CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-04-12


taped 2014-04-04 @ Arena México

Princesa Sugehit, the invisible rudas

Goya Kong, Lluvia, Silueta vs Dalys, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit: They’ve left the captains announcements as part of the broadcast this week. It’s much better, though it does mean they cut another 20 seconds from the match.
Average edited women’s match; actually maybe better than you’d expect given the people involved but nothing memorable at all. Less Goya Kong comedy than usual, or at least that made it thru editing. The best parts of this match where when the rudas were in control.


ups and downs of Mascara Dorada

Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Kráneo, Morphosis, Ripper: Normal flying guys versus the Invasors, with the rudos getting just enough to break up the técnicos run of offense. Tecnicos were moving a million miles per hour early. Dorada looked the best the entire way, as he often does. Someone needs to figure out a much better way to film Kraneo’s running hip attack into the camera, because it’s exposed every time they show it on TV. Mascara Dorada’s biggest career rival appears to be that Cementos Fortaleza ramp logo he’s always landing on. (Didn’t keep him down for too long here. )

key to knocking down Kraneo: flips

Atlantis, La Máscara, Rush vs Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Shocker: This is a brawl all the way, which some of the guys can do better than others. La Mascara is the others, and can just superkick. La Mascara also sees Shocker come in the ring and attack his tag team partner Rush, and decides to just stand there and keep watching. He’s the worst. Negro Casas versus Rush is the spine, but it actually ended up as a tease for Shocker & Negro Casas challenging Rush & La Mascara for the tag team titles, provided someone in CMLL remembers Rush & La Mascara are the tag team champions. They went away from this direction the next couple weeks, so I’m guessing they don’t remember.

Niebla crushes Atlantis

the rare “thrown back over the barricade” gif


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CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-04-12


taped 2014-04-08 @ Arena México

Leono hit by ghost double boot

Leono & Metatrón vs Espanto Jr. & Zayco: Four guys in no man’s land where the announcers spent most of the match talking about other matches to come, as if to reassure you that were actually going to get something better if you didn’t go now. Announcers didn’t distract from a good match, at least. Espanto Jr. looked a little more aggressive at times and Leono has yet another look, but this was unremarkable.


Hooligan makes Oro look like a moron

Dragon Lee, Oro Jr., Pegasso vs El Rebelde, Hooligan, Súper Comando: This was a rough one, definitely below what should be expected from this unit. Oro Jr. had a memorable flip to absolutely nowhere in a spot gone so wrong it was impossible to work out what happened. It took him a while to recover from that. Young técnicos were awfully dumb at the end of the first fall, but the Rebelde balanced it out by celebrating his tornillo splash instead of staying on Pegasso for the clean win. As sure as Dragon Lee is eventually going to injury someone with his finish (and nearly did here), Pegasso’s also got to put the 450 splash on the shelf. It’s not looked any good in a while.



Dark Angel vs Marcela, Estrellita, Goya Kong, Lluvia, Amapola, Princesa Blanca, Tiffany, Princesa Sugheit, Dalys in a cibernetico match for the Number One Contenders to CMLL-REINA INTL championship: Good women’s cibernetico, with ruda Amapola heroically defeating the woman who took her hair and the woman who took her mask to win the tournament. The last bit of Dark Angel versus Amapola was fun and I wish they could find a way to do more Dark Angel singles matches. Princesa Blanca was good in her time – her dive is pretty effortlessly on target lately. The disqualification seemed random, but she didn’t argue it at all. There were some rough spots, Lluvia is not very good at this point and Estrellita is Estrellita, but this was overall fine.


caveman splash

Hechicero vs Cavernario in a En Busca de un Idolo match: Very good match made memorable by Hechicero’s crazy fall on the barricade, but there was plenty of other good wrestling around. This wasn’t a one man show, Cavernario kept fighting Hechicero the whole way. All the way to the final, with Cavernario fighting Hechicero to block his hold only for Hechicero to get the great spinning cobra clutch backbreaker was solid. Hechicero’s judging celebration was also great.

Súper Halcón Jr. vs Guerrero Negro Jr. in a En Busca de un Idolo match: Much more the generic move trading lightning match, which is not going to work in this tournament and especially after the last match. They both did some moves, they did a weird suplex and Halcón moonsaulted for the win. These are kind of the matches it seems like they’re told to have, but it’d seem more advantageous to do what other people are not in this tournament.

La Máscara, Rush, Stuka Jr. vs Herodes Jr., Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas: Another Negro Casas/Rush teaser, and a brief one (maybe they still can’t time out the En Busca de un Idolo segments?) Negro didn’t seem to be much of a match for Rush this week, though Negro did beat Rush in the post match mocking. Herodes wasn’t in much and got to take Rush’s dropkick to the face and an extra Mascara heel kick, so it was not much fun for him.



