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Dream Team win first Lucha World Cup, Toryumon Mexico X, facepaint causes Instagram war

Tiger Ali/photo by Black Terry Jr.

Toryumon Mexico (SAT) 05/23/2015 Arena México [Black Terry Jr. (flickr), Estrellas del Ring, The Gladiatores]
Dragonmania X
1) Maquiavelico b ?
Neither recap catches the name of the loser, but both note he suffered a leg injury.
2) Daisuke Hanaoka & Douki b Fiero & Imposible
15 minute time limit
3) Keisuke Okuda b Eddy French
10 minute time limit
4) Diosa Atenea, Io Shirai, Mayu Iwatani, Mima Shimoda b India Mazahua, India Sioux, Maligna, Xena
20 minute time limit. Diosa Atenea replaced Kairi Hijo.
5) Super Ciudadano b Patan, Principe Orion, Hijo de Kendo, El Hijo del Medico Asesino, Hijo del Signo, Epydemius, Pantera I, Magnus, Piel Roja, O.t. Navarro, J.c. Fernandez [dragon rumble]
Ciudadano defeated usual rival Patan.
6) Akebono & Máximo b Arkángel de la Muerte, Hijo del Signo, Nitro
45 minute time limit. Hijo del Signo replaced Skandalo.
7) Gran Guerrero, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero b Atlantis, La Máscara, Marco Corleone
45 minute time limit
8) Último Dragón b Tiger Ali [mask, hair]
60 minute time limit. Ultimo Dragon won, of course. Arkange. OT Fernandez, JC Navarro all got involved to try and cost Dragon the match, but Marco and Akebono made the save. Tiger Ali tried to get away with his hair, but could not.

A typical DragonMania show. The thing that got the most talk wasn’t any of the matches, but Magnus wearing face paint and imitating Pentagon Jr. Pentagon, Fenix and Taya made note of it, accusing it being a(nother) instance of CMLL ripping off AAA. Magnus said it was a homage. Plenty of people jumped in on Magnus on Instagram, but Magnus also looked like he didn’t care all that much.

This has been normally a noon show and that’s what I had stuck in my head, but it was an afternoon start. No idea how they all got over to the Lucha Fan Fest.

CMLL (SAT) 05/23/2015 Arena Coliseo
1) Camorra b Bengala
2) Robin DQ El Rebelde
Rebelde foul for the DQ.
3) Cancerbero b Oro Jr.
4) Tritón b Okumura
Triton put an end to Okumura’s winning streak.
5) Tiger b Blue Panther Jr.
6) Ephesto & Luciferno b Ángel de Oro & Fuego
7) Kamaitachi, Pólvora, Terrible DQ Mistico, The Panther, Titán
Polvora replaced Shocker on Monday. The Panther replaced Titan (injury in Puebla.) Kamaitachi pulled Dragon Lee’s mask for the DQ.

Just another Saturday show.

CMLL (SUN) 05/24/2015 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Astral & Eléctrico b Mercurio & Pequeño Olímpico
2) Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus b Hombre Bala Jr., Soberano Jr., Súper Halcón Jr.
3) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther b Felino, Puma, Tiger
4) Dragon Lee, Mistico, Valiente b Dragón Rojo Jr., Kamaitachi, Pólvora
Polvora & Dragon Rojo replaced Rey Bucanero & Ultimo Guerrero on Monday.
5) Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Último Guerrero b La Máscara, Máximo, Naito
Ultimo Guerrero & Rey Bucanero replaced Dragon Rojo & Shocker on Monday. UG snuck in a foul on Naito for the win.
6) Negro Casas b Volador Jr.
Casas picks up his second singles in three days, beating Volador with his own backcracker to set up a title match next week.

CMLL pushed this as being a great show. Volador and Sobreano did stage dives. It is kind of problematic if it takes the other promotion having a big show for everyone here too work harder than usual, just reenforces the belief that nothing is going happen here if they’re left to their own devices. Attendance looked typically bad.

