01/22 AAA TV Lineup DF (Guerra de Titanes)

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AAA TV (FRI) 01/22/2016 Gimnasio Olímpico Juan de la Barrera, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal
Guerra de Titanes
1) Dinastía, Niño Hamburguesa, Pimpinela Escarlata vs El Apache, Mamba, Mini Charly Manson
2) Faby Apache, Goya Kong, Maravilla vs Lady Shani, Sexy Star, Taya [lumberjack strap]
3) ?, Australian Suicide, Jack Evans vs Daga, Parka Negra, Súper Fly
4) Aerostar & Fénix vs Máscara Año 2000 Jr. & Villano IV vs Averno & Chessman [#1 Contenders, AAA TAG]
winners face Angelico & Jack at some point
5) Electroshock, Garza Jr., La Parka vs Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Zorro vs Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Hijo del Fantasma, Taurus [AAA TRIOS]
champions are vacant (former champions are Hell Brothers)
6) Dr. Wagner Jr. & Psycho Clown vs El Mesías & Texano Jr. [AAA HEAVY, semifinal]
winning team faces off as Rey de Reyes for the vacant heavyweight title (Alberto el Patron)

Air Date: 01/30 and 02/06 maybe? It’s not currently listed as an iPPV, though it could still end up as one.

AAA start to patch over the holes from the fall of 2015. Main event starts towards resolving the heavyweight championship, with the winning tag team getting a singles match for the championship. Dr. Wagner & Psycho Clown are the favorites, if only because Mesias & Texano as a rudo/rudo singles match would be no particular draw. It also suggests the championship is most likely ending back with Dr. Wagner Of All People, since Psycho Clown has the Latin American championship. No one would’ve dared to guess that 12 months ago.

Semimain takes care of the trios championship, which has been vacant nearly as long but much more quietly so (because it’s the trios titles and it doesn’t matter as much.) Fantasma, who is leader of La Sociedad, is teaming up with one rudo who doesn’t appear to be in the group (Taurus) and one rudo who’s part of a different sub group. Makes as much sense as usual. In other things no one would’ve believed even a few months ago, Cuervo, Scoria and Zorro might actually win gold because they’re the best of some less than appealing options.  Electroshock, Parka and Garza winning the trios titles as a way of giving them something to do seems also seems possible, and you’d have a natural trios title match with the Daga/(not present) Pain/Pirata crew.

Not exactly sure what’s going on with the tag titles, since the idea previously was Pentagon Jr. & Joe Lider were getting the next title shot. (Pentagon and Drago are booked in Europe this weekend.) This is listed as winner of the match getting a trios title shot, but it would be they get a shot as part of an eventual three way match. Averno & Chessman were definitely going to be in that match back when it was announced back in December and figure to win their way in to it again, though the Aerostar/Fenix team would be more fun. Mascara and Villano IV being on this show makes it feel like AAA’s short on bodies and don’t particularly fit in this match. (There’s a noted lack of foreigners for what’s been treated like a major show.)

Mystery person in the tercera is probably just because they haven’t figured out who should be in Angelico’s spot for the moment. It should be Flamita and this could be the best match of the show. Hijo del Pirata not being in this match with Daga suggests they’re some angle reason he’s in the trios title match instead.

Maravilla makes her first appearance since Verano de Escandalo. Sexy Star makes her first appearance since TripleMania. Mini opener should be the usual comedy. Edit: women’s match is a lumberjack strap match, so it’ll also be comedy.

No taping after this announced, but I’d guess that’ll get fixed on this week’s AAA TV show.

Puma advances in Copa Jr., FantasticaMania notes

photo by CMLL

CMLL (SUN) 01/03/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Fuego en el Ring]
1) Micro b Destructor
2) Capitan Cobra & Linterna DQ Black Sugar & Quca
rudos beat Capitan Cobra, but fouled Linterna.
3) Avispón Negro Jr., El Alteño, Metatrón b El Gitano, Mr. Apolo, Relampago
Avispon Negro Jr. replaced Neutron.
4) El Divino, León Blanco, Magnum b Furia Roja, Rey Trueno, Sádico
5) Esfinge, Titán, Tritón DQ El Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
Espectrum made his return by running in and attacking the tecnicos in the third fall. He hadn’t been seen since June, a few days after Esfinge took his mask in the cage match.

Losing your mask and disappearing for six months seems like a pre-existing injury.

CMLL (TUE) 01/05/2016 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Angelito & Fantasy b Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Universo 2000
2) Flyer, Robin, Star Jr. b Akuma, Artillero, Espanto Jr.
3) Amapola, La Seductora, Zeuxis b Estrellita, La Vaquerita, Princesa Sugehit
4) Guerrero Maya Jr. b Sagrado [lightning]
Maya submitted Sagrado in 8:36.
5) Puma b Blue Panther Jr., Magnus, Skándalo, Hombre Bala Jr., El Cuatrero, Oro Jr., Hijo del Signo [Copa Jr., semifinal]
A battle royal determined sides as Blue Panther Jr., Oro Jr., Magnua and Hombre Bala Jr. vs Puma, Hijo del Signo, Skandalo and Cuatrero. Elimination order went Signo (by Oro Jr.), Magnus (Skandalo), Cuatrero (Hombre Bala), Oro (Puma), Skandalo (Blue Panther Jr.), Hombre Bala Jr. (Puma), Blue Panther Jr. (Puma). Puma advances to face next week’s winner on 01/19.
6) Kráneo, Niebla Roja, Ripper b Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy, Stuka Jr.
Ripper snuck in a foul on Maximo, setting up a singles match next week.

