Pesta Negra challenge for trios titles, Camorra/Stgima, Octagon/Fuerza, Young Bucks

CMLL (TUE) 02/11/2014 Arena Mexico [CMLL]
1) Leono & Magnus b Akuma & Zayco
Zayco was stretchered out after a Magnus move. Recap suggests this could start a Zayco/Magnus feud!
2) Canelo Casas, Guerrero Negro Jr., Herodes Jr. b Dragon Lee, Flyer, Robin
Flyer wore his aquamarine Volador outfit for the first time here.
3) Dark Angel, Estrellita, Goya Kong b Amapola, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit
Sexy Team got the win.
4) Sagrado b Virus [lightning]
5) Averno, Mephisto, Rey Bucanero b Atlantis, Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr.
Tiger & Terrible were originally announced, but replaced by Averno & Mephisto on Friday. Rudos took 1/3.
6) Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas b La Máscara, Rush, Titán
Peste Negra took falls 1/3, then challenged for the trios titles. Rush said NO, but Mascara eventually said yes – as long as it gets him a mask match versus Niebla. (They’re just doing the title match.)

Trios match as expected, even as much as Rush tried to fight it. That reads as Rush being annoying to the rudos and not any tecnico dissension. It would be peciluar for the original Peste Negra – one of the oldest possible trios in the promotion who just got two new members not in this promotion – to win the national trios titles on the Nuevo Valores show.

CMLL (TUE) 02/11/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [@acogdl]
1) Leo & Sky Kid b Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno
Tecnicos took 1/3.
2) Dalys, La Seductora, Zeuxis b Lady Afrodita, Lluvia, Marcela
Lluvia’s first match since August. Rudas took 2/3, Dalys beating Marcela.
3) Boby Zavala, Camorra, Sangre Azteca b Stigma, Stuka Jr., Tritón
Rudos took 1/3, Camorra sneaking a foul on Stigma. They’ll come back in a singles match next week.
4) Volador Jr. b Mr. Águila
Volador took 2/3.
5) Euforia, Shocker, Último Guerrero DQ Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Valiente
Rudos took 1/3, Euforia tossing his mask to Marco to draw the DQ.

The increased amount of singles matches trend seems to be coming to Guadalajara as well. (I need to work up some numbers on this.) Camorra getting into a mask match and losing has been the best decision of that type since Rey Cometa.

Octagon announced he’s starting on the road to a mask match with Fuerza Guerrera on 03/02. (Tweet part 2; Octagon easily goes past 160.) What exactly has the last two decades been? The roads to the road to the mask match? It’s a good thing a lot of people who follow lucha libre in Mexico are in it for the nostalgia and not actually quality of the match, because any Fuerza Guerrera/Octagon match will have a lot of one of those things and not much of the other.

Matt Jackson mentioned on Twitter that he he broke his hand in a recent NJPW match (a IWGP Junior Tag Team championship earlier this week.) The injury may cause him to miss the ChilangaMask show. The promotion has already said that if the Young Bucks can’t make it, they have a two other of the same level ready and they’ll try to bring in Matt & Nick at some other time. Of all the many promotions in Mexico (little and big), ChilangaMask seems like the one most likely to bring in equal replacements given lead time, and also keep everyone updated about what’s going on in advance. It’s a bit harder when people get pulled on the day of the show, but otherwise I’m sure they’ll figure something out. The same update on that mentions they have three more surprises planned, one of which will be announced on Tercera Caida (listed as airing at 11pm CT night, usually up on YouTube before then.)

SuperLuchas #518 has coverage of the last two AAA tapings (before this past one) and the Sin Cara Gym show.

Angel o Demonio & Ovett won the main event of the 02/02 DTU show in Tulancingo, which seemed to set up a Crazy Boy/Angel o Demonio match.

The three known members of the Gimanso Juan de la Barrera Rey de Rey block talk about the pages.

CMLL Gaceta has a story about Silueta’s latest trip to Japan.

