taped 2014-02-21 @ Gimnasio Olímpico Juan de la Barrera, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal
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CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-03-08
taped 2014-02-25 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
La Sombra vs Dragón Rojo Jr. for the NWA World Middleweight Championship: EXCELLENT.
Shows Watched But Nothing Made The List
AAA on Televisa: 2014-03-08 – though the mixed tag was close
CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-03-08
CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-03-08
Matches To Watch Later
Noches de Coliseo: 2014-03-09
taped 2014-03-02 @ Arena Coliseo Monterrey
Silver Star vs Charles Lucero for the WWA World Middleweight Championship:
CMLL Puebla: 2014-03-10
taped 2014-02-24 @ Arena Puebla
Águila Egipcia & Black Tiger vs Ares & King Jaguar:
Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente vs Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla:
CMLL held a press conference to announce the teams for this year’s En Busca de un Idolo tournament. (I’ve posted this press conference here.) All matches will air on Terra, and possibly on TV. CMLL didn’t mention a specific TV deal this time.
The separate group Leaders and Trainers seem to be combined into one roll. Negro Casas and Virus will each take care of a team, as they did last year. The teams were determined by picking colored ping pong balls out of hat. Naturally, the four people with black ping pong balls ended up with Casas and the ones with the balls went with Virus.
Guerrero Negro Jr.
Super Halcon Jr
Casas has a very young quartet.
JCR said everyone will fight everyone. In past years, that’s meant the entire group faced off each against each other the first three weeks. It sounded like he said this time all eight guys will have matches against each other in the first round, which would add another month to this tournament, but I may have misunderstood. Otherwise, the format appears to have stayed the same from last year: lightning matches on Tuesday and Friday, with judging, decisions and public voting (via enbuscadeunidolo.com) making up the points. They haven’t updated the website yet, so they may have made other quiet changes we won’t know about until they post the rules.
The judges will be Tirantes, Shocker, Mr. Niebla and a fourth judge which will change for every match and will not be known until the match happens. (That sounds to me like they’ll just be grabbing whoever will be free on those days, rather than pulling someone from all Tuesday Guadalajara shows until June.) Tony Salazar will be a consultant for both teams, maybe replacing Jose Luis Feliciano in the occasional role of overseer of this tournament, but appearing in far more skits.
Not a lot more announced here. They announced that the Arena Coliseo Anniversary show will be on 04/06 and the Arena Mexico announcement will be on 04/27.
Nothing’s been announced, but Maximo/Escorpion is the feud they’ve been running on Sundays. Last year’s Arena Mexico Anniversary show appeared to have a plan of Mr. Aguila versus Shocker, only for Shocker to get casted on La Isla instead. They did the hair match when he came back, and replaced it in April with Rey Cometa and Namajague. There doesn’t seem like any thing specifically set up for that spot this year, but we might start seeing something this Friday.
Maria del Angel passed away yesterday. She suffered a stroke on Sunday, while at a show in Arena Jalisco in Guadalajara where she was to be honored. Maria del Angel, usually a ruda, was part of the large wave of luchadoras in the 80s when the ban on women’s wrestling in Mexico City was lifted. Maria doesn’t appear to be one of the bigger stars of that group of women – I can’t find an apuesta match for her, she got a few title matches but never won them – but the women who broke that barrier were treated as stars for a time. Maria worked in both UWA and CMLL; I believe the Mexican luchadors for a while were booked through the leader of the women’s group, instead of directly by the promotions (similar to what was done in the US), so it was whoever the group of women were working with that moment. Maria was married to Bestia Salvaje, who passed away in 2008.
CMLL (MON) 03/24/2014 Arena Puebla [Porra Fresa]
1) Black Tiger, Star Jr., Tigre Rojo b Espiritu Negro, King Jaguar, Siki Ozama Jr.
2) Astral, Asturiano, Eléctrico DQ Blue Center, Espíritu Maligno, Saurón
Straight falls, Espiritu fouling Asturiano. Apuesta match challenges followed.
3) Stuka Jr. b Virus [lightning]
Total mat match, except Stuka won with the splash.
4) Felino, Puma, Tiger b Black Panther, Blue Panther, Cachorro
double armbar on Panther to win it.
5) Kráneo, Morphosis, Ripper b Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja
Invasors attacked the Guerrero and ripped their masks, then took falls 1/3 to win clean.
6) Volador Jr. b Mephisto
Mephisto and the Invasors passed each in the aisle and had words. Two quick falls, a long third fall, then the Invasors came back out, distracted Mephisto and set up a Volador win. Invasors attacked Mephisto (and Volador in some reports), with the Guerreros running out of the save.
The Invasors helping Volador get a win makes no sense if you think about it for two seconds. CMLL explains this Invasor aggression by saying “it appears the Invasors are regrouping to gain ground.” They have no ground to lose, guess they might as well as trying gain some. There’s a lack of actual regrouping, as you’ll see in the lineup. I like also how that CMLL written article comes up with a quote where Niebla Roja says he has no idea why this feud is happening. That’s compelling.
CMLL (TUE) 03/25/2014 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Apocalipsis & Inquisidor b Bengala & Leono
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Molotov, Sensei b Artillero, Espanto Jr., Súper Comando
3) Pegasso, Stigma, Stuka Jr. b Kamaitachi, Sangre Azteca, Virus
Stuka beat Virus (again)
4) Cachorro, Cavernario, Dragon Lee, Guerrero Negro Jr., Hechicero, Soberano Jr., Star Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. b Black Panther, Canelo Casas, El Rebelde, Espiritu Negro, Flyer, Herodes Jr., Metálico, Oro Jr. [cibernetico]
Busca de un Idolo determination match. Winning 8 moved onto the tournament, starting next month.
5) Averno, Ephesto, Tiger b Máximo, Mistico, Super Porky
Rudos took 1/3, Averno pulling Mistico’s mask for the win. Averno wants a title shot against Mistico.
