Cage of Death results

Results, via KrisZ. They actually made an eljuciofinal.com for this, but I don’t think I saw the link till I saw the results.

– Negro Casas loses his hair in Cage of Death 2. Perro was the second to last, finishing Casas with a double stomp. The rudos got out of the ring first, followed by a rudo-ish Shocker.
– Dr. Wagner Jr. beats Canek for the UWA Title with a chain handed to him by corner man Apolo Dantes
– Satanico goes to five minute draws vs Emilio and Ringo. And got a plaque
– Atlantis and Blue Panther over Ultimo Guerrero and Rey Bucanero, and they wasted little time making a return challenge.
Mistico’s team won.
– and so did Dr. X’s

Four of six on picks, and the Satanico match really shouldn’t count because how was I supposed to know they had wacky 5 minute time limits. I was thisclose to picking Negro. Darn Vampiro’s wacky hair.

News:

– So there’s a hair match in Arena Coliseo, and it’s Tony Rivera (who you may know) vs Veneno, so of course Tony wins this because he’s won a ton of undercard hair matches in Arena Coliseo and elsewhere and Veneno is Veneno.

Except, Veneno wins! Weird. I don’t know that it means anything but it’s interesting. CMLL is saying this ends a 30 hair match streak by Tony. Probably a decent streak the other way for Veneno.

Also on the show was Ultimo retaining the LH Title over Blue Panther, so he’s 1 for 1 this week.

– Why waste time till the next big show? This week’s Arena Mexico card

* Atlantis & Blue Planther vs Ultimo Guerrero & Rey Bucanero (c) for the CMLL Titles
* Perro Jr., Negro Casas, Mr. Niebla vs Vampiro, Tarzan Boy, Okumura
* Canek, Rayo Jr., Warrior vs Wagner, Tiger, Universo 2000
* Mistico, Alan Stone, Virus vs Sangre Azteca, Holligan, Loco Max
* Mr. Power & Star Man vs Ramstein & Super Comando

I’d like the champions to retain a lot more if Ultimo hadn’t already won a title match this week. Then again, I’m thinking in terms of building a program, and you can’t assume anything goes past today in CMLL. So I’ll take the champions.

If anything’s going to come of Perro being the one to cost Negro his hair, it’ll probably start here.

That’s the CMLL Trios champions wrestling together up there, but they’re pushing it more as “Wagner gets his strongest allies to help against Canek” rather than a pending title program. What a trio that’d be.

Wednesday’s main event at Arena Coliseo is Casas vs Okumura. Sunday has a special main of Mil Mascaras, Canek and Rayo de Jalisco teaming up against Universo 2000, Mascara 2000 and Terrible. They’re paying Canek and Mascaras to come in for a Sunday show? And Terrible’s in this match? And teaming with a guy he beat for his hair a few months ago? Huh.

Guadalajara has a Perro Jr. vs Universo 2K no DQ match, in case you’re wondering whatever happened to that feud. I was thinking Apolo’s interference in the Canek/Wagner match probably leads to something in Guadlajara down the road, but there’s nothing this week.

AAA News

Cibernetico lost his mask! It was a pretty dumb mask, all things considered.

Recap #132

06/05’s recap is up. This is the one with the Mexican Trios title match (which was good) and the double hair/hair match (which could’ve possibly been good if we didn’t have five cuts).

If you’re new to the show, there’s a good wrestler identification article over at http://www.lethalwrestling.com/opinions//news_content.php?fileName=683 for the CMLL guys. Tokage has some other good articles (including an actual AAA recap!) around the domain, for those who are interested.

Recap #131

#131 – last episode of May, three weeks ago – went up last night.

I gave it a 1, which I believe is the first 1 I’ve given out. I’m sure there were shows with worse wrestling (though nothing cracked the upper 70s here, so maybe not?), but I was just completely bored by the whole thing and nothing actually happened, so I didn’t see a reason why I should even slightly recommend it.

Gonna try to get started with #132 tonight.

I want to point out that if you’ve missed a part in Joe’s tape review, the “Trios Trios Trios match reviews link on the side will catch you up.

Got some ideas to actually flesh things around here, so if more (random) content starts showing up, please don’t be alarmed.

