2013 watch later catchup, part 7

Namajague spear

08-12 Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa vs Boby Zavala, Namajague, Shigeo Okumura

GREAT. Definitely one where other people would have matches which don’t make the final list higher than this one, but I enjoy this guys work and they were working hard here. Not any new ground but one where everything were trying went off well and they were going full effort despite ‘only’ being in Arena Puebla. Rey Cometa really only tried the running Spanish Fly with Namajague and this was the best one they pulled off, plus there was some good Delta/Guerrero Maya tag team work (and hoping for more of that in 2014.) Surprised the finish happened when it did; not used to seeing Namajague successful!

08-19 Rey Escorpión vs Último Guerrero for the CMLL World Light Heavyweight Championship

inverted mecedora? some other name?

The longest first fall in an Ultimo Guerrero singles match in years! (The second fall lasted under a minute.) And then a third fall much like any other. The other Escorpion/UG worked because it Escorpion was super aggressive and threw Ultimo Guerrero off his predictable match. This was the opposite, Ultimo Guerrero having his Ultimo Guerrero match, with the bonus of Tirantes going all Tirantes in the last few minutes. This was better than most UG matches have been of a late but nothing worth seeking them out.

 

Maya’s devestated

08-25 Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Black Terry

GREAT. Black Terry really brings out the hate in Guerrero Maya. Maya was so different here than his CMLL appearances, almost the rudo (though maybe it’s just both guys were the rudos.) Straight brawl from before the bell which finds it’s way back into the ring but always feels a bit of control. This was a fight and a good one. There was was some technical oddness (like Maya pulling Terry off the mat while covering him after the Tormenta Maya to stop his own count), but the match flew by and the finish was neat.

08-25 Valiente & Virus vs Trauma I & Trauma II

counter dropkick

GREAT. The Traumas trying tricks and cheap shots, only they try it against the wrong two guys and are lucky to keep it even. This match was already great in the first couple minutes when Valiente met Truma II eye gouge for eye gouge and Virus was taking down Trauma I when he tried a cheap slap. Everything was very solid and it was a very close match. Crowd was super into this match the entire way. It did seem out of order early, with Trauma II and Valiente attempting to rip out each other’s eyeballs leading into more sedate mat wrestling from Virus & Trauma I and then just a normal match for a while, but they picked the intensity back in up in the last third of the match. Finish was well down for what it was, but will still a let down after all that had let up to it. If that sort of finish is the trade off to get the match to happen, then it’d take it 10 times out of time, but obviously the match would’ve been better with something even slightly conclusive.

bulldozer tope

09-08 Dinamic Black vs Golden Magic for the IWRG Intercontinental Welterweight Championship

Asai tornillo moonsault

Another IWRG finish missed by LAS camera work – they were in replay and had no idea a double countout was coming so they would’ve missed the ref counting 20 anyway. The little we did see included both guys standing right next to the ring staring at each other instead of going in, so I’m not sure this would’ve been a finish to help the match. This became Dinamic Black’s last match, which was also the end of the very short lived Golden Magic & Centviron rudo turn. (You wouldn’t have known they were meant to be rudos until after the match. Centviron’s towel as scarf was hilarious.) It’s obvious there were issues about Dinamic Black around this time just by the way everything changed after it. (I believe the story is this wasn’t the finish they were originally supposed to have, but I’d guess there was more that led up to that.) Different issues than Fenix/Dinamic, or at least a different type of match as a result – this one was missing a spark or some energy. There was a good match here but not a great one, not what you’d hope for when two long time partners finally face each other. Enough spots for highlights but not a complete match. That said, crowd was into (and ref was way into it!) so I may be just be thinking too much and not just seeing things. This match just seemed less fun than it should’ve been.

Atlantis submits Navarro!

09-30 Atlantis, Blue Panther, Shocker vs Black Terry, Negro Navarro, Solar I

I got completely derailed by the sound not matching up at all with the video; it took me a while to attempt to fix that, and longer to get back to watching it. (It still didn’t fix; I should’ve broken it down to individual falls.) This was a very good match, worked intensely for a maesto match and breaking down into more of a normal style match with different spots by the third fall. The finishes in the first fall and third fall seemed very sudden; all the CMLL 2013 maestros matches have felt like they could’ve gone longer but just abruptly end. It was weird for Blue Panther to be downplayed (and eliminated) in his own anniversary celebration – it was Shocker and Terry feuding which actually came off strongest.

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Dandy beats Satanico in Monterrey, Puma injury

ERLL (SUN) 02/09/2014 Arena Coliseo Monterrey [Arena Coliseo Monterrey, RFC]
1) Mr. Vega & Poseidón vs Bochido & Misionero
2) Chik Tormenta & La Hiedra b Hija de Karonte & Lady Puma
3) Mitsunoko & Potro Jr. b Lemus Jr. & Perseus
4) Bengali, Difunto I, Ejecutor b Memo Valles, Pantera I, Pee Wee
5) Black Spider & Pedro Navajas b Flamita & Rocky Lobo and Impulso & Mike Segura and Aeroboy & Violento Jack
Aeroboy & Violento Jack were eliminated when Kaientai got involved. Impulso & Segura were second otu, and the locals upset the Millennial duo for the win.
6) Caifan & Tigre Universitario Silver Star DCOR Alberto Dos Rios & Hijo Del Centurion Negro
Everyone was counted out out of the ring.
7) El Dandy b Satánico
Dandy got the win in his last match here.

