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Traumas save their masks in a rain storm, other indy results

Kenshi Kabuki/IWRG

IWRG (SUN) 08/17/2014 Arena Naucalpan [IWRG Facebook]
1) Black Niko & Sky Ángel b Capitán Muerte & Matrix Jr.
2) Dragón Celestial, Golden Magic, Látigo b Anubis Black, Hip Hop Man, Zurdog
3) Kenshi Kabuki, Pantera, Veneno b Apolo Estrada Jr., Canis Lupus, Eterno
4) Trauma I & Trauma I b Oficial 911 & Oficial AK47 [hair, mask]
Apolo replaced Oficial 911, who was injured. A rain storm him Naucalpan at the start of the match, and the rain came thru the roof and all around the ring. Both Apolo and Eterno came out at the start of the match and it was not clear who would be in the match until Apolo & Ak47 attacked the Traumas. Apolo/AK47 took fall 1, breaking the Trauma’s mask and causing them to bleed. Trauma II was beat in the second fall, but Trauma I snuck in a foul on AK47 and submitted Apolo. Rudos eliminated Trauma I in fall 3, but it was II’s turn to save the mask – submission on both guys each to win.
5) Cien Caras Jr., Demon Clown, LA Park b Hijo De Dos Caras, Máscara Sagrada, Pirata Morgan
Rudos took 2/3. Cien Caras hit Pirata with a chair in the third, then tossed it to Dos. Pirata saw Dos with the chair, blamed him, and the rudo took advantage for the win. Sets up a Pirata/Dos title match to come.

On one hand, IWRG’s getting behind a young luchador consistently! On the other hand, maybe not the best pick. Hijo de Dos is professional to work this, when he probably could’ve been part of the angles with his brother last night, so I’m going to cut him slack.

(More sad for Eterno – at least Aerostar still got to work TripleMania when he was booted out of the cruiserweight match.)

Semimain needs to air. The recap makes it sound like it was a good amount of liquid that was leaking thru the ceiling.

Kenshi Kabuki appears to have a a third rate Namajague knockoff mask. I don’t think that mask is long for this world.

Familia de Tijuana (Nicho, Halloween, Damian, Extreme Tiger) lost the main event of the new Zeus promotion in Tijuana to Chavo Guerrero Jr., Hernandez, Homicide and Luke Hawx when CZW’s Blk Jeez and Joker interfered. Pequeno Hallowen, Bestia 666 and Rey Horuz made the save so they could all pose together at the end.

Violento Jack kept his DTU title over Slayer Pack.

CMLL Weekend Results: Peste Negra retain, Cavernario cheats to win in Guadalajra

 

Flyer/Terra

CMLL (SUN) 08/17/2014 Arena México [CMLL]

1) Cholo & Inquisidor b Flyer & Metatrón Flyer & Metatron vs Cholo & Inquisidor, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Rudos took 2/3 – a Cholo win!
2) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Starman b Kamaitachi, Metálico, Okumura Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Starman vs Kamaitachi, Metalico, Okumura, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Starman replaced Oro, who was on commentary to say he was injured. Tecnicos took 2/3. First fall had the rudos accidentally when captain Delta kicked out of a pin too late for Tirantes to notice. Tecnicos won a short second fall to fix things, then Okumura fouled Maya for the DQ.
3) Blue Panther, Diamante Azul, Máximo b Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado
Tecnicos took 1/3.
4) Dragón Rojo Jr. b Pólvora [lightning] Dragon Rojo Jr. vs Polvora in a lightning match, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Dragon Bomb for the win.
5) Máscara Dorada, Stuka Jr., Valiente b Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas © [MEX TRIOS] Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas u00a9 vs Mascara Dorada, Stuka Jr., Valiente for the Mexican National Trios Championship, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Peste Negra are champions and kept the title by taking falls 2/3. Second defense.
6) Gran Guerrero, Rey Escorpión, Último Guerrero b La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush La Mascara, La Sombra, Rush vs Gran Guerrero, Rey Escorpion, Ultimo Guerrero<br />
, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Rudos took 2/3, the last when Rush fouled Ultimo Guerrero.

Sombra took a Twitter selfie during his backstage interview.

I really only closely paid attention to the first two matches, but the Ingobernables appeared to have a great entrance and maybe the best match on the show. They’re setting up a UG/Rush match there (and probably a UG/Sombra match on Friday.) Trios title match was said to be average.

CMLL (SUN) 08/17/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Dr. Frezeer b Relampago Azul
2) El Ídolo b El Acertijo
3) Sky Kid & Smaker b Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno
Tecnico brothers took 1/3 to beat rudo brothers.
4) Esfinge & Exterminador b El Yaqui & Maléfico
Yaqui replaced Espectrum. Tecnicos took 1, rudos took face 2, Esfinge beat Yaqui, Malefico beat Esfinge, Exterminador beat Malefico.
5) Zeuxis b Lluvia
Zeuxis won with the “pale driver”, which is probably meant to be the La Roca.
6) Cavernario, Hechicero, Terrible b Cachorro, Dragon Lee, Volador Jr.
Rudos took 1/3, the last by a DQ when Cavernario faked a foul.

Great of Cavernario for finding a way to get Terrible a win. Fourth match is setting up a title match you probably don’t care about. Or maybe you do? I don’t want to assume.

Cien Caras, El Faraon, Tony Salazar, Mascara Ano 2000, Atlantis and more were at the Ringo Mendoza tribute show at Arena Coliseo.

