IWRG, ratings, Relampago, links

IWRG (SUN) 06/27 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (flickr), The Gladiatores, Al Filo del Ring]
1) Dinamic Black b Mixteco Jr.
2) Comando Negro & Eterno b Eragon & Hijo del Halcon
3) Freelance, Hijo del Pantera, Miss Gaviota b Fishman Jr., Gringo Loco, Kung Fu Jr.
4) Chico Che, Pantera, Trauma I DQ Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro
5) Dr. Wagner Jr., Hijo del Cien Caras, Máscara Año 2000 b Electroshock, Silver King, Último Gladiador

Dinamitas pinned the AAA tag champs and asked for a title shot, and Electro asked for a shot against Dr. Wagner. Al Filo del Ring has video of the main event.

911 was caught fouling Chico Che for the DQ.

Fishman and Kung Fu had problems during their match and fought after.

There was a moment applause for Scorpio.

This weekend’s ratings

Mexico vs Argentina: 44.2 (and that game wasn’t fun to watch for the last half)
CMLL: 2.3 (up 0.4)
AAA: 6.2 (up 1.3)

No World Cup this Sunday, so we should get a better idea if that CMLL number is the new status quo or affected by the World Cup

It took 23 days, but someone finally asked Relampago what was up with his fake Extreme Tiger act at TripleMania. Of course, it took R de Rudo to do it, since AAA still isn’t talking. Relampgo’s explanation: “Dorian told me to challenge whoever I wanted, and I had my eye on Extreme Tiger for a while.” Nonsensical explanation is better than no explanation.

Sangre Azteca will be in France from 07/02 to 07/10 to teach lucha libre. The local promotion promoting the training sessions lists Nitro coming as well. He’s gone before, but there’s no CMLL mention of him this time.

AAA article says “Dorian has more power than everyone thinks“, which begs the question “why doesn’t he just get rid of the guys he likes?” So I guess he has less power than I think?

Spongebob Squarepants in Bolivia

Fuego en el Ring interviews Averno, who wants a shot at Dorada’s Super Light title. There’s also an interview with Silueta, who retired for a  year to become a mom.

Los Piratas have been replaced by Mascara Ano 2000 & Trauma I on Thursday’s IWRG show.

Hoy Rey lost his mask to Epydemius in Monterrey on Sunday.

Pool side lucha libre.

Chessman challenges Aeroboy for the DTU title. Chessman should have better things to do, though Chessman in DTU is kind of a perfect marriage.

The building housing Torreon’s Box Y Lucha commission was flooded due to holes in the roof.

This is a rare article about Bolivian wrestling which doesn’t mention the cholitas, but does have that picture.

Box Y Lucha 2980 has Scorpio’s death.

The newest Ras de Lona is up. Someone seems to have fixed something, because these have been showing up on Monday afternoon the last couple of weeks.

Segunda Caida reviews IWRG from March 4, 2010

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update. Also, Kcidis reposts his cover to the latest LuchaWorld monthly. If Parka ate Park, does that make him a cannibal?

06/26 video links

LATV was a rerun. ACM is still off for World Cup talk.

Hooray for Google/YouTube successfully fighting of a $1 billion lawsuit from Viacom. Since I don’t quite have Google’s lawyers, you shouldn’t expect to see uploads of Masked Warriors here. If they’re posting it like Ras de Lona and you spot it, let me know and I’ll just link to that.

edit: and here is that link!

100% Lucha catch up! Though maybe I haven’t done the best of jobs.

I changed the recording so it’ll start taping 10 minutes early and go 10 minutes late for this show. Hopefully, that’ll fix it.

Psicosis/Ultimo Guerrero, Perros, lineups

Wagner vs Electroshock/Black Terry Jr.

CMLL (SUN) 06/27 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Fuego en el Ring]
1) Black Metal (GDL) b Relampago Azul
2) Astaroth & Magnum b Drago & Infierno
3) La Comandante & Seuxis b Lady Apache & Silueta
4) Averno, Misterioso II, Sangre Azteca b Máscara Dorada, Sagrado, Stuka Jr.
5) El Alebrije, Histeria, Psicosis DQ Felino, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero

Psicosis faked a foul from Ultimo Guerrero to draw the DQ. They challenged each other for a singles match.

