taped 2014-09-23 @ Arena México
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CMLL (SUN) 11/30/2014 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Bengala & Leono b El Rebelde & Espanto Jr.
Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Sensei, Soberano Jr., Star Jr. DQ Cholo, Nitro, Ramstein
Tecnicos took 2/3, the last by excessive violence. Ramstein & Cholo feuded heavily with Star Jr. & Soberano Jr. and were DQed for refusing to stop beating him up.
3) Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado b Blue Panther Jr., Stigma, Tritón
Triton replaced Pegasso on Monday. Rudos took 1/3, Pierroth beating Stigma with a powerbomb cleanly.
4) Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Virus b Fuego, Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr.
Virus replaced Bobby Zavala. Rudos took 2/3, with Gran Guerrero counting Stuka’s torpedo splash and putting him in the Pulpo Guerrero
5) Marco Corleone, Titán, Valiente DQ Ephesto, Terrible, Vangellys
Tecnicos took 2/3, the last when Marco missed a splash in the corner and Terrible choked him over the top rope until the referee called the DQ. They challenged each other to a hair match (in what appeared to be hype for Infierno en el Ring)
6) Volador Jr. b Mephisto
Volador took 2/3, the last with the top rope huracanrana for the win. There was a fire drill immediately following the match.
Feed had what are now common Arena Coliseo problems. It didn’t get up until late and it was up and down for the first three matches before working fine the second half of the card. (Video/Sound issues above are because of those feed issues.) Volador and Mephisto are both into two short falls and third fall which are very little more than big moves and kickouts and everything they did here is what they do all the time in these matches in the exact same way so it didn’t do much for me. Others liked it more. There was also a whole Tirantes Is Evil subplot that didn’t seem to go anywhere, but might have helped rally support behind Volador.
All the GIFs from that show (that I didn’t overwrite by accident) are here.
Guerra de Titanes will be on conventional TV in Mexico. I haven’t seen AAA’s TV yet, but the comments mentioned the TV ad for the show is running. If you order using your remote, it’s 229MXP for SD and 298 for HD. That’s about $16.50 and $21 in US Dollars. Since AAA’s doing this on normal PPV already and the stream seemed to go fine on Friday, expect an announcement about a iPPV sometime this week. TripleMania was $15, this show figures to be the same.
IWRG was supposed to have a tag title defense between the Oficials and fellow rudos Eterno & Canis Lupus. +LuchaTV has highlights of last week’s match which set this up; the two teams ended the match by teasing a double apuesta match, and it is the time of the year where IWRG typically ones a big one to close the year. Instead, Oficial AK47 did not appear on tonight’s show and the tag titles were declared vacant, which is standard in these situations but obviously blows up whatever they had planned.
Estrellita will be out at least three weeks with a spinal injury, spending the next two weeks in a neck collar after being dropped on her head Friday by Dallys la Carbinea. Dallys has been using a sit down thru the legs piledriver of late, which has seemed like an unnecessarily dangerous wrestler from a still inexperienced wrestler for random women’s matches. It’s a strength move too, and if Dallys really missed the bodybuilding competition because of a health issue, then she might have not been at full strength. It also may not have been her fault, and we won’t know unless it airs (and it might only in one of the highlight packages they do because of where it was on the card.)
Lucha Underground is the third new major series for El Rey. The second one, El Matador, was renewed before it even premiered – but then canceled a few days ago. That’s weird. The canceling announcement coming out on the Friday after Thanksgiving, the ideal day to announce someone you don’t want to be talked about much, is also weird. The story says the change of plans occurred because there was a lot less international interest in the show than they anticipated. This is a reminder that El Rey is not a lucha libre philanthropy channel which is going to air things forever. It may not be necessary for LU to make money now but there’s got to be at least a path to profitability, which I think Lucha Underground has.
It’s also an indication that El Rey can always change their mind about episode counts and renewals – not that necessary will here, but that’s not the surest indicator of success. The best possible news for Lucha Underground would be an announcement of a toy deal or a video game deal. They’ve set themselves up with those in mind already. If they can convince someone else those can sell, those are the additional revenue sources which can convince El Rey they’ve got something worth keeping around. (Selling in the same international TV – getting the show picked up in the UK or Mexico or wherever – would be nice but probably is not a big difference maker.) I don’t think there’s a set timeline for that happen and it may just be getting interest from those sorts of people which are enough, but that’s the indicator to look for with this project.