Guessed right on Mistico/Averno! Possibly better than Mephisto/Mascara.
Terra kicked off it’s second year of coverage of this En Busca de un Idolo tournament by airing the qualifying cibernetico. This seems like a late decision; the announce on Terra’s site list it at just before 5pm CT. I didn’t see that article until 11ish, so no recording here. If only I had access to a real time method of communication which would’ve informed me of such events. (I’ve probably returned from self-imposed exile by the time you read this.) They’re running a press conference today to introduce everyone – I don’t expect much news but will update if needed.
The eight for the tournament seem good enough, if not exactly what I wanted. Hechicero made it, so fun times ahead. Having both Cavernario & Soberano sets up an invalidation of Gran Alterantiva, but they haven’t done much with that as it is. I think this is a big deal for Star Jr., who doesn’t seem set up to get a lot of chances in CMLL but has a great breakout chance in this tournament. I really don’t want to see Guerrero Negro Jr. doing pointless Canadian Destroyers, but I guess they won’t be in the openers now. CMLL may think they’re helping Dragon Lee by putting him in this tournament, but it probably won’t end well for him.
CMLL (TUE) 03/25/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Esfinge b Rey Trueno
2) Demus 3:16, Pequeño Violencia, Pierrothito b Astral, Eléctrico, Último Dragoncito
Rudos took 2/3.
3) Gallo, Leo, Starman DQ Camorra, Sádico, Shigeo Okumura
Tecnicos took 2/3. Camorra beat Leo with a foul in the first, got caught doing the same in the third.
4) Blue Panther, Sagrado, Valiente DQ El Cuatrero, Sansón, Universo 2000
Debuts in this build for Cuatereo and Sanson. Tecnicos took 2/3. Cien Caras accompanied his sons, and ran in to attack Blue Panther in the third fall.
5) Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas b Atlantis, La Sombra, Volador Jr.
Rudos won in straight falls when Sombra & Volador didn’t get along. Usual mask vs hair challenges.
6) Rush DQ Shocker
Rush took 1/3, the last when Shocker was DQed for excessive violence.
Those top four finishes were DQ, DQ, teammates attacking each other, DQ. All the goofiness had some reason to exist (except for the Cien Caras one), but they collided badly on this show.
WMC has a cage match on 04/27 with seven guys I’ve heard of and someone named “Skratch” where the loser will lose his mask. What ever will happen?
Fuego en el Ring interviews Estela Molina.
Sunday’s Arena Coliseo opener has now been turned into a trios match, with Aereo & Pequeno Warrior added.
CMLL (MON) 03/31/2014 Arena Puebla
1) Paris, Robin, Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Ares, Guerrero Espacial, Hechicero
2) Asturiano, Eléctrico, Último Dragoncito vs Blue Center, Espíritu Maligno, Pierrothito
3) Stigma vs Boby Zavala [lightning]
4) Averno, Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Mephisto, Niebla Roja vs Kráneo, Morphosis, Mr. Águila, Olímpico, Ripper [cibernetico]
5) La Sombra & Volador Jr. vs Mr. Niebla & Negro Casas
Free win for Niebla & Casas! Olimpico versus Gran Guerrero is a battle for the ages, but the Invasors seem outgunned here. Stigma vs Zavala should be fun, and it looks like Asturiano versus Espiritu Maligno is an actual feud. HECHICERO.
CMLL (TUE) 04/01/2014 Arena México
1) Bengala & Flyer vs Akuma & Ramstein
2) Acero, Astral, Pequeño Halcón vs Demus 3:16, Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico
3) Metálico, Oro Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus
4) Pegasso vs Hechicero [lightning]
5) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Boby Zavala, Misterioso Jr., Pólvora
6) La Sombra, Mistico, Tritón vs Averno, Mephisto, Puma
Another good looking show. Main event should be interesting. Hechicero prepares for two months of lightning mach with one which won’t air. Metalico didn’t make the tournament but gets a rare tercera.
CMLL (TUE) 04/01/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Divino vs Évola
2) Black Metal, Esfinge, Metatrón vs Canelo Casas, Disturbio, Hijo del Signo
3) Dark Angel, Estrellita, Silueta vs La Comandante, Tiffany, Zeuxis
4) Leo vs Camorra [hair]
5) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Titán vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero and Black Panther, Blue Panther, Cachorro and Cuatrero, Sanson, Universo 2000
Cuatrero & Sanson stick around here. Fuego en el Ring had a brief interview with them, where they mention they’re being taught mostly by Universo 2000. They are doing the Leo/Camorra hair match after all. It seems like doom for Camorra, but Leo is 0-1 in hair matches. Comandante is back from Japan.
- Shocker lost his hair for the first time in the main event of Homenaje a Dos Leyendas. Rush got the big win and said he wanted to finish things with Negro Casas next. Marcela defeated Dalys in a women’s hair match where Dalys was said to take quite a beating. Dalys would like a title shot anyway. Neither of those two outcomes are that surprising; the biggest upset was CMLL’s March show apparently outdrawing AAA’s March show. Atlantis continued his domination in the annual incredible pairs tournament, winning for the fourth time in five years, this time with Euforia. Maximo & Rey Escorpion fought with each other instead of Atlantis’ team and seem likely to have a hair match this summer. Cien Caras was honored (which appeared to be the favorite part for long time fans), and his two soon to be debuting sons were introduced. This show was the first CMLL Friday night show not to air at all since August 30th. CMLL and Terra spent the week avoiding answering questions about the status of the broadcast all week, until CMLL finally off hand mentioned on Facebook the show wasn’t airing about 60 minutes before bell time. This upcoming Friday’s show is back on the Terra website, so it appears it was a one time plan to not give away the major show for free and force everyone to come to the arena to see the show, only no one knew this until much too late to actually go to the show.
