Rush, Shocker, Casas continue to feud, Cien Caras, Villano V

photo by Alexis Salazar/CMLL

CMLL (FRI) 02/21/2014 Arena México [CMLL, LuchaWorld]
1) Camaleón & Leono b Akuma & Guerrero Negro Jr.
Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Último Dragoncito b Demus 3:16, Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico
Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Dark Angel, Marcela, Silueta b Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis
straight falls for the tecnicas. Rudas were DQed in the first for shoving Tigre Hispano, then Marcela took out Dalys with a super Michinoku Driver. Marcela refused to give Dalys a title shot, but Dalys says she was going to ask the CMLL officials to make it anyway.
4) Diamante Azul DRAW Terrible [lightning]
double pin on a tapatia just under 6 minutes.
5) Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Último Guerrero b Soberano Jr., Valiente, Volador Jr.
Barbaro beat Soberano and Niebla beat Volador for the win, in a repeat of last week.
6) Felino, Negro Casas, Shocker DQ Marco Corleone, Máximo, Rush
Straight falls, Rush DQed for hitting the referee. Shocker, Negro and Rush made hair match challenges.

The hair match doesn’t seem like it was officially announced, but they keep moving in that direction. Maximo, who would be in violation of the AAA no t-shirt policy, wrestled in the main event like normal.

A Cien Caras history video aired during the show (one time too many, judging from the fan’s reactions), and CMLL’s posted an article about his career in their news section. No hint of him wrestling.

The Dalys/Marcela feud makes no sense at this point. Tecnica Marcela is refusing to defend the title, ruda Dalys really has little claim on getting a title shot if she’s going to take clean pins like she did last night. Dalys going to the CMLL offices to demand a title shot she doesn’t deserve actually plays perfectly into the nepotism/favoritism complaints people have with CMLL, but that’s not usually part of the storylines. I think they’re ending up with the normal title match and all, but there’s something not normal going on.

CMLL.com is also pushing a Zayco/Magnus feud, of all things. Zayco really did get hurt this past week thanks to Magnus.

Kortiz said last night his father Villano V is in grave condition suffering from pneumonia. He update again today to say Villano V is doing a little better. This year’s flu has already taken people’s lives and put others into the hospital.

LuchaWorld has a recap of this week’s TerceraCaida.

Bill has highlights from the 02/14 IWRG FILL show.

CMLL previews Sunday’s card.

Porra Fresa previews Monday’s card.

Fuego en el Ring rights about Octagoncito and Lady Sensacion, who are getting married after being together 12 years.

An article about wrestling in Yuacatan.

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 02/28/2014 Arena México
1) Aéreo & Pequeño Halcón vs Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro
2) Fuego, Hombre Bala Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. vs Hooligan, Nitro, Sangre Azteca
3) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Kamaitachi, Morphosis, Olímpico
4) Stuka Jr. vs Vangellys [lightning]
5) Diamante Azul, La Sombra, Rush vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible
6) Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente vs Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero

Estetas vs Guerrero, which picks up from last Friday. Stuka/Vangellys is a rematch from the past En Busca de Un Idolo. Rush and Shocker meet in the semimain, as do Azul and Terrible.

UWE (SUN) 03/02/2014 Arena Lopez Mateos
1) Espiritu Balamri, Kaligua, Kiuby vs Black Tempest, Ciber Black, Principe Mixteco
2) Mystique, Princesa Ahy Leen, Sexy Angel vs Diosa Atenea, India Mazanua, Star Fire
3) Pegazus, Shibata, Sky Fly, Spider Boy vs Arkanos, Kilvan, Shadow, Yoruba
4) Fuerza Guerrera, Solar I, Villano IV vs Negro Navarro, Trauma I, Trauma II
5) Ricky Marvin, Super Crazy, Super Zeta vs Josef Von Schmidt, Matt Striker, Ultimate Security

Late add. Von Schmidt has been in Mexico in 2009 and 2010 and is based in New York. Striker (who’s wrestling in Tulancingo the day prior) is from there, so Ultimate Security must be as well. No one knows who those guys are, but they’re tall so they main event. Semimain could be fun.

02/21 AAA TV Results (DF) – Black Warrior to Rey de Reyes final, Sin Cara appears

