WWA, Alberto to ROH, Mil wins in Japan

WWA (FRI) 12/05/2014 Auditorio de Tijuana, Tijuana, Baja California [El Mexicano]
1) Black Spider, Extasis, Memo Velasquez b Animaniac, Enfermero Jr., Mr. Maldito
2) Lady Apache b Datura [WWA Women]
Advertised as a WWA Women’s title match, but not mentioned in the news report. Dunno. Would be a vacant title match.
3) Cotton Candy b Perfecto [WWA EXOTICO]
Listed as a title match, but appeared to be for trophy and not a defended championship. Casandro & Rubi Gardenia were listed and didn’t appear, with Perfecto replacing.
4) Octagoncito (original) © b Piratita Morgan [WWA MINI]
Lobito was the last known Minis champion in 2012. Octagoncito lost the title to the previous champion, Mascarita Plateada in 2011 but magically has the belt back. Billed as a title being retained.
5) Bestia 666 & Damián 666 b Rayman & Rey Horuz [WWA TAG]
vacant title. Rayman & Rayo Jr. were the last known champions in 2012, though there was supposed to be a tournament for them on a July show in Tijuana. Rey Hourz turned on his partner.
6) Atlantis b Negro Casas [WWA JLH]
vacant title. Matches were supposed to be Atlantis vs Ultimo Guerrero and Negro Casas vs Diamante Azul, but they were combined into one after UG and Azul were booked on Infierno en el Ring.

Didn’t draw well, probably not helped by the random title matches and people figuring out they weren’t going to deliver on the advertised main event.

photo by Black Terry Jr.

No IWRG results from last night but the pictures are cool.

This week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter (suscriber only) updated Alberto’s plans. A video introducing Alberto was supposed to air on ROH’s PPV this past weekend, but it did not arrive on time. Alberto will work serval shows for January in ROH. (I read that as he’s working a lot in January but it’s unclear.) Alberto is supposed to work for Lucha Underground but is said not to have signed a contract yet, and Bellator did talk to him on Sunday (after failing to get CM Punk.)

Last night’s CMLL Informa included Soberano & Star pushing for a mask match. Felino talked about his hair loss and Mistico talked about his return, but still would not state a date. That situation is confusing, and my best guess is he’s not cleared yet to return but they wanted to have him to just say something on the Infierno en el Ring show. The Guadalajara move to Sundays was mentioned late in the show; earlier, JCR said Guadalajara would be running on Tuesdays, Fridays and still Sunday, which conflicts with what people in Guadalajara had been saying. Angelito being hurt was mentioned so quick you would’ve missed it (and had no idea what happened.)

Tercera Caida had another highlight heavy edition of the show; they still had to catch up on the All Elite shows. Teelo and Leo of the IWRG Ninja Turtles were the guest hosts and talked more after the show. Dinamic Black and Guerrero WMC were guests late in the show to hype their mask match late in the week, only Guerrero WMC forgot his mask and had to wear a Monje one. I don’t like WMC’s chances of winning.

CaraLuchas announced Negro Navarro vs Hechicero for Navarro’s FLLM Master Championship, which Black Terry Jr. had mentioned was coming a while back. Super Nova also defends his title against Trauma II.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Dinastia talks about his title defense.

Video feature on DTU’s show in Xalapa.

Mascara Sagrada Jr. returned to Arena Aficion wearing his mask, again. He lost it there in 2010 and has just continued wearing whenever he shows up there. It’s more confusing why the promoters use him, since he’s only Mascara Sagrada Jr. and the only people who are dedicate enough to come those shows are the ones who are going to be annoyed by such things (as the recap illustrates.)

Guerrero Maya Jr. wants to face the winner of Monday’s tag title match (Mascara/Maximo vs Casas/Shocker) no matter what happens in his title defense against Hechicero & Cavernario.

LV has reviews of 11/26/14 IWRG and 12/07/14 IWRG.

SuperLuchas look back at past December 11 shows, including a win for Hipopotamo Wiggins. Picture of Hipopotamo included.

