Tigre Rojo Jr. unmasks Blue Center, Titan versus Cavernario, Hijo del Fantasma

CMLL (MON) 07/28/2014 Arena Puebla [Periodico Enfoque]
1) El Rebelde & Fuerza Chicana b Black Tiger & Meyer
Rudos took 2/3.
2) Astral & Eléctrico DQ Demus 3:16 & Espíritu Maligno
Tecnicos took 2/3, the last when Espiritu fouled Electrico. They agreed to a rematch for next week.
3) Dragon Lee, Hombre Bala Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. b Cancerbero, Raziel, Siki Ozama Jr.
Tecnicos took 1/3.
4) Ephesto, Pólvora, Rey Escorpión b Dragón Rojo Jr., Stigma, Valiente
Escorpion beat Dragon Rojo.
5) Tigre Rojo Jr. b Blue Center [mask]
Blue Center attacked Tigre Rojo Jr. before the match and took the first fall. Rojo tied it up with a hurracarrana, then the third with a bridging pin. Blue Center was unmasked as Rodolfo Contreras, 40 years old, 25 years a wrestler.
6) La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush b Mr. Niebla, Shocker, Último Guerrero
Ultimo Guerrero replaced Negro Casas. Ingobernables took 1/3, sneaking in a foul on UG in the third.

Tonight’s the big Titan versus Cavernario national welterweight title match. Cavernario’s getting this shot because of En Busca de un Idolo, but the two have feuded the last week building up to this match They’re getting the main event slot and should have as much time and freedom to do whatever they want, and it should make for a pretty great match. The undercard includes Sagrado and Angel de Oro teaming again, after they had issues on Sunday.

Guadalajara has Rush/Casas (in trios) and Sugehit/Blanca (in a lightning match) as a preview for Juicio Final show, which no one in Guadalajara will likely be able to see live.

I did get to listen to the Hijo del Fantasma podcast and took notes. So many notes. Too many notes. The interview was from a month ago – between the Puebla and Queretaro shows – but most everything is still current. Some of it was covered in Spanish in his Tercera Caida interview – like the cold shoulder he got from CMLL when he was trying to tell them why he was leaving. (His impression is CMLL had no idea why he was leaving, but mistakenly blamed him for getting Sombra, Averno and Volador WWE tryouts – Fantasma says he had nothing to with that, only himself got a tryout himself thru Antonio Inoki’s daughter, thought it went great and was very surprised not to get a deal.) There’s a lot of new stuff, or maybe just stuff I missed last time.

Fantasma gives a lot of credit to Konnan for helping mentor him and turn his career around. They were talking a lot before Fantasma decided to jump, and it was Konnan telling Fantasma that he looked fat that was enough to shock Fantasma into changing things. (Texano Jr., who works out at the gym Fantasma owns, worked hard on getting Fantasma to jump as well.) Fantasma says he was depressed  by the end of his CMLL run, and very nervous when he had to wrestle multiple matches in a six sided ring for his AAA debut. Fantasma feels he’s in much better shape now – they agree he’s got the best body in AAA at the moment – and Fantasma’s rebuilt his confidence in this past year and feels like he’s wrestling better than ever.

One of the big mysteries to us, far far on the outside, is why Fantasma is so much happier in AAA. Fantasma hasn’t been a big part of the storylines in AAA since jumping – Konnan even notes Fantasma hasn’t gotten an angle, but will get one soon – but he’s clearly having a lot more fun since leaving Arena Mexico. Fantasma’s not directly asked this, but does explain it: Fantasma was really bummed out by being slotted in the segunda and tercera in CMLL and being left off the big shows. He could tell he was no longer a Golden Boy. Fantasma might have not been given an angle in AAA yet, but he’s always used in one of the top matches. Fantasma says he dressed by himself in CMLL and no one really talked to each other much before or after the matches. Everyone in AAA hangs out together, cracking jokes on each other and helping each other improve. Both Konnan and Fantasma rave about Hard Rock Hotel experience, noting it’s basically a paid vacation. Konnan, talking about the free stuff the luchadors get: “Free hotel rooms, free food, they gave you a fruit basket and wine – that’s why Toscano won’t be going back [both guys laugh].”

Fantamsa mentions he felt really loyal to CMLL since they gave him his first real start, but never was as anti-AAA as other people because he did work there for a few months (the ’05-’06 middleweight tournament) and Antonio Pena gave him some good advice. His father later told Fantasma that he should’ve made the jump a couple years earlier, but his mom was concerned Fantasma would burn a bridge with Arena Mexico and not fit in with the soap opera/garbage wrestling rep AAA had. Fantasma started watching AAA for about a year before jumping and it convinced him AAA wasn’t really a circus, but a place a lot more focused on details in matches and outside the ring than CMLL.

