Tuesday GDL, Puebla title match, Demon in Toronto

CMLL (TUE) 07/14 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Fuego en el Ring]
1) Meteoro & Novato vs Relampago & Skaxy
2) Leon Blanco & Metatron DQ Malefico & Rafaga
3) Casanova & Neutron b Asesino Negro & Drago
4) Amapola & Hiroka b Dark Angel & Zeuxis
5) Terrible & Texano Jr. b Sagrado & Shocker

Hmm, champions actually win a non-title match. 2nd/3rd match were building the cage match for Sunday.

SuperLuchas says Hector Garza vs Ultimo Guerrero for the CMLL Heavyweight Title is next Monday’s main event in Arena Puebla.

Now Toronto has a long story on the lucha libre show there this weekend. Very accurate statements:

Blue Demon Jr.: ““My mask is the most valuable part of my career because it lets me become another person. This is the magic for the wrestler.”

Canadian Indy Worker: Down there [Mexico] they take wrestling as seriously as we take hockey.

El Manana talks to Mini Laredo Kid, who’s now had that gimmick for five years.

Cesar says he’d rather watch Backyardigans than read the forums lately (well, high bar) and notes even with new management, people are acting in the usual ways in Guadalajara.

Crazy Boy talks about Estadio Deportes about DTU, as a place to showcase new talent.

Record talks to Mil Mascaras, who reached 44 years of wrestling yesterday. He jokes about going for 50, which would mean he’d be wrestling at 73 years old.

The Gladiatores has interviews with Ricky Cruz and the promoter of the MMA Total Combat show.

Ras de Lona #54 finally is up on my RSS feed, though I forgot what was on it. The bit with Mascarita Dorada & son was cute. Ephesto going over all his gimmicks was good.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update, plus Robert on CMLL FSE 05/12 & 06/07, and CMLL FSE 06/15 and 06/22/08.

Sombra de Plata hasn’t had a match since April 17 – did he get injured or dropped? The wave of novatos might have pushed him out, but he had an 11 year run.

07/17-18 Lucha Times


AAA-MEX: The Sunday re-run is back, just in time for the Mesias/Wagner rematch, and the Teddy/Jack match. See Billy go bye, at least for a couple weeks.

52MX: Angels vs Tuareg, Garza/Shocker/Toscano vs Niebla/Negro/UG.

LATV: I just spent an hour putting together the LATV episodes from the last four weeks, just in case there was a secret pattern to the reruns. Nope.

CMLL: Top 3, of course. We should know who’s in the cage by this point, and six unmasked guys in the tercera seem to be a pretty flashing beacon.

AAA-MEX: Wagner vs Parka/Mesias, Sugi’s debut, Charly/Jack vs Chessman/Teddy

FOX: Mascara/Sombra/Valiente vs Warrior/Metal/Okumura, plus Flash/Metro/Stuka vs Euforia/Nosferatu/Vangelis

C3: CMLL Trios, and Mini Nitro’s debut.

Puebla: Mephisto vs Mistico. Definitely airing the semimain, since they’re apparently doing a UG/Garza title match. I’m guessing no Fabian/Metro tag team.

ACM: one last week without AAA.

CMLL FSE #147 (05/30)

I had half of these teasers done, and I can’t find them anymore. Maybe I shouldn’t wait two months to do these? Perhaps.

taped 05/24, from – I don’t remember form, but it wasn’t until I went to link to the video until I remembered I watched it someone else’s YouTube. It’s been a while.

Guerreros vs Hijo del Avernos seems irrelevant at the moment, so let’s wonder about the opener. The Tuareg and a loose tecnico platoon of the Angels and the Ex-Air Force have been battling so often, they’d be dumb not to take advantage of it somehow. I don’t think they’re doing it with a plan to turn it into something, it’s more a simple quirk of the half (or more) of the regular segunda rudos being in the Tuareg, so any tecnicos on that level are going to usually be facing one combo or another. This is probably good for the kids – this match on this show was a bit spotty, but they’ve gotten better by familiarity. CMLL’s way scaled back on the minor hair and mask feuds this year, but it’s tough bad they can’t get the Arena Coliseo tag team belts involved.

