02/28 AAA TV Lineup (Cuernavaca)

AAA TV (SAT) 02/28 Auditoio Teopanzolco [dark atlantis @ el martiente]
1) Darko & Kaliman Jr vs Euforico & Hombre de Negro
2) Fabi ApacheGran ApacheMari Apache vs Billy BoyOrientalTiffany
3) Rio BravoTigre CotaTito Santana II vs AerostarLaredo KidSuper Fly
4) Abismo Negro & El Elegido vs Jack Evans & Teddy Hart
5) Crazy BoyLa Parka Jr.Super Crazy vs Joe LiderNicho el MillionarioSilver King
6) ?, Charly MansonMesias vs CuervoOzzZorro

2009 AAA TV Chart
Projected Air Date (#878)
Mexico: 03/08
US: 03/28

I would presume X-Pac is in the mystery spot, to work off the feud with Zorro.

Semifinal is subject to change if Super Crazy truly is not coming in, perhaps just as simply as Ultimo Gladiador getting both spots. Again, if they’re going to setup a(nother) Mexican Powers vs Hermandad tag title feud, why have Joe Lider in Rey de Reyes? (And shouldn’t there have been some explaination of why they stopped at 9?)

Elegido/Abismo vs Teddy/Jack looks…weird. Maybe a trainwreck?

Poder del Norte is going to feud with Air Force forever, just like the Apaches and the Morenos. Nice to see wasn’t just around for one show, but shouldn’t Cinthia Moreno be in Oriental’s spot? I thought I made a typo, perhaps someone else did?

Opener is a dark match, of course.

There’s at least one more taping between this at Rey de Reyes, but this might would the last taping those going to the show actually would see, and AAA doesn’t appear to have any definite matches for the show. There’s the Rey de Reyes, but that hasn’t been a focus this year. Like noted above, there’s a stage set for a tag title feud, except it can’t happen. Same thing with the teased Black Abyss/Abismo Negro mask match, and with La Parka Jr. vs Silver King. They almost always make the title match definite by now, but I couldn’t tell you if Mesias is facing Chessman or Zorro or both or neither. Wait – is Zorro defending The Sword or is he fighting X-Pac? I have no idea.

It’s a little bit concerning, but maybe tonight’s taping and this one will clear it up – there’s still time to work with here, and angles to go. (And they do always to run a few last things on the TV that’s airing the day of the show.) No sign of the hinted Legion jump, and they’re probably due for someone going the other way by the end of Rey de Reyes.

02/18: Mexico, Perros del Mal jumps, Dos Leyenda

CMLL (TUE) 02/17 Arena Mexico [ESTO]
1) ArtilleroSuper ComandoRayo Tapatio IRayo Tapatio II
2) Angel Azteca Jr.Angel de OroAngel de PlataArkangel de la MuerteHooliganSkandalo
3) La SeductoraPrincesa BlancaPrincesa SujeiLluviaMarcelaSahori
4) Dragon Rojo Jr.FelinoSangre AztecaHijo del FantasmaMascara DoradaValiente 5) La MascaraShockerVolador Jr. DQ Heavy MetalNegro CasasUltimo Guerrero

Heavy Metal replaced Mr. Niebla. Main event came down to Shocker and UG. Ultimo fouled Shocker and faked his own foul, and the refs actually DQed the right person for once. Ultimo did retain the heavyweight title over Garza in Puebla on Monday, but Shocker made a challenge for it after this match (and Dos is still waiting for his match.) Ultimo made the same “beat me in a singles match and you’ll get a title match” bit.

Nothing much for the rest of this show.

Pequeno Halloween, Mr. Aguilita, and (Pequeno) Cosmico have jumped to Perros del Mal, according to an interview with ESTO. The other Halloween was also formerly introduced as a members of the promotion. Perro and Damian made a point of saying they were no calling guys up to recruit, but these guys had come to them looking for work.

Mini Halloween and Mr. Aguilita (who just worked Sunday) leaving while Pequeno Damian stays breaks up the Mini Familia de Tijuana/Mini Perros del Mal, one of the funnest groups of the last 18 months. The division had moved on to the Pierrothito/Warrior/Violencia group of rudos, and with as few minis matches that make the shows per week, it makes a lot of sense to move on if you’ve got a chance to get move bookings. It’ll be sad to see them go to the land of limited TV exposure.

