Pimpinela Escarlata b Son Of Havoc (4:49, beso de la muerte)
Mil Muertes b Famous B (1:09, flatliner)
King Cuerno b Drago (4:24, “the thrill of the hunt” fireman’s carry sit down powerbomb)
Fénix & Sexy Star [O] vs Chavo Guerrero Jr. & Pentagón Jr. [X] (9:16, Fenix top rope double knee drop)
Big Ryck signed a contract to work full time. He requested to be paid in cash. That always seems like a good idea with a fledling promotion. Later, Cueto was grabbed by Mundo (in the bathroom), who demanded revenge. Cueto didn’t want to offer that, but did offer 100K if Mundo would not kill him. Mundo agreed, but took Cueto’s Key as collateral. Mundo later came to the ring and demanded the money right then and there. Ryck told Mundo to get out of the ring. Mundo dove onto Ryck and took him out. Mundo came to the ring to continue his demands, but was again interrupted – this time by Konnan, who said all friendship/alliances were off after Mundo clocked Puma with a chair last week. Ryck recovered to attack Mundo from behind in the meantime. Puma arrived and fought off Ryck, only to start brawling with Mundo too. Referees and security tried to keep them out, while Ryck and his men watched from the outside. Cueto finally put an end to it by bringing out a briefcase with 100K and declaring it’d be on a line in a ladder match next week, with Puma, Mundo and Ryck.
Son of Havoc, who signed a 7 year contract that prevents him from going to Nashville, complained about facing too many weird people. His open challenge was met by the debuting Pimpinela. Pimpi hurt a shoulder on an accidental fall to the floor; they tried to work it as story, but it was clearly limiting. Mascarita Sagrada ran interference and Pimpi kissed Havoc to set up the pin. (The kiss was shot from as far away as possible and even then seemed edited.)
Mil Muertes won a quick squash.
Drago got a video package (he’s got his nunchucks! a little girl did a dramatic reading!) before his match, but Cuerno beat him to even up their feud. Cuerno told Drago “THE HUNT – HAS JUST – BEGUN”. The mystery woman appeared during the match, looked annoyed, and left.
Pentagon’s motivations remain unclear; announcers emphasized that Pentagon was not necessarily with Chavo. (Pentagon’s win-loss record is very clear.) Sexy Star still wants to face Chavo.
Pimpinela’s debut was OK. They did good work to make the shoulder injury the story but it obviously limited the match. The kiss being cut away from is surprsing and weird when I’m used to seeing it twice a week with Maximo (on US TVs.) I wonder if it’ll air the same way on Unimas. It was nothing but awkward here.
Mil Muertes squash was a squash. That and the main event were two segments where it felt like they were running in place, waiting for other things to line up to move on. They got much more of a match of the main event. Chavo slowed it way down early, but it paid off with them speeding up at the end. Pentagon is awesome and it’s fairly obvious.
Drago/Cuerno and the three way stuff inched stuff along with those storylines. The ladder match feels like a big deal and either turning point or the straight ending for a story that’s been going on since episode 1, and it’ll also be a crazy match with 3 (but really 5) people around. Drago & Cuerno were established as long term rivals instead of just guys passing each other by. Cuerno, out of anyone of the show, seems to be trying to re-invent his style. The deliberate attacks of King Cuerno are unlike what I’m used to with Fantasma but it was better this time out than the first.
Next week: matches where I don’t know the results! matches where I don’t know the matches! I’m scared.
AAA returned back to taping after a long break. Their tapings in Mexico City and Tuxtla focused on the final built to this upcoming Sunday’s Guerra de Titanes. Texano Jr. defeated El Patron Alberto in a street fight; despite the debut of Ricardo Rodriguez, Perro Jr. was enough to help champion Texano win before he defends his title against Alberto this weekend. The tag title match between champions Angelico & Jack Evans, Perros del Mal challengers Pentagon Jr. & Joe Lider and Reyes del Aire challengers Myzteziz & Fenix is being pushed as the second biggest match on the show and a title change seems likely there as well. The Hell Brothers continue to feud with the Psycho Circus, but that’s been pushed into the background a bit by Konnan rudely demanding Ciberentico and his crew join La Sociedad by this weekend or else and Cibernetico laughing off the threats. It seems highly unlikely the tweener Hell Brothers are going to join the rudo faction, but it also seems the most likely spot for big faction changing angle (which AAA has done the last few years on this show.) Ivelisse made her debut on these shows. She’s a tecnica here and feuding with ruda Sexy Star, the opposite of their Lucha Underground roles.
