Super Pinocho’s team beats IWRG, CMLL to honor El Faraon

photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG FILL (WED) 01/21/2015 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (flickr), The Gladiatores]
1) Black Niko, Centinela, Chicanito b Guerrero 2000, Último Caballero, Vampiro Metálico II
Centella replaced Aguila Oriental.
2) Psique, Sexy Girl, Versus b Aramis, Black Angel, Lady Drago
Versus replaced Shadow Boy.
3) Mercenario De La Muerte, Payaso Extremo, Picudo Jr. b Adrenalina, Black Drago, Marduck
Black Drago replaced Voltar.
4) Anubis Black, Araña de Plata, Hip Hop Man b Blue Monsther, Galaxy, Muerte Infernal
Muerte Infernal replaces Fly Boricua.
5) Aguila Tapada, Manchas, Mr. Cebra, Mr. Tatuaje, Super Pinocho 3000, Tigre Americano, Tigre Nahual, Vengador Galactico DQ Alfa, Atomic Star, Avisman, Electro Boy, Imposible, Metaleón,Power Bull, Sky Ángel
Gym FILL (Black Terry) vs Gym Metropolitano (Super Pinocho). Match ended with Metaleon losing to Super Pinocho 3000 by DQ.

Metaleon is usually a tecnico, so I’m wondering if maybe the finish was actually Super Pinocho 3000 throwing his mask to Metaleon to draw the DQ. It’s not explained that way.

Black Terry Jr. took advantage of it being a trainee show to try out the Phantom Cam a bit more: a tope by Arana de Plata, a dropkick to the face (which might explain the red marks on the mask above), an Asai moonsault, a slingshot tope con giro, and a moonsault.

CMLL Informa had Goya Kong, Zeuxis, Canelo Casas and Starman on for interviews. The last two was to push their Sabado Retros match. It appeared to be an irrelevant match, but they were available. The Mascara Dorada news was mentioned briefly in the news section, with both JCR and Miguel explaining it as if Mascara Dorada was just going on a very long tour of Japan (a 365 day one) and Dorada was still 100% CMLL.

They also announced El Faraon would be the legend honored by Dos Leyendas. My sense of things is this is a drop down in star power from Cien Caras last year, but Faraon seems to be a well remembered favorite. I wonder if they’ll debut a new Hijo del Faraon.

CMLL’s official news source couldn’t find a way to interview anyone from FantasticaMania, though Triton was doing radio interviews yesterday. Triton was very distraught about being injured on the first day of the tour, was happy to be able to continue, and he would’ve liked to be in Japan even longer. CMLL is my favorite AAA promotion.

Today’s CMLL.com news update hypes Mistico, saying the accident changed his outlook on life in a positive way. It also says Mistico is “spiritually and psychically 100%”. He didn’t look 100% in Japan. If that’s his new 100% level, we’re all in trouble. They also still seem to think Mistico’s going after Mascara Dorada for the title.

This week’s WON mentioned Jim Ross is no longer in consideration to be an Lucha Underground announcer or do an English language announcer for TripleMania. It’s not clear what happened, it’s just not happening. We still don’t know if there will be any English language AAA broadcast, but I would guess it’d be some combination of Striker, Vampiro and Hugo doing it.

Psycho Clown vs Texano Jr. won AAA’s Match of The Year.

Demus & Pierrothito promo for their CaraLuchas match against Suicida & Freelance.

Voices of Wrestling has a review of the 01/11 Terra show with Maximo/Casas.

There’s an Canis Lupus/Guerrero Mixitico feud going on in Arena Aficion.

Electro, the Morelos middleweight champion, became the Morelos light heavyweight champion (and gave up the lesser weight title.)

 

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Lucha Underground 1×11: Last Luchador Standing

the results

Cortez Castro [O] & Mr. Cisco (w/Bael) b Mascarita Sagrada [X] & Pimpinela Escarlata (4:47, flapjack/frontcracker combo)
Pentagón Jr. b Súper Fly (5:10, package piledriver)
Sexy Star b Mariachi Loco (3:49, small package)
King Cuerno b Drago (11:23, ten count) [falls count anywhere]

the developments

Big Ryck appeared after the Crew’s match, declaring anyone who stood in his way would get beat up. The Crew shared a glance about this and attacked Ryck with his back turned. Ryck’s eye was burned by his own cigar. A later skit revealed Dario had paid The Crew off to attack Ryck, upset he’d failed to win, and they were now his henchman.

superkick party

Vampiro interviewed Cage, who was arrogant and didn’t want to wait in line for a title shot – he wanted one now.

