CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-11-22

Stukita salute splash

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FantasticaMania Day 3, Alberto not to Lucha Underground, Rush on his 2015 plans

CMLL (TUE) 01/13/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Metatrón b Évola
win via powerbomb
2) Leo & Star Jr. b Arkángel de la Muerte & Maléfico
Leo replaced Omar Brunetti.
3) Puma, Tiger, Virus b Dragon Lee, Esfinge, Pegasso
Rudos took 1/3.
4) Ephesto, Felino, Hechicero b Blue Panther Jr., Dragón Rojo Jr., Fuego
5) Euforia, Negro Casas, Shocker b La Máscara, Marco Corleone, Máximo
Shocker used the ropes to beat Marco.

and that’s how they got to Shocker/Marco.

CMLL (THU) 01/15/2015 KBS Hall, Kyoto, Japan [NJPW]
***FantasticaMania 2015, Day 3***
Attendance: 850
1) Bárbaro Cavernario & YOSHI-HASHI b Kushida & Yohei Komatsu
9:15. Yohei Komatsu replaced Rey Cometa (injury). Cavernaria on Cavernario.
2) Mr. Niebla & Okumura b Ángel de Oro & Stigma
8:31. Mima Shimoda seconded the rudos. Niebla powerbomb on Stigma. (Niebla’s finisher translated to Death Nukadora?)
3) Gedo & Pólvora b Mistico & Tiger Mask
9:40. Polvora Driver on Mistico. Polvora took Mistico & Tiger Mask’s masks after the match.
4) Kazuchika Okada & Mephisto b Captain New Japan & Stuka Jr.
8:25. Okada beat New Japan with the Red Ink.
5) La Sombra, Ryusuke Taguchi, Tetsuya Naito b Jushin Liger, Máscara Dorada, Tritón
11:17. Sombra beat Triton with the Shadow Driver.
6) Gran Guerrero, Shinsuke Nakamura, Último Guerrero b Atlantis, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Volador Jr.
11:46. Gran Guerrero upset Volador with the top rope flapjack slam (listed as the Guerrero Special, but it’s the finish he used as Taurus.)

Taped, but I don’t see the air date on SamuraiTV’s schedule. Sombra is mostly rudo, so it was as close to an all rudo night as they can get. No update on Cometa. They’re off tomorrow and then resume Saturday with the Angel de Oro/Okumura title match and a one night tag team tournament.

El Patron Alberto said he was not going to Lucha Underground. Something’s changed, because Alberto himself last year said he was going to Lucha Underground and it was considered a lock. It’s possible it could be on either side – Alberto’s got plenty of other options (with wrestling and MMA) or Lucha Underground could’ve changed it’s offer. I think the in-ring in Lucha Underground will go on fine without Alberto, but they could use the name and not getting him might suggest plans a lesser commitment to the project.

The Wrestling Observer Newsletter mentioned a casting call for “Doritos Presents Lucha Underground”, which appears to be a web reality show where 8 people compete for 1 spot on the show. Presenting Lucha Underground in other media was one of the original plans for the project, but pretty much nothing outside of social media has materialized – this would start to change that. Casting is listed as taking place next week (in between the two weekends of taping), and the show would start to shoot on 03/01. Lucha Underground is scheduled to have a TV break in the summer, so perhaps they’ll time this to air on the web during that break.

Rush appeared on CMLL Informa. He’s the last guest and mentioned just recently got the screw taken out of his leg. Rush was mellower than usual – maybe he’s still on pain killers from the screw removal. No return date was announced and it seems to be far off, since he’s only just started walking. Rush said he had no problem with Marco being in the Ingobernables because he’s a friend. Rush plans on destroying everyone and wants the Heavyweight title and the Universal championship. I believe part of the reason why the heavyweight title was so quiet is CMLL long ago decided Rush is going to be the next guy to win it and he had other feuds going on. (It doesn’t explain why Terrible isn’t defending it against other people so it’d mean something when he loses it.)

