Volador & Rey Bucanero advance in Torneo Increible de Parejas

photo by Alexis Salazar/CMLL

CMLL (FRI) 02/20/2015 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Cancerbero & Raziel b Oro Jr. & Soberano Jr.
2) Ángel de Oro, Fuego, Tritón b Ephesto, Hechicero, Okumura
3) Euforia & Negro Casas b Mephisto and Ripper and Kamaitachi and Rey Bucanero and Bárbaro Cavernario and Misterioso Jr. [natl pi, seeding battle royal]
4) La Máscara & Mephisto b Dragon Lee & Kamaitachi [natl pi, 8f]
Dragon Lee & Kamaitachi could not work together and lost.
5) Guerrero Maya Jr. & Ripper b Delta & Misterioso Jr. [natl pi, 8f]
Ripper’s first match here in six months (said to be on a tour of the US.) He was supposed to team with Mistico, but Guerrero Maya Jr. replaced him with no explaination.
6) Rey Bucanero & Volador Jr. b Bárbaro Cavernario & Titán [natl pi, 8f]
Bucanero & Volador did not get along at all but still won.
7) La Sombra & Negro Casas b Euforia & Valiente [natl pi, 8f]
8) La Máscara & Mephisto b Guerrero Maya Jr. & Ripper [natl pi, quarterfinal]
9) Rey Bucanero & Volador Jr. vs La Sombra & Negro Casas [natl pi, quarterfinal]
10) Rey Bucanero & Volador Jr. b La Máscara & Mephisto [natl pi, semifinal]
Bucanero & Volador won despite Bucanero giving Volador a piledriver near the end of the match.
11) Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Máximo DQ Terrible, Thunder, Último Guerrero
Terrible fouled Maximo.

The Volador/Bucanero stuff is eye rolling, but the Mistico disappearing act is the actual news. Not a word about him or what happened. He’s listed on next week’s card, but that may be wishful thinking if he out via injury (which seems to be the most likely reason.)

Remember when Blue Demon Jr. missed last year’s Rey de Reyes, and it was explained in the Observer that Demon had to stay in the US for six months to establish residency.  (And then Demon came back much sooner than six months and the story never made a lot of sense, but that’s not my point.) Ripper has been gone for six months, and said to be in the US during that time. I dunno, but it stuck out to me.

Dragon Rojo retained the CMLL Middleweight Championship over Mr. Aguila in Guadalajara.

Tickets went on sale for Homenaje Dos Leyendas yesterday. The most expensive tickets are 830MXP (55 USD) and go down to 185MXP (12 USD) for the worst lower bowl seats; the higher level seats are not on sale yet.

Lucha Underground returns to taping this weekend. They’ll be taping episodes 25, 26, 27, and 28, taking them from April 29 to May 20th. Alberto is back from his European vacation and will be on those shows.

AAA’s TV show has been moved to 5:15 local today. The show will have the minis match, the third Rey de Reyes qualifier, and La Parka, Blue Demon and Jack Evans vs the Hell Brothers from their Ecatepec taping.

Sagrado & Crazy Boy led their team to victory on the Kaleth benefit show.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

DJ Spectro looks back at El Chupacabras.

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 02/27/2015 Arena México
1) Leono & Molotov vs Hijo del Signo & Metálico
2) Blue Panther Jr., Dragon Lee, The Panther vs Kamaitachi, Puma, Tiger
3) Atlantis & Último Guerrero vs Rush & Shocker and Marco Corleone & Thunder and Máximo & Terrible and Ángel de Oro & Hechicero and Dragón Rojo Jr. & Niebla Roja and Blue Panther & Felino and Gran Guerrero & Stuka Jr. [natl pi, seeding battle royal]
4) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [natl pi, 8f]
5) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [natl pi, 8f]
6) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [natl pi, 8f]
7) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [natl pi, 8f]
8) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [natl pi, quarterfinal]
9) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [natl pi, quarterfinal]
10) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [natl pi, semifinal]
11) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Rey Bucanero

Gran Guerrero handles the video promo, will be losing in the first round. Terrible and Maximo are the obvious favorites, but it wouldn’t he a shock for Ultimo & Atlantis or Rush & Shocker to make it instead.

Segunda looks like an awesome match which has absolutely no chance of making TV. (There’s no Tuesday lightning match this week, it’d be nice if that went up on YouTube instead.)

CMLL also uploaded part 3 of the El Faraon bio.

