11/24-6 Lucha Times

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AAA (US): the normal Saturday afternoon slot is pre-empted, so don’t be shocked if they end up airing reruns on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. I hope we don’t fall more behind. The next episode in line has a good Night Queens vs Cassandro/Pimpi/Randoms atomicos among other things.

CAN52 (US/MEX): Not sure if the Arena Mexico segunda or tecera will air here, since neither made the main show and it was a six match card. Tercera’s marginally better, segunda gets Super Nova another TV appearance (and Metalico hasn’t been on much) vs Virus. Main event is High Society/Dos vs Perros.

FSE (US): I forget that Shiro turns up again. The main event – Felino/La Mascara/Sagrado vs Mephisto/Misterioso/Shiro – could be good but seems to be missing the breakout guy. Opener starts the Leono/Mexico fun. This episode reairs later the same night, and recent episodes rerun on Tuesday and Wednesday, and Thursday

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FSLA (MEX): Leono/Mexico continues here, as well Team Family Connections vs Two Thirds Triad/Azteca

AAA (MEX): Zorro vs Cibernetico with Zorro getting a shot at Guerra de Titantes, which just happens to be the last episode that’ll air before the show is taped. I didn’t think that would be an issue, but they’ve apparently done the Mesias split angle on the TV tapings in between, so who knows how that’ll get over.

CMLL (MEX): The listings I’m looking at have this as a 3 hour show, but that’s never happening. Presume top 3.

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11/20: New Minis Champion, Puebla

CMLL (TUE) 11/20 Arena Mexico
1) Fire & Pequeño Violencia b Electrico & Fantasy
2) Luna Magica, Marcela, Princesa Blanca b Hiroka, La Nazi, Mima Shimoda
3) Metálico, Mictlán, Tigre Blanco b Diamante Negro Jr., Nitro, Skandalo
4) Pequeño Damian 666 b Pequeño Olímpico [CMLL MINI]
5) Felino, La Sombra, Stuka Jr. b Misterioso II, Ohara, Texano Jr.
6) Atlantis, Olímpico, Último Guerrero b Alex Koslov, Blue Panther, Negro Casas

Pequeño Damian 666 becomes the 10th champion while Pequeño Olímpico falls in his tenth (known) defense. It’s the third CMLL title change in the last 19 days, all tecnicos losing to rudos. This was Mini Damian’s fourth shot at the belt, second this year in the main CMLL areans, and it wasn’t a big surprise he won it. It seems like the plan is for the title to flow to Mascarita Dorada, but at the pace CMLL does things, I’d be surprised if that match happened before March. Mini Damian will be a fine and deserving champion between now and then.

The match itself was totally technical and totally clean, Mini Damian taking falls one and three.

Mini Olimpico was champion for 3 years, 11 months and 13 days. (That’s 1443 days.) While the first couple of years of Mini Olimpico’s title reign were unnoteworthy, that seemed more a result of CMLL’s disinterest in minis than anything relating perosnally to Mini Olimpico. The division has picked up over the last year (mostly on the strength of Mini Perros del Mal and Bam Bam, but also slightly increased booking emphasis), and Mini Olimpico at least went out as a strong champion after his feuds with Gitanito in Neza and previous wins over Mini Damian 666 in their title matches.

Other notes from the show
– tag champs used the ropes to pin Negro and Panther in the main event
– Sombra surprised and beat Ohara again, and still wants that title shot
– Skandalo got strechered out of his match

CMLL (MON) 11/19 Arena Puebla [hugo999]
1) Espiritu Maligno & Karisma b Blue Center & King Jaguar
2) Centella de Oro, the Tigre, Tigre Rojo b Furia Chicana, Mr. Rafaga, Siki Ozama
3) Mr. Aguilita, Pequeño Damian 666, Pierrothito b Mascarita Dorada, Shockercito, Tzuki
4) Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto b La Sombra, Sagrado, Volador Jr.
5) Marco Corelone, Místico, Rey Bucanero b Atlantis, Olímpico, Toscano

Triad of Terror did challenge for the belts after their match. It doesn’t sound like we’re getting it quite yet.

Guerrerros del Ring #114 has Rey Bucanero on the cover.

site note: Expect short updates the next couple of days. Lucha Times should go up this evening, and this week’s AAA recap should turn up on Thursday afternoon.