El Rey’s Lucha Underground store has quietly vanished. I know TKD ordered a Drago’s t-shirt and was told they were out of stock. I’d like to the promotion was so hot that that all the shirts sold out in the first day, but I’m guessing it might be some merchandise right issues going on. Hopefully they get it sorted out soon – if not enough sources of revenue was a reason El Matador was canceled, you’d like to make a really obvious one available for Lucha Underground.
Black Terry Jr. has photos of the CaraLucha show. A surprisingly small turnout for that show. It looks like Fly Star & Impulso won the tag team tournament.
Fusion-Ichiban ran the same night and maybe some of the usual audience went there? Maybe some of the CaraLucha audience was actually on the show, as part of the Psycho Circus versus 32 Zombies match. Psycho Circus won, and then beat the Rockers in a real match. Mickie Knuckles beat Ludark for the women’s (“KAWAI”) title, which I presume means Mickie is headed back to the US to win back.
SuperLuchas and MedioTiempo both have articles about recently deceased famous comedian Chespirito’s lucha libre references and references to him in lucha libre. Octagoncito was wearing a Chapulín Colorado outfit tonight on the AAA taping in Tuxtla.
LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.
Super Libre had Pantera & Fishman as interviews.
Edecan Lover has a Aly music video.
Lucha Libre in Japan
11/30 NJPW: La Sombra & Tetsuya Naito b Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima – they won again (probably more about preventing Kojima/Tenzan from breaking too far away.) They’re now in a big tie. Video already up.
IWRG FILL (WED) 12/03/2014 Arena Naucalpan
1) Magic Dragon & Vaderus vs Skanda & Voltar
2) Aguila Oriental, Chicanito, Dragón Blanco vs Guerrero 2000, Psique, Sexy Girl
3) Adrenalina, Aramis, Black Drago vs Magnum 44, Ultimoc Aballero, Vmaprio Metalico II
4) Black Niko, Galaxy, Marduck vs Merceneario De La Muerte, Payaso De Plata, Payaso Extremo
5) Black Angel, Blue Monsther, Fly Boricua vs Anubis Black, Extraño, Hip Hop Man
6) Araña de Plata Jr., Atomik Star, Dragón Celestial, Electro Boy, Metaleon, Power Bull, Saruman, Sky Ángel vs Arkanos, Balack, Danger King, Impacto, Moto Cross, Principe Negro, Rayo Star, Skull Metal [Copa Higher Power]
FILL vs Sexy Gym (Dr. Cerbero) trainees rematch.
Last match between these two teams had no finish. Balack was one of Arkangel trainees at the bodybuilding tumbling exhibition – you don’t forget a guy who spells him name Balack and puts it on his gear. It’s common for aspiring luchadors to train with multiple maestros, for education and strategic purposes.
Blue Monsther missed the last one of these and I thought he might have finally made into the land of real luchadors (or at least Comando Elite), but he’s back here in the purgatory that is the semimain on a FILL show. He’s been on these shows now for 3 years without making it on the real shows once.
Also, if someone can figure out what package I exactly need to buy on internetv.tv to get access to AYM Sports, I will gladly try and record IWRG off their stream. They’ve changed the options greatly since the last time I tried this.
DTU (TUE) 12/16/2014 Arena Aficion
1) ?, El Junior, El Nene, Kalibus vs ??, Corazon Latino, Osrisis, Sombra De La Noche
2) Jhonky & Lanzeloth vs Cotty Santiago & Low Rider
3) Jimmy, Kevin, Ovett vs Ángel o Demonio, Artikus, Rocky Lobo
4) Chica Ye-Ye & Violento Jack vs Cíclope & Yuriko
5) Drastik Boy © vs Aero Boy [DTU AI]
6) Crazy Boy & Niño Hamburguesa vs Black Fire & Slayer Pack [DTU NEXO, semifinal]
7) Miedo Extremo vs Crazy King, Jorge El Intruso, Colmillo Blanco, Ursus, Dance Boy, Paranoiko, Hacker, Amo de la Noche, Talaxys, Príncipe Halcón, Siniestro [mask, hair,cage]
Random apuesta match: check, it is a lucha indy show. Of maybe more note, that’s the other tag team tournament semifinal (the first is on 12/07 in Rio Blanco, Veracruz) and Drastik is defending his title in his home building. I have many theories about why Nerd Tony isn’t with his two friends – studying for the Mexico equivalent of an AP English test – but I will spare you.
