07/16: Coliseo

CMLL (SUN) 07/15 Arena Coliseo [Alvin @ el Martinete]
1) Celestial & Pequeño Olímpico b Fire & Sombrita
2) Amapola, Medussa, Rosa Negra b India Sioux, Luna Magica, Marcela
3) Euforia, Nosferatu, Virus b Mictlán, Stuka Jr., Tony Rivera
4) Ephesto, Loco Max, Shigeo Okumura b Felino, Mascara Purpura, Máximo
5) Místico, Negro Casas, Volador Jr. b Averno, Mephisto, Último Guerrero

Mistico + Averno =

Loco Max filled in for Toscano, who was said (by his wife, one of the valets) to be sick.

Amapola beat Marcela with the ropes. That sounds like the start to a B show title defense feud.

DeporTV America aired about 4 minutes of highlights from Tuesday’s Arena Coliseo DF show. They spent about a minute on the top 4 matches. This didn’t seem like a pilot for a TV show – they appeared to have two cameras, but no hard camera. The segment was hyped thru the air, but it was the last thing aired on the show (and went over the hour.) I think this is a weekly thing.

Accion again was cut to a half hour due to Copa America coverage in Mexico.

Update: Yea, so I forgot about everything I read before noon today and have to edit in here. Fine job by me.

FCW (SAT) 07/14 LA Sports Arena [Steve Sims, Brandon Chow @ FCW]
1) Luke Hawk b Lil Cholo
2) Angel (LA), AWC, Black Metal b Scott Snott, Shane Ballard, Shannon Ballard
3) Vampiro DQ Aaron Aguilera
4) Enigma de Oro & Kayam b Phoenix Star & Zokre and Young Buck I & Young Buck II and Pogo & Supreme [FCW TAG]
5) Dos Caras, Mil Mascaras, Perro Aguayo, Psicodelico Jr. b Cien Caras, Hijo de Cien Caras, Mascara Ano 2000, Universo 2000
6) Cassandro L Santo, Rey Misterio Sr., Hijo de Rey Misterio, LA Park, Nicho, Pentagon Black, Gran Hamada [hair, cage, mask]

Santo left last, so he gets credit. They ran angles during the show to set up these matches (according to Steve’s recap, which I assumed he sent to the Observer site till I actually checked that recap – too bad)

FCW (SUN) 09/02 LA Sports Arena
1) Hijo del Rey Misterio & Rey Misterio Sr. vs Cyanide & Piloto Suicida
2) Perro Aguayo Sr. vs Rayo de Jalisco Jr., Mascara Ano 2000 [hair, mask]
3) Hijo del Santo vs Pentagon Black [mask]

So, they’re doing a Santo mask match and a Perro Aguayo hair match on the same show. No word if they’ll be burning $20s in the parking lot after the show. (I love you, FCW, but you are crazy.)

Former LLF/Monterrey wrestler Nikki Roxx debuted with TNA tonight. Mesias was hinted at, but of course did not appear.

Apology: Rosalio Vera is a guy. Ernesto Ocampo (still) does not have an apostrophe. I apologize for the screwups.

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TripleMania discussion

box y lucha

I’m busy at the moment, but if you want a thread to discuss it, here you go.

I’ll update this with results when I get a chance (if they come in)

Update:

So far, we’ve got from ByL

1) Cinthia Moreno, Octagoncito, Oriental, Pimpinela Escarlata b Alfa, Casandro, Fabi Apache, Mini Abismo Negro
2) Cuervo & Ozz DRAW Crazy Boy & Joe Lider [AAA TAG]

Lider and Ozz tied, I think. This feud will go on.

3) Gran Apache & Laredo Kid b Super Fly & Super Calo [losers advance, pi]
4) Super Fly b Super Calo [mask]

This is actually a change from what was earlier announced as possible, that’s why we assumed Laredo won Calo’s mask instead. Will have to confirm later in the evening.

5) Fuerza Guerrera b Juventud Guerrera [street]
6) Alberije, El Elegido, Super Porky DQ Alan Stone, Scorpio Jr., Zumbido

run-in by the unmasked Super Calo, now wrestling as Jordy Stone.

