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Estrellita champion, Oro/Casas, Fuerza Guerrera vs Black Terry, CMLL bodybuilding

CMLL (TUE) 11/27/2012 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Fuego en el Ring]
1) Infierno & Thunder Boy b Black Metal & Virgo
2) Esfinge & Smaker b Espectrum & Ráfaga
3) Espanto Jr., Hijo del Signo, Hooligan b Ángel Azteca Jr., Magnus, Pegasso
Espanto Jr.’s GDL debut
4) Estrellita b Princesa Blanca [MEX WOMEN]
Princesa Blanca came in as champion. Pegasso and Hijo del Signo were seconds. Estrellita surprised Blanca and pinned her in the first fall, Blanca won the second, Estrellita won the third with the Star Cross to win the championship. Estrellita celebrated big.
5) Ángel de Oro, La Sombra, Titán DQ Dragón Rojo Jr., Negro Casas, Psicosis
Negro Casas fouled Angel de Oro.

Estrellita’s been wrestling regularly since at least 2000, and this is her first championship win of any kind. (She’s not been in CMLL a lot of that time.) This ended Blanca’s near four year change; her title matches were good, but not especially frequent. Blanca gave Estrellita credit for being better on this night but also blamed a knee injury. Estrellita mentioned her recent injury absence wasn’t just due to the cut on her hand, but also an ankle injury. She spent her time out watching Blanca footage to look for a way to defeat her. Both talked about doing a hair vs hair match.

photo by Black Terry Jr..

IWRG (THU) 11/29/2012 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (flickr), Estrellas del Ring]
1) Galaxie b Epidemia
Another spelling for Galaxy.
2) Dinamic Black & La Cobra b Alan Extreme & Eita
3) el Ángel b Eterno [IWRG IC MIDDLE]
Angel kept the title
4) Bestia 666, Damián 666, Fuerza Guerrera b Dr. Cerebro, Pantera, Veneno
666s were in their Xolo jerseys. Black Terry hit the ring post match to argue with Fuerza, probably about the last FILL show. Fresero Jr., in jeans and a jersey shirt, worked as a referee for this show and separated the two.
5) Black Terry, Negro Navarro, Pirata Morgan b Solar I, Super Astro, Ultraman [super libre]
remach from the previous week. Rudos took 2/3, Navarro pinning Solar. Fuerza hit the ring post match to challenge Terry to a singles match, and he accepted

Angel vs Eterno is up in three parts already.

Fresero Jr.’s father was a referee for AAA. IWRG only seems to have two referees, and it’s not clear if this a change of occupation or an emergency fill in situation. He should still make it rain as a referee.

CMLL held it’s annual bodybuilding contest yesterday.

Minis
1) Stukita – mini who has still yet to debut
2) Pequeno Olimpico
3) Pequeno Halcon – was very unhappy about finishing third and threw his trophy into an empty section of seats. Believed to be suspended for that, though he hasn’t been on cards for a couple weeks already.

Beginners (more of a weight distinction than a training one)
1) Flyer – Volador Jr’s nephew
2) Akuma
3) Super Halcon Jr.

Intermediate
1) Sensei
2) Guerrero Maya
3) Camorra

Advanced
1) La Sombra
2) Valiente
3) Tama Tonga

Women
1) Dark Angel – won for the seventh straight year, every year they’ve run this contest
2) Dalys la Caribena – second for the fourth straight year
3) Isis

The winners all came back for a final contest, and Sensei won that to become Mr. CMLL Absoluto. There was also an apparently unofficial Student group for those enrolled in CML classes. Aioria, who I’ve never heard of prior won. Second place went to Relampago, formerly of AAA and currently in IWRG, with IWRG opening match wrestler Epidemia finishing third.

Tonight’s the first half of Copa Junior. It’s a CMLL random tournament that doesn’t mean anything, but they like to spread out the wins as thinly as possible. Maybe someone who’s been near the top but hasn’t had a big win this year – Mephisto or Mascara Dorada? – will advance.

Rey Cometa either has a busy night or is missing a match tonight. He’s scheduled to main event a show in Queretaro, then wrestle in the tercera in Arena Mexico. I think it’s physically impossible to work both – there’s a 3 hour different start time, but more than 2 hours away from each other – so expect a sub tonight in CMLL.

AAA had a press conference for the 2012 Quien Pinta Por La Corona contest final. They hyped major surprises, then just tweeted out photos of people there. Maybe the major surprise is cameraphones.

LLF’s Perla Negra hurt her wrist, so tonight’s planned mask vs mask match with Lady Puma is off. LLF’s last show of the year is next week and Negra won’t be ready by then either, so the match is postponed indefinitely. The replacement match is Lady Puma versus a mystery woman.

