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IWRG FILL (WED) 07/30/2014 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), The Gladiatores]
1) Sexy Girls, Skandia, Último Caballero b Blue Metal, Fly Tiger, Vardeus
2) Black Niko, Galaxy, Psique b Chicanito, Cosmos Fugas, Zumba
3) Payaso De Plata, Payaso Extremo, Vampiro Metálico b Blue Monsther, Fly Boricua, Marduk Jr.
4) Atomic Star, Matrix Jr., Muerte Infernal b Aramis, Black Angel, Seiya
Money thrown in.
5) Dante, Discordia, Euro, Finders, Ironica, Rey Inmortal, Spider Boy, Xcorpio b Anubis Black, Emperador Azteca, Látigo, Metaleon, Omega, Power Bull, Sky Ángel, Zurdog [Copa High Power]
IWRG vs Arena Lopez Mateos (Yakuza). Match came down to Metaleon versus Spider Boy. Metaleon took out Spider Boy with a dive, but Yakuza hit him with a chair while he was out there. A groggy Metaleon returned to the ring and was beaten by Spider Boy for the win.

Outside team winning Copa High Power usually means more is coming. As usual, the FILL shows draw a decent crowd (of parents and family.)

Last night’s CMLL Informa included all the participants in the apuesta matches on Friday. Negro Casas was on the show, seemed fine. No one talked about Blanca being booked next week or Casas not making his appearances.

Negro Casas says he’s not scared of Rush and plans on celebrating his win with his wife, daughters and grand daughter.

This preview of the women’s match struggles to find a way to make Seductora sound impressive.

Today’s the last day to order TripleMania at the discounted price. They’ve confirmed that the show will be available On Demand after the fact if you can’t watch it live. They’re also doing a trivia contest for tickets for the show.

Eterno, who did not make the TripleMania card, also did not make his scheduled appearance last night in San Luis Potosi. Angel Mortal replaced him. (No idea if that’s related.) Argos replaced Devil Rocker in the main event; they seem to have problems getting three Rockers in the same place at the same time. Demon’s worked as Devil on random spots shows so often that I’m totally sure there are still three regular Rockers.

Cronicas and Leyendas makes their picks for the two big matches.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update and the top 90-80 on the LuchaWorld 100.

Rob has highlights of 05/06/14 CMLL.

Fuego en el Ring has a story on a remolded Gimnasio Konkreto and a new trainee there and mask maker Stukita. He says he’s making gear for himself (which has looked great) as well as Stuka Jr., Sagrado, Delta, Pequeno Olimpico and others.

SuperLuchas has some photos from the Arena Puebla art exhibit. It’s at the building until 08/21.

Luchador Asesino Negro Jr. (from Campeche – believe he’s not the same guy who was in Guadalajara for years) was arrested for fraud. He created a website promoting tours from Campeche to Mexico City, took the money from the tours, and then just tried to disappear when it came time for the tours. The story says he’s a retired luchador, but I see him booked this weekend. I don’t think he’s making it.

AAA TripleMania XXII lineup thoughts

AAA TV (SUN) 08/17/2014 Arena Ciudad de Mexico, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal 
***TripleMania XXII*** 
1) Aerostar, Jennifer Blake, Mascarita Sagrada, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Mamba, Mini Abismo Negro, Sexy Star, Súper Fly 
2) Angélico vs Hijo del FantasmaAustralian SuicideFénixBengalaJack EvansJoe LiderPentagón Jr.Daga ©Ricochet [AAA CRUISER]
Daga is Cruiserweight champion. Fenix’s Fusion championship will be absorbed by the cruiserweight championship. 
3) Faby Apache © vs Taya Valkyrie [Reina De Reinas]
Faby Apache is champion. 2nd defense, 1st televised defense since Faby won the title 17 months ago. 
4) Blue Demon Jr. vs Jeff JarrettElectroshockAvernoLa ParkaChessman [hair, mask, cage
5) Myzteziz vs el Hijo del Perro AguayoCibernético? [Copa TripleMania XXII] 
6) Psycho Clown vs Texano Jr. [hair, mask]
mask vs hair

Air Date: 08/17, obviously. But also likely 08/23 and 08/30. Maybe only 2 weeks since it’s a six match show, the first one to only be six matches since 20.04.

So. What’s been noticeable for the last year is re-enforced here: AAA’s weekly TV storylines are nearly irrelevant, and you’re best off just dropping in on the major shows. There are good matches to be found on AAA’s weekly TV, but nothing else. Attentive viewers are not rewarded. They’re actually persuaded to pay less attention so they can ignore the gaping plot holes. AAA’s drawn well this year, but that’s been a combination of choosing only building they could do fill and smart talent acquisition. It’s not really about anything they’ve done with the talent.

(It’s really hard to reconcile AAA being lauded for it’s detail work and consistently see big shows like this. People are blind or deceiving themselves.)

