CMLL/NJPW FantatiscaMania 2014 lineups announced

Lineups went up at earlier tonight.

As best I can tell, none of the shows will be on iPPV. The first four will air on SamuraiTV (01/14 and 01/18 live), the last on TV Ashai. There’s no NJPW titles on the line; there’s really less CMLL titles on the line even though it’s a much longer tour.

CMLL NJPW (TUE) 01/14/2014 Body Maker Coloseum, Osaka, Japan
***CMLL NJPW FantasticaMania 2014***
1) Bushiroad & Titán vs Taichi & Taka Michinoku
2) Fuego, Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. vs Niebla Roja, Shigeo Okumura, Vangellys
3) Jushin Liger & Máximo vs Gedo & Jado
4) Naito & Volador Jr. vs Kushida & Máscara Dorada
5) La Sombra & Rush vs Shinsuke Nakamura & Último Guerrero
6) El Desesperado, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Mistico vs Mephisto, Okada, Rey Escorpión

As mentioned, El Deseperado is our old friend Namajague and seemed to be big player out of the gate here.

Volador and Dorada are consistently booked against each other on this tour. In the past, they’ve portrayed Volador as one of the aces of CMLL and Dorada as a guy trying to get there, which may hint as to the story they’re telling.

There’s some confusion on TAKA’s status here, but he’s listed on all the cards as if nothing is up, so we’ll go with that. Tiger Mask is also listed on some shows, but just missed the 01/04 show with an appendicitis. NJPW subbed in a rookie for him and would likely do the same if either if those two missed these shows. They do have a lot of unbooked wrestlers to use. Many of the native veterans (Goto, Tenzan, Kojima) are off and some (Yujiro, Yano) are just making a couple appearances. It’s Naito, Nakamura, Tanahashi and Okada carrying the load with a bunch of juniors.

CMLL NJPW (WED) 01/15/2014 KBS Hall, Kyoto, Japan
***CMLL NJPW FantasticaMania 2014***
1) Bushiroad & Titán vs Gedo & Jado
2) Fuego, Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. vs Rey Escorpión, Shigeo Okumura, Vangellys
3) Jushin Liger & Máximo vs Taichi & Taka Michinoku
4) Kushida & Volador Jr. vs Máscara Dorada & Naito
5) Mistico & Rush vs Mephisto & Shinsuke Nakamura
6) El Desesperado, Hiroshi Tanahashi, La Sombra vs Niebla Roja, Okada, Último Guerrero

Brothers team up in the semimain, building to two singles matches later.

Fuego, Rey Cometa, and Stuka get to make the trip, but they’re pretty much limited to second match trios matches against Vangelis, Okumura and which ever other rudo is free most of the way. They’ll be good ones, and it’s great to see my concern about Cometa’s injury was unnecessary.

CMLL (FRI) 01/17/2014 Shinkiba 1st Ring, Tokyo, Japan
***CMLL NJPW FantasticaMania 2014***
1) Fuego, Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. vs Shigeo Okumura, Taichi, Taka Michinoku
2) Máscara Dorada & Titán vs Mephisto & Vangellys
3) Rey Escorpión vs Máximo [CMLL LH]
Rey Escorpion is champion. Sixth defense.
4) Mistico & Rush vs Niebla Roja & Último Guerrero
5) La Sombra vs Volador Jr. [lightning]

TAKA & Taichi on the all CMLL show! BOOOOOOOOO. BOOOOOOO. BOOO.

Rey Escorpion/Maximo should have a better title match than their last one. Meanwhile, the last time Sombra & Volador had a lightning match, it went to a 10 minute draw and there’s no reason to believe this would be different. Sombra and Volador having their first match – their first interaction! – since Volador’s tecnico turn in a 290 seat building sounds like a real CMLL decision so this all checks out.

CMLL NJPW (SAT) 01/18/2014 Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
***CMLL NJPW FantasticaMania 2014***
1) Máximo vs Taichi vs Jado
2) Rey Cometa & Stuka Jr. vs Shigeo Okumura & Yujiro
3) Fuego, Kushida, Tiger Mask, Titán vs Niebla Roja, Rey Escorpión, Vangellys, YOSHI-HASHI
4) Bushiroad & Volador Jr. vs El Desesperado & Máscara Dorada
5) Rush vs Shinsuke Nakamura
6) Hiroshi Tanahashi, La Sombra, Naito vs Ishii, Okada, Último Guerrero
7) Mephisto vs Mistico [MEX LH]
Mephisto is champion.

If Mistico is still in one piece by this point, he’s going to be a hilariously undersized light heavyweight champion. (Other Mistico, who’s contract will be up around this day, also held that title.)

Rush vs Nakamura was really great and a good starting point for the year of Crazed Mad Man Rush. So this should work again.

