Todo x El Todo: 2013-05-05/2013-05-12

Piratas > fish man

taped 2013-04-27 @ Gimnasio Juan De La Barrera
Hijo de Pirata Morgan & Pirata Morgan Jr. vs Golden Magic & Poseidon (TxT): GOOD. Really strong opener early; Golden Magic and Hijo del Pirata were really fun on the mat and near the end. Poseidon didn’t look as good, but he was sure up for taking whatever crazy move the Piratas want to have. Piratas have terrible moonsault aim. Pirata Jr. was just okay, as usual. Turnaround spot being from a reversed headscissors cradle is at least different, but the tecnicos needed a hotter follow up on it to get the crowd back. The crazy Pirata offense kind of lost the crowd because it went so long, and the tecnicos really didn’t get in much before it was even and then rudo dominated again. Crowd didn’t want to see these guys do a ton of near falls, but did cheer after the finish.

 

Golden Magic plancha

Esther Moreno & Rossy Moreno vs Chik Tormenta & Diosa Maya: OK/GOOD. Much better than than the average CMLL’s women match this year; solid and actually gooda t some points. I haven’t seen a lot of Chik Tormenta and maybe no Diosa Maya, but they were enjoyable in this match. Maya didn’t seem as used to being a ruda as Tormenta, but adapted okay. Morenos really ought to be rudas at this point in their careers, but they wanted to do to tencica spots so they did tecnica spots. You could tell this is a different crowd than AAA or CMLL shows, because they would’ve booed the heck of the match after the missed Rossy Moreno bottom rope springboard spot (and resulting confusing.) TxT fans actually cheered here. This turned into everyone just doing Moves at the end, which is not a complaint I usually have in women’s matches.

 

rudas!

Súper Muñeco, Súper Pinocho, Súper Ratón vs Black Terry, Scorpio Jr., Shu el Guerrero: OK? I had trouble staying interested in this. Trio Fantasia in 2013 are hard to take seriously, and Scorpio Jr. and Shu el Guerrero were both slowed by injuries (or life.) I think the crowd would’ve been perfectly happy with the first fall being the entire match, but did still care when it came to the finish. This was also the third straight undercard match with lots of near falls; they belonged more in this match, but I was ready to move on. The finish really didn’t make sense – Super Muneco pins Shu el Guerrero, rudos claim it was a two count, and so this gets them a title match?

 

double tornillos

Rayman & Saruman vs Dinamic Black & Imposible, Trofeo Angel Blanco tournament semifinal match : only go the last few minutes of this one but it looked exciting, as should be expected with thru (then) IWRG guys who were working together a lot.

Angel Blanco Jr. & Cien Caras Jr. vs Fuerza Guerrera & Pirata Morgan, Trofeo Angel Blanco tournament semifinal match: Fuerza Guerrera and Pirata Morgan as outgunned tecnicos is an odd look. Both have been around for long and thought of killed as so long that they crowd should automatically root for them, but they’re also still some very hateable rudos and this match set up didn’t play to them at all. It would’ve worked better if their comeback at least was them both being old ornery jerks, but instead Pirata did tecnico spots and looked old. This was just a match to establish the Cien/Angel team as more important and definitely did that.

 

Rayman cradle suplex

Rayman & Saruman vs Angel Blanco Jr. & Cien Caras Jr., Trofeo Angel Blanco  tournament final match: Both the complete matches still were joined in progress of a fight, which felt odd (and like they didn’t have enough time.) This also felt shorter than the other complete semifinal. The match itself was about 8 minutes of annoying move turn taking – I rarely notice it in tag matches as long as it happened here, but it was non stop taking a move, kickout a two, and giving the other guy a move. It annoyed me, but the TxT crowd is the least jaded audience in Mexico and was totally good with it. Finish felt like it came out of nowhere.

 

strut?

Dr. Wagner Jr., El Hijo Del Santo, El Hijo del Solitario vs Derek Sanders, Oliver John, Shaun Ricker: I could see this file was listed as 37 minutes before I even started watching it, and I was hoping for a 15 minute commerical break had been left in for some reason. This is actually closer to 30 minutes and actually fine for the time – they just worked a normal trios match slower and longer than usual. It would’ve been completely fine for me if it ended after one fall and La Migra really never got a lot in considering the length, but the the tencicos did get to do everything they could do. You could definitely find matches which would be better per minute but there was nothing wrong with this. Despite doing this long, C3 edited cut out almost all of La Migra attacking the tecnicos after the match, but left all the tecnicos talking post match.

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ChilangaMask, CMLL in Naucalpan, AAA in Naucalpan

photo by Black Terry Jr.

