Wagner defeats Canek, Volador defeats Sombra (again)

indy (SUN) 10/05/2014 Arena Lopez Mateos [Black Terry Jr. (flickr), Estrellas del Ring]
1) Chucho el Roto, Hijo De Talisman, Spider Boy b Discordia, Ironía, Pequeño Demonio
2) Esther Moreno, Lady Apache, Reyna Del Sur b Cristal, Felina Metalica, Rossy Moreno
3) Sádico, Súper Nova, Yakuza b Flamita, Mike Segura, Terry 2000 highlights (posted by tvluchadelpasado)
money thrown in, said to be a great match
4) Hijo de Pirata Morgan & Pirata Morgan Jr. b Trauma I & Trauma II and Aeroboy & Violento Jack highlights (posted by tvluchadelpasado)
Aero & Jack were out first, then Hijo del Pirata stole Trauma II’s mask to beat him.
5) Negro Navarro © b Pirata Morgan [FMLL MASTER]
The Traumas and the Piratas were the seconds and got involved a lot. Navarro snuck in a foul on Morgan while the referee was distracted.
6) Dr. Wagner Jr. & Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr. DQ Canek & Toscano
LA Park pulled out of the show due to medical issues, with Canek replacing him. Wagner fouled Canek, Canek pulled Wagner’s mask, ref only saw Canek with the mask and called the DQ on him.

Flamita has had nothing but really good matches since coming back to Mexico.

CMLL (MON) 10/06/2014 Arena Puebla [Periodico Enfoque]
1) Centauro de Fuego & Fuerza Chicana b Meyer & Paris
Rudos took 2/3.
2) Blue Center & Demus 3:16 b Astro Aéreo Jr. & Último Dragoncito
Demus destroyed Ultimo Dragoncito at the finish.
3) Asturiano, Dragon Lee, Oro Jr. DQ Arkángel de la Muerte, King Jaguar, Siki Ozama Jr.
Arkangel came back into the ring to attack Asturiano after being eliminated.
4) Ángel de Oro, Rey Cometa, Stigma DQ Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Skándalo
Skandalo is back again. Stigma is said to have come back in after being eliminated to attack Misterioso (second DQ for that in a row?)
5) Ephesto, Hombre sin Nombre, Mephisto b Máximo, Stuka Jr., Valiente
Rudos took 2/3.
6) Volador Jr. © b La Sombra [NWA WELTER]
Volador took falls 2/3 to win. Volador’s first defense on this reign.

A title change was unlikely here. Volador gets to have a title. Sombra already has a title. Everyone gets a title.

The best match on tonight’s CMLL show might be the lightning match uploaded before the night is over. Dragon Lee continues his not-feud against the Cancerberos by taking on the underated Raziel’s in CMLL weekly uploaded match. The main event could be good as well, with Mascara Dorada & Titan teaming up with Atlantis to take on Gran Guerrero, Rey Escorpion and Niebla Roja.

LuchaWorld has this week’s Poster-Mania.

Maligno picked up the Distrito Federal Heavyweight Championship from Capitan Furia in San Luis Potosi. It’s still unknown if Mexico City is actually recognizing these title reigns.

Ultimo Dragon was honored in El Salvador (by a promotion that runs small shows in the basement of a shopping mall.) Dragon seems to turn up in Central America quite a bit, and said he visits the region his because his father worked there and he wanted to see the places his father remembered and loved. I didn’t know Dragon’s father was in wrestling (though I guess he could’ve had another job that took him there.

Maximo is #1 on the CMLL top 10 list; Demus is #10 (for losing but still challening people.)

Zorro talks about Copa Antonio Pena.

Looks like Claro Sports was filming a feature on Hechicero yesterday.

Lineups

IWRG (SUN) 10/12/2014 Arena Naucalpan
1) Septimo Dragon & Sky Ángel vs Cirujano Jr. & Hip Hop Man
2) Diva Salvaje, Estrella Divina, Miss Gaviota vs Rayan, Spartan, Violencia Jr.
3) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo vs Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo, Oficial 911, Oficial AK47
4) Dr. Cerebro, Pantera, Veneno vs Canis Lupus, Demon Clown, X-Fly
5) Hijo De Dos Caras, Negro Navarro, Toscano vs Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan Jr.

Demon Clown and X-Fly is quite a team. Main event follows up on the Pirata/Dos issues from last week.

Negro Navarro & Violencia are back here for the first time in a while. Septimo Dragon is from Guanajuato and works for DTU normally (though seemed to miss the last couple of shows to work in Monterrey instead.) An Estrella Divina has also been working for DTU and I’d guess it’s the one who normally works in Tampico (and not the one who was working in Guerrero.) There’s a Cirujano working in Puebla and Estado de Mexico; assuming that’s one guy, that’s probably this guy.

I’m so cynical about IWRG – and everything else! – that I want to start a pool on which Ninja Turtle goes missing first. I’m guessing Teelo.

CMLL (MON) 10/13/2014 Arena Puebla
1) Arkalis & Rey Samuray vs Centauro de Fuego & Rey Apocalipsis
2) Black Tiger, Milenium, Robin vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Fuerza Chicana, Nitro
3) Fuego, Rey Cometa, Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Olímpico, Puma, Tiger
4) Ángel de Oro, Diamante Azul, Super Porky vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible
5) Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero vs Atlantis, Máximo, Valiente

Ultimo Guerrero versus Atlantis.

None of the DQs from this week’s show appear this week.

We all thought it was odd to see Olimpico hugging Ultimo Guerrero after he lost his mask at the Anniversary show. We thought it was odd because we didn’t know they were that close. We probably should’ve thought it was odd because it was Olimpico appearing in Arena Mexico. He’s only wrestled there twice this year, once in February and once in June. He’s still getting booked in Puebla (slightly) and Guadalajara (more than slightly.)

