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


great match roundup, week of 2014-04-12

Great/Excellent matches


Shows Watched But Nothing Made The List
AAA on Televisa: 2014-04-12
CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-04-12
CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-04-12
CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-04-12
AAA Dark Matches (March & April 2014)

Matches To Watch Later

IWRG Zona XXI: 2014-04-13
taped 2014-04-06 @ Arena Naucalpan
Tony Rivera vs Black Terry for the hair:

Noches de Coliseo: 2014-04-13
taped 2014-04-06 @ Arena Coliseo Monterrey
Charles Lucero vs Alberto Dos Rios:


Hijo de Mascara Ano 2000 wins Rey del Ring

IWRG (SUN) 05/04/2014 Arena Naucalpan [The Gladiatores]
1) Sky Ángel b Skull Metal
straight falls
2) Fulgor I & Fulgor II b Alfa & Omega
Fulgors puled Alfa & Omega’s masks without the referee seeing.
3) Hijo de Máscara Año 2000 b Anubis Black, Látigo, Metaleon, Hip Hop Man, Zurdog, Oficial Fierro, Spartan, Picudo Jr., Imposible, Astro Rey Jr., Ángel Del Amor, Tony Rivera, Guerrero Mixtico, Black Terry, Ciclon Black, Oficial AK47, Avisman, Alan Extreme, Apolo Estrada Jr., El Hijo del Diablo, Dr. Cerebro, Electro Boy, Golden Magic, Rayan, Canis Lupus, Pirata Morgan, Cien Caras Jr., X-Fly, Relámpago [IWRG Rey del Ring]
Participants were all surprises (but all regulars.) Listed in order of entry (except for the winner). Hijo de Mascara Ano 2000 threw out Pirata Morgan to win. 911, with the Oficials, presented Mascara with the belt – and then the trio beat up Mascara and Cien Jr.

IWRG has a new sponsored mat – but not a red Victoria one. It’s a white one promoting a local radio station.

It looks like there was a sponsored show on Saturday in Arena Mexico. Note the white mat in the first picture, for the sponsor.

A CNN video story on lucha libre celebrating it’s 80th Anniversary for Cinco de Mayo (Lucha libre is not 80 years old.) The correspondent was backstage at Arena Mexico on Friday, and it was a good thing Shocker showed up so he had someone to speak English to him. We do get “Shocker, or ‘1000% Handsome’ as he is known.” The Warner Brothers/CMLL deal that hasn’t been mentioned in years is brought up as current here. AAA is referred to only as “another lucha libre promoter” (though that may because they might have still not figured out the US name.)

If there’s three things I can teach you

  • there’s no “e” in luchador
  • it’s “tope con giro” – “tope con hilo” is a Spanish to Japanese to English mistranslation
  • Cinco de Mayo is not a big deal in Mexico outside of Puebla. It’s definitely not Mexican Independence Day

Preview of tonight’s Arena Puebla card. I wonder if Revolucionario Rey Escorpion will be the crowd favorite tonight.

Sin Cara insists his plan is to work as an independent for the time being. I believe him, for the next month

AAA says they’re headed back to the Hard Rock in Puerto Vallarta in July.

Segunda Caida reviews Shocker’s turn.

Lucha Libre in Japan

05/05 Dragon Gate: Flamita beat Jimmy Susumu [Open the Brave Gate] (13:26, “Flame Fly”)

Flamita looked outstanding in this match by all accounts. @SenorLariato has GIFs of a plancha, an Asai Moonsault, and a great 450 splash.



IWRG (WED) 05/07/2014 Arena Naucalpan
1) Sky Ángel vs Fulgor II
2) Látigo & Metaleon vs Rayan & Spartan
3) Ángel Del Amor & Astro Rey Jr. vs Hijo De La Bestia & Imposible
4) Golden Magic & Relámpago vs Canis Lupus & Eterno
5) Cien Caras Jr., Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, X-Fly vs Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro

Oficials vs Capos continues on.