CMLL Minis Cibernetico on Sunday (non-TV?)

Remember that extra show Ovaciones mentioned for this weekend? Hadn’t heard anything about it till I was scanning their website, and there’s an article about it that I didn’t see in the paper proper this morning. They’ve got a very partial card:

CMLL Herdez Del Fuerte (SUN) 07/19 Arena Mexico
1) Mascarita Dorada vs Pierrothito, Bam Bam, Pequeño Damián 666, Shockercito, Pequeño Universo 2000, Pequeño Warrior, Tzuki, Pequeño Violencia, Pequeño Olímpico, Eléctrico, ? [copa Herdez Del Fuerte]
2) Lady Apache & Marcela vs Amapola & Hiroka
3) ?, ??, ??? vs ????, ?????, ??????
4) ?, ??, ??? vs ????, ?????, ??????
5) ?, ??, ??? vs ????, ?????, ??????

Told you, it’s missing a bit (and card order isn’t right.) Ovaciones also seem to miss a rudo .

This is a show by/for Herdez Del Fuerte, a food company. CMLL normally would be taping regular TV in Arena Coliseo (and perhaps this explains why they didn’t bother with a big main event for that show), so this will probably not be taped. Last year’s Record show did make TV, but was all clipped up, so not a lot of hope here. It’d be nice to be surprised, because that’ll surely be a fun cibernetico.

IWRG, Puebla, Mexico (everryone retains)

IWRG (SUN) 07/12 Arena Naucalpan [the Gladiatores]
1) Blasfemia b Imperial
2) Chico Che, Goleador, Jack b Epidemia, Heavy Boy, Keshin Black
3) Judas el Traidor b Rigo
4) Avisman, Black Terry, Dr. Cerebro b Mike Segura, Trauma I, Trauma II
5) Negro Navarro & Ricky Cruzz b El Alebrije & Veneno

The main event was IWRG (Navarro & Cruz) vs Super X (Alebrije & Veneno). Alebrije – the only tecnico in Super X at the moment – tried to get along with Veneno but failed. Navarro & Cruzz had less problems, since they both are pretty much tecnicos at this point, and so took advantage and won. Alebrije vowed to continue being professional, not that helped here.

Avisman snuck in a foul on Trauma II (the lightweight champ.) Suicida replaced Freelance.

Judas el Traidor won in straight falls. In the first one, Judas used a chain on Rigo without the ref seeing it, busting Rigo opened. Rigo grabbed the chain and hit Judas with it, but of course the referee saw that one. In the second, Rigo took Judas out with a dive, crawled in at 17, and started to celebrate. Judas snuck in just before count and pulled Rigo into a caverneria – and it actually worked!

Goleador hurt his knee, but his team still won. Whenever Goleador gets hurt, they really should pause the match, have four guys load him up on a stretcher, and carry him off. When he becomes a rudo, he should pop off the stretcher halfway thru, perfectly fine.

CMLL (MON) 07/13 Arena Puebla [ESTO]
4) Hector Garza, Hijo del Fantasma, La Mascara b Naito, Ultimo Guerrero, Yujiro
5) Mephisto b Mistico [NWA WELTER]

Notimex has Mephsito retaining the CMLL Welterweight Championship. That’ll come as a surprise to Negro Casas. In Universal, Mephisto makes the usual Mistico mask match challenge.

