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top six stories of the last two weeks

  1. Lucha Underground started taping. There was a lot going on here. There was drama around the contracts given out; in the end, some of the rumored wrestlers either didn’t sign or just didn’t appear on the first two tapings. It was not a great weekend for luchadors: Drago, Fenix and Pentagon Jr. all missed the first two set of tapings due to visa problems, and Blue Demon was said to hurt his knee in a match with Chavo Guerrero. Mesias, as a surprise, did appear under a mask. With everyone else out, Demon, Chavo, Prince Puma (Ricochet) and Johnny Mundo (John Morrison) were the biggest stars on the first set of tapings. Fans who attended the shows were told they would have to sign non disclosure agreements; every match leaked out right after the taping anyway, and it was unclear how many people there were actually fans. (There were claims of the crowd being filled with “extras”, a producer said there were no “seat fillers.”) That’s generally the way you can sum up up the weekend: if you were there (and especially if you were involved with the production), you came away really happy with the main events on both shows and happy with the possibilities. If you were just reading the results on the internet, it came off as another doomed project in the mode of WSX or Lucha Libre USA and far away from the AAA invasion of the US it was billed to be. Tapings resume this weekend, with the Mexicans on the show this week.
  2. CMLL announced the full 09/19 anniversary card. The surprises included a Cavernario versus Rey Cometa hair match, which is a feud that’s been happening on the live shows but had not been shown on TV or publicized by CMLL in any other fashion (but is still happening to draw extra people to the show somehow.) It should be a great match, anyway. The other big news was the absence of Sombra, who defeated Volador for his mask last year. There’s no sign of injury (like Dragon Rojo) or not being available (like Dark Angel) to keep La Sombra off. In fact, it looked like CMLL was planning on putting Sombra in a trios title match as recently as last week, then shuffled around the card for whatever reason. Everyone in the potential trios title match still made on the card except Sombra. There’s probably something more to this but no one’s saying (and Sombra’s just RT-ed fan complaints about him being left, saying nothing on his own.) CMLL announced a press conference to talk about the card, then canceled it a day later because they may be shuffling it around again. CMLL announced the show would air on TV Azteca, then announced the deal was not done yet. Terra (not CMLL) announced the show would air on their website. No one’s retracted that one yet.
  3. Alberto el Patron will make his AAA in ring debut in Cancun this weekend. Alberto told the media his lawyers found the WWE non-compete contract unconstitutional, and he’ll be wrestling right away. Alberto did not appear on the Lucha Underground tapings, but it does appear he’s taking US indy bookings soon (and at high prices.)
  4. Ultimo Guerrero beat La Sombra to win the Universal championship. This was the expected outcome after the mask match was announced. Maybe more importantly, Ultimo Guerrero matches continue to be on autopilot.
  5. The first Myzteziz/Perro match in six years ended with a foul. They’ve picked right up where they left. This time, evil referee Rafael el Maya DQed Myzteziz for a supposed foul on Perro. The other singles match on AAA’s taping in Pachuca saw Super Fly also get DQed for purposefully fouling rival Aerostar. Joe Lider turned rudo on the tapings, joining Perros del Mal.
  6. Thunder returned to CMLL, turning rudo. Super Libre said he’s been training with Satanico, who had his work cut out for him. Thunder was gifted a spot on the Anniversary show over dozens of more deserving people for no obvious reason.
  • AAA and phone company NYXMobile announced a deal for AAA branded phones. They go on sale this weekend.
  • Astral won the CMLL minis championship, ending Pequeno Olimpico’s four year (and mostly quiet) title reign.
  • Marco & Rush won Block A of a tag team title shot tournament in Puebla, which then became a tournament for a trophy instead. They’ll face Block B winners Terrible & Rey Escorpion this Tuesday.
  • Dragon Rojo announced he’ll be out indefinitely due to a knee injury.
  • Alan Xtreme lost his hair in Naucalpan after the Neza Boys won via nefarious means.
  • Malefico took Exterminador’s hair in Guadalajara.
  • Hijo de Dos Caras kept the IWRG Heavyweight title in Naucalpan over Demon Clown. Demon Clown early won a strange ladder match earlier in the week

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Terrible wins multiple matches, Dragon Rojo out of action, CMLL Anniversary show non-press conference

CMLL (MON) 09/08/2014 Arena Puebla [Periodico Enfoque , Periodico Enfoque (Photos)]
1) Meyer, Paris, Tigre Rojo b Ares, Centauro de Fuego, Siki Ozama Jr.
Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis b Dark Angel, Estrellita, Lluvia
Rudas took 2/3, Zeuxis using the ropes to beat Esterllita.
3) La Máscara, Super Porky, Valiente, Volador Jr. b Gran Guerrero & Último Guerrero and Atlantis & Stuka Jr. and Kráneo & Morphosis and Ángel de Oro & La Sombra and Rey Escorpión & Terrible and Pólvora & Tiger[seeding battle royal, Copa 81st Anniversary]
4) Atlantis & Stuka Jr. DQ Pólvora & Tiger [Copa 81st Anniversary, eightfinal]
5) Gran Guerrero & Último Guerrero b Ángel de Oro & La Sombra [Copa 81st Anniversary, eightfinal]
Angel de Oro replaced Dragon Rojo (injury)
6) Rey Escorpión & Terrible b Kráneo & Morphosis [Copa 81st Anniversary, eightfinal]
7) Valiente & Volador Jr. b La Máscara & Super Porky [Copa 81st Anniversary, eightfinal]
8) Atlantis & Stuka Jr. DQ Gran Guerrero & Último Guerrero [Copa 81st Anniversary, quarterfinal]
9) Rey Escorpión & Terrible b Valiente & Volador Jr. [Copa 81st Anniversary, quarterfinal]
10) Rey Escorpión & Terrible b Atlantis & Stuka Jr. [Copa 81st Anniversary, semifinal]

Terrible won three matches in one day! That’s normally like a month for him. Meanwhile, Atlantis & Stuka advanced to the semifinal without actually winning a match on their own. Tournaments.