 

10/04-10/06 lucha videos

Noches de Coliseo remains in a repeat, though sources close to the situation say new material may return next week.

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYyNnOBGWP7Tk1mYknbltHhDlDxnoZgQS  – it’s been a while since I’ve said this, but if you’re going to download a lot of the videos, you’re best using a program that allows you to download off YouTube than the links below. There’s no limiter on YouTube

Thanks to my wonderful helpers, we’re adding shows we missed in August and September. There’s 10+ hours in total on the YouTube channel today, another 2 on Daily Motion, and 4-5 hours on the shows I only put as download links.

The Ninja Turtles matches have not aired yet. They may in a few hours – check my Twitter this evening.

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This is somewhat me organizing my plans and somewhat asking for help. It’s long and boring and not a lot about lucha libre. Not everything can be the Lucha Underground spoilers (but I hope this too is posted elsewhere without attribution!)

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Ninja Turtles debut with win, Lucha Underground

IWRG (SUN) 10/05/2014 Arena Naucalpan [IWRG]
1) Dragón Celestial, Imposible, Saruman b Anubis Black, Araña de Plata, Atomic Star
2) Apolo Estrada, Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo b Emperador Azteca, Golden Magic, Veneno
money thrown in.
3) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo b Canis Lupus, Eterno, Hip Hop Man, Oficial 911
Debut of the latest Tortugas Ninjas (Ninja Turtles). 911 had a Mini Oficial with him. Ninja took 1/3, the last with Rafy submitted Eterno.
4) Cien Caras Jr. & Demon Clown b Hijo De Dos Caras & Hijo de Máscara Año 2000 [relevos suicidas]
Demon Clown attacked Dos Caras before the match. Cien and Mascara saw this and decided they weren’t going to fight each other and made saves for each other. (Great programming.) Dos beat Cien leaving Demom 2 on 1. Dos & Mascara bumbled their way to a loss, Demon splashing them both. Cien tried to break up the pin but was too late.
5) Hijo De Dos Caras © b Hijo de Máscara Año 2000 © [IWRG IC HEAVY, IWRG Rey del Ring]
Mascara dominated the match but Dos got the win and became double champ. Second heavyweight defense for Dos and he won the Rey del Ring title for the first time. Los Piratas ran out to attack Dos, with the tecnicos making the save.
6) Black Terry, Máscara Sagrada, Pantera DQ Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan Jr.
moved to the main event. Tecnicos took 2/3. Hijo de Pirata tried to sneak in a foul on Sagrada in the third, but a ref eventually caught him.

They didn’t take away Dos’ title, they gave Dos a second title! I hope it works out fantastic for everyone but strange to give a title to a guy who’s already no showing your shows and probably will get (absurdly) scooped up by one of the big two at some point.

Ninja Turtles are 1 and 0.

Black Terry Jr. has highlights of Flamita, Mike Segura, Terry 2000 vs Super Nova, Sadico, Yakuza and a three way tag match from Arena Lopez Mateos last night. He’s also got a lot of pictures from the show.

There are highlights from last night’s Lucha Underground taping on this Instagram.

The Lucha Underground tapings wrap up next weekend. It’s one weekend shorter than planned, due doubling up on the last two Saturdays. They’ll have enough episodes to last thru January 7th, assuming no weeks are skipped, and so the plan is to resume taping again back in January.

Chris DeJoseph of Lucha Underground was interviewed on the MLW Radio podcast.

– DeJoseph was working as freelancer in Los Angeles and declared he was done with wrestling forever after leaving WWE. He was offered an opportunity to talk to people who had ideas for a (then unknown to him) wrestling project and, since he was freelancing, he really couldn’t turn down a conversation. The Lucha Underground people liked that he was from WWE (which was the only wrestling the non-AAA people really knew) and liked that he was already local. DeJoseph liked the freedom he gets with the project.

– DeJoseph is called the booker of the project and is writing storylines inside the greater universe already set up. He made sure to note he gets input (and seeks out input) from veterans like Konnan and Vampiro and the wrestlers. There are ideas he didn’t get a chance to use in WWE or came up with after WWE which he’s gotten to use here.

– The production people are not originally wrestling people – some come from reality TV, some have worked on Robert Rodrgiuez’s movies – so they’ve been some teaching them how to shoot wrestling properly. DeJoseph worked in reality TV after leaving WWE and feels one of the reasons he was picked was his knowledge of his both and his ability to help transition people to wrestling. He’s got a ton to do at the shows, noting he’s never been busier, but also notes it’s not as all consuming as working for WWE/Vince.

– DeJoseph wanted to have Latino talent involved and didn’t realize how few latino talents had be on a national stage until he started looking around. Ivellise, as a latina who had been on Tough Enough which had some of the same production people, was high on the wishlist for those reasons. Another obstacle against bringing people in were writers & wrestlers skeptical about Lucha Underground’s promises (based on past promises/failures by other promotions) and wanted to wait and see. DeJoseph has got people in mind for bringing in for Season 2 (which he was very hopeful of happening.

– internet hot topic “should men and women fight in wrestling” was brought up. They will on Lucha Underground, with DeJoseph citing video games (Mortal Kombat) and movies (strong women in Robert Rodriguez films) as examples that people expect to see it.

– Other notes: He’s high on Sexy Star, Prince Puma, Fenix (“a new Rey Misterio”) and King Cuerno. They’re not concerned about going up against TNA on the second hour of their first show, feeling they’re completely different products. “When at all possible”, matches will not be broken up by commercial breaks. The matches will have many styles, though lucha libre will be a big part of it. He seemed very impressed by their video packages (which we haven’t seen yet.) Nothing to do with anything, but he’s a big fan of Kaiju Big Battle.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news report.

Rob has highlights of 06/20/14 Puebla. Was Joe Lider being mean to Nino Hamburguesa the start of his rudo turn??? (probably not)

This week’s magazine covers.

