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05/02-06 lucha times


I don’t put up La Lucha Se Le Hace on YouTube because finding tape dates proved usually impossible and I could use that time in other more productive ways. The show must be doing well enough for Mexicanal though, because they’re getting an extra half hour for an El Rayo (de Plata) reality show. It airs Sundays at 9:30pm.

== AAA ==

AAA-Televisa: Mixed trios, Los Angeles, main event.

== CMLL ==

FOX: Niebla, Casas, Shocker vs Los Odiosos.

52MX: Reyes del Aire, Revolucionarios vs Atlantis/Mistico/surly Sombra, and maybe Arkangel and Gallo in trios?

C3: Zavala/Rojo/Escorpion vs Sombra/Titan/Triton

TVC Deportes (Puebla): probably the three way apuesta match, Syuri’s last TV match and Guerreros vs Sombra, Mistico, Valiente

Lucha Azteca: Kraneo, Niebla, Ripper vs Mistico, Valiente, Volador

Terra Friday: Cachorro vs Dragon Lee Star Jr. & Soberano Jr. vs Guerrero Negro Jr. in the tournament, Delta, Guerrero Maya, Rey Cometa vs Kamaitachi, Misterioso, Okumura?

Terra Sunday: Sombra, Marco, Mistico vs Revolucionarios, Fuego vs Puma

Terra Tuesday: Still no lineup for this show? Cavernario/Lee & Hechicero/Halcon should be on the show.

== Other ==

Noches de Coliseo: whatever happened last Sunday? Etreus, Mosco, Simbolo vs Alebrto, Silencio, Super Jack

IWRG-AYM Sports: whatever happened last Sunday? Apolo, Diablo, Eterno vs HIjo de Dos, Relampago, Veneno


looking back at Averno in CMLL

Averno’s time with CMLL wrapped up this weekend. He was never got to be the top figure, and rarely was even the top rudo, but he was a key part of the promotion for the last decade. Averno was elevated when he became Mistico’s default opponent, and turned that into a long stretch as a top of the card gatekeeper for young high flying tecnicos. He’s going to AAA to one again fill that first role, but hopefully gets to a little of that second role as well.

Here’s 15 (!) matches to recap his CMLL career.

2001-06-19: Rey Bucanero & Último Guerrero vs Averno & Satánico

There’s not much of Rencor Latino listed as airing on TV (this is the earliest known match in the database, this one has a much more interesting group of people). Rencor Latino was used previously by Averno’s father, and he begin using the name himself in dying days of the UWA. That’s not a well remembered time, and so Averno usually gets lumped in as a CMLL trainee despite having started elsewhere. Rencor Latino quietly worked opening matches for a few years before being swept into Satanico versus his pupils Ultimo Guerrero and Rey Bucanero. Satanico had spent the last few months recruiting rivals to help him take back his Infernal group name from the students who had turned on him and taken the identity with them. Satanico couldn’t get the big win that way, so he eventually decided to switch tactics and recruit new soldiers to battle his old ones. Rencor Latino walking thru Satanico’s (cheesy special effect) fire to become Averno is one of the most remembered vignettes of the period.

This match is early on from that feud, with Satanico & Averno fighting Ultimo Guerrero & Rey Bucanero. Avenro’s the least important guy in this match, out matched for the moment by the much more experienced Ultimo Guerrero and Rey Bucanero team. He’s also wearing his first Averno mask, a split Ultimo Guerrero/Rey Bucanero mask. It works thematically, but looks a bit ugly. (It still wasn’t his worst Averno mask.) The Satanico’s Infernals versus Rebel Guerreros feud was one of CMLL’s great succeses of this time period, using Satanico and the long history of the Infernales name establish a whole bunch of guys as meaningful players, and they had to pull it off despite some injury absences. Mephisto, seen briefly in the skit before the match, suffered an arm injury in training just before he was supposed to debut. Toscano (then Tarzan Boy) suffered a neck injury earlier and wouldn’t be back for a while longer. Mascara Magica, seen threatening Averno late in the match, ended up getting pulled into the feud as a replacement – and ended up in the long run with about a two year run as a upper level tecnico which wouldn’t have otherwise happened.

2004-10-01: Atlantis, El Hijo Del Santo, Místico, Negro Casas vs Averno, Rey Bucanero, Tarzan Boy, Último Guerrero

Footage, especially footage that is freely available on the internet, is scarce at this point. I’d like to link to Hijo del Santo versus Averno, a match designed to give Averno credibility even in a loss so he’s someone a little more important before the Mistico run begins. This will have to do as a replacement match. It’s all about the young guy in the silver mask, as everyone bends over backwards to make it clear Mistico is the new star. Mistico gets the last entrance, his veteran legend partners insist on letting him start, and the announcers shower with him praise. Averno is moved up to the top mix as a body product, and gets a few moments of getting the better of Santo and Mistico. BONUS: everyone looks much older a decade later, except Atlantis stopped aging at some point.

2005-01-30: Mistico vs Averno

Mistico, under the name, debuted in the summer of 2004 and won the Gran Alternativa soon. That win marked Mistico as someone for the future, but it was the 2005 New Year’s Day win over Averno for the NWA World Middleweight Championship which declared the future was right now. That match never aired. It was a Sunday, which wasn’t being used for TV and so the match probably wasn’t taped.

This was the first defense, off in Guadalajara. Title matches taken through out the country tend not to vary all that much, so I suspect this might not be that far off from the original. There’s still raw at this point, and everything would good refined and improved over the next couple of years. Averno does a lot more flying here than he would as years went by, but his holding together headscissors skill is already present. Mistico has a few detracting slips, but also an incredible tornillo. The crowd is already treating like to Mistico like a star, and absolutely lose their minds when he wins. (This show doesn’t seem to have drawn much mroe than Guadalajara does of late, but that’s change soon.) THIS referee is still in this building too. Bonus fun: Dos Caras Jr. as Mistico’s buddy!

2005-04-01: Atlantis & Blue Panther vs Averno & Mephisto

Again skipping a lot of years here due to lack of available video. (I don’t have a good Generic Red Averno & Generic Black Mephisto match to share, but you can check that lacking look out here.) Averno and Mephsito had already become a strong tag team, Atlantis & Blue Panther were only tag team champions as part of a former enemies who were not friends deal, and this title change seemed overdue by the time it occurred. Mephisto and Averno became a team of two luchadors with one mind, completely in sync with each other and always on the same page, even as Mephisto would add a lot of muscle as time went on. This match featured a lot of spots which would always go wrong for them going right this time, including actually connecting on the top rope swandive headbutt spot. Despite the usual bit of cheating, they win the tag team titles in the cleanest way possible, with Averno even beating Blue Panther with his own armbar.

2006-05-13: Okada & Milano Collection AT vs American Gigolo & Trent Acid vs Bruto Issei & Okumura vs Averno & Mephisto

There is no historical importance to Averno in this match at all, I just thought you should see it given that lineup. That’s a real lineup to a real match that happened at the first DragonMania, because Ultimo Dragon is a well traveled man with an eclectic group of friends and known associates. NJPW top star Okada is a trainee in dark hair and the third most interesting person on his team, behind Milano and his monkey Venezia. The match is not much, as they start with the comedy spots and then continue with many more comedy spots. Averno and Mephisto get disqualified and leave early after crotching the current IWGP Heavyweight Champion into the post in the one time a year that’s a disqualification.. Okumura is still in Mexico, somehow. Trent Acid passed away a couple years ago. Issei and Milano both retired due to injury, though Milano is around NJPW as a commentator. I haven’t seen Gigolo’s name in a while, but I’m sure he’s working hard someplace. Both referees are still in CMLL!

2009-01-16: Sombra & Volador Jr. vs Averno & Mephisto

It’s Averno & Mephisto in a showcase for young tecnicos. This is their native habit, expect to see it most of the rest of the way. Sombra crashes and burns on a tornillo to the floor early on, and is left with one working shoulder the rest of the way. It would takethe impossible for Volador & Sombra to win the tag titles on this day, but this continues a pattern of Sombra pulling out the impossible.

