CMLL shows tonight, All Elite in Arena Mexico on 02/08

Tonight’s CMLL card, follwing the title tournament of the last couple weeks, has no particular rivalries going on. The makeshift Ingobernables – Mascara, Sombra and fill in Marco – face Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas and Shocker in the main event. The man who beat Casas last week, Mascara Dorada, teams with Atlantis & Maximo to take on Mr. Aguila, Rey Bucanero and Terrible in the semimain. The best match of the show might be the lightning match between Dragon Lee vs Kamaitachi, which seems to be placed higher than usual for those level of guys. It’s the 4th match here (and so will almost surely air on TV), up one spot from when they held this match back in October.

Misterioso Jr. posted that this show will air on Terra. I’m assuming he’s confused or just doesn’t know they took it off months ago, because CMLL and Terra haven’t announced anything about this. (Not planning on being around to record it, either way.)

Over in Guadalajara, the Friday show is a one time team up of three generations of Infernales, with Satanico coming out of retirement too team with Ultimo Guerrero and Euforia. They face Blue Panther, Volador and Draogn Rojo.

All Elite announced they’d be returning for a 3rd show on 02/08 in Arena Mexico with Dr. Wagner Jr. & La Sombra vs LA Park & Volador Jr. That would mark both Wagner & Park’s first match in Arena Mexico in half a decade. It wouldn’t be officially for CMLL, though casual fans wouldn’t be able to tell the difference. The event is on Sunday at 5pm, the traditional time for CMLL’s Sunday shows, and it’s unclear if this means the All Elite show is replacing the weekly CMLL show for the week or if they’ll run an opposition show in Arena Coliseo. It’d be absurd for CMLL to run their own show in Arena Coliseo, but CMLL can be very absurd. If this is the regular Sunday show, this match would also likely air live on Terra.

An AAA show at Arena Coliseo Monterrey on 01/25 includes Lolita on the poster; that’d be her first known match since becoming a mom. La Parkita is in the minis match and seems to have been booked more of late. Main event is Psycho Clown/Fenix vs Texano/Pentagon, which suggests those guys would not be on the Lucha Underground tapings that day – or this lineup is getting changed late. I’d bet my money on someone else being in their spots in Monterrey.

Tercera Caida posted a ‘100’ teaser last night. They’re usually doing the 100 moves of the year shows around this time and that seems a hint that they’re still planning on releasing one this year, maybe just on +LuchaTV. Meanwhile, the Gladiatores posted a 40 minute video interview with Jose Manuel, Bernardo and Monje.

ChilangaMask has added Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Hechicero vs Black Terrry vs Aero Boy to their 03/22 Coliseo Coacalco show.

I never got around to watching the Super Crazy/Pesadilla TLC match in NOAH, but R de Rudo notes Pesadilla wrestled a portion of the match unmasked. The rudos pulled his mask off, but it’s no DQ so the match just kept going. He had some facepaint on.

Estrellas del Ring interviews Pantera I. Pantera says the name came from when the (IWRG) Morenos were promoting shows in Auditorio Aguascalientes, noticed the local basketball team was named Los Panteras, and thought that would be a good luchador name. Pantera I explains his long abscence from the ring as retiring due to problems with alcoholism. Pantera says he overcame alcoholism and decided to return to the ring, though Pantera II did not give him permission to keep using the name. There’s obviously issues between those two that neither guy wants to talk about.

Estrellas del Ring has the same Octagon interview Octagon has done with a couple dozen outlets. Octagon keeps saying he owns the name. If you actually go to the trademark office site, it lists AAA as the owner. That can be fought and dragged out, but no one seems to win those arguments with AAA. No one else likes bringing it up to the luchadors.

Titan says his title match versus Barbaro Cavernario was great and he’d the caveman another shot any time he wanted. The newspaper notes no video of the match exists. (I kept my $100.)

LuchaWorld has a recap of this week’s CMLL Informa and KrisZ’s news update.

Segunda Caida reviews Héctor Garza, Shocker, Toscano vs Rey Bucanero, Shigeo Okumura, Taichi. Don’t watch CMLL Taichi.

Kcidis draws a defeated Cholo & Ramstein.

La Catedral argues Star Jr. & Soberano Jr. defeating Cholo & Ramstein will not shoot the tecnicos to immediate superstardom.

SuperLuchas looks back at Shibata vs Blue Demon.