Not that the major shows are really building much or filling up with more than thrown together match. AAA’s clearly known they were going to run that cage match for a while, but couldn’t be bothered to run any angles to build up and have just added completely random promos to justify it after the fact. There’s not even that for the semimain. TripleMania is supposed to be the biggest show of AAA’s year with the big payoffs. There’s only one feud being paid off here.

I’ve been critical of nothing happening on AAA TV tapings this year, but maybe that’s got to be the way to do it. If anything that happens is going to be pretty much ignored, then there’s no sense in wasting the time.

Psycho versus Texano has been covered a lot, but it’s still surprising to see them in the main event. It makes sense in that it’s the only match AAA’s promoted on TV. I’m not sure their audience sees them as the top stars and there’s a real danger some of the crowd is going to walk out during the match (which is not exactly what they’re looking for when they’re obviously trying to make someone.) It is helped by only having six matches and a PPV time window; AAA can’t drag the show on as long as they might do on some other nights.

Semimain continues the proud trend of completely pointless tournaments to eat up space on AAA major shows to avoid actually doing something. (3 of the last 5!) The mystery guy is the mystery guy. Like always, it’s probably a top secret only known to a few and/or someone in the Parka Negra suit if the persons bails at the last second. It definitely helps that Hijo del Fantasma was the last guy AAA really tried with this, though it’s still way overdone. Judging from Fantasma’s interview, AAA’s probably trying to get someone from CMLL who hasn’t actually quit CMLL yet.

Fourth match is the cage match that was hurriedly thrown together in promos (when they figured out Mesias wasn’t going to be back in time.) Jarrett, Demon and Parka are obviously aren’t losing, but I wouldn’t rule out any of the other three guys – even Averno, since they may have already moved on from his program with Myzteziz and this is probably as good a payoff as he’s going to get.

Faby versus Taya was actually built on TV! Taya stands a really good chance of winning here. She’s at every single AAA press event, she might as well attend them with the belt. Sexy Star can easily be used to give Taya an out.

The second match continues the annual tradition of throwing Jack Evans in a wacky multiman match because AAA can’t be bothered to come up with angle for Jack Evans. The closest thing he’s gotten to a normal match was 2011, when he teamed with Extreme Tiger to take on Abyss and Mr. Anderson in a cage match. Repeat: that’s the closest Jack Evans has gotten to a normal match at TripleMania.

The storyline of the Cruiserweight Title Match

  • Daga doesn’t show up in Tuxtla Guiterrez on 05/24, and everyone agrees never to mention this again
  • His title defense instead becomes a #1 contenders match, and Aerostar beats Steve Pain to get a title shot. Everyone is shocked Aerostar actually won something.
  • Bizarrely, but because much like this show AAA couldn’t be bothered to book angles for the midcard of their major show, there’s a second #1 contenders match on Verano de Escandalo, where Bengala beats Pentagon Jr.
  • In a 06/27 trios in Queratro, Fenix beats Daga, and also asks for a title match. Bengala points out he’s due a shot first, but Fenix proposes putting his Fusion title on the line to make it fair. Daga accepts – under the condition he also gets to add Steve Pain and Eterno to even the numbers. Everyone there accepts. Aerostar doesn’t appear, but probably couldn’t since he got dropped on his head in the previous match.
  • This match is announced! It had nothing to do with the last few bullet points except for the two titles thing.

That’s just crap story telling.

Everyone being gifted the title shot actually lost in one of those contenders match except for Ricochet (new here!) and Joe Lider (not actually a cruiserweight except for when they’re trying to give him a TripleMania payoff.) Meanwhile, Steve Pain, Eterno and Aerostar are all not booked in the match. Kind of have to wonder if Pain knew he was being left off the TripleMania show when he left – there doesn’t seem to be any obvious place where he should’ve been on, and it’s not as though Eterno made it he did it.

Also: Flamita is working in Arena Lopez Mateos the previous day, is probably just as well known by the Mexican fans as Richochet and probably could’ve been brought in just a little bit easier. Ricochet is great, really great, but is AAA really going to spend the next 19 days working hard to explain that to the fans? That’s not what they do. Are the hardcore Dragon Gate fans going to buy TripleMania just for Ricochet, when there’s an actual Dragon Gate show on that same day (not to mention SummerSlam?) Probably not. I’m pretty sure AAA has no idea there’s a Dragon Gate iPPV that day, oh well.

I would assume the real story is Ricochet’s been offered a spot on the El Rey show – and Flamita has not! – so they’re using him here even though the two projects will have very little to do with each other. So at least Ricochet is better than Ricky Reyes.

I wonder if if Fantasma is thrilled to be working the second match on the biggest show of the year. That didn’t seem to be a thing he liked. I really hope he gets his Cibernetico feud but it sure doesn’t look in the cards. Mystery Guy got your spot, maybe you should’ve waited a few more months. (I think Terrible’s the name everyone’s going to guess for the next few weeks.)

