the list.

Most in AAA roster (ignoring short term guys): 42 – Pentagon (43rd)
Most in Puebla roster: 15 – Black Tiger (227th)
Most in Guadalajara roster:  35 – Exterminador (67th)
Most in IWRG: 59 – Eterno (12th)
Everyone else: 35 – Aeroboy (63rd)

Best Win % (with at least 10 known results)
only 25% of the wrestlers (579) have at least 10 known results

 

Name W%
Tinieblas Jr. 90%
Voltron 90%
El Hijo Del Santo 86%
Rayo de Oro (Guatemala) 82%
Máscarita Divina 80%
Octagón 78%
Hombre Sin Miedo 78%
Rayo de Jalisco Jr. 78%
Jack Evans 78%
El Elegido 77%

I always love these lists for the weird people. Tinieblas is the best luchador in the world by the stats (which don’t include level of competition.) Voltron is an old Guatemalan luchador show who the Arena Guatemala Mexico promotion is built around, Rayo de Oro is the young tecnico who had a long win streak there. Hombre Sin Miedo is just random.

Most in CMLL roster: 90% – Thunder (11th) – your depressing stat of the day!
Most in Puebla roster: 64% – Ares (67th)
Most in Guadalajara roster:  67% – Smaker (42nd)
Most in IWRG regulars: 76% – Pirata Morgan Jr. (197th)

Worst Win %

Estrella De Fuego 5%
Fly Metalik 9%
Fly Warrior 9%
Pequeño Universo 2000 10%
Argos (Astro Boy) 11%
Jhonky 11%
Mini Psicosis 13%
Baby Star 14%
Pentagón Jr. 14%
La Seductora 16%

Most in Puebla roster: 64% – Ares (67th)
Most in Guadalajara roster:  18% – Thunder Boy (12th)
Most in IWRG regulars: 32% – Sky Angel (84th)

Estrella de Fuego is a Monterrey luchadora. The Flys are indy wrestlers around Mexico City. Jhonky – who I only recently realized wast meant to be pronounced Junkie – is of course a DTU luchador who pops up in Arena Aficion a lot. Baby Star appears to be based in Ciudad Juarez but has been turning up elsewhere, including on Toryumon Mexico shows.

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Super Nova wins Rebelión de Los Juniors

photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (SUN) 02/16/2014 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), The Gladiatores]
1) Fulgor I & Power Bull b Ángel Del Amor & Dragón Celestial
2) Electro Boy, Rayan, Tupac Amaru Jr. b Chico Che, Diva Salvaje, Miss Gaviota
Electro Boy replaced Spartaco/Spartan/whomever. Rayan’s first match here since September.
3) Alan Extreme & Veneno b Oficial 911 & Oficial AK47 [super libre]
Listed as super libre, does not appear to be so. AK-47 faked a foul for a DQ in the first, and the Oficials won clean in the second for straight falls. Oficals would like a title match.
4) Golden Magic, Máscara Púrpura, Relámpago DQ Eterno, Tony Rivera, Trauma II
Tecnicos took 2/3, Eterno pulling Relampago’s mask in the third fall.
5) Súper Nova b Hijo De Dos Caras, Hijo del Lizmark, Trauma I, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Hijo del Fishman, Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Fresero Jr. [La Rebelión de Los Juniors]
Winner gets a shot at Trauma II for his IWRG Junior de Juniors title. Luchadors were eliminated being thrown over the top rope (battle royal rules) until it got down to the last two, where submissions and pinfalls were also allowed. Brawling outside was OK, so there was a lot of that. Elimination order: Fresero Jr., Hijo de Fishman, pirata Morgan, Mascara Ano 2000 Jr. (pulling each other out), Hijo de Dos Caras, Hijo del Lizmark. That left Nova and Trauma I, and Nova got some revenge for the Traumas putting him out of action last year by smashing Trauma I’s knee with a chair a few times and submitting Trauma I to his own hold.

