Arena Puebla shows to resume Monday

Figured they would, with everyone else starting, but CMLL didn’t officially mention it yesterday. Here’s the lineup:

CMLL (MON) 05/11 Arena Puebla [peridocio digital]
1) Black Tiger & King Jaguar vs Karisma & Mr. Rafaga
2) Electrico, Mascarita Dorada, Pequeño Olímpico vs Pequeño Damian 666, Pequeño Violencia, Pequeño Warrior
3) Flash, Pegasso, Stuka Jr. vs Shigeo Okumura, Vangelis, Virus
4) Hijo del Fantasma, Maximo, Valiente vs Black Warrior, Dragon Rojo Jr., Sangre Azteca
5) La Sombra, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Atlantis, Rey Bucanero, Ultimo Guerrero

Minis are getting a lot of work. Vangelis continues to exist, a disappiontment for all. Fun fact: Okumura is supposed to be part of Pesta Negra (who knew?), so I think we’re down to just Lizmark Jr. and Vangelis as unaffilated rudos. Think about those two as a team.

Mexico, GDL previews, Porky arrested?

CMLL (FRI) 05/08 Arena Mexico
1) Astro Boy & Trueno vs Puma King & Tiger Kid
2) Flash, Pegasso, Rey Cometa vs Arkangel de la Muerte, Loco Max, Skandalo
3) Maximo, Mictlan, Sagrado vs Black Warrior, Dragon Rojo Jr., Sangre Azteca
4) Hector Garza, Hijo del Fantasma, Shocker vs Dos Caras Jr., Ray Mendoza Jr., Texano Jr.
5) Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas vs Blue Panther, La Mascara, Mistico

Previews: Notimex, ESTO, Ovaciones.

This is not a particular noteworthy show if it wasn’t The First Show Back. It is interesting to see how much they think of La Mascara; I’d expect any of the tecnicos in the semifinal over him. It’ll be all about Mistico/Negro and Dos Jr. as a rudo (momentum got stalled on that one, maybe for the best?)

The real battle is in GDL, where CMLL runs another big card to compete with the Perros/Record show:

CMLL (FRI) 05/08 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Angel de Oro & Angel de Plata vs Dr. X & Hooligan
2) Bam Bam, Mascarita Dorada, Saturno vs Pequeno Black Warrior, Pequeño Damian 666, Pierrothito
3) Dark Angel, Lady Apache, Marcela vs Amapola, Hiroka, Princesa Blanca
4) Mascara Dorada vs Virus [CMLL SL]
5) La Sombra & Volador Jr. vs Atlantis & Ultimo Guerrero [CMLL TAG]

I think the time off makes it more likely the tecnicos are going to win, just to do the happy finishes to make people feel glad they choose to come out. Dorada should be showcased in his home town. There’s no real reason to do a title change here, but that may not stop them.

PERROS (FRI) 05/08 Guadalajara
1) Rabia & Ritual vs Kunami & Pesadilla
2) Celestial & Cosmico vs Mr. Aguilita & Pequeno Halloween
3) Histeria, Psicosis, X-Fly vs Damian 666, Halloween, Mr. Aguila [ladder]
4) Intocable, Olimpico, Super Porky vs Cibernetico, Head Hunter I, Super Crazy
5) Dr. Wagner Jr. vs el Hijo del Perro Aguayo

Card subject to change (see below.) If Wagner actually loses clean, then I’d believe he’s really on his way out of here.

Ovaciones also mentioned that IWRG will be back running Arena Naucalpan on 05/14 (Navarros vs Fuerza/Juvi/Dr. Cerebro!) and 05/17 (the Traumas/Gemelos relevos suicida rescheduled match), but they’re not sure when they’re running Xochimilco.

Luchando Libre says Brazo de Plata spent the night in jail. I’m not sure why from the article; it mentions AAA says Porky breached his contract, but can they put you in jail for that in Mexico?

DJ Spectro looks at Brazo de Plata vs Ultraman.

Box Y Lucha has a video piece on Billy Boy opening his own gym.

Cesar looks at the real list of AAA departures

Dos de Tres’ cover photographer has a great page of photos his website.

WagnerMania links to video of Vamp vs Electro vs Zorro vs Wagner.

