Friday previews for AAA, CMLL DF

AAA has it’s second taping of the year tonight in Toluca. Fenix, Myzteziz & Psycho Clown take on Perro Jr., Hijo del Fantasma, and Pentagon Jr. in what sounds like a pretty good main event. Fantasma made an open challenge for his title last Friday, AAA’s been setting up matches for Rey de Reyes already, and there’s a couple possible challengers on the tecnico side. They could get a match out of that. The second Rey de Reyes semifinal match with La Parka, Parka Negra, Mesias, and Cibernetico. La Parka & Cibernetico appear tied up (and Cibernetico’s got a long proud history of losing out of this tournament by double countout draw) and Parka Negra barely exists, leaving Mesias as the favorite. The show is listed as a five match card, with the opener still to be announced. Show starts at 9pm local.

Tonight’s CMLL Arena Mexico show has a Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Ultimo Guerrero, Euforia and Niebla Roja. CMLL sent out a press release where Mistico explains he’s got pain in his leg but he rather be hurt than stop wrestling. This is a selling point, apparently. Terrible defends the heavyweight championship against Maximo. Maximo has been really good in big matches of late and this should be no different. Maximo seems unlikely to win the title, but it’s a more interesting match than they’ve been running on Fridays of late.

Guadalajara has Atlantis & Stuka Jr. versus Gran Guerrero & Mephisto as the main event. They appear to be building towards a Atlantis/Gran Guerrero match. Really. Semimain is Hombre Bala, Super Halcon and Magnus vs Ephesto, Tiger, and Puma, which is probably going to be a lot of fun. Tag team tournament continues in the undercard.

Estrellas del Ring has a nice piece about the history of Arena Aficion. It turns 63 years old tomorrow.

Rob has a music video of 12/04/92 AAA.

LuchaWorld has a recap of this week’s CMLL Informa and their recent interview with Juventued Guerrera.

Segunda Caida reviews more Mocha Cota.

Voices of Wrestling has a review of this week’s Lucha Underground.

SuperLucha reprints an interview with Irma Gonzalez and looks back at the 1989 UWA Anniversary show.

CaraLucha has a promo with Diosa Atenea, which is helpful for remembering who Diosa Atenena is.

AYM interviews Fuerza Guerrera about his All Elite appearance.

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01/31-02/01 lucha times

box. It’s after the jump too.

== AAA ==

MATCHES FROM 2015. SHould be the top 4 from the Naucalpan taping, with Myzteziz & Psycho Clown vs Perro & Texano in the main event and the first part of the Rey de REyes

== Lucha Underground ==

No previews in guides anymore. Dunno. Cage/Mundo is the main event.

== CMLL ==

FOX2: Maximo, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Ultimo Guerrero. Valiente/Kamatachi is the lightning match which might or might not air.

Azteca: Marco Corleone, Maximo, Valiente vs Euforia, Terribel, Thunder.

52MX: Marco Corleone vs Shocker, maybe. THey skipped the main event last week. There’s a random ciberentico on this show.

Claro: Atlantis, Titan, Volador Jr. vs Ephesto, Kraneo, Mephisto

C3: Ephesto, Mephisto, Niebla Roja vs Draogn Rojo JR., Titan and Super Porky – one of three different Super Porky matches which will air this week.

Terra Sunday: Stuka Jr. vs Hechicero. Atlantis, La Sombra, Maximo vs Gran Guerrero, Shocker, Ultimo Guerrero, me trying to record this via my cell phone probably

== IWRG ==

IWRG (LAS/AYM): Eterno vs Chicano, maybe at 2AM on Monday night/Tuesday morning

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great match roundup, week of 2014-12-13

Good/Great/Excellent matches

Lucha Underground: 2014-12-17
taped 2014-10-04 @ Lucha Underground Temple, Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, California
Fénix vs Big Ryck, Mascarita Sagrada, Prince Puma, Pentagón Jr., Son Of Havoc, Súper Fly, King Cuerno, Mariachi Loco, Drago (AAA) – great

