06/26: Merida, Puebla, Monterrey

I’m not going to write much more about the Chris Benoit story at this point, but it is pretty much all I’m thinking about.

Zocalo.com.mx

CMLL PYCV (SUN) 06/24 Poliforum Zamna de Merida [YucaRod]
1) Corazon Rockero, Espartano I, Jhony Reyna DQ Cachorro JR., Chupacabras, Proverbio
2) Panther Boy L Butire Lee, Rey Persa, Dr. Siniestro [hair]
3) Caballero Galactico, Mascara Purpura, Máscara Sagrada b Dr. X, Nitro, Sangre Azteca
4) Alex Koslov, Negro Casas, Volador Jr. DQ Guerrero Blanco, Mephisto, Texano Jr.
5) Místico b Averno [NWA MIDDLE]

AAA (SUN) 06/24 Arena Coliseo Monterrey [RFC]
1) Aguila Extreme & Panterita del Ring II b Invasor & Mercurio
2) Barba Roja & Karis b Orus & Ramses
3) Estrellita & Josseline b May Flowers & Polvo de Esterllas
4) Antifaz del Norte & Hator b Pimpinela Escarlata & the Mummy
5) Charly Manson & Gronda II DQ Monsther & Pirata Morgan

Pirata Jr., Drake, and Barba Roja ran in the main event to help Pirata and get DQed, after the tecnicos dominated most of the match.

CMLL (MON) 06/25 Arena Puebla [hugo999]
1) Mr. Rafaga & Siki Osama Jr. b King Jaguar & Legionario
2) Batman, SWAT, the Tiger DQ Black Terry, Fuerza Chicana, Kraken
3) Felino, Mascara Purpura, Mictlan b Goto, Ohara, Okumura
4) Averno, Mephisto, Sangre Azteca b La Mascara, La Sombra, Sagrado
5) Atlantis, Lizmark Jr., Olimpico b Negro Casas, Shocker, Volador Jr.

Black Terry fouled the Tiger in the segunda, causing his team to lose in two falls. Batman may have been hurt in that match.

A couple of CMLL card changes for later in the week. Shocker is out of Gran Alternativa. Valiente will instead team with Dos Caras Jr. Dos will all wrestle on Sunday, as the added match will be a trios rematch from last week – Ultimo, Toscano, Universo vs Rey, Marco, and Dos. CMLL.com says it’s “sin limites”, but I don’t believe it has super libre rules.

In today’s Ovaciones, Blue Demon Jr. says his mask match with Espectro Jr. will take some time in August, and he’s hoping to come back to CMLL after that.

CMLL (MON) 06/25 Monclova [Zocalo.com.mx]
1) Pierroth & Satanico b Neutron & Tigre Blanco

indy (TUE) 06/26 Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) Black Thunder & Pequeno Cometa vs Crazy Star & Mascara Negra
2) Ave Azul & Chuy Escobedo Jr. vs Mortifero & Mr. Cuervo
3) Angel Negro & Corazon Adicto vs Ben Hur & Maldito
4) Chakos & Sika vs Ejecutor & Mr. Secuestro
5) Konan Gay, Konan King, Super Konan vs Golden Boy & Pancho Tequila

CMLL (SAT) 06/30 Arena Solidaridad
1) Pequeno Olimpico & Ultimo Dragoncito vs Pequeno Damian 666 & Pequeno Halloween
2) Loco Max & Virus vs Stuka Jr. & Valiente
3) Damain 666 & Hector Garza vs Alex Koslov & Silver King
4) Dr. Wagner Jr. vs Rey Bucanero, Ephesto, Shocker, Mr. Aguila, Ultimo Guerrero, Volador Jr., Maximo, Atlantis, Mephisto [gran prix]
5) Mistico vs Averno

The Tijuana comission will be holding a exam for new wrestlers trying to get their lucha license on Wednesday. They’re expecting about 20 people to tryout, and the test will go three hours.

