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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.

Lineup

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: http://www.sendspace.com/file/facts3
04/27 WWC: http://www.sendspace.com/file/n7pco7

04/23 Sobre el Ring: http://www.sendspace.com/file/rfn6s9

04/27 La Lucha se la Hace: http://www.sendspace.com/file/el0lpc

YouTube playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYyNnOBGWP7Rzlxjzn5jtTx3H_7bpK0Lx

CMLL on Terra: 2014-04-22
taped 2014-04-22 @ Arena México
1) Bengala & Robin vs Cholo & Inquisidor
http://ul.to/uqtdixed
2) Angelito, Fantasy, Stukita vs Mercurio, Pequeño Warrior, Pierrothito
http://ul.to/by45wrdh
3) Dark Angel, Goya Kong, Syuri vs Amapola, La Seductora, Mima Shimoda
http://ul.to/xjr6fj4g
4) Hechicero vs Soberano Jr. in a En Busca de un Idolo match
http://ul.to/n2soemme
5) Súper Halcón Jr. vs Star Jr. in a En Busca de un Idolo match
http://ul.to/b4vwjpys

IWRG Zona XXI: 2014-04-22
taped 2014-04-20 @ Arena Naucalpan
Intro
http://www.sendspace.com/file/xztwxv
1) Súper Nova vs Hijo de Máscara Año 2000 for the IWRG Junior de Juniors Championship
http://www.sendspace.com/file/cpjaxi

CMLL on Terra: 2014-04-25
taped 2014-04-25 @ Arena México
1) Dragon Lee & Sensei vs Espiritu Negro & Zayco
http://ul.to/lprlgamy
2) Estrellita, Marcela, Silueta vs La Seductora, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit
http://ul.to/y71ait8r
3) Súper Halcón Jr. vs Soberano Jr. in a En Busca de un Idolo match
http://ul.to/v5iq61fz
4) Hechicero vs Star Jr. in a En Busca de un Idolo match
http://ul.to/6me58ckx

AAA on Televisa: 2014-04-26
taped 2014-04-19 @ Gimnasio Olímpico Juan de la Barrera, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal
Intro
https://www.sendspace.com/file/d23qco
1) Argenis, Ludxor, Venum vs Carta Brava Jr., Eterno, Súper Fly
https://www.sendspace.com/file/8j81g7
2) Drago & Faby Apache vs Pentagón Jr. & Sexy Star and Dark Cuervo & Mary Apache for the AAA World Mixed Tag Team Championship
https://www.sendspace.com/file/q05del
3) Blue Demon Jr. vs Villano IV
https://www.sendspace.com/file/c8dadd

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-04-26
Full Show: http://ul.to/4bvjgpkq
taped 2014-04-15 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Angelito, Astral, Stukita vs Demus 3:16, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Violencia
http://www.sendspace.com/file/imv3er
taped 2014-04-20 @ Arena México
2) Atlantis, Rush, Titán vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
http://www.sendspace.com/file/e99rih
3) Rey Escorpión vs Máximo for the CMLL World Light Heavyweight Championship
http://www.sendspace.com/file/kicel1

CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-04-26
taped 2014-04-22 @ Arena México
Intro
https://www.sendspace.com/file/hbdlcd
1) Bengala & Robin vs Cholo & Inquisidor
https://www.sendspace.com/file/pry52o
2) Angelito, Fantasy, Stukita vs Mercurio, Pequeño Warrior, Pierrothito
https://www.sendspace.com/file/95jejg
3) Dark Angel, Goya Kong, Syuri vs Amapola, La Seductora, Mima Shimoda
https://www.sendspace.com/file/h7a5it
Stellar Moments
https://www.sendspace.com/file/isybq5
4) Marco Corleone, Stuka Jr., Tritón vs Terrible, Tiger, Vangellys
https://www.sendspace.com/file/w4d67b
5) Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero
https://www.sendspace.com/file/8l26fg
Ending
https://www.sendspace.com/file/55j8cr

CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-04-26
taped 2014-04-18 @ Arena México
Intro
https://www.sendspace.com/file/tdcz7o
1) Dark Angel, Marcela, Syuri vs Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit, Zeuxis
https://www.sendspace.com/file/sjclah
Mid Show Intro
https://www.sendspace.com/file/1n9f7s
2) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Super Porky vs Euforia, Pierroth, Último Guerrero
https://www.sendspace.com/file/kwgbvw
3) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Kráneo, Mr. Niebla, Ripper
https://www.sendspace.com/file/4qe6iv

Lucha Azteca (CMLL): 2014-04-26
taped 2014-04-11 @ Arena México
Full Show: http://www.sendspace.com/file/ljvszu
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
http://ul.to/jeyodoax
2) La Vaquerita, Lluvia, Marcela vs Amapola, Dalys, La Comandante
http://ul.to/3eypkuf8
3) Máximo, Super Porky, Titán vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
http://ul.to/3eypkuf8
4) Valiente vs TritónDeltaGuerrero Maya Jr.Stuka Jr.Rey CometaAvernoMephistoEphestoNiebla RojaTigerPuma in a CMLL’s Reyes del Aire Tournament match
http://ul.to/qp72nefo
5) Atlantis, La Sombra, Mistico vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión
http://ul.to/kmbd62np

CMLL Puebla: 2014-04-27
taped 2014-04-14 @ Arena Puebla
1) Águila Egipcia, Milenium, Sensei vs Espiritu Negro, King Jaguar, Siki Ozama Jr.
http://www.sendspace.com/file/8bpyd5
2) Asturiano, Hombre Bala Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. vs Blue Center, Espíritu Maligno, Hooligan
http://www.sendspace.com/file/avqeil
3) La Máscara, Stigma, Stuka Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión
http://www.sendspace.com/file/4ggtim
4) Atlantis, La Sombra, Rush vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
http://www.sendspace.com/file/ukk4rj
5) Mephisto vs Mr. Águila for the Mexican National Light Heavyweight Championship
http://www.sendspace.com/file/0fjd3k

IWRG Zona XXI: 2014-04-27
taped 2014-04-23 @ Arena Naucalpan
Intro
http://www.sendspace.com/file/jhk8e5
1) Alfa & Omega vs Hip Hop Man & Kaling Black
http://www.sendspace.com/file/l3db9z
2) Dr. Cerebro & Golden Magic vs Picudo Jr. & Ray Cruz
http://www.sendspace.com/file/w3km8f
3) Hijo de Pirata Morgan vs Hijo de Máscara Año 2000
http://www.sendspace.com/file/d0yorn
4) Hijo del Lizmark & Toscano vs Eterno & Pirata Morgan
http://www.sendspace.com/file/9qaaj0

Noches de Coliseo: 2014-04-27
taped 2014-04-15 @ Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) Divo, Orquídea Negra, Tigre Universitario vs Galactar, Memo Valles, Vudu
http://www.sendspace.com/file/r6yrys
2) Laredo Kid, Mr. Nice, Orlando Santa Cruz vs Aquiles El Guerrero, Corazón de Barrio, Hator
http://www.sendspace.com/file/kg5j1k

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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 http://elhalconnet.hol.es/ – 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.

Lineup

DTU (SUN) 05/18/2014 Monte Vaqueros, Salamanca, Guanajuato
1) ? vs ??
locals
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

recap

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.

Lineups

source: http://www.cmll.com/01_cartelera/img_arenacol/domingo.JPG

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.

 

 

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

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 Philly.com) 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 terra.mx.

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.

Lineup

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.