The DF taping was surprisingly aired on a free stream with almost no notice. The stream went fine, leading me to believe Guerra de Titanes would be on iPPV. However, it’s Wednesday and there’s no hint of a streaming show, so who knows. The Guerra de Titanes show will air on PPV, and won’t air on TV until sometime in 2015.
CMLL’s Inferino en el Ring is a show that’s happening with not much excitement. It’s a ten man cage match that was hurt a lot by losing it’s most compelling luchador (Rush) due to injury, but the rest of the build has been uninspiring: just a lot of people who simultaneous decided to start challenging for hair matches, and a situation where someone who’s in main events but not treated like a big star (Felino, Rey Bucanero) is expected to lose. This seems to be a test of Ultimo Guerrero’s drawing power. He’s been pushed as the top guy since the Anniversary show, but outside of that mask loss and the two Dia Los Muertos themed shows, Guerrero has not seemed to affect attendances. CMLL compounded the problems by adding nothing of substance to the card, just a bunch of interchangeable trios matches. The cage match should have some highlights – Barbaro Cavernario has built a year off of jumping of high places and a Snuka top of the cage splash seems very likely – but there are already better looking CMLL cards this month.
CMLL and NJPW announced the FantasticaMania tour: Atlantis, Último Guerrero, La Sombra, Volador Jr., Místico, Gran Guerrero, Mr. Niebla, Bárbaro Cavernario, Máscara Dorada, Pólvora, Mephisto, Okumura, Ángel de Oro, Stuka Jr., Rey Cometa, Triton and Stigma. Stigma is a surprise inclusion but he’s the nephew of Black Cat, who’s always honored on this tour, so that may be the rationale. Atlantis vs Ultimo Gurerero and La Sombra vs Volador are expected to take place on the tour, likely the Korakuen Hall shows (which will air live on the NJPWWorld platform.)
Recent Lucha Underground episodes have focused on the Prince Puma/Johnny Mundo/Big Ryck triangle, with Puma apparently choosing not to help Mundo against Ryck and Mundo accidentally hitting Puma with a chair. King Cuerno debuted and is feuding with Drago. Lucha Underground continues to draw in the 15-20K range on El Rey and 180-200K range on Unimas. A couple of the luchadors were guests at the Latin Grammys.
La Mascara was declared Mr. CMLL 2014, winning the annual bodybuilding contest. All 3 Ingobernables – Sombra, Rush and Mascara – are winners of this competition. Many jokes were made about a Brazo winning a bodybuilding contest; Mascara reminded people that his father and uncles were lightweights at the start of their careers and he himself would get fat soon enough. Dark Angel won the women’s competition (now 8 of 9 years; last year’s winner Dalys pulled out and said it was due to health issues.)
Rush underwent surgery on his broken leg, and his return date was pushed back to February.
Apolo Dantes announced he was no longer in charge of Arena Coliseo Guadalajara. No one’s said what happened or who’s in charge now; CMLL’s not acknowledged any change.
CMLL stripped Mistico of the Welterweight Championship, then announced a tournament in late December for the vacant title (by which time Mistico will probably be back.)
CMLL Sunday shows have pushed a Soberano Jr. & Star Jr. vs Cholo & Ramstein, which looks to be a quick feud to set up the annual New Years week apuesta match (and where the long time opening match rudos would be expected to lose.)
CMLL announced they would be expanding weekly lineup to include “Sabado Popular” shows, which will feature trainees/young luchadors for cheap tickets at Arena Coliseo. The first show will take place 12/20 and a card is expected to be announced shortly. It’s unclear how often these shows will happen and if they’ll be recorded.
