Mistico win CMLL welterweight championship, Mephisto defeats Titan

new champion (photo by Alexis Salazar, CMLL)

CMLL (SUN) 02/16/2014 Arena Mexico [CMLL, LuchaWorldYahoo! Deportes]
1) Astral, Eléctrico, Último Dragoncito b Demus 3:16, Mercurio, Pierrothito
Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Hijo del Signo, Hooligan, Nitro b Hombre Bala Jr., Metatrón, Súper Halcón Jr.
Rudos took 1/3.
3) Rey Cometa, Sagrado, Stuka Jr. b Kamaitachi, Puma, Virus
Rey Cometa appeared to hurt his knee early but still finished the match. Tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Diamante Azul, Fuego, La Máscara b Ephesto, Pierroth, Vangellys
Fuego replaced Thunder (who may have been hurt in Puebla in Monday.) Tecnicos took 2/3.
5) Mistico b Pólvora [CMLL WELTER]
Seconds were Inquisidor & Dragon Lee. Mistico took falls from 2/3 in a better match than last week’s preview foreshadowed. Mistico won with La Mistica, which went much better than last week. Mistico is the 28th champion. Polvora falls on his seventh known defense.
6) Marco Corleone, Super Porky, Volador Jr. b Dragón Rojo Jr., Kráneo, Mr. Águila
Tecnicos took 2/3. Marco hit the ropes on his Aero Italia dive and fell hard in the win, but the other tecnicos beat the other rudos quickly anyway. Marco seemed hurt at first but was OK in past match interviews.

That’s the new Mistico’s first championship. Somewhat of a surprise that Mistico won, which speaks to the inconsistent way he’s been used. The major differences are this is a welterweight title instead of a light heavyweight title (which slightly matters), and that was before the old Mistico turned back up in Mexico and this is after. This was a trios title feud until the week after the Sin Cara Gym show, and it seems to be as much a motivating factor as anything.

It’s not a big loss for Polvora, who had not defended this title in Mexico City in a year. CMLL went out of their way to give all three Revolucionarios championships and never really did much with that idea. He’s going to be in the same spot as long as that group keeps together, 0ne of the handful of rudo trios who are cycled to the top for title shots.

Mistico II is now a double champion and Averno’s probably in line for a lot of title matches. La Mascara, Rush and Titan are also double champions, giving CMLL 14 champions. They’ll get back to 16 by September.

CMLL (SUN) 02/16/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@acogdl, Canal58]
1) Relampago Azul b Meteoro
2) Javier Cruz & William Rock b El Yaqui & Évola
Tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Espectrum, Infierno, Ráfaga b Halcón de Plata, Leo, Sky Kid
Rudos took 2/3.
4) El Cavernario b Smaker
5) Blue Panther & Solar I b Negro Casas & Negro Navarro
Tecnicos took 1/3, money thrown in.
6) Mephisto b Titán
Mephisto took falls 1/3, sneaking in a foul to win.

Mephisto, scourage of young high flying tecnicos. (I don’t see the point in putting Titan in positions to lose, but I like too much consistency.)

The latest drunk Mr. Aguila match aired tonight on TVC Deportes. It was the match he had in Puebla two Mondays ago. I had problems seeing all of the third fall due to feed problems, but I saw enough to see some business exposing lucha libre. Everyone in the match knew he was in no condition the moment he went out there, because they did a slow brawling match where Aguila didn’t have to do much, but the little he did not go well. The finish was atrocious, partly because Volador Jr. made sure Aguila looked like a total fool and pointed it out to the crowd. I do not blame him there. Aguila had a post match promo that was in another world. I can’t believe CMLL let Aguila go out there, or deemed this fit to air. It doesn’t appear Aguila has lost any bookings from this, and there doesn’t seem to be any reason he should be concerned about that. He could’ve really hurt himself on a superplex spot in the third fall, and it kind feels like we’re waiting for something like to happen before CMLL does anything.

I’m mentioning Aguila by name, but he’s not the only guy to have this problem and lucha libre promoters generally have just turned a blind eye to it. People who cover lucha libre too.