Ripper apparently doesn’t merit a heavyweight title match, but Maximo continues to be a focus during this period.

A couple clean up things from the FantasticaMania lineups:

If you missed the update, CMLL’s press release on the tour mentioned Komatsu & Tanaka will be starting in Mexico on 01/31 as Fujin and Raijin. They’re probably masked gimmicks, which is kind of defeated by announcing they’d have those names. (Not that we haven’t been able to swiftly figure out who the trainees are every time anyway.)

Kamaitachi is not on any of the cards and suggested he’d be teaming with these guys when they come to Mexico, which would mean he’s around at least one more month. I do not have any idea what the deal is with his status. This could be some sort of fakeout, or he could just be around for a while longer. I do still expect he’ll be back in NJPW some point soon, but can’t tell you when.

Neither the CMLL or NJPW press releases yesterday seem to mention the concept of someone from CMLL going to NJPW for a year as Mascara Dorada did. There has been a rumor Sombra was to get this spot, but this was mentioned back when the FantasticaMania tour was announced and Sombra was finishing up by then. It’s probably worth paying attention to Informa to see if it’s brought up there.

NJPWWorld’s schedule lists only the last three shows of the tour as airing on their service. Start times for all three shows are 18:30 local time, which is a 3:30 AM start time in Mexico on early Friday morning, early Saturday morning, and early Sunday morning. I’m thinking I’ll do live results for Saturday and Sunday, but we’ll see. The entire tour will air on SamuraiTV and there’s a good chance those missing shows will turn up via other means, as they have in recent years.

Only the final three days are sold out so far. Standing room tickets will be offered on the day of the show. (They also seem to be available on the secondary market if you’re looking to go.) Tiers of tickets are sold out on Kochi and Osaka, and tickets are still available at all prices in Kyoto.

Mascara Dorada was happy about being on the Toyko Dome for the third year in a row, and specifically pleased to face King Haku who had only seen in videos previously.

Lucha Underground returns tonight, kind of. They’re running five episode marathons the next three weeks, going thru the last 15 episodes of the season. That means tonight’s run starts with the Trios title tournament final at 7pm CT.

AAA is posting videos honoring the winner of their fan poll awards. First up is Garza Jr. It was no surprise Garza Jr.’s won given his large social media following. They’ll probably air these on TV this week.

Today is the day of the week AAA seems to put together their TV show, so there’s a decent chance they’ll be announcing more Guerra de Titanes details on that show and also being releasing them to the press as well.

Your daily tease of an AAA US show.

Freedom’s SUSUMU will be working DTU’s shows at the end of January. The 01/28 show in Xalapa is now a benefit show; Flyer Boy was hurt this past weekend and will be undergoing surgery.

Atlantis gives his year a 10 of 10.

Segunda Caida reviews Maximo versus Kamaitachi.

Lineups

CMLL (SUN) 01/10/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Avispón Negro Jr. & Micro vs Diplomático & Guerrero de la Muerte
2) Nautilius vs Relampago [OCCIDENTE MIDDLE, tournament]
3) Omar Brunetti vs Carlos Rogi [OCCIDENTE MIDDLE, tournament]
4) Cosmos, León Blanco, Reycko vs Kempo Dragón, Príncipe Kisho, Rey Trueno
5) La Máscara & Máximo Sexy vs Euforia & Niebla Roja

Didn’t I tell them to stop running tournaments for these titles? Oh well. Virgo is the most recent champion and hasn’t been seen since August.

There’s a Cosmos in Xalapa, but it wouldn’t quite make sense for him to be here. (That one is already booked in Xalapa on the same day.) Maybe a new guy.

IWRG (SUN) 01/10/2016 Arena Naucalpan
1) Omega & Shadow Boy vs Adrenalina & Power Bull
2) Fireman & Rocket vs Artillero & Hip Hop Man
3) Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro vs Diablo Jr. 1, El Hijo del Diablo, Imposible
4) Hijo del Pantera, Pantera I, Pantera II vs Negro Navarro, Trauma I, Trauma II
5) Danny Casas, Herodes Jr., Hijo De Dos Caras vs Demon Clown, Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Toscano

Toscano is a rudo now I guess? Middle matches could be good. No idea what Artillero is doing here – I guess it could be a new guy or even the Monterrey Artillero.

The Navarros are the current trios champs (unless they lost them in the defense in Satillo on 01/02) and that semimain seems like a sure set up to a title match.

