great match roundup, week of 2013-07-06

Great/Excellent Matches

CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2013-07-06
taped 2013-06-28 @ Arena Mexico
La Sombra vs Volador Jr. [IWGP IC] – EXCELLENT

Shows Watched But Nothing Made The List

- CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2013-07-06
- CMLL on CadenaTres: 2013-07-06
- CMLL on Televisa: 2013-07-06

Matches Worth Consideration But Will Be Watched Later

I didn’t see anything on the list.


Dinamic Black keeps his title, FdT vs Traumas, Espiritu/Stigma

photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (SUN) 07/28/2013 Arena Naucalpan [AYM, Black Terry Jr. (flickr)]
2) Dragón Celestial, Höruz, Imposible DQ Centvrión, Freelance, Golden Magic
Horuz replaced Alan Extreme. Impossible faked a foul.
3) Extreme Tiger, Trauma I, Trauma II b Cerebro Negro, Heddi Karaoui, Saruman
Trauma II beat Cerebro Negro with a Canadian Destroyer. Eterno & Super Nova attacked the Traumas and Tiger after the match.
4) Dinamic Black DQ Oficial 911 [WWS WELTER]
Dinamic Black kept the title in a long match. Oficial AK47, 911′s second, snuck in a foul while Dinamic Black was about to give 911 a cradle piledriver. Referee (who was either leaning towards the rudo or incompetence) counted the pin, then was convinced by the crowd, Dinamic Black, and the commissioner to reverse the call. First defense.
5) Black Terry, Pasion Kristal, Veneno b Bugambilia, Fuerza Guerrera, Oficial AK47 [lumberjack strap]
Bugambilia clotheslined Fuerza to set up the win for the tecnicos, then allied with them after the match. Unclear why Bugamabilia was booked on the rudo side to begin with.
6) Devil Rocker, Machine Rocker, Soul Rocker DDQ Emo Extreme, Eterno, Súper Nova
Emo Extreme replaced Mascara Ano 2000 Jr. and spent the prematch interview slowly petting a doll. Super Nova fouled Machine Rocker, Machine Rocker pulled Super Nova’s mask, each ref ruled a different winner before deciding on the draw.

AYM shows 1:44 of the segunda (mostly post match), missed the finish of the title match (the picture over there), then missed the overturn of the finish of the title match. Title match was good enough to suck me in and even though I could easily work out what had happened (and the announcers did call the action, the producer just had the wrong camera), it was still highly annoying. This is far from the first time this has happened, There’s no question IWRG’s product is much worse on AYM than it was on TVCDeportes just like there’s no question TVC Deportes will show the finish on Tercera Caida this week.

IWRG is either unaware how much worse the show looks, or is getting paid enough not to care. People who run wrestling promotions, especially those in Mexico, seem to rarely watch their own TV show, so it’s probably the former.

In actual in ring lucha libre matters, they continue to push the Traumas/FdT feud very hard. I almost believe they have an end game for this, though I’m not sure when or exactly what it would be.

One way of looking at those top three results is cheap finish, cheap finish, and cheap finish. Another way of looking at them is fans were happy because their guy won, fans were happy because their guys won, and all the bad guys lost.

Tonight is the big Stimga & Espiritu Maligno mask match. This is a really big opportunity for both luchadors regardless of the outcome. Stigma’s looked like a promising tecnico, and Espiritu Maligno has been one of the better local rudos for a long time. Perhaps a great match and a good crowd will force CMLL to reconsider and use the Puebla luchadors more often and in higher profile roles. It seems increasingly unlikely we’ll see the match in full; TVC Deportes does not list the show for this first half off the week.  They were more than a month behind, and will likely be skipping around if/when they return.

