02/21-23 lucha videos

I’ve got the missing AAA matches from last week included.

I missed the first match and part of the second in HD from Friday’s Terra show. I did get those matches in Alta, so that’s what I’m using on Daily Motion (where it’s tough to tell the difference.) All the links I have are below.

The TVC Deportes feed was down Sunday during Puebla. It came back up Monday and I’ll attempt to find the replay (though it’s not listed on any schedule at the moment.)

Lucha Azteca started late and I didn’t get the whole show. This has kept a couple times now.

IWRG on Saturday aired the post match argument of the second Skayde/Terry cibernetico, but not the match itself. This was so annoying to me and there’s nothing to get out of the post match so I haven’t posted it. They never aired the Oficials vs Alan/Veneno match and I don’t know why.

Noches de Coliseo match may be new, or maybe I mislabled something previously?

I’ve upload a bunch of 2006-2007 CMLL 52MX episodes to http://www.youtube.com/user/luchablogvault. I had a lot of slightly older stuff on luchablog account that I hope to get up at some point. I can’t find my DVD of Mogur vs Leono. I do not think I broke it.

YouTube Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYyNnOBGWP7TeE-fJlvMOx6y8wyLWQQuG

02/22 WWC: http://www.sendspace.com/file/l7b2iy
02/23 WWC: http://www.sendspace.com/file/vye4fp

02/22 Sobre el Ring (appears to actually be last week’s episode): http://www.sendspace.com/file/6f5jmf
02/24 Sobre el Ring: http://www.sendspace.com/file/xf6dx6

02/23 La Luche se La Hace: http://www.sendspace.com/file/nfh3gb

AAA on UTDN: 2014-02-20
Intro
http://www.sendspace.com/file/w5i8s5
taped 2014-02-09 @ Centro Civico Nueva Aragon, Ecatepec, Estado de México
1) Aerostar, Faby Apache, Jennifer Blake vs El Apache, Sexy Star, Taya Valkyrie
http://www.sendspace.com/file/3af7p2
2) Crazy Boy & Joe Lider vs Juventud Guerrera & Steve Pain
http://www.sendspace.com/file/ksozzw
3) Fénix, La Parka, Monsther Clown, Psycho Clown vs Jeff Jarrett, Parka Negra, Texano, Zorro
http://www.sendspace.com/file/glpiv7

CMLL on Terra: 2014-02-21
taped 2014-02-21 @ Arena México
Full Show Alta: http://ul.to/jv5t47do
Partial Show HD: http://depositfiles.com/files/71385ojdi
Playlist: http://www.dailymotion.com/playlist/x32otd_thecubsfan_20140-02-21/1#video=x1d7tyh
1) Camaleón & Leono vs Akuma & Guerrero Negro Jr.
Alta: http://www.sendspace.com/file/atpksl
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Último Dragoncito vs Demus 3:16, Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico
Alta: http://www.sendspace.com/file/krik2z
HD (Partial): http://ul.to/7g1s72aj
3) Dark Angel, Marcela, Silueta vs Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis
Alta: http://www.sendspace.com/file/0xub89
HD: http://ul.to/q21hicmk
4) Diamante Azul vs Terrible in a lightning match
Alta: http://www.sendspace.com/file/uopu6s
HD: http://www.sendspace.com/file/mvlgha

AAA on Televisa: 2014-02-22
taped 2014-02-09 @ Centro Civico Nueva Aragon, Ecatepec, Estado de México
Intro
http://www.sendspace.com/file/s0vx01
1) Jinzo, Ludxor, Venum vs Carta Brava Jr., Fresero Jr., Súper Fly
http://www.sendspace.com/file/w4kth2
2) Angélico, Australian Suicide, Jack Evans vs Chessman, Daga, Pentagón Jr.
http://www.sendspace.com/file/z933jb
3) Cibernético vs El Elegido, el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Electroshock in a AAA’s Rey de Reyes Tournament semifinal match
http://www.sendspace.com/file/wh70gl

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-02-22
taped 2014-02-11 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Full Show: http://www.sendspace.com/file/m1680k
1) Stigma, Stuka Jr., Tritón vs Boby Zavala, Camorra, Sangre Azteca
http://www.sendspace.com/file/qgstfd
taped 2014-02-16 @ Arena México
2) Pólvora vs Mistico for the CMLL World Welterweight Championship
http://www.sendspace.com/file/965a5z
3) Marco Corleone, Super Porky, Volador Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Kráneo, Mr. Águila
http://www.sendspace.com/file/gxvqre

CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-02-22
taped 2014-02-18 @ Arena México
Intro
http://www.sendspace.com/file/fdojw4
1) Angelito, Fantasy, Shockercito vs Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Warrior, Pierrothito
http://www.sendspace.com/file/fhbh7o
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Súper Halcón Jr., Tritón vs Cancerbero, Puma, Raziel
http://www.sendspace.com/file/plvlal
Stellar Moments
http://www.sendspace.com/file/jwfkep
3) Black Panther, Blue Panther, Cachorro vs Ephesto, Misterioso Jr., Pierroth
http://www.sendspace.com/file/s2y20h
4) La Máscara, Rush, Titán vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas for the Mexican National Trios Championship
http://www.sendspace.com/file/dpjupw
Ending
http://www.sendspace.com/file/g0jv13

CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-02-22
taped 2014-02-14 @ Arena México
Intro
http://www.sendspace.com/file/9u42qg
1) Marcela vs Dalys in a lightning match
http://www.sendspace.com/file/h1t8oz
Mid-show Intro
http://www.sendspace.com/file/akcykg
2) Soberano Jr. & Volador Jr. vs Cavernario & Mr. Niebla in a CMLL Gran Alternativa Tournament final
http://www.sendspace.com/file/tjo4z1
3) Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
http://www.sendspace.com/file/55qinq

IWRG Zona XXI: 2014-02-22
taped 2014-02-19 @ Arena Naucalpan
1) Máscara Púrpura, Relámpago, Súper Nova vs Eterno, Fuerza Guerrera, Hijo de Máscara Año 2000
http://www.sendspace.com/file/7ibw9z

Lucha Azteca (CMLL): 2014-02-22
taped 2014-02-07 @ Arena México
Gran Alternativa, Block B
http://www.sendspace.com/file/r0x5y6

CMLL on Terra: 2014-02-23
taped 2014-02-23 @ Arena Coliseo
Full Show (all Alta): http://ul.to/0csrdwkr
DailyMotion Playlist: http://www.dailymotion.com/playlist/x32ote_thecubsfan_2014-02-23-cmll-terra/1#video=x1d811v
1) Pegasso, Starman, Stigma vs Hechicero, Hijo del Signo, Nitro
http://www.sendspace.com/file/r3y3ij
2) Estrellita, Goya Kong, Lady Afrodita vs Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit, Tiffany
http://www.sendspace.com/file/rgs2l8
3) Delta vs Boby Zavala in a lightning match
http://www.sendspace.com/file/5nzan7
4) Blue Panther, Guerrero Maya Jr., Titán vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja
http://www.sendspace.com/file/ckge9g
5) La Máscara, La Sombra, Marco Corleone vs Averno, Dragón Rojo Jr., Mephisto
http://www.sendspace.com/file/gkc6ik

IWRG Zona XXI: 2014-02-23
taped 2014-02-16 @ Arena Naucalpan
1) Ángel Del Amor & Dragón Celestial vs Fulgor I & Power Bull
http://www.sendspace.com/file/wafz0r
2) Chico Che, Diva Salvaje, Miss Gaviota vs Electro Boy, Rayan, Tupac Amaru Jr.
http://www.sendspace.com/file/o9qojz
3) Golden Magic, Máscara Púrpura, Relámpago vs Eterno, Tony Rivera, Trauma II
http://www.sendspace.com/file/9rujoc
4) Hijo De Dos Caras vs Hijo del Lizmark, Trauma I, Súper Nova, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Hijo del Fishman, Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Fresero Jr. [La Rebelión de Los Juniors]
http://www.sendspace.com/file/db1dbf

Noches de Coliseo: 2014-02-23
taped 2013-12-17 @ Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) Corazón de Barrio, Silver Star, Vaquero Romo vs Ángel Espacial, Diluvio Negro II, Rey Imagen
http://www.sendspace.com/file/p12nc8

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CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-01-25

recap

maybe don’t try this with Diamante Azul

taped 2014-01-17 @ Arena México
Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Super Porky vs Ephesto, Euforia, Pierroth: Edited version of a not good match. Guerrero Maya versus Euforia could be fun, but they’re split up to give Super Porky & Pierroth have someone decent to work with and definitely not do much with each other. Pierroth remains bad, kneeling in the ring for a minute (instead of getting out or selling), waiting for his next spot. Ephesto seems to screw up a senton to end the first fall , Delta overshoots his moonsault; there were plenty of other problems with this match. I still can’t figure out how Ephesto gets cut in this match.

Averno, Rey Bucanero, Terrible vs Blue Panther, Diamante Azul, La Máscara: Right team won, at least. Unnoteworthy match except for Diamante Azul nearly killing himself in the third fall. Azul hasn’t been around much and hasn’t used that time to get more interesting, but just taking the normal stuff was a big problem for him. First fall seemed edited (or Averno sent a new personal record for speed of losing to Mascara) and second fall featured Terrible transporting from the ramp to the center of the ring on a camera switch.

Atlantis, Shocker, Valiente vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas: This one starts off as build up to Mr. Niebla & Atlantis (building up a match I already watched, oops) but Shocker and Negro Casas are the more interesting battle and the one that decides it. Shocker has since become a rudo so I guess that match probably wouldn’t happen, but I hope they find a way to it anyway. Shocker looked much more energetic versus Casas and they did enough to make a singles match really interesting. This match was very short for a main event.