05/04 AAA TV Results (Villahermosa)

AAA TV (SUN) 05/04/2014 Teatro Al Aire Libre del Parque Tabasco, Villahermosa, Tabasco [AAA]
2) Mamba, Mary Apache, Taya Valkyrie b Faby Apache, La Jarochita, Pasion Kristal
Mamba & Kristal were added to the match. Taya beat Kristal via northern lights suplex.
3) Crazy Boy, Joe Lider, Niño Hamburguesa b Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Dark Spíritu
Nino splashed everyone.
4) Daga, Eterno, Steve Pain b Angélico, Australian Suicide, Jack Evans
Daga submitted Suicide after a Pentagon distraction.
5) Bengala, El Elegido, Fénix b Hijo del Fantasma, Pentagón Jr., Texano
Bengala was the mystery wrestler and beat Pentagon after a Suicide distraction.
6) Blue Demon, Electroshock, La Parka b Chessman, Silver King, Villano IV
Demon defeated Chessman. This time, they agreed to a title match (at Verano?)

Air Date: 05/24

A less newsworthy show. Bengala is using Ricky Marvin’s finisher, so it doesn’t appear he’s been asked to work differently under the new character. His identity might be obvious by the time his match airs.

Pentagon/Suicide continues.

Next taping is May 17th. The Tapachula taping will air before Verano de Escandalo (lost a week in there), so they have one more show to set up matches. For right now, it’s just Demon/Chessman and Texano/Psycho.


Revolucionarios cheered to a win, Dorada in BOSJ


CMLL (SUN) 05/04/2014 Arena Coliseo [CMLL, LuchaWorldTerra]
1) Molotov & Sensei b Cholo & Zayco
Cholo replaced Ramstein. Zayco twisted his left knee on the salida de bandera in the second fall. He was strechered out and the match ended soon after, straight falls the tecnicos. Announcers quickly said Zayco was OK.
2) Cancerbero, Herodes Jr., Raziel b Black Panther, Hombre Bala Jr., Súper Halcón Jr.
Rudos took 1/3.
3) Comandante Pierroth, Sangre Azteca, Virus b Sagrado, Stuka Jr., Tritón
Pierroth replaced Ephesto on Monday. Rudos took 2/3, Pierroth defeat Stuka in a miscarriage of judgement.
4) Fuego b Puma [lightning]
Fuego cradled Puma for the win in 7:00.
5) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja b La Máscara, Titán, Valiente
Rudos took 1/3. La Mascara didn’t get along with his teammates, and was beaten cleanly by La Mascara in the third.
6) Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión b La Sombra, Marco Corleone, Rush
Rush replaced Mistico. Marco couldn’t figure out why his partners wanted to fight 3 on 1, but somehow managed not to get turned on by his partners at the end of the match. Revolucionarios worked as tecnicos and took falls 2/3, with Rey Escorpion feuding with Sombra (and Sombra mostly running away.) Challenges followed the match. Rush somehow got Polvora & Dragon Rojo to go backstage and he and Sombra beat up Escorpion much after the match.

Fuego/Puma was the best match on a not strong show.

Despite the catch phrase of “we’re not rudos or tecnicos”, Sombra, Rush and La Mascara are basically rudos for the moment. Everyone who goes up against them (opponents or teammates!) have to be tecnicos as a result. That works okay with the Peste Negra & Shocker, who get designed positive reactions. Los Revolucionarios are much dyed in the wool rudos. That means matches like this have most everyone doing what they’re not good at, and one team more concerned with screwing around than winning. Maybe two months from now either CMLL and the luchadors will have figured out how to make this work or they’ll have forgotten the idea. This is going to be awkward and will produce some lacking matches until they get to that point.

