11/22-23 lucha videos

Puebla is pre-empted everywhere. IWRG is pre-empted on the channel I get.

Terra was a mess for my recording. I’m posting the HD version only for anyone who’s cutting the video up for something else, because the sound is completely out of sync. Video may skip a bit and audio goes out of sync a bit even on the lesser quality videos; I need a better way of handling this when the feed goes bad.

C3 will be up later.

YouTube Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYyNnOBGWP7T42t23a6Nm6DSNPSq0Hgn9

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great match roundup, week of 2014-09-20

Good/Great/Excellent matches

CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-09-20
taped 2014-09-12 @ Arena México
Fuego, Titán, Valiente vs Ephesto, Hechicero, Niebla Roja: GOOD

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-09-20
taped 2014-09-09 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Dragon Lee vs Virus, Olímpico, Smaker, Esfinge, Raziel, Omar Brunetti, Arkángel de la Muerte, Sky Kid, Cancerbero in a cibernetico match GOOD
Atlantis, Rush, Titán vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero GOOD

AAA on Televisa: 2014-09-20
taped 2014-09-07 @ Lienzo Charro, Pachuca, Hidalgo
Dinastía, Ludxor, Venum vs El Apache, Mamba, Mini Abismo Negro GOOD

Shows Watched But Nothing Worthwhile

Nothing! This is what happens when I start including Good up above, everything looks happier even though the same amount are going on the final list.

Again, didn’t get CMLL on CadenaTres this week but nothing jumps out from it.

IIRC, there were some Good matches on CMLL on Terra: 2014-09-21 but nothing I’d put in Great. The reason I’m doing this sort of thing is because I don’t trust my memory this far back, so That judgement is mostly useless.

The Anniversary show is with the next batch.

Matches To Watch Later

CMLL Puebla: 2014-09-21
taped 2014-08-25 @ Arena Puebla
Volador Jr. vs Rey Escorpión: – future me will be angry with current me for putting this on the list.

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Valiente versus Mephisto one more time

CMLL (SUN) 11/23/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@TKD_117, CMLL, Informador]
1) Satara b Índigo
2) El Brillante & Idolo b El Yaqui & Thunder Boy
3) Exterminador b Infierno
4) Perro Callejero, Pitbull I, Pitbull II b Flash I, Flash II, Grey
surprise match. First match here for each Flash since the end of 2005.
5) Esfinge & Magnum b Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno
Tecnicos took 2/3.
6) Jocker & Mr. Águila b Omar Brunetti & Rey Cometa
Rudos took 1/3.
7) Euforia & Gran Guerrero b Ángel de Oro & Titán
Rudos took 2/3, with Euforia pulling Angel de Oro’s mask in the third

missing undercard results because CMLL posted a recap. I hope that lasts.

CMLL (MON) 11/24/2014 Arena Puebla [Periodico Enfoque, Periodico Enfoque (photos)]
1) Fuerza Chicana & Hijo del Signo b Metatrón & Tigre Rojo
2) Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis b Estrellita, La Vaquerita, Marcela
Estrellita replaced Dark Angel, was beat by Amapola.
3) Blue Panther Jr., Fuego, Pegasso b Cancerbero, Okumura, Raziel
4) Máscara Dorada, Titán, Valiente b Bárbaro Cavernario, Mephisto, Pólvora
Valiente beat Mephisto and demanded a(nother) shot at Mephisto’s title. Mephisto accepted. Mascara Dorada returned from injury.
5) La Máscara, Super Porky, Volador Jr. b Ephesto, Kráneo, Negro Casas
Kraneo replaced Thunder.

Mephisto vs Valiente, 2014

2014-04-29 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara  Mephisto © b Valiente [MEX LH]
2014-09-23 Arena México               Mephisto © b Valiente [MEX LH]
2014-10-12 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara  Mephisto © b Valiente [MEX LH]
2014-12-01 Arena Puebla               Mephisto © vs Valiente [MEX LH]

Recall that Hector Garza got five shots at Ultimo Guerrero and the heavyweight championship before finally winning it, so Valiente is still in good shape.

