great match roundup, week of 2013-11-09

Yes, I got around to doing this again.

Great/Excellent Matches

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2013-11-09
taped 2013-11-03 @ Arena Coliseo
Namajague & Shigeo Okumura vs Delta & Guerrero Maya Jr. for the Arena Coliseo (DF) Tag Team Championship – GREAT.

Shows Watched But Nothing Made The List
CMLL on CadenaTres: 2013-11-09
CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2013-11-09
AAA on UTDN: 2013-11-14

Matches To Watch Later
Don’t have anything.


XMW, CMLL preview

No IWRG last night. The first leg of the LigaMX final was last night (for the first time ever, on a cable channel – Fox Sports) which might be the reason. Leon beat national favorite America 2-0, which probably made Cibernetico and Octagon sad.

XMW (SUN) 12/08/2013 Iglesia de la Santa Cruz, Distrito Federal [lucas]
3) Herodes Jr., Marc Hauss, Stukita, Yuriko b Belial, Fly Warrior, Low Rider, Wotan [Copa Grand Prix]
CMLL vs XMW. Elimination match with Herodes winnning.
4) Vamper b Legendario, Metaleón, Terremoto, Mascara Sagrada Jr. [XMW LH]
Vamper won the new championship
5) Ricky Marvin b Arez [XNL CHAMP]
Ricky Marvin is champion
6) Demoledor b Ludark Shaitan, Obscuro, Fly Star, El Dollar [Tournament Of Death]

Lucas posted this in the comments days ago, I just remembered to post it up here today. Titan didn’t make the elimination match but Yuriko did by surprise. Tercera Caida had highlights from the show (outdoors in front of a church) and interviewed the ex-AAA exotico, who explained a little bit why they left. Yuriko said he wanted to be a tecnico, was unhappy for  a while and is much happier now that he left. Still is weird timing to be with AAA for years (back to the Night Queens) and quit before a rare actual big match.

Impulso was scheduled to be in the main event, but got into a car accident. He didn’t wrestle but he did make the show. I don’t know if being in a car crash or being in a Tournament of Death is worse on your body. I’ve only been in one of those and it’s not a fun time.

CMLL Gaceta previews tonight’s CMLL main event as Volador and Mistico hanging on Titan’s coattails. At least that’s what I’ve decided what the graphic means. They face Ultimo Guerrero, Niebla Roja and Psicosis II/Psis Reaper/Reapper/Ripper/Fred in the continuing Volador/Invasors feud. Next week kicks off the Leyenda de Plata tournament, CMLL will occasionally pair a singles match with a cibernetico, so perhaps a Ripper/Volador singles match will be set up tonight. The other match of extra interest is the Terra main event: Blue Panther versus Negro Casas in a 10 minute match, reuniting their feud of 21 months ago. Tercera (Avernos vs Atlantida) looks good.

LuchaWorld has a recap of this week’s Tercera Caida.

Angelica and Estrella Explosiva talks about their apuesta match.

as do Demenzia & Epydemius and Dranzer & Scravos.

Los Truenos think their experience will beat Sky Kid & Smaker’s youth.

Brazos promo for the upcoming Arena Queretaro show.

DJ Spectro looks at a battle of the 60s vs the 70.

There’s a mass at Arena Puebla today.

Photos from an Elegido autograph signing.

Hidalgo luchador Kulikitaka was given a Sports Merit award.

12/14-16 lucha times


No TxT. Dunno. Would assume it’s not coming down.

This week’s C3 aired the originally advertisement for En Busca de un Idolo season 2, with no context or explanation. It could mean anything or nothing at all with CMLL. This is not the first time that show as associated with En Busca de Un Idolo. Season 1 was originally advertised as airing on that network, then much later aired on Fox Sports 2 with no reason given. That should be the same expectation for whatever happens here.

LAS and AYM will air any IWRG show at any time. Tuesday’s FILL show has already been airing at random times for random lengths.

== AAA ==

AAA-Televisa: Part 1 of Guerra de Titanes, which could mean anything. La Sociedad Reloaded probably airs week 2, so maybe the cage match and the trios title match on week 1.

== CMLL ==

FOX: Volador’s debut as a tecnico, which will be really confusing on the show which has edited out all mention of him turning tecnico the last two weeks. Rush in the semimain.

52MX: last Sunday’s show, which I do not remember at all. Volador/Negor feuding, there was there. GDL match appears to be a minis match.

C3: More Maximo/Escorpion/Chiquito build.