Guy Who Sent Me FAQ Link: I keep forgetting to say thanks and post the link! I’ll do it when I get back to my e-mail.

Cage of Death ’04

Skipping Ahead: This past week’s Arena Mexico show was just a setup to the big show this Friday, so whynot just preview that (even though we’re pretty much treading on old ground.)

Cage of Death With Hair On the Line: Vampiro vs Pierroth vs Tarzan Boy vs Shocker vs Negro Casas vs Perro Aguayo Jr.
This has been built as the tecnicos against the rudos (duh! – I mean as trios), but given the stipulations – only the loser PERSON, not the losing team, loses their hair – it’s really an individual event set up for backstabbing. Recently in Arena Mexico, these have played out with the tecnicos working together and the rudos saving themselves. I can’t see Tarzan, Shocker or Perro losing their hair unless it was a singles match. They may have plans for this rudo trio, which would lead me to believe Negro’s taking the fall, but if Vamp’s heading out of town again, it’d make since for him to drop his hair. Plus he could use a fresh start with that thing anyway. I’ll pick him as the loser.

Canek (c) vs Dr. Wagner for the UWA Heavyweight Championship
This is the extreme southern version of the USWA Universal Heavyweight Title, with Canek doing an odd Lawler impersonation (actually, given the dates, it’s more the other way around.) You know Canek’s going to end up with this title, but history shows he’s agreeable to drop the title to build up to a later rematch. I think this feud has a lot more legs in it, so I suspect the Doctor picks up the title here.

Satanico vs Emilio Charles & Ringo Mendoza
The story is Satanico goes against two of his biggest rivals for his 30th wrestling anniversary. I suspect it might end up more exhibition and celebration than match, and surely Satanico comes on top.

Atlantis & Blue Panther vs GdI (non-title)
I have a strong desire to see this match; filler Atlantis and Panther matches feel as much, but the match with Tarzan Boy from this winter makes me believe Atlantis can still go if it’s a big match and he wants to, and I figure the same thing applies to Panther. No way it makes GALA this low on the card, though. They’re building to the title match here, so take the tecnicos.

Volador, Felino, Mistico vs Averno, Mephisto, Olimpico
Can Mistico look better in his debut than Sagrado did? Maybe I should set the bar a bit higher. The rudos might be an interesting trio (which I’d know if I’d watch the TV), but they probably don’t stand a chance here.

Tony Rivera, Tigre Blanco, Texano Jr. vs Dr. X, Nitro, Veneno
They even mention the lingering Mexican Welterweight issue in the hype! But this is just an opener so whatever. Rudos win because I’ve picked a lot of tecnicos.

News:

Don’t date Zumbido: Over on LuchaWorld, you can check on article about Zumbido attacking his baby’s momma for taking diaper money. And the picture isn’t very flattering either! Among many other more serious things, I guess they need to turn him back rudo now.

It’s Almost Like Teaming With Shocker: Alan Stone won a 12 man cibernetico this past Friday. They split up the guys into teams of Guapos (Brazo Plata Jr., Karisma, Leono, Lestat, Tigre Metalico and Alan) against ‘Guerreros’ (Arkangel, Dr. X, Koreano [who was in the Guapos!], Loco Max, Nitro, Sangre Azteca). Alan pinned Dr. X for the win; KrisZ has full order of eliminations. Of course, this match was good and there’s absolutely no way this airs, of course. In fact…

Gotta love soccer: Only the Perro Aguayo/Tarzan Boy match aired last week in Mexico. They never ever bother to add on other taped matches for US (just rerun filler if they need to fill), so that’ll be all we’re getting here. Yay.

Part #343: they main evented Atlantis vs Dr. Wagner Jr in Arena Coliseo tonight. I’m guessing they’ve got it down to a science at this point.

Some of the TV’s apparently pretty good and maybe I’ll watch it tommorow? Of all the things in the world, I lost it on the Winnie the super hero vignette and haven’t moved past it.

Lucha Times is updated.

Trios Trios Trios Part 3: Bacne!