Cosmico was barely used by CMLL. He hasn’t been on a show since the cage match. Before the lead up to that, he hadn’t been used since the lightweight tournament in September. So it’s hard to say he’ll be missed when no one realized he wasn’t around.

Meanwhile, in Reforma, Perro Aguayo Jr. sets up some simple ground rules for a mask vs hair match with El Hijo del Santo. Just two small requests:

1) it must happen on a Perros del Mal show
2) Santo must take the mask of Blue Demon Jr. or Dr. Wagner Jr. or LA Park to prove he’s on Perro Jr.’s level

Just say “no”, Perro, it’ll be a lot quicker.

CMLL.com announced the Dos Leyenda show (03/20) will honor Salvador Lutteroth (as it does every year) and Cavernario Galindo.

Televisa is doing it’s annual sports awards, including luchador of the year. WWE airing on Televisa has solved the problem of “how do you chose 3 guys from 2 promotions.” This year’s candidates are John Cena, Mesias, and Blue Panther. Right now, Cena and Mesias are about even on web voting, but Cena is blowing everyone away on cell phone voting. Also, did you know Villano V actually beat Blue Panther? Little trivia there for you.

Speaking of, Milenio has a column which briefly mentions Villano V is upset with CMLL. V5’s said to feel he was ignored after his mask win, pushed off to the side, and so he’s not responding to the idea of a rematch with Panther (or the double stip with UG and V3.) After the mask match, V5 only appeared 4 more times in Arena Mexico the rest of the year (though he’s been on a lot early this year as they’ve started the program back up.)

On el Martinete, rabano enmascarado posted photos and results from a AAA show in Poza Rica. I don’t know how many people they can fit in that building (3000? 4000?) but it looks packed.

Ovaciones’ big story is about CMLL mounting a campaign against tuberculois, with a press confrence tommorow. Atlantis is the guy in charge, and will go to schools to speak about it.

The other story that seems to be posted everywhere today is Arkangel and others going over to Nitro’s house to visit him. I don’t know why this is news; persumbably they didn’t wait a month to check in on him after hurting his knee. If there’s some angle coming out of this, then that’s news and I guess it is nice to remind people that Nitro still exists.

Mr. Reyes posted photos of last weekend’s Neza show over on his mySpace. Nice bit of Scorpio Jr. and Villano III signing a clipboard to make their (teased) hair match more offical than the usual empty challenges.

Etecetra has a genreal article on Titans en el Ring.

ESPNDeportes writes about the UWE cage match. Even though Mano Negra lost, he does not concede deficiet, which kinda renders the whole thing a bit pointless.

Guerreros del Ring #178 has the Hijos del Averno on the cover.

Box Y Lucha #2910 has Charly Manson on the cover and also has a “Super Crazy says he’s not going to AAA!” article. We’ll see tonight.

Ohtani’s Jacket looks thru some Lizmark in AAA and Peste Negra vs Sagrado/Mascara/Volador from Puebla.

But what a sorry bunch of technicos. They all look the same, they wrestle the same and I don’t know how I’m supposed to tell them apart. If it were up to me, I’d shoot the lot.

02/15: Dark Angel, Guadalajara, two story rings

TONIGHT IS THE LAST NIGHT TO VOTE FOR THE TAPATIA AWARDS.

As noted in the the comments, PWI (don’t actually click that link unless you’ve got adblock going) says TNA has signed Dark Angel. The details, which we don’t have, are essential here – if it’s TNA signing someone away from CMLL, then the real story is “TNA and CMLL deal is DONE” (and CMLL’s never going to push a foreigner again.) If it’s CMLL agreeing to let TNA use her for some dates, the story is “CMLL and TNA agreement proceeding surprisingly well”, which bodes well for a rumor passed along in today’s Figure Four Weekly – CMLL’s talking to TNA about bringing back the Machine Guns to face Volador Jr. and (if healthy) Sombra for the CMLL Tag Titles (or maybe the IWGP Junior Heavy Tag ones no one remember at the moment.)

At this point, all we’ve got is half a story and hopes Dark Angel gets the additional notiriety she totally deserves. In the few coplete matches I’ve seen of her this year, it seems like she’s stepped up her game since coming Christmas break.

(I’m fully expecting someone to post details the second I post this. That’s the way it goes.)

