CARALUCHAS (SAT) 03/07/2015Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal [Black Terry Jr. (flickr), Estrellas del Ring, The Gladiatores]
1) Amadeus & Magnetico b Lasser & Tanque Infernal
2) Kilvan, Rey Lobo Jr., Shadow, Yoruba b Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo Said to be very good, money thrown in Leo gave Yoruba a Spanish Fly off the balcony onto everyone.
3) Andy Boy, Danger, Guerrero Mixtico b Arez, Belial, Impulso Said to also be good.
4) Fly Star, Fly Warrior, Toxin Boy b Hellboy, Rayo Star, Tribal Fly Warrior’s debut as a Kriminal Boy. Hell Boy replaced Sky Man.
5) La Sombra, Rush, Último Guerrero DQ Eterno, Trauma I, Trauma II Sombra & Rush were DQed for fouling and unmasking the Traumas. The crowd showered the Ingobernables with cups after the match.
CMLL (SAT) 03/07/2015Arena Coliseo
1) Magnus b Inquisidor
2) Demus 3:16 COR Último Dragoncito Dragonicto hit the floor hard on a corner moonsault and could not continue
3) Canelo Casas b Oro Jr.
4) Disturbio b Star Jr.
5) Okumura b Stigma
6) Dragon Lee & Fuego b Luciferno & Niebla Roja Niebla Roja replaced Boby Zavala on Monday.
7) Bárbaro Cavernario, Euforia, Terrible b Ángel de Oro, Super Porky, Titán
Sunday was the International Day of Women, and Notimex interviewed Dark Angel about what it was like for a luchadora. She was critical of CMLL, feeling the women do the same job as the men but aren’t given the same opportunities. The writer seemed to be suggested all female shows, but Dark Angel sounds more interested in better spots on the cards they already work. Dark Angel’s also disappointed with the smaller coverage for women’s wrestling, and that coverage focusing more on their looks than their skill.
CMLL (SUN) 03/08/2015Arena México [CMLL]
1) Mercurio & Pierrothito b Fantasy & Último Dragoncito Scheduled to be Pequeno Violencia’s first match since July (knee injury), but he was replaced by Mercurio. Ultimo Dragoncito, last seen getting carried out of Arena Coliseo after a bad moonsault landing less than 24 hours ago, replaced Stukita.
2) Flyer, Oro Jr., Soberano Jr. b Artillero, Hijo del Signo, Súper Comando Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Dark Angel, Marcela, Silueta b Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany Silueta’s first match here since September. Tecnicas took 1/3.
4) Blue Panther, Dragón Rojo Jr., Titán b Hechicero, Pierroth, Virus Blue Panther replaced Dragon Lee on Monday. Tecnicos took 2/3.
5) Ángel de Oro, Mistico, Volador Jr. b Gran Guerrero, Mephisto, Niebla Roja
6) Rey Bucanero b La Sombra [NWA LH] Match for vacant title (Diamante Azul on long term hiatus). Sombra currently holds the NWA Middleweight Championship. Bucanero was the prior champion. Hechicero was Bucanero’s second and Mistico was Sombra’s second for reasons unknown to man. Sombra cheated to take the first fall by using the ropes, which caused Mistico to leave. Rey Bucanero used a Canadian Destroyer to win the second. The ref was knocked down in the third, Sombra fouled Rey Bucanero, but Bucanero pulled off Sombra’s mask and rolled him up to win the title.
I’m guessing the main event was OK. It basically already; this week’s 52MX match had their match from Guadalajara, which had those same exactly finishes. Nothing’s really accomplished by giving Bucanero the belt, but nothing was being accomplished prior. It’s a tidy zero sum game.
Something’s up with Alberto del Rio, though what exactly is going on is unclear. Today’s Wrestling Observer update says Alberto suffered a torn quad while wrestling in Mexico in Wednesday and worked a simpler match on the indies this weekend. Which is odd. As best I can tell, Alberto did not wrestle in Mexico on Wednesday; he didn’t wrestle at all since last weekend’s shows. He appeared to be moving around OK at the press conference Tuesday, so it doesn’t seem like he got hurt on those shows. MLW Radio’s podcast talked about this early on, with MSL & Court Bauer saying they thought it was a hamstring that was actually injured, and Konnan saying he knew nothing about it but that he was with Alberto on Wednesday (at a sponsors dinner) and looked fine there. I dunno. I’m sure Alberto is hurt, just the details are odd.