the winners/Rey Jr.’s instagram

AAA TV (SUN) 05/24/2015 Palacio de los Deportes, Distrito Federal [AAA]
Lucha World Cup
1) Alberto el Patrón, Myzteziz, Rey Mysterio Jr. b Atsushi Kotoge, Taiji Ishimori, Takayama [quarterfinal]
Mistica on Ishimori
2) ACH, Brian Cage, Moose b Hijo del Fantasma, Psycho Clown, Texano Jr. [quarterfinal]
finish went awry here, with it appearing ROH-LU had won (Cage powerbomb on Texano), AAA had won (Texano beating Cage) and a time limit draw all within the same ten seconds. They evetually ruled time limit draw, with Cage and Texano replaying the last minutes of the match in a quick overtime, won by Cage.
3) Blue Demon Jr., Dr. Wagner Jr., Solar I b Kenzo Suzuki, Masamune, Tiger Mask III [quarterfinal]
Demon submitted Masamune.
4) Johnny Mundo, Ken Anderson, Matt Hardy b Angélico, Drew Galloway, El Mesías [quarterfinal]
Another time limit draw, with Mundo beating Galloway with a slightly misaimed Fin de Mundo in the first OT. Fans were toughest on this match, since there was no Mexican team, but the luchadors got them into it by the end
5) Alberto el Patrón, Myzteziz, Rey Mysterio Jr. b ACH, Brian Cage, Moose [semifinal]
Alberto was stuck in the ring with the ROH-LU guys for a long time near the end, but eventually submitted Moose to the armbar with about 40 seconds left.
6) Johnny Mundo, Ken Anderson, Matt Hardy b Blue Demon Jr., Dr. Wagner Jr., Solar I
shortest match of the tournament, with Mundo beating solar.
7) ACH, Brian Cage, Moose b Blue Demon Jr., Dr. Wagner Jr., Solar I [third place]
They jumped straight to OT rules; show was well over 3 hours by this point. ACH nearly beat Demon with a 450 splash but time ran out in OT1. Cage beat Wagner clean in OT2, and Wagner was stretchered out with a neck injury.
8) Alberto el Patrón, Myzteziz, Rey Mysterio Jr. b Johnny Mundo, Ken Anderson, Matt Hardy [final]
time limit draw, then OT draws with Myteziz/Anderson and Alberto/Matt. Rey Misterio Jr. won it by beating Mundo via top rope headscissors roll with about 20 seconds left. Rey dedicated the win to Perro Aguayo Jr.

Angelico was awarded the best dive of the night for his over the ringpost tope con giro. The Dream Team trio won best trio, and Rey Mysterio won MVP. (There was no announcement of hold of the night.) The top three teams all got medals.

Show ran over 4 hours, around 4 hours 20 minutes with the award presentations. The English language feed seemed to end before those awards. I had hope for a non-tournament match getting some other AAA wrestlers on this show, but it would’ve been a bad move to make it any longer. As it was, it could’ve used some time taken out if it. Almost all of the matches went to the time limit or close to it. Some of the five minute overtime periods felt like they were resting for two minutes to build up three minutes of near falls – maybe just make them 3 minutes next time? (The one OT which didn’t feel that way was Cage/Texano, but that one was obviously an improv thing – Konnan’s only appearance on the show was to rush out and fix everything after the original finish had gone wrong.) This was pushed as the first in an annual event, but it was also an experiment and they’re going surely going to refine it they keep going.

Upper regions of the Palacio looked empty in parts, but it still felt like a huge crowd. (Maybe 15K?) There was ton of Victoria promotion; hope they got their money’s worth.

ROH-LU’s matches versus MEX AAA and the Dream Team were among the best matches. Rest of the World vs TNA was good as well, and the main event had all the drama. Crowd went nuts for Rey Mysterio winning and everyone really seemed to buy into the ceremony and the pageantry of the show. Everything they did made it come off like a big important event and the wrestlers (some of whom had really long nights) seemed impressed by the occasion. Mundo & Cage are already coming back, with ACH and Galloway standing out as well. Wagner might have earned himself a return appearance at TripleMania by agreeing to the clean loss. (Wagner’s injury was a clear sympathy move – poor Striker had to scramble to cover when the slow motion replay exposed how Wagner didn’t take the trauma they were selling.)

I stuck with the English language feed for 99% of the telecast. There were early problems with both sets of announcers being audible on that feed, which were solved by the start of the first match. They never did get the crowd turned up as much as it was on the Spanish feed, and the ring announce and backstage interviews were inaudible. There were a couple of short video drops, but nothing major – it was slightly better than Rey de Reyes. (I did see scattered reports of other people having problems with the feed, especially when it came to switching to the Spanish language, but most people seemed to be OK.)