08/17 AAA PPV Results – TripleMania XXII

AAA TV (SUN) 08/17/2014 Arena Ciudad de Mexico, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal [AAA]
***TripleMania XXII***
1) Aerostar, Jennifer Blake, Mascarita Sagrada, Pimpinela Escarlata b Mamba, Mini Abismo Negro, Sexy Star, Súper Fly
Sagrada submitted Abismo in just under 10 minutes. Very good match.
2) Hijo del Fantasma b Angélico, Australian Suicide, Fénix, Bengala, Jack Evans, Joe Lider, Pentagón Jr., Daga ©, Bengala [AAA CRUISER]
Daga is Cruiserweight champion. Fenix’s Fusion championship will be absorbed by the cruiserweight championship. Dragon Gate’s Ricochet no-showed, claiming his show on Saturday night went too long and he missed his flight. Drago was added to the match (and seemed to be added prior to Ricochet missing the show.) Elimination rules. Bengala was stretchered out of after taking a between the legs sit down piledriver from Fenix for his elimination. Pentagon eliminated Suicide with a running package piledriver. Last five were Pentagon Jr., Fenix (submitted by Daga), Daga (beat by Angelico), Angelico (beat by Fantasma with another piledriver variation), leaving Fantasma as the winner. Hijo del Fantasma was presented with a new green belt (with the new AAA logo on it), though he also carried off the old Cruiserweight and the Fusion belts.
3) Taya Valkyrie b Faby Apache © [Reina De Reinas]
Faby Apache is champion. As always, Hijo del Tirantes was referee for her match and blatantly favorited the rudas. Seconds were Drago and Sexy Star. Taya’s nose was broken in the match. After Faby had the match won multiple times, Taya landed the northern lights suplex and bridged into one more to beat her and win the title. Taya is the first foreigner to win this championship. Faby falls on her second defense, 1st televised defense since Faby won the title 17 months ago.
4) El Mesías b Blue Demon Jr., Electroshock, Averno, La Parka, Chessman [hair, mask, cage]
Jeff Jarrett missed the match due to flight issues. Mesias, back from injury, replaced him. Cage was lowered from the ceiling and attached to the ring (with a platform attached which allowed cameraman to shoot from the top, though it slightly obstructed exits.) Mesias did a top of the cage dive thru Chessman and a table that was never shown. Order of escape was La Parka (in seconds – Chessman went to grab Parka’s shoe to stop him, but the shoe just came off and Parka left), Averno, Demon, Chessman, leaving Electroshock and Mesias. The last segment of the match went much longer than the rest of the match combined. Mesias escaped, leaving Electroshock to get his hair cut. Mesias offered a handshake after the match, but Electroshock attacked him.
5) Psycho Clown b Texano Jr. [hair, mask]
Moved to the semimain. Fantasma and Mini Clown were the seconds, and Rafael el Maya was inexplicably back as the referee. First half of the match played out exactly as the previous ones, with the referee favoring Texano and Fantasma interfering freely. Eventually, the commission kicked out Fantasma and replaced Maya with Piero. Psycho won a long match by giving Texano a middle rope Destroyer onto a table. Texano lost his hair, Psycho kept his mask. Texano shook Psycho’s hand after the match.
6) el Hijo del Perro Aguayo b Myzteziz, Cibernético, Dr. Wagner Jr. [Copa TripleMania XXII]
Show had begun with Alberto Del Rio (as listed on the chyron) coming to the ring with his father, talking about the monster he had faced in WWE – racism. Perro, with Fantasma, Konnan and Daga, interrupted Alberto, mocking John Cena and Daniel Bryan’s catchphrases, saying things were going to be much tougher in AAA, and then attacking Dos Caras. Alberto fought off the rudos and promised he’d have a surprise later. Moved to the main event. Dr. Wagner Jr. was the mystery wrestler, as set up at the press conference (and not intended to be a surprise here.) Hijo de Dr. Wagner Jr. accompanied him. Wagner was hurting from the shoulder cut suffered in Monterrey (and reopened here.) Wagner was first eliminated, after a Cibernetico chokeslam. Myzteziz submitted Cibernetico after Cibernetico got greedy and went for an extra chokeslam. Perro fouled Myzteziz to win the match. Alberto (w/Dos Caras, Rayo de Jalisco Jr., Blue Demon and Joaquin Roldan) came to the ring to confront Perro at the end of the show. They went back and forth talking, and Patron undressed to fight. Perro jumped him before Alberto could get his shirt off, but Alberto turned it around and put Perro in the armbar. The Perros ran out to save their leader and Alberto stood tall at the end of the show. After the in-ring action ended, Rey Misterio Jr. appeared in a promo (from his home?), saying he’d be back in AAA soon.

Elsewhere on the show: El Brazo and Rayo de Jalisco Sr. were added to the AAA Hall of Fame. Rayo de Jalisco Jr. appeared for the latter, and slapped Perro after he broke up the ceremony. Another brawl broke out, with Blue Demon helping out Rayo.

The show will probably air on 08/24, 08/31 and 09/07 on TV. I do not recommend ordering the iPPV; after failing with a stream error five consecutive times last night, I could finally get the cruiserweight match to start this morning, but it was still skipping around a fair amount.

The Rey Misterio promo, as shot by a cell phone in the crowd, is up on YouTube.

Next taping is in Pachuca on 09/07). In Mexico, at least. US is another story.

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TripleMania thoughts, other notes from Sunday

This is the update I posted on tumblr last night. I’m attempting to resume normal services, but the site may yet go up and down more; no all clear yet.

Quick Correction: I misread something; TripleMania TV notice about Monday was saying the VOD would only be up until next Monday, not that anything was going to be fixed. As far as they’re concerned, it’s working completely fine. I don’t understand but am giving up on it for now.

TripleMania was the coronation of Alberto el Patron as the new lead tecnico for AAA. People with functioning short term memories may recall Myzteziz being crowned in that same position just three months ago. Things can change quick, and will always keep changing with AAA, but they were all in on Alberto Del Rio tonight. AAA used the Alberto del Rio name on a chyron and his WWE music, totally unafraid of a lawsuit. Alberto did a promo talking about his firing and racism to start the show, and was confronted by Konnan and Perro Aguayo Jr. (Daga and Fantasma are now wearing those shirts; it seems like the solution to rapidly falling apart rudo factions was to make everyone a Perro del Mal member tonight.) Konnan’s music played and he got to talk first, in his only appearance on the show, but this was about Perro picking a fighting with Alberto. They fought here, then again after the main event. Perro won, defeating Myzteziz last with a foul. Patron confronted Perro, got slapped and his shirt ripped, but pulled Perro into the armbar at the end. The rudos made the save, but Alberto stood tall at the end of the show.

