AAA on Televisa #940 (05/29/2010)

Gimnasio Jose Maria Arteaga, Queretaro, Queretaro, 04/30/2010

Aerostar & Relampago vs Billy Boy & Decnnis: I thought this was good, probably better than the next match if it had less Hilario. He just gives them excuses for lame finishes like this one. Given the volume of stuff on Parka/Park, it’d be nice if there was just one explanation about Relampago. Nothing here suggested he was just about to be a midcard rudo.

Extreme Tiger, Jack Evans, Rocky Romero vs Alex Koslov, Christopher Daniels, Joe Lider: This had some iffy moments but was largely pretty good. AAA actually having a plan for the random foreigner is a refreshing change of pace.

Cibernético, Heavy Metal, La Parka Jr. vs LA Park, Nicho el Millionario, Zorro: All angle, not much of a match. They did make Parka/Park seem like a big deal, and that’s sort of the point.

CMLL Press Conference notes (Niebla returns)

No big mask or hair mask was announced, and a lot of it was getting attention to matches that have been mention this week. There were a few surprises

  • The biggest surprise, and probably the biggest news, was the return of Mr. Niebla. Pesta Negra is reunited for the first time since February. CMLL says Mr. Niebla, who hasn’t been seen in a match since the end of March, has been in the United States rehabbing his knee for the last three months. No word on when he’ll have his first match.
  • The 2nd Copa de Bobby Bonales will take place on June 25th. The 1st Copa took place last year. I could not remember this, because it turns out the entirety of last year’s Copa was Bonales’ son giving Blue Panther a trophy. Unclear how/what this will be this year.
  • Hype for Mistico vs Mr. Aguila and Poder Mexica vs MSM Fly. Dorada, Stuka and Metro want a mask match, of course.
  • Taichi talked about returning to Japan (but promising revenge on Maximo), Sombra talked about the Best of Super Juniors and Lyger and Yoshihashi’s upcoming appearances were previewed.

Ephesto retains, Mistico challenges, Garza/Shocker, Terry/Navarro (by proxy), Record

CMLL (TUE) 06/15 Arena Mexico [@cmllmagazine]
1) Bengala & MetatrónArtillero & Súper Comando
2) Bam Bam, Eléctrico, Fantasy DQ Demus 3:16, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Violencia
3) Diamante, Sagrado, ValienteArkangel de la Muerte, Nosferatu, Virus
4) Brazo de Plata, Delta, MísticoAverno, Mephisto, Pólvora
5) EphestoRey Bucanero [CMLL LH]

Bucanero took the first, Ephesto the second. Ephesto managed to kick out after taking the Buca Storm and rolled up Bucanero with the Ephesto Cradle for the win. Awwww.

Mistico and Averno were left alone at the end of the semimain, and you know how that goes. To complete the return to 2005, Mistico challenged Averno to a shot at Averno’s [name redacted] World Middleweight Championship championship. All time, Mistico is 14-4 versus Averno in singles matches. In Averno’s defense, his last two wins were beating Mistico for this same title (in 2007) and retaining this title over Mistico (in 2008). This would be Averno’s first defense of the year. Probably his last.

Tecnicos minis won in straight falls, Demus being DQed for fouling Bam Bam in the second. Feels like we’ve got another match between those two coming up.

Metatron replaced Metalico.

CMLL (TUE) 06/15 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Fuego en el Ring]
1) RelampagoCerveruz
2) Ángel del Mal & InfiernoAstaroth & Magnum
3) Hierro & NeutrónEbola & Ráfaga
4) Ángel Azteca, Metal Blanco, RushCancerbero, Euforia, Raziel
5) Héctor Garza & Último Guerrero DQ Shocker & Toscano

Garza faked a foul to draw a DQ. This sets up a Shocker/Garza singles match next week.