The most recent ChilangaMask show pushed a CMLL versus Indy feud with a draw in the main event and a brawl.
The upcoming Lucha Memes show includes a Negro Navarro & Que Monito versus Black Terry & Zacarias where only submissions or pinfalls by (or including) the mascot count.
Mephisto defeated Valiente in a Mexican Light Heavyweight Championship match for the fourth time. Matches have all said to be good.
I finally got to see the IWRG Ninja Turtles. There were a spot where they were dropped on their back and could not get up, because they are turtles. That was good.
CMLL (TUE) 12/02/2014Arena México [CMLL]
1) Bengala & Leono b Camorra & Espanto Jr.
2) Goya Kong, Marcela, Skadi b Dalys, La Seductora, Zeuxis Goya replaced Lluvia on Tuesday.
3) Blue Panther Jr., Hombre Bala Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. DQ Puma, Sangre Azteca, Tiger Hombre Bala & Super Halcon replaced Oro Jr. & the Panther on Tuesday. Tiger pulled Pantehr’s mask for the DQ.
4) Ángel de Oro b Hombre sin Nombre [lightning] mecedora in over 9 minutes.
5) Dragon Lee, Fuego, Valiente b Ephesto, Mephisto, Virus Dragon Lee took falls 2/3, beating Virus in the last. Dragon Lee demanded a title shot. Virus said he liked challenges and accpeted.
6) Bárbaro Cavernario, Hechicero, Negro Casas b Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Máscara Dorada Rudos took 2/3, with Barbaro submitting Maya and Hechicero beating Delta. Hechicero said Delta needs to defend his dusty titles (Arena Coliseo) but Maya wanted a rematch first.
They’re finally doing Dragon Lee versus Virus and they’re teasing a great Arena Coliseo tag title match. I’m not sure what’s happening here but suddenly we’re back to Tuesday’s being interesting again.
LuchaWorld has a great interview with Negro Casas about wrestling in Los Angeles, adapting thru his career and about Zacarias’ visa status. Transporting animals internationally is tough.
Tonight’s Lucha Underground preview
Big Ryck signs Cueto’s contract; Son of Havoc calls on Simpinela Escarlata; Johnny Mundo steals Cueto’s key as insurance; Sexy Star and Fenix team up against Chavo Guerrero and Pentagon Jr.
matches taped for this show
Pimpinela Escarlata vs Son Of Havoc
Mil Muertes vs Famous B (Famous B’s debut, except for that time Chavo laid him out)
King Cuerno vs Drago
Fénix & Sexy Star vs Chavo Guerrero Jr. & Pentagón Jr.
The early schedule shows there will be a Lucha Underground marathon on 12/14, with all the episodes airing starting at 11:30am CT that day. The 12/17 show was planned to be the last show before taking a holiday break, but that was the original plan and it’s always possible a change.
Terrible says Barbaro Cavernario will have to pay his dues in the cage match. Barbaro Cavernario notes he’s been in cage matches in Guadalajara and the Anniversary show so he’s not nervous about Friday’s match. He doesn’t like Terrible disrespecting him but would prefer to have Blue Panther’s hair.
12/03 NJPW: Sombra’s team loss the atomicos, that doesn’t matter. Let’s look at the tag team tournament standings for his block
10 Anderson & Gallows - done!
08 Naito & Sombra
08 Tenzan & Kojima
08 Styles & Yujiro
As far as anyone can figure, NJPW’s said only the top team moves on – no semifinals or anything like that. Sombra & Naito beat Styles & Yujiro, beat Tenzan & Kojima but lost to Anderson & Gallows. That means if Sombra & Naito win (vs Dane & Conway), they’re tied for the lead but lose the tie breaker unless one of the other teams win. That’s the most likely outcome: Anderson & Gallows are the tag team champions, so they advance to the final (and probably lose to Shibata/Goto.) Sombra & Naito need a win and either one of the other 8 points teams to also win to force NJPW to come up with a new tiebreaker.
