Next Week’s Lineups

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CMLL (TUE) 08/04 Arena Mexico
1) Bengala & Principe Valiente vs Camorra & Semental
2) Bam Bam, Bracito de Oro, Pequeño Olímpico vs Pequeño Damian 666, Pequeño Violencia, Pequeño Warrior
3) Estrella Magica, Lady Apache, Lluvia vs La Nazi, Princesa Sujei, Yezca
4) Hijo del Fantasma, La Mascara, Mascara Dorada vs Black Warrior, Hijo del Lizmark, Virus
5) Blue Panther, Toscano, Volador Jr. vs Atlantis, Heavy Metal, Ultimo Guerrero

Minis match is a rematch from last week.

IWRG (THU) 08/06 Arena Naucalpan
1) Imperial vs Blasfemia
2) Bushi & Eragon vs Carta Brava Jr. & Heavy Boy
3) Exodia & Star Boy vs Carta Brava Jr. & Fantasma de la Opera
4) Barba Roja, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan vs Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro
5) Negro Navarro, Trauma I, Trauma II vs Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro

Bushi seems to be offically a tecnico. This is Fierro’s first match since he was hurt on June 6th. First time Star Boy has turned here in almost exactly a year. Haven’t seen results from this past Thursday yet, but perhaps the Piratas are representing Super X?

CMLL (FRI) 08/07 Arena Mexico
1) As Jr. & Trueno vs Artillero & Super Comando
2) Angel Azteca Jr., Angel de Oro, Angel de Plata vs Arkangel de la Muerte, Hooligan, Skandalo
3) Metro, Pegasso, Rey Cometa vs Euforia, Nosferatu, Vangelis
4) Sagrado vs Mephisto [lightning]
5) Black Warrior, Blue Panther, Toscano vs Shigeo Okumura, Tetsuya Naito, Yujiro
6) Hector Garza, Mistico, Shocker vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas

Very strange semimain – is this another Mexico vs Japan thing? (Rescheduled Dragonmania show is on 08/22, FWIW.) Or is a turn coming? Warrior and Panther were defintely not allies last anyone checked.

Mistico’s on a 7 week winning streak on Fridays and going for 8 in the main event. He hasn’t lost since the Universal Tournament semifinal versus UG.

CMLL (SUN) 08/09 Arena Coliseo
1) Rayo Tapatio I & Rayo Tapatio II vs Camorra & Inquisidor
2) Bracito de Oro, Tzuki, Ultimo Dragoncito vs Atomo, Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Universo 2000
3) Estrella Magica, Lluvia, Marcela vs La Seductora, Princesa Sujei, Yezca
4) Fabian el Gitano, Flash, Valiente vs Ephesto, Heavy Metal, Sangre Azteca
5) Hector Garza, Hijo del Fantasma, Volador Jr. vs Hijo del Lizmark, Naito, Ultimo Guerrero

Minis match is odd. They’ve got a side with a rudo, a tecnico, and a guy who hasn’t been around in 14 months. (Atomo, who you may remember from such roles as “Mini Maximo” and “Evil Monkey Mascot”.) I dunno. Valiente continues to check Snagre into the semimain.

CMLL (SUN) 08/09 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Meteoro & Nube Roja vs Ebola & Skaxy
2) Hierro & Novato vs Acertijo & Milenio
3) Mictlan, Rogue, Stuka Jr. vs Hooligan, Loco Max, Polvora
4) Blue Panther, La Mascara, La Sombra vs Mephisto, Terrible, Texano Jr.

One more match to be added. Looks like they’re having Rogue/Rouge work outside of Mexico City for the moment.

IWRG (SUN) 08/09 Arena Naucalpan
1) Guizmo vs Comando del Diablo
2) Goleador & Jack vs Carta Brava Jr. & Hijo del Signo
3) Bushi, Freelance, Zatura vs Arlequin Amarillo, Arlequin Rojo, Arlequin Verde
4) Ricky Cruz & Scorpio Jr. vs Hijo del Cien Caras & Mascara Ano 2000 Jr.

A match to be added here too. Last two Rey del Ring winners against teh tag champs.

