AAA #625

taped 04/20/07, aired 05/19/07

I’d like to just forget this taping and give them the benefit of the doubt because of the rain. The rain did lead to a great Joe Lider hilarious blown spot/near death experience, so I can’t be angry at the rain. This show just didn’t have much for me.

To recap
2nd match: Runs in mean a DQ (because that’s the plot point)
3rd match: Runs in mean no DQ (because that’s the plot point)

Had to be the same guy booking both matches, so…I dunno. (Maybe it’s the amount of people? Maybe it’s the time they hang around? Maybe there are very specific DQ rules?) I guess they figure the people will accept it. It’s awful dumb to me.

What’s Zorro’s belt? Click the continued link for photo investigation!

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CMLL CAN52 GDR #78

taped 05/11, 05/13 – aired 05/19

I’m not blown away by Brillante, but he’s fair enough addition to the roster. He seems as good as Stuka already – the stereo Asai moonsaults make me hope that those two are teamed up for a mythical Arena Coliseo Tag Team Title Tournament. He’s obviously young, still learning, needing a unique look (he’s a bit too Mistico/Sagrado-ish) and I’m not sure that he’s much better than the dozen constant opener guys he leapfrogged for this spot, but you could do far worse.

Main event was a Wagner main event paint by numbers-ish.

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CMLL FSE GDR #41

taped 05/13, aired 05/20

Both matches were okay->good, I thought. It confuses me how the rudas seem to lose everything to the tecnica women, but the tecnica women are already the stars. Maybe they’re just killing time in the division for a while. I wonder what was up with Marcela using La Mistica. I’m sure you have to get permission to use, because no one does – but then, why here? Why her? It’s probably just a random thing I’m over thinking – like Averno going with half Rencor Latino gear on CAN52 this week.

Main event was your usual random assortment of midcarders. Heavy Metal and Sangre Azteca are like 70% of the way to switching body sizes. Both looked a little off here.

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05/25: Mexico, Coacalco, Monterrey, Puebla

ESTO has an interview with Mistico today. He says he’s at 80% – 85%, but can not raise his left arm completely. That sounds not good. It also sounds like surgery might still be an option; he says he do it if not for the support of the fans. He’s happy he’s facing Hector Garza, Mr. Aguila and Terrible tonight, because he figures if he was facing rivals like Averno, Mephisto or Perro Aguayo Jr., they’d attack the injury shoulder and put him out for a long time. On the other hand, La Presna (and I) figure anyone who’s facing Mistico will be samrt enough to attack that shoulder.

ESTO also has a general preview article and the same injury article Ovaciones had yesterday. Seriously, what do I have to do to be on the CMLL (or AAA) press release mailing list?

Here’s the lineup:

CMLL (FRI) 05/25 Arena Mexico
1) Brillante, Flash, Super Nova vs Apocalipsis, Hooligan, Ramstein
2) Alex Koslov, Blue Panther, Negro Casas vs Mephisto, Misterioso II, Sangre Azteca
3) Averno vs Ephesto, Virus, Texano Jr., Leono, Loco Max, Valiente, Sagrado, Heavy Metal, Black Warrior [ciber, LdP]
4) Dr. Wagner Jr., Lizmark Jr., Mistico vs Hector Garza, Mr. Aguila, Terrible

Sagrado’s totally winning. They’re saying Mistico being listed was a “programming error”. Nah. I think they would’ve kept Mistico here if everyone had been healthy, to do another Perro/Mistico match. Since it’s Aguila instead, they’re going to have him at least get one big singles win over a Mistico-alike. I think it’s conceivable Aguila will even beat Mistico, if they want a longer program while Perro is out. If Mistico looks hurt, it’s even more likely – might as well have Aguila beat him up on the way out to set up a much easier to do Mistico/Aguila mask/hair match down the road, they just need to build Aguila up to that level.

Meanwhile…

indy (SUN) 05/27 La Feira de Puebla [El Sol de Puebla]
1) El Hijo del Santo, Super Feria, Super Kiss vs La Serpiente, Monje Loco, Tarahumara

CMLL (SUN) 05/20 Coliseo Coacalco [Black Terry Jr. @ box y lucha]
1) Black Terror, Estigma, Niebla Negra II, Strom b Ave Nocturna, Buitre, Huizar, Super Cometa
2) Rudy Garduno b Niebla Negra I [PROLUM]
3) Black Spider, Black Terry, Celta King, Negro Navarro b Rey de Corazones, Star Boy, Strom, Yakuza
4) India Sioux & Medussa DQ Amapola & Princea Sujei
5) Alex Koslov, Magnifico, Shocker b Atlantis, Efesto, Ultimo Guerrero

Medussa replaced Dark Angel, and naturally turned on her rival India. Efesto started to walk out for his match with no mask on before realizing his mistake. Efesto is a goofball.