Continuing with #3 in our series

El Hijo del Santo [c] & Negro Casas & Felino vs. Bestia Salvage [c] & Scorpio, Jr., & Black Warrior

This would be a revenge match from last week where Bestia ripped off Santo’s mask to score an illicit pinfall.

I can’t be sure, but I think Bestia Salvage comes out to the Miami Vice theme music. Tecnicos come out one-by-one with all three rudos in the ring, which is just plain dumb, and Felino gets jumped as soon as he enters in the ring. Casas runs out, same result. Santo, ditto.

Primera Caida: Lots of kicks, punches, and chokes. Santo gets strangled with his own cape, with has to suck. Tecnicos get knocked to the outside, then try attacking ninja style, with Casas and Santo getting knocked right back outside. Felino comes and Warrior holds him, but Bestia and Scorpio accidentally clothesline their own partner. Santo and Casas come in to clean house while Felino flattens Warrior with a Silver King dive. Casas gets Scorpio with a Yakuza kick, and while he’s pinning the rude, Santo jumps off of them and hits Bestia with a dropkick. Caballo seals the deal. (2:19)

Funny bit in between falls, as Felino wants to dive from the apron onto Warrior on the floor, but Bestia’s corpse is blocking his way on the apron, so he gives up and just jumps to the floor.

Segunda Caida: Scorpio and Santo start us off, and end with Santo sending Junior to the floor with a satellite headscissors (by the way, no one does a better headscissors than Santo). Felino and Warrior work a light-speed segment, which sees Warrior take this crazy knee-destroying backdrop to the floor. Bestia comes in and he has these awesome “awww shit” expressions when he sees Casas coming in. He feigns a handshake but opts to kick Casas right in the face with this awesome jumping kick thing. Casas fights back with a Yakuza kick, but makes the mistake of trying to attack the rudo corner, which segues us nicely to the rudo beatdown. Santo comes in but Scorpio overpowers him while Warrior sends Felino to the floor with a dropkick. Bestia gets Casas with a folding powerbomb while Santo gives up to a wacky submission from Scorpio. (3:03)

Replay shows Warrior DDT’ing Felino on the floor.

Tercera Caida: More rudo beatdownery. Bestia makes a half-hearted attempt to tear off Santo’s mask, only making a slight rip. We see a replay of Bestia attacking a downed Felino with a soda (honest). Tecnicos start their comeback when Felino grabs Casas coming off the ropes, confusing the heels and allowing Negro to flatten Scorpio with a big boot. Bestias, who I love way too much in this match, has these great “what the hell is going on?” expressions. Santo shows Scorpio how to rip a mask by opening a nice gash in Junior’s mask. Things settle down and we get another Felino/Warrior segment that again sees Warrior sailing to the outside. How does this man still walk? Scorpio comes in and powerbombs Casas, but Negro slips out of a second attempt and hits a lariat for the pin, only to have Bestia come in and eliminate him after the jumping kick and a senton. Then Santo comes in and dropkicks Bestia to the outside, then flattens him with a HYUGE plancha. That leaves Warrior and Felino, and while Felino’s on the top rope, Warrior pretty much runs at him and tries…something, only to end up in the perfect position for a top rope Niagra Driver. Jackknife cover from Felino and there’s the 1-2-3 to a big pop. (4:04)

Santo yells into the mic post-match. Warrior does a stretcher job, and Felino tries to attack him while he’s on the stretcher! Not a very tecnico thing to do. We get a nice view of Scorpio’s bacne to take us out.

Interesting booking as its Felino that scores the big pinfall, and actually the Felino/Warrior situation was pushed just as hard as the Santo revenge story. This match wasn’t much longer than the last one, but there was a lot more wrestling packed in. Good stuff all around, especially Bestia, with his awesome facials and fantastic rudoism.

Next time: an lWo sighting!

Cage of Death II

Kinda pointless to talk about this week’s Arena Mexico show when it’s already underway? So I’ll just hit the general points from the last couple weeks.

Shocker, Negro Casas and Perro Aguayo Jr. will meet Vampiro, Pierroth and Tarzan Boy in a Cage of Death (of hair) match on 06/18: This is the top feud in Arena Mexico, having mixed it up over various forms the last 3 weeks (Tarzan used the BLUE STEPS! on Perro, causing him to be stretchered out and Rey to be pleased with vengeance), with people very happy to boo the rudos. Quick a collection of cheap heat experts we’ve got there.

