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CMLL (MON) 08/31 Arena Puebla [KrisZ]
1) Aguila Guerrera & Mr. Rafaga b Black Tiger & King Jaguar
2) Horus, Leono, Starman b Bronco, Hooligan, Inquisidor
3) Mascara Dorada, Máximo, Metro b Arkangel de la Muerte, Dr. X, Loco Max
4) Naito, Ray Mendoza Jr., Yujiro b Blue Panther, La Sombra, Shocker
5) Héctor Garza, Hijo del Fantasma, La Máscara b Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas [CMLL TRIOS]

They teased Yujiro/Shocker in the semimain.

AAA invites people in Mexico City to come out to a club and be background noise for the game. This is a neat promotional idea, but you’d think they’d be further along if they’re going to release in 2009. AAA also has Electroshock, who talks about joining Wagner’s group and an upcoming tribute to Fishman.

Fuego en el Ring previews Averno vs Panther for the NWA Middleweight title.

the Gladiatores has a video interview with Alex Koslov.

A new comic book with el Hijo del Santo will debut today.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update. There’s a new edition of Slammin’ Stan tonight.

09/05-06 Lucha Times

box. I have no idea what’s going on this week, I don’t even know why you’re reading this post.

AAA-US: So. Lucha Libre is on the schedule. What lucha libre? This was the week where AAA didn’t air in Mexico, which suggests a rerun. As always, we hope they just go to the next episode (which is listed) and they never do.

52MX: Probably Poder Mexica/Lizmark vs Metro/Mascara/Sagrada and Atlantis/Warrior/Neibal vs Sombra/Shocker/Volador

CMLL: top 3, though maybe they don’t give away Negro Casas vs Mistico on TV unless they have a really strong build to the anniversary match?

AAA-MEX: No real good idea here, because it’s week one of Verano de Escandalo and they can pick and choose. Guessing this is the week with the four way hair match, but dunno.

CMLL-FSE: Yea, let’s just assume it’s on. May find out. IWGP match should turn up here, plus Tuareg vs Fabian/Leono/Cometa

C3: Super Sky Team vs Peste Negra/UG, plus Trios Champs vs Trio de Terror, with a post match something. (CMLL mentioned nothing about a big match when they got their text up, so…)

Puebla: CMLL Trios title defended. Probably no segunda.

Monterrey: Ninja and family!

Trios champs retain in Puebla, mask/hair match set up in Mexico (maybe), Koslov

CMLL (MON) 08/31 Arena Puebla [El Manana]
5) Héctor Garza, Hijo del Fantasma, La Máscara b Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas [CMLL TRIOS]

Rudos took the first, tecnicos took the second, Negro beat Fantasma, but Mascara & Garza beat Negro & Niebla for the succesful defence.

CMLL (TUE) 09/01 Arena Mexico [Record, ESTO]
1) Escorpion & Semental ?? Diamante & Molotov
2) Guerrero Maya Jr., Metálico, Tigre Blanco DQ Hooligan, Pólvora, Tiger Kid
3) Euforia, Nosferatu, Skándalo b Fabián el Gitano, Pegasso, Rey Cometa
4) Héctor Garza, Hijo del Fantasma, La Máscara DQ Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto
5) La Sombra, Místico, Volador Jr. b Felino, Mr. Niebla, Último Guerrero

Record notes Mistico hasn’t lost since the Anniversary match was announced. Mistico got Niebla here.

Mephisto fouled Hector Garza, which led to the tecnicos challenging for mask vs hairs match, which is normal. According to Record, the rudos actually accepted, which is very much not normal. ESTO just has the challenge, and CMLL hasn’t said anything on their website. (They updated the photos on the Tuesday recap this morning, but not so much the text.)

No word on the DQ in the second match, but at least Guerrero Maya’s injury from Friday doesn’t seem severe. No result for the opener, but Escorpion is clearly Escorpion Negro. He’s still wearing his Metrosexual gear – maybe Shocker can recruit him for the Guapos too!

CMLL (TUE) 09/01 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Fuego en el Ring]
1) Idolo & Thunder Boy b Relampago & Skaxy
2) Ebola & In Memoria b El Divino & Magnum
3) Neutrón & Palacio Negro b Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno
4) Flash, Mictlán, Stuka Jr. DQ Máscara Mágica, Misterioso II, Vangelis
5) Terrible & Texano Jr. b Shocker & Toscano

Terrible got the deciding pin on Toscano with his feet on the ropes. Mascara Magica destroyed Mictlan again, making him bleeding and fouling him for the DQ.