Sombra, Rush and La Mascara versus everyone, En Busca de un Idolo

Terra

CMLL (FRI) 04/25/2014 Arena México [CMLL, Terra]
1) Dragon Lee & Sensei b Espiritu Negro & Zayco
Tecncios took 1/3.
2) Estrellita, Marcela, Silueta b La Seductora, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit
Tecnicas took straight falls, clean. Near the end, Blanca wiped out Sugehit with her dive, and those two shoved each other post match.
3) Súper Halcón Jr. b Soberano Jr. [En Busca de un Idolo]
Valiente was guest judge for this show and Shocker returned to the panel. Halcon won via moonsault in 5:22. Súper Halcón Jr. scored a 8 8 8 5 for a 29. Soberano Jr. scored a 9 7 7 5 for a 28.
4) Hechicero b Star Jr. [En Busca de un Idolo]
Hechicero won via Mad Scientist Bomb. Hechicero scored a 10 9 10 8 for a 37. Star Jr. scored a 8 7 6 10 for a 31.
5) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero b Atlantis, Máximo, Super Porky
Rudos took 1/3. After the match, UG reminded Atlantis of his threat to quit if CMLL didn’t give them the mask match, and pressed Atlantis to make a similar demand.
6) Mistico, Titán, Volador Jr. b Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Puma
Puma replaced Rey Escorpion.
7) Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Shocker b La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush
Mascara, Sombra and Rush crossed paths with Mistico, Titan and Volador in between matches. Sombra, of course, attacked Volador and that lead to Rush’s trio laying out Mistico’s trio. “Tecnicos” won fall 1, but lost the next two. Niebla challenged Mascara & Sombra to a tag title defense (though it doesn’t seem clear who Niebla would be teaming with.)

The concept pushed in post matches interviews was a Rush, Sombra and Mascara faction. No problem with Mascara in that group if he’s the one taking all the losses. Don’t think it’ll work out that way. He could also just be here to take one loss – he’s got to be here as long as they’re dealing with the tag team titles, but maybe not after. Terra uses the “Bad Boys” name that was briefly assigned to the Rush, Mascara, Titan trio. Rush & Mascara attacking their recent trio partner actually bugged me more than Rush attacking his own brother, but that’s the anti-Mistico feelings. It’ll be interesting to see how this is shown -if they bother to show it. (They really should’ve just put a clip up last night if it’s meant to be an important thing.)

CMLL can do rudo groups which don’t get along with other rudos – see the Revoulcionarios versus the Guerreros, and the Tuareg and the Cancerberos – but forming a distinct group of tecnicos who don’t get along with anyone else hasn’t been in the skill set previously. It would create a lot of different matchups, but it’s hard to believe CMLL is actually interested in pulling this off. Sombra teams with Mistico on Sunday and Titan on Tuesday; if he’s the back normal friendly chill Sombra, then we know this isn’t going to work out.

Didn’t seem clear which Princesa was going to be a tecnica. Seems like a bad idea for either one of them to be a tecnica. Many weeks of women’s matches to come until they do break up.

Current En Busca de un Idolo standings

285 Hechicero
204 Soberano Jr.
196 Super Halcon Jr.
191 Star Jr.
174 Cavernario
155 Cachorro
155 Dragon Lee
129 Guerrero Negro Jr.

Cachorro is short about 20-25 points because CMLL forgot to give him any fan poll points for the week. Super Halcon is listed as 197 points on the website, 1 more point than he should actually have.

AAA posted a PREVIEW OF THEIR TELEVISION SHOW!!!! Show starts 15 minutes earlier this week, with the opener (Argenis, Ludxor, Venum contra Super Fly, Eterno, and Carta Brava), the semimain (Blue Demon vs Villano IV) and the mixed tag title match (Faby & Drago vs Sexy & Pentagon vs Mary & Cuervo) from Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera. Simply advertising which matches will air on your television show is a thing I’ve been asking/begging/demanding for years and years and I really should’ve made it the headline when someone did it. I’m so pleased.

Espiritu Negro mentioned on Facebook that he signed a contract with CMLL on Friday. I have no idea what a contract with CMLL actually means. Maybe a vague promise of matches per month?

Averno and Sin Cara are listed as facing off on Tuesday, which is the earliest known match between the two. Averno’s not listed in any CMLL cards past Sunday for the moment.