CMLL (SUN) 02/15 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Principe Dylan b Nocturno
2) Valentin Mayo b Nube Roja
3) Palacio Negro & Samuari b Katana & Malefico [Torneo Alfonso Dantes]
4) Acertijo & Rey Trueno b Leon Blanco & Thunder Boy [Torneo Tanque Dantes]
5) Boomerang & Gallo b Angel del Mal & Infierno [torneo tanque dantes]
6) Averno, Ephesto, Satanico DQ Marco Corleone, Mascara Dorada, Mictlan
7) Shocker b Terrible

Averno was stuck in the ring with Mictlan and did the only reasonable thing – took of his own mask and tossed it to Mictlan for the DQ.

All the winning teams got two points. What that means, I guess we find out. Let’s keep track of it over on the wiki, so someone else can take over when I lose my mind. Thus far, it’s pretty easy – the winners have 2 points, the losers do not.

EAW, better known as THAT Group That Wants To Run Matches In A Two Floor Ring, held a press confrence yesterday. I don’t know if their concept will work or if it’ll draw, but they are pretty succesful at gettng press attention because they were covered in Ovaciones and Notimex, and UWE-type shows have trouble getting Notimex. 

The deal with the two rings is a bit clearer, if the pictures can be believed. It’s not two rings stacked on top of each other, it’s one normal sized ring and an adjacent ring that’s much higher (100cm) from the ground than usual. I’ve seen this bit before – I believe Windy City did it for one of the yearly major shows years back – and while it’s still a bit crazy, it’s not staggering insane. At the same time, all you’re adding to the matches is people going from ring to ring during matches and falling farther (and harder) on dives. Even if that works, it probably doesn’t work in every match. The usual indy names are scheduled to work the first show (Wagner, Crazy, Park, Zumbido, Tinieblas) on Thursday, and the promoter says they’ll also focus on making new stars. (He’s also quoted as saying TV ratings are dropping, which sounds nice but doesn’t appear to be true.)

Ovaciones hypes up Friday (and today’s) card, mentioning Mistico scheduled to be back in action this Friday but not mentioning any injury. Mistico is scheduled to defend the same Welterweight Title against Averno in SLP tommorow, which also doesn’t seem to note any injury. Safe to assume they’re unaware, even if nothing’s up. Knee injury or not, Mistico is scheduled to visit Fray Tormenta on March 3rd, with a $5,000 donation on behalf of the WBO.

Box Y Lucha has the first edition of Box Y Lucha Television. I don’t know much about anything, but I do know that if you’re just sitting at a desk, talking and not moving, you’d probably just be better doing a podcast. If you have a video camera, you need to show, not just tell.

WagnerMania posted video of Mephisto vs Sombra in Puebla and Hijo del Santo & Rayo de Jalisco Jr. vs Rey Misterio & Super Parka

Ohtani’s Jacket watches the Negro/Metal vs Sombra/Volador tag match. You know, the shaved head/open back masks have got to go. Those things just always look bad, and I don’t wnat to know there’s a bald guy under the mask. I’m not supposed to know what’s under the mask, that’s why it’s a mask. Darn Misterio.

LuchaWorld has Robert on 09/15/07 CMLL and 09/22/07 CMLL, KrisZ’s news update and 80-71 on the best of 2008 list.

WrestlerObserver has their AAA Recap.

02/15 AAA TV Results (Ecatepec)

AAA TV (SUN) 02/15 Centro Civico Ecatepec de Morelos
1) Aerostar, el Ángel, Gato Eveready, Laredo Kid b Billy Boy, Rio Bravo, Tigre Cota, Tito Santana II
2) Electro Shock, Jack Evans, Teddy Hart b Crazy Boy, Súper Fly, Ultimo Gladiador
3) Zorro DCO X-Pac
4) Chessman b Mesias
5) Abismo Negro, Alan Stone, Latin Lover b Black Abyss, Kenzo Suzuki, Konnan

2009 AAA Chart
Projected Air Date (#876)
Mexico: 02/22
US: 03/14

Opener saw Aerostar climb up the lighting ring, climb across the lighting rig, and dive off for a plancha. It was that sort of show.

Electro beat Super Fly again. Wooo.

X-Pac and Zorro went to a double countout (two in two weeks?) with Konnan, Teddy Hart, Jack Evans, Black Abyss and Vampiro all getting involved.

