06/18: Puebla, Lineups

CMLL (MON) 06/18 Arena Puebla [hugo999]
1) Fuerza Chicana, Furia Chicana, Karissman b Blue Center, King Jaguar, Zigma
2) Black Terry, Kraken, Siki Osama Jr. b Centella de Oro, Legionario, Mr. Rafaga
3) Lady Apache, Luna Magica, Marcela b Amapola, Hiroka, Mima Shimoda
4) Sangre Azteca, Terrible, Ultimo Guerrero b Blue Panther, Marco Corelone, Sagrado
5) Damian 666, Halloween, Mr. Aguila b Heavy Metal, Negro Casas, Volador JR. [MEX TRIOS]

Terrible replaced Black Warrior, who still seems to be missing. No details on the main event. I think Ultimo fouled Marco for the pin in the semimain, if I’m reading this right.

El Salavador has an obit for Caballero Rojo

La Voz de La Frontera previews a Mexicali show by talking up Dr. Wagner Jr.’s feuds with Atlantis, Black Warrior and Damian 666. Huh.

Blue Demon Jr. was on a panel, talking about the importance of physical education in school.

Box Y Lucha 2823 has Perro winning the reality show. Ehhhh. It’s been nice to see Blue Demon Jr. all the sudden become a Perro del Mal member when it gets him on TV.

Some lineups after the break, including Jeque’s Big Match (Take 2)

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06/18: Mexico, Monterrey, Campeche

CMLL (SUN) 06/17 Arena Mexico [superluchas, ovaciones]
1) Mini Damian 666 & Mini Halloween b Bracito de Oro & Tzuki
2) Lady Apache, Marcela, Sahori b La Seductora, Medussa, Rosa Negra
3) La Mascara, Mictlan, Volador Jr. b Euforia, Nosferatu, Satanico
4) Amapola b Diana La Cazadora [hair]
5) Dr. Wagner Jr., Heavy Metal, Shocker b Damian 666, Halloween, Terrible
6) Mistico & Negro Casas b Averno & Mephisto [CMLL TAG]

In the main event, Negro Casas used the La Mistica and Mistico won with the casita. Superluchas has it at 27 minutes. Hair match went about 14. Diana’s wants a rematch in Monterrey. Lady Apache & Marcela replaced India Sioux & Dark Angel in the women’s trio.

Ovaciones says around 5,000 attendance, citing rain and Mexico’s soccer team playing a Gold Cup game. Amapola vs Diana was an interesting feud to me, but I didn’t expect it to be a draw any more than Leono/Mogur was a draw. Maybe this is one time blip, but it comes off to me as if you can’t just throw Mistico out there in what everyone knows will be a great match (and by all accounts, it was) and expect to pop a big house, especially when he’s been in main events and big matches plenty in that building lately. If this was a show people were really into, they probably can skip a game versus Costa Rica, but it was a feud with a complete lack of recent activity (and a sub feud only built up on the B-Show, with a build that only makes sense after the fact.)

FWIW, next Mexico Gold Cup game is on Thursday, and the final (likely between US and Mexico – I’m thinking Guadeloupe’s run of a lifetime is about over) is next Sunday.

Add a July 28th taping in Tlaxaca to the upcoming AAA show list. No lineup is announced.

AAA (SUN) 06/17 Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) Aguila Extrema & Arquero b Invasor & Mercurio
2) Arquero & Karis b Ramses & Rey Infernal
3) Estrellita b Tiffany, Sexi Star
4) Aventurero, Hator, Monje Negro Jr., Zumbido b El Brazo, Orus, Pimpinela, the Mummy
5) Abismo Negro, Antifaz, Histeria b Brazo de Plata, Charly Manson, Elegido

CMLL (SAT) 06/16 Ciudad del Carmen Campeche [El Gris @ el maritente]
1) ? & Angel Celestial DQ Demonio Rojo & Mecanico
2) Destello & Relampago b Gym Kata & Lasser Man
3) Amapola & Rebelde b Marcela & Sahori
4) Mascara Sagrada b Angel de la Muerte [hair]
5) Mascara Purpura, Negro Casas, Rayo de Jalisco DCO Atlantis, Mascara Ano 2000, Veneno

Magazines
Lucha 2000 #373 has Espectro Jr. signing the mask match challenge with Blue Demon Jr. in blood.
Super Luchas #217 has the death of Vince McMahon. (I will resist the urge to mock Berwyn.)
Super Luchas Grafico #23 has Mistico and Dave Meltzer.