CMLL (TUE) 07/14 Arena Mexico [NotiMex, Record]
2) Pequeno Nitro, Pequeno Violencia, Pequeno Warrior b Bam Bam, Bracito de Oro, Electrico
3) Arkangel de la Muerte, Shigeo Okumura, Vangelis b Angel Azteca Jr., Angel de Oro, Angel de Plata
4) Atlantis, Felino, Negro Casas b La Sombra, Stuka Jr., Volador Jr.
5) Hector Garza, Hijo del Fantasma, La Mascara b Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto [CMLL TRIOS]

Rudos took the first, tecnicos the second, and Hijo del Fantasma pinned Averno for the win. Fantasma challenged Averno for his own title shot after the match.

ESTO says CMLL will announce the cage match participants on Thursday. They guess Hector Garza, Yujiro, Naito, Toscano, Black Warrior, Shocker, Mistico, Sagrado, Volador Jr., Sombra, all of Peste Negra, all of Hijo del Avernos, and all of Guerreros del ring. I’m thinking it won’t be a 20 man cage match.

Atlantis visited the Basilica Of Guadalupe and talked about his career, having reached 26 years.

El Manana talks to the Bizarros.

OEM has an article about the AAA movie. Not a lot new, except this is part of a greater project to revive the animation industy in Mexico.

Box Y Lucha talks to Super Muneco

LuchandoLibre looks at the previous career of Sugi

WagnerMania has last week’s CMLL stellar moments up on YouTube.

DTU points to a music video of their Desastre en Queretarock show by someone named RobViper. Never heard of him, but he’s got some iffy music tastes.

Luchas 2000 #478 has lots of coverage of it’s 9th anniversary show.

WrestlingObserver has their AAA recap.

Ohtani’s jacket thought rudo Faraon was excellent versus Atlantis in 1985.

Mistico to NJPW, trios title match tonight, new Lizmark Jr.?

(Strong Style Spirit) NJPW announced Mistico will be back for their August 13th and 15th shows. He’s surely not going alone…

Fuego en el Ring has a long, interesting interview with Negro Casas about his career. Negro off hand mentions that he’ll be returning to Japan “next month” to reach 20 years of wrestling in Japan and 30 years overall, so he’s probably working with Mistico on those shows. (Poor Misterioso!) I forgot to mention how Negro was randomly wearing a CTU shirt last week on Ras de Lona. Negro explains his current Peste Negra roll by saying his brother told him you either renew or you die. Negro wasn’t thrilled with the afro wig or the dancing early on, but they wanted to make the concept work and now he’s enjoying it. They hope to add on new members, but Negro gets to show his different personalities. It sounds like Heavy Metal never got over the silliness and isn’t considered part of Peste Negra now.

Previews of tonight’s Arena Mexico show: ESTO, ovaciones, luchandolibre. Let’s look at this feud:

06/23: Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto b Hijo del Fantasma, La Mascara, La Sombra
06/30: Hector Garza, Hijo del Fantasma, La Mascara DQ Averno, Terrible, Texano Jr.
07/07: Hector Garza, Hijo del Fantasma, La Mascara DQ Averno, Terrible, Texano Jr.

I *guess* I see why Averno, Ephesto and Mephisto are the ones getting the show, since that’s the only trio that actually beat even part of the champions. Two straight weeks of losses to build it up, and not even with the right team (because Texano & Terrible are in GDL instead, to perhaps set up a title match there) is not the most thrilling build. This is kind of an interesting attendance night, to see if people seeing the setup on the cheap show will come back a week later to see the title match on a regular priced show, but it’s not the most intriguing setup. And still, I think it’s a 50/50 match.

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FWIW, it sounds like Mephisto retained his title Monday night in Puebla.

AAA’s listing for the 07/17 TV taping has the Cruiserweight tag teams more as you’d expect – Alex/Rocky, Jack/Tiger, Teddy/Sugi – than the original lineup had. It’s strange, because they clearly didn’t have it that way on the original poster, but then that seems to happen a bit with AAA. The lineup they posted last night for Arena Cuatro Caminos (which took place last night) is kinda the same, because it doesn’t have the Teddy “Hard”/Jack Evans singles match advertised on the poster, those two are part of a trios main event instead. Plus, you’ll get things like the press release photos for Sunday’s tapings (see luchandolibre) clearly including angles which go unmentioned in the recap – what angle did they run with the Tirantes and Roldan to explain Hijo de Tirantes return?