Hijo del Fantasma tells the great story about how his father ended up with the character. He wanted to be “Top Secret”, had the gear made and got booked in Arena Mexico under that name, but he didn’t have his license yet. He went to the lucha commission office to get it, but the commission rejected the name because they didn’t want anyone using English words as their name. Someone there was reading the paper, pointed at The Phantom comic strip, told not-Top Secret he looked like the lead character, and said he should use that name instead. Not-Top-Secret was willing to accept whatever just so he could get licensed and not lose his booking, and so that’s how he became El Fantasma for the next 30+ years. (This is the most lucha libre commission story ever.) Decades later, not-yet-Hijo-del-Fantasma was offered a (unpaid) booking at a small show. He still had no gimmick at this point, so Fantasma went back to his parents house, took his father’s old unused gear, and became Top Secret for the next couple of years.

Fantasma says he’d like to work with Cibernetico and La Parka. Konnan tries to steer him towards Fenix, saying they have great chemistry (Fantasma [joking]: “Yea, we beat the shit out of each other, that kind of chemistry”) and Fantasma agrees that he has good matches with the ‘Strong Style Division’, but he wants to be a top guy and so he’s got to go against top guys. Cibernetico and Fantamsa might have some interesting matches.

There’s a digression about Loco Max, who visited at the last AAA taping in Puebla. He later wrote Konnan an email about how he had CMLL blinders on all along and finally took them off to see how great AAA is. This sounds like a guy sucking up to get a job, but Konnan reacts like it was totally sincere. It probably explains how Loco Max losing his hair in Xalapa on an AAA spot show happened.

There’s a lot more but I don’t want to steal the entire podcast. Fantasma talks about Myzteziz’s struggles in WWE and how he’s done since returning to AAA (better than expected, a pleasant surprise to Konnan) and compare him to Alberto Del Rio. There’s brief stories about trying out for CMLL and trying out for WWE, which are different experiences but not totally so. There’s name association near the end, where Fantasma names Porky as one of the top five guys he’s worked with. Reactions come so easy to him that you’ve got to learn to work harder to keep up. Konnan disappears to take a phone call from Oscar (the Grouch? Probably not the Grouch) for a while, and I thought MSL did a nice job asking good questions to keep the podcast going despite not knowing as much about Fantasma. Hijo del Fantasma comes across as smart, loyal and motivated. He really looks up to Konnan and really likes being part of AAA and where they’re headed.

AAA released a new poster for TripleMania. The bottom of the poster looks like it’s teasing a Parka/Demon/Electroshock vs Jarrett/Chessman/Averno match, so maybe Averno’s ending up in the cage match too. No Myzteziz on the poster. There’s also updated info on the annual pilgrimage.

Court Bauer on his most recent podcast (around 20:20): “AAA has a project – a lot of question marks about that project right now more than ever, for a variety of reasons.” This was only a tangent on a larger discussion about TNA so there’s no real explaination of what’s behind the question mark.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update, this week’s Poster-Mania, and the start of the 2013 LuchaWorld top 100 countdown.

DTU announced it’s August tour, running from 08/17 to 08/24. B Boy and Willie Mack are being brought in.

ChilangaMask has announced the Traumas, Masada, Aeroboy, Belial, Impulso and Arez for their 09/20 show in Guadalajara.

An 08/03 Monterrey show built around LA Park vs Dr. Wagner has kept changing venues, and now is slated to take place in Arena Coliseo Monterrey. (That means it may turn up on TV around 08/10.)

Guerreros Laguneros are #1 on CMLL’s top 10 list.

Lucha Libre in Japan

07/29 NOAH: Hajime Ohara [O] & Kenou b Super Crazy [X] & Matt Striker [JTL]
Crazy/Striker drop to 1-2, are eliminated from advancing. Both they and Rocky Lobo/Jinzo wrap up their tournament on 08/02.


IWRG (SUN) 08/03/2014 Arena Naucalpan
1) Alfa & Omega vs Hijo De La Bestia & Hip Hop Man
2) Apolo Estrada Jr., Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo © vs Emperador Azteca, Imposible, Metaleon [EdM Trios]
Fourth defense for the Gringos.
3) Alan Extreme vs Guerrero Mixtico [hair]
4) Hijo De Dos Caras, Relámpago, Veneno vs Demon Clown, Eterno, Hijo de Máscara Año 2000
5) Oficial 911 & Oficial AK47 © vs Trauma I & Trauma II [IWRG IC TAG]
first defense for the Oficials

Random major IWRG show? Random major IWRG show. All of these feuds have been going on for a while, but there was no indication they were all resolving on the same show (and maybe it’s not such a great idea given how little has been happening on the Wednesday shows, but whatever.) Oficials and Traumas should be an insane brawl because everyone involved may be insane at the right moments.