Titan’s another guy who doesn’t a highlight match on this tour, but this might be a good shot for him with Escorpion, Roja and Vangellys on the other side.

CMLL NJPW (SUN) 01/19/2014 Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
***CMLL NJPW FantasticaMania 2014***
1) Mascara Don & Máximo vs Taichi & Taka Michinoku
2) Rey Cometa & Stuka Jr. vs Shigeo Okumura & YOSHI-HASHI
3) Bushiroad, El Desesperado, Fuego, Tiger Mask, Titán vs Gedo, Jado, Niebla Roja, Vangellys, Yano
4) Naito & Rush vs Ishii & Rey Escorpión
5) La Sombra vs Último Guerrero
6) Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kota Ibushi, Mistico vs Mephisto, Shinsuke Nakamura, Yujiro
7) Volador Jr. vs Máscara Dorada

Volador and Mascara Dorada is a rare match, and one that won’t be happening again any time soon with both of them on the tecnico side.

Semimain is probably the Black Cat memorial trios; they like to team up Tanahashi with the big CMLL star of the tour and the NJPW junior heavyweight of the moment for that every year.

Ultimo Guerrero has this match here, and the tag match on 01/14, as possibly interesting matches if Ultimo Guerrero feels like making them interesting. (Mitigating factor: the stuff that seems very old hat to us won’t to the crowd who hasn’t seen him in a long while.)

Rey Escorpion vs Rush at least year’s FantasticaMania was the first in a long line of really good Rey Escorpion singles matches last year. They combine with the Naito/Ishii isue.

Tercera is a cibernetico. Last year, that came down to NJPW guys and I’d kind of expect the same here with how Desperado is being set up. Waiting for the CMLL guys to come to town to debut him may work out pretty well.

I have no idea who Mascara Don is, but I would bet on Dino being up to something. (Edit: NJPW’s preview says “it’s a mask man derived from [Manabu] Nakanishi land”, which may or may not help.)

Electrico wins Pequeno Reyes del Aire (via injury), Titan keeps his title

photo by Alexis Salazar

CMLL (SUN) 01/05/2014 Arena Mexico [CMLL, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Hombre Bala Jr. & Súper Halcón Jr. b Guerrero Negro Jr. & Herodes Jr.
Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Dark Angel, Estrellita, Goya Kong b Amapola, Princesa Sugheit, Tiffany
Tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Eléctrico b AstralStukitaShockercitoÚltimo DragoncitoDemus 3:16MercurioPierrothitoPequeño OlímpicoPequeño Nitro [Pequeno Reyes del Aire]
Elimination order Stukita (by Olimpico), Mercurio (by Shockercito), Pequeno Nitro (by Dragoncito), Shockercito (by Pierrothito), Olimpico & Dragoncito double pin, Demus (by Astral), Pierrothio (by Electrico), Electrico (COR Astral). Astral suffered a serious leg injury catching an Electrico tope con giro about 15 seconds in to their final. He never made it back to his feet and Electrico was quickly given the ring. Astral was strechered out and taken to the hospital. Electrico (who didn’t seem surprised to win) was also taken to the hospital, saying he was groggy. Match was good until the injury.
4) La Máscara, La Sombra, Super Porky b Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
Tecnicos took 2/3. Sombra was oddly booed, and randomly said he wanted the winner of the Rush/Negro Casas hair match.
5) Euforia, Mr. Niebla, Último Guerrero b Atlantis, Máscara Dorada, Volador Jr.
Rudos took 1/3, Niebla sneaking in a foul Atlantis.

Astral’s injury was quite sad. Opener was interesting, rest of the show was not much. I presume Volador was on the phone with the body paint guy as soon as he found out Devitt was in red paint at the Tokyo Dome. He had a very similar outfit here.

CMLL (SUN) 01/05/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) William Rock b El Yaqui
2) Halcón de Plata & Idolo b Furia Nazi & Satara
Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Rey Trueno b Virgo
4) Magnum & Sádico b Leo & Sky Kid
Sky Kid replaced Smaker. Rudos took 1/3.
5) Arkángel de la Muerte, Reapper, Vangellys b Gallo, Sagrado, Valiente
Rudos took 1/3.
6) Titán b Averno [MEX WELTER]
Titan came in as champion and kept the belt by taking falls 2/3. 1st defense (Averno was former champion.)

Averno has another title match chance Monday.

R de Rudo has an interview with the new Dragon Lee, who confirms he’s another Mistico/Rush brother. Dragon Lee II is said to be 18 years old.

CMLL’s confirmed El Rebelde is Hooligan’s son.

Upon further review, El Desperado appears to be Namajague after all. NJPW should book five straight matches of El Desperado & partner versus Rey Cometa & Stuka Jr. just to be sure. Again, NJPW usually announced matches the day after a tour ends, which means maybe we’ll get FantasticaMania lineups in the next day or so.