AAA on Televisa: 2014-12-13
taped 2014-11-28 @ Gimnasio Olímpico Juan de la Barrera, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal
Carta Brava Jr., Eterno, Hijo de Pirata Morgan vs Bengala, Drago, Niño Hamburguesa: [GOOD]

Fénix & Myzteziz vs Pentagón Jr. & Zema Ion: [GOOD]

Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., La Sombra vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Euforia, Hechicero: [good]

CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-12-13
taped 2014-12-09 @ Arena México
Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., La Sombra vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Euforia, Hechicero: [good]
Virus © vs Dragon Lee for the CMLL World Super Lightweight Championship: [GREAT]

Shows Watched But Nothing Worthwhile
CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-12-13
CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-12-13
Leyendas Inmortales: 2014-12-14

Matches To Watch Later

IWRG Zona XXI: 2014-12-15
taped 2014-12-14 @ Arena Naucalpan
Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Canis Lupus, Imposible, Oficial AK47:
Black Terry & Negro Navarro vs Trauma I & Trauma II:

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Guadalajara, Super Crazy on NOAH, DTU benefit show

CMLL (TUE) 01/27/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Demonio Rojo & Jocker b El Tapatío & Índigo
Rudos took 2/3.
2) Leono & Oro Jr. b Artillero & Súper Comando
3) Esfinge, Starman, Stigma b Arkángel de la Muerte, Cancerbero, Metálico
Tecnicos took 2/3
4) Bárbaro Cavernario, Mr. Águila, Terrible b Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa
Barbaro replaced Felino. Aguila moonsaulted Maya for the win.
5) Euforia, Felino, Último Guerrero b Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr.
Negro Casas replaced Gran Guerrero on Monday, but it was Felino in here by the time the match actually took place. Rudos took 1/3, Felino sneaking in a foul on Valiente.

Next week’s main event was announced as a rematch of this one, only this match turned out to be around Felino & Valiente and Felino’s not in next week’s match. Felino was pulled from Tuesday’s Arena Mexico show (see below) so he’ll probably end up here again. Semimain is probably better for the change but a Felino/Valiente match might be a challenge.

Super Crazy, talking to +LuchaTV, talked about the recent changes in Japan with his home promotion of NOAH and CMLL’s ally NJPW. It’s been reported NJPW bought some percentage of NOAH – NJPW was looking to expand and NOAH was looking to continue to exist – and Super Crazy describes both promotions as one united company, with the politics and people in charge of NOAH very different from when he started. He said all the NOAH foreigners are being booked thru NJPW, and implied NJPW’s Jado was booking for NOAH now. Super Crazy said Jado likes him and he’s going back in March, but Crazy also talked about going to CMLL and many offers he’s gotten elsewhere (AAA, Lucha Underground, even bringing up WWE.) You can probably do CMLL and NOAH now, but Super Crazy didn’t appear to be looking for regular work elsewhere when he was a regular in NOAH.

Long term, I wonder if this means CMLL luchadors start to make appearances in NOAH as well as NJPW. Short term, this seems affect the plans for Santo Jr., who had been training in NOAH the last two summers. The plan was for the training to be repaid by Santo Jr. debuting in NOAH and it all could still happen, but it seems like a deal with a management that’s no longer in place and new people might not have the same idea. (The Santos would’ve probably known about all this when they talked around Christmas and said Santo Jr.’s debut may not be any time soon.)

There’s also Super Crazy interviews about the All Elite show and Pesdailla being unmasked in Japan.

CMLL made a bunch of changes on Tuesday’s Arena Mexico show. It’s earlier than usual. La Mascara & Gran Guerrero replace Atlantis & Felino in the semimain. Pegasso replaces Rey Cometa and Arkangel replaces Nitro in other matches.