The other notable interview was with Dragon Lee, who was really pushing for a mask match with Kamaitachi. That’s clearly the plan at this point. Dragon Lee hoped it’d be at the Anniversary show, but Dos Leyendas or the months just after seem more likely.

Meanwhile, CMLL.com has a story on Olimpico getting a new Egyptian look, using the “renew or die” phrase used often when superficial changes are made. I guess he just found out this week that wrestling in a ratty black t-shirt is not a marketable look? (Also, I have this vague impression he tried this before but maybe I’m imagining things.)

BxB Fly has music videos of 10/13/14 Puebla, 10/14/14 Guadalajara, and 10/19/14 Coliseo

SuperLuchas looks back 44 years to El Santo being honored by a circus and Andre el Gigante in Guadalajara.

Cronicas y Leyendas looks back at Perro Sr. with a much younger Vampiro & Konnan.

Hechicero says he respects Guerrero Maya’s abilities but Maya shouldn’t challenge him unless he wants problems.

Impulso is sure he’ll show he’s better than Freelance.

Bio of San Luis Río Colorado’s Majestick.

Octagon is briefly interviewed for a show in Cicero.

Myzteziz & Alberto are advertised as wrestling in Qatar from October 7th to the 9th.

Lineups

CaraLuchas (SAT) 01/31/2015 Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal
1) ? vs ??
2) Andy Boy, Danger, Guerrero Mixtico vs Arez, Belial, Impulso
3) Demus 3:16 & Pierrothito vs Freelance & Mike Segura
4) Estrellita & Star Fire vs ? & Diosa Atenea
5) ? & Dragon Lee (CMLL) vs Aeroboy & Flamita
mystery person will be from CMLL
6) Hechicero (CMLL), Máximo, Último Guerrero vs Negro Navarro, Trauma I, Trauma II

That’s a unique main event, and some different looking matches underneath. Maximo annoying the Navarros always sounds like a fun idea. The 2nd and 3rd matches might be really good too. There’s been rumors of big names for the mystery CMLL spot, but nothing’s for sure until it’s announced.

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-11-22

Hechicero really has been terrorizing Maya

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Lucha Underground 1×10: Law of the Jungle

Aerostar!

the matches

Cage beat Aerostar, Argenis, Angelico in a four way elimination match
Cage flip powerbomb on Argenis (5:08)
Cage spinning clothesline on Aerostar (5:53)
Cage spinning clothesline on Angelico (5:59)

King Cuerno DCOR Drago (3:20)

Prince Puma (c) b Fenix for the Lucha Underground Championship (12:09, 630 senton)
– first defense for the championship

Angelico corner tope con giro

the developments

Dario gave Fenix a title match in hopes he’d embarrass Konnan & Puma. Fenix didn’t seem interested in allying with Cueto, but Dario just wanted him to win. They aired a Fenix vignette and Fenix fought well for the title before losing cleanly.

Aerostar, Argenis, Angelico and Cage debuted in a four way. Argenis was introduced by Striker as a mix of Dr. Wagner & Silver King. I have no idea. Angelico played a bit rudo. Aerostar and Angelico both hit their big dives, but everyone ended up losing to Cage in the end. Cage used a discus clothesline and a double powerbomb as his big moves in the match, then used them again on Prince Puma after the main event. The only iffy moment in Cage’s debut was a post win speech, where he declared “They call me Cage, because I’m not a man, I’m a machine.”

Chavo Guerrero Jr. called out Blue Demon to apologize, but it turned out he was apologizing he didn’t do more to Demon. Chavo tried to cheap shot Demon with knucks, but Demon knocked him out and hit him with chairs. Striker said this was the end of the feud.

Drago & King Cuerno went to a double countout of the ring when Drago dived from the top of Dario’s office to splash Cuerno thru a table. Neither man could continue, but it seemed the feud would.

Mystery Woman was seen spying on Fenix and Dario in their meeting; Striker suggested she was interest in the title picture.

all my gifs from the show are here: http://imgur.com/a/wIbbR and probably on tumblr next.