Lizmark, Huracan Ramires Jr., La Parkita were in Michoacan, talking about lucha libre as their anti-drug.

CMLL (TUE) 06/19 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Estrella de Jalisco vs Fraile de la Muerte
2) Carlo Roggi vs Rey Trueno
3) Metatron vs Depredador
4) Flash vs Malefico
5) Oro II vs Jeque
6) Fabian el Gitano & Hijo del Faraon vs Ephesto & Texano Jr.
7) Rey Bucanero & Shocker vs Atlantis & Olimpico

CMLL (FRI) 06/21 Auditoio Municipal Torreon [El Siglo de Torreon]
1) Chamuco Trevino, Espanto V, Sexy Francis vs Emperador Azteca, Hijo del Soberano, Sexy Piscis
2) Princesa Blanca & Sahori vs La Nazi & Medusa
3) Sangre Azteca & Silver King vs Alex Koslov & Felino

This is a free show. They’re doing a match between radio show personalities (I’ve skipped it here), so I’m guessing the station is subsudizing the show.

VIP NBLLM (SAT) 06/23 Roots Magic Club [Tiger Marino]
1) Angel de los Ninos, Polaris, Ultrasonic vs Flechador, Halcon Guerrero, Urco
2) Leon Guerrero, Terry 2000, Turbo vs Black Heart, La Furia, La Mosca
3) Caramelo, Nino X, Super Nino vs Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro, Suicida
4) Villano III vs Solar, Black Terry, Super Muneco, Coco Rojo
5) Albarone, Villano IV, Villano V vs Axel, Ultimo Dragon, VIP Negro

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06/17.2: Sunday Mexico top match results, Accion, FSE

Alexis says champs retained tag titles and Diana lost her hair. I thought Alexis was perhaps just pulling one over on me, but then it’d be a vast conspiracy with superluchas as well.

Amapola kept her hair. I can’t believe it. That’s awesome.

Accion:

CMLL: Main event trios from Arena Mexico. Mistico looked fine in the highlights. We don’t see the Perros interfering, just walking to ringside – ah, I guess Lizmark slipped in to punch, though you can’t see him right away.

AAA: Scorpio Jr., Zumbido, Alan Stone vs Elegido, Oriental, Alebrije, which would’ve been the semimain from the 06/08 taping. Spots, spots, and Guapito low blowing Alebrije with a headbutt to get the Guapos the win. Tecnicos all had purple outfits, which probably desn’t actually mean anything but I thought I’d point out anyway.

CMLL FSE #45 has
06/10: Arkangel de la Muerte Okumura, Loco Max, Nitro b Fabián el Gitano, Metálico, Tony Rivera
06/10: Místico, Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero b Damián 666, Halloween, Misterioso II

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AAA #629 (06/16)

taped 05/20, aired 06/16/07

My cable started breaking up during the main event on both the Saturday and Sunday airings, and rebooted itself during the match on the overnight airing. I got most of the main event when I put it together, except for a time. I might have actually beat Victor for the first time ever if not for my cable.

The concept of the main event seemed to be “the Sect can take out the other Hellbrothers, but Cibernetico could still win because now he’s got Zorro & La Parka Jr. from AAA helping him.” Which is fine, but makes me wonder why Chessman was out there to start. He had to play dumb for the interference to work early until the part where he was laid out, and they end up just doing yet another injury angle that’s not going anywhere.

