I’ve watched no TV from this past week yet. I’ve watched all the TV from last week (+ a recap of the main CMLL show) but they recaps are in various unfinished states. And I need to write a preview for Verano de Escandalo, probably with a Perro Jr. vs Mesias poll for my friend on Twitter. Hmmmm. Still doing a chat on Friday, probably need to do a post on that seperate soon.
AAA-US: Verano sort of rematch – Ciber/Mesias/Park vs Damain/Halloween/Perro + a minis title match.
52MX: Assuming they’re actually sticking with the new split, this show gets Los Tigres Negros + a women’s match
LATV: An unaired minis match should air here
GDL: Invasors vs Shocker/Mascara/Maximo + Fantasma/Rush vs Ephesto/Vangelis. I’m probably not going to like this show.
CMLL: Mistico’s favorite feud (Pesta Negra vs Invasors) continues on. Lyger faces Strong Man, goes home. FWIW, Strong Man indicated on his Twitter that he was heading to NJPW for the G1 Tag Tournment, the same one CMLL mentioned Texano and Terrible are in.
AAA-MEX: remaining matches from the last taping – Milita vs Crazy/Brazo/Gato, Stones vs Aero/Laredo, Wagner/Tiger/Jack vs Halloween/Damian/Park
CMLL-FOX: Liger’s last appearance on this show for a while, plus Mistico/Strong Man/Sombra vs Niebla/Terrible/Texano in a match that will seem familiar.
Puebla: not on the TVC Deportes next Monday. Did it air last week? Don’t see it on the usual YouTube palces.
Perros: down to the final two matches; mixed tag with the women and the Air Force/Pimpi vs Bestia/Pesadilla/Ragde
IWRG: Matches which have yet to occur! They’ve been showing top 3 here usually, which means the Freelance/Comando Negro feud doesn’t air and the pointless looking Apaches vs Random People From Japan does. That doesn’t seem to fit well with what IWRG’s trying to sell.
CMLL-TFN: more Warrior vs No Limit, Sombra/Dorada/Volador vs Hijos de Averno and Misterioso vs Maximo
IWRG (SUN) 09/26 Arena Naucalpan [The Gladiatores]
1) Guizmo & Volaris b Fly Star & Guerrero 2000
2) Jack & Super Halcon Jr. b Epidemia & Nemesis
3) Dinamic Black, Eragon, Freelance b Carta Brava Jr., Comando Negro, Magia Negra
4) Billy Boy, Decnnis, Espíritu b Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro
5) Monster Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown DQ Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro
Psycho Circus won the first fall, Oficials won the second, and Psycho Circus faked a foul from Oficial 911. Aw.
The Jr. Dinamitas/Bobby Lee Jr/Scorpio/Scorpio Jr. match went missing and most of the undercard switched around as a result. Militia was all over Dr. Cerbero in the semifinal, mad about him not joining. Team AAA won the first, Terrible Cerebros won fall two. In the third, Cerbero Negro got Billy Boy with the Cerebro Driver, Decnnis evened it up with a martinete on Black Terry. Cerbero Negro went to return the favor on Decnnis, but the referee broke it up. Dr. Cerbero lifted Decnnis up for one instead, but Dr. Cerbero changed his mind and let him down. Cerbero Negro was shocked and rolled up for the loss.
Freelance and Comando Negro used a fork on each other in their match. Freelance got the pin and asked for a singles match before the hair/mask match.
Our old friend Dos Caras Jr. has been in Mexico the last few days, as Alberto del Rio, to prove the upcoming WWE tour. In an interview with Notimex, Dos says a lot of Mexicans could make it in WWE if they have conviction and, first of all, learn English. (Dos is right on that last part.) Dos says you have to adapt to their style and it’s very hard to do, but it’s price for success. Dos notes one luchador was famous in Mexico came to WWE and “failed in a firm way” and another decided at the last minute to come because they were too frightened. Dos was also on Tercera Caida and made the same comments, and everyone figuring the frightened guy was Mistico (which may be WWE’s verison – the contract thing probably was/is an issue.) The luchador who was famous in Mexico but failed is likely Ultimo Dragon, which would also be a WWE version because he did pretty okay for himself in WCW. Dos says he plans on wrestling in the US 8 more years, and then retire as the biggest Mexican wrestler ever. It’s good to have dreams.
CMLL (TUE) 09/28 Arena Mexico [Fuego en el Ring, @cmllmagazine]
1) Rayo Tapatío I & Rayo Tapatío II b Apocalipsis & Disturbio
2) Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Warrior, Pierrothito b Bam Bam, Eléctrico, Último Dragoncito
3) Fuego, Metro, Stuka Jr. DQ Arkángel de la Muerte, Loco Max, Skándalo
4) Héctor Garza, Olímpico, Ray Mendoza Jr. b Hijo del Fantasma, Rotoporky, Toscano
5) La Máscara, Místico, Strong Man b Averno, Mephisto, Volador Jr.