Rob has the top 5 spots of the week.

stuff going on Sunday

(all times Central)
4pm CHIKARA iPPV (I ordered weeks ago without realizing I had other things to watch, oops – I can watch it later, it’ll work out)
4pm CMLL on EstrellaTV (which I usually just half pay attention to)
5pm CMLL on Terra with Terribile vs Sombra for the Heavyweight title.
(5pm Noche de Coliseo, though it seems in repeats)
6pm AAA Guerra de Titanes (time on the poster, maybe not so much)
6:3pm IWRG Prison Fatal

So. The plan is for a chat/live results this week, starting at 5pm and running until I have to stop. We’ll be talking the CMLL show, the AAA show and even the IWRG one if they continue sending out live results. Only the CMLL on Terra show will be available on the internet, so you may be very bored after 7:30pm. It’ll be a fun time until then!

By the way, tickets seem to be selling decently well for Guerra de Titanes. The closest ticket I could get on Ticketmaster was for the fourth ring around the building.

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CMLL (MON) 12/03/2012 Arena Puebla
1) Asturiano & Black Tiger vs Espiritu Maligno & King Jaguar
2) Astral vs Demus 3:16 [lightning]
3) Camaleón, Soberano Jr., Starman vs Bobby Zavala, Disturbio, Ramstein
4) Fuego, Pegasso, Stigma vs Bronco, Hijo del Signo, Nitro
5) Ángel de Oro, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Euforia, Niebla Roja, Tiger
6) Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Máximo vs Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero

Bronco! Giant goofy horse might actually be back. The best part is one more guy who can prevent the Cancerberos and Tuareg from accidentally being put on the same team.

Astral and Demus could set up a title rematch.

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NWG, Angel keeps his title, Sombra/Terrible, Pierrothito/Dragoncito, Decnnis

NWG (MON) 11/19/2012 Arena Robert Paz [Estrellas del Ring]
***NWG 10th Anniversary Show***
1) Lacandon Jr. b Black Golden, Red Swan, Sangre Fría Jr., Dorado Jr., Príncipe Escorpión, Avispón De Plata, Hijo De Andy Barrow, Rey Nerón, Dark Paymon, Rey Star, Kal-el, Hades, Hyspano, Black Tod, Luxor, Baby Cerratos, Belzebu, Latin Brother [royal rumble]
2) Draego, Mercurio Jr., Niño Hamburguesa b Alex Romano, Crazy King, Príncipe Egipcio
3) La Vaquerita b Keira, La Pantera
4) Reggae Boy b Shyru Dragon Jr., Rey Dinamico [NWG CRUISER]
Shyru Dragon Jr. came in as champion, but Reggae won thet itle.
5) Capitan Cobra, Güero Loco, Makabre, Roberto Paz Jr., Tigre Negro, Tony Rodríguez b Aero Boy, Ciclope, Demente Extreme, Drastik Boy, Eterno, Rudy Santana, X-Fly [Copa Fundadores]
Makabre and Aero Boy were the final survivors, Makabre winning it for the hometeam over the outside alliance
6) Loco Zandokan b Indio Cheroke [hair]
7) Damián 666 b Shyru Dragon [hardcore]
stip was Dragon had to retire from extreme matches if he lost (unclear if Damian agreed to the same.) Eterno & X-Fly ran in to help Damian, locals Luxor, Crazy King, Reggae Boy, Rey Dinámico and Lacandón Jr. (as Clika Rasta) ran in to help Dragon, but then turned on him and joined FdT, causing Dragon to lose. More NWG wrestlers and family members (Tony Rodríguez, Roberto Paz Jr, Draego, Mercurio Jr y Shyru Dragon Jr.) attacked the turncoats after the match, but Damian demanded Dragon live up to the stipulation.

photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (SUN) 11/18/2012 Arena Naucalpan [AYM Sports (via @luchablog), Black Terry Jr. (flickr), The Gladiatores]
1) Dragón Celestial & Epidemia b R-15 & Serpiente de Oro
Straight falls for Epidemia, who earlier won his match Coliseo Coalaco
2) Dinamic Black, Golden Magic, Saruman b Alan Extreme, Imposible, Jack
Tecnicos took falls 1/3, in falls of 7:14, 2:35, and 5:21 (15:10 total). Saruman submitted Alan Extreme in the third. Moved to the second match (maybe a mistake originally?)
3) Carta Brava Jr., Eita, Oficial Fierro b Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro, Trauma II
straight falls (8:17, 7:07), with the Cerebros having problems in the end. Cerbero Negro told the fans he didn’t want their support.
4) Hijo de Pirata Morgan & Trauma I b Relámpago & Veneno and Fresero Jr. & Hijo de Máscara Año 2000 and Cien Caras Jr. & Oficial AK47 [#1 Contenders, Rey del Ring, seeding battle royal]
Pirata & Trauma submitted Cien Caras Jr. together last.
5) Hijo de Máscara Año 2000 b Relámpago [Rey del Ring, #1 Contenders, quarterfinal]
Mascara won in 5:31 of a bad match.
6) Fresero Jr. b Veneno [Rey del Ring, #1 Contenders, quarterfinal]
Fresero Jr. replaced Canis Lupus. A lot of action, and Veneno won in 2:53.
7) Oficial AK47 b Cien Caras Jr. [Rey del Ring, #1 Contenders, quarterfinal]
Cien win in 2:01 via suplex into a powerbomb.
8) Trauma I b Hijo de Pirata Morgan [Rey del Ring, #1 Contenders, quarterfinal]
Brawl. Trauma I had Pirata set up for his favorite hold, but was a bit too slow applying it and Pirata reversed it to a kneebar of his own for the win. 5:12.
9) Veneno b Hijo de Máscara Año 2000 [Rey del Ring, #1 Contenders, semifinal]
Veneno won with a casita in 2:13.
10) Cien Caras Jr. b Hijo de Pirata Morgan [Rey del Ring, #1 Contenders, semifinal]
Cien advanced when Hijo de Mascara hit Pirata with a chair from outside. 5:34.
11) Veneno b Cien Caras Jr. [#1 Contenders, Rey del Ring, final]
Cien Caras Jr. won in 4:55 via chokeslam.
12) el Ángel DCOR Oficial 911 [IWRG IC WELTER]
Seconds were Hijo de Pirata and Cien Caras Jr. 911 wasn’t a fan of that idea, complaining that Fierro wasn’t allowed by the commission to be his second and threatening to walk out. He returned when he was about to be counted out. Oficial took the first fall, Angel tried to win the second fall by Code Red but it was botched and Cien yanked his mask off anyway for the DQ. Angel dived onto 911 in the third. 911 wasn’t going to make it back in time, but Angel was pulled back by Cien for the DCOR. Angel keeps his title anyway. Everyone challenged everyone after the match. Falls were 8:05, 3:21, 6:48. Everyone finally attacked 911.

photo by CMLL

CMLL (MON) 11/19/2012 Arena Puebla [CMLL]
1) Asturiano & Tigre Rojo Jr. b Espiritu Maligno & Siki Ozama Jr.
2) Apocalipsis, Artillero, Súper Comando b Bengala, Génesis, Super Halcón Jr.
Rudos took 2/3, Super Comando pinning Super Halcon
3) Magnus b Inquisidor [lightning]
Magnus beat Inquisidor in 9:42.
4) Astral, Fantasy, Último Dragoncito b Demus 3:16, Pequeño Warrior, Pierrothito
Astral is back in action. Demus made it clear he wanted the DF minis title back. Tecnicos, led by Dragoncito, took falls 2/3. Dragoncito pinned Pierrothito in the third, and issued a challenge for the Mexican lightweight championship. Pierrothito refused.
5) Stuka Jr., Super Porky, Valiente b Kráneo, Mr. Águila, Olímpico
Porky and Kraneo swapped all three falls. Tecnicos took 2/3.
6) Atlantis, La Máscara, La Sombra DQ Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Terrible
Niebla’s latest return. Straight falls, Terrible pulling Sombra’s mask in the second. Sombra challenged Terrible to a title match, which Terrible ignored.

Pierrothito/Dragoncito seems a couple weeks away from happening here. That same match happens to lead off Pro Wrestling Revolution’s TV show, which debuts 12/08 on a California Azteca America affiliate.

Decnnis says he would’ve liked to unmask Octagon and challenge Mesias for the Heavyweight championship, but he’s leaving with his head held high. Decnnis says he’s putting himself in God’s hands right now and is spending more time with his family and working on promoting shows at his gym.

Dr. Wagner Jr. missed this Sunday’s show in Ciudad Juarez due to a family emergency. The family emergency was ‘he was also booked on the Fusion taping and worked that instead.’ If Dr. Wagner Jr. was really in such a hurry to leave AAA, he probably would’ve worked the indy show instead. That link says “Hundreds of people went to the show”, this link says 6000. Both of those are quantities.

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Lucha Libre In Japan

11/20 NJPW: Hirooki Goto, Karl Anderson [O], Jushin Liger, KUSHIDA b Rush, Diamante Azul, Tiger Mask, Bushi [X]

One night in, and Diamante Azul is pictured yelling and pointing at Karl Anderson with four guys holding him back, and Anderson isn’t even in his block. A fine start for Team Rage. They face Tenzan & Kojima, which sounds troubling for Tenzan (bad neck), and possible an Azul & Rush shock win to get off the usual CMLL start.

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CMLL (MON) 11/26/2012 Arena Puebla
1) Dinámikoo & Lestat vs Blue Center & Centauro de Fuego
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Pegasso, Stigma vs Bobby Zavala, Disturbio, Hooligan
3) Astral, Fantasy, Último Dragoncito vs Demus 3:16, Pequeño Warrior, Pierrothito
4) Rey Cometa vs Puma King [lightning]
5) Blue Panther, Máscara Dorada, Shocker vs Euforia, Mr. Águila, Mr. Niebla
6) La Sombra vs Terrible

Sombra vs Terrible sounds like a interesting new match. Cometa vs Puma is not new, still great.

