Anniversary Card announced

Thanks to Alexis.

CMLL (FRI) 09/29 Arena Mexico Lineup
1) Dark Angel, Lady Apache, Marcela vs Princesa Sujei, Hiroka, Amapola
2) Felino, Volador Jr., Sagrado vs Alex Koslov, Averno, Mephisto
3) Rey Bucanero, Blue Panther, Ultimo Dragon vs Marco Corelone, Kenzo Suzuki, Olimpico
4) Groon XXX, Dr. Wagner Jr., Negro Casas vs Halloween, Damian 666, Mr. Aguila
5) Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Shocker, Hector Garza vs Atlantis, Ultimo Guerrero, Tarzan Boy [CMLL TRIOS]
6) Mistico vs Black Warrior [mask]

It’s not a dream match card from a workrate perspective, but I’m sure they got everyone they wanted on the card.

09/18: Coliseo results, lineups

Busy day – or not.

No further AAA results, as far as I’ve seen. I’ve held off posting this for a while in hopes that the Anniversary lineup will show up, but I don’t see them. I’ll post it later if it turns up then.

CMLL (SUN) 09/18 Arena Coliseo Results
1) Mini Olimpico, Tzuki, Ultimo Dragoncito b Mini Damian 666, Mini Halloween, Mini Mr. Aguila
2) Amapola, La Nazi, Medusa b Luna Magica, Princesa Blanca, Sahori
3) Metro II, Satanico, Virus b Mr. Mexico, Ohara, Okumura
4) Blue Panther, Dr. Wagner Jr., Ultimo Dragon b Mascara Ano 2000, Shocker, Universo 2000
5) Averno b Negro Casas [CMLL MIDDLE]
Averno becomes the 13th Champion.

As Victor and others have noted, CMLL on Fox Sports was clipped yet again. If they clip Negro vs Averno next week, I’ll be very sad.

- Box Y Lucha #2784 focuses on the top two matches for CMLL’s Anniversary show. The poster features Warrior & Mistico ripping each other’s mask, in case you haven’t seen it.
- LUCHAS 2000 features the three Rey Misterios (Sr., Hijo, and Jr.) and Shocker signing.
- Super Luchas #179 has an interview with Super Crazy.

Lineups – at least the ones we have:
- Rey defends the CMLL LH title against Ultimo again, tonight in Puebla
- no AAA TV taping this week, as far as I can tell.
- Santo’s working Las Vegas on Friday, Los Angeles on Saturday, and Chicago on Sunday.

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09/17: Title Change, AAA, Accion

(As mentioned by Alexis before – gracias!)

Averno is your new CMLL World Middleweight Champion, beating Negro Casas tonight. I’m shocked and pleased. This means the (arguably) best current tag team in Mexico has two singles titles; Mephisto is still the CMLL Welterweight Champion. (You gotta figure they’re going to do a Negro/Mistico vs Averno/Mephisto match soon.)

The Anniversary card is also due out tomorrow. Tomorrow’s going to be interesting.

VdE is finishing up right now:

AAA TV (SUN) 09/17 El Toreo de Cuatro Caminos Results [Yosoyelkiss]
1) Laredo Kid b Kaoma Jr. and El Apache [dream, toreno, final]
2) Cinthia Moreno, El Elegido, Mascara Sagrada, Pimpinela b La Diabolica, Mini Abismo Negro, Pirata Morgan, Polvo de Estrellas
3) Crazy Boy, Joe Lider, Juventued Guerrera, Psicosis II b Chessman, Cuervo, Escoria, Ozz [sf]
Joe Lider was carried out after a move gone wrong. Shocking.
4) AJ Styles, Homicide, Low-Ki, Samoa Joe DQ Abismo Negro, Charly Manson, Electroshock, Histeria [sf]
Charly Manson is either a permanent new Viper, or the biggest name they forget to put on the card and taking up the first empty space. Whichever, his team still lost when Abismo Negro used a martiente on Homicide. Given Homicide’s close friendship with Konnan, I expected a better profile debut for him here.
5) Cinthia Moreno, Estrellita b Tiana Ringer, Traci Brooks
The woman isn’t supposed to be a mystery, but I’m completely blanking on the women who was supposed to replace Christy Hemme; I’d assume she was here as she was supposed to be, though I’m not sure anyone would know the difference.; Update: Thank you to Tiger Driver for allowing me to sleep tonight. Tiffany was supposed to be here, and I didn’t read a reason why she wasn’t. Mexican women won (as they really should), but Chessman kidnapped Estrellita post match. Cibernetico was taken out near the start of the show, so he couldn’t make the save here. Chessman (and not Muerte) grabbing Estrellita doesn’t seem to make any sense, so it could’ve been a mistaken report, or it could’ve just been AAA booking.
6) Alan Stone, Hator, Scorpio Jr., Zumbido b Intocable, Oriental, Super Porky, Zorro
KrisZ reported Porky was in a car accident earlier this weekend, but he did end up making this match. Hator replaced Shocker, and who knows if that is a permanent deal. Zumbido did show, as did a mystery masked man who attacked Intocable. I guess he’s getting a new feud.
7) AJ Styles, Low-Ki, Samoa Joe b Crazy Boy, Joe Lider, Juventued Guerrera [final]
I guess Homicide was out of this match selling the martiente, but I’m not sure why Psicsois wasn’t wrestling instead of Joe Lider, if Joe Lider got carted out before. Tons of run ins and TNA guys won. If you are a ROH fan marking out about seeing those three names together, you do not actually want this tape. (I can only imagine the things the Mexican trio tried in order to get in good with the US guys.) People were leaving after this match.
8) Gronda II, La Parka Jr., Octagon ?? Abyss, Jeff Jarrett, Konnan
Gronda was the ‘surprise’, which caused the recapper to leave. I’ll try to find a finish tomorrow, as well as any other missing details.


CMLL: Atlantis vs Mistico. Mistico’s Mexico themed outfit looks good, and both of this dives here. Nice camera angle on Atlantis’ tope. Atlantis actually got the visual victory, having Mistico in the Atlantida while Warrior was talking to the ref for god knows what reason. The finishing sequence did not look particularly good – it was an up and over sunset flip which never got over, and they had to improvise..

AAA: La Parka Jr., Octagon, Intocable vs Muerte Cibernetica, Chessman, Charly Manson in Hidalgo. Storyline here were La Parka/Muerte feuding, Charly/Intocable feuding, and La Parka reversing a whip on Muerte, which led Muerte to get accidentally chair shot by Chessman. That’s not going to help! MUERTE CIBERNETICA CAN SELL A STUNNER! Obviously, it’s just a Mexican thing. Pierroth was right about Puerto Rico all along!

There are scattered notes about the RXLL show on the box y lucha board. Sounds like the same basic show, but attendances was down (they moved people in from the cheap seats), with Vampiro and Nosawa doing the hardcore main event. Teddy Hart appeared, but did not wrestle.

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09/16: Mexico, GdR

CMLL (FRI) 09/15 Arena Mexico Results [Ocampo
1) Mini Damian 666, Mini Halloween b Pequeno Olimpico, Ultimo Dragoncito
2) Dark Angel, India Sioux, Lady Apache b Hiroka, La Nazi, Princesa Sujei
Lady Apache's turned to challenge Hiroka for a title shot. Sounds like we might actually get that match next week.
3) La Mascara, Maximo, Volador Jr. b Hombre Sin Nombre, Ohara, Okumura
4) Dos Caras Jr., Rey Bucanero, Ultimo Dragon DQ Alex Koslov, Kenzo Suzuki, Marco Corelone
Corelone pulled Dos' mask, and that was the end of that. 2 Falls.
5) Hector Garza, Perro Aguayo Jr., Shocker b Olimpico, Tarzan Boy, Ultimo Guerrero
Ocampo's been down on Shocker the last couple of weeks, but said he looked back for real here.
6) Mistico b Atlantis [LdP, Final]
Black Warrior tried to interfere, but failed. No one has succesfully defended this title.

Guerreros del Ring is airing
* Coliseo 09/10: Blue Panther, Dos Caras Jr., Mistico DQ Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Mr. Aguila, Terrible
* Mexico 09/08: Atlantis, Kenzo Suzuki, Ultimo Guerrero b Dr. Wagner Jr., Rey Bucanero, Ultimo Dragon
* Alfonso Dantes profiled

That’s a bit random.

Gala is airing the scheduled AAA episode.