TVC Deportes (Puebla): Guerreros vs Atlantis/Mistico/Shocker

Terra Friday: Blue Panther vs Negro Casas should be a thing and should be a draw but Negro Casas will make sure that doesn’t happen.

Terra Sunday: More Volador/Negro Casas plus a Halcon/Cancerbero lightning match

Lucha Azteca: Invasors vs tecnicos, which was disappointing.

== Other ==

IWRG-AYM Sports: they’ve been showing the Tuesday show already and the Sunday show is an afternoon show, so maybe this is the Sunday show? That would be Cerebro vs Apolo in a hair match. Show is listed as starting a half hour late at 11pm.

Noches de Coliseo: No results from Sunday’s show, and Tuesday’s show was more interesting. Maybe a mix.

IWL: probably doesn’t air. No episode turned up from this past week.

DTU: matches from the 10/13 Arena Pavillon del Norte, including a Artikus/Drastik Boy vs Flamita/Rokcy Lobo vs Lanzeloth/Septimo Dragon


Fulgor I wins Copa High Power, Angel de Oro out until summer, Cibernetico on Perro, LLF awards

IWRG FILL (TUE) 12/10/2013 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (flickr), IWRG]
1) Black Nico, Lady Drago, Voltar b Mercenario De La Muerte, Sexy Girl, Ultimo Caballero
Lady Drago’s debut.
2) Skrull Metal & Versus b Muerte Infernal II & Vampiro Metalico II
Versus pinned Metalico.
3) Alfa, Omega, Seiya b Araña de Plata, Atomic Star, Electro Boy
Seiya pinned Electro Boy.
4) Anubis Black, Fulgor II, Kalim Black b Black Lancer, Hip Hop Man, Serpiente de Oro
Black Lancer and Serpiente de Oro replaced Metaleon & Emperador Azteca. Fulgor II beat Serpiente de Oro.
5) Dragón Celestial, Emperador Azteca, Fulgor I, Látigo, Matrix Jr., Power Bull, Sky Ángel, Zurdog b Alan Extreme, Astro Rey Jr., Blue Monsther, Canis Lupus, Centvrión, Fresero Jr., Golden Magic, Picudo Jr. [Toreno FILL]
billed as the 31st tournament (ex-High Power). Teams are the first generation studnets (led by Black Terry) versus the second generation (led by Bombero Infernal.) Emperdor Azteca replaced Impossible on team 2.Eliminations went Zurdog, Blue Monster, Power Bull, Fresero, Sky Angel, Astro Rey, Latigo, Picudo, Matrix, canis Lupus, Emperador Azteca, Alan Extreme, and Dragon Celestial, leaving Fulgor I on Gen2 vs Golden Magic and Centviron. Fulgor beat both Golden and then Centvrion to win the tournament.

Hoping this airs in one piece on LAS at some point. Final three sounds interesting.

Negro Casas, Ultimo Guerrero and Rey Bucanero defeated Rush, Atlantis, La Mascara in Arena Aficion on Tuesday.

Cibernetico is angry about Perro Aguayo Jr. turning  on him and angry about Perro not being on this weekend’s taping so he’ll only be able to take out his anger on La Sociedad members Silver King, Hijo del Fantasma and Pentagon Junior. Hey, Pentagon Jr. is in La Sociedad, good for him.

Silver King says Blue Demon better watch out because Consejo is in it’s prime. Actually, if we’re looking for silver linings on La Sociedad, dropping Consejo as a concept would be a fine idea. Currently Consejo is champion Texano, still somewhat new Hijo del Fantasma and a bunch of guys who lose all their matches. Why are Texano and Fantasma still associating with the rest of the guys? New t-shirts for everyone.

Angel de Oro will be out 6-8 months after right knee surgery; his ACL and MCL were damaged He posted a video of his surgery on Facebook, via LuchaWorld.

Another CMLL Gaceta preview calls it the Leyenda de Plata 2013 even though the final will be in 2014. They also say “the likes of” Atlantis, Felino, Triton, Titan and Tiger will be in the tournament. 11 to go?

Tercera Caida has more from their trip to Tijuana (including interviews with Bestia, Damian and Halloween) and Super Muneco studio.

LuchaMania’s recap of the LLF anniversary show includes the year end promotion awards.

Luchadora of year: Angelica & Sadica (tied)
Tecnica: Lady Jaguar
Ruda: Chacala
Outsider: Estrella Explosiva
Novato: Katary
Revelacion: internet favorite Lady Flammer
Referee Emilio Pena, fan Jose Luis, Diana La Cazadora were also honored and Flammer & Angelica were recognized for making 27 of the 28 shows.