- - La Parka won his fifth Rey de Reyes tournament in the main event of the show the same name. Steve Pain lost his hair in the dome cage match and the two champions who showed up (Daga and tag champs Angelico & Jack Evans) kept their titles in four way matches. The show was notable for who didn’t show: Elegido (????), Juvi (foot injury), and Blue Demon (maybe trying to get US residency.) Demon was scheduled to defend the Latin America championship, and almost definitely keep the Latin American championship, but challenger Chessman defeated Villano IV instead with the idea of doing Chessman/Demon some other day. Attendance seemed down from the year before, which was blamed on the cloudy skies. The plan for making this an iPPV, never officially announced, did not happen.
- - Mistico La Nueva Era oddly didn’t appear as billed in the scheduled main event the Friday before Dos Leyendas. Sin Cara claimed his replacement was pulled for being drunk, Mistico claimed he doesn’t like to drink, the listing of him on the show was an internet typo and wasn’t at the show at all. It didn’t appear to be an internet typo at all, but maybe it Mistico actually wasn’t scheduled since Volador replaced him to kick off the latest Sombra/Volador feud.
- - The AAA/El Rey show will start taping in August to air in September…or that’s just the current plan, according to the Wrestling Observer.
- - Chilanga Mask’s first anniversary show had a bloody main event of Aero Boy, DJ Hyde, Masada and Kaientai in a death match. Aeroboy won, and was invited to the CZW tournament of death. Like with Rey de Reyes, important people didn’t make it – the Young Bucks were scheduled for a three way tag but missed the show for unclear reasons. CMLL’s Rey Cometa, also supposed to be in that tag match, ended up booked in Arizona instead, and was replaced by Mascara Dorada as part of two special singles matches.
- Sin Cara continues to be weird and not to wrestle much. At least one those should change about a month from now, beginning with shows in late April and early March. Shows in that timeline Sin Cara previously dismissed as fake are now being promoted by the same Sin Cara as real. (It appeared to be a WWE no-compete issue.)
- Oficial AK47 lost his hair to Tony Rivera in IWRG’s annual loser advance cage match show Guerra de Golfo. The rudos had been trying to cost Black Terry the match but were foiled and were forced to face each other instead. Skayde, who had been wrestling here with his mask, wrestled the match unmasked.
- Super Nova won a title in Naucalpan.
- Stuka won a title in Guadalajara
- Mephisto kept his title in a La Mascara in a battle of campanas.
- Estrellita keep her title in Guadalajara, the start of a very bad week for Dalys.
Monday’s Mephisto versus Volador Puebla main event ended with the rarest of all possible CMLL finishes – no finish! The Invasors upset the Guerreros in the rudo versus rudos semifinal, then ran in and attacked Volador after what had been a brief match. The Invasors attacked Mephisto as well, and the Guerreros had to make the save.
Some CMLL nights are obviously important, like Friday night’s show. (By the way, our friends at wrestlingdata.com are going with 13,400 as attendance for that show, by the way, which would be far ahead of Terrible/Rush, actually beats the raging inferno that is AAA and Rey de Reyes, and throws into question how important Televisa TV for at least big shows, and now this paragraph really needs a restart.)
Some CMLL nights are obviously important, like Friday night’s show. Some nights are sneakily important. Today is a sneakily important day. Tonight’s show has a Gen14 vs Various Other People cibernetico, where the final eight luchadors advance to strangely important En Busca de Un Idolo tournament. CMLL holds a lot of tournaments which don’t mean anything for the winner, even Tanahashi winning the Universal tournament is not going to mean anything except being listed in a name of winners – we won’t much hear about the incredible pairs tournament for 11 months, they aren’t bring the Gran Alternativa up much. The En Busca de un Idolo has been different treated like the tournament that matters. Most (though not all) got a short term boost of interest just by being in the tournament. Making the field matters, and tonight’s ciberentico determines who makes the field.
The teams are the CMLL Segunda All Stars (name not official) of Canelo Casas, Cavernario, Guerrero Negro Jr., Herodes Jr., Metálico, Oro Jr., Soberano Jr., and Súper Halcón Jr. versus the Generacion 14 team Black Panther, Cachorro, Dragon Lee, El Rebelde, Espiritu Negro, Flyer, Hechicero, and Star Jr. CMLL’s preview of the event says “the final 8″ advance into the the En Busca de Un Idolo tournament. It’s not impossible that this stipulation is mean to mean the winning team gets in, but it seems more like it’s just whoever happens to be the final eight moves on (and the match continues to the final, probably to tease an En Busca de un Idolo result.)
CMLL hasn’t been hinting at anything here, so the only way to draw conclusions on what will happen are guessing on usual biases. Canelo Casas, Black Panther, Cachorro, Dragon Lee, Flyer are all related to people high in the CMLL hierachy, and Dragon Lee and Canelo Casas were feuding for a couple of weeks. Herodes Jr., Cavernario are being treated as important people, and Super Halcon Jr. and Soberano are treated as somewhat important people. CMLL may have a different set of criteria for this tournament, but picking eight of those nine would be the closest thing to safe bet in a very unsure situation.
The eight which I’d like to see make the final, without regard to a rudo/tecnico mix, are Cavernario, Metálico, Oro Jr., Soberano Jr., El Rebelde, Hechicero, Black Panther and Cachorro (with Espiritu Negro as the toughest cut), but there are other people who would also make for an entertaining couple of months.
It bears repeating: if Hechicero is in En Busca de un Idolo and CMLL does not dramatically alter the way they run the tournament, Hechicero will advance to the final. The ultimate winner is a CMLL decision, but Hechicero will easily win the judges voting and easily win the fan voting under the system they’ve used the last two years. (CMLL’s changes in how they’ve run their website might mean that fan voting will change, but the judging marks might be alone enough to advance him a long way.) If Hechicero is part of the final 8 and nothing changes, then it’s really seven guys going for the other spot. That’s not a bad thing: Hechicero is skilled enough to be one of CMLL’s guys, but the only part he’s missing are the fans knowing who he is. Two months of spotlighted matches can take care of that.