7) Head Hunter I, Rikishi, Ron Killings, Sabu b La Parka Jr., Latin Lover, the Animal, Zorro

Rudo surprise is Rikishi.

Tecnico surprise is “The Animal”. Not sure if it’s the Road Warrior, but it’s an unmasked guy. I have no idea. I hope they’re pulling my leg.

Rikishi wins with the Bonzai Drop on Zorro.

Lita & Luchagores performed here.

8) Kenzo Suzuki L Charly Manson, Chessman, Cibernetico, Mesias, X-Pac [cage, hair]

Kenzo lost his hair, but the story was Chessman taking another cage bump, this one to the floor. He might have missed his target, and he definitely was carried to the back and put in ambulance. Can’t tell if this is an angle or not.

I’ll bump this to the top if full results come in tonight.

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07/14: new tag champs, next week’s lineup, GdR

CMLL (FRI) 07/13 Arena Mexico [ESTO, ovaciones, Galeno del Mal @ box y lucha, Mr. Justice @ El Martinete]
1) Metálico & Sombra de Plata b Artillero & Pólvora
2) Pequeño Damian 666 b Bam Bam, Pequeño Olímpico, Bracito de Oro, Fantasy, Electrico, Pequeño Halloween, Mr. Aguilita, Fire [ciber]
3) Alex Koslov, Mascara Purpura, Stuka Jr. b Damián 666, Euforia, Texano Jr.
4) Blue Panther, Dos Caras Jr., La Sombra b Atlantis, Olímpico, Sangre Azteca
5) Dr. Wagner Jr. & Último Guerrero b Místico & Negro Casas [CMLL TAG]

Wagner and Ultimo are the 22nd CMLL Tag Team Champions. This is Ultimo’s 4th reign, and first without Rey Bucanero. This is also Wagner’s 4 reign, and with his fourth different partner.

Wagner got away with a foul on Mistico to win the match. Reports are very high on the match – Ovaciones seemed particularly ecstatic about how the whole thing went down. Mistico now has ONLY three belts.

Elsewhere on the card, Sombra had one bad bump in his semifinal, but rallied from there. Bam Bam did indeed get screwed, Mini Damian pinning him with feet on the ropes. Mini Halloween was with those two as the last three, so it’s clear build to the hair match. Haven’t seen who beat Mini Olimpico, which you’d think would be a meaningful bit.

How soon will Wagner and Guerrero put up the belts?

CMLL (FRI) 07/20 Arena Mexico
1) Moltov & Sensei vs Apocalipsis & Ramstein
2) India Sioux, Luna Magica, Marcela vs La Nazi, Medusa, Rosa Negra
3) Felino, Mascara Purpura, Maximo vs Misterioso II, Satanico, Virus
4) La Mascara, La Sombra, Marco Corelone vs Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto
5) Blue Panther, Dos Caras Jr., Volador Jr. vs Damain 666, Hector Garza, Terrible
6) Mistico & Negro Casas vs Dr. Wagner Jr. & Ultimo Guerrero [CMLL TAG]

Yea, that soon. There’s a real chance the title just bounces back after a week.

shows what I know: A vignette aired for “Judas Mesias” on Thursday’s TNA show, which will apparently still end up being Ricky Banderas despite the Konnan/TNA fallout. I have no idea what this means for Mesias and AAA, but it’s something to watch at TripleMania and Leon.

CMLL GdR #86 has
07/07 Coliseo: Bam Bam, Pequeno Olimpico, Ultimo Dragoncito DQ Mr. Aguilita, Pequeno Damian 666, Pequeno Halloween
07/05 Mexico: Katsuhiko Nakajima, Kensuske Sasaki, Último Dragón b Arkangel de la Muerte, Dr. X, Texano Jr.
Outside The Ring w/Loco Max. Loco’s tiny bedroom is not exactly selling me on wrestlers as big stars.