(Also, this was the end of good times for Sagrado, as his trio with Sombra & Volador is quickly dismissed and he returns to midcard purgatory until this day.)

2009-06-15: Ultimo Guerrero vs Averno

The Infernals/Infernales feuded ended with Satanico’s group taking the name. Averno & Mephisto later decided to boot Satanico out of the group themselves, which caused Guerrero & Bucanero to crow about being right all along – and then everyone was just friends going forward. Those four didn’t cross paths as opponents much after than, instead teaming with each other in usual CMLL mix and match fashion. Still, there’s a case to be made that Ultimo Guerrero was the biggest obstacle to Averno’s career, since they were similar types of rudos only Guerrero was always a little bit heavier and a little bit more of a star. Averno couldn’t even permanently leapfrog him on the rudo totem pole without either one of them joining the tecnico side, and neither man was cut out to be a tecnico for any long stretch. This match, the end of a short Puebla feud, is their one known full length singles match. They’d trade decisions wins in the CMLL Universal tournament in 2010 and 2011.

2009-07-21: Hijo del Fantasma vs Averno

Hijo del Fantasma biggest shining moment in CMLL comes by defeating the guy who might soon be his stablemate. This is the era of Fatnasma inexplicably wearing the K-Swiss logo on his mask for reference. This is also the era when Hijo del Fantasma was a rising star in CMLL, before Whatever Happened, Happened. The match itself is not super great – falling into a pattern of trading moves that happens in some Averno matches – but the large Tuesday crowd is thrilled for the title change.

2011-01-23: Mistico vs Averno

Skipping from (almost) the first one all the way to the last one. Don’t worry, you can go back and find plenty more, or you can just wait a few weeks and see plenty of new ones. Both guys know this, the main event of the first FantasticaMania, is Mistico’s final match with CMLL. Very few others know, but they got out with the classic version of their match compressed into one fall. Mistico ends the show by declaring Japan his second home and challenging Averno to return to Japan to do this match again. That’s all just talk for the crowd, but I’d be very surprised if that didn’t happen this year. (Though the mask/mask part might not work.)

2011-03-18: Averno vs Mascara Dorada

Averno wins the title from Mascara Dorada in what appears to be the start of a mask versus mask feud with Mascara Dorada. Averno suddenly has other places to be, so he’s cashing in a mask he won’t soon need. Unfortunately, Mascara Dorada gets an offer to go to Japan for three months, and is suddenly unavailable for months. This is a tease of what could’ve been, but instead the win goes elsewhere and Mascara Dorada is still lacking that career defining win. Dorada’s since noted he was supposed to be in the mask match, but I wonder if he knew that prior to accepting the NJPW trip. It would say a lot about how things in CMLL were looking at that moment if he did.

2011-06-17: La Mascara vs Averno

La Mascara first and only (so far) singles main event in a main show after the market had already cratered, no significant semimain event, plenty of word out about Averno’s planned departure and CMLL generally having a scatterbrained and panicked year following Mistico’s defection. Tony Rivera and friends attempted a blockade of the show, protesting the working conditions. CMLL got them to disappear a few hours before show time (and the whole thing has never been explained or mentioned again), but they still caused many hours of speculation about the big show being canceled. All that worked against the show, and they still managed to draw 13,500. This show won’t be remembered much a decade from now, because it didn’t happen in March or September and La Mascara has still never become a draw, but it’s really one of the biggest CMLL successes in the era.

The vignette building this up, emphasizing La Mascara wasn’t just fighting a satanic demon man but also two decades of Brazo failure, were the best job CMLL Has done in building up a match in this decade. La Mascara lacks much depth as a luchador and was exposed by the many rematches, but he and Averno put enough together here to give the fans a memorable match.

2011-07-15: Hijos del Averno vs Generacion de Oro

Just four weeks later, everything flips. La Mascara, Mascara Dorada (returned!) and La Sombra seem like they’re headed to a record establishing ninth known defense while Averno is wrapping before heading to WWE. Only, Averno beats La Mascara with La Mascara’s own campana, the Hijos del Averno win the world trios titles for the first and only time, and it’s a clear a monkey wrench (or a failed drug test) has change the course of events. Looking back, it’s obviously plans had changed as far back as the 4th, when Averno kept the middleweight title over La Mascara in Puebla, but this trios title change made it definite Averno was staying around for a while longer.

There’s not a lot of trios matches on this list. The Hijos del Averno were in the argument for the best trio for large portions of their run, but the trios championship seems to go more often to teams who need help getting into that argument. Ephesto, added onto to Averno & Mephisto long after those two had started being a team, always felt like a third wheel as well. They evolved into a good team, but a lot of it was Ephesto learning to do the Averno/Mephisto spots rather than adding something new, and the tag team generally felt like the better formation. This was their big moment together, a few moments after it seemed they were no longer meant to be together. The silver lining is it gave Mephisto, Ephesto and CMLL an extra two and half years to figure out exactly what they would do if they were no longer all together.

2011-09-16: La Sombra vs Averno

CMLL had spent the spring building up Averno for his big match, and spent the summer doing La Mascara/Averno rematches. Months of treating Averno like a top star put him in great position for one more big loss. This time, the breakthru win goes to La Sombra, following up his two 2010 mask wins by winning the tournament to declare himself the best in the promotion. This was the signal Sombra was meant to be the (a?) Mistico replacement, and who better to face him than Mistico’s old opponent. Being the new young star right after the last one left comes with some pluses and minuses, but this match is all pluses. It stands on it’s own as an excellent final (and was my pick for best match of the year), but Sombra’s dynamic performance is a breath of fresh air after all the repeatitive drudrgery of the La Mascara feud.

2011 is probably the best year of Averno’s career. Maybe also the most disappointing.

2013-09-13: Blue Panther vs Averno

CMLL’s secret most interesting non-feud for quite a while was Blue Panther versus Averno. For whatever reason, when they were matched up in a routine trios, they frequently broke out of that routine with different mat work, fall structures and finishes. It was rarerly an official feud, just a random Tuesday when Panther and Averno happened to be matched up and wanted to do something out of the ordinary for their own purposes. They finally got to match up full time and for real leading into the 2013’s apuesta match with submission only rules. I have quibbles with the finish, wanting to see a cleaner or more direct win than occurred, but the match was well worked the rest of the way, in a type of match which hadn’t been done in that building. They’re telling a story in very bright primary colors – Averno’s a rudo, so he’s dumb and will forget the rules and must cheat to win – but the level of lucha libre performed may it one of the best matches of the year.

2013-12-01: Averno vs Titan

And this was one of the best feuds of the year. It was really simple: Titan’s almost good enough to win, but Averno baits him into the same mistake every time and beats him just because of it. Only this time, Titan finally finds the will to survive his mistake and come back to win. (Ironically, both Averno and Mephisto have gone the other way with their finisher, where it’s been kicked out so many times that the survival doesn’t get the reaction any more.) This is Averno helping another young high flyer to put it together in Arena Mexico, his defining role for many years.

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referee loses his hair in IWRG, El Dandy

IWRG (WED) 04/30/2014 Arena Naucalpan [The Gladiatores]
1) Látigo b Fulgor I
2) Ángel Del Amor & Golden Magic b Canis Lupus & Imposible
3) Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro DQ Centvrión, Cien Caras Jr., X-Fly
Cien fouled AK-47
4) Hijo de Pirata Morgan b Hijo de Máscara Año 2000 [IWRG IC MIDDLE]
Hijo del Pirata Morgan came in as champion and kept his title, despite Cien Caras Jr.’s interference. 3th defense
5) Relámpago & Veneno b Eterno & Pirata Morgan [seconds hair]
Referee Capu (Relampago & Veneno) versus Referee Reyes Rosas (Pirata Morgan & Eterno). Tecnicos took 1/3.

