Rush defeats Loco Max, more in the cage, Flair

CMLL (SUN) 08/15 Arena Mexico [SuperLuchas, @cmllmagazine, Cesar]
1) Astro Boy & BengalaArtillero & Súper Comando
2) Amapola, Mima Shimoda, Princesa BlancaDalys la Caribeña, Luna Mágica, Marcela
3) Mr. Águila, Shigeo Okumura, Texano Jr.Hijo del Fantasma, Metro, Sagrado
4) RushLoco Max [hair]
5) Atlantis, Héctor Garza, Rey BucaneroBrazo de Plata, Místico, Rayo de Jalisco Jr.

Atlantis snuck in a foul on Rayo for the win. Rayo wants a one on one mask match.

Rush took the last two falls to take Loco’s hair. Loco brought his son in the ring, saying he’d avenge his father someday. Loco had his son cut his hair. 2/3rds of the way thru, the barber took the razor and tried to take over, and Loco Max angrily walked out. There was a delay, and Loco Max returned (clearly having been talked to by people in charge) to get his hair cut the rest of the way by the barber. It always seems like the barber is very concerned with being the barber and adding to his count of people shaved, regardless of what other story is being told.

A few replacements: Dalis (who ended up hurt) for Lady Apache, Okumura for Ephesto, Bengali for Trueno.

Lyger, Niebla, Ultimo Guerrero and Atlantis have already been added to the cage match. The full card is supposed to be announced tomorrow.

Black Terry Jr. has lots of photos from Verano de Escandalo.

Cibernetico says he plans to become an actor and move out of wrestling. Sure, why not. I’d take this more seriously if it wasn’t in article about the play he was already acting in.

Misterioso II was back in La Laguna this Sunday, defending the DF Light Heavyweight championship. The what now? Same article confirms the new Ultimo Rebelde is related (and probably a son) of Hooligan.

Lucha Libre USA recaps: PWTorch, 411Mania. The sons of Ric Flair will be appearing at the next taping. Not exactly lucha libre, but it might sell some tickets in Charlotte.

DJ Spectro has an interview with Atlantis & Satanico about their rivalary and Antonio Inoki in Mexico.

SuperLuchas has a bio of Oaxaca’s Casanova.

Cronicas Y Leyendas has articles on Sangre Chicana vs Cachorro Mendoza, Ray Mendoza taking Sunny War Cloud’s hair, Bam Bam Bigelow in Mexico, and Mil Mascaras beating Victor Rivera for his hair.

Luchas 2000 #534 has a preview of the CMLL cage match, before people were added.

Lineups

IWL (THU) 08/19 Arena Lopez Mateos
1) Heddi Karaoui & Naruto vs Carta Brava & Fantasma de la Ópera
2) Medussa vs La Fugitiva
3) Tiffany vs Vaneli
4) Chucho el Roto vs Leon Rojo, Sepulturero I, Epitafio, Bestia 666, Halloween
5) Mr. Águila vs ? [eightfinal, IWL CHAMP]
6) Val Venis vs Damián 666 [eightfinal, IWL CHAMP]

? was Jerry Lynn. He’s hurt, but will still appear at their show. This is heads up with the AAA taping at IWRG’s place. IWL’s website is actually up. A couple more recaps: Al Filo del Ring, one up at DJ Spectro‘s I really liked.

CMLL (SUN) 08/22 Arena Coliseo
1) Bengala, Metatrón, Trueno vs Camorra, Disturbio, Semental
2) Astro Boy, Metálico, Starman vs Inquisidor, Puma King, Tiger Kid
3) Metro, Rush, Stuka Jr. vs Euforia, Pólvora, Virus
4) Blue Panther, Hijo del Fantasma, Toscano vs Jushin Liger, Sangre Azteca, Terrible
5) Rayo de Jalisco Jr. vs Atlantis

Not a mask match. Yet.

CMLL (SUN) 08/22 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Thunder Boy vs Thundarr
2) Metatrón & Virgo vs León Blanco & Ráfaga
3) Gallo & Metal Blanco vs Ángel del Mal & Exterminador
4) Lady Apache, Marcela, Silueta vs Amapola, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Maya
5) Blue Panther, Shocker, Strong Man vs Jushin Liger, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero

Strong Man did finish with 4 points in the G1, which was about 4 more than I was expecting. CMLL hasn’t mentioned it at all, so they probably were expecting the same (or just don’t want to mention the unbeatable guy being beat.)