Horuz said a lot of the same things about politics and not getting opportunities in CMLL in an interview with Kaiser Sports. He mentions he’ll no longer be blocked from working on non-CMLL approved shows and have more opportunities to work and get paid. There’s no way any opening match luchador in CMLL, look Horuz, is making even approaching liveable amount of money. Not only do they get paid much less per match, but they get used less frequently. It only makes sense if you’re a young guy who believes you’ll have a chance to graduate to higher levels, or if you’re content just having a low paying very part time hobby. Not being restricted allows for more opportunities, though they may not always be there – I wonder Loco Max thinks about his decision to leave.

I’ve read comments over the past week that CMLL is on Netflix. I do not have a Netflix subscription to check and nothing turns up on the Netflix search indexes, so I’m not sure if it’s something for everyone or if it’s just a Latin American thing. It does not sound like new material either way. If you have Netflix and stumble upon it, let me know what it looks like.

In continuing “AAA spots shows are weird” coverage, the main even of a show in Uruapan yesterday was reported as Fenix, Drago, Toscano versus Mamba, Pentagon Jr., and Alan Stone who had Guapito with him. This is one of those shows that aren’t listed on AAA’s site. Gotita de Plata worked the semimain with other new guys, so his Fusion appearance is probably not intended to be a one-off.

The lucha show in Puebla with CMLL and AAA luchadors in the same main event ended up with the AAA guys not there and locals in their place. Virus won via foul.

Rob has highlights of 01/04/13 CMLL, 06/25/13 CMLL, 06/28/13 CMLL (Sombra/Volador) and 09/18/92 AAA in Acapulco.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.


CMLL (TUE) 07/30/2013 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Black Metal, Esfinge, Sky Kid vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Sádico, Skándalo
2) La Máscara, Máximo, Super Porky vs Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto and Gallo, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr. and Felino, Puma, Tiger
3) Atlantis vs Último Guerrero
Sombra was original scheduled, pulled due to injury

Somehow I missed put this lineup the first time thru. Much smaller than usual because of the trios tournament.

Also, plenty of changes to Friday’s card – La Sombra and La Mascara are out of the main event, replaced by Rush and the returning Marco Corleone. He said he’d be back by August, and it’s August. (La Mascara being pulled is a little stranger; maybe the plan is a Rush/Volador tease to replace the Sombra/Volador one?) Rey Escorpion has also been replaced by Okumura in the tercera.

great match round up, first half of 2013

I put together an infographic about what I’ve seen so far.

The actual match list

2013-01-01 Pólvora vs Titán for the CMLL World Welterweight Championship excellent
2013-01-22 Terrible vs Rush for the CMLL World Heavyweight Championship excellent
2013-01-29 Volador Jr. vs Rey Escorpión for the CMLL World Light Heavyweight Championship excellent
2013-03-15 Rey Cometa & Stuka Jr. vs Namajague & Shigeo Okumura for the mask and for the hair excellent
2013-04-15 Dinastía, Máscarita Divina, Rey Celestial vs Mini Abismo Negro, Mini Charly Manson, Mini Histeria excellent
2013-05-31 Shinsuke Nakamura vs La Sombra IWGP IC excellent
2013-06-02 Negro Casas vs Máscara Dorada for the NWA World Welterweight Championship excellent
2013-01-11 Hijo del Fantasma, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Namajague, Puma, Tiger great
2013-01-18 Fuego, Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. vs Namajague, Vangelis, Virus great
2013-01-26 Ricky Marvin & Super Crazy vs Fenix (AAA) & Pesadilla GHC JH TAG great
2013-02-01 La Sombra vs La Máscara, Titán, Hijo del Fantasma, Rey Cometa, Delta, Stuka Jr., Sagrado, Averno, Euforia, Dragón Rojo Jr., Mr. Águila, Pólvora, Namajague, Felino, Tiger in a CMLL’s Reyes del Aire Tournament match and in a tournament semifinal match great
2013-03-03 Trauma II vs Oficial 911, el Ángel in a losers advance match great
2013-03-03 Fuego & Stuka Jr. vs Namajague & Shigeo Okumura for the Arena Coliseo (DF) Tag Team Championship great
2013-03-03 el Ángel vs Trauma II for the mask great
2013-03-17 Juventud Guerrera vs Daga, Fénix, Crazy Boy AAA FUSION and in a tournament final match great
2013-03-17 Texano Jr. vs Blue Demon Jr. for the AAA World Heavyweight Championship great
2013-03-29 Crazy Boy, Joe Lider, Willie Mack vs AR Fox, Dr. Cerebro, Eterno great
2013-04-07 Black Terry, Negro Navarro, Villano IV vs Averno, Blue Panther, Shocker great
2013-04-20 Kaientai vs Zema Ion, Extreme Tiger, Samuray del Sol great
2013-04-26 Atlantis & Hombre Bala Jr. vs Boby Zavala & Rey Escorpión in a CMLL Gran Alternativa Tournament match and in a tournament final match great
2013-04-30 Rey Escorpión vs Stuka Jr. for the CMLL World Light Heavyweight Championship great
2013-05-12 Angélico, Drago, Jack Evans vs Argos, Chessman, Halloween great
2013-05-12 Blue Panther vs Virus in a lightning match great

