Mistico returns, Maximo vs Terrible for the title

Guerrera vs Casas

 

CMLL (FRI) 01/23/2015 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Artillero & Súper Comando b Sensei & Starman
Starman replaced Flyer.
2) Boby Zavala, Sangre Azteca, Virus b Oro Jr., Pegasso, Tritón
Rudos took 1/3. Triton was hurt on a dive (again)
3) Dark Angel, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit b Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany
Tecnicas took 1, rudas took 2.
4) Valiente b Kamaitachi [lightning]
Valiente won via taptia
5) Negro Casas, Shocker, Thunder b La Máscara, La Sombra, Marco Corleone
Rudos took 2/3, Shocker fouling Sombra. Fuerza Guerrera, in a suit, confronted Negro Casas after the match to build up their All Elite match.
6) Máximo, Mistico, Volador Jr. b Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Último Guerrero
Tecnicos took 2/3, with a Mistica on UG in the second. Maximo beat Terrible in the third, then demanded a heavyweight title shot.

Someone remembered Terrible had that title! It reads like the first two falls were built around Mistico and the finish around the title program. It is nice to see CMLL run at least as many angles for their own show as the All Elite ones.

No results from Guadalajara, but Fuego en el Ring had the full list of teams in the #1 contenders tournament:

  • Gallo & Esfinge
  • Smaker & Sky Kid
  • Flash I & Flash II
  • Omar Brunetti & Leo
  • Xavier Cruz & Metatron
  • Magnum & Virgo
  • Exterminador & Malefico
  • Pitbull I & Pitbull II
  • Sanson & Cuatreo
  • Rey Trueno & Mr. Trueno
  • Jocker & Sadico
  • Infierno & Demonio Maya

12 local teams, which means there are byes somewhere in here. Early round matches will continue thru 02/06, with semifinals on 02/13 and final on 02/20.

Magnifico, Karma, Epydemius vs Psycho Kid, Benji Maverick, Astro Rey Jr. has been added to the 02/15 ChilangaMask.

LuchaWorld has a recap of this week’s CMLL Informa. The big news I missed is Hombre sin Nombre (probably) will reveal his name in the next 2 weeks. Canelo Casas talking about how he got into wrestling was good as well.

SuperLuchas tries to track down Morelia legend Sable Rojo and the start of the tournament to crown the first ever Mexican Middleweight Champion.

Zeuxis says she’s headed to Puerto Rico in August.

Iron Love explains his work and personal life have grown too busy to continue training as a luchador and he didn’t want to be one of those who just show up in the ring without training, so he decided to retire.

Playboy Japan has the first of a two part FantasticaMania review. (not especially safe for work link, obviously.)

Los Colisenos argues that Octagon going into the ring a unsafe condition is bad, but management knowing about and allowing it to happen is worse.

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 01/30/2015 Arena México
1) Esfinge & Soberano Jr. vs Arkángel de la Muerte & Metálico
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Shockercito vs Mercurio, Pequeño Nitro, Pierrothito
3) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther vs Kamaitachi, Misterioso Jr., Virus
4) La Máscara, La Sombra, Marco Corleone vs Negro Casas, Shocker, Thunder
5) Terrible © vs Máximo [CMLL HEAVY]
Terrible’s 9th defense, but first in 13 months.
6) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero

Mistico continues to get the showcase main event spot, with the Guerreros to work opposition for him. Maybe the upside of Mistico being back is it causes CMLL to stop booking at least one of the never ending Ingobernable feuds. (The other one goes on in the fourth, and seems headed to a Sombra/Shocker match.)

Maximo’s still never won a singles title. No exotico has won a singles title in CMLL in a long time; Pimpinela was light heavyweight champion while in CMLL but won the title elsewhere. Terrible would break the record for longest heavyweight title reign in May should he hold on. It’s possible this would be his last defense before that point.

2/3 look good, have almost no chance of making it on TV.

Blue Panther Jr. handles the promo.

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All the problems I have with Mascara Dorada going to NJPW, enumerated

I’m happy for Mascara Dorada. There’s a lot of complaining to follow, but it doesn’t change that I’m happy for Mascara Dorada.

