taped 2014-06-23 @ Arena Puebla
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CMLL (SUN) 07/20/2014 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Black Panther & Flyer b Cholo & Espanto Jr.
Black Panther replaced Molotov. Third fall eliminations went Espanto Jr. (Flyer moonsault), Flyer (Chololock), and Cholo (Panther armbar), but Cholo nearly got the win after an Espanto distraction.
2) Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito b Angelito, Eléctrico, Shockercito
Rudos took 1/3. Shockercito replaced Bam Bam on Monday. Feed cut in and out on the match, but looked good when it was airing.
3) Oro Jr., Starman, Tritón b Cancerbero, Metálico, Raziel
Tecnicos took 1/3. Metailco pulled off Oro’s mask for the DQ. Good match for what we could see of it.
4) Boby Zavala DCOR Blue Panther [lightning]
Good match, ending with neither men being able to return to the ring after a Zavala tope at the 9:55 mark. They shook hands after the match.
5) Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys b Ángel de Oro, Rey Cometa, Titán
Rudos took 2/3 in a very good match.
6) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Rush b Euforia, Mr. Niebla, Niebla Roja
Rush worked with his partners as if it was old times (or last year.) Zacarias was more involved than he’s been in matches this year as well. Bufete took 1/3 with no hint of a Maximo/Niebla feud.
Really good show. No bad matches and everything good, especially the middle section. Zavala’s match with Panther (which was probably intended to be a time limit draw and came up just a little short) was probably his best career match.
CMLL (SUN) 07/20/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@acogdl]
1) Meteoro b Relampago Azul
2) Demonio Rojo b Índigo
3) Demonio Maya & Évola b El Brillante & Javier Cruz Jr.
Rudos took 1/3.
4) Sádico b Leo © [OCCIDENTE WELTER]
Sadico took falls 1/3 to win the championship. Leo falls on his annonced fifth defense
5) El Cuatrero, Sansón, Universo 2000 Jr. b Esfinge, Gallo, León Blanco
Universo 2000 Jr.’s debut in this building. Rudos took 2/3, rudos unmasking Gallo and pinning him to win.
6) Máscara Dorada & Volador Jr. b Felino & Puma
Tecnicos took 2/3
Sadico is the Guadalajara local who looks like Eterno. He and Leo were both on 52MX building to Leo’s hair match, and Sadico looked much better so this is a fully endorsed title switch.
ChilangaMask (SUN) 07/20/2014 Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México [@terceracaida, Black Terry Jr. (flickr)]
1) Fulgor I & Fulgor II b Centvrión & Metaleon
2) Astro Rey Jr., Maverick Benji, Psico Kid b Karma, Kronoz, Obscuro
3) Arez b Hormiga
4) Tóxico DF b Tempestad, Magnifico, Radge, Hip Hop Man, Tornado, Carisma, Zoom Driver
Carisma & Zoom Driver were added to this match. Toxico beat Tempestad to win.
5) Carisma b Zoom Driver [30s Style]
6) Impulso b Belial
said to be a good match
7) Trauma I & Trauma II b Mohicano Sr. & Piel Roja
8) Aero Boy b Black Terry
Aero Boy won to even the score for last time. They agreed to a tiebreaker match.
Crowd doesn’t seem to be down that match despite not having CMLL names this time around. They announced a 09/20 show in Guadalajara. Probably more notes on the show during the week when recaps get posted.
I do not have a link to point you towards, but I’m told TripleMania will air on conventional Sky PPV in Mexico in addition to the currently announced iPPV. There may be advertising out for it already. (This is another thing I was wrong about.) It sets up a very interesting head to head between WWE’s SummerSlam and AAA’s TripleMania, both airing via Sky PPV on the same night. It’s been a while since we’ve heard about the ratings for either show but, the last anyone said, AAA was bragging about beating WWE’s numbers. Doing the same on 08/17 would have to be considered a huge triumph and a plausible outcome. WWE’s bringing back Brock Lesnar as the centerpiece of their show, but all the Mexicans on the show have been marginalized and the TripleMania name is something really strong right now. Getting PPV numbers is even more impossible than getting TV rating numbers so it’s unlike we’d ever know who won, but Sky airing both shows is definitely going to cost WWE a few tens of thousand buys.