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11/19 AAA TV Taping Results (Leon)

Previous: 10/26, 11/11 (Irapuato), 11/15 (Xalapa)

AAA TV (MON) 11/19 Domo de la Feria de Leon [AM.COM.MX]
1) Jesse, Nygma, Polvo de Estrellas, Yuriko b Angel, Cassandro, Gato Eveready, Pimpinela Escarlata
2) Ayako Hamada, Gran Apache, Mari Apache b Billy Boy, Estrellita, Fabi Apache
3) Decnis, Scorpio Jr., Zumbido b Alan Stone, Intocable, Super Calo
4) Crazy Boy & Joe Lider b Extreme Tiger & Halloween and Electro Shock & X-Pac
5) Cuervo, Escoria, Espiritu, Ozz b Elegido, Gronda II, La Parka Jr., Super Fly
6) Cibernetico b Mesias, Zorro [cage]

Projected Air Date (#656)
Mexico: 12/09
US: 12/29

Not a lot of details on the recap, but results are fine.

Cibernetico is credited with the cage match. Not sure how.

Sect made everyone submit in the semimain.

Chessman and Charly Manson interefered in the three way tag match, which helped the Mexican Powers to win.

Everyone in the Guapos/Stones match ended up bloody.

The article has Jesse and Gato Eveready swapped, but that’s gotta be wrong.

Upcoming Tapings
11/22 Toluca
11/30 Centro de Convenciones de Ciudad Madero (GdT)

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CMLL FSE #64

CMLL FSE Guerrerros del Ring #64, taped 10/21, aired in the US 11/18

I’m still not sold on “Shocker, lead tecnico besides Mistico”, but at least for this match, he had a small part of his old level. Shocker has been down so long, it seems fairer to compare him to his lows rather than his peak, and he seemed noticeable up from there. He’s also the rare top CMLL guy who seems to be willing to lose clean at any time, which always gets you points. I would hesitate to say he’s consistently okay or totally deserving of his spot based on his current merit, but I have hope and I like hope.

Opener was meaninglessness fun, as opposed to our usual meaningless bore. This show is not a must have, but I wish we got more of them.

It feels like we should be on Leono/Mr. Mexico already, because that’s been going long enough.

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11/20: Park off Santo show, IWRG, lineups

As noted on all the message boards today, LA Park has officially announced he’s off the Todos X Todos Santo show. I can’t find a specific article link, but I’m guessing it was one of the magazines because it doesn’t just seem to be one person posting the story in multiple places.

Park dropping out was obviously coming after he was announced as returning to CMLL. Park’s using “I was told I was getting a singles match, not a roulette” as a cover story. From a storyline perspective, that doesn’t make much sense – Park was at the press conference where the roulette format was revealed and he eventually went along with it. I think the stated reason may actually be true; Park’s expected payoff had to go down when the main event went from 2 people to 16, especially if he was no longer planned to lose his mask.

IWRG (THU) 11/15 Arena Naucalpan [superluchas]
1) Latin Brother b Rockero del Diablo
2) Golem & Kid Tiger b Judas el Traidor & Puma King
3) Freelance, Multifacetico, Veneno b Oficial 911, Oficial Fierro, Radioactivo
4) Bogeman, Fantasma de la Ópera, Negro Navarro b Black Terry, Capitan Muerte, Enterrador 2000
5) Dr. Wagner Jr. & Negro Casas b Hijo del Cien Caras & Mascara Ano 2000 Jr.

No word on why Negro replaced Silver King. After the match, Hijo del Cien Caras challenged for a UWA title shot, and Wagner requested a tag title shot. Neither appear to be happening.

DELGAGO (SUN) 11/18 El Paso, TX
1) Atomo (El Paso) b Rey America
2) Rey Guerrero & Titanik b Peluchin & Punisher
3) Bestia Jr., Galactico, Rey Escorpion b Baby Solis, NASCAR, Vaquero (El Paso)
4) Epidemia b Impostor Jr. [bull terrier]
5) Magno & Mistico (Juarez) b Cinthia de Oro & Rocky Star [lumberjack, straps]

El Hijo del Santo is working their show on the 16th.