I guess there was a referee feud? It never came across in the results. Picture of the headshaving here. Hijo del Pirata won the middleweight title from Eterno, defended it against Hijo de Mascara, defended it against Eterno, defended it against Hijo de Mascara. Are there only three middleweights in IWRG?

Estadio Deportes is giving away 48 tickets to Sunday’s IWRG show if you can name one of the people on the show. Helpfully, the poster is right next to the article. 48 extra people is a big increase to the attendance on some days (though Sundays seems to better.)

AAA TV will air the mixed trios match, Los Angels de Lucha Libre versus Daga, Hijo del Pirata Morgan, Steve Pain and Cibernetico, La Parka, Psycho Clown vs Perro Aguayo Jr., Texano Jr., Hijo del Fantasma.

El Dandy, who had his last match ever in the Mexico City area last weekend, will be wrestling in (Mexico City area) Arena San Juan Pantitlan on 05/17. That arena itself has had it’s Last Ever Show Because They’re Going To Use The Building For Something Else show 2 or 3 times, and it’s back again.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

This week’s Tercera Caida has an interview with WWS’s Star Fire, Crazy Star and India Mazahua. There’s also an after the show video with the luchadoras.

Cerebro Negro returns to the ring on 05/29 on DTU’s show in Mexico City.

Full lineups for this weekends ChilangaMask show. There are plenty of good matches, but I’m most excited for the free WiFi on Friday. My internet connection is struggling today.

You know how Jeff Jarrett has been working with AAA? Jeff Jarrett is still working with AAA, but now has a currently meaningless acronym attached to him. I’m struggling to remember the times Jeff Jarrett headlined TripleMania, as mentioned in that press release.

The Delco Elbow drop has a very positive review of MaskedMania. I still need to go back and watch the matches I missed.

Notimex wire article on the 04/29 show in Tepito lists the world famous luchador returning to his home neighborhoods as “Sin Mascara”.

Saturday’s show at Arena Coliseo Corona Cinco de Mayo in Gomez Palacio will be a benefit show for local luchador Reptil Jr. He’s in the hospital with kidney issues, and they’re looking for blood donors.

Triton would like to be remembered as someone who gave his life to wrestling and was a good human being.

La Parka talks about this weekend’s tapings.

Fuego en el Ring interviews an eight year and a ten year old training to be luchadors.

DJ Spectro posts an article about Pepe Aguayo’s debut.

Sin Cara versus Averno, Mephisto keeps his title, En Busca de un Idolo

CMLL (TUE) 04/29/2014 Arena México [CMLL, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Apocalipsis & Inquisidor b Bengala & Magnus Bengala & Magnus vs Apocalipsis & Inquisidor, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Rudos took 1/3.
2) Acero, Aéreo, Bam Bam DQ Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Universo 2000, Pequeño Warrior Aereo, Bam Bam, Stukita vs Pequeno Nitro, Pequeno Universo 2000, Pequeno Warrior, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Acero replaced Stukita. Bam Bam’s first match here since November, Pequeno Universo’s first match since October. Tecnicos took 2/3, Warrior fouling Bam Bam for the DQ.
3) Cancerbero, Raziel, Sangre Azteca b Hombre Bala Jr., Pegasso, Stigma Hombre Bala Jr., Pegasso, Stigma vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Sangre Azteca, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Rudos took 1/3 in the best of the undercard trios matches.
4) Cavernario b Dragon Lee [En Busca de un Idolo] Dragon Lee vs Cavernario in a En Busca de un Idolo match, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Final Week 4 matches. Cavernario defeated Dragon Lee in what officially was about 9:55 (though the clock actually started late on both matches.) Cavernario won with a cavernaria in a very good match. Guest judge tonight was La Sombra (still in a bad mood), and Dragon Rojo Jr. replaced Shocker again. Cavernario scored a 5, 9, 10, 6 for a 30. Dragon Lee scored a 4, 8, 8, 3 for a 23 with both Niebla and Tirantes saying Dragon Lee was better than his two brothers (Rush & Mistico). Tirantes accused Dragon Lee of stealing Star Jr.’s great – it was the same gear he wore against Star Jr. a few weeks ago.
5) Guerrero Negro Jr. b Cachorro [En Busca de un Idolo] Cachorro vs Guerrero Negro Jr. in a En Busca de un Idolo match, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
No reference was made to Guerrero Negro Jr.’s weird “Left CMLL” facebook status. He won via Canadian Destroyer in 6:25. Guerrero Negro Jr. scored 6, 9, 8, 6 for a 28. Cachorro scored 6, 8, 7, 4 for a 25.
6) Felino, Puma, Tiger b Fuego, Máximo, Sagrado
Team Cat took 1/3.
7) Boby Zavala, Dragón Rojo Jr., Rey Escorpión b La Sombra, Titán, Tritón
7) La Sombra, Titán, Tritón b Boby Zavala, Dragón Rojo Jr., Rey Escorpión
Sombra barely participated in the match and did not get along with his teammates. Rudos took 2/3.

Sombra barely participated in the match and did not get along with his teammates. Tecnicos took 1/3.

Cavernario versus Dragon Lee is worth checking out. Sombra and Rush not getting along with anyone and kind of ruining matches is going to get old after a while, but it’s not been a while yet. Sombra keeping in character also brought down the scores the En Busca guys received; that’s the inherent unfairness of ever changing judges.

Terra broadcast the show with no HD for whatever reason. It sounds like Shocker was humiliated by clowns on a TV show instead of judging this week. These things happen. It’s probably an excused absence in that case, but it doesn’t quite what’s up Friday – maybe more clowns?


CMLL (TUE) 04/29/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@acogdl]
1) Leo & Metatrón b Infierno & Satara
Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Demonio Rojo & Maléfico b Oro Jr. & Starman
Rudos took 1/3.
3) Amapola, Princesa Blanca, Zeuxis b La Vaquerita, Lluvia, Marcela
Rudos took 1/3.
4) Diamante Azul, La Máscara, Stuka Jr. b Ráfaga, Rey Bucanero, Vangellys
Rudos took 1/3, Rafaga beating Azul to set up a title match next week.
5) Mephisto b Valiente [MEX LH]
Mephisto is champion and took falls 2/3 to keep the title. 7th defense.
6) Mistico, Rush, Volador Jr. b Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
Tecnicos took 2/3.

While Averno is leaving CMLL, there’s no suggestion Mephisto is finishing up with CMLL. They surely need to come up with a new name or role for Hijo del Averno, but it appears Ephesto and Mephisto will be around Arena Mexico as long as we can tell.






photo by Black Terry Jr.


Black Terry Jr. has photos from the Tepito show with Sin Cara, Averno and friends.  There’s video of part of the match here. I hope Averno gets a new shirt at some point. +LuchaTV talked to Averno about leaving CMLL, and says he’s not signed with AAA (though he respects their wrestlers), but is just really excited to fight the independent luchadors. That’s a great story, like he quit CMLL because he really wants to fight Veneno. Averno does say he’s booked for Friday in a city that’s not where AAA’s taping TV.

UFC announced they’ll be running Arena Ciudad de Mexico on November 11/15, with heavyweight champion (and Mexican American) Cain Velasquez defending his title. They’ll also be filming a season of their Ultimate Fighter reality show, airing on Televisa’s Channel 5 in Mexico starting on August 11th. The cast for that will be eight Mexicans and eight others from Latin American. People have been predicting the rise of MMA in Mexico (and that rise drawing people away from lucha libre) for at least a half decade. This TV show, even more than the one day event, is the best chance for that to ever happen. Though, conversely, if it doesn’t take this time, it’s hard to understand when it ever will.

Today is Kid’s Day proper. IWRG is usually the only lineup I can find on Wednesdays, but I’ve got 12 lineups today and there’s probably many more small ones being put on by local governments.

