02/03: DF wrestler of the year, Naucalpan, GDL, lineups

Arturo Rivera‘s column talks about the end of Hector Garza’s career (as if he did not read the part that said “four years from now, maybe”) and says Ron Killings finishes up with AAA at Rey de Reyes before rejoining WWE. Rivera thinks this is proof WWE pays attention to AAA, neglecting to mention Killings was in TNA since the time it got started.

The latest SuperLuchas has a notice from the DF Box Y Lucha commission, announcing a few national 2007 awards. Blue Demon and Mil Mascaras are going to be inducted into the Mexico Sports Hall of Fame. Pompin is Referee of the Year. Paco Alonso is Promoter of the Year. Blue Panther is Wrestler of The Year. I love Blue Panther, he did win the main event of the anniversary show, but there’s a bit of a credibility gap on that award. Anyway, these awards all will be officially given out at the Mexico Sports award ceremony in March.

IWRG (THU) 01/31 Arena Naucalpan [SuperLuchas #249]
1) Bacteria b Comando Gama
2) Avisman & Star Boy b Rockero del Diablo & Seiya
3) Fantasma de la Ópera, Filoso (IWRG), Freelance b Kalimari, Kushida, Puma King
4) Bogeman, Multifacético, Ultraman Jr. b Cerebro Negro, Cyborg, Veneno
5) Villano III & Villano IV DRAW Hijo del Cien Caras & Mascara Ano 2000 Jr. [super libre]

Main event was filled with fouls, ref bumps, and a double pin finish. They rematch next week in a title match. I think I’m okay not seeing IWRG right now.

indy (SUN) 01/27 Arena San Juan Pantitlan [SuperLuchas #249]
1) Black Bird & Gringo Sin Ley b Azteca Budokan & Mini Head Hunter I [torneo Perla Rey, 1st]
2) Mohicano I & Mohicano II b Mini Head Hunter II & Ultra Star [torneo Perla Rey, 1st]
3) Danger & Menedor b Centinela de la Muerte & Superman [torneo Perla Rey, 1st]
4) Maquina Destructora & Tony Cirio b Luis Cirio & Terror Boricua [torneo Perla Rey, 1st]
5) Ahijado de la Muerte & Black Hunter b Manny Cirio & Principe Celeste I [torneo Perla Rey, 1st]
6) La Mosca & Principe Celeste II b Bravo del Norte & Cosmico (indy) [torneo Perla Rey, 1st]
7) Hombre Arana & Rey Dragon b Dinamico II & Maquina de la Muerte [torneo Perla Rey, 1st]
8) Coco Verde & Insecto b Batman & Guardian [torneo Perla Rey, 1st]
9) Mohicano I & Mohicano II b Black Bird & Gringo Sin Ley [torneo Perla Rey, qf]
10) Maquina Destructora & Tony Cirio b Danger & Menedor [torneo Perla Rey, qf]
11) La Mosca & Principe Celeste II b Ahijado de la Muerte & Black Hunter [torneo Perla Rey, qf]
12) Hombre Arana & Rey Dragon b Coco Verde & Insecto [torneo Perla Rey, qf]
13) Mohicano I & Mohicano II b Maquina Destructora & Tony Cirio [torneo Perla Rey, sf]
14) La Mosca & Principe Celeste II b Hombre Arana & Rey Dragon [torneo Perla Rey, sf]
15) Dinamico II, Rayo Tapatío II, Starman b Dr. Cerebro, Luis Cirio, Ramstein
16) La Mosca & Principe Celeste b Mohicano I & Mohicano II [torneo Perla Rey, final]

OR, as a bracket

Gringo Sin Ley & Black Bird---------
Mini Hunter I & Azteca Budokan------               |
Mohicano I & Mohicano II------------               |              |
|Mochianos-----               |
Ultra Star & Mini Head Hunter II----                              |
Danger & Mendor---------------------                              |              |
|Danger/Mendor-               |              |
Centinela de la Muerte & Supermán---               |              |              |
|Tony/Maquina--               |
Tony Cirio & Máquina Destructora----               |                             |
|Tony/Maquina--                              |
Luis Cirio & Terror Boricua---------                                             |La Mosca
|Principe Celeste II
Black Hunter & Ahijado de la Muerte-                                             |
|Hunter/Muerte-                              |
Príncipe Celeste I & Manny Cirio----               |                             |
|Mosca/Celeste-               |
La Mosca & Príncipe Celeste II------               |              |              |
|Mosca/Celeste-               |              |
Bravo del Norte & Cósmico (indy)----                              |              |
Rey Dragón & Hombre Araña-----------                              |
|Dragon/Arana--               |
Máquina de la Muerte & Dinámico II--               |              |
Coco Verde & Insecto----------------               |
Guardián & Batman-------------------

