12/20 news – upcoming lineups

I wish I went to Mexico City! If only the wrestlers of Mexico City could come here…

CMLL is running their bigger show on Tuesday this week, with the Friday show moved to Saturday (Christmas Day instead of Christmas Eve.)

1) Shockercito, Bracito de Oro, Fantasy vs Pierrotito, Gitanito, Pequeno Violencia
2) StarMAN, Tigre Metalico, Ultimo Vampiro vs Ramstei, Mogur, Reyes Veloz
3) La Mascara, Tony Rivera, Brazo de Oro vs Veneno, Nitro, Maximo
4) Shocker, Atlantis, Black Warrior vs Pierroth, el Hijo del Pierroth, Pierroth Jr.
5) Dr. Wagner (c) vs Canek for the UWA World Heavyweight Championship.

I expect the belt shifts back to it’s normal owner as Christmas present.

Saturday‘s show has a main event they’ve built to for a while.

1) Ultimo Dragoncito, Mini Olimpico, Bracito de Oro vs Mini Violencia, Bam-Bam, Espectrito
2) Tigre Blanco, Brazo de Plata Jr., Sombra de Plata vs Arkangle, Dr. X, Koreano
3) Sagardo, Alan Stone, Virus vs Okumura, Masada, Azteca
4) Dr. Wagner, Negro Casas, Mistico vs Canek, Averno, Mephisto
5) Dos Caras Jr. vs Olimpico

Way before his rudo turn, wasn’t there talk Olimpico could be dropping his mask? I gotta figure this is probably a big enough program for it to happen.

There’s always the usual Sunday show, but it doesn’t seem to be terribly newsworthy

1) Meteorix & Molotov vs Flecha & Jeque
2) StarMAN & Los Rayos Tapatios (I & II) vs Mesala, Caligula, Guerrero Del Futuro
3) La Mascara, Virus, Tony Rivera vs Veneno, Loco Max, Nitro
4) Felino, Volador Jr., Sagrado vs Emilio Charles, Averno, Mephisto
5) Mr. Niebla, Dr. Wagner, Mistico vs Hector Garza, Rey Bucanero, Terrible

CMLL.com says they’ll return to Arena Mexico the last week of January, which would be 01/28.

HOWever, some people may be otherwise occupied. ChicagoWrestling.com’s got the lineup for a double shot follow up to the show I went to a couple weeks ago.

01/29/05 – Cicero, IL (Sat)
($25 vip/$15 adult/$7 child, doors open at 6:30)
1) Horoscopo/Lanza Llamas vs Yakuza/Dragon
2) Principe Franky/Swat Cat vs Mr. Coraje/Reo
3) XTassis/Silver Star vs Guerrerito del Futuro/Mini Halloween
4) Felino/Virus vs Rey Bucanero/Ultimo Guerrero

01/30/05 – Aurora, IL (Sun)
($25 vip/$15 adult/$7 child, doors open at 6:30)
1) Mascara de Jade vs Swat Cat
2) Principe Frankky/Sagitario vs Mr. Coraje/Holy Terror
3) Xtassis/Silver Star vs Guerrerito del Futuro/Mini Halloween
4) Felino/Virus vs Rey Bucanero/Ultimo Guerrero

Even though I’m 90% sure they’ll do the same top two match both nights, I think I could be convinced to go to both shows. (That’s how far gone I am, I guess.) Surely going to at least one. Anyone else going?

Edit: Related DVDVR thread.

I’m about 25% done with this weekend’s TV. I’d like to take a chunk more out of that, and then talk about awards or not awards later tonight.

edit: sleep now. try this later.

Arena Mexico 12/17 results

or, not yet, since it’s 1 AM, I feel like going to bed, and I don’t see ’em yet.

I’ll update this space when I see ’em Saturday.