Drago Jack

the questions

* when will Cage get a title shot? will they explain why they call him Cage again?

* what’s next for Chavo & Demon now that they’re not feuding? Is there a next?

* where did Striker come up with that Wagner/Silver line? Did he just get Argenis’ family confused?

* how did Dorian Roldan score those front row seats? He must know someone.

stray thoughts

Fenix tries to pull a Flamita and Puma isn’t having it

If last week was the end of the first chapter, this felt like a strong opening to chapter two. Cage debuted, won strongly, and immediately got himself into the title picture. Cage looked impressive and a huge threat. Dario was already trying to recruit Fenix, so maybe he’ll move onto Cage. Some of the regulars (Mundo, Muertes, the Crew) did not appear on this show to give other people the spotlight. It was really a show about three guys, Fenix (who got the vignette and the skit with Dario before the title match), Cage (who got the win and the beatdown after the main event) and Puma (who kept his title.) Everyone came out looking better than before, including Fenix impressing in a great match.

The other guys from the four way looked good, though there wasn’t any clear direction for them. Striker didn’t mention Myzteziz in relation to Argenis, which I found at least interesting.

The Cuerno/Drago match was really short. Live, this was a three falls match, so they must’ve really cut it down. The spot at the end was enough to make it memorable.

Demon’s attack on Chavo looked weak, but it was over so that was nice.

I can not imagine Wednesdays without this show. It’s too fun.

HERE COMES A NEW CHALLENGER

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AAA on Televisa: 2014-11-22

no idea

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taped 2014-11-17 @ Domo de la Feria, Leon, Guanajuato

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FantasticaMania Day 2, Blue Panther/Satanico, Lucha Underground

CMLL (FRI) 01/09/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara[Fuego en el Ring]
1) El Tapatío & Índigo DQ Gitano (Jalisco) & Relampago
Tecnicos took 2/3, Relampago took Tapatio. Gitano’s debut.
2) Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno b El Divino & Explosivo
3) El Cuatrero & Sansón b Sky Kid & Smaker
4) Exterminador, Maléfico, Niebla Roja b Leo, Magnum, Omar Brunetti
Rudos took 1/3. Leo and Exterminador continue to feud.
5) Blue Panther, Dragón Rojo Jr., Volador Jr. DQEuforia, Satánico, Último Guerrero
Satanico fouled Blue Panther, setting up a singles match the next week.

Friday results on Wednesday are much better than Friday results on never-day. Sky Kid & Smaker are tag team champions, losing should set up a title match but I have well found doubts since they’re not on this Friday’s cards.

La Comandante splash on Lluvia (photo by Alexis Salazar/CMLL)

CMLL (TUE) 01/13/2015 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Angelito & Stukita b Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Universo 2000
2) Canelo Casas, Disturbio, Metálico b Flyer, Magnus, Oro Jr.
Rudos took 1/3
3) Raziel b Súper Halcón Jr. [lightning]
Super Halcon Jr. replaced Soberano Jr. on Monday.
4) La Comandante, La Seductora, Zeuxis b La Vaquerita, Lluvia, Marcela
Rudas took 2/3.
5) Blue Panther, Super Porky, Titán b Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado
Tecnicos took 2/3. Comando Caribeno are 0-2 as a trio since getting a name.
6) Kráneo, Olímpico, Rey Bucanero b Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Valiente
Rudos took 2/3.

Olimpico winning Arena Mexico main events in 2015 while the new trio can’t get a win. CMLL! No sign of the lightning match on YouTube.