Rob has highlights of mid March 2001 CMLL.

Doradafan has highlights of 04/01/2014 CMLL

Karonte took Caifan’s hair in Monterrey.

The Gladiatores talks to El Dandy about his farewell.

DJ Spectro looks back at Brazo de Oro taking Dalton Stone’s mask.

Io Shirai, who did keep her Stardom title, talks about coming to Mexico in a couple weeks for the Lucha Fan Fast and Toryumon Mexico.

Ozz says La Secta is still dominant, even though they’ve had some setbacks. I guess I don’t know what “dominant” or “setback” mean. Espiritu wins my back by saying “Crazy Boy is known to be a crowd, that’s why he always attacks in groups.”

Pentagon Jr. and Australian Suicide talk about their singles match

Okumura has been in CMLL for a whole decade.



CMLL (TUE) 05/06/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Black Metal vs Acertijo
2) Sky Kid, Smaker, Stigma vs Camorra, El Cuatrero, Sansón
3) Puma & Tiger vs Black Panther & Cachorro
4) La Máscara, Titán, Tritón vs Felino, Kráneo, Ripper
5) Diamante Azul vs Ráfaga [OCCIDENTE HEAVY]
Diamante Azul is champion
6) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Rush vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión

Not as sure Rafaga is winning the title here, but it’d be a good couple weeks for Guadalajara locals if he can.

Dragon Rojo Jr. here means someone else will have to replace Shocker.

Either Puma & Tiger vs Cachorro & Black Panther makes 52MX or the Cien Caras debut on TV.

AULL (SAT) 05/31/2014 Arena Lopez Mateos
***48th Anniversary***
1) Euro & Spider Boy vs Ave Negra & Rey Inmortal and Sangre De Lobo & Stryker and Kiubi & Seiya [relevos suicidas]
2) ? vs ?? [mask]
3) Yakuza vs Holkan [mask]
4) Dr. Cerebro, Sádico, Satánico vs Solar I, Súper Nova, Zumbi
5) Negro Navarro, Trauma I, Trauma II vs Barba Roja, Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan Jr.
6) Dr. Wagner Jr. vs Octagón, Canek, Fuerza Guerrera [Copa Universo]

Octagon versus Canek will sure be something.

Azul/Ripper, Atlantis on (fake) Sin Caras, ChilangaMask

CMLL (MON) 04/28/2014 Arena Puebla [El Popular, Periodico Enfoque, Periodico Enfoque (fotos)]
1) Águila Egipcia, Black Tiger, Paris b Artillero, El Rebelde, Súper Comando
Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Asturiano, Metálico, Sensei b Ares, Espíritu Maligno, Siki Ozama Jr.
Metalico’s first match since being hurt in the En Busca de un Idolo cibernetico. Tecnicos took 1/3, Asturiano beating Espiritu when he was too focused on beating up the man who took his hair.
3) Boby Zavala, Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora b Delta, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr.
Rudos took 1/3.
4) La Máscara b Rey Escorpión [lightning]
Campana. Mascara demanded a title match next week.
5) Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Rush DQ Negro Casas, Ripper, Shocker
Rush and Casas did their bit. Ripper pulled Azul’s mask for the DQ – they also seem to be feuding. Rush attacked Casas after the decision and Casas needed medical help.

Shocker was pulled from Friday’s lineup earlier in the day – Negro Casas will take his place – but wrestled this match with a taped shoulder. Maybe there’s a change of plans on Fridays? A hurt shoulder shouldn’t keep him from judging. Azul/Ripper gives Azul something to do for the first time in a great while.

Pierroth replaced Ephesto on Sunday. That’s a match with Triton, Stuka and Sagrado, no luchadors Pierroth can really work well with. I’m not entirely sure Pierroth can work well with anyone, but he’s worse with flying luchadors and Triton and Sagrado can be especially shaky flying fellows.

Someone in Oaxaca is promoting a show with Atlantis, Ultimo Guerrero and Sin Cara. Atlantis appeared in Oaxaca to explain that show is a fake. The CMLL guys are only working the Arena Pepe Cisinero shows locally, and Atlantis (and those promoters) figure the others are just going to put random people under the masks. This is all sort of normal, except it’s a bit unusual for Atlantis to go all the way out to Oaxaca just to denounce a card. It gets abnormal when Sin Cara is brought up:

Respecto a la supuesta presentación de “Sin Cara”, señaló que ya hay jurídicos del World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) ya que esto es un fraude; “lo que pasa es que anuncia a “Sin cara” directamente de la WWE, entonces eso es fraude por que Sin Cara sigue trabajando en Estados Unidos y el presentar alguien así implica un delito”.

Atlantis says the Sin Cara name is owned by WWE and works in the US, so anyone – anyone! – using the Sin Cara name in Mexico is a fraud. Maybe Atlantis isn’t aware of what else is going on (always possible), but that comes across as a shot at Mistico I/Sin Cara.

Edit: and Sin Cara did work in Oaxaca (as advertised), with Averno. (via SuperLuchas)

OI4K took the blame for missing the ChilangaMask show Sunday,   and hope to come to Mexico to make up for it some day. They had a bad personal situation, which definitely stinks for them and was out of ChilangaMask’s control. ChilangaMask is back in action with it’s western tour of shows this weekend.

Daga talks about taking over La Anarquia, saying he’s had two good years as a rudo and he earned this with his hard work (instead, of say, Eterno and Steve Pain just thinking Daga should be running things, I guess.) Daga says he left Los Perros del Mal on the best terms. Apolo Valdes points out true anarchists do not like the idea of leaders.

Hijo del Fishman took Skrash’s mask in a cage match on Sunday which also included Super Nova, Ultimo Guerrero and others. Skrash is Enrique Peña Rivera, from Nicolás Romero, trained by Chessman

LuchaWorld has a recap of Averno’s career, this week’s Poster-mania, and KrisZ’s news update.

Segunda Caida reviews 04/19/14 CMLL Azteca.

DJ Spectro looks back at an extreme match in 1957.

Jennifer Blake, Carta Brava Jr., Parka Negra were part of a Kid’s Day festival.


CMLL (MON) 05/05/2014 Arena Puebla
1) Meyer & Paris vs Ares & Guerrero Espacial
2) Asturiano, Blue Center, King Jaguar, Tigre Rojo Jr., Toro Bill Jr. vs Canelo Casas, El Rebelde, Flyer, Hechicero, Star Jr. [cibernetico]
Puebla vs Gen14
3) Blue Panther, Cachorro, Stigma vs Boby Zavala, Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora
4) Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Rush vs Negro Casas, Ripper, Shocker
5) Rey Escorpión vs La Máscara [CMLL LH]
Rey Escorpion, 9th defense.

Whoever guessed multiman cage match coming up here might be on to something with that segunda.

04/22-27 lucha videos

I missed the first hour of the Puebla show on Sunday. I did finally successfully record a replay of the show and will add the missing matches in a few hours. They’re up!