Striker and Vampiro were about what you’d expect, with an unedited and unfiltered Vampiro going to some strange places over a four hour program. The Vampiro highlight of the night was dropping some strong language ripping Piero after Piero decided to count the clock down instead of a final pinfall in the Rest of the World/TNA-ROH match. (Vampiro also did the Monsoon bit of repeatedly ripping the wrestlers for not doing things he surely would’ve done, which only seems to get over the announcer.) Striker did his research and is probably as adept at handling Vampiro as anyone could be. Jeff Jarrett joined the announcers for the semifinal. He also did his homework, but the broadcast turned into distracting promo for GFW for a while. They also did a very brief Jarrett/Alberto incident, but went nowhere with it here. Leo Riano, Adolfo Morales and Hugo Savinovich were the Spanish language announcers, with Jesus Zuniga moved to ring announcer/master of ceremony duty for the night and Arturo Rivera put in the jury of luchadors voting on the awards. I’m told Leo Riano repeated his previous racist behavior when ACH & Moose were in the ring. I’m sure he’ll apologize for it, then do it again the next time.

AAA could’ve gone towards using this tournament to build up their big matches this summer, or they could’ve gone towards building up this tournament as something meaningful itself. They went with the latter, and the Lucha World Cup came off as a big event that you’d like to see every year. There were little things (like Cage taking out Wagner and Rey & Mundo) clearly fitting in with where AAA’s headed, but it came off more as if the idea is to build the Lucha World Cup as a new tentpole event for AAA. And to that end, it seemed very sucessful – they got the big happy finish people will remember, they got fans and media treating it like a big event, and the international wrestlers all took it seriously. This seems like a very good night for AAA.

ChilangaMask Virus vs Caifan for their 06/21 Coacalco show.

There was a new +LuchaTV show this week.

Rob Viper has highlights of 01/30/2015 AAA

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Segunda Caida has 2 CMLL matches worth watching from February and March.

Makabre and Rayman won the Jalisco tag team championship in Arena Roberto Paz.

Lucha Libre in Japan

05/23 NJPW: Ryusuke Taguchi [1-1] beat Barbaro Cavernario [1-1] in the Best of Super Juniors. You don’t need to go out of your way to watch this one.

Lineups

CMLL (SUN) 05/31/2015 Arena México
1) Acero & Aéreo vs Pequeño Universo 2000 & Pequeño Violencia
2) Oro Jr., Súper Halcón Jr., Tritón vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Okumura, Virus
3) Blue Panther, Super Porky, Titán vs Kráneo, Olímpico, Ripper
4) Dragon Lee, Mistico, Valiente vs Ephesto, Kamaitachi, Mephisto
5) La Sombra, Marco Corleone, Naito vs Euforia, Thunder, Último Guerrero
6) Volador Jr. © vs Negro Casas [NWA WELTER]
Volador’s 3rd defense.

Hey, if you missed this afternoon’s show, you get the same show next week. That’s nice of them.

CMLL (SUN) 05/31/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Alteño & Explosivo vs El Yaqui & Gran Kenut
2) Frezzer & Star Black vs El Chakal & Thunder Boy
3) El Divino, Flash II, Virgo vs Furia Roja, Infierno, Rey Trueno
4) Silueta vs Chik Tormenta [super libre]
5) Esfinge, Forastero, Gallo, Magnum vs El Cuatrero, Espectrum, Ráfaga, Sansón

You can tell this is being booked locally because a) the women’s singles match has a rematch and b) there’s an atomicos match.

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Lucha World Cup live results

iPPV is at luchaworldcup.com.

  • Click on the USA flag for the English language feed. Click on the Mexico flag for the Spanish language feed.
  • Click on Stream Options/Opicones de Transmission to switch between SD, HD and 3D.
  • You will need a 3D TV or other similar display to watch in 3D – otherwise, it’s just two weirdly shaped video streams next to each other.

Special Rules

  • all matches have a 15 minute time limit
  • if it’s a draw, they’ll do the equivalent of penalty kicks: each team will choose one member for a five minute one on one matchup
  • if it remains a draw, the teams will continue choosing wrestlers until there is a winner.
  • the semifinal losers will meet in a third place matchup

Quicker thoughts are always at @luchablog. The official Twitter is @luchaworldcup.

First Round Matchups

Japan/NOAH (Yoshihiro Takayama, Taiji Ishimori, Atsushi Kotoge) vs Mexico/Dream Team (Alberto el Patron, Myzteziz, Rey Misterio Jr.):  Dream Team defeat NOAH when Myzteziz defeats Ishimori via La Mistica.