CMLL announced a press conference would happen today to talk about the Anniversary card, then canceled it yesterday afternoon. This seems like typical CMLL behavior, the same as happened with the TV Azteca deal, but I’m told there’s more to it – CMLL is considering running a significant angle and/or adding a match because Anniversary ticket sales have been softer than expected. People suggested a seventh match would be added to get Sombra on the card and they may end up being right (though I don’t know if it involves Sombra.) I have no idea what exactly is going on, except it would happen Friday night if it’s happening at all. I don’t even know how likely it is, only that it was enough to postpone the press conference for the moment.

Dragon Rojo announced on Twitter yesterday that his persistent knee injury will keep him out of action. La Sombra replaces Dragon Rojo today, and Mascara Dorada does the same on Friday. Fuego’s added to the card to take Dorada’s spot on Friday.

Also, for no obvious reason, Marco and Volador swap places on Sunday. That puts Marco in the main event (w/Rush & Atlantis vs Shocker, Ultimo Guerrero, Gran Guerrero) and Volador in the fourth (w/La Mascara & Titan versus Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys.) It’s possible CMLL could have another title match main event on 09/21 and maybe changed their mind on which one they’re doing.

Today’s Arena Mexico show is now main evented by Super Porky, Valiente, and Stuka Jr. vs Mephisto, Terrible and Rey Bucanero Jr., so maybe they’ll set up Valiente or Stuka versus Mephisto for the holiday show. Guadalajara has Atlantis, Rush, and Titan versus Ultimo Guerrero, Gran Guerrero, and Euforia. The big match there might come from the Mexico/DF cibernetico, which includes Dragon Lee and Virus on opposite teams.

LuchaWorld has this week’s Poster-Mania.

Black Terry Jr. is posting highlights of the Lucha Memes show. The Freelance/Suicide vs Toxin Boy/Fly Star and Extreme Boy/Aeroboy matches are up now.

Astral is #1 on the CMLL top 10 list. Euforia is 10th.

The Gladiatores catches up with Saruman.

Rayo de Jalisco Jr. has a movie coming out next year.

TG Power unmasked himself and retired in Tijuana.

Culto Santanico beat Los Piratas in San Luis Potosi.

Corsario de Fuego won the NWA Mexican Welterweight Championship from Skayde, who might have it again by the next time it’s mentioned.

Lucha Libre In Japan

09/09 Dragon Gate: Flamtia (c) b Kzy [OPEN THE BRAVE GATE] – fifth defense, Flamita keeps the title even though he was headed home after this match. That’s pretty unusual (and great) for a Mexican in a Japanese promotion. Gif of the finish here. He was challenged by K-ness for a title match when he returns.


CMLL (TUE) 09/16/2014 Arena Puebla
1) Arkalis, Meyer, Paris vs Guerrero Espacial, Rey Apocalipsis, Toro Bill Jr.
2) Dark Angel & Estrellita vs Amapola & Zeuxis
3) Black Panther, Blue Panther, Cachorro vs Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado
4) La Máscara, Máscara Dorada, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Shocker, Vangellys
5) Marco Corleone & Rush vs Rey Escorpión & Terrible

Tuesday night show due to Independence day holiday.

Zeuxis/Estrellita is happening again.

The main event isn’t even listed as for a Copa now. I suppose they’d have to get a trophy if it was for one.

Arkalis, the latest name to come up on Puebla’s rotating list of novatos, has been turning up on indy shows since April and appears to be a Centella de Oro trainee.

09/05-08 lucha videos

Noches de Coliseo was all a repeat again. IWRG is airing at the weirdest times.

Puebla files came out really small, so I must’ve scre wed up things. (Except the lightning match, which I got from another airing that had a couple of dropouts.)

Since TripleMania has aired on TV and is already available for free on AAA’s site, I’ve included a copy of the SkyPPV. It does drop off a little bit at times but it’s there if you can’t get to the AAA channel for whatever reason.

Reminder: I’m in Mexico next Tuesday and just getting back the following one. I’ll post what I have when I get a chance, but I’m thinking it’ll probably just be on YouTube for the time being.

YouTube Playlist:

09/06 GALLI: – I noticed this was airing! I don’t know if anyone’s going to click this link.

09/06 WWC:
09/07 WWC:

09/07 La Lucah se le hace:

AAA TripleMania XXII: 2014-08-17
taped 2014-08-17 @ Arena Ciudad de Mexico, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal
Intro/Alberto del Rio
1) Aerostar, Jennifer Blake, Mascarita Sagrada, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Mamba, Mini Abismo Negro, Sexy Star, Súper Fly
2) Angélico vs Hijo del Fantasma, Australian Suicide, Fénix, Bengala, Jack Evans, Joe Lider, Pentagón Jr., Daga ©, Bengala for the AAA World Cruiserweight Championship
El Brazo HOF induction
3) Faby Apache © vs Taya Valkyrie in a AAA’s Reina de Reinas Tournament match
Rayo de Jalisco HOF induction
4) Blue Demon Jr. vs El Mesías, Electroshock, Averno, La Parka, Chessman in a cage match
5) Psycho Clown vs Texano Jr. hair vs mask
6) Myzteziz vs el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Cibernético, Dr. Wagner Jr. [Copa TripleMania XXII]

