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Guerreros vs Ingobernables, AAA in Tijuana

Low stakes for tonight’s Arena Mexico show. CMLL’s already announced next Friday will be Rush vs Ultimo Guerrero, so tonight’s Ultimo Guerrero, Niebla Roja and Gran Guerrero vs Ingobernables match will feed into that. Best match on the show might be the Delta, Guerrero Maya, Dragon Lee versus Mephisto, Ephesto and Hechicero tercera, which is 50/50 to make TV in any form.

AAA has a loaded show in Tijuana. This is the show Alberto ended up on instead of the WWC ones. He teams with Demon and Parka versus Perro, Texano and Villano IV. Pentagon Jr. says he’s returning from an injury break to be on the card. He wasn’t listed on the original lineup but must be in for Daga. AAA’s talked for years about returning to Tijuana for a taping. The last one there was 2005, and it was a regular stop up until 2001. A good turnout tonight might give them momentum for a bigger show there next year.

Today’s DTU press conference is giving away 30 t-shirts to the first fans who show up.

The WWE employee who allegedly made racist statements and was slapped by Alberto el Patron for them left the company sometime in the last month.

Dorian Roldan gave a presentation about AAA’s move to the US at the Sports Innovation Summit.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update, including news on a new promotion planning to run Arena Puebla and Arena Coliseo. I’ve heard of another promotion planning to run Arena Coliseo this year; CMLL used to rent that out for Luchas 2000 shows (who are a sponsor on these) and for Toryumon but hasn’t done it nearly as much in recent years. They are running a non-wrestling function next week: there’s a national televised boxing event on 11/01.

Segunda Caida reviews the Negro Casas & Shocker first title defense and Lucha Azteca 09/06/14. There is another tournament coming in another month, Eric. Do not watch that tournament. It is no good. Go watch lightning matches on CMLL’s YouTube channel or something.

Hijo del Santo was at last night’s NXT tapings: he posted photos with Black Magic and Sin Cara II. Santo Jr. was there as well. They used a couple minis in a skit on the show but I’m not sure which ones.

Camaleon is listed as working in Arena San Francisco tomorrow. He’s been out of action since he was hit by a truck early this year, and was using a cane to help walk as recently as a month ago.

Cachorro is off Twitter for the time being.

Bengala is preparing to run in the Enmascarados Race.

An AAA spot show on 11/15 appears to include the returns of Atomic Boy and La Chiva.

A video feature on the creation of the tiny plastic lucha libre figures.

Hector M. Zepeda made a 29 minute Titan highlight video (mostly focusing on his singles matches.)

Today’s AULL award categories
Revolucion Ruda: Ironia, Discordia, Rey Inmortal, Ave Negra
Revolucion Tecnica: Sky Fly, Shibata, Robin Maravilla Jr.

Lineups

IWRG (SUN) 10/26/2014 Arena Naucalpan
1) Alfa, Omega, Sky Ángel vs Anubis Black, Araña de Plata, Atomic Star
2) Metaleon, Mike, Teelo vs Rayan, Spartan, Violencia Jr.
3) Oficial 911 & Oficial AK47 © vs Leo & Rafy [IWRG IC TAG]
Oficial are tag champs, second defense
4) Golden Magic, Kenshi Kabuki, Pantera vs Canis Lupus, Pirata Morgan Jr., Universo 2000 Jr. [lumberjack strap]
5) Hijo De Dos Caras, Negro Navarro, Toscano vs Demon Clown, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, X-Fly

New champs? Definitely new champions.

10/25-26 lucha times

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Things are happening: Daylight Savings time ends in Mexico on Sunday morning. That means all programming from Mexico will air one hour later than usual for the next seven days. (The US catches up next Sunday.) This week, that primarly affects the Sunday Terra show (which will air at 7pm ET/6pm CT in Mexico), but the Puebla, IWRG and Monterrey airings may also be later than you expect.

(Don’t trust my times the next couple weeks, more than usual.)

Also, on Wednesday, Lucha Underground has a TV show. You may have heard about it.

== AAA ==

Onto the Tlahuelilpan taping, and unsure what will air. I’m guessing Suicide/Evans vs Apache/Lider, Monster/Chessman and Mesias/Myzteziz vs Averno/Fantasma, but AAA will probably say for sure in a day or so.

== Lucha Underground ==

The debut! Blue Demon Jr. vs Chavo Guerrero Jr., Son of Havoc vs Sexy Star and Johnny Mundo vs Prince Puma were taped for episode and have been advertised as airing. Mundo/Puma sounded good, but this is a (rare) show where I’m about as interested in the non-match footage as the in-ring stuff. We’ll know a lot more on Wednesday than we know now.

== CMLL ==

FOX2: Ingoberbanles vs Guerreros, a Thunder match and I’m hoping the Dragon Lee/Kamaitachi match. It’s a 50/50 bet. This show will at 11am again this week, which seems like the first time it’s had the same time slot in back to back weeks in months

Azteca: Copa Junior final, and the start of that same Ingobernables/Guerreros feud.

52MX: Maximo vs Rey Bucanero, GDL locals vs Odiosos

Claro: Diamante Azul vs Shocker and Mexico vs the Rest of the World.

C3: Angel de Oro, Atlantis, Marco vs Rey Escorpion, Shocker and Thunder.

TVC Deportes (Puebla): Almost another Ingobernables vs Guerreros match, though with Volador in the mix on the “Guerrero” side.

Terra Sunday: Amapola vs Makota, Azul/Marco/Volador vs Mephisto/Niebla/Negro.

== Other ==

Noches de Coliseo: reruns

IWRG (LAS/AYM): doing weird things so I dunno, but maybe Diablo/Cerebro

Tags:

Diablo defeats Cerebro, Anima I passes away, Dia de Muertos

IWRG (WED) 10/22/2014 Arena Naucalpan [The Gladiatores]
1) Muerte Infernal b Black Niko
2) Araña de Plata & Atomic Star b Saruman & Sky Ángel
Saruman may be back, but he can’t find a win.
3) Rayan & Spartan b Dragón Celestial & Imposible
Celestial & Imposible had a friendly fire incident which led to their loss and a post match break up. Imposible may be returning to the rudo side.
4) Apolo Estrada Jr., Canis Lupus, Eterno b Emperador Azteca, Golden Magic, Metaleon
Rudos took 1/3, Canis submitted Azteca for the win.
5) El Hijo del Diablo b Dr. Cerebro © [WWS WELTER]
Golden Magic was Cerebro’s second. Apolo was Diablo’s second and interfering. Hijo del Diablo took 2/3 to win the champion. Dr. Cerebro falls on the first defense. Diablo is the 10th champion since the title came to IWRG…when Cerebro beat Diablo for it back in 2010.

A strong night for evil, especially if they’re getting one more in their ranks. Imposible himself didn’t know why he was a tecnico, but that seems to be coming to an end. Didn’t realize the WWS title had come completely full circle until looking up the title histories; the end game here still seems to be a hair match with those two.