Mystery woman was glimpsed so quick during the Pentagon/Super Fly match that I’m not sure we were supposed to even notice here. She was wearing a Lucha Underground crew shirt instead of her usual outfit, and the announcers didn’t acknowledge.

Announcers pushed Super Fly/Pentagon Jr. as two midlevel guys looking to get to the top and spent the match speculating about what Pentagon needed to get to the top. Pentagon Jr. declared Chavo not a legend, but a fraud for turning on him, but he knew of a real mentor who’d help him get to the next level. (On the tapings, Pentagon was said to have asked for Vampiro to be his mentor, but that was edited out.)

flecha de la infierno

No plot line in Sexy/Mariachi. Maricahi & Super Fly were clearly the lesser important people in their matches, but both got significant offense (more so Super Fly)

Drago survived a Thrill of the Hunt off the apron thru a table to the floor. Cuerno ultimately beat Drago by tying him down in the corner, holding onto the ropes as the referee made the 10 count. Striker pushed this as the end of the feud, though Vamp said Drago would one day get his revenge

the questions

  • When will Cage get his shot?
  • Who is Pentagon’s mentor?
  • What’s next for King Cuerno & Drago?
  • why do you chant WHAT at a show in 2014?

stray thoughts

thrill of the hunt

Saying this is the weakest show of the run so far is too hard, but it’s the one where I was least into the matches. The main event was somewhat the opposite of Fenix/Prince Puma. King Cuerno continues to fight purposefully slow and the pauses for 10 counts reduced the pace farther. They went to the 10 count near falls almost right away, and it didn’t really get going until the end. They didn’t tease a repeat of last week’s Drago dive. The Thrill of the Hunt thru the table would’ve been enough to end it for me, but they did the rope tie bit instead. It sort of looked goofy and sort of protected Drago, a sort of trade off. This is definitely one where some people are going to feel very different about the match and it was good by any means, but not quite at the level as the other main events for me.

The opener was maybe the most fun match, with the Crew bumbling well for Pimpi & Sagrada before taking the wins. The other two matches, even in the anyone can win Temple, were a bit obvious in the outcome and the matches weren’t great enough to make up for it.

Matt Striker’s picks for the best women wrestlers ever were Trish Stratus, Lita, and Fabulous Moolah. Matt Striker’s nerd skills failed him there.

Fans were so annoying doing the WHAT chants during Big Ryck’s speech.

Sexy Star won clean without help, which shots a hole in my point from a couple days ago. It was a rare match with no story, but maybe that was the story.

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Dragon Rojo/Niebla Roja, Cuerno/Drago and more Lucha Underground

CMLL (TUE) 01/20/2015 Arena México [CMLL, Notimex]
1) Metatrón & Robin b Akuma & Camorra
2) Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito b Shockercito, Stukita, Último Dragoncito
3) Misterioso Jr., Raziel, Sagrado b Blue Panther Jr., Starman, The Panther
Starman replaced Dragon Lee on Monday.
4) Zeuxis b Estrellita [lightning]  (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Zeuxis submitted Estrellita to the caballette
5) Ephesto, Felino, Hombre sin Nombre b Delta, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr.
Rudos took 1/3.
6) Euforia, Hechicero, Niebla Roja b Blue Panther, Dragón Rojo Jr., Titán
Rudos took 2/3. Niebla Roja beat Dragon Rojo and demanded a title shot.

Inevitable Roja/Rojo feud starting up.

CMLL.com’s recap is listed as written by Bibiana Barradas. That’s Estrellita’s real name and this is probably part of her responsibilities as part of the press department. Still amusing to see her write about her own match, declaring something along the lines of “Zeuxis has definitely won the feud – or maybe it’s just beginning.”

