great match roundup, week of 2015-10-31

The Puebla recap and the ClaroSports recap are already published. I changed the grade on Sombra/Volador & Mistico/Rush. I didn’t give enough credit to the storytelling.

rating matches TV Show taped
great La Sombra & Volador Jr. vs Mistico & Rush CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2015-11-06 2015-11-06
good Aerostar, Australian Suicide, Mr. 450, Speedball vs Daga, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Machine Rocker, Steve Pain AAA on Televisa: 2015-10-31 2015-10-17
good Angélico, Garza Jr., Jack Evans vs Hijo del Fantasma, Taurus, Texano AAA on Televisa: 2015-10-31 2015-10-17
good Ángel de Oro, Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto, Hechicero, Luciferno CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2015-11-02 2015-11-02
good Astral & Eléctrico vs Demus 3:16 & Mercurio CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2015-11-06 2015-11-06
ok La Parka, Monsther Clown, Murder Clown vs Averno, Chessman, Cibernético AAA on Televisa: 2015-10-31 2015-10-17
ok Psycho Clown & Rey Mysterio Jr. vs Electroshock & Johnny Mundo AAA on Televisa: 2015-10-31 2015-10-17
ok Bengala, Millenium, Rey Samuray vs El Malayo, Fuerza Chicana, Inquisidor CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2015-11-02 2015-11-02
ok Estrellita, La Vaquerita, Lluvia vs La Comandante, La Seductora, Zeuxis CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2015-11-02 2015-11-02
ok Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2015-11-02 2015-11-02
ok Faby Apache, Magnifico, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Gigga, Imagen de Oro, Taya AAA on Televisa (Regional): 2015-11-05 2015-10-17
ok Esfinge, Fuego, The Panther vs Puma, Súper Comando, Tiger CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2015-11-06 2015-11-06
ok Marcela, Silueta, Syuri vs Dalys, Tiffany, Zeuxis CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2015-11-06 2015-11-06
ok Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero vs Boby Z, Dragón Rojo Jr., Thunder CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2015-11-06 2015-11-06
ok Diamante Azul, La Máscara, Super Parka vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2015-11-06 2015-11-06
bad Euforia vs Thunder CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2015-11-02 2015-11-02
watch later Alas de Acero, Aramis, Black Drago, Dragón Fly, Hijo del Alebrije, Kanon, Power Bull vs Ángel Dorado, Ángel Dorado Jr., Cruz Del Silencio, Emeprador Sayri, Hades, René Rocks,Toro Machine [Copa Higher Power] IWRG Zona XXI: 2015-11-02 2015-10-2

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2015 watch later catch up, part 5 of ∞

This doesn’t seem especially safe

The matches reviewed in this post are

  • Solar I vs Aero Boy, Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México, 04/26/2015 

  • Arez & Belial vs Aramis & Iron Kid, Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México, 04/12/2015 

  • Black Terry vs Psico Kid, Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México, 04/12/2015 

  • Virus vs Avisman, Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México, 04/12/2015 

  • Aero Boy vs Soberano Jr.Alas de Acero, Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México, 04/12/2015 

  • Black Terry vs Juana La Loca, Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México, 04/26/2015 

All matches are from Black Terry Jr.’s handheld video. You can find his full list of matches here and find out information about purchasing those videos on his site. (more…)

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Ultimo Guerrero keeps his title, LU, DTU

photo by Alexis Salazar/CMLL

CMLL (TUE) 12/01/2015 Arena México [CMLL, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Aéreo & Fantasy b Mercurio & Pequeño Universo 2000
2) Magnus, Metatrón, Sensei b Akuma, Hijo del Signo, Metálico
3) Blue Panther Jr., Esfinge, Pegasso b Cancerbero, Raziel, Skándalo
DQ straight falls, with Raizel & Cancerbero taking masks and making a challenge.
4) Delta, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr. b Boby Z, Hechicero, Virus
5) La Máscara, Marco Corleone, Rush DQ Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
Bucanero fouled Rush.
6) Último Guerrero © b Valiente [NWA MIDDLE]
First defense. Ultimo Guerrero took 2/3, taking the last with a super powerbomb

Ultimo at least slightly changing up his match finishes? The midcard mask thing seperate from the Super Comando/The Panther issue? I dunno. CMLL did send out an interview hyping up Comando & Panther as a direct feud, without mentioning the possibility of a cage match, but Raziel & Cancerbero keep hassling those tecnicos.

In Things I Was Loudly Wrong About: There is a taping at the Lucha Underground Temple this Saturday. It’s just said not to be for Lucha Underground; it’s said to be something for the city of Los Angeles. They’re invited some people who’ve attended tapings in the past to fill out the crowd.

