Cavernario/Cometa really happening, Thunder strikes, Lucha Underground

photo by Alexis Salazar/CMLL

CMLL (FRI) 09/05/2014 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Hombre Bala Jr., Pegasso, Súper Halcón Jr. b Artillero, Canelo Casas, Súper Comando
2) Dark Angel, Estrellita, Goya Kong b La Comandante, Tiffany, Zeuxis
Sexy Team took falls 1/3.
3) Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys b Fuego, Stuka Jr., Super Porky
TRT actually won, taking falls 1/3.
4) Rey Cometa TLDRAW Cavernario [lightning]
No winner after 10 minutes. Cometa challenged Cavernario to a hair match, and Cavernario agreed – for the anniversary show.
5) Atlantis, Dragón Rojo Jr., Volador Jr. DQ Gran Guerrero, Rey Escorpión, Último Guerrero
Tecnicos took 1/3, the last when Thunder inexplicably returned as a rudo, attacking Atlantis for the DQ. Thunder is now working with Ultimo Guerrero (part of the Guerreros), and sent Volador out on a stretcher.
6) La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush b Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
Ingobernables won in straight falls. Rush issued a challenge for a TAG title match.

Not sure if Rush screwed up or CMLL reported it wrong or CMLL just makes no sense. (Update: CMLL makes no sense, see the lineups.)

Thunder coming back is pretty random. Our good friend Los Colisenos, in his usual vague way, suggests this is an Ultimo Guerrero concept. All I know is I remember the years of talk of Rush not being able to switch to the rudo side because people weren’t sure he could handle the requirements of taking tecnico offense, and they’ve put the far less capable Thunder in that position now. Perhaps it’ll be a short term deal; the best use of Thunder is someone, anyone beating for him mask. (The worse use of him might be having him get anywhere close to Atlantis 14 days out from his mask match; I’d prefer to put Atlantis in a glass case for the next two weeks to make sure nothing kills the show.)

Someone asked CMLL Informa if Thunder was done with CMLL a while back and JCR said he was back healing up an injury. That seemed just like a story, but maybe not. Not sure if this means Thunder will be on the Anniversary show, but I’m sure those who have worked there all year should be all sorts of angry if he got that payoff and they didn’t. (Those people are probably also powerless to do much about it.)

As first reported by @kishin_claRens, Rey Cometa vs Cavernario in a hair versus hair match is actually happening. Maybe they’ll finally put the Cometa/Cavernario feud on TV now? The strangest build to that match – it’ll be a good match and possibly the best match on the show, but they haven’t given it enough attention for where it’ll actually mean much to the gate. I hope the fans who are coming in just for the one show give a chance, instead of just disregarding it as something featuring non-stars they don’t know.

Just in case you don’t follow these things: there’s no apparent storyline behind Terrible & TRT losing all these times and then finally winning here. It’s just a thing that happens.

CMLL’s Jose Luis Feliciano announced the Anniversary show would air on TV Azteca on delay, then announced no, actually, the deal isn’t done, never mind. CMLL internal communication at work.

Word leaked out that the Lucha Underground announce team is Matt Striker and Vamprio. Matt Striker was unbearable awful by the end of his stint at WWE announcer, Vampiro was impossible worse at TripleMania. Everyone seems to like Matt Striker and Vampiro, so I guess that will be nice for the people who are working on the show. Wish they were more concerned about putting on a good show but I’m clearly asking too much.

A band at the rehearsals, probably a little bit bored at having sit around for all day, posted photos of the set during the day to Instagram. There’s NDAs and gag orders, so they had to delete them later. They didn’t take them down from their Facebook site. Social media is tough! This is going to be the thing, people are going to share stuff from the show, and then someone at Lucha Underground is going to try and close the barn hours after the horses have bolted. They also posted a brief clip of a rehearsal bit: with people (5 stand-ins, same as the number of AAA wrestlers) standing at the back of the ring, a woman danced in the middle of it before a man (another stand-in?) in a briefcase walked in and stole her mic to cut an angry promo.

Alberto  rote that he was headed back home to San Antonio, so he’s a safe bet not to be on the Lucha Underground tapings (but may have stopped by to talk to the people in charge about his situation.) Mesias probably is, since he turned up in a photo with Ricky Reyes. That would has some AAA TV implication – there’s a mystery tecnico spot in the semimain of tonight’s show in Pachuca, and it doesn’t look like it’ll be Alberto or Mesias. Dr. Wagner was my guess when the lineup was announced; he’s both said his deal with AAA was just for one match but that he will also respect the rules of the Roldans if he goes back to AAA. Who knows with him. There’s not an obvious person for that spot; it might end up just being one of the other Clowns if plans have changed.

