Who’s the new CMLL opening match wrestler?

I think I could spin this bit off into it’s own blog. Typos on websites happen all the time – I don’t want to go read that DG recap, because I can only imagine. However, when the identity of the debuting wrestler has been a source of confusion for a week, it’d nice when it’s put to rest. CMLL goes the other way:

CMLL.coms Friday results
CMLL.com's Friday results

I’ll stop now, I promise. (Unless it’s really bad.)

09/06 AAA TV Results (Tula)

AAA TV (SUN) 09/06 Plaza de Toros Tula, Hidalgo [luchalibreaaa, LuchandoLibre]
1) Decnnis, Mini Abismo Negro, Polvo de Esterllas, Sexy Star b Gato Eveready, Mari Apache, Octagoncito, Pimpinela Escarlata
2) Aerostar & Fabi Apache b Cinthia Moreno & Oriental [AAA MIXED TAG]
3) Chessman & Zorro b Charly Manson & Crazy Boy
4) Groon XXX, Joe Lider, Nicho el Millionario b El Elegido, Gronda, Jack Evans
5) El Mesías, Extreme Tiger, La Parka Jr., Marco Corleone b Dr. Wagner Jr., Electro Shock, Silver King, Último Gladiador

2009 AAA TV Chart
Projected Air Date (#906)
Mexico: 09/27
US: 10/10

Not a lot of angles on this show.

The only really big news coming out of this show was the title change in the second match. Sexi Star interfered, trying to hit Fabi with a chair, and got Cinthia instead. Fabi took advantage for the win. AAA also posted the note officially saying Oriental is done here. Credit to LuchandoLibre for finding that out weeks in advance. Seems like Cinthia is staying. With Esther coming is as a tecnico and a whole bunch of foreign rudos to feud with, maybe this inadvertent chair shot leads to Cinthia being back on the tecnica side. Fabi & Mari can only feud with so many people at one time.

Report says the crowd was 100% against Dr. Wagner in the main event. Gronda and Gronda only wrestled a little bit in their match. Charly bled a lot, again. Decnnis took out Mari with a Michinoku Driver, which means Billy surely owes him.

Next taping is 09/18 in Puebla. Probably won’t get a lineup for that until next week from AAA, but maybe it’ll turn up elsewhere. They’re hinting we may get the Pena lineup soon, but that show is still 3 weeks away.

Edit: See, typos happen to me too.

09/06 Dragon Gate USA @ Congress Theater

On the way home, I grabbed the healthiest dinner imaginable at 10pm on a Sunday night – steak quesadilla from Taco Bell with a giant Mountain Dew. Seeing as I won’t be sleeping ever again, I figure I might use my time a bit wisely and get this written up while I’m still thinking about it.

non spoiler summary: Dragon Gate USA’s debut show in Chicago was a very strong show. I’ve watched next to nil indy wrestling this year and I’m not big on star ratings, so your millage may vary. To my eyes, it had a match I thought was match of the year caliber, and it also had match which everyone in the world will think is MOTYC. There were three more pretty good matches and a couple OK match. If you’re interested in this style of wrestling, you’ll be very satisfied with the PPV and the DVD, and I’d highly recommend people checking out the next show in Chicago (01/23/10).

The rest of this is going to be the usual 50,000 words length. You’ve been warned.
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San Juan, previews, lineups

I’m headed to the Dragon Gate US show in a few hours, so I figured I’d do this now and not even have to worry about it whenever I get back. I’ll be twittering about the show @luchablog – count how many people I miss identity! – and probably doing a post about it later. Tomorrow is a holiday here, but there will probably be an update at some point.

CMLL (FRI) 09/04 Arena San Juan Pantitlan [EdR]
1) Halcon Tarin b Espectrito I, Boricua, Malevo, Rey del Espacio II, Colombiano, Nino de Ebano, Caricia, Cachetada, Diva Salvaje, Pegasso Black, Chamaco Badillo, Black Dog, Payaso Kulkitaka
2) Cassandra, Estrella Magica, Luna Mágica b La Nazi, La Seductora, Lady Sensacion
3) Rayo Tapatío II, Tony Rivera, X-Fly b Infinito, Miserable, Ricky Ricon
4) Kai, Starman, Super Brazo, Super Muñeco b Arkangel de la Muerte, Dr. X, Nosawa, Pierko el Boricua

AJPW guys got in and worked the show. Luna Magica is back in the ring, though not on any CMLL lineups yet.