IWRG Zona XXI: 2014-09-05
taped 2014-09-03 @ Arena Naucalpan
1) Alfa & Omega vs Insólito I & Insólito II
2) Diva Salvaje, Kenshi Kabuki, Relámpago vs Canis Lupus, Eterno, Hijo de Máscara Año 2000

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-09-06
taped 2014-08-26 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Astral, Meteoro, Último Dragoncito vs Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito
2) La Máscara & Máscara Dorada vs Ephesto & Mephisto

3) Atlantis, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Rey Escorpión, Último Guerrero

CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-09-06
taped 2014-09-02 @ Arena México
1) Fantasy, Shockercito, Último Dragoncito vs Demus 3:16, Mercurio, Pierrothito
Dark Angel vignette
2) Lluvia, Marcela, Silueta vs Amapola, Dalys, La Seductora
Stellar Moments
3) Ángel de Oro, Diamante Azul, Tritón vs Boby Zavala, Misterioso Jr., Tiger
4) Marco Corleone, Máscara Dorada, Titán vs Ephesto, Hechicero, Shocker

CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-09-06
taped 2014-08-29 @ Arena México
1) Máscara Dorada, Rey Cometa, Valiente vs Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla
Mid Show Intro
2) Atlantis, Dragón Rojo Jr., Rush vs Negro Casas, Niebla Roja, Rey Escorpión
3) La Sombra vs Último Guerrero for the CMLL Universal Championship

Lucha Azteca (CMLL): 2014-09-06
taped 2014-08-22 @ Arena México
1) Último Guerrero vs Mr. Niebla for the CMLL Universal Championship and in a eightfinal match
2) Dragón Rojo Jr. vs Virus for the CMLL Universal Championship and in a eightfinal match
3) Diamante Azul (CMLL) vs Niebla Roja for the CMLL Universal Championship and in a eightfinal match
4) Volador Jr. vs Titán (CMLL) for the CMLL Universal Championship and in a eightfinal match
5) Último Guerrero vs Dragón Rojo Jr. for the CMLL Universal Championship and in a tournament quarterfinal match
6) Volador Jr. vs Diamante Azul (CMLL) for the CMLL Universal Championship and in a tournament quarterfinal match
7) Volador Jr. vs Último Guerrero for the CMLL Universal Championship and in a tournament semifinal match

CMLL on Terra: 2014-09-07
taped 2014-09-07 @ Arena Coliseo
1) Magnus & Soberano Jr. vs Apocalipsis & Inquisidor
2) Black Panther, Sensei, Starman vs Cancerbero, Nitro, Raziel
3) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Tritón vs Okumura, Skándalo, Virus
4) Pequeño Olímpico © vs Astral for the CMLL World Mini Estrellas Championship
5) Blue Panther, Super Porky, Titán vs Kráneo, Pólvora, Shocker
6) Diamante Azul, Máscara Dorada, Valiente vs Ephesto, Euforia, Mephisto

CMLL Puebla: 2014-09-07
taped 2014-08-11 @ Arena Puebla
1) Molotov, Paris, Star Jr. vs Rey Apocalipsis, Siki Ozama Jr., Toro Bill Jr.
2) Eléctrico vs Espíritu Maligno in a lightning match
3) Black Panther, Blue Panther, Cachorro vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus
4) Máximo, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Pólvora, Rey Escorpión, Shocker
5) La Sombra vs Último Guerrero

IWRG Zona XXI: 2014-09-08
taped 2014-09-07 @ Arena Naucalpan
1) Diva Salvaje, Miss Gaviota, Saruman vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo
2) Dr. Cerebro, Golden Magic, Kenshi Kabuki vs Canis Lupus, Trauma I, Trauma II
3) Máscara Sagrada, Pantera, Toscano vs Cien Caras Jr., Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Universo 2000 Jr.
4) Hijo De Dos Caras © vs Demon Clown for the IWRG Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship


Hijo de Dos retains title, Lucha Underground

IWRG (SUN) 09/07/2014 Arena Naucalpan [IWRG]
1) Dragón Celestial & Metaleon b Araña de Plata & Hip Hop Man
straight falls.
2) Apolo Estrada Jr., Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo b Diva Salvaje, Miss Gaviota, Saruman
Saruman, last seen failing at juggling, had his first match here since Christmas. He lost but looked good (as did Avisman.)
3) Canis Lupus, Trauma I, Trauma II b Dr. Cerebro, Golden Magic, Kenshi Kabuki
Rudos took 2/3, Truama II submitting Golden Magic.
4) Cien Caras Jr., Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Universo 2000 Jr. b Máscara Sagrada, Pantera, Toscano
Primos Dinamitas took 1/3 clean. Universo’s debut here.
5) Hijo De Dos Caras © b Demon Clown [IWRG IC HEAVY]
Straight falls. Dos reversed a suplex into a small package to take the first. Cien Caras Jr., Demon’s second, accidentally hit the challenger with a senton in the second to set up the loss. Demon was upset with Cien but Cien ignored him and challenged Dos for a title match. First defense for Hijo de Dos.

People close to Lucha Underground expect the visa issues with Drago, Fenix and Pentagon will be cleared up by this weekend and they’ll be on those tapings. As expected, there are elements of the show which were not done in front of the live audience (said to be more Latino for show 2.) Maybe not as expected is that some of that will be filming in Mexico; they’re supposed to do some vignettes with some of the characters there late this week.

Film festival Beyond Fest will be giving away tickets to Lucha Underground. All tickets are giveaways, this is more about getting word about the shows to bigger/more audiences.

There will be a press conference for the CMLL Anniversary show on Tuesday around noon. Maybe Sombra should stop by, see if he can change someone’s mind.

