Dragon Lee ends 1387 day Virus championship reign, Mistico defeats Ripper on Coliseo Anniversary

CMLL (SAT) 04/04/2015 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
Arena Coliseo 72nd Anniversary
1) Súper Comando b Bengala
2) Canelo Casas b Flyer
3) Súper Halcón Jr. b Nitro
4) Syuri b Dalys
Syuri has now won all 5 matches she’s been in on this tour.
5) Delta & Guerrero Maya Jr. b Pólvora & Vangellys
Tecnicos took 2/3.
6) Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero b Stuka Jr., Titán, Valiente
Guerreros took 1/3.
7) Mistico b Ripper
Mistico won the first with a huracanrana, Ripper the second with a tapatia, Mistico the third with La Mistica.

Attendance seemed slightly up, but the Sabado Retros format (and general programming malaise) meant it wasn’t going to be nearly as big as show as it had been in years prior. CMLL online said they treated it like a festive show, but Porra Fresa was unimpressed, feeling CMLL did nothing to celebrate the anniversary outside of mentioning in on the poster. SuperLuchas notes that on the same day, 39 years ago, the Arena Coliseo anniversary show had a title match and a hair match.

Battle-news has the usual detailed review of Syuri’s ever move in her match. The articles notes Negro Casas congratulated Syuri on her great performance against his wife.

new champ photo by Alexis Salazar/CMLL

CMLL (SUN) 04/05/2015 Arena México [CMLL, NotiMex]
1) Magnus & Molotov b Akuma & Espanto Jr.
Espanto Jr. left the match hurt after taking a move from Mangus.
2) Eléctrico, Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico b Acero, Astral, Shockercito
Electrico worked rudo as an emergency sub for Pequeno Nitro and got the win.
3) Dark Angel, Skadi, Syuri b Dalys, La Seductora, Tiffany
Sixth straight win for Syuri.
4) Ángel de Oro, Stuka Jr., Valiente b Kamaitachi, Pólvora, Rey Escorpión
5) Dragon Lee b Virus © [CMLL SL]
Seconds were Star Jr. (otherwise not on the show) and Pequeno Olimpico. Dragon Lee won the first fall with two straight german suplexes. Virus defeated him in the second (which involved referee Terror Chino messing up yet again) and Dragon Lee took the win and the championship with a hanging double stomp. Virus falls in his ninth defense after 1387 day reign. Money thrown in.
6) Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas b Máximo, Titán, Volador Jr.
Mr. Niebla’s lastest return, winning clean with the splash.

Dragon Lee getting this title shot so soon after unmasked Kamaitachi telegraphed the title change. Virus’ title reign was one of the best things CMLL had going, a likely match of the year every time he defended the championship and actually getting to defend it fairly often (compared to normal for CMLL.) Dragon Lee will have his own type of exciting matches – there should definitely be a rematch with Kamaitachi, and Barbaro Cavernario would make sense as a challenger as well – but it’d be a shame if Virus just gets sucked back into midcard stasis. They’ve got to keep using him.

Lucha Azteca (USA) is currently not listed in some guide listings for next week Saturday. It could show up later in the week, but it’s worth keeping an eye on.

+LuchaTV has highlights of Rayo Star’s dive onto Skyman, plus highlights of the Traumas & Pirata Morgan Jr. vs Puma, Tiger and Stigma from Lucha Libre Boom. Puma seems fairly sure he and his brother are better than the Traumas.

LuchaWorld has Saturday’s KrisZ’s news update.

Rob has a music video of AAA 11/30/14 and CMLL 12/02/14.

Super Libre had Black Terry, Blue Panther, Volador Jr. in taped interviews

Fuego en el Ring had Cuatrero and Sanson in studio.

Epydimus won the LyC Cruiserweight championship today.

The preliminary lineup for ChilangaMask on 05/16 Guadalajara includes Caifan, Rey Horus, and Latin Dragon as the non-regulars.

Rayo de Plata wants the government to sponsor a lucha libre museum in San Luis Potosi.

