06/03: Coliseo, Accion, FSE

CMLL (SUN) 06/03 Arena Coliseo [Dr. Frink @ box y lucha]
1) Rayo Tapatio I & Rayo Tapatio II b Artillero & Zayco
2) Brillante, Trueno, Valiente b Apocalipsis, Ramstein, Super Comando
3) Dark Angel, Diana La Cazadora, Lady Apache b Amapola, Medusa, Princesa Sujei
4) Mascara Purpura, Maximo, Volador Jr. b Satanico, Texano Jr., Virus
5) Blue Panther, Marco Corelone, Negro Casas b Atlantis, Olimpico, Tarzan Boy

The semifinal set up a Maximo/Satanico hair match of all things. I’m not so down with that. Tarzan Boy did indeed work as Toscano, I thought maybe you guys were making a joke till I saw the thread on it at Box Y Lucha.

Dark Angel was a surprise replacement (for Tiana) on the SHIMMER shows this weekend as part of their title tournament. Sadly, she still can’t win a title belt, losing in the semifinals with the best match of the taping. (I am so annoyed with myself for neglecting to go.) Her matches will appear on Volume 11 and Volume 12 of their DVDs, and it goes without saying Super Luchas had a photographer there.

TripleMania is expected to be July 15 at Toreo de Cuatro Caminos.

(North Jersey Herald) Mil Mascaras and Dos Caras drew 150 to a show in New Jersey.

Accion

CMLL: Leyenda de Plata semifinal. This looked just okay in highlights. Oh no, not a gutbuster on the floor. Aguila looked slow and Sagrado seemed afraid to screw something up. The finish – a suplex in the ring supposed to be reversed to a small package (I guess – it wasn’t really close) looked very not so good.

AAA: Lider/Crazy/Tiger vs Ozz/Cuervo/Scoria. They’re very much into showing the slow careful setting up of spots – there’s so much positioning for the pinfall that they speed up the footage. I think Extreme Tiger probably really really wanted to get that legdrop in.

CMLL on FSE #43
05/27 Coliseo: Máximo, Mictlán, Tiger Kid DQ Skandalo, Texano Jr., Virus (w/special commentator Amapola?)
05/27 Coliseo: Black Warrior, Goto, Ohara b Heavy Metal, Leono, Valiente
At home with Misterioso. They’re apparently doing two weeks of this, and I have no idea why.

Hirooki has his belt this week, which is good because I was worried that title tournament was some sort of mass hallucination.

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CMLL CAN52 GDR #80

aired 06/02, taped 05/25 and 05/27

Don’t read this recap, go watch the opener. Seriously, it’s right below, hit PLAY.

This is Apocalispis’ newest Greatest Match Ever – mostly because he happens to be in with 4 guys looking superb (and the Rey de Neza.) Brillante/Sombra is probably the third best tecnico here. I wonder if Flash is not ready in stuff we didn’t see here, because he seems good to go right now. The one really awkward moment of the match has to do with him, so that may be a clue, but he seems like a marketable guy, I’d totally buy a graphic pamphlet with him it.

Mistico’s good to wrestle as long as he doesn’t have to do much more than pose and point. With his moves and style, it’s impossible for him to work around his injury, and it’s really hurting him. I hope this was a bad day and he normally feels better, because it’d be torturous to keep working as he looked here (and it’s not much of a surprise that he’s doing very little in the matches he’s doing right now.)

Last couple weeks of B-Shows have bored me, but this one makes me very sad I’m the only person in the world who gets the CAN52 show.

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05/20 Coliseo Results

We never got these from CMLL or Ovaciones or anything, but based on TV…

CMLL (SUN) 05/20 Arena Coliseo
1) Astro Boy & Sensei vs Pólvora & Vaquero
2) Dr. X, Hooligan, Nitro b Kid Tiger, Tigre Blanco, Tony Rivera
3) Euforia, Nosferatu, Virus b Apocalipsis, Brillante, Mictlán
4) Felino, Máximo, Tiger Metalico DQ Canek Jr., Ephesto, Pierroth
5) Atlantis, Olímpico, Último Guerrero b Ultimo Dragon, Minoru Suzuki, Takayama

06/02: Mexico, IWRG, Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 06/01 Arena Mexico [ovaciones, superluchas]
1) Metalico, Neutron, Stuka Jr. b Arkangel, Loco Max, Nitro
2) Flash, Sombra, Super Nova b Goto, Ohara, Okumura
3) Villano III, Villano IV, Villano V b Atlantis, Olimpico, Sangre Azteca
4) Damian 666, Hijo de Lizmark, Terrible b Dr. Wagner Jr., Marco Corelone, Mistico
5) Mr. Aguila b Sagrado [LdP, sf]

Ovaciones says the main event was the lamest match of the night. Sagrado dominated most, with Aguila taking advantage of mistakes to win. The fans didn’t get to it, because they already saw Mistico. The final of Los Cinco Mangificos is Sunday.

