09/05 AAA TV Lineup (Toluca)

AAA TV (THU) 09/05/2013 Gimnasio Agustín Millán
1) Dinastía & Máscarita Divina vs Mini Abismo Negro & Mini Charly Manson
2) Alebrije & Flamita vs Carta Brava Jr. & Gran Apache
3) Aerostar & Drago vs Cuervo & Escoria and Eterno & Steve Pain
4) Angélico, Argenis, Jack Evans vs Machine Rocker, Pentagón Jr., Soul Rocker
5) Monster Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Silver King, Texano Jr.
6) Cibernético, El Mesías, La Parka vs Chessman, Ozz, Parka Negra

Air Date: let’s say 09/14 and 09/21.

Maximum occupancy for this TV taping is two (2) Infernal Rockers.

Opening all four matches look good. It’s getting those guys a couple matches harder that’s the tough part. (Or, making yourself the new top rudos does not involve matches with Eterno & Steve Pain – unless you broke Super Nova’s knee!)

AAA keeps pushing the Parka/Parka Negra button hard during this cycle. Maybe they’ll be in a trios? A lot of these people will be in Copa Pena (which is a good way of holding off feuds for about four months.)

Semifinal suggests Psycho Clown may not get that pin over Texano Jr. this upcoming Friday, but they’re going to keep giving him shots to get it done. I haven’t seen a Alvardo get such a helpful/slightly unfair break since the time CMLL announced the 80th Anniversary lineup.

Meanwhile, Mini Abismo Negro actually got the pinfall win and has to face Dinastia again. (We win that one.)


WWE to Mexico, FILL vs Rivera, IWL, Polvora vs Oro, Damian vs MV

photo by CMLL

CMLL (TUE) 08/27/2013 Arena Mexico [Estrellas del Ring]
1) Oro Jr. & Robin b Herodes Jr. & Inquisidor
2) Artillero, Nitro, Súper Comando b Soberano Jr., Stigma, Súper Halcón Jr.
3) Pegasso, Starman, Tritón b Cancerbero, Raziel, Taichi
Cadetes del Espacio fall to 0-3.
4) Rey Cometa b Shigeo Okumura [lightning]
Rey Cometa won via 450 splash.
5) Hiroshi Tanahashi, Namajague, Rey Escorpión b Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Super Porky
No injury noted for Namajague. Rudos took 1/3.
6) Atlantis, La Máscara, Thunder b Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
Atlantis pulled UG’s mask and got away with a pin.

The Cadetes del Espacio debut losing streak is only a storyline in my head, but it’s quite a storyline up tehre.

Porra Fresa’s recap of Monday’s Arena Puebla show says nothing about about a Namajague injury and there was no mention of one here.

CMLL (TUE) 08/27/2013 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@acogdl]
1) Espectrum & Maléfico b Black Metal & Leo
Rudos took 2/3.
2) Diamante, Fuego, Magnus b Arkángel de la Muerte, Hooligan, Skándalo
Tecnicos took 2/3, Magnus getting the win for his team.
3) Marcela b Amapola [CMLL WOMEN]
Marcela is champion and took falls 2/3 to keep the title. Seventh defense.
4) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Titán b Dragón Rojo Jr., Misterioso Jr., Pólvora
tecnicos took 1/3, Angel de Oro versus Polvora. Oro wants a title match.
5) Negro Casas, Terrible, Volador Jr. b Marco Corleone, Máximo, Rush
Rudos took 1/3, Volador beating Marco.

Angel de Oro versus Polvora would be an neat match to compare with Polvora versus others, buy only the people in Guadalajara will get to see it. Maybe they’ll let us know how it goes!

IWRG FILL (TUE) 08/27/2013 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), IWRG]
1) Mercenario De La Muerte, Payaso De Plata, Payaso Extreme b Black Niko, Ultimo Caballero, Voltar
2) Atomic Star & El Ídolo DQ Alas de Acero & Electro Boy
no reason for DQ mentioned
3) Blue Monster, Divino Montana, Látigo b Aliado De Dios, Fenomenoide, Zurdo
Fenomenoide replaced Príncipe Azteca
4) Kiuby, Rey Espacial, Super Cash b Fulgore II, Mr. Leo, Power Bull
Konkreto Gym (Team Kiuby) vs FILL. Team FILL took falls 1/3.
5) Dagora, Dragón Celestial, Emperador Azteca, Fulgor I, Matrix Jr., Picudo Jr., Seiya, Sky Ángel b Andy Boy, Ciclon Black, Guerrero Mixtico, Haziel, Karate Kid, Orion, Pequeno Gronda XXX, Skrull Metal [Copa Higher Power]
FILL vs Gym Tony Rivera. Guerrero Mixtico (with a new look since losing his mask) and Ciclón Black replaced Soldado de la Muerte & Star Boy Jr. Tony Rivera was here with his team (missing IWL) while Black Terry was with the FILL team. Karate Kid & Sky Angel were first out. Tony cheated to help Ciclon beat Dragon for the win.

The fights at Arena Naucalpan weren’t all in the ring. In more scripted action, an outsider win in one of these ciberneticos usually means the other school is coming back for more.

No show Thursday here, since AAA is in on Friday.