DTU says it’s first show of the year is 02/01 in Arena Lopez Mateos.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Estrellas del Ring interviews Sexy StarHijo del FantasmaFresero Jr. & Ojo Diabolico Jr.Psico Kid, and X-Corpio.

Porra Fresa previews Monday’s Arena Puebla’s card, and looks at the appearance count for the Puebla regulars. (News includes Dinamikoo out of wrestling at the moment, Meyer looking the best of the rookies who showed up a lot, and Guerrero Special looking good but barely appearing.)

Psycho Clown was voted AAA’s tecnico of the year.

A Black Shadow defeated (a) Esqueleto II for his hair in Uruapan.

DJ Spectro has the second part of his Misionerio de la Muerte bio.

A podcast interview with Super Crazy teasing a WWE return.

Links

CMLL (SUN) 01/12/2014 Arena Mexico
1) Aéreo & Pequeño Halcón vs Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro
2) Leono, Magnus, Sensei vs Akuma, Cholo, Herodes Jr.
3) Molotov, Starman, Súper Halcón Jr. vs Hijo del Signo, Nitro, Nosferatu
4) Tritón vs Cancerbero [lightning]
5) Blue Panther, Sagrado, Valiente vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Tiger
6) Atlantis, La Máscara, Super Porky vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas

No one from FantasticaMania is on the show, so they must be leaving Saturday. They shouldn’t be back on cards until the 20th at the soonest, and maybe the 21st. (That means that while maybe injured Mistico gets in a warm up match on Friday, definitely injured Rey Cometa is nowhere to be seen before FantasticaMania. Hope there’s not bad news coming.)

The Atlantis/Niebla feud continues in the main event. This is the last of the winter run of Arena Mexico shows; they’ll be back in Arena Coliseo on 01/19.

Toryumon Mexico (SUN) 01/26/2014 Sala de Armas Magdalena Mixhuca
1) Douki & Hanaoka vs Chavo Lomeli & Latino
2) Hijo del Signo & Zumba vs El Hacha & Oro Jr. and Leonidas & Ultimo Rebelde and Krato & Piel Roja and Aguila Solitaria & Herodes Jr. and Infierno & Patan and Grako & Super Ciudadano andAkuma & Yoruba [Copa Dragon]
17th edition. Winning team faces off.
3) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [Copa Dragon, 8f]
4) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [Copa Dragon, 8f]
5) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [Copa Dragon, 8f]
6) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [Copa Dragon, 8f]
7) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [Copa Dragon, quarterfinal]
8) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [Copa Dragon, quarterfinal]
9) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [Copa Dragon, semifinal]
10) ? vs ???? [Copa Dragon, final]
11) Baby Star vs Felina Metalica [JUAREZ WOMEN]
Baby Star is champion
12) Blue Panther, Magnus, Último Dragón vs Gran Guerrero, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero

Main event Magnus will try to win it for his team. Tournament is definitely a tournament.

Negro Casas wins the Leyenda de Plata, Mistico returns next week

photo by Alexis Salazar

CMLL (FRI) 01/03/2014 Arena Mexico [@therealfredo, CMLL]
1) Pequeño Violencia & Pequeño Warrior b Fantasy & Pequeño Halcón
Rudos took 2/3.
2) Starman, Stigma, Tritón b Arkángel de la Muerte, Hooligan, Nitro
Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr. DQ Boby Zavala, Shigeo Okumura, Virus
tecnicos took 2/3, the last when Zavala yanked off Fuego’s mask.
4) Máximo, Shocker, Super Porky b Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Tiger
Tecnicos took 1/3.
5) Negro Casas b Titán [Leyenda de Plata, final]
Moved to semimain (and aired on Terra; those two bits may be connected.) Titan submitted Negro in the first, Negro beat Titan with a casita in the second, and Negro won a long competitive third fall to win the tournament. Second Leyenda de Plata for Negro Casas. Casas strongly complimented Titan after the match.
6) Máscara Dorada, Valiente, Volador Jr. b Averno, Mephisto, Último Guerrero
Moved to final. Tecnicos took 2/3.

Leyenda de Plata airing was unexpected and a lot of fun – it was really good match. Crowd was strongly behind Negro Casas but Titan did seem to have his fans and his performance in a loss helped him. So did Casas’ post match speech.

Not much else going on. Tercera was good, opener was not.

YouTube completely deleted luchablog YouTube account. This was disappointing, but I should’ve just deleted the Terra shows before they did another sweep. The plans I mentioned from Friday – Terra to dailymotion/thecubsfan other new stuff to youtube/thecubsfan – are still my plans, but I also want to reupload the six months of footage that was still up. That’ll take a good deal of time, but I’m already working on it. You may want to subscribe to https://www.youtube.com/user/luchablogvault.