Segunda Caida watched IWRG 04/16/09.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

05/18 AAA TV Lineup (Leon)

AAA TV (MON) 05/18 Domo de la Feria de Leon
1) Billy Boy, Decnnis, El Brazo vs Argenis, Gato Eveready, Pimpinela Escarlata
2) Laredo Kid vs Alan Stone [AAA Cruiser, SF]
3) Jack Evans vs Extreme Tiger [AAA Cruiser, SF]
4) Alex Koslov vs Nicho el Millionario [AAA Cruiser, SF]
5) Cuervo, Escoria, Ozz vs Dr. Wagner Jr., La Parka Jr., Super Fly
6) Latin Lover, Marco Corleone, Mesias vs Chessman, Electro Shock, Kenzo Suzuki

2009 AAA TV Chart
Projected Air Date (#889)
Mexico: 05/24
US: 06/13

You know, Thursday are usually slow days. Not today. I think I’m thrown off by the hustle and bustle of having actual lucha libre shows to discuss.

This is attempt three at the Latin Lover/Marco Corleone teaming. First time, Latin missed the show. Last time, the swine flu canceled the show. I do’t know what’s going to happen here.

Mostly, it looks like a poor show to be a rudo. Even if there’s a fluke at the Black Family win the semimain, there’s zero chance they’d actually beat that group of tecnicos (even with Super Fly involved.) Main event is not really a lot better.

I’d heavily favor all the guys on the left side of the cruiserweight tournament matches.

I don’t know how Billy’s going to manage being in a match no involving an Apache.

No Konnan and Vampiro in action, hooray. Konnan is still supposed to be there, booo.

CMLL DF to start running shows on Friday (lineups)

YAY! I love CMLL being back in all their crazy ways, including updating the Arena Mexico events page and neglecting to actually include Friday’s lineups. Luckily, the hi5 page has it:

CMLL (FRI) 05/08 Arena Mexico
1) Astro Boy & Trueno vs Puma King & Tiger Kid
2) Flash, Pegasso, Rey Cometa vs Arkangel de la Muerte, Loco Max, Skandalo
3) Maximo, Mictlan, Sagrado vs Black Warrior, Dragon Rojo Jr., Sangre Azteca
4) Hector Garza, Hijo del Fantasma, Shocker vs Dos Caras Jr., Ray Mendoza Jr., Texano Jr.
5) Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas vs Blue Panther, La Mascara, Mistico

You know, I don’t like the chances of the Black Plague in the first show back from the swine flu. Doesn’t seem like it’d be their night. (Or Virus in GDL, sadly.)

CMLL TV should now be expected to have the top 3 now, of course.

CMLL (SUN) 05/10 Arena Mexico
1) MolotovSensei vs CamorraInquisidor
2) Dark AngelMarcelaSahori vs AmapolaHirokaMima Shimoda
3) Bam BamMascarita DoradaShockercito vs Pequeño Damian 666Pequeño ViolenciaPequeño Warrior
4) Hijo del FantasmaMetroValiente vs AvernoHeavy MetalTexano Jr.
5) Hector GarzaLa SombraVolador Jr. vs AtlantisRey BucaneroUltimo Guerrero

Dark Angel (still here!), Marcela, Amapola, Hiroka, both Doradas, Bam Bam, Warrior, Damian, Volador, Sombra, and Atlantis are all working Friday in Guadalajara and then coming back for this show; that’s about half the lineup, 12. Coincidentally (or not), 12 guys go the other way, from working DF on Friday to GDL Sunday.

Top 3 will air on one or the other MVS shows next weekend. I’m okay with either segunda airing, actually. (You may differ.)

Tickets are all 40 pesos for both shows just Sunday. I think everyone’s going to have a hard time drawing at first, because I think people are more unsure if the flu scare is really over than they are anxious to get out (and I’m sure we’ll be seeing flu masks in crowd shots for months to come), so doing these as cheap shows makes sense.

SuperLuchas has the Tuesday lineup as well, and mentions the buildings will not be allowed to be more 50% full for the moment.

CMLL (TUE) 05/12 Arena Mexico
1) Astro Boy & Metalico vs Apocalipsis & Zayco
2) Estrella Magica, Lady Apache, Lluvia vs Hiroka, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sujei
3) Shockercito, Tzuki, Ultimo Dragoncito vs Pequeno Damian 666, Pequeno Universo 2000, Pierrothito
4) Maximo, Metro, Valiente vs Dragon Rojo Jr., Misterioso II, Sangre Azteca
5) Blue Panther, Hector Garza, Hijo del Fantasma vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas

Estrella Magica’s debut. Tzuki wrestles!