Lucha Libre in Japan

04/05 NJPW: Kenny Omega (c) b Mascara Dorada [IWGP JH]
Sad. This was a good match. Even better is I didn’t stay up for it and avoided the feed going down.


CMLL (SAT) 04/11/2015 Arena Coliseo
1) Angelito vs Pequeño Olímpico
2) Sensei vs Nitro
3) La Vaquerita vs La Seductora
4) Stigma vs Arkángel de la Muerte
5) Tritón vs Sangre Azteca
6) Blue Panther Jr. & Dragon Lee vs Kamaitachi & Virus
7) Guerrero Maya Jr., Máximo, Rush vs Ephesto, Rey Bucanero, Shocker

first appearances for Rush & Sombra here under Sabado Retros format.

CMLL (SUN) 04/12/2015 Arena México
1) Bengala & Molotov vs Apocalipsis & Cholo
2) Acero, Aéreo, Shockercito vs Demus 3:16, Pequeño Nitro, Pierrothito
3) Delta vs Pólvora [lightning]
4) Blue Panther Jr., Starman, The Panther vs Okumura, Pierroth, Sagrado
5) Fuego, La Máscara, Super Porky vs Euforia, Niebla Roja, Vangellys
6) Atlantis, Mistico, Titán vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas

More Niebla. Maybe Niebla’s just been cleared to work Sundays. Segunda looks good, not sure about the rest.

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Volador versus Sombra (once again), TGR

CMLL (FRI) 04/03/2015 Arena México [@naoki909 , CMLL]
1) Eléctrico & Último Dragoncito b Demus 3:16 & Pierrothito
Tecnicos took 1/3
2) Marcela, Princesa Sugehit, Syuri b Dalys, La Comandante, La Seductora
dropped to the second match. Tecnicas took 2/3.
3) Blue Panther Jr., Fuego, The Panther b Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus
moved up to tercera. Tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Rey Escorpión b Valiente [lightning]
Escorpion won via Aguijon Mortal
5) Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible b Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Máximo
Rudos are now Terriblemente Guapos y un Rey and were wearing TGR shirts. Rudos took 1/3 and beat up KeMonito after the match.
6) La Sombra, Negro Casas, Rush DQ Euforia, Último Guerrero, Volador Jr. [Relevos Increíbles]
Euforia replaced Thunder. Team Sombra took 1/3, the last with Sombra tossing his mask to Volador JR.

Thunder doesn’t show, so CMLL goes to it’s consent bailout move: more Volador/Sombra.

Not really sure what giving new t-shirts is going to do for Terrible, Bucanero and Shocker that the last few months of pushing has not. CMLL needs new people in the top mix but are clearly uninterested. Because this is we are in 2015, the first thing I did was search to see if there’s some supplement named “TGR”. (Not as far as I could find.) In an interview with Estadio Deportes, TGR declared they were against everyone, tecnico or rudos, making them exactly like the Ingobernables, the Electroshock trio, the Hellbrothers and every single other rudo faction to form in the last couple of years.

CMLL already has highlights of the show up.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update from Friday.

SuperLuchas looks back at a past April 4th Arena Mexico show with two big title matches and a a tag hair match.

Llaves Y Candados shows of it’s new Cruiserweight championship belt.

Alfonso Morales sticks up for Leo Riano and rips Rey Bucanero in his column.

Lucha Libre In Japan

04/01 Wrestle-1: Hijo del Pantera beat Andu Wu to advance to the semifinals of the W-1 Crusierweight Championship. Pantera moves on to face Minoru Tanaka, where he’ll be a significant underdog.


CMLL (FRI) 04/10/2015 Arena México
1) Astral, Eléctrico, Fantasy vs Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Universo 2000
2) Fuego, Pegasso, Tritón vs Boby Zavala, Puma, Tiger
3) Syuri © vs Marcela [CMLL WOMEN]
Syuri’s 3rd defense
4) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Super Porky vs Gran Guerrero, Rey Escorpión, Último Guerrero
5) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Rush vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible
6) Volador Jr. vs La Sombra

CMLL video preview.