  1. I was totally shocked by it. I’m not sure if you could tell on Twitter, I kept it pretty chill

but it caught me slightly off guard. Seriously, when I saw Sugibayashi in the ring for Dorada’s enterance, I joked to myself they were giving Mascara Dorada an award for being awesome, and then I heard the crowd cheer and saw the red jacket and I knew it was sad times.

Voice of Wrestling’s eBook pointed out Mascara Dorada actually had more matches in NJPW than some guys thought of as “full time” foreigners and I had been told Dorada really likes Japan, so it’s not like there were no signs. Still, usually everyone starts to hear the drumbeat of that sort of move for months before it happens. There were rumors for months before Dos Caras Jr. left for WWE. It wasn’t clear Mistico was going for WWE, but he was clearly unhappy the last six months before he left and it felt like some change needed to happen. Mascara Dorada did very little in CMLL in 2014, but it’s CMLL so you can say that about dozens of people who are used in main events and it didn’t stick out. (Terrible’s 2014: … ) Dorada winning the Welterweight title was the greatest fake out ever, getting hopes up for a better run in 2015 CMLL, only for it to turn out to actually be the end.

Three months from now, it’s just going to be a thing that happened. So far, the emotions went shock -> confusion -> distraction (match was good) -> anger -> high levels of cynicism (so back to normal.)

  1. I’m doubtful Mascara Dorada’s actually coming back to CMLL in 2016. Look, I didn’t know Dorada was going so I surely don’t know what’s going to happen 12 months from now. I’m also skeptical any decision has been made today that can’t just be reversed down the line. My hunch is Mascara Dorada is going to remain great, NJPW is going to like him, and NJPW’s going to continue want to employ him. The only questions are if Mascara Dorada will be comfortable living away from home for long stretches and if NJPW can keep Dorada without damaging their relationship with CMLL. NJPW seems to have a lot of the power in the relationship and CMLL acts like they can find another exciting flyer any time they want, so this may not be as big an obstacle as it seems.

I also kind of expect Dorada to work as much in Mexico between tours as Ricky Marvin did when he was with NOAH – as in rarely. Dr. Wagner Jr.’s own stint with NJPW, where he worked sometimes in CMLL but was obviously taking it down a few notches and saving himself for Japan, might also be a good comparison. Dorada will be back wrestling in Mexico at some point – the 2040 version of the Leyendas Inmortales show will be so weird, yet still have Canek on top – but sticking around in Japan primarily for many years seems likely.

(I could also be completely wrong and Dorada’s a big part of Dos Leyendas 2016. I hope he gets to work where ever he wants to work.)

  1. I’m doubtful is any sort of trade and CMLL will be getting anything (we see) in exchange for ‘loaning’ Dorada. The story I was told CMLL was getting NJPW regulars prior and it stopped because CMLL didn’t want to to take any more NJPW wrestlers. CMLL didn’t need to loan out Dorada to restart that, they just needed to turn the faucet back on. Not everyone is going to be available when they want them and sometimes they’re going to be handed Yujiro, but CMLL didn’t need to trade a luchador to improve that situation.

(It’s probably moot, but I’m not sure Mascara Dorada was actaully under contract for CMLL to bargin with. Few people are, and Dorada’s 2014 didn’t indicate he was one of those few people. NJPW would still want to work out a deal just to keep the greater relationship going, but CMLL might have not had great leverage.)

CMLL’s been mostly quiet on this whole situation. The only mentions that Dorada is gone has been a short discussion on CMLL Informa (when it was the last news item they had time for) and a brief blurb on CMLL’s Facebook. They’re not sweeping this under the rug, but they’re not reacting it like the beginning of a bigger deal between NJPW and CMLL or even promoted it much as a big deal. It’s less important than Mistico, it’s less important than Zeuxis winning the 2nd (or 3rd) most important women’s title.

CMLL’s shown a willingness to sell their matches to any TV outlet who will pay them (and then maybe they’ll remember to take the money.) CMLL’s sold championships to people in the past (Ultimo Dragon). Why wouldn’t they do the same with their wrestlers? If there was a deal here, a money deal fits CMLL’s goals the best.