(Note that the Arena Puebla Twitter posted zero times about Arena Puebla last night – but did RT the questionable Ultimo Guerrero Twitter. Neither are probably official.)

Sangre Azteca replaces Polvora in the semimain and Arkangel & Canelo Casas replace Cancerbero & Raziel in the tercera today.

CMLL also announced that tomorrow’s bodybuilding contest will air live on Terra at noon. Maybe someone asked? I dunno. Will try to record but I’m not handling that speedily this week.

All the good CMLL information is buried in a reply on their Facebook page: CMLL confirmed Zeuxis, as the daughter of a Mexican woman (and Puerto Rican father) is eligible for the Mexican Women’s Championship in the eyes of the Mexico City lucha commission. (And so the title match being pulled wasn’t about that.)

Black Terry Jr. has highlights of Sagrado/Arez, Hechicero/Black Terry, and the CMLL/indy trios from the ChilangaMask show.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update and this week’s Poster-Mania.

DoradaFan has a music video of early Sombra.

This week’s magazine covers go with Infierno en el Ring as the main story.

+LuchaTV has video of Toxin Boy breaking his fingers at the WCS show, longer highlights for Fly Star vs Toxin Boy from that show, Fly Warrior vs Herodes Jr., and Alfa getting hit hard on that show (which may explain his injury on IWRG.)

Negro Navarro & ? vs Black Terry & ? has been added to the 12/21 Lucha Memes show. Navarro ought to choose Guerrero Maya Jr. since he’s probably planning on getting involved anyway. Given the recent family fights in IWRG, perhaps Terry will team with one of the Traumas?

Cara Lucha has a promo for a 12/28 Lucharama show with the Sky Stars playing SNES and a Hechicero promo for the 11/29 show.

Ohtani’s Jacket reviews more La Fiera vs El Dandy.

Tsunami won the annual Copa LLF.

Ultimo Guerrero is #1 on CMLL’s top 10. Stigma is #10 based on being chosen for FantasticaMania.

Dinastia is upset at Mini Charly Manson for jumping him instead of just asking for a title match.

A brief Taya interview about her career.

The two day Puebla Lucha Libre Expo was said to draw 3,000 people. The shows were local luchadors (including Pegasso and a few Arena Puebla guys.)

Blue Demon Jr. spoke at a political discussion, said he’d start his own party if he got into politics because all the existing ones are rotten.

Lineup

Star Jr. replaces Starman on Friday. Virus replaces Boby Zavala and Triton replaces Pegasso on Sunday in Arena Coliseo.

CMLL (MON) 12/01/2014 Arena Puebla
1) Artillero, Guerrero Espacial, Súper Comando vs Asturiano, Black Tiger, Sensei
2) Metálico, Policeman, Toro Bill Jr. vs Lestat, Oro Jr., The Panther
3) Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado vs Ángel de Oro, Stuka Jr., Tigre Rojo Jr.
4) Mephisto © vs Valiente [MEX LH]
Mephisto’s tenth defense.
5) Bárbaro Cavernario, Negro Casas, Shocker vs La Máscara, Máximo, Volador Jr.

Will this be the time? Maybe. Mascara and Volador will annoy each other in the main event – how haven’t they have four matches already?

Lestat is listed as returning (from retiring), but he was also listed on those Puebla Expo shows and didn’t wrestle there either so I hope someone else is ready. Tigre Rojo Jr. making i up all the way to the terceras is somewhat interesting.

CMLL (SUN) 11/30/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Tapatío vs Relampago Azul
2) Dr. Frezeer vs El Chacal
3) Leo & Virgo vs Furia Nazi & Sádico
4) Exterminador vs Demonio Maya
5) Dragon Lee, Gallo, Máscara Dorada vs Jocker, Mr. Águila, Olímpico
6) Ángel de Oro vs Euforia

El Chacal makes his debut; he turned up on Club Arena Olimpia. Oro/Euforia seems like it should be a title match, but maybe that means Euforia has a chance.

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CMLL vs indy chaos in Chilanga Mask, Veneno rudo?

photo by Black Terry Jr.

