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AAA Dark Matches (March & April 2014)

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Dinastia inside springboard twisting plancha

Dinastía vs Mini Charly Manson for the AAA World Minis Championship: (Lienzo Charro Ignacio Leon Ornelas, Irapuato, Guanajuato, 03/03/2014): Disappointing. There was not a lot of momentum to the match. It was ill considered to do so many near falls early on. There is no way a Dinastía match is going to end without him doing something nutty, so all of the pins they were trying early were tough to take serious and numbed everyone to the idea of near falls when they had so many more planned. They also did a lot of 1 on 3 with Mini Psycho Clown and Tirantes, but it didn’t add much – the crowd didn’t care when Dinastía made his comeback. This was really a Mini Charly Manson exhibition; he took what felt like 80% of the match to do show off every suplex and roll up he could think of, and then Dinastía just did his move and won in the end. There wasn’t a lot of time in between moves, and neither luchador got across the story that Dinastía was just barely surviving. It was just a series of two counts. The execution of the moves were fine, there was just not a lot to them. There’s a big sound issue here too; announcers were very quiet, ring was very loud, and the fans were very distant. There were a lot of fans in the building, but it sounded like we were only hearing 50 of them. It sounded like a match in an empty building.

 

Sexy Star broken by a kick

Alan Stone, Dinastía, Faby Apache, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Mamba, Mini Charly Manson, Sexy Star, Silver King (Plaza de Toros La Monumental, Monterrey, Nuevo León, 03/16/2014): Average mixed match, maybe a little lower than that – there’s usually cooler moments and there wasn’t a lot to remember here. Alan Stone was the same individually. Charly and Dinastía did about 1% of they did in the title match. Ref bump didn’t add anything to this, and kept Tirantes down for about 1 seconds (and didn’t seem like it affected who he was counting at all.) Pentagon demanding silence after the match caused a louder reaction than most of the match.

Sexy Star tornillo

 

doing a fine job of kicking the air right beneath Texano

Alan Stone, Electroshock, Psycho Clown vs Chessman, Silver King, Texano Jr. (Auditorio Miguel Barragan, San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí, 04/16/2014): A finish which had me screaming at my television! Psycho Clown gives Texano “El Canadian!” again, and Hijo del Tirantes stalls instead of counting. Chessman spears Psycho Clown (camera half misses this), Alan superkicks Chessman, Hijo del Tirantes counts a completely normal three. HOW DOES THIS MAKE ANY SENSE? Completely and totally absurd.

Otherwise, this was your basic AAA trios match. The guys who are feuding somewhat feuded, but the usual pattern: rudos control early, técnicos come back to do all their offense to all the rudos, and then the finish. It was longer than any match which did air, which is probably why it didn’t (thought they might have been able to squeeze it in if they took out intros – and editing this match down a few minutes wouldn’t have hurt it.) Alan didn’t look good and maybe should refrain from trying faceslams until he gets those figured out again. This is the only one of these dark matches where I watched the match directly after the watching the taping it was from, and the crowd sound difference is amazing. It’s was significantly quieter (though not as quiet as the other shows.) Maybe it’s just how the files are going up on the internet or how we’re recording them – if they were inflated the crowd noise for TV, why wouldn’t they be doing it for the internet too?

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CMLL suspensions reason for no tag title match?, Monterrey

Sin Cara, Cibernetico, Argos and Argenis defeated the Psycho Circus and Averno in Arena Coliseo Monterrey. Two questions: when Psycho Clown wins the AAA heavyweight championship, will that finally get the AAA house show booker to use the Psycho Circus as tecnicos? and what are going to call “La Mistica” when he gets a new name? Ultimo Ninja won the Copa Hector Garza in the semimain.

LA Park defeated Hernandez and Dr. Wagner Jr. in Arena Solidaridad. Attendance was not great, but fairly blamed on the venue of the show changing two days before it happened (at the direction of local authorities.)

It appears Rush, La Mascara, Negro Casas and Mr. Niebla (or some members of that foursome) were pulled from Friday’s show as punishment for their out of control brawl this Friday. This is more likely to be a CMLL internal suspension rather than a Mexico City commission one, and something that would allow them to continue their roles on En Busca de un Idolo and on spot shows will not working matches in Arena Mexico. CMLL routinely sends their internal recording of the Friday night main events – the matches which don’t air on Terra – to Tercera Caida to use on their program, but Tercera Caida was only able to show photos of last Friday’s nights weapon laden brawl. (It’ll likely be off Fox’s show as well.) CMLL’s done this before: with the LA Park/Dr. Wagner Jr. crazy brawl that ended up with both guys out of the company to this day, and a Volador/Niebla singles match in Puebla where a Volador chair shot to the back of Niebla’s head produced a lot of blood plus suspensions for both men. CMLL will allow some very limited usage of objects, but the photos of the main event indicated it was much out of the ordinary.

