great match roundup, week of 2014-02-08

Great/Excellent Matches

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Shows Watched But Nothing Made The List
CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-02-08 – dreaded tournament
AAA on Televisa: 2014-02-08 – I had thoughts on this show.
AAA Dark Match Extras (January Naucalpan/Toluca)
CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-02-08
CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-02-08

Matches To Watch Later

IWRG Zona XXI: 2014-02-09

taped 2014-02-04 @ Arena Naucalpan
Galaxy, Hip Hop Man, Vampiro Metálico vs Atomic Star, Electro Boy, Fulgor II – I remember destruction and doom in this match.
Alfa, Dragón Celestial, Fulgor I, Imposible, Omega, Power Bull, Seiya, Sky Ángel vs Aztlán, Destino, Jorge Kebrada, Kanon, Onix, Operativo X, Prodigo, Vertize in a cibernetico match

CMLL Puebla: 2014-02-09

taped 2014-01-27 @ Arena Puebla
Atlantis vs Negro Casas

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Sin Cara defeats Black Warrior, Skayde/Terry, Apolo/Nova?, AAA in Irapuato

BSW (SAT) 03/01/2014 Auditorio de Tijuana, Tijuana, Baja California [The Gladiatores]
1) Tigrillo b Misionero De La Muerte
2) Black Phantom & Fantástico b Black Boy & Mirage
3) Cachondo, Silver Star (tijuana), Super Xolo DQ Enfermero Jr., Pancho Cachondo, Scream
Cachondo turned on Xolo, giving his team the win by DQ.
4) Johnny Goodtime & Johnny Yuma b Big Daddy Destro & Ray Rosas
5) Arandú & TJ Boy b Aeroboy & Violento Jack
one fall. DTU dominated, TJ team came back, and Violento Jack leaped into a guitar shot for the loss.
6) Sin Cara b Black Warrior [BSW IC MIDDLE]
Sin Cara took falls 2/3, the last with a casita, to win the vacant (new) title

Sin Cara’s second match (and first he got paid for.) Attendance looks average.

UWE (SUN) 03/02/2014 Arena Lopez Mateos [Black Terry Jr. (Flickr), Estrellas del Ring]
1) Espiritu Balamri, Kaligua, Kiuby vs Black Tempest, Ciber Black, Principe Mixteco
2) Diosa Atenea, India Mazanua, Star Fire b Mystique, Princesa Ahy Leen, Sexy Angel
3) Pegazus, Shibata, Sky Fly, Spider Boy b Arkanos, Kilvan, Shadow, Yoruba
Money thrown in. Shibata, Pegazus and Sky Fly are going by Los Dinamikos.
4) Fuerza Guerrera, Solar I, Villano IV b Negro Navarro, Trauma I, Trauma II
Villano IV defeated Negro for the win.
5) Josef Von Schmidt, Matt Striker, Ultimate Security DQ Ricky Marvin, Super Crazy, Super Zeta
Foreigners were DQed for excessive violence.

and attendance here was minimal. Weird finish for the main event unless the foreigners are coming back but I’m already over thinking it.

IWRG (SUN) 03/02/2014 Arena Naucalpan [IWRG]
1) Galaxy & Látigo b Andy Boy & Orion
Main show debuts for Neza trainees Orion; Andy Boy snuck onto a show back in 2012 (teaming with Star Boy Jr.!)
2) Dragón Celestial & Emperador Azteca b Dowki & Hanaoka
3) Apolo Estrada Jr., Tony Rivera, Tupac Amaru Jr. b Black Terry, Chico Che, Skayde
straight falls, when Skayde and Terry had problems and Tony rolled up Terry for the win. This sets up their singles match Wednesday.
4) Golden Magic, Hip Hop Man, Veneno DQ Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Spartan
Hip Hop Man replaced Alan Extreme (injury), while Spartan took Fierro’s place. Tecnicos took 2/3, AK-47 fouling Veneno.
5) Hijo De Dos Caras, Relámpago, Súper Nova DQ Cien Caras Jr., El Hijo del Diablo, X-Fly
Tecnicos took 1/3. Apolo Estrada ran in, hit Super Nova with a weapon for the DQ, then challenged him. X-Fly took Super Nova’s mask for good measure.

Apolo Estrada versus Super Nova sounds like a good idea. I’m unsure why the IWRG random booking machine has landed on “Super Nova, as top tecnico” but it’s got possibilities. High hopes for Skayde/Terry too, obviously.