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related people in CMLL

The last Dr. Lucha podcast (subscriber only) included a brief musing about how many wrestlers are related to other people in CMLL, sometime frequently talked about. Alfredo turned this to a challenge. I’ve actually done this bit before, but I wanted to have another Monday afternoon post. That’s how the magic trick works.

There are 131 luchadors who’ve had at least one match in Arena Coliseo or Arena Mexico in the last 90 days. Skandalo’s still waiting to get medical cleared after an eye injury but could be back at any point, so let’s call it 132. This is the breakdown

47 are unrelated to any known luchador
12 are related to known luchadors, but they’ve never been in CMLL
20 are related to known luchadors who have been in CMLL at one point, but are not working for the promotion at the moment
29 are related to known luchadors who are in CMLL right now who are unlikely to have influence on the product
24 are related to known luchadors who are in CMLL right now who could have some influence on the product

40.2%  (51) are related to someone else who works in CMLL.
55.3% (72) are related to someone who’s worked in CMLL at some point.
only 30% are unrelated to anyone.

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Alan & Veneno keep tag titles

photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (SUN) 02/23/2014 Arena Naucalpan [IWRG]
1) Hip Hop Man & Sky Ángel b Matrix Jr. & Power Bull
2) Dowki, Hanaoka, Hijo De La Bestia b Dragón Celestial, Emperador Azteca, Látigo
Latigo was strechered out.
3) Apolo Estrada, Espartaco, Tupac Amaru Jr. b Ángel Del Amor, Chico Che, Golden Magic
Espartaco’s debut. Apolo Estrada feuded with Golden Magic, beat him, and wants a title match.
4) Alan Extreme & Veneno b Oficial 911 & Oficial AK47 [IWRG IC TAG]
Veneno & Alan Extreme came in as champions. Oficals took the first, then got caught fouling the rudos in the second. 911 knocked down referee Capu in the third, 911 fouled Alan and covered, and 911 heard someone count three – but it was Veneno, not the ref. Veneno fouled 911 when he went to celebrate and put Alan on top for the win. Second defense.
5) Eterno, Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, X-Fly b Lizmark Jr., Relámpago, Súper Nova
Rudos took 1/3. Nova was about to beat Eterno when X-Fly distracted him, and Eterno took advantage to for the win. Eterno & X-Fly took Nova’s mask after the match.

Black Terry Jr. has photos of Sunday’s Fusion show at Arena Ichiban. Note CMLL fringe roster member Camaleon on the same show AAA fringe roster member Magnifica main evented. These things are happening more often, probably because work is harder to come by.

Rob has a highlight of Valiente & Mascara Dorada’s insane dives from last Friday.

The high fee for the NOAH tryout is to pay for the winner’s ticket to Japan, according to the official release. That seems like something NOAH should be paying for themselves but whatever. Those random Americans mentions as working in Arena Lopez Mateos and AULL are also trying out, and I can only imagine the unhappiness if a non-Mexican won the Mexico NOAH tryout.

Principe Dragon took Rebeldia’s hair in Pachuca.

Zumbido puts his hair up against Astuto’s mask in Nuevo Laredo next weekend.

This weekend’s magazines.

CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-01-25

just your average spinning reverse hammerlock backbreaker

recap

taped 2014-01-21 @ Arena México
Dragon Lee, Pegasso, Star Jr. vs Cancerbero, Hechicero, Raziel: Good match, more entertaining than most matches at this position. Hechicero fit in well with the Cancerberos; maybe too well, because they’re not moving up any time soon and Hechicero should be on a higher level. Going with a wacky swing based offense was as neat as the first fall mat work. Star Jr. definitely looked better than Dragon Lee at this point, though Dragon Lee really lowered the bar in the third fall. Don’t try to repeat your blown spot with Cancerbero or he will destroy you! (Credit for Dragon Lee for getting a takedown in on the bigger man, and credit Raziel for backing up his partner and settling things down.) This match was also weirdly entertaining for both Hechicero and Dragon Lee learning the weird CMLL tag team rules – Hechicero was totally confused as to why his tag wasn’t legal in the first fall, and Dragon Lee had no idea why he was being yelled at for helping make a cover.

 

flying cat attack

Black Panther, Cachorro, Valiente vs Felino, Puma, Tiger: Another good match in this feud. Valiente & Felino brought something different than Panther & Casas, but it still worked well. Puma & Tiger seemed to control most of the match and looked good doing so. Died laughing when Puma and Tiger did their series of crackers and powerbombs on Valiente – and then didn’t bother to pin him. Had to get in their pose! Cachorro & Black Panther still look very good for rookies. They were more limited here and they’re going to have to face someone besides Puma & Tiger at some point, but that feud is working well for them right now.

