07/29-08/03 lucha videos

Last week was the El Rayo, Vida de Lucha season finale. It’s still airing, they’ve just restarted to the first episode. I think that means it has a good chance of being picked up for a second season, but it’s hard to tell.

TVC Deportes bumped CMLL Off the lineup, then aired about 1h15 between soccer games with no warning. I was recording anyway so it worked out, but no Sugehit/Blanca lightning match here.

LAS aired the first and fourth match from last Sunday’s IWRG show twice on Tuesday, but never aired Traumas/Oficials. The show was pre-empted for Sunday. LAS is becoming a TVC Deportes unofficial repeater channel slowly, except for all the programming I want to see.

YouTube Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYyNnOBGWP7ShdCufagBw0qEGEhOlCfvL

08/02 WWC: http://ul.to/c9f1nxvl
08/03 WWC: http://ul.to/hlzh0wvy

08/03 La Lucha Se Le Hace: http://ul.to/iaowcryd

08/02 Sobre el Ring: http://ul.to/mta7sgrw

IWRG Zona XXI: 2014-07-29 
taped 2014-07-27 @ Arena Naucalpan 
1) Emperador Azteca & Metaleon vs Anubis Black & Hip Hop Man 
http://ul.to/37950559
2) Alan Extreme, Golden Magic, Veneno vs Canis Lupus, Fuerza Guerrera, Guerrero Mixtico 
http://ul.to/sbmmid16
3) Hijo De Dos Caras, Relámpago, Villano IV vs Cien Caras Jr., Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, X-Fly
http://ul.to/o7plj38v

AAA on Televisa: 2014-08-02 
taped 2014-07-27 @ Centro Civico Nueva Aragon, Ecatepec, Estado de México 
Intro
https://www.sendspace.com/file/xh1jeo
1) Dinastía, Mini Drago, Octagoncito vs Mini Abismo Negro, Mini Charly Manson, Mini Psycho Clown 
https://www.sendspace.com/file/yaxvlu
2) Angélico & Jack Evans vs Daga & Eterno and Sensacional Carlitos & Tommy Diablo for the AAA World Tag Team Championship 
https://www.sendspace.com/file/5m17w3
3) Electroshock, La Parka, Myzteziz vs Averno, Black Warrior, Chessman
https://www.sendspace.com/file/07fbl9

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-08-02 
taped 2014-07-22 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara 
Full Show: http://ul.to/04ze9iwb
1) Sky Kid & Smaker © vs Boby Zavala & Olímpico for the Occidente Tag Team Championship 
https://www.sendspace.com/file/u3fn37
2) Ángel de Oro, Sagrado, Super Porky vs Kráneo, Mr. Águila, Ripper 
https://www.sendspace.com/file/okqka2
3) Atlantis, Blue Panther, Volador Jr. vs Gran Guerrero, Shocker, Último Guerrero
https://www.sendspace.com/file/zm8vnf

CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-08-02 
taped 2014-07-29 @ Arena México 
Intro
https://www.sendspace.com/file/w886rf
1) Dark Angel, Goya Kong, Lluvia vs Dalys, La Seductora, Tiffany 
https://www.sendspace.com/file/y5hqvj
Dark Angel Fitness
https://www.sendspace.com/file/i0ufel
2) Ángel de Oro, Sagrado, Stuka Jr. vs Boby Zavala, Rey Bucanero, Terrible 
https://www.sendspace.com/file/wb1kqr
Stellar Moments
https://www.sendspace.com/file/6dqs7q
3) Marco Corleone, Máscara Dorada, Super Porky vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja 
https://www.sendspace.com/file/cv0lo3
4) Titán © vs Cavernario for the Mexican National Welterweight Championship
https://www.sendspace.com/file/jf285b

CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-08-02 
taped 2014-07-25 @ Arena México 
Intro
https://www.sendspace.com/file/lqglny
1) Goya Kong, Marcela, Silueta vs Amapola, Princesa Blanca, Zeuxis 
https://www.sendspace.com/file/1try7c
2) Atlantis, Dragón Rojo Jr., Titán vs Rey Escorpión, Shocker, Último Guerrero 
https://www.sendspace.com/file/1ez3w4
3) La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush vs Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Volador Jr. in a relevos increíbles match
https://www.sendspace.com/file/a28fub

Lucha Azteca (CMLL): 2014-08-02 
taped 2014-07-18 @ Arena México 
Full Show: http://ul.to/cdz6lwfb
1) Atlantis, Dragón Rojo Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Pólvora, Rey Escorpión, Último Guerrero 
2) Negro Casas & Shocker © vs La Sombra & Rush for the CMLL World Tag Team Championship

CMLL on Terra: 2014-08-03 
taped 2014-08-03 @ Arena Coliseo 
1) Magnus & Sensei vs Cholo & Espiritu Negro 
http://ul.to/0fcry3h7
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Stigma, Súper Halcón Jr. vs Artillero, Hijo del Signo, Súper Comando 
http://ul.to/2gc2nf85
3) Fuego, Oro Jr., Rey Cometa vs Boby Zavala, Metálico, Virus 
http://ul.to/qk1cywqz
4) Zeuxis © vs Silueta [REINA IJ] 
http://ul.to/ly6yavvl
5) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Sagrado vs Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Pólvora 
http://ul.to/qoz7fubv
6) Máscara Dorada, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
http://ul.to/rnl8qss3