Ciudad Juarez luchador Anima I was shot and killed at his burrito stand on Wednesday. His real name was Jesús Ernesto Malacara Castañeda, and he was 35 years old. Anima I wrestled as recently as last month. No suspect was found; the murder took place during a shift change at the Social Security building where Anima’s stand was located. Anima fought as recently as last month, defending the local Ciudad Juarez tag titles with Anima II against Hijo de Medico Asesino and Pagano. A story about Anima I’s career confirms Anima II & Anima III were his brothers and mentions Anima I left wrestling for years due to an foot injury suffered in a card accident.

CMLL Informa talked to Amapola and the Guerreros about upcoming titles matches, but the big news from the show came from the opening segment, where Julio Cesar Rivera, Miguel Reducino and Olimpico heavily pushed the Dia de Muertos shows. They’re pushing these as the biggest shows since the Anniversary show and announcing the matches much earlier in advance than usual.

CMLL (FRI) 10/31/2014 Arena México
1) Hombre Bala & Súper Halcón Jr. vs Artillero & Súper Comando
2) Dragon Lee, Pegasso, Tritón vs Boby Zavala, Raziel, Virus
3) Máximo, Rey Cometa, Titán vs Cavernario, Felino, Hechicero
4) La Máscara, La Sombra, Stuka Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Vangellys
5) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Volador Jr. vs Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Thunder
6) Rush vs Último Guerrero

The Rush/UG singles mach seemed like the direction they were heading the last couple of weeks and of course Ultimo Guerrero hinted as much. The other story about that is normal wrestlers in CMLL only know their bookings about a week in advance, while Ultimo Guerrero somehow knew his matches many weeks in advance. But I think we knew Ultimo Guerrero is not a normal wrestler. UG is 2-1 against Rush in normal matches.

The general idea with both of these cards seems to be the rudos (or at least some of the wrestlers) dressing up in scary/Halloween costumes to give the matches a different look. Olimpico had bodypaint on to show what it may look like. I hope Thunder dresses up as Frankenstein (not the luchador.) Olimpico also teased a big surprise for this show. Both of these shows are free for children in costume and this is about the time where Mistico was expected to be back in the ring, and maybe that surprise is reintroducing him in front of a heavy kid’s audience.

Second matches have gotten really good since we’re no longer able to seem them. Tercera also looks good.

CMLL (SUN) 11/02/2014 Arena México
1) Astral & Eléctrico vs Demus 3:16 & Mercurio
2) Dark Angel, Lluvia, Princesa Sugehit vs Dallys la Caribeña, La Seductora, Zeuxis
3) Ángel de Oro, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Hombre sin Nombre, Morphosis, Olímpico
4) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Super Porky vs Ephesto, Kráneo, Mephisto
5) Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas © vs La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush [MEX TRIOS]
Peste Negra are champions, 3rd defense
6) Atlantis vs Último Guerrero

First rematch of the mask match in Arena Mexico (though rematches have been billed at small shows.) Atlantis probably isn’t kicking out of the Guerrero Special.

Semimain is the missing trios title match from the Anniversary show, barring any surprise vacations. The Ingobernables shouldn’t lose two title matches in a row at this point, but then they shouldn’t be booked on tecnico sides at this point at they still air so who knows.

Note Hombre sin Nombre and Kraneo are in the ‘wrong’ matches. It looks like Hombre sin Nombre got demoted already and the idea of the new trio may be over before it got going. Morphosis and Olimpico are back in Arena Mexico after a long absence.

TerceraCaida had an all highlight edition of the show, with the Sin Cara interview from the WWE Mexico shows.

AAA hasn’t announced it’s card for 11/17 in Leon quite yet, but Los Psycho Circus revealed they’ll be facing the Hell Brothers in an interview hyping the match. That’s a rematch from Heroes Inmortales.

The NCAA (college sports) in the US will start selling team colored lucha libre style masks. Lucha masks have been showing very occasionally at US sports events for the last few years – there’s always a San Diego Charger fan in a Rey Misterio mask, and it’s always hilarious when they show a Steelers fan wearing a yellow and black mask without knowing it’s a Septiembre Negro mask.

I would classify the Underground Luchadore tumbler as “insanely fired up for Wednesday’s premiere” based on the latest tumblr post. Paul Heyman’s pre-show speech at Barely Legal fired up.

Even more AULL awards
Best Participation In School vs School battles: AULL, IWRG, Konkreto Gym.
Which Team Should Get A Trios Shot: Los Incontenibles (Euro, Filder y Dante), Los Nexos (Psicópata, Casi Muerto y Decadente), Los Insurrectos (Ave Negra, Ironía y Discordia), Los Tigres de Metal (Oro, Plata y Bronce), Los Cadetes del Amor (Angel de la Noche, Angel del Amor y Rey Krystal)

ChilangaMask announced a 12/21 Coliseo Coacalco show, teasing a cage match.

Arena Xalapa is bringing in Dinamitas, Trio Fantasia, Skayde, Black Terry and Shu el Guerrero for their 11/02 Crazy Man/Tigre Cosmico mask match show.

Angel de Oro/Rey Escorpion, Virus still very good at wrestling

CMLL (TUE) 10/21/2014 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Akuma & Inquisidor Super Comando b Leono & Robin
2) Mercurio, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico b Aéreo, Angelito, Astral
3) Arkángel de la Muerte, Cancerbero, Raziel b Black Panther, Pegasso, Star Jr.
Skandalo was announced, but replaced on Monday by Arkangel due to injury suffered on Sunday. Rudos took 1/3, Raziel submitting Black Panther
4) Virus b Cachorro [lightning]  (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Virus beat Cachorro in 9 minutes of a good match.
5) Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado b Fuego, Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr.
Stuka jumped onto Pierroth during the anthem to take the first fall, but the rudos took 2/3, Sagrado beating Fuego in the third.
6) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Marco Corleone b Rey Escorpión, Shocker, Thunder
Tecnicos took 2/3, Angel de Oro defeating Rey Escorpion with a mecedora and demanding a title shot.

I haven’t seen the lightning match yet, but I’ve heard only good things. Alexis says Skandalo’s injury was serious, but Triton injury was just a scare. Skandalo mentioned on Facebook that he had surgery. He’s had a tough couple of years health wise.

CMLL (TUE) 10/21/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@acogdl]
1) El Divino & Metatrón b Jocker & Thunder Boy
Tecnicos took 1/3, Divino beat Jocker.
2) Demonio Maya, Demonio Rojo, Satara b Magnus, Starman, Stigma
Rudos took 2/3, Rojo beat Starman with a piledriver variation
3) Dark Angel, Goya Kong, La Vaquerita b Amapola, Makoto, Narumiya
Tecnicos took 1/3, Goya Kong plancha on all the rudas.
4) Dragon Lee, Máscara Dorada, Valiente b Boby Zavala, Maléfico, Pólvora
Tecnicos took 1/3
5) Diamante Azul, La Máscara, Rush b Bárbaro Cavernario, Terrible, Vangellys
Tecnicos took 2/3.

