great match roundup, week of 2014-11-22

Good/Great/Excellent matches

Lucha Underground: 2014-11-26
taped 2014-09-27 @ Lucha Underground Temple, Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, California
Big Ryck vs Prince Puma in a street fight match: [GREAT]

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-11-22
taped 2014-11-11 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Delta, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Hechicero, Hombre sin Nombre, Virus: [EXCELLENT]
Máximo vs Negro Casas: [GOOD]

CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-11-22
taped 2014-11-18 @ Arena México
Shockercito & Stukita vs Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro: [GREAT]
Hombre Bala Jr., Star Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. vs Canelo Casas, El Rebelde, Nitro: [GOOD]

Shows Watched But Nothing Worthwhile
AAA on Televisa: 2014-11-22
CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-11-22

Matches To Watch Later

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01/23 AAA TV Lineup (Naucalpan)

AAA TV (FRI) 01/23/2015 Arena Naucalpan
1) Dinastía, Ludxor, Venum vs Carta Brava Jr., El Apache, Mini Psycho Clown
2) Australian Suicide & Bengala vs Joe Lider & Pentagón Jr.
3) Aerostar vs Monsther Clown, Súper Fly, Hijo de Pirata Morgan [Rey de Reyes, semifinal]
4) Drago, Jack Evans, La Parka vs Averno, Chessman, Cibernético
5) Myzteziz & Psycho Clown vs el Hijo del Perro Aguayo & Texano Jr.

air date: 01/31, and just 01/31. It’s a five match card. If the plan was to run as few possible tapings before the March relaunch, why wouldn’t they grab a few more people and knock out a second week of TV? ¯_(ツ)_/¯

AAA resumes TV tapings in the sleek modern Arena Naucalpan with some of what was going on last year, though you’d have to rewind a bit. The summer feuds of Perro/Myzteziz and Psycho/Texano are back, probably a little bit because Alberto is not around. The Hell Brothers face Drago, Jack and Parka, which picks up on a slightly more current issue: Parka wasn’t happy with Cibernetico becoming a rudo again and they teased a match that hasn’t quite happened until now – and won’t happen if Cibernetico forgets to show up again. (I bet Parka uses Thriller.)

Aerostar seems to be a favorite in this Rey de Reyes qualifying match, something I’m not sure I thought I’d ever type. Monsther Clown isn’t built for two matches and has the Hell Brothers to worry about. Hijo de Pirata may or may not have some story with Electroshock but definitely doesn’t have many wins in front of the AAA cameras. Super Fly could always get his win back, but I’m not sure they’re that interested in keeping Super Fly strong.

The Suicide/Pentagon feud also picks back up in the segunda. Myzteziz & Fenix seem like logical tag team title challengers, but you could also make a strong case for Suicide and [insert partner here] given all the Suicide/Pentagon history. Bengala is pretty good for an [insert partner here]. Multiway match is always more likely in AAA midcards, but this could set up a reason for them being part of the match. Opener should be a lot of fun, though it might be an internet only deal.

It’s a cool 47 days in between tapings, compared to 34 last winter break and 28 the year prior. It’s all about not having the middle of December taping, because this show is just a week later. After the recent talk about hiatus and changes, it’s business as usual.  The only hint of something being up is the Rey de Reyes tournament starting on the first week back. Usually it’s one or so in, but then this is starting a week later so maybe it works out. Running a qualification tournament means, assuming they’re still doing four in the finals, AAA’s running one to three more tapings. Probably closer to three.

I’ll add the 2015 chart at some point, but the current TV schedule looks like
01/17: Guerra de Titanes part 1
01/24: Guerra de Titanes part 2
01/31: Naucalpan
02/07: Toluca
02/14: Toluca part 2?

Next taping is that show in Toluca, which might turn up quick.