The long term plan appears to be Perro Aguayo Jr. versus Alberto del Rio. It’s AAA, so the current long term today may change tomorrow – it very much seemed to be Myzteziz versus Perro Aguayo before the last crazy week – but AAA came off as the El Patron Promotion.

The four way ended the show. Not sure if that was the original plan, but it obviously was a setup here so they could bookend the show with Del Rio segments. Perro won the main event after fouling a very bloody Myzteziz. He had beaten Ciberentico (only after Cibernetico made it clear he could’ve won but got too confident.) Dr. Wagner, wrestling with one arm after his injury in Monterrey, was the first out, cleanly defeated by Cibernetico. His son was chokeslamed too. Unlike Del Rio, the Wagners appear to have returned in a weak position (again, at least for one night.)

The Psycho Clown versus Texano Jr. match was demoted to the semimain. They didn’t give them top spot, and Psycho’s win was overshadowed by what happened later, but they did give them free reign to do whatever they wanted in the match and those two guys did just that. The first half of the match was every bell and whistle from previous matches – Rafael El Maya returned as referee, Hijo del Fantasma interfered freely, Texano used a fork on Psycho as both men bled a bunch – but Fantasma Sr. and others cleaned up by about half way thru. Piero took over as referee, all the seconds were kicked out, and Texano and Psycho turned it more into CMLL Big Match style with a some weapons and some blood. (Even the blood started to get wiped away.) Lots of big moves for near falls, dives, and a cavernaria. It felt like a heavyweight version of Sombra/Volador from last September, complete with a Canadian Destroyer to finish it. This one was one rung lower, and onto a (partially flattened broken) table, but it got the same win for Psycho as it did for Sombra. Texano shook Psycho’s hand after getting his hair cut; it came off to me as the end of this and the start of both guys moving in different directions, but maybe it’s only a single day truce.

Both scheduled guest foreigners of the shows missed the show. Ricochet, a few minutes before they show was to start, announced that he had missed his flight (“last night’s show went too long”). That’s not a great excuse. Jeff Jarrett had less control of the situation; bad weather in Dallas delayed and canceled flights all day, which mean Jarrett couldn’t even get on his flight to Mexico City until the show was half over. In both case, if these guys are big enough names to be a part of AAA’s big shows, they’re worth flying (and paying) for an extra night. This same situation nearly happened with Jarrett previously and it was a matter of time if they’re just going to wait to the day off.

Ricochet’s absence didn’t mean anything. Jarrett’s required changes to the cage match. (Neither was announced until the matches took place.) Mesias worked the cage match in JJ’s spot, taking Electroshock’s hair as the second to last guy out. It’s a long running WWE tradition to put over the replacement wrestler when a top guy can’t make it, and that might have been the call here. Electroshock was probably losing all along. Mesias didn’t look in his usual shape; it may have been a situation where he was just supposed to wave to the crowd but was asked to work a few hours before the show. Electroshock somewhat turned rudo after the match, probably to give him something after losing to a fellow tecnico.

Both titles changed hands. Taya beat Faby Apache for the Reina de Reinas title. Taya may have broken her nose in this one; she definitely was bleeding significantly from it for a while. Everyone improvised pretty well to give her time to recover (and I couldn’t pick out when it happened), but it slowed the pace of the match down. Faby was protected in the match, with Tirantes cheating her out of numerous victories until Taya finally just beat her clean. Match didn’t do either one much good, but Taya was thrilled for the victory and maybe they’ll do better when both can breathe the whole match.

Drago was added to the Cruiserweight title match, and appeared to have been added even before Richocet was pulled out since they were both in the preview video package at the start of the show. The first half of this match was completely unviewable, but what I could see was insane spot fest. It was a crazy piledriver fest too – Fantasma won the title with one on Angelico at the end, and Bengala was carried to the back after taking one earlier. Fantasma was presented (by his father) with a new title belt. It’s got green leather and the new AAA “Lucha Libre World Wide” logo on it. No one else changed their belt, but I would assume other belts will soon be replaced or removed. (Fantasma actually carried all three title matches to the back, but hopefully he’s just got the one next time we see him.)

Show started off well with the Relevos Locura atomicos. These can be good and always seem better when they’re on TripleMania because everyone wants to do crazy stuff. Jennifer Blake had a nice assisted dive, Sexy Star broke out her tornillo, and Aerostar did all of his crazy moves. Mascarita Sagrada submitted Mini Abismo, and the Super Fly/Aerostar feud was a point of emphasis on commentary.

El Brazo and Rayo de Jalisco (Senior) were added to the AAA Hall of Fame. Rayo Sr. did not attend this show, but his son did, happy to dance to his music and salute the crowd. Perro knocked down the Rayo Sr. plaque leading into a fight with his son, and Blue Demon Jr. made the save. This seemed like one too many times of Perro getting into a fighting and getting ran off on the show. The idea was to give a reason for Rayo Jr., Demon, and Dos Caras (who came with his son to ringside at the beginning of the show and took a bump when the rudos shoved him) to be at ringside for the final confrontation, and to endorse Alberto el Patron as the new Mexican hero after he fought Perro off.

No surprise jumps or debuts. Maybe for the best, since they would’ve gotten lost in the mix and were less valuable once Alberto was signed. The Rayo Jr. thing came off as more a one time appearance than bringing him back full time.

Sadly, the internet feed was a failure again. It was buffering from the start of the show, and was non functional for half of the cruiserweight match. It seemed to get a little better as the show went on, but even better meant there were times where it was working fine, times where it was lagging and leaping head twenty seconds later, and times where it would just drop and force me to start at the start of the show. There were 10-15 minute stretches where everything seemed to be fine, but then it’d fall right back apart. It wasn’t as complete a failure as last year, but the inconsistent nature was really frustrating. Those who gave up early (or found an illegal feed and stuck with it) made the better decision.