If you don’t see something on there, it may be in the watch queue.


CMLL on Televisa: 2013-06-29


taped 2013-06-21 @ Arena Mexico
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Sombra injured, Horuz joins TxT, Guadalajara

TxT (SAT) 07/27/2013 Gimnasio Juan De La Barrera [Black Terry Jr. (flickr)Kaiser Sports (top matches)Kasier Sports (rest)MedioTiempoTerra (video)Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Imposible b Centvrión
2) Lady Apache b Rossy Moreno and Esther Moreno
Moved down to the second match. Rossy beat Esther, Lady Apache beat Rossy. The women appealed for TxT to make their hair match for the 09/21 show.
3) El Hijo del Medico Asesino b Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr.
Medico obviously fouled Wagner, got the pinfall anyway.
4) Brian Cage, Heddi Karaoui, Oliver John, Zumbi b Angel Blanco Jr., Blue Demon Jr., El Hijo del Solitario, Rayman
World team won when John brainbustered Solitario for the win. John & Cage challenged Demon for a tag shot (against Demon & Santo.) Demon accepted.
5) Canek, LA Park, Rayo de Jalisco Jr. DQ Cien Caras Jr., Máscara Año 2000, Universo 2000
Universo pulled Rayo’s mask for the DQ. Both men look wildly out of shape.

Signo, As Charro, Babe Richard, Rambo and Hijo del Santo had a presentation to honor the 71st anniversary of Santo’s debut.

Attendance did not look good – maybe 40%, give or take 10% – but this was one of the weaker TxT lineups so far. TxT suggested they would take the promotion on tour next month, and they’ve already announced the Veracruz date. Very strange they moved the women down a match if they’re supposedly running a hair match with them, but then I supposed it doesn’t matter.

The mythical Santo vs Park vs Wagner mask match was moved back to 09/21; that was the original date and the one that makes more sense given the holiday weekend. Santo plans on it being a free show and drawing 100K people. The only way I can see this happening is if they’ve somehow convinced a governmental official to spend major money on a show (or just to divert major money that would’ve gone to other public entertainment.) Santo’s name value goes even farther with those sorts of people and they don’t have to be concerned with making a profit on a show, but it’s still a very big stretch.

Horuz was also presented at the show as an independent luchador and is apparently coming in. He was again thankful to CMLL, but complained they did not innovate and gave better positions to family dynasties. Please understand me: you can definitely complain about nepotism in CMLL, but you can’t then go to TxT and act like everything is decided on merit there. (Especially since Horuz’s likely to get a push based on being Angel Blanco’s grandson.) On the plus side, Horuz definitely had a plan when he left CMLL. That’s better than most. There’s not many spaces in TXT for luchadors who weren’t stars in other promotions, but Horuz seems more likely to end up at Rayman level rather than relegated to opening match singles.

