AAA & CMLL previews, Mistico, links

No IWRG show last night due to the AAA taping today. Not a lot of current events to talk about.

Last Friday night’s CMLL show was the first show of the post-Mistico era, but this week is the first one where we all know about it. The main event is Sombra, Dorada, Porky versus Averno, Mephisto and Ultimo Guerrero. It’d odd match for Porky to be in, perhaps Mistico was originally scheduled in that spot (and they figured out this card a while back.) Semimain is Sangre Azteca’s first match on the tecnico side. He’s been with CMLL about 13 1/2 years, always a rudo, and more naturally fits that style, but all his current rivals are also rudos. Lightning match is Fantasma vs Olimpico, which should be Fantasma winning. There’s still 6 or 7 weeks until Dos Leyendas, enough time for a detour before hand.

Just outside of Mexico City, AAA is taping two weeks worth of television in Arena Naucalpan. The Rey de Reyes tournament kicks off with last year’s winner Chessman, Extreme Tiger, Joe Lider and Cuervo in a four way with no clear favorite. Heavy Metal and Electroshock have their first singles match – first ever, as far I can tell – in a feud that goes back to last August. Metal & Electroshock seemed like they were headed to a hair match at Guerra de Titanes before Metal got hurt. Electroshock seems to have switched to the tecnico side in the meantime, and we may have a better idea of where that leaves Metal after tonight. LA Park returns to face Mesias in trios. The main event is another AAA vs Bizarros trios, with Nicho in Extreme Tiger’s usual spot. Opener features AAA highflyers and IWRG locals, and Sugi is expected to return to AAA TV in a mixed tag match.

Since I plan to be around to keep track of both these shows, we’re doing a chat. Both shows kick off around 8:30pm Central Time, so we’ll start somewhere around there. RadioCMLL.com will have live coverage of their show, and AAA has posted links to streaming handheld video of their last couple tapings.

(Those of us with birthdays should totally go out. You’re not missing much.)

The biggest story still looming over everything is Mistico leaving CMLL. If CMLL found out last Tuesday, management will have had 13 or 14 days to process it and prepare a response. (Still not clear if it’s Monday or Tuesday.) Cesar theorizes the four different ways CMLL could react at the press conference. My sense is CMLL is going to lash out for Mistico for walking out on them.

Steve Austin walked out on WWE in June of 2002. There had been problems between him and the people in charge of the creative direction for months, and one last argument about losing to Brock Lesnar caused perhaps the biggest earned in the history of WWE to quit the company.WWE responded by trashing him on that night’s episode TV, with even his close friend Jim Ross burying him on commentary. It seemed like Austin would be gone forever on that day. He was back about seven months later, but his drawing power was never the same after the burial.

Hulk Hogan left the WWF, was mocked on TV, and eventually came back. Ric Flair left WCW (with their belt!), came back after management changed, then was sent home forever and brought back many times over the next few years. The Rock has been said to be committed to acting forever and never to appear on WWE TV again, only to return for appearances (and he’s planing another one.) Almost everyone who jumped from CMLL to AAA ended up coming back to CMLL at one point or another. Konnan would’ve come back to CMLL if they let him. I’m fairly certain everyone who left CMLL to form the UWA ended up back in the Arena Mexico ring at some point too.

Unless something tragic happens, Mistico will be available to return to CMLL someday in the future. It may be ten years down the road. It may be a year down the road. We just have guesses on how it’ll turn out, but it will come to an end just like everything comes to an end and he’ll have options for their future. CMLL may be angry today, justifiably so, and is totally entitled to that feeling. They’ve still got to separate their emotions from what’s best for their business. Acting out on bitter impulses may feel great (I know!) but it doesn’t change what’s happened and it only hurts them in the future. CMLL should thank Mistico for his work, wish him well in the future, and position themselves best to get him back when he’s available again.