CMLL (TUE) 01/12/2016 Arena México
1) Robin & Sensei vs Artillero & Cholo
2) Pegasso, Star Jr., Starman vs Disturbio, Nitro, Okumura
3) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Titán vs Boby Z, Hechicero, Virus
4) The Panther vs Tiger, Esfinge, Sansón, Soberano Jr., Canelo Casas, Súper Halcón Jr., Espanto Jr. [Copa Jr., semifinal]
winner faces Puma
5) Máximo Sexy vs Ripper
6) Atlantis, Dragon Lee, Marco Corleone vs Cavernario, Mephisto, Último Guerrero

This the last day of shows for those going to FantasticaMania, which includes just about everyone in the main event. It also rules out The Panther actually advancing in the Copa Junior. Tiger versus Puma would be cool but unlikely (though Puma says he has no problem facing his brother), so this is probably an Esfinge or Soberano spot.

Third match could be very good, though it probably doesn’t have a great chance of making TV.

CMLL (TUE) 01/12/2016 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Capitan Cobra & Vaquero Jr. vs Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno
2) La Vaquerita, Lluvia, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, La Comandante, Tiffany
3) Fuego, Stigma, Tritón vs Pierroth, Sagrado, Skándalo
4) Ángel de Oro, La Máscara, Super Porky vs Ephesto, Kráneo, Luciferno
5) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. © vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys [CMLL TRIOS]
sixth defense

This should be another successful title defense for the Sky Team. 6 defenses in just about a year is a great pace for a CMLL title. They’d be two away from the record if they hold on here.

2016 FantasticaMania lineups announced

NJPW World doesn’t appear to list which shows will air, but at least the last three shows are a good bet.

CMLL NJPW (SUN) 01/17/2016 Kochi Sunpia CHRES, Kochi, Japan
1) Kushida & Stuka Jr. vs Sho Tanaka & Yohei Komatsu
all Tanaka/Komatsu matches are part of a challenge series.
2) Guerrero Maya Jr. & The Panther vs Boby Zavala & Okumura
3) Fuego & Titán vs Bárbaro Cavernario & YOSHI-HASHI
4) Dragon Lee & Jay White vs Hechicero & Virus
5) Atlantis, Juice Robinson, Máscara Dorada vs Bushi, Evil, Tetsuya Naito
6) Ryusuke Taguchi & Volador Jr. vs Mephisto & Shinsuke Nakamura
7) Hiroshi Tanahashi, Jyushin Thunder Liger, Mistico vs Gedo, Kazuchika Okada, Último Guerrero

Tanaka & Komatsu are having a farewell tour in the openers. (Given tradition, it’s likely they won’t win anything.) NJPW’s press release on the tour mentions they’ll be heading to CMLL at the conclusion. Edit: CMLL’s version of the card announcement mentions they’ll be starting in Mexico on 01/31 as Fujin (Komatsu) and Raijin (Tanaka). A little bit bizarre they announced that, since they’re likely masked gimmicks – they’re Japanese weather gods. 01/31 is a Sunday, so they’re probably starting on an Elite card.

Maybe notable, maybe not: NJPW’s press release doesn’t mention anyone from CMLL going over to NJPW for a year. Maybe I missed it? Maybe Sombra really was the plan? Maybe it was just an oversight?

Hechicero doesn’t get a lot to do on this tour; this match with Virus, Dragon Lee and Jay White is probably his chance for a notable match.

CMLL NJPW (TUE) 01/19/2016 KBS Hall, Kyoto, Japan
1) Fuego & Ryusuke Taguchi vs Sho Tanaka & Yohei Komatsu
2) The Panther vs Okumura
3) Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Boby Zavala
4) David Finlay, Dragon Lee, Jyushin Thunder Liger, Titán vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Hechicero, Virus, YOSHI-HASHI
5) Atlantis, Máscara Dorada, Stuka Jr. vs Bushi, Evil, Tetsuya Naito
6) Kushida & Mistico vs Gedo & Último Guerrero
7) Hiroshi Tanahashi, Juice Robinson, Volador Jr. vs Kazuchika Okada, Mephisto, Shinsuke Nakamura

Singles matches are setting up a later Coliseo matches. Third match is the rematch of the En Busca de un Idolo final.

CMLL NJPW (WED) 01/20/2016 Osaka Prefectual Gymnasium, Osaka, Japan
1) Jushin Liger & Stuka Jr. vs Sho Tanaka & Yohei Komatsu
2) The Panther vs Boby Zavala
3) Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Okumura
4) Jay White, Kushida, Ryusuke Taguchi, Titán vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Gedo, Hechicero, YOSHI-HASHI
5) Atlantis, Fuego, Máscara Dorada vs Bushi, Evil, Tetsuya Naito
6) Juice Robinson, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Mephisto, Shinsuke Nakamura, Último Guerrero
7) Dragon Lee & Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Okada & Virus

That’s a main event I’d never thought I would see. I don’t have any record of Virus & Okada teaming up in Mexico, but I’d guess they crossed paths before.

The other half of the singles matches in the first few matches.