CHILANGA MASK (SUN) 11/23/2014 Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México [Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), Estrellas del Ring, MedioTiempo]
1) Alan Extreme, Centvrión, Fulgor I b Chico Che, Kronos, Tornado (DF) and Dragon Negro, Hijo Del Angel, Ironía and Demente Extreme, Karma, Terremoto [semifinal]
Team Fulgor moved onto the second round. Centviron replaced Toxin Boy, who was hurt on the WMC show.
2) Astro Rey Jr., Benji Maverick, Psico Kid b Freelance, Hormiga, Suicida and Matrix Jr., Muerte Infernal, Yoruba and Aviador Del Cielo, Kastigador Jr., Zurdog [semifinal]
Guardianes De La Galaxia moved onto the second round.
3) Astro Rey Jr., Benji Maverick, Psico Kid b Alan Extreme, Centvrión, Fulgor I
Guardianes De La Galaxia won the eight team tournament.
4) Arez DCOR Sagrado
Good match. Neither man could return to the ring after a Spanish Fly thru a table.
5) Draego b Stukita
6) Dr. Cerebro b Jeque
Good match. Cerebro praised Jeque after the match.
7) Trauma I & Trauma II b Rayo Tapatío I & Rayo Tapatío II and Herodes & Tóxico DF
Herodes and Toxico were out first. Rayo II pulled Trauma II’s mask, Trauma II fouled Rayo Tapatio II, Trauma II pulled Rayo II into a cradle and got the win.
8) Black Terry b Rey Hechicero
a masked man ran in to try and cost Terry the match with a chair, but failed and got Hechicero instead. The man was revealed to be Guerrero Maya Junior, apparently refusing to give up fighthing Black Terry. Maya wants Terry yet again, but Hechicero was angry with both of them.
9) Erick Ortiz & Kaientai b Dinamic Black & Fly Star
10) Dragon Lee II, Star Jr., Stuka Jr. DRAW Belial, Extreme Tiger, Impulso
(was indeed a trios, I had this wrong.) Crowd was loudly anti-CMLL and the usual tecnicos had moments of being rudos. Stuka & Tiger went to a double pin. A fight continued after the match with all six guys being involved and referees, other wrestlers and the promoters trying to keep the two sides apart.

(Results corrected: 11/24 3pm CT)

Among the things I misunderstood yesterday is the main event trios match did happen, just the other four were fighting while Stuka and Tiger finished up. (Even worse is my inability to name about half the team members in the opener, which may have been more of a mini tournament than an eight way.) I still don’t have any better idea of what happened after the main event with Stuka and the CMLL guys; the recaps portray it as an angle building to an Indy/CMLL match but I’m not sure that’s all it was.

Of note, Trauma II was wearing “Fuera Pena” and “43” in body paint, referring to Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto, and last week’s demonstrations against him. Blue Demon Jr. among others spoke out against the president previously, but it’s very rare to see any political statement inside a lucha libre show. (Except those sponsored by politicians, I guess.)

Black Terry Jr. has video of the Arez/Sagrado match.

IWRG (SUN) 11/23/2014 Arena Naucalpan [@naoki909, The Gladiatores]
1) Araña de Plata & Hip Hop Man b Látigo & Saruman
Latigo replaced Alfa
2) Liderk, Rayan, Spartan b Dragón Celestial, Emperador Azteca, Septimo Dragon
Rudos went after Septimo’s shoulder.
3) Canis Lupus & Eterno b Diva Salvaje & Miss Gaviota and Golden Magic & Relámpago and Trauma I & Trauma II [IWRG IC TAG, #1 Contenders]
Traumas beat the Exoticos, Canis & Eterno beat Golden Magic & Relampago (who hurt and did not wrestle much), Trauma II beat Canis, Eterno fouled Trauma II to beat him then surprised Trauma I to win.
4) Oficial 911 & Oficial AK47 © b Canis Lupus & Eterno [IWRG IC TAG]
Lupus & Eterno got the title match by winning the previous one, only Eterno hurt his foot in hte process and was not 100%. Everyone bled. Oficials kept their titles (3rd Defense) and mask/hair challenges were made and accepted.
5) Chicano, Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Universo 2000 Jr. b Hijo De Dos Caras, Toscano, Veneno
Rudos took 1/3. Veneno went on his mad karate chopping spree, only Toscano was upset when Veneno hit him. Veneno responded by hitting Toscano with a chair to set up the rudo win. Mascara 2000 invited Veneno to the rudo side, but Veneno gave no answer.