La Sombra vs Volador Jr. singles matches by year (in any venue)

2: 2010
1: 2011
3: 2012
8: 2013
4: 2014
1: 2015

This’ll be #20. It’s only the 12th in Arena Mexico. (Sombra leads 6-4-1)

This is the first CMLL Women’s title match in Mexico since 2013. There’s been four title matches in Japan in that time. Usual practice is Marcela wins the title back here, though that feels even more underwhelming than usual.

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04/03 AAA TV Results (Xalapa)

AAA TV (FRI) 04/03/2015 Deportivo Colon, Xalapa, Veracruz [AAA]
1) Gotita de Plata, Niño Hamburguesa, Pasion Kristal b Belial, Carta Brava Jr., El Apache
Pasion Kristal replaced Pimpinela (injury). Super Fly bled from the nose from something in this match.
2) Hijo de Pirata Morgan & Súper Fly b Australian Suicide & Dinastía
Dinastia replaced Super Nova, but lost to Super Fly’s triple powerbomb.
3) Bengala & Drago b Daga & Joe Lider
4) Fénix b Hijo del Fantasma
Turned into a singles match – Psycho Clown would later appear to explain he could not wrestle due to the injury he suffered in SLP and Pentagon Jr. was added to the main event. Fenix avenged his loss in Guadalajara by using his new Busca Suenos move again.
5) Aerostar, Blue Demon Jr., La Parka b Averno, Chessman, Cibernético
6) El Patrón Alberto, Murder Clown, Myzteziz b El Mesías, Pentagón Jr., Texano Jr.
Texano Jr. & Murder Clown were added to the match. Alberto submitted Mesias.

Show began with another tribute to Perro Aguayo Jr., as in San Luis Potosi.

Lucha Underground posted their tribute to Perro Aguayo Jr. from the day after his passing. It’s very well done, and it’s very hard to watch. Just even writing a post after watching that seems cold.

Air Date: I’m lost here. Rey de Reyes would normally be a two week show, but it may have been cut to one week. Today’s show airs pretty much every important match from the show: only the Hell Brothers vs La Parka/Jack/Angelico match didn’t air and they’ve got plenty of those. It it is one week, then this airs April 25th and May 2nd. If it’s not, it’s one week later.

Main event is a small tell about where people are ordered on the rudo side now. Alberto wasn’t going to lose two straight TV tapings and probably needed to get a win. They picked Mesias to take that loss and not Texano Jr. (Pentagon was presumably needed to catch some Myzteziz move before the finish.) It’s still early.

Fenix versus Fantasma got good reviews and seems like it should be happening one more time for the title after this result. Fenix getting a new move plays off his old move not being enough to beat Fantasma.

Next taping is ???

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AAA in Xalapa, CMLL Friday night

AAA tapes tonight in Xalapa. Two of the Dream Team, Alberto el Patron & Myzteziz, face Mesias and Texano Jr. in the main event. Semimain continues the Hell Brothers/Demon/Parka issue with Aerostar as the third wheel. The undercard is full of promising matches, including Fenix/Psycho vs Fantasma/Pentagon. Belial and Gotita de Plata make appearances in the opener.

CMLL is main evented tonight by Volador, Thunder and Ultimo Guerrero vs Rush, Sombra and Negro Casas in an incredible partners trio main event. It seems like another match building towards Rush facing Thunder in a match at some point, but incredible partner matches are often used to set up matches which wouldn’t have come about otherwise. (Or, maybe they’re just going to end up with UG/Thunder vs Sombra/Rush because Thunder in a singles match is a rough idea.) There’s not much of ongoing storylines on this (or any other) CMLL show, with the closest being Maximo and Thunder facing off again in a semimain trios.

El Siglo de Torreon has a story on Perro Aguayo Jr. memorial on  Wednesday’s show in San Luis Potosi. They say 12,000 people were at the show. That’s a 7,000 seat venue, so I think they’re just picking a number. The tribute t-shirts, going for 100 to 150 pesos, were the hottest selling items. They note that even though it was suggested Rey Misterio Jr. would be at the show, he did not appear there. There’s another article where AAA luchadors dispute that list of prices put up by Univerasl last week, but also note you shouldn’t be in lucha libre for the money.