CMLL Teleton (SAT) 12/06/2014 Centro de Rehabilitación Infantil Teletón, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal
1) Astral, Eléctrico, Último Dragoncito vs Demus 3:16, Pequeño Nitro, Pierrothito
2) Blue Panther Jr., Dragon Lee, The Panther vs Kamaitachi, Puma, Tiger
3) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Máscara Dorada vs Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero
IWRG (SUN) 12/07/2014Arena Naucalpan
1) Metaleon vs Araña de Plata
2) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Avisman, Liderk, Rayan
3) Dr. Cerebro, Emperador Azteca, Negro Navarro vs Chicano, Trauma I, Trauma II
4) Danny Casas & Oficial 911 vs Canis Lupus & Eterno [super libre]
5) Hijo De Dos Caras, Rayo de Jalisco Jr., Súper Nova vs Cien Caras Jr., Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Máscara Año 2000
6) Toscano vs Veneno [hair]
Yea, sure, why not. At least they got a cool Toscano photo. I thought Veneno had a chance until I saw that. Oficial AK47 no-showing leading to more Danny Casas is the most rudo thing Oficial AK47 has done in some time.
Sombra’s getting right off the plane and into the ring, I guess. And for an Arena Coliseo tag title feud! Should be a good match, as pretty much everything on this card should be.
Virus has held this title so long, he defended it against the OTHER Dragon Lee. This one’s better, but Virus will having wins over both would be pretty neat. Dragon Lee’s had a meteoric rise this year and this match is 50/50 to me.
Disturbio makes it all the way to a tercera and Flyer gets good people to work with.
CMLL (TUE) 12/09/2014Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) ? & ?? vs ??? & ????
2) ? & ?? vs ??? & ????
3) Dark Angel vs Amapola, Princesa Sugehit, Tiffany, Lluvia, Zeuxis, La Vaquerita, Dalys [cibernetico]
4) Ángel de Oro, Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. vs Boby Zavala, Okumura, Vangellys
5) Máscara Dorada, Máximo, Super Porky vs Ephesto, Kráneo, Mephisto
6) Volador Jr. vs Último Guerrero
There will be moves, then kick outs, then breaks in that main event. So many of them.
Very unusual for a CMLL card not to have the undercard. Combine that with the management change and I wonder if we’ll see some new names pop up.
CMLL (SUN) 11/30/2014Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Domingo Familiares CMLL]
1) El Brillante & El Tapatío b El Piraña & Relampago Azul Originally a Tapatio/Azul singles match.
2) Dr. Frezeer vs Índigo Indigo replaced El Chacal.
3) Omar Brunetti & Virgo b El Chacal & Furia Nazi El Chacal replaced Sadico. Omar replaced Leo.
4) Demonio Maya b Exterminador
5) Dragon Lee, Gallo, Máscara Dorada b Jocker, Mr. Águila, Olímpico Tecnicos took 2/3
6) Euforia b Ángel de Oro Euforia took 1/3, the last sneaking in a foul.
Euforia beat the champ, will be getting a title shot maybe never. (Why did Euforia win anyway?)
Lestat being back is a bit suspicious given the type of feuds in this building but he was good fun before and hopefully still is.
Today’s CMLL show has a Barbaro Cavernario, Hechicero, Casas vs Delta, Maya, Dorada main event trios which could be excellent and may continue the Maya/Cavernario feud. The undercard has had some changes (Goya Kong replaces Lluvia and Bala & Halcon replace Oro & The Panther) but still looks good; the hat put together a random nice Tuesday show. Guadalajara has a Rey Cometa/Sagrado match and Euforia/UG/Thunder vs Atlantis/Volador/Maximo
CMLL’s usual Monday changes also switched around Sunday’s Coliseo DF card. Oro replaced Magnus in the segunda, Marcela replaced the injured Estrellita in the women’s match and Sangre Azteca replaced Okumura in the fourth.
