taped 2014-05-30 @ Arena México
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AAA TV (THU) 07/03/2014 Arena Xalapa, Xalapa, Veracruz [@manrayk, AAA, La WagnerMania]
1) Corsario De Fuego, Crazy Man, Demasiado b Destello Azul, Samurai, Zafiro
locals dark match
2) Dinastía & Octagoncito b Mini Histeria & Mini Psycho Clown
3) Mamba, Mary Apache, Taya Valkyrie b Faby Apache, La Jarochita, Pimpinela Escarlata
Taya beat Faby Apache with the northen lights suplex. Taya demanded her title shot. Faby accepted – as long as it’s at TripleMania. Sociedad ran in to attack the tecnicas.
4) Alebrije, Argenis, Ludxor b Gran Apache, Machine Rocker, Soul Rocker
Apache and Ludxor replaced the minis (bumped out in their own match.)
5) Daga, Steve Pain, Súper Fly b Aerostar, Australian Suicide, Bengala
Super Fly replaced Eterno and beat Aerostar with a powerbomb.
6) Angélico, Electroshock, Fénix b Hijo del Fantasma, Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Pentagón Jr.
Electroshock beat Mascara with a Diamond Cutter.
7) Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Myzteziz, Psycho Clown b Averno, Black Warrior, Chessman, Zorro
Myzteziz submitted Averno.
Air Date: 07/05 & 07/12 – added match makes this able to air over two weeks. The Tehuacan taping disappeared from the Upcoming Events spot after being promoted three weeks ago, so it may have been canceled/postponed and they filled the missing week here.
As pointed out on Twitter, Taya vs Faby will be the first ever women’s title match to be held at TripleMania. There have been big women’s matches (most memorably Faby vs Mary), but not for a championship. The Reina de Reinas (and before that, the Mexican Women’s Championship) were previously used to set up feuds rather than end them, and the women often were found in secondary roles on this show. Not this year.
Should Taya win, she’ll become the first person born outside of Mexico to hold the Reina de Reinas championship. It’s only been a regularly defended championship the last few years, but no foreigner was really a threat to win it prior to now. Taya has a real chance.
Super Fly is on a win streak! A win streak of two, but still. He hasn’t won on two straight tapings since 2011 (a combination of Super Fly’s less than super win/loss record and infrequent appearances.) Super Fly hasn’t won on three straight tapings since 2008, back in the days of his Electroshock feud. I can’t believe that was so long ago. Super Fly will certainly get involved with Aerostar on TripleMania, it’s only a question of Super Fly being added to the match in the next month in a half (which would probably mean an 8th man added to balance the sides) or interfering on his own.
I’m writing a lot about the undercard because there’s not much going on top. There’s no obvious Myzteziz match being set up – he’s beating Averno frequently enough that they can’t be saving that for TripleMania, and they’ve not hinted at him and Perro – and the usual suspects of La Parka and Cibernetico have no obvious matches for TripleMania. Plus, AAA doesn’t run that many singles matches at TripleMania; the two they’ve announced may be it. All star tag matches will be the rule of the day.
Working TripleMania lineup, about 44 days away
- Psycho Clown (c) vs Texano Jr. [AAA HEAVY]
- Daga (c) vs Steve Pain vs Eterno vs Fenix vs Bengala vs Aerostar (vs Super Fly? vs ???) [AAA CRUISER]
- Faby Apache (c) vs Taya Valkyrie [AAA REINA DE REINAS]
- some tag with Myzteziz, Averno, and Perro Aguayo Jr.
- something with Electroshock and Jeff Jarrett (may be part of the above)
- something with Cibernetico, La Parka, Zorro, Chessman (may be part of the above)
- something with Pentagon Jr. and Australian Suicide (may include Jack Evans, Angelico, and any Consejo members not otherwise used)
- likely a Relevos AAA to include minis (Dinastia, Mini Abismo Negro) and exoticos (Pimpienla Escarlata, Mamba) and Sexy Star on the card.