El Rey was added to Dish (US) yesterday. This was announced just a few hours before the show, so perhaps many people weren’t aware of it for last night’s show but it should eventually increase viewership for Lucha Underground.

AAA’s La Parka appeared at a Toluca FC game last night; the soccer club is giving away tickets to tomorrow’s Toluca TV taping as part of a partnership.

Hechicero vs Judas el Traidor has been added to the 02/15 ChilangaMask show in Coacalco. Full lineup is here.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Segunda Caida reviews last week’s Lucha Underground.

Flamita talks about his experience in Japan.

Makabre talks about his upcoming mask match with Rayman.

Luchadora, the short film about Luna Magica, airs as part of a film festival in Milwaukee in late February/early March.

Chile’s CNL promotion is running it’s annual international tournament on March 21st. No names announced yet.

A bio of Michoacan luchador Gold Star.

Lineups

DTU (THU) 02/19/2015 Autolavado VM, Tulancingo, Hidalgo
1) Los Chiki Nerds vs Mazicitos
2) El Chato, El Junior, El Nene vs Angel Suicida, Toro De Guanoro, Vegueta
3) Chica Ye-Ye, Dany Latino, Hormiga vs Artikus, JC MaClean, Lanzeloth and Kalibus, Paloma Rouse, Talaxys
4) Jimmy, Kevin, Tony vs Amo de la Noche, Dragon Yuki, Génesis
5) Ángel o Demonio & Ovett vs Dement Extreme & Fantasma de la Ópera
6) Aeroboy & Violento Jack vs Black Fire & Slayer Pack and Drastik Boy & Rocky Lobo
7) Crazy Boy, Hacker, Pesadilla, Sagrado vs Cíclope, Joe Lider, Miedo Extremo, Paranoiko

Benefit show for injured luchador Kaleth. Main event has a CMLL wrestler with AAA ones; the story is Sagrado asked to work the benefit show.

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Lucha Underground 1×12: They Call Him Cage

maybe don’t run straight at him

the matches

Fenix b Mil Muertes (3:48. superplex reversal into a small package)

Bael, Mr. Cisco, Cortez Castro [O] b Aerostar [X], Super Fly, Argenis (10:53, flapjack/frontcracker )

Prince Puma (C) DQ Cage [Lucha Underground Championship (10:18, foul kick)

all the GIFs from the show are here.

the developments

Mil Muertes dominated his match, but Fenix got the shock upset.

Big Ryck is still in the hospital.

when the crate doesn’t work, why would you try a kick?

A sit down interview with Vampiro, Konnan and Prince Puma ended in Vampiro and Konnan problems (and Prince Puma continuing to say nothing.)

Cage beat up the referee. Konnan attempted to get involved and got beat up. Cage hit Konnan with the belt and Konnan bled a lot. Cage ripped up the belt. Puma tried to put it together (while medics checked on Konnan)

Dario, who made it clear he was rooting for Cage to start the show, was please to see Konnan hurt. The Mystery Woman surprised Dario in his office, revealing she was looking for someone and knew they were somewhere in the temple. Dario, feeling threatened, offered to help however he could and asked for a name. Mystery Lady said she only had a word – Matanza. Dario said he had no idea what that word meant (and it appeared he was telling the truth.) Mystery Lady walked away and literally seemed to vanish.

the questions

Matanza???

Does Cage get another shot, thanks to Dario’s support?

is Prince Puma actually a mute?

stray thoughts

he did it first

This was the last show from the 2014 tapings. It’s been so long, I could not exactly remember what the finish of main event was, except that the feud kept going. The foul really caught me by surprise and didn’t feel like a good ending for the match, but it wasn’t really meant to be an ending. Cage dominated the match, which felt totally different than the Fenix/Puma title match. There was only one dive, which was really before the match, and most of Puma’s bigger flying moves were counted. Cage shoved the ref into the ropes when Puma went for the 630, and that led into the finish.