Nothing directly CMLL related on the 01/04 NJPW Tokyo Dome show. Their new El Desperado character, who I thought would be Namajague, is said to be too short to be him and probably is someone else. Hope Namajague turns up in some role by FantasticaMania.

Rob has highlights of 10/18/13 AAA

Perro Aguayo was voted AAA’s rudo of the year.

Funcion Estelar looks back at the year in DTU.

R de Rudo has video of the 01/01 Arena Cuautepec show.

 

Porra Fresa previews Volador vs Averno.

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 01/10/2014 Arena Mexico
1) Astral & Eléctrico vs Demus 3:16 & Pierrothito
2) Fuego, Pegasso, Tritón vs Boby Zavala, Sangre Azteca, Shigeo Okumura
3) Dark Angel, Estrellita, Goya Kong vs Amapola, Dalys, La Seductora
4) Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente vs Kráneo, Mr. Águila, Reaper
5) Atlantis, La Sombra, Máximo vs Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto
6) Volador Jr. vs Negro Casas

My mental block here is the original Leyenda de Plata rules where the previous year’s winner faced the tournament winner as pat of the tournament every year. (And, for the first few years, the tournament winner would always win.) That’s not what they were hyping here. This time, Negro Casas has won the tournament and nothing is on the line between him and Volador Jr., it’s just happening as a sort of reward I guess.

Mistico’s back just in time. Again, many of the guys will be off to Japan this time next week.

Todo x El Todo: 2013-05-26/2013-06-02

Super Maquina powerbomb on Poseidon

taped 2013-05-11 @ Gimnasio Juan De La Barrera
Bobby Lee Jr. & Poseidon (TxT) vs Imposible & Maquina Infernal: Wrong team won, that’s for sure. Posiedon really came off as too green for this show (to the point where you start to wonder who he’s related to in order to be on this show.) The TxT fans are the nicest in the country and they were turning on him in the second fall. Bobby Lee Jr. is old but okay. The rudos seemed better though not enough reign in the looseness of the tecnicos.

 

Esther Moreno german suplex

Esther Moreno & La Chola vs Diosa Maya & Violeta in a tournament quarterfinal Ruleta de la muerte torneo match: This was horrendous. Violeta seemed barely trained, not prepared and despised by Esther Moreno within in a couple of minutes. Violeta came off as as a morning show host player luchadora, but in a sort of arrogant way. C3 never got the right angle of it, but it looked like the Esther flying axhandle cracked Violeta in the head full force at the end of the match. It also looked like the planned finish was Esther hitting Cholta by mistake on that axhandle and Violeta/Diosa taking advantage to win, but the veterans decided they were not losing to Violeta under any circumstances and they’d make sense of it later. It didn’t really ever make sense that Esther & Chola still advanced in the tournament and that’s as good as any.

 

Lady Apache as her own referee

Chik Tormenta & Lady Apache vs Cristal & Rossy Moreno in a tournament quarterfinal Ruleta de la muerte torneo match: This was sedate compared to the other match, comptent luchadoras having a professional match. Cristal may be stretching that but had a better match than most of the people in the last one. Lady Apache is still great and should really be the Dr. Wagner or LA Park of women’s indy wrestling, used by every single promoter wanting to put on a show. Lady Apache is also a rare person I’d be totally fine with carrying around a random title belt, because she carries herself like she is the best in the world. (Or, alternatively, book her like Chilanga Mask uses Ricky Marvin.) She didn’t get to do a lot here but was good with what she had.

 

Esther Moreno tope con giro into Chola

Cristal & Rossy Moreno vs Esther Moreno & La Cholita in a tournament semifinal Ruleta de la muerte torneo match: Announcers did not really try to explain why Esther & Chola were here. They were sure they saved their mask and hair the last match, so they’re doing the commentary live. They’re also probably not told finishes, becuase they didn’t seem surprised at that outcome. None of these matches had clear ruda/tecnica side, just the Morenos doing theri sptos and the other people nto being very good. Kristal was worse here, which was just some moves and then a finish.

 

Rolling tornillo splash

Esther Moreno vs La Cholita, mask vs hair: Esther, earlier playing the Tougest Woman In The World, goes down to a light tap from Chola. It depends on who’s doing it. Crowd went completely silent when Chola beat Esther – any ring announcement was cut off from TV, bt the fans sure thought the match was over in 2 minutes with Esther losing her hair. The bit with all the other women coming to the ring was cut out, though the announcing does reference it. Announcers suggesting Esither was going to give Chola a Spanish Fly was the funniest thing ever, closely followed by the huracanrana which followed it. They must’ve really wanted to get Chola a payday but three matches was asking way too much from her and even one was iffy. On the other side, Esther went all Teddy Hart with an extra moonsault just to do an extra moonsault. This was nothing special.