AAA (SUN) 05/27 Arena Coliseo Monterrey [rfc]
1) Mercurio, Orus, Virtual X vs Karis, Ramses (Monterrey), The Mummy
2) Mascarita Divina & Sexi Star vs Fabi Apache & Mini Chessman
3) Antifaz & Psicsois II vs Hator & Monsther
4) Crazy Boy, Joe Lider, La Parka Jr. vs Cuervo, Escoria, Ozz

I don’t think Parka’s making this date – it was just a couple days ago where he was way behind schedule. I believe Sexi Star is (or was) out injuried as well. I presume the Mummy split angle has to do with Ramses using his powers as (long dead) egypitian pharoh to take mental control over two of the mummys. Actually, that’s just what I hope the angle is.

CMLL LLA (SUN) 05/27 Gimnasio Nuevo Leon [rfc]
1) Furor & Galactar vs Marrullero & Voltaje Negro
2) Bengali, Cats, Raiden vs Flecha Azul, Koko Viper, Memo Valle
3) Rey Hechizero & Tigre Universitario vs Potro Jr. & Silver Star
4) Stuka Jr. vs Loco Max [super libre]
5) Alex Koslov & Marco Corelone vs Mascara Ano 2000 & Universo 2000

CMLL (MON) 05/28 Arena Puebla [hugo999]
1) Blue Center, Forajio, King Jaguar vs La Mafia, Mr. Rafaga, Murcielago
2) Brillante, Legionario, the Tiger vs Maniacop, Negro Navarro, Siki Osama
3) Euforia, Loco Max, Nosferatu vs Leono, Sagrado, Stuka Jr.
4) Alex Koslov, Mistico, Rey Bucanero vs Averno, Black Warrior, Tarzan Boy
5) Marco Corelone vs Ultimo Guerrero

They’ve been building to that main event for weeks.

MEXICANAL, a tiny channel on DirecTV’s spanish language package, is filming a pilot for a half hour lucha libre show. It should air about a month before the full length season debut, if it gets picked up (which would be a 26 episode load.) The blurb I’m reading about this calls it both lucha libre and “amateur wrestling”, so I dunno what’s going on here. (Thanks to mikeinformer.)

Lourdes Grobets lucha photography will be exhbitied in Madrid, Spain from 05/31 to 07/08.

Milenio has an article on the Blue Demon energy drink as Coca-Cola’s attempt to market to Hispanics.

Box Y Lucha #2819 has Perro and his leg cast.

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05/25-27 Lucha Times

AAAUS: The big Zorro deal-e-bob. If you somehow don’t know what’s happening, you’re really anti-spoiler and I praise you. According to the latest Observer, the post-cage match angle here got a 10.2 rating, whatever that means.

GdR: what a weird show – women’s match, random visiting Japanese

FSE: You know how FSE’s listings are a week behind, for whatever reason? I got the idea to check NEXT week’s listings, which oddly enough do have a description, saying Felino vs Pierroth. So that match will air, and yet more New Infernales on the undercard.

AAAMEX: Wait, someone turned at the Grand Traitor show? Gosh!

CMLLMEX: They’ve got to show LdP, they’ve got to show Mistico’s return match (and if he doesn’t return, it’s the apocalypse and I don’t mean Koreano). Probably the Double Tigre match from Coliseo.

The good thing is we should be able to figure all the results from Sunday besides the opener, because it doesn’t seem like we’re getting the results any time soon another way.

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05/29: IWRG TV clearance, injuries

In today’s Ovaciones, IWRG announced they’ve been picked up by television station in PCTV, who will be in charge of recording the shows. Shows start taping on 05/29, with a show from Arena Solidaridad.

