01/18 AAA TV Lineup (Guanajuato)

AAA TV (SUN) 01/18 Parque de Beisbol de Guanajuato [AAA]
1) Billy Boy, Cinthia Moreno, Oriental vs Fabi Apache, Gran Apache, Mari Apache
2) Aerostar, el Ángel, Laredo Kid vs Rio Bravo, Tigre Cota, Tito Santana II
3) Alex Koslov, Rocky Romero, X-Pac vs Jack Evans, Teddy Hart, Zorro
4) Chessman, Killer Clown, Psycho Clown, Zombie Clown vs Cuervo, Escoria, Espíritu, Ozz [MEX ATOMICO]
5) Abismo Negro, Gronda II, Mesias vs Black Abyss, Electro Shock, Konnan

2009 AAA TV Chart
Projected Air Date (#872)
Mexico: 01/25
US: 02/10

Without a doubt, this is AAA’s best taping of 2009 so far. Joking aside, this show looks like it may be fun.

So, Konnan’s big surprise replacement is…Black Abyss? I am okay with that. Actually, a Gronda rudo turn seems plausible there too, since Rellik was basically just a worse mask and a better worker version of Gronda. But I don’t want to see any rudo Gronda matches.

Both the 3rd and 4th matches scream “finally!”. Since about week two of the D-Mex stuff, the idea has been to do a match like the match they’re doing here, and they’re finally there. Meanwhile, the Psycho Circus do something more than add to a win total people don’t believe or don’t care about – either they finally have a meaningful win or the streak is over. (Plus, this title match was teased back in October, so it’s been a wait.)

The opening matches are welcome returns – an Air Force match that might be really good (though this is a sure candidate for a post match Legion beatdown) and the Apaches/Morenos stuff perhaps going somewhere. At least this confirm that the GdT angle was meant to be a rudo turn and not just randomness. Kinda odd it’s two men/one woman vs two women/one man, but I guess we’ve see the Apache sisters battle evenly with men enough to make it work.

01/08: Rellik, Perros, Box Y Lucha, lineups

The big news: Mima Shimoda cut her hair.

There’s also Rellik ripping AAA’s front office. Really, it’s impossible to pick sides between bookers who are pretty bad and wrestlers who are pretty superfluous anywayr. In the US and elsewhere, a guy in a ‘scary’ mask who doesn’t sell is a novelty. In Mexico, that guy is one in 5000 (including quite a few already under contract to AAA.) But I guess the lesson is here to figure how much you’re actually making before you start working there, not three months into it. And hopefully AAA will have some hilarious overreaction we can all enjoy.

AAA (SUN) 01/04 Plaza de Toros de la Expo Feria de Santa Lucia del Camino [AAA]
1) Killer Clown, Psycho Clown, Zombie Clown b Abismo Negro, Aerostar, El Alebrije
2) El Elegido, La Parka Jr., Súper Fly DQ Chessman, Electro Shock, Zorro

So slow, AAA is posting spot show results on it’s site. Since AAA has started to post lineups, it feels like we’re getting a full idea of where the AAA wrestlers are working. It’s a better idea, but it’s not a full – here, AAA is posting results of a show it never actually listed on it’s site.

CMLL (TUE) 01/06 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Virgo b Posedion
2) Sileuta DDQ Magnifica
3) Rey Trueno b Metal Blanco
4) Infierno b Magnum
5) Leon Blanco & Máscara Mágica DQ El Gallo & Satánico
6) Blue Panther, La Máscara, La Sombra b Black Warrior, Dragon Rojo Jr., Sangre Azteca
7) Rey Bucanero b Máximo [CMLL LH]

In the opening matches, the women ignored the ref until he just stopped the match. Blanco’s team took the 5th match in a sweep; clean win for his team in the first, then Satanico low blow punched him for the second.

Let’s take a moment to note that Ovaciones magically has the same exact number of Bucanero title defenses as the luchawiki does, but never gives a link to the wiki. (To be fair, it may be CMLL giving Ovaciones the number and also not giving credit. That’s actually be funnier.)

Perro Aguayo Jr. says his next show will be in the second half of February, which seems pushed back. Perro says they’ll announce it either today or tomorrow, but also says they haven’t narrowed down the location between Mexico City, Toluca, Queretaro, Puebla and GDL. Which sounds to me like they’re either not really that close or Perro’s not really in the loop for these things. Second half of February would mean in some level of competition with Hijo del Santo’s show, which was the plan earlier.