This is probably a test of their current big show hype cycle. Unlike many stakes matches iterations, there’s no obvious loser here because they’re all big enough names, so it’ll be interesting how well the show draws.

The last cage match we saw in Arena Mexico didn’t impress me much with a similar level of workers, so I don’t have high hopes for this to be an entertaining television event. It won’t air till the first week of September.

The rest of the card will follow.

Felino, Safari and Volador held on to the Mexican Trios Titles: Well, duh.

While it’s a nice side bit to give the Mexican Trios Champions something to do, the driving force behind them seems to take a bunch of promising guys, work them out for a while, and see if anyone of them get over or are worth investing a new gimmick in. Last year, they added Terrible and Genetico (as Sagrado) to the Mexico City lineup, gave more attention to Ricky Marvin (who played a large part in the Pitbulls stuff but has also left) and Zumbido (who they’ve done more with, though not all good), and found a few extra guys like Loco Max that they’ll use from time to time.

This year, the gains have yet to be as much. The second generation team of Misterioso Jr., Texano Jr and Brazo de Plata Jr. made the finals, but with Texano and Plata’s names, you would have expected them to have a chance at some point. It’s Misterioso who seems to have impressed the most, as he’s been booked in low card matches when not involved in the tournament (including today’s show.) Alan Stone was named as the newest Guapo, but he hasn’t actually done anything with Magica and Shocker since then.

Maybe it’ll work itself out of time. CMLL is debuting a wrestler named Misitco on the 6/18 show, and if last year is precedent, it may be one of the discarded Guapo wrestlers. Too soon to tell.

Canek and Dr. Wanger still hate each other: But apparently not enough for a main event, as they’ll meet for Canek’s UWA Title as the semi-final of the 6/18 card. Despite having no good reason to believe otherwise, I can’t believe they’ve done weeks and weeks of hypes for a semi-final match.

The whole 6/18 card
6) Perro/Casas/Shocker vs Tarzan/Pierroth/Vampiro in a Cage of Death match (last out loses hair)
5) Canek (c) vs Dr. Wagner for the UWA Title
4) Satanico vs Emilio Charles and Ringo Mendoza [Satanico’s 30 Years In The Ring Celebration Handicap Match]
3) Atlantis and Blue Panther vs Ultimo Guerrero and Rey Bucanero
2) Volador, Felino, Mistico vs Averno, Mephisto, Olimpico
1) Tony Rivera, Tigre Blanco, Texano Jr vs Dr. X, Nitro, Veneno

I have no idea what the deal with the handicap match is, but I’d guess more a gimmick. They’ve been building up the tag match, so I guess the reason it’s not a title match is because it’s this low on the card and it’ll happen later this summer. Maybe same time they do Wagner/Canek again? Strange they brought in Okemura and they’re not even using him on this card (he’s debuting tonight)

Pretty solid card.

The song remains the same…

OK, we’re back. Match #2 in the Trios Trios Trios tape review:

El Hijo Del Santo [c] & Negro Casas & Felino vs. Bestia Salvage [c], Scorpio Jr., & Black Warrior (sometime in 1998)

Breakdown:
Santo (still looks the same today)
Casas (same)
Felino (wears long sleeves, other than that, the same)
Bestia (same)
Scorpio (still has his mask, which increases my enjoyment of his matches 1000%)
Black Warrior (looks a little skinnier, other than that, the same)

So besides a few things, this match could take place in 2004 and you wouldn’t blink. God bless Lucha.