The subject of luchadors pay also comes up deep in a Forbes Mexico interview with Dorian Roldan; when asked, he says luchadors start off at about 200,000 and some are paid just under 1,000,000 Mexican Pesos. (That’s a $13K to $67.5K US.) The article says there are 92 luchadors under contract, though they may reduce to 80. The number of luchadors in AAA is my most favorite dumb stat, because it seems like it’s useful but the concept is so fuzzy to make it practically useless. (Is Belial in AAA? Counting appearing yes, probably not if you’re just including people who get that starting salary.)

The article is primarily another piece about their expansion into the US to get some of that sweet US money; with a lot of familiar info. The useful line is when Dorian says “Our idea is to be the next Mortal Kombat or Power Rangers” – it informs the product you’re seeing on Lucha Underground.

Rey Misterio Jr. and Konnan talked to the Baja California’s Attorney’s office, giving statements about Perro Aguayo Jr.’s death. (A third luchador went with them, but his name isn’t mentioned.) Not much is said about their statements, just they were as surprised by the events as everyone else. They’re still looking to talk to Manik, Extreme Tiger and the doctor. Not sure why it’s taken so long to talk to the doctor, that would seem to be one of the first things to do.

Daniel Aceves, an Olympic medalists who’s father was honored on a past Homenaje a Dos Leyendas, threw his support behind creating a new national commission to oversee lucha libre and boxing. He feels the CONADE (which governs sports in Mexico) already has the authority to do so, just needs the funding to make it happen.

LA Park calls Perro Aguayo Jr. a great human.

R de Rudo has a column wondering who will replace Perro Aguayo Jr. as the best rudo in Mexico.

WWE announced they’d return to Mexico again this October

  • 10/16 Merida (Coliseo Yucatan)
  • 10/17 Mexico City (Arena Ciudad de Mexico)
  • 10/18 Monterrey (Arena Monterrey)

Tickets go on sale 04/15, six months before the shows actually take place.

SuperLuchas looks back at past April 2nd shows, including the debut of Arena Coliseo and the Princesa Sugehit versus Dark Angel mask match.

If I’m reading Syrui’s blog entry correctly (iffy!), La Gitana is Mascara Dorada’s sister.

Olimpico is involved with a TV Azteca dancing show in some way.

Matt D at Segunda Caida reviews Nuevos Infernals at Padrismo.

DJ Spectro looks back to Gran Coloso vs Mascara 2000

LV reviews this week’s Lucha Underground. Rotten Tomatoes visited Lucha Underground, learned five things about the show that you probably already know. Good PR anyway.

Coliseo Papa Milo held a press conference for their 04/10 show.


CHILANGA MASK (SUN) 04/12/2015 Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México
1) Impulso vs Keira
2) Justiciero & Magnifico vs Tigre Rojo & Tigre Rojo Jr.
3) Jeque vs Herodes Jr.
4) Virus vs Avisman
5) Arez & Belial vs Aramis & Iron Kid
6) Aero Boy vs Soberano Jr., Alas de Acero
7) Black Terry vs Psico Kid
8) Negro Navarro vs Dragon Lee (CMLL)

Full card for their first of two matches in Coacalco in April. Dragon Lee vs Negro Navarro in the main event is the latest announcement and a Different Style Battle – but I’d trust Dragon Lee more than most young flyers in that match. Virus vs Avisman is a sleeper excellent match.

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04/04-05 lucha times


Daylight Savings Time ends in Mexico on Saturday night/Sunday morning. Hooray.

No real clue what’s actually going to air this weekend on AAA TV. It should be Rey de Reyes, but it won’t be clear what airs each week (and if they’re airing everything) until they put up the preview on Friday. Fantasma/Fenix would seem to need to air before the main event, and makes sense as airing a separate week, but they ignored all that in how they aired Guerra de Titanes. There’s at least a thought of not airing Perro Aguayo Jr.’s last AAA match, but if they were fine with showing Perro for 90 minutes last weeks, there’s no reason not to show the one more match they have to air. The awkwardness is more building up a match that won’t happen, but that’s not the first or last time a wrestling promotion will do that.

