Copa Bobby Bonales, Torneo Incredible de Parajes, lucha libre marathon

Tonight is CMLL’s annual Copa Bobby Bonales. This is not a competition but more like a door prize. Daniel Aceves (or someone) decides in advance which legend should be honored that year and they get a plaque. Previous ‘winners’ are Blue Panther, Negro Casas, and Atlantis and I’d assume it goes to Ultimo Guerrero this year. It’s usually gone to someone in a trios match so they have time to be honored and he’s the most likely guy in the main event, which also includes Gran Guerrero & Averno versus Mistico, Valiente and La Sombra. That may finally set up a trios title match for next week.

The bigger event is the second block of the torneo increible de parajes, which is wide open. Mr. Niebla & Atlantis were the favorites, but Euforia replacing Niebla brings them back to the pack. I favor Negro Casas & Blue Panther to stick together until the final, but there’s a chance for a team like Marco & Terrible to sneak thru.

CMLL preview of the show includes a quote from the recent press conference to explain why Negro Casas can be in this match but not in the main event next week: he said he’d could return to the ring in a week or two, but he it’d be longer until he’s full strength and one must be at full strength to deal with the likes of Shocker and Rush.

The Terra preview for the show lists the tournament as airing, but that wasn’t the case last week and shouldn’t be expected to happen this week. (CMLL.com’s new set up has proven to be incapable of updating during tournaments, so you probably should just tune out for a couple hours after the broadcast goes dead.) Remember, if you switched your clocks this week, the broadcast starts an hour later. It’s a 9:30pm bell time here in the US Central Daylight Savings Time, but 8:30 pm local in Mexico City.

A Request: Can anyone record/send the CMLL Fox and C3 shows this weekend? Or point me towards usable streams I can record off of myself?

The Fox show should air on Azteca America next week, but there’s always the chance they wedge in the main event trios on Fox and cut it out when it comes to the US. I looked around for feeds last night and founds feeds for Fox Deportes (US) and Fox Sports South America, but none for Fox Sports Mexico proper. C3 does have a Ciudad Juarez feed, but that always acts strangely during this month of differing daylight savings time and it’s unlikely CMLL will air as normal. CadenaTres actually has what appears to be a live stream on their website. It’s blocked in the US, but maybe that’s just the Flash player and if I could get to the video stream itself it wouldn’t be blocked (but maybe they don’t even leave it on during CMLL?) Otherwise, their YouTube site may upload a couple of matches, but otherwise we’re probably out of luck.

We’re also going to be missing the AAA show this week, but AAA puts it up themselves (and repeats it next week) so it’s not as much an issue. I’d like to have it, but we’ll get it eventually.

Opening line to this AAA press release, translated: “In recent months, the AAA Fusion Champion Fenix has become a vital part of AAA programming.” Stop trolling. He’s so vital, he’s thrown in a cage match that has absolutely nothing to do with him. Anyway, he plans on giving his all and not losing his mask. You know, they’re using the domed cage because they have the domed cage so they need to find a way to wedge it once a year, but that also means a guy like Fenix can’t really do the usual big dive from the top OF the cage because there’s a top ON the cage. So he’ll probably do it even farther to the floor, they’ll show it maybe for two weeks, and then never ever again. I’m so fired up for Rey de Reyes, you can tell.

Rob has highlights of 01/03/2014 CMLL (Titan vs Virus).

LuchaWorld reviews this week’s Tercera Caida.

Doradafan has a new Soberano music video.

Ohtani’s Jacket has a review of the Perro Aguayo vs Sangre Chicana vs El Faraon vs Villano III, three posts on 90′s Lucha and a lot on Lizmark.

NFL football players visited Arena Mexico on Tuesday. CMLL thinks they’re such a big deal that they forgot to mention their names.

Hijo del Santo writes a column about riding the Mexico City subway. It was so loud, he couldn’t read a book! (This is a man writing about the giant bubble he lives in, more or less.)

Win a Monster Pain autographed mask. For some reason.

Arena el Jaguar has Dulce Kanela vs Lady Maravilla in a hair vs mask match the same night as Rey de Reyes (though you could probably make at least part of both?)