9:17: Still can’t find ’em! Got other results…

GWPC Results (Black Terry, Box Y Lucha board)

1) Tigre Emperor b La Fiera
2) Zorro/Pathfinder/Oriental b Charly Manson/X-Fly/Crazy Boy
3) Ultraman/Ultraman Jr./Dos Caras b Fishman/Texano/Negro Navarro
4) KENTA/Marufuji DRAW Juvi/Aguilla
5) Cibernetico b Konnan for the vacant Monster X Title

12:39 (ovaciones via KrisZ)

1) Tzuki & Ulitmo Dragonicito b Espectrito & Pierrothito
2) Felino/Safari/Volador Jr. (c) b Dr. X/Hooligan/Nitro [MEX TRIOS]
* Figured as much
3) Olimpico/Rey Bucanero/Ultimo Guerrero b Atlantis/Dos Caras Jr./Shocker
4) Hijo del Santo/Negro Casas/Mistico b Furia del Norte (Terrible/Garza/Tarzan) in a non-title match
5) Universo 2000 DQ El Hijo del Perro Aguayo when Perro Aguayo Sr. ran in
* nooooooooo
6) Cien Caras/Mascara 2000 b Pierroth/Vampiro [hair/hair]

Lucha Times

Previews

Saturday: The word up in TLN land last week is they aired an hour of matches, cutting out directly during the Misteriosos match. We know next week was scheduled to be a two hour CMLL show (that’s how it aired in Mexico), and this sounded like another one that TLN interrupted. Tack on the obvious focus of the show – Dr. Wagner’s rudo/tecnico status resolved – and I figure we’ve gotta be getting two hours of CMLL lucha this week.

Digression 1: Despite the jobs lost and the pressure to succeed removed, kinda makes you wish AAA went away, at least TV wise, just so we could get a larger view of CMLL like always happens when they go to two hour shows. This is Sangre Azteca’s second TV match in the last two months, and I don’t know if he got that much full length time in the last two years.)

Digression 2: Between skipping episodes, showing AAA occasionally, and not realizing your show ended in the middle of a match, that’s not exactly a stellar job TLN Is doing.

Sunday: Boring.

Other junk…

Waiting for word on the Friday night shows. Do you realize, on the same night, there were three major shows in Mexico City?

Funny to me only: The recap of last weekend’s Vuelta included me noting, during stellar moments: “ASTRO BOY with a spin spin spin into a Fujiwara armbar.” That move sounds awfully familiar.

Funny possibly to more: Pena, on last Saturday’s AAA show, taking responsibility for making el Hijo del Perro Aguayo and Juventued Guerrera. Coming up with “the sons of a legend” ideas must’ve taken a lot of work.

CMLL: Year End Show, tag team hair match
ENSEMA: Rayo de Jalisco Jr. (not Rayman, I think) and Axel vs Black Man/Hijo del Espanto, mask/mask
GPCW (Juvi): Cibernetico vs Konnan, title match

Isn’t that the kinda stuff that’s hurt Japanese business in Tokyo? At least they’re not trying fill a dome here.

2004 awards?

so so bitter everyone was like “wow, a wacky christmas lucha show” when I had the actual poster here A WEEK AGO, proving no one besides jtron and maybe Bihari reads this. And people who produce wonderful cartoons.

In my non-existent double shot lucha recap, I would’ve pointed out that Blue Demon used Blue Demon music at the VaVoom show, but was using the Mucha Lucha music at the follow up kids-oriented show.

so so bitter in general

Posters are awesome. If someone in Mexico just had a blog where they scanned in the weekly poster, I’d be bookmarking that site.

Anyway, the only news I have is Rayo’s out a month with a (knee?) injury, ‘ccording the KrisZ. The situation (solo match vs new rudo Canek) and the timing (he wasn’t scheduled for the Year End Show, and he’d be taking the holiday season off) sure makes it sound like an angle. Or maybe something he might work thru if he had a big pay day pending.

Wild guess on upcoming main events based on a blurb on CMLL.com:

– Canek (mask) vs Dr. Wagner (UWA Heavyweight Title) on the Return to Arena Mexico Show
– Canek (mask) vs Dr. Wagner (mask) on the 72th Anniversary Show.

Canek’s not leaving town without his belt, at any rate.