CMLL Puebla: 2014-08-03 
taped 2014-07-21 @ Arena Puebla 
1) Black Tiger & Milenium vs Rey Apocalipsis & Toro Bill Jr.  – first fall only!
https://www.sendspace.com/file/0y6l10
2) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Blue Center, Boby Zavala, El Cavernario 
https://www.sendspace.com/file/t80llr
3) Máximo, Rush, Super Porky vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas 
https://www.sendspace.com/file/mbqkd9
4) Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero © vs Atlantis, Valiente, Volador Jr. for the CMLL World Trios Championship
https://www.sendspace.com/file/6iflv9

Noches de Coliseo: 2014-08-03 
taped 2014-07-27 @ Arena Coliseo Monterrey 
1) Angel Justiciero, Desafio, Metal vs Corazón de Barrio, Hator, Mr. Vega 
http://ul.to/cex75b2p
2) Caifan, Diluvio Negro I, Diluvio Negro II vs Bengali, Difunto, Silver Star – first fall only!
https://www.sendspace.com/file/rowfut

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expensive Anniversary ticket prices, Oficials and Traumas destroy each other

Trauma II/photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (SUN) 08/03/2014 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), The Gladiatores]
1) Avisman & Hip Hop Man b Alfa & Omega
Avisman replaced Hijo de la Bestia (which meant he was working twice.) This one went two falls.
2) Apolo Estrada Jr., Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo © b Emperador Azteca, Imposible, Metaleon [EdM Trios]
Imposible and Avisman had a very good exchange to start the match. Later, Imposible and Azteca went back to having problems again, and the rudos took advantage to ultimately win. Fourth defense for the Gringos.
3) Alan Extreme b Guerrero Mixtico [hair]
Mixitco surprised Alan to win fall one, but then got his foot caught in the ropes on a dive and Alan attacked the leg to submit him for fall 2. Third fall got bloody. Mixtico had a pin with his hand on the ropes, Alan reversed it to his own pin with his hand on the ropes, and he held on for three. Mixtico argued the finish but eventually got his hair cut.
4) Demon Clown, Eterno, Hijo de Máscara Año 2000 b Hijo De Dos Caras, Relámpago, Veneno
Rudos took 2/3. Demon Clown challenged Hijo de Dos Caras to a title match. Hijo de Mascara did as well, setting up a remarkable triangle title match.
5) Oficial 911 & Oficial AK47 © b Trauma I & Trauma II [IWRG IC TAG]
Fierro came out as second for his friends, which upset the Traumas. Commissioner allowed it which proved to a bad decision because Fierro just interfered the whole way. Oficials won fall 1. Fierro smacked Trauma I in the knee with a broomstick between falls, leaving I hurt the rest of the way. Traumas rallied and Trauma II eliminated 911, but the Traumas were so angry they got DQed for excessive violence on AK-47 and for shoving the refs down. Straight falls. First defense for the Oficials.

Thinking of resubbing to AYM online for a month just to have a better shot of getting this show. No idea if it’ll help (except last week’s Trauma/Oficials match definitely aired on AYM and not LAS) or if I have the means to actually record the show.

Hijo de Dos Caras versus Demon Clown versus Hijo de Mascara Ano 2000 has a chance to be a MOTYC, though probably with another let added to that acronym. I noticed at least one person in the comments of Tercera Caida’s Facebook believes Demon Clown is actually Head Hunter I. We all know Demon Clown is truly a proud Canadian, right up there with Wayne Gretzky and Celine Dion (but we’ll probably find out his identity soon enough – maybe in a month!)

Developments in the second and third match suggest that Imposible and Alan Xtreme may be headed back to more rudo ways.

Tickets quietly went on sale for the CMLL Anniversary show today. They’re crazy expensive. Cheapest ticket is 587 pesos ($45 USD), with the closest tickets on sale right now at 3274 pesos ($248 USD!) Weird prices are mostly the effect of the Ticketmaster handling charges, but they’d still be incredibly expensive prices for a Mexico wrestling event with them. TripleMania’s tickets run 144 to 1920. Last year’s Anniversary price went from 2995 to 301, so it’s about a 280 peso ($21 USD) hike on every ticket. Most lucha libre shows we went to last year cost less than that increase alone (and if you’re running one of those shows, you may not be thrilled about CMLL eating up so much of the money.)

CMLL’s not going to sell the building out at those prices unless there’s a lot of stuff underneath – Volador versus Sombra, hair versus mask, does not seem so impossible now – but they could still make a ton of money with a 3/4ths full building. CMLL’s business model is increasingly dependent on scraping by most of the year and making their money on the rest of the show. They’re really trying to make their money here!

Unlikely there’s not going to be a last minute reprieve to put this show on the internet for free at those prices (though last year’s was at nearly the same.) Wish CMLL and Terra would iPPV it, but that seems unlikely too – and may make sense, since you may not want people paying $25 at home if you’re trying to sell them on coming for $45 each. Still, there has to be a way to black it out in Mexico City on the day of the show and allow people who can’t travel to Mexico City a chance to pay to see the show.

And now this.