In Veracruz, a promoter bought the rights to hold AAA’s Guerra de Titanes on June 15. You may have noticed there was no Guerra de Titanes on June 15th. The local promoter dealt with a middle company, not AAA. The local promoter is claiming the middle company lied to them and took their money, and the middle company says they didn’t sign anything. No quotes from AAA at all here.

El Sol de Tampico writes about the 07/04 Auditorio Municipal Tampico show with Wagner vs Atlantis vs Park

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Chris Benoit, family reported dead

Various sources are reporting Chris Benoit, his wife Nancy and his son David have passed away.

If you’re reading this blog, you know who Benoit is, and you probably recall Nancy worked as Woman in AAA for a bit. Other sites are going to have more info, but I can’t go without mentioning it.

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06/25: Coliseo, Tijuana, Warped Tour, magazines

CMLL (SUN) 06/24 Arena Coliseo [ovaciones]
1) Rayo Tapatío I & Rayo Tapatío II b Calígula & Zayco
2) Mr. Aguilita, Pequeño Damian 666, Pequeño Halloween b Bam Bam, Pequeño Olímpico, Último Dragoncito
3) Hirooki Goto, Ohara, Shigeo Okumura b Leono, Stuka Jr., Valiente
4) Damián 666, Halloween, Mr. Águila b Heavy Metal, Máximo, Sombra
5) Tozcano, Último Guerrero, Universo 2000 b Dos Caras Jr., Marco Corelone, Rey Bucanero

Dos Caras hurt his knee on a dive in the second fall, but managed to continue. For that, he was fouled and pinned by Universo. Some sort of rematch will be added for this week, but nothing’s been announced. Didn’t sound like a title match quite yet, but it could be a singles.

Sombra replaced Mascara Purpura and his side lost in two falls. Stuka replaced Mictlan.

This is the card so far for Sunday

CMLL (SUN) 07/01 Arena Coliseo
1) Astro Boy & Trueno vs Carrona & Zayco
2) Bam Bam, Shockercito, Tzuki vs Mr. Aguilita, Pequeno Damian, Pequeno Halloween
3) Felino, La Mascara, Valiente vs Euforia, Nosferatu, Satanico
4) Alex Koslov, Heavy Metal, Volador Jr. vs Atlantis, Olimpico, Sangre Azteca

Robert’s reading much more into Valiente and Euforia being in the same match than I am. Tercera is about Valiente’s position right now, I think this was just the usual random match generator.

BAJA (FRI) 06/22 Auditorio de Tijuana [culotron @ DVDMB]
1) Black Spider, El Camaleon, Extassis, Star Boy b Cepillo, Escorpion, Libelula, Pandillero I
2) Alberije, Estrellita, Pimpinela Escarlata b Miss Janeth, Monsther, Polvo de Esterllas
3) Escoria, Espíritu, Muerte Cibernetica b Abismo Negro, Charly Manson, Histeria
4) Sangre Chicana L Tinieblas Jr., Tinieblas Sr., Pirata Morgan, Fuerza Guerrera, Espectro Jr. [hair]

CMLL (SUN) 06/24 Auditorio Nacional [Notimex]
1) La Sombra & Valiente ?? Arkangel de la Muerte & Virus
2) Lady Apache & Marcela b Hiroka & Mima Shimoda
3) Mano Negra, Matematico I, Solar I b Black Terry, Gallo Tapatio Jr., Negro Navarro
4) Marco Corelone, Rayo de Jalisco Jr., Rey Bucanero DQ Blue Demon Jr., LA Park, Último Guerrero

This was part of a Lourdes Grodet photo exhibition. Of course, can’t have a clean finish here – Ultimo yanked Rayo’s mask.