Mexico/MexAAA (Psycho Clown, Texano Jr., Hijo del Fantasma) vs USA/ROH-LU (ACH, Moose, Brian Cage): ROH-LU team advances when Cage beat Texano with a powerbomb in the first overtime. Match was good, but finish was messed up – referee called Texano kicking out of a powerbomb in regulation when Texano didn’t move, then counted a pinfall for Texano on Cage. Konnan came out to straighten it as a draw, and Cage beat Texano quickly in the first over time.

Japan/AJPW (Kenzo Suzuki, Tiger Mask III, Masamune) vs Mexico/Leyendas (Dr. Wagner Jr., Blue Demon Jr., Solar): Leyendas defeated AJPW when Demon submitted Masamune. Probably the least of the three matches so far, but still solid.

Rest of the World (Angelico, El Mesias, Drew Galloway) vs USA/TNA-LU (Matt Hardy, Ken Anderson, Johnny Mundo): Johnny Mundo defeated Drew Galloway with a misaimed Fin de Mundo in the first OT1. Match was good in parts. Fans weren’t as into it without a Mexican team, but they got them into the near falls at the end.

Semifinal Matchups

Semifinal A: Dream Team vs ROH-LU: Dream Team won when Alberto survived near finishes from the ROH team to submit Moose to the armbar with about 4o seconds left.

Semifinal B: Leyendas vs TNA-LU: Mundo beat Solar with the Fin de Mundo in the shortest match so far.

Final Matchups

Third Place: ROH-LU vs Leyendas: Cage, ACH and Moose win the bronze. They went straight to the OT. The show is going so long at this point, so it made sense. Demon and ACH were the first match up, going to a draw with ACH hitting a 450 splash just too late. Cage beat Wagner clean with a F5. Wagner was stretched out.

Championship: Dream Team vs TNA-LU: Another regulation draw. Myzteziz and Anderson went to a time limit draw in the first OT. Alberto got Matt Hardy in the armbar in the second, but time ran out before Matt gave up. Rey and Mundo were the final pair. Both kicked out of finishers, with Rey winning with a top rope headscissors cradle to take the championship with 10 seconds left.

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Negro Casas wins the Leyenda de Plata for a third time, Lucha World cup

Casas winner/photo by Alexis Salazar-CMLL

CMLL (FRI) 05/22/2015 Arena México [CMLL, R de Rudo, Terra]
1) Demus 3:16 & Pequeño Violencia b Shockercito & Último Dragoncito
Ultimo Dragonctio took the stretcher ride after the Demus Driver.
2) Pegasso, Stigma, Tritón b Artillero, Disturbio, Súper Comando
3) Amapola, Dalys, La Seductora b Goya Kong, Lluvia, Silueta
Rudos took 2/3. Silueta’s head bounced off the mat badly from a Dalys powerbomb at the end of the match, and she needed medical aid.
4) Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión b Gran Guerrero, Mephisto, Niebla Roja
Straight falls for Los Revolucionarios
5) Negro Casas b Dragon Lee [Leyenda de Plata, final]
Casas took falls 1/3 to retain the title. He’s now a 3 time champion, matching Mistico I for the record. Casas saluted Dragon Lee for his quality even in the loss.
6) Euforia, Thunder, Último Guerrero b Marco Corleone, Máximo, Volador Jr.
Marco & Thunder are still feuding.

Negro Casas was happy with his victory, saying he still enjoys measuring himself against the CMLL youth. This feels like the right outcome; Dragon Lee needs to have goals till to reach. There’s also an interview with Maximo, who has a billion ideas CMLL is not going to run.

Terra says they’ll be airing the En Busca de un Idolo tournament again this year. This will be the first matches they’ve shown since January. They’ll start coverage with the En Busca de un Idolo cibernetico on Tuesday. The article actually says the broadcast at 7pm, which would mean airing the entire first half of the show.

No Lucha World Cup matchups announced yesterday. That was the original plan when they announced the field. I’m not sure if that means they’ll announce it today, or if they just won’t announce it at all. I will remind you that you should purchase the iPPV ASAP if you plan on buying it, just in case they raise the price tomorrow.

Instead, it looks like most of the foreigners were in Mexico yesterday, doing copious interviews at the AAA office and going on TV studios to promote the press conference. The mainstream Mexico press appears to have bought into this World Cup concept, treating it like a important sporting contest. This is already a success for AAA on a marketing/branding level.