Today’s CMLL show was supposed to be the second half of the tag team title tournament. There’s still a tag team tournament, but it’s no longer for the titles: just a random Copa instead. I’d expect they’ll just go with whoever was supposed to face Rush & Marco before the change (no sense in changing), so there’s a chance Terrible might actually beat people tonight.

Myzteziz told a reported in Puebla that he was surpised he ended up in AAA; he thought he would end up back in CMLL, and thought the same would happen with Alberto. Myzteziz airs his usual complaints with the CMLL programmers and his respect for CMLL ownership. He also says it’s been a tough adjustment to go from WWE style (and CMLL prior) to AAA style.

Rob has highlights of 06/06/14 CMLL.

LuchaWorld had KrisZ’s news update.

Segunda Caida reviews El Hijo del Santo vs Blue Panther from 2004, a really great match.

El Ancho/Hercules Peucelle of Titanes en el Ring has passed away. The story has been picked up in a lot of places.

Tigre Uno will be part of the CHIKARAs Rey de Voladors, appearing in at least on the 09/20 show (and also the 09/21 show if he wins.)

A story on Seattle’s Lucha Libre Volcanica.


IWRG (WED) 09/10/2014 Arena Naucalpan
1) Galaxy vs Matrix Jr.
2) Alfa & Omega vs Atomic Star & Capitán Muerte
3) Dragón Celestial, El Divino, Silver Star vs Hip Hop Man, Rayan, Spartan
4) Imposible, Kenshi Kabuki, Metaleon vs Chucho el Roto, Ironía, Yakuza
5) Diva Salvaje, Relámpago, Veneno vs Canis Lupus, Eterno, Oficial AK47 [lumberjack strap]

Random strap match, seems about right. Some weeks the Eterno/Kabuki feud is happening. Some weeks they’re just in different matches. I dunno.

I’m assuming that’s Silver Star from Monterrey, which is random but less random than another Silver Star existing. There has been a Divino in Monterrey so maybe that’s him.

CMLL (SUN) 09/14/2014 Arena México
1) Eléctrico & Último Dragoncito vs Pequeño Olímpico & Pierrothito
2) Goya Kong, La Vaquerita, Silueta vs Dalys, La Seductora, Tiffany
3) Ángel de Oro, Fuego, Stuka Jr. vs Kamaitachi, Okumura, Virus
4) La Máscara, Marco Corleone, Titán vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
5) Diamante Azul © vs Euforia [NWA LH]
Diamante Azul is champion. Fifth defense.
6) Atlantis, Dragón Rojo Jr., Volador Jr. vs Gran Guerrero, Shocker, Último Guerrero

Azul & Euforia don’t get a main event (not as big a match as Maximo and Shocker). I’d be really surprised of Azul lost.

CMLL (SUN) 09/14/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Dr. Frezeer vs El Yaqui
2) Idolo & Javier Cruz Jr. vs Évola & Thunder Boy
3) Sky Kid vs Rey Trueno
4) Brillante & Dragon Lee vs Demonio Maya & Sádico
5) Omar Brunetti & Rey Cometa vs Cavernario & Maléfico
6) La Sombra & Valiente vs Ephesto & Mephisto

Cometa/Cavernario here, which builds up their hair match nicely for an audience that’s probably only going to be able to see it on the internet (and on TV, by delay.) Demonio Maya/Brillante appears to be a new feud.

09/07 AAA TV Results (Pachuca)

AAA TV (SUN) 09/07/2014 Lienzo Charro, Pachuca, Hidalgo [AAA]
1) Dinastía, Ludxor, Venum b El Apache, Mamba, Mini Abismo Negro
Double Spanish Fly by the Cadetes on Apache and Dinastia added a 450 splash.
2) Eterno & Taya Valkyrie b Bengala & Faby Apache
Taya northern lights suplex Faby
3) Aerostar DQ Súper Fly
Super Fly hit Hijo del Tirantes (???) and was DQed. Super Fly took Aero’s mask after the match.
4) Daga, Demon Rocker, Machine Rocker b Argenis, Jack Evans, Joe Lider
Machine Rocker replaced Hijo de Pirata Morgan. Lider turned on his partners, choking out Jack with a rope. Taya gave Lider a Perros del Mal shirt after the match.
5) Averno & Texano Jr. b Monsther Clown & Psycho Clown
Monster Clown was the “mystery” wrestler – though Cibernetico also appeared, sitting with the announcers for the match. Texano got a revenge win over Psycho Clown. Joe Lider & Daga attacked Psycho & Monster after the match until Murder ran out for the save.
6) el Hijo del Perro Aguayo DQ Myzteziz
Argenis and Avenro were seconds. Maya was back as a referee. Myzteziz accidentally fouled Perro, then put on La Mistica, but Maya of course called the DQ. The two agreed to one more fall, where Myzteziz cleanly submitted Perro Aguayo.

Air Date: 09/13 & 09/20.

The second part of the main event – Myzteziz getting the clean win – is not mentioned in AAA’s recap or on Facebook, but the message about it was still alive on Twitter this morning. It’s possibly it was only meant for the live crowd to send them home happy or it just wasn’t meant to be a real match (Myzteziz got the armbar, Perro tapped out and rolled out, no ref.) It may make more sense on TV, and it’s nice to give the fans something of an ending after doing DQs in both singles matches and not really delivering on the surprise wrestler.

A lot of Perros del Mal victories, as noted in the recap. Maybe Lider turning on Jack means he’s getting a tag partner and a title shot, but it could’ve just been about Jack being around. Hijo de Pirata Morgan is either a new father or about to be, judging from Lolita’s Twitter – he might be replaced in Cancun as well.

Q: How did Apache end up taking the double Spanish fly in the opener? A: Apache is crazy.