CMLL NJPW (FRI) 01/22/2016 Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
1) Fuego & Stuka Jr. vs Sho Tanaka & Yohei Komatsu
2) David Finlay, Guerrero Maya Jr., Jyushin Thunder Liger, Kushida, The Panther vs Boby Zavala, Gedo, Hechicero, Okumura, YOSHI-HASHI
3) Atlantis & Juice Robinson vs Evil & Tetsuya Naito
4) Titán vs Bárbaro Cavernario © [MEX WELTER]
Barbaro second defense
5) Máscara Dorada vs Bushi © [CMLL WELTER]
BUSHI first defense
6) Dragon Lee, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Ryusuke Taguchi vs Kazuchika Okada, Shinsuke Nakamura, Virus
7) Mistico & Volador Jr. vs Mephisto & Último Guerrero

First night of Korakuen and two really good title matches, both rematches of the title change. If Cavernario is going to NJPW, Titan could take the title back. (Or it could just sit around doing nothing like Dorada’s title.)

Main event is a all CMLL tag match main event, a rarity on these shows. Also rare: Atlantsi teaming with the NXT’s ex-CJ Parker. Atlantis doesn’t really have a role on these shows besides getting annoyed by the Ingobernables de Japon.

CMLL NJPW (SAT) 01/23/2016 Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
1) Máscara Dorada & Titán vs Sho Tanaka & Yohei Komatsu
2) Fuego, Juice Robinson, Kushida vs Gedo, Hechicero, YOSHI-HASHI
3) Guerrero Maya Jr. & The Panther © vs Boby Zavala & Okumura [Arena Coliseo TAG]
first defense
4) Ryusuke Taguchi & Stuka Jr. vs Bárbaro Cavernario & Shinsuke Nakamura
5) Atlantis, Jyushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask vs Bushi, Evil, Tetsuya Naito
6) Dragon Lee © vs Virus [CMLL SL]
Dragon Lee fifth defense
7) Hiroshi Tanahashi, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Kazuchika Okada, Mephisto, Último Guerrero

Lee and Virus is also a rematch of the title change. This is a good point to note Kamaitachi didn’t make this tour. No idea when he’s going back now, but missing these shows seemed likely when he just wasn’t leaving Arena Mexico.

Maybe we should pretend THIS is the title shot Zavala gets for winning En Busca de un Idolo?

CMLL NJPW (SUN) 01/24/2016 Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
1) Guerrero Maya Jr. & The Panther vs Sho Tanaka & Yohei Komatsu
2) Fuego, Kushida, Stuka Jr., Tiger Mask IV, Titán vs Boby Zavala, Gedo, Hechicero, Okumura, Yoshihashi
3) Jyushin Thunder Liger vs Virus
Lucha de Maestros
4) Atlantis, Máscara Dorada, Ryusuke Taguchi vs Bushi, Evil, Tetsuya Naito
5) Dragon Lee, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Juice Robinson vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Kazuchika Okada, Shinsuke Nakamura
6) Mistico vs Último Guerrero
7) Volador Jr. © vs Mephisto [NWA WELTER]
7th defense

Main event is the annual Volador crazy spot exhibition, probably similar to their October title match. Mistico seems like the underdog in the semimain, a lot different from where we’d thought he’d be a few years ago. Liger/Virus is not a match I’d ever think I’d see and justifies the tour alone.

Sky Team keep the trios title, Super Comando, AAA TV in the US?

stay down Kraneo

CMLL (MON) 01/04/2016 Arena Puebla [thecubsfan]
1) Arkángel de la Muerte, Nitro, Policeman b Arkalis, París, Rey Samuray LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE DEL MUNDO EN VIVO 4 DE ENERO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
18:37. Rudos took 1/3.
2) Estrellita, Lluvia, Princesa Sugehit b Dalys, Reyna Isis, Tiffany LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE DEL MUNDO EN VIVO 4 DE ENERO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
11:42. Tecnicas took 1/3.
3) Stigma DQ Skándalo [lightning] LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE DEL MUNDO EN VIVO 4 DE ENERO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
9:07. Not listed as a lightning match but announced (and wrestled) as one. Skandalo pulled Stigma’s mask for the DQ. Challenges followed the match.
4) Euforia, Felino, Hechicero b Ángel de Oro, Black Tiger, Stuka Jr. LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE DEL MUNDO EN VIVO 4 DE ENERO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
13:31 Black Tiger replaced Super Porky. Rudos took 1/3.
5) Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys b La Máscara, Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE DEL MUNDO EN VIVO 4 DE ENERO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
14:32. Rudos took 2/3, the last when Vangellys beat Maximo. Marco & Mascara refused to help Maximo at various times in the match. Vangellys and Maximo may be feuding.
6) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. © b Kráneo, Mephisto, Ripper [CMLL TRIOS] LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE DEL MUNDO EN VIVO 4 DE ENERO DEL 2016 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
8:19. Sky Team took 2/3 to retain. Fifth defense.

Main event was good, but I’m getting (unfortunately) used to these main events going absurdly short.

Super Comando has left CMLL. He said this was a possibility in a post mask loss match interview on CMLL Informa. Opening match CMLL luchadors losing an apuesta match near the new year and the leaving CMLL entirely has become a pretty common occurrence in CMLL: that’s how the Rayo Tapatios, Tigre Blanco and Ramstein left in recent years (and Molotov had his own lose a few months before that this year.) Super Comando is a bit difference because he’s only 35 and most of those guys were well into their 40s and beyond. Super Comando’s message (reposted by Ana Gutierrez) says he’s leaving CMLL, not that he’s retiring, though he also says he’s not going elsewhere (AAA) to wrestle under a new mask and identity. Many of those who have left the CMLL have wrestled infrequently on indie shows in the last few years; hopefully Super Comando gets a chance in the Lucha Memes/Cara Lucha type promotions at least once if he wants one.