Arena Coliseo Monterrey has four minutes of videos and interviews from Sunday’s show, with Satanico vs Dandy and the other top matches. This show MAY air on Noches de Coliseo next week.

Puma says he tore his bicep on Sunday. It seemed to happen on his dive in the opening fall of the tag title match; he’s grabbing his arm after he lands. El Popular lists Puma as winning with a powerbomb over Triton last night in Puebla, so either it wasn’t as bad as it sounds or luchadors are crazy. Probably a little bit of both.

Volador beat Mr. Aguila in the Puebla main event. The semimain set up Vangellys versus Rush for next week.

Today’s CMLL main event has Peste Negra versus the Mexican trios champions in the main event. It seems like they’ll be running a trios title match next week, but CMLL set up the similar Sunday feud the same way and ended up in a different final match so it’s not certain. Reyes del Atlantida face Hijos del Averno in the semimain, and Sagrado and Virus face on a good lightning match (which probably won’t air.)

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update and Postermania, where there’s so many posters that Alfredo can’t type all the lineups!

Black Terry Jr. has video of a drunk fan jumping the rail in Toluca. Piero has a great way of getting him back into the seats.

CMLL video teaser for this Friday and for Dos Leyendas.

Guerrero Maya Jr. talks about his 10th Anniversary to el Popular. I know there’s another interview in SuperLuchas, and I’d bet there are ones in recent Luchas 2000 and Box Y Lucha too. He’s pretty much done an interview with every possible outlet outside of LuchaWorld (and I’d bet he’d do it if I asked.) It’s kind of hilarious, but it’s also impressive – if you’re the slightest bit of a wrestling fan in Mexico, you know Guerrero Maya Jr. is a lucahdor in CMLL who had a 10th anniversary and seems kind of important. Everyone else should be asking Maya how he pulled this off so they can do it themselves.

Rambo feels modern luchadors do not know their history well enough, are not humble enough, and there’s too much of a (literal) barrier between the luchadors and the people. He also talks about the first time he met Santo.

Tormento & Epitafio cheated to keep the AULL Tag Team championship.

Porra Fresa reprints nice black and white photos from an outdoor Puebla show.

DJ Spectro looks back at Angel Blanco.

Lineup

indy (THU) 02/13/2014 Arena Olimpico Laguna de Gomez Palacio
1) Dany Fantom & Imperio Negro vs Caballero Negro & Camorra Jr.
2) Lady Star & Princesa Quetzal vs Agatha & Princesa Guerrera
3) Brillante & Eterno (Laguna) vs Camorra (Laguna) & Detector Jr.
4) Conflictus, El Árabe, La Sombra vs Baby Olmos, El Dorado, V-57

Going home to visit family means working AOL if you’re a Laguna luchador.

CMLL (SUN) 02/16/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Meteoro vs Relampago Azul
2) Javier Cruz & William Rock vs El Yaqui & Évola
3) Halcón de Plata, Leo, Sky Kid vs Espectrum, Infierno, Ráfaga
4) Smaker vs El Cavernario
5) Blue Panther & Solar I vs Negro Casas & Negro Navarro
6) Titán vs Mephisto

A pretty good card; Titan vs Mephisto should be great, the maestros match is back (with mixed sides) and Smaker/Cavernario should be good too.

indy (SUN) 02/23/2014 Arena Neza
1) ? vs ??
2) ? vs ??
3) Arkángel de la Muerte, Hooligan, Nitro vs Carta Brava Jr. (IWL), Dr. Cerebro, Fantasma de la Ópera
4) Guerrero Maya Jr., Solar I, Valiente vs Hectaombe, Maremoto, Terremoto
5) Black Terry, El Indómito, Puma King, Shu el Guerrero vs Danny Boy, Gallego, Rocky Santana, Skayde
6) Brazo de Oro, Brazo de Plata, Brazo de Platino vs Coco Amarillo Jr., Coco Verde, Cocolores
7) La Máscara, Máscara Dorada, Máscara Sagrada, Máximo vs El Dandy, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Scorpio Jr.

Loaded show, honoring Coco Blanco.

AAA (SUN) 03/30/2014 Arena Fusion, Jardines de Morelos, Estado de México
1) ? vs ??
2) ? vs ??
3) Fénix vs Belial [AAA FUSION]
Fenix is champion. Number ???? defense
4) Arez vs Pentagón Jr. [? STRONG STYLE]
Arez is some Strong Style champion. Might be the old NWA Mexico Aereo championship
5) Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Demon Rocker, Machine Rocker, Soul Rocker [AAA TRIOS]
Psycho Circus are champions.

Three title matches for Arena Fusion’s third anniversary show.

02/07-02/10 lucha videos

IWRG only aired half of last Sunday’s show, which is better than no show. The FILL show actually aired during the week in half, but I’m using the Sunday show (where it aired in full) for sanity. Also, during the cibernetico, they meant to got a replay at one point and instead jumped 7 minutes backwards in the match. I believe I’ve fixed that – basically doing someone else’s job for free.