 

#superkick/suplex

La Máscara, Rush, Titán vs Terrible, Vangelis, Virus: Titan learned an important lesson here: don’t touch Virus’ hair. This a very good/borderline great match. First fall was superb and the rest of the match went along at a good pace. It never got off track and didn’t have many bad moments. Virus and Titan actually didn’t feel like they fought as much as I’d expect to set up next week’s match, but most of the match was building to just that and was sharp enough to want you to see it. Rush was great just teasing getting into the ring. Rush and Terrible was on against each other too. If they ran another Terrible/Rush hair match, I don’t know if it would draw better, but it would feel twice as big at this point.

 

flying Terrible

Blue Panther vs Negro Casas: Probably the best match on a lot of other Tuesdays but not this week. Their brawling was good but not as good as other brawls, and the match was hampered by the referee inserting himself in the action quiet a bit. It made more sense when they were doing actually illegal spots later on, but he was breaking up holds from the start and the repetitive intervention hurt the match from having any rhythm. I guess they’re building to a genuine no disqualification match here, should they actually be building to anything specific, but it made for a frustrating match here for most of the time. They seemed just to be getting into a long end game when the run-in happened. Crowd was not into the match as much as you’d expect, but very much into the post match feuding.

#superkick/suplex, the sequel

Negro Casas floored

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Sombra vs Dragon Rojo, Polvora vs Mistico, Sin Cara

photo by Alexis Salazar/CMLL

CMLL (SUN) 02/23/2014 Arena Coliseo [CMLL, LuchaWorldYahoo! Deportes]
1) Apocalipsis & Ramstein b Bengala & Metálico
match not shown on Terra.
2) Pegasso, Starman, Stigma b Hechicero, Hijo del Signo, Nitro
Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit, Tiffany b Estrellita, Goya Kong, Lady Afrodita
Rudas took 2/3.
4) Delta b Boby Zavala [lightning]
Delta won with a modified Delta Formation in about six minutes.
5) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja b Blue Panther, Guerrero Maya Jr., Titán
Rudos took 2/3.
6) Averno, Dragón Rojo Jr., Mephisto b La Máscara, La Sombra, Marco Corleone
Rudos took 1/3. Dragon Rojo and Sombra feuded thru the match and Rojo beat Sombra for the win. Rojo asked for a NWA Historic Middleweight Championship match. Sombra accepted, but also wanted a mask match.

Terra didn’t get working until about the second fall of the segunda. As usual, there was no explanation of what was going on, or even acknowledgement, until after the stream was back working. CMLL also did not do live results of any kind for no known reason. That setup has been worse since the CMLL press department took more control of it.

It sounded like Dragon Rojo/Sombra would be next week. I had internet issues (which shouldn’t affect the stream) but it mostly seemed like an OK show.

CMLL (SUN) 02/23/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@acogdl]
1) Furia Nazi b Explosivo
2) Ángel del Mal b Brillante
3) Demonio Rojo & Magnum b El Divino & Virgo
rudos took 2/3
4) Esfinge b Espectrum
5) Bárbaro Cavernario, Maléfico, Ráfaga b Gallo, Leo, Stuka Jr.
Rudos took 1/3, Rafaga fouling Stuka to get the win. Rudos took Stuka’s mask after the match.
6) Pólvora & Rey Escorpión b Mistico & Volador Jr.
Revolucionarios took 1/3, Polvora stealing Mistico’s mask and pinning him.

I’d guess the main event is setting up Polvora getting a rematch, but one never knows for sure here. Stuka/Rafaga issue in the semimain is interesting.

I think I know a little bit more about the Sin Cara/AAA situation. The story that’s going around is WWE preemptively threatened AAA with legal problems if they used the Sin Cara name or mask, which if why no one saw that mask or said that name on Friday night. However, Sin Cara is telling people he will have the full rights to the Sin Cara name in May. I have no idea why May. I have no idea how he’d have the rights to the name. This leaves AAA with a problem – do they force a new character on him to get him on TV? Did they keep only teasing him until “May”, or whenever he’s ready to try something else? The only thing I’m sure of is some lawyer is making some money.

This week’s AAA TV mentions a new 03/29 taping in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas. No building was mentioned, but they frequently run the Centro Civico building in that town. That looks like the first post Rey de Reyes taping, though AAA hasn’t been their tapings in order this year. If it is in order and they’re not skipping a taping, that means AAA’s already skipping a month in Gimansio Juan de la Barrera (and that’s why they said “tentatively once a month.”)

Elegido flopped out of the diving TV show tonight. Alas!

Rob has highlights for 12/06/2013 CMLL.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

This week’s Super Libre had an interview with Vangellys and talk about Cien Caras. On the show, they mentioned they’ve heard CMLL will be on TV Azteca in March. My thought is the first show to be on should be Dos Leyendas, though CMLL may want to start sooner to be able to promote off the TV.

SuperLuchas #519 has Sin Cara, Blue Demon and Black Warrior.

Segunda Caida reviews Uprising: Lucha Libre 02/15/14 and a review of a newly discovered Villano III vs Rambo mask match video.