Mixtico lost his hair here last year (the trios match where no one know who’s hair was on the line until after the match) and Alan Extreme lost his mask last year, so both are looking for a win in this sort of match.

Imposible and Azteca were feuding with each other, then stopped as soon as the trios title program began. They may be restarting again soon.

CMLL (MON) 08/04/2014 Arena Puebla
1) Astral & Eléctrico vs Demus 3:16 & Espíritu Maligno
2) Pegasso & Soberano Jr. vs Cancerbero & Raziel
3) Black Panther, Cachorro, Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Blue Center, Kamaitachi, Okumura
4) Ángel de Oro, Dragón Rojo Jr., Máscara Dorada, Stigma, Stuka Jr. vs Gran Guerrero, Misterioso Jr., Puma, Rey Escorpión, Ripper [Reyes del Aire]
5) La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush vs Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Shocker

We’ve seen Ingobernables versus that trio quite a few times.

This is the second Reyes del Air of the year. Stuka won the one in April. Mascara Dorada absolutely should win that Reyes del Aire.

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07/26-27 lucha videos

It looks like C3 aired the HD version squashed to SD. I think I fixed it. I may have made it worse.

YouTube Playlist:

07/26 WWC: http://ul.to/c5rqyg8f
07/27 WWC: http://ul.to/2kefv2n6

07/27 Sobre el Ring: http://ul.to/2kefv2n6

07/27 La Lucha Se La Hace:  http://ul.to/mhvhdbeh – note ex-CMLL, ex-Chicago luchador Principe Franky has somehow turned up here.
07/27 El Rayo, Vida de Lucha: http://ul.to/7qd3hz9j

07/27 Leyendas de Lucha Libre – Climax: http://ul.to/1m64tpay – I can’t recall I posted this one already, but it recorded so here it is.

AAA on Televisa: 2014-07-26
taped 2014-07-05 @ Hard Rock Hotel, Vallarta, Nayarit
1) Jennifer Blake, La Jarochita, Mascarita Sagrada, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Mamba, Mini Abismo Negro, Sexy Star, Taya Valkyrie
2) Angélico, Australian Suicide, Fénix vs El Apache, Pentagón Jr., Súper Fly
3) Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Hijo del Fantasma, Silver King, Texano Jr.
4) Cibernético & Myzteziz vs Averno & Chessman

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-07-26
taped 2014-07-15 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Full Show: http://ul.to/s5dqvqsg
1) Omar Brunetti, Sky Kid, Smaker vs Boby Zavala, Olímpico, Sangre Azteca
2) Marco Corleone, Máscara Dorada, Super Porky vs Ephesto, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
3) La Máscara vs Shocker

CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-07-26
taped 2014-07-22 @ Arena México
1) Angelito, Astral, Eléctrico vs Demus 3:16, Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito
2) Cachorro, Stigma, Tritón vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus
Dark Angel Fitness Capsule
3) Fuego, Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto, Hechicero, Misterioso II
4) Marco Corleone, Máscara Dorada, Titán vs Cavernario, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
5) Valiente vs Euforia

CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-07-26
taped 2014-07-18 @ Arena México
1) Atlantis, Dragón Rojo Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Pólvora, Rey Escorpión, Último Guerrero
2) Negro Casas & Shocker © vs La Sombra & Rush for the CMLL World Tag Team Championship

Lucha Azteca (CMLL): 2014-07-26
taped 2014-07-11 @ Arena México
Full Show: http://ul.to/d9p6t5in
1) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Rush vs Cavernario, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero
2) Dark Angel, Estrellita, Marcela vs Amapola, Princesa Blanca, Zeuxis
3) La Sombra vs Shocker

CMLL on Terra: 2014-07-27
taped 2014-07-27 @ Arena Coliseo
1) Fantasy, Stukita, Último Dragoncito vs Mercurio, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Universo 2000
2) Black Panther, Soberano Jr., Star Jr. vs Guerrero Negro Jr., Hijo del Signo, Nitro
3) Dragon Lee, Fuego, Oro Jr. vs Metálico, Skándalo, Virus
4) Silueta vs Zeuxis in a lightning match
5) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Sagrado vs Gran Guerrero, Pierroth, Pólvora
6) Marco Corleone, Máscara Dorada, Stuka Jr. vs Euforia, Felino, Mr. Niebla

CMLL Puebla: 2014-07-27
taped 2014-07-14 @ Arena Puebla
1) Meyer, Milenium, Tigre Rojo vs Akrón, Espíritu Maligno, King Jaguar
2) Lluvia, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs La Seductora, Princesa Blanca, Tiffany
3) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Blue Center, Boby Zavala, El Cavernario
4) Virus © vs Stigma for the CMLL World Super Lightweight Championship
5) Atlantis, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero

IWRG Zona XXI: 2014-07-27
taped 2014-07-20 @ Arena Naucalpan
1) Alan Extreme & Dragón Celestial vs Guerrero Mixtico & Hip Hop Man
2) Emperador Azteca, Imposible, Metaleon vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo
3) Golden Magic, Relámpago, Rey Horus vs Bestia 666, Damián 666, Eterno
4) LA Park vs Máscara Sagrada and Pirata Morgan and Demon Clown and Dr. Wagner Jr. and Hijo De Dos Caras for the IWRG Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship in a ladder match

Noches de Coliseo: 2014-07-27
taped 2014-07-20 @ Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) El Divo, Mr. Nice, Orquídea Negra vs Corazón de Barrio, Memo Valles, Monje Negro Jr.
2) Hator, Jerry, Mario Bezares, Snoopy, Super Parka, Vudu vs Konnan Big
3) Ruby vs NathalyMiss Linares [pillow fight]

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Traumas vs Oficials, Steve Pain out of AAA, Tigre Rojo/Blue Center

IWRG (SUN) 07/27/2014 Arena Naucalpan [The Gladiatores]
1) Alfa & Omega b Kaling Black & Látigo
Latigo replaced Hijo de la Bestia
2) Emperador Azteca & Metaleon b Anubis Black & Hip Hop Man
3) Canis Lupus, Fuerza Guerrera, Guerrero Mixtico b Alan Extreme, Golden Magic, Veneno
Rudos took 1/3, Guerrero Mixtico beat Alan again.
4) Trauma I & Trauma II b Oficial 911 & Oficial AK47
Oficials jumped the Traumas with chairs, but the Traumas rallied to take the match in straight falls. Mask ripping and blood. AK-47 tried to use a bottle at the end, but it backfired with Trauma II smacking him.
5) Cien Caras Jr., Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, X-Fly b Hijo De Dos Caras, Relámpago, Villano IV
Rudos took 1/3, Mascara sneaking in a foul on new champ Dos and X-Fly covering for the win.

I know Hijo de Mascara set up the finish, but X-Fly got the pin. Give the title shot to X-Fly.

Traumas and Oficials appear willing to murder each other to make a good match happen this year in IWRG. AK-47 needed stitches after the bottle shot to the head, which meant 911 was alone to get destroyed by the Traumas backstage. Guerrero Mistico and Alan Extreme also continued their hair versus hair feud.

Steve Pain says he’s done in AAA. This is abrupt and strange, but he did allude to some changes in his personal life on Twitter and he could be making the tough but mature choice to stay closer to home for the time being. Pain was a really nice surprise addition to AAA and will be missed.

Hijo del Pirata Morgan, who’s about to have parental issues of his own, receiving a new Anarquia t-shirt is the easiest way to patch that hole, though AAA’s now down 2 of the original 3 members of that group. The easiest way to replace Pain in his TripleMania match is just to stick Super Fly in Pain’s spot, but it always seemed like Super Fly was getting added some other way. Pain’s also on the taping prior to TripleMania, but odds remain low that AAA will announce a replacement.

Today’s the Tigre Rojo Jr. versus Blue Center mask versus mask match in Arena Puebla. The feud’s kind of snuck up on everyone and I’m not sure how big a deal it’ll turn out to be. Blue Center was originally feuding with Asturiano months ago. It turned to be a three way feud with Espiritu Maligno losing his hair instead, but it was a pretty clear signal veteran Blue Center would be risking his mask against a young Puebla luchador relatively soon. Those matches in Puebla tend to go one way, but I’m well behind on watching Puebla so I have no idea if that’s good or not. Tigre Rojo Jr. seemed promising the few times I’ve seen him.

I’ve heard the MLW Radio interview with Hijo del Fantasma was very good. I haven’t gotten to hear it yet – I’m waiting for a time where I can listen to it and take an excruciating amount of notes, hopefully in the next day or so. You shouldn’t wait for me to write about it, it’s worth checking out now.

Rob has highlights of 11/02/01 CMLL.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

A recap of the Mil Mascaras Guadalajara show on DJ Spectro’s Facebook mentions Dos Caras and Sicodelico were in rough shape, but Mil looked like Mil. That recap has the tecnicos winning the semifinal, but an R de Rudo confirms Cavernario actually submitted Solar.

Proyeccion Luchisitca returns from a long hiatus with long pieces on the final day of Gimnasio Gloria, a Mexico City licensing exam from Saturday, an interview with Black Terry, and another with Barba Negra and El Bufon.

After I noted Fenix wasn’t working spot shows this morning, here’s a recap of Fenix working a spot show in Puebla. Everyone should stop listening to me.