photo by AAA

AAA TV (FRI) 02/21/2014 Gimnasio Olímpico Juan de la Barrera, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal [AAAMTR de Rudo]
1) Mini Abismo Negro, Mini Charly Manson, Mini Histeria b Dinastía, Mascarita Sagrada, Mini Drago
Mini Drago’s debut. Charly beat Dinastia with a dragon suplex, then challenged for a title match (that’s already been announced!) Sagrada was strechered out.
2) Pentagón Jr., Sexy Star, Taya Valkyrie b Drago, Faby Apache, Jennifer Blake
Pentagon Jr. looked great, beat Drago. Sexy and Pentagon challenged Drago & Faby to a mixed tag title shot, which the tecnicos accepted.
3) Angélico, Australian Suicide, Zumbi b Demon Rocker, Machine Rocker, Soul Rocker
Zumbi returned and had his full drum entrance. After the tecnicos won, Pentagon came out and stole Suicide’s mask, then declared there’d be no more Suicide.
4) Daga, Juventud Guerrera, Steve Pain b Crazy Boy, Fénix, Joe Lider
Tecnicos looked to win by Lider putting Pain thru a flaming table, only for Eterno to return and distract Lider. Lider went thru a table instead. Post match promos set up a Mexican Powers & Fenix vs Anarquia domed cage match with weapons for Rey de Reyes, with the last one left losing mask or hair.
5) Black Warrior b Psycho ClownTexano Jr.Psicosis [Rey de Reyes]
Group 4. Black Warrior was introduced before the group as a new (or returning) member of Perros del Mal, which left this 3 Sociedad against Psycho Clown. Psycho Clown beat Psicosis with the Canadian Destroyer, Texano was DQed for fouling Psycho Clown, and Black Warrior beat Psycho Clown to advance to the final (Parka, Zorro, Perro, Warrior.)
6) Chessman, el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Jeff Jarrett, Zorro b Cibernético, Electroshock, Jack Evans, La Parka
Perro cheated to beat Cibernatico again. A post match brawl followed, interrupted by a mystery figure appearing on the stage. The mystery person vanished, and the tecnicos cleared the ring.

Air Date: 03/01 & 03/08

Let’s begin with the end. The usual post match fight between the tecnicos and rudos was interrupted by a mysterious man in black on the stage. He slowly posed on the stage, keeping his head down and a hood over his mask  as “Ameno” played over the audio. The lights went out after 30 seconds, and the mystery figure disappeared. R de Rudo has video.

This was Sin Cara. The actual, original Misitco. AAA’s doing the a slow reveal of him, maybe part for dramatics, but definitely part because they still haven’t quite figured out what to call him. Except another tease in Irapuato, and then the first full appearance in Monterrey.

I thought teasing it like this gives people the impression AAA might be setting up some swerve; they’ve not actually doing that and I didn’t think they would, but people who don’t trust AAA or lucha libre surprises in general have reason to believe AAA could be pulling a bait and switch. AAA’s picking building anticipation over clarity, though the people in the building seemed pretty excited already. (I’m also not sure about hyping shows around a Great Surprise and then only giving 30 seconds of that surprise, but people at the building seemed OK with it.)

As promised, Sin Cara wasn’t the only new face last night. Black Warrior returned to AAA as a member of Perros del Mal, and surprisingly qualified for the Rey de Reyes final. Warrior’s thought of a CMLL guy, but this is actually his fourth stint in AAA over the years dating back to the beginnings of the company. Black Warrior missed out on AAA’s first ever show, but might have already been under contract at that point and debuted as Superstar at the end of May 1992. Black Warrior has a numerous list of previous characters in his bio, and many of those were Antonio Pena concepts; Pena saw that he had talent and kept coming up with ideas to use it. Warrior finally found success in CMLL, and never was more successful than his mask versus mask feud with Mistico. This AAA stint looks like it’s going to pull Warrior back from the fringes of lucha libre back to a hugely meaningful position in that old feud. He should be Sin Cara’s first feud in AAA, and I believe there’s a good chance Black Warrior vs Sin Cara, hair vs mask, would take place as soon as TripleMania.

That leaves us with one person who didn’t jump, at least last night. There were rumors Maximo was going to jump to AAA, loud enough that even Maximo was making jokes about Maximo jumping. Rumors is probably putting it too soft; people were sure Maximo was coming to AAA. I think they still may be right. There’s still the matter of the mystery man in Irapuato. It’s a spot for a tecnico, which excludes Black Warrior. AAA’s not going to slow play the Sin Cara reveal in week 1 and throw him into a tag match with Axel and Electroshock in week 2, so it has to be someone else. That place is more a fit for a guy like Maximo. Maximo is currently booked Sunday in Neza, Monday in Puebla, Tuesday in Mexico and Wednesday in Queretaro, but CMLL’s let others work their scheduled dates until the moment they started with AAA and this might be no different. We’ll find out a week from Monday.

Pentagon Jr. had a busy day – between getting himself a probable Rey de Reyes match and stripping Australian Suicide of his identity, he also got strong reviews for his performance in his match. He’s been very good for quite a while, and it’s nice to see him get to do something with it. The Suicide bit was weird and didn’t quite fit with the other angle; my first thought was this might be a character change (but then I so dislike that name that maybe you shouldn’t trust me thinking clearly on this.) It could go another way: Mary & Cuervo had previously challenged for the same titles, and Jennifer Blake randomly asked people on Twitter who would be a good male partner for her if she challenged for the tag titles. Maybe this mixed tag match turns into a four way and the Suicide/Pentagon issue gets picked up by Suicide being Jennifer’s pick?

