AAA on Televisa: 2015 Holiday Season episodes

AAA on Televisa: 2015 Holiday Season episodes

What happened: Nothing! This was the usual holiday break, extended out an extra week. This recap is equally a place filler, just so I can remember they spent four full weeks on filler material this time.

Where can I watch it: All the shows are on AAA’s YouTube channel, but some of the matches are edited and you’re best off going back to the original show whenever possible

The December 19th AAA show was a tribute to Perro Aguayo Jr. Matches shown

  • 2012-02-23: Juventud Guerrero, Perro Aguayo Jr., Mascara Ano 2000, and Cibernetico in a Rey de Reyes qualifier

  • 2012-03-18: Jack Evans vs LA Park vs Hector Garza vs Jack Evans, Rey de Reyes final

  • 2013-06-16: Cibernetico vs Hijo del Perro Aguayo, hair vs hair

  • 2015-02-18: Hijo del Perro Aguayo vs Myzteziz

There were also holiday/Perro remembrance bumpers with Averno & Chessman, Electroshock (airing twice?), Dinasita (who’s attacked by the mini rudos), Mini Charly Manson, Mini Charly and Mini Abismo as a group (attacked by Dinastia and Octagoncito), and Villano IV. Most of the group, and a few others, join in for the closing Feliz Navidad

The December 26h AAA show was a look back at the Lucha World Cup. It appeared to be the same exact look back as had aired earlier this year, only with the addition of holiday messages from El Apache, Faby Apache and Electroshock. This meant the bit where Jeff Jarrett, Brian Cage, Averno and Johnny Mundo attacked Myzteziz, Rey Misterio and Alberto el Patron was back on AAA TV, after mysteriously being removed from their YouTube channel previously.

The January 1st AAA show was the first part of a look at the best of 2015. Matches shown:

  • 2015-06-14: Alas de Oro

  • 2015-06-14: Dark Cuervo & Dark Scoria vs Jack Evans & Angelico in a cage match

  • 2015-08-09: Rey Misterio vs Myzteziz

  • 2015-10-04: Copa Antonio Pena

Goya Kong, Mini Charly Manson, Mini Abismo and Mini Psycho Clown as a group, Nino Hamburguesa & Taurus handled the holiday promos. There were also video clips talking about Texano winning Rey de Reyes, Rey Mysterio returning to AAA, the Dream Team winning the first Lucha World Cup, AAA’s charity work, Tropicasas’s Hall of Fame induction.

The January 8th AAA show continued the Best of AAA theme

  • 2015-11-15: Dinastia (c) vs Mini Abismo Negro for the AAA Minis Championship

  • 2015-06-14: Alas de Oro – joined in progress

  • 2015-10-04: Garza Jr., Psycho Clown, Rey Mysterio Jr. vs Hijo del Fantasma, Myzteziz, Texano Jr.

  • 2015-10-04: Angélico & Jack Evans vs Joe Lider & Pentagón Jr. © and Daga & Steve Pain [AAA TAG]

  • 2015-10-04: El Patrón Alberto © vs Johnny Mundo for the AAA Heavyweight Championship

It seems notable AAA aired matches which featured both Alberto and Myzteziz; either they didn’t think they had enough Best of material without them, or they didn’t think showing guys who won’t be around any more was an issue. It’s hard not to notice not just those big names, but no one bigger than Electroshock or Taurus is shown in new material for this entire month. (It’s likely these were just the people who happened to be available on that day.)

Taurus, Chessman, Monster Clown, Murder Clown, Electroshock spoke in the inbetween segments. A short video on the lucha libre exhibit is also shown.

This show is the first to promote Guerra de Titanes by name, though not by announcing any matches. Previous shows had just mentioned a taping and a date, but not given it the name. The vignettes on this show were from a production room, instead of in front of a Christmas tree as previous ones. It seems like a way not date them as much, though Monster Clown is still wearing his Santa cap.

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great match roundup, week of 2016-01-09

This is a mostly pointless post! The next one, a recap of recap episodes isn’t much better.

The Puebla and Claro recaps are here.

rating matches TV Show taped
great Carístico vs Rush CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-01-15 2016-01-15
good Black Tiger, Starman, Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Nitro, Rey Apocalipsis, Toro Bill Jr. CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-01-11 2016-01-11
good Shockercito & Stukita vs Mercurio & Pierrothito CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-01-15 2016-01-15
good Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Rey Cometa vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-01-15 2016-01-15
ok Asturiano & Zaeta Roja vs Ares & El Malayo CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-01-11 2016-01-11
ok Blue Panther Jr., Stigma, The Panther vs Puma, Sangre Azteca, Tiger CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-01-11 2016-01-11
ok La Máscara, Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-01-11 2016-01-11
ok Estrellita, Marcela, Silueta vs Dalys, Reyna Isis, Zeuxis CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-01-15 2016-01-15
ok La Máscara, Super Parka, Valiente vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-01-15 2016-01-15
below average Atlantis, Blue Panther, Valiente vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas CMLL Internet Exclusives: 2016-01-11 2016-01-11
bad Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Thunder vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-01-15 2016-01-15

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Kamaitachi dethrones Dragon Lee in another epic, FM Days 6 results, Traumas win Dinastia Elite, Espectrito

Dragon Lee has the best tope con giro

CMLL (SAT) 01/23/2016 Arena Coliseo
1) Cholo b Bengala
Cholo Driver for the win.
2) Metálico b Flyer
3) Canelo Casas b Magnus
Hombre Bala Jr. moved up on Tuesday and Magnus was added in his place.
4) Súper Halcón Jr. b Arkángel de la Muerte
Pegasso was replaced by Super Halcon Jr. on Tuesday.
5) Tiger b Hombre Bala Jr.
Blue Panther Jr. was replaced by Hombre Bala Jr. on Tuesday.
6) Felino & Pólvora b Soberano Jr. & Tritón
Soberano replaced Rey Cometa.
7) La Máscara, Star Jr., Valiente DQNiebla Roja, Ripper, Terrible
Star Jr. replaced Super Porky (injury). Tecnicos took 2/3, the last when Roja pulled Valiente’s mask off. Valiente wanted a mask vs mask with Niebla Roja. (Nah.)