Lineups

CMLL (MON) 03/17/2014 Arena Puebla
1) Meyer & Paris vs Akrón & El Rebelde
2) Asturiano, Leono, Robin vs Blue Center, Espíritu Maligno, King Jaguar
3) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stigma vs Kamaitachi, Puma, Tiger
4) Diamante Azul, Titán, Valiente vs Euforia, Kráneo, Ripper
5) Atlantis, Máscara Dorada, Volador Jr. vs Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto

This is good looking card for matches. Main event is a rematch from last week – might be setting up a Volador title match.

eMdlLL (SAT) 04/05/2014 Expo Reforma, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal
1) Dinastia Imperial Trainees vs Dinastia Alvarado Trainees
  participants not listed
2) Lola Gonzalez, Reyna Gallegos, Vicky Carranza vs Lady Apache, Rossy Moreno, Tania
3) Coco Azul, Coco Rojo, Coco Verde vs Cuchillo, Kahoz, Rambo
4) La Máscara, Máscara Sagrada, Volador Jr. vs Scorpio Jr., Vangellys, Zumbido
main event of show 1
5) ? vs ??
listed as Exhibicion Lucha Japonesa – Hamada trainees?
6) Ayako Hamada, Big Mama, Yuca vs Black Fury, Marcela, Paloma Rouse
7) Blue Panther, Máximo, Super Porky vs Anteus, Negro Navarro, Pierroth
8) Averno, Blue Demon Jr., Gran Hamada vs Canek, Shigeo Okumura, Villano IV
main event of show 2
9) Marabunta, Marabunta Jr., Roy Reyes vs Gallego, Rocky Santana, Romano Garcia
10) El Falcón, el Halcon, Super Brazo vs Arafath, El Guerrero, Scorpio Jr.
11) Kendo, Solar I, Super Astro vs Felino, Heavy Metal, Negro Casas
12) Brazo de Oro & Brazo de Plata vs Villano III & Villano IV and Black Terry & Shu el Guerrero
listed as Brazos vs Villanos vs Temearios in a tag tournament; main event of show 3
13) Arkangel Trainees vs Villano Traines, Dianamita Trainees
14) Aguila Solitaria, Aristóteles, Pantera vs Cesar Dantes, El Gladiador, Jaque Mate
15) Arkángel de la Muerte, Cachorro Mendoza, Gran Cochisse vs Espectro Jr., Pirata Morgan, Satánico
16) Rayo de Jalisco Jr. & Universo 2000 vs Máscara Año 2000 & Mr. Niebla [Relevos Increíbles]
main event of show 4

eMdlLL (SUN) 04/06/2014 Expo Reforma, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal
1) Black Terry Trainees vs Villanos Trainees
2) Ayako Hamada, Big Mama, Yuca vs Black Fury, Marcela, Paloma Rouse
3) Batman, Súper Muñeco, Súper Pinocho vs Coco Azul, Coco Rojo, Coco Verde
4) Cachorro Mendoza, Máscara Sagrada, Volador Jr. vs Máscara Año 2000, Mr. Niebla, Universo 2000
main event of show 1
5) Dinastia Alvarado vs Escuela Dinamita
6) Anteus, El Falcón, El Halcon, Super Brazo vs El Guerrero, Scorpio Jr., Vangellys, Zumbido
7) La Máscara, Máximo, Super Porky vs Felino, Heavy Metal, Negro Casas
8) Brazo de Oro & Brazo de Plata vs Kahoz & Rambo and Black Terry & Shu el Guerrero
Listed as Los Brazos vs Los Temearios vs Kahoz & Rambo, guessing on names. Main event of show 2.
9) Stukita & Último Dragoncito vs El Panterita & Zafiro (IWRG)
10) Aramis (Alvarado), Goya Kong, Muñeca De Plata vs Amapola, Estrellita, Tiffany
11) Aguila Solitaria, Aristóteles, Cesar Dantes, Pantera vs Arkángel de la Muerte, El Gladiador, Fuerza Guerrera, Jaque Mate
12) Gran Cochisse, Rayo de Jalisco Jr., Villano III vs Espectro Jr., Pirata Morgan, Satánico
Main event of show 3.
13) Lady Apache, Rossy Moreno, Tania vs Lola Gonzalez, Reyna Gallegos, Vicky Carranza
14) Blue Panther & Solar I vs Negro Navarro & Super Astro
15) Gallego vs Romano Garcia, Rocky Santana, Marabunta [hair]
16) Canek & Gran Hamada vs Blue Demon Jr. & Villano IV
Main event of show 4.