04/26 WWC:
04/27 WWC:

04/23 Sobre el Ring:

04/27 La Lucha se la Hace:

YouTube playlist:

CMLL on Terra: 2014-04-22
taped 2014-04-22 @ Arena México
1) Bengala & Robin vs Cholo & Inquisidor
2) Angelito, Fantasy, Stukita vs Mercurio, Pequeño Warrior, Pierrothito
3) Dark Angel, Goya Kong, Syuri vs Amapola, La Seductora, Mima Shimoda
4) Hechicero vs Soberano Jr. in a En Busca de un Idolo match
5) Súper Halcón Jr. vs Star Jr. in a En Busca de un Idolo match

IWRG Zona XXI: 2014-04-22
taped 2014-04-20 @ Arena Naucalpan
1) Súper Nova vs Hijo de Máscara Año 2000 for the IWRG Junior de Juniors Championship

CMLL on Terra: 2014-04-25
taped 2014-04-25 @ Arena México
1) Dragon Lee & Sensei vs Espiritu Negro & Zayco
2) Estrellita, Marcela, Silueta vs La Seductora, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit
3) Súper Halcón Jr. vs Soberano Jr. in a En Busca de un Idolo match
4) Hechicero vs Star Jr. in a En Busca de un Idolo match

AAA on Televisa: 2014-04-26
taped 2014-04-19 @ Gimnasio Olímpico Juan de la Barrera, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal
1) Argenis, Ludxor, Venum vs Carta Brava Jr., Eterno, Súper Fly
2) Drago & Faby Apache vs Pentagón Jr. & Sexy Star and Dark Cuervo & Mary Apache for the AAA World Mixed Tag Team Championship
3) Blue Demon Jr. vs Villano IV

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-04-26
Full Show:
taped 2014-04-15 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Angelito, Astral, Stukita vs Demus 3:16, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Violencia
taped 2014-04-20 @ Arena México
2) Atlantis, Rush, Titán vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
3) Rey Escorpión vs Máximo for the CMLL World Light Heavyweight Championship

CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-04-26
taped 2014-04-22 @ Arena México
1) Bengala & Robin vs Cholo & Inquisidor
2) Angelito, Fantasy, Stukita vs Mercurio, Pequeño Warrior, Pierrothito
3) Dark Angel, Goya Kong, Syuri vs Amapola, La Seductora, Mima Shimoda
Stellar Moments
4) Marco Corleone, Stuka Jr., Tritón vs Terrible, Tiger, Vangellys
5) Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero

CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-04-26
taped 2014-04-18 @ Arena México
1) Dark Angel, Marcela, Syuri vs Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit, Zeuxis
Mid Show Intro
2) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Super Porky vs Euforia, Pierroth, Último Guerrero
3) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Kráneo, Mr. Niebla, Ripper

Lucha Azteca (CMLL): 2014-04-26
taped 2014-04-11 @ Arena México
Full Show:
1) Blue Panther, Diamante Azul, Valiente vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
2) Fuego, Sagrado, Tritón vs Boby Zavala, Misterioso Jr., Puma
3) Máximo, Negro Casas, Volador Jr. vs La Sombra, Rey Escorpión, Rush in a relevos increíbles match

CMLL on Terra: 2014-04-27
taped 2014-04-27 @ Arena México
1) Astral & Eléctrico vs Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Olímpico
2) La Vaquerita, Lluvia, Marcela vs Amapola, Dalys, La Comandante
3) Máximo, Super Porky, Titán vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
4) Valiente vs TritónDeltaGuerrero Maya Jr.Stuka Jr.Rey CometaAvernoMephistoEphestoNiebla RojaTigerPuma in a CMLL’s Reyes del Aire Tournament match
5) Atlantis, La Sombra, Mistico vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión

CMLL Puebla: 2014-04-27
taped 2014-04-14 @ Arena Puebla
1) Águila Egipcia, Milenium, Sensei vs Espiritu Negro, King Jaguar, Siki Ozama Jr.
2) Asturiano, Hombre Bala Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. vs Blue Center, Espíritu Maligno, Hooligan
3) La Máscara, Stigma, Stuka Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión
4) Atlantis, La Sombra, Rush vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
5) Mephisto vs Mr. Águila for the Mexican National Light Heavyweight Championship

IWRG Zona XXI: 2014-04-27
taped 2014-04-23 @ Arena Naucalpan
1) Alfa & Omega vs Hip Hop Man & Kaling Black
2) Dr. Cerebro & Golden Magic vs Picudo Jr. & Ray Cruz
3) Hijo de Pirata Morgan vs Hijo de Máscara Año 2000
4) Hijo del Lizmark & Toscano vs Eterno & Pirata Morgan

Noches de Coliseo: 2014-04-27
taped 2014-04-15 @ Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) Divo, Orquídea Negra, Tigre Universitario vs Galactar, Memo Valles, Vudu
2) Laredo Kid, Mr. Nice, Orlando Santa Cruz vs Aquiles El Guerrero, Corazón de Barrio, Hator


Averno out of CMLL, Dandy cheated by Satanico, Veneno/Diablo

Averno, who’s been with CMLL since 1996, is officially done with the company according to CMLL representative Jose Luis Feliciano. His last match was last night’s Reyes del Aire. There was no acknowledgement on the show, but it does sound like the word was going around that would be it. Konnan mentioned it on his podcast, as noted last night.

Averno’s s headed to AAA, as has been discussed since Sin Cara returned to Mexico. He may have to get a new name, since CMLL owns the rights to Averno, but it sounds like he’s free to show up as soon as he wants. It’s very unusual for CMLL to announce someone’s left the company. This is a lot more direct and smoother than Sin Cara’s departure. Perhaps they believe he’s going to AAA as a member of Consejo and want to make it clear he’s not with them, or maybe they don’t want people promoting CMLL vs AAA matches in general (and so should skip the ChilangaMask results!) The one thing I find surprising about the last couple weeks is there was no tease of Sin Cara or Averno on the Mexico City taping. They went out of their way to tease Sin Cara before, but nothing when he actually was closer to being able to show up. Maybe everything was just not settled until the last few days.

Speaking of Sin Cara, he turned up on AAA’s show in Tapachula yesterday. If he’s already doing that, he’s likely turning up Friday in Minatitlán on AAA’s TV taping.

El Dandy/photo by Black Terry Jr.

CHILANGA MASK (SUN) 04/27/2014 Arena Lopez Mateos [Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), Estrellas del Ring, Terra (main)]
1) Herodes Jr. & Mr. Niebla DCOR Trauma I & Trauma II
Opener so Niebla could get to Arena Mexico. Short brawl before the countout, though they kept fighting after. Niebla proposed a mask match with Trauma II.
2) Psico Kid b Dorado Jr., Éxtasis, Ironía, Atomik Star, Electro Boy, Karma, Maverick
Psico beat Karma. No Dragon Celestial (MIA – injured?) Psico beat Karma.
3) Sensei b Yakuza
Sensei won the battle of karate characters
4) Arkángel de la Muerte b Rocky Santana
Arkangel won via foul. Santana demanded a super libre or mask vs hair rematch.
5) Arez & Demus 3:16 b Eterno & Rey Krimen and Sádico & Tornado (DF) and Astro Rey Jr. & Magnus
Eterno was Rey Krimen’s mystery partner, which meant CMLL and AAA guys were in the same match. Reports indicate the world did not end.
6) Silueta b Estrella Explosiva, Chik Tormenta, Princesa Sugheit, Cristal, Reina Isis
Princesa Sugehit replaced Zeuxis (injury) and took the loss to Silueta.
7) Belial & Impulso b Freelance & Oro Jr. and Fulgor I & Fulgor II
No Dave or Jake Crist, with Oro Jr. and Freelance (the ex-Orito) replacing them and taking the loss to Impulso & Belial. Said to be very good.
8) Black Terry b Aero Boy
Said to be a very good match with Aero Boy refraining from hardcore attacks. Aero Boy asked for a rematch, which Terry said he’d if the promoter wanted to do it.
9) El Dandy DQ Satánico
Dandy’s retirement match (in DF). Satanico faked a foul to draw the DQ. Crowd was not happy with Satnaico. Dandy gave a farewell speech to close the show.

Clips will air on Tercera Caida. LuchaTV has post match interviews with El Dandy (not happy with Satanico) and Satanico (does not regret cheating to win.)