In an interview about El Santo (you’ve read it before), El Hijo del Santo says he believes Tempestad/El Nieto del Santo will be debut in 2014.

photo by CMLL

CMLL (SUN) 07/28/2013 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Bengala & Robin b Akuma & Inquisidor
Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Camorra, Nitro, Nosferatu b Metálico, Sensei, Soberano Jr.
Rudos took 1/3. Feed went out in the third fall, came back just in time for the finish. Metalico was very unhappy about something. Fans chanted for Sensei to turn rudo and he said he’d do it if the fans wanted it.
3) Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa, Tritón b Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus
Tecnicos took 1/3 in a good match.
4) Ángel de Oro TLDRAW Puma [lightning]
Angel de Oro had Puma in the mecedora as time ran out. Both men challenged each other to a rematch next week.
5) La Sombra, Shocker, Titán b Euforia, Niebla Roja, Taichi
Sombra hurt an ankle at the end of the first fall on a leapfrog over Taichi. He was strechered out immediately. Rudos won in straight falls in an obviously improvised finish.
6) Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto b Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente
Rudos took 1/3 and demanded the Estates hand over the title belts. Dorada offered a title shot, but the rudos took the tecnicos masks anyway.

You can see Sombra’s video here, right at the start and the end of the clip. This is 2013, so Sombra was posting on Twitter from the ambulance and the hospital. He seems to be in good spirits, and I’m choosing to believe that’s a positive sign. Taichi was angry with people angry with him, saying it’s wrestling and accidents happen. Early reports said Sombra would be out three, but Sombra says he’ll be out two weeks with an ankle sprain, but hopes to come back sooner. Take your time!

Main event implied the trios title match is next week. Not sure if that’s right. They did not make an announcement about being in Arena Mexico next week; that seems to be on 08/10, which would make more sense for a title match.

Show was good though not great. The video dropping out didn’t help – we missed about five minutes in the second match, and about as much in the lightning match. Sombra getting hurt really didn’t help; live crowd still seemed to get into the main event but us on the internet were vastly distracted.

CMLL (SUN) 07/28/2013 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@acogdl]
1) Capitan (Guadalajara) & Índigo b El Tapatío & Samael (Guadalajara)
Captain & Indigo took 1/3.
2) Acertijo & Jocker b Brillante & El Ídolo
Rudos took 1/3, sneaking in fouls in the third fall.
3) El Hippie, Leo, Tony Escobedo DQ Demonio Rojo, Exterminador, Maléfico
Hippie is Martin Escobedo, Tony’s brother. Tony’s dressing like a Hippie now too and the PBP refers to them as “Los Hippies.” Tecnicos took the first, rudos the second, and Acertijo and Jocker ran in for the DQ in the third.
4) Super Porky b Kráneo
Rematch from 06/25. Porky won again, taking falls 2/3.
5) La Máscara, Rush, Súper Popular b Ráfaga, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
Tecnicos took 1/3. Super Popular pinned Rey Bucanero in the third.

They announced a tag team tournament for next week

  • Barbaro Cavernario & Sadico
  • Demonio Rojo & Malefico
  • Leo & Halcon de Plata
  • Black Metal & Gallo

Tag team titles are vacant (or Texano and Terrible are still reigning); perhaps this will lead to new champions?

Lucha Libre in Japan

07/27 NOAH: 6) Ricky Marvin & Super Crazy [O] b Gaston Mateo & Kaiser [X] [GHC JR tournament]
Mexitosos eliminated team South America

07/28 NOAH: 5) Taiji Ishimori & Atsushi Kotoge [O] b Super Crazy & Ricky Marvin [X] [GHC JR tournament]
essentially the block final. Kotoge & Ishimori went on to lose to Jushin Liger & Tiger Mask IV, who are the new GHC Junior Tag Team Champions

07/28 JWP: Arisa Nakajima b Command Bolshoi [CMLL-REINA INTL] – new champion. This was title for title, so maybe this title is just going away.


