CMLL Friday preview, Mil Mascaras to Guadalajara

The key match on tonight’s Arena Mexico show is probably the segunda, a women’s trios match. CMLL’s spent the last week eagerly pushing the concept of Princesa Blanca & Seductora versus Marcela & Princesa Sugehit in a double apuesta match for Juicio Final. It seems an unlikely match; Marcela’s side isn’t losing one of those, but it seems a waste of Blanca losing her hair to do it a tag match. On the other, that might that tag match might not be a main event and one of the other lingering (and better) feuds might be resolved on the card. Tonight’s women’s match only includes half of the people in the proposed match (Sugehit, Seductora). If the other two get involved, then that tag match is likely to happening. If the other four women start feuding as well, then it’s obviously an unappealing cage match main event for the next CMLL major show.

The top matches on the show continue the issues of the last couple months (or longer): Los Indeseable face Negro Casas, Shocker, and Mr. Niebla again, and Atlantis and Ultimo Guerrero meet again in the semifinal.

There’s no broadcast on Terra today. (There’s unlikely to be a return on RadioCMLL either, since CMLL let the domain expired and someone from France is now squatting on it.) With en Busca de un Idolo over, CMLL’s Fox Sports 2 show will likely return to showing the lightning match and the top 2 singles matches. Everything will be taped, but not everything will air. The end result is this women’s feud they appear to be building Juicio Final around will probably only be seen by the people already going to the shows.

I’ve not found out a reason exactly why Terra was dropped on Friday. Simplest guess is it was blamed for crowd’s not being where they want on Fridays. It wouldn’t completely make sense since it has been many months since they were airing full Friday shows (you still had to go if you wanted to see the main event, and the main events are the only things they use to draw people in) but it’s an easy target to blame when things aren’t going well. It’s unlikely to be a major factor. The regular audience for the show seemed to be under 1,000 (possibly way under) and most of those people are like most of the people reading this website, way too far away from Arena Mexico to actually go.

It probably saves someone some money as well – either Terra or CMLL was paying for the transmission, and it’s always been unclear how either side has directly made any money off it. The most advertisements we’ve seen is a pre-roll advert and that was pretty rare. The shows are surely done under the conceit of being a loss leader – if you come to watch CMLL on Terra, maybe you’ll want to go to a CMLL show or click around on a few Terra shows. It’s hard to measure for CMLL (though the crowd not being great may again have been all the proof they needed) but an easier thing for a website to figure out.

Mil Mascaras will return to Arena Coliseo Guadalajara on 07/25. (Video promo.) That’s a Friday, the first Arena Coliseo Guadalajara Friday show since December 2012. It’s also Mil’s first appearance in the building since 2006, when the main event was Blue Demon Jr., Hijo del Santo and Mascaras versus Atlantis, Pierroth and Ultimo Guerrero. That’s a match unlikely to be repeated.

Rob has highlights of 04/16/14 AAA and bad times for Daga.

Malefico notes that his title win over Stuka was the first time he’s ever challenged for a singles title – he wanted to bring the Occidente Light Heavyweight championship back to the hands of a luchador of the Diablo Velasco school instead of an outsider.

Nitro is happy to return to France, wishes Sangre Azteca could’ve come with him.

Segunda Caida reviews Hijo del Lizmark, Místico, Último Dragón vs Olímpico, Tarzan Boy, Último Guerrero

Zumbi has mixed feeling about the World Cup being held in Brazil.

CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-06-07

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taped 2014-06-03 @ Arena México
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07/05-06 lucha times

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== AAA ==

AAA-Televisa: AAA’s preview says matches 2 (Cadetes vs Team Super Fly), the cruiserweight trios, and the Myzteziz trios will air on National, with los Angeles vs los Juniors airing only on the regional show. (No UTDN show this week; it’s listed as returning on the 17th.) Both that regional only match and the missing minis match will go up on YouTube next week. It’s so weird to get straights answers about TV situations.

The missing matches from Puebla won’t be on YouTube due to techinical issues.

== CMLL ==

No one knows when/of the Television Mexiquense show will air. I’ll keep an eye out for it but don’t plan it turning up quite yet.

FOX2: Guerrero Maya vs Niebla Roja, Revolucionarios problems, and more relevos increibles. There’s no obvious place for the En Busca de un Idolo cibernetico to air.