Here’s what they’ve got so far for Rey de Reyes

  • Zorro vs La Parka vs Perro Aguayo Jr. vs Black Warrior in the Rey de Reyes final (3 rudos and 1 tecnico)
  • Psycho Clown vs Texano Jr. (still not announced, so still possible it’s a trios title match)
  • Juventued Guerrera, Steve Pain, Eterno, Crazy Boy, Joe Lider, Fenix in a domed cage weapons apuesta match (Nino Hamburguesa figures to be involved too, so maybe one more rudo? many more rudos?)
  • Faby Apache & Drago vs Sexy Star & Pentagon Jr. (vs Mary Apache & Cuervo vs Jennifer Blake & ?) for the mixed tag titles
  • Blue Demon vs Chessman for the Latin American championship
  • probably a trios or atomicos with Cibernetico/Jarrett/others?

That leaves room for one or maybe two matches. If Maximo is jumping, he could fit in the main event or they could add the usual Relevos AAA. Elegido should be free by then, and that’s his match. There’s the Aerostar/Super Fly issue that could be turned into a match, but neither of those guys are guaranteed to make major shows. Jack, Angelico, Daga and Psicois figure to make the show too. That’s the right number for a tag title match, but maybe they end up being wedged into a different one. Not having the tournament semifinals on the show clears some space, but there’s still a lot here.

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CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-01-25

 

Pollito dropkick

recap

taped 2014-01-14 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Gallo, Smaker, Tritón vs Felino, Gran Guerrero, Virus: An average match with a few things not working right. Gran Guerrero has been scaled way back – only one DF match in November and December, and looking like none in January as I write this – and he still needs to improve more before he comes back. Gran Guerrero trying to do his finisher on Gallo was a good demonstration of why Gran Guerrero needs a different finisher. Triton didn’t have a good night, and was off in the second fall; he was grabbing his ribs like he was hurt, but I didn’t catch an injury. Felino won in one fall he wasn’t supposed to and another by just sitting down, so it was that kind of night.

Mr. Aguila

taped 2014-01-19 @ Arena Coliseo
Blue Panther, Shocker, Valiente vs Kráneo, Mr. Águila, Reaper: A match where Valiente & Mr. Aguila both failed walking the ropes within 20 seconds. One of those may have been comedy, but it didn’t look good. Kraneo looked unsure of how to beat Blue Panther without Mije around. Maybe that was just me. Third fall closed well but there was a not a lot in this one.

Valiente!

Atlantis vs Mr. Niebla: Two guys who are sort of limited but still over with the crowd making their way thru a three fall match. This one might have worked better with one. It definitely would’ve have worked with a smoother finish. I don’t know what was supposed to happen after Niebla pulled Atlantis mask, but it didn’t quite happen. Match was otherwise about what you’d expect it to be.

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AAA in Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera, surprises, Cien Caras on H2L

Today’s the day. AAA’s running a TV taping in Gimansio Olimpico Juan de la Barrera. It’s the first in a series, and AAA’s doing it’s season premier in a big way. Sin Cara is expected to return to lucha libre as part of AAA. He’s probably coming in as a tecnico, he’s probably going to be win the final Rey de Reyes qualifier, and he may have a new name by the time the night is over. There are certain ways we can assume Sin Cara will be fit in AAA and how everyone will react to him, but we’ll have a lot more information after tonight. I don’t think the average fan attending this show knows for certain Sin Cara will be there, just that there’s a chance, and the reaction Sin Cara gets the first time he steps in front of the crowd might tell a lot about his direction going forward. Everyone was behind him at the Sin Cara Gym show, but you were only there if you were behind Sin Cara in the first place.

Sin Cara is not the only scheduled surprise tonight. AAA’s been hyping a surprise from the Sociedad and a surprise from the Roldans. We can probably assume Sin Cara is with the Roldans – it’d be insane if he came in as a rudo, but I’ve followed US wrestling long enough not to rule any poor idea out – but there’s not as much hard info on who the second guy is. I’ve heard names, KrisZ has heard many more names, this guy had a fantastic guess, and there are probably more rumors out there we’re still to hear, but I haven’t heard solid info on anyone. We know AAA’s talked to CMLL luchadors willing to jump previously, and we know usually most of the CMLL guys back out of it. Maybe that’s changed with Hijo del Fantamsa’s experience in AAA so far; I think they AAA probably could have done better with him, but he seems totally enthusiastic about the move, which might be enough to convince someone on the fence. There’s always anyone of two dozen unaligned guys who could be brought in if plans fall thru – I bet Black Warrior is willing and available – but I think this is a CMLL spot.

(Also lost in the Sin Cara-ness of this week is the debut of Mini Drago. He may just be a trainee graduating to the new shows, or a Mascarita Divina being given a more relevant character, but don’t rule out a CMLL jump there as well.)