CMLL (SUN) 05/04/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@acogdl]
1) El Piraña b Reicko
2) Jocker & Satara b El Tapatío & Índigo
Rudos took 1/3.
3) Brillante & William Rock b Demonio Rojo & Infierno
Tecnicos took 1/3.
4) Esfinge b Sádico
5) Maléfico, Misterioso Jr., Vangellys b Cachorro, Gallo, León Blanco
Rudos took 1/3, Misterioso and Gallo beating each other for each fall and Misterioso sneaking in a foul in the third.
6) Diamante Azul & Super Porky DQ Ráfaga & Terrible
Tecnicos took 2/3, the last when Rafaga pulled Diamante Azul‘s mask.

Main event is all about the Azul/Terrible heavyweight title match on Tuesday. Arkangel has suddenly disappeared from the Gallo feud, maybe Misterioso is taking her place.

CMLL hasn’t updated Mistico II’s status.

The CMLL focused show in Gimnasio Nuevo Leon and the Sin Cara show in Arena Coliseo Monterrey both seem to drew well today, though short of a full house in both locations. No photos yet of the Santo/Park show in Arena Solidaridad.

Mr. Maldito & Trauma I defeated Trauma II & Platino in the main event of Saturday’s ChilangaMask show in Tijuana. Extreme Tiger beat Rey Horuz in the semimain. That match also had Impulso, who left the match after cutting the top of his head open on a dive gone wrong.

Rob has highlights of April 2001.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Super Libre had many guests from Arena Jalisco this week.

Segunda Caida reviews 04/13/14 LATV.

A column on Averno mistaken lists Olimpico among those who’ve lost their mask and left CMLL. How I wish this was still true.

This weekend’s Lucha Va Voom story earned (another) story about the show’s origin and Casandro.

DJ Spectro writes about Tawa Vera.

Ohtani’s Jacket reviews more 90s lucha.

Lucha Libre in Japan

Mascara Dorada was announced for this year’s NJPW Best of Super Juniors, which will run from May 30th to June 8th. This is his second appearance; he finished sixth of the nine in his 2011 group. This year’s tournament has eight wrestler blocks. Dorada’s competition is Alex Koslov, BUSHI, Jushin Lyger, Kushida, Matt Jackson, Ricochet and TAKA Michinoku. My feeling is Kushida and Ricochet are the favorites to advance and everyone else could come out in any particular order. It’s a lot of tag team primary guys who are unlikely to be in line for a title shot, so it’s hard to read where they’d finish in singles competition. Dorada lost some on the last tour, more than you’d expect for someone about to go out on a run. This should produce some good matches whatever the outcome, with the Dorada/Ricochet on 06/04 probably being on of the best of the run.

Flamita defends the Open the Brave Gate championship versus Jimmy Susumu in a few hours. The show will air on iPPV for $25.


CMLL (SUN) 05/11/2014 Arena Colsieo
1) Leono & Magnus vs Akuma & Zayco
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Pegasso, Starman vs Canelo Casas, Disturbio, Ramstein
3) Fuego, Rey Cometa, Tritón vs Kamaitachi, Misterioso Jr., Shigeo Okumura
4) Valiente vs Vangellys [lightning]
5) Atlantis, Máscara Dorada, Titán vs Euforia, Niebla Roja, Terrible
6) La Sombra vs Rey Escorpión [NWA MIDDLE]
La Sombra is champion, fourth defense.

Hope Sombra cares about winning next week! Rey Escorpion defends his light heavyweight on Monday and has to cut down to middleweight by Sunday. I guess that’s a lot of running.

3/4/5 look promising. We’re not getting Dorada for very long before he goes away again, so it’s good we’re getting at least one team up with his fellow Guadalajara natives.


CMLL (SUN) 05/11/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Marvel vs Relampago Azul
2) Dr. Frezzer & El Ídolo vs Ángel del Mal & El Yaqui
3) William Rock vs Furia Nazi
4) Esfinge, Explosivo, León Blanco vs Demonio Maya, Espectrum, Évola
5) Máximo & Stuka Jr. vs Maléfico & Mr. Águila
6) Blue Panther & La Máscara vs Ephesto & Mephisto

A show! Poor Blue Panther.