Sombra/Voaldor, Panther/Averno, Horuz leaves CMLL

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CMLL (FRI) 07/26/2013 Arena Mexico [CMLLYahoo! Deportes]
1) Hombre Bala Jr. & Súper Halcón Jr. b Artillero & Súper Comando
2) Diamante, Pegasso, Tritón b Arkángel de la Muerte, Hooligan, Skándalo
Tecnicos took 1/3 with the Tuareg making mistakes.
3) Blue Panther, La Máscara, Shocker DQ Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto
Tecnicos took 2/3. Averno fouled Panther. They continue to feud.
4) Fuego, Hijo del Fantasma, Negro Casas, Stuka Jr., Valiente b Misterioso Jr., Sangre Azteca, Tiger, Vangellys, Virus [cibernetico]
Order of elimination went Sangre Azteca, Tiger, Fuego, Stuka, Hijo del Fantasma, Misterioso, Vangellys (fouled by Negro Casas), Valiente (fouled by a loitering Vangellys), Virus, giving Negro Casas the win.
5) Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Titán b Pólvora, Rey Bucanero, Rey Escorpión
Tecnicos took 1/3 in quick opening falls.
6) Taichi, Terrible, Volador Jr. b La Sombra, Máximo, Rush
Straight falls. Volador snuck in a foul on Sombra to win. Mask/mask challenges followed.

They strongly teased Sombra versus Volador in an apuesta match, which seems like a bad idea this near the Anniversario show if they’re not planning on actually doing it. Blue Panther versus Averno and Rush versus Everyone (but mostly Shocker and Negro Casas) continue to be teased as well. Atlantis versus Ultimo Guerrero is a once in a decade kind of main event but CMLL’s high Anniversary prices suggest they’ll need a very strong second main event to fill up the arena. It’s possible one of those matches are added to the card, but that still leads two feuds which aren’t going anywhere.

Tickets for the Anniversary show go on sale Monday August 12. CMLL must be announcing (confirming) the Atlantis versus Ultimo Guerrero main event by then. It’s unlikely they’ll announce the full card, but it would help sell tickets if they also announced whatever second attraction they have on the card. We may just be waiting for a press conference on or around August 8th to clear this up.

Horuz says he’s left CMLL. He posted a message on his Facebook (first found by Luchaworld) saying he enjoyed his time but was going elsewhere. Horuz was going nowhere in CMLL and did not appear to have a chance to advance, so his decision is understandable even if the independent promotions are probably not going to be much better. Horuz debuted in CMLL as part of Generacion del 75 (Anniversary) with Metalik (Mascara Dorada), Tiger Kid, Puma King, Hijo del Fantasma, Flash (Fuego), Skandalo and others and actually seemed to be among the strongest promoted at first. Injuries and personal issues derailed his initial push. Something that was never made public, though implied to be those personal issues, led to El Faraon taking away the character (they’re not actually related) and Horuz has never really been pushed since that time.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Rob has highlights from 12/21 & 12/28/12 CMLL.

Faby Apache says she’ll prove she’s worthy of holding two belts, while Taya disagrees in a video promo.

Porra Fresa previews Monday’s Puebla card.

Bushi had some Bushi/Titan combo masks made. That has some interesting possibilities (or is just a cool mask.)


CMLL (FRI) 08/02/2013 Arena Mexico
1) Molotov & Oro Jr. vs Akuma & Inquisidor
2) Dark Angel, Estrellita, Goya Kong vs Amapola, La Comandante, La Seductora
3) Máscara Dorada, Super Porky, Titán vs Rey Bucanero, Rey Escorpión, Taichi
4) Rey Cometa vs Ephesto [lightning]
5) Atlantis, Shocker, Thunder vs Gran Guerrero, Terrible, Último Guerrero
6) Diamante Azul, La Máscara, La Sombra vs Averno, Mephisto, Volador Jr.

