12/27: Monterrey, Puebla, IWRG

indy (TUE) 12/26 Arena Coliseo Monterrey Lineup
1) Burrito b Mini Burrito
2) Nuacho Libre b Sobra Sky
3) Vudu b La Kalaka
4) Golden Boy b Ejecutor
5) Mascara Purpura b Bestia
6) Estralla Doradad Jr. b Potro Jr.
7) Pancho Tequila & La Bndida b Humberto Garza Jr., Dulce Poly

I guess Purpura is back ‘home’ for the holidays.

CMLL (MON) 12/25 Arena Puebla Results [box y lucha via KrisZ]
1) Ares, Karissma b Fenix, Iron
2) Bobby Jack, Espiritu Maligno, Siki Osama b Astro Boy, the Tiger, Zigma
3) India Sioux, Lady Apache, Marcela b Amapola, Hiroka, Rosa Negra
4) Batman, Lizmark, Mictlan, Sagrado DQ Pierroth, Skandalo, Terrible, Yankee Star
Mictlan took a powerbomb on the outside and laid there. I guess they thought he was just selling it big, because it was ten minutes before they checked on him and strechered him out.
5) Atlantis, Terrible, Universo 2000 b Heavy Metal, Negro Casas, Sagrado

This post says someone said Mictlan suffered a Cervical Fracture. All reports on the show say the arena puebla staff was woefully unprepared and unreactive to the injury.

Ovaciones mentions the main event results for the last couple IWRG shows.

on Thursday: Coco Verde beat Dr. Cerebro for his hair in the finals of the cage match
on Monday: Hijo del Diablo, Veneno, Fantasma de Opera beat Dr. Cerebro, Cerebro Negro, and Suicida for the IWRG IC Trios Titles. Those belts were previously held by Veneno, Cerebro Negro and Scorpio Jr., so I guess this was a(n unannounced) decision match for the belts.

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01/21 Congress Theater Lineup

FMLL (SUN) 01/21 Congress Theater Lineup
4) Lucifer, Aguila del America, Guerrero del Futuro vs SWAT Kat, Rayo Lazzer, El Dorado
5) Rayo de Jalisco Jr., Mil Mascaras vs Canek, el Cobarde

Also listed as appearances: Lupillo, Lancer 2000, Gringo Loco, Coco Negro, Coco Verde, Mascara de Jade, Angel de la Muerte, Sulieta Azul

I have a perverse desire to see that main event, though I’m not sure I could actually pay for it and look myself in the mirror in the morning. Also, that’s the day of the AFC/NFC Conference Championships, so if the Bears actually win a playoff game, no one’s showing up here.

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Safari/Hombre Sin Nombre/Efesto’s new look

from http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i16/LONDAROTH/EPHESTO.jpgwho got it off a board who got it from – Luchas 2000? Guerreros del Ring? A magazine.

The design on his chest is similar to the one he had as HsN.

12/26: Coliseo, Octagon, Magazines, Halcon, Quintana Roo

CMLL.com

CMLL (MON) 12/25 Arena Coliseo Results
1) Fantasy, Mini Olimpico, Ultimo Dragoncito b Fire, Mini Violencia, Sombrita
2) Fabian el Gitano, Leono, Virus b Arkangel, Loco Max, Metro
3) Lady Apache b Hiroka [CMLL WOMEN]
4) Pierroth, Sangre Azteca, Terrible b Mictlan, Sagrado, Texano Jr.
5) Heavy Metal, Mistico, Negro Casas DQ Atlantis, Black Warrior, Olimpico

In one of the recent WO.com news updates that I don’t feel like sorting thru at the moment, Steve Sims expected a title change here becuase Hiroka’s heading back to Japan. She is scheduled for a CMLL VIP show on 01/20, so it’s a temporary departure and it’s not like they had to have the belt around for two months. Kinda thought this was coming but didn’t want it to be.

This is the second time Lady Apache’s held both the Mexican and CMLL Women’s Title at the same time. You’re supposed to drop the Mexican one when you win a world title, but…we’ll see.

The big question: what’s the deal with that ref’s pants?

Black Warrior tried to low blow Mistico, but ended up low blowing the ref. That’s going to get you a DQ.

Octagon was recoginized in Xalapa for his 25 years of wrestling. Octagon said sports are good for keep adults from alchol and drug addiction. No comment!

Magazines
- Super Luchas 193: best of 2006
- Luchas 2000 349: wacky santa (unless someone’s done a funny fake cover)
- Guerrero del Ring 67: Mini Familia de Tijuana

El Halcon #82 is up. There’s an interview with Kenzo (his finisher is called the Hagakure, he wants a title match vs Universo!), a look back at a Centurion Negro/Gran Hamada title match, a Fishman bio (he’s got a fishman fan myspace), Aguila Venezolana bio, and a short profile with Cobalto, which is awesome because I was trying to figure out which guy was Cobalto last week. It turns out, it’s the guy with the C on his mask. Cobalto says he’s wrestled since 94, in Arena Coliseo Guadalajara, but this is the only name he’s ever used.