 

Dr. Wagner vs LA Park in one gif (but there are a couple more)

Huracan Ramirez, Rayman, Villano IV vs Angel Blanco Jr., El Hijo del Medico Asesino, El Hijo del Solitario: a regular semimain indy veteran trios match given some more time. Everyone was fine but the first couple of falls didn’t do a lot for me and the finish came off as weak (and I’m not really sure why since it wasn’t any different than any other foul finish.) Rayman still looks really good.

 

only thing tougher than Wagner & Park are the chairs

Dr. Wagner Jr. vs LA Park: EXCELLENT. The reactions and situations around this match were great by themselves – the flaming chair, the guys in the crowd losing their minds when LA Park and Dr. Wagner were fighting among them, the security completely unable to contain them and trailing behind like the world’s largest posse, the doctor frantically trying to wrap Park’s gushing skull (and immediately taking him away after the match) – it was amazingly dramatic. Even the production was really good; this is a tough matchup to film sometimes as they drift into the crowd, but they did a great job of keeping up with them (and the shots of the flaming chair again were awesome. ) Dr. Wagner and LA Park exceeded everything going around them; they bring out the best of each other. LA Park destroyed Dr. Wagner in the first fall, which was good for Park’s destruction and better for Wagner selling it like nothing he normally does. There second fight in the crowd was a near riot, and their third fall could’ve been a match all on it’s own. A brutal match that ends in a typically indecisive matter.

random fan (?) consoles the loser

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Volador defeats Bucanero, Leyenda de Plata, double hair match

CMLL (WED) 01/01/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@acogdl]
1) Évola & Sádico b El Divino & Metatrón
Rudos took 2/3. Divino was hurt in the third fall.
2) Dark Angel, Goya Kong, Silueta b Amapola, Princesa Sugheit, Zeuxis
Tecnicas took 1/3.
3) Acertijo, Arkángel de la Muerte, Disturbio b Javier Cruz Jr., Leo, Tritón
Rudos took 1/3, Disturbio using the ropes to pin Leo while Acertijo fouled Xavier Cruz Jr. to beat him.
4) Averno, Pólvora, Terrible b Blue Panther, Super Porky, Titán
Rudos took 1/3, only losing the second when Averno pulled of Titan’s mask. Averno pinned Titan in the third, then said he’d win the title next week.
5) Volador Jr. b Rey Bucanero
Volador took 1/3, the last with the backcracker/frontcrakcer combo

Twitter announced Averno/Titan as happening next Tuesday, but it appears it’s still next Sunday. I think everyone is just thrown off whenever CMLL builds to a show on a different day of the week because it’s so uncommon for them. It probably shouldn’t be.

Tonight’s Arena Mexico show is main evented by Negro Casas versus Titan in the block final of the Leyenda de Plata. I’m 90% sure CMLL is doing a Volador versus winner match next week; Volador did an interview about that for the Tactics of War pregame show yesterday, and the CMLL Gaceta preview also mentions it is happening. Tecnico Volador facing the winner means rudo Negro Casas is the favorite tonight, but Titan’s made a career of winning when patterns suggested he would not. There’s no other ongoing issues tonight. Volador will be on hand as part of the semimain, teaming with Dorada & Valiente versus Averno, Mephisto and the returning Ultimo Guerrero. The Terra portion of the card does not look strong, with the familiar tercera of Stuka, Fuego and Guerrero Maya Jr. versus Bobby Zavala, Okumura and Virus the most likely to turn out a good match. The Terra broadcast again will start around 8pm Central Time with the Ras de Lona-replacement interview show, and the matches will start a half hour later.

I’m guessing there’s also a CMLL press conference next week. It’s been a while since they’ve had one, and they usually take place when there’s a lot of news. CMLL has the Leyenda de Plata final, FantasticaMania and apparently a Generacion 2014 to discuss. Dragon Lee, Cachorro, and Black Panther have already debuted. The Star Jr. and Rebelde seen in Puebla also turn up in Guadalajara, so they’re part of the main roster. (Hooligan’s son was using Ultimo Rebelde in la Laguna, so he’s a good bet to be Rebelde.) There’s also a Hechicero debuting in Guadalajara on Tuesday. There’s a Hechicero in Cuernavaca who wrestles in the same groups Canelo Casas had been wrestling in, and there was a Hechicero in CMLL for one match in 2008 and was never seen again.

A few days ago, I mentioned on Twitter I had received a copyright strike violation from YouTube. The luchablog YouTube account can’t be posted to for the next six months because Terra filed copyright claims on six of their videos. Those videos have been automatically deleted from YouTube, and I can’t upload anything more than 15 minutes to that channel. I’m still planning on posting videos going forward and I’m still deciding on how to best deal with it.  I’ve basically decided I’d rather to continue to be on YouTube and will just deal with the extra hassle of uploading videos in two different locations. The Terra videos will move back to the old Daily Motion account (thecubsfan). All the other videos will return to the youtube.com/thecubsfan channel, which recently regained permission to post long videos again. If anyone has a better solution, let me know.