IWRG FIL (TUE) 06/15 Arena Naucalpan [Estrellas del RingBlack Terry Jr. (flickr)]
1) Fly Star & Volaris b Silver Cat & Soldado de la Muerte
2) Flama Infernal, Mascarita de Oro, Sky Angel b Imperio Azteca, Imperio Negro, Serpierte Dorado
3) Dark Evil, Halcon 2000, Tonatiu b Dragon Fly, Guerrero 2000, Imperial
4) Eterno b Centella, Comando Negro, Alan Extreme, Dinamic Black, Hijo del Pantera, Keshin Black, Guizmo, Imposible, Luguer, Silver Boy, Smoke, Surdo, Aztlan [cibernetico]

Trainee show. Centella, Imposible, Luguer, Silver Boy, Smoke, Surdo and Aztlan are Negro Navarro trainees, the rest are from Black Terry’s class. Eterno beat Centella to win the trophy.

ESTO introduces Goya Kong, who says she just accompanied her sister to trainee with El Apache and ended up being a wrestler herself. Meanwhile, her sister was introduced on Ras de Lona months ago and still hasn’t debuted in CMLL.

CMLL Magazine says there’s a press conference today. Liger & Yoshihashi coming in figures to be a topic, as probably will Sombra’s BOSJ tour (his match versus Lyger is up now), the Father’s Day show, and maybe this Mistico/Averno title match. I’ll have a post on it later.

Record Luchas magazine has it’s latest edition up for free on their website in three parts: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. From reading the boards, it appears this is free because the magazine has been canceled and this issues wasn’t going to the printers. Record had a really good magazine (and it’s worth picking up if you stumble across old issues), focusing more on interviews and non-time specific articles since it came out monthly, but it’s a tough time for magazines.

Lucha Va Voom is in Chicago tonight for two shows at 7 and 10 Just like last time, I’ve ended up having other stuff to do on the same night and would be a couple hours late for the late show (so, no post about the AAA taping until late either), but if you’re not doing anything, it’s always worth checking out.

Jack Evans is learning Brazilian Luta Livre.

SuperLuchas has the new PWR Women’s Champion.

R de Rudo interviews El Italiana, who’s the daughter of a wrestler and says she’s the god daughter of Abismo Negro. She doesn’t have a driver’s license, which would seem to make it hard to work shows.

Lineup

CMLL (MON) 06/21 Arena Puebla
1) Centella de Oro & Crazy Black vs Ares & Karisma
2) Pegasso, Rey Cometa, Sensei vs Loco Max, Nosferatu, Skándalo
3) Fuego, Metro, Valiente vs Euforia, Misterioso II, Pólvora
4) Blue Panther, La Máscara, Toscano vs Atlantis, Shigeo Okumura, Yoshihashi
5) La Sombra, Máscara Dorada, Rayo de Jalisco Jr. vs Jushin Lyger, Negro Casas, Universo 2000

Going to be tough for Negro Casas to get his title rematch if he’s teaming with Lyger the whole time.

CMLL (TUE) 06/22 Arena Mexico
1) Camaleón & Robin vs Disturbio & Semental
2) Dark Angel, Goya Kong, Lady Apache vs Amapola, La Comandante, Mima Shimoda
3) Bam Bam, Mascarita Dorada, Tzuki vs Demus 3:16, Pequeño Warrior, Pierrothito
4) Delta, Toscano, Valiente vs Pólvora, Shigeo Okumura, Yoshihashi
5) Máscara Dorada, Rayo de Jalisco Jr., Super Porky vs Atlantis, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero

Tzuki! It’s about five months to the day since Tzuki was either fired or put on Mr. Niebla suspension after he appeared in no condition to perform (but tried anyway) in a Puebla match. Hope he’s better, more for his sake, but also because that  looks like a pretty great match. Whatever they’re setting up with Bam Bam and Demus may be affect things.

Super Porky is listed under the Rotoporky name, for whatever reason.

CMLL on LATV #11 (05/22/2010)

Arena Mexico, 05/07/2010

Pegasso, Rey Cometa, Rush vs Loco Max, Nitro, Skándalo: It seems like I see a lot less Loco Max than I used to, but I think it’s TV randomness and the Tuareg working a lot of Sunday terceras. Had higher hopes than this match, which was just okay.

Ángel Azteca Jr. vs Arkangel de la Muerte in a lightning match: Same deal here. Maybe he needs to have some of these before he gets good, but Azteca is a much better guy for trios right now than singles. This would’ve been a good time for some added intensity, but it wasn’t there.