CMLL (TUE) 01/20/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@conjuarez]
2) Flyer, Magnus, Star Jr. b Demonio Maya, Évola, Ráfaga
3) Virus b Magnum, Arkángel de la Muerte, Cancerbero, Puma, Tiger, Esfinge, Gallo, Leo, Omar Brunetti [cibernetico]
DF vs GDL. Virus defeated Magnum to win.
4) La Máscara, Super Porky, Valiente b Kráneo, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
5) Marco Corleone b Shocker

Everyone from Guadalajara loses their singles matches in Guadalajara of late.

Tonight’s Lucha Underground has a King Cuerno vs Drago last man standing match. It’s the finale for their feud, at least for now, and said to be one of the best matches during the first set of the tapings. They’ve also officially announced Super Fly vs Pentagon Jr. and Sexy Star vs Mariachi Loco, and there was one more matches taped for this show.

Lucha Underground has posted clips from Sexy Star vs Mariachi Loco, a Cage sit down interview with Vamprio, and a Cuerno/Drago feud recap. There’s also another Cage introduction interview that didn’t make TV last week.

Chris DeJoseph was interviewed on the Last Real Heels podcast. The hosts asked if there were any new people coming into Lucha Underground, and DeJoseph mentions Jeff Cobb, Shane Strickland and Willie Mack. Cobb’s been working dark matches and everyone assumed Willie Mack was going to end up here as soon as he parted ways with WWE, but the one-time DTU guest Strickland is a new name. DeJoseph was also asked about other championships, and he said confirmed there would be new ones, but it’d be different than other championships out there – “we’re going to try some things.” Trying some things seems to be working. He also noted they’re selling merchandise at the Temple now, but was unsure when they’d be available elsewhere or when international fans would get to (legally) see the show – that stuff didn’t seem his department but he mentioned he knew it was being worked on. The podcast is about 40 minutes, and you can listen to DeJoseph picking his favorite Lucha Underground match so far.

Sports Pro Media has a long interview with Dorian Roldan talking about the business of AAA. It’s worth reading if you’re even the slightest bit interested in that aspect. The main interview is from October but the information is still current. Cherry picking a few notes:

  • Dorian: “It’s not so easy to always find the talent that can fit in the company. Right now we have 90 wrestlers. We’re trying to reduce that to 80. We think that 90 is too much for us in this moment”. Dorian, when talking about including international wrestlers, says they have 1 South African, 3 Americans, 2 Canadians and 2 Japanese guys. I can’t think of who the Japanese people would be, but he also mentions Japanese people working in Lucha Underground. Am I just blanking on something here? (Alfredo suggests Bengala and Pentagon Jr.)
  • AAA says it’s target market is 55% men/45% women. That’s surprising to me – whenever I look at those stats for my YouTube videos, it’s close to 90/10.
  • and then this series of paragraphs, which may inform the strange TV stories of the last few weeks

A film may also follow but as it sets about expanding its universe, AAA is anticipating changes on home soil as well. Legislation liberalising the Mexican television industry will soon take effect, which should cause a significant expansion of the market.

“One of the biggest problems we have in the Mexican market is that we don’t have so many TV channels,” explains Roldán. “But with all the things that are happening right now, with the new laws that this new government has imposed in Mexico, there will be new players in the next couple of years.”

AAA will seek to capitalise on this by showing the same level of attention to its domestic TV product as it has to Lucha Underground. The expectation is that it will soon be able to command a worthwhile broadcast rights fee in Mexico for the first time. Up to this point, high-profile distribution has been prioritised to drive up sponsorship earnings.

CMLL Informa is on today. No guest list as of yet, but probably people back from FantasticaMania. CMLL still hasn’t acknowledged Mascara Dorada’s new status or Mr. Niebla’s disappearing act, so maybe at least one of those will get talked about. (CMLL just yesterday sent a recap of the tag tournament from Saturday, so maybe neither thing has happened yet in their world.) NJPW mentioned Dorada’s contract officially goes from February 1 to January 31 and FantasticaMania is on for 2016. They usually announce that at the end of the show each year, but maybe the Dorada announcement just trumped it.

CMLL does have the extremely wacky story of KeMonito meeting his father.

Texano Jr. says 2014 wasn’t bad for him, some other people just got lucky.