The Quintana Roo Box Y Lucha Comission announced it’s local awards
Tecinco: Guerrero Galactico
Rudo: Angel del Apocalipsis
New Tecnico: Caballero
New Rudo: Rey Azteca
Rudo Team: Neurolocos (Neurosis & Monje Loco)
Tecnico Team: Cabllero & Guerrero Galactico
25 Years Of Wrestling: Angel Silencioso
outstanding particpation: Poseidon, Sombra Azul Jr., Corazon Roquero, Gavilan Plateado, Astaroth, Rual Vidal, Lord Demond, Arlequin
Mascot: Gato Nocturno
Best Fan: La Abuelita

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12/25: Konnan

There’s an update on Konnan on WO.com

Regarding stories that have come out of Mexico on Konnan, he did not have the scheduled hip replacement surgery on Wednesday because when they opened him up, they found his kidneys in terrible shape and didn’t want to risk surgery. Konnan is back in the U.S. undergoing kidney dialysis regularly until next week. He is scheduled for surgery late next week, but the bad news is his kidneys are so damaged he needs a kidney transplant.

That sounds pretty worrisome. Hope he makes it thru this all okay.

AAA 08/13, 09/16, 11/18, 12/23

Some of these have been on the site for more than two months but not mentioned on the blog. Might as well make up for it down.

08/13 (taped 07/07)
- the episode where Gala caught back up
- Sect vs Air Force for the Atomicos
- Set up for Zumbido/Octagon next taping
- Extreme Tiger being Extreme Tiger
But I could’ve used a better match. The Atomicos match wasn’t my style, but it was the Air Force cramming in as many high flying moves as possible (and none of them meant anything). The Mexican Powers match was really the antithesis of what I want in a wrestling match.

09/16, taped 08/15
- Shocker interfers in a match, does what he set out to do, and his side still loses
- seeding cibernetico for the Dream Tournament, with a weird start that detracts from the match
- typical Dark Family/Mexican Powers hardcore match
- everyone goes home happy Guapos vs Tecnicos main event.
Nothing here to see.

11/18, taped 10/14
- yet another Dark Family/Mexican Powers hardcore match
- Bull Terrier match between Guapos and Porkys.
- Vipers beatdown Laredo Kid
- Foreign vs Tecnicos main event.
The Laredo Kid beatdown was kinda fun, but I didn’t get much out of the rest of this.

12/23, taped 11/18
- two AAA Tag Tournament matches, neither much good
- Mexican Powers FINALLY win the Atomicos titles
- set up for the hair match
- Cibernetico’s return
There was at least stuff going on this show.

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12/24: Accion, Konnan

Nothing going on today.

Accion highlights.

CMLL: the PPV double hair match – Kenzo blowing the superman dive is still great. Kenzo actually causes the pinfalls to start in the third fall too, so it’s ALL HIS FAULT. I’m not sure what move Universo tried to apply on Kenzo – a piledriver he didn’t go up for, a Pedigree with out Kenzo laying out for it? Quite strange. And of course Universo had to cheat to win. That would seem to set up another match between them down the road, but who knows. Maybe I’ll get that title match

AAA: Octagon vs Zumbido for the middleweight title match, from the best of. Did I recap this? I think I did and it wasn’t much special. Assuming Zumbido had to drop the title, Octagon getting this title still doesn’t make sense. They’ve done pretty well with the Alan Stone/Intocable feud, but couldn’t adding a title given them a bit more to do? They’ve done nothing with Octagon being champ. I forget why Electro was here, and I’m sure he does too. Antonio Pena makes a five second cameo and now I can’t stop thinking about how thin he looks.

There’s a thread on Box Y Lucha claiming Konnan’s hip surgery, which was supposed to happen earlier this week, was postponed because the damage was worse than they thought, and they need a new plan. That doesn’t sound good.

Elsewhere on Box Y Lucha, El Hijo del Santo wishes everyone merry Christmas and happy new year.

I did add the second fall to the clips below. It’s not much.

I planned to do stuff on this site tomorrow, but it occurs to me now that there’s probably not going to be a lot of news. Maybe some recaps and some behind the scenes stuff instead.

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GdR #57

Yay, zero day turn arounds. I thought the title match was good but not great – maybe in the *** range? Or, don’t take my word about the match, and watch it yourself.

Fall 1:

Fall 2:

Fall 3:

The women’s match was a near death experience of Amapola. They’re all going to be back to Top Rope Planchas Only after that one.