Heroes en el Ring player select screen

AAA Lucha Libre, Héroes del Ring

Hey, 31 spaces! Right on.

Going left to right, it looks like we have Parka, Elegido, Gronda, maybe Mesias, Charly Manson, Octagon, Electroshock, Zorro, Chessman, and Cuervo on the top row, and Doc Wagner, an unflattering photo of Konnan, and Psicosis on the bottom row. The red highlighted guys are rudos, the blue are tecnicos. Obviously, you’ll have to unlock a lot of guys as you go on.

No hint on the last two, so far.

If anyone else sees E3 previews of this game, feel free to link to them in the comments.

Circus in IWRG, new champ in Puebla, La Parka Jr.

IWRG (SUN) 06/13 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (flickr), The Gladiatores, Al Filo del Ring]
1) Guizmo b Halcon 2000
2) Comando Negro & Magia Negra b Alan Extreme & Fly Star
3) Eragon, Freelance, Jack b Hijo del Signo, Nemesis AAA, Trauma II
4) Máscara Año 2000 Jr. & Trauma I DQ Hijo de Pirata Morgan & Pirata Morgan
5) Monster Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown DQ Hijo del Cien Caras, Scorpio Jr., Tinieblas Jr.

Match came down to one of the clowns and Tinieblas Junior. The clown fouled Tinieblas, but Tinieblas pulled off his mask as he fell down. Referee took a look at both men, and awarded the match to the clowns.

Pirata Morgan was using some sort of chain or rope in the third fall of his match, so Hijo de Cien Caras ran out to grab it from him and use it on him. He got caught for the DQ.

The Nemesis in the third match appears to be AAA Nemesis (the ex-Javi, who was also Gato Eveready early on), not the IWRG Nemesis. Both confusing and random! Jack got Trauma II in a submission for the win, which seems like an upset. Fans liked the match.

CMLL (MON) 06/14 Arena Puebla [R de Rudo]
1) Black Tiger, Blue Center, SWAT b Barbaro I, Centauro de Fuego, Policeman
2) Molotov, Sensei, Starman b Bronco, Durango Kid, Mortiz
3) Princesa Sujei b Lady Apache [PWR WOMEN]
4) Brazo de Plata, Sagrado, Toscano b Terrible, Texano Jr., Vangelis
5) Atlantis, Negro Casas, Universo 2000 DQ Blue Panther, Rayo de Jalisco Jr., Volador Jr.

New champion! Lady Apache took the first fall and seemed on path a straight fall win when Sujei pulled off surprise fujiwara armbar to steal the second fall. Sujei’s been doing that a lot lately. Sujei blocked a move on the top rope and landed on of her own to take the match. Always a surprise to see someone else’s title change hands in Mexico.

This is Sujei’s biggest title win, no offense to the LLF championships. It may be her biggest win ever, depending on how you feel about her mask match with Goddess. (Beating Dark Angel for her mask wasn’t a big deal at the time.)

Universo faked a foul from Rayo to draw the DQ, and they c0ntinued the mask vs hair challenge they’ve done everywhere. More on Rayo later on, but that Rayo vs Universo mask vs hair match has to be considered an actual possibility for the Anniversary show, or for some time later in the year.

Eight days after TripleMania, La Parka Jr. did his first interview (sent to all the websites; this is R de Rudo’s version). La Parka agrees with the decision to throw out the match, saying the result shouldn’t count because of the martinete and the Perros interference. He seems happy with the match just not counting, though usually those sort of things would mean he’d win by disqualification. Parka comes off as a defensive – the doubters thought he’d be beat all match but he held his own, the media don’t give him enough credit, the fans might have been split but there will be plenty of places where everyone will just cheer him.

It’s really surprising it took this long for AAA to get Parka Jr. in front of the press. From AAA’s standpoint, this match and this feud should’ve been about him proving he was the true Parka. Instead, he became the fourth or fifth most important character in the match (behind LA Park, Los Perros, Dorian, and maybe Joaquin), nearly forgotten. When people start to think about him again, he’ll be the guy who looked like the loser on Sunday night and was only saved by an unusual outside force – a martinete on a chair and run ins are far more common than the commission overturning a finish. And that’s just for the people who are aware of the angles after the show; most people probably believe LA Park won, and don’t know the circumstances or the finish being overturned.