These cards are insane. They’re listed as 4 separate shows each day (starting at 1). They’re all one after another with not much time for an intermission, and all apparently on a single admission. I’m just listing them as single shows. Interesting to see Heavy Metal on a show with CMLL luchadors. Maybe his profile needs to be removed? (Or maybe it’s an upset if half these matches happen as listed.) There’s also the hall of fame dinner on 04/02.

CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-02-22

 

Pequeno Nitro spears the post

recap

taped 2014-02-18 @ Arena México
Angelito, Fantasy, Shockercito vs Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Warrior, Pierrothito: Better minis match than usual. They got a little more time and Shockercito was really good. Pierrothito worked well with him – their exchange in the first fall was fun – but Shockercito was also just moving a hundred kilometers an hour. Angelito started off rough (and started off with Pequeño Black Warrior) and did get better, but I didn’t come off from match 1 that interested him. He can do some of the highspots other people can do but he’s not bringing anything different than what those other guys already do, unless he plans on taking crazy bumps on Nitro’s backcracker every week. (Probably shouldn’t be wearing a t-shirt in your debut either.) I have no memory of Fantasy in this match. A lot of spots here teasing dives and getting them cut off; they did as good as job as they could, but they really need to think about giving more freedom to the minis.

 

welcome to CMLL, Angelito

Hombre Bala Jr., Súper Halcón Jr., Tritón vs Cancerbero, Puma, Raziel: There was a match here, but I was totally distracted by trying to figure out what was going on with super Halcon’s mask. The partially open back does not work for him. All three rudos are usually good for fun double teams, but they stuck to holding and hitting, taking it down from what had been a pretty good first two falls. They picked it up for a pretty chaotic end game, but they had lost the crowd a bit by then. Halcon and Bala added their usual bit of insanity and the Triton/Puma sections were fun. There’s nothing smaller that the CMLL crowd hoots about more than not putting a guy on the top of the turnbuckles. I’m not sure why.

 

rudos have started to figure out Hombre Bala

Black Panther, Blue Panther, Cachorro vs Ephesto, Misterioso Jr., Pierroth: It was a remote possibility this match would be any good given the rudo side and it was not any good. It did add evidence that Black Panther and Cachorro are not just illusions created by Tiger & Puma but really promising young guys. There’s still getting the timing down and getting used to dealing when things go wrong, but they do feel different and you can see how they might have great matches down the road. Misterioso setting up Black Panther on the outside was a nice workaround to set up Ephesto’s usual counter tope. Pierroth remains horrible.

 

Casas vs Rush

La Máscara, Rush, Titán vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas for the Mexican National Trios Championship: Underwhelming for a title match. Kind of underwhelming for a normal match, to be honest. Rush and Negro Casas were up to their usual stuff, but it didn’t feel like anyone else was up with them. Felino and Titan didn’t mix well, Niebla did a little more than usual, and Mascara did not. Everyone stuck 95% with their rival, which meant little team matches and little interesting combinations – this was really routine. Finish came on the first serious near fall of the match and way sooner than people expected; it took longer for the title change to sink it because no one was ready for it. Crowd was still happy to get the unexpected trios title change but it’s one of the weaker matches for these titles in quite some time; it’s definitely not awful, but not worth your time.

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03/14-16 lucha times

box.

== AAA ==

AAA-Televisa: Listed as starting 15 minutes early, and should have most (or all!) from the Irapuato show.

== CMLL ==

FOX: Parajes Increíbles, Block A

52MX: Volador/Reaper trios, probably the set up to Artillero/Super Comando vs Sky Kid/Smaker titlte match.

C3: Mephisto vs La Mascara

TVC Deportes (Puebla): Peste Negra (kind of) versus Estetas del Aire. Currently listed as 9pm (10 pm US) CT

Lucha Azteca: Guerreros vs Estetas in a good match.

Terra Friday: Bottom two matches, which actually look good – Cadets vs Fiebre Raziel and Marcela/Dalys build

Terra Sunday: Volador vs Ripper.

== Other ==

IWRG-AYM Sports: I don’t even know. I’m pretty sure they aired the Wednesday show (with Skayde/Terry match) on AYM and the Sunday show on LAS, so theyr’e not even consistent on their own networks at the same time. They’ve also been airing six week old baseball games for the 20th time instead of the midweek airs of lucha libre, so it’s not really priority here.

Noches de Coliseo: ???? Maybe more of the huge tag team tournament which won’t possibly end well.