On their Facebook, CMLL said the tag team match was challenged for but never agreed upon. That’s weird fiction, since there was definitely a poster on CMLL’s site listing that as the main event for tomorrow’s show. It’s unclear how long any suspension would last; two weeks is normal, but this is a main event program and they may not want to keep it cold that long.

This is an over the top punishment that’s counter productive – and also why a full scale AAA/CMLL feud could never work without one of the promotions completely changing their mindset. About 70% of AAA luchadors would be suspended at any given moment under CMLL rules. We’d never see the Mexican Powers ever again! (It’s not an all bad idea.)

This week’s Observer raves about Flamita – that’s actually the important part, Flamita is awesome now – and has this line

AAA wanted him and was going to give him a mega push with the Octagon Jr. gimmick, but he said that he likes working in Japan and wants to stick with Dragon Gate.

I was very much struggling to figure out in what honest timeline this could actually be true. The best fitting scenario I could come up with was Flamita got the offer when he and Rocky Lobo returned home in December. Flamita had been trios champion, likely knew he had another lengthy run coming up, and generally knew Dragon Gate was really high on him.. Meanwhile, AAA previously had no particular interest in using him outside of an interchangeably opener, had barely moved most of his peers up the card, and was now offering him a character that had failed already. That probably wasn’t a hard decision, if it even it happened. Octagon was agitating to get out of AAA by that point, so it wasn’t a great situation to even debut an Octagon Jr. at that point – and AAA couldn’t have been really that interested in the Octagon Jr. character since they never gave it to anyone else.

Flamita was stuck in an extremely part time role once Fusion ended; he had to hustle for other jobs, and found a pretty good one. Flamita without Dragon Gate would be teaming with Ludxor and Venum as a third New Space Cadet member in the best case scenario. At least AAA would’ve used Flamita; please don’t forget CMLL had him in their school and didn’t graduate him to the main roster. This is a case where both promotions had someone talented and didn’t see that talent or didn’t get it out of them. The credit should go to Dragon Gate for seeing it – and helping him improve, because he’s gone a long way in six months (which again would not be expected in AAA or CMLL) – and for Flamita for making the move.

That’s was really two unfortunate paragraphs of me fighting against reality distortion field around AAA in the Wrestling Observer* , but I’m also concerned for the next group of Flamitas to come thru. If you have seen indy names getting mentioned as having good matches here, you should figure AAA’s probably told someone they’re very interested in bringing them in. That’s great on the surface, more work for talented luchadors is a great thing, but having a plan on how to develop and use them. Wrestlers can get over by having good matches, but if they have good matches for months and that doesn’t take them anywhere, then it kills whatever value they have. Having a plan has got to be more than throwing a new mask on them – are Venum & Ludxor much more over than Lucky Boy and Nino de Ebano? – or giving them a new t-shirt – Daga was definitely less over for after being a Perros del Mal henchman. Heck, AAA’s done scarcely more with Fantasma than CMLL did, and CMLL absolutely wasted Fantasma his last few years there. Flamita, and Eita and his crew, got over because Dragon Gate had plan for them on Day 1 of their (re)debut; they didn’t let them linger around on shows for months while waiting for an idea or a major card to come up.

Don’t brag about your plans to bring in a whole bunch of great guys. AAA has a whole bunch of great guys already! Brag about your plans to get the guys over.

I could repeat this section and use “En Busca de un Idolo” in the same way. I much would prefer CMLL had a plan to get X, Y and Z young luchador over and just booked their tournament to go that long instead of leaving it up to the internet to book for them. The unscriptedness of the format is making it more interesting now, but how much is that going to help them two months after the tournament is over and they’re back to marking time in Tuesday segundas?

* – but also it’s just AAA trying to take some credit for Flamtia. They don’t get to take credit for Flamita. Super Crazy can. CIMA can. I’d even let DTU do it, though he probably should’ve gotten more out of him and genuinely seems to be wasting him in the upcoming tour with the played out multiman matches.

Back to actual news

Last night’s Tercera Caida included interviews with Drastick Boy and Kaleth, which sounded like Flamita might be defending the Brave Gate title in a trios match on DTU’s yet to be announced Arena Aficion card.

According to Enrique Yniesta, who has official ties to AAA but just generally Knows Things, Aerostar’s booking in the UK is a fake. That means he’ll be in the Tuxtla Guiterrez six way match, and we’ll all freak out about Axel lasting longer than him in the match that night.

CMLL promotes the Peste Negra defending the National Trios Championship today in Puebla. They don’t bother to mention who’s challenging them. I like you Puebla fans more than CMLL does, so I’ll tell you they revealed in their Facebook comments that it’ll be Atlantis, Valiente and Mascara Dorada. Dorada missed last week’s Puebla bullring show and makes up for it here by replacing the injured Mistico. This is the last show of the month long special Thursday shows at the Puebla fair.

Last’s night Tercera Caida had Averno is an in studio guest. They brought up the luchadora sorpresas on Chiapas, and Averno insisted he had not signed a contract with AAA. That may be technically true at the moment. He did not seem to be a big fan of Mistico II.