None of this should be a surprise to CMLL; the people on the inside should know Hechicero will do well, so there’s no reason to include him even this far if that wasn’t the plan. Still, after last Friday, there’s a concern that CMLL is going to make an unpopular decision and going to make it worse for themselves by the timing of the decision. Hechicero being eliminated early by Super Halcon would get a lot of groans now. It would look even dumber a month from now when Hechicero continues to tear it up in trios while young guys have rookie type matches with each other in the tournament.
Today is also the CMLL debuts of Sanson and El Cuatrero, Cien Caras’s sons. Their first match is in Guadalajara and it’s unclear if they’re meant to just be Arena Coliseo Guadalajara or are joining the mass of Mexico City luchadors who’ve debuted since the start of the year
Primera Curerda (via SuperLuchas) says Dark Angel participated in a WWE tryout at NXT back in December. They also claim her recent trip to Chicago included a backstage trip to Raw, which from WWE wrestler Victoria introduced her to various people. They say she was complimented for all the obvious reasons, and for her ability to speak English, Spanish and French, but Dark Angel is still working for the time being. The report says she may get another tryout or a contract.
They also mention Heddi Karoui was also at the tryout and may be offered a spot to work on WWE’s new Cruiserweight-only show. This is where the report seems to fall apart: during a podcast just yesterday, Bryan Alvarez asked someone in WWE if there was a new Cruiserweight-only show in the works and was very definitively told no.
CMLL has not utilized Dark Angel as much as they could the last few years (definitely since she got her own deal in Japan, but arguably even farther back), and it would probably be an easy choice to go to WWE if offered. If she goes, the only surprise is how long it took WWE to figure out she’d be a good addition.
Euforia replaces Gran Guerrero in Friday’s title match. That’s for the best.
Maria del Angel is in poor shape after suffering a stroke, according to Lola Gonzalez.
Terra’s said they’ll be broadcasting Sunday’s show – and Friday’s show. No one’s explained what happened last Friday, and the bigger CMLL Friday night shows may end up on Terra in the future, but it may not be a good idea to count on them being there.
Rush says that after he takes care of Negro Casas, he’d like an important mask – and why not Sombra? (There are many reasons why not Sombra.)
AAA started an Instagram account over the weekend.
CMLL posted video from Dos Leyendas: the second dance number.
Juventud Guerrera versus A Hijo del Rey Misterio will take place April 26th in London, Ontario. Super Crazy will take on Little Guido on the same show.
CMLL (SUN) 03/30/2014 Arena Coliseo
1) Pequeño Halcón & Stukita vs Mercurio & Pequeño Olímpico
2) Goya Kong, Lluvia, Skadi vs Amapola, Tiffany, Zeuxis
Skadi’s debut, and Lluvia’s first match in DF since July.
3) Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr., Tritón vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus
4) Fuego vs Ephesto [lightning]
5) Diamante Azul, La Máscara, Titán vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
6) Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Máximo vs Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Rey Escorpión
Skadi (or Skaði, a spelling which would never make it correctly onto a lucha libre poster) is a Norse goddess “associated with bowhunting, skiing, winter and mountains.” Sounds fun! The luchadora’s names are more creative in general, or at least the ones which make it to CMLL. Skadi’s just turned up in results since January, so either she’s very new or everyone was spelling it a different way. Lluvia is more familiar, but it’s taken her multiple knee surgeries to get back to this point.
My TiVo died again Sunday, so I wasn’t able to record anything that aired on TV that day. At this point, it’s up to Comcast as to when I’ll be able to record again.
I instead attempted to record Multimedios and IWRG via their web feed. Multimedios failed, but I was able to screen record the AYM feed Sunday night. Like last time I tried this, I somehow got the video but not the sound. (The first and last matches had aired previously during the week, so they have sound and possibly better picture.) The SLP show has repeating during the week, and I’ll double up with that if I get the chance.
There were unrelated issues with the Puebla feed; I barely ended up with any of that, and will try to get the replay on Thursday. And Terra did not air on Friday and only aired about two matches on Sunday.
Due to another Fox/AAA overlap, we’re missing the AAA opener. We do have the missing AAA matches from the last couple weekends, off the UTDN feed.
YouTube Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYyNnOBGWP7RQnrAFh_C6G1uK_rzYJo9Z
03/22 WWC: http://www.sendspace.com/file/64dzs4
AAA on Televisa: 2014-03-08
taped 2014-02-21 @ Gimnasio Olímpico Juan de la Barrera, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal
1) Drago, Faby Apache, Jennifer Blake vs Pentagón Jr., Sexy Star, Taya Valkyrie
2) Crazy Boy, Fénix, Joe Lider vs Daga, Juventud Guerrera, Steve Pain
3) Cibernético, Electroshock, Jack Evans, La Parka vs Chessman, el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Jeff Jarrett, Zorro
AAA on Televisa: 2014-03-15
taped 2014-03-03 @ Lienzo Charro Ignacio Leon Ornelas, Irapuato, Guanajuato
1) Drago, Faby Apache, Jennifer Blake vs Sexy Lady, Sexy Star, Steve Pain
2) Angélico, Australian Suicide, Jack Evans vs Daga, Pentagón Jr., Psicosis
3) Axel, Electroshock, Gronda vs Chessman, Hijo del Fantasma, Silver King
4) Cibernético, La Parka, Psycho Clown vs Parka Negra, Texano, Zorro
AAA on Televisa: 2014-03-22
taped 2014-03-16 @ Plaza de Toros La Monumental, Monterrey, Nuevo León
1) Daga vs Argenis, Australian Suicide, Súper Fly for the AAA World Cruiserweight Championship (to be posted next week)
2) Fénix vs Crazy Boy, Joe Lider, Niño Hamburguesa, Ultimo Gladiador, Pentagón Jr., Steve Pain, Eterno in a domed cage match
3) Cibernético, Electroshock, Psycho Clown vs Jeff Jarrett, Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Texano Jr.
CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-03-22
Full Show: https://mega.co.nz/#!584zyCiL!2DCZd_8AxxiJWKpRqWPLyMbNae2cGn-UHm5Ab_oJMgM
taped 2014-03-11 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Sky Kid & Smaker vs Artillero & Súper Comando for the Occidente Tag Team Championship
taped 2014-03-16 @ Arena México
2) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Rush vs Kráneo, Negro Casas, Niebla Roja
3) Volador Jr. vs Ripper
CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-03-22
taped 2014-03-18 @ Arena México
1) Angelito, Astral, Stukita vs Demus 3:16, Mercurio, Pierrothito
2) Dragon Lee, Pegasso, Star Jr. vs Canelo Casas, Hechicero, Puma
3) Diamante Azul, Fuego, Rey Cometa vs Boby Zavala, Misterioso Jr., Pólvora
4) Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla vs Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., La Máscara
CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-03-22
taped 2014-03-14 @ Arena Mexico
1) Atlantis & Euforia vs Niebla Roja & Stuka Jr. in a Parejas Increible eightfinal
2) Marco Corleone & Terrible vs Máscara Dorada & Mephisto in a Parejas Increible eightfinal
3) Blue Panther & Negro Casas vs Delta & Mr. Águila in a Parejas Increible eightfinal
4) Diamante Azul & Rey Bucanero vs Kráneo & Super Porky in a Parejas Increible eightfinal
5) Atlantis & Euforia vs Marco Corleone & Terrible in a Parejas Increible quarterfinal
6) Diamante Azul & Rey Bucanero vs Blue Panther & Negro Casas in a Parejas Increible quarterfinal
7) Atlantis & Euforia vs Diamante Azul & Rey Bucanero in a Parejas Increible semifinal
Lucha Azteca (CMLL): 2014-03-22
taped 2014-03-07 @ Arena México
Parejas Increible, Block A
CMLL on Terra: 2014-03-23
taped 2014-03-23 @ Arena Coliseo
4) Sagrado vs Virus in a lightning match
http://www.sendspace.com/file/os7734 - only the last couple of minutes (and the between match interview)
5) La Sombra, Super Porky, Valiente vs Felino, Olímpico, Ripper
6) Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Máximo vs Averno, Pólvora, Rey Escorpión
IWRG Zona XXI: 2014-03-23
taped 2014-03-19 @ Arena Naucalpan
1) Mini Multifacetico & Mini Rey Cometa vs Oficialito AK47 & Oficialito Fierro
2) Centvrión, Metaleon, Mr. Leo vs Douki, Freyser, Hanaoka
http://www.sendspace.com/file/f2xaa4 – no sound
3) Chico Che, Golden Magic, Veneno vs Broken Clown, Dave The Clown, Rothen Clown
http://www.sendspace.com/file/tfaxmd - no sound
4) Máscara Púrpura, Relámpago, Súper Nova vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo
CMLL Puebla: 2014-03-23
taped 2014-03-10 @ Arena Puebla
5) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Rush vs Euforia, Shocker, Último Guerrero
IWRG (SUN) 03/23/2014 Arena Naucalpan [The Gladiatores]
1) Hip Hop Man & Látigo b Araña de Plata & Power Bull
Hip Hop Man replaced Latigo, Arana de Plata replaced Power Bull.
2) Alan Extreme & Emperador Azteca b Fulgor II & Imposible
Alan Extreme replaced Hip Hop Man.
3) Black Terry, Centvrión, Dr. Cerebro b Rayan, Spartan, Tony Rivera
Tecnicos took 1/3, Terry using the ropes to beat Rivera.
4) Relámpago, Súper Nova, Veneno b Danny Casas, Oficial 911, Oficial AK47
Tecnicos took 1/3, Veneno feuding with AK47.
5) Hijo De Dos Caras, Máscara Púrpura, Toscano b Canis Lupus, Trauma I, Trauma II
Tecnicos took 2/3.
All tecnico wins. Cerebro loses a tooth, Terry loses some blood but both make a second show that day.
MedioTiempo and Estrellas del Ring have recaps of the ChilangaMask show, and Black Terry Jr. has photos of the match. Both the main event and Terry/Maya are very bloody. The raucous crowd looks like they had fun.
Oswaldo notes there was a recent fundraiser for Camaleon, except Camaleon didn’t know anything about it. That happens way too often on benefit shows. The promoter says he gave the money to Camaleon’s money.
XMW (SAT) 03/22/2014 Deportivo Oceania, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal [Black Terry Jr. (flickr), Estrellas del Ring]
1) Chica Ye-Ye, Guason, Mini Black Metal, Obscuro b Centella Atomic, Demasiado, Kaitlin Diamond, Toxin Boy
2) Fulgor b Yoruba, Legendario, Fulgor II
3) Dollar, Kronos, Metatleon b Metalik, Niebla Negra, Terremoto
4) Mr. Leo b Arez and Belial and Tornado (DF) and Fly Warrior [PDM LH]
Perros del Mal Light Heavyweight Championship, last seen with Super Nova in 2012. Unclear who was supposed to be defending it. Toscano showed up after the match to talk about how great the match was. Crowd liked Arez the best. Toscano gave the youngsters credit for being good.
5) Fly Star & La Magnifica b Ludark Shaitan & Wotan
Ludark & Magnficia are feuding.
6) Impulso b Necro Butcher, Hellspawn
Deathmatch. Hellspawn is from Chile. Nectro beat Hellspawn, Impulso beat Necro Butcher.