CHILANGAMASK (SUN) 12/22/2013 Coliseo Coacalco [@terceracaida, Black Terry Jr. (flickr)]
1) Lady Judas b Stephanie Vaquer
Lady Judas replaced Heroina.
2) Silueta b Chik Tormenta
Early on the card so Silueta could make Arena Mexico. Silueta won the battle of Guadalajara luchadoras.
3) Fulgor I b Fulgor II
One beat two in a good match, but Astro Rey Jr. (w/his brother Astro de Plata) challenged Fulgor I. Fulgor I agreed to it as long as Astro Rey put his title on the line. Rey said okay and the commission said okay, so it was on.
4) Fulgor I b Astro Rey Jr. [EdM WELTER]
5) Belial b Mike Segura, Freelance
Young Belial pulls the upset over two veterans.
6) Titán (CMLL) b Aero Boy
Good match.
7) Arkángel de la Muerte b Dinamic Black [FULL HEAVY]
Arkangel is champion. First defense.
8) Magnifico b Arez
Mangifico wins in his home arena.
9) Extreme Tiger b Impulso
10) Ricky Marvin b Tony Rodriguez

This looks like another fun show. Titan pulled off two wins in the same day, but Fulgor pulled off two wins on the same show and won a title. This group is back in January with the Young Bucks.

photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (SUN) 12/22/2013 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (flickr), The Gladiatores]
1) Fulgor I, Fulgor II, Zurdog b Alfa, Omega, Seiya
Fulgor I won again!
2) Douki & Imposible b Diva Salvaje & Miss Gaviota
3) Black Terry, Bombero Infernal, Dr. Cerebro b Apolo Estrada Jr., Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo
Doc Cerebro and friends challenged for a trios title shot (which they were already getting.)
4) Trauma I, Trauma II, X-Fly b Centvrión, Golden Magic, Veneno
Traumas replaced Puma & Tiger. They feuded with Golden Magic, going after his mask. X-Fly got away with a foul on Veneno.
5) Máscara Púrpura, Negro Navarro, Volador Jr. b Negro Casas, Oficial 911, Súper Nova
Navarro is a tecnico while his sons are rudos, a situation which can’t possibly last. Tecnicos took 2/3. Casas beat Navarro in the third when 911 and Nova turned over a pin, but Volador was able to beat Casas to win the match. Casas claimed he got a shoulder up before three.

This was promoted as standard IWRG shows, but I believe the reality is they’re shows promoted (and paid for) by the same folks who were behind what I was calling the Furor shows. They haven’t really used that name since the first show and there’s no hint of it here, but it’s a solution which keeps everyone happy and allows Arena Naucalpan to host show with both promotions. It probably means the “new season” is more like one CMLL visit every few weeks, but that’s fine. (Half the CMLL people missing the show is not fine, though.)

Fulgor won three matches and a title on the same day. I supposed he went out to the bar to celebrate and got the phone number of every lady in the bar as an encore.

AAA announced their first taping of the year would be in Arena Naucalpan on 01/17. Educated guess on the AAA TV schedule for the next month
12/28: Best of Part 1
01/04: Best of Part 2
01/11: Best of Part 3
01/18: Puerto Vallerta (with maybe UTDN being half psuedo-Part 4 or a lot of travel footage)
01/25: Naucalpan
02/01: Naucalpan part 2?

Terra posted a preview of Friday’s broadcast listing the complete card as airing , but then posted a new one with just the bottom four matches airing.

(I’m more concerned about Atlantis’ vacation – he’s an old man, let him rest! Maybe he snuck in a short one.)

Brazo Jr. talks about spending many Christmas mornings with his brothers and cousins and Brazo uncles. I’m pretty sure Brazo de Plata has previously stated Brazo Jr. is unrelated to the family and just someone who was supposed to pay for the name but ripped the family off. Awkward.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

DJ Spectro has part 4 of the Ultraman bio  and a look back at the November 7, 1975 Arena Mexico show.

La Copa looks back at the year in small Pachuca arena Gym del Valle.

Lucha Libre in Japan

12/22 REINA: Shuri beat La Comandnate [CMLL-REINA INTL]
I thought this was for Shuri (a wrestler from the Philippines who’s name I’m surely spelling wrong)’s REINA World Title, but this was actually for the vacant CMLL title. That makes this luchawiki update declaring this title dead the dumbest thing I wrote on the internet Saturday night.

Lineups

AAA KDNA (SUN) 12/29/2013 Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) ? vs ?
2) ? vs ?
3) ? vs ?
4) Panthro Jr. vs Mini Androide, Atomo, Eclipso, Tequilita, Chakira, Chamaco Gurrola, Ángel Espacial, Destructor [cage, mask, hair]
5) Monsther Clown & Murder Clown vs Machine Rocker & Soul Rocker
6) Texano Jr. vs Psycho Clown [AAA HEAVY]
Texano Jr. is champion. Ninth defense.

Main event should be good and interesting to see what kind of match they have when they’re doing this matchup on a spot show as opposed to a big show.