Best Of: Anyone else intersted in doing voting for a Best of Lucha 2004 thing? I’ve been sketching out ideas for something along those lines

– any ‘lucha’ match/wrestler from 01/01/04 to 12/31/04 would count.
– any promotion

Awards
* Best Wrestler
* Best Match

– Best Tecnico
– Best Rudo
– Best Tag Team
– Best Trio
– Best Mini
– Best Promotion
– Best Rivalary

– Best Title (Championship which meant this most this year)
– Best Legend (Best Wrestler for those 40 years and up)

– Favorite Wrestler

– Worst Wrestler
– Worst Match

– Most Improved
– Most Deserving Of More Attention

* 1 to 5 ballotting
– 1 to 3 ballotting.

Questions: Are Worst categories worth anyone’s time? Too many categories? Missing categories? Categories that wouldn’t work? (Have y’all see enough Minis to vote for one?) Longer ballots for certian awards? (I think I could go MLB MVP like 10 deep on Best Wrestler, but I don’t know everyone would want to.)

My big worry is how the lagged AAA/CMLL TV is dealt with; is Best Match balloting just a seperate awards bit done after all the TV gets here? Do we use different start/end dates for those awards?

I think you’d need to get at least 10 ballots to make this worthwhile. (Which wouldn’t seem to work if it’s just the 4 of us.) So if it’s something you’d like to particpate in, give me a heads up. If this is something you’d like to do yourself and all I’d have to do is link to stuff and post stuff and send in a ballot on time, definetly get a hold of me.

Lucha Times: Previews aren’t done, but it looks like everything’s on at the normal times. I’m 70% sure it’s 2 hours of CMLL on Saturday.

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Just a quick fill-in by me while Cubs is away. I actually got to watch the 12/11 show–it was OK. Cubs already reviewed it and I don’t have anything else to add.

From KrisZ:

“EMLL is doing a special show at Arena Coliseo tomorrow where they will re-enact the birth of Jesus with wrestlers playing the roles from the bible. Alan Stone will play Joseph and EMLL valet Xiomara will play Mary, Brazo de Plata Jr. will be playing the Archangel Michael and Sagrado will be the Archangel Gabriel. The 3 Wise Men will be Brazo de Plata/Hijo del Gladiador/Tony Rivera. Other wrestlers taking part in this will be Angels (Loco Max/Ringo Mendoza/Veneno/Volador Jr.) vs. Demons (Averno/Damian el Terrible/Mephisto/Pierroth/Satanico.)”

You have to admit that’s some pretty good casting of the Demons.

“Rayo de Jalisco Jr. had to have emergency surgery done on his right knee after his match with Canek on Sunday at Arena Coliseo and he is recovering in a hospital in Mexico City. Rayo is expected to be out at least a month.”

Here are the 12/14 Arena Coliseo Results, although KrisZ did not have specifics.

1. Los Rayos Tapatios I y II beat Polvora & Redentor
2. Hijo del Texano/Mr. Power/Starman defeated Jeque/Koreano/Ramstein
3. La Mascara/Misterioso II/Tigre Blanco beat Arkangel de la Muerte/Mazada/Veneno by DQ.
4. Hijo del Pierroth/Mephisto/Pierroth Jr. defeated Felino/Sagrado/Virus
5. Revancha Match: Canek/Emilio Charles Jr./Tarzan Boy beat Dr. Wagner Jr./Dos Caras Jr./Mr. Niebla with a foule behind Wagner’s back.

The big year end show is tomorrow, and I’ll try and get results up ASAP.

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Just a quick fill-in by me while Cubs is away. I actually got to watch the 12/11 show–it was OK. Cubs already reviewed it and I don’t have anything else to add.

From KrisZ:

“EMLL is doing a special show at Arena Coliseo tomorrow where they will re-enact the birth of Jesus with wrestlers playing the roles from the bible. Alan Stone will play Joseph and EMLL valet Xiomara will play Mary, Brazo de Plata Jr. will be playing the Archangel Michael and Sagrado will be the Archangel Gabriel. The 3 Wise Men will be Brazo de Plata/Hijo del Gladiador/Tony Rivera. Other wrestlers taking part in this will be Angels (Loco Max/Ringo Mendoza/Veneno/Volador Jr.) vs. Demons (Averno/Damian el Terrible/Mephisto/Pierroth/Satanico.)”