1 or 2 weeks from Dragoncito vs Pierrothito, which should be great. This is not bad in the meantime.

IWRG (THU) 11/22/2012 Arena Naucalpan
1) Seiya vs Súper Black
2) Dinamic Black & Galaxy vs Fulgore & Yack
3) Dr. Cerebro, Freyser, Relámpago vs Carta Brava Jr., Eita, Rayan
4) Solar I, Super Astro, Ultraman vs Black Terry, Negro Navarro, Pirata Morgan
5) Canis Lupus, Damián 666, Eterno vs el Ángel, Pantera, Veneno

Random legends match in the semimain. Fulgore, Galaxy and Super Black (listed as “Zuper Black” but no) all making their first regular show appearance in a while. Canis Lupus may or may not show up after missing Sunday’s show.

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11/11 IWRG AYM TV Results – Cerebro Negro new WWS Welterweight Champion

IWRG (SUN) 11/11/2012 Arena Naucalpan [IWRG, The Gladiatores]
1) Araña de Plata & Epidemia b Dragón Celestial & Serpiente de Oro
Serpiente de Oro turned on his partner.
2) Alan Extreme & Eita b Cerebro Negro & Dinamic Black and Dr. Cerebro & Relámpago and Carta Brava Jr. & Golden Magic [seeding battle royal, WWS WELTER]
Canis Lupus was originally listed in the tournament, but replaced by Eita. Eita was making his return from Japan. Usual seeding battle royal – no actual teams, but duos bunched together after elimination.
3) Carta Brava Jr. b Golden Magic [WWS WELTER, quarterfinal]
4) Dr. Cerebro b Relámpago [WWS WELTER, quarterfinal]
5) Cerebro Negro b Dinamic Black [WWS WELTER, quarterfinal]
6) Eita b Alan Extreme [WWS WELTER, quarterfinal]
7) Dr. Cerebro b Carta Brava Jr. [WWS WELTER, semifinal]
Dr. Cerbero beat Carta Brava Jr. with a Cerebrina.
8) Cerebro Negro b Eita [WWS WELTER, semifinal]
Cerbero Negro won with a back suplex.
9) Cerebro Negro b Dr. Cerebro [WWS WELTER, final]
Cerbero Negro gave Dr. Cerbero his own Cerebina, Dr. Cerbero appeared to kick out, the referee counted three again. Fans were unhappy and wanted a rematch.
10) Canis Lupus, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro b La Cobra, Trauma II, Veneno
Canis Lupus moved up to this match, replacing Hijo del Solitario (who did no-showed the previous Sunday’s show.) It’s the character’s first match in months, and The Gladitores says it’s a new one. Fierro replaced Toxico. Rudos won, taking falls 1/3.11) Bestia 666, Damián 666, Oficial 911 b el Ángel, Pantera, Trauma I
Originally announced as an atomicos, proceeded without Factor & Hijo de Pirata. Rudos took 1/3. 911 and Angel feuded heavily, 911 pinning Angel with a Styles Clash for the win. Angel & 911 agreed to a deal – Angel will give 911 a shot at his Middleweight title, but 911 must agree to a mask vs mask should he lose.

(results corrected at 11pm)

Show will, cross your fingers, air tonight on AYM Sports.

Looks like this is the beginning of a new Cerebro/Cerebro story. Which makes up for the Angel one which didn’t go anywhere. (Maybe Elisa will get to the bottom of it!) 911 vs Angel sounds fun too, and Canis vs Cobra has potential to be a quicky mask match.

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Oficial Fierro unmasked, Escorpion vs Guerrero, CMLL TV moved (and not airing in US)

IWRG (THU) 11/01/2012 Arena Naucalpan [Estrellas del Ring, The Gladiatores]
***Castillo del Terror, 2012***
1) Mini Super Astro & Voladorcito b Bracito De Plata & Mini Psicosis
Mini Psicosis replaced Mr. Aguilita
2) Amazona, Fenix (AAA), Ludark Shaitan b Cristal, La Sádica, Pasion Kristal
AAA’s Fenix led his team to victory. Ladies were said to look better. Straight falls.
3) Araña de Plata Jr., Dragón Celestial, La Cobra, Matrix Jr., Relampago, Serpiente de Oro, Sky Ángel, Violencia Jr. b Alan Extreme, Centvrión, Comando Negro, Dinamic Black, Eterno, Golden Magic, Imposible, Saruman [Copa High Power]
FILL 1st Generacion vs FILL 2nd Generacion rematch. Arana de Plata Jr. replaced Electro Boy. Sky Angel fell on a dive. Cobra gave Saruman a piledriver, and Saruman needed medical attention. Cobra submitted Comando Negro for the upset win.
4) Monster Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown DQ Cien Caras Jr., Espíritu, Heddi Karaoui [lumberjack strap]
Karoui’s return from concussion. Straight falls for the Clowns. Cien fouled Psycho, which sets up another title match.
5) Oficial Fierro L Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Trauma I, Spartan, Oficial 911, Factor, Trauma II, Carta Brava Jr., el Ángel, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr., Hijo de LA Park [cage, mask]
Luchadors were required to fight for 10 minutes prior to leaving. Spartan, a popular pick to lose, was first out, followed by Trauma II, Factor, Hijo de Dr. Wagner, Fierro, Hijo de LA Park, Hijo de Mascara Ano 2000 Jr., Trauma I (hurting, Pirata tried to pull him back in, Trauma II threw a beer in Pirata’s face), and Pirata. That left Carta Brava Jr., Angel and 911. Fierro came back in here to help 911 escape, but was left behind. Carta Brava Jr. escaped next, but Fierro came back in himself to help 911. 911 & Fierro destroyed Angel, who did manage to get free to dive on them from the top of the cage. 911 escaped, tried to hit Angel with a chair to knock him off the cage, but hit his partner instead. 911 was very sad and offered to unmask instead of Fierro, but the commission said no. Fierro is Fernando Montes Martínez, from Mexico City, 38 years old, and 13 years a wrestler. Oficial 911 is the only masked wrestler left in his trio.