The main event of that show is Perro Aguayo Jr. versus Myzteziz. AAA’s sent out the usual text interviews with both of them and Perro’s trash talked in his newspaper column, but it still feels like a much quieter build to that match than there should be. Given AAA’s reluctance to do anything of note on TV the last nine months, it’s really strange they’re just throwing that huge match out there and getting so little out of it.

Today’s AAA lineup, which should air next weekend and the following Saturday, also includes an Aerostar vs Super Fly in their first ever singles match. They’ve been feuding on and off four years. They should be making mask/mask challenges. The thing to listen for is an actual date for a match.

The final part of TripleMania, with the four way main event and the fun opening match, airs today on Televisa – and it’s up now on YouTube. CMLL has the Sombra/Ultimo Guerrero match (11AM, Fox Sports 2), while the Azteca (America) show gets the second block of that same Universal tournament. TVC Deportes now lists Puebla airing at 7pm on Sunday, and it may also have Sombra/UG. Cadena3 has Mascara Dorada & Titan facing rudo sensation Hechicero in the main event. The full listing of this weekend’s TV probables are here.

AYM/LAS is offering their stream for free for the duration of the Women’s World Cup (of Baseball). You have create a free account at their website and they’ll probably start emailing plugs for their site if you do, but you get access to the live streams as well as the baseball coverage for however long it lasts. AYM, which sometimes has IWRG which doesn’t make it to me, listed IWRG on at 3pm today (but all AYM listings are iffy at best.)

The MaskedMania PPV repeats all weekend.

Black Terry Jr. has video of the La Lucha documentary.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

CMLL preview for Sunday notes Astral is challenging for the minis title in the same spot he won Pequeno Halcon’s mask just a few months ago.

ColiseoMania’s press conference is 09/08.

Psycho Clown talks about his win, hypes up tonight’s show in Pachuca.

Lineup

CMLL (FRI) 09/12/2014 Arena México
1) Shockercito & Stukita vs Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro
2) Black Panther, Pegasso, Tritón vs Misterioso Jr., Puma, Skándalo
3) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Cavernario, Pólvora, Rey Escorpión
4) Máscara Dorada, Titán, Valiente vs Ephesto, Hechicero, Niebla Roja
5) Dragón Rojo Jr., Marco Corleone, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
6) Diamante Azul, La Máscara, Rush vs Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Shocker

They really are doing the tag team title program! Plans have very visibly changed here; the Puebla tag team tournament is now listed as for the Copa 81 Anniversaro Arena Puebla. It seems to me that plans changed about which title would be on the line on 09/19, but I’m not sure why. The net effect is Shocker is definitely getting on the Anniversary card and Felino & Mr. Niebla are question marks (and poor Marco is denied a title match again!) Note that La Mascara is in this match and not La Sombra, who probably is being shuffled off to whatever match Volador is in. I’d really be surprised if Casas & Shocker keep the tag team titles again.

Diamante Azul demonstrates La Mascara isn’t the most annoying possible Ingobernable.

No Thunder. Lots of good matches. Those things are related. Opener and second should be good. Third and fourth could be exceptional, fifth is a walking DQ.

 

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CMLL preview, Lucha Underground

Maybe today is the day CMLL gets around to building the rest of the Anniversary card? Today’s card is main evented by the Peste Negra versus the Ingobernables. Casas, Felino and Niebla are still Mexican national trios champions, so Sombra, Rush and Mascara beating them could set up a title match for 09/19. The undercard includes a Cavernario/Rey Cometa lightning match, a feud which apepars to have been going on to live fans but he hasn’t been promoted much elsewhere by CMLL. Atlantis and Ultimo Guerrero meet in the semimain trios.

