Lucha Memes, gravity at work, Oficials stop X-Fly

photo by Black Terry Jr.

Lucha Memes (SUN) 12/21/2014 Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México [Black Terry Jr. (flickr), MT, Tercera Caida (2), Tercera Caida (3), Tercera Caida (4), Tercera Caida (5),Tercera Caida (6), Tercera Caida (7), Tercera Caida (8)]
1) Dragon Negro & Gato de Ecatepec b Crazy Roman & Obscuro
2) Fly Star & Karma b Alfa (IWRG) & Fulgor I and Fulgor II & Omega (IWRG)
3) Juana La Loca b Miss Gaviota, Loba De Fuego, Demasiado
4) Astro Rey Jr., Benji Maverick, Kastigador, Psico Kid b Chris Boy, Leo (IWRG), Mike, Teelo
Chris Boy replaced Rafy. After the usual Turtle comedy, Astro Rey Jr. jumped off the roof of a nearby building onto everyone prior to the finish. He lived.
5) Trauma I & Trauma II b Herodes Jr. & Metálico
6) Mike Segura b Freelance
Iron Man match rules, with Segura winning 3 falls 2 in a very good match.
7) Negro Navarro b Judas el Traidor
mascot must be involved in winning submission or pinfall. Judas replaced Black Terry – then Monito and Zacarias did not appear for unclear reasons. Good match, if different than what was expected.
8) Arez, Belial, Impulso, Keira b Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro, Oficialito AK47 [cage]
911 escaped first, then Belial, Keira, Arez, AK-47 and Fierro – which left Impulso with the mini AK. Big AK realized that was a poor idea and helped his mini escape, but got caught by Impulso and beat after a top of the cage splash.

Here’s that dive.

2014 is the year of falling off high places. (Which means 2015 will be the year of falling off even higher places.) At least he had four people to catch him? I wouldn’t have offered to catch him this time. The Segura/Freelance match looks very good.

IWRG (SUN) 12/21/2014 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (flickr),IWRG]
***Arena Naucalpan 37th Anniversary***
1) Dragón Celestial & Metaleón b Araña de Plata & Hip Hop Man
2) Apolo Estrada Jr., El Hijo del Diablo, Electro Boy, Imposible DQ Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo
Hijo del Diablo baited one of the ninjas into top rope splashing referee Reyes Rosas by accident, drawing the DQ.
3) Emperador Azteca, Pantera I, Suicida DQ Chicano, Eterno, Oficial 911
Rudos dominated the match, but Eterno fouled Suicida for the DQ.
4) Black Terry & Negro Navarro b Trauma I & Trauma II
Negro Navarro talked his sons into doing a straight technical match. The Traumas went for it and lost in straight falls. (Traumas are fools!) Said to be one of the best matches of the year. The Traumas praised Navarro & Terry as great wrestlers and Trauma II handed his mask to Black Terry.
5) X-Fly L Rayo de Jalisco Jr., Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan, Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Máscara Año 2000, Oficial AK47, Máscara Sagrada,Súper Nova, Canis Lupus [cage, hair, mask]
Everyone was kept inside for 10 minutes, but the Piratas actually jumped Rayo before he got to the ring. Order of escape: Canis Lupus, Super Nova, Hijo de Mascara Año 2000, Hijo de Pirata, Mascara Sagrada, Rayo de Jalisco, Pirata Morgan, Mascara Ano 2000, leaving AK-47 and X-Fly. X-fly lost a lot of blood and 911 kept him from escaping (in revenge for the previous screwup.) Finally, 911 threw power in X-Fly’s face and AK-47 escaped. X-Fly was shaved again while the Oficials celebrated justice.

Finally, the criminal X-Fly got caught. Semimain sound great.

Hijo del Santo said he had a positive checkup with his doctor. If he hears good news in January, he expects to come back to the ring 100%. He’s willing to talk about opponents (Wagner, Park, Demon, Panther, Ultimo Guerrero are brought up by both Santo and the interviewer.) Santo’s also not as definite about Nieto del Santo’s debut as he’s been in the past, saying he wants his son to go to college and do well there before starting in lucha libre, and that he hopes Nieto debuts in 2015 but there is no hurry.  This seems like a change in plans – there definite was a hurry to have Nieto debut when Hijo thought his career was ending.

Aerostar wants to go higher in 2015, which may require an aircraft or a spaceship.

Arena Coliseo Monterrey seemed to draw well for a CMLL vs Indy show. Monterrey lucha libre journalists talked about the show, where Atlantis and LA Park were feuding.

Fuego en el Ring had Silueta in studio in their show and Super Libre had interviews for Rey Bucanero, Chik Tormenta, Makabre.

Segunda Caida reviews Sagrado, Stigma, Tritón vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Cancerbero, Raziel

SuperLuchas has a on obit for recently deceased Agente X and looks back at a busy December 22, 1985.

Current CMLL Women’s Champion Syuri won a kickboxing title on her off day.

Octagon and Konnan had their inevitable argument on late night Twitter. I am pro-Konnan in an argument. Truly this is the end times. (But, really, Octagon comes off badly here.)