Primera caida: Warrior and Felino start us off and work a quick sequence that ends with Warrior taking a huge Jerry Bump to the floor. Casas comes in and hits some clotheslines on Bestia. Santo’s next and he flattens an unsuspecting Bestia with a tope to the floor. Man, this is all going at a lighting pace. Casas hits Scoprio with a DDT for a pin and Felino powerbombs Warrior out of a ‘rana attempt to win the fall. (1:15)

Segunda caida: Negro and Scorpio start again and Casas hits some more clotheslines. Cripes, is he El Hijo de Duggan? We get teased with Santo vs. Warrior but the other rudos jump in for the beatdown. Scorpio almost unmasks Santo, but other than that, not much else of interest. Bestia gets Casas with a standing senton and Santo submits to a 2 man half-crab/armbar deal. (2:19)

Tercera caida: Casas makes a comeback with, you guessed it, some clothesline to end the beatdown. A pretty lengthy Felino/Warrior section starts us off proper that ends with Felino taking a spill to the floor and Warrior following with a HYUGE somersault plancha. Casas soon gets Scorpio with a sharpshooter but Bestia rips off Santo’s mask for the pin and the match. (2:30)

Post-match, Casas does a double take when he sees Santo face down on the mat without his mask. Tecnicos protest to the rudo ref to no avail. Both teams brawl some more, but then get separated and yell at each other over the mic.

More of an angle set up than an actual match (with six minutes of total action, you’re not getting a lot of content in your match). It did make me want to see a rematch—hey, the next match is the rematch. Sweet. Hope they bring the wrestling next time out.

Recap #130

In case you haven’t seen it, recap #130 actually went up the same day. I told no one, to protect all from the shock of me being punctal.

This week’s lesson: I was completely wrong to be surprised about Black Warrior being passed by for the NWA LH Title. He got pinned (though obviously not cleanly), and the third fall and post match bits moved the rivalary away from him, and to Shocker. Which is what the feud was the previous weeks of television, and what the feud ended up being after – this was just a short diversion to get another person involved.

Back later with news.

Trios Trios Trios Part 1

A new project of sorts. With no access to new CMLL shows and not much newsworthy going on in the world of Lucha, I don’t have a lot to post about. But I found an old tape from Wrestleholics Videos called “Trios Trios Trios” that I ordered years ago before I even got to see CMLL on Galavision back in 2001. It features, duh, trios matches from CMLL from around 98-99, and I honestly forgot I even had it. So I figured I’d make my way through it one match at a time, have a look back at who was around and how (or if) anyone’s changed.

Match uno:

Mr. Aguila [c] & Blue Blazer & Mr. Niebla vs. Ultimo Guerrero [c] & Rey Buccanero & Gladiador (from 11/28/98)

Let’s break it down:

Mr. Aguila (Still has his mask)
Blue Blazer (No, not that Blue Blazer. It’s actually Phil Lafon (of the Lafon/Doug Furnas team of WWF/ECW fame) under a mask)
Mr. Niebla (Nothing different here, although he’s wearing a hideous yellow outfit)
Ultimo Guerrero (Still the same, maybe a little heavier)
Rey Buccanero (Still has his goofy pirate mask)
Gladiador (So, not the one from the 50’s. I think it’s Hijo del Gladiador who lost his mask in 2000. He’s a stocky wrestler, kinda looks like Dr. Wagner)

Primera Caida: Aguila & Guerrero seem to have the issue, because Ultimo jumps him at the bell and they spend a few minutes brawling. Furnas tags in and he actually does a heck of a job working with Gladiador and Bucky. Buccanero takes his usual knee destroying bump to the floor. Ultimo says “no way you’re out bumping me” as he takes a hideous Jerry bump to the floor. Aguila follows up with this awesome somersault senton over the corner post to the floor. Back in the ring, Blazer dumps Rey on his head with a decidedly un-lucha Cobra Clutch suplex for a three count, and Niebla follows up with the Nelbina on Gladiador for the first fall.

Segunda Caida: Niebla works a fun sequence with Rey and Gladiador (including a spot where he catches Rey’s kick and spins him so he kicks his partner in the gut). Ultimo and Aguila work a sequence. Ultimo tries for a slingshot inverted suplex, but Aguila lands on his feet, so Ultimo just clotheslines him. OK then. Rudo beatdown is soon on. Ultimo places Aguila on the top turnbuckle, then runs up the ropes and gives him a hideous DDT (Aguila landed like a brainbuster). Amazingly, tecnicos make a comeback, and Aguila dodges a corner charge and hits a freaked out sunset flip for the win.

Man, this was restaurant quality lucha. Could’ve used a third caida, but hell, what we got was pretty great and everyone was bumping like maniacs. Good start to the tape.