12/02 NJPW: Tetsuya Naito & La Sombra [O] b Kazuchika Okada & YOSHI-HASHI [X] [World 1 TAG]
That’s a CMLL luchador winning a (semi)important main event on a NJPW show, so weird. The win gives Sombra & Naito 8 points, joining two other teams with that total. (They’ve beat once and lost the other, so tie breakers are fairly confusing.) Sombra & Naito are off of the tournament tomorrow – they’ve got an atomicos instead – and have one more match left. I’ll try to figure out possibilities tomorrow.
indy (FRI) 12/05/2014Arena Coliseo San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí 1) Aries, Extreme Power, Gentrix, Mini Star, Super Viento vs Aranita Jr., Dariuz, Lobo Rojo, Mascara Negro, Signo Negro 2) Aero Extreme, Alas De Nagel, Black Tauro, Halcon Potosino, Quijote vs Demonio I, Flaman, Monstruo De Oz, Perro Andre, Tito Zumaya 3) Angel Real, Herdero, Rey Flechador, Super Star Jr., Yedra vs Augila Blanc, Black Ventura, Crazy King, Creazy Power, Mr. T 4) B. Extreme Jr., Black Maravilla, C. Castro, Extreme Fly vs Danys Boy, Galeno, Sr. Dante, Star Boy 5) Bogar, Charly Guerrero, El Divino, Rey Fuego vs Galaxia 79, Mensajero, Tigre Boy, Tigre del Ring 6) Alex Guajardo vs Galaxy (Querétaro), Furia Salvaje, Lince Infernal [? EXTREMO]
Billed as the final ever lucha libre show in the building. Seems odd they’d be bringing in guys from Queretaro for a random title match to close it out, but the undercard stuffed with a million people feels like the end of an era show.
CMLL (MON) 12/08/2014Arena Puebla
1) Asturiano & Meyer vs Disturbio & Inquisidor
2) Lestat, Magnus, Sensei vs Akrón, Hijo del Signo, Policeman
3) Dragon Lee, Stigma, The Panther vs Cancerbero, Hombre sin Nombre, Raziel
4) Dragón Rojo Jr., Máscara Dorada, Volador Jr. vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Pólvora
5) La Máscara, Marco Corleone, Máximo vs Negro Casas, Shocker, Último Guerrero
Maybe Maximo vs Casas or Shocker coming up here? Tercera could be fun though it’s weird looking at that match and knowing Stigma is the only one going to Japan.
DTU (FRI) 12/19/2014 Autolavado VM, Tulancingo, VM 1) ? vs ?? trainees 2) King Lion & Meteoro vs ? & Corazon Latino and Galaxy & Star Boy 3) ? & Kalibus vs Amo de la Noche & Talaxys and Génesis & Principe De La Noche 4) Aero Power, Angel Azul, Ferrari Ultimo Gen vs Hacker & Príncipe Halcón 3 vs 2 5) Vengador vs Artikus, Gremlin, Lanzeloth 6) Black Fire & Slayer Pack vs Joven Maravilla & Maremoto Jr. and Cotty Santiago & Low Rider 7) Drastik Boy vs Rocky Lobo 8) Ángel o Demonio & Paranoiko vs Crazy Boy & Ovett 9) Cíclope, Crazy King, Miedo Extreme vs Aero Boy, Jhonky, Violento Jack 10) Jimmy, Kevin, Tony vs El Chat, El Junior, El Nene [hair]
Main event is the Nerds vs Malkariados hair vs hair match. The poster says there will be only one winner, which doesn’t really explain how many losers there will be. Tag team tournament final is on a nother show apparently.
Trying a different way of illustrating forfeited matches. That finish suggests they still plan to keep the Oficials/Eterno/Lupus feud going, but they probably just did the match they were planning on doing and any rethinking won’t come until later.
Veneno turning on Toscano and beating him in two falls suggests Arena Naucalpan is going to find out how many people will turn out for a Toscano hair match in 2014.
LyC (SUN) 11/30/2014Arena Coliseo Monterrey [@MrIguana (1), @MrIguana (2), @MrIguana (3), @MrIguana (4), @MrIguana (5)]
1) Chamaco Gurrola & Tequilita b Mini Hator & Pequeno Difunto
2) Kaientai L Halcon Real, Demenzía, Medico Infernal, Memo Valles, Face Man, Gato Fantasma, Aguila Azteca [hair] Kaietani lost his hair to Medico Infernal.
