photo by Black Terry Jr.

WWL (SUN) 03/09/2014 Domo del Deportivo Plan Sexenal, Distrito Federal [Estrellas del Ring, La WagnerMania, R de Rudo, Terra]
Attendance: 1000
1) X-Fly b Cíclope, Violento Jack, Drastik Boy
2) Yuka DQ Paloma Rouse, Chik Tormenta
3) Leon Apolo b Cien Caras Jr.
4) Broke the Clown, Dave The Clown, Rothen Clown b Astro Rey Jr., El Hijo del Medico Asesino, Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr.
Astro Rey did a dive from the top of the light tower, but his partners turned on him again and gave him a martinete. The Clown Corp won.
5) Juventud Guerrera & Ricky Marvin b Picudo & Relámpago (Coahuila)
Marvin & Juvi asked for a tag title match
6) Mr. E & Sexy B DCOR Hijo De Dos Caras & Sicodélico Jr. [WWL TAG]
Mr. E & Sexy B are champions. Everyone got counted out for the draw.
7) Fuerza Guerrera, Skayde, Zumbi b Mil Mascaras, Octagón, Vengador Radioactivo
Announced as a singles match, but the idea was Fuerza came with back up so Octagon got help and it turned into a trios match. Fuerza did tie Octagon to the top rope.
8) Monster Pain b Carlito, Chavo Guerrero Jr. [WWL WORLD]
Monster Pain is champion. Chavo and Carlito replaced Blue Demon Jr. Monster Pain beat Chavo.

Attendance guess comes from the Terra recap; that’s not a sell out (though it’s not like they were going to make money on this show with a sell out.) Every match was changed from the promoted lineup. Doesn’t like Sabu missing the show was ever announced. Fourth match seems to indicate there’s plans for another show, but no date was announced.

Terra’s recap lists Skayde as his El Seminastria character. Maybe that’s how gets around not having to unmask? Is that how he’s actually doing it in IWRG? (Or was that really just about hassling Silver King/AAA?)

IWRG (SUN) 03/09/2014 Arena Naucalpan [The Gladiatores]
1) Alfa & Hip Hop Man b Látigo & Matrix Jr.
Straight falls. Latigo replaced MS-1 Jr.
2) Espectrito (IWRG), La Sádica, Tupac Amaru Jr. b Emperador Azteca, La Magnifica, Mini Multifacetico
“Sadik Maiden” was actually Magnifica, though the TV announcers had no idea who she was (or she’s changed her name.) Definitely a new Espectrito – this one’s thin!
3) Rayan, Spartaco, Spartan b Chico Che, Diva Salvaje, Miss Gaviota
Spartaco beat Chico Che.
4) Black Terry, Dr. Cerebro, Veneno DQ Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Tony Rivera
Rudos were DQed in the first for excessive violence. Rudos tied it up in the second. Terry fouled Rivera and faked a foul – crowd convinced the referee that Terry was innocent so his team got the win.
5) Golden Magic, Relámpago, Súper Nova b Apolo Estrada Jr., El Hijo del Diablo, Hijo de Máscara Año 2000
Tecnicos took 1/3.

They drew better than I would’ve considering given the WWL show. (And Relampago made both!) The Super Nova/Apolo feud played up last week wasn’t as much here – or maybe it’s a trios feud now? Dunno.

Rey de Reyes is six days away and there hasn’t been any official mention on the show being on iPPV. AAA never promised they’d have a deal done for iPPVs for this show, just that were trying to get a deal done in time, and the deal doesn’t look to have gotten done. I’m skeptical they’ll do much the first time out for a non-TripleMania after the last disaster, but they’re running out of time to promote at all – if there’s not a surprise announcement in the next 24 hours or so, I’d probably not happening. Rey de Reyes should start airing on TV next Saturday; I’d like to see it live, but it’s just a six day extra wait (and maybe some editing.)

Segunda Caida watches Flama Roja vs Villano III.

A brief interview with Virgo and his father about his wrestling career.

An interview with luchador Dunkel.

AAA on Televisa: 2014-02-15


a lot going on here


taped 2014-02-09 @ Centro Civico Nueva Aragon, Ecatepec, Estado de México
Aerostar, Faby Apache, Jennifer Blake vs El Apache, Sexy Star, Taya Valkyrie: a good mixed quick trios match. The dives were the roughest parts; Taya’s moonsault usually goes better than it did here, and I’m not totally sure even what move Ludxor was going for in the post match triple dive. Taya and Sexy had a bunch of double team moves to get in and Aerostar and Gran Apache work well together.