Rob has highlights of 10/01/13 CMLL.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Eric R reviews 11/30 Lucha Azteca.

Photos of Atlantis on the TuriLucha bus.

Video of el Pantera in Wrestle-1.

Fuego en el Ring interviews Sexy Flor.


CMLL (MON) 12/16/2013 Arena Puebla
1) Águila Egipcia & Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Espanto Jr. & Inquisidor
2) Milenium & Starman vs Hooligan & Siki Ozama Jr.
3) Stigma vs Camorra [lightning]
4) Fuego, Stuka Jr., Tritón vs Misterioso Jr., Namajague, Shigeo Okumura
5) Diamante Azul, Shocker, Volador Jr. vs Kráneo, Mr. Águila, Olímpico
6) Atlantis vs Último Guerrero

Two quick falls, some dives, some backbreakers, Atlantida for the win.

Namajague may or may not actually still be in Mexico.

CMLL (TUE) 12/17/2013 Arena Mexico
1) Bengala & Camaleón vs Akuma & Cholo
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Oro Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. vs Canelo Casas, Hijo del Signo, Nosferatu
3) Estrellita, Goya Kong, Marcela vs Dalys, La Seductora, Princesa Blanca
4) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Morphosis, Mr. Águila, Ripper
5) La Sombra, Rush, Super Porky vs Gran Guerrero, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero
6) Rey Escorpión vs Máximo [CMLL LH]
Rey Escorpion is champion. Fifth defense.

Fourth name for the ex-Leon Negro in about 3 weeks. Everything is awful.

No lightning match means the opener probably doesn’t air.

CMLL (TUE) 12/17/2013 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Javier Cruz Jr. & Leo vs Acertijo & Disturbio
2) Fuego, Gallo, Tritón vs Raziel, Sangre Azteca, Shigeo Okumura
3) Sky Kid & Smaker vs Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno [OCCIDENTE TAG]
Smaker & Sky Kid are champions. First defense against previous champions.
4) Atlantis, Blue Panther, Shocker vs Euforia, Terrible, Vangellys
5) Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente vs Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto [CMLL TRIOS]
Estetas del Aire are champions. Fourth defense.

The better show. Title matches should be fun and neither titles should change hands.

Escorpion/Maximo and Estetas/Avernos title matches, Leyenda de Plata

photo by Alexis Salazar

CMLL (TUE) 12/10/2013 Arena Mexico [CMLL, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Bengala & Metatrón b Cholo & Zayco
Straight falls, rudos getting DQed.
2) Disturbio, Hijo del Signo, Nosferatu b Metálico, Molotov, Sensei
Rudos took 1/3. Signo and Metalico feuded again.
3) Fuego, Soberano Jr., Stigma b Arkángel de la Muerte, Hooligan, Sangre Azteca
Rudos took 1/3.
4) Dark Angel b Dalys [lightning]
Dalys dominated the match, accidentally hit the ref, and was cradled by Dark Angel for three.
5) Blue Panther, Shocker, Thunder b Felino, Mr. Águila, Tiger
Tecnicos took 2/3.
6) Diamante Azul, La Sombra, Maximo b Dragón Rojo Jr., Mr. Niebla, Rey Escorpión
Mistico was announced originally, but replaced by Maximo on Monday. Maximo defeated Escorpion with the kiss, asked for the hair match, and asked for the title match. Seemed like the later would happen next week.

No apuesta matches for anyone! Maximo/Rey Escorpion should be a fine title match. Frightening by Signo/Metalico returning.

CMLL (TUE) 12/10/2013 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@acogdl]
1) Black Metal & Leo b Exterminador & Maléfico
Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Mr. Trueno, Raziel, Rey Trueno b Magnus, Sky Kid, Smaker
Rudos took 1/3. Truenos challenged Sky Kid & Smaker to a title match for next week (again.)
3) Goya Kong, Marcela, Silueta b Amapola, La Comandante, Tiffany
Tecnicas took 1/3.
4) Negro Navarro, Olímpico, Psyco Ripper b Sagrado, Solar I, Stuka Jr.
Rudos took 2/3, Navarro submitting Solar with money thrown in.
5) Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto b Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente
Avernos defeat Estetas, setting up a title match next week.

The missing title match from DF! Probably one more Estetas defense to wrap up the year.

It looks like Fulgor I defeated Centviron in last night’s FILL cibernetico. Black Terry Jr. has all the pictures. The show was taped for AYM/LAS. There’s no Thursday show this week, so this may air Sunday -  or it may air at some other random time given the very strange scheduling. There’s at least three lucha libre shows listed this week, some of which may actually show lucha libre.