As of now, the VOD is the same broadcast which aired live, with the same skipping issues. There does appear to be a message saying it’ll now be up Monday and hopefully that’ll be the better version. AAA should really get out of the iPPV game if this is what they have to offer, because it’s only hurting their image (much like ROH ran into.) As much as I like the idea of being able to watch TripleMania live, I don’t think I’m going to do this next year unless there are some massive developments between now and then. I knew better this year and got it out of some devotion to operating a good website. Today, I didn’t have a website and I didn’t have much to put on it.

(This also involved me repeatedly demanding answers about what was going on – AAA went completely silent on Twitter for most of the show, only returning to RT any positive comment they could find after it was over – and AAA insisting all was well. I hate acting like the jerk online, but I also don’t like people not taking my issues seriously. This was an altogether unpleasant experience. I write a lucha libre blog because I really lucha libre, not because I want to get into arguments with people who are just doing their jobs.)

The English announcing was exactly the disaster it looked like it was going to be. AAA put people in positions they weren’t going to well in, and they didn’t give them enough help to make it work. The announcers generally calm down later in the show, but at no point did it feel like an okay broadcast. It was amateur hour, except two amateur fans who had been watching AAA would’ve probably done a better job with it. If you’re going to watch the show, I’d recommend heavily choosing the Spanish language broadcast even you don’t speak Spanish (and especially if you’re a regular AAA watch); it has to be less distracting.

(Those watching the regular PPV noted a couple of times where the picture disappeared, though nothing as major. Even though the press release only named two people, the Spanish/regular PPV crew was the normal four guys for these shows – Andres, Jesus, Arturo Rivera and Leo Riano as the Televisa guest.)

I will eventually have a full length version of this show to recap – either by AAA or other means – so more thoughts on the matches then. My impression from what I could see was the opener and the cruiserweight match and the Texano/Psycho match were worth watching. The cage match is the easiest one to skip.

CMLL’s show in Arena Mexico wasn’t nearly as eventful, but did have a solid turn out despite the opposition. It was a strangely busy day for show. No one shyed away from running against TripleMania – IWRG brought in LA Park, and Arena Lopez Mateos ran a show honoring Cuchillo. The Pesta Negra kept the Mexican National Trios championship over Stuka, Mascara Dorada, and Valiente. Oro Jr. missed an action packed segunda; it sounded like he had a mouth injury, though CMLL strangely thought the best way to communicate this was to have him talk about it. An early injury in last week’s match would explain last week’s lackluster performance, but it doesn’t do anything to remedy it – he’s still a man in search of career making match who may years away from getting another opportunity.

Main event, Ingobernables against Ultimo, Gran and Escorpion, sounded like the best of the show. (I was far too distracted by AAA to really tell.) Rush fouled UG for the DQ, and it seems likely they’ll be running that match on 08/31 or 09/07. Their match in Guadlajara aired this week on 52MX; it was not half-bad, but not near the best Rush. Rey Escorpion proved Ultimo Guerrero can be tolerable if the other guys just mugs him and that’s what Rush did there, but it still fell into Ultimo Guerrero’s contrived near falls by the end. I’d expect the same here.

Last week, that Ultimo Guerrero singles match seemed more like it was going to be against Sombra. That wouldn’t make sense if they were planning to do UG/Sombra as a Universal final, so picking another Ingobernable leaves that open. JCR might have slipped and asked Sombra what he thought about facing UG in the final (where he meant to say “possibly”) – that’s what Rob heard, I wasn’t listening closely at that point. UG is the odds on favorite to take his block this Friday.

Dragon Rojo is now using the Ghostbuster’s theme song, which was the most bizarre thing on a bizarre day.

Oficial 911 no showed his match in Naucalpan tonight. That’s notable because his match was a double hair vs double mask match with AK47 against the Traumas. Apolo Estrada took his spot, and presumably lost, though I haven’t seen a result yet. I can’t imagine the Traumas lost, so it’s just a matter of if they switched the rules. Like I said, the promoters weren’t afraid to run a lot of shows at the same time, but there’s only so many people who cover them, and they mostly were at TripleMania or SummerSlam.

The Ringo Mendoza show on Saturday in Arena Coliseo from Saturday seemed to do well. They did bring back some unbilled legends and wrote a little bit about on the Twitter feed. They seemed to tape things for Informa as well.

CMLL’s show this upcoming Sunday includes Ephesto, Hombre Sin Nombre and Hechicero as a trio. We’d quickly moved on from Hechicero being the new Hombre sin Nombre, but that’s obviously a dead issue now. Based on who’s not around and the details they’ve given away, it’s most likely either Hooligan or his son El Rebelde, and we’re learning more towards his son at the moment. This is not confirmed, do not put it in your database, just take a look at his matches and think about it.

Sunday Guadalajara has a father son tag team tournament. Universo 2000 returns to Arena Coliseo Guadalajara action for the first time in a while, and Magnum is revealed to be Esfinge’s father. If I had a luchawiki, I could tell you if we knew that already. We do not.

IWRG has a fun looking four way tag match Wednesday with Relampago & Golden Magic (as team IWRG) versus Yakuza and Ironia (team AULL) versus Tony Rivera & Ciclon Black (the returning Team Neza) versus Alan Extreme & Metatron (team FILL.) The AULL/FILL captains hair match did air on LAS; it lived up to the pictures, and Metatron and Alan as a regular team would not be a bad idea.

More tomorrow. I’ve got plenty of links, including more from Alberto del Rio on his firing. I hope I can share them better later.

great match roundup, week of 2014-07-26

Great/Excellent matches
CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-07-26
taped 2014-07-18 @ Arena México
Negro Casas & Shocker © vs La Sombra & Rush for the CMLL World Tag Team Championship: GREAT.

Shows Watched But Nothing Made The List
AAA on Televisa: 2014-07-26
CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-07-26
CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-07-26
I liked all three matches from the LuchaMania show, but I didn’t think any of them made Great.

