New TRT challenges for trios titles, Guadalajara, AAA in AJPW

photo by CMLL

CMLL (SUN) 08/11/2013 Arena Coliseo [@therealfredo, CMLL]
1) Bengala & Metatrón b Akuma & Apocalipsis
Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Último Dragoncito b Mercurio, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico
Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Ángel de Oro, Diamante, Hijo del Fantasma b Misterioso Jr., Sangre Azteca, Virus
tecnicos took 2/3. Diamante might have hurt his knee on his end of match dive. Fantasma and Virus feuded during the match.
4) Rey Cometa b Tiger [lightning]
Tiger and Bucanero/Terrible/Vangelis did separate promos about Tiger being out of (and Vangelis in) TRT, but Tiger came out to the TRT music wearing TRT gear here. Cometa won with a 450 splash.
5) Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys b La Máscara, Rush, Titán
Rush is using the same entrance music, probably a permanent change. Rudos won 1/3 to set up a title match next week. Post match, Bucanero demanded Rush not talk because no one wants to hear what he was to say. Titan tried to ask the crowd if they wanted the title match, and Rush stole the microphone to say it didn’t matter what the fans wanted and he was accepting the match.
6) La Sombra, Marco Corleone, Máximo b Ephesto, Mephisto, Volador Jr.
Tecnicos took 2/3. In the second, Volador tried tossing his mask to Sombra to draw the DQ, but Sombra just pinned him. Marco & Maximo beat Mephisto & Ephesto in the third.

The TRT thing sounds sort of confusing, and sort of like something that might be totally ignored after next week’s title match (which will take place in Arena Mexico.) The trios titles changing hands would not change the number of champions going into the Universal Tournament, but would replace Titan & Rush with Vangelis & Rey Bucanero. Rush is one of the favorites to win the tournament this year, and it’s hard to imagine him not being in it.

CMLL (SUN) 08/11/2013 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@acogdl]
1) Capitan & Metalik b Acertijo & El Yaki
Acertijo replaced Stara. Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Jocker & Satara b Brillante & El Divino
Satara replaced Acertijo. Rudos took 2/3.
3) León Blanco, Sky Kid, Smaker b Demonio Maya, Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno
Tecnicos took 1/3.
4) Delta, Gallo, Guerrero Maya Jr. b Bárbaro Cavernario, Exterminador, Maléfico
Tecnicos took 2/3.
5) Máscara Dorada & Mistico b Dragón Rojo Jr. & Rey Escorpión
Tecnicos took 1/3.

A Sunday Guadalajara show with no crazy local feuds.

Tickets go on for the Anniversary show Monday morning.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Rob has highlights of 01/25/13 CMLL.

Bill has highlights of 07/14/13 CMLL.

Lucha Libre in Japan

08/11 AJPW:  Drago & Argos [O] b Kenzo Suzuki & SUSHI [X] – tour opening match.

AJPW announced 1st round matchups for it’s Royal Road Open Championship (single elimination tournament), and Cuervo is listed as wrestling Low-Ki in the first round on 09/11. I’d assume Cuervo’s on the whole tour, from 09/11 to 09/23.



Volador KOs Sombra, Averno/Panther, IWRG Champions Caravan

photo by CMLL

CMLL (FRI) 08/09/2013 Arena Mexico [CMLL, Terra]
1) Disturbio & Guerrero Negro Jr. b Oro Jr. & Stigma
Stigma brought Espiritu Maligno’s mask to the ring, but still lost.
2) Delta, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr. b Misterioso Jr., Puma, Tiger
Tecnicos took 2/3. Puma was strechered out after taking the Sacrifica Maya.
3) La Máscara b Titán [lightning]
La Mascara won in a quick match.
4) Blue Panther, Rush, Super Porky b Averno, Felino, Negro Casas
Averno replaced Taichi on Monday. Panther submitted Averno. Rush & Negro feuded as well, but the post match promos were pushing Averno vs Panther.
5) Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Shocker b Kráneo, Psicosis, Último Guerrero
Marco got the win for his team. UG and Atlantis ripped each other’s mask, Atlantis leaving UG uncovered after the match.
6) Mephisto, Mr. Niebla, Volador Jr. b La Sombra, Mistico, Valiente
Straight falls for the rudos. Volador used brass knuckles to knock out Sombra before the match, beat up Sombra with the stretcher after the match, and took his mask for good measure.

Mexican band Reik and Korean group MBLAQ were in attendance.

Busy night for the stretcher! That main event kind of sounds like something that might give Sombra a little time off. It’s also the kind of angle that might set up a Volador suspension. Instead, they’ll just be back around Sunday. They again are pushing Volador/Sombra as strong as possible in hopes that people consider them an equal main event as Atlantis/UG. It seems unlikely to happen because the average lucha fan seems to value history and longevity much more than current match quality, but maybe I’m not reading the right fans. It’s depressing how little “having great matches” means to people who write about lucha libre on the internet, especially if you’re writing in spanish.

