previewing tonight’s tournament

Like I said on Saturday, there’s no real overwhelming favorite or impossible underdog in Block A. It would be a big surprise if Dragon Rojo or Mascara Dorada won, but it’s a exponentially more possible than when CMLL put guys like Loco Max and Stuka in the Leyenda de Plata two years ago.

Still, just to handicap the group for wagering purposes:

Strong Chances

  • Averno – besides being Averno, has the bonus of being an easy match up versus tecnicos and half the rudos
  • La Sombra – having him win this all would be a fine way to anger Mistico more

Outside Chances

  • Sangre Azteca – his hopes of getting that match with UG seems low, but it would make CMLL champ sense to make the guy with the two national championships beat all the world champs
  • Black Warrior – because he’s Black Warrior. No real other reason.

Would Mean A Huge Step Up

  • Hijo del Fantasma
  • Texano Jr. – the company seems high on both guys as future stars, but not enough to main event a Friday show with them now

Just Don’t Look Bad

  • Dragon Rojo Jr. – probably okay for this to be a short match
  • Mascara Dorada – though, if they have renewed confidence in him, could be fun to reintroduce him with a near miss

Matches Which Would Be Fun (if they got any time)*

  • Averno versus most of the tecnicos
  • Sombra too

* – they won’t. Or the rules will have been changed since they were announced and it’ll be a cibernetico.

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AAA #887 (05/30)

taped 04/02/09, aired 05/30/09

This was weird. Obviously, they taped the inbetween promos and wouldn’t do that unless they planned on airing. Every other way the show aired, it didn’t seem like they planned on taping it. Maybe next time they tour the US, they might want to bring someone decent lighting, and perhaps some microphones for the ring so they don’t dub in the same kick/slap noise for every contact on the show. Ridiculously minor league.

On the other hand, I think they did a good job with the big angle for TripleMania. Having this format for the show allowed them to explain things better than it would’ve gone down on TV.

Fabi Apache, Octagoncito, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Decnnis, Mari Apache, Mini Abismo Negro – probably the best match? Decnnis is more interesting as a solo act.
Crazy Boy & Super Fly vs Jack Evans & Teddy Hart – turn taking! Kinda needed to explain the Sagrada bit, not surprised they didn’t.
La Parka Jr. ©, Marco Corleone, Vampiro vs Killer Clown, Psycho Clown ©, Zombie Clown – surprised about how clean this was in the end
Charly Manson & Cibernetico vs Joe Lider & Electroshock – I almost felt pity for sad Cibernetico and then he made Charly wrestle the whole match.
Mesias vs Ozz kick punch kick punch stomp chinlock kick punch punch punch

Sunday/Tuesday GDL results, lineups

Fuego en el Ring has relaunched their website, which meant my secret robot checking the site for new updates broke without me realizing it. Probably should fix that part of the robot.

Anyway, here’s what I’ve missed.

CMLL (SUN) 05/31 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Fuego en el Ring]
1) Acertijo & Azazel b Thunder Boy & Virgo
2) Casanova & Nube Roja b Asesino Negro & Rafaga
3) Metal Blanco & Neutron b Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno
4) Blue Panther, Maximo, Mictlan b Black Warrior, Dragon Rojo Jr., Sangre Azteca
5) La Sombra, Mistico, Volador Jr. b Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas

Now you know: Mr. Trueno is the Occidente Middleweight champ. Looking back thru the records, he must’ve defeated Metatron on the 12/30/08 show; no results ever turned up for that show. Neutron’s the one challenging (and soon), not the other way around. Henrik would be thrilled, if he was still here.

This was the show where Mistico did his “give me a bigger push or I’m doing home” interview; Fuego en el Ring has their own version, where Mistico notes he would not go to TNA, because they’re too small time for him. Awesome. Mistico is going to be a natural rudo someday.

CMLL (TUE) 06/02 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Fuego en el Ring]
1) Milenio b Quazar
2) Hierro b Angel del Mal
3) Metatron b Infierno
4) Lluvia & Zeuxis b La Seductora & Magnifica
5) Dark Angel & Lady Apache b Amapola & Princesa Blanca
6) Terrible & Texano Jr. b Mictlan & Shocker [OCCIDENTE TAG]

Besides the title match fun, the story from the semimain is Lady Apache wants a title shot against…Princesa Blanca. That’s probably the way to go there.

We’ve also discovered, via hi5, that Zeuxis is the correct spelling for the new woman.

While I’m at it, and just noticed they’re up, here’s next week’s lineups:

You may also note their luchador section, freshly updated. In a lot of ways, they’ve got more info than the DF CMLL site.