AAA “reminds us” (of something none of who weren’t there have seen yet): Konnan vowed to return for the Antontio Pena show, which I take just to mean he won’t be on this weekend’s taping. AAA also catches up with Sugi, who’s knee injury is not serious but he says it’s the first one he’s ever had, and posts the obligatory we wish Alex well in his future endovers post. Meanwhile, Alex writes about Hector stealing his stop sign and the joy of blasting people via the press. This explains 90% of Mistico’s interviews.

Cesar guesses John Strongman will be successful, but won’t be around long.

Ras de Lona #61 is 90% about the anniversary show.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

08/30 Perros del Mal (or really FMLL) @ Congress Theatre

Stuff LLL wants to know: I twittered 500 people in attendance early, but it kept filling up. By the end, the lower section was full (though it seats much less than it used to) and there appeared to be people watching from the second floor. I’d say in the 750-800 range, but I have no good idea of what capacity is nowadays.

Stuff people on the fence on GA for DGUSA want to know: you’re going to be fine where ever you sit, unless the thing really outsells it’s expectations. Also, but the parking lots they’re using are easy to get to and no problem if you want to use them. The ones they were using on this night were a heck of a lot closer than the school parking lot they used to send you towards.

Stuff people thinking about Lucha Va Voom may want to know: They were promoting Cassandro, Alebrije, and Cuije for the show.

Stuff DGUSA needs to know: you’re setting the main camera up on the stage. There’s no choice, that’s where it’s gotta be. Also, at least once, pan up to the big dome just to make the place look a bit classy.

All the other stuff:

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Pena Memorial card, Alex Koslov, Hijo de Rey Misterio

CMLL
CMLL

AAA says a new cruiserweight champion will be decided at Verano de Escandalo, with the same six guys who’ve continued to face each other, minus Alex. The two title matches are all that’s officially announced. Guessing the rest

– the Pena gauntlet match
– either Fabi vs Sexi or Fabi/Aero vs Sexi/Billy
– something with the Grondas, though very unlikely to be the mask match this soon
– and either the minis or the Clowns to work the opener.

Going back to Alex – he’s posted on his mySpace and his twitter that he’s done with AAA and says he’s talked with CMLL (and specifically Paco Alonso) about coming back. I tend to think he’s still going to return to AAA and this is just a fakeout, but it’s been enough to put doubt in my mind, and that’s sort of the point. The only thing here I completely can not believe is Paco Alonso sends people emails. Having people send emails for him, maybe.

Previews of today’s CMLL Fan Appreciation show: ESTO, Ovaciones. Main event is Super Sky Team vs UG/Niebla/Felino, while everyone wonders if there will be a run-in. Semimain is Trio de Terror vs Trios Champs, and we wait to see what title match comes out of it.

Hablando de Catch has an interview with Hijo de Rey Misterio, who’s hoping to make it into CMLL or AAA, and talks about being in Nebraska and being told he was wrestling in Boliva. The irony of someone faking to be Hijo de Rey Misterio seems lost on him, though.

Fuego en el Ring has an interview with Hector Garza, which is quite a bit of answering Mistico’s interview last week. I got the complaint wrong last week – Mistico wasn’t accusing Mictlan of ripping him off, he was accusing Hector Garza of ripping Mictlan off. That’s just cold. Garza points out he was first, Sombra & Volador were part of (one of Garza’s) groups first, and his guys were the first wearing t-shirts and now Mistico’s saying only he can wear shirts. Garza’s happy to be in the anniversary, so he can prove Mexican wrestling beats Japanese wrestling. He’s also looking to get a hair match with “the Japanese” (Naito) or a tag title match with Terrible and Texano.

Also in Fuego, Misterioso II is going with the “Arena Coliseo Guadalajara is a Arena Coliseo” theory on getting a shot at Stuka & Flash. I love that this isn’t just something crazy I’m making up, but a real explanation. Misterioso wore his old Super Spider mask to the ring on Sunday, which he used when he started out 11 years ago (and wrestled as in Arena Coliseo Guadalajara.)