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AAA #621

taped 03/17, aired in US on 04/21

Yea, somehow this took me over two months to finish. Three hour shows are so hard on my attention span. And now that these – and the bunch I have left on my TiVo – are all dated, I’ve got the start of angles that I saw ran into the ground for two months. I think the rest of the stored ones are all even older than this one. It’s a weird assortment, and I know I still have Rey de Reyes somewhere in there, which I’d like to actually watch before TripleMania.

Shows like this one remind still make me think AAA has too much time. The Relevos AAA match didn’t need 13 minutes to make it’s point, and the Vipers match sure didn’t need 17 minutes. Even the main event was way too long – they didn’t really need to do 8 minutes for a beatdown, a 45 second comeback, and a (random idiotic) DQ, and the angle is stronger if the beatdown is sold thru the end of the show. Ciberentico and the HBs sold, but why have them get up at all?

Anyway. Like was pointed out at the time, the random goof Atomicos was great. Everyone was working like their jobs depend on it, and I think it’s because their jobs probably depended on it. And yet, some of those guys still vanished. I appreciate their effort, anyway.

I like the concept that the Candaian Destroyer is too ludicrous for lucha libre fans to buy. Ozz seems to have dropped it, and that would seem to be the wise move.

Unless I missed a show, or forget about it, this seems like the last taping where the hard camera was pointed at the entrance. I’m so glad they dropped that.

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07/13: Mexico preview

Besides TripleMania, there’s also a good card at Arena Mexico

CMLL (FRI) 07/13 Arena Mexico
1) Metálico & Sombra de Plata vs Artillero & Pólvora
2) Bam Bam vs Pequeño Olímpico, Bracito de Oro, Fantasy, Electrico, Pequeño Halloween, Pequeño Damian 666, Mr. Aguilita, Fire [ciber]
3) Alex Koslov, Mascara Purpura, Stuka Jr. vs Damián 666, Euforia, Texano Jr.
4) Blue Panther, Dos Caras Jr., La Sombra vs Atlantis, Olímpico, Sangre Azteca
5) Místico & Negro Casas vs Dr. Wagner Jr. & Último Guerrero [CMLL TAG]

Previews are in Ovaciones, NotiMex, ESTO (also ESTO’s notes). No one has much to new to say about this show, which is somewhat disappointing. It seems like CMLL didn’t send someone out for interviews this week.

I expect the champions to retain, and Bam Bam to be screwed out of the cibernetico win.

CMLL (MON) 07/16 Arena Puebla [hugo999]
1) Blue Center, Forajido, the Tiger vs Espiritu Maligno, Fuerza Tiger, Siki Ozama Jr.
2) Coco Blanco, Coco Rojo, Coco Verde vs Fuerza Chicana, Skandalo, Toro Bill Jr.
3) Mascara Purpura, Maximo, Valiente vs Goto, Ohara, Okumura
4) Alex Koslov, Sagrado, Volador Jr. vs Averno, Sangre Azteca, Toscano
5) Blue Panther, Mistico, Negro Casas vs Atlantis, Olimpico, Ultimo Guerrero

Decnnis did an interview about the Warped Tour.

There’s lucha in Tuscon on Sunday.

TripleMania 15 Predictions

Might as well go match by match.

1) Alfa, Cassandro, Fabi Apache, Mini Abismo Negro vs Cinthia Moreno, Octagoncito, Oriental, Pimpinela Escarlata

Backstory: Uh, none between these two teams. Like all minorities in wrestling, Cassandro and Pimpinela must either team or feud. They’ve been feuding on off for 18 months. The biggest angle is intrateam, with Gran Apache trying to hook Alfa and Fabi Apache up and having no idea who Alfa is under the mask.

Prediction: As you can see from the records info, tecnicos general win at TripleMania. More so for the random pointless match. This isn’t quite random – if we’re to believe Alfa is going to stay as Alfa for a few more weeks, they could set up a Mixed Tag feud. They also might do something with Cassandro and Pimpi, because they really need another regular exotico who’s better than Polvo, but they always try to do something with Cassandro and then he’s gone two tapings later.

I’m going go with the safe bet and assume the tecnicas win.