AAA posted one two three promos from Tommy Diablo and Sensacional Carlitos to hype their appearance in Ecatepec next Sunday. They’re pretty good, though I would definitely pick the third one if I was just going watching one. They’re not at all related – as if they were meant to air over the last three weeks of TV and didn’t, or if they sent in three so AAA could pick one and they ended up picking all three. The Puerto Ricians are under the impression either that the Ecatepec match is for the tag team titles (which it doesn’t appear to be) or that they’re getting a tag team title match down the road (which is appears to be the plan.)
Rob has highlights of mid October 2001 CMLL, including Shocker & Wagner going bowling.
Super Libre had Arena Jalisco luchadors as in studio guests.
Segunda Caida reviews Uprising: Lucha Libre 07/19/14.
Imposible explains where he got his name and says he has no idea why he’s a tecnico. Me neither.
La Parka says he supports Electroshock in his war against Jeff Jarrett and La Sociedad, and would also be willing to risk his mask.
Vampiro 2000 lost his mask in Xalapa.
R de Rudo interviews Tigre Soberbio.
Lucha Libre in Japan
07/19 NOAH: Mitsuhiro Kitamiya [O] & Hitoshi Kumano b Rocky Lobo [X] & Jinzo [JTL]
team Tulancingo drops to 0-1 to start the tournament. They have their next match Monday. That show also has the first match for the Matt Striker/Super Crazy team, who face Liger & Tiger Mask IV.
CMLL (SUN) 07/27/2014 Arena Coliseo
1) Fantasy, Stukita, Último Dragoncito vs Mercurio, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Universo 2000
2) Black Panther, Soberano Jr., Star Jr. vs Guerrero Negro Jr., Hijo del Signo, Nitro
3) Dragon Lee, Fuego, Oro Jr. vs Metálico, Skándalo, Virus
4) Rey Cometa vs Okumura [lightning]
5) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Sagrado vs Gran Guerrero, Pierroth, Pólvora
6) Marco Corleone, Máscara Dorada, Stuka Jr. vs Euforia, Felino, Mr. Niebla
Oro versus Metalico continue feuding, 3 months away from their mask match. Fifth match seems like a major struggle. Main event is Dorada’s return to Terra. Odd to get five trios matches on one show; if there had been a tease of a singles match here, I’d figure the card was about to get changed.
CMLL (SUN) 07/27/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Reyco vs El Tapatío
2) El Ídolo vs El Yaqui
3) El Capitan & Explosivo vs Jocker & Thunder Boy
4) Virgo vs Demonio Maya [lightning]
5) Esfinge, Gallo, León Blanco vs El Cuatrero, Sansón, Universo 2000 Jr.
6) La Sombra & Valiente vs Rey Bucanero & Shocker
Semimain is a rematch. Tercera would be Capitan’s first appearance this year. “Reyco” is on his fourth different spelling in the last seven months.
CMLL (FRI) 07/18/2014 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Akuma & Guerrero Negro Jr. b Leono & Sensei
Rudos took 1/3.
2) Fuego, Pegasso, Tritón b Misterioso Jr., Puma, Sangre Azteca
tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Dalys, La Seductora, Princesa Blanca b Lluvia, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit
straight fall for the rudas. Marcela was DQed in the first, and Blanca illegally helped Sedcutora win the second.
4) Máscara Dorada, Valiente, Volador Jr. b Ephesto, Felino, Hechicero
Tecnicos took 1/3.
5) Atlantis, Dragón Rojo Jr., Stuka Jr. b Pólvora, Rey Escorpión, Último Guerrero
Tecnicos took 2/3, Dragon Rojo beating Escorpion while Stuka did the same to Polvora. Atlantis suggested the mask match with UG take place at the Anniversary show.
6) Negro Casas & Shocker © DQ La Sombra & Rush [CMLL TAG]
Rush & Sombra took the first, Shocker & Casas took the second. In the third, Rush beat Shocker with a Rush Driver, Casas beat Rush with a casita, and Rush interfered for the DQ. First defense for Shocker & Casas.