Terra in Coliseo is still in 240p. They’re not fixing the streaming issue, but will be in Arena Mexico next week.

AAA on UTDN is currently the exact same show that’s airing on Televisa. They’re both 90 minutes, as if AAA was able to trade a UTDN half hour for a Televisa one (which would be a good trade.) AAA’s begun putting up unaired matches on their YouTube channel and hopefully continues to do so.

I am throwing a dart to come up with the ACM date; it doesn’t match up with any known show, so I’m using the show with no results. Only 2 falls were aired of the third match (and it was not a good match.) I saw enough of Noches de Futbol – on at midnight, the time Noches de Coliseo is listed as airing on the graphic the Arena Coliseo Monterrey was posting! – to know the Konnan Big match was taped but it didn’t air.

IWL aired, was a repeat.

Puebla aired a rerun to fill out time, the second week they’ve had to do that. I don’t know what it means, except we’re in a period of chaos.

YouTube Playlist: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYyNnOBGWP7SiPRCKR8JieGX-CKrJEyas

02/08 WWC: http://www.sendspace.com/file/vwf85u
02/09 WWC: http://www.sendspace.com/file/h4lyp2

02/08 Sobre el Ring: http://www.sendspace.com/file/jtkal6

02/09 La Lucha Se Le Hace: http://www.sendspace.com/file/442e8m

IWRG Zona XXI: 2014-02-04
taped 2014-02-02 @ Arena Naucalpan
1) Chico Che, Diva Salvaje, Miss Gaviota vs Hijo del Fishman, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro
http://www.sendspace.com/file/10b39m
2) Oficial 911 vs Golden Magic for the IWRG Rey del Ring
http://www.sendspace.com/file/aarkcu

CMLL on Terra: 2014-02-07
taped 2014-02-07 @ Arena Mexico
Playlist: http://www.dailymotion.com/playlist/x31hw4_thecubsfan_2014-02-02-cmll-terra/1
1) Acero & Shockercito vs Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Olímpico
http://ul.to/3xjx6wv3
2) Sagrado, Stigma, Stuka Jr. vs Cancerbero, Kamaitachi, Raziel
http://ul.to/vwe7rev1
3) Dark Angel, Marcela, Silueta vs Amapola, Dalys, La Seductora
http://www.sendspace.com/file/14uh72

AAA on Televisa: 2014-02-08
taped 2014-01-30 @ Gimnasio Agustín Millán
Intro
http://www.sendspace.com/file/9dta8n
1) Drago & Faby Apache vs Dark Cuervo & Mary Apache
http://www.sendspace.com/file/uy5r3i
2) Angélico, Fénix, Psycho Clown vs Daga, Hijo del Fantasma, Pentagón Jr.
http://www.sendspace.com/file/gpf1gm
3) La Parka vs Blue Demon Jr., Parka Negra, Chessman in a AAA’s Rey de Reyes Tournament match and in a tournament semifinal match
http://www.sendspace.com/file/69w74q
4) Cibernético & Electroshock vs Texano & Zorro
http://www.sendspace.com/file/yrtkpm

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-02-08
taped 2014-01-28 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Full Show: http://www.sendspace.com/file/ndxy22
1) Gallo vs Arkángel de la Muerte
http://www.sendspace.com/file/mzip60
taped 2014-02-02 @ Arena Coliseo
2) Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Negro Casas, Puma, Tiger
http://www.sendspace.com/file/agmbh3
3) La Sombra, Mistico, Valiente vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión
http://www.sendspace.com/file/pz58rx

CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-02-08
taped 2014-02-04 @ Arena Mexico
Intro
http://www.sendspace.com/file/ka3og7
1) Pequeño Halcón & Último Dragoncito vs Mercurio & Pequeño Warrior
http://www.sendspace.com/file/ws19xd
2) Oro Jr., Soberano Jr., Starman vs Disturbio, El Rebelde, Hijo del Signo
http://www.sendspace.com/file/2qlc7m
3) Fuego, Hombre Bala Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. vs Espiritu Negro, Guerrero Negro Jr., Shigeo Okumura
http://www.sendspace.com/file/74y883
4) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Máximo vs Euforia, Niebla Roja, Virus
http://www.sendspace.com/file/mmp8rg
Stellar Moments
http://www.sendspace.com/file/ka5mfc
5) Rey Cometa, Rush, Titán vs Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla
http://www.sendspace.com/file/uem5xf
Ending
http://www.sendspace.com/file/pufjlc

CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-02-08
taped 2014-01-31 @ Arena Mexico
Intro
http://www.sendspace.com/file/uxl6re
1) Blue Panther & Cachorro vs Averno & El Rebelde in a CMLL Gran Alternativa Tournament eightfinal
http://www.sendspace.com/file/qo0uni