Fantasma del Espacio lost his mask to Eslabon Perdido in Arena Xalapa on 12/29. His name is Giovani Fisher Landa, 5 years a luchador.

Euforia & Ultimo Guerrero are listed on Sunday in Arena Mexico. They’re also listed on Sunday in Arena Coliseo Corona in Gomez Palacio. That’s going to take a transporter.

Porra Fresa reveals Dalys was the luchadora who had the most appearances in Arena Puebla and Kraneo was the most often Invasor. They list Solar, Black Terry and Negro Navarro under the Invasors. That would sure make for a more interesting Invasors vs Volador feud if CMLL did the same.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

SuperLuchas rates Sombra vs Volador Jr. as one of the best matches of 2014

Yago, son of Coco Blanco, talks about his recently deceased father.

DJ Spectro looks back at the start of Los Misionerio de la Muerte.

Lineups

 

CMLL (TUE) 01/07/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Esfinge & Metatrón vs Espectrum & Ráfaga
2) Dragon Lee, Star Jr., Starman vs Hechicero, Hooligan, Rebelde
3) Gallo, Smaker, Tritón vs Boby Zavala, Misterioso Jr., Shigeo Okumura
4) Javier Cruz Jr. & Leo vs Acertijo & Disturbio [hair]
5) Atlantis, La Máscara, Máximo vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Último Guerrero

The hair match seems like it came out of nowhere (but Distubrio did miss a show that probably was supposed to build to this.) Disturbio and Zavala have taken very different paths since this time last year.

If we guess that Rebelde is teaming with his father, perhaps Star Jr. is doing the same?

01/03-05 lucha times

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== AAA ==

AAA-Televisa: Recap of TripleMania

== CMLL ==

FOX: Leyenda de Plata Block B. Moved to 11am this week with reruns on Sunday.

52MX: Marcela vs Sugehit should air, may not.

C3: Mephisto vs Atlantis, Copa Junior. Perhaps all of the matches since there were only five?

TVC Deportes (Puebla): La Mascara, Valiente, Volador vs Kraneo, Morphosis, Agila

Lucha Azteca: Volador Jr. vs Reapper and the Leyenda de Plata

Terra Friday: Maximo, Shocker, Super Porky vs TRT

Terra Sunday: Pequeno Reyes del Aire.

== Other ==

IWRG-AYM Sports: guessing Wednesday’s show with Vampiro, but really don’t know.

Noches de Coliseo: guessing Sunday’s show with Texano/Psycho, but really don’t know.

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AAA on UTDN: 2013-12-12

 

Mamba is loca

recap

taped 2013-11-22 @ Plaza de Toros San Marcos, Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes
Faby Apache, Pasion Kristal, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Mamba, Taya Valkyrie, Yuriko: Really short match by AAA standards, and they decided to cut everything but the highspots. I think it was edited down even more from what it started out being, but it made it feel like not a lot more than the big spots. Yuriko goes out a winner (which may be why he decided this was the time to go.) Taya did not have a good day. Mamba is crazy.

 

worst giant swing

Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Dark Spíritu: continued build to a Hijo del Tirantes/Psycho Clown match (which appears to be happening never.) Secta seemed like the brains were already in Japan – they’ve had better matches than this. I’m surprised Dorian Roldan still can book matches.

 

There is only 1 Jack Evans.

Angélico, Fénix, Jack Evans vs Hijo del Fantasma, Silver King, Texano Jr.: Not as smooth for the técnicos have been in other matches, especially early – the técnicos had a lot of ideas but the rudos weren’t really used to working with hem. It’s a switch from the Psycho Circus. No real mention of Fantasma dropping Fenix on his head back at Heroes Inmoratles. Guess it wasn’t important. Finish went too moves too long – they probably should called it a day after the piledriver, but had to get in more spots.

Cibernético, el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, La Parka vs Daga, Parka Negra, Psicosis: a really dragged out angle of a match. Everyone was kind of fooling around until the angle started, and then it was really more about the ‘breakup’ than anything. Konnan possibly turning face seemed to be lost in the shuffle of many things going on. That and Zorro never actually doing anything in his run in makes more sense after the fact. Tough to get a read on Parka Negra because he didn’t have a lot to do outside of a martinete here.

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CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2013-12-07

 

tope con giro to the wrong side of town

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taped 2013-11-29 @ Arena Mexico
Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Shocker vs Euforia, Tama Tonga, Último Guerrero: A by the numbers to continue a by the numbers feud. Crowd did boo strongly after UG beat Atlantis with Atlantis’ own move, but otherwise weren’t into this feud. The mask match actually needs to be a while away, because they’ve got do something to heat it back up at this point. Everything else was competent if unmemorable.