Show looks full in the places they sold tickets, but it doesn’t look like they sold tickets everywhere. Which is odd for Perro/Myzteziz.

Next taping is 09/14 in Cancun.


Lucha Memes, Euforia/Azul, Exterminador squashed

Arez flies/photo by Black Terry Jr.

Lucha Memes (SUN) 09/07/2014 Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México [@terceracaida, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), MedioTiempo]
1) Freelance & Mike Segura b Fly Star & Toxin Boy
2) Extreme Tiger b Aeroboy
Aeroboy was hurt on a dive
3) Black Terry & Negro Navarro b Carisma & Zoom Driver
4) Arez b Keira
5) Trauma I b Trauma II, Magnifico, Herodes Jr., Obscuro, Klivan, Fly Warrior, La Migala, Fulgor I, Astro Rey Jr., Fulgor II, Hormiga, Psico Kid, Radge, Taboo, Karma,Magnifico [royal rumble]
17 listed in TerceraCaida’s report (not the 20). First indy appearance of Tabu post AAA.
6) Dragon Lee II & Star Jr. b Belial & Impulso
Indystrucitbles wanted a rematch and team Tight T-Shirt accepted.
7) Silueta b Marcela, Zeuxis, Dark Angel
Silueta beat Marcela!

I’m jealous this show happened this weekend instead of next. Reviews of the show were strong. I think, outside of the missing 3 people in the rumble (which may just have been omitted; Apolo says there was 20), everyone on the ChilangaMask/Lucha Meme card actually made the show. Things don’t work out that well for them that often.

My hunch is Herodes’ problem in CMLL was less with the matches itself, but a “only so many hours in a day” conflict between training for CMLL and whatever else he has going on and CMLL had to go but we’ll continue to see him on indy shows like this for the time being. (In other words, it’s more a problem of working in CMLL as an undercard guy not being a living wage alone .) This is your opening to fantasy book his inevitable IWRG feud.

new champ Astral/photo by Alexis Salazar (CMLL)

CMLL (SUN) 09/07/2014 Arena Coliseo
1) Magnus & Soberano Jr. b Apocalipsis & Inquisidor Magnus & Soberano Jr. vs Apocalipsis & Inquisidor, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Cancerbero, Nitro, Raziel b Black Panther, Sensei, Starman Black Panther, Sensei, Starman vs Cancerbero, Nitro, Raziel, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Rudos – who don’t seem to have problems with each other any more, took falls 1/3.
3) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Tritón DQ Okumura, Skándalo, Virus Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Triton vs Okumura, Skandalo, Virus, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
straight falls, Virus yanking Delta’s mask for the DQ in the second after Delta had beat him in the first with a reinera.
4) Astral b Pequeño Olímpico © [CMLL MINI] Pequeno Olipico u00a9 vs Astral for the CMLL World Mini Estrellas Championship, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Astral took falls one and three to win the championship. He’s the 13th champion. Pequeno Olimpico’s falls on his fifth title defense, his three and a half year reign ending.
5) Kráneo, Pólvora, Shocker b Blue Panther, Super Porky, Titán Blue Panther, Super Porky, Titan vs Kraneo, Polvora, Shocker, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Rudos took 2/3.
6) Ephesto, Euforia, Mephisto b Diamante Azul, Máscara Dorada, Valiente Diamante Azul, Mascara Dorada, Valiente vs Ephesto, Euforia, Mephisto, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Rudos took 1/3, Azul and Euforia continuing to feud and Euforia submitting Azul in the end. Euforia challenged Azul to a title match next week (in Arena Mexico.)

Didn’t see the show; think we’re in a month stretch where I’m not going to see the show on Terra, though I might catch it live once. Most of the recent shows have been missible – there hasn’t been a lot of good match making and the Azul/Euforia match isn’t going to change that.

Astral had a lot of family/friends there. I guess they had a good feeling and/or though they could push him over the top if they all came.

CMLL (SUN) 09/07/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@acogdl]
1) Índigo b Furia Nazi
2) Acertijo b El Divino
3) Brillante & Virgo DQ Demonio Maya & Demonio Rojo
Tecnicos took 1/3, the last when Maya fouled Brillante.
4) Mr. Águila & Sádico b Omar Brunetti & Smaker
Rudos took 1/3. Aguila cheated to beat Omar.
5) Maléfico b Exterminador [hair]
Malefico took 2/3 to win the hair match over his ex-ally.
6) Cavernario & Terrible b Dragón Rojo Jr. & Gallo and Ángel de Oro & Stuka Jr. and Pierroth & Sagrado
Gallo & Dragon Rojo were out first via foul (unclear by who), then Pierroth got DQed for unmasking Angel de Oro. Cavernario & Terrible beat Oro & Stuka clean for the win.

Show was heavy with FRAM sponsorship. I wonder if they’ve convinced Agulia to lose to Omar in the end.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update and Fredo on the Anniversary lineup.

Rob has highlights of 06/14/14 AAA

Super Libre had a bunch of taped guests, including Dragon Rojo, Blue Demon Jr., Rush and La Mascara.

Segunda Caida watches 08/30/14 Lucha Uprising.

Ohtani’s Jacket reviews a good Negro Casas trio from 1992 UWA.

DJ Spectro looks back at the debut of Shadito Cruz Jr. (Brazo de Plata) and 1977 women’s mask match.

Mystique is announced for Stardom, from 10/08 to 12/24.

ColiseoMania II has an official (Wagner/Mistico) mask.

Negro Navarro is interviewed in Xalapa.

A story on tiny Gimnasio del Valle in Pachuca. “lucha libre keeps people of drugs” is said.