IWL (TUE) 08/27/2013 Arena Aficion [Estrellas del Ring]
1) Chamuel b Guapito, Gallito Feliz
2) As Jr., Centinela, Coco Amarillo Jr., Gato Salvaje b Babel, Corcel Infernal, Mascara de Muerte, Monsther II
Coco Amarilla Jr. & Monster II were added to the match. Mascara de Muerte replaced Medics I
3) Perico b Arkanos and Shadow and Metaleon and Fly Metalik and Fly Warrior and Fly Star and Quimico Jr. and Peligro and Ninja de Fuego and Arseus and Kid Jaguar and Medics III [IWL INTERNET, TLC]
Perico kept his title, pulling off a moonsault off the upper level during the match. Arseus replaced Loco Max.
4) ATM, ATM Gold, ATM Super b Infierno Kid, Ojo Diabolico, Sepulturero I and Aeroboy, Demente Extreme, Hormiga
5) Carta Brava Jr. (IWL) b Astro Latino and Pantera I and Freelance and Mike Segura [IWL JUNIOR]
Astro Latino was champion. Carta was not scheduled for the match, may have not actually been in the match, but pinned Astro Latino and won the title anyway.
6) Loco Max, Súper Pinocho, Súper Ratón b Carta Brava Jr. I, Cerebro Negro, Fantasma de la Ópera and Ángel o Demonio, León Rojo, Obett
Loco Max replaced Tony Rivera. Fantasma fouled Raton, Pinocho fouled Fantasma and beat him.
7) Dr. Wagner Jr., Huracan Ramirez, Súper Muñeco DQ Canek, Super Crazy, Zumbido
Canek stole Wagner’s mask and beat him, only to get caught with the mask after the fact and DQed. Canek threw Wagner’s mask into the crowd, and Hijo del Wagner came out to help his dad. Mask vs mask challenges followed.

52 luchadors,  give or take. The actions in the semimain has added a Trio Fantasia vs Secta Negra (Cerebro/Fantasma/Carta) WWA Trios Title match to the 09/14 Anniversary show. The Secta Negra guys are (mostly) coming out of the TLC match and Heddi Karoui has been added as a replacement in that match.

WWE will return to Mexico this October with four live shows (none taped for TV.) They’ll be in Queretaro on the 16th (a Wednesday), Guadalajara on the 17th, Mexico City on the 18th, and finish in Monterrey on the 19th. Alberto del Rio will be in Mexico City on Thursday for the official announcement. Del Rio himself had actually mentioned WWE would be returning to Mexico in October a while ago, but it’s taken longer than usual for WWE to announce it. WWE has other live events announced in the US for that week, and includes Alberto on some of the cards, so they may have not worked out who’s going where quite yet. WWE is running live events in the United Arab Emerites the week prior, so it’s an extra long  stretch of travel for some of the wrestlers. The Mexico City show will be in Arena Ciudad de Mexico and be heads up with the usual Friday Arena Mexico show.

Rey Misterio Jr. has recently said he’d be back soon, and would be a natural fit for this tour. I would presume Sin Cara is still going to be around that long.

SuperLuchas points out a Tijuana newspaper interview Damian 666, who says he was not paid by local promoter MV Promociones after working a show in June. Damian says other people haven’t been paid, and a check from the group to him bounced last year (he was paid six months later that time.) Damian is also critical of the promotion for not actually shaving Oficial AK-47 after he lost his hair match, doing the ‘the electric razor won’t work’ bit. That interview was from July. Oficial AK-47 sent a statement to the paper in August, saying he had gotten his hair cut backstage and been paid fully by the promotion, and Damian and others shouldn’t use his name to try and get money from the promoter.

Oficial AK-47 was away from IWRG for about a month after that hair loss, and had his normal amount of hair when he next appeared.

The latest Dr. Lucha podcast is free for all. He explains the CMLL thinking about the Anniversary main event was to go out of the way to include the young guys so they’re building to the future as much instead of just ending a feud, and the feuds may cross over after the Anniversary (so Dos Leyendas would end up being Young Guy vs Old Guy instead of the current feuds.) He’s got a surprising pick for the result of the Anniversary show, but you’ll have to listen to find out.

A 330 page book on lucha libre is available for free here. It’s a journal called Luna Cornea, a series on photography, and this issue was on lucha libre. The photos are worth flipping thru even if you don’t want to read the articles (in Spanish, but repeated in English near the end of the book.) It’s also NSFW on a couple of pages.

Fenix (video promo here) says he’s going after the GHC Junior Heavyweight championship. Title match hasn’t been announced yet, so he’ll need to pick up a couple early wins.

Bill has highlights of 08/04/2013 ACM match with Rey Hechicero versus the front row.



IWRG (SUN) 09/01/2013 Arena Naucalpan
1) Emperador Azteca & Sky Ángel vs Dragón Celestial & Fulgore II
2) Cristal & Lady Puma vs Hija de Karonte & Lady Sensación
3) Ángel Dorado, Ángel Dorado Jr., Hijo del Ángel Dorado vs Imposible, Picudo Jr., Zafiro
4) Alan Extreme, Bobby Lee Jr., Carta Brava Jr., Centvrión, Dinamic Black, Dr. Cerebro, Golden Magic, Hijo de Pirata Morgan vs Chucho el Roto, Iron Love, Psicópata, Rey Krimen, Sádico, Sepulturero I, Terry 2000, Yakuza [Copa High Power]
5) Eterno & X-Fly vs Trauma I & Trauma II [IWRG IC TAG]
X-Fly & Eterno are champions. First defense.

I seem to recall Negro Navarro & Trauma I winning a #1 contender match for those tag team titles. I guess it’s possible Negro is letting his son take his spot, but that doesn’t sound like Negro Navarro.

IWRG has a war on 2 fronts – the cibernetico is dangerous enough, but the creeping Monterrey invasion continues in the segunda.

CMLL (MON) 09/02/2013 Arena Puebla
1) Meyer & Robin vs Ares & Camorra
2) Dalis la Caribeña, Goya Kong, Luna Mágica vs Amapola, Princesa Sugheit, Tiffany
3) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stigma vs Boby Zavala, Puma, Tiger
4) Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente vs Euforia, Negro Casas, Volador Jr.
5) Rush vs Mr. Niebla

Niebla in clown mode, annoying Rush until Rush finally snaps could be a good match. Mr. Niebla deciding he’s going to slap some sense into Rush and refusing to back down at all could be a great match.