Segunda Caida watches a bad El Hijo del Santo y Damian 666 vs Blue Panther y Super Parka match

Lineup

CMLL (SUN) 10/12/2014 Arena México
1) Bengala & Star Jr. vs Cholo & Inquisidor
2) Estrellita, Princesa Sugehit, Skadi vs Amapola, La Seductora, Zeuxis
3) Cachorro, Pegasso, Tritón vs Boby Zavala, Puma, Tiger
4) Astral © vs Eléctrico [CMLL MINI]
Astral’s first defense
5) Atlantis, Blue Panther, Super Porky vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
6) Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Máscara Dorada vs Felino, Negro Casas, Shocker

They’re really setting up a Diamante Azul/Shocker match! That’s going to be awful. There’s not a lot great here except 3/4.

CMLL (SUN) 10/12/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Dr. Frezzer vs Satara
2) El Brillante & Virgo vs Demonio Rojo & El Yaqui
3) Sky Kid vs Magnum
4) Exterminador, Javier Cruz Jr., Leo vs Acertijo, Évola, Jocker
5) Goya Kong & Marcela vs Dalys & Tiffany
6) Mephisto © vs Valiente [MEX LH]
ninth defense, third straight against Valiente

Mephisto and Valiente will keep having this title match until they have it right.

Electrico wins a title shot on a strange CMLL show, Lucha Underground champ crowned?

Volador Jr. reacting to the main event “finish”

CMLL (SUN) 10/05/2014 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Soberano Jr. & Starman b Cholo & Disturbio Soberano Jr. & Starman vs Cholo & Disturbio , on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Tecnicos took 1/3
2) Eléctrico b Demus 3:16, Pequeño Olímpico, Bam Bam, Stukita, Pierrothito, Pequeño Universo 2000, Shockercito, Último Dragoncito, Pequeño Nitro, Fantasy, Aéreo,Acero, Angelito [#1 Contenders, CMLL MINI] #1 Contender Cibernetico for the CMLL Minis Championship, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Pequeno Universo replaced Mercurio. Battle royal determined sides (out of the ring: Electrico, Ultimo Dragoncito, Angelito, Fantasy, Aereo, Bam Bam, Shockercito vs in the ring: Demus 3:16, Pequeño Olímpico, Stukita, Pierrothito, Pequeño Universo 2000, Pequeño Nitro, Acero). Pinfalls: Angelito spinning headscissors armbar Pequeno Universo 2000 (5:49), Stukita reverse motocicleta Aereo (9:10), Pequeno Nitro backmounted backcracker Angelito (11:29), Fantasy guillotine moonsault Acero (13:44), Ultimo Dragoncito escalera Stukita (15:27), Demus Demus Driver Fantasy (17:59) [Fantasy was down in the ring after the move - as usual - and luchdors continued to work spots around him even as medical personal were working], Pierrothito reversed huracanrana Ultimo Dragoncito (18:51), Bam bam cross armbreaker Pequeno Nitro (20:06) [timeing is 5 to 30 seconds slow from here on out due to tranmission issues], Shockercito reinera Pequeno Olimpico (~21:21), Pierrothito inverted double full nelson Shockercito (~22:28), DQ Demus [foul on Bam Bam] (~24:00), DQ Bam Bam [foul Demus] (~24:05) , Electrico straight jacket cavernaria Pierrothito (27:10) Electrico is the last survivor and gets a shot at tag team partner Astral next week in Arena Mexico.
3) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Super Porky b Hombre sin Nombre, Rey Escorpión, Vangellys Angel de Oro, Blue Panther, Super Porky vs Hombre sin Nombre, Rey Escorpion, Vangellys, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Tecnicos took 1/3.
4) Diamante Azul, Rush, Volador Jr. DQ Cavernario, Negro Casas, Shocker Diamante Azul, Rush, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Negro Casas, Shocker, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Just an absurd match, with Rush running after his rivals but Volador stopping Diamante Azul from helping out the first two falls. (Rush actually came across as a tecnico here.) Azul eventually got in the ring in the first fall and Shocker just fouled him (though it seemed to take two tries.) Rudos dominated the second fall with Volador and Rush refusing to go near each other and Casas pinning Volador after a casita. Third fall went around a minute with Shocker accidentally pulling off Azul’s mask (and by other’s reactions, the plan wasn’t to end the match there.) Diamante Azul tried to force his mask on and continue the mask, but it only went a little longer before he fouled Shocker. They called the win for the tecnicos anyway. A big post match brawl broke out and Volador and Rush teased fighting, then left without having done much. Azul and Shocker went back and forth on the microphone a while after the match.

Shortest Arena Coliseo show in some time and a kind of a fiasco. First match was a typical opener, second was a lot of fun but completely missed by the internet audience due to streaming problems, and the third and fourth matches weren’t good at all. The cibernetico probably saved the show for the live crowd but there needed to be at least one more match on this show. The main event was a total joke – any pairing of Volador/Rush means no real match will happen, and the idea of Diamante Azul/Shocker is a very bad one.

I was able to capture most of the show – except for the moments where they stopped broadcasting. The short version is Terra’s done so many goofy things with the feed that I’m ready to record any of them. Terra seemed like they got a late start, made a mistake in starting up, and were just oblivious to it. They would’ve known something was wrong if they had the correct webpage open themselves or were on Twitter – they didn’t catch their mistake until halfway into the show, so they weren’t doing either. (Which seems to confirms the person who responds on Twitter is probably not directly involved with any of this, but a social media manager somewhere.)

CMLL (SUN) 10/05/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@acogdl]
1) Relampago Azul b Reyko
2) El Divino b Thunder Boy
3) Smaker b Infierno
4) Acertijo, Évola, Jocker DQ Exterminador, Javier Cruz Jr., Leo
Tecnicos appear to have taken 2/3 (though the report is very unclear) with Evola fouling both Curz & Exterminador
5) Gallo, Mr. Águila, Sádico b Dragon Lee, Maléfico, Titán[Relevos Increíbles]
Team Aguila took 2/3.
6) La Sombra & Valiente b Ephesto & Mephisto
Tecnicos took 1/3 (though Sombra and Valiente may have had problems.)