Opener is the usual Get Pimpinela A Payday. I’m 100% the excuse for pulling Aerostar from the title match was to have him face Super Fly to “get them ready for their mask match”, but Pentagon Jr. and Australian Suicide are having the same mask match feud and are in the cruiserweight match. Since Aerostar earned the shot and Sexy Star and Pentagon Jr. are the odd couple tag team champions, it seems pretty obvious those parings should’ve been swapped. Maybe not obvious enough.

It’s also insane that Mascarita Sagrada is working this show and Dinasita is sitting at home. There’s a lot of spots on this card where it feels like people are being gifted spots because of relationships and that’s honestly one of them.

Show should be good! I wish I paid a lot less attention to AAA so I could enjoy it more. I’m beyond frustrated with the booking. AAA is a fraction of what it’s capable of being and it would be awesome if they actually tried to fulfill their potential. Instead, this is probably the start of a few months of frustration.

 

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CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-07-20

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taped 2014-07-11 @ Arena México
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Titan keeps title from caveman, Negro Casas MIA, AAA US signing, TripleMania mystery

photo by Alexis Salazar/CMLL

CMLL (TUE) 07/29/2014 Arena México
1) Mercurio & Pierrothito b Aéreo & Stukita
2) Dark Angel, Goya Kong, Lluvia DQ Dalys, La Seductora, Tiffany
Straight falls for the tecnicas. Seductora was DQed for excessive violence on Dark Angel.
3) Kamaitachi, Okumura, Virus b Dragon Lee, Pegasso, Starman
Rudos took 2/3.
4) Boby Zavala, Rey Bucanero, Terrible b Ángel de Oro, Sagrado, Stuka Jr.
Rudos took 2/3. Recap doesn’t emphasize any Sagrado/Angel de Oro issues.
5) Marco Corleone, Máscara Dorada, Super Porky b Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja
Tecnicos took 1/3.
6) Titán © b Cavernario [MEX WELTER]
Titan’s fifth defense. Cavernario won the first with his splash to the floor, Titan took the second one with the aid of a moonsault, they traded holds in the third and Titan pinned Cavernario in the third.

Main event looks really good from the pictures. Looking forward to seeing that.

Kind of late in the day to do something with Seductora, but maybe actually winning would’ve been more helpful.

 

CMLL (TUE) 07/29/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Brillante & El Divino b Acertijo & Magnum
Tecnicos took 2/3
2) Canelo Casas & Infierno b Leo & Metatrón
Rudos took 2/3.
3) Princesa Blanca b Princesa Sugehit [lightning]
bumped down to tercera. Blanca won with a powerbomb.
4) Disturbio, Maléfico, Ráfaga b Fuego, Omar Brunetti, Tritón
Rudos took 1/3.
5) Felino, Puma, Tiger DQ Black Panther, Blue Panther, Cachorro
Panthers took 2/3, the last when Tiger fouled Blue Panther
6) Mr. Niebla, Rey Escorpión, Último Guerrero DQ La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush
Rey Escorpion replaced Negro Casas. Rudos took 2/3, UG tossing his mask to Rush to draw the DQ.

Negro Casas doesn’t miss many matches, but he’s missed his bookings in Puebla and Guadalajara now. (Whoever was running the Twitter for Guadalajara didn’t appear to know Negro Casas wasn’t there until Rey Escorpion walked out for the match, so the fans probably didn’t get an explanation either.) I assume Negro Casas is showing up as scheduled on Friday because he’s Negro Casas and no-showing would be pretty much unprecedented for him and for CMLL. Still, this is why you have a press department, to assure people that the main event they’re thinking about seeing is still happening.

CMLL really should address this today on CMLL Informa, but who knows. I’m struggling to figure out what they would do in the unlikely Negro Casas is hurt or otherwise unavailable. Does Mr. Niebla just lose mask with no build? Does Rey Escorpion? There is no good solution.

Reminder: Tomorrow is the last day to sign up for the TripleMania iPPV to get it at the discounted price. They haven’t said what the price will be later, but if you’re going to risk it anyway you might as well save a few dollars.

A second poster for TripleMania includes Myzteziz, Perro Aguayo Jr., Hijo del Fantasma, Cibernetico and the Grim Reaper (???), none of whom have announced matches for the show quite yet. The Grim Reaper is a mystery luchador we’re supposed to speculate about but I’m just going to assume it’s Loco Max. Taya, Faby and Fenix are on there too. They actually have matches.

(Just to be clear, one promotion is running a “surprise main eventer” angle, and one promotion is accidentally running a “surprise! our main eventer?” story. It’s tough to keep straight.)

Ricky Reyes – one of the Havana Brothers if you’ve got a long memory – said on Facebook that he’s signed a contract for the AAA/El Rey show. The plan all along has been to sign US indy guys to work with the AAA roster, Reyes is the first signing that’s public. Reyes also said the tapings were happening in September. Konnan was telling people it was happening in August as recently as a week ago. AAA themselves still have said nothing new about the show.