Arturo Rivera returned to Ovaciones for the first time in few weeks, saying Perrros are concerned about not working enough and he and Dr. Moreales have been doing voice work for the AAA cartoon movie, which is expected October or November.

AAA’s website, with nothing to talk about, mentions Rey de Reyes will be in March, perhaps in Orizaba or Ciudada Madero or Guadalajara and reminds us again how the first taping is on 01/18 in Guanajuanto. KrisZ has the first main event as Mesias, Parka Jr., Silver King vs Chessman, Cuervo, Escoria.

The Mexico City Museum will host a panel discussion about the mask this Sunday.

Box Y Lucha articles from last edition
Epehsto meets the president of Mexico. It was a event sponsored by the national sports commission, and Ephesto, Felino, Ultimo Guerrero and Hijo de Fantasma were there to say “hey, I just met the president.”
– It’s the IWRG Nemesis who claims he’s the real, only, and first. Funny, to me, is this Nemesis talking about always using that name for his 12 years of wrestling and yet also talking about being in AAA for a year (where he was NOT using that name). He believes the AAA one just stole the name.
Volador still thinks he was put in the wrong category for the bodybuilding contest (he’s a beginner)
Freelance is a little more measured in long form about Dorada and Bam Bam (he respects them but thinks he’s better.) Freelance says he tried out for AAA, but didn’t hear back, and would like to make it into CMLL this year. Probably bet not to be making magazine challenges to CMLL wrestlers if he wants to work there. He explains he did get permission from Zumbido to wrestle as Mini Zumbido, but IWRG just wants to keep using him as Freelance since that’s what the people know.
Ultimo Dragon says he’s not considering retiring.
Villano III‘s column
– Interview with Monterrey female rookie Dreamer

Reforma CMLL articles
Mascarita Dorada hopes to take either Mini Warrior or Mini Universo’s mask.
Mini Olimpico feels confident about winning, because he’s not lost a mask match yet. Olimpico told Mini Olimpico to make sure the name ‘Olimpico’ is still held high in CMLL, so the mini is going to do his best.
Nitro will actually be out 7-8 months. That’s getting worse every time I read about it. Nitro tore his right knee’s ACL and fractured patella cartilage in his left. A normal person will be back on their feet in two months, but it’s a longer rehab to get in lucha condition.

There’s a show advertised this Sunday at the Tizimin, Yucatan fair as an AAA event. AAA has written a letter to the fair to make it clear they’re not running that show. It appears to be some indy guys using the logo.

SuperLuchas looks back at Rey Misterio Jr.’s debut in AAA.

Been a few weeks since our last Bolivian Cholitas story.

Kcidis celebrates two years of posting.

Juvi and Lizzy are signing autographs at Blue Demon’s store ont he 23rd. This week’s WrestlingObserver mentions he may be back in AAA before long.

LuchaWorld has Robert on GDR from 06/30 and 07/07 and CMLL 06/23/07

Volador Jr./Sagrado/La Mascara vs El Averno/El Mephisto/Efesto: Very fun match! The rudos might be the best regular trio in the world right now although I can’t think of any competition they might have.:P

There’s also KrisZ’s news update

Lineups

indy (THU) 01/08 Arena Olimpico Laguna de Gomez Palacio [el siglo de torreon]
1) Detector Jr. & New Warrior vs Camorra Jr. & El Judicial
2) Daisy Crazzy & Sexy Libre vs Dulce Paola & Varita de Nardo
3) Arana Cibernetica I & Arana Cibernetica II vs Black Boy & Dorado Jr.
4) Eterno, Piloto Negro, Piloto Suicida vs ?, ??, Psycho

They forgot to list the second half of the main event, but we do know the shows are going to start one hour early because it’s cold.

CMLL (SUN) 01/11 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Astaroth & Saturno vs Milenio & Relampago
2) Carlo Roggi vs Ebola, Depredador [hair]
3) Angel de Oro, Casanova, Neutrón vs Exterminador, Máscara Mágica, Satánico
4) Mascara Dorada vs Dragon Rojo Jr.
5) Héctor Garza, Hijo del Fantasma, La Máscara vs Atlantis, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero

Main event is not listed as a title match but may turn out to be. Semimain could be pleasantly good or completely self destruct and there may be no in-between.

There was the Dos Caras Jr./Atlantis/Wagner triangle match here back in October. The last triangle hair match (which I assume this is, by the “triangle de muerte” name) here was on 12/18/05 with the local Dagner, Chris Stone, and Okumura.

