Terrible Cerebros retain trios titles, Puebla live, Alberto el Patron no-show?

photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (SUN) 07/12/2015 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (flickr), Mano a Mano]
1) Diosa Atenea & Lady Drago b Cristal & El Teniente
Main shows debut for Lady Drago & Teniente.
2) Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro © b Leo, Rafy, Teelo [EdM Trios]
first defense. Said to be great.
3) Eterno, Halloween Jr., Hip Hop Man b Hijo del Pantera, Pantera, Skayde
Straight falls.
4) Negro Navarro, Trauma I, Trauma II b Golden Magic, Hijo del Solar, Solar I
good match. Trauma II’s first match here all year, Hijo del Solar’s first match here in 2010. The rudos from the next match attacked both teams after this one concluded.
5) Canis Lupus, Coloso Chris, Príncipe Orión DQ Danny Casas, Súper Nova, Veneno
Coloso Chris faked a foul

AYM didn’t tape this show, for whatever reason.

CMLL’s first live broadcast of Arena Puebla is scheduled to take place. It should start around 9pm local. They’ve said they’ll have a link on their website, and you’ll probably be able to find it on their YouTube channel. The spotlight match is Dragon Lee versus Kamaitachi for Dragon Lee’s CMLL Super Lightweight Championship. Dragon Lee’s the heavy favorite.

Alberto el Patron was scheduled to work the main event of the Clutch City Promotions show in Houston last night. He didn’t show, didn’t give word he wasn’t showing, and hadn’t been in contract with anyone as of last night. Haven’t seen any explanation from his this morning either. It’s very strange.

Blue Demon Jr. said his match in London marked exactly 30 years in his career. He seems to be off by two weeks, but that’s closer than usual.

Segunda Caida reviews the Dragon Lee vs Virus lightning match from September.

Lineups

CMLL (SUN) 07/19/2015 Arena México
1) Metatrón & Robin vs Espanto Jr. & Espiritu Negro
2) Acero vs Pequeño Violencia [lightning]
3) Hombre Bala Jr., Starman, Súper Halcón Jr. vs Artillero, Hijo del Signo, Súper Comando
4) Fuego, The Panther, Tritón vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus
5) Atlantis, Blue Panther, Titán vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
6) Dragon Lee, La Máscara, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja

Mascara & Volador with another failed team up, Ryees del Atlantida not back together for some reason, Acero & Pequeno Violencia actually following up on their foul. I dunno.

CMLL (SUN) 07/19/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Johnny Dinamo vs Destructor
2) El Tapatío & Explosivo vs Mr. Apolo & Mr. Brisa
3) Frezzer, Nautilius, Neutrón vs El Yaqui, Gitano, Relampago
4) Sádico © vs El Divino [OCCIDENTE WELTER]
Sadico’s second defense.
5) Esfinge, Exterminador, Omar Brunetti vs El Chakal, Magnum, Maléfico [Relevos Increíbles]

Lots of usual partners on opposite sides.

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lucha in london, Santo Jr. debuts, CMLL weekend, Rush defeats Pagano

Lucha Libre World (SAT) 07/11/2015 York Hall, London, United Kingdom [Linus @ DVDVR]
Attendance: 200
1) Cassius b Pure Britannico [Lucha London CHAMP]
title change
2) La Rona Corazones b Carmen Rosa
Feet on the ropes
3) Mascarita Sagrada b Octagoncito (original) © [WWA MINI]
Billed as a title change (and might have been!)
4) Heddi Karaoui © b Rayman [WWA LH]
Karoui retained.
5) Casandro, El Hijo Del Santo, Zumbi b Angel Blanco Jr., Dr. Wagner Jr., Magnifico Ii

This was the afternoon show; they had an evening show as well. Magnifico being the replacement for Boby Zavala is a surprise but a nice one. Didn’t see anything about the evening show, but it looked like Thursday show was about the same attendance and Friday was the busiest night.

At some point, on one of the shows, Santo Jr. ran in as Tempestad as a rudo. Tempestad was the name hyped years ago as the name Santo Jr. would use when he first started to wrestle. Maybe this means he’s start. Not sure any one on these casual audience understood the circumstances, but there’s not like there’s any TxT shows in Mexico to do these things. (There probably will be one soon, I suspect.)