Speaking of Super Nova single feuds, Black Terry Jr. has highlights of Nova’s title match with Averno from Saturday.

AAA tapes for the last time prior to Rey de Reyes tonight in Irapuato. The main event is Cibernetico, La Parka, Psycho Clown vs Parka Negra, Texano, Zorro. The semimain has gotten more talk, because it’s got a mystery man teaming with Axel, Electroshock vs Chessman, Hijo del Fantasma and Silver King. I know I thought it was other people in that spot previously, but it makes the most sense to be Blue Demon Jr. – he’s teamed with Axel, he and Electroshock had a match of mutual respect a while back, and he’s feuding with Chessman.

That Demon/Chessman title match hasn’t officially announced; not much has, and that’s probably what most of tonight’s show will be. Every match but the minis title match will probably end with a match being finalized for Rey de Reyes, and I’d guess the full card gets announced sometime tomorrow.

Dinastia opens the card defending his minis championship versus Dinastia, which should be a pretty good match. (The first half of the card may all be good matches.) Over in Puebla, fellow flippy dudes Los Estetas del Aire have their own title defense against Peste Negra and are also expected to retain their titles.

photo by Black Terry Jr.

Black Terry Jr. has photos of the UWE show at Arena Lopez Mateos.

Segunda Caida reviews Rush vs Nakamura from this year’s FantasticaMania.

Lo Mejor de Lucha Libre has interviews with Venum & Ludxor, Mamba, and Hator & Corazon de Barrio on Mr. Nice. That leads into Tuesday’s show, Mr. Nice & Tigre Universitario versus Corazon de Barrio & Hator in a vale tudo match. Tarzan Boy works the semimain.

2013 watch later catchup, part 10

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Sombra defeats Dragon Rojo in great title match, Alebrije II shaves King Vikingo

Alexis Salazar/CMLL

CMLL (SUN) 03/02/2014 Arena Coliseo [CMLL, LuchaWorld]
1) Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Violencia b Fantasy & Stukita
Tecnicos took 2/3.
2) Canelo Casas, Disturbio, Inquisidor b Metálico, Molotov, Sensei
Rudos took 1/3.
3) Estrellita, Goya Kong, Marcela DQ Amapola, Dalys, Princesa Sugheit
Straight falls, Dallys (weakly) disqualified for too much hair pulling of Marcela.
4) La Máscara, Máximo, Titán b Ephesto, Gran Guerrero, Virus
Tecnicos took 2/3
5) Kráneo, Mr. Águila, Reaper b Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Volador Jr.
Rudos took 1/3. Reaper snuck in a foul on Atlantis (though the referee seemeed to be looking at it.) Mr. Aguila was in poor form.
6) La Sombra b Dragón Rojo Jr. [NWA MIDDLE]
La Sombra came in as champion. 3rd defense, six months since the last one. Dragon Rojo was the previous champion, getting his first rematch. Sombra won a first fall with a double moonsault, Dragon Rojo won the second with the Dragon Bomb, both really quick. Third fall was epic, both man surviving big moves time and time until Sombra finally won with a final Shadow Bomb (Brillante Driver.)

First five matches weren’t much. Stukita is still cool, Estrellita & Goya Kong are amusing, and Mr. Aguila was horrible, but the matches were generally not memorable. Main event was definitely memorable. It actually just seemed like a perfunctory title match for a while, with the typical short opening falls and everyone doing their usual moves, but it kept going and kept getting bigger. There was a strong Dragon Rojo clothesline that really marked the point where they took it up a notch, and they both went thru everything they had. It felt like the best singles match Dragon Rojo has ever had, and one of the better Sombra ones.

CMLL (SUN) 03/02/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@acogdl]
1) El Tapatío b El Piraña
2) El Yaqui & Infierno b Idolo & Javier Cruz
Rudos took 2/3.
3) Demonio Rojo b El Divino
4) Black Metal & Leo b Exterminador & Sádico
Black Metal is returning from an injury suffered 12/25. Tecnicos took 2/3.
5) Máscara Dorada, Stuka Jr., Valiente b Maléfico, Niebla Roja, Ráfaga
Tecnicos took 2/3. Stuka and Rafafa feuded again, but Stuka got the win.
6) Mistico b Pólvora
Mistico took 2/3, the last with La Mistica.