AAA on UTDN: 2013-11-21

dancin’ Mascarita Sagrada

 

Great Blake headscissors

recap

taped 2013-11-03 @ Domo de Parque Solidaridad, Tonala, Jalisco
Faby Apache, Jennifer Blake, Mascarita Sagrada vs Mary Apache, Mini Psycho Clown, Taya Valkyrie: Really wasn’t working for me for the first segment but picked up after the break. It was a lot of the usual mixed tag opener. Mini Psycho Clown and Mascarita Sagrada was not working as a matchup; Psycho seemed to do a lot better in his one exchange with Jennifer. Finish was fine.

 

cartwheel headscissors

suicide shooting star press

Angélico, Australian Suicide, Jack Evans vs Eterno, Juventud Guerrera, Steve Pain: Another good Jack/Angelico/Suicide vs Eterno/Pain match, now with an actual purpose for the rudos to exist. Juvi was generally good as well, but his changes with Angelico were the weakest parts of this match – it didn’t look as smooth with them as it did with any other combination. Crowd didn’t get into the hot tag as much as the others did, and I’m kind of done with everyone taking a turn (in non breaking order! Everyone must go!) series of moves, but I did like how the rudos derailed the usual técnicos finishing sequence leading into their own win. This would’ve been helped by the new group explaining why they were together (not just why Juvi turned on the MPs, why he wanted Pain/Eterno on his side and likewise) but that’s not a new complaint here.

 

Mesias shoulder first tope

El Mesías vs AJ Styles [TNA HEAVY]: Better than the last AJ Styles/Mesías match, though one day they should try a match where one guy works like a good guy and the other guy works like a bad guy. The all technical style made it hard to get invested in the early portion of the match but it got more interesting late and the crowd was well drawn in by the end. The midshow skit with AJ and Konnan set up Konnan interfering if Dixie called him, so it feels like we missed a skit where Konnan got that phone and recruited Texano, Fantasma and Chessman (since there was still no explanation of why they would be there or care at all) and the run-in didn’t amount to anything but a rest break for the guys in the match. The idea might have been that Mesías’ knee injury meant he submitted to AJ’s hold, but it didn’t come across like it was that meaningful; he got trapped in the hold all the same, so Mesías either needed to escape from it pre-injury (showing the difference of the injury) or have the knee injury cost him some other way. It turned out to be just a thing that happened, like the run-in and like the match. The match was still good.

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Casas outsmats Volador, Sugehit for the title, el Dandy

photo by Alexis Salazar

CMLL (SUN) 12/22/2013 Arena Mexico [@therealfredo, CMLL]
1) Metálico & Sensei b Artillero & Súper Comando
Tecnicos took 2/3 in an average match.
2) Amapola, Goya Kong, La Seductora, Lady Afrodita, Tiffany b Dallys la Caribeña, Estrellita, Princesa Sugheit, Silueta, Zeuxis [seeding battle royal]
Seeding battle royal was needed due to the unbalanced sides (six rudas, four tecnicas.) Afrodita’s first match here in six months. Goya pressed out Zeuxis last and she landed hard on her backside.
3) Princesa Sugheit b EstrellitaGoya KongSiluetaLady AfroditaAmapolaTiffanyDallys la CaribeñaLa SeductoraZeuxis [#1 Contenders, CMLL WOMEN, cibernetico]
Order of elimination went Afrodita (by Silueta), Zeuxis (by Seductora), Silueta (by Tiffany), Seductora (by Dallys), Tiffany (by Estrellita), Dallys (by Amapola), Estrellita (by Goya), Ampola (by Sugehit) leaving Princesa Sugehit as the surprise. Amapola tripped up Goya to help eliminate her, and Goya distracted Amapola. Sugehit faces Marcela next week.
4) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Sagrado b Puma, Shigeo Okumura, Tiger
Tecnicos took 1/3 in a good match.
5) Atlantis, La Máscara, Titán b Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
Tecnicos took 2/3.
6) Negro Casas b Volador Jr.
Negro Casas ambushed Volador and used Volador’s own hoodie against him to take the first, Volador took the second, and Negro won a long good third fall with another one of his tricks – he ‘accidentally’ rolled up the referee to distract him, then fouled Volador and pinned him. (This was along the lines of his win over Guerrero Maya Jr.) Negro had guaranteed a win prior to the match and told Volador he can’t be Negro Casas. Volador wanted a rematch and clean result.

Sugehit is totally unexpected. Marcela has the recent feud with Dallys (who was back to her tecnica gear here) and pre-match promos teased Amapola or Estrellita. Even when it came down to the last three, it seemed much more likely Amapola or Goya would get the title shot. Marcela vs Sugehit has a chance to be really good and possibly Sugehit’s best match ever in CMLL. (And everyone seems to be spelling it Sugehit now, of which I’m late to catch on.)

Negro Casas beating Volador is truly strange if Volador is the new tecnico sensation – but we’ve found out that Titan is that and he’s definitely better than Volador so I’m not bothered. Also, Negro is great and this might not be over.