Chessman came to his match with Mesias, limping on a crutch and wearing a neckbrace. Konnan also showed up to explain (Chessman’s a mute?) that Chessman was still hurt from last week. Naturally, Mesias turned to face Konnan and Chessman hit him from behind with the cane. Chessman is fine enough, it seems. They brawled thru the crowd again, then back to the ring where Chessman won (!?!?). The Legion beat up Mesias after the match, with Vampiro running out to make the save. The AAA recap hypes up Vampiro’s crowd reaction and teases his return, but he’s still unable to fight back without losing his commissionership.

Latin pinned Black Abyss in the main event, but the Legion ran out again to beat everyone up. Mesias ran out for the save, but failed, so Charly Manson made his return to run off the rudos.

Charly returns for real on Wednesday.

02/16: Coliseo, IWRG, Monterrey

IWRG (FRI) 02/13 Arena Xochimilco [Black Terry @ el martinete]
1AvismanHalcon 2000
2) Crazy Star & Esther MorenoFlor MetalicaRossy Moreno
3) Dr. CerebroFreelanceMultifacéticoOficial 911Oficial AK47Oficial Fierro
4) Hijo del Cien CarasMáscara Año 2000Mascara Ano 2000 Jr.El Hijo del SolitarioScorpio Jr.Tinieblas Jr.
5) Fuerza GuerreraZumbido [IWRG IC WELTER]

Zumbido seems to have acquired a Guapito v2.0. Didn’t help. Crazy Star shouldn’t be here if she’s in CMLL, but I’m thinking I should completely ignore that Ras de Lona segment now.

CMLL (SUN) 02/15 Arena Mexico [ESTO, Ovaciones]
1) MolotovSombra de PlataTruenoArtilleroRamsteinSúper Comando
2) Mascarita DoradaNiño de AceroShockercitoMr. AguilitaPequeño HalloweenPequeño Violencia
3) Hijo del FantasmaLa MáscaraToscano DQ Black WarriorNegro CasasVangelis
4) AtlantisMr. NieblaRey BucaneroBlue PantherLa SombraVolador Jr.
5) Dos Caras Jr.Último Guerrero

Dos wins (Ovaciones says third fall with a press slam into a German suplex, ESTO says powerbomb), so he should get a heavyweight title shot. Except, there’s none listed. The idea seems to be that they need to wait until after UG defends the title tonight in Puebla against Hector Garza and see who the champion is after that before deciding anything.

ESTO is critical of Dos’ perfomance, saying he was too busy waving for reaction than fighting. There defintely was a part of the crowd behind UG.

Sombra hurt his rightshoulder on a dive in the semifinal and left the match. The rudos actually won three straight falls, just getting DQed for excessive violence in the second.

Rudos were DQed in the second for taking La Mascara’s mask. Vangelis replaced Heavy Metal.

UWE (SAT) 02/14 Arena Lopez Mateos [Ovaciones]
4) Mano NegraShu el Guerrero and El Fantasma and Dos Caras Sr. and Canek and Villano IV and Mil Mascaras [cagehairmask]

Mano Negra lost his hair to Shu el Guerrero, how did I not do a twitter update on that.

CMLL (SUN) 02/15 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [MT]
6) ShockerTerrible

Terrible took the first, Shocker surprised him in the second and took the third.

IWRG (SUN) 02/15 Arena Naucalpan [Black Terry Jr. @ el Martinete]
1) Comando Gama b Halcon 2000
2) AvismanJudas el TraidorNemesis IWRGChico CheEragon, Mascara Magnifica
3) Trauma ITrauma IIZaturaArlequinFantasma de la ÓperaTetsuya
4) Oficial 911Oficial AK47Oficial FierroFreelanceFuerza GuerreraZumbido
5) Fantasma Jr.PenduloScorpio Jr.Head Hunter IHead Hunter IIMáscara Año 2000 Jr.

Head Hunters didn’t get along with Mascara Ano 2000 Jr., who ended up bleeding and beat.

AAA (SUN) 02/15 Arena Monterrey [RFC]
1) Dama de Hierro b Poly Star
2) Aguila Azteca & Aguila Extrema b Ejecutor & Mr. Secuestro
3) Relampago Azul & TDN b Decnnis & Escorpion Negro Jr.
4) Escoria & Ozz b El Alebrije & Virtual X
5) Killer Clown, Psycho Clown, Zombie Clown b El Elegido, Pimpinela Escarlata, Silver King

Guapito was with Elegido.

