this was meant to be posted yesterday, but I’m still getting used to things apparently. Also, since it’s now raining like crazy, I may now be going to this show…
GALLI (FRI) 06/20 the Edge II Ice Arena, Bensenville, IL
1) Intrepid & Mr. Zeus vs El Emperador & Stress
2) Centella de Oro & Nemesis (GALLI) vs Chilango & Tornado
3) Silueta Dorada & Slayer vs Funebre & Venganza
4) Meteoro I, Meteoro II, Samuray vs Gringo Loco, Guerrillero, Pentgaono del Infierno
5) Charly Manson Jr., Golden Star, Quinto Sol vs Coco Blanco, Coco Green, Coco Orange
Show starts at 7. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for kids, all general admission.
I’ve got plans elsewhere, but this should be a fun show. They’ve also got the latest edition of their magazine (pdf) and a couple videos (1, 2 – there’s a WrestleTube? Why?)
IWRG (THU) 06/19 Arena Naucalpan [superluchas]
1) Rockero del Diablo b Eragon
2) Trauma I & Trauma II b Bugambilia & Miss Gavitoa
3) Capitán Muerte, Karloff Lagarde Jr., Xibalva b Chico Che, Freelance, Zatura
4) Centauro, el Hijo Del Anibal, Rayman DQ Máscara Año 2000, Ricky Cruzz, Universo 2000
5) El Dandy b Pantera [hair]
Big news from the show was that semifinal DQ – Scorpio Jr. and Guapito running in to attack the tecnicos. Decnnis posed with the back stage, so add him to the list of jumpers. The group (including Zumbido) will now be called Los Guapos Inc. AAA apparently owns “Guapos VIP”, though Scorpio says only he and Shocker have the right to start Guapos group.
Pantera took the first fall of the main event, but Dandy took the second and appeared to use a foreign object to take the third.
– The Casas Brothers also want a shot at Hector Garza’s CMLL Trios titles. Guerreros and Perros have already made challenge. When asked which Perro he’d like to face in a hair match, Negro Casas picks Damian 666. Well, that’s sensible if not tough.
CMLL (FRI) 06/20 Arena Mexico
1) Arkangel de la Muerte & Hooligan vs Astro Boy & Starman
2) Máscara Púrpura, Máximo, Metalik vs Diamante Negro, Dr. X, Vangelis
3) Felino, Grey Shadow, La Sombra vs Ephesto, Misterioso II, Sangre Azteca
4) Blue Panther, Dos Caras Jr., Místico vs Atlantis, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero
5) Dr. Wagner Jr., Heavy Metal, Negro Casas vs Damián 666, el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Mr. Águila
Main event is hyped as Wagner helping the Casas brothers get revenge. Semimain has the last two teams the new champs beat to win the CMLL Trios titles. Tercera is Sangre/Shadow, perhaps.
AAA TV (SUN) 06/29 Palenque del Inforun, Irapuato
1) Argenis, el Ángel, Gato Eveready vs Nygma, Polvo de Esterllas, Yuriko
2) Gran Apache & Mari Apache vs Cinthia Moreno & Oriental
3) ?, Billy Boy, Super Fly vs ?, Black Abyss, Histeria
4) El Alebrije, El Elegido, Super Porky, Tinieblas Jr. vs Decnnis, El Brazo, Scorpio Jr., Zumbido
5) Chessman (w/Cibernetico) vs Ozz (w/Mesias)
6) ?, La Parka Jr., Vampiro vs Electro Shock, Kenzo Suzuki, Zorro
Projected Air Date (#843)
This is all iffy until we know how they explain how TripleMania will air.
Some changes will have to be made. IWRG results are to come, but the relevant part is Scorpio, Zumbido, Decnnis and Guapito have all jumped from AAA to IWRG and will have their first match on 06/29. There’s no way they’ll be here for that. Ex Barrio Boy Alan was mentioned as new Guapo member when it seemed like Decnnis might be staying in AAA, but they’re going to need more than that.