09/15: AULL, Toryumon

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AULL (WED) 09/13 Arena Lopez Mateos Results [Ocampo]
1) Mini Demonio, Mini Rebelde b Dragon Sagrado, Spider Boy
2) Amapola, Hiroka b India Sioux, Sahori
3) Krimen, Psicopata, Sepulturero b Fabian el Gitano, Robin Maravilla, Ultimo Gladidaor
4) Terry 2000 b Sadico [AULL Light]
5) Mistico, Rey Bucanero, Ultimo Dragon b Black Warrior, Tarzan Boy, Ultimo Guerrero

Toryumon Mexico (SUN) 09/10 Arena Coliseo Results [luchamania]
1) Arkangel de la Muerte, Negro Navarro b Brian Lee, Skayde
This Brian Lee is a masked man ‘from China’, theoritcally related to Bruce Lee, like Bobby Lee.
2) India Sioux, Marcela b Hiroka, Mima Shimoda
BOTH women challenged Hiroka for a title shot. This is quite the running joke.
3) Daisuke Hanaoka, Kazuchika Okada b Asylum, Rip Impact
4) Brazo de Oro, Brazo de Platino, Joe Slick b Hijo de Pierroth, Okumura, Pierroth II
Joe Slick got Harry Potter chants.
5) Hajime Ohara b Hijo de Fantasma [NWA WELTER]
They teased stopping the match due to Fantasma in-match injuries (which sounds like part of the story), but Fantasma battled on – to still lose anyway.
6) fixed: Mistico, Negro Casas, Ultimo Dragon b Alex Koslov, Hirooki Goto, Kenzo Suzuki

RXLL’s second taping is tonight. No word on matches, but the same basic group of names are listed as particpating, and I believe Teddy Hart has been mentioned as coming in.

Guerreros del Ring Special #2 focuses on tattoos. I’m not into them, but that is a cool cover.

Today’s the start of Hispanic Heritage Month (09/15 – 10/15) and so lucha libre related exhibitions will likely be popping up here and there. In San Antonio, the public libraries will be exhibiting Xavier Garza’s Lucha Libre art for the month.

You’d think we’d get some more info on the anniversary card tonight, but I’m not holding my breath.

TV and TV

(recaps are below. news is much much later.)

I haven’t linked to recaps elsewhere this week, because I’ve been kinda waiting for them to turn up. Victor’s done a lot in the meantime

- AAA from this past weekend. I do like how a match with broken light bulbs ends with a fake low blow. Except the like part.
- CMLL on FSE, or what aired of it.
- CMLL from 08/05/06. Yay Santo.

Meanwhile, Robert’s given into my demands and actually watched the Chicago Lucha, at least DVD 2. When he watches the first match on the first DVD, he’ll thank me. Anyway, since Robert says the match was one the most entertaining matches he’s seen this year, I’m going to start loudly proclaiming my “I saw this lucha tag match and the ROH/Dragon trios match and enjoyed the lucha match more”, and see how long it takes until people think I’m awesome.

(I should totally rip this match and put it up, but I don’t want to take money of people’s pockets, even if they won’t put it in. MAYBE after this Mistico show, which they better be taping.)

Anyway, you should already know this stuff if out there. If you don’t already visit either of these sites, you can now see a list of latest posts on those blogs under the Lucha Elsewhere on the side bar. (RSS is great, and I may make up RSS for rudopolis just because that’s the kind of thing I do.

db addition: I’ve added Last 5 Matches On TV to the profile cards. It’s been there for some days and no one’s noticed, but I thought I should point it out.

It’s not completely accurate at this point; you can see which shows I’ve indexed here; I’ll add it to the sidebar when it’s better. I hope to eventually integrate that more into the other stuff; full lists of every known time a wrestler made air (in a match, at least) are for sure, links on the event listings point back to the episode aired are probably, wacky w-l records that take up too much CPU time are quite likely. The next step from here is linking in recaps, so at some point in future, you’ll be able to click on a profile and find some reviews of what people think about him (if I get to it.)

Anyway, I’ll probably first try to build TV indexes going back to 2004. It doesn’t seem a hard idea for CMLL (though if someone knows what aired on 07/29, that’d be nice), but AAA’s going to be next to impossible since almost everyone lists them by their taping date instead of the air date. I’ll be doing IWRG and the satellite shows, and maybe the Guadalajara stuff, but I don’t think anything else. Does this sound like a good idea to anyone else?