A show. Semimain sounds like it may have been good.

CMLL Informa will have Ultimo Guerrero, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Amapola, Sandra Granados as guests. The last will be there to talk about CMLL’s special shows on 10/31 and 11/02.

Tercera Caida haven’t announced their guests yet, but they’re also on 5 pm.

The main event of the 11/15 UFC debut show in Arena Ciudad de Mexico is off, since heavyweight champion and centerpiece of the show Cain Velasquez is out with a knee injury. They’re set up a interim title match, will be offering refunds next week and there’s other Latin American fighters on the show, but it seems to hurt the impact of the show. Then again, the lack of top Mexican wrestler didn’t seem to hurt WWE too bad in Mexico City.

They’re still selling tickets based on Dr. Wagner Jr. facing Ultimo Guerrero in Merida, even though Ultimo Guerrero has said he won’t be there. Betting their won’t be refunds there.

LuchaWorld has CMLL Lucha Azteca 10/18/14

Segunda Caida reviews Marco Corleone, Máximo, Rush vs Cavernario, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero and Lucha Azteca 08/30.

Voices of Wrestling debuts a new lucha libre column, reviewing 10 matches.

AULL has more award nominations:
Best Tag: Yakuza & Chucho el Roto, Tormento & Samael, Terry 2000 & Iron Love
Best Trio: Apocalípticos, Diabolicos, Bastardos
Best Stellar Rudo: Leviatham, Romano Garcia, and Herejia.
Best Stellar Tecnico: Yakuza, Chucho el Roto, and Yakuza.

Kraneo says he and Mije have special plans for the Dia de Muertos shows, including new outfits.

La Mascara talks about being an Ingobernable, says he’s passionate about wrestling.

Nino Hamburugesa is happy with his recent wins.

Preview of this weekend’s ChilangaMask show.

Marcela is doing another seminar for WUW in New York on 11/08.

The Gladiatores interviews Reina Dorada

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 10/28/2014 Arena México
1) Bengala & Metatrón vs Apocalipsis & Inquisidor
2) Bam Bam, Fantasy, Shockercito vs Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito
3) Oro Jr., Soberano Jr., Star Jr. vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Canelo Casas, Guerrero Negro Jr.
4) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Super Porky vs Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado
5) Rey Escorpión © vs Ángel de Oro [CMLL LH]
Rey Escorpion is champ, 12th defense.
6) Titán, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys

Angel de Oro is 0-5 in singles title matches; this is his first shot at one since losing to Polvora last March. Angel de Oro really needs a good singles match. Rey Escorpion, who hasn’t been helped by the Dragon Rojo turn and then the Dragon Rojo injury, could help someone else out here.

CMLL (TUE) 10/28/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Brillante & Virgo vs Infierno & Ráfaga
2) Leo & Sky Kid vs Artillero & Súper Comando
3) Estrellita, Goya Kong, Marcela vs Amapola, La Comandante, Tiffany
4) Black Panther, Blue Panther, Cachorro vs Kamaitachi, Okumura, Tiger
5) Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Rush vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Shocker

Panthers back together to fight the Japanese and Tiger.

XMW (SAT) 11/29/2014 Centro de Convenciones, Tlalnepantla, Estado de México
1) Impulso vs Keira, Psycho King, Dave The Clown [Copa Fusion Ichiban]
2) Dinastía & Sexy Lady vs Felina Metalica & Mini Psicosis
3) Mickie Knuckles vs Ludark Shaitan © [FUSION KAWAII]
4) Pagano & Snick Boy vs Joe Lider & Terremoto and Demoledor & Wotan and Aero Boy & Violento Jack

An XMW anniversary show. Ludark has been working in Indiana with Mickie Knuckles so this continues the exchange program.

Puebla, NJPW/CMLL, Electroshock

CMLL (MON) 10/20/2014 Arena Puebla [Periodico Enfoque]
1) Arkalis & Milenium b Blue Center & Guerrero Espacial
Young tecnicos took 2/3
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Starman, Súper Halcón Jr. b Akrón, King Jaguar, Siki Ozama Jr.
3) Kamaitachi, Okumura, Olímpico b Blue Panther, Fuego, Pegasso
Pegasso replaced Triton (injury on Sunday.) Olimpico submitted Panther.
4) Diamante Azul, Stuka Jr., Titán b Hombre sin Nombre, Kráneo, Morphosis
5) Atlantis, Máximo, Valiente b Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero
Tecnicos took 2/3, Atlantis beating UG and challenged for a trios title next week

I didn’t expect we’d see Triton here but it doesn’t seem like a great sign.

photo by Black Terry Jr.

NJPW and CMLL had a meeting at CMLL’s offices on Friday. Tiger Hattori and Naoki Sugabayashi were pictured meeting with Paco Alonso  and Panico. (BUSHI was also around Mexico this weekend – he posted a photo of a dinner with Maximo at an excellent Korean BBQ.) The article teases it as talk about FantasticaMania and perhaps more than that. The list of wrestlers going over for FantasticaMania usually comes out after the next NJPW tour, so it’d make sense for them to work that out now. I wonder if the topic of NJPW wrestlers in CMLL might come up. Outside of Kamaitachi, no NJPW wrestler has been to CMLL in a year. I was told this was a CMLL call, feeling they had so many wrestlers – and so many foreign wrestlers with Marco and Thunder – that they didn’t want to take on anyone else. (This issue doesn’t seem to apply to either Mr. Cacao or the REINA women.) NJPW has it’s own issues with an crowded roster but has still been using CMLL wrestlers.

Speaking of them, CMLL preview of today’s Arena Mexico show builds the main event off Thunder and Marco Corleone facing off. The full main event is Angel de Oro, Atlantis, and Marco versus Rey Escorpion, Shocker and Thunder. Cachorro vs Virus is tonight’s lightning match and possibly the best match on the show – I’ll post it on Twitter after CMLL uploads it.

There’s a 15 second promo airing on Unimas for Lucha Underground. It’s really happening

Following up on the TV vignette, there’s an Electroshock text interview where he also teases retirement. Electroshock says he was upset about losing at TripleMania, upset about the crowd cheering Mesias over him, upset that none of this would’ve happened if Antonio Pena was till around. Electroshock says he doesn’t like AAA, Sociedad, Mesias or Cibernetico and suggests he may be retiring. It seems more likely building to some change to freshen up his character.

Black Terry has photos of a Monday night show at Arena de Lucha Libre Jesus Carranza in Mexico City and and video of drunk? antics.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update and this week’s PosterMania.

Jack Evans is a new dad.

This week’s Box Y Lucha and Luchas 2000 have Heroes Inmortales results on the corner. Not much WWE, but maybe that’ll be more next week.