MedioTimepo wrote about the Saturday Arena Mexico music/lucha show. The matches turned out to be two tags: Volador & Blue Demon Jr. won by DQ over Perro Aguayo Jr., Terrible and Misitco & Dos Caras Jr. beat Hijo de Lizmark, Averno.

indy (SAT) 11/24 Palenque del Parque Vicente Guerrero [La Voz de la Frontera]
1) Osiris & Voltron vs Sky Silver & Tront
2) Principe Negro, Principe Negro Jr., Rey Negro vs Furia Roja, Killer Dog, Rey Azteca
3) Iron Boy, Luminoso, Scalibur vs American Rebel, Pzaico, Tigre Leon
4) Mike Castillo, Renegado, Rockero vs Genio del Aire, Humilde, Mr. Tempest
5) Angel Mensajero vs Gran Apache [DWA]

Mistico is interviewed by Marea Informativa, but try to read it while the world keeps scrolling by in the upper third of the page.

Chui’s got the Lucha Cruncher for this weekend’s shows at DVDMB.

This week’s SuperLuchas #239 has Mexico invading TNA.

Some lineups:

CMLL (THU) 11/22 Arena Neza
1) Starman & Trueno vs Calígula & Méssala
2) Electrico, Fantasy, Pequeño Olímpico vs Gitanito, Mr. Aguilita, Pequeño Halloween
3) Ángel Azteca Jr., Stuka Jr., Super Nova vs Ohara, Shigeo Okumura, Skandalo
4) Felino, Rey Bucanero, Valiente vs Black Warrior, Misterioso II, Toscano

The feud goes on! Maybe Gitanito is going to lose his hair as well.

IWRG (THU) 11/22 Arena Naucalpan
1) Golem & Kid Tiger vs Trauma I & Trauma II
2) Fantasma de la Ópera, Gallo Tapado, Multifacetico vs Oficial 911, Oficial Fierro, Radioactivo
3) Bogeman, el Hijo Del Anibal, Negro Navarro, Pantera vs Damián 666, Hijo del Cien Caras, Mascara Ano 2000 Jr., Pierroth
4) Black Terry vs Cerebro Negro [hair]

Cerebro Negro has never lost his hair, and beat Black Terry for his hair back in March. Black Terry has lost six hair matches in a row, and 9 of the last 10.

UMLL (FRI) 11/23 Auditorio Municipal de Tijuana
1) Spark vs Arlequin
2) Kimura & TJ Power vs Mazambula & Mozambique
3) Hijo de Super Muneco, Hijo del Rey Misterio, La Diamantina vs Hijo del Supremo, Pandillero I, Tornado Negro
4) el Hijo Del Anibal, El Hijo del Solitario, Máscara Sagrada vs El Dandy, Nicho el Millionario, Rey Misterio Sr.
5) El Hijo Del Santo vs LA Park

That’s gonna be awkward.

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CMLL CAN52 GdR #104

CMLL CAN52 Guerrero del Ring #104, taped 11/09 and 11/11, aired 11/17

Opener was not only cut down but the finish was so random. It was not as if Misterioso was screwed by the ref and was going for revenge or as if Misterioso was trying to kick Volador and got the ref. He just kicked the ref in the head! I do not think this is going anywhere – it was a ref bump for the sake of a ref bump in the last place you would expect it.

Main event was less cameraman shenanigans but more Monito shenanigans. Funny that the only one not making the hair challenges was Shocker.

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11/19: Xalapa, Coliseo, Monterrey

CMLL (THU) 11/15 Arena Xalapa [EL SANTÓN @ box y lucha]
1) Gabriel o Gabriela & Gore b Crazyman & Rey Garfio Jr.
2) Caballero Negro Jr., Guerrero del Infierno, Perro Mocho Jr. b Cosmos, Jaguar, Samuray
3) La Sombra, Sagrado, Volador Jr. DRAW Mascara Purpura, Stuka Jr., Valiente
4) Blue Panther, Mistico, Rey Bucanero b Averno, Black Warrior, Ultimo Guerrero
5) LA Park b Pierroth [hair]

Main event was a total hardcore match – barbed wire, lightbulb tubes, fire – everything CMLL complains about AAA, actually. You can see pictures if you scroll thru that thread. ESTO has a post match photo. Blue Panther replaced Shocker. Tercera went to a draw, and the two teams agreed to a title match.

