Jack Evans & Rocky Romero vs Damián 666 & Halloween: Rocky was in the right and was going to turn rudo about it, that’s about how things usually go here. Also, this match, which cleverly illustrated the difference the difference between building to a cresendo and just doing more moves because they haven’t hit the time mark yet.
Joe Lider & Nicho el Millionario vs Hernandez & Zorro: Eh. I guess the idea is the Legion didn’t care about winning or losing because they just wanted to destroy Lider & Nicho, but Hernandez did kind of seem to care about losing in the end. I didn’t care, so it evened out.
IWRG (SUN) 08/01 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (flickr), The Gladiatores]
1) Super Halcon Jr. b Alan Extreme
2) Comando Negro & Magia Negra DQ Eragon & Fly Star
3) Nygma & Pasion Kristal b Dinamic Black & Miss Gaviota
4) Hijo del Cien Caras & Máscara Año 2000 Jr. b Hijo de Pierroth (IWRG) & Hijo de Pirata Morgan [IWRG IC TAG]
5) Chico Che, Scorpio Jr., Veneno DQ El Brazo, Electroshock, Gato Eveready
El Brazo faked a foul from Scorpio in the third. They proposed a hair vs hair match, where the winner also gets possession of Guapito. I had no idea you could gamble minis like that.
Champs retain in the semimain.
Tercera was Gaviota’s chance for revenge on Kristal (who unmasked him in the cage match), but Nygma managed to trip up the IWRG wrestler from the outside to set up a Kristal Michinoku Driver for the win.
CMLL (MON) 08/02 Arena Puebla [Fuego en el Ring]
1) Sauron & Siki Osama b Black Tiger & Stigma
2) Dalys la Caribeña, Marcela, Silueta b Amapola, Seuxis, Yeska
3) Fuego, Metro, Stuka Jr. b Euforia, Pólvora, Virus
4) Blue Panther, Valiente, Volador Jr. b Dragón Rojo Jr., Misterioso II, Sangre Azteca
5) Charly Manson, Héctor Garza, Psicosis b Místico, Rotoporky, Shocker
Tirantes tripped up Mistico and Charly took advantage to get the surprising win. This sets up a singles match next week. I wonder if Manson has a title Mistico can win to get that match with Psicosis. I know he’s not champion, but I bet he still has a belt…
Thinking Polvora probably didn’t work the tercera, but he’s the guy the recap has listed.
SuperLuchas has a preview tonight’s title match, which also goes over the note CMLL.com posted yesterday: should Terrible, Texano and Hector Garza win the CMLL World Trios Championship from Sombra, La Mascara and Mascara Dorada, Terrible would take La Mascara’s spot in this week’s Block of the Universal Tournament. (Texano had his shot, Garza is getting his with the tag titles, Mascara Dorada is already out.) It seems to be Sombra’s earned his birth in the final no matter what happens, but it seems to me that this is all irrelevant because the champions will retain this time. At the same time, I don’t think this will be the last shot for this rudo trio.
CMLL Magazine says there will be a press conference tomorrow for Rush vs Loco Max in a hair match. It appears the match will take place this Sunday, though I’m not 100% sure of it.
Vangelis replaces Polvora on Friday’s Arena Mexico card. Polvora’ out due to the head injury from Sunday.
Heavy Metal says he’ll beat Electroshock easily, and points out Electroshock couldn’t manage to defend the AAA title once.
Today in Guadalajara rudos complaining about poor refereeing, Evola whines about the excessive violence call against him that cost him the Occidente Light Heavyweight Title. He’s demanding a rematch, with a new referee. I think these are the problems you’re bound to run into when your head referee is named “El Loco”.
Resisted doing a separate post on this for a day, but then decided it might be useful to have it this way to look up later.
The new new roster is pretty much what we were looking for. The guys who appeared not on the Wii – Wagner! – will be on the Wii. Many of the who’ve dropped off the roster have been mostly added as DLC, plus a couple new names. No one still knows who La Fresa is.
PS3/XBOX 360 Downloadable Content (no release date/price) –new in blue
Alex Koslov Aerostar
Joe Lider Laredo Kid
Nicho el Millonario
Polvo de Estrellas
What a brawl that we’ve agreed never to talk about again. Maybe there’s a special half hour of Lucha Libre USA where they talked about the brawl, Treachery, the huge rivalry between Amazing Kong and Tigresa Caliente, Mini Park’s uncle and RJ Brewer’s mom. Or maybe I’m just better off with a show where I don’t pay attention to the commentary, that’s probably been a big benefit over the years.
Trios match was good, solving the mystery of who would win in a fight between Lizmark Jr. and Octagoncito. I’m guessing the plan here is Lizmark vs Marco in the heavyweight final (or at least it was before Carlito) and they seem to be moving well in that direction. Rellik/Charly didn’t really make either guy seem really interesting. Amazing Kong was treated like a huge star, but she needs someone better to face than Tigresa Caliente.