Mistico vs Averno for the CMLL World Welterweight Championship: Do you like headscissors? Do you like matches which are nothing but headscissors? Well, you probably still won’t like this match because even the headscissors aren’t novel or impressive. Místico La Nueva Era is nearing his two year anniversary and any idea of him growing into the role hasn’t happened so far. Not from an aesthetic crowd, not from a fan interest level. This match drew a crowd who strongly wanted to see Averno win. Averno had no luck, not in getting the win, not in getting this to be something worth watching. Finish itself felt way early and screwed up somehow; Averno was refusing to quit just as it was ruled he did. What a strange way to go (if he went!)

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CMLL adds another TV show, Metalico contra Oro Jr., En Busca de un Idolo

Ultimo Dragoncito finds his way back to the fans/Terra

CMLL (TUE) 05/06/2014 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Molotov & Robin b Akuma & Espiritu Negro
tecnicos took /23
2) Arkángel de la Muerte, Hooligan, Inquisidor b Metálico, Oro Jr., Sensei
Rudos took 1/3, after Oro Jr. accidentally hit Metalico. Metalico, still in a shoulder brace, went crazy on Oro Jr. after the match.
3) Astral, Eléctrico, Último Dragoncito COR Demus 3:16, Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico Astral, Electrico, Ultimo Dragoncito vs Demus 3 on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Tecnicos took 2/3, the last by countout after a triple dive. They were allowed to do (multiple) dives because they were in the tercera.
4) Star Jr. b Cavernario [En Busca de un Idolo]
4) Cavernario b Star Jr. [En Busca de un Idolo] Star Jr. vs Cavernario in a En Busca de un Idolo match, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Blue Panther was guest judge. Cavernario defeated Star Jr. in a back superplex flipped into a faceslam. Cavernario scored a 8, 8, 10 and 7 for 33. Star Jr. scored a 6, 7, 7, 9 for a 29.
5) Hechicero b Súper Halcón Jr. [En Busca de un Idolo] Super Halcon Jr. vs Hechicero in a En Busca de un Idolo match, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Hechicero won with a camel clutch. Hechicero scored a 7, 7, 8, and 8 for a 30. Super Halcon Jr. score a 5, 5, 6, and 4.
6) Herodes Jr., Terrible, Vangellys b Sagrado, Stuka Jr., Super Porky
Sagrado replaced Mistico. Rudos took 2/3.
7) Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. b Euforia, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero
Rey Bucanero replaced Niebla Roja on Monday. UG planned on jumping Atlantis, but Atlantis got the drop on him. UG still pulled Atlantis’s mask for the first fall DQ. Rudos took fall 2. Delta & Maya beat Bucanero & Euforia in the third.

Terra’s feed was a second of action followed by five seconds of a still image for the first two and a half matches. They restarted the stream in the tercera and everything was fine after that.

Metalico & Oro Jr. feuded at the end of the En Busca de un Idolo qualifying cibernetico. Metalico’s been out of action since then, and is till not 100%, but they definitely were picking back on that in this match. This seems like a much more promising feud than Metalico’s previous one with Hijo del Signo.

Star Jr. & Cavernario was easily the better match of the two En Busca de un Idolo matches. Hechicero went more rudo in his match, as the judges had demanded, and ended up with a below average judges score. He also had to deal with Super Halcon Jr., who is not helping himself or anyone else.

How would’ve the semimain worked had Mistico not suffered a motorcycle accident? Herodes Jr. would’ve worked with him?

CMLL (TUE) 05/06/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@acogdl]
1) Black Metal b Acertijo
2) Camorra, El Cuatrero, Sansón b Sky Kid, Smaker, Stigma
Rudos took 1/3.
3) Puma & Tiger b Black Panther & Cachorro
Puma & Tiger took 1/3, Puma pulling Cachorro’s mask and Tiger covering him for the win.
4) Felino, Kráneo, Ripper b La Máscara, Titán, Tritón
Rudos took 1/3, Felino defeating Mascara.
5) Diamante Azul b Ráfaga [OCCIDENTE HEAVY]
Diamante Azul is champion and took falls 2/3 to keep the title. First defense.
6) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Rush DQ Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión
Rudos took 2/3, Rojo fouling Marco.

CMLL announced a slight change the TV situation. “Guerreros del Ring”, featuring matches from Guadalajara Tuesdays and Mexico City Sundays has been airing on both 52MX and sister channel Claro Sports. They’re going to split that show into two different shows. 52MX keeps the Guerreros del Ring name, but will broadcast matches from Guadalajara exclusively. Claro Sports gets Titanes del Ring and the Mexico City Sunday matches. This change, including long over due new bumpers for Guerreros del Ring, starts this Saturday. CMLL will now have 7 hours of television a week in Mexico (though it’s impossible to get it all via one provider and there’s also 1 additional hour in the US.) They’re also currently airing about 7 hour of internet TV, with a lot of duplication between the two.