Dr. Wagner Jr. suffered a deep cut on his shoulder after LA Park hit him with a light tube in Monterrey. The story is it didn’t seem that severe at the time, but he ended up going to the hospital after finding out it cut a vein and will now be out three weeks. The lower deck was jam packed for the show. This gives me a great horrible idea: ACM should do a gimmick where they announce a LA Park versus Dr. Wagner street fight and then announce there will be no tickets sold on the lower level for the safety of the fans because the match is going to be so out of control. It would look bizarre on TV but you’d sell every upper level ticket. (Also, LA Park and Dr. Wagner would definitely end up brawling to the upper level.)

Stuka will replace Titan on Tuesday in his lightning match versus Cavernario. Titan is still out due to injury.

Flamita did keep his Brave Gate championship over Tony Rodriguez and Makabre in Arena Roberto Paz on Saturday. There are scurrilous rumors that Dragon Gate in fact did not sanction a title match to take place in Arena Roberto Paz but I choose not to believe such things. Demon Clown is from Canada!

Interesting section from a Fortune interview with El Rey’s Robert Rodriguez

The pace that we’re able to go at, when we have an idea we can turn it around and put it on air. It’s really addictive and fun. I shot Sin City 2 last January and now it’s just coming out. That would never happen on my network. When we shoot something it goes on the air next week.

(Not sure if that applies to shows he’s authoring or the network entirely.)

Domingo Universal has a bio of Casandro.

LuchaWorld has 80 thru 71 in their top 2013 countdown and a Vandal Drummond column on Rush/Sombra vs Casas/Shocker and Black Gordman.

Segunda Caida reviews El Hijo Del Santo, Octagón, Rey Misterio Jr. vs Blue Panther, Fuerza Guerrera, Psicosis from 1995.

Negro Casas’ skull makes an appearance on all three lucha magazines this week.

Lucha Libre In Japan

Silueta will now defend the REINA Interntional Junior Championship against Maki Narumiya on the 08/08 REINA show.

La Comandante (still in Japan) & Yumiko Hotta defend the REINA tag team titles on 08/20. The only card not announced yet is the 08/30, so that’s probably the not yet announced Marcela title defense.

Rush takes Casas’ hair, Blanca loses and retires, Atlantis vs UG on 09/19

photo by Alexis Salazar/CMLL

CMLL (FRI) 08/01/2014 Arena México [CMLLMT (5)MT (6)MT (rest)R de Rudo
***Juicio Final, 2014*** 
1) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa b Puma, Skándalo, Tiger
Cometa hurt a foot, took the boot off the foot, and still beat Puma with a torito. 
2) Ephesto, Euforia, Mephisto b Blue Panther, La Máscara, Máximo
Rudos took 2/3. Mephisto’s return from injury. Maximo was hurt by the end of the match. 
3) Marcela & Princesa Sugehit b La Seductora & Princesa Blanca [mask, hair]
Rudas took the first, tecnicas the second. Third saw Seductora beat Marcela, but Sugehit beat Seductora and Blanca herself to win. Blanca blamed referee Bestia Negra for the loss and knocked him out with a kick. (Can’t suspend a retired woman!) Blanca and Seductora tried escaping without taking their punishments, but were forced to return. La Seductora is Irene Laguna, a 23 year vet from Guerrero. CMLL notes Blanca’s retirement was an official stipulation, but she declared she was really done. 
4) Volador Jr. b La Sombra © [NWA WELTER]
Volador took falls 1/3 to win the title. Usual absurdly short starting falls, then a 20+ minute one to end it. Sombra’s falls on first defense. Volador holds this belt for the 2nd time, and is the 7th/63rd champion (and gains entry into the Universal tournament, at least for the moment.) Volador repeated his challenge for a hair versus mask match to Sombra, who was non-comittal. 
5) Rey Escorpión, Shocker, Último Guerrero DQ Atlantis, Dragón Rojo Jr., Máscara Dorada
Mascara Dorada replaced Titan (injury.) Straight falls. Ultimo Guerrero got away with a mask pull in the first, then Atlantis was caught pulling UG’s mask in the second. Atlatnis declared the Atlantis/UG mask match will happen on the CMLL 81st Anniversary show. UG demanded this made official, and Panico did – the match will take place on 09/19. 
6) Rush b Negro Casas [hair]
Rush won the first with the corner dropkick. Sombra tried to help out with a chair shot, but Casas still took the second with a casita. Rush used a ref distraction to foul Casas in the third. Rush’s 5th hair win, 2nd this year. Negro’s 9th known hair match defeat. Ingobernables celebrated with champagne and humiliated Casas after the match.

Crowd looked about 80% full, with the cheapest seats accounting for most the empty spots. That’d put the attendance around 13,400, the same as Dos Leyendas.

Show sounds like it was generally good. CMLL did all the obvious outcomes – Rush won, Blanca & Seductora lost, Atlantis & Ultimo made their match – but sometimes the obvious finishes are the ones you have to do. The next step for CMLL is convincing everyone they really mean to do Ultimo Guerrero versus Atlantis without an out this year. CMLL did the contract signing in the middle of the ring to alleviate that, but there still was a lot of skepticism last night.

Atlantis emphasized the match would be one on one with no escape.  Volador said he wants the Anniversary main event against Sombra if Atlantis & Ultimo Guerrero back out.

Maximo says he was knocked out and spend the night in the hospital.