ESPN Deportes talked to Fantasma, Masasume and ACH, who declared Rey Mysterio was his favorite luchador but of course he and his team would beat them.

Dark Angel says she’s still on the 05/31 Arena Neza show and is working the Arena Coliseo show the night prior.

PWTorch has a breakdown of Lucha Underground ratings patterns on El Rey. (This does not include the larger Unimas numbers.) 62,000 people watch the show on audience, and they’ve reached 102,000 viewers for three episodes (Alberto’s first match, Alberto’s second match, trios tournament final). The audience has trended younger as the season has gone on, but the average number of viewers is still not a lot greater than reruns of old shows.

+LuchaTV has a lot of Chilanga Mask videos, including highlights of Aeroboy vs Caifan, Keira vs Silueta, Latin Dragon vs Psycho Kid, and Rey Horus vs Flamita. It looks like they have a new episode this weekend, as they’re promoting a sit down with Rey Mysterio.

Segunda Caida reviews Rey Hechicero vs Caifan from the LuchaMania show.

SuperLuchas looks back at Ring Fujinami vs El Solitario and Toscano vs Heavy Metal vs Perro Aguayo Jr.

Maldito Jr. hypes a mask match he’s in Saturday by saying he has no idea why the promoter booked him in this mask match.

The Gladiatores celebrates 9 years of publishing.

Tzuki is in the area today and I have tickets to be somewhere else.

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 05/29/2015 Arena México
1) Leono & Soberano Jr. vs Espanto Jr. & Inquisidor
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Shockercito vs Demus 3:16, Mercurio, Pequeño Violencia
3) Fuego vs Misterioso Jr. [lightning]
4) Ángel de Oro, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Boby Zavala, Puma, Tiger
5) Gran Guerrero, Negro Casas, Niebla Roja vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión
6) La Sombra, Naito, Rush vs Euforia, Thunder, Último Guerrero

Rush is back, so whatever happened this time is over already. Naito continues to team with the Ingobernables. Revolucionarios continue to fight other rudos, but not actually ultimo Guerrero. Fourth match looks fun. Minis match includes Shockercito and Mercurio, who had a feud on Tuesday’s that suddenly ended. Astral handles the video promo.

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Leyenda de Plata, Lucha World Cup, Dragonmania

Tonight starts a busy weekend in Mexico. CMLL has it’s annual Leyenda de Plata final tonight. Toryumon holds it’s annual DragonMania show in Arena Mexico on Saturday afternoon, and many of those same wrestlers will work the Lucha Fan Fest Saturday evening. Sunday has the Lucha World Cup. TripleMania and CMLL Anniversary weekends will likely be bigger events, but they’re unlikely to match the eclectic group of foreigners coming in for one show or another.

The actual main event tonight is Marco Corleone, Maximo and Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Thunder and Ultimo Guerero, which might continue the slow build to a cage match. The big match is Negro Casas versus Dragon Lee for the Leyenda de Plata trophy. Dragon Lee won the cibernetico last week, Casas is the defending champion (beating Titan last year.) CMLL’s preview of the show notes Casas has a chance to become the first ever three time champion, noting the original Mistico is the only other one. CMLL’s ignored the existence of Mistico in the past. It’s built up as the biggest match in Dragon Lee’s career and it might be; Lee needs to be treated as a top guy going forward if he can win this tournament.

The Lucha World Cup is Sunday, but it looks like most of the wrestlers are going to be in Mexico by today. The TNA & ROH wrestlers were in yesterday (that looks like Reforma 222) and Team NOAH flew in this morning. The first round matchups for the tournament are supposed to be set today, but everyone’s also doing a lot of press building up the events. The sponsors also seem to have a bunch of tickets to give away; I don’t think it’s because they’re having trouble selling the tickets (the building is far from sold out, but the most expensive tickets are pretty much gone) but that Victoria got a large lot of tickets as part of their sponsorship.

Dr. Wagner Jr. is pretty sure his team is winning, because he and Demon are great and Solar knows holds that no one else knows that can instantly win matches. Wagner calls Rey Mysterio & Myzteziz as “jugglers”, and says they’ve proven themselves against US wrestler but never against Mexicans. Dr. Wagner Jr. remains Dr. Wagner Jr.