Today in Lucha Underground newsbits

  • PWInsider says Ricochet and Matt Cross “are in Los Angeles and will be taking part of the series.” They don’t say they signed, but the idea earlier was only people who were signed would be used. That would seem to have major ramifications for Ricochet’s availability elsewhere, but maybe a different deal was cut. Ricochet is said to be in line for a big push.
  • PWInsider says Lucha Underground has started bringing in replacement talent for those who haven’t sign, though they’re only listed as working ‘dark matches’, whatever that means. (It means the first taping is going to be some sort of fiasco, I suppose.)
  • Kaos and Aaron Aguilera – who’s already been in WSX and Lucha Libre USA so he’s going for the hat trick – have been contacted.
  • B-Boy announced he had signed. PWI reported that earlier.
  • Vampiro was also brought in. Vampiro was awful as an announcer on TripleMania. He’ll be an announcer on Lucha Underground.
  • Doors open for Saturday’s taping at 2pm, doors close at 3:30pm, and the show starts at 4pm. Maybe the same for all shows?
  • group Bang Data said they’re appearing on the show, then deleted their Facebook post (but not the Twitter one, oops.)
  • And Alberto is in Los Angeles – coincidence? probably not.

There’s a fundraiser for Fray Tormenta, who’s losing his eye sight due to kidney problems.

Rob has highlights of 06/03/2014 CMLL.

The MaskMania PPV airs on inDemand today for $9.99. It was $10 worth when it was on iPPV, worth checking out if you haven’t seen it yet.

LuchaWorld has a review of this past week’s Lucha Azteca and this week’s CMLL Informa.

Segunda Caida reviews Máximo, Negro Casas, Volador Jr. vs La Sombra, Rey Escorpión, Rush

Hijo del Rey Misterio and Rey Escorpion will have a CMLL LH title match in Sonora on 09/14, which sounds great. Flamita vs Steve Pain in Arena Cuadrilatero is another good match up of people who don’t often match up.

Ohtani’s Jacket reviews Negro Casas in LA from 1992.

Tercera Caida has posted their after the show interview with Dhani of Lucha Memes.

Alberto el Patron, as Alberto Rodriguez, is signing autographs in London on October 18th and 19th.

Zeuxis says just making the Anniversary show is an achievement, but she wants to win the Copa as well.

09/06-07 lucha times

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== AAA ==

AAA-Televisa: Final part of TripleMania – opener, four way match.

== CMLL ==

FOX2: Ultimo Guerrero vs La Sombra in the Universal final

52MX: Atlantis, Valiente, Volador vs Euforia, Rey Escorpion, Ultimo Guerrero

Claro: Azul, Marco, Volador vs Euforia, Niebla, Shocker

C3: Mascara, Dorada, Titan vs Ephesto, Hechicero, Shocker.

TVC Deportes (Puebla): TVC hasn’t posted a schedule for the weekend, so who knows. Sombra/UG main event is next in line (which would mean that match airs twice in two days), but there’s still that skip coming some time.

Lucha Azteca: CMLL Universal Block B. They probably should cut the tercera and not reeedit all eight matches, but who knows.

Terra Sunday: Pequeno Olimpico vs Astral and other matters.

== Other ==

Noches de Coliseo: maybe random matches from last Sunday? They’ve aired reruns the last few weeks.

IWRG (LAS/AYM): Eterno/Kabuki and more from Wednesday.

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Lucha Underground, Eterno/Kabuki, Atlantis/UG, Ninja & Rico to TNA?

IWRG (WED) 09/03/2014 Arena Naucalpan [Estrellas del RingThe Gladiatores
1) Capitán Muerte b Black Niko 
2) Insólito I & Insólito II b Alfa & Omega
Insolito wins in his debut. 
3) Anubis Black & Matrix Jr. b Alan Extreme & Látigo 
4) Chucho el Roto, Ironía, Yakuza DQ Ciclon Black, Hip Hop Man, Tony Rivera
AULL vs Neza. Three quick falls. Both refs were looking at dives, and Tony & Yakuza both faked fouls. Referees gave the win to the AULL team. 
5) Canis Lupus, Eterno, Hijo de Máscara Año 2000 b Diva Salvaje, Kenshi Kabuki, Relámpago
Rudos took 1/e. Eterno and Kabuki feuded, Eterno defeating Kabuki (with some help from Hijo de Mascara) in the third.

A good night for evil, though fourth was a bit of a gimmie.