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your weekly “Lider does something strange/painful” GIF

Crazy Boy & Joe Lider vs Juventud Guerrera & Steve Pain: Another Mexican Powers weapons filled slow unathletic brawl that got the crowd chanting for lucha extrema but didn’t do much for me. This would seem to be a feud ending outcome but storylines aren’t going to advance in Ecatepec. Camera work was not so great, missing the hamburger power up spot and getting an unimpressive shot of Pain going thru the fire table – they showed it from an angle that hide the fire, and never went to a replay (so maybe the fire went out quick and they were actually doing a good job of hiding it? Hmm.) I was much more interested in Niño and Crazy Boy’s attempts to hide the lighter fluid bottle than the end game. Don’t know about pouring thumbtacks in the ring, setting a table on fire, and then bringing in kids in the ring to dance.


Parka dance party

Fénix, La Parka, Monsther Clown, Psycho Clown vs Jeff Jarrett, Parka Negra, Texano, Zorro: The most about of rudo bumbling you’ll see in a match. I kept waiting for the comedy to stop and the rudos to take over the match, and it never really happened. The rudos just kept on hitting each other and dong comedy and then suddenly there was chair shot and it was almost over. It was an odd match to for how serious they apparently want us to take this issue. Crowd not reacting at all for Jarrett’s music was amusing, and so they did everything they could to get him a reaction after the fact. Unsure why Hijo del Tirantes was doing normal counts when Texano was pinning Psycho, despite doing a slow count when Psycho was pinning Texano for the finish. Crowd was way behind Psycho. I guess they’re going to do the drink spot on every show ever. There were about 30 things going on at the end, so I don’t think it even registered. Psycho beating Texano after the guitar shot was also probably supposed to be a big deal, but they completely neutralized it after the fact. Konnan’s the only guy who gets to talk.

the man to save US wrestling

Fenix tornillo!


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new Hijo de Rey Misterio, Volador vs Reaper, Stuka vs Rafaga

JM (FRI) 03/07/2014 Auditorio de Tijuana, Tijuana, Baja California [The Gladiatores]
1) Black Zaygon & Taydra b Black Phantom & Metalik Boy
2) Animaniac, Pitbull I, Pitbull II b Amensia II, Dementor, Kanalla
3) Inferno & Tony Casanova DQ Angel Garces & Urzus
Garces pulled Inferno’s mask.
4) Hijo de Rey Misterio III DQ Hijo del Fishman
The promotion honored Fishman & Rey Misterio before the match. Hijo de Rey Misterio II congratuled his “uncle”, but announced he was giving up the gimmick and going under the name Rey Horuz going forward. A new Hijo de Rey Misterio III (DLuxe from Mexicali) wrestled this match instead. Fishman took one, Rey 3 took 2, Rey 3 was about to win when Tony Casanova hit him with a chair. Fishman foul got the DQ. Rey Horuz made the save and challengers went all around.
5) Rayman & Silver King DQ Angel Blanco Jr. & Rayo de Jalisco Jr.
Silver King (w/Hijo de Silver King) replaced Dr. Wagner. Rayos took 1/3, the last when Silver fouled Rayman.

DLuxe is said to be good, but I don’t think frequent switching who’s under this name is making this character work at all. Rey Horus appearing for this angle means he left on good terms, but apparently not on good enough terms to stick with the character.

photo by Alexis Salazar/CMLL

CMLL (SUN) 03/09/2014 Arena Coliseo [CMLL, LuchaWorld]
1) Magnus & Metatrón b Akuma & Cholo
Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Hechicero, Hooligan, Nitro b Leono, Metálico, Sensei
Camaleon was announced, but replaced by Leono when Camaleon was hit by a truck. Tecnicos took 1/3 in a good match; Hechicero was great.
3) Arkángel de la Muerte, Kamaitachi, Shigeo Okumura b Hombre Bala Jr., Molotov, Starman
Rudos took 2/3.
4) Guerrero Maya Jr. b Sangre Azteca [lightning]
Guerrero Maya Jr. won with his suastica variation, which he named Estaca Maya in the post match interview.
5) Delta, Rey Cometa, Super Porky b Misterioso Jr., Puma, Tiger
Diamante Azul was originally announced but replaced by Delta early in the week. Tecnicos took 1/3.
6) Máscara Dorada, Valiente, Volador Jr. b Reaper, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
Rudos took 1/3 when Reaper threw his mask to Volador (who couldn’t manage to catch it, but got called for the DQ anyway.) Volador challenged Reaper to a hair vs mask match.

It seemed like the main event was supposed to be setting up a Reaper vs Volador NWA Welterweight title match – Volador had the title this week – but they were too busy with other stuff to get around to it. They’re in Arena Mexico next week and at least the singles match is probably happening

Hechicero was really great in the segunda and the match is worth checking out whenever I put it up.