  1. CMLL is awful and boring and awfully boring the last month or so. Finding out a guy who’s entertaining is leaving a promotion that’s struggling to be entertaining is no bueno. Rey Bucanero, diminished from his great peak, has been the lead rudo the last couple months. CMLL’s treated Olimpico remembering he had an Egyptian gimmick as a big deal and it almost is because there’s so little else. (Weird they’re both old partners of Ultimo Guerrero.) CMLL decided to build a faction around the lacking Comandante Pierroth (and then had them lose in their first official match of their team.) There’s very transparent cronyism and nepotism going on and that would still be fine if they were having any good. There’s plenty of stuff carried over from previous months that’s been run into the ground by this point – I’d be very happy to never see a Ingobernable vs Peste Negra or Guerreros match again. I think the people in the matches feel the same way, because they’ve all looked so bored. The vacations have made caused guys like Super Porky and Shocker appear on seemingly every show, and they’re not great TV acts to see three times a week. Even the one big new thing they tried – Star/Soberano vs Cholo/Ramstein – completely fell apart at the end because Ramstein wasn’t up to the task. That seems like something the people in charge should’ve known before booking the match, but the reality is it was probably more about getting those rudos the payoff than delivering a good product.

There’s so much CMLL product that there are always problems somewhere, but there’s frequently been good midcard stuff to counter it. There has been this time too, but Titan/Cavernario was a Sabado Retros match which only existed in still pictures for most. Heck, if the Friday Guadalajara shows were airing instead of some of the other stuff, at least we’d have weird/unusual stuff to watch instead of the same people and the same matches.

That’s even putting aside the TV presentation problems (which are many, and getting worse, but not new.) Maybe February will click in and they’ll start trying again, though CMLL is so talent rich they should be able to put together good matches even without even trying. Maybe Rush will come back and things will just be on again, though CMLL has so many depth that one person shouldn’t make such a dramatic difference.

I don’t want to act like an entitled fanboy – that was sort of what I was getting at last month – but I think the promotion has been objectively poor for a while, poor than expected. A poor stretch of product combined with one of their brighter stars looking elsewhere is a depressing situation.

  1. a luchador shouldn’t have to go to Japan full time to improve and make more money. Mascara Dorada is going to do both, and that’s a pretty significant condemnation of CMLL. CMLL runs so many more shows, probably draws a significant more people than NJPW, and yet all but many a couple people are going to make more money in NJPW. NJPW pulls it off because totally different economics, but they also work so much harder at making money and benefit from the work. CMLL benefits greatly from the mystique of Arena Mexico and being the default (if not actual) biggest lucha promotion in Mexico – if they ever lost that, and lost the ability to pay people peanuts for the honor of working in CMLL, they’d have a serious disability in recruiting talent.

I could see the upside of Sombra or Rush ending up in NJPW for a long time. They’ve been decided they want to be heavyweight wrestlers, there are few heavyweight wrestlers they can learn from in Mexico, there are many different heavyweight wrestlers they could be exposed to in Japan, it’s obvious they’d pick up aspects if they were in Japan for a while. Mascara Dorada is a high flying “junior heavyweight” – he’s going to pick up things from working out with the Japanese guys he works out every day, he’s going to learn from the US guys he would have never otherwise faces – but Mascara Dorada is already pretty good and already filled his role in CMLL pretty well. He will gain, but he didn’t need to gain much already. Dorada just needed to be pushed (in all uses of that word) and nothing he’s going to pick up in NJPW is going to get him pushed any more or less.

There’s a thread on PWO debating if CMLL or NJPW is the better promotion. You can argue that on aesthetics, but a guy who actually had that specific choice between the two definitely picked one over the other. Dorada is spending a year in NJPW because it’s better for him to wrestle an ocean away from where his family lives. It doesn’t seem particularly close.

(Also, hand to god, it’s possible to bring good wrestlers to CMLL if that’s what CMLL wanted to expose wrestlers to new styles. Not just NJPW guys either. Most wrestlers accept cash in exchange for work if you want to offer it. But most outside wrestlers aren’t going to take a huge paycut just for the honor of working Arena Mexico either.)