I actually liked this show watching it, though looking back at it, I’d only recommend the Gran Apache/Air Force match. Was the match I missed from two weeks ago better than this? Becuase this was pretty good, and quickly becoming one of my favorite ongoing feuds in lucha.

I don’t think someone’s made this comment, but I’m sure it’s been thought – it can NOT be a coincidence that Sombra and others CMLL young high fliers started getting a bigger push soon after the Air Force/Gran Apache’s group started showing up on AAA TV. All people in charge of CMLL probably aren’t watching AAA (wrestling promoters not following their competitors TV seems to be universally true, if the even bother to watch their own TV), but I’m sure there’s someone who saw the Air Force stuff and wanted to make to show CMLL doing it better. The timing is too perfect for when they started doing the Gran Apache related stuff.

I know I should be demanding a reason for Psicosis turning and perhaps they’ll give one next week. I’m not sure we need Psicosis to spell it. If you think about it, he’s been teaming with Juvi and Crazy Boy and Joe Lider – the question he needs to answer is what took him so long to turn on that bunch of goofs.

If I never see Hijo de Tirantes teasing a DQ he will never ever call, it’d be too soon. Hatable thing about AAA (and much non-CMLL lucha) #248: referees make themselves far too important and try to steal the spotlight from the wrestlers. Pepe Casas is the only one who stays out of the way.

Thinking back to their promo, maybe the idea is the Payasos will be whatever their opponents aren’t, and change from tecnico to rudo per match. It’s weird, but so was the debut.

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CMLL CAN52 GdR #82

taped 06/08, 06/10, aired 06/17

Women’s match was the inverse of last week’s. It got better as it went along. I’m hoping Amapola goes for no big boots today, because Diana’s really confused on how to take them. Poly Star was just there.

There seemed to be dozens of “Amapola grab Diana’s hair” spots during the match, which makes sense for the feud. The finishes didn’t – Diana got the best of Amapola to end the first fall, Amapola got Diana with a big move in the second fall and Diana kicked out and pinned Amapola completely clean, Diana was on the way to winning the match clean, and then Amapola comes back for the cheap DQ. They’ve built this like Amapola has no shot of actually winning, because she hasn’t won at all in the buildup.

If this was the start of a big push for Diana, and she’d be springboarded into a feud with the ruda champion after running thru Amapola, I could see it. But both the champs are women; Diana’s going to be the same 3rd or 4th best tecnica after the match, same as she was before it.

Main event was one of the same type of High Society matches we’ve seen of them for a while, but one of the better executed ones. It’d be nice if they got something to do.

Arena Mexico didn’t air on FSE, right? The last Friday Arena Mexico main event not to air (excluding Best Of weeks) was last June 23rd, Dos Caras Jr., Dr. Wagner Jr., Lizmark Jr. DQ Héctor Garza, Kenzo Suzuki, LA Park

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06/18: Mexico notes, links

Ovaciones previews today’s Arena Mexico show, with interviews from the hair match participants, Amapola and…Dark Angel. No, no change in the match, Diana couldn’t make the press conference so Dark Angel was talking on her behalf. Amapola of course took this to mean that Diana was scared, and that Dark Angel would be next to lose.

Ovaciones also repeats a statement from CMLL – do not believe a man who claims to be Mistico II, CMLL has no Mistico II. (That’s Sombra.)

CMLL (SUN) 06/17 Arena Mexico
1) Bracito de Oro & Tzuki vs Mini Damian 666 & Mini Halloween
2) Dark Angel, India Sioux, Sahori vs La Seductora, Medussa, Rosa Negra
3) La Mascara, Mictlan, Volador Jr. vs Euforia, Nosferatu, Satanico
4) Dr. Wagner Jr., Heavy Metal, Shocker vs Damian 666, Halloween, Terrible
5) Mistico & Negro Casas vs Averno & Mephisto [CMLL TAG]

I’m thinking Diana and champions retain, only because there’s been no angle leading up to it. I feel less sure about the title match than I do the hair match, even with the weird build in the hair match (which I’ll go over next.)