Mistico had a quiet night, at least in the ring. Volador feuding with La Mascara instead, and La Mascara caught him with La Camapana for the win. Mascara challenged Volador to a title match, and they agreed to it for next Tuesday (Fan Appreciation show.)
Skandalo is a terror lately, ripping off Metro’s mask here. Good to see Fuego & Stuka getting their teamwork back together before their title defense.
Ultimo Dragoncito replaced Tzuki. He lasted two matches this time.
An AAA article hyping up Fabi’s Mixed Title match is currently mislabeled as “Fabi Apache, for the cruiserweight title” – yes, let’s do that too.
CMLL (MON) 10/04 Arena Puebla
1) Blue Center & Centella de Oro vs Centauro de Fuego & Mr. Rafaga
2) Metálico, Metatrón, Sensei vs Apocalipsis, Disturbio, Inquisidor
3) Bam Bam, Eléctrico, Shockercito vs Bracito de Oro, Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito
4) Máximo, Rush, Valiente vs Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto
5) La Máscara, Máscara Dorada, Místico vs Atlantis, Mr. Niebla, Último Guerrero
Bracito de Oro on the side of the rudos? Yes. Apparently he turned Monday night after he and Shockercito had problems in their loss.Pierrothito is claiming he masterminded the turns of Mini Olimpico and Bracito. I don’t know about that, but I do know we have two guys without masks now feuding (Shockercito/Bracito) so all we need is a masked guy to feud with Olimpico, and Electrico is in this match…
AAA announced it’s lineup for Heroes Inmortales. Perro Aguayo Jr. vs Mesias and Silver King vs Dr. Wagner Jr. have been billed as the headline matches, but most of the creative energy seems behind the Team AAA vs La Sociedad War Games match and Cibernetico’s believed rudo turn.
CMLL (MON) 09/27 Arena Puebla [Fuego en el Ring]
1) Asturiano, Black Tiger, Tigre Rojo Jr. b Fuerza Chicana, Sauron, Siki Ozama Jr.
2) Pequeño Universo 2000, Pequeño Violencia, Pierrothito b Bracito de Oro, Fantasy, Shockercito
3) Fabián el Gitano, Rush, Valiente b Demus 3:16, Misterioso II, Sangre Azteca
4) Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Volador Jr. b Máscara Dorada, Místico, Toscano
5) Jushin Lyger b La Sombra [CMLL MIDDLE]
Sounds like Lyger won clean, and probably with the brainbuster judging from Sombra’s post match neckbrace. Sombra shook Lyger’s hand and gave him credit for winning. Lyger’s not due to defend this title again this week, so he’ll be going back to Japan with both it and the Universal title. No one’s confirmed it, but he should return around next year’s NJPW’s G1 and keep the middleweight title at least until next year’s Universal tournament.
Crowd was behind the rudos in the semimain, frustrating Mistico again.
Edit: Semimain corrected. Thanks Cecilia.
No word yet of who’s feuding with Bracito de Oro, but surely someone is.
indy (SUN) 09/26 Arena Solidaridad [Estrellas del Ring]
1) Black Soul & Titanik b Crazy Demon & Vudu
2) Corazon Adicto, Gato Volador, Metrosexual b Hijo de Espanto II, Potro Jr., Tigre Universitario
3) Rey Infernal, Salsero, Tigre Negro II b Ángel Espacial, Ricachona, Silver Star
4) Cats, Diluvio Negro I, Raiden b Hator, Monje Negro Jr., Vaquero Romo
5) Hijo del Ninja b Estrella Dorada Jr. [hair]
6) Bestia 666, Damián 666, Halloween b Axxel, Diluvio Negro I, Hijo del Misterioso
Main event was originally advertised as Axxel, Blue Demon Jr., Hijo de Rey Misterio vs Halloween, X-Fly, Perro Aguayo Jr. (and somehow Super Crazy was supposed to be here as well.) Maybe Misterio was supposed to be Misterioso (the one based in northern Mexico that argued with the CMLL one a while back) all along, and maybe they updated everyone on the Diluvio Negro I/Blue Demon switch a while ago, but that still leaves the Perros side. Perro never showed, and the report mentions both people waiting at the airport for them, and Damian explaining Perro was hurt in Guadalajara. Crowd was very angry about this switch.