CMLL’s slogan is “el mejor de lucha libre en el mundo”. CMLL comes off as something less than the best wrestling in the world, but something more akin to a minor league promotion. This is not news, it’s made very clear every time a CMLL wrestler turns up for an interview in a NJPW logo shirt. Minor league promotions can be fun, but CMLL should aspire to be more than a minor league promotion. Mascara Dorada aspired to be more than a star for a minor league promotion and I’m happy for him.

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Mistico in Arena Mexico, Myzteziz in Arena Naucalpan

Tonight’s Mistico’s return to Arena Mexico, his first match there since being hit by a car in May. The full match is Mistico, Volador and Maximo (two of the most popular tecnicos) vs Ultimo Warrior Guerrero, Terrible and Rey Bucanero. It’s no coincidence that Mistico I’s old rivals Rey Bucanero & Ultimo Guerrero are on the other side. CMLL’s preview pushes it as a rare teamup of one of the best tag teams from the last decade. Their peak was built around helping young high flyers look good, and that’s the same job description here. Mistico looked fragile and hampered in Japan but still was very over with the crowd. The hope is the same here. The Bucanero/Voaldor feud might return, for lack of anything better to do. The semimain is the Ingobernables vs Negro Casas, Shocker and Thunder. The matchup which feels run into the ground, but they continue to push Thunder/Marco as the new twist.

AAA TV tapings haven’t been gone quite as long as Mistico, but it nearly feels that way. They’re back in action tonight in Arena Naucalpan, the first of back to back Fridays with shows and the second of three shows in five days at the building. While Mistico II returns to Arena Mexico, Mistico I (Myzteziz) appears on a TV taping in Arena Naucalpan for the first time in since 2007. Myzteziz teams up with Psycho Clown to take on Perro Jr. & Texano Jr. in what should be a heated main event. The Rey de Reyes qualifiers start up with Aerostar vs Monsther Clown vs Super Fly vs Hijo de Pirata Morgan, where the first participant is the favorite. This is Super Fly’s first TV match since losing his mask; he’s teasing a new look.

AAA always fills IWRG’s home building at tonight should be no different. My hunch is it’s just a coincidence the Mistico return and AAA in Naucalpan happened on the same day.

CMLL in Guadalajara has Atlantis teaming with youngsters Blue Panther Jr. & Super Halcon Jr. to take on Gran Guerrero, Neibla Roja and Mephisto. A tag team tournament gets underway in the fourth match.

CaraLuchas has announced Flamita & Aeroboy’s opponents on the 01/31 show will be Dragon Lee & the Panther. That should be great. The women’s match has been changed to indy luchadoras Starfire & Diosa Atenea against rivals Estrellita & Zeuxis. Estrellita did a promo for the show.

Laredo Kid told SuperLuchas he had a tryout wiht WWE when they went thru Dallas earlier this week. He says he was told he’d be invited back for another tryout in April (assuming he doesn’t get in trouble for revealing that.) Laredo’s been working as much or more north of the border the last few years, so I suspect his English might be pretty good.

ACH has been added to the 03/22 ChilangaMask show. Match to be announced.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Ohtani’s Jacket checks out a random Fuerza match form his feud with Gallo Tapado.

LV has reviews of this past week’s C3 show and this week’s Lucha Underground.

Segunda Caida reviews the Invasors first match.

SuperLuchas looks back at Solar vs Satanico from 1988.

Cronicas y Leyendas looks back quickly at Los Pastores in UWA and Konnan & Cien Caras in 1993.

La Mascara celebrates 15 years of being La Mascara.

La Parka talks about his past Rey de Reyes wins.

LA Park & Sombra talk briefly about the All Elite show.

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01/24-25 lucha times

box. It’s after the jump too.

== AAA ==

Guerra de Titanes part 2. Minis title match, three way tag match and Aerostar/Super Fly are left to air.

== Lucha Underground ==

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.

There’s three matches on the show.

== CMLL ==

FOX2: Maximo, Marco, Valiente vs Euforia, Terrible, Thunder

Azteca: the only thing that matters is if Kamaitachi vs Dragon Lee airs here – it didn’t air on FOX.