Oro Jr. talks up his feud with Metalico – he doesn’t want to feud, but he’ll fight Metalico is he has to. The only problem here is Oro Jr.’s forgotten which tournament he dove into Metailico. He thinks it was the Copa Jr., it was the En Busca de un Idolo qualifying tournament. Even if Oro Jr. actually said that (and he probably didn’t; quotes in these articles are generally worked), the interviewer should’ve known enough to fix it.

Rob has highlights of late April, early May 2001.

LuchaWorld has a recap of this past week’s En Busca de un Idolo matches and KrisZ’s news update.

Chessman’s under the impression his title match against Blue Demon will be 06/07 in Orizaba.

Friday night’s CMLL show will include a male luchador dance/strip number in honor of Mother’s Day.

Rafaga speaks about almost winning the Occidente Heavyweight Championship. He feels Diamante Azul’s superior size was a big issue and will study to find an effective hold to counter someone of a bigger size before they have a rematch. (These quotes are real.)

Demus is not challenged by the rookie tecnicos and would prefer to fight international luchadors or heavyweights. You had that chance! You blew it! (No surprise any one wants out of the CMLL minis division.) He’d like to go New Japan, but they’re not interested in someone of his size, but he’s hopeful someone else in Japan would use him.

Long bio of Quintana Roo luachador Silueta del Caribe.

Pequeno Cobra talks about his mask match with Pequeno Joker. It’s a Joker Promociones show, I don’t like Cobra’s odds.

CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-04-12

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taped 2014-04-04 @ Arena México

Princesa Sugehit, the invisible rudas

Goya Kong, Lluvia, Silueta vs Dalys, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit: They’ve left the captains announcements as part of the broadcast this week. It’s much better, though it does mean they cut another 20 seconds from the match.
Average edited women’s match; actually maybe better than you’d expect given the people involved but nothing memorable at all. Less Goya Kong comedy than usual, or at least that made it thru editing. The best parts of this match where when the rudas were in control.

 

ups and downs of Mascara Dorada

Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Kráneo, Morphosis, Ripper: Normal flying guys versus the Invasors, with the rudos getting just enough to break up the técnicos run of offense. Tecnicos were moving a million miles per hour early. Dorada looked the best the entire way, as he often does. Someone needs to figure out a much better way to film Kraneo’s running hip attack into the camera, because it’s exposed every time they show it on TV. Mascara Dorada’s biggest career rival appears to be that Cementos Fortaleza ramp logo he’s always landing on. (Didn’t keep him down for too long here. )

key to knocking down Kraneo: flips

Atlantis, La Máscara, Rush vs Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Shocker: This is a brawl all the way, which some of the guys can do better than others. La Mascara is the others, and can just superkick. La Mascara also sees Shocker come in the ring and attack his tag team partner Rush, and decides to just stand there and keep watching. He’s the worst. Negro Casas versus Rush is the spine, but it actually ended up as a tease for Shocker & Negro Casas challenging Rush & La Mascara for the tag team titles, provided someone in CMLL remembers Rush & La Mascara are the tag team champions. They went away from this direction the next couple weeks, so I’m guessing they don’t remember.

Niebla crushes Atlantis

the rare “thrown back over the barricade” gif

 

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CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-04-12

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taped 2014-04-08 @ Arena México

Leono hit by ghost double boot

Leono & Metatrón vs Espanto Jr. & Zayco: Four guys in no man’s land where the announcers spent most of the match talking about other matches to come, as if to reassure you that were actually going to get something better if you didn’t go now. Announcers didn’t distract from a good match, at least. Espanto Jr. looked a little more aggressive at times and Leono has yet another look, but this was unremarkable.

 

Hooligan makes Oro look like a moron

Dragon Lee, Oro Jr., Pegasso vs El Rebelde, Hooligan, Súper Comando: This was a rough one, definitely below what should be expected from this unit. Oro Jr. had a memorable flip to absolutely nowhere in a spot gone so wrong it was impossible to work out what happened. It took him a while to recover from that. Young técnicos were awfully dumb at the end of the first fall, but the Rebelde balanced it out by celebrating his tornillo splash instead of staying on Pegasso for the clean win. As sure as Dragon Lee is eventually going to injury someone with his finish (and nearly did here), Pegasso’s also got to put the 450 splash on the shelf. It’s not looked any good in a while.

 

#sexyteam

Dark Angel vs Marcela, Estrellita, Goya Kong, Lluvia, Amapola, Princesa Blanca, Tiffany, Princesa Sugheit, Dalys in a cibernetico match for the Number One Contenders to CMLL-REINA INTL championship: Good women’s cibernetico, with ruda Amapola heroically defeating the woman who took her hair and the woman who took her mask to win the tournament. The last bit of Dark Angel versus Amapola was fun and I wish they could find a way to do more Dark Angel singles matches. Princesa Blanca was good in her time – her dive is pretty effortlessly on target lately. The disqualification seemed random, but she didn’t argue it at all. There were some rough spots, Lluvia is not very good at this point and Estrellita is Estrellita, but this was overall fine.