Lineups

IWRG (THU) 12/25/2014 Arena Naucalpan
1) Black Fury & Cristal vs Princesa Misty & Yuca La Potranquita
2) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo vs Araña de Plata, Dowki, Hip Hop Man, Imposible
3) Canis Lupus & Eterno vs Liderk & Rayan and Apolo Estrada & El Hijo del Diablo and Centvrión & Miss Gaviota and Oficial 911 & Oficial AK47 and Black Terry & Emperador Azteca andChicano & Danny Casas and Ciclon Black & Tony Rivera [IWRG IC TAG, tournamnet]
title vacant on 2014-11-30 when AK47 fails to appear up for a title defense
4) Máscara Sagrada, Súper Nova, Veneno vs Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan Jr.

Back to Thursday for a couple weeks to take advantage of the holidays. (No one runs on Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve, everyone runs on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day.)

Oficials get to be in the tag team tournament for the title they lost. Canis Lupus & Eterno are in there too – they were supposed to get the title shot, so this makes more sense than usual. IWRG tournaments tend to be much better than CMLL ones.

CMLL (SUN) 12/28/2014 Arena México
1) Bengala & Flyer vs El Rebelde & Espiritu Negro
2) Aéreo, Fantasy, Shockercito vs Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Universo 2000
3) Pegasso, The Panther, Tritón vs Boby Zavala, Cancerbero, Okumura
4) Blue Panther Jr. vs Tiger [lightning]
5) Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr., La Máscara vs Mephisto, Pierroth, Sagrado
6) Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Terrible vs Máximo, Valiente, Volador Jr.

3/4 have promise. Maybe they’re actually doing Niebla/Voador? Hey, if Niebla bleeds live on Terra we’d actually see it before they ban it from being aired (as they did with an infamous previous Niebla/Volador match.)

It randomly occurred to me that Diamante Azul hasn’t been around in six weeks. (Maybe he went on Rey Escorpion’s vacation.) He’s the anti-Rush, no one really misses him.

CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-10-18

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Sabado Coliseos debuts to little reaction, first DTU Nexo tag champs, X-Fly gets another haircut

Strong Style Spirit, a long time source of NJPW English language, announced they were shutting down. Stuart’s work was an inspiration for this site, and it’ll be missed.

CMLL (FRI) 12/19/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Domingos Familiares (CMLL)]
1) Relampago & Thunder Boy b El Tapatío & Explosivo
2) Dr. Frezzer & Virgo b El Chakal & Furia Nazi
3) Évola, Infierno, Ráfaga b Exterminador, Leo, Omar Brunetti
Exterminador & Infierno added to the match. Extermaindor had problems with Omar again, this time costing them the match.
4) Kamaitachi, Maléfico, Okumura b Gallo, Hombre Bala Jr., Súper Halcón Jr.
Rudos took 2/3.
5) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Super Porky b Ephesto, Kráneo, Mephisto
tecnicos took 2/3

Exterminador has been a tecnico for about eight months, but that looks to be over.

CMLL (SAT)12/20/2014 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Artillero b Flyer
2) Soberano Jr. bDisturbio
3) Hombre Bala Jr. bOkumura
Bala won with the Bala Driver, which turns out to be the half nelson powerbomb move he uses.
4) Fuego b Boby Zavala
5) Sagrado bPegasso
Pegasso replaced Rey Cometa on the Wednesday prior.
6) Delta & Guerrero Maya Jr. b Hechicero & Hombre sin Nombre
First 3 fall match. Tecnicos took 2/3.
7) Bárbaro Cavernario, Ephesto, Mephisto b Dragón Rojo Jr., Máscara Dorada, Titán
Rudos took 1/3, Cavernario sneaking off Titan’s mask and cradling him for the win.

This show looked like it bombed. Maybe that’s not exactly right, because their lights were turned so low (or off) that it’s tough for it to look like anything. CMLL’s turned the lights down in Arena Mexico to hide the crowd for years, but this is the first time I can recall them doing the same in Arena Coliseo. I believe the idea is CMLL wrestlers are guaranteed a certain amount of appearances per time period, and if this show with low pay and lower turnout counts as one of those appearances per month, the luchadors can’t be thrilled. That’s kind of why the original trainee plan made more sense – those guys are going to be happier to work and less concerned about the pay. It looked like they had someone recording it for the CMLL video vault, and I’d watch it because I pretty much watch all CMLL, but these matches will probably end up reading better on paper than reality.

Anyway, they still plan on going on it and seems like they’re going to waste a Cavernario/Titan match here in a few weeks. That opener is Artillero’s first ever recorded singles win. There’s going to be a lot of opening match luchadors getting their first ever singles win if this thing lasts long enough.

CMLL also announced they’re going to return to Carpa Astro for a season of shows. It’s great they’re giving their wrestlers more work.