Matches 2/5 were taped for Fox. 4/6 will air on GalaTV, maybe the lightning match if they have time.

Terra recap thinks Psicosis is “Nicho el Millionario”. Wrong one!

LuchaWorld looks back at El Costalazo Issue #5, from 1975! I should do a magazine roundup soon, but mine aren’t quite that old.

Mistico tells a Puebla newspaper that he would’ve have beat Averno if not for the support of the crowd and implies they’ve come around on him. The crowds have not been as harsh to Mistico recently, but it definitely varies from show to show.

Porra Fresa previews Arena Puebla’s card.

Texano Jr. has a Facebook fan page.

Cronicas y Leyendas look back at Hijo del Santo unmasking Espanto Jr.


IWRG (THU) 08/15/2013 Arena Naucalpan
***Caravana de Campeones, 2013***
1) Imposible vs Golden Magic [IWRG IC Light]
Imposible’s first defense
2) Dinamic Black vs Heddi Karaoui [IWRG Rey del Ring]
Dinamic Black’s second defense
3) Hijo de Pirata Morgan vs Eterno [IWRG IC MIDDLE]
Hijo del Pirata Morgan’s second defense
4) Pirata Morgan & Pirata Morgan Jr. vs ? & ? [IWRG IC TAG]
Piratas challenge whoever’s the champions after Navarro/Trauma I defend the titles against Eterno/X-Fly on Sunday. Navarro & Trauma would be going for their ninth defense.
5) Trauma II vs Súper Nova [IWRG JUNIORS]
Trauma II’s first defense.

Could be a very good show. Unclear how that title defense is going to work if Eterno & X-Fly win – is Eterno going to have two title matches? Maybe someone else will be subbed in.

CMLL (FRI) 08/16/2013 Arena Mexico
1) Metálico & Sensei vs Nitro & Skándalo
2) Estrellita, Marcela, Silueta vs Amapola, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit
3) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Thunder vs Kráneo, Morphosis, Psicosis
4) Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente vs Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto
5) Atlantis, Blue Panther, Negro Casas vs Black Terry, Negro Navarro, Solar I
6) La Sombra vs Volador Jr. [super libre]

This is a really packed show, with a super main event and two others they might have used to main event on another show.

Blue Panther wants to wear his mask here, just for the first fall, as part of his 35th Anniversary. It’s CMLL, so I assume they’re having Panther do this publicly not because they’re waiting for approval (they probably already have it), but to prepare the fans for this happening.

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2013-07-20


taped 2013-07-14 @ Arena Mexico
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Familia de Tijuana outsmart Traumas again, Imposible/Magic

photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (THU) 08/08/2013 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (flickr), IWRG]
1) Dragón Celestial b Johnny Rivera
2) Alan Extreme, Fulgor I, Saruman b Centvrión, Freelance, Seiya
Fulgor beat Freelance
3) Chico Che, Golden Magic, Höruz b Canis Lupus, Cerebro Negro, Imposible
Straight falls. Golden Magic beat Imposible with a Spanish Fly and challenged for a title match. Imposible finally accepted.
4) Dinamic Black, Dr. Cerebro, Veneno b Apolo Estrada Jr., El Hijo del Diablo, Heddi Karaoui
Rudos took 1/3, Heddi beating Dinamic in the third. Heddi wants a title shot, but the recap suggests he’s got to win a couple more time.
5) Eterno, Súper Nova, X-Fly b Negro Navarro, Trauma I, Trauma II [super libre]
In the third, Eterno beat Trauma I and Super Nova beat Trauma II, the last when Trauma II was about to beat X-Fly and Nova him him with an object.

Highlights of the segunda are here.

CMLL’s Arena Mexico show tonight includes their four biggest rivalries of the moment – Volador/Sombra in the main event, Atlantis/Ultimo Guerrero in the semimain, and both Avenro/Panther and Negro/Shocker in the fourth match.

If the Ticketmaster map for the Anniversary show is to be believed, there will be no seats to the left or right of the ramp because that will all be part of a super giant stage.

Sexy Lady accuses Lolita of being a stagnant luchadora and believes she’ll win the Reina de Reinas title next time they meet.

AAA photographer Cristina Amador starts a new column by talking about other women covering lucha and those who helped her get started.

El Rompesos has the second part of their look at Atlantis mask wins.

Pesadilla finished up in NOAH on 08/19.

SLP luchadors Miss Fantasy and Black Extreme are out of action with injuries.

Arena Xalapa looks back at local legend el Unvierso.

El Hijo del Santo talks about foreign wrestlers who came to Mexico.

great match roundup, week of 2013-07-20

Great/Excellent Matches


Shows Watched But Nothing Made The List

- CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2013-07-20
- CMLL on CadenaTres: 2013-07-20
- CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2013-07-20
- CMLL on Televisa: 2013-07-20
- AAA on Televisa (Regional): 2013-07-21

Matches To Watch Later

Looks like I’m clean this week!