52MX: Puma, Tiger, Virus vs Dragon Lee, Esfinge, Pegasso

Claro: Blue Panther, Maqximo, Valiente vs Ephesto, Hechicero, Niebla ROja

C3: Euforia, Hechiceor, Niebla Roja vs Blue Panther, Dragon Rojo Jr., Titan

Terra Sunday: ATlantis, Titan, Volador Jr. vs Ephesto, Kraneo, Mephisto, Rey Cometa vs TIger in a lightning match.

== IWRG ==

IWRG (LAS/AYM): probably will still be airing the FILL show from Wednesday. (more…)

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great match roundup, week of 2014-12-06

Good/Great/Excellent matches
Lucha Underground: 2014-12-10
taped 2014-10-04 @ Lucha Underground Temple, Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, California 2014
Big Ryck vs Johnny Mundo, Prince Puma in a ladder match – great

AAA on Televisa: 2014-12-06
taped 2014-11-28 @ Gimnasio Olímpico Juan de la Barrera, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal
Aerostar & Dinastía vs Mini Charly Manson & Súper Fly: [good]
El Patrón Alberto vs Texano Jr. in a street fight match: [good]

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-12-06
taped 2014-11-25 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther vs Misterioso Jr., Puma, Tiger: [good]

CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-12-06
taped 2014-12-02 @ Arena México
Bárbaro Cavernario, Hechicero, Negro Casas vs Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Máscara Dorada: [good]

Shows Watched But Nothing Worthwhile
CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-12-06
CMLL on Terra: 2014-12-07

Matches To Watch Later

I wanted to add Toscano/Veneno to the list, but there’s just no time.

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Super Pinocho’s team beats IWRG, CMLL to honor El Faraon

photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG FILL (WED) 01/21/2015 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (flickr), The Gladiatores]
1) Black Niko, Centinela, Chicanito b Guerrero 2000, Último Caballero, Vampiro Metálico II
Centella replaced Aguila Oriental.
2) Psique, Sexy Girl, Versus b Aramis, Black Angel, Lady Drago
Versus replaced Shadow Boy.
3) Mercenario De La Muerte, Payaso Extremo, Picudo Jr. b Adrenalina, Black Drago, Marduck
Black Drago replaced Voltar.
4) Anubis Black, Araña de Plata, Hip Hop Man b Blue Monsther, Galaxy, Muerte Infernal
Muerte Infernal replaces Fly Boricua.
5) Aguila Tapada, Manchas, Mr. Cebra, Mr. Tatuaje, Super Pinocho 3000, Tigre Americano, Tigre Nahual, Vengador Galactico DQ Alfa, Atomic Star, Avisman, Electro Boy, Imposible, Metaleón,Power Bull, Sky Ángel
Gym FILL (Black Terry) vs Gym Metropolitano (Super Pinocho). Match ended with Metaleon losing to Super Pinocho 3000 by DQ.

Metaleon is usually a tecnico, so I’m wondering if maybe the finish was actually Super Pinocho 3000 throwing his mask to Metaleon to draw the DQ. It’s not explained that way.

Black Terry Jr. took advantage of it being a trainee show to try out the Phantom Cam a bit more: a tope by Arana de Plata, a dropkick to the face (which might explain the red marks on the mask above), an Asai moonsault, a slingshot tope con giro, and a moonsault.

CMLL Informa had Goya Kong, Zeuxis, Canelo Casas and Starman on for interviews. The last two was to push their Sabado Retros match. It appeared to be an irrelevant match, but they were available. The Mascara Dorada news was mentioned briefly in the news section, with both JCR and Miguel explaining it as if Mascara Dorada was just going on a very long tour of Japan (a 365 day one) and Dorada was still 100% CMLL.

They also announced El Faraon would be the legend honored by Dos Leyendas. My sense of things is this is a drop down in star power from Cien Caras last year, but Faraon seems to be a well remembered favorite. I wonder if they’ll debut a new Hijo del Faraon.