It’s not just that they’ve put Park in a very favorable position, it’s that AAA might have damaged the fan’s perception of Parka Jr. in the process. It’s something to watch for over this week’s tapings, at least. It’s probably a really good idea to keep the two Parka’s apart for now; forcing people to choose again between the two might go just like all those matches last year where the fans cheered rudo Wagner over lead tecnico Mesias.

While in Torreon, Volador said he was ready to face Mistico in a mask match if CMLL would sign it, and said that just because Sombra went to Japan, that doesn’t mean he’s better than Volador. A clear breakup coming there, hopefully they’ll get the tag team titles off of them first. Also, Ultimo Guerrero says Hijo de Ultimo Guerrero is  two years away from debuting.

On Fuego en el Ring, Universo 2000 says he still feels good enough to face any opponent, and has been training young wrestlers.  Also, Rayo de Jalisco says he was promised a shot at Ultimo Guerrero and the CMLL Heavyweight Championship for returning, and is confused why his good friend Atlantis is on the rudo side. Rayo seems to have not watched or paid any attention to CMLL since he left five years ago; this seems very believable.

Heroes en el Ring (AAA video game) has been updated, but it seems like they’re waiting for the cover announcement for the big update. Still, the about the game page says 30 wrestlers; 30 AAA guys + 1 boss character gets you to the 31 I had heard earlier. I’m hoping we nail down the last couple people this week.

The Black Metal who’s shown up in Arena Coliseo Guadalajara appears to be from Sinaloa.

LLF is running a three way ladder match this Friday.

DJ Spectro looks back at Rocky Star & Cinta de Oro, and also has a post on Secrets of Pro Wrestling Revealed, a recent Slammin’ Stan topic.

Attendance seemed to be up at Tiger Rojo’s second show with the Puebla guys. Main event was a bloody battle between Tiger Rojos and Toro Bill Jr., far more bloody than they’d be in Arena Puebla.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s first Monday news update and KrisZ’s second Monday news update.

DR LUCH is on Rubber Guard Radio tomorrow.

Box y Lucha 2978 has Rayo and LA Park on the cover.

The newest Dos de Tres has LA Park on the cover.

Lineup Change

CMLL (SUN) 06/20 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Divino & Leo vs Acertijo & In Memoriam
2) Dalys la Caribeña, Dark Angel, Lluvia vs Mima Shimoda, Princesa Blanca, Seuxis
3) Fuego, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Shigeo Okumura, Yoshihashi
4) Felino, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero vs El Alebrije, Histeria, Psicosis
5) Rayo de Jalisco Jr. vs Universo 2000

At least they’re not dragging it out? Or maybe it’s just because the AAA taping is in the neighborhood and they think this will draw against it.

Also, Rayo de Jalisco replaces Volador on Friday.  After Sin Salida drew so well, we’re going to be seeing a lot more of Rayo.

06/12 video links

IWRG was a rerun. ACM was pre-empted for soccer coverage, unless it got pushed back really late.

As promised, 100% Lucha, the Argentina based lucha libre promotion in the Martin Kardagian style. These are the last three episodes of last season, and the last two episodes were cut off because the network started late.

The lead tecnico is, I don’t know, off? He’s got a distant look at all times.

I would love a segunda caida review of one of these shows.

They’ve started the new season, but I haven’t had a chance to get those episodes up yet.

AAA on Televisa #939 (05/22/2010)

Gimnasio Jose Maria Arteaga, Queretaro, Queretaro, 04/30/2010

Fabi Apache & Mari Apache vs Jennifer Blade & Rain – these are not getting better. Which is bothersome, because these are not going away.

Monster Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Chessman, Hernandez, Kenzo Suzuki: not good match with a not good finish. Maybe, if you don’t want Hernandez to lose, don’t have him face the team with the undefeated streak? Or maybe just have Hernandez win, it doesn’t matter and at least they’ll be getting someone they’ll be helping someone they like.

Dr. Wagner Jr., Octagón, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Electroshock, Silver King, Último Gladiador: A Dr. Wagner trios match. What’s with Octagon’s tope this year? He’s doing it like he actually means it.