IWRG (SUN) 08/22 Arena Naucalpan
1) Dinamic Black vs Epidemia
2) Eragon, Freelance, Jack vs Carta Brava Jr., Comando Negro, Imposible
3) Dr. Cerebro vs El Hijo del Diablo [IWRG IC Light]
4) Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Chico Che, Veneno vs Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro, Oficial Marshal
5) El Brazo vs Scorpio Jr. [Guapito]

Main event is for possession of Guapito. For real.

That’s Diablo’s third shot at this belt.

08/14 AAA TV Results (Orizba) – Verano de Escandalo

AAA TV (SAT) 08/14 Plaza de Toros La Concorida, Orizaba, Veracruz [Perros del Mal (facebook), Lucha Libre AAA (facebook), Dos de Tres (facebook), Lucha Libre AAA]
***Verano de Escandalo, 2010***
1) Cinthia Moreno, El Elegido, Octagoncito, Pimpinela EscarlataAlan Stone, Jennifer Blake, Mini Abismo Negro, Yuriko
2) Aerostar, Fabi Apache, Mari ApacheAlex Koslov, Christina Von Eerie, Sexy Star [Reina De Reinas]
3) Heavy Metal & OctagónElectroshock & Último Gladiador
4) Jack Evans, Joe Lider, Nicho el MillionarioHernandez, Nosawa, Zorro
5) Dr. Wagner Jr.Silver KingVampiro [AAA HEAVY]
6) Damián 666, el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, LA ParkCibernético, El Mesías, La Parka Jr.

2010 AAA TV Chart
Projected Air Date (#951, #952)
Mexico: 08/22, 08/29?
US: 09/04, 09/11

Arena looked full. If they didn’t sell out, they came very close.

Pimpi pinned Yuriko in the opener.

Between the first match and the second match, Dorian and Roldan came to the ring to talk about the alliance between AAA & the Legion. I think they’ve done that for six tapings straight.

Dos de Tres & AAA’s own facebook were under the belief the second match had both the Reina de Reinas Title and the Mixed Tag Title on the line. When Mari pinned Sexi after a hurracanrana, they initially said both titles changed hands, then said only the Reina de Reinas title was on the line. I bet the original idea was the person who got pinned lost their title, not the whole team. Anyway, Mari pins Sexi, Mari’s the new Reina de Reinas champion, Sexi Star is posing sad messages on Twitter.

Heavy Metal bled in his match with Electroshock. In equally surprising news, Octagon’s mask was tied around the ropes. Metal  hit Electro with a guitar to win.

Jack pinned Nosawa with a 450 splash. Thanks for coming! The Militia and Konnan ran in after the match. The Milita was so effective, Jack and 187 ran them off and put Konnan thru a table. Konnan was strechered out. I can definitely see him missing this Thursday’s taping at IWRG.

Three way was first pin wins, as expected. Hernandez and Decnnis ran in, Decnnis taking the ref and Hernandez attacking Wagner while Silver King was already out. Vampiro was not happy with this and he and Hernandez brawled out of the ring. (That’ll be a match.) Silver King got Wagner with a Wagner Driver, Vampiro returned to attack Silver King, but Decnnis returned to lay out Vampiro with a chair. Wagner picked up the win. The Militia attacked Vampiro after the match, while Silver King played his recording of Dr. Wagner Senior saying Silver King was a better wrestler than Dr. Wagner Jr. and that’s why Junior got the name. No offense to a deceased man, but isn’t this a whole silly discussion when Dr. Wagner has the belt and Silver King does not? As Generico explained to Jack (and us), the guy who has the belt is the best guy. In AAA’s world, Dr. Wagner Jr. is very troubled by hearing Dr. Wagner Senior’s comments and this is setting up a singles match between them.

Main event was a lot of brawling, belts shots, and chair shots. Dorian got involved late. Cibernetico tried to chokeslam him, but Park hit Cibernetico with a chair. Joaquin hit Dorian instead. Park tried to hit Joaquin, but Mesias made the save. Perro hit Mesias and pinned him for the win. Perro called Mesias a dirty foreigner and talked about ruling wrestling. Mesias responded by challenged Perro to a singles match, but Perro said he wanted Joaquin’s hair.