This is the second show in a few days Perro Jr. has missed. Don’t have any reports of Perro Jr. wrestling in Guadalajara, but he still might have. I figure Perro Jr. still works Heroes Inmortales (and probably looking completely uninjured) but this is beginning a trend.
Semifinal had all sort of interference and heel referees and Ninja Sr. bloodied, but Hijo del Ninja picked up the ahir win.
NOAH officially announced (via puroresu representing) Jack Evans & Extreme Tiger‘s participation in their junior tag league, which runs 10/15 to 10/30. SuperLuchas had this a few weeks ago. Neither Jack nor Tiger are on Heroes Inmortales (at the moment…) Given that schedule and the TV dates AAA just announced, that means they’ll both be off TV for about a month and a half. Maybe less if they get home for the Halloween taping, but that’s probably pushing it. I have much less sense of how the NOAH/AAA relationship works as compared to NJPW/CMLL, but I figure Tiger/Jack to finish somewhere in the middle of the table, maybe a little lower than that.
In apparent return for that, NOAH’s GHC Heavyweight Champion, Takashi Suguira will defend his title on Friday’s GHC Heavyweight Championship on Friday’s show. (Again, via puroresu representing.) Unless there was stuff on this weekend’s AAA TV, there’s been no setup for this, no reason for anyone who follows AAA to know who this or care who this is, so it’s consistent on how AAA’s used NOAH guys this year. (AAA didn’t seem to mention this until I put a message on twitter last night.) NOAH’s not sending an opponent with him, as it’ll be a yet to be announced AAA guy – but with the card already out and everyone already in matches, the obvious guys (Mesias, Wagner) are busy. Chessman is back from his injury this Thursday in IWRG, so he’d seem like a possibility. Ozz might be one too. Whoever it is likely just to get squashed (no expectation they’re going anywhere with this), so they could put a cruiserweight in thereto be killed in entertaining fashion.
Too bad they said it was an “AAA” wrestler, or I might start talking about Takashi Sugira vs X-Fly battle of the heavyweight champions.
Villano IV worked an Apolo Dantes show in Guadalajara over the weekend, which means he’s probably not coming back to CMLL any time in the near future, as much as the article tries to push a mask match with Ultimo Guerrero or Atlantis. V4 says his son is into music, and not wrestling, but his older nephews may get into lucha libre (though they won’t be using the Villano name.)
Box Y Lucha #2993 has Negro Casas vs Charly Manson, and another story about AAA vowing legal action over the name “Psicosis”. That story doesn’t seem to be moving.
Black Terry Jr. has both parts of the Navarros/Apaches match up: part 1 & part 2.
indy (TUE) 09/28 Arena Aficion
1) Kayser vs Chester
2) Silencioso vs Templario
3) Brazo Metalico & Lupillo Rivera vs Anubis & Pendulo
4) Cerebro Negro & Killer Jr. vs Big Boy & Maldito Jr.
5) Bestia 666, Super Crazy, X-Fly vs Emo Xtreme, Punker, Stell Rock
I usually just file Arena Aficion lineups/results in the database, but the Bizarros suddenly reappearing and teaming up deserves extra notice at the moment. “Stell Rock” was here the last couple of Tuesdays, but it wasn’t until the other two showed up this week that I sure it was just another name spelling variation.
Fabián el Gitano, Rush, Valiente b Demus 3:16, Misterioso II, Sangre Azteca
IWL (SAT) 09/25 Deportivo Tlalli, Tlalnepantla [IWL, R de Rudo, Estrellas del Ring, Black Terry Jr. (flickr)]
1) Dinastía & Tormento b el Lobo & Ojo Diabolico Jr.
2) Tiffany b Medussa [IWL WOMEN, semifinal]
3) Daga b Eterno, Aero Boy, Violento Jack, Mike Segura, Freelance, Fantasma de la Ópera, Narturo [TLC, IWL INTERNET]
4) Histeria II & Psicosis II b Pesadilla & Ragde [IWL TAG, quarterfinal]
5) Super Crazy b Charly Manson [IWL CONTINENTAL, tournament]
6) Damián 666 b Villano III [IWL WORLD, quarterfinal]
7) Canek b Heddi Karaoui [IWL WORLD, quarterfinal]
Canek vs The French Guy was an attempt at the old staple of Canek defeating a foreigner. Karoui was bloodied and lost to an armbar. Damian 666 had the large masked hombre sin nombre and got the win with a foul after a ref bump. Now that Mike09’s put together the brackets, it looks like they’re headed to a Blue Demon/Canek final.