Konnan also mentioned the plan for the AAA international tournament is for it to be held in Mexico City and to become a yearly tournament. (Though, at the same time, he wasn’t sure about how many teams would be in it so this may just not be his department; he gave Dorian credit for the idea.)
Dark Angel pointed out the only main she’s been in was a 10 woman cage match. We’re so used to women being no higher than the fourth match that it doesn’t seem strange. If you take a step back and see that what CMLL is putting on top isn’t actually working for most shows right now, it seems strange they wouldn’t try something very different. A women’s title match has as much right to main event a Saturday or Tuesday as show any Arena Coliseo Tag Team championship match or men’s national title match, and maybe having something different might attract fans. I’d say the same for the minis too. It’s part of the general idea that different things need to be done in CMLL, but this one wouldn’t take much effort.
AAA TV (FRI) 03/06/2015Gimnasio Olímpico Juan de la Barrera, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal [AAA, R de Rudo]
1) Argenis, Dinastía, Niño Hamburguesa b Carta Brava Jr., Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Mini Psycho Clown Tecnicos won, but were beat up by Electroshock and his unnamed partner. (‘Kronuz’ appears to be an unofficial name.)
2) Dark Cuervo & Taya Valkyrie b Drago & Faby Apache Cuervo beat Faby Apache with a powerbomb.
3) Daga, Joe Lider, Súper Fly b Angélico, Australian Suicide, Jack Evans Super Fly defeated Suicide via double powerbomb.
4) Blue Demon Jr., El Mesías, La Parka b Averno, Chessman, Cibernético A video with Alberto and Rey Mysterio aired prior to the match, saying hello to the fans and saying they’d be wrestling in Mexico City soon. Prior to the second match, Konnan & Cibernetico came out to talk about how their alliance was going great and invite Mesias to join them. Mesias did not say anything but did seem to reject the offer. Demon beat Averno in the match – then Mesias speared Parka thru a table in the corner after the match, apparently joining the alliance after all. Hell Brothers beat up the tecnicos, with Cibernetico taking Demon’s mask.
5) Fénix, Myzteziz, Psycho Clown b el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Hijo del Fantasma, Pentagón Jr. Fenix beat Fantasma with the Fire Driver.
Air Date: 03/14. Opener will probably be internet/UTDN exclusive.
The Mesias turn was the usual big development on this show, something they could do that meant something without interfering in Rey de REyes. The Rey de Reyes final now has two rudos, two tecnicos, and no clear favorite. Rey Mysterio, Alberto el Patron, Myzteziz being the dream team and guys like Parka & Demon still around made Mesias kind of lost in the mix on the tecnico side and gives him plenty to do as a rudo.
Enrique and Oscar recapped the show on SoundCloud. They said Mesias got a welcome back celebration from the rudos. I bet Averno would’ve been even happier if Mesias helped them out before he got beat. Mesias is likely to be the mystery man on the rudo side on the 04/01 SLP show, though tend not to announce those until the day of the show.
Not a lot of other news here. Third match sounds like the best match on the show. Super Fly is on a shocking win streak, but Cuerno winning points to random outcomes just for the sake of random outcomes.
CMLL (FRI) 03/06/2015Arena México [CMLL]
1) Canelo Casas & Metálico b Robin & Sensei
2) Okumura, Sangre Azteca, Virus b Flyer, Hombre Bala Jr., Tritón Okumura replaced Boby on Monday.
3) Kamaitachi, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado b Delta, Dragon Lee, Guerrero Maya Jr.
4) Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Valiente b Felino, Pólvora, Rey Escorpión
5) La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush b Negro Casas, Thunder, Último Guerrero Rush fouled UG.
6) Máximo & Terrible b Rey Bucanero & Volador Jr. [natl pi] Maximo & Terrible won in straight falls when Bucanero & Volador had slightly more problems. Hair match talk followed the match.
A show. They had plaques for the winners, but it’s unclear if they ever got them. Things are so much on auto pilot that the CMLL recaps to Dragon Lee/Kamaitachi as a hair versus hair match.