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CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-02-22

 

Mistico tope con giro

recap

taped 2014-02-11 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Stigma, Stuka Jr., Tritón vs Boby Zavala, Camorra, Sangre Azteca: Much more a 3 versus 3 match than Stigma & Camorra feuding, though they still went with the feud in the end. Camorra was better than last week in that I didn’t notice him much at all; best for the match, probably not great for getting me to care about this match. This was a shorter match without a lot of individual highlights but Triton’s usual dive in the third floor looked great.

SUPER Polvora Driver

taped 2014-02-16 @ Arena México
Pólvora vs Mistico for the CMLL World Welterweight Championship: Fine enough match, significantly better than I thought it would be after the previous week’s disaster finish, and proof of Polvora’s magical singles matches powers, but not something particularly memorable. Crowd wasn’t as into the match as they have been for the Titan singles matches or the Volador ones. They’ve really cut down with this Místico is allowed to do – headscissors, armdrags, cradles and dives. It wears a bit thin on longer matches, which they tried to fix by editing down this match. I didn’t see the live version, but the edits seemed mostly speeding up the match by removing the rest breaks and not taking out action. Not sure why they kept going to a crowd hot of people chanting for Pólvora for that, though.

 

knockout punch

Marco Corleone, Super Porky, Volador Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Kráneo, Mr. Águila: Of course they didn’t edit out the finish. Of course they showed many replays. CMLL TV editing is not so great at making their luchadors look like stars. They did show Marco talking about in the post match interview, and Porky and Volador recovered for it quickly. Rest of the match was an easy half comedy match that seemed to amuse the crowd and was nothing much to write about. Marco’s punch on Aguila (and Aguila’s spin sell of it) looked great.

errr

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IWRG defeats Skayde, WWL return date, AAA US

photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (WED) 03/12/2014 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), Estrellas del Ring, IWRG, The Gladiatores]
1) Matrix Jr. b Látigo
2) Hijo De La Bestia & Zurdog b Ángel Del Amor & Hip Hop Man
3) Centvrión & Chico Che b Rayan & Spartan
4) Black Terry, Dragón Celestial, Emperador Azteca, Fulgor, Imposible, Sky Ángel b Aztlán, Cheyene, Jorge Kebrada, Kanon, Skayde, Vortize [Copa High Power]
Gym FILL vs Gym Skayde. Rematch of a rematch. Winner faces Gym Tony Rivera. Terry submitted Skayde for the final fall when Fulgor provided a distraction, so the home team wins the feud.
5) Súper Nova, Toscano, Veneno b Danny Casas, Eterno, X-Fly
Tecnicos took 2/3.

That’s the finish I wanted for this feud. Wednesday show have yet to catch on with the fans, but it’s not like Thursday shows were doing much better.

WWL’s recap of Sunday’s show alludes to a return to Mexico in May.

Forbes Mexico has a story about the plans for merchandising AAA in the US. (They definitely should do that!) It’s like on new details outside of a hard to understand “we’ve invested 20 million dollars of contracts” mention. You know, if they’re only going to focus on a few people at first and slowly get to the whole roster, why do they have someone “redesigning and modernizing 250 characters”? Seems like a waste of time to be working on an updated Espantapájaros III. This is the kind of things I start to think about when I read the same canned blurbs for the 50th time.

Last night’s Tercera Caida had Black Warrior as in studio guest. He talked more after the cameras, including his thoughts about the new Black Panther.

ChilangaMask announced Black Terry versus Aeroboy for their April 27th show. Tercera Caida has aired promos with Silueta, Zeuxis and Estrella Explosiva (from Guadalajara) challenging for matches over the last month or so. Those promos are context-less and haven’t hinted where the matches would be happening, but it seems like the sort of thing ChilangaMask would orchestrate (but I don’t know for sure.) Maybe for that 04/27 show, with plenty of time to add luchadoras. They also announced Los Traumas and Impulso & Belial for their May western tour.

In his weekly column, Octagon says the real reason Blue Demon Jr. missed the WWL shows was AAA pulled him from the shows. Definitely possible, but Demon did seem to miss the AAA show too.

Adam Pearce says he’s not on that 03/28 Tijuana show (poster here), which means that whole weird show is a question mark.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Zorro and Sexy Star attacked La Parka at the AAA press conference and took his mask.

Nino Hamburguesa says he’s up to the challenge of Sunday’s card match.

Hijo del Pirata Morgan still wants a hair match with Ray Mendoza Jr.

Iron Love is teaching kickboxing.

Interview with new SLP trio Perros Locos.