Naito visited Teotihuacan. I presume Yujiro was too busy hitting on women.

Kcidis illustrates Blue Panther vs Averno.

Luchas 2000 #485 has Mistico vs Negro.

Edit: Even though no poll will ever beat “we think the guy who had a rod put in his leg is faster than these other two” for a result, the Koslov stuff makes me think we need a new one:

[poll id=”42″]

IWRG, GDL, Coliseo, etc lineups

IWRG (THU) 09/03 Arena Naucalpan
1) Terry Brow vs Talisman Jr.
2) Exodia & Miss Gaviota vs Blasfemia & Vampiro Metálico
3) Bushi, Chico Che, Freelance vs Avisman, Gringo Loco, Toxico DF
4) Bobby Lee Jr. & Scorpio Jr. vs Espanto Jr. & Head Hunter I
5) Sangre Chicana vs Villano III

I’m assuming this is the same Hijo del Espanto/Espanto Jr. who was here in 2006. They’re focused on the older guys this week. Terry Brow is the opening match debut of the week.

PROLLM (SUN) 09/06 Coliseo Coacalco
1) Fiebre vs Sangre Latina
2) Benny Black vs Net Warrior
3) Skayde & Turbo vs Black Thunder & Guerrero Negro
4) Niebla Negra I vs Maldito
5) Angelico, Magnifico, Negro Navarro vs Arkangel de la Muerte, Dr. X, Judas el Traidor

Turbo working the Skayde special match here would probably mean his match on Friday really just is a tryout and they don’t have control of his schedule yet.

CMLL (SUN) 09/06 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Astaroth & Virgo vs Fraile de la Muerte & Titanio
2) Angelo & Metatron vs Acertijo & Rafaga
3) Gallo, Hierro, Metal Blanco vs Angel del Mal, Asesino Negro, Leon Blanco
4) La Sombra, Shocker, Volador Jr. vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
5) Blue Panther vs Averno [NWA MIDDLE]

Just because it’s been a while since I’ve done this: middleweight limit is 87 kg. Panther is usually listed at 88. He’ll have to hit the diet this week!

IWRG (SUN) 09/06 Arena Naucalpan
1) Guardián del Aire vs ?
2) Rey Tempestad & Star Boy vs Dark Saint & Menfis
3) Exodia, Gemelo Fantastico I, Gemelo Fantastico II vs Capitán Muerte, Espanto Jr., Gringo Loco
4) Bushi, Chico Che, Rigo vs Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro
5) Bobby Lee Jr., Fuerza Guerrera, Juventud Guerrera, Pendulo, Suicida vs Gringo Loco, Kai, Masada, Nosawa, Veneno [copa higher power]

Copa Higher Power is the annual tournament we don’t pay much attention to.

1997-09-16: Dr. Cerebro, Fantasy, Mr. Aguila, Neblina, Tony Rivera b Judo Suwa, Lyguila, Magnum Tokyo, Shiima Nobunaga, Sumo Fuji
1998-01-18: Judo Suwa, Lyguila, Magnum Tokyo, Ryo Saito, Shiima Nobunaga, Sumo Fuji, Ultimo Dragon b Dr. Cerebro, El Hijo Del Gladiador, Felino, Mr. Niebla, Tigre Blanco, Tony Rivera, Venum Black
1998-09-06: Mr. Niebla (IWRG), Pantera, Shocker, Solar I, Star Boy, Suicida b Judo Suwa, Ryo Saito, Shiima Nobunaga, Sumo Fuji, Tajiri, Yasushi Kanda
1999-09-16: Astro Rey Jr., Mascara Magica, Rey Bucanero, Satanico, Ultimo Guerrero b Kato Kung Lee, Maniacop, Moon Walker, Mr. Mexico, Suicida
2003-09-25: Villano V b Nosawa, Masada, Mega, Black Metal, Fantasy IWRG, Perro Ruso, Andy Barrow, Coco Rojo, Omega
2004-01-02: Black Tiger III, Guardia, Masada, Nosawa b Dr. Wagner Jr., Tinieblas Jr., Villano IV, Virus
2006-10-29: Marco Corleone b Electro Shock, Negro Casas, Suicida, Fabian el Gitano, Kenzo Suzuki, Shigeo Okumura, Veneno
2007-05-17: CIMA b Dr. Cerebro, Don Fuji, Black Warrior, Naruki Doi, Suicida, Stuka Jr., Masato Yoshino

The first one was billed as the 3rd. The one Marco Corleone won was billed as the 14th. Safe to say I’m missing a few.