CMLL has a show tonight. Yep. The big news is Copa Junior starting, with this week’s field announced as Blue Panther Jr., Puma, Magnus, Skándalo, Hombre Bala Jr., El Cuatrero, Oro Jr., and Hijo del Signo (though they’ve changed it around a little bit both times.) Puma seems like the obvious favorite in this block, but CMLL has also not been as high on Puma or Tiger as it seems they ought to be and definitely not as high on them as people on the internet. Hombre Bala, Blue Panther Jr. & Cutarero all have upset chances.

The actual main event is Marco, Maximo and Stuka Jr. vs Kraneo, Niebla Roja, Ripper. Marco will likely be a nice guy to Maximo after being mean last night – the (completely fake, never ever brought up on TV and is just a patch by me) storyline seems to be Marco is only a jerk when he’s around the rest of the Ingobernables. Friends are tough. Ripper beat Maximo last week, so they may be setting up a match tonight. Lightning match is Guerrero Maya & Sagrado, which may turn up on the YouTube site. Fantasy is listed in Aereo’s spot in the preview.

Guadalajara has the Sky Team versus Rey Bucanero, Terrible and Vangellys. Always possible they start a trios title program here as well. Shocker hasn’t been seen since the 18th, though he’s definitely wrestled on indie shows, and Vangellys seems to be back in the trio. Maybe don’t make your group name dependent on initials.

Ray Flores, an boxing/MMA announcer in Chicago possibly best know as a news update guy on the local ESPN Radio station, says he’s heading to New York to work on an AAA project with Dorian Roldan and Court Bauer. AAA’s English language Twitter has been hinting around about some mystery project to make AAA available in the US for a couple weeks: here, here, here, and here.

The easy guess is this is something with AAA’s TV situation. The last anyone knew, the rights to AAA’s TV show in the US were owned by Univision, just one of a large bundle of programming Univision buys from Televisa to air in the US. Univision used to air the show on Galavision, has not for many years, but the understanding is they still maintain the rights on the programming and it can’t air elsewhere. It’s a big missed opportunity for AAA, since it hurts AAA’s visibility in the US and it’s missing out on the (probably small) extra money CMLL gets from selling it’s TV shows to various networks.

These hints suggest something changed, and the hints are certain enough about AAA TV airing in the US in 2016 that this is probably more than just some pilots being shot. Flores makes sense as an English language announcer for the shows. The timing suggests Matt Striker isn’t involved since he’s still in Japan, but maybe he would be at some other point or maybe AAA would want this show to have a different set of voices than the Lucha Underground to keep them with separate identities. It’s completely unclear what network those shows would air and when they’d start airing. Maybe just something to keep an eye on for now.

There’s plenty of news in NJPW the last few days, but no FantasticaMania lineups as of this writing. Mascara Dorada’s appearance on the Tokyo Dome ended with him being eliminated while the cameras were not showing the ring. Dorada’s appearance on today’s show saw him get pinned by BUSHI. That makes some level of sense to build up a title rematch on FantasticaMania, but it came of more that NJPW was getting BUSHI ready for a title match with Kushida, and so Dorada is not guaranteed to get his win back.

ChilangaMask will be running a 3rd Anniversary show on 03/20 in Coacalco. This is the first we’ve heard from the promotion since part of the ownership split off into the Lucha Pop/Chairo name.

DTU announced shows on 01/29 in Arena Queretaro, 01/30 in Arena Roberto Paz (Guadalajara) and 01/31 in TBD (a first time venue.)

Black Fire says he’ll be heading to Germany’s WXW from the first week of February to April. They’re running almost every weekend, so he should get plenty of work.

Kamaitachi says he wants to stay in Mexico to gain revenge on Dragon Lee & Maximo. It’s good to want things.

Flamita says he wants a mask versus hair match with Sadico. This one might happen.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update, this week’s Poster-Mania and a ranking of the top 10 lucha libre stories of the year.

Segunda Caida reviews Hechicero vs Rush and Blue Panther, Rey Cometa, Angel de Oro vs Virus, Polvora and Dragon Rojo.

Lineups

CMLL Elite (SUN) 01/10/2016 Arena México
1) Lluvia & Silueta vs La Seductora & Tiffany
2) Fuego & Pegasso vs Eterno & Fresero Jr.
3) Guerrero Maya Jr. & Rey Cometa vs Argos & Karonte Jr.
4) Blue Panther & La Máscara vs Bestia 666 & Damián 666
5) Ángel de Oro, Golden Magic, Super Crazy vs Felino, Puma, Tiger
6) Canek, Carístico, Octagón vs Cibernético, Fuerza Guerrera, Volador Jr.

Canek’s first match here since a 2006 charity show on a Monday, when he looked washed up. He’s back ten years later. Good luck to Volador.