Lucha Libre in Japan

12/11 Tokyo Gurentai: Mil Mascaras [O], Terry Funk, Masakatsu Funaki b NOSAWA Rongai [X], Yoshiaki Fujiwara, Kaz Hayashi – Mil Mascaras won with a plancha, of course.

Marcela and Syuri had a press conference for the title match they’re having tomorrow that you’ve already forgotten about. Also, Goya Kong and Muneca de Plata were eating during the press conference, and demanding their four opponents weight in before facing them to see if they combined measure up to the Mexican pair.

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Lucha Underground 1×7 (2014-12-10): “The Top Of The Ladder”

roll with it

the matches

King Cuerno b Super Fly (3:27, “the thrill of the hunt” or maybe it’s “the Big Game”)

Chavo Guerrero b Fenix (5:43, frog splash)

Johnny Mundo defeated Big Ryck and Prince Puma in a $100,000 ladder match (19:34)

the developments

Danny Trejo came for the ladder match, unlike Kurt and Alfedo. They are not as tough as Machete.

Super Fly debuted. In the alternate universe of Lucha Underground, he’s still a tecnico, still part of Fuerza Aerea (who picked him to be here) and still masked. He lost to Cuerno, who’s finisher may have been renamed. Drago watched from the perch, and Cuerno looked at him while finishing off Super Fly.

Pentagon is bad for your bones

Vignettes aired for Pentagon Jr. – who traveled to Japan to learn all sorts of evilness involving breaking bones – and (Brian) Cage. Cage’s was more MMA/big focused, pushing himi as heel who was different than the Mexican luchadors.

Pentagon Jr. and Sexy Star cornered their partners from last week. A Pentagon Jr. trip led to Chavo Guerrero beating Fenix. Sexy Star threatened Chavo after the match, saying Demon would be back soon. There was a dueling “Let’s go Fenix”, “Let’s go Chavo” chant.

Mundo still had the key prior to the ladder match. Ryck was not confident the ladders would support him and uneasy climbing them; Cisco & Castro got involved as much to climb the ladder for him as they were to beat up Puma & Mundo. Cisco took huge falls, including being sent off the post into two tables on the floor. Puma was taken out by being sent out of the ring and thru a table. When it seemed Mundo was gong to win, a man in a Pentagon mask ran out to stop him. It wasn’t Pentagon, but someone the announcers had scene around the Temple but could not identify. Mundo was able to fight Ryck’s goons off and get the briefcase.

Cueto demanded Mundo give him back his key. Mundo thought about it, punched Cueto, and dropped the Key on him.

All the gifs for the show are on imgur and the ten that could fit are over on tumblr.

thoughts

could’ve been worse, Johnny could’ve done a podcast about it

They did a good job of keeping the Cuerno/Drago issue going. Drago looks cool just standing there. Super Fly doesn’t seem to have a big role here but he did look good in his big dive.

Chavo Guerrero kept the young Mexican flyer from pulling off most of his exciting offense, this seems vaguely familiar. To be fair, it built well to the end with Fenix getting in some big spots, and it took Pentagon Jr. interfering to cost him the meatch. The end game here is still Demon/Chavo.

Ladder match was great. Mundo and Puma did some creative spots, Cisco and Castro took a lot of beating, and Ryck was used smartly like the Street fight. The new guy – who appears to be “Bael” (B-Boy) based on the taping results – didn’t have much of an impactful debut considering how ineffective he turned out to be, but that’s a minor grievance in a good match.

Johnny Mundo is on the lineup for the next show. That one is going to be harder to explain.

Cards on the table: I was pretty sure Cage was the guy Dario was talking to weeks ago, the guy who Dario is keeping hidden away by the key. Maybe he still is, but introducing him in the vignette suggests he may have a different role. Guess we find out together.