DTU announced Jonathan Gresham is coming in and facing Drastick Boy. Gresham is said to be a very good technical wrestler, so DTU isn’t the first promotion I’d think of to bring him in, but he should still be good.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Segunda Caida recaps the debut of the CMLL Invasors.

A recap of the Silver King/Hijo del Ninja saga.

Lineups

IWRG (SUN) 01/25/2015 Arena Naucalpan
1) Alfa & Dragón Celestial vs Dowki & Hip Hop Man
2) Emperador Azteca, Golden Magic, Metaleón vs Ciclon Black, Roller Boy, Tony Rivera
3) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo vs Liderk, Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Rayan
4) Hijo De Dos Caras, Súper Nova, Veneno vs Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Universo 2000 Jr., X-Fly
5) Canis Lupus & Eterno © vs Chicano & Danny Casas [IWRG IC TAG]
first defense for Lupus & Eterno

There will be blood. Also ninja turtles.

CMLL (TUE) 01/27/2015 Arena México
1) Acero & Aéreo vs Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Universo 2000
2) Flyer, Magnus, Sensei vs Akuma, Disturbio, Espiritu Negro
3) Dark Angel, Estrellita, Princesa Sugehit vs La Seductora, Tiffany, Zeuxis
4) Hombre Bala Jr. vs Raziel [lightning]
5) Fuego, Stuka Jr., Tritón vs Hechicero, Hombre sin Nombre, Pólvora
6) Ángel de Oro, Dragón Rojo Jr., Super Porky vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Niebla Roja

Niebla Roja/Dragon Rojo feud continues.

No Cavernario anywhere this week. Maybe Polvora gave up dragging Cavernario away and he’s still hanging onto a guardrail near the Tokyo Dome.

CMLL (TUE) 01/27/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Tapatío & Índigo vs Demonio Rojo & Jocker
2) Leono & Oro Jr. vs Artillero & Súper Comando
3) Esfinge, Starman, Stigma vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Cancerbero, Metálico
4) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Felino, Mr. Águila, Terrible
5) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero

The return of Mistico means the return of trademark symbols that I have to edit out.

Oro Jr. is now lower than Metalico, so that feud went great.

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Zeuxis new champion, Blue Panther defeats Sagrado in Guadalajara

CMLL (FRI) 01/16/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Fuego en el Ring]
1) El Tapatío & Frezzer b Furia Roja & Thunder Boy
Frezzer seems to have lost his doctorate.
2) Évola, Infierno, Ráfaga b El Divino, Javier Cruz Jr., Virgo
Rafaga powerbombed Virgo, who was stretchered out.
3) Great Eku, Pitbull I, Pitbull II b Flash I, Flash II, Gallo
Great Eku, declaring he actually started in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, replaced Pierroth. Eku planched Gallo for the win.
4) Blue Panther b Satánico
Blue Panther submitted Satnaico in a maestros match. Mutual respect after the match.
5) Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado b Delta, Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr.
Pierroth replaced Niebla Roja. Rudos took 1/3.

Eku is an Jalisco indy luchador, so he was probably just a replacement – though he may also really be from Puerto Rico for all I know.

New champ. (via Zeuxis’ Facebook)

CMLL (MON) 01/19/2015 Arena Puebla [Fuego en el Ring, Peridoico Enfoque, Peridoico Enfoque (photos)]
1) Black Tiger & Lestat b Fuerza Chicana & King Jaguar
2) Demus 3:16, Pequeño Nitro, Saurón b Astral, Asturiano, Eléctrico
Demus defeated Astral to set up a title match next week.
3) Hombre sin Nombre, Morphosis, Olímpico b Delta, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr.
4) Zeuxis b Estrellita © [MEX WOMEN]
Zeuxis submitted Estrellita in the third fall to win the title. She’s the Estrellita’s falls on her 6th defense (this match had been canceled twice before.) Zeuxis is the 18th modern champion.
5) Blue Panther, La Máscara, Super Porky DQ Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Thunder
Thunder unmasked Mascara.
6) Euforia, Niebla Roja, Shocker DQ Marco Corleone, Máximo, Valiente
Shocker faked a foul, as Maximo did the week before.