GDL restarting, DF not restarting yet, Nitro

LINEUPS! If only they weren’t just for GDL. The Friday show appears unchanged, so starting with Sunday:

CMLL (SUN) 05/10 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Rayo Tapatio I & Rayo Tapatio II vs Puma King & Tiger Kid
2) Angel Azteca Jr., Angel de Oro, Angel de Plata vs Artillero, Polvora, Super Comando
3) Flash, Pegasso, Rey Cometa vs Arkangel de la Muerte, Loco Max, Skandalo
4) Black Warrior, Misterioso II, Shigeo Okumura vs La Mascara, Mictlan, Sagrado
5) Blue Panther, Mistico, Shocker vs Dos Caras Jr., Ephesto, Mephisto

CMLL’s only done full DF card in GDL for special shows. Unless the Perros are running another show on Sunday, I think this is more about getting their DF guys an extra booking and seems to indicate Sunday’s Arena Coliseo show is not happening. They wouldn’t be sending the undercard guy to GDL if they could just book them nearby.

CMLL (TUE) 05/12 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Thunder Boy vs Milenio
2) Idolo vs Virgo
3) Casanova vs Rey Trueno
4) Angel de Oro & Angel de Plata vs Arkangel de la Muerte & Skandalo
5) La Mascara & Mascara Dorada vs Black Warrior & Virus
6) Mictlan, Sagrado, Shocker vs Atlantis, Dos Caras Jr., Rey Bucanero

This is more like usual.

A lot of articles mention Friday’s GDL card as resumption of (CMLL) lucha libre, but ESTO‘s adds CMLL is planning a press conference tomorrow morning to explain what their plans are for running shows in DF. I don’t think they’d run a show with a two day turnaround, so perhaps the Tuesday show on the 12th is the restart date. (This would screw MVS, who’d have no footage for a third week for the Guerreros del Ring shows.)

Did I miss any followup to the “Arena Mexico and Arena Coliseo DF will be inspected for damage, post-earthquake” story? I’m guessing there’s was none or little and so there was no followup, and I guess we’d find out different tomorrow.

Arena Solidaridad will not run this weekend, but will start shows on 05/17.

Ovaciones talks to Nitro, who’s still months away from coming back from his knee injury.

They’re running again today in Laguna, with the usual Thursday night show at AOL.

Charlotte Observer has photos from the Cindo de May Lucha Va Voom show in LA.

Mini Charly Manson will be out 3 to 6 months due to a knee injury. This is going to seriously hurt the momentum of the AAA minis division.

Cinemania previews the AAA movie, though there’s not a lot new here.

SuperLuchas posts a Televisa PSA featuring Amapola. SuperLuchas is now selling some Rey Bucanero gear.

Cesar rates Hijo de Lizmark and his lack of confidence.

LuchaWorld has Robert on 52MX 03/22 and 03/29/08, ACM 08/19/07 & 09/04/07 and KrisZ’s news update.

indy (SAT) 05/23 Coliseo Centenario de Torreon [El Siglo de Torreon
1) Bella Rubi & Sexy Piscis vs Dulce Paola & Sexy Libra
2) Cosmico & La Parkita vs Halloween & Mr. Aguilita
3) Flor Metalica & Josseline vs Lady Warrior & Mujer Demente
4) Olimpico vs Damian 666, Intocable, Super Crazy, X-Fly, Mr. Aguila [mask, hair, cage]
5) Dr. Wagner Jr. vs el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Cibernetico

This should look familiar; it was scheduled for 05/01.

05/09-10 Lucha Times

box. Another easy week, and not much useful outside AAA.

AAA US: Wagner’s first AAA match, with Mesias vs Lider/Nicho, plus Alan/Escoria and Tiger/Crazy in tournament matches.

This is the first taping after the cast knew of Abismo’s death; all of you who are following this show on YouTube have a better idea than people like myself who just wait for on TV, but I’d think some tribute might turn up here. I’ve been catching up on the last three episodes of AAA this week (I got to Lider/Nicho and lost the will to go on) and it’s startling to go from the Rey de Reyes show dedicated to Abismo to the follow up shows where he’s completely unacknowledged. It’s a circumstance of when these were taped, but it doesn’t make it less weird for Abismo to become a non-person in one week.

