Mex Trios champs retain, Gran Alternativa, MarcoTV, Perros del Mal PPV

CMLL (TUE) 04/06 Arena Mexico [@cmllmagazine]
1) Cholo & Mortiz b Camaleón & Robin
2) Eléctrico, Pequeño Olímpico, Último Dragoncito b Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Warrior, Pierrothito
3) Delta, Fuego, Rush b Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus
4) Máscara Dorada, Metro, Stuka Jr. b Dragon Rojo Jr., Misterioso II, Sangre Azteca [MEX TRIOS]
5) Místico, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero b La Sombra, Sagrado, Toscano

For a man going back to the tecnico side, Mistico has no issue fighting them here, including going after Sagrado’s mask. Rudos took it in 2, UG pinning Sombra with his feet on the ropes.

MSM Fly retained in their first defense. Misterioso is the lucha bad luck charm. I now figure this tecnico trio will never lose…until the Metro sponsorship runs out and they vacate the title when he gets  a new identity.

Two guys hurt. Ultimo Dragoncito’s usual killer tope on Pierrothito was a bit too close to living up to it’s name, and Camaleon was helped out after taking Mortiz’s Spanish Fly. Three straight matches with that spot with Mortiz, an odd deal for an opener and probably not a finish everyone’s going to want to take.

Pictures are up for Tuesday’s GDL show, but no results yet.

Today’s Ovaciones reports the annual Gran Alternativa will return next Friday. The first round will be 04/16, the second round will be 04/23 and the finals will be on (Kid’s Day) 04/30. Ovaciones notes they don’t know how many teams will be in the tournament; a 3 weeks tournament usually means a 16 team tournament, but the Gran Alternativa has always been eight teams. Maybe they’d actually just do three matches a week, giving them more time? That’d be different.

Last year’s winner were Yujiro and Okumura. (Maybe Semental actually gets in this year?) The last few years, there’s been an informal rule of “no repeat rookies”, though they can always change their mind on this. I’m sure they can find 8 rookies, and I believe they can find 16, but I’m not sure that’d leave a lot for next year.

As noted by helpful people, the person the Gladiatores were hinting at running the MTV2 show appears to be Marco Corleone. The MTV2 shows will be one hour, 52 weeks long, and all new material taped just for this show. (This sounds VASTLY more interesting than cut up AAA.) They’ll be using both US and Mexican wrestlers. Still seems the Mexican talent will be from AAA, but the thought process behind AAA’s tryout in LA becomes really clear – they needed guys for this show that’d be easier to get to than the AAA guys. Looking forward to seeing how this one turns out.

In something that was probably reported first by PWInsider, but I’m linking elsewhere because I care about your computer’s safety, Valiente Entertainment’s PPV show in New York has offically been canceled. That seemed to be the case a week ago, but now they’re saying they’ll be taping 04/30 in Mexicali…which is a previously announced Perros del Mal show.  That card is a pretty standard Perros taping (Perros vs Santo/Demon/Park, Chary/X-Fly), and I wonder if it might still air on TVCDeportes.

Angel Azteca Jr., Angel de Plata, La Sombra, Molotov and Ultimo Dragoncito visited children in the hospital. I bet Dragoncito could compare scars.

Cronicas and Leyendas looks back at Gran Davis, starting with his wrestling career.

Veneno’s blog has photos from him back in Panama.

Apparently, video game reviewers checking out the AAA video game also got to meet Elegido. I’ve never been sadder not to be approved AAA media. I don’t think Elegido can take a picture with his shirt on, it’d just feel too weird for him. Nice to know the video game is still existing.

R de Rudo has a letter from a fan upset at Sangre Azteca.

Kcidis remembers Solitario.

LuchaWorld has the best of 2009, 90-81!

After the break, a quick comparison:

BAD

GOOD

Thank you.