Third and fourth matches could be really good.

Charly Manson sentenced to 7 years, protest affects CMLL show, Toryumon Mexico, Namajague injury

Toryumon Mexico (SUN) 08/25/2013 Sala del Armas de Magdalena Mixhuca del Distrito Federal [Estrellas del Ring, The Gladiatores]
1) Douki b Hanaoka
2) Gato Negro, Mente Asesina, Yoruba b Infierno, Krator, Leónidas
3) Atenea, Bastet, Felina Metalica b Baby Star, Estrella Negra, Mystique
One fall.
4) Devorador, Robin Hood, Sangre Imperial b Hacha Dorada, Infierno, Piel Roja
5) Celestick I, Super Ciudadano, Zumba b Akuma, Cholo, El Patan
Super Ciudadano beat El Patan.
6) Brazo de Platino, Hijo del Fantasma, Último Dragón b Gran Guerrero, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
Ultimo Dragon beat Rey Bucanero with a Dragon suplex. Bucanero challenged Dragon to a hair vs mask match, but Dragon ignored him.
7) Último Guerrero b Atlantis [COPA NSK]
One fall. UG attacked Atlantis on the way to the ring. Ref (Maya) went down late. UG fouled Atlantis while Atlantis took UG’s mask – so Gran Guerrero ran in, took the place of his brother, and beat Atlantis. Ultimo Dragon showed up post match to challenge for an Atlantis/Dragon versus Guerreros tag match.

CMLL hasn’t done the Gran Guerrero/Ultimo Guerrero switch on their own shows as much on their own shows as I thought they would, but it’s happening on outside shows. There’s going to be a riot if they get away with on the Anniversary show.

CMLL (MON) 08/26/2013 Arena Puebla [Cinco Radio, El Popular, Poblanerias]
1) El Malayo & Guerrero Negro Jr. b Black Tiger & Robin
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Metálico, Tigre Rojo Jr. b Akrón, Hijo del Signo, King Jaguar
Tigre Rojo beat the returning King Jaguar.
3) Fuego, Sagrado, Tritón vs Namajague, Puma, Sangre Azteca
Cinco Radio Namajague suffered a severe knee injury during the match taking a dive from Sagrado, though El Popular says he was still pinned at the end of the match by Triton.
4) Diamante Azul, La Máscara, Super Porky b Kráneo, Morphosis, Psicosis
Morphosis replaced Mr. Aguila. Porky splash for the win. Porky’s plancha to the outside on Morphosis also wiped out a cameraman, who ended up with a bloody mouth.
5) Atlantis, La Sombra, Mr. Niebla DQ Rush, Terrible, Volador Jr. [Relevos Increíbles]
Team Sombra took falls 2/3. Volador and Sombra fought through the match. Rush fouled Niebla for the DQ. Niebla challenged Rush to mask vs hair, but Rush did not respond.

Cinco Radio reported Namajague suffered a “severe knee injury” , but no more details and the two other reports make no mention of it. Of the three, Cinco Radio is the best at getting the details correct, but Porra Fresa will probably have the best report in the next few days. Hoping it’s less serious than it sounds. It was just a few weeks ago when we were all very concerned about Sombra’s severe looking injury and he only missed on show and rehabbed his way thru the rest. Namajague is next scheduled on tonight’s Arena Mexico show, teaming with Tanahashi. (If that happens.)

Charly Manson was sentenced to 7 years and 4 months for his April 2011 attack on two police officers. It’s taken more than two years to get a verdict; Manson was arrested that April, released, then put back in jail in late May. Charly’s brother Electroshock had complained earlier this year about the exceptionally long period Charly’s spent in jail with no decision or sentence announced.

Assuming time served, Manson would be out of jail in September 2018 (at the age of 43) if he serves his full term. I have no idea if he actually has to serve out the full term or if early release is possible as in the US. There were rumors one of the police officers passed away due to his injuries, but there is no mention of that in any of the wire articles. Some articles mention the friend Charly was with, who was also arrested, was released.

Tonight’s CMLL show is supposed to feature the Guerreros vs Atlantis, plus the Cadetes del Espacio trying to finally get a win, but there is a concern the show might happen. There’s a teacher’s strike in front of the Televisa offices, which share parking facilities with Arena Mexico and have disrupted travel in the area. This is a repeat of something that happened last year (with a different protest group), which caused that night’s CMLL show to be canceled to avoid more people coming into the area. It appeared the government made the call to cancel events that time, and it will probably be the same deal tonight if it was to happen. Last year’s show was canceled about 9 hours before bell time; it’s about 6 hours now and there’s no mention of anything so far.

The photos suggest this is a lesser number of protesters involved in this dispute (streets were packed last time), but it’s really more about their willingness to move than their number. “CNTE” is a good search term on Twitter if you want to see what’s happening.

CMLL Tuesday shows at Arena Mexico usually low turnouts and seem significantly supplemented by foreigners as part of tour group, who will probably be quicker to cancel than the promotion. If this show happens, it still might be one of the lowest attendances of the year.

CMLL started running new promos for the 80th Anniversary main event this weekend, focusing on a big mask win for each of the four guys. Atlantis is shown beating Villano III, Ultimo Guerrero beating Villano IV, Sombra beating Felino and Volador…diving off the high platform onto Sombra from a few months ago.  Volador does have a big singles wins – it’s the Copa Bicentennial win over Mistico (I) which cemented his current character and fan support – but his few mask wins came on indy shows before he had a big role in CMLL. SuperLuchas picks up on this and asks if the anniversary show might be that first big mask win.

Violento Jack has advanced to the semifinal of the Pain Limit extreme match tournament. He faces Jun Kasai, and will face the winner of Takashi Sasaki and Masashi Takeda later that night if he advances.