Segunda Caida reviews Fuerza Guerrera, Blue Panther, Espanto Jr., Psicosis vs Hijo del Santo, Octagon, El Mariachi, El Mexicano and El Santo’s retirement match.

Lucha Libre in Japan

07/28 NOAH: Super Crazy [O] & Matt Striker b Genba Hirayanagi [X] & Kikutaro [JTL]
Team WUW is 1-1, has 2 points, and probably has to win the next two to advance.

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07/27 AAA TV Results (Ecatepec)

AAA TV (SUN) 07/27/2014 Centro Civico Nueva Aragon, Ecatepec, Estado de México [AAA]
1) Mini Abismo Negro, Mini Charly Manson, Mini Psycho Clown b Dinastía, Mini Drago, Octagoncito
2) Mamba, Sexy Star, Taya Valkyrie b Faby Apache, Jennifer Blake, Pimpinela Escarlata
Taya beat Faby again.
3) Angélico & Jack Evans b Daga & Eterno and Sensacional Carlitos & Tommy Diablo [AAA TAG]
Turned into a tag title defense. Daga replaced Steve Pain. Champs beat Diablo with their powerbomb/630 senton combo.
4) Australian Suicide, Drago, Fénix b Dark Cuervo, Demon Rocker, Pentagón Jr.
Demon Rocker replaced Daga. Fenix beat Pentagon.
5) Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown DQ Hijo del Fantasma, Texano Jr., Zorro
Texano fouled Psycho for the DQ.
6) Electroshock, La Parka, Myzteziz b Averno, Black Warrior, Chessman
Myzteziz submitted Warrior despite Sexy Star and Taya running interference.

Air Date: 08/02 and 08/09.

They have one more taping which will air the day before TripleMania, but this is basically it. This is a strange one, because they didn’t move anything forward for the TripleMania card at all – no mention of a cage match in the recap, no plans for the guys who have no matches right now. I assume they’ve taped (or will be taping) plenty of vignettes where those things are announced, but didn’t want to do it in front of the live crowd or didn’t trust to do it that way. It’s different than what they’ve done in the past and even during the lead up to this show (where Psycho/Texano, Taya/Faby and the cruiserweight match were explicitly made in front of the crowd.) I understand AAA is trying to be a TV show and figures most of their audience is finding out what happens by watching the TV show so it’s only what’s on there that matters, but since they’re likely going to announce the remaining matches in front of a limited audience in a couple days in hopes of reaching their audience, why not reach the part of their audience that’s already in front of them?

That cruiserweight match looks like it’s subject to change. Steve Pain wasn’t on the show, and said to be out of AAA. I have no idea why. Pain turned up on Twitter to promote an appearance on an LA lucha libre radio show, so we may know what happened soon enough.

The Puerto Ricians being brought in to lose a tag title match on night one is also pretty inexplicable. (It reads as if it was single elimination, so AAA could’ve just protected them and beaten Eterno.) Why bother flying them in? Or did they change their minds halfway thru, and that’s why the vignettes were primarily on YouTube? It’s also possibly they’ll just keep showing up anyway, because AAA is weird.

As expected, Fenix is working TV despite missing spots shows. I haven’t seen this week’s TV yet, but it sounded like he looked immobile in Nayarit. Hopefully the three weeks off have done him some good.

Next taping is 08/06 in Teziultan, but the next AAA event should be the announcement of the TripleMania card sometime this week. Maybe. I don’t really know.

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great match roundup, week of 2014-07-12

Great/Excellent matches

Shows Watched But Nothing Made The List

CMLL on Terra: 2014-07-20 – easily the best show of the week.
AAA on Televisa: 2014-07-19
CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-07-19
CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-07-19
CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-07-20

Matches To Watch Later
Got nothing.

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Sagrado rudo, Silueta/Zeuxis, LuchaMania Monterrey

photo by Alexis Salazar/CMLL

CMLL (SUN) 07/27/2014 Arena Coliseo [CMLL] 
1) Fantasy, Stukita, Último Dragoncito b Mercurio, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Universo 2000
Tecncios took 1/3. 
2) Guerrero Negro Jr., Hijo del Signo, Nitro b Black Panther, Soberano Jr., Star Jr.
Rudos took 2/3. 
3) Metálico, Skándalo, Virus DQ Dragon Lee, Fuego, Oro Jr.
Straight falls. Oro/Metalico feud goes on, Metalico tossing his mask to Oro to draw the DQ here. 
4) Silueta b Zeuxis [lightning]
match was originally Rey Cometa vs Okumura. Silueta beat Zeuxis and challenged her to a title match next week. 
5) Gran Guerrero, Pierroth, Pólvora b Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Sagrado
Straight falls for the rudos. Sagrado and Angel de Oro had issues, with Sagrado teasing a rudo turn. 
6) Marco Corleone, Máscara Dorada, Stuka Jr. b Euforia, Felino, Mr. Niebla
Tecnicos took 2/3.