CMLL (WED) 01/14/2015 Takamatsu-city General Gymnasium, Kagawa, Japan [NJPW]
***FantasticaMania 2015, Day 2***
1) Okumura & YOSHI-HASHI b Ángel de Oro & Kushida
9:06. Mima Shimoda, who appears to be on this tour to help translate, was with the rudos. Okumura won with a foul kick and a Michinoku Driver on Angel de Oro.
2) Jushin Liger & Stuka Jr. b Gedo & Mephisto
11:00. Liger beat Gedo.
3) Bárbaro Cavernario & Mr. Niebla b Sho Tanaka & Stigma
7:38. Sho Tanaka replaced Rey Cometa (right knee injury) Cavernaria on Stigma for the win.
4) Kazuchika Okada & Pólvora b Mistico & Tritón
9:53. Okada Red Ink on Triton. Triton did complete his dive today.
5) Gran Guerrero, Shinsuke Nakamura, Último Guerrero b Atlantis, Captain New Japan, Volador Jr.
11:04. Nakamura Bomb Ye on Captain New Japan.
6) La Sombra, Ryusuke Taguchi, Tetsuya Naito b Hiroshi Tanahashi, Máscara Dorada, Tiger Mask
13:49. Naito beat Tiger Mask with a Stardust press. Sombra continued to attack Dorada after the match. Naito & Sombra thanked the fans.

This is the first FantasticaMania show in Kagawa and the sole show which is not being taped. They’re building up Sombra vs Dorada as something big.

RealHero on DailyMotion has all of Day 1’s matches up. I’ve only watched the opener so far. Mr. Niebla misaimed his top rope splash and came down badly on Triton’s knee, which caused his knee injury. He tried to keep going, but that was a bad idea. Triton came up way short on a tope and was done for the match, which wrapped up quickly after. Triton posted a photo of his knee in ice pack, but did a promo for CMLL before this show today saying he was feeling better. Rey Cometa seemed to finish the same match fine, and it’s very surprising to see him miss today’s match.

Among the many, many pieces of merchandise being sold at these shows are Barbaro Cavernario plastic bones and clubs for 4000 Yen. That’s $34 USD or 500 Mexican Pesos. I saw at least one person on Twitter mention they bought one. The real money on this tour is made not by the attendance, but off the merchandise. (Kushida, who posted that blog, also seems greatly entertained by Mistico out of the ring.)

Lucha Underground has announced all the matches from today’s show

All the matches look interesting.

This is the first “normal” show since December 10th, and even that had the extra long ladder match. If you’ve missing the outside the ring interactions, I’d think they’ll start to turn up again this week.

CMLL Informa has a lot of people listed for it’s show today: Rush, Dragon Lee, Maximo, Princesa Sugehit and Zeuxis.  I had Negro Casas listed, but it’s actually just Maximo talking about his match with Negro Casas. Plus, people seem to disappear from when they’re announced and when the show happens. Rush’s interview could bring some news: he hasn’t been seen since breaking his leg. The timeline laid out after surgery puts him two to four weeks away from returning now, but it’s been a while since there’s been an update. (Then again, Informa is not so good for explaining when people are returning.)

Mr. Jack beat Canek to win the IWL Heavyweight Championship last night in Arena Aficion. They continue to build towards a mask match between those two, though there’s no hint as to when it might be happen. As much as I mock Leyenda Inmortales, and probably will continue to, they seemed to draw better in this arena than CMLL did last time around.

Titan says his Sabado Retro title match against Cavernario was the best match of his career.

Pentagon Jr. was named AAA 2014 Rudo of The Year. They say it’s because of his votes and achievements but I think AAA was just too scared to give the award to anyone else and face the consequences.

The new management of Arena Coliseo San Luis Potosi says rumors in December that the building was going to be torn down were never true, and the building will reopen for lucha libre on February 15. The new ownership is claiming the old ownership spread the rumor to draw a big gate. They did draw a big gate, though it’s unclear why the new ownership didn’t say something until now. Anyway, new ownership is doing some remodeling and that’s why they’re not running shows now.

Terra’s transcribed Konnan’s comments on Octagon from TV y Noticas, which are exactly what you’d expect – “Octagon has a substance abuse problems, he got fat, and they wanted to get rid of him for many years.”

DoradaFan has a Triton music video.

BxB Fly has a 12/25 Lucha Libre Boom music video.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

ChilangaMask added Keira vs Vaquerita to their 02/15 Coliseo Coacalco, after their post match brawl on this past weekend’s show. They’ve also announced Negro Navarro vs Fulgor I to the 03/22 show, billed as The Final Test. Not sure what Navarro is being tested on. (Oh, wait.)