Mistico hurt, tag title match for next week, Busca de un Idolo


Dragon Lee/Terra

CMLL (FRI) 05/02/2014 Arena México [CMLL, TerraYahoo! Deportes]
1) Fantasy & Último Dragoncito b Mercurio & Pequeño Olímpico Fantasy & Ultimo Dragoncito vs Mercurio & Pequeno Olipico, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa b Kamaitachi, Misterioso Jr., Shigeo Okumura Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Kamaitachi, Misterioso Jr., Shigeo Okumura, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
tecnicos took 2/3
3) La Seductora, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit b Estrellita, La Vaquerita, Marcela Estrellita, La Vaquerita, Marcela vs La Seductora, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
straight falls for the tecnicas. Blanca dropkicked Sugheit, Sugehit tried to steal a pin, Blanca pulled her off the pin and stomped her, Marcela cradled Blanca for the win. Sugheit made friends with the tecnicas after the match.
4) Soberano Jr. b Guerrero Negro Jr. [En Busca de un IdoloSoberano Jr. vs Guerrero Negro Jr. in a En Busca de un Idolo match, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Dragon Rojo was guest judge, and Shocker returned as regular judge. Guerrero Negro Jr. won with a Buca Storm after a match dominated by Soberano high flying and Guerrero bumps. Guerrero Negro Jr. scored a 9, 9, 9, 6 for a 33. Soberano Jr. scores 9, 8, 7, 5 for a 29.
5) Cachorro b Dragon Lee [En Busca de un IdoloCachorro vs Dragon Lee in a En Busca de un Idolo match, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
One of the best match of the tournament, with Cachorro working slight rudo and both looking good. Dragon Lee had the match won with a German suplex, but referee Tigre Hispano ruled Cachorro was slightly off the mat. Lee pulled out a cradle overhead belly to belly bridging suplex for the win. Lee scored 9, 10, 10, 4 for 33, Cachorro scored 9, 10, 8, 8 for 35.
6) Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero DQ Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone
Rudos took 1/3, the last when Atlantis knocked off Ultimo Guerrero’s mask for the DQ. Atlantis said that if UG leaves, it’s because he’s scared to actually do the mask match.
7) Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Ripper b La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush
Shocker was announced, but replaced by Mr. Niebla on Monday. Jose Luis Feliciano announced on Twitter during the show that Mistico was in a motorcycle accident and would miss the main event. Sombra replaced him. Los Odiosos were DQed for attacking the rudos with a chair and other weapons in the first, won the second, then lost the third when Niebla beat Mascara and Casas beat Rush. This sets up a tag title match.

Dragon Lee’s new move is Kota Ibushi’s Phoenix-Plex. If Ibushi ever came to Mexico for an extended period, everyone would be confused about how many moves he “stole” from other people.

Mistico II will be operated today after breaking bones in his leg in his motorcycle accident. He’s obviously going to be out for an extended period of time, but the exact length is unknown right now. Here in Chicago, a young basketball player named Jay Williams got into a motorcycle accident in 2003, and was never able to play top level basketball again. (Like Mistico, Williams came in to his professional team with high expectations and struggled to reach them before his accident.) Hopefully this is something not nearly as severe – we really don’t know anything besides that Twitter message, and that may be it – and it’s instead something Mistico can recover to his old form, but both athletes relied greatly on their legs a lot. This Mistico is reliant on his ability to fly around and out of the ring, and he would lose a lot if he could no longer show those skills.

Mistico was inconsistently featured by CMLL and not a big part of the main picture. CMLL will definitely lose out on money from selling Mistico to various local promoters, though that might have started to dry up with the ‘real’ Mistico (Sin Cara) back in town. Mistico missing weeks or months would not disrupt any major matches seemingly in the plans for the year. There was one point very early on in 2014 where it seemed like CMLL might be setting up Mephisto versus Mistico, but they’ve long moved away from it. Mistico is the current CMLL Weltereweight Championship. En Busca de un Idolo winners usually get a title shot in their division shortly after winning, so it’s possible CMLL might have done a Mistico versus Cavernario match if the caveman wins this tournament. CMLL’s been more in a hurry to strip luchadors of their championships when it looks like they may not be around for a while, but Mistico may be a special case.