 

caveman splash

Hechicero vs Cavernario in a En Busca de un Idolo match: Very good match made memorable by Hechicero’s crazy fall on the barricade, but there was plenty of other good wrestling around. This wasn’t a one man show, Cavernario kept fighting Hechicero the whole way. All the way to the final, with Cavernario fighting Hechicero to block his hold only for Hechicero to get the great spinning cobra clutch backbreaker was solid. Hechicero’s judging celebration was also great.

Súper Halcón Jr. vs Guerrero Negro Jr. in a En Busca de un Idolo match: Much more the generic move trading lightning match, which is not going to work in this tournament and especially after the last match. They both did some moves, they did a weird suplex and Halcón moonsaulted for the win. These are kind of the matches it seems like they’re told to have, but it’d seem more advantageous to do what other people are not in this tournament.

La Máscara, Rush, Stuka Jr. vs Herodes Jr., Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas: Another Negro Casas/Rush teaser, and a brief one (maybe they still can’t time out the En Busca de un Idolo segments?) Negro didn’t seem to be much of a match for Rush this week, though Negro did beat Rush in the post match mocking. Herodes wasn’t in much and got to take Rush’s dropkick to the face and an extra Mascara heel kick, so it was not much fun for him.

 

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Mistico vs Averno for the CMLL World Welterweight Championship: Do you like headscissors? Do you like matches which are nothing but headscissors? Well, you probably still won’t like this match because even the headscissors aren’t novel or impressive. Místico La Nueva Era is nearing his two year anniversary and any idea of him growing into the role hasn’t happened so far. Not from an aesthetic crowd, not from a fan interest level. This match drew a crowd who strongly wanted to see Averno win. Averno had no luck, not in getting the win, not in getting this to be something worth watching. Finish itself felt way early and screwed up somehow; Averno was refusing to quit just as it was ruled he did. What a strange way to go (if he went!)

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CMLL adds another TV show, Metalico contra Oro Jr., En Busca de un Idolo

Ultimo Dragoncito finds his way back to the fans/Terra

CMLL (TUE) 05/06/2014 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Molotov & Robin b Akuma & Espiritu Negro
tecnicos took /23
2) Arkángel de la Muerte, Hooligan, Inquisidor b Metálico, Oro Jr., Sensei
Rudos took 1/3, after Oro Jr. accidentally hit Metalico. Metalico, still in a shoulder brace, went crazy on Oro Jr. after the match.
3) Astral, Eléctrico, Último Dragoncito COR Demus 3:16, Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico Astral, Electrico, Ultimo Dragoncito vs Demus 3 on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Tecnicos took 2/3, the last by countout after a triple dive. They were allowed to do (multiple) dives because they were in the tercera.
4) Star Jr. b Cavernario [En Busca de un Idolo]
4) Cavernario b Star Jr. [En Busca de un Idolo] Star Jr. vs Cavernario in a En Busca de un Idolo match, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Blue Panther was guest judge. Cavernario defeated Star Jr. in a back superplex flipped into a faceslam. Cavernario scored a 8, 8, 10 and 7 for 33. Star Jr. scored a 6, 7, 7, 9 for a 29.
5) Hechicero b Súper Halcón Jr. [En Busca de un Idolo] Super Halcon Jr. vs Hechicero in a En Busca de un Idolo match, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Hechicero won with a camel clutch. Hechicero scored a 7, 7, 8, and 8 for a 30. Super Halcon Jr. score a 5, 5, 6, and 4.
6) Herodes Jr., Terrible, Vangellys b Sagrado, Stuka Jr., Super Porky
Sagrado replaced Mistico. Rudos took 2/3.
7) Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. b Euforia, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero
Rey Bucanero replaced Niebla Roja on Monday. UG planned on jumping Atlantis, but Atlantis got the drop on him. UG still pulled Atlantis’s mask for the first fall DQ. Rudos took fall 2. Delta & Maya beat Bucanero & Euforia in the third.

Terra’s feed was a second of action followed by five seconds of a still image for the first two and a half matches. They restarted the stream in the tercera and everything was fine after that.

Metalico & Oro Jr. feuded at the end of the En Busca de un Idolo qualifying cibernetico. Metalico’s been out of action since then, and is till not 100%, but they definitely were picking back on that in this match. This seems like a much more promising feud than Metalico’s previous one with Hijo del Signo.

Star Jr. & Cavernario was easily the better match of the two En Busca de un Idolo matches. Hechicero went more rudo in his match, as the judges had demanded, and ended up with a below average judges score. He also had to deal with Super Halcon Jr., who is not helping himself or anyone else.

How would’ve the semimain worked had Mistico not suffered a motorcycle accident? Herodes Jr. would’ve worked with him?