Dr. Lucha and Bryan have had a recent talking point about how risky it is to put Shocker in the Dos Leyendas main event given his similar issues. That is a real concern, but CMLL’s behavior indicates they’re not concerned about those kind of issues. And, if this is the three way match they seem to be teasing, the match outcome is the same with or without Shocker, so they’re not exposed to as much risk; the match is stronger without Negro Casas in it, as weird as that sounds, so the only reason he’s in it is to take the loss.

Super Nova reports Super Nova won the IWRG Rebelion de Juniors. He beat Trauma I, will get a shot at Trauma II for the IWRG Juniors championship.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Rob has highlights of 11/29/13 CMLL.

Super Libre had interviews with Gran Cochisse, Super Estrella, Titan, Camorra, Volador Jr. and Frayle de la Muerte.

R de Rudo has video of the Estrellita & Paloma Rouse vs Zeuxis & Keira main vent of Saturday’s all women’s show. Esterllita replaced Marcela, who was in NYC instead.

CMLL video promo for Friday.

Lucha Libre in Japan

02/16 WNC-RENA: 5) Syrui b Silueta [WNC WOMEN, REINA WOMEN, CMLL-REINA INTL]
Result via Purolove.com.

Lineups

CMLL (SUN) 02/23/2014 Arena Coliseo
1) Bengala & Metálico vs Apocalipsis & Ramstein
2) Pegasso, Starman, Stigma vs Hechicero, Hijo del Signo, Nitro
3) Estrellita, Goya Kong, Lady Afrodita vs Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit, Tiffany
4) Delta vs Boby Zavala [lightning]
5) Blue Panther, Guerrero Maya Jr., Titán vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja
6) La Máscara, La Sombra, Marco Corleone vs Averno, Dragón Rojo Jr., Mephisto

Hey, it’s Sombra. I remember him, he’s cool, nice to see him back. Semifinal should be fun. Segunda is Hechicero’s Terra debut.

Cavernario and Niebla win Gran Alternativa, Shocker vs Casas vs Rush, Park/Wagner in Philly

photo by Alexis Salazar/CMLL

CMLL (FRI) 02/14/2014 Arena Mexico [CMLL, LuchaWorld]
1) Molotov & Oro Jr. b Artillero & Súper Comando
Oro and Molotov had some slips. Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Misterioso Jr., Sangre Azteca, Shigeo Okumura b Fuego, Pegasso, Starman
Rudos took 2/3.
3) Dalys b Marcela [lightning]
Dalys won clean with a camel clutch, after surviving the top rope double stop (by grabbing the ropes.) Better match than expected. Dalys demanded a title shot, but Marcela refused, telling Dalys to earn it and throwing the microphone at her.
4) Blue Panther, Rush, Super Porky b Felino, Negro Casas, Shocker
Straight falls. Panther & Porky took the first, and Shocker blatantly fouled Rush in the third. Negro Casas and Shocker had problems in the match, pushing each other away from Rush so they could fight him instead, though they never fought each other. Shocker demanded the hair match, but Rush said no.
5) Cavernario & Mr. Niebla b Soberano Jr. & Volador Jr. [Gran Alternativa, final]
Match came down to Niebla and Volador, but Cavernario snuck into give Volador a backcracker to set up the win.
6) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero b Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente
Rudos took 2/3, UG stealing Mistico’s mask and pinning him.

Apuesta matches don’t happen when one person challenges for them, or when both agree to them, or even when all the people involve sign a piece of paper saying they’ll do the match no fooling. They happen when the people involved start declaring a specific date for the match to occur. I think Negro Casas vs Rush vs Shocker is probably at happening at Dos Leyendas, but they’ve been careful not to say “Dos Leyendas” in the challenges. There’s still an escape hatch until they do.

It’s possible Dalys and Marcela might also end up in a hair match, but they’re only pushing back the women’s title match for the moment. You’d think beating Marcela in a singles match would be good enough to get her a title match, but apparently the random trios matches are more important?