AAA on Televisa: 2014-02-22

 

triple dive

recap

taped 2014-02-09 @ Centro Civico Nueva Aragon, Ecatepec, Estado de México
Jinzo, Ludxor, Venum vs Carta Brava Jr., Fresero Jr., Súper Fly: Typical opening match has different connotations when referring to AAA and CMLL. This was a typical AAA opening match with young guys – a billion spots, some of which got lost in the mixed but an overall entertaining package. Super Fly looked strong and got the win in the end. Jinzo looked sloppy, especially early – but if the idea was to the two AAA regulars were supposed to look like bigger stars, they did accomplish that. Probably could’ve skipped the post match beating since there’s already plenty of those on this show.

 

Venom tornillo moonsault

Angélico, Australian Suicide, Jack Evans vs Chessman, Daga, Pentagón Jr.: EXCELLENT. There’s plenty of reason to expect a super man with this lineup, but this surpassed that. Rudos were great taking over the match for the first half, and then it was just an amazingly level of action the rest of the way. The técnicos doing the same sequence to finish of guys for a few months now has me ready for anything to happen when the rudo disrupt it. Everything after it got disrupted this time was controlled insanity, and there were a lot of convincing near falls. Pentagon was super throughout and he and Suicide worked well together in their frequent late match fights. Daga seemed invisible for the first half of the match, except helping out with moves, but then had some great moments later on like the duck under the clothesline, jumping kick, dive sequence.

 

shooting star senton

Cibernético vs El Elegido, el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Electroshock in a AAA’s Rey de Reyes semifinal match: really a nothing match; an eight minute that was slow to actually start and didn’t have much to do it. It did give me Cibernético and Electroshock exchanging holds, but not nearly for enough to be real comedy. Even the Perro/Cibernetico segment at the end wasn’t much, not even a minute before the run-ins. The crowd was more into the tease of fighting then the actual fighting at points, so maybe doing little was the way to go. This finish felt more like Perro getting past Cibernético to go do something else rather than reheating their feud – I have no idea what they point was of the doing the Perro/Cibernetico teased friendship then breakup outside of filling TV time, because there doesn’t seem to be any payoff going. I don’t need to see that match again so I guess that’s fine.

chaos

(Two weeks later edit: obviously, they’re not ending this, so I don’t know why this happened. More than usual!)

fin

 

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great match roundup, week of 2014-02-22

Great/Excellent Matches
AAA on Televisa: 2014-02-22
taped 2014-02-09 @ Centro Civico Nueva Aragon, Ecatepec, Estado de México
Angélico, Australian Suicide, Jack Evans vs Chessman, Daga, Pentagón Jr.: EXCELLENT.

Shows Watched But Nothing Made The List
CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-02-22
CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-02-22
CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-02-22

Matches To Watch Later

IWRG Zona XXI: 2014-02-23
taped 2014-02-16 @ Arena Naucalpan

Hijo De Dos Caras vs Hijo del Lizmark, Trauma I, Súper Nova, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Hijo del Fishman, Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Fresero Jr. [La Rebelión de Los Juniors<]/a> – I doubt this is any good but I want to watch in anyway.

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Mephisto keeps title over Mascara, GDL beats Peleton, Dallys/Estrellita

CMLL (MON) 03/10/2014 Arena Puebla [Claudia Rodriguez (Facebook), Periodico Enfoque, Porra Fresa]
1) Akrón, Fuerza Chicana, Hechicero b Black Tiger, Flyer, Meyer
2) Asturiano, Milenium, Soberano Jr. b Espíritu Maligno, Espiritu Negro, Toro Bill Jr.
3) Misterioso Jr., Sangre Azteca, Virus b Pegasso, Rey Cometa, Sagrado
Virus beat Cometa.
4) Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto b Atlantis, Máscara Dorada, Volador Jr.
Mascara Dorada replaced Thunder. Porra Fresa notes this made the match much better. (Yes.) In the third, Mephisto beat Mascara Dorada, Volador beat Mephisto, referee got distracted, Mephisto snuck back in and dropped Volador, and Averno took advantage for the win. Tecnicos demanded a rematch.
5) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Rush DQ Euforia, Shocker, Último Guerrero
Shocker fouled Rush for the DQ.