09/07 Lucha Underground results

Lucha Underground (SUN) 09/07/2014 Lucha Underground Arena, Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, California [PWInsider]
1) Shawn Hernandez b Ricky Mandell
Dark match.
2) John Mundo & Prince Puma b Lil Cholo & Ricky Reyes
the heels – The Crenshaw Crew – from the end of the last taping (Reyes, Cholo, Ezekial) came out to talk at the start of the show. The guys they jumped attacked them, then beat two of them in a match. Still unsure of what their actual names will be.
3) Chavo Guerrero & Sexy Star b Ivelisse Vélez & Lord Of Havok
Lord of Havok is Matt Cross (slightly different name)
4) Mil Muertes b Blue Demon Jr.
Muertes attacked Demon after the match. Chavo made the save, but Demon attacked him

Air Date: 10/15?

Again, this looks like they’re doing one TV show per taping. (Taping was said to go 90 minutes.)  The roster looks to be really small at the moment . The US people who were talked about but haven’t appeared are Joey Ryan, Angela Fong, Candice LaRae, Rocky Romero, Scorpio Sky, Aaron Aguilera and Kaos. Romero’s back in NJPW thru at least 09/23, so he may have some association with this promotion but wasn’t ever going to be on these shows. I would assume some of those just didn’t sign the contract when it came to it.

Also, no Fenix, Drago or Pentagon again, but now we know why: PWInsider says their working visa was not done in time, so they could not work the show. PWInsider says this caused these show to be rewritten. I think I can confirm that. My impression, based on a tiny little bit of the a draft of a script I might have seen, is that Drago, Demon and Fenix (him versus Chavo) were all supposed to be in matches on that first show or had matches set up for future shows as part of the $100,000 prize storyline. Sexy Star would appear but not wrestle, and Pentagon wasn’t mentioned in what I might have read.

That’s bordering on unbelievable given how everyone knew that was important from the moment the project was announced, and how long they’ve had to take care of that issue. Based on what Drago was tweeting prior to TripleMania (and his last minute inclusion on the show), he might have not been originally planned on the show so maybe it’s make more sense with him. Though, even then, if you were going to add someone at the last minute, why add someone who you weren’t sure could work the shows? Someone really dropped the ball here and may have screwed up this show (even it if it wasn’t already screwed up.)

Demon may have US residency at this point, and wouldn’t be subject to the same issue. The smaller mystery is how Sexy Star is cleared but the other three aren’t.

On a more storyline note, Sexy Star seems to be a tecnica on this show, which just seems so strange.

In the long term, this may mean things feel more lucha if/when Pentagon, Drago and Fenix are allowed to work the shows, but I’ve got little confidence of that given everything. Given how late everything came together, they probably should’ve considered just delaying the first week of taping once those guys weren’t available but I have no idea how long it takes from them to turn them from recording to something that can go on El Rey; they might have left themselves no time. Or maybe it’s possible they’ll air out of order? I have no idea, this is just me exhausting the possibilities.

The one PWInsider quote that’s really captured everyone’s attention:

The wrestling styles was described to me as “WWE style” in the ring, as opposed to a traditional Lucha style. Chavo Guerrero, who was working as an agent last night, was said to be telling wrestlers to do less and make it mean more

That flies counter to every Konnan suggestion that this would be a PWG-style high spot spectucalur I think the point to remember here is the stuff Konnan’s said is pretty irrelevant. I don’t think he lied about what he would like to see, I don’t think he really gets to decide what happens at all.  I think AAA believed they might have to give up control of the writing and the look, but could at least control the in-ring. Doesn’t appear that’s going to be case either – or maybe people are just working at cross purposes. Seems a fair bit of that already.

Wrestler fan attendance was down from Day 1, with the crowd being mostly extra and maybe not even a lot of them. There’s enough people involved with this project who like talking enough that they really should’ve had people involved with the show and promotion doing media appearances to build interest in this project well before tapings started. They need something more than photos on Twitter, and they need not wait until October to start talking (and, really, to counter the bad publicity it’s gotten from places like here.) Obviously, there were/are enough other issues that there probably wasn’t time for that sort of campaign; the bad turnouts are just one of a few symptoms of putting everything together at the last second.. They’re going to give out free tickets to get anyone to come, but there’s probably no hope of attendance turning around at least until the show makes air, and that’ll still be dependent on people actually seeing the show. It’s kind of amazing it’s this hard to give away tickets to wrestling in Los Angeles – forget AAA Mexico proper, I can’t even imagine how many tickets PWG could’ve just sold to Battle of Los Angeles, with a couple guys who are working these shows – but I think that’s just the way it’s going to be. There’s about six days of regrouping to come, but I don’t think much is going to change. It is what it is.

Edit: Lucha Underground says there hasn’t been any seat fillers.


09/06 Lucha Underground results (Day 1)

Lucha Underground (SAT) 09/06/2014 Lucha Underground Arena, Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, California [PWInsider, WrestlingHeads]
1) Famous B b B-boy
dark match
2) Mil Muertes b Martis Cassus
dark match. Ex-Maxine from NXT was with Mil. Mil may have been Mesias under a mask.
3) Blue Demon Jr. b Chavo Guerrero Jr.
4) Sons Of Havoc b Sexy Star
Sons of Havoc is Matt Cross
5) Johnny Mundo b Prince Puma
ex-John Morrison defeated a masked Ricochet. The evil (and unnamed) promoter had promised 100,000 to whoever had impressed him. Lil Cholo, Ricky Reyes and Ezekial Jackson (not given names) attacked Mundo & Puma after the main event. The promoter announced those three (may be named the Crenshaw Crew) would get money and already work for him.