Princesa Sugehit changed sides and Princesa Blanca retired, so the people in charge of the women in CMLL felt they needed to elevate another ruda. (Same deal as the Anniversary cibernetico win.) Considering the other charges, Zeuxis is a pretty good pick.

Zeuxis and Estrellita meet again today in CMLL’s lightning match. Estrellita mentioned she was still have neck problems on Twitter. Maybe that’s a tecnico covering for a loss, or maybe Zeuxis is going to get two wins and Estrellita is going to take some more time off.

Mr. Niebla’s off Friday’s Guadalajara card (Gran Guerrero in) and Saturday Coliseo (Mephisto). No one else from FantasticaMania appears to be off the lineups; judging from updates, they’re getting back in Mexico later today. A CMLL story on Mistico’s return got picked up in a ton of papers and Mistico was hyping his return today, so they’re not rethinking that at all. He can hide more in a trios match.

Arena Mexico tonight has a Blue Panther, Dragon Rojo Jr., Titan vs Euforia, Hechicero, Niebla Roja as the main event. Marco Corleone vs Shocker headline in Guadaljaara.

The preview CMLL sent to Terra of Tuesday’s card has Starman in for Dragon Lee. CMLL updated their own website after and Dragon Lee’s still in there. Both have Stuka replacing Dragon Lee on Sunday. I’m concerned Dragon Lee’s mystery rival from Japan has caught up to him.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update and this week’s PosterMania.

RobViper has a music video of 09/26/14 AAA.

BxB Fly has music videos of 10/21 Guadalajara and 10/26 Mexico.

Super Libre talked about the Rayman/Makabre (possible) mask match and FantasticaMania.

Segunda Caida reviews Lucha Underground episode 10.

SuperLuchas looks back to Emilio Charles Jr. joining the Guapos.

Cronicas y Leyendas looks at Solitario vs Villano III, Solitario taking Ray Morgan’s hair, and the debut of Perro Aguayo Jr.

Enrique and Oscar preview AAA’s card in Toluca.

Psycho Circus got their hand prints preserved in cement as part of the Plaza de las Estrellas.

CMLL Stellar Moments of the week. Comando Caribeno are #1 on the top 10 list. Cancerbero is #10. Reading that list, it’s really clear how absolutely nothing happened this week in CMLL.

Polvora had the toughest time getting Cavernario out of Japan.

Lineup

CMLL (MON) 01/26/2015 Arena Puebla
1) Lestat, Milenium, Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Canelo Casas, Espanto Jr., Hijo del Signo
2) Astral © vs Demus 3:16 [CMLL MINI]
Second defense for Astral. Demus’ first shot at the title in 6 years.
3) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Stigma vs Hechicero, Hombre sin Nombre, Okumura
4) Atlantis, Dragón Rojo Jr., Volador Jr. vs Kráneo, Morphosis, Olímpico
5) Máximo vs Shocker
6) La Máscara & La Sombra vs Gran Guerrero & Último Guerrero

A surprisingly busy card, with a title match, a special singles match, and a tag main event between normal teams. Opener is even a Puebla vs DF match.

Chilanga Mask (SUN) 02/15/2015 Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México
1) Herodes Jr. vs Fly Warrior
2) Keira vs La Vaquerita
3) Arez & Impulso vs Pagano
2 v 1

Matches announced so far for the next ChilangaMask show.

indy (SUN) 02/22/2015 Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) Erika Sotelo, La Enmascarada, Mini Hator vs Alicia, Larry Miranda, Tequilia
2) Galactar vs Demenzía, Gato Fantasma
3) Kaientai, Rico Rodriguez, Silver King Jr. vs Epydemius, Ninja Jr., Silencio
4) Diluvio Negro I & Diluvio Negro II vs Caifan & Nuevo Caifan
listed as Diluvios vs Caifans
5) Hijo del Ninja, Humberto Garza, Ultimo Ninja vs Dr. Wagner Jr., Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr., Silver King

The Ninjas vs Wagner card that’s been hyped a lot locally and on social media. Silver King Jr. in the third match may be a new one, since Silver King Jr. revealed the previous one was in fact a fraud who was just using the name. I’m sure everything is on the up and up here.