With CMLL, it feels I can understand 95% of what’s going on without even watching it. There are surprises in performance levels, and there’s subtleties that slip by unless I watch the TV show, but I feel like I know what’s going on pretty well at all times. I think I pay attention to AAA just as much at this point but, just about every week, there’s something that makes more sense when I finally see it because a couple missing pieces have been added, or it seemed the emphasis was on one bit and it actually was on another, or something other bit of information confusion. Certainly some of it’s because AAA is trying more storylines and more complex ones, but they seem to have much more trouble explaining what’s going on, and it’s more important for you to care about that in AAA.

This recap (Guepardo_Jarocho @ el Martinete) of the Lizmark Sr. retirement show @ Arena Veracruz says the Lizmark Jr. who partnered with him was a NEW Lizmark Jr., not the CMLL guy. Confusing. We’ll see if he turns up again, but I’m switching everything over to Hijo del Lizmark to be a little bit clearer.

Cesar guesses at Infierno en el Ring participants, wondering more about who gets the big win, notes that Toscano has gone full circle and is now over with the same personality the crowd turned on early in his career, and sees 2009 as a bad year for the image of wrestling.

Box Y Lucha has #2929 Wagner celebrating 24 years as a wrestler. We’re coming up on WON Hall of Fame season, and I’ve been thinking the last few days how Wagner has improved his case a little this year, but is set up for a big next 12 months. Maybe he’ll get in around his 25th. Anyway, ByL is down on WWE, talking about Dos having difficulty in the new group and complaining about Misterio ripping off Mistico.

LuchaWorld has Rob on AULL 04/09/08 and CMLL GDL 04/15, 04/27, 05/04/08, plus KrisZ’s new update.

07/17 AAA TV Lineup (Irapuato)

AAA TV (FRI) 07/17 Palenque del Inforum de Irapuato, Guanajuato [AAA]
1) ?, Gato Eveready, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Pasion Kristal, Polvo de Esterllas, Yuriko
2) Crazy Boy & Extreme Tiger vs Alex Koslov & Rocky Romero
3) Charly Manson & Jack Evans vs Chessman & Teddy Hart
4) Cuervo, Escoria, Zorro vs Electro Shock, Oriental, Silver King
5) Cibernetico, La Parka Jr., Marco Corleone vs Joe Lider, Kenzo Suzuki, Nicho el Millionario

2009 AAA TV Chart
Projected Air Date (#898)
MEX: 07/26
US: 08/15


AAA actually lists the opener with only two tecnicos, so I think there was just some sort of omission.

Perhaps there’s a turn in the second match?

Third match is a rematch form this past taping.

I guess the Sect left the Legion with Zorro? Or were they ever meant to be in, except on the weeks where they were? And isn’t Silver King a tecnico and out of the Legion now?

And isn’t Cibernetico a rudo?

I have no idea what’s going on here.

AAA TV (FRI) 07/17 Palenque del Inforum de Irapuato, Guanajuato
1) ?, Gato Eveready, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Pasion Kristal, Polvo de Esterllas, Yuriko
2) Crazy Boy & Extreme Tiger vs Alex Koslov & Rocky Romero
3) Charly Manson & Jack Evans vs Chessman & Teddy Hart
4) Cuervo, Escoria, Zorro vs Electro Shock, Oriental, Silver King
5) Cibernetico, La Parka Jr., Marco Corleone vs Joe Lider, Kenzo Suzuki, Nicho el Millionario

Mistico b Felino, links

CMLL (SUN) 07/12 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Fuego en el Ring, MT]
1) Angelo b Montana
2) Idolo & Nube Roja b Acertijo & Angel del Mal
3) Casanova, Gallo, Virgo NC Azazel, Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno
4) Amapola & Hiroka b Dark Angel & Marcela
5) Maximo, Sagrado, Volador Jr. b Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto
6) Mistico b Felino [MEX LH]

Main sounds clean. Rudas swept Angel and Marcela. Palacio Negro, Metal Blanco and Rafaga all got involved in the third match to set up next week’s cage match. Rafaga also interfered in the segunda.