AAA has put up half it’s TV recap, but is missing everything past X-Pac/Zorro. Looks like Chessman is still alive, running in the main event to attack Charly and perhaps allying with the Legion. I’ll do the full post when the full results come out.

AAA also advertises the big cover story for Dos de Tres – Charly Manson getting 30,000 pieces of fan mail while he was out. Still can’t buy the magazine on the website.

Abismo Negro told Notimex that AAA and WWE are the best two promotions in the world, and all they need to do now is unify their championships. This post was an hour late because I just started daydreaming about the possibilities of Edge as AAA World Mega Champion. Abismo’s actual purpose for this interview was to talk about a spot show he’s promoting in Ixtapaluca on 03/08.

indy (FRI) 03/20 Arena San Juan Pantitlan [Black Terry Jr.]
1) Darketela, La Chola, Rossy Moreno vs Corazon de Fuego, Esther moreno, Flor Metalica
2) La Parkita, Mascarita Dorada, Mini Zumbido vs Mini cibernetico, Mini Ozz, Mini Scorpio
3) Dinamico Negro vs Casas Sola, Comando Rojo, Rey Famthom, Batman del Futuro, Miserbale, Ricky Ricon, Payaso Obscuro, Kid Star, el Colombiano [mask, hair]
4) Emilio Charles Jr. & Scorpio Jr. vs Cien Caras Jr. & Mascara Ano 2000 Jr. and Dr. Wagner Jr. & Veneno
5) Zumbido vs Intocable [hair]

Zumbido’s losing his hair, I see.

02/15: Mistico, AAA in the US, lineups

Mistico beat Mephisto in NJPW’s show at the Sumo Hall today to retain the CMLL World Welterweight Title. Unfortunately, Mistico seemed to hurt a knee in the opening moments of the match and suffered the rest of the way thru. No telling how bad it is, or what plans NJPW had for him next.

Ovaciones mostly talks about tonight’s show in Arena Mexico. It does continue cover of Mascarita Ano 2000’s feud with Bracito de Oro, which is apparently taking place in Cancun (yet no room for the AAA taping)

As noted in the comments (and in a story on ESTO and on WagnerMania), Halloween resurfaced with Los Perros on the 02/13 Arena Neza show. After Wagner refused to join the Perros, they beat him down. Wagner made peace with Santo and Demon to set up a main event for next time – Wagner/Santo/Demon vs Perro/Damian/Halloween.

AAA teases more info about it’s video game in the latest Dos y Tres. (Which is what seemed to be shown on Tercera Caida.) Of note, the graphic to promote this says 2010, so don’t be running to GameStop for a deposit.

A post on F4Wonline’s board pointed out lineups for a couple of US Tour shows have been posted. Subject to change, of course.

AAA (SAT) 03/28 Arco Arena, Sacramento, CA[Arco Arena]
1) Decnnis & Mini Abismo Negro vs Mascarita Sagrada 2007 & Pimpinela Escarlata
2) Chessman vs Vampiro
3) Crazy Boy & Super Fly vs Jack Evans & Joe Lider
4) Abismo Negro, La Parka Jr., Laredo Kid vs Killer Clown, Psycho Clown, Zombie CLown
5) Charly Manson, Cibernetico, Mesias vs Cuervo, Escoria, Ozz

Notice Vampiro’s returning to the ring. No big surprise.

AAA (SAT) 04/04 San Diego Sports Arena [San Diego Sports Arena]
1) Fabi Apache, Octagoncito, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Decnnis, Mari Apache, Mini Abismo Negro
2) Crazy Boy & Super Fly vs Jack Evans & Teddy Hart
3) Mesias vs Chessman
4) Charly Manson & Cibernetico vs ? & Joe Lider
5) Abismo Negro, Electro Shock, La Parka Jr., Vampiro vs Killer Clown, Psycho Clown, Zombie Clown

Obviously the main event is wrong. Interesting that the Clowns are on both weekends at this point – you wouldn’t have expected that a few months ago (and it’s still surprising now.)