CMLL (SUN) 11/18 Arena Coliseo [ovaciones]
1) Atomo & Fantasy b Fire & Pequeno Black Warrior
2) Lady Apache, Luna Magica, Marcela b Amapola, Hiroka, Mima Shimoda
3) Euforia, Mr. México, Nosferatu b Fabián el Gitano, Leono, Mictlán
4) Felino, La Máscara, Negro Casas b Ephesto, Mephisto, Sangre Azteca
5) Dos Caras Jr., Marco Corelone, Shocker b el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Terrible, Texano Jr.

Ovaciones says Perro let his teammates do all the work in the later stages of the main event. I don’t know if that means he bailed on them, or if it was just business as usual. Mr. Mexico snuck in a low blow on Leono to continue that feud. They made challenges for next Sunday, and I’ll get to that in a sec. Lady Apache got a bit of revenge on Amapola.

CMLL (SUN) 11/25 Arena Coliseo
1) Sombra de Plata & Trueno vs Artillero & Súper Comando
2) Lady Apache, Marcela, Princesa Blanca vs Amapola, La Seductora, Rosa Negra
3) Fabián el Gitano, Leono, Mascara Purpura vs Euforia, Mr. México, Nosferatu
4) Alex Koslov, Rey Bucanero, Sagrado vs Villano III, Villano IV, Villano V
5) Blue Panther, Marco Corelone, Negro Casas vs Atlantis, Olímpico, Último Guerrero

This is the final show in Arena Coliseo until construction is finished. I presume they decided to hold Mexico/Leono over for one week to have a notable match to push for the first Sunday show in Arena Mexico. (They may have failed at ‘notable’, but what are you going to do.) Seems like they’re setting up an Amapola/Apache rematch on this day of the week. I should probably note the Villanos are back together.

AAA (SUN) 11/18 Expo Feria Durango
5) Antifaz del Norte, Batman del Futuro, Hijo del Soberano b Drako, Ghefar, Sangre Chicana

Intocable was supposed to be in the main event (instead of Batman del Futuro), but was said to be injuried in Salamanca. Everyone with a ticket stub can use it for a free ticket to the AAA show next month in town (with Octagon, Martha Villalobos, and Nygma.)

AAA (SUN) 11/18 Arena Coliseo Monterrey [RFC]
1) Dranser & Euforia (Monterrey) b Scravos & Shenky
2) Dr. Cianuro, Guerrero Blanco, Virtual b Baby Fox, Criminal, Iron
3) Mari Apache & Mini Abismo Negro b Mini Chessman & Sexy Star
4) Rey Cometa & Super Fly b Guerrero Negro Jr. & Sangre Chicana Jr.
5) Espíritu & Ozz b Crazy Boy & Joe Lider

CMLL (MON) 11/19 Arena Puebla
1) Blue Center & King Jaguar vs Espiritu Maligno & Karisma
2) Centella de Oro, the Tigre, Tigre Rojo vs Fuerza Chicana, Mr. Rafaga, Siki Ozama
3) Mascarita Dorada, Shockercito, Tzuki vs Mr. Aguilita, Pequeño Damian 666, Pierrothito
4) La Sombra, Sagrado, Volador Jr. vs Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto
5) Marco Corelone, Místico, Rey Bucanero vs Atlantis, Black Warrior, Olímpico

Hmmm, Mexican Trios champions teaming up in the semimain against a team which would sure work as challengers. Maybe we get a title match here too.

CMLL VIP (SAT) 12/08 Velvet Mexico [TAKER @ el Martinete]
1) Sombra 2 & Trueno vs Artillero & Súper Comando
2) Luna Magica & Marcela vs Amapola & Hiroka
3) Stuka Jr. & Valiente vs Nitro & Volador Jr.
4) La Sombra & Sagrado vs Mephisto & Misterioso II
5) Místico, Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero vs Atlantis, Averno, Black Warrior

Who’s Sombra 2?

AAA (MON) 11/19 Arena Cuatro Caminos [RFC]
1) Martha Villalobos & Sexy Star vs Lady Star & Xochitl Hamada
2) Insolito & Maravilla Lopez vs Rio Bravo & Tito Santana II [AAA NORTH TAG]
3) Hermano Diablo I, Hermano Diablo II, Hermano Diablo III vs Baby Rap, Sangre Chicana Jr., Sky
4) Hombre Sin Miedo, Juventud Guerrera, Octagón vs Antifaz del Norte, Fuerza Guerrera, Pirata Morgan

El Siglo de Torreon has notes form Gran Markus’ funeral, and quotes from Felino and Mascara Ano 2000

Mr. Reyes @ box y lucha (and other places!) has pictures from this week’s AULL show. Recap coming in thegladiatores.