Puma Grinch powerbombx

CMLL (SUN) 12/21/2014 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Akuma & Inquisidor b El Rebelde & Robin Rebelde & Robin vs Akuma & Inquisidor, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Scheduled to be Molotov’s first appearance since August 26, but he was replaced by Rebelde (who didn’t have his usual gear or mask, so must’ve been told at the last second.) Rudos won 1/3 when Rebelde turned on Robin.
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Starman, Súper Halcón Jr. b Hijo del Signo, Metálico, Nitro Hombre Bala Jr., Starman, Super Halcon Jr. vs Hijo del Signo, Metalico, Nitro, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Tecnicos took 1/3
3) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Pegasso DQ Boby Zavala, Puma, Tiger Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Pegasso vs Boby Zavala, Puma, Tiger, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Tecnicos took 1/3, when Zavala tried to foul Pegasso, got blocked, and pulled his mask instead. Puma was dressed up like the Grinch. Best match on the show
4) Pólvora b Fuego [lightning] Fuego vs Polvora in a lightning match, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Super Polvora Driver in 7:40, a standard Polvora lightning match.
5) Blue Panther, Marco Corleone, Stuka Jr. b Ephesto, Hombre sin Nombre, Kráneo  (posted by thecubsfan)
Kraneo replaced Vangellys and Marco replaced Rey Cometa on Monday. Marco’s using the Ingobernable music. Tecnicos took 1/3 clean.
6) Felino, Mr. Niebla, Thunder DQ Máscara Dorada, Valiente, Volador Jr.  (posted by thecubsfan)
Rudos took 1/3. Niebla tossed his mask (and wig) to Volador for the DQ.

A show. The tercera was the only one match who approached good. Other people liked it more, but the pointless finish hurt for me. Nothing at all of note; Sunday shows don’t appear to be getting a built up match for the next couple weeks (which means random tournament like Pequeno Reyes del Air.)

new tag champs/photo by Black Terry Jr.

DTU (SAT) 12/20/2014 Arena Lopez Mateos [Black Terry Jr. (flickr), DTU (1), DTU (2), DTU (3), DTU (6), DTU (7), DTU (8), MT, TerceraCaida (1),TerceraCaida (2), TerceraCaida (3), TerceraCaida (4),TerceraCaida (5), TerceraCaida (6), TerceraCaida (7),TerceraCaida (8)]
1) Douki, Joven Maravilla,Maremoto Jr., Star Boy b Astro Satanico, Corazon Latino, Ferrari Ultima Generacion, King Lion[relevos suicidas]
idea was losing team would face off in Poza Rica on Sunday, but two teams drew so all four would face off.
2) Artikus & Lanzeloth b Aero Power & Angel Azul and Crazy King & Miedo Extremo
3) Jimmy, Kevin, Tony b El Chato, El Junior, El Nene [hair]
Jimmy & Kevin’s hair vs Chet, Junior and Nene, with the Nerds getting some revenge.
4) Black Fire & Slayer Pack b Jinzo & Rocky Lobo [DTU NEXO,final]
Fire & Pack are the first champions.
5) Drastik Boy b Hacker, Septimo Dragon, Aero Boy ©, Chica Ye-Ye, Príncipe Halcón [DTU AI]
Aero Boy loses in his first defense, with Drastick Boy winning the title back days after he lost it.
6) Paranoiko © b Shiryu Dragon, Rocky Santana, Super Mega, X-Fly [DTU CONSAGRADO]
7) Ángel o Demonio b Ovett [hair]
Angel o Demonio took his usual friend’s hair.
8) Violento Jack © b Cíclope [DTU]
a match with no mat. Violento Jack retained his title.

DTU anniversary show looked to out draw the CMLL Saturday Coliseo show at about the same time. That should be surprising but it doesn’t feel that way.

Miedo Extremo, who wasn’t one of the losers, ended up beating Corazon Latino for his mask in Poza Rica

Tercera Caida has quick results from Lucha Memes show, and those will go up here tomorrow once a few more details come in. The Indystrongtibles team won the main event cage match against the Oficials. Zacarias and Monito did not appear for their scheduled tag match (they were at Arena Mexico) and Judas el Traidor and Negro Navarro just had a match instead.

X-Fly lost his hair in Arena Naucalpan’s cage match.

RobViper has a music video of 08/22/14 CMLL.

LuchaWorld has Kriz’s news update.

Segunda Caida reviews this week’s Lucha Underground and a recent PWR TV show.

Cronicas y Leyendas looks back at the 1987 Anniversary show.

SuperLuchas looks back at past December 21st shows.

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 12/26/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Dr. Freezer & Índigo vs Furia Nazi & Thunder Boy
2) El Divino & Virgo vs Jocker & Sádico
3) Exterminador, Leo, Magnum vs El Cuatrero, Maléfico, Sansón
4) Esfinge, Gallo, La Máscara vs Mr. Águila, Terrible, Vangellys
5) Atlantis, Brazo de Oro, Rayo de Jalisco Jr. vs Cien Caras, Máscara Año 2000, Universo 2000

First Cien Caras match here since 2006 (Cien & Universo vs Blue Panther & Virus, which must’ve looked odd.) Rayo’s been in for guests appearances more recently. The last time all three brothers were here together was 2005 against Atlantis, Rayo De Jalisco, and Dr. Wagner Jr. They’ve been doing nostalgia matches for so long, it’s possible to have nostalgia for past nostalgia. No idea why Brazo de Oro is here. Kind of sad that the regular CMLL guys are being treated like lesser stars, but it’s not like the scheduling here is different than usual.