Colombia’s Los Informates has a 12 minute video piece on lucha libre with Atlantis & Diamante Azul.

Lineups

CMLL (SUN) 03/02/2014 Arena Coliseo
1) Fantasy & Stukita vs Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Violencia
2) Metálico, Molotov, Sensei vs Canelo Casas, Disturbio, Inquisidor
3) Estrellita, Goya Kong, Marcela vs Amapola, Dalys, Princesa Sugheit
4) La Máscara, Máximo, Titán vs Ephesto, Gran Guerrero, Virus
5) Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Volador Jr. vs Kráneo, Mr. Águila, Reaper
6) La Sombra vs Dragón Rojo Jr. [NWA MIDDLE]
La Sombra is champion. 3rd defense, six months since the last one. Dragon Rojo is the previous champion, getting his first rematch.

Did you know: Dragon Rojo is also middleweight champion. He’s probably not getting this one too.

If Maximo is going elsewhere, this would be his last match in CMLL.

Stukita makes an appearance in the minis match. Hope we get to see it.

Rush, Shocker, Casas continue to feud, Cien Caras, Villano V

photo by Alexis Salazar/CMLL

CMLL (FRI) 02/21/2014 Arena México [CMLL, LuchaWorld]
1) Camaleón & Leono b Akuma & Guerrero Negro Jr.
Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Último Dragoncito b Demus 3:16, Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico
Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Dark Angel, Marcela, Silueta b Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis
straight falls for the tecnicas. Rudas were DQed in the first for shoving Tigre Hispano, then Marcela took out Dalys with a super Michinoku Driver. Marcela refused to give Dalys a title shot, but Dalys says she was going to ask the CMLL officials to make it anyway.
4) Diamante Azul DRAW Terrible [lightning]
double pin on a tapatia just under 6 minutes.
5) Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Último Guerrero b Soberano Jr., Valiente, Volador Jr.
Barbaro beat Soberano and Niebla beat Volador for the win, in a repeat of last week.
6) Felino, Negro Casas, Shocker DQ Marco Corleone, Máximo, Rush
Straight falls, Rush DQed for hitting the referee. Shocker, Negro and Rush made hair match challenges.

The hair match doesn’t seem like it was officially announced, but they keep moving in that direction. Maximo, who would be in violation of the AAA no t-shirt policy, wrestled in the main event like normal.

A Cien Caras history video aired during the show (one time too many, judging from the fan’s reactions), and CMLL’s posted an article about his career in their news section. No hint of him wrestling.

The Dalys/Marcela feud makes no sense at this point. Tecnica Marcela is refusing to defend the title, ruda Dalys really has little claim on getting a title shot if she’s going to take clean pins like she did last night. Dalys going to the CMLL offices to demand a title shot she doesn’t deserve actually plays perfectly into the nepotism/favoritism complaints people have with CMLL, but that’s not usually part of the storylines. I think they’re ending up with the normal title match and all, but there’s something not normal going on.

CMLL.com is also pushing a Zayco/Magnus feud, of all things. Zayco really did get hurt this past week thanks to Magnus.

Kortiz said last night his father Villano V is in grave condition suffering from pneumonia. He update again today to say Villano V is doing a little better. This year’s flu has already taken people’s lives and put others into the hospital.

LuchaWorld has a recap of this week’s TerceraCaida.

Bill has highlights from the 02/14 IWRG FILL show.

CMLL previews Sunday’s card.

Porra Fresa previews Monday’s card.

Fuego en el Ring rights about Octagoncito and Lady Sensacion, who are getting married after being together 12 years.

An article about wrestling in Yuacatan.

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 02/28/2014 Arena México
1) Aéreo & Pequeño Halcón vs Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro
2) Fuego, Hombre Bala Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. vs Hooligan, Nitro, Sangre Azteca
3) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Kamaitachi, Morphosis, Olímpico
4) Stuka Jr. vs Vangellys [lightning]
5) Diamante Azul, La Sombra, Rush vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible
6) Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente vs Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero

Estetas vs Guerrero, which picks up from last Friday. Stuka/Vangellys is a rematch from the past En Busca de Un Idolo. Rush and Shocker meet in the semimain, as do Azul and Terrible.

UWE (SUN) 03/02/2014 Arena Lopez Mateos
1) Espiritu Balamri, Kaligua, Kiuby vs Black Tempest, Ciber Black, Principe Mixteco
2) Mystique, Princesa Ahy Leen, Sexy Angel vs Diosa Atenea, India Mazanua, Star Fire
3) Pegazus, Shibata, Sky Fly, Spider Boy vs Arkanos, Kilvan, Shadow, Yoruba
4) Fuerza Guerrera, Solar I, Villano IV vs Negro Navarro, Trauma I, Trauma II
5) Ricky Marvin, Super Crazy, Super Zeta vs Josef Von Schmidt, Matt Striker, Ultimate Security

Late add. Von Schmidt has been in Mexico in 2009 and 2010 and is based in New York. Striker (who’s wrestling in Tulancingo the day prior) is from there, so Ultimate Security must be as well. No one knows who those guys are, but they’re tall so they main event. Semimain could be fun.