Ovaciones previews this afternoon’s Arena Coliseo show, as Garza preparing for his singles match on Tuesday. Weirdly, they’ve got a different semimian in the article – Sagrado/Dorado/Mictlan vs Lizmark/Mephisto/Ephesto – then in the ad right below the article (Atlantis & Warrior in for Mephisto & Ephesto). Ad also has the minis match as the tercera, which would put it on TV (in theory anyway.)

Meanwhile, AAA tapes TV tonight in Tula, Hidalgo. Hyped main events are Wagnermaniacs vs Mesias & Team AAA and the first Gronda on Gronda action in an official match. Real item of interest is the Aero/Fabi vs Oriental/Cinthia match for the Mixed Tag titles. AAA still hasn’t acknowledged LuchandoLibre’s story about Oriental being done here – AAA’s too busy talking about other people being done in AAA, I guess – but if you’re somehow on the fence about it, SuperLuchas has Oriental working the main event of a Perros show in a couple weeks. I hope he gets ones of those $7000 paydays I’ve been reading about!

In other paragraphs that are just going to result in trouble, AAA has a official hi5 page. The promotional device is set to private. Of course it is! Let’s see if they approve my friend request.

SuperLuchas #330 has more on Mistico & Negro, plus interviews with Scorpio Jr. and Alex Koslov. If I was rating my belief in Alex actually leaving AAA and going back to CMLL from a scale of 1 (staying) for 5 (going), I think the interview dropped me from a 2.0 to 1.5. Posing in front of Arena Mexico counts as trying to hard. (By all rights, I should be thinking it as a 4, so we’ll see.) SuperLuchas times last Sunday’s IWGP title match as going 12:04, off falls of 4:14, 2:41, and 5:09, if the NJPW fans still need that info.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update

Lineups:

CMLL (TUE) 09/08 Arena Mexico
1) Sensei & Trueno vs Artillero & Súper Comando
2) Ángel Azteca Jr., Angel de Oro, Angel de Plata vs Arkangel de la Muerte, Nitro, Skándalo
3) Mascara Dorada, Sagrado, Stuka Jr. vs Pólvora, Vangelis, Virus
4) La Sombra, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Dragon Rojo Jr., Misterioso II, Sangre Azteca
5) Héctor Garza vs Mephisto

Polvora in the tercera? Huh. Garza/Mephisto is not a hair/mask match, or a title match for that matter.

IWRG (THU) 09/10 Arena Naucalpan
1) Imperial vs Comando del Diablo
2) Bushi, Exodia, Turbo vs Carta Brava Jr., Gringo Loco, Heavy Boy
3) Avisman vs Freelance
4) Masada & Nosawa vs Bobby Lee Jr. & Suicida
5) Ricky Cruz & Scorpio Jr. vs Máscara Año 2000 & Pirata Morgan

Avisman vs Freelance does not appear to be a title match. Hey, Turbo.

CMLL (FRI) 09/11 Arena Mexico
1) Diamante & Starman vs Camorra & Escorpion
2) Eléctrico, Pequeño Olímpico, Último Dragoncito vs Pequeño Damian 666, Pequeno Nitro, Pierrothito
3) Máximo, Mictlán, Rouge vs Euforia, Nosferatu, Vangelis
4) La Máscara vs Terrible [lightning]
5) Blue Panther, Héctor Garza, Toscano vs Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
6) Atlantis, Black Warrior, Último Guerrero vs Jushin Liger, Naito, Yujiro

So much for Liger coming in as a tecnico? Again, he seems very much paired up with UG. No Mistico on the lineup the week before he main events, though he may yet put in an appearance.