Rush is going to take a lot of fouls until the 21st. Maybe then too.

photo by Alexis Salazar/CMLL

CMLL (TUE) 03/11/2014 Arena México [CMLL, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Stukita & Último Dragoncito b Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro
2) Canelo Casas, Disturbio, Guerrero Negro Jr. b Dragon Lee, Metatrón, Oro Jr.
Canelo Casas pulled Dragon Lee’s mask.
3) Fuego, Hombre Bala Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. b El Rebelde, Hooligan, Sangre Azteca
4) Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. b Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Vangellys
Tecnicos took 2/3.
5) Diamante Azul, Máximo, Titán b Cavernario, Herodes Jr., Rey Escorpión
Tecnicos took 2/3, Maximo kissing Rey Escorpion.
6) Mephisto b La Máscara [MEX LH]
Mephisto is champion. Seconds were Brazo de Oro & Mephisto. Mephisto took the first with a half crab. Mascara won a quick send fall with a mercedora. CMLL recaps says Mascara was about to win with the mercedora, Mephisto escaped, a fan ran around the ring (!?!?) and Mephisto beat Mascara with his own hold to keep the title. Fifth defense.

There’s no photo of the fan run-in. It’s unclear in the recap if it’s was part of the match – but it’s hard to get to the ringside area as a fan and they probably wouldn’t mention if it wasn’t staged. (This would be a no doubter if there weren’t unplanned fan intrusions on AAA shows, but CMLL usually has things more locked down.)

Dragon Lee versus Canelo Casas is not quite Rush versus Negro Casas

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CMLL (TUE) 03/11/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@acogdl]
1) El Brillante & El Divino b Demonio Rojo & Exterminador
Exterminador replaced Sadico. Tecnicos took 1/3. Brillante was hurt and helped to the back.
2) Leo b Black Metal
Leo won with a counter dropkick.
3) Sky Kid & Smaker b Artillero & Súper Comando [OCCIDENTE TAG]
Smaker & Sky Kid are champions and took falls 1/3 to keep their titles. Second defense.
4) Amapola, Dalys, Princesa Sugheit b Estrellita, Goya Kong, Lluvia
Rudas took 1/3, Dallys beating Estrellita.
5) Negro Casas, Puma, Tiger b Black Panther, Blue Panther, Cachorro
Rudos took 1/3.
6) Marco Corleone & Rush b Shocker & Terrible
Terrible replaced Rey Bucanero. Rudos took 1/3, Shocker using the ropes to beat Rush again. Tecnicos demanded a rematch.

Super Comando & Artillero have been teaming since 2005, almost exclusively as a tag team, and this was their first title match in CMLL. (They held the Queretaro tag team titles for a while, some how.) Give them a couple more shots, they’ll get it.

AAA has an article explaining their ExperienciaAAA tickets (800MX tickets, 200 more than front row, $60 US) – it’s a VIP deal with early entry, autograph opportunities, and a chance to get close to the Rey de Reyes Sword going to the winner of the tournament. The article mentions AAA plans to do this for every major show.

Big Mama finished third on the Mexican version of the Biggest Loser, losing 29 kg (64 lb) in three months. That’s impressive.

Rob has highlights of 01/01/14 CMLL

Segunda Caida reviews a trios from 03/09 IWRG.

Rey Escorpion requests less tongue kissing from Maximo.

Shocker says Rush reminds him a lot of himself when he was younger, but Shocker now has the experience edge.

Zorro says he’s going to win Rey de Reyes. Zorro may be right.

Jinzo is still thrilled to win the NOAH tryout, is unsure when he’ll actually be going to NOAH, and mentions his disappearance from wrestling was just him taking a break.

A story on an 11 year old helping sell souvenirs outside Arena Coliseo Guadalajara.

A preview of Sunday’s Guerra de Leyendas show at Arena Jalisco de Guadalajara.

Lineups

CMLL SANCHEZ (SUN) 03/16/2014 Arena Neza
1) Atomic Star & Rey Neza vs Black Lancer & Motocross
2) Dragol & Seya vs Imposible & Zumbido Jr.
3) Arkángel de la Muerte & Hooligan vs Chakamol & Neza Kid
4) Coco Rojo, Coco Verde, Cocolores vs Broke the Clown, Dave The Clown, Rothen Clown
5) Mistico & Tritón vs Averno & Mephisto

This is where Averno is supposed to be on Sunday, for what it’s worth.