Sparse details on the tournament final, but Doradafan found some video clips of it and the main event.

AAA says their show will start at 3:15 today. Fox Sports has bumped the CMLL show (second block of Gran Alternativa) to 4-5pm today.

Masked Republic and Extreme Rising are running a lucha libre show at the former ECW Arena on 04/27. They’ve announced Dr. Wagner Jr. vs LA Park and have Damian 666, Bestia 666, Solar, Negro Navarro, Sabu, Casandro, Pierrothito, and Christina Von Eerie for the show. More details will be announced on 02/18.

Rob has highlights of 11/26/13 CMLL.

Eric R @ Segunda Caida reviews Lucha Azteca 02/08/14.

An Arena Queretaro tournament for the vacant local light heavyweight title show set up Drabek I vs Drabek II for their next show.

Tickets for the WWL show in DF will run between 150 and 400 Mexican Pesos.

Another article on Histeria, Alebrije, and Cuije claiming rights to those names. To them, this is a story about how they own those names. To me, it’s a story about the lack of impact CMLL has on casual fans and promoters. In an alternate universe where WWE would let their guys work indies, I can’t imagine Cesaro doing interviews about promoters being allowed to book him him as Claudio Castignoli.

Lineup

CMLL (FRI) 02/21/2014 Arena Mexico
1) Camaleón & Leono vs Akuma & Guerrero Negro Jr.
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Último Dragoncito vs Demus 3:16, Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico
3) Dark Angel, Marcela, Silueta vs Amapola, Dalys, Zeuxis
4) Diamante Azul vs Terrible [lightning]
5) Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Último Guerrero vs Soberano Jr., Valiente, Volador Jr.
6) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Rush vs Felino, Negro Casas, Shocker

Bufete del Amor reunites to take on Rush’s two rivals (and also Felino.) I don’t know if CMLL is going to announce something or not at the end of the mach, but I’d suggest waiting a week. If any lucha story is going to be covered to mass audiences next Saturday, it’s probably going to be one from the AAA show and there’s no sense in getting lost in their wake.

The overall card suggests CMLL is not aware or concerned about AAA running a show cross town the same night. There’s nothing special on this card. Both the Gran Alternativa winner and loser end in the same semifinal (perhaps due to the lack of any midcard men’s trios match, but it makes the tournament look irrelevant.) I have unsually high hopes for the women’s match.

great match roundup, week of 2014-01-18

Great/Excellent Matches

Nothing this week.

Shows Watched But Nothing Made The List
AAA on Televisa: 2014-01-18
CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-01-18
CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-01-18
CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-01-18

Matches To Watch Later

CMLL Puebla: 2014-01-19
taped 2014-01-06 @ Arena Puebla
Volador Jr. vs Averno for the NWA World Welterweight Championship:

IWRG Zona XXI: 2014-01-19
taped 2014-01-12 @ Arena Naucalpan
Centvrión, Dragón Celestial, Golden Magic vs Anubis Black, Canis Lupus, Imposible:

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Caveman vs Soverign in the Gran Alternativa final

Tonight’s the final of the Gran Alternativa. The impact of this tournament is sometimes overstated. It’s only the rare Mistico occasions where the winner gets vaulted to the top; most only get to move up one rung on the CMLL ladder. That also meant a lot more in days where there were fewer chances break thru to a higher level, but CMLL seems to be (forced into) finding more ways to elevate younger luchadors into bigger positions. Both guys in the final figure to at least reach the Stuka/Okumura level at some point, the winner gets there a bit faster.

The two teams this year are Soberano Jr., tecnico son of Euforia who will team with Volador Jr, and Cavernario, crazied haired rudo caveman who naturally teams with Mr. Niebla. Both guys are 20, which is very young even for CMLL’s current roster. Soberano is a daring high flyer who will undoubtedly do something spectacular in this match, but Cavernario is the more complete luchador who already has an identifiable character and an associate with a top level group. There’s an obvious role for him if he wins, and CMLL hasn’t really set up the same thing for Cavernario. (On the other hand, Cavernario having a role means he may advance anyway and doesn’t need the win.)

