AAA/PAP falling apart, GDI in NJ

The big news is that it sound like AAA/PAP might be falling apart. This isn’t the first time such things have been said – the difference is that it’s been offically announced that El Hijo Del Perro Aguayo has been let go – perhaps because they can’t pay his check? More may be coming

Masada and Nosawa have been taken off that MLW show, so I suspect that Grand Prix lineup listed before is the final one.

Rey and Ultimo won decently in the middle of the NJPW tour, but fell off the end. Crazy was just kinda there.
– Ultimo and Rey d. El Samurai and Minoru Fujita (11:31, Rey pins Samurai)
– Liger, Kanemoto, Jado and Gedo d. Tiger Mask 4, AKIRA, Heat and Super Crazy (13:16, Gedo superfly splash Crazy)
– Jado and Gedo d. Ultimo and Rey (10:23, Gedo superfly splash Rey)
– Dan Devine and Super Crazy d. Hiro Saito and Ryusuke Taguchi (12:38, Crazy moonsault Taguchi)
– Tiger Mask 4, AKIRA, Heat and Super Crazy d. Liger, Kanemoto, Ultimo, Rey (11:52, Heat fisherman’s buster Guerrero)
– Ultimo and Rey d. Super Crazy and Ryusuke Taguchi (10:29, Guerrero bomb on Taguchi)
– Jado and Gedo d. Ultimo and Rey (9:35, Crossface of Jado on Guerrero)
– Osamu Nishimura and Hiro Saito d. Dan Devine and Super Crazy (9:40, Nishimura Cobra Twist Crazy)

Unless the Guerrero Special is now a Bomb, I have no idea what a Guerrero bomb is. Eh. Haven’t heard if they’ll be brought back at any time – it won’t be for the Best of the Junior tournament, as that lineup was announced and no lucha starts are included.

Lucha TV schedule is up – unlike what they seemed to hype last week, they stayed in order. This episode is one of the set I’ve already recaped, so you can check out a review before Sunday. I’ve also managed to recap the episode from three weeks ago – I liked the opener more than Joe did, but I agree on pretty much everything else. I was going to start on the one from two weeks ago last night, but I heard the Brazo music and lost my will to go on.

You know, I wonder if in Mexico, the Heavyweight Title is considered just “the title of the old legends” – I mean, it’s just been Universo and Rayo half heartingly fueding around it for the last 3 decades (or so it seems), I wonder if there’s just an expectation that it’s the Old title and Niebla should be saving the middleweight title from Emilio’s waist instead or something.

Sounds like Cat was as coherent as ever.

Since Cubs won’t be covering

Since Cubs won’t be covering Velocity this week, here’s you Josh and Cat exchange of the week:

Josh: [talking about Kurt Angle’s neck surgery]
Cat: When are we going to hear about your surgery?
Josh: What are you talking about, Cat?

I’ve missed the last 2 weeks of CMLL since my source is out of town. Bastard.

Funny tidbit from this week’s Figure 4: Some fans in Mexico are quite unhappy about Mr. Niebla beating Universo for the world heavyweight title, because they feel he’s too young and didn’t deserve the belt. Could Mexican fans be any different from Americans? news: – There’s a news:

– There’s a kids day show on 04/30 – with GdI still out of town, it doesn’t look that great. They’re bringing back Mil Mascaras for another main event trios, teaming with Vamp and Atlantis agianst Pierroth, Black Tiger and (no longer fired?) Tarzan Boy. Ignoring a wretched looking semi-final, there’s a minis mask vs mask match third from the top, as Mini Violencia takes on Mini Olimpico. They ran an angle at the last Mexico show to set that one up, and while from TV presence, you’d think Violencito would win the battle, it IS a kids day show after all. Then again, I hadn’t noticed Olimpicito showing up on a lot of cards as of late, so maybe he’s taking his money and going home? Hard to tell. Probably not tremendously important, either.