CMLL (FRI) 11/28/2014 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Disturbio & Metálico b Oro Jr. & Star Jr.
Star Jr. replaced Starman on Monday.
2) Dalys, La Comandante, Tiffany b Estrellita, Goya Kong, Princesa Sugehit
Dalys missed the bodybuilding contest on doctor’s orders but was back here. Estrellita was taken from the match in the second fall after being injuring her back on a Dalys piledriver.
3) Euforia, Negro Casas, Niebla Roja b Dragón Rojo Jr., Máscara Dorada, Rey Cometa
Rudos took 2/3.
4) Felino DQ Rey Bucanero [lightning]
Bucanero attacked Zacarias and Felino hit Bucanero with the toliet lid for the DQ. Everyone (but Porky) ran out to get involved, transitioning right into the next match.
5) Bárbaro Cavernario, Shocker, Vangellys b Blue Panther, Máximo, Super Porky
Super Porky was last out and Felino and Bucanero needed help leaving it after the last match. Maximo was mentioned live as being hurt by Vanglleys but there’s nothing in the recap about it.
6) Terrible, Thunder, Último Guerrero b Atlantis, La Máscara, Volador Jr.
Rudos took 1/3, Terrible sneaking in a foul on Volador to set up a UG win.
Ultimo Guerrero says he’ll be the first one out of the cage match because he has no interest in it with Rush out of the match. Join the club. (Way to sell the show.) I used to think the stuff with the Invasors in 2011 (killing them dead so they could get Olimpico a payday, then sacrificing Negro Casas to build to a Rey Bucanero/Charly Manson match that never happens because Charly didn’t want to be there) was the weakest stretch of recent CMLL booking but this build is knocking on it’s door.
this paragraph is spoiler-y for Lucha Underground: Next week’s Lucha Underground episode is The Key, about the weird key Dario always has. I previewed it last night. The show after that, the one that airs on December 10th, is called “The Top of the Ladder” and hypes a Puma/Mundo/Big Ryck ladder match. That’s makes sense given where those characters were this past week. It doesn’t make sense given the taping order; the next show in order would’ve been the first taping from 10/04, which didn’t have a a ladder match. The ladder match was hyped for that weekend and must’ve taken place on the second taping (which we have no results from), but that also means they’re airing the second taping first for whatever reason. This is mostly meaningless, but if you’re looking at my guides to figure out what is airing when, you may be a bit off. (And if you’re the LuchaWorld guys, because the cool match you saw won’t air until 12/17 at least.)
Negro Navarro & Que Monito vs Black Terry & Zacarias has been added to the 12/21 Lucha Memes show, where the mascot must be involved in the winning submission or pinfall for it to count.
Video of La Sombra’s match from yesterday teaming with Naito against Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows (who apparently had too much fun celebrating this one.) Sombra had a non-tournament trios win today.
DJ Spectro writes about a Huracan Ramirez vs El Solitario vs some other guy triangle mask match. Guess who lost.
CMLL (FRI) 12/05/2014 Arena México
1) Pegasso & Tritón vs Canelo Casas & Disturbio
2) Fuego, Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. vs Kamaitachi, Okumura, Virus
3) Dragón Rojo Jr., Super Porky, Titán vs Kráneo, Mr. Águila, Vangellys
4) La Máscara, Máscara Dorada, Valiente vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Thunder
5) Marco Corleone vs Último Guerrero, Volador Jr., Terrible, Shocker, Bárbaro Cavernario, Rey Bucanero, Máximo, Felino, Blue Panther [cage, hair]
Just a cage match. Nothing else on the card. Even the trios matches don’t look good. The segunda might be, but it’s also a match they might do on any other show so there’s no urgency. This card is so bad that it’s almost like an experiment to determine a baseline attendance number for a CMLL cage match. There’s no hot feuds in the cage matches. There’s no hot luchadors in the match – they’re booking Ultimo Guerrero as if he’s an attraction but the turnouts don’t seem to have shown that. There’s no support matches of any kind. There’s token TV promotion (with spots which look about 20 years behind the stuff AAA and WWE are doing.) Ticket prices are as expensive as you’d figure for a ‘major’ show, running from 180 up to 830 MX ($13 to $59). There’s nothing going for this show outside of the cage so we find out how much that cage is worth.