Taya says she’ll be even better in 2015.

The contract signing for Syrui’s first title defense happened early today. The challenger, Shuu Shibutani, , has said she’ll retire at the on May 3rd, which doesn’t sound like her mind is in this match. The semimain is now Goya Kong & Muneca de Plata vs Kana & Arisa Nakajima for the REINA Tag Team Championship.

Lineups

LLB (SAT) 01/31/2015 Deportivo Pavón, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal
1) Bracito De Plata, Bracito De Platino, Fantasma De La Opera II vs Super Brazo Jr., Super Pinochito, Voladorcito
2) Demasiado, Diva Salvaje, Estrella Divina vs Halcón 2000, Kid Jaguar, Shadow
3) Rayo Tapatío I & Rayo Tapatío II vs Guerrero Del Bronx & Oficialito and Ojo De Halcón & Ojo De Halcon Jr. and Mike Segura & Pantera I and Arez & Belial and Porro I & Porro II
4) Impulso vs Freelance [super libre]
5) Cerebro Negro, Dinamic Black, Fantasma de la Ópera vs ?, ??, ???
6) Fuerza Guerrera & Mr. Niebla vs Dr. Wagner Jr. & Octagón

Last show Lucha Libre Boom did air on AYM, this one is promoted as the same and I have unexplained access to AYM again, so there’s a chance you might see this. Tag team tournament is so random, super libre is going to have many spots.

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01/10-11 lucha times

box. It’s after the jump too.

== AAA ==

Tuxtla Guiterrez part 2! Aerostar vs Super Fly prior to the mask match, Joe Lider & Pentagon Jr. vs Fenix & Myzteziz. This is the last show with first run 2014 AAA matches – the Guerra de Titanes show has aired on PPV already, and is up on YouTube if you look around.

== Lucha Underground ==

Law of the Jungle

Prince Puma puts his title on the line and fights Fenix; Drago fights King Cuerno; Chavo confronts Blue Demon; Cage, Angelico, Aerostar and Argenis fight.

The Demon/Chavo confronation does not appear to be a match, but the other three will be. Drago/Cuerno is a best of three falls match.

There’s two more episodes after this one in this first batch of episodes.

== CMLL ==

FOX2: Mascara Dorada vs Negro Casas.

Azteca: The Welterweight Cibernetico that set that up.

52MX: Mephisto vs Mascara Dorada. Unless Puebla makes a surprise return, this is the last show with first run 2014 CMLL matches.

Claro: Atlantis, Maximo, Valiente vs Niebla, Casas, Bucanero.

C3: Pequeno Reyes del Air, double mask match, Volador/Bucanero

Terra Sunday: Maximo/Casas

== IWRG ==

IWRG (LAS/AYM): probably rerunning the show from the 4th alot; hoping the show from the 8th turns up on Monday but there’s a decent chance of no new IWRG this week.

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Albert on his MMA future, AAA’s odd TV situation

Alberto, while in Puerto Rico for WWL, talked to the Primera Hour newspaper about his career. (Article via SuperLuchas.) MMA is the focus, but he talked about pretty much everything. Alberto says he’s been “aprroached” by Bellator, Victory, UFC and Fighting Americas – but he’s also feels like he’s done MMA and has no need to go back to it. Alberto figures he would have to stop wrestling for three months train, so he wants three months of his pay plus a bonus. People have suggest amounts for him, but no one’s offered anything firm, which annoys him. Alberto is only going to fight for a specific amount, and he’s fine not fighting if he doesn’t get it.

As far wrestling, Alberto says he worked “like 300 shows a year” for WWE and plans to cut that way back. His aim is to work only 110 shows in 2015, and there’s only 9 left to be filled for 2015. Alberto says he’s fine financially and wants to spend more time with his family.

There’s no specific mention of TNA or Lucha Underground, though both run limited enough dates that they might fit with Alberto’s schedule. (And taking 3 months off to prepare for a fight would affect both.) The WON was reporting TNA desperately wanted Alberto in for their debut episode last night; he was not on the show .

On the MMA side, the UFC side is interesting because that’s the one group that wouldn’t need an pro wrestler since they already have CM Punk. However, approached doesn’t necessarily mean wrestling, and there’s certainly non-fighting speaking roles where Alberto will be asset. Alberto could be playing disinterested as a leverage tool, but it doesn’t sound like he expects to go to MMA.