IWRG (SUN) 04/27/2014 Arena Naucalpan [Estrellas del Ring]
1) Dragón Blanco & Sky Ángel b Power Bull & Skull Metal
Skull Metal’s regular show debut, but he lost in straight falls.
2) Alfa & Omega b Ciclon Black & Kaling Black
3) Anubis Black, Imposible, Picudo Jr. b Ángel Del Amor, Látigo, Metaleon
Bloody match. Rudos won, but Angel del Amor wants a shot at against Impossible.
4) Guerrero Mixtico, Hip Hop Man, Tony Rivera b Astro Rey Jr., Diva Salvaje, Dr. Cerebro
Neza Boys took 2/3, Mixtico tripping up Cerebro after being eliminated to give Tony the win.
5) Apolo Estrada, El Hijo del Diablo, Eterno DQ Hijo De Dos Caras, Relámpago, Veneno
Rudos took 1/3. Diablo hit a referee with a weapon and tossed it to Veneno, who was caught with it for the DQ. Veneno and Diablo talked about a hair vs hair match.

Veneno & Diablo seems like a toss up, and maybe not a match I want to see.

Guerrero Negro Jr. updated his Facebook status to say he’s left CMLL. It’s very unspecific, and could mean anything from “hope they have a replacement for the tournament” to “he’s out of contract and just going freelance”. He also has CMLL listed as a high school, which is hilarious.

Speaking of CMLL, I was told the contract Espiritu Negro signed was probably for a weekly guarantee and a number of appearances per week (where appearances may or may not be matches.) Those CMLL deals were said to exist previously, but I had been told only the very top guys were under those kind of deals. This time, I was told someone more in the middle on the totem pole had previously been under the same sort of deal, so it’s reasonable Espiritu Negro got the same.

Oro Azul defeated Black Xtreme in a mask match in Arena Coliseo San Luis Potosi. Black Xtreme is Francisco Javier, 8 years a luchador. He’s sort of unmasked here.

This week’s lucha libre magazine covers.

Today’s Puebla show has La Mascara and Rey Escorpion in a lightning match, which seems likely to set up a title match soon. The main event is Negro Casas, Ripper and Shocker versus Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone and Rush. Rush may be too distracted by Shocker and Casas to properly not get along with his partners.

The El Halcon online magazine has relaunched at – only it seems to be down most of the times I go to check it. They had an article on Dos Caras in this issue.

Segunda Caida reviews Shocker vs Rush vs Negro Casas.

There a tour bus/lucha libre show combination in Guadalajara for Kid’s Day.

Hijo de Dr. Wagner, Hijo de LA Park and Pequeno Pierrothito will be in Washington DC on 05/04 as part of Cinco de Maya celebrations.


DTU (SUN) 05/18/2014 Monte Vaqueros, Salamanca, Guanajuato
1) ? vs ??
2) Energy vs Optimus, Gremlin, Vengador, Kalibus, Castigador, Galaxy, Maremoto Jr., Dragus
3) Jimmy, Kevin, Tony vs Artikus, Lanzeloth, Rocky Lobo
4) Dance Boy vs Slayer Pack, Jhonky, Demente Extreme, Príncipe Halcón, Black Fire
5) Shane Strickland vs Flamita, Kaleth, Ángel del Misterio, Crazy Boy, Rey Celestial
6) Jinzo vs Septimo Dragon, Pesadilla, Drastik Boy [DTU AI]
Jinzo is champion
7) Chica Ye-Ye & Violento Jack vs Cíclope & Miedo Extremo and Ángel o Demonio & Ovett

Missed the lineup going thru the DTU cards. Flamita returns, gets shuffled into multiman matches the entire tour. ChilangaMask has done a much better job of figuring out these cards need singles matches to spotlight people (though the DTU strategy seems to involve getting as many people on the show as possible.)

CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-04-05


Ladies sneak in the cheap kicks

taped 2014-03-28 @ Arena México
Dark Angel, Estrellita, Marcela vs Dalys, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit: No feuds are ever allowed to die in México, so what aired of this match was dedicated to revving up Dalys/Marcela again after the hair match. They were okay, though Princesa Blanca & Dark Angel seemed better in their opening exchange. Sugheit and Estrellita were pretty much edited out. Marcela is awful angry at Dalys for someone she beat in an apuesta match, but that appears to be going around. See: next match!


people keep diving into the poor part of the barricade

Volador Jr. vs La Sombra: GREAT. So apparently the best rudo to get Volador over as a técnico is life long técnico Sombra. Or maybe this was actually Rush sneaking around as Sombra, because this was an arrogant disrespectful Sombra we haven’t seen all much. It did transition into more typical Volador/Sombra battles in the third fall and it was edited significantly, but it felt like a different match than they’ve done before and very successful at what they wanted to accomplished. CMLL doesn’t seem to be giving up on Tecnico Hero Volador any time soon, and it actually worked here. The typical rudo crowd was cheering Sombra for his antics in the first fall, but they put together a match which got the crowd behind Volador at the end in a way they haven’t been with Casas or Ripper. It needed the Sombra personality shift to work, and it’d still better if long term if there was something more to Volador’s técnico character, but it worked for this match.

Volador’s now the one diving into the crowd

Sombra is a terrible nurse

Sombra defeated by gravity


don’t try this at home (or without Euforia)

Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente vs Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero for the CMLL World Trios Championship: Disappointingly rushed. Not sure if it was editing, how the match was laid out or Volador/Sombra going long, but they were speeding thru this on TV and it didn’t come of as any big deal of a match. The first two falls were short, there was no convincing near falls in the third fall until the match was over, and Mascara Dorada felt almost non-existent in this match. They did generally fine with the time they had, though there wasn’t really much teamwork outside of the Estetas usual dives, and there wasn’t much new brought to the match. This definitely felt like a match which would’ve been much better on a Sunday or even Tuesday where both teams would’ve been given time to breath. On the positive side, it was good to see Euforia and Niebla Roja get the big win at the end, instead of just being along for an UG ride. (Ultimo Guerrero taking the only pinfall in this match would be an important story point elsewhere.) Babe Richard turning into an MMA referee and physically breaking up holds at the end of falls is the newest weird referee quirk.

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Averno & Cara to AAA confirmed?, Stuka wins Reyes del Aire, Wagner beats Park, ChilangaMask

Today’s MLW Radio show has some AAA talk in the very last minutes of the show. I’ve semi-transcribed it here, but the gist is Konnan says they’ve signed Sin Cara by name and implies Averno is coming with him. He says they’re coming in May, but does not specify when in May. They could be showing up next weekend, or it could be much later. Averno is not scheduled for any more CMLL DF matches at this time.


Stuka wins, Mephisto definitely does not/Terra

CMLL (SUN) 04/27/2014 Arena México [CMLL, LuchaWorld
***Arena Mexico 58th Anniversary/Kids Day***
1) Astral & Eléctrico COR Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Olímpico Astral & Electrico vs Pequeno Nitro & Pequeno Olipico, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Tecnicos took 2/3, the last via COR after ringpost dives.
2) Amapola, Dalys, La Comandante b La Vaquerita, Lluvia, Marcela La Vaquerita, Lluvia, Marcela vs Amapola, Dalys, La Comandante, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Vaquerita’s return after eight months (Japan, injury), now a tecnica. Rudas took 2/3.
3) Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas b Máximo, Super Porky, Titán Maximo, Super Porky, Titan vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Rudas took 2/3.
4) Stuka Jr. b ValienteTritónDeltaGuerrero Maya Jr.Rey CometaAvernoMephistoEphestoNiebla RojaTigerPuma [Reyes del Aire2014 CMLL Reyes del Aire, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Sides were rudos versus tecnicos, Tritón (Tiger Destoryer), Ephesto (Maya blocking the Ephesto Roll), Guerrero Maya Jr. (Niebla Roja quebrada), Rey Cometa (Puma reinera), Tiger (Delta double stomp), Puma (Valiente Buster), Delta (Averno Devil’s Wings), Niebla Roja (Stuka bomb splash), Valiente (Averno & Mephisto powerbomb), Averno (Stuka Jr. casadora cradle), Mephisto (Stuka Jr. back suplex into a sit down piledriver). Stuka wins the Reyes del Aire for the first time.
5) Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión b Atlantis, La Sombra, Mistico Atlantis, La Sombra, Mistico vs Dragon Rojo Jr., Polvora, Rey Escorpion, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Sombra did not get along with his partners in prematch interviews and during portions of the match, continuing his behavior from Friday. Escorpion offered Sombra a handshake early, then took the match (1/3) with a foul on Sombra. Rey Escorpion said he had to evil things to get Sombra to fully commit to being a rudo. Sombra told the crowd off in very Rush fashion and the rudos attacked him again. Tecnicos said nothing and did not make the save.