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CMLL Torneo Incredible de Parejas begins, Niebla out of CMLL

Today’s CMLL show starts the the annual incredible pairs tournament, with one rudo and one tecnico getting along just a bit more than the other team. The teams, ranked vaguely in the chances they have to advance

  • La Sombra & Negro Casas
  • Mistico & Ripper
  • La Mascara & Mephisto
  • Rey Bucanero & Volador Jr.
  • Dragon Lee & Kamaitachi
  • Barbaro Cavernario & Titan
  • Euforia & Valiente
  • Delta & Misterioso Jr.

Any of the top four teams winning would not be a surprise. It actually works better for CMLL’s short term goals for Dragon Lee & Kamatiachi to actually advance, but their conversation on Informa indicated that’s not going to happen. CMLL tournaments are interesting to see who wins, but the matches themselves are scarcely any good. Matches where partners don’t get along are just as bad. This tournament has been successful in highlighting feuds that’ll end up in the Anniversary show, but the in-ring quality is abysmal. The next two weeks of the Fox Sports 2 show are going to be unwatchable (more than usual.)

The only other notable match on the show is Atlantis, Marco and Maximo taking on Terrible, Thunder, and Ultimo Guerrero. It features the Maximo/Terrible rivalry, and it might a preview of next week’s teams.

Mr. Niebla acknowledged he’s out of CMLL for the time being in an interview with Mexico City’s Metro. They’re not online, but there’s a photo of the article on Facebook. Niebla doesn’t mention why he’s out – Niebla tries to frame this as his decision (it’s not) and does mention he’s got a meeting with CMLL about his status in the middle of the March. In the meantime, he’s very very open to indy bookings or even returning to AAA. It’s extremely unlikely he’ll be picked up by AAA. It’s actually kind of amazing CMLL would be willing to talk to him that soon (but then, Niebla’s story on this situation has changed frequently so there’s no reason we should be believe this story either.)

Amapola is headed back to Japan for REINA, working on 03/13 and 04/05 shows. She’s the current REINA International Champion and will likely defend the title while she’s there. No challenger named. That also means she’ll be in Japan while Syuri comes to Mexico (so she’s not likely to be the one to beat Syrui for the CMLL’s title.)

This week’s Bauer & Pollock podcast briefly mentions AAA contacted Samoa Joe about coming in. It’s one of many offers Samoa Joe has gotten since announcing he was leaving TNA. He’d previously appeared in AAA a handful of times in forgettable TNA invader roles.

Monterrey’s Hijo del Ninja, Rico Rodriguez and Ultimo Ninja will appear on the ChilangaMask 04/12 Coliseo Coacalco show. That’s also a handy announcement that there is a 04/12 ChilangaMask show.

DoradaFan has a music video of 12/16/2014 CMLL.

LuchaWorld has a recap of 02/18/15 CMLL Informa. They should’ve asked Kamaitachi if he really was working for a secret rival of Dragon Lee.

Segunda Caida reviews Strong Man vs NXT announcer Jason Albert in trios.

Estadio Deportes talked to Washigton’s Ave Rex about the difference between US and Mexican wrestling.

SuperLuchas looks back at Guajardo & Galant versus the Shadow Brothers on a past February 19th and Ultimo Guerrero, Tarzan Boy and Black Warrior vs LA Park, Shocker and announcer/legend Vampiro on a past February 20th.

Fantasma talks about his 30 years in lucha libre.

LA Park is sick of Cibernetico’s behavior.

Blue Demon Jr. still wants that title match with Chessman. It’s only been eleven months, no hurry.

Fuego en el Ring picks Zeuxis, Hechicero, Cavernario and Titan as the future stars of CMLL.

AYM interviews Shocker and Volador Jr.

CaraLucha has a promo from Eterno for the 03/07 show.

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CMLL Sunday Terra canceled, Bucanero vs Sombra in GDL, FILL defeats Pinocho in IWRG

CMLL (TUE) 02/17/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Pitbull I & Pitbull II b Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno
2) Flyer, Star Jr., Virgo b Canelo Casas, Demonio Maya, Disturbio
Virgo replaced Omar. Star defeated Disturbio for the win.
3) Esfinge, Fuego, Tritón b Cancerbero, Jocker, Raziel
Tecnicos took 1/3.
4) Ángel de Oro, Dragon Lee, Titán b Bárbaro Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas
Rudos took 1/3, Casas pinning Lee and Cavernario on Titan.
5) La Máscara, La Sombra, Máximo DQ Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
Vangelys first match since December. Mascara & Sombra did not get along with Maximo. Tecnicos took 2/3, Bucanero fouling Sombra as he tried a moonsault.