Arena Lopez Mateos is holding year end awards via Facebook fan voting
El Mejor Master de Masters: Negro Navarro, Canek or Solar
Mejor Preliminarista: X Corpio, El Militar or Arana Negra II
Los Mejores Visitantes: Traumas, Violento Jack/Aero Boy or Mike Segura/Freelance
Mejor Referee: El Jhony, El Charmin, or Pompin Jr.
Revelacion Ruda: Ironia, Ave Negra, or Discordia
Revelacion Tecnica: Sky Fly, Shibata, or Rey Inmortal
Espectacular: Spider Boy, Sadico, Pegazus

Ultimo Guerrero’s weekend included fouling Atlantis in Arena Lopez Mateos and losing to a local wrestler in Morelos.

CMLL posted highlight videos of the past week. Diamante Azul is #1 on their top 10 list for some reason, Xavier Cruz Jr. & Acertijo are 10th.

AAA’s schedule now includes the 11/17 Leon, 11/22 Tlaxcala and 11/28 Gimansio Juan de la Barrera tapings. No matches yet; maybe next week for those?

A sports show was taping something lucha related at Arena Lopez Mateos.

Rey Misterio Sr. called the current lucha libre in Auditorio de Tijuana “a disgrace” and said people area only in lucha for the money now. (The people only in it for the money now who would seem to include people who sell their names and bill them as their sons for extra money, I’d have to guess.)

Corsario de Fuego kept the NWA Mexico Welterweight Championship in Xalapa.

DJ Spectro has a post about Mora Promotions bringing together all three Mexico City based promotions for the first in one show in 1986. I think it was PWO where there was a recent thread asking about how UWA and EMLL ended up working together – this seems like the lead in to that, but maybe someone should ask Spectro for what he thinks happened.

The De 2 A 3 Caidas tries to figure out what’s next for CMLL and AAA.

The DTU press conference is Friday at 3pm.

Today is the 59th Anniversary of Arena Coliseo Monterrey’s founding.

Lineups

CMLL (MON) 10/27/2014 Arena Puebla
1) Asturiano & Paris vs Centauro de Fuego & Guerrero Espacial
2) Leono, Robin, Starman vs Ares, Rey Apocalipsis, Toro Bill Jr.
3) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stigma vs Kráneo, Morphosis, Pólvora
4) La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush vs Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Shocker
5) Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero © vs Atlantis, Máximo, Valiente [CMLL TRIOS]

This would be the third defense for the champs and it’s likely they get it. Rey Apocalispis gets his first segunda here. The young Puebla locals seem generally much better than they were earlier this year, but they specifically have something in Rey Apocalispis. He’s very good already, though this will be a different sort of test facing an all CMLL DF trio.

10/18-19 lucha videos

No IWRG this week. Monterrey remains in reruns and I should stop mentioning it. I experimented with the 52MX this week.

I had a lot of problems with the Terra feed and then managed to screw up my back up recordings. I’ve posted every version of every match I’ve got, but the higher quality ones are going to have moments where the action just skips around. (For what it’s worth, DailyMotion has Alta for the first 3 and Baja for the last 2. The feed was just about useless for the fourth match.)

Copy and pasting links from Uploaded.net was not working right – let me know if I screwed something up.

YouTube Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYyNnOBGWP7ShX94yaK_9H6-GxxiIhoFg

10/15 CMLL Informa: http://ul.to/d2reou2t

10/18 WWC: http://ul.to/f5kob90e
10/19 WWC: http://ul.to/igtjwrmk

10/19 La Lucha Se Le Hace: http://ul.to/28q5zokv
10/18 Sobre el Ring: http://ul.to/ixngn5kj
10/19 Divinas de la Lucha: http://ul.to/28q5zokv – the hour is randomly spent showing a show in Morelos, though four matches in an hour means some short matches

CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-09-20
taped 2014-09-12 @ Arena México
Intro
https://www.sendspace.com/file/rbzhpe
1) Fuego, Titán, Valiente vs Ephesto, Hechicero, Niebla Roja
https://www.sendspace.com/file/c4es5f
Mid Show Intro
https://www.sendspace.com/file/7t9z82
2) Marco Corleone, Máscara Dorada, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
https://www.sendspace.com/file/hiu9bo
3) Diamante Azul, La Máscara, Rush vs Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Shocker
https://www.sendspace.com/file/e3wnbq

AAA on Televisa: 2014-10-18
taped 2014-09-26 @ Domo Deportivo Noe Hernandez, Zumpango, Estado de México
Intro
https://www.sendspace.com/file/nizlp6
1) Niño Hamburguesa, Octagoncito, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Carta Brava Jr., Mamba, Mini Psycho Clown
https://www.sendspace.com/file/aznzku
2) Australian Suicide & Faby Apache vs Eterno & Sexy Star
https://www.sendspace.com/file/nfh45u
3) El Mesías & Myzteziz vs el Hijo del Perro Aguayo & Texano
https://www.sendspace.com/file/suwska
Hijo del Fantasma profile
https://www.sendspace.com/file/mjcvl5

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-10-18
taped 2014-10-07 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado
http://ul.to/e3w911a3
2) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Rush vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
http://ul.to/drmtn8qw
3) Volador Jr. vs Shocker
http://ul.to/ph5nrlw2

CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-10-18
taped 2014-10-14 @ Arena México
Intro
https://www.sendspace.com/file/gvpc1x
1) Flyer & Sensei vs Camorra & Espanto Jr.
https://www.sendspace.com/file/2nu184
2) Black Panther, Oro Jr., Soberano Jr. vs Canelo Casas, El Rebelde, Metálico
https://www.sendspace.com/file/cafwq5
3) Estrellita, Goya Kong, Princesa Sugehit vs La Comandante, Makoto, Narumiya
https://www.sendspace.com/file/tp6n6c
4) Ángel de Oro, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Boby Zavala, Hechicero, Rey Escorpión
https://www.sendspace.com/file/vmq8po
5) Atlantis, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas
https://www.sendspace.com/file/xdseut
Ending
https://www.sendspace.com/file/ry8ei8

CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-10-18
taped 2014-10-10 @ Arena México
Intro
https://www.sendspace.com/file/hxvrkj
1) Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Valiente vs Kráneo, Mr. Niebla, Shocker
https://www.sendspace.com/file/2fu57q
Mid Show Intro
https://www.sendspace.com/file/tpdak5
2) Máximo vs Mephisto [Copa Jr. VIP final]
https://www.sendspace.com/file/em1zw9
3) La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush vs Euforia, Thunder, Último Guerrero
https://www.sendspace.com/file/an6z7b

Lucha Azteca (CMLL): 2014-10-18
taped 2014-10-03 @ Arena México
http://ul.to/pn8e1u0e
Copa Junior VIP Block B
8) Mephisto, Thunder, Último Guerrero vs Diamante Azul, La Máscara, Volador Jr.