CMLL (SUN) 03/09/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@acogdl]
1) Meteoro b Relampago Azul
2) William Rock b Furia Nazi
3) Acertijo & Évola b Javier Cruz Jr. & Virgo
Javier Cruz Jr. replaced Halcon de Plata. Rudos took 2/3.
4) Esfinge b Rey Trueno
5) Black Metal, Gallo, Stuka Jr. vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Ráfaga
Black Metal took Diamante Azul’s place. Tecnicos took 2/3, Stuka beating Rafaga in the third. Stuka challenged for Rafaga’s Occidente Light Heavyweight championship. Rafaga accepted for next week.
6) Atlantis, La Sombra, Soberano Jr. DQ Cavernario, Herodes Jr., Kráneo
Tecnicos took 2/3, Cavernario pulling Soberano’s mask for the DQ.

I forgot Rafaga was champion here. Makes more sense than a mask match, I guess.

WWL’s show in Mexico City saw the card just about completely changed around in front of a half full Plan Sexenal. Monster Pain ended up beating Chavo Guerrero & Carlito, while Mil Mascaras was moved into a trios. Fuerza Guerrera and Octagon didn’t have a singles match either night. It sounds like Astro Rey did the big fall from a high place spot. LaWagnerMania on Twitter has most of the results and I’ll do a full recap tomorrow.

AAA announced they’ll be taping in San Luis Potosi on 04/16. This is the taping the local paper reported on a couple months ago. Today, that paper lists the starts for this show Jeff Jarrett, Perro Jr., La Parka, Cibernetico, Fenix, Black Barrio”, whoever that is, as well as Sexy Star, Taya, and local luchadora Reyna Azteca. The paper previously suggested “a Big surprise” for the show, which sounded a lot like Mistico – no hint of that this time.

There’s probably a Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera show to be announced somewhere in here; the TV schedule doesn’t add up unless there’s more TV somewhere (or Irapuato gets stretched out an extra week, I guess.)

Camaleon says he under went an operation and will be going home tomorrow. I’m still not sure which injuries he has and how severe, but that’s good to hear.

Today’s Super Libre had a half dozen guests: Hijo del Solitario, Rayman, Engendro Jr., Platinito, Pepe Aguayo and Aguila Guerrera.

Rob has highlights of 12/27/13 CMLL.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

SuperLuchas #520 has Rey de Reyes preview and a look back at Anibal

Drabek I beat Drabek II to win the vacant Queretaro Light Heavyweight Championship.

Lola Gonzalez, Lady Apache and Rossy Moreno are working together to form a luchadora associations. Seems like there’s been a lot of them, just not only for women.

Charles Lucero talks about beating Silver Star for Silver Star’s title.

Porra Fresa previews Monday’s card.

Cronicas y Leyendas looks back at Angel Azteca, triple champion.

Mary Apache vs Sadica main events Friday’s LLF show.

Zeuxis wants Silueta’s hair and a title belt.

Kushida has figured out what Sombra’s new mask looks like.


IWRG (WED) 03/12/2014 Arena Naucalpan
1) Látigo vs Matrix Jr.
2) Ángel Del Amor & Hip Hop Man vs Hijo De La Bestia & Zurdog
3) Centvrión & Chico Che vs Rayan & Spartan
4) Black Terry, Dragón Celestial, Emperador Azteca, Fulgor, Imposible, Sky Ángel vs Aztlán, Cheyene, Jorge Kebrada, Kanon, Skayde, Vortize [Copa High Power]
Gym FILL vs Gym Skayde. Rematch of a rematch. Winner faces Gym Tony Rivera.
5) Súper Nova, Toscano, Veneno vs Danny Casas, Eterno, X-Fly

I hope Black Terry’s team cheats to win after all of this.

Tickets are 2×1 for women. I’ve seen that for kids plenty of times, but not for women. Must be hoping for a strong turnout for pinup idol X-Fly. Or maybe Toscano.

WWS (SAT) 03/29/2014 Gimnasio Hercules, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal
1) Lady Dragon vs Sayre
2) Blue Dragon vs La Abogada
3) Estrella Nera vs Arumi
4) Reina Dorada & Sexy Angel vs India Mazahue & Xena
5) Krazy Star vs Star FireDiosa AtenaPrincesa Ahy LeenMystique? [#1 Contenders,STARDOM WORLD]
winner gets shot at Stardom’s World Championship

I assume that means the winner is going to Japan, though maybe not.

CMLL (SUN) 03/16/2014 Arena México
1) Leono & Metálico vs Apocalipsis & Espanto Jr.
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Shockercito vs Demus 3:16, Pequeño Warrior, Pierrothito
3) Blue Panther, Guerrero Maya Jr., Sagrado vs Boby Zavala, Puma, Tiger
4) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Titán vs Ephesto, Pólvora, Rey Escorpión
5) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Rush vs Kráneo, Negro Casas, Niebla Roja
6) Volador Jr. vs Ripper

Non-title it is! Bufete del Amor, teaming up a lot more since Marco’s latest return, face a random group of rudos in the semimain to set up more Rush vs Negro Casas. That might be Rush’s last DF match before H2L.  Tercera could be quite good.

the best lucha libre matches of 2013

I’m done. At least I think I’m done. Please don’t tell me if I’m not done.