CMLL (SUN) 12/22/2013 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@acogdl]
1) El Tapatío b Índigo
Tapatio won quick. Indigo was hurt and needed medical assistance.
2) El Divino b Relampago Azul
All opening card matches singles appear to be one fall now. Divino won this one. Relampago Azul replaced Jocker.
3) Demonio Maya & Demonio Rojo b Esfinge & Javier Cruz Jr.
Xavier Cruz Jr. replaced Halcon de Plata. Rudos took 1/3.
4) Gallo b Exterminador
Also one fall. Gallo won with a cristo.
5) Black Metal, Pegasso, Solar I b Espectrum, Évola, Maléfico
Evola replaced Herodes Jr. Solar led his team to the win, taking falls 1/3. He and Malefico went back and forth in all three.
6) Kráneo, Mr. Águila, Pierroth b Máscara Dorada, Shocker, Valiente
Rudos took 1/3, Aguila using the ropes to beat Dorada. This sets up a singles match next week.

(This is the second update today. Scroll down to see the last one.)

This week’s bonus TerceraCaida, including a trip to Tijuana, is up.

El Dandy, on Facebook announced a retirement tour in 2014, starting in 01/17 in Tijuana and 02/16 in Veracruz, and ending who knows when. I see it less as a retirement tour (because that never works) and more as El Dandy’s actually back for more matches (which seemed uncertain before the announcement.)

AULL/UWE/Arena Lopez Mateos announced their year end awards

New Rudo: Ironia
New Tecnico: Euro
New Rudo Team: Styker & Sangre de Lobo
New Tecnico Team: Metha Dragon & King Dragon
Best Atomicos Unit: Apocalipticos
Revelacion Ruda: Rey Inmortal
Revelacion Tecnica: Spider Boy
Best Tecnico Maestro: Rocky Santana
Best AULL champion: Iron Love
Best technical match: Sadico vs Yakuza
Most bloody: Chucho el Roto vs Cerebro Maligno
Outstanding luchadora: Felina Metaica
Best Referee: El Sonrisa
Rudo of the Year: Judas el Traidor

Awards seem even spread out. I wanted to link to those awarded matches, but I can’t find those singles match ever happening. Maybe I missed them? Maybe they just mean their fights in the course of trios matches? I am confused.

Cibernetico is good at Twitter.

Lucha Libre in Japan

12/22 Dragon Gate: Jimmy Susumu, Ryo “Jimmy” Saito, Mr. Quu Quu Tanizaki Naoki Toyonaka Dolphin beat CIMA, Masaaki Mochizuki, Dragon Kid and T-Hawk, Eita, Flamita [Open the Triangle Gate]
I usually try to type these names myself, so all the spelling mistakes are mine, but there’s no way with that result. Anyway, Flamita loses the Dragon Gate trios championship right before he comes home, as expected. (There’s one more show on the 27th but I thought they’d be leaving before then.) Matches from this iPPV are up on DailyMotion.

Lineups

CMLL (SUN) 12/29/2013 Arena Mexico
1) Bengala & Robin vs Apocalipsis & Cholo
2) Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., Sagrado vs Boby Zavala, Shigeo Okumura, Virus
3) Marcela vs Princesa Sugheit [CMLL WOMEN]
Marcela is champion. 10th defense.
4) Máximo, Super Porky, Valiente vs Kráneo, Morphosis, Pierroth
5) Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas vs La Máscara, Shocker, Volador Jr.

Main event keeps Volador and Negro together, though there’s no guarantee they’ll do anything. I think we’re getting more matches like the second of late due to the holiday season, so I wish it was Christmas all year.

Ciclope, Kaleth fall at DTU S6IS

(Kaleth handing his mask to Rey Celestial) photo by Black Terry Jr.

DTU (SAT) 12/21/2013 Arena Lopez Mateos [Black Terry Jr. (flickr)Estrellas del Ring]
***S6is (Sixth Anniversary Show)***
1) Macizito, Robin (Porros), Super Boy b Lunatick Boy, Lunatick Extreme, Rudock
DTU Kids match, featuring kids from the Porros school. 10 minute time limit
2) Kalibuz b Jhonky and Cruz del Silencio and Crazy King and Gremlin and Chica Ye-Ye and Benji and Energy
3) Christine, JC Mclean, Keira, La Magnifica, Zuzu Divine b Diosa Atenea, Mystique, Princesa Ahy Leen, Reina Dorada, Star Fire [Copa Femenil de Super Luchas]
DTU vs WWS. Christine (a masked Canadian who probably has a different character name but it was lost along the way) was the mystery woman on the DTU side. Keira was the ultimate winner.
4) Jinzo b HackerPoisonBlack FireSeptimo DragonHormiga [DTU AI]
vacant title after Tomahawk was unable to return to defend. Slayer Pack was announced but did not appear, making this another six way. Jinzo appears to have beaten Hacker.
5) Lanzeloth, Lethal, Pesadilla b Artikus, Crazy Boy, Super Crazy
Format was never clear going into the show but turned out to be a trios. Upset win.
6) Ángel o Demonio b Joe LiderDance BoyShyru Dragon [DTU CONSAGRADO]
Joe Lider is champ, but Angel o Demonio won the championship.
7) Aero Boy b Violento Jack
Tag team partners fighting each other in celebration of 10 years being a team. All sorts of extreme spots end with an Aero Boy MMA armbar.
8) Kaleth b Ángel del MisterioRey CelestialPequeno CobraDrastik BoySlayer Pack [mask]
Slayer Pack replaced Gemelo Muerte. No extreme spots. Order of escape: Slayer Pack, Drastik Boy, Angel del Misterio, Rey Celestial leaving Kaleth as the loser. Kaleth is Carlos Alberto Briseño López, 27, 6 years a wrestler.
9) Cíclope L ParanoikoOnita SantanaOvettMiedo ExtremoDemente Extreme [hair]
All extreme spots. Order of escape: Miedo Etremo, Dement Extreme, Paranoiko, Ovett. That left young Ciclope versus vet Onita Santana (replacement for X-Fly, who lost his hair earlier in the week.) It looked like Ciclope was going to win, but Angel o Demonio & Ovett attacked him and Santana hit Ciclope with a brick for the win. Ciclope loses an apuesta match on a DTU anniversary show.