Infierno en el Ring results, Xalapa

CMLL (FRI) 07/31 Arena Mexico [ESTO, Box Y Lucha, Ovaciones, Cesar]
1) Euforia, Skandalo, VirusFlash, Metalico, Stuka Jr.
2) Hijo del Fantasma, La Mascara, SagradoAverno, Ephesto, Mephisto
3) La Sombra, Mistico, Volador Jr.Atlantis, Mr. Niebla, Ultimo Guerrero
4) NaitoToscanoHector GarzaNegro CasasBlack WarriorTerribleTexano Jr.ShockerYujiroShigeo OkumuraBlue PantherMaximoRay Mendoza Jr.Heavy MetalMictlan [cage, hair]

Match was announced as a ten minute time limit before escape, but it turned out to be more like 5.  Order of escape: Metal, Panther, Okumura, Terrible, Maximo, Shocker, Texano Jr., Ray Mendoza, Negro Casas, Hector Garza (who may or may not have betrayed Toscano by leaving him behind with 3 rudos), Black Warrior and Yujiro. Naito won with a bridging suplex (thought it was a Tiger suplex last night, Ovaciones shows a German suplex but that might have been from earlier in the match, Cesar says Dragon, most everyone else says olympic bridging because the armlocks aren’t distingushed.)

This is Toscano’s second hair loss in about 14 months, and Naito’s first apuesta win.

In the semimain, Mistico won the first, Mistico had the second won but UG threw off his mask while in La Mistica to draw the DQ, and Mistico tossed his own mask in the third fall.

ESTO mentions the press had issues getting accredited to cover the show for some reason.  At least part of the show did air on the new Televisa Deportes network, and the explanation I heard is Televisa came to CMLL just yesterday to ask them to show the event, because there’s still not much programming on the TDN channel. CMLL still could’ve mentioned the airing on their website as soon as they knew, but they didn’t either care or didn’t want to risk one person not coming because they could watch it on TV.

Cesar says the attendance was 14-15,000, a big success for CMLL.

Two theories coming out of the main event finish
– Naito won big because they’re planning on No Limit losing before they leave
– Naito won big in CMLL becuase Mistico’s about to win big in NJPW

I think Naito over Toscano is a good idea. It’s not a very exciting or interesting idea, but it’s better than Toscano winning a big match in 2009, and that’s where I thought they were headed down the stretch last night.

Toscano losing his hair twice in two years makes it hard to take him seriously as a semimian level guy, but perhaps CMLL booking him that way means they don’t see it either, and there are changes coming.

Today’s TV show is said to be 50 minutes.

CMLL (WED) 07/29 Arena Xalapa
1) Mascarita Dorada & Shockercito ?? Pequeño Damian 666 & Pequeño Warrior
2) Lady Apache, Lluvia, Marcela ?? Amapola, Hiroka, Mima Shimoda
3) Atlantis, Naito, Yujiro b Shocker, Toscano, Volador Jr.
4) Mistico b Negro Casas [super libre]

CMLL (WED) 07/29 Arena Xalapa [E-Consulta]
1) Mascarita Dorada & Shockercito ?? Pequeño Damian 666 & Pequeño Warrior
2) Lady Apache, Lluvia, Marcela ?? Amapola, Hiroka, Mima Shimoda
3) Atlantis, Naito, Yujiro b Shocker, Toscano, Volador Jr.
4) Mistico b Negro Casas [super libre]

Mistico escaped a Negro casita and got one of his own. Atlantis snuck in a foul on Volador Jr. Mascarita Dorada was talking about an upcoming minis cage match. ??? It sounds like the lead local referee here was supposed to retire after this show, but decided to keep going. (He’s a rudo.)

LLF (FRI) 07/31 Arena Femenil de Monterrey [Estralla del Ring]
1) Lady Puma DDQ Hija de Karonte [LLF Femenil, Monterrey WOMEN]

Angelica and Perla Negra ran in and attacked both women for the double disqulifaction. Why does this make the main page? Somehow, LLF ruled that this decision meant that Lady Puma lost the LLF title she held but won the Monterrey title, while Karonte lost the Monterrey title but won the LLF title. I rate that 85% insane.

Box Y Lucha has a big interview with Electroshock, about his entire career. Definitely worth reading. Electroshock talks about thinking about retiring when CMLL told him they had nothing for Ultimatum, but visiting the AAA office with his friend Black Pentagon, and Pena offering him a job, then coming up with the Electroshock gimmick.

CMLL (TUE) 08/04 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Astaroth & Thunder Boy vs Fraile de la Muerte & Relampago Azul
2) Palacio Negro & Saturno vs Angel del Mal & Infierno
3) Casanova & Gallo vs Leon Blanco & Satanico
4) Mictlan & Stuka Jr. vs Ephesto & Misterioso II
5) Hector Garza & Maximo vs Mr. Niebla & Negro Casas

Leon Blanco is officially on the rudo side.