A show. Maybe Cruz/Evola is the next midcard hair match. I keep thinking they’re setting up something with Aguila here but I’m never quite sure what it is.

Caralucha (SAT) 10/04/2014 Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal [Black Terry (flickr), Estrellas del Ring,The Gladiatores]
1) Hijo de Clímax & Hijo De Talisman b Lord Freeze & Novasonic
2) Alas De Oro & Hijo Del Angel b Flama Roja & Toro Negro Jr.
3) Andy Boy, Danger, Guerrero Mixtico b Arkanos, Kilvan, Yoruba  (posted by tvluchadelpasado)
Mixtico used the ropes to beat Kilvan and get the win for the Neza Boys.
4) Fly Star & Toxin Boy b Fly Metalik & Wotan  (posted by tvluchadelpasado)
5) Dr. Cerebro, Trauma I, Trauma II b Flamita, Rayo Star, Súper Nova
Traumas & Cerbero took falls 1/3, Trauma II submitting Nova and challenging him to a match on 10/18.

Black Terry has highlights of a couple matches. This looks like another good show – when Sky Man isn’t missing dumb dives, the shows here have been good under a new promotion.

Lucha Underground held taping this weekend, taping two shows on Saturday and on one Sunday. They wrap up this block of episodes next weekend, but it looks like they have have already crowned a champion. A picture from tonight’s tapings shows someone celebrating with a title belt in the crowd (also posted here for when the photo gets taken down.) I’ll spare the mention here for now, though it’s probably among your first couple guesses if you’ve been following the promotion long enough. If I’m counting shows right, that’s airs on the 12/17 taping. The title tournament itself started on Saturday’s first taping (12/03); I was told Lucha Underground “had a really complicated idea in how they’ll crown their first world champion. It’ll probably make sense on TV.” Intrigued!

(Also, I wonder if they’re taping going to tape a Christmas show in October, or if they’re just going to be off those 12/24 and 12/31 – the tapings would’ve run out before those dates on the original schedule.)

Brian Cage also started with the promotion on Saturday’s tapings. AAA/Lucha Underground had been high on him since the PWG show they scouted before the tapings, and it had just been a matter of figuring out a deal. I think Lucha Underground is going to be a lot like AAA Mexico in that they’re always going to be looking for new talent to bring in.

Danny Trejo was among the invited guest at this weekend’s show.

Chris DeJoseph talks about Lucha Underground on the MLW Radio podcast. I probably will listen to that tomorrow. No Konnan on that show.

I’m not sure if this means anything all, but Mark Burnett’s One Three Media was one of a few media properties bought by MGM this week. They bought majority interest, though not the full company and the same people appear to be staying in charge.

Today was the 8th anniversary of Antonio Pena’s passing.

WWE Raw starts on Fox Sports 1 Mexico tomorrow night. I’m not totally sure about this, but it looks like that show has been off Televisa and TVC the last few weeks (after they announced they were moving networks), which isn’t great timing for them with their visit to Mexico City in a couple weekends. I’d suspect the first few weeks of the Fox shows have a lot of hype for those shows in Mexico City and Monterrey. At this point, it appears CMLL is still on Fox but their schedules aren’t reliable more than a few days out.

Rob has highlights of June 20, 2014 CMLL – the En Busca de un Idolo final.

Segunda Caida reviews 07/26/14 Lucha Azteca

LV has reviews CMLL 09/23/14 and last week’s IWRG.

A Turibus profile turns into an interview with Tiger and Hombre sin Nombre, who are entertaining. Highlight is Hombre sin Nombre airing suspicions that the US wrestling may be fake. Nah.

SuperLuchas #534 has the return of the Hell Brothers.

Funcion Esterlas interviews Drastik Boy. He kept his Alto Impacto title on the DTU show in Arena Queretaro, the only notable result to be mentioned from the show.

El Occidental writes about someone who makes lucha libre ceramic figures.

Hijo del Pantera is going to TNA….’s show in Japan with Wrestle-1, where he wrestles normally. (Still hope it makes PPV.)

Lineup

Chilanga Mask (SAT) 10/25/2014 Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México
1) Astro Rey Jr., Benji Maverick, Psico Kid vs Kastigador, Oficial 911, Oficial AK47 and Electro Boy, Fly Warrior, Karma
2) Keira vs ?
3) Arez & Belial vs L.A. Anarquista & Trauma I
4) Impulso vs Bárbaro Cavernario vs Imposible
5) Black Terry & Rey Hechicero vs Negro Navarro & Trauma II
6) Fly Star & Toxin Boy vs Aero Boy & Herodes Jr. and Fulgor I & Fulgor II

Card order subject to change but it looks like a fun show with a lot of good matches. The one thing we can be sure of is Cavernario and Impulso will try to leap on each other from a high place and it will end badly for one or the other. Imposible should just hang out in the front row while they kill each other.