Man robs 7-Eleven in ‘Nacho Libre’ mask” – actually, looks like a Rey Misterio mask, but all lucha masks are now Nacho Libre masks to US media. I did not commit this crime. Just thought I’d mention that.

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11/18: Neza, highlights

CMLL (THU) 11/15 Arena Neza [heri99]
1) Angus & Hijo de Acero b Crismar & Renegado
2) Rayo Tapatío I & Rayo Tapatío II b Pólvora & Vaquero
3) Ohara, Shigeo Okumura, Súper Comando b Ángel Azteca Jr., Metálico, Stuka Jr.
4) Pequeño Olímpico b Gitanito [mask]
5) Damián 666, Mr. Águila, Terrible DQ Ephesto, Mephisto, Universo 2000

Mask win was not with controversy, as Gitanito may have had his foot on the ropes on the final pin, but the ref did not see it. Gitanito – this one, at least – is Cristian Armando Hernandez Garcia, 13 years a wrestler, from Mexico City. That name doesn’t turn up anything in luchawiki and there are no pictures yet. The recap says this match was taped for the satellite shows – maybe it’ll turn up in clip form, like the minis hair match?

Universo fouled Mr. Aguila in the main event.

Speaking of mini identities, speculation is the new Mini Black Warrior is the old Mini Psicosis

Accion highlights:

CMLL: Atlantis, Ultimo Guerrero Averno vs Mistico, Blue Panther, Dos Caras Jr., heavy on the Mistico highlights. Averno reversed La Mistica into a faceslam for the clean clean clean win. Averno’s gotta be losing in a major way soon; I was thinking we might actually get the mask match for the Year End Show, but I don’t think they’ll do that and a hair match. Perhaps Mistico goes thru Averno to get back to four titles instead.

AAA: Cibernetico, La Parka Jr. vs Mesias, Zorro from Veracruz. We get one armdrag before the run-ins. Mesias is making full use of his belt (by hitting people with it). Hijo de Tirantes gives it to the tecnicos by DQ.

Someone at Azteca America fixed the DeporTV copy protection issue. Thanks!

2) Pequeño Damian 666, Pequeño Violencia, Pierrothito b Pequeño Olímpico, Shockercito, Último Dragoncito
Olimpicito schools Mini Damian, but his partners drop the ball and get beat for a fall. And that’s all they show of that one, huh.

5) Marco Corelone, Místico, Valiente b Black Warrior, Sangre Azteca, Último Guerrero
Picked up during a beatdown, with Corelone taking UG’s headstand sit, Valiente taking Sangre’s low blow dropkick, and Corleone taking the GdI sit on the outside. Mistico takes nothing and starts the comeback with avoidance to set up a Corelone plancha Valiente starts giving everyone a backbreaker, and the tecnicos line up the rudo for the Superman dive. Moving onto another fall, Corleone tosses Evil Monkey around, Mistico sends out Sangre with a headscissors, Mistico sends UG out and follows with a headscissors. Valiente defeats Sangre clean with a seated armbar, and the other tecnicos clear out the other rudos.

Only two matches. That’s odd. FWIW, the camera position this week often stared across the ring towards the CMLL announce desk. There didn’t appear to be anyone sitting there.

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CMLL 12/07 main event is Warrior/ToscanoLizmark Jr. vs Shocker/Bucanero

CMLL.com confirmed what was mentioned on the TV show over the weekend: the 12/07 CMLL End Of Year Main Event is Shocker and Rey Bucanero vs Black Warrior and Toscano. You could say this feud has loosely been going on for a while (at least Rey vs Tarzan), but it’s mostly something they’ve just thrown together this week. CMLL’s not definitive on the match having one or two hairs on the line, but I assume it’s two.

I think Black Warrior is losing his hair. They MIGHT do good business for the match (and the match might be good), but I don’t think the lead up feud or the rematches are going to mean anything.

Edit: In case you’ve missed the updates on the main page, Lizmark Jr. is in for Toscano.

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