Chilanga Mask (SUN) 03/22/2015 Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México
1) Trauma I & Trauma II vs Mr. Maldito & The Platino
2) Astro Rey Jr. vs Draego, Dragón Celestial, Electro Boy, Emperador Azteca, Freelance, Mike Segura
3) Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Black Terry vs Rey Hechicero vs Aero Boy
4) Negro Navarro vs Fulgor I
5) Impulso vs Jason Gory
6) Arez, Belial, Keira vs David Starr, JT Dunn, Kimber Lee

This is the second Anniversary show, with people coming in from a bit farther, which probably explains why it’s a little bit farther along.

I’d lost track of how many matches had been announced for this show, so it’s good thing this promotion has a website. Kimber Lee is a women wh’s graduated to the CHIKARA tier of US indy promotions in the last year. I’m totally unfamiliar with Dunn & Star but they appear to be a US easy coast indy tag team.

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01/17-18 lucha videos

Sunday’s IWRG show hasn’t aired anywhere I currently have access to.

Terra was an immense pain to record and I still only ended up only having the show in lower quality video. I’ve got fragments of the HD that I’m posting as well, but they’re useless to 99% of you.

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Chicano/Casas vs Eterno/Canis, AULL retirement, Dorada, All Elite

AULL (SUN) 01/18/2015 Arena Lopez Mateos [Estrellas del Ring]
1) Almagor & Rey Profeta b Palacio Maya & Prehispniac
2) Sky Fly & Vuelo Espacial b Oberón & Pakal
3) Dante, Euro, Filder b Pegazuz, Shibata, Spider Boy
Shibata was hurt in the first fall and left the match. Rudos won straight falls.
4) Chucho el Roto b Iron Love ©, Trauma II, Herejía [AULL HEAVY]
Eliminations went Herejia, Trauma II and Iron Love, with Chucho el Roto winning the title from his friend. Chucho el Roto’s Central American Heavyweight championship might have also been on the line (and the recap phrases this like it was a three way #1 contenders match and then a separate singles match.) Iron Love announced prior to the match that he was going to retire at the end, and later said he was content with losing to his friend in his last match.
5) Hijo de Pirata Morgan & Pirata Morgan vs Negro Navarro & Trauma I
Navarros took 2/3, the last when Trauma II snuck in and fouled Hijo del Pirata. Piratas want a rematch.

Iron Love had been around Arena Lopez Mateos for the better part of a decade. Retirements, especially sudden ones, are rarely forever.

IWRG (SUN) 01/18/2015 Arena Naucalpan[Estrellas del Ring, The Gladiatores]
1) Anubis Black & Atomic Star b Galaxy & Vampiro Metálico
2) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo b Araña de Plata, Dowki, Hip Hop Man, Imposible
Leo beat Impossible and asked for a title shot.
3) Emperador Azteca, Metaleón, Relámpago bApolo Estrada Jr., Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo
Tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Golden Magic, Pantera I, Veneno b Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Rayan
Rayan and the Oficials had problems leading to their loss. Rayan declared the truce been the Oficials and Comando Elite over and demanded a trios match.
5) Chicano, Danny Casas, Hijo De Dos Caras, Súper Nova b Canis Lupus, Eterno, Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Universo 2000 Jr.
Appeared to be a four way tag on the poster, but it also said it was an atomicos. Turned into a bloody street fight by the second fall. Straight falls, with Chicano & Danny besting Canis & Eterno and demanding a tag title match. This turned into them having a mask/hair vs hair/hair if Chicano & Casas lost the title match.

Does Leo have to weigh in with his turtle shell? Because clearly there’s going to be weigh-ins for this title match. I had no idea about the Oficials/Comando Elite true and these are all skits I’d like to see.

In a post match interview from the FantasticaMania show, Mascara Dorada said he’d want to challenge Sombra (for the mask) again in a year “when I return.” That sounds like a guy who may not be working much in CMLL even between tours. KUSHIDA mentions that when everyone was leaving the show, the CMLL guys got on the bus to go back to their hotel and Mascara Dorada got on the NJPW bus to go to the dojo. That makes me sad, sending a kid off to college sad.