CMLL on Terra: 2014-10-19
taped 2014-10-19 @ Arena Coliseo
1) Bam Bam, Fantasy, Último Dragoncito vs Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Universo 2000
Alta: https://www.sendspace.com/file/cz60au
HD: http://ul.to/sn9ejzwd
2) Dragon Lee, Mr. Cacao, Tritón vs Misterioso Jr., Raziel, Skándalo
Alta: http://ul.to/fqt6nesr
HD: http://ul.to/arcpyqfh
3) Amapola, Estrellita, La Vaquerita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Dalys, Dark Angel, Makoto, Narumiya, Zeuxis in a cibernetico match
Alta: http://ul.to/tkg3q3zb
HD: http://ul.to/h4q4c869
4) Atlantis, Máscara Dorada, Super Porky vs Ephesto, Kráneo, Mephisto
Baja: https://www.sendspace.com/file/kzsbj3
Medio: https://www.sendspace.com/file/1of47a
Alta: https://www.sendspace.com/file/xmx0sn
HD: http://ul.to/kflezppn
5) Diamante Azul vs Shocker
Baja: https://www.sendspace.com/file/ytc3ue
Medio: https://www.sendspace.com/file/q4ui12
Alta: https://www.sendspace.com/file/x6khjk
HD: http://ul.to/hm8d4241

CMLL Puebla: 2014-10-19
taped 2014-09-22 @ Arena Puebla
1) Milenium & Rey Samuray vs Rey Apocalipsis & Toro Bill Jr.
https://www.sendspace.com/file/05jluf
2) Oro Jr., Star Jr., Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Akrón, King Jaguar, Siki Ozama Jr.
https://www.sendspace.com/file/7i5wqc
3) Estrellita vs Zeuxis in a lightning match
https://www.sendspace.com/file/f553dr
4) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stigma vs Felino, Puma, Tiger
https://www.sendspace.com/file/lnipf3
5) La Máscara, Rush, Super Porky vs Negro Casas, Shocker, Thunder
https://www.sendspace.com/file/jm1w91
6) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, La Sombra vs Gran Guerrero, Mr. Niebla, Último Guerrero
https://www.sendspace.com/file/9765bx

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Lucha Underground on Unimas, Ninja Turtles for for the gold

Lucha Underground (SUN) 10/19/2014 Lucha Underground Temple [WrestleHeads]
1) Drago b Angélico, Son of Havoc, Pentagón Jr.
dark match, four way.
2) Bael, Cortez Castro, Mr. Cisco b Aerostar, Argenis, Súper Fly
Bael is B-Boy’s name. They explained their attack on Big Ryck after the match.
3) Fenix b Mil Muertes
Mil attacked the referee after the loss, and Catrina gave him the lick of death.
4) Prince Puma DQ Cage [Lucha Underground Champ]
2nd defense. DQ not specified. Cage attacked Puma post match. Konnan tried to make the save with the cane but got laid out by Cage with the title belt and bled. Cage ripped the Lucha Underground title in half and left both Konnan and Puma on the mat to end the show.
5) Blue Demon Jr., Mascarita Sagrada, Pimpinela Escarlata, Sexy Star b Chavo Guerrero, El Americano, King Cuerno, Mariachi Loco
bonus dark match

Same site has their own spoilers for Saturday’s taping as well.

The Lucha Underground tumblr previously said everyone didn’t like the look of the original title belt. Cage ripping it up means they’ll have a new one when tapings resume back in January. I’m unreasonably excited to finally figure out B-Boy’s name.

Lucha Underground is listed on Unimas’s schedule for Saturday November 1st at 4pm ET. Here’s a list of Unimas affilates, el Rey has their own on their front page.

Still haven’t seen any Unimas promotion or Lucha Underground promotion for this – it’s almost as if I’m one of the few people trying to get the word out about this and so am a great friend of Lucha Underground (?!?!) – but let’s go with the idea this is for real since it was the plan all along. Again, the big advantage of Lucha Underground being on Unimas is it’s in more homes than El Rey and it’s in HD in tons more homes than El Rey. The Unimas show is only listed as one hour, which may be way El Rey is only listed as one hour – if the purpose of the deal was to get the shows on the same schedule, then El Rey can’t run two hours unless Unimas agrees.

IWRG (SUN) 10/19/2014 Arena Naucalpan [IWRG, Tercera Caida]
1) Araña de Plata & Atomic Star b Saruman & Sky Ángel
Straight falls
2) Metaleon & Septimo Dragon b Anubis Black & Hip Hop Man
3) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo b Canis Lupus, Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Spartan
Another win for the Ninja Turtles, taking falls 2/3. Leo and Rafy asked for a tag title shot against the Oficials.
4) Trauma I & Trauma II b Hijo de Pirata Morgan & Pirata Morgan Jr.
Traumas took falls 2/3 and challenged the Piratas to an apuesta match. (IWRG does not mention the challenge.)
5) Grond XXX, Pantera, Veneno b Demon Clown, Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Pirata Morgan
Tecnicos took 1/3. Grond and Demon Clown feuded.

They really need to bring back the national atomicos titles for the Ninja Turtles (assuming they’re Mexican Ninja Turtles.) Otherwise, if these guys are going after the Oficial tag titles, I’d guess Mike & Teelo will be challenging for other ones.

At the DTU show in Rio Blanco, Drastick Boy kept the Alto Impacto title over Optimius and Jinzo and Ciclope and Violento Jack set up their own title match.

Today’s Arena Puebla show has Atlantis, Volador and Valiente versus Ultimo Guerrero, Niebla Roja and Euforia in a rematch. Ultimo Guerrero previously hinted there would be a trios title match in Puebla, which would be a natural follow up to this match.

DoradaFan has highlights of 2014-08-05 CMLL.

Segunda Caida reviews the second El Hijo del Santo vs Blue Panther match.

The IWRG Ninja Turtles debut in Arena Lopez Mateos on 10/26 (or there are more Ninja Turtles.) The undercard includes Douki & Hanaoka teaming with someone named Keita – someone new from Japanese indies? There’s an AAA show at the building on 11/14.

Lineups

IWRG (WED) 10/22/2014 Arena Naucalpan
1) Black Niko vs Muerte Infernal
2) Saruman & Sky Ángel vs Araña de Plata & Atomic Star
3) Dragón Celestial & Imposible vs Rayan & Spartan
4) Emperador Azteca, Golden Magic, Metaleon vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Canis Lupus, Eterno
5) Dr. Cerebro © vs El Hijo del Diablo [WWS WELTER]
Dr. Cerebro’s first defense.

Cerebro finally gets his hands on one of the Gringos VIP.