CMLL (MON) 01/12 Arena Puebla
1) Akira & Super Star vs Aguila Guerrera & Mr. Rafaga
2) Asturiano, Black Tiger (Puebla), Centella de Oro vs Camorra, Inquisidor, Pólvora
3) Bam Bam, Mascarita Dorada, Shockercito vs Pequeño Violencia, Pequeño Warrior, Pierrothito
4) Blue Panther, Hijo del Fantasma, La Máscara vs Black Warrior, Dragon Rojo Jr., Sangre Azteca
5) Héctor Garza, La Sombra, Shocker vs Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto

May be a unmasked debut for one of those minis.

CMLL (TUE) 01/13 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Quazar vs Katana
2) Palacio Negro vs Acertijo
3) Virgo vs Thunder Boy
4) Hijo del Faraon vs Malefico
5) Magnum vs Rafaga
6) Angel de Oro & Mictlán vs Satánico & Semental
7) Héctor Garza, La Sombra, Mark Corleone vs Atlantis, Euforia, Último Guerrero

This isn’t as interesting.

01/10-11 Lucha Times

So.

I don’t get 52MX, so there’s no way I can actually check if my listings are right. I don’t get the Fox Sports show anymore, and while we occasionally do get comments mentioning what aired (and very much appreciate it, every time), it’s going to be equally tough to check. Knowing one, I could guess at the other. Knowing neither, it’s just a random guess. In the long run, if DVDs turn up at slambamjam.com or somewhere else, I can go back and correct my listings, but it doesn’t really help you when the shows originally air. And it may not matter, because if no one actually can see a channel, listings for it are kinda pointless. It’s only what actually is listed on eventually DVD that matters. Not sure if I should bother giving listings for those channels.

And AAA’s in it’s own tough to predict world for the next month. Starting with this show (and kinda last week’s), we’re in a set of five straight episodes that are half of TV tapings. I can tell you the TV taping and the main event, since it airs on Accion, but I’m guessing blind on the other matches and there doesn’t seem to be a pattern there.

So I’m wonder, how useful are these posts (and chart) at this point? CMLL’s main show (top 3) and C3 (top 4) are pretty academic. All I’m doing now is putting all the information on one page, which feels like a significant drop off from putting all the (mostly) accurate information in one place.

To oddly mix in some positive news: as suspected, Televisa is only airing RAW on Monday nights. This puts AAA back to 3 hours, and I have no idea what they’re going to do with the extra time these next two weeks. Hopefully, this will settle AAA down, both in the “show the openers and stop clipping everything” sense and the “stop freaking out about WWE and thinking lots and lots of talking is the only way to compete”. You gotta hope.

Things I wish I knew existed years ago: this page, on esmas.com (where I’ve been plenty), has seemingly accurate listings for all the channels. Not just all the Televisa channels, all the channels in Mexico they can get listings for, in a much more readable (if harder to navigate) guide.

AAA-US: second part of GdT, which means Jack & Teddy challenge for the tag titles yet again, AAA Batista debuts, and Mesias vs Zorro for the title.

52MX: Minis probably should follow here, as well as Guerreros/Niebla vs Shocker/Toscano/Volador

CMLL: Sombra/Mistico/Volador vs Hijos, Garza/Fantasma/Mascara vs Hijos/Metal, Dorada/Purpura/Valiente vs Felino/Okumura/Virus. A good time to be a high flying tecnico. Or to watch them.

AAA-MEX: First part of the last taping of the year.

FOX: As far as I can tell, this is still airing in Mexico. It’s listed on Fox Sports Latin American’s schedule grid and on esmas’. They could be lagging behind, but they’re not on the US airing.

Women’s match, Terrible/Texano/Virus vs Dorada/Sagrado/Valiente. The lightning matches have been airing here and I have it listed, but I believe both matches went three falls, which wouldn’t leave much time for it.

C3: Minis Reyes de Aire, what more do you need?

No more CMLL on FSE

CMLL’s been off and on FSE the last month and isn’t listed on the schedule. That’s because it’s done, at least on the US version of the channel, effective the end of 2008. The latest WrestlingObserver says the deal expired at the end of the year.