DJ Spectro has the second part of his look back at Angel Blanco.


CMLL (MON) 02/17/2014 Arena Puebla
1) Paris, Tigre Rojo, Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Artillero, Disturbio, Súper Comando
2) Metálico, Metatrón, Robin vs Espíritu Maligno, Siki Ozama Jr., Toro Bill Jr.
3) Fuego, Rey Cometa, Sagrado vs Kamaitachi, Sangre Azteca, Shigeo Okumura
4) Rush vs Vangellys
5) Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas

Estetas vs Peste Negra. Fuego & Rey Cometa will be fighting the Japanese forever.

CMLL (TUE) 02/18/2014 Arena Mexico
1) Flyer & Metatrón vs Cholo & Inquisidor
2) Angelito, Fantasy, Shockercito vs Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Warrior, Pierrothito
3) Hombre Bala Jr., Súper Halcón Jr., Tritón vs Cancerbero, Espiritu Negro, Raziel
4) Stuka Jr. vs Puma [lightning]
5) Black Panther, Blue Panther, Cachorro vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Misterioso Jr., Pierroth
6) La Máscara, Rush, Titán vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas [MEX TRIOS]
Rush, La Mascara & Titan are champions. Second defense.

The rudos could win if they’re looking for a way to get Rush vs Negro Casas going again. The tecnicos all have other titles, they don’t need these trios titles – but neither do the rudos. I think the champs retain but I’m less sure the more I think about it.

If Cachorro and Black Panther have a good match with that group of rudos, then they’re really good. (They can be really good and not have a good match with those guys.)

There’s a mini Angelito who wrestled in 2012 and 2013 in Arena Azteca Budokan; I’d bet this is that guy. Poor Pequeno Valiente.

top six stories of the last two weeks

  • Mini Chessman passed away
  1. Sin Cara threw a party for himself, a Sin Cara Gym first anniversary show to announce his return to lucha libre. Cara managed to get AAA (his brothers, Drago, Aerostar) & CMLL luchadors (Sombra in the main event, and unofficially Magnus masquerading as an Astro Boy in the semimain event) in the same matches, something CMLL has otherwise prohibited. The show was a free show and seemed to draw well. 1,000 and 1,500 were estimated, but it was more accurately the most amount of people who could comfortable stand near the ring. Cara, who had a new mask, seemed much more open to changing his name and suggested he might try running occasional shows similar to the Perros del Mal promotion (which is actually no longer running shows.) He’s still expected by everyone to go to AAA, but on a contract that allows him to work indy shows.
  2. AAA held tapings in Toluca and Ecatepec. Both buildings are in the 3000 rang and AAA was able to sell out both. They’ve sold out all four tapings they’ve run (though one was a free taping), but their upcoming Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera taping will be the biggest building by far.
  3. La Parka and Perro Aguayo Jr. advanced in the Rey de Reyes tournament, joining Zorro. The final member of the group will be determined at a Gimansio Juan de la Barrera. That’s the only match which has been announced at Rey de Reyes. Other matches have been vaguely hinted, but it remains tough figuring out which of the hinted matches which actually occur. AAA did announce Rey de Reyes would take place on 03/16 in Monterrey, and Konnan mentioned they were trying to get it on iPPV.
  4. speaking of vague builds to major cards, Rush and Shocker continue to feud in CMLL and seem like the best guess at a Dos Leyendas main event. Nothing’s actually been confirmed – not even the second Legend to be honored! – and the show is about a month away.
  5. Soberano Jr. (and Volador Jr.) and Barbaro Cavernario (and Mr. Niebla) advanced to the final to Gran Alternativa. Barbaro Cavernario seems to be the favorite based on getting one vignette (which is one more than almost everyone), but it’s could go either way.
  6. El Elegido will appear on a celebrity high diving competition. For some reason.
  • NJPW trainee Kamataichi joined the wave of new luchadors who’ve started in CMLL since the begining of the year.
  • El Dandy defeated Satanico in Monterrey in Dandy’s Monterrey retirement match
  • Electro Boy (& Super Nova) won IWRG’s El Protector tournament, their version of the Gran Alternativa. Electro Boy’s prize appears to be nothing at all. Maybe the journey is the prize?
  • Diamante Azul won the Occidente Heavyweight championship from Olimpico in Guadalajara.
  • Titan beat Virus in a great title match to kepe his welterweight title, and Delta & Guerrero Maya Jr. kept the Arena Coliseo tag titles over Tiger and Puma (who was hurt in the match.)
  • various TV Azteca programs continue to do features on CMLL. It’s as if they’re vignettes teasing the impending debut of the promotion on the network, but nothing proceeding that orderly should ever be assumed.