Also: AAA will have wrestling matches. Crazy! They’ve got Rey de Reyes in a couple tapings, and need to start putting together an actual card. They take care of one match with the Rey de Reyes tournament final being set. Psycho/Texano are in the qualifier, and figure to cause each other to lose to set up their own match for Rey de Reyes. The main event, one of a series of tecnicos vs rudos/Jarrett tag matches, should also set up something for Rey de Reyes. (It may just be another 4v4 match.) It’s possible more matches will come out of the women’s match in the segunda and the two middle matches, since many of those people figure to have a role on Rey de Reyes. The minis match is the easiest to figure: Mini Charly is getting a title shot on the next TV taping, Mini Charly hasn’t beaten anyone yet, Mini Charly is beating someone (and probably Dinastia) tonight. Tonight’s AAA show would be a busy news day even without the new faces.

There were some additional notes from yesterday’s Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera press conference. The press release says all the Gimansio Juan de la Barrera shows will be taped for TV. AAA ran 31 tapings last year. The same schedule would mean over one third of this year’s taping schedule would be in Mexico City.  Apolo Valdes’ column on the announcement mentions the government may gave AAA a higher amount of functions in 2015 if they draw well this year. (The press release also says AAA produces 260 hours of television of a year to an audience of 70 million in Mexico; the ends of press releases are always good for comedy.) Other recaps of the press conference clarifies the lucha libre classes will actually be free classes for children, in the usual bit of using lucha libre as an after school activity.

As I’ve said previously, CMLL would be best to wait a week to announce major news, instead of getting buried by the AAAvalanche that’s coming tonight. CMLL would have to be aware of the outside world to make that sort of decision, so instead they’ve already announced Cien Caras will be the second legend honored at this year’s Homenaje a dos Leyendas. Cien Cara was a big part of CMLL in the 80s and early 90s, one of a few guys who were perfectly positioned as the promotion returned to television and turned into a hall of fame level star. His mask match with Rayo de Jalisco Jr. will forever hold the Arena Mexico attendance record, as many hundreds (thousands?) of people forced their way in and overloaded the building to the point of causing structural damage. Cien Caras has “retired”, but in the lucha way of still popping up for a handful of matches every year. It would not be a surprise if he came back to Arena Mexico, where he’s not wrestled since 2007 (for a Luchas 2000 show, the 2005 H2L for a CMLL one), for one last trio matches with his brothers against Rayo de Jalisco and a couple of CMLL tecnicos.

Since CMLL’s already announced one big item for H2L, bet on them announcing the other. Negro Casas, Rush and Shocker are all in the main event tonight and are expected to main event H2L in a three way hair match. CMLL usually announces these level of matches about a month out, and today is exactly four weeks away from their major spring show. They could stretch it out another week – CMLL only started teasing the tension between new rudo Shocker and Negro Casas last week – but they’ll definitely be moving in that direction even if they don’t officially announce it.

Barbaro Cavernario’s big prize for winning the Gran Alternativa is to get a semifinal match with Mr. Niebla and Ultimo Guerrero. Soberano, who lost the Gran Alternativa final, is relegated to also appearing in the semifinal, teaming with Volador and Valiente. Tercera continues the Marcela vs Dallys feud and may set up a title match next week.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Ultimo Guerrero, Atlantis, LA Park, Damian and Bestia will be in California on Sunday.

Lineup

IWRG (WED) 02/26/2014 Arena Naucalpan
1) Sky Ángel vs Onix
2) Diva Salvaje & Miss Gaviota vs Rayan & Spartan
3) Black Terry, Dragón Celestial, Emperador Azteca, Fulgor I vs Aztlán, Kanon, Skayde, Vortize
4) Dr. Cerebro, Relámpago, Veneno vs Fuerza Guerrera, Trauma I, Trauma II
5) Súper Nova vs Eterno [NWA OLD LH]
Super Nova is champion, 2nd? defense

Tercera is the FILL vs Skayde match, with one more Skayde trainee sneaking in on the opener. Main event should be good too.

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AAA on Televisa: 2014-01-25

 

not quite

recap

taped 2014-01-17 @ Arena Naucalpan
Faby Apache, Jennifer Blake, La Jarochita vs La Magnifica, Mary Apache, Sexy Star: This was OK like the mixed tag on the Hard Rock show was OK – the same bit of an extra woman (Taya this time) strolling down to the ring during the match for no apparent reason, distracting the crowd, and interfering freely to lead to the finish. (Though, did Sexy Star really need a distraction to beat La Jarochita? Not sure if Magnifica and Jennifer Blake have faced each other a lot, but they looked off when in together, and the rudas seemed a bit disorganized. There was nothing really bad but nothing really great.

 

breaking your back on a backdrop

Crazy Boy, Joe Lider, Niño Hamburguesa vs Demon Rocker, Machine Rocker, Soul Rocker: A match with no particular flow and forced setups to big spots which didn’t always work. Something got completely screwed up in the moments leading up to Niño Hamburguesa’s first try at a dive, and it led to a lot of people standing around and looking at each other. They really needed some editing (or some better wrestling.) The chair parts was where they really lost me, because it just seemed like randomness; same thing with Demon and Crazy’s German suplex back and forth out of nowhere and going nowhere. It seemed impossible no one got hurt on the double suplex spot to the outside. Crowd liked chanting for lucha extrema, was less concerned with the other portions of the match.