Lucha Underground sent out a press release announcing they’ve signed Karlee Perez, who wrestled as Maxine in WWE. They’ve been also said to sign Ricky Reyes, B-Boy and Tough Enough Guy #1. (Tough Enough Guy #2 may have also signed, judging by Twitter.) That gives them enough material for more press releases, but it seems like you’d probably want to announce someone with a big name first (if they had one) and they instead they went with Maxine. I watched a lot of that iteration of NXT and enjoyed Maxine in both her season and the wacky wrestling soap opera the show turned into at the end of it’s first run, but you have to be a hardcore WWE fan with a good memory to have any idea who she is. Maybe she’s a bigger star to the people putting the show together, since she did have a run in WWE and the other people did not? Judging from the names included, it does seem like the best way to get in on this ‘lucha libre’ show is to have a minor role in WWE. The other thing worth noting is Maxine appears to be someone trying to break into Hollywood while keeping a toe in the wrestling business – wrestlingdata’s only lists one match for her in the two years since she’s left WWE – and so she’s less likely to be concerned about being restricted from wrestling elsewhere.

A photo of the arena also turned up, which fits the underground fight arena theme I’ve been hearing of late.

An instagram plug for the Lucha Underground mentions you’ll be able to buy beer, food, and they’ll have live bands. Live bands! I believe about 99% of live band performances at wrestling shows have been terrible, but I may be underplaying it. Beer means no kids, all shows are 18 are older. They are also not promoting the AAA name. I don’t think they’re using the AAA name on air, but you could still stick on the poster to interest people. (And/or pictures of the lucha stars, since they knew they were on the show before they put that out.) I also haven’t seen that flyer in Spanish anywhere. No one sees this as an issue, because the Hispanic Spanish speaking family who’s parents grew up watching lucha libre and who’s kids would enjoy running around lucha libre masks is NOT who is being targeted here. This is for (generally) white guys and girls wearing black t-shirts, assorted hipsters and whatever plants they bring in.

If you’ve been following, you probably should know how to feel about this project already: lucha libre In Name Only, but really a California US style indy project which happens to be bringing in Mexican names and will use them on top (at least at the start.) Maybe it’ll be fun, maybe everyone will make a lot money, both of those things would make me happy, but I think I’m writing about this show because it happens to have AAA people. The thing we don’t know is how AAA feels about all of this; there’s a lot of things they still do in Mexico because those are things you do in Mexico even if they don’t fit their vision – maybe they’d be fine with something totally different even if it wasn’t the exact different they thought it would be?

There’s also this bit, regarding the contract situation

On 8/29, the casting agent brought in a new group of talent and had them cut promos and read scripts to replace any of the wrestlers in the current scripts in case they don’t sign.

I think tapings are happening this week, with whoever they have.

AAA and NyxMobile introduced AAA branded cell phones at a press conference/wrestling show yesterday. It looks like AAA branded phone models (Fly Mini and Quo), with artwork on the outside and special AAA photos and video in the phones (likely similar to the phone subscription package they’re also doing.) Phones include La Parka, Cibernetico, Psycho Clown, Perro Aguayo and Octagon – AAA gets to still use his image even though he’s not there.

Tercera Caida has an interview with Alberto el Patron and with Dhani of LuchaMemes and ChilangaMask to talk up those shows. AAA (and TerceraCaida) seemed to always use the name “Alberto el Patron” and not “Alberto Del Rio” – maybe AAA did get a legal letter about that at TripleMania, or maybe they’ve just decided to start moving on. Otherwise, it seems like Alberto’s unencumbered by his WWE exit. It sounds like the no-compete that his lawyers got waved was the entire thing; there’s a lot of talk of him starting up on indy shows in the near future. Dave Meltzer has said Alberto has enough on WWE (prior incidents?) that the promotion doesn’t want to go after him for fear of the what he’ll say. (Maybe the same is the reason why there was no response to Rey.) That probably means he’ll be starting working on indies soon. TV groups, especially a promotion like Lucha Underground which seems to be very concerned with legal cover and liability, may want an actual written proof WWE won’t do anything. It doesn’t doesn’t sound like that has actually happened or is expected to happen.

There will be a press conference today at 5pm for the ColiseoMania show on 09/28. Meanwhile, Roberto Figueroa says TNA has contacted Arena Coliseo Monterrey with interest in using El Hijo del Ninja & Rico Rodriguez. A long time ago, TNA brought in Konnan Big but I don’t think he ever made it to the main TV show. My hunch is TNA is looking for additional Latino wrestlers to make themselves attractive to more TV networks. The article notes there is interest but they may have to do a tryout and haven’t signed yet. I suspect we’ll hear more about this at that press conference.

This might also be discussed on the Mascara vs Cabellera #4 Podcast, which has been covering ColiseoMania, only it’s not really a podcast because it’s a not a show with an RSS feed that I can download to my portable audio player so I’ll never known. It’s a YouTube show!