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FantasticaMania Day 1: Mistico returns (in a loss), Triton hurt + Puebla, NdC

CMLL (MON) 01/12/2015 Arena Puebla [Periodico Enfoque, Periodico Enfoque (fotos)]
1) Demus 3:16, Espíritu Maligno, Saurón b Astral, Astro, Asturiano
Astro took the Demus Driver and was stretchered out.
2) Cancerbero, Raziel, Toro Bill Jr. b Hombre Bala Jr., Pegasso, Súper Halcón Jr.
Toro Bill beat Pegasso (in for Starman, who’s missing a few.)
3) Amapola, Tiffany, Zeuxis b Dark Angel, Estrellita, Marcela
Dark Angel did return. Zeuxis beat Estrellita, demanded she finally get that title match.
4) Blue Panther, La Máscara, Titán vs Ephesto, Kráneo, Pierroth
Mascara submitted Ephesto to the campana.
5) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Valiente DQ Euforia, Niebla Roja, Shocker
Shocker fouled Maximo.

The picture page isn’t quite working right now for whatever reason.

CMLL (TUE) 01/13/2015 Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium, Osaka, Japan [NJPW]
***Fantasica Mania 2015 (Day 1)***
1) Rey Cometa & Tritón b Bárbaro Cavernario & Mr. Niebla
5:59. Triton and Cometa went for a double tope con giro, but Triton caught his feet on the ropes on the way over and landed badly. He was strechered out. Rey Cometa still beat Cavernario with a 450 splash.
2) Ángel de Oro TLDRAW Okumura [lightning]
10:00. Okumura 20th Anniversary/10 Years in CMLL match. The two men were chopping each other as time ran out.
3) Gedo & Pólvora b Jushin Liger & Mistico
10:09. Polvora caught Mistico with the Polvora Driver.
4) Stigma, Stuka Jr., Tiger Mask b Mephisto, Shinsuke Nakamura, YOSHI-HASHI
11:39. Rudos ripped up Stuka’s gear. Stuka Jr. top rope splash on Mephisto.
5) Capitan New Japan, Kushida, Máscara Dorada b La Sombra, Ryusuke Taguchi, Tetsuya Naito
10:16. Sombra showed up in a suit, Taguchi in a Pharoah mask (??) and Naito in a mask with a wide eye. Naito beat Capitan New Japan with his Puma Blanca submission.
6) Atlantis, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Volador Jr. b Gran Guerrero, Kazuchika Okada, Último Guerrero
17:31. Ultimo Guerrero tried wearing his mask, but it was pulled off. He ran into Atlantida in the end.

No word on Triton; hopefully it’s just a scare. A lot of decisions designed to set up the Korakuen Hall shows later on, as you’d expect. Mistico sounds like he was still wrestling like Mistico in the match recap, but it’s tough to tell for that.

This show aired live on SamuraiTV. Tomorrow’s show, in Kagawa, is the sole non-televised show of the tour.

I wrote a preview/explainer for the tour over on Voices of Wrestling, because there’s just not enough of my writing on the internet. They actually edited and fixed sentences, so it’s probably much better than what you’re used to reading.

Today’s Arena Mexico show has Delta, Guerrero Maya and Valiente vs Kraneo, Rey Bucanero and Olimpico. It’s a least a different main event in this low period, but it’s a bit low on the star power even for Tuesday. Not sure why CMLL isn’t more serious about new guys on Monday and finding ways to move up newer rudos instead of just those who’ve been wrestling since the early 90s. Super Halcon replaced Sobreano in the lightning match against Raziel.

Guadalajara has a more conventional main event of La Mascara, Marco Corleone, Maximo vs Euforia, Negro Casas and Shocker. Undercard has a Tiger, Puma, Virus vs Dragon Lee, Esfinge and Pegasso match which looks promising. It’s possible that’ll see a sub in for Pegasso after he’s been a sub himself the last couple of days.

Monterrey’s Las Noches de Coliseo, soon to return with new episodes, will move to Sundays at 11pm. (Elsehwere on the LyC site, it appears they’re still keeping some of the old time slots.) They’ve also been saying they’ll be airing the Dr. Wagner Jr., Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr., Silver King versus Hijo del Ninja, Ultimo Ninja, and their partner’s whose name I forgot and 15 minutes of looking could not help me find.

Arena Coliseo San Luis Potosi, closed forever and ever last month, may be running another show on 02/15. The old promoter of this building has actually been running another building and calling it Arena Coliseo San Luis Potosi, but this seems like a return to the original building.

Myzteziz says 2015 will be his year. It is going to be so many people’s years! There’s no mention of the upcoming tapings in this interview; maybe they don’t have a lineup yet because it was a late decision?