CMLL (SUN) 06/07 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Molotov & Trueno vs Puma King & Tiger Kid
2) Marcela, Sahori, Zeuxis vs Hiroka, La Nazi, Magnifica
3) Mascara Dorada, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Euforia, Nosferatu, Virus
4) Blue Panther, Shocker, Volador Jr. vs Atlantis, Dos Caras Jr., Ultimo Guerrero
5) Mistico vs Felino

Most of this was already posted, I think, but the main event is new. The 50th Anniversary of this building is coming up before the end of the month, and there’s been talk the last couple days CMLL might do Mistico vs Felino. I’ve not paid much mind to it, because there didn’t seem to be any build in that direction. That there is build to it, perhaps.

CMLL (TUE) 06/09 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Astaroth vs Skaxy
2) Idolo vs Angel del Mal
3) Exterminador vs Magnum
4) Casanova & Leon Blanco vs Asesino Negro & Dragon
5) Lady Apache, Marcela, Zeuxis vs Magnifica, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sujei
6) Hector Garza & Maximo vs Dos Caras Jr. & Mephisto

The big issue here is I can’t figure out if Skaxy is supposed to be a rudo or tecnico. In things that actually matter, there’s more Blanca/Apache (and Zeuxis again), plus no Neutron or Mr. Trueno and they usually run 7 matches on Tuesdays. Hmmmm.

IWRG, GDL results, ByL

IWRG (SUN) 05/31 Arena Naucalpan [the Gladiatores]
1) Comando Negro b Sangre Latina
2) Exodia & Galactik b Latino & Mixteco Jr.
3) Avisman, Black Thunder, Tetsuya Bushi b Chico Che, Freelance, Turbo
4) Negro Navarro, Trauma I, Trauma II b Angelico, Ricky Cruzz, Zatura
5) Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro b Fuerza Guerrera, Juventud Guerrera, Veneno

Dr. Cerebro snuck in a foul on Juvi for the final fall. The two teams made lots of challenges after the match.

CMLL (TUE) 06/02 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [SuperLuchas]
6) Terrible & Texano Jr. b Mictlan & Shocker [OCCIDENTE TAG]

Champions retained. Rudos pinned Shocker, but Mictlan managed to beat Texano Jr. He could’ve beat Terrible, but Texano helped him out and Terrible grabbed the ropes on a pin.

TripleMania will cost 219MP ($16.40 US). That’s not too bad. I might pay that much to have someone order it, set up a camera, and put in on or wherever to guarantee I’d see it. (Of course, we might get that all for free.)

Rey Bucanero is vowing to unmask Ephesto when he returns. He’s disappointed about being out, losing his title, and losing out on the champions tournament.

A preview of that champs tournament talks Hijo de Fantasma, Hector Garza, and Negro Casas about their chances, credits Mistico with the wrong title.

In addition to Sandokan, Panamaian wrestlers Ventarron, Alma Negra, Chamaco Castro and el Idolo were all honored by the countries’ Institute of Sports.

The Gladiatores has a video interview with Hermano Muerte Jr..

Box Y Lucha’s article list:
Cibernetico talks about starting up with the Bizarros and finishing up with Perros. He’s picking Mesias over Wagner at TripleMania.
Mini Black Warrior talks about his daughter, who suffers from severe cerebral palsy. He’s talking to CMLL about doing something to educate people on special needs children.
Juvi says the future of wrestling is in small groups and not big companies. For the sake of the wrestling business, he’s gotta be wrong.
Yujiro and Naito are impressed by Mexico. Especially the women.
– Villalobos wrestler Johnny Boy talks about his career.
Villano III talks about strict referees, back in the day.

DJ Specetro says Guerreros del Ring magazine is on hiatus, and may be done.

LuchandoLibre looks forward to Hego Boys vs Legion del Mal at the next EAW show.

Kcidis has Dos vs Shocker, though he’s not convinced by Dos as a rudo.

Ohtani Jacket approves of the CHIKARA/Lucha trios match in Delaware.