CMLL’s official news source couldn’t find a way to interview anyone from FantasticaMania, though Triton was doing radio interviews yesterday. Triton was very distraught about being injured on the first day of the tour, was happy to be able to continue, and he would’ve liked to be in Japan even longer. CMLL is my favorite AAA promotion.

Today’s CMLL.com news update hypes Mistico, saying the accident changed his outlook on life in a positive way. It also says Mistico is “spiritually and psychically 100%”. He didn’t look 100% in Japan. If that’s his new 100% level, we’re all in trouble. They also still seem to think Mistico’s going after Mascara Dorada for the title.

This week’s WON mentioned Jim Ross is no longer in consideration to be an Lucha Underground announcer or do an English language announcer for TripleMania. It’s not clear what happened, it’s just not happening. We still don’t know if there will be any English language AAA broadcast, but I would guess it’d be some combination of Striker, Vampiro and Hugo doing it.

Psycho Clown vs Texano Jr. won AAA’s Match of The Year.

Demus & Pierrothito promo for their CaraLuchas match against Suicida & Freelance.

Voices of Wrestling has a review of the 01/11 Terra show with Maximo/Casas.

There’s an Canis Lupus/Guerrero Mixitico feud going on in Arena Aficion.

Electro, the Morelos middleweight champion, became the Morelos light heavyweight champion (and gave up the lesser weight title.)

 

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Lucha Underground 1×11: Last Luchador Standing

the results

Cortez Castro [O] & Mr. Cisco (w/Bael) b Mascarita Sagrada [X] & Pimpinela Escarlata (4:47, flapjack/frontcracker combo)
Pentagón Jr. b Súper Fly (5:10, package piledriver)
Mariachi Loco b Sexy Star (3:49, small package)
King Cuerno b Drago (11:23, ten count) [falls count anywhere]

the developments

Big Ryck appeared after the Crew’s match, declaring anyone who stood in his way would get beat up. The Crew shared a glance about this and attacked Ryck with his back turned. Ryck’s eye was burned by his own cigar. A later skit revealed Dario had paid The Crew off to attack Ryck, upset he’d failed to win, and they were now his henchman.

superkick party

Vampiro interviewed Cage, who was arrogant and didn’t want to wait in line for a title shot – he wanted one now.

Mystery woman was glimpsed so quick during the Pentagon/Super Fly match that I’m not sure we were supposed to even notice here. She was wearing a Lucha Underground crew shirt instead of her usual outfit, and the announcers didn’t acknowledge.

Announcers pushed Super Fly/Pentagon Jr. as two midlevel guys looking to get to the top and spent the match speculating about what Pentagon needed to get to the top. Pentagon Jr. declared Chavo not a legend, but a fraud for turning on him, but he knew of a real mentor who’d help him get to the next level. (On the tapings, Pentagon was said to have asked for Vampiro to be his mentor, but that was edited out.)

flecha de la infierno

No plot line in Sexy/Mariachi. Maricahi & Super Fly were clearly the lesser important people in their matches, but both got significant offense (more so Super Fly)

Drago survived a Thrill of the Hunt off the apron thru a table to the floor. Cuerno ultimately beat Drago by tying him down in the corner, holding onto the ropes as the referee made the 10 count. Striker pushed this as the end of the feud, though Vamp said Drago would one day get his revenge

the questions

  • When will Cage get his shot?
  • Who is Pentagon’s mentor?
  • What’s next for King Cuerno & Drago?
  • why do you chant WHAT at a show in 2014?

stray thoughts

thrill of the hunt

Saying this is the weakest show of the run so far is too hard, but it’s the one where I was least into the matches. The main event was somewhat the opposite of Fenix/Prince Puma. King Cuerno continues to fight purposefully slow and the pauses for 10 counts reduced the pace farther. They went to the 10 count near falls almost right away, and it didn’t really get going until the end. They didn’t tease a repeat of last week’s Drago dive. The Thrill of the Hunt thru the table would’ve been enough to end it for me, but they did the rope tie bit instead. It sort of looked goofy and sort of protected Drago, a sort of trade off. This is definitely one where some people are going to feel very different about the match and it was good by any means, but not quite at the level as the other main events for me.