Links

CMLL on LATV (01/22/2011)

the end

recap: here

file: http://www.multiupload.com/M0VU56NBKK

taped in Arena Mexico, 01/07/2011

Tigre Blanco & Trueno vs Cholo & Zayco: Oh, Trueno. This was a fine for an opener that most people only glanced at while trying to find their seats, but that finish…

Ángel Azteca Jr., Leono, Rey Cometa vs Durango Kid, Escorpion, Puma King: Rey Cometa is GREAT. There were other people in this match – the Escorpion/Puma/Tiger/Bronco/maybe Durango Axis of Evil is always fun – but Cometa was spectacular in this match. I’m glad to deal with two months of reruns if a performance like this sneaks thru.

02/05-06 lucha times

box

AAA: New lucha! First taping of the year, with minis, Clowns, and Bizarros.

52MX: Two grab back matches, including a rare appearance of Metatron and an epic Yosihashi/Rush battle.

LATV: who knows

GDL: This show is now four weeks behind reality. Again, Pesta Negra in the main event, which should leave an announce crew of JCR and Perico.

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CMLL: Still 8 days behind. Fantasma/Sombra/Dorada vs Averno/Mephisto/Negro Casas

AAA: Chessman/Zorro vs Wagner/Mesias, Clowns vs Bizarros, debuts of Fenix and Dark Dragon (and return of Atomic Boy.)

CMLL-FOX: Minis and Panther/Volador

C3: Panther/Fantasma/Sombra vs Atlantis/Felino/Garza

CMLL-GDL: bonus match is Truenos vs Stuka/Flash, which sounds pretty good. There are many reasons why I shouldn’t be allowed to makes matches, but one of them is I would’ve make Rey Trueno/Mr. Trueno vs Trueno/Delta right now.

Perros and Puebla: not listed on TVC Deportes schedule. Dunno.

Monterrey: Mascara Purpura, if there’s a new episode.

IWRG: no Thursday taping. Last week aired matches from October (including Hijo de Cien Caras in action), so no telling here. It would make sense to air the show this past Sunday with three title matches, so I’ll go wtih that.

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CMLL-TFN: Block B of the National Tournament.

Perros, UWE, Rey de Reyes on PPV

PdM AAA IWL (TUE) 02/01/2011 Arena Aficion [Mi Lucha Libre, R de Rudo]
***59th Anniversary Show***
Attendance: 2800
1) Silencioso b Blazer
R de Rudo calls Blazer ‘erratico’
2) Magia Jr. & Payaso Arenita b Intruso & Kevin
3) Black Soul, Fantasma de la Ópera, Kung Fu Jr. DQ El Hijo del Medico Asesino, Fishman Jr., Samot
Sure appears to be the same Medico Asesino who signed with FCW. Foul for the DQ.
4) Monster Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown DDQ Bestia 666, Ek Balam, X-Fly
Halloween ran in to foul Psycho Clown. Killer did the same to X-Fly, and the ref just called the whole thing off.
5) Extreme Tiger, Jack Evans, La Parka Jr. DQ Damián 666, el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Halloween
After Tiger & Jack dives, Perro yanked Parka’s mask for the obligatory end to a Perros del Mal show. Everyone (including the Circus) challenged everyone else to every match possible.

Sold out building with people standing to watch. Arena Aficion’s local only shows seem to draw 200 or less, and appearances by the lesser Perros haven’t boosted the attendance near this height. Fans were more behind the Perros.

Black Terry Jr.