Outside 52MX (which almost no one gets since Comcast dropped it last May), there’s no more CMLL TV matches in the US. And, depressingly, the CMLL Mexico TV shows seem to be missing from the usual torrent sites. Was that always Lover_Ice’s video being uploaded by someone else, and so it’s not there because he didn’t want to deal with paying for megaupload bandwith and no one else is doing it? Because there had to be a better solution for him.

Gotta figure out what package LATV is on. If it’s on the general channels (because it’s a WGN digitial alternate channel here), I don’t need to keep the Spanish Language package. If it’s not…well, I like the show, but I don’t like the show for $16 a month (and I really could use the $16 extra.)

01/07: Nuevo Laredo, Puebla, Coliseo, GDL

AAA (THU) 01/01 Arena Cuatro Caminos de Nuevo Laredo [El Manana]
3) Rio Bravo & Tito Santana II b Hombre Sin Miedo & Laredo Kid [AAA NORTH TAG]

Article says they’re taking the next two months off at this building.

CMLL (MON) 01/05 Arena Puebla [hugo999 @ box y lucha]
1) Black Tiger (Puebla), Centella de Oro, Tigre Rojo b Karisma, Mr. Rafaga, Siki Ozama Jr.
2) Asturiano, Blue Center, Lestat b Ares, Espiritu Maligno, Fuerza Chicana
3) Hijo del Fantasma b Euforia, Sagrado, Nosferatu, Valiente, Virus, Loco Max, Pegasso, Skandalo, Mascara Dorada [ciber]
4) Sangre Azteca b Mictlán [MEX WELTER]
5) Hector Garza, La Sombra, Volador Jr. b Mephisto, Terrible, Texano Jr.

Garza replaced Shocker in the main event. Sangre retained his title. Order of elimination was Dorada, Skadnalo, Pegasso, Loco, Virus, Valiente, Nosferatu. This left Euforia against both Sagrado and Fantasma. Euforia got Sagrado but Fantasma got him for the win.

CMLL (TUE) 01/06 Arena Coliseo [Ovaciones, ESTO]
1) Ángel Azteca Jr. & Angel de Oro b Camorra & Semental
2) Pequeño Warrior b Mascarita Dorada, Último Dragoncito, Pequeño Violencia, Pequeno Ninja, Pequeño Halloween, Pequeño Damian 666, Nino de Acero, Bam Bam, Mr. Águilita [cibernetico, Pequeno Reyes del Aire]
3) Euforia, Lizmark Jr., Nosferatu b Mictlán, Sagrado, Toscano
4) Héctor Garza, Místico, Shocker b Atlantis, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas

Mistico got Atlantis clean with La Mistica. ESTO includes a random anecdote about Jerry the Haitian.

Order of elimination:
1) Mr. Aguilita
2) Bam Bam (!)
3) Nino de Acero
4) Pequeno Damian 666
5) Pequeno Halloween
6) Pequeno Ninja (double elimination with Halloween)
7) Pequeno Violencia
8) Ultimo Dragoncito

Warrior got the upset win via foul. Of course. Only amapola had this right.

CMLL (TUE) 01/06 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [mt]
6) Blue Panther, La Máscara, La Sombra b Black Warrior, Dragon Rojo Jr., Sangre Azteca
7) Rey Bucanero b Máximo [CMLL LH]

Yay. Bucanero took the first and third falls. There was a moment of applause before the semi for Aguila India, who passed away on Sunday.

Ovaciones has a big preview of the minis cage match, with comments from Pierrothito, Mascarita Dorada, Ultimo Dragoncito, and Pequeno Universo. Tzuki no-showed the group photo. In Refoma (via Jazzo), Pequeno Warrior thinks the cage match favors the rudos – the tencicos won’t be able to fly – and plans on taking Mascarita Dorada’s mask. He warns the people that after he does, Mascarita Dorada will be revealed to be such ugly man, it may scare the fans.

There’s also a story about Nitro undergoing double knee surgery on Saturday which will put him out six months, and MS2 talking about returning and wrestling on the Perros del Mal shows.

Luchas2000 #452 has Ultimo Guerrero with the heavyweight title, Damian 666 on the Tijuana AAA show and the minis cage match.

SuperLuchas looks back at Canek & Billy Robinson

Lineup

IWRG (THU) 01/08 Arena Naucalpan
1) Galatik & Halcon 2000 vs Avisman & Epidemia
2) Fenix & Goleador vs King Drako & Nemesis (IWRG)
3) Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro vs Barba Roja, Capitán Muerte, Pirata Morgan Jr.
4) Miss Gaviota vs Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro, Demony, Jack, Trauma II, Anticristo Jr., Oficial 911, Eragon, Pendulo, Trauma I, Gemelo Fantastico II, Chico Che, Fantasma de la Ópera, Zatura, Gemelo Fantastico I, Veneno, Bushi, Toxico AAA, Ultramán Jr. [lumberjack strap]

I totally don’t understand how the main event is supposed to work.