CMLL (SUN) 02/03 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [mediotiempo]
5) Exterminador b Ebola [hair]
6) Averno, Olímpico, Último Guerrero b Grey Shadow, Marco Corelone, Sagrado

Corelone took a foul in the main event.

Why is MedioTiempo’s recap of Friday’s show illustrated with a Jushin Lyger/Dr. Wagner Jr. picture?

Super Luchas #249 has John Cena’s return, and Averno & Mephisto as champs.

Ovaciones mentions IWRG has released monthly rankings for it’s divisions, and lists all the current #1 contenders.

Title      Champion               #1 Contender
Welter     Black Terry            Oficial Fierro
S. Welter  Mistico                Cerebro Negro
Middle     Negro Casas            Damian 666
Heavy      Canek                  Rayo de Jalisco Jr.
Trios      Esuadron de la Merte   Dinamita Juniors

La Parka Jr. is listed as wrestling on at least on house show this week. I hope it’s false advertising, or he ends up just making an non-wrestling appearance. The guy needs to rest.

CMLL (THU) 02/07 Arena Neza
1) Astro Boy & Trueno vs Calígula & Méssala
2) Bam Bam vs Tzuki, Fantasy, Pequeño Olímpico, Shockercito, Electrico, Pequeño Damian 666, Pequeño Halloween, Mr. Aguilita, Pierrothito, Pequeño Violencia, Pequeno Universo 2000 [ciber]
3) Damián 666, Héctor Garza, Terrible vs Olímpico, Rey Bucanero, Universo 2000

RudosDeNeza, bring a video camera! I’d take a cell phone one, even.

CMLL (SUN) 02/10 Arena Coliseo
1) Sensei & Trueno vs Vaquero & Zayco
2) Astro Boy, Metálico, Neutrón vs Dr. X, Hooligan, Súper Comando
3) Fabián el Gitano, Máscara Púrpura, Mictlán vs Ohara, Shigeo Okumura, Virus
4) Alex Koslov, Felino, Máximo vs Black Warrior, Olímpico, Satánico
5) Blue Panther, Dos Caras Jr., Místico vs Averno, Héctor Garza, Mephisto

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CMLL CAN52 GdR #115

taped 01/27/08, aired 02/02

That match was all sorts of ugly even before and after that injury. Disappointing. Neutron is listed on next Sunday’s lineup, so maybe it’s not a big deal, but it sure seemed that way.

Hope you’re not expecting me to be around taping DeporTV highlights on SuperBowl Sunday.

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AAA 02/02/08

taped some mysterious time over the holidays, aired 02/02/08 in the US

Stuff you can actually take from this show

– you can get in a whole more wrestling with when time isn’t wasted on three minute long entrances for every single person.

– AAA would prefer you forget Charly climbed up the ladder and only then decided the tag team titles weren’t worth his time. They still showed the HBs forcing Lider to win the match, so it’s not completely clean.

– I can start 1h40m behind a best of show and still catch up way before it ends.

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02/01 AAA TV Results (Puebla, 2)

Previous: 12/14 (Chilpancingo), 01/19 (Guanajuato), 01/26 (Puebla, 1)