The better stuff was the vignettes. La Vida la Lujo as a telenovela is a bit inspired, as was Tinieblas & Oriental meeting. They did a better job of setting up matches for the next show, but those kind of disappeared to the background.
I recapped shows long enough to know I should tape a few minutes long. It’ll be better next time.
CMLL HERDEZ (SUN) 08/01 Arena Mexico [Ovaciones]
1) Lady Apache, Lluvia, Princesa Blanca b Amapola, Mima Shimoda, Princesa Sujei
2) Bam Bam, Eléctrico, Último Dragoncito b Demus 3:16, Pequeño Nitro, Pierrothito
3) Averno, Mephisto, Terrible, Texano b La Máscara, La Sombra, Máximo, Toscano
4) Héctor Garza, Jushin Lyger, Negro Casas b Místico, Shocker, Volador Jr.
5) Rey Bucanero & Último Guerrero b Atlantis & Rayo de Jalisco Jr. and Máscara Año 2000 & Universo 2000 and Brazo de Oro & Brazo de Plata [Copa Herdez]
Sold show. Food company, so it was probably one of those where you got at ticket with a few purchases. Bucanero & UG won over Atlantis & Rayo de Jalisco, who had issues getting along.
Mistico & Volador got along, but the article assures us they’re still feuding.
Blanca replaced Dark Angel, who told SuperLuchas she’d be out for a while with an arm injury.
CMLL (SUN) 08/01 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Fuego en el Ring]
1) Black Metal & El Divino b Metalik & Titanio
2) Angelo & Magnum b Acertijo & Ráfaga
3) Gallo b Ebola [OCCIDENTE LH]
4) Máximo & Valiente b Dragón Rojo Jr. & Sangre Azteca
5) Rayo de Jalisco Jr., Shocker, Volador Jr. b Atlantis, Jushin Liger, Rey Bucanero
All the tecnicos pinned all the rudos, including Rayo pinning Atlantis. Somehow, this sets up Atlantis challenging Rayo for the WWA Heavyweight Championship next week.
That title match will probably end in controversy. Whoever’s booking here hates clean finishes in big matches. Ebola had the title won in straight falls, but got disqualified for excessive violence. Gallo, hurt knee and all, rallied to win the third fall and keep the title.
Thank god for Fabian el Gitano. He restored some of my faith in lucha libre.
I’ve made the joke about X match between Y’s best match ever, because they just happened to be in a match with five other people being great, but this was Fabian’s best match ever because of Fabian el Gitano. He worked incredibly hard during the final fall with Angel de Oro, pulling out moves I can’t recall ever having seen and playing rudo (which I’m also not sure if he’s ever done.) There was great drama there, and not the teetering towards disaster kind of drama I expected. Angel de Oro was no slacker, but this was Fabian’s finest moment.
The rest of the cage matches were good by cage match standards. Three minutes of brawling before starting to let people go worked better than the usual longer periods of nothingness, and they seemed to space the escapes out enough so there was a solid rhythm to them. Tiger Kid’s turn on Puma King came off well and is exactly the sort of thing they should follow up on, though I’m not sure how mad Puma should really be when he pulled the same thing on Angel de Oro (in another bit that worked well.) Hombre Bala is either a crazy old man or there’s a new Monsther, and I’m still not sure either way. Track this match down.
The opener here was even more butchered up than the one on the last week, and this one looked like it was actualy pretty good. Disappionting.
IWRG (SUN) 07/25 Arena Naucalpan [SL375]
1) Comando Negro b Héros
2) Eragon & Freelance b Magia Negra & Nemesis
3) Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro DQ Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo, Gringo Loco
4) Hijo de Pirata Morgan & Pierroth Jr. (IWRG) b Hijo del Cien Caras & Máscara Año 2000 Jr.
5) Pirata Morgan, Scorpio Jr., Veneno b Joe Lider, La Parka Jr., Silver King
From last Sunday. Everyone was too busy at the Expo to write results for this show. Parka and Silver King couldn’t get along, so he and Lider turned on Silver and helped the IWRG team win.
Semimain was a straight fall win. I guess that sets up a tag title match?
Black Terry grabbed Diablo’s leg and simulated a foul to draw the DQ. That does set up a title match next week.
CMLL (SUN) 08/01 Arena Coliseo [@cmllmagazine]
1) Rayo Tapatío I & Rayo Tapatío II DQ Apocalipsis & Mortiz
2) Fabián el Gitano, Guerrero Maya Jr., Starman b Dr. X, Inquisidor, Nitro
3) Cancerbero, Loco Max, Pólvora DQ Delta, Metro, Rush
4) Felino, Negro Casas, Ray Mendoza Jr. b Hijo del Fantasma, La Máscara, Toscano
5) Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto b Charly Manson, Mr. Águila, Olímpico
Looks like CMLL won clean in the main event.
