CMLL Trios champions retain, CMLL rudos fight off Invasors, lineups

NJPW CMLL (SUN) 01/23/2011 Korakuen Hall [Strong Style SpiritSportsnavi]
***Fantastica Mania, 2011***
Attendance: 2005
1) Gedo & JadoDanshoku Dino & Máximo
Jado submitted Dino
2) Gigante Bernard, Jushin Liger, Karl AndersonAtlantis, Dragón Rojo Jr., Taichi
Bernard pinned Taichi
3) La Máscara, La Sombra, Máscara DoradaShigeo Okumura, Tetsuya Naito, Yujiro Takahashi [CMLL TRIOS]
3 falls under captain’s rules, which seemed to confuse the fans. Sombra/Dorada and No Limit split the first two falls, and captain Mascara got the campana on Okumura in the third
4) Tiger Mask IVTomohiro Ishii [hair]
Ishii got his hair cut in the ring, but then went after Tiger’s mask after the match
5) MísticoAverno
3 falls, said to be a very good match
6) Prince Devitt & Ryusuke TaguchiKenny Omega & Kota Ibushi [IWGP JR TAG]
Title change. Devitt & Taguchi both now have two belts.

Both shows were great success at the box office (seating capacity is 1,800, so I don’t know where the extra 205 got in here), so they’ll clearly be doing this again next year as long as both companies remain on good terms. There really wasn’t much said going forward this year with feuds; obviously there’s title defenses (and possible spots in the CMLL Universal Tournament) for Taguchi and Lyger but no dates or even seasons for those. It seemed like these shows might end up with Sombra & Dorada getting next in line for the IWGP Junior Tag Team titles, but TAKA Michinoku and Nosawa made a post match challenge instead. Mistico & Averno talked about a NWA (Historic) Middlweight Title match in Japan, though they could string that out for another year without blinking. Both shows will air on Samurai TV, though I’m not sure of the dates.

Cesar says the tour was a success for CMLL just to get worldwide exposure. It sounds like La Mascara may have gotten sick before this tour but worked out the rest of the way.

CMLL (SUN) 01/23/2011 Arena Coliseo [CMLL, Cesar]
1) Bengala & TruenoArtillero & Súper Comando
2) Astral, Bam Bam, FantasyMercurio, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico
3) Ángel Azteca Jr., Metálico, SkándaloArkángel de la Muerte, Hooligan, Nitro
straight falls. Skandalo replaced Angel de Plata, but refused to fight his usual teammates.
4) Terrible, Texano, VangelisÁngel de Oro, Stuka Jr., Valiente
Stuka replaced Fantasma.
5) Negro Casas, Último Guerrero, Volador Jr.El Alebrije, Olímpico, Psicosis
Ultimo Guerrero got Alebrije with a Guerrero Special

Bad stretch for the Invasors.

I’ll have full recaps tomorrow, but Black Terry lost his hair to Angel Mortal and the Oficials lost to the Perros (IWRG policy of losing every feud to outsiders in full effect) and the Guadalajara results should be here soon.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Links

That SuperLuchas also had a (blurred) photo of Sexi Star at Tuesday’s Arena Mexico show. Maybe she just really wanted to see the Women’s Cibernetico. I would not be surprised if luchadors from one group end up in the crowd for another’s group’s show, it’s probably more notable that someone pointed it out. Sexi Star hasn’t been too shy about teasing going somewhere else and then quickly proclaiming her undying love to AAA.

Lineup

CMLL (SUN) 01/30/2011 Arena Coliseo
1) Bengala & Robin vs Disturbio & Zayco
2) Fabián el Gitano, Metálico, Metatrón vs Bronco, Demus 3:16, Inquisidor
3) Bam Bam, Mascarita Dorada, Shockercito vs Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Warrior, Pierrothito
4) Metro, Rush, Toscano vs Ephesto, Shigeo Okumura, Yoshihashi
5) Blue Panther, Brazo de Plata, La Máscara vs Atlantis, Negro Casas, Volador Jr.

Yoshihasi has been unbanned! Minis match should be fun.

CMLL (SUN) 01/30/2011 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Divino & Virgo vs Evola & Quca
2) Black Metal & Starman vs Camorra & León Blanco
3) Fuego, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Euforia, Skándalo
4) Hijo del Fantasma, La Sombra, Máscara Dorada vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Héctor Garza, Último Guerrero

Mascara Dorada listed as if he’s going to keep wrestling.