I’m told IWRG is still airing on AYM (at random times), but just not on the LAS version of the channel I get. As noted in yesterday’s comments, it was a TV angle that set up Hip Hop Man/Impossible.

Checking the inactive logs: Reapper/Psicosis II hasn’t been around CMLL since August. He’s still listed as working indy shows but I wonder if that’s how Morphosis ended up working a semimain yesterday. Espiritu Maligno’s title match loss to Electrico appears to be his final match in Puebla for now. He hasn’t been on CMLL card since but did pop up on an Arena Coliseo San Ramon show earlier this month. Silueta and Molotov also seem to be missing. Silueta’s received messages on Twitter hoping she recovers from an injury, so that’s probably that, but no idea on Molotov.

Black Terry Jr. has highlights of the outside the ring fights from last afternoon’s ChilangaMask’s show.

Nino Hamburguesa & Fenix beat Pentagon Jr. & Mamba on Saturday. Arez was somehow referee, and was dumbly still messing with Pentagon.

Segunda Caida reviews Cavernario matches in 2013.

Toxin Boy fractured fingers in his match on the ChilangaMask show doing something kind of dumb.

The Puebla Lucha Libre Expo shows seem to have drawn well.

Lucha Libre in Japan

11/24 NJPW: Naito [O] & Sombra b Hiroshi Tanahashi & Capitan New Japan [X]
Not a tournament match. Tanahashi’s partner Yoshitatsu is out of the tournament due to a neck injury. It was originally reported Taguchi would just replace Yoshitatsu, but NJPW is now declaring all the matches forfeits instead. Sombra & Naito picked up their forfeit win here and have clinched Not Last with four points! Sombra’s a Cholo like 3-0 on this tour (including one other non-tournament match), his next match is on Thursday versus the ROH team.

Flamita’s trios match from the 11/23 Dragon Gate show is up on DailyMotion.

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Mephisto/Volador, Marco/Terrible, Soberano/Cholo?, Guadalajara, ChilangaMask

Cholo counters Soberano’s finish!!

CMLL (SUN) 11/23/2014 Arena Coliseo [CMLL, Terra]
1) Astral & Eléctrico b Pequeño Olímpico & Pierrothito Astral & Electrico vs Pequeno Olipico & Pierrothito, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Tecnicos took 1/3
2) Cholo, Disturbio, Ramstein b Flyer, Metatrón, Soberano Jr. Flyer, Metatron, Soberano Jr. vs Cholo, Disturbio, Ramstein, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Rudos took 1/3, Cholo beating Soberano and taking his mask after the match.
3) Oro Jr., The Panther, Tritón b Pierroth, Puma, Tiger Oro Jr., The Panther, Triton vs Pierroth, Puma, Tiger, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Cachorro debuted his the Panther name. Rudos took 2/3, with Oro Jr. taking Tiger’s Destroyer badly and being stretchered out.
4) Fuego b Sagrado [lightning] Fuego vs Sagrado in a lightning match, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Fuego beat Sagrado in about six minutes after Sagrado missed a top rope senton con giro and Fuego rolled him up.
5) La Máscara, Marco Corleone, Valiente DQ Morphosis, Terrible, Thunder La Mascara, Marco Corleone, Valiente vs Morphosis, Terrible, Thunder, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Valiente replaced Super Porky (late from other booking?) Tecnicos took 2/3, the last when Terrible fouled Marco.
6) Mephisto, Negro Casas, Niebla Roja b Dragón Rojo Jr., Máscara Dorada, Volador Jr.  (posted by thecubsfan)
Tecnicos won a 30 second first fall which was all Volador (as was much this match.) Rudos rallied back for 2/3, the last when Mephisto used the ropes to beat Volador. Volador demanded a singles match next week.

Feed had problems for the first half of the card, but settled down. (Still was enough to mess up the HD version of the show for my recording.)