2) La Sombra & Oro Jr. vs Akuma & Rey Bucanero in a CMLL Gran Alternativa Tournament eightfinal
http://www.sendspace.com/file/o676q0
3) Guerrero Negro Jr. & Terrible vs Hombre Bala Jr. & Máximo in a CMLL Gran Alternativa Tournament eightfinal
http://www.sendspace.com/file/4hqi97
4) Soberano Jr. & Volador Jr. vs Espanto Jr. & Mephisto in a CMLL Gran Alternativa Tournament eightfinal
http://www.sendspace.com/file/l6jjwn
5) Blue Panther & Cachorro vs La Sombra & Oro Jr. in a CMLL Gran Alternativa Tournament quarterfinal
http://www.sendspace.com/file/oxnbtg
6) Soberano Jr. & Volador Jr. vs Guerrero Negro Jr. & Terrible in a CMLL Gran Alternativa Tournament quarterfinal
http://www.sendspace.com/file/javz41
7) Soberano Jr. & Volador Jr. vs La Sombra & Oro Jr. in a CMLL Gran Alternativa semfinal
http://www.sendspace.com/file/idsz9q

CMLL on Terra: 2014-02-09
taped 2014-02-09 @ Arena Coliseo
Playlist: http://www.dailymotion.com/playlist/x31x1e_thecubsfan_2013-02-09-cmll-on-terra/1
Intro
http://www.sendspace.com/file/a8fg1r
1) Flyer & Robin vs Camorra & Espanto Jr.
http://www.sendspace.com/file/9ph70j
2) Magnus, Metálico, Molotov vs Artillero, Nosferatu, Súper Comando
http://www.sendspace.com/file/0lvv9r
3) Súper Halcón Jr. vs Boby Zavala in a lightning match
http://www.sendspace.com/file/0h0l0o
4) Blue Panther, La Máscara, Valiente vs Gran Guerrero, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
http://www.sendspace.com/file/wrqsbb
5) Delta & Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Puma & Tiger for the Arena Coliseo (DF) Tag Team Championship
http://www.sendspace.com/file/pem7l8
6) Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión
http://www.sendspace.com/file/e6rybr

CMLL Puebla: 2014-02-09
taped 2014-01-27 @ Arena Puebla
1) Metálico & Robin vs Centauro de Fuego & King Jaguar
http://www.sendspace.com/file/qp8c8r
2) Astral, Asturiano, Shockercito vs Blue Center, Demus 3:16, Saurón
http://www.sendspace.com/file/t1jm09
3) Sagrado, Starman, Tritón vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus
http://www.sendspace.com/file/2d608a
4) La Máscara, Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Kráneo, Morphosis, Mr. Águila, Olímpico, Reaper in a cibernetico match
http://www.sendspace.com/file/efig41
5) Atlantis vs Negro Casas
http://www.sendspace.com/file/a3l27n

IWRG Zona XXI: 2014-02-09
taped 2014-02-04 @ Arena Naucalpan
1) Payaso De Plata, Payaso Extreme, Skull Metal vs Muerte Infernal, Psique, Versus
http://www.sendspace.com/file/t89s0y
2) Galaxy, Hip Hop Man, Vampiro Metálico vs Atomic Star, Electro Boy, Fulgor II

http://www.sendspace.com/file/7dui39
3) Araña de Plata, Blue Monsther, Matrix Jr. vs Emperador Azteca, Látigo, Picudo Jr.

http://www.sendspace.com/file/mzljri
4) Alfa, Dragón Celestial, Fulgor I, Imposible, Omega, Power Bull, Seiya, Sky Ángel vs Aztlan, Destino, Jorge Kebrada, Kanon, Onix, Operativo X, Prodigo, Vertize in a cibernetico match
http://www.sendspace.com/file/0a4y9q

Noches de Coliseo: 2014-02-09
taped 2014-01-26 @ Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) Golden Boy & Rey Demonio Jr. vs Dulce Kanela, Erika Sotelo, Larry Miranda
http://www.sendspace.com/file/d5pqlf
2) Ángel Espacial, Chamaco Gurrola, Optimys vs Bengali, Difunto I, Tigre Universitario
http://www.sendspace.com/file/6wo9cy
3) Corazón de Barrio, Diluvio Negro, Hator vs Mr. Nice, Silencio, Simbolo
http://www.sendspace.com/file/y55dsx

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CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-01-04

 

almost but not quite

recap

taped 2013-12-27 @ Arena Mexico
Blue Panther vs Guerrero Maya Jr., Valiente, Fuego, Máximo, Pegasso, Negro Casas, Rey Escorpión, Mephisto, Pólvora, Reaper, Puma in a Leyenda de Plata Tournament semifinal match: has some good moments, but also had more flawed more and the inexplicable Negro Casas turn an elimination too early. The pinfall breaking up and unexplained fighting guys on the same team spots hurt elimination matches for me, because of how little sense they make. Last week’s one was better, though this was pretty good at getting Negro over as a técnico (to face Titan? And then Volador? Huh.) Escorpion and Negro were good against each other in the end. It was nice to see Valiente last so long, but he and Mephisto have been far smoother than they were for his elimination. Unfortunate moment for Pegasso before his end too.