Maximo to the Copa Jr. VIP final, Lucha Underground

photo by Alexis Salazar/CMLL

CMLL (FRI) 10/03/2014 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Demus 3:16 & Pierrothito b Astral & Stukita
2) Cachorro, Dragon Lee, Fuego b Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus
Cachorro submitted Raziel
3) Dark Angel, Goya Kong, Marcela b Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis
4) Kráneo, Mr. Águila, Terrible b Máscara Dorada, Titán, Valiente
Rudos took 2/3. Terrible splash on Titan
5) Euforia & Rush b La Sombra, Super Porky, Máximo, Puma, Delta, Stuka Jr. [Copa Jr., Copa Jr. VIP, seeding battle royal]
6) Stuka Jr. b Delta [Copa Jr. VIP, eightfinal]
8) Máximo b Puma [Copa Jr. VIP, eightfinal]
9) La Sombra b Ángel de Oro [Copa Jr. VIP, eightfinal]
Angel de Oro replaced Brazo de Plata.
10) Rush b Euforia [Copa Jr. VIP, eightfinal]
11) Máximo b Stuka Jr. [Copa Jr. VIP, quarterfinal]
12) La Sombra b Rush [Copa Jr. VIP, quarterfinal]
fake match! Sombra & Rush came to the ring together, and Rush laid down so Sombra could easily beat him and advance.
13) La Sombra DQ Máximo [Copa Jr. VIP, semifinal]
quick match. Rush attacked Maximo before it started. Maximo kissed Sombra and Sombra fouled him for the DQ.
14) Mephisto, Thunder, Último Guerrero b Diamante Azul, La Máscara, Volador Jr.
Rudos took 1/3. La Mascara & Volador didn’t get along, though it didn’t directly lead to their loss.

Maximo versus Mephisto is a match that’s happening. I’m not sure why it needed to happen but I guess anything after the Annviersary show was going to be a step down so why worry about how many steps you’re actually going.

That was Sombra and Rush’s first singles match ever. Not really doing is better than doing it in a random tournament which will be forgot tomorrow, but maybe not setting it up to happen in the first place coudl’ve worked too. Rush insisting on Wednesday that he would totally fight Sombra if they happened to match up and then not fighting him when they did match up works if Rush is supposed to be a heel. I’m not sure if he’s supposed to be a heel!

Arena Mexico flips over to boxing today for the finals of the Mexico City Golden Gloves tournament.

Another three minute trailer for Lucha Underground was posted yesterday. This one looked to be generally taken from the first couple days of tapings, based on the matches shown and the people who do not appear much if at all (Fenix, Pentagon, Drago, not-Fantasma.) I’m still hoping something with those guys makes it in the first show – that first impression is so important, and I think Lucha Underground’s best one has that triangle match airing at the end of 10/29 and not ending the two hour premier with Chavo Guerrero Jr. laying everyone out (the filmed end of episode 2) – exciting action by “newcomers” is a lot better hook than a ex-WWE prelim guy being treated as dominant heel, especially as as first impression.

Anyway, the video does a good job getting across the tone of the series and introduces the characters who were on that first show. It looks like hometown hero Prince Puma might not be talking for himself – Konnan, as his trainer, talks on his behalf in this promo. I had heard that one of the reasons WWE didn’t pick up Ricochet was his accent and maybe Lucha Underground actually feels the same way. Or maybe it’s just because it’s tougher to sell a guy as an Aztec decedent if he’s sounds like Kentucky.

Pentagon Jr. is back in LA for this weekend’s Lucha Underground shows, joining random new debutante Super Fly. Super Fly being on the show is cool, but I would’ve guessed about 30 people would’ve made it before him. Also, kind of curious about how quickly the visa paperwork situation changed; it’s quickly gone from three people on the roster not being able to work because it wasn’t done on the first week to just about any random dude being brought in any time. I know the plan changed (from “only 5″ to “more than 5!”) but they were able to make that change quicker than I’d figure. Maybe they just took care of everyone’s paperwork at the same time?

El Rey’s Twitter says, for the time being, Lucha Underground will be US only.

Tonight’s the first extended Lucha Undergroudn taping. There’s also a cage.

Alberto el Patron announced he’d have to postpone a trip to the UK from 12/06 to 12/13. He doesn’t say why, but it’s not to hard to guess AAA’s decided to run Guerra de Titanes somewhere around that 12/06 weekend and Alberto would figure to be in a big match on that show.

Demus has a CMLL interview saying he’s going to win the CMLL minis title shot cibernetico on Sunday and get revenge on Electrico for injuring him while he’s at it. This is concerning, because I had picked Demus but the person who does the CMLL interview never wins these things.

Monster Clown says he’s not concerned about facing Chessman in Tlahuelilpan, because the Psycho Circus has been dominant over La Socidead. Just to prove the point, he names every win they have the last few months. He’s got a point, though it seemed like Psycho and Murder were more carrying the load.

The El Rayo Vida de Lucha Libre reality show on SLP luchador Rayo de Plata has been picked up by Mexico’s Unicable and will start airing this Sunday at 3pm. I thought it was enjoyable for reality fare.

Chik Tormenta retained the NWG Diva’s Championship in the main event of a benefit show for Estrella Explosiva. Estrella was at the show; her left leg is in a hard cast from mid thigh all the way down to her ankle.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news report.

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 10/10/2014 Arena México
1) Robin & Soberano Jr. vs Akuma & Disturbio
2) Black Panther, Pegasso, Tritón vs Misterioso Jr., Skándalo, Virus
3) Ángel de Oro, Rey Cometa, Titán vs Ephesto, Felino, Hechicero
4) Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Valiente vs Kráneo, Mr. Niebla, Shocker
5) Máximo vs Mephisto [Copa Jr. VIP, Copa Jr., final]
6) La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush vs Niebla Roja Euforia, Thunder, Último Guerrero

Ingobernables versus Guerreros in the main event. Figuring Mephisto will win the main event. Not a lot going on. Parts of the tercera could be good – Ephesto & Hechicero is an underrated pairing – but it probably won’t air.