AAA on Televisa #928 (03/06/2010)

Gimnasio Lazano Cardenas, Salamanca, 02/07/2010

Gato Eveready, Lasser Boy, Relampago vs Rio Bravo II, Tigre Cota, Tito Santana: and so, in week 2, the announcers start of the match by calling Lasser Boy “Super Boy” for a while, then he loses clean to a guy who’s only on TV half the time and booked as an opening card act. CMLL put more effort into Dragon Rojo, and it wasn’t even their movie! Oh well.

Fabi Apache & Mari Apache vs Alex Koslov & Sexy Star: far better than I expected. Alex sold like crazy for the Apaches, like they were a serious threat. He got the win, but it was not an easy one. Extreme Tiger is kind of a jerk.

Crazy Boy & Extreme Tiger vs Joe Lider & Nicho el Millionario: if I wasn’t so done with the Hermandad, I think I would’ve been okay with this. Seven minutes to the point, and the right guy took the pinfall.

Cibernético, Monster Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Alex Koslov, Chessman, Konnan, Zorro – Cibernetico seemed pretty fine for getting the crap beat out of him last week. This was good when the CiberClowns were on offense, less so the other way. I don’t know if it’s the people involved or because there’s no real set units in the Legion, but there’s never a lot of teamwork stuff with the Legion.

El Mesías & Marco Corleone vs Dr. Wagner Jr. & Electroshock: Usual bit with all four guys. Finish looked good.

04/06 AAA TV Results (Puebla)

AAA TV (TUE) 04/06 Gimnasio San Damian, San Martin Texmelucan, Puebla [AAA]
1) Billy Boy, Decnnis, El Brazo b Atomic Boy, Gato Eveready, Laredo Kid
2) Alex Koslov & Rain b Aerostar & Fabi Apache
3) Extreme Tiger, Jack Evans, Rocky Romero b Cuervo, Escoria, Ozz
4) Joe Lider, Konnan, Nicho el Millionario b Cibernético, El Mesías, Heavy Metal
5) Chessman, Kenzo Suzuki, Zorro b Dr. Wagner Jr., Electroshock, Silver King

2010 AAA TV Chart
Projected Air Date (#934, #935)
Mexico: 04/18, 04/25
US: 05/01, 05/08

Five matches for two shows is a bit sparse.

After the Metrosexuals won the opener, Hilario beat up Atomic Boy. Then all the Legion walked out and beat up the tecnicos. For some reason, this made the Metrosexuals upset, but Dorian told them to go to the back. Konnan did another promo talking about how the Legion were winning all the titles, noting their progress so far. Joaquin Roldan, Heavy Metal, Cibernetico, Mesias, Rocky Romero, Jack Evans and Xtreme Tiger ran them out of the ring and talked after, with Cibernetico and Mesias saying Konnan was controlling Dorian and he should list to his parents.

Sexi Star replaced Rain. Aero had Alex pinned, but Piero was distracted by Tirantes. Alex got Aero with the crossface.

Jack pinned Scoria thanks to a fast count from Tirantes. Jack had Scoria in a german suplex, and Tirantes thought Jack was pinned, not Scoria, but it was the other way around. Not sure why he can’t just say Jack was pinned.

Metal beat Nicho with a casita, but the Hermandad and Alex attacked the tecnicos after the match. Nicho & Lider were working under orders from Konnan and not happy about it.

The WagnerManiacos had issues all thru the match, leading up to Electroshock attacking Wagner, and Kenzo picking up the pin. (When was the last time Kenzo pinned someone?) After the match, Wagner and Electro fought. Silver King jumped in – and attacked Wagner! Pimpi ran out for the save but both he and Wagner were destroyed.