I’m surprised Porky isn’t hurt more often. His style isn’t the hardest, but he works a lot for his size and age.

CMLL NJPW (SUN) 01/24/2016 Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan [NJPW]
Attendance: 1599
1) Guerrero Maya Jr. & The Panther b Sho Tanaka & Yohei Komatsu
5:10. The Panther beat Komatsu with his flash fujiwara armbar. In a post match interview, Panther and Maya said they were happy to make the Arena Coliseo Tag Team titles an international title and were open to possibility of Tanaka & Komatsu getting a shot at them someday. Tanaka & Komatsu thanked the fans for supporting them as Young Lions as they move on their next chapter.
2) Fuego, Kushida, Stuka Jr., Tiger Mask IV b Boby Zavala, Hechicero, Okumura, Yoshihashi
8:09. Titan and Gedo were removed from this match after Saturday’s card changes. Stuka landed the torpedo splash on Okumura (and Mima Shimoda) for the win. In a post match interview, Okumura proudly talked about both the growth of FantasticaMania over the last six years and the growth of the NJPW wrestlers who’ve come to Mexico, hoping the same for Tanaka and Komatsu.
3) Jyushin Thunder Liger b Virus
7:55. Lucha de Maestros, unofficially with no punches (though both men almost broke that promise.) Liger escaped the Motovirus setup and beat Virus with a campana. They shook hands after the match. Liger was happy with the match. Virus said this was a dream match for him, though he was disappointed he lost and will keep working in the gym every day to prove he’s worthy of the title Pequeno Gran Maestro.
4) Bushi, EVIL, Tetsuya Naito b Atlantis, Máscara Dorada, Ryusuke Taguchi
7:23. Bushi beat Dorada with a cradle after a Naito foul. Naito teased the idea of Komatsu joining Los Ingobernables de Japon, only to immediately turn out him. Evil laid out Komatsu with a lariat. Dorada thanked the NJPW fans for supporting him this year, said he was returning to Arena Mexico, but would like to return and challenge for IWGP Junior Heavyweight championship. In a post match interview, BUSHI (who made belt motions to Dorada after the match) declared he would defeat Kushida for the belt, then nominate Dorada as his first challenger to get his revenge.
5) Bárbaro Cavernario, Kazuchika Okada, Shinsuke Nakamura b Hiroshi Tanahashi, Juice Robinson, Titán
13:06. Titan replaced Dragon Lee after the title match was added. Okada pinned Robinson. Hirooki Goto stormed the ring and attacked Okada. The crowd booed the attack. Titan asked to return to NJPW again in post match interviews.
6) Kamaitachi b Dragón Lee [CMLL SL]
Added after Kamaitachi attacked Dragon Lee on Saturday. 18:33. Excellent match, with Kamaitachi winning with via his Canadian Destroyer variation. Dragon Lee falls on his sixth defense. Kamaitachi is the 13th champion. Kamaitachi indicated he had not returned to NJPW full time yet and would be heading back to Japan with Okumura, Tanaka and Komatsu for an indefinite amount of time. Kamaitachi seemed to suggest he was aiming to follow Prince Devitt’s path and be a smaller man challenging for both the IWGP Junior and heavyweight titles, and wouldn’t be returning until he’s ready for that.
7) Mistico b Último Guerrero
17:23. La Mistica for the win.
8) Volador Jr. © b Mephisto [NWA WELTER]
21:06. Volador won with a Spanish Fly about 20 seconds before the TV broadcast ended. Seventh defense. Volador and Mephisto shook hands after the match. Volador thanked the fans on behalf of the CMLL luchadors, and Ivan announced they’d be back for FantasticaMania 2017 next year. The show ended with Mistico shouting “I Love You” to the fans. In a post show interview, Volador suggested Ultimo Guerrero and Virus as challengers.

That’s a lot of text, sorry about that. No surprise Mistico was so happy at the end. He was universally beloved and had his best week of matches since – I’m not sure since when. Obviously since the accident, but this Mistico seemed better still than the guy who was on these shows in 2014. He’s not going to get the same reaction in Arena Mexico, but hopefully he can keep up the same level of performance.

You need to whatever you need to do to watch the Kamaitachi/Dragon Lee match. They topped themselves, and I wouldn’t believe it possible if I had not seen it with my own two eyes. Kamaitachi’s comments definitely suggest the rematch is happening in Mexico (which makes sense if Kamaitachi is just going to end up losing it back), but we should have at least one more match between them.

I’d expect it to be a lot more than one. NJPW absolutely has to be bringing back Dragon Lee down the line; the Best of the Super Juniors if not sooner. It sounds like Dorada may resume making guest appearances going forward. Cavernario and Fuego are way over with this crowd and would be logical people to bring back. Titan looked good and openly requested a return. Hechicero seemed to make an significant impression on the NJPW wrestlers and fans, which might get him a look (and it’s probably a better chance if he can pass a junior heavyweight.) Guys like Stuka & Ultimo Guerrero aren’t like to get other tours with NJPW, but definitely seem like they’ll keep coming back for these FantasticaMania shows.

This tour remains strong for wrestling and for business. Those attendance numbers are absolutely down, but there doesn’t seem to be fewer people there (which suggests there’s some change in how they’re reporting the number, but other people would know better than I.) Antecodotle word says the merchandise sales were strong as usual. An interview with the NJPW officials (link I can’t find at the moment, hope I’m hallucinating) said they were going looking at moving this final day of the tour to a bigger building this year, but couldn’t find a suitable location. Maybe look for that next year.

Tanahashi announced he had a shoulder injury picked up on this show, but was unsure if he was taking time off. I suspect he desperately wants to work the Nakamura farewell show.