AAA UWE (WED) 02/02/2011 Arena Lopez Mateos [Mi Lucha Libre, Estrellas del Ring, Black Terry Jr. (flickr)]
1) Epitafio & Ronny Ventura b Héros & Super Mascara
2) Cerebro Maligno, Robin Maravilla, Sadico, Terry 2000 b Aerostar, Argenis, Gato Eveready, Súper Fly
3) Chucho el Roto & Iron Love b Aeroboy & Violento Jack [UWE TAG, eigthfinal]
4) Villano III & Villano IV b Fuerza Guerrera & Juventud Guerrera [UWE TAG, eigthfinal]
5) Cien Caras Jr. & Máscara Año 2000 Jr. b Scorpio Jr. & Zumbido [UWE TAG, eigthfinal]
Cien snuck in a foul on Scorpio
6) Murder Clown & Psycho Clown DQ Coco Azul & Coco Rojo [UWE TAG, eigthfinal]
Coco Rojo pulled Psycho Clown’s mask for the DQ.
7) Chucho el Roto & Iron Love DQ Villano III & Villano IV [UWE TAG, quarterfinal]
Villanos lost due to excessive violence
8) Cien Caras Jr. & Máscara Año 2000 Jr. b Murder Clown & Psycho Clown [UWE TAG, quarterfinal]
Coco Rojo back in to cause the Psycho loss.

These UWE tag team tournaments are leading to a four team final, so we’ve got one more to come on a CMLL show here in a couple weeks.

As expected, the AAA teams did not get thru to face the CMLL teams. It sure looks like the Villanos were only going to let Chucho el Roto and Iron Love win if they destroyed them (and the ref) in process, but the locals guys did get the win. That win over the DTU pair in the opening round is interesting. That’s supposed to be an AULL tag team title match this Sunday, and the AULL team has beat the DTU team twice this week. Those finishes and this whole different tag team tournament in the same building sure seems to point to a title change this weekend, and DTU may have those tag titles for a while.

That jam packed building looks even better when compared to Arena Queretaro’s 29th Anniversary show, featuring CMLL guys but held in front of a very select group of fans.

Tuesday, Dorian Roldan wrote on Twitter that Rey de Reyes would be on PPV. Probably only in Mexico, there’s no mention of it airing any place else. Unless they have a lot of yet to be announced tapings in February, it should still air on regular TV.

X-Fly retained the Perros del Mal Extreme championship over Shyru Dragon in Arena Roberto Paz this weekend. They brawled outside onto a car at one point, but then someone informed them that the car belonged to LA Park and they quickly got off the car.

Gato Eveready is now El Gato. No more battery sponsorship. He was under the new name at the last TV taping (and there were no Eveready wrappers around the ring posts), but his gear is the same with the battery logo removed from his chest.

Shocker is having a twenty anniversary show at Arena Lopez Mateos on 02/26 – except, he won’t be on it, because he’s still out with a broken leg. And we have his debut as October 16, 1992, which would make this like an 18 1/2 year anniversary show. Otherwise, this all makes sense! (Our date must be wrong.)

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update and this week’s Ras de Lona.

Links

Lineups

CMLL (MON) 02/07/2011 Arena Puebla
1) Black Tiger, Lestat, Stigma vs Akron, King Jaguar, Siki Ozama Jr.
2) Astral, Mini Maximo, Último Dragoncito vs Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Violencia
3) Máximo, Toscano, Valiente vs Shigeo Okumura, Vangelis, Yoshihashi
4) Blue Panther, Hijo del Fantasma, Máscara Dorada vs Atlantis, Averno, Dragón Rojo Jr.
5) Último Guerrero vs Psicosis

Main event appears to be non-title.

CMLL (TUE) 02/08/2011 Arena Mexico
1) Enrique Vera Jr. & Leono vs Bronco & Mortiz
2) Fuego vs Stuka Jr., Ángel de Plata, Rey Cometa, Dragon Lee, Hombre Bala Jr., Virus, Dr. X, Puma King, Demus 3:16, Hijo del Signo, Durango Kid [cibernetico]
3) Hijo del Fantasma, Super Porky, Toscano vs Héctor Garza, Shigeo Okumura, Texano
4) La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush vs Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto

Minis Cibernetico on Sunday, undercard cibernetico on Tuesday. Wonder if they’ll complete the set next Friday.

Super Halcon Jr. & Magnus still haven’t debuted.