That belt looked kind of cheap when it was ripped up. Glad they’re getting a new one. Felt like a plot point that Puma was more concerned with it than Konnan, who was bleeding so much.

The sit down interview came off as a build to Vampiro vs Konnan, which they’re not doing and don’t seem to have any plans of doing. I think it was intended to be so heated as to explain why Prince Puma couldn’t get a word in, but in more came off as pushing the older rivalry. The Cage vignette was much better at getting over today’s match.

Cage/Puma is going to be the web match because obviously, but the trios match is worth tracking down. Both teams worked their styles well and it created a nice contrast for the match. The Crew feels like a group that’s been together for a while, working well of each other. Aerostar shined on his side, looking a cut above his partners, but everyone had a good match and this beat expectations. This was a really good episode, in-ring in particular.

just not going to work against Cage

Fenix/Muertes was good too, though it was a bit like the main event (flyer vs indestructible object) over a shorter timespan. Crowd was chanting for Muertes and doing dueling “let’s go Fenix/Fenix sucks chants”, which was surprising. Crowd was generally much better than last week.

So happy Mystery Lady got some advancement after two months, even if I don’t know what it means and it’s only led me to listening to Brazilian music. The vanishing superpower may be a little too much, but there’s also a human dragon here so it doesn’t feel a huge leap. (Also Dario may be high and just imagined the whole thing.)

Next episode doesn’t have a title or a description in the guide yet. (It’s listed as “EPISODE 14″ on LocateTV – they’re off by one because they had two different names for the premiere.) I don’t think we’ll really notice any difference, except maybe Matt Striker’s voice might have recovered.

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Dragon Rojo vs Niebla Roja title match set, Lucha Underground

photo by Alexis Salzar

CMLL (TUE) 01/27/2015 Arena México
1) Acero & Aéreo b Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Universo 2000
2) Akuma, Disturbio, Espiritu Negro b Flyer, Magnus, Sensei
Magnus took a selfie in the ring before the match and ended his portion with a Spanish Fly off the apron to the floor but the rudos still won the match.
3) Dark Angel, Estrellita, Princesa Sugehit b La Seductora, Tiffany, Zeuxis
Estrellita’s run of losses ends.
4) Raziel b Hombre Bala Jr. [lightning]  (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Dropkick to the head won it for Raziel.
5) Hechicero, Hombre sin Nombre, Pólvora b Fuego, Stuka Jr., Tritón
Stuka was injured early in the third fall and stretchered out. Rudos won, then took the tecnicos mask to further humiliate them.
6) Ephesto, Mephisto, Niebla Roja b Dragón Rojo Jr., Super Porky, Titán
Titan replaced Angel de Oro on Tuesday.

Magnus lost but he also won on this show.

Tonight’s Lucha Underground show is named “They Call Him Cage”.

The champion sets his title aside for the second time in the hopes of defeating Cage and taking home the title again.

The show name seems like a Vader reference, and I think that’s probably how Prince Puma’s title match is going to feel. They’ve announced The Crew vs Aerostar, Argenis and Super Fly and Fenix vs Prince Puma Mil Muertes as the other matches tonight, as well as posting a clip of a sitdown with Prince Puma, Konnan and Vampiro and a clip of the title match.

Comando Boricua talks about forming the group: they were all teaming anyway so they decided to get together as a group. A stirring tale. The group here is Comandante Pierroth, Sagrado, Misterioso (from Puerto Rico, Torreon), Pierrothito, and La Comandante. It’s unclear if Zeuxis is out or if she just had better things to do that day. This interview goes with the idea what the new Comando Boricua will have to be very good to live up to the original. I saw all those original Comando Boricua matches, it’s actually a pretty low bar. For one, this new Pierroth is easily as good as Poder Boricua ever was.

CMLL Informa is scheduled to have Mistico, Comando Boricua, Fuerza Guerrera, and Terrilble as guests.

ChilangaMask added Dragon Lee vs Belial to the 02/15 Coliseo Coacalco show. They also announced a return to Arena Roberto Paz in Guadalajara on 05/16.