Son of Havoc pointed out we’re one flip of the month calendar away from Lucha Underground. Which reminds me that Lucha Underground and El Rey ought to making an announcement of when the show is actually returning in January. There’s been no official return date given, not an episode count either. A season premier usually means weeks of promotion; if the start date is in early January (which is the guess here), then that sort of promotion needs to start imminently. Maybe there are reasons why it might be held off until the next round of real tapings, next weekend, but there should be a Lucha Underground announcement between now and next Sunday if everything is still on track.

Fresero replaces Tabu on Sunday’s Elite Lucha Libre show. No reason why, just another name on the poster. That’s far less interesting.

Violento Jack is teasing a Japanese surprise for the DTU Ocho show, and DTU says it’ll be someone who hasn’t been on their shows before. Jun Kasai is everyone’s first guess since they’ve fought each other in Japan. No full results from the DTU show last night in Queretaro, but the five way with Rocky Lobo defeating Rey Cometa, Dragon Rojo Jr., Pesadilla, and Drastik Boy was said to be pretty good.

Alan Stone says his father Bello Greco died due to bacteria pneumonia, feeling he probably picked the bacteria during his his career and had been dealing with it for some time.

Pasion Kristal says she’s left AAA. Kristal mostly worked spots shows and rarely was on TV. Kristal also promoted AAA shows in Villahermosa, and maybe that’s the bigger loss for AAA.

+LuchaTV interviews include Volador & Caristico saying Sombra will do well in CMLL, Caristico and Cibernetico not knowing or saying who this weekend’s Elite mystery man will be, and Heddi Karaoui saying he’s headed back to Japan.

Voices of Wrestling looked at social media following levels for different promotions; the wide gap between CMLL and AAA numbers got picked up by MedioTiempo (which means people in CMLL might be aware of this for first time.) My theory about the difference is AAA advertises it’s social media twice a show with on screen graphics every week on national TV, and CMLL doesn’t do anything. CMLL plugs Informa (with Ultimo Guerrero today!) and Sabado Retros insistently, but they don’t advertise their TV shows and social media all that much. I think AAA (in general) works hard at increasing the reach of it’s social media and some of that is driven by decision makers in AAA using social media much more than those in CMLL, but promotion is the simplest explanation.

Plantilla Deportiva had a video interview with the CMLL mascots, and has a give away for a Ke Monito mask.

Mr. Aguila took Black Steel’s hair in Arena Jalisco on Sunday.

Rush is now on Twitter at @rushtoroblanco

Segunda Caida writes about Dr. Wagner Jr., Euforia, Último Guerrero vs La Sombra, Místico, Negro Casas

Lucha Libre in Japan

12/01 Tokyo Gurentai: Mil Mascaras [O], Dory Funk, Great Kabuki, Masakatsu Funaki b Nosawa Rongai [X], Yoshiaki Fujiwara, CIMA, Kaz Hayashi

Nosawa has a really bad Win/Loss record against Mil Mascaras. He probably should reevaluate his strategy.

Lineups

IWRG (SUN) 12/06/2015 Arena Naucalpan
1) Fireman & Rocket vs Guerrero De La Muerte I & Guerrero De La Muerte II
2) Mr. Leo & Omega vs Adrenalina & Hip Hop Man
3) Pantera vs Imposible
4) Danny Casas, Diva Salvaje, Súper Nova vs Canis Lupus, Negro Navarro, Relámpago
5) Black Terry & Dr. Cerebro vs Apolo Estrada Jr. & Eterno
6) Hijo De Dos Caras, Toscano, Veneno vs Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Trauma I, Trauma II

No Wednesday show tonight week because RCH is running tomorrow, but the main event feuds seem to resume on Sunday. Eterno’s going to be working twice between this and Arena Mexico

I have no idea which Pantera is in the third match.

CMLL (TUE) 12/08/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Neutrón & Vaquero Jr. vs Mercenario & Ráfaga
2) Magnum, Oro Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. vs Maléfico, Metálico, Súper Comando
3) Blue Panther Jr., Pegasso, The Panther vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus
4) Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto © vs Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Stuka Jr. [MEX TRIOS]
2nd defense
5) La Máscara, Marco Corleone, Rush vs Mr. Niebla, Shocker, Último Guerrero

Guadalajara’s Twitter has results for the top three matches; the tecnicos beating the Hijos del Infiernos is the only news so far. Angel de Oro & Stuka failed to win the titles with Dragon Lee. Will they do any better with Blue Panther? (Probably not.) Weird Panther is going for a trios title win on the same show as his sons, but they’re not the trios. That seems like bad planning.