Durango’s Fulgor and Rey Tempestad visited Mexico City. This is the Fulgor who was on the Arena Cuatuepec show last weekend, not either one of the IWRG ones. (There’s plenty of Rey Tempestads too.) Durango Fulgor said IWRG Fulgor contacted him on Facebook and wanted to meet him at the show to settle the name issue, but IWRG Fulgor didn’t show up. Still, if you’re coming from another part of the country and you know someone’s already using that name there, then it seems like it’s on you to change your name while you’re visiting. Both Durango luchadors mention no one’s running shows where they live, so luchadors from their area have been forced to go elsewhere to find work.

LuchaWorld has Alfredo recapping this week’s Tercera Caida.

Perros del Mal hype their 05/02 match against La Parka, Cibernetico and a mystery person. That sure seemed like Sin Cara’s debut when it was announced, but it’s far less certain now.

Los Dinimitas say CMLL needs more guys like Rush & Shocker and less Mistico clones.

Bufete del Amor won the main event of this week’s Puebla bull ring fair free show.

Lineups

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

CMLL (FRI) 05/02/2014 Arena México
1) Fantasy & Último Dragoncito vs Mercurio & Pequeño Olímpico
2) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Kamaitachi, Misterioso Jr., Shigeo Okumura
3) Estrellita, La Vaquerita, Marcela vs La Seductora, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit
4) Soberano Jr. vs Guerrero Negro Jr. [En Busca de un Idolo]
5) Cachorro vs Dragon Lee [En Busca de un Idolo]
6) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone vs Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero
7) La Máscara, Mistico, Rush vs Mr. Niebla, Ripper, Shocker

Main event makes it clear this is meant to be Niebla/Shocker challenging Mascara & Rush.

Vaquerita is getting a lot of matches right away as she returns. Hope she’s ready.

CMLL video promo for the show.

CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-04-05

recap

taped 2014-04-01 @ Arena México

Bengala does Sombra de Plata’s cradle very well.

Bengala & Flyer vs Akuma & Ramstein: I was kind of concerned about Bengala getting hurt with all the unnecessary face kicks Akuma was doing, and then Ramstein left the match after a Flyer fireman’s drop. I guess it depends on how you do it, or it’s all totally random. Losing Ramstein didn’t derail this, because there wasn’t much to derail. Flyer had no idea to do when there wasn’t a second técnico to feed him for moves, but Bengala is smart and realized that means you just end the match. They actually counted out Ramstein, which is different for an injury.

 

this doesn’t look right

Acero, Astral, Pequeño Halcón vs Demus 3:16, Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico: Not an inspiring group of técnicos, but it could’ve been worse. It turned out okay. Unsure if the spot where the rudos got control of the match was a planned missed dropkick or if Astral just screwed up. Astral was off aim wise on other spots, so there’s a way I’m leaning here. This turned into build up for the cage match at the end, though it was probably a little to late for that. Pierroth was shown in the crowd, and seemed to be in significantly better condition than we last saw him, which is the best thing on this show by far.

 

Raziel is sneaky agile

Hombre Bala Jr., Oro Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus: There’s not enough of the Cancerberos teaming up as a trio, so it was good to get it here and good for them to show why they’re a fun team by running off the técnicos by the end. This was a good match. Raziel had a very good match and looked incredible in the first fall. Oro got to work with Virus and seemed capable of being in this match, which is nice for him. End of the second fall was odd, with Halcón stopping the beatdown by suddenly sliding out on a whip and Oro attempting to put on a nudo – if that’s what that was, it’s wasn’t really good. Virus did a similar concept much better in the third fall, but that’s the difference between the two.

Hombre Bala splash off the ramp

 

triple tope

Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Boby Zavala, Misterioso Jr., Pólvora: 15 minutes of action in a 10 minute match, though they might have gotten it done in 9 had Delta been a little bit faster. They were working at the kind of pace where guys were almost breaking up pinfalls before the cover had been made. There was no obvious reason why they were going double speed from the start. They kept it together well considering all the wanted to get in and the little time they had to do it, but there wasn’t enough to this match to really get into it, or even take a breath.

