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.

Arena Mexico results, good matches

Arena Mexico Results (all thanks to KrisZ ’cause I can’t find them myself)
– Hooligan/Loco/Sangre d Neutron/Power/Blanco
– Atlantis/Rayo/Shocker d Tiger/Terrible/Universo
– Averno/Mephisto/Pierroth d. Felino/Niebla/Volador Jr.
– Perro/Negro/Dragon d GdI (Ultimo pins Ultimo!)
– Dr. Wagner Jr. defeated Canek. Mask ripping ensued. Wagner got a little help from – Dr. Wagner Sr.?!? Or more likely someone else under the mask screwing with Canek. Canek got stretchered out. I know Canek and Wagner are well into “Will Never EVER Drop Their Mask” territory, but it sure kinda feels like they’re building to a mask/mask match here. Or maybe I’m a mark. Who can say.

Ultimo Dragon told the fans that he’d back, and maybe hang around longer that time. Reports have the show as being Really Good.

This Week’s Card
– Ultimo Dragoncito/Pequeno Olimpico vs Espectrito/Fire
– Pantera/Starman/Neutron vs Dr. X/Nitro/Azteca
– Guapos Tournament Final: Texano/Misterioso/Oro vs Espiritu/Vikingo/Maximo
(which means I was wrong this week, though I sure I read the finish the other way. It’s fixed.)
– Atlantis/Rayo/Panther vs Ultimo/Rey/Tarzan
– Shocker/Lizmark/Casas vs Vampiro/Tarzan/Pierroth

I’m thinking this won’t get the same Real Good comments. As a follow up to Canek/Wagner, both of them will take the week off.

Other matches of note
– No more Guapos matches in Arena Coliseo. Sunday’s main is Atlantis/Lizmark/Panther vs Vampiro/Universo/Tarzan, and Tuesday’s is Shocker/Panther/Warrior vs Pierroth/Emilio/Scorpio
– Mr. Niebla is CMLL Heavyweight Champion, in case you’ve forgotten (and sometimes I do, so don’t feel bad.) He’s actually going to defend the title versus Tienieblas Jr. in Arena Pubela on Monday.
– Dr. Wagner will be wrestling in Guadalajara today, facing Atlantis for a Guadlajara Trophy. As if they needed a reason.
– Acapulco got added to the on line show listings, but they’re not actually updating the lineup. Eh.

By request, I put together a list of Best of Lucha (I’ve seen). That’s the prompt for you to say “Why haven’t you seen [x]? It’s really very good” so I can make some changes and order some tapes.

Noticed while compiling: My Best of GdI part 2 recap is either missing, or I totally forgot about it till now. Not sure. If someone can find the non-badly formatted and not edited copy magically, that’d be neat

Quick News

Let’s do this in a hurry, because it’s 2 AM and much of this stuff is 6 or more days old

(Thanks to KrisZ, Stuart, CMLL.com and others)

New NWA Champion: So, Shocker beat Vampiro for the NWA LH Title in Arena Puebla all the way on the 3rd. If you recall, the last time this title was seriously brought up was a Vamp title defense versus Black Warrior (scheduled to air next week), where Vampiro walked out of the match in the third fall, got dragged back, and laid out many tecnicos.

That seems like a killer angle to me, but without the title being involved (as the reason for the match, and a source of heat for Vamp wearing a belt that’s much too small for him), I don’t think there’s anything left there worth going after. Either something happened causing them to speed up the title change (and I don’t know anything of the sort) or it’s just one of those magical disappearing lucha angles. It’s not like Shocker and Vampiro didn’t have their own issues anyway, so there could be less important title switch matches.

The upside is Shocker already had a scheduled match vs Ultimo Guerrero for CMLL’s LH Title. They didn’t turn it to title for title, not putting the newly won belt on the line, but it still was champion vs champion. And it’s Thursday and I can’t find a result for it, so I’m guessing it was either an Ultimo win or (probably more likely) indecisive.