IWRG (THU) 01/27/2011 Arena Naucalpan
1) Epidemia vs Centurión
2) Dinamic Black & Hijo del Pantera vs Carta Brava Jr. & Imposible
3) Alan Extreme, Chico Che, Saruman vs Maldito Jr., Masada, Samot
4) el Ángel, Tony Rivera, Trauma I vs Avisman, Destroyer, El Hijo del Diablo
5) Multifacético, Pantera, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Bestia 666, Pirata Morgan, Último Gladiador

Seemed like we were supposed to get Cerebros vs Gringos here, but no that match and Gringo Loco is nowhere to be seen again. Destroyer is a new name, and Masada is a random return. I guess Alan Extreme is a now a tecnico.

IWRG (SUN) 01/30/2011 Arena Naucalpan
1) Lolita & Sexy Lady vs Lily Figther & Ludark
2) Dinamic Black, Freelance, Multifacético vs Hammer, Magnifico, Masada
3) Dr. Cerebro vs Comando Negro [IWRG IC Light]
4) Hijo de Pirata Morgan & Pirata Morgan vs El Brazo & Veneno [IWRG IC TAG]
5) Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro vs Bestia 666, Damián 666, X-Fly [IWRG IC TRIOS]

Loaded show. Can Dr. Cerbero stop Comando Negro’s streak? Would Brazo and Veneno be the weirdest team ever? Will X-Fly be a four belt champ?

CMLL holds off Invasors, but loses badly to NJPW

CMLL (FRI) 01/21/2011 Arena Mexico [MTSuperLuchasFuego en el RingCMLLCesar]
1) Leono & MolotovDisturbio & Zayco
2) Ángel Azteca Jr., Dragon Lee, Rey CometaHijo del Signo, Loco Max, Skándalo
3) Delta, Diamante, MetroCancerbero, Raziel, Virus
4) Pólvora DQ Sangre Azteca [lightning]
Polvora fouled Sangre with a Fuerza knee lift, but didn’t pull it off well.
5) Blue Panther, Rush, ValienteMephisto, Terrible, Texano
Rush and Texano fought here, even after the bell, teasing a feud
6) Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero, Volador Jr. DQ Héctor Garza, Olímpico, Psicosis
Volador fouled Psicosis and was getting away with it for the pin. Olimpico had also pulled Ultimo Guerrero’s mask, and did the world’s worst job of hiding it. He accidentally tossed the mask in front of the ref, who called the DQ

Not a show of progress.

NJPW CMLL (SAT) 01/22/2011 Korakuen Hall [SuperLuchasStrong Style SpiritMask Mania]
***Fantastica Mania, 2011***
Attendance: 1800
1) Taichi b Máximo
Taichi got his win back.
2) Ryusuke Taguchi b Máscara Dorada [CMLL WELTER]
Title change! Taguchi is the Dorada’s injury may have caught up with him here; match went 11 minutes, which is a bit short. Dorada has lost two of his titles in a short time and puts a third on the line tomorrow.
3) Jushin Liger b La Sombra [CMLL MIDDLE]
Clean win title defense for brainbuster. This is probably not the end for these two quite yet.
4) Atlantis & Shigeo Okumura b Gigante Bernard & Karl Anderson [IWGP TAG]
Okumura lost to Anderson’s Stun Gun. Atlantis reported to be alive and well
5) Dragón Rojo Jr. & Tomohiro Ishii b La Máscara & Tiger Mask IV
no idea why this was the semimain. Dragon pinned La Mascara. Mascara had a bad night, so much that the crowd was laughing at him and Taichi took to Twitter to defend him.
6) Averno, Shinsuke Nakamura, Tetsuya Naito b Hiroshi Tanahashi, Místico, Prince Devitt
Surprise Averno pinfall on Mistico here to set up tomorrow’s singles match. (Odd they didn’t do that with Tiger Mask.)

CMLL losing all three title matches is a hard way to make people interested in CMLL luchadors. They’ve got to be holding onto the trios titles tomorrow. A sell out, with another one expected tomorrow. Cesar points out the title change means Taguchi and probably Devitt are headed to Mexico sometime this year.

Before the show, the CMLL guys were on a hour long wrestling talk TV show hyping the event.