No one’s saying exactly what’s going on with AAA TV, but everyone is saying something is happening. The WON’s been reporting for the last couple of weeks that there’s no AAA TV tapings scheduled until March, and people have separately been telling me the same thing. This week, the newsletter reported this

they are going to reboot with a totally different looking product. In many ways, that sounds similar to TNA, which isn’t good, but AAA still has a deal with Televisa, which is a major network. The only thing we’ve heard is that it will be a more streamlined product with more of an emphasis on using only big stars, either main event draws or young guys who can really go.

I’ve been told too that there’s a new TV deal to be announced, but I’m not sure if it’s this or the timeline on that. The changing to “main event draws or young guys who can really go” doesn’t seem new. It’s something that’s been said by AAA for many years and occasionally been done. Only occasionally, because it’s careful way to say “we’re going to take [veteran name] and [veteran name] and [cult favorite early act]” off TV, and those things are always politically difficult to actually do. (See: everything going on with Octagon.) No one who knows the details of any changes is actually talking about them.

Lucha Underground has not been financially successful – the WON raises the bar to “they’ve got to get on Univsion proper or they’re doomed” this week – but it’s been aesthetically popular. It’s always been clear that if Lucha Underground got a positive reaction, some elements would eventually find their way to the Mexico promotion, more of normal human reaction than any big plan. Maybe some of that is what is being thought about here, though the Lucha Underground show benefits from a lot of production help which may not be as available in Mexico City as it has been in Los Angeles.

AAA’s talked a lot in the past about modernizing the product, and they are using more big storylines, vignettes and other TV drama elements around the in ring product, and the matches are as modern as any other promotion. Still, the presentation of the matches isn’t really that different from CMLL. AAA’s still essentially taping live events to put on TV with whatever two or three matches fit on the show – so say Alberto’s part of the TV episode if he has a match but, if they didn’t do vignettes that taping, he’s no where to be seen the other week. (This really sticks out more as they’ve gone back to more two week tapings.) If the idea is to focus on people, that whole format has to be changed, which might be going on here.

Might not. I don’t really know much, I’m doing a lot of speculating. AAA’s got 3 more weeks of TV (one more of Tuxtla, 2 of Guerra de Titanes), and then the start of mystery shows on 01/31 until they tape again. I’d presume Televisa wouldn’t be thrilled with a month of reruns or filler material and everyone seems to think AAA’s still running Rey de Reyes, so some new content should still be airing. Possibly AAA will start to tell their story about this new plan before then. Until then, we can read into manufactured interviews like yesterday’s Angelico one, where the usual bit of promoting the next taping is noticeably missing.

The WON also mentioned Lucha Underground still wants to bring in the Young Bucks, even though both sides aren’t happy with how previous negotiations went (Jacksons over the price, LU over their complaints going public.) Jeff Cobb, who previously said he signed, is listed as still being talked too. So is Willie Mack, who everyone’s assumed would be coming here after he got cut from WWE. Dark Angel is also on the list; I don’t know if CMLL billing her for shows she wasn’t going to work is related to this situation – plenty of people are still on vacation and it could’ve just been a mix up over that. The timing makes it look suspicious. This has seemed to happen with Angel/CMLL before when CMLL seemed upset for whatever reason – but they’ve always ended up working together again.

The next Chilanga Mask show is quietly taking place this Sunday, with Trauma II vs Black Terry as the headline match. The women’s match has changed, with Keira now facing Black Fury instead of Star Fire.

Vice has a really good Fray Tormenta bio, one worth reading even if you’ve read these before.

Estrellas del Ring interviews AULL trio Los Insurrectos.

SuperLuchas looks back at past January 7ths, including a day where pre-Rayo de Jalisco was wrestling as Doc Curtis.

Yahoo! Travel has a video story on visiting Arena Mexico with Dragon Rojo Jr.

An Arizona lucha libre promotion is debuting in a new venue on Saturday.

Luchoroscopo for Piscis

Lineups

CMLL (MON) 01/12/2015 Arena Puebla
1) Astral, Astro, Asturiano vs Demus 3:16, Espíritu Maligno, Saurón
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Starman, Súper Halcón Jr. vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Toro Bill Jr.
3) Dark Angel, Estrellita, Marcela vs Amapola, Tiffany, Zeuxis
4) Blue Panther, La Máscara, Titán vs Ephesto, Kráneo, Pierroth
5) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Valiente vs Euforia, Niebla Roja, Shocker

A show. Segunda could be good.