CMLL (FRI) 03/13/2015Arena México
1) Esfinge & Starman vs Canelo Casas & Metálico
2) Goya Kong, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany
3) Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
4) Dragon Lee vs Kamaitachi [lightning]
5) La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush vs Euforia, Thunder, Último Guerrero
6) Atlantis, Máximo, Volador Jr. vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible
The week prior to H2L has all the top matches in some form. Dragon Lee & Kamaitachi meet in another lightning match (so they’ll get on TV the week after the show takes place). The very exact semimain that’s happening on the major show is happening exactly the same on the show prior to it. Atlantis & Shocker are added to the main event to avoid exactly repeating that match, but they’ll probably spend a lot of time out of the way. The women’s match is even very close to the women’s match that’ll air on the show, and this show has the first team up of the Hijos del Infierno. I don’t understand the logic all that much.
Daylight Savings Time starts Sunday in the US, but not in Mexico for another month. If you’re in the US, this means everything airing (or happening) in Mexico starts 1 hour later. This doesn’t quite matter this week as much with CMLL on Terra not airing anymore: IWRG’s affected but it’s not like that’s on a discernible schedule. Leyendas Inmortales would be affected but there are other things going on there.
The CMLL tournament is awful
Noches de Coliseo is supposed to be back with the Ninjas/Dr. Wagner match. Those airing will be an hour late because of the time change.
CMLL (TUE) 03/03/2015Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Gallo & Magnum b Mr. Trueno & Ráfaga Rafaga replaced Rey Trueno.
2) Goya Kong, La Vaquerita, Silueta b Amapola, La Comandante, La Seductora
3) Hechicero, Kamaitachi, Sangre Azteca b Esfinge, Fuego, Tritón Hechicero and Virus swapped DF/GDL spots. Hechicero submitted Fuego fo rthe win.
4) Ángel de Oro b Felino [super libre] Angel de Oro took 2/3.
5) La Máscara, Marco Corleone, Rush b Euforia, Negro Casas, Shocker Ingobernables took 1/3, Mascara distracting the ref while Marco & Rush got in fouls on Shocker & Casas.
Super Libre match doesn’t sound much super libre. Zacarias interfered, Zacarias always does.
AAA has it’s final TV taping prior to Rey de Reyes. It’s a weird taping; we know now the complete lineup for the show, but it’s in Gimnasio Olimpico Juan de la Barrera where AAA tends to run big storylinetwists. The main event is a sort of set up of the Rey de Reyes main event, with everyone but Rey Misterio together again on this. The semimain has the Hell Brothers versus La Parka, Blue Demon and Mesias, which will be repeated with a different AAA trios next weekend. Super Fly tries to build his win streak to two in a row, teaming with Joe Lider & Daga versus Los Güeros del Cielo in the most promising match of the night.
AAA also announced the iPPV details for Rey de Reyes last night. The show will be 150 Mexico Pesos, which is about $10 USD. That’s a really great price. The website for the show is http://internetvluchalibreaaa.com and it airs on March 15th at 6pm local. (This page will convert it to your local time; daylight time makes this tougher than usual.) The announcing will only be in Spanish and the site is only in Spanish, though it’s easy enough to figure out. (Maybe I should do a walk thru later?) My credit card company blocked my first attempt at purchasing the show because it was suspicious; that may be something to check if it’s not working for you.
They will be transmitting the show in HD & 3D. I can’t imagine many people will actually be able to watch the show in 3D, but it’s amusing. I’d be thrilled if it simply works in HD, though $10 is so low that I’ll just watch it later if it fails and be fine. The FAQ says it’ll be up available for 7 days after the show.
There will be no regular PPV for this show, so the only ways you can see the show are going to Guadalajara or seeing it via IPPV.
Mascara Sagrada Jr., who lost his mask to Hijo de Dr. Wagner back in 2010, but still wrestles masked. He explained to Estrellas del Ring that he does so because he was wrestling as Mascara Jr. (for that day only), and he never lost the Mascara Sagrada Jr. mask so he should still be able to wrestle under the mask. He also strongly suggested people should stop asking him about it or criticizing him for it. Mascara Sagrada Jr. staying masked has surely helped his career, as this interview was conducted at a show where he main evented and drew upwards of 25 people.
CMLL wrap up the torneo incredible de parajes with Maximo & Terrible vs Volador & Rey Bucanero, a match which should end in a double disqualification given the rest of this tournament. I’d guess Volador & Rey Bucanero win, but only after both teams turn on each other a nauseating amount of times. Between this tournament of people turning on each other non-stop and La Sombra telling the Informa audience he doesn’t care if he wins or loses Sunday’s title match, I’m not really sure why we should care about CMLL outcomes. Semimain is another in the unending string of Ingobernables vs Guerreros matches. Dragon Lee & Kamaitachi are way down in the tercera.