Averno replaces Dragon Rojo, even down to feuding with Mascara Dorada and demanding a title match. Maybe it’ll go better for him?

Perros del Mal say they’ll be at the Lucha Libre Expo, though they don’t actually say they’ll be doing a show. I think that’s what they mean. There are no shows mentioned in July besides the Expo and the AAA TV tapings.

On a radio show, May Flowers said he’s leaving AAA as soon as he finishes his current bookings. Usual complaint of not getting enough matches.

Segunda Caida has more assorted Black Terry reviews.

Lineups

CMLL (SUN) 07/04 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Nocturno vs Quca
2) Javier Cruz Jr. & Magnum vs Ebola & Templario
3) Dark Angel & Silueta vs La Comandante & Seuxis
4) La Máscara, La Sombra, Máscara Dorada vs Atlantis, Averno, Rey Bucanero
5) Último Guerrero vs Psicosis

Psicosis should win at this point. Not sure he will.

CMLL (SUN) 07/04 Arena Coliseo
1) Bengala & Horus vs Camorra & Cholo
2) Pegasso, Rey Cometa, Tony Rivera vs Hooligan, Nitro, Skándalo
3) Ángel Azteca Jr., Ángel de Oro, Ángel de Plata vs Histeria, Monsther, Oriental
4) Hijo del Fantasma, Metro, Toscano vs Ephesto, Texano, Vangelis
5) Brazo de Plata, Místico, Shocker vs Jushin Liger, Mephisto, Mr. Niebla

Some changes from yesterday, including the minis match disappearing from the card. No sign of Diamante or Dr. X. or Fabian el Gitano for that matter.

AAA 06/06 TripleMania XVII recap

taped 06/06 – out of order, but I wanted to get it done before this aired on US TV. The version I watched ran 4h15m down, with the commercials, the concert, a few promos and an entrance cut out. Over two weeks of normal AAA TV, they get 3h20m of air time. Even cutting out all the entrances, some editor is going to have a heck of a time cutting it down to fit unless they wipe out a match or two.

The recap is 8 pages and it’s quite a triumphant to come in that short.

I used star ratings. I don’t normally use them because people treat either them as a discussion ender instead of a discussion starter, or argue the number of stars rather than the quality of the match, and neither of those discussions are interesting to me. However, they’re data just like anything else, and data can sometimes illustrate larger points more succinctly than words.

TripleMania star ratings, for worst to first (NOT match order)

-*
*
* 1/2
* 1/2
** 1/4
** 1/2
** 3/4
*** 1/2

There was one quite good match, there was one quite poor match and another not very good one, but most of this four+ hours show was boring meh matches. They were OK, they would’ve fit fine on a regular TV show, but were mostly unmemorable. La Parkita hurt his shoulder in a spot most people would not remember by the end of the show (certainly not AAA, since they haven’t ever let us know more about the injury.) Four hours of mostly unmemorable matches is a poor way to spend a Sunday. The underwhelming level of the show dampened the crowd’s enthusiasm. That actually helped Park/Parka, because the fans were so much more excited for it than anything that happened before, but a hot crowd into the action all night would’ve helped definitely helped Wagner/Electro and probably helped the cruiserweight title match.

If you haven’t watched the show, and especially if you’re the kind of person who like the vote in year end awards, I’d tell you to go out of your way to watch La Parka vs LA Park. The rest is completely skippable.

Lots of bonus thoughts:

– Dorian turning on LA Park made little sense. It’s the same Dorian who ordered Vampirio to spike his father through a table, something recalled earlier in the show when Vampiro wanted to get close to Marisela Pena and she wasn’t having it. (Still, Park flopping all over the mat for Dorian’s kicks was five flavors of hilarity.) It was probably just the best finish they could come up while taking care off the bigger issues: keeping both Park’s happy and finding an excuse for the Perros to get involved. It was a finish born out of negotiation, not logic.

However, it was not the finish most obviously designed primarily to keep everyone in the match happy. That was Cibernetico & Zorro vs Vampiro & Abyss, a showcase of three guys who had no particular interest in being there and one poor American stuck in the middle of it. They did the Konnan/Vampiro stuff not because they have any interest in doing more with it, but because it was the only way to get a finish.