https://twitter.com/LUCHALIBREIWRG/status/264423422979891200

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This is the second time Oficial Fierro has lost his mask in IWRG. 7 years ago, Ultra Mega was unmasked at a year end show, giving the same name. This is the first time Angel has won a mask under that identity. The match will air on TVC Deportes this weekend, and on their YouTube channel early next week.

All time Castilo del Terror losers
2012: Oficial Fierro
2011: King Drako
2010: Arlequin Negro (II)
2009: Jack
2008: Arlequin
2007: Enterrador 2000
2006: Macho II
2005: Cerebro Negro
2004: Mega
2003: Comando Alfa (uncertain if it was a cage)
2002: Karma
2001: no match?
2000: Super Mega

Tonight’s Arena Mexico show is headlined with the first Ultimo Guerrero vs Rey Escorpion match. CMLL’s been teasing  this match since they paired the two in last year’s Forjando un Idolo tournament, and it’s a big opportunity for the youngster. It’s also a chance for Ultimo Guerrero to wrestle the same match he does every singles match, move for move. Semimain has TTT (Tiger, Terrible, Tonga) vs Atlanits, Sombra, Rush. Titan and Polvora cross paths in the fourth match.

CMLL announced Televisa was moving their show for this week only. Instead of the usual 3 pm Saturday afternoon slow, they’ll air at 5:30 pm Central on Sunday (heads up with the Terra show.) This probably means those of us in the US are out of luck. As LLL has pointed out in the comments, Galavision US seems to be taping the show directly off Televisa (Galavision Mexico)’s airing, then cutting it up for the extra two commercial breaks. If it doesn’t air in Mexico, Galavision can’t tape it. I would’ve thought, in 2012, CMLL or Televisa would just be sending a file to the US channel (especially since the show is done well in advance of airing), but stuff like the Mexican lottery numbers slipping on screen show that’s not the case.

This probably means AAA – airing right after CMLL – is pre-empted and moved to some other time, but they’ve said nothing as of the time I’m posting this. No online TV listings I’ve looked at – including Televisa’s own site – mentions this change. CMLL says everything goes back to normal next week.

Tinieblas Jr. has a new website. It has a store, allowing money to be exchange for goods. Crazy! Don’t see any mention of shipping costs, so you may want to check into that before ordering your Tinieblas mug.

NJPW and CMLL announced FantasticaMania would be a 3 day event for the first time ever, running 01/18 to 01/20. They’ve announced the talent list in the middle of November the last couple of years (the same press conference which also announced the end of year show), so we should have more info in a few weeks.

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Royal Air Force grounded

The AAA high flying unit known as Real Fuerza Aerea AAA formed six years ago this month. Some of the participants had been turning up in AAA TV opening matches since the prior fall, and others had been wrestling under different names or making occasional appearances prior, but not together as a unit name. The first show they were the Fuerza Aerea was established was the 02/25 taping in Morelos, with the trio of Nemesis, Rey Cometa, and Super Fly. Laredo Kid was added the next month. Pegasso, el Angel, and finally Aerostar were added thru the year. The seven man group was overfilled with exciting bright future stars. They were definitely treated that way the first few years.

Not so much today. It’s been a gradual change, and it’s been hidden underneath by another wave of young promising tecnicos taking their place, but things haven’t turned well for any of them.

el Angel: the one least fitting in the group, former Oscar Sevilla put under a mask in a Mistico clone attempt. (Many of these were done with that in mind.) His inclusion in the group seemed more to find a use for an existing wrestler than any great hope of him breaking out. Angel was one of the many mid 2009 long time midcard departures, and has drifted thru IWRG, Perros del Mal and AULL since. He seems to be fading out, appearing less each year.