IWRG (SUN) 01/11 Arena Naucalpan
1) Imperio Azteca vs Avisman
2) Eragon & Galactik vs Anticristo Jr. & Nemesis (IWRG)
3) Coco Blanco, Gemelo Fantastico I, Gemelo Fantastico II vs Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro
4) Trauma I, Trauma II, Zatura vs Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro
5) ?, Fuerza Guerrera, Pendulo vs Arlequin, Bushi, Pierroth II

AAA (SUN) 01/11 Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) Epydemius vs Sicario
2) Guerreor Blanco vs Diabolik [vale tudo]
3) Jorobad del Mal 1 & Jorobad del Mal 2 vs Ejecutor & Mr. Secuestro
4) La Momia & Virtual X vs Rio Bravo & Tito Santana II [AAA NORTH TAG]
5) Aerostar & El Alebrije vs Jesse & Tigre Cota

Title rematch from last week.

01/06: Explosivo, AULL, IWRG, GDL

According to a thread on Box Y Lucha, ex-CMLL and occasional AAA wrestler Explosivo passed away in a car accident. There’s no second source to confirm this; a quick check of a couple newspapers turns up nothing (the post mentions they’re waiting for more details) and no one else is reporting this yet. On the other hand, if you check the previous posts from the writer, most of them have to do with Explosivo, so he might know better than most.

CMLL
CMLL

AULL (THU) 01/01 Arena Lopez Mateos [sololuchas]
1) Aguila Dorada & La Parkita b Espectrito de Ultratumba & Mini Love Machine
2) Oficial del Terror I, Oficial del Terror II, Oficial del Terror III b Cococolores, Shrek, Super Pinocho 3000
3) Hijo de Enrique Vera & Ojo de Tiger jr. b Coco Rojo Jr. & Rambo Jr.
4) Andy Barrow & Enrique Vera DQ Coco Rojo & Rambo
5) Cocolores & Super Muneco b Batman & Ice Killer [losers advance]
6) Gran Markus & Shu el Guerrero b Espantapajaros & Super Raton [losers advance]
7) Coco Verde & Super Pinocho b El Enfermero & Ojo de Tigre [losers advance]
8) Batman & Ice Killer b El Enfermero & Ojo de Tigre [losers advance]
9) El Enfermero & Ojo de Tigre b Espantapajaros & Super Raton [losers advance]
10) Super Raton b Espantapajaros [mask]

Espantapajaros is Joel Rodriguez, 15 years a wrestler. Joel Rodriguez is also the name of El Cortado – looks like the same guy.

IWRG (SUN) 01/04 Arena Naucalpan [SoloLuchas]
1) Imperio Azteca b Shuriken
2) Goleador & Miss Gaviota b Anticristo Jr. & King Drako
3) Gemelo Fantastico I, Gemelo Fantastico II, Jack b Fantasma de la Ópera, Trauma I, Trauma II
4) Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro b Freelance, Ultraman, Zatura
5) Bushi, Capitán Muerte, Veneno b Fuerza Guerrera, Multifacético, Pendulo

Veneno got away with a foul on Multifacetico for the win. In the tercera, the Traumas did not get along with Fantasma de la Opera, leading to their loss.

CMLL (SUN) 01/04 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [MT]
3) Blue Panther & Neutrón b Malefico & Satánico
4) Héctor Garza, Hijo del Fantasma, La Máscara b Atlantis, Dragon Rojo Jr., Negro Casas

Not much of note here. Mascara was about to be finished by the Atlantida but Garza kicked the rudo in the midsection and Mascara fell on top for the pin. Fine job by La Mascara. Garza got sunset flip on Negro casas for the other pin.

Ovaciones previews today’s Reyes Magos show in Arena Coliseo (Pequeno Reyes del Aire) and Guadalajara (Maximo vs Rey, and I’m worried about Rey’s chances on a day for kids.)

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Mistico is wrestling in Durango on Thursday. No one else is mentioned. The promoter mentions he had to ask for Mistico months in advance of actually getting him.