AAA TV (FRI) 11/28/2014 Gimnasio Olímpico Juan de la Barrera, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal [AAA]
1) Bengala, Drago, Niño Hamburguesa b Carta Brava Jr., Eterno, Hijo de Pirata Morgan
10:47. Dark match? Nino Hamburguesa/Bengala piggy back top rope splash on Pirata & Eterno.
2) Faby Apache & Ivelisse b Sexy Star & Taya Valkyrie
10:33. Ivelisse was introduced last by Faby Apache as a new AAA tecnica. Taya struggled in this match. Tirantes went down, Ivelisse has Sexy beat with an exploder, and Piero ran in to count the pin. The two teams continued to brawl after the match and had to be pulled apart.
3) Mini Charly Manson & Súper Fly b Aerostar & Dinastía
Ref is Maya, who worked slightly heel as in Leon. Lots of mask ripping between Super Fly and Aerostar. Super Fly limped around after taking a big salida de bandera. Aerostar got dropped hard on the two powerbombs to finish it. Super Fly was ripping up Aerostar’s gear even as he was pinning him, came off as if the pinfall was maybe not supposed to be at that moment. Super Fly said the same would happen in Zapopan. Rudos left the tecnicos laying.
4) Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown b Averno, Chessman, Cibernético
7:28. brawl, and not awlays a clean one. Chessman was done after the match, and the doctor was out (really immediately after 3, sooner than any help could’ve been called.) the doctor didn’t help Chessman quick enough and the rudos attacked him.
5) Fénix & Myzteziz b Pentagón Jr. & Zema Ion
9:07. Spanish Fly on Zema Ion after a good match. Joe Lider ran in thru the crowd after the match to beat up the tecnicos. Rudos said they’d win the tag titles at GdT, tecnicos recovered to say the same, everyone pretty much pretended Angelico & Jack didn’t exist.
6) Texano Jr. b El Patrón Alberto [street]
18:00. Perros (without Lider, so he was a surprise later on) came out to the ring after the third match and said pretty much nothing of note. Perro was Texano’s second. (The ex-)Ricardo Rodriguez debuted as Alberto’s ring announcer, same as in WWE. Both guys wore street clothes for the fight. Hijo de Tirantes is referee. Ricardo left before the match and Alberto has to fight off Perro and Tirantes while dealing with Texano. Alberto kicked out of a powerbomb thru the table and a belt shot before Perro came in the ring to help stomp him more. Ricardo made the save (or tried to, slipping in dress shoes) and eventualy took Texano with a dive. Alberto got the best of Perro and got the Rompe Destinos armbar on Texano, but Texano escaped, fouled him and beat Alberto again (much like Guerra de Titanes.) Texano said he’d still be champ after Guerra de Titanes. Alberto disagreed, then cleaned house on the tencios. Pentagon and Joe Lider ran in so they could get beat up too.
Air Date: 12/06, 12/13 and, uh, last night. We’ll circle back to that.
Ivelisse debuted as the mystery woman, which was the most likely outcome. She and Sexy Star are basically playing the opposite roles here as they do in Lucha Underground. They’re meant to be different universes, which won’t be changing soon, but I still have this feeling that they’ll end up switching sides in Lucha Underground before long.
Dr. Lucha had been saying that AAA was attempting to bring over a woman from CMLL for this spot. If that’s the case, it went how it usually goes, but might mean Ivelisse was not who was originally in mind for that spot. This doesn’t seem like great news for Jennifer Blake, who’s now the third most important tecnica (a mostly non TV spot in AAA; think La Jarochita) and the third most important foreign woman (in a company that’s tended to only employ two.) Jennifer got really good this year and now looks to be on the fringes.