Psicosis and Tabu have apparently said they’re out of AAA. (I can’t find the original Tabu Facebook post, so not as sure.) Tabu has barely been used so most may have thought he was already gone years ago. Psicosis hasn’t been used on TV since the May 24th multiman match title show match Aerostar won. Psicosis has been back in AAA for about the last seven years and seemed like a guy who would be around AAA forever given his long history with the promotion and his relationships with those in charge. Psicosis is currently teaching classes at Auditorio de Tijuana and wrestling in that arena – maybe he just wanted off the road for now.

Also, look at that match: Aerostar & Eterno were on the TripleMania card and taken off, Ricky Marvin is no longer Ricky Marvin (on a couple of levels), Steve Pain and Psicosis are both gone and Axel might be as well. Doom all around.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Rob has highlights of 05/04/14 AAA.

Segunda Caida reviews CMLL on LATV 06/15/14, which might have flipped back to the beginning of it’s run.

Psycho Clown and Texano will rematch the day after TripleMania.

Lucha Libre in Japan

08/02 NOAH:
Super Crazy & Matt Striker [O] b Yoshinari Ogawa & Zack Sabre Jr. [X] [JTL] – this match lasted 84 seconds. They finish 3rd.
Rocky Lobo [O] & Jinzo b Shiori Asahi & Hiro Tonai [X] [JTL] – Lobo & Jinzo get a win! They finish 1-3, last.

Lineups

IWRG (WED) 08/06/2014 Arena Naucalpan 
1) Muerte Infernal vs Omega 
2) Black Niko & Seiya vs Atomic Star & Matrix Jr. 
3) Cristal & Látigo vs Hip Hop Man & Sexy Girls 
4) Golden Magic, Relámpago, Veneno vs Canis Lupus, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, X-Fly 
5) Black Terry, Metaleon, Power Bull vs Ironía, Spider Boy, Yakuza

Main event continues the AULL trainees versus FILL feud.

Sexy Girls worked on the last trainee show, needs a better name, may have been the one wrestling under that name in Monterrey in 2007 and 2008 (or maybe not.)

CMLL (FRI) 08/08/2014 Arena México 
1) Shockercito & Stukita vs Mercurio & Pequeño Olímpico 
2) Delta, Dragon Lee, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Cancerbero, Raziel 
3) Goya Kong, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, La Seductora, Zeuxis 
4) Máscara Dorada, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Ephesto, Hechicero, Mephisto 
5) Dragón Rojo Jr. © vs Rey Escorpión [CMLL MIDDLE]
Dragon Rojo’s 8th defense. Rey Escorpion’s title is not on the line. 
6) La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush vs Negro Casas, Shocker, Último Guerrero

Main event keeps on being the main event. Semimain should set up some more challenges. Fourth match might be good if we got to see it.

Juicio Final preview

Tonight is CMLL’s Juicio Final. Rush and Ngero Casas finally meet in a hair match after building towards it for more than a year. It’s lately felt like they may have waited too long to do it, but the fans did seem very into the feud during the tag team title match which aired in the past week. This might be one of the best matches of the year, and it’s definitely going to be one of the most heated. The Arena Mexico crowd should be totally behind Negro Casas, rooting him to a win they don’t believe he can actually get, and the match will work around how close Casas can come to that win.

The other apuesta match on the show is Seductora & Princesa Blanca versus Marcela & Princesa Sugehit. Both Blanca versus Marcela and Blanca and Sugehit would’ve been more attractive matches. There’s no reason for Seductora to be here except she has a mask she can lose (which is not much of a reason) and CMLL hasn’t done anything to suggest she could win. Lucha libre has a history of drawing around big matches with very obvious outcomes (every Santo/Hijo del Santo apuesta match), but a bad turnout here might suggest they did the very obvious outcomes with the wrong people.

The third big match on the show is another Volador/Sombra match. This one might work a little better because the other matches will force them to compress their usual match a little bit – there shouldn’t be as much time for unending cliched near fall spots. Volador winning would give him a birth in the Universal tournament and seems like the most likely outcome.

The most important decision on the show is not either of those two apuesta results, at least in the short term, but what they do about the Anniversary show. This is the very obvious moment to announce the date of the show and the main event, but sometimes CMLL failsy to do the very obvious.

Ticketmaster shows the most expensive seats and the cheap seats CMLL usually sells first (directly in front of and behind the entrance) generally sold out. They’re selling more on the sides than a normal show, but there’s still a lot of tickets available. I’ve never looked at the ticket sold map before for a big show, so I’m not sure if it’s bad, good or no different than normal.

Rush repeats that Negro Casas is the last hair he wants, and he’s going after masks since. He makes sure to bring up Casas has beat him for the tag and trios titles in the last few months, but it’ll be different in an apuesta match.

CMLL’s preview for tonight’s show reveals Mascara Dorada will replace Titan in the semimain tonight. Titan posted on Facebook that he has a foot injury.

Hechicero and Hijo del Signo are manning the TuriLuchas bus.

There’s a video interview with Aerostar from July 13th where it appears he knew he wasn’t in the cruiserweight title match. Which means they had about 18 days (and a TV taping) where they could’ve come up with a reason to explain it and they don’t feel like it.

LuchaWorld has Alfredo’s more positive take on the TripleMania lineup.

Rob has highlights of 05/09/14 CMLL.