Box Y Lucha’s Forum is running year end of awards. Nominations to cut it down to a top 5 now, and then voting later.

Noticas Voz profiles local wrestlers Soberbios I & Soberbios II

SuperLuchas is holding a name this (Chicago-based) luchador contest. All you have to do is drop a comment on their post with your suggestion.

Spain-based travel blog Pasaba Por Alli visits Arena Mexico and find it better than US wrestling. They link to arenamexico.com.mx, which I didn’t realize was being updated (or forgot.)

SuperLuchas looks back at Atlantis vs Blue Panther from 1991.

LuchaWorld has Robert on AAA 06/08/07 and CMLL GDL from 06/17/07 and 06/24/07, as well as KrisZ’s news update.

01/04: Coliseo, Monterrey, Mistico back to Japan, Lineups

CMLL (SUN) 01/04 Arena Coliseo [Ovaciones]
1) Sensei & Starman b Artillero & Súper Comando
2) Cosmico, Electrico, Mini Fantasy DQ Pequeño Halloween, Pequeño Universo 2000, Pequeño Warrior
3) Fabián el Gitano, Máscara Púrpura, Máximo b Bronco III, Skandalo, Vangelis
4) Terrible, Texano Jr., Virus b Mascara Dorada, Sagrado, Valiente
5) Mr. Niebla, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero b Shocker, Toscano, Volador Jr.

Toscano did not get along with his partners on occasion. Shocker ended up in the main event as part of the Dos Caras shuffle; Sagrado was added to the semimain. Mini rudos got DQed for excessive violence, which won’t be a problem next week.

Ovaciones also includes it’s lucha year in review.

AAA (SUN) 01/04 Arena Coliseo Monterrey [RFC]
1) Baby Fox & Rey Imagen b Jorobados del Mal I & Jorobados del Mal II
2) Ejecutor & Mr. Secuestro b Aguila Extrema & Relampago Azul
3) Tigre Cota b Chris Stone [bull terrier]
4) Kenzo Suzuki, Monje Negro Jr., Tiffany b Dama de Hierro, Mascarita Divina, TDN
5) Rio Bravo & Tito Santana II b La Momia & Virtual X [AAA NORTH TAG]

Poder del Norte retains. We don’t have a title history for this one; should we? I think it’d help out, to clarify the many different names it’s listed under.

Mistico/SportsNavi
Mistico/SportsNavi

NJPW announced Mistico returns to their promotion on 02/15 for a singles match with Mephisto. It’ll be just the one match for now, but they’re building to something here. Judging from the pictures, Mistico was wearing the CMLL Welterweight Championship to the ring, while Averno had his NWA Middleweight Championship. He should’ve brought all three belts!

From Sinola, local wrestler Psicolpe talks about himself and Monster Truck I starting up with AAA. I guess they means a dark match? Psiclope talks about winning the mask of El Hechicero of Tijuana, who’s said to be the brother of Black Abyss.

ESPNDeportes has a blog entry about Hijo del Santo and marketing. In EXOnline, Santo mentions returning to Europe in the summer (perhaps for a russian roulette tournament) and trying to break a Guinness record at the celebration of his father’s passing. It’s sound as if they’re going to try and have the most people ever to draw the same thing (Santo) at the same time, or something along those lines.

Box Y Lucha #2904 has the Zero Hour CMLL Minis Cage match as it’s cover. Stories inside include a story about the Hijos de Pirata Morgan going to the US in March (what month is CHIKARA’s King of Trios? March? Perhaps?), the Traumas noticing everyone who Negro Navarro beats up is taking out on them, and Perro Aguayo Jr. saying they’re not interested in going to AAA. Mascarita Dorada also responds Freelance’s “I’m better” story last week by saying “prove it”, and that needs to happen ASAP.

CMLL (MON) 01/05 Arena Puebla [hugo 999 @ Box Y Lucha]
1) Black Tiger (Puebla), Centella de Oro, Tigre Rojo vs Karisma, Mr. Rafaga, Siki Ozama Jr.
2) Asturiano, Blue Center, Lestat vs Ares, Espiritu Maligno, Fuerza Chicana
3) Loco Max vs Euforia, Nosferatu, Virus, Skandalo, Valiente, Hijo del Fantasma, Pegasso, Mascara Dorada [ciber]
4) Sangre Azteca vs Mictlán [MEX WELTER]
5) La Sombra, Shocker, Volador Jr. vs Mephisto, Terrible, Texano Jr.