This is the second year I’ve worked at putting this list together during the year and tracking down more matches outside the shows I usually recap (CMLL DF + any AAA). This year, that meant matches from TxT, IWRG, ChilangaMask, Monterrey, and a match I saw live in Arena GALLI which never aired anywhere (and probably won’t) made the list.

The goal of this project is to end up with a digestible list of recommended matches for people who don’t want to watch everything. Excellent matches are of a quality where I think everyone who likes professional wrestling will like. Great matches are just a notch below. There are good matches which don’t make the list; the line has to be drawn somewhere. These are all based on my tastes in professional wrestling, which may be a poor thing.

This list remains up there on the menu bar under 2013 MOTYC. I’ll be switching that over to the 2014 list soon, but it’ll always be part of the drop down.

Video links are drawn from my database and may not always be correct, but should be in the neighborhood.


01-01 Pólvora vs Titán for the CMLL World Welterweight Championship
01-22 Terrible vs Rush for the CMLL World Heavyweight Championship
01-29 Volador Jr. vs Rey Escorpión for the CMLL World Light Heavyweight Championship
02-04 Negro Casas vs Valiente for the NWA World Welterweight Championship
03-15 Rey Cometa & Stuka Jr. vs Namajague & Shigeo Okumura for the mask and for the hair
04-15 Dinastía, Máscarita Divina, Rey Celestial vs Mini Abismo Negro, Mini Charly Manson, Mini Histeria
05-11 Dr. Wagner Jr. vs LA Park
05-31 Shinsuke Nakamura vs La Sombra IWGP IC
06-02 Negro Casas vs Máscara Dorada for the NWA World Welterweight Championship
06-14 Angélico, Drago, Jack Evans vs Carta Brava Jr., Eterno, Steve Pain
06-28 La Sombra vs Volador Jr. IWGP IC
08-04 Rey Hechicero vs Charles Lucero Poder Y Honor
08-16 Aerostar, Angélico, Jack Evans vs Machine Rocker, Pentagón Jr., Soul Rocker
09-13 Blue Panther vs Averno for the hair
09-13 La Sombra vs Volador Jr. for the mask
10-06 Virus vs Guerrero Maya Jr. for the CMLL World Super Lightweight Championship
11-17 Belial vs Ricky Marvin
12-01 Averno vs Titán for the Mexican National Welterweight Championship


01-11 Hijo del Fantasma, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Namajague, Puma, Tiger
01-18 Fuego, Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr. vs Namajague, Vangelis, Virus
01-26 Ricky Marvin & Super Crazy vs Fenix (AAA) & Pesadilla GHC JH TAG
02-01 La Sombra vs La Máscara, Titán, Hijo del Fantasma, Rey Cometa, Delta, Stuka Jr., Sagrado, Averno, Euforia, Dragón Rojo Jr., Mr. Águila, Pólvora, Namajague, Felino, Tiger in a CMLL’s Reyes del Aire Tournament match and in a tournament semifinal match
02-17 Chico Che, Freelance, Hijo del Pantera vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Avisman, Eita
03-03 Trauma II vs Oficial 911, el Ángel in a losers advance match
03-03 Fuego & Stuka Jr. vs Namajague & Shigeo Okumura for the Arena Coliseo (DF) Tag Team Championship
03-03 el Ángel vs Trauma II for the mask
03-15 La Máscara, Máscara Dorada, Valiente vs Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto
03-17 Juventud Guerrera vs Daga, Fénix, Crazy Boy AAA FUSION and in a tournament final match
03-17 Texano Jr. vs Blue Demon Jr. for the AAA World Heavyweight Championship
03-21 Dinamic Black vs Fenix (AAA) for the IWRG Intercontinental Welterweight Championship
03-29 Crazy Boy, Joe Lider, Willie Mack vs AR Fox, Dr. Cerebro, Eterno
04-07 Black Terry, Negro Navarro, Villano IV vs Averno, Blue Panther, Shocker
04-07 Centvrión, Dinamic Black, Golden Magic vs Alan Extreme, Carta Brava Jr., Imposible
04-14 Blue Panther & Sagrado vs Caifan & Rey Hechicero
04-20 Kaientai vs Zema Ion, Extreme Tiger, Samuray del Sol
04-26 Atlantis & Hombre Bala Jr. vs Boby Zavala & Rey Escorpión in a CMLL Gran Alternativa Tournament match and in a tournament final match
04-30 Rey Escorpión vs Stuka Jr. for the CMLL World Light Heavyweight Championship
05-12 Angélico, Drago, Jack Evans vs Argos, Chessman, Halloween
05-12 Blue Panther vs Virus in a lightning match
05-26 Dinamic Black, Fenix (AAA), Trauma II vs Black Terry, Fresero Jr., Pentagón Jr.
06-24 Black Metal (Guadalajara), Pegasso, Tritón vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Espíritu Maligno, Skándalo
07-06 Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards vs Drastik Boy & Flamita and Daga & Eterno
07-09 Averno vs Titán for the Mexican National Welterweight Championship
07-15 Angélico & Jack Evans vs Chessman & Eterno
08-12 Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Boby Zavala, Namajague, Shigeo Okumura
08-13 Último Guerrero vs Rey Escorpión
08-16 La Sombra vs Volador Jr. in a super libre (no rules) match
08-25 Valiente & Virus vs Trauma I & Trauma II
08-25 Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Black Terry
09-12 Ciclón Black, Guerrero Mixtico, Tony Rivera vs Black Terry, Dragón Celestial, Fulgor I
09-13 Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión for the CMLL World Trios Championship
09-17 Terrible vs Shocker for the CMLL World Heavyweight Championship
09-22 Blue Panther, Brazo de Oro, Negro Casas vs Black Terry, Negro Navarro, Shu el Guerrero
11-03 Namajague & Shigeo Okumura vs Delta & Guerrero Maya Jr. for the Arena Coliseo (DF) Tag Team Championship
11-11 Negro Casas vs Rush and Shocker
11-15 Angélico, Australian Suicide, Jack Evans vs Daga, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Pentagón Jr.
11-18 Rush vs Shocker
12-09 Blue Panther vs Averno
12-10 Alan Extreme, Astro Rey Jr., Blue Monsther, Canis Lupus, Centvrión, Fresero Jr., Golden Magic, Picudo Jr. vs Dragón Celestial, Emperador Azteca, Fulgor I, Látigo, Matrix Jr., Power Bull, Sky Ángel, Zurdog Toreno FILL
12-22 Black Terry, Bombero Infernal, Dr. Cerebro vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo
12-30 Stigma vs Camorra for the mask