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Guadalajara, IWRG, Puebla, UG/Valiente tonight

Maximo

CMLL (SUN) 11/29/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Capitan Cobra & El Tapatío b Black Sugar & Diplomático
2) El Alteño & El Yaqui DQ Carlo Roggi & Mr. Brisa
Roggi fouled Alteno (or maybe the other way – Roggi’s return, anyway.)
3) Vaquero Jr. DCOR Exterminador
Vaquero wants a hair match with Exterminador.
4) El Divino, Magnum, Neutrón b Ráfaga, Relampago, Rey Trueno
5) Niebla Roja & Rey Bucanero b Blue Panther & Titán
Titan had to fight on his own when Blue Panther was injured for a while. Magnum tried to take Panther’s place. Niebla Roja unmasked him, then argued it shouldn’t be a DQ since Magnum wasn’t officially in the match. Referee didn’t go for that one and let Magnum participate. Blue Panther came back in the third fall. Match came down to Niebla and Titan. Bucanero snuck back in and fouled Titan, but Panther did the same to Roja and Titan ended up winning.

Panther does injury angles from time to time, and this reads a little bit of that.

IWRG (SUN) 11/29/2015 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, Estrellas del Ring, The Gladiatores]
1) Fireman & Rocket Rojo b Adrenalina & Atomic Star
2) Avisman, Imposible, Vortize b Dinamic Black, Látigo, Pantera I
3) Apolo Estrada Jr., Canis Lupus, Eterno b Black Terry, Dr. Cerebro, Hijo del Pantera
Terry & Eterno bled. Straight falls. Rudos want a shot at the Mexican State trios championship, Black Terry challenged back for an apuesta match.
4) Diablo Jr. I, El Hijo del Diablo, Violencia Jr. b Pantera, Relámpago, Súper Nova
straight falls. Super Nova & Relampago had problems.
5) Danny Casas, Trauma I, Trauma II, X-Fly b Diva Salvaje, Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Toscano, Veneno [seeding battle royal]
6) Trauma I & Trauma II b Danny Casas & X-Fly [semifinal, ruleta de la muerte]
7) Máscara Año 2000 Jr. & Veneno b Diva Salvaje & Toscano [semifinal, ruleta de la muerte]
Despite the win, Veneno & Mascara did not get along.
8) Diva Salvaje & Toscano b Danny Casas & X-Fly [final, ruleta de la muerte]
X-Fly was already bleeding bad after the last match and couldn’t really help out Danny Casas, so Toscano & Diva won easily.
9) Danny Casas b X-Fly [hair]
X-Fly was still in bad shape, still almost won. But only almost. X-Fly got his head shaved and talked about possibly retiring after another case of bad luck.

I only scanned the video while putting it together for YouTube, but there’s seemed like a great deal of blood on this show. X-Fly was in really bad shape, and Black Terry and Eterno bled a lot prior to that.

CMLL (MON) 11/30/2015 Arena Puebla [CMLL, thecubsfan]
1) Magia Blanca, Metatrón, Meyer b Artillero, Fuerza Chicana, Guerrero Espacial
18:29. Rudos took 2/3. Metatron replaced Star Jr. Debut of Magia Blanca, the former Magnifico I.
2) Disturbio, King Jaguar, Policeman b Lestat, Oro Jr., Starman
13:48. Rudos took 2/3. King Jaguar stole pins in the second and third fall. Disturbio and Policeman attacked him for it after the match.
3) Canelo Casas, Okumura, Skándalo b Bengala, Rey Cometa, Stigma
15:43. Rudos took 1/3. Bengala replaced Delta. Okumura snuck in a foul on Rey Cometa.
4) Kráneo, Ripper, Shocker b Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Super Porky
10:44. Rudos took 1/3. Shocker snuck in a foul on Marco. Marco challenged Shocker to a match next week.
5) Atlantis, Mistico, Volador Jr. DQ Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
8:22. Tecnicos took 1/3, with another foul finish – Ultimo Guerrero on Atlantis. This one was seen for a DQ.

Magia Blanca/Magnifico I is considered the lesser of the two brothers. He didn’t have a great debut night. It was Magnifico II who was brought on to their London shows and given the name Cielto as a pushed young star on the two TxT shows. (No more of those announced despite the plan was clearly being for a run of them.) Magnficio I worked an early match as Principe Christian and has been working back home while Magnifico II has been out of sight for a few weeks. That might mean both of them are coming in together, at least for now.