What we’ve got here is a clever way of putting the same amount of guys on the card but still doing the singles match. This is Arena Puebla’s first discounted show, which means 60 for ringside and down to 25 for the cheapest seats. ($4.42 -> $1.85). I do not possess the burning hatred of Mictlan present in others, but there’s another possible title change that’d be an injustice. Let’s all just hope Sangre is adding another X-ed out picture to his Wall Of Defeated Men this time tomorrow. Second match is a rematch from last week.

CMLL (FRI) 01/09 Arena Mexico
1) Molotov & Starman vs Inquisidor & Pólvora
2) Lluvia, Marcela, Princesa Blanca vs Amapola, Princesa Sujei, Rosa Negra
3) Stuka Jr. vs Euforia [lightning]
4) Mascara Dorada, Máscara Púrpura, Valiente vs Felino, Shigeo Okumura, Virus
5) Héctor Garza, Hijo del Fantasma, La Máscara vs Heavy Metal, Terrible, Texano Jr.
6) La Sombra, Místico, Volador Jr. vs Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto

Obvious statement time: main event could be good. Stuka and Euforia have fought once or twice. The ex-Trios champs continue to team up more after they stopped being champs.

This is the third straight week Okumura’s been in the 3rd from the top. That’s higher than usually and normally indicates there’s a feud I’m overlooking, but these are all different tecnicos than last week.

I didn’t post 2008 records for those with few matches, but Lluvia is currently undefeated in Mexico City. That looks to be over this week. At least Marcela is not (that?) hurt.

CMLL (SUN) 01/11 Arena Mexico
1) Pegasso & Rey Cometa vs Calígula & Méssala
2) Flash & Stuka Jr. vs Euforia & Nosferatu
3) Blue Panther, Mark Corleone, Shocker vs Ephesto, Terrible, Texano Jr.
4) La Sombra, Místico, Volador Jr. vs Black Warrior, Mr. Niebla, Rey Bucanero
5) Mascarita Dorada vs Pequeño Olímpico, Shockercito, Pequeno Ninja, Tzuki, Pequeño Universo 2000, Pierrothito, Pequeño Warrior, Nino de Acero, Último Dragoncito, Fantasy, Electrico, Cosmico [mask, cage]

Not to be a downer, but are we sure this is a good idea? Minis main eventing a show with a big match is a fine idea (this might be the first one; I hope someone does the research on it – besides me), but I don’t know that an 11 person cage match is really the best way to do it. That’s a lot of people in a little space with nowhere to dive and ropes not working as usual. The best case scenario is the eliminations go fast and the time gets spent on a long one on one sequence to end it. I’ll put the poll up later in the week.

Will Flash & Stuka ever be in a tag match against a team besides Nosferatu & Euforia? Dunno, but this promotion is some kind of loaded when those two matches are you openers.

There’s no offical announcement, but these two cards feel like CMLL’s starting up again.

01/04: Mistico (and Averno) in Japan

Still no Arena Mexico lineup. That’s strange.

Mistico & Averno in NJPW: Mistico, Ryusuke Taguchi & Prince Devitt b Averno, Jado & Gedo (9:50, Mistica on Averno)

It’s what you’d expect for the finish. SuperLuchas points to cell phone (?) video of the entrances for the tecnicos. You can’t really hear it there, but the fans were aware and into Mistico, who looked good in the match. Looks like he was wearing a title to the ring but not sure which one.

In post match interviews, Mistico said he plans to return to Japan in Feburary. NJPW runs a tour from 01/30-02/15, but it’d be a surprise if CMLL let him go for 2+ weeks. Maybe just part of that? Mistico also said he would be interesting in challenging for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title or perhaps defending one of his own. Averno got to point out that he and Mephisto took the tag titles from Mistico, so Averno beating Mistico is actually possible at times. Just not this one. Mistico is 2-0 over Averno in Asia!

Mascara Sagrada (original) talks about wrestling in Saltillo for the first time in 12 years. Sagrada says he’s getting close to retiring and will hand the gimmick over to a son.

If it’s January, it’s time for the articles with Torreon Box Y Lucha commission demanding everyone renew their license. This year, the focus seems more on unlicensed promoters than wrestlers (80% of those were licensed last year.)

SuperLuchas # is their 2008 Year End Summary & Awards. Some highlights
Luchador of the Year: Dr. Wagner Jr.
Best Tecnico: Mistico
Best Rudo: Konnan
Best Trio: Oficiales

On the website, SuperLuchas looks back at Gran Davis’ stint as a tecnico.