Usual heavy hardcore show. I have no idea why Toscano was there and am sort of concerned about him lately. CMLL needs to hire him back just to keep him out of the tiny shows for young people. Another mystery: There’s an Fulgor anti-fan club? Estrellas recap notes Magnficia versus Ludark is a good idea; indy lucha libre could use a lot more steady rivalries which go from promotion to promotion and get better, and those are probably two of the best luchadoras who constantly work the indies. Kaitlin Diamond (or whichever way I’m supposed t0 be spelling it) is a Canadian woman who’s been hanging tough around here for a few months and must have some great stories.
CHILANGA MASK (SUN) 03/23/2014 Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México [@terceracaida]
1) Robin (CMLL) b Íkaro [lightning]
2) Astro Rey Jr. & Psico Kid b Fulgor & Karma
3) Freelance b Latin Dragon and Arez and Mike Segura and Golden Magic and Tornado (DF)and Magnifico and Dinamic Black and Zurdog [Copa Tercera Caida]
Third version. List of participants is as announced but unconfirmed.
4) X-Torm & Zarco b Dr. Cerebro & Eterno
Dr. Cerebro lost two teeth after a Zarco chairshot
5) Trauma I & Trauma II b Hijo de Pirata Morgan & Rey Bucanero
Hijo del Pirata replaced Pirata Morgan (working for Tinieblas instead). Piratas demanded a rematch, hair versus masks.
6) Impulso b Máscara Dorada
Replacement match for the trios tag match with the Young Bucks. Mascara Dorada was an addition.
7) Black Terry DQ Guerrero Maya Jr. [super libre]
DQ not specified. Maya demanded a lucha extra match and a mask vs hair match.
8) Negro Navarro & Solar I b Arkángel de la Muerte & Rey Hechicero
9) Titán (CMLL) b Belial
second replacement match for the missing trios tag match.
10) Aero Boy b DJ Hyde and Masada and Kaientai
Deathmatch. Aero Boy was awarded a spot in CZW’s Tournament of Death.
Lots of changes. The big one was the Young Bucks. Matt Jackson announced they were off the show late Saturday night, and implied they didn’t get their deposit. ChilangaMask claimed the flight the Bucks were supposed to come in on was overbooked. Those stories don’t seem to fit together. Rey Cometa did end up on the Arizona show after all, but somehow Mascara Dorada replaced him. I’d guess Dorada is a more expensive guy, so either he was helping out, or CMLL screwed up and sent Dorada as a make good. Or something else happened, I dunno.
Titan vs Belial and Impulso vs Mascara Dorada could both be pretty good. Both the 8 and 10 matches sound like they were very good in their very different styles. Should be more recaps of the show next week.
CMLL (SUN) 03/23/2014 Arena Coliseo [CMLL, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Molotov & Sensei b El Rebelde & Espiritu Negro
2) Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Warrior b Fantasy & Último Dragoncito
Turned into a tag match for unknown reasons. Shockercito and Pequeno Nitro were scheduled.
3) Dark Angel, Estrellita, Goya Kong b Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit, Zeuxis
4) Virus b Sagrado [lightning]
Virus submitted Sagrado. Terra feed started working during this match.
5) La Sombra, Super Porky, Valiente b Felino, Olímpico, Ripper
Tecnicos took 2/3.
6) Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Máximo DQ Averno, Pólvora, Rey Escorpión
Tecnicos took 2/3, the last when Rey Escorpion was caught fouling Maximo.
No obvious set up for next week, unless Maximo/Rey Escorpion is meant to continue here and isn’t just a global CMLL issue.
Terra’s had reoccurring problems broadcasting from Arena Coliseo. This time was worst than most, and they missed the first 1h15m of the show due to extended technical issues. This was different from Friday; they intended to air the whole show and were recording things as if they were actually airing (and some of the promos will be part of the 52MX and LATV shows.) This was also different in that Terra responded to questions about the status of the broadcast, unlike this past week with the Friday show.
The author of CMLL’s text recap – which didn’t appear until many hours until after the show – is listed as “CMLL”. Hmmm. I have a feeling that if someone didn’t take pictures, there might not have been an official recap of any sort today.
CMLL (SUN) 03/23/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Relampago Azul b Índigo
2) William Rock b Ángel del Mal
Angel del Mal was injured.
3) Demonio Rojo & Évola b El Divino & Virgo
Rudos took 2/3.
4) Smaker b Espectrum
Like all undercard singles matches, this was one fall.
5) Black Metal, León Blanco, Sky Kid b Acertijo, Demonio Maya, Maléfico
Tecnicos took 1/3.
6) Black Panther, Blue Panther, Cachorro b Puma, Tiger, Vangellys
Panthers took 1/3 in a good match.
Konnan had a lot to say about Rey de Reyes on this week’s MLW Radio show.
He explained a bit about the two big missing people: Juvi and Blue Demon Jr. Juvi’s the easy one – he’s got a fracture in a foot. That sucks. Demon’s issue is a lot more tricky. Blue Demon Jr. told AAA that he’s applying for US residency, and must stay in the US 3 months as part of it. That would definitely explain why Demon wants the story quiet, but… Konnan: “I don’t know if that story is true.” MSL asked if Demon gave AAA any warning, and Demon said he wasn’t going to know if he couldn’t make until a couple days before the shows and only confirmed he’d be off the day prior. Konnan doesn’t think that made a lot of sense, but gave credit to Demon for sending the video and says Demon will be on the Ciudad Victoria show (next Saturday) to hand over the belt. Demon won’t be if that three month rule is correct, because he wrestled in Toluca on 01/30 and wouldn’t have spent 3 months in the United States until the start of May. Either everyone in AAA can’t do simple math or there’s a part of the story that didn’t get explained. People in AAA can do simple math. Konnan expressed displeasure about how tough Demon has been to work with; Demon shows up late and leaves early, and they have to fly him in all the way from Florida. Konnan does give Demon credit for sending in videos when asked.