LuchaWorld posted their interview with Mr. Niebla. The part where Mr. Niebla talks about what was left for his career was great.

Segunda Caida reviews a randomly found Espanto Jr./Santo vs Black Man/Blue Panther and more Mocha Cota. If there’s a entertaining context for AAA heel referees, I have yet to discover it.

Fenix hypes the Toluca AAA show as the return to where he started as Fenix.

CaraLucha has Hechicero, Flamita, and Aeroboy promos for their show next week.

Demus says he’s not making excused, but explains he lost the title in Puebla because he had the flu and they scheduled the match too low on the card.

The most interesting part of yesterday’s All Elite press conference was how Sombra’s mask appeared to be glowing in half the pictures. La Sombra talked about Mascara Dorada with +LuchaTV.

Stigma talks about his trip to Japan, saying he hopes he earns a return trip and that guys like Asturiano, Toro Bill Jr. and Astro get to go some day.

Guerrero Maya talks about his career, says he hopes to wrestle in the US or Europe.

Super Lucha looks back at a busy Sunday 41 years ago.

DJ Spectro looks back at La Fiera’s career.

Los Colisenos says lucha libre is inherently a commercial failure, I think. Or trying to actually make money of wrestling kills it? I’m not really sure. I know lots and lots of items were sold a couple weeks ago in Japan and I know many items have been sold in Los Angeles, but I guess those are considered part of Mexico now?

A Maximo card (and Kiss card) have been added to the NJPW affiliated King of Pro Wrestling card game.

Lineups

IWRG (SUN) 02/01/2015 Arena Naucalpan
1) Alfa & Galaxy vs Dowki & Power Bull
2) Emperador Azteca, Metaleón, Pantera I vs Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo, Hip Hop Man
3) Danny Casas, Golden Magic, Relámpago vs Canis Lupus, Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr., X-Fly
4) Hijo De Dos Caras & Súper Nova vs Hijo de Máscara Año 2000 & Universo 2000 Jr. [super libre]
5) Eterno vs Chicano [hair]

Front row seats should come with rain p0nches because there will be so much blood in that hair match.

I guess Casas & Chicano actually did turn at some point? Hijo de Dr. Wagner is back for unclear reasons.

CMLL (TUE) 02/03/2015 Arena México
1) Acero & Aéreo vs Mercurio & Pequeño Universo 2000
2) Flyer, Hombre Bala Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. vs Canelo Casas, Disturbio, Nitro
3) Dark Angel, Estrellita, Princesa Sugehit vs Dalys, Tiffany, Zeuxis
4) Fuego, Rey Cometa, Tritón vs Hombre sin Nombre, Morphosis, Pólvora
5) Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Felino, Terrible
6) Dragón Rojo Jr. © vs Niebla Roja [CMLL MIDDLE]
Dragon Rojo’s 10th defense.

Dragon Rojo has held that title since 2011. It kind of sneaks on you. He’s only defended it four times the last two years (with only two making TV), which is probably why it sneaks up on you. The long gaps are probably just as much because of his injury issues as CMLL’s forgetfulness.

Fifth match looks like it’d be really good if any one else was in Felino’s spot. That seems to happen a lot with Felino.

Mr. Niebla gave the impression he was taken off shows last week because he was out in Los Angeles all week. Mr. Niebla should be back in Mexico, but he’s still not on any cards.

CMLL (TUE) 02/03/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Meteoro & Reycko vs Évola & Ráfaga
2) Frezzer, Magnus, Robin vs Furia Roja, Hijo del Signo, Metálico
3) Dragon Lee, Esfinge, Stigma vs Cancerbero, Okumura, Raziel
4) Blue Panther, Super Porky, Titán vs Kráneo, Rey Bucanero, Thunder
5) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero

Mistico continues to have Mistico matches.