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX #269 (01/15/2011)

recap: here

file: http://www.multiupload.com/DGZ8OK5S46

great aim

taped in Arena Mexico, 01/09/2011

Rayo Tapatío I, Rayo Tapatío II, Sensei vs Bronco, Mortiz, Tiger Kid: Crowd predictably had no interest in this match, but it was their loss. The Tapatios are the only ones who can time the toss/missile dropkick spot.

Ángel de Oro, Diamante, Rush vs Delta, Metro, Stuka Jr. [MEX TRIOS]: Eh. This was a bunch of moves just to do moves for a while and then it was over. Rush and Stuka did the big move kickouts at the end, but it didn’t feel like it was going anywhere until then.

top six stories of the last two weeks

  1. Mistico signed with WWE
  2. Mistico signed with WWE
  3. Mistico signed with WWE
  4. Mistico signed with WWE
  5. Mistico signed with WWE
  6. Mistico signed with WWE

(or, pick from)
– CMLL/NJPW show drew well, though Mascara Dorada (CMLL Welterweight) and La Mascara (perforanace) had bad first days.
– AAA’s 2nd taping of the year set up a Zorro/Charly feud
– Averno is now feuding with Mascara Dorada
– Gallo beat Felino to win back the Western LH Title
– Amapola beat Marcela to keep her titles
– Oficials and Piratas kept their IWRG titles, but Comando Negro picked up Dr. Cerebro to win the lightweight title
– Sugi return to AAA, bringing with rival Ronin
– Apaches beat Traumas

Mexico, IWRG, GDL, Mistico

CMLL

CMLL (TUE) 02/01/2011 Arena Mexico
***Fan Apperciation Day, Feb (TUE)***
1) Rayo Tapatío I & Rayo Tapatío IICamorra & Mortiz
2) Escorpion, Hooligan, NitroFabián el Gitano, Metatrón, Trueno
Escorpion’s team won, but he suffered a head injury and needed medical attention.
3) Nosferatu, Vangelis, YoshihashiDelta, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr.
Delta replaced Diamante. Diamante hasn’t appeared in over two weeks, and it may be related to other events currently taking place.
4) Ephesto, Misterioso II, Terrible DQ Metro, Rush, Sagrado
Terrible fouled Rush for the DQ.
5) Blue Panther, Hijo del Fantasma, La SombraAtlantis, Felino, Héctor Garza

It’s rare for CMLL run a Fan Appreciation show without the end of a feud or the setup to the end of a feud.

CMLL announced Angel Blanco will be the second legend honored at Dos Leyendas. Horuz is Angel Blanco’s grandson and has worn the mask to the ring at least once.

Black Terry Jr.

IWRG FIL (TUE) 02/01/2011 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (flickr)Estrellas del Ring]
1) Imperial, Infierno Kid, Mini Zumbido b Aereocross, Mascarita de Oro, Smika Extreme
2) Galeno King, Guerrero 2000, Muerte de Plata b Halcon 2000, Imperio Azteca, Sky Angel
3) Black Sky, Infierno Kid, Muerte Infernal b Centurión, Guizmo, Volaris
4) Keshin Black & Tonatiuh b Killer Jr. & Leopardo Negro III
Killer Jr. & Leopardo Negro III are from Gym Felipe Ham Lee
5) Imposible & Loky Boy b Fulgore I & Fulgore II
Fulgores are Black Terry trainees, Imposible & Loky Boy are Navarro trainees
6) Hijo del Pantera & Saruman b Cometa De Fuego & Star Tron
Cometa de Fuego & Star Tron are from Queretaro
7) Comando Negro & Explosivo b Eterno & Fresero Jr.
Fresero Jr. and Eterno are listed as representing the Maniacos (Silver King)
8) Ángel Mortal Jr. & Montana b Alan Extreme & Dinamic Black
Angel Mortal gave his trainees an assist

CMLL (TUE) 02/01/2011 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Fuego en el Ring]
1) Nube RojaRobin
2) Exterminador & MaleficoMetálico & Molotov
3) Mr. Trueno & Rey TruenoRey Cometa & Stuka Jr.
4) Arkángel de la Muerte & EuforiaBlack Metal & Palacio Negro
Euforia was hurt on a Palacio Negro dive, but Arkangel still beat both kids by himself.
5) Dragón Rojo Jr., Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero DQ Máximo, Toscano, Valiente
Rush was listed in both places, so Valiente ended up here. Bucanero faked a foul from Maximo.