Turn out seems good. Poor Ciclope, much like a children’s cartoon villain, can never win. Looked like the show was being taped so it should turn up on dtuTV in the future.

Black Terry Jr. has over 300 pictures from the show. DTU makes for interesting photos.

The night before, Violento Jack & Aeroboy won the main event at the ex-DTU Arena.

Mesias evidently won a Trident championship belt by winning the sponsored show main event on Friday.

TerceraCaida is back tonight at 6pm with a special on the Evolucion Lucha Libre (Tijuana show.) Puebla is listed at 9pm and should have the Blue Panther/Averno rematch (and I may have trouble recording it so someone else might want to take a try.) LAS is listed IWRG at 10:30pm CT after earlier having it at 11, and has also brought back the blitzkrieg of reruns for next week. I know AYM aired Thursday’s show (with the three way tag apuesta match) on Saturday and I’m unsure if tonight will have Sunday for both channels or something different.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

CMLL luchadors are all over the Arena Olimpico Laguna Christmas Day card.

DJ Spectro has the third part of his Ultraman bio.

Porra Fresa previews Monday’s card.

CMLL video promo for next Friday’s show.

Ricky Marvin is headed back to NOAH from 01/15 to 25. XL, who’s wrestled in Mexico a few times, is on the tour as a trainee.

Tomorrow (12/23) is the last day of the current NJPW tour. NJPW seems to make it’s upcoming lineup announcements the day their tours end. It’s very possible the FantasticaMania 2014 lineups turn up early on Christmas Eve.

Titan advances in Leyenda de Plata, Volador defeats Reapper, many lineups

photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (THU) 12/19/2013 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (flickr)Estrellas del Ring]
***Arena Naucalpan 36th Anniversary***
1) Alfa, Emperador Azteca, Omega b Fulgor I, Kalim Black, Rey Hechicero
Monterrey’s Rey Hechicero replaced Fulgor II
2) Bracito De Plata & Piratita Morgan b Dragoncito De Oro & Mini Multifacetico
3) Diva Salvaje, Dr. Cerebro, Miss Gaviota b Canis Lupus, Danny Casas, Douki
Cerebro and Canis are feuding.
4) Alan Extreme, Máscara Púrpura, Veneno DQ Apolo Estrada Jr., Súper Nova, Trauma I
Tecnicos took 1/3. Trauma I faked a foul from Purpura in the second, Purpura did the same in the third.
5) Oficial 911 & X-Fly L Oficial Fierro & Trauma II and Golden Magic & Hijo de Pirata Morgan [relevos suicidas]
Trauma II & Fierro escaped the match first. Pirata & X-Fly were eliminated, leaving it to 911 and Golden. Golden won, despite Fierro trying to help. All three Oficials complained about the count, insisting 911 kicked out at 2. 911 tried to leave, but was forced back with Golden’s father Mr. Magia helping. Oficial 911 is José Ángel Bocanegra González, 28 years old, 15 years a wrestler.