SuperLuchas pointed out the cage match next week is probably an attempt to run against the AAA taping the same night. Probably should’ve saved this title match for that week.

Hector Garza says he’d like to face Texano or Terrible in a hair match, but he’s also totally okay with teaming with Toscano to facing No Limit.

There’s a new edition of the Box Y Lucha Noticias.

Tribuna Latina has photos of the lucha show in Spain. There’s a recap here and here.

Proyeccion Luchistica has interviews with Lady Monster, Fly Star, Antrax, and Lili Fighter.

Ohtani’s Jacket was disappointed by Panther/Santo in the UK

07/12 AAA TV Results (Hidalgo)

AAA TV (SUN) 07/12 Plaza de Toros San Maros de Tepeapulco, Hidalgo [AAA]
1) Atomic Boy, Gato Eveready, Pimpinela EscarlataPasion Kristal, Polvo de Esterllas, Yuriko
2) Aerostar, Laredo Kid, Super FlyBilly Boy, Decnnis, Tito Santana II
3) Charly Manson & Jack EvansChessman & Teddy Hart
4) Kenzo Suzuki, Oriental, SugiEl Elegido, Extreme Tiger, Marco Corleone
5) La Parka Jr. & Mesias DQ Dr. Wagner Jr. & Silver King

2009 AAA TV Chart
Projected Air Date (#897)
Mexico: 07/19
US: 08/08

Opener saw more battling from the love of Gato Eveready. AAA says Atomic Boy looked less nervous this time out. Pimpi got Yuriko with a tapatia.

AAA pushes the second match as the first team up between Billy and Decnnis in 2.5 years. Actually, it’s more like 2 months – they teaamed up on TV in Leon, facing Gato Eveready among other people. It’s good match, AAA should go back and check it out.

Anyway, this match. Super Fly was professional but not particularly friendly with his teammates, even after Aero beat Billy for the win. Super Fly and Billy were both checked out by the doctor after the match.

Charly got Chessman with el Pozo.

Sugi – man of a million names but best known as El Blazer – made his debut in the semimain and immediately started feuding with Extreme Tiger. Sugi (spelled “Suguy” by AAA, but it took them 2 years to figure out how to spell “Kenzo Suzuki” so I’m ignoring them) pinned Tiger with some neckbreakering move, and Tiger was put in a neck collar by the doctor after the match.

Both sides in the main event had their fans, though AAA notable refers to the Mesias/Parka debut as the tecnicos. Late in the match, Silver King was about to hit Parka with a chair when Zorro arrived and took it away. Zorro readied a cane shot, but hit Parka instead of Silver King. It sounds like this was on purpose, but more to cause the Wagners to lose the match rather than beat up Parka. Still have no idea what Zorro is up to and hope this is clearer on TV.

After the match, everyone challenged everyone else to an apuesta match. This really is a Dr. Wagner Jr. promotion. We’re supposed to think we’ve got Wagner vs Parka’s mask or Mesias’ hair, but don’t hold your breath.

Next taping is Friday, and we don’t actually have a lineup for it. Maybe later today.