CMLL (TUE) 03/18/2014 Arena México
1) Bengala & Flyer vs Akuma & Cholo
2) Angelito, Astral, Stukita vs Demus 3:16, Mercurio, Pierrothito
3) Dragon Lee, Pegasso, Star Jr. vs Canelo Casas, Hechicero, Puma
4) Tritón vs Sangre Azteca [lightning]
5) Diamante Azul, Fuego, Rey Cometa vs Boby Zavala, Misterioso Jr., Pólvora
6) Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla vs Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., La Máscara

Mr. Niebla returns! The Canelo Casas & Dragon Lee feud is a thing, though Canelo Casas has a couple of ringers.

CMLL (TUE) 03/18/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Virgo vs Demonio Maya
2) Black Metal & Esfinge vs Cancerbero & Raziel
3) Gallo, Leo, Starman vs Camorra, Sádico, Shigeo Okumura
4) Estrellita vs Dalys [MEX WOMEN]
Estrellita is champion. Fourth defense.
5) Atlantis, La Sombra, Super Porky vs Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero
6) Marco Corleone & Rush vs Shocker & Terrible

Odd for Dalys to get a title match right before she (might) lose her hair.

indy (FRI) 03/28/2014 Auditorio de Tijuana, Tijuana, Baja California
4) Bestia 666 vs Hijo De Rey Misterio, Inferno, Urzus, Dementor, Tony Casanova, Angel Garces, Animal, Venum Black Jr., Animaniac
5) Bobby Lashley & John Morrison vs Adam Pearce & Chris Masters

So that’s a weird main event. No idea which Hijo de Rey is in that multiman trophy match.

top six stories of the last two weeks

  1. Rush and Shocker will face off in a one on one hair versus hair match on 03/21 as the main event of Homenaje de Dos Leyendas. Negro Casas had been included in the feud, but had a (worked) shoulder injury the week of the contract signing and it was decided he’d just face the winner of this match somewhere down the road. In reality, Rush versus Shocker is the best drawing match they could make of all the possible combinations. CMLL also announced Dalys versus Marcela in a women’s hair match and the finals of the parajes incriedble tournament for that show, and appear to be building up a trios title match as well. It’s unclear if/when this will air; there’s a rumor Terra will broadcast the whole show but it hasn’t been officially confirmed, and the also rumored TV Azteca show has yet to appear.
  2. AAA also announced their Rey de Reyes card, which surprisingly had very little to do with the TV product they’ve run few months. Built up matches like Psycho Clown versus Texano Jr., Aerostar vs Super Fly, and Faby Apache & Drago versus Sexy Star & Pentagon Jr. (where everyone involved agreed to do the match!) aren’t happening, despite all those people being on the card. The show does have the finals of the Rey de Reyes tournament (Black Warrior vs Perro Aguayo Jr. vs Zorro vs La Parka, three aligned rudos versus one tecnico), Chessman vs Blue Demon for Demon’s title, and a domed cage with the Mexican Powers, Anarkia, and other people pulled in for no obvious reason. The rest of the card has dormant titles being defended in multiman matches with no build, AAA’s standard deal for major shows. There was talk of an iPPV, but does not seem to have come thru.
  3. Octagon, one of the original members of AAA and someone who helped put the promotion together, left the promotion on March 2nd to become an independent luchador. Octagon had written frequently on Twitter about being unhappy in AAA, wanting to be used on TV much more, but it was still a surprise he actually left given his history. Octagon announced the Roldans had given him permission to use the character as an independent and suggested he might return to AAA in time. AAA has not acknowledged the situation outside of removing Octagon’s bio from their website roster.
  4. Sin Cara was listed for many more shows, including a trios in Monterrey in May with includes AAA luchadors and Averno. Averno’s shown up in other future Sin Cara cards too. Sin Cara has said these are all false bookings he’s not agreed to, though there’s some talk they may have actually been agreed to and just weren’t supposed to be announced yet. Averno, still in CMLL, hasn’t said anything about this. AAA announced TV lineups thru mid April, and Sin Cara is not listed as wrestling on any of those shows.
  5. WWL ran a couple more shows in Mexico. It was the usual mix of big names, quiet cancellations (a show in Puebla was quietly dropped, Sabu missing from the shows wasn’t mentioned until days after them), lots of of changes to the card. Both shows drew better than their last outing Monterrey, but fans seemed disappointed with the long shows and billed matches (like Fuerza Guerrera vs Octagon) which didn’t actually happen.
  6. Hijo de Rey Misterio II is no more; the man currently using that name gave it back to Rey Misterio Sr. in a in-ring ceremony on a Tijuana show. The ex-Rey II will now be known as Rey Horuz, while Rey Misterio Sr. introduced a Hijo de Rey Misterio III (the former D’Luxe) as the new person carrying the name. This is going to be vastly confusing to everyone.
  • Sin Cara’s first paid match took place in Tijuana on 03/01. It was a singles match with Black Warrior, and both men looked bad. It didn’t draw anything special either. Both things are concerning, but Sin Cara did get a huge reaction in DF. (Black Warrior also did not impress in his AAA return.)
  • CMLL announcements included a third season of En Busca de un Idolo, where the participants will be determined from a cibernetico on 03/25.
  • A yearly fan interest poll listed Lucha Libre as the fifth most popular spot in Mexico, the same ranking as last year (thought the percentages ticked up a little bit.)
  • Maximo & Rey Escorpion, who’ve been teasing a hair match since Escorpion beat Maximo’s father in their own hair match, reached the finals of the Torneo Increible de Parejas.
  • La Sombra defeated Dragon Rojo to keep the NWA Middleweight Championship in a very good match.
  • Jinzo won a Super Crazy run NOAH tryout and will be headed to Japan, at some point.
  • Mr. Niebla missed a bunch of shows with what was said to be digestive issues, but is apparently returning next week.
  • Friend of CMLL opening match luchador Camaleon posted on Facebook that the tecnico was hit by a truck and hospitalized for a few days, though he’s since returned home.
  • IWRG announced a cage match where Skayde, who’s lost his mask, will be risking the same mask. Others who’ve recently lost their hair get a chance for another hair cut.
  • Gronda II returned to AAA TV, for some reason.