More lineups if/when they show up.

CMLL 52MX GdR #189 (07/04)

taped 06/28, aired 07/04

Flash (c), Metalico, Rey Cometa vs Euforia, Nosferatu, Virus (c) (part 2) – Really good Cometa showcase in CMLL, with his great tornillo being the big thing that separates him from the other high flyers. Does he have the best tornillo right now?

Mascara Dorada, Mictlan, Valiente vs Heavy Metal, Misterioso II, Sangre Azteca (part 2) – Heavy Metal thinks Mictlan is a bad wrestler, yet another thing we have in common. Mictlan used to be non-horrible a year ago, right? He’s gotten worse, he wasn’t this bad all along, right? Off to go add figure four to Misterioso’s move list…

Infierno en el Ring Discussion (Live Results?)

Feel free to comment about the show in the comments. Not bothering with cover it live – we’ll see if WordPress can handle the traffic! I’ll be updating here, maybe in the comments, maybe on twitter, maybe still distracted by this 2-2 game. Edit: Spoke too soon.

As of 9, radio was still doing soccer coverage. May be a while.

Pachuca won 3-1 over Queretaro. Now you know.

There’s no way we’re getting results for the opener. I notice SuperLuchas isn’t bothering with live results! This will allow me to catch up on the all important Alexa rankings. (Do you think they’d do live results for X-LAW?)

9:26: Are they on? As soon as they get the introductions done, yes

9:34: Semimain is on. Or at least introductions are on. No idea on the first two matches.

3) La Sombra, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Atlantis, Mr. Niebla, Ultimo Guerrero
Fall 1: tecnicos
Fall 2: tecncios – rudos Mistica on UG, rudos yank Mistico’s mask. Thought it was a DQ, but apparently not? They’re still wrestling, you see. Or hear. Whatever.

Fall 2: rudos – Mistica on UG, but UG tosses his mask off to draw the DQ.
Fall 3: tecnicos by DQ, Mistico doing the mask yank fake.

Plenty of time to set up that cage.

Atlantis chats with the announcers. I’m going to go make some popcorn.

10:00 Entrances going on for the main event…

4) Shocker vs Hector Garza, Toscano, Negro Casas, Black Warrior, Terrible, Texano Jr., Naito, Yujiro, Shigeo Okumura, Blue Panther, Maximo, Ray Mendoza Jr., Heavy Metal, Mictlan [cage, hair]

Escapes:

1) Mictlan
2) Heavy Metal – dived out of the cage onto Mictlan
3) Blue Panther
4) Okumura
5) Terrible
6) Maximo
7) Shocker
8) Texano
COMMERCIAL BREAK.
?) Ray Mendoza Jr.
?) Negro Casas
– Garza and Warrior both do dives instead of leaving.
11) Hector Garza
12) Black Warrior (!)
13) Yujiro

Final is Toscano vs Naito. For real. Crowd is about as thrilled as you’d expect.

Naito beats Toscano with a Tiger Suplex. I swear, the call was like “uno, dos…tres?” If you’re going to have the final two be THAT final two, that’s actually the right finish.

Earlier

1) Flash, Metalico, Stuka Jr. vs Euforia, Skandalo, Virus
2) Hijo del Fantasma, La Mascara, Sagrado vs Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto

EstadioW feed: mms://63.99.225.140/estadiow

Infierno en el Ring preview

What better way to start a preview then with a review:

previous CMLL major shows
03/20/09: Ultimo Guerrero beats Villano V
(there is no 12/08 major show)
09/19/08: Villano V beats Blue Panther
06/13/08: Heavy Metal loses to Perro Jr. in 10 man cage match
05/23/08: Toscano b Heavy Metal & Perro Jr. in a hair
03/21/08: Perro Jr. beats Hector Garza’s hair

It’s been 14 months since the last strongly build CMLL main event. It’ll be a couple more, at least, before the next one. I’ve spent enough time on why this match is boring, why this show is boring, and don’t feel like I’ve got anything new or special left to say about it. If CMLL can draw a great crowd with this match and this build, great for them, bad for the rest of us. This show should not be encouraged or endorsed.

The upside to the main event cage match is there’s no certain winner. The down side is there’s plenty of people who could lose, without it meaning much the next day. As usual, I’ll try to separate this out into groups, but the difference between the groups are slighter than ever.