Cibernetico, Parka and Joaquin were on a talk show discussing the current storyline. Ciber says he didn’t mean to hurt La Parka’s kid, but he’s not Mr. Rogers and the kid is dumber than Cibernetico’s dog. Parka yelled angrily. Cibernetico offered a match where the winner of the match would get Parka’s kid for a month. Why would either man want to do that? Parka noted that the last time they had a match with stakes on the line, it went very poorly for Cibernetico.

Dr. Landru has video of Perro vs Oficiales: part 1 and part 2

Mistico

A Japanese lucha libre photograph says Mistico told him in September that he was learning English in preparation for going to WWE. Mistico had talked to WWE before the Tokyo Dome card was announced, and that’s why he wasn’t on the card. The photographer knew Mistico was going to WWE in mid-January and wasn’t expecting Mistico to actually make the Japan tour, but he did.

Links

Mistico/FCW, Dos, Puebla

Mistico

CMLL had people claiming Mistico was staying, but he did sign the WWE contract last Tuesday. It is possible Mistico might be telling people what they need to hear to get them off his back, but it’s also possible people may just be making stuff up. CMLL is expected to hold a press conference next week.

On today’s Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer said Mistico will start in FCW in February probably the middle of the month. Mistico has been told he’d be there just a couple months. Dos was told similar things. Mistico still needs to learn English. The podcast talking about this is free – it’s over here – but it’s only a short bit about 45 minutes in.

I had previously heard talk Mistico was in Florida this past week, figuring out living arrangements; I had expected this whole story to come out when someone in FCW accidentally leaked it.

Box Y Lucha #3011 asks if Mistico is going to WWE.

Cesar says CMLL’s direction of pushing young new stars in 2010 was the right move, giving them options without Mistico, and need to keep focusing on the young guys and not quick fix old men. Though, a reason Mistico left is because they were pushing new stars.

Dos Caras Jr.

Prometo wants to claim Dos Caras Jr. as an AAA original. You know, I’ve always thought of CM Punk as a creation of the Lunatic Wrestling Federation. More interesting: the indy/LLUSA Octagoncito has apparently been renting out his suit to many people.

Cesar is angry CMLL has been so busy telling non-truths about Mistico that they haven’t tried to take credit for Dos Caras winning the Royal Rumble. Does Guadalajara boast off of Chicharito’s success? I have no idea.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Other news

CMLL (MON) 01/31/2011 Arena Puebla [Sportimes]
1) Asturiano & Stigma b Ares & Espiritu Maligno
2) Demus 3:16, Dr. X, Durango Kid b Metatrón, Sensei, Starman
3) Fuego, Metro, Sagrado b Loco Max, Shigeo Okumura, Skándalo
4) Averno, Mephisto, Volador Jr. b La Máscara, La Sombra, Máximo
5) Atlantis, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero DQ Héctor Garza, Mr. Águila, Psicosis
Psicosis fouled UG, pinned him, and Tirantes started to make the count before Maya stopped him and called for the DQ. Psicosis and Ultimo Guerrero talked about a singles match, with UG only agreeing if Maya was ref.

Cinco Radio‘s been covering these shows lately, and their recaps usually include a quote about the matches or other feuds. There’s an obvious topic to talk about today, but there’s no article this week (despite the finish of the  main event being listed in their news wire.)