CMLL ELITE (SUN) 01/24/2016 Arena México [CMLL, ESTO]
1) Amapola & Dalys b La Jarochita & Muñeca De Plata
Jarochita’s debut in the arena, her first match since leaving AAA.
2) Dinamic Black & Imposible b Artillero & Sangre Azteca
Imposible is a tecnico in Elite. His side took 2/3.
3) Delta & Tritón b Eterno & Fresero Jr.
CMLL tecnicos took 1/3
4) Trauma I & Trauma II b Puma & Tiger [Dinastia Elite]
Final of the Dinastia Elite tournament (though Canelo Casas was in Puma’s spot last week.) Traums took 2/3, with Trauma I submitting Tiger with Lo Negro del Negro in the decision fall.
5) Felino & Negro Casas b Juventud Guerrera & Super Crazy
Mexicool defeated Peste Negra when an eliminated Crazy interfered to help Juvi beat Crazy.
6) Carístico, Extreme Tiger, Valiente DQ Euforia, La Máscara, Rush
Tecnicos took 2/3, Mascara unmasking and fouling Caristico.

The Traumas continue to have success on these shows. Caristico continues to either lose or win painfully.

I’m going to write this here and regret it later: I think La Mascara is half decent now. He’s gotten better the last few months, dropping a lot of the bits that weren’t working for his character and continues to be an excellent toady for Rush. There’s places where he can get better (taking Sombra’s running double knee smash helps his meager offense) but he’s not an anchor on team any more.

Quick results from the LuchaMemes show are here. Pagano beat Caifan in the main event, Joe Lider won the Rumble. Seemed like a really strong turnout for the show.

The original Espectrito passed away yesterday, according to his family. He was 49. No cause of death was mentioned.

Espectrito was a small luchador brought in by Antonio Pena, part of the first wave of the modern minis division. While Mascarita Sagrada is better remembered, Espectrito’s rudo bullying act and ability as base was an essential part of the formula to get the minis concept over. Espectrito started in EMLL and jump to AAA at the start of the promotion. His mask match with Espectrito was part of the run of big AAA Los Angeles show during their first era. There was a falling out between that original group of minis and Pena around 1995, and he bounced between all the companies from that point on, lasting being a regular anywhere in CMLL in 2005. Espectrito worked in WWF for a time, using the names Mini Vader and Torito (obviously not the current one.) He also wrestled on an AAA/NJPW tour as Mini Black Cat.

The La Parkita & Especrito II who were murdered in 2009 were his brothers. SuperLuchas, which has a through obituary for Espectritio, mentions their deaths took a big toll on their family and especially their brother.

AAA has a brief remembrance on their Facebook page.

No full results, but Omar Brunetti & Jocker won their semfinal matches, meaning they meet next week for the Occidente Middleweight championship.

WWC announced Rey Mysterio would be coming to their 02/27 show in Caguas, Puerto Rico and facing Mr. 450 in a singles match

Keira is off next weekend’s HUMO main event after appearing on the AAA TV taping. It was an indie vs CMLL main event, so that wasn’t going to work. It’ll be a mystery Japanese luchadora instead. (Ayako Hamada is in Mexico that weekend.) La Jarochita replaces Sadica on the undercard.

Amapola talks about her career, mentions keeping her training secret from her family but injuring her elbow and getting a cast on her arm gave it away.

Taya was profiled by her hometown paper.

Lineups

CMLL (SAT) 01/30/2016 Arena Coliseo
1) Leono vs Inquisidor
2) Sensei vs Espanto Jr.
3) Robin vs Hijo del Signo
4) Soberano Jr. vs Raziel
5) La Vaquerita & Skadi vs Dalys & Zeuxis
6) Máximo Sexy, Super Porky, Titán vs Boby Z, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
7) Valiente vs Niebla Roja

No mask match, but they do get a singles match. I’d be interested in it if was on TV, because Niebla Roja singles matches are a bit rare.

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CMLL FantasticaMania 2016 Day 6: 2016-01-24

senton suicida

Recapped: 01/24/2016

What happened:  In his return to NJPW, Kamaitachi defeated Dragon Lee for the CMLL Super Lightweight Championship. There was no indication of what would be next for the belt or Kamaitachi.

Volador Jr. retained his NWA Welterweight Championship against Mephisto, in a match finishing seconds before the TV Asahi broadcast ended. Mistico beat Ultimo Guerrero via La Mistica and Lyger defeated Virus via campana in the other two singles matches.

Tanaka & Komatsu said farewell to the NJPW crowd following their loss in the opener; they’re announced to start in Mexico next Sunday. Komatsu had one last involvement on the show: after a subtle teasing the last few months, Naito gave Komatsu an Ingobernable hat as if he was a number. Naturally, Naitro immediately turned on him and the Ingobernables laid him out (following winning their own match via foul.)

Mascara Dorada said a brief farwell to NJPW, as he returns to CMLL following this match. He said he’d still like to get a match for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight championship.

Hirooki Goto attacked Okada after the fifth match. The crowd booed turned on Goto’s for his actions.

The NJPWWorld stream was buffering annoyingly during the show for North American viewers. The show had a special Spanish language feed with CMLL’s Miguel Reducino calling the action.

What was good: Kamaitachi/Dragon Lee was outstanding. There was other good stuff – I liked the Nakamura/Caveranrio/Okada vs Robinson/Titan/Tanahshi tag match the best – but that title match was a cut above.

Where can I watch it:  It’s up on NJPW World for subscribers.

Warning: There’s about 40 GIF in the recap.
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Kamaitachi returns to Japan for title match with Dragon Lee, FantasticaMania Day 5

Nakamura’s NXT gimmick revealed!

CMLL (FRI) 01/22/2016 Arena México [CMLL, thecubsfan]
1) Sangre Azteca & Skándalo b Starman & Stigma
16:14. Rudos took 1/3.
2) Misterioso Jr., Puma, Sagrado b Blue Panther Jr., Delta, Tritón
18:03. Rudos took 2/3
3) Ángel de Oro, Máximo Sexy, Valiente b Ephesto, Kráneo, Luciferno
11:11. Tecnicos took 1/3
4) Blue Panther b Ripper [lightning]
9:08. Panther submitted Ripper to the Fujiwara armbar.
5) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja b Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Thunder
10:59. Guerreros took straight falls. Thunder attacked ref Edgar for the DQ in the first, then Euforia pulled Thunder’s mask to pin him in a much longer second fall. Thunder wanted a singles match right then and there, and Euforia challenged him to do it next week.
6) La Máscara, Marco Corleone, Rush b Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
9:18. Ingobernables took 1/3

The most skippable of skippable shows.