52MX: Copa Express, Indeseables vs Euforia/Roja/Shocker and a women’s trios. Could be as many as 6 horribly edited matches this week.

Claro: Marco, Maximo, Volador vs the Revolucionarios.

C3: Angel de Oro, Valiente, Volador vs Ephesto, Euforia, Hechicero, and Estrellita vs Zeuxis

TVC Deportes (Puebla): Not sure! They didn’t air a new episode last week, which means it could air this week – but they don’t have any schedule listed for this weekend so far. They’ve also stopped listing the schedule on the website, so there’s no telling when anything is actually on.

Lucha Azteca: Leyenda de Azul and nothing else

Terra Sunday: More Dragon Rojo problems, more Atlantida vs Kamaitachi/Okumura

== Other ==

Noches de Coliseo: Only god Mr. Nice knows – they wavered back between Tuesday and Sunday.

IWRG (LAS/AYM): last Sunday’s main event has already aired, so maybe the rest of the show will be as well? Though it’d be a shame if the Myzteziz show didn’t air.

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CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-06-07

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taped 2014-05-27 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
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Myzteziz fills Naucalpan and submits Averno, AAA in Xalapa, CMLL Fridays off of Terra

photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG AAA (WED) 07/02/2014 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), Estrellas del Ring, The Gladiatores]
1) Emperador Azteca & Látigo b Anubis Black & Zurdog
2) Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro b Alan Extreme, Diva Salvaje, Imposible
3) Golden Magic, Hijo De Dos Caras, Súper Nova b Demon Rocker, Machine Rocker, Soul Rocker
Team IWRG beat the rockers.
4) Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown b Eterno, Pirata Morgan, Texano Jr.
Rudos took 1/3, Texano slipping in a foul on Psycho Clown.
5) La Parka & Myzteziz b Averno & Black Warrior
Myzteziz might have worked as Sin Cara, but fans were chanting Mistico. It’s all the same. Tecnicos took 1/3, Mistica on Averno while Parka beat Warrior

Huge crowd for Myzteziz’s return to the building. AAA’s not really doing angles with him, becuase he just needs to show up with one of his old rivals to fill buildings this size.

AAA begins a two taping weekend tonight in Arena Xalapa. The arena has been bringing in pretty regularly of late, focusing on a Consejo versus locals feud. I’m not sure if that makes a difference or not, but it’s something to watch for with Mascara Ano & Fantasma in the semimain match. The card is generally the same as the other recent cards, with Myzteziz on top against his rivals and various less feud based matches underneath. Pentagon and Australian Suicide are on the card, which means they’ll be messing with each other’s matches. Aerostar says he’s going to be in Xalapa, so his previous injury won’t prevent him from facing his TripleMania opponents in the tercera (which looks like the best mach on the show.) The women’s opener includes Faby & Taya, so maybe there will be more information about when Taya is getting her title shot. The show will air next Saturday on TV.

Yesterday’s CMLL Informa (official version already up here) confirmed the Friday night Terra broadcasts are done for the time being. The broadcasts actually ended prior to last Friday, only CMLL and Terra didn’t tell anyone, per usual. They still didn’t plan to say anything, but Alfredo asked the question and it somehow got on air. Sunday’s show and the Wednesday Informa show will continue. (It’s worth noting here that Fredo got an answer on Facebook, and during CMLL Informa. They took answers to their trivia game primarily thru the Facebook site as well. Asking questions on Twitter isn’t going to work because the press department completely ignores Twitter.)

JCR also said CMLL would now be airing Saturdays on Television Mexiquense, a public television channel available over the air in the Mexico City area and cable systems elsewhere. It also has a video feed on their site. There’s no show listed as lucha libre on this Saturday’s schedule, and I’m unsure if that means the show doesn’t debut quite yet or if the schedule is just out of date (a fairly common issue with Mexico TV listings.) It’s possible this show could air some Fridays matches which will no longer air on Terra, but we won’t really have an idea until the first time it airs.

Tercera Caida had Daga, Eterno and Steve Pain as guests. The behind the scenes video is up as well.

Nitro is headed back to France for a training seminar from July 7-14.

Jennifer Blake talks about her match on the upcoming Ring and RockStAAArs show, her first TV match in about six weeks. There’s also a local article promoting the show and the other activities this weekend.