CMLL Gaceta’s preview of the final.

The Gran Alternativa is not expected to air on Terra, but more important matches for upcoming events may. Rush, Shocker and Negro Casas are all in the fourth match (which should air this week) and some or all of them may be in an apuesta match on Dos Leyendas in five weeks. It’s about time to make it clear that’s the match that’s actually happen if it’s actually happen, instead of just being one of a bunch of matches teased. Marcela and Dallys also meet in a lightning match, which should set up another singles match between them in the near future.

GALLI’s posted Bryce Benjamin vs Discovery as a teaser of this upcoming Sunday’s show. (Which I realized I can’t make.) You know, it’d be neat if AAA brought back Discovery for a one time surprise appearance to team him up with the new space cadets.

Arena Coliseo Monterrey tells the story of Angel Justiciero leading into his mask match this Sunday.

Fuego en el ring interviews Yuca el Potranquita.

Segunda Caida’s Eric R reviews Uprising Lucha Libre from 01/25/14.

CMLL and AAA luchadors on the same show in La Laguna.

ChilangaMexico says they’ll be heading west in May, with shows in Tijuana, Mexicali and Rosarito.

Lucha libre shows will not be allowed in Culiacan’s Gimnasio Juan S. Millan – so there’s still no building for local shows.

Kcidis has his own lucha memes about CMLL’s delayed matches.

More luchador resin figures.

03/03 AAA TV Lineup (Irapuato) – last show before Rey de Reyes

AAA TV (MON) 03/03/2014 Lienzo Charro Ignacio Leon Ornelas, Irapuato, Guanajuato
1) Dinastía vs Mini Charly Manson [AAA MINI]
Dinastia is champion
2) Faby Apache, Jennifer Blake, Zumbi vs Sexy Lady, Sexy Star, Steve Pain
3) Angélico, Australian Suicide, Jack Evans vs Daga, Pentagón Jr., Psicosis
4) ?, Axel, Electroshock vs Chessman, Hijo del Fantasma, Silver King
5) Cibernético, La Parka, Psycho Clown vs Parka Negra, Texano, Zorro

Air Date: 03/15 (Rey de Reyes starts on 03/22.)

This looks like a mostly re-enforcement leading into Rey de Reyes; not much new, but just running the same feuds as last week TV build up to that show. The main event has the probable title match (Psycho & Texano), two of the guys in the Rey de Reyes final (Parka & Zorro) and two guys likely to be in whatever tag match they do with Jarrett this time (Cibernetico & Parka Negra.) This also reenforces that the Gimansio Olimpico Juan de la Barrera show will be one of those classic AAA shows where a million different things will happen at once. For future reference, here’s a textual representation of the AAA TV pattern:

TV taping 1: not much
TV taping 2: not much
TV taping 3: not much
TV taping 4: not much
TV taping 5: not much
TV taping 6: AHHHH! CRAZY GO NUTS! AAAAHHHH! FIREWORKS! EXPLOSIONS! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
TV taping 7: not much
Major card

Happens every time. It’d be a much more entertaining week to week show if they could spread out the craziness a bit better.

What usually happens is some really fun matches sneak thru on the not much shows, because the guys who can work are also the guys who very rarely get stuff to do so they’re all just thrown together (and that seems to be happening again at Rey de Reyes judging from the tercera) and magic happen. AAA hasn’t really had as much magic this cycle around. That tercera is the best chance for it this time around.

In other things which I’ll type in caps even though I shouldn’t, WHY IS AXEL STILL HERE? He’s not very good, he hasn’t been much good in AAA, he’s never been much of a star, and he’s a walking lawsuit magnet. Axel seems like a good dude, but it feels like Axel is here as spite, which is not an entertaining reason to book someone. This would be a great opportunity for AAA to give Axel a chance to explain why he’s here (though hopefully not remembering the dropped feud with Daga), instead of just throwing him out there and pretending people are going to care or it’s a good use of anyone’s time.