Cibernetico said he was not happy with what AAA was doing, and unless they take urgent action, he’s going to do something himself – and then put on a Bizarros t-shirt before walking to the back. I saw this movie once, it wasn’t that good.

Next taping is Thursday in Arena Naucalpan. No date yet for the next major show, Heroes Inmortales, but they’ve already set up as much as this one: Silver/Wagner, Perro/Mesias. Maybe Vampiro vs the entire rest of the legion too.

Jushin Lyger, champion of the Universe; 3 more to the cage?

champion/@cmllmagazine

CMLL (FRI) 08/13 Arena Mexico [@cmllmagazine, Cesar, SuperLuchas]
1) Molotov & Sensei DQ Disturbio & Durango Kid
2) Demus 3:16, Pequeño Warrior, Pierrothito b Astral, Mascarita Dorada, Último Dragoncito
3) Charlie Manson, Héctor Garza, Mr. Águila b Felino, Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero
4) Dragón Rojo Jr., Mr. Niebla, Volador Jr. b Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto [tournament, semifinal]
5) La Máscara, Máscara Dorada, Místico DQ Atlantis, Olimpico, Último Guerrero [tournament, semifinal]
6) Dragón Rojo Jr., Mr. Niebla, Volador Jr. b La Máscara, Máscara Dorada, Místico [tournament, final]
7) Jushin Lyger b La Sombra [CMLL Universal]

Main event was a three fall tournament final. Sombra took the first, Lyger brainbustered him in the second. In a back and forth third fall, which sounded pretty good on Twitter, Lyger managed to survive the same dive which Sombra beat him with in the Best of Super Juniors, while Sombra kicked out big Lyger moves. Lyger got the win when his second Okumura distracted the ref, and Lyger pulled Sombra’s mask before rolling him up. It’s a cheap, unsatisfying finish to a such a tournament. Sombra would have lost little by losing to Lyger after a fierce battle. Instead, this comes off as a just another cheap finish in a promotion overly concerned with protecting everyone in main event singles matches. (This is the third main event singles match this week, and the third with a screwy finish – will Rush & Loco Max be the fourth?)

After the usual battle royal to determine teams, the mismatched rudo team beat the Hijos de Averno. Volador got Averno. The other semifinal had the sole tecnico team win over the reconstituted Guerreros del Atlantida. Psicosis and Histeria attacked Misitco to soften him up for 09/03. Guess they wanted to get an early start of things. This greatly annoyed Ultimo Guerrero and Atlantis, who were further perturbed by Olimpico helping out his Invader friends. UG & Atlantis quickly gave Olimpico a “with us or with them?” ultimatum, and Ultimo Guerrero & Atlantis just as quickly got punked out. The reconstituted Guerreros lasted one whole day; that’s what you get for ignoring Rey Bucanero. Ultimo Guerrero & Atlantis demanded to be included in the 09/03 cage match, so they can get some revenge on the Invaders.

In the final, the only match of the tournament to crack six minutes, Mr. Niebla stole the pin on Mistico by reversing a casita and using the ropes to hold on. Niebla and Mistico went back and forth after the match, Mistico reminding Niebla about a challenge for a mask match before Niebla last vanished and inviting him to join the cage match. Niebla said he’d rather do it 1 on 1.

Will he be in the cage? Will the main event finish cause Lyger to be included? The Anniversary card will be announced Monday, though clearly subject to change until it happens.

Demus’ double underhook piledriver stopped Mascarita Dorada. That’s the same move that beat Electrico on Tuesday, the same move that finished Bam Bam in their last hair match. If anyone’s going to stop Demus from winning the minis bicentennial tournament, they’re going to have to a way to stop, counter, or survive that hold.

DQ in the opener was for Durango pulling Sensei’s mask. Those two may be feuding.

not champion (yet?)/Black Terry Jr.