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02/08 AAA TV Lineup (Ecatepec)

AAA TV (SUN) 02/08/2015 Centro Civico Nueva Aragon, Ecatepec, Estado de México
1) Dinastía, Drastik Boy, Octagoncito vs Arez, Mini Abismo Negro, Mini Psycho Clown
Debut for Drastick Boy.
2) Faby Apache & Pimpinela Escarlata vs Mamba & Taya Valkyrie
3) Australian Suicide & Bengala vs Daga & Joe Lider
4) Psycho Clown vs Zorro, Electroshock, Dark Cuervo [Rey de Reyes, semifinal]
Winner joins Aerostar and the Toluca winner in the final.
5) Blue Demon Jr., Jack Evans, La Parka vs Averno, Chessman, Cibernético
6) Myzteziz vs el Hijo del Perro Aguayo

Air Date: 02/21 & 02/28, probably.

This is a Lucha Underground weekend. The only regular on this show is Pimpinela, who’s not been a key part of that show. It does mean Alberto will be conspicuously missing for at least a month; hope they’re taping vignettes in Los Angeles or something. In turn, there’s people getting more shots on TV because of the psuedo-split crew.

Main event is the second Myzteziz/Perro meeting since both have come to AAA. That one was also a regular TV match after a few weeks of TV build up. Feels like it should be a bigger deal – it’s still going to be a big deal and they should have absolutely no problem selling out this building for that main event – but maybe it’s just something you do every six months, and maybe it’s a win Perro needs to get if there’s a thought of doing Perro/Alberto at TripleMania. It’s another data point suggesting the Rey de Reyes will be a big tag match and not a singles match.

As mentioned on the podcast preview of this card, the semimain continues some individual rivalries. La Parka has issues with Cibernetico and fans on social media keep asking when Blue Demon Jr. is going to get his title match against Chessman. Also, Jack and Averno would be a good match.

Psycho Clown seems like the favorite in his Rey de Reyes, right? He might be the favorite to win the whole thing, keeping his momentum from winning at TripleMania last year. Zorro & Cuervo have spent a lot of time on the mythical AAA Fusion brand of late, and Electroshock has suddenly got new life and appears to be setting up a trios match against…oh, right, the Psycho Circus. That seems like an obstacle for Psycho Clown winning. So, Zorro or Cuervo, which still doesn’t look good for Cuervo, but he should just be thrilled to be nominated. (If Mesias advances in Toluca, maybe they pick up on the Zorro/Mesias dropped feud from 2014.)

Suicide & Bengala continue to face the tag team champions. This is Daga’s first TV appearance since the Hard Rock show after TripleMania. He quietly underwent knee surgery, and Pentagon and Lider were added to build up the Perros del Mal numbers in his absence. (I guess he was still part of the Anarchy at the moment, but they seemed to be shedding that group already.) They might have been added anyway, but maybe Daga would’ve been involved in this tag team reign. Being part of this tag match is at least a shot to see where he is now.

Second match continues the usual feuds. A Reina de Reinas match at Rey de Reyes would fit.

Drastick Boy is a Hidalgo born DTU luchador getting a shot here, with Arez coming back for another time. They’re both on the short side; they probably don’t want to be slotted in as minis but they won’t look out of place.

There’s another AAA show in Naucalpan sometime this month, which seemed to be a taping. That’s probably the next one, but it might be a while before we hear more.

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Puebla, Guadalajara results, All Elite press conference, CMLL responds to complaints

CMLL (FRI) 01/23/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Domingos Familiares CMLL]
1) Frezzer b Furia Roja
2) Jocker & Sádico b Javier Cruz Jr. & Metatrón [#1 Contenders, tournament, OCCIDENTE TAG]
first round match. All appear to be one fall matches.
3) Exterminador & Maléfico b Sky Kid & Smaker [#1 Contenders, tournament, OCCIDENTE TAG]
first round match
4) Esfinge & Gallo b Pitbull I & Pitbull II [#1 Contenders, tournament, OCCIDENTE TAG]
first round match
5) Estrellita, Goya Kong, Silueta b La Comandante, La Gitana, Zeuxis
La Gitana, an indy luchadora usually seen in Arena Jalisco, replaced La Seductora. Silueta returned from an undisclosed injury; this is her first match since September. Tencicos took 2/3.
6) Atlantis, Blue Panther Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. DQ Gran Guerrero, Mephisto, Niebla Roja
Gran Guerrero replaced Mr. Niebla on Monday, fouled Atlantis for the DQ.

