CMLL Guadalajara on Teleformula #12 (09/04/2010)

I'm going to miss this guy.

taped 08/17/10 in Arena Coliseo Guadalajara

Pesta Negra/Super Porky match was exactly what you’d think it was.

Mistico vs Jushin Lyger was about what you’d expect, maybe even slightly better by the end if you’re not especially high on Mistico right now. I’m not sure I buy the idea that Mistico is only a great trios wrestler, because he was in some good singles matches (the one vs Black Warrior comes to mind) and it’s just more that he’s still doing either the same moves or even a stripped down version of the same matches. For all of CMLL’s idea of Mistico using New Moves! in 2009, his matches seem to be strictly headscissors, dive, rest, repeat. It seemed like there was more meat on the bone in the past.

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX #249 (08/28/2010)

cat doesn't always land on his feet

Arena Coliseo, 08/22/2010

Astro Boy, Metálico, Starman vs Inquisidor, Puma King, Tiger Kid: Didn’t get much into the early stuff, but it picked up in the last couple falls and the Cats remain always fun. In the alternate universe where CMLL does stuff with the Arena Coliseo Tag Team titles, this sets up a Puma/Tiger vs Astro Boy/Metalico title match

Hijo del Fantasma, Máscara Dorada, Toscano vs Jushin Liger, Sangre Azteca, Terrible: Rudo team is much, much cooler than the tecnico team, and that’s even with Dorada. Sangre Azteca probably could use a highspot that isn’t a dropkick.

AAA on Televisa #953 (08/28/2010)

Plaza de Toros el Relicario de Puebla, 08/06/2010

this aired

Hey, now that we’re apparently halfway into yet another “Konnan & Dorian take over AAA” story, can someone explain to me what the difference between a Joaquin run AAA and a Dorian run AAA? Legion guys still get to do whatever they want under the tecnico reign, rudos didn’t have any special advantage last time Konnan was in charge.

Alex Koslov & Christina Von Eerie vs Aerostar & Fabi Apache for the AAA World Mixed Tag Team Championship: A marked improvement over the last title match. Not without it’s flaws, but it didn’t make sad watching and for that I am glad. Seriously can not wait for someone in CMLL to steal the spinning headscissors into a backcracker spot.

Even Super Fly grimly laughs at his feud with Electroshock. I guess it’s great that we’re now acknowledging that was a major screw up, but it’d be nice if they actually got around to fixing it it (note: long teased rudo turn is not a fix.) By the way, as of Wednesday’s Figure Four Daily with Konnan, the new story we’re going with is they sincerely wanted to get Super Fly over in that feud, but Electroshock just kept going into business for himself by destroying Super Fly in matches. AAA punished Electroshock for this un-professionalism by making him Rey de Reyes and then giving him the World Title, and Electroshock learned from this by pulling the same bit with every other small guy he’s faced since. Anyway.

El Elegido, Laredo Kid, Relampago vs Alan Stone, Chris Stone, Decnnis: This was not what you’d call a good match, but they made me BELIEVE and that’s better than the great majority of Elegido related matches. Alan’s turn was melodramatic (though not so nearly as much as Decnnis in the bit with El Brazo), but they built up Elegido vs the Stones as strong as they’ve built up anything in recent memory. I still have no idea why they’re doing this and don’t believe they’ll trust Elegido enough to put him in a mask vs hair match of any stripe, but this has all been better than it read on paper.

Cibernético, Monster Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Black Abyss, Hernandez, Psicosis III, Zorro: Psicosis and Black Abyss worked to so hard to get out of the doghouse and get back on TV more regularly. Doesn’t appear to have actually worked, but at least I appreciate the effort, the dives, and Black Abyss’s epic flying nothing right into Cibernetico’s choke grip. Cibernetico & Psycho Circus were as over as anything on this show, which means Cibene

I was actually into the show up to this point.

Hijo de Tirantes screws luchadors for months; Joaquin gets to hit him.

Dr. Wagner Jr., Heavy Metal, La Parka Jr. vs Electroshock, Silver King, Último Gladiador: Silver King/Dr. Wagner Jr. isn’t doing much for me, but maybe when we finally get into the singles match, I have faith that those two can make it really good. Don’t nearly feel the same way about Electroshock & Heavy Metal. Just not into weapon shots and then immediately no-selling those weapon shots.