The Guadalajara-focused Kremlingology is getting old, but worth noting long time ref Loco Estrada (and management figure) is not listed as referee for that show. They don’t usually post referees, so not sure if that means something or not.

CMLL (SAT) 12/27/2014 Arena Coliseo
1) Robin vs Inquisidor
2) Star Jr. vs Ramstein
3) Oro Jr. vs Metálico
4) Eléctrico vs Mercurio
5) Tritón vs Sangre Azteca
6) Fuego & Rey Cometa vs Puma & Tiger
7) La Máscara, Titán, Valiente vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Felino, Kráneo

Titan and Barbaro match up again. That’s going to be a killer match that 200 people will see. (CMLL becoming 1995 UWA.)  Electrico/Mercurio should be good, and they’ve worked in both the past Oro/Metalico msak match and Star/Ramstein future one. This show is probably why those two guys aren’t booked on this upcoming Tuesday’s show, given how CMLL parses everything out.

Volador/Bucanero, DTU, AAA TV mystery

CMLL (FRI) 12/19/2014 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Magnus & Oro Jr. b Espiritu Negro & Súper Comando
2) Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus b Pegasso, The Panther, Tritón
3) Dark Angel, La Vaquerita, Marcela b Amapola, Dalys, La Seductora
Dalys was dressed (and painted) like the Grinch. Vaquerita submitted her for the win.
4) Bárbaro Cavernario b Dragón Rojo Jr. [lightning]
Barbaro snuck in a foul.
5) Euforia, Thunder, Último Guerrero b La Máscara, La Sombra,Marco Corleone
Thunder and Marco are feuding.
6) Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible DQ Atlantis, Máximo, Volador Jr.
Rey Bucanero fouled Volador Jr.

A show. Volador/Bucanero goes on.

DTU (FRI) 12/19/2014Autolavado VM, Tulancingo, Hidalgo[DTU (1), DTU (2), DTU (3), DTU (4), DTU (5),DTU (6)]
1) Joven Maravilla &Maremoto Jr. b King Lion & Meteoro
2) Génesis & Sombra de la Noche b Amo de la Noche & Talaxys
3) Hacker & Jinzo bBlack Fire & Slayer Pack
4) Rocky Lobo b Drastik Boy, Septimo Dragon
5) Cíclope, Crazy King,Miedo Extremo b Aero Boy, Corazon Latino,Violento Jack
6) Tony L Kevin, Jimmy,El Chato, El Junior, El Nene [hair]
Tony lost his hair. The remaining nerds (Jimmy & Kevin) challenged the Malkriados to a 2 on 3 hair match tomorrow in Arena Lopez Mateos, and the bullies happily accepted.

This was originally a 9 match show; only the main event was run as advertised and it’s possible Facebook results might have missed one. Not sure what the Nerds are thinking going on 2 v 3 but they’re normally pretty smart guys.

Steve Sims’ column in this week’s Figure Four Weekly adds onto the AAA TV mystery

AAA has had internal discussions over the past few weeks (maybe months) as to revamping their television, really re-thinking for the ground up or out of the box or whatever jaunty cliché fits best here. To give an idea of what they are considering, even though they have only two TV tapings filmed that have left to air in full, they are not considering any more television tapings (at least in the traditional sense) until the spring, and that would be after the date (mid-March) that they usually run their annual Rey de Reyes show.

“they are considering” is an important thing to notice there, they might not decided on all of this yet.  Whatever this is, it sounds possible there still would be a TV show, but just not done as it has been. AAA’s been pretty proud of how well they did drawing people to TV tapings in 2014, which is another reason not running any of them for three months would be odd.

Continue throwing ideas at the wall in the comments – what if they just aired Lucha Underground for a while instead? That would be very weird but something weird is afoot. And may not actually happen.

Super Fly’s talked a couple times about losing his mask. In an interview with AAA, he says he dominated the mask match, believes Aerostar got lucky, and still can’t believe he lost. In a press conference to hype a Sunday show in Puebla, Super Fly says it’s strange for him to wrestler unmasked and hopes the fans have patience with him.

Hijo del Santo says he’s coming back in 2015. His plan has always been to come back when Nieto del Santo is ready to debut, but we don’t know exactly when that’ll be and it’ll likely only be one last series or one last show when Santo does come back.

Rey Horus (the 2nd Hijo del Rey Misterio, and the one who’s had the highest US profile so far), was announced the King of Indies tournament that’s taking place in San Jose on WrestleMania weekend. B-Boy, Lucha Undergrounds’ Bael, was the first announced particpant and I’d guess there will be other lucha familiar names given the location.