Porra Fresa has a preview of tonight’s Arena Puebla card. Vangellys versus Rush is the semimain headliner.

This week’s Box Y Lucha #3167 has the Gran Alternativa winner, AAA in DF, and WWE masked men news.

This week’s Luchas 2000 has the Gran Alternativa winner, Perro going to Rey de Reyes, Halcon Suriano & Stukita, and Titan/Rush/La Mascara as “Los Bad Boys.” La Mascara?

Crazy Boy, Joe Lider, Septimo Dragon beat Dance Boy, Alex Guajardo, Star Boy (Guanajuato) in the main event of show in Salamanca, part of a seminar.

Cibernetico beat Perro Aguayo Jr. in Ciudad Victoria.

An article on a Bronx lucha libre promotion.

A lucha school in Tlaxaca.

AAA on Televisa: 2014-01-18

Sexy Star being Sexy Star

recap

taped 2013-12-14 @ Hard Rock Hotel, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco
El Elegido, Faby Apache, Mascarita Sagrada vs Dark Cuervo, Mini Abismo Negro, Taya Valkyrie: OK mixed trios match with very little memorable in ring action. Sexy Star wandering out, as if she had bad directions for the restaurant and somehow ended up in the wrestling area, was the most entertaining portion of the match. I think it took her a couple of minutes to realize her friends were actually in a match, and then she broke up a pin for a DQ except it’s not a DQ because she’s Sexy Star. She had quite the outfit, maybe that’s how she got away with it. They made sure this felt like a normal AAA taping by having the técnicos win and then immediately get destroyed by the rudos. (Or at least I think that was the point, because there didn’t seem to be any other one.)

 

shooting star cannonball

Angélico, Australian Suicide, Jack Evans vs Daga, Steve Pain, Toscano: Another in the regular series of good matches for this trio. This wasn’t as smooth as some of the other ones, but they did get more time than usual and used it for so many double teams. Toscano worked well for his one match rudo turn, which it seemed like the announcers sort of tried to explain but still came off as random. This probably would’ve felt bigger in a enclosed arena; the crowd was making noise at the high spots but the ambient noises seemed to escape.

 

Jack Evans

Blue Demon Jr., Cibernético, Fénix vs Hijo del Fantasma, Pentagón Jr., Silver King: Standard AAA main event. There weren’t any great matches here, but they definitely didn’t take the night off because they were on the beach on vacation. The AAA luchadors put in the normal level of effort. Maybe the most interesting bit was Fenix getting to do his run off offense last. It worked fine because his is the most spectacular and set up his double dive bit nicely. Cuervo being with Sociedad doesn’t really make any sense but that’s La Sociedad. Wish they caught the run in double dive better. The run-ins and the announcers made for a really anticlimatic end to the show.

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Mistico win CMLL welterweight championship, Mephisto defeats Titan

new champion (photo by Alexis Salazar, CMLL)

CMLL (SUN) 02/16/2014 Arena Mexico [CMLL, LuchaWorldYahoo! Deportes]
1) Astral, Eléctrico, Último Dragoncito b Demus 3:16, Mercurio, Pierrothito
Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Hijo del Signo, Hooligan, Nitro b Hombre Bala Jr., Metatrón, Súper Halcón Jr.
Rudos took 1/3.
3) Rey Cometa, Sagrado, Stuka Jr. b Kamaitachi, Puma, Virus
Rey Cometa appeared to hurt his knee early but still finished the match. Tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Diamante Azul, Fuego, La Máscara b Ephesto, Pierroth, Vangellys
Fuego replaced Thunder (who may have been hurt in Puebla in Monday.) Tecnicos took 2/3.
5) Mistico b Pólvora [CMLL WELTER]
Seconds were Inquisidor & Dragon Lee. Mistico took falls from 2/3 in a better match than last week’s preview foreshadowed. Mistico won with La Mistica, which went much better than last week. Mistico is the 28th champion. Polvora falls on his seventh known defense.
6) Marco Corleone, Super Porky, Volador Jr. b Dragón Rojo Jr., Kráneo, Mr. Águila
Tecnicos took 2/3. Marco hit the ropes on his Aero Italia dive and fell hard in the win, but the other tecnicos beat the other rudos quickly anyway. Marco seemed hurt at first but was OK in past match interviews.