Black Terry Jr. has highlights of Judas el Traidor vs Belial, Impulso vs Arez, and Black Terry vs Trauma II. That last one reminds me that Traumas have not been back to IWRG in over a month, since Terry & Navarro beat them in straight falls and Trauma II tearfully gave Terry his mask. Could just be IWRG weirdness.

Taya won AAA’s Luchadora of the Year votingScandalous reports suggest Jennifer Blake might have been ahead in the polling, but it’s year end polling so why does anyone care. Voting is dumb, up with the monarchy!

Lucha Underground has Fenix vs Prince Puma tomorrow. They accurately note that it’s going to be a match right of a video game, and tease it with a video game select screen.

Lucha Underground as Video Game Wrestling reminds Konnan touched on the idea of Jim Ross coming into Lucha Underground as announcer on this past weekend’s MLW Radio. He didn’t seem to exactly know if/how talks were progressing, but believed the concept would be to either do a three man booth or rotate Striker, Vampiro and JR in a two man booth. There wasn’t much talk about him being used in AAA for TripleMania; that still seems like it’d be totally a GFW/Jarrett call based on how the NJPW Tokyo Dome show did, and there’s still no word on that.

I listened to that after heading Jim Ross on the Wrestling Observer podcast, where he talked a lot about working the NJPW show; Ross felt he got better as the show went on, because he got more comfortable, because the show became one on one, and because there was more selling in the matches. Ross wasn’t critical of the opener, but he (and the hosts) noted there were so many spots that the announcers didn’t have time to get any of them over and most of them were quickly forgotten. I’m not arguing with that opinion, but that opinion makes it hard to figure how Ross would like the Lucha Underground product since that’s exactly what it’s trying to be. AAA’s not exactly the same, but it’s a very much selling is optional promotion.

I think Ross would still do fine because he’s a professional, some of the main event stuff would be more his style, and everyone would work together to make it work, but listening to him, it felt neither were great with his beliefs with on the in-ring product should be done best. Ross interviewed Chris DeJoseph for his podcast a while back and it’s airing something next month, so perhaps that’ll be the venue where one or both could explain Jim Ross calling that show would actually work well. On the surface, it seemed like AAA & Lucha Underground going for a big name who may not be a great fit. (That said, no idea who IS a good fit. I bring no solutions here.)

SuperLuchas looks back at Satoru Sayama match in Arena Coliseo, 36 years ago. The main event of that show ended in a draw, a finish which has really died out in the intervening years.

Rob has a music video of 09/23/14 CMLL

The correct link to DoradaFan’s music video is here.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update, this week’s Poster-Mania, and a recap of this past week’s Lucha Underground.

Segunda Caida reviews Dragon Lee vs Virus.

+LuchaTV has Super Nova talking title match with Canis Lupus, Canis Lupus talking mask match with Super Nova, Hijo de Dos talking about his WWL loss and Hijo de Dos Caras and Hijo de Mascara 2000 challenging each other.

LV reviews this past Sunday’s CMLL on Terra show.

CMLL posted highlights of the 01/09 show. Dragon Lee and Kamiatachi do violent things to each other. CMLL also has Soberano & Star Jr. as #1 on their top 10. Mr. Aguila is #10.


IWRG (SUN) 01/18/2015 Arena Naucalpan
1) Galaxy & Vampiro Metálico vs Anubis Black & Atomic Star
2) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo vs Araña de Plata, Dowki, Hip Hop Man, Imposible
3) Emperador Azteca, Metaleón, Relámpago vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo
4) Golden Magic, Pantera I, Veneno vs Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Rayan
5) Hijo De Dos Caras & Súper Nova vs Chicano & Danny Casas and Hijo de Máscara Año 2000 & Universo 2000 Jr. and Canis Lupus & Eterno

Looks like no midweek show again (and maybe not the week after since AAA is here.) Main combines the two separate feuds into an exciting new direction, or maybe just more of the same.

What a collection of rudos to take on the Ninja Turtles this week: the Messi of lucha libre, the Jamaican-Mexican (heir to Dory Dixon?), the sort of masked Japanese guy, and one member of the Insanity (a team which has a name but not yet many wins.) Leo’s team is the normal, run of the mill, turtle group.