Mistico won a feud, good for him.

DTU Alto Impacto champion Jinzo won the NOAH tryout in Tulancingo this weekend and will get a trip to an upcoming DTU tour. Xalapa (and WWL’s) Vengador Radioactivo finished second and Artikuz finished third.

The replacement Alebrije defeated King Vikingo in a mask versus hair match. The new Monsther kidnapped the new Cuije in the first fall, but Alan Stone – perhaps the Mexican Liam Neeson? – rescued Cuije in time for him to foul Vikingo in the third to give Alebrije the win.

Fenix & Impulso beat Tony Rodriguez & Makabre in Arena Robrto Paz in a good match, but everyone agreed to a Fusion title match next month.

A scheduled Atlantis & Gran Guerrero versus Ultimo Guerrero & Guerrero Maya relevos increibles ended with Ultimo fouling Atlantis, though they may have switched back to the standard teams by the end of the match.

Super Libre had Silueta, Angel Blanco Jr., Dalys, and more as guests.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Rob has highlights of 12/14/13 and 01/15/14 AAA and 12/17/13 CMLL.

Black Terry Jr. has photos of the Pro Wrestling Lucha show, including Averno vs Eterno.

Porra Fresa has a preview of Monday’s card.

Lineups

CMLL (SUN) 03/09/2014 Arena Coliseo
1) Magnus & Metatrón vs Akuma & Cholo
2) Camaleón, Metálico, Sensei vs Hechicero, Hooligan, Nitro
3) Hombre Bala Jr., Molotov, Starman vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Kamaitachi, Shigeo Okumura
4) Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Sangre Azteca [lightning]
5) Diamante Azul, Rey Cometa, Super Porky vs Misterioso Jr., Puma, Tiger
6) Máscara Dorada, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Reaper, Rey Bucanero, Terrible

Volador/Reaper feud continues, for some reason. Lightning match should be good. Segunda is a En Busca de un Idolo final preview, possibly! I assume Akuma & Cholo are gunning for revenge on behalf of their amigo Zayco in the opener.

Guerreros beat Estates, Rush/Shocker

CMLL (FRI) 02/28/2014 Arena México [CMLLLuchaWorld]
1) Aéreo & Pequeño Halcón b Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro
Tecnicos took 1/3. Halcon struggled early, but the match rebounded.
2) Fuego, Hombre Bala Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. b Hooligan, Nitro, Sangre Azteca
Tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Kamaitachi, Morphosis, Olímpico b Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa
Rudos took 1/3, Olimpico beating Cometa.
4) Vangellys b Stuka Jr. [lightning]
Vangellys won with a head bouncing wheelbarrow suplex in 5:50.
5) Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible b Diamante Azul, La Sombra, Rush
straight falls. Rush was DQed in the first, Shocker used the ropes him to beat him in the second.
6) Euforia, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero b Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente
Guerreros took 1/3.

No title challenge reported. It wouldn’t make sense for the Guerreros to keep beating the Estetas without a title match, but that doesn’t mean one is actually happening.

Reports said the crowd was divided between support for Rush and Shocker,w hich is much better htan usual for Rush.

I’m confused whenever Olimpico wins.

Marco & Maximo beat Averno & Mephisto in Arena Queretaro on Wednesday.

Marco, Volador and La Mascara defeated Mr. Niebla, Felino and Cavernario in Arena Aficion on Thursday, but a report says the main was not good and the crowd booed strongly.

An obit for Morelos’ Ultratumba II, who passed away at 79 this past week. There’s also been mentions of El Yuma from reynosa passing away, but I haven’t seen much info o him.

Chessman is ready for whoever the surprise wrestler turns out to be in Irapuato.

Eric R @ Segunda Caida reviews 02/22/14 Lucha Azteca and takes me to task.

Lola Gonzalez will be honored on a 03/15 Arena Azteca Budokan show.