There’s also an AAA TV taping in Toluca.

Links
Humberto Reynosa, the Red Knight on Titantes en el Ring, passed away on Thursday.
NC Times has an article about one of the lucha libre shows at the San Diego Fair.
Milenio (DF) writes about the PAN sponosred show. They’ve got the lineup, but not the results.
– There’s a NWA (PRO?) lucha show in Chulo Vista in two weekends.
– Locally, there’s an ELLMEX show in Palentine next weekend, but no details at all. About right.

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Gran Alternativa Teams Announced

CMLL.com’s gotta ‘em

– Heavy Metal, Super Nova
– Dr. Wagner Jr., Mascara Purpura
– Negro Casas, Stuka Jr.
– Shocker, Valiente
– Marco Corelone, Flash
– Mistico, La Sombra
– Villano V, Super Comando
– Ultimo Guerrero, Euforia

Tournament will take place next week, June 29, which means we’ve had all of a two week gap between tournaments. (Only the Leyenda de Azul remains, unless they bring back the Gran Prix Trios tournament or something new.)

Mistico & La Sombra are obvious favorites, and Villano and Ultimo will almost have to run into each other at some point. Almost all are tecnico teams, which is a bit odd.

First guess…

Villano V, Super Comando b Heavy Metal, Super Nova
Ultimo Guerrero, Euforia b Marco Corelone, Flash
b Negro Casas, Stuka Jr.
Shocker, Valiente b Dr. Wagner Jr., Mascara Purpura

Ultimo Guerrero, Euforia b Villano V, Super Comando
Mistico, La Sombra b Shocker, Valiente

Ultimo Guerrero, Euforia b Mistico, La Sombra (though Mistico losing at this point seems impossible)

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06/16: Mexico, lineups, GdR

CMLL (FRI) 06/15 Arena Mexico [ovaciones, ESTO
1) Bam Bam & Fantasy b Fire & Mini Mr. Aguila
2) Goto, Okumura, Virus b Leono, Mictlan, Valiente
3) Ephesto, Olimpico, Sangre Azteca b La Sombra, Mascara Purpura, Maximo
4) Damian 666, Villano III, Villano V b Atlantis, Tozcano, Ultimo Guerrero
5) Blue Panther, Mistico, Negro Casas DQ Hector Garza, Mr. Aguila, Terrible

Main event saw Perro, Lizmark Jr. and Halloween all run in the third fall. Ovaciones says Mistico’s looking worse and really needs to get out of the ring and rest.

Villanos won their match again in straight falls, this time with a Villano III low blow on Ultimo Guerrero that the referees missed. Guerreros demand a rematch.

La Sombra had a dive gone wrong and was carried out of his match. ESTO says it was a shoulder injury.

Next week’s lineups:

CMLL (TUE) 06/19 Arena Coliseo
1) Fantasy & Tsuki vs Fire & Sombrita
2) Astro Boy, Sensei, Trueno vs Artillero, Hooligan, Super Comando
3) Stuka Jr., Tiger Metalico, Tigre Blanco vs Arkangel, Loco Max, Nitro
4) Felino, Maximo, Sombra vs Euforia, Nosferatu, Virus
5) Alex Koslov, Heavy Metal, Marco Corleone vs Black Warrior, Sangre Azteca, Ultimo Guerrero

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

This is the last announced date for the Villanos, though they surely could just keep working here anyway.

CMLL (SUN) 06/24 Arena Coliseo
1) Rayo Tapatio I & Rayo Tapatio II vs Caligula & Zayco
2) Bam Bam, Mini Olimpico, Ultimo Dragoncito vs Mini Damian 666, Mini Halloween, Mr. Aguilita
3) Leono, Mictlan, Valiente vs Goto, Ohara, Okumura
4) Damian 666, Halloween, Mr. Aguila vs Heavy Metal, Mascara Purpura, Maximo
5) Dos Caras Jr., Marco Corelone, Rey Bucanero vs Tozcano, Ultimo Guerrero, Universo 2000

Mistico’s off the lineups all week.