Odds on the losers:

Would be really dumb to lose
– Negro Casas – strong shot to get the win as momentum
– Shocker – would be a total waste
– Hector Garza – Puebla injury sets up a nice near loss storyline
– Blue Panther – would be the most anti-climatic loss of his career, if not for the whole mask thing
– Mictlan – what point there is to having him would be gone

Long shots
– Terrible – ought to lose his hair somewhat more meaningful the first time
– Texano Jr. – why waste the really good elevation by knocking him back down in a meaningless way?

Maybe, but Maybe Later
– Toscano – would they risk him actually showing up?
– Maximo – already lost his hair once this year
– Ray Mendoza Jr. – still too soon
– Naito
– Yujiro – supposed to be around for a few more months, might as well save it

Strong chance
– Black Warrior – quite clearly has grown his hair out the last few months, much longer than usual. Maybe too obvious?
– Shigeo Okumura – however, the lowest guy on totem pole is usually one of the first few guys out
– Heavy Metal – lost this match last year, which maybe is the only reason he doesn’t lose it this year

Winners are tougher to figure. Shocker, Garza, Mictlan, Texano, Terrible and Negro all seem like guys who get credited with the win, and everyone else might be the first one out, I guess.

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Predictions & Previews:

Cesar
Luchando Libre
ESTO
SuperLuchas – nicely detailed
Ovaciones
Estadio Deportes

Plan is to do have a post up for live coverage and comments tonight, probably sometime 9ish.

IWRG results, Garza, Delta, La Parkita/Espectrito

indy (SAT) 07/25 Centro Banamex, DF
1) Mascarita de Oro & Mascarita de Plata b Mini Cibernetico & Mini Scorpio
2) La Chola & Rossy Moreno b Esther Moreno & Flor Metalica
3) Acuarius, Gringo Loco, Robin b Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro, Espiritu (local?)
4) Juventud Guerrera & Zumbido b Histeria & Scorpio Jr.
5) Mascara Ano 2000, Mascara Ano 2000 Jr., Universo 2000 DQ Dr. Wagner Jr., Intocable, Olimpico

Just posting the underdcard to note Chicago’s Gringo Loco working the underdcard. And winning!

IWRG (SUN) 07/26 Arena Naucalpan [the gladiatores]
1) Keshin Black b Alan Extreme
2) Eragon & Exodia b Blasfemia & Carta Brava Jr.
3) Chico Che, Pendulo, Rigo b Bushi, Cerebro Negro, Fantasma de la Opera
4) Trauma II b Avisman [IWRG IC LIGHT]
5) Ricky Cruz, Scorpio Jr., Trauma I b Hijo de Mascara Ano 2000, Toxico DF, Veneno

Cruz got Veneno in the main.

Title match was split 1-1, into the third, when the match was paused after Trauma took a bad fall on to a shoulder. The doctor checked on him, and gave him the OK to keep fighting. Avisman went after the shoulder, and the doctor paused the match to check on Trauma again. This time, the doctor was going to stop the match, but Trauma insisted on fighting on. Good call, because he ended up pulling out a submission for the win. Bushi decided he’d like to play fair with the tecnicos in the tercera, which annoyed his partners greatly and caused them to lose the match. Alan Extreme debuted, lost in straight falls.

SuperLuchas has video of Hector Garza talking about his interview on Tercera Caida.

RFC says the yet-to-debut CMLL wrestler Delta is Hijo del Trueno. Shh, don’t tell CMLL we know.

This article wonders if Mistico, Atlantis, Averno and Mephisto might be in the AAA video game. I’m going to go with “no”.

At a press conference for a show tomorrow, a La Parkita claimed he was the original, has paperwork proven he owns the character, had been wrestling as that character for 20 years, the one who died was the fourth version, and AAA & Televisa conspire to replace wrestlers and steal their characters. 20 years ago would be 1989, which is 3 years before La Parka debuted. This article also includes (a) Huracan Ramirez and Pierroth II agreeing that independent wrestlers are more powerful than CMLL and AAA. It’s one of those articles. I am totally with them on the whole ONE NAME, ONE PERSON deal, but I’m thinking these aren’t the guys who are getting it done.

LuchandoLibre looks at Cibernetico added to the Verano de Escandalo match.

Ohtani’s Jacket says there’s better Dos Caras than his match versus Enqirue Vera in ’84.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news updates from Wednesday and Thursday. Did I mention the AAA movie is coming out 10/09? I feel like this isn’t new news but I can’t remember now. LuchaWorld also has Robert’s recaps of AAA 06/01/08 and CMLL 06/14/08, plus Alfredo & Kurt on Slammin’ Stan #7.