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Lucha Underground 1×9 (2015-01-07): “Aztec Warfare”

King Cuerno aims, fires

the matches

Just one, the first ever Aztec Warfare…

aztecwarfare

Wow, I need to fill in some luchawiki profiles. I’ll time it later, maybe.

All the gifs from the show are here: http://imgur.com/a/bdMNn

the developments

this was not the hardest hit Sagrada took

Not a lot. The existing feuds (the Puma/Mundo/Crew triangle, Cuerno/Drago, Pimpi vs Havoc & Ivelisse?) were touched on. Cuerno beat Drago again.

Mundo accidentally took out Catrina with a kick, so Muerte’s going to murder him later.

Blue Demon Jr. returned just in time to not be in the match, but still beat up Chavo and give Sexy Star a win. Demon told Chavo it wasn’t over with them.

Mystery woman found a seat. Good for her.

Match came down to Puma and Mundo, in an echo of episode 1. This time, Puma won. Mundo gave him credit for winning and Konnan turned up to clap for his protege. Unlike episode one, Puma got the belt without any post match incident.

No sign of Dario’s mystery guy. Dario himself was only there to introduce the match, and there were no vignettes. There haven’t been many of those the last few episodes, maybe due to the format.

Mundo misses, seals his death sentence

the questions

  • who challenges Prince Puma first?
  • so do we really have to see a Chavo/Demon match again?
  • will that woman ever find what she’s looking for?

thoughts

630 senton for the title

This was nonstop action all the way thru with a bunch of highlight moments. Lucha Undergound is doing ~40 episodes a year, but this came off as the end of Act 1 of Season 1. They got to the title, now they have to set up for something else next.

There were other guys I would’ve been happy to see win, but Prince Puma came off as a worthy champion. The layout of the match benefited all – pretty much everyone got to get about a minute worth of Hot Tag like offense on the entire field as soon as they got in. Even Ricky Mandell and Mariachi Loco went on runs. (Poor Famous B.) Even with only one match on the show, Lucha Underground continued it’s trend of having a stellar match each week. (I think I’d rate this as Great, FWIW.)

(Since Lucha Underground puts the best match of the week online, are they putting the whole episode on line this week?)

 

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Cholo & Ramstein unmasked, Shockercito Pequeno Rey del Aire

Cholo & Ramstein unmasked – photo by Alexis Salazar/CMLL

CMLL (TUE) 01/06/2015 Arena México [KrisZ, Terra]
1) Bengala & Magnus b Apocalipsis & Inquisidor
Bengala replaced Starman. Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Dark Angel, Estrellita, Princesa Sugehit b Dalys, La Comandante, La Seductora
Sugehit replaced Dark Angel on Saturday. Tecnicas took 2/3.
3) Shockercito b Astral, Eléctrico, Fantasy, Último Dragoncito, Demus 3:16, Pierrothito, Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Nitro, Mercurio [Pequeno Reyes del Aire]
Tecnicos vs rudos. Elimination order: Fantasy (Demus), Pequeno Olimpico (Dragoncito), Pequeno Nitro, Ultimo Dragoncito, Demus & Electrico (Astral pinning both at the same time), Astral (could not continue after a Pierrothito tope), Mercurio (shockercito), Pierrothito (Shockercito). Leaving Shockercito as the winner.
4) Soberano Jr. & Star Jr. b Cholo & Ramstein [mask]
Cholo & Ramstien were DQed in the first, won the second with the CHOLO DRIVER and Ramstien top rope splash. Cholo lost first in the third fall, Ramstein beat Star Jr. with a top rope Michinoku Driver, and Soberano took out Ramstein to win. Cholo is Carlos Soriano Mendoza, 40 years old, 20 years a wrestler. Ramstein is Francisco Javier Costillo, 40 years old, 21 years experience. Both are from Mexico City.
5) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero b Dragón Rojo Jr., La Máscara, Marco Corleone
6) Volador Jr. b Rey Bucanero
Volador took 1/3 clean to win.

There are some clips of the mask match on instagram but haven’t heard much how the match went. No hair matches challenges after the main event, no word on how hurt Astral is now (though it reads like a planned elimination and not an injury.)

As of 11am, CMLL hadn’t actually posted text results.