– Abyss was fine, but they could’ve stuck Psycho Clown in the same spot and actually built the final spots around someone who is on 100x more shows. Pardon me if I’ve used this comparison already and forgotten, but – who’s the biggest star, Skandalo or Psycho Clown? It really should be crazy to ask that question, but it’s really not.

– The Mega title match was in a tough position, as mentioned. It was 1 normal match surrounded by 7 high spot matches. Even in a better situation, it still was the wrong match for the story. Electro has a pattern of wanting to wrestle as a tecnico in singles matches, despite the story not going so well and Electro’s not being very good in this method. He’s doing it to prove a point, to win an argument, but he ought to be more concerned with having entertaining matches. The story going into the match was disrespect (Electro offended by Wagner think he’s better) and betray (Electro & Maniacos turning on Wagner), but we got a match as if they had still be friends since Rey de Reyes. And a post match that made no sense – Wagner should’ve been offering the handshake of I Doubted You, But You Proved Something To Us All Tonight, but instead Electro offered and bowed in a You Were Right, I Am Not On Your Level.

– The actual stipulation of the women’s trios appears to be losing PERSON is a maid, not losing TEAM. While that explains how Fabi got out of the stipulation this time, it’s something which was not made obvious before the match or after the match. As bad as the cage stipulation.

– The cage match was amusing for having only the rudos do the big tecnico jump off the top of the cage spots, but didn’t really add anything over a normal trios in that spot. (The best decision would’ve been swapping Nosawa & Alex, so there would be a rudo the crowd was into in the Cruiserweight match.)

The Chessman moonsault really was the best and worst of Chessman. He’s great in his willingness to do crazy things, but he’s not so great in his willingness to do crazy things which will cost him in the long term, and his inability to soak the most drama out of them. Everyone loves Fabi for her moves and her willingness to kick Sexi Star directly in the face, but the reason the fans really care about her is the connection she makes to the audience by her facial expressions and gestures. Fabi draws the fans into the match with her, Chessman might as well have done the move in an empty building. It might have been nerves, it might have been total focus on the move, but he should’ve spent a moment visibly deciding whether to leave or jump and spent another letting the fans anticipate what he was about to do. Those touches, bringing the fans along in an overstated fashion, are one of the reasons why guys like Konnan and Vampiro are still over despite all the other reasons against.

– If AAA brings in a bunch of foreigners/unknowns for Verano de Escandalo, I’m going to make a sort of visual lineup of those guys. Get together a head shot, put the name, maybe a phonetic pronunciation of the name and identifying detail. (Go would’ve been “Alto”.) Then, I’m going to send the link to @rudorivera on twitter, and ask him very nicely to print it out and take it with him. I’d do it for the whole announce crew, but he’s the only one on twitter I know.

It’s quite clearly something AAA should be doing themselves already – or maybe not even bringing in the random foreigners if their announce crew can’t even identify – but if I can do a small thing to make AAA a little better. The people who bring in these guys to AAA are doing it to entertain themselves, so I might as well try to make it a little more entertaining for myself too.

Dr. X/Diamante, Scorpio, lots of lineups

CMLL (SUN) 06/27 Arena Coliseo [@cmllmagazine]
1) Rayo Tapatío I & Rayo Tapatío II DQ Apocalipsis & Mortiz
2) La Seductora, Mima Shimoda, Princesa SujeiDalys la Caribeña, Lluvia, Luna Mágica
3) Dr. X, Euforia, Nosferatu DQ Diamante, Fuego, Rush
4) Hijo del Fantasma, Toscano, ValienteShigeo Okumura, Vangelis, Yoshihashi
5) Jushin Lyger, Máscara Año 2000, Universo 2000Brazo de Plata, La Máscara, Máximo

No real notes on the top two matches. Tercera ended in DQ when Dr. X went for Diamante’s mask. After the match, Diamante took Dr. X’s mask, and they appear to be feuding. Much better potential than Fabian el Gitano, though I don’t like Dr. X’s chances.

Luna Magica was overconfident at the end of the third fall, and Seductora surprised her for the win. Luna Magica should never ever be over confident.