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12/23: Arena Mexico, AAA award winners, GdR

CMLL (FRI) 12/22 Arena Mexico Results
1) Artillero, Super Comando b Molotov, Sombra de Plata
2) Arkangel, Loco Max, Okumura b Fabian el Gitano, Leono, Tony Rivera
3) Black Warrior, Olimpico, Takemura b Felino, Heavy Metal, Texano Jr.
4) Mistico, Negro Casas, Sagrado b Damian 666, Halloween, Mr. Aguila
5) Averno b Volador Jr. [CMLL MIDDLE]
6) Dos Caras Jr., Dr. Wagner Jr., Rey Bucanero b Atlantis, Tarzan Boy, Ultimo Guerrero

Ovaciones says the title match went 40 minutes. CMLL.com says it went 45 minutes. It never actually goes 45 minutes. No report from Ocampo. I’m thinking 25-ish minutes during the falls and maybe 40 minutes if you include between falls and entrances and postmatch. Ovaciones said Volador made many errors, which doens’t sound good. CMLL.com is much more positive.

CMLL Lineups are up on their site. Nothing noteworthy.

AAA announced their promotional year end awards
Female Tecnica: Cinthia Moreno
Male Tecnico: El Intocable
Tag Team Tecnico: Octagon, La Parka Jr.
Referee Tecnico: Tirantes

Male Rudo: Pirata Morgan
Female Ruda: Rossy Moreno
Mini Rudo: Mini Chessman
Rudo Tag Team: Chessman, Charly Manson
Foreign Rudo: Murete Chessman
Referee Rudo: Piero

New Star: El Elegido
Constant: La Parka Jr.
Trio: Alan, Decnnis, Billy Boy

“Mejor ruda de AAA”: La Hechicera

They also named winners for Martha Villalobos’ promotion.

Promising: Shika
Male Rudo: Johnny Villalobos
Female Rudo: Lady Warrior
Female Tecnica: Linda Star
Tag Team Tecnico: Iluminado, Transmeta
Trio: Mascara de Oro Y Plata, Super Mascara, Mascara Magnifica

GdR 57 has
12/15 Mexico: Dark Angel, Marcela, Sahori b Amapola, Hiroka, Princesa Sujei
12/17 Coliseo: La Mascara b Sangre Azteca [MEX WELTER]
unmasked: Shocker

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12/22 Arena Mexico Preview

CMLL (FRI) 12/22 Arena Mexico
1) Molotov & Sombra de Plata vs Artillero & Super Comando
2) Fabian el Gitano, Leono, Tony Rivera vs Arkangel, Loco Max, Okumura
3) Felino, Heavy Metal, Texano Jr. vs Black Warrior, Olimpico, Takemura
4) Mistico, Negro Casas, Sagrado vs Damian 666, Halloween, Mr. Aguila
5) Averno vs Volador Jr. [CMLL MIDDLE]
6) Dos Caras Jr., Dr. Wagner Jr., Rey Bucanero vs Atlantis, Tarzan Boy, Ultimo Guerrero

Fabian el Gitano, Leono, Arkangel and Loco Max in a segunda. Who would’ve ever guessed such a thing?

You know, they could’ve easily swapped Texano and Sagrado and made even a tiny deal out of the Texano/Negro team in Japan. They’re not.

I think the tecnicos win in the main event, and they setup a low key trios title defense sometime during this down period. We usually get one or two title matches with a week or two build, and that would make as much sense as any.

The title match is obviously the event of night. It’s got the rare combo of no clear winner, a meaningful outcome and a likely really good match. Averno’s started to establish himself as a singles star besides his matches with Mistico. Volador’s once again in the spot of nearly breaking thru and needing a signature moment to do it. They’ve worked with each other before and worked well. This is a big moment for them; Volador’s only been in single matches in Arena Mexico during tournaments (2005 La Copa Jr., Super Light finals) and not this high on the card. Averno’s been high on the card for singles matches, but only when facing a guy like Santo or Mistico. This is their chance to prove they can be more than Mistico’s rudo foil and Mistico’s lesser tecnico friend.

The best possible outcome is this match gives the feud legs and it becomes something they can carry on well into 2007. (Judging from some early lineups for Janurary, they will keep meeting on spot show, but they have been meeting before, so I’m not sure if that means anything.) If they want to keep this going, I’m guessing Averno holds onto the title here, allowing them to do rematches around the country for a few months, and then Volador finally wins it in the undercard of some match in March. But I’m not sure about this finish at all.

The other drama here is hoping this show will air. Shocker, Universo, Corelone, Kenzo, Perro and Hector all being gone isn’t going to hurt the match quality here. Everything has the ablitiy to be a good match (though, in the case of that segunda, one I’ve see way too much of the last few weeks.) After the 09/29 PPV, they showed the big matches from the PPV on TV following, instead of that week’s (10/06) Arena Mexico show. The main event turned up on CAN52MX, and while I wouldn’t mind seeing that match, that’d leave the title match unaired. It could air in future weeks if they do Best Of shows, but we don’t know if they’re doing those since they’ll be running Arena Mexico as normal. If they really want to air it, they can find a spot to air it, but it’s tough to tell how much CMLL wants these things.

historical irony: the last time Averno dropped a singles title, it was on a ‘Friday’ taping and never aired because they were doing Best Ofs.

FWIW: I’m running a normal schedule this weekend. If you’re not, I hope you enjoy it!

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