 

Joe Lider taking faceslam literally

Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Dark Spíritu for the AAA World Trios Championship: Bizarre ending to a title match – Cuervo’s in a little trouble, but it makes no sense for him to commit two fouls after begging for the title match. (And it’s weird to put Hijo del Tirantes in the position of forced to call a DQ when they’ve been half building a Psycho/Tirantes feud.) Most of the match was just a normal Psycho Circus match we’ve seen a hundred times, though it did get a little more than that by the end. It was a long way to go for that finish.

 

what was his plan here?

Cibernético, El Mesías, Fénix vs Daga, el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Texano Jr.: A brawl after two other brawls, though maybe a bit better. (Not good enough to be memorable; you can skip this taping easily.) This building has always been pro-Perro, but usually there’s loud support for the técnicos. Not so much this time. The tecnicos were booed for existing and for having any offense. Which is a shame, because they clearly built a few minutes of this match to elevate Fenix, but the crowd wasn’t accepting of it. Right idea, wrong building to try it. (The bit where Perro holds up a box full of bottles so Texano could throw Fenix into them would’ve been ludicrous in any setting.) Crowd did turn around a bit later on and might have reacted well to Fenix getting the main event win, but AAA cut away from it so quick (and Fenix was getting beat up by Texano anyway), it had absolutely no impact.

much better faceslam

backcracker moonsault?

Fenix should really stop doing this

keep doing this, tho’

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02/22-24 lucha times

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== AAA ==

AAA-Televisa: The second half of Ecatepec – opener, Chessman/Daga/Pentagon vs gringos, Rey de Reyes qualifier

== CMLL ==

FOX: Gran Alternativa final, Estetas vs Guerreros, and maybe one more match to round out time.

52MX: They’ve only been showing two matches, so maybe the title match and the tercera from GDL (Zavala/Camorra/Sangre vs Stigma/Stuka/Triton)

C3: Trios title match.

TVC Deportes (Puebla): Volador vs Mr. Aguila, Marcela vs Tiffany, TRT vs Marco/Rush/Thunder

Lucha Azteca: Gran Alternativa, Block B, only shorter.

Terra Friday: Azul vs Terrible, Marcela vs Dallys in trios, minis, an opener you probably should skip

Terra Sunday: Delta vs Zavala, Averno/Dragon Rojo/Mephisto vs Mascara/Marco/jailbird Sombra

== Other ==

IWRG-AYM Sports: maybe Wednesday’s show, maybe last Sunday’s show, maybe this Sunday’s show? I’m guessing Wednesday. They’ve already aired a show with 4/5 from Sunday, and are airing one this moment with 1/2 from Sunday (so Oficials vs Alan/Veneno may just not turn up, or they may just repeat the whole thing Sunday.)

Noches de Coliseo: Angel Justicero vs Vaquero Romo?

IWL: on week? One guide says they air Tuesday at 12:01 AM (give or take a minute), another doesn’t list them at all. They’ve been airing reruns for a while, though.

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great match roundup, week of 2014-01-25

Great/Excellent Matches

Nothing this week from traditional TV. The last two days of FantasticaMania fit in this week. I didn’t do normal recaps for them, but I’d have Mascara Dorada vs Volador as excellent and Rush vs Nakamura as great, though I’m not as sure about that.

I forgot about FantasticaMania for the last week of shows, but there’s nothing I’d put there from Day 1 and it doesn’t sound like I need to watch Day 3. I do have Day 2 sitting around and will give it a look later on.

Shows Watched But Nothing Made The List
AAA on Televisa: 2014-01-25
CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-01-25
CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-01-25 – I didn’t have anything as standout great, but every single match on this show was good
CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-01-25

Matches To Watch Later
Didn’t see anything this week

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Sin Cara to AAA, AAA to run Juan de la Barrera 12 times in 2014, Sombra suspended, Santo to retire?

photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (WED) 02/19/2014 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), The Gladiatores]
1) Matrix Jr. b Galaxy
Galaxy’s first match since July (injury?)
2) Mini Black Abyss & Mini Rockerito b Dragoncito De Oro & Mini Multifacetico
Debuts for Mini Black Abyss & Rockerito.
3) Amazona, La Sádica, Zurdog b Atomic Star, Cristal, Emperador Azteca
Atomic Star replaced Maiden, who would’ve been debuting here.
4) Alfa, Dragón Celestial, Fulgor I, Imposible, Omega, Power Bull, Seiya, Sky Ángel DQ Aztlán, Cheyene, Destino, Jorge Kebrada, Kanon, Onix, Prodigio, Vertize [Copa High Power]
Rematch. This time, it came down to Fulgor and Kanon. Fulgor twisted Kanon’s mask, Kanon couldn’t see, kicked wildly, and fouled the ref. Referee DQed Team Skayde and gave Team FILL the win. Again, thew inners would not accept the trophy that way, so they proposed a 4 students & Skayde vs 4 students & Black Terry match.
5) Eterno, Fuerza Guerrera, Hijo de Máscara Año 2000 b Máscara Púrpura, Relámpago, Súper Nova
Rudos took 2/3, Eterno beating Super Nova with a Styles Clash for the win. Eterno challenged Super Nvoa for one of this belts.