Magia Blanca was introduced as an Ultimo Guerrero trainee. Sanson and Cuartero are said to be the same and should be debuting imminently. The recent classes have all been billed as students of a specific trainer, so maybe Gen16 will be a wave of Ultimo Guerrero trainees.

Today’s CMLL show has Ultimo Guerrero versus Valiente for the NWA Middleweight Championship, in a match where neither luchador seems much like a middleweight. Ultimo Guerrero figures to keep his title, but it’s not a certainty because the championship really has no importance. Both luchadors have great matches in their history but haven’t been as good of late. Best undercard match on the show may end up being Delta, Fuego, and Maya versus Boby Z, Hechicero and Virus.

AAA put up the second part of Nuevo Laredo and the second part of Xalapa, so they’re all caught up on TV shows on YouTube for the first time since TripleMania, I think.

AAA sent out an interview hyping up Daga versus Australian Suicide; they actually do face now that the Neza show replaces Guerra de Titanes.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update and this week’s Poster-Mania.

Estrellas del Ring posted a video report on a recent licensing exam in Mexico City. I wonder if the CMLL trainees are licensed before they start full time (and if that’s maybe the part of the reason of their timing.)

Mr. Leo wants to face the Casas cats.

Lineup

CMLL (SAT) 12/05/2015 Arena Coliseo
1) Bengala vs Apocalipsis
2) Robin vs Inquisidor
3) Súper Halcón Jr. vs Hijo del Signo
4) Hombre Bala Jr. vs Nitro
5) Tritón vs Sangre Azteca
6) Guerrero Maya Jr. & The Panther vs Misterioso Jr. & Sagrado
7) Atlantis, Blue Panther, Titán vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto

The Maya & Panther vs Misterioso & Sagrado thing that I believe is going somewhere (and no one else could possibly care about) actually might be going somewhere; it’s back after a week off.

CMLL (MON) 12/07/2015 Arena Puebla
1) Black Tiger, Flyer, Magia Blanca vs Akuma, Ares, Espíritu Maligno
2) King Jaguar & Lestat vs Disturbio & Policeman
3) Fuego, Rey Cometa, Stigma vs Canelo Casas, Okumura, Skándalo
4) Ángel de Oro, Dragon Lee, Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
5) Marco Corleone vs Shocker
6) Atlantis, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Kráneo, Ripper, Último Guerrero

At least all the bad finishes last week appear to have a purpose. Jaguar is back to being a tecnico, or this is an elaborate setup to punk Lestat. The third match is almost a repeat of last night, with Fuego in for Delta/Bengala. Marco Corleone & Shocker have their match and Atlantis & Utlimo Guerrero may be setting up one of their own. Might have a bigger year end stretch in Puebla than on Friday nights.

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CMLL Puebla: 2015-11-30 

how to deal with a troll

Recapped: 11/30/2015

What happened: Marco challenged Shocker to a match next week after a foul, one of three screwjobs in a row (and a fourth where a team broke up.) Ultimo Guerrero fouled Atlantis in the main event, and it was unclear if was meant to go anywhere. King Jaguar stole pins from his rudo teammates, who attacked him for it after the match.

Magia Blanca debuted. He’s Magnifico I, still in a giant M mask.

What was good:  Oh no. Nada. It was not good.

Where can I watch it:  It’s on CMLL’s YouTube channel (more…)

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CMLL on CadenaTres: 2015-10-24

Recapped: 11/19/2015

What happened: Zeuxis defeated Princesa Sugehit to keep the national women’s championship. Okumura worked as a fill in tecnico without incident. Nothing else in the matches.

This is the final CMLL on CadenaTres broadcast. The station itself was shut down a couple days after this aired, in a bit of a surprise. There’s no farewell or hint this is the final show and it’s not clear if they knew it would be when the show was recorded. The parent company will be launching a replacement channel in quarter 1 of 2016, but it’s unknown if CMLL will be part of it. The Tuesday tapings have moved to Claro Sports (TV) and LATV and cut to one hour.

Also, in the past and future weirdly crossing paths, the unaired first match and the segunda (aired as the first match here) were broadcast by CMLL as a test for their iPPV capabilities. I completely forgot I recorded both of those until Soberano did the barricade splash. I may watch the opener next time if I go thru the lightning matches again.

What was good: I liked the women’s title match, though I don’t feel strongly about which category to place it in. The second match was good too, but this went out with a bunch of forgettable matches as usual.