03/27 at the Save Mart Center (Fresno), 03/29 HP Pavilion and the 04/05 LA Sporta Arena (taping?) do not have more info posted yet.

A couple notes from SuperLuchas #302
– Cassandro says “Satanico el Exocito” was a mishearing that got spread on the internet, and he’s back in TNA on 02/23 and 02/24
– Super Crazy says he told AAA he’s staying indepedent for the time being. We’ll see on Wednesday

LuchaWorld has Robert on Lucha Libre Azteca 62, AAA from Morelon on 08/31/07, KrisZ’s news update and 81-90 in the Top 100 countdown.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 02/17 Arena Mexico
1) Rayo Tapatio I & Rayo Tapatio II vs Artillero & Super Comando
2) Angel Azteca Jr., Angel de Oro, Angel de Plata vs Arkangel de la Muerte, Hooligan, Skandalo
3) Lluvia, Marcela, Sahori vs La Seductora, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sujei
4) Hijo del Fantasma, Mascara Dorada, Valiente vs Dragon Rojo Jr., Felino, Sangre Azteca
5) La Mascara, Shocker, Volador Jr. vs Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Ultimo Guerrero

A show. CMLL.com lists the main event as for the Mexican National Trios Titles, for the third week in a row. (It’s not.)

IWRG (THU) 02/19 Arena Naucalpan
1) Halcon 2000 vs Comando Gama
2) Eragon & Fenix vs Hijo del Signo & Judas el Traidor
3) Chico Che, Trauma I, Trauma II vs Bushi, Cerebro Negro, Fantasma de la Opera
4) Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro vs Multifacetico, Pendulo, Zatura
5) Freelance vs Dr. Cerebro

Okay, keep that main event in mind.

CMLL (FRI) 02/20 Arena Mexico
1) Metalico, Starman, Trueno vs Apocalispis, Inquisidor, Ramstein
2) Angel de Oro, Angel de Plata, Flash vs Arkangel de la Muerte, Euforia, Nosferatu
3) Mascara Dorada vs Virus [lightning]
4) Blue Panther, Maximo, Ultimo Guerrero vs Averno, Texano Jr., Villano V
5) Hector Garza, Marco Corleone, Mistico vs Atlantis, Mr. Niebla, Rey Bucanero

This show still feels a match short. But at least Arkangel gets his shot at Flash and Ramstein exists. Also, we get to see how good Virus is (though he can’t prevent the ropes from eating Mascara Dorada up.)

Maximo’s involvement in that feud is still really odd. He’s comedy, that’s not an issue that needs comedy.

PERROS DEL MAL (FRI) 02/20 Plaza de Toros el Relicario, Puebla, Puebla
1) La Parkita, Mini Kung Fu, Piratita del Caribe vs Mr. Aguilita, Pequeno Halloween, Piratita Morgan
2) La Nazi vs Lizzy Valentine
3) Konami, Super Nova, X-Fly vs Momia, Murcielago, Vampiro (local)
4) Angel Blanco Jr. vs Olimpico [WWA MIDDLE]
5) Damián 666, Juventud Guerrero, Mr. Aguila vs Blue Demon Jr., El Hijo del Solitario, Intocable
6) Cibernetico & el Hijo del Perro Aguayo vs Dr. Wagner Jr. & Super Crazy

Uh oh. Was wondering what the deal with Mini FdT was, and it looks like Halloween and Aguilita have split town. That’s not good for anyone. (Don’t qutie feel as strong abotu La Nazi.)

Meanwhile, that WWA Middleweight title match is listed as for a vacant title. Angel Blanco held that title regularly until he dropped it to Mistico, and there’s also a Monterrey version floating about. I’m thinking this is neither, and Angel Blanco has just decided to declare himself champion. All the WWA titles are jokes, vanity belts of the umpteenth degree, and this seems no different.

CMLL MD (SAT) 02/21 Lienzo Charro de Atlacomulco, EdM
1) Bengala & Principe vs Flecha & Fobia
2) Pequeño Damian 666 & Pequeño Halloween vs Pequeño Olímpico & Ultimo Dragoncito
3) Amapola & Hiroka vs Lady Apache & Marcela
4) Estruendo, Maximo, Valiente vs Dragon Rojo Jr., Emperador, Misterioso II
5) Mistico & Volador Jr. vs Atlantis & Rey Bucanero

or, maybe the mini FdT is still with CMLL? Hmmm. This is one time where I really wish I was a person who could get an answer for these questions.