AAA MEX: AAA helps out here: the Las Vegas taping will air, meaning Cibernetico returns to AAA TV for the first time since Guerra de Titanes. That actually works out pretty well if, say, Cibernetico ends up being a surprise memeber of AAA’s team at TripleMania. I forgot we had results from the Vegas taping: it’s Psycho Circus vs Parka/Marco/Vamp in the main event, Mesias vs Electro, Charly/Ciber vs Lider/Ozz, Crazy/Super Fly vs Jack/Teddy and Fabi/Octagon/Pimpi vs Decnnis/Mari/Mini Abismo

FOX/LATV/52MX/CMLL TV/Cadena3: reruns and such. Even if CMLL runs on Sunday, those matches won’t turn up until next week.

Don’t forget that LATV has changed it’s schedule – the new episode (which won’t be this week) is the same, but the reruns are moved around. I’ve never gotten a correct programming grid on my system, so I need to change around some manual recordings.

In other things that maybe only matter to me: thank god someone finally fixed the picture on Galavision (or someone between me and Galavision fixed their problem, it’s the same to me.) It’s so much better, like a real network.

I really should start to figure out the Veo lineups for this.

updated AAA TV taping schedule

AAA’s posted about the new plans.

Here’s the lineup, and it’s a busy stretch of four tapings in two weeks.

05/18 Leon
05/21 Aguascalientes – rescheduled from 04/30, but new (unknown) lineup
05/25 Tlaxcala
05/30 Acapulco

and then TripleMania. Before the swine flu, there was a taping in Hidalgo after Acapulco, and I’m not sure if that’s been rescheduled or just omitted. By replacing Hidalgo with Aguascalintes, TripleMania’s air date is not pushed back (starting 06/28 in Mexico and 07/18 in the US), though Tlaxcala and Acapulco fall back a week. Not that it matters, since we don’t know what’s meant to be on them.

Edit: I’ve lost track somewhere along the lines, but if I add it up correctly, TripleMania starts 06/21 and 07/17, a week earlier than I had them previously. Unless plans change again.

No word if the Lucha Libre Expo show is still planned to be taped, but we’ve got a couple weeks to figure that one out.

AAA also updated the cruiserweight tournament, which is being compressed due to the cancellations. The Leon taping will feature all three semifinals: Alex vs Nicho, Alan vs Laredo and Jack and Extreme Tiger having a rematch to settle the tie. The winners meet for the title on 05/21.

The winner of Jack & Tiger is the clear favorite. If that winner wasn’t seen as necessary for the final (at least at the moment), they would just eliminate both of them and move on with one less match to worry about. It’s also clear that those in the final are already penciled in other (more important) matches for TripleMania and even the weeks leading up to it, or there’d be no need to rush it.

05/06: notes

While action in Mexico City seems to be off for another weekend – CMLL’s meeting to decide their path, but it still seems unlikely for Friday – it sounds like lucha libre will be starting up elsewhere in the country. AAA says they will resume events starting today, though their next TV taping is still not for a couple Mondays. AAA’s message sounds less like ‘we have lots of events to work’ and more ‘if you want to promote events, we’re very available now.’ LuchandoLibre notes things appear to be getting back to normal in Monterrey.. Arena Coliseo Monterrey has local lineup for Sunday, with no AAA wrestlers.

Responding to yesterday’s claims, Histeria tells Reforma (via Jazzo) when Antonio Pena gave him the name Histeria 14 years ago, he quite literally gave him the name – all rights to use it when/wherever, with signed paper work and witnesses (Octagon and Marcos Medina.) Histeria says Dorian doesn’t know what he’s talking about here, and the same is true with the current Psicosis, and they’ll take this issue to court if AAA tries to stop them.

Other articles from Reforma: Rocky Romero is upset with the media about over hyping the swine flu; his mom calls him every day worried he’s about to die because of what she sees on TV, but it’s not that different than usual to him. Also, Picudo talks about leaving AAA, mentioning the same story about having to give presents to the programmers to get booked that Super Porky mentioned.