Sunday’s show is noon local time, 9pm Mexico City time. Probably should have results before the end of ACM.

Ras de Lona had interviews with Magnus & Super Halcon Jr., so at some point they might actually debut. Lots of hype for the NJPW shows; they all did interviews from the Mexico City airport on their way out, except Sombra didn’t have his mask, so he talked while wearing Mistico’s Spiderman mask. Averno didn’t have his mask either, but just did his promo facing away from the camera. In Mexico based stuff, there was a lot of discussion of the brass knuckles bit from last Friday.

They’ll be announcing the second legend in Dos Leyendas next week. Enrique Niesta says it’s Angel Blanco.

Links

  • Mi Lucha Libre catches up to Mini Abismo Negro, who says we haven’t been seeing him because he’s got a lot of (unspecified) injuries and will be undergoing surgery soon.
  • CrackSports catches up with legendary luchador Dory Dixon. He’s a fan of water.
  • Ohtani’s Jacket catches up with Negro Navarro.
  • Puma King wants to join his father as champion in Guadalajara.
  • Damian says his team’s win over the Psycho Circus was not cheating, because they decide the rules
  • AAA looks back at Gringos Locos.
  • Cesar notes moves from Dragon Lee, Euforia and Molotov
  • Video of the Cholitas on a San Paulo, Brazil show.
  • AAA’s Psycho Circus dancing. I thought AAA luchadors didn’t dance

Lineup

CMLL (TUE) 01/25/2011 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Nube Roja vs In Memoriam
2) Astro Boy & Magnum vs Ángel del Mal & Semental
3) Dark Angel, Goya Kong, Silueta vs La Seductora, Princesa Sujei, Zeuxis
4) Mr. Trueno vs Puma King [OCCIDENTE MIDDLE]
5) Hijo del Fantasma, La Máscara, Máximo vs Terrible, Texano, Volador Jr.

Title match makes (Teleformula) TV! If there was a second men’s trios (or pairs) match on the card, it probably wouldn’t. Mr. Trueno’s held that title since 12/30/2008, with 2 known defenses. Puma is the slight favorite.

CMLL (FRI) 01/28/2011 Arena Mexico
1) Cholo & Mortiz vs Tigre Blanco & Trueno
2) Goya Kong, Lluvia, Luna Mágica vs Estrellita, La Comandante, Tiffany
3) Eléctrico vs Astral [lightning]
4) Ángel de Oro, Sagrado, Stuka Jr. vs Misterioso II, Pólvora, Sangre Azteca
5) Máximo, Rush, Toscano vs Terrible, Texano, Volador Jr.
6) Averno, Mephisto, Negro Casas vs Hijo del Fantasma, La Sombra, Máscara Dorada

Ras de Lona had the top two matches as
La Mascara, Toscano, Rush vs Volador, Terrible, Texano
Mistico, La Sombra, Blue Panther vs Averno, Mephisto, Negro Casas

This is better, because Mephisto/Fantasma gets to continue. Rush/Texano does not seem like a one week issue too. Doubtful Dorada will be making this show, because he hasn’t made any in Mexico. Fourth match is a great waste of everyone’s time, but maybe there will finally be a resolution. Minis lightning match is probably just getting two tecnicos in there after they had two rudos this week.

Gringos/Cerberos, Vagabundo, Medico Asesino, AAA mystery men, CMLL shirts

Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (THU) 01/20/2011 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (flickr), Mi Lucha Libre]
1) Imposible b Keshin Black
2) Eterno & Hammer b Dinamic Black & Miss Gaviota
3) Chico Che, Freelance, Saruman b Alan Extreme, Maldito Jr., Samot
4) Avisman, Bombero Infernal, El Hijo del Diablo b Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro
5) Comando Negro, Scorpio Jr., Último Gladiador b Multifacético, Pimpinela Escarlata, Trauma I

Alan Extreme and his teammates kept having problems leading to their loss.  Samot & Maldito Jr. turned on him post match, and the tecnicos (Saruman first) made the save.

Black Terry bled, but still beat Diablo with his feet on the ropes. Bombero Infernal replaced Gringo Loco, who should be back in time for a title match next week.

More Comando Negro/Multifacetico feuding. Gladiador snuck in a foul on Pimpi for the win.