Blue Demon Jr. is nowhere to be found. Well, I mean, he was in Brazil and you can find him on Twitter, but the idea of him challenging Chessman for the Latin American title hasn’t been brought up in quite a while. Still time for that to change.
There’s an unusual lack of one time appearances by foreigners on that card. Those guest appearances have largely been a waste of time – no one knew Matt Morgan or Monster Pain, and they’re typically the worst matches on the show – so it’d be nice if they just stopped doing that. Or they’ll have them all in the Jarrett match, as usual.
(At least there’s not going to be another tournament on this show. I hope.)
Next taping is Saturday as part of the Ring & Rock StAAArs 2 weekend. AAA had a fun and games vacation show when they were there in December. It may not be the exactly the same this time around, since that episode of TV will be airing four weeks out from TripleMania and they may want to get Myzteziz’s match for the show out there.
The key match on tonight’s Arena Mexico show is probably the segunda, a women’s trios match. CMLL’s spent the last week eagerly pushing the concept of Princesa Blanca & Seductora versus Marcela & Princesa Sugehit in a double apuesta match for Juicio Final. It seems an unlikely match; Marcela’s side isn’t losing one of those, but it seems a waste of Blanca losing her hair to do it a tag match. On the other, that might that tag match might not be a main event and one of the other lingering (and better) feuds might be resolved on the card. Tonight’s women’s match only includes half of the people in the proposed match (Sugehit, Seductora). If the other two get involved, then that tag match is likely to happening. If the other four women start feuding as well, then it’s obviously an unappealing cage match main event for the next CMLL major show.
The top matches on the show continue the issues of the last couple months (or longer): Los Indeseable face Negro Casas, Shocker, and Mr. Niebla again, and Atlantis and Ultimo Guerrero meet again in the semifinal.
There’s no broadcast on Terra today. (There’s unlikely to be a return on RadioCMLL either, since CMLL let the domain expired and someone from France is now squatting on it.) With en Busca de un Idolo over, CMLL’s Fox Sports 2 show will likely return to showing the lightning match and the top 2 singles matches. Everything will be taped, but not everything will air. The end result is this women’s feud they appear to be building Juicio Final around will probably only be seen by the people already going to the shows.
I’ve not found out a reason exactly why Terra was dropped on Friday. Simplest guess is it was blamed for crowd’s not being where they want on Fridays. It wouldn’t completely make sense since it has been many months since they were airing full Friday shows (you still had to go if you wanted to see the main event, and the main events are the only things they use to draw people in) but it’s an easy target to blame when things aren’t going well. It’s unlikely to be a major factor. The regular audience for the show seemed to be under 1,000 (possibly way under) and most of those people are like most of the people reading this website, way too far away from Arena Mexico to actually go.
It probably saves someone some money as well – either Terra or CMLL was paying for the transmission, and it’s always been unclear how either side has directly made any money off it. The most advertisements we’ve seen is a pre-roll advert and that was pretty rare. The shows are surely done under the conceit of being a loss leader – if you come to watch CMLL on Terra, maybe you’ll want to go to a CMLL show or click around on a few Terra shows. It’s hard to measure for CMLL (though the crowd not being great may again have been all the proof they needed) but an easier thing for a website to figure out.
Mil Mascaras will return to Arena Coliseo Guadalajara on 07/25. (Video promo.) That’s a Friday, the first Arena Coliseo Guadalajara Friday show since December 2012. It’s also Mil’s first appearance in the building since 2006, when the main event was Blue Demon Jr., Hijo del Santo and Mascaras versus Atlantis, Pierroth and Ultimo Guerrero. That’s a match unlikely to be repeated.
Malefico notes that his title win over Stuka was the first time he’s ever challenged for a singles title – he wanted to bring the Occidente Light Heavyweight championship back to the hands of a luchador of the Diablo Velasco school instead of an outsider.
Nitro is happy to return to France, wishes Sangre Azteca could’ve come with him.