Gran learning from Ultimo well.

CMLL (MON) 01/26/2015 Arena Puebla [CMLL, Periodico Enfoque, Periodico Enfoque (fotos)]
1) Canelo Casas, Espanto Jr., Hijo del Signo b Black Tiger, Lestat, Tigre Rojo Jr.
Black Tiger replaced Milenium.
2) Astral © b Demus 3:16 [CMLL MINI]
Seconds were Sauron & Pequeno Nitro. Astral took 2/3 to keep the title. Second defense for Astral. Demus’ first shot at the title in 6 years.
3) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stigma b Hechicero, Hombre sin Nombre, Okumura
Hombre Sin Nombre had a new version of his outfit, with a lot more gray and silver.
4) Atlantis, Dragón Rojo Jr., Volador Jr. COR Kráneo, Morphosis, Olímpico
Invasors were taken out by dives and could not return.
5) Shocker b Máximo
Shocker snuck in a foul to win.
6) La Máscara & La Sombra DQ Gran Guerrero & Último Guerrero
UG’s took Sombra’s mask.

Three straight odd finishes to end it.

CMLL’s did it’s usual bit of Monday lineup shuffling. Angel de Oro either is hurt or on vacation because he’s off all the cards. Titan fills in tonight in Arena Mexico, Stuka Jr. is in on Friday in Guadalajara, and Blue Panther is in on Sunday in Arena Mexico. Goya Kong replaces Skadi on Sunday as well – is that the old “rookies can’t work two weeks in a row” union rule? Negro Casas replaces Gran Guerrero tonight in Guadalajara, which greatly improves that match: it’s now Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Negro Casas and Ultimo Guerrero as Mistico’s return tour clicks on.

Over in Arena Mexico, Dragon Rojo, Super Porky, Titan vs Ephesto, Mephsito and Niebla Roja is the main event, and I’ve totally lost track if Dragon & Niebla are meant to be having their title match on Sunday or Tuesdays. Hombre Bala Jr. vs Raziel is the lightning match, I guess to see which member of the Halcon/Bala tag team is the better. (Raziel beat Halcon in a lukewarm match two weeks ago.)

All Elite held a press conference to talk about next Sunday’s Arena Mexico show. The two openers were announced for the show: Pegasso, Fuego, Stuka Jr. vs Comando Caribeno open the show, and Guerrero Maya Jr., Dragon Lee & Delta take on Kamaitachi, Puma, Virus should be a great second match. We still aren’t sure if this is the Terra show or not and probably won’t be until Sunday.

There were a few Liga Elite changes. Chavo Guerrero Jr. is officially out of the competition, with Super Crazy taking over his 3 points going forward. Rush is not ready to return but will be welcomed back. Hernandez and Zumbi aren’t on these cards and weren’t mentioned, but are still listed on the point standings. (Zumbi’s got 3 points without having actually wrestled once.) Given the card they’ve announced, only the Atlantis/Tiger vs Crazy/UG looks to be part of the tournament.