The parrot with Rey Bucanero on Friday was with Negro & Felino for the semimain. Rudos won when Negro Casas, previously eliminated, snuck back in to help
Rudos took the tercera when Loco Max faked a foul from Rush. Rush is already making the hair vs hair challenges. Polvora suffered a head injury in the first fall, but finished the match.
DQ in the opener was for Mortiz pulling Rayo I’s mask.
Sexy’s twitter also includes her and Rain hanging out, so I guess Rain is also not trying out. I hope their not tryouts go great! The physical posters in Orizaba list the Christina/Sexy/Alex vs Mari/Fabi/Aero match as for the Reina de Reinas and Mixed Tag Titles, so perhaps everyone is keeping their options open. (The official card posted on AAA’s site do not mention that stip.)
Cesar points towards Sexy Star as towards a pattern of luchadors revealing themselves, but Sexy Star’s identity was known from the first day she was in AAA. She was quickly connected to her unmasked identity in Monterrey early on. Since all those unmasked photos are out there, it does make you wonder why she didn’t lose her mask last year.
Dorian Roldan & Crazy Boy were at a press conference for Rally Pro Lemon Films, who’s big idea is to do films in style of the El Santo & Blue Demon films. I remember when the AAA anime movie was just about to come out, there were plenty of interviews saying those films wouldn’t work today.
IWRG (THU) 08/05 Arena Naucalpan
1) Imperial vs Mixteco Jr.
2) Dinamic Black & Silver Boy vs Alan Extreme & Imposible
3) Cerebro Negro, Eragon, Miss Gaviota vs Comando Negro, Eterno, Magia Negra
4) Chico Che, Freelance, Suicida vs Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo, Gringo Loco
5) Electroshock, Último Gladiador, Zorro vs Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan, Trauma I
Zorro’s first match as part of this feud. Hard to miss how AAA’s completely ignored this feud in their own promotion outside of the TripleMania bit. Silver King’s belt has made an appearance, but that’s it. I think they’re doing a Trauma I/Ultimo Gladiador feud.
I think Impossible has been a rudo since at least the expo and I haven’t updated it. Sorry, dude.
IWRG (SUN) 08/08 Arena Naucalpan
1) Alan Extreme vs Super Halcon Jr.
2) Eragon & Hijo del Pantera vs Comando Negro & Magia Negra
3) Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo, Gringo Loco vs Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro [MEX TRIOS]
4) Gato Eveready & Laredo Kid vs Aerostar & Súper Fly and Oficial 911 & Oficial AK47 and Oficial Fierro & Oficial Marshal
5) Billy Boy, Decnnis, El Brazo vs Scorpio Jr., Trauma I, Veneno
Main event is a rematch. I have no idea why the semimain is a three way and not an atomicos. Title match is try two for the challengers against these champions.
CMLL (SUN) 08/08 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Javier Cruz Jr. vs Templario
2) Idolo & Virgo vs Drago & Infierno
3) Metal Blanco & Palacio Negro vs Ángel del Mal & Rey Trueno
4) Eléctrico, Mascarita Dorada, Meteoro vs Demus 3:16, Pequeño Warrior, Pierrothito
5) La Máscara, La Sombra, Shocker vs Jushin Liger, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero
Surprised Meteoro is the extra mini instead of Saturno. Maybe Pierrothito was right about the kid ducking him!
That’s a main event.
CMLL (SUN) 08/08 Arena Mexico
1) Rayo Tapatío I & Rayo Tapatío II vs Apocalipsis & Mortiz
2) Goya Kong, Lady Apache, Luna Mágica vs La Comandante, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sujei
3) Delta, Metro, Rush vs Dr. X, Loco Max, Skándalo
4) Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto vs El Alebrije, Histeria, Psicosis
5) Místico, Rayo de Jalisco Jr., Terrible, Texano Jr. vs Atlantis, Brazo de Plata, Rey Bucanero, Volador Jr. [Relevos Increíbles]
Main event is supposed to tease Mistico/Volador and Rayo/Atlantis, so I wonder what Porky vs Terrible & Texano finish they’ll end up doing here.
Loco and Rush keeps going. Wonder if they’ll keep it going all the way until the September Fan Appreciation show? (Or maybe I’m wrongly dismissing their chances of main eventing the anniversary show!)
Do not watch this show. Do not purchase this show. (Sorry Fredo.) Do not speak of this show – any acknowledgment of this show can only hurt. Horrible, horrible stuff, probably the worst episode of lucha television I’ve watched this year. Yes, including AAA.