The opener was maybe the most fun match, with the Crew bumbling well for Pimpi & Sagrada before taking the wins. The other two matches, even in the anyone can win Temple, were a bit obvious in the outcome and the matches weren’t great enough to make up for it.

Matt Striker’s picks for the best women wrestlers ever were Trish Stratus, Lita, and Fabulous Moolah. Matt Striker’s nerd skills failed him there.

Fans were so annoying doing the WHAT chants during Big Ryck’s speech.

Sexy Star won clean without help, which shots a hole in my point from a couple days ago. It was a rare match with no story, but maybe that was the story.

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Dragon Rojo/Niebla Roja, Cuerno/Drago and more Lucha Underground

CMLL (TUE) 01/20/2015 Arena México [CMLL, Notimex]
1) Metatrón & Robin b Akuma & Camorra
2) Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito b Shockercito, Stukita, Último Dragoncito
3) Misterioso Jr., Raziel, Sagrado b Blue Panther Jr., Starman, The Panther
Starman replaced Dragon Lee on Monday.
4) Zeuxis b Estrellita [lightning]  (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Zeuxis submitted Estrellita to the caballette
5) Ephesto, Felino, Hombre sin Nombre b Delta, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr.
Rudos took 1/3.
6) Euforia, Hechicero, Niebla Roja b Blue Panther, Dragón Rojo Jr., Titán
Rudos took 2/3. Niebla Roja beat Dragon Rojo and demanded a title shot.

Inevitable Roja/Rojo feud starting up.

CMLL.com’s recap is listed as written by Bibiana Barradas. That’s Estrellita’s real name and this is probably part of her responsibilities as part of the press department. Still amusing to see her write about her own match, declaring something along the lines of “Zeuxis has definitely won the feud – or maybe it’s just beginning.”

CMLL (TUE) 01/20/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@conjuarez]
2) Flyer, Magnus, Star Jr. b Demonio Maya, Évola, Ráfaga
3) Virus b Magnum, Arkángel de la Muerte, Cancerbero, Puma, Tiger, Esfinge, Gallo, Leo, Omar Brunetti [cibernetico]
DF vs GDL. Virus defeated Magnum to win.
4) La Máscara, Super Porky, Valiente b Kráneo, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
5) Marco Corleone b Shocker

Everyone from Guadalajara loses their singles matches in Guadalajara of late.

Tonight’s Lucha Underground has a King Cuerno vs Drago last man standing match. It’s the finale for their feud, at least for now, and said to be one of the best matches during the first set of the tapings. They’ve also officially announced Super Fly vs Pentagon Jr. and Sexy Star vs Mariachi Loco, and there was one more matches taped for this show.

Lucha Underground has posted clips from Sexy Star vs Mariachi Loco, a Cage sit down interview with Vamprio, and a Cuerno/Drago feud recap. There’s also another Cage introduction interview that didn’t make TV last week.

Chris DeJoseph was interviewed on the Last Real Heels podcast. The hosts asked if there were any new people coming into Lucha Underground, and DeJoseph mentions Jeff Cobb, Shane Strickland and Willie Mack. Cobb’s been working dark matches and everyone assumed Willie Mack was going to end up here as soon as he parted ways with WWE, but the one-time DTU guest Strickland is a new name. DeJoseph was also asked about other championships, and he said confirmed there would be new ones, but it’d be different than other championships out there – “we’re going to try some things.” Trying some things seems to be working. He also noted they’re selling merchandise at the Temple now, but was unsure when they’d be available elsewhere or when international fans would get to (legally) see the show – that stuff didn’t seem his department but he mentioned he knew it was being worked on. The podcast is about 40 minutes, and you can listen to DeJoseph picking his favorite Lucha Underground match so far.