 

Mr. Aguila

Mr. Águila vs Psyco Ripper, Volador Jr., Mistico, Valiente, Máscara Dorada, Kráneo, La Máscara, Blue Panther, Morphosis in a cibernetico match: an Estatas del Aire trios for the first half (and not a good one), and then Volador overcoming the odds for unclear reasons. Announcers did their best to downplay the turn and re-frame it as the rudos being forced to fight each other. It was not accidental editing mistake, it’s a plan. Aguila is in the bottom five of luchadors in CMLL on some nights. This was one of those nights. There are better cibernetico and probably will be better ciberneticos in a couple weeks.

Kraneo impervious to topes!

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Halcon wins Copa Junior, Mephisto keeps his title, IWRG, WWL

photo by Alexis Salazar

CMLL (WED) 01/01/2014 Arena Mexico [CMLL]
1) Mercurio & Pequeño Olímpico b Acero & Aéreo
2) Puma, Raziel, Sangre Azteca b Pegasso, Sagrado, Sensei
Rudos took 1/3, despite being DQed in the second for excessive violence
3) Súper Halcón Jr. b Hombre Bala Jr., Dragon Lee, Oro Jr., Stigma, Robin, Guerrero Negro Jr., Canelo Casas, Black Panther, Hijo del Signo, Cachorro, Herodes Jr. [Copa Jr.]
Elimination order went Robin (Hijo del Signo), Herodes (Dragon Lee), Dragon Lee (Cachorro), Hijo del Signo (Super Halcon), Oro (Guerrero Negro), Black Panther (Stigma), Stigma (Canelo Casas), Cachorro (Super Halcon), Hombre Bala (Guerrero Negro), Guerrero Negro (Super Halcon), Canelo Casas (Super Halcon).
4) Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas b La Máscara, Máximo, Valiente
Peste Negra took 1/3.
5) Mephisto b Atlantis [MEX LH]
Mephisto came in as champion and took 2/3 to keep the title, the last with a Super Devil’s Wings. Seconds were Sangre Azteca & Valiente. Third defense.

In a world where legends routinely book/demand finishes with a dozen different outs to protect themselves, Atlantis appears to have lost completely clean, even taking a rough move to finish it.

No real idea how the tercera worked out in terms of quality. It appears Black Panther’s sons are actually tecnicos but worked on the rudo side here, though maybe they’ll clear that up eventually. They are not calling him “Dragon Lee La Nueva Era”, which is just disappointing. If Canelo Casas is the son of a non-wrestling Casas family member, how did he get into this tournament? It’s not Copa Nieto or Copa III. (It also scarcely matters. )

IWRG (WED) 01/01/2014 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (flickr)]
***IWRG 18th Anniverasry Show***
1) Emperador Azteca & Sky Ángel b Fulgor I & Fulgor II
2) Dragoncito De Oro & Mini Rey Cometa b Mini Dr. X & Mini Jocker
3) Bombero Infernal, Centvrión, Dr. Cerebro b Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo, Tupac Amaru Jr.
Tupac Jr.’s debut. Cerebro beat Diablo.
4) Alan Extreme, Golden Magic, Veneno vs Canis Lupus, Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Oficial AK47
Canis Lupus replaced X-Fly. Tecnicos took 1/3. Veneno and Alan beat Canis and AK-47 for the win.
5) Cien Caras Jr., Súper Nova, X-Fly b Lizmark Jr., Vampiro Canadiense, Villano IV
Turned out to be Lizmark Jr., not Sr. X-Fly replaced Pirata Morgan. Rudos actually ran out and attakced the tecnicos from the last match (X-Fly & Super Nova still feuding with Alan & Veneno) and the main event tecnicos made the save. Tecnicos took the first, but the rudos took the last two, with Cien foul on Vampiro in the third.

Turnout was better than usual, though not as much as the double apuesta match next week. There was a previous Tupac Amaru, who wrestled in the 70s and 80s. The new one has very identifiable tattoos (assuming I have the right guy.)

Rey Lobo took Super Brazo‘s hair in Arena Neza yesterday. There’s no photo of Super Brazo bald, and it’s unclear if he actually got his hair shaved. Freelance and Neza Kid appeared in the same match at the same time, so someone in Neza has access to a cloning machine (or they gave the gimmick to someone new.) Attendance seemed to be good, better than non-tribute shows have done in the building of late.

Psycho Circus beat Consejo in Arena Lopez Mateos on their New Year’s Day show. Eterno is listed as wrestling in the undercard, which would be his return to action (and sooner than expected, it may just be an oversight.)

WWL indeed has dates for 2014: 03/07 in Arena Xalapa, 03/08 in Plaza de Toros el Pinal in Teziutlan, Puebla, and 03/09 in Plan Sexenal. Carlito, Chavo Guerrero, Sabu, Blue Demon Jr., Hijo de Dos Caras, Sicodelico, Monster Pain, Los Mamitos, Zumbi, Skayde and Zeuxis are listed as appearing.  Those are AAA taping venues and WWL’s worked with AAA in the past,but getting CMLL’s Zeuxis for these shows suggests they won’t be working with AAA this time.