 

involuntary tornillo

La Sombra, Mistico, Tritón vs Averno, Mephisto, Puma: Nuevo Valores is a good concept with some flaws. Puma and Triton were billed as getting a chance in a main event, but there really wasn’t much time for them with the focus on Averno and Místico for next week. We got brief teases of what they could do – Puma confounding Sombra with his leg kicks was interesting – but this wasn’t much about them. Match was fine for the build up. Averno escaped La Mistica and beat Místico clean with his finish, and it’s not the only time he’d do that. That’s a major difference in how CMLL protects this version of the character as opposed to the last. Congrats to the rudos for managing to throw all three técnicos over the técnicos over the barricade at about the same time. That should be instant fall win. Instead, they had to wait until Mephisto found Sombra too annoying to go on and took him out with a Devil’s Wings.

Puma is just strong enough

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tonight’s Arena Mexico show, June AAA TV stops, Rey del Aire

Tonight’s Arena Mexico main event is Rush, La Sombra, and La Mascara versus Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas and Shocker – or at least Shocker’s the plan. He’s missed the last week and a half of En Busca de un Idol. CMLL sometimes sneaks in changes in their show previews, but Shocker is still listed there. Shocker himself said on Twitter that he would be at Arena Mexico tonight. The preview pushes Rush & Sombra’s hated (and hateful) tecnico act of late, but this still looks like a setup to a La Mascara/Rush tag team title defense.

Tonight’s En Busca de un Idolo matches, starting off week 4, are Super Halcon Jr. versus Soberano and Hechicero versus Star Junior. They’ll reach the halfway point of this round after tonight’s matches, which means only 4 more Guerrero Negro Jr. & 3 more Super Halcon Jr. matches where they get yelled at afterward and have no real chance to win. Very little of this competition appears to be thought about in advance – note the behind the scenes videos lasted a whole one week, and that Fox Sports 2 is under the belief they’re airing these matches at some point even though CMLL hasn’t mentioned it – but if they had thought a little more about this year’s format, they would’ve realized it meant the last few finishers would be treated like pinatas for two months, damage which will care forward for a long time. Polvora got similarly mocked last year, but was a champion and so got a chance to redeem himself in other spotlight matches. Those matches are probably not coming for Negro & Halcon.

I’ve been pretty persistent in believing Guerrero Negro Jr. needs a different gimmick (he’s 30 and looks older), but if they CMLL has any plans of using him at all, they’d be smart having him disappear for six weeks after this over and come back in with a new name and a mask because he’s never getting over after this without a big change. Maybe Super Halcon will be treated differently back in his tag team (one which CMLL hasn’t had any particular plans for in a while, so maybe not), or maybe Super Halcon will give into Tirantes and quit. I don’t want to see anyone lose their jobs, but if you’re having people speaking for CMLL declaring specific luchadors are not good enough to be in CMLL, maybe they shouldn’t actually be in CMLL? Or maybe this week is the start of a delightful and thought out redemption story for one or both, but that seems the most unlikely outcome of all.

Note that the Busca matches are one spot down on the card than usual, which might mean a shorter Terra show. No one will know until the moment CMLL cuts off the broadcast.

Marisela Pena told fans on Twitter that AAA would be going to Quetetaro, Puebla, and Orizaba in June. Puebla is specifically mentioned as a TV taping, and the other two are probably meant to be ones as well. Either Puebla or Orizaba is likely Verano de Escandalo, though AAA hasn’t started promoting that event yet.

Guerrero Maya Jr. and Tiger both feel good about their chances in Reyes del Aire. Maya says this is the first time he’s been in one because he was sick previously. It is true he was ill and missed the 2011 one, but he was part of the 2012 and giant sized 2013 ones – he made it to the final three in his group last year. Meanwhile, Tiger talks about being in third and fourth in previous times, which only is right if he means he was third out one year and fourth out the other year. It’s almost like there’s so many tournaments in CMLL that what happens about them is completely forgotten by the next year, especially by those who participated in them. (Should still be a good match!)