Marcela defends the CMLL women’s championship in Guadalajara tonight. It should be a really good match, and Marcela is likely to win.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

DTU’s announced a 09/10 show at Arena Aficion.

CMLL says Arena Coliseo Guadalajara will soon have a tag team tournament for the Occidente Tag Team Championship, last held by Texano Jr. & Terrible.

CMLL Gaceta has a good, if random, bio of Merced Gomez.

Cuervo hopes to win the AJPW tournament.

AAA’s posted the first part of their interview with Texano Jr. They talk to La Secta tonight.

The next Puebla licensing exam is on 09/01.

It’s been a while since we’ve had a Cholitas of Bolivia article.

08/24-25 lucha videos

I never got last week’s Puebla show (how did I ever manage VCRs?) but did get this week’s. GALLI didn’t air anywhere.

I tried out XVID on the IWRG matches. The files are about twice as large as usual. I will not do that again. Full show is in DIVX.

The Terra opener was lost due to video problems. Second is missing a little of the beginning.

AAA UTDN and Regional are not up now, may be up later.

Alberto Dos Rios just vaguely looks like Alberto Del Rios. No Ricardo, nothing else, don’t get your hopes up.

Playlist: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2I0JwI23A_XS_14X9c2u7HzvW0tdujmF

08/24 WWC: http://www.sendspace.com/file/3xljjh
08/25 WWC: http://www.sendspace.com/file/hcanbb

En Busca de un Idolo 2×5: http://www.sendspace.com/file/w6uoix

La Lucha Se Le Hace (SLP): 2012-12-29, repeated on Mexicanal on 2013-08-25
taped 2012-12-23 @ Arena Mexico San Luis Potosi
Full Show: http://www.sendspace.com/file/969aca
1) Lupillo Rivera & Pitufo Filosofo vs Fuerza Infernal & Golpe De Dragon
2) Bala de Plata, Pitufo Tontin, Unico vs Alma Roja, Sombra Del Misterio, Tomahawk
3) Galeno, Salome, Senor Dante vs Comando Star, Coronel Castro, Leopardo
4) Black Fantasy, Fuerza Maligna, Tiger Boy vs Mascara Infernal, Sabu Jr., Vagabundo

AAA on Televisa: 2013-08-24
taped 2013-08-02 @ Gimnasio Juan De La Barrera
1) Alan Stone, El Elegido, Toscano vs Cuervo, Escoria, Ozz
2) Cibernético vs el Hijo del Perro Aguayo

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2013-08-24
Full show: http://www.sendspace.com/file/kv3j1p
taped 2013-08-18 @ Arena Mexico
1) Diamante Azul vs Euforia in a lightning match
2) Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Mr. Niebla, Pólvora
3) La Máscara, Rush, Titán vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys for the Mexican National Trios Championship

CMLL on CadenaTres: 2013-08-24
taped 2013-08-20 @ Arena Mexico
1) Bengala & Sensei vs Akuma & Ramstein
2) Dalis la Caribeña, Estrellita, Goya Kong vs La Comandante, La Seductora, Tiffany
3) Delta, Hijo del Fantasma, Tritón vs Boby Zavala, Sangre Azteca, Shigeo Okumura
4) La Sombra, Super Porky, Thunder vs Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Rey Escorpión
Stellar Moments
5) Dragón Rojo Jr. vs Niebla Roja

CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2013-08-24
taped 2013-08-16 @ Arena Mexico
1) Metálico & Sensei vs Nitro & Skándalo
2) Estrellita, Marcela, Silueta vs Amapola, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit
3) Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente vs Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto

CMLL on Televisa: 2013-08-24
taped 2013-08-16 @ Arena Mexico
Blue Panther homage
1) Atlantis, Blue Panther, Negro Casas vs Black Terry, Negro Navarro, Solar I
Inivitado Especial
2) La Sombra vs Volador Jr. in a super libre (sort of) match

AAA on Televisa (Regional): 2013-08-25
taped 2013-08-02 @ Gimnasio Juan De La Barrera
1) Faby Apache, Octagoncito, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Mamba, Mini Abismo Negro, Taya Valkyrie
link later

CMLL on Terra: 2013-08-25
taped 2013-08-25 @ Arena Coliseo
Full Show: http://ul.to/fj9a7ci5
1) Oro Jr. & Robin vs Espanto Jr. & Guerrero Negro Jr. 
was not recorded
2) Metálico, Molotov, Starman vs Hijo del Signo, Hooligan, Nitro - joined in progress
3) Estrellita, Luna Mágica, Marcela vs Amapola, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit
4) Fuego vs Shigeo Okumura in a lightning match
5) Blue Panther, Diamante Azul, Super Porky vs Euforia, Felino, Taichi
6) Atlantis, La Máscara, Máximo vs Hiroshi Tanahashi, Pierroth, Terrible

CMLL Puebla: 2013-08-26
taped 2013-07-29 @ Arena Puebla
Full show: http://ul.to/nrbwha6s
1) Black Tiger & Milenium vs Akuma & Artillero
taped 2013-08-12 @ Arena Puebla
2) Águila Egipcia & Bengala vs Akuma & Ares
3) Asturiano, Pegasso, Starman vs Fuerza Chicana, Hooligan, Siki Osama
4) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Boby Zavala, Namajague, Shigeo Okumura
5) Blue Panther, Máximo, Rush vs Averno, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
6) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión

Noches de Coliseo: 2013-08-25
taped 2013-08-18 @ Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) Cirio Negro I, Cirio Negro II, Palomo Negro vs Baby Power, Fomer Lover, Shadow Man
2) Alberto Dos Rios, Hijo Del Centurion Negro, Super Jack vs Codigo Negro, Psicotico, Sertico
3) Gato Fantasma, Stuka I, Silencio vs Memo Valles, Rey Demonio Jr., Jerry Estrada