WrestlingHeads has the full match by match results and should get credit if anyone uses them. Only three matches on the show, though I’d presume there’s a lot of backstage skits being taped. Only two of the AAA luchadors made air on the debut episode, with one a woman losing a match that’s an obvious bad style match up for her. Main is ex-WWE guy defeating ex-indy guy. No Fenix, no Pentagon, no Drago. No Konnan either, but PWI says he was working as an agent, as was Chavo. Those two guys would seem to have very different philosophies, but maybe not?

The crowd looks small in the pictures – PWInsider says it was few wrestling fans and a lot of plants. It’ll probably be the same this week: promoting a new lucha libre promotion on 10 days notice with no names on the poster is just not going to work (and Week 1 of Sunday NFL football is not going to help.) There was a couple of change of policies after the first taping: Dorian, Demon and AAA started promoting tomorrow’s taping, the first time the tapings have been promoted in Spanish. (Pretty sure that had been a conscious choice, and not an oversight.) They also revealed the address, 516 S. Anderson St. in Los Angeles. No more emailing to get ticket info, they’ll take whoever just shows up.

That picture also confirms the Vampiro/Striker nonsense announce team.

Sticking Mesias under a mask would explain why AAA hasn’t promoted him for this show.  I would assume Ricochet being in the main event means he’s signed, but maybe that’s not a sure thing since he lost.

I would suspect we’re less likely to get spoilers going forward, because the same people might not show up all the time, or might not be allowed to keep showing up.


09/19 CMLL 81st Anniversary Show lineup (Atlantis/Ultimo Guerrero)

CMLL (FRI) 09/19/2014 Arena México
***CMLL 81st Anniversary show***
1) Blue Panther, Cachorro, Dragon Lee vs Felino, Puma, Tiger
2) Goya Kong vs Estrellita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit, Amapola, Zeuxis, Tiffany, Dallys la Caribeña [Copa 81 Aniversario]
3) Máscara Dorada, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Mr. Niebla, Thunder
4) Rey Cometa vs Cavernario [hair]
5) La Máscara & Rush © vs Negro Casas & Shocker [CMLL TAG]
6) Atlantis vs Último Guerrero [mask]

Show will air live/complete on and may/may not air on Azteca in Mexico (but probably will eventually air in the US on Azteca.)

The title match appeared intended to be a trios title match last week – not only did they have the sides set up, but they had the tag teams occupied in Puebla – and then things went sideways somewhere during the week. The other rudos who would’ve been in that trios title match, Mr. Niebla and Felino, found spots on the card. It meant they had to back track on a match they very clearly announced as a opening tag match, but CMLL found them spots. They did not find Sombra a spot.

I like Euforia, I like Valiente, I don’t like Thunder, and none of them should be on this card ahead of Sombra. Pretty much no one on this card should be on this card ahead of Sombra, to be honest. Something’s up. I don’t know what it is, but something’s up. He may just have annoyed the wrong person and be relegated to seconding Mascara & Rush, but something happened.

Thunder being on this card is another example of decisions here not being made on merit or business sense. Thunder’s the last guy (or second to last – hey Pierroth) you’d want to work with those three tecnicos. If you had to plan this in advance, which is something people occasionally try to when telling stories, you’d probably have Thunder do the run in on this show to build to wherever they’re going. Assuming they’re going anywhere with this.

Opener should be good though I’d be more excited for it in the original form, to be honest. Mascara & Rush vs Shocker & Casas was good last time. Cometa and Cavernario could be out of the world, and they’re the biggest benefactors of only six matches on this card. Atlantis versus Ultimo Guerrero will be much better for the people who don’t watch much CMLL. That’s most of their audience these days, so it’ll work. The Copa seems like it’ll have the most variance – there’s people who they could leave into the end who would make it very entertaining, and their are other people, and it all depends on how they book that one. Should be a good show.

Cavernario/Cometa really happening, Thunder strikes, Lucha Underground

photo by Alexis Salazar/CMLL

CMLL (FRI) 09/05/2014 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Hombre Bala Jr., Pegasso, Súper Halcón Jr. b Artillero, Canelo Casas, Súper Comando
2) Dark Angel, Estrellita, Goya Kong b La Comandante, Tiffany, Zeuxis
Sexy Team took falls 1/3.
3) Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys b Fuego, Stuka Jr., Super Porky
TRT actually won, taking falls 1/3.
4) Rey Cometa TLDRAW Cavernario [lightning]
No winner after 10 minutes. Cometa challenged Cavernario to a hair match, and Cavernario agreed – for the anniversary show.
5) Atlantis, Dragón Rojo Jr., Volador Jr. DQ Gran Guerrero, Rey Escorpión, Último Guerrero
Tecnicos took 1/3, the last when Thunder inexplicably returned as a rudo, attacking Atlantis for the DQ. Thunder is now working with Ultimo Guerrero (part of the Guerreros), and sent Volador out on a stretcher.
6) La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush b Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
Ingobernables won in straight falls. Rush issued a challenge for a TAG title match.

Not sure if Rush screwed up or CMLL reported it wrong or CMLL just makes no sense. (Update: CMLL makes no sense, see the lineups.)

Thunder coming back is pretty random. Our good friend Los Colisenos, in his usual vague way, suggests this is an Ultimo Guerrero concept. All I know is I remember the years of talk of Rush not being able to switch to the rudo side because people weren’t sure he could handle the requirements of taking tecnico offense, and they’ve put the far less capable Thunder in that position now. Perhaps it’ll be a short term deal; the best use of Thunder is someone, anyone beating for him mask. (The worse use of him might be having him get anywhere close to Atlantis 14 days out from his mask match; I’d prefer to put Atlantis in a glass case for the next two weeks to make sure nothing kills the show.)