CMLL (SUN) 10/26/2014 Arena México
1) Flyer & Sensei vs Camorra & Inquisidor
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Metatrón, Star Jr. vs Cholo, Metálico, Ramstein
3) Black Panther, Cachorro, Tritón vs Hombre sin Nombre, Puma, Tiger
4) Amapola © vs Makoto [REINA INTL]
Amapola’s third defense.
5) Blue Panther, Super Porky, Titán vs Felino, Gran Guerrero, Pólvora
6) Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Volador Jr. vs Mephisto, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas

Diamante Azul is back but Shocker is not. Tercera could be good, if Triton was miraculously OK or if they have a good sub. Weird how there’s basically four first match rudos on this card.

CMLL (SUN) 10/26/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Tapatío vs El Yaqui
2) Reycko vs Thunder Boy
3) Exterminador & Leo vs Demonio Maya & Demonio Rojo
4) Omar Brunetti vs Rey Trueno
5) Rey Cometa & Stuka Jr. vs Cavernario & Maléfico
6) La Sombra & Rush vs Euforia & Terrible

Main event is old rivals against each other.

Cara Lucha, Rest of the World defeats Mexico, apuesta draw, WWE Mexico

Cara Lucha (SAT) 10/18/2014 Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal [@terceracaida, The Gladiatores]
1) Aerodinmic & Principe Aereo b Skull Metal & Trasher
2) Arkanos, Belial, Fly Star, Hombre Bala Jr., Impulso, Látigo, Rayo Star, Súper Halcón Jr. b Alfa, Andy Boy, Danger, Kilvan, Omega, Oro Jr., Star Jr., Toxin Boy, Yoruba [Copa Caralucha de Parejas]
8 team tournament, but not a single elimination one. The Gladiatores calls it confusing and isn’t quite sure of the rules. All eight teams fought at the same time. Instead of the announced teams moving on, new teams appeared to have been formed by the pinfall/elimination order. Teams of Fly Star & Impulso, Belial & Rayo Star, Latigo & Super Halcon Jr. and Hombre Bala & Arkanos (a replacement for one of the other eight guys) move onto the next round.
3) Aeroboy b Flamita, Tritón
No Rey Cometa (no reason given), so the scheduled tag match was made a three way.
4) Súper Nova b Trauma II
Super Nova tried to be Trauma with his own spider leg lock, but Trauma II out smarted him and got it himself. Trauma challenged for a title match (unclear which one) and Nova accepted.
5) Extreme Tiger b Cavernario
Cavernario overwhelmed Extreme Tiger but Tiger still got the win.

Not sure about the card order, each source went with a different order. Cara Lucha definitely fooled everyone by using making bizarre decisions on the tag team tournament, but it’s hard to see how it made anything better or made people want to come back and see the next round. The mismatched partners bit is up there with seeding battle royals and lucha cage matches as dumb concepts that need to go away ASAP. Rayo Star & Toxin Boy did the same dive Sky Man got hurt on, but they had about 14 people to catch them.

Terra/CMLL

CMLL (SUN) 10/19/2014 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Bam Bam, Fantasy, Último Dragoncito b Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Universo 2000 Bam Bam, Fantasy, Ultimo Dragoncito vs Pequeno Nitro, Pequeno Olipico, Pequeno Universo 2000, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Dragon Lee, Mr. Cacao, Tritón b Misterioso Jr., Raziel, Skándalo Dragon Lee, Mr. Cacao, Triton vs Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Skandalo, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Raziel replaced Sagrado. Tecnicos took 1/3. Cacao feuded with Skandalo (since Arkangel wasn’t around.) Dragon Lee and Triton looked great, but Triton appeared to suffer a severe knee injury on the landing of his double springboard moonsault onto Valiente. Skandalo also needed medical attention after the match but it was less clear what had occurred – CMLL says he went to the hospital with a knee injury.
3) Dalys, Dark Angel, Makoto, Narumiya, Zeuxis b Amapola, Estrellita, La Vaquerita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit [cibernetico] Mexico vs Rest of the World Luchadora cibernetico, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Mexico vs the World. Vaquerita replaced Goya Kong (double booked in Guadalajara). Elimination order went Vaquerita (Narumia cradle), Dalys (Marcela misaimed top rope double stomp), Princesa Sugehit (Zeuxis Caballete), Marcela (Dark Angel cradle), Dark Angel (Amaopla Devi’s Wings), Estrellita (Zeuxis La Roca package piledriver), Amapola (Makota spear/cradle) leaving Makota as the win. Makota was barely in the match before the winning it. She politely challenged Amapola for her REINA Championship, and an aggravated Amapola accepted it for next week.
4) Ephesto, Kráneo, Mephisto b Atlantis, Máscara Dorada, Super Porky Atlantis, Mascara Dorada, Super Porky vs Ephesto, Kraneo, Mephisto, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Rudos took 1/3.
5) Diamante Azul b Shocker Diamante Azul vs Shocker, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Diamante Azul took 2/3, the last after Shocker was supposed to kick Tirantes into the ropes, missed or just couldn’t, Tirantes took a huge bump anyway, Azul fouled Shocker and covered him for the win. Fans threw garbage in the ring after the finish (and very tepid match.)

Main event seemed like a bad idea on paper and worked out exactly that way. This needed some special thought to work, but they just did a lesser version of a regular match and it didn’t work at all. Crowd didn’t care for it either – Azul had a noticeable lack of support for someone who’s been pushed as a top guy for years and it wasn’t as if the fans were behind Shocker either. I can’t figure out if CMLL just sees Diamante Azul in a much more positive light or just didn’t care much about this show.

The women’s match was the most entertaining match on the show (though the segunda definitely had it’s moments and it’s going to be sad if Triton is gone for long.) Makoto winning and setting up a title match is exactly normal for how Joshi wrestlers are booked in CMLL, but the way she did came off like they were trying their best to hide her and the finish itself made it seem like they had a good reason to hide her. Next week’s match could be Amapola’s greatest ever challenge.

CMLL (SUN) 10/19/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@acogdl]
1) Meteoro b Relampago Azul
Meteoro won via armbar.
2) Furia Nazi b Índigo
Furia Nazi won with a top rope plancha.
3) Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno b Sky Kid & Smaker
Rudos took 1/3, Rey Trueno sneaking a foul on Sky Kid
4) Goya Kong b Tiffany
Goya splash on Tiffany.
5) Javier Cruz Jr. DRAW Acertijo [hair]
Acertijo took the first, Javier Cruz took the second, and both somehow tied in the third fall for the draw. Both men got their heads shaved.
6) La Sombra & Omar Brunetti b Mr. Águila & Sádico and Gallo & Titán and Cavernario & Ráfaga
Sombra & Omar beat Cavenrario & Rafaga for the win.