Maximo & Rey Escorpion advance, WWL in Xalapa

the worst!

CMLL (FRI) 03/07/2014 Arena México [CMLLTerra]
1) Fuego, Oro Jr., Tritón b Canelo Casas, Disturbio, Guerrero Negro Jr.
Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Blue Panther, Diamante Azul, Super Porky b Comandante Pierroth, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja
Tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Averno & La Máscara b La SombraReaperMáximoVangellysRey CometaTitán [natl pi, seeding battle royal]
Participants are a complete guess, but those are the winning teams.
4) Mistico & Reaper b Felino & Titán [natl pi, 8f]
5) Máximo & Rey Escorpión b Pólvora & Rey Cometa [natl pi, 8f]
6) La Sombra & Último Guerrero b Valiente & Vangellys [natl pi, 8f]
7) Averno & Volador Jr. b Ephesto & La Máscara [natl pi, 8f]
Ephesto replaced Dragon Rojo Jr.
8) Máximo & Rey Escorpión b Mistico & Reaper [natl pi, quarterfinal]
9) La Sombra & Último Guerrero b Averno & Volador Jr. [natl pi, quarterfinal]
10) Máximo & Rey Escorpión b La Sombra & Último Guerrero [natl pi, semifinal]
Normally feuding duo Maximo & Rey Escorpion advance to the final, on 03/21.
11) Euforia, Shocker, Terrible b Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Rush
Euforia replaced Niebla earlier in the week. Shocker beat Rush in the first fall with a half crab but would not let go and was DQed. Rush beat Shocker in the second fall but also got DQed for excessive violence. Shocker beat Rush in the third with his feet on the middle rope.

Main event sounds like good build up to the hair match – though I’m not sure if anyone will see it, since tournaments usually occupy the entire hour for CMLL TV. There are plenty of creative ways to solve that, but CMLL TV is anything but creative.

CMLL’s recap doesn’t mention a replacement partner for Mascara and Terra lists it as Mephisto, but the picture they have of the match shows Ephesto in the corner. The CMLL recap is not helpful to you if you’re a fan of Volador, Averno, Valiente or Vangellys. Their participation in this tournament is unmentioned, and matches 6 & 7 don’t even rate pictures. CMLL’s coverage of their own shows has nosedived since the publicity department has taken over the coverage.

I’m not sure how it’s possible, but Comandante Pierroth keeps getting worse.

Terra was terrible as well last night. The sound levels was way too soft to start the show. Just as soon as everyone adjusted their volume up at home, Terra cranked their volume all the way up, just blowing out everyone’s ears. The feed died twice during the opener as they tried to fix the issues. The show abruptly ended after the second match with no warning or sign off. It was very minor league. It’s still great to get free live CMLL via the internet, but the transmissions themselves seem worse than they were a year ago, and long running issues (no one knowing what matches will air, video quality problems from Arena Coliseo and the sound mixing) have never been addressed.