02/21 AAA TV Results (DF) – Black Warrior to Rey de Reyes final, Sin Cara appears

photo by AAA

AAA TV (FRI) 02/21/2014 Gimnasio Olímpico Juan de la Barrera, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal [AAAMTR de Rudo]
1) Mini Abismo Negro, Mini Charly Manson, Mini Histeria b Dinastía, Mascarita Sagrada, Mini Drago
Mini Drago’s debut. Charly beat Dinastia with a dragon suplex, then challenged for a title match (that’s already been announced!) Sagrada was strechered out.
2) Pentagón Jr., Sexy Star, Taya Valkyrie b Drago, Faby Apache, Jennifer Blake
Pentagon Jr. looked great, beat Drago. Sexy and Pentagon challenged Drago & Faby to a mixed tag title shot, which the tecnicos accepted.
3) Angélico, Australian Suicide, Zumbi b Demon Rocker, Machine Rocker, Soul Rocker
Zumbi returned and had his full drum entrance. After the tecnicos won, Pentagon came out and stole Suicide’s mask, then declared there’d be no more Suicide.
4) Daga, Juventud Guerrera, Steve Pain b Crazy Boy, Fénix, Joe Lider
Tecnicos looked to win by Lider putting Pain thru a flaming table, only for Eterno to return and distract Lider. Lider went thru a table instead. Post match promos set up a Mexican Powers & Fenix vs Anarquia domed cage match with weapons for Rey de Reyes, with the last one left losing mask or hair.
5) Black Warrior b Psycho ClownTexano Jr.Psicosis [Rey de Reyes]
Group 4. Black Warrior was introduced before the group as a new (or returning) member of Perros del Mal, which left this 3 Sociedad against Psycho Clown. Psycho Clown beat Psicosis with the Canadian Destroyer, Texano was DQed for fouling Psycho Clown, and Black Warrior beat Psycho Clown to advance to the final (Parka, Zorro, Perro, Warrior.)
6) Chessman, el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Jeff Jarrett, Zorro b Cibernético, Electroshock, Jack Evans, La Parka
Perro cheated to beat Cibernatico again. A post match brawl followed, interrupted by a mystery figure appearing on the stage. The mystery person vanished, and the tecnicos cleared the ring.

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Let’s begin with the end. The usual post match fight between the tecnicos and rudos was interrupted by a mysterious man in black on the stage. He slowly posed on the stage, keeping his head down and a hood over his mask  as “Ameno” played over the audio. The lights went out after 30 seconds, and the mystery figure disappeared. R de Rudo has video.

This was Sin Cara. The actual, original Misitco. AAA’s doing the a slow reveal of him, maybe part for dramatics, but definitely part because they still haven’t quite figured out what to call him. Except another tease in Irapuato, and then the first full appearance in Monterrey.

I thought teasing it like this gives people the impression AAA might be setting up some swerve; they’ve not actually doing that and I didn’t think they would, but people who don’t trust AAA or lucha libre surprises in general have reason to believe AAA could be pulling a bait and switch. AAA’s picking building anticipation over clarity, though the people in the building seemed pretty excited already. (I’m also not sure about hyping shows around a Great Surprise and then only giving 30 seconds of that surprise, but people at the building seemed OK with it.)

As promised, Sin Cara wasn’t the only new face last night. Black Warrior returned to AAA as a member of Perros del Mal, and surprisingly qualified for the Rey de Reyes final. Warrior’s thought of a CMLL guy, but this is actually his fourth stint in AAA over the years dating back to the beginnings of the company. Black Warrior missed out on AAA’s first ever show, but might have already been under contract at that point and debuted as Superstar at the end of May 1992. Black Warrior has a numerous list of previous characters in his bio, and many of those were Antonio Pena concepts; Pena saw that he had talent and kept coming up with ideas to use it. Warrior finally found success in CMLL, and never was more successful than his mask versus mask feud with Mistico. This AAA stint looks like it’s going to pull Warrior back from the fringes of lucha libre back to a hugely meaningful position in that old feud. He should be Sin Cara’s first feud in AAA, and I believe there’s a good chance Black Warrior vs Sin Cara, hair vs mask, would take place as soon as TripleMania.

That leaves us with one person who didn’t jump, at least last night. There were rumors Maximo was going to jump to AAA, loud enough that even Maximo was making jokes about Maximo jumping. Rumors is probably putting it too soft; people were sure Maximo was coming to AAA. I think they still may be right. There’s still the matter of the mystery man in Irapuato. It’s a spot for a tecnico, which excludes Black Warrior. AAA’s not going to slow play the Sin Cara reveal in week 1 and throw him into a tag match with Axel and Electroshock in week 2, so it has to be someone else. That place is more a fit for a guy like Maximo. Maximo is currently booked Sunday in Neza, Monday in Puebla, Tuesday in Mexico and Wednesday in Queretaro, but CMLL’s let others work their scheduled dates until the moment they started with AAA and this might be no different. We’ll find out a week from Monday.