Pegasso needs new horseshoes?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guerrero Maya Jr. meets the front row

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRT teamwork

Atlantis, Super Porky, Volador Jr. vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys: Anticlimatic paint by numbers main event trios match. There must be some (finical? union?) reasons they do these trios matches after much more interesting ciberneticos, but this did not feel like the bigger match at all. Volador is now doing the stage dive in meaningless trios matches with Vangelis. I wish that wasn’t being dulled as a special spot. I liked him better here in his third fall run than I did in other matches, though he’s still not showing much emotion.

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CMLL singles match head to head records

Negro Casas and Atlantis have been together in CMLL for over 20 years, usually on opposite sides and usually around the top of the card. They’ve faced each other in trios matches countless times. It wasn’t until last month that they had their first ever singles match last month in Puebla last month, as best I can figure.

Atlantis hasn’t had singles match with Rey Escorpion, Rush or Terrible. Averno has never faces Valiente. Valiente hasn’t gotten a lot of singles chances. Sombra hasn’t faced Rey Escorpion. La Mascara hasn’t faced Negro Casas. Blue Panther hasn’t faced Mephisto. And on and on.

CMLL is a tag/trios promotion where singles matches are the gimmick match at the end of feuds, and CMLL doesn’t like to overuse gimmick matches. CMLL does not openly promote matches as different weight group, but it typically only does feuds between wrestlers between similar sizes. Luchadors may be in the same promotion but be quietly classified into separate groups. It’s possible to be in the same company a long time without having a singles match. That’s the complete opposite of US promotions and quite different from Japan groups (where the annual league tournaments causes at least the top guys to face off.) The only major group who probably runs less singles matches is AAA, who run a less feuds in number and a lot less shows.

Rob suggested a while back to put together a list of CMLL wrestlers to see how people had done each other against and which matches had actually happened. He suggested to pick 10 names. Somehow, I came up with 22. These things happen.

We’ve seen CMLL change style a little bit in the last few months, and maybe more singles matches are coming. Right now, this is where they’re at:

cmllsingle

(click to enlarge)

Records are thru 02/07 and never complete. The U number indicated matches which were announced but no results were ever found. Tournament matches are not included unless they’re finals. Singles matches in any location are included.

My big takeaway is Valiente needs to get a singles title and just start defending it against everyone. He’s had some singles matches, but not many against the top guys included here. I knew Marco had not had a lot of singles matches, but I was surprised to see that for him.

It’s also amazing to realize Rush is 0-3 against Rey Bucanero. One of the teased (but not really delivered) El Luchador storylines was Bucanero trying to hold off the young guys coming after him – young guys like Rush. Guess he did that! Rush really doesn’t have the strong W/L record you’d expect – he’s beaten Terrible a bunch but is 50/50 against everyone else.

It’s worth remembering that these numbers are interesting but totally irrelevant to anything they program or even how they hype the matches they program. I knew Dorada had lost to Volador before their FantasticaMania match, but I didn’t realize he had never beaten Volador until I saw this list. It’s going to be a long time before he gets another chance to get that first W too.

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02/21 AAA TV Lineup (DF) – last Rey de Reyes group (mostly)

AAA (FRI) 02/21/2014 Gimnasio Juan De La Barrera
1) Dinastía, Mascarita Sagrada, Mini Drago vs Mini Abismo Negro, Mini Charly Manson, Mini Histeria
2) Drago, Faby Apache, Jennifer Blake vs Pentagón Jr., Sexy Star, Taya Valkyrie
3) Angélico, Australian Suicide, Zumbi vs Demon Rocker, Machine Rocker, Soul Rocker
4) Crazy Boy, Fénix, Joe Lider vs Daga, Juventud Guerrera, Steve Pain
5) Psycho Clown vs ?, Texano Jr., Psicosis [Rey de Reyes]
Group 4
6) Cibernético, Electroshock, Jack Evans, La Parka vs Chessman, el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Jeff Jarrett, Zorro

Air Date: 03/01 and probably 03/08.

Clearly, the big surprise is MINI DRAGO. If he does the same nunchucks bit and brings them to the ring, there’s a 99% chance Abismo and Histeria will accidentally knock themselves out. And it will be great!

So…if the Rey de Reyes champion is meant to face the mega champion at TripleMania, why is the mega champion in this tournament? If Texano wins, would he just have his dancers perform for 20 minutes? He’s not going to win. Psycho’s probably not going to win either because than AAA’s done from 2 matches teased for Rey de Reyes to 1. Psicosis doesn’t really make sense in a final, which leaves the mystery person. AAA loves to make big news on shows in Mexico City in front of the Mexico City press. Their last two TV tapings here have had Heavy Metal jump from CMLL in 2010 and La Secta causing the Cibernetico/Perro Aguayo. Someone jumping from CMLL and immediately getting a meaningful win like Fantasma did last year would work as a possibility and they are teasing a big surprise. I dunno who.

(No, Sin Cara and Sombra don’t make sense. I believe Sombra when he says he’s happy in CMLL and you’d advertise Sin Cara if he had match because that’s going to sell tickets.)