3) El Ninja, Ninja Jr., Ultimo Ninja b Hijo Del Mongol Chino, Mongol Chino, Mongol Chino Jr.
4) Hijo de LA Park b El Pulpo, Angel Blanco Jr., Silver Star, Temblor, Tigre Universitario, Antifaz del Norte [UMLL CHAMP, #1 Contenders] Hijo de LA Park beat Antifaz (not originally in the match) to win the title shot at some future day.
5) LA Park b Dr. Wagner Jr., El Hijo del Solitario Parka beat Solitario with help from Wagner.
Valiente challenges Mephisto for the Mexican Light Heavyweight Championship for the fourth time tonight in Puebla. It seems unlikely he’d finally get the win in Puebla but there’s no reason he can’t.
NJPW launched their njpwworld service earlier this morning for about $9USD. It’s solely NJPW stuff – my CMLL theory didn’t pan out – but there are some luchador matches in NJPW. (Two Solar matches from 1981 sound like good ideas.) The live airings mention the two FantasticaMania Korakuen Hall shows as airing live, and those are usually the big shows of the tournament. The NJPWWorld system has access to the TV Asahi broadcasts, which were only a few of the shows last year. I wonder if SamuraiTV will still be broadcasting the other shows, and if that means they’ll be available thru niconico.
CMLL (SUN) 12/07/2014Arena Coliseo
1) Eléctrico & Fantasy vs Pequeño Universo 2000 & Pierrothito
2) Magnus, Soberano Jr., Star Jr. vs Cholo, Hijo del Signo, Ramstein
3) Dark Angel, Estrellita, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, La Comandante, Tiffany
4) Ángel de Oro, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Hombre sin Nombre, Kamaitachi, Okumura
5) Atlantis, Dragón Rojo Jr., La Máscara vs Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Pólvora
6) Marco Corleone vs Terrible
Terrible hasn’t defended the title in a year, Terrible is about six months away from having the longest ever heavyweight reign, there’s no reason this isn’t a title match, this isn’t a title match. I dunno.
Estrellita is out for a while, still booked on to next week’s show. I dunno.
Sobreano, Star, Cholo and Ramstein are all back together in the segunda. This is a real thing.
CMLL (SUN) 12/07/2014Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Explosivo vs Relampago Azul
2) El Tapatío & Índigo vs Chakal & Furia Nazi
3) El Divino & Virgo vs Demonio Maya & Sádico
4) Esfinge, Exterminador, Omar Brunetti vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Jocker, Maléfico
5) Gallo, Máscara Dorada, Valiente vs Olímpico, Pierroth, Sagrado
AAA TV (SUN) 11/30/2014 Explanada del Parque Bicentenario, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas [AAA]
1) Mini Drago, Octagoncito, Pasion Kristal b Mamba, Mini Murder Clown, Mini Murder Clown Drago beat Mini Psycho Clown.
2) Australian Suicide & Ivelisse Vélez DQ Dark Cuervo & Sexy Star Pentagon Jr., a one man immigration task force, ran in to attack Suicide and try to get to Ivelisse for the DQ. This led to a mixed tag title challenge.
3) Aerostar b Súper Fly Mask ripping chair brawl, with Aerostar winning via top rope frankensteiner.
4) Angélico & Jack Evans b Hijo del Fantasma & Zorro Jack 630 senton on Zorro.
5) Blue Demon Jr., El Elegido, El Mesías b Averno, Chessman, Cibernético Demon beat Averno to get revenge for Cibernetico attacking him way back when.
6) Joe Lider & Pentagón Jr. b Fénix & Myzteziz Lots of Lider style weapons. Pentagon beat Fenix with a Destroyer. Pentagon and Lider declared they’d win the tag titles at Guerra de Titanes. Angelico and Jack ran them off, then had an uneasy moment with Fenix and Myzteziz.
