01/16-17 Lucha Times

box. A lot of rerun material this week.

AAA-US: Best of, part 1.

52MX: maybe 2nd and 4th is the new thing here, which would be Strippers vs 2 Cats & 1 Horse, plus Poder No Limit vs Hijo del Fantasma and two guys he leapfrogged

IWRG on Teleformula: show wasn’t taped, so-rerun?

CMLL: another best of? Seemed like that’s where they left off.

AAA-MEX: Best of, part 3?

CMLL-FOX: Saturday morning at 9am, with Fuerza Aerea CMLL/Azteca vs Tuareg, and Triad vs Panther/Mistico/Strong Man

C3: Back to top 4, I’d guess. Is Felino working his way thru the young high flyers?

Puebla: Unless I’m missing something on TVC Deportes doesn’t have Puebla listed for this Sunday. Dunno.

Monterrey: maybe the Silver Star/Hator match?

IWRG-TVC: This is supposed to be taped, and Suicida/Zatura vs Traumas looks fun, as does the main event return of Bombero Infernal.

CMLL on 52MX #213 (12/19)

taped Arena Mexico @ 12/13/2009

Fabián el Gitano, Metro, Rush vs Euforia, Nosferatu, Skándalo – hey look, Euforia & Nosferatu teaming up again. It’s been so long. I think I like Metro more than most because I keep seeing him in matches with guys like his partners and it’s all that context.

La Sombra, Shocker, Strong Man vs Terrible, Texano Jr., Vangelis – This was pretty fun in the wacky Strong Man style. I don’t need to see it every week, kinda like Porky, but every so often is OK. It is funny to be at the point where CMLL is doing a better job booking Gronda than AAA.

Guadalajara, Mexico, AAA Sin Limite, ratings, Puebla

CMLL (TUE) 01/12 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Fuego en el Ring]
1) Relampago & Virgo b Meteoro & Saturno
2) Asesino Negro & Drago b Angelo & Metatrón
3) Hierro & Palacio Negro b Ángel del Mal & Rey Trueno
4) Máscara Dorada & Valiente b Ephesto & Euforia
5) Blue Panther, Brazo de Plata, Hijo del Fantasma b Máscara Mágica, Terrible, Texano

Valiente got sent over here to replace Maximo. Porky pinned Terrible in the main event. Tag team champions of this specific building losing a tag team match in this specific building should lead somewhere…

CMLL (TUE) 01/12 Arena Mexico [ESTO, Fuego en el Ring]
3) Ángel de Plata, Fuego, Stuka Jr. b Arkangel de la Muerte, Nitro, Skándalo
4) Rey Bucanero, Sangre Azteca, Último Guerrero b Metro, Sagrado, Shocker
5) Héctor Garza, La Máscara, La Sombra DQ Felino, Naito, Negro Casas

Felino yanked off La Sombra’s mask for the straight fall loss. Metro was here for Valiente.

AAA held a press conference and early screening of their movie for the press yesterday. Somehow, I did not get an invite, but there’s a lot of articles out about it today. What you need to know:

– Movie cost 30 million pesos ($2.35 mil US), but they hope to make 80,000,000 ($6.27). That’d be a strong return of investment. They’ll open on 250 screens, and they’re thinking of a TV series or a movie if succesful.
– Obviously, that means they think it’ll do better than Campones de Lucha Libre did, and there’s talk about purposely spacing it away from that movie.
– Konnan says wrestlers are more relatable heroes than soccer players, because fans sit a lot closer to the ring. Parka says WWE is a fad, since Mexican wrestling is obviously much better.
– The movie will be dubbed in Japanese and English. They hope to send it to Japan, but there’s no real plans mentioned for elsewhere.
– The picture from the AAA site that kinda looked like Mr. Niebla is in fact Mr. Niebla. Movies take a while to make, what are you going to do.
– Also, and I only realized (or remembered) this a couple weeks ago: they’re calling AAA Sin Limite de Tiempo because there’s no limit in time – they’re traveling all around it, you see.
– The film director watched La Parka Jr. for a month to study how he acts in the ring. Making movies is tough.
– Movie includes La Parka Jr. winning a championship; clearly a work of fiction