IWRG (SAT) 02/21 Arena Xochimilco
1) Galactik vs Comando Gama
2) Gemelo Fantastico I & Gemelo Fantastico II vs Anticristo Jr. & Vampiro Metalico
3) Chico Che, Trauma I, Trauma II vs Black Terry, Cerebro Negro, Fantasma de la Opera
4) Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro vs Dr. Cerebro, Freelance, Multifacetico [IWRG IC TRIOS]
5) Rayo de Jalisco Jr., Scorpio Jr., Tinieblas Jr. vs Head Hunter I, Hijo del Cien Caras, Mascara Ano 2000 Jr.

Cerebro and Freelance fight Thursday, get a title shot on the Saturday. That seems a bad idea. Looks like they’re getting close to the Traumas and Chico Che getting a DF Trios shot.

CMLL (SUN) 02/22 Arena Coliseo
1) Sensei & Sombra de Plata vs Camorra & Carrona
2) Goddess, Lady Apache, Lluvia vs Amapola, La Nazi, Rosa Negra
3) Flash, Metro, Stuka Jr. vs Loco Max, Shigeo Okumura, Skandalo
4) Mascara Purpura, Sagrado, Toscano vs Heavy Metal, Lizmark Jr., Terrible
5) Atlantis, Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero vs Dos Caras Jr., Marco Corleone, Volador Jr.

And La Nazi is scheduled to work here. Huh. Note no Ultimo Guerrero – however the singles match went tonight, he and Dos are done for the time being.

Given the big push for Metro, you’d figure he’d be in the semimian and Purpura would be in tercera.

CMLL (SUN) 02/22 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Skaxy vs Relampago Azul
2) Astaroth & Nube Roja vs Ebola & Valentin Mayo
3) Magnum & Metatron vs Rafaga & Rey Trueno
4) La Mascara, Mictlan, Shocker vs Blue Panther, La Sombra, Mascara Dorada and Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto and Black Warrior, Dragon Rojo Jr., Sangre Azteca [torneo]

They haven’t run a tournament here for a while. One of those other matches should be part of their ongoing tag team tournament (if it’s still ongoing.)

IWRG (SUN) 02/22 Arena Naucalpan
1) Goleador & Miss Gaviota vs King Drako & Vampiro Metalico
2) Eragon, Trauma I, Trauma II vs Anticristo Jr., Judas el Traidor, Nemesis IWRG
3) Freelance, Multifacetico, Zatura vs Avisman, Bushi, Fantasma de la Opera
4) Mascara Ano 2000 & Mascara Ano 2000 Jr. vs Head Hunter I & Head Hunter II

Setting up a tag title match here? The Capos and the believers (Veneno & Head Hunters and Bushi on some weeks) have fallen into a rudo/rudo feud.

02/14: Mexico

CMLL (FRI) 02/13 Arena Mexico [Ovaciones, SuperLuchas]
1) StarmanTigre BlancoPuma KingTiger Kid
2) Ángel Azteca Jr.PegassoRey Cometa b Bronco IIIPólvoraSkandalo
3) Pequeño Damian 666Bam Bam [lightning]
4) La MáscaraShockerToscanoBlack WarriorDragon Rojo Jr.Sangre Azteca
5) Blue PantherMaximoÚltimo Guerrero DQ EphestoTexano Jr.Villano III
6) La SombraVolador Jr.Heavy MetalNegro Casas [CMLL TAG]

Champs retain. Casas took the first fall with Casitas, but then the champs tok the second with the guillotine legdrop and a german suplex, then Volador got Negro with a casita while Sombra took out Metal with a dive for the win. Rudos would like another try.

Pretty much everyone who was subbed out during the week ended up showing up. For the semifinal, that meant the rudo side started with Ephesto, Villano and Texano Jr., but ended up with Averno & Terrible joining in for the third fall DQ.

Shocker did show up for the tercera, and his team won. That ends Poder Mexica’s undefeated streak in the building, so unless they’re setting up a title match from a random trio, that probably means only whomever is charge of Tuesday’s programming is really interesting in pushing Sangre, Dragon and Warrior.

Perhaps Heavy Metal will get over the loss at today’s music concert for his 21st anniversary of wrestling.