This is a net positive for people who like to watch things I upload onto the internet. CMLL has been taping the complete Guadalajara shows, and now two more of those matches will make air. I won’t have access to the Claro Sports show – it doesn’t have a US feed and it’s only on Dish, Megacable and MasTV in Mexico – but all those matches already air on the Terra internet show. (The US version of 52MX gets a few more repeats of Guerreros del Ring than airs in Mexico; ideally they’d replace one of them with the Claro Sports show, but it’s never worked out that way.) There will be some weeks where the Terra feed has some issue and some matches may go missing, but it’s more content most weeks. CMLL has clearly picked (over)saturation over strength and taking any money they can get from slicing up their live content as many ways as possible. This doesn’t seem to do anything to help CMLL’s overall situation but maybe put a few more pesos in someone’s pocket. If you like picking thru the matches, then you might be able to find something more interesting.

The CMLL press release lists the Tuesday Terra broadcast as if it’s ongoing and not just until the end of En Busca de un Idolo. I assume it still is a temporary situation, but maybe it’s something to keep in mind in a couple weeks.

This 05/17 show in New Mexico is not noteworthy in itself, but it’s part of a trend of a crew of Ciudad Juarez luchadors working a wide variety of United States locations the last few months. They’re using the Border Wrestling Association name; Albert has more posters here. Some of the guys who wrestle in Juarez have also turned up on Saturday in Arizona, Colorado and Georgia before returning to Texas or Chihuahua on Sundays. It doesn’t seem like enough to be a full time job, but they’ve figured out something.

Mistico continues posting photos of his damaged leg, this time saying he had four screws placed in, but vowed to return to “1000%” in a few months.

Segunda Caida reviews La Máscara, Rush, Titán vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas.

An Aeroboy vs Black Terry rematch has been added to the 05/25 ChilangaMask show.

LuchaMania has a Sin Cara interview.

Video interview with Los Revolucionarios.

Pasion Kristal talks about being on the Villahermosa taping.

Cronicas y Leyendas looks back at Mr. Niebla defending a middleweight title in 1995. Middleweight!

A fake Hijo del Fishman! Why would you be a fake Hijo del Fishman? If you’re going to lie, lie bigger than that.



CMLL (TUE) 05/13/2014 Arena México
1) Acero & Fantasy vs Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Violencia
2) Metálico, Oro Jr., Stigma vs Canelo Casas, Disturbio, El Rebelde
3) Estrellita, Marcela, Skadi vs Dalys, La Comandante, Zeuxis
4) Cavernario vs Guerrero Negro Jr. [En Busca de un Idolo]
5) Dragon Lee vs Súper Halcón Jr. [En Busca de un Idolo]
6) Blue Panther, Fuego, Rey Cometa vs Boby Zavala, Terrible, Vangellys
7) Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero

Main event we were supposed to get this week! Will they finally do the title match on the 20th?

Guerrero Negro Jr., incredibly, is still on the fringes of the top four. He could really use the win. Super Halcon Jr. is not on the fringes of anything.

Will Metalico’s turn take longer than the Princesa Sugehit?


CMLL (TUE) 05/13/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Divino & Virgo vs Demonio Rojo & Sádico
2) Black Metal & Leo vs Artillero & Súper Comando
3) Black Panther, Stuka Jr., Tritón vs Kamaitachi, Magnum, Shigeo Okumura
4) Gallo vs Sangre Azteca [lightning]
5) Metatrón & Sagrado vs Puma & Tiger and Sky Kid & Smaker and El Cuatrero & Sansón
6) Máscara Dorada, Titán, Volador Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión

Semimain is a brothers tag team tournament. Main event looks very good. It’s only the second time Metatron & Sagrado have teamed up. Presumably the top 3 matches will air, but that’s going to take a week to figure out.

top six stories of the last two weeks

Averno left CMLL to work with Sin Cara again. In a rare move, CMLL actually acknowledged Averno had left the promotion. Sin Cara, Averno and various local promoters used Kid’s Day/Labor Day weekends to run a week full of shows around Mexico. The two, teaming with AAA wrestlers or independents, drew good crowds though not consistently sold out ones. Sin Cara, Averno haven’t been officially announced as working for AAA yet, but it’s coming soon. AAA TV lineups on 05/17 and 05/24 have luchadora sorpresa spots which are holding a spot for Sin Cara & Averno.

Mistico II is out of action for an indefinite time after getting into a motorcycle accident. The accident took place Friday, and CMLL has only said Mistico broke a couple of bones in his leg. Mistico has been more forthcoming on his own Facebook, saying he had four screws put in his leg and vowing he’ll be 1000% in “a few months.”

AAA announced Verano de Escandalo would take place on 06/07 in Orizaba, Veracruz. Psycho Clown challenges Texano Jr. again for the Mega championship (the first TV defense in 7 months) will be on the card, and challenges were made for a Blue Demon Jr./Chessman Latin American championship match. The other big development from AAA’s weekend of tapings was the debut of “Bengala” – not the CMLL luchador using the same name, but Ricky Marvin under a mask. Marvin is a fine addition, putting him under a mask is a bit more mysterious.