At this point, the only thing we know for sure is the Rey de Reyes final is on Rey de Reyes. Texano/Psycho still seems likely, and something along the lines of the main event (a big tag match with Jarrett involved) is probably also on the card. The rest of the show is still fuzzy. The Fenix/Fantasma feud isn’t picked up here; Fenix and Daga are thrown into the Mexican Powers/Anarquia feud. Mexican Powers and Anarquia keep facing each other, which probably means a Rey de Reyes match of some sort with them, but they already did the street fight so I’m not sure what else. AAA has basically has three gimmick matches – street fight, (multiman) ladder, and (multiman) cage. Neither of those teams have a belt, but maybe another team or singles champion gets brought in? Or maybe it’s a cage just because they like to use the cage a few times a year? These guys seem more like a ladder guys than cage guys.

There’s probably something with Faby Apache on Rey de Reyes, but previous shows pointed towards a mixed tag match and this segunda seems to be setting up a Reina de Reinas match instead. That’s 5 anyway, which might be enough. Tercera looks like it’ll be good and is a chance to get the tecnicos (Angelico in particular) in front of the DF crowd. It doesn’t seem like it’s going anywhere, but we’re going to get an unexpected match somewhere.

Zumbi’s a regular in this building (where he’s normally a rudo), but with TxT. He switched from AAA to TxT back in June and now is back. Zumbi’s not a debilitating blow by any means*, but it’s a good moment to note it’s February and there hasn’t been any talk about a Santo-less TxT in months. Santo loudly went to the press last time AAA ran this building (because he was planning on running it) and hasn’t said much this time. It could just be that Santo’s in his bubble and doesn’t know.

I hope, someday, AAA gives Pentagon Jr. something to do. Facing Drago is something good to do until then.

* except for my ability to reference obscure AAA luchadors who haven’t popped up in a while – where is Saturno? (And is there a plan for this rotating spot for the guys on the fringes of AAA’s roster? It’s a nice deal.)

Next taping is 03/03 in Irapuato.

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Familia de Tijuana breakup?, Arkangel/Gallo

IWRG (SUN) 02/09/2014 Arena Naucalpan [The Gladiatores]
1) Hijo De La Bestia & Power Bull b Vampiro Metálico & Zumba
Main show debuts for Zumba (who is different than Zumbi) and Vampiro Metalico (who appears to be a new Vampiro Metalico.)
2) Fulgor I & Fulgor II b Hip Hop Man & Látigo
Straight falls.
3) Dragón Celestial, Emperador Azteca, Sky Ángel b Atomic Star, Douki, Electro Boy
Dragon submitted Douki
4) Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, X-Fly b Alan Extreme, Golden Magic, Relámpago
Rudos took 2/3, 911 sneaking a foul in on Veneno. Oficials want a tag title shot.
5) Hijo De Dos Caras, Máscara Púrpura, Vampiro Canadiense b Cien Caras Jr., Eterno, Súper Nova
Super Nova had the chance to beat Vampiro in the first fall, kept pulling him up, and ended up beat. Eterno was not happy about this. Eterno accidentally kicked Super Nova in the second, leading to Vampiro beating Nova again. Straight fall loss. Eterno & Nova argued more. X-Fly tried to calm them down, but Nova shoved down X-Fly. Eterno, X-Fly and Cien turned on Nova and pulled of his mask.

El Protector drove Eterno & Super Nova apart! Those tournaments can be dangerous; I bet the real story about Sombra’s vacation is just depression over losing the block final to Volador & Soberano.

IWRG did seem to be teasing a Purpura/Nova match which doesn’t seem like it’s going to be happening at this point, but this might mean the (well overdue) end of the Familia de Tijuana name as a group here.

Arkangel told Fuego en el Ring how it was totally unfair he lost the FULL title. (Photo is good for Gallo playing keep away with the belt.) Arkangel explains he was just trying to keep the belt from getting dusty by defending it and gives Gallo credit for being good, but he claiming the referee was totally unfair for allowing Gallo’s second (Pollito) to interfere and disqualifying him when Isis just got caught up in the heat of the battle and wanted to support him. Arkangel also explains he also only lost the non-title rematch because of a referee fast count. (That’s not quite the way it aired.) Arkangel thinks, despite losing twice, Gallo should still give him another shot.

This week’s Supre Libre had interviews with Diamante Azul, Silueta and Shocker.

El Coreano, a luchador from the 50-70s who says he was part of the Televiciento promotion, was honored for his 84th birthday at a lucha show this weekend.

Rob has highlights of 05/31/13 CMLL.

Lineup

IWRG (SUN) 02/16/2014 Arena Naucalpan
1) Ángel Del Amor & Dragón Celestial vs Fulgor I & Power Bull
2) Chico Che, Diva Salvaje, Miss Gaviota vs Rayan, Spartaco, Tupac Amaru Jr.
3) Alan Extreme & Veneno vs Oficial 911 & Oficial AK47 [super libre]
4) Golden Magic, Máscara Púrpura, Relámpago vs Eterno, Tony Rivera, Trauma II
5) Hijo De Dos Caras vs Lizmark Jr., Trauma I, Súper Nova, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Hijo del Fishman, Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Fresero Jr. [La Rebelión de Los Juniors]
Winner gets a shot at Trauma II for his IWRG Junior de Juniors title.

Hijo de Pirata might be a rudo now and I dunno about Lizmark Jr., so it could be Hijo de Dos versus 7 rudos. Hijo de Dos might still win.