That semimain also means whoever the mystery guy is on the Rey de Reyes block is probably teaming with Electroshock and Axel versus Consejo & Chessman in his second match. Those are all upper level guys, but they are also very definitely not top guys as AAA’s used them, so that’s the level they’re slotting the new guy.

Cuervo hasn’t been seen since he made the mixed tag title challenge to Faby and Drago, which means it’s still 50/50 that match happening at Rey de Reyes. Sexy Lady here might to set up the multiwoman Rey de Reyes title defense instead.

Timing is on schedule for the semiannual minis title match. Dinastia won the title on 02/18 last year, and this would be his second TV defense. There hasn’t felt like any feud to set this up – maybe that’ll also happen in DF – but I’m totally fine with a random singles title defense. It might have to be internet exclusive match, since the openers have been left off the five match shows this year.

Next show is 03/16

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CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-01-11

Titan as Blue Panther (Negro Casas as Negro Casas)

recap

taped 2014-01-03 @ Arena Mexico
Máximo, Shocker, Super Porky vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Tiger: Of the many TRT matches lately, this is definitely the one with the most edited fall fall. Not one did anything horrible but this was pointless. This is still a promotion putting the live show first; TV really needed a shorter match they got here. JCR’s claim of TRT being top contenders to both trios titles falls a tiny bit flat when they seem to lose a lot of these.

 

Titan loses via gravity

Titán vs Negro Casas in CMLL’s Leyenda de Plata Tournament final match: EXCELLENT. I’m surely going to put Titan on this list so many times again in 2014, but it’s going to be tough to beat this one. Negro Casas was superb in working with him, giving him enough to think Titan was actually going to pull off the upset (again!) and in putting him over after the match. (It feels unfair to compare this to Ultimo Guerrero’s performance against Valiente, but it’s also very obvious.) Titan more than held his side of the bargain in way few guys his age on this roster would’ve been able to; this wasn’t the crazy spectacle with Niebla Roja, but one with plans and strategies that lasted more than a move, and counters that were actually surprising and organic. That’s stuff Titan does with the right guy, and Negro Casas is the right guy for everyone. I thought this felt short watching it live, but it’s more a case of it just flying by for being fun.

 

Valiente Especial

Máscara Dorada, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Averno, Mephisto, Último Guerrero: Main event formula – triple dive spot, everyone gets a big move but someone else breaks it up, rudos fail at a triple team and técnicos all get cradles but it doesn’t work. Generally good but generally the same as other matches with different offense plugged in. Volador & Ultimo Guerrero doing the Shocker & Ultimo Guerrero reverse casadora spot is amusing since Volador is the new Shocker (but missing some of that self confidence.) I was surprised UG took the top rope headscissors at the end, but Volador needed that.

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02/14-16 lucha times

box.

my evening summarized: I am a clever moron.

== AAA ==

AAA-Televisa: The first half of Ecatepec. I dunno how they’re splitting it up. Guessing the first half of the taping for no particular reason.

== CMLL ==

FOX: Gran Alternativa, Block B.

52MX: Tag title match, more Camorra vs Stigma from Guadalajara

C3: Peste Negra vs Titan Rush Mascara.

TVC Deportes (Puebla): Mr. Aguila & Reapper vs La Mascara & Volador Jr., possibly the worst match of the year.

Lucha Azteca: Gran Alternativa, Block A.

Terra Friday: First 4 matches? That’d include Shocker vs Negro Casas.

Terra Sunday: POLVORA VS MISTICO.

== Other ==

IWRG-AYM Sports: maybe this Sunday’s show, maybe next Sunday’s show.

Noches de Coliseo: probably Satanico vs Dandy.

IWL: off week?