LuchaWorld has Rob on C3 02/16/08 and KrisZ’s news update

AAA #886 (05/23)

taped 04/21, aired 05/23

Mini Abismo Negro ©, Mini Histeria, Mini Psicosis vs Mascarita Divina, Mascarita Sagrada 2007 ©, Octagoncito: seemed like it would’ve been better unedited. Maybe I’m wrong.
Rio Bravo, Tigre Cota, Tito Santana II vs Aerostar, Argenis, Super Fly: Argenis didn’t drag it down, but they’ve had more spectacular matches than this.
Crazy Boy, Gato Eveready, Pimpinela Escarlata © vs Black Abyss, Decnnis, El Brazo ©: – Black Abyss is strange. Guapito is better with the rudos anyway, though maybe they should’ve figured that out to start with.
Jack Evans vs Extreme Tiger: – your turn! my turn! your turn! my turn!
La Parka Jr., Laredo Kid ©, Marco Corleone vs Killer Clown, Psycho Clown ©, Zombie Clown: what I expected
Dr. Wagner Jr. vs Electro Shock vs Zorro vs Vampiro: a little bit better than I expected. Weird to see the tecnicos get eliminated on what’s normally a rudo spot, though not surprising to see Wagner beat a 1 on 2.

06/06-07 Lucha Times

box. And here’s the Ras de Lona link, if LLL is still looking for it. I think the next version of WordPress fixes the bookmarks, so maybe I’ll be able to do it too.

AAA-MEX: I say this periodically, but it’s true this week – if there ever was a time to skip a show, this would be a week for it. It’s a no-new-matches filler due to the bird flu, hyping TripleMania.

52MX: Infernales vs Fabian/tag champs + Guerreros vs Shocker/Sagrado/Valiente

FOX/LATV?: More Angels vs Tuareg, and Dos/No Limit vs Trios champs

CMLL: They’ve got two hours (starting at 3), but it’ll be tough to fit in more than the Universal tournament and Dos/No Limit vs Garza/Shocker/Volador.

AAA: Tlaxaca taping, with Jack Evans joining the AAA side.

C3: Shockercito/Mini Damian, Sombra/Mistico/Volador vs Pesta Negra

Puebla: I’m guessing the 2nd match doesn’t air

Shockercito beats Mini Damian, GDL, La Park, La Fiera

CMLL (TUE) 06/02 Arena Mexico [Ovaciones, Avellaneda]
1) Bracito de Oro, Electrico, FantasyPequeno Universo 2000, Pequeno Violencia, Pequeno Warrior
2) Arkangel de la Muerte, Shigeo Okumura, SkandaloHorus, Pegasso, Rey Cometa
3) ShockercitoPequeño Damian 666 [hair]
4) Averno, Ephesto, MephistoBlue Panther, Hijo del Fantasma, Sagrado
5) La Sombra, Mistico, Volador Jr.Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas

Shockercito took the first, Mini Damian the second, and Shockercito the third. The barber is up to 109 haircuts. Mistico got Negro with a casita.

CMLL (SUN) 05/31 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [record]
5) La Sombra, Mistico, Volador Jr. b Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas

Mistico pinned Negro here too.

SuperLuchas has a summary of a couple recent interviews with LA Park. Park says he could’ve gone to WWE, but they wanted him to cut down to 220 lb and he’s at 275. Also, he ran into La Parka Jr. at a gas station in Nuevo Laredo one time, and beat him up.

AAA interviews La Fiera, who is not dead. He says he’s been thought dead at least three times, so he’s thinking it’s his new gimmick. His explanation for why people think he’s dead is he moves around a bit, so when people don’t see him around any more, they think he’s passed. I don’t think that’s all of it.

Dos Caras Jr. has been a rudo for about two months now, so it’s about time for him to form (yet another) rudo group. He’s thinking about forming one named Ola Roja.

Panama’s Sandokan, a long time local rival of Anibal, was honored for his career.

Cotorreando con Box y Lucha has an interview with Super Calo.

SuperLuchas has Santo giving Kato Kung Lee the donations for their sponsored raffle. Not many tickets were sold.

Cesar wonders if anyone but the most hardcore fans actually care about legends shows like the one Luchas 2000 is doing.

CMLL FRAM (THU) 07/16 Arena Mexico [Record]
1) Bam Bam, Mascarita Dorada, Shockercito vs Pequeño Damian 666, Pequeño Warrior, Pierrothito
2) Hiroka, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sujei vs Dark Angel, Lady Apache, Marcela
3) Blue Panther, Hector Garza, Shocker vs Dos Caras Jr., Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
4) La Sombra, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs ?, Atlantis, Ultimo Guerrero

Was it the FRAM or the Record show that turned up on TV last year? That question mark in the main surely was Rey Bucanero, which means his injury came as surprise to at least whoever figured out this card. Wonder if they’ll just turn Toscano again and put him back on the Guerreros to fill Rey’s spot.