The Neza Kings talk about their 01/31 match vs the Indystrongibles.

SuperLuchas looks back at shows from January 13th. Current Japanese star Polvora was working the openers with Zayco 9 years ago. Zayco was still working the openers, but he has been seen since July (and might have had an injury?)

Segunda Caida looks back at the 2010 Gran Alternativa final. The answer to Matt’s question is YES, in all caps.

Ohtani’s Jacket reviews some 1994 CMLL and Negro Casas vs Maximo. I also did not have much problem with Maximo not selling the knee later on, mostly because I believe in the power of the magic spray wholeheartedly.

Soberano & Star talk about their mask win.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 01/20/2015 Arena México
1) Metatrón & Robin vs Akuma & Camorra
2) Shockercito, Stukita, Último Dragoncito vs Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito
3) Estrellita vs Zeuxis [lightning]
4) Blue Panther Jr., Dragon Lee, The Panther vs Misterioso Jr., Raziel, Sagrado
5) Delta, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Ephesto, Felino, Hombre sin Nombre
6) Blue Panther, Dragón Rojo Jr., Titán vs Euforia, Hechicero, Niebla Roja

Still killing time, but in more amusing ways. They’re going to program Estrellita/Zeuxis all week, hoping one of them actually happens. Raziel is the best possible Pierroth. Main event and minis match look promising.

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

Ah, they’re actually doing the singles match. Cibernetico could be interesting.

great match roundup, week of 2014-11-22

Good/Great/Excellent matches

Lucha Underground: 2014-11-26
taped 2014-09-27 @ Lucha Underground Temple, Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, California
Big Ryck vs Prince Puma in a street fight match: [GREAT]

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-11-22
taped 2014-11-11 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Delta, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Hechicero, Hombre sin Nombre, Virus: [EXCELLENT]
Máximo vs Negro Casas: [GOOD]

CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-11-22
taped 2014-11-18 @ Arena México
Shockercito & Stukita vs Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro: [GREAT]
Hombre Bala Jr., Star Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. vs Canelo Casas, El Rebelde, Nitro: [GOOD]

Shows Watched But Nothing Worthwhile
AAA on Televisa: 2014-11-22
CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-11-22

Matches To Watch Later
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01/23 AAA TV Lineup (Naucalpan)

AAA TV (FRI) 01/23/2015 Arena Naucalpan
1) Dinastía, Ludxor, Venum vs Carta Brava Jr., El Apache, Mini Psycho Clown
2) Australian Suicide & Bengala vs Joe Lider & Pentagón Jr.
3) Aerostar vs Monsther Clown, Súper Fly, Hijo de Pirata Morgan [Rey de Reyes, semifinal]
4) Drago, Jack Evans, La Parka vs Averno, Chessman, Cibernético
5) Myzteziz & Psycho Clown vs el Hijo del Perro Aguayo & Texano Jr.

air date: 01/31, and just 01/31. It’s a five match card. If the plan was to run as few possible tapings before the March relaunch, why wouldn’t they grab a few more people and knock out a second week of TV? ¯_(ツ)_/¯

AAA resumes TV tapings in the sleek modern Arena Naucalpan with some of what was going on last year, though you’d have to rewind a bit. The summer feuds of Perro/Myzteziz and Psycho/Texano are back, probably a little bit because Alberto is not around. The Hell Brothers face Drago, Jack and Parka, which picks up on a slightly more current issue: Parka wasn’t happy with Cibernetico becoming a rudo again and they teased a match that hasn’t quite happened until now – and won’t happen if Cibernetico forgets to show up again. (I bet Parka uses Thriller.)

Aerostar seems to be a favorite in this Rey de Reyes qualifying match, something I’m not sure I thought I’d ever type. Monsther Clown isn’t built for two matches and has the Hell Brothers to worry about. Hijo de Pirata may or may not have some story with Electroshock but definitely doesn’t have many wins in front of the AAA cameras. Super Fly could always get his win back, but I’m not sure they’re that interested in keeping Super Fly strong.