CMLL (MON) 01/19/2015 Arena Puebla
1) Black Tiger & Lestat vs Fuerza Chicana & King Jaguar
2) Astral, Asturiano, Eléctrico vs Demus 3:16, Pequeño Nitro, Saurón
3) Delta, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Hombre sin Nombre, Morphosis, Olímpico
4) Estrellita © vs Zeuxis [MEX WOMEN]
Estrellita’s 6th defense, but the third try at it – this match has been advertised and canceled twice prior.
5) Blue Panther, La Máscara, Super Porky vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Thunder
6) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Valiente vs Euforia, Niebla Roja, Shocker

Maximo/Shocker feud continues up top. Semimain seems very challenging. I was pretty sure Zeuxis was going to win this title the first time they advertised the match, and I’m not sure if that’s still true.

DTU (SUN) 01/25/2015 Autolavado VM, Tulancingo, Hidalgo
1) ? vs ??
2) Amo de la Noche vs Sombra De La Noche
3) Black Fire & Slayer Pack vs Génesis & Paranoiko and ? & ??
4) Artikus & Rocky Lobo vs Ángel o Demonio & Ovett
5) Flamita vs Lanzeloth, Drastik Boy
6) Cíclope, Crazy King, Miedo Extremo vs El Chato, El Junior, El Nene
7) Jimmy, Kevin, Tony vs Aero Boy, Pesadilla, Violento Jack

Main event is based on factions, though setting the Nerds and their bully rivals with different opponents to start 2015.

No full lineup yet, but Mamba will be holding a 10 year anniversary show on 02/06 with Angel del Miserio defending the Ichiban championship against Ricky Marvin, Yoruba, Flamita, Emperador Azteca, and ?.

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Mascara defeats Dos, FantasicaMania

photo by Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (SUN) 01/11/2015 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (flickr), Estrellas del Ring]
1) Hip Hop Man b Sky Ángel
2) Leo, Mike, Rafy, Teelo b Ciclon Black, Royer Boy, Suicida, Tony Rivera
Roller Boy’s name has changed apparently changed. Suicida replaced Dr. Killer. Turtles won again, but Neza Boys vowed to unmasked the turtles.
3) Pantera I, Relámpago, Súper Nova b Apolo Estrada Jr., Canis Lupus, El Hijo del Diablo
Nova & Canis feuded.
4) Chicano b Eterno
Chicano won in straight falls in a match where both bled a lot and continued to fight after the finish. Estrellas del Ring bills Eterno as a “ex-member of Anarquia AAA”.
5) Hijo de Máscara Año 2000 b Hijo De Dos Caras © [IWRG Rey del Ring]
Mascara took 1/3, the last when Universo 2000 Jr. snuck in and hit Dos Caras with a chair. Dos Caras falls on first defense.

+LuchaTV has video of the brawl. Black Terry Jr. has a phantom cam (super slo mo) of a Mascara dive.

Puebla has Marco, Maximo and Valiente facing Euforia, Niebla Roja andShocker in the main event. Every CMLL feud seems to be a combination of Shocker, La Mascara, Maximo and Negro Casas, so they’re probably not starting a Valiente/Niebla Roja issue tonight. Marco and Shocker have had issues too, so maybe that’s possible. Opener might be the best match, with Astral teaming with locals Astro & Asturiano to take on Demus, Espiritu Maligno, and Sauron.

The FantasticaMania does not kick off officially until Tuesday at 6:30pm, but that’s also 3:30AM Mexico City time so it’ll happen prior to the next update. The main event in Osaka is Atlantis, Tanahashi and Volador Jr. facing Ultimo Guerrero, Gran Guerrero and Okada. Angel de Oro and Okumura face off in a lightning match, as Okumura is honored in his home town. Remember, none of the FantasticaMania shows will air on NJPW World until this weekend. It’s possible they may turn up via other means; I’d keep an eye on RealHero’s DailyMotion account.

NJPW posted a discussion of this year’s debutees. Cavernario’s the first guy mentioned and he’s going to do well. Among the many items being sold for this tour – books, buttons, anything you can think ofNJPW has new Bullet Club Latin America t-shirts. They appear to be a NJPW knock off version of the knock off TRT Bullet Club made, even with no TRT members on this tour. Everything is weird.