That’s the new Mistico’s first championship. Somewhat of a surprise that Mistico won, which speaks to the inconsistent way he’s been used. The major differences are this is a welterweight title instead of a light heavyweight title (which slightly matters), and that was before the old Mistico turned back up in Mexico and this is after. This was a trios title feud until the week after the Sin Cara Gym show, and it seems to be as much a motivating factor as anything.

It’s not a big loss for Polvora, who had not defended this title in Mexico City in a year. CMLL went out of their way to give all three Revolucionarios championships and never really did much with that idea. He’s going to be in the same spot as long as that group keeps together, 0ne of the handful of rudo trios who are cycled to the top for title shots.

Mistico II is now a double champion and Averno’s probably in line for a lot of title matches. La Mascara, Rush and Titan are also double champions, giving CMLL 14 champions. They’ll get back to 16 by September.

CMLL (SUN) 02/16/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@acogdl, Canal58]
1) Relampago Azul b Meteoro
2) Javier Cruz & William Rock b El Yaqui & Évola
Tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Espectrum, Infierno, Ráfaga b Halcón de Plata, Leo, Sky Kid
Rudos took 2/3.
4) El Cavernario b Smaker
5) Blue Panther & Solar I b Negro Casas & Negro Navarro
Tecnicos took 1/3, money thrown in.
6) Mephisto b Titán
Mephisto took falls 1/3, sneaking in a foul to win.

Mephisto, scourage of young high flying tecnicos. (I don’t see the point in putting Titan in positions to lose, but I like too much consistency.)

The latest drunk Mr. Aguila match aired tonight on TVC Deportes. It was the match he had in Puebla two Mondays ago. I had problems seeing all of the third fall due to feed problems, but I saw enough to see some business exposing lucha libre. Everyone in the match knew he was in no condition the moment he went out there, because they did a slow brawling match where Aguila didn’t have to do much, but the little he did not go well. The finish was atrocious, partly because Volador Jr. made sure Aguila looked like a total fool and pointed it out to the crowd. I do not blame him there. Aguila had a post match promo that was in another world. I can’t believe CMLL let Aguila go out there, or deemed this fit to air. It doesn’t appear Aguila has lost any bookings from this, and there doesn’t seem to be any reason he should be concerned about that. He could’ve really hurt himself on a superplex spot in the third fall, and it kind feels like we’re waiting for something like to happen before CMLL does anything.

I’m mentioning Aguila by name, but he’s not the only guy to have this problem and lucha libre promoters generally have just turned a blind eye to it. People who cover lucha libre too.

Dr. Lucha and Bryan have had a recent talking point about how risky it is to put Shocker in the Dos Leyendas main event given his similar issues. That is a real concern, but CMLL’s behavior indicates they’re not concerned about those kind of issues. And, if this is the three way match they seem to be teasing, the match outcome is the same with or without Shocker, so they’re not exposed to as much risk; the match is stronger without Negro Casas in it, as weird as that sounds, so the only reason he’s in it is to take the loss.

Super Nova reports Super Nova won the IWRG Rebelion de Juniors. He beat Trauma I, will get a shot at Trauma II for the IWRG Juniors championship.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Rob has highlights of 11/29/13 CMLL.

Super Libre had interviews with Gran Cochisse, Super Estrella, Titan, Camorra, Volador Jr. and Frayle de la Muerte.

R de Rudo has video of the Estrellita & Paloma Rouse vs Zeuxis & Keira main vent of Saturday’s all women’s show. Esterllita replaced Marcela, who was in NYC instead.

CMLL video promo for Friday.