CMLL NJPW (SAT) 01/23/2016 Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan [NJPW, thecubsfan]
Attendance: 1593
1) Máscara Dorada & Titán b Sho Tanaka & Yohei Komatsu
7:38. Titan beat Tanaka with the figure four
2) Gedo, Hechicero, YOSHI-HASHI b Fuego, Juice Robinson, Kushida
8:07. Hechicero submitted Fuego
3) Guerrero Maya Jr. & The Panther © b Boby Zavala & Okumura [Arena Coliseo TAG]
10:47. Guerrero Maya defeated Zavala with the sit down piledriver. First defense
4) Ryusuke Taguchi & Stuka Jr. b Bárbaro Cavernario & Shinsuke Nakamura
7:49. Cavernario submitted Stuka. Nakamura had a caveman mask, and Cavernario had “King of Caverman Style” on his back.
5) Bushi, EVIL, Tetsuya Naito b Atlantis, Jyushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask
6:20. Naito pinned Tiger Mask after the usual bit of Ingobernables de Japon cheating. Naito suggested he’d head to Mexico after this tour. Atlantis wants a singles match with him.
6) Dragon Lee © b Virus [CMLL SL]
7:05. Dragon Lee won via German suplex in a quick but good match. Dragon Lee fifth defense. Kamaitachi made a surprise appearance to attack Dragon Lee, dropping him with a German suplex, and issuing a title match challenge for tomorrow.
7) Kazuchika Okada, Mephisto, Último Guerrero b Hiroshi Tanahashi, Mistico, Volador Jr.
18:14. Mephisto beat Volador with a Super Devil’s Wings.

The Cavernario/Nakamura vs Stuka/Taguchi match was the most fun match on the show. The lightweight title match was good, but they didn’t get enough time to do what they could’ve done. The main event was solid.

Kamaitachi, which appears to be the name he’ll be sticking with in NJPW, got his way: Dragon Lee defends for the second time in two days against his big rival in the sixth match tomorrow morning. The card has had some changes as a result: Titan moves into Dragon Lee’s spot (teaming with Tanahashi & Juice Robinson against Cavernario, Okada and Shinsuke.) Titan was in the second match atomicos (4v4); Gedo’s dropped from the match and it’s now a 3 on 3. I hope Kamaitachi and Dragon Lee get more time, but their lightnings matches have been really fun matches in under 10 minutes so they might not even need it. Tomorrow’s show figures to run long with 8 matches.

Kamaitachi’s not booked in Mexico on any known shows – and hasn’t been since the 10th – so we probably should’ve figured this one. He’d been posting messages on Twitter implying he was watching this tour on NJPW World from Mexico, so that’s an actual good use of social media.

I wouldn’t take Naito coming to Mexico too seriously until he’s actually booked on a card.

Hechicero has gotten direct wins the last two nights, surprisingly. He did lose to Titan on night two, but it’s been a strong tour for him. The NJPW guys seem to have no idea what to make of him and his spell casting hand motions.

The NJPW stream was again iffy this morning. It’s seems to works fine on VOD, and it might be a decent strategy just to wait to watch if you can avoid spoilers and don’t want to wake up at 3AM. Sunday’s show is a TV Asahi broadcast, which means it’ll have announcing on the stream (unlike the SamuraiTV shows the last two nights.)

Arena Coliseo tonight has Super Porky, La Mascara and Valiente versus Ripper, Terrible and Niebla Roja. Preview suggests it’s heading towards a Ripper/Valiente match.

AAA’s TV show is already up. Fireball is in the opener. Rey Misterio Jr. appears in the main event, in his last AAA appearance for the moment.

Lucha Underground’s Season 1 marathon is currently in progress on El Rey, and will last well into Sunday. Some of the Lucha Underground people are tweeting about the shows as they air; Chris DeJoseph mentions Bael was originally cast as Son of Havoc. A follow up comment mentions Cortez was in that role too at one point. Previous interviews have mentioned Matt Cross was something like a last minute call when they were having trouble finding people signing up for the show at the start (which seems so crazy now, but go read the next paragraph.)

In an interview Pancakes and Powerslams Show (a fine name for a show, transcribed here by WrestleView), Ricochet mentions he really was not excited about signing up for Lucha Underground to start, fearing he’d be tied to a show that might have good ideas but wouldn’t turn out well (like Wrestle Society X) and didn’t want to ruin his chances of getting to WWE in the process. Konnan was the first person to approach him about the show, and Ricochet just avoided answering for months. He finally started to change his mind when they showed him the concept, but it wasn’t until the last day before taping when he finally agreed to a contract. Ricochet’s glad he did it, and was later told by Konnan that Lucha Underground didn’t really have a back plan for Prince Puma if he had not agreed. Puma mentions ex-WWE Paul London is now an agent for the show; I wonder if he’s a partial replacement for Konnan, who hasn’t seemed to be around the show all season.

The LATV segment on the Lucha Underground is here; watch King Cuerno put an interviewer in a tapatia.

Tijuana’s Black Danger hypes his 02/05 tag match with X-Torm (as the team Dangerous) versus Aeroboy & TJ Boy by noting he’s held nothing back against his cousin (Mirage) and his uncle (Super Xolo) so he’ll fight the national star Aeroboy with everything.

(I’m writing all of that down so I can put it in the luchawiki to have it for the next time I’m confused, but I’ll now forget to put in the luchawiki.)

An interview with Baja California’s Ciclope (not the DTU guy) about soon switching to the name Hijo del Halloween mentions he was Stigma, El Enfermero, and one other. A year into training for lucha libre, he suffered a fractured elbow that kept him out for two years.

El Popular talks to Puebla luchador Prayer, who had no idea what that word meant when he picked it as his wrestling name, but feels it’s was a good omen.

IWRG says Mariachi Loco is coming in on next weekend; the California/Lucha Underground says it’s not him.

La Jarochita says she wanted to be a soccer player, but her father said no, so she ended up becoming a luchador. I bet La Jarochita’s father is really feeling dumb about that one.

LuchaWorld recaps this week’s CMLL Informa.