AAA LUCHA FUTURE (SAT) 07/11/2015 Royal Albert Hall, London, United Kingdom [@edecanlover, Linus @ DVDVR, WON]
Attendance: 2500
1) Blue Demoncito & Octagoncito b Mini Abismo Negro & Mini Histeria
2) Fénix b Pentagón Jr.
Best match on the show. Pentagon argued with Piero, demanded he got faster, then got beat by a fast count.
3) Drago & Sexy Star b Bengala & Faby Apache
4) Blue Demon Jr., La Parka, Psycho Clown b Hijo del Fantasma, Texano Jr., Villano IV
Texano was working thru his injury in a comedy match. The entire roster came to the ring to celebrate at the end of the show.

2,500 is actually more than any of the NJPW FantasticaMania shows have ever drawn – but that’s primarily because this was a 5,000 seat building (which looked great) and those top out a 2,000. The celebration at the end of the show, including Pentagon grabbing a sousaphone and playing it for crowd, reminded me of the atmosphere CMLL/NJPW shows. Hopefully this can turn into something annual like those. This lucha show – and the Lucha London/Santo ones – were said to draw both a lot of Mexican fans and a lot of people who had no idea about lucha libre. They did some heavy coaching of the crowd here, trying to get them to throw money in after the Fenix/Pentagon match and explaining who were the tecnicos and rudos (sometimes not so correctly.) Reviews of this show seemed pretty positive.

CMLL (SAT) 07/11/2015 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Apocalipsis b Bengala
2) Astral b Pequeño Olímpico
3) Soberano Jr. b Hijo del Signo
4) Misterioso Jr. & Tiger b Hombre Bala Jr. & Súper Halcón Jr.
Moved down a spot. Rudos took 2/3.
5) Dark Angel b Amapola
moved up a spot
6) Dragon Lee b Bárbaro Cavernario
Tecnicos took 1/3.
7) Pólvora, Rey Bucanero, Terrible b Diamante Azul, La Máscara, Volador Jr.
Mascara is back to betraying Volador.

Mascara/Volador is never going to happen. Alexis did some Perisopes during the show, but not during Lee/Cavernario.

CMLL (SUN) 07/12/2015 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Bengala & Sensei b Camorra & El Rebelde
Bengala replaced Sensei (injury on Friday)
2) Acero, Eléctrico, Último Dragoncito DQ Demus 3:16, Mercurio, Pequeño Violencia
Violencia fouled Acero.
3) Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr., The Panther b Okumura, Sangre Azteca, Virus
4) Fuego b Puma [lightning]
5) Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto b Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr.
Mephisto snuck in a pinall on Atlantis
6) Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero b Diamante Azul, Mistico, Valiente
Euforia replaced Shocker on Wednesday. Ultimo Guerrero beat Mistico clean with the Pulpo Guerrero

Ultimo Guerrero should win, but seems weird he beat Mistico. At least they had the good sense not to ask Mistico to take a Guerrero Special, he might have been crushed into a pile of dust.

Semimain seems like an obvious set up to a trios title match in two or three weeks. I’m not going to change this sentence when it turns out in a few hours none of them are booked together next week.

Puma just won a belt, Fuego has no belt, it doesn’t really matter either way, so Fuego won.

Crossing my fingers for a big Acero/Pequeno Violencia apuesta match to counter TripleMania.

Wasson/photo by Black Terry Jr.

Cara Lucha (SAT) 07/11/2015 Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México[+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (flickr), Estrellas del Ring, Kronosport, The Gladiatores]
1) Pegasuz & Shadow b Centella Atómica & Príncipe Aéreo
Teams changed around, with Pegazus taking Rey Fenix’s spot. Centella Atomica was hurt.
2) Yoruba b Demus 3:16
Good match. Yoruba upset Demus. Akuma attacked Yoruba after the match and Kilvan made the save. Mask/hair vs mask/hair challenges were made.
3) Epydemius b Jinzo and Aramis and Septimo Dragon
Good match.
4) Flamita b Wasson
Standing Spanish Fly for the win. very good match, money thrown in
5) Felino b Guerrero Mixtico
Listed as a double countout or a win for Felino in different place.
6) Rush b Pagano
quick match. Pagano complained Rush used weapons when he thought it was going to be a clean match (???), and rematch challenges were made.