CMLL Informa had a panel discussion on Atlantis versus Ultimo Guerrero, the biggest mask matches in recent history (Santo/Shadow was actually aired on video! but not tape! whyyyyyyyyyy) and other Anniversary show issues. One of the big questions for the panel was the future of Atlantis and Ultimo Guerrero: if they lose, would they retire? The panel leaned towards Atlantis retiring, but Atlantis himself says he will not retire after the match, win or lose. Ultimo Guerrero does not appear to be asked that question, just talking about how he’s confident he will win. Informa itself emphasized how both men had won major tournaments this year. Ultimo Guerrrero won CMLL Universal and Atlantis earlier won Leyenda de Azul.

There was no mention of the Cometa/Cavernario feud on CMLL Informa, not even in the show ending video package. Why run angles if you’re not going to mention them? The show did mention Volador, Mascara Dorada and Valiente would be on the card, against opponents to be announced

CMLL Informa also announced the special show days and times for 09/16 (Independence Day) shows. As is normal, they’ve moved a show scheduled for the day before to the holiday – Puebla will move from Monday to Tuesday for and start a 3pm, which might allow the people on that show to get back to Mexico City in time for a 5pm show there. Puebla moving to Tuesday really is annoying if, let’s say, you were planning on going to the building for the first time ever, would really have liked to see Rush & Marco vs (probably Terrible & Rey Escorpion), have somewhere else to be on Tuesday and have no idea what you’ll end up doing on Monday now. Just a hypothetical.

Segunda Caida reviews 06/28/14 Lucha Azteca.

Keira talks her busy Sunday, where she’ll be fighting Arez in the morning and fighting LuFisto and Lady Flammer in the evening. Hope she survives the experience.

Rush doesn’t understand why Casas & Shocker want keep fighting him, since he humiliates them every time, but he’s got no problem keeping doing it.

Texano wants revenge in Pachuca.

Hechicero, while pointing out he’s interviews in the newest Luchas 2000, talks about his path in to CMLL.

More on the plan to break the world record of most people wearing a mask on the subway on 09/21 in Mexico City.

Lineups

IWRG (SUN) 09/07/2014 Arena Naucalpan 
1) Dragón Celestial & Metaleon vs Araña de Plata & Hip Hop Man 
2) Diva Salvaje, Miss Gaviota, Saruman vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo 
3) Dr. Cerebro, Golden Magic, Kenshi Kabuki vs Canis Lupus, Trauma I, Trauma II 
4) Máscara Sagrada, Pantera, Toscano vs Cien Caras Jr., Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Universo 2000 Jr. 
5) Hijo De Dos Caras © vs Demon Clown [IWRG IC HEAVY]
First defense

Proud Canadian Demon Clown has been pretty terrible and Hijo de Dos Caras is a main event guy (only) because his name is Hijo de Dos Caras. That main event will be special.

Who’s the best heavyweight champion in Mexico? I’ve chronicled Terrible’s repeated failures. Texano just lost the biggest match at the biggest show of the year and needed extraordinary help to win any match this year. Hijo de Dos Caras is not good. The national championship is vacant (and may never be filled again.) I don’t really have an answer here.

indy (SUN) 09/21/2014 Arena Lopez Mateos 
1) Pegazzuz & Shibata vs Discoria & Ironía 
2) Vanelly © vs India MazahuaSexy AngelDulce LunaDiosa AteneaPrincesa MohicanaSexy GirlLady Dragon [Copa WWS GODDESS STAR] 
3) Arandú & TJ Boy vs Freelance & Mike Segura and Belial & Impulso [X-LAW TAG]
vacant championship? Arandu & TJ Boy were champs back in 2005, other matches were held without them since 
4) Gallego, Rocky Santana, Romano Garcia © vs Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro [AULL TRIOS]
Consgrados seemingly won the trios titles on 08/10 (no result recorded but were title challengers.) 
5) Dr. Wagner Jr. & Mil Mascaras vs Canek & Villano IV

The answer to the previous question might be in this main event, and that’s just sad for everyone.

Third match looks nuts. Hope the TJ guys are in for more than one day.