Joe Lider & Nicho el Millionario vs Damián 666 & Halloween: for a big epic match built up with out of the ring promos since the moment they started teasing the the Perros showing up here, this was a seven minute just okay match with unedited botched spots (and probably more that were). It was also completely overshadowed by the post match bit, as most tecnico wins on this show usually are.

Lucha Libre USA: Masked Warriors #7 (08/28/2010)

taped 08/07/10 in Las Vegas

Masked Warriors

I come not to bury the end of Lucha Libre USA: Masked Warriors (season 1), I come here to praise it. Comments for this post are only for your positive (season 1) memories of this promotion, negative comments will be deleted.

Things I enjoyed on this show (season 1):

  • People got paid! Never ever underrate this.
  • People got paydays who no one was expecting to ever be getting paydays. Who’d ever figure Neutron would have a major television role in 2010? He may have had his career peak about 3 years after most thought it was over. A bunch of minis got to have high profile matches and will now spend the next decade promoting themselves as having appeared on MTV. (As will minis who didn’t actually appear on MTV2.)
  • No one burned any bridges, so they’re just out of this schedule (while they’re on hiatus) and didn’t leave any other gigs behind. Charly Manson worked here, worked CMLL and worked indies all without a problem.
  • Every single scene involving Pequeno Halloween. He’s no slouch outside the ring, but every skit was *****. And Rebecca was good going with it.
  • The many, many silly skits. From Lujo’s telenovela life to Tinieblas TV.
  • Mascarita Dorada on my TV, spinning around.
  • Super Nova! Entering to Danger! High Voltage! Please take that back to wherever you land next.
  • Various US indy guys who will probably do well elsewhere. Saber Claw/Medianoche hopefully will get to springboard to a bigger stage. PR Powers/Aeroform are surely going to be the indy highfly team of choice in 2011, if not sooner.
  • Rocky Romero and Salsero both picked added yet another gimmick to their list.
  • TJP added one too as Sydistiko, but I hope he finds a way to keep using it, or using aspects of it. He’s always a guy who’s seemed technically good but missing something extra, and that might have been it.

What did I forget?

AAA on Televisa #952 (08/21/2010)

Aerostar Special - #2? Near death, too.

Gimnasio De La Unidad Deportiva, Toluca, Estado De Mexico, 07/29/2010 – Toluca remains a great place to hold an AAA show.

Aerostar, Laredo Kid, Súper Fly vs Billy Boy, Decnnis, Tigre Cota: The problem with with trying to get these guys over now is they’ve spent the last three or so years treating everyone here as completely unimportant, and the people who have been treated as important aren’t around for them to beat. They gain nothing by fighting each other, and that’s all they get to fight. As we’ll see in future weeks, there’s no sense either side has advanced or grown in anyway. The Militia is not wearing new gear or getting a new entrance or using new moves or appearing as any sort of special group, they’re the same random people wearing gear of gimmicks they’re not not using any more.

The reality is the plan isn’t for anyone to get over (see: loss here, every single guy being destroyed by Mesias) so there’s no problem!

Fabi Apache & Mari Apache vs Christina Von Eerie & Jennifer Blake in a lumberjack strap match: I guess the idea was to do this same match a different way, but it wasn’t a better way. It was just a way. They at least soundly set up a stipulation, which gives me a tiny bit of hope that we might get sensible/built stipulations for the Pena show. Gotta dream.

Dr. Wagner Jr. & La Parka Jr. vs Electroshock & Silver King: When I put this into DailyMotion, the autofill asked me if I meant Silver King & Electroshock vs Dr. Wagner Jr. & La Parka Jr., because we’ve also seen that. I guess they could’ve been right, because I can’t remember this one or that one. Right guy won to build this up, I think. This story doesn’t work for me – Dr. Wagner Sr. long ago saying Silver King was better doesn’t really outweigh Dr. Wagner Jr. having the belt to prove he’s the best (or Silver King being irrelevant for most of his AAA time.)

Extreme Tiger, Joe Lider, Nicho el Millionario vs Alex Koslov, Damián 666, Halloween: and we’re back to doing matches without finishes. Everyone seemed to be working hard. Mesias is clearly who Parka was calling, but I still don’t understand why he was masked or running into thru the crowd. I’m pretty sure Joaquin would’ve let him come thru the entrance, and it would’ve made more sense for him to make the save when the rudos were about to do something dramatically heinous, rather than the chair thing they do a dozen times a main event.