SegundaCaida reviews Místico, Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero vs Atlantis, Tarzan Boy, Último Guerrero. I’m not sure I would ever want to revisit the Rey Bucanero turn myself; it was so disappointing at the time.

ColiseoMania II hype video, with various Arena Coliseo Monterrey highlights. Or “highlights.” The show is on 09/21 and the only thing they’ve announced so far is No Konnan Big.

Lineups

indy (SAT) 08/02/2014 Arena Roberto Paz, Guadalajara, Jalisco
1) Crazy King vs Power Boy
2) Hipnosis, Principe Egipcio, Rey Neron vs El Soldado, Enviado, Olimpo
3) Adrenalina, IVan Drago, Psicotico vs Black Golden, Black Tod, Shiyru Dragon Jr.
4) Histeria III, Tronx, X-Fly vs Draego, Lacandon Jr, Mercurio
5) Chik Tormenta vs La Magnifica [NWG DIVAS]
6) Roberto Paz Jr. vs Pantera [NWG AZTECA]
7) Flamita © vs Makabre, Tony Rodriguez [DG BRAVE GATE]

Flamita’s back! Flamita’s probably defending this title without explicit approval. He’ll win, it’ll be okay. Flamita turns up in Arena Lopez Mateos the next day.

CMLL (TUE) 08/05/2014 Arena México
1) Bengala & Molotov vs Akuma & Cholo
2) Magnus, Sensei, Star Jr. vs Herodes Jr., Hijo del Signo, Nitro
3) Hombre Bala Jr., Starman, Súper Halcón Jr. vs Okumura, Sangre Azteca, Skándalo
4) Titán vs Cavernario [lightning]
5) Fuego, Rey Cometa, Tritón vs Boby Zavala, Kamaitachi, Misterioso Jr.
6) Ángel de Oro, Máximo, Super Porky vs Mr. Niebla, Shocker, Vangellys

Bringing back Titan and Cavernario for a lightning match a week later diminishes the work CMLL put into it last night. It’ll probably be a good match, Cavernario figures to get his win back and it may even have been designed as a way to promote the YouTube channel, but it’s not the best move for them. The idea of putting them in the main event last night was to promote Cavernario and Titan as top line stars having a big match. Throwing them in an inconsequential lightning match makes Tuesday night’s match seem not as big of a deal, putting them as the fourth match (especially given the rest of the card) makes them appear not to be stars. Again, it’s going to be a big match, but if they want to help those guys be stars, CMLL ought to swap them with Rey Cometa and Zavala and wait a few months before running the match again.

That main event tho’. That’s a “we run six shows a week and we can’t try on every single one so.” That’s not a strong TV main event. It’ll get over live so that’s good.

CMLL (TUE) 08/05/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Brillante vs El Acertijo
2) Marcela & Princesa Sugehit vs La Seductora & Princesa Blanca
3) Gallo, Omar Brunetti, Smaker vs Disturbio, Olímpico, Virus
4) Black Panther, Blue Panther, Cachorro vs Felino, Puma, Tiger
5) Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
6) Rush vs Último Guerrero

Blanca being booked here says she’s not going to retire on Friday. So either she’s winning after all (and CMLL is insane for making this a tag feud) or she’s just not retiring yet. Probably the latter, though this is again is something CMLL Informa might want to talk about. Glad I can help book the chat show today.

The first time Rush versus Ultimo Guerrero happened, Ultimo Guerrero was obviously the better wrestler and Rush was not quite there yet. That was three years ago and a lot has changed. Ultimo Guerrero can be good when Rush is just hitting him very hard. I’m sure that’ll happen. I’m sure UG’s five moves of doom will also happen.

CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-07-19

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taped 2014-07-15 @ Arena México
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CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-07-19

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taped 2014-07-08 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
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Tigre Rojo Jr. unmasks Blue Center, Titan versus Cavernario, Hijo del Fantasma

CMLL (MON) 07/28/2014 Arena Puebla [Periodico Enfoque]
1) El Rebelde & Fuerza Chicana b Black Tiger & Meyer
Rudos took 2/3.
2) Astral & Eléctrico DQ Demus 3:16 & Espíritu Maligno
Tecnicos took 2/3, the last when Espiritu fouled Electrico. They agreed to a rematch for next week.
3) Dragon Lee, Hombre Bala Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. b Cancerbero, Raziel, Siki Ozama Jr.
Tecnicos took 1/3.
4) Ephesto, Pólvora, Rey Escorpión b Dragón Rojo Jr., Stigma, Valiente
Escorpion beat Dragon Rojo.
5) Tigre Rojo Jr. b Blue Center [mask]
Blue Center attacked Tigre Rojo Jr. before the match and took the first fall. Rojo tied it up with a hurracarrana, then the third with a bridging pin. Blue Center was unmasked as Rodolfo Contreras, 40 years old, 25 years a wrestler.
6) La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush b Mr. Niebla, Shocker, Último Guerrero
Ultimo Guerrero replaced Negro Casas. Ingobernables took 1/3, sneaking in a foul on UG in the third.