The Suicide/Pentagon feud also picks back up in the segunda. Myzteziz & Fenix seem like logical tag team title challengers, but you could also make a strong case for Suicide and [insert partner here] given all the Suicide/Pentagon history. Bengala is pretty good for an [insert partner here]. Multiway match is always more likely in AAA midcards, but this could set up a reason for them being part of the match. Opener should be a lot of fun, though it might be an internet only deal.

It’s a cool 47 days in between tapings, compared to 34 last winter break and 28 the year prior. It’s all about not having the middle of December taping, because this show is just a week later. After the recent talk about hiatus and changes, it’s business as usual.  The only hint of something being up is the Rey de Reyes tournament starting on the first week back. Usually it’s one or so in, but then this is starting a week later so maybe it works out. Running a qualification tournament means, assuming they’re still doing four in the finals, AAA’s running one to three more tapings. Probably closer to three.

I’ll add the 2015 chart at some point, but the current TV schedule looks like
01/17: Guerra de Titanes part 1
01/24: Guerra de Titanes part 2
01/31: Naucalpan
02/07: Toluca
02/14: Toluca part 2?

Next taping is that show in Toluca, which might turn up quick.

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CMLL Titanes del Ring: 2014-11-15

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taped 2014-11-09 @ Arena Coliseo
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FantasticaMania Day 1: Mistico returns (in a loss), Triton hurt + Puebla, NdC

CMLL (MON) 01/12/2015 Arena Puebla [Periodico Enfoque, Periodico Enfoque (fotos)]
1) Demus 3:16, Espíritu Maligno, Saurón b Astral, Astro, Asturiano
Astro took the Demus Driver and was stretchered out.
2) Cancerbero, Raziel, Toro Bill Jr. b Hombre Bala Jr., Pegasso, Súper Halcón Jr.
Toro Bill beat Pegasso (in for Starman, who’s missing a few.)
3) Amapola, Tiffany, Zeuxis b Dark Angel, Estrellita, Marcela
Dark Angel did return. Zeuxis beat Estrellita, demanded she finally get that title match.
4) Blue Panther, La Máscara, Titán vs Ephesto, Kráneo, Pierroth
Mascara submitted Ephesto to the campana.
5) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Valiente DQ Euforia, Niebla Roja, Shocker
Shocker fouled Maximo.

The picture page isn’t quite working right now for whatever reason.

CMLL (TUE) 01/13/2015 Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium, Osaka, Japan [NJPW]
***Fantasica Mania 2015 (Day 1)***
1) Rey Cometa & Tritón b Bárbaro Cavernario & Mr. Niebla
5:59. Triton and Cometa went for a double tope con giro, but Triton caught his feet on the ropes on the way over and landed badly. He was strechered out. Rey Cometa still beat Cavernario with a 450 splash.
2) Ángel de Oro TLDRAW Okumura [lightning]
10:00. Okumura 20th Anniversary/10 Years in CMLL match. The two men were chopping each other as time ran out.
3) Gedo & Pólvora b Jushin Liger & Mistico
10:09. Polvora caught Mistico with the Polvora Driver.
4) Stigma, Stuka Jr., Tiger Mask b Mephisto, Shinsuke Nakamura, YOSHI-HASHI
11:39. Rudos ripped up Stuka’s gear. Stuka Jr. top rope splash on Mephisto.
5) Capitan New Japan, Kushida, Máscara Dorada b La Sombra, Ryusuke Taguchi, Tetsuya Naito
10:16. Sombra showed up in a suit, Taguchi in a Pharoah mask (??) and Naito in a mask with a wide eye. Naito beat Capitan New Japan with his Puma Blanca submission.
6) Atlantis, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Volador Jr. b Gran Guerrero, Kazuchika Okada, Último Guerrero
17:31. Ultimo Guerrero tried wearing his mask, but it was pulled off. He ran into Atlantida in the end.