DTU (SUN) 09/26 Arena Lopez Mateos [MT, MT (2), Black Terry Jr. (flickr)]
1) Flamita b Ludark Shaitan, Muerte Bucanera, Sexy Lady, Tacuba
2) Zumbi b Hormiga, Tribal
3) Daga b Eterno
4) Dance Boy b Paranoko, Aero Boy, Violento Jack, Joe Lider [Copa Extrema]
5) Mari Apache, Negro Navarro, Trauma II b Fabi Apache, Gran Apache, Trauma I
6) Sexy Star & Tony Rivera b Chica Tormenta & Tigre Cota
7) Silver King b Crazy Boy
The main event started with Hijo del Pierroth (hopefully not a new one) in Silver King’s corner. He interfered, as did Aero Boy & Violento Jack to help out Silver King, Joe Lider ran in to help Crazy Boy, various Maniacos ran into help Silver King, the entire DTU roster ran into help Crazy Boy, and Silver Boy won somewhere along the line. This sets up Sunday’s battle of the promotions show with Lider & Crazy teaming.
DTU did not do the Apaches vs Navarros match, instead having Mari and Trauma I switch teams because the Navarros refused to wrestle women. BOOOOOOOOOO. Sexy Star’s match seemed to set up a rematch with Chica Tormenta. Undercard set up Dance Boy getting a title shot at Joe Lider and Zumbi also challenging Lider to a vale tudo match.
CMLL (SUN) 09/26 Arena Coliseo [@cmllmagazine, Avellaneda @ box y lucha foro]
1) Camaleón & Robin b Ramstein & Semental
2) Astro Boy, Fuego, Metálico b Disturbio, Puma King, Tiger Kid
3) Amapola, Mima Shimoda, Princesa Blanca b Dark Angel, Luna Mágica, Marcela
4) Averno, Jushin Liger, Mephisto b Hijo del Fantasma, Rush, Toscano
5) La Sombra, Místico, Strong Man b Mr. Niebla, Terrible, Texano Jr.
Mistico got La Mistico on Texano to take the main event.
Fantasma took a big powerbomb for the three rudos to take the loss, and looked in bad shape – they loosen his boots and gear, then took him to the hospital.
Blanca pinned Luna with her hands on the ropes to take the women’s match.
Tecnicos – with Fuego & Metalico replacing Sensei & Starman – won in straight falls. Puma was DQed for pulling of Fuego’s mask in the first, and Astro & Metalico picked up the win in the second. Puma & Tiger had issues after the match, but hugged it out. Puma pulling Fuego’s mask sure seems like a Arena Coliseo Tag Tournament final tease, but we’ll see.
Camaleon wore a Camaleon shirt. Most obscure shirt possible.
CMLL (SUN) 09/26 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Fuego en el Ring]
1) Meteoro & Relampago Azul b Cerveruz & Quca
2) Exterminador & Malefico b Gallo & Neutrón
3) Mr. Trueno b Virgo [OCCIDENTE MIDDLE]
4) La Máscara, Máximo, Rotoporky b Felino, Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero
5) Máscara Dorada DQ Jushin Lyger
Main event sounds bad – Dorada had a lot of errors and Lyger didn’t do much. Lyger fouled Dorada for the finish.
Mr. Trueno retained his title cleanly over Virgo, taking falls 2 and 3. Virgo gave Trueno credit for the win after the match.
Gallo & Neutron were swept and had issues during and after the match. No make up hug.
indy (SUN) 09/26 Arena Coliseo Monterrey [DJ Spectro]
1) Cavernario (fake) b Sexy Maciel [second’s hair]
2) Golden Boy, Lover Boy, Simbolo b Los Peluches Voladores [mask]
3) Pancho Tequila b Black Sabath [seconds hair]
4) Sangre Chicana & Sangre Chicana Jr. b Enfermero (fake) & Medico Asesino (fake) [mask]
The joke show that probably wasn’t meant to be a joke show, with people who’ve had masks for two weeks putting them up (and all losing.) No names, identities listed on the recap, though the pictures indicate they said something. They did switch it up by having the fake Cavernario Galindo win the opener. Poor turnout – DJ Spectro sees it as a product of recent violence in the area, but such a cynical ripoff lineup had to affect the house.
Unlike Volador & Sombra, Psicosis was willing to talk to Record about Mistico’s comments, calling Mistico selfish. Mistico was complaining the independents being given something – Psicosis says they’re not displacing anyone, they’re just being given an opportunity and they’ve come to work. Psicosis says the Invasors are good for everyone in the company, and aren’t treated special – he even was suspended from last Tuesday’s show for using the steps on Sunday.