The Toryumon Mexico show at Arena Mexico is always said to be a free ticket show, but how you actually gets the tickets is always a mystery to me. (Go to Arena Mexico, loiter, and don’t buy them from the scalpers, I’d guess.) The Lucha Fan Fest, isn’t free, but comes with an autograph signing prior to the wrestling event. Main event is Atlantis, Mil Mascaras, Octagon versus Canek, Fuerza Guerrera and Ultimo Guerrero.

The scheduled Koguma vs Sexy Angel title match is off the Lucha Fan Fest show, with the promotion noting Koguma lost the title to Starfire and saying Koguma also decided to retire. (??) They’re doing a women’s trio instead.

KPCC has a story about how the look of the Lucha Underground Temple came about, including talking with the set designer about how they had to carefully make it look a bit run down. It also includes Vampiro explaining how worked pro wrestling came about.

The Gladiatores La Cerveza del Cuberto mentions two CMLL wrestlers were unprofessional in a match in Merida, so much so that the rest of the wrestlers on the show asked the promoter not to pay the CMLL guys and instead give the money to the guys who had to work with them. The item doesn’t name the CMLL headliner but it’s exactly who you’re guessing.

Joker’s excited to debut in Arena Mexico.

RobViper has highlights of 01/23 & 01/30/2015 CMLL.

LuchaWorld has Alfredo with all his thoughts on the news of the week and KrisZ’s news update.

+LuchaTV has Black Terry saying he’d like a singles match with Caifan, but not with Satanico. The best. There’s also highlights of Aero Boy vs Rey Horus.

Germany’s WXW announced the Rotation will be wrestling in DTU sometime this summer. The Rotation is a said to be a crazy high flyer, so he’ll fit right in.

Matt D at Segunda Caida reviews Marco Corleone, Mascara Dorada, Titan vs Cavernario, Rey Bucanero and Terrible.

Guerrero Universal talks about his career.

Lucha Libre in Japan

05/22 NJPW (BOSJ Day 1)
Barbaro Cavernario [2] beat Chase Owens [0]
KUSHIDA [2] beat Mascara Dorada

I watched the Cavernario match this morning, it was fine for two guys who were totally unfamiliar with each other. The NJPW crowd likes Barbaro. Dorada/Kushida was said to be good but too short.

Barbaro Cavernario’s club is said to now be 6000 Yen (~$50 USD)

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lucha TV schedule for weekend of 05/23

20150521ltThis doesn’t include the Lucha World Cup, which is slated to start at 5pm Central Time on Sunday. The regular PPV is also listed at a 5pm start, so that might be a real start time. (FWIW, the SKY PPV in Mexico is slightly more expensive in HD and slightly cheaper in just SD.)

AAA proper starts on the Pachuca taping, so that’s as much as a guess as ever at a lineup. The Psycho Clown/Zorro/Averno match does sort of have to air this Saturday.

The CMLL shows are assuming there’s no major changes, but it does seem like they’ll be just different changes some week.

AULL and FULL are starting a new tapings. AULL didn’t make it clear which show was going to be taped.

FULL’s Unicable show is much better video quality than the TV Mexiquense show, but also running one week behind for whatever reason.

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CMLL to put more matches online, Jarrett to Lucha World Cup, Dark Angel to NXT, CMLL Guadalajara

CMLL (TUE) 05/19/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) El Divino & Linterna Verde Jr. b Évola & Relampago
Relampago replaced Chakal.
2) Flyer, Magnus, Pepe Aguayo b Canelo Casas, Metálico, Sádico
Magnus gave Metalico a backcracker for the win.
3) Kamaitachi, Okumura, Tiger b Blue Panther Jr., The Panther, Tritón
Kamaitachi double knees put down Triton for the loss.
4) Blue Panther, Super Porky, Valiente DQ Kráneo, Morphosis, Rey Escorpión
Porky and Escorpion are feuding again, with Escorpion fouling Porky for the DQ.
5) La Máscara, Marco Corleone, Rush b Ephesto, Euforia, Mephisto
Rush did wrestle, and he and Mascara gave double knees to Euforia and Ephesto for the win.

No update on Rush’s status.

CMLL Informa announced that some Arena Coliseo Guadalajara and Arena Puebla matches would begin to be posted on the CMLL website. The quantity, frequency and delay from taping was not revealed. CMLL Puebla matches were previously aired on TVC Deportes, but the station dropped lucha libre as part of a refocus in December. (CMLL’s continued to record the events, a strange expense for a promotion not making a lot of money.) CMLL Tuesday Guadalajara matches currently air on 52MX as the Guerreros del Ring.