IWRG (WED) 10/08/2014 Arena Naucalpan
1) Galaxy vs Extraño
2) Aramis & Sky Ángel vs Araña de Plata & Atomic Star
3) Dragón Celestial & Imposible vs Anubis Black & Hip Hop Man
4) Dr. Cerebro, Metaleon, Veneno vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo
5) Emperador Azteca, Golden Magic, Kenshi Kabuki vs Danny Casas, Eterno, Oficial 911 [super libre]

That might be the first Emperador Azteca main event on a non-FILL show. It’s a very much locals only card. They go the other way the following week…

AAA IWRG (WED) 10/15/2014 Arena Naucalpan
1) Emperador Azteca & Metaleon vs Anubis Black & Atomic Star
2) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo vs Apolo Estrada, Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo, Hip Hop Man
3) Jennifer Blake, La Jarochita, Súper Nova vs Eterno, Sexy Lady, Taya Valkyrie
4) Monsther Clown & Murder Clown vs Hijo de Pirata Morgan & Pirata Morgan
5) Hijo De Dos Caras, Myzteziz, Psycho Clown vs Averno, Chessman, Texano Jr.

Someone’s got to take the photo of Myzteziz meeting the Ninja Turtles. There’s no better reason to have this show.

CMLL preview, Copa Junior Block B

Today has the second block of CMLL’s Copa Junior VIP. CMLL posted an interview with Delta and Stuka talking up their chances of winning. They believe they have a chance of winning. This is a mistaken belief. Other people who are not going to win include Euforia, Puma, and Super Porky. The three people with a chance to advance are Rush, Sombra and Maximo. My hunch is now that Maximo is going to win, but the only thing I’m certain of is Rush and Sombra will start fighting for no apparent reason during this match. The actual main event is Mephisto, Thunder, Ultimo Guerrero vs Diamante Azul, La Mascara and Volador, as CMLL continues the strange Volador/Thunder feud (though at least they found Volador someone to feud with who will actually get booed.)

Random fact: Delta or Stuka is the line of demarcation for being able to find tecnico masks around lucha shows. You can find Delta and Stuka masks, but good luck trying to find anyone lower on the card than them. Maybe you can get Trition masks because he’s got a good design, but don’t be holding your breath for, say, Cachorro masks just yet. And it’s a much higher line on the rudo side: I don’t recall a Euforia mask the entire time we were there.

The Wrestling Observer says it’s own report that Hernandez was off of Lucha Underground “appears to be incorrect.” They say he was pulled from last week’s tapings but may return. Tomorrow’s Lucha Underground taping, with matches for two shows including a battle royal, would seem to include every healthy body on the roster so we’ll surely see Hernandez if he’s around. Fenix is already back in Los Angeles; Lucha Underground seems to be flying in people a day or so ahead of the tapings, which hasn’t been what the AAA Mexico promotion has been doing. (They might be taping out of the ring stuff already.) Super Fly’s also at the tapings.

Black Terry took Mohawk’s hair in an Arena Aficion cage match on Tuesday.

A 10/01 show with CMLL wrestlers was canceled at the last minute in Celaya with no real explanation.

DoradaFan has highlights of 07/15/2014 CMLL.

This week’s GALLI show has a GALLI vs rival Chicago lucha promotion ELLMEX trios match.

Segunda Caida reviews La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush vs Negro Casas, Shocker, Volador Jr. in a relevos increíbles match.

10/04-05 lucha times

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== AAA ==

AAA-Televisa: The rest of the Cancun Hard Rock show. Two matches! 90 minutes! This show also is currently listed as starting at 5pm for no apparent reason (there’s no sports pushing them around.)

== CMLL ==

FOX2 & Azteca: Both shows aired the Anniversary show last week, so I’m thinking they’re going to be synced on the same schedule going forward. That would mean both get Copa Junior Block A and UG’s first unmasked match in Arena Mexico.

52MX: Ingobernables vs Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Mascara Dorada, set up for Rush/Malefico

Claro: Diamante Azul, Máximo, Rush vs Euforia, Terrible, Thunder

C3: Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Niebla Roja vs Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr.

TVC Deportes (Puebla): Block B of the tag team tournament.

Terra Sunday: Diamante Azul, Rush, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Negro Casas, Shocker is the main event, but the minis cibernetico is probably the big draw

== Other ==

Noches de Coliseo: Hopefully the start of ColiseoMania. I’ll be concerned if they’re still airing reruns at this point.

IWRG (LAS/AYM): The Wednesday show is airing complete and the Sunday show is iffy…so the Ninja Turtles debut may or may not air but you probably get Dr. Cerebro, Relámpago, Veneno vs Canis Lupus, Cien Caras Jr., Hijo de Máscara Año 2000

Tags:

IWRG, Heroes Inmortales, Lucha Underground

IWRG (WED) 10/01/2014 Arena Naucalpan [IWRG (Facebook)]
1) Aramis b Black Angel
2) Atomic Star & Muerte Infernal b Alfa & Sky Ángel
3) Dragón Celestial & Metaleon b Hip Hop Man & Spartan
4) Danny Casas, Eterno, Oficial 911 b Emperador Azteca, Golden Magic, Kenshi Kabuki
Rudos took 1/3, Eterno beating Kenshi.
5) Canis Lupus, Cien Caras Jr., Hijo de Máscara Año 2000 b Diva Salvaje, Dr. Cerebro, Veneno
Diva Salvaje replaced Relampago. Rudas took 2/3, Lupis beating Salvaje.

Very much a show.

AAA held a press conference in San Luis Potosi yesterday to promote Heroes Inmortales. They had someone there from every match, though surprisingly not Taya. Nothing of note was said; the news stories were more about Alberto del Rio, who not there. Alberto was on his way back to Mexico yesterday after posting a string of Twitter messages this weekend about racism. It seemed like something set him off, but it wasn’t clear what happened. (Also, he RTed a post about the Tijuana show, so maybe he’s working that and not WWC.)

This week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter says Hernandez is out of Lucha Underground, speculating there was some issue this past week. Hernandez never worked a TV match on the tapings, but did work a dark match on the 09/07 show. They may have just never agreed to a contract; the group was (and probably still is) looking at more people to come in and agreeing on contracts is still a sticking point.