Nothing major to run against AAA. It looks like another Sombra/Volador match (which seems too soon); maybe on the Blue Panther Anniversary show in two weeks?

Lightning match should be good.

CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2013-06-29


taped 2013-06-21 @ Arena Mexico
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FdT win in Naucalpan, Mexico preview

photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (THU) 07/25/2013 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (flickr), IWRG]
1) Seiya b Fulgore II
One fall.
2) Alan Extreme, Diosa Maya, Fulgor I b Astro Rey Jr., Cristal, Freelance
Straight falls, with Fulgor (replacing Saruman) challenging Astro Rey to a title match
3) Bugambilia, Diva Salvaje, Miss Gaviota b Centvrión, Chico Che, Golden Magic
Gaviota beat Centviron and Buga on Golden.
4) Emo Extreme, Heddi Karaoui, Oficial 911 b Dinamic Black, Dr. Cerebro, Veneno
Straight fall. 911 wants another shot at Dinamic Black’s titles and/or mask.
5) Eterno, Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Súper Nova b Toscano, Trauma I, Trauma II
Super Nova snuck in a foul on Trauma II. Challenges followed.

Familia de Tijuana are invincible of late. If Super Nova was el Angel, I’d think they were setting up a mask match here.

Astro Rey would be the saddest man ever to lose his title.

Tonight’s CMLL main event is comprised of two former apuesta matches and one teased apuesta match. Rush, Sombra and Maximo face Terrible, Volador and the returning Taichi. (CMLL Gaceta should probably get a more recent photo.) AAA returns to Mexico City with a show in Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera, and CMLL’s expected to have something a little extra as part of Friday night’s card. There’s a few possibilities from those main event feuds, and some of the other matches on the card. The En Busca de un Idolo tournament returns for one last match, including all the participants and the coaches, and that might also set up something with the winner Vangelis. It does not appear this match will air on Terra; the usual Sunday show is the next lucha event listed.

Our friends over at Genickbruch have realized Arena Coliseo Guadalajara doesn’t really have as many ‘new’ luchadors as it seems. Jocker/Joker is the unmasked In Memoriam and, likewise, Tony Escobedo is the unmasked Azteca de Oro (who gave his name as Antonio Escobedo.)


CMLL on CadenaTres: 2013-06-29


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07/27-28 lucha times

box. I already forgot En Busca de un Idolo starts this week. 8:30pm, Fox Sports 2.

== AAA ==

AAA-Televisa: Tehuacan taping – should be Texano/Psycho Clown feuding or maybe some more Cibernetico vs Perro

AAA-Fusion: Maybe a new episode with the rest of Tehuacan? Maybe another rerun?

== CMLL ==

Galavision/Televisa: Infierno en el Ring. Short disappointing cage match may mean they have room for 2 undercard matches!

FOX: Estetas vs Guerreros and Peste Negra/Pierroth vs Atlantis/Azul/Thunder and maybe the women if they have time.

52MX: Guerrero Maya vs Bobby Zavala! And other matches.

C3: Felino, Niebla, Pierroth vs Atlantis, Mascara, Thunder. Angel de Oro’s return. Maybe the lightning match.

TVC Deportes (Puebla): If they pick up with the next episode in line, it’s the Estetas del Aire vs Hijos del Avernos trios title match. I didn’t have to change this from last week which means it’s no certain thing.

Terra: Estetas vs Avernos, Maya/Cometa/Triton vs Cancerbero

== Other ==

IWRG-AYM Sports: if a new episode, Rockers vs Eterno/Nova/Mascara Ano 2000 in a real match I have not made up, and Dinamic Black vs Oficial 911

Noches de Coliseo: Maybe Black Spirit, Charles Lucero, Golden Boy vs Hijo del Centurion Negro, Rey Hechicero, Simbolo

IWL: new taping? I dunno.


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