CMLL (SUN) 09/13 Arena Coliseo
1) Astro Boy & Molotov vs Disturbio & Semental
2) Guerrero Maya Jr., Pegasso, Rey Cometa vs Arkangel de la Muerte, Loco Max, Skándalo
3) Dark Angel, Lluvia, Marcela vs Hiroka, Mima Shimoda, Princesa Blanca
4) Máximo, Stuka Jr., Valiente vs Dragon Rojo Jr., Sangre Azteca, Shigeo Okumura
5) La Sombra, Místico, Volador Jr. vs Jushin Liger, Tetsuya Naito, Yujiro

It’s “Disturbio” here, so someone figured out his name between the time they sent out the Puebla lineup and these. Always good to see them remembering to do Liger/Mistico on some level.

CMLL (SUN) 09/13 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Idolo & Thunder Boy vs Güero Loco & Relampago
2) Astaroth & Virgo vs Ebola & Fraile de la Muerte
3) Metal Blanco & Palacio Negro vs Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno
4) Flash, Mascara Dorada, Sagrado vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Misterioso II
5) Héctor Garza, La Máscara, Toscano vs Atlantis, Mr. Niebla, Último Guerrero

IWRG (SUN) 09/13 Arena Naucalpan
1) Talisman Jr. vs Blasfemia
2) Miss Gaviota & Star Boy vs Insolito & Memphis
3) Gemelo Fantastico I, Gemelo Fantastico II, Jack vs Brandon, Capitán Muerte, Gringo Loco
4) Bushi, Chico Che, Exodia vs Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro
5) Ricky Cruz, Stuka I, Trauma I vs Fuerza Guerrera, Juventud Guerrera, Veneno

Looks like Super X vs IWRG is starting back up again, though Stuka I is unexpected.

Who’s the AAA World Mega Champion?

I really don’t want to pick on AAA, but sometimes they make it impossible.

AAA quality control at work!

You know, just to preemptively respond to the inevitable veiled response, I wish AAA was more willing to laugh at their own mistakes, rather than lash out at anyone who might suggest they’re not most well run promotion in the world. No one’s expecting them to be that – no one’s going to express genuine shock over this in the comments, I’m sure – earnestly trying to be better, while humbly acknowledging mistakes, will win us over.

Mistico wins in straight falls, threatens to retire if he loses his mask

CMLL (FRI) 09/04 Arena Mexico [SuperLuchas, Notimex, Cesar, Ovaciones]
1) Disturbio & Durango Kid b Bengala & Delta
2) Stuka Jr. b Loco Max [lightning]
3) Hiroka, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sujei b Dark Angel, Lluvia, Marcela
4) Mascara Dorada, Máximo, Valiente DQ Dragon Rojo Jr., Misterioso II, Sangre Azteca
5) La Sombra, Shocker, Volador Jr. b Ephesto, Terrible, Texano Jr.
6) Místico DQ Negro Casas

Mistico won the main event in straight falls, getting the first via La Mistica, and the second when Niebla and Felino ran in. Mistico still ended up stuffing Negro in the trash can, revenge for lat week. That doesn’t sell you much for Negro’s chances in two weeks, though the crowd was behind Negro.

Clean win for the tecnicos in the main event, Texano even taking Volador’s moonsault side slam. Misterioso fouled Maximo for the DQ in the fourth. Cesar says Maximo is worse than La Parka Jr. now.

Disturbio worked the opener in Turbo’s spot (though Ovaciones missed it – oops.) That’s a bit off to be a typo. Plus, it’s hard to make the same exact typo twice. Cesar says Disturbio was unmasked Super Crazy like wrestler, which makes me guess he’s the guy from the DTU show.

For his part, Mistico says he’ll retire from lucha libre if he loses his mask, and just go back to school. So, we’ve now got Negro’s hair vs Mistico’s mask, the hair of all the Perros, and Mistico’s career. Guess it could go either way. Negro really should taunt him with some university applications and a new bookbag next week. He thinks his success in Japan has given him enough momentum to beat Negro, and would like a match with Liger if he beats Casas.

Okumura says he’s not afraid of being hated by the Mexican fans, but in fact that’s kinda what he’s going for. The author of this article seems surprised by this concept.

Mascara Magica and Mictlan discuss their feud in Guadalajara. It’s as you’d expect – Magica feels Mictlan is not a wrestler, just a dancer, and doesn’t come to the ring to wrestle, while Mictlan points out all he’s done lately is wrestle, since Magica beats the heck out of him every time he tries to dance.