Eterno vs Super Nova and Skyade/partners and Terry/partners both sound like fun matches. Attendance was regular for the first Wednesday show.

AAA’s big press conference today turned out to be a deal with Mexico City Sports Department to run Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera regularly. AAA announced they’d run 12 shows in the building and run lucha libre classes there as well. AAA will help with other Mexico City sports projects, including the city marathon. A special mask was presented for that marathon with more to come.

This is 12 shows in 2014 alone. That’s a lot of shows for a building that size, and a lot for Mexico City. Counting TripleMania, AAA has run about 2-3 taping a year in Mexico City proper, with a few just outside the city. I wouldn’t expect all 12 to be tapings; this would be the easiest way to bring back the AAA Fusion concept, but that’s not the TV show they’re focused on launching. I’d expect most shows will take place on the same nights as CMLL shows. CMLL should be pushed by this to improve their shows, but don’t often react that way. This is a great deal for Mexico City fans and the Mexico City luchadors; the new hotel deal is nice, but being able to get back to your own bed a few more times is even better.

There was no specific mention of AAA having building exclusivity, but they promoted it as “the official headquarters o f AAA.” My guess is TxT and the other smaller events who’ve run in that building will have to find some place else to go (Plan Sexenal?) AAA seems to be running classes for it’s luchadors in Star Gym, and I’m not sure if those classes would move over to Juan de la Barrera, or if those would be different classes entirely.

The building deal is a big deal for AAA, but not the biggest deal for long. Last night’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter reported Sin Cara would be at Friday’s show and he’d be the mystery person with Psycho Clown, Texano and Psicosis in the Rey de Reyes qualifier. Sin Cara showing up on Friday is no longer a big secret – both Marislea and Joaquin tried to evade the question when asked at yesterday’s press conference, but couldn’t help cracking a smile –  but giving away his first match without promoting it is more of a surprise. (Tickets are still available; this strategy seems like a mistake if if they don’t sell out.)

If Sin Cara’s in the qualifier, he’s definitely winning in to put him in the final with Perro Aguayo Jr. and two other people who do not matter as much, no offense. That’s probably your TripleMania main event right there – if AAA gets Perro to agree to lose his hair to Sin Cara in August, then they can sit on their hands for the next 6 months and still sell out Arena Ciudad de Mexico.

The WON also reports La Sombra’s “vacation” was actually CMLL pulling him from shows for working the Sin Cara Gym show, according to Sin Cara. The report says all CMLL wrestlers were told not even attend the show – Sin Cara says La Mascara & Rush had to back out of attending because of the warning. The Sin Cara quotes sound like they were taken from an interview, but I haven’t seen one. Guessing it was a magazine. There’s no explanation of how Magnus – who everyone seems to think was the guy under the Astro Boy mask – was able to work on the show without getting in trouble. (Magnus actually seems to be working more often of late.) SuperLuchas mentions Tony Salazar was also at the show.

In non-Sin Cara news, the WON mentions AAA wants to get Blue Demon under contract; he’s been working a per date schedule to this point. Mesias is said to be out for a month more, which makes him iffy at best for Rey de Reyes. And there was a push to get guys in better shape and prohibit wrestling in t-shirts starting in Spring; there’s a lot of guys who are wearing shirts would would have to make changes quickly. Some of those guys in t-shirts are top guys, which makes me skeptical that’ll actually be enforced.

The WON also mentions Rey Misterio Jr.’s contract comes up in two months. He’s obviously a great fit for the AAA US project, giving them a very recognizable US name to anchor the group. Like Sin Cara, there’s no question AAA would find some way to get him under contract if he became available. WWE hasn’t invested much with Rey since his latest return from injury, but this is going to be a test case to see how concerned WWE is about AAA.

SuperLuchas posted a report two days ago saying El Hijo del Santo’s neck condition is worse than thought and he will retire at the end of the year. This report says surgery would end his career, so he plans on resting for six months, wrestling twice in August and November (maybe in Tijuana and Palacio de los Deportes), then getting the surgery. The report is unsourced, which is unusual for SuperLuchas and Santo, so I held writing this expecting him to confirm this in his Record column. Instead, he didn’t reference it. Maybe it’ll come out at next week’s film premier instead. The idea that Santo would retire isn’t too far off from his original statement, but there are specific ideas about how many matches and locations I hadn’t seen previously. It does explain why he’s been visibly traveling so much, having obviously not had the surgery on the schedule he originally stated. The article says Santo would manage his son and open a wrestling school, which sounds like a more realistic goal than starring in films. I’m sure we’ll hear more about this in a few weeks.