Arena Coliseo Guadalajara has a new Facebook and Twitter account (@arenacolisegdl).

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update and a recap of this week’s Lucha Underground.

DoradaFan has a music video of 10/21/2014 CMLL

SuperLuchas look backs include Anibal win a mask on the 19th and various shows on the 20th.

LV reviews CMLL 12/09 and IWRG 12/14, where the Ninja Turtles nearly had a 4 star match.

DJ Spectro looks back at the end of season in 1998, which was the finals of a trios title tournament.

Hechicero promo for his match with Negro Navarro on Christmas Day.

A short bio of Coahuila’s Maligna, who says he’s training with Tony Salazar and Demus.

An interview with the current Hijo de Rey Misterio.

Lineup

CMLL (FRI) 12/26/2014 Arena México
1) Flyer & Molotov vs Akuma & Hijo del Signo
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Oro Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. vs Okumura, Puma, Virus
3) Guerrero Maya Jr., Super Porky, The Panther vs Ephesto, Hechicero, Mephisto
4) Negro Casas vs Rey Cometa, Máscara Dorada, Sangre Azteca, Delta, Pólvora, Titán, Kamaitachi, Fuego, Tritón [CMLL WELTER]
vacant championship; Mistico gave it up after being hit by a car
5) Máximo, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Mr. Niebla, Rey Bucanero, Shocker

The title match is phrased like it’s the complete determination match (instead of final two coming back next week.) We’ll see. They could always run Volador/Bucanero next week.

Mistico actually will not return before they hand out this belt, which is a bit surprising. Maybe it’s Three King’s Day? He’s running out of time to get in the ring before FantasticaMania.

Video promo.

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-10-18

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AAA in DF, CMLL show tonight

AAA (THU) 12/18/2014 Gimnasio Olímpico Juan de la Barrera, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal [AAA (1), AAA (2), AAA (3), AAA (4), AAA (5), AAA (SoundCloud)]
1) Jennifer Blake & La Jarochita b Cinthia Moreno & Sexy Lady
Jennifer beat Cinthia.
2) Dinastía, Mini Drago, Octagoncito b Mini Abismo Negro, Mini Histeria, Mini Murder Clown
3) Demon Rocker, Machine Rocker, Soul Rocker b Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown
4) Angélico, Australian Suicide, Jack Evans b Joe Lider, Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Texano Jr.
Joe Lider replaced Silver King.
5) El Elegido, Electroshock, La Parka b Chessman, Cibernético, Daga
Zorro (knee – appeared to apologize for missing the show) was replaced by Daga (back from injury.)

A free sponsored show. Parka gave out gifts to end the night. Daga returning from his injury is a nice sign.

Sexy Star and Blue Demon weren’t there, because they were at the Univison Deportes awards. Blue Demon’s El Rey role is possibly his career best: he shows up to award shows as a famous, he’s treated as a ominous threat, but he almost never wrestles and he put over the lead rudo when he does. This exactly meets my level of Blue Demon interest.

CMLL’s main event tonight is Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Shocker versus Volador, Atlantis, and Maximo. Volador & Bucanero are feuding. CMLL already announced the Welterweight cibernetico for next week, and a Volador/Bucanero singles match would fit with that. The other possible TV matches are an Ingobernable vs Thunder/UG/Euforia trios and a Cavernario/Dragon Rojo lightning match. On Twitter, Sombra’s said this is his last match in DF for the year. Dark Angel’s said the same. The Mexican tradition is to return to your hometown (or the hometown of your parents) for the holiday season, so this weekend might be the last show of the year in DF for a few people.

CMLL also has a preview of Saturday’s show. Instead of the youth concept, they’re pushing it as a throw back to the lineups of the 1930s when Arena Coliseo was opened (“bring your bowler hat and moccasins if a male and your big hat and gloves if you’re a woman”) instead of the original concept. The preview notes Star Jr. & Sobreano Jr. are going with “El Principes del Ring” as a team name. There’s no TV deal announced with the Saturday’s show, but CMLL tapes lots of stuff they never end up using and I’d suspect this show will be another one of those things.

LuchaWorld has a recap of CMLL Informa.

Segunda Caida reviews Taichi, Terrible, Texano Jr. vs Blue Panther, Brazo de Plata, Héctor Garza.

SuperLuchas writes about cards from December 18th, including a Fuerza Guerrera vs Aguila Solitaria title match and reprints their obit for Pedro Septien on the one year anniversary of his passing.

Electroshock has apparently been drinking for two months straight, but someone finally helps him out in this skit from AAA’s TV

The 12/20 Arena Olimpico Laguna main event has been changed around, with the guys booked on Arena Coliseo removed.

Hijo de Rey Misterio is in the Chicago area this weekend.

LV (video) and Voices of Wrestling have reviews of this week’s Lucha Underground.

Voices of Wrestling also has a review of random lucha libre matches. Someone chooses to watch Demon Clown vs Hijo de Dos Caras.

CMLL stellar moments for the week.