– Remember last year, where they said “Jushin Liger will be coming this summer”? The new story is that Ultimo Dragon will be coming back in May, and bringing some Toryumon guys with him. The plan is to have a Junior Grand Prix show on 5/9 (obviously, an early birthday celebration for me, and don’t think I don’t apperciate it), as mexico takes on Japan. At this time, the announced Japan side is Ultimo, CIMA, SUWA, FUJI, TARU (someone there probably got caps who really shouldn’t but better uppercase than sorry) and the CMLL based Japanesse Legion…but Masada and Nosawa may also be booked for MLW that day, so who knows.

We also don’t know if it’s a one fall matches, and if they’re of any length, and if any of it will make it to air and blah blah blah. I do know that it’ll be pretty cool if it does happen and I’ll tremendously overrate matches.

Lucha Times is up. The GALA preview seems to indicate that they’ll be skipping an episode. Actually, the most effective way to catch up to the old delay would be airing ‘new’ episodes on both Saturday and Sunday for the time being, and they could be doing that, but there’s no assurances of that. If your’e a person who absolutely must see ever show, I’d check that Saturday show just to be sure.

Hey Joe, how was last week’s TV? Still haven’t watched it…

I keep forgetting to mention

I keep forgetting to mention this:

Over on CRZ’s Wienerboard, poster HomerJFong has put up two really nice lucha related posts. There’s a list of his most favorite 10/11 matches of all time, and a review of a CMLL show, circa 9/13/97.

It’s really good, if you’re like me and want to get a little bit of an idea of what to start with with the older stuff you know little about. The first thread is closed (time), but the second one should still be open for comments.

In a time of

In a time of 11 minutes flat, Ultimo Guerrero and Rey Bucanero d. Jado and Gedo via Ulitmo’s Guerrero Speical (I think – that’s what it sounds like anyway), notching their first NJPW win. Good for them.

For humor’s sake, here is the recap of the match, via babelfish:

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Bu gold Ro is “Rey Bucanero’s name does not translate well – but not as bad as box guy over there”.

(Super Crazy lost, but such is life.)

– New CMLL World Heavyweight

– New CMLL World Heavyweight Champion – Mr. Niebla! He beat Universo 2000 for the title, which had held since 1999, on the 4/18 Arena Mexico show. That might have been the longest running heavyweight title reign, though it wasn’t as if Universo was defending more than once every 3 months for as long as I’ve been waching. No more double titles for Universo.
– Rayo de Jalisco Jr. probably returns in Tijuana on 4/25.
– The match Rayo was injuried in was a WWA Title defense vs Mascara Ano 2000, who is pointing out that Rayo was certiantly out of the ring for 20 seconds and HE should be the new champion. Rematch to come, surely.
– The first two matches of Nueveo Guapos have been loses, with the last one causing an angry Shocker to leave alone. Would they spend all this time finding a third member to break them up within a month? Eh.
– It didn’t work out any better for Rey and Ultimo individually, as they both ended up taking the losses for their teams on NJPW 4/22 show:

3. Koji Kanemoto, Jado & Gedo beat Heat, Tiger Mask 4 & Ultimo Guerrero (13:45) when Jado used the Crossface of JADO on Guerrero.
4. AKIRA, Azteca & Super Crazy beat Jushin Thunder Liger, Minoru Fujita & Rey Bucanero (10:38) when AKIRA used a musasabi body press on Bucanero.

Stuart (who, again, is my source for all of this and you should be checking out his site already) mentioned some comments on GdI’s lack of wins and if it may be turning around soon. They face Jado and Gedo tonight, while Super Crazy will team with Dan Devine against Takashi Iizuka and Masahito Kakihara. I’m guessing an 0-3 for CMLL guys.