Dark Angel, who’s been touring north east Canada the last couple of weeks, won the new Beauty Slammers championship last night. That all women’s show will air on Highspots sometime in the near future.

LuchaWorld has a recap of this week’s Tercera Caida.

The Misico/Averno tour made a stop in Zacatelgo, Tlaxcala last night.

Lover_Ice says he’s giving up putting lucha libre video on the internet. Thanks for all the work you did!

WMC held a press conference for next weekend’s show.

RCH has returned for a show on May 18th.



CMLL (FRI) 05/09/2014 Arena México
1) Bengala & Flyer vs El Rebelde & Hijo del Signo
2) Lluvia, Marcela, Princesa Sugheit vs La Seductora, Princesa Blanca, Tiffany
3) Marco Corleone, Titán, Valiente vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Ephesto, Mephisto
4) Cachorro vs Hechicero [En Busca de un Idolo]
5) Star Jr. vs Soberano Jr. [En Busca de un Idolo]
6) Atlantis, Máscara Dorada, Volador Jr. vs Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero
7) La Máscara & Rush vs Mr. Niebla & Negro Casas [CMLL TAG]
La Mascara & Rush are champions. First defense.

CMLL video promo.

The rest of the En Busca de un Idolo schedule is (mostly) set

Guerrero Negro Jr. vs Cavernario
Dragon Lee vs Super Halcon Jr.

05/16 or 05/20 (final week)
Cachorro vs Super Halcon Jr.
Cavernario vs Soberano Jr.
Dragon Lee vs Hechicero
Guerrero Negro vs Star Jr.

05/23 will be some sort of tag or trios with the trainers and the finalists, with the next round starting on 05/30. If it’s a final four, then it would be on 06/06.

Hechicero probably won’t need to show up for the Dragon Lee match, but he will. If this is heading to a final two, the Cavernario/Soberano Jr. match may be a playoff for the second spot. If it’s four advancing, then there’s no obvious head to head battle right now.

Mascara Dorada returns. Tercera is lower than usual for that kind of lineup, which does mean it’s airing on Terra.

A title change is reasonable, but Niebla & Casas already took one group of titles away from La Mascara & Texano.

Bengala is everywhere!


DTU (SAT) 05/24/2014 Deportivo Pavón, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal
1) Fulgor (durango), Ojo De Halcón, Shadow vs ?, Halcón 2000, Rey Templario
2) Jimmy, Kevin, Tommy vs Energy, Gremlin, Kalibus
3) Artikus vs Rocky Lobo, Lanzeloth
4) La Magnifica & Reina Dorada vs ? & Keira
5) Drastik Boy vs Impulso, Arez, Slayer Pack, Freelance, Belial, Septimo Dragon
6) Carta Brava Jr. (IWL), Cerebro Negro, Fantasma de la Ópera vs Cíclope, Miedo Extremo, Paranoiko and Ángel o Demonio, Demente Extreme, Ovett
7) Crazy Boy & Super Crazy vs Decnnis & Tony Rivera and Aero Boy & Violento Jack and Black Fire & Chica Ye-Ye and Dinamic Black & Mike Segura
8) Ricky Marvin vs Shane Strickland, Jinzo, Flamita, Pesadilla, Ángel del Misterio, Kaleth

Final DTU poster of the May tour? Ricky Marvin turns up here in the main event among the usual overstuffed matches. Sixth match is being billed as Cerbero Negro’s return to the ring after illness.