IWRG Zona XXI: 2013-08-26
taped 2013-08-25 @ Arena Naucalpan
Full Show: http://depositfiles.com/files/wqvdcjoek
1) Astro Rey Jr. & Mr. Leo vs Alan Extreme & Imposible
2) Centvrión, Golden Magic, Zenky vs Chucho el Roto, Iron Love, Yakuza
Interviews for match 3
3) Bobby Lee Jr., Fresero Jr., Pantera vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr.
Interviews for match 4
4) Canek, Eterno, X-Fly vs Dr. Wagner Jr., Trauma I, Trauma II

IWL on TVC Deportes: 2013-08-26
taped 2013-06-18 @ Arena Aficion
Full show: http://ul.to/q454r6b4
1) Carroña, Periko, Terror vs Kamikaze, Pascual, Super Boing and Medics I, Quimico Jr., Último Vampiro
2) Aeroboy, Fresero Jr., Lolita vs Pasion Kristal, Pentagón Jr., Sexy Lady
3) Súper Colt vs Shadow, Medics III, Pequeño Demonio, Atomic Star, Corcel Infernal, Templario [IWL LIGHT]


ChilangaMask (Valiente versus everyone), Wagner/Canek in IWRG, Fenix to NOAH, IWL

ChilangaMask (SUN) 08/25/2013 Coliseo Coacalco [Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), MT]
1) Skándalo b Astro Rey Jr., Impulso, Relampago, Zurdog, Stukita, Hijo Del Angel, Belial, Terremoto Negro, Fulgor
Skandalo beat Belial to win the Aerial Assualt. Impulso was most cheered.
2) Aero Boy b Kaientai
Aeroboy now gets to go to CZW to face Masada.
3) Arkángel de la Muerte b Magnifico
Isis was in Arkangel’s corner.
4) Solar I b Judas el Traidor
Best match of the night, Judas looking good against Solar. Judas asked or a title match despite the loss and Solar said OK.
5) Negro Navarro b Dr. Cerebro Negro
Navarro’s opponents was first Shu el Guerrero, then changed to Rey Escorpion. Escorpion didn’t show, so Navarro beat Cerebro Negro and said the CMLL guys were afraid of him.
6) Black Terry b Guerrero Maya Jr.
very hard match, recalling their old feud. Maya worked as a rudo, but Terry still submitted him to an armbar.
7) Trauma I & Trauma II COR Valiente & Virus
Valiente & Virus fell apart as a team and got counted out while fighting each other. Traumas mocked the CMLL team for being dummies, and the CMLL team yelled back at them. Valiente also said he wasn’t scared of Negro Navarro and challenged him to a singles match.

When Valiente wasn’t having problems with Virus, the Traumas and Negro Navarro, Valiente was having words with Black Terry. So many possible Valiente matches. Show sounds like it was fun.

IWRG (SUN) 08/25/2013 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), IWRG, LAS]
1) Fulgor I & Fulgore II b Seiya & Sky Ángel
2) Astro Rey Jr. & Mr. Leo b Alan Extreme & Imposible
Much head dropping on finishers. Rey/Leo took 1/3 for the upset.
3) Chucho el Roto, Iron Love, Yakuza b Centvrión, Golden Magic, Zenky
IWRG vs AULL. Zenky replaced Freelance. Rudos took 2/3, Chucho sneaking in a foul on Golden Magic at the end.
4) Apolo Estrada Jr., Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr. b Bobby Lee Jr., Fresero Jr., Pantera
Fresero Jr. replaced Dinamic Black (also booked in Arena Solidaridad). Rudos took 1/3, Wagner moonsaulting Pantera.
5) Dr. Wagner Jr., Trauma I, Trauma II DQ Canek, Eterno, X-Fly
Tecnicos took 2/3, Canek pulling off Wagner’s mask for the DQ.

Crowd was up with Canek & Wagner in (though maybe not enough to pay for them given the cheap tickets.) Second match was true FILL style. Tercera looks like the start of a longer AULL/IWRG feud. I have no idea who Zenky is though there is a Mexico City area guy with that name.

NOAH announced Fenix as appearing on their September tour. This is the big news Fenix has been hinting about. He mentioned on Twitter that he’s just got his cast off this week. Nothing is going to stop him from making these shows. Fenix is working the opener (versus Kaiser) on the first show, then the main event (part of the heavyweight title build) in the second show. He should have a lot of fun.

IWL is airing at 4pm today. No Tercera Caida (or Fusion) on Wednesday, maybe Thursday.

An in ring funeral service (complete with casket) was held for Hidalgo luchador Tino El Demonio Arrieta


CMLL (SUN) 09/01/2013 Arena Coliseo
1) Leono & Molotov vs Akuma & Canelo Casas
2) Dalis la Caribeña, Estrellita, Luna Mágica vs La Comandante, Princesa Sugheit, Tiffany
3) Hijo del Fantasma vs Tiger [lightning]
4) Ángel de Oro, Diamante Azul, Valiente vs Namajague, Shigeo Okumura, Taichi
5) La Sombra, Marco Corleone, Thunder vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
6) Atlantis vs Hiroshi Tanahashi

Wasting no time with the Tanahashi/Atlantis match (which would allow him to leave right after next Friday.) It’s possible Tanahashi could beat Sombra, Atlantis, and Rush in home arenas in the span of eight days. Even I’m not cynical enough to believe that can actually happen – it can’t, right?

Canelo Casas appears to be a regular, or however regular you can be when you’re stuck in Molotov-land.

CMLL (SUN) 09/01/2013 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Brillante & El Divino vs El Yaki & Satara
2) El Ídolo & Halcón de Plata vs Acertijo & Jocker
3) Sky Kid, Smaker, Virgo vs Demonio Maya, Demonio Rojo, Exterminador
4) Black Metal, Gallo, Leo vs Espectrum, Infierno, Maléfico
5) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero vs La Máscara, Rush, Stuka Jr.