Matches To Watch Later
IWRG Zona XXI: 2014-07-27
Golden Magic, Relámpago, Rey Horus vs Bestia 666, Damián 666, Eterno
LA Park vs Máscara Sagrada and Pirata Morgan and Demon Clown and Dr. Wagner Jr. and Hijo De Dos Caras for the IWRG Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship and in a ladder match

CMLL Puebla: 2014-07-27
taped 2014-07-14 @ Arena Puebla
Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Blue Center, Boby Zavala, El Cavernario
Virus © vs Stigma for the CMLL World Super Lightweight Championship

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La Sombra wins CMLL Universal Block A

photo by Alexis Salazar/CMLL

CMLL (FRI) 08/15/2014 Arena México 
1) Pegasso & Star Jr. b Disturbio & Guerrero Negro Jr.
Tecnicos took 2/3. 
2) Cachorro, Dragon Lee, Tritón b Boby Zavala, Skándalo, Virus
Tecnicos took in straight falls. Virus fouled Lee in the second. 
3) Cavernario, Hombre Sin Nombre, Vangellys b Ángel de Oro, Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr.
Rudos took 1/3. 
4) Dragón Rojo Jr., Máscara Dorada, Volador Jr. b Ephesto, Pólvora, Rey Bucanero
Tecnicos took 2/3. This appeared to be a short match (based on Twitter updates.) Dragon Rojo posted on Twitter that he re-injured his knee. 
5) Mephisto & Negro Casas b La SombraRey EscorpiónFelinoShockerEuforiaTerrible [CMLL Universal, seeding battle royal] 
6) Euforia b Terrible [CMLL Universal, 8f] 
7) Shocker b Felino [CMLL Universal, 8f] 
8) La Sombra b Rey Escorpión [CMLL Universal, 8f] 
9) Negro Casas b Mephisto [CMLL Universal, 8f] 
10) Shocker b Euforia [CMLL Universal, quarterfinal]
La Sombra snuck in a foul. 
11) La Sombra b Negro Casas [CMLL Universal, quarterfinal]
La Sombra advances to the 08/29 final, facing the winner of next week’s Block. 
12) La Sombra b Shocker [CMLL Universal, semifinal
13) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone DQ Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero
UG distracted the referee to set up a Gran Guerrero foul, but Tirantes turned around and saw it anyway for the DQ.

Sombra was the favorite going in, and now has a chance to be the first two time winner. Main event finish seems odd. Show seemed to go long; not sure if much more than the Universal tournament will air.

El Rey says they’ll be making an announcement about their lucha libre show on Monday. Taping location? Schedule change?

Jack Evans says he won’t be part of AAA USA.

CMLL and ChilangaMask are back working together. ChilangaMask is working directly with CMLL this time (instead of Arkangel as middleman.)

Rob posted highlights of 05/23/14 CMLL.

LV has reviews of 05/13/14 CMLL and 05/16/14 CMLL.

Octagon was falsely advertised on a show.

Sagrado talks about his start in lucha libre (still going with the Fray Tormenta story, plus some jealously of Mistico.)

Martha Villalobos, Lady Apache and Rossy Moreno held a press conference to talk about upcoming benefit shows for Ringo Mendoza and Pantera Surena.

There’s a new lucha libre restaurant in Monterry.

Lineup

CMLL (FRI) 08/22/2014 Arena México 
1) Eléctrico & Último Dragoncito vs Demus 3:16 & Pierrothito 
2) Dark Angel, La Vaquerita, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Dalys, La Seductora 
3) Blue Panther, Fuego, Rey Cometa vs Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Terrible 
4) Atlantis, Máscara Dorada, Máximo vs Cavernario, Euforia, Mephisto 
5) Volador Jr. vs Último GuerreroDiamante AzulMr. NieblaTitánNiebla RojaDragón Rojo Jr.Virus [CMLL Universal, semifinal
6) La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush vs Negro Casas, Rey Escorpión, Shocker

CMLL has two main events (on shows when they’re actually trying): Ultimo Guerrero vs Atlantis in trios, and Ingobernables versus Shocker/Negro Casas/whoever. This main event should be leading into another tag title match – Sombra did beat both champions back to back last night – but who knows.

Sombra versus Virus and Sombra versus Titan would be very exciting in different ways, and Volador and Dragon Rojo advancing could set up different matches for the anniversary show. El jefe Ultimo Guerrero still sticks out as a very likely winner.

El Patron banned from US wrestling for a year, CMLL Universal Block A

El Patron – Alberto del Rio – made the rounds of morning shows today. He confirmed the basic story around his firing of slapping a WWE employee after a racist comment and mentioned he previously had a confrontation with the employee, but did not even know the man’s name. He didn’t want to get in more details than that for the time being. Del Rio said the terms of his release state he can not wrestle in the US for one year and he is not fighting for any money from WWE since his contract stated he could not hit a WWE employee. (That makes it sound like he’s not getting the money that ties him to WWE for 90 days, but it also just might refer to any severance for the rest of his contract.) Patron was high on AAA’s plans for the US but won’t have a chance to be part of them for now. He also mentioned he’s living in San Antonio (and not Florida.)

Patron claimed there was a 99% chance he would wrestle on TripleMania, with only a legal details to clear up. This still sounds like empty hype to sell a show and turn WWE more heel in Mexico – best of luck to whichever WWE wrestlers get sent out to do press when they run their shows in October – but there is a suggestion that AAA & Patron thought it was possible at least at one point. Last night’s Wrestling Observer radio show mentioned AAA and El Patron believed he would be wrestling on TripleMania on Wednesday, but Patron found out he could not by Thursday. The comment he made about lawyers trying to free him to work might have begun as clever publicity, but an actual honest statement.

He really doesn’t need to wrestle Sunday. AAA is selling tickets based on this story, which is bigger than any match they could throw together on a few days notice. They can save that first match for another show and sell a lot of tickets down the road.

+LuchaTV has full video of Thursday’s press conference. As does the Gladiatores. As does R de Rudo.