Air Date: 12/20 and 12/27
AAA notes over 10,000 people turned out for the show. The last show here was similar well attended, free and I’m assuming this one was as well, but I’m not 100% sure. There was a locals dark match prior to the show.
Now that we know PPV happening, this is one of those weird tapings which builds up match we’ll already have seen by this point (though not for the people who are only following this promotion on TV.) It’s a lot of place keeping with some interesting results. Hell Brothers lose again which makes it seem like they’ll surely starting winning at Guerra de Titanes, but Aerostar also won and I’d still be shocked if he lost the mask match. The Angelico & Jack Evans appearances feel like a correction to them being brushed aside in this build previously (plus we found out Zorro is a rudo this week), but it’s still hard to see them winning next Sunday.
The mixed tag team feud is new, logical and a good sign of AAA having an idea of how they wanted to use someone new right away. They go back to women’s tag match (Faby/Ivelisse vs Taya/Sexy) at Guerra de Titanes but maybe the tag title match comes some time later.
CMLL (SUN) 11/30/2014Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Bengala & Leono b El Rebelde & Espanto Jr. Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Sensei, Soberano Jr., Star Jr. DQ Cholo, Nitro, Ramstein Tecnicos took 2/3, the last by excessive violence. Ramstein & Cholo feuded heavily with Star Jr. & Soberano Jr. and were DQed for refusing to stop beating him up.
3) Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado b Blue Panther Jr., Stigma, Tritón Triton replaced Pegasso on Monday. Rudos took 1/3, Pierroth beating Stigma with a powerbomb cleanly.
4) Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Virus b Fuego, Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. Virus replaced Bobby Zavala. Rudos took 2/3, with Gran Guerrero counting Stuka’s torpedo splash and putting him in the Pulpo Guerrero
5) Marco Corleone, Titán, Valiente DQ Ephesto, Terrible, Vangellys Tecnicos took 2/3, the last when Marco missed a splash in the corner and Terrible choked him over the top rope until the referee called the DQ. They challenged each other to a hair match (in what appeared to be hype for Infierno en el Ring)
6) Volador Jr. b Mephisto Volador took 2/3, the last with the top rope huracanrana for the win. There was a fire drill immediately following the match.
Feed had what are now common Arena Coliseo problems. It didn’t get up until late and it was up and down for the first three matches before working fine the second half of the card. (Video/Sound issues above are because of those feed issues.) Volador and Mephisto are both into two short falls and third fall which are very little more than big moves and kickouts and everything they did here is what they do all the time in these matches in the exact same way so it didn’t do much for me. Others liked it more. There was also a whole Tirantes Is Evil subplot that didn’t seem to go anywhere, but might have helped rally support behind Volador.
All the GIFs from that show (that I didn’t overwrite by accident) are here.
Guerra de Titanes will be on conventional TV in Mexico. I haven’t seen AAA’s TV yet, but the comments mentioned the TV ad for the show is running. If you order using your remote, it’s 229MXP for SD and 298 for HD. That’s about $16.50 and $21 in US Dollars. Since AAA’s doing this on normal PPV already and the stream seemed to go fine on Friday, expect an announcement about a iPPV sometime this week. TripleMania was $15, this show figures to be the same.
Estrellita will be out at least three weeks with a spinal injury, spending the next two weeks in a neck collar after being dropped on her head Friday by Dallys la Carbinea. Dallys has been using a sit down thru the legs piledriver of late, which has seemed like an unnecessarily dangerous wrestler from a still inexperienced wrestler for random women’s matches. It’s a strength move too, and if Dallys really missed the bodybuilding competition because of a health issue, then she might have not been at full strength. It also may not have been her fault, and we won’t know unless it airs (and it might only in one of the highlight packages they do because of where it was on the card.)
Lucha Underground is the third new major series for El Rey. The second one, El Matador, was renewed before it even premiered – but then canceled a few days ago. That’s weird. The canceling announcement coming out on the Friday after Thanksgiving, the ideal day to announce someone you don’t want to be talked about much, is also weird. The story says the change of plans occurred because there was a lot less international interest in the show than they anticipated. This is a reminder that El Rey is not a lucha libre philanthropy channel which is going to air things forever. It may not be necessary for LU to make money now but there’s got to be at least a path to profitability, which I think Lucha Underground has.