I’m honestly confused on the opener.

Scorpio remembrances

Rayo de Jalisco talks to SuperLuchas about his feuds with Dinamitas and Atlantis, responds to Blue Demon’s comments about Arena Mexico.

Emilio Charles Jr. is in a Mexico City hospital, with an undisclosed injury. Cronicas Y Leyendas posted video of Emilio’s recent trainees.

360 Sync E3 preview of Heroes en el Ring.

With fighting taking place both in and out of the ring, wrestlers wielding muscles and furniture at random, and competitive online play not only supported but encouraged, Heroes Del Ring is shaping up to be a formidable entry into the fighting scene. Bringing a whole new flavor to fighting games, this fantastical festival of fisticuffs brings the entertaining and thematically deep world of masked wrestling to life at the hands of players who might think they’ve seen everything the genre has to offer. With a respectable amount of customization sprinkled amongst the compelling fight mechanics and competitive fighting modes,  should turn heads once it hits shelves August 9, 2010.

LuchaWorld has the June edition of Lucha World Magazine, with a Kcidis cover and Alfredo’s review of TripleMania.

Lucha 2000’s cover has the 10 man mask match, while Cesar evaluates the chances of the independents on that card making it to CMLL permanently.

Cronicas Y Leyendas has the Mendozas with lots of belts, and Los Mascaras in Japan.

Segunda Caida continues their reviews of Black Terry matches with matches from UWF and IWRG.

Lineups

IWRG (THU) 07/01 Arena Naucalpan
1) Epidemia vs Guizmo
2) Héros & Tonatiuh vs Dark Devil & Imposible
3) Comando Negro, Eterno, Hijo del Signo vs Brazo Metalico, Daga, Eragon
4) Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo, Gringo Loco vs Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro
5) Monster Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan, Veneno

Will Hijo de Pirata, Pirata, Veneno be the ones to stop the Psycho Circus’ streak???? (No.)

CMLL (SUN) 07/04 Arena Coliseo
1) Bengala & Horus vs Camorra & Cholo
2) Pequeño Olímpico, Tzuki, Último Dragoncito vs Pequeño Violencia, Pequeño Warrior, Pierrothito
3) Ángel Azteca Jr., Ángel de Oro, Ángel de Plata vs Histeria, Monsther, Oriental
4) Hijo del Fantasma, Sagrado, Toscano vs Ephesto, Texano, Vangelis
5) Brazo de Plata, Místico, Shocker vs Averno, Jushin Liger, Mephisto

I’m not sure working terceras against the Angels is the way to set up Oriental for a mask match with Mistico, but what do I know. (What I know is the minis match is going to 52MX. A winner is me!)

I think they’re setting up the required Mistico vs Liger match in main event, but they’ve been feuding Liger more with Porker. I have a desire to see that singles match. A very sick desire, but as long as they’re just going to screw around here, let’s screw around to an epic degree.

IWRG (SUN) 07/04 Arena Naucalpan
1) Eragon & Hijo del Pantera vs Eterno & Hijo del Signo
2) Centauro, Chico Che, Suicida vs ?, Gringo Loco, Kung Fu Jr.
3) Bobby Lee Jr., Scorpio Jr., Veneno vs Hijo de Pierroth (IWRG), Hijo del Cien Caras, Máscara Año 2000 Jr. [lumberjack strap match]
4) May Flowers vs Diva SalvajeSexy GladysNygmaMiss GaviotaPasion Kristal [cage, hair, mask]

That’s a random main event. Also, sending Nygma, Pasion Kristal and May Flowers is the sort of thing AAA does in Monterrey just before they stop showing up in Monterrey.

DTU (FRI) 07/23 Centro Banamex
1) Eterno, Flamita, Hormiga vs Daga, Masivo, Muerte Bucanera
2) Black Fire vs Iron Love, Drastik Boy, Sadico, Low Rider, Terry 2000, Epitafio
3) Magnifico & Shu el Guerrero vs Cuervo & Skayde and Electroshock & Paranoiko
4) Trauma I & Trauma II vs Crazy Boy & Último Gladiador
5) Chessman & Violento Jack vs Aeroboy & Negro Navarro

Chessman’s the guy who hasn’t worked DTU shows before. That should be a profoundly weird main event. Good to see Crazy Boy and Ultimo Gladiador putting their feud behind them!