Tercera Caida doesn’t air until today, but they’ve already posted the complete show on line, as well the after the show interviews with Taya and Faby.

Segunda Caida reviews Dr. Wagner Jr., Mr. Niebla, Rey Bucanero vs Atlantis, Tarzan Boy, Último Guerrero.

Latin Lover is listed on 08/22 Tijuana poster, but it’s possible he may just be appearing and not wrestling. It’s vague on who’s actually in that main event but it looks like it’s other six guys listed at the top.

The 09/20 ChilanagaMask show in Arena Roberto Paz will include local wrestlers along with the usual ChilangaMask crew.

Estrellita defends the Mexican’ Women’s championship against La Comandante in REINA on 08/10.

Lineup

indy (SAT) 08/30/2014 Sala de Armas Magdalena Mixhuca, Ciudad México, Distrito Federal
1) Dragón Oriental & Nahual vs Chacal & Príncipe Azteca
2) Huracan Ramirez Jr., Skayde, Turbo vs Histeria II, Oriental, Súper Bólido
3) Esther Moreno, Lady Apache, Yuca La Potranquita vs Lola Gonzalez, Miss Janeth, Rossy Moreno
4) Groon XXX, Hijo De Dos Caras, Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr. vs Hijo De Universo 2000, Scorpio Jr., Zumbido
5) Cien Caras, Máscara Año 2000, Universo 2000, Veneno vs Cachorro Mendoza, Canek, Heavy Metal, Solar I

This is billed as a Ringo Mendoza tribute show – so is this the Arena Coliseo moved? They’ll also have 4 MMA bouts, which strikes me as totally mistaking the audience for this sort of event.

08/02-03 lucha times

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== AAA ==

AAA-Televisa: First part of AAA in Ecatepec. Guessing minis, Suicide/Pentagon, and Consejo/Psycho

== CMLL ==

FOX2: moved to 1pm on Saturday. One more Relevos Increibles, Atlantis/Rey Escorpion and then who knows.

52MX: Guerreros/Shocker vs Atlantis/Panther/Volador, much anticipated tag title match

Claro: Marco/Stuka/Dorada vs Euforia/Felino/Niebla

C3: Titan vs Cavernario!

TVC Deportes (Puebla): Guerreros defending the trios titles vs Atlantis, Volador and Valiente.

Lucha Azteca: Tag title match.

Terra Sunday: Dorada/Stuka/Valiente vs Bucanero/Terrible/Vangellys, Zeuxis/Silueta

== Other ==

Noches de Coliseo: There were two shows Sunday. No idea which one the cameras shows up for. Probably the Tuesday one.

IWRG (LAS/AYM): last Sunday’s show has already started to air in full, so it’s possible they’ll move to the FILL show. Hoping so.

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Team Arena Lopez Mateos defeats Naucalpan, Juicio Final, TripleMania

photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG FILL (WED) 07/30/2014 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), The Gladiatores]
1) Sexy Girls, Skandia, Último Caballero b Blue Metal, Fly Tiger, Vardeus
2) Black Niko, Galaxy, Psique b Chicanito, Cosmos Fugas, Zumba
3) Payaso De Plata, Payaso Extremo, Vampiro Metálico b Blue Monsther, Fly Boricua, Marduk Jr.
4) Atomic Star, Matrix Jr., Muerte Infernal b Aramis, Black Angel, Seiya
Money thrown in.
5) Dante, Discordia, Euro, Finders, Ironica, Rey Inmortal, Spider Boy, Xcorpio b Anubis Black, Emperador Azteca, Látigo, Metaleon, Omega, Power Bull, Sky Ángel, Zurdog [Copa High Power]
IWRG vs Arena Lopez Mateos (Yakuza). Match came down to Metaleon versus Spider Boy. Metaleon took out Spider Boy with a dive, but Yakuza hit him with a chair while he was out there. A groggy Metaleon returned to the ring and was beaten by Spider Boy for the win.

Outside team winning Copa High Power usually means more is coming. As usual, the FILL shows draw a decent crowd (of parents and family.)

Last night’s CMLL Informa included all the participants in the apuesta matches on Friday. Negro Casas was on the show, seemed fine. No one talked about Blanca being booked next week or Casas not making his appearances.

Negro Casas says he’s not scared of Rush and plans on celebrating his win with his wife, daughters and grand daughter.

This preview of the women’s match struggles to find a way to make Seductora sound impressive.

Today’s the last day to order TripleMania at the discounted price. They’ve confirmed that the show will be available On Demand after the fact if you can’t watch it live. They’re also doing a trivia contest for tickets for the show.

Eterno, who did not make the TripleMania card, also did not make his scheduled appearance last night in San Luis Potosi. Angel Mortal replaced him. (No idea if that’s related.) Argos replaced Devil Rocker in the main event; they seem to have problems getting three Rockers in the same place at the same time. Demon’s worked as Devil on random spots shows so often that I’m totally sure there are still three regular Rockers.

Cronicas and Leyendas makes their picks for the two big matches.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update and the top 90-80 on the LuchaWorld 100.

Rob has highlights of 05/06/14 CMLL.

Fuego en el Ring has a story on a remolded Gimnasio Konkreto and a new trainee there and mask maker Stukita. He says he’s making gear for himself (which has looked great) as well as Stuka Jr., Sagrado, Delta, Pequeno Olimpico and others.