Video links will be up later? Tomorrow? At some point.

I guess Sagrado’s all black outfit was a clue. If the tecnicos get Dragon Rojo and the rudos get Sagrado, who won the trade? (Probably no one who likes to see people in their best roles, but I guess we can wait and see on Sagrado.) The best joke I saw on Twitter was rudo Sagrado becoming an atheist, but I like to imagine that programming people in CMLL are so upset with Myzteziz that they’re making his predecessor his evil parody.

There seems to be a short term end game for Dragon Rojo turning – they tried Rey Escorpion/Maximo, it wasn’t clicking, they still want to do something with Escorpion, voila – but I’m not as convinced about Sagrado going anywhere. Mostly because it’s Sagrado and it hasn’t gone anywhere in five years with him, which might also be the reason enough to give him a new start on the rudo side but it only works if there’s more to it than him turning. Also, somewhat concerned there’s another middle/upper level feud kickstarted prior to September. They’re only a couple more away from being able to fill up a cage. Can’t rule anything out.

The Silueta/Zeuxis situation is a bit amusing. REINA, weeks ago, announced that their August shows would have a title match on every show. Silueta’s on those shows, Zeuxis is not, so the title match outcome could not be more obvious if a Sk8er Boi was involved. Yet, it must’ve not been obvious to the CMLL people in charge of scheduling these things. This lightning match was belatedly added to the card during the week so they could squeeze in the title match before Silueta left. The left hand and right hand need to hold meetings or at least check their email.

(The other important REINA angle you need to know is Negro Casas taught Syuri the secrets of the casita. I only know this because a Twitter bot keeps on repeating it, but I like the idea of Negro revealing hidden info about the cradle half the roster uses.)

The AAA show tonight announced nothing about TripleMania matches to the live crowd, so it’s still possible CMLL might announce The Inevitable Oro Jr. Versus Metalico Mask Versus Mask Counter Programming Extravaganza (official name) for 08/17 before AAA gets around to announcing Mytzeziz’s match on TripleMania. I’m crossing my fingers.

CMLL (SUN) 07/27/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@acogdl] 
1) El Tapatío b Reyco 
2) Explosivo b El Yaqui
Explosivo replaced Idolo and got the win. Yaqui’s gear is multicolored and fring-y, like the long missing El Hippie (but no idea if that’s supposed to mean anything.) 
3) Jocker & Thunder Boy b Brillante & El Capitan
Brillante replaced Explosivo. El Capitan’s first match since December. He lost, rudos took 1/3. 
4) Demonio Maya b Virgo [lightning
5) Esfinge, Gallo, León Blanco DQ El Cuatrero, Sansón, Universo 2000 Jr.
Tecnicos took 2/3, Sanson fouled Esfinge. Challenges all around after the match. 
6) Rey Bucanero & Shocker b La Sombra & Valiente
Rudos took 2/3, Shocker cheating to beat Valiente.

+LuchaTV has video of half of LuchaMania Monterrey’s show: Dralion vs Arez, Charles Lucero vs Black Terry and Tony Rodriguez vs Kaientai vs Erik Ortiz vs Kratoz vs Low Rider vs Antonio Garza. They’re not allowed to post the matches with CMLL wrestlers (so no Dark Angel/Princesa Sugehit or Hechicero/Caifan)

The IWRG ladder match did air. I believe I also got Stigma/Virus. I have no idea which is better news, because I’m very tired.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Super Libre had the newest Dinamitas as guests.

Segunda Caida reviews CMLL on LATV 06/08/14 and a random match from a random 2010 IWRG show.

Cronicas y Leyendas looks back at Mil Mascaras, Villano III, Gran Hamada vs Rick Patterson and the Animals.

CMLL video promo for Friday includes Negro Casas very obviously reading from cue cards. There’s a jump cut and he’s clearly pointing at the women’s names on the other side of the camera. The amazing thing is it proves they do a second take on those.

La Tarde has a bio of Tigre Colombiano.

The Fort Bill Bugle has an article on a luchador in El Paso’s Border Impact Group.