Oriental was also mentioned this past week in the WON as leaving AAA, but I haven’t heard that confirmed anywhere. If he’s there, that’s a non-title match with the Morenos possibly getting a title shot if they win.
There’s no explanation for all the ? slots – it really shouldn’t be that hard to pick someone for the under card matches, as long as you know who’s available.
Cibernetico as Chessman’s second seems like the start of some more problems.
Let’s pretend this is actually going to happen for a second…
TNA announced the point system for the World X Cup
1 point for a singles win
2 points for a tag win
3 points for the team that wins their 12 man Cibernetico (except not called that) at the PPV
4 points for the person who wins their Ultimate X jungle gym match
If I were team captain Ultimo Guerrero (just assuming), I’d divide it up like so
– Ultimo and Rey in the tag match, naturally
– Averno in the singles match – he’s a TWO CROWN champion*, he’s good for this
– Volador in the Ultimate X match – he’d work good doing highly dangerous things
– Ultimo/Rey/Averno in the Cibernetico – which I want them to win more than anything else
* – they really need to have the whole crew bring their belts. Not only do you get the freakout when Averno is holding a NWA belt on a TNA show, but then someone has to explain why Ultimo Guerrero is the best-est despite the only one not having any gold.
– FdT wasting Extreme Tiger’s money away on food, drink, women and limo rides. And paying off cameraman not to pan up and show us their mystery man, of course. I didn’t even consider AAA ever bringing the money up again, that’s so not like them.
– Zorro confusing Super Fly and Pegasso for Pimpinela and May Flowers. Konnan mistaking not being able to tell them apart from other high flyers hits too close to home, but Zorro is a hilarious buffoon. Zorro is so great as a personality.
– Mesais attempting to run in, only to be taken out with a single cane shot. This might have made history, the first time Cibernetico or Mesias wanted to get at each other and Zorro didn’t get run over in the process.
– Hart Foundation II’s debut, for all five minutes it lasted.
– First couple matches were decently fun.
bits which can not possibly be explained:
– Black Abyss using Smells Like Teen Spirit.
bits which were not good
– the main event tag match. But what did we expect? Just that.
It doesn’t pay to be a Mexican midcarder with tenure in AAA right now. The Gladiatores reports Intocable is the next to leave the promotion and will be an independent in August. Probably should’ve seen this coming with they hyped a big deal to find new backup dancers for him, and then it was cut to one short clip and never mentioned again. Or maybe Intocable being left off TripleMania and Alan Stone seemingly taking over his role.
Intocable’s a different animal than Calo or Scorpio or some of the others – he’s certainly not the worker, but he does have some drawing ability. (If NWA Mexico was not a fictional promotion, they would be rushing to the phone to get Intocable signed – the hair match programs you could do with him would be a big help for a startup, and it’s not another guy who seems past his prime.)
We can be pretty sure Intocable wouldn’t be leaving AAA if Antonio Pena was still alive. Other people are in charge now, and they seem more interested in letting the roster wither away to a smaller size for TV purposes. You don’t need a lot of people if you’re just running six matches a week with generally the same people.
That’s the other thing, though – AAA’s not really a TV promotion. They run spot shows all over the country in between TV tapings, and even against tapings – Elegido, Alebrije, and Gronda versus the Psycho Circus was main eventing another show the same night as TripleMania. AAA’s not a public company, so everything’s just a guess, but I’m figuring those booking fees are a nice revenue stream for the company. There comes a point where you’ve dropped enough talent that you can’t staff as many shows anymore. (The foreign guys are going to be in and out and not fill all those dates. Intocable was especially valuable, because he could be sold as a main eventer while guys like CIbernetico and Parka had reduced value.)
Either other guys are going be working a lot more or AAA’s shifting how it does business. They haven’t lost/dropped enough guys where everything has to change, but it seems part of the slight change of direction in the last year.