DTU, Sunday Arena Mexico, guessing at the upcoming cage match

DTU (SAT) 07/11 DTU Arena, Tulancingo, Hidalgo [Mr. Reyes @ mySace]
1) Muerte Bucanera b Masivo, Hormiga, Angel Extremo, Amo de la Noche
2) Drastick Boy & Flamita b Black Master & Talaxis
3) Dance Boy & Toxico b Money Pack & Ultimo Gladiador
4) Laredo Kid & Super Fly b Pesadilla & Ragde
5) Aero Boy b Violento Jack
6) Extreme Tiger b Shiima Xion, Crazy Boy

DTU ARENA. After Bihari’s DTU YouTube video, very disappointed Dinastia was not on this show after all. By the end of that main event, Shiima Xion was very familiar with the light tubes of Tulancingo, Mexico.

CMLL (SUN) 07/12 Arena Mexico [Cesar, Record]
1) Molotov & Principe Valiente b Carrona & Zayco
2) La Nazi, Mima Shimoda, Princesa Sujei b Estrella Magica, Lluvia, Sahori
3) Flash, Metro, Stuka Jr. b Euforia, Nosferatu, Vangelis
4) La Mascara, La Sombra, Valiente b Black Warrior, Heavy Metal, Shigeo Okumura
5) Hector Garza, Shocker, Toscano DQ Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Ultimo Guerrero

Negro blatantly fouled Hector for the DQ. Cesar confidently says this means Negro will be the ten man in the cage, and I had no idea we had 9 others. Let’s see if I can work this out

1) No Limit #1
2) No Limit #2
3) Black Warrior probably should stayed out of it
4) Toscano
5) Hector Garza
6) Okumura
7) Maximo – even though they seem to have dropped this fued. We need the numbers.
8) Shocker
9) ??? – we’re short a tecnico here
10) Negro Casas!

Would seem to be someone without a mask, to fit with the rest. Or Mistico, Mistico always works.

What’s kinda more interesting to me is that finish in the main event, many sentences ago, doesn’t seem to build up UG/Shocker in a title match for next week. So perhaps Sunday/Arena Coliseo is not getting it’s monthly big match.

I keep forgetting to mention the “Vampiro hurt his back, badly, outside of wrestling” news from the WrestlingObserver. Haven’t heard anything more about it.

AAA doesn’t have full results as I type this, but they do mention Sugi (El Blazer) debuted on tonight’s show.

SuperLuchas #322 has Misterio and Dark Angel on the cover. In the interview inside, Sarita says she’ll continue working for CMLL and be based out of Mexico City as she works with TNA.

DTU notes Violento Jack won finished second in the tournament to be a new AAA star on a futbol show I do not watch. This would be more interesting if AAA acknowledged this bit since the first week they started.

AAA does mention that the July edition of Dos de Tres goes on sale Monday

Cesar opines CMLL could probably draw 10,000+ if they brought people back in, but they’re better continuing to build from within in the long term.

Kcidis has the first edition of Moneros del Ring.


IWRG (THU) 07/16 Arena Naucalpan
1) Galactik vs Epidemia
2) 1 vs 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 [Rey del Ring]

Rey del Ring! No one’s actually announced for it, of course.

CMLL (SUN) 07/19 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Astaroth & Saturno vs Acertijo & Angel del Mal
2) Angel de Oro & Angel de Plata vs Caligula & Méssala
3) Hijo del Fantasma & La Mascara vs Ephesto & Lizmark Jr.
4) Metal Blanco vs Palacio Negro, Idolo, Virgo, Rey Trueno, Azazel, Rafaga, Samurai [cage, mask]
5) Texano Jr. & Ultimo Guerrero vs Blue Panther & Ray Mendoza Jr.

Didn’t get a sense they’ve been building up that cage match, but maybe I just missed it. Main is the first match to build off the UG/Texano final, or even acknowledge the Universal Tournament actually occurred.

IWRG (SUN) 07/19 Arena Naucalpan
1) Imperial vs Keshin Black
2) Exodia & Mascara Magnifica vs Blasfemia & Comando Negro
3) Chico Che, Jack, Pendulo vs Arlequin, Arlequin Rojo, Arlequin Verde
4) Suicida, Trauma I, Trauma II vs Avisman, Black Terry, Tetsuya

Main event TBA.