Oro seemed to KO himself taking the Destroyer badly. Top two matches teased Marco/Terrible and Volador/Mephisto. The bigger issues is in the segunda, where Cholo has won an astounding two matches in a row and celebrating by choking Soberano with his own mask. I don’t want to mess with Cholo’s obvious success but that seems like a bad idea when the usual undercard New Year’s Day apuesta match is about a month from taking place and there’s no obvious match.

All my GIFs from the show.

CMLL (SUN) 11/23/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@TKD_117]
4) Perro Callejero, Pitbull I, Pitbull II b ?, Flash I, Flash II
surprise match. First match here for each Flash since the end of 2005.
5) Esfinge & Magnum b Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno
Tecnicos took 2/3.
6) Jocker & Mr. Águila b Omar Brunetti & Rey Cometa
Rudos took 1/3.
7) Euforia & Gran Guerrero b Ángel de Oro & Titán
Rudos took 2/3, with Euforia pulling Angel de Oro’s mask in the third.

The Arena Coliseo Guadalajara Twitter (@acogdl) is deleted, which is surely related to Apolo Dantes being fired. TKD heroically work by grabbing from the Canal58 live broadcast. CMLL has been posting results infrequently and Informador has been writing about the shows, but hopefully CMLL picks those back up some way (and hopefully the new Arena Puebla Twitter does something better than just RT every mention of Arena Puebla, the worst sort of thing you can do on Twitter.)  I’d guess we’ll find out more about what’s going on with the Arena Coliseo Guadalajara management on the next Super Libre; they were off this weekend. The Flashs returning after a 9 year absence suggests they’re probably now involved in things.

It sounds like there were good matches on the ChilangaMask show today in Coacalco. Black Terry defeated Hechicero when a mystery man ran in and failed to cost Terry the match, with the mystery guy revealed to be Guerrero Maya Jr. (still refusing to give up the fight against Terry.) Neither Hechicero nor Terry were happy about that. The eight way trios match looks insane and Sagrado has a good excuse for losing to Fuego after having an earlier hard match against Arez. Black Terry Jr.’s photos from the show are starting to go up here and I’m hoping full results turn up tomorrow.

What happened at the end of the show is a bit confusing. which is why those recaps will be helpful. The last match left was scheduled to be Stuka Jr./Star Jr./Dragon Lee vs Extreme Tiger/Impulso/Belial, but Stuka Jr. vs Extreme Tiger took place with the idea the tag match would follow. (Pictures indicate it was a trios match.) TerceraCaida reports Tiger/Stuka finished as a double pin draw. Either during or after the match, Stuka had a bad interaction with the fan. I’m not exactly sure what happened, but it led to Impulso coming out to defend the fan and Dragon & Star coming out to back up Stuka. Lee and Impulso ended up fighting, which came off as real fight and not something planned. They were pulled apart, the tag match didn’t happen, and the show ended with the fans heckling the CMLL guys. There’s a minute or so of the very end of it on YouTube, where Star Jr. & Dragon Lee look angry at Impulso to start (and vice versa) and then start to come off as guys playing rudos at the end of it. +LuchaTV was filming the show, so maybe we’ll see more of this later on.

Black Terry Jr. also has photos from Saturday’s Leyenda Inmortales show. Mr. Mexico still exists!

Rob has a six minute music video of 07/27/14 AAA

BxB Fly has music videos of 01/12 & 01/19/14 IWRG, 01/26 & 02/02/14 IWRG, 08/26 Guadalajara, and 08/31/14 Coliseo.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update and a new edition of the LuchaWorld Podcast.

Segunda Caida reviews 07/20/14 CMLL LATV.

CMLL posted their Stellar Moments from last week and highlights of Friday night’s show.

Fantasma de la Opera hypes his 11/25 Lucha Libre Bomo card. He notes he used to help run IWL and HUMO but this one is all his own.

LV video reviews 10/14/14 CMLL

A documentary on Bolivia luchador Ciclon will premier this week.

Yuca challenges Miss Janeth.

TNA star Zema Ion was scheduled to wrestled 14 year old Dragon Bane tonight. Mexican indies!