this entire post is an excuse to reuse this gif/Terra

CMLL picked continuing the Sombra “odioso” bit over playing to the crowd with a Kid’s Day main event. They could’ve even done both, just had Mistico win the La Mistica on Rey Escorpion everyone was expecting – they had the confetti for it – but went with a much different result. There were Kid themed trappings – little girls worked as edecanes and had a dance number, Reyes del Aire got a big entrance and fireworks, the Peste Negra match was a lot of comedy (and Mr. Niebla saying naughty things on the microphone), but the finishes weren’t as booked primarily to send people home happy as in other years. Stuka got the big win and the mini tencicos won the opener, but the good guys (when the good guys could be deciphered) lost more than they won.

I was watching the show on a small screen and never saw a lit shot of the whole arena, but it appeared to be a giant crowd. CMLL were definitely using camera shots they only show when they want to show up the size of the event.

MR (SUN) 04/27/2014 2300 Arena, South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania [Highspots.TV]
1) Latin Dragon & Ultimo Panda b Frightmare & Hallowicked
2) Amasis, Green Ant, Opihidan b Chuck Taylor, Orange Cassidy, Papadon
3) Solar I b Negro Navarro [FLLM MASTER]
Navarro won with a kimura in their usual mat battle. Negro and Solar collected money for a long while after the match.
4) Mini Mariachi b Pierrothito [PWR MINIS]
Pierrothito initially won on his inverted powerslam, but Mariachi may have kicked out before three. An unnmaed Masked Republic official restarted the match, which Pierrothito dominated for a couple minutes until Mariachi rolled him up to retain his title.
5) Christina Von Eerie b Sumie Sakai [PWR WOMEN]
Sakai’s second interfered freely, but Von Eerie retained.
6) Casandro b Matt Cross
Match did not air stream issues.
7) Bestia 666, Damián 666, Sabu b Blk Jeez, Homicide, Ruckus
Sabu put Homicide thru a table for the win.
8) Dr. Wagner Jr. b LA Park [IWL HEAVY]
Wagner’s IWL title was added to the match. He kept it when the referee was bumped, Park pulled Wagner’s mask but Wagner fouled Park at the same time and fell on top for the win.

The iPPV feed had some issues for the first half of the card, then started to nose dive during the minis title match. It was unwatchable during intermission, for the women’s title match and Casandro’s match before getting to normal by the semimain. Their Twitter sent out messages, and they put up a scroll on the screen eventually, but it was still a long hour or so while waiting for the problem to get fixed. Part 1 is now up on Highspots website, and Part 2 (where more of the show was lost) will be up Tuesday.

No other big news coming out of the show. One estimate had about 700 people in the building. Damian seemed to be hurt leaving the ring after his match (this report says it’s serious), but no other injuries was noticeable. I missed the entrances to the Solar/Navarro match, so I’m unsure who was meant to be champion this week, but that belt just bounces back and forth without explanation so a title change there isn’t a big deal. All the other titles stayed with their champions – though the minis match needed a restart to accomplish that. Maybe the biggest news was Wagner & Park did NOT challenge each other for a mask match. I can’t think of the last time that happened.

Dr. Wagner and LA Park kept it completely in the ring, outside of a couple dives, and this was more the touring singles match than out of control match they’ve done elsewhere. Crowd dug it, and got into the Solar/Navarro too. This was a crowd who knew of those two guys, and were surprised and delighted when they pulled out particularly creative holds. Fans was into the local indy guys. Most of the promos were done in Spanish (iPPV was in English), and there appeared to be a mix of traditional lucha libre fans and indy fans.

I was a lot less upset about these iPPV problems than last year’s TripleMania. I think part of it was we got to see half the show, and the two matches I wanted to see most, but the larger part of it was I could just look over at another screen and watch the CMLL show instead. I probably would be more bothered if I had nothing else to but to wait and search in vain for results. (This is not as much a plus for MaskedMania but the discovery of a coping mechanism. If TripleMania is on a Saturday, I probably should figure out a way to stream all the matches I promised to watch later so I have a distraction.)

Announcing was good; Leonardo Chikarson and Joe Dombrowski obviously did their research and knew the guys. They said it was their first time calling a lucha libre show, but it didn’t feel that way. Sean Waltman, X-Pac, joined the announcers for Wagner/Parka and Solar/Navarro matches. He was good for both, but best in Solar/Wagner – he both gave background on the guys and also explained what they were looking trying to accomplish with different holds. (There’s sometimes no explaining what Wagner and Park are trying to accomplish.)

It was a $10 show and it was worth the $10 – maybe more if Cross/Casandro was good. My Highspots account notes the last iPPV I bought from them was the WWL show in Puerto Rico (about a year ago to this week!), and this was definitely much better than that.

Masked Republic’s Twitter account teased the possibility of future shows, though there was nothing on the show which directly built to another one.  Every tecnico won, which I didn’t even appreciate until I put together these results. They did the Kid’s Day finishes CMLL forgot!

Black Terry Jr. is putting photos up of the ChilangaMask show as I write this. I’ll do full results tomorrow, but the big results saw Satanico defeated El Dandy in his (DF) retirement match via faked foul. Truly there is nothing more rudo than to cheat a man in his retirement match. It appears ChilangaMask had a foreign tag team go missing for the second straight show – after no Young Bucks last time, Jake & Dave Crist were replaced by Freelance and Oro Jr. in three way tag. I really want to see that match even more with those two guys in it, and it sounds like one of the best matches on the show, but the foreign acts being adveritsed and not making it is a disappointing trend. (Zeuxis was also replaced by Princesa Sugehit, but she is probably still sidelined by injury – and maybe was at the show anyway?) Aero Boy versus Black Terry was also said to be a very good match.

It was said to be a good show overall. Other results reveal Herodes survived and Magnus did not win his match. I have trouble believing either of these things!

new champion Demonio Maya/@acogdl

CMLL (SUN) 04/27/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@acogdl]
1) Meteoro b Relampago Azul
2) Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno b El Divino & Virgo
Rudos took 2/3.
3) León Blanco, Sky Kid, Smaker b El Yaqui, Espectrum, Magnum
Tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Mugroso Vago L ExterminadorJavier Cruz Jr.Évola [hair]
Cruz Jr. escaped first, then Evola, and Exterminador defeated new luchador Mugroso Vago for the win.
5) Demonio Maya b Fuego [OCCIDENTE MIDDLE]
Demonio took falls 1/3 to win the championship in a good match. Fuego falls on first defense.
6) Black Panther, Blue Panther, Cachorro b Euforia, Misterioso Jr., Vangellys
Panthers took 1/3.

Good day to be in Cavernario/Maya family – one brother wins in Arena Mexico, another beats a guy from Arena Mexico to win a championship. It makes more sense for the locals to have the local titles, but Demonio Maya got a big win for a new guy.

And getting wins for a new guy is tough in Guadalajara. Mugroso Vago is here a month and lost his hair.

A show for Tuesday in Tamaulipas has LA Park (& son) versus Dr. Wagner (& son) on top of a CMLL-ish card. Semimain is Blue Panther and Brazo de Plata versus Olimpico and Averno. That man is everywhere.

This week’s Super Libre had an interview with Sadica and some very good predictions.

Eric R has a recap of 04/12/14 CMLL Azteca.

Hijo de Fishman won a mask.