In talking about their trio title win, Negro Casas says “it was not planned for us to win as a trio.” What an odd thing to say. Felino and Niebla talk too, but Casas is all over how this proves he’s going to beat Rush when it comes to it. Kcidis draws a victorious Peste Negra.

Octagon vs Fuerza Guerrera has been added to the WWL show in Mexico City. Octagon appears to be booking his own scheduled outside of AAA.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update and a recap of 02/01 AAA.

Rob has highlights of 12/03 and 12/10 CMLL.

This week’s Tercera Caida has Cibernetico and a late arriving La Parka as co-hosts. The behind the scenes video is also up.

Eric R reviews Uprising: Lucha Libre from 02/1/14 and is going to their show this weekend!

Gallo talks about his feud with Arkangel.

La Mascara & Cachorro will be on the Turiluchas bus this Friday.

Videonemesis has a 40 minute interview with El Dandy about his career and retirement tour.

This Sunday’s Arena Vidal show will raise money for the local Red Cross, who’s ambulances are breaking down.

Report on Arena Fusion’s anniversary shows press conference.

Hijo del Santo talks about training to wrestle with Blue Demon.

Bio of Nuevo Laredo luchador Maravilla Lopez.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 02/25/2014 Arena México
1) Flyer & Oro Jr. vs Akuma & Espanto Jr.
2) Pegasso, Star Jr., Stigma vs Espiritu Negro, Guerrero Negro Jr., Hijo del Signo
3) Starman vs Hechicero [lightning]
4) Rey Cometa, Sagrado, Super Porky vs Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Vangellys
5) Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Cavernario, Herodes Jr., Mr. Niebla
6) La Máscara, Máximo, Tritón vs Averno, Boby Zavala, Mephisto

Main event Triton & Zavala! I totally forgot Triton was a Gran Alternativa runner up until I was working on this year’s tournament for the wiki. Zavala won last year and has gone slightly up. New Peste Negra is back together after the old one just won the trios titles, which makes CMLL sense. Fourth matchup doesn’t seem right at all. Third is a good exhibition for Hechicero that no one will see.

CMLL (TUE) 02/25/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Metatrón & Smaker vs Demonio Maya & Exterminador
2) Astral, Shockercito, Último Dragoncito vs Demus 3:16, Mercurio, Pequeño Warrior
3) Cachorro, Fuego, Stuka Jr. vs Cancerbero, Maléfico, Raziel
4) La Sombra, Rush, Titán vs Negro Casas, Shocker, Último Guerrero
5) Marco Corleone vs Euforia

Euforia vs Maroc should be a site. Tercera is usally the TV match and looks good. Fourth should be interesting too.

2013 watch later catchup, part 8

La Mistica

10-21 Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión for the CMLL World Trios Championship (Puebla) – very good, borderline great, probably a great if I saw it earlier in the year or (more definitely) if the anniversary match wasn’t already on the list. Místico was better in this match in points, but but the trios title defense from the Anniversary just felt like a more epic match. This one ended a few minutes before I was ready for it and didn’t break out much new, just did what they usually do very well.

top rope ‘rana for the win

11-03: La Sombra vs Volador Jr. (Puebla) – A three fall match where they weren’t very interested in the first two falls, and where the third fall was just dives and kicking out of finishers. The downside of CMLL singles matches were way there were many with no story except for guys doing big moves so the other guy could kick out for about seven minutes, and this is strongly in that group. There was no build to them kicking out, and there was a lack of drama as they did the kickouts – there’s no struggle to do the moves, they’re always going to be set up for the next trademark move, though at least there was a moment where Sombra was able to hit two moves in a row. It’s numbing often and it was numbing here.

Rush dropkicks for everyone

11-11: Negro Casas vs Rush and Shocker (Puebla) – GREAT. A video game threeway in terms of involvement; this wasn’t one of those matches where one guy sits out for a minute while the other two have a normal, but all three guys getting involved frequently. It was the right style for this matchup, which needed to be a brawl and stayed that way the whole way. Shocker was up to the challenge of the other two, and kept up with their intensity. Match was shorter than I’d like but it was good action for the time. Rush’s pose just before the foul was hilarious.

easy spider German suplex

11-17: Aero Boy, Astro Rey Jr., Titán (CMLL), Latin Dragon, Magnifico (Chilangamask) – Finally, science proves an unblocked chair shot to the head is less painful than a Canadian Destroyer, so everyone can just stop doing unblocked chairs shots to the head now. (I’m not sure “cumulative damage” exists in Mexico, quiet.) This was truly a secret Titan/Aeroboy/Latin Dragon three way with guest appearances from the other two. Elimination matches are fun and all, but the logical person in me wants everyone to switch to one fall to a finish for multiman matches so everyone can do all the pinfall break ups they want without looking like they don’t understand the rules of the match. Also, people who really don’t want to get pinned will no longer have to take weird countout eliminations. If I could actually write about the match itself for a second, it was a fun multiman match with exactly what you’d want out of a match like this – big moves and some dives. It was good with all five guys but the three man back and forth was the best stretch. I’d want to see a Titan/Aeroboy match after seeing this, which is good since they did one of those.