08/10-11 lucha times


Last week for TxT for now. Check Twitter for any last minute changes on Saturday, I guess.

== AAA ==

AAA-Televisa: Assuming Xalapa show just never airs on Televisa (it aired mostly complete on UTDN) and they’re onto Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera. This has to be spread over 2 shows, so maybe the tag title match, the semimain and the Mirreyes vs Secta match, saving the big match for next week? No real hint here.

AAA-Fusion: An episode scheduled for this week was pulled. There are no tapings, and there are no unaired matches as long as they’re running two show tapings (which seems to be case for both DF & Queretaro.) This show is on hold for at least a month.

== CMLL ==

Galavision/Televisa: maybe Ultimo Guerrero vs Atlantis trios?

FOX: maybe Sombra vs Volador trios? When the Anniversary match airs – assuming it airs! – I guess it’ll be the entirity of one of these shows. Which means these feuds shouldn’t be contained to one TV show.

52MX: Angel de Oro vs Puma take too, TVT vs Mascara/Rush/Titan, Peste Negra vs Marco/Thunder/Shocker

C3: Guerreros vs Revolucinarios, week 2, Azul vs Vangelis, second MEX LIGHT cibernetico.

TVC Deportes (Puebla): Azul vs Ultimo Guerrero – it’s the week of Diamante Azul singles matches!

Terra: Sombra/Marco/Maximo vs Ephesto/Mephisto/Volador, build to something in the semimain.

== Other ==

IWRG-AYM Sports: Festival of Mascaras show, if it airs.

Noches de Coliseo: Lucero vs Hechicero for the title.

IWL: maybe the start of 06/18 Aficion show, with a lot of locals battling for the IWL Lightweight title?

TxT: US vs the World (Brian Cage debut) and Dinmitas vs Rayo in 2013.


AAA Fusion: 2013-07-17


taped 2013-07-07 @ Centro Civico Nueva Aragon, Ecatepec, Estado de Mexico
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Peste Negra win in Aficion, Horuz on CMLL, Consejo vs Consejo

CMLL (TUE) 08/06/2013 Arena Aficion [Funcion Estelar]
1) Avispón & Sacristán del Diablo b Avatar & Ram
2) Chamuel b Gallito Feliz
Guapito replaced Gallito Feliz.
3) Antar, Ares, Cronos b Ares, Íkaro, Pantera I
First time back for these two teams; they faced a lot in the last couple years (back when not-yet-Fenix and not-yet-Pentagon Jr. were part of the trios; Ares & Pantera are in their spots.) Not sure I’ve got the correct Pantera. Money thrown in.
4) Arenita & Payaso Clon DQ Big Boy & X-Fly
X-Fly fould Arenita.
5) Mr. Niebla & Negro Casas b La Sombra & Niko
Rudos took 1/3, Niebla unmasking Sombra and pinning him.

CMLL must not be too concerned about Sombra’s ankle if they’re okay with him wrestling on 1/3rd full Arena Aficion shows. Brazo de Oro was there running a show, and there was a mention of him handling the local press poorly.

This week’s Tercera Caida included an interview with Horuz. He says he went to CMLL management repeatedly to ask what he work on to move up on cards, and the only suggestion he ever got was to improve his body. That does sound like CMLL. He’s going to be sticking with the Horuz name – Angel Blanco’s wife has indicated she does not want him to use the name – and hopes to become a star on the indy scene to return to CMLL with a bigger spot. That’s a reasonable plan, but it’s really tough to become a star on the indies; you need to be treated consistently as a top star in a promotion that has some visibility.

Even by the standards of odd AAA spot show lineups, Texano Jr. defending the AAA Mega championship against Mascara Ano 2000 Jr. is very strange.

AAA took part in a handwashing campaign and visited a children’s hospital.

Psicosis is unsure if he and Daga can get another shot at the tag team titles, but plans to embarrass Joe Lider and Crazy Boy in Queretaro regardless.

CMLL posted the offical lineup for Monday in Puebla. Despite Amapola and Marcela challenging for a title match next week, they’re really not on the show. Maybe they just made the challenge on their own.

Rob has highlights of 07/09/13 CMLL, with the Titan vs Averno rematch.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update and looks back at Multifacetico vs Black Terry

Preview of the upcoming ChilangaMask show.

Poster for the show Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Marcela and Amapola are in New York.

Pequeno Nitro is not worried about beating Electrico. He shouldn’t worry about it.

Porra Fresa looks back at the three big winners from the Arena Puebla anniversary shows.

A bio of the Tsunami of Irapuato.

Promotion that folded a few months ago ran a fifth anniversary show, apparently unfolded at some point.

AAA on Televisa & UTDN: 2013-07-14


taped 2013-06-14 @ Domo de la Feria de Leon
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CMLL on Televisa: 2013-07-13


taped 2013-07-05 @ Arena Mexico
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