CMLL’s first of two shows in Japan will take place tomorrow, though it’ll actually have happened by the next news update. Bell time is 16:30 local, which is 1:30 AM Mexico City time. Sunday is a noon show, which means it’ll be happening at 9 pm DF time. I’ll have results here eventually, but I recommend Strong Style Spirit and Purolove‘s coverage of the shows from a NJPW perspective. The two matches to watch tonight, as far as figuring out where things are going next, are the Taguchi/Dorada and Sombra/Liger matches. If Dorada’s expected to be off for a long time after this, we’d see in the match and in an unexpected title change. Sombra/Liger is the one title match on the tour with with no clear consensus on the finish. I still think Liger will hold on to keep the feud going, but there are ways to do with Sombra winning the title back in CMLL.

There’s also an Arena Mexico show. Yep.

El Vagabundo, Jose Luis Garcia, passed away early Thursday. He was a star of the late 70s and 80s, a hobo luchador. DJ Spectro has the most detailed obit. Box Y Lucha has some photos and a thread, and SuperLuchas has video of a promo and part of a match.

SuperLuchas notes the El Hijo del Medico Aseisno WWE signing that everyone’s been asking about the last few days. It looked like the poster on SuperLuchas didn’t realize this was actually reported in SuperLucha magazine until someone came along and edited it. It’s a good magazine, they really should check it out! Anyway, as far I as I can figure, this Medico Asesino (and there are a few) was working Toryumon shows in 2009 and 2010, and started to pop up in IWL shows late in the year. Ultimo Dragon’s school attracts people from all over the world (Angelico), so it’s not even especially clear this is a Mexican. SuperLuchas lists his teachers as Lizmark, el Dandy, Hijo del Solitario and Arkangel, quite the collection and indications he’s spent time in Acapulco and in CMLL’s training school. It’s almost certainly someone who can speak English or WWE would not have bothered.

AAA posted a teaser article for the two mystery men in the opener on the 01/22 taping. I’m assuming the pictures are meant to be the luchadors, and the guy on the left is wearing an Ultimo Dragon outfit or something like it. For what it’s worth, we haven’t seen Dragoncito in CMLL in almost a couple weeks, though he’s booked for GDL this Sunday. The guy in the right is a more nondescript. I’m hoping it’s Rio Bravo III.

Octagon says Super Fly ran like a girl last time they met, and promises to strike some sense into the child. (That’s going around in AAA!) Super Fly says Octagon is finished. Someone should let Super Fly know that Octagon still has a title belt.

Surropa’s officially licensed CMLL shirts are now up. There’s a Black Warrior shirt, so these designs are either old or the project has been in the works for quite sometime. There’s some nice designs: the Volador one came out well, and I’m debating the Ultimo Guerrero one.

Crazy Boy will be out two months due to a knee injury from a dive gone bad. He’ll still be at the DTU show, on crutches.

Fuego en el Ring catches up with Gran Cochise, following up on his exit from CMLL. Cochise says Satanico told him CMLL wanted to cut back from two trainers to one, and so Cochise was let go. Cochise doesn’t blame Satanico, because he knows the direction came from Mexico. He enjoyed worked for Paco Alonso and Chavo Lutteroth and hopes to work for CMLL again (and not poison the water for his children.) He’s working with Arena Roberto Paz now.

Links

Lineups

AAA UWE (WED) 02/02/2011 Arena Lopez Mateos
1) Héros & Panda Lee vs Ronny Ventura & Super Mascara
2) Aerostar, Argenis, Gato Eveready, Súper Fly vs Epitafio, Herejia, Robin Maravilla, Sadico
3) Fuerza Guerrera & Juventud Guerrera vs Aeroboy & Violento Jack and Villano III & Villano IV and Chucho el Roto & Iron Love and Scorpio Jr. & Zumbido and Murder Clown & Psycho Clown and Coco Azul & Coco Rojo and Cien Caras Jr. & Máscara Año 2000 Jr. [UWE TAG, semifinal]

The winner of this show is meant to face the winner of the tournament on the last show, Ultimo Guerrero & Atlantis. That presents some very obvious problems for a few of the teams. The Villanos would make the most sense as the winner.