No word on Triton; hopefully it’s just a scare. A lot of decisions designed to set up the Korakuen Hall shows later on, as you’d expect. Mistico sounds like he was still wrestling like Mistico in the match recap, but it’s tough to tell for that.

This show aired live on SamuraiTV. Tomorrow’s show, in Kagawa, is the sole non-televised show of the tour.

I wrote a preview/explainer for the tour over on Voices of Wrestling, because there’s just not enough of my writing on the internet. They actually edited and fixed sentences, so it’s probably much better than what you’re used to reading.

Today’s Arena Mexico show has Delta, Guerrero Maya and Valiente vs Kraneo, Rey Bucanero and Olimpico. It’s a least a different main event in this low period, but it’s a bit low on the star power even for Tuesday. Not sure why CMLL isn’t more serious about new guys on Monday and finding ways to move up newer rudos instead of just those who’ve been wrestling since the early 90s. Super Halcon replaced Sobreano in the lightning match against Raziel.

Guadalajara has a more conventional main event of La Mascara, Marco Corleone, Maximo vs Euforia, Negro Casas and Shocker. Undercard has a Tiger, Puma, Virus vs Dragon Lee, Esfinge and Pegasso match which looks promising. It’s possible that’ll see a sub in for Pegasso after he’s been a sub himself the last couple of days.

Monterrey’s Las Noches de Coliseo, soon to return with new episodes, will move to Sundays at 11pm. (Elsehwere on the LyC site, it appears they’re still keeping some of the old time slots.) They’ve also been saying they’ll be airing the Dr. Wagner Jr., Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr., Silver King versus Hijo del Ninja, Ultimo Ninja, and their partner’s whose name I forgot and 15 minutes of looking could not help me find.

Arena Coliseo San Luis Potosi, closed forever and ever last month, may be running another show on 02/15. The old promoter of this building has actually been running another building and calling it Arena Coliseo San Luis Potosi, but this seems like a return to the original building.

Myzteziz says 2015 will be his year. It is going to be so many people’s years! There’s no mention of the upcoming tapings in this interview; maybe they don’t have a lineup yet because it was a late decision?

Black Terry Jr. has highlights of Judas el Traidor vs Belial, Impulso vs Arez, and Black Terry vs Trauma II. That last one reminds me that Traumas have not been back to IWRG in over a month, since Terry & Navarro beat them in straight falls and Trauma II tearfully gave Terry his mask. Could just be IWRG weirdness.

Taya won AAA’s Luchadora of the Year votingScandalous reports suggest Jennifer Blake might have been ahead in the polling, but it’s year end polling so why does anyone care. Voting is dumb, up with the monarchy!

Lucha Underground has Fenix vs Prince Puma tomorrow. They accurately note that it’s going to be a match right of a video game, and tease it with a video game select screen.

Lucha Underground as Video Game Wrestling reminds Konnan touched on the idea of Jim Ross coming into Lucha Underground as announcer on this past weekend’s MLW Radio. He didn’t seem to exactly know if/how talks were progressing, but believed the concept would be to either do a three man booth or rotate Striker, Vampiro and JR in a two man booth. There wasn’t much talk about him being used in AAA for TripleMania; that still seems like it’d be totally a GFW/Jarrett call based on how the NJPW Tokyo Dome show did, and there’s still no word on that.

I listened to that after heading Jim Ross on the Wrestling Observer podcast, where he talked a lot about working the NJPW show; Ross felt he got better as the show went on, because he got more comfortable, because the show became one on one, and because there was more selling in the matches. Ross wasn’t critical of the opener, but he (and the hosts) noted there were so many spots that the announcers didn’t have time to get any of them over and most of them were quickly forgotten. I’m not arguing with that opinion, but that opinion makes it hard to figure how Ross would like the Lucha Underground product since that’s exactly what it’s trying to be. AAA’s not exactly the same, but it’s a very much selling is optional promotion.