Porra Fresa estimates Arena Puebla as being around 80% full for Stigma/Camorra, which would be around 2200 tickets.

LuchaWorld thinks about the three big lucha libre questions of 2014?

TerceraCaida was all about the top 100 highlights of 2013.

Porra Fresa starts it’s 2013 look back with a look back at NJPW & minis appearances in Arena Puebla.

CMLL’s video promo for Friday.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 01/07/2014 Arena Mexico
1) Metálico & Robin vs Ramstein & Zayco
2) Camaleón, Oro Jr., Soberano Jr. vs Artillero, Canelo Casas, Súper Comando
3) Hombre Bala Jr. vs Raziel [lightning]
4) Negro Casas, Puma, Tiger vs Black Panther, Blue Panther, Cachorro
5) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Shocker vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Euforia, Niebla Roja
6) Rush, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Virus

Still a little vacation weirdness (and some general Tuesday weirdness.) Fourth is family versus family; we don’t know what level Black Panther & Cachorro will end up, but this suggests higher than usual for novatos and throws everything else off. Barbaro returns up all the way in the semimain because there’s no usual third match for him to be in. Second match could be a lot of fun.

There are possibilities for title matches to come out of that main event – it’s rare to see Virus in that spot, and Rush, Titan and Mascara ought to be defending the trios titles at some point – but all of the tecnicos will be in Japan the next week so that doesn’t work.

top six stories of the last two weeks

  • Ari Romero, Jesus Nunez, and Pedro Septien all passed away
  1. Oficial 911 lost his mask and X-Fly lost his hair in the main event of the Arena Naucalpan 36th Anniversary show. It was the final of a three way mixed partners double apuesta match, with Golden Magic & Hijo del Pirata Morgan getting the win. 911 was the last of the Oficials trios to hold on to his mask.
  2. Negro Casas versus Titan is the surprise final of Leyenda de Plata. The field was missing a lot of usual names (because of vacations or other reason), but neither appeared to be the favorite and Titan was a huge underdog. The final is Friday or the winner faces Volador next Friday, depending on which part of CMLL you’re listening to at that time.
  3. Stigma defeated Camorra for his mask this past Monday. The outcome was no surprise. The show seemed to draw well for the hometown guy getting the big win, despite Camorra being an opening match Mexico City rudo of no significance before this feud. It was Stigma’s second mask win of 2013. He’s still an interchangeable midcard in CMLL Mexico City, but might actually be a local draw in Puebla now.
  4. Mistico hurt his shoulder again in a 12/17 trios title match. The injury was enough to prevent him from rejoining the match until the finish and seemed to be bothering him after the match. That match was Mistico’s last match before a previous scheduled break, and Mistico has yet to reappear. Mistico could be fine and just still on (needed) vacation, Mistico could be hurt and unable to wrestle, Mistico could be anything in between – no one knows, or at least no one’s said anything. Mistico is again the focal point of this year’s FantasticaMania – he was supposed to be last year, but hurt the same shoulder and missed all the shows. NJPW and CMLL have unusually not announced any matches for the shows, but also haven’t warned about any injury.
  5. AAA announced their January/early February taping schedule, in familiar locals of Naucalpan, Toluca and Ecatepec. The Naucalpan taping, on 01/17, has a place keeping card as normal for this time of the year. The tapings are every other weekend, leaving plenty of weekends for any US taping – but still nothing officially has been said about the US group.
  6. DTU’s 6th anniversary show saw Ciclope lose his hair to Rocky Santana, and Kaleth lost his mask to Rey Celestial. Jinzo won the vacant Alto Impacto title, and Angel o Demonio won the Consagrado championship
  • Ricky Marvin defeated Guadalajara independent luchador Tony Rodriguez in the main event of the latest ChilangaMask card. Fulgor I picked up the Mexico State welterweight championship, while Extreme Tiger defeated Impulso in the semimain event
  • Besides the Leyenda de Plata, Negro Casas also defeated Volador on a Sunday show. Volador’s been featured since his tecnico turn but doesn’t seem to be meaning much to the turnout yet. The lingering Sombra/Volador issue has been sidestepped for the time with Sombra going on vacation soon after his returning from Japan. This Friday will be the first time they’ve been on the same card together since Volador’s turn.
  • Flamita lost his third of the Dragon Gate Enter the Triange Gate championship to wrap up his and Rocky Lobo’s long tour with the promotion.
  • El Dandy announced a retirement tour.
  • Heavy Metal won the championship of his own promotion.
  • Marcela, Gringos VIP and Canek kept their title

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