And so that’s how they get to the already announced Sombra/Bucanero match. In other CMLL news, tickets go on sale for Homenaje a Dos Leyendas tomorrow. No prices announced as of yet.

photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG FILL (WED) 02/18/2015 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (Flickr),Estrellas del Ring]
***FILL 39***
1) Adrenalina, Black Niko, Lady Drago b Magnum 44, Sexy Girl, Último Caballero
2) Guerrero 2000, Payaso Extremo, Vampiro Metálico b Chicanito,Marduk, Zumba
3) Aramis b Black Angel and Dragon Black and Voltar and Alas de Acero
usual craziness in an IWRG Five Match Figthers, money thrown in.
4) Blue Monsther, Galaxy, Golden Magic b Anubis Black, Araña de Plata, Picudo Jr.
5) Alfa, Atomic Star, Avisman, Electro Boy, Imposible, Metaleón, Power Bull, Sky Ángel b Manchas, Mara Salvatrucha, Mr. Tatuaje, Mr. Zebra,Super Pinocho 3000, Tigre Americano, Tigre Nahuatl, Vengador Galactico[Copa Higher Power]
Black Terry vs Super Pinocho rematch. Electro Boy beat Manchas and Super Pinocho to win it for the home team. The celebration cut short by the appearance of Gimnasio Zeus, led by Oficial 911 – he challenged for a match for his team. Super Pinocho also demanded another match and suggested a cage match with everyone.

There’s no word when the IWRG FILL 40 is, but they’ve made a habit of bigger than usual shows for the round numbers. Maybe not at 24 person cage match, but a show of school vs school matches would fit. Show was taped for AYM, which means it may or may not air.

Black Terry Jr. has highlights of last night’s FILL show.

I did not get to see CMLL Informa live, but most people trying to watch the Terra stream did not get to see CMLL Informa due to reoccurring stream quality issues. It’s up on YouTube, and the end of the third part clarifies the CMLL Sunday on Terra situation: it’s done, for the time being. CMLL said they’d be happy to work with Terra again, implying this was a Terra decision. CMLL pointed fans to their website to check out their other TV shows. The graphic they have on the website for TV information has lots of outdated info (and/or CMLL still believes they’re on TVC Deportes.)

As noted when Friday shows were dropped, Terra went from an outlet broadcasting a lot of live sports video content to one which mostly airs new/music studio shows (akin to Informa) and does no other live sports. It’s possible this had something to do with the relationship between CMLL/Terra (like Terra wanting to change the fees for the show), but it’s just as possible CMLL was dropped as part of a greater Terra refocusing. CMLL Sunday shows have been skippable of late and the big matches will likely still air on ClaroSports, but it also the rare show where the entire lucha libre community could watch and talk about at the same time. There’s plenty of alternative to the Sundays matches but not to the experience.

No idea what this would mean for En Busca de un Idolo, if there is one of those this year.

Rey Bucanero talks about his career, mentions the first time his uncles put him in the ring, they ended up breaking his hand while trying to see if he was tough enough to take it. He also says the Guerreros del Atlantida broke up because they were too dominant. He plans on going after Ultimo Guerrero’s hair after he takes Volador’s.

Daga has been doing MMA training for the last year and half, and as part of his recent rehab for injury. He says he’s not interested in fighting in MMA, but likes grappling competitions and participates when he can.

Drago says he has no idea who he’s teaming with in Queretaro. Some times, mystery people are built up to be big deals. AAA’s done that in the past and then it hasn’t turned out so well (there’s my “Animal” reference for the year), so now they tend to have people seem not at all interested in the mysteries in these constructed interviews.

Terrible says TRT are the best trio in CMLL. His case is they are TRT so they are the best trio in CMLL. It’s hard to piece that logic.

Hijo de Ninja wants WWE to know that he has a work visa. OK.

Ripper says Mistico and Volador are his most hated rivals. Ripper should just challenge those guys repeatedly, he’s likely to get a big show main event out of it this year.

LuchaWorld has the latest edition of their podcast.

Black Terry Jr. has highlights of Pagano vs Impulso and Sagrado vs Violento Jack from ChilangaMask.

SuperLuchas looks back to Tinieblas main eventing Arena Mexico in 1972.

+LuchaTV interviews Aereo.

An interview with Xalapa legend El Forastero, who’ll be honored this weekend.

SuperLuchas writes about Makabre. A lot of the Jalisco local media seem to be big fans of him.

Ohtani’s Jacket reviews Huracan Ramirez II vs Octagon vs Fuerza Guerrera.

SegundaCaida adds onto their 2014 Match of the Year list.

AYM Sports interviews Hijo de Dos Caras and Mascara Sagrada.