2) Cuervo & Ozz vs Crazy Boy & Joe Lider [AAA TAG, ladder]

Backstory: The literal translation for AAA’s stip is “match of steps”, but I think there’s going to be something connecting the steps vertically. Anyway, these two factions have been feuding to some extent since the MPs formed and needed someone to take their moves. The Mexican Powers beat the Sect to win the Atomico titles last year, Cuervo & Ozz beat Crazy Boy & Joe Lider to win the tag titles at Rey de Reyes, and and the Sect took the Atomico titles back when Psicosis turned on his teammates. This will have Extreme Tiger and Scoria as seconds.

Prediction: A homage to indy matches that are a homage to WWE matches that allllll may be better than this. Hopefully no one dies or is horribly crippled, because you know there’s a chance. Lots of stunts, probably a logic hole or two. Crazy Boy & Joe Lider are surely winning to finish the title exchange.

3) Juventud Guerrera vs Fuerza Guerrera [street]

Backstory: The yearly “Octagon and Fuerza are TOTALLY going to have a mask match at TripleMania this year!” train got derailed earlier than usual. Juvi was working as Octagon’s second, so they just elevated him into the feud and made it Guerrera vs Guerrera. There’s no hair or mask on the line, and it appears that it’ll be a street fight, just like the match in Monterrey earlier this month.

Prediction: Another chance to get random people on the show; Pirata Morgan for sure. If there’s an ultimate finish to this feud, it’s surely going to be Juvi losing his hair, so I think Juvi gets his big win here.

4) El Apache & Super Fly vs Laredo Kid & Super Calo [losers advance, pi]
5) Super Calo or Gran Apache vs Laredo Kid or Super Fly [mask, hair]

Backstory: Having run Billy Boy off, turning his teammates evil, things were looking for Gran Apache and his partner Super Calo. The Air Force ruined the fun, pulling off repeated upsets in May 2007, reaching it’s highest point with Laredo & Super Fly winning by DQ over Apache & Fly. Apache’s team has turned it around since then, but both sides have crossed paths so often in the months leading up to TripleMania, this was pretty inevitable.

Prediction: “Jordy Stone” working spot shows kinda gives this one away. Apache’s hair has to be saved for Billy Boy and Laredo Kid’s being pushed to the moon. Someone Super is losing their mask. There’s probably never going to be a better feud for Calo to drop his, and it returns the favor of people losing their masks to him at TripleManias past. Apache’s team wins, possibly with Alfa helping out to cement his relationship with Apache, and Laredo beats Calo clean.

6) Alebrije, Elegido, Super Porky vs Alan Stone, Scorpio Jr., Zumbido

Backstory: Alebrije has been feuding with the Guapos, with the focus on Cuije and Guapito. Cuije probably should be out of his walker by this point. Otherwise, it’s a break comedy match so these guys get on the card.

Prediction: Cuije has been pretty well being killed and this is a break match, so the tecnicos should win.

7) ?, La Parka Jr., Latin Lover, Zorro vs ?, Head Hunter I, Ron Killings, Sabu

Backstory: They are people who don’t like each other. THERE YOU GO. It’s a basic AAA Tecnicos vs Foreign Legion members. Black Pearl or Rikishi may be the mystery man, but surely Abismo Negro will make an appearance to continue his feud with Latin Lover. Parka will probably do more comedy than usual, because he still seems to be hurting. Everyone has been rumored for the tecnico spot, and I don’t know who it’ll be. I don’t expect it to be a big deal.

Prediction: Rudos have to get one, so I’ll pick this run. Probably not as many run-ins here, because they’ll be saving them for the next match.

8) Charly Manson, Chessman, Cibernetico vs Kenzo Suzuki, Mesias, X-Pac [cage, hair]

Backstory: Cibernetico beat Mesias in a casket match, put the casket in the ocean, and set it on fire. Somehow, that did not end the feud or Mesias’ life, so it goes on here with the two respective factions. They haven’t been calling this a Cage of Death, so I’m thinking there are some special rules in play. I have no idea what these rules are. Perhaps AAA knows! Probably not, no.