IWRG (TUE) 05/29 Arena Solidaridad
1) India Sioux & Lady Apache vs Hiroka & Mima Shimoda
2) Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro, Suicida vs Kai, Sasaki, Yamato [IWRG IC TRIOS]
3) LA Park, Mascara Sagrada, Rayo de Jalisco Jr. vs Fantasma, Hijo de Cien Caras, Mascara 2000
4) Alex Koslov, Mistico, Negro Navarro vs Black Warrior, Damian 666, Mr. Aguila

They’ll still be airing on AMY Sport.

Ovaciones posted a list of known injuries
– Perro: right knee
– Mistico: left shoulder
– Mesias: left shoulder (seems to be back alreadyw)
– La Mascara: hand fracture (4 to 6 weeks)
– Sahori: left knee strain (15 days)
– Marcela: hip (10 days)
– Tarzan Boy: knee pain (2 days)

CMLL (FRI) 05/25 Arena Neza Lineup [Rudos de Neza]
1) Brazo Jr. & Kid Tiger vs Dr. Trauma & Puma King
2) Pequeno Olimpico & Shockercito vs Pequeno Violencia & Pierrothito
3) Starman & Tigre Metalico vs Dr. X & Nitro
4) Felino, Maximo, Volador Jr. vs Olimpico, Ramstein, Tarzan Boy
5) Rey Bucanero & Shocker vs Atlantis & Ultimo Guerrero

Shining Road notes mysterious new AJPW wrestler Yamada has been selling Hijo de Pierroth merchandise at the shows, which would seem to indicate that it’s him under the mask (who else would want it?) But, we’ve got Hijo de Pierroth working the 05/15 Coliseo show at the same time as that tour. Maybe it’s Pierroth Jr.?

IWRG (SAT) 05/19 Deportivo Moctezuma [KrisZ]
1) Golem b Puma King
2) Ninja de Fuego & Pegaso (indy) b Comando Mega & Volcan Negro
3) Antaris, Hombra Arana, Pegasso (indy) b Kraneo, Rambo Jr., Vampiro Metalico
4) Bacteria & Celestial b Avisman & Kid Tiger [ri, losers advance]
5) Celestial b Bacteria [hair]
6) Alex Koslov & Marco Corelone b Misterioso Jr. & Universo 2000

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Euforia, Nosferatu, Virus vs Brillante, Stuka, Leono

I’m running behind on things…

05/23: Coliseo, La Parka Jr., LdP change, NWA tournament, AULL anniversary show, Guadalajara, Monterrey

CMLL (TUE) 05/22 Arena Coliseo [ova]
1) Mini Olimpico & Ultimo Dragoncito b Mini Damian 666 & Mini Halloween
2) Sensei, Stuka Jr., Trueno b Artillero, Jeque, Super Comando
3) Tigre Blanco, Tigre Metalico, Tony Rivera b Dr. X, Loco Max, Nitro
4) Ephesto, Okumura, Sangre Azteca b Fabian el Gitano, Felino, Mictlan
5) Atlantis, Ultimo Guerrero, Universo 2000 DQ Dos Caras Jr., Rey Bucanero, Volador Jr.

Main event was all pushing Ultimo Guerrero vs Volador Jr., with Ultimo ripping Volador’s mask and faking a foul for victory. In the segunda, Starman was replaced by Stuka, and Jeque filled in for Ramstein, so the Jeque/Stuka feud was back for at least one night.

In it’s recap of AAA’s 05/20 TV Taping, Ovaciones states La Parka Jr.’s rehab is not going well, he’s not close to being cleared, and will be out longer than expected.

This week’s Leyenda de Plata lineup has changed. As expected, Mistico is out of the tournament itself, moved to the main event in Marco Corelone’s spot (so they can begin teasing Aguila/Mistico for 06/01.) Sagrado takes his place, and since we’re not actually rebooking anything after lineup changes, he’s the heavy favorite to win. Texano replaced La Mascara, who’s out hurt.

Sicodelico Jr. will be part of the NWA World Heavyweight Championship Tournament. (Oddly, there’s a video promo with Nicho challenging for the belt, but not Sicodelcio. Plans change.) It’s a 16 man tournament, and he’s got to face someone named “Roughneck Ryan”, who’s theoretically one of the top 16 contenders in all the world despite being named “Roughneck Ryan”. Also, I’m not sure why two guys from the Texas area are having a first round match in Tennessee, but them there’s the breaks. If Sicodelico Jr. moves on, and gosh I hope he doesn’t lose to Roughneck Ryan, he’ll probably face Claudio Castagnoli and I would totally endorse that match happening. If Sicodelico Jr. wins the NWA Title, I think we’ll have to change the “Did the Gran Alternativa win lead him onto bigger things?” bit on the wiki to a Yes.