Tonight’s the big Titan versus Cavernario national welterweight title match. Cavernario’s getting this shot because of En Busca de un Idolo, but the two have feuded the last week building up to this match They’re getting the main event slot and should have as much time and freedom to do whatever they want, and it should make for a pretty great match. The undercard includes Sagrado and Angel de Oro teaming again, after they had issues on Sunday.

Guadalajara has Rush/Casas (in trios) and Sugehit/Blanca (in a lightning match) as a preview for Juicio Final show, which no one in Guadalajara will likely be able to see live.

I did get to listen to the Hijo del Fantasma podcast and took notes. So many notes. Too many notes. The interview was from a month ago – between the Puebla and Queretaro shows – but most everything is still current. Some of it was covered in Spanish in his Tercera Caida interview – like the cold shoulder he got from CMLL when he was trying to tell them why he was leaving. (His impression is CMLL had no idea why he was leaving, but mistakenly blamed him for getting Sombra, Averno and Volador WWE tryouts – Fantasma says he had nothing to with that, only himself got a tryout himself thru Antonio Inoki’s daughter, thought it went great and was very surprised not to get a deal.) There’s a lot of new stuff, or maybe just stuff I missed last time.

Fantasma gives a lot of credit to Konnan for helping mentor him and turn his career around. They were talking a lot before Fantasma decided to jump, and it was Konnan telling Fantasma that he looked fat that was enough to shock Fantasma into changing things. (Texano Jr., who works out at the gym Fantasma owns, worked hard on getting Fantasma to jump as well.) Fantasma says he was depressed  by the end of his CMLL run, and very nervous when he had to wrestle multiple matches in a six sided ring for his AAA debut. Fantasma feels he’s in much better shape now – they agree he’s got the best body in AAA at the moment – and Fantasma’s rebuilt his confidence in this past year and feels like he’s wrestling better than ever.

One of the big mysteries to us, far far on the outside, is why Fantasma is so much happier in AAA. Fantasma hasn’t been a big part of the storylines in AAA since jumping – Konnan even notes Fantasma hasn’t gotten an angle, but will get one soon – but he’s clearly having a lot more fun since leaving Arena Mexico. Fantasma’s not directly asked this, but does explain it: Fantasma was really bummed out by being slotted in the segunda and tercera in CMLL and being left off the big shows. He could tell he was no longer a Golden Boy. Fantasma might have not been given an angle in AAA yet, but he’s always used in one of the top matches. Fantasma says he dressed by himself in CMLL and no one really talked to each other much before or after the matches. Everyone in AAA hangs out together, cracking jokes on each other and helping each other improve. Both Konnan and Fantasma rave about Hard Rock Hotel experience, noting it’s basically a paid vacation. Konnan, talking about the free stuff the luchadors get: “Free hotel rooms, free food, they gave you a fruit basket and wine – that’s why Toscano won’t be going back [both guys laugh].”

Fantamsa mentions he felt really loyal to CMLL since they gave him his first real start, but never was as anti-AAA as other people because he did work there for a few months (the ’05-’06 middleweight tournament) and Antonio Pena gave him some good advice. His father later told Fantasma that he should’ve made the jump a couple years earlier, but his mom was concerned Fantasma would burn a bridge with Arena Mexico and not fit in with the soap opera/garbage wrestling rep AAA had. Fantasma started watching AAA for about a year before jumping and it convinced him AAA wasn’t really a circus, but a place a lot more focused on details in matches and outside the ring than CMLL.

Hijo del Fantasma tells the great story about how his father ended up with the character. He wanted to be “Top Secret”, had the gear made and got booked in Arena Mexico under that name, but he didn’t have his license yet. He went to the lucha commission office to get it, but the commission rejected the name because they didn’t want anyone using English words as their name. Someone there was reading the paper, pointed at The Phantom comic strip, told not-Top Secret he looked like the lead character, and said he should use that name instead. Not-Top-Secret was willing to accept whatever just so he could get licensed and not lose his booking, and so that’s how he became El Fantasma for the next 30+ years. (This is the most lucha libre commission story ever.) Decades later, not-yet-Hijo-del-Fantasma was offered a (unpaid) booking at a small show. He still had no gimmick at this point, so Fantasma went back to his parents house, took his father’s old unused gear, and became Top Secret for the next couple of years.

Fantasma says he’d like to work with Cibernetico and La Parka. Konnan tries to steer him towards Fenix, saying they have great chemistry (Fantasma [joking]: “Yea, we beat the shit out of each other, that kind of chemistry”) and Fantasma agrees that he has good matches with the ‘Strong Style Division’, but he wants to be a top guy and so he’s got to go against top guys. Cibernetico and Fantamsa might have some interesting matches.

There’s a digression about Loco Max, who visited at the last AAA taping in Puebla. He later wrote Konnan an email about how he had CMLL blinders on all along and finally took them off to see how great AAA is. This sounds like a guy sucking up to get a job, but Konnan reacts like it was totally sincere. It probably explains how Loco Max losing his hair in Xalapa on an AAA spot show happened.