This Sunday’s IWRG show has been moved to a 3:00 pm start. That’s to avoid the Liga MX final, which is a 6pm start.

The much hyped (and pushed back) Leyenda de Plata tournament will finally start next Friday. There are first rounds blocks (usually ciberneticos) on 12/20 and 12/27 and the final will take place on 01/03. That seems to clinch on year end/Sin Piedad 2013, but they could always throw something together with a cibernetico as a semifinal match if they change their mind.

Rey Bucanero returned to the ring on an indy show Sunday. There’s one very unflattering picture of him; maybe he’s got to get in better shape before return to CMLL.

La Heroina is my new favorite luchadora for explaining she started out as Sexy Victoria but decided she needed a better name. This is a woman with a head on her shoulders. She wanted to be a luchador – like Tiffany and Estrellita – when she was young, but her mom made her take singing and jazz classes instead. Her family still isn’t thrilled with her career.

Hombre Bala replaced Starman on Monday. Starman also missed Sunday’s show.

TerceraCaida is listed as on 9pm tonight, and will probably have the first footage of Guerra de Titanes.

LuchaWorld has PosterMania  and a recap of this Sunday’s Tercera Caida.

DJ Spectro recaps Mocho Cota’s career.

The mystery Brazo Jr/Fishman title match took place on 12/07.

Press conference for a big show in Arena Coliseo San Luis Potosi (Solar & Super Astro vs Black Terry & Negro Navarro) on 12/15.

R de Rudo calls Texano one of the best of 2013.


DTU (SAT) 12/21/2013 Arena Lopez Mateos
***S6is (Sixth Anniversary Show)***
1) ? vs ??
DTU Kids match. 10 minute time limit
2) Jhonky vs Kalibus, Crazy King, Gramlin, Chica Ye-Ye, Benji, ?, Energy
3) ?, JC Mclean, Keira, La Magnifica, Zuzu Divine vs Diosa Atenea, Mystique, Princesa Ahy Leen, Reina Dorada, Star Fire
4) Jinzo vs Hacker, Poson, Black Fire, Septimo Dragon, Slayer Pack, Hormiga [DTU AI]
vacant title
5) Super Crazy vs Lethal, Crazy Boy, Lanzeloth, Pesadilla, Artikus
6) Joe Lider vs Dance Boy, Ángel o Demonio, Shyru Dragon [DTU CONSAGRADO]
Joe Lider is champ
7) Violento Jack vs Aero Boy
8) Ángel del Misterio vs Kaleth, Rey Celestial, Pequeno Cobra, Drastik Boy, Gemelo Muerte I [mask]
9) Paranoiko vs Cíclope, X-Fly, Ovett, Miedo Extremo, Demente Extreme [hair, mask]

Full card for the anniversary show. Tickets in the first four rows are 180 pesos, general are 100, kids 50. Should air on TVC Deportes at some point.

12/07-09 lucha videos

For 52MX, I’m including last week’s Terra broadcast rather than the TV version. The untelevised tercera is also available, thanks to @edecanlover.

ACM was all repeats (and cut down to 1h30m). My DVR didn’t record the first 10 minutes of Lucha Azteca.

LAS is going crazy airing IWRG again, but isn’t really good at scheduled programming lengths or managing to air complete shows. The hair match video cuts off a few seconds after the finish (but doesn’t include the head shaving.) I changed the recording to run a little longer on Friday, but the show aired a different match and went even longer. No finish for that one. Two matches from the past Sunday aired today, and I’m hoping the rest turns up on other reruns scheduled this week.

C3 will be posted later.

YouTube Links:

12/07 WWC:
12/08 WWC:

12/07 Sobre el Ring (guests Polvora & Dragon Rojo):

IWRG Zona XXI: 2013-12-03
taped 2013-12-01 @ Arena Naucalpan
1) Dragón Celestial & Mr. Leo vs Imposible & Kalim Black
2) Hijo de Pirata Morgan vs Oficial AK47 vs Apolo Estrada Jr. vs X-Fly  [hair]

IWRG Zona XXI: 2013-12-06
taped 2013-12-01 @ Arena Naucalpan
2) Golden Magic, Relámpago, Veneno vs Danny Casas, El Hijo del Diablo, Picudo Jr. - NO FINISH

CMLL on Terra: 2013-12-06
taped 2013-12-06 @ Arena Mexico
1) Aéreo & Stukita vs Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Olímpico
2) Fuego, Hombre Bala Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. vs Cancerbero, Hijo del Signo, Raziel
3) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Namajague, Shigeo Okumura, Virus
4) Titán vs Pólvora in a lightning match