Nemesis: first member of the original group, but switched between this masked identity and the new Barrio Boy Javi unmasked look depending on what the fringes of the AAA roster required that day. Vanished entirely at some point, until someone with his gimmick showed up in IWRG in 2010 (and did the usual IWRG disappearing act.) AAA never seemed that interested in him; he’s the less successful New Barrio Boy.

Laredo Kid: the one who was supposed to be the breakout future star. Appeared on multiple lists of people AAA totally were going to push that year. Had some injuries and bad breaks that changed plans – most notable the broken leg when Ron Killings fell on him taking a move – and was passed by his partners in the pecking order. Still was good when healthy and got to make angry faces at Super Fly for being Super Fly. Part of back to back *** 1/2+ trio matches in June (Neza & Naucalpan), hasn’t been on TV since. Hasn’t actually been on any AAA spot show outside of his hometown since August. Still wrestling around Laredo, but no longer mentioned by AAA.

Aerostar: dare devil high flyer given the backstory of the last character Antonio Pena came up with (oddly, the Psycho Circus claim the same) and the trainee carrying on the memory of his mentor Abismo Negro. Seems to have done well both with in ring performance and outside goofy skits (everything with Fabi.) Liked well enough to be sent to Japan, that people who failed to catch him on dives were strongly reprimanded for their actions. Not liked well enough to actually make TV in the last three months. Not nearly as hopeless as most people on this list.

Super Fly: also known as “poor Super Fly”. Surprisingly strongest pushed member of the group early, winning Super Calo’s mask. Feuded with Electroshock for a long time, Electroshock treating Super Fly as if he was several levels beneath him and destroying the tecnico. Seemed to be leading to Super Fly getting a big win. Just got destroyed some more. (We were told Super Fly’s bad promos were the problem.) Started to turn rudo, story was dropped, started to turn rudo, actually turned rudo, teased a match with Octagon, didn’t go anywhere, was stripped of his position for being a loser, was turned and destroyed by his partners, was destroyed again making his tecnico debut, and has not appeared since. I’m guessing he won’t be over when he’s back. Super Fly desperately needs a fresh start – the guy seen as a big enough promise to win one of the original AAA gimmicks now needs a new name and/or a new home.

Speaking of people who got new homes:

Pegasso: fringe AAA guy who got lumped into this group, much like Angel, but made a lot more of it. Never got much focus in AAA and they probably weren’t too concerned when he left in 2008. Made it to CMLL, and moved up out of openers, but not much more than. Reached the level of being high enough just to miss out on tournaments and anything interesting. Pegasso’s upside seemed to be the new Starman, a decade long run of wrestling in the same spot on the card against the same group of opponents without getting a real chance. (Ultraman Jr. did win a mask, which seems wildly optimistic for Pegasso.) Downside is a career ending at any moment due to a flare of his knee injury, which – allegedly I’m supposed to say – never actually got the surgery it needed and was just rested for a while. (Segundas don’t pay much, just ask Tony.)

Rey Cometa: core and original Fuerza Aerea member who essentially lost his spot to Aerostar and AAA deciding they only needed about three of these guys at any time. Like his partner Pegasso, made it to CMLL and moved up out of openers. Won a coin flip (or of having a couple more spectacular dive) and became the half of the team that was pushed just enough to make the tournaments, but bomb out of them every time. Earned a Twitter hashtag! Is getting really good at doing the Skandalo stomp, having had 100 matches to practice it. Still doesn’t even seem slightly in consideration to be chosen to even lose in title matches – there’s surprising gulf between Cometa and the likes of Fuego & Titan. Still, Cometa has a bit of forward momentum – if enough guys got hurt, left to AAA, or left to WWE, they’d probably give Cometa a chance. It’s be a chance in a mortally injured company, but that worked out for Cibernetico!

None of these guys have developed in the stars they were hoped to be. The hope is not extinguished for some of them; a few probably just need something closer to the chances they were given when they debuted as a group then the ones they’ve gotten of late.

I’m pointing the finger at booking a lot, because it’s always the easiest bit. There have been other reasons hinted at – lack of charisma in some cases – and there are surely reasons we have no clue about. And it’s possible these were just the wrong guys to pick for those spots. Still, there’s certainly a track record of similar problems with similar characters AAA, before and after these guys. None of these guys would even be considered light heavyweights, and there’s the same size preference in Mexico as there is the rest of the world.

I really like Fenix, and Atomic Boy, and Aregenis has been coming on, and Daga will probably be great. They are having fun matches and I hope they continue to, if it’s in the first match or the last, and I more hope they’re very well compensated for it. However, I’d bet against them still doing it in 2017 in any meaningful way; if history is a guide, it’ll be the guy who are already on top, and the guys who were on top in other groups. Being part of great matches alone just does not get you far in AAA.