The only thing I could figure out about the Perros speech is they were trying to get the crowd to boo him when he came out later. Crowd was really into Alberto at any rate. Texano got the win in almost exactly the same fashion as Heroes Inmortales, but it was also made clear that Perro vs Alberto is the much bigger feud and Texano’s just an obstacle to that. Still, Texano winning all these times and then just losing once at Guerra de Titanes doesn’t seem like a feud ender (but a rematch at Rey de Reyes would mean pausing the Alberto/Perro feud for three more months, it’s an issue problem.)
Last two matches were the best two. Opener was fun too. AAA mentioned it in their recap so there’s a good chance it’ll air on TV (and that this is a two week taping.) 2 & 3 were more build up matches for Guerra de Titanes than good matches on this show. Not that I’m sure Psycho Circus/Hell Brothers is ever really going to be good (but at least it’s over.) Taya should destroy all recordings of the women’s match.
The big news was this show streamed live on http://internetvluchalibreaaa.com (and was still available there at last check.) Internet.TV, a streaming sports video site, is owned by the same people who own the AYM and LAS cable networks. (Commercials starting our amiga Elisa are shown on those channels about 10 times an hour.) It’s been going for at least a year as a paysite and regularly transmits baseball games from Mexico and Puerto Rico among various other sports. They have various subscription models, where you could get everything the offer or just a certain league, and they have prepaid subscription cards at OXXOs and other convenient stores if you don’t use credit. A lot of the AYM/LAS onscreen seems a little shaky, but it appears they have a better handle on the internet stuff. There’s just no way of telling how many people actually use it and what load it can handle.
Until last night, I guess. Not a lot of people knew this stream was happening: I found out about 3 hours by the show and AAA announced it about 30 minutes before the 9pm listed start time. My hunch is AAA was a little concerned about hurting walk up ticket sales by announcing the show as free. (They’re now claiming a sell out.) I’m also assuming AAA didn’t want to hype this up and deal with people complaining to them about a failed stream again. This was almost AAA doing an internal test run but letting people diehard/random enough to be around late on a Friday night look in on it.
It seemed to go okay. There was some buffering issues when everyone was jumping on at the beginning, which resulted in some people being minutes behind until they manually refreshed it. The buffering circle popped up a couple times for me during Ivelisse’s entrance but otherwise never came back. I watched it at the middle quality to play it safe but others were having it on high and having no issues. I’d guess no more people saw this than a typical Sunday afternoon Terra show – and so far less than an AAA major show – but the stream seemed to pass the test.
AAA had said, many months ago, that they’d like to air Guerra de Titanes on iPPV. (They were hopeful but not definite about doing the same for Heroes Inmortales, and that didn’t take place.) It’s only 8 days away and there’s been no announcement to of an iPPV, but this looks like an obvious trial to see if they could that iPPV successful. The big difference is this is in Mexico City and Guerra de Titanes is in Zapopan, but even may not be so big. Again, the internet.tv people are a TV company, so they’re probably beaming the signal via their existing TV equipment to a central (DF?) headquarters and streaming out there; being in Jalisco wouldn’t seem to matter for this any more than the non-Mexico City baseball games they already cover. AAA might again wait to the last minute to announce anything about a stream for the same reasons as this, but it’s worth keeping an eye out for it next Sunday.
AAA travels to Tuxtla Gutirrez for a taping on Sunday with Pentagon & Joe Lider vs Myzteziz & Fenix on top. That reminds me of another takeaway from this show: Texano beating Alberto would not be the biggest upset at Guerra de Titanes. The completely dismissed Angelico & Jack Evans actually keeping the tag titles would be.
It appears the Leyenda Inmortales show is airing on Teleformula in Mexico but not in the US. I have no idea why this would be.
== AAA ==
Leon part 2: Perro/Texano vs Mesias/Alberto and some grab bag random stuff. Not sure if the Ludxor/Venum vs Apache/Carta match will actually air.
== Lucha Underground ==
“Big Ryck signs Cueto’s contract; Son of Havoc calls on Simpinela Escarlata; Johnny Mundo steals Cueto’s key as insurance; Sexy Star and Fenix team up against Chavo Guerrero and Pentagon Jr.”