AAA on Televisa: 2013-12-07
taped 2013-11-22 @ Plaza de Toros San Marcos, Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes
1) Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Dark Spíritu
2) Cibernético, el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, La Parka vs Daga, Parka Negra, Psicosis

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2013-12-07
Full Show:
taped 2013-11-26 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Sagrado, Starman, Stigma vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus
taped 2013-12-01 @ Arena Mexico
2) Máximo, Mistico, Thunder vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
3) Averno vs Titán for the Mexican National Welterweight Championship

CMLL on CadenaTres: 2013-12-07
taped 2013-12-03 @ Arena Mexico
1) Metálico & Molotov vs Disturbio & Guerrero Negro Jr.
2) Pequeño Halcón, Shockercito, Último Dragoncito vs Demus 3:16, Mercurio, Pierrothito
3) Dark Angel, Estrellita, Marcela vs Amapola, Dalys, Princesa Blanca
Stellar Moments
4) Blue Panther, La Máscara, Thunder vs Terrible, Tiger, Vangellys
5) Atlantis, Máximo, Shocker vs Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Rey Escorpión

CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2013-12-07
taped 2013-11-29 @ Arena Mexico
1) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Shocker vs Euforia, Tama Tonga, Último Guerrero
2) Mr. Águila vs Psyco RipperVolador Jr.MisticoValienteMáscara DoradaKráneoLa MáscaraBlue PantherMorphosis in a cibernetico match

Lucha Azteca (CMLL): 2013-12-07
taped 2013-11-22 @ Arena Mexico
Show: - missing first 10 minutes
1) Atlantis, Blue Panther, La Máscara vs Kráneo, Psyco Ripper, Vangellys
2) Rush vs Negro Casas
3) Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente vs Euforia, Último Guerrero, Volador Jr.

La Lucha Se Le Hace (SLP): 2013-05-04, reaired on Mexicanal 2013-12-08
taped 2013-04-28 @ Arena Mexico San Luis Potosi
Full Show:
1) Acero Negro & El Uniko vs Alma Roja & Tomahawk (SLP)
2) El Baron vs Rayo De Plata IV in a bull terrier (chain) match
3) Sabu Jr. vs El Galeno
4) Rayo De Plata Jr. vs America

CMLL on Terra: 2013-12-08
taped 2013-12-08 @ Arena Mexico
1) Metatrón & Oro Jr. vs Herodes Jr. & Zayco
2) Pegasso, Sensei, Stigma vs Boby Zavala, Hooligan, Sangre Azteca
3) Blue Panther, Fuego, Sagrado vs Misterioso Jr., Namajague, Puma
4) Diamante Azul vs Dragón Rojo Jr. in a lightning match
5) Máscara Dorada, Thunder, Valiente vs Averno, Euforia, Tama Tonga
6) Máximo, Rush, Volador Jr. vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas

IWRG Zona XXI: 2013-12-08
taped 2013-12-05 @ Arena Naucalpan
1) Alfa, Dragón Celestial, Omega vs Douki, Imposible, Kalim Black
2) Black Terry, Bombero Infernal, Dr. Cerebro vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Oficial 911, Oficial AK47
3) Canis Lupus vs Golden Magic for the IWRG Intercontinental Welterweight Championship
4) Alan Extreme, Máscara Púrpura, Veneno vs Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Trauma I, X-Fly

CMLL Puebla: 2013-12-09
taped 2013-11-25 @ Arena Puebla
1) Meyer & Paris vs Artillero & Súper Comando
2) Black Tiger, Milenium, Pegasso vs Blue Center, Camorra, Hijo del Signo
3) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stigma vs Kráneo, Olímpico, Psyco Ripper
4) La Máscara, Máximo, Super Porky vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión
5) Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas

IWRG Zona XXI: 2013-12-10
taped 2013-12-08 @ Arena Naucalpan
1) Bugambilia, Diva Salvaje, Miss Gaviota vs Avisman, Fulgor I, Imposible
2) Alan Extreme, Toscano, Veneno vs Fuerza Guerrera, Trauma I, Trauma II


Camorra/Stigma, Aguila, apuesta matches in Monterrey

CMLL (MON) 12/09/2013 Arena Puebla [El Popular, Poblanerias]
1) Águila Egipcia & Bengala b El Malayo & Zayco
Malayo’s first match here since August.
2) Leono & Robin b Espíritu Maligno & King Jaguar
3) Camorra, Cancerbero, Raziel b Sagrado, Starman, Stigma
Camorra defeated Stigma. Stigma demanded a singles match next week. Camorra responded by fouling him.
4) Kráneo, Mr. Águila, Olímpico b Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Titán
Olimpico beat Maya with the cristo negro.
5) Averno b Blue Panther
Averno beat Panther clean.
6) Atlantis & Mistico DQ Gran Guerrero & Último Guerrero
Tecnicos took 2/3, UG fouling Atlantis.