Segunda Caida reviews Hijo del Lizmark, Místico, Último Dragón vs Olímpico, Tarzan Boy, Último Guerrero
Zumbi has mixed feeling about the World Cup being held in Brazil.
== AAA ==
AAA-Televisa: AAA’s preview says matches 2 (Cadetes vs Team Super Fly), the cruiserweight trios, and the Myzteziz trios will air on National, with los Angeles vs los Juniors airing only on the regional show. (No UTDN show this week; it’s listed as returning on the 17th.) Both that regional only match and the missing minis match will go up on YouTube next week. It’s so weird to get straights answers about TV situations.
The missing matches from Puebla won’t be on YouTube due to techinical issues.
== CMLL ==
No one knows when/of the Television Mexiquense show will air. I’ll keep an eye out for it but don’t plan it turning up quite yet.
FOX2: Guerrero Maya vs Niebla Roja, Revolucionarios problems, and more relevos increibles. There’s no obvious place for the En Busca de un Idolo cibernetico to air.
52MX: Copa Express, Indeseables vs Euforia/Roja/Shocker and a women’s trios. Could be as many as 6 horribly edited matches this week.
Claro: Marco, Maximo, Volador vs the Revolucionarios.
C3: Angel de Oro, Valiente, Volador vs Ephesto, Euforia, Hechicero, and Estrellita vs Zeuxis
TVC Deportes (Puebla): Not sure! They didn’t air a new episode last week, which means it could air this week – but they don’t have any schedule listed for this weekend so far. They’ve also stopped listing the schedule on the website, so there’s no telling when anything is actually on.
Lucha Azteca: Leyenda de Azul and nothing else
Terra Sunday: More Dragon Rojo problems, more Atlantida vs Kamaitachi/Okumura
== Other ==
Noches de Coliseo: Only god Mr. Nice knows – they wavered back between Tuesday and Sunday.
IWRG (LAS/AYM): last Sunday’s main event has already aired, so maybe the rest of the show will be as well? Though it’d be a shame if the Myzteziz show didn’t air.
IWRG AAA (WED) 07/02/2014 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), Estrellas del Ring, The Gladiatores]
1) Emperador Azteca & Látigo b Anubis Black & Zurdog
2) Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro b Alan Extreme, Diva Salvaje, Imposible
3) Golden Magic, Hijo De Dos Caras, Súper Nova b Demon Rocker, Machine Rocker, Soul Rocker
Team IWRG beat the rockers.
4) Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown b Eterno, Pirata Morgan, Texano Jr.
Rudos took 1/3, Texano slipping in a foul on Psycho Clown.
5) La Parka & Myzteziz b Averno & Black Warrior
Myzteziz might have worked as Sin Cara, but fans were chanting Mistico. It’s all the same. Tecnicos took 1/3, Mistica on Averno while Parka beat Warrior
Huge crowd for Myzteziz’s return to the building. AAA’s not really doing angles with him, becuase he just needs to show up with one of his old rivals to fill buildings this size.
AAA begins a two taping weekend tonight in Arena Xalapa. The arena has been bringing in pretty regularly of late, focusing on a Consejo versus locals feud. I’m not sure if that makes a difference or not, but it’s something to watch for with Mascara Ano & Fantasma in the semimain match. The card is generally the same as the other recent cards, with Myzteziz on top against his rivals and various less feud based matches underneath. Pentagon and Australian Suicide are on the card, which means they’ll be messing with each other’s matches. Aerostar says he’s going to be in Xalapa, so his previous injury won’t prevent him from facing his TripleMania opponents in the tercera (which looks like the best mach on the show.) The women’s opener includes Faby & Taya, so maybe there will be more information about when Taya is getting her title shot. The show will air next Saturday on TV.