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Todo x El Todo: 2013-08-04/2013-08-11

halfway between a backdrop and a flapjack is no place to be

taped 2013-07-27 @ Gimnasio Juan De La Barrera
Centvrión vs Imposible: I like both of these guys, but I didn’t like this match at all. The first half of the match was highly annoying, with guys doing big moves at random in no particular order, as if they were shuffled in a card deck. It only got better later because they switched to your move/my move kickouts, and at least the big moves fit in better there. It still wasn’t good and stuff didn’t go right. The match felt longer that it needed to be or what they were ready for. I don’t know if the one fall format threw them off, but this wasn’t up to their capabilities. The dark arena really didn’t do much to hide the emptiness (especially the seats right across from the hard camera) but did obscure one of the bigger dives.


win via airplane spin!

Rossy Moreno vs Esther Moreno and Lady Apache: Essentially two matches in one. The first ten minutes of this match felt like the best women’s match on a TxT show yet. It was good action, the three way fight worked well and the crowd got into both Lady Apache winning and the Moreno sisters costing each other the match. This was much better than the opener. It was a good build to Moreno vs Moreno on another show – except they just did it here for some reason, and it wasn’t much good. They changed the tone a punching submission fight. There were some people loudly chanting for them (mostly Rossy, who seemed to be the ruda), but most of the crowd seemed to check out until the very last couple of near falls. The your move/my move stuff bugged me here, but more because I was done with this and really wanted them to go home. I guess this was essentially what they had planned to do for the hair match (though maybe with a different winner), but there didn’t seem any point to do it here.


backbreaker->face first side slam

El Hijo del Medico Asesino vs Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr.: A slow, but more solid match than I figured. I don’t have high expectation levels for a singles match with these two guys, but they kept it together better than I would’ve guessed. It was again way too long; they don’t have 15 minutes of stuff to do and were moving at a snails pace by the end, but they didn’t fall on their face either. Nothing you need to watch but somewhat promising. Strange finish of Medico Asesino clearly fouling Wagner, referee Terry watching the foul and seeing the foul but counting the three count anyway. You’re not really protecting Wagner by having him lose to a foul if the referee sees it, you’re just making the match look dumb. (And you really shouldn’t need to protect Wagner at this point.)



Brian Cage, Heddi Karaoui, Oliver John, Zumbi vs Angel Blanco Jr., Blue Demon Jr., El Hijo del Solitario, Rayman:  A half hour half long match, so everyone did everything they do just to stretch it out even farther. Three straight hot tags was the funniest instance of this. It didn’t hold my attention for that long and it didn’t seem to hold the crowd. They’d still cheer for the técnicos but were totally uninterested in anything the rudos had to do in the second half of the match. John beating Solitario seemed really weird in that context, but the finish did look killer. Cage did some good goofy selling but was totally unmemorable; they probably should’ve given him some strong guys spots somewhere in here.


why do they hit each other?

Cien Caras Jr., Máscara Año 2000, Universo 2000 vs Canek, LA Park, Rayo de Jalisco Jr.: I was really hoping there would be a good gif to prove I actually watched this match and didn’t just fake it. This’ll have to do. It seemed unlikely this lineup would produce a match I’d like, and the unlikely did not happen. Strangely the only three fall match on the show (though the other matches weren’t worked much different.) So many chops as comedy, with the rudos being less the Dinamitas and more the three stooges. I didn’t get much into it and neither did the crowd, by little how they were reacting to the late stages of the match. A really long way to go for a mask pull DQ finish, and a weird show where the rudos win all the meaningful matches.