GdR #82 has
06/10: Dark Angel, Diana La Cazdora, Luna Magica DQ Amapola, Poly Star, Princesa Sujei
06/08: Alex Koslov, Marco Corelone, Rey Bucanero b Damian 666, Halloween, Terrible
Out of the ring: with Perro Aguayo Jr. – which ends up being an interview with Perro Jr.’s wife (I presume)

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06/15: Villano IV’s injury, Mexico preview, Puebla

Villanos are in Ovaciones, but it’s ESTO who finally gets word on Villano IV’s injury. He’s hoping to be back in less than six months. They’ve changed the card, Villano III replacing Halloween (who could be hurt again – or he could just be getting the night off.)

Villano IV’s injury would seem to derail whatever program they had in mind here. Honestly, they had to bring in the Villanos to lose their masks to the Guerreros, because I don’t understand why you’d give them spots on the card for any other reason right now. (CMLL does do stuff for random reasons, so I may just not understand.) They could still do a singles match with someone vs V, but a tag feud with Villano’s III hair on the line won’t work since he just lost it (and doesn’t have much to start with.) They could have the Villanos recruit a replacement member from CMLL, but that doesn’t seem like CMLL. I think this one might just drift off into the land of forgotten angles, but we’ll get a better read on it tonight.

CMLL (FRI) 06/15 Arena Mexico
1) Bam Bam & Mini Fantasy vs Fire & Mini Mr. Aguila
2) Leono, Mictlan, Valiente vs Goto, Okumura, Virus
3) La Sombra, Mascara Purpura, Maximo vs Ephesto, Olimpico, Sangre Azteca
4) Damian 666, Villano III, Villano V vs Atlantis, Tozcano, Ultimo Guerrero
5) Blue Panther, Mistico, Negro Casas vs Hector Garza, Mr. Aguila, Terrible

General ESTO preview. Notimex’s preview went up Monday for whatever reason.

ESTO previews Sunday’s show.

CMLL (MON) 06/18 Arena Puebla [hugo999]
1) Blue Center, King Jaguar, Zigma vs Fuerza Chicana, Furia Chicana, Karissman
2) Black Terry, Kraken, Siki Osama Jr. vs Centella de Oro, Legionario, Tigre Rojo
3) Lady Apache, Luna Magica, Marcela vs Amapola, Hiroka, Mima Shimoda
4) Blue Panther, Marco Corelone, Sagrado vs Black Warrior, Sangre Azteca, Ultimo Guerrero
5) Damian 666, Halloween, Mr. Aguila vs Heavy Metal, Negro Casas, Volador JR. [MEX TRIOS]

Figure on champions retaining.

IWRG’s website is back up! Not updated and half working, but baby steps.

Dr. Alfonso Morales is interviewed in El Sol de Tijuana about boxing.

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07/22 (or maybe 07/20) Rey Bucanero anniversary show announced

Rey Bucanero will have a show at Arena Mexico on 07/22 (that’d be a Sunday show) to celebrate his 15th anniversary of wrestling. Luchawiki has him as debuting in ’91, but close enough. As part of the show, Rey actually gets to main event in a CMLL Light Heavyweight title defense. The challenger will be chosen by the fans – Ovaciones gives out farosas@ova.com.mx – with the idea Rey won’t know who he’ll face till right before the match. The three candidates are:

* Atlantis
* Toscano
* Ultimo Guerrero

Rey’s also interviewed talking about this in La Presna, saying he’d be happy to beat any one of these three men.

If Ultimo does not win this, I will lose total faith in the world. They seriously need one more chance to try and get it right.

Edit (06/24): Just to keep this relevant if it’s going to be in the side bar, CMLL’s been inconsistent on listing this as a Friday or Sunday show. We’ll find out in July.

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