NWA MEXICO (FRI) 07/23 Centro Banamex
1) Celestial vs Trauma II
2) Turbo vs Dr. Cerebro [NWA LIGHT]
3) Me Katana & Trauma I vs Cerebro Negro & Skayde
4) Black Terry & Solar I vs Negro Navarro & Rocky Santana and El Hijo de Aníbal & El Hijo del Solitario and Cien Caras & Máscara Año 2000 Jr.
5) Oliver John vs Blue Demon Jr. [PWR HEAVY]

Title is said to be “heavyweight championship”, but it would appear to be the PWR one based on the angle on the last Viva La Lucha PPV. Some of these other matches would presumably end up on the next PPV as well.

The rest of the matches for that show are scheduled to take place on the Perros del Mal show, whose lineup is noticeable absent. (So is AAA’s, but they’ve confirmed it’ll be a TV taping and prefer to hold those back.) I think Los Perros have enough people left to put on a show, but we still have four weeks ago.

CMLL (SAT) 07/24 Centro Banamex
1) Eléctrico & Mascarita Dorada vs Demus 3:16 & Pequeño Warrior
2) Dark Angel, Lluvia, Marcela vs Amapola, La Comandante, Princesa Sujei
3) La Máscara, Máximo, Valiente vs Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto
4) Atlantis, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero vs Jushin Liger, Shigeo Okumura, Yoshihashi
5) Místico, Shocker, Strong Man vs Héctor Garza, Terrible, Texano

This is basically the lineup Mistico announced at the press conference, with the minis and women’s matches specified. Semimain has been expanded from a tag to a trios.

IWRG (SAT) 07/24 Centro Banamex
1) Orito (Segura) & Panterita vs Black Terry & Dr. Cerebro
2) Bobby Lee Jr., Hijo de Brazo de Plata, Hijo del Pantera vs Fishman Jr., Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Hijo del Signo
3) el Ángel, Pantera, Villano III vs Fuerza Guerrera, Pirata Morgan, Veneno
4) Canek, Scorpio Jr., Tinieblas Jr. vs Cien Caras, Máscara Año 2000, Universo 2000

IWRG’s yearly show where everyone wears their old masks.

PANCRACIO (SUN) 07/25 Centro Banamex
1) Calle 13, Esprial Negro, Golden Bull vs Baby Perpez, Rey Den, Zicario
2) Lola Gonzalez vs ? [lightning]
3) Black Shadow Jr., Hijo de Kato Kung Lee, Nuevo Kat Kung Lee, Villano IV vs Coco Amarillo, Coco Azul, Coco Rojo, Coco Verde
4) El Mimo & Loockman vs Ojo Diabolico Jr. & Super Halcon Jr.

El Pancracio’s show. Main event was earlier listed as relevos suicidas with the masks on the line.

Scorpio, Peste Negra win, lineup

More on Scorpio’s passing:

  • Luchas 2000 quotes Fantasma saying he believes Scorpio was going in to the hospital on Tuesday for knee replacement surgery, but they found problems with his liver and kidney.
  • El Manana has a photo of the casket, and says Scoprio died at him from a heart attack. I’m sure these stories match up some way, but it takes some work.
  • Cronicas Y Leyendas talks about Scorpio being one of the best rudos ever.
  • DJ Spectro tells a story about meeting Scorpio for the first time
  • Al Filo del Ring has an old interview with both Scorpios.
  • Perros del Mal put up a note on their site, as did AAA (using a photo of his short lived gimmick there, Quasimodo). CMLL posted condolences on twitter and had a moment of applause during last night’s show.

CMLL (FRI) 06/25 Arena Mexico [@cmllmagazine, SuperLuchas, CMLL]
1) Metálico & Trueno b Cholo & Zayco
2) Arkangel de la Muerte, Puma King, Tiger Kid b Ángel Azteca Jr., Ángel de Oro, Ángel de Plata
3) Eléctrico b Astral [lightning]
4) Fabián el Gitano, Sagrado, Stuka Jr. b Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus
5) Averno, Jushin Lyger, Mephisto b Blue Panther, Hijo del Fantasma, La Máscara
6) Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas DQ La Sombra, Místico, Shocker

It was a very Peste Negra night. Niebla faked a foul from Sombra to draw the DQ. Earlier, Negro Casas was given the Trofeo Bobby Bonales.