CMLL (MON) 01/11/2016 Arena Puebla
1) Asturiano & Zaeta Roja vs Ares & El Malayo
2) Black Tiger, Starman, Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Nitro, Rey Apocalipsis, Toro Bill Jr.
3) Blue Panther Jr., Stigma, The Panther vs Puma, Sangre Azteca, Tiger
4) Atlantis, Blue Panther, Valiente vs Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
5) La Máscara, Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys

oh great they’re redoing one of the worst matches from last week. Maybe a Maximo/Vangellys match coming, which would be Maximo’s toughest test yet.

Third match could be good. Second match sees the return of the Batillon, and Tigre Rojo Jr. hasn’t been here much. Too bad Nitro’s in the match.

LLDLJ (SUN) 01/17/2016 Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México
1) Keira vs Ludark Shaitan
2) Emperador Azteca & Golden Magic vs Brole Extrem & Prayer
3) Jeque & Judas el Traidor vs Bobby Jack & Toro Bill Jr.
4) Mini Multifacético vs Belial
5) Stigma vs Skándalo
6) Arez & Impulso vs Metaleón & Mr. Leo
7) Misterioso Jr. (CMLL) vs Herodes Jr. [bull terrier]

Full card for the promotion that’s been running in Puebla and is debuting in this arena. (Brole, Prayer, Bobby Jack, and Mini Multifacetico are all Puebla luchadors.) Not sure if Stigma/Skandalo will mean as much here. Semimain looks good. Card order is subject to change and probably will – Arez & Keira are working another indy show in Ecatepec which starts an hour after this one.

CMLL Puebla: 2016-01-04 

Recapped: 01/04/2016

What happened: The Sky Team kept the trios titles. Stigma and Skandalo are still feuding. Vangellys and Maximo may be feuding.

What was good: The main event was good, but really short. The fourth match was the only other thing which didn’t feel like filler.

Where can I watch it: It’s on CMLL’s YouTube channel (more…)

Danny Casas takes Toscano’s hair, Demon Clown returns

photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (SUN) 01/03/2016 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), Estrellas del Ring, The Gladiatores]
1) Aramis & Black Dragón b Adrenalina & Atomic Star
2) Hip Hop Man, Imposible, Tony Rivera b Leo, Mike, Rafy
Rudos got a hold of the Ninja Turtle shells during the match.
3) Hijo del Pantera, Pantera I, Pantera II b Apolo Estrada Jr., Canis Lupus, Eterno
first time these three Panteras have teamed together.
4) Demon Clown, Trauma I, Trauma II b Black Terry, Herodes Jr., Súper Nova
Demon Clown returned to IWRG as the mystery luchador. Black Terry replaced Crazy Boy. Herodes Jr. debuted in IWRG here, bled, and feuded with Demon Clown.
5) Danny Casas b Toscano [hair]
Danny Casas took falls 2/3 clean to take the win. Toscano took the hair loss and shook Danny’s hand.

Of all the guys IWRG decided to do something with, they picked Danny Casas. Hope it works for them.

Demon Clown was last seen in October 2014. He’s an aging foreign luchador who wasn’t much good. They spent a lot of time teasing a mask match with him, Mascara Ano 2000 Jr. & Hijo de Dos Caras, and then just dropped it. Maybe it’ll be back.

Metaleon and Toscano were wearing shirts listing them as a trio with Mr. Leo. Is Toscano the third Lion Brother?

This should be a week of lucha libre announcements and news

  • NJPW (and CMLL) will announce the lineups for the FantasticaMania tour Tuesday or Wednesday. The announcement will come after NJPW’s 01/05 show, which starts around 12:30pm Mexico City time tomorrow.
  • AAA should be announcing their Guerra de Titanes card sometime this week. This one isn’t official, but it’s about the distance out from the show we normally get to see  card (and it wouldn’t have made sense to do it before now because of the holidays.)
  • Lucha Underground is back taping this weekend. There are three taping weekends in January to finish out Season 2, and this one will be notable for seeing who’s unable to wrestle due to injury and what detours have to be taken to get around those issues.

Today, though, there’s not much to talk about. There is the Puebla show tonight, which might be the second best streamed wrestling show today. The main event is Sky Team versus Ripper, Kraneo, and Mephisto for the CMLL trios championship. A title change is unlikely, but it’s likely to be the best match on the show. Stigma and Skandalo will meet in a special match; maybe they can prove everyone wrong and have a good fight. The card is definitely iffy; even the opener has Nitro and Arkangel, who probably won’t be doing much except a piledriver the end.

El Siglo de Torreon usually has a few interviews with CMLL La Laguna luchadors during the holidays. This year, they have one with Ultimo Guerrero, who says his injury in October was the first big one of his career. He seems as unsure as everyone else if they’ll be doing his hair versus mask match with Thunder, alluding to a decision being made after FantasticaMania. Guerrero also says not having TV is a problem and they need to use social media and the internet so the fans get to know the newer guys who haven’t been on TV. One of those new guys is Magia Blanca, who’s acknowledged as the former Magnifico I and praised by Guerrero for his hunger. Guerrero says it’s been 10 years since the last (Mistico) boom and hopes the young guys can start another.