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Virus remains king, Coliseo Tag titles, Lucha Underground 22 minute ladder match

CMLL (TUE) 12/09/2014 Arena México [CMLL, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Mercurio & Pequeño Universo 2000 b Aéreo & Angelito
Straight falls. Angelito took a backdrop onto his head in the second fall and was stretchered out.
2) Magnus, Metatrón, Star Jr. b Artillero, Metálico, Súper Comando
Metatron replaced Flyer on Monday. Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Fuego, Oro Jr., Soberano Jr. DQ Arkángel de la Muerte, Disturbio, Kamaitachi
straight falls, Kamaitachi fouling Fuego.
4) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther b Felino, Puma, Tiger
Tecnicos took 1/3, The Panther submitting Felino
5) Virus © b Dragon Lee [CMLL SL]
Seconds were The Panther & Disturbio. Virus took 2/3 to keep the title. Virus’ eighth defense.
6) Bárbaro Cavernario, Euforia, Hechicero b Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., La Sombra
Sombra was not helpful to his partners, though he did help them in the first and was beat by Cavernario in the third. Rudos took 2/3 and demanded an Arena Coliseo tag title match next week.

Virus kept the title on his 46th birthday. He’s held the title for four years. Match will air Saturday night on Cadena3 around 8:20pm CT – you can see it their YouTube stream.

Angelito’s injury looked bad. Angelito took a backdrop high in the air, didn’t turn over, and landed right on his head. It was ugly; I watched it once and didn’t want to watch it again. CMLL posted video of the injury, but it was taken down by YouTube for being too gross. There’s no public update on his health, but the word going around they’re taking a look at everything today but it was more scary than destructive. Hopefully today’s CMLL Informa will have an update

The preview for tonight’s Lucha Underground show

The Top Of The Ladder
Prince Puma, Johnny Mundo and Big Ryck fight each other; the first Luchador to climb the ladder will claim Cueto’s prize.

Today’s Lucha Underground is one of two episodes where I didn’t get a show report, so can’t give you a match listing. We know the ladder match is happening and Chavo and Fenix have said they’ll have a match on the show today. There’s probably not a lot more. Lucha Underground has been a 44 minute show of late (up a couple minutes from the premiere), the ladder match is said to be 22 minutes long, and everything’s got to fit in the rest of the show. Maybe some vignettes, maybe a third match along the lines of Muertes/Famous B last week, and probably segments just long enough that they can run commercials in between them. If you’re watching the show live, figure on the first half of the show having more breaks than usual to let the ladder match go full out.

Next week is the final Lucha Underground show of the year. They’ve got a month’s worth to air to start 2015 and mentioned they’ll start talking about the next set of tapings in January.

Sexy Star talks to Variety Latino about her Lucha Underground character.

Sunday’s final ever show at Arena Coliseo San Luis Potosi was filled with 10 man tags to allow everyone one more moment, and filled with fans in the stands. It was far more than the 5% capacity the weekly shows were getting, though notable that even the final show couldn’t fill up the arena. Nothing is truly final until they tear down the arena – Arena Coliseo Acapulco is back running shows again next week – but everyone seems to have responded like this was an end of era.

TerceraCaida is on today at 5pm. +LuchaTV has lots of highlights of Sunday’s Naucalpan’s show and last week’s Lucha Libre Boom show, like Myzteziz/Heavy Metal vs Dr. Wagner/Averno highlights.

LuchaWorld reviews Lucha Azteca 11/29/14.

Segunda Caida reviews Brazo de Plata, Héctor Garza, Toscano vs Naito, Ray Mendoza Jr., Taichi and LATV 07/27/14

LV reviews this past Sunday’s CMLL on Terra show.

Rey Bucanero is #1 in CMLL’s top 10 this week. Star Jr. is #10. No respect for Cholo!

LuchaMemes added Loba de Fuego vs Miss Gaviota vs Estrella Divina vs Juana La Loca vs El Demiasiado in a lumberjack match in it’s 12/21 show.

SuperLuchas writes about a Sangre Chicana and Satanico draw and other results from past December 10ths. There was an end of the year show where EMLL had four people lose their hair – and then five actually lost because the Chicana/Satanico draw. And this year Felino beat Rey Bucanero.