Pentagon Jr. had a busy day – between getting himself a probable Rey de Reyes match and stripping Australian Suicide of his identity, he also got strong reviews for his performance in his match. He’s been very good for quite a while, and it’s nice to see him get to do something with it. The Suicide bit was weird and didn’t quite fit with the other angle; my first thought was this might be a character change (but then I so dislike that name that maybe you shouldn’t trust me thinking clearly on this.) It could go another way: Mary & Cuervo had previously challenged for the same titles, and Jennifer Blake randomly asked people on Twitter who would be a good male partner for her if she challenged for the tag titles. Maybe this mixed tag match turns into a four way and the Suicide/Pentagon issue gets picked up by Suicide being Jennifer’s pick?

Here’s what they’ve got so far for Rey de Reyes

  • Zorro vs La Parka vs Perro Aguayo Jr. vs Black Warrior in the Rey de Reyes final (3 rudos and 1 tecnico)
  • Psycho Clown vs Texano Jr. (still not announced, so still possible it’s a trios title match)
  • Juventued Guerrera, Steve Pain, Eterno, Crazy Boy, Joe Lider, Fenix in a domed cage weapons apuesta match (Nino Hamburguesa figures to be involved too, so maybe one more rudo? many more rudos?)
  • Faby Apache & Drago vs Sexy Star & Pentagon Jr. (vs Mary Apache & Cuervo vs Jennifer Blake & ?) for the mixed tag titles
  • Blue Demon vs Chessman for the Latin American championship
  • probably a trios or atomicos with Cibernetico/Jarrett/others?

That leaves room for one or maybe two matches. If Maximo is jumping, he could fit in the main event or they could add the usual Relevos AAA. Elegido should be free by then, and that’s his match. There’s the Aerostar/Super Fly issue that could be turned into a match, but neither of those guys are guaranteed to make major shows. Jack, Angelico, Daga and Psicois figure to make the show too. That’s the right number for a tag title match, but maybe they end up being wedged into a different one. Not having the tournament semifinals on the show clears some space, but there’s still a lot here.

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CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-01-25

 

Pollito dropkick

recap

taped 2014-01-14 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Gallo, Smaker, Tritón vs Felino, Gran Guerrero, Virus: An average match with a few things not working right. Gran Guerrero has been scaled way back – only one DF match in November and December, and looking like none in January as I write this – and he still needs to improve more before he comes back. Gran Guerrero trying to do his finisher on Gallo was a good demonstration of why Gran Guerrero needs a different finisher. Triton didn’t have a good night, and was off in the second fall; he was grabbing his ribs like he was hurt, but I didn’t catch an injury. Felino won in one fall he wasn’t supposed to and another by just sitting down, so it was that kind of night.

Mr. Aguila

taped 2014-01-19 @ Arena Coliseo
Blue Panther, Shocker, Valiente vs Kráneo, Mr. Águila, Reaper: A match where Valiente & Mr. Aguila both failed walking the ropes within 20 seconds. One of those may have been comedy, but it didn’t look good. Kraneo looked unsure of how to beat Blue Panther without Mije around. Maybe that was just me. Third fall closed well but there was a not a lot in this one.

Valiente!

Atlantis vs Mr. Niebla: Two guys who are sort of limited but still over with the crowd making their way thru a three fall match. This one might have worked better with one. It definitely would’ve have worked with a smoother finish. I don’t know what was supposed to happen after Niebla pulled Atlantis mask, but it didn’t quite happen. Match was otherwise about what you’d expect it to be.

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AAA in Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera, surprises, Cien Caras on H2L

Today’s the day. AAA’s running a TV taping in Gimansio Olimpico Juan de la Barrera. It’s the first in a series, and AAA’s doing it’s season premier in a big way. Sin Cara is expected to return to lucha libre as part of AAA. He’s probably coming in as a tecnico, he’s probably going to be win the final Rey de Reyes qualifier, and he may have a new name by the time the night is over. There are certain ways we can assume Sin Cara will be fit in AAA and how everyone will react to him, but we’ll have a lot more information after tonight. I don’t think the average fan attending this show knows for certain Sin Cara will be there, just that there’s a chance, and the reaction Sin Cara gets the first time he steps in front of the crowd might tell a lot about his direction going forward. Everyone was behind him at the Sin Cara Gym show, but you were only there if you were behind Sin Cara in the first place.