WWL (FRI) 03/07/2014 Arena Xalapa, Xalapa, Veracruz [Black Terry Jr. (flickr)Estrellas del RingLa WagnerMania]
1) Corsario De Fuego, Peligro, Poseidón b Destello Azul, Flayer Boy, Linterna Verde
Peligro beat Linterna Verde.
2) Paloma Rouse DQ Chik Tormenta
DQ for shoving the referee.
3) Eslabon Perdido, Skayde, Vengador Radioactivo b Astro Rey Jr., El Hijo del Medico Asesino, Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr.
Medico & Wagner turned on Astro Rey.
4) Leon Apolo b Cien Caras Jr.X-Fly
No Sabu, so X-Fly was added to this match.
5) Carlito, Chavo Guerrero, Fuerza Guerrera b Juventud Guerrera, Octagón, Ricky Marvin
What was billed as Fuerza/Octagon ended up as a trios, combining the other tag match. Fuerza beat Octagon via foul.
6) Mil Mascaras NC Monster Pain [WWL HEAVY]
Monster Pain is champion. Mil Mascaras, replacing Blue Demon, worked a semifinal! Mil was about to win when Los Mamitos ran in – and somehow this was a no contest and not a DQ.
7) Mr. E & Sexy B b Hijo De Dos Caras & Sicodélico Jr. [WWL TAG]
Los Mamitos are tag champs. Mil Mascaras helped out his nephews, but Sexy B pulled Sicodelico’s mask and covered him for the win.

The big news was the show drew well. Not a sell out, but much better than expected. Odd that the first Octagon vs Fuerza Guerrera match just didn’t happen; Octagon suggests he plans on being an independent for a year in this interview and I could definitely imagine him back in AAA in 2015.

Hijo de Rey Misterio II gave up the gimmick last night; he’s switching to Rey Horus, and someone else will probably end up with the gimmick soon. I don’t know much about the situation, but Rey Horus is good and probably figures he could be working more places if promoters didn’t have to pay the “Hijo de Rey Misterio” premium, some of which isn’t actually going to Rey Horus. On the other hand, some of those promoters – not all, but definitely some – weren’t really concerned with Rey Horus being any good as they were about being able to promote someone who sounded like Rey Misterio Jr. and may not be interested in a Rey Horus. All I know for sure is the Hijo de Rey Misterio idea hasn’t worked out well.

Lucha Libre in Japan
NOAH 03/08: Super Crazy [O] beat XL [X] & Jonah Rock
Pesadilla missed a show with an unspecified injury.


CMLL (FRI) 03/14/2014 Arena Mexico
1) Pegasso, Starman, Tritón vs Kamaitachi, Raziel, Shigeo Okumura
2) Dark Angel, Estrellita, Marcela vs Dalys, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit
3) Atlantis & Euforia vs Marco Corleone & Terrible and Blue Panther & Negro Casas and Kráneo & Super Porky and Diamante Azul & Rey Bucanero and Máscara Dorada & Mephisto and Delta &Mr. Águila and Niebla Roja & Stuka Jr. [natl pi, seeding battle royal]
4) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [natl pi, 8f]
5) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [natl pi, 8f]
6) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [natl pi, 8f]
7) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [natl pi, 8f]
8) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [natl pi, quarterfinal]
9) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [natl pi, quarterfinal]
10) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [natl pi, semifinal]
11) La Sombra, Mistico, Valiente vs Averno, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero

Main event continues to point towards an added trios title match for H2L, which would be a fourth build up match.

Euforia continues to replace Mr. Niebla, and that may throw a monkey wrench in this tournament. Mr. Niebla & Atlantis would’ve been easy favorites to face Maximo & Rey Escorpion, and Euforia may be planned to be in another match. Mascara Dorada & Mephisto (his obvious partner which CMLL decided to keep secret for no reason), Blue Panther and Negro Casas (magically back just in time to miss the contract signing)  and even Terrible & Marco have reasonable shots at advancing.

One more women’s trios to set up Dallys vs Marcela.