La Sombra, Rush and La Mascara have formed a rudo outlaw group. All three are now basically doing Rush’s “most hated tecnico” character, only they’re now not getting along with any one else. The three are saying they’re not tecnicos or rudos, but they’ve been repeatedly turning on their tecnico partners and rudos have tended to work as tecnicos against them. The build here is to set up a Negro Casas & Mr. Niebla tag challenge versus La Mascara & Rush (and continue to Casas versus Rush beyond that.) The story has taken a strange turn – that tag title match was announced for this Friday, then everyone involved was abruptly pulled from the card this Monday with no explanation.

The En Busca de un Idolo tournament continues on – but to what, we don’t know. Hechicero continues to lead over all, with his dominance in internet polling passing pushing him far beyond Cavernario (who’s doing better in the other phases of the competition.) Soberano has a little bit of lead for third. Cachorro, Star Jr., Guerrero Negro Jr. and Dragon Lee are all close in a battle for fourth – which may or may not matter. The youngsters in this tournament have looked much more adept at putting together good matches than would be expected for their experience, which is the most important outcome.

El Dandy lost to Satanico in his “retirement” match, as the main event of the 04/27 Chilanga Mask show. Satanico faked a foul, causing El Dandy to lose by disqualification. The good news for Dandy is interest in the Satanico/Dandy retirement tour has grown, and he’s now got at least three more matches after what was billed as the end. In the undercard, AAA’s Eterno worked as a surprise wrestler in a four way tag match that also included CMLL luchadors, and Black Terry beat Aero Boy in a very good match.

– Dr. Wagner Jr. defeated La Park in the main event of the Masked Mania show. Negro Navarro defeated Solar in the second biggest match. The iPPV had issues during the middle of the show, but the two biggest matches got thru clean.

– Stuka Jr. won the CMLL Reyes del Aire, in what would be Averno’s final match for the promotion (for the time being.)

– Mascara Ano 2000 Jr. won the annual IWRG Rey del Ring 30 man royal rumble match.

– Mascara Dorada will be part of the NJPW BOSJ (and probably lose more than he’ll win, because JAPAN)

– Demonio Maya won the Occidente Middleweight championship from Fuego

– People who kept their titles: Escorpion, Flamita (in Dragon Gate!), Mephisto, Angelico & Jack Evans, Hijo de Pirata Morgan

– One ref lost his hair to another in IWRG.

Cameraman does not watch what he’s filming, goes down hard.

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CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-04-12


taped 2014-04-01 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara

Leo flipped

Leo vs Camorra for the hair: Best match of their feud. Match in their feud with the fewest springboards. These are not coincidences. Leo is not an agile flying guy but can do a good tope and can do near falls, so that’s what they did. This is not near as good Stigma/Camorra and Camorra does not have Pólvora like super powers, but this was better than I thought it would be based on the feud leading up to it. The finish is so random, the crowd is still to busy chanting at each other to notice at first, and then don’t react much when it’s made clear. They worked a storyline about Leo having an injured shoulder early on, but kind of abandoned it until it’s supposed to play into the finish. Like the match, it doesn’t quite work. I have no better understanding of why this feud happened after watching it.

Leo takes out Camorra with a tope

Trash can to the head

taped 2014-04-06 @ Arena Coliseo
Atlantis vs Mr. Niebla: Watched this via the Terra recording, drove myself mad with the sound slowly drifting apart from the video. There was a match underneath that, which seemed more active and varied than their match in this same building a few months ago. We’re still in the moment where 51 year old Atlantis can have good 10-12 minute singles matches, but CMLL doesn’t seem in a hurry to have the ones that they really need to have before that time runs out. This particular match was Atlantis’ usual classic moves, a couple dives, and a little bit of Niebla goofiness, though less than you’d expect – he took it more seriously than usual. The finish is pretty definitive and seems like an end to this feud for now, which means they’ll be back at it someplace else by the time you read this.

not the most disguised rope grab, but the ref misses it


Astral wins

Eléctrico vs Astral, Stukita, Acero, Pequeño Halcón, Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Nitro, Pierrothito, Último Dragoncito, Fantasy in a cage match, loser loses mask: If you’re in a cage match, and someone’s trying to be the first person to leave, and you’re the only person there to stop them, why are you stopping them? You only really win a cage match by escaping, so as long as you’re pretty sure you’re not going to be the last person left by letting someone go, let them go and worry about yourself. The only time you should be thinking about stopping people from escaping is if you really hate them enough to want to finish it with them, or if you’ll be stuck in the final if they escape. These are the things I think about when lucha libre makes me watch too many pointless cage matches in a short time. (Also, the climb over the top part as elimination bit is still not as dramatic as touching the floor. At least CMLL came up with the last two having to finish like a real match.) As usual, match improves when there are less people in it, which makes you wonder why all all those people who were so unnecessary that they quit the match a dozen minutes before it ended were ever in the match to start with. Nitro blowing his own escape was a delight. Eléctrico may want to consider wearing pants which aren’t easily pulled down the next time he’s in a cage match – or maybe he doesn’t want to consider that. Final match between Astral and Pequeño Halcón was not as rough as it sounded on paper, more like an intense lightning match than might be feared.