Where can I watch it: It’s on my YouTube channel, and the Disturbio match is on Princesa Dorada’s channel like usual. (more…)

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X-Fly loses his hair in IWRG, Puebla preview

photo by Black Terry Jr.

I’m missing the undercard results from last night’s IWRG show. The main event ruleta de la muerte saw X-Fly bleed a lot, to the point where he was unable to help partner Danny Casas by the end of the tournament. Casas lost the semifinal to Diva Salvaje & Toscano by himself and beat X-Fly to take his hair after more of a battle. After the match, X-Fly talked about possibly going home to his family and retiring from lucha libre after another bad luck loss. X-Fly is one of the busiest indie guys in Mexico, and is still booked for a lot of shows going forward. I’d guess this was more inspired by losing his hair after losing a lot of blood and nothing an actual retirement plan.

In the last normal trios match of the card, Relampago had problems with Golden Magic and randomly turned rudo. Between that and the Black Terry/Eterno feud, it feels like IWRG has already figured out it’s late December/early January cards (which are usually Anniversary celebrations for the building and for the promotion separately.) The Mexico State Trios titles being brought up is interesting in only that all the Mexican State titles were planned to be vacant to start 2016. That may just be talk, or maybe the trios titles will be exempt, or maybe they’ll just do one last title match before they give them away.

CMLL’s Arena Puebla show has Atlantis, Mistico, Volador Jr. versus Euforia, Gran Guerrero and Ultimo Guerrero. Semimain is a rematch between Marco, Maximo, Porky and Kraneo, Ripper and Shocker, which seemed to be setting up a Shocker/Maximo title match. Puebla locals on the show are Lestat, King Jaguar, Policeman, Guerrero Espacial, Fuerza Chicana, Meyer and debuting mystery man Magia Blanca. There’s no super promising match on the show and it seems like an easy one to skip, but it still will air on YouTube at 9pm CT and I’ll have a recap later tonight.

AAA’s announcement over this weekend is a “A Tribute Lucha”, a new book of lucha libre photography. It doesn’t appear to be on sale yet; the publishing company doesn’t list it on it’s website. I don’t know how to buy it.

An article on the Que Viva el Rey show in Merida credits Rey Misterio and Blue Demon for staying long after the show to sign autographs and take pictures. They say the show drew 3,500.

Daisuke Hanaoka is almost certainly losing his hair this weekend in Xalapa.

DoradaFan has highlights of 07/20/2015 Arena Puebla. I still need to go put that show back on YouTube.

Segunda Caida reviews Negro Navarro, Trauma I, Trauma II vs Felino, Puma, Tiger

SuperLibre had Ringo Mendoza and Titan as guests.

Lineups

CMLL (SUN) 12/06/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Micro & Rey Halcón vs Demonio Rojo & Destructor
2) Johnny Dinamo & Linterna vs Mr. Apolo & Mr. Brisa
3) Vaquero Jr. vs Exterminador [super libre]
4) Gallo, Magnum, Omar Brunetti vs Ráfaga, Relampago, Sádico
5) Ángel de Oro, Esfinge, Tritón vs Gran Guerrero, Mosco X Fly, Último Guerrero

All the way back to four CMLL luchadors going here every Sunday. The Relampago in this is the Sinaloa one, I think.

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Cibernetico in CaraLucha & Elite, Que Viva el Rey, no Guerra de Titanes in 2015

photo by Alexis Salazar/CMLL

AAA ZZINC (FRI) 11/27/2015 Coliseo Yucatan, Mérida, Yucatán [SuperLuchas]
1) Goya Kong & Pimpinela Escarlata b Mamba & Taya
No Bestia & Rey Horuz, as with all these shows.
2) Angélico & Jack Evans b Averno & Hijo del Fantasma
Averno & Hijo del Fantasma replaced Brian Cage, Chavo Guerrero, MVP and Prince Puma.
3) Bengala, Drago, Speedball b Magnus (UK), Psicosis I, Willie Mack
Bengala replaced Hijo de Dos Caras.
4) Daga, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Steve Pain b Garza Jr., Mr. 450, Sanada
Moved to the semifinal oddly but everyone in who’s supposed to be in it.
5) Blue Demon Jr., Dr. Wagner Jr., Rey Mysterio Jr., Ricochet b Brian Cage, Brodus, Low-Ki, MVP
Brian Cage and Ricochet were added to the this match. MVP replaced Johnny Mundo.

Merida looks like it had the best turnout of any of these shows. I have no idea why it worked when the other shows didn’t. No results from the Cancun show on Saturday, but it looks like a decent attendance.