Last weekend’s ratings, as noted by LLL down below:

01/08 SmackDown: 9.7
01/09 CMLL: 4.0
01/10 AAA: 3.7
01/11 Raw: 9.3 (19.0)

CMLL’s Best of 2009 show was a high mark for their ratings, while AAA’s Best Of was a lower than usual mark for them. Also not sure if it’s a blip but remember SmackDown ratings were doing mid 11’s back in October and have dropped off that mark since early November. Raw ratings are basically steady, but this is the lowest number we’ve gotten for them.

Terrible says he and Texano to Japan on 02/12. He was so excited, he had trouble sleeping at first.

Ovaciones has a short video interview with Super Nova about WWE.

Cronicas y Leyendas looks back at Hijo del Santo’s debut and Ultimo Guerrero taking Mr. Aguila’s mask.

Kcidis predicts the ending of Hector Garza & Ultimo Guerrero.

Segunda Caida starts a run of IWRG recap with the Castle of Terror show (no thoughts on the skit?), the Dr. Cerbero vs Suicida show, and Flor Metalica vs La Diabolica.

Ohtani’s Jacket writes about the IWRG handhelds 01/07/10 and Bushi vs Dr. Cerebro.

CMLL (MON) 01/18 Arena Puebla
1) Asturiano & SWAT vs Mr. Rafaga & Policeman
2) Bam Bam, Fantasy, Tzuki vs Pequeño Damian 666, Pequeño Universo 2000, Pequeño Violencia
3) Ángel de Oro, Ángel de Plata, Sagrado vs Nitro, Nosferatu, Shigeo Okumura
4) Hijo del Fantasma, La Máscara, Valiente vs Dragon Rojo Jr., Misterioso II, Sangre Azteca
5) La Sombra, Shocker, Volador Jr. vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Último Guerrero

Tzuki is booked. Will he appear? Semimain is two third of the world trios champions vs Poder Mexica, while main is the tag team champions. (So probably no new feuds from this.)

CMLL on 52MX #212 (12/12)

taped 12/06 in Arena Coliseo

Amapola, Hiroka, Mima Shimoda vs Dalis la Caribeña, Lady Apache, Marcela – by the end of the first fall, I was worried Dalis was going to be horrible. By the end, she seems just more limited. She’s fine when she’s adapting her kickboxing but isn’t up to speed in other ways. (She’s every other new female wrestler here, basically.)

Metro, Toscano, Valiente vs Dragon Rojo Jr., Misterioso II, Shigeo Okumura – a mostly unnoteworthy match. Metro and Okumura should have a war over the German suplex, just to give me something interesting to say.

IWRG on Teleformula #6 (12/12)

taped 11/29 in Arena Naucalpan

Oficial Fierro vs Freelance [hair] – I dunno about this as a good match (too much stuff with Freelance/ref that seems to have been nothing but this match), but it was definitely an event – turned into one once Fierro missed that tope, and 911 poured a beer on him to wake him up.

The production of these shows have not been great – as Alfredo notes, they could use an actual open and closing for the show – but the sound tech needs to be picked up by CMLL or AAA immediately. Arena Naucalpan sounds alive and vibrant, even though it’s not clear they’re drawing four digits crowds. The show is significantly better to watch than shows sounding like a morgue (like, say, the UWE show.) It’s come thru on a lot of shows, including in this match.

Angelico, Rayo de Jalisco Jr., Scorpio Jr. vs Oficial 911, Tóxico, Veneno (and part 2) – A lot of people I don’t miss seeing regularly. Actually, Veneno is still awesome in his Veneno way (like the super great wacky skit – see part 1.)