Sin Cara is not the only scheduled surprise tonight. AAA’s been hyping a surprise from the Sociedad and a surprise from the Roldans. We can probably assume Sin Cara is with the Roldans – it’d be insane if he came in as a rudo, but I’ve followed US wrestling long enough not to rule any poor idea out – but there’s not as much hard info on who the second guy is. I’ve heard names, KrisZ has heard many more names, this guy had a fantastic guess, and there are probably more rumors out there we’re still to hear, but I haven’t heard solid info on anyone. We know AAA’s talked to CMLL luchadors willing to jump previously, and we know usually most of the CMLL guys back out of it. Maybe that’s changed with Hijo del Fantamsa’s experience in AAA so far; I think they AAA probably could have done better with him, but he seems totally enthusiastic about the move, which might be enough to convince someone on the fence. There’s always anyone of two dozen unaligned guys who could be brought in if plans fall thru – I bet Black Warrior is willing and available – but I think this is a CMLL spot.

(Also lost in the Sin Cara-ness of this week is the debut of Mini Drago. He may just be a trainee graduating to the new shows, or a Mascarita Divina being given a more relevant character, but don’t rule out a CMLL jump there as well.)

Also: AAA will have wrestling matches. Crazy! They’ve got Rey de Reyes in a couple tapings, and need to start putting together an actual card. They take care of one match with the Rey de Reyes tournament final being set. Psycho/Texano are in the qualifier, and figure to cause each other to lose to set up their own match for Rey de Reyes. The main event, one of a series of tecnicos vs rudos/Jarrett tag matches, should also set up something for Rey de Reyes. (It may just be another 4v4 match.) It’s possible more matches will come out of the women’s match in the segunda and the two middle matches, since many of those people figure to have a role on Rey de Reyes. The minis match is the easiest to figure: Mini Charly is getting a title shot on the next TV taping, Mini Charly hasn’t beaten anyone yet, Mini Charly is beating someone (and probably Dinastia) tonight. Tonight’s AAA show would be a busy news day even without the new faces.

There were some additional notes from yesterday’s Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera press conference. The press release says all the Gimansio Juan de la Barrera shows will be taped for TV. AAA ran 31 tapings last year. The same schedule would mean over one third of this year’s taping schedule would be in Mexico City.  Apolo Valdes’ column on the announcement mentions the government may gave AAA a higher amount of functions in 2015 if they draw well this year. (The press release also says AAA produces 260 hours of television of a year to an audience of 70 million in Mexico; the ends of press releases are always good for comedy.) Other recaps of the press conference clarifies the lucha libre classes will actually be free classes for children, in the usual bit of using lucha libre as an after school activity.

As I’ve said previously, CMLL would be best to wait a week to announce major news, instead of getting buried by the AAAvalanche that’s coming tonight. CMLL would have to be aware of the outside world to make that sort of decision, so instead they’ve already announced Cien Caras will be the second legend honored at this year’s Homenaje a dos Leyendas. Cien Cara was a big part of CMLL in the 80s and early 90s, one of a few guys who were perfectly positioned as the promotion returned to television and turned into a hall of fame level star. His mask match with Rayo de Jalisco Jr. will forever hold the Arena Mexico attendance record, as many hundreds (thousands?) of people forced their way in and overloaded the building to the point of causing structural damage. Cien Caras has “retired”, but in the lucha way of still popping up for a handful of matches every year. It would not be a surprise if he came back to Arena Mexico, where he’s not wrestled since 2007 (for a Luchas 2000 show, the 2005 H2L for a CMLL one), for one last trio matches with his brothers against Rayo de Jalisco and a couple of CMLL tecnicos.

Since CMLL’s already announced one big item for H2L, bet on them announcing the other. Negro Casas, Rush and Shocker are all in the main event tonight and are expected to main event H2L in a three way hair match. CMLL usually announces these level of matches about a month out, and today is exactly four weeks away from their major spring show. They could stretch it out another week – CMLL only started teasing the tension between new rudo Shocker and Negro Casas last week – but they’ll definitely be moving in that direction even if they don’t officially announce it.

Barbaro Cavernario’s big prize for winning the Gran Alternativa is to get a semifinal match with Mr. Niebla and Ultimo Guerrero. Soberano, who lost the Gran Alternativa final, is relegated to also appearing in the semifinal, teaming with Volador and Valiente. Tercera continues the Marcela vs Dallys feud and may set up a title match next week.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Ultimo Guerrero, Atlantis, LA Park, Damian and Bestia will be in California on Sunday.

Lineup

IWRG (WED) 02/26/2014 Arena Naucalpan
1) Sky Ángel vs Onix
2) Diva Salvaje & Miss Gaviota vs Rayan & Spartan
3) Black Terry, Dragón Celestial, Emperador Azteca, Fulgor I vs Aztlán, Kanon, Skayde, Vortize
4) Dr. Cerebro, Relámpago, Veneno vs Fuerza Guerrera, Trauma I, Trauma II
5) Súper Nova vs Eterno [NWA OLD LH]
Super Nova is champion, 2nd? defense

Tercera is the FILL vs Skayde match, with one more Skayde trainee sneaking in on the opener. Main event should be good too.

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