I wonder what possibly will happen in the match where rudo Super Fly is teaming with his ex-friends.

of weekly schedules, small arenas, Santo and the UWA

El Hijo del Santo’s Record column mourns the loss of the small lucha arenas, which seems to include the giant El Toreo. It’s an El Hijo del Santo column, so it includes many long lists as if he’s a high school student trying to reach five double spaced pages. I happened to be reading thru an old edition of Lucha Libre Weekly, published right as AAA was starting up. It also had a list of arenas, sorted by day and promotion, which is useful way to illustrate those same missing arenas.

An example CMLL weekly schedule of May 1992:

Mondays
– Chiconqua

Tuesdays
– Arena Coliseo
– Arena Cuatitlan

Wednesdays
– Cortijo bullring
– Arena Naucalpan
– Arena Ectapec
– Arena Coliseo Acapulco

Thursdays
– Arena Isabel
– Arena Cuperuac
– Arena San Juan Pantitlan

Fridays
– Arena Mexico or Arena Coliseo
– Arena Puebla
– Auditorio Municipal Los Reyes La Paz
– Arena Lopez Mateos

Saturdays
– Arena Xochimilco
– Arena Aragon
– Arena Altailla
– Pista Arena Revolucion

Sundays
– Arena Mexico
– Arena Coliseo DF
– Pista Arena Revolucion
– Arena Naucalpan
– Arena San Lorenzo
– El Cortijo
– Arena Azteca

Meanwhile, UWA’s schedule

Mondays
– Arena Puebla
– Arena Isabel

Tuesdays
– Arena Queretaro
– Arena Aficion

Wednesdays
– Arena Celaya
– Arena Lopez Mateos

Thursdays
– Pista Arena Revolucion
– Arena Toluca

Fridays
– Arena Neza (TV)

Saturdays
– Arena Isabel
– Arena Aficion

Sundays
– El Toreo
– Arena Neza
– Arena Toluca

Not every arena was run every week, but this list doesn’t include all the other shows that might be run (especially on Sunday), and doesn’t include circuits in Tijuana, Monterrey, Guadalajara, Puebla and probably other areas, and indy shows around Mexico City. Many of these arenas just don’t exist any more: Arena Isabel and El Toreo were torn down in the last few years. Pista Arena Revolucion used to hold shows on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, but was demolished for a Walmart. Some of the issues are more with buildings: Arena Neza has had ownership issues and no one’s figured out how to make Arena Coliseo Acapulco work since Roberto Rangel passed away.

CMLL’s main two arenas still run about the same schedule, though there are far more shows in Arena Mexico and never any Sundays where they run both arenas. Arena Naucalpan still runs two shows a week, though the days change. Arena Puebla only runs Mondays now, with a once a year Friday show. Arena Aficion usually runs one show a week, sometimes two. Arena Lopez Mateos runs an irregular schedule. Arena Neza has runs of shows, then nothing for months. Arena Queretaro might be back in CMLL’s regular rotation, and Arena San Juan Pantitlan ran a show this week despite having it’s “last ever show!” a few month ago. That still a lot on this list that are either gone (El Cortijo) or silent (Arena Xochmilco?)

Santo blames AAA TV for the death of the small arena, saying they put too many stars on TV and the smaller buildings could no longer compete. Even if this wasn’t Santo attacking AAA just to attack AAA, it doesn’t hold up. CMLL and UWA were running TV shows of all stars before AAA existed. TV itself might be partially to blame, but they’re not alone.

Santo heaps praise on Francisco Flores and Carlitos Maynes, who ran LLI/UWA, but they’re also same people who ran their promotion into the ground. UWA was miserable in the early 90s due to the same stories being told over and over with the same guys. It was completely obvious they needed to make new stars, and it was equally obvious that the people in charge were unwilling to make those changes. AAA’s arrival killed off UWA, as much thru making the product look dated as talent raids (including a luchador named ‘el Hijo del Santo’), but UWA might well have died on it’s own without AAA’s push. UWA’s death seems to have had a domino effect: those arenas who were running two or three shows a week with name talent only could get access to one, and one show didn’t pay the overhead. AAA’s historically been more about running shows around the country than in the same arena every week, so voids were never filled and buildings disappeared.