SuperLuchas has some photos from the Arena Puebla art exhibit. It’s at the building until 08/21.

Luchador Asesino Negro Jr. (from Campeche – believe he’s not the same guy who was in Guadalajara for years) was arrested for fraud. He created a website promoting tours from Campeche to Mexico City, took the money from the tours, and then just tried to disappear when it came time for the tours. The story says he’s a retired luchador, but I see him booked this weekend. I don’t think he’s making it.

AAA TripleMania XXII lineup thoughts

AAA TV (SUN) 08/17/2014 Arena Ciudad de Mexico, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal 
***TripleMania XXII*** 
1) Aerostar, Jennifer Blake, Mascarita Sagrada, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Mamba, Mini Abismo Negro, Sexy Star, Súper Fly 
2) Angélico vs Hijo del FantasmaAustralian SuicideFénixBengalaJack EvansJoe LiderPentagón Jr.Daga ©Ricochet [AAA CRUISER]
Daga is Cruiserweight champion. Fenix’s Fusion championship will be absorbed by the cruiserweight championship. 
3) Faby Apache © vs Taya Valkyrie [Reina De Reinas]
Faby Apache is champion. 2nd defense, 1st televised defense since Faby won the title 17 months ago. 
4) Blue Demon Jr. vs Jeff JarrettElectroshockAvernoLa ParkaChessman [hair, mask, cage
5) Myzteziz vs el Hijo del Perro AguayoCibernético? [Copa TripleMania XXII] 
6) Psycho Clown vs Texano Jr. [hair, mask]
mask vs hair

Air Date: 08/17, obviously. But also likely 08/23 and 08/30. Maybe only 2 weeks since it’s a six match show, the first one to only be six matches since 20.04.

So. What’s been noticeable for the last year is re-enforced here: AAA’s weekly TV storylines are nearly irrelevant, and you’re best off just dropping in on the major shows. There are good matches to be found on AAA’s weekly TV, but nothing else. Attentive viewers are not rewarded. They’re actually persuaded to pay less attention so they can ignore the gaping plot holes. AAA’s drawn well this year, but that’s been a combination of choosing only building they could do fill and smart talent acquisition. It’s not really about anything they’ve done with the talent.

(It’s really hard to reconcile AAA being lauded for it’s detail work and consistently see big shows like this. People are blind or deceiving themselves.)

Not that the major shows are really building much or filling up with more than thrown together match. AAA’s clearly known they were going to run that cage match for a while, but couldn’t be bothered to run any angles to build up and have just added completely random promos to justify it after the fact. There’s not even that for the semimain. TripleMania is supposed to be the biggest show of AAA’s year with the big payoffs. There’s only one feud being paid off here.

I’ve been critical of nothing happening on AAA TV tapings this year, but maybe that’s got to be the way to do it. If anything that happens is going to be pretty much ignored, then there’s no sense in wasting the time.

Psycho versus Texano has been covered a lot, but it’s still surprising to see them in the main event. It makes sense in that it’s the only match AAA’s promoted on TV. I’m not sure their audience sees them as the top stars and there’s a real danger some of the crowd is going to walk out during the match (which is not exactly what they’re looking for when they’re obviously trying to make someone.) It is helped by only having six matches and a PPV time window; AAA can’t drag the show on as long as they might do on some other nights.

Semimain continues the proud trend of completely pointless tournaments to eat up space on AAA major shows to avoid actually doing something. (3 of the last 5!) The mystery guy is the mystery guy. Like always, it’s probably a top secret only known to a few and/or someone in the Parka Negra suit if the persons bails at the last second. It definitely helps that Hijo del Fantasma was the last guy AAA really tried with this, though it’s still way overdone. Judging from Fantasma’s interview, AAA’s probably trying to get someone from CMLL who hasn’t actually quit CMLL yet.

Fourth match is the cage match that was hurriedly thrown together in promos (when they figured out Mesias wasn’t going to be back in time.) Jarrett, Demon and Parka are obviously aren’t losing, but I wouldn’t rule out any of the other three guys – even Averno, since they may have already moved on from his program with Myzteziz and this is probably as good a payoff as he’s going to get.

Faby versus Taya was actually built on TV! Taya stands a really good chance of winning here. She’s at every single AAA press event, she might as well attend them with the belt. Sexy Star can easily be used to give Taya an out.

The second match continues the annual tradition of throwing Jack Evans in a wacky multiman match because AAA can’t be bothered to come up with angle for Jack Evans. The closest thing he’s gotten to a normal match was 2011, when he teamed with Extreme Tiger to take on Abyss and Mr. Anderson in a cage match. Repeat: that’s the closest Jack Evans has gotten to a normal match at TripleMania.

The storyline of the Cruiserweight Title Match

  • Daga doesn’t show up in Tuxtla Guiterrez on 05/24, and everyone agrees never to mention this again
  • His title defense instead becomes a #1 contenders match, and Aerostar beats Steve Pain to get a title shot. Everyone is shocked Aerostar actually won something.
  • Bizarrely, but because much like this show AAA couldn’t be bothered to book angles for the midcard of their major show, there’s a second #1 contenders match on Verano de Escandalo, where Bengala beats Pentagon Jr.
  • In a 06/27 trios in Queratro, Fenix beats Daga, and also asks for a title match. Bengala points out he’s due a shot first, but Fenix proposes putting his Fusion title on the line to make it fair. Daga accepts – under the condition he also gets to add Steve Pain and Eterno to even the numbers. Everyone there accepts. Aerostar doesn’t appear, but probably couldn’t since he got dropped on his head in the previous match.
  • This match is announced! It had nothing to do with the last few bullet points except for the two titles thing.