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05/25 AAA TV Lineup (Tuxtla Gutierrez) – two title matches


AAA TV (SAT) 05/24/2014 Explanada del Parque Bicentenario, Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas
1) Ludxor, Niño Hamburguesa, Venum vs Carta Brava Jr., El Apache, Fresero Jr.
2) El Elegido, Faby Apache, Mascarita Sagrada, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Machine Rocker, Mamba, Mini Abismo Negro, Taya Valkyrie
3) Bengala vs AerostarAxelDagaSteve PainEterno [AAA CRUISER]
Daga is champion. 7th defense (only 2nd on TV)
4) Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Hijo del Fantasma, Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Texano Jr. [AAA TRIOS]
Psycho Circus are cahmpions. Seventh defense, fifth title match with Consejo in this reign
5) ?, Fénix, La Parka vs ??, Black Warrior, el Hijo del Perro Aguayo

Air Date: 06/07, same day as Verano de Escandalo.

Sin Cara goes from the three best guys to work with him to his three biggest rival. Again, I think they’re much better off announcing him then playing the mystery game (assuming he’s signed.) I’m hoping there’s something along the lines of a DF press conference where Sin Cara is officially signed and Averno shows up to challenge him to get the word out.

Fenix being in the main event both nights is really interesting. Fenix is going to blow Sin Cara away, at least in athletic feats. Sin Cara’s history and aura are tough to over shadow, but I wonder how many people are going to walk away from both matches believing Fenix is the more dynamic exciting luchador.

(And that might be a designed effect.)

We’ve got an anniversary to celebrate. May 19, 2012 was the first ever Psycho Circus/Consejo trios title match. Two years of these matches! I hope someone brings out a birthday cake. Adding Hijo del Fantasma to the group means they’ve managed to slightly change the lineup every TV time, but the match itself never changes. (K-Changon being listed here means he’s probably not meant to be with Anarquia on the previous taping – either he’s listed in the wrong match or the rudos are meant to be swapped.)

Aerostar was previously announced as working in UK on 05/25. This was announced last month, so AAA should be aware of it – like with Bengala, maybe not all the decision makers know what’s going on, but I’m certain someone does. If Aerostar really wasn’t going to the UK, AAA could’ve knocked that down a while ago. They have not. They’ve just listed him here, confusing the issue and making it confusing for fans of Aerostar on either side of the Atlantic.

(I think he’s working the UK and being replaced here. And I think AAA won’t bother saying anything because no one holds the responsible for this sort of thing so why should they care.)

Now I get it: AAA is booking Axel like he’s an exciting cruiserweight luchador. He’s not and I have no idea where they got this idea, but that’s clearly the idea. TIP FOR VIDEO MONTAGE CREATOR: there’s some footage of Axel challenging Daga from a year ago that the people in charge totally forgot about, but you can make good use of here. Let me know if you need help tracking down the taping.

That tercera is a multiman, not a trios. They sometimes list more “vs” to indicate multiman but sometimes don’t; they did it both ways on the Rey de Reyes poster. As listed, and with Axel not messing things up, it had a chance to be one of the best matches of the year. It now depends on who replaces Aerostar (and, at least to me, if they understand their own rules.) Or everyone else can leave and Daga and Bengala Marvin can face off, because that will be very good.

Next taping is 06/07, Vernao de Escandalo in Orizaba. AAA’s new practice seems to be releasing TV lineups a couple days after the latest taping, so we probably won’t see that until 05/19.


AAA on Televisa: 2014-04-12


death by kip up

taped 2014-03-29 @ Parque de Beisbol Praxedis Balboa, Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas
Mascarita Sagrada & Octagoncito vs Mini Murder Clown & Mini Psycho Clown: It seemed like a while since we’ve seen Mini Murder Clown on TV, then I went and checked and realized he hasn’t made it since November 2011! He’s gotten much better in the last two years. He did almost kill Octagoncito near the end, but he oveacheived and so did this match. A good nine minute match where everyone got their moments and nothing went too bad. I didn’t have much expectations for this because Mini Psycho Circus wasn’t impressive when they were last on TV and Sagrada has his own problems, but the rudos looked impressive on offense and the comedy bit early on was nice. There wasn’t a lot of attention to it, but Mini Psycho Clown seemed to be wearing a Mini Chessman tribute outfit for the night.

Fenix goes coast to coast

Chessman, Daga, Steve Pain vs Alan Stone, Drago, Fénix: Presumably here to build up Alan Stone (reverted back to his previous gimmick), unfortunate that Alan Stone looked like the least impressive técnico and won only because Chessman kept insisting on going to the top rope for no particular reason. Drago and Fenix were and looked good, while Alan was just kind of a guy. All three needed the help of the rudos, but it was more evident the rudos were just taking big bumps for Alan. It didn’t feel like the rudos got a whole lot, but were fine with what they did and Steve Pain sure sent Fenix a long way on the monkey flip.