05/02 AAA TV results (Minatitlan)

AAA TV (FRI) 05/02/2014 Centro de Convenciones, Minatitlán, Veracruz [AAA]
1) Drago & Faby Apache b Dark Cuervo & Mary Apache
Drago beat Cuervo with the Yamoto-Toshi.
2) Dark Ozz, Dark Scoria, Dark Spíritu b Crazy Boy, Joe Lider, Niño Hamburguesa
Ozz pulled Crazy’s mask and beat him.
3) Australian Suicide b Pentagón Jr.
Moved all the way up to the tercera. Suicide won with his tornillo shooting star press. As by rule, Pentagon Jr. immediately destroyed the victorious tecnico and left him bloodied.
4) Angélico & Jack Evans b Daga & Steve Pain [AAA TAG]
Made a title match after the last taping. Angelico & Jack retained, their second defense. Jack pinned Pain after the 630 senton.
5) Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown b Hijo del Fantasma, Silver King, Texano Jr.
Psycho Clown beat Texano Jr. with the Canadian Destoryer for the fourth straight time, according to the recap. A title match was set for 06/07 in Orizaba, the site of Verano de Escandalo.
6) Bengala (AAA), Cibernético, La Parka b Black Warrior, el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Psicosis
Bengala, not the current luchador in CMLL, debuted here and beat Psicosis with a piledriver.

Air Date: 05/10 & 05/17

I Googled Yamoto-Toshi so I could describe the move here, and the only wrestling results which came up was this AAA recap. I guess we’ll learn together!

Marisela Pena had mentioned AAA would be going to Orizaba and Konnan had mention Verano de Escandalo was back this year, but this is the first time both were put together and mentioned as part of an AAA event. June 7th is a Saturday. By my math, this taping and Sunday’s taping will air before Verano de Escandalo, with the Tapachula taping airing the same day and the Tuxtla show actually airing after Verano takes place.  AAA’s usual habit is to have everything in place for the major show by the TV before their major show, which means anything else major that’s happening in June has to be set up Sunday or not at all.

It’s probably going to be a lot of “not at all”, since AAA’s current policy is to only do a couple of important matches on each major show and just throw out random matches to fill out the undercard.  (That’s not a popular policy in these parts, but there’s no indication it’s changing.) Sunday’s card could set up a Demon/Chessman or Fenix/Fantasma title match, but both seems unlikely and neither seems more likely. Another Jeff Jarrett tag is more certain to be taking place on Verano de Escandalo, and possibly the first Averno/Sin Cara appearance.

There’s been no indication of Verano airing on iPPV. They still have a month and they’d be ill advised to make TripleMania their first effort since last year’s failure.

Bengala is not the CMLL opening match perennial and it’s awkward AAA would  use a name that’s already on TV with another promotion for a variety of reasons. I think there are definitely people in AAA who have no idea there’s someone in CMLL with that name – if I recall correctly, they weren’t familiar with Semental and Mortiz back when they tried out for AAA and Bengala’s in a similar position – but I’m sure someone there had to know. Maybe it’ll be changed later.

Bengala has a big shoulder pad that he’s wearing during the match. That sort of costuming is often used to obscure an identifying mark. It looks like it didn’t quite do it’s job last night; a tattoo on Bengala’s right shoulder is exposed in that picture. That body art appears similar to the skeleton foot  on Veracruz native Ricky Marvin’s shoulder. It’s not a 100%, someone else could have a similar tattoo, but few others would be brought in as a main event guy to get a big win in their debut.

Marvin was in AAA last year, but never actually seen on the main television show. His one TV match in May as a Perros del Mal member (destroying Los Mirreyes) was left off of TV and a later run-in was edited off the Televisa version of the show. He never showed up again. The whole thing was a bit mysterious and I never heard an explanation. Marvin’s been mostly working indy shows in Mexico since deciding to scale back his NOAH participation after 2013, and has been a regular (and superb) presence on the ChilangaMask shows until this most recent set of events. He’s been primarily wrestling around Veracruz. It’s strange for AAA to put him under a mask, but maybe they were just looking for a fresh start. He’s going to be a good addition if he sticks around a lot this time.

As mentioned, AAA is back again on Sunday in Villahermosa. There’s a mystery man in the semimain there, and I’d guess it’d be Bengala again.

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