AULL Tag Champs Chucho el Roto and Iron Love will defend their titles vs DTU’s Aeroboy & Violento Jack next Sunday in Arena Coliseo Tulancingo. Chucho & Love actually won a non-title match over the DTU team this weekend in the same arena. The two teams may also meet tomorrow in the UWE tag title tournament

Links

01/29 – 30 lucha videos

Multiupload

Teleformula: http://av2.radioformula.com.mx/vidMUL/luchamania/110130_luchamania1_v.wmv

Shows with reruns: LATV, ACM, AAA (no best of week 4 – they repeated week 2 of Guerra de Titanes instead, a smart idea.) 100% Lucha is still enjoying the summer weather. ECLL is listed in the guide but never airs.

WarriorsX2000

Brewster’s Millions

Mistico notes, Comando Negro and Gallo pick up championships

Mistico

Roberto Figueroa (who’s the announcer for the Monterrey show and part of Lo Mejor de La Lucha among many other hats) has talked to Mistico and confirmed that he’s going to WWE, as SuperLuchas reported earlier this weekend.

Dave Meltzer discussed this situation on Wrestling Observer Radio, explaining that WWE doesn’t just want to use Alberto Del Rio or Mistico to replace Rey Misterio. They want a half dozen guys on the main roster, maybe half of them pushed, just to make sure they keep the Hispanic audience when Misterio leaves. (And there are problems there as well.) They’re not putting all their eggs in the Mistico basket, and he’s not going to be the last guy they sign.

Everything else

Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (SUN) 01/30/2011 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (flickr), Mi Lucha Libre (3), Estrellas del Ring, Mi Lucha Libre (4), Mi Lucha Libre (5)]
1) Lily Figther & Ludark Shaitan b Lolita & Sexy Lady
2) Chico Che, Dinamic Black, Freelance b Hammer, Magnifico, Masada
3) Comando Negro b Dr. Cerebro [IWRG IC Light]
Title switch: Comando Negro is unstoppable! Dr. Cerebro won the first, got overconfident and caught in the second, and was pinned in the third.
4) Hijo de Pirata Morgan & Pirata Morgan b El Brazo & Veneno [IWRG IC TAG]
Pirates were favorites and retained the title.
5) Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro b Bestia 666, Damián 666, X-Fly [IWRG IC TRIOS]
Perros took the first, Oficials the second, and 911 escaped Damian from a valagueza and beat him with a move (different reports.) IWRG won a feud against an outside team! Perros challenged Oficials to an apuesta match.

Black Terry has video of the lightweight title match here: part 1, part 2

CMLL (SUN) 01/30/2011 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Fuego en el Ring]
1) Virgo b Evola
2) Black Metal & Starman b Camorra & León Blanco
3) Fuego, Stuka Jr., Valiente b Arkángel de la Muerte, Euforia, Skándalo
4) Dragón Rojo Jr., Héctor Garza, Último Guerrero b Hijo del Fantasma, La Sombra, Máscara Dorada
5) Gallo b Felino [OCCIDENTE LH]
Euforia seconded Felino (in his Feline gear) and Stuka was with Gallo. They played the national anthem before the match. Felino took the first fall, Gallo the second. Fabiruchis turned up in the third fall to root for Felino, but Pato Soria got rid of him. Felino dropped Gallo with the superbomb, but Gallo kicked out. Referee (Loco Estrada) was bumped. Gallo tried to finish off Felino, but Euforia ran in to break up a move. Felino got up to take advantage, but was pulled into a reinera and Loco Estrada recovered in time to call for the submission. Gallo’s won the title back!

CMLL in PWG:
01/29: Mr. Aguila b Rey Bucanero – Rey clearly missed the spiritual guidance of Perico. Was said to be a good match with Aguila breaking out the over the ring post tope con giro.

Links

  • Luchas 2000 #555 picks a poor week to tease Sexi Star jumping to CMLL. (I bet she said she’s not!)
  • Mask Mania starts off night 2 of the NJPW/CMLL shows, with Maximo & Dino
  • An article previewing yesterday’s DTU Coliseo Tulancingo show claims Pesadilla was in FCW. I have no recollection of this.