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CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-02-15

 

Herodes is great!

recap

Gran Alternativa, Block B!

Espiritu Negro: Espiritu Negro’s Shocker imitations trust was even more random than what Herodes did earlier. Espiritu didn’t really get to do much else, but he took a couple good bumps and seemed to go up easy for Sh–ocker’s finish. You can’t get much out of this.

Canelo Casas: stood on the apron for a very long time. Never seemed in danger of falling off the apron. Didn’t sell enough for Rush’s shots at first, eventually was hit harder by Rush. Some guys really got the short end of the stick.

topes everywhere

Black Panther: Black Panther also didn’t get to do a lot to do, but worked well with Azul in the little they got to do together. Black looks like a smaller size Azul.

Star Jr.: Star Boy’s whole match here was leading up to one big dive, and he had every single problem on that. That was too. Bad. Another day.

Dragon Lee: Everyone who doesn’t follow CMLL closely must be so confused about there being a Dragon Lee and Místico at the same time. (Was the IP so valuable they had to reuse the name?) Dragon Lee’s dive looks good, the hanging German suplex is going to end badly at some point. I didn’t feel like the original Dragon Lee had a lot of charisma, but this one just seem more like a random guy in a mask.

teamwork!

Hechicero: Hechicero was limited from doing too many crazy moves on the open and Barbaro seemed to screw up a move he was trying in the second, but he still generally set up UG well and bumped for the técnicos. Short tournament matches aren’t really the best use of him right now, and every match was a short tournament match.

Nieblasault!

Barbaro Caveranario: Barbaro and Azul trying to do spots was not the greatest idea; they struggled at the beginning and I don’t think the finish went quite right. There was a messed up spot with Hechicero in the second match, where UG seemed to take Barbaro around and talk to him after it. Barbaro did go impressively out of the ring soon after. Mr. Niebla seemed super motivated to work with him; he barely does the moonsault, but pulled out one to the floor here. Barbaro’s willingness to do the splash to the floor is impressive, but Herodes being eliminated by it was never explained. Barbaro’s win would’ve felt bigger if he actually got it by a countout at the end, but again the rookies played second fiddle to the existing stars.

caverman splash

Herodes: Herodes doing Shocker’s entrance behind him was the greatest thing. Herodes doing a snake dance upon facing Reaper was not bad either. He’s still got to improve on the wrestling part – he almost elbow dropped Reaper in the face to end the first match and his timing with Rush wasn’t great – but he’s good enough on the rest that other people should be able to help. He’s willing to get beat up pretty bad. I don’t know if I really trust the CMLL doctors if they let Herodes, who was in spasms selling the Rush Driver, to wrestle another match on the same show. He didn’t sell it at all in the second match, and they didn’t really play off the two partners being against each other. (Two guys being put on the same team one week and facing each other for the first time the next week is annoyingly familiar.)
match 7 gif: 804

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