Attendance seems down from recent Cara Lucha shows. Maybe that crowd is more into Volador than Rush? (Felino seemed like a weird fit for this show.) It seems like Pagano is used every as if he’s a drawing indy guy, but it’s hard to find evidence he’s a draw.

Pagano was back at it Sunday, going to a “out of control” draw versus Nicho in Salon Citalli. They talked about a rematch with no rules, which one would think every Pagano versus Nicho match would have. That seems like an odd way to build to a rematch but I suspect the people interested are more concerned with the fight than the outcome. Pagano/Nicho seems to be the favorite indy match of the moment, at least among indy bookers.

La Aficion’s weekly lucha libre column questions the existence of journalism in lucha libre coverage This column wins the award for most blind items which aren’t actually blind, to the point where a) they might as well have gone the extra half step to call people out by name because everyone knows why they’re talking about and b) it would’ve been more interesting to dig into any one of those stories and explore why no one looked into it. As it is, it comes across as “everyone sucks” and even I’m not that cynical.

Not even sure how to approach this, while saying everything correctly. I think a lot of people who are producing content about lucha libre right now are doing it because they came in loving lucha libre, not becuase they love journalism. There are (still) places you can do journalism and get paid, but there’s not much money in doing lucha libre journalism. That said, there’s a lot of people in English speaking counties doing what this column would count as journalism (and I’m not even thinking of raising it to Meltzer’s level, but a site like PWPonderings or Voices of Wrestling are more likely to evaluate and critique their wrestling than Mexican side) and it’s just not done even by the fanzine level stuff in Mexico. Maybe it’s cultural (around the wrestling even more than the question), maybe it’s an access thing – it does turn up when Mexican fans are talking about WWE, but not when they’re talking about IWRG. And it is disappointing – not even on the attendance or match rating level, but just people who have that access asking more questions (not just the usual fact sheet Q&A) would be fascinating.

Black Terry Jr.Estrellas del Ring caught up with Flamita to ask what was going on with him and AAA. The “Fireball” name appears to be AAA only.  Flamita & AAA are talking, but he hasn’t signed a deal with them.

Dalys wants a hair match with Dark Angel & a title match with Marcela.

Keira versus Zeuxis was added to the 08/16 ChilangaMask show.

+LuchaTV has an interview with Tigre Uno.

SuperLuchas looks back at a 12 team ruleta de la muerte with Demon & Santo as a team. (They did not lose, but they did draw 23,000.)

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news report.

Super Libre had Al Carrillo and X-Fly as guests.

Lucha Libre in Japan

La Comandante did not win the REINA International Junior championship.

Violento Jack & Ciclope are headed to Japan for a deathmatch show on 07/29.

Lineups

IWRG FILL (TUE) 07/14/2015 Arena Naucalpan
1) Blue Metal, Canario, Sexy Angel vs Demonio Imperial, Orquidea Azul, Sexy Girl
2) Chicanito & Voltar vs Charly Boy & Vampiro Metálico
3) Guerrero 2000, Matrix Jr., Power Bull vs Acero, Adrenalina, Centella Oriental
4) Aeroman, Dragon Fly, Hijo del Alebrije vs Rey Terco Jr., Roller Boy, Troll
5) Alas de Acero, Aramis, Araña de Plata, Atomic Star, Chapulin, Electro Boy, Kanon, Mr. Jack vs Corsario De Fuego,Crazy Man, Master (Xalapa), Maximus, Pitufo, Rey Infierno, Totem I, Totem II [Copa High Power]
Gym FILL (Eterno’s team) versus Gym Skayde (this time, guys from Xalapa)

A Tuesday show, which is when FILL shows were originally when there were Thursday shows. (And there is a Thursday show already this week, the Lucha Libre Boom one with CMLL guys, so this is a recently rare 3 show week for Arena Naucalpan.)