It appears Casas was about to win, or at least had Sombra in a near certain casita, when rush ran in for the angry man DQ. They built up two paths to victory for Casas – he could beat Rush, and Rush could beat himself. As always, Sombra considers it a win if they humilate the tecnicos.
Common sense suggests CMLL will take advantage of the one of the biggest crowds of the year and announce Ultimo Guerrero vs Atlantis in a no foolin’ mask match on Juicio Final. (They also should have announce a date.) Not always sure we’re dealing with common sense, but they’re moving that direction.
AAA posted English and Spanish language teasers for the TripleMania iPPV. There’s no official press release, but there is a big graphic on AAA’s website. TripleManiaTV site is now listing the price of the show at $13 USD (180 MEX) if you purchase before the end of the month. (No idea what it’ll be later.) Again, I really hope this works but buyer beware. It won’t be available on traditional PPV unless something changes. I don’t know if this means anything, but there’s no mention of the show being available on demand after the fact – it’s listed simply as Watch Live. I would assume it would be, but it’s a new company so it’s hard to be sure. The About AAA has gotten an overhaul, definitely needs a bit more tweaking, but does reveal the obvious news of Myzteziz being on the card.
AAA already posted a bunch of vignettes from today’s AAA TV show, including Electroshock challenging Jeff Jarrett to a hair vs hair match in a cage (to keep Sociedad.) Hey, if they can combine the never-any-good cage match with the never-any-good Jarrett TripleMania match and make room for a good match, I’m all for a cage match. I think think is probably happening if AAA’s mentioning it on TV this close to TripleMania, but they’ll still probably throw other people in this and neither Electroshock nor Jarrett will lose. If there’s anything we know about Jarrett, it’s that it takes quite a few major shows to get to the blow off match.
Electroshock also teases a surprise to counter Karen Jarrett. Lady Apache coming in to set up a couples feud seems to make sense, but I haven’t heard her mentioned up to now. Lady Apache doesn’t seem to have found a lot of indy work and she’s be a great addition to AAA.
There’s also an inexplicable Mascara Ano 2000 Jr. mystery admirer storyline. It’s Mamba, isn’t it. Isn’t it.
A Toluca report on Thursday’s show on AAA doesn’t have much in the way of results, but lists a return date of 08/21 (Thursday after TripleMania) with a main event Myzteziz, Argos, Argenis vs Mesias, Averno, Zorro. That’s Mesias on the rudo side but also Argos on the tecnico side, so it may be meant to be a relevos increible. Mesias being a rudo would be surprising news, since he’s believed to have turned down that switch late last year. That show would also mean AAA can’t be heading to Los Angeles immediately after TripleMania, since Myzteziz and Mesias figure to be part of any El Rey tapings.
Rob has highlights for 04/25/14 CMLL.
LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.
Segunda Caida reviews Chanoc y El Hijo del Santo vs. Los Vampiros Asesinos
Estrellas del Ring writes about Cuernavaca luchadors who’s names are also used by others. The multiple Fenix/Ave Fenix’s are a plague, but generally people need to be more creative with names. Almost any single word name is or was being used by someone else.
IWRG (WED) 07/23/2014 Arena Naucalpan
1) Black King vs Power Bull
2) Alfa & Omega vs Matrix Jr. & Muerte Infernal
3) Emperador Azteca & Látigo vs Hip Hop Man & Zurdog
4) Alan Extreme, Golden Magic, Miss Gaviota vs Canis Lupus, Rayan, Spartan
5) Diva Salvaje, Relámpago, Veneno vs Danny Casas, Eterno, Hijo de Máscara Año 2000
A show. They’ve obviously trying to conserve money, but they also appear to be conserve brain power. And some very familiar people have been very conspicuous by their absence.
No points for guessing Black King is Kalim Black’s new gimmick.