El Diario de Coahuila has a bio of Orquidea Negra, who turns up in Arena Coliseo Monterrey fairly often. Near the end of the interview, Orquidea claims that when he was supposed to debut (back in 1990), his parents locked him in his bathroom, did not allow him food for 15 days, and broke all his amateur wrestling trophies Seems a bit harsh.

Vocativ has a two part video on lucha libre. They go to Tijuana (02/07/2013 show), so of course they run into Damian 666 & Bestia 666. Also, Angel Metalico nearly breaks his neck about 4:33 in the first video.

Lucha Libre in Japan

07/03 Dragon Gate: T-Hawk, Eita [O], Flamita b Akira Tozawa [X], Shingo Takagi, Uhaa Nation. There are Flamita gifs from the match here and here, and the full show is on uStream. Flamita defends the Brave Gate championship versus Dragon Kid on 07/20, also on uStream.

AAA on Televisa: 2014-06-07

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taped 2014-06-04 @ Explanada de las Antiguas Instalaciones de la Feria, Celaya, Guanajuato

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great match roundup, week of 2014-06-07

Great/Excellent matches

CMLL on Terra: 2014-05-30
taped 2014-05-30 @ Arena México
Dragon Lee vs Cachorro in a En Busca de un Idolo match: GREAT
Cavernario vs Hechicero in a En Busca de un Idolo match: GREAT

Shows Watched But Nothing Made The List

AAA on Televisa: 2014-06-07
CMLL on Terra: 2014-06-08
CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-06-07
CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-06-07
CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-06-07
I watched the Mr. Nice hair match. It did not make the list.

Matches To Watch Later
CMLL Puebla: 2014-06-09
taped 2014-05-26 @ Arena Puebla
Rey Cometa, Stigma, Stuka Jr. vs Kamaitachi, Puma, Shigeo Okumura

IWRG Zona XXI: 2014-06-08
taped 2014-06-04 @ Arena Naucalpan
Bombero Infernal, Canis Lupus, Fuerza Guerrera vs Black Terry, Golden Magic, Relámpago

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TripleMania to be on iPPV for $8

TripleMania will indeed be on iPPV. There’s a website dedicated to the show at triplemaniatv.com. The promo video is for last year’s show, but the countdown timer is to this year’s show. The iPPV is $8 (half as much as last year, at least in the world where anyone paid for last year.)

It looks like a media company called Siouxx is putting on the show. They have a small website. They have a Twitter account. The Twitter account is about a week old. The FAQ on the TripleMania simply copies and pastes text from wikipedia. Everything in this paragraph concerns me, let’s just move onto a new one.

The underlining technology appears to be FreeCaster.TV, which looks a bit like uStream but has a whole bunch of options and, most importantly, is not actually uStream.

To repeat from last weekend: the official luchablog position on TripleMania is that it’s really cool that they’re trying iPPV again and I’ll be ordering it live, but you should probably spend your Sunday night doing something else. Only pay for the show if suckers like me find out they actually air it. $8 is not a lot money for a iPPV, this is more about wasting your time and not getting any answers for a couple hours. I hope this works, but there’s a mess of red flags.

Estrellita keeps her title, Stuka loses his, lots of injuries, Revolucionarios

photo by Alexis Salazar/CMLL

CMLL (TUE) 07/01/2014 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Flyer & Sensei b El Rebelde & Espanto Jr.
Tecnicos took 1/3, after Espanto suffered a knee injury in the second and was beat in the third.
2) Angelito, Bam Bam, Eléctrico b Mercurio, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Violencia
Tecnicos took 2/3, with Pequeno Violencia suffering a knee injury in the second fall. He went to the hospital. Mercurio rallied in the third but was beat.
3) Cachorro, Dragon Lee, Tritón b Misterioso Jr., Sangre Azteca, Skándalo
Tecnicos took 1/3, Sangre Azteca also suffering a knee injury.
4) Estrellita © b Zeuxis [MEX WOMEN]
Zeuxis took fall one with La Roca, Estrellita tied it up with a tapatia, and Estrellita submitted Zeuxis in the third to keep her title. Estrellita’s fifth defense.
5) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Marco Corleone b Dragón Rojo Jr., Felino, Rey Escorpión
Felino replaced Boby Zavala on Friday. Rey Escorpion and Dragon Rojo did not get along again. Tecnicos took 1/3.
6) Ángel de Oro, Valiente, Volador Jr. DQ Ephesto, Euforia, Hechicero
Tecnicos took 2/3, Euforia fouling Valiente in the third.