AAA TV (FRI) 02/01 Plaza de Toros El Relicario, Puebla, Puebla [morgan_alebrije]
1) Ayako Hamada, La Diabólica, Mari Apache b Estrellita, Fabi Apache, Sexy Star
2) Jesse, Nygma, Polvo de Esterllas, Yuriko b Angel Mensajero, Argenis, Billy Boy, Pimpinela Escarlata
3) Killer Clown, Psycho Clown, Zombie Clown b Decnnis, Scorpio Jr., Zumbido
4) Ron Killings, X-Pac, Zorro b Juventud Guerrera, Laredo Kid, Oriental
5) Brazo de Plata, Elegido, Mascara Divina b Cuervo, Escoria, Ozz
6) Charly Manson, Chessman, Naomichi Marafuji b Abismo Negro, Kenzo Suzuki, Takeshi Mosishima

projected air date
Mexico: 02/10
US: 03/02

The big angle on the show had nothing to do with any of the matches. Before the fourth match, Konnan interrupted a Parka promo and complained about not being booked on this show. Prez Roldan promised a surprise for Konnan on Monday. (Which is not a taping.) I’m guessing this is the announcement of Cibernetico’s return.

Main event came finish had the Hell Brothers clearing knocking Japanese rudos out of the ring and following with dives. This left Marafuji and Abismo, and Abismo grabbed Marafuji for the Martiente. Who made the save? Morishima, who debuted and turned within twenty minutes. YAY. Marafuji DDTed Abismo for the win, and the NOAH guys celebrated with the Hell Brothers guys before the Legion came out to whine. Apparently the NOAH guys are going to help AAA end the scourge of the Foreign Legion. I wonder if NOAH’s in between tours on 03/16? Their next one appears to finish at 03/02 (and Morishima may be NOAH champ at that time.)

Besides the main, it was an all rudo win show.
– Scoria yanked Elegido’s mask to win the unadvertised semimain
– Juvi had the semimain won, but Alicia distracted the refs and Zorro stole the win. Clowns
– Payasos now have 29 wins in a row and destroyed Guapito.
– The Apache’s have sadly gone into reruns: Billy Boy accidentally hit Fabi in a post opening match scrum with Gran Apache and Mari, and Fabi may have not so accidentally hit Billy in the second match.
– Angel Mensjaero, who may be Alliens alter ego, replaced Cassandro for no announced reason. Hope he’s not going three months again.

Update: Should’ve thought of this first – of course SportsNavi from Japan was covering this show because of the NOAH tie-ins. They say the show was a 6,000 person sellout, though I thought the fan recap said it was not full. Main event went 16:38.

Upcoming Tapings
02/10: Plaza de Toros de Ixtapaluca, EdM
02/15: Auditorio Jose Maria Artega, Queretaro
02/23: Centro de Convenciones, Minatitlan, Veracruz
03/01: Plaza de Toros La Concordia, Orizaba, Veracruz
03/05: Gimnasio Miguel Barragan de San Luis Potosi
03/09: Plaza de Toros de Texcoc, Mexico State
03/16: Plaza de Toros Monumental, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon (Reyes de Reyes)

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02/02: Mexico, lineups, AAA tapings, GdR

CMLL (FRI) 02/01 Arena Mexico [SuperLuchas, ESTO, manslipkorn]
1) Ángel Azteca Jr. & Neutrón b Calígula & Méssala
2) Euforia, Nosferatu, Satánico b Mascara Purpura, Mictlán, Stuka Jr.
3) Blue Panther, La Máscara, Shocker b Misterioso II, Mr. Águila, Villano V
4) Grey Shadow, LA Park, Místico b el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Héctor Garza, Terrible
5) Averno & Mephisto b Atlantis & Último Guerrero [CMLL TAG]

Challengers won the first fall, champions won the second. Mephisto and Atlantis were eliminated from the final fall, but Mephisto snuck in to foul UG, and Averno covered for the title change. Main event falls went 6.5 minutes, 2.5 minutes and 35 (!) minutes.

After the match, Perro Aguayo Jr. showed up to recruit Averno & Mephisto to join Perros del Mal. Superluchas and Ovaciones says they accepted. ESTO says they did not. Based on next week’s lineup, I’m thinking they’ve accepted at least for now. Where does this leave Ephesto?

Averno’s now a three belt champion, holding the tag titles and both middleweight titles.

Tecnicos won the semimain in straight falls. Mistico was said to have a bad night and Grey Shadow didn’t make a huge impression. It soumds as though his flying moves were good but he needs to work on his brawling. Perro and Hector seem to have brought their newly won WWA Tag Team belts here. Maybe Averno & Mepisto can win those too.