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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.


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:

02/08 WWC:
02/09 WWC:

02/08 Sobre el Ring:

02/09 La Lucha Se Le Hace:

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
2) Oficial 911 vs Golden Magic for the IWRG Rey del Ring

CMLL on Terra: 2014-02-07
taped 2014-02-07 @ Arena Mexico
1) Acero & Shockercito vs Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Olímpico
2) Sagrado, Stigma, Stuka Jr. vs Cancerbero, Kamaitachi, Raziel
3) Dark Angel, Marcela, Silueta vs Amapola, Dalys, La Seductora

AAA on Televisa: 2014-02-08
taped 2014-01-30 @ Gimnasio Agustín Millán
1) Drago & Faby Apache vs Dark Cuervo & Mary Apache
2) Angélico, Fénix, Psycho Clown vs Daga, Hijo del Fantasma, Pentagón Jr.
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
4) Cibernético & Electroshock vs Texano & Zorro

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

CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-02-08
taped 2014-02-04 @ Arena Mexico
1) Pequeño Halcón & Último Dragoncito vs Mercurio & Pequeño Warrior
2) Oro Jr., Soberano Jr., Starman vs Disturbio, El Rebelde, Hijo del Signo
3) Fuego, Hombre Bala Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. vs Espiritu Negro, Guerrero Negro Jr., Shigeo Okumura
4) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Máximo vs Euforia, Niebla Roja, Virus
Stellar Moments
5) Rey Cometa, Rush, Titán vs Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla

CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-02-08
taped 2014-01-31 @ Arena Mexico
1) Blue Panther & Cachorro vs Averno & El Rebelde in a CMLL Gran Alternativa Tournament eightfinal

2) La Sombra & Oro Jr. vs Akuma & Rey Bucanero in a CMLL Gran Alternativa Tournament eightfinal
3) Guerrero Negro Jr. & Terrible vs Hombre Bala Jr. & Máximo in a CMLL Gran Alternativa Tournament eightfinal
4) Soberano Jr. & Volador Jr. vs Espanto Jr. & Mephisto in a CMLL Gran Alternativa Tournament eightfinal
5) Blue Panther & Cachorro vs La Sombra & Oro Jr. in a CMLL Gran Alternativa Tournament quarterfinal
6) Soberano Jr. & Volador Jr. vs Guerrero Negro Jr. & Terrible in a CMLL Gran Alternativa Tournament quarterfinal
7) Soberano Jr. & Volador Jr. vs La Sombra & Oro Jr. in a CMLL Gran Alternativa semfinal

CMLL on Terra: 2014-02-09
taped 2014-02-09 @ Arena Coliseo
1) Flyer & Robin vs Camorra & Espanto Jr.
2) Magnus, Metálico, Molotov vs Artillero, Nosferatu, Súper Comando
3) Súper Halcón Jr. vs Boby Zavala in a lightning match
4) Blue Panther, La Máscara, Valiente vs Gran Guerrero, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
5) Delta & Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Puma & Tiger for the Arena Coliseo (DF) Tag Team Championship
6) Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Rey Escorpión

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

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
2) Galaxy, Hip Hop Man, Vampiro Metálico vs Atomic Star, Electro Boy, Fulgor II
3) Araña de Plata, Blue Monsther, Matrix Jr. vs Emperador Azteca, Látigo, Picudo Jr.
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

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
2) Ángel Espacial, Chamaco Gurrola, Optimys vs Bengali, Difunto I, Tigre Universitario
3) Corazón de Barrio, Diluvio Negro, Hator vs Mr. Nice, Silencio, Simbolo


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


almost but not quite


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:


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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.


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.


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.

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