Mistico/Rey, Electroshock, Rock, Laredo Kid

CMLL (MON) 01/11 Arena Puebla [Fuego en el Ring]
1) Alarido, Ares el Guerrero, Crazy Black b Blue Center, Centella de Oro, King Jaguar
2) Disturbio, Espiritu Maligno, Hooligan b Milenium, Sensei, Tigre Blanco
3) Fuego, Metro, Stuka Jr. b Dr. X, Pólvora, Virus
4) La Sombra, Strong Man, Super Porky DQ Atlantis, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero
5) Místico b Rey Bucanero

Rey tried to apply La Mistica, failed, got beat by La Mistica. :-(

UG yanked Sombra’s mask in the semimain. Crazy Black joined the rudos in the opener, which will surely change the balance of power in Puebla.

Both ESTO and Ovaciones and ESTO hype Naito on today’s Arena Mexico show. It is in Arena Mexico after all.

Electroshock getting into a car accident got picked up in a lot of places yesterday, though there’s not much there that wasn’t in the first article. AAA interviews Electro, and he says he’s doing OK.

The other random story popping up everywhere is The Rock’s trip to Mexico to promote his (awful looking) Tooth Fairy movie. He told ESTO his lucha libre idols are Mil Mascaras, El Santo and Eddie Guerrero.

AAA reprints a Laredo Kid interview from Box Y Lucha. Laredo wants to get more experience fighting the top guys. He thinks the Air Force is done – Super Fly is fine on regular shows, but acts all jealous on TV. (They seemed to drop that months ago.) Laredo says he has no problems with injuries right now.

WagnerMania has a two part video interview with Silver King

Estrella del Ring has an interview with Hijo de Lizmark, who’s out with an injury to his right leg.

Luchando Libre posted their 2009 awards. They went a lot of ways I wouldn’t have considered.

La Voz has the Mexicali Box y Lucha awards. Can’t say I have strong opinions on those, sorry, though I will note that there’s a point in SuperLuchas favor inside.

El Pancracio has an interview with Rambo, who says he wanted to use Sargento Furia or Capitán Sangre when getting a new persona, but Francisco Flores insisted on a shorter name. Capitan Sangre was a pretty good idea. He says kids need to learn wrestling from A-Z, and they’re only learning it from X-Z. There’s also an interview with Super Muneco, who says he’s won 98 masks. Hope they build something for #100.

Pancracio also mentions the third season of Idolos del Ring (reality show?) starts filming on 02/21/10 and includes Claudio Castagnolli in the cast. So confused. This is all I know.

Somos Distribution is mentioned as marketing CMLL lucha libre at the NATPE (TV) convention in a couple weeks. Another article says Somos signed a content deal with CadenaTres, so it’s the Tuesday Arena Mexico show.

New Viper Amnesia has a Twitter account.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

IWRG (THU) 01/14 Arena Naucalpan
1) Volaris vs Flama Eterna
2) Dinamic Black & Imperial vs Comando Negro & Hijo del Signo
3) Brazo de Plata Jr., Brazo Jr., Brazo Metalico vs Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo, Gringo Loco
4) Suicida & Zatura vs Trauma I & Trauma II
5) Angelico, Pantera, Solar I vs Bombero Infernal, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Negro Navarro

This card has some promise and is supposed to be taped for TVC Deportes. Bombero Infernal makes a return (after he lost his mask as Capitan Muerte.) Tercera is a rematch, which worries me slightly.

CMLL (SAT) 01/30 Mission Valley Ballroom, El Paso, TX
1) Drako & RBD vs Pagano & Rey Infernal
2) Samuray & Samuray Jr. vs Ghost Rider & Scorpio (El Paso)
3) Sexy Flowers & Trinigistro vs Freddy Kruger & Rey Scorpio
4) Crazy 33, Magnum, Marquez Jr. vs Black Fish, Crazy 32, El Migra
5) Hijo del Fantasma & Místico vs Texano Jr. & Último Guerrero

Rare appearance north of the border. Hilariously, this Mistico is listed as El Unico & Original on the poster in Incognito’s hometown. That’s quite the message.