IWRG posters list a Saturday airing at 4pm on AYM, so I guess that’s the regular slot for Thursday shows now. (It’s not airing on LAS, at least as far as I can tell.)

photo by Alexis Salazar

CMLL (FRI) 12/20/2013 Arena Mexico [CMLL]
1) Leono & Pegasso b Cancerbero & Raziel
Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., Sagrado b Boby Zavala, Misterioso Jr., Puma
Tecnicos took 2/3 in a good match.
3) Blue Panther, Máximo, Super Porky DQ Dragón Rojo Jr., Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
Straight falls in a short match. Negro Casas played tecnico during the match, but fouled Panther by the end.
4) Titán b AtlantisAvernoLa MáscaraOlímpicoDeltaFelinoTritónTigerStuka Jr.Shigeo OkumuraVirus [Leyenda de Plata, semifinal]
Okumura (by Delta), Triton (by Tiger), Olimpico (by Atlantis), Tiger (by Atlantis), Atlantis (by Averno with help), Delta (by Virus), Felino (by La Masara), Stuka (by Virus), Virus (DQ for fouling Mascara), Mascara (DQ for revenge fouling Virus in an effective double elimination), leaving current rivals Titan and Averno. The two went for a few minutes, which included Titan headscissoring Averno off the apron again, and Averno powerbombing Titan into the barricade. Averno dropkicked Titan to break up Titanics and dropped him with a top rope Devil’s Wings, btu Titan kicked out again and eventually snuck in a quick Titanics for the big win. Titan faces next week’s winner on 01/03 for the title.
5) Volador Jr. b Reapper
Volador wore a red/blue Spider-Man outfit. Reapper attacked him on the way to the ring, and Olimpico & Kraneo ran in to attack cause a first fall DQ. Reapper took fall two. Volador took the third with a Spanish Fly, then demanded a hair vs mask match. He got no answer.

Titan winning is shocking. CMLL standard booking is to spread around the wins and Titan’s had so many that it didn’t seem like he had a chance here, but Titan is clearly no longer bound by the limits of CMLL standard booking. Titan’s secretly been the best programmed upcoming guy on the roster (Mistico II included), but it’s not a secret anymore. He’s also very good. Titan versus Averno is a late candidate for feud of the year (though Sombra/Volador and Perro/Cibernetico would be ahead of them at least.)

Volador winning is a less of a surprise. It’ll be interesting if Reapper (however they spell it) continues challenging Volador or if this is just the end of that. Show didn’t seem to draw anything special for the end of this feud, maybe less than usual because of the AAA free show across town.

TV Azteca was at the show, taping for a general sports show I think. This yet another cross promotion between TV Azteca and CMLL; I keep expecting some sort of show announcement but this doesn’t appear to be it.

CMLL aired a preshow with sit down interviews before the live Terra broadcast. This was unannounced, and maybe an attempt to get interview content onto the Friday Terra shows (though it works better if people know it exists.) The only people watching the Terra shows are the people who are also on Twitter or Facebook; it’s amazing one of the CMLL announcers isn’t active on one of those services to inform people that their work exists.

AAA TRIDENT (FRI) 12/20/2013 Gimnasio Juan De La Barrera [AAA]
1) Argenis, Dinastía, Sexy Star b Mini Abismo Negro, Pentagón Jr., Taya Valkyrie
2) Angélico, Fénix, Jack Evans b Hijo del Fantasma, Steve Pain, Toscano
Toscano replaced Eterno.
3) El Mesías b Texano Jr.Psycho Clown
Psycho beat Texano via Destroyer, and Mesias beat Psycho with a top rope splash.

Free show with a gum wrapper.

The Los Bastardos trio of Epitafio, Leviathan and Tormento won the AULL Trios Championship from Rocky Santana, Negro Navarro and Robin Maravilla last night.

Stigma versus Camorra, mask versus mask, will happen on 12/30 in Arena Puebla. That’s the only date that made sense after Camorra said it would happen before the end of the year.

Rob has highlights of 10/08/13 CMLL.

LuchaWorld has a recap of Thursday’s TerceraCaida.

Links

  • LA Park hopes Santa Claus brings him Ultimo Guerrero or Dr. Wagner Jr.’s mask.
  • Marcela heads back to New York again next weekend.
  • MedioTiempo recaps February.
  • El Mimo is a theatre actor when he’s not a luchador.

Lineups

IWRG (WED) 12/25/2013 Arena Naucalpan
1) Emperador Azteca, Seiya, Sky Ángel vs Araña de Plata, Atomic Star, Electro Boy
2) Dr. Cerebro, Golden Magic, Saruman vs Dowki, Imposible, Picudo Jr.
3) Alan Extreme, Toscano, Veneno vs Pirata Morgan, Trauma I, Trauma II
4) Heavy Metal vs Fuerza GuerreraBlack TerryNegro Navarro [#1 Contenders, Rock y Lucha CHAMP]
5) Villano IV vs ? [Rock y Lucha CHAMP]
winner of previous match. First defense.

Rock y Lucha is Heavy Metal’s occasional promotion. Toscano, Metal on the show – the new season of CMLL lasted one show? I dunno.

Saruman’s back for the first time in a while, the rudo turn apparently forgot. That’s okay.