CMLL (MON) 06/25 Arena Puebla [hugo999]
1) Forajido & King Jaguar vs Mr. Rafaga & Siki Osama Jr.
2) Black Terry, Fuerza Chicana, Kraken vs Batman, SWAT, the Tiger
3) Goto, Ohara, Okumura vs Felino, Mascara Purpura, Mictlan
4) La Mascara, La Sombra, Sagrado vs Averno, Mephisto, Sangre Azteca
5) Atlantis, Lizmark Jr., Olimpico vs Negro Casas, Shocker, Volador Jr.

indy (THU) 06/28 Arena Olimpico Laguna de Gomez Palacio [El Siglo de Torreon]
1) Cadete de la Atlantida & Rey Fobia vs Fuego & Zaracatan
2) Espacial & Insolito vs Moro Jr. & Venum
3) Piloto Suicida, Sexy Libra, Sexy Piscis vs Dulce Paola, Piloto Negro, Sexy Rubi
4) Huracan Ramirez Jr. & Sangre Chicana Jr. vs Espanto V & Pentagon

CMLL (FRI) 06/29 Plaza de Toros Joan Sebastian [box y lucha]
1) Arkano, Estruendo, Okawa vs Emperador, Flecha, Rey Lobo
2) India Sioux & Princesa Blanca vs Rosa Negra & Seductora
3) Felino, Maximo, Sagrado vs Arkangel, Dr. X, Misterioso II
4) Alex Koslov, Mistico, Rey Bucanero vs Mr. Aguila, Tarzan Boy, Ultimo Guerrero

This is a 9 PM start, so they could stretch it to go long regardless. Still, if Mistico & UG have to be in Mexico State later in the night, does that affect how long they’ll be in Arena Mexico?

The press release about AAA working the Warped Tour is here. Same lineup as previously noted (Angel, Psicosis, Decnis – which frees up the spot for Alfa on the atomico team, Mini Charly – I wonder if he’ll meet Other Mini Charly?, Mini Chessman, Super AAA, Piero as ref and it sounds like Dorian Roldan as management.) There’s a couple of lines that boggle my mind, though.

For over 14 years AAA has been the premier wrestling league in Mexico, and enjoys a near 80% share of ticket sales domestically.

“80% of tickets sold?” Where did that number come from?

Antena3 writes about Santo and Scorpio Jr. in Madrid.

Misterioso, Cassandro and Mascarita Sagrada were among luchadores at a show in Salt Lake City Tribune.

Magazines
Super Luchas #218 has Cibernetico and Latin Lover about to shake hands
Luchas 2000 #374 has Cibernetico and Latin Lover shaking hands
Box Y Lucha #2824 has neither Cibernetico nor Latin Lover, but the teased departures mentioned previously. I believe they’re just teases at this point, as if either guy could show up at the other side’s next big show, or not at all. Still not sure what Warrior’s deal is (I’m guessing money, as other people take his spot vs Mistico), but Intocable’s problem seems to be the continued Latin Lover vs Other Dancing Gimmicks deal.

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06/24: notes

We’ll go over things in full tomorrow, but a few quick bits

Mistico retained the NWA Middleweight Title over Averno in Merida
– Lita was announced as working TripleMania on this week’s AAA TV in Mexico
– Box Y Lucha’s cover story is “Is Black Warrior leaving CMLL?” and one of the inset stories is “is Intocable is leaving AAA?” Anyone get a copy? Might be worth reading.

Accion

CMLL: Main event trios from Arena Mexico, including Corleone hitting his dive, and Monito knocking down Garza with a dive. Dives from Panther, Shocker, and Corelone (looking stiff on a off the ramp clotheslines.) Babe Richard was outside with Garza when Lizmark pulled Panther’s mask, and the other ref was looking at the floor for whatever reason.