CMLL (SUN) 08/03/2014 Arena Coliseo 
1) Magnus & Sensei vs Cholo & Espiritu Negro 
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Stigma, Súper Halcón Jr. vs Artillero, Hijo del Signo, Súper Comando 
3) Fuego, Oro Jr., Rey Cometa vs Boby Zavala, Metálico, Virus 
4) Zeuxis © vs Silueta [REINA IJ]
Zeuxis is champion, first defense for a title she won 13 months ago (from Silueta.) The only Mexico matches for this title have been between Silueta and Zeuxis. 
5) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Sagrado vs Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Pólvora 
6) Máscara Dorada, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys

Also, why didn’t they have the Guadalajara girl win the title back in Guadalajara (where she lost it last time?) This is shocking news, I know, but I believe no one’s paying attention to details in this lucha libre promotion. This is a fresh insight.

This should be a pretty good card. The fifth match doesn’t have much hope, but wouldn’t have much hope if Angel de Oro & Sagrado weren’t going to fight anyway. This is the best way to use Pierroth, if you have to use him. (You don’t have to use him.)

CMLL (SUN) 08/03/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara 
1) Índigo & Marvel vs Furia Nazi & Relampago 
2) Explosivo, Virgo, William Rock vs Demonio Rojo, Infierno, Thunder Boy 
3) El Divino vs Jocker 
4) Esfinge vs Sansón 
5) Titán & Volador Jr. vs Euforia & Mr. Águila 
6) La Sombra vs Shocker

Sombra and Shocker complete the hat track, doing the same match in Puebla, Mexico and Guadalajara. And quite likely the literal same match. Plans subject to change – the Twitter recapper sure seems to have though the upcoming Shocker match was with Valiente, not Sombra.

I was looking at 1949/1950 Guadalajara lineups last week – because I’m strange and I found them and I keep forgetting I really should be doing some Better Know A Luchador profiles prior to Juicio Final but does anyone really want a Seductora profile (no, you’re lying) – and the top 2/3rds of this card kind of reminds me of those. The style there was to run 8 person shows. They’d just have four singles matches. Sometimes they ran a (new for then) tag team match, but they’d still just have 8 people booked and just one less match. Old luchador frequently complain about (everything but specifically) people not being trained enough before they’re wrestling on shows. I don’t always agree, but it definitely figures to reason that the 15th best person on a 15 man show is probably significantly better than 30th best person on a 30 man show and that person is a whole lot better than 60th best on a 60 man (DTU) show. If people ran smaller shows, like Guadalajara does on Sundays, then maybe they’d be better shows? It doesn’t work out perfectly, Guadalajara seems to be running lesser populated shows on Sunday because the seats are also lesser populated and there are other reasons they’re choosing those people on the show besides them being the best, but maybe it would help if it was just a little tougher to get booked onto shows? (And here, the 100 people in the AAA, CMLL and IWRG schools dying to get booked might argue it’s plenty tough enough already.)

I think I had a point somewhere in there. Not sure.

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Volador/Sombra (again), Mil Mascaras, AAA in Ecatepec

photo by Alexis Salazar/CMLL

CMLL (FRI) 07/25/2014 Arena México [CMLL] 
1) Hombre Bala Jr. & Súper Halcón Jr. b Canelo Casas & Disturbio 
2) Amapola, Princesa Blanca, Zeuxis DQ Goya Kong, Marcela, Silueta
Blanca tried the white powder trick again, Marcela blocked and threw the powder herself, ref caught her for the DQ. 
3) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Valiente DQ Puma, Tiger, Vangellys
Straight falls, Puma fouled Delta and then took his mask for the DQ. 
4) Máximo b Ripper [lightning
5) Atlantis, Dragón Rojo Jr., Titán DQ Rey Escorpión, Shocker, Último Guerrero
Rey Escorpion fouled Dragon Rojo and pulled his mask. They made mask vs hair challenges. 
6) Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Volador Jr. b La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush [Relevos Increíbles]
Straight falls, Volador beating Sombra and asking for ANOTHER title shot.

If Sombra, Mascara and Rush put Ingobernable on a t-shirt, will CMLL finally be forced to start using that name? I’m just happy Mascara finally got a black mask.

A ludicrous amount of DQs and straight fall matches. There’s got to be a balance of trying to build things up for next week and making sure people get a decent show this week. There’s zero reason to do a DQ with Delta/Puma when they’re doing so many other ones.

indy (FRI) 07/25/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@acogdl] 
1) Brillante & William Rock b Demonio Rojo & Évola
William Rock continues to win. 
2) Mystique & Princesa Ahy Leen b Estrella Explosiva & Star Fire 
3) Leo & Omar Brunetti b Jocker & Sádico
Mil Mascaras was given a plaque by Apolo Dantes after this match. 
4) Sky Kid & Smaker DQ Demonio Maya & Ráfaga
Rafaga fouled Smaker. 
5) Cavernario, Cesar Dantes, Scorpio Jr. b Gallo, Solar I, Super Astro
Cavernario submitted Solar in an upset. 
6) Hijo De Dos Caras, Mil Mascaras, Sicodelico Sr. b Canek, Negro Navarro, Rey Bucanero

Mil Mascaras talked to the crowd for a bit after receiving his award. This was a peculiar show promoted by the CMLL owned by building but not by CMLL itself. Every match was one fall; maybe it’d be that way all the time if they had their choice.