Ricochet was not Prince Puma, as he said. He did wrestle as Ricochet. The Lucha Underground characters cost more and need permission.

These are the last announced Que Viva el Rey shows. I’d be surprised if ZZInc promoted more shows.

CMLL (SAT) 11/28/2015 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Último Dragoncito b Pequeño Universo 2000
2) Leono DQ Camorra
Camorra fouled Leono
3) Metálico b Oro Jr.
4) Tiffany b Lluvia
5) Puma b Esfinge
6) Super Porky & Titán b Hechicero & Vangellys
7) Euforia, Shocker, Último Guerrero b Dragon Lee, La Máscara, Mistico
Mascara didn’t get along with his partners on this show.

Bello Greco was honored with a moment of applause on this show and on Sunday’s All Elite show.

Cara Lucha (SAT) 11/28/2015 Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México
1) ? ?? ??
2) Chik Tormenta & Dalys b Keira & Lady Maravilla
Good match.
3) Rayo Star & Sky Man b Kevin & Tony
Money thrown in. Crowd chanted DTU and asked for the Nerds to return.
4) Centvrión, Fly Warrior, Látigo b Metaleón, Mr. Leo, Wasson
Very good match. Centvrion challenged Mr. Leo to a singles match, and Mr. Leo said he’d be back with a third Lion Brother.
5) Boby Z b Danger, Imposible
Imposible was the mystery wrestler. Boby Z got the win.
6) Cibernético b Heavy Metal and Mr. Niebla
Cibernetico won with a foul on Heavy Metal.

Cibernetico didn’t seem to help attendance much; it was the same or even down a bit. He seemed like a weird feet. Mala Hiebra versus Lion Brothers & Wasson sounds like the best match.

CMLL ELITE (SUN) 11/29/2015 Arena México [+LuchaTV, CMLL, Kronosport]
1) Marcela & Muñeca De Plata b Amapola & Dallys la Caribeña
Billed as the start of Muneca de Plata’s career. It’s her first Arena Mexico match, but Porky’s other daughter has been training and working indy shows for years. Tecnicas took 1/3.
2) Cancerbero, Heddi Karaoui, Raziel b Dinamic Black, Metaleón, Principe Diamante
Rudos took 2/3.
3) Rey Cometa DCOR Golden Magic
Very good match. Golden Magic took fall 1, Rey Cometa took fall 2, and both battled outside for a draw countout. Cometa asked for a shot at the IWRG Juniors title, and Golden Magic said OK.
4) Cavernario, Kamaitachi, Okumura b Dragon Lee, Emperador Azteca, Zumbi
Rudos took 1/3. Kamaitachi beat Dragon Lee with a Canadian Destroyer. Kamaitachi said that would happen again on Friday. Dragon Lee was stretchered out.
5) Damián 666 & Halloween DQ Valiente & Volador Jr.
Damian & Halloween used a kendo stick in the first fall and were DQed quickly. Tecnicos took the second, but Volador later got the kendo stick, used it, and got called for a DQ. Volador again challenged FdT for a hair match, they again said no.
6) Atlantis & Carístico DQ Black Warrior & Cibernético
Tecnicos took 2/3. Rudos DQed for throwing Caristico over the top rope. Challenges followed, including Cibernetico challenging for the Mexican tag titles (?!?) and Atlantis and Cibernetico talking about a singles match.

Even before this show, there were interviews teasing a Cibernetico/Atlantis match. It might draw. It definitely sounds like a terrible match. They’ve moved on from Cibernetico/Caristico quick.

Attendance was way down for the show this week; one guess was 1,500. The people are showing up for the promises of debuts, but aren’t that interested in staying.

Rey Cometa challenging for an IWRG title when CMLL luchadors can’t seem to go to IWRG would be odd, but it also may not be happening.

This weekend’s AAA show didn’t mention Guerra de Titanes at all. They did mention the Arena Neza taping on 12/05 and called it the final (TV) show of the year. That means Guerra de Titanes is happening in January, or not at all. What a strange year.

El Dandy & Black Terry versus Los Traumas has been added to the 12/25 Lucha Memes show.

Aeroboy and Juventued Guerrera will have a match in Chicago on January 16. It’s very cold in Chicago in January, Aeroboy!