Lizmark got a foul on Dr. Wagner to win his match.

Villanos beat Atlantis’ crew in two falls, and then snatched their masks. Big push.

Segunda was said to be really good.

IWRG (THU) 05/31 Arena Naucalpan [El_mensajero @ El Martiente]
1) Dragon Yuki & Kagrra b Aguila Oriental & Samba
2) Trauma I & Trauma II b Ave Fenix & Halcon Salvaje
3) Kai, Sasaki, Yamato b Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro, Suicida
4) Astro Boy, Esfinge, Veneno b Black Terry, Fantasma de la Opera, Kraneo
5) Hijo de Cien Caras & Mascara Ano 2000 Jr. b Felino & Pantera [IWRG IC TAG]

Pantera randomly turned on Felino in the main event, fouling him and laying down to be pinned. Doesn’t sound like they’re drawing very much.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 06/05 Arena Coliseo
1) Super Camaleon & Super Tri vs Polvora & Zayco
2) India Sioux, Lady Apache, Princesa Blanca vs Hiroka, La Nazi, Mima Shimoda
3) Mini Olimpico vs Mini Damian 666 [CMLL MINI]
4) Leono, Mictlan, Sombra vs Goto, Ohara, Okumura
5) Dos Caras Jr., Dr. Wagner Jr., Sagrado vs Atlantis, Olimpico, Tarzan Boy

Wow, a mini title defense. If this was a Sunday show, I’d say they were adding a match and that opener was going to get bumped to the dark match.

CMLL (FRI) 06/08 Arena Mexico
1) Fantasy & Tzuki vs Mini Violencia & Pierrothito
2) Felino, Mascara Purpura, Maximo vs Euforia, Misterioso II, Nosferatu
3) Alex Koslov, Marco Corelone, Rey Bucanero vs Olimpico, Sangre Azteca, Tarzan Boy
4) Villano III, Villano IV, Villano V vs Atlantis, Black Warrior, Ultimo Guerrero
5) Blue Panther, Dr. Wagner Jr., Shocker vs Damian 666, Halloween, Hijo de Lizmark
6) Mistico vs Mr. Aguila [LdP, final]

Atlantis is bringing in the big guns to take care of the Villanos. The Leyenda de Plata match may be determined

CMLL (SUN) 06/10 Arena Coliseo
1) Rayo Tapatio I & Rayo Tapatio II vs Vaquero & Zayco
2) Fabian el Gitano, Metalico, Tony Rivera vs Arkangel, Loco Max, Nitro
3) Amapola, Poly Star, Princesa Sujei vs Dark Angel, Diana la Cazadora, Luna Magica
4) Blue Panther, Dos Caras Jr., Marco Corelone vs Averno, Mephisto, Sangre Azteca
5) Mistico, Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero vs Damian 666, Halloween, Mr. Aguila

Hmm, Mistico is still wrestling past Friday.

CMLL GdR #79
05/25 Mexico: Brillante, Flash, Super Nova b Apocalipsis, Hooligan, Ramstein
05/27 Coliseo: Místico, Sagrado, Volador Jr. DQ Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto
At Home With Misterioso Jr.

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AAA #626

aired in US 05/26, taped 04/27

This felt like a big step towards a US setup, what with the backstage set for promos and tons of them, and people running into other people backstage. I didn’t mention this in the recap, but there was a lot of teasing what’s to come – but they don’t do the big graphics for matchup.

I had no use for the incredibles match, assuming it even was one, or the ladders match. The cage match was booked out well, but it wasn’t much action at times, it seemed. Maybe I’m overly harsh there. The opening gauntlet match was the best thing, but I was so annoyed with Antifaz by the end of that fall.

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CMLL GDR FSE #42

taped 05/19, aired 05/27

Not a good week for the B-Shows. Both matches were goofs. Main event was a two fall foul ending with Pierroth, and nothing great than it sounded. Main event was three falls explaining how the teams didn’t actually work as opponents and teammates. Takayama and Suzuki took it easy in Mexico, as you’d expect.