AAA: La Parka Jr., Cibernetico, Chessman vs Mesias, Kenzo, Ozz from Merida. The clip starts with a Zorro run in, so at least they’re not wasting time. Chessman gets in spears on Mesias and Kenzo, Zorro gets in a thrust kick on Mesias, but Konnan knocks Chessman off the top rope, and some how that’s good enough for the pin. The rest of the Sect hits the ring and beats everyone down. Didn’t see Parka at all here – I don’t know if he’s meant to be outside the ring or what.

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07/06 AAA TV Taping Lineup (Puebla)

Previous: 06/10, 06/17, 07/01 (lineup only)

AAA TV (FRI) 07/06 Plaza de Toros El Relicario Puebla [Super Luchas #218]
1) Payaso Carrona, Payaso Miedo, Payaso Terror vs Canibal, Chiva Rayada I, Explosivo
2) Aero Star, Némesis AAA, Pegasso, Rey Cometa vs Jesse, Nygma, Polvo de Esterllas, Yuriko
3) Alfa, Fabi Apache, Gran Apache, Super Calo vs Laredo Kid, Pimpinela Escarlata, Sexy Star, Super Fly
4) Crazy Boy, Extreme Tiger, Joe Lider vs Cuervo, Escoria, Ozz
5) Alberije, Latin Lover, Zorro vs Head Hunter I, Ron Killings, X-Pac
6) Cibernetico vs Mesias [bull terrier]

Air Date
Mex: 07/15 – so this takes them to TripleMania
US: 08/04

One would think they would make the TripleMania challenges here…but 9 days before the show, we’ll surely know the lineup before this taping takes place.

Still no Abismo. Maybe I’m assuming too much, but Head Hunter I seems like a replacment in that spot.

Kinda seems like there ought to be a Atomicos rematch at TripleMania, though I have no particular interest in it.

Who’s Yuriko? The magazine lists his team as Exoticos, which applies to the captian, but Nygma’s the Riddler and Jessy is one of the remaining Kumbia Kids.

In the interest of openness, Super Luchas just lists “Chiva”, so it could be Chiva II. I’m just making a gigantic leap of faith.

Announced Future Tapings
– 07/15 TripleMania

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06/08 AAA TV Taping Reuslts (Coumel, QR)

Previous: 05/20, 05/26, 05/30

AAA TV (FRI) 06/08 Parque de Beisbol Rojo Gomez, Coumel, Quintana Roo [Super Luchas #218]
1) Gran Apache & Super Calo b Laredo Kid & Super Fly
2) Cinthia Moreno, Estrellita, Sexy Star b Ayako Hamada, Canadian Angel, Fabi Apache
3) Crazy Boy, Extreme Tiger, Joe Lider b Escoria, Espíritu, Psicosis II
4) Alan Stone, Scorpio Jr., Zumbido b Alberije, Elegido, Oriental
5) Cuervo, Kenzo Suzuki, Mesias, Ozz b Chessman, Cibernetico, La Parka Jr., Zorro

Air Date
Mex: 06/17
US: 07/07

For those who haven’t been following along, this is the taping from two weeks ago which actually has aired in Mexico (and highlights on Accion), but I didn’t have the results and it was slowly killing me. Killing me at a mild trot, I’d say.

The big angle is the Hell Brothers and tecnicos working together, which they’ve now done ever since. Didn’t do them much good here. Cuervo replaced Abismo on this one.

Extreme Tiger, originally listed on the rudos side, moved to the Mexican Powers to replace Juvi (selling an injury) and Psicosis took the spot on the other side. Between the lineup shuffles and people using old gear in their new roles, there’s reason to believe the Psicosis II turn was a last minute decision. Or they could’ve just been totally unprepared. Both are equally possible.

Canadian Angel is recently ex-WWE developmental wrestler Angel Williams. (And she’s really from Canada.)