Sports Pro Media has a long interview with Dorian Roldan talking about the business of AAA. It’s worth reading if you’re even the slightest bit interested in that aspect. The main interview is from October but the information is still current. Cherry picking a few notes:

  • Dorian: “It’s not so easy to always find the talent that can fit in the company. Right now we have 90 wrestlers. We’re trying to reduce that to 80. We think that 90 is too much for us in this moment”. Dorian, when talking about including international wrestlers, says they have 1 South African, 3 Americans, 2 Canadians and 2 Japanese guys. I can’t think of who the Japanese people would be, but he also mentions Japanese people working in Lucha Underground. Am I just blanking on something here? (Alfredo suggests Bengala and Pentagon Jr.)
  • AAA says it’s target market is 55% men/45% women. That’s surprising to me – whenever I look at those stats for my YouTube videos, it’s close to 90/10.
  • and then this series of paragraphs, which may inform the strange TV stories of the last few weeks

A film may also follow but as it sets about expanding its universe, AAA is anticipating changes on home soil as well. Legislation liberalising the Mexican television industry will soon take effect, which should cause a significant expansion of the market.

“One of the biggest problems we have in the Mexican market is that we don’t have so many TV channels,” explains Roldán. “But with all the things that are happening right now, with the new laws that this new government has imposed in Mexico, there will be new players in the next couple of years.”

AAA will seek to capitalise on this by showing the same level of attention to its domestic TV product as it has to Lucha Underground. The expectation is that it will soon be able to command a worthwhile broadcast rights fee in Mexico for the first time. Up to this point, high-profile distribution has been prioritised to drive up sponsorship earnings.

CMLL Informa is on today. No guest list as of yet, but probably people back from FantasticaMania. CMLL still hasn’t acknowledged Mascara Dorada’s new status or Mr. Niebla’s disappearing act, so maybe at least one of those will get talked about. (CMLL just yesterday sent a recap of the tag tournament from Saturday, so maybe neither thing has happened yet in their world.) NJPW mentioned Dorada’s contract officially goes from February 1 to January 31 and FantasticaMania is on for 2016. They usually announce that at the end of the show each year, but maybe the Dorada announcement just trumped it.

CMLL does have the extremely wacky story of KeMonito meeting his father.

Texano Jr. says 2014 wasn’t bad for him, some other people just got lucky.

DTU announced Jonathan Gresham is coming in and facing Drastick Boy. Gresham is said to be a very good technical wrestler, so DTU isn’t the first promotion I’d think of to bring him in, but he should still be good.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Segunda Caida recaps the debut of the CMLL Invasors.

A recap of the Silver King/Hijo del Ninja saga.

Lineups

IWRG (SUN) 01/25/2015 Arena Naucalpan
1) Alfa & Dragón Celestial vs Dowki & Hip Hop Man
2) Emperador Azteca, Golden Magic, Metaleón vs Ciclon Black, Roller Boy, Tony Rivera
3) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo vs Liderk, Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Rayan
4) Hijo De Dos Caras, Súper Nova, Veneno vs Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Universo 2000 Jr., X-Fly
5) Canis Lupus & Eterno © vs Chicano & Danny Casas [IWRG IC TAG]
first defense for Lupus & Eterno

There will be blood. Also ninja turtles.

CMLL (TUE) 01/27/2015 Arena México
1) Acero & Aéreo vs Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Universo 2000
2) Flyer, Magnus, Sensei vs Akuma, Disturbio, Espiritu Negro
3) Dark Angel, Estrellita, Princesa Sugehit vs La Seductora, Tiffany, Zeuxis
4) Hombre Bala Jr. vs Raziel [lightning]
5) Fuego, Stuka Jr., Tritón vs Hechicero, Hombre sin Nombre, Pólvora
6) Ángel de Oro, Dragón Rojo Jr., Super Porky vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Niebla Roja

Niebla Roja/Dragon Rojo feud continues.

No Cavernario anywhere this week. Maybe Polvora gave up dragging Cavernario away and he’s still hanging onto a guardrail near the Tokyo Dome.

CMLL (TUE) 01/27/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Tapatío & Índigo vs Demonio Rojo & Jocker
2) Leono & Oro Jr. vs Artillero & Súper Comando
3) Esfinge, Starman, Stigma vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Cancerbero, Metálico
4) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Felino, Mr. Águila, Terrible
5) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero

The return of Mistico means the return of trademark symbols that I have to edit out.

Oro Jr. is now lower than Metalico, so that feud went great.

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