Dragon Lee is unsure if his career will go on if he should lose at Dos Leyendas.
Lucha Underground Executive Producer Eric Van Wagenen was on The Last Real Heels podcast talking about how he ended up on the show. It’s a month old (I’m way behind) but it’s pretty interesting. There’s great Steve Austin stories, and a bit of talk about the venue. Dario’s office being right next to the ring wasn’t something they created, but a room that already existed that someone realized would just be a neat place to stick Dario in during the show. Van Wagenen is effusive towards El Rey and their support for the show, mentioning the network has always encouraged them to do try different ideas and definitely not just do it because that’s what WWE does. A guy who works on Robert Rodriguez’ movies is credited here – and on Chris DeJoseph’s recent Wrestling Observer Live appearance – credited with specifically coming up with the look for the backstage scenes. At that point a month ago, he seemed positive El Rey would pick them up for season 2, suggesting Lucha Underground may just continue into taping a second season as soon as the first is done with no break in between.
Diva Salvaje, Estrella Divina and Demasiado are interviewed for a Spanish language version of the “story of the exoticos” type article that’s been only done in English in the last few months. Of note, AAA’s accused of being discriminatory for only putting exoticos in Relevos AAA matches (and not a trios of exotico or out of the opener.) I tend to think there’s a specific issue for Pimpi, who’s better off hidden in those sort of matches at this point. AAA’s occasionally used other exoticos on TV, but no one’s looking as good as the people they normally have on TV.
AAA TV (WED) 04/01/2015Auditorio Miguel Barragan, San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí
1) Dinastía & Mascarita Sagrada vs Mini Charly Manson & Mini Psycho Clown
2) Faby Apache, Niño Hamburguesa, Pimpinela Escarlata vs El Apache, Mamba, Mary Apache
3) Aerostar, Argenis, Súper Nova vs Carta Brava, Electroshock, Hijo de Pirata Morgan
4) Bengala, Drago, Jack Evans vs Daga, Dark Scoria, Súper Fly
5) Angélico, La Parka, Psycho Clown vs Dark Cuervo, Pentagón Jr., Texano
6) Blue Demon Jr., Fénix, Myzteziz vs ?, el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Hijo del Fantasma
Air Date: 04/11 & 04/18, unless they add another taping. The Xalapa show would take them thru the rest of May – they would be down with April three days. That’s weird to think about it, but means there’s a big gap with no taping coming after this. Some of those weekends will instead be Lucha Underground tapings, which should finish up season one this month.
Both these tapings look like very normal AAA shows, re-enforcing there’s no big change coming on the shows after Rey de Reyes as far as anyone can tell. The international trios tournament shows would make sense as a starting point, if they’re still going to do it. Though, it’s a bit interesting that all of April appears to be booked and there’s no sign of the tournament to decide who’s going to be on the second AAA team. They’ll still have time in May, but it’s not going to be long of a tournament.
No Alberto in SLP, even with him being Xalapa two days later. Instead, Demon, Fenix and Myzteziz are the main event side. Neither Alberto nor Rey are expected to be on most tapings and there’s going to be a different feel on the shows when they’re not around, but AAA is deep enough that it still feels like a real show without them. This particular match seems to continue the Perro/Myzteziz and Fantasma/Fenix rivalries, which leaves Demon against the mystery man. I can’t really think of anyone who would specifically fit, but perhaps we’ll see someone show up at Rey de Reyes.
Otherwise, it’s the usual malaise after a big show, where not a lot of things are happening until the one show where everything happens. Fifth and fourth matches are random collections of people that don’t quite make sense. Why are the Secta members and Jack & Angelico in separate matches? (Maybe those matches do have something to do with the trios tournament and they’re just not labeling them as such?) Both matches look promising, as does the opener. Psycho Clown and Texano continue to be on opposite sides.
So close to teaming up the Hijo de Pirata Morgan/Electroshock/Kronoz trio, so slow. Unsure if this is AAA’s usual snail speed at progressing storylines, or if they’re not totally convinced on Kronuz. Carta Brava has been overdue for a new gimmick and an actual role for about 18 months and could fit in with that group. Argenis has suddenly become a TV regular again.
Segunda is Mary Apache’s first AAA TV match since July. She’s left and come back to AAA in the meantime, which is probably not all that uncommon for the fringe members of the roster. AAA’s not been using more than four woman a show for a while now, so three ruda on the totem pole is a fringe position. Still, the Apaches get to fight one more time here.