WrestlerTalk.TV has their thoughts on the first few episodes of Lucha Underground.

Lineups

IWRG (WED) 11/26/2014 Arena Naucalpan
1) Sky Ángel vs Atomic Star
2) Galaxy & Vampiro Metálico II vs Anubis Black & Araña de Plata
3) Dragón Celestial, Golden Magic, Saruman vs Liderk, Rayan, Spartan
4) Imposible © vs Hip Hop Man [IWRG IC Light]
Imposible sixth defense
5) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Canis Lupus, Chicano, Eterno

I still haven’t seen a Ninja Turtles match and was slightly concerned they had left already. It’s IWRG, you never know. Like you never know why that title match is happening but Imposible title matches are welcome.

CMLL (SUN) 11/30/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Bengala & Leono vs El Rebelde & Espanto Jr.
2) Sensei, Soberano Jr., Star Jr. vs Cholo, Nitro, Ramstein
3) Blue Panther Jr., Pegasso, Stigma vs Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado
4) Fuego, Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. vs Boby Zavala, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja
5) Marco Corleone, Titán, Valiente vs Ephesto, Terrible, Vangellys
6) Volador Jr. vs Mephisto

Cholo/Soberano and Terrible/Marco are matched up in the semifinals. Fourth match could be good.

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FantasticaMania roster announced, Infierno en el Ring challenges

photo by Alexis Salazar

CMLL (FRI) 11/21/2014 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Blue Panther Jr. & Tritón b Arkángel de la Muerte & Hijo del Signo
The former Black Panther fought as Blue Panther Jr. for the first time. Triton replaced Starman.
2) Dragon Lee, Pegasso, Rey Cometa b Kamaitachi, Okumura, Virus
Pegasso cheated to help Cometa win fall 1. Virus got some revenge and beat Pegasso in the second as Kamaitachi did the same to Dragon Lee. Dragon Lee gave Kamaitachi the spider German suplex in the third for the win.
3) Blue Panther, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. DQ Bárbaro Cavernario, Felino, Rey Bucanero
Straight falls when Bucanero and Peste Negra reverted to not getting along. Rudos jumped the tecnicos but lost the first fall. Rudos still had the second fall won, but Barbaro would not release his cavernaria on Blue Panther and was DQed. Panther was stretchered out as Bucanero & Felino challenged each other.
4) Ángel de Oro b Mephisto [lightning]
Mecedora. World light heavyweight champ beats national light heavyweight champ.
5) Shocker, Terrible, Vangellys b Máximo, Super Porky, Titán
Super Porky replaced Mascara Dorada. Shocker declared he didn’t want to be in the cage match and wanted to face Maximo in a singles hair match instead. Shocker beat up Maximo and beat up Porky when he tried to make the save.
6) Atlantis, Valiente, Volador Jr. DQ Euforia, Thunder, Último Guerrero
UG fouled Volador.

CMLL has video of the new names for the Panther family.

FantasticaMania

CMLL and NJPW announced the group of luchadors going to Japan for the mid January six show FantasticaMania tour.

Atlantis
Último Guerrero
La Sombra (NWA Historic Middleweight Champion)
Volador Jr. (NWA Historic Welterweight Champion)
Místico
Gran Guerrero
Mr. Niebla
Bárbaro Cavernario
Máscara Dorada
Pólvora
Mephisto (Mexican Light Heavyweight champion)
Okumura
Ángel de Oro (CMLL welterweight championsh)
Stuka Jr.
Rey Cometa
Tritón
Stigma

That’s 17 names for the 15 man tour. Maybe they meant to say Ultimo Guerrero, Barbaro Cavernario and 15 more? About half the announced welterweight tournament field (Triton, Dorada, Cometa, Polvora) is on the tour so it’s a decent chance that title will be involved as well. It’s an unbalanced field of 9 tecnicos, 7 rudos, and 1 whatever Sombra feels like being that day.

Maximo is the big surprise of people not included, since he’s been a important part of these in past years. Fuego’s done well in his visits this year but won’t be back. Neither will Euforia, Valiente, Niebla Roja, Dragon Rojo or La Mascara. Sombra & Mascara being in different countries again suggests there’s no real reason to bring in a replacement Ingobernable (though CMLL’s preview for this Sunday’s show teases Marco as just that.) None of the other En Busca de un Idolo finalsts will be making the trip, which disappoints me.