I think Ross would still do fine because he’s a professional, some of the main event stuff would be more his style, and everyone would work together to make it work, but listening to him, it felt neither were great with his beliefs with on the in-ring product should be done best. Ross interviewed Chris DeJoseph for his podcast a while back and it’s airing something next month, so perhaps that’ll be the venue where one or both could explain Jim Ross calling that show would actually work well. On the surface, it seemed like AAA & Lucha Underground going for a big name who may not be a great fit. (That said, no idea who IS a good fit. I bring no solutions here.)

SuperLuchas looks back at Satoru Sayama match in Arena Coliseo, 36 years ago. The main event of that show ended in a draw, a finish which has really died out in the intervening years.

Rob has a music video of 09/23/14 CMLL

The correct link to DoradaFan’s music video is here.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update, this week’s Poster-Mania, and a recap of this past week’s Lucha Underground.

Segunda Caida reviews Dragon Lee vs Virus.

+LuchaTV has Super Nova talking title match with Canis Lupus, Canis Lupus talking mask match with Super Nova, Hijo de Dos talking about his WWL loss and Hijo de Dos Caras and Hijo de Mascara 2000 challenging each other.

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

CMLL posted highlights of the 01/09 show. Dragon Lee and Kamiatachi do violent things to each other. CMLL also has Soberano & Star Jr. as #1 on their top 10. Mr. Aguila is #10.

Lineups

IWRG (SUN) 01/18/2015 Arena Naucalpan
1) Galaxy & Vampiro Metálico vs Anubis Black & Atomic Star
2) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo vs Araña de Plata, Dowki, Hip Hop Man, Imposible
3) Emperador Azteca, Metaleón, Relámpago vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo
4) Golden Magic, Pantera I, Veneno vs Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Rayan
5) Hijo De Dos Caras & Súper Nova vs Chicano & Danny Casas and Hijo de Máscara Año 2000 & Universo 2000 Jr. and Canis Lupus & Eterno

Looks like no midweek show again (and maybe not the week after since AAA is here.) Main combines the two separate feuds into an exciting new direction, or maybe just more of the same.

What a collection of rudos to take on the Ninja Turtles this week: the Messi of lucha libre, the Jamaican-Mexican (heir to Dory Dixon?), the sort of masked Japanese guy, and one member of the Insanity (a team which has a name but not yet many wins.) Leo’s team is the normal, run of the mill, turtle group.

CMLL (MON) 01/19/2015 Arena Puebla
1) Black Tiger & Lestat vs Fuerza Chicana & King Jaguar
2) Astral, Asturiano, Eléctrico vs Demus 3:16, Pequeño Nitro, Saurón
3) Delta, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Hombre sin Nombre, Morphosis, Olímpico
4) Estrellita © vs Zeuxis [MEX WOMEN]
Estrellita’s 6th defense, but the third try at it – this match has been advertised and canceled twice prior.
5) Blue Panther, La Máscara, Super Porky vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Thunder
6) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Valiente vs Euforia, Niebla Roja, Shocker

Maximo/Shocker feud continues up top. Semimain seems very challenging. I was pretty sure Zeuxis was going to win this title the first time they advertised the match, and I’m not sure if that’s still true.

DTU (SUN) 01/25/2015 Autolavado VM, Tulancingo, Hidalgo
1) ? vs ??
2) Amo de la Noche vs Sombra De La Noche
3) Black Fire & Slayer Pack vs Génesis & Paranoiko and ? & ??
4) Artikus & Rocky Lobo vs Ángel o Demonio & Ovett
5) Flamita vs Lanzeloth, Drastik Boy
6) Cíclope, Crazy King, Miedo Extremo vs El Chato, El Junior, El Nene
7) Jimmy, Kevin, Tony vs Aero Boy, Pesadilla, Violento Jack

Main event is based on factions, though setting the Nerds and their bully rivals with different opponents to start 2015.

No full lineup yet, but Mamba will be holding a 10 year anniversary show on 02/06 with Angel del Miserio defending the Ichiban championship against Ricky Marvin, Yoruba, Flamita, Emperador Azteca, and ?.

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