Tuesday results, lineups

photo by Alexis Salazar/CMLL

CMLL (TUE) 09/02/2014 Arena México 
1) Robin & Star Jr. DQ Espanto Jr. & Ramstein
Rudos pulled Star Jr’s mask. 
2) Demus 3:16, Mercurio, Pierrothito b Fantasy, Shockercito, Último Dragoncito
Martillo Negro on Shockercito, which caused him to be stretchered out. 
3) Amapola, Dalys, La Seductora b Lluvia, Marcela, Silueta
Rudas took 1/3. 
4) Virus b Dragon Lee [lightning (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Virus snuck in a foul. 
5) Ángel de Oro, Diamante Azul, Tritón b Boby Zavala, Misterioso Jr., Tiger
Tecnicos took 1/3. Azul submitted Tiger for the win. 
6) Marco Corleone, Máscara Dorada, Titán b Ephesto, Hechicero, Shocker
Tecnicos took 1/3

No obvious sign of a match being set up for two weeks from now; card basically resets next week. Virus/Dragon Lee is said to be good, haven’t gotten to see it yet.

CMLL (TUE) 09/02/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@acogdl] 
1) Évola & Jocker b El Brillante & Leo
Rudos took 1/3 
2) Estrellita, Goya Kong, Princesa Sugehit b La Comandante, Tiffany, Zeuxis
Tecnicas took 1/3. 
3) Cachorro, Fuego, Gallo DQ Kamaitachi, Okumura, Puma
Tecnicos took 1/3, the last when Okumura fouled Gallo 
4) La Máscara b Mephisto
Rare 3 fall undercard match here. Mascara took 2/3. 
5) Atlantis, Rush, Valiente DQ Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
Tecnicos took 2/3, UG pulling Atlantis’ mask.

It seems much more obvious that there’s something with Gallo/Okumura here. I’ll be out of town when La Mascara/Mephisto airs, may need to skip over it when I return.

Segunda Caida reviews La Máscara, Rush, Stuka Jr. vs Herodes Jr., Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas and 06/21/14 Lucha Azteca.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update and the press release about the MaskMania PPV this weekend.

Video of Alberto talking about first AAA match.

Rob has highlights of 12/21 & 28/2001 CMLL.

Atlantis & Ultimo Guerrero talk about the mask match.

Michinoku Pro says Kendo is coming in for a show on 10/18.

Lineups

CMLL (MON) 09/08/2014 Arena Puebla 
1) Meyer, Paris, Tigre Rojo vs Ares, Centauro de Fuego, Siki Ozama Jr. 
2) Dark Angel, Estrellita, Lluvia vs Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis 
3) Dragón Rojo Jr. & La Sombra vs Gran Guerrero & Último Guerrero and Atlantis & Stuka Jr. andKráneo & Morphosis and Valiente & Volador Jr. and Rey Escorpión & Terrible and La Máscara &Super Porky and Pólvora & Tiger [#1 Contenders, CMLL TAG, sf]

A lot of teams make no sense – Sombra should be teaming with La Mascara (and teaming him with Dragon Rojo just feels wrong.) Polvora and Tiger should be teaming with Rey Escorpion and Terrible, but my hunch is Rey Escorpion and Terrible are actually winning this block. They fit against Rush & Marco. (Rooting strongly against GG/UG.)

CMLL (TUE) 09/09/2014 Arena México 
1) Flyer & Star Jr. vs Akuma & Espanto Jr. 
2) Cachorro, Hombre Bala Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. vs Disturbio, Hijo del Signo, Nitro 
3) La Vaquerita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs La Comandante, La Seductora, Tiffany 
4) Fuego vs Sagrado [lightning
5) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Dragón Rojo Jr. vs Boby Zavala, Hombre sin Nombre, Vangellys 
6) Stuka Jr., Super Porky, Valiente vs Mephisto, Rey Bucanero, Terrible

This doesn’t feel like the a show building to a bigger one. Maybe Mephisto makes up for missing his last title defense against Valiente with one next week? Maybe Terrible versus Stuka? Maybe Terrible versus Super Porky??????

CMLL (TUE) 09/09/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara 
1) Metatrón & Virgo vs Infierno & Ráfaga 
2) Astral, Bam Bam, Último Dragoncito vs Demus 3:16, Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito 
3) Dragon Lee, Esfinge, Omar Brunetti, Sky Kid, Smaker vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Cancerbero, Olímpico, Raziel, Virus [cibernetico]
GDL vs DF 
4) Gallo & Tritón vs Kamaitachi & Okumura 
5) Atlantis, Rush, Titán vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero

There’s more Gallo vs Okumura. (Neither are local champion right now.) More Atlantis/UG too. Wouldn’t rule out them running that singles match here either the Tuesday prior or after the Anniversary show.