AAA TV (TUE) 04/06 Gimnasio San Damian, San Martin Texmelucan, Puebla [AAA]
1) Billy Boy, Decnnis, El Brazo b Atomic Boy, Gato Eveready, Laredo Kid
2) Alex Koslov & Rain b Aerostar & Fabi Apache
3) Extreme Tiger, Jack Evans, Rocky Romero b Cuervo, Escoria, Ozz
4) Joe Lider, Konnan, Nicho el Millionario b Cibernético, El Mesías, Heavy Metal
5) Chessman, Kenzo Suzuki, Zorro b Dr. Wagner Jr., Electroshock, Silver King

CMLL on LATV #2 (03/06/2010)

Arena Mexico, 02/26/2010

Fuego, Pegasso, Rey Cometa vs Arkangel de la Muerte, Loco Max, Skándalo: This didn’t click with me for whatever reason. Fuego trying to be more charismatic is actually making him less charismatic than Flash. His personality feels pasted on and not genuine. Third fall was a bit odd.

Hijo del Fantasma vs Mephisto in a lightning match: expected more out this one too. I’m still not exactly sure what was supposed to happen at the finish, but it just still seems surprising Fantasma wasn’t hurt more.

AAA TV scores high rating, changes format

The goal of the current AAA management has clearly been to try to increase their television audience. I’ve spent a lot of words discussing how they’ve tried to do it (and which parts don’t interest me), but they’ve been more successful of late. As LLL has noted in the comments, Triple A has been earning ratings of high 5 and low 6s since late February.

For the second week of Rey de Reyes, they reached a new level. A source in Televisa informed AAA that their 03/28 show scored a 9.0 in Mexico City, and was in the 8s nationally. That’s by far the highest number we’ve seen since we started recording these numbers last fall, and as close as either Mexican promotion has gotten to the main WWE shows in Mexico.

Week 2 of Rey de Reyes was the tournament itself. While it’s possible Mexico might have decided to embrace Chessman as their Rey de Reyes, the more likely answer is word of mouth spreading about the La Parka Jr. & LA Park angle. That confrontation was replayed on this show, and there were probably a significant amount of people checking out the show after hearing about the story the week before. Only a low percentage of lucha libre fans are on the internet, so many of them probably only found out it when they saw it on TV, or when someone told them they saw it on TV.

The 8 rating is validation for the current style of television show. We may not be a fan of it (I am not a fan of a lot of it), but they’re surely going not going to be changing much any time soon.

They will be changing one big thing, though: as seen on this past week’s AAA TV, most tapings from now on will be stretched out over two weeks. This’ll mean about 3 matches will air over the 2 hour show, with the extra free time now being used for more interviews and skits. If that latter part doesn’t appeal to you, maybe you can hold out hope that some of the undercard matches which have been eviscerated by editing of late will now be shown closer to complete.

The scheduling bonus to doing TV this way is now they only have to tape every other week. The downside is they’ve got a huge lag; if you look at the schedule, it appears AAA almost doesn’t even need to tape in May. They surely will, and this will make it very easy for TripleMania to air only on PPV without AAA’s normal TV skipping a beat. There’s been no confirmation they will,  but it seems very likely.

IWRG, Dorada/Dragon, Poder Mexica

Note to everyone who posts results: You are great. However, if you’re give the finish like “the rudos won the third fall”, please make sure you’ve actually identified which team is the rudos. Happens all the time, leaves me guessing which names sound more evil.

indy (SUN) 04/04 Unidad Deportiva de Acapulco [Estrellas del Ring]
1) Copa Azul & Rey Baco b Anfibius & Samuray
2) Baby Star b Rey Jaguar, Acuaman, Eifi, Bird Man
3) Agorafobia, Cholo (TJ), Destoryer b Black Silver 2000, Enigma, Rey Neptuno
4) Astro Nava, Ludwing Star, Super Brazo b Bulldog, Pez Tiburon, Venganza
5) Black Silver Jr. & Pez Tigre b Hijo del Black Silver & La Orca [ruleta de la muerte]
6) Hijo del Black Silver b Orca [mask]

Orca is Enrique de la Rosa Najera, 42 years old, originally form Acapulco Guerrero, and a student of Abundio Badillo. EdR also has an interview with Acapulco wrestler Ludwing Star.