The WON also mentioned that, in addition to Rey Jr., ex-WWE JTG was backstage at the most recent tapings and the original plan was to have no exoticos on the show but plans changed. Meanwhile, Super Fly sounds like he’s headed to Los Angeles soon.

This Saturday Lucha Underground show will have the doors open at 3pm and the show is scheduled to run until 9pmish. Six hours so they can tape two episodes. The doors don’t close until around 4:30, so maybe try not to get there until four so you can shave off an hour. I’ve gone to a couple SHIMMER shows out here near Chicago which are even a little longer, just because doing the math suggests there’s going to be at least 2 or 3 good matches if you’re running tapings that long. The math held up, but that last good match would inevitable be the final match of the show and I would be more focused on the quickest possible way I could get out of the building that the match. It sounds like Lucha Underground have plans to counter that sort of burnout: they’re planning a between episodes meet & greet and are advertising a battle royal and a 10 way match in addition to the previously announced ladder match. One of those will be your 8:40pm main event to get people to stick it out (and that usually worked with me.) The ladder match is listed as for $100,000 – no wonder these tapings cost so much.

Tercera Caida had Cien Caras Jr. as guest. The after the show video is also up.

CMLL Informa had Thunder, Rush and Mephisto as guests. Thunder said he had a shoulder injury that required surgery and kept him out seven months. (I hope he’s not telling the truth here because that would mean he was just training for a couple of weeks before coming back and he needed a lot more training than that.) Mephisto guessed Sombra would win this week’s Copa Jr. VIP block and suggested things aren’t settled with Hombre sin Nombre being added to their group. Rush said Rush things. They must know Rush is a good promo because he was the one guy who didn’t really have anything in particular to talk on but they had him on anyway.

Dragon Rojo Jr. says he’s close to returning.

There was a press conference for a 10/04 Puebla show with AAA wrestlers yesterday. It appears, based on the differences in the card as announced and on the AAA website, that the Puebla Alebrije is not a current member of the AAA roster or at least working here as an independent and not thru AAA. DTU Nerd Tommy (listed as Tony) is wrestling in the second match; I was told Puebla indy wrestler Rey Fenix as one of the Nerds and wasn’t sure which one, but that makes it look like Rey Fenix is Tommy.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Doradafan has highlights of 07/08/2014 CMLL.

Rob has highlights of 06/17/14 CMLL.

LV reviews this past week’s CMLL Sunday show.

Super Crazy and Pesadilla are on the 10/12 NOAH show, with Crazy challenging for the junior heavyweight title. It’s a slightly strange deal, because that show leads into their Global League heavyweight series, and neither of the Mexicans are listed as being on the show.

DTU posted a teaser for their upcoming 7th Anniversary show.

DJ Spectro has a bio of Espectro I.

Los Porros challenge Los Porros.

Volador and Diamante Azul say they’re not scared of Thunder.

Lineups

IWRG (SUN) 10/05/2014 Arena Naucalpan
1) Dragón Celestial, Imposible, Saruman vs Anubis Black, Araña de Plata, Atomic Star
2) Emperador Azteca, Golden Magic, Veneno vs Apolo Estrada, Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo
3) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo vs Canis Lupus, Eterno, Hip Hop Man, Oficial 911
debut of the latest Tortugas Ninjas (Ninja Turtles)
4) Black Terry, Máscara Sagrada, Pantera vs Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan Jr.
5) Cien Caras Jr. & Demon Clown vs Hijo De Dos Caras & Hijo de Máscara Año 2000 [relevos suicidas]
6) ? vs ??
if Cien & Demon advance, this will be mask vs mask. If Dos & Mascara advance, this will be heavyweight title vs Rey del Ring title.

IWRG main events set up like that usually end up in a title change; maybe this is the moment where Dos loses the title after missing previous matches.

They’ve stacked a good group of rudos to make the Ninja Turtle debut go well. There’s more people booked on this show than usual.

CHILANGA MASK (FRI) 09/26/2014 Arena Solidaridad
CHILANGA MASK (SUN) 10/26/2014 Arena Solidaridad
1) Alberto Dos Rios vs Keira, Hormiga, Draego, Hijo del Centauro Negro, Furia Azteca, Tornado (DF)
2) Erik Oritz & Kratoz vs Astro Rey Jr. & Psico Kid and Fulgor I & Fulgor II
3) Tony Rodriguez vs Herodes Jr.
4) Arez, Belial, Impulso vs Dralion, Rey Orion, Xtreme Dragon
5) Caifan vs Dr. Cerebro
6) Marcela vs Chik Tormenta, Hija de Karonte
7) Masada (CZW), Trauma I, Trauma II vs Aero Boy, Kaientai, Makabre [super libre]
8) Rey Hechicero vs Black Terry

Full lineup for this show. There’s a lot of good matches on this card but the two bigger singles matches stand out as great.

ColiseoMania, Rey Cometa defeated by another Guadalajara luchador

LyC (SUN) 09/28/2014 Arena Coliseo Monterrey [LuchaMania Monterrey]
***ColiseoMania II***
1) Big Neurosis & Niño Hamburguesa b Erika Sotelo & Larry Miranda
2) Ninja Jr., Silencio, Ultimo Ninja b Hombre Sin Miedo, Misionero, Tigre Cota
best match of the show.
3) Ministro de la Muerte b Tigre Universitario, Bengali, Difunto I, Meetal,Pancho Tequila, Gringo Loko, Ángel Dorado Jr., Angel Justiciero, Monje Negro Jr., El Pulpo [WWA MIDDLE]
Ministro, not originally listed in the match, won the WWA Middleweight championship.
4) Chessman & Zorro b Golden Boy & Máscara Púrpura
the AAA rudos destroyed Golden Boy; Purpura looked better.
5) Angélico & Dralion vs Electroshock & Rico Rodriguez
No Simbolo, and Caifan was just sort of left off, causing this to be reshuffled in a tag match. Electroshock and the referee feuded until Angelico rolled up Electroshock
6) Cibernético & Dr. Wagner Jr. NC Averno & Myzteziz [Relevos Increíbles]
The relevos increible idea was pretty much ignored by the middle of the match, with Wagner & Myzteziz working together against the new Hell Brothers. Wagner and Myzteziz had submissions at the end, Chessman ran in for the save, and the announcer said the winners were Wagner & Myzteziz by DQ (which makes no sense at all, so we’ll go with a No Contest.)