Elegido’s abcense was not mentioned, but it would be grossly out of character for Konnan to be concerned with Elegido. It seems strange on the surface that Konnan has a problem with Demon when the Jarretts are appearing to do the same exact thing (flying in, arriving late, leaving early), but I think it speaks more to how different sees Demon as compared to the Jarretts. And those two have found time to do the occasional pretape.
If you’ve been following along with his thoughts about AAA this year, you would not be surprised by any of statement on Rey de Reyes itself. AAA is on fire, according to Konnan. They’re doing fantastic, “we got our competition off TV”, none of your criticisms are valid and you have no idea how tough a job it is for him would be a good summary of a few minute stretch. Konnan feels Rey de Reyes would’ve sold out if it was sunny, becuase “they’re hotter than they were last year.” Konnan felt most of the matches were good, with Chessman/Villano IV surprising him to be the best on the show, but the last two weren’t good. Konnan explains the Jarrett matches are never intended to be matches (good or otherwise), but angles designed to get a big reaction from the crowd and they accomplished that. Konnan feels they have to do a better job of protecting La Parka and it didn’t sound like he was happy with how that was done in the Rey de Reyes final. The decision for Parka to win might have been influenced by the two no-shows; Konnan says AAA knew the missing people would give ammo to their detractors, so they wanted to make sure to send the fans home happy.
In random notes, Nino Hamburguesa was supposed to toss his hamburger out to the crowd after escaping the ring, but forget his hamburger in the back. (One of the helper guys should’ve brought it! I can see it now, Australian Suicide luring Nino up the ladder by teasing him with the hamburger.) Konnan dismissed Rey Misterio Jr.’sIn a response to a mailbag question, Konnan says he’d put the world heavyweight title on a exotico if the right one came along, but doesn’t think any one in the company is the right one. And Konnan mentions he was planned to win the 2006 Rey de Reyes, but jokes he changed the plans when he saw the winner (eventually Vampiro) was going to get a tiara as a crown.
Sin Cara had a typically fun weekend. When HuniCara posting on Twitter about being a part of the Scooby Doo movie, Sin Cara Uno responded by angrily calling him a Fraude and CCing every McMahon he could think of. He deleted the message later. Sin Cara was also promoted the 05/04 show in Monterrey, the same shows he was insisting were fabrications a few weeks ago. Funny how that worked out.
This week’s Super Libre had interviews with Vangellys & Akuma in studio, plus more taped from H2L.
SuperLuchas #521 has a double issue: La Parka winning and Shocker losing.
Ohtani’s Jacket reviews more Charles Lucero.
Kcidis discovers bald Shocker.
Chessman talks about being champion, does not mention Blue Demon at all.
The Mexico National Team’s Jersey was inspired by a familiar item. (Go to the 2 minute mark.)
CMLL (SUN) 03/30/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Raycko vs El Piraña
Spelled as Reycko – changed the spelling in his six weeks between matches?
2) El Tapatío & Explosivo vs Furia Nazi & Satara
3) El Brillante & Javier Cruz vs Exterminador & Infierno
4) León Blanco vs Ráfaga
5) Gallo & Leo vs Camorra & Maléfico
6) La Sombra, Sagrado, Super Porky vs Mephisto, Misterioso Jr., Pólvora
It looks like El Tapatio might have be declared a tecnico back on 03/02, but I didn’t notice because Guadalajara young guys can be inconsistent about such matters. Camorra in the semimain is odd, both because Camorra in general but because CMLL usually sends six on Sundays and he’s #7. You don’t suppose he’s found a new place to feud with a local tecnico to set up an apuesta match, do you?
CMLL (FRI) 03/21/2014 Arena México [@apolovaldez, @furiatitanes, @jokerman81, @terceracaida, CMLL, MT (Cien Caras), MT (final), MT (rest), Terra,Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys b Stuka Jr., Super Porky, Titán
2) Ephesto, Mephisto, Negro Casas b Blue Panther, La Sombra, Volador Jr.
Thunder was announced, but replaced by Blue Panther on Tuesday. Straight falls for the rudos. In a repeat of last week, Volador and Sombra again had problems, and again challenged each other to a mask versus hair match. They fought a little this week but no real match.
3) Atlantis & Euforia b Máximo & Rey Escorpión [natl pi, final]
Atlantis’ third win in the four years of this tournament. Escorpion & Maximo could not get along and lost in straight falls.
4) Marcela b Dalys [hair]
Marcela took 2/3, the last apparently with the Michinoku Driver, to win the match. Multipke mentioned this was a stiff match, at least from Marcela to Dalys. Marcela is 8-0 in known hair matches, Dalys loses her first ever apuesta match. Dalys demanded a title match, Marcela did not answer.
5) Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero b Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente
Guerreros challenged for the trios titles.
6) Rush b Shocker [hair]
Shocker took the first with the Dos Caras Clutch, Rush did the same in a quick second, and Rush won with a Rush Driver (after flattening Shocker’s face with a corner dropkick.) Shocker loses his first hair match after winning 14 (going to 18-2 overall in apuestas.) Rush has won all four hair matches he’s been in so far. Shocker gave Rush credit for the win, and asked for a rematch. Rush wants Negro Casas next.
Cien Caras, accompanied by his brothers and soon to be debuting sons, was honored about the fourth match. That’s the same way CMLL introduced Black Panther & Cachorro. As jokerman points out, since Panico was in the ring shaking hands, it was a meeting of CMLL Hombre de Negro (Panico) and AAA Hombre de Negro (Mascara Ano 2000)!
Fuego joined the edecanes for a show opening dance; the edecanes did a second performance later on in the night.
