And NOW, on Sunday, we’re getting the Vuelta show I expected for Saturday – Shocker/Wagner is just about to start.
They’re on drugs – that’s the only way I can explain the programming schedule.
Okay, so they ended up skipping, um, 21 episodes on Vuelta – we got #50 instead. Not a particularlly good episode – there’s a 2 fall GdI vs Vampiro/Casas/Magica main (build to the Tarzan/Casas hair match and the tag team title match) and the Virus turn, but missable. Nothing up to Shocker/Wagner level, definetly.
Lucha Times is up. Sometime this week, they changed Sunday lucha from one hour back to the (now) normal 2:30 bit, so I think we’ll get a whole new show this week. Neat, huh?
OTOH, the best match to air this weekend will be on the Saturday show – the Shocker/Wagner bout from last spring.
I wanted to say something else but I can’t remember. Maybe later.
That bastard Scaia didn’t give me credit for the CMLL 25. Bastard.
Anyway, yes, it was Hombre Sin Nombre debuting with AAA on the 1/16 taping, teaming with Octagon & Parka Jr. to beat Electro Shock & Abismo Negro & Cibernetico. He was booked as a mystery partner, but no word on what name he used. Looks like his first feud will be with Abismo.
Speaking of AAA, all of their matches are now 1 fall and take place in the six sided ring (also seen in T2P). Will it make AAA more watchable? Let me know, ’cause I ain’t watching.
Still not sure where things stand between Televisa and CMLL. Let’s hope this gets cleared up.
Yep, today’s one hour will be a short repeat of a previous show. It looks like #47 (one after the rerun of last week) – Japan/Tarzan vs Porky/Niebla/Lizmark is about to start as I type this, and depending on what time is alloted for AAA, you may also get Infernals vs Villanos, Black Tiger vs Felino and GdI/Apolo/Wagner vs Silva/Shocker/Rayo.
EDIT: What aired was that Japan/Tarzan vs Porky/Niebla/Lizmark tag, a Shocker Nuveo Guapo tryout vignette, and GdI/Apolo/Wagner vs Silva/Shocker/Rayo.
If the pattern holds, next week will be #48, with Silva/Rayo/Tineblas Jr. vs Taliban/Universo your only safe bet of being aired.
I really wish Galavision, Televisa and CMLL would work better at giving at least new stuff each week, even if it’s not full length.
Remember that LF/GdI match I missed the first time around? Since it aired Saturday, I’ll have an updated recap with it in a couple days. The match itself would have been better if it wasn’t clipped (duh) and if they got someone better than Fuerza there (because he was noticably not very good at points.)
Since the DVDVR has a link here, I probably should point to DVDVR I was reading to kill time today – #117, an all Lucha review. Off the top of my head, the thing that struck me most was the inclusion of Puerto Rician wrestling. I’m sure the orgins are the similiar and all, but at least in wrestling, Puerto Rician’s always read a lot more like the US than Mexico.
FWIW, if you know more good lucha resources that I haven’t linked to yet over there, just send a link.
I’ve got a longer bored rambling post, but it’s trapped on a computer that is not this one – maybe tommorow.
– Rayo Jr. returns at the end of the month. He’s promised not to leave this time till he gets Unvierso’s mask. Perhaps we should start up a collection plate to buy him one.
– Zumbido (who, as the news notes, is offically out of Guapo U) recently took the hair of one local wrestler Boby Jack. He promises Marvin and Rivera will be next.
– We should start a list of all “X wants to take Y’s hair/mask” from this column. It’d be long.
– FdT returns on 2/21 – Infernales are first in line for a Mexican Trios Title rematch, though Damien and Halloween would like another shot at those tag team belts.
Breakin’ Down Lucha and the WON Awards
Pts = points
Fpv = first place votes
Dave counted down the top ten for each catagory–everyone after that with a decent amount of votes got an honorable mention.
Shocker (97 pts.) received an honorable mention, finishing 13th for Wrestler of the Year.
Hijo Del Santo (87 pts, 12 fpv) finished seventh in the Most Outstanding Wrestler category.
Three lucha feuds received Feud of the Year honorable mentions: Santo/Casas vs. GdI in 14th place (84 pts.), Shocker vs. Ultimo Guerrero in 16th place (73 votes), and Mexico vs. Japan in 18th place (61 pts.)
Tag Team of the Year was covered yesterday.
Shocker finished 11th with an honorable mention in Most Charismatic (129 pts.)
No mention of any lucha guys in the Best Flyer category.
Black Tiger (14th place, 118 pts.) and Blue Panther (19th place, 72 pts.) received honorable mentions in the Most Underrated category.
CMLL finished 5th (637 pts, 51 fpv) for Promotion of the Year (beat out by Pride, UFC, RoH, and the WWE).
CMLL TV finished second in Best Weekly TV (1,152 pts, 50 fpv) behind Smackdown.
Santo finished tied for 10th (w/Steve Austin) in the Reader’s Favorite Wrestler category (16 pts.)
AAA did finish second for Worst Television show behind Raw (100 pts.)
Gran Markus vs. Pierroth only finished 10th in Worst Feud of the Year (13 pts.)
AAA finished 5th in Worst Promotion (65 pts.)
No mention of los Talibanes in Worst Gimmick or Most Disgusting Promotional Tactic.
Any other category had no mention of lucha.
We’ll talk more later.
There was a nasty rumor in F4W a while back concerning Shocker negotiating with Pena. Now, while I highly doubt he’s jumping, it was enough to put me in a panic. Hey, maybe that’s what Bryan wants. Luckily, I subscribe to F4W, so I’ll have the scoop this weekend.
The Death Valley Driver folks were nice enough to provide a link to TCF.com in their link section, so they should be thanked.
Be back later with a look of how CMLL did in the WON awards.
Over in his Figure Four Newsletter preview, Bryan Alvarez notes a “very talented” CMLL wrestler jumping AAA. Unless it’s HsN just now showing up, I have no idea who he’s talking about.
KrisZ doesn’t have any recenty AAA/PAP results up, but it doesn’t look like the ex-Rayo Jr. Jr. was on any of the 12/02 cards, so I’d guess it’s him.