Fenix tornillo


Demon says hello

Blue Demon Jr., Cibernético, La Parka vs el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Parka Negra II, Zorro: Usual AAA main event, brawling start into a long técnico showcase. Zorro and Parka Negra did most of the work, as usual. This format was kind of invented for Cibernético and Parka and wasn’t what Demon usually does, but he fit in okay. Cibernético did a kip up, which would’ve been more impressive if he didn’t have two people to hold him up. Taking Zorro’s back suplex and curb stomp was more unexpected; Cibernético ended up losing completely clean to Zorro.

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05/17 AAA TV Lineup (Tapachula) – likely debuts for Sin Cara & Averno

AAA TV (SAT) 05/17/2014 Palenque de la Feria Mesoamericana, Tapachula, Chiapas
1) Ludxor, Niño Hamburguesa, Venum vs Carta Brava Jr., El Apache, Fresero Jr.
2) Faby Apache, Jennifer Blake, Mascarita Sagrada, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Mamba, Mini Abismo Negro, Sexy Star, Taya Valkyrie
3) Alan Stone, Axel, El Elegido vs Hijo del Fantasma, Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Texano Jr.
4) Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Daga, Eterno, Steve Pain
Anarquia will have someone named K-Changon with them
5) ?, Cibernético, Fénix vs ???, Chessman, Pentagón Jr.

Air Date: 05/31

The mystery spots in the main event are obviously designed to introduce Sin Cara and Averno. Chessman, Pentagon Jr. and Averno are the three best people to work with Sin Cara at this point. The only missing piece is actually announcing the names. It seems like they should ahead of time – the whole idea of Sin Cara touring around the last couple weeks is selling tickets based on his name (and Averno) alone. AAA does love their surprises, and it’s always possible they still haven’t come up with the replacement name. Or it could all fall thru between now and then.

This is one of the bigger buildings AAA’s run this year – listed as 7500 capacity when it was opened last year – and they’re not guaranteed a sell out just by showing up. They ran here only last month – with Sin Cara! – and half filled it up.

The main event looks like it’ll create a lot of news. The rest of the show seems like they’re killing time. No ongoing feuds in matches, though the third and fourth matches look obvious to end with Texano and Psycho Clown costing each other matches.

Anarquia getting a mascot is a peculiar idea. They’re meant to be serious and a small man following them around doesn’t fit that image.

This is a five match show, so one match has to be cut. I’m guessing it’s the tercera, because it’s bizarre group of tecnicos. I’m back to not understanding why Axel is here when there are people who are over, can have a good match, or are both over and can have a good match who aren’t around. Elegido and Alan Stone can at least do their dance and get a reaction, though they don’t have a great use for that. I’m not sure why the Alan Stone/Chessman bit was started to stop for at least a month, but that’s normal for AAA.

Opener would be really good with just about everyone but Nino Hamburguesa. He’s also over exposed for a guy who needs to improve.

Next taping is a week later, but will be announced later today.


Escorpion keeps his title, tag title match scratched, luchadora benefit show

CMLL (MON) 05/05/2014 Arena Puebla [Periodico Enfoque]
1) Meyer & Paris b Ares & Guerrero Espacial
2) Canelo Casas, El Rebelde, Flyer, Hechicero, Star Jr. b Asturiano, Blue Center, King Jaguar, Tigre Rojo Jr., Toro Bill Jr. [cibernetico]
Puebla vs Gen14. Hechiero defeated King Jaguar for the win. Asturiano was hurt in the match and strecheted out.
3) Boby Zavala, Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora b Black Panther, Cachorro, Stigma
Black Panther replaced Blue Panther.
4) Rey Bucanero, Ripper, Shocker b Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Rush
Rey Bucanero replaced Negro Casas. Ripper beat Azul to set up a title match next week.
5) Rey Escorpión b La Máscara [CMLL LH]
Escorpion won with a powerbomb. Appears worked as normal (Mascara not playing rudo.) Rey Escorpion’s 9th defense.

Blue Panther is also off Sunday’s card in Guadalajara. Mexico City’s not sending a replacement; Esfinge and Maximo move up spots and Exterminador’s added to the card.

CMLL pulled Friday’s tag team title match. All four luchadors – Rush, La Mascara, Negro Casas and Mr. Niebla – are off the card. A minis match has been added as the segunda, with the Marco Corleone match now taking place after the En Busca de un Idolo matches.

There’s no explanation of why the match has been pulled. Rob threw out the guess that the luchadors may be suspended for their weapon antics by the Mexico City lucha commission. It appears some weapon usage (Peste Negra’s garbage can) is okay. The pictures showed Niebla using a small wooden ramp and Rush using a chair, which is out of the ordinary. Negro Casas did not appear last night in Puebla, which could be related, but Ripper wrestled as scheduled and Sombra hasn’t been pulled from his Sunday title match. (Maybe only certain people were suspended?) This could also be some angle CMLL hasn’t gotten around to explaining – it’s always hard to tell. The best test of something being up is tonight’s show – Negro Casas should be their coaching, and Mr. Niebla should be on the judging panel. Something may be up if they don’t appear, otherwise it may just be a strange change of plans.