Prediction: Lots of run-ins, quite obviously. Half the people in the is average for TripleMania main events. People diving off the top of the cage, you can set your watch by that. Popular thought seems to pick X-Pac here, but Kenzo losing his hair in this type of match seems about right. It’s a lesser finish for a main event, but I can’t believe they’d do something more until that’s the standard.

Almost all tecnicos winning. I guess the rudos get revenge the next night. If anything beats the mask match, I’ll be surprised, but there could be some good stuff here. I hope they just talk over the match layouts before time, so we don’t get 8 matches of rudos jumping tecnicos for 4 minutes and tecnicos all making their comeback on missed corner charges.

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CMLL GdR on CAN52 #84

taped 06/24, aired 06/30

Weird that you would do a big women’s hair match, and then neither woman is involved in the women’s trio the next week. It’s not even like they cleared them out because they wanted to set up the next big feud. This was just immediate revision back to form, the tecnicas winning a match to make people cheer. I think I expect pieces to fit together when there’s no intention to do stuff like that.

Sombra didn’t really jump out as important in the trios match. Again, you would’ve thought they would’ve made him the start of the match as lead up to GA, but he wasn’t used any different than any other tecnico would’ve been in that spot – it was much more about Maximo and Metal.

The feature on Texano Jr. looked/sounded as good as any of the outside the ring stuff they’ve done.

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CMLL GdR on CAN52 #83

taped 06/17, aired 06/23

The HAIR MATCH. I kinda wish I could’ve lived in a world without spoilers for a week. Knowing what was going down, the match was just okay, but I think I would’ve had a lot of marking out if I saw Amapola win.

This was about the same Diana we’ve seen, and what we learned is Amapola may be great, but she’s not great enough to make this great. It was okay, it had flaws, and it occasionally had the tecnica getting booed, but it was perfectly fine for the conclusion of an Arena Coliseo midcard feud. I think I’d put it ahead of Mogur/Leono, when I think about in those terms. It’s a bit problematic that it was instead held in Arena Mexico, but what are you going to do?

By the fan reaction, it seemed the fans liked Diana they didn’t believe in her as a wrestler.

Main event was Kids Day-like with much less kids.

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LA Lucha show this weekend

I put the link up to the news article about the show, but forget to put the show up itself.

FCW (SAT) 07/14 LA Sports Arena
1) Scott Snott, Shane Ballard, Shannon Ballard vs Angel (LA), AWC, Black Metal
2) Luke Hawk vs Lil Cholo
3) Vampiro vs Aaron Aguilera
4) Phoenix Star & Zokre vs Young Buck I & Young Buck II and Pogo & Supreme and Enigma de Oro & Kayam [FCW TAG]
5) Dos Caras, Mil Mascaras, Perro Aguayo, Psicodelico Jr. vs Cien Caras, Hijo de Cien Caras, Mascara Ano 2000, Universo 2000
6) Santo vs Rey Misterio Sr., Hijo de Rey Misterio, LA Park, Nicho, Cassandro, Pentagon Black, Gran Hamada [hair, cage, mask]

This is a classic job of paying for 10 Name Wrestlers, when 3-8 won’t mean much. What do I know, maybe there’s intense logic in flying in Vampiro from Guadalajara to work 4th from the top and I just don’t have the experience to know better. Yay for everyone getting paid.

I presume Rey Misterio or Nicho is losing their hair. If Cassandro wasn’t supposed to be at TripleMania the next day

Somehow, I bet Universo 2000 and Mascara Ano 2000 do not get banned for working a Santo show. Just a guess.

Aguayo’s technically listed as just appearing, and that spot is listed as a ?, but the interview with Mascara Ano 2000 kinda gave it away.

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07/12: Lucha on TV, Aficion, lineup changes, Intocable

Any SOLID word on a new TV show I’m not aware of?

Well, apparently, yes.

AULL on US TV.

If you have access to one of these stations, you get AULL’s Lucha Libre show on Saturday
KTNC-TV in San Francisco / Sacramento, California – 4 PM
KAZH in Houston, Texas – 3 PM
KAZR-CA in Reno, Nevada – 4 PM
KAZO-LP in Omaha, Nebraska – SUNDAY 3 AM

Show is listed as two hours long.