Working backwards, it looks like this agreement must’ve been made at the mid October NJPW visit to the CMLL office.  Both CMLL and NJPW teased there was more to talked about than FantasticaMania and this had to be the more. The Welterweight championship was vacated a few weeks later and appears to be part of the package. Dorada had the CMLL Welterweight Championship with him in the main event and is taking it with him to NJPW. (He’ll be back in CMLL at least for the Universal tournament if he holds on to it until then.)

 

It’s strange they had Mistico say he wanted a shot at the winner when they knew that wouldn’t be happening, but that’s just a thing you say when you give up a title. The Mascara Dorada loss to Mephisto in Guadalajara which made no sense at the time makes at least a little sense now.

Dorada winning the welterweight title had to be part of whatever agreement has been made here.

(The strange Mephisto beating Dorada result in Guadalajara from a few weeks ago now at least has an explanation if not a great justification.)

Voices of Wrestling has their recap of today’s show.

RobViper uploaded an official AAA 1992 music video of their wrestlers.

CMLL posted highlights from Friday’s show. Top 3 are shown, which seems to have less and less to do with what airs.

Segunda Caida reviews Maximo vs Negro Casas.

A lucha libre political ad for a race in Nuevo Leon.

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 01/23/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Frezzer vs Furia Roja
2) Javier Cruz Jr. & Metatrón vs Jocker & Sádico
3) Sky Kid & Smaker vs Exterminador & Maléfico
4) Esfinge & Gallo vs Pitbull I & Pitbull II [#1 Contenders, tournament, OCCIDENTE TAG]
5) Estrellita, Goya Kong, Silueta vs La Comandante, La Seductora, Zeuxis
6) Atlantis, Blue Panther Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. vs Mephisto, Mr. Niebla, Niebla Roja

Women’s match being fifth is higher than usual. That would be Silueta’s first match since September; it appears she’s been out with an unspecified injury.

No details on this tag team tournament, other than the Pitbulls appear to be Friday regulars at this point. Sky Kid and Smaker, the champions, are not as important as this tournament and probably should not be expecting to hold the belts long term. I forgot: Olimpico and Boby Zavala are the champions! They’re having a tournament to see who gets a match with Olimpico. I like the tournament winner’s odds.

CMLL (SAT) 01/24/2015 Arena Coliseo
1) Bengala vs Cholo
2) Angelito vs Mercurio
3) Star Jr. vs Disturbio
4) Starman vs Canelo Casas
5) Estrellita vs Amapola
6) Delta & Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Pierroth & Sagrado
7) Atlantis, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas

The Arena Coliseo tag feud we thought was happening still does kind of continue in the 6th match. Peste Negra teams up in the main event. I’d expect it to take a few days for any changes based on FantasticaMania injuries or disappearing acts to show up (if they’re announced at all.)

CMLL (SUN) 01/25/2015 Arena México
1) Leono & Robin vs Apocalipsis & Inquisidor
2) Goya Kong, La Vaquerita, Lluvia vs La Comandante, La Seductora, Zeuxis
3) Dragon Lee, Hombre Bala Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. vs Cancerbero, Puma, Raziel
4) Rey Cometa vs Tiger [lightning]
5) Ángel de Oro, Dragón Rojo Jr., Super Porky vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja
6) Atlantis, Titán, Volador Jr. vs Ephesto, Kráneo, Mephisto

A better card than the last few weeks. Puma seems wasted being in the tercera but that match could be lots of fun (and the semimain does not need him) so that’ll work out fine. Cometa seems questionable for the lightning match.

ALL ELITE (SUN) 02/08/2015 Arena México
1) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Valiente vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Shocker, Terrible
2) Atlantis & Extreme Tiger vs Super Crazy & Último Guerrero
Super Crazy is replacing Chavo Guerrero in the tournament.
3) Fuerza Guerrera vs Negro Casas
4) Dr. Wagner Jr. & La Sombra vs LA Park & Volador Jr.

More matches to be announced, but there’s four of them so I’ll at least keep track of them. Matches 2/4 are part of the tournament they were doing last time around. Tickets go on sale tomorrow via Ticketmaster; they haven’t announced the price range, but it’s 50pesos on the cheap side.

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