Someone asked CMLL Informa if Thunder was done with CMLL a while back and JCR said he was back healing up an injury. That seemed just like a story, but maybe not. Not sure if this means Thunder will be on the Anniversary show, but I’m sure those who have worked there all year should be all sorts of angry if he got that payoff and they didn’t. (Those people are probably also powerless to do much about it.)

As first reported by @kishin_claRens, Rey Cometa vs Cavernario in a hair versus hair match is actually happening. Maybe they’ll finally put the Cometa/Cavernario feud on TV now? The strangest build to that match – it’ll be a good match and possibly the best match on the show, but they haven’t given it enough attention for where it’ll actually mean much to the gate. I hope the fans who are coming in just for the one show give a chance, instead of just disregarding it as something featuring non-stars they don’t know.

Just in case you don’t follow these things: there’s no apparent storyline behind Terrible & TRT losing all these times and then finally winning here. It’s just a thing that happens.

CMLL’s Jose Luis Feliciano announced the Anniversary show would air on TV Azteca on delay, then announced no, actually, the deal isn’t done, never mind. CMLL internal communication at work.

Word leaked out that the Lucha Underground announce team is Matt Striker and Vamprio. Matt Striker was unbearable awful by the end of his stint at WWE announcer, Vampiro was impossible worse at TripleMania. Everyone seems to like Matt Striker and Vampiro, so I guess that will be nice for the people who are working on the show. Wish they were more concerned about putting on a good show but I’m clearly asking too much.

A band at the rehearsals, probably a little bit bored at having sit around for all day, posted photos of the set during the day to Instagram. There’s NDAs and gag orders, so they had to delete them later. They didn’t take them down from their Facebook site. Social media is tough! This is going to be the thing, people are going to share stuff from the show, and then someone at Lucha Underground is going to try and close the barn hours after the horses have bolted. They also posted a brief clip of a rehearsal bit: with people (5 stand-ins, same as the number of AAA wrestlers) standing at the back of the ring, a woman danced in the middle of it before a man (another stand-in?) in a briefcase walked in and stole her mic to cut an angry promo.

Alberto  rote that he was headed back home to San Antonio, so he’s a safe bet not to be on the Lucha Underground tapings (but may have stopped by to talk to the people in charge about his situation.) Mesias probably is, since he turned up in a photo with Ricky Reyes. That would has some AAA TV implication – there’s a mystery tecnico spot in the semimain of tonight’s show in Pachuca, and it doesn’t look like it’ll be Alberto or Mesias. Dr. Wagner was my guess when the lineup was announced; he’s both said his deal with AAA was just for one match but that he will also respect the rules of the Roldans if he goes back to AAA. Who knows with him. There’s not an obvious person for that spot; it might end up just being one of the other Clowns if plans have changed.

The main event of that show is Perro Aguayo Jr. versus Myzteziz. AAA’s sent out the usual text interviews with both of them and Perro’s trash talked in his newspaper column, but it still feels like a much quieter build to that match than there should be. Given AAA’s reluctance to do anything of note on TV the last nine months, it’s really strange they’re just throwing that huge match out there and getting so little out of it.

Today’s AAA lineup, which should air next weekend and the following Saturday, also includes an Aerostar vs Super Fly in their first ever singles match. They’ve been feuding on and off four years. They should be making mask/mask challenges. The thing to listen for is an actual date for a match.

The final part of TripleMania, with the four way main event and the fun opening match, airs today on Televisa – and it’s up now on YouTube. CMLL has the Sombra/Ultimo Guerrero match (11AM, Fox Sports 2), while the Azteca (America) show gets the second block of that same Universal tournament. TVC Deportes now lists Puebla airing at 7pm on Sunday, and it may also have Sombra/UG. Cadena3 has Mascara Dorada & Titan facing rudo sensation Hechicero in the main event. The full listing of this weekend’s TV probables are here.

AYM/LAS is offering their stream for free for the duration of the Women’s World Cup (of Baseball). You have create a free account at their website and they’ll probably start emailing plugs for their site if you do, but you get access to the live streams as well as the baseball coverage for however long it lasts. AYM, which sometimes has IWRG which doesn’t make it to me, listed IWRG on at 3pm today (but all AYM listings are iffy at best.)

The MaskedMania PPV repeats all weekend.

Black Terry Jr. has video of the La Lucha documentary.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

CMLL preview for Sunday notes Astral is challenging for the minis title in the same spot he won Pequeno Halcon’s mask just a few months ago.

ColiseoMania’s press conference is 09/08.

Psycho Clown talks about his win, hypes up tonight’s show in Pachuca.


CMLL (FRI) 09/12/2014 Arena México
1) Shockercito & Stukita vs Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro
2) Black Panther, Pegasso, Tritón vs Misterioso Jr., Puma, Skándalo
3) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Cavernario, Pólvora, Rey Escorpión
4) Máscara Dorada, Titán, Valiente vs Ephesto, Hechicero, Niebla Roja
5) Dragón Rojo Jr., Marco Corleone, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
6) Diamante Azul, La Máscara, Rush vs Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Shocker

They really are doing the tag team title program! Plans have very visibly changed here; the Puebla tag team tournament is now listed as for the Copa 81 Anniversaro Arena Puebla. It seems to me that plans changed about which title would be on the line on 09/19, but I’m not sure why. The net effect is Shocker is definitely getting on the Anniversary card and Felino & Mr. Niebla are question marks (and poor Marco is denied a title match again!) Note that La Mascara is in this match and not La Sombra, who probably is being shuffled off to whatever match Volador is in. I’d really be surprised if Casas & Shocker keep the tag team titles again.

Diamante Azul demonstrates La Mascara isn’t the most annoying possible Ingobernable.

No Thunder. Lots of good matches. Those things are related. Opener and second should be good. Third and fourth could be exceptional, fifth is a walking DQ.


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