Lyger worked well with Averno & Mephisto.

Astral was said to look nervous.

Puma snuck in a foul on Angel de Oro for the win.

Matches teased for the anniversary show on this week’s Ras de Lona

  • Mistico vs Mr. Aguila, mask vs hair
  • Fabian el Gitano vs Dr. X (the return!), mask vs mask
  • Sensei, and Los Angels vs Tiger Kid & Puma King, mask vs mask
  • Dark Angel vs Princesa Sujei, for the title, and for hair vs mask
  • Bam Bam vs Damian, for the title and hair vs hair
  • MSM Fly vs Poder Mexica, maks vs masks
  • Negro Casas vs Jushin Lyger, for the title (hair vs mask not mentioned!)
  • Mistico vs Mr. Niebla
  • Mistico & Ultimo Guerrero teaming up (?!?)
  • Shocker vs Mr. Niebla, hair vs mask

Yes, all of those for the anniversary show. Apparently, it’ll be a long show and slightly newsworthy.

Actual news:

  • Strong Man is having bicep surgery
  • They managed to squeeze in mentions of Carlos Monsivais and Scorpio’s deaths.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update, including info on EAW’s next show including Latin Lover.

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 07/02 Arena Mexico
1) Metálico & Tigre Blanco vs Disturbio & Semental
2) Fabián el Gitano, Molotov, Sensei vs Arkangel de la Muerte, Puma King, Tiger Kid
3) Fuego vs Cancerbero [lighting]
4) Lady Apache, Luna Mágica, Marcela vs Amapola, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sujei
5) La Máscara, Máximo, Toscano vs Jushin Lyger, Shigeo Okumura, Yoshihashi
6) La Sombra, Místico, Shocker vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas

Main event is a rematch. Ras de Lona had Porky in Sombra’s spot.

CMLL (FRI) 07/02 Arena Mexico
1) Metlico & Tigre Blanco vs Disturbio & Semental
2) Fabin el Gitano, Molotov, Sensei vs Arkangel de la Muerte, Puma King, Tiger Kid
3) Fuego vs Cancerbero [lighting]
4) Lady Apache, Luna Mgica, Marcela vs Amapola, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sujei
5) La Mscara, Mximo, Toscano vs Jushin Lyger, Shigeo Okumura, Yoshihashi
6) La Sombra, Mstico, Shocker vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas

Scorpio, Silver King, Nuevo Laredo

Scorpio (Senior), Rafael Nunez, passed away this morning. Scorpio was part of El Toreo in the 80s, one of many guys who could claim a win over Canek for the UWA Heavyweight Title (and lost it back to him two months later.) Scorpio was given the Feo gimmick that was passed down to his son, Scorpio Jr. In recent years, Scorpio was a Mexico City Box Y Lucha commissioner and was often seen during incidents at the CMLL Arena Mexico shows.

Silver King, can count to 6/Black Terry Jr.

IWRG (THU) 06/24 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. (flickr), @thegladiatores]
1) Guerrero 2000 b Alan Extreme
2) Comando Negro, Eterno, Hijo del Signo b Dark Devil, Guerrero Nazi, Imposible
3) Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo, Gringo Loco b Brazo Metalico, Daga, Eragon
4) Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro b Bombero Infernal, Maldito Jr., Samot [captains hair]
5) Silver King b Máscara Año 2000 Jr. [IWRG IC HEAVY]

Mascara Ano 2000 Jr. lost the title to Silver King. Way to let Arena Naucalpan down! If this whole story ends up with, say, Chico Che winning the heavyweight title to avenge IWRG, I’d vote it for feud of the year. If this whole story ends with Silver King walking off with the heavyweight title and never returning to defending it, in Negro Casas/Mistico style, it’d be great on a different level. Dos de Tres has promos with the new champion and the old champion.

Dr. Cerebro & Bombero Infernal were the captains, so Bombero Infernal lost his hair.