CMLL (TUE) 01/06/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Arena Coliseo Guadalajara (Facebook)]
1) Évola b Virgo
2) Esfinge & Metatrón b Exterminador & Maléfico
3) Hombre sin Nombre, Kráneo, Olímpico b Fuego, Stuka Jr., Super Porky
4) Mephisto b Titán, Máscara Dorada, Ephesto, Dragon Lee, Mr. Águila, Rey Cometa, Pierroth, Tritón, Demonio Maya [cibernetico]
Elimination order: Demonio Maya (by Dragon Lee), Triton (Ephesto), Rey Cometa (Mr. Aguila with the ropes), Dragon Lee & Ephesto got DDQ, Mr. Aguila (Titan), Mascara Dorada (Mephisto), Titan (Mephisto). Mephisto is the winner (no mention of what happened to Pierroth)
5) Atlantis, Máximo, Valiente b Bárbaro Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla

The three kings win the main event.

Alberto el Patron picked up the WWL Heavyweight Championship yesterday afternoon in Puerto Rico. The fans treated him as a tecnico, though it seems like he joined a rudo faction after the match. It doesn’t seem like a next show was announced, but WWL appears to be running once every couple months. The team of Dos Sr/Hijo de Dos/Sicodelico Jr. lost their trios match but they set up a rematch. No next show was announced, but they seemed to draw OK.

Cubed Circle Newsletter invited me to be part of their 2014 wrestling yearbook. There’s a lot of good stuff in there, and I wrote a year in review for lucha libre. It’s a free PDF, so check it out.

Lucha Underground returns tonight with show long Azteca Warfare to determine the first champion. They’ve leaked out a couple clips: one from Super Fly’s entrance to the next, and one from about midway in where Drago appears.  Shows have been fun so far and this one should be as well.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

DoradaFan has a music video of 2014-11-18 CMLL.

RobViper has a music video of 09/14/14 AAA.

Segunda Caida reviews Shocker, Strong Man, Toscano vs Atlantis, Héctor Garza, Último Guerrero

CMLL posted highlights from 01/02 – looks like the top 3 air on Fox – and stellar moments from the previous week.

ChilangaMask announced Jason Gory (from the US) will be on their 03/22 show.

Mascara Dorada tops CMLL’s top 10 this week, while Super Halcon & Hombre Bala are #10.

Atlantis was among athletes from Jalisco honored on 01/07.

Esfinge will make his Friday night Arena Mexico and any day Arena Coliseo debut this weekend.

SuperLuchas looks back at Villano I giving away a tricycle at a past Dia Los Reyes.

Peste Negra talk about past Dia de Reyes.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 01/13/2015 Arena México
1) Angelito & Stukita vs Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Universo 2000
2) Flyer, Magnus, Oro Jr. vs Canelo Casas, Disturbio, Metálico
3) Soberano Jr. vs Raziel [lightning]
4) La Vaquerita, Lluvia, Marcela vs La Comandante, La Seductora, Zeuxis
5) Blue Panther, Super Porky, Titán vs Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado
6) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Valiente vs Kráneo, Olímpico, Rey Bucanero

Seductora working third from the top for no particular reason is a really obvious sign of a short roster. Lightning match will be fun. Kraneo and Guerrero Maya resume their march to the 82nd Anniversary show.

CMLL (TUE) 01/13/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Metatrón vs Évola
2) Omar Brunetti & Star Jr. vs Arkángel de la Muerte & Maléfico
3) Dragon Lee, Esfinge, Pegasso vs Puma, Tiger, Virus
4) Blue Panther Jr., Dragón Rojo Jr., Fuego vs Ephesto, Felino, Hechicero
5) La Máscara, Marco Corleone, Máximo vs Euforia, Negro Casas, Shocker

Tercera has some promise.

IWRG (SUN) 01/11/2015 Arena Naucalpan
1) Sky Ángel vs Hip Hop Man
2) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo vs Ciclon Black, Dr. Killer, Royer Boy, Tony Rivera
Roller Boy’s name has changed?
3) Pantera I, Relámpago, Súper Nova vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Canis Lupus, El Hijo del Diablo
4) Chicano vs Eterno
5) Hijo De Dos Caras © vs Hijo de Máscara Año 2000 [IWRG Rey del Ring]
Dos Caras first defense.

Poster doesn’t list who’s champion in the main event and I could not remember who was champion until I looked it up. This is how you know the title is pointless. Dos has two.