Sagrado replaces Mistico and Rey Bucanero replaces Euforia tonight in Arena Mexico. That messes with the main event a little bit, since it seemed a straight Guerreros/Atlantida trios match to set up a trios title match and they’ll need Euforia for that. En Busca de un Idolo matches tonight are Super Halcon Jr. vs Hechicero and Star Jr. vs Cavernario. CMLL’s preview is here.

Mistico says his operation went okay but he was in so much pain he couldn’t sleep, and then posted a photo of one his 15 road burns. It sounds like he’s doing okay and in a good mood, so the painkillers must be working.

Aeroboy submitted Tony Casanova on Chilanga Mask’s stop in Rosarito. Mr. Maldito & Platino defeated Los Traumas in the rematch and the Traumas demanded a rematch on their homeground in June. Meanwhile, Zeuxis vs Chik Tormenta has been added to 05/25 Chilanga Mask show and Zeuxis is interviewed in DiarioBasta.

Rob has highlights of 02/11/14 CMLL.

Rocky Santana & Romano Garcia vs Bombero Infernal & El Gallego in a super libre match main events Arena Lopez Mateos this Saunday.

SuperLuchas says there are more matches featuring wrestlers from previous generations than ever, and argues it’s because the matches are more popular. I would argue that it’s because there are just more wrestlers who’ve aged into being from a previous generation but haven’t stopped wrestling than ever.

I guess we’ll find out if they’re popular enough – there’s a plan to debut a new promotion named Leyendas Inmortales de Lucha Libre at 05/18 in Coliseo Coacalco. It’s the usual assortment of 80s-90s names, and they really should have no problem filling up that arena. No matches are announced yet, but they do plan to run Plan Sexenal on 06/01 as a tribute to El Dandy. I wonder if that’ll be the latest last Dandy match. (I’m not upset about that, just find it hilarious.)

Atlantis defeated Ultimo Guerrero by DQ for the Lucha Azteca championship, which continued it’s streak of always changing hands.

Lady Flammer won the Copa LLF Juvenil for the second straight year.

Crazy Star (Veracruz) lost his hair in a four way extreme match.

DJ Spectro writes about Medico Asesino vs Polo Torres in a mask versus cash match.


X La Lucha (FRI) 05/09/2014 Monumento a la Revolución, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal
1) La Magnifica vs La Diabólica del Caribe, Paloma Rouse, Big Mama, Yuca La Potranquita, Keira, La Hielera, Dama de Hierro, Princesa Dorada [cibernetico]
2) Cinthia Moreno, Esther Moreno, Lola Gonzalez vs La Chola, Miss Janeth, Tania La Guerrillera
3) Lady Apache vs Rossy Moreno

There was a press conference to promote this show show yesterday. It’s a benefit show for other luchadoras; Pantera Surena is specifically mentioned as needing help. I’m uncertain how you raise money on an outdoor show which appears to be free – there’s something I’m missing here, but it sounds like a good cause.

IWRG (SUN) 05/11/2014 Arena Naucalpan
1) Alfa & Omega vs Fulgor I & Fulgor II
2) Ángel Del Amor, Astro Rey Jr., Metaleon vs Araña de Plata, Hip Hop Man, Imposible
3) Dr. Cerebro, Toscano, Veneno vs Apolo Estrada Jr., El Hijo del Diablo, Eterno
4) Hijo de Pirata Morgan & Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr. vs Danny Casas & Hijo de Máscara Año 2000
5) Dr. Wagner Jr., Hijo De Dos Caras, Súper Nova vs Demon Clown, Pirata Morgan, X-Fly
Wagner’s first match here since October. Demon Clown’s debut.

Demon Clown is a mystery. Maybe one of the Clown Corporacion after a typo? Maybe Demon Rocker after a typo? Maybe Demon Clown from Guatemala? Probably not Demon Clown from Guatemala.

CMLL (MON) 05/12/2014 Arena Puebla
1) Black Tiger, Milenium, Tigre Rojo vs Centauro de Fuego, Cholo, Inquisidor
2) Asturiano, Meyer, Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Demus 3:16, Mercurio, Pequeño Warrior
3) Blue Panther, Stuka Jr., Tritón vs Cavernario, Ephesto, Misterioso Jr.
4) La Máscara, Super Porky, Volador Jr. vs Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero
5) Diamante Azul vs Ripper [NWA LH]
Diamante Azul is champion, 3rd defense.

I completely forgot Azul held this championship. Segunda is a minis vs tecnicos; sounds like Asturiano is OK enough to be excited for this.

04/29-05/04 lucha videos

Sunday’s Terra is in Medio. Tuesday is in Alta.