Konnan fired back against Octagon, accusing him of wrestling while drunk and high. He’s already said such things on Twitter. Octagon’s definitely had matches where he appeared to be in no condition to wrestle; the one where he held the wrong set of ropes open is forever the first one that comes to mind, but it’s not the only questionable match by far. Octagon has responded by posting distorted photos of Konnan and shots of himself by a pool.

In honor of Negro Casas’ birthday yesterday, They Buried The Cowboy Under The Russian Flag has an Ode to Negro Casas.

Super Libre’s show hyped Rayman vs Makabre.

Fuego en el Ring talked to Satanico.

DoradaFan has a music video of 2014-11-25 CMLL.

Black Terry Jr. has lots of photos from the ChilangaMask show and highlights of Black Terry vs Trauma II.

Segunda Caida reviews Máscara Púrpura, Súper Nova, Valiente vs. Misterioso II, Rey Hechicero, Virus

Sombra is sure Sombra is the #1 star in CMLL. Sombra would be really good if he ever got some confidence.

Lucha Libre In Japan

01/12 REINA: Syuri (c) b Shuu Shibutani [CMLL WOMEN] – 1st defense, via buzzsaw kick in 13:24.
Kana, who is the REINA GM, thru red wine on Syuri and spit mist at her second. That seems rude.

Goya Kona and Muneca de Plata failed in their REINA tag title challenge earlier on the show. RealHero has video of their match on the 12/26 show.

This is the same building that the Angel de Oro/Okumura title match is happening, so it’s the weird oddity of two different promotions holding CMLL title matches in the same Japanese facility in the same week.

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Maximo/Casas, Shocker/Mascara, ChilangaMask, AAA TV, FantasticaMania

Esfinge (CMLL/Alexis Salazar)

CMLL (SAT) 01/10/2015 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Flyer b El Rebelde
There appears to be no dive ban on Sabado Retro – even Rebelde was doing dives in this match. Spanish Fly for the win.
2) Sensei b Disturbio
Molotov continues to be announced and not appeared; Sensei won with the Sensei lock in his place.
3) Boby Zavala b Esfinge
Zavala powerbombed Esfinge for the win. Said to be Esfinge’s best match in DF
4) Marcela b Dalys
Moved down a spot. Said to be Dalys’ best match ever. Top rope double stomp gave Marcela the win.
5) Blue Panther Jr. b Sangre Azteca
Moved up a spot. Nudo lagunero for the win.
6) Delta & Guerrero Maya Jr. DQ Misterioso Jr. & Sagrado
Misterioso took Delta’s mask for the DQ. Sagrado took Maya’s mask after the fact.
7) Euforia, Rey Bucanero, Terrible b Blue Panther, Dragón Rojo Jr., Máximo
Bucanero snuck in a foul on Maximo. Maximo wants a hair match with Rey.

Are we sure Molotov isn’t jumping Lucha Underground? We’re very definitely sure, huh.

There appeared to be a private show for a corporation in Arena Mexico Saturday night. La Mascara won a Copa of some sort. It was a private show, not something where tickets were being solved. Still, a couple of days ago I was wondering if CMLL would run a normal show at Arena Coliseo while renting Arena Mexico out to All Elite, and they basically did that here.

Fuego and Aly.

CMLL (SUN) 01/11/2015 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Mercurio & Pequeño Universo 2000 COR Angelito & Stukita Angelito & Stukita vs Mercurio & Pequeno Universo 2000, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Rudos took 1/3, the last when Universo beat Angelito and Mercurio & Stukita were counted out after a Stukita dive. Good.
2) Magnus, Soberano Jr., Star Jr. b Cholo, Metálico, Ramstein Magnus, Soberano Jr., Star Jr. vs Cholo, Metalico, Ramstein, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Magnus replaced Starman. Rudos were DQed in the first fall for throwing Soberano over the top, then Mangus beat Metalico in the third. Cholo – who’s face looks a lot like Cholo’s mask – and Ramstein took Star & Soberano’s masks after their loss. Ok match.
3) Blue Panther Jr., Dragon Lee, Pegasso b Arkángel de la Muerte, Cancerbero, Raziel Blue Panther Jr., Dragon Lee, Pegasso vs Arkangel de la Muerte, Cancerbero, Raziel, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Tecnicos took 1/3. Pegasso replaced the Panther, and fell off the top rope on his own in the first fall. He seemed to be fine the rest of the match.
4) Kráneo, Morphosis, Olímpico b Blue Panther, Fuego, Super Porky Blue Panther, Fuego, Super Porky vs Kraneo, Morphosis, Olipico, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Rudos took 2/3. Heavy on the comedy. OK.
5) Máximo b Negro Casas Maximo vs Negro Casas, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Negro went after Maximo’s knee and submitted him to a STF in the first. Maximo was in great pain but managed to squeeze out the second. Casas continued to attack Maximo while he was getting medical aid, but Maximo was able to rally once again and pin him after a super armdrag. Great match. Maximo challenged Negro Casas to a hair match and Casas agreed to do it at some point in the future.
6) Euforia, Niebla Roja, Shocker b La Máscara, Titán, Valiente
Match did not air on Terra; feed cut out during a Fuego/edecanes dance number. Shocker pulled Mascara’s mask and pinned him for the win.