The Camorra/Stigma feud hasn’t been followed up on Sundays in weeks but continues in Puebla. Perhaps it’s been moved over to here. It feels like Arena Mexico has a no-apuesta rule in place right now if they’re even pushing Stigma/Camorra out.

Mr. Aguila told Cinco Radio 2013 was great for the Invasors and 2014 will be even better with Dr. Wagner Jr. I think Mr. Aguila was just messing with everyone. I don’t think Wagner’s coming to CMLL, but he’d definitely have better things to do than be part of the Invasors if he did.

Enjoyed this picture of Spider-Cancerbero.

CMLL Gaceta previews tonight’s Arena Mexico show as the return of La Sombra, and specifically notes his Twitter response about not liking the idea of this tecnico Volador. They also push the Dark Angel/Dallys match, which will probably only be seen live.

CMLL’s changed Friday and Sunday’s lineup. Marco must not be ready to return, because he’s out of Friday’s semimain and Valiente is moved up to his spot. Negro Casas now faces Blue Panther in the lightning match, their first singles match in Arena Mexico since their 2012 hair match draw. Mistico replaces Maximo in Sunday’s main event, which means he’s facing Comandante Pierroth for the very first time.

Dranzer and Scravos lost their masks to Epydemius & Demenzia in Monterrey.

Angelica defeated Estrella Explosiva for her hair on LLF’s Anniversary show. (I was wrong.) LuchaMania has a post match interview with the loser. Lady Puma and internet favorite Lady Flammer won the LLF Tag Team titles.

Brazo Jr. won the Sureste championship from Hijo del Fishman at a show with no date or location.

Negro Navarro talks about his Arena Coliseo Guadalajara appearance.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Rob has highlights of 09/27/13 CMLL.

Lucha Libre in Japan

NJPW will hold a FantasticaMania autograph session for their fan club members on 01/19, the final day of the tour. Mistico, Sombra, Rush and Mascara Dorada will be signing.

The correct spelling of the new NJPW character is “El Desperado”.


AAA posted the second part of their interview with Ciberentico & Perro Aguayo, in better times.

Ohtani’s Jacket reviews Black Terry vs Rocky Satana from 2004 and the 11th match from the Best of the 80s DVDs.

Eric R reviews the 11/23 CMLL Azteca show.

Today’s ACM show is the battle of the Pumas.

Violento Jack vs Aero Boy has been added to the DTU 6th Anniversary show.


CMLL (SUN) 12/15/2013 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Capitan vs El Piraña
2) Halcón de Plata & Javier Cruz Jr. vs Acertijo & Sádico
3) León Blanco vs Magnum
4) Esfinge, Gallo, Leo vs Demonio Maya, Infierno, Maléfico
5) Diamante Azul, Titán, Tritón vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Espectrum, Ráfaga
6) La Máscara vs Gran Guerrero

This probably should be the week where La Mascara gets the win back.

12/14 AAA TV Lineup (Puerto Vallarta)

AAA TV (SAT) 12/14/2013 Hard Rock Hotel, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco
1) El Elegido, Jennifer Blake, Mascarita Sagrada vs Dark Cuervo, Mini Abismo Negro, Taya Valkyrie
2) Angélico, Australian Suicide, Jack Evans vs Daga, Steve Pain, Toscano
3) Blue Demon Jr., Cibernético, Fénix vs Hijo del Fantasma, Pentagón Jr., Silver King

Air Date: 01/18, which is probably around when we should expect the next taping. (12/28, 01/04, 01/11 are best of under the normal system. AAA TV schedule info remains Top Secret so we’re guessing here.)

Everyone has a nice three day vacation and also they put a house show on TV. It’s listed as a three match card – maybe they’ll bring in some locals to make the card a little longer, but they really don’t need to for this audience. This should be a fun paid trip.

It’s a house show type lineup – Toscano being on the wrong side is very much AAA house show, though he’ll be better on that side. That second match would be very good on a normal but expectations should probably be kept in check for this sort of event.

Nothing really dependent on Guerra de Titanes (which means it won’t be until the end of January where anything follows up on that.) Does it bug AAA that they have to frequently bring in Blue Demon to have a big name people recognize? This would be bug me.