Chicano/Eterno figures to be bloody.

It appears there’s no IWRG show today; they haven’t released a poster.

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great match roundup, week of 2014-11-15

Good/Great/Excellent matches
Lucha Underground: 2014-11-19
taped 2014-09-14 @ Lucha Underground Temple, Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, California
Fénix vs Pentagón Jr. – [GOOD]

CMLL on Terra: 2014-11-16
taped 2014-11-16 @ Arena México
Titán © vs Pólvora for the Mexican National Welterweight Championship – [GREAT]

CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-11-15
taped 2014-11-11 @ Arena México
Magnus, Oro Jr., Soberano Jr. vs Artillero, Hijo del Signo, Súper Comando: [GOOD]
Titan vs Pólvora: [GOOD]

AAA on Televisa: 2014-11-15
taped 2014-10-12 @ Domo San Luis, San Luis Potosi, San Luis Potosí
Dinastía, Faby Apache, Niño Hamburguesa, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Eterno, Mamba, Mini Abismo Negro, Taya Valkyrie: [GOOD]

Shows Watched But Nothing Worthwhile
CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-11-15
CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-11-15
CMLL Titanes del Ring: 2014-11-15

Matches To Watch Later
none!

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Niebla and Atlantis tease mask match, big Dia de Reyes show in Arena Mexico

CMLL (MON) 01/05/2015 Arena Puebla [Periodico Enfoque, Periodico Enfoque (fotos)]
1) Artillero, Policeman, Súper Comando b Black Tiger, Robin, Tigre Rojo Jr.
Tigre Rojo Jr. and Policeman continue to feud.
2) Astral, Astro, Asturiano b Demus 3:16, Espíritu Maligno, Saurón
Astro is probably the former Astro Aéreo Jr.
3) Amapola, Tiffany, Zeuxis b Estrellita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit
Princesa Sugehit replaced Dark Angel on Saturday. Estrellita returned from neck injury, but lost.
4) Máximo, Valiente, Volador Jr. b Ephesto, Mephisto, Pólvora
Maximo kissed Mephisto for the win.
5) Atlantis b Mr. Niebla
Atlantis won. Niebla challenged for a mask match sometime this year, and Atlantis accepted.

The newspaper writer felt Niebla and Atlantis were pretty definite about doing the mask match (as a potential Anniversary mask match), but it still seems unlikely they’d trust Niebla in that spot.

Today’s Arena Mexico card is more interesting than most of FanatasticaMania. The Pequenos Reyes del Aire is reliably entertaining, and the two other big matches could go either way.

Star Jr. & Soberano Jr. versus Cholo & Ramstein for all the masks is simply the biggest match in all four guy’s careers. The Principe Azuls, Star & Soberano, would have been the runaway rookies of the years in any normal year and they’re more advanced than Super Halcon Jr. & Hombre Bala Jr. were in this spot a few years ago. This should continue them to bigger matches down the road, if they can find a way to move up in a very crowded CMLL roster. Ramstein was a similarly well regarded early match luchador who had the bad luck to come along at a period where CMLL was far less interested in moving young guys up cards. As Fugaz, Ramstein traveled to Japan and worked as a regular Ricky Marvin opponent. Laster on, Ramstein, Sangre Azteca and Hooligan were briefly together as a trio called La Alianza, three talented guys who complained about getting no respect. Sangre & Hooligan eventually got some respect, but Ramstein never did. He’s been stuck in the early matches, and fewer and fewer of the last few years. The Rayo Tapatios and Tigre Blanco were clearly finishing up when they were in this same spot the last few years. It’s not as clear if this would be it for Ramstein, but it’s clearly his last chance to be remembered.

Meanwhile, Cholo is a goofball with glasses on his mask who went multiple years without wins and deserves credit for sticking on the roster despite getting less than 10 matches a year frequently. Cholo’s biggest impact on CMLL so far has been tearing his knee up catching a dive, both putting himself out of action and causing CMLL to (mostly) restrict luchadors from using dives in the first couple of matches. This is also likely as good as it gets for Cholo, though it’s hard to see him ever disappearing and an unmasked look might work just as well for his character.