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06/01: Name changes, Mexico preview, Queretaro

CMLL (FRI) 06/01 Arena Mexico
1) Metalico, Neutron, Stuka Jr. vs Arkangel, Loco Max, Nitro
2) Flash, Sombra, Super Nova vs Goto, Ohara, Okumura
3) Villano III, Villano IV, Villano V vs Atlantis, Olimpico, Sangre Azteca
4) Dr. Wagner Jr., Marco Corelone, Mistico vs Damian 666, Hijo de Lizmark, Terrible
5) Mr. Aguila vs Sagrado [LdP, sf]

Ovaciones explains the odd names – some people are changing gimmicks

Tigre Metalico -> Metalico
Brillante -> Sombra

Previews: NotiMex, ESTO talks Villanos vs Atlanits (who’s cheerfully ignoring the mask challenges.)

Sagrado’s been making the media rounds – he’s got an interview with Ovaciones and another with ESTO today. He talks about Aguila (will be a challenge even distracted with Circus stuff), Mistico (if they fight, they fight, and then they’ll keep being friends after), and goals (revenge on Texano, a shot at Averno’s title.) Sagrado knows this is a big chance for him and he’s hoping he proves something to CMLL.

Got a feeling that Leyenda match will be bumped to semimain and the Mistico match will end up main event.

CMLL (TUE) 05/29 Arena Queretaro [Knotty @ elmartinete]
2) Perro del Ring & Skandalo b La Flecha & Ozuno
3) Dark Angel & Marcela b Amapola & Princesa Sujei
4) Corsario b Toro [hair]
5) Dos Caras Jr. & Marco Corelone DQ Hector Garza & Terrible

Garza and Terrible used illegal moves.

SLAM has a review of the Mucha Lucha a Go-Go book.

indy (WED) 05/30 Teatro del Puebla [Frontent Juarez]
1) Cassandro, Gallo Tapado Jr., Hijo del Santo b Blue Demon Jr., Green Danger, Sexy Francis

Article includes pictures and a 10 second clip of the match.

Local promoters in Monclova talked about starting every other week CMLL events on June 10th. They expect to run 10 this year. Wrestlers hyped for the show include Heavy Metal, Lizmark Jr., Black Warrior, Olimpico, Universo 2000, Hijo de Anibal, Angel Blanco Jr., and Hijo de Cien Caras Jr. I guess they’re going to set the bar low on the first show.

(esmas) A new Mexican restruant has been opened up in Madrid with a lucha libre theme.

El Sol de Tulancingo‘s preview of an AAA fair show hypes it up with a picture of Atlantis and Dr. Wagner. Oops.

The big controversy I’ve totally blown off this week is newspaper photos and passed around videos of masked wrestlers without masks. I’m not really surprised this sort of thing happens and I also don’t think it’s a very ethical thing to do. The newspaper photo was from the match, when Mistico got unmasked for a moment, so it’s not as though the photographer used illict means. It’s not as big a deal to me as the video (which is apparently someone walking around backstage with a camera), but there’s still something tabloid-ish about it.

Mostly, I can’t get worked up about this because the wrestlers themselves don’t seem to care that much. If you want CMLL TV for any length of them, you see plenty of masks untied and teasing of it coming off and times where it does come off and the face is plainly visibly to the crowd. (Oddly, the AAA guys are generally better about this, though La Parka Jr. does the spot a bit.) I’m not too interested – and haven’t sought out any of it for myself, so don’t look for links – in any of this because there isn’t much mystery in their faces.

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05/30 AAA TV Taping Results (San Luis Potosi)

Previous: 05/12, 05/20, 05/26

Just results and times at superlucha’s blog:

AAA TV (WED) 05/30 Auditorio Miguel Barragan de San Luis Potosi [superluchas]
1) Payaso Carrona, Payaso Miedo, Payaso Terror b Aero Star, Laredo Kid, Pegasso
2) Billy Boy, Octagoncito, Polvo de Estrellas, Sexy Star b Fabi Apache, Gran Apache, Mini Chessman, Pimpinela Escarlata
3) Crazy Boy, Extreme Tiger, Joe Lider, Juventud Guerrera b Alan, Decnnis, Fuerza Guerrera, Super Calo
4) Head Hunter I, Kenzo Suzuki, Psicosis II b Alberije, El Elegido, Super Porky
5) Charly Manson, Chessman, Cibernetico, Zorro b Cuervo, Escoria, Mesias, Ozz

Air Date
Mex: 06/10
US: 06/30

Psicosis II took Abismo’s spot – in this match, and seemingly with the Vipers at this point, since he got the winning pin. Dunno why Pimpi and Polvo swapped sides, but I do know Billy actually beat Gran Apache with a move – I wonder if he’s fighting now.

No idea on Cibernetico’s surprise. More details if/when AAA posts them.