That’s just crap story telling.

Everyone being gifted the title shot actually lost in one of those contenders match except for Ricochet (new here!) and Joe Lider (not actually a cruiserweight except for when they’re trying to give him a TripleMania payoff.) Meanwhile, Steve Pain, Eterno and Aerostar are all not booked in the match. Kind of have to wonder if Pain knew he was being left off the TripleMania show when he left – there doesn’t seem to be any obvious place where he should’ve been on, and it’s not as though Eterno made it he did it.

Also: Flamita is working in Arena Lopez Mateos the previous day, is probably just as well known by the Mexican fans as Richochet and probably could’ve been brought in just a little bit easier. Ricochet is great, really great, but is AAA really going to spend the next 19 days working hard to explain that to the fans? That’s not what they do. Are the hardcore Dragon Gate fans going to buy TripleMania just for Ricochet, when there’s an actual Dragon Gate show on that same day (not to mention SummerSlam?) Probably not. I’m pretty sure AAA has no idea there’s a Dragon Gate iPPV that day, oh well.

I would assume the real story is Ricochet’s been offered a spot on the El Rey show – and Flamita has not! – so they’re using him here even though the two projects will have very little to do with each other. So at least Ricochet is better than Ricky Reyes.

I wonder if if Fantasma is thrilled to be working the second match on the biggest show of the year. That didn’t seem to be a thing he liked. I really hope he gets his Cibernetico feud but it sure doesn’t look in the cards. Mystery Guy got your spot, maybe you should’ve waited a few more months. (I think Terrible’s the name everyone’s going to guess for the next few weeks.)

Opener is the usual Get Pimpinela A Payday. I’m 100% the excuse for pulling Aerostar from the title match was to have him face Super Fly to “get them ready for their mask match”, but Pentagon Jr. and Australian Suicide are having the same mask match feud and are in the cruiserweight match. Since Aerostar earned the shot and Sexy Star and Pentagon Jr. are the odd couple tag team champions, it seems pretty obvious those parings should’ve been swapped. Maybe not obvious enough.

It’s also insane that Mascarita Sagrada is working this show and Dinasita is sitting at home. There’s a lot of spots on this card where it feels like people are being gifted spots because of relationships and that’s honestly one of them.

Show should be good! I wish I paid a lot less attention to AAA so I could enjoy it more. I’m beyond frustrated with the booking. AAA is a fraction of what it’s capable of being and it would be awesome if they actually tried to fulfill their potential. Instead, this is probably the start of a few months of frustration.

 

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CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-07-20

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taped 2014-07-11 @ Arena México
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Titan keeps title from caveman, Negro Casas MIA, AAA US signing, TripleMania mystery

photo by Alexis Salazar/CMLL

CMLL (TUE) 07/29/2014 Arena México
1) Mercurio & Pierrothito b Aéreo & Stukita
2) Dark Angel, Goya Kong, Lluvia DQ Dalys, La Seductora, Tiffany
Straight falls for the tecnicas. Seductora was DQed for excessive violence on Dark Angel.
3) Kamaitachi, Okumura, Virus b Dragon Lee, Pegasso, Starman
Rudos took 2/3.
4) Boby Zavala, Rey Bucanero, Terrible b Ángel de Oro, Sagrado, Stuka Jr.
Rudos took 2/3. Recap doesn’t emphasize any Sagrado/Angel de Oro issues.
5) Marco Corleone, Máscara Dorada, Super Porky b Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja
Tecnicos took 1/3.
6) Titán © b Cavernario [MEX WELTER]
Titan’s fifth defense. Cavernario won the first with his splash to the floor, Titan took the second one with the aid of a moonsault, they traded holds in the third and Titan pinned Cavernario in the third.

Main event looks really good from the pictures. Looking forward to seeing that.

Kind of late in the day to do something with Seductora, but maybe actually winning would’ve been more helpful.

 

CMLL (TUE) 07/29/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Brillante & El Divino b Acertijo & Magnum
Tecnicos took 2/3
2) Canelo Casas & Infierno b Leo & Metatrón
Rudos took 2/3.
3) Princesa Blanca b Princesa Sugehit [lightning]
bumped down to tercera. Blanca won with a powerbomb.
4) Disturbio, Maléfico, Ráfaga b Fuego, Omar Brunetti, Tritón
Rudos took 1/3.
5) Felino, Puma, Tiger DQ Black Panther, Blue Panther, Cachorro
Panthers took 2/3, the last when Tiger fouled Blue Panther
6) Mr. Niebla, Rey Escorpión, Último Guerrero DQ La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush
Rey Escorpion replaced Negro Casas. Rudos took 2/3, UG tossing his mask to Rush to draw the DQ.

Negro Casas doesn’t miss many matches, but he’s missed his bookings in Puebla and Guadalajara now. (Whoever was running the Twitter for Guadalajara didn’t appear to know Negro Casas wasn’t there until Rey Escorpion walked out for the match, so the fans probably didn’t get an explanation either.) I assume Negro Casas is showing up as scheduled on Friday because he’s Negro Casas and no-showing would be pretty much unprecedented for him and for CMLL. Still, this is why you have a press department, to assure people that the main event they’re thinking about seeing is still happening.