There’s a lot of parity booking among the Guadalajara locals, but a draw in a hair match is taking it to new heights.

known draws in major promotions apuesta matches
2001-09-16 (AAA): Tiffany DRAW Pimpinela Escarlata [hair]
2003-02-14 (CMLL): Ricky Marvin DCOR Zumbido [hair]
2008-02-10 (Arena Solidaridad): Sky DRAW Oquidea Negra [hair]
2011-10-22 (IWL): Tony Rivera DRAW Zumbido [hair]
2012-03-02 (CMLL): Negro Casas DRAW Blue Panther [hair]
2012-09-06 (IWRG): Temerario Infernal DRAW Oficial AK47 [hair]
2014-10-19 (ACG): Javier Cruz Jr. DRAW Acertijo [hair]

Acertijo has now lost his hair 3 times (and his mask once.) This is Cruz’s second hair loss.

I had a post on Lucha Underground earlier. A detail to add: [Brian] Cage attacked Fenix after his match with Prince Puma, so put him in line for a title shot at Puma sometime down the line. (They’ve got enough heel challengers lined up that Puma could realistically last the entire first ‘season’ as champ with fresh opponents.)

SuperLuchas has a recap of WWE’s show in Mexico City. Sin Cara beat Fandango in the segunda second match and the crowd was behind him. He got some Mistico chants though it seemed most knew it was a new guy (and were fine with that.) Torito getting in a shot on Heath Slater got the biggest reaction. of that match. I was told the building looked about 80% full, which is a pretty good number all considered.

Shots of tonight’s Arena Monterrey event show entire sections of unsold tickets. +LuchaTV had their own interview with Sin Cara earlier this week.

AAA held a free spot show Saturday night in Arena Naucalpan. This wasn’t advertised on AAA’s website or IWRG’s website and I didn’t hear anything about it until the night of the show. It must’ve been advertised somewhere since Ludxor had a poster. The building was lit very differently than normal and there were cameras filming the show. AAA’s done things like this when they’ve wanted to quietly film TV pilots – they did something similar a few years ago for a Search For A New Abismo Negro show that never went past that pilot. I’d guess that’s what happened here, but it seems weird for AAA to be working on yet another new TV show. Scenes being filmed for another non-AAA non-lucha TV show – like the Black Terry match that was part of a telenovela – would also fit that set up.

This week’s MLW Radio has a brief interview with Rey Misterio Jr., but they didn’t touch on any of his WWE issues for obvious reasons. In Lucha Underground news, Konnan was excited about a new (unnamed) woman wrestler they had agreed to bring in, would want Willie Mack in the group now that  he’s available, and still hoped they could work out something to get the Young Bucks aboard.

A discussion about men vs women matches – Court thinks they’re a bad idea in the current cultural climate, Konnan says the Mexican fans have had no problem with them, the current cultural climate sucks and he’s had great success booking them the last six years – transitioned into a aside about what was actually not permitted on Lucha Underground. Konnan says Mark Burnett’s people said there could be no minis on the show and definitely no exoticos on the show. AAA and DeJoseph pushed for it, got Mascarita Sagrada a chance, and he got over great. They all went to bat for Pimpinela Escarlata, the other side allowed it only if Pimpinela Escarlata didn’t do certain things, and even a restricted Pimpinela got over big.

Konnan didn’t say anything about on the podcast, but I’m sure there’s a thought about bringing Mamba in to Lucha Underground. It’d give Pimpinela someone to work against, and Mamba seems like a great fit for the style they’re trying to do. There’s not enough room for everyone who’d be good on this show and, if some people didn’t want to bring in Pimpi to begin with, it’s probably going to be tough to bring in people just to work with Pimpi, but maybe it’s something for down the road.

LuchaWorld has a report on Friday’s Fusion Pro show and KrisZ’s news update

Super Libre has guests from Golden Tirado promotions on their show today.

Segunda Caida reviews the Lucha Azteca version of Juicio Final and the week after that. Eric’s going to be back ahead of me this week.

Gran Guerrero says he’s not scared of the Ingobernables. Someone tell Rush that.

Mil Mascaras and Rey Misterio talked about their careers in Tijuana.

A video report on lucha libre in Colombia.

This is where the 10/26 Arena Mexico lineup would go, but it’s not out quite yet. The 11/02 show will be in Arena Mexico as well. CMLL started taking winter vacations from running shows Arena Coliseo in 2009, moving all the Sundays shows to Arena Mexico after about the 10th of December. They made that same move a month earlier last year, with the final 2013 Arena Coliseo show being held 11/10. There’s been no official announcement of the schedule this year, but it seems likely there’s only one or two more Arena Coliseo shows left on the 2014 schedule.

10/18 Lucha Underground Results

Lucha Underground (SAT) 10/18/2014 Lucha Underground Temple, Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, California
1) Son of Havoc b El Americano
Dark match (though Havoc cut a promo before the match.)
2) Cage b Angélico, Aerostar, Argenis
AAA debutantes looked good in their spots, but this was more about getting Cage over. The next segment (unrelated to the match) had Chavo Guerrero Jr. coming out to apologize to Blue Demon Jr. Crowd (mostly unaware of what he was apologizing for) rooted for Blue Demon Jr. to beat up Chavo, and Demon obliged with chair shots. After Demon left, Catrina and Mil Muertes came in the ring to give Chavo the Kiss of Death.
3) Prince Puma © b Fenix (AAA) [LUCHA UNDERGROUND CHAMP]
Prince Puma’s first defense in an excellent high flyer vs high flyer match.
4) Drago (AAA) DCOR King Cuerno [three falls match]
main event of first taping. Drago did a second floor dive onto Cuerno, which along with the finish set up the falls count anywhere match.
5) ? & Cortez Castro b Mascarita Sagrada 2007 & Pimpinela Escarlata
opener of the second episode. Castro (Reyes) teamed with a member of his usual group, not specified which one. It was not Big Zeke – he came out after the match and was attacked by his (former?) partners.
6) Pentagón Jr. b Súper Fly
Pentagon Jr. showcase. Pentagon appealed to Vampiro to mentor him (similar to Konnan and Prince Puma? Pentagon appears to be next title challenger.)
7) Sexy Star b Mariachi Loco
8) King Cuerno b Drago (AAA) [falls count anywhere]
Cuerno used the top rope to choke out Drago for the win. Cuerno appeared to be doing

Air date: a month that ends in “y”. Probably January. We’ll come back to this in a bit, because I’d rather talk about the matches.

Everyone’s just raving about Fenix/Puma. There are other strong matches on this taping – both Drago/Cuerno matches and the four way match were specifically touted to me – but Puma/Fenix is said to be a possible match of the year.

They were already busy setting up challengers. Tecnico Prince Puma works well against rudo Pentagon Jr., rudo King Cuerno (once he’s done with Fenix) and rudo Mil Muertes. I don’t think all of those things are going to happen on Sunday’s taping – that should probably be seen as a taping break point, but not a storyline break point. (If there was one of those in this batch, it probably was the Prince Puma title win in the prior episode.)

Greatly amused by a tease of a Vampiro/Konnan issue. It is a feud which will never die, which will out live us all, and which now exists in multiple realities. Also, I guess Vampiro is meant to be a rudo? Or maybe Pentagon will have to convince him to be one again? Vamp’s not presented as a rudo (or a tecnico) in the material released so far, so we’ll have to wait and find out.