Skayde’s team is really from Xalapa; they used to be all Arena Xalapa wrestlers before affilation started to move around (and were most recently around Arena Independence Total.) Many of those guys were listed on Arena Aficion show this past Tuesday.  Maximus is the former Vengador Radioactivo, who’s NOAH tour is surely still coming someday.

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AAA Verano de Escandalo 2015: 2015-06-14 

There’s no new info or gifs or thoughts here; I just wanted to figured out how much they cut from the TV version of these matches and decided to put it up as a recap in case the info was needed later. (They cut out 3 minutes from Alas de Oro; not all of that can be carting Fenix away.) You’ll want to read something else.

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07/10 AAA TV Results (Puebla) – Alberto/Cage set for TripleMania

AAA TV (FRI) 07/10/2015 Gimnasio Miguel Hidalgo, Puebla, Puebla [@FlyDeportes , AAA, Cinco Radio]
1) Dinastía, Mini Drago, Pimpinela Escarlata b Mamba, Mini Charly Manson, Mini Psycho Clown
Pimpi beat Charly.
2) Goya Kong & Niño Hamburguesa b Carta Brava & Taya Valkyrie
Goya Kong was the mystery luchadora, is now 2-0 in AAA. Hamburugesa splash on Carta Brava.
3) Fireball & Ludxor b Daga & Steve Pain
Ludxor replaced Argenis. Fireball (Flamita) was the surprise luchador. Fireball beat Steve Pain with a Spanish Fly, and Pain was stretched out.
4) Dark Cuervo & Dark Scoria b Monsther Clown & Murder Clown and Electroshock & Hijo de Pirata Morgan and Australian Suicide & Jack Evans
Cuervo beat Jack.
5) Aerostar, Drago Argenis, Myzteziz DQ Averno, Chessman, Cibernético
Argenis replaced Drago. Myzteziz had La Mistica on Chessman, but Avenro pulled off his mask.
6) Brian Cage b El Patrón Alberto, El Mesías [bull terrier]
Cage powerbombed Alberto thru dry wall, then touched four corners to win. Cage covered Alberto up with the American flag, and Cage challenged Alberto to hair versus hair. Alberto later accepted.

Air Date: 08/08 (day before TripleMania) & 08/15.

AAA’s confirmed Alberto versus Brian Cage, hair versus hair, is official for TripleMania. It’s the second match set for the show, joining Rey Mysterio versus Myzteziz. The Mega title is not mentioned, though the outcome seems pretty set either way.

Even with that match set, Averno is still hassling Myzteziz. Secta versus Jack & Angelico is still going, and that one could actually be another TripleMania match. (They did a cage match, maybe they do a ladder match? If only they had something to hang up there.)

The Fireball thing is weird. It suggests AAA has larger plans for him than the Belial/Arez level guys who turned up earlier this year, because they’ve gone thru the effort of introducing him with a name AAA will own. (He was still wearing his Flamita gear, so the naming wasn’t any more than that.) I’m sure what it means long term. AAA wanted to bring back Flamita for at least a year, Flamita’s was still said to be going back to Dragon Gate in September at last report, so this might just be a couple shows. CMLL has appeared not to object to their luchadors wrestling those who’ve appeared just once or a few times on AAA TV tapings this year, but they’re also completely inconsistent about those things. Maybe the Flamita/Dragon Lee match in Veracruz happens (help by being a small enough town that no one will know if it does happen), but it’s probably a good thing for CaraLucha that they went to Volador/Flamita right away.

There is no next announced taping until TripleMania. It’d be a four week break as currently scheduled, so the guess is something gets announced today on TV to take place in a couple weeks.