Future Tapings
06/10 Merida
06/17 Toluca
07/01 Monterrey
– 07/06 Puebla
– 07/15 TripleMania

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AAA #630

05/26/07, aired 06/23/07

That main event finish was so screwed up. I mean, hideously bad. I think Cuervo wasn’t supposed to hit Cibernetico, and I think Mesias was supposed to foul Cibernetico when he lifted him up for a chokeslam, but I can’t imagine that working out well under any circumstance. I dunno. Nice how Hijo de Tirantes got over not counting pinfalls when it was the finish.

Laredo/Fly vs Calo/Apache was really fun. I understand the finish, but I so wanted to see a pinfall to end the match. It was frustrating.

Don’t got much to say about the rest.

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06/22: Mexico, IWRG, lineups, GdR

ESTO

CMLL (FRI) 06/22 Arena Mexico [ova, ESTO, Alvin @ el Martinete
1) Super Nova & Valiente b Polvora & Vaquero
2) Dark Angel, Lady Apache, Marcela b Hiroka, Mima Shimoda, Princesa Sujei
3) Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto b La Mascara, Sagrado, Volador Jr.
4) Damian 666, Villano III, Villano V DQ Atlantis, Texano Jr., Ultimo Guerrero
5) Hector Garza, Lizmark Jr., Mr. Aguila b Blue Panther, Marco Corleone, Shocker

Lizmark Jr. took Blue Panther’s mask enroute to the win. Texano Jr. replaced Tarzan Boy, 5 and Ultimo ripped up each other’s masks, and Guerreros fouled the Villanos to lose their match. They’re strongly teasing Ultimo vs Villano V in a mask match. The rudas are back to losing all the time again.

IWRG (THU) 06/21 Arena Naucalpan [superluchas]
1) Platino b Super Espia
2) Ave Fenix & Kid Tiger b Nemesis IWRG II & Vampiro Metalico
3) Astro Boy, Celestial, Turbo b Fantasma de la Opera, Krator, Sasaki
4) Damian 666 & Halloween b Hijo de Cien Caras & Mascara Ano 2000 Jr.
5) Cerebro Negro & Yamato L Felino & Pantera and Dr. Cerebro & Kai [losers advance]
6) Cerebro Negro b Yamato [hair]

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 06/26 Arena Coliseo
1) Rayo Tapatio I & Rayo Tapatio II vs Polvora & Vaquero
2) Bam Bam, Electrico, Fantasy vs Mr. Aguilita, Pequeno Damian 666, Pequeno Halloween
3) Leono, Tigre Blanco, Tony Rivera vs Goto, Ohara, Okumura
4) Felino, Mictlan, Sombra vs Euforia, Nosferatu, Virus
5) Blue Panther, Heavy Metal, Rey Bucanero vs Atlantis, Olimpico, Universo 2000

CMLL (TUE) 06/26 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Thunder Boy vs Milenio
2) Magistral vs Guero Loco
3) Nube Roja vs Depredador
4) Oro II vs Egipcio
5) Hijo del Faraon & Metal Blanco vs Ephesto & Jeque
6) El Gallo & Metalico vs Misterioso II & Toxico
7) Terrible & Ultimo Guerrero vs Dr. Wagner Jr. & Marco Corelone

CMLL (FRI) 06/29 Arena Mexico
1) Fabian el Gitano & Metalico vs Apocalipsis & Hooligan
2) Dark Angel, Diana La Cazadora, Luna Magica vs Amapola, Hiroka, Mima Shimoda
3) Negro Casas & Stuka Jr. vs Shocker & Valiente and Dr. Wagner Jr. & Mascara Purpura and Mistico & Sombra and Super Comando & Villano V and Flash & Marco Corelone and Euforia & Ultimo Guerrero and Heavy Metal & Super Nova [gran alternativa]
4) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [gran alternativa, qf]
5) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [gran alternativa, qf]
6) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [gran alternativa, qf]
7) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [gran alternativa, qf]
8) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [gran alternativa, sf]
9) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [gran alternativa, sf]
10) ? & ?? vs ??? & ???? [gran alternativa, final]
11) Lizmark Jr. vs Blue Panther

One week builds to main events! I dunno about this one.