Anyone got some access to a good lucha results archive (older than the 3 months that KrisZ’s latest version has going) – like perhaps Robert Bihari posted all those results someplace that didn’t get deleted? I’m working on something dumb and it’d help…

I posted something Friday, but

I posted something Friday, but I think it got ate. Oh well, I’ll try again:

– Ray Mendoza, long time luchador and father of the Villanos, died this past week. La Arena has a detailed obit.
– Last Sunday, Rayo de Jalisco Jr. severely hurt himself on a botched tope (his feet got caught in the ropes, and he went down head first. Inital reports sounded bad, but the last word as that he was doing better. He did check out of the hopsital, but is out of action for at least two weeks and maybe more.
– is pushing an Infenales/Japanesse Legion fued.
– Ultimo Guerrero, Rey Bucanero and Super Crazy are currently on the previously aluded to NJPW tour. Their results, via Strong Style Spirit:

4/18 (taped):
– AKIRA, Heat, Tiger Mask 4 & Super Crazy beat El Samurai, Minoru Fujita , Ultimo Guerrero & Rey Bucanero (12:58) when Tiger used a flying back cradle on Fujita.
4/19 (taped):
– El Samurai & Minoru Fujita beat Ultimo Guerrero & Rey Bucanero (11:48) when Samurai used a chickenwing armlock on Bucanero.
– Masahiro Chono & Hiroyoshi Tenzan beat Mike Barton & Super Crazy (12:54) when Chono used a Yakuza kick on Crazy.
– Masahito Kakihara & Super Crazy beat Ultimo Guerrero & Rey Bucanero (9:42) when Crazy used an inside cradle on Guerrero.

Upcoming schedule:
– Koji Kanemoto, Jado & Gedo vs. Heat, Tiger Mask 4 & Ultimo Guerrero
– Jushin Thunder Liger, Minoru Fujita & Rey Bucanero vs. AKIRA, Azteca & Super Crazy
4/23 (tape)
– Jado & Gedo vs. Ultimo Guerrero & Rey Bucanero

I should note that I mean the show is taped – I don’t know enough to say that those matches will ever be aired. Looks like GdI are being used as enhancement talent, which does seem about part for the course for new people into the promotion.

You know what would be cool? This tour wraps on 4/29. NJPW is doing a pair of shows on 5/1 and 5/2 at the Tokyo Dome. The 5/2 show is already booked, but with a lot of people who wouldn’t normally be on NJ shows, leaving a lot of talent moved to the 5/1 show instead. The 5/1 show hasn’t been booked yet (or the bookings haven’t been announced), but they’ve done a little bit where some American trainees of Inoki want to be on the show. One of those trainees is American Dragon. At the same time, it’s only a couple extra days, so there’s no real reason they couldn’t have the guys from the tour stick around…

Basically I’m hoping that magically, we get Rey/Ultimo vs American Dragon/ANYONE. Because I’d really like to pay to watch that one.

I haven’t posted in a

I haven’t posted in a while, because Cubs keeps stealing my tidbits. If you ask me, TCF should stand for Thieving Something Something!

Anyway, we have a new show, yes we did.

I didn’t hate Violencia vs. Universo Dos Mil as much as I feared. I can’t remember if there was an issue here—I think there was but I’m hazy. Anyway, I guess this was a title match (I came in late). Fun fact: Universo has been the heavyweight champ for over three years. Primera caida was pretty slow—some matwork, some punches, and I did like Universo’s armdrags. UDM takes a nice bumo in the corner and gets pinned after a Scary Senton. Closed captioning reveals that Faux Commando Girl is actually called La Nazi. Lovely. Segunda caida lasts about 30 seconds as Universo kicks ass and gets a submission with the Tequila Sunrise. They start La Tercera Caida trading nearfalls at about 1/8 normal speed until Universo takes another nice bump to the floor and Violencia hits a nice somesault pescado. A few more nearfalls in the ring and Universo hits his own dive. Back in the ring both guys miss top ropes moves, allowing Universo to hit a sort of running Dominator and lock in the Tequila Sunrise for the win. Yeesh, I take that back, I did hate this.