Guerrero Nazi is a tecnico! I was sure I’ve seen that name before, but I can’t find any previous matches. Dark Devil was hanging around Arena Neza when they were running the Colmillo Blanco/Ramstein shows there. I presume that’s a trio of Negro Navarro students.

CMLL Nuevo Laredo mega show (in need of a name) press conference notes: the Gladaitores, Cesar (who notes all of the undercard connections to Oriental), and SuperLuchas (who links back here – echo chamber complete!) Of the non-Oriental & Mistico teams, it sounds like Atlantis vs Olimpico was the only pushed slightly as a rivalry.

NJPW has an article hyping the Okumura, Liger, Yoshihashi vs Garza, Terrible, Niebla match just to get in on the hyping of things.  There’s an obvious relationship on the Japanese team between importance and casualness of clothes worn for a press conference.

If Garza is back with CMLL, does that mean someone else is coming in to lead the Independents? Did they forget about that?

Arena Mexico previews: SuperLuchas, and Ovaciones has one after it’s Nuevo Laredo preview. Today’s about as a lame duck a Friday show can get. There’s nothing going on heading into the show, CMLL spent yesterday hyped an entirely different show, and no one will be talking about this show tomorrow. There might be some good matches, but there might not be many people watching them. There surely will be a moment of applause for Scorpio.

Dragon Rojo says Poder Mexica was winning 80% of the title match, can’t understand how he lost again. Dragon Rojo’s family came to see him with the title, but instead he was hurt after Metro’s German suplex, so Metro is a new rival. Dragon Rojo might actually win that feud. Might.

Espladas Planas has video of Nemesis’ injury.

R de Rudo interviews Sangre Fria.

Cronicas Y Leyendas writes about El Halcon’s Luchador of 1975, but you’ll have to click the link to find out who won. Also, a look back of a major LLI card in 1982.

Segunda Caida finishes off February IWRG, then gives out it’s awards for the month.

LuchaWorld has the newest Slammin’  Stan.

CMLL vs Invasors press conference, links

CMLL held another press conference today, to promote the 07/12 CMLL/Invasors card in Nuevo Laredo. That card, once again:

CMLL Gutierrez (MON) 07/12 Plaza de Toros Lauro Luis Longoria
1) Mini Alebrije, Mini Cibernetico, Mini Oriental vs Astral, Mascarita Dorada, Shockercito
2) ?, Rossy Moreno, Sexy Flor vs Lady Apache, Lluvia, Marcela
3) El Hijo del Solitario, Hijo de LA Park, Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr. vs La Máscara, Máscara Dorada, Valiente
4) Ephesto, Mephisto, Rey Bucanero vs Charly Manson, Juventud Guerrera, Mr. Águila
5) Héctor Garza, Terrible, Texano vs Jushin Lyger, Shigeo Okumura, Yoshihashi
6) Atlantis & Olímpico vs Averno & Último Guerrero and Místico & Oriental and El Alebrije & Volador Jr. and Histeria & La Sombra [ruleta de la muerte]

Just about everyone on the lineup showed up to talk about their match.

As with the previous shows in Nuevo Laredo, there was heavy focus on the possible Oriental vs Mistico match. It’s the only pair of the five they’re really teased. Olimpico or Histeria losing their masks can not be ruled out but the emphasis is on Mistico/Oriental.

Hector Garza has now decided he’s 100% with CMLL, but he also thinks Tirantes is a swell guy.

People listed here are only mentioned as working this show. Being on this show opens a door for Charlie or Juvi to the main CMLL cards, but this is no guarantee they’re showing up more than this.

Last time we saw Hijo de LA Park was in the middle of the ring at TripleMania, helping his father celebrate his victory. I do not think Hijo de Park working here precludes him from soon after showing up in AAA (same thing for Wagner), but there are only so many spots to go around.

The Invadors mystery woman in the segunda remains a mystery. Best guesses are Estrellita and Medussa.

Mini Cibernetico on an CMLL show is weird.

Alex Koslov & Aerostar talked about their Mixed Tag title match on 07/02 in a press release AAA was sending everywhere. Well, almost everywhere.. Someone should tell Aerostar that it’s okay to lie and tell people he actually knows the person he’s facing, to try and make it sound like a big deal. I do like how the quote makes it sound like Alex might have an appointment book and a page on it that reads “seduce Christina Von Eerie” and, much farther down, “talk about match.”