It’s also an indication that El Rey can always change their mind about episode counts and renewals – not that necessary will here, but that’s not the surest indicator of success. The best possible news for Lucha Underground would be an announcement of a toy deal or a video game deal. They’ve set themselves up with those in mind already. If they can convince someone else those can sell, those are the additional revenue sources which can convince El Rey they’ve got something worth keeping around. (Selling in the same international TV – getting the show picked up in the UK or Mexico or wherever – would be nice but probably is not a big difference maker.) I don’t think there’s a set timeline for that happen and it may just be getting interest from those sorts of people which are enough, but that’s the indicator to look for with this project.
El Rey’s Lucha Underground store has quietly vanished. I know TKD ordered a Drago’s t-shirt and was told they were out of stock. I’d like to the promotion was so hot that that all the shirts sold out in the first day, but I’m guessing it might be some merchandise right issues going on. Hopefully they get it sorted out soon – if not enough sources of revenue was a reason El Matador was canceled, you’d like to make a really obvious one available for Lucha Underground.
Black Terry Jr. has photos of the CaraLucha show. A surprisingly small turnout for that show. It looks like Fly Star & Impulso won the tag team tournament.
Fusion-Ichiban ran the same night and maybe some of the usual audience went there? Maybe some of the CaraLucha audience was actually on the show, as part of the Psycho Circus versus 32 Zombies match. Psycho Circus won, and then beat the Rockers in a real match. Mickie Knuckles beat Ludark for the women’s (“KAWAI”) title, which I presume means Mickie is headed back to the US to win back.
11/30 NJPW: La Sombra & Tetsuya Naito b Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima – they won again (probably more about preventing Kojima/Tenzan from breaking too far away.) They’re now in a big tie. Video already up.
IWRG FILL (WED) 12/03/2014Arena Naucalpan
1) Magic Dragon & Vaderus vs Skanda & Voltar
2) Aguila Oriental, Chicanito, Dragón Blanco vs Guerrero 2000, Psique, Sexy Girl
3) Adrenalina, Aramis, Black Drago vs Magnum 44, Ultimoc Aballero, Vmaprio Metalico II
4) Black Niko, Galaxy, Marduck vs Merceneario De La Muerte, Payaso De Plata, Payaso Extremo
5) Black Angel, Blue Monsther, Fly Boricua vs Anubis Black, Extraño, Hip Hop Man
6) Araña de Plata Jr., Atomik Star, Dragón Celestial, Electro Boy, Metaleon, Power Bull, Saruman, Sky Ángel vs Arkanos, Balack, Danger King, Impacto, Moto Cross, Principe Negro, Rayo Star, Skull Metal [Copa Higher Power] FILL vs Sexy Gym (Dr. Cerbero) trainees rematch.
Last match between these two teams had no finish. Balack was one of Arkangel trainees at the bodybuilding tumbling exhibition – you don’t forget a guy who spells him name Balack and puts it on his gear. It’s common for aspiring luchadors to train with multiple maestros, for education and strategic purposes.
Blue Monsther missed the last one of these and I thought he might have finally made into the land of real luchadors (or at least Comando Elite), but he’s back here in the purgatory that is the semimain on a FILL show. He’s been on these shows now for 3 years without making it on the real shows once.
Also, if someone can figure out what package I exactly need to buy on internetv.tv to get access to AYM Sports, I will gladly try and record IWRG off their stream. They’ve changed the options greatly since the last time I tried this.
Random apuesta match: check, it is a lucha indy show. Of maybe more note, that’s the other tag team tournament semifinal (the first is on 12/07 in Rio Blanco, Veracruz) and Drastik is defending his title in his home building. I have many theories about why Nerd Tony isn’t with his two friends – studying for the Mexico equivalent of an AP English test – but I will spare you.