CMLL (TUE) 02/05 Arena Mexico
1) Rayo Tapatío I & Rayo Tapatío II vs Pólvora & Zayco
2) Celestial, Electrico, Pequeño Olímpico vs Fire, Pequeño Violencia, Pierrothito
3) Flash, Máscara Púrpura, Stuka Jr. vs Euforia, Nosferatu, Virus
4) Alex Koslov, Heavy Metal, Último Dragón vs Olímpico, Sangre Azteca, Universo 2000
5) Dos Caras Jr., Dr. Wagner Jr., Valiente vs Atlantis, Lizmark Jr., Rey Bucanero

That tercera looks pretty fun.

CMLL (FRI) 02/08 Arena Mexico
1) Ángel Azteca Jr. & Sombra de Plata vs Apocalipsis & Ramstein
2) Dark Angel, Goddess, Marcela vs Amapola, Hiroka, Rosa Negra
3) La Máscara, Sagrado, Último Dragón vs Diamante Negro, Ephesto, Virus
4) Blue Panther, Grey Shadow, La Sombra vs Black Warrior, Olímpico, Sangre Azteca
5) Averno, el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Héctor Garza, Mephisto vs Atlantis, Lizmark Jr., Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero

Goddess made it to Arena Mexico quick.

AAA’s posted a complete list of tapings for the next two months.
02/10: Plaza de Toros, Ixtapaluca, Mexico State
02/15: Auditorio Jose Maria Artega, Queretaro
02/23: Centro de Convenciones, Minatitlan, Veracruz
03/01: Plaza de Toros La Concordia, Orizaba, Veracruz
03/05: Gimnasio Miguel Barragan de San Luis Potosi
03/09: Plaza de Toros de Texcoc, Mexico State
03/16: Plaza de Torods Monumental, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon – Rey de Reyes?

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on CAN52 (and not on SKY anymore) #115 has
01/27 Coliseo: Ángel Azteca Jr., Flash, Neutrón DQ Arkangel de la Muerte, Loco Max, Nitro
01/27 Coliseo: Blue Panther, Marco Corelone, Negro Casas b Damián 666, Héctor Garza, Texano Jr

Neutron’s injury looked brutal. It would not be a surprise if he’s out for a while, but I haven’t heard any updates.

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Averno & Mephisto won the tag titles

They’re now 2 time champions, and the 25th overall. It ended with Averno pinning Ultimo Guerrero.

I need to get myself a countdown timer. September 26th sounds right.

(please don’t mistake me: if Averno/Mistico actually goes down, I’d be thrilled.)

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02/01: Mexico preview, San Diego, Naucalpan, Tijuana

Today’s international focus of lucha libre will be on the 02/01 AAA Taping, where NOAH wrestlers Naomichi Marafuji and Takeshi Mosishima make cameos (in a match likely to be decided by a Mr. Niebla run-in.) To me, the CMLL show is much more interesting.

CMLL (FRI) 02/01 Arena Mexico
1) Ángel Azteca Jr. & Neutrón Tony Rivera vs Calígula & Méssala
2) Mascara Purpura, Mictlán, Stuka Jr. vs Euforia, Nosferatu, Satánico
3) Blue Panther, La Máscara, Shocker vs Misterioso II, Mr. Águila, Villano V
4) Grey Shadow, LA Park, Místico vs el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Héctor Garza, Terrible
5) Atlantis & Último Guerrero vs Averno & Mephisto [CMLL TAG]

First Generation Satanico Student vs Second Generation Satanico Student. All of these guys have been rudos since hooking up with Satanico, so this is a quite unlikely match. Averno and Mephisto will always be grouped in with the Ultimo Guerrero style of rudos but have never been able to supplant UG. They would not, even with a win here, because UG’s young enough that he won’t be going anywhere for a long time, but Averno & Mephisto can move to the same level.

Since I now totally believe Averno vs Mistico is the Anniversary main event (which forces me to believe they have a plan for September), I’m going with a title change here to continue the build, and maybe we can get some Averno/Mephisto vs UG/Rey rematches down the road. This one should be pretty good too.