Ultimo Guerrero talks about losing his mask, notes that he used to walk around anonymously but now people come up to him for photos and autographs all the time.

AAA on Televisa: 2014-10-18

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box.

== AAA ==

Tuxtla Guiterrez part 1, which is who knows. Best of episodes could also slip in at any time; it’s hilariously possible for the Aerostar/Super Fly match not to air until the end of January, though there’s a chance another match of theirs could air this week.

== Lucha Underground ==

Off until January 7th.

== CMLL ==

FOX2: No video preview this week, but hopefully Valiente/Cavernario. Main is Ingobernables sv Shocker/Thunder/UG

Azteca: Infierno en el Ring, a bad cage match.

52MX: Volador vs Ultimo Guerrero. Not sure the point of doing the women’s cibernetico without airing it, so maybe it’ll bump out a higher positioned match.

Claro: A bleh card with Atlantis, Sombra, Marco vs Casas, Shocker, Thunder

C3: Deta/Maya vs Cavernario/Hechicero. It’s interesting to note the two shows which aren’t produced by CMLL (this and Puebla) will edit the shows to put a great important match last even if it didn’t take that place that way. It’s almost as if they have a better idea of what’s a draw (to a TV audience) than the people who run the shows.

TVC Deportes (Puebla): I’m not entirely sure this aired last week – entutele says it was pulled off the lineup at the last second – and the stream has still not returned so it’s no sure thing it’ll ever be back. (If anyone can record this show and send it to me, please let me know.) Ephesto, Mephisto, Shocker vs Atlantis, Dorada and Valiente is the main event.

Terra Sunday: Fuego vs Polvora in the lightning match, Delta, Maya, Pegasso vs Zavala, Puma, Tiger, and me trying to reverse engineer a hack again.

== IWRG ==

IWRG (LAS/AYM): Champions show? There’s an airing listed as 3AM tonight on AYM, with who knows what. Tape machines are running.

== Chart ==

 
Air Time Tape Date Potential Lineup
CMLL on FOX SPORTS

MEX FS2: 12/20: 12-1p CT

12/12 Mexico Valiente vs Bárbaro Cavernario [lightning]
Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero, Terrible vs Atlantis, Máximo, Volador Jr.
La Máscara, La Sombra, Marco Corleone vs Shocker, Thunder, Último Guerrero
AAA

Televisa: 12/20: 3:30-5p CT

UTDN: 12/25: 7:30-9:00p CT

11/30 Tuxtla Australian Suicide & Ivelisse Vélez vs Dark Cuervo & Sexy Star
Aerostar vs Súper Fly
Joe Lider & Pentagón Jr. vs Fénix & Myzteziz
Lucha Underground 1×9

El Rey: 01/07: 7-8p CT

Unimas: 01/10: 3-4p CT

off until 01/07
CMLL on Azteca (US)

Azteca: 12/20 4-5p CT

12/05 Mexico La Máscara, Máscara Dorada, Valiente vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Thunder
Felino vs Marco Corleone, Último Guerrero, Volador Jr., Terrible,
Shocker, Bárbaro Cavernario, Rey Bucanero, Máximo, Blue Panther [cage, hair]
CMLL on 52MX

US 12/20: 9-10a CT

MEX 12/20: 8-9p CT

12/09 GDL Ángel de Oro, Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. vs Boby Zavala, Okumura, Vangellys
Máscara Dorada, Máximo, Super Porky vs Ephesto, Kráneo, Mephisto
Volador Jr. vs Último Guerrero
CMLL on Claro Sports

MEX 12/20: 11a-12n CT

12/14 Mexico Dragón Rojo Jr. vs Pólvora [lightning]
Máscara Dorada, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Vangellys
Atlantis, La Sombra, Marco Corleone vs Negro Casas, Shocker, Thunder
CMLL on Cadena3

12/20: 7-9p CT

12/16 Mexico Aéreo, Fantasy, Shockercito vs Mercurio, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Universo 2000
Soberano Jr., Star Jr., Starman vs Cholo, Metálico, Ramstein
Delta & Guerrero Maya Jr. © vs Bárbaro Cavernario & Hechicero [Arena Coliseo TAG]
Rey Cometa, Super Porky, Valiente vs Ephesto, Hombre sin Nombre, Mephisto
CMLL on TVC Deportes (Puebla)

12/22: 4-6p ET

11/10 Puebla Blue Center & Espiritu Negro vs Bengala & Meyer
Pegasso, Star Jr., Starman vs Fuerza Chicana, King Jaguar, Toro Bill Jr.
Boby Zavala, Kamaitachi, Okumura vs Dragon Lee, Rey Cometa, Stigma
La Máscara, Stuka Jr., Super Porky vs Hechicero, Kráneo, Morphosis
Ephesto, Mephisto, Shocker vs Atlantis, Máscara Dorada, Valiente
CMLL on Terra