A Japaense video feature from 2004 on Ultimo Dragon’s Toryumon Mexico Gym. There’s footage of Okada’s debut against Negro Navarro at the end. Negro Navarro with hair always looks weird to me now, he made the right decision to shave it off.

El Hijo del Santo talks about how he relates to the different characters in the Creed movie.

Alberto says he never liked the Mex-America idea.

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 01/29/2016 Arena México
1) Hombre Bala Jr. & Súper Halcón Jr. vs Arkángel de la Muerte & Cancerbero
2) Fuego, The Panther, Tritón vs Puma, Tiger, Virus
3) Guerrero Maya Jr., Titán, Valiente vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Pierroth
4) Gran Guerrero, Mephisto, Niebla Roja vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Kráneo, Pólvora
5) Thunder vs Euforia
6) Dragón Lee, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero

Full return of the FantasticaMania crew; Negro Casas is the only one not on the tour that’s in the main event. (The Ingobernables get some deserved break.)  That could be good, and the second match could be very good as well. Thunder versus Euforia finally occurs, with plenty of potential for interference with just about everyone from both teams also booked.

This show is still listed as airing on ClaroSports. The Tuesday show is not listed as airing live anywhere, so the stream for that looks to be just a one night Copa Junior thing. Maybe they simply wanted Esfinge’s folks back in Guadalajara to be able to watch his match.

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01/22 AAA TV Results (CDMX) – Guerra de Titanes 2016

AAA TV (FRI) 01/22/2016 Gimnasio Olímpico Juan de la Barrera, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal [AAA, Estrellas del Ring, MT (1-3, 6), MT (4,5), SuperLuchas]
Guerra de Titanes
1) Dinastía, Niño Hamburguesa, Pimpinela Escarlata b El Apache, Mamba, Mini Charly Manson
Nino plancha on Apache for the win.
2) Keira, Lady Shani, Taya b Faby Apache, Goya Kong, Maravilla [lumberjack strap]
Keira replaced Sexy Star (injury – she was in a neck brace). Wrestlers from the opener and Mr. 450 were lumberjacks. Taya beat Goya with two double stomps.
3) Australian Suicide, Fireball, Jack Evans b Daga, Parka Negra, Súper Fly
Fireball was the surprise wrestler and did a tornillo off a balcony onto Super Fly. Suicide beat Daga with a Spanish Fly thru a table.
4) Averno & Chessman b Aerostar & Fénix and Máscara Año 2000 Jr. & Villano IV [AAA TAG]
Announced as a match for title shot down the line. Instead, Jack & Angelico vacated the titles due to Angelico’s injury prior to the match. La Sociedad interrupted to complain (and for Konnan to mock the people who had left.) Aerostar & Fenix beat Villano IV to eliminate them, then Chessman & Averno beat Aerostar with help from Joe Lider to win the titles. Lider demanded he (and Pentagon) get the first shot, and La Sociedad beat up the new champions.
5) Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Zorro b Electroshock, Garza Jr., La Parka and Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Hijo del Fantasma, Taurus [AAA TRIOS]
Championships are vacant (former champions are Hell Brothers.) Garza Jr. had an injured shoulder. Taurus, Pirata and Fantasma were eliminated first, and Zorro submitted Electroshock to win the trios title for his team. The champions had matching outfits with denim jackets.
6) El Mesías & Texano Jr. b Dr. Wagner Jr. & Psycho Clown [AAA HEAVY, semifinal]
Winning team faces off as Rey de Reyes for the vacant heavyweight title (Alberto el Patron). All four came out at the start of the show to make the case they’ll be the next champion, with Psycho and Wagner fighting. Those two had problems in the match as well, opening the door for the rudos to win. Mesias and Texano Jr. will face off at Rey de Reyes. La Sociedad attacked Mesias after the match.

Air Date: 01/30 & 02/06.

Attendance looked good in the places where it was open. There were some sections of the upper level which didn’t look to be sold (and not just those completely behind the entrance.)

AAA’s default move is to make the heel groups strong, and that’s what happened here. All three championships had rudo victories and there’s at least two rudo vs rudo feuds. Mesias turned rudo in this same building about nine months ago; it’s unclear if he’s meant to be tecnico or if he’s just outside of La Sociedad. Same thing with Averno & Chessman. They all seem to be out side of Los Sociedad; maybe the change is we’ll finally have a good idea of who’s in that group and who’s not.

Mesias and Texano is a strange Rey de Reyes main event, but they’ve had good matches before and this could be one again. I wonder if the decision came down to AAA not feeling safe trusting Dr. Wagner to do whatever they needed him to do (because he’s a tough guy to rely on.) Psycho Clown still has a singles title, one Wagner used to have, so they could easily still do that singles match if they’d like.

Chessman & Averno versus Pentagon & Joe Lider is a weird concept for a feud, and one that’ll probably play into Lider’s style. AAA was kind of handcuffed – if they wanted to keep Chessman & Averno for the moment, they had to prove to them that it was worth their time to stay there and not jump to Elite – but the tag division is less interesting than it was last night. There’s really no reason for Pentagon to be involved in this feud, his issue was with Jack and this program isn’t going to do anything to help get him where he needs to be in AAA. It’d be very easy to slip someone in to his place as Lider’s partner (obviously Nicho if he was healthy) but they gave no indication of making that change.

The trios championship outcome was the expected result and I don’t have a lot of problem with it: might as well give them a chance to see what they can do, and there’s lot of tecnicos who can be thrown at them with the promise of an interesting match.

The third match sounds like the best on the show – Apolo Valdes mentioned the card was better than it looked on paper. – and AAA posted video of Flamita’s insanity

Keira last appeared in AAA in May, amidst AAA giving lots of people tryouts (and without anyone really sticking.) I would assume this is just a last minute replacement until something else is announced, though CMLL’s weirdness might mean Keira’s indie versus CMLL trios match next weekend may need to be changed. Poor La Jarochita: she might have actually been used in AAA had she waited a week longer to leave.

This show seemed to go long. The opening talking segment meant the first match wasn’t in the ring until 9:30, and the main event seemed to run until around 12:20. It’s late enough that it might effect the crowd response to the main event, though I didn’t see people complaining it on Twitter.