IWL (FRI) 08/13 Arena Lopez Mateos [The GladiatoresBlack Terry Jr. (Flickr)Estrellas del RingR de Rudo]

1) Space Warrior b Hormiga Atomica
2) Silver Cat I & Silver Cat II b Kilvan & Yoruba
3) Chucho el Roto, Iron Love, Robin Maravilla b Cerebro Maligno, Herejia, Tormento
4) Rocky Santana, Sadico, Yakuza b Angel o Demonio, Leon Rojo, Obett
5) Heddi Karaoui b Ryan Taylor [IWL CHAMP, eightfinal]
6) Histeria II & Psicosis II DQ Hijo del Cien Caras & Máscara Año 2000 Jr.
7) Chuck Palumbo b Charly Manson [IWL CHAMP, eightfinal]

The big news here is Histeria, Psicosis, and Charly were able to make both shows on Friday night. Probably helped that this turned into a seven match card. The box y lucha thread about this card mentiones they delayed the show, and it didn’t finish until midnight.

Attendance seemed better than a usual AULL show here, though it looks like most people were grouped on one side (for TV?) They dressed up the arena a bit and had lights and pyro.

Palumbo and Karoui move on in the tournament. They showed off the title belt, probably as proof that they were taking this seriously.DQ was four Mascara Ano 2000 fouling Psicosis, though the ref took his time calling it. Fourth match was a bloody brawl.

Ras de Lona was built around the (announced) cage match participants all talking about being in the match. You’ll be happy to know that crazy paranoid Mistico thinks Sombra could end up going against him in the cage as well.  Also, Demus hyped/mocked all his possible opponents in his tournament final, and Jushin Lyger kicked an imaginary Sombra in the head. Last night’s challenges/demands to be included were not shown.

Article in Hidalgo Sport asks if the local promoters at Arena Azteca have been promoting fake wrestlers – promoting certain (unspecified) luchadors to appear, and producing ‘pirate’ versions. Coming to the promotion’s defense: Huracan Ramirez and Huracan Ramirez Jr., the two most pirated gimmicks of the moment. (At least in that case, there’s no ‘real’ ones around; there’s a half dozen people who all are pretending to be the same person.)

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Lineup

CMLL (FRI) 08/20 Arena Mexico
1) Ángel de Oro & Ángel de Plata vs Loco Max & Skándalo
2) Fuego, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Misterioso II, Shigeo Okumura, Yoshihashi
3) Sagrado vs Texano Jr. [lightning]
4) Felino, Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero vs Charly Manson, Héctor Garza, Mr. Águila
5) Olímpico, Psicosis, Rayo de Jalisco Jr. vs Atlantis, Strong Man, Último Guerrero [Relevos Increíbles]
6) La Sombra, Máscara Dorada, Místico vs Jushin Lyger, Mr. Niebla, Volador Jr.

Packed lineup, with the first three matches featuring guys working lower than usual. They’re trying to avoid the pre-Anniversary let down, I guess. Main event could be good or could be a parade of rudo goofballness. Could be both!

Lyger, Rayo and Dorada are all in spots where they’d make sense being added to the cage match.

Just to be even confusing, Ras de Lona combined matches 4 and 5 into one 6 vs 6 relevos Increibles match. That would be a match! They got the lineups right htis week.

5 questions for Verano de Escandalo

The show’s tonight. (I’m pretty sure of that, now.) As always with AAA, I have a lot of questions it, but there’s five I hope are answered tonight.

1) What’s the status of Dr. Wagner Jr. and Sexi Star?

I haven’t spent much time talking about Dr. Wagner after his initial appearance on the CMLL vs Invaders show last month, because nothing has really changed since that moment. Dr. Wagner has not signed a new deal. Dr. Wagner has not left AAA, though he has worked at least one independent show outside of AAA’s bookings. If he’s not under contract, Wagner could still choose to leave at any moment. The only ‘news’ we’ve figured out since that appearance is CMLL isn’t interested in Dr. Wagner; they continue to ignore him, it’s unlikely he’d go back to CMLL, and Wagner doesn’t have that leverage to use against AAA.

Still, no progress appears to have been made. If Wagner is not the AAA champion at the end of the night, it’s going to set up a whole another round of rumors about his status.