AAA #916 (12/12)

taped Plaza de Toros la Concordia de Orizaba, 11/20/2009

Mascarita Divina, Mini Charly Manson, Octagoncito vs Mini Abismo Negro, Mini Histeria, Mini Psicosis – not quite as great as the previous, but still pretty well up there.

Cinthia Moreno, Fabi Apache, Mari Apache vs Jennifer Blake, Rain, Sexy Star – not a long match, but definitely the best they’ve had since bringing in Rain & Blade. I’m still not sold on Blade, but Rain should stay here as long as she wants (assuming the Apaches don’t kill her.)

El Elegido & Rocky Romero vs Alex Koslov & Ozz – much better than the previous week, because of the amusing cross feud matchups (Alex/Elegido most of all.)

Dr. Wagner Jr., Electroshock, Silver King vs Chessman, Teddy Hart, Zorro (and part 2) – another long WagnerManiacos squash. They’ve been booked very dominant in this feud, so it seems odd it never went anywhere.

Legion beats up Cibernetico – too long, but they got the point across. If only they kept it to doing it once. Next time was excessive.

If you work backwards, this should’ve been “Legion and Cibernetico attempt to murder each other, AAA security steps in, but get taken out by both sides”. That would’ve better built the reasoning for the GdT match to be unsanctioned (it’s a war zone, AAA doesn’t want to get involved) and they’re not doing the same beatdown twice.

El Mesías, Latin Lover, Marco Corleone vs Joe Lider, Konnan, Nicho el Millionario – exactly as you’d expect, but at least Latin finally got his win back from TripleMania.

CMLL on 52MX #211 (12/06)

taped Arena Coliseo, 11/29/09

Leono, Tigre Blanco, Tony Rivera vs Inquisidor, Puma King, Tiger Kid: five minutes! not very good! This is when I realized I should not have wished to have this show back (though that was also evident on the random FSE show I watched but maybe never posted the recap for?)

Máscara Dorada, Metro, Toscano vs Naito, Shigeo Okumura, Yujiro – No Limit had the hair match the next week and were saving it up for that match. Kinda surprising they put the tecnicos over in this show, but no one thinks like (each day is it’s own promotion) that so why do I?

The really big story is the metric tons of filler and ads for other products. I like to think I pay attention than most, but I’m pretty sure most of the stuff would’ve passed right by me if I didn’t right a (too long) recap of it. Don’t think a normal person watching it would absorb any of it; it’d more likely push them away from the show.

CMLL on Televsia #953 (12/05)

(it’s probably not 953)

By my count, I’ve got something like 15 recaps done but not posted. Fine work on my part. Let’s see what I can do about that this week.

taped 12/04/09

I believe I downloaded LuchaLibreDeMexico‘s YouTube for this, so go check him out. Or buy something from his store.

– Héctor Garza, Místico, Strong Man vs Atlantis, Mr. Niebla, Último Guerrero

– La Sombra & Volador Jr. vs Ephesto & Mephisto for the CMLL World Tag Team Championship – very good match in the usual format, but it didn’t seem like it exceeded the usual format. It’s a match worth seeing, definitely, and among the best in 2009, but it wasn’t the breakout match to make anyone a bigger star. I mean, they did the crucifix powerbomb reversal into a ‘rana for the finish. This may be very pedantic of me, but they always do that finish. It was a very good spot show match and the problems here don’t appear to be as much as physical or mental. Like I said, still one of the best matches of the year, but there was nothing about that was of 2009 – it wasn’t special enough to differentiate between the many variations

(Also, CMLL needs new refs.)

– Terrible & Texano Jr. vs Naito & Yujiro in a double hair match – maybe this one just had the advantage of not being done nearly as much, but this DID feel like the breakout match Terrible & Texano needed to reach another level. It wasn’t as technically good as the previous match, but it was over more with the crowd (for obvious reasons) and seemed like a much bigger deal when it was over. My big question was if enough people saw this match for it to mean as much as it should’ve; I’m sure that’s the reason why it aired on TV the day after, unlike the other big matches this year.