Next AJPW tour starts on 09/13, so they can’t be staying too long. Perhaps they’re checking up on Bushi. Rey Tempestad and Dark Saint are Laguna area guys who seem to have moved to Mexico City this summer, probably for a shot like this.

CMLL (SUN) 09/06 Arena Coliseo
1) Principe & Trueno vs Apocalipsis & Camorra
2) Pequeño Damian 666, Pequeño Warrior, Pierrothito vs Eléctrico, Pequeño Olímpico, Último Dragoncito
3) Flash, Metro, Rouge vs Euforia, Tiger Kid, Virus
4) Mascara Dorada, Mictlán, Sagrado vs Ephesto, Hijo de Lizmark, Mephisto
5) Naito, Ray Mendoza Jr., Yujiro vs Héctor Garza, La Máscara, Toscano

EVENTO GRABADO PARA
LA TV POR CANAL 52 MX Y FOX SPORTS

So both staying are on Fox Sports? (Not as though CMLL ever appears to have left.) Fox Sports has the air time for both, that’s for sure. Anyway, things get interesting up to Tiger Kid’s annual tercera match, and then becomes less interesting.

IWRG, Furia Guerrera, Rio Bravo

Note: Everyone but me has already figured out “Alex Koslov got kicked out of AAA, but he’ll just be part of Konnan’s Foreign Legion of outsiders.” That’s certainly the easiest way to get out of it.

IWRG (SUN) 08/30 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. via DJ Spectro; pics!]
1) Keshin Black b Espada de Plata
2) Gemelo Fantastico I & Gemelo Fantastico II b Carta Brava Jr. & Vampiro Metálico
3) Freelance, Pendulo, Star Boy b Avisman, Gringo Loco, Xibalba
4) Bushi, Chico Che, Suicida b Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro
5) Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Sangre Chicana, Sangre Chicana Jr. b Bobby Lee Jr., Mano Negra, Pantera

No details

Furia Guerrera passed away sometime recently. He was actually attacked back on 08/11, while in Mexico City recruiting wrestlers for shows on 09/04 and 09/05. A group of people mugged him, and stabbed him twice – once getting the lung, once near the heart. He was taken to a hospital, and it’s not clear to me if Furia passed away recently, or if the story just took a few weeks from getting out.

Furia was said to be the nephew of Fuerza Guerrera and Juvi’s cousin, though there was some thought the relationship might be a work with how little he originally appeared. He had one known match in Promo Azteca in ’96, 2 for AAA TV in 1998, and there are no records of him again until 2006. It’s possible he switched gimmicks, and I’m sure more will come out in the next few days. In the last couple of years, he’d turned up in Coliseo Coacalco and was in IWRG last October. The article mentions Furia as a boxing and lucha promoter, which hadn’t heard of before.

Rio Bravo seems have decided to stick with AAA, after rumors of his departure this weekend.

The annual CMLL minis party included Mascaria Dorada, Mini Olimpico, Bam Bam, Pequeno Universo 2000, Pequeno Black Warrior, Fire (!), Bracito de Oro, Ultimo Dragoncito, Nino de Acero, Pequeno Nitro, Electrico, and Virus, with chef Mini Mascara Ano 2000 providing seafood.

Record, when not allowing Rey Misterio to get himself in lots of trouble for unauthorized interviews, talked to “Strongman Jon”. CMLL has plenty of time to settle on a name, because he’s not starting until October. Which kinda makes you wonder why they revealed him in August. Shocker talks about his part in bringing in Strongman. Article tries to suggest he could be a surprise addition to the anniversary show, but Shocker and his father don’t think so much.

Column says Rey Misterio had no choice to use steroids, because he’s got to keep up with everyone else.

Cesar previews this Friday’s Arena Mexico lineup

Estrella del Ring has video of Diana la Cazadora dancing. I thought this link would be clicked on more than the AULL results (Septulturero is the new heavyweight champ!)

Box Y Lucha #2937 has Negro Casas vs Mistico and Yujiro vs Black Warrior. Inside, Groon XXX says there should be only one Gronda, though the rest of us might like one less Gronda than that.