CMLL (TUE) 05/06/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@acogdl]
1) Black Metal b Acertijo
2) Camorra, El Cuatrero, Sansón b Sky Kid, Smaker, Stigma
Rudos took 1/3.
3) Puma & Tiger b Black Panther & Cachorro
Puma & Tiger took 1/3, Puma pulling Cachorro’s mask and Tiger covering him for the win.
4) Felino, Kráneo, Ripper b La Máscara, Titán, Tritón
Rudos took 1/3, Felino defeating Mascara.
5) Diamante Azul b Ráfaga [OCCIDENTE HEAVY]
Diamante Azul is champion and took falls 2/3 to keep the title. First defense.
6) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Rush DQ Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión
Rudos took 2/3, Rojo fouling Marco.

CMLL announced a slight change the TV situation. “Guerreros del Ring”, featuring matches from Guadalajara Tuesdays and Mexico City Sundays has been airing on both 52MX and sister channel Claro Sports. They’re going to split that show into two different shows. 52MX keeps the Guerreros del Ring name, but will broadcast matches from Guadalajara exclusively. Claro Sports gets Titanes del Ring and the Mexico City Sunday matches. This change, including long over due new bumpers for Guerreros del Ring, starts this Saturday. CMLL will now have 7 hours of television a week in Mexico (though it’s impossible to get it all via one provider and there’s also 1 additional hour in the US.) They’re also currently airing about 7 hour of internet TV, with a lot of duplication between the two.

This is a net positive for people who like to watch things I upload onto the internet. CMLL has been taping the complete Guadalajara shows, and now two more of those matches will make air. I won’t have access to the Claro Sports show – it doesn’t have a US feed and it’s only on Dish, Megacable and MasTV in Mexico – but all those matches already air on the Terra internet show. (The US version of 52MX gets a few more repeats of Guerreros del Ring than airs in Mexico; ideally they’d replace one of them with the Claro Sports show, but it’s never worked out that way.) There will be some weeks where the Terra feed has some issue and some matches may go missing, but it’s more content most weeks. CMLL has clearly picked (over)saturation over strength and taking any money they can get from slicing up their live content as many ways as possible. This doesn’t seem to do anything to help CMLL’s overall situation but maybe put a few more pesos in someone’s pocket. If you like picking thru the matches, then you might be able to find something more interesting.

The CMLL press release lists the Tuesday Terra broadcast as if it’s ongoing and not just until the end of En Busca de un Idolo. I assume it still is a temporary situation, but maybe it’s something to keep in mind in a couple weeks.

This 05/17 show in New Mexico is not noteworthy in itself, but it’s part of a trend of a crew of Ciudad Juarez luchadors working a wide variety of United States locations the last few months. They’re using the Border Wrestling Association name; Albert has more posters here. Some of the guys who wrestle in Juarez have also turned up on Saturday in Arizona, Colorado and Georgia before returning to Texas or Chihuahua on Sundays. It doesn’t seem like enough to be a full time job, but they’ve figured out something.

Mistico continues posting photos of his damaged leg, this time saying he had four screws placed in, but vowed to return to “1000%” in a few months.

Segunda Caida reviews La Máscara, Rush, Titán vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas.

An Aeroboy vs Black Terry rematch has been added to the 05/25 ChilangaMask show.

LuchaMania has a Sin Cara interview.

Video interview with Los Revolucionarios.

Pasion Kristal talks about being on the Villahermosa taping.

Cronicas y Leyendas looks back at Mr. Niebla defending a middleweight title in 1995. Middleweight!

A fake Hijo del Fishman! Why would you be a fake Hijo del Fishman? If you’re going to lie, lie bigger than that.

Lineups

source: http://www.cmll.com/01_cartelera/img_arenamex/martes.JPG

CMLL (TUE) 05/13/2014 Arena México
1) Acero & Fantasy vs Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Violencia
2) Metálico, Oro Jr., Stigma vs Canelo Casas, Disturbio, El Rebelde
3) Estrellita, Marcela, Skadi vs Dalys, La Comandante, Zeuxis
4) Cavernario vs Guerrero Negro Jr. [En Busca de un Idolo]
5) Dragon Lee vs Súper Halcón Jr. [En Busca de un Idolo]
6) Blue Panther, Fuego, Rey Cometa vs Boby Zavala, Terrible, Vangellys
7) Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero

Main event we were supposed to get this week! Will they finally do the title match on the 20th?

Guerrero Negro Jr., incredibly, is still on the fringes of the top four. He could really use the win. Super Halcon Jr. is not on the fringes of anything.