IWRG (SUN) 04/04 Arena Naucalpan [The Gladiatores, DJ Spectro]
1) Comando Negro b Héros
2) Maldito Jr. & Samoth b Gemelo Fantastico I & Gemelo Fantastico II
3) Chico Che, Eragon, Miss Gaviota b Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo, Oficial AK47
4) Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Hijo del Cien Caras, Masada b Dr. Cerebro, Jack, Scorpio Jr.
5) Fuerza Guerrera, Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Pirata Morgan b Canek, el Ángel, Olímpico

Rudos snuck in fouls on Olimpico and Canek in the third fall for the win. Both Pirata and Mascara were challenging Canek after the match. Canek is the IWRG IC Heavyweight champion, though I’m not sure he’s aware of that fact.

Yack replaced Pantera, who has missed the last three shows he’s been advertised here. Cerebro (the IWRG, “WWS” and DF Trios belts to the ring) feuded with Masada, Masada cutting him with a broken bottle. Jack hurt his knee on a dive on Hijo de Pirata. That left Scorpio and Hijo de Cien in. Scorpio yanked Cien’s mask, but Cien covered his face and kicked wildly, fouling referee Reyes Rosas. Referee Yudi checked on him, which allowed Veneno to run to the ring and foul Scorpio. Cien covered for the win. This, of course, leads to a Mascara/Cerebro match. I feel like that finish needs a flow chart of some kind.

Chico Che pinned Hijo del Diablo to win their match. Gringos blamed the loss on AK-47, beat him up, and made a title challenge. Avisman managed to remember enough Spanish to do an interview The Gladiatores.

CMLL (MON) 04/05 Arena Puebla [Fuego en el Ring]
1) Espiritu Maligno & Sauron b Blue Center & Tigre Rojo
2) Fabián el Gitano, Metálico, Starman b Artillero, Bronco, Súper Comando
3) Lady Apache, Lluvia, Marcela b Amapola, Mima Shimoda, Princesa Blanca
4) Sagrado, Toscano, Valiente b Misterioso II, Sangre Azteca, Vangelis
5) Averno, Dragon Rojo Jr., Mephisto b La Máscara, La Sombra, Máscara Dorada

Dragon Rojo cut down Mascara Dorada with the counter dropkick to win, then pulled off Dorada’s mask post match and challenged for the super lightweight title again. Dorada counted with a challenge for a mask match. Sure, as long as they’re both willing to wait about 20 years.

Previews of today’s card: ESTO,and Ovaciones. Ovaciones highlights Mistico trying to get along with the Guerreros (unlikely!) while ESTO hypes the title match. In an interview with Fuego en el Ring, Stuka says his team is called “MSM Fly”; it’s good to get a team name on your possible last day as a team. Stuka says they’re open to suggestions if you have a better idea – let him know on his facebook. Stuka’s also talking to Santaico about defending the Arena Coliseo Tag Team titles in Guadalajara sometime soon – they’d have a tournament to determine a contender.[poll id=”62″]

Fuego en el Ring has comments from both sides of Sunday’s title change: Angel del Mal is sure that was a two count, but got hit in the head hard in the second fall. Metal Blanco says the win was a breeze, and now he wants hair, masks, and go to Arena Mexico.

The Gladiatores says the new MTV2 lucha libre show is actually a reality TV show with not be from AAA, but  independent luchadors led by “a well-known wrestler who until recently was one of the strongest in a leading company in our country. ” So, that’s Perro Jr. then, right? All I know is there’s an ad for the MTV2 Lucha Libre show, and it’s very clearly AAA wrestlers on the normal AAA show. If there’s more going on here, someone need s to explain it to me.