In Reynosa, the local police are using a masked wrestler to teach kids to hate criminals and defend themselves against them. I think the real news here is this a tecinco police character actually exists.

In an expansion of previous articles, Perro Aguayo Jr. talks actual numbers and details about his promotion:

– there are 40 wrestlers on roster
– Tickets go for 30 for children, 50 for bleaches, and 100 for ringside.
– they usually sell 90% of tickets
– 40-50% of the fans in Mexico are fans of Los Perros
– Their merchandise is only available on their website, but they hope to be in stores later this year or next. They’d like to expand to more clothing, as well as items for dogs and cars.
– shows cost 50,000 to 300,000 to run
– wrestlers cost from 1,500 ($112) to 100,000 ($7475) per show
– Perros get 10% of the revenue per show, while the promoters get 50%
– Perros hope to be on Cadena3 and Unicable by October.

PerrosdelMal.net does NOT have merchandise on it – doesn’t have anything but cards from February. I don’t think those are actually the ticket prices, and I’m sure there are people on those shows making far less than $112. In light of that, it’s tough to believe any of this (including TV), but it’s interesting as the story Perro is presenting to the public.

DTU has photos from it’s Pachuca show.

X-Torm wants it known that the Rabia who lost his mask on the Rey Misterio Sr. tribute show a few months ago, who was mentioned at the time as also being X-Torm, is actually just a guy who X-Torm let borrow his mask a couple times. X-Torm himself did not lose his mask.

IWRG, Mexico preview, Perro Jr.

IWRG (THU) 09/03 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. & Pics, twitter/gladiatores]
1) Talisman Jr. b Terry Brow
2) Blasfemia & Vampiro Metálico b Exodia & Miss Gaviota
3) Bushi, Chico Che, Freelance b Avisman, Brandon (IWRG), Gringo Loco
4) Head Hunter I & Toxico DF b Bobby Lee Jr. & Scorpio Jr.
5) Sangre Chicana b Villano III

Brandon is a random masked fill in, since whichever Espanto Jr. who was supposed to be here never actually was.

Previews of tonight’s show: Notimex, Ovaciones. All the focus is on Negro/Mistico’s singles match, two weeks from when it really matters. Gotta figure next week is Lyger on top in a trios just to do a special attraction to get people to come out.  There’s a lot of good matches on the undercard tonight, but nothing else in terms of story.

Perro Aguayo Jr. defended Rey Misterio Jr., saying criticism wasn’t fair, because it wasn’t due to prohibiting substances – just substances he wasn’t allowed to use without getting his doctor’s permission. That doesn’t quite work, but OK. Also, when asked, Perro didn’t want to pick a winner between Mistico & Negro, but “ultimately mention that if Mistico lost, he and Los Perros would all shave their heads in solidarity.”

Call me crazy, but I wouldn’t think Perro would do an interview just to promote Rey Misterio and Mistico. You have to hunt around for it, but it turns out Perro Aguayo Jr. was actually speaking to a group of entrepreneurs about business. His basic message was I thought I was a rudo, until I started dealing with businessmen. Perro always likes competition, but not the unfair stuff he’s dealt with – competitors taking down his posters or scheduling another show at the same building with lower prices. This probably is an interesting talk, but I hope he’s figured out the needing-TV thing. Sunday’s show really made me wish Perro and company had figured this out a whole better.

AAA probably needs to check Mini Psicosis’ birthday on their site. (Pointed out by psychosismask @ DVDVR)

Preview for a 10/03 CMLL spot shows seems to think Mistico & Volador are the tag champs, or just needs loses something in the translation.

ESTO has an article about the fourth season of ImprvoLucha.

Segunda Caida checks in on IWRG from August 20, 2009.