Lineup

CMLL (FRI) 03/07/2014 Arena México
1) Fuego, Oro Jr., Tritón vs Canelo Casas, Disturbio, Guerrero Negro Jr.
2) Blue Panther, Diamante Azul, Super Porky vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja
3) Averno & Volador Jr. vs La Sombra & Último Guerrero and Mistico & Reaper and Máximo & Rey Escorpión and Valiente & Vangellys and Dragón Rojo Jr. & La Máscara and Felino & Titán andPólvora & Rey Cometa [natl pi, seeding battle royal]
4) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [natl pi, 8f]
5) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [natl pi, 8f]
6) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [natl pi, 8f]
7) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [natl pi, 8f]
8) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [natl pi, quarterfinal]
9) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [natl pi, quarterfinal]
10) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [natl pi, semifinal]
11) Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Rush vs Mr. Niebla, Shocker, Terrible

Either Terra is going to be a 40 minute show next week or they’re going to show this tournament. It’s 50/50. Less matches mean longer tournament matches.

Averno is still around and is on one of the teams which has a decent chance of winning this thing. Averno/Volador, Sombra/UG and Maximo/Escorpion are the favorites. Dragon/Mascara has a chance to spoil things (on a couple levels.)

Mr. Niebla & Atlantis and Marco Corleone & Terrible are pairs next week, in the main event next week. Mascara Dorada is also in next week and Mephisto makes the most sense. Guessing the other five: Blue Panther/Ephesto (or Negro Casas if healthy), Brazo de Plata/Rey Bucanero, Diamante Azul/Euforia, Stuka Jr./Tiger and Comandante Pierroth/Thunder. That would leave the Estetas and most of the Guerreros all free again.

CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-02-01

 

Dragon Rojo in one gif

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taped 2014-01-24 @ Arena México
Máximo, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Misterioso Jr., Rey Escorpión: Máximo/Rey Escorpion build up, which seemed to exist just to remind you they might get around to it someday. Now day. I don’t know if I had no patience or if this was too slow, but it really dragged the first couple falls and the comeback felt super casual. Everyone ended up doing what they usually do but I was forgetting this match as it was happening. Rudos just stood around to let the técnicos do things to them, it was nice of them. Third fall was more interesting. Titan’s offense is much more slap based when wrestling Misterioso and more deadly DDT on the apron with Escorpion, funny how that works.

 

apron DDT

La Sombra, Rush, Shocker vs Averno, Mephisto, Negro Casas: Good bit to get over the Shocker turn; there was no mistaking or dragging it out, he was after Rush from the moment they got to the ring (and Rush was still hurt from Shocker forcing the bar on to his chest!) Negro Casas was the happiest man in the world to see Shocker and Rush fighting each other. Sombra, Averno and Mephisto occasionally tried to have a match here, but this was really short and just about the turn.

 

Brillo Dorado

Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Niebla Roja, Reaper, Último Guerrero: Good main event, though not a lot to it. A moment for the tencicos to show off while the rudos still get the win. Mascara Dorada makes tricky aeral moves look amazingly easy in this match. While CMLL is creating vignettes, I hope they do one about why all the técnicos suddenly love Volador Jr. – Dorada going with the half mask here was kind of good.

triple dive

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Arena Mexico preview, Chessman/Demon

Today’s Arena Mexico is a little bit of a lame duck show. The incredible pairs tournament takes over the Friday card the next two weeks, then Dos Leyendas follows on the 03/21. We know half the matches for Homenaje a Dos Leyendas and we’re not expected a lot from the rest of the card, but the one thing we could get from tonight is another title match for that show. The main event has the Estetas del Aire versus the best three of the Guerreros Laguneros. The Guerreros got a win two weeks ago, so another win could set up a title match next month. Or the tecnicos could just win and this could be not a concern.

Rush and Shocker continue to feud in the semimain. They probably shouldn’t be in the tag tournament, so this may be a few weeks of them going directly at each other in trios until the hair match. Stuka Jr. versus Vangellys is the best bet for a good match; the undercard has some good tecnico sides and some incomplete rudo sides.

CMLL posted their video promo for tonight. It remains weird to me that they do these the exact same way they did them on Televisa when they could do anything they want for them (or for all of the shows if they wanted to.)

Chessman went out of his way to taunt Blue Demon Jr. at the press conference for Irapuato TV taping on Monday. I’m convinced Demon’the mystery guy in that trios. Dinastia brought up he won the title in Irapuato about a year ago (and amazingly, they didn’t go a year between title defenses.)

WWL has added a DTU Violento Jack vs Ciclope vs Drastick Boy three way to their 03/09 DF show. That WWL show is going end up with 15 matches again.