Lineups

LI (SAT) 02/21/2015 Deportivo Benito Juárez, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal
1) Jhon Crazy & Mascara Virtual vs Gato Montes & Rey Infierno
2) Miss Janeth © vs Yuca La Potranquita [UWA WOMEN]
3) Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr., Hijo del Solar, Pantera vs Magnifico, Mr. México, Universo 2000
4) Heavy Metal vs Máscara Año 2000
5) Canek, Canek Jr., Mr. Jack vs Fuerza Guerrera, Octagón, Shu el Guerrero

This is a big Leyendas Inmortales show, relatively speaking – they’ve been building to the Janeth/Yuca and Metal/Mascara matches for some time, and the main event is a mix of all the other rivalries (and also Canek Jr.)

Yuca was interviewed to build up her match. Janeth will have gone 3883 days between known defenses.

IWRG (SUN) 02/22/2015 Arena Naucalpan
1) Alfa, Galaxy, Omega vs Atomic Star, Dowki, Hip Hop Man
2) Black Fury, Dragón Celestial, Miss Gaviota vs Electro Boy, Kamilión, La Sádica
3) Emperador Azteca, Golden Magic, Relámpago vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Cerebro Negro, Imposible
4) Metaleón, Negro Navarro, Veneno vs Canis Lupus, Eterno, Hijo de Pirata Morgan
5) Chicano, Danny Casas, Máscara Sagrada vs Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Pirata Morgan, Universo 2000 Jr.

Sagrada & Pirata had issues again during the El Protector tournament, so they join the feuding tag teams. The winning team for El Protector are together in the semimain.

Much like WWE, the IWRG woman switch sides frequently with no particular explaination.

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great match roundup, week of 2015-01-17

Good/Great/Excellent matches
AAA on Televisa: 2015-01-17
taped 2014-12-07 @ Auditorio Benito Juárez, Zapopan, Jalisco
El Patrón Alberto vs Texano Jr. © for the AAA World Heavyweight Championship: [GREAT]

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2015-01-17
taped 2015-01-06 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Mephisto vs Titán, Máscara Dorada, Ephesto, Dragon Lee, Mr. Águila, Rey Cometa, Pierroth, Tritón, Demonio Maya in a cibernetico match: [good]

CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2015-01-17 (kinda)
taped 2015-01-09 @ Arena México
Kamaitachi vs Dragon Lee [lightning]: [great]

Shows Watched But Nothing Worthwhile
CMLL on CadenaTres: 2015-01-17
CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2015-01-17
Leyendas Inmortales: 2015-01-18
CMLL on Terra: 2015-01-18 appeared to have some Good stuff but nothing I felt the need to rewatch.
Lucha Underground: 2015-01-21

Matches To Watch Later
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Lucha Underground 1×15: “Eye For An Eye”

chair definitely jobbed in this match

the matches

Mil Muertes defeated Chavo Guerrero Jr. [DQ for chair usage, 5:35]
Ivelisse defeated Angelico [double leg cradle, 2:41]
Texano Jr. defeated Super Fly [reverse neckbreaker, 1:31]
Sexy Star, Mascarita Sagrada, Pimpinela Escarlata defeated The Crew (Bael, Mr. Cisco, Cortez Castro) [Sexy bodyscissors cradle on Bael, 7:41]

the devolpments

Catrina was not with Mil Muertes to start the match, but came down with the stone during the match. Catrina distracted Mil with the stone, allowing Chavo to hit Mil with a chair for the DQ. Mil no sold it and took out Chavo with flatliner on the chair. Mil pulled Catrina in and tried to force her to lick Chavo, but Catrina wanted no part of it. Mil choked Catrina, then teased the flatliner, but Fenix made the save. They escaped, and Catrina kissed Fenix while eyeballing Mil Muertes.

Texano = me IRL

Dario was really happy with the Crew’s work this season. They have new jersies! Dario gave them a main event, but demanded they prove it by destroying their opposition so he’d know they would do that to anyone who defies him. Dario named “three freaks” who the crowd love – Sexy Star, Pimpinela Escarlata, and Mascarita Sagrada – in a no DQ match. Dario wanted the Crew to hurt the tecnicos so bad that they would never come back. Following those orders, the Crew dominated the match. Pimpinela was injured early and taken to the back by the medics. Poor Mascariata took a curb stomp on the chair. Sexy made a 1 on 3 comeback, then was able to hold it even when the Crew fought her 1 on 1. The Crew were about to finish off Sexy Star when Big Ryck appeared – and Sexy used the distraction to cradle Bael for a win.