CMLL (FRI) 12/27/2013 Arena Mexico
1) Oro Jr. & Sensei vs Artillero & Súper Comando
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Súper Halcón Jr., Tritón vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Sangre Azteca
3) Estrellita, Goya Kong, Silueta vs Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany
4) Blue Panther vs Guerrero Maya Jr.ValienteFuegoMáximoPegassoNegro CasasRey EscorpiónMephistoPólvoraReaperPuma [Leyenda de Plata, semifinal]
winner faces Titan next week.
5) Atlantis, Super Porky, Volador Jr. vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys

Titan versus Negro Casas? Excellent. Titan vs Rey Escorpion? Excellent? Titan versus Mephisto & Polvora? Proven great. Titan versus new spelling of Reaper? At least CMLL has a plan. Titan versus Puma? PUMA! Out of all of those, I’m going to root for Titan versus Guerrero Maya Junior because why not.

IWRG (SUN) 12/29/2013 Arena Naucalpan
1) Látigo & Sky Ángel vs Atomic Star & Electro Boy
2) Emperador Azteca, Hip Hop Man, Seiya vs Anubis Black, Fulgor I, Fulgor II
3) Chico Che, Diva Salvaje, Miss Gaviota vs Canis Lupus, Dowki, Imposible
4) Alan Extreme, Negro Navarro, Veneno vs Rey Hechicero, Súper Nova, X-Fly
5) Apolo Estrada Jr., Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo vs Black Terry, Bombero Infernal, Dr. Cerebro [EdM Trios]
Gringos are champions. Second defense (first was also against this team.)

Main event looks like it may be a title change. Hechicero gets moved up quite a bit.

IWRG (WED) 01/01/2014 Arena Naucalpan
***IWRG 18th Anniverasry Show***
1) Emperador Azteca & Sky Ángel vs Fulgor I & Fulgor II
2) Dragoncito De Oro & Mini Rey Cometa vs Mini Dr. X & Mini Jocker
3) Bombero Infernal, Centvrión, Dr. Cerebro vs Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo, Tupac Amaru Jr.
4) Alan Extreme, Golden Magic, Veneno vs Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Oficial AK47, X-Fly
5) Lizmark Sr., Vampiro Canadiense, Villano IV vs Cien Caras Jr., Pirata Morgan, Súper Nova

Vampiro. Maybe Lizmark (though it could be his son.) More excited for Tupac, but how could you not be.

Lucha Azteca (CMLL): 2013-11-16

Escorpion fists of fury

recap

taped 2013-10-11 @ Arena Mexico
Máximo, Super Porky, Valiente vs Comandante Pierroth, Ephesto, Rey Escorpión: Actually a disappointing build up to the fight the following week; crowd didn’t seem as into it, and Porky didn’t as much get in offense as Máximo did. Máximo’s punches were much worse than Escorpion and Porky’s; they got better the following week. They did telegraph the finish to that match – Máximo got angry and illegally attacked Escorpion this week, just as he would do next.

Averno headscissors doom

Titan tope of doom

Titán vs Averno in a lightning match: Total Titan showcase. Averno never got in a move, he just moved out of the way at the right times. Finish seemed legitimate and crowd got into it; it also makes the dives a big more dramatic if they don’t always work (though maybe Titan’s got to stop missing them with Averno.) Both guys came out looking good.

 

Rush dropkick

La Sombra, Marco Corleone, Rush vs Rey Bucanero, Tama Tonga, Terrible: Build up to the title defense by humiliating the challenger, an odd way of doing it (but it’s Rush so it kind of works.) Bucanero didn’t seem hurt in this match, but Marco definitely did. Rush and Tama Tonga look good brawling, but do not do as well doing anything else – Rush couldn’t make Tama’s finish look good here.

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Oficial 911 unmasked (and X-Fly loses his hair again), Leyenda de Plata, el Mago

photo by Black Terry Jr.

Oficial 911 & X-Fly lost their mask and hair to Golden Magic and Hijo de Pirata Morgan last night. (Full results are not yet available.) 911 was announced as Jose Angel Bocanegra Gonzalez, 28 years old, and wrestling for 15 years. Do the math there. 911 tried to get away without unmasking,  but Golden Magic’s father Mr. Magia helped get him back to the ring.

Thought this was with one person losing their mask/hair, but it was actually the entire team and it’s not a surprise who lost given those rules. It’s also the end of an era, the last Oficial to be unmasked. They started in 2006, so this lasted much longer than IWRG characters usually survive.

X-Fly remains a perfect 0-18 moves to 1-18 in known apuesta matches. DTU has taken him out of Saturday’s six way main event apuesta match, announcing Onita Santana (Rocky Santana’s hardcore personality) will take his place. The show is in Santana’s home building of Arena Lopez Mateos and DTU probably knew of this chance well in advance.

IWRG says they’ll have another big show on 01/01.

Tonight’s Arena Mexico show is a great test of the Volador/Reapper feud. They have their big singles match, with decent support from the first part of the Leyenda de Plata. If they draw, then they’ve managed to overcome their problems in promoting the feud, but I’m not betting on that happening. Reapper needs a definite win here if he’s meant to be taken seriously, but I doubt that’s happening.