Yesterday’s CMLL Informa (official version already up here) confirmed the Friday night Terra broadcasts are done for the time being. The broadcasts actually ended prior to last Friday, only CMLL and Terra didn’t tell anyone, per usual. They still didn’t plan to say anything, but Alfredo asked the question and it somehow got on air. Sunday’s show and the Wednesday Informa show will continue. (It’s worth noting here that Fredo got an answer on Facebook, and during CMLL Informa. They took answers to their trivia game primarily thru the Facebook site as well. Asking questions on Twitter isn’t going to work because the press department completely ignores Twitter.)
JCR also said CMLL would now be airing Saturdays on Television Mexiquense, a public television channel available over the air in the Mexico City area and cable systems elsewhere. It also has a video feed on their site. There’s no show listed as lucha libre on this Saturday’s schedule, and I’m unsure if that means the show doesn’t debut quite yet or if the schedule is just out of date (a fairly common issue with Mexico TV listings.) It’s possible this show could air some Fridays matches which will no longer air on Terra, but we won’t really have an idea until the first time it airs.
Nitro is headed back to France for a training seminar from July 7-14.
Jennifer Blake talks about her match on the upcoming Ring and RockStAAArs show, her first TV match in about six weeks. There’s also a local article promoting the show and the other activities this weekend.
El Diario de Coahuila has a bio of Orquidea Negra, who turns up in Arena Coliseo Monterrey fairly often. Near the end of the interview, Orquidea claims that when he was supposed to debut (back in 1990), his parents locked him in his bathroom, did not allow him food for 15 days, and broke all his amateur wrestling trophies Seems a bit harsh.
Vocativ has a two part video on lucha libre. They go to Tijuana (02/07/2013 show), so of course they run into Damian 666 & Bestia 666. Also, Angel Metalico nearly breaks his neck about 4:33 in the first video.
Lucha Libre in Japan
07/03 Dragon Gate: T-Hawk, Eita [O], Flamita b Akira Tozawa [X], Shingo Takagi, Uhaa Nation. There are Flamita gifs from the match here and here, and the full show is on uStream. Flamita defends the Brave Gate championship versus Dragon Kid on 07/20, also on uStream.
CMLL on Terra: 2014-05-30
taped 2014-05-30 @ Arena México
Dragon Lee vs Cachorro in a En Busca de un Idolo match: GREAT
Cavernario vs Hechicero in a En Busca de un Idolo match: GREAT
Shows Watched But Nothing Made The List
AAA on Televisa: 2014-06-07
CMLL on Terra: 2014-06-08
CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-06-07
CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-06-07
CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-06-07
I watched the Mr. Nice hair match. It did not make the list.
Matches To Watch Later
CMLL Puebla: 2014-06-09
taped 2014-05-26 @ Arena Puebla
Rey Cometa, Stigma, Stuka Jr. vs Kamaitachi, Puma, Shigeo Okumura
IWRG Zona XXI: 2014-06-08
taped 2014-06-04 @ Arena Naucalpan
Bombero Infernal, Canis Lupus, Fuerza Guerrera vs Black Terry, Golden Magic, Relámpago
TripleMania will indeed be on iPPV. There’s a website dedicated to the show at triplemaniatv.com. The promo video is for last year’s show, but the countdown timer is to this year’s show. The iPPV is $8 (half as much as last year, at least in the world where anyone paid for last year.)
It looks like a media company called Siouxx is putting on the show. They have a small website. They have a Twitter account. The Twitter account is about a week old. The FAQ on the TripleMania simply copies and pastes text from wikipedia. Everything in this paragraph concerns me, let’s just move onto a new one.
The underlining technology appears to be FreeCaster.TV, which looks a bit like uStream but has a whole bunch of options and, most importantly, is not actually uStream.
To repeat from last weekend: the official luchablog position on TripleMania is that it’s really cool that they’re trying iPPV again and I’ll be ordering it live, but you should probably spend your Sunday night doing something else. Only pay for the show if suckers like me find out they actually air it. $8 is not a lot money for a iPPV, this is more about wasting your time and not getting any answers for a couple hours. I hope this works, but there’s a mess of red flags.