Lucha Libre in Japan

02/16 WNC-RENA: 5) Syrui b Silueta [WNC WOMEN, REINA WOMEN, CMLL-REINA INTL]
Result via Purolove.com.

Lineups

CMLL (SUN) 02/23/2014 Arena Coliseo
1) Bengala & Metálico vs Apocalipsis & Ramstein
2) Pegasso, Starman, Stigma vs Hechicero, Hijo del Signo, Nitro
3) Estrellita, Goya Kong, Lady Afrodita vs Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit, Tiffany
4) Delta vs Boby Zavala [lightning]
5) Blue Panther, Guerrero Maya Jr., Titán vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja
6) La Máscara, La Sombra, Marco Corleone vs Averno, Dragón Rojo Jr., Mephisto

Hey, it’s Sombra. I remember him, he’s cool, nice to see him back. Semifinal should be fun. Segunda is Hechicero’s Terra debut.

Cavernario and Niebla win Gran Alternativa, Shocker vs Casas vs Rush, Park/Wagner in Philly

photo by Alexis Salazar/CMLL

CMLL (FRI) 02/14/2014 Arena Mexico [CMLL, LuchaWorld]
1) Molotov & Oro Jr. b Artillero & Súper Comando
Oro and Molotov had some slips. Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Misterioso Jr., Sangre Azteca, Shigeo Okumura b Fuego, Pegasso, Starman
Rudos took 2/3.
3) Dalys b Marcela [lightning]
Dalys won clean with a camel clutch, after surviving the top rope double stop (by grabbing the ropes.) Better match than expected. Dalys demanded a title shot, but Marcela refused, telling Dalys to earn it and throwing the microphone at her.
4) Blue Panther, Rush, Super Porky b Felino, Negro Casas, Shocker
Straight falls. Panther & Porky took the first, and Shocker blatantly fouled Rush in the third. Negro Casas and Shocker had problems in the match, pushing each other away from Rush so they could fight him instead, though they never fought each other. Shocker demanded the hair match, but Rush said no.
5) Cavernario & Mr. Niebla b Soberano Jr. & Volador Jr. [Gran Alternativa, final]
Match came down to Niebla and Volador, but Cavernario snuck into give Volador a backcracker to set up the win.
6) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero b Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente
Rudos took 2/3, UG stealing Mistico’s mask and pinning him.

Apuesta matches don’t happen when one person challenges for them, or when both agree to them, or even when all the people involve sign a piece of paper saying they’ll do the match no fooling. They happen when the people involved start declaring a specific date for the match to occur. I think Negro Casas vs Rush vs Shocker is probably at happening at Dos Leyendas, but they’ve been careful not to say “Dos Leyendas” in the challenges. There’s still an escape hatch until they do.

It’s possible Dalys and Marcela might also end up in a hair match, but they’re only pushing back the women’s title match for the moment. You’d think beating Marcela in a singles match would be good enough to get her a title match, but apparently the random trios matches are more important?

Sparse details on the tournament final, but Doradafan found some video clips of it and the main event.

AAA says their show will start at 3:15 today. Fox Sports has bumped the CMLL show (second block of Gran Alternativa) to 4-5pm today.

Masked Republic and Extreme Rising are running a lucha libre show at the former ECW Arena on 04/27. They’ve announced Dr. Wagner Jr. vs LA Park and have Damian 666, Bestia 666, Solar, Negro Navarro, Sabu, Casandro, Pierrothito, and Christina Von Eerie for the show. More details will be announced on 02/18.

Rob has highlights of 11/26/13 CMLL.

Eric R @ Segunda Caida reviews Lucha Azteca 02/08/14.

An Arena Queretaro tournament for the vacant local light heavyweight title show set up Drabek I vs Drabek II for their next show.

Tickets for the WWL show in DF will run between 150 and 400 Mexican Pesos.