12/21: 5-7ish p CT

12/14 Mexico Molotov & Robin vs Akuma & Inquisidor
Hombre Bala Jr., Starman, Súper Halcón Jr. vs Hijo del Signo, Metálico, Nitro
Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Pegasso vs Boby Zavala, Puma, Tiger
Fuego vs Pólvora [lightning]
Blue Panther, Marco Corleone, Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto, Hombre sin Nombre, Kráneo
Felino, Mr. Niebla, Thunder vs Máscara Dorada, Valiente, Volador Jr.
IWRG on AYM Sports/LAS

AMY 12/20: 3-5p

LAS 12/21: 11-1a

AYM 12/22: 9-11p

All times unreliable

12/17 IWRG Galaxy & Sky Ángel vs Araña de Plata & Hip Hop Man
Imposible © vs Metaleón [IWRG IC Light]
Canis Lupus © vs Eterno [IWRG IC WELTER]
Apolo Estrada Jr., Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo © vs Chicano, Danny Casas, Hip Hop Man [EdM Trios]

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great match roundup, week of 2014-10-18

Good/Great/Excellent matches

CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-10-18
taped 2014-10-14 @ Arena México
Ángel de Oro, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Boby Zavala, Hechicero, Rey Escorpión: blurb: [GOOD]

CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-10-18
taped 2014-10-10 @ Arena México
Máximo vs Mephisto in a CMLL La Copa Junior tournament final match

Shows Watched But Nothing Worthwhile
AAA on Televisa: 2014-10-18

CMLL on Terra: 2014-10-19 – Diamante Azul vs Shocker was sooooo bad.

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-10-18

Matches To Watch Later

CMLL Puebla: 2014-10-19
taped 2014-09-22 @ Arena Puebla
Milenium & Rey Samuray vs Rey Apocalipsis & Toro Bill Jr.:
Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stigma vs Felino, Puma, Tiger:

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Champions all keep championships, everyone wants Alberto

CMLL (TUE) 12/16/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Martes de Glamour]
1) Brillante & Reycko b El Yaqui & Satara
Brillante was DQed for pulling Satara’s mask, but the tecnicos came back to take falls 23/.
2) Canelo Casas, Puma, Tiger b Esfinge, Leo, Omar Brunetti
Tiger beat Esfinge.
3) Zeuxis b Princesa Sugehit [lightning]
Zeuxis beat Sugehit with the caballete in 8:30.
4) Felino, Mr. Niebla, Último Guerrero b Gallo, Stuka Jr., Titán
Ultimo Guerrero replaced Negro Casas. Gallito and Zacarias foguht.
5) Atlantis, La Sombra, Marco Corleone b Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible
Sombra & Marco didn’t get along with Atlantis – Marco specifically was upset when Atlantis beat Shocker instead of him – but the tecnicos took 2/3.

Nothing from this show leads into the next.

IWRG (WED) 12/17/2014 Arena Naucalpan [Estrellas del Ring]
***Caravana de Campeones, 2014***
1) Vampiro Metálico II b Atomic Star
listed as “Vampiro Metalico” but it’s been “Vampiro Metalico II” here of late.
2) Galaxy & Sky Ángel b Araña de Plata & Hip Hop Man
3) Imposible © b Metaleón [IWRG IC Light]
Imposible 7th defense
4) Canis Lupus © b Eterno [IWRG IC WELTER]
Canis 1st defense, against usual partner Eterno.
5) Apolo Estrada Jr., Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo © b Chicano, Danny Casas, Hip Hop Man [EdM Trios]
Hip Hop Man replaced X-Fly. Gringos took 2/3, Diablo beating Danny for the win. Gringos 6th defense

All the titles retained.

Toscano is said to be fired from IWRG after getting into that fight with the fans on Sunday. He was planned to be a big part of the cage match. The story is Toscano wasn’t drunk or high, but just really angry at those fans.

Who’s talking to Alberto? Everyone’s talking to Alberto. The WON mentions

  • ROH, where he’s signed just thru the 03/01 show so far and wants to face top names; he was originally supposed to feud with champion Adam Cole, but Adam Cole is injured and no longer champion
  • Lucha Underground, where he’s listed this week as “names as consideration” – which also kinds of sound like he’s not as close to be signed as previously said, but Dave later says “El Rey has offered a substantial guaranteed money deal and the expectation is he’s gone there.”
  • Bellator, “a big money offer” – it’s implied other MMA promotions may have offered him big money as well
  • TNA, “the number we heard was $400,000 for a one year deal”, but Alberto is said to be looking for either more money or more freedom (TNA would want PPV exclusivity – if he changed his mind and agreed, that’d mean he couldn’t start until after the ROH show at the least, and would throw a monkey wrench in Lucha Underground’s long range plans.)
  • various indy shows

All the US promotions believe Alberto can draw in latino (and specially Mexican-American) fans and there’s no one better available to them. Meltzer added on the podcast “my impression is he’s making $5,000 per match in Mexico.”

It reads like Alberto can probably do ROH + Indies + Lucha Underground or TNA + indies + few Lucha Underground appearances. MMA is the wild card – and the highest possible one night payoff – it would figure Alberto would have to take time off from all the wrestling if he was going to do MMA seriously, though Bobby Lashley has been doing this without missing a ton of TNA shows. That’s helped quite a bit by TNA bunching together weeks of tapings at the same time, and that’s not far off from what Lucha Underground has been doing.