These are all small, low power, former Azteca America stations, so you may need to hunt around to find the right channel number on your system. It looks like they started showing AULL last Saturday, when they dropped the Azteca affiliation.

(No, I can not believe Omaha is getting lucha libre and you’re not.)

Those are former Azteca America channels. If you check out the sports section of the Azteca America site (and have WMP installed), you can see video of last Tuesday’s Coliseos how. What does this mean? I have no idea, but they caption it as being on DeporTV America, which is available on Azteca America stations. May just be a 3 minute clip piece talking about lucha libre, but I’m going to check the show on this week just to see. It’s on Sunday afternoon.

CMLL (TUE) 07/10 Arena Aficion [ETARRA88 @ Satanico’s Mansion]
1) Dragon Chino & Furia Xtreme b Sacristan Del Diablo & Tigerman
2) Carta Brava & Super Astro 2000 b Jorge el Elegante & La Chona
3) Astro Boy, Enfermero, Payaso Arenita b Blade, Cerebro Negro, Titan
4) Averno & Misterioso II b Dr. Wagner Jr. & Místico [pi]

Mistico & Wagner had issues in the final fall. Building was 80% full.

Some rejiggered cards today. First, IWRG…

IWRG (SUN) 07/15 Arena Naucalpan
1) Samba & Tortugilo Ninjo vs Comando Gama & Golem
2) Ave Fenix & Halcon Salvaje vs Asesino Negro & Macho II
3) Kid Tiger, Marco Rivera, Misterio Verde vs Cyborg, Guardia, Xibalba
4) Cerebro Negro, Tony Rivera, Ultraman Jr., Veneno vs Black Terry, Dr. Morvus, El Hijo del Diablo, Enfermero Jr.
5) Hijo de Cien Caras & Mascara Ano 2000 Jr. vs Electroshock & Hijo de Anibal [IWRG IC TAG]

and in Guadalajara

CMLL (SUN) 07/15 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Neon & Virgo vs Imposter & Valentin Mayo
2) Estrella de Jalisco & Nube Roja vs Danger (Gudalajara) & Guero Loco
3) Astro Boy, Oro II, Plata vs Dr. X, Infierno, Mr. Trueno
4) Marco Corelone, Máscara Sagrada, Rayman vs Cien Caras Jr., Eclipse, Lizmark Jr.
5) Dr. Wagner Jr. vs Terrible [UWA HEAVY]

That’s Wagner’s first known defense in 11 months. That semifinal is frightening.

And this is the early released card for Tuesday @ Coliseo

CMLL (TUE) 07/17 Arena Coliseo
1) Molotov & Sombra de Plata vs Caligula & Messala
2) Stuka Jr., Super Nova, Tony Rivera vs Arkangel, Loco Max, Nitro
3) Felino, Mictlan, Valiente vs Goto, Ohara, Okumura
4) Mini Damian 666 vs Bam Bam, Mini Halloween [hair]
5) Dos Caras Jr., Heavy Metal, Sagrado vs Olimpico, Ultimo Guerrero, Universo 2000

VIP (SAT) 07/14 Auditorio de Tijuana [El Sol de Tijuana]
1) Kimura & Transformer vs Mazambula & Mozambique
2) Ninja & Pandillero I vs Diamantina & Super Rino
3) Palaca, Pandillero II, Tornado Negro vs Enfermero Jr., King Azteca, Venum Black
4) Hijo de Kendo & Super Muneco vs Nicho & Perro Russo

Same VIP promotion as the DF one. These people believe in Super Muneco as a draw, I guess.

There’s a ByL forum post saying Intocable has resigned with AAA.

Over on PWInsider (hope you’ve got ad block working), Adam Gerstein writes about his experience going to Mexico City for the two weekend CMLL shows and WWE’s Saturday show. It’s pretty good.

This Hoy Internet article talking about the lucha show in LA this weekend is great. This is Cien Caras’ last match ever! He’s getting close to triple digits Last Match Evers.

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