Many AAA luchadors visited the offices of La Magia de un Deseo (Mexico version of make a wish) for an early Christmas party with children.

Hell Boy took Astro Man’s mask in Puebla.

A collection of Rosalio Vera lucha libre photos are being displayed in Warsaw, Poland.

Alberto says he’s headed to Monterrey on 12/28.

Lineups

IWRG (SUN) 12/14/2014 Arena Naucalpan
1) Galaxy vs Atomik Star
2) Centvrión, Pantera I, Suicida vs Hip Hop Man, Liderk, Rayan
3) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Canis Lupus, Imposible, Oficial AK47
4) Black Terry & Negro Navarro vs Trauma I & Trauma II
5) Hijo De Dos Caras, Relámpago, Toscano vs Chicano, Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, X-Fly
6) Danny Casas vs Oficial 911 [mask]

Main event is all Oficial Ak-47’s fault (since he no-showed the match that got Danny into this feud.) Most rudo thing he’s done, and somehow he’s back to work the Ninja Turtles.

Terry/Navaro vs Traumas is happening here.

Pantera I! Pantera I, at least under that name, has not wrestled in IWRG since January 2000. Pantera has I died since the last time he wrestled in Arena Naucalpan! Also Mike Suicida Segura has now been excommunicated from IWRG (for working somewhere else) and brought back now for about six straight years. And Centvrion hasn’t exactly been a regular this year either, it’s quite a trio.

CMLL (TUE) 12/16/2014 Arena México
1) Bengala & Sensei vs Apocalipsis & El Rebelde
2) Aéreo, Fantasy, Shockercito vs Mercurio, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Universo 2000
3) Soberano Jr., Star Jr., Starman vs Cholo, Metálico, Ramstein
4) Blue Panther Jr. vs Sangre Azteca [lightning]
5) Delta & Guerrero Maya Jr. © vs Bárbaro Cavernario & Hechicero [Arena Coliseo TAG]
6) Rey Cometa, Super Porky, Valiente vs Ephesto, Hombre sin Nombre, Mephisto

This is not the first time the Arena Coliseo Tag Team Champion has been defended in Arena Mexico, but the Arena Coliseo Tag title has always been defended in Arena Mexico. It’s never changed hands in the four previous matches during this title era. It also should be the main event if they’re doing Nuevo Valores Martes.

Cholo & Metalico vs Soberano & Star Jr. appears on this feud. Maybe they’re just trying to speed it up to get it done in time for whatever, but if CMLL was intended to do a notable show for 3 King’s Day, that’s a Tuesday this year.

CMLL (TUE) 12/16/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Brillante & Reycko vs El Yaqui & Satara
2) Esfinge, Leo, Omar Brunetti vs Canelo Casas, Puma, Tiger
3) Princesa Sugehit vs Zeuxis [lightning]
4) Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas vs Gallo, Stuka Jr., Titán
5) Atlantis, La Sombra, Marco Corleone vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible

Speaking of people returning from the dead, it’s Mr. Niebla! Niebla, last see passed out by the barricade in Arena Mexico on November 7th, got a six week timeout this time. Hope his knee is better.

Canelo needs to watch his partners and learn. He should bring a notepad and take some notes.

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Alvarados versus Casas/Shocker, Dragon Lee vs Virus tonight, El Dandy back

CMLL (SUN) 12/07/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Domingos Familiares]
1) Explosivo b Relampago Azul
2) El Chakal & Furia Nazi b El Tapatío & Índigo
3) Demonio Maya & Sádico b El Divino & Virgo
4) Infierno, Jocker, Maléfico b Esfinge, Exterminador, Omar Brunetti
Infierno replaced Cavernario. Esfinge and Exterminador had problems leading to the rudos win.
5) Gallo, Máscara Dorada, Valiente b Cavernario, Hechicero, Pierroth
Cavernario & Hechicero replaced Olimpico & Sagrado. Tecnicos took 2/3, Dorada defeating Hechicero.