CMLL really should address this today on CMLL Informa, but who knows. I’m struggling to figure out what they would do in the unlikely Negro Casas is hurt or otherwise unavailable. Does Mr. Niebla just lose mask with no build? Does Rey Escorpion? There is no good solution.

Reminder: Tomorrow is the last day to sign up for the TripleMania iPPV to get it at the discounted price. They haven’t said what the price will be later, but if you’re going to risk it anyway you might as well save a few dollars.

A second poster for TripleMania includes Myzteziz, Perro Aguayo Jr., Hijo del Fantasma, Cibernetico and the Grim Reaper (???), none of whom have announced matches for the show quite yet. The Grim Reaper is a mystery luchador we’re supposed to speculate about but I’m just going to assume it’s Loco Max. Taya, Faby and Fenix are on there too. They actually have matches.

(Just to be clear, one promotion is running a “surprise main eventer” angle, and one promotion is accidentally running a “surprise! our main eventer?” story. It’s tough to keep straight.)

Ricky Reyes – one of the Havana Brothers if you’ve got a long memory – said on Facebook that he’s signed a contract for the AAA/El Rey show. The plan all along has been to sign US indy guys to work with the AAA roster, Reyes is the first signing that’s public. Reyes also said the tapings were happening in September. Konnan was telling people it was happening in August as recently as a week ago. AAA themselves still have said nothing new about the show.

SegundaCaida reviews Místico, Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero vs Atlantis, Tarzan Boy, Último Guerrero. I’m not sure I would ever want to revisit the Rey Bucanero turn myself; it was so disappointing at the time.

ColiseoMania II hype video, with various Arena Coliseo Monterrey highlights. Or “highlights.” The show is on 09/21 and the only thing they’ve announced so far is No Konnan Big.

Lineups

indy (SAT) 08/02/2014 Arena Roberto Paz, Guadalajara, Jalisco
1) Crazy King vs Power Boy
2) Hipnosis, Principe Egipcio, Rey Neron vs El Soldado, Enviado, Olimpo
3) Adrenalina, IVan Drago, Psicotico vs Black Golden, Black Tod, Shiyru Dragon Jr.
4) Histeria III, Tronx, X-Fly vs Draego, Lacandon Jr, Mercurio
5) Chik Tormenta vs La Magnifica [NWG DIVAS]
6) Roberto Paz Jr. vs Pantera [NWG AZTECA]
7) Flamita © vs Makabre, Tony Rodriguez [DG BRAVE GATE]

Flamita’s back! Flamita’s probably defending this title without explicit approval. He’ll win, it’ll be okay. Flamita turns up in Arena Lopez Mateos the next day.

CMLL (TUE) 08/05/2014 Arena México
1) Bengala & Molotov vs Akuma & Cholo
2) Magnus, Sensei, Star Jr. vs Herodes Jr., Hijo del Signo, Nitro
3) Hombre Bala Jr., Starman, Súper Halcón Jr. vs Okumura, Sangre Azteca, Skándalo
4) Titán vs Cavernario [lightning]
5) Fuego, Rey Cometa, Tritón vs Boby Zavala, Kamaitachi, Misterioso Jr.
6) Ángel de Oro, Máximo, Super Porky vs Mr. Niebla, Shocker, Vangellys

Bringing back Titan and Cavernario for a lightning match a week later diminishes the work CMLL put into it last night. It’ll probably be a good match, Cavernario figures to get his win back and it may even have been designed as a way to promote the YouTube channel, but it’s not the best move for them. The idea of putting them in the main event last night was to promote Cavernario and Titan as top line stars having a big match. Throwing them in an inconsequential lightning match makes Tuesday night’s match seem not as big of a deal, putting them as the fourth match (especially given the rest of the card) makes them appear not to be stars. Again, it’s going to be a big match, but if they want to help those guys be stars, CMLL ought to swap them with Rey Cometa and Zavala and wait a few months before running the match again.

That main event tho’. That’s a “we run six shows a week and we can’t try on every single one so.” That’s not a strong TV main event. It’ll get over live so that’s good.

CMLL (TUE) 08/05/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Brillante vs El Acertijo
2) Marcela & Princesa Sugehit vs La Seductora & Princesa Blanca
3) Gallo, Omar Brunetti, Smaker vs Disturbio, Olímpico, Virus
4) Black Panther, Blue Panther, Cachorro vs Felino, Puma, Tiger
5) Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
6) Rush vs Último Guerrero

Blanca being booked here says she’s not going to retire on Friday. So either she’s winning after all (and CMLL is insane for making this a tag feud) or she’s just not retiring yet. Probably the latter, though this is again is something CMLL Informa might want to talk about. Glad I can help book the chat show today.

The first time Rush versus Ultimo Guerrero happened, Ultimo Guerrero was obviously the better wrestler and Rush was not quite there yet. That was three years ago and a lot has changed. Ultimo Guerrero can be good when Rush is just hitting him very hard. I’m sure that’ll happen. I’m sure UG’s five moves of doom will also happen.

CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-07-19

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taped 2014-07-15 @ Arena México
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