AULL (SAT) 03/15/2014 Arena Lopez Mateos
1) Rey Inmortal & Sangre De Lobo vs Galaxy & Zurdog [lightning]
2) King Dragon & Meta Dragon vs Power Bull & Sky Ángel [lightning]
3) Caballero Azteca & Euro vs Matrix Jr. & Muerte Infernal [lightning]
4) Chica Ye-Ye, Mystique, Princesa Ahy Leen vs Bugambilia, Diosa Atenea, Star Fire
5) Cerebro Maligno, Chucho el Roto, Judas el Traidor, Rocky Santana vs Black Terry, Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro
6) Octagón & Yakuza vs Fuerza Guerrera & Sádico and Leviatham & Villano IV and Iron Love & Negro Navarro [Alternativa Alianza]

Early matches are a twist on IWRG’s gym vs gym format. They’re running three tag matches, winner takes the cup, instead of the cibernetico. Like the idea of trying different ways to do this. Octagon working AULL shows already. that main event is kind of positioned like vets & rookies, but the ‘rookies’ have been around way too long to be rookies.

great match roundup, week of 2014-02-15

Great/Excellent Matches

nope :(

Shows Watched But Nothing Made The List
AAA on Televisa: 2014-02-15
CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-02-15
CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-02-15
CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-02-15

Matches To Watch Later
Noches de Coliseo: 2014-02-16
taped 2014-02-09 @ Arena Coliseo Monterrey
Caifan & Silver Star vs Alberto Dos Rios & Hijo De Centurion Negro:
El Dandy vs Satánico:


Torneo Increible de Parejas Block A, Mil Mascaras replaces Blue Demon, Octagon

CMLL’s Friday night show is headlined by another Shocker versus Rush trios match to build towards Dos Leyendas. Shocker teams with Terrible and Euforia (replacing Mr. Niebla) while Rush has Marco & Atlantis on his side. Shocker has worked at being a much more hatebable rudo than Negro Casas, and the Arena Mexico crowd has started to actually cheer Rush. The result of the main event doesn’t matter much but it’ll be interesting to see if they can keep that trend going (and if the casual fans coming inf or Dos Leyendas totally reverse it.)

The big event on the show is the first block of the Torneo Increible de Parejas, which may or may not air on Terra.mx tonight. Valiente & Vangellys, Titan & Felino and Polvora & Rey Cometa would be very unlikely finalists, but there are good cases for the other five teams.

  • Mistico & Reaper is the up and down team who could have an up week (or at least pull one upset)
  • Dragon Rojo Jr. & La Mascara are the team of upper level guys who win more than people expect
  • Volador Jr. & Averno are former partners (though not a famous partnership)
  • Maximo & Rey Escorpion are the feuding pair who could go to the final before breaking up
  • La Sombra & Ultimo Guerrero are the guys (inconsistently) treated as the #1 tecnico and the #1 rudo and were in the finals last year.

My hunch is Maximo & Escorpion, but I think it’s wide open.

Blue Demon’s off this weekend’s WWL shows due to family reasons. He posted a message about it on YouTube. WWL announced Mil Mascaras will take Demon’s place in Xalapa (Friday) and Mexico City (Sunday). Demon was supposed to face Monster Pain for the WWL Heavyweight Championship title. Monster Pain has had poor matches, Mil Mascaras at 71 is going to have poor matches, that combination may set some records. Also, Mil’s not losing and WWL is not going to make Mil champion; this is the makings of something epic. (And maybe something that’ll be changed by the time they get to Mexico City.)

There were supposed to be three WWL shows, though only two are mentioned in the press release. A reply on WWL’s Facebook reveals “the city canceled” the Teziutlan, Puebla show on Saturday. The press release does mention various WWL luchadors will be signing autographs on Saturday instead. That’s not a promising sign for WWL’s business side, but WWL does not seem preoccupied by it’s business side.

Octagon told MedioTiempo says he and the Roldans reached a deal to allow him to continue using the Octagon name on the independents. He mentions WWL, FULL (Tinieblas) and TxT as promotions he’s working with. There’s been no mention of TxT for a while, but they did previously say they’d have a show in March.

Estrellas del Ring posts interviews with X-Fly, Astro Rey Jr. (who will face the Clown Corp) and WWL owner Richard Negrin to promote the WWL show,  and also with Crazy Boy, Angel O Demonio and Super Mega to promote the DTU show on Saturday.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update and a recap of this week’s Tercera Caida.

Tigre Uno’s TNA PPV debut match will now be against Maniak (Havana Brother Puma, Sydistiko I, TJP). It’s in a cage, because it’s their all cage match show.

R de Rudo has video of Peste Negra versus La Mascara, Maximo and Mascara Sagrada Jr. from Neza.

Dinastia and Elegido talk about being in the Rey de Reyes opener.

Cronicas y Leyendas says 70s Sicodelico was a lot better than 80s Sicodelico.

Bio of Coahuila luchador Soldado Universal.

2013 watch later catchup, part 11 – final!

Again, a lot of gifs. And I should probably post the full list later today.

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03/07-09 lucha times – daylight savings time starts in the US this Sunday


Sunday starts the annual month of confusing time differences. The US switches over to daylight savings time, while Mexico stays at it’s normal time for another month. If you observe Daylight Savings time, this means everything starts an hour later starting this Sunday. Terra’s Sunday show will start at 6pm Central Daylight Time, for example.