Mr. Niebla is the biggest surprise to be included. Niebla is currently suspended from CMLL for being in no condition to wrestle on 11/07 and has a history of similiar issues. It’s tougher to send someone home from Tokyo (and it’s odd Niebla would be rewarded.) Mistico is on these cards, which means he’ll be back in action no less than 3 weeks after the title he gave up is decided. That situation makes even less sense now, but now Mistico’s gotten out of actually losing his title and is free to challenge Mephisto in a rematch from last year’s surprising outcome.

Gran Guerrero and Stigma come off strongest as guys making the show mostly on who they’re related to (though it’s not as though as everyone else is a merit based inclusion.) Gran Guerrero is treated as a main eventer in CMLL and they can do the ‘brother’ team as a selling point. Stigma is the only segunda level guy who’s making this trip, with NJPW playing him up as the nephew of Black Cat, who’s honored on the final day of the tour every year. Stigma’s fine, but there’s better people being skipped over for no merit based reason.  I’d guess the other luchadors are happy for Stigma but not really happy with the people who make these decisions.

Ultimo Guerrero vs Atlantis, an Anniversary rematch in Tokyo, seems like a sure thing. Getting some other main events is a bit tougher. Sombra and Volador will be in key positions and whoever has belts will probably be defending them. (No tag or trios.) Other years have had deeper rosters and most of the top guys have already faced each other on these shows, so there’s not as many enticing great matches as previous tours.

AAA TV today will have Australian Suicide & Aerostar vs Super Fly, Pentagon Jr., Psycho Circus vs Hell Brothers and Myzteziz/Fenix vs Angelico/Jack Evans vs Zema Ion/Robbie E. The show goes on their YouTube channel on Monday.

Lucha Underground ratings on El Rey continue to hover around the 17K level. Ratings on Unimas continue are up to 190K level. The week to week increase on Unimas is more than the entire amount of people who watch in El Rey. (I understand if you don’t like Spanish language promos what that have to be subtitle on El Rey, but they absolutely should be doing those promos with those numbers.) The WON had the second episode on Unimas around 250K, a pretty big difference than what the Torch had at the level. They have to either be looking at different demographics or someone was just throwing out an estimate.

An article about celebrities visiting CMLL. Someone must work at recruiting famous people to come to Arena Mexico, because there’s often someone showing up in front of the crowd on Tuesday shows . It doesn’t seem to have any effect on attendance, they’re rarely mentioned on TV and you have to search carefully on Twitter to find out it’s happening so I don’t understand the point, but it’s definitely some internal emphasis.

52MX did air Negro Casas/Maximo. My efforts in trying to find patterns or logic in CMLL TV continue to be dumb.

Rob has a music video of 07/25/14 CMLL.

Faby Apache has no more idea about the mystery women debuting next Friday than the rest of us.

Titan talks about his career to Notimex. There’s a video clip of this as well.

Lucha Libre In Japan

11/22 NJPW: La Sombra & Naito [O] b AJ Styles & Yujiro [X] – Sombra’s team won their first match, hooray.

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 11/28/2014 Arena México
1) Oro Jr. & Starman vs Disturbio & Metálico
2) Estrellita, Goya Kong, Princesa Sugehit vs Dalys, La Comandante, Tiffany
3) Dragón Rojo Jr., Máscara Dorada, Rey Cometa vs Euforia, Negro Casas, Niebla Roja
4) Felino vs Rey Bucanero [lightning]
5) Blue Panther, Máximo, Super Porky vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Shocker, Vangellys
6) Atlantis, La Máscara, Volador Jr. vs Terrible, Thunder, Último Guerrero

All kids tickets are $10 pesos, which seems their singular effort at combating the AAA show on the same night. Porky & Vangellys being in the semimani suggests they’ll end up in the cage match after all as last second additions. Tercera loked really good, won’t be on TV. Main event should have the usual La Mascara/Volador problems.

CMLL video promo for the show.

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