Rayan hasn’t been here since September. His usual partner is Spartan, Spartaco is an indy luchador who could possibly turn up here, so I’m unsure if it’s a typo or not.

IWRG (WED) 02/19/2014 Arena Naucalpan
1) Galaxy vs Matrix Jr.
2) Dragoncito De Oro & Mini Multifacetico vs Mini Black Abyss & Mini Rockerito
3) Cristal, Emperador Azteca, Maiden vs Amazona, La Sádica, Zurdog
4) Alfa, Dragón Celestial, Fulgor I, Imposible, Omega, Power Bull, Seiya, Sky Ángel vs Aztlan, Cheyene, Destino, Jorge Kebrada, Kanon, Onix, Prodigio, Vertize
5) Máscara Púrpura, Relámpago, Súper Nova vs Eterno, Fuerza Guerrera, Hijo de Máscara Año 2000

The return to Wednesday is a lot of a FILL show with an actual main event. (It is a real IWRG show, so Blue Monsther doesn’t make the cut.) It’s not too far off from the normal shows, but I wouldn’t read the return of Wednesday shows as return of sponsorship quite yet. Maybe we’ll have a better idea on next Wednesday.

Super Nova is a tecnico now too, I guess.

02/09 AAA TV Results (Ecatepec) – Perro Jr. advances in Rey de Reyes

AAA TV (SUN) 02/09/2014 Centro Civico Nueva Aragon, Ecatepec, Estado de Mexico [AAA]
1) Carta Brava Jr., Fresero Jr., Súper Fly b Jinzo, Ludxor, Venum
Super Fly was the mystery luchador and got the win for the rudos with a powerbomb on Jizno.
2) Aerostar, Faby Apache, Jennifer Blake b El Apache, Sexy Star, Taya Valkyrie
Aerostar beat Apache. Super Fly attacked him after, with Ludxor and Venom making the save.
3) Crazy Boy & Joe Lider b Juventud Guerrera & Steve Pain
Street fight. Nino Hamburguesa will be with the Mexican Powers. Crazy put Pain thru a table to win.
4) Chessman, Daga, Pentagón Jr. b Angélico, Australian Suicide, Jack Evans
Pentagon beat Suicide.
5) el Hijo del Perro Aguayo b Cibernético, El Elegido, Electroshock [Rey de Reyes, semifinal]
listed as Group 3. Elegido (by Electroshock) was out first, followed by Electroshock (by Cibernetico). Taya, Sexy and Daga all distracted Cibernetico and Perro fouled him for the win.
6) Fénix, La Parka, Monsther Clown, Psycho Clown b Jeff Jarrett, Parka Negra, Texano, Zorro
Monster Clown replaced Mesias, still out with an arm injury. Psycho Clown beat Texano with a Canadian Destroyer. The Jarretts got into it with Marisela again and get a drink thrown in their face again. La Sociedad celebrated their loss (well, celebrated and ignored their loss) until the tecnicos ran them off.

Air Date: 02/15 and 02/22

AAA reported a sell out, and said they’ve sold out every show so far. (One was a free taping.) It’s another small-ish building, but better selling out than not. Gimansio Juan de la Barrera will be the biggest building they’ve run so far.

Doesn’t seem like there was much advancement on this show. Psycho and Texano are still circling each other, and the Super Fly/Aerostar is continuing. (Seems like Super Fly needs his own guys to combat Aerostar’s guys.)

Perro advancing to the Rey de Reyes final is the biggest news, because it’ll mean he and Cibernetico won’t be linked on a major show for the first time in a year. If the plan is still for the winner of Rey de Reyes to get a title shot at TripleMania, Perro may not be a favorite – neither Perro vs Texano nor Perro vs Psycho seem to make much sense. Zorro vs Psycho is the best I can come up with who’s advanced, but it also may mean the winner is coming out of the yet to be announced fourth block.

I’d guess Cibernetico is getting swept into a Jeff Jarrett-ish trios or atomicos match for Rey de Reyes; there’s a fair bit of guys who have nothing going for them at the moment. That attention reads like it’s going to the Marisela/Karen feud.

Next taping is 02/22 in Gimnasio Olimpico Juan de la Barrera. It’s probably the last taping before they start hyping the Rey de Reyes top matches, it’s in Mexico City, and it’s subtitled “El Regreso A Casa Con Una Gran Sorpresa” (The Return Home With a Great Surprise.” Everything points towards stuff happening on that show, and possibly some important stuff. This was just the prelude to that.

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CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-01-04

 

Raziel Driver

recap

taped 2014-01-01 @ Arena Mexico
Pegasso, Sagrado, Sensei vs Puma, Raziel, Sangre Azteca: Though the first fall and half of this was pretty good, but it lost it’s momentum with the second fall DQ (a very quick 10 count for too many rudos in the ring for too long) and the third fall was more ordinary. Puma was over the top in his protest of the DQ and seemed to annoy Tirantes something fierce, but played to the crowd well the rest of the match.