Will Metalico’s turn take longer than the Princesa Sugehit?

source: http://www.cmll.com/01_cartelera/img_gdl/guadalajaramartes.JPG

CMLL (TUE) 05/13/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Divino & Virgo vs Demonio Rojo & Sádico
2) Black Metal & Leo vs Artillero & Súper Comando
3) Black Panther, Stuka Jr., Tritón vs Kamaitachi, Magnum, Shigeo Okumura
4) Gallo vs Sangre Azteca [lightning]
5) Metatrón & Sagrado vs Puma & Tiger and Sky Kid & Smaker and El Cuatrero & Sansón
6) Máscara Dorada, Titán, Volador Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión

Semimain is a brothers tag team tournament. Main event looks very good. It’s only the second time Metatron & Sagrado have teamed up. Presumably the top 3 matches will air, but that’s going to take a week to figure out.

top six stories of the last two weeks

Averno left CMLL to work with Sin Cara again. In a rare move, CMLL actually acknowledged Averno had left the promotion. Sin Cara, Averno and various local promoters used Kid’s Day/Labor Day weekends to run a week full of shows around Mexico. The two, teaming with AAA wrestlers or independents, drew good crowds though not consistently sold out ones. Sin Cara, Averno haven’t been officially announced as working for AAA yet, but it’s coming soon. AAA TV lineups on 05/17 and 05/24 have luchadora sorpresa spots which are holding a spot for Sin Cara & Averno.

Mistico II is out of action for an indefinite time after getting into a motorcycle accident. The accident took place Friday, and CMLL has only said Mistico broke a couple of bones in his leg. Mistico has been more forthcoming on his own Facebook, saying he had four screws put in his leg and vowing he’ll be 1000% in “a few months.”

AAA announced Verano de Escandalo would take place on 06/07 in Orizaba, Veracruz. Psycho Clown challenges Texano Jr. again for the Mega championship (the first TV defense in 7 months) will be on the card, and challenges were made for a Blue Demon Jr./Chessman Latin American championship match. The other big development from AAA’s weekend of tapings was the debut of “Bengala” – not the CMLL luchador using the same name, but Ricky Marvin under a mask. Marvin is a fine addition, putting him under a mask is a bit more mysterious.

La Sombra, Rush and La Mascara have formed a rudo outlaw group. All three are now basically doing Rush’s “most hated tecnico” character, only they’re now not getting along with any one else. The three are saying they’re not tecnicos or rudos, but they’ve been repeatedly turning on their tecnico partners and rudos have tended to work as tecnicos against them. The build here is to set up a Negro Casas & Mr. Niebla tag challenge versus La Mascara & Rush (and continue to Casas versus Rush beyond that.) The story has taken a strange turn – that tag title match was announced for this Friday, then everyone involved was abruptly pulled from the card this Monday with no explanation.

The En Busca de un Idolo tournament continues on – but to what, we don’t know. Hechicero continues to lead over all, with his dominance in internet polling passing pushing him far beyond Cavernario (who’s doing better in the other phases of the competition.) Soberano has a little bit of lead for third. Cachorro, Star Jr., Guerrero Negro Jr. and Dragon Lee are all close in a battle for fourth – which may or may not matter. The youngsters in this tournament have looked much more adept at putting together good matches than would be expected for their experience, which is the most important outcome.

El Dandy lost to Satanico in his “retirement” match, as the main event of the 04/27 Chilanga Mask show. Satanico faked a foul, causing El Dandy to lose by disqualification. The good news for Dandy is interest in the Satanico/Dandy retirement tour has grown, and he’s now got at least three more matches after what was billed as the end. In the undercard, AAA’s Eterno worked as a surprise wrestler in a four way tag match that also included CMLL luchadors, and Black Terry beat Aero Boy in a very good match.

– Dr. Wagner Jr. defeated La Park in the main event of the Masked Mania show. Negro Navarro defeated Solar in the second biggest match. The iPPV had issues during the middle of the show, but the two biggest matches got thru clean.

– Stuka Jr. won the CMLL Reyes del Aire, in what would be Averno’s final match for the promotion (for the time being.)

– Mascara Ano 2000 Jr. won the annual IWRG Rey del Ring 30 man royal rumble match.

– Mascara Dorada will be part of the NJPW BOSJ (and probably lose more than he’ll win, because JAPAN)

– Demonio Maya won the Occidente Middleweight championship from Fuego

– People who kept their titles: Escorpion, Flamita (in Dragon Gate!), Mephisto, Angelico & Jack Evans, Hijo de Pirata Morgan

– One ref lost his hair to another in IWRG.

Cameraman does not watch what he’s filming, goes down hard.

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CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-04-12

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taped 2014-04-01 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara

Leo flipped

Leo vs Camorra for the hair: Best match of their feud. Match in their feud with the fewest springboards. These are not coincidences. Leo is not an agile flying guy but can do a good tope and can do near falls, so that’s what they did. This is not near as good Stigma/Camorra and Camorra does not have Pólvora like super powers, but this was better than I thought it would be based on the feud leading up to it. The finish is so random, the crowd is still to busy chanting at each other to notice at first, and then don’t react much when it’s made clear. They worked a storyline about Leo having an injured shoulder early on, but kind of abandoned it until it’s supposed to play into the finish. Like the match, it doesn’t quite work. I have no better understanding of why this feud happened after watching it.