No Sunday lineup posted yet. Maybe they’re going to wait till after this week’s Sunday show?

CMLL GdR on CAN52 #83
06/17 Mexico: Amapola b Diana La Cazadora [hair]
06/17 Mexico: Dr. Wagner Jr., Heavy Metal, Shocker b Damian 666, Halloween, Terrible

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AAA #618

taped 03/03/07, aired 03/31/07

Let’s see if I can distract you with a dated AAA recap. This one was two shows before Rey de Reyes (which is in the unwatched pile – as is this week’s FSE, I know), so the last tag team tournament matches before the four way (still bored with them), Fuerza/Juvi stuff which is no further four months later, and Hijo de Tirantes screwing Abismo in what I guess was the culmination of that feud, though they didn’t make much of it.

Black Magic did nothing of note in his surprise appearance – he didn’t even strike me as so bad that you can’t bring him back, but there didn’t seem to be much special reason to do so either. Main event finish annoyed me, but that’s because they’re so not interested in finishes.

I don’t think I got donuts. There’s always tomorrow.

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06/22: Mexico preview, SLP

Another slow day. Canada’s goal should’ve counted.

Quick reminder of today’s Arena Mexico card….

CMLL (FRI) 06/22 Arena Mexico
1) Super Nova & Valiente vs Polvora & Vaquero
2) Dark Angel, Lady Apache, Marcela vs Hiroka, Mima Shimoda, Princesa Sujei
3) La Mascara, Sagrado, Volador Jr. vs Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto
4) Atlantis, Tozcano, Ultimo Guerrero vs Damian 666, Villano III, Villano V
5) Blue Panther, Marco Corleone, Shocker vs Hector Garza, Lizmark Jr., Mr. Aguila

Preview: ESTO. Ovaciones still has yesterday’s edition on their site.

I’m not really sure what the issue in the main event is supposed to be. Maybe Lizmark Jr.’s return to action? (He’s only been gone a couple of weeks.) High Society/Perros is a feud, but not one they’ve worked on lately. Not that the Villanos have wowed, but at least that match is a bit hotter.

ESTO has an interview with Bucanero, hyping up his show. They go with July 20th here – it’s still 22nd in Ovaciones. ESTO does the vote plug as well, and it occurs to me now that CMLL surely is not going to be counting up the votes from a bunch of different newspapers and articles. They’re just going to tell Ultimo to be ready to work, and Atlantis and Toscano to be ready to look like you were going to work. ESTO also has a notes roundup (they’re pretending to put tickets on Ticketmaster again, starting this Tuesday) and a phone interview with Diana (who would’ve won if only not for her kidney stones and twisted ankle.) Diana’s looking for a rematch in Monterrey in August, which doesn’t leave her a lot of time to grow her hair.

AAA (WED) 06/20 Auditorio Miguel Barragan de San Luis Potosi [El Sol]
1) ?, Astro Latino, Dragon Chino ?? Principe Leon, Turbo X, X Turbo
2) Apolo Star, Centella Inca, Super AAA ?? Americo, Black Maravilla, Cosaco Loco
3) Fabi Apache, Rossy Moreno, Tiffany b Cinthia Moreno, Estrellita, Sexy Star
4) Crazy Boy, Joe Lider, Mascara Divina DQ Antifaz del Norte, Brazo de Plata Jr., Chris Stone
5) Fuerza Guerrera, Hator, Zumbido b Latin Lover, Super Astro, Tinieblas Jr.

Tineiblas subbed for Juvi. Latin Lover beat Hator for the win. In the semimain, Antifaz fouled Crazy Boy for the DQ. I think Brazo Jr. with the rudos was just a random thing – like Zumbido interfering in the women’s match. Gran Hamada made an appearance on the show.

Attendance is listed as slightly above average – disappointing, but someone credited to the previous Mistico riot.

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