CMLL (MON) 08/03 Arena Puebla [CMLL]
1) SWAT & Tigre Rojo vs Ares & Siki Osama
2) Astro Boy, Centella de Oro, Metalico vs Caligula, Espiritu Maligno, Messala
3) Asturiano, Mascarita Dorada, Pequeño Olímpico vs Pequeño Universo 2000, Pierrothito, Sauron
4) Hijo del Fantasma, Mascara Dorada, Valiente vs Black Warrior, Dragon Rojo Jr., Sangre Azteca
5) La Mascara, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Averno, Terrible, Texano Jr.

This looks really good. I like how Valiente appears to be stalking Sangre Azteca until he gets his title shot. This needs to be a vignette: Sangre working out at the gym, and Valiente’s there, asking for a title shot. Sangre walking in the park, whistling a happy tune, until Valiente pops (flips) up, asking for a title shot. Sangre enjoys a nice breakfast in the morning, reads the paper, puts the paper down to grab a slice of toast, and there’s Valiente, in full gear, demanding a title shot.

CMLL (WED) 08/05 Domo de la Feria de Leon [Am.com.mx]
1) Mistico vs Negro Casas [CMLL WELTER]

CMLL #928 (06/13)

taped 06/12. Things take a while (especially when good video games show up.)

Parts: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Really neat to see the quicky Blue Panther submission in the first fall of the opener…until I remembered this was one of the tournament shows, and there were going to plenty of quick falls on the night. It’s a nice bit for occasions (the mat expert should actually benefit from being the mat wrestling, or it’s kinda pointless) but maybe an occasion where it had a bit more impact?

The tournament was a lot better at picking it’s spots. Only the Mephisto/Hector Garza match felt like they were wasting time. Everything else was pretty packed. For CMLL tournaments going 3 minutes, anyway, which keeps it from feeling all that great.

Dos Caras Jr. was horrible as a rudo in CMLL, and not much better as a tecnico. As lucha libre fan, I am so happy to have dodged that bullet (at least for now) with Dos going to WWE and not making every match he’s in worse. Dos was clearly more interested in getting Dos over at the expense of having a decent match, and it doesn’t sound like it was going to change -if you think it’s a good sign that you’re getting cheers as a rudo, you’ve looking at things a lot different than me.

Tuesday Guadalajara results, notes

CMLL (TUE) 07/28 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Fuego en el Ring]
1) Milenio & Skaxy b Hierro & Novato
2) Idolo & Metal Blanco b Acertijo & Malefico
3) Casanova & Gallo DQ Asesino Negro & Satanico
4) Mictlan & Sagrado b Misterioso II & Shigeo Okumura
5) Blue Panther & Toscano b Naito & Yujiro

Panther replaced Hector. Rudos were heading to a win in the tercera when Leon Blanco attacked Gallo. Satanico did not appreciate the win being taken away from him, and they set up a Casanova, Gallo, Leon Blanco, and Satanico super libre match (four way? tag? dunno) for next week.

SuperLuchas points to a Televisa Deportes with Mistico. He does NOT complain about CMLL, this time.

Ovaciones profiles Maximo leading into the cage match. Things mentioned here not usually mentioned: his brother being on of the Psycho Circus, Maximo being married to India Sioux.

Fuego en el Ring has an interview with Hijo del Fantasma. He’s rooting for the tecnicos and the Mexicans in Infierno en el Ring, but would like to face one of No Limit in a mask/hair match if they’re not bald after Friday.

DTU reposts a video from their Lucha Libre Expo show.

08/01-02 Lucha Times

box. LATV’s twitter said no more CMLL 1-hour hour. Ras de Lona will continue.

AAA-US: Charly/Wagner/Jack vs Chessman/Silver/Teddy. Last 2h30m show for the time being.

52MX: Women’s Trios, and Poder Mexica. I think CMLL’s doing a Princesa Blanca/Lluvia title feud, but I’m scared of contemplating such things.

CMLL: As noted in the comments, only a half hour show. Guessing they’re show the Mistico match and not the cage match.

AAA-MEX: battle royal for THE title shot (for a while, anyway.) Not sure what they’re cutting here, if anything, because everyone but the Clowns builds something up for Verano de Escandalo, and they’re probably not cutting out Wagner and Marco.

FSE: Segunda from Friday, main event from Sunday – Pesta Negra vs Sombra/Mistico/Toscano

C3: Amapola/Marcela and other lesser matches. (Good ones, though. Show of the week for sure.)

Puebla: Not sure what they’re dropping here, because it’s a solid lineup. Obviously, title match in the main event.