Unusually big crowd and treated like a big show with two edecan dance numbers. CMLL did not advertise it specially, but gave away tickets via a radio station they’re affiliated with. (If you wanted tickets, all you had to do was sign up.) One of the hosts was announcer for the Terra broadcast and received an awards prior to the show.

Maximo/Casas is worth going out of your way to see. The Terra show cut out before the main event; the show was going longer than usual, but it wasn’t the longest ever show and the ending of the show usually appears to a manual decision (not a clock.)

Chilanga Mask (SUN) 01/11/2015 Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México [Tercera Caida]
1) Keira b Black Fury
Vaquerita appeared after the match to challenge Keira
2) Herodes Jr. b Karma
bloody match
3) Magnifico b Trauma I
referee 19 1/2 helped Magnifico get the win.
4) Black Terry b Trauma II
good match. Aeroboy challenged Black Terry after – they’re part of the four way on 03/22 – and they ended up fighting. Terry was ready to go right now, but Aeroboy opted to wait until March.
5) Judas el Traidor b Belial
good match
6) Arez b Impulso
good match

Chilanga Mask also announced US indy wrestler Kimber Lee would be on their o3/22 Coliseo Coacalco card.

Konnan talked about the AAA TV situation on this week’s MLW Radio podcast. It’s possible it was done earlier in the week, because he was talking about AAA doing four less TV tapings in 2015 (they ran 32 in 2014) and now they’ve added at least two tapings back for this month. Konnan explained Televisa felt their AAA’s TV was dated and wanted to see changes, specifically citing La Parka’s “Thriller” music as being too old for the TV people. The TV people also didn’t like the venues they were running, with Palenques being singled out as looking run down on TV. The plan to handle that is to run more in Mexico City and near Mexico City, which Konnan feels is their hotter crowd and would have the added benefit of saving on travel costs. They’re also looking to update the graphic packages.

This is not the full scale changes that have been hinted at, and it’s a little bit of what was planned originally for 2014. AAA and the Sports Department of Mexico City originally announced AAA they’d be running the Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera 12 times in 2014, but instead only ran it three times for TV and twice more for sponsored shows. AAA cited difficulty getting dates in the building and not wanting to overload the Mexico City market prior to TripleMania as reasons for the few amount of dates, and those figure to be issues again in 2015. (They haven’t said they’re running Arena Ciudad de Mexico for TripleMania, but everyone would be shocked if they ran any place else.)  Just generally finding modern venues to hold lucha libre events is going to be tough; AAA’s run the places they have because there aren’t many better options in a lot of cities.

Separately, I got an explanation on the “no TV until March” ->  “we’re running twice in January” weirdness. It’s as simple as AAA bringing the idea to Televisa, Televisa requesting AAA they keep producing television shows, and AAA just scheduling dates. It was tough to figure why Televisa would say anything different. Anyway, the situation could mean AAA just produces some lame duck TV for a couple months before going in whatever direction they’re going. AAA’s got the talent to produce some good matches when they’re just thrown out there with no restrictions, so I don’t believe this is a bad thing at all for people who like to watch AAA TV. These are likely to be double taping events, so AAA can take care of as much TV as possible. They might need only one more to make it to Rey de Reyes (which you’d think they’d want to build up in some fashion, but I’m completely lost here.)