On a much lesser scale, the same is true for Sexi Star. While it hasn’t been made clear on AAA TV and may not be the stipulation they end with, the posters locally suggest her Reina de Reinas title (and the Mixed Tag Titles) are on the line in the trios match against the Apaches and Aerostar. It matters much less who has the Reina de Reinas title, but if Sexi suddenly loses right after trying out for the WWE, it might be the same sign.

2) Is Perro Aguayo Jr. sticking around AAA for the long haul? Will they let him?

Perro Jr. came off as a huge star at TripleMania. At the Lucha Libre Expo, which airs this week in the United States, Perrito comes off as the direct opposite. If you haven’t seen Perro’s “performance”, it’s worth watching the last five minutes of AAA TV just to see the dictionary definition of ‘in no condition to perform’ for yourself.

Perro comes into AAA with one strike against; he’s getting paid good money, which means there’s money others believe they should be getting but won’t be. Perro’s behavior already earned him strike two. Perro’s a man without a country – his more important crew have found life boats and won’t be going down with the ship – and he’s not even had a match yet. A fresh and strong rudo presence who can actually wrestle would be a big asset to AAA, but Perro needs AAA more than they need him right now. It feels unlikely AAA would cut ties with Perro so quick, but another bad night so quick could be it.

3) How are they going to get finishes for the top matches?

The main event trios match is Cibernetico (rarely losses), Mesias (just back from injury, doesn’t make sense to lose), La Parka (probably not in a mood to lose after his last big loss) vs Perro Aguayo Jr. (rarely loses), LA Park (rarely loses), Damian 666 (???). In some times, this would add to the match, because someone would be taking a loss who doesn’t normally. In AAA of 2010, this means some sort of massive face saving screwjob.

Meanwhile, it seems incredibly unlikely Dr. Wagner is going to take a direct loss. Even if he’s losing, the rules of the match (first pinfall to a finish) will allow Wagner to escape being beat, which is exactly what AAA did with Mesias this past Rey de Reyes. If Mesias is getting that courtesy, Wagner surely will want the same. Silver King takes his fair share of loses, but it feels more like he and Wagner are the long term program for the title and wouldn’t make sense for him to lose this early. On the other hand, it took a bag full of powder for Vampiro to lose at TripleMania.

AAA’s been good at remembering to do finishes for it’s matches of late. Satisfying finishes are another matter.

4) Is there anything actually good here? Or surprising?

This card has been compared to both a normal AAA TV card, and a lesser major CMLL card. It’s their usual format – a title match, a trios match featuring big names with nothing on the line, two midcard matches designed only to get certain people on the card, and two undercard matches which might be good. It’s underwhelming.

However, some of AAA’s angle filled TV tapings have come off lineups which seem very ordinary, and this is sure a night which could use a surprise or two. Even though there’s no sure good match on the card, the relevos AAA atomicos, the mixed trios, and 187/Jack vs Legion matches all have decent chances to be fun.

5) What the heck is the deal with Extreme Tiger and Relampago?

Okay, neither guy being on this card might make this a long shot to be answered. You’ve got to have hope.

Oficials hold the line against the invaders, CMLL press confernece notes, LLUSA

Dream Team/Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (THU) 08/12 Arena Naucalpan [Estrellas del Ring, Black Terry Jr. (flickr)]
1) Guerrero 2000 b Tonatiuh
2) Dinamic Black & Super Halcon Jr. b Carta Brava Jr. & Nemesis
3) Comando Negro, Imposible, Magia Negra b Chico Che, Eragon, Miss Gaviota
4) Christina Von Eerie & Sexy Star b Fabi Apache & Mari Apache
5) Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro, Oficial Marshal b Alex Koslov, El Hijo del Diablo, Gringo Loco, Nosawa

As Estrellas del Ring puts it, Oficials > The World. Avisman showed up wearing a neckbrace, and Nosawa just happened to be around to replace him. Hmmm. Oficials took the first, Team World took fall two, and Diablo accidentally hit Gringo Loco to set up the Oficials win. Fiero gave Avisman a martinete after the match for good measure.

Rudas took the semimain when Fabi and the IWRG ref had issues.

Arena Mexico preview: Notimex (the article are noting Sombra beat Lyger in Japan), SuperLuchas. They’re picking Lyger, and that seems to be the consensus everywhere.