12/08 AAA TV Results (Nayarit) – Guerra de Titanes

AAA TV (SUN) 12/08/2013 Auditorio de la Gente, Tepic, Nayarit
***Guerra de Titanes, 2013***
1) Dinastía, Ludxor, Venum b El Apache, Machine Rocker, Mini Charly Manson
Venum pinned Machine.
2) Angélico, Fénix, Jack Evans b Juventud Guerrera, Pentagón Jr., Steve Pain
Juvi replaced Eterno (injury). Fenix got the pin. Rudos attacked the tecnicso after the match, and Mexican Powers ran them off. Everyone danced.
3) Pimpinela Escarlata L Taya Valkyrie, Mamba, Jennifer Blake, Faby Apache, Pasion Kristal, Polvo de Estrellas, Sexy Star [cage, hair]
Mystery person was the returning Sexy Star. Polvo de Estrellas replaced Yuriko. Last two were Mamba and Pimpi, with Sexy Star coming back in to stop Pimpi from leaving and getting out herself again. Mamba and Pimpi both bled, both tried to leave but were blocked. Mamba finally escaped and Pimpi lost his hair. Mamba avenged his mask loss to Pimpinela.
4) Blue Demon Jr. b Electroshock [AAA LA]
Blue Demon Jr. is champion and kept his title with a half crab/amrbar. First defense. Seconds were Aerostar and Fenix.
5) Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown b Hijo del Fantasma, Silver King, Texano Jr. [AAA TRIOS]
Psycho Circus are champions and kept the titles with Canadian Destroyers on Texano Jr. and Silver King (who took the pin.) Third defense.
6) Cibernético, el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, El Mesías, La Parka b Daga, Jeff Jarrett, Parka Negra, Psicosis
Mesias pinned Jeff Jarrett and then a billion things happened. Consejo ran out to help the rudos. Perro turned on the tecnicos post match, so maybe the Perros del Mal are together after all. Zorro came out for the save, but also turned rudo. Karen went after Marisela, Faby made the save, but Sexy Star attacked her. Konnan and Dorian announced all the rudos (Consejo, Perros del Mal, Zorro, Sexy Star, possibly more) are part of a new La Sociedad.

Air Date: 12/14 and 12/21, probably.

AAA recap here.

Let’s handle the undercard in one paragraph: some good matches, and somehow we ducked out of getting the Mexican Powers in a match on this show. That was great. There’s no explanation about why Yuriko was not in the cage match; AAA never mentioned Eterno’s injury so I guess it could be the same thing. First two matches sound like there were also great – they’ll probably air on UTDN so that’s something to be excited about. Everything else was keeping the status quo.

And the main event was the return to the status quo. As best I can figure, this a return to La Sociedad after about 10 months, with the last iteration ending when Dorian and Konnan were fired back in February. It’s really hard because there’s no clean delineation – Konnan and Dorian showed up back on TV with hand wave explanations in the same roles. If there were ever supposed to be actual differences between La Socieded and the foreign legion and Konnan and Dorian with the Perros del Mal, they’ve never come thru on TV. Maybe if you’re completely enveloped by the product, you see how this is different than which came before it, but they can’t and haven’t gotten that idea across. The people on this side of the barricade look see as a 10 year unbreaking stretch of Konnan (and later Dorian) leading an army of the same heels against the same tecnicos.

This is not just the cranky people in the luchablog sphere reacting negatively. There’s 82 comments right now on AAA’s Facebook message about the new Sociedad, and they seem to be 82 comments groaning about this idea coming back. Reaction elsewhere has pretty much the same. It’s not people being upset their tecnico heroes were foiled, it’s people frustrated we’re back to this bit once again.

Here’s the thing: Konnan and Dorian are smart people. Smart enough to know this would go over like a lead balloon. This is a pretty objectively unappealing concept, one you only do if the the other options are even less appealing. You’re always going to make what you believe is the best option at the moment, which means AAA must’ve had a pretty dismal view of how things had been going in the 10 months without La Sociedad.

And so the next move is to continue moving everything back to what it was 2012. They walked back the tecnico Perro tease (as a plan which makes no sense, and something that should’ve been a much bigger deal since the TV has been focused on it), Zorro’s reset back to the crazy rudo he was before the last time Sociedad turned on him, and more is probably coming. (Sexy Star’s getting her belt back real soon.) Sociedad didn’t include Consejo back in the day, and it’s about time to let that concept go anyway.