RobViper has highlights of 06/01/15 AAA.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Lineups

CMLL Elite (SUN) 12/06/2015 Arena México
1) Astral & Principe Diamante vs Demus 3:16 & Mini Karonte
2) Magnus & Robin vs Eterno & Tabú
3) Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus vs Argos, Canis Lupus, Emperador Azteca
4) Rey Cometa & Stuka Jr. vs Trauma I & Trauma II
5) Marco Corleone, Rush, Valiente vs Bestia 666, Damián 666, Halloween
6) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs ???, Cibernético, Mephisto

Another week of guessing at who’s going to be in the main event. Averno is still being listed as working in Queretaro two days later, and plenty of people (myself included) were guessing he would be out of AAA after Guerra de Titanes when it was on 12/04. Averno’s listed on the 12/05 Neza show, but he’s also listed as working in New York the same day. Who knows.

Tabú has barely appeared the last few years. I have 4 matches for him this year (one of which may be someone else using a similar name), 5 the year before that, and 2 back in 2013. He hasn’t appeared on anyone’s TV since 2012, and he hasn’t been on AAA’s since 2011. He was a Bizarro back then, part of Cibernetico’s group, which might explain the connection which got him on this card. He’s also La Parka (AAA)’s younger brother, and Parka and Cibernetico are close.

La Parka is like Cibernetico in being a big star in the AAA middle period, 1997-2005. He continued on for a few years after too, but he (like Cibernetico) have mostly been kept out of the big programs. They both have won some tournaments and titles, but don’t quite fit what AAA has become/is becoming. The difference is Cibernetico owned his name and his identity, and Parka definitely doesn’t. He may not even own the Karis la Momia identity he did before, since Bello Greco used it first in AAA, but that’s probably irrelevant – like LA Park, this La Parka could come up with a knockoff identity if required and let the courts solve it for years. Tabu being on this show might just being a friend doing a favor for another friend, but if Elite is making offers to all sorts of people, I’m sure they’ve made one to Parka too.

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DTU vs CMLL, Dragon Lee & Kamaitachi to have one more title match, Bello Greco

DTU (THU) 11/26/2015 Arena Aficion [+LuchaTV, DTU, Estrellas del Ring, Funcion Estelar]
1) Concord & Perro Negro Jr. b Electrick Boy & Niño De Cobre
2) Lokillo b Chica Ye-Ye, El Intruso Jr., Jimmy, Joven Maravilla, Kevin, Black Fire, El Exótico, Ovett, Tony[cibernetico]
Lokillo beat Tony for the win after Kevin hit Tony with the back of a chair. Jimmy also hit his fellow Nerds with a board. Kevin said he’s sick of them all fightning and proposed an apuesta match.
3) Dragón Rojo Jr. b Rocky Lobo [lightning]
said to be very good
4) Cíclope & Miedo Extremo b Delta & Stuka Jr. and Lanzeloth & Septimo Dragón
Miedo & Ciclope beat Lanzeloth & Septimo. Delta & Stuka were eliminated first, but came back and attacked Ciclope & Miedo after the match. Stuka wants a title match with Ciclope.
5) Drastik Boy b Titán (CMLL)
Very good match. Titan had Drastic Boy beat, but the referee missed it.
6) Misterioso Jr. (CMLL), Psicosis II, Tritón (CMLL) b Aero Boy, Pesadilla, Violento Jack
Triton was the mystery luchador. Psicosis snuck in a foul on Pesadilla. The CMLL team beat up the DTU guys after the match. Rocky Lobo & Lanzeloth tried to make the save, but Titan ran in to help the CMLL guys. Crazy Boy appeared to challenge Psicosis & Titan to show up to DTU 8 for an extreme cage match.
7) Blue Panther, Negro Navarro, Paraoniko b Ángel o Demonio, Solar I, Valiente
money thrown in. Angel o Demonio invited Blue Panther to the DTU 8th Anniversary show.

Attendance looked to be up – up from DTU and up from CMLL only shows in this arena. Mixing the two worked out. Titan’s talked in the past about wanting to do very occasional extreme matches and it seems like he’s going to get his chance on the DTU Anniversary show. No date for that one yet.

CMLL (FRI) 11/27/2015 Arena México [CMLL, thecubsfan]
1) Espanto Jr. & Hijo del Signo b Robin & Sensei
11:45. Rudos took 1/3.
2) Esfinge, Soberano Jr., The Panther DQ Disturbio, Okumura, Súper Comando
8:41. Straight falls. Panther & Comando feuded, with Comando pulling off Panther’s mask for the DQ. Panther demanded a mask match, Comando denied him and attacked him instead.
3) Ángel de Oro, Titán, Tritón b Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado
11:11. Tecnicos took 1/3.
4) Kamaitachi b Dragon Lee [lightning]
Kamaitachi won in 6:38 with a powerbomb reversed into a Destroyer. Kamaitachi demanded a title shot, and Dragon Lee accepted for next week.
5) Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto b Atlantis, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr.
Rudos won in 11:59
6) Mistico, Super Parka, Volador Jr. DQ Felino, Negro Casas, Shocker
Tecnicos took 1/3, the last when Negro Casas fouled Super Parka (who was in his Volador gear; his son had it in the original style as well.) Casas & Parka had been feuding during the match, and Volador Jr. challenged Casas to a singles match with his father.