Brazo Metalico Brazo no more, UWE Tag Tournament, Parka, Black Terry training

Black Terry Jr.

indy (TUE) 01/18 Arena Aficion [Estrellas del Ring]
2) Anubis & El Extrano b Crazy Clown & Drastik Boy
3) Maldito Jr. b Samot [XNL CHAMP, #1]
4) Bugambilia & Diva Salvaje b Kevin & Magia Jr.
5) Bestia 666, Damián 666, X-Fly b Arenita, Big Boy, Gran Markus

This show was notable because

  • Maldito Jr. earned a shot at the title Super Crazy won in South America.
  • Brazo Metalico was renamed Magia Jr. before the match, including a new mask, still lost.
  • X-Fly recovered from the illness that caused him to miss the AAA taping! (WON says X-Fly no-showed without giving a reason and may be done in AAA.)

indy (WED) 01/19 Arena Lopez Mateos [Estrellas del Ring]
1) Eros & Freelance b Pequeno Demonio & Space Warrior
2) Lolita & Vaneli b Chica Tormenta & Vakerita
3) Robin Maravilla, Rocky Santana, Sadico b Black Terry, Trauma I, Trauma II
4) Histeria II & Psicosis II b Negro Navarro & Solar I [quarterfinal, UWE TAG]
5) Atlantis & Último Guerrero b Felino & Rey Bucanero [quarterfinal, UWE TAG]
6) Atlantis & Último Guerrero b Histeria II & Psicosis II [semifinal, UWE TAG]

These are new tag team titles. Looks like clean finals all around here.

In the match between Rocky Santana & Black Terry, it was Robin Maravilla & Sadico who surprised and submitted the Traumas.

Video:
Solar/Negro Navarro vs Histeria/Psicosis: part 1, part 2
main event: part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4

AAA announced their next taping (after the one this week) will be back in Arena Naucalpan on 02/04. That date is a Friday, probably replacing the usual Thursday IWRG show. No lineup has been announced, but tickets go on sale 01/30.

La Parka explains he thought his issues with Cibernetico were just between them, so he still allowed Cibernetico to see his god child, and the child could not explain to him that he was hurt when he was with Cibernetico. Sure! This week’s WON explains how this storyline came to be: Parka’s kid really did fracture his tibia on his own, and Parka happened to have the x-ray at a meeting where AAA was planning things for the future. Cibernetico came up with the angle then and Parka was fine with it. When they did the angle at the last TV taping, Parka forgot to bring the x-ray, so they just got the biggest manilla envelope they could find and pretended the x-ray was inside.

ESTO hypes up the NJPW tour by talking to, uh, the ring announcer. Ivan Salguero is the young ring announcer who’s been one of the voices of Arena Mexico the last few years, and he’s being sent to Japan to announce the two shows. Salguero has been planning special outfits to wear to bring the Mexican taste to Japan, and he’s also learning some Japanese (and not just the swears.) He actually started out on security, and Tony Salazar was the one who spoke up for him to get the announce gig.

Estadio Deportes talks to Atlantis, who says he and Okumura have been working together in the gym for three weeks to prepare for their tag title opportunity. Atlantis says they both know Mexican wrestling, and Okumura wrestled many Japanese and Americans in Japan, so they should be a good team. They’ll win by any means!

The CMLL guys are leaving today, and will be back on Monday.

Black Terry explains his training plan for young luchadors, and gives tips for being  a good luchador. With bonus Dinamic Black endorsement.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Links

Lineup

CMLL (MON) 01/24 Arena Puebla
1) Black Tiger Jr. & Centella de Oro vs Fuerza Chicana & Sauron
2) Aereo, Mini Maximo, Pequeño Halcón vs Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Violencia, Pequeño Warrior
3) Dark Angel, Luna Mágica, Marcela vs Amapola, Mima Shimoda, Princesa Blanca
4) Hijo del Fantasma, Rush, Valiente vs Felino, Misterioso II, Vangelis
5) Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero, Volador Jr. vs El Alebrije, Histeria, Psicosis

CMLL has one main event match while all their tecnicos are gone, and they’re going to do it everywhere.

01/22-23 Lucha Times

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AAA-US: best of, part 3

52MX: Grab bag trios matches.

LATV: a rerun

GdL: the coliseum of the east brings the exotic match of, uh, Tuareg vs Angels. Fantasma/Sombra/Dorada vs Alebrije/Olimpico/Psicosis

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CMLL: Rudos vs Invasors, the theme of the weekend.

AAA-MEX: new matches! Half the Ecatepec taping, your guess as good as mine at which half.