Last night’s Slammin’ Stan #11 is up. And just when I caught up…

Edit: Pueba lineup…

CMLL (MON) 09/07 Arena Puebla
1) Blue Center, Lestat, Milenium vs Alarido, Espiritu Maligno, Fuerza Chicana
2) Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., Horus vs Durango Kid, Escorpion, Turbo
3) Hiroka, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sujei vs Dark Angel, Lady Apache, Marcela
4) Atlantis, Misterioso II, Último Guerrero vs La Sombra, Toscano, Volador Jr.
5) Shocker vs Yujiro

Main event is not a hair match, but may be for a Copa Puebla.

For a guy who tore a muscle in his leg, Toscano sure is wrestling a lot.

Turbo continues on, so tonight’s not all or nothing.

Milenium and Alarido appear to be new Puebla wrestlers, which can’t be right. I wonder if they’re guys who just haven’t worked in 10 years (like Guerrero Mantis.) The name “Milenium” sure suggests someone who got it a while ago (there’s a Milenium listed as working Puebla in ’98), or is way ahead of his time.

CMLL on Televisa #937 (08/15)

taped 08/07 and 08/14

I don’t even remember where I got this, but it’s on YouTube. It’s been a while. I finished this up last week, actually.

For a five match show, there’s actually more interesting shows. Flash was cool versus Arkangel, and Sagrado/Mephisto was good, and I think they’ve found a Metro where being Metro actually works out better for him. Solid stuff, but nothing any big to point back in a month’s time.

The one really interesting thought from this was – remember when Niebla jumped, at he was allied with the Guerreros for the first week, but then ended up with Negro & Metal the next week? At the time, it seemed like Niebla got stolen away from the Guerreros a bit unfairly, and it was bad decision. Watching Niebla team up with Atlantis & Ultimo Guerrero here, it was totally the right decision. Niebla as serious professional rudo doesn’t hold a candle to Niebla as insane comedy rudo, and I don’t know that we get to that if he’s teaming with Ultimo Guerrero & Atlantis.

(Still, the Guerreros could still use enough healthy members to form a trio.)

Publea, AAA video game

CMLL (MON) 08/31 Arena Puebla [KrisZ]
1) Aguila Guerrera & Mr. Rafaga b Black Tiger & King Jaguar
2) Horus, Leono, Starman b Bronco, Hooligan, Inquisidor
3) Mascara Dorada, Máximo, Metro b Arkangel de la Muerte, Dr. X, Loco Max
4) Naito, Ray Mendoza Jr., Yujiro b Blue Panther, La Sombra, Shocker
5) Héctor Garza, Hijo del Fantasma, La Máscara b Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas [CMLL TRIOS]

They teased Yujiro/Shocker in the semimain.

AAA invites people in Mexico City to come out to a club and be background noise for the game. This is a neat promotional idea, but you’d think they’d be further along if they’re going to release in 2009. AAA also has Electroshock, who talks about joining Wagner’s group and an upcoming tribute to Fishman.

Fuego en el Ring previews Averno vs Panther for the NWA Middleweight title.

the Gladiatores has a video interview with Alex Koslov.

A new comic book with el Hijo del Santo will debut today.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update. There’s a new edition of Slammin’ Stan tonight.

09/05-06 Lucha Times

box. I have no idea what’s going on this week, I don’t even know why you’re reading this post.

AAA-US: So. Lucha Libre is on the schedule. What lucha libre? This was the week where AAA didn’t air in Mexico, which suggests a rerun. As always, we hope they just go to the next episode (which is listed) and they never do.

52MX: Probably Poder Mexica/Lizmark vs Metro/Mascara/Sagrada and Atlantis/Warrior/Neibal vs Sombra/Shocker/Volador

CMLL: top 3, though maybe they don’t give away Negro Casas vs Mistico on TV unless they have a really strong build to the anniversary match?

AAA-MEX: No real good idea here, because it’s week one of Verano de Escandalo and they can pick and choose. Guessing this is the week with the four way hair match, but dunno.

CMLL-FSE: Yea, let’s just assume it’s on. May find out. IWGP match should turn up here, plus Tuareg vs Fabian/Leono/Cometa

C3: Super Sky Team vs Peste Negra/UG, plus Trios Champs vs Trio de Terror, with a post match something. (CMLL mentioned nothing about a big match when they got their text up, so…)

Puebla: CMLL Trios title defended. Probably no segunda.

Monterrey: Ninja and family!