Some stations (52MX) remember to update their US programming listings to adjust from the difference. Some don’t really pay attention to their programming listings to begin with (LAS, Multimedios) – you may want to build in an extra hour to record anything. I know this also usually causes problems with the CadenaTres web feed.

Over on the F4 message board, there was a mention that Comcast may be dropping 52MX starting in April. They’ve dropped the station previously. It always differs by area. I have seen internet feeds for that channel and will try to record those instead of the channel disappears from my lineup.

== AAA ==

AAA-Televisa: Part two of the Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera show: Mixed trios, Mexican Powers vs Anarquia, main event, mystery guy. Wait, are they allowed to show mystery guy?

== CMLL ==

FOX: Guerreros vs Estetas, more Shocker vs Rush in trios.

52MX: Probably should just be Sombra vs Dragon Rojo Jr. and one match from GDL, but I don’t know.

C3: La Mascara, Mascara Dorada, Stuka vs Zavala, Mephisto and Rey Bucanero.

TVC Deportes (Puebla): Peste Negra vs Estetas del Aire.

Lucha Azteca: the end of Negro Casas (which appeared to be 100% angle on TV)

Terra Friday: I dunno. Obviously the first two matches. The should be a reasonable expectation the tournament will be shown but I don’t believe we’ll actually know until the moment the segunda ends and JCR does or does not sign off the show. It’s so dumb to find out things that way.

Terra Sunday: Dorada, Valiente, Volador vs Reaper, Rey Bucanero, Terrible.

== Other ==

IWRG-AYM Sports: As of tonight, they were still repeating Sunday’s show. Hoping this is Wednesday show, but that might air on Friday and Saturday instead.

Noches de Coliseo: maybe last week’s show.


CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-02-08


Cachorro tope


taped 2014-01-31 @ Arena México

As usual, there’s no point in reviewing each match. It’s rare there’s a useful match on these tournament shows. I’ll recap each novato instead

There was nothing bad about Rebelde here, but I need to see more of him before having nay feeling about him. It was nice they got him a pinfall over Panther here. More real matches (or at least lightning tags) than past tournaments, though they’re also clearly edited.

Oro powerbomb on the apron

Akuma didn’t do much but get facesmashed by Sombra and give him his own finisher, which actually seemed to shake up Sombra a bit. He was down for far longer than normal and was still walking it off at the finish.

No time here for Hombre Bala Jr. to do much; they even cut in in mid move, then went right to his Destroyer. (The show ending video package showed he did get in his corner tope, but that was cut in the match footage. This was a longer than usual tournament.) This might have been his last chance to win; he should move up enough in 2014 not to really be belong in this next year.

first part goes better than the second

Espanto and Rebelde might have not advanced out of the first round, but they got free Avernos hoodie t-shirts for participating. Much like Espanto, this match was short, sometimes a mess, and very generic. (When kicking out of the middle rope Devil’s Wings doesn’t get a big reaction, you’ve done it too many times.) Espanto also might not make it back to this tournament next year, but it’s because he’s going the other way. CMLL debuting 8-10 new people a year means people are constantly getting pushed out of the way to make room; Espanto’s got to show something more this year or he’s in danger of ending up in Robin-land or worse.

Oro springboard tope

Cachorro reversals of the Devil’s Wings wasn’t nearly as smooth as his father (few are), but they booked him like a guy who knows how to sneak out wins he shouldn’t get. Using him as the anti-Misterioso would be an interesting way to set him apart. His short bit as a Tiger-like rudo in the second match was good, though it also seemed like his father was literally calling spots for him at times. (“Bite the foot, son!” may not be an actual quote.)

Guerrero Negro had a good look for once. Soberano was a really good fit for him. He looked strong throwing around the lightest guy in the division and set up Soberano’s moves well. He didn’t do anything super memorable in this tournament but did well for what he was asked

Volador treats Oro’s head like a pinata

The Soberano/Volador Spider-Man outfits looked great, and it actually made Soberano look less skinny. Soberano’s standing moonsault into a double knee drop on Mephisto, not as much. These two did a lot of teasing of certain loss, including one of moment where they were doomed in every round. It was more dramatic than these matches are usually allowed to be. Other things were more to form – of course we got the double stage dive, though Soberano maybe needs to work on his form if he ever tries that again. (And of course it lead to the other team just walking to the ring and getting their own dives.)

Oro has a Mascara Dorada like willingness to take big abuse; the powerbomb onto the apron looked not fun. I thought he looked like the more elegant high flyer than Soberano, but then I always think that. He seemed a little limited when he started repeating moves in just the second match and it would’ve been nice if he brought out his submission finish, but both he and Soberano held together well in the kickout filled block final. I also enjoyed how Sombra set Blue Panther up in a faraway spot, so he wouldn’t be reliant on anyone having to remember to roll. Better. Sombra seemed to be in an unhappy mood

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