Semimain is the debut of Grey Shadow, right in the middle of a couple feuds. ESTO lists him as 176 cm and 82 kg, having wrestled in the US and Japan and having been at the same wrestling school as Alex Koslov. Jose Moreno, earlier guessed as possibly the man beneath the mask, first the last requirement. Can’t find much results from him past ’05.

Let’s hope whomever it is doesn’t pull a Sagrado.

Even without Grey Shadow debuting, that’d be an interesting semimain: Perro versus two of his big rivals from 2007. Like all CMLL rivalries from 2007, these are completely unresolved feuds with both sides talking about doing the big match and not actually doing it. Crowd should be into this match, and I’d presume the Perros are going to end up cheered by the end.

Shocker and Mr. Aguila are working third from the top. Satanico’s teaming up with his Third Generation guys against a returning Mascara Purpura. Neutron’s out due to injury.

Averno vows to win the the tag team titles tonight, no matter the cost. NotiMex sees the title match as a toss up. Atlantis respects his opponents, saying Averno & Mephisto are a 9.9. (UG/Atlantis are a 10, natuarlly.) LA Park talked to ESTO about not really caring if he’s a tecnico or rudo, and defeating Dr. Wagner at the special IWRG show on Wednesday.

LLII (SUN) 01/27 Show Palace, Oceanside, CA [thegladiatores]
1) China Fox b Mexus
2) Locura & Matt Twizted b Bandido & Socal Crazy
3) Quinta Dimension & Sigma b Extassis & Faraon de Occidente
4) Pandillero I & Pandillero II b Ruby Gardenia & Socal Crazy
5) Durango Kid & Silver King b Chilango & Volador Jr.

Rudos got the main event win with a little help from Rey Bucanero. Bucanero worked with the rest of the main event crew on the LA Dojo show, and will be back here on 02/10 to face Volador in a tag match.

IWRG (SUN) 01/27 Arena Naucalpan [thegladiatores]
1) Halcon Salvaje b Rey Estruendo
2) Puma King & Rockero del Diablo b Bacteria & Duendecillo
3) Filoso IWRG, Freelance, Star Boy b Nemesis IWRG, Trauma I, Trauma II
4) Kalimari, Masada, Veneno, Yujiro Kushida b Centauro, Fantasma de la Opera, Freelance, Pantera
5) Black Terry, Enterrador 2000, Hijo del Cien Caras b Bogeman, Multifacético, Rayo de Jalisco Jr.

Rayo attempted to give Hijo de Cien Caras a martinete, but Caras slipped free, fouled him, and pinned him. Serves Rayo right. Veneno slipped in a foul on Pantera, who appears to be wrestling in his mask again here.

IWRG (WED) 01/30 Roots Magic Club [thegladiatores, ovaciones]
1) Oficial 911, Oficial AK 47, Oficial Fierro b Freelance, Gemelo Fantastico I, Gemelo Fantastico II
2) Bogeman, Multifacético, Ultramán Jr. b Kalimari, Masada, Veneno
3) Hijo del Cien Caras, LA Park, Mascara Ano 2000 Jr. b Dr. Wagner Jr., Rayman, Rayo de Jalisco Jr.

Rayman was hurt in the main event, and Rayo left to help him to the back. Despite being down 1 to 3, it still took Park sneaking in a low blow to beat Wagner. But Park did win.

Mr. Reyes posted photos from Thursday’s IWRG show.

WWA (THU) 01/31 Auditorio de Tijuana [d3v1lb0y @ box y lucha]
4) El Dandy, Super Astro, Tarzan Boy b Damián 666, Ramses, Rey Misterio Sr.
5) el Hijo del Perro Aguayo & Héctor Garza b Dr. Wagner Jr. & Shocker [WWA TAG]

Third fall of the main event saw Shocker pinned, Garza pinned, and Garza sneak back in to yank Wagner’s mask. Tarzan turned into the semifinal.

RFC referenced this earlier this week, but Milenio talks more about upheaval in the Monterrey Box Y Lucha comission. The commissioner was forced out, just a day after being honored for his work and right before weigh-ins for a boxing match.

indy (SUN) 02/17 Poliforum Zamna de Merida [Yucacool @ el Martiente]
1) La Chona, Sexy Geminis, Torinto vs Halcon Rojo, Johny Reyna, Lobo Salvaje
2) Angelito Vengador vs Arkanos [mask]
3) el Hijo Del Anibal & Rayman vs Hijo del Cien Caras & Mascara Ano 2000 Jr.
4) Blue Demon Jr. & Latin Lover vs Héctor Garza & LA Park

Latin’s working this show as an independent wrestler.