There’s a lot more but I don’t want to steal the entire podcast. Fantasma talks about Myzteziz’s struggles in WWE and how he’s done since returning to AAA (better than expected, a pleasant surprise to Konnan) and compare him to Alberto Del Rio. There’s brief stories about trying out for CMLL and trying out for WWE, which are different experiences but not totally so. There’s name association near the end, where Fantasma names Porky as one of the top five guys he’s worked with. Reactions come so easy to him that you’ve got to learn to work harder to keep up. Konnan disappears to take a phone call from Oscar (the Grouch? Probably not the Grouch) for a while, and I thought MSL did a nice job asking good questions to keep the podcast going despite not knowing as much about Fantasma. Hijo del Fantasma comes across as smart, loyal and motivated. He really looks up to Konnan and really likes being part of AAA and where they’re headed.

AAA released a new poster for TripleMania. The bottom of the poster looks like it’s teasing a Parka/Demon/Electroshock vs Jarrett/Chessman/Averno match, so maybe Averno’s ending up in the cage match too. No Myzteziz on the poster. There’s also updated info on the annual pilgrimage.

Court Bauer on his most recent podcast (around 20:20): “AAA has a project – a lot of question marks about that project right now more than ever, for a variety of reasons.” This was only a tangent on a larger discussion about TNA so there’s no real explaination of what’s behind the question mark.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update, this week’s Poster-Mania, and the start of the 2013 LuchaWorld top 100 countdown.

DTU announced it’s August tour, running from 08/17 to 08/24. B Boy and Willie Mack are being brought in.

ChilangaMask has announced the Traumas, Masada, Aeroboy, Belial, Impulso and Arez for their 09/20 show in Guadalajara.

An 08/03 Monterrey show built around LA Park vs Dr. Wagner has kept changing venues, and now is slated to take place in Arena Coliseo Monterrey. (That means it may turn up on TV around 08/10.)

Guerreros Laguneros are #1 on CMLL’s top 10 list.

Lucha Libre in Japan

07/29 NOAH: Hajime Ohara [O] & Kenou b Super Crazy [X] & Matt Striker [JTL]
Crazy/Striker drop to 1-2, are eliminated from advancing. Both they and Rocky Lobo/Jinzo wrap up their tournament on 08/02.

Lineups

IWRG (SUN) 08/03/2014 Arena Naucalpan
1) Alfa & Omega vs Hijo De La Bestia & Hip Hop Man
2) Apolo Estrada Jr., Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo © vs Emperador Azteca, Imposible, Metaleon [EdM Trios]
Fourth defense for the Gringos.
3) Alan Extreme vs Guerrero Mixtico [hair]
4) Hijo De Dos Caras, Relámpago, Veneno vs Demon Clown, Eterno, Hijo de Máscara Año 2000
5) Oficial 911 & Oficial AK47 © vs Trauma I & Trauma II [IWRG IC TAG]
first defense for the Oficials

Random major IWRG show? Random major IWRG show. All of these feuds have been going on for a while, but there was no indication they were all resolving on the same show (and maybe it’s not such a great idea given how little has been happening on the Wednesday shows, but whatever.) Oficials and Traumas should be an insane brawl because everyone involved may be insane at the right moments.

Mixtico lost his hair here last year (the trios match where no one know who’s hair was on the line until after the match) and Alan Extreme lost his mask last year, so both are looking for a win in this sort of match.

Imposible and Azteca were feuding with each other, then stopped as soon as the trios title program began. They may be restarting again soon.

CMLL (MON) 08/04/2014 Arena Puebla
1) Astral & Eléctrico vs Demus 3:16 & Espíritu Maligno
2) Pegasso & Soberano Jr. vs Cancerbero & Raziel
3) Black Panther, Cachorro, Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Blue Center, Kamaitachi, Okumura
4) Ángel de Oro, Dragón Rojo Jr., Máscara Dorada, Stigma, Stuka Jr. vs Gran Guerrero, Misterioso Jr., Puma, Rey Escorpión, Ripper [Reyes del Aire]
5) La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush vs Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Shocker

We’ve seen Ingobernables versus that trio quite a few times.

This is the second Reyes del Air of the year. Stuka won the one in April. Mascara Dorada absolutely should win that Reyes del Aire.

07/26-27 lucha videos

It looks like C3 aired the HD version squashed to SD. I think I fixed it. I may have made it worse.

YouTube Playlist:

07/26 WWC: http://ul.to/c5rqyg8f
07/27 WWC: http://ul.to/2kefv2n6

07/27 Sobre el Ring: http://ul.to/2kefv2n6

07/27 La Lucha Se La Hace:  http://ul.to/mhvhdbeh – note ex-CMLL, ex-Chicago luchador Principe Franky has somehow turned up here.
07/27 El Rayo, Vida de Lucha: http://ul.to/7qd3hz9j

07/27 Leyendas de Lucha Libre – Climax: http://ul.to/1m64tpay – I can’t recall I posted this one already, but it recorded so here it is.