CMLL (SAT) 07/19/2014 Arena México
1) Hombre Bala Jr. & Súper Halcón Jr. vs Canelo Casas & Disturbio
2) Goya Kong, Marcela, Silueta vs Amapola, Princesa Blanca, Zeuxis
3) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Valiente vs Puma, Tiger, Vangellys
4) Máximo vs Ripper [lightning]
5) Atlantis, Dragón Rojo Jr., Titán vs Rey Escorpión, Shocker, Último Guerrero
6) La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush vs Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Volador Jr. [Relevos Increíbles]
What’s easier: turning Volador or listing half the main events as Relevos Increibles?
Weird that Shocker is around but in the semimain. He’ll obviously get involved in the main event.
I can already see Dragon Rojo and Rey Escorpion showing up to the Anniversary press conference and asking to be included in the main event contract.
Would be looking forward to the tercera if there was a chance I could actually see it.
My latest weird research project was going thru the 2000 archives of El Siglo de Torreon, pulling out all the lucha libre info I could find, and adding them to the database. It’s took well a month or two to transcribe them all, and they were added to the database over the last week. There are 279 events covering Coahuila and Durango for that year now. I believe I only had 1 prior.
If you’re someone running your own wrestling match database or otherwise want this info, the complete list of what I pulled together is here. I don’t know if anyone actually DOES, but I like the idea someone might.
I used the El Siglo de Torreon search, and simply searched for lucha libre. I ran another search for building “Arena Olimpico Laguna” to pick up a couple of stragglers, and it’s possible I missed some other ones. It was a lot of transcribing from newspapers, which means a lot of typos. I’ve cleaned up what I’ve caught but there’s still more in there.
The vast majority of the event records I have are just the lineups. This paper was still publishing all the local lineups up to a couple years ago regularly. Results would still be better, but you can still get a handle of some things.
And, so, some things I figured – which will probably only be interesting to people greatly interested in obscure lucha libre in Durango and Coahuila at a specific time.
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Tonight’s CMLL show has Negro Casas & Shocker defending their newly won their CMLL Tag Team championships against Rush & Sombra. Rush & Casas are two Fridays away from their hair match. The usual finish is Casas cheating to win as a way to prove he might be able to do the same in the hair match, but that doesn’t seem certain. Title matches results this time of year are driven by setting the field for the Universal Tournament. Casas & Sombra have other belts and would be in regardless of tonight’s result. Right now, Shocker’s in and Rush’s out. Rush is one of the favorites to win the tournament, but he’s got to be in it first. There’s still probably four to six weeks before the tournament takes place, enough time for Rush to win a title elsewhere, but he has a pretty good shot of taking care of that business tonight.
(Also, Rush & Sombra winning proves La Mascara is the worst. As if we didn’t know that already!)
The rest of the show includes Atlantis, Stuka Jr. and new tecnico Dragon Rojo taking on Ultimo Guerrero, Rey Escorpion and Polvora. Mascara Dorada and Fuego return from Japan elsewhere down the card, but are likely to be bumped from TV consideration by the women’s feud.
At the ice cream press conference, Joaquin Roldan told Apolo Valdes that the TripleMania card would probably be announced next week. Joaquin mentions there will be a cage match with mask and hair on the line in addition to the matches already announced. This is doubly disappointing, because AAA cage matches are always a mess and because the guys who are likely to be in it (Pentagon, Australian Suicide for sure, Jack & Angelico probably, whatever midcarders aren’t already booked likely) are very good at using the apron and the air between the ring and the floor. They can’t quite do that with a cage in their way. The dive off the top of the cage has been done a numbing amount of time and anything else to do with that cage would be dangerous; there’s nothing cages add in AAA (or CMLL or any lucha promotion) to make a match better.
AAA does a cage match every year because they feel the fans who come to TripleMania are more impressed by a steel structure and the spectacle someone falling off that structure then a good match. They actually may be right, but that’s too cynical even for me.
I guess this does make some sense if Myzteziz or Perro is in the match. Would be surprised if they were.
Chessman says they’ve been instructed to soften up Electroshock before Jeff Jarrett faces him at TripleMania, so I guess Jeff Jarrett is facing Electroshock at TripleMania.