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CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-01-11

 

Oro finds a harder trip to the floor

recap

taped 2014-01-07 @ Arena Mexico
Camaleón, Oro Jr., Soberano Jr. vs Artillero, Canelo Casas, Súper Comando: This was a disguised opener match for the first half, but got more interesting when the rudos took over and pulled off their double teams. Third fall went well too – Oro even got to do a dive! – but it seemed like something went wrong about a minute before the finish and it wasn’t as sharp as planned. It looked like an innocent Camaleon dropkick to break up a Super Comando pin threw him off for a moment. There were a lot scarier looking things in this one – Oro’s freefall to the floor in the first, and Canelo’s positioning on the splashed second. It seemed like he was for sure getting squashed by his partners, but they knew what they were doing and worked fine with the four less experienced guys here. Hope they get more chances at this matchup because it has potential.

 

Artillero has had enough of this.

Negro Casas, Puma, Tiger vs Black Panther, Blue Panther, Cachorro: Nice match to debut in for the new Panthers. You got more of a sense of them then in the Copa Junior last week, and they had some people who can cover up for their weaknesses, plus a reason for the crowd to care about the match right away. They were excited the moment Negro Casas stepped in the ring. Cachorro seems Super Halcón/Hombre Bala sized, but Black Panther is way bigger (and more muscular) than most técnicos outside his level, and uses more of a stronger rudo style. He might ultimately be better of being on the rudo side. They both need to work on their timing, and there were issues that Casas family were able to get past here but other rudos might not be, but this was a fun good match to start out with.

 

double gutbuster

Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Shocker vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Euforia, Niebla Roja: Shocker feuding with Barbaro Cavernario is too random even for the CMLL booking hat. Barbaro did deserve a beating by interfering in the first fall about a million times and livened up a match that was not otherwise that memorable. Tecnicos didn’t do interesting things and rudos were not as sharp as normal. Guerrero Maya’s post match strut was hilariously awful, for the one second we saw of it.

 

Guerrero Maya into orbit

Rush, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Virus: The Rush/Terrible stuff was on a different level than the rest of the match and made it feel like a main event enough though it wasn’t the usual names. The other guys were fine but those two had something more. Titan using the inverted Gori stretch is a cool idea, but he’s got to be a 100 times more careful dropping the guy after it – he came close to really messing Virus up, and it was only luck that it didn’t turn out worse. He lost his balance dropped Virus very carelessly.

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Rey de Reyes tickets on sale, Box y Lucha biweekly?, ChilangaMask, El Dandy

CMLL (MON) 02/10/2014 Arena Puebla [El Popular (cover), Porra Fresa]
1) Akrón, Fuerza Chicana, Guerrero Negro Jr. b Bengala, Camaleón, Tigre Rojo
Rudos took 1/3? Camaleon was strechered out after a Guerrero Negro move (probably the destroyer)
2) Metálico, Robin, Sensei b Espíritu Maligno, Siki Ozama Jr., Toro Bill Jr.
3) Marcela b Tiffany [lightning]
Marcela won with the top rope double stomp in over 8 minutes.
4) Misterioso Jr., Puma, Tiger b Stigma, Stuka Jr., Tritón
rematch. Rudos took 2/3, Tiger powerbombed Triton and Misterioso beat Stigma.
5) Marco Corleone, Rush, Thunder DQ Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
Vangellys fouled Rush. Rush challenged him to a fight next week.
6) Volador Jr. b Mr. Águila
listed as for the honor and glory. Volador took 2/3.

Note Tiger beat Triton, not Puma as el Popular had Tuesday. Rush’s challenge was about Puebla like real luchadors, not those who fool around, which sounds like they’re going to hit each other very hard next week.

Tickets went on sale today for Rey de Reyes. AAA has been pretty happy about selling out their tapings selling out so far, but they should be thrilled if they can do great advance sales with 0.75 matches announced. Tickets run from 60 to 600 Mexican Pesos ($4.50 to $45.00), plus a “Experience AAA” package for $800 Mexican Pesos. It’s said that will be explained later, but I would guess it’s something like the VIP deals US promotions have done, where an extra amount gets you into a meet and greet sometime before the show.