SANTO (FRI) 02/13 Arena Neza [Black Terry Jr.]
3) Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro, Veneno b Freelance, Mike Segura, Veneno
4) Coco Verde & Cocolores b Hermano Muerte I & Hermano Muerte II
5) Damián 666 & Villano IV b Scorpio Jr. & Villano III
6) Blue Demon Jr. & El Hijo Del Santo b Dr. Wagner Jr. & el Hijo del Perro Aguayo

According to Ovaciones, V3 and Scorpio Jr. agreed to a hair match here in two weeks. Either V3 is winning, or that throws a monkey wrench into the proposed V3/V5 vs Panther/UG match for Dos Leyendas.

Alfredo has started his countdown of the top 100 wrestlers of 2008 over at Luchaworld. Where will Marco rank this year?

Box Y Lucha has interviews with Laredo Kid (happy for Pegasso & Rey Cometa’s success, just doesn’t want them to call themselves the Air Force since that’s a Pena idea) and Mini Abismo Negro (always training to get better, not causing problems like others who’ve come and gone.)

SuperLuchas links to a Santo interview in Colombia.

LAist has an article and lots of pictures from last week’s Lucha Va Voom; sure looks like Hector Garza some how made it to the US from that. I hope that means his legal issues with entering the US are over.

Al Filo del Ring talks to Juvi about how to react (and not react) when you lose your mask.

SuperLuchas looks back at Irma Gonzalez vs Vicky Williams

No lineups up yet.

02/13 Site Notes

Just a few things worth talking about briefly. (ha, not.)

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02/18 AAA TV Lineup (Celaya)

AAA TV (WED) 02/18 Parque de Beisbol de Celaya, Guanajuato [luchalibreaaa]
 1) Rio BravoTigre CotaTito Santana II vs el ÁngelGato EvereadyGran Apache
2) Laredo Kid & Super Fly vs Joe Lider & Nicho el Millionario
3) Abismo Negro vs Black Abyss
4) Crazy Boy & Super Crazy vs Jack Evans & Teddy Hart
5) La Parka Jr. vs Silver King
6) Charly MansonLatin LoverX-Pac vs Electro ShockKonnanZorro

2009 AAA TV Chart
Projected Air Date (#877)
Mexico: 03/01
US: 03/21

Edit: The local poster (via a box y lucha thread and Rob) reveals all the surprises:

  • Super Crazy returns to team with his cousin as the new Mexican Power. Everything’s come full circle, not the least of which is Super Crazy coming back to his first major promotion – he was the original Histeria.
  • Silver King faces La Parka Jr., which is not much of a surprise given the angle at the last taping. Either they planned to release the lineup on AAA’s website much earlier or we’re supposed to believe the turn isn’t set yet (but will be after Sunday)
  • Super Fly is Laredo’s partner, which is not a big surprise.

Original: The big news is Charly’s return. He didn’t look all that close to ready on the stuff that’s aired on US TV. Hopefully he got a lot better in the last couple months, but one would expect Charly to return as soon as he can get paid for coming back, not waiting until he’s 100%

Subtitle for La Parka Jr.’s match is listed as “insanity”, so that’ll be nice. I’m guessing the opponent will be the other AAA traitor Konnan teased last week.

Kinda odd that the tag match with the team that can’t win the tag team titles is way higher up the card than the match with the tag team champions. (I’m complaining about the tag team titles, not the position.) There have been hints of a new Mexican Power, and I’d presume that’s what we’re getting here. Easiest in-house option remains Extreme Tiger, since they like him enough to still use him and he’s without a group.

Abismo Negro vs Black Abyss feels like it should be setting up a mask/mask match at Rey de Reyes, but both are in the tournament. (Which, BTW, hasn’t updated since Wednesday.) I don’t really see the point in stretching it out to TripleMania, because Abismo’s no sure thing to make it that long. Perhaps this is the blow off to this issue for the time being. Or maybe Black Abyss will actually win a match in this feud?

I have no guesses at Laredo’s partner. Or why it’s just not Aerostar or Super Fly.

2009 is the year of Poder Norte!

Next taping is in Cuernavaca. Last year, AAA said they were running Reina de Reinas in February and that’s the last taping this year. There’s been no setup or mention it besides that one mention on TV, but maybe thee’ll do a six way match or something.