YouTube playlist:

04/30 Sobre el Ring:

05/03 WWC:
05/04 WWC:

05/04 La Lucha Se Le Hace:
05/04 El Rayo, Vida de Lucha (episode 1): – subtitled in English

CMLL on Terra: 2014-04-29
taped 2014-04-29 @ Arena México
1) Bengala & Magnus vs Apocalipsis & Inquisidor
2) Acero, Aéreo, Bam Bam vs Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Universo 2000, Pequeño Warrior
3) Hombre Bala Jr., Pegasso, Stigma vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Sangre Azteca
4) Dragon Lee vs Cavernario in a En Busca de un Idolo match
5) Cachorro vs Guerrero Negro Jr. in a En Busca de un Idolo match

CMLL on Terra: 2014-05-02
taped 2014-05-02 @ Arena México
1) Fantasy & Último Dragoncito vs Mercurio & Pequeño Olímpico
2) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Kamaitachi, Misterioso Jr., Shigeo Okumura
3) Estrellita, La Vaquerita, Marcela vs La Seductora, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit
4) Soberano Jr. vs Guerrero Negro Jr. in a En Busca de un Idolo match
5) Cachorro vs Dragon Lee in a En Busca de un Idolo match

AAA on Televisa: 2014-05-03
taped 2014-04-19 @ Gimnasio Olímpico Juan de la Barrera, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal
1) Aerostar, Jennifer Blake, Pimpinela Escarlata vs El Apache, Mamba, Taya Valkyrie
2) Angélico, Australian Suicide, Jack Evans vs Daga, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Steve Pain
3) Cibernético, La Parka, Psycho Clown vs el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Hijo del Fantasma, Texano Jr.

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-05-03
taped 2014-04-22 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Gallo, Pegasso, Rey Cometa vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Kamaitachi, Shigeo Okumura
taped 2014-04-27 @ Arena México
2) Valiente vs TritónDeltaGuerrero Maya Jr.Stuka Jr.Rey CometaAvernoMephistoEphestoNiebla RojaTigerPuma in CMLL’s Reyes del Aire Tournament

CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-05-03
taped 2014-04-29 @ Arena México
1) Bengala & Magnus vs Apocalipsis & Inquisidor
2) Acero, Aéreo, Bam Bam vs Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Universo 2000, Pequeño Warrior
3) Hombre Bala Jr., Pegasso, Stigma vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Sangre Azteca
Stellar Moments
4) Fuego, Máximo, Sagrado vs Felino, Puma, Tiger
5) La Sombra, Titán, Tritón vs Boby Zavala, Dragón Rojo Jr., Rey Escorpión

CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-05-03
taped 2014-04-25 @ Arena México
1) Atlantis, Máximo, Super Porky vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
Mid Show Intro
2) Mistico, Titán, Volador Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Puma
3) La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush vs Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Shocker

Lucha Azteca (CMLL): 2014-05-03
taped 2014-04-18 @ Arena México
1) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Super Porky vs Euforia, Pierroth, Último Guerrero
2) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Kráneo, Mr. Niebla, Ripper

CMLL on Terra: 2014-05-04
taped 2014-05-04 @ Arena Coliseo
1) Molotov & Sensei vs Cholo & Zayco
2) Black Panther, Hombre Bala Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. vs Cancerbero, Herodes Jr., Raziel
3) Sagrado, Stuka Jr., Tritón vs Comandante Pierroth, Sangre Azteca, Virus
4) Fuego vs Puma in a lightning match
5) La Máscara, Titán, Valiente vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja
6) La Sombra, Marco Corleone, Rush vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión

CMLL Puebla: 2014-05-04
taped 2014-04-21 @ Arena Puebla
1) Black Tiger, Leono, Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Espanto Jr., Fuerza Chicana, King Jaguar
2) Dark Angel, Estrellita, Syuri vs Amapola, La Comandante, Tiffany
3) La Máscara, Stigma, Stuka Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión
4) Asturiano vs Espíritu MalignoBlue Center, mask vs hair vs mask
5) La Sombra, Mistico, Valiente vs Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero

IWRG Zona XXI: 2014-05-04
taped 2014-04-30 @ Arena Naucalpan
1) Látigo vs Fulgor I
2) Ángel Del Amor & Golden Magic vs Canis Lupus & Imposible
3) Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro vs Centvrión, Cien Caras Jr., X-Fly
4) Hijo de Pirata Morgan vs Hijo de Máscara Año 2000 for the IWRG Intercontinental Middleweight Championship
5) Relámpago & Veneno vs Eterno & Pirata Morgan [seconds hair]

Noches de Coliseo: 2014-05-04
taped 2014-04-27 @ Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) Aquiles el Guerrero, Golden Boy, Larry Miranda vs Dulce Kanela, Erika Sotelo, Tigre Veracruzano
2) Diluvio Negro I, Diluvio Negro II, Mosco de la Merced vs Alberto Dos Rios, Etreus, Super Jack


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