The start of CMLL Universal tournament, notionally one of CMLL’s biggest events of the year, is usually the most interesting thing going on that week. That’s not quite the case this week. It (and CMLL in general) has been totally buried by the AAA events of this week. It’s still stands out as something pretty important as to how CMLL might book shows next month. This half of the block has a fair bit of top guys, but top guys with flaws or no momentum where it’s tough to actually believe they’d have a chance here. Shocker wrestling three matches and then another big match in two weeks is asking too much. Terrible is a past champion but has trouble getting a single win now a days, much less three. CMLL seems to run hot and cold with Mephisto, but it’s a cold moment right now. Felino & Euforia are not even treated as well as those guys and seem very likely first round exits.

That leaves Negro Casas, La Sombra and Rey Escorpion as the three guys who have a shot. Negro Casas biggest flaw is his lack of obvious opposition on the other side of the bracket. Rush isn’t a champion. On the other hand, Negro Casas can and has feuded with pretty much anyone and they can go back to it. He hasn’t been facing off against Volador recently, but he did to start the year. Casas hasn’t been facing Ultimo Guerrero, but that’s a nice big match to lead into the Anniversary show. My money would still be on Sombra advancing (it’s easy to figure matches against Volador and against Ultimo Guerrero), but I’d rate it 45% Sombra, 25% Casas, 25% Escorpion and 5% someone else.

The actual main event, on an over packed show, is another Ultimo Guerrero/Atlantis trios match. Matches are going to be short to fit everything in; there will be 13 different matches by the time the show is over, including the pointless battle royal.

Tonight’s show in Tijuana includes a lot of guys brought in from the United States. The main event has been switched around a bit from the original trios thanks to certain people becoming available. It’s now a Familia de Tijuana super atomicos teaming up: Damian 666, Halloween, Nicho and Extreme Tiger versus Chavo Guerrero Jr., Homicide, Hernandez and Luke Hawk. The paper dutiful reports about BLK Jeez yelling during the press conference with the giant mascot.

LuchaWorld has a recap of this week’s Tercera Caida. On the after the show video, Dr. Wagner implied that one of the reason he’s back in AAA is part of a deal to regain the rights to his name. It’s Dr. Wagner, so you never know if it’s actually true, but AAA did grab the trademark of the Dr. Wagner name in the United States. (It’s listed as Lucha Libre FMV, where FMV is Factory Made Ventures.) After Alfredo was done, Tercara Caida snuck in another after the show video with the WWA ladies. LuchaWorld also has KrisZ’s news update.

Daga and Fenix did a face to face interview to promote TripleMania. If AAA knew they were ditching the Fusion title all along, it would’ve been pretty neat if they just built to that singles match and let the other eight guys do other things. That would’ve made someone far more than a ten man match. I kind of want to assume that means some third person is actually winning the match on Sunday to explain it, but it seems much more likely no one had a plan. In another lengthy interview, Daga says his three toughest opponents have been Eterno, Joe Lider and Davey Richards. No one else has that exact list.

IWRG is raising prices for Sunday’s show that goes head to head with TripleMania. Repeat: they are raising prices. Dare to dream.

Dark Angel says she won’t be on the Anniversary show – she won’t be in the country.

A hostel/boarding home for children was taken over last month by the Mexican government and the people in charge arrested after reports of awful living conditions and sexual abuse. Estrellita revealed to a magazine that she and her four brothers lived there for four years and she saw and heard of much the same treatment that’s been reported now.

AAA visited a children’s hospital. This was happening during the El Patron press conference, which made for an odd Twitter mix of a man making announcements about his career and wheelchair races. (Wheelchair races were probably more fun.)

Ohtani’s Jacket reviews more 1993 Negro Casas.

DJ Spectro writes about the debut and short stint of Dart Vader. He didn’t really have the right mask.

Preview of the upcoming DTU show at Arena Aficion.

Segunda Caida reviews Dos Caras Jr., Dr. Wagner Jr., Lizmark Sr. vs Olímpico, Pierroth, Último Guerrero

LV has reviews of CMLL 05/11/14, IWRG 05/11/14 and Puebla 05/12/14.

ColiseoMania video promo.

R de Rudo interviews Rayder Boy.

Abismo Blanco has started a new lucha libre message board.

08/16-17 lucha times

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== AAA ==

AAA-Televisa: Matches from Teziutlan. Surely the biggest AAA news of the week is which match gets let off from TV and if/when it gets posted on YouTube. (Assuming it’s the opener.) Thursday replays are back.

Update: AAA’s posted their preview, saying the Relevos AAA (Taya/Faby) and the main event (Texano/Psycho) will be the only matches to air. That means a lot of hype video packages this week, probably the other three matches next week, and TripleMania doesn’t hit TV until 08/30.

AAA-PPV: there’s a PPV this weekend! You may have heard. It’s listed as a 6pm CT start time central.

== CMLL ==

FOX2: Dragon Rojo vs Rey Escorpion. This week’s air tim3: 2pm on Saturday.

52MX: Ultimo Guerrero and Rush. Rush is in the WOTY discussion if he can drag Ultimo to a great match.

Claro: Oro vs Metalico, mask match.

C3: Kraneo, Puma, Ripper vs Delta, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr.

TVC Deportes (Puebla): There’s a Saturday airing, then the Sunday airing is listed as new plus a rerun on Monday. Meaningful? Not meaningful? Let’s pretend they’re airing two episodes, which would mean Tigre Rojo/Blue Center airs Saturday and a match where Mascara Dorada can do all the flips he wants would air on Sunday.

I keep forgetting to mention this, but if you want to see Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Blue Center now, there’s a fancam on YouTube. Some of the sound is missing and they’re behind the fencing, but it’s still neat to see.
Part 1: http://youtu.be/qTc3Ic0wMjc
Part 2: http://youtu.be/UkipRnjDNoI

Lucha Azteca: Not sure how they’re going to edit this, it’s the first time the Fox show has been longer than an hour since this show existed. Guessing Rush/Casas and the women’s match. It dosn’t really seem as necessary to squeeze on Atlantis/UG to a market that’s not going to be buying many tickets to see a show.

Terra Sunday: there’s really nothing bigger Sunday than Dragon Rojo versus Polvora. Also, a trios title match.