Back story on that: Psicosis picked up the blue steps and tapped Rey Bucanero in the third fall. It wasn’t a big hit at all, but the referee immediately called for the DQ and the Invasors were confused. It didn’t look like it was designed to be the finish, and it sounds like that was the case. Histeria replaced Psicosis last Tuesday.
This week’s SuperLuchas has Histeria III saying he thinks he’s still with AAA, but AAA isn’t actually returning his phone calls or giving him bookings at this point and he has no idea what’s going on. He’s still very positive towards AAA.
There’s also an interview with Hombre Bala, who explains the recent benefit show was to raise medical money for him – he’s got a fractured femur and hip and couldn’t pay for the operation or rehab, and will not be able to return to th ering. Hombre Bala confirms the (current) Monsther is one of his sons.
IWRG (THU) 09/30 Arena Naucalpan
1) Dinamic Black vs Magia Negra
2) Eragon & Freelance vs Carta Brava Jr. & Comando Negro
3) Chico Che, Dr. Cerebro, Tony Rivera vs Guerrero Negro, Oficial 911, Oficial AK47
4) Fabi Apache & Mari Apache vs Biba Kasai & Kitzune Nanuko
5) Chessman, Silver King, Último Gladiador vs Christian, El Mesías, Trauma I
Christian is probably the Argentinian guy who was just introduced with a quite different name, and not the current WWE guy who just hurt his pec. The only results for the (presumably Japanese) women the Apaches are facing are people reporting the lineup for this match, so either they’re really new, really obscured, or really misspelled.
Sunday is the battle of the promotions show.
CMLL (SUN) 10/03 Arena Coliseo
1) Metatrón & Tigre Blanco vs Cholo & Mortiz
2) Dalys la Caribeña, Goya Kong, Luna Mágica vs La Seductora, Princesa Blanca, Seuxis
3) Molotov & Sensei vs Euforia & Nosferatu and Durango Kid & Escorpion and Pegasso & Rey Cometa and Artillero & Súper Comando and Ángel de Oro & Ángel de Plata and Ángel Azteca Jr. & Guerrero Maya Jr. and Nitro & Skándalo [Arena Coliseo TAG]
4) La Máscara, La Sombra, Máscara Dorada vs Atlantis, Dragón Rojo Jr., Último Guerrero
Euforia and Nosferatu, who broke up almost a year ago (in a breakup that’s been less explained than Extreme Tiger vs Relampago), continue to team like nothing actually happened. Euforia has no less than four other partners to team with, plus Demus seems to be hanging out with them, and yet he’s still teaming with Nosferatu. “Serious and Stable”?
Anyway, that team & Nitro & Skandalo appear to be the rudo favorites in this block, while the main Angel team and Pegasso/Cometa seem like the best tecnico bets.
That’s the CMLL trios champions teaming up here too, facing a team that could be contenders. Would CMLL have Dragon Rojo challenge (and actually win) the trios titles with a trio that’s not actually the trio he’s supposed to be part of? Yea, quite possibly.
How do you suppose this works for TV? Last time around, they showed (clipped) tournament matches and an extra match. Since the show is only four matches, maybe one show will only show the tournament this time.
CMLL (SUN) 10/03 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Javier Cruz Jr. & Thunder Boy vs Nube Roja & Templario
2) Silueta vs Princesa Maya
3) Leo, Metal Blanco, Neutrón vs Infierno, León Blanco, Ráfaga
4) Gallo vs Felino [OCCIDENTE WELTER]
5) Hijo del Fantasma, La Máscara, Shocker vs Héctor Garza, Psicosis, Rey Bucanero
Oh! Felino’s done many things, but has ever been Western Champion of Welterweights? Not yet. Gallo is going in on a loss.
Luchamania was a one match show. Literally – they didn’t advertise any other matches, just as list of names. It was the usual Dr. Wagner Jr./LA Park match, but the lack of an actual finish to the main event and the horrible matches on the undercard made it an unsatisfying experience. These shows are attended by a lot of people, but it’s not an indication of quality.
For the people who went to Sunday’s Dragon Gate USA show in Milwaukee, it’ll always be remembered as the show where they had to scramble to find a ring. Those who watch it on DVD, weeks or months from now, will only see it as one of the best shows shows of the year. I don’t see many indy DVDs, so I’ll leave it to someone else to decide where this ranks with the Battle of LA and the strongest from ROH, CHIKARA, and other shows of note. All I know is that if anything was better than this, it must’ve been extraordinarily good. That’s the bar this show set.
Not so much lucha. Oh well. No pictures, as usual.
The PPV is probably worth purchasing. They had at least one match that’ll people will be calling a MOTYC, (though no one will actually be voting for it MOTYC.) It was a lot more across the board consistent really good stuff that’s worth checking out.