Arez gets crushed

11-17: Rey Cometa vs Impulso, falls count anywhere [Chilangamask] – Rey Cometa had Impulso scouted! Get your knees up on his big dive to the outside and win (and hurt your knees, but a win is a win.) I liked the stuff in the ring even though it was their dives which were the bigger selling point; the experienced major promotion guy came off as such, and Impulso looked good just for being able to hang with him. The chops in here where fierce, as was Cometa’s reversal of the satellite armbar into a Michinoku Driver. Good match.

not sure who took the worst of it

11-17: Belial vs Ricky Marvin – EXCELLENT. Belial had no chance at winning this. Ricky Marvin knew this, Belial knew this this, everyone on the crowd knew this was a mismatch. Still, Belial wants to win this, so he surprises Ricky to start and goes after him hard until Ricky stops him and slows him down. Belial gets in a few more shots, but Ricky out does him every time is more frustrated at the referee for not ending this than by anything Belial can do. Belial just continues to survive, then throws bombs every chance he gets, bombs the crowd believes once or twice might actually finish the international star. Belial pushes Ricky farther than he thought he would have to go on this day, and so Ricky has to murder him at the end. It was a good way to die.

inverted hurracanrana

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Todo x El Todo: 2013-10-13/20

caption fail uno (they get it wrong a different way the next show.)

taped 2013-09-29 @ Feria, San Felipe, Torres Mochas, Guanajuato

 

Imposible lets gravity do the wrong

Centvrión vs Imposible: Liked this one much better than the previous show’s match. They did a better job of saving the bigger spots to the end and building to them. They still did the big spots but did them at times where they felt like they mattered more. Centviron crashed and burned hard right before the finish. There were a few spots that didn’t look good, but this was largely OK.

 

caption fail #2

Esther Moreno & Lady Apache vs Diosa Maya & Rossy Moreno: A basic tag match, possible more basic because of the size. They got the crowd into it the first fall, then kind of lost them until the finish. It was not a long match but it felt that way with the little crowd noise. Diosa Maya looked better in other matches and struggled here. It was a match, it was fine, not much to say.

 

dropkick almost gets there

Bobby Lee & Rayman vs Heddi Karaoui & Zumbi: Bobby Lee on the show because it’s Leon. Karaoui & Zumbi came off more like rudos in the prematch promo than they had in any of their matches so far, and were playing up their rudo antics more in the match. Going with slow mat wrestling in front of an already dead crowd was an unlikely tactic. The match was pretty ordinary for the first two falls, then turned in mimsa of the stuff you see at bad lucha libre in fall three. There were okay moments, but a lot of random stuff thrown in a belated attempt to get someone to care. Karoui fouling Rayman in front of the referee (though on the floor) probably should’ve ended the match as should’ve Rayman making a random comeback with chair shots, but rules are what they need them to be. Finished appeared to a blown spot, and it was totally unclear why (or if) Zumbi was eliminated

 

a good tope and a bad wall

El Hijo Del Santo, Höruz, Huracan Ramirez vs Angel Blanco Jr., Cien Caras Jr., El Hijo del Solitario: Complaining about TxT booking seems fruitless, but it’s quite something to go directly from the last TV show to this one see Angel Blanco and Soliatrio switch right back to being rudos. The problem is probably more with the previous show. Meanwhile, when Höruz is the tallest técnico, it’s a small crew. It didn’t seem to matter much when Santo was chopping Cien Jr. around. These ultra long very TxT matches do not keep my attention the whole way thru. It was very much the generic match – técnicos control fall 1 on the mat, rudos attack in mass to take the fall, rudos dominate fall 2 until the técnicos turn it around (and this goes on for way long in this match) and the técnicos get in all their spots in the third fall. It was an insanely long way to for a mask pull DQ (and Santo basically overturning the finish after the match.) Höruz was treated not like a big new star, but like he belonged, which is better than usual.

 

suplex? backdrop? a little of both?

Dr. Wagner Jr. vs LA Park: The match the crowd cared the most about, but the previous match fed off a much larger crowd and they didn’t have that here. This match had a lacking first few minutes, with LA Park grabbing the microphone to rant at Wagner in between hitting him to build to a moment where Wagner talked and fought back, and a crowd brawling segment which wasn’t as much as other ones they’ve had. They picked up the intensity towards a finish, then slowed it way back down to stretch it out for ten more minutes. It’s really hard to care about traditional near falls in a LA Park/Dr. Wagner match when every finish involving them requires a ref bump and a foul, so the long bit of move two count kickout didn’t work at all for me. (There was a ref bump much earlier which didn’t make any sense, except maybe they wanted to pretend they got the ref bump out of the way already. Still didn’t believe it.) Usual convoluted finish so everyone could their a participation ribbon.

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