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX #248 (08/21/2010)

possibly DR Luch's new avatar

Arena Mexico, 08/15/2010

Dalys la Caribeña, Luna Mágica, Marcela vs Amapola, Mima Shimoda, Princesa Blanca: Hey, so, another women’s match with the same crew. I would appreciate if they did a women’s feud so I have something to talk about for these. Mima dressing up in her Hiroka cosplay outfit only half counts.

Rush vs Loco Max in a hair match: CMLL’ handling of these shows is worse than the main show. All CMLL TV is produced with the idea that most of the people watching that show are not watching any other show, that’s why so many interview bits get reshown on multiple shows. If that’s your strategy, how can one feud start on one show and end on another? Maybe it’s just because I’m always in this for the stories more than anything else, but this is worse to me than what the do with the Televisa show.

This was a nice heroic match for Loco Max, which perhaps wasn’t the idea.

Lucha Libre USA: Masked Warriors #6 (08/20/2010)

Thomas and Mack Center, Las Vegas, NV, 08/07/2010

Thought to time this recap again to show up just before the show, but…oh well.

They really shouldn’t have started the show with the wedding. How could anything follow that?

I am unclear why they had on screen graphics for a radio show, but I do give them credit for how fast they put one together.

Pequeno Halloween is great, but so is Rebecca Reyes. A wonderful couple.

RJ Brewer/Mascarita Dorada was about as good as it could’ve been. I do find it outstanding that Brewer needed – REQUIRED! – outside interference to beat a man half his size.

Expected more crazy go nuts from the tag team title match, and it really didn’t come together as well as the last PR Powers match. It could be the other team, but it’s probably more that a tecnico/tecnico match was tough for them to work out, especially when they’re still trying to protect everyone.

Last week, I wondered why they went to a large building if they were not going to show the large building. This week, I learned how wrong I was. That place looked horrible every time they turned up the lights, exposing how few people were there and how empty it all was. There were plenty of shots where you could see it this week, but it was the worse during the street fight.

CMLL Guadalajara on Teleformula #9 (08/21/2010)

Arena Coliseo Guadalajara, 07/27/2010

(link to the file, since I forgot it in the video post)

Mascara Magica's big win (for a moment)

The first time some kids sit in front of a piano, they’d touch the different keys to what sound they’d make, to figure thing it out. Most kids, myself included, would hit as many keys as possible at once to see what terrible noise they could make. Whoever put this match together was hitting all the keys at once. The match was not ruined for it, but the song they wanted to play was overshadowed by the noise.

Every single usual dramatic bit was thrown in here, with the idea of creating suspense in a match that really didn’t have any. It seemed like they were actually doing a good job of that by having both tecnicos have to save the match against both rudos. The overturned finish ended up detracting from all of that; it became the tecnicos not only gifted a restart in a situation where it’s never done, but following up by cheating their way to a victory. I guess the idea was to play off the foul finishes from last week’s match – this time, the tecnicos would even the score – but the rudos really should’ve won a fall here by cheating if the tecnicos act were going to do the same.

The opener wasn’t really worth talking about.

CMLL on LATV #17 (08/14/2010)

Arena Mexico, 07/23/2010

spinning small package

Dark Angel, Lluvia, Luna Mágica vs Amapola, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sujei: We don’t get to see enough, but Dark Angel is still cool. I hope her reappearance on the anniversary is the start of fun things, but I always hope this and then that doesn’t happen. At least she’s not paying for a ticket this year.

Ángel de Oro, Diamante, Rush vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus: You know, I think Rush is going to make it. I believe Rush is going to be an actual star, not just a Leono-like propped up guy.

I’m just as sure it won’t be as a tecnico. Rush seems arrogant, reckless, and self-centered. He may not actually be those things, but that’s the vibe he gives off. Rush is clearly intended to be different than the energetic high flying masked tecnicos, but he’s so far different, he ought to be hanging out with Terrible & Texano. The booking is actually helping this along in some places; if the fans weren’t already going to cheer for Loco Max due to the typical “guy who earned it versus guy who’s been handed it” dynamic, Rush beating up a tall mini was going to get that crowd against him by itself.

Maybe he’ll someday be a popular tecnico, but I think it’ll only be after winning the crowd over as a rudo.