Yes, they spell Pimpinela’s name wrong in the preview. There’s also a Drago/Cuerno match and a Mil Muertes squash.
== CMLL ==
FOX2: Atlantis, Valiente, Volador vs Euforia, Thunder, UG again. Angel de Oro vs Mephsito may be the best chance for a good match.
Azteca: An OK cibernetico and Marco Ingobernable
52MX: Guerreros vs Atlantis & Dorada
Claro: Dragon Rojo, Mascara Dorada, Volador vs Mephisto, Negro Casas, Niebla Roja
C3: Reyes del Atlantida vs Cavernario, hechiceor, Mephisto. This looks like the best show of the year.
TVC Deportes (Puebla): actually listed on the schedule this Wednesday, the same time as Lucha Underground. There’s a non-zero chance I’ll forget about this and no clue what will air.
Terra Sunday: Volador vs Mephisto.
== Other ==
Noches de Coliseo: reruns
IWRG (LAS/AYM): probably not airing
DTU (THU) 11/27/2014 Autolavado VM, Tulancingo, Hidalgo [DTU (1), DTU (2), DTU (3), DTU (4), DTU (5), DTU (6), DTU (7), DTU (8), DTU (9)]
1) Violento Jack b Black Baby [chairs, Maxima Ofrenda Ultraviolenta, quarterfinal]
Black Baby was a surprise wrestler. Violento Jack won with a lairat in 8:59.
2) Paranoiko b Jhonky [thumbtacks, Maxima Ofrenda Ultraviolenta, quarterfinal]
7:14, powerbomb onto tacks
3) Cíclope b Aero Boy [barbed wire, Maxima Ofrenda Ultraviolenta, quarterfinal]
11:51, front suplex onto a table with barbed wire
4) Ángel o Demonio b Ovett [barbed wire bat, Maxima Ofrenda Ultraviolenta, quarterfinal]
19:34, arm submission with barbed wire bat
5) El Junior, El Nene, Kalibus b Jimmy, Kevin, Tony
25:34. Los Nerds want a apuesta match on the 12/19 DTU show back here in Tulancingo
6) Cíclope b Ovett [Maxima Ofrenda Ultraviolenta, semifinal]
14:36, powerbomb onto light tubes
7) Violento Jack b Paranoiko [Maxima Ofrenda Ultraviolenta, semifinal]
8) Drastik Boy & Zema Ion b Hacker & Septimo Dragon and Black Fire & Slayer Pack
22:58, Ion & Drastick beat Septimo & Hacker
9) Cíclope b Violento Jack [Maxima Ofrenda Ultraviolenta, final]
18:14, via shining wizard after a match with barbed wire, light tubes and industrial saws
A DTU show with times and results provided by DTU! I’m confused and happy, probably happier than the guys in those matches. This is the last show prior to their big Decemeber tour, which will probably include that teased apuesta match.
AAA tapes TV in Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera for the first time since April tonight. There was a sponsored show back in August, but they haven’t gotten near the amount of dates on their ‘home’ as they planned for this year. This will be the last TV show before Guerra de Titanes, which will matter for ticket selling purposes (but since there’s still no announced plans for iPPV or PPV, probably not at all for regular viewers.) There are some direct previews of Guerra de Titanes matches, with Alberto & Texano and Hell Brothers & Psycho Circus matching up here before coming back again 9 days later. Even the matches that won’t be directly repeated very obviously lead into that show. Fenix & Myzteziz face Zema Ion & Pentagon Jr. sets up the tag title match, Dinastia & Aerostar vs Super Fly & Mini Charly Manson lead into those two singles matches to come. This set up usually the focus is building up heat and match quality takes a step back tonight.
There’s still no word about the mystery woman in the opener. AAA hasn’t hinted anything and the only thing we really know is Konnan was pretty excited about the signing weeks ago on his podcast. The Wrestling Observer speculated it’ll be Ivelisse, which seems as good a guess as anyway. She hasn’t hinted anything on social media, except maybe for an “up, up and away” message which might indicate she’s on a plane. Or she’s just reading Superman comics. Who can say?
completely irrelevant: I have this feeling Zema Ion no longer has Robbie E to team with because Robbie E’s gone back to the US in preparation for dong the media rounds after his team gets eliminated on the Amazing Race tonight. I don’t gamble but I wish I could gamble on this.