In somewhat related news, the WON reports that WWE writers were told to come up with a Rey Misterio Jr. storyline to take him from Survivor Series to WrestleMania, that storyline has never started, and it appears Rey Misterio Jr. has returned to the purgatory from which he came. It may just be a waiting game for his one year contract to expire, but I don’t think anyone’s definitely said if WWE has the option of rolling it over again (or indefinitely.)

Should Rey ever be released, he’s expected to appear in Lucha Underground. So is Alberto. Other names listed as “under consideration”: Jeff Cobb, the Young Bucks, Jack Evans, Angelico, Homicide, Texano Jr., Dark Angel and Flamita. Dark Angel’s name stick out for obvious reasons; it’s completely unclear if CMLL would allow her to work Lucha Underground while staying with them. (I’d guess no, other people think yes.) It could be part of a bigger move. Dark Angel joining CMLL was the biggest break in her career and has been her home promotion for a longer time, but she’s been completely underutilized in CMLL for years. Dark Angel has been unafraid to make her own deals outside of CMLL, working with Stardom in Japan (instead of REINA) and going to TNA on her own.

No Myzteziz on the list. It’s also worth remember AAA’s list of people they’re doing things with are hilariously unreliable, so it’s possible nothing comes of it.

The WON also had this bit on AAA. Let’s try to decipher this one together

There are going to be a lot of changes in 2015 that will become evident in the spring. But in a big surprise, there are right now no plans to tape any television for a few months, and things will be very different when they do.

It’s vague enough that it could mean anything, and it’s AAA enough that it could mean nothing at all. (As frequently pointed out to me, this is the year where everyone was going to be banned from wearing t-shirts in matches, and I’m pretty sure both Alberto and Texano wore t-shirts for a large portion of the main event of the last show. Lucha Underground finally getting on the air would be the counter point.) We know AAA has enough of taped TV to last them thru January 10th. Both Tuxtla Gutierrez and Guerra de Titanes are left to air and should be two weeks each. It looked like AAA was taping wrap arounds for Best Of shows, which usually run 3 weeks and would mean AAA wouldn’t absolutely need to tape until the first week of February. (They could drag it out farther if they ration the matches even stricter than usual.) December to February could qualify as a few months.

If it’s going to be more than that, and I don’t know, something where they’re still dark in March or whenever, it does start to question the idea of doing Alberto/Perro this year. I could see Mesias/Perro as a reasonable choice for a build up year after how Guerra de Titanes played out. But we really have no idea what these changes will mean or if they’ll be implemented.

Last night’s Lucha Underground was the 8th episode of it’s first season. Lucha Libre USA made it 7 before being canceled (and then brought back for a ‘second season’), so AAA’s show has already passed that bar.

This week’s WON has a more numbers focused depressing look at the El Rey ratings – the problem isn’t the low numbers, it’s that there’s no upwards trend despite the quality of the shows and advertisement of the show – making the case that show hasn’t gotten any traction. There’s been no signs of El Rey wavering on Lucha Underground, but it’s remains in a precarious position. That’s the TV world.

RobViper has a 13 minute music video of TripleMania.

Tercera Caida had Violento Jack as guest, and Angel o Demonio and Ovett (and Ovett’s son) as guests. All I know is Ovett has the much better hair. The after the show video is up as well.

Terra had Cholo & Ramstein, Marcela and Delta as guests.

Terra changed the way they stream video, putting me all the way back to square one. I don’t not know if I’ll be able to record shows going forward, since I can’t do them the way I was. I’ll definitely be trying to, I think it’s possible and I spent the entirety of Informa coming up with a couple of ideas and one possible solution, but I can’t experiment on it without the show being on the air (so much of this upcoming Sunday’s show will be me playing with video programs and not actually getting to watch the matches or making GIFs.) What would be wonderful is CMLL just putting up the shows themselves on some official channel so I never have to think about this again. As long as they’re airing stuff once and never making it available again, I’m going to keep trying.

DTU’s Jhonki was in the hospital after a concussion on the Arena Aficion show. He says it’s not serious he was just under observation, and he got back home late last night.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Dos Caras, Hijo del Dos Caras and Sicodelico Jr. were announced WWL’s 01/06 show, challenging for their trios titles. El Patron Alberto, Laredo Kid and Mesias were previously announced. According to wrestlingdata’s records, this would be Dos Caras’ first match in Puerto since 1983.

SuperLuchas has an obit for Agente X.

Ohtani’s Jacket reviews Virus vs Cachorro.

Yahoo! Deportes looks back at the CMLL hair and mask loses of 2014.

Myzteziz, Wagner and Averno main event Arena Neza on Christmas Day.

Domingo Familiares has a quick promo from Satanico talking about his return.

CMLL wrestlers helped with a toy drive.

Video of Mil Mascaras’ latest match in Japan.

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