Dos Leyendas also airs this week in the US. I received the Fox Sports versions of those matches today (thanks!), which should be slightly bit longer than what airs on Azteca. I’ll have both versions up on Tuesday.

52MX is La Gitana’s TV debut. Probably some weird names in Rey del Ring. Weird how it works out to have CMLL, AAA and IWRG big shows airing on the same day.

It’s pretty hard to spoiler proof a show named “Mask vs Mask.” Tried anyway. My hunch is this upcoming week’s Lucha Underground show is going to generate some hot takes.

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Karatekas beat Ninjas, Wagner 3 hurt, All Elite

UWE (WED) 04/01/2015 Arena Lopez Mateos [Estrellas del Ring, TerceraCaida]
1) Gato Montes, Kaving, Rey Infierno vs Robin Maravilla Jr., Shibata, Sky Fly
Kaving replaced Rey de Oros
2) Star Fire © b Sexy Girl [WWS CHAMP]
Star Fire heads to Japan still champion.
3) Donatelo, Leonardo, Miguel Angel, Rafael b Leo (IWRG), Mike, Rafy, Teelo
in the Ninja (IWRG) vs Karateka (AULL) battle, Rafy and Rafael ended up switching masks. Leo, Mike and Teelo were confused enough to attack Rafy, giving the AULL team the win. The IWRG turtles demanded a rematch.
4) Epitafio, Leviatham, Samael, Tormento b Gallego, Judas el Traidor, Rocky Santana, Romano Garcia
Judas el Traidor replaced Cosmonauta, was attacked by his partners for the loss.
5) Hijo De Dos Caras & Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr. © b Aeroboy & Violento Jack [UWE TAG]
Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr. suffered a severe arm injury in the third fall: he clotheslined Violento Jack with his right arm, fell to his knees delivering it, put his left arm down to brace himself and dislocated his elbow on impact with the mat. Match was quickly stopped and stayed that way until Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr. could be walked to the back. Dos won anyway, but offered Aero & Violento a TLC match for the tag titles at some future date.
6) Dr. Wagner Jr. & Pirata Morgan b LA Park & Negro Navarro
Park pulled Wagner’s mask, Wagner beat him anyway.

Strong turnout for this building, especially mid week. This week is a holiday vacation week for many Mexicans, which is why this took place on a Wednesday and probably why AAA’s running TV tapings this week.

Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr.’s injury got some extra attention since it was the first graphic injury caught on video since Perro Aguayo Jr.’s death. Everyone did seem much quicker than usual to take him out of the match, but there was no way to mistake it for selling because of the freak way it happened. Dr. Wagner Jr. said his son is doing OK. Wagner also says he’s being wrongly billed on the 04/30 DTU branded show.

All Elite (Ernesto Santillian listed as president + Karlo Colin) and Arena Coliseo Guadalajara’s Daniel Cruz held a press conference to talk about the 03/19 All Elite show in that building. No more matches announeced than the two which have already been said – Rush vs Dr. Wagner Jr. and Negro Casas & Octagon vs Blue Panther & Fuerza Guerrera – but Volador Jr., LA Park, Gallo and Esfinge were all announced as appearing on the six match show. The last two are part of a locals focued tournaments. The full card will be announced next week. The other announced All Elite shows are 05/03 in Monterrey and TBD in Queretaro.

CMLL Informa was mostly hyping this Saturday’s 72nd Arena Coliseo Anniversary show. Mistico/Ripper isn’t really much of a main event, but CMLL’s fans tend to get sucked in by annual events and it should be the biggest crowd since CMLL started this concept. This week was more Sabado Retros focused than usual for those reasons, but it’s very strange to see how much CMLL focuses on the smallest show it runs a week. (They don’t go match by match on Friday’s show on Informa.) The show itself had a good interview with Tony Salazar about CMLL’s training program, which probably not enough is written about given it’s importance.