Meanwhile, that NWA Middleweight Title Ultimo Dragon dropped off during his last visit still sits in a closet somewhere in the bowels of Arena Mexico, I guess. I wonder if he’ll just grab the belt back while he’s in the area.

Japan to Mexico: AJPW’s (I think) Shigeo Okumura told the Japanese press earlier this week that he’s signed with CMLL and will be leaving Japan to work in Mexico full time for as long as he feels necessary. CMLL hasn’t mentioned this at all. I don’t expect this to be a big deal.

Speaking of Japan – Takemura did end up seconding Masada and Nosawa in their match against Jado and Gedo, only to help out the former team to win. Weird thing was, Takemura, Masada and Nosawa managed to imply they were previously together under a “Tokyo Gurentai” name. That’s a cool name, but the name I heard was Legion de Japanese. I could imagine Nosawa and Masada wanting to use another name and being totally ignored, though. Or a name switch happening after they were sent back to the lower card abyss.

Guapo Tournament Update:
The second generation team of Texano Jr., Brazo de Oro Jr. and Misterioso Jr. beat Lestat, Leono and Karisma to move on in the tournament. That sets up the title shot match next week at Arena Mexano, where Texano/Oro/Misterioso meets Chris Stone/Tiger Metallico/Brazo de Plato Jr – the Brazos collide! I’m guessing Misterioso’s team wins, just because I see his name more than people on the other side. Winners get the title shot vs Voaldor/Safari/Felino on the 28th.

Arena Mexico Results from last week
1. Mini Olimpico and Mini Brazo de Oro d. Mini Pierroth and Mino Violencia
2. Tiger Blanco/Misterioso Jr./Sagrado d. Dr. X/Sangre Azteca/Nitro (some Blanco/X rivalry here)
3. Felino/Ricky Marvin/Alan Stone d. Super Crazy/Fuerza Guerrera/Violencia
4. Olimpico/Averno/Mephisto d. Atlantis/Niebla/Zumbido
5. Ultimo/Tarzan/Wagner d. Canek/Parka/Shocker (cheat to win, and Wagner/Canek challenge each other post match)

Arena Mexico Card for this week
1. Tigre Blanco/Mr. Power/Neutron vs Holligan/Sangre Azteca/Loco Max
4. Mr. Niebla/Felino/Volador Jr. vs Pierroth/Averno/Mephisto
4. Perro Jr./Ultimo Dragon/Negro Casas vs GdI (Tarzan/Ultimo/Rey)
4. Atlantis/Rayo/Shocker vs Universo 2000/Tiger/Terrible
5. Canek vs Dr. Wagner

The stated deal is that all 3 middle trios matches are all really big. I guess the real deal is none of them wants to be promoted as the second match on the card.

05/08 Recap and Lucha Times

If I didn’t tend to push everything to wards the middle like a really steep bell curve, the 05/08 show probably would’ve got a 1 of 4. As is, there was enough decent moments to boost it to a two. It came down to the show being missable (thanks to major clipping that left only one complete match in the 45 minute show) and not offensive to the senses. But you didn’t miss a thing.

This week’s lucha times are also up. Same one hour deal for Saturday afternoon. I think they’re working on a two week cycle for Vuelta, but whatever it is, I think I’ll start keeping a better backlog of what aired when so I can figure out the pattern more accurately.

News later, but the biggie is already over a week old: Shocker beat Vampiro to become your new NWA LH Champion. Somewhere, Black Warrior what happened to his program.

And before I go someplace and lose this link, there was a nice discussion of Good Ciberneticos on the DVDVR board.

Lucha Times

Updated, or shall be shortly. Futbol issue this week: the afternoon lucha broadcast is only one hour. They’ve been showing the CMLL show on the one hour slot lately. This week is the start of the Vampiro turn.

They skipped around on Vuelta again. I dunno anymore.

I’m giving up on the return to Arena Mexico show being aired. Need to put in my “order tape” queue.