Accion had extended highlights once again this week.
CMLL: Arena Mexico main event. I screwed up the finish description, apparently. There was a ref bump, but the only cheating was Shocker using the confusion to cradle Terrible, and pull the trunks on the pin.
AAA: Dark Family vs Porky/Laredo/Super Fly from Xalapa. That means they’re doing two weeks from each post-GdT taping; no Best of, maybe less editing. If they do that with the Chilpancingo taping, that means one show with two (new) matches or a dark match making air.
WWE: women’s battle royal. Of course. Rey Misterio Jr. won his match and can’t get on this show when there’s a women’s match. Announcer pointed out Melina was latina at least five times during this segment.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update. WrestlingObserver has their AAA Recap

indy (SUN) 01/04 Arena Olimpico Laguna de Gomez Palacio [El Siglo de Torreon]
1) El Gato vs Guerrero Azteca
2) Camorra Jr. & Judicial vs Aguila Salvaje & Fuerza Infernal
3) Detecetor Junior & New Warrior vs Aguila de Espacio I & Aguila de Espacio II
4) Coco Amarillo vs Rey Fobia [FILL LH]

The title is listed as “Semicompleto de Monterrey”, so you’d think it’d be FILL, but maybe not? I can’t think of how Coco Amarillo would have it.

01/03: Mexico results, NWE, lineup

(FRI) 01/02 Arena Mexico [Ovaciones, ESTO]
1) Astro Boy & Tony Rivera b Camorra & Policeman
2) Amapola, Hiroka, La Nazi b Marcela, Princesa Blanca, Sahori
3) Ángel Azteca Jr. b Puma King [lightning]
4) Máximo, Mictlán, Stuka Jr. b Euforia, Nosferatu, Shigeo Okumura
5) Dragon Rojo Jr., Negro Casas, Sangre Azteca b La Máscara, Mascara Dorada, Sagrado
6) La Sombra, Shocker, Volador Jr. b Black Warrior, Terrible, Texano

In the third fall of the main event, Shocker accidentally knocked down the ref. Terrible decided to fake a low blow. Instead of standing there and arguing, Shocker just covered him, and the ref revived to count the win for the tecnicos.

Marcela suffered an injury in the second match – ESTO calls it serious – and was strechered out in the second fall. Tecnicas still managed to win without her, which doesn’t seem like the direction they were headed there. Correction: Rudos won 3 on 2. CMLL.com teases a Princesa Blanca vs Sahori match, which sounds very scary (just as much for Marcela being out.)

Ovaciones says NWE (the European group) will be running it’s first show in Mexico in February. No date or location announced, but the main event is expected to be Juvi vs Perro Jr. for the NWE Cruiserweight Title. Juvi’s been building that match up in the press for a while. It reads as if it’ll be a joint Perro/NWE production based on the names announced (RVD, Dragon, all the Perros, Wagner, Super Crazy, etc.) NWE currently has TV on Mexico’s version of 52MX.

IWRG is running a 20 man cage match next Thursday. Back to back Thursday cage matches for them.

Lineup(s)

CMLL (TUE) 01/06 Arena Coliseo
1) Ángel Azteca Jr. & Angel de Oro vs Camorra & Semental
2) Mascarita Dorada vs Último Dragoncito, Bam Bam, Nino de Acero, Pequeno Ninja, Pequeño Damian 666, Pequeño Halloween, Mr. Águila, Pequeño Warrior, Pequeño Violencia [cibernetico, Pequeno Reres de Aire]
3) Mictlán, Sagrado, Toscano vs Euforia, Lizmark Jr., Nosferatu
4) Héctor Garza, Místico, Shocker vs Atlantis, Negro Casas, Mr. Niebla

No typo, this is a Tuesday show in Arena Coliseo, first in almost exactly a year (01/08/07).

Previous Pequeno Reyes de Aire winners:
01/04/08: Mascarita Dorada (over Mini Damian)
07/13/07: Mini Damian 666 (over Bam Bam)

Maybe this is going to be an annual first week of the year tradition? Big week for the minis, with this and the cage match on the following Sunday.

Main event will be Garza’s first match back in Mexico City in a month; he starts up Sunday in Guadalajara.

Tickets for this show are discounted: $1 for children, 50, 30, 25 for adults.

No Friday lineup up yet. I’ll edit it in when it turns up (and I have a chance).