CMLL (SUN) 05/04/2014 Arena Coliseo
1) Molotov & Sensei vs Ramstein & Zayco
2) Black Panther, Hombre Bala Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. vs Cancerbero, Herodes Jr., Raziel
3) Sagrado, Stuka Jr., Tritón vs Ephesto, Sangre Azteca, Virus
4) Fuego vs Puma [lightning]
5) La Máscara, Titán, Valiente vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja
6) La Sombra, Marco Corleone, Mistico vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión

Lo Odiosos (TM Super Libre) are split up – Mascara is with Titan and Vailente, Sombra is with Marco and Mistico – and I hope that doesn’t meant two straight matches of partners not getting along. Maybe the story will turn out to be Rey Escorpion and friends beating up Sombra so many times that he rethinks this whole bad attitude thing.

Fuego & Puma should be fun, and Halcon should do better in his natural habit.




CMLL (SUN) 05/04/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Reicko vs El Piraña
2) El Tapatío & Índigo vs Jocker & Satara
3) Brillante & William Rock vs Demonio Rojo & Infierno
4) Esfinge vs Sádico
5) Cachorro, Gallo, León Blanco vs Maléfico, Misterioso Jr., Vangellys
6) Diamante Azul & Super Porky vs Ráfaga & Terrible

There are weeks where it seems like Guadalajara has the more attractive matches. This is not one of those weeks. Family dinners must be rough on poor Indigo – his rudo brothers brag about winning titles and being in big tournaments, and he’s a tecnico in the segunda!

ChilangaMask, MaskedMania, Arena Mexico previews

Kid’s Day is April 30th, which falls on a Wednesday this year. Wednesday is not a convenient day to run events, so the usual plethora of lucha libre show (often free for children) has spread out over two weekends. There was a lot yesterday, there’s quite a lot next weekend, there’s a few extra spilled thru the week, but today seems to be the biggest day. Thanks to Alfredo and KrisZ poster finding skills, I’ve got 67 different lineups for today and that’s probably not close to the actual number.

There are three shows that rise above the others in importance

ChilangaMask has their April show in Arena Lopez Mateos, headlined by Satanico versus El Dandy for the final time in the Mexico City area. The show also has the Traumas vs Mr. Niebla & Herodes (Herodes is so dead), Black Terry versus Aero Boy, and the Fulgors versus David & Jack Crist vs Belial & Impulso. Terra has an interview with Dandy and a preview of the show. That show starts at 4pm local time, and highlights should air on next week’s Tercera Caida.

MaskedMania runs today at the ex-ECW Arena in Philadelphia. That show has a LA Park contra Dr. Wagner Jr. main event. This is probably not the only time LA Park & Dr. Wagner will fight – it’s what they do! – but it is possibly the only time they make video this year since TxT isn’t running and there’s no telling when they’ll be back in Monterrey. Solar vs Negro Navarro also have a singles match, as do Matt Cross and Casandro (who’s interviewed on and there’s five more matches on the card. You can watch the show thru Highspots iPPV for $10, and the show starts at 5pm Eastern, 4pm Central time.

CMLL has combined Kid’s day show & Arena Mexico anniversary show as it’s usual Sunady’s show. It’s not a strong lineup for either event, much less both taking place at the same time. The main event, the Revolucionarios versus Sombra, Mistico and Atlantis, is interesting only to see how they handle Sombra’s current status (extra tricky on a yearly show normally just about the good guys being good.) The show does have this year’s Rey del Aires match, scaled much down from last year but still with the potential of being a memorable match. Terra (via CMLL PR) has a generic look back at the history the building. The show will air at 5pm local (CT) on

The plan is to do live results on both CMLL and MaskedMania. (I figure @TerceraCaida and others might have info on the ChilangaMask show.)

Elsewhere, the usual show in Guadalajara includes a Fuego versus Demonio Maya title match in what’s obviously the biggest match in Maya’s short career. IWRG has a completely unnoteworthy show; they may be hurt because so many of the guys they bring are working elsewhere, but it doesn’t look like much is happening with the luchadors who are hanging around.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Rob has highlights of 02/07/14 CMLL.

Black Terry Jr. has photos from an outdoor show with Guerrero Maya and Black Terry, and a second show with Shu el Guerrero, Black Terry, Scorpio Jr. vs Veneno, Oriental, and Starman Jr.

This post includes some cool Mascara Dorada masks.

Brief interview with Laredo Kid.


IWRG (SUN) 05/04/2014 Arena Naucalpan
1) Sky Ángel vs Skull Metal
2) Alfa & Omega vs Fulgor I & Fulgor II
3) 1 vs 23456789101112131415161718192021222324252627282930 [Rey del Ring]
participants will not be announced until day of event

IWRG”s annual Royal Rumble event. 911 won the match last year, though the title’s changed hands a few times sinec and Golden Magic last gained the belt in February. This is where IWRG using so many different luchadors actually works out, because anyone could show up in this match. Looks like IWRG isn’t quite sure who will be there themselves.

indy (SUN) 05/04/2014 Gimnasio Nuevo León
1) Golden Boy & Rey Demonio Jr. vs Dulce Kanela & Larry Miranda Jr.
2) Hijo De Centurion Negro, Pedro Navajas, Principe de Oro, Titanik vs Alberto Dos Rios, Black Spider, Galactar, Sky
3) Potro Jr., Silver Star, Tigre Universitario vs Bengali, Charles Lucero, Difunto I
4) Atlantis & Máximo vs Mr. Niebla & Último Guerrero
5) Blue Panther vs Averno [LLA AZTECA]
Blue Panther is champion

The usual 3-4 times a year show here, with the title which changes hands every time they have a title match. Panther versus Averno sounds like a good match, except…

indy (SUN) 05/04/2014 Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) Chamaco Gurrola & Tequlita vs Mini Dfiunto & Mini Hator
2) Kentai, Medico Infenral, Príncipe Azteca vs Erick Ortiz, Face Man, Vudu
3) Gato Fantasma, Halcon Real, Tokio Lee vs Bengali, Difunto I, Potro Jr.
4) El Ninja, Magico, Ninja Jr. vs Centurión Negro, Centurion Negro Jr., Orlando Santa Cruz
5) Caifan vs Chucho Mar Jr., Pegasso, Panthro Jr., Ultimo Ninja, El Pulpo, Memo Valles, Chica de Arabia, Caifan Guerrero
6) Argenis, Argos, Cibernético, Sin Cara vs Averno, Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown

Full lineup to the show announced many moons ago, including Averno in the main event. This show starts at 5pm, the Gimnasio Nuevo Leon starts at 4:30. It may be possible for Averno to make both shows, though I don’t think that’s what actually happening here. Averno’s filmed a promo for this show.

Sin Cara is booked on 05/03 and 05/04, but no card has turned up for 05/02 – the day where there’s a mystery spot in AAA’s TV main event. It still appears there is a plan for Sin Cara to be there, but plans don’t always come thru.

DTU (FRI) 05/16/2014 Arena Querétaro
1) Jimmy, Kevin, Tony vs Maremoto, Sange De Dragon, Star Boy
2) Billytronix & Vengador vs Castigador & Optimius and Energy & Gremlin and Lanzeloth & Rocky Lobo
3) Crazy King & Miedo Extremo vs Galaxy & Kalibus and Jhonky & Slayer Pack
4) Hijo del Pantera & Pantera vs Artikus & Pesadilla and Black Fire & Chica Ye-Ye
5) Jinzo vs Shane Strickland, Kaleth, Flamita, Príncipe Halcón, Ángel del Misterio, Rey Celestial
6) Ángel o Demonio & Ovett vs Demente Extreme & Violento Jack and Crazy Boy & Dance Boy

Third show in the May DTU tour. I thought Hijo del Pantera just appeared on TV saying he was headed back to Japan for many months. Maybe that’s actually the semi-mysterious Pantera Jr. So many multiman matches.

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