AAA’s put up the vignettes from today’s TV show. Notable ones include Blue Demon Jr. making his first TV appearance in months by challenging Jeff Jarrett and Chessman also getting involved. Add to the TripleMania cage match.

We really should know everyone in the cage by tomorrow night. AAA tapes TV in Ecatepec, their first taping in three weeks. (Three weeks between tapings in July is too long – maybe not for AAA, but definitely for a person who writes daily blog on lucha libre.) AAA’s got a taping before TripleMania left in Teziultan, and maybe even another one after which hasn’t been announced yet, but tonight’s the night any big matches left for TripleMania should be made. The full lineup is expected to be out next week, they might as well run the angles for the matches before hand. Myzteziz’s match for TripleMania, the official announcement for the cage match, the plans for Pentagon/Suicide (if it’s still happening on this show) and the plans for Angelico & Jack Evans (probably against the debut Carlios & Tommy Diablo) are the four big things which have to be sorted out tomorrow.

Porra Fresa posts an article about Porra Fresa. Even though they’re making noise and part of the show every week, they don’t get any discount on their tickets. I can’t decide if organized groups at US wrestling shows would be great, or just the worst thing ever. It depends on the people.

Marcela and Seductora talk about their hair match. The build to this thing, with the four women scarcely in the same match at the same time, has been very strange. They’ve focused more on Blanca versus Sugehit, which is a good grudge match and Blanca versus Marcela, which is just a good match. They really haven’t done anything to disguise Seductora being the obvious loser and she’s needed a lot of help if she was going to be in this match.

Myzteziz took his first direct loss in AAA on a random spot show in Oaxaca. They haven’t been pushing him as undefeated and spot shows results are never mentioned, but this one is really never going to be mentioned.

Boby Zavala and Olimpico challenge the other tag team champions because why not.

R de Rudo has a roundup of Puebla cards this weekend.


IWRG FILL (WED) 07/30/2014 Arena Naucalpan 
1) Blue Metal, Fly Tiger, Vardeus vs Sexy Girls, Skandia, Último Caballero 
2) Black Niko, Galaxy, Psique vs Chicanito, Cosmos Fugas, Zumba 
3) Blue Monsther, Fly Boricua, Marduk Jr. vs Payaso De Plata, Payaso Extremo, Vampiro Metálico 
4) Aramis, Black Angel, Seiya vs Atomic Star, Matrix Jr., Muerte Infernal 
5) Anubis Black, Emperador Azteca, Látigo, Metaleon, Omega, Power Bull, Sky Ángel, Zurdog vs Dante, Discordia, Euro, Finders, Ironica, Rey Inmortal, Spider Boy,Xcorpio [Copa High Power]
IWRG vs Arena Lopez Mateos (Yakuza)

Not listed as FILL but obviously is – and includes a couple guys I thought might have left. (Which doesn’t really explain why they’re not on the main shows.) I didn’t know Yakzua was training for AULL but he’s on all of their shows so it makes sense.

CMLL (FRI) 08/01/2014 Arena México 
1) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Puma, Skándalo, Tiger 
2) Blue Panther, La Máscara, Máximo vs Ephesto, Euforia, Mephisto 
3) Marcela & Princesa Sugehit vs La Seductora & Princesa Blanca [mask, hair
4) La Sombra © vs Volador Jr. [NWA WELTER]
Sombra’s first defense 
5) Atlantis, Dragón Rojo Jr., Titán vs Rey Escorpión, Shocker, Último Guerrero 
6) Rush vs Negro Casas [hair]

I haven’t look thru Ticketmaster yet, but was told tickets had been moving slower than expected for Juicio Final. That would seem to explain why Sombra versus Voldaor, for the 9th time in Arena Mexico in the last two years, has been added. Only I’m not sure it actually helps a lot. They’ve definitely reached diminishing returns in the matches themselves and I’m a bit dreading this match after Volador’s match with Dragon Rojo – they need to change things up but won’t. It also seems like it’s played out as a drawing card, drawing less the last few times, though being added as a second or third attraction here means it’s more just added to the depth of the card.

This is more concerning for those of us who will only see this event on TV. CMLL already had three matches they’d like to squeeze on TV. Besides the apuestas, the semimain should have one apuesta match set (but will possibly have two and anger everyone in the crowd) and so it should turn up on TV in some form. Now they have four, they’ll be tempted to edit in three, and all the matches are going to pay the price. Some editor is going to have a rough time.

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