We might not see the newest Nemesis for a bit; Espaladas Planas said the IWRG wrestler had his ear almost ripped off in a collision with the barrier. It took 33 stitches to reattach the ear.

The Gladiatores has a good biography of Bobby Bonales (except for the unfortunate typo in the page title.)

In Morelia, Obituary Jr. took Posion’s mask this past Sunday.

CurrentTV has a video story on Tijuana exotico Rubi Gardenia. (This is a two year link that randomly turned up; don’t think I linked to it before.)

WagnerMania notes Dr. Wagner reached five years of holding the UWA World Heavyweight Championship for five years. It’s been a least a year since we’ve seen it.

DJ Spectro posts Luchas2000 articles on Medico Asesino’s 50th anniversary, part 7 of it’s interview with el Halcon, the new CMLL minis, and Arena Peravillo Cozumel,  as well as the box y lucha interviews with Oriental & Mistico. More pages from Lucha2000 here, including Charly Manson saying he’s left Los Perros (not going back to AAA) and sounds very willing to be an Invasor if offered and if it doesn’t conflict with the Lucha Libre USA stuff.

Kcidis has Mr. Niebla‘s return.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update and video of La Sombra & Davey Richards vs Jushin Lyger & Yoshihashi.

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX #239 (06/19/2010)

Arena Mexico, 06/13/2010

Leono, Tony Rivera, Trueno vs Bronco, Durango Kid, Inquisidor: Best Trueno match I’ve seen in a while! (I haven’t seen many Trueno matches lately.) No, really, Trueno was pretty on in this, and Tony looked good and Leono didn’t totally put me to sleep, so it was fine showing from these tecnicos. Rudos were good too and this was a nice fun match to get.

La Máscara, Máximo, Valiente vs El Alebrije, Oriental, Psicosis: Maybe Oriental doing comedy with Maximo is the best use of him at the moment? And it would be best if his biggest match wasn’t in Arena Mexico? Or maybe they should’ve just stuck with Maniaco? Anyway, I know why CMLL was so adamant about Mascara & Psicosis are feuding, since that’s all this was.

06/26-27 Lucha Times

box. This got longer this week.

AAA-US: last week before TripleMania. Even bigger is the exciting return of Chris Stone. LA Park and La Parka in matches but not the same match.

52MX: Diamante Angels vs Cancerbero Skandalos + Lyger vs Maximo.

LATV: if it’s not a rerun, we’re still waiting for a women’s trios and a grab bag group of tecnicos vs Euforia + 67% of Poder Mexica

IWRG: a rerun!

Masked Warriors: the Behind the Mask special premier at 1 on Saturday, repeats many many times.

CMLL: Televisa’s website says lucha is back the 2pm/4pm start times on Sunday. Other sites say it’s 1:30pm/3:30pm. Watch CMLL’s Twitter, I guess.

Even though the pattern of late has been to skip one of the top three matches, I can’t believe they’re airing Astral vs Electico. Even in a week where no one but the hardest core will be watching.

AAA-MEX: Part 2 of TripleMania. Parka/Park is the headliner, but the cruiserweight four way might be good too. Regardless of when this actually starts and what’s going on opposite of it, you may want to skip the women’s match and the Abyss/Ciber vs Zorro/Vamp first hour.

CMLL-FOX: Mr. Aguila vs Mistico.

C3: TZUKI. Either you’re in for Tzuki or you don’t care about this show anyway.

Puebla: Back on the schedule, as far I’ve seen. Figure the Yoshiashi match is the one that gets dropped.

ACM: Back on the schedule, as far as I’ve sen. They’ve got a lot of back loaded shows here, so my usual bad guess is even worse here.

Perros: Back on the schedule, as far as I’ve seen. (TVC Deportes doesn’t have listings for Sunday & Monday on their site, so I’m working off that listings site linked earlier.) Should continue to work thru the DF taping. Will be slightly amazed if this airs.

CMLL-TFN: Triad vs Maximo/Mascara/Sagrado, plus Pesta Negra vs Garza/Mistico/Volador