DJ Spectro said he went looking for this week’s Box Y Lucha and was told Box y Lucha is going to biweekly publishing. They’ve been weekly as long as I know. SuperLuchas switched to biweekly upon their return from hiatus. I believe Luchas 2000 is still weekly, and would be the only weekly lucha libre magazine left. There’s a decline in the overall magazine industry (though that didn’t feel as strong looking around Mexico City), but it’s usually because there are other media coming along pushing them out. That doesn’t really feel like the case with the lucha libre magazines. (DJ Spectro also has the third part of his Angel Blanco bio, literally something that appeared in a magazine, almost defeating my point.)

Matt Jackson announced he wouldn’t need hand surgery, which means he’s probably on for the ChilangaMask show after all. ChilangaMask has also announced El Dandy vs Satanico to the show to a future show, as part of Dandy’s retirement tour. That’s a great match to add to a loaded card.

R de Rudo also has an interview with El Dandy, who mentions he’d like one last match in Mexico City proper (ChilangaMask is out in outside the city), but no promoter has stepped up to pay for it. Dandy also talks about his career – he got the name because he was good with the ladies, he trained for five years but his parents didn’t know until they saw him on TV in Arena Coliseo Guadalajara match – and what led to him stepping away from wrestling – hurt his spine on a dive, finding none of his wrestling friends helping him and sinking into a bad depression. He says he plans on ending his tour in April.

This week’s TerceraCaida includes an in studio interview with Sexy Star and Taya.   The show starts off with clips of Canek versus Andre el Gigante. Canek was not a small man, but the size difference makes Andre look like a monster created for a sci fi movie. He is huge and very scary. The behind the scenes video is up as well.

I’ve been trying to finish the TxT shows this week, which is a thing in itself. I have noticed them repeatedly promoting the first TxT show for 2014 to take place sometime in March, even after Santo’s injury announcement. They haven’t mentioned that happening elsewhere of late, but that must still be the plan.

CMLL’s Gaceta story on the national trios title build up brings up Rush & Negro Casas’ signing contract for a hair match.

Octagon has a column in Veracruz. His recap of AAA: “Y me han preguntado noticias de Triple A, pero es que de verdad, no ha pasado nada por ahí que sea digno de mencionar.” (Nothing’s happened in AAA worth mentioning.) Octagon really is still employed by AAA.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

A CMLL main evented show in Arena Aficion didn’t seem to draw much more than the few people who normally come on Tuesday for the locals. Rey Escorpion & Dragon Rojo beat Rey Cometa & Maximo.

Promo for Arena Quereataro show tomorrow.

Silueta talks about her current trip to Japan.

Tiger Universitario has some thoughts on Mr. Nice. I didn’t actually listen, but I can only assume the thought is “Mr. Nice is awful” after seeing him.

Lucha Va Voom has the second of it’s two Valentine’s Day shows (w/Niebla Roja) today in Los Angeles.

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-01-11

 

Mercurio slide

recap

taped 2014-01-01 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Dark Angel, Goya Kong, Silueta vs Amapola, Princesa Sugheit, Zeuxis: Not a super match, but easily better than the average women’s match from a few weeks ago. Very much a match to have a match, but a competent one (in front of a small and quiet crowd.) Amapola really wiped out Silueta on the after the second fall Devil’s Wings, and Silueta’s springboard splash in the third fall look good. Finish came really quick after the comeback – actually, they were basically the same thing – and that comeback didn’t get off to the strongest start.

triple dive!

taped 2014-01-05 @ Arena Mexico
Eléctrico vs Astral, Stukita, Shockercito, Último Dragoncito, Demus 3:16, Mercurio, Pierrothito, Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Nitro in a Pequeno Reyes del Aire match: A good first half of a cibernetico that fell apart near the end due to the body count. All three final guys ended up messed up. Astral is covered here. Eléctrico getting knocked silly by Demus sticks out on the rewatch (as does some behavior indicating how groggy he was) and Pierrothito was clearly in pain after Electrico’s elimination. It’s too bad, because they were having one of the better minis matches before everything starting going wrong. The pre-elimination section and the first few were all pretty good, as well as the short psuedo-tag portion with Demus/Pierrothito vs Eléctrico/Astral. Hope they get another chance at something like this.

barrier 1, Dragoncito 0

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