Mascara (Sagrada) Jr. and “Ex-Flay” are both announced as appearing in the Promocions Conteras show. Putting aside that heavyweight champion of Mexico is such a big star that people don’t know how to spell his name for a second, there’s another mystery here I’m still trying to untangle. Back when the new AAA Alebrije first showed up on AAA show, mysterious luchawiki helper Flashmagic noted Alebrije’s II AAA profile has the same birthday as Mascara Sagrada Jr. That’s still true if you click the link, but both Mascara Sagrada Jr. and Alebrije II have been turning up on cards. Birthdate coincidence? AAA already onto Alebrije III? Confusion on AAA’s website? Guy managing to actually work a dual identity? I have no idea.

Also, I can not wait for this video game.

Speaking of Alebrije, Dos de Tres notes a lineup for the Antonio Pena Lucha Libre school in Acapulco (which seems to get mentioned no more than once a year; they’re honoring Pepe Casas), pointing out the lineup includes Alebrije and wondering if it’ll be the new Alebrije or the old Alebrije. The idea is LA Park and Heavy Metal have returned, so maybe Alebrije is too. It’s highly unlikely to be old Alebrije, so why would you even bother teasing this? Just to annoy people?

Fray Tormenta will wrestle in Satillo this Sunday.

On his blog, Ultimo Dragon says he’ll be announcing DragonMania tomorrow. Is there a place that actually lists the upcoming Toyrumon Mexico shows? It’d be nice to know they exist ahead of time.

DJ Spectro looks back at Solitario’s debut in Mexico City, and Bucanero on Bucanero violence.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update and the start of the 2009 Countdown: 100-90!

CMLL on LATV #1 (02/27/2010)

Arena Mexico, 02/19/2010

Kind of out of order. I could not find the recap I wrote for this show, and it was very frustrating. During the course of watching this, I realized I couldn’t find the recap because I clearly hadn’t seen it the first time. I don’t know how it slipped thru.

Bracito de Oro, Eléctrico, Mascarita Dorada vs Pequeño Universo 2000, Pequeño Warrior, Pierrothito – very good! Among the usual performances, I thought Electrico was better than usual, and the group of dives at the of the second and third fall were nice.

Ángel de Oro, Ángel de Plata, Sagrado vs Dragon Rojo Jr., Misterioso II, Shigeo Okumura – That’s a perfect tecnico trio, both in terms of theme and in consistency of performance. This time, it was Sagrado who had the awful spot in the first fall, and Angel de Oro having the bad spot in the third. They’re nice when they’re on, but they’re not on enough.

Guadalajara, Negro/Liger, lineups

CMLL (SUN) 04/04 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Fuego en el Ring]
1) Johnny Dinamo b Meteoro
2) Mr. Trueno & Samurai b León Blanco & Virgo [Relevos Increíbles]
3) Metal Blanco b Ángel del Mal [OCCIDENTE WELTER]
4) Stuka Jr. & Valiente b Cancerbero & Raziel
5) Héctor Garza, La Máscara, La Sombra DQ Terrible, Texano, Vangelis

Texano faked a foul in the second fall, and Sombra countered by tossing his mask to Texano in the third fall for the win.

Cancerbero was strechered out after taking a Valiente dive at the end of the match.

Metal Blanco won falls 2/3 to win the championship.

No results yet, but Black Terry Jr. has photos from Sunday’s IWRG show, and Al Filo del Ring has backstage interviews.