Press conference notes:

  • Finally understand what’s going on with the NWA belts (I think!). The current belts are going in CMLL’s museum, and Texano, Averno, and Mephisto are now CMLL Historic Light Heavyweight Championship, Middleweight, Welterweights. Texano was not at the press conference, but they showed all the old belts and handed Averno & Mephisto their new belts. New title belts mean they’re not getting rid of these championships any time soon, despite the clunky name.

    For title history purposes, I believe this counts as the end of the NWA reign and starting a new reign with the new championship. I’m holding off until Ras de Lona in case they have a different explanation.

    Related: Cronicas Y Leyendas has a post on the new NWA Middleweight Championship belt of 1974, the same belt retired yesterday.

  • Ovaciones says we’ll hear the 09/03, 09/07 (Tuesday) and 09/17 cards in upcoming days. What we know now is they’re trying to have a run of major shows in September instead of just the anniversary show.
  • All the rudos wants to unmask Mistico. It’s good to have dreams.
  • Cesar looks at the chances of each guy to make it to the end.

In hyping up tonight’s title match, Vampiro accuses Wagner of being arrogant and a deceiver. Check and double check there. For what it’s worth, I’m not planning to do a proper chat for this show on Saturday because AAA hasn’t been consistently posting live results lately, and no one seems to care about this card.

Lucha Libre USA is taping 09/09 at Whataburger Field in Corpus Christi. That’s a 8,000 seat baseball stadium if they put all the chairs on the field. Tickets run from $5 (kids) to $30 (ringside), which is lower than usual and hopefully will fill up the building. Those tickets are on sale today.

In addition to the Marco trios match, Lucha Libre USA says the Amazing Kong/Mini Park vs Chi Chi/Tigresa match will air, so they’re not going as strictly in order with this taping as the last couple. Not sure what the third match will be.

Dos de Tres has a Nosawa promo teasing a feud with Jack Evans, and Los Oficials saying their superior ground game will defeat Fuerza Aerea.

Kaoma Jr. & CMLL’s Rey Cometa, who’ve been feuding in Queretaro before either of them were in AAA, are supposed to have a mask match this September in Matamoros. The post is low on details.

Sexi Star and Cibernetico will appear in “Un Romeo Muy Julieta”, a political parody based of the Shakespeare play. I think we need video of this.

AAA changed the article about the AAA TV taping in Arena Naucalpan from 1994 to 1996. Still not sure if it’s right.

Women of Wrestling Podcast #12 has an interview with Rain, talking about her time in AAA among other promotions.

Ohtani’s Jacket writes about a little known trios match which was arguable one of Hijo del Santo’s best in AAA.

Kcidis has a choose your own dialogue cartoon.

LuchaWorld Monthly is back for July. Do not miss the story of Super Porky’s weight loss!

AAA on Televisa #950 (08/07/2010)

Poliforum Zamna, Merida, Yucatan, 07/04/2010 – I’m not positive if this was just not that interesting most of the way, or if I was just mentally tired by the time I got to this show and it was too easy to not pay attention to. Your mileage may vary, but these were three mostly meaningless

Billy Boy & Tigre Cota vs Laredo Kid & Súper Fly: This was good, the usual good, the usual good that’s not going anywhere but it was still nice to see them. The Super Fly/Laredo Kid break up skit was so tacked on, and was not really played up in this match. My wild theory is someone decided they really needed to turn a cruiserweight rudo, they turned Rocky, Rocky quit, they still wanted to turn someone, they forgot they blew off the Super Fly turn and decided to go with it finally, someone pointed out they’ve got a dozen guy like Decnnis, Billy, and Chris Stone (already doing a turn) who are actually cruiserweight, and then they forgot about the Super Fly turn again. Nowhere in here did anyone remember they turned Relampago at TripleMania (though the website promises me they’re getting to it.) This all makes AAA logic, you’ve got togive me that.

Fabi Apache, Mari Apache, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Alex Koslov, Christina Von Eerie, Jennifer Blake: This was better than last week, but – speaking of AAA storylines – let’s map this one out

if you're going to get one move, make it good

1) women have a match where the loser is a maid
2) Mari loses!
3) Mari is a maid for a while
4) Mari is no longer a maid
5) things continue exactly as they had been, with no particular revenge being saught

Great story telling.