WNC held their own press conference to talk about CMLL’s press conference! It’ll just be the CMLL-REINA International Championship on the line when Syuri comes to Mexico, not the other REINA title or the WNC title (which does seem to make a title change more likely.) Syuri said she was excited to come to wrestling in Arena Mexico. They have the dates as the #1 contender cibernetico taking place on 04/15 and the title match on 04/21 (and Syuri being in for two weeks), which is slightly different than what CMLL said yesterday. It’s all close enough. Those are both Tuesdays. Amapola seems the most likely to get the title shot.

Perros del Mal says Perro Aguayo Jr. has not been asked to work on the 05/04 Monterrey show and not to believe the poster. Meanwhile, Kcidis pictures the new Perros del Mal member.

NJPW also acknowledged Mascara Dorada will be on the Taiwan shows, but no other info. Not clear if he’s going for other Japan based shows.

LuchaWorld has a recap of the Homenaje A Dos Leyendas press conference.

Rob has highlights of 07/02 and 07/30/1993 AAA.

Tiger Lee lost his mask to Blazer in Arena Aficion on Tuesday. No name given. This is different Tiger Lee than the one in Arena Naucalpan – this one’s more karate and that one’s more tiger.

Sabor del Ring interviews Galaxy from Queretaro about his rudo team.

Guerrero Maya & Delta appeared on Adrenalina Extreme.

Pachuca luchador Drastico is out with a knee injury.

CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-02-01

 

Star Junior!

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Break for too many gifs.

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02/28-03/02 lucha times

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I continue to have problems with the TVC feed. Not sure I’ll get Puebla, but DTU will probably go up by itself and IWL is IWL.

== AAA ==

AAA-Televisa: Part one of Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera, which could mean anything. Maybe the mystery guy? Maybe not?

== CMLL ==

FOX: Peste Negra/Shocker vs Bufete del Amor, Gran Alternativa winner.

52MX: Top 2 from CMLL, maybe Camorra/Stigma from GDL?

C3: La Mascara, Maximo, Triton vs Averno, Boby Zavala, Mephisto.

TVC Deportes (Puebla): Rush vs Vangellys

Lucha Azteca: Gran Alternativa final.

Terra Friday: Stuka Jr. vs Vangellys, Delta/Maya/Cometa vs Kamaitachi/Morphosis/Olimpico

Terra Sunday: La Sombra vs Dragon Rojo. Atlantis, Marco, Voaldor vs Kraneo, Mr. Aguila, Reaper

== Other ==

IWRG-AYM Sports: maybe Wednesday’s show, maybe last Sunday’s show, maybe this Sunday’s show? It was last Sunday last week, who’s to say this week. The show has been pre-empted by random programming during the week so far.

Noches de Coliseo: maybe the AAA show

DTU: matches from the 11/23 DF show? The IWRG vs DTU tag and the four way tag were announced.

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CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-02-01

 

surprise spear!

recap

taped 2014-01-21 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Fuego, Gallo, Magnus vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Bárbaro Cavernario, Nosferatu: They’ve turned the lights way down in Guadalajara as well, which often makes it look like the arena is much more empty. First fall went verylong and didn’t leave much for the other two; Gallo didn’t get a lot in outside of the surprise second fall win and being fouled in the third. The match was built around Arkangel and Gallo feuding, so hopefully that means someone’s thought to air their match next week.

Polvora somehow found an empty seat!

taped 2014-01-26 @ Arena Coliseo
Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión: GREAT. Championship level match between these two teams, where the titles just happened to not be on the line. Everyone was on, everything went right, and the tecnicos looked spectacular. Crowd was far more receptive to the técnicos (even if they were chanting meaning things at Místico at first), and CMLL would generally feel like they were a much stronger promotion if they ran more DF events in Arena Coliseo. (Or a more full Arena Mexico.) It’s going to take some time to get to used to Kickboxer Dragon Rojo.

 

triple dive

Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Negro Casas, Puma, Tiger: GREAT and a high level great one. It’s conceivable they could do this match better and they’re obviously getting more tries at it, but this was as great a way to start a feud together. Crowd was totally into it, desperately wanting to see Atlantis versus Negro and well into Puma & Tiger vs Delta & Guerrero Maya. Either of those matches (or other matches) would seem like a big deal later on. The crowd wants to cheer Negro Casas, but he and his nephews were just despicable enough to get the fans to actually turn on him. That’s a major achievement in 2014. Everything looked sharp and felt serious. Atlantis is limited in what he can do, but he does righteous anger really well.

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