TripleMania Press Conference: show will be PPV only, Wagner’s signed with AAA (except the signing part), go away Fantasma

AAA held a press conference yesterday in Salon Iturbide at Centro Banamex to hype up the matches next Saturday’s show. Not too big of a surprise that some of the more interesting news to come out of it was about stuff around the show. There’s already decent coverage of the show, with probably a lot more coming in the next ten days. If you want one really good place for a run down of what was talked about, LuchandoLibre is easily the best.

For all of us who follow AAA from outside Mexico, the biggest news has to be that we won’t be able to see the show (legally, anyway.) Like last year, TripleMania will be on PPV. Unlike last year, TripleMania will NOT be shown on weekly TV after the fact. They’re planning to sell the show a special DVD after (most of their DVDs have been 5 hours cut down to 2h30m, so I think that’s what they mean by special) but it’s either that or the PPV. Even on the PPV, you will not get all the matches; the show will start at 8:30, and the PPV at 9, so the opener (Fuerza Aerea/Clowns, officially) and maybe more will only be for the live crowd.

This explains why they scheduled the Ecatepec and Orizaba tapings so soon after TripleMania; they’ll have to post-produce the first of those in four days to get in on air that week, since TripleMania won’t air. There is a note that, sometime later, TripleMania will be shown on AAA’s website. They did something similar last year, but it was behind Televisa’s Mexico-only wall and don’t remember hearing much about people actually using it.

This is a good place to note that I plan on running live coverage next Saturday on the website, including another chat. Last year, we were able to find video of the show as it was going. Can’t promise it’ll be the same this year, but wouldn’t be surprised.

There was plenty of other news about the usual stories:

Dr. Wagner Jr. actual contract status with AAA is murky. Both Wagner and AAA say he’s close to actually signing, where he’d still be running WagnerMania shows but with AAA wrestlers, but he has NOT actually signed. This seems bizarre; if Wagner has not actually signed, there’s nothing stopping him from reaching a deal with CMLL right this moment (or the Friday before TripleMania) and returning there. Either AAA believes CMLL is now so done with Wagner that they wouldn’t make such an offer, or this contract drama is now a work on some level to add something to the title match.

AAA believes the DF Commission has no authority to ban Jack or Konnan: Joaquin Roldan says to Record that Fantasma has no training or power to actually do the things he’s talked about doing, and just wants to get his name in the newspapers. Related: Cesar notes Fantasma takes actions against CMLL all the time, they’re just not talked about as much. Didn’t know Stuka got in trouble for kicking Mima, thought Rey/Ephesto being stopped was more about the angle than the commission (but have only seen the highlights so far.)

The losing captain of the Zorro/X-Pac match will be caned 10 times. Yes, this is Sandman vs Tommy Dreamer from ECW. However, the important difference between this bit and the usual AAA homages to stuff elsewhere long ago is you don’t have to know about the original match to understand this one. This whole feud started when X-Pac turned on the Legion and caned, the Legion responding by beating up X-Pac, with Zorro caning X-Pac so hard and so many that it left scars, and every thing since then about X-Pac wanting to get his caning revenge. This all makes perfect sense.

lookin good/RECORD
lookin' good/RECORD

Other notes
– no Konnan. no word why.

– 55% of the tickets have been sold, and they’re hoping to sell out all 17,000 seats.

– Kenzo had an awesome shirt.

Silver King wore his mask to the press conference, was annoyed with people asking if he’s going to wear his mask in the match, and accused Dr. Wagner and Santo of living off their father’s works, plus the usual anti-La Parka stuff. Wagner would just like Silver King to stop dressing like him.

– A trailer for the AAA movie will be shown (presumably a new one), and the video game will be offically announced to come out before the end of the year.

– A unknown percentage of the revenue will be donated to Rebeca de Alba’s foundation to help children with cancer. Blue Demon Jr.’s done work with her and this group in the past.

(The rest of the news will be up later.)

Mistico: Put me in a big main event or I’ll leave (maybe)

Today, Mistico is complaining to Record about how he’s a really big star and CMLL isn’t getting 100% out of him because they refuse to put him in apuesta matches. Mistico specifically complains he’s not headlined a major show since in well too long.