CMLL (SUN) 02/03 Arena Solidaridad [RFC]
1) Dark Angel & Diana la Cazadora vs Poly Star & Princesa Sujei
2) Sky vs Turbina
3) Morvius & Raiden vs Caifan Rockero I & Estrella Dorado Jr.
4) Diluvio Negro I, Máscara Púrpura, Stuka Jr. vs Hator, Potro Jr., Virus

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01/31: Guadalajara

Ovaciones’ headline today is “Hector Garza to retire!” Article says Hector plans to retire…in four years. Maybe.

CMLL (TUE) 01/29 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Azazel b Quazar
2) El Idolo b El Egipcio
3) Casanova & Metatron b Rey Trueno & Super Maquina
4) Exterminador b Carlo Roggi
5) Tony Rivera DQ Malefico
6) Atlantis & Último Guerrero b La Sombra & Volador Jr.
7) Black Warrior b Dr. Wagner Jr.

In the 5th match, Malefico faked a low blow in the first fall. Mascara Magica was Malefico’s second, and both rudos beat up Tony to get DQed in the second and third fall. Black Warrior snuck in a foul in the main event.

CMLL (TUE) 02/05 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Virgo vs Guero Loco
2) Estrella de Jalisco vs El Egipcio
3) Casanova & Idolo vs Rey Trueno & Super Maquina
4) Metal Blanco & Metatron vs Infierno & Mr. Trueno
5) Leon Blanco, Leono, Tony Rivera vs Malefico, Máscara Mágica, Texano Jr.
6) Místico & Negro Casas vs Misterioso II & Último Guerrero

CMLL (MON) 02/04 Arena Puebla
1) Asturiano, Forajido, Legionario vs Karisma, Toro Bill Jr., Zigma
2) Centella de Oro, Lestat, Starman vs Fuerza Chicana, Negro Navarro, Siki Osama Jr.
3) La Máscara, Mascara Purpura, Valiente vs Ohara, Shigeo Okumura, Skandalo
4) La Sombra, Negro Casas, Volador Jr. vs Mascara Ano 2000 Jr., Último Guerrero, Universo 2000
5) Atlantis vs Blue Panther [NWA LH]

RFC says AAA’s Rey de Reyes will be on 03/16, in either Guadalajara or Monterrey.

indy (TUE) 01/29 Cortijo de la Feria, Leono [am.com.mx]
1) Chico Rebelde, La Momia, Skud b Ebola, Espíritu, Fuerza K9

A group (led by Espiritu?) is apparently running Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday shows at the fair. Espiritu hurt his shoulder in this match.

Sombrepuesto podcast has an interview with the original Mascarita Sagrada.

Lucha Va Voom runs in LA from 02/12 to 02/14 with Ultimo Guerrero, Incognito, and Cassandro. Some PWG types are among the regulars. Los Crazy Chickens may be my new favorite gimmick.

Superluchas has started their own wikiproject, to cover the entire world of wrestling.

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02/01-02/03 Lucha Times


FSE-US: moved to the afternoon as to not take away ratings from the Super Bowl. Virus and Sangre Azteca attempt to hold up questionable rudo sides and yet more Fabian el Gitano.

FSE has tons live soccer during the week, so no lucha replays.

AAA-US: Best of, part 2. Dave Meltzer said this 2 hours later slot is the new firm spot, so lucha in the US will be overlapping lucha in Mexico.

CAN52: the demise of Neutron! Also Panther/Marco/Negro vs Los Perros


CMLL: 1h45m listed, so probably just the top 3.

AAA-US: quick turn around with the 01/26 taping. Try to figure out who Argenis is before the rest of us.

FSE: Dragon/tecnicos vs lesser Guerreros. (No offense, Sangre.)

CadenaTres: do not stomp the Valiente. It’s really odd previewing this show when I just posted results earlier in the day.

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