Porky vs. Pierroth—my dream match! Thankfully, Tarzan Boy, Black Tiger, Super Crazy, and Atlantis are also present. Pierroth was actually pretty active bumping for Crazy. Tarzan Boy just looks great, which makes me both happy and sad. Black Tiger challenges Porky to amateur wrestling—he must have a short-term memory. Tiger and Tarzan are polite enough to line up for a Porky big splash to end the fall. Tiger and Crazy have a great little segment to start up La Segunda Caida until Atlantis gets tagged in and bumps huge for Pierroth before submitting to a Tequila Sunrise (popular move tonight). Crazy gets pinned with…a vertical suplex? What is this, 1957? Tercera caida features the dreaded Porky/Pierroth match-up, but at least it’s short. Atlantis also throws the fakest punch in the world when he knocks Tarzan Boy off the apron. Some brisk action leads to Porky sitting on Tarzan Boy for the win. I got no beef with a match like this.

Stellar Moments wasn’t much until that cool “allez-oop into the missile dropkick” by two guys (I thought the announcer said Rayo de Tapita, but there were two of them).

Niebla jumps Wagner before the bell in a neat twist. He kicks ass until he misses a moonsault, allowing Wagner to take over and rudo it up. Doc goes for the mask and unties it, which actually comes into play later. Wagner places Niebla on the top and he falls off and lands on the floor, and the look Wagner gives him is treeee-mendous. I notice that Niebla’s punches are very similar to El Dandy’s (which I only bring up because I just watched some El Dandy in WCW matches I found on an old tape). Niebla finally makes a comeback and gyrates for us all, so after a ref bump Wagner rips his mask off and makes a cover. Baby Richard gets to two, then figures out what happened and DQ’s Wagner. Wagner does the “I’ll pose for the crowd, then turn around and realize I lost” bit. Both guys yell at each other afterward. I had no beef with this match, other than the lack of a clean finish. And it was a little on the short side. Plus Niebla’s wedgie is really disturbing. But that’s it.

So yeah. Not a grand slam program, but damn, I missed this show.

Yes, we have a new

Yes, we have a new epsiode! Sorta.

In a dedication to contunity that I don’t think anyone was really expecting, CMLL/Galavision decided to pick up exactly where they left off: the next unaired episode. That means that, assuming they don’t change their minds later, we don’t miss an episode. The downside is that instead of being about 2 weeks behind of Mexico, like we were before, we’re now 3 months behind. Which isn’t so good.

Anyway, if you’ve taped it or are on the West Coast or whatever, here’s today’s lineup

Universo 2K vs Violencia (CMLL Heavyweight)
Crazy/Atlantis/Porky vs Tarzan/Pierroth/Tiger
Dr. Wagner Jr. vs Mr. Niebla

The report index page has the lineups for the next seven shows, if they stay in order.

So I’m watching my 3rd

So I’m watching my 3rd CMLL TV episode (of 5) and it occurs to me that el Terrible is really Sean O’Haire, escaped from dark match pergatory. Really, the goatee, the tall built stature, the lack of good stuff in the ring, the overpush based on the first two and ignoring the last one, it’s gotta be. All he needs is a coat and a vignette where he can say “Infierno, no le estoy diciendo que cualquier cosa que usted no sabe ya”, and we’re all set.

The thing is, although he’s the guy who fit a strong rudo mode (Ricky looks 14, Loco Max is probably more of a comedy guy than they wanted, and I think Zumbido was only here to fued with Ricky), the purpose of having a third Guapo would seem to be have someone to set up Magica and Shocker by taking bumps and such. The young guy’s role is usually to make the older guy look better, and get in a few spots when they have time. Those aren’t Terrible’s skills.

Of course, I’ve only seen very little of him; maybe he’ll work out better than I thought? Just a hunch that they might have been better off committing to having Terrible go his own way, like they mentioned and pulled back from.