Olimpico might be one of those most out of luck with changes here. The majority of his matches this year have been in Guadalajara, and he’s only had 4 CMLL DF matches all year.

CMLL (MON) 12/08/2014 Arena Puebla [Periodico Enfoque, Periodico Enfoque (Photos)]
1) Disturbio & Inquisidor b Asturiano & Meyer
2) Lestat, Magnus, Sensei b Akrón, Hijo del Signo, Policeman
Lestat and Policeman are feuding.
3) Dragon Lee, Stigma, The Panther b Cancerbero, Hombre sin Nombre, Raziel
Cancerbero was stretchered out after a Dragon Lee attack.
4) Ephesto, Mephisto, Pólvora b Dragón Rojo Jr., Máscara Dorada, Volador Jr.
Polvora beat Dragon Rojo and demanded a title match.
5) La Máscara, Marco Corleone, Máximo b Negro Casas, Shocker, Último Guerrero
Marco was back wrestling after Sunday’s injury. Maximo & Mascara beat Casas & Ultimo and challenged for the tag titles.

Don’t think they’re actually doing Lestat/Policeman. Pretty sure they’re doing Polvora/Dragon Rojo. Dragon Lee has a sound strategy, take out Virus’ soldiers before their title match.

This week begins what was long considered the ‘off season’ from CMLL. Historically, they’d stop running Arena Mexico, move everything to Arena Coliseo, and many of the luchadors would disappear for long stretches to visit their hometowns or wrestle elsewhere. Some of that’s still going on – Rey Escorpion hasn’t been seen since he lost the title to Angel de Oro, but he’s wrestling indies and my assumption is he’ll be back in CMLL – but nowadyas CMLL moves all of it’s shows from Coliseo to Arena Mexico and occasionally stumbles into some exciting lucha libre matchups. There’s plenty still to look forward to in the next couple months

  • CMLL will likely hold an Arena Coliseo Tag Title match on 12/16
  • CMLL will hold a cibernetico for the vacant welterweight championship on 12/26 (and maybe a final the following week)
  • Mistico II is returning at some point, which will be a thing.
  • FantasticaMania is about 6 weeks away (and we’d figure to get those lineups in the next month)
  • Lucha Underground has a big ladder match tomorrow and will introduce a championship in the following episode
  • Also, that Key thing is getting resolved in the next few episodes, and some of the best matches from the first tapings are still to come
  • and those next Underground tapings are a month and a half away, which should include some new people and maybe we’ll be able to get a sense of how El Rey believes things are going
  • IWRG will have a couple more year end shows; there’s plenty of matches they’ve teased which would be good ways to end the year
  • (and also it seems like I’m getting to record it.)
  • AAA’s Guerra de Titanes will eventually make YouTube! As will the other pre-GdT taping, and we’ll eventually see their 2015 plans
  • and tonight might have one of the best matches of the year

By all reports, there were some fantastic matches at Guerra de Titanes. I’m really looking forward to watching them. It’s possible Virus versus Dragon Lee for the Super Lightweight Championshp could be on the same level as those. Virus wrestles a style that’s different than anyone else does (or gets to do) in the big two matches. Dragon Lee probably can’t do as much on the mat as Fuego or maybe even Titan, but we get to find that out for sure in this match. Dragon Lee definitely can do as many crazy high spots as those guys (maybe crazier, maybe not always as successful.) They’ve been running into each other in trios since En Busca de un Idolo and have had magically fights so far. I could not be more excited for the full length match.

I have no feeling about whether Virus is every going to keep his title; he’s always facing a young guy who could use a big win, that’s kind of the gimmick, but he’s always still Virus and having Virus with a championship is a good deal. Dragon Lee is a bunch of fun and I’ll be happy for him if he wins, but the matches Virus has been doing are very rare in CMLL and will be near extinct if Virus doesn’t have title defenses to get singles matches and wrestle his unique style. (Ideally, everyone would be learning from what Virus is doing and adapting the good parts to their own style, but realistically everyone’s emulating the Volador/Ultimo Guerrero style and it’s hard to see that changing given their relative positions.) I want more awesome Virus matches, we’re probably only getting awesome Virus matches as long as he has that title, I hope he has that title forever.