Undercard has the Guadalajara vs Mexico City cibernetico I always think should be an annual event with bigger names, but this crew is still good. That too might set up something for next week – there’s a lot more possibilities here.

That 09/16 show here will start early, at 5:45pm.

CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-08-09

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taped 2014-08-01 @ Arena México

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CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-08-09

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taped 2014-07-29 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara

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Rush & Marco advance in tag team tournament, XMW

XMW (SAT) 08/30/2014 Cancha Jaguars, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México [Black Terry Jr. (flickr)Estrellas del RingThe Gladiatores
1) Anuro b The Power and Flama Negra 
2) Medieval b Chica Ye-YeTerremotoObscuroCentella AtomicaFenryBlackyLegendario [EDM LH]
Medieval beat Oscuro to win. 
3) Ludark Shaitan b Felina MetalicaPrincesa DoradaReina IsisLady Boricua [XMW WOMEN]
Ludark beat Felina Metalika. 
4) Yoruba © b MetaleonEl Guason [XMW MIDDLE]
El Guason added himself to the match. 
5) Arkángel de la Muerte b BelialRey Hechicero
Arkangel won via foul. 
6) Kronoz & Tornado (DF) b Herodes Jr. & Titán and Fly Warrior & Yuriko and Centvrión & Mr. Leo[XMW TAG, #1 Contenders]
Kronos & Tornado beat Herodes & Titan. 
7) Fly Metalik & Wotam b Arez & Impulso and Fly Star & Toxin Boy [fans bring the weapons]

Crazy looking show. Black Terry Jr. has four highlight videos of this weekend’s show: Light Heavyweight title match, Middleweight title match, the maestros match  and the tag team title match. Unsure how Terremoto is in the same weight division as everyone else in that light heavyweight match. The running shooting star press into a corner headbutt to the gut is my new favorite stupid move, though the vertical suplex/tope combination is not far behind. Not totally sure about the fifth match results – both recaps heavily praise Belial for keeping up with the CMLL guys to the point that they’re not really clear (to me) on how the match turned out.

CMLL (MON) 09/01/2014 Arena Puebla [Periodico Enfoque
1) Akrón, Ares, Fuerza Chicana b Asturiano, Black Tiger, Milenium
Rudos took 2/3 
2) Fuego, Stigma, Stuka Jr. b Kamaitachi, Misterioso Jr., Skándalo
Tecnicos took 2/3, Stuka beat Mistierioso. 
3) Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Rey Bucanero, Vangellys b Marco Corleone & Rush and Delta & Guerrero Maya Jr. and Euforia & Niebla Roja and Blue Panther & Diamante Azul and Felino & Puma andMáscara Dorada & Titán [CMLL TAG, #1 Contenders, seeding battle royal] 
4) Marco Corleone & Rush b Cavernario & Mr. Niebla [CMLL TAG, #1 Contenders, quarterfinal
5) Euforia & Niebla Roja b Blue Panther & Diamante Azul [CMLL TAG, #1 Contenders, quarterfinal]
6) Cavernario & Mr. Niebla b Rey Bucanero & Vangellys [CMLL TAG, #1 Contenders, eightfinal
7) Marco Corleone & Rush b Máscara Dorada & Titán [CMLL TAG, #1 Contenders, eightfinal
8) Black Panther & Diamante Azul b Felino & Puma [CMLL TAG, #1 Contenders, eightfinal
9) Euforia & Niebla Roja b Delta & Guerrero Maya Jr. [CMLL TAG, #1 Contenders, eightfinal
10) Marco Corleone & Rush b Euforia & Niebla Roja [CMLL TAG, #1 Contenders, semifinal]

The newspaper recap believes Marco & Rush get the title shot, though CMLL had previously said this is was the first block of a tournament. They both may be right. Marco & Rush make sense against Casas & Shocker.

Today’s CMLL show has a main event of Marco, Mascara Dorada, Titan and Shocker, Ephesto and Hechicero. Some good matchups there. Silueta and Marcela return from Japan to team with Lluvia aginst Dallys, Amapola, and Seductora – Lluvia and Dallys had issued last week. Lightning match is Dragon Lee versus Virus, which could be very good.

The all Jalisco team of Atlantis, Rush and Valiente take on Laguneros Euforia, Gran Guerrero and Ultimo Guerrero in Arena Coliseo Guadalajara. Mascara and Mephisto meet in a singles match.