Prior to the show, AAA announced a continuation of the deal with Everlast as a sponsor, with the luchadors showing off their gear.

Today’s AAA TV taping announces the next two tapings:
02/06: Cuautitlán
02/19: Querétaro

The scheduling suggests they’re two weeks of TV each. Today’s TV show also suggested the heavyweight title match and women’s lumberjack match from this show would air next week.

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CMLL FantasticaMania 2016 Day 5: 2016-01-23

A NEW CHALLENGER APPEARS

Recapped: 01/23/2016

What happened: Dragon Lee (quickly) defeated Virus to keep the lightweight championship – but was immediately attacked by Kamaitachi, secretly in Japan all along. Kamaitachi wanted a title shot, and seemed to indicate NJPW had already set it for tomorrow night.

The Panther & Guerrero Maya Jr. also kept their tag team titles over Bobby Z and Okumura. Mephisto beat Volador leading in to their title match.

What was good: f you have your expectations lowered for Virus/Dragon Lee, it’s still good for the time they had. I enjoyed the opener and the main event was not bad, but it’s the Barbaro Cavernario/Nakamura vs Taguchi/Stuka match you need to see.

Where can I watch it: It’s on NJPW World.

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CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2016-01-22 

this doesn’t seem like a great idea

Recapped: 01/22/2016

What happened: Not much. Euforia and Thunder talked about a singles match, though Thunder wanted it right now and Euforia wanted it next week. That’s about it.

What was good: I liked the main event, but most everything else on this show was boring. You should definitely prioritize watching the FantasticaMania shows over this one.

Where can I watch it:  It’ll be on my YouTube channel Tuesday (more…)

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CMLL FantasticaMania 2016 Day 4: 2016-01-22 

the game of Toss Mistico comes to Japan

Recapped: 01/22/2016

What happened: Mascara Dorada captured the CMLL World Welterweight Championship for a record fourth time, defeating BUSHI when Atlantis helped neutralize Naito. Barbaro Cavernario defeated Titan to hold onto his own Mexican National Welterweight Championship.

Ultimo Guerrero defeated Mistico in the main event to build towards the singles match in two days. Likewise, Virus defeated Dragon Lee before their title match tomorrow.

What was good: I really like Titan/Cavernario, and Dorada/BUSHI and the main event were not far behind. Most of this card was worth watching.

Where can I watch it:  It’s on NJPWWorld. (more…)

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Dorada regains the CMLL Weltereweight title, Cavernario keeps his own, GDT preview

Cavernario splash

CMLL (SUN) 01/17/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Fuego en el Ring]
1) Ángel Aéreo, Johnny Dinamo, Rey Halcón b Gitano, Mr. Brisa, Quca
Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) El Chakal b El Divino [OCCIDENTE MIDDLE, quarterfinal]
Chakal reversed a huracanrana to win and advance.
3) Joker b Vaquero Jr. [OCCIDENTE MIDDLE, quarterfinal]
Joker used a piledriver variant to advance.
4) Cosmos, Frezzer, Neutrón b Furia Roja, Gran Kenut, Ráfaga
Neutron beat Rafaga with the reverse tope.
5) Felino & Puma b Blue Panther & Blue Panther Jr.
Felinos took 1/3, with Puma pulling Jr.’s mask to beat him.

CMLL (TUE) 01/19/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Fuego en el Ring]
1) El Yaqui & Omar Brunetti b Joker & Sádico
Tecnicos took 1/3. Brunetti beat Sadico.
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Reycko vs Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito, Relampago
Tecnicos took 1/3. Electrico suffered an arm injury late and left the match. Astral beat Pierrothito.
3) Dalys, Tiffany, Zeuxis b Estrellita, Princesa Sugehit, Skadi
Rudas took 2/3. Estrellita beat Tiffany, but Dalys & Zeuxis defeated Skadi & Princesa Sugehit.
4) Ephesto, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja b Ángel de Oro, Delta, Tritón
Rudos took 1/3.
5) Dragón Rojo Jr., Kráneo, Thunder b La Máscara, Marco Corleone, Rush
Rudos took 2/3. Kraneo snuck in a foul on Rush to win!

CMLL teasing Rush versus Kraneo is the most exciting thing possible. I’m all for that match, though they’re only doing the rematch next week. Mije probably shouldn’t go within 30 meters of the match for his own safety.

CMLL NJPW (FRI) 01/22/2016 Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan [NJPW]
Attendance: 1566
1) Fuego & Stuka Jr. b Sho Tanaka & Yohei Komatsu
5:40. Fuego beat Komatsu.
2) Boby Zavala, Gedo, Hechicero, Okumura, YOSHI-HASHI b David Finlay, Guerrero Maya Jr., Jyushin Thunder Liger, Kushida, The Panther
10:13. Hechicero beat David Finley with the rolling half crab. Zavala and Maya talked up tomorrow’s tag title match.
3) EVIL & Tetsuya Naito b Atlantis & Juice Robinson
7:59. IdJ beat Juice after a foul and the Out of Control. Rudos took Atlantis’ mask, and Naito attacked commentator Milano Collection AT.
4) Bárbaro Cavernario © b Titán [MEX WELTER]
10:57. Cavernario used a Cavernaria for the win. Barbaro second defense. Cavernario thanked the fans in Japanese after the match.
5) Máscara Dorada b Bushi © [CMLL WELTER]
13:33. Atlantis & Naito were seconds in this match. Naito interfered, but Atlantis ran him off. Dorada took out EVIL with a tope before beating BUSHI with the Dorada Screwdriver. Dorada is 31st champion. BUSHI follows Dorada with zero defenses; the last success defense of this belt was April 2014. Dorada told the press he’d like to challenge for the IWGP title again.
6) Kazuchika Okada, Shinsuke Nakamura, Virus b Dragon Lee, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Ryusuke Taguchi
15:09. Virus defeated Dragon Lee with the MotoVirus. Virus said his belt was coming back to him tomorrow.
7) Mephisto & Último Guerrero b Mistico & Volador Jr.
18:28. Ultimo Guerrero defeated Mistico with the Guerrero Special (helpfully screamed before being used) for the win in a very fan friendly match. Guerrero declared he’d prove he’s on another level with in their 1 on 1 match.