Next Tapings
– 06/08 Cozumel
06/10 Merida
– 06/17 Toluca

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05/31: Guadalajara, Monterrey, AAA/Warped Lineup (take 2)

CMLL

CMLL (SUN) 05/27 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [cmll]
1) Fraile de La Muerte b Casanova
2) Idolo & Nube Roja b Egipcio & Guero Loco
3) Arkangel & Nitro b Leon Blanco & Rayman [torneo, sf]
4) Cien Caras Jr. & Hijo de Cien Caras b Fabian el Gitano & Flash [torneo, sf]
5) Leon Blanco & Rayman DQ Cien Caras Jr. & Hijo de Cien Caras [torneo, final]
6) Pierroth, Shigeo Okumura, Terrible b Dr. Wagner Jr., Lizmark Jr., Shocker

Better version of the results – Lizmark did turn on his partners. That Rayman/Cien tag feud goes on, though no title match is announced.

CMLL (TUE) 05/29 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [cmll]
1) Milenio b Virgo
2) Lider CO Destroyer
3) Metalik b Rey Trueno
4) Oro II b Infierno
5) Malefico DQ Magnum
6) Arkangel, Nitro, Toxico b Fabian el Gitano, Flash, Gallo
7) Atlantis & Olimpico b Dr. Wagner Jr. & Shocker

Atlantis yanked Wagner’s mask and pinned him.

CMLL (TUE) 06/05 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Exterminador vs Milenio
2) Lider vs Danger
3) Oro II vs Mr. Trueno
4) Flash vs Infierno
5) El Gayo vs Jeque
6) Magnum & Stuka Jr. vs Emilio Charles Jr. & Malefico
7) Averno & Ephesto vs Blue Panther & Negro Casas

IWRG (TUE) 05/29 Arena Solidaridad
1) Anibal el Vampiro & Memo Valles b Sky & Tacua
2) Silver Star b Diluvio Negro I, Tigre Universitario
3) India Sioux & Lady Apache b Hiroka & Mima Shimoda
4) Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro, Suicida b Kai, Sasaki, Yamato [IWRG IC TRIOS]
5) Fantasma, Hijo de Cien Caras, Máscara Año 2000 b LA Park, Máscara Sagrada, Rayo de Jalisco Jr.
6) Black Warrior, Damián 666, Mr. Águila b Alex Koslov, Místico, Negro Casas

CMLL (SUN) 06/03 Arena Solidaridad
1) Orientale I, Orientale II, Tony Rivera vs Eclipse, Ephesto, Vaquero Romo
2) Diluvio Negro I, Diluvio Negro II, Dr. Wagner Jr. vs Black Warrior, Olimpico, Terrible
3) Caifan I vs Estrella Dorado [hair]

AAA (SUN) 06/03 Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) Ciclone & Mercurio vs Akido & Euforia (Monterrey)
2) Orus & the Mummy vs karis & Ramses
3) La Parkita, Mascara Divina, Virtual X vs Mini Psicosis, Monje Negro Jr., Rey Infernal
4) Super Astro & Zorro vs Aventurero & Hator
5) Charly Manson, Chessman, Cibernetico vs Cuervo, Escoria, Ozz

Ovaciones has an interview with Extreme Tiger. He vows to make each match better than his last. Ovaciones also lists the second series of CMLL action figures: LA Park, Shocker, Damian 666, Hijo de Lizmark, Olimpico, Black Warrior, Averno, Mephisto, and KeMonito.

This preview of the Warped Tour says the AAA wrestlers are Mini Charly Manson, Mini Chessman, Super AAA, Angel, Psicosis and Deccnis. (Scroll about 2/3rds of the way down – right before the freak show.) A trios match and two minis makes a bit more sense, though it’s a tiny crew anyway.

(El Sol de Tijuana) Medico Asesino Jr. says he’s going to go into promoting events, teaching and writing after he retires from wrestling.

Tabasco Hoy‘s short article about 15 years of AAA is notable just for the weird lists of “AAA stars” and “LLL stars”, which are just a bit off. Apparently, the Air Force stretches between groups, not to mention Vampiro would be pretty surprised to find himself back in AAA. Newspaper fact checking is a funny thing.

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06/02-4 Lucha Times

AAAUS: Mesias vs Charly in a singles match, set up for the Atomico title matches, and rematch of the Air Force/Barrio Boys/Apache/Calo.

FSE: scheduled back at midnight. No preview, but hopefully things will be a bit more clear starting next week, once we figure who’s getting the Texano/Maximo program. It should be here, along with a Warrior/Japan vs Metal/Leono/Valiente mix of a match

CAN52: if things stay as they should, this should be Mistico going down in a heap

AAAMEX: Psicosis back with the Vipers, Extreme Tiger’s return

CMLLMEX: Leyenda de Plata semifinal – or final if Mistico doesn’t make it till next Friday, Mistico vs Lizmark in the semimain, and a women’s trio from Coliseo.

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