Random Lucha Underground note: on his podcast last week, Colt Cabana mentioned Lucha Underground contacted him to sit in for Vampiro on Ultima Lucha. He was busy committed elsewhere and couldn’t do it.

AAA’s store is doing a 20% sale. I wonder who gets the money when someone buys Myzteziz gear? (Answer: no one is buying Myzteziz gear.)

Super Libre had Makabre, Titan, Al Carrillo as guests.

Segunda Caida has reviews of Los Traumas vs Guerrero Maya & Rey Cometa and Cavernario & Negro Casas vs Caristico & Mistico.

An interview with Reynosa’s Barbie Star

Casas defeats Caristico, Valiente versus Pierroth

photo by CMLL

CMLL (SAT) 01/02/2016 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Pequeño Nitro b Aéreo
2) Magnus b Metálico
3) Arkángel de la Muerte b Oro Jr.
4) Sangre Azteca b Hombre Bala Jr.
5) Pólvora b Tritón
6) Estrellita & Princesa Sugehit b La Seductora & Tiffany
7) Hechicero, Niebla Roja, Pierroth b La Máscara, Máximo Sexy, Valiente
Pierroth fouled Valiente to get the win. Valiente demanded a singles match with Pierroth (?!?) but Pierroth refused.

Valiente has ascended from opening match luchador to main eventer, has changed his physique from chubby to competition bodybuilder, but nothing he’s done in his career figures to be as much of a challenge as having a singles match with Pierroth.

CMLL ELITE (SUN) 01/03/2016 Arena México [+LuchaTV, CMLL]
1) Principe Diamante & Último Dragoncito b Mercurio & Pequeño Violencia
2) Flyer & Kamaitachi b Argos & Karonte Jr.
Kamaitachi replaced Pegasso, won (taking falls 2/3), and then attacked Flyer anyway.
3) Dave The Clown & Rothen Clown DQ Guerrero Maya Jr. & Rey Cometa
Clowns took 1/3 in the first Arena Mexico match. Maya & Cometa unmasked the Clowns for the win.
4) Trauma I & Trauma II b Cavernario & Felino
Trauma took 1/3
5) Cibernético, Mephisto, Sharlie Rockstar DQ Black Warrior, La Máscara, Rush
Rush fouled Cibernetico
6) Negro Casas b Carístico
Casas took 1/3, sneaking in a mask pull on Caristico for the win.

Caristico lost the main event again. It’s still kind of amazing. Clowns match sounds predictably not good. Canek will be on next week’s show and also will be bad.

Toscano lost his hair to Danny Casas in IWRG. Toscano’s solidly into the point of his career where he’s losing most of his hair matches.

Rush, Dragon Lee and Mistico headlined a show in their hometown of Tonala on Saturday. There’s a little video of them being introduced to the crowd.

I talked about the lucha libre year in review on The Winter Palace podcast. I’m also in the Voices of Wrestling NJPW 2015 book, writing brief bits on the luchadors who only participated on FantasticaMania, and I wrote a piece about Kamaitachi for their website.

RobViper has a music video of 07/03/15 AAA, the last Myzteziz/Averno match until the next one.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Segunda Caida reviews the latest Kamaitachi/Dragon Lee and Sombra/Caristico in Elite.

Mil Mascaras will be part of an autograph signing in Philadelphia in April.

Super Parka & Kamaitachi shaved at Sin Piedad

Kamaitachi essentially doing a dropkick to an invisible 9 foot man

CMLL (FRI) 01/01/2016 Arena México [CMLL, Cronicas y Leyendas (4), Cronicas y Leyendas (6), luchablog, R de Rudo (Notimex), SuperLuchas]
Sin Piedad, 2016
1) Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis b Estrellita, La Vaquerita, Princesa Sugehit
9:47, rudas took 2/3.
2) Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus b Blue Panther Jr., Esfinge, The Panther
13:43. rudo took 1/3
3) Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Thunder b Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Valiente
10:56. Rudos took 1/3. Thunder was back as normal.
4) Máximo Sexy b Kamaitachi [hair]
23:22. Maximo took 2/3 to take Kamatachi’s hair. Seconds were Hombre Bala Jr. and Okumura, who largely stay out of it. Dr. Zavaleta, who was doubling as the commissioner, checked on Maximo (who had a knee injury aggravated by Kamaitachi early on) during the match and seemed close to stopping it early, but let it go on. Kamaitachi tried faking a foul once, but the referee (Babe Richard) caught him and would not call the DQ. Maximo soon tried the same trick and the referee was going along with it this time. Okumura & Kamaitachi protested, and Maximo stopped faking to cradle Kamaitachi, but only got two. Maximo eventually won cleanly via powerbomb.
5) Cibernético, Último Guerrero, Volador Jr. b Carístico, Mistico, Rush [Relevos Increíbles]
9:57. Ultimo Guerrero’s side took 1/3. A blinded Caristico, covering up after his mask was pulled off, tried to foul him but instead got Rush. Volador & Cibernetico took advantage for the win and were fast friends post match. Cibernetico & Volador challenged Rush & Caristico to a tag match next week. Rush had no problem fighting, but not with Caristico and attacked him. Caristico accepted the match, with or without Rush.
6) Negro Casas b Super Parka [hair]
12:49. Casas took 2/3. Volador and Puma (who had been guest commentator all night) were seconds. Finish saw Super Parka block a casita for what could’ve been three, but Puma pulled out the referee to stop the count. Super Parka turned to argue and Negro slipped in a foul (straight into an inside cradle) for the win. Volador attacked both Puma & Casas after the match, and made it clear that he was coming after Casas. Parka complained about the way he was beat, but Casas insisted all was fair in lucha libre.