Today’s CMLL show is a low key affair, as they push various feuds in the led up to next week’s Infierno en el Ring. The main event is Ultimo Guerrero, Terrible, Thunder vs Volador, Altantis and La Mascara, with the idea of setting up Ultimo Guerrero vs Volador (as Rush’s replacement.) There’s no strong set up for any other matches on Infierno en el Ring. Maybe they’ll set something up tonight, but the rest of the card will be a surprise when it’s posted late tonight.
CMLL and the head of Meynmed Sports announced a program to prevent the onset of arthritis in luchadors. They mention exercises to prevent injuries and guidance about what medication/supplements to use keep cartilage healthy. Rey Bucanero mentions he was told by “several doctors” to stop wrestling three years ago due to left knee injuries, but the treatment has helped him continue on.
RobViper has a music video of Juicio Final 2014.
A look back at a bloody Sangre Chicana & Faraon vs Fishman vs Perro Aguayo.
Lucha Libre in Japan
11/28 NJPW: Karl Anderson [O] & Doc Gallows b Tetsuya Naito & La Sombra [X] [World Tag]
Naito & Sombra drop to 2-2. Looking at the other matches, they may be out of wins already. Video of yesterday’s loss is here
CMLL on Terra: 2014-09-28
taped 2014-09-28 @ Arena Coliseo
Fuego vs Kamaitachi in a lightning match – good? I can’t recall
AAA on Televisa: 2014-09-27
taped 2014-09-14 @ Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, Puerto Aventuras, Quintana Roo
Aerostar, Angélico, Australian Suicide vs Daga, El Apache, Hijo de Pirata Morgan – good
CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-09-27
taped 2014-09-16 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Diamante Azul, Dragon Lee, La Sombra vs Cavernario, Hechicero, Negro Casas – great
CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-09-27
taped 2014-09-23 @ Arena México
Blue Panther, Marco Corleone, Titán vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja: [GOOD]
Mephisto © vs Valiente for the Mexican National Light Heavyweight Championship: [GREAT]
CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-09-27 (full) 81st Anniversary
taped 2014-09-19 @ Arena México
Blue Panther, Cachorro, Dragon Lee vs Felino, Puma, Tiger: [GOOD]
Goya Kong vs Estrellita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit, Amapola, Zeuxis, Tiffany, Dallys la Caribeña [Copa 81 Aniversario]: [GOOD]
Rey Cometa vs Bárbaro Cavernario for the hair: [EXCELLENT]
La Máscara & Rush vs Negro Casas & Shocker © for the CMLL World Tag Team Championship: [GOOD]
Atlantis vs Último Guerrero for the mask: [EXCELLENT]
Shows Watched But Nothing Worthwhile
nothing! A strong week of TV.
Matches To Watch Later
IWRG Zona XXI: 2014-09-28
taped 2014-09-24 @ Arena Naucalpan
Dragón Celestial, Emperador Azteca, Metaleon vs Ciclon Black, Eterno, Hip Hop Man:
Alan Extreme, Avisman, Golden Magic, Imposible, Relámpago, Veneno vs Dante, Euro, Filder, Hijo Del Zumbido, Sky Fly, Yakuza [Copa Higher Power]:
CMLL (TUE) 11/25/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Artillero & Súper Comando b Sky Kid & Smaker
2) La Comandante, La Seductora, Zeuxis b Lluvia, Marcela, Skadi
3) Sagrado b Gallo
Sagrado took 1/3, then beat up Pollito after the match.
4) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther b Misterioso Jr., Puma, Tiger
Tecnicos took 1/3.
5) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Valiente DQ Felino, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero
Ultimo Guerrero replaced Thunder, only Thunder was still there and attacked Marco before the match. Tecnicos took 2/3, with UG fouling Marco.
Thunder hurt? Odd for him to go all the way to Guadalajara if he’s hurt (but kind of really professional.)