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Dalys wins CMLL Women X, Escorpion/Guerrero, All Elite canceled

10th Anniversary winner/photo by Alexis Salazar-CMLL

CMLL (FRI) 07/10/2015 Arena México [@therealfredo, @TKD_117, CMLL]
1) Akuma & Espiritu Negro b Magnus & Sensei
Sensei blow out his knee in the second fall, leaving Magnus 1 on 2 for the loss.
2) Dalys b Dark Angel, Silueta, Estrellita, Amapola, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit, La Vaquerita, Zeuxis, Skadi, Tiffany, La Seductora [cibernetico]
celebrating the 10th anniversary of the restarted women’s division. Goya Kong was originally announced for the match, Skadi replaced her after Goya jumped to AAA. A longer than usual battle royal determined sides (Amapola/Dark Angel/Silueta/Tiffany/Vaquerita/Sugehit vs Zeuxis/Skadi/Dalys/Marcela/Seductora/Estrellita). Eliminations: Skadi (by Silueta), Vaquerita (by Zeuxis), Tiffany (Seductora), Estrellita (Silueta), Zeuxis (Dark Angel), Tiffany (Marcela), Estrellita (Amapola), Marcela & Sugehit double elimination, Amapola (Dalys), Dark Angel (Dalys) leaving Dalys as the winner.
3) Delta b Flyer [En Busca de un Idolo] Cuarta temporada del torneo (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Delta used a Buca Storm for the win. Rey Bucanero was the guest judge. Delta score a 6, 6, 6, 6 for a 24. Flyer scored a 6, 6, 6, 5 for 23.
4) Boby Zavala DCOR Canelo Casas [En Busca de un Idolo] Cuarta temporada del torneo (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Both fought outside for the double countout. Zavala scored a 6, 6, 5, 10 for 27, his lowest score so far. Canelo scored a 6, 6, 5, 7 for a 24.
5) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Rush b Bárbaro Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas
6) Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero, Volador Jr. DQ La Sombra, Rey Escorpión, Thunder [Relevos Increíbles]
Polvora and Dragon Rojo ran in for the DQ. Softening up UG took priority over winning the match.

Those are the En Busca de un Idolo results you’d book if you were still hoping Esfinge advances. An Esfinge win over Disturbio will vault him over both – at least until the next poll comes in. Fan vote is going to ultimate determine the top four, as it seems to every year.

Didn’t see any of Terra, but it sounded like Delta/Flyer was the only one worth watching. I have video of the first two matches, but something was off on the frame rate and it’s really annoying to watch. I’d suspect the women’s match will turn up on Azteca in some cut down form.

The Queretaro All Elite show was canceled. Octagon and Mistico took to Twitter to blame the local promoter (not All Elite, but those they were working with) for not being able to pay the talent.

SuperLuchas looks back at Tuesday nights in 1952, when a single ticket could get you a movie and a lucha libre show.

LuchaWorld has a recap of Tuesday’s En Busca de un Idolo matches

La Union talks to Chamaco Valaguez about the start of his career.

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 07/17/2015 Arena México
Sin Salida, 2015
1) Ángel de Oro & Stuka Jr. vs Misterioso Jr. & Pierroth
2) Dark Angel, Estrellita, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis
3) Delta vs Blue Panther Jr. [En Busca de un Idolo]
4) Esfinge vs Canelo Casas [En Busca de un Idolo]
5) Dragon Lee, Mistico, Valiente vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Negro Casas
6) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Volador Jr. vs La Sombra, Marco Corleone, Rush
7) Último Guerrero vs Rey Escorpión [hair]

It’s more names than usual, but really only in that they have normal tercera guys working in the opener. Semimain is Ingobernables versus tecnicos, which they don’t do a lot, but that’s not much help. The better En Busca de un Idolo matches – Flyer & Guerrero Maya and Disturbio & Boby Zavala – will be on the following Tuesday. It’s also likely the four guys on this show are the four guys eliminated from the tournament after this week.

CMLL AULL (SAT) 08/01/2015 Arena Lopez Mateos
1) Payaso De Plata & Payaso Extremo vs Gato Montes & Rey Infierno
2) Epitafio, Leviatham, Samael, Tormento vs Dante, Euro, Filder, Herejía
3) Flamita, Terry 2000, Yakuza vs Holkan, Mike Segura, Sádico
4) Hechicero, Pierroth, Rey Escorpión vs Gallego, Rocky Santana, Romano Garcia
5) LA Park & Volador Jr. vs La Sombra & Pagano

Pagano continues to be on every Mexico City area show. That’s a weird semimain.

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