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04/22: Mexico, Monterrey, Zorro

CMLL

CMLL (TUE) 04/21 Arena Mexico [ESTO]
1) Rayo Tapatio I & Rayo Tapatio II b Apocalipsis & Semental
2) Angel Azteca Jr., Angel de Oro, Angel de Plata b Caligula, Messala, Polvora

3) Bam Bam, Mascarita Dorada, Shockercito DQ Pequeño Damian 666, Pequeño Universo 2000, Pequeño Warrior
4) Black Warrior, Lizmark Jr., Misterioso II b HIjo del Fantasma, Sagrado, Valiente
5) La Mascara, Mistico, Volador Jr. b Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto

Main event ended with Mistico and Averno left alone in the ring and you know how that goes. Funny how Mistico remembers to do La Mistica against Averno, but seems to have forgotten to use it again Negro. ESTO mentions the rudos were screwing around outside the ring during the second fall and actually got counted out by Tigre Hispano, but they all just ignored it (because that wasn’t supposed to be the finish.)

Shockercito faked a foul to win the minis match.

indy (TUE) 04/21 Arena Coliseo Monterrey [RFC]
2) Xtreme Dragon b Kaientai, Sick Boy
3) Memo Valles & Sangre Chicana Jr. b Corazon Adictor & Maldad Adicta
4) Sergio Romo Jr. & Silver Star b Difunto I & Mongol Chino Jr.
5) Rey Sagitario b Androide [hair]

Intersting story of the day: While reposting Angel’s AAA exit interview with Box Y Lucha, they mention Pimpinela & Zorro are rumored to be leaving. Pimpi probably will be scrambling for dates on the indies with most of the people who’ve left, but Zorro might be (and should be) of use to CMLL. Zorro’s wrestled in CMLL in 1999, after the dead of Promo Azteca, and would be fun to see mixed in with top of CMLL (which still seems stale despite Dos’ turn.)

Anyway, Angel says he’s leaving AAA on good terms and will not be prevented from using his name (though he might change his look.) He’s hoping to get to CMLL.

Other Angels who appear to be jumping: Dark Angel wrestled a dark match at last night’s TNA taping, losing to Awesome Kong. It sounds like a tryout match, which they’ll ignore if they get on TV. TNA puts it’s dark/b-show matches on it’s website, so perhaps this’ll turn up. SuperLuchas is all over the photos from the show, of course.

Silver King answers back to el Fantasma (though the article strangely says Hijo de Fantasma), complaining that he’s banned when Rey Misterio can wrestle with his mask on despite losing it, as well as unnamed wrestlers in Arena Mexico. Who’s he takling about here? I’m going to be banging my head off my desk when someone reminds me, but all I can come up with is Hooligan (who remasked in about 4 years and 8 months, but is okay now.)

Anyway, Silver King says at one point that he doesn’t need a mask, but then complains that they let him wear a mask in Japan with no problem and Mexico’s being unfair. He also drops Fantasma’s real name, which is not the way to win friends and influence people. Silver King says the mask is “pure marketing”, and banning him from wearing it is like banning people from long hair or makeup.

Super Fly claims to AAA’s website that Laredo turned on him first, and it’ll be up to the fans if he becomes a rudo.

Ovaciones has a big profile of Bengala, who claims he’s related to no current wrestlers and says he’s making his debut on Sunday.

Desde Ringside interviews Martha Villalobos and Martha Villalobos during a local show.

Paraiso de la lucha libre has photos from the show to honor Dinamico I. So does mortis666 @ box y lucha.

DJ Spectro also reposted the Valiente’s lost 20 KG (44 lb) and hopes to lose 5 more article.

DTU is in Monterrey for their show Sunday.

Cesar rates Mistico, Sagrado (who’s been in CMLL six years and has had zero noable feuds – that is CMLL) and La Sombra.

Dos Caras Jr. has altered his look to resemble Toluca’s Diablo Rojas.

SuperLuchas is selling Arkangel masks.

Ohtani’s Jacket watches Terrible Cerebros vs the Navarros from 04/16/09 (which was apparently the title match), while Segunda Caida watched the 04/02 IWRG show.

The Milwaukee Decider talks to the promoters of Saturday’s Monto Lucha show.

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06/25: Coliseo, Tijuana, Warped Tour, magazines

CMLL (SUN) 06/24 Arena Coliseo [ovaciones]
1) Rayo Tapatío I & Rayo Tapatío II b Calígula & Zayco
2) Mr. Aguilita, Pequeño Damian 666, Pequeño Halloween b Bam Bam, Pequeño Olímpico, Último Dragoncito
3) Hirooki Goto, Ohara, Shigeo Okumura b Leono, Stuka Jr., Valiente
4) Damián 666, Halloween, Mr. Águila b Heavy Metal, Máximo, Sombra
5) Tozcano, Último Guerrero, Universo 2000 b Dos Caras Jr., Marco Corelone, Rey Bucanero

Dos Caras hurt his knee on a dive in the second fall, but managed to continue. For that, he was fouled and pinned by Universo. Some sort of rematch will be added for this week, but nothing’s been announced. Didn’t sound like a title match quite yet, but it could be a singles.

Sombra replaced Mascara Purpura and his side lost in two falls. Stuka replaced Mictlan.