You have to admit that’s some pretty good casting of the Demons.

“Rayo de Jalisco Jr. had to have emergency surgery done on his right knee after his match with Canek on Sunday at Arena Coliseo and he is recovering in a hospital in Mexico City. Rayo is expected to be out at least a month.”

Here are the 12/14 Arena Coliseo Results, although KrisZ did not have specifics.

1. Los Rayos Tapatios I y II beat Polvora & Redentor
2. Hijo del Texano/Mr. Power/Starman defeated Jeque/Koreano/Ramstein
3. La Mascara/Misterioso II/Tigre Blanco beat Arkangel de la Muerte/Mazada/Veneno by DQ.
4. Hijo del Pierroth/Mephisto/Pierroth Jr. defeated Felino/Sagrado/Virus
5. Revancha Match: Canek/Emilio Charles Jr./Tarzan Boy beat Dr. Wagner Jr./Dos Caras Jr./Mr. Niebla with a foule behind Wagner’s back.

The big year end show is tomorrow, and I’ll try and get results up ASAP.

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Just a quick fill-in by me while Cubs is away. I actually got to watch the 12/11 show–it was OK. Cubs already reviewed it and I don’t have anything else to add.

From KrisZ:

“EMLL is doing a special show at Arena Coliseo tomorrow where they will re-enact the birth of Jesus with wrestlers playing the roles from the bible. Alan Stone will play Joseph and EMLL valet Xiomara will play Mary, Brazo de Plata Jr. will be playing the Archangel Michael and Sagrado will be the Archangel Gabriel. The 3 Wise Men will be Brazo de Plata/Hijo del Gladiador/Tony Rivera. Other wrestlers taking part in this will be Angels (Loco Max/Ringo Mendoza/Veneno/Volador Jr.) vs. Demons (Averno/Damian el Terrible/Mephisto/Pierroth/Satanico.)”

You have to admit that’s some pretty good casting of the Demons.

“Rayo de Jalisco Jr. had to have emergency surgery done on his right knee after his match with Canek on Sunday at Arena Coliseo and he is recovering in a hospital in Mexico City. Rayo is expected to be out at least a month.”

Here are the 12/14 Arena Coliseo Results, although KrisZ did not have specifics.

1. Los Rayos Tapatios I y II beat Polvora & Redentor
2. Hijo del Texano/Mr. Power/Starman defeated Jeque/Koreano/Ramstein
3. La Mascara/Misterioso II/Tigre Blanco beat Arkangel de la Muerte/Mazada/Veneno by DQ.
4. Hijo del Pierroth/Mephisto/Pierroth Jr. defeated Felino/Sagrado/Virus
5. Revancha Match: Canek/Emilio Charles Jr./Tarzan Boy beat Dr. Wagner Jr./Dos Caras Jr./Mr. Niebla with a foule behind Wagner’s back.

The big year end show is tomorrow, and I’ll try and get results up ASAP.

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Just a quick fill-in by me while Cubs is away. I actually got to watch the 12/11 show–it was OK. Cubs already reviewed it and I don’t have anything else to add.

From KrisZ:

“EMLL is doing a special show at Arena Coliseo tomorrow where they will re-enact the birth of Jesus with wrestlers playing the roles from the bible. Alan Stone will play Joseph and EMLL valet Xiomara will play Mary, Brazo de Plata Jr. will be playing the Archangel Michael and Sagrado will be the Archangel Gabriel. The 3 Wise Men will be Brazo de Plata/Hijo del Gladiador/Tony Rivera. Other wrestlers taking part in this will be Angels (Loco Max/Ringo Mendoza/Veneno/Volador Jr.) vs. Demons (Averno/Damian el Terrible/Mephisto/Pierroth/Satanico.)”

You have to admit that’s some pretty good casting of the Demons.