 

bulletman tope

Hombre Bala Jr. vs Súper Halcón Jr., Dragon Lee, Oro Jr., Stigma, Robin, Guerrero Negro Jr., Canelo Casas, Black Panther, Hijo del Signo, Cachorro, Herodes Jr. in  La Copa Junior: Good cibernetico given the guys involved. Black Panther and Cachorro seem to have potential but both also seem still very green. Dragon Lee wasn’t in long enough to really tell. Canelo Casas did fine for his biggest match yet. It didn’t feel like Hombre Bala got to do much here. Halcón appeared to need to lift someone onto his shoulder to do any move; he probably could use a bit more variety. Last bunch of eliminations were super quick; just one move and eliminated until they gave the final two a little time.

 

Zacarias defies physics

La Máscara, Máximo, Valiente vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas: Standard Peste Negra match for the holiday crowd. It was total formula and keeping it easy – no Valiente dive, many Mascara superkicks, Máximo comedy – plus some interacting with the crowd. Puma cheering on his dad was fun.

 

Atlantis gets crushed

Mephisto vs Atlantis for the Mexican National Light Heavyweight Championship: Good match, better than I thought it would be. Action was slow early and Mephisto didn’t seem to have the same cardio as his much older rival, but they got it to feel dramatic by the third. Atlantis doesn’t do a lot but what he does still looks good, and he took that finish like a champ.

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Delta & Guerrero Maya keep titles, Mephisto/Titan

CMLL (SUN) 02/09/2014 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Camorra & Espanto Jr. b Flyer & Robin
Rudos take falls 1/3.
2) Magnus, Metálico, Molotov b Artillero, Nosferatu, Súper Comando
Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Boby Zavala b Súper Halcón Jr. [lightning]
4) Blue Panther, La Máscara, Valiente b Gran Guerrero, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
Tecnicos took 1/3.
5) Delta & Guerrero Maya Jr. b Puma & Tiger [Arena Coliseo TAG]
Delta & Guerrero Maya are champions. Tecnicos took falls 1/3 to keep the titles. Maya beat Puma in the third fall, Tiger beat Maya, and Delta beat Tiger. A good match, though not as good as hoped. Puma seemed to suffer an arm injury near the end of the first fall. First defense.
6) Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Volador Jr. b Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión
Tecnicos took 2/3, Mistico defeating Dragon Roja and Polvora to win. The Polvora/Mistico finish was blown completely, yet they went ahead and made challenges for Mistico vs Polvora next week anyhow.

Polvora has magic powers in singles title matches. This would be the biggest test of those powers. They teased mask vs mask, which would actually be a nice deal for Polvora but completely unlikely to happen.

CMLL (SUN) 02/09/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@acogdl]
1) Raycko b El Piraña
2) Évola b El Ídolo
Evola replaced Satara.
3) El Divino & Virgo b Magnum & Satara
Satara replaced Evola. Tecncios won, though a rudo referee was slow counting them.
4) Esfinge b Demonio Maya
Esfine win via nudo.
5) Gallo, Sagrado, Smaker DQ Cavernario, Maléfico, Sádico
Tecnicos took 1/3, rudos were DQed in both of those falls. Excessive violence in the first, Barbaro fouled Smaker in the third. Smaker and Barbaro agreed to a singles match next week.
6) Averno & Mephisto b Rush & Titán
Sombra was originally announced, but replaced by Rush. Rudos took 1/3, Mephisto sneaking a foul on Titan.

Nothing big from the AAA taping. Hijo del Perro Aguayo advanced to the Rey de Reyes final and becomes the favorite to win again. Zorro, Parka and Perro are all former Rey de Reyes winners. The last block should happen on the Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera show, and that card should be announced in the next few days. Full results tomorrow.

El Dandy beat Satanico in his final Monterrey match. The new ACM Twitter was very positive on the show, giving high praise to the two matches which proceeded the final.

Histeria, Alebrije, Cuije held a press conference, showing paperwork which they say proves they have the rights to those names. This is not as much about using the names in CMLL, but getting indy promoters to use them under those names without fear of being sued.

Rob has highlights of 11/22/13 AAA.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Lineups

CMLL (SUN) 02/16/2014 Arena Mexico
1) Astral, Eléctrico, Último Dragoncito vs Demus 3:16, Mercurio, Pierrothito
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Metatrón, Súper Halcón Jr. vs Hijo del Signo, Hooligan, Nitro
3) Rey Cometa, Sagrado, Stuka Jr. vs Kamaitachi, Puma, Virus
4) Diamante Azul, La Máscara, Thunder vs Ephesto, Pierroth, Vangellys
5) Pólvora vs Mistico [CMLL WELTER]
Polvora is champion. Seventh known defense.
6) Marco Corleone, Super Porky, Volador Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Kráneo, Mr. Águila

A more challenging card than some of the recent ones. Third match should be good.

LLC (SUN) 02/23/2014 Olympic Theatre, Cicero, Illinois
1) Alas De Fuego vs El Chupitos
2) El Infernal & El Traidor vs Golden Magic & Rey Makawi
3) Halcon Oriental & Sielncio vs Funebre & Venum
4) El Atomico, Golden Star, P. Del Infierno vs Guerrerito del Futuro, Imperio Azteca, Slayer

The first combined show from the two Chicago lucha promotions. Might go.

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