No Hippies, but some of the other feuding people are in the tercera.

IWL (SAT) 09/14/2013 Centro de Convenciones, Tlalnepantla, Estado de Mexico
***IWL 3rd Anniversary***
1) ATM Chamuel vs ATM Guapito, ATM Gallito Feliz
2) Brazo Jr. vs Quimico Jr., Kid Jaguar, Gotita de Plata, Medics I, Concord, Centinela, Medics III, Muerte Negra, Monsther II [cibernetico]
3) Infierno Kid, Ojo Diabólico Jr., Sepulturero I, Último Vampiro vs Arkanos, Kilvan, Shadow, Yoruba
4) Dinamic Black, Freelance, Pantera vs ATM, ATM Gold, ATM Super and Carta Brava Jr. (IWL), Hijo del Fishman, Kung Fu Jr.
5) Ángel o Demonio, León Rojo, Ovett, Perico vs Aeroboy, Demente Extreme, Hormiga, Violento Jack
6) Super Crazy vs Último Gladiador, Fantasma de la Ópera, Loco Max, Tony Rivera, Zumbido, Flamita, Cerebro Negro, Ninja de Fuego, Mike Segura, Pesadilla [IWL IC, TLC]
new title?
7) LA Park vs Canek, Justin Credible, Dr. Wagner Jr. [IWL HEAVY]
vacant/new title

(Card here.) AAA Fusion Star Gotita de Plata! Justin Credible! Whoever is under the ATM masks this time! This is IWL.

Again, they’ll show Canelo vs Mayweather after the show, which means this show has to get done before that fight (midnight?), or maybe that’ll just be the intermission. Let’s take a moment to note that not only is Mexican Hero Canelo Alvarez fighting a guy from the USA during the time I’m in Mexico, but the Mexican National Football Team is playing the USA team (in the USA) the day before I arrive. These are two very big sporting occasions for Mexico and maybe an American would be concerned about Mexico’s feelings towards visiting Americans should Mexico go 0-2 (a very possible outcome.) Luckily, as we all know, I am totally Canadian.

AAA on UTDN: 2013-08-04


taped 2013-07-19 @ Arena Xalapa
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Tanahashi vs Atlantis, Voladors beats Sombra again, IWRG & CMLL back together?, Voltaje Negro


Hooligan’s new mask/via Terra

CMLL (SUN) 08/25/2013 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Oro Jr. & Robin b Espanto Jr. & Guerrero Negro Jr.
2) Hijo del Signo, Hooligan, Nitro b Metálico, Molotov, Starman
Rudos took 2/3. Hooligan had a crazy mask, even for him. Metalico & Signo did interact and their feud was brought up in the post match, but it was not played up in the match itself.
3) Estrellita, Luna Mágica, Marcela DQ Amapola, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit
Tecnicas took 1/3, the last for excessive violence (Sugheit pulling Estrellita’s hair for too long of a time)
4) Shigeo Okumura b Fuego [lightning]
Okumura won in 6:06 via brainbuster.
5) Blue Panther, Diamante Azul, Super Porky b Euforia, Felino, Taichi
Tecnicos took 1/3. Felino failed on a body slam on Porky in the first and was flattened for the pinfall. Porky landed the plancha on all the rudos in the third.
6) Hiroshi Tanahashi, Pierroth, Terrible b Atlantis, La Máscara, Máximo
Rudos took 1/3. Tanahashi blatantly fouled Atlantis behind the refs back and cradled him for the win. Atlantis demanded a singles match and Tanahashi accepted in Spanish (after attacking Atlantis again.)

Terra had stream problems during the first match (no recording unless they put it up themselves) but settled down after that. Not a memorable show.

Tanahashi versus Atlantis seems like a match which ought to be on the special Monday Arena Mexico show on 09/16, but Tanahashi will be long back in NJPW but that point. Tanahashi is scheduled to wrap up on 09/08, which might be the date.

CMLL (SUN) 08/25/2013 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@acogdl]
1) El Piraña & Samael b El Brillante & El Yaki
Yaki replaced Captain. Tecnicos took 2/3, Yaki turning on his partner in the end.
2) Demonio Rojo, Ráfaga, Sádico b El Divino, El Hippie I, El Hippie II
Rafaga replaced Evola. Rudos took 2/3, Rojo sneaking in a foul on Hippie Tony Escobedo thanks to Demonio Maya showing up.
3) Demonio Maya & Exterminador b Esfinge & Sky Kid
Rudos took 2/3, Exterminador pulling Sky Kid’s mask and beating him.
4) Sagrado, Stuka Jr., Súper Popular b Bárbaro Cavernario, Puma, Tiger
Tencicos took 2/3, Popular beating Barbaro in the third.
5) Volador Jr. b La Sombra
Barbaro Cavernario, second of Volador, distracted the referee to set up a Volador foul for the win.

Lots of rudos getting away with cheating. No one’s going back to Japan here, so probably a big multiman apuesta match on around 09/16.

Arena Naucalpan/IWRG announced CMLL returns to the arena on 09/22. CMLL and IWRG had a long partnership end in December 2007 after IWRG brought in Hijo del Santo for a single show. This was one of CMLL’s epic bits of holding a grudge. It seemed to be one between CMLL executives and IWRG but not held by the luchadors, with the veterans wanting to work with each other and plenty of CMLL trainees working in IWRG before they got regular spots in their home promotions. Perhaps the recent interaction between guys (like with Blue Panther anniversary match) thawed some ice.