Arena Lopez Mateos/UWE announced the new main event of their 01/31 show is Dr. Wagner Jr. & Silver King vs La Park & Super Parka, with the less famous brothers being added to the match. CMLL’s story about Atlantis & Ultimo Guerrero being pulled from the match is UWE didn’t go thru CMLL to book CMLL’s wrestlers and were fully aware that is the process, so it’s all UWE’s fault. That go around has come up with other promotions, but it also seems like sometimes outside promoters can get away with it and sometimes they can not and it’s not clear why it works differently. It would also seem like Ultimo and Atlantis should be the ones in trouble since they’re the ones actually working for CMLL and there’s some systemic problems if two of the top guys in the promotion are subverting the booking process like that, but that part isn’t discussed. There’s also the issue that UWE was promoting that match for weeks, so it really shouldn’t have taken until the week before for someone to say the match wasn’t going to happen.

CMLL’s Top 10 of the week has Mascara Dorada, a man who decided he’d like to work for someone else besides CMLL, as the best CMLL wrestler of the week. La Sombra, who actually defeated Mascara Dorada in a singles match  his past week, is unranked. Mascara Dorada’s deal here is described as “one year deal with an option to extend it’s length”, which is both a pretty big option to only be mentioning on your top 10 list and also what I thought it was from the start.

It turns out CMLL is not running Arena Coliseo on Saturday because there’s a boxing event instead. CMLL posted a statement about Sabado Retros returning next week and going on for the near future. It’s possible they’ve made a decision to make Saturday the Coliseo show and Sunday the Arena Mexico one. Sundays were definitely supposed to be in Arena Coliseo by now and there’s no sign of that happening any time soon.

Gotita de Plata changed his Facebook profile image to a picture of the AAA Toluca poster, so perhaps he’s hinting at working the unlisted match on the show. (Thanks to DoradaFan.)

In completely random news, LA Park went on Twitter to claim Fresero Jr.’s mom wanted to send Konnan to jail because he charged 50,000 MXP ($3429 USD) to put Fresero Jr. on TV. Fresero Jr. appeared in AAA TV openers 3 times in 2014, there’s been past allegations of other people gifting promoters in exchange for TV time, but I have no idea what the deal is here, how that would lead to someone going to jail or if any of it’s any true.

There’s an AAA spot show with La Parka vs Cibernetico vs Hijo de Perro Aguayo on 02/22 in Monterrey, the same day as the Ninjas vs Wagners Coliseo Monterrey match. I know this has happened before with both shows doing well, but I’m not still unsure why promoters do this.

Black Terry Jr. has highlights of the IWRG FILL Torneo from last week. It never aired on AYM and it seemed to descend into an actual brawl by the end.

RobViper has a music video of 10/03/14 CMLL,

Super Libre has interviews with Faraon & Memo Sanchez, plus Virus giving his thoughts on many wrestlers he’d recently worked with.

Fuego en el Ring talked with Makabre about his career and his upcoming mask match with Rayman. Estrellas del Ring has pictures of that contract signing.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news updateresults from this weekend’s UIPW show and this week’s Poster-Mania.

SuperLuchas looks back at Ultratumba Jr., a bio of present day luchadora Star Pink, and includes details of past shows on January 26th.

+LuchaTV recent uploads include Danny Casas throwing out a channel for Canis Lupus’ singles title and Chicano saying he’s not afraid of any hair challenge.

Zeuxis talks about her CaraLuchas match.

Monster Clown is completely baffled by Electroshock and Hijo del Pirata teaming up against him, and has no idea who the mystery guys is.

CMLL has it’s highlight video from last Friday.

DJ Spectro looks back at the UWA 10th Anniversary show.

Lineups

CMLL (MON) 02/02/2015 Arena Puebla
1) Black Tiger, Meyer, Paris vs Akuma, Guerrero Espacial, Inquisidor
2) Pegasso, Star Jr., Starman vs Espíritu Maligno, Policeman, Toro Bill Jr.
3) Rey Cometa, Stigma, Super Porky vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Hechicero, Kráneo
4) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Pólvora
5) La Sombra vs Último Guerrero

The third match would be so good – that’s a dream rudo trio – except it’s another Super Porky match. It’ll get a great reaction from the crowd and wont’ be materially different than the other 20 Super Porky matches that have aired on TV this month.

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