The word on the street – people all over the streets are talking about the NWA title tournament, naturally – is Byran Danielson will win end up winning the tournament. (Though now that even I know, it’ll be switched.) In a recent interview with Figure Four, Danielson talked a bit about wanting to do a stretch of wrestling in Mexico to learn how to wrestle lucha – he’s worked one Toryumon Mexico show, but that’s about it. If Bryan Danielson wins the NWA Title, CMLL absolutely must bring him in, because that’d be the awesomest thing possible ever. I’d be cool too if it was Claudio or Sicodelico and I’d understand if Danielson’s NOAH tieup means he’s got to AAA (because that’d could brilliantly insane), but just the concept of Danielson with the NWA Heavyweight Belt taking on, say, Mistico would be so fun, and probably draw. I think the NWA name actually might mean more in Mexico than it does in the US, because the Light Heavyweight title has fared quite a bit better than Heavyweight one over the last 18 years.

AULL (SAT) 05/19 Arena Lopez Mateos [KrisZ]
1) Tortugillio Ninja I, Tortugillio Ninja II, Tortugillio Ninja III b Pequeno Porro I, Pequeno Porro II, Pequeno Porro III
2) Haku, Mr. Potro, Yakuza b Angel de Fuego, Infierno, Kilvan
3) Epidemia & Robin Maravilla b El Solito & Psicopata [AULL TAG]
4) Sepulturero I b Hermano Sepulturero [name]
5) America Salvaje, Rey Krimen, Sadico b King Star Tiger, Mano Negra Jr., Terry 2000
6) Dos Caras Jr., Vampiro, Volador Jr. b Hijo de Cien Caras, Hijo del Cien Caras, Universo 2000

There’s a billion photos of this show over at El Martinete. AULL will be hosting a benefit show for El Signo on 07/01, who needs money for spinal surgery.

CMLL (SUN) 05/20 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [KrisZ]
1) Casanova b Flama
2) Exterminador & Metatron b Destroyer & Rey Trueno
3) Rayman b Sagrado, Flash, Gallo, Metal Blanco, Cien Caras Jr., Mr. Trueno, Toxico, Malefico, Infierno [ciber]
4) Damian 666, Mr. Aguila, Terrible b Hijo de Lizmark, Vampiro, Volador Jr.

In the main, Terrible pinned Vampiro once again after a foul. Rayman & Sagrado want a shot at the Cien Caras Junior brothers Occidente Tag titles.

AAA (SUN) 05/20 Arena Coliseo Monterrey [rfc]
1) Mercurio & Virtual X b Ben Hur & Guerrero Negro Jr.
2) Ramses (ACM) & the Mummy b Karis & Orus
3) Estrellita, Hombre Sin Miedo, Octagoncito b Hechicera, Mini Chessman, Rey Infernal
4) Aventurero, Hator, Histeria b Angel, Brazo, Pimpinela
5) Charly Manson b Alan Stone

Pimpi is hurt, obviously so, and worked anyway.

indy (FRI) 06/01 Auditorio de Tijuana
1) Sparks vs Conde Murcielago
2) Pandillero I & Pandillero II vs Hijo de Kendo & Super Rino
3) Rubi Gardenia & Torando Negro vs Diamantina & Enfermero Jr.
4) Ku Kluk Klan I & Super Muenco vs Hijo de Rey Misterio & Ninja [ri]
5) Blue Demon Jr., Medico Asesino Jr., Rey Misterio vs Cien Caras Jr., Espectro Jr., Nicho

This is being promoted at Medico Asesino Jr.’s retirement match.

Medio Tiempo has a long interview/biography of Cibernetico on their site. Being an antihero and all, he doesn’t understand how parents would allow their children to be fans of his, though he gets why kids might be fans anyway.

(Notimex) A new lucha libre gym was opened in the Jardin Balbuena section of Mexico City.

Either this week’s GdR review or the opener y’all want to hear about will be posted later tonight – that’s the plan, anyway.