Damián 666, Halloween, Super Crazy vs Dr. Wagner Jr., Joe Lider, Nicho el Millionario: On one hand, it’s new guys and old story (rudos can’t win unless Konnan get involved (also, Konnan really was moving bad on these tapings, I can’t be the only one to notice)). But this was better than the other matches of this type. I didn’t get into it, and it feels like the first Perros team up in AAA should mean more than a random trios match, but it was still good.

La Parka vs LA Park: Not as good as TripleMania, but it wasn’t really going to ever be. The fans were split here, but it’s a lot better reaction for Parka than I feared back then; they have not abandoned him for winning (though, still, far more people tuned in for the first match than this one, and most of those people still think LA Park won the rights to the name.) Park got most of the match, Parka got the win with a fast count, it was the expected finish. Even though they did a whole bunch of run ins after the fact to distract, it’s clear they mean for this to be over for now, though they kind forgot to set up anything else for either of them to do.

CMLL Guadalajara on Teleformula #7 (08/07/2010)

taped at Arena Coliseo Guadalajara, 07/13/2010

filing this gif under "moves for wiki" & "moves which need better names"

(Main event was a repeat.)

For a match where they literally stopped the second fall comeback, backed up a minute, and went thru the same spots (only with everyone on the same page), this was a pretty well received match. That wasn’t the only spot that went wrong. All the tecnicos had their off moments, but the crowd was way into the action and the feud. I don’t know if the apuesta match will be any good or not, but if Arena Coliseo Guadalajara got a crowd like they had for this match, I really want to see it.

The Mascara Magica fascination is totally a product of when I started watching. A couple years before or after, and he’s just another guy passing thru. It’s always like that, with the first you see of something, that’s what’s going to stick with you. It didn’t hurt that he seemed to be a central figure in all the cool storylines for a two year stretch, which seems kind of inconceivable now. Still would rather have him around than Toscano.

10 man cage match @ CMLL Anniversary Show, other notes

some additional info was added around 6p CDT

The 10 in the cage for 09/03

  • Mistico
  • Sombra
  • Volador
  • Averno
  • Mephisto
  • Ephesto
  • Alebrije
  • Olimpico
  • Histeria
  • Psicosis

Psicosis, Histeria, and Olimpico are obvious suspects. Alebrije is probably not giving up his mask unless he’s done, because he needs to be masked for his character to work, much more than the other three. Of the CMLL regulars, Ephesto is the only one I’d guess at losing.

After the Anniversary show, CMLL will be running (and rushing) another tournament in honor of Mexico’s Bicentennial. It’ll be stretched over three shows, but they’ll be running both blocks during the same week to finish in time for the 09/17 show. There will be a tournament of rudos on 09/07 (Tuesday) and a tournament of tecnicos on 09/10 (Friday), with the one on one final the following Friday, a holiday.

This seems an attempt for CMLL to get two anniversary level cards. 09/03 is the official anniversary with someone losing the mask. 09/17 will be a big singles match with Mistico vs a rudo TBD (Volador?), which is kind of what everyone would’ve figured back in March.

Since the tournament doesn’t start until 09/10, there will be a bigger break the Universal Tournament and this new one than it feels at the moment. Still, with the minis own bicentennial tournament also on going, and the utterly random trios tournament this Friday, CMLL is doing a silly amount of tournaments over a short period of time.

Other news, all taken from CMLL Twitter.

  • Ayumi Kurihara will be coming in September. She was in Mexico this past May/June, working XLAW, Toryumon, IWRG and other indy shows. She’ll be working the 09/14 and 09/17 shows.
  • Texano, Averno and Mephisto will be getting new NWA title belts, as the old ones will be going in CMLL’s (moveable/drivable) museum. The belts were actually referred to as NWA belts, for the first time since Blue Demon Jr. made the claim on them for NWA Mexico. Peace in our time? I’ll edit this if the long form news update adds an explanation.
  • Peste Negra is now four and a half strong – Mr. Niebla returns, but Rey Bucanero stays. The email addressto suggest names for the Parrot is now danielcmll@hotmail.com Rey Bucanero says he’s out of the Guerreros because they were more interested in teaming with Olimpico then him. Mr. Niebla says his body rejected an implant in his knee, requiring additional surgery.
  • CMLL’s newest charity initiative: eyeglasses for school children