== Other ==

Noches de Coliseo: Dr. Wagner vs LA Park. Probably not, but someone did film it if turned up on Tercera Caida

IWRG (LAS/AYM): might be Wednesday’s episode? AULL vs IWRG hair match, Canis/Golden title match.

Tags:

Alberto del Rio is now El Patrón, Rey Misterio, AAA pilgrimage, IWRG vs AULL

photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (WED) 08/13/2014 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), Estrellas del Ring, The Gladiatores]
1) Matrix Jr. b Sky Ángel
Said to be an excellent match
2) Dragón Celestial & Seiya b Electro Boy & Hip Hop Man
Seiya beat Hip Hop Man, then challenges for his Argentina Championship. (Hip Hop Man is champion of Argentina?)
3) Ciclon Black & Tony Rivera b Emperador Azteca & Relámpago
Ciclon snuck in a foul on Azteca.
4) Golden Magic © b Canis Lupus [IWRG IC WELTER]
Magic retained the title, taking falls 2/3. Second defense for Magic.
5) Alan Extreme, Black Terry, Metaleon b Ironía, Spider Boy, Yakuza [captains hair, hair]
Alan Extreme and Ironia were selected as captain before the match, so it was a hair vs hair match. Lots of bleeding and mask ripping. Team AULL lost fall 1 by excessive violence. Terry and Spider Boy were eliminated, Ironia and Alan were knocekd out of the ring and Metaleon submitted Yakuza for the big win. Ironia lost his hair for the first time, in a two fall loss.

Show looks like it was pretty good. Black Terry posted video highlights here (his camera can now take photos and video at the same time!) I need to know about whatever 100% Lucha championship Hip Hop Man has absconded with all this time.

Alberto del Rio held a press conference today, with Hugo Savonivich and Joaquin Roldan. He made it back to Mexico City yesterday and said some brief words about rejoining AAA to the press waiting for him, deferring all WWE talk until later. He also did a brief promo for the AAA website, again using the Alberto del Rio name.

At the press conference itself (covered by AAA, R de Rudo and Tercera Caida), Alberto announced he would be moving away from the “Alberto del Rio” name. He acknowledged WWE owned that name, so he’d instead be using the “El Patrón” nickname that was used in his introduction and frequently on Spanish language TV. The name El Patron is not trademarked for wrestling by anyone in Mexico – though it is for other uses – and no one’s using the name in Mexico as far as I can find. Mexican fans would generally know who it meant if they saw ADR’s face on a poster.

Del Rio also said he was unable to wrestle for during his 90 day no compete. (It appears he did not believe this extends to appearing on a show.) Del Rio claimed his lawyers were trying to free him from his contract in time to wrestle Sunday. That is unlikely to happen – this is more to put the blame on WWE for not wrestling. That 90 day no compete would end on November 5th, which means the first major show he could appear on would be the early December Guerra de Titanes. Alberto del Rio says he always wants to face the best and specifically challenged Texano Jr. for the heavyweight championship, and you can pencil that one in for December.

ADR would not comment on his firing. He said legal issues meant he could not talk about it now, but would have another press conference in 15 (some said 12) days where he would reveal all. People frequently say that sort of thing to avoid ever answering questions, and we’ll see if that’s what happens here.

Alberto – El Patron, I should get used to that – said AAA was his home, his present and his future, but there were no specifics about any long term deal.

Alberto was asked about Rey Misterio Jr and said he did not know what was going on with him, but would be happy to fight him again, this time in Mexico. Joaquin Roldan clarified that Rey Misterio Jr. is under contract to WWE, and AAA respects that contract and will not violate it, but the door is always open for Rey to return to AAA some day down the road.

The Wrestling Observer Newslwetter reported that Del Rio was originally under the impression he would just be suspended until after SummerSlam and was “furious” when he found out he was fired. The belief is the slapped WWE employee threatened to sue WWE if Del Rio wasn’t fired. It also says the wrestlers were sympathetic to Del Rio, do not like the employee who was attacked, but had largely moved on already. An update today says WWE is trying to tie ADR into a longer no-compete to specifically block him from working for TNA or AAA USA. This would require WWE to keep paying him for an extended period of time. (That course of action seems to prove that Rey Jr.’s continued employment by WWE is largely for the same reason, which had already been widely assumed.)

AAA’s annual pilgrimage before TripleMania seemed to include more fans than ever. There were a massive amount fans at the start point and at the church at the end, seemingly much more than ever before. As usual, there were also mystery luchadors with the AAA ones: I have no idea who this guy is, and there’s another unknown red masked luchador near the front here. (R de Rudo has their own set of photos.) About fifty luchadors took part, with La Parka among the notable ones not there – but everyone’s been doing a lot of press for TripleMania and may have been doing more during this event. Myzteziz might have been taking non-bus transportation.

Yesterday’s CMLL Informa included Sagrado, Felino, Ephesto, Mephisto and Hombre sin Nombre. The last three noted Hombre sin Nombre needed a name and the trio itself needs a new name and talked about running a fan contest for both.

Tercera Caida had two weeks of highlights and Dr. Wagner as guest. The Alberto del Rio story has gotten so big, Dr. Wagner actually talked about someone besides himself. (Seemed like he’d rather feud with ADR than Myzteziz, who’s name he was mocking thru the show.) Wagner had nothing bad to say about AAA, and wouldn’t talk about any of the bad things he said before. There’s also an after the show video, which I haven’t seen quite yet.

I was on a (subscribers only) Figure Four Daily yesterday, talking all the craziness of the last few weeks. The big topic talked about there and not yet here is the possibility of Rey Misterio Jr. showing up at TripleMania. If he was clearly legally free to show up, he’d probably show and they’d probably advertise him much the same as Del Rio. If the situation is more cloudy, maybe it’s something they just won’t advertise. I wouldn’t buy TripleMania to see Misterio wave at the crowd for 15 seconds, but I wouldn’t be surprised if that occurred.