Leo takes out Camorra with a tope

Trash can to the head

taped 2014-04-06 @ Arena Coliseo
Atlantis vs Mr. Niebla: Watched this via the Terra recording, drove myself mad with the sound slowly drifting apart from the video. There was a match underneath that, which seemed more active and varied than their match in this same building a few months ago. We’re still in the moment where 51 year old Atlantis can have good 10-12 minute singles matches, but CMLL doesn’t seem in a hurry to have the ones that they really need to have before that time runs out. This particular match was Atlantis’ usual classic moves, a couple dives, and a little bit of Niebla goofiness, though less than you’d expect – he took it more seriously than usual. The finish is pretty definitive and seems like an end to this feud for now, which means they’ll be back at it someplace else by the time you read this.

not the most disguised rope grab, but the ref misses it

 

Astral wins

Eléctrico vs Astral, Stukita, Acero, Pequeño Halcón, Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Nitro, Pierrothito, Último Dragoncito, Fantasy in a cage match, loser loses mask: If you’re in a cage match, and someone’s trying to be the first person to leave, and you’re the only person there to stop them, why are you stopping them? You only really win a cage match by escaping, so as long as you’re pretty sure you’re not going to be the last person left by letting someone go, let them go and worry about yourself. The only time you should be thinking about stopping people from escaping is if you really hate them enough to want to finish it with them, or if you’ll be stuck in the final if they escape. These are the things I think about when lucha libre makes me watch too many pointless cage matches in a short time. (Also, the climb over the top part as elimination bit is still not as dramatic as touching the floor. At least CMLL came up with the last two having to finish like a real match.) As usual, match improves when there are less people in it, which makes you wonder why all all those people who were so unnecessary that they quit the match a dozen minutes before it ended were ever in the match to start with. Nitro blowing his own escape was a delight. Eléctrico may want to consider wearing pants which aren’t easily pulled down the next time he’s in a cage match – or maybe he doesn’t want to consider that. Final match between Astral and Pequeño Halcón was not as rough as it sounded on paper, more like an intense lightning match than might be feared.

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05/25 AAA TV Lineup (Tuxtla Gutierrez) – two title matches

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AAA TV (SAT) 05/24/2014 Explanada del Parque Bicentenario, Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas
1) Ludxor, Niño Hamburguesa, Venum vs Carta Brava Jr., El Apache, Fresero Jr.
2) El Elegido, Faby Apache, Mascarita Sagrada, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Machine Rocker, Mamba, Mini Abismo Negro, Taya Valkyrie
3) Bengala vs AerostarAxelDagaSteve PainEterno [AAA CRUISER]
Daga is champion. 7th defense (only 2nd on TV)
4) Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Hijo del Fantasma, Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Texano Jr. [AAA TRIOS]
Psycho Circus are cahmpions. Seventh defense, fifth title match with Consejo in this reign
5) ?, Fénix, La Parka vs ??, Black Warrior, el Hijo del Perro Aguayo

Air Date: 06/07, same day as Verano de Escandalo.

Sin Cara goes from the three best guys to work with him to his three biggest rival. Again, I think they’re much better off announcing him then playing the mystery game (assuming he’s signed.) I’m hoping there’s something along the lines of a DF press conference where Sin Cara is officially signed and Averno shows up to challenge him to get the word out.

Fenix being in the main event both nights is really interesting. Fenix is going to blow Sin Cara away, at least in athletic feats. Sin Cara’s history and aura are tough to over shadow, but I wonder how many people are going to walk away from both matches believing Fenix is the more dynamic exciting luchador.

(And that might be a designed effect.)

We’ve got an anniversary to celebrate. May 19, 2012 was the first ever Psycho Circus/Consejo trios title match. Two years of these matches! I hope someone brings out a birthday cake. Adding Hijo del Fantasma to the group means they’ve managed to slightly change the lineup every TV time, but the match itself never changes. (K-Changon being listed here means he’s probably not meant to be with Anarquia on the previous taping – either he’s listed in the wrong match or the rudos are meant to be swapped.)

Aerostar was previously announced as working in UK on 05/25. This was announced last month, so AAA should be aware of it – like with Bengala, maybe not all the decision makers know what’s going on, but I’m certain someone does. If Aerostar really wasn’t going to the UK, AAA could’ve knocked that down a while ago. They have not. They’ve just listed him here, confusing the issue and making it confusing for fans of Aerostar on either side of the Atlantic.

(I think he’s working the UK and being replaced here. And I think AAA won’t bother saying anything because no one holds the responsible for this sort of thing so why should they care.)

Now I get it: AAA is booking Axel like he’s an exciting cruiserweight luchador. He’s not and I have no idea where they got this idea, but that’s clearly the idea. TIP FOR VIDEO MONTAGE CREATOR: there’s some footage of Axel challenging Daga from a year ago that the people in charge totally forgot about, but you can make good use of here. Let me know if you need help tracking down the taping.