AAA took over the deal with IWRG a few years ago, though the status of that agreement is unknown – AAA is running TV there this Friday (making the time of this announcement very interesting) and AAA luchadors are expected to work the RCH in a couple weeks, but there’s been much less AAA involvement on the regular AAA shows. It has allowed some of the younger IWRG wrestlers to get more of the spotlight, which hopefully continues no matter who IWRG is bringing in.

El Barrio Antiguo has a long and good article about Voltaje Negro, the Monterrey luchador jailed for a gang attack on casino (which left 42 dead.) It turns in a large exploration of lucha libre and life in Monterrey today.

The guys at DVDVR have finished their Lucha Libre Best of the 80s DVD set. It’s a 100 matches for $30, though they’re also looking for people to discuss and rank the matches after checking them out. There’s a podcast discussing the choices and surprises they found putting together the set here.

The full card for the IWL anniversary show is here; the Justin Credible vs LA Park vs Dr. Wagner vs Canek is for the vacant/never given out IWL Heavyweight championship. I’ll wait to be able to make out the full card later, but there does appear to be a billion people on the show.

Bill has highlights of 07/28/13 CMLL.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Lucha Libre in Japan

08/24 REINA: Zeuxis & Vaquerita advanced to the finals of their tag team tournament, while Lady Storm (Chik Tormenta) upset Dump Matsumoto in the main event. She might have had a little help with that one.

08/25 AJPW: Kotaro Suzuki & Atsushi Aoki [O] b Drago & Argenis [X] [ALL ASIA TAG]
3rd defense. So much for the AAA upset. Drago’s supposed to be back in action as soon as Saturday.

08/25 STARDOM: Dark Angel b Kairi Hojo [STARDOM 5STAR GP]
Dark Angel starts of the league tournament with a win. Next show is 09/01.


Rush advances to CMLL Universal Final, Argenis & Drago go for the gold

this appears to be the Vangelis spear to end all tope spears/CMLL.com

CMLL (FRI) 08/23/2013 Arena Mexico [CMLLTerra]
1) Hombre Bala Jr. & Súper Halcón Jr. b Artillero & Súper Comando
Another win for Generacion 2011
2) Ángel de Oro, Guerrero Maya Jr., Titán DQ Misterioso Jr., Taichi, Vangellys
rudos accidentally pulled a mask for the DQ.
3) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Shocker b Hiroshi Tanahashi, Namajague, Puma
Tanahashi’s return. Puma replaced Rey Bucanero. Aero Italiano on Tanahashi and Marco.
4) Rush b Terrible [CMLL Universal, eightfinal]
Seeding set by battle royal. Terrible was last year’s Universal champion, but lost here by armbar.
5) La Máscara b Máscara Dorada [CMLL Universal, eightfinal]
La Mascara won via campana.
6) Rey Escorpión b Averno [CMLL Universal, eightfinal]
Rey Escorpion won via Aguijon Mortal (piledriver)
7) Mistico b Pólvora [CMLL Universal, eightfinal]
Longest first round match. Sounded as though La Mistica went wrong and Mistico ended up with a pinfall win.
8) Rush b La Máscara [CMLL Universal, quarterfinal]
Rush won via senton.
9) Rey Escorpión b Mistico [CMLL Universal, quarterfinal]
Escorpion escaped La Mistica and dropped him with Aguijon Mortal.
10) Rush b Rey Escorpión [CMLL Universal, semifinal]
Rush used the Rush Driver on Escorpion for the win in the longest match.
11) Atlantis b Último Guerrero
expected quick first two falls. Crowd got into the third fall. UG fouled Atlantis for the DQ.

It seems like there’s there possibilities for the CMLL Universal tournament.

  1. Sombra beats Tanahashi next week, Sombra and Rush have their first ever singles match one week before the biggest match of Sombra’s career, either winner is possible (though something where Rush uses the Rush Driver to injure Sombra’s neck before Friday has some added benefits.)
  2. Tanahashi beats Sombra next week, Rush beats Tanahashi in the final in a repeat of last year’s final
  3. Tanahashi beats CMLL Young Star #1A Sombra next week, Tanahashi beats CMLL Young Star #1B Rush the week after, we all make mean comments about The Hat.

I’m afraid we’re getting 3. It seems like a general waste of (a hurt) Tanahashi’s time to fly him to Mexico just to lose in the final again. They could’ve stuck anyone else in his spot for the tag team title match and spared him this nuisance if they just needed a loser. It’s a lot shorter list if they needed a winner. Hope I’m being too cynical here. I don’t know that I really like giving away Rush versus Sombra with almost no build either.

The other six guys in next week’s bracket are Dragon Rojo Jr., Virus, Valiente, Titan, Mephisto and Diamante Azul. Dragon Rojo is the best dark horse (/chocolate milk?) candidate. CMLL treats Dragon as highly as guys like Sombra, Volador and Rush, but he hasn’t yet come across as that level of a star. Any other finalist would be a remarkable outcome.

It’s slightly possible CMLL still adds a match to the anniversary show. Something like the Estetas versus the Revolucionarios for the CMLL Trios Titles adds another marque match while getting some of CMLL’s own favorites onto the card. It’s also something where they may want to set it up in matches before announcing it. I’m not sure they’ll actually do it, but Rey Escorpion beating Mistico here could be the start of something if they were headed in that direction. They’d need to follow it up this upcoming Friday. (Keep reading.)

Puma replacing Rey Bucanero before Bucanero heads to Japan is concerning.

It appeared GalaTV got both the Universal tournament and the main event, which is one cramped and heavily edited hour. Fox Sports was relegated to the early matches, which appears to be the same thing they got for this week’s show. Could be a new thing going forward. Could be just for the Anniversary build. Could be usual randomness.