The Leyenda de Plata also starts tonight. It’s lacking a lot of depth for vacations or not-wanting-to-lose reasons. Atlantis, La Mascara, Titan and Averno are the four favorites and since the last three have won titles or have had big matches in the last few matches, it probably means it’s Atlantis’ turn. That would also point towards an Ultimo Guerrero win next week and one more singles match between them in the final.

Titan & Triton plan to work together in tonight’s match.

Mexican announcer Pedro “El Mago” Septien passed away on early Thursday. He was 97. Septien was a general sports announcer, best known for his baseball work (able to remember details of long ago games), but was also the Televisa announcer for the return of lucha libre to television. (I hadn’t seen an exact date previously, but it’s listed as 1980 in articles on Septien’s life.) Septien did not follow lucha libre before he starting covering it but studied it after being assigned to the role  and made things sound exciting even when he wasn’t exactly sure what to call a move.

Dr. Alfonso Morales, who notes he was mentored by Septien, mentions Septien maintained a book on the top stars so he would have the info with him at all times. Morales column on Septien also credits him for coming up with the “La Mejor Lucha del Mundo” tag line which CMLL still uses today. Furia de Titanes has a complete obit, and Cronicas y Leyendas has some memories.

If you like the gifs and not the worlds. I’m now updating a tumblr blog at http://luchablog.tumblr.com. It’s pretty much just going to be the same gifs I use in the recaps that tumblr will let me upload. (Some are just too big.) Other pictures may turn up as well, but no words outside of captions. Maybe I’ll use Facebook for just words? Anyway, you should be following http://fyeahlasombra.tumblr.com/ too.

Cronicas y Leyendas looks back at Perro Aguayo taking Rene Guajardo’s hair.

This week’s TerceraCaida interview previews the DTU and ChilangaMask shows. There’s also the after the cameras interview with Dement Extreme and Hacker trading masks.

Stigma says he barely knew Camorra before Camorra decided to start feuding with him, and now he’s just annoyed with all his tricks.

Press conference for La Comandante’s title match.

DJ Spectro looks back at Ultraman and (part 2).

Eric R reviews 12/07/13 Lucha Azteca.

Perro Aguayo Jr. did more scenes for the TV show he makes guest appearances on.

MedioTiempo looks back at January.

CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2013-11-16

recap

taped 2013-11-08 @ Arena Mexico
Máximo vs Rey Escorpión in a lightning match: Good enough lightning match to allow Máximo to get some revenge, though it was designed to be more CMLL normal than the existing feud. It’s hard to get a ready on where they’re going with this, if this is meant to be going anywhere at all. Máximo did recover from the one botched spot, though it was Rey Escorpion paying the price (as he usually does.)

La Máscara & Rush vs Tama Tonga & Terrible for the CMLL World Tag Team Championship: Match was good, Rush faking the low blow and then mocking everyone about how he got away with it was great. Best match of this program at the right time, with Tama and Terrible working well with Rush now and Mascara being fine. It was amusing how both rudos desperately wanted to kill Rush and really had no interest in Mascara; he didn’t hold the match back but is an odd ball partner. Both teams got in some team work bits to make them actually feel like teams.

Atlantis, La Sombra, Shocker vs Euforia, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero: Not a lot more than a build up match to restart Atlantis and Ultimo Guerrero. UG was barely in it because he was ducking Atlantis (and working with other técnicos even less), and Sombra was barely in it for whatever reason, so this was a battle of Negro Casas & Euforia vs Atlantis & Shocker and very frequent tags. None of the individual sequences seemed that long, which makes sense when the match didn’t go too long either. Match didn’t get into a rhythm at any point as a result.

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12/20-22 lucha times

box.

TxT is back this week, maybe. DTU is off – there’s an IWL repeat in their spot.

LAS aired the Apolo/Cerebro hair match at least five time this week. They only have 1 airing of IWRG next week.

Tercera Caida will air on Sunday with matches from the EvoLucha show.

== AAA ==

AAA-Televisa: Part 2 of Guerra de Titanes. Angelico/Fenix/Jack vs Juvi/Pentagon/Pain on UTDN, Demon vs Electroshock & the main event on Televisa. Though maybe they could swap the first two.

== CMLL ==

FOX: more Reapper/Volador trios

52MX: they announced a four match show, with Solar/Navarro, the lightning match and the top 2.

C3: Rey Escorpion vs Maximo

TVC Deportes (Puebla): Averno vs Blue Panther

Lucha Azteca: Invasors vs Mistico/Valiente/Volador

Terra Friday: maybe the Leyenda de Plata semifinal, definitely Fuego/Maya/Sagrado vs Zavala/Misterio/Puma

Terra Sunday: Volador Jr. vs Negro Casas

== Other ==

IWRG-AYM Sports: Maybe the Sunday show with the return of CMLL guys? Maybe the Thursday show with the apuesta match.

Noches de Coliseo: Cibernetico & Jack vs Ozz & Scoria

IWL: New episode?

TxT: listed as 2 hours, so it could be most of the show, or some other show, but I’m guessing just the ruleta de la muerte.

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