AAA catches up with Rey Misterio Sr., who says he has gone undergone surgery (which is opposite of what’s been said previously), and he’s recovering in an undisclosed location to escape the hordes of press. Really.

Marco Corleone‘s Solo Para Mujeres appearance, which was supposed to be Saturday, has been rescheduled for 07/03.

Ovaciones has a profile of Shocker.

Kcidis has an excellent Virus cartoon.

The newest episode of Box Y Lucha’s Cotorreando has conversations with Lizmark and Chico Che.

Cesar expresses his doubts about Konnan’s statements yesterday.

Big Vision will soon start selling a DVD called The Best of Blue Demon Jr.. They claim the DVD goes over two hours. It’s all NWA matches with a bonus Santo/Demon match.

Close to me, there’s a show this Saturday in Waukegan. Mascarita Sagrada is the big name.

LuchaWorld has Robert on Lucha Libre Azteca 72 and Lucha Libre Azteca 74.

For some reason, an episode of Verdad y Fama showed up in the RSS feed for Ras de Lona, but if you go to the actual blipTV site, you can watch last weekend’s episode. In place of new action, it’s finishes from mask and hair matches in the last three years, Tony Salazar and Brazo de Oro talking about a previous work stoppage (the Mexico City earthquake) and Arkangel talking about his film role as Tequila Joe.

Konnan on WOR notes

To be honest, I nearly gave up on this podcast during the 25 minute stretch of MMA, and it was kinda hilarious that Konnan was the one who forced them to talk about AAA in the last few minutes. We did get some newsbites. It’s worth noting that Bryan doesn’t watch AAA and Dave says he doesn’t watch it much.

– the big news: Konnan says AAA’s signed a one year exclusive contract with Dr. Wagner Jr., which specifically means no more Perros del Mal shows. Wagner’s talked long about wanting to stay independent and work wherever, whenever, but Wagner likes to talk and probably will get away with it here too. This changes how we look at the TripleMania match – they’re more likely to give Wagner the title if he’s sticking around, obviously. This is all assuming this story is correct – all the papers are signed and whatever.

– Konnan is unrepentant about what happened to Juvi, though he wasn’t involved in the physical altercation. There’s a reference to a past fight between Abismo Negro and Juvi I don’t recall hearing about specifically before, though I think the whole set of events (Juvi goes on TV and says he’s the only good wrestler in AAA and the only one who can speak English -> people in AAA locker room disagree -> and so on) has been mentioned without a couple of details.

Juvi was asked to help out Jack and Teddy when they came to Mexico and didn’t do that, but besides that and all the other issues with Juvi, the breaking point here is Juvi causing Alicia Webb to lose her child in a custody battle. When X-Pac went to rehab last year, Juvi mentioned in on an online radio show, and Alicia’s ex-significant other read about it, and used the information to get the kid, arguing that the child have a safer home with the father. While Juvi couldn’t have seen that coming, it’s certainly understandable why X-Pac would be ticked at him.

– As previously related in the Observer, Konnan strongly feels this current roster is as near to the 94-ish AAA peak that they’ve been done. Konnan feels this is because they’ve got rid of the gimmicks and silliness, and built around big name good wrestlers like himself, Vampiro, Mesias, Marco, Electroshock, Zorro, and more – those were the big names, but Chessman, the Air Force and others were also positively mentioned.

– Konnan feels the guys who’ve left were mostly resting on the laurels, and proof of that is how none have made it to CMLL. (Pegasso & Rey Cometa are forgotten here.) Of note, Konnan confirms that the new Espectro is/was Picudo’s brother. He also says Angel sucked with the Air Force.

– Konnan says they ran 40 shows, the last week before the flu. For April, and from obsessively checking AAA’s website and every other resource I find, I only 40 shows for the entirety of April. I believe Konnan on this one and see this more an indication on the actual (low) percentage of shows that get to the internet (and AAA gets more up than most.)

– Konnan figures Perros will be done in a couple months, but be in a good position to CMLL since they’ll be needing people. Konnan figures Cibernetico will be back in AAA.

– Konnan didn’t seem to know about the Canal Sur Mexico AAA show; when asked about it, he talked about.

– Quote: “I’m a stickler for logic.” Maybe it’s just hilarious if you were watching Vamp/Konnan from Rey de Reyes over the weekend?