An all tecnico victory show, though it likely wasn’t planned to be that way. Three injuries in the first three matches is unfortunate. Violencia’s injury was treated as the most serious one, and it may be a while before we know what’s going on there since he’s not on any upcoming card. Sangre is currently listed as working Tuesday in Guadalajara,

Valiente/Euforia seems like the start of a feud – and would make sense as a decision match for Mephisto’s Light Heavyweight championship if he’s not going to be back soon, but that’s not how CMLL usually does things.

Dragon Rojo’s problems with his partners have gotten their own CMLL press release. On Twitter, Dragon has no idea why this is happening. Me too.

CMLL (TUE) 07/01/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@acogdl]
1) Metatrón & Omar Brunetti b Acertijo & Évola
Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Magnus, Starman, Stigma b Demonio Maya, El Yaqui, Ráfaga
Tecnicos took 1/3
3) Goya Kong, Marcela, Silueta b Amapola, Princesa Blanca, Tiffany
Tecnicas took 2/3.
4) Maléfico b Stuka Jr. © [OCCIDENTE LH]
Malefico took falls 1/3 to win the championship, the last with an unseen foul. Stuka falls in first defense, the third straight champion to do so.
5) Blue Panther, La Máscara, Solar I DQ Gran Guerrero, Negro Navarro, Shocker
Team Solar took falls 1/3, the last when Shocker pulled off Mascara’s mask.
6) Último Guerrero b Atlantis
UG took 2/3, the last when Gran Guerrero distracted the ref and Ultimo pulled Atlantis’ mask.

A UG/Atlantis match! Semimain does indeed seem a waste of Negro Navarro & Solar (or something right out of IWRG.)

Pequeno Black Warrior told people he was leaving CMLL after losing his hair match on Monday, according to Porra Fresa. I can’t see him being back in AAA but he’ll probably be around. (He also may be persuaded to stick around if the rudos need someone to fill in for Pequeno Violencia.)

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

The El Sol de Puebla recap of Monday’s show confirms Stigma challenged Virus to a title match. Maybe Virus has another defense coming?

Rob has highlights of 04/11/14 CMLL.

CMLL Informa will have Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugehit, Seductora, Marcela, Dragon Rojo and a Dark Angel fitness section.

Segunda Caida has reviews of CMLL LATV 05/18/14 and Dr. Wagner Jr., Heavy Metal, Místico vs Olímpico, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero.

Chessman talks about his match in Nayarit.

La Comandante is #1 on CMLL’s top 10 list.

Lineup

CMLL (TUE) 07/08/2014 Arena México
1) Bengala & Molotov vs Akuma & Cholo
2) Astral, Fantasy, Stukita vs Mercurio, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico
3) Esfinge, Oro Jr., Star Jr. vs Cancerbero, Metálico, Raziel
4) Black Panther vs Puma [lightning]
5) Blue Panther, Cachorro, Titán vs Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla
6) Atlantis, Rey Cometa, Valiente vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Euforia, Rey Escorpión

Fun tecnico team in the main event is going to get an easy win over a dissolving rudo side. Semimian should be good too; maybe Cavernario is getting his title shot at Titan and that’s the start of it? Esfinge is back to take part in the Oro/Metalico feud.

CMLL (TUE) 07/08/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Metatrón & Virgo vs Ráfaga & Sádico
2) Esfinge & Leo vs Artillero & Súper Comando
3) Omar Brunetti, Sky Kid, Smaker vs Boby Zavala, Olímpico, Sangre Azteca
4) Diamante Azul, Máximo, Volador Jr. vs Gran Guerrero, Pierroth, Pólvora
5) La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible

Rush fighting TRT is a bit more normal. Semimain is going to be of a challenge – and possibly a changed match. Diamante Azul was pulled from Friday (for Blue Panther) and Sunday (for Maximo) shows, and hasn’t been around in over a month.

CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-05-31

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taped 2014-05-23 @ Arena México
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