Crowd totally hated Rush and was not happy with him for winning yet again.
Attendance looks great in some shots, but others reveal CMLL didn’t seat much of the blue seats. It looks like it was more people than CMLL drew for the last big Rush hair match (versus Terrible) and maybe the first 10K+ turnout.
There’s not a lot of surprises on the show to talk about, so let’s talk about the internet surprise. Friday’s show did not air on Terra at all. CMLL snuck in a mention of the show not airing on Facebook about 60 minutes before the show started. Alan posted the message below in the comments, and I thought I was just misreading things because the comment about the show not airing live was such a throw away. CMLL’s been airing matches from Friday night shows since August 30th, it’s been taken for granted that something would air even when not promoted. That was not the case, and probably should not be assumed to be the case going forward.
This struck me as TripleMania redux. The obvious problem with TripleMania was the feed not working, but the complicating problem was poor communication. There was little information about the feed problem while it was happening, and their last big status announcement was saying they were going to explain something at a press conference no one who ordered the feed was going to be able to watch. They didn’t deliver the product and they didn’t deliver timely useful information about why they weren’t deliveing the product. AAA’s gotten much better in this area, and I think AAA would handle the same situation much better now. (Let’s hope we never find out.)
CMLL’s completely in their right not to air their shows. There are many reasons why it might have made sense to air last night’s show, but CMLL might have found better reasons not to do so. Their problem was equal poor communication. It seemed to be as much internal as external. It seems pretty obvious that someone’s plan was not to air the show all week, since Terra never promoted it on their website, but even a broadcaster did not appear to find this out until just before the show started.
I don’t know if it’s the case, but it’s even possible the press department couldn’t let people know what was going on until an hour before the show because they themselves weren’t told. It fits with CMLL’s lack of internal communication, though it doesn’t really excuse them. Plenty of people were asking CMLL what was going on, and CMLL could’ve given anyone an answer. They choose not to.
All it would’ve taken is one Twitter message or one Facebook message to let people know the show wouldn’t be airing any time earlier in the week. About five seconds of someone’s time. for common courtesy. People wouldn’t have been happy, but they would’ve known and made plans accordingly. CMLL felt the people on the internet were not worth those five seconds.
indy (FRI) 03/21/2014 Arena Querétaro [Estrellas del Ring]
1) Angel Rebelde, Golden King, Gremlin b Dark Crazy, Speed Demon, Star Boy
2) Chica Ye-Ye, Drabek I, Rey Centella b Castigador, Fuego Latino, Sangre De Dragon
3) Broken Clown, Dave The Clown, Rothen Clown b Dance Boy, El Lince, Soldado Diablico
4) Black Terry, Negro Navarro, Shu el Guerrero b Dragon De Oriente I, Dragon De Oriente II, El Atomico
5) Dr. Wagner Jr. & Veneno b LA Park & Pantera
Veneno replaced Black Warrior. Wagner took falls 1/3, the last via foul on Park.
Looks like a really good turnout here.
Rob has highlights of 01/17/14 AAA.
LuchaWorld has a recap of this week’s Tercera Caida.
Eric R @ Segunda Caida reviews Uprising: Lucha Libre 03/09/14.
Steve Pain wants a rematch with the Mexican Powers. I dunno, AAA repeating a match? Seems like a stretch.
Fuerza Guerrera wants revenge on…Toscano.
CMLL (TUE) 03/25/2014 Arena México
1) Bengala & Leono vs Apocalipsis & Inquisidor
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Molotov, Sensei vs Artillero, Espanto Jr., Súper Comando
3) Pegasso, Stigma, Stuka Jr. vs Kamaitachi, Sangre Azteca, Virus
4) Canelo Casas, Cavernario, Guerrero Negro Jr., Herodes Jr., Metálico, Oro Jr., Soberano Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. vs Black Panther, Cachorro, Dragon Lee, El Rebelde, Espiritu Negro, Flyer, Hechicero, Star Jr. [cibernetico]
Busca de un Idolo determination match.
5) Máximo, Mistico, Super Porky vs Averno, Ephesto, Tiger
Tercera could be a lot of fun, but I’m less sure what gets aired here thanks to the cibernetico.
I believe the idea of the semifinal is it’s a normal cibernetico going to a single survivor, but the final eight survivors will advance to En Busca de un Idolo next month. CMLL should reaffirm or clarify that with their preview this week.
Is Tiger feuding with Super Porky? Is that a setup to a Mistico & Averno title match?
IWRG (WED) 03/26/2014 Arena Naucalpan
1) Sky Ángel vs Power Bull
2) Ángel Del Amor & Seiya vs Atomic Star & Electro Boy
3) Centvrión, Emperador Azteca, Metaleon vs Broken Clown, Dave The Clown, Rothen Clown
4) Máscara Púrpura, Relámpago, Súper Nova vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo [super libre]
5) Chico Che, Niño Hamburguesa, Veneno vs Eterno, Trauma I, Trauma II
They got the wrong stipulation in the semifinal. Quite the tecnico trio in the main event.
CMLL (FRI) 03/28/2014 Arena México
1) Magnus & Robin vs Akuma & Guerrero Negro Jr.
2) Delta, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Boby Zavala, Misterioso Jr., Puma
3) Dark Angel, Estrellita, Marcela vs Dalys, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit
4) La Máscara, Marco Corleone, Rush vs Negro Casas, Ripper, Shocker
5) Volador Jr. vs La Sombra
no time limit this time.
6) Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente vs Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero [CMLL TRIOS]
Estetas are champions. 6th defense.
Main event has a decent chance of a title chance; much more likely if they did this match yesterday.
Also, as much as some of us would like Volador to turn rudo again, I’m not sure how he could actually get a heel reaction facing Sombra. Volador wins, no matter how, he’ll get cheered.
What is Ripper doing in the fourth match?