Mini Psycho Circus would like a title shot against Dinastia or a feud with the Mini Vipers.
Princesa Sugehit video interview on her feud with Princesa Blanca.
Dr. Wagner’s match in Stardom made it to the internet.
Nitro, back from France, talks about the classes he taught.
Shocker and Ultimo Guerrero are in the Chicago area on Sunday.
Sabor del Ring continues it’s bio of Centella Inca.
Makabre talks about his upcoming apuesta match.
AULL (SAT) 08/16/2014 Arena Lopez Mateos
1) Kiuby & Sky Fly vs Pequeño Demonio & Rey Inmortal
2) Pegazus, Shibata, Spider Boy vs Ave Negra, El Hijo De Zumbido, Ironía
3) Ángel de la Noche, Ángel Del Amor, Euro, Rey Krystal vs Epitafio, Leviatham, Samael, Tormento
4) Flamita & Terry 2000 vs Trauma I & Trauma II and Chucho el Roto & Yakuza and Dr. Cerebro & Sádico [Trofeo Adolfo Lopez Mateos]
5) Hijo De Dos Caras, Sin Cara, Tinieblas Jr. vs Averno, el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Toscano
They announced Sin Cara and Perro on this day before TripleMania (which will make the rehearsals tough). The best guess for the match they’ll have at TripleMania is about the same match, and this will probably be a little cheaper. Also – Flamita!
Shows Watched But Nothing Made The List
CMLL on Terra: 2014-07-06
AAA on Televisa: 2014-07-05
CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-07-05
CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-07-05
CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-07-05
Matches To Watch Later
CMLL Puebla: 2014-07-06
taped 2014-06-16 @ Arena Puebla
Águila Egipcia, Black Tiger, Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Fuerza Chicana, Guerrero Espacial, Toro Bill Jr.:
Astral, Asturiano, Bam Bam, Eléctrico, Meyer vs Blue Center, Demus 3:16, Pequeño Warrior, Pierrothito, Saurón in a cibernetico match:
Rey Escorpión © vs Atlantis for the CMLL World Light Heavyweight Championship:
IWRG Zona XXI: 2014-07-06
taped 2014-06-29 @ Arena Naucalpan
Apolo Estrada Jr. © vs Dr. Cerebro for the World Wrestling Stars Welterweight Championship
Still no sign of any CMLL show on TV Mexiquense.
== AAA ==
AAA-Televisa: Part 2 from Xalapa. Minis, Alebrije/Argenis/Ludxor v Apache/Rockers, and Psycho Circus & Myzteziz vs Averno, Chessman, Daga and Zorro
== CMLL ==
FOX2: moved to 1pm on Saturday. Sombra/Shocker, Bufete del Amor vs Cavernario/Casas/UG
52MX: Indeseables vs Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible
Claro: Dragon Rojo vs Volador, Arena Coliseo Tag Title match. Maybe they’ll add crowd noise.
C3: Cavernario, Euforia, Mr. Niebla vs Maximo, Titan, Valiente
TVC Deportes (Puebla): Guerreros vs Atlantis, Valiente, Volador
Lucha Azteca: Indeseables vs Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Shocker
Terra Sunday: Bufete del Amor vs Euforia, Mr. Niebla, Niebla Roja.
== Other ==
Noches de Coliseo: More Mr. Nice?
IWRG (LAS/AYM): Maybe Wednesday, maybe Sunday
taped 2014-06-22 @ Arena Coliseo
Astounding that they created a new intro (straight out of 1992) with Averno in it right as everyone should’ve known he was jumping. It’d also take like 15 seconds for someone to cut him out, and he’s going to be in there for three years.
Blue Panther vs Ephesto in a lightning match: Ephesto working maestros style is definitely not something you see everyday. He did reasonable well. It’s tough to compare him, because my mind immediately goes to Virus (this is much in the style of that Panther match) and you can be a good at this without being close to Virus. Ephesto seemed a little clumsy and out of practice at this style, and tired by the end, but he did do a few creative things and I’d like to see him try it again to see what he might come up with second run. Finish was almost kind of disappointment; these matches usually lead to creative submissions, but instead this was the flash armbar as if they needed to get out as quick as possible. The rest of the match was built around every hold being a battle, but ended with no battle. Still, an interesting change of pace.
Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Kamaitachi, Puma, Shigeo Okumura: Good match, although one where a couple of iffy moments in the third fall caused them to lose the crowd quite a bit. Guerrero Maya Jr.’s tope on Okumura was complete lunacy. He and Delta might be a world class tag team if they ever got more than 4 2v2 matches in a year. Puma remains very good, very underutilized.
Máximo, Super Porky, Volador Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión: Standard Máximo/Porky match with them being out of the way for the finish. Seen way too many of these lately to appreciate it. Dragon Rojo and Rey Escorpión had one single spot of disagreement which came and went; I don’t think we would’ve realized they meant to start a breakup here if this had aired live. Pólvora legit had trouble slamming Brazo de Plata (and dropped him pretty awkwardly when he did drop him.) Porky is having a lot of trouble moving around and accidentally got in the way of spots in the third fall because of his immobility.
IWRG (WED) 07/16/2014 Arena Naucalpan [IWRG]
1) Sky Ángel b Atomic Star
2) Anubis Black & Matrix Jr. b Payaso De Plata & Payaso Extremo
3) Rayan & Spartan b Imposible & Metaleon
4) Canis Lupus, Danny Casas, Eterno DQ Diva Salvaje, Golden Magic, Relámpago
Rudos took straight falls, Eterno faked a foul for a DQ.
5) Dr. Cerebro b Fuerza Guerrera, Veneno, Apolo Estrada Jr.
Eliminations went Fuerza (Veneno), Veneno (Apolo) and Apolo (Cerebro).
Tercera Caida had Black Terry on as a guest, and split up the post show conversation into a lot of questions: Terry talks about his movie appearance, his upcoming schedule, working as a referee in TxT, his championships and hair wins, the Temerarios, the injuries he’s suffered, his son, his pick for the biggest idol of lucha libre, his thoughts on the current lucha libre scene, and Black Terry’s social media presence.
CMLL has yesterday’s Informa here. Not a lot news, but plenty of cranky Virus. Also, Mr. Niebla and Zacarias explain how to get to Arena Mexico. You wouldn’t think that would be the best pair for that, but they’ve got subway instructions and bus instructions and outside video footage walking to the building – someone did some work here!
AAA held a press conference yesterday to announce new sponsor Helados Holanda, an ice cream dessert company. They’d previously turned up on AAA shows as a sponsor, but this was to make an official and talk about a contest where winners can get various AAA prizes (including a trip to a Hard Rock show.)
SuperLuchas takes on an issue of great importance: frequent mispellings on lucha libre posters. This is the scourge of my existence. More people have been able to spell “Myzteziz” than I would’ve guessed, but far from all of them. It’s tougher with local guys, since it’s impossible to tell if people are spelling their names for semi-unique/semi-inexplicable “Centvrion” like reasons or if the promoter or the person putting together the poster just wasn’t paying attention.
Dragon Rojo talks to ESTO about his career and tecnico change. In this telling, Dragon Rojo Sr. is his grandfather. Rojo’s short term goal is to be in a mask match at an Anniversary show.
Cronicas Y Leyendas look back at Joe Polardy and Perro Aguayo losing their hair and Ringo Mendoza vs Tony Benetto. The Tony Benetto thing has always confused me – he was around and a name for several years (an Anniversary show apuesta match there), then became the latest Gran Markus. There aren’t that many guys his size to begin with, everyone kind of had to immediately realize who under the Gran Markus mask which seems to defeat the point.
Texano attempted to steal Terrible away to AAA yesterday. No, literally. The AAA guys were headed on a bus to San Luis Potosi, while the CMLL guys were headed to Leon for the show they were promoting heavily on Terra and their buses just crossed paths along the way.
LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.
Rob has highlights 0f 04/22/14 CMLL.
At the press conference to announce October’s WWE shows, WWE held out the carrot of possible TV taping in Mexico…in 2016.