CMLL (TUE) 01/18 Arena Mexico [CMLL (via Estrellas del Ring), Cesar]
1) Apocalipsis & Cholo b Camaleón & Freesbe
2) Marcela b Princesa Blanca, Dark Angel, Goya Kong, Estrellita, Princesa Sujei, Tiffany, La Comandante, Luna Mágica, Zeuxis, Lluvia, Mima Shimoda, Dalys la Caribeña, La Seductora [#1 Contenders, CMLL WOMEN]
3) Euforia, Nosferatu, Vangelis b Ángel de Oro, Fuego, Sagrado
4) Atlantis, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero b La Máscara, La Sombra, Místico
La Mascara replaced Mascara Dorada, who worked for a week after the Tokyo Dome and hasn’t been seen since. RadioCMLL mentioned his knee problems in explaining why he wasn’t on the show, but that’s the only official word. If it wasn’t for the trios title defense, I don’t think Dorada would be going on this tour and he’s probably getting more time off it after.
Rudos took the first and third clean, with an Atlantida and Bucanero Destroyer.
Women’s match is listed in reverse order of elimination, with Sujei & Estrellita being the required double pin. They did a battle royal for sides before the match, so the match was full of rudo/rudo and tecnico/tecnico matches. Cesar says the cibernetico was very exciting, but it’s amazing CMLL has made me feel disappointed with getting an Amapola/Marcela. That’s probably going to be a pretty good match. It probably was all 9 other times they’ve done that match during this title reign. I’d still rather see a new idea be tried (even if fails) than CMLL running the same old idea into the ground.
Happier note: first win of the year for Cholo!
CMLL (TUE) 01/18 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Fuego en el Ring]
1) In Memoriam b Hierro
2) Demus 3:16 & Durango Kid b Robin & Sensei
3) Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno DQ Puma King & Tiger Kid
4) Shigeo Okumura, Virus, Yoshihashi b Delta, Metal Blanco, Stuka Jr.
5) Héctor Garza & Volador Jr. b Rush & Super Porky
A stupendous night for evil doers!
Rudos took the main event and semimain (Virus on Stuka) clean.
Rookie referee Samurai was out of position in the tercera, and so Mr. Trueno faked a foul from Puma King to get the win again. Truenos 2, Cats 0, but somehow Puma talked Mr. Trueno into defending his Occidente Middleweight championship. Do the Truenos no longer have the Pacific Coast tag team titles? Note to JCR: please air these matches on Teleformua. Please. Thank you!
Rafa el Maya think he should be CMLL Referee of the Year for officiating 32 title and apuesta matches in 2010. I didn’t know there was such an award, but it’s CMLL press release so something’s up. This feels like a setup to Tirantes winning, somehow.
Mi Lucha Libre has a good interview with Tribal, a DTU & IWL luchador who’s shown up in AAA dark matches. (Trivia: he was one of the opponents for the original Bizarros one and only AAA match.) He says he moved to Puebla to train under Black Tiger when he was 16, has learned from Gran Apache and now trains with El Mexicano. They have another interview with Halcon 78 Jr., who the son of Halcon 78/El Mexicano and La Briosa. Halcon 78 is a tecnico gimmick, but Briosa is a famous ruda and wants her son to be more rudo-ish.
Sangre Azteca insists he’s 100% rudo, he just happens to be in feuds with all rudos. Denial is not just a river in Egypt.
CMLL (TUE) 01/25 Arena Mexico
1) Leono, Molotov, Starman vs Durango Kid, Escorpion, Tiger Kid
2) Ángel Azteca Jr., Ángel de Plata, Sensei vs Hooligan, Loco Max, Nitro
3) Diamante, Metro, Valiente vs Euforia, Vangelis, Virus
4) Amapola vs Marcela [CMLL WOMEN]
5) Blue Panther, Máscara Dorada, Super Porky vs Héctor Garza, Mr. Águila, Olímpico
Mascara Dorada is the only guy on the NJPW tour working this show. Except he’s not going to be working this show.
I guess Puma couldn’t challenge for the tag titles because Tiger Kid will be back in Mexico City on the important business of wrestling Leono.