Getting up at 3:30 on a workday is tough, but – if you decided to wait until later to watch this show – I think you’ll enjoy it. Main event was entertaining and the two title matches were very good. Most of the matches were good, and it was at the normal level for this tour. I was going to post the recap this morning, but then I realized I had another post coming already. It’ll show up later to spread things out better.

Dorada winning the title back is the only surprise, and it’s kind of a surprise. I don’t think he’s getting that IWGP title match, but it’s a nice big win (both the title and putting a stop to the Ingobernables for a day) to resolve his year in NJPW. And, even though there’s two more shows left, that appears to be the end of him in NJPW: he moved out of the dojo to the Tokyo Dome hotel today.

I always forgot how Mistico is a totally beloved figured in Japan. This crowd loves Ultimo Guerrero too, but they react to Mistico in the way CMLL hopes and dreams the Arena Mexicans fans might. Mistico also looks about ten times better then he did this time last year. Maybe 2016 will be a better year.

That 1,566 attendance is a lower normal than usual. There may be other reasons the number was down (the WON mentioned a couple weeks ago the building’s attendances had been inflated based on a historic capacity that wasn’t the current capacity), but I’m not sure if it’s that why it’s down or other reasons. THey had been saying only standing room tickets were available for a while.

Today’s either the first big show of AAA’s year – or maybe the last show of AAA’s last year. We’re still not clear. It’s Guerra de Titanes 2016 (first of two.) The last few months of 2015 was as if AAA was putting together a jigsaw puzzle carefully and then Life walked over and knocked the table over. They start to put back the pieces tonight.

Guerra de Titanes starts tonight at 8:45pm CT, though that generally means more like 9:15 (with one unmentioned dark match in there.) There is no iPPV or regular PPV for this show, though it’s expected to start airing on TV as quickly as next Saturday. I’d keep an eye on Periscope if you really want to watch anything from the show tonight, since there’s usually someone putting up a grainy screen.

The main event of this show builds to the next. Dr. Wagner Jr & Psycho Clown face Mesias & Texano Jr., where the winning team squares off again at Rey de Reyes for the vacant AAA Mega championship. It’s hard to imagine Mesias & Texano as the main event of a major show right now, but they actually did main event a major show for this same title in 2012. Wagner & Psycho is the more sellable title match and are the favorites.

AAA also addresses a couple other title situations. The AAA Trios championship is vacant after Cibernetico left the company, so AAA has a three way match with two teams (La Parka, Electroshock and Garza Jr. + Hijo del Fantasma, Hijo del Pirata Morgan and Taurus) who have never teamed prior. The third team, Cuervo, Scoria & Zorro, has just been put together on team and appears to be the favorites. The AAA Tag Team titles aren’t on the line, but a title shot at the current champions (Jack Evans and the currently injured Angelico) is on the line in another three way match: tecnicos Aerostar & Fenix, rudos Chessman & Averno and oddballs Villano V & Mascara Ano 2000 Jr. all meet with no clear favorite. Chessman & Averno were originally slotted to get a title shot, but that title shot won’t be happening for quite a while and Pentagon Jr. & Joe Lider are still involved in all of this some how. (Pentagon & Drago are in the UK, which might be the only reason they’re not in this match.) Aerostar & Fenix winning the title shot and defending it against Pentagon & Lider would make sense as a program, but it seemed like Chessman & Averno were involved in the first place to keep them from going to Elite, and that’s still an issue. They’re not leaving this match without something.

The rest of the card wasn’t mentioned on TV, but has some promise. Daga, Parka Negra, Super Fly take on Jack Evans, Australian Suicide and a mystery luchador. AAA hasn’t teased anything for the mystery luchador yet, so it’s probably an on roster tecnico (like Flamita) and they just hadn’t decided when the card was announced. The second match is Faby Apache, Maravilla, and Goya Kong versus Lady Shani, Sexy Star and Taya. That actually might not be a bad match on it’s own, but it’s a lumberjack strap match for some reason and so it’ll only be dumb comedy. There’s a 100% chance Hijo del Tirantes will be the referee. Opener is a Pimpinela special, with Nino Hamburguesa and Dinastia against Mamba, Apache and Mini Charly.

Eric also previews Guerra de Titanes.

I’m not sure how attendance is going to be for this one. It’s Mexico City and a big show, so it should be not hard to put a big number in Juan de la Barrera. They’re not coming in with a lot of momentum and there’s no big matches on this show; this is about how much the crowd wants to see an AAA taping (and, to a lesser extent, Wagner.) They could fill half or they could fill all, I have no feel. Ticketmaster says you could still buy four seats in the general ringside area (row G1) as of this morning.

AAA posted the La Secta and La Parka promos from this week’s TV to hype Guerra de Titanes, and Plantilla Deportiva talks to Daga, who still wants to send Australian Suicide back to Australia. I bet Australia is really nice this time of year, I’d take that. In retrospect, it’s strange they didn’t start hyping this show on TV until the week before this show. They were doing nothing of consequence for a month, they had plenty of time spend weeks on these matches, but they just didn’t have a card.

AAA’s been posting their TV show on Friday nights of late; it might happen again tonight, which would be a pretty cool achievement given they’ve got a taping going on. The matches on the show should be good, but it’ll also be interesting to find out if they announce more tapings. There’s been nothing confirmed by AAA past tonight, but they tend to run shows relatively close to Mexico City early in the year (Toluca, Naucalpan, Ecatepec) and maybe don’t want to advertise those until after tonight’s show.

CMLL has it’s usual Friday night show, and I mean usual. There’s no effort to make this bigger than usual because AAA is in town, and it’s definitely the weaker of the two Friday night shows without the FantasticaMania crew. Show will start at 8:30pm and air on ClaroSports.com.

The main event tonight is the Ingobernables taking on Terrible, Rey Bucanero and Negro Casas, with no particular issue between the teams. The semimain is another rematch of the Revolucionarios and Guerreros, which was pretty terrible last week. Blue Panther has a lightning match against Ripper – it’s either that or the segunda with Blue Panther Jr., Delta and Triton versus Misterioso Jr., Puma and Sagrado as the best match of the night. With everything else going on, this definitely comes off as a show you can skip (unless you’re the guy dedicated to recording this, because than you’re pretty screwed.)