CMLL-FOX: Mistico vs Ultimo Guerrero + Cancerberos vs lost tecnicos

C3: Women’s cibernetico, Atlantis/Rey/UG vs Mascara/Sombra/Mistico.

CMLL-GDL: bonus match is Truenos vs Cats, again.

Puebla: airs on Sunday (1 hour), not sure about Monday. Averno/Mephisto/Volador vs Mascara/Sombra/Valiente in the main event.

ACM: Chica de Arabia vs Medico Infernal

PdM: ????

IWRG: the Thursday taping? That’d be Gringos vs Cerberos.

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CMLL-TFN: airing new episodes again. This week’s show has Raziel/Angel de Plata and Hector Garza/Ultimo Guerrero

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX #266 (12/25/2010)

Arena Coliseo, 12/19/2010

Rey Cometa is quite the catch

download: http://www.multiupload.com/GEHS4QJ5XC

the battle royal: Why I am uploading the battle royal? Metal Blanco is unstoppable in battle royals!

Euforia, Nosferatu, Pólvora vs Fuego, Molotov, Rey Cometa [MEX TRIOS, #1, QF]: Nosferatu is never ever going to get his Cancerberos card. He was still enjoyable here. He and Euforia did their best to finish off Cometa for good in the spot over there. Molotov seems like he’s getting a bigger opportunity lately, and I only wish he was at least sort of interesting. I don’t have as much problem with Polvora, but it’s so weird how he and Raziel do the same big moves, and the comparison does not benefit Polvora. Whatever happened to Vaquero?

Palacio Negro of the Week

Metal Blanco, Palacio Negro, Sagrado vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Loco Max, Skándalo [MEX TRIOS, #1, QF]: YES. A really good start. Not just for Palacio & Metal, but for this match up. We might see Blanco/Negro vs Tuareg a few more times. This wasn’t as big a showcase as the next match, but they’re building.

Metal Blanco, Palacio Negro, Sagrado vs Euforia, Nosferatu, Pólvora [MEX TRIOS, #1, SF]: Also, YES. I don’t have much to say about the match, because you should go ahead and watch it and you don’t need me for that. I just want to marvel at the beautiful asymmetry taking place. Sagrado will forever be the guy set up to be a fantastic new tecnico, but totally fell apart during his introductory match. Now he’s the guy teaming with the fantastic new tecnicos of 2011 and was the one making sure it didn’t come together. You never get a second chance at a first time, but this was a neat consultation prize.

top six stories of the last two weeks

not including today

  1. AAA returned to TV taping, with Cibernetico revealing he’d hurt Parka’s three year old.
  2. Angel de Oro, Diamante and Rush won the Mexican Trios Titles
  3. Blue Demon vs Santo drew very well in TJ, after a Misterio Sr. benefit show did very poorly
  4. CMLL started airing in HD
  5. La Mascara beat Psicosis clean, while Mephisto cheated to beat Hijo del Fantasma. Both have been teased as Dos Leyendas match ups.
  6. Fray Tormenta won a hair

Other
– Damian 666 & Hijo de Lizmark won Copa Higher Power
– Comando Negro & Scorpio Jr. won IWRG’s Toreno Proyeccion
– Mistico beat Negro Casas and Ultimo Guerrero in singels matches.
– CMLL/NJPW lineups announced.
– FMLL offically announced for March with lineups
La Parka wouldn’t share his dessert

Marcela gets her 10th title chance, Truneo/Puma, Rafa el Maya

CMLL (TUE) 01/18 Arena Mexico [CMLL (via Estrellas del Ring), Cesar]
1) Apocalipsis & Cholo b Camaleón & Freesbe
2) Marcela b Princesa Blanca, Dark Angel, Goya Kong, Estrellita, Princesa Sujei, Tiffany, La Comandante, Luna Mágica, Zeuxis, Lluvia, Mima Shimoda, Dalys la Caribeña, La Seductora [#1 Contenders, CMLL WOMEN]
3) Euforia, Nosferatu, Vangelis b Ángel de Oro, Fuego, Sagrado
4) Atlantis, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero b La Máscara, La Sombra, Místico

La Mascara replaced Mascara Dorada, who worked for a week after the Tokyo Dome and hasn’t been seen since. RadioCMLL mentioned his knee problems in explaining why he wasn’t on the show, but that’s the only official word. If it wasn’t for the trios title defense, I don’t think Dorada would be going on this tour and he’s probably getting more time off it after.