03/20/09: Villano V vs Ultimo Guerrero [mask]
10/17/08: Marco Corleone vs Lizmark Jr. [hair]
09/19/08: Villano V vs Blue Panther [mask]
05/23/08: Heavy Metal vs Toscano vs Perro Aguayo Jr. [hair]
12/07/07: Lizmark Jr. & Shocker vs Black Warrior & Rey Bucanero [hair]
09/28/07: Lizmark Jr. vs Blue Panther, el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Villano V, Dr. Wagner Jr., Último Guerrero, Místico, Atlantis [cage, mask]
03/30/07: Marco Corleone vs Universo 2000
09/29/06: Mistico vs Black Warrior – this is the one the article cites

Mistico threatens to leave CMLL and go to Japan or WWE, but he wants to be treated like a king wherever he goes. I don’t know about Japan, but I’m pretty sure I know how that’d go down in WWE (not so well.)

I doubt very much he’s going anywhere, but this is a strange interview to do. The biggest problem is Mistico very much appears to be already getting exactly what he wants; everyone expects the anniversary main event to be Mistico vs Negro in a mask versus hair match (with stuff like Shocker/Dos existing as back up plans if someone gets hurt.) Even more, it’s not like CMLL has been overlooking Mistico otherwise – he surely would’ve main evented the anniversary show versus Perro last year if not for injury, and he’s in the main event 3/4ths of the time he wrestles in Arena Mexico (and about 100% everywhere else.)

If Mistico think he’s being mistreated compared to anyone else, he desperately needs some perspective. He could also learn to be a big more humble and finding better ways to make these complaints than thru the press, where they’ll only ultimately cause him hard. Mistico’s got away with this before and may get away with again because he’s MISTICO, but the day’s quickly approaching when he’ll just be the guy who used to be Mistico (ask Shocker about that) and these things will come back to bite him.

The only sane explanation for this is CMLL decided to go with Shocker/Dos instead for the Anniversary show, and then maybe an explosion like this was warranted. But I can’t believe even CMLL sees rudo Dos as something to get behind to that degree.

In other Reforma articles, Konnan is not just banned from wrestling at TripleMania, but from stepping foot in the arena. Yea, that’s not going to work. Silver King is meeting with the commission tomorrow, and it sounds like they’ll let him off with a public apology and a promise not to wear his mask again. Jack’s still banned as well – though apparently not in as much trouble, because they’ve decided Konnan’s more to blame – and Fantasma says he met with Dorian Roldan to go over all of this a couple days ago.

Tuesday notes, Mistico in champs tournament, AAA upcoming tapings, Pierroth

Today’s Fan Apperciation Day in Arena Mexico, with Shockercito vs Pequeno Damian 666 in a hair match. Tecnico is always the favorite, but this one could go either way. Shockercito’s won his last hair match two months ago, Mini Damian lost his first hair match but has won the last two.

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Horus also debuts today, and we lack almost any info on him compared to some of the recent arrivals. (Anyone seen Hijo de Sicodelico since his match?) Over on el Martinete, there’s a repost of an interview which doesn’t reveal much, but he claims to have been wrestling for 15 years. Over on Box Y Lucha, there’s a post suggesting this is someone who has been previously wrestling as Hijo de (something).

This week’s Ras de Lona lists Mistico, Mephisto and Epehsto among the eight in Block B of CMLL Universal tournament. Mistico did a promo earlier in the show hyping up that Kid’s Day show teasing a match with Pesta Negra, so perhaps this was a late change. The show talks with some of the participants, plus No Limit.

AAA lists taping for 06/17 (Ecatepec) and 06/20 (Orizaba). That’d be 3 tapings in a week, and that last taping would air about 3 weeks after.

Did Espectro get brought back by AAA? Not sure who’s working as La Chiva at the moment.

Jack’s still teaming with Teddy on the spot shows.

06/03: Fixed the next two links

There’s info on CMLL’s show in Belgium

SuperLuchas is selling Juvi shirts.

LuchaWorld has Robert on 02/10 & 02/17 GDL, 03/01 CMLL and 03/01 AAA, as well as KrisZ’s news update.

Mascara Dorada chats today with El Universal at noon, which is probably after you’ve read this.

Lucha 2000 #472
Lucha 2000 #472

Luchas 2000 (SAT) 07/04 Arena Coliseo
1) Misterioso Sr. & Volador I vs Mano Negra & Rambo and Villano IV & Villano V and Brazo de Oro & Brazo de Plata
2) Lizmark Sr., Ringo Mendoza, Satanico, Talisman vs Black Terry, Blue Panther, Negro Navarro, Solar I
3) Cien Caras, Mascara Ano 2000, Rayo de Jalisco Jr., Sangre Chicana vs Canek, Cobarde II, Killer, Villano III

This is the benefit show for Pierroth, who’s on the cover of the latest Luchas 2000. I wouldn’t have recognized him if not for the mask.