Show was generally good, but noticeable shorter than usual. The opener came dangerously close to being the longest match on the show, and 12 minutes as the longest match is unusual. The crowd seemed to be about the usual size but it was tough to be sure; the cameras stuck to a group of women (Liz Vega and friends, including some former edecans) who happened to be seated in the first couple of rows. Kamaitachi/Dragon Lee was the best match on the show. Super Parka looked old in the main event.

Bello Greco, Raul Garcia Salazar, passed away on Friday. Greco’s career goes back to the 60s as el Greco, but his biggest run started in the 70s when he switched to the Bello Greco character. It was a forerunner to the exotico characters seen today, and he formed teams with Sergio el Hermoso and Babe Sharon as La Ola Lila. His in-ring career lasted into the first year of AAA, where he worked as the original Karis La Momia. (The person who took over the character is now the second La Parka.) Greco had a connection to AAA off and on over the years, working as a referee, working behind the scenes, and making some cameos in 2006 when his three sons (Super Calo, Alan Stone and Chris Stone) were forming a group.

AAA and CMLL have notes acknowledging his death; CMLL did so Saturday and there was nothing on last night’s show about it. KrisZ, SuperLuchasFunction Estelar, and DJ Spectro have obits.

Today’s CMLL Sabado Retros show has Mistico, Dragon Lee and La Mascara versus Ultimo Guerrero, Shocker and Euforia.

La Sombra’s NXT media tour now includes an interview with Record, where he says he was talking to WWE before his mask loss but nothing was concrete at that time and they advised him not do anything that would mess up his lucha career.  For US indy wrestlers, it seems like there’s always a few months wait from the time they’re offereed a spot in NXT and when the actually start there, which is consumed with waiting for certain paperwork and medical tests to be finished. It’s probably even longer period if you’re coming from outside the US and need work visas and such to be worked out. Maybe all that was done in October and that’s when Sombra told CMLL he was for sure leaving. He probably didn’t know for sure until then because something could’ve gone with that application process, and so could’ve been stuck in Mexico without his mask if something did go wrong, but he had to start the process in August or prior.

AAA sent out a Mesias interview building up his feud with Fenix. Those two aren’t currently scheduled to meet in Neza (Mesias isn’t on the card), so it’s an interview building up the Guerra de Titanes card – which currently has no date or location. At least it implies they still plan on running that show.

The Neza local promoters is saying their show will officially be announced on TV today (so buy the tickets before everyone else finds out, basically.) AAA’s recent TV policy is ignoring negative news – there’s been no mention of Caristico, Alberto or Cibernetico on TV – so I wouldn’t expect a lot of talk about Guerra de Titanes today.

AAA put up last week’s TV show on their YouTube channel. They’re missing the week before, the final part of Nuevo Laredo, but that should be up soon. Today’s TV show will be up on Monday.

ESPN Deportes has an interview with Sexy Star.

A 12/17 benefit show for Ringo Mendoza will have a Satanico vs Javier Cruz hair vs hair match.

Tiger would like a match in All Elite against Extreme Tiger or Super Crazy.

In Xalapa, Guerrera Isis unmasked Furia Azteca, who’s Guadalupe Montoya from Tlaxcala, 8 years a wrestler.

Lineup

CMLL (FRI) 12/04/2015 Arena México
1) Oro Jr. & Soberano Jr. vs Arkángel de la Muerte & Canelo Casas
2) La Vaquerita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Tiffany, Zeuxis
3) Ángel de Oro, Máximo Sexy, Super Porky vs Ephesto, Kráneo, Luciferno
4) Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero vs Cavernario, Mephisto, Thunder
5) Dragon Lee © vs Kamaitachi [CMLL SL]
Dragon Lee’s fourth defense, all against Kamaitachi
6) Mistico, Super Parka, Volador Jr. vs Felino, Negro Casas, Shocker

Main event is a rematch. Thunder/Ultimo Guerrero again in the fourth match. Card overall seems not as good as this week

Kamaitachi is probably a week or two from wrapping up – he’s listed on an indy show on the 12/13 – but I still think it’s possible he wins the title here and they do the rematch on FantasticaMania.

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