This switch could be part of larger changes. It’s conceivable the 52MX show would shift to airing the Friday night Arena Mexico shows, the ones now only airing in the US on Azteca. 52MX isn’t a strong outlet for major angles, but it’s better than no outlet. The 52MX show, like the old Fox one (and unlike the Cadena3 show) is a total CMLL production, giving them the freedom to continue to use their own announcers.

CMLL also announced the promotion would have a new look to their website starting on June 1st. It would make sense for that to be the moment where the Puebla/Guadalajara matches start to get posted, but it wasn’t explcity said. Ominously, the Terra feed died seconds before this announcement occurred. Doesn’t give the greatest hope for the internet product. They also had Pegasso, Stigma, Canelo Casas and Akuma on to talk about the En Busca de un Idolo cibernetico, while announcing Negro Casas & Virus would return as trainers. Omar Brunetti, late of Arena Coliseo Guadalajara, was saying he’s in this tournament too; maybe there’s some other selections coming?

Global Force Wrestling announced Jeff Jarrett and Karen Jarrett would be invited guests for the Lucha World Cup. The GFW idea is Jarrett is coming to scout talent for his promotion. The press release mentions Jarrett will commentate on select matches, and the idea is it’s the sponsor Victoria who is bringing in the Jarretts.

Jarrett has been rarely mentioned since missing last year’s TripleMania; one of the only references to him was the Christmas special episode, where Konnan took a shot at him for missing the show while setting up the clip of the TripleMania cage match. There were talk of AAA debating between TNA and GFW as a partner for Lucha World Cup. They picked up TNA, but TNA’s viability is in question once again and it’s possible AAA wants to continue to have relationship with Jarrett and GFW. Sending Argos to TNA seemed like a sign AAA’s not that into TNA, and the press release has Joaquin Roldan quoted as saying he plans to exchange talent with GFW in the future.

Here’s a scenario I’m not personally a fan of but may make some business sense: AAA’s never done the big Jeff Jarrett loss, the one where he gets defeated and humiliated. He’s got a lot of wins, he’s protected when he loses and things contrive to cause him to miss other shows when he’s supposed to leave. Perhaps Alberto versus Jarrett in a hair match could work as a TripleMania main event in a year where there’s no obvious one? There are logistical difficulties that would have to be over come, but that’s the same with all the current options.

(Cage has been a regular presence, but he’s still relatively new and it might be a tougher sell. Cage/Alberto in a hair match feels like a solid semimain but not a main event.)

Dark Angel had a cameo on last night’s NXT special, appearing as one of the models in Tyler Breeze’s entrance. She had been mentioned as working in the training center earlier in the week, and the belief is she’s has or will be hired on as a trainer full-time. (She’s replacing the promoted Sara del Rey in that spot; about a decade ago, the then ‘American Angel’ replaced Sarah Stock in Monterrey after she started with CMLL.) The word is Dark Angel is still working the 05/31 Arena Neza show, but it appears to be a Farewell For Now show. Her final CMLL match would be the 04/07 show in Guadalajara.

Speaking of Farewell For Now, Villano III has a press conference for his first in a series of retirement shows. He insists he’s really retiring, that his health has declined that it’s impossible for him to go on any longer. There doesn’t seem to be any specific end date announced yet for his actual retirement.

CMLL Informa mentioned Reyna Isis is headed to Japan for three months; Reina only lists her for the first shows so far, but bringing in luchadoras who’ve barely wrestled with CMLL is what they do.

LuchaWorld has a great interview with Negro Navarro, where he talks about his book of forgotten moves, why he wrestles the way he does, complaints of being repetitive, dummies who stand around waiting for someone to jump off a balcony them, and how to cook a steak right.

Toro Bill Sr. took Blue Center’s hair in Arena Coliseo San Ramon.

Bucanero Infenral took Pegasso de Plata’s mask in Xalapa.

El Pancracio has interviews with Dr. Wagner Jr., Canek and Solar about the Lucha World Cup. Solar says Fantasma got him in the tournament, bringing up his name to Dorian Roldan.

+LuchaTV has a ton of videos from recent ChilangaMask shows, including the Psycho Kid, Asto Rey Jr., Drago vs Fly Star, Toxin Boy and Electroboy match that sets up matches on their next show, and the Fulgors being outcheated. There’s also semifinals of the Cara Lucha Bestiario I tournament: Wasson vs Principe Aereo and Aramis vs Centella Atomica, plus interviews with Rey Jr. about the Lucha World Cup.