Relevos Incredible matches where no one’s interesting in actually doing a relevos incredible are pretty annoying. Building was said to be 90% full on the lower level and 10% on the upper level. A nearby show in Guadalupe with Texano, Parka and Perro on top was said to draw 3000.

CMLL (TUE) 09/30/2014Arena México [CMLL]
1) Akuma & Ramstein bBengala & Robin
Akuma replaced Zayco.
2) Kamaitachi, Nitro, Okumura b Hombre Bala Jr., Magnus, Súper Halcón Jr.
moved down a spot. Rudos took 1/3
3) Tiffany b Princesa Sugehit [lightning]  (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
moved up to the third. A bit of an upset win.
4) Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado b Oro Jr., Pegasso, Tritón
straight falls, Pierroth fouling Triton after a Comandante distraction.
5) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Stuka Jr. b Felino, Hechicero, Pólvora
Tecnicos took 2/3.
6) Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Niebla Roja b Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr.
Rudos took 1/3 clean.

A show. At this point, I’m sure CMLL filmed some vignettes with Pierroth, Sagrado, Misterioso as a new trio, maybe took some publicity photos, maybe even got them matching outfits, and then just never publicized any of it. Whoever’s in charge clearly believes they’re meant to be a important trio (and more or less replacements for the Revolucionarios.)

CMLL (TUE) 09/30/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@acogdl]
1) El Divino & Metatrón b Jocker & Sádico
2) Canelo Casas, El Cuatrero, Sansón b Esfinge, Omar Brunetti, Stigma
Rudos took 2/3
3) Maléfico © b Rey Cometa [OCCIDENTE LH]
Malefico’s champion and kept the belt by taking falls 23, the last via unseen foul. Second defense.
4) Black Panther, Cachorro, Máximo b Kráneo, Mr. Águila, Olímpico
Tecncios took 2/3.
5) Diamante Azul, Valiente, Volador Jr. DQ Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible
Tecnicos took 1/3, Shocker blatantly fouling Shocker Volador in the third.

Shocker can’t give matches like that, Terrible has so few wins as it is. Also not winning: Rey Cometa.

Alberto del Rio was announced as appearing on the 10/24 & 25 WWC shows in Puerto Rico. Alberto del Rio was also announced for a 10/24 Tijuana show. Not quite sure how he’s going to pull that off. This is going to be issue with ADR for the next year or so; everyone’s going to want him and he can’t quite yet work everywhere at once.

ChilangaMask added Dr. Cerbero vs Caifan to it’s Arena Solidaridad show on 10/26, and Keira vs TBA on it’s 10/25 Coacalco show.

Xalapa 17 year old prospect Vengador Radioactivo announced on Facebook that he was saying goodbye to lucha libre. It’s not at all what it sounds like. The Vengador Radioactivo character was created by someone else – Ricardo Munoz – and the current luchador is going forward with a different identity. A good long interview with Vengador Radioactivo’s mother from a couple weeks ago mentions Munoz pretty much was Vengador’s sponsor (buying his gear, paying training costs) and I’d guess that relationship is coming to an end. That same interview mentions Vengador trip to NOAH is a couple days after he turns 18; perhaps that’s where/when the new character will be revealed.

A article on WrestlingInc. says the Lucha Underground episodes cost $600,000 to $700,000 per taping and a producer was critical of negative feedback. Dorian Roldan shot this down as 100% false, noting in particular the producer didn’t work on the brand mentioned.

Segunda Caida reviews La Sombra, Máximo, Rush vs Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero, Shocker and Lucha Azteca 07/19/14.

Black Terry has video of a Belial & Terremoto vs Mr. Leo & Tornado match which was used on a telenovela.

There’s a benefit show for Estrella Explosiva on Thursday in Arena Roberto Paz; she was hurt on the ChilangaMask show a couple weekends ago.

Kraneo says a show tomorrow in Toluca using the Lucha Libre USA name (!?!?!) is falsely advertising himself and plenty of other people who aren’t booked.

DJ Spectro is selling digital copies of magazines again. This reminds me of my newest plan to do a lot of work on lucha libre and make no money that I probably should reveal in a series of somewhat coherent Twitter messages.

Lucha libre masks were worn at a Paris fashion show.

Lineup

CMLL (TUE) 10/07/2014 Arena México
1) Fresbee & Leono vs Apocalipsis & Camorra
2) Esfinge, Sensei, Starman vs Artillero, Canelo Casas, Súper Comando
3) Hombre Bala Jr., Stigma, Súper Halcón Jr. vs Kamaitachi, Metálico, Okumura
4) Dragon Lee vs Raziel [lightning]
5) Blue Panther, Fuego, Super Porky vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Hombre sin Nombre, Pólvora
6) Atlantis, Máscara Dorada, Titán vs Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Rey Escorpión

Dragon Lee vs Raziel should be fun and the main event has a chance. Would be nice to see Mascara Dorada go all out.

CMLL (TUE) 10/07/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Magnus & Star Jr. vs Demonio Maya & Ráfaga
2) Dark Angel, La Vaquerita, Lluvia vs La Comandante, La Seductora, Zeuxis
3) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado
4) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Rush vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
5) Volador Jr. vs Shocker

Those are two guys who don’t seem like they’ll work well together in the main event, but I guess you never know. Bufete del Amor back together in the semimain. Maybe Sagrado, Pierroth and Misterioso can go with “Los Odiosos”?

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