I haven’t really thought about what do for Sunday. Is there an interest in a marathon chat, running from the start of TripleMania (5PM) until TripleMania ends (listed as 9pm, but no one believes that) or an hour after the stream breaks? I’m sure I’ll be doing live results and Twitter updates and the usual insanity (need to figure out a plan to eat), but feedback about what you’re looking for will shape what I end up doing.

Rob has highlights of 05/20/14 CMLL.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Segunda Caida reviews Uprising: Lucha Libre from 08/02.

Sombra and Terrible talk about the Universal tournament in generic fashion. They would like to win! There’s no mention of who’s in the other eight, but NJPW would have probably announced a Tanahashi (or anyone else) visit by now.

A story about people going on vacation to see Arena Coliseo Guadalajara. Informador will only cover results there if they can work in a slice of life story with it.

Trailer for a Super Nova movie!

Maximo/Shocker, Brunetti shaves Distubrio

Kraneo Special photo by Alexis Salazar/CMLL

CMLL (TUE) 08/12/2014 Arena México [CMLL, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Camorra & Ramstein b Bengala & Fresbee
Fresbee returned from obscurity to replace Flyer; it was his first match here in 13 months.
2) Canelo Casas, Hijo del Signo, Nitro b Leono, Robin, Sensei
Rudos took 1/3.
3) Kamaitachi, Okumura, Puma b Black Panther, Starman, Súper Halcón Jr.
4) Arkángel de la Muerte b Hombre Bala Jr. [lightning]  (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
dropped down a spot. Arkangel replaced Sangre Azteca (knee surgery) and defeated Bala.
5) Kráneo, Puma, Ripper b Delta, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr.
Rudos took 1/3, with Maya taking the Kraneo Special in the third and being stretchered off.
6) La Máscara, Máximo, Valiente DQ Mr. Niebla, Shocker, Tiger
Tecnicos took 2/3. Maximo faked a foul from Shocker.

They’re heating up Guerrero Maya versus Kraneo! Slow build to the 2015 Anniversary show main event, obviously.

CMLL (TUE) 08/12/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@acogdl]
1) El Divino & Sky Kid b Évola & Sádico
Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Artillero & Súper Comando b Esfinge & Leo
Rudos took 1/3.
3) Magnus, Soberano Jr., Stigma b Demonio Maya, Demonio Rojo, Ráfaga
Tecnicos took 2/3, Magnus beating Rafaga.
4) Omar Brunetti b Disturbio [hair]
Disturbio won fall 1, fouled Omar for the DQ in fall 2, and Omar beat Disturbio in fall 3.
5) Gran Guerrero, Mephisto, Último Guerrero b Atlantis, Máscara Dorada, Volador Jr.
Rudos took 1/3, Gran Guerrero sneaking in foul on Atlantis and UG taking the pin.
6) Marco Corleone b Terrible
Marco took 1/3 to beat the heavyweight champion in a non-title match.

Marco remains the uncrowned heavyweight champion of the world. Kind of wonder how the crowd is going to react if/when CMLL does the Gran Guerrero helping Ultimo Guerrero to win finish in Arena Mexico.

Brunetti gets a big win after already losing his hair a couple months ago. Not sure anywhere else is consistently behind their youngsters as Guadalajara does. IWRG kind of does, and then kind of forgets about guys, and then makes sure you know they’re not the actual top guys. Cavernario breaking thru (by going to Mexico City) kind of helps everyone else’s case here.

Hugo Savinovich apparently told a podcast that Rey Misterio Jr. wants to leave WWE and join AAA. That’s what anyone following the story could’ve guessed – it’s certainly what WWE is guessing, since they haven’t let him go.

LuchaWorld has 60 thru 50 on the 2013 LuchaWorld countdown.

Segunda Caida writes about the disappointing Ultimo Guerrero versus Rey Bucanero match.

Rob has thoughts about the greatness of Negro Casas versus Rush.

Preview of Saturday’s Ringo Mendoza show. Atlantis encourages everyone to support his uncle Ringo.

DJ Spectro writes about Diosa de Plata and Sheik Mar Allah, who’s said to be the usual opposition for wrestlers trying out for EMLL.

Lineups

IWRG (SUN) 08/17/2014 Arena Naucalpan
1) Black Niko & Sky Ángel vs Capitán Muerte & Matrix Jr.
2) Dragón Celestial, Golden Magic, Látigo vs Anubis Black, Hip Hop Man, Zurdog
3) Kenshi Kabuki, Pantera, Veneno vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Canis Lupus, Eterno
4) Oficial 911 & Oficial AK47 vs Trauma I & Trauma I [hair, mask]
5) Cien Caras Jr., Demon Clown, LA Park vs Hijo De Dos Caras, Máscara Sagrada, Pirata Morgan

Not sure Sunday is the best time to spring for LA Park. I guess it’s possible to get to Arena Ciudad de Mexico from the main event of this show (which starts an hour earlier, at 5pm) but that’s as unlikely as the Traumas losing the semimain.

No idea who Kabuki is. Teaming with Pantera suggests he might be a trainee from Japan.

CMLL (TUE) 08/19/2014 Arena México
1) Leono & Metatrón vs Akuma & Espanto Jr.
2) Molotov, Sensei, Star Jr. vs Canelo Casas, Guerrero Negro Jr., Hijo del Signo
3) Esfinge, Hombre Bala Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. vs Cancerbero, Nitro, Raziel
4) Black Panther vs Arkángel de la Muerte [lightning]
5) Delta, Tritón, Valiente vs Pierroth, Puma, Tiger
6) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Shocker

They’re setting up a Shocker/Maximo match? They’re setting up a Shocker/Maximo match.

Semifinal is one wrestler away from being really good. The problem is that one luchador is very far away from being any good.

CMLL (TUE) 08/19/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Divino & Robin vs Inquisidor & Jocker
2) Dragon Lee, Leo, Omar Brunetti vs Boby Zavala, Disturbio, Sádico
3) Diamante Azul, Gallo, Super Porky vs Kráneo, Mr. Águila, Ripper
4) Titán vs Gran Guerrero
5) La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas

Titan wins or we riot. Main event should be a fun time.

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