September 16th, two weeks from today, appears to be the big day for holiday shows this year. They’ll be setting up something on both of these shows (and have a lot of possibilities.) That following weekend looks busy too; there’s a Mil Mascaras show at Arena Lopez Mateos on 09/21.

Segunda Caida reviews Angelico, Zumbi & Australian Suicide vs. Los Infierno Rockers from February.

SuperLuchas #532 has the Rock, Ultimo Guerrero and Hector Guzman on the cover.

Myzteziz says he’s going to be the one to stop Perro Aguayo Jr.

Metalico wants a hair match with Rey Cometa, Blue Panther or Virus.

Toryumon Mexico reminds their fans you can not buy tickets to a Toryumon Mexico show. (They’re all giveaways.)

Ultimo Guerrero is #1 on CMLL’s top 10. Hombre sin Nombre is #10.

Amapola & Zeuxis promote the Anniversary show. There’s a video clip of the interview as well.

Drago and Pentagon Jr. are listed on a DF show on 09/20, so maybe they’ll be headed back to Mexico on the weeks with no Lucha Underground taping?

Important notice: there are Pitufo (Smurf) luchadors in San Luis Potosi. There are different Pitufos in Xalapa. These are distinct Smurfs. (Also Pentagon Jr. won a six way Copa.)

Lucha Libre in Japan

Nosawa, who’s already planning on Mil Mascaras for a December 11th show, says he’s negotiating with Alberto del Rio as well. Nothing is signed yet.

Video of Star Fire’s debut in Japan.

Lineup

ChilangaMask (TUE) 09/16/2014 Arena Querétaro 
1) Hormiga & Radge vs Optimus & Ursus 
2) Fulgor I & Fulgor II vs Angel Rebelde & Astro Rey Jr. and Maverick Benji & Psico Kid and Castigador & Karma 
3) Arez & Belial vs Alex Guajardo & Lobo Lafayette 
4) L.A. Anarquista & Trauma I vs Drabek I & Drabek II 
5) Black Terry vs Aero Boy
third match of a series, tied 1 to 1 
6) Impulso vs Fuego Latino [falls count anywhere]

Final lineup for this show. A lot of the less familiar names are Queretaro locals (Promociones Pantera, who usually run this arena, are co-promoting this show.)

09/14 AAA TV Lineup (Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya) – Alberto’s first AAA match

AAA TV (SUN) 09/14/2014 Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, Puerto Aventuras, Quintana Roo 
1) Dinastía, Jennifer Blake, Octagoncito vs Mini Abismo Negro, Mini Psycho Clown, Taya Valkyrie 
2) Aerostar, Angélico, Australian Suicide vs Daga, El Apache, Hijo de Pirata Morgan 
3) Psycho Clown vs Chessman 
4) El Patrón Alberto, La Parka, Myzteziz vs Averno, el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Texano Jr.

Air Date: 09/20

AAA held a press conference to announce this show and Alberto’s first post-WWE match. The vacation package includes the 13th, 14th, and 15th this time.

This is a really promising lineup, though expectations should be in check for a Hard Rock show (which have tended to be worked at a lower gear.) It’s a stellar lineup for the main event, and interesting to have Alberto and Myzteziz teamed up to start. Alberto/Texano looks like the next big title match, and maybe it’s coming sooner than I thought.

Psycho Clown versus Chessman could be the start of a new direction for both guys. Chessman could use something to do with Demon not around again and Psycho needs to accomplish something new to follow up on TripleMania.

First two matches both look like they could be great. Surprising to see part timer Hijo de Pirata included on a show everyone wants to be on. Maybe he’s no longer a part timer. Maybe everyone else was just busy elsewhere: This is one of four AAA shows happening on the same day (Wagner promoted show in Torreon, Acapulco and Hidalgo with a C team roster), plus a Lucha Underground taping that night. Hijo del Fantasma sticks out as a name who’s not on any of those shows.

Next taping is ????

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08/26-09/01 lucha videos

My cable went out during the end of the IWRG Prison Fatal match. They didn’t air Dragon Celestial/Hip Hop Man; Dragon Celestial’s promo air, but they went straight to the next promo from there.  I think other programming must’ve gone long, but they were just airing reruns after it so I dunno.

I’ve got last week’s C3 and this week’s C3. This week show is off the Canal44 feed, so they get in and out of breaks late and I screwed up the first fall of the first match while seeing if the recording was actually working it. (It was, up until I did anything.) I should have a better version of that match later.

Noches de Coliseo did not air any new matches.

Thanks to everyone for their help, as always.

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