The FantasticaMania roster arrived in Japan a few hours ago. Their opening show is about 24 hours away in Osaka, and includes a match honoring Okumura. He says he didn’t imagine he’d be in Mexico for ten years, and he’d like to continue living there. Atlantis says this is his 30th trip to Japan and he likes facing international opponents. Triton is making his first trip, which he says is a dream come true, and he hopes it’s the first of many. Triton also says he does not want to win titles or masks in 2015, but just continue to slowly build his career towards the main event. Angel de Oro is making his second trip, and feels his was inexperienced the first time but left a good impression. Mr. Niebla notes this is his first trip to Japan in 14 years; he says he plans on retiring on five years and isn’t sure if he’ll have another opportunity, plus he’d very much like to challenge someone for a mask match this year.

(Yes, it’s odd there’s so many FantastiaMania interviews.)

Marco does the math and declares if Shocker is 1000% guapo, Marco Corelone must be 10,000% guapo. He seems under the belief that the Ingobernables are just going to be expanded to four people when Rush returns, but I think we’re all just guessing at this point.

I found results for the missing 12/29 Arena Puebla show. The main event went three falls and the tecnicos won all three because everyone lost count, according to the writer.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Cara Lucha announced a IndyStrongibles (Arez, Belial, Impulso) versus the Neza Kings (Guerrero Mixtico, Andy Boy, Danger) trios and a Demus & Pierrothito vs Freelance & Suicida tag match for their 01/31 show.

Demus and Electrico are working in Puerto Rico next Saturday. Rey Horuz is also on that show.

SuperLuchas writes about the IGW promotion, looks back at Enmascarado Rojo successfully defending his mask for the third straight week, and Doc Cerebro vs Bushi.

Segunda Caida reviews CMLL from July and October.

Ohtani’s Jacket reviews Dragon Lee vs Virus and Mocho Cota & Silver King vs Negro Casas & El Dandy from ’94.

An article about a mask collector in Ciudad Juarez. He’s collected 260 in the last four years.

Histeria talks about working the Leyendas Inmortales shows. He’s much too young.


CMLL (FRI) 01/16/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Tapatío & Frezzer vs Furia Roja & Thunder Boy
2) El Divino, Javier Cruz Jr., Virgo vs Évola, Infierno, Ráfaga
3) Flash I, Flash II, Gallo vs Pierroth, Pitbull I, Pitbull II
4) Blue Panther vs Satánico
5) Delta, Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Misterioso Jr., Niebla Roja, Sagrado

No results were ever posted for Friday, but Panther/Satniaco is set up anyway.

Tercera is Pierroth teaming with his brothers, though we’re not supposed to know that. Pierroth’s actually working lower on the card to make that match happen.

CMLL (SAT) 01/17/2015 Arena Coliseo
1) Leono vs Camorra
2) Sensei vs Hijo del Signo
3) Astral vs Pequeño Nitro
4) Star Jr. vs Virus
5) Princesa Sugehit vs Zeuxis
6) Blue Panther & Blue Panther Jr. vs Niebla Roja & Rey Bucanero
7) Misterioso Jr., Negro Casas, Sagrado vs Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., La Máscara

Virus singles match! First team up of Blue Panther & Blue Panther in a 2v2 match! Possibly continuing a setup to an Arena Coliseo Tag Title Match soon! You have to be there to see any of this. (That also suggests there’s at least one more of these Coliseo shows.)

On the other hand, totally okay with no Leono vs Camorra video.

CMLL (SUN) 01/18/2015 Arena México
1) Bengala & Metatrón vs El Rebelde & Espanto Jr.
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Molotov, Súper Halcón Jr. vs Akuma, Artillero, Súper Comando
3) Pegasso vs Cancerbero [lightning]
4) Delta, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Boby Zavala, Sangre Azteca, Virus
5) Blue Panther, Máximo, Valiente vs Ephesto, Hechicero, Niebla Roja
6) Dragón Rojo Jr., Marco Corleone, Super Porky vs Kráneo, Olímpico, Rey Bucanero

The Shocker/Mascara finish doesn’t go anywhere and we’re all okay with that. Fourth match should be fun. Will Molotov show is the biggest question of our time. 2nd biggest question is if Metatron will take Rebelde’s big move.