Show seemed better than last week, with Maximo/Kamaitachi being a standout match and the semimain going better than the same on the last show. Volador definitely being a rudo to end the semimain segment and being a tecnico to end the main event was strange. Stream had no problems the entire night. Attendance was down from last week, with CMLL never doing the big crowd shots for a large turnout.

Rush, Caristico and Cibernetico went from here to Arena Neza for a triangle match, where Caristico won when Rush pulled off his mask. Punker Bizarrro lost his mask to Neza Kid in a cage match, and was revealed to be Israel Pina Vazquez, 19 years a luchador, from Mexico City.

Cara Lucha (FRI) 01/01/2016 Arena San Juan Pantitlan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México [+LuchaTV, Estrellas del Ring]
1) Centella Atómica b Jr. Madrid
2) Lady Apache DQ Ludark Shaitan
Ludark replaced Keira, originally announced as the mystery person. Ludark attacked the ref for the DQ.
3) Dragón Celta b Arez
Money thrown in. Arez had been rumored as dead on Facebook for the last week (a Fulgor I prank) but came back to life to lose to new-ish Dragon Celta. Arez wants a rematch in lucha extreme.
4) Toro Negro Jr. b Látigo
Good & bloody match. Toro Negro Jr. is Latigo’s old trainer and upset him for the win. Latigo immediately asked for a mask vs mask match on the next show, and Toro Negro accepted.
5) Cavernario & Hechicero b Trauma I & Trauma II
Good match.
6) Pagano DCOR Sharly Rockstar
light tubes, chairs and other weapons were all legal, but staying out of the ring for twenty seconds was not, so the match ended in a double countout of the ring. Challenges followed.

Toro Negro beating Latigo is strange, but makes sense if one of them is really losing their mask on the show. Looked like a good turnout.

Psycho Circus beat Parka Negra, Taurus and Texano in the Arena Lopez Mateos main event. Fireball ended up working as a replacement mini. It sounds like it was a good match but weird Fireball didn’t have anything better to do on what was a sort of busy day.

+LuchaTV put up full matches from the 11/26 DTU show: Dragon Rojo Jr. vs Rocky Lobo and Draztick Boy vs Titan.

Keira versus Ludark has been added to the 01/17 La Justica show.

Luchador Fandango has been added to the 01/25 Lucha Memes Memes Rumble match.

LuchaWorld has a recap of this week’s CMLL Informa.

Rey Infierno took Casanova’s hair in Xalapa.

Segunda Caida reviews Hector Garza vs Averno

Lineup

CMLL (FRI) 01/08/2016 Arena México
1) Bengala & Leono vs Camorra & Espiritu Negro
2) Esfinge, Pegasso, Stigma vs Canelo Casas, Okumura, Virus
3) Silueta vs Dalys [lightning]
4) La Máscara, Marco Corleone, Máximo Sexy vs Kamaitachi, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
5) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Rey Escorpión, Thunder
6) Carístico & Rush vs Cibernético & Volador Jr. [Relevos Increíbles]

This is likely the last Friday night show prior to FantasticaMania for those who are going. The first show is 01/17, so they’ll probably be on the way on 01/16. Caristico, Rush and Cibernetico are going, and a singles match among those guys seem possible for the two weeks where they’re going to be running low on people.

Those FantasticaMania lineups should be coming this week, announced after NJPW’s 01/05 show.

Thunder/UG is back, but only for one week for those reasons. Kamaitachi still being around is confusing; we’re into uncharted territory with him. It’d make sense if this was his last show too, but not sure why they wouldn’t just let him go home a week early rather than do a meaningless trios match.

Silueta hasn’t been around much and never gets singles match – her last Arena Mexico one was in 2011 versus Ray – so that sticks out as strange. Still no mention of Marcela.

Dragon Lee is equally missing. He was battling his own knee injury after his feud with Kamaitachi, so maybe they gave him a few weeks off to heal up before heading to Japan.

CMLL Sin Piedad: 2016-01-01

good move, great sell

Recapped: 01/01/2016

What happened: Maximo & Negro Casas defeated Kamaitachi & Super Parka for their hair in separate singles matches. Volador declared war on all of the Casas family for their cheating in the main event. Caristico accidentally fouled Rush leading to both losing the semimain, and teasing a Rush/Caristico vs Voaldor/Cibernetico. (Volador is a busy guy.) Thunder still exists

What was good: The Kamaitachi/Maximo match is the best match of the year. It’ll still be a really good match when there’s more than one day.

Where can I watch it: Matches from this show will be on Azteca on January 23rd.

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