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05/26 AAA TV Taping Lineup (Minatitlan, Veracruz)

Previous: 05/06, 05/12, 05/20

AAA TV (SAT) 05/26 Centro de Convenciones, Minatitlan, Veracruz
1) Canibal, Nemesis AAA, Nygma vs Payaso Carrona, Payaso Miedo, Payaso Terror
2) Cinthia Moreno, Estrellita, Sexi Star vs Fabi Apache, La Diabolica, Rossy Moreno
3) Laredo Kid & Super Fly vs Apache & Super Calo
4) Crazy Boy, Joe Lider, Psicosis II vs ?, Cuervo, Ozz
5) Alebrije, Charly Manson, Elegido, Juventud Guerrera vs Antifaz, Fuerza Guerrera, Histeria, Mr. Niebla
6) Chessman, Cibernetico, Zorro vs Abismo Negro, El Mesias, Kenzo Suzuki

Air Date
Mex: 06/03
US: 06/23

I would say there’s a 99.999% chance the mystery man teaming with the Sect is Extreme Tiger, making his debut. I think we’re much more likely to be headed towards Crazy Boy and Joe Lider completing a title swap and getting the tag team titles rather than adding people to Mexican Powers. If that’s the plan, you can work backwards and see Psicosis II wasn’t needed for the group longer, and Juvi can just wander off his own way (as he tends to do.) Obviously, this match will go back for the MPs.

That’s quite the random collection of tecnicos in the semifinal. Elsewhere, we’re just ticking along as usual – I think we already fulfilled our plot developments for this month.

Next Taping
05/30 San Luis Potosi

Have they announced anything for June yet?

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05/22: Perro, Puebla, Nicho

CMLL

According to an interview with NotiMex, Perro Aguayo Jr. may only miss six to nine weeks. They’re saying his suffered an injury to two ligiments and meniscus, but that’s up to an 80% reduction of the initial nine months projection. Nine weeks would put him back in the middle of July.

CMLL (MON) 05/21 Arena Puebla [hugo999 @ box y lucha]
1) Espiritu Maligna & Fuerza Tiger b King Jaguar & Zigma
2) El Legionario, the Tiger, Tigre Rojo DQ Fuerza Chicana, Furia Chicana, Karissma
3) Euforia, Loco Max, Nosferatu b Brillante, Leono, Tony Rivera
4) Atlantis, Tarzan Boy, Texano Jr. b La Mascara, Negro Casas, Volador Jr.
5) Averno, Mephisto, Ultimo Guerrero b Alex Koslov, Marco Corelone, Rey Bucanero

Not sure if this especially meaningful, but Nicho seems to be picking up bookings Mr. Aguila would have to miss due to replacing Perro on the reality show. (I’m thinking Sunday in Merida in particular.) Well, it’s meaningful to the extent that someone has his phone number, I guess.

IWRG (THU) 05/24 Arena Naucalpan
1) Bacteria & Star Boy vs Trauma I & Trauma II
2) Astro Boy, Ave Fenix, Kid Tiger vs 911, Ak47, Fierro
3) Esfinge, Felino, Solar I vs Black Terry, Cyborg, Enfermero Jr.
4) El Dandy, Marco Corelone, Volador Jr. vs Damian 666, Halloween, Mr. Aguila

IWRG (SUN) 05/27 Arena Naucalpan
1) Cella vs Comando Gama
2) Antaris & Bacteria vs Avisman & Macho II
3) Kid Tiger, Peluchin, Takeda vs Black Terry, Trauma I, Trauma II
4) Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro, Suicida vs Kai, Sasaki, Yamato [super libre]
5) Rayo de Jalisco vs Enfermro Jr., Esfinge, Enterrador, AK47, Mascara Ano 2000 Jr., Solar I, Veneno, Cyborg, Ave Fenix [cage, hair, mask]

Awful suspicious that we’ve got a cage of death match and one of the new (?) policeman happens to be in it.

CMLL (SUN) 05/27 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Casanova vs Fraile de La Muerte
2) Idolo & Nube Roja vs Egipcio & GUero Loco
3) Leon Blanco & Rayman vs Fabian el Gitano & Flash and Arkangel & Nitro and Cien Caras Jr. & Hijo de Cien Caras
4) Dr. Wagner Jr., Hijo de Lizmark, Shocker vs Okumura, Pierroth, Terrible

We’ll go over the AAA TV lineup for 05/26 a little bit later – I didn’t see it till now, in case you wondering why I was the last to figure the evil clown names.

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