Another article on Histeria, Alebrije, and Cuije claiming rights to those names. To them, this is a story about how they own those names. To me, it’s a story about the lack of impact CMLL has on casual fans and promoters. In an alternate universe where WWE would let their guys work indies, I can’t imagine Cesaro doing interviews about promoters being allowed to book him him as Claudio Castignoli.

Lineup

CMLL (FRI) 02/21/2014 Arena Mexico
1) Camaleón & Leono vs Akuma & Guerrero Negro Jr.
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Último Dragoncito vs Demus 3:16, Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico
3) Dark Angel, Marcela, Silueta vs Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis
4) Diamante Azul vs Terrible [lightning]
5) Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Último Guerrero vs Soberano Jr., Valiente, Volador Jr.
6) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Rush vs Felino, Negro Casas, Shocker

Bufete del Amor reunites to take on Rush’s two rivals (and also Felino.) I don’t know if CMLL is going to announce something or not at the end of the mach, but I’d suggest waiting a week. If any lucha story is going to be covered to mass audiences next Saturday, it’s probably going to be one from the AAA show and there’s no sense in getting lost in their wake.

The overall card suggests CMLL is not aware or concerned about AAA running a show cross town the same night. There’s nothing special on this card. Both the Gran Alternativa winner and loser end in the same semifinal (perhaps due to the lack of any midcard men’s trios match, but it makes the tournament look irrelevant.) I have unsually high hopes for the women’s match.

great match roundup, week of 2014-01-18

Great/Excellent Matches

Nothing this week.

Shows Watched But Nothing Made The List
AAA on Televisa: 2014-01-18
CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-01-18
CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-01-18
CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-01-18

Matches To Watch Later

CMLL Puebla: 2014-01-19
taped 2014-01-06 @ Arena Puebla
Volador Jr. vs Averno for the NWA World Welterweight Championship:

IWRG Zona XXI: 2014-01-19
taped 2014-01-12 @ Arena Naucalpan
Centvrión, Dragón Celestial, Golden Magic vs Anubis Black, Canis Lupus, Imposible:

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Caveman vs Soverign in the Gran Alternativa final

Tonight’s the final of the Gran Alternativa. The impact of this tournament is sometimes overstated. It’s only the rare Mistico occasions where the winner gets vaulted to the top; most only get to move up one rung on the CMLL ladder. That also meant a lot more in days where there were fewer chances break thru to a higher level, but CMLL seems to be (forced into) finding more ways to elevate younger luchadors into bigger positions. Both guys in the final figure to at least reach the Stuka/Okumura level at some point, the winner gets there a bit faster.

The two teams this year are Soberano Jr., tecnico son of Euforia who will team with Volador Jr, and Cavernario, crazied haired rudo caveman who naturally teams with Mr. Niebla. Both guys are 20, which is very young even for CMLL’s current roster. Soberano is a daring high flyer who will undoubtedly do something spectacular in this match, but Cavernario is the more complete luchador who already has an identifiable character and an associate with a top level group. There’s an obvious role for him if he wins, and CMLL hasn’t really set up the same thing for Cavernario. (On the other hand, Cavernario having a role means he may advance anyway and doesn’t need the win.)

CMLL Gaceta’s preview of the final.

The Gran Alternativa is not expected to air on Terra, but more important matches for upcoming events may. Rush, Shocker and Negro Casas are all in the fourth match (which should air this week) and some or all of them may be in an apuesta match on Dos Leyendas in five weeks. It’s about time to make it clear that’s the match that’s actually happen if it’s actually happen, instead of just being one of a bunch of matches teased. Marcela and Dallys also meet in a lightning match, which should set up another singles match between them in the near future.

GALLI’s posted Bryce Benjamin vs Discovery as a teaser of this upcoming Sunday’s show. (Which I realized I can’t make.) You know, it’d be neat if AAA brought back Discovery for a one time surprise appearance to team him up with the new space cadets.

Arena Coliseo Monterrey tells the story of Angel Justiciero leading into his mask match this Sunday.