Argenis & Drago get their All Asia tag team title match tomorrow on AJPW’s show in Ota Ward Gymnasium. The AAA team has won almost all their matches on their tour, which frequently means the team loses the title match. That’s what I thought would happen when the tour started, but I think I might have been wrong. If AAA luchadors are going to be a frequent presence in this version of AJPW, which appears to be the case, they figure to get a meaningful win early. AJPW’s roster is small, and may not have a present use for two sets of tag team championships. Plus, some of the teams Drago & Argenis have been facing have not been getting along; AJPW’s seems to be making a lot of changes in alignments and alliances, maybe even in Sunday’s title match.

LuchaWorld has thoughts about the 80th Anniversary show.

Super Crazy will be in a TLC match on the IWL 09/14th show. I am both greatly looking forward and totally dreading this IWL show. It’s going to be a thing.

Ohtani’s Jacket watches early 90s Monterrey & UWA.

Porra Fresa previews Monday’s card.

Kcidis Sombra support banner.


CMLL (FRI) 08/30/2013 Arena Mexico
1) Metálico & Sensei vs Apocalipsis & Disturbio
2) Dalis la Caribeña, Goya Kong, Marcela vs Amapola, La Seductora, Princesa Blanca
3) Blue Panther, Máscara Dorada, Mistico vs Averno, Pólvora, Rey Escorpión
4) La Sombra vs Hiroshi TanahashiValienteMephistoVirusDiamante AzulDragón Rojo Jr.Titán [CMLL Universal, semifinal]
winner faces Rush
5) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Rush vs Felino, Negro Casas, Volador Jr.

Look at that third. It’s Panther versus Averno in a preview match, but it’s also the Estetas versus the Revolucinarios. As if they’re building to something! (Which could place the week before or after the Anniversary show too, but there’s a chance…)

CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2013-08-03


taped 2013-07-26 @ Arena Mexico
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Piratas defeat Navarros, CMLL Universal tournament, IWL anniversary main event

photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (THU) 08/22/2013 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), Estrellas del Ring, IWRG]
1) Dragón Celestial b Látigo
one fall
2) Alan Extreme, Fulgor I, Fulgore II b Emperador Azteca, Freelance, Seiya
Emperador Azteca’s main show debut (assuming it’s a new one, which it appears to be.)
3) Bugambilia, Diva Salvaje, Miss Gaviota b Carta Brava Jr., Rayan, Spartan [lumberjack]
4) Dinamic Black, Tony Rivera, Veneno DQ Apolo Estrada Jr., Eterno, Hijo de Máscara Año 2000
Tony Rivera back before in IWRG his students face the IWRG ones. Tecnicos took 2/3. Eterno fouled Dinamic Black, then challenged for any of Dinamic Black’s titles.
5) Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan Jr. b Negro Navarro, Trauma I, Trauma II [IWRG IC TRIOS]
Piratas took 2/3 to keep the titles. Hijo de Pirata and Trauma II double pinned. Recaps differ on the final finish, but it’s definite the Piratas cheated, putting Jr.’s foot on the ropes to escape one pin and maybe sneaking in a foul after. 3rd defense.

A win by the Navarros over the Piratas is almost always followed by a win by the Piratas over the Navarros, and vice versa.

Tonight’s CMLL show is headlined by an Ultimo Guerrero/Atlantis singles match, which exists just to build up their possible mask match on 09/13.The CMLL Universal tournament has more intrigue, because the outcome matters a bit and is not totally clear. This is the more balanced block. Next week’s group will come almost definitely come down to Sombra and Tanahashi, but everyone has a conceivable shot of going to the final. Terrible is last year’s year winner, CMLL clearly likes La Mascara & Mistico, Averno, Mascara Dorada, and Rey Escorpion are all great, and Rush is Rush. (Polvora is the exception.) Rush, beating Terrible in the final, appears to be the favorite but it would make some sense if one of the guys left off the Anniversary show (like Dorada or Mistico) got to be in a big match the week prior as a makeup.

The mystery person in IWL’s 3rd Anniversary main event appears to be ex-ECW/WWE Justin Credible based on the info and photo. The 09/14 main event is LA Park vs Dr. Wagner Jr. vs Caenk vs Justin Credible. IWL never disappoints in the weirdness.  IWL also says they’ll be broadcasting the Mayweather/Canelo fight in the building. Presumably after their show, but I should make no such assumptions with IWL.

Last nights Tercera Caida had interviews with Guerrero Maya Jr., Arkangel, Isis and Black Terry (on the phone) to hype the ChilangaMask show this weekend.

Pierrothito, Mascara Celestial, and Caveman hype the lucha libre show in New York this weekend. Mascara Celestial says he raised $5000 to run the show, which is a cheaper than I would’ve guess it would’ve cost (especially since they’re flying in Shocker, Rey Bucanero, Marcela and Amapola.) No new info on the mystery of Pierrothito leaving CMLL.

Eita, Tomahawk and Yuta debuted back in Dragon Gate Japan today. Dragon Gate hasn’t announced upcoming lineups, but it appears they’re back home permanently.

Rob has highlights of 07/07/13 AAA.

Lolita & Cuervo are listed for an 08/30 show in Altamira, the same day they’re (more likely) on the Arena Naucalpan taping.

Psycho Clown says Texano doesn’t want to fight him because he’s afraid to face anyone from his own generation.

Faby Apache wants nothing more to do with Cuervo, wants to forget what happened to her in Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera, and wants Cuervo not talk to her on the Arena Naucalpan taping.

Cronicas Y Leyendas looks back at the difference in blood usage between EMLL and UWA and has strong dislike for the La Parka vs Cibernetico mask match.

Super Astro and the Mendozas are among those part of a movement to build a sports medicine hospital.

Ares, Mamba and Impulso will have a three way for the XMW championship at Arena Ichiban next weekend.

The Lourdes Grobet photo exhibition is now in Costa Rica.

Kcidis has an Ultimo Guerrero Facebook cover photo.


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