AAA on Televisa: 2014-07-26
taped 2014-07-05 @ Hard Rock Hotel, Vallarta, Nayarit
Intro
https://www.sendspace.com/file/ap4di4
1) Jennifer Blake, La Jarochita, Mascarita Sagrada, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Mamba, Mini Abismo Negro, Sexy Star, Taya Valkyrie
https://www.sendspace.com/file/0rpyhi
2) Angélico, Australian Suicide, Fénix vs El Apache, Pentagón Jr., Súper Fly
https://www.sendspace.com/file/dy1z9z
3) Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Hijo del Fantasma, Silver King, Texano Jr.
https://www.sendspace.com/file/ovum3d
4) Cibernético & Myzteziz vs Averno & Chessman
https://www.sendspace.com/file/1kw5ns

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-07-26
taped 2014-07-15 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Full Show: http://ul.to/s5dqvqsg
1) Omar Brunetti, Sky Kid, Smaker vs Boby Zavala, Olímpico, Sangre Azteca
https://www.sendspace.com/file/kaie5q
2) Marco Corleone, Máscara Dorada, Super Porky vs Ephesto, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
https://www.sendspace.com/file/faxlgm
3) La Máscara vs Shocker
https://www.sendspace.com/file/shtsfu

CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-07-26
taped 2014-07-22 @ Arena México
Intro
https://www.sendspace.com/file/ufc2so
1) Angelito, Astral, Eléctrico vs Demus 3:16, Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito
https://www.sendspace.com/file/b7m9d0
2) Cachorro, Stigma, Tritón vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus
https://www.sendspace.com/file/x5xa0g
Dark Angel Fitness Capsule
https://www.sendspace.com/file/4cbscr
3) Fuego, Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto, Hechicero, Misterioso II
https://www.sendspace.com/file/l68o9q
4) Marco Corleone, Máscara Dorada, Titán vs Cavernario, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
https://www.sendspace.com/file/agkzqa
5) Valiente vs Euforia
https://www.sendspace.com/file/clrexu
Ending
https://www.sendspace.com/file/mq5ota

CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-07-26
taped 2014-07-18 @ Arena México
Intro
https://www.sendspace.com/file/llc68b
1) Atlantis, Dragón Rojo Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Pólvora, Rey Escorpión, Último Guerrero
https://www.sendspace.com/file/7o4xng
2) Negro Casas & Shocker © vs La Sombra & Rush for the CMLL World Tag Team Championship
https://www.sendspace.com/file/wpodve

Lucha Azteca (CMLL): 2014-07-26
taped 2014-07-11 @ Arena México
Full Show: http://ul.to/d9p6t5in
1) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Rush vs Cavernario, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero
2) Dark Angel, Estrellita, Marcela vs Amapola, Princesa Blanca, Zeuxis
3) La Sombra vs Shocker

CMLL on Terra: 2014-07-27
taped 2014-07-27 @ Arena Coliseo
1) Fantasy, Stukita, Último Dragoncito vs Mercurio, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Universo 2000
http://ul.to/8m1ndy27
2) Black Panther, Soberano Jr., Star Jr. vs Guerrero Negro Jr., Hijo del Signo, Nitro
http://ul.to/5a5ejjxq
3) Dragon Lee, Fuego, Oro Jr. vs Metálico, Skándalo, Virus
http://ul.to/zi8fgihz
4) Silueta vs Zeuxis in a lightning match
http://ul.to/ex27db6c
5) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Sagrado vs Gran Guerrero, Pierroth, Pólvora
http://ul.to/043aopvv
6) Marco Corleone, Máscara Dorada, Stuka Jr. vs Euforia, Felino, Mr. Niebla
http://ul.to/qxu3r6rf

CMLL Puebla: 2014-07-27
taped 2014-07-14 @ Arena Puebla
1) Meyer, Milenium, Tigre Rojo vs Akrón, Espíritu Maligno, King Jaguar
https://www.sendspace.com/file/yeiba9
2) Lluvia, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs La Seductora, Princesa Blanca, Tiffany
https://www.sendspace.com/file/1qyyxk
3) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Blue Center, Boby Zavala, El Cavernario
https://www.sendspace.com/file/lkpita
4) Virus © vs Stigma for the CMLL World Super Lightweight Championship
https://www.sendspace.com/file/fo89xz
5) Atlantis, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero
https://www.sendspace.com/file/iq42nj

IWRG Zona XXI: 2014-07-27
taped 2014-07-20 @ Arena Naucalpan
1) Alan Extreme & Dragón Celestial vs Guerrero Mixtico & Hip Hop Man
http://ul.to/unu1zaoz
2) Emperador Azteca, Imposible, Metaleon vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo
3) Golden Magic, Relámpago, Rey Horus vs Bestia 666, Damián 666, Eterno
http://ul.to/17mu3hbk
4) 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 in a ladder match
http://ul.to/5tipe1b0