The fifth night of FantasticaMania tour takes place early tomorrow morning, at 3:30AM central. It’ll air on NJPWWorld once again. Last night’s stream had some problems, especially early on, but they warned people ahead of time that the stream might not start on time and apologized for the issues ahead of time. Like, you know, everyone should do.

The main event is Okada, Mephisto and Ultimo Guerrero versus Mistico, Volador Jr. and Valiente replacement Tanahashi. I guess he’ll be OK. There’s another two title matches on this show: Virus gets his rematch for the super light championship against Dragon Lee in the semimain. NJPW’s been careful to treat Virus like he’s a big star (much bigger than they treat him in CMLL) and if they follow that with giving these guys enough time to do some Virus mat work before speeding up into the Dragon Lee high spots, this could be the best match of the tour. Lee figures to retain, but I’m not as confident about that as I was when this card was announced.  The other title match is the third match on the card, as Bobby & Okumura challenge Guerrero Maya & the Panther. It should be a good ten minute match.

This is another seven match card, which stretched to about 6AM CT this morning. I’d say to watch the whole thing, because the opener – Titan & Dorada vs Komatsu & Tanaka – could be great if they give them some time, but you might be able to start watching at around 5AM if you just want to see Virus/Dragon Lee.

And, if all of this is not enough, the first day of FantasticaMania has been uploaded:

1) Kushida & Stuka Jr. vs Sho Tanaka & Yohei Komatsu
2) Boby Zavala & Okumura vs Guerrero Maya Jr. & The Panther
3) Fuego & Titán vs Bárbaro Cavernario & YOSHI-HASHI
4) Hechicero & Virus vs Dragon Lee & Jay White
5) Bushi, EVIL, Tetsuya Naito vs Atlantis, Juice Robinson, Máscara Dorada
6) Ryusuke Taguchi & Volador Jr. vs Mephisto & Shinsuke Nakamura
7) Hiroshi Tanahashi, Jyushin Thunder Liger, Mistico vs Gedo, Kazuchika Okada, Último Guerrero

CMLL says Shocker’s knee surgery will put him out four months, but he says we’ll see him in other projects before then. No mention of where this leaves the tag team titles. Four months would mean end of May/early June. If he’s going to be back before the Anniversary show (and if the have no real plan for the tag titles, which has seemed the case), Shocker’s still champion when he returns.

Alberto says lucha libre is not the best wrestling in the world – he believes the best is a mix of Japanese, American and Mexican wrestling (which he happened to do.) Alberto also says he doesn’t care who’s AAA champion, which is less severe than it sounds – he just doesn’t concern himself with promotions he’s not in, but sures whoever will have it will deserve it. Alberto continues to insist he had WWE permission to come back to do a farewell match in AAA but AAA couldn’t get the dates straight. He’s also still on good terms with the Roldan family despite leaving AAA, saying he had talked to Dorian early in the day about going to dinner.

AIW announced Pentagon Jr. will be appearing on their 03/18 show.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update from the 21st and the one from the 22nd.

RobViper has highlights of 07/17/15 CMLL.

Konnan Big wants to face Rush & Cibernetico. I think, if we look deep in ours hearts, we all want that. Shocker is with me on this.

Jarochita talks about her jump to ELITE.

Akuma hypes his appearance on the 02/20 HUMO show.

Segunda Caida reviews more recent CMLL and Villanos vs Babe Face, Negro Casas, Rambo.

Elite’s confirmed the Traumas vs Puma/Tiger match this weekend is the final of the Dinastia Elite tournament, even though Canelo was in that tournament last week. It doesn’t matter.

Lineups

IWRG FILL (WED) 01/27/2016 Arena Naucalpan
1) Bambino & Último Caballero vs Demonio Imperial & Skanda
2) Canario, Shadow Boy, Voltar vs Ángel De La Muerte I, Guerrero 2000, Vampiro Metálico
3) Fireman, Galaxy, Kanon vs Acero, Blue Monsther, Picudo Jr.
4) Alas de Acero, Aramis, Dragón Fly vs Adrenalina, Atomic Star, Vortize
5) Araña de Plata, Centvrión, Diablo Jr. I, Freyser, Hijo de Mascara Sagrada, Hijo del Alebrije, Imposible, Power Bull vs Balack, Danger King, Energia, Imposter, Motocross, Novasonic, Orión,Royer Boy
Gym FILL (Black Terry) vs Gym Arkano (Dr. Cerebro)

First FILL trainee show since October, though they were running trainee focused shows on Wednesday to close out 2015. Dr. Cerbero’s squad seems totally outgunned in the cibernetico – no disrespect to Danger King – but maybe someone will surprise us.

LI (SUN) 01/31/2016 Salón Citlalli, Ecatepec, Estado de México
1) Infierno Negro & Star Moon vs Sombra Azteca & Stigma
2) Anubis Black & Comodín Jr. vs Imperial Jr. & Septimo Rayo
3) Hijo del Solar, Súper Astro Jr., Villano III Jr. vs Devastador Jr., Mr. Jack Jr., Signo Jr.
4) Solar I © vs Black Terry [FLLM MASTER]
5) Aguila Solitaria, Canek, El Fantasma vs Gigante Xandåo, Histeria, Mr. Jack

Leyenda Inmortales is back, for all you craving for more Mr. Jack. Black Terry/Solar will get me to watch this if it turns up.

AAA Go Mask (SUN) 02/21/2016 Arena Jardines, Ecatepec, Estado de México
1) Fiero & Íkaro vs Moria & Sony
2) Rayo Star, Rayven Dark, Sky Man vs Corsario Negro Jr., Drako, Terremoto
3) Dinastía & Mini Drago vs Mini Histeria & Mini Psicosis
4) Faby Apache & Lady Maravilla vs La Hiedra & Taya Valkyrie
5) Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Parka Negra, Taurus

Carxyus is taping these for DVDs, so the lineups are at least worth mentioning. This one looks more like a normal AAA spot show, which aren’t typically worth seeking out. Minis match could be fun.

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