IWRG (WED) 11/26/2014 Arena Naucalpan [IWRG]
1) Atomic Star b Sky Ángel
2) Anubis Black & Araña de Plata b Galaxy & Vampiro Metálico II
3) Dragón Celestial, Golden Magic, Saruman b Liderk, Rayan, Spector
4) Imposible © b Hip Hop Man [IWRG IC Light]
Imposible took 2/3 to keep the title. Sixth defense.
5) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo b Apolo Estrada Jr., Chicano, Eterno, Liderk
Liderk replaced Canis Lupus. Ninja Turtles take 1/3.
Ninja turtles remain dominant.
2: Mr. Mexico
3: Sangre Imperial
1: Principe Diamante
1: Dragon Lee
2: Star Jr.
1: Dark Angel – 8 out of 9 years
3: Princesa Sugehit
1: La Mascara
3: Espiritu Negro
La Mascara was the over all winner. He talked about his win, also saying that Rush gave him the Papi de Papis nickname and he wants the mask match with Atlantis.
The winners were also on CMLL Informa, but the bigger news for us luchadorks was Panico announcing a new run of live events. Sabados Popular (Saturday) shows will begin on 12/20 Arena Coliseo and will feature CMLL trainees in five matches. It sounded like the main matches may have regular CMLL talent but the undercard will be one fall matches with guys who aren’t working regular. Prices will be cheap (because these trainees are working for the experience and not the check) and they’re probably running Coliseo because they don’t expect a big turnout. The first card will be announced next week. No word about TV or Terra or anything. I’d be surprised if they turned up that way. If CMLL was a completely different company, these would be perfect thing to sell for $2/show as internet downloads but now I’m just in crazy town.
This is not an entirely new concept; I can’t figure out the start and end dates, but CMLL (and UWA) have tried this concept of ‘off day’ solo trainee shows. It’s generally seemed to be at stronger times in the business than now, though now is the time where CMLL could use new stars. Just having more random guys isn’t going to help, which is probably where this is going. Still, great fun for luchadorks.
Panico was evasive about if indy guys would be on the shows, but I think that’s partially because the line between “CMLL trainee” and “indy luchador” is blurry; Hip Hop Man and Imposible were among those trainees seen at the bodybuilding contest show, and then they went over to IWRG to have a twenty minute match. A lot of guys in the indy feds were/are CMLL trainees who never got a chance to make it to the main shows. Maybe a bit more exposure will give the next group of guys more of a chance.
Terrible would like to thinks Marco Corleone (attention divided with other activities) and Barbaro Cavernario (first cage match) are possible losers in Infierno en el Ring.
El Sabor del Ring has part one of a piece on the people working at Arena Coliseo San Luis Potosi as it closes down. The last show is a week from Sunday but no one knows for sure what will happen with the building.
FWIW: the Funcion Estelar recap has other people instead of the TNA guys on the Arena Aficion show.
LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.
CaraLucha promo from the Neza guys for their match against the Gringos.
DJ Spectro looks back at Solitario vs Galeno II.
Lucha Libre in Japan
11/27 NJPW: Matt Taven [O] & Michael Bennett beat Tetsuya Naito & La Sombra [X] – well of course, back to normal. I’d think Taven is the lesser guy on the team, even, but I’m not sure of that. I know Maria is the star of the team and maybe it doesn’t matter past that. Sombra & Naito drop to 2-1.
WON says NJPW plans both to run Atlantis/Ultimo Guerrero and Sombra/Volador matches on the FantasticaMania tour, for which half the shows are sold out and a fourth or close. Unsure which shows NJPW is planning to run Matt Taven singles main events.
IWRG (SUN) 11/30/2014 Arena Naucalpan
1) Centvrión, Dragón Celestial, Metaleon vs Diva Salvaje, Estrella Divina, Miss Gaviota
2) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Avisman, Danny Casas, Imposible
3) Dr. Cerebro, Emperador Azteca, Relámpago vs Rayan, Trauma II, Universo 2000 Jr.
4) Oficial 911 & Oficial AK47 © vs Canis Lupus & Eterno [IWRG IC TAG]
Rematch. Oficials 4th defense.
5) Golden Magic, Súper Nova, Toscano vs Chicano, Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Veneno
Veneno quickly on the rudo side. Rudo/rudo title rematch. Centvrion back, but has to work the exoticos.