Vice has a pictorial of a day in the life in a mini who worked the most recent Lucha Va Voom show.

Voices of Wrestling has a Lucha Underground review of last night’s episode.

Segunda Caida reviews Lucha Underground episode 26.

An interview with 17 year old India Mazahua, who’s wrestling in Arena Mexico on Saturday.

Mistico is rooting for Dragon Lee to win the Leyenda de Plata.

The press conference for the WMC show on 05/30 turned into a fight, as always.

Lineups

FULL (THU) 06/04/2015 Carpa Astros, Tlalpan, Distrito Federal
1) Omega vs Luzbel Jr. vs Marabunta Jr. [Copa Novato]
2) Alfa vs Meiden vs Ángel Del Amor [Copa Novato]
3) Saru vs Pequeño Black Warrior vs Charly Madrid [Copa Novato]
4) Alan Stone & Golden Magic vs Hijo de Pirata Morgan & Sucesor
5) Lady Apache vs Rossy Moreno [FULL WOMEN]
6) Hijo De Dos Caras, LA Park, Tinieblas Jr. vs Cien Caras Jr., El Hijo del Solitario, Toscano

Fulgors and Alfa & Omega were the best guys in the opener, so the Fulgors aren’t book and Sucesor is the one who gets moved up into a real match. I have no idea what Pequeno Black Warrior could possibly be doing a Copa Novato, but perhaps there’s a chance there’s a new one.

Tinieblas also teased new foreign wrestlers so vaguely that you need to use google image search to figure out who they are (and then you still don’t know.)

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housekeeping notes

News post isn’t coming until much later. Some stuff to fill some space

  • I’ve changed the matchfinder slightly. My sense it’s mostly used to find videos, so the default setting is to only include wrestlers who have at least one video in the dropdown boxes. You can still choose an option to get every wrestler I have listed (how it used to work).

    There’s roughly 3000 wrestlers tracked in the database. I’d like to add a lot more, mostly guys who wouldn’t have video in the database, but every one every one I’d add would just make that list bigger and more unwieldy. This fixes that problem for now. There’s further refinements I need to make, and I might as well add ‘narrow down by state’ option since the data is in there now, but it should be stable at the moment.

  • In related news, I’ve added lineups & results from Lucha Libre Magazine 28 to 61 into the database. That covers a lot of the 1964 Friday night EMLL shows, whatever other shows they happened to mention that week, and a lot of results from earlier years (mostly 30s) which were reprinted in there. If you’ve noticed me adding profiles on the luchawiki, this is the same as that. I did issues 1-27 as I got them, but decided just storing them up and adding them in bulk would be smoother. I’ve done an export of these data in the past, but I’m not sure if anyone’s really that interested – let me know and I’ll work something out.

    I probably should do some analysis but I talked about a lot of the bigger things in other forms. This took many months to do, but mostly because I was drawn away by other projects. The whole process would go a lot quicker if I just did the Friday results (and those are the only ones reliably printed week to week), but it feels mandatory to go thru all the notes section looking for random info. Sometimes you get incredible things like a note about what the gate was for a show, a lot of times it’s vague information about a show where it’s just not enough to enter in the database but temptingly close enough to make me spend an hour trying to deduce the missing piece. It’s not very efficient on my part.

    I guess I’ll go to do another year of Lucha Libre next – I know I have issues of the magazine thru 1969 at least one drive, and maybe more longer elsewhere. The issues were very kindly donated to me by someone who bought them, but I was made aware that someone farther back in the chain got the issues by something close to stealing them, and that makes me less enthusiastic about the whole project. (I’m the same guy who pirates videos every Tuesday, there’s no real great internal logic here.) On the hand, I finally finished that year, I finished off about month’s worth of recaps, and I finished long term location and spell checking projects so it feels good that I’m actually knocking things off my imaginary task list.

  • Speaking of videos and the database, videos from my channels are now being added to the database again after YouTube messed it all up.  I’m current 904 videos behind on other channels (mostly because I just added +LuchaTV to the channels my program checks.) I’ll get thru it eventually.
  • I’ll have live coverage of the Lucha World Cup on Sunday – results here, too many posts on Twitter. If they announce the complete bracket on Friday, maybe some sort of predictions? (They only announced ‘first round matchups’ for Friday, which gives me this likely unfounded trepidation that they won’t set the semifinals until during the show.) Maybe a preview here or somewhere else? The things I normally do will get done.

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