They’re not the only two aging veterans who could benefit from a good performance tonight. A couple months ago, I linked to an interview with a doctor who spoke about helping luchadors with different techniques to length their career. Rey Bucanero was quoted about how he believed his career would’ve ended two years ago if not for help from this doctor. Bucanero has been wrestling for the last two years, but he’s also been a shadow of the guy who preceded it. Age, injuries, and a style around taking big falls will catch up to you. Bucanero and Volador have teases a hair vs hair match during this feud, which would sort of justify Bucanero winning the cage match. Today’s singles match with them might justify the hair match actually happening. Shocker’s another guy who’s had life catch up to him and isn’t close to the week to week luchador he was a decade ago, but found a way to make it work for a great match last year with Rush. Could Bucanero do the same today and will CMLL continue the hair match either way?

Guadalaraja’s show is pretty much a show. Atlantis, Maximo, Valiente vs Mr. Niebla, Barbaro Cavernario, Felino is the main, plus an odd ball cibernetico. It’d be the first time Dragon Lee meets Pierroth; they’re secretly son and father.

Silver King says Monterrey lucha libre needs to be cleaned up. This is the Silver King who is wearing a mask he lost. I don’t even. (This is all angle to build up the Wagners/Ninjas match they’re doing.) Llaves y Candados has launched a new site, focusing on this show.

Talking to Kasier Sports, Santo Jr. (the son) says school is his priority in 2015. He is training wrestling with Dandy and Dr. Cerebro and has also worked out with Ultimo Guerrero and Bestia Negra, but he knows this will be a long process and the expectations will be high when he debuts, so he’s not going to do so until he’s ready. Santo Jr. working out with Ultimo Guerrero is interesting – Hijo del Santo has spoken highly of his old rival – but then the wrestlers usually don’t hold the same grudges that the promoters do.

LuchaWorld has Alfredo’s picks for the top 10 stories of the 2014, which may just be an excuse to use that Averno picture again.

Segunda Caida approves of Solar vs Negro Navarro (10/01/2014 version) and Freelance, Arez, Segura vs the AULL Ninja Turtles.

Fuego en el Ring radio had Ringo Mendoza as guest.

Super Libre interviews Gallo and Al Carillo.

SuperLuchas writes about the debut of El Enmascarado de Chicago 79 years ago.

Gato Fantasama took Desafio’s hair in Monterrey.

Arena Coliseo Guadalajara recaps 2014 in the arena.

Tony Rivera was so sad about losing to the Ninja Turtles. Eterno & Canis Lupus also challenged the Oficials, and +LuchaTV somehow has highlights from Arena Kalaka.

Eslabon Perdido beat X-Fly to win Copa La Guera in Arena Xalapa.

Apolo Dantes is back to promoting in Jocotepec.

In Arena Aficion, there was a fourway for the vacant Hidalgo heavyweight title – which ended in a draw, so the title’s still vacant.

Kcidis has a Luchoroscopos for Acuario.

Lucha Libre in Japan

Syuri will make her first defense of the CMLL Women’s Championship against Shu Shibutani on 01/12. Goya Kona & Muneca de Plata face Kana and a mystery partner in the semimain.

Lineup

UWE (SAT) 01/31/2015 Arena Lopez Mateos
1) ? vs ??
2) ? vs ??
3) Gallego, Rocky Santana, Romano Garcia © vs Dante, Euro, Filder [AULL TRIOS]
Diabolicos second defense?
4) Hijo De Dos Caras & Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr. vs Trauma I & Trauma II and Hijo de Pirata Morgan & Rey Bucanero [UWE TRIOS]
title listed as vacant
5) Chucho el Roto vs Herejía [mask]
6) Atlantis & Último Guerrero vs Dr. Wagner Jr. & LA Park

Main event will be good if you want to see mask pull, fouls, and empty challenges.

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01/03-04 lucha videos

I’m trying out mediafire this week. It looks nicer, but I need to know if it downloads nicer.

AYM aired the Lucha Libre Boom show – and so did Leyendas Inmortales. At least the main event, but probably more will air the next couple of weeks. Both versions are below; LI is clipped and removed the sound track. There’s a camera switching issue on both shows, I think.

Terra is mostly in Alta quality; I can’t get HD to record with the feed dropping out every few seconds. (Maybe I’ll try recording the Auto switching feed.) The main event is in the lowest quality version because the feed was falling apart during the match.

CMLL Azteca aired the lightning match which Fox skipped last week.

No new Monterrey, no Puebla, La Lucha se le Hace seemed a very old repeat.

YouTube playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYyNnOBGWP7T6ENiVNW_RH2TFxTvFaw8l

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