The Chavo stuff is interesting. We’re missing a bit of results, so some stuff has to be guessed at – presumably whatever went down with Big Ryck and his crew to break them up happened at the last set of tapings – and I’m guessing Sexy Star won the feud over Chavo (because she kind of had to.) Chavo definitely gets the worst of his issue with Blue Demon here, and his odds against Mil Muertes seem bad. This is not the high profile heel run it looked after that second show, but a guy with some name value putting over people left and right. I wonder Mil Muertes might finish off Chavo and he’s not much of a key onscreen figure going forward (but still has the same backstage responsibilities.) I’m not looking to run off Chavo here, just trying to make sense of a pattern.)

It’s not hard to figure who the top guys are supposed to be here. Lucha Underground has clearly decided who their stars are and are completely behind them. Prince Puma’s the man here, but they’re also focusing a lot on Fenix, King Cuerno and Pentagon Jr. (who may have worked his way into the mix like always.) That’s a pretty exciting top 4. Other people may be breaking into that mix – Cage and Mundo are harder to place – but there’s not a slug among them. The names picked are amazing for someone who’s watched AAA the last few years. One dissatisfaction I – and others – have with AAA is there’s never the big singles matches between the young wrestlers, and instead they just get thrown together multiman matches. So what AAA has done here is created a wholly separate promotion where they’re running the type of singles matches I’ve been wanting to see so long, and they brought along Ricochet Helios in a new mask just for fun. (It’s so nice of them, thanks!)

As a card carrying member of the Aerostar fan club, I would’ve liked them to do much more with him here, but they’re throwing a lot of new names and faces at the audience at one and they’ve got to keep a narrow focus on the ones who really matter at first if they’re getting over. It looks like that’s what they’re doing and it looks like it’s going to work. Eventually it’ll be time for new faces and hopefully he (and Jack Evans and let’s not make a list here but you get the idea) get a shot to be those new faces, but once they decided who to go with at first, it’s got to be this way for everyone else for now.

Kind of curious about the dark matches. They’ve been pretty consistent on taping them, even on shows like this where they might be more concerned about burning out the crowd. There must be a reason – maybe they’ll be released as extra content (YouTube bonus matches? DVD extras?) or maybe they’ll be subbed in as real matches if something doesn’t go right.

One last taping going on right now, and then they’re done until January. Well, the luchadors are done taping matches, but I’d guess there’s still going to be plenty of busy people putting these things together.

And hopefully announcing air times. Let’s unpack that here: Lucha Underground announced the 10/29 show would be a two hour premiere (the first two episodes airing back to back) when it was pushed back from the official start date. The TV listings for 10/29 El Rey started turning up yesterday with just one new hour of Lucha Underground. El Rey’s own website (and Comcast’s listings) have it as a 2 hour show. Meanwhile, there’s still no official announcement of the Unimas airing of the show That was expected to start Saturday 11/01, airing something 4pm, but no one’s said anything and we’re less than two weeks out from that now.

That’s what we know officially. Unofficially…eh. Kind of tired of trying to sleuth things out on this front and getting nowhere. I know Lucha Underground and Unimas were talking the last few days and they want to get the deal done. I know it’s going to be an obstacle if that doesn’t come thru, but either the show airs or doesn’t – there’s no point in speculating at this point, we’re going to know soon enough. Same thing with the El Rey two hour slot: if it’s two hours, the social media accounts will loudly proclaim that for the next 10 days. If it’s only one hour, they’ll quietly announce the change but we’ll still know. If it’s only on El Rey, that’ll be sad for those who don’t have the network, but if you can find this obscure corner of the internet I’m pretty sure you’ll be able to find the show.

The questions about when/where the show will air are meaningful questions. But the others questions I wanted answered back in September have been pretty much been answered:

  • Will Lucha Underground have people I wanted to see on Lucha Underground? (YES)
  • Will Lucha Underground have matches I would like to see? (YES)
  • Does Lucha Underground appear to be something enjoyable to watch? (YES)

Yes, there’s still a thousand different ways what was taped in the building could turn out disappointing on the screen. You know I can come up with that cynical list if you’ve read this website for any length of time, but I’m not really too concerned about all those things. The foundation, especially as they get in deeper into the series, looks very solid. Lucha Undergroudn looks as good as could be expected. Maybe better.

Ten days to wait.

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Ultimo Guerrero outsmarts Rush

photo by Alexis Salazar/CMLL

CMLL (FRI) 10/17/2014 Arena México
1) Astral & Eléctrico b Demus 3:16 & Pierrothito
2) Makoto, Narumiya, Zeuxis b Dark Angel, Lluvia, Marcela
3) Dragon Lee b Kamaitachi [lightning]
4) Mr. Niebla, Terrible, Vangellys b Blue Panther, Fuego, Titán
5) Euforia, Shocker, Thunder b Máscara Dorada, Máximo, Stuka Jr.
Stuka replaced Diamante Azul. Thunder powerbombed Dorada for the win.
6) Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero DQ La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush
Straight falls. UG faked a foul in the second. Rush and UG challenged for a singles match.

Terrible won! Also the main event does seem to be heading to a singles match. Very thin CMLL.com recap and no Twitter updates last night.

AAA’s already posted today’s TV, which includes a TV vignette teasing Electroshock’s retirement. The show announced TV tapings for 11/22 (Apizaco) and 11/28 (Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera). AAA likes to save it’s big angles for when it returns to Guerra de Titanes, but this time that would require holding much of the Guerra de Titanes card until less than 10 days after the event. Two tapings means there’s some of these (including Leon on 11/17) are one week tapings – or maybe they’re just dumping usual the three weeks of Best Of shows, because they’d have plenty of material to air thru the new year now. However it turns out, AAA’s going to go 36 days without a taping, then run four tapings in 20 days. It’s such a weird schedule.

Bill has a new channel and posted highlights of 03/02/14 CMLL.

Doradafan has highlights of 07/29/14 CMLL.

Atlantis poses with his collection of masks.

One more batch of Cara Lucha promos for today’s show: Xtreme Tiger, Triton, and Aeroboy.

Pentagon Jr. wants revenge on Myzteziz.

Another interview with Thunder.

El Brazo’s family is upset about others using his name.

Lineup

CMLL (FRI) 10/24/2014 Arena México
1) Oro Jr. & Soberano Jr. vs Disturbio & Guerrero Negro Jr.
2) Estrellita, Lluvia, Princesa Sugehit vs La Comandante, Makoto, Narumiya
3) Delta, Dragon Lee, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Ephesto, Hechicero, Mephisto
4) Máximo vs Rey Escorpión [lightning]
5) Titán, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
6) Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero vs La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush

Rematch in the main event, the Rey Escorpion/Maximo feud pops back up in the lightning match. Video promo has Hechicero.

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