Puebla, lineups

CMLL (MON) 08/09 Arena Puebla [KrisZ]
1) Guerrero Maya Jr., Leono, Starman b Dr. X, Inquisidor, Puma King
2) Pierrothito b Mascarita Dorada, Pequeño Warrior, Bam Bam, Eléctrico, Pequeño Violencia, Astral, Pequeño Nitro [cibernetico]
3) Dragón Rojo Jr., Misterioso II, Sangre Azteca b Ángel de Oro, Stuka Jr., Valiente
4) La Máscara, La Sombra, Rayo de Jalisco Jr. DQ Atlantis, Último Guerrero, Volador Jr.
5) Místico b Charlie Manson

Charlie accidently kicked Tirantes in the main event, so Tirantes angrily quick counted him.

Volador was DQ for fouling Sombra, and pulled his mask off after the match. I don’t believe they’re friends any more.

Pierrothito beat Dorada to win the cibernetico.

IWL says Scorpio Sky is off Friday’s show, because his passport got stolen. Heddi Karaoui swaps places with Sky in the tournament (Sky faces Villano III instead), and it probably means no different for the attendance.

Diario de Xalapa has an interview with retired local wrestler Gorilla Infernal, who does one of those creative retelling of his career. In his memory of events, he won 26 masks, including defeating Blue Panther in two straight falls, except Panther refused to unmasked and just did not return to Xalapa for a couple years. (On the wiki, we have Panther as unmasking Gorilla Infernal.)

Segunda Caida watches 03/11/10 IWRG and wishes for some better defined terminology.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 08/17 Arena Mexico
1) Horus & Tigre Blanco vs Artillero & Súper Comando
2) Diamante, Fabián el Gitano, Metro vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus
3) Pierrothito vs Bam Bam, Astral, Pequeño Halcón, Aereo, Último Dragoncito, Pequeño Warrior, Pequeño Universo 2000 [cibernetico, Torneo Bicentenario]
4) Blue Panther, Máximo, Toscano vs Averno, Mephisto, Vangelis
5) La Máscara, Máscara Dorada, Shocker vs Atlantis, Dragón Rojo Jr., Negro Casas

Presuming it’s a tecnico/rudo final in the minis tournament and figuring CMLL would’ve just started the newbies in the main division if they wanted them there, it’s either Bam Bam or Ultimo Dragoncito. Which means it’s a really big surprise if there’s not one final Bam Bam vs Demus 3:16 match on 08/24.

CMLL (TUE) 08/17 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Javier Cruz Jr. vs Titanio
2) Idolo & Metatrón vs Drago & Metalik
3) Hierro & Magnum vs Malefico & Rey Trueno
4) Hijo del Fantasma, Rotoporky, Sagrado vs Ephesto, Felino, Terrible
5) Místico vs Jushin Lyger

Lyger and Mistico split their two singles matches last year. If the current Teleformula pattern holds (it won’t), this will air on 09/11.

CMLL (TUE) 08/17 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Javier Cruz Jr. vs Titanio
2) Idolo & Metatrón vs Drago & Metalik
3) Hierro & Magnum vs Malefico & Rey Trueno
4) Hijo del Fantasma, Rotoporky, Sagrado vs Ephesto, Felino, Terrible
5) Místico vs Jushin Lyger

CMLL on LATV #16 (08/07/2010)

Pegasso does his best Skandalo impression

Arena Mexico, 07/16/2010

Diamante, Pegasso, Rey Cometa vs Arkangel de la Muerte, Loco Max, Skándalo: All six men are clearly going insane after facing each other so many times, and it’s great. (Again, this really should be the Arena Coliseo Tag Team title feud.) What’s not great is this match getting about five minutes, but at least they did stuff in the five minutes.

brainbusters affect everyone differently

Blue Panther, Místico, Rayo de Jalisco Jr. vs Jushin Lyger, Psicosis, Universo 2000 (and part 2): This match had five minutes it could’ve donated to the other match. It’s still the weirdest trio of rudo teams possible, three guys who would not be teaming together at any other moment in history. There was nothing special about this match except the particpants, but it was still amusing just for that reason.