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AAA TV to continue as normal, routine CMLL show, Anniversary music video

CMLL (FRI) 01/09/2015 Arena México [CMLL, Notimex]
1) Leono & Sensei b Akuma & Espanto Jr.
2) Okumura, Puma, Sangre Azteca b Esfinge, Pegasso, Tritón
3) Ángel de Oro, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. b Misterioso Jr., Pierroth, Sagrado
Rudos are now known as Comando Caribeno – they had t-shirts, so it’s clearly official. Angel de Oro brought his title belt and a mask (Fabian el Gitano’s?) to the ring before the match.
4) Kamaitachi b Dragon Lee [lightning]
Both wrestlers countered each other many times. Kamaitachi resorted to an unseen mask pull to win.
5) Atlantis, Máscara Dorada, Máximo DQ Mr. Águila, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
Straight falls. Comandante kissed Maximo in the second, and Terrible & Bucanero fouled Maximo. Mr. Aguila insisted Mije foul Kemonito too, and he did.
6) La Máscara, La Sombra, Marco Corleone b Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Shocker
Ingobernables took 1/3

Maximo and TRT face off again today in Coliseo. Maximo teams with Blue Panther Sr. & Dragon Rojo Jr. vs Euforia, Terrible and Rey Bucanero.

After a few weeks of mystery and intrigue about AAA’s TV situation, AAA basically announced things are continuing exactly as normal. Today’s AAA TV episode lists shows 01/23 (Friday) in Arena Naucalpan and 01/30 (also Friday) in Toluca. The Naucalpan lineup could be announced at any time. Those dates mean there will be no additional filler weeks. The Naucalpan show should starting airing on 01/31.

I dunno. This is different from what people had been telling me (but I’m still wrong.) Normal is fine with me. This vaguely fits with an idea to run in smaller buildings, but they’re exactly the type of buildings AAA normally runs this time of year anyway. AAA tapings in Naucalpan and Toluca are always good, so these should be as well.

Today’s CMLL on CadenaTres show has the double mask match among other interesting matches. You can watch it on the station’s YouTube channel – – starting at 7pm Mexico City time.

Rob has a 15 minute music video of highlights from the CMLL 81st Anniversary show.

An interview with Canek about his feud with Mr. Jack acknowledges he had wrestling under a different name in AAA during the long period he wasn’t Mr. Jack.

NJPWWorld has a column by the president of NJPW Naoki Sugabayashi talking FantasticaMania. There’s a bit about the recent history of the relationship between the two companies and this year’s tour. He’s very high on Mr. Niebla, which may explain how Niebla ended up on this tour.

Apolo Valdes gives his take on the year in lucha in 2014.

DTU’s next shows
01/26: Tulancingo
01/31: Ventoquipa, Hidalgo
02/01: Mexico City
02/28: Papantla, Veracruz
03/01: Poza Rica, Veracruz

Porra Fresa previews the ChilangaMask visit to Arena Coliseo San Ramon next week.

SuperLuchas looks back at Shocker and Mr. Niebla winning a tag team tournament 17 years ago yesterday and present day dramatic video series Cronicas del Ring.

X-Fly talks about the indies, says there’s plans for a Familia de Tijuana reunion in 2015.

Luchoroscopo for Aries

Segunda Caida’s reviews include one for a Monterrey Bob Esponja match and this week’s Lucha Underground show.

Los Colisenos writes about the decline of lucha libre jouranlism.


CMLL (FRI) 01/16/2015 Arena México
1) Shockercito & Último Dragoncito vs Mercurio & Pequeño Olímpico
2) Dark Angel, Estrellita, Goya Kong vs Amapola, Dalys, Tiffany
3) Blue Panther Jr., Dragon Lee, Pegasso vs Kamaitachi, Puma, Tiger
4) Fuego vs Hombre sin Nombre [lightning]
5) La Máscara, Super Porky, Titán vs Felino, Negro Casas, Shocker
6) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Valiente vs Euforia, Terrible, Thunder

A show. Not bothering to do much while part of the crew is in Japan. Maybe they’re setting up Maximo/Terrible? Maybe they’re just killing time. The FantasticaMania guys will be back on shows by 01/23.

Dragon Lee is now the definitive favorite to end up in a mask feud with Kamitachi; it may have already started.

Tiffany handles the video promo.

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