GdR #40, #41, #42

08/26: This was the tournament show. Texano and Heavy Metal enjoyed this far more than you did.

09/02: The main event was exactly the not-fun you thought it might be.

09/09: Now here, the main event was pretty good. I’m now noticing we’ve got Metal on every single episode – perhaps that’s how they do it!

I should start on FSE episodes tommorrow.


Lucha on the PWI Top 500

This is only ever posted to complain – but I think they went too far the other way this year for the most part, with one really notable exception. Thanks to Dr. Keith, by the way.

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09/14: on PPV?

There’s a lot of talk on lucha boards that the 09/29 Anniversary show will be shown on PPV. That seems pretty likely to me, and I’m sure we won’t be seeing the Mistico/Black Warrior match on the normal TV show regardless. Two years ago, the four way mask match where Universo lost was held off TV (and advertised as such), only airing on the year end Best Of show. Last year’s anniversary match did air, but that was the triangle hair match where they were pushing off the Perro/Universo match some more. Mistico/Black Warrior is the blowoff to the biggest feud of the year so far (at least in CMLL), so it figured CMLL would want to collect a bit on it.

Previous CMLL PPVs
(I’m the impression that the Palacio de la Desportes shows were non-CMLL promoters using CMLL talent)
03/17/2000: Atlantis vs Villano III [mask], with a cibernetico and Ricky Marvin vs Sangre Azteca on the undercard. The ’00s equivalent to When World’s Collide – major lucha show everyone ought to have seen.
09/04/2000: Villano II & Perro Aguayo vs Mascara Ano 2000 & Pierroth Jr. in a cage of death match; losers advance cibernetico (Rencor Latino defeats Hijo del Gladiator for his mask)
12/15/2000: Perro Aguayo vs Cien Caras [hair], Rey Bucanero & Ultimo Guerrero vs Santo & Negro Casas [CMLL TAG]
03/30/2001: Universo 2000 vs Perro Aguayo [mask, hair, Perro's retirement], Satanico/Shocker/Black Warrior vs Ultimo/Rey/Tarzan, Safari/Olimpico/Niebla vs Fuerza/Signo/Panther [MEX TRIOS]
09/28/2001: Infernales vs Infernales [cage of death, for the name]
12/14/2001: Tarzan Boy vs Brazo de Plata [hair], Shocker vs Emilio Charles Jr. [hair], Nicho/Juvi/Halloween/Damien vs Santo/Negro/HsN (Rayman)/Rey Misterio Jr.
03/17/2002: Gran Markus Jr. vs Veneno [hair, mask], Panther/Fuerza/Wagner vs Antifaz/Warrior/Niebla [CMLL TRIOS]

Buyrate information never was released nor otherwise passed to the general public, as far as I know. At the time they stopped running PPVs, it was thought there were not enough people in Mexico who had access to PPV, and not enough of those were into buying PPVs. (That last show probably didn’t help the situation.)

I don’t see Mistico/Warrior on PPV – if this is a PPV
- being a turn back towards putting most of the major shows back on PPV, but a singular case of CMLL trying to extract the most money possible out of a hot feud.

OTOH, as Robert has pointed out elsewhere, if this is a big enough success, it could open up the doors to big matches which seem finically impossible now. As you recall, the reason we haven’t had Dr. Wagner losing his mask is there’s no way to make enough of money off Arena Mexico attendance to make both Wagner and CMLL happy with their cuts. If you add in PPV revenue, maybe that could do it.

I would not expect this to be on PPV in the United States or elsewhere outside of Mexico.

Tickets for this show actually went on sale yesterday, without a card being announced. (They do have a poster advertising Mistico vs Black Warrior.) That’s pretty rare for CMLL. I’d guess they’re still working on a deal with someone (Latin Lover?), and it says something to how hot things are that they can get away with it.

Damian was telling people at Arena Puebla that Halloween would be back in Arena Mexico next Friday.

Lucha Times

AAA on Gala: Split feed. The beginning of the dream tournament.

CMLL on CANAL52/FSE: I’ve got a feeling the Averno/Negro stuff is going to Fox Sports (because they’re newer) – the Mistico match is going to the other location.

Should have some more TV related stuff to post tommorow.

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