Fuego en el ring interviews Yuca el Potranquita.

Segunda Caida’s Eric R reviews Uprising Lucha Libre from 01/25/14.

CMLL and AAA luchadors on the same show in La Laguna.

ChilangaMexico says they’ll be heading west in May, with shows in Tijuana, Mexicali and Rosarito.

Lucha libre shows will not be allowed in Culiacan’s Gimnasio Juan S. Millan – so there’s still no building for local shows.

Kcidis has his own lucha memes about CMLL’s delayed matches.

More luchador resin figures.

03/03 AAA TV Lineup (Irapuato) – last show before Rey de Reyes

AAA TV (MON) 03/03/2014 Lienzo Charro Ignacio Leon Ornelas, Irapuato, Guanajuato
1) Dinastía vs Mini Charly Manson [AAA MINI]
Dinastia is champion
2) Faby Apache, Jennifer Blake, Zumbi vs Sexy Lady, Sexy Star, Steve Pain
3) Angélico, Australian Suicide, Jack Evans vs Daga, Pentagón Jr., Psicosis
4) ?, Axel, Electroshock vs Chessman, Hijo del Fantasma, Silver King
5) Cibernético, La Parka, Psycho Clown vs Parka Negra, Texano, Zorro

Air Date: 03/15 (Rey de Reyes starts on 03/22.)

This looks like a mostly re-enforcement leading into Rey de Reyes; not much new, but just running the same feuds as last week TV build up to that show. The main event has the probable title match (Psycho & Texano), two of the guys in the Rey de Reyes final (Parka & Zorro) and two guys likely to be in whatever tag match they do with Jarrett this time (Cibernetico & Parka Negra.) This also reenforces that the Gimansio Olimpico Juan de la Barrera show will be one of those classic AAA shows where a million different things will happen at once. For future reference, here’s a textual representation of the AAA TV pattern:

TV taping 1: not much
TV taping 2: not much
TV taping 3: not much
TV taping 4: not much
TV taping 5: not much
TV taping 6: AHHHH! CRAZY GO NUTS! AAAAHHHH! FIREWORKS! EXPLOSIONS! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
TV taping 7: not much
Major card

Happens every time. It’d be a much more entertaining week to week show if they could spread out the craziness a bit better.

What usually happens is some really fun matches sneak thru on the not much shows, because the guys who can work are also the guys who very rarely get stuff to do so they’re all just thrown together (and that seems to be happening again at Rey de Reyes judging from the tercera) and magic happen. AAA hasn’t really had as much magic this cycle around. That tercera is the best chance for it this time around.

In other things which I’ll type in caps even though I shouldn’t, WHY IS AXEL STILL HERE? He’s not very good, he hasn’t been much good in AAA, he’s never been much of a star, and he’s a walking lawsuit magnet. Axel seems like a good dude, but it feels like Axel is here as spite, which is not an entertaining reason to book someone. This would be a great opportunity for AAA to give Axel a chance to explain why he’s here (though hopefully not remembering the dropped feud with Daga), instead of just throwing him out there and pretending people are going to care or it’s a good use of anyone’s time.

That semimain also means whoever the mystery guy is on the Rey de Reyes block is probably teaming with Electroshock and Axel versus Consejo & Chessman in his second match. Those are all upper level guys, but they are also very definitely not top guys as AAA’s used them, so that’s the level they’re slotting the new guy.

Cuervo hasn’t been seen since he made the mixed tag title challenge to Faby and Drago, which means it’s still 50/50 that match happening at Rey de Reyes. Sexy Lady here might to set up the multiwoman Rey de Reyes title defense instead.

Timing is on schedule for the semiannual minis title match. Dinastia won the title on 02/18 last year, and this would be his second TV defense. There hasn’t felt like any feud to set this up – maybe that’ll also happen in DF – but I’m totally fine with a random singles title defense. It might have to be internet exclusive match, since the openers have been left off the five match shows this year.

Next show is 03/16

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