That tercera is a multiman, not a trios. They sometimes list more “vs” to indicate multiman but sometimes don’t; they did it both ways on the Rey de Reyes poster. As listed, and with Axel not messing things up, it had a chance to be one of the best matches of the year. It now depends on who replaces Aerostar (and, at least to me, if they understand their own rules.) Or everyone else can leave and Daga and Bengala Marvin can face off, because that will be very good.

Next taping is 06/07, Vernao de Escandalo in Orizaba. AAA’s new practice seems to be releasing TV lineups a couple days after the latest taping, so we probably won’t see that until 05/19.

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AAA on Televisa: 2014-04-12

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death by kip up

taped 2014-03-29 @ Parque de Beisbol Praxedis Balboa, Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas
Mascarita Sagrada & Octagoncito vs Mini Murder Clown & Mini Psycho Clown: It seemed like a while since we’ve seen Mini Murder Clown on TV, then I went and checked and realized he hasn’t made it since November 2011! He’s gotten much better in the last two years. He did almost kill Octagoncito near the end, but he oveacheived and so did this match. A good nine minute match where everyone got their moments and nothing went too bad. I didn’t have much expectations for this because Mini Psycho Circus wasn’t impressive when they were last on TV and Sagrada has his own problems, but the rudos looked impressive on offense and the comedy bit early on was nice. There wasn’t a lot of attention to it, but Mini Psycho Clown seemed to be wearing a Mini Chessman tribute outfit for the night.

Fenix goes coast to coast

Chessman, Daga, Steve Pain vs Alan Stone, Drago, Fénix: Presumably here to build up Alan Stone (reverted back to his previous gimmick), unfortunate that Alan Stone looked like the least impressive técnico and won only because Chessman kept insisting on going to the top rope for no particular reason. Drago and Fenix were and looked good, while Alan was just kind of a guy. All three needed the help of the rudos, but it was more evident the rudos were just taking big bumps for Alan. It didn’t feel like the rudos got a whole lot, but were fine with what they did and Steve Pain sure sent Fenix a long way on the monkey flip.

Fenix tornillo

 

Demon says hello

Blue Demon Jr., Cibernético, La Parka vs el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Parka Negra II, Zorro: Usual AAA main event, brawling start into a long técnico showcase. Zorro and Parka Negra did most of the work, as usual. This format was kind of invented for Cibernético and Parka and wasn’t what Demon usually does, but he fit in okay. Cibernético did a kip up, which would’ve been more impressive if he didn’t have two people to hold him up. Taking Zorro’s back suplex and curb stomp was more unexpected; Cibernético ended up losing completely clean to Zorro.

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05/17 AAA TV Lineup (Tapachula) – likely debuts for Sin Cara & Averno

AAA TV (SAT) 05/17/2014 Palenque de la Feria Mesoamericana, Tapachula, Chiapas
1) Ludxor, Niño Hamburguesa, Venum vs Carta Brava Jr., El Apache, Fresero Jr.
2) Faby Apache, Jennifer Blake, Mascarita Sagrada, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Mamba, Mini Abismo Negro, Sexy Star, Taya Valkyrie
3) Alan Stone, Axel, El Elegido vs Hijo del Fantasma, Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Texano Jr.
4) Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Daga, Eterno, Steve Pain
Anarquia will have someone named K-Changon with them
5) ?, Cibernético, Fénix vs ???, Chessman, Pentagón Jr.

Air Date: 05/31

The mystery spots in the main event are obviously designed to introduce Sin Cara and Averno. Chessman, Pentagon Jr. and Averno are the three best people to work with Sin Cara at this point. The only missing piece is actually announcing the names. It seems like they should ahead of time – the whole idea of Sin Cara touring around the last couple weeks is selling tickets based on his name (and Averno) alone. AAA does love their surprises, and it’s always possible they still haven’t come up with the replacement name. Or it could all fall thru between now and then.

This is one of the bigger buildings AAA’s run this year – listed as 7500 capacity when it was opened last year – and they’re not guaranteed a sell out just by showing up. They ran here only last month – with Sin Cara! – and half filled it up.

The main event looks like it’ll create a lot of news. The rest of the show seems like they’re killing time. No ongoing feuds in matches, though the third and fourth matches look obvious to end with Texano and Psycho Clown costing each other matches.

Anarquia getting a mascot is a peculiar idea. They’re meant to be serious and a small man following them around doesn’t fit that image.

This is a five match show, so one match has to be cut. I’m guessing it’s the tercera, because it’s bizarre group of tecnicos. I’m back to not understanding why Axel is here when there are people who are over, can have a good match, or are both over and can have a good match who aren’t around. Elegido and Alan Stone can at least do their dance and get a reaction, though they don’t have a great use for that. I’m not sure why the Alan Stone/Chessman bit was started to stop for at least a month, but that’s normal for AAA.

Opener would be really good with just about everyone but Nino Hamburguesa. He’s also over exposed for a guy who needs to improve.

Next taping is a week later, but will be announced later today.

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