Noches de Coliseo: 2014-07-27
taped 2014-07-20 @ Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) El Divo, Mr. Nice, Orquídea Negra vs Corazón de Barrio, Memo Valles, Monje Negro Jr.
http://ul.to/dapdxzdo
2) Hator, Jerry, Mario Bezares, Snoopy, Super Parka, Vudu vs Konnan Big
http://ul.to/c9yqylvd
3) Ruby vs NathalyMiss Linares [pillow fight]
https://www.sendspace.com/file/y77qee

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AAA on Televisa: 2014-07-19

recap

taped 2014-07-03 @ Arena Xalapa, Xalapa, Veracruz
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Traumas vs Oficials, Steve Pain out of AAA, Tigre Rojo/Blue Center

IWRG (SUN) 07/27/2014 Arena Naucalpan [The Gladiatores]
1) Alfa & Omega b Kaling Black & Látigo
Latigo replaced Hijo de la Bestia
2) Emperador Azteca & Metaleon b Anubis Black & Hip Hop Man
3) Canis Lupus, Fuerza Guerrera, Guerrero Mixtico b Alan Extreme, Golden Magic, Veneno
Rudos took 1/3, Guerrero Mixtico beat Alan again.
4) Trauma I & Trauma II b Oficial 911 & Oficial AK47
Oficials jumped the Traumas with chairs, but the Traumas rallied to take the match in straight falls. Mask ripping and blood. AK-47 tried to use a bottle at the end, but it backfired with Trauma II smacking him.
5) Cien Caras Jr., Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, X-Fly b Hijo De Dos Caras, Relámpago, Villano IV
Rudos took 1/3, Mascara sneaking in a foul on new champ Dos and X-Fly covering for the win.

I know Hijo de Mascara set up the finish, but X-Fly got the pin. Give the title shot to X-Fly.

Traumas and Oficials appear willing to murder each other to make a good match happen this year in IWRG. AK-47 needed stitches after the bottle shot to the head, which meant 911 was alone to get destroyed by the Traumas backstage. Guerrero Mistico and Alan Extreme also continued their hair versus hair feud.

Steve Pain says he’s done in AAA. This is abrupt and strange, but he did allude to some changes in his personal life on Twitter and he could be making the tough but mature choice to stay closer to home for the time being. Pain was a really nice surprise addition to AAA and will be missed.

Hijo del Pirata Morgan, who’s about to have parental issues of his own, receiving a new Anarquia t-shirt is the easiest way to patch that hole, though AAA’s now down 2 of the original 3 members of that group. The easiest way to replace Pain in his TripleMania match is just to stick Super Fly in Pain’s spot, but it always seemed like Super Fly was getting added some other way. Pain’s also on the taping prior to TripleMania, but odds remain low that AAA will announce a replacement.

Today’s the Tigre Rojo Jr. versus Blue Center mask versus mask match in Arena Puebla. The feud’s kind of snuck up on everyone and I’m not sure how big a deal it’ll turn out to be. Blue Center was originally feuding with Asturiano months ago. It turned to be a three way feud with Espiritu Maligno losing his hair instead, but it was a pretty clear signal veteran Blue Center would be risking his mask against a young Puebla luchador relatively soon. Those matches in Puebla tend to go one way, but I’m well behind on watching Puebla so I have no idea if that’s good or not. Tigre Rojo Jr. seemed promising the few times I’ve seen him.

I’ve heard the MLW Radio interview with Hijo del Fantasma was very good. I haven’t gotten to hear it yet – I’m waiting for a time where I can listen to it and take an excruciating amount of notes, hopefully in the next day or so. You shouldn’t wait for me to write about it, it’s worth checking out now.

Rob has highlights of 11/02/01 CMLL.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

A recap of the Mil Mascaras Guadalajara show on DJ Spectro’s Facebook mentions Dos Caras and Sicodelico were in rough shape, but Mil looked like Mil. That recap has the tecnicos winning the semifinal, but an R de Rudo confirms Cavernario actually submitted Solar.

Proyeccion Luchisitca returns from a long hiatus with long pieces on the final day of Gimnasio Gloria, a Mexico City licensing exam from Saturday, an interview with Black Terry, and another with Barba Negra and El Bufon.

After I noted Fenix wasn’t working spot shows this morning, here’s a recap of Fenix working a spot show in Puebla. Everyone should stop listening to me.

Segunda Caida reviews Fuerza Guerrera, Blue Panther, Espanto Jr., Psicosis vs Hijo del Santo, Octagon, El Mariachi, El Mexicano and El Santo’s retirement match.

Lucha Libre in Japan

07/28 NOAH: Super Crazy [O] & Matt Striker b Genba Hirayanagi [X] & Kikutaro [JTL]
Team WUW is 1-1, has 2 points, and probably has to win the next two to advance.

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