CMLL (SUN) 06/15 Arena Mexico [cmll]
1) Sombra de Plata & Starman b Ramstein & Zayco
2) Mascarita Dorada, Pequeno Ninja, Shockercito b Nino de Acero, Pequeño Violencia, Pierrothito
3) Arkangel & Hooligan b Leono & Tony Rivera [Coliseo TAG, torneo, eightfinal]
4) Angel Azteca Jr. & Mascara Purpura b Caligula & Messala [Coliseo TAG, torneo, eightfinal]
5) Metalico & Metalik b Artillero & Super Comando [Coliseo TAG, torneo, eightfinal]
6) Rayo Tapatio I & Rayo Tapatio II b Euforia & Nosferatu [Coliseo TAG, torneo, eightfinal]
7) Angel Azteca Jr. & Mascara Purpura b Arkangel & Hooligan [Coliseo TAG, torneo, quarterfinal]
8) Euforia & Nosferatu b Metalico & Metalik [Coliseo TAG, torneo, quarterfinal]
9) Euforia & Nosferatu b Angel Azteca Jr. & Mascara Purpura [Coliseo TAG, torneo, semifinal]
10) Heavy Metal, Marco Corelone, Volador Jr. b Misterioso II, Olimpico, Rey Bucanero
11) Dr. Wagner Jr., Héctor Garza, Místico b Atlantis, Mr. Niebla, Último Guerrero
CMLL doesn’t actually spell out the first round matches, but you can sort them out based on the photos. It looks like Metalik got hurt in his second match – they’re got a still from the big screen replay, showing him going head first towards the floor. Note all 3 of the super novato teams lost in the first round.
Metal has a new tattoo on his bald head.
Mistico got UG clean to win the main event, but had a war of words with Dr. Wagner after the match. Hector had to play peacemaker. Mistico seemed to have a black protective wrist cover here.
Judging for the pictures, they sold zero tickets in the upper deck. There are sections in the middle that look vacant. Floor looks pretty full.
CMLL (SUN) 06/15 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Carlo Roggi & Novato b Milenio & Valentin Mayo
2) Depredador (Guadalajara) & Fraile de la Muerte b Idolo & Metal Blanco
3) Magnum, Metatron, Nube Roja DQ Exterminador, Güero Loco, Super Maquina
4) Cien Caras Jr. b Casanova
5) Gallo, La Máscara, La Sombra DQ Black Warrior, Mephisto, Sangre Azteca
6) Blue Panther & Dos Caras Jr. b Villano IV & Villano V
Panther beat V5 clean. Warrior stole Gallo’s mask in the semimain. Loco fouled Nube Roja earlier.
CMLL (TUE) 06/17 Arena Mexico [cmll, notimex]
1) Calígula & Méssala b Rayo Tapatío I & Rayo Tapatío II
2) Euforia, Nosferatu, Skandalo b Ángel Azteca Jr., Flash, Metálico
3) Hijo del Fantasma, Máscara Púrpura, Stuka Jr. b Bronco III, Vangelis, Virus
4) Damián 666, Mr. Águila, Texano Jr. b Negro Casas, Valiente, Volador Jr.
5) Atlantis, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero b Dos Caras Jr., Héctor Garza, Shocker
Dos blocked a foul from Atlantis in the third fall, so Atlantis yanked his mask instead and rolled him up for the pin.
Looks like one of the Rayo’s hurt a shoulder in the opener.
CMLL (TUE) 06/17 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [cmll]
1) Virgo b Azazel
2) Ebola b Depredador
3) Magnum b Infierno
4) Máscara Mágica b Leon Blanco
5) Rayman & Sagrado b Cien Caras Jr. & Universo 2000 [OCCIDENTE TAG]
6) Blue Panther & Marco Corelone DQ Villano IV & Villano V
7) Alex Koslov b Toscano
Toscano fouled Alex, and Alex still won. Sucks to be Toscano. V5 fouled Panther here. Rayman pinned Universo clean to retain the titles.