Anime and Pirata Negro are filming a short movie – but since the picture an article used to promote the movie is Pirata Negro’s hand is covering up certain parts of Anime’s anatomy, people are apparently talking more about the picture. A poster on SuperLuchas, a successful website which seems to only occasional post about lucha libre, is upset about the attention this type of scandal thing in social media instead of people writing about the traditional lucha libre - in a post which shares the photo and no information about traditional lucha libre. It will also get a lot of clicks because it’s a picture of a half naked woman on the internet, not because anyone wants to have a discussion about the things people should be talking about. The irony is Anime and Pirata Negro (who wrestle around the Mexico City area) explain they’re doing this movie to get people to write about them since they haven’t gotten opportunities or attention otherwise. That seems to almost have worked, except people probably still don’t know their names since the picture seems to be going around without the article. Nice try though.

Half naked people in a lucha libre reminds me that Lucha Va Voom is running Cinco de Mayo shows. They’re in Los Angeles on May 1st and 2nd and over here in May 3rd. The Chicago show lists Casandro, Matt Classic, and Joey Ryan among the luchadors. I probably should go but I probably should go to a lot more shows and instead stare at the mountain of material for recaps.

LuchaWorld has a recap of Week 3 of En Busca de un Idolo.

Rob has highlights of late February 2001 CMLL.

Segunda Caida reviews Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas vs Marco Corleone, Máximo, Super Porky.

El Hijo del Santo’s column is about the early life of Blue Panther. He notes Halcon Suriano (grandfather of Pequeno Halcon) was an important mentor in Panther’s life.

Vaquerita talks about her return, says she’d like to have a title match with Amapola.

Demonio Maya talks about his career so far.

Electroshock wants a match against any member of la Sociedad, one on one. Don’t listen to him!

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CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-04-05

recap

Leo DOWN

taped 2014-03-25 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Gallo, Leo, Starman vs Camorra, Sádico, Shigeo Okumura: The problem with pushing Leo as a young upcoming técnico is Leo does not appear to be much good at this point in his career. He is young, maybe he’ll get there, but Camorra also isn’t a guy who is going to cover his mistakes. The good part of this feud is it’s hair feud between two people who have hair. The not-good part of this feud is everything else. It’s not horrendous, but it’s strange it’s even happening. Same thing for this match. Sadico lost his mohawk and was a little better last week, but came off as more interesting than his fellow Guadalajara youngster.

maybe Leo should’ve just stayed down

Bucanero consoled

taped 2014-03-30 @ Arena Coliseo
Fuego vs Ephesto in a lightning match: This show aired four matches this week because it was important to show Fuego, who has a whole elaborate dance routine (occasionally with back up dancers!) that’s made him more interesting to the general public, losing to going nowhere Ephesto. This is the best example of the random carelessness which most CMLL booking decisions are made. Speaking of random, this match had Ephesto use his big shoulderbreaker on Fuego, walk to the apron, put his hand on the top rope, and hurry back into pin. I have no idea why. Match was turning taking for the most part, though Fuego did get in a lot of dives before his eventual loss.

Diamante Azul, La Máscara, Titán vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys: Clipped down low stakes trios match where Titan was still flipping around. And so he got beat too. This was a big whatever. No one looked bad, nothing you need to see.

 

Maximo

Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Máximo vs Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Rey Escorpión: Atlantis/Niebla build up for the following week’s trios matches, which pretty much follows the same formula. Rudos attack but Atlantis rallies back to win the first fall anyway, then Niebla wins the second fall with a splash. Third fall is the only different (and some of what happens in between the finishes.) Máximo and Rey Escorpion brought up their feud and Negro Casas and Marco Corleone have an established routine and that’s what this was.

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