Son of Havoc was supposed to face Angelico, but Ivelisse was sick of the SoH losing and demanded to take the match herself. Angelico did not want to fight here and was quite a jerk at times. Havoc snuck in a kick, Ivelisse got a schoolboy trip, and a cradle for the win. Ivelisse appeared to be unaware of the kick. Angelico hit on Ivelisse after the match.

Vampiro had a sit down with Texano! Texano objected to the idea of being called ex-champion. Texano says he beat everyone for two years and then Alberto stole his title. Texano says he’s only here to destroy Alberto and get his title back. Announcers put Texano over strong in commentary. Super Fly may not have gotten an offensive move in during the short Texano squash. Alberto calmly walked to the ring, chased Texano out of it, and got the best of Texano on the outside. Albert got the bullrope and attacked Texano in a replay of last week. Indy wrestling security broke it up. Alberto scattered them with the lasso.

bad week for the back of Mascarita Sagrada’s skull!

Cage demanded to be declared as champion by Dario. Dario pointed out Cage lost, but gave Cage a non-title match again Puma next week where Cage could earn a title match if he wins. Cage was satisfied and threw the broken belt to Dario, insulting it and demanding a better one for when he wins. Cage left, and Chavo entered to announce he was quitting and going to El Paso. Dario (unconcerned): “Chavo, I wish you the wish the best in your future endeavors.” Chavo wasn’t thrilled with that line, but Dario amended to say Chavo was welcome back at any time. Dario looked at the broken belt and declared the gods would not be happy. On this show, he may have meant that literally.

Black Lotus searched around the temple and found the caged monster. Lotus explained that when she was little, all she wanted to be is the woman who killed “you” with my bare hands. A flash of movement or action obscured the view, and that was the last we saw of either of them.

There’s a Cricket Signature Move Of The Week now! It was Prince Puma’s 630 splash.

Vampiro declared Lucha Underground the #1 promotion in the universe. Take that, Mars Championship Wrestling!

thoughts

This was the weakest in-ring show so far. There were a lot of angles going on to distract from that, but none of them came across very strong. Maybe the new Cricket sponsorship was the most important thing to happen all night.

Mil Muertes lost one match and Catrina dumped him. She has some high standards. (They’ve never brought up Catrina taking that kick again.) Chavo vs Mil Muertes was a match I was out on early on. It was a spot they could’ve used a better match in given the rest of the show and it didn’t really happen. I guess they wanted to visual of Mil no selling a chair shot over having a clean finish. Not sure I would’ve done the same, especially with it being Chavo’s exit from the show. Catrina’s reactions indicated she may be just using Fenix to get back at Mil; she was saved, but the kiss was more for Mil’s benefit than a thanks.

Ivelisse/Angelico was all angle – was this the intergender wrestling Voices of Wrestling has been warning me about? It fit that template of a man not taking a woman seriously and a woman needing to prove something. It didn’t exactly fit the story they’ve been telling here: Son of Havoc keeps screwing it up on his own, but had no such problem when it came to gifting Ivelisse a win. Ivelisse doing what Son of Havoc could not makes sense in the story, but Ivelisse doing it because Son of Havoc suddenly found a way to win doesn’t really.

Maybe the treatment of Texano was the best thing on this show. They put over Texano so big on commentary, but in ways where it din’t feel like they were just blowing smoke. That’s kind of the debut he needed to have, though getting trashed by Alberto after the fact felt a bit too soon.

Sexy Star spinning DDT

Main event was as good as a match with that layout is going to be, but it was just not a match layout that was going to produce something on the level of their usual main events. The punishment to Mascarita looked good, Sexy Star’s comeback spots were nice, it just wasn’t a match designed to get a lot of stars and that was missing on this show. It does appear to be designed to be the farewells for now Mascarita Sagrada & Pimpienla Escarlata, who have not appeared on the tapings since this show. (Chavo’s also really gone.)

Three women got in the ring on tonight’s show. Catrina got in trouble and was saved by Fenix. Ivelisse got in trouble and was saved by Son of Havoc. Sexy Star got in trouble and was saved by Big Ryck. That feels like a pattern, but sometimes things just align in unplanned ways. I’d be more concerned if I didn’t know how those stories turn out. Most people don’t know how those stories turn out. (Black Lotus probably didn’t need a guy to save her, but what happened we left her was very unclear.)

The funny thing is next week’s show has three matches which appear like they might have been the standout match on this show. It’s almost like a correction to this show, only it was actually just taped 20 minutes later. Maybe it’ll turn out that these matches had to be this week and others next week, but doing Cage/Puma this episode and saving The Crew match or Chavo/Muertes for next week might have been a better mix.

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