NJPW announced a three more CMLL related newsbits today

  • Negro Casas will defend the CMLL Middleweight Championship against Jushin Liger in Japan on 05/03. This is the 20th anniversary match referred to earlier. Since Negro also has the Welterweight title (and also 2 other titles), losing one to Liger wouldn’t really hurt him. On the other hand, it’d be nice for a CMLL wrestler to get a win in NJPW sometime in 2010.  Edit: Missed it, but Negro’s actually on the entire NJPW tour, from 04/17 on to this 05/03 show. He’s basically working tags and trios opposite Liger every night.
  • Tanahashi is heading to CMLL in May. NJPW is running only five shows in May, so there’s plenty of room for him to hang out in CMLL without missing much.
  • With help from NJPW, CMLL’s four biggest events (Dos Leyendas, Infierno en el Ring, Anniversary, Sin Salida) will air on Samurai TV. Dos Leyendas is already on the schedule, as noted previously, airing before it’ll air in Mexico. This is the first confirmation that Infierno en el Ring is actually happening this year and Samurai TV says it’s happening in June. That’s usually the cage match show, and if they’re running a big cage match in a couple months, a midcard cage match for the end of April seems unlikely.

Cassandro’s facebook says he’ll be out 6-8 weeks following surgery.

R de Rudo notes a CMLL/indy lineup for Tuesday, which lists Okumura as teaming with Naito (and not Taichi.) Think it’s a typo; they also have the IWRG trio as “Oficial I, Oficial II, Oficial III”, which isn’t exactly right.

Hidalgo Sport talks to Arena Aficion wrestler Exotico, who’s been feuding wiht Felino there. Exotico has challenged Felino to a singles match, where if Exotico loses, he has to vacate the Hidalgo welterweight title, and if Felino loses, Exotico gets a Arena Mexico match.t Felino has not accepted that match – why would he?

Rob writes about this weekend’s LATV & 52MX, November 23 Puebla, and this week’s lineups.

Box Y Luchas #2968 teases Wagner vs Electroshock for TripleMania. That’ll be great if they want the tecnico booed for the second straight year. On the website, they have a video interview with Big Mama and Super Loco.

Lineups

CMLL (MON) 04/05 Arena Puebla
1) Blue Center & Tigre Rojo vs Espiritu Maligno & Sauron
2) Fabián el Gitano, Metálico, Starman vs Artillero, Bronco, Súper Comando
3) Lady Apache, Lluvia, Marcela vs Amapola, Mima Shimoda, Princesa Blanca
4) Sagrado, Toscano, Valiente vs Misterioso II, Sangre Azteca, Vangelis
5) La Máscara, La Sombra, Máscara Dorada vs Averno, Dragon Rojo Jr., Mephisto

Missed this somewhere along the line.

AAA (SUN) 04/11 Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) Darling Boy & Pedro Navajas vs Babe Fox & Pee Wee
2) Angel Dorado Jr., Babe Rap, Sky vs Androide, Lover Boy, Rey Sagitario
3) Cuervo, Escoria, Ozz vs Golden Boy, Rey Demonio Jr., Simbolo
4) Monster Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Rió Bravo, Tigre Cota, Tito Santana
5) Extreme Tiger, Jack Evans, La Parka Jr. vs Chessman, Joe Lider, Sobredosis

Poder del Norte may end the streak! (probably not)

AAA (MON) 04/12 Arena Caminos de Nuevo Laredo
1) Cuervo, Escoria, Ozz vs Rió Bravo II, Tigre Cota, Tito Santana
2) Monster Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Babe Rap, Hombre Sin Miedo, Sangre Chicana Jr.
3) Black Mamba vs Pimpinela Escarlata [mask, hair]
4) Extreme Tiger, Jack Evans, La Parka Jr. vs Chessman, Joe Lider, Sobredosis

Pimpi losing his hair?

PdM Gonzales (SUN) 04/18 Lienzo Charro de los Terrenos de la Feria
1) Estrellita, Mascarita Dorada, Sexy Flor vs Medussa, Mini Cibernetico, Rossy Moreno
2) El Hijo de Damain 666, Mr. Águila, X-Fly vs Oriental, Sangre Fria, Zumbido
3) Damián 666, el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Halloween vs Charly Manson, Juventud Guerrera, Marco Corleone

Listed on the Perros tumblr, this is the first appearance of Marco outside of AAA and the debut of Hijo de Damian 666.