The opener – Blue Panther, Shocker, Super Porky vs Atlantis, Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero – was half effort Super Porky comedy for four minutes, and absolutely no more. I don’t know if a devilish editor decided to cut out anything that was good and leave the rest to fill time, but I fear the possibility of this being the best four minutes.
What a fool I was to go out of my way to watch this for Mistico vs Volador. This was an outright horrendous match, maybe it too the worst match I’ve seen this year. These two may have not known they were going to have this match on this day – they did know far in enough advance for Volador to tape a promo – but they’ve worked often against each other this year that they should’ve been able to put together some semblance of a match on short notice. This was no semblance of a match, just each guys taking turns staring each other, doing a headscissors, staring at each other, doing a dive, and coming back in to stare at each other some more. And what they were doing wasn’t even good – Mistico hurting his ankle caused things to fall apart even more, but they were botching spots long before. Tirantes’ rudo refereeing was the least objectionable part of this match.
I don’t know if this means these guys are incapable of doing a match they’re not ready for (they would seem to have plenty of practice at that), or if they couldn’t figure out how to do a tecnico vs tecnico match (Tirantes was cheating for Volador, but Volador wasn’t especially a rudo), or if they actually hate each other and were just trying to make each other like a fool. I do know why they didn’t hype this much. This stuff shouldn’t get out.
There’s a few things I’m curious about. One is that spot over there – did they just both bail on the Spanish Fly? Was it the world’s worst reversal? Crowd decided it was something they needed to loudly boo – and another is why neither man could do more one move without gasping for air for thirty seconds. Large portions of this match were one going doing a headscissors, that guy getting up slowly and standing there catching his breath, the other guy getting up even more slowly and catching his breath. It was as if they had both retired, stopped doing any cardio work, and then came back 30 years later to do one last match against each other. If this is how these guys are going to wrestle when they’re old men, I hope they make a lot of money right now and absolutely do not wrestle when they’re old men.
This had to be their fifth show of the day or something. Even people who don’t like these guys would be astounded to see them this poor. A Mr. Niebla in no condition to perform might have performed better than these two.
Everyone is going to have bad nights. But this seemed something beyond that. AVOID.
CMLL (FRI) 07/30 Arena Mexico [SuperLuchas, Fuego en el Ring, Cesar, @cmllmagazine]
1) Camorra & Súper Comando b Horus & Leono
2) Ángel Azteca Jr., Ángel de Oro, Ángel de Plata DQ Arkangel de la Muerte, Loco Max, Skándalo
3) Charly Manson, Héctor Garza, Mr. Águila b Felino, Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero
4) Máscara Dorada b Stuka Jr. [CMLL Universal, eightfinal]
5) Último Guerrero b Averno [CMLL Universal, eightfinal]
6) La Sombra b Mephisto [CMLL Universal, eightfinal]
7) Texano Jr. b Ephesto [CMLL Universal, eightfinal]
8) Último Guerrero b Máscara Dorada [CMLL Universal, quarterfinal]
9) La Sombra b Texano [CMLL Universal, quarterfinal]
10) La Sombra b Último Guerrero [CMLL Universal, semifinal]
11) Místico b Psicosis
Tirantes was the scheduled referee for the main event, but Mistico complained to the commission. Commission agreed and sent Tirantes to the back, which greatly angered Tirantes. Tigre Hispano refereed the match. Psicosis won the first fall, but Mistico won falls two and three to take the match. Mistico asked for a mask match again, but Psicosis said they must have a title match before he’d consider it. The story is, Mistico doesn’t have a title (the IWRG and WWA ones are being treated as if they don’t exist), so this is a stalling tactic and maybe Mistico needs to win a title really soon.
Alebrije and the Mini Head Hunters were seen in the crowd, watching the main event.
Ultimo Guerrero ran thru the first two rounds of CMLL Universal Tournament Block A by dropping Averno & Mascara Dorada with Guerrero Specials. He had one more for Sombra in the semifinal, but Sombra shockingly kicked out, Ultimo Guerrero freaked out, and Sombra rolled him up to take this block. Most matches were around 4 minutes, though Texano’s matches were shorter and the semifinal went about 9. No sign of any breakup in the Ephesto/Texano match.
Second went straight falls when Loco Max fouled Angel de Oro.
Lucha Libre USA announced yesterday that Carlito Colon would part of their Las Vegas taping, next week.
Ras de Lona was all about interviewing the guys in yesterday’s Universal tournament, which is less useful if you already know who won. At least everyone had their belt (though Dorada only seemed to have 1.) They also had bits from the expo and from Sangre Azteca in Spain. There was also a segment with the surviving members of Peste Negra; Mr. Niebla’s name was mentioned for the first time in weeks, and I think they said Niebla is on vacation (but it was a comedy segment.) Rey was introduced as an ally of Pestea Negra, but not a member.