Ovaciones online paper isn’t working, but they actually posted their own articles on their website for the first time since the site redesign. Today, they’ve got a brief interview with Dr. Wagner about Niebla and LA Park.
box. If you look on the sidebar, there’s a link to this weekly post (which will update every week), as well as the links to the box and the AAA taping listing.
AAA US: Reina de Reinas + Kenzo vs Cibernetico
Sunday’s broadcast is bumped around to make room for the thrilling conclusion of the US/Barbados World Cup qualifying series. Technically, there could be over run issues if Barbados won 8-0 and they had to go to extra time. I think we’re safe.
FSE US: The semimain definitely airs here based on the listing, and I’m presuming Caifan’s debut lands here as well.
CAN52: Wagner’s match from Father’s day from sure, and I think the minis match from last Sunday.
AAA MEX: based on the last few big shows, this should be a two part airing with the title match and the hair match airing this week. That’s assuming that they don’t do anything unusual because of the PPV, and that’s uncharted ground here. They do have the Expo show sitting around, but that only takes care of one of the two weeks they need to fill until the next run of tapings.
CMLL: back to the usual top 3.
FSE Mex: Semimain from 06/15 is listed. Possibly the Coliseo Tag Team Tournament, which will have to be compressed to make it all on TV.
Cadena3: No women, so maybe it’ll actually be top 4 this time. Flash faces the Infernales in the first match that’ll air, which may mean something in a week.
Still don’t understand why Vangelis is here. If CMLL really thought Mistico needed a Mexican National Title, they should’ve had him done a match with Sangre on TV.* The thing is, after the fact, I’m less fired up about because Vangelis really isn’t getting booked that much and it’s not like he’s the only thing standing between me and really interesting CMLL.
* and then, as a make good for Sangre, they bring back the Super Light title so he can win that. Which gives Sangre and Shadow something to feud with, since doing quick mask match challenges based on a mythical (and non-existent) feud in Japan is a bit harder to get into.
I didn’t have space in this clip to slip in Grey Shadow’s promos, but they remain interesting. He’s doing them in English, but they don’t bother to subtitle them or have someone translate them (though there’s enough there that I think most people can figure it out and the announcers can explain it.) It’s not like his promos have been all that much better than his first go around these parts, and those were memorably bad. It’s still weird to me that Marco and Alex do (or attempt) interviews in Spanish and the man of mysterious Hispanic origin (from LA!) does not; if you didn’t know who Grey Shadow was, you might think he wasn’t really Hispanic and they just put a mask on him to obscure it.
(notimex) Ultimo Guerrero and Rey Bucanero have their work visas! Still not believing it until they get to the ring. In the article, Rey’s asked if he talked to Alex Koslov about what TNA’s like, and Rey says “No, I don’t talk to girls.” Nothing addresses why they’re just getting their visas now.
SuperLuchas suggests that the blame for CMLL previous not making the TNA tapings last week might be with TNA – they didn’t get half of Team Japan or Doug Williams there either. (Then again, maybe they weren’t supposed to be there until this taping?)
This reminds me – if we’re to believe Averno is still participating in this tournament (and that article says yes), that means he’s gotta fly out to Guadalajara for the tag title match on Sunday, then probably back to Mexico City, then Orlando by Monday night unless someone thinks to get him a direct (and long flight.)
AAA (MON) 06/16 Arena Cuatro Caminos Nuevo Laredo [El Manana, main event]
1) Cinthia Moreno & Fabi Apache b La Diabólica & Mari Apache
2) Casandro, Hombre Sin Miedo, Magno b Escorpion Negro, Rey Escorpion, Tito Santana II
3) Cibernetico, Alan Stone, Sangre Chicana b Kenzo Suzuki, Antifaz, Mesias