+LuchaTV has interviews with the Traumas & Eterno as a group and the Ingobernables, plus clips of their match.

ChilangaMask added Iron Kid & Aramis vs Arez & Belial to it’s 04/12 show, and says The Ninjas & Rico Rodriguez are off their upcoming shows.

CMLL has part 2 and part 3 of it’s Arena Coliseo history piece, which appears to be a repeat from the round number anniversary a couple years ago.

Crazy Boy will be teaching a seminar today in Veracruz.

Cavernario, Astral and Pierroth are listed as wrestling in Washington DC on 05/02. The fourth luchador has Mr. Aguila’s bio, but Mr. Aguila is not the man pictured or named, so there may be something funny going on here (or maybe just confusion.)

Missed this last week: Puerto Rico’s WWL shut down on March 23rd. They had a relationship with AAA at one point and was bringing in Laredo Kid and the Caras/Mascaras family most recently.

SuperLuchas looks back at Vampiro’s 2005 return to AAA.

Claro Lucha talks to Dos Caras.

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04/01 AAA TV Results (San Luis Potosí)

AAA TV (WED) 04/01/2015 Auditorio Miguel Barragan, San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí [AAA, ESPN Deportes]
1) Mini Charly Manson & Mini Psycho Clown b Dinastía & Mascarita Sagrada
Mini Psycho Clown beat Dinastia, asked for a title shot.
2) Faby Apache, Niño Hamburguesa, Pasion Kristal b El Apache, Mamba, Mary Apache
Pasion Kristal replaced Pimpinela (injury.) Hamburger Splash on Apache & Mamba.
3) Aerostar, Argenis, Fénix b Carta Brava, Electroshock, Hijo de Pirata Morgan
Fenix replaced Super Nova (shoulder injury) and used a new finishing move (Busca Sueños) to beat Hijo del Pirata. Electroshock threatened the rest of AAA on behalf of his new trio.
4) Daga, Dark Scoria, Súper Fly b Bengala, Drago, Jack Evans
Scoria beat Jack with help from Cuervo. Daga held up a Perro del Mal shirt after the match, which started a huge Perro chant.
5) Dark Cuervo, Pentagón Jr., Texano b Angélico, La Parka, Psycho Clown
Scoria helped Cuervo get the win over Angelico. Psycho Clown was injured by Texano Jr – Psycho ended up with an ugly bruise around his right ankle.
6) El Mesías & Hijo del Fantasma b Blue Demon Jr. & Myzteziz
Changed around after Perro Aguayo’s death. Fenix was originally on the trios side, and Mesias was probably supposed to be a mystery partner. Mesias snuck in a foul on Demon, then landed the top rope splash.
7) Brian Cage b Alberto el Patrón
Added to make up for missing Rey de Reyes. Turned into a street fight, with La Sociedad getting involved. Cage wanted a title match.

Air Date: 04/18 and 04/25 (moved back a week, at least.)

Prior to the start of the show, a tribute was held for Perro Aguayo Jr. The roster came to the ring, and there were flowers and a poster of Perro. Marisela and Konnan are both noted as talking about Perro. All wrestlers wore a tribute shirt, and various wrestlers had other tributes (Fenix wrote Perro on his hand tape.)

Building appeared to be full.

This was a tribute show and Perro Aguayo Jr. was definitely honored as part of it. The opening segment reads very emotional, for the wrestlers and the fans. AAA continued on to also present a normal taping with storyline advancement.

Alberto keeps having the bad luck to be wrestling in San Luis Potosi every time they need him to lose to set another match (he’s now 0-2.) Cuervo & Scoria are messing with Jack & Angelico, so that may be a new feud. Mini Psycho Clown has been very good and makes sense to get a singles match with Dinastia if they’re doing one.

Those are all builds to matches on an upcoming show. It’s a question of when and what show that might be. AAA ran Verano de Escandalo in June last year, but that was the first time they’ve done that in early summer and there’s no telling what they’ll do this year. This week’s TV may give some clues, since all their currently announced tapings will be complete by that point.

Next taping is Friday in Xalapa.

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