This is the card so far for Sunday

CMLL (SUN) 07/01 Arena Coliseo
1) Astro Boy & Trueno vs Carrona & Zayco
2) Bam Bam, Shockercito, Tzuki vs Mr. Aguilita, Pequeno Damian, Pequeno Halloween
3) Felino, La Mascara, Valiente vs Euforia, Nosferatu, Satanico
4) Alex Koslov, Heavy Metal, Volador Jr. vs Atlantis, Olimpico, Sangre Azteca

Robert’s reading much more into Valiente and Euforia being in the same match than I am. Tercera is about Valiente’s position right now, I think this was just the usual random match generator.

BAJA (FRI) 06/22 Auditorio de Tijuana [culotron @ DVDMB]
1) Black Spider, El Camaleon, Extassis, Star Boy b Cepillo, Escorpion, Libelula, Pandillero I
2) Alberije, Estrellita, Pimpinela Escarlata b Miss Janeth, Monsther, Polvo de Esterllas
3) Escoria, Espíritu, Muerte Cibernetica b Abismo Negro, Charly Manson, Histeria
4) Sangre Chicana L Tinieblas Jr., Tinieblas Sr., Pirata Morgan, Fuerza Guerrera, Espectro Jr. [hair]

CMLL (SUN) 06/24 Auditorio Nacional [Notimex]
1) La Sombra & Valiente ?? Arkangel de la Muerte & Virus
2) Lady Apache & Marcela b Hiroka & Mima Shimoda
3) Mano Negra, Matematico I, Solar I b Black Terry, Gallo Tapatio Jr., Negro Navarro
4) Marco Corelone, Rayo de Jalisco Jr., Rey Bucanero DQ Blue Demon Jr., LA Park, Último Guerrero

This was part of a Lourdes Grodet photo exhibition. Of course, can’t have a clean finish here – Ultimo yanked Rayo’s mask.

CMLL (MON) 06/25 Arena Puebla [hugo999]
1) Forajido & King Jaguar vs Mr. Rafaga & Siki Osama Jr.
2) Black Terry, Fuerza Chicana, Kraken vs Batman, SWAT, the Tiger
3) Goto, Ohara, Okumura vs Felino, Mascara Purpura, Mictlan
4) La Mascara, La Sombra, Sagrado vs Averno, Mephisto, Sangre Azteca
5) Atlantis, Lizmark Jr., Olimpico vs Negro Casas, Shocker, Volador Jr.

indy (THU) 06/28 Arena Olimpico Laguna de Gomez Palacio [El Siglo de Torreon]
1) Cadete de la Atlantida & Rey Fobia vs Fuego & Zaracatan
2) Espacial & Insolito vs Moro Jr. & Venum
3) Piloto Suicida, Sexy Libra, Sexy Piscis vs Dulce Paola, Piloto Negro, Sexy Rubi
4) Huracan Ramirez Jr. & Sangre Chicana Jr. vs Espanto V & Pentagon

CMLL (FRI) 06/29 Plaza de Toros Joan Sebastian [box y lucha]
1) Arkano, Estruendo, Okawa vs Emperador, Flecha, Rey Lobo
2) India Sioux & Princesa Blanca vs Rosa Negra & Seductora
3) Felino, Maximo, Sagrado vs Arkangel, Dr. X, Misterioso II
4) Alex Koslov, Mistico, Rey Bucanero vs Mr. Aguila, Tarzan Boy, Ultimo Guerrero

This is a 9 PM start, so they could stretch it to go long regardless. Still, if Mistico & UG have to be in Mexico State later in the night, does that affect how long they’ll be in Arena Mexico?

The press release about AAA working the Warped Tour is here. Same lineup as previously noted (Angel, Psicosis, Decnis – which frees up the spot for Alfa on the atomico team, Mini Charly – I wonder if he’ll meet Other Mini Charly?, Mini Chessman, Super AAA, Piero as ref and it sounds like Dorian Roldan as management.) There’s a couple of lines that boggle my mind, though.

For over 14 years AAA has been the premier wrestling league in Mexico, and enjoys a near 80% share of ticket sales domestically.

“80% of tickets sold?” Where did that number come from?

Antena3 writes about Santo and Scorpio Jr. in Madrid.

Misterioso, Cassandro and Mascarita Sagrada were among luchadores at a show in Salt Lake City Tribune.

Magazines
- Super Luchas #218 has Cibernetico and Latin Lover about to shake hands
- Luchas 2000 #374 has Cibernetico and Latin Lover shaking hands
- Box Y Lucha #2824 has neither Cibernetico nor Latin Lover, but the teased departures mentioned previously. I believe they’re just teases at this point, as if either guy could show up at the other side’s next big show, or not at all. Still not sure what Warrior’s deal is (I’m guessing money, as other people take his spot vs Mistico), but Intocable’s problem seems to be the continued Latin Lover vs Other Dancing Gimmicks deal.

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