“Rayo de Jalisco Jr. had to have emergency surgery done on his right knee after his match with Canek on Sunday at Arena Coliseo and he is recovering in a hospital in Mexico City. Rayo is expected to be out at least a month.”

Here are the 12/14 Arena Coliseo Results, although KrisZ did not have specifics.

1. Los Rayos Tapatios I y II beat Polvora & Redentor
2. Hijo del Texano/Mr. Power/Starman defeated Jeque/Koreano/Ramstein
3. La Mascara/Misterioso II/Tigre Blanco beat Arkangel de la Muerte/Mazada/Veneno by DQ.
4. Hijo del Pierroth/Mephisto/Pierroth Jr. defeated Felino/Sagrado/Virus
5. Revancha Match: Canek/Emilio Charles Jr./Tarzan Boy beat Dr. Wagner Jr./Dos Caras Jr./Mr. Niebla with a foule behind Wagner’s back.

The big year end show is tomorrow, and I’ll try and get results up ASAP.

12/14 News

CMLL Results (12/10, O’Campo)

1) Texano Jr., Tigre Blanco, Zumbido b Maxmio, Ramstein, Koreano
2) Nitro, Hooligan, Dr. X b Felino, Safari, Volador Jr.
* They won two straight weeks in non-title matches! They’re so not winning the titles.
3) Rocky Romero defeated Virus (c) to become the 3rd CMLL Super Light Champion, his second reign.
* Good for Rocky. Said to be a memorable match. Mat wrestling mostly for the first two falls, and then they flew in the third. Hunch without proof: They’re transitioning the title to Mistico.
4) Dinamitas (Cien Caras, Mascara Ano 2000, Universo 2000) DRAW Pierroth, Vampiro, El Hijo del Perro Aguayo
* Match went DQ one way, DQ the other way, everyone gets counted out. This was a bloody brawl as hype for bloody brawls this week
5) Ultimo Dragon, el Hijo del Santo, Mistico b Olimpico, Ultimo Guerrero, Rey Bucanero

After winning the Super Light title on Friday, Rocky Romero worked the (last?) Toryumon Mexico show on Saturday, winning the Young Dragons Cup in a bit of a surprise, and then in NJPW-LA Toukon 7 show on Sunday, helping his trio to a win.

The Year End Card, one more time.

1) Ultimo Dragoncito and Tsuki b Pierrothito and Espectrito
* I guess tecnicos, but they could go either way.
2) Safari, Volador Jr., Felino (c) vs Nitro, Dr. X, Hooligan for the Mexican National Trios Championship
* Champs retain
3) Dos Caras Jr., Shocker, Atlantis vs Ultimo Guerrero, Rey Bucanero, Olimpico
* Heels have to win here or the next match to set up the first Arena Coliseo match. Next match has Santo, who probably won’t work Coliseo, so I’ll go for the rudos here.
4) Hijo del Santo, Negro Casas, Mistico vs Hector Garza, Tarzan Boy, Terrible
* Tecnicos win here, maybe setting up a title match down the road
5) Universo 2000 vs Hijo del Perro Aguayo
* I should have almost no credibility after forgetting this is PERRO JR’S REVENGE MATCH; it just doesn’t have the same juice when Perro’s the rudo getting revenge for his dad rather than the tecnico. Still, I think it might be a good draw. Since this can’t be the blow off, I wouldn’t be surprised to do an Universo injury angle here. Just a wild guess, though.
6) Cien Caras & Mascara 2000 vs Vampiro & Pierroth [hair/hair]
* Caras wins. I don’t know this works. Hope it does.

No CMLL.com news, so let me give you some links, some of which need ot be added to the sidebar when I get a chance.

# Slam/Toronto Sam has an engaging article on Vampiro’s current life in Mexico. (Or, if you that doesn’t sell you, you can find out what happened to the Canadian Bulldog.)

# A poster named alebrije is writing both a general purpose lucha blog in English (el cuadrilatero) and Spanish blog (with plenty of photos) covering Arena Solidaridad events. Both are worth your time.

# If Spanish doesn’t work for you, how about Japanesse? He posts updates more consistent than I do.

Lucha times probably not till Thursday night. Sorry.