SuperLuchas #329 has SummerSlam and Super Crazy defending his X-Law title.

Wrestling Observer has their AAA recap.

LuchaWorld has the latest KrisZ news update.

08/30 Arena Coliseo Results (Mistico retains IWGP JH championship)

CMLL (SUN) 08/30 Arena Coliseo [Ovaciones, Reforma]
1) Bengala & Principe b Artillero & Súper Comando
2) Metálico, Tony Rivera, Trueno b Bronco, Durango Kid, Méssala
3) Fabián el Gitano, Leono, Rey Cometa DQ Arkangel de la Muerte, Nosferatu, Skándalo
4) Dragon Rojo Jr., Hijo de Lizmark, Sangre Azteca b La Máscara, Metro, Sagrado
5) Atlantis, Black Warrior, Mr. Niebla b La Sombra, Shocker, Volador Jr.
6) Místico b Negro Casas [IWGP JH]

Mr. Niebla, Negro’s second, frequently interfered for his partner. Sombra was less helpful for Mistico Negro took the first with a castia, Mistico got a ‘rana for the second, and pinned Negro with his feet on the ropes for the third. I hope they’ve got this match out of their system and don’t do it on the anniversary show. Actually, this is probably the match they should’ve done on Friday (and they shouldn’t have done the title match before the Anniversary show if they’re worried about protecting Negro.)

Trueno was in “Venom”‘s spot, so no idea what that was about. No mention of what the DQ was for in the Tuareg match.

08/30 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara Results

CMLL (SUN) 08/30 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Informador, Fuego en el Ring]
0) Javier Cruz Jr. b Principe Dylan
1) Fraile de la Muerte & Titanio b Astaroth & Nube Roja
2) Saturno & Thunder Boy b Meteoro & Virgo
3) Casanova & Hierro b Asesino Negro & Leon Blanco
4) Misterioso II & Vangelis b Flash & Stuka Jr.
5) Blue Panther, Héctor Garza, Toscano b Averno, Terrible, Texano Jr.

Panther beat Averno again, this time in straight falls. Averno finally relented, and will give Blue Panther his shot at the NWA Middleweight Title next Sunday.

After their win, Misterioso & Vangelis demanded a shot at the Arena Coliseo Tag Team championships. I guess it is an Arena Coliseo, though I didn’t think this is how it’s supposed to work. Oh well, at least they may defend the things.

Javier Cruz was a CMLL wrestler, mostly from the mid 80s to the mid 90s. This is the first time I’ve seen a Junior mentioned.

09/06 AAA TV Lineup (Tula)

AAA TV (SUN) 09/06 Plaza de Toros Tula, Hidalgo [SuperLuchas #329]
1) Gato Eveready, Mari Apache, Octagoncito, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Decnnis, Mini Abismo Negro, Polvo de Esterllas, Sexy Star
2) Cinthia Moreno & Oriental vs Aerostar & Fabi Apache [AAA MIXED TAG]
3) Charly Manson & Crazy Boy vs Zorro & Chessman
4) El Elegido, Gronda, Jack Evans vs Groon XXX, Joe Lider, Nicho el Millionario
5) El Mesías, Extreme Tiger, La Parka Jr., Marco Corleone vs Dr. Wagner Jr., Electro Shock, Silver King, Último Gladiador

2009 AAA TV Chart
Projected Air Date (#906)
Mexico: 09/27
US: 10/10 (maybe)

SuperLuchas had this lineup! They don’t list it as a TV taping, so I’m not sure they knew they were breaking AAA news. Probably will be up on AAA’s site today.

The interesting thing here is Oriental in the second match. He could be back, he could’ve never been gone, or he could be just in for one last show to dropped these tag titles (which really should’ve been in the Billy/Sexi/Aero/Fabi feud all along if they had no plans for the Morenos.)

The other interesting thing is that semimain. Jack is wrestler of the year if that match isn’t awful. Maybe everyone else can just brawl out into the crowd and Nicho and Jack can work for 8 minutes.

Elsewise, we’ve got the main event, seemingly with the idea that the AAA tecnicos are going to be Mesias’ faction. The tercera feels like a fourway just to get four people on the show. Gotta figure Mari Apache and Sexy Star will play into the title match someway or another.

Edit: AAA says the third match is a tag match, not a four way. Makes more sense.