That’s not the main event! It probably should be the main event, but the world title goes to the semimain over a trios match building up an Arena Coliseo tag team match. That match – Sombra, Guerrero Maya Jr., and Delta vs Hechicero, Barbaro Cavernario, and Euforia – should be a really good match as well. The top 5 matches all look good, though maybe the segunda is less good with Metatron replacing Flyer in the segunda. Also, Sombra replaces Maximo in Sunday’s main event.

Felino says he’s stayed in the cage and went after his rivals while others ran away, so who’s the real loser. (Felino is.) He vows to continue feuding with Rey Bucanero.

DoradaFan has highlights of 09/30/2014 CMLL.

+LuchaTV has an interview with Dinastia and Alberto about their title wins, while Black Terry challenges Solar to mask vs hair.

Pictures from a CMLL calendar being offered on Amazon.

Fuerza Guerrera promotes the upcoming Leyendas Inmortales show.

Bitch Magazine writes about Sexy Star as a wrestling turning point.

Don’t try to subtweet Octagon!

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 12/12/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Dr. Frezzer & Explosivo vs El Yaqui & Furia Nazi
2) El Divino, Ídolo Jr., Javier Cruz Jr. vs Chakal, Jocker, Sádico
3) Esfinge, Exterminador, Magnum vs Maléfico, Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno
4) El Dandy, Flash I, Flash II vs Pitbull I, Pitbull II, Satánico
tag champs in non-title action
5) Oro Jr., Rey Cometa, Soberano Jr. vs Canelo Casas, Hijo del Signo, Mr. Águila

You may remember seeing a lineup for a debut Friday show yesterday. That didn’t happen now. The best guess is that card was intended to be a Sunday card but no one passed along word that there were no more Sunday shows; Sombra being moved onto the Sunday DF show suggests it was a decision made in the last week. The Domingos Familiar page, being promoted on the last few Guadalajara posters, only mentions the change in passing.

A main event with Canelo Casas and Hijo del Signo – and also Soberano and Oro as much as we like them – is not something that’s going to get people to check out a Friday night show. The semimain is there to be the actual draw, including a return of the Flashs and Pitbulls (added by surprise a few weeks ago) and noted retiree El Dandy. That lasted about 6.5 months.

CMLL (MON) 12/15/2014 Arena Puebla
1) Black Tiger, Lestat, Milenium vs Ares, Centauro de Fuego, Guerrero Espacial
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Oro Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. vs Espíritu Maligno, Fuerza Chicana, King Jaguar
3) Ángel de Oro, Fuego, Stigma vs Hechicero, Puma, Tiger
4) Dragón Rojo Jr., Máscara Dorada, Volador Jr. vs Gran Guerrero, Pólvora, Último Guerrero
5) Negro Casas & Shocker © vs La Máscara & Máximo [CMLL TAG]
Shocker & Negro Casas second defense

Maximo & Mascara winning the tag titles would break the idea of the Ingobernables – and it’s hard to make sense of it with Rush & Sombra attacking Maximo multiple times – but it’s CMLL so it doesn’t have to make sense. Probably a defense anyway. Kind of wonder if this tag title match was planned for a while and Maximo’s just replacing rush.

Dragon Rojo/Polvora goes on. Hechciero with the cats could be fun. Lestat’s now on the show every week, as if a major change has happened. Is he the new Guadalajara booker?!?!? (no, he’s not.)

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12/06-07 lucha videos

Puebla is back. Terra was the usual horror show – first 3 matches are only included for competition and are not worth your time. On the good side, they forgot to put the logo on the screen so I could put them on YouTube without problem.

Azteca had one match which did not air on Fox Sports

YouTube playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYyNnOBGWP7Q5eJvK6ZSzBy9XCDvJWVuI (more…)

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