Rudos took the first and third clean, with an Atlantida and Bucanero Destroyer.

Women’s match is listed in reverse order of elimination, with Sujei & Estrellita being the required double pin. They did a battle royal for sides before the match, so the match was full of rudo/rudo and tecnico/tecnico matches. Cesar says the cibernetico was very exciting, but it’s amazing CMLL has made me feel disappointed with getting an Amapola/Marcela. That’s probably going to be a pretty good match. It probably was all 9 other times they’ve done that match during this title reign. I’d still rather see a new idea be tried (even if fails) than CMLL running the same old idea into the ground.

Happier note: first win of the year for Cholo!

CMLL (TUE) 01/18 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Fuego en el Ring]
1) In Memoriam b Hierro
2) Demus 3:16 & Durango Kid b Robin & Sensei
3) Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno DQ Puma King & Tiger Kid
4) Shigeo Okumura, Virus, Yoshihashi b Delta, Metal Blanco, Stuka Jr.
5) Héctor Garza & Volador Jr. b Rush & Super Porky

A stupendous night for evil doers!

Rudos took the main event and semimain (Virus on Stuka) clean.

Rookie referee Samurai was out of position in the tercera, and so Mr. Trueno faked a foul from Puma King to get the win again. Truenos 2, Cats 0, but somehow Puma talked Mr. Trueno into defending his Occidente Middleweight championship. Do the Truenos no longer have the Pacific Coast tag team titles? Note to JCR: please air these matches on Teleformua. Please. Thank you!

Rafa el Maya think he should be CMLL Referee of the Year for officiating 32 title and apuesta matches in 2010. I didn’t know there was such an award, but it’s CMLL press release so something’s up. This feels like a setup to Tirantes winning, somehow.

Mi Lucha Libre has a good interview with Tribal, a DTU & IWL luchador who’s shown up in AAA dark matches. (Trivia: he was one of the opponents for the original Bizarros one and only AAA match.) He says he moved to Puebla to train under Black Tiger when he was 16, has learned from Gran Apache and now trains with El Mexicano.  They have another interview with Halcon 78 Jr., who the son of Halcon 78/El Mexicano and La Briosa. Halcon 78 is a tecnico gimmick, but Briosa is a famous ruda and wants her son to be more rudo-ish.

Sangre Azteca insists he’s 100% rudo, he just happens to be in feuds with all rudos. Denial is not just a river in Egypt.

Links

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 01/25 Arena Mexico
1) Leono, Molotov, Starman vs Durango Kid, Escorpion, Tiger Kid
2) Ángel Azteca Jr., Ángel de Plata, Sensei vs Hooligan, Loco Max, Nitro
3) Diamante, Metro, Valiente vs Euforia, Vangelis, Virus
4) Amapola vs Marcela [CMLL WOMEN]
5) Blue Panther, Máscara Dorada, Super Porky vs Héctor Garza, Mr. Águila, Olímpico

Mascara Dorada is the only guy on the NJPW tour working this show. Except he’s not going to be working this show.

I guess Puma couldn’t challenge for the tag titles because Tiger Kid will be back in Mexico City on the important business of wrestling Leono.

CMLL Guadalajara on Teleformula #27 (12/26/2010)

taped Arena Coliseo Guadalajara, 11/30/2010

Dragon Rojo, Submission Wizard!

download: http://av2.radioformula.com.mx/vidMUL/luchamania/101226_luchamania1_v.wmv – I bet the show doesn’t end 3 seconds after the finish in this version.

Averno, Mephisto, Volador Jr. vs Blue Panther, Máximo, Toscano: a Blue Panther match. As required by statue, Averno is invovled – also feels like Toscano is around for a lot of these. I hope people are paying enough attention to Panther’s ideas on how to layout a match so we might see them after Panther’s not around. Nice surprise finish too.

La Sombra vs Dragón Rojo Jr.: This match was better than Sombra/Aguila, though perhaps more so in acheivement than merit. The story was really nice too. This was not two equal men going at it with one guy eeking it out, or the young guys surprising the vet. This was Dragon throwing every thing he had at Sombra, only to find out he didn’t have nearly enough. Sombra survived the Dragon Bomb, beat Dragon Rojo with his own big move, and clearly proved he was the superior man. 2010!