Regressing is not interesting, but maybe it’s more profitable. We have no reliable measures of how AAA’s business is doing, but maybe they know a lot about how 2013 did compared to 2012. Sometimes the best business decisions aren’t the best creative ones.

AAA loves running big angle at Guerra de Titanes. It always seems the worst time of the year to me, since you’re putting everything on ice thru the holidays and intentionally doing little in February. It seems like a sure fire way to reduce any impact. I’m glad for AAA doing it that way this year. AAA has another taping left, but this should be the last one to air this in 2013 before the usual two/three weeks of Best Of. It’ll be nice to have a break.

Apolo Estrada wins WWS Welterweight Championship, Tercera Caida, Casas/Volador

IWRG (SUN) 12/08/2013 Arena Naucalpan [IWRG]
1) Fulgor I & Fulgor II b Atomic Star & Electro Boy
2) Bugambilia, Diva Salvaje, Miss Gaviota b Avisman, Fulgor I, Imposible
Fulgor I worked twice, replacing Kalim Black
3) Bombero Infernal, Dragón Celestial, Golden Magic b El Hijo del Diablo, Picudo Jr., Tony Rivera
Bombero beat Rivera.
4) Apolo Estrada Jr. b Dr. Cerebro [WWS WELTER]
Vacant title. Dinamic Black was previous champion. Hijo del Diablo (Apolo’s second) hit Cerebro with a chair to give Apolo the first fall. Doc seemed about to win the third fall when referee Capu stopped him from striking with a closed first, and Apolo took advantage to get in a power bomb for the straight fall title win.
5) Fuerza Guerrera, Trauma I, Trauma II b Alan Extreme, Toscano, Veneno
Rudos took 1/3. Veneno seemed about to finish Trauma I when Fuerza (previously eliminated) hit Veneno with a chain to give the rudos a win.

Sunday’s Tercera Caida special was all from Friday night’s Tijuana show, including footage of the top two matches and interviews with Hijo del Santo and Rey Misterio Sr.

CMLL promo for next Friday’s show.

Atlantis rates this year a 10 (out of 10), because he (kind of) risked his mask in the 80th anniversary. He’s going on vacation in a couple weeks – this interview appeared to have been done last Monday, so he’s probably done in seven days. He hopes to get that mask match in 2014.

Hijo del Signo says there’s nothing to rumors of him going to AAA. What? Atlantis makes more sense than Hijo del Signo. Signo isn’t lighting CMLL on fire but would be an atrocious fit with AAA.

Chik Tormenta wants to prove she’s a better luchadora from Guadalajara than Silueta.

Gym del Valle held it’s holiday party/award presentation.


IWRG (SUN) 12/15/2013 Arena Naucalpan
1) Alfa & Omega vs Fulgor I & Fulgor II
2) Dragón Celestial, Hip Hop Man, Látigo vs Araña de Plata, Kaling Black, Zurdog
3) Diva Salvaje, Golden Magic, Miss Gaviota vs Douki, Imposible, Oficial 911
4) Alan Extreme, Máscara Púrpura, Veneno vs Fuerza Guerrera, Súper Nova, X-Fly
5) Dr. Cerebro vs Apolo Estrada [hair]

That main event could go either way with those two guys. Should at least be interesting. Apolo’s already taken Oficial AK47′s in the last few weeks. Oficial AK47 was out of his mind on last night’s TV.

There’s a Tuesday (FILL) show and a Sunday show announced for next week, but no Thursday show. Maybe there’s not one? Maybe FILL airs on AYM? That would be amazing. Maybe they just haven’t gotten around to promoting Thursday’s show.

CMLL (SUN) 12/15/2013 Arena Mexico
1) Leono & Robin vs Akuma & Inquisidor
2) Astral, Fantasy, Shockercito vs Demus 3:16, Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Warrior
3) Súper Halcón Jr. vs Cancerbero [lightning]
4) Guerrero Maya Jr., Sagrado, Stuka Jr. vs Misterioso Jr., Puma, Sangre Azteca
5) Blue Panther, Rush, Thunder vs Pólvora, Rey Bucanero, Tiger
6) Máximo, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Felino, Negro Casas, Pierroth

Looks like Negro Casas versus Volador is a real thing; the timing may depend on if/when Volador is going on vacation for the holidays. Will Rey Bucanero actually return this week?

No Namajague this week. I have no idea why I’m putting this in this